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Publication Date: September 14, 2005
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Search goes on for

missing family after

New Orleans tragedy

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Chief Staff Reporter
NEARLY two weeks after.
Hurricane Katrina devastated
New Orleans, a Bahamian,
woman is still searching for her
missing family.
Sheila Powell-Culmer yester-
day told The Tribune that three
relatives are still unaccounted
for after America's worst-ever
natural disaster.
"My concern right now is for
.:my grandfather and two
nephews," she said.
Her family is unable'to find
Milton (Sam) Powell, 81, and
nephews Ricky and Desmond
Powell, aged 15 and 14.
Mrs Powell-Culmer who
was born in New Orleans, but
married a Bahamian and has
been a resident of the Bahamas
for the last 20 years said that
from reports on the Internet
and television she is certain that
her family has lost all of their
possessions as a result of the
"The last time I spoke to my
grandfather was August Mon-
day because I was travelling
from San Francisco where my
grand-aunt, his daughter, had
passed away.
"The Sunday morning when I
knew the hurricane was com-
ing I called early and did not
get an answer, so I assumed he
may have been sleeping. I wait-
ed a little later and saw that the
Interstate was getting crowded
and I did not know what- to
think," she said.
Mrs Powell-Culmer said her

closest-relatives live in the
Plaquemines parish in New
"I know from the Internet
that Plaquemines .parish was
totally devastated, underwater.
There is nothing left of their
city so I have not been able to
talk to those family members
and I know they lost everything.
Another niece was missing but
she was found later in another
part of Louisiana with some
friends," she said.
Mrs Powell-Culmer said that,
although not all of her family
members have been accounted
for, she is confident they will
be found in time.
"We know they are out there
somewhere but we just don't
know where. I have two sisters
with eight nieces who are at. a
shelter at the George Brown
convention centre in Houston. I
have a brother who is a well-
known jazz drummer in New.,
Orleans and his wife and two
daughters are in. Beaumont,
Texas," she said.
Mrs Powell-Culmer said she
also has no idea if her home in
New Orleans is still standing.
"I don't know the condition of
it. I -tried looking via the Inter-
net and you can only see so
much," she said.
Describing the experiences of
some of her family members,
Mrs Powell-Culmer said: "My
two sisters originally lost each
other, because of the crowd.
They were told that the Super-,
dome lucky for them they

SEE page 11

Alleged presence of
officials at Haitian
landing 'out of

the ordinary'

THE alleged presence of

police and immigration ofti-
cials at the early morning land-
ing of a group of Haitians has
been described as "out of the
ordinary" by a senior police
If the version of events
related to The Tribune by a
local fisherman is correct, the
officers may have been
involved in "corruption", the
officer said.
The fisherman claimed to
have witnessed a large group
of Haitians get off a boat that
arrived at Potter's Cay
between 3.30 and 4am on Sat-
urday, August 20.
The fisherman, who wished
to remain anonymous, claimed
that he and several other men
were fishing in the area when
they witnessed two female
SEE page 11

Warning over fraudulent forms
* By RUPERT MISSICK Jr Ta'lor told The Tribune yester-
Chief Reporter da,.
I[r Taylor's warning comes
FRAUDULENT Internal as another batch of forms are
Revenue Services (IRS) forms finding their way to persons
being circulated to companies holding US bank accounts from
and individuals in the Bahamas scanmi artists seeking to defraud
requesting sensitive financial persons out of their money
information should be ignored throthgh identity theft.
and reported to Bahamian "We saw some of these a cou-
authorities or the US Embassy, ple df months ago but the IRS
chief political and economic
officer at the US Embassy Mike SEE page 11

Industrial acti n threat
from BPSU president
WITHIN the next week, industrial action can be expected if
government does not "step up to the plate", said John Pinder,
president of the Bahamas Public Service Union, yesterday.
The BPSU held a press conference to respond to the govern-
ment's committee in charge of negotiating a new industrial agree-
According to Mr Pinder, industrial consultant Keith Archer had
SEE page 11


MP's call to
PetroCaribe deal
garet MP Pierre Dupuch has
asked why the PetroCaribe
accord is not being actively
embraced by government.
Mr Dupuch raised the
question yesterday in his
capacity as a member of the
Fuel Usage Committee.
See page five

Examining ways the
Bahamas can help
fight 'cyber crime'
A THREE day workshop
hosted by OAS experts will
assess ways in which the
Bahamas can combat cyber
See page seven

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Rosetta Street, Palmdale

wishes to inform our valued
customers that we will be
closing at 12 noon on Thursday,
September 15th so that our staff
may attend the funeral of a
member of our Insurance
Management family.

