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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
Alternate Title: Nassau tribune
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau Bahamas
Publication Date: August 31, 2005
Copyright Date: 2005
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Doctor claims 90%

of PMH births to

non-Bahamian parents

Chief Reporter
FEARS that Haitians in Nas-
sau are producing children at a
much higher rate than Bahami-
ans. grew yesterday as alarming
birth figures were revealed by
concerned medical staff.
More than 90 per cent of
births at Princess Margaret Hos-
pital are to non-Bahamian par-
ents, a concerned doctor told
The Tribune. And the vast
majority are Haitians.
The massive imbalance
sparked concern that the
Bahamas could be heading for a
Miami-type situation, where his-
panics now have such a hold
that Spanish has become the
dominant language of com-
Last night, concerned
Bahamians expressed fears that
Creole would soon become the
second language of the
Bahamas, with merchants and
government institutions having
to introduce it to survive.
The doctor claimed that of
the 96 live births recorded at
PMH during August, only three
were Bahamian babies.
"The maternity ward at the
hospital always has a large
group of Haitians. There have
been many, many times when I
needed to find someone who
spoke Creole to deal with
patients just because there were
patients who spoke no English
at all.
"There have also been many
times when foreign doctors
have come to me and asked me
what's going on here, why are
there so many Haitians having

children here?" he said.
The Tribune found it near
impossible to verify this num-
ber yesterday simply because
there were no available statistics
for 2005 at the Department of
Statistics, the Registrar's
Department or Princess Mar-
garet Hospital itself.
However, when viewed in the
context of another live birth sta-
tistic obtained by a group of
Bahamian lawyers from a doc-
SEE page 11

Investigation into
gardener's death
at residence of
US Ambassador
POLICE are investigating an
"incident" yesterday morning
at the residence of US ambas-
sador John Rood which claimed
the life of a gardener.
The employee of a gardening
contractor was apparently
working in the grounds of the
residence on Sanford Drive at
the time.
The Embassy released a
statement extending "deepest
sorrow and heartfelt condo-
lences to the family of the
deceased on the occasion of this
tragic event."
Initial reports suggested that
the man had been electrocuted
while pruning a tree. However,
this could not be confirmed at
the time of going to press.

* HEAVY flooding
caused major problems
for some stores on Bay
Street yesterday.
(Photo: Felip6 Major/
Tribune staff)



chaos to

the capital
Tribune Staff Reporter
WATER rose in the. streets
of New* Providence yesterday
and several areas experienced
extensive flooding after a series
of cloudbursts dumped inches
of rain on the capital.
Cars stalled as they attempted
to manoeuvre through the city
and store managers tried to
keep the water at bay.
On Shirley Street and Bay
Street, stores locked their doors,
and in some cases placed boards
in front of them, to keep the
water out.
Traffic then came to a stand-
still in the early afternoon as
main roads such as Nassau
Street and Poinciana Drive
were inundated by flood water.
Drains were overflowing all
over the island as 'small lakes'
formed in the streets.
Students at the College of the
Bahamas said they were unable
SEE page two

Teachers determined Panel results on COB

to continue sit-out
Tribune Staff Reporter
TEACHERS at C C Sweeting Junior High
School announced yesterday that they are deter-
mined to continue their sit-out until the Ministry
of Education properly repairs the school.
Michelle Hudson, spokesperson for the teach-
ers, said they have the full support of the entire
Bahamas Union of Teachers (BUT) and will
not be moved on the issue.
"Today, as it was raining, we might as well
stand outside because when it rains you get
flooded in the school. We have been going
through this for years. When it rains you might
as well stand outside.
"In the new side, the maths department office
has water pouring through the light. I had to
SEE page 11

plagiarism scandal to
be released Thursday
FRANKLYN WILSON, the chairman of the
College of the Bahamas (COB) council,
announced yesterday that the results of the col-
lege's panel on the plagiarism scandal will be
released on Thursday.
Ousted president Dr Rodney Smith on Mon-
day lashed out during a closed meeting with faculty
at COB stating that he would have been fired if he
had not resigned.
Dr Smith resigned after it was revealed that he
had plagiarised a portion of his COB Honours
Convocation speech from a previous speech by
New York University president John Sexton.
Mr Wilson has stated that Dr Smith's contro-
versial meeting in COB's auditorium was "unfor-
tunate and unbecoming".
The meeting was held behind closed doors,
though copies of his speech were later circulated to
the media.

Industrial action
threatened over
ZNS contract
nications and Public Managers
Union is threatening industrial
action if an agreement is not
arrived at within a matter of
days, according to the union's
president, Claude Hanna.
Mr Hanna says their agree-
ment was drafted 15 months
ago and, to date, managers at
ZNS have not been able to'sign
off on a contract comfortable
to both sides.
He said after more than a
year of wrangling over the
details of the contract, they
received what they thought was
the final version three weeks
"However, we discovered
upon proofing that the Broad-
casting Corporation had a
change of position on the issue
of casual leave and overtime,
SEE page 11

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Flooding causes

chaos in the capital

FROM page one

to reach classes in B-block
because of flooding in Tucker
Director of Works and Util-
ities Melanie Roach told The
Tribune that, despite the
flooding, there is no signifi-
cant problem with New Provi-
dence's drainage system.
Mrs Roach explained that
the city's drains work, but that
water simply takes time to run

"We are a low-lying, heavily
built-up area. And there are,
of course, some challenges, but
nothing major. We are, how-
ever, constantly upgrading, it's
an ongoing battle.

"Downtown, especially, we
have had some problems with
people clogging up our drains
with all kinds of things, some-
times even hooking up their
septic tanks to our well sys-

tems," she said.
Mrs Roach explained that
every new building that goes
up causes difficulties with
drainage pipes being blocked
off by cables and other utility
"Many times we end up hav-
ing to re-route our pipes," she
Although yesterday's heavy
rain showers were a localised
event, due to heat and light
winds, the rest of the Bahamas
will experience similar condi-

tions starting today.
Chief Meteorology Officer
Basil Dean said that people
can expect heavy rain and
thunderstorms throughout this
week and into next.

"We are looking at a low
pressure system forming over
the Bahamas (today) which
will linger into next week and
bring us periods of rain and
thunderstorms," he said.

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to June

VISITOR arrivals for the
Bahamas between January
and June 2005 were down by
six per cent compared to the
same period last year accord-
ing to Ministry of Tourism
Air and sea arrivals for
Nassau and Paradise Island
for the first half of this year
were down by two per cent,
even though air arrivals were
up seven per cent.
The research and statistics
department of the Ministry
of Tourism indicated that:
"The increase in air arrivals
to Nassau/Paradise Island in
June was not enough to
counteract the decline in sea
arrivals durihig this period."
From January to June, air
and sea arrivals to Grand
Bahama were down 24 per
cent. Air arrivals were down
by 34 per cent and sea
arrivals down by 17 per cent.
Air and sea arrivals to the
Family Islands were down
by four per cent.
Minister of Tourism Obie
Wichcombe told The Tri-
bune yesterday that the
reduction of visitor numbers
due to of Hurricanes Francis
and Jeanne in Grand
Bahama last year have
impacted the overall air and
sea arrival.
"The present inventory in
Grand Bahama continues to
enjoy better than usual occu-
pancy levels and high room
"It is our determined posi-
tion to get inventory back to
levels: prior to the :hurr.i-
cane," said Mr Wilchcombe.

Man shot

in leg

after car


TWO men are in police
custody, one with a gun shot
wound to the leg, after a
high-speed chase ended in a
shoot out.
The incident unfolded
shortly after l1am on Mon-
day when police noticed a
car being driven hi "a reck-
less manner" in the Windsor
Place area.
According to press liaison
officer Inspector Walter
Evans, the two occupants of
the vehicle led police on a
high-speed chase through
Solider Road, only stopping
after they ran into a wall on
Forbes Street.
Mr Evans said that one of
the men then ran from the
car firing shots in the direc-
tion of the police officers.
Police returned fire, but
the man escaped, he said.
The second occupant was
apprehended and a search of
the car uncovered one live
round of 9mm ammunition
and a quantity of a substance
suspected to be marijuana.
Sometime later a 20- year-
old Nassau Village man
arrived at the Princess Mar-
garet Hospital, claiming that
he had been shot by police in
the lower right leg.
He was treated by doctors
and discharged into police
Police investigations into
the incident continue.

Collection backlog leaving

bins overflowing in Fox Hill

Tribune Staff Reporter
FOX Hill community members say
the area is suffering from a serious
garbage overflow problem due to the
failure of collection trucks to visit the
area for weeks.
The Ministry of Health put the prob-
lem down to the recent bout of bad
weather and said the area should get
relief by next Sunday.
Yesterday The Tribune spoke with
several persons who complained that for
"up to a month", there have been no
garbage collection services to their
They said that besides being unsightly,
the garbage has given rise to foul odours
and caused swarms of flies to plague the
Homeowners say the recent inclement
weather has made the problem worse
by saturating the garbage and making
even more of a mess.
The Tribune visited Fox Hill yester-
day and observed that more than half
of the front yards featured overflowing
bins and multiple garbage bags.
One resident complained that when
the garbage trucks do arrive, usually
after lam, only one load is collected
and the area remains polluted.
Yesterday, Parliamentary Secretary in
the Ministry of Health Ron Pinder said
there has been a backlog in collection
in several areas as a result of the
inclement weather caused by Hurricane
Katrina which hit Nassau as a tropical
storm last week and resulted in four days
of intense rain.
He said that the department of sani-
tation hopes to be back on schedule by

* ONE of the many scenes of overflowing rubbish outside houses in Fox Hill.
* See page 11 for more pictures.

"We have crews working around the
clock," he said, "and we are asking per-
sons to be understanding."
Mr Pinder said this means that some
areas will have to have night or early
morning collection until service is back to
He asked residents to assist sanita-
tion workers by leaving their bins in
accessible containers, stored in such a
way that they cannot spill or be over-

turned by dogs.
Mr Pinder said that when circum-
stances such as very bad weather cause a
delay in collection, the longest period
residents are inconvenienced is about
three weeks.
"That is reasonable, given the very
bad weather we had last week," he said.
Mr Pinder added that often what leads
to an accumulation of garbage is the fact
that some residents try to throw away

more debris that the sanitation workers
can take in garbage trucks.
He said that rather than taking the
debris to the facility on Harrold Road,
the residents just keep leaving it out and
then complain that their garbage was
not collected.
However, he said this may not be the
case in Fox Hill and asked for patience
and understanding while the matter is

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DR Rodney Smith, former
president of the College of the
Bahamas blames his plagiarising
"mistake" on his heavy work-
On Monday, Dr Smith held
an unexpected meeting with
college faculty and staff, to "set
the record straight" as he put
it, as well as to say good-bye.
In explaining how the situa-
tion developed, Dr Smith said,
"throughout a highly successful
first ten months of my tenure, I
found myself doing the work of
several persons. Persons that
carried titles and job descrip-
tions, but had no other work
experience other than at the
College of the Bahamas."
"Between January and May
2005, the college was without a
chief finance officer and I found
myself doing much of what this
position would have required
in addition to a host of other
duties that are normally
assigned to responsible senior
officers," he said.
He explained that during the
week of May 16, which was the
beginning of an extremely hec-
tic and anxiety-ridden period
for the college community, he
was overwhelmed with work.
"The third campus death had
taken place and a fourth fol-
lowed quickly; a memorial was
being planned; funeral arrange-
ments would be Saturday May
21, 2005," he said.
"On the same evening there
was a planned fund raiser that
my family and I were required
to attend. This weekend was the
beginning of two weeks of com-
mencement activities, starting
Sunday May 22," he said.
"I found myself having to
write all remarks and speeches
for all events since I had only
recently hired an executive
assistant and she was still learn-
ing my speaking style." '
According to Dr Smith, he
was reminded to write the hon-
ours convocation speech on
May 24 by Camille Smith, a lec-

turer, and his response was "no
problem, I will be working on
the speech tonight and tomor-
row night... it will be ready for
He was then told that the cer-
emony was on Tuesday and not
"That night (Monday) I
arrived home after 8pm, I was
too exhausted to eat dinner and
wen straight to bed. I awoke the
following morning at 4am to
prepare the honours convoca-
tion keynote address. I found
some references and decided to
use them as a way to get a clear
message to the public about
what the university should
exemplify. I completed the
remarks then dressed and took
the children to school," he said.
Dr Smith said that during the
next six days persons had
requested copies of the speech,
and they were distributed..


He said that he became
aware of his "mistake", on
Wednesday June 1, when he
received a call from one of the
vice-presidents, who "expressed
alarm" at an e-mail that she had
received from a council member
suggesting that he had "violated
intellectual property rights".
According to Dr Smith, the
unnamed vice-president volun-
teered to forward him the e-mail.
Upon reading it, he said that
he "immediately checked the
speech," and realised what had
He then sent an e-mail to the
council members "indicating
what should happen in such cas-
es, if intellectual property rights
had been violated, but also
explained that what happened
with the speech was not inten-
After discussions and several
meetings, the colleges council
established an advisory panel
to decided what course of action
should be taking against Dr
Smith, if any.

However, Dr Smith added
that even through it was, estab-
lished by the source of the lifted
comments, Dr John Sexton, that
no plagiarism had taken place,
the council and panel felt there
were grounds for termination.
According to Dr Smith, an e-
mail which he received from Dr
Sexton himself said: "Rodney: I
am sorry for the delay in
responding; I am travelling and
in and out of meetings. There is
no need for you to apologise.
"I consider my ideas as the
property of the educational
community generally and you
have my full permission to have
used them. Thanks for including
your remarks to the honours
convocation, and best of luck
as you transition to the univer-
sity phrase of your educational
At the end of his speech, Dr
Smith stated that many things
about his situation and the way
it was handled are still unclear
to him.
"It is still not clear in my
mind how we arrived where we
are today," he said.


Drug-selling operation closed

down on Grand Bahama

GRAND Bahama police have closed down a
drug-selling scheme on that island.
According to reports, officers from the Drug
Enforcement Unit (DEU), the Central Division,
the Mobile Patrol Division and the K-9 Unit exe-
cuted a search warrant on a apartment located on
Gordon Avenue on Monday at 9.35am.
Police seized cocaine, marijuana, alcoholic bev-

erages and groceries which were allegedly being
sold from the premises.
The sum of $2,676, suspected of being pro-
ceeds from the sale of drugs, was also seized.
Two male occupants of the apartment, aged
28 and 31, were arrested and taken into police cus-
They are expected to be arraigned in court today.

Smith blames plagiarism

blunder on workload H

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2005, Pi,.E 3



IT HAS BEEN a long time since Freeport
has been in such a state of uncertainty, a con-
cerned resident complained last week, as
rumours grew that the International Bazaar
could close if something did not start soon to
trigger the economy.
Freeport was knocked off its hinges last
summer by hurricanes Jeanne and Frances
and has never really recovered. Buffeted ear-
lier by industrial unrest, hurricane damage
put the locks on the doors of the Royal Oasis
golf resort and casino, leaving it with a debt of
more than $22 million, and 1,200 laid off
employees looking to government for relief.
Oasis' final announcement in January that
it was forced to close was described in the
House of Assembly as creating "nothing short
of a quagmire" for Freeport. Meanwhile a
buyer for the hotel was being sought.
The closure spelled disaster for the store
owners and tenants of the International
Bazaar whose businesses were dependent on
the continued operation of the hotel and casi-
Five months after the hotel's closure one
Bazaar store owner complained that he alone
had lost 80 per cent in sales a month. Inter-
viewed in January he said that 40 stores had
already closed and another 70 had given
notice that they were vacating their premises.
Meanwhile in New York talks were con-
tinuing between Lehman Brothers, and Har-
"JcqurtDevelopment, which already has inter-
.esti Freeport, about the resorts future.
Lehman Brothers, the New York equity firm
that financed the acquisition of the Royal
Oasis, is now the resort's virtual owner.
"It is critical to get the hotel open," said a
Freeporter. "If only there was an announce-
ment that something was going to happen in
three months, in six months, or whatever -
it would at least give the business people in
the Bazaar some encouragement. They would
hang on if they could see some hope."
It io also rumoured that the Grand
Bahama Port Authority, loath to see the
Bazaar go under, was considering some short-
term assistance but only short term, we
were told. So, it would seem, that they too are
anxious for an announcement any
Meanwhile anxiety was growing about gov-
ernment's dithering. Government let the $2.5
billion Ginn investment slip through its fin-
ges 'by "stalled" negotiations later
de cribed as a "bureaucratic bogdown." It

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was said that Ginn had given government 48
hours to unsnarl the tangle or it would walk
away from the deal. It is understood that
government has been trying to woe Ginn
back to the negotiating table, but the Grand
Bahama deal -- as far as Ginn is concerned
-has been put on the backburner, and will
now have to wait its turn.
We all recall the hoop-la over the $70 mil-
lion movie and TV venture for Freeport. It
took two years after being approved in prin-
ciple for the Heads of Agreement to be
signed in April 2003. Then silence. Asked
what was wrong, we were told that the lease
was lying unsigned on the "prime minister's
desk." As a result the project didn't get start-
ed until this year after another two-year delay
- all lost revenue and jobs for Freeport.
At the ground-breaking for a resort in
Eleuthera, Prime Minister Perry Christie
complained that other investment projects
on Eleuthera had not proceeded more rapid-
ly. He said his government had announced a
certain investment 18 months ago and "I am
disappointed that they have not taken the
steps that we had anticipated."
After all the jubilation about more than
$4 billion in foreign investments coming in,
one investor after another seems to be biting
the dust. Is government counting its invest-
ments too soon, or are there "bureaucratic
bogdowns" on that red carpet that .are scut-
tling them?
'Hliere is a strong rumour in Nassau that
the Prime Minister has informed the parties
concerned that he intends to appoint Finan-
cial Services and Investment Minister Allyson
Maynard Gibson Attorney General and that
he himself will take over her investment port-
As we all know the Prime. Minister has
been a very ill man. As we understood the
doctor's advice announced at a press confer-
ence, Mr Christie should still be convalescing.
Knowing that he should avoid stress, no one
wants to put any extra pressure on him. How-
ever, the country is in a state of flux espe-
cially Freeport quick decisions are needed,
documents have to be signed promptly after
negotiations and not be allowed to lie around
on somebody's desk until the much-needed
investor walks away.
We appreciate that the Prime Minister
needs time to heal, but the country is in crisis.
It has to move ahead, it cannot afford to con-
valesce with him.

The Tribune Limited
Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

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Serious concerns for, Freeport

The detailed breakdown of
local pricing, including govern-
ment taxes, distributor mark up
and the dealer mark up, based
on the average of local retail
prices looks like this:
Pricing Assumption:
1 Barrel = 42 gallons
Crude Price/Barrel: $61.00
Crude Price/Gallon:
Crude Purchase: $1.45
Crude to refine to Nassau:
CIF Derived from average
selling price and working the
numbers backward to CIF: $1.77
Bank Exchange, Stamtigp
Duty, Service Charge and
Wharfage 4.4% of CIF: $0.08
Sub Total: $1.85
Stamp Tax 7 per cent of
CIF: $0.12
Sub-total: $1.97
Duty: $1.06
Landed Cost: $3.03
Distributor: $0.33
Sub Total: $3.36
Dealer: $0.44
Selling Price 8/8/05: $ 3.80
Distributor mark up:
Distributor margin:
Dealer mark-up: 14.5129264

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Dealer margin: 11.57352609
Esso selling price: $3.83
Texaco selling price: $3.85
Shell selling price: $3.72
Average selling price: $3.80
As in other regional coun-
tries, the government's share of
the pie is larger than the pro-
ducer's share. In the Bahamas,
the distributor and the dealer
are allowed a total of $0.77 per
gallon, while the government
receives $1.18 per gallon (at the
present retail price).
While the mark up allowed
by the government to distribu-
tors and dealers here exceeds
that in most of the countries sur-
veyed (Cayman did not have
those numbers available), it can
be argued that the cost of living
and business operating costs are
higher in The Bahamas than in
the other responding countries
(except Cayman and Aruba), so
higher mark ups are necessary.
Once Mr Miller became
aware of the local pricing policy,
and calls were made to reduce
prices by cutting the govern-

ment's high duty rate, he seems
to have realised that his initial
arguments were baseless. How-
ever, he now appears even more
determined to "control" the
market, even to the extent of
signing the country on to a diplo-
matically undesirable multilat-
eral agreement.
So his attention has now
.turned to thesupposedly extor-
t ne :.proififs being made byly
the regional offices of the oil
companies that sell to the local
distributors. His current com-
plaint is that they are making
too much money at the whole-
sale level, so he will cut them
out of the pricing structure.
To accomplish this, he signed
the PetroCaribe agreement with
President Chavez. Unfortunate-
ly, the facts have not been con-
sidered here either. PetroCaribe
offers favourable financing of oil
supplies from Venezuela, but not
better prices, as the following
section of the agreement shows:
Financing mechanisms and
Apart from the benefits set
forth in the San Jose Agreement
and in the Caracas Energy Co-
operation Agreement, the Boli-
varian Republic of Venezuela
shall extend credit facilities to
the countries of the Caribbean
exhibiting less relative develop-
ment on the basis of bilaterally
fixed quotas.
2. Long-term Financing
Price per barrel (%) per cent-
age to be financed
> = 15 dollars per barrel: 5
> = 20 dollars per barrel: 10
> = 22 dollars per barrel: 15
> = 24 dollars per barrel: 20
> = 30 dollars per barrel: 25
> = 40 dollars per barrel: 30
> = 50 dollars per barrel: 4u
> = 100 dollars per barrel: 56

There are also short term and
deferred payment options avail-
The fact is that the Petro-
Caribe arrangement will provide
product at market prices, but
nowhere does it specify whether
the product will be crude or
refined oil. This has not deterred
Mr Miller. He continues to allege
foul play by the oil companies
and insists he will reduce the
price of gasoline at the pumps.
So, let's examine the price of
oil for a moment.
If we assume the price of
crude oil is $61 a barrel in the
local pricing structure above,
and there are 42 gallons in a bar-
rel, this would mean the cost of
crude is $1.45 per gallon.
Therefore, it would cost $0.32
per gallon for the middle men
to purchase the crude, refine it,
and transport it to the port of
Nassau for the CIF price of $1.77
per gallon.
This is obviously a very effi-
cient process, and if the esti-
mates here are representative,
this certainly would not indicate
that the middle men are ripping
the consumer off.
A mark-up of $0.32 per gallon
of gasoline to process from crude
oil to delivery at Clifton Pier
cannot be portrayed as exces-

EDITOR, The Tribune
The Minister of Trade and
Industry, Leslie Miller, contin-
ues to make every effort to con-
vince Bahamians thata. major
reduction in the price of gaso-
line is at hand.
With prices at the pumps
presently averaging $3.80 per
gallon, Bahamians may have
high expectations, false or oth-
erwise, that the government is
coming to their rescue. These
expectations have been raised
by the minister's barrage of
insults and accusations that have
demonised an important indus-
try in the country.
Attempting to fulfil his glib
promises, Mr Miller signed the
country on to a financing deal
with Venezuelan strongman,
Hugo Chavez called PetroCaribe
(a political deal that promises
oil on cheap credit to 14 region-
al nations).
Regional prices
In complex situations like
these it is always important to
look at as many of the facts sur-
rounding the issue as possible.
Very little factual information
has been provided by the gov-
ernment, so the Nassau Institute
surveyed current fuel prices in
several regional countries:
Local pricing and taxes

August 14 2005

A tempest

in a barrel?

sive, nor can it be considered
Having put himself out on a
limb, Mr Miller continues to
show resolve in his quest to
prove his theory.
So, he has appointed an advi-
sory committee. Theirs is not an
easy task as government has dis-
torted the local fuel market for
decades with price controls and
a moratorium on gas stations',
which naturally restricts the
number of distributors that can
sell into the Bahamas. All this
intervention has created a tri-
opoly among Shell, Texaco and
Esso (Focol, which is locally
owned, has a similar position in
Freeport, Grand Bahama).
In any event, it is hoped that
the work of the advisory com-
mittee will be no less transparent
than the oil industry is expected
to be. So far, this has not been
the case.
As transparency appears to be
a big concern to Mr Miller, a
quick search of the internet
reveals endless sources of infor-
mation about the oil industry.
Pricing is available from all
regions of the world, so it does
not take much to determine that
the largest component of the
retail price here is the $1.18 per
gallon the government receives
in duty and stamp tax.
One possible danger arising
from this entire exercise is that
the pricing structure of an
important world industry is com-
ing under attack.
The question is how to deter-
mine what a fair mark up is for
the wholesaler to make. How-
ever, this is for the consumer to
decide by either buying, or not
buying, gasoline if it becomes
too expensive in their view.
The larger question then is
how "the authorities" can deter-
mine what a fair margin is for a
particular product? Because Qf
the different skill sets required
from manufacturer to wholesaler
to retailer, it is difficult for lay-
men to determine what is a fair
or acceptable price at any point
along the supply chain. .
With any business, thenmar-
gins between the producer; the
wholesaler and the retailer must
cover their costs, and of course,
include a profit. There are indus-
try norms that have been estab-
lished over many years that are
accepted by creditors and gov-
ernments alike all over the world.
But, it appears Mr Miller thinks
he can be successful with micro-
managing the oil industry in spite
of all the potential danger in try-
ing to manipulate a very volatile
(pun intended) industry.
If the government goes down
this road, there will be no stop-
ping .them. They will see their
way clear to micromanage all
economic sectors, with all the
opportunities for graft and
patronage that will imply.
The world's market pricing
mechanisms must be left intact.
Any attempt at government
intervention is a fool's game that
ultimately leads to more and
more government control, and
eventually economic collapse.'
Calmer heads must prevail in
this debate and the Bahamas
should politely withdraw from
PetroCaribe, and its socialist
schemes, and work more closely
with the oil majors who have the
economies of scale to see where
savings might be achieved to help
reduce energy costs if possible.
The country cannot simply
i! iore the fact that prices at the
source are rising exponentially -
this is clearly not a question of
the mark ups of middlemen.
Also, as emerging economies
like China and India demand
more energy, experts suggest
that the supplies will diminish
and other sources of energy will
be needed. In light of this, Mr.
Miller's time might be better
spent trying to bring competi-
tion into the market place, pro-
moting conservation efforts and
alternative energy sources. The
elimination of duty on solar pan-
els was a good start. Ideas like
car pooling, buying more fuel
efficient, and therefore, smaller
vehicles and the like also deserve
It would appear that the Min-
ister of Trade and Industry is
not attempting to develop trade
and industry here at all, but
thinks it is his sole responsibility
to demonise business, even
though he is a former business-
man himself. This is not good
for national development.
This is a difficult and complex
issue, but it appears that Mr
Miller is creating a tempest in a
barrel of oil for little more than
short-term political advantage.

Country Product Price at the Pump

The Bahamas Unleaded Premium $3.83/gallon
Cayman Islands Unleaded Premium $4.64*/gallon
Dom Republic Unleaded Premium $3.91*/gallon
Haiti Unleaded Premium $3.75*/gallon

* Prices in US$

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A 35-year-old man
accused of breaking into a
local wholesale liquor outlet
and stealing nearly $100,000
,in cash, cheques, and stock
was arraigned in the Magis-
trate's Court yesterday.
It is alleged that between
Thursday August 25 and Fri-
day August 26, Perry Elijah
Rolle along with others
entered Bristol, Wines and
Spirits on Gladstone Road.
He and the others alleged-
ly stole a 1997 Hyundai mini
van and a white 1998 Mit-
subishi van, as well as cash,
cheques, wines and ciga-
rettes, with a total value of
more than $98,000.
Rolle, who appeared
before Magistrate Marilyn
Meers, pleaded not guilty to
the charge and was granted
$20,000 with two sureties.
The matter was adjourned
to November 28.
A 20-year-old Elizabeth
Estates man accused of hav-
ing sex with a minor also
appeared in Magistrates
Court yesterday.
Wade Forbes was not
required to plea to the
It was alleged that on Sun-
day August 28, he had sex
with the 13-year-old girl.
Forbes was granted
$10,000 bail with two sureties
and the matter was
adjourned to November 28.
A 31-year-old Frederick
Heastie and a 17-year-old
.girl appeared in Magistrate's
Court on drug charges yes-
It was alleged that on Sun-
day, August 28 the two being
concerned together were
found in possession of 103
grams of cocaine, which
police believed they intend-
ed to supply to another.
Heastie pleaded guilty to
the charge and was ordered
to serve six months in prison.
The juvenile, who plead-
ed not guilty, was discharged.
They 'both appeared before
Magisratr Roger G6o'ez:''



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Initiative to promote condom

use in Caribbean to fight AIDS

PLANS for a regional social
marketing programme for
HIV/AIDS prevention are in
Population Services Interna-
tional (PSI), a non-profit social
marketing organisation, is
spearheading the initiative,
which aims to develop effective
HIV/AIDS prevention in the
Caribbean by increasing access
to condoms and decreasing bar-
riers to their use.
PSI has received support for
the plan from the Canadian
International Development
Agency (CIDA) and the
Fund to Fight AIDS, Tubercu-
losis and Malaria.
Yesterday, in collaboration
with the Bahamas Ministry of
'Health HIV/AIDS Centre, PSI
held a working session on the
topic of social marketing for
HIV/AIDS prevention.
."Social marketing is defined
as using commercial marketing
techniques to encourage healthy
behaviors through the use of
products and services,"
explained Pamela Faura,
regional director of PSI.
"The overall objective is to
increase preventative behavior,
especially condom use, by
increasing availability of and
access to condoms, and by
increasing demand for con-
doms," she said.
MPSI plans to make HIV
prevention more of a concern
by strengthening social market-
ing strategies and decreasing
barriers to consistent condom
use by launching "a mass media
campaign directed at the youth
and by conducting interperson-
al educational activities."
Salorne McDonald, PSI's

* PAMELA Faura, regional director of Population Services International, addresses a seminar about an initiative to promote con-
dom use in the Caribbean as part of the battle against AIDS on Tuesday August 30 2005
(Photo: Felipi Major/Tribune staff)

behavior change communication
manager, said the purpose of the
work session was to find out
from various members in the
community and HIV connected
work sectors what is already
happening in the Bahamas in
terms of HIV/AIDS awareness.

"From this information we
will be able to create a better,
and more developed package
to present to the different
regional countries that are to
be apart of this plan," he said.
"The Bahamas is one of 16
countries that are willing to be


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disaster response'

THE National Emergency
Management Agency (NEMA)
has announced that most of the
islands affected by Tropical
Storm Katrina were able to be
contacted immediately following
its passage through the Bahamas.
"It is extremely important for
us to have open communica-
tions with our Family Islands
because, as you are aware, there
are times when the impact of a
disaster is communicated incor-
rectly and the response phase
may be hampered as a result,"
said atricia Francis, first assis-
tant secretary at NEMA.
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emergency response, is ready
with a response plan and has
held several training pro-
grammes, including communi-
cation workshops for Family
Island Administrators.
"In the event of an impact,
they would be able to get
through to us, whether it is by
VHS radios, satellite tele-
phones, land or cellular
phones," Ms Francis said.
She added that if communi-
cation lines are down, police
representatives on most of the
islands have satellite phones to
get information out to NEMA.
She said that as NEMA is
assisting and training response
agencies, it still wants the
Bahamian public to know that
preparation is tantamount to
reducing loss of lives and prop-
erty, especially in times of
national emergencies.

apart of this project," he added.
"We have already visited most of
these countries and have gath-
ered information from them in
such of the same fashion."
Mr McDonald said that the
plans and projects that will
stem from this initiative will

begin in short order.
"Once we have completed
our research with all countries
in connection with this project,
persons will begin to see the
results of all of the work that
has and will be placed into mak-
ing this a reality."

Symposium held

for teaching staff

The CV Bethel School
Family will host a one day
symposium for its teaching
staff tomorrow at the Sandals
Royal Bahamian Hotel.
In keeping with the Min-
istry of Education's theme,
"Transforming Teaching and
Learning In The Twenty-First
Century", the aim of the
workshop will be to enhance
staff morale, develop and
build team spirit and provide
teachers with valuable class-
room learning techniques.
Principal Eulease Beneby
said that such goals, once
achieved, will translate into
better overall performance of
the students on school-based
and national exams, as well

as other external examina-
The symposium starts at
8.30am and ends at 5pm. The
presenter for the event will
be Larry Lipman from
Atlanta, Georgia, a noted
powerful motivator and
speaker who enables those
whose lives he touch to bring
about change
Mr Lipman is a certified
trainer and is also involved
with many educational and
national associations, includ-
ing the Association for Expe-
riential Education, Interna-
tional Alliance for Learning
and the International Associ-
ation of Facilitators.

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* JAMES Malcolm

* JANET Johnson

Ministry of Tourism's charm offensive

AS part of its new campaign to focus on prod-
uct improvement, develop new markets and high-
light staff training, the Ministry of Tourism is
highlighting several new appointments
Senior director Angela Cleare has been given
responsibility for product development and Fam-

ily Islands, senior director Samuel Gardiner
responsibility training and development and James
Malcolm appointed director of group travel.
Newly appointed directors are: Information tech-
nology director Kayla Ward, cruise development
director Carla Stuart, director for Canada Paul

Strachan, director for Europe Karen Seymour,
tour and travel director Valerie Brown-Alce, spe-
cial projects and events director Janet Johnson and
director for Exuma Charity Armbrister.
"The appointments emphasise the ministry's
product enhancement thrust, ap well as its bid to

capture an increased share of lucrative niche mar-
kets inclusive of groups, conventions, weddings,
sports, heritage and culture. They also take into
account emerging trends in travel and tourism
that the ministry is poised to exploit," said
Tourism officials in a release.


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Sears questions whether schools are

the root of Haitian discrimination

Education- Minister Alfred
Sears questioned whether the
school system bears some

responsibility for the discrimi-
nation against Haitians in the

While opening a two-day
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Mr Sears touched on how 4a
sense of respect should be cul-
tivated in students, according
to Bahamas Information Ser-
He said that certain preju-
dices exist in the Bahamas, and
asked whether these are passed
on in schools.
"Do we give our students a
value for multi-culturalism, for
diversity?" Mr Sears asked;
"And when I say diversity, I am
talking in every respect of diver-
sity in terms of religion, in
terms of gender, in term of
national origin."
. He said that he has received a

number of complaints from par-
ents about the attitudes of their
student children, with particular
reference to certain things said
in classrooms about Haitians.
"I never would have thought
that in a school we would have
certain things being said care-
lessly that reflect negatively on
one group of persons simply
because of their national ori-
gin," he said.
Mr Sears went on to say that
he has had to speak strongly
with some principals after being
visited by parents of special
needs children because some
principal tell them, "we don't

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"In other words, a public
institution with a national poli-
cy to accept all children, and
because a child is different, we
would have a leader in educa-
tion indicate that we don't take
them here.
"And this caused me say, how
can we teach diversity when
there is prejudice being prac-
ticed by our institutions? But
all of that is part of what we do
as teachers, teaching respect,"
he stated.
Mr Sears questioned how
carelessly Bahamians resort to
name-calling, adding that
although "you may hear those
things outside... you ought not
to hear it within the school."

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Fathers' rights group makes

donations to single mothers

Tribune Staff Reporter
A. CAMPAIGN group for fathers'
rights has decided to lend a hand to
struggling mothers this summer.
For the past year, the message of
Bahamian Fathers For Children Every-
where (BFFCE) has been that respon-
sible fathers should have a place in the
lives of their children.
* However for the past. few months,
the BFFCE has been lending a financial
hand to some mothers as well, The Tri-
bune learned from a caller yesterday.
* The caller said she was one of sever-
al single mothers that the group was
helping by contributing towards their
back-to-school bills.