We regret any inconvenience this
may cause and assure the public
that Insurance Management will
be open again at 8:30 AM on
Friday, September 16th.

Thank you for your
understanding in this time
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Family accuses Pinder



On Haitian community

A FAMILY living near a Haitian
settlement off Joe Farrington Road
has hit back at politician Ron Pinder
over unhygienic conditions at the site.
Mr Pinder, parliamentary secretary
at the Ministry of Health, has been
accused of making "stupid state-
ments" about the Haitian communi-
ty following the family's claims last
week that dead people are being
burned there.
Challenging Mr Pinder's claims
that the Haitians are burning char-
coal not bodies, the family said:
"Does he think we can't tell the dif-
ference between these smells?
"We have on countless occasions
trip our level best to get the Ministry
of Health to do something about the
urnanitary conditions we are made
toglve near.
4Not just garbage and the bacte-
ri~that can cause, but the gallons of
ravw sewage that is being dumped on
a daily basis by this village."
claiming that they have to sanitise
their well every month to prevent a
smell of sewage, the family's state-

ment said: "Has Ron Pinder ever
looked into what is being done with
dead Haitians?
"Come on now, they've been here
for decades and none of them die?
And the gall of him to make stupid
statements concerning the making of
"While the department does not
encourage this activity, he admitted
that many people do it to make a liv-
ing and it is an essential product.
"Essential product? Where are we,
in Haiti? Bahamian people don't
cook their daily meals outdoors and,
if you need coal, you go to the food-
store and buy a bag of Kingsford
"Ron Pinder needs to walk through
this village or, better yet, stay there
for a week and see how his depart-
ment allows people to live."
Last week, the family claimed that
dead dogs and possibly human
remains were being burned at the
site. They said they were subject to
the "unmistakeable" smell of burning

* RON Pinder

Rolle: no profit from water

* By TIFFANY GRANT water for money," he said.
Tribune Staff Reporter Bishop Rolle explained that he has
turned over the bank books relating to
BISHOP Lawrence Rolle said that all the water sales to Rev Tanya Penn.
the money from the sale of his "miracle In early August, Bishop Rolle intro-
water" totalling about $50,000 was duced his "miracle water" to the
donated to the poor. Bahamas. He claimed that a "vision of
"I give it to them to pay their mrort- God" inspired him to bless bottled water,
gage. Everytime they came we kept a which in turn brought "blessings to his
record. We paid their rent and buy food people."
for them," said Bishop Rolle. Several people have claimed that they
He added: "Not a dime came to me. If have been healed after using the water.
I took anything from the money I had to Bishop Rolle said that he will continue
pay it back. I purchased my water also to pray over the water because "numer-
for6fy family."'' I 1 ous of miracles are still happening."
BishopRollfesid;l epuliewes. ator Gladys Sands, who, has known
him an apology for suggestions that the Bishop Rolle for several years, said: "He
he was selling the water for financial is doing a work for the Lord anyone
gain. who knows him can attest to that. He
"The reason why the public owes me has been a friend and a man of God. I
an apology is because they drag my name have seen nothing unseemly in his min-
through the mud, by saying that I selling istry or about him."


States has 'no position'

on Venezuela oil deal

Tribune Staff Reporter
US officials have announced
that they officially have "no
position" on the Bahamas sign-
ing the PetroCaribe accord.
PetroCaribe is a government-
to-government accord between
Venezuela and several coun-
tries in the Caribbean that has
been proposed by Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez.