While the donations are small, the
mens' actions "speak volumes" said the
mother, adding that she cannot get her
baby's own father to help purchase
school supplies for the new year.
"Too often it is said in our commu-
nity, 'Where are the men?' Well, here's
the answer. These men made me proud
and I want the public to take note," she
"While there are some no-good dads
out there who shrug their responsibili-
ties on others, there are dads out there
who appreciate what single mothers go
In the past, BFFCE president Clever
Duncombe has openly communicated
his pain at being all but excluded from
of his daughter's life.

The donation recipient said she
believes this is why Mr Duncombe and
the other members went about securing
funds for single mothers.


Mr Duncombe told The Tribune that
he finds it difficult to get the courts to
allow any rights to fathers.
He said this attitude could change if
"antiquated laws" regarding the rights
of the child are updated.
BFFCE has campaigned for Minis-
ter of Social Services Melanie Griffin to
take the necessary steps to update leg-
islation" regarding children, in keeping
with the United Nations' International

Stipulation on Children's Rights.
This, he said, would make the courts
more aware that fathers have the right
to be a part of their children's lives,
while making "dead-beat dads" more
Said Mr Duncombe: "Scientific
research and studies have concluded
that children who are raised by both
parents and members of their extended
families do much better than children
who are raised by single parents.
"I believe that if we continue these
discriminatory laws for raising children,
such as the Affiliation and Proceedings
Act 119, we will continue to be dealing
with the serious and very painful reali-
ty of what is presently happening to our

Pageant announced ....

to empower' full

figured women

Tribune Staff Reporter
AN upcoming beauty
pageant is set to "inspire. and
empower" full figured women
in the Bahamas.
At a press conference yester-
day, Esteem Productions
announced the first annual 'Ms
Full Figured Bahamas Pageant'.
The aim of the pageant is to
"dispel the negative stereotype
connected to the full figured
woman," said committee chair-
person Rayette McDonald.
The pageant is scheduled to
be held on February 19, 2006
in the Rainforest Ballroom at
the Crystal Palace Casino under
the theme: "What Lies
, "We believe that for too long,
the full figured women of our
country and indeed our world
have been made to feel inferior
,and abnormal.
"In fact, they are fabulous
and the norm because there are
far more women, especially in
the Bahamas, that are full fig-

ured and voluptuous than those
that are not," said Ms McDon-
She said that the committee is
no't promoting unhealthy living,
but if a person' s going to lose
weight, it should be done for
health purposes and not
because of negative comments
made by other persons.
As apart of promoting a
healthy lifestyle, contestants
will be afforded health and
nutrition classes, along with eti-
quette and personal grooming
The night of the pageant will
include an interviews with con-
testants as well as talent and
evening wear segments.
The prizes include cash, cruis-
es and luggage sets.
Women between 18 to 28
years who are wear sizes 14 and
over are eligible to enter.
Divorced, widowed and
women with children can also
enter the competition.
"We are also confident that
by the end of this pageant,
women that may have entered

* RAYETTE McDonald committee chairwoman of the full figured women's pageant, speaks
to the press yesterday at the Wyndham Resort and Casino.
(Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune Staff)

with low esteem will leave
with high esteem. Additional-
ly, those with high esteem will
leave with an even greater

appreciation of who they are,"
said Ms McDonald.
Application forms can be
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GOURMET diners are in for
a treat this autumn, as the third
annual Great American Food
and Wine Festival comes to
Bahamian shores.
Organisers of the event have
chosen a 14-day voyage from
New York to Nassau onboard
the yacht Seabourn Pride as
this year's venue.
Guests will be able enjoy
cooking demonstrations and
menus featuring signature dish-
es by some of America's most
acclaimed chefs, as well as wine
tastings and pairings featuring
award-winning American vin-
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will highlight regional cuisine
during port calls along the East-
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Philadelphia's Rittenhouse
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new restaurant throughout the
ULfited States" by Esquire Mag-
azine in 2003'and "Philadelphia's
best new restaurant in a decade"
by Philadelphia Magazine.
Renowned wine consultant
Rita Faires of Intervine will also
join the cruise to host tastings
and present pairings of Ameri-
can wines to accompany dinner
on board.
As the 208-guest cruise
makes its way down the Eastern
seaboard, it will make port at
many of America's most impor-
tant colonial cities including
Newport, Philadelphia, Balti-
more, Mount Vernon, York-
town, Charleston, Savannah,
Amelia Island, and Port
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Abaco, the logging industry and

the development of a community

"The Island of Abaco is
blessed with a good harbour,
and is well secured by
nature... (abounding) with tim-
ber." 1783 loyalist advertise-
ment circulated in New York.

BOUR, Abaco -
Back in his early 20s, a hard-
ship post at a remote Bahami-
an logging camp seemed just
as attractive to Dave Ralph as
gauging streams for the US
Geological Survey in Central
"I'd spend weeks by myself
in the wilderness measuring
water flow on the Suwanee
and other rivers," Ralph
recalled. "Then one day in
Ocala someone offered me a
job in the Bahamas."
The son of a New England
preacher, Ralph jumped at the
chance to move to a place he
didn't even know existed. And
he has been there ever since -
living in a steamboat cabin, a
railroad car, a company shack,
and finally his own little piece
of paradise overlooking Marsh
"In the pineyards of Grand
Bahama and Abaco there was
nowhere to go and nothing to
do. But that suited me fine -
I was a self-sufficient type who
didn't need a heavy social
schedule," Ralph said, his
smiling face shaded by a trade-
mark straw hat.

Now 70, Ralph arrived
at the Pine Ridge
logging camp on Grand
Bahama in 1957. He bunked
on an historic Hudson River
steamboat, the Robert Fulton,
that had been towed across
the Gulf Stream to serve as a
floating barracks. When the
lumber concession was
acquired by Owens-Illinois,
the whole outfit moved to
;:Abaco in 1959.
Ralph went along for the
ride, and almost 40 years later
he and his American school-
teacher wife, Kathy whose
dad was a missionary in the
Bahamas in the 1930s are
still here. In fact, they founded
Abaco's first successful news-
paper. Originally a labour of
love, the Ralphs have since
turned the Abaconian into a
.prosperous bi-monthly record
of the community they call
Their career mirrors Aba-
*co's own growth. Today, the
.island's bustling resorts are
sought after by thousands of
upscale tourists and wealthy
second homers, but when the
lRalphs arrived there were just
'a few thousand fishermen and
pothole farmers living in iso-
lated settlements with only the

forest had been logged by the
Bahamas Timber Company in
the early 20th century. Those
loggers moved to Grand
Bahama in 1944, where the
concession was acquired by
Wallace Groves, the Ameri-
can financier who later found-
ed Freeport.

In 1955 Groves sold out
to an American compa-
ny called National Container
Corp, which shipped the pine
logs to its Jacksonville mill to
make cardboard boxes. Mean-
while, Groves re-invested the
$4 million he got for the com-
pany into the development of
Freeport, and Owens-Illinois
moved the logging operation
back to Abaco in 1959.
"Abaco was served by sea-
planes from Nassau until the
airport was built just outside
of Marsh Harbour. Owens-Illi-
nois also built the first arterial
road linking coastal settle-
ments, as well as hundreds of
miles of logging roads deep
into the forest that all led back
to Snake Cay," Ralph
recalled. "I did the company
payroll and Snake Cay was my
home for years."
The rusted hulks of the rail-
road cars that served as his
bunkhouse in 1959 can still be
seen at Snake Cay, half hid-
den by the undergrowth. But
Ralph moved back into his old
quarters on the Robert Ful-
ton when it arrived at Abaco
late that year, towed from
Grand Bahama by the com-
pany's tugs.
"The Fulton was a decrepit
river boat and its decks sloped
gently, saddle-style, bow to
stem and centre to the edges,"
he recalled. "In rough weath-
er we would all get sea sick as
it rocked back and forth, and
would have to tie our swivel
chairs to our desks or they
would careen across the office
as the ship rolled. It was also
full of leaks"

Launched with much
fanfare in 1909. the
Fulton ferried passengers
along the Hudson River
between Albany and New
York City for over 30 years.
She was 415 feet long and
could carry 6,000 people. But
by 1948, steamboats were
obsolete and the old side-
wheeler was consigned to the
scrap yard.
She was brought out of
retirement .in 1950 and refitted
at National Container Corp's
Jacksonville, Florida shipyard
as a floating headquarters for
the Bahamian logging opera-
tion. After engines, smoke-
stacks and paddles were
removed, the ship was con-
verted into a self-contained

.,.Today, the island's bustling
,resorts are sought after by
thousands of upscale tourists
and wealthy second homers,
but when the Ralphs arrived
ihere were just a few thousand
,fishermen and pothole
farmers living in isolated
settlements with only the most
basic amenities

most basic amenities. Dave
can tell you first-hand that the
infrastructure laid down by
Owens-Illinois had a dramatic
impact on the island's devel-
"When we got to Abaco I
had to live in one of four rail-
road cars the company had set
up as a temporary advance
camp on Snake Cay, about six
miles southeast of Marsh Har-
bour," Ralph recalled. "We
worked a month on the rock,
then got a weekend free in
West Palm Beach. The lum-
ber camp was all work, but
they did keep us well fed."
Abaco was covered by a
..adense pine barren trees that
Shad re-grown after the virgin

town with its own clinic, gen-
eral store, offices, movie the-
atre, soda fountain, kitchen
and bar.
Dave's wife, Kathy, arrived
at Snake Cay in 1960 to teach
the children of the American
supervisory staff, who would
later be sent off to high
schools in the States. She was
the only single woman at the
lumber camp at the time, and
had originally come to the
Bahamas as a schoolteacher
for the Grand Bahama Port
"We both lived, worked and
courted on the Robert Ful-
ton," Ralph says. "But after
getting married in 1961 we
moved into one of the pre-fab-

ricated houses the company
set up at Snake Cay. After the
pulpwood operation closed in
1967 the old steamboat was
cut up and junked in the pine-

P ine forests cover about
a quarter of the
Bahamas on the four north-
ern islands of Grand Bahama,
Abaco, Andros and New
Providence. They have been
heavily logged since the early
1900s first for timber, then
for pulpwood. Once consid-

ered environmental rape, sci-
entists have since determined
that the logging helped to
maintain the pineyard's
unique ecosystem, which sup-
ports a variety of rare species,
including the endangered
Bahama parrot.
In fact, a 2004 report by The
Nature Conservancy found
that: "Except for the lack of
age diversity, the pinelands on
both Andros and Abaco are
in good condition. Intensive
logging every 50 years or so,
with seed trees left, would
continue to perpetuate the
forest in a condition similar to
what it is today. The pineland/
coppice landscape on all four
(northern) islands should be
a conservation priority."
Ten years ago the govern-
ment set aside more than
20,000 acres in south-east
Abaco as a national park
administered by the Bahamas
National Trust. But Dave
Ralph can recall when 50,000
acres in the central third of
the island were converted into
a huge sugar cane plantation
in the 1960s.
"As the logging came to an
end the company began look-
ing for other ways to use the
infrastructure it had built,"
Ralph said.
"This included hundreds of
miles of roads, employee
housing estates, storage facil-
ities, machine shops, shipping
channels and freight termi-

O0wens-Illinois lobbied
the US government
for an import quota and set
about' turning the logged land
adjacent to Snake Cay into
sugar cane fields, forming
Bahamas Agricultural Indus-
At its peak it was the largest
farming operation in the coun-
try, employing about a thou-
sand people, including
Haitians and Turks Islanders.
A workers town was built
at Spring City that still exists
today, surrounded by patches
of cane field. The.district com-
missioner's headquarters
moved from Hope Town to
Marsh Harbour to allow easi-
er access to government ser-
vices for Owens-Illinois
employees. And the heart of
Abaco became a classic com-
pany town.
But it was short-lived. The
first cane harvest in 1969 was
converted to molasses and
stored in huge holding tanks,
which are still standing at the
Snake Cay terminal. But the
yield per acre was lower than
anticipated, and after export-
ing 34,000 tons and losing $10
million, Owens-Illinois closed
up for good in 1970. Its
remains were acquired by the

government in 1979.
Meanwhile, the pulpwood
operation had moved to
Andros in 1967 and the
Ralphs went with it to man-
age the company store in part-
nership with Floyd Lowe, a
native of Green Turtle Cay.
But Abaco was the island they
really loved.
So in 1970 they invested
their savings in the Lighthouse
Marina at Hope Town and set
about raising a family. A few
years later they moved to
Marsh Harbour to manage
Boat Harbour and other prop-

erties, and eventually set up
the Abaconian in 1993, oper-
ating out of their home on Pel-
ican Shores.
"Dave felt the area needed
a newspaper to give business-
es an advertising outlet, to let
people know about events and
meetings on the island, and to

"Dave felt the area needed a
newspaper to give businesses
an advertising outlet, to let
people know about events and
meetings on the island, and to
allow towns to know how oth-
er towns were dealing with

allow towns to know how oth-
er towns were dealing with
problems," Kathy said. "I was
not at all enthusiastic, but it
turned out well in the end. We
both enjoy our work it
keeps us in close touch with
the community."

T he Ralphs now dis-
tribute about 7,000
44- to 56-page newspapers
twice a month throughout
Abaco and the offshore cays -
and there are hundreds of
overseas subscribers as well.
Their modest initial goals for
the paper have long been
But the Abaconian was not
the first to publish here. That
honour goes to the Abaco
Account a monthly that was
launched in 1963 by Maurice
Thompson, the brother of
Leonard Thomspon, who
developed the Treasure Cay
and Abaco Beach resorts. The
Account folded after about a
year when Maurice died.
An American named
Harold Irr started the Trea-
sure Times in the 1980s as a
resort newsletter. It later mor-

phed into the Abaco Journal.
which still publishes occasion-
ally. But the Abaconian is the
only newspaper to have pub
lished continuously on Aba-
co for more than a decade.
Taking the breeze on the
Ralphs' verandah across from
the bustling Marsh Harbour
container port, the days of log
ging camps and cane fields
seem far away and long ago.
Today's Abaco must find a
way to assimilate thousands
of poor Haitian migrants and
wealthy North American
investors while retaining its
Bahamian heritage and iden-
To sustain prosperity, the
Abaconian must support
development that takes
account of environmental
stewardship, strengthens com-
munity values, and builds
political responsibility. This
island, like much of the
Bahamas, is at a crossroads
Creative thinking is required
to avoid the pitfalls that lurk
just over the horizon.
What do you think?
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Once considered
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pineyard's unique ecosystem,
which supports a variety of
rare species, including the
endangered Bahama parrot.




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Birth rates

FROM page one

tor? at PMH, which indicat-
ed :that for June only five of
64, live births were to
Bahamian parents, the
August statistic does not
seem so fantastic.
Lawyer Fayne Thompson
said yesterday that these
numbers above all else
should show government
that there is a need to find a
way to regularise Haitians
into'the "mainstream of
society or else find a way to
police this massive commu-
"'t don't want to be xeno-
phobic but we can't have a
situation where illegals are
having children hand-over-
foot.:Who are these people?
And if we are not going to
address it we have to realise
that we are being inundated
with a new culture and to
me that is a serious con-
cern," said Mr Thompson.
He said that one trou-
bling manifestation of the
large birthrate among
Haitians is the decision by
the, Ministry of Education
to investigate having teach-
ers learn Creole as a second
"Who are these children
who are making it manda-
tory for our teachers to
learn a second language?
Where they are coming
from? There is nothing
inhumane about asking or
investigating where these
thousands of children are
coming from," he said.
Mr Thompson said that
the situation is not far from
getting out of control and
soon the Bahamas may
ha9e to adopt a second
"commercial language".
"Cubans migrated to
Miami in such large num-
bers that Miami is a domi-
nrant Spanish-speaking com-
munity. Bahamians are get-
ting to that point where
businessmen will need to
speak Creole just to survive
in the market," he said.
Mr Thompson said that
the Bahamas currently has
no policy in place to protect
the indigenous culture and
is now faced with the risk
of}being inundated by a for-
eign culture.


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we might have an electrical time.
short. "He said tha
"There is mildew all on the substantial am
roof and this is something that he could havy
the ministry knows about but it ished within t'
doesn't look like they are check- it stands now
ing," she said. ey to fix the di
According to Mrs Hudson, dows."
there are a number of issues With class
that need to be addressed at the begin next we
school, including the installa- said it is highly
tion of working bathrooms for semester will s
the students and female teach- the school is fa
, ers, along with supplying a sec- completed.
tion of the school with running "As a school
water, to apologise t
"They need to fix the ceiling the inconvenie
and the roof as well, but we would not wan
haven't seen anyone from the out to school
Ministry of Education as yet, so to even use th
I doubt very much that school "They can't

FROM page one

when we had a firm agreement that one has noth-
ing to do with the other," said Mr Hanna.
The.corporation had acknowledged the union's
position, he added, with Keith Archer, ZNS
labour consultant, agreeing with the union's posi-
"Our position is that if a manager works over-
time and loses his casual days, you really haven't
paid him, you're giving him pay in lieu of days,"
said Mr Hanna.
According to the contract BCB wants the union
to sign, he said that only managers who do not
receive overtime pay would be eligible to receive
casual days, which amounts to seven days per
When negotiations came to a standstill, he said,
negotiators said they would take the contract
back to the BCB board. However, BCPMU has
been trying to get Mr Archer back to the negoti-
ating table for three weeks.
Mr Hanna also said that his calls to both the
chairman of BCB and the minister responsible
have, thus far, gone unanswered.
"We have come to the public because the union

monday," she sa d.
been getting the e
ow for too Ion ,"
And the contr c-
said that he cot Id
got his money n
it if he could ge a
aount in his hai d,
e the school fn-
wo weeks. But as
he only lhas m n-
oors and the w n-
es expected to
eek, Mrs Huds n
y unlikely that t e
tart off on time as
ir way from bei g
ol we would li e
o the parents or
ence but I for e
nt my child to go
and not be a le
e restroom.
expect for us as

teachers to be happy when the
students and the female faculty
don't even have a place to
relieve themselves.
"We are running here from
pillar to post and I won't say
that the public doesn't care, but
it seems like the ministry does-
n't. As long as they see some
teaching is going on, they will
put a Band-Aid on it and use
this psychology on you that the
children need to be taught but
the problems are still there and
getting bigger.
"We have made a stand this
time and are determined to stay
out until we get what we need,"
she said.
The Minister of Education
Alfred Sears announced ihat a
,press conference is scheduled
for today at 10am at the Min-
istry of Education to address
the issue and inform the public
on the state of schools through-
out the island.

Ind strial action

thr atened over

ZN contract

is frustrate ," he said.
"We wil have to resort to industrial action if
assistance s not forthcoming in a matter of days,
because w are not getting full co-operation from
BCB. We call on Mr Johnson's or Mr Wilch-
combe's as istance."
BCPM became a legitimate union in April,
2004, offi ially recognised with the Labour
Departme t.
The uni n is also responsible for managers at
Bahamas elecommunications Corporation.
Mr Han a said they, too, are awaiting finalisa-
tion of thei contract. Eighty per cent of the issues
have been dealt with, he said.
While n gotiations were going well, he said six
weeks ago they negotiated on an issue and have
yet to heai back from the BTC board.
BTC ma lagers have been negotiating that con-
tract for al lost three months.



WEDNESDAY, AUGUST. 31.-2005, PAGE 1--_.


* MEMBERS of staff from The Tribune and British Colonial Hilton

* MEMBERS of staff of the British Colonial Hilton and ZNS

British Colonial Hilton hosts party for the media

THE British Colonial Hilton said thanks to
members of the press for their continued sup-
port by hosting a cocktail reception in their hon-
The function was held on Friday, August 5 in the

Palm Court Lounge of the British Colonial Hilton.
It was a positive turnout as members of the
press from virtually all the media houses graced
the event with their presence.
In attendance were representatives from the

Bahamas Broadcasting Corporation (ZNS), The
Tribune, The Nassau Guardian, Island FM, The
Punch Publications Limited, Star Publishers,
Dupuch Publications and Media Enterprises.
The evening wrapped up with trivia questions

on the British Colonial Hilton, where prizes such
as dinner for two at the Portofino Restaura'nt
and a three-night stay for two were given away.
The British Colonial will host another such
event at the end of the year.

School supplies are

presented by MP

* SCHOOL SUPPLIES PRESENTED Tourism Minister and West End and Bimini MP Obie
Wilchcombe smiled broadly on Sunday as he presented a student of the West End primary school
with a packet of school supplies for the new school year, which starts next week. At right in picture
is Hezekiah Dean, district superintendent in the Ministry of Education. Standing at left in the
background is Phillip Smith, chairman of the West End Town Township Committee.
(Photo: BIS/Vandyke Hepburn)

Grand Bahama teachers

present gift to minister

Alfred Sears accepts a gift from
Grand Bahama teachers at the
opening of teachers profession-
al day seminar on Grand
Bahama Monday evening at the
Our Lucaya Resort. Left to
right in the photo are: Hezekiah
Dean, district superintendent;
Mrs Damaris Thompson, assis-
tant director of Education;
Alfred Sears, Attorney General
and Minister of Education;
Angela Burrows, committee
member; and Cecil Thompson,
deputy director of Education.
(Photo: BIS Vandyke

Red Cross fundraising on track

* VOLUNTEERS sorting raffle tickets for distribution, as well as incoming tickets for fold-
ing. Left to right: Patricia Treco, Eleanor Butler, Dorothy Hepburn-King, Bahamas Red Cross
deputy director Pauline Allen-Dean, committee chairwoman Carolynn Hall Knowles, Florida
Young and Kathleen Dummett.

THE fundraising efforts of
the Red Cross were re-ener-
gised this week during the
threat of Hurricane Katrina.
As the storm pelted the
northern Bahamas, the Red
Cross raffle committee contin-
ued to work in an effort to
ensure that "funds were avail-

able through the sale of raffle
tickets, in case Katrina caused
damage," said an association
"Hot meals and dry mat-
tresses were much in demand
during even this minimal hur-
ricane and Red Cross contin-
ues its vigilance during this very

active hurricane season 2005,"
The next Red Cross raffle
drawing is set for Saturday in
the parking lot of Solomon's
Super Centre and the associa-
tion is asking the public to lend
its support to the fundraising
efforts under the theme: "Help
now hurricanes are here."

Reception for Helsinki hero

* THE Road Traffic Department held a reception on Friday for Troy McIntosh, an employee
and member of the silver medal winning men's 400m relay team at the World Games in
Helsinki, Finland, earlier this month. Mr McIntosh (left) is congratulated by Glenys
Hanna-Martin, Minister of Transport and Aviation.

* GLENYS Hanna-Martin, Minister of Transport and Aviation (centre); Lorraine Armbrister,
acting permanent secretary, Ministry of Transport and Aviation (left); and Jack Thompson,
Controller, Road Traffic Department, wave Bahamian flags
(Photos: BIS/Raymond Bethel)

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making news in their
neighbourhoods. Perhaps
you are raising funds for a
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area or have won an
If so, call us on 322-1986
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Eco-tourism resort

planned for

* By YOLANDA Nest Development Corporation ment.
DELEVEAUX (FNR). The corporation's web- "FNR has b
Senior' Business Reporter site said it was looking to create provide a so

INVESTORS behind a
planned Eco-Tourism resort in
Inagua have received initial
approval from the Government
for the project, and are cur-
rently in the process of com-
pleting a feasibility study on the
island, Allyson Maynard-Gib-
son, minister of financial ser-
vices and investments, told The
Tribune yesterday.
Although she did not identify
the potential investors, they are
believed to be the Flamingo

an eco-friendly resort in Inagua,
and was inviting potential
investors to purchase shares in
the company.
The website says: "FNR is
offering limited opportunities
for outside investors to own a
part of the FNR experience.
Shares of FNR are offered for
committed, like-minded people
who share our vision for a sus-
tainable, profitable resort that
provides a healthy lifestyle and
a fun and relaxing experience
in a back-to-nature environ-

Fidelity to launch

Financial Centres

by 2005 year-end

FIDELITY BANK (Bahamas) yesterday said it expected to
launch its Fidelity Financial Centres by the end of the year, repo-
sitioning itself as a "one-stop" shop for lending and investment
products, and in doing so giving it a competitive edge and point of
differentiation from rival commercial banks.
Describing it as a "rebranding" 'of the branches, Roderick Goom,
president of Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) Ltd, said the new financial
centres would deliver a number of products and services offered by
its sister company, Fidelity Merchant Bank and Trust.
Rather than maintain the position of a traditional retail banking
branch that offers mortgage and lending services, plus savings
tools, the new financial centres will look to provide access to pen-
sion plans, investment portfolios, and more sophisticated savings
"We'll do most of the things that investment banks would do, that
retail banks don't do," he explained.
Mr Goom said the launch of the Fidelity Financial Centres was
seen as an opportunity to be more competitive in the Bahamian
financial services industry, presenting a platform for Fidelity to dis-
tribute a broad range of products and services to clients.
He added that streamlining the service delivery would allow
SEE page five

Bahamas bank

director given

prison sentence


investment for a s
individuals who sA
of a comfortable
away that operate
with nature, and o
to visitors who ca
ciate an unspoi
tropical paradise.
"Shares are bei
way to attract ii
want to support
spend time at the
selves, and sprea
others who might
rience Inagua."
Mrs Maynard
the eco-tourism pi
only type of dev
Government would
to for Inagua, k
flocks of flaming
keys and exotic fl
Meanwhile, M
Gibson said other
ed for islands in
Bahamas were
ahead, with the
currently in nego
Heads of Agreen
I-Group over its
project in Mayagi


The project is a joint venture
n conceived to with the Hotel Corporation,
d, profitable which is also in negotiations
select group of with the ministry.
hare the vision The I-Group project is
, isolated get- expected to include a hotel,
tes in concert marina, and second home com-
pens the door munity,and the company is also
in truly appre- proposing "to find a light indus-
led, remote, trial component" that was envi-
ronmentally friendly.
ng offered as a The privately-owned Boston-
nvestors who based development company
our concept, and its controllers, the Roy fam-
e resort them- ily, believe there is a significant
d the word to tourist market that would be
t like to expe- attracted the wildlife, environ-
ment and scenery in Mayagua-
-Gibson said na.
reject was the Mrs Maynard-Gibson said
elopment the previously that Mayaguana Air-
dd have agreed port would need to be upgraded
.nown for its if the development proceeded,
os, wild don- opening up the southern
lora. Bahamas and that island to pri-
[rs Maynard- vate pilot tourists, plus their
r projects slat- friends and relatives
the southern In Crooked Island, developer
also moving and owner of the Pittstown
Government Point Landing resort, DK
Itiations for a Ulrich, was said be moving full
ients with the steam ahead with the construc-
$500 million tion of a $35 million project.
uana. The resort, which will be fea-

minister of financial services and investments

tured as the anchor project for
the island, will initially include
18 town houses, 25 homes sites
and a 40-slip hybrid marina to
accommodate yachts.
Mrs Maynard-Gibson said
that while concerns may be
raised in some quarters about
the toll the various investment
projects would take on the cost
of land for Bahamians, she said

the key for government in giv-
ing the go-ahead on any project
was that the development
would be, for the benefit of the
Identifying several key indi-
cators of a suitable project -
employment, entrepreneurship,
education and environment -
SEE page five

Bahamas insurance premiums

may suffer from Katrina effects

Tribune Business Editor
INSURANCE companies and execu-
tives yesterday warned that hurricane
insurance premiums paid by Bahamians
could rise yet again when they come up
for renewal next year, due to the global
industry seeking to recover the billion-dol-
lar payouts caused by Hurricane Katrina.
Although emphasising that it was still
too early to tell the precise impact from the
devastation Hurricane Katrina had inflict-
ed on New Orleans and the surrounding
states and wider fallout, Bahamian insurers

spoken to by The, Tribune said that with
estimates of the insured damage likely to
rise, a knock-on effect for Bahamian prop-
erty and casualty premiums was looking
increasingly likely.
Property insurance premiums in the
Bahamas rose by around 20-30 per cent
this year following the 2004 hurricane sea-
son, due to reinsurers and the insurance
companies perceiving this nation as a
greater risk and looking to recoup claims
Initial estimates had pegged insured loss-
es from Hurricane Katrina at a maximum
of $25 billion. AIR Worldwide, a risk mod-

elling firm based in Boston, said its revised
estimate projects likely insured losses in a
range of $17 billion to $25 billion. On Mon-
day, it had said preliminary assessments
suggested property and casualty losses in a
.range of $12 billion to $26 billion.
But with levees bursting and leading to
increased flooding in New Orleans, and
damage assessments only just beginning,
some believed the total insured loss -
excluding damage to uninsured or under-
insured property and offshore oil opera-
tions could push up to as much as $40 bil-
SEE page five

Tribune Business Editor
A DIRECTOR and share-
holder in a former Bahamas-
based bank has been sentenced
to 37 months imprisonment
and ordered to pay just over
$124 million in restitution for
his part in a scam that defraud-
ed investors across the globe
of $214 million.
Robert W. Boyd was sen-
tenced last week in the US Dis-

trict Court for the Middle Dis-
trict of Florida on several
counts of fraud in relation to
his role in Evergreen Security,
a bankrupt offshore mutual
fund that was largely managed
from the Bahamas.
Mr Boyd was a former direc-
tor and shareholder in Surety
Bank & Trust, the Paradise
Island-based financial institu-

SEE page 4B

Commercial property (60x116 sq. ft.) in central location detailing60 feet of
frontage in high traffic area. There is a two story building with a floor area
totaling 2800 sq. ft. Downstairs features 3 separate rooms, 3 bathrooms,
kitchen and storage area. Upstairs has 4 separate rooms and 2 bathrooms
that are accessed by an internal staircase. The building has been remod-
eled and the improvements include: new telephone lines, electrical
wiring, PVC plumbing, central and wall air conditioning units, asphalt
paving and roof. An ideal buildingfor a professional office, preschool, or
any business.
Offered at $409,000 gross.

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How companies and employees

must act in an armed robbery

L ast week, the dis-
cussion focused
around steps to
minimise the
threat of armed
robbery. Now, I will suggest
methods to assist you and your
staff in actually surviving the
First, it must be stated that
no amount of money is worth
the risk of personal injury or
death. Victims of armed rob-
beries commonly experience
physical and emotional prob-
lems following the incident.
Many of these persons subse-
quently experience complaints
such as chronic nervousness,
insomnia, nightmares and
headaches, coupled with emo-
tional disorders such as greater
aggressiveness, moodiness,

depression and a general dis-
trust of others.
The emotional disorders tend
to last longer then the physical
disorders. These disorders are
more likely to occur when the
victim puts up resistance to the
armed robber.
These feelings and experi-
ences are normal following a
life-threatening ordeal, and usu-
ally pass with time. However,
professional counselling by
qualified post-trauma counsel-
lors should be considered. A
good question to ask is if your
employer includes this profes-
sional counselling service, espe-
cially those of you who work in
high risk professions, such as
banks, convenience and grocery
stores. Counselling has been
found to significantly decrease



Notice is hereby given that the creditors of the
above-named Company are required on or
before the 22nd day of September, 2005 to
send their names and addresses and
particulars of their debts or claims to Mrs.
Maria Fr~rre, P.O.Box N-3231, Nassau,
Bahamas, the Liquidator of the Company or
in default thereof they will be excluded from
the benefit of any distribution before such
debts are approved.

Dated the 1st day of September, 2005

Maria M. Ferere

p U,

Pricing Information As Of:

Safe and Secure




the emotional harm caused by Indeed, such reactions enable
armed robbery. the victim to come to terms with
With support and guidance, the event and progress to recov-
these reactions generally pass. ery. For a proportion of

Legal Notice



(a) TORTEVAL LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution under the
provisions of Section 137 (4) of the International Business Companies
Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on August 30th,
2005 when the Articles of Dissolution were submitted to and
registered by the Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Dizame Consulting S.A.,
Pasea Estate, Road Town, Tortola, BVI.
Dated this 31st day of August, A.D. 2005.

Dizame Consulting S.A.



Sealed tenders for B$59,100,000.00 of 91-Day treasury
bills will be received by the banking manager, The
Central Bank of The Bahamas, Frederick Street, Nassau
up to 3:00p.m. on Friday, September 2,2005. Successful
Tenderers, who will be advised should take up their
bills against payment on Tuesday, September 6, 2005.
These bills will be in minimum multiples of B$100.00.
Tenders are to be on special forms obtainable from the
Central Bank of The Bahamas or commercial banks.

Tenders must state the net price percent (in multiples
of one cent) and should be marked "Tender". The
Central Bank of the Bahamas reserves the right to
reject any or all tenders.


w Financial Advisors Ltd.

wk -i 52wk-Low Symbol Previous Close Today's Close Change Daily Vol. EPS $ Div $ PIE YIeld
1.10 0.80 Abaco Markets 0.80 0.80 0.00 -0.207 0.000 N/M 0.00%
.50 8.00 Bahamas Property Fund 9.35 9.50 0.15 1,000 1.452 0.340 6.5 3.58%
3.90 5.55 Bank of Bahamas 6.90 6.90 0.00 0.561 0.330 12.3 4.78%
.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.80 0.80 0.00 0.187 0.010 4.3 1.25%
1.80 1.40 Bahamas Waste 1.40 1.40 0.00 0.126 0.060 11.1 4.29%
1.15 0.87 Fidelity Bank 1.10 1.10 0.00 0.066 0.040 16.7 3.64%
B.81 6.85 Cable Bahamas 8.80 8.80 0.00 0.618 0.240 14.2 2.73%
2.20 1.69 Collna Holdings 1.69 1.69 0.00 0.004 0.000 NM 0.00%
9.08 6.75 Commonwealth Bank 9.00 9.00 0.00 1,000 0.705 0.410 12.8 4.56%
2.50 0.67 Doctor's Hospital 2.46 2.46 0.00 0.429 0.000 5.7 0.00%
4.12 3.85 Famguard 4:12 4.12 0.00 0.428 0.240 9.6 5.83%
10.61 9.25 Finco 10.60 10.60 0.00 0.695 0.500 15.3 4.72%
. 50 7.00 FirstCarbbean 9.50 9.50 0.00 700 0.695 0.380 13.7 4.00%
.00 8.31 Focol 9.00 9.00 0.00 0.675 0.500 13.3 5.56%
1.99 1.27 Freeport Concrete 1.15 1.15 0.00 0.022 0.000 52.3 0.00%
10.20 9.50 ICD Utilities 9.60 9.60 0.00 0.526 0.405 18.3 4.22%
.50 8.25 J. S. Johnson 8:50 8.50 0.00 0.561 0.560 15.2 6.59%
8.69 4.36 Kerzner International BDRs 5.81 5.70 -0.11 0.122 0.000 47.7 0.00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 2.010 0.760 5.0 7.60%
iwk-HI 52wk-Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last PrIce Weekly Vol. EPS $ Div $ PIE Yield
13.00 12.50 Bahamas Supermarkets 12.25 13.25 11.00 1.488 0.960 9.1 7.25%
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 10.00 10.35 10.00 0.000 0.800 NM 7.80%
0.60 0.40 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.00 -0.066 0.000 NM 0.00%
3.00 286.00 ABDAB .41.00 43.00 41.00 2.220 0.000 19.4 0.00%
16.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 13.00 14.00 13.00 1.105 0.810 14.6 6.93%
).60 0.35 RND Holdings 0.29 0.64 0.35 -0.103 0.000 N/M 0.00%
k4I 62wk. t.Low Fund Name NAV YTD% Last 12 Months Div $ YIeld %
1.2496 1.1822 Colina Money Market Fund 1.249581"
2.3810 2.0058 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.381 *"
10.4855 10.0000 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 10.4855. *
2.2636 2.1330 Collna MSI Preferred Fund 2.263627.
1.1273 1.0576 Colina Bond Fund 1.127305* .
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00 YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price
82wk4-l Highest closing price In last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fideliti
2wk-Lew Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $- Selling price of Collna and fidellt)
Previous Cloee Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Today Close- Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week
Change- Change in closing price from day to dao EPS S A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 month N/IM Not Meaningful
PIE Closing price divided by the last 12 month earning! FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 10(
- AS AT JUL 31, 200S1 - AS AT JUL 31, 2005
* A8 AT AUGUST 26, 200W "* -AS AT JULY 31, 2005/ "* AS AT JULY 31. 200t

employees, their reactions may
be particularly severe the
recovery process may be
blocked or the initial trauma
may be compounded by other
problems. These, and even less-
er problems, are obviously cost-
ly to the individual as well as
the employer in terms of sick
leave, impaired performance,
compensation, morale and staff
The Response
During an armed robbery, co-
operation is more prudent than
intervention, and the following
tactics should be adopted.
1. Do precisely as you are
told and no more.
2. Avoid eye contact with the
3. Speak only when spoken
4. Tell the robber exactly
what you are doing.
5. Make no sudden move-
6. Don't activate alarms
unless safe to do so.
7. Try to remain calm and
control emotions.
8. Remember as many details
as possible of the bandit and
the incident.
Some things to look out for
are listed below to help you:
Physical appearance:
Prominent or unusual fea-
Speech accents, language
Actions interaction with
other offenders
Other aspects:
Weapons used
Method of escape
Vehicles used for escape
Direction of travel when
Immediately following the
1. Call the Police First
Ensure that your staff are
trained to act appropriately fol-
lowing an armed robbery. Raise
the alarm as soon as it is safe
to do so. This may be an alarm
device activated during the inci-
Immediately telephone police

on 919/911, giving:
Name and address of
premises, area and location,
including nearest cross streets.
Number of offenders and
Description of weapon
Description of vehicle used
and direction of travel.
This information is important
and should be provided after
the offenders have left the
premises, in addition to activat-
ing any alarm devices.
2. Preservation of crime
After the armed robbery, the
following steps should be
Close the premises to the
public and keep out unautho-
rised persons. Isolate the area
for later forensic examination,
in particular fingerprints.
Keep staff away from areas
where the offender may have
placed their hands.
Ensure that no person inter-
feres in any way with that part
of the premises where the
offender has been, or with any
articles which may have been
left behind, such as demand
Staff should independently
note descriptions for the assis-
tance of the first police on the
scene. It is important that first
impressions are obtained. A
complete description and the
words used in the crime are
Do not make statements to
the media before discussing the
matter with the police.
Do not comment on how
much money was involved,
except to the police.
Supply the police with all
details even if they appear to
be insignificant to you.
These recommendations are
intended to assist you in survi -
ing the encounter.
Next week, we discuss the
increase in fraud that also
increases during this time of the
year. Unlike armed robbery,
these incidents are less life-
threatening, but usually cost the
affected business much more
financially to recover from.

NB: Gamal Newry is presi-
dent of Preventative Measures,
a security and law enforcement
training and consulting compa-
ny. Comments can be sent to
PO Box N-3154 Nassau,
Bahamas or e-mail preven-

Requires: (1) Full Time Registered Nurse
(2) Part Time Registered Nurses to work
in Primary/Urgent Care Facility
Current Bahamian licence
Must have at least three (3) years experience in the
Must have current ACLS Certificate
Must demonstrate strong public relations,
'.communication skills
Must be responsible, dedicated, competent and

Attractive Benefit Package
Please send resume to:
The Mediclinic
P.O. Box N-4302
Nassau, Bahamas


(No. 46 of 2000)

IBC NO. 124056 B
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

NOTICE is hereby given that in accordance with Section 131 (2) (a) of
the International Business Companies Act No. 46 of 2000, Landry Holdings
Limited is in Dissolution.

Any person having a Claim against Landry Holdings Limited is required
on or before the 30 September, 2005 to send their name, address and
particulars of the debt or claim to the Liquidator of the Company, or in
default thereof they may be excluded from the benefit of any distribution
made before such claim is approved.

Sovereign (Bahamas) Limited, of Ansbacher House, 2nd Floor, Shirley
and East Streets, North, P. 0. Cox N-4244, Nassau, Bahamas, is the
Liquidator of Landry Holdings Limited.


The immediate family members of Mr.

Clarence Ferguson, Mr. Garnet Knowles,

and Mr. Arlington Brown Jr., deceased

employees of The Bahamas Electricity

Corporation are kindly asked to contact

the Human Resources Department, at

telephone numbers 302-1303, 302-1304

or 302-1720 urgently.




'at heart'

of tourism's viability

AT THE conclusion of the
2nd Industry Shadowing Work-
shop for Educators, 85 teach-
ers, including five Family Island
participants, were presented
with certificates marking suc-,
cessful completion of the sum-
mer programme.
Jointly sponsored by the
Ministrit.o of Tourism and Edu-
cation, along with the Bahamas
Hotel Association, the theme
for this year's summer intern-
ship workshop was "Education
& Tourism Making the Perfect
Addressing participants at
closing cut ceremonies held in
the Crown Ballroom, Atlantis,
Paradise Island, the Minister of
Education & Attorney Gener-
al, Alfred Sears, praised the
teachers for their efforts.
"I see before me colleague
educators who are very, very

excited about a process you
have been engaged over in over
these past several days," he
Minister Sears also reminded
attendees of the importance of




Current Bahamian licence
Must have at least three (3) years experience in the
Must have current ACLS Certificate
Must demonstrate strong public relations,
communication skills
Must be responsible, dedicated, competent and
Attractive Benefit Package
Please send resume to:
The Mediclinic
RO. Box N-4302
Nassau, Bahamas

(1) Full Time Registered Nurse
(2) Part Time Registered Nurses to work
in Primary/Urgent Care Facility

'education to tourism. "The
process of education is at the
very heart of the prosperity and
viability of the economic enter-
prises represented by the per-
sons here. Therefore, you can-
not divorce what is done in the
classroom from what takes
place here at Atlantis, Comfort
Suites, Nassau Beach, or Baha
AAll of their enterprises are
dependent on the quality of
instruction, the quality of learn-
ing that takes place every day
within our classes. Therefore,
this initiative involving the Min-
istry of Tourism, ourselves in
education, and the hospitality
industry, is at the very heart of
the competitiveness of this
jurisdiction that is not only
hotels but the entire hospitality
industry. All are dependent for
their continued viability upon
how well students are pre-
Concurring with the Minis-
ter's remarks was Sammy Gar-
diner, Senior Director, Ministry
of Tourism, who described the
workshop as evidence that "the
time was ripe for all parties to
work together."
"It is not for the Ministry of
Tourism to do it all," noted Mr.
Gardiner. "At the Ministry of

A leading law firm with offices located in Nassau
and Freeport is presently considering applications
for the following position.


The successful applicant should possess the following
minimum requirements:

Associates Degree in related Computer Sciences.
Two or more years work experience in the
computer field.
Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office
Very good working knowledge of Windows
Networking Systems.

General responsibilities will include but not be limited

Maintaining and troubleshooting hardware and
software on the Network.
Maintaining Network trustees and security.
Maintaining system backups.
The recommendation and implementation of
new technology.


A Competitive Salary, Pension Plan, Health and Life
Insurance and other attractive benefits.

Interested persons should apply in writing to:

The Office Manager
P.O. Box N-7117
Nassau, Bahamas

* 85 TEACHERS successfully completed a four-day tourism summer internship workshop jointly sponsored by the Ministries
of Tourism and Education and the Bahamas Hotel Association. On hand for the presentation of certificates and bringing con-
gratulatory remarks were (left to right): Earle Bethell, President, Bahamas Hotel Association; Jorge Torres, Social Devel-
opment Specialist, Bahamas Office, IDB; Jeremy McVean, General Manager, Comfort Suites Paradise Island; Beverley Saun-
ders, VP Training, Atlantis, and Co-Chairperson, Tourism Task Force on Education; Alfred Sears, MP, Minister of Educa-
tion; Sammy Gardiner, senior director, Ministry of Tourism; and J. Barrie Farrington, senior vice-president, Atlantis.
Tourism, we regard ourselves
as the grand facilitator. But we
recognize the role the Ministry KINGSWAY ACADEMY
of Education plays in enabling P.O. Box N-4378
us to 'deliver'. NASSAU, BAHAMAS
After four days of instruc-
tion, including internships at Kingsway Academy High School
hotels and industry related
properties, the teachers pre-
sented overviews of their expe- invites qualified applicants for the following positions
riences and learning activities immediately.
they will take back to the class-
rooms. One group representa- and Des
tive, Ms. Oliver, outlined com- Art and Design
mon themes noticed as they Business Studies
worked on actual jobs within Librarian/ Media Specialist
the tourist industry. Among Bible/ Christian Values (Needed for one semester)
them were a high level of orga-
nization; the need for a proper
attitude or teachable spirit; a Successful applicants must:
high level of commitment by Be a practicing, committed born-again Christian
staff; impeccable personal Have minimum qualifications of a Bachelor's
grooming; lots of financial Degree in the appropriate subject areas or higher
rewards, especially from tips,
but a lot of hard work required from a recognized college or university
to gain them; and finally, the Have a valid teacher's certicate or diploma where
critical importance of displaying appropriate
values, in particular honesty Be willing to participate in extra curricular activities,
and integrity, on the job. etc.
Summarizing the success of
yet another summer workshop
was Earle Bethell, President, Applications must be made in writing together with full
Bahamas Hotel Association curriculum vitae, a recent color photograph and names of
who admonished the educators at least three references, one being that of your church Pastor
to make practical use of the
experience gained over the past to:
few days.
"Now that you have gained a Ms. Kelcine Hamilton
better understanding of what Academy Affairs Manager
this industry is all about, I trust P.O.Box N-4378
that you will carry it forward
to the students within your Nassau, Bahamas
classrooms and better prepare
them for entry into this busi- For further information, please contact the Business Office
ness. Go forth and enlighten at Telephone numbers 324-6269 or 324-6887.
will expect of them once they DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS THURSDAY,
enter this field," urged Mr September 1, 2005


Citigroup (NYSE: C), the preeminent global financial services company has some
200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 100 countries,
providing consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad
range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit,
corporate and investment banking, insurance, securities brokerage, and asset
management. Major brand names under Citigroup's trademark red umbrella
include Citibank, CitiFinancial, Diner's Club, Primerica, Smith Barney and
We are currently accepting resumes for the following position:

Aggressively market the Bank's products and services to businesses in
the Northern Caribbean Region that meet our target market criteria;
Achieve established revenue targets by developing and maintaining
strong customer relationships through the delivery of the highest level
of customer service;
Work with Product Specialists to identify opportunities and to deliver
innovative structures and solutions to clients while ensuring compliance
with the control environment;
Analyze, evaluate and assess financial statements; and
Conduct due diligence on new clients and monitor clients' accounts to
ensure that activity is in line with established parameters.
Knowledge/Skill Requirements
Strong knowledge and experience in Capital Markets & Corporate Finance
(need to demonstrate management and execution of these type of
Strong marketing/sales and technical financial skills;
High energy, motivated individual, ability to think outside the box and
to adapt in a dynamic work environment;
Strong analytical skills, good knowledge of accounting, finance and
financial instruments;
Bachelors degree in Accounting, Finance, Business or Economics (certain
types of Engineering may be consider). MBA and / or CFA;
Excellent communication skills and ability to work across units within
the Bank to ensure customer satisfaction;
Previous experience as a Credit Analyst and/or Risk Manager and/or
Relationship Manager and/or Transactor; and
Travel required.
Starting salary will be commensurate with experience. Interested applicants may
deliver, fax or e-mail resumes to:
Business Head
Citigroup Corporate and Investment Bank
110 Thompson Boulevard
Nassau, The Bahamas
Fax: (242) 302-8569

Resumes should be received by September 12th, 2005






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tion that ceased operating in
2001. His conviction shows how
vital it is for the Bahamas to
ensure its financial institutions
have directors who pass the 'fit
and proper persons' test.

Evergreen Security's bank-
ruptcy trustee, Bill Cuthill, told
Evergreen Security investors
and creditors earlier this year
that he had been able to recov-
er $3.7 million from Surety

Bank & Trust's liquidation for
their benefit.
In a report to investors, Mr
Cuthill said Mr Boyd, who was
part of the group that founded
Evergreen Security and served

A well established Bahamian-owned business is looking for a Financial Controller.
Applicants must demonstrate their ability to handle the entire accounting cycle including
the preparation of monthly financial statements. Applicants must possess a Bachelor's
degree in Accounting and a professional designation or at least five years of experience
as a financial controller. Salary commensurate with experience.

Send a cover letter explaining in detail why you would be right for the position. Please
forward your resume with professional references and phone numbers to:

DA 15662
c/o The Tribune
P.O. Box N-3207
Nassau, Bahamas

Caribbean Pride., InternationaE Strength, Your Financtal Partner


* Mandatory Minimum Bachelor's degree in Human Resources or a related field
* PC skills: Advanced Excel and Word mandatory; Access is a plus
* Strong background in employee and industrial relations
* A broad knowledge/experience base in several HR areas, (e.g. training, recruiting, employee relations, policy review, etc.)
* Excellent organizational skills
* Skills in problem solving as it relates to identifying and resolving personnel issues
* Knowledge of the Employment and Industrial Relations Acts
* Excellent communication skills to facilitate the flow of information between the line and HR strategic and operational groups
* Strong leadership & negotiation skills
* Strong communication and presentation skills both written and verbal
General Requirements/Responsibilities:
1. Supports performance management culture (includes coaching, documentation & consultation
2. Direct responsibility for day-to-day industrial relations, including health and safety matters
3. Provides accurate information to customers and ensures that internal and external customers are provided with the
highest quality service at all times in the are of Human Resources
4. Maintain program/project records; provide data for monthly reporting :
5. Responsible for all entry-level recruitments inoludingmanagenmet;pofreqtests from the business
6. Research & analysis of HR benefits and policies
7. Oversee Benefits/Payroll functions
If you are interested:
Submit your resume and private & confidential in WRITING ONLY before September 2, 2005 to:
Jamise Sturrup
Human Resources Assistant
P.O. Box N-7125
Nassau, Bahamas
Or e-mail:
FirstCaribbean Internatipnal Bank thanks all applicants for their interest, however only those under consideration
will be contacted.
Vacancies are open to Bahamian residents only.

Public Utilities Commission


The Bahamas Telecommunications Company

Limited Application to increase its Monthly

Rates/Prices For Telephone Lines

The PUC will hold a PUBLIC MEETING on the Bahamas
Telecommunications Company's application to increase the
monthly rates/prices for telephone lines on Thursday 1st
September, 2005, from 7-9pm in MARSH HARBOUR
ABACO, at St. John's Anglican Parish Hall.

The purpose of the public meeting will be to afford
consumers and interested parties the opportunity to ask
questions or make oral comments on the application.

Copies of the Commission's Public consultation document
on BTC's application can be obtained from the PUC's office
located in the Agape House 4th Terrace East, Collins Avenue
or downloaded from the Commission's website at

as one of its trustees, had
"stolen" $3.6 million from the
mutual fund in conjunction
with fellow Surety Bank &
Trust shareholder and trustee,
Thomas Spencer.
Mr Cuthill had claimed the
funds, which were used to pur-
chase shares in Surety Bank &
Trust and recapitalise it, for the
mutual fund's bankruptcy
Mr Cuthill said: "Evergreen
recovered $3.7 million from the
liquidation of Surety Bank &
Trust, a bank in Nassau,
Bahamas, which was liquidated
by government-appointed liq-
"Evergreen filed a claim for
funds received by Surety,
amounting to $3.6 million,
which was stolen to make
investments in shares in the
bank for Thomas Spencer and
Robert Boyd, two of Ever-
green's founders."
Mr Boyd had worked closely
with Jon Knight and J. Antho-
ny Huggins, two Florida-based
financial advisers who operated
a Bahamian subsidiary, IPA,
International Portfolio Ana-
lytics, an investment adviser to

Evergreen Security.
Mr Knight eventually plead-

ed guilty to grand larceny over
charges brought against him in

Freeport Based Construction Company
requires an experienced.
for a short term or permanent employment.
Salary commensurate with qualification & experience.
Applications in writing summarizing qualifications & experience to
Box F-43569 or fax to (242) 335-7573.
You may call (242) 352-6700 ext 4 or 5 details of position.

A.tsA ,. OA&"AMAf


The Abaco Club on Winding Bay, a spectacular 520 acre
International Members Golf & Sporting Estate on Abaco,
is seeking a senior-level REAL ESTATE: SALES,
REPRESENTATIVE. Candidates must have a minimum
of 5 years experience in luxury market sales. Real Estate
license is preferred. Successful candidate must have
exceptional communication skills, both verbal and written.
Must be personable, professional and willing to commute
or relocate to Abaco. The Abaco Club's estate lots range
from $875,000 to more then $4 million. Please email cover
letter and resume to or fax to 242-
367-2930, Attn: Sales & Marketing.

the Manhattan District Court
in relation to Evergreen Secu-
rity, while Mr Huggins pleaded
guilty to possessing stolen
property in the same case.
Although neither is serving
jail time, they are now serving
probation and were fined.
However, Mr Cuthill and Ever-
green Security have two out-
standing lawsuits pending
against the pair and their com-
The Manhattan District
Court lawsuit had alleged that
in late 1997, working with Mr
Boyd and Mr Spencer, the IPA
duo took a $6.5 million loan
from Evergreen, "ostensibly in
part to pay off an earlier $2
million loan".
The $6.5 million was then
allegedly transferred to Matae-
ka Ltd, which was "wholly-
owned" by Huggins and
Knight, and described as a
"Bahamian-based holding com-
pany that had no assets and no
real business interests".
The indictment alleged: "The
defendants used Mataeka Ltd
as a conduit to pay off the ear-
lier $2 million, and channelled
the remaining $4 million to oth-
er entities, keeping $500,000
for themselves.
"The defendants used
Mateaka to pay back the orig-
inal $2 million loan to Ever-
green from the $6.5 million that
Evergreen lent out, kept
$500,000 for themselves and
transferred $400,000 to Amer-
ican Bond Partners (ABP).
ABP, an Orlando, Florida-
based financial services admin-
istrative company, was operat-
ed [by Mr Boyd and Mr
Spencer]; the money was used
to buy a corporate jet [for
Huggins and Knight alleged-
ly then transferred $3.6 million
from the $6.5 million loan to
Perdido PCS Servicios, a Costa
Rican shell firm.
The Manhattan District
Attorney's office added: "Ulti-
mately, because of the terms
of a buy back agreement signed
by the Evergreen trustees,
Evergreen had to forgive
Mataeka's obligations to repay
$4 million of the $6.5 million
In an update to Evergreen
Security investors last month,
Mr Cuthill said some $25.5 mil-
lion had been recovered for
Investors from lawsuits, asset
sales and other sources. He is
also holding 11.625 million
shares in a Canadian compa-
ny, Crystal Graphite Corpora-
tion, which will be sold to raise
further funds for investors.
Costs involved with the
recovery effort have exceeded
$23 million, but Mr Cuthill said
he was still on track to recover
the $30 million he had initially
projected for defrauded
investors. There are $185 mil-
lion in approved claims,


ESSO is looking for Talented Candidates to fill the following position.
The successful candidate will receive Exceptional Career Development.



Achieve success and flawless execution in Terminal Operations through
managing operations personnel on a day to day basis. Responsible for
product receipt, storage and distribution and all operations related to
them. Ensure terminal activities are carried out safely and in accordance
with Esso's standards and government regulations at an acceptable cost
and at an extraordinary service level.


- Bachelor's Degree in Engineering (Industrial, Electrical or Mechanical)
or Related Fields
- 4 5 Years of experience in areas of study
- Strong Interpersonal Effectiveness & Communication Skills
- Cognitive/Technical/Business Knowledge
- Must possess Analytical Thinking, Innovation, and Sound Judgement
- Commitment to High Standards
- Result Oriented, Committed, with Drive and Perseverance
- Exercises Influence Demonstrates Self Confidence and Personal Impact
- Demonstrates Leadership

If you fulfill the position requirements, please send your resume by email
to lina.mtriguez@ex onmobiLcom





FROM page one

Bruce Ferguson, the Bahamas Insurance
Brokers Association's (BIBA) vice-presi-
dent, told The Tribune that Bahamian hur-
ricane insurance premiums "could well"
rise for next year as a result of Katrina,
regardless of whether the Bahamas was
struck by a storm.
He pointed out that 2004 had been a
"record year" for storms, with four hurri-
canes Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne
all striking Florida and the US, while 12
typhoons had hit Japan.
As a result, it was possible that some
reinsurers might pull out of writing busi-
ness in hurricane-prone areas such as the
Bahamas and the Caribbean, Mr Fergu-
son said, as they were becoming more risk
averse and cautious in their exposure to

FROM page one Fid4

Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) to
maximise its human resources open at F
and more easily meet the needs erick Stre
of customers, without having tions.
them leave one location to tray- There i
el to another. whether (
The initial launch of the new Beach, as
platform is expected to take building 1
place before the end of 2005. it difficult
At this stage there are no plans a financia
to increase the number of atthatloc
employees at the bank. Instead Meanv
,key employees have been iden- (Bahamas
tified for cross-training to take it of $640,
on new service roles, along with ended Ju
some repositioning of strategic slightly Ic
personnel. perform
Asked about the impact of months o
the new Fidelity Financial Cen- profit wa
tres on the company's bottom plan.
line, Mr Goom said that from a Fidelit'
group perspective there will be loans gr
some spin-offs for these centres reflected
in terms of fees, resulting of the andreflec theb
new investment and savings stance on
tools being incorporated into a quality
their portfoli. The
The Fidelity Financial Cen- incurred
tres are expected to initially

Bahamas insurance premiums

such risks.
"In having another large year, you can
only take so many hits before something
has to give," Mr Ferguson said.
Although there have been no indica-
tions yet, it remains possible that the insur-
ance sector could face capacity issues if a
number of reinsurers stop writing business
in hurricane-prone areas, something that
would be especially problematic for the
Bahamian general insurance industry
because it relies heavily on buying large
amounts of reinsurance.
Given the scale of the damage in the
US from Katrina, reinsurers may look for
increased deductibles and/or increased
property insurance premiums to keep them
interested in the Bahamas and other hur-

ricane-prone areas.
Mr Ferguson said that the hurricane sea-
son was "not even half-way through", and
only now approaching the early September
peak, meaning that further storms strik-
ing land would only exacerbate the situa-
tion generated by Katrina.
Hurricane Dennis had already caused
some $900 million in insured losses when it
struck the Florida Panhandle earlier this
year, some $640 million being inflicted
upon that state.
Another insurance industry source said
that while Hurricane Katrina was unlikely
to have a major impact on Bahamian pre-
miums in the short-term, it still depended
on the severity of the damage and whether
any more storms would emerge.

elity to launch Financial Centres

Fidelity's current Fred-
set and Freeport loca-

is some question as to
one will open at Cable
s the purchase of the
by Baha Mar has made
Sto determine whether
1 centre will be placed
cation, Mr Goom said.
,hile, Fidelity Bank
s) reported a net prof-
235 for the six months
me 30, 2005. While
power than the bank's
since for the first six
of the prior year, the
s marginally ahead of

y also reported that
ew, a situation that
both buoyant demand
bank's more aggressive.
soliciting and building
loan book.
one-off expenses
for the rebranding of

the bank, inclusive of the
change in signage, stationary
and other marketing expenses
related to the change in the

bank's name to Fidelity Bank
(Bahamas) Limited,
were also recognised in the fig-

Eco-tourism resort

planned for Inagua

FROM page one

the minister of financial services and investments said the Gov-
ernment was not ignoring the fact that with development comes an
increase in the price of land.
Mrs Maynard-Gibson said there may be the feeling that Bahami-
ans are being priced out of the market, a situation she said occurs
everywhere there is development.
The Government was being careful how it chooses develop-
ments, basing decisiond on the results of a cost-benefit analysis and
whether Bahamians will benefit from the project.
She noted that beach access for Bahamians remained an uncon-
ditional tenet of all contracts and was non-negotiable.



Dear Shareholder,

The financial results for the first quarter ending May 31st, 2005
demonstrates that company's.fuidamentals are-all moving in the
right direction. Gross 'evenue is increasing while Relative Gross
Margins are being maintained. We expect that this trend will
continue and be further augmented by growing Revenue
Receipts from our TicketXpress product, whose roll-out began in
March, 2005. Operating Expenses continue to be carefully

The company's Balance Sheet shows that the company's Total
Assets declined for the period led primarily by a decline in Cash
and Receivables. These funds were used to pay down trade
payables and to fund working capital requirements.

Shareholders' Equity was negatively impacted during the period
with all of the impact coming as a result of an increase
in the accumulated deficit account. The movement in this
account reflected the loss sustained during the remainder
of the 2004 /2005 financial year ( June 1st, 2004 through

(Expressed in Bahamian dollars)
31st MAY 2005

Accounts receivable
Current portion of note receivable
Prepayments and deposits
Other receivables
Total current assets

Bank overdrafts
Accounts payable and accrued expel
Current portion of long-term debt
Other liabilities
Total current liabilities
Total liabilities
Share capital
Share premium
Contributed capital
Accumulated deficit
Total shareholders'equity

31st MAY 2004

$ .4,071 $ 435,587
264,991 327,279
240,000 240,000
20,474 48,970
73,585 34,516
1.553 179.817
604,674 1,266,169
10,548,559 10,043,618
562,981 1,063,895
680,000 920,000
263,770 263.770
$ 12,659,984 $ 13,669,110

229,851 $ 215,929
1,094,463 1,843,710
321,111 298,542
102,225 59,628
1,747,650 2,417,809


February 28th, 2005) coupled, with the loss incurred in the first
Quarter ofthe 2005/2006 fihartcial year (March 1 st, 2005 through"
May 31st, 2005).

We would like to thank you for your continued support and
would like to reassure you that our management team remains
resolute in the objective of realizing a break even position
over the forthcoming 15 months with sustained profitability

Jerome K. Fitzgerald Kenneth M. Donathan
Chairman Managing Director

(Expressed in Bahamian dollars)

31st MAY 2005 31st MAY 2004

Gross margin
Other operating

Total operating expenses
Finance costs
Loss from continuing operations

Income from cinema assets
Repairs at Prince Charles Drive
Cinema location

$ 361,877 $ 332,808
56,499 41,991
305,378 290,817



(328,206) (361,433)



(109,212) (254,010)


Loss from discontinued operations (54,491)
NET INCOME (LOSS) $ (109,212) $ (308,501)


5,576,942 6,196,575

88,562 88,562
5,934,987 5,934,987
3,175,087 3,175,087
( 2,115,594) (1,726,101)
7,083,042 7,472,535
$ 12,659,984 $ 13,669,110

The above are the unaudited figures of RND Holdings Limited first quarter
2005/2006 financial period. A copy of the audited companies 2005 Annual
Report may be obtained from Colina Financial Advisors Ltd., Goodman's Bay
Corporate Centre, West Bay Street or RND Holdings Limited, RND Plaza West,
John F. Kennedy Drive.

NOTICE is hereby given that WILLIAM PASCAL, P.O. BOX
SS-6789, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 24TH day of AUGUST, 2005 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.


NOTICE is hereby given that ROBERTSON ROMAGE, P.O. BOX
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that
any person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 31ST day of AUGUST,
2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
RO.Box F-41085,. Grand Bahama, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that ALBERT DELHOMME, #6, 7TH
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 24TH day of AUGUST, 2005 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that RICARDO DELHOMME, #6,
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 24TH day of AUGUST, 2005 to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that EMMANUEL DELHOMME, #6,
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 24TH day of AUGUST, 2005 to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

The Public is hereby advised that I, HERMAN GODFREY
GILBERT, of Maycock Avenue, Fox Hill, RO. Box CB-
11095, Nassau, Bahamas, intend to change my name to
objections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you may
write such objections to the Chief Passport Officer,
P.O.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty
(30) days after the date of publication of this notice.

Second Senior Officer

A progressive offshore bank with an unrestricted bank
and trust licence is looking to engage a capable
individual to fill the position of Second Senior Officer
as required by the Guidelines on Minimum Physical
Presence of the Central Bank of The Bahamas.

The individuals must meet the following qualifications:
* Minimum of FIVE (5) years employment in a senior
capacity with a licensed financial institution;
Ability to take charge of the entire back-office
administration of our institution;
Experience liaising with The Central Bank of the
Familiarity with AML and KYC procedures
Highly organized
University degree required, post-graduate degree
Knowledge of Canadian income tax and business
* Computer literacy is required

We offer a flexible work schedule with very desirable
job benefits and a very satisfying work atmosphere.
Salary is commensurate with experience and is
negotiable. We are an equal opportunity employer and
do not discriminate on the basis of gender, age, race
or religion. We prefer to hire Bahamians but will
consider hiring a non-Bahamian if they have the right

Please reply in confidence via email to:





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Senior Sports Reporter
THE Electro Telecom Wild-
cats are on a roll in the New
Providence Softball Associa-
tion. They've clinched the
ladies' pennant and now
they're going after another
championship title.
Ace pitcher Mary 'Cruise'
Edgecombe said the Wildcats
are playing as well as they've
done in the past and that could
spell trouble for their oppo-

Monday night at the
Churchill Tener Knowles
National Softball Stadium,
Edgecombe threw a three-hit-
ter as the Wildcats powered
their way to a comfortable 10-2
victory over the Proper Care
Pool Sharks.
"We're were just taking it
easy," said Edgecombe.
"We've already won the pen-
nant, so we didn't want to go
out there and work too hard.
"We normally don't win the
pennant, but this year, we
decided to go out and win the
pennant. We did that. Now we
want to repeat as champions.
The way we're playing right
now, I feel we will do it."
While Edgecombe held
Proper Care Pool's batters at
bay, her team-mates put
together an 11-hit parade off
Sharks' losing pitcher Lena
Linda 'Kay' Knowles led the
attack with a 2-for-4 day, dri-

ving in a pair of runs and scor-
ing as many runs. Dornette
Edwards was 2-for-3 with a
RBI and run scored; Vernie
Curry was a perfect 2-for-2 with
two runs scored; Jerdesha Mox-
ey came through with a 2-for-3
night with a RBI and Chryshan
Percentie went 1-for-i with a
double, two RBIs and two runs
Electro Telecom, who
improved their front-running
record to 17-1, scored two runs

in the first, five in the third and
three more in the fourth.
For Proper Care Pool, who
slipped to 5-12, Marissa Bur-
rows went 2-for-3 with a dou-
ble, scoring a run.
Kelly Smith was 1-for-3
with a RBI and Vonette
Nairn was also 1-for-3 scoring a
In the other game played, the
DHL Brackettes knocked off
the Whirlpool Eagles
7-1 to keep their playoff

hopes alive.
Ernestine Stubbs picked up
the win on a one-hitter, while
Thela Johnson gave up eight
hits in a losing effort.
Shavette Taylor went 2-for-4
with a triple, driving in three
RBIs, scoring a run, leading the.
Brackettes and Krystal Delan-
cy was 2-for-3 with a double,
scoring a run.
Currently sitting in third
place, DHL improved to 9-9
and the Eagles remained at the

bottom of the six-team pool
with a 1-17 record.
With the men's national
team travelling, the NPSA is
scheduled to feature a number
of matches up with the ladies'
division as they try to clear up
the playoff picture.
The NPSA championships
will have to be completed in
time for the Bahamas Softball
Federation's national round
robin tournament that will be
played in October.

New segment fits in with bodybuilders

Junior Sports Reporter ,-
THE fitness segment in bodybuilding has
really taken off on the local and interna-
tional scenes, after being introduced to the
sport just a few years ago.
The fitness section of the show, which is
often described by fans and participants as
the glamour segment, is divided into two
,sections, body fitness and fitness.
Although the two are similar, the body
fitness has a slight variation.

In both divisions, the female's first
appearance on stage must be in a black
bikini, when the judges assess their body's
structure and physique. The judging is done
while the athletes are doing quarter turns.
According to the president of the
Bahamas Bodybuilding Federation (BBF),
Danny Sumner, the quarter turns convey
the bodybuilders' poise and charisma.
He furthered explained that, with each
quarter turn, the judges evaluate how well
the athlete's body is defined.
Body fitness will be done for the first
time at the Central American and
Caribbean championships (CAC), set to

take place September 28th-October 2nd,
in Aruba.
Although this will be the first appear-
ance on stage for local fitness athletes, Sum-
ner believes that the Bahamas stands a great,
chance on bringing back the title.
"We are very happy to participate in the
division. Although this is the first time the
event well be held we are confident
that we are going to do.very well," said
"Bahamians have that flare, when we are
presented on stage we know what to do.
Competing in the bodybuilding
fitness segment won't pose a problem for
"The girls that were selected, they're all in
excellent health and shape, so competing at
the highest level shouldn't be a problem.
Athletes who compete in the two fitness
divisions are not as bulky as the normal
bodybuilders, but are trimmed down to
Competing in the two categories for the
Bahamas at the CAC champions are Dale
Wells, Dominique Wilkinson, Shakera
Mackey and Lizette McKinney.
The team was named shortly after the
national bodybuilding and fitness champi-
onships, held during the Independence

Other members include Jay Darling,
men's middleweight; Raymond Tucker,
masters and mixed pairs; Anthony Miller,
light middleweight; Lynden Fowler, light-
weight; Paul Wilson, bantam; Gina Mackey,
light heavyweight and mixed pairs; and
Paula Riley, lightweight.
This is the second biggest team selected
by the federation since the hosting by the
BBF in 2003. The BBF selected a 29-mem-
ber tearri.

Sumner said: "This is the one of the
biggest teams we have ever selected, and I
am confident that they are going to their
best in this competition.
"We are confident in how well they are
going to do based on their performances
at the nationals.
"The nationals was the man competition
we selected and based their performances
on, but that didn't mean that persons who
won their divisions automatically were
"What we did was select the persons who
we thought would have faired well on the
international scene.
"They were selected based on the merits
of the federation."

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Swin 'the

tip of the

Senior Sports Reporter
ELEAZOR 'the Sailing Barber'
Johnson said his victory in the
Ocean Race during the National
Sailing Association's Regatta over
the weekend was just the tip of the
With the organising committee
expected to hold a series of races
through November in Montagu
Beach, Johnson said he can't wait
until the next one is staged.
"Just blow the baby cannon and I
will be there, ready to go," Johnson
Yesterday at Sailor's Choice,
Johnson and his Lady in Red, Lady
Nathalie, were presented with their
cheques from the two races sailed
on Saturday and Sunday.
"I'm happy with the way the
series is being run. We built boats
to sail and I think when we put the
boats out there, we will have more
people watching," Johnson stated.
With a good crowd on hand on
the shores on Montagu Beach,
Johnson said he knew that his Lady
in Red could bounce back in the
Ocean Race after losing to Ants
Nest in the first race.
Johnson, however, dedicated the
race to the memory of the late
Mack Knowles from Long Island.
Knowles, who was killed recently in
a boating accident, built the Lady
Having taken the lead going into
the rest of the series, Johnson said
his Lady in Red will be ready for
the challenge when the series con-
tinues on Saturday and Sunday.
Cheques were also presented by
Commodore Richard Munroe and
treasurer Captain James Wallace to
second place Ants Nest, third place
Ansbacher Queen, fourth place
Cobra and fifth place William's
Wycliff Albury, who sailed on
Ant's Nest, captained by Lee Arm-
brister, said the Lady Nathalie just
barely got away from them.
He said, "I still believe that we
can beat the Lady Nathalie. But it
was good for her because Eleazor is
good for sailing. Next time, we will
beat him."
Ansbacher owner King Eric Gib-
son said the competition has been
very keen, but "I missed them
because I had a broken boom. I
knew my boom was broken from
the start, but I tried to pet it to fin-
"I couldn't pull my sail up in the
Ocean Race, but I couldn't put my
move on them. In the next race on
September 10-11, I will show them
the real thing."
Terry Finley, one of the crew
members on the Cobra, skippered
by Captain Ivan Stuart, noted that,
"We could best them, but we made
a couple of mistakes that caused us.
"We will get them again. We
have about four more races to go
and I'm sure that we will beat them.
Eleazor could take that to the bank.
We will beat him."
Alfred Johnson, who skippered
William's Auto, owned by the Rev.
Elkin Symonette, said as a sailor,
he's always prepared and ready to
"I'll be back solid as a rock,"
Johnson stressed. "I'm just helping
out my cousin, so hopefully I will be
sailing full-time. If I am, I will have
the boat ready."

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Senior Sports Reporter
ANGELO 'Jello' Burrows, dis-
gruntled with the way he claims he
was treated in the Atlanta Braves'
minor league organisation, was trad-
ed on Monday night to the Chicago
The deal sent left-handed out-
fielder Todd Hollandsworth to
Atlanta in exchange for Burrows and
Todd Blackford, both minor league
Grand Bahamian native Burrows
was drafted out of Miami Killian
High School by the Braves in the
ninth round as the 294th pick overall
in 1999 as an outfielder.
At 5-foot-ll-inches and 170
pounds, 25-year-old Burrows went
on a rollar-coaster ride for the first
three years with the Braves minor
league teams in Danville, Macon,
Greenville, Rome and Mytle Beach.

He compiled a batting average of
.250 in a total of 334 games played. In
1134 at-bats, Burrows scored 134
runs on 283 hits with 49 doubles, 11
triples and nine home runs.
In all, Burrows contributed 96 runs
batted in (RBI)..He was also walked
60 times, was struck out 148 times
and stole 51 bases.
However, last year, Burrows was
xconverfed to. a pitcher. During the
entire season, he posted a 2-5 win-
loss record for an earned run average
(ERA) of 4.10 in 22 games played.
Burrows pitched 37.3 innings,
yielding 219 hits and 18 runs, 17 of
which were earned. He also surren-
dered five homers, walked 18 bat-
ters and struck out 30 batters.
Before the trade came into effect,
Burrows was 1-5 with a 3.15 ERA
in 14 relief appearances for thd Class
A Mytle Beach this year.
Burrows was unavailable for com-
ments yesterday as he was in transit
from Atlanta to Chicago.
But when contacted, his mother,
Ann Burrows, said her son called her
on the night of the trade and indi-
cated that he was thrilled to be mov-
ing on.
"He said that he really didn't want

to stay with the Braves because a lot
of promises that they made with him
when they first drafted him, they nev-
er fulfilled them," she stressed.
"So he was quite contented to
move on. I know it will be good for
him to get a fresh new start. He's
still a free agent, so he and his agent
will meet with the Cubs and decide
what's best for him."
Burrows' brother, Father Andrew
Burrows, said he got a call from 'Jel-
lo' about 11.30pm on Monday and
he "seemed to be quite excited about
it. "He was pleased about it. He was
looking forward to the move."


Fr. Burrows, the rector at Holy
Family Church, was just as thrilled as
his brother because "I knew he was-
n't too happy about being with the

Although it's not known which of
the Cubs' minor league organisations
he will end up with, it may turn out to
be the ideal situation for Burrows to
be in.
The trade by the Cubs was the sec-
ond they have made in the past three


days. On Saturday, they dealt out-
fielder Matt Lawton to the New
York Yankees for another minor
league pitcher.
The Cubs are piling up on the
pitching staff after they announced
earlier on Monday that Kerry Wood
was done for the season and
would have to undergo arthroscopic
surgery on his right shoulder
The Cubs called up outfielder Matt
Murton and pitcher Jermaine Van
Buren from their triple-A Lowa team
yesterday to play for their Major
League team.

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GOING PLACES: another Diplight Media production gets underway on a jitney.
(Photo courtesy of Diplight Media)

A little goes a long way

for Bahamian filmmakers

Tribune Feature Writer
THOUGH it seems like a
mammoth task to make a
movie, two Bahamian young
men have formed their own
production company and live
by the motto, "it takes little or
nothing to produce a film". All
you need, they say, is someone
to act, someone to shoot and
someone with a little creativity,
So that's what Devron Pin-
der and Scharad Lightbourne
did. They started a company
that encompasses different
types of media graphic
design, web design, music, pho-
tography and film and in Jan-
uary of 2004, the pair who had
been working together for
three years, decided to make
it "official" and formed Dip-
light a combination of
Scharad's last name (Light-
bourne) and Devron's initials.

Wasting no time, they began
work on their very low budget
first film, "First City", which
premiered at the 1st Annual
Bahamas Film Festival in May
of 2004.
The pair often joked with
their peers that movies could
be made at low-budget, or no
budget for that matter, and
they soon proved it. The bud-
get for that film was $5 the
cost of purchasing drinks for
actors who staged a fight for a
scene at the end of the movie.
Pinder already had a camera,

"If you take your everyday
surroundings, things that you
see everyday, things that you
experience everyday, things
that become routine and you
don't think about it, it's so easy
to just film that and show it
from your own perspective...
all I did was get on the bus,
take out my camera and press
record. The rest was history."

Devron Pinder, CEO and
president of Diplight Media

and edited the film on the Pin- surroundings, things that you
nacle Studios program on his see everyday, things that you
home computer. experience everyday, things
"First City" was a candid that become routine and you
look into a typical jitney ride don't think about it, it's so easy
and the sometimes explicit top- to just film that and show it
ics discussed by its riders, from your own perspective...all
It wasn't until after Pinder I did was get on the bus, take
had completed shooting the out my camera and press
film that the bus driver and his record. The rest was history,"
shotgun passenger learned that Pinder, CEO and president of
their conversation had been Diplight Media told The Arts.
filmed. After "First City" was com-
But from the production of pleted, the pair began work on
that project, Pinder and Light- "Blind", which premiered last
bourne realised that making a weekend at the 2nd Annual
film was "pretty easy". Bahamas Film Festival.
"If you take your everyday The 22-minute film tells the

story of two individuals who
are seeking companionship, but
are so busy feeling sorry for
themselves that they continue
to have encounters with each
other, not realising that they
may be perfect for one other.
Says Pinder: "It's a tragic
romance because they never
get together. They are blind to
each other really.
"But 'Blind' is more than a
romantic story. It could be a
job, a family situation, a per-
sonal triumph, it could be
something that is right around
the corner, staring you in your
face almost, but you don't see it
because you are too busy being

"Capital Life: First City 2",
the sequel to Pinder and Light-
bourne's first short film, also
debuted at last week's 2nd
Annual Bahamas Film Festi-
val. Again, putting the spot-
light on Bahamian life, this film
is a "comedic documentary"
that chronicles things like jit-
ney drivers, bank experiences,
traffic, hair weaves, all from
the perspective of four
Bahamian young men, Pinder,
Lightbourne and their two
friends, Tony and Jace McK-
According to Pinder, there
has been a "1000 per cent"
increase in quality from "First
City" to "First City 2", and

SEE page two

(Photo courtesy of Diplight Media)




have been called the 'Wachowski cousins', after the brothers
who created the Matrix Trilogy. Maybe it's the way they
approach films with innovation or their confidence about
their bold new ideas, but something is making their image
(Photo courtesy of Diplight Media)

Filmmakers are making the

most of their surroundings

FROM page one
that's in all facets of movie
making, from film quality, to
plot and storyline to delivery.
And while the cousins
have enjoyed success with
making short films and feel
they have a handle on it,
Pinder and Scharad hope to
have their first full length
feature film completed in the

very near future.
"Tamica" is the working
title of their upcoming pro-
ject and is scheduled to
begin filming in December.
This 90-minute comedy tells
the story of a "superhero
jungalis" who tries to save
the world while converting
other women to the ways of
the "jungalis". It will be set
in the Bahamas and hope-

fully include some scenes
shot in New York City. But
Pinder says that they have
to "polish" the script before
they can approach interna-
tional production companies.
"We want to shoot some
scenes for 'Tamica' in New
York City, but all that isn't
finalised as yet. We have to
make sure that our script is
well put together first before

going international with it,
because when you are deal-
ing with international com-
panies presentation is very
important or you could get
shot down. If you don't have
it together they won't give
you a second look," says Pin-
Together they have been
called the "Wachowski
cousins", after the brothers

who created the Matrix Tril-
ogy. Maybe it's the way they
approach films with innova-
tion or their confidence
about their bold new ideas,
but something is making
their image attractive.
At 23, Devron is an avid
computer technician who has
a knack for any and every-
thing electronic. He was
graduated from A F Adder-

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ley High School and has
worked for some of the top
computer tech stores on the
island. He now teaches'com-
puters at a popular techni-
cal school here in the coun-
try. His hobbies include pho-
tography and computer pro-
gramming. He uses his skills
now to write, and direct
movies for his company.

On a similar note, Scharad
is a graphic designer and
works for one of the top
marketing agencies in the
Bahamas. With a BFA
degree in Graphic Design
from the Savannah College
of Art and Design, he loves
the arts, especially print. He
also loves writing, drawing,
photography and web.
design. Scharad uses his
skills to write and direct
movies and hopes to take his
work to the next level.
As for Diplight Media,
says Pinder, that next level
will be international recog-
nition for its work and push-
ing its members to the cre-
ative limit. "We want to cre-
ate more. feature films. We
have done three short films,
and short films are fine and
good but they don't push
you to your limits. To shoot
feature films it takes more
creativity, more discipline,
and that's what Diplight
wants to do."
The pair hope to create
more films by using use local
resources, like actors and
They are members of the
newly formed Bahamas
Filmmakers Society and
encourage other filmmakers
to support one another.



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Learning experience that

led to

Tribune Feature Writer
MAKING it in Hollywood,
or in any film industry for that
matter, is tough. But it can be
made easier once you have the
-Tright tools and the knowledge
to get it done, says one of Hol-
lywood's well-known actors.
Bill Duke, who most might
recognise from his appearances
in high-profile releases like
"Predator", "Menace II Soci-
ety", and "Red Dragon", and
as the director of such features
as "A Rage in Harlem" and
"Hoodlum", held a one-on-one
with local filmmakers last week
at the opening of the 2nd Annu-
al Bahamas Film Festival. Audi-
ence members were introduced
to his life in filmmaking and
received some practical advice.
A native of Poughkeepsie,
New York, and the first in his
family to graduate from college,
the actor/director studied
speech and drama at Boston
University before earning his
MFA from New York Univer-
sity's Tisch School of the Arts.
After writing off-Broadway
plays and launching a film
career with roles in "Car Wash"
(1976) and "American Gigolo"
(1979), Duke's early break-
through came with a featured
role in the critically acclaimed
Alex Haley's "Palmerstown
USA" in 1980.
But like any actor in Holly-
wood, Duke had his share of
"I was co-starring in the
series (Palmerstown USA) for a
couple seasons, made a lot of
money, bought a lot of houses,
cars and the rest of it, and I
thought I made it. But after the
series was over I did not work
for two years. I could not find a
job. No one would hire me. And
it was for all kinds of reasons. I
was overexposed, whatever."
He became discouraged but
decided to take a friend's advice'
and enrolled in the American
Film Institute, where he would
refine his skills behind the cam-

"I dropped out of the indus-
try for two years, and I learned
everything I could about film-
making cameras the lights,
equipment and scripts, produc-
ing, and everything else. But
once I began to understand it,
not the big mountain that it
was, but somebody broke it
down to small bite-size pieces
for me, I realised that I could do
it. And once I understood that,
I began to try to make my own
small movies and got hired,"
Duke recalls.
His student project, "The
Hero", earned him a solid rep-
utation as a director to watch.
In the years that followed,
Duke earned a reputation as an
efficient and effective television
director for episodes of "Hill
Street Blues", "Fame", "Miami
Vice", "Spencer: For Hire" and
Using his knowledge, Duke
soon moved into feature terri-
tory with the PBS drama "The
Killing Floor" (which screened
at the 1985 Cannes Film Festi-
val and earned the Special Jury
Prize at the Sundance Film Fes-
In 1989, Duke's adaptation
of "A Raisin in the Sun"
showed that although his direct-
ing had been limited to the
small screen, he also had the
potential to launch a lucrative
career in theatrical features.
According to Duke, creating
movies became simple, once he
saw filmmaking as different
stages pre-production, where
filmmakers create the map that
they are going to follow; the

Hollywood success

* CELI MOSS, chairperson of the Bahamas Film Festival, and president of the Bahamas Filmmakers Society (left), interviews Hollywood actor/director Bill Duke
(right) during the 2nd Annual Bahamas Film Festival held on Friday, August 26 at The Corner Hotel.
(Photo courtesy

planning of the script; getting
actors together andhiring crew.
And once that map is created,
the filmmaker begins "taking
the journey", which is the actu-
al shooting of the film, produc-
ing and directing and, most
importantly, coming in on bud-
get. Finally, there is post-pro-
duction, where the filmmaker
takes the "small pieces of film"
that he has gathered and puts
them together through editing.
Recalling how film was edited
when he first started directing,
Duke told the audience: "In the
old days editing was on a flat
bed, but for you guys who are
interested in the film industry
today, you're vefy fortunate
because now it is very digitised.
"I have a friend who for
$11,000 put a studio together in
his house. He has two digital
cameras, Powercut Pro, an edit-
ing system, and Pro Tools,
which is a sound mixing system
as good as any professional
sound mixing board. And he is
producing feature films right
now, and he put that studio
together for $11,000."
This friend, says Duke,
recently completed a feature
film for a total of $32,000, which
he is currently putting on the
marketplace in direct-to-video
format, a growing medium for
distribution, Duke notes.
"That's a multi-million dol-
lar business. People keep look-
ing at the feature films having
to be in the big theatres, but
there are people making hun-
dreds of millions of dollars in
direct-to-video. They never
made it to the big screen but
they are making money," he
As direct-to-video is catching
on, so are special services. Indi-
viduals in Los Angeles are bor-
rowing equipment to produce
their movies. The companies
who lend the equipment are
promised a credit at the end of
the film.
The Internet is also provid-
ing distribution opportunities
for filmmakers.
According to Duke, there are

hundreds of film clubs that per-
sons can join today and have
their films shown online.
Says the director: "There are
so many ways of doing it today.
But the point is, there is no
excuse now if you are serious
about making films, to not get
to the standard because tech-
nology has made it accessible."
Standing an imposing 6' 4"
and with his trademark closely
shaved head, Bill Duke has
become a familiar face to
moviegoers after portraying a
tough guy alongside Arnold
Schwarzenegger in "Comman-
do" as well as the memorable
police chief in Carl Weathers'
action vehicle "Action Jack-
son". He was a dirty cop in the
Mel Gibson revenge movie
"Payback". He will also appear
in the film "X-Men 3".


With so many roles to his
credit, Duke says that he
approaches every one of them
as important. Acting for him is
a "sacred experience", and not
"some frivolous act".
Those who wish to be true
actors, he says, must be brave
and fearless. What the average
person goes to the therapist to
forget, actors must hold in to
be used as reference material
He explains: "Your mother
dies, your father dies, you as
the average person wants to for-
get about that, but as an actor I
have to remember how that cof-
fin looked and I have to remem-
ber how the face felt when I
touched it, how the flowers
smelt because I have to use that
later on. Some character I'm
going play, his mother dies and
I can't make that up. I have to
know what I'm talking about."
Acting in Hollywood, he says,
is constant rejection. And the
reality, according to this
actor/director, is that there are
hundreds of movie star hope-
fuls who travel to Los Angeles
every day, unprepared to face

the industry, and end up on the
But for those who are seri-
ous about surviving in the
industry, one thing to remember
is that it is show business. But
Duke feels that it should really
be called "business show".
"That's because the business
is more important than the

show part. But what's sad is that
the young people who come out
(to Los Angeles), they may look
good or they may have talent
so they think that's going to
make them able to survive in
this very cruel, hostile busi-
ness," says Duke.
"If you are a businessperson
you can survive, but you have to

know what that means. It means
distribution, its exhibition, its.
financing, its funding. So that
when they reject you on this
front, you come in through the
-other door with another talent.
Don't just come in as an actor,
come in as an actor/produc-
er/writer/director. Come pre-

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Hotel Rwanda will be screened this Thurs-
day, 7.45pm at the National Art Gallery of the
Bahamas, West and West Hill Sts. This drama
stars Don Cheadle who portrays the real life
Paul Rusesabagina, a resourceful hotel man-
ager who saves 12,000 Tutsis and Hutus marked
for death during the 1994 Rwandan massacre,
at great risk to his own life.
The film is part of the NAGB's and School of
English Studies' Wide Angle Series.
This movie is rated R. Discussants following
the film include Tamico Gilbert of Amnesty
Call 328-5800 for more information or log on

Popopstudios Gallery features work by

Bahamian artists Jason Bennett, John Cox,
Blue Curry, Toby Lunn and Heino Schmid.
The gallery is located on Dunmore Ave in
Chippingham, next to Dillet's Guest House
(1/4 mile south of the Bahamas Humanes Soci-
ety). Call 323-5220 or 322-5850 for more infor-

0 The National Collection @ the National
Art Gallery of the Bahamas, an exhibition that
takes the viewer on a journey through the his-
tory of fine art in the Bahamas.
It features signature pieces from the nation-
al collection, including recent acquisitions by
Blue Curry, Antonius Roberts and Dionne
Benjamin- Smith.
Call 328-5800 to book tours.





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Wild Jungle, each and every Wednesday
night @ Club Trappers, Nassau's "upscale"
gentleman's club. Featuring a female body
painting extravaganza. Free body painting
@ 8 pm. Ladies.always welcome. Admis-
sion: Men free before 10 pm. Females free.
There will be free food and hors d'oeuvres
between 9 and 10 pm. Open until 4 am.
Ladies Night @ Fluid lounge, this and every
Thursday night. Doors open at 10pm.
Ladies free before lam, $10 after. Guys:
$15 all night. Drink special: 3 @ $10 (Bac-
ardi) Giveaways and door prizes every
Smirnoff Party Experience every Friday
at Dicky Mo's. Pure party pleasure
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Saturday Night Live every Saturday night
@ Club Fluid, Bay St. The biggest party of
the week, pumping all your favourite hits
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Strict security enforced.
Rave Saturdays @ Club Eclipse. DJ Scoobz
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Admission: Ladies $10 and Men $15.
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The Pit @ Bahama Boom, every Thursday. about the history of Bahamian art through
Doors open at 9pm, showtime 11.30pm. the National Collection Exhibition, which
Cover charge $15. $10 with flyer. takes the viewer on a journey through the
Fantasy Fridays @ Fluid Lounge, featur- history of fine art in the Bahamas. It features
ing late '80s music'in the VIP Lounge, Top
of the charts in the Main Lounge, neon
lights and Go Go dancers. Admission: writer Steven Holden performs solo with
Ladies free before 11pm, $15 after; Guys special guests on Thursday from 9pm mid-
$20 all night. night.
Dicky Mo's @ Cable Beach. Happy Hour The Graham Holden Deal @ The Green
every Friday 3 for $10 mixed drinks and Parrot....David Graham, Steve Holden, Tim
$1 shots. Bahamian Night (Free admission) Deal and Friends perform Sunday, 7pm -
every Saturday with live music from 8 pm 10pm @ Hurricane Hol.e on Paradise
to midnight. Karaoke Sundays from 8pm to Island.
midnight, $1 shots and dinner specials all
night long. Jay Mitchell and Hot KC @ Palm Court
Lounge, British Colonial Hilton; Wednes-
Twisted Boodah Lounge @ Cafe Segafredo, day-Thursday 8pm-12am.
Charlotte St kicks off Fridays at 6pm with
deep house to hard house music, featur- Sunday Night Interlude @ Briteley's
ing CraigBOO, Unkle Funky and Swor- Restaurant & Lounge, Eneas St off Poin-
l'wide on the decks. ciana Drive. Featuring Frankie Victory at
the key board in the After Dark Room
Chill Out Sundays @ Coco Loco's, Sandy- every Sunday, 8.30pm to midnight. Fine
port, from 4pm-until, playing deep, funky food and drinks.
chill moods with world beats.
Paul Hanna, Tabatha and Gernie, and the
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every Sunday, 4pm-midnight @ Patio Rest, West Bay St, every Sunday, 6.30pm-
Grille, British Colonial Hotel. 9.30pm.
Wet Sundays, every Sunday, noon-mid- IHEARTS
night @ Crystal Cay Beach. Admission $10,
ladies free. Da Spot, a weekly comedy show, features
skits and spoofs on Bahamian life, with
TooLooSe @ Indigo Restaurant on West improv by a talented young cast. The show
Bay St and Skyline Drive. Singer/song- is held Tuesdays @ The Dundas at 8pm.

The course defines the warning signs of
respiratory arrest and gives prevention
strategies to avoid sudden death syndrome
and the most common serious injuries and
choking that can occur in adults, infants
and children. CPR and First Aid classes
are offered every third Saturday of the
month from 9am-lpm. Contact a Doctors
Hospital Community Training Represen-
tative at 302-4732 for more information
and learn to save a life today.
REACH Resources & Education for
Autism and related Challenges meets froni
7pm 9pm the second Thursday of eacl
month in the cafeteria of the BEC building,
-Blue Hill Road.
Toastmasters Club 1095 meets Tuesday,
7.30pm @ C C Sweeting Senior School's
Dining Room, College Avenue off Moss
Road. Club 9477 meets Friday, 7pm @
Bahamas Baptist Community College Rm
A19, Jean St. Club 3956 meets Thursday,
7.30pm @ British Colonial Hilton. Club
1600 meets Thursday, 8.30pm @ Super.-
Clubs Breezes. Club 7178 meets Tuesday,
6pm @ The J Whitney Pinder Building,
Collins Ave.
Club 2437 meets every second, fourth and
fifth Wednesday at the J Whitney Pinder
Building, Collins Ave at 6pm. Club 612315
meets Monday 6pm @ Wyndham Nassau
Resort, Cable Beach. Club 753494 meets
every Wednesday, 6pm-8pm in the
Solomon's Building, East-West Highway.
Club Cousteau 7343 meets every Tuesday
night at 7.30 in the Chickcharney Hotel,
Fresh Creek, Central Andros. All are wel-
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Eta Psi
Omega chapter meets every second Tues-
day, 6.30pm @ the Eleuthera Room in the
Wyndham Nassau Resort, Cable Beach.
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity meets every
first Tuesday, 7pm @ Gaylord's Restau-
rant, Dowdeswell St. Please call 502-
4842/377-4589 for more info.

mation or to book tours. Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity meets every
second Tuesday, 6.30pm @ Atlantic House,
IBM Office, 4th floor meeting room.
Admission is $10, and tickets are sold at the
door. The Nassau, Bahamas Pan-Hellenic Coun-
cil (NPHC) meets every third Monday of
The National Collection @ the National the month in the Board Room of the
Art Gallery of the Bahamas, an exhibition British Colonial Hilton Hotel, Bay St.
that takes the viewer on a journey through
the history of fine art in the Bahamas. It Nassau Council 10415 Knights of Columbus
features signature pieces from the nation- meets the second and fourth Wednesday ol
al collection, including recent acquisitions the month, 8pm @ St Augustine's Mones-
by Blue Curry, Antonius Roberts and tary.
Dionne Benjamin-Smith. Call 328-5800 to
book tours. This exhibition closes February Nassau Bahamas Koinonia meets every
28, 2006. second Friday of each month, 7.30pm at
Emmaus Centre at St Augustine's Mones
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The Cancer Society of the Bahamas meets International Association of Administriative
at 5.30pm on the second Tuesday of each Professionals, Bahamas Chapter meets the
month at their Headquarters at East Ter- third Thursday of every month @ Super
race, Centreville. Call 323-4482 for more clubs Breezes, Cable Beach, 6pm.
AMISTAD, a Spanish club meets the third
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the third Monday every month, 6pm @ Training Centre at 7pm in Room 144 dmu
Doctors Hospital conference room. ing the academic year. The group promotes

The Bahamas Diabetic Association meets
every third Saturday, 2.30pm (except
August and December) @ the Nursing
School, Grosvenor Close, Shirley Street.
Doctors Hospital, the official training cen-
tre'of the American Heart Association
offers CPR classes certified by the AHA.

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Tribune Feature Writer
he Ministry of
Youth, Sports
and Culture is
putting its money
where its mouth
is by financially supporting the
work of young local filmmak-
At the opening of the 2nd
Annual Bahamas Film Festi-
val at the Corner Hotel on
Carmichael Road, Minister of
Youth, Sports and Culture
Neville Wisdom pledged
$25,000 to Celi Moss and his,
vision of annually producing
the Bahamas Film Festival,
which showcases films made
exclusively by Bahamian film-
makers. Mr Moss is also the
president of the newly formed
Bahamas Filmmakers Society,
a network of local filmmakers
who share resources.
Mr Wisdom also promised
that the assistance would be
provided annually, once Mr
Moss complies with the fol-
lowing requirements: provide
the ministry's Compliance
Department with a copy of his
company's constitution or a
document that legally defines
the organisation, provide a
budget of this year's Film Fes-
tival and an annual budget, and
provide financial accounting
information on an annual basis.
Mr Wisdom said that
Bahamian life is built on indi-
viduals who first had a dream
of achieving something great,
went out there and after
putting forth great effort
accomplished their goals.
In fact, all Bahamians like
Celi Moss had to do was hear
that they could achieve some-
thing, and they believed in .it.
"In this small country with
300,000-plus people, we only
have to hear then we start
doing. We heard about this
thing called the Academy
Awards and then we went and
won one...and then we heard
about the Grammy Awards
and we went and won one. As
soon as we heard about
Rhodes Scholars and learned
what you had to do to get it,
we went and got two. And then
we heard about the Olympics,
that we only watched on tele-
vision and saw in the papers,.

these athletes, winning these
awards. Some of them believed
we couldn't do it but the
dreamers, the real dreamers,
said sure we can," said Mr Wis-
As a result, Durward
Knowles won Olympic gold in
sailing. Frank Rutherford fol-
lowed, winning the Bahamas'
first medal (bronze) in track
and field.
"Then we know the rest of
the story, the golds, the silvers
and the bronzes started pour-
ing in," Mr Wisdom added.
Though the Bahamas Film
Festival may have nothing to
do with sports, the minister
noted that ventures of this
nature must be supported
because it helps in nation build-
"This demonstrates that we
have world-class dreamers and
word-class accomplishers," he
said. "So I thought that it
would be fitting that an organ-
isation like this (Bahamas Film
Festival) would help us as a
country and a nation to define
who we are as a people, define
our culture and help us to
record it.
"And how can you record it
if you don't have the financial
assistance to do so."
The donation was good news
to Celi Moss, who admits that
most of the funding for the fes-
tival has come from his own
Mr Moss said that the festival
has come a long way since last
year. The goal, he added, is to
develop Bahamian filmmakers
who produce short films, doc-
umentaries and music videos.
"I want to encourage everyone
to go and tell your stories."
Mr Wisdom said that
although $25,000 is a "small pit-
tance" for what it takes to bring"
the history of the Bahamas to
life, if Bahamians don't bring
history to life it could easily be
Movies and audio visual pre-
sentations are effective ways
to preserve history and tell the
Bahamian story, more effec-
tive than a politician's message
from a platform, said Mr Wis-
Also in attendance and giv-
ing remarks at the opening was
leader of the FNM, Senator
Tommy Turnquest.

0 PICTURED (1-r) at the opening of the second annual Bahamas Film Festival on August 26 are Ricardo Smith, MC for the film
festival, Celi Moss, chairperson of the film festival and president of the Bahamas Filmmakers Society, Hollywood actor/director Bill
Duke, Bahamas Film Commissioner Craig Woods and international recording artist, Taimark.
(Photo courtesy

Speaking to the strides that
Mr Moss is making in devel-
oping a substantial local film
industry, Mr Turnquest said:
"Here we have a young
Bahamian who essentially,
against many odds, continues
to say hey, I am equally as
knowledgeable, equally as
skilled, equally as equipped as
the best in the world, but I
want to do it in the Bahamas,
for Bahamians by a Bahami-
an. For that alone I think we
ought to give him and his
organisation our support."

Mr Turnquest congratulated
Mr Moss for holding the first
day of the film festival at the
Corner Hotel, since it "has
been with us through thick and
thin". And now that celebrities
like Bill Duke are being
brought to the Bahamas, they
are able to experience "our
On the Bahamas Film Festi-
val, Mr Turnquest said: "We
are talking about the next gen-
eration of Bahamians, and
when you look at the passion,
the vision of that next genera-

tion of Bahamians, they've
been to the best schools, com-
peted against the best around
the world. We have the skills,
the talent, all we need is the
opportunity and the environ-
The 2nd Annual Bahamas
Film Festival opened on Fri-
day, August 26 at the Corner
Hotel. There was a panel dis-
cussion under the topic, "From
Low Budget to Hollywood
Blockbuster", followed by a
filmmakers spotlight on Dip-
light Media. The highlight of

the day was an interview with
Hollywood actor/director Bill
Duke, who has worked on such
projects as "Deep Cover",
"Hoodlum" and "Sister Act".
The interview was conducted
by Celi Moss.
On Friday night at Pirates of
Nassau, the Festival celebrated
with Bahamian-born, Florida-
based artist Taimark at the
"Untouched All White Party".
The following day at Galleria
Cinemas West (JFK), was an
all-day screening of films by
Bahamian filmmakers.

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STEVE Carell got lucky again at the
box office as his comedy "The 40-Year-
Old Virgin" remained the top weekend
movie with $16.3 million.
Debuting at No 2 with $15.1 million
was Terry Gilliam's fantasy adventure
"The Brothers Grimm," starring Matt
Damon and Heath Ledger.
The top 20 movies at US and Cana-
dian theaters Friday through Sunday,
followed by distribution studio, gross,
number of theater locations, average
receipts per location, total gross and
number of weeks in release, as com-
piled Monday by Exhibitor Relations
Co. Inc.:
1. "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," Uni-
, versal, $16,275,895, 2,868 locations,
$5,675 average, $48,567,975, two weeks.
2. "The Brothers Grinmm," Miramax,

$15,092,079, 3,087 locations, $4,889
average, $15,092,079, one week.
3. "Red Eye," DreamWorks,
$10,289,104, 3,091 locations, $3,329
average, $32,564,999, two weeks.
4. "Four Brothers," Paramount,
$7,864,194, 2,649 locations, $2,969 aver-
age, $55,370,515, three weeks.
5. "The Cave," Sony, $6,147,294,
2,195 locations, $2,801 average,
$6,147,294, one week.
6. "Wedding Crashers," New Line,
$6,051,445, 2,737 locations, $2,211 aver-
age, $187,519,203, seven weeks.
7. "March of the Penguins," Warner
Independent, $4,743,822, 2,394 loca-
tions, $1,982 average, $55,895,099, 10
8. "The Skeleton Key," Universal,
$4,537,875,2,784 locations, $1,630 aver-

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6, Lose Control Missy Elliott f/Clara & Fat Man Scoop Atlantic
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age, $38,051,960, three weeks.
9. "Valiant," Disney, $3,505,126,
2,016 locations, $1,739 average,
$11,703,962, two weeks.
10. "The Dukes of Hazzard," Warn-
er Bros., $3,118,036, 2,891 locations,
$1,079 average, $74,464,145, four
11. "Sky High," Disney, $2,786,835,
1,818 locations, $1,533 average,
$55,402,752, five weeks.
12. "Charlie and the Chocolate Fac-
tory," Warner Bros., $2,695,447, 2,005
locations, $1,344 average, $197,578,822,
seven weeks.
13. "Broken Flowers," Focus,
$1,692,199, 433 locations, $3,908 aver-
age, $8,583,632, four weeks.
14. "Deuce Bigalow: European
Gigolo," Sony, $1,408,046,1,673 loca-



tions, $842 average, $20,395,714, three
15. "Must Love Dogs," Warner
Bros., $1,259,921, 1,232 locations,
$1,023 average, $41,245,462, five weeks.
16. "The Great Raid," Miramax,
$1,096,425, 868 locations, $1,263 aver-
age, $8,409,911, three weeks.
17. "War of the Worlds," Para-
mount, $758,139, 579 locations, $1,309
average, $231,806,280, nine weeks.
18. "The Aristocrats," ThinkFilm,
$694,492, 226 locations, $3,073 aver-
age, $3,767,694, five weeks.
19. "Fantastic Four," 20th Century
Fox, $690,921, 667 locations, $1,036
average, $151,777,039, eight weeks.
20. "Undiscovered," Lions Gate,
$676,048, 1,304 locations, $518 aver-
age, $676,048, one week.

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Starring: Matt Damon,
Heath Ledger
Tribune Movie Writer
FOR many, any release
by director Terry Gilliam
is cause for celebration.
The man is clearly a mas-
ter of visuals, but, with
several of his films suffer-
ing troubled productions,
the end result is often an
uneven experience.
Such is the case with
"The Brothers Grimm", a
film with a few of the
trademark Gilliam touch-
es, but little structure and
less coherency.
Matt Damon and Heath
Ledger play the famous
story-telling brothers who
travel the countryside of
18th century Germany
with a money-making
scam: convincing simple
villagers that their local
area is haunted and then
offering to rid them of the
supernatural being for a
But when the brothers'
ruse is exposed, the pair
are forced into the village
of Marbaden, where gen-
uine spooky nastiness is
taking place.
It's a great premise to
be sure, but the wheels
come off this one pretty
Despite a nifty early
sequence featuring the
brothers tackling an hor-
rific "witch" who isn't all
she.appears to be it
becomes clear that the
movie is struggling to find
its identity. As a comedy,
it doesn't work, thanks in
part to a dodgy script and
some odd casting. Heath
Ledger looks out of his
depth here and Peter Stor-
mare's oddball turn as
Cavaldi is incomprehensi-
As a fantasy action film
it isn't particularly effec-
tive either. The pacing is
all over the place some
of the scenes feel almost
as if they're out of
sequence so it's difficult
to get caught up in the
But, being a Gilliam
film, there is some quality
amid the mess. Some of
the scenes are incredible -
one fantastic sequence
featuring a horse and spi-
der webs will stay with
you long after the end and
both Matt Damon and
Jonathan Pryce look very
comfortable in Gilliam's
Those plus points just
about make the movie
worth recommending. On
the whole though, "The
Brothers Grimm" is a
frustrating experience. I
can't help but think Terry
Gilliam works better when
he's tested by a tighter
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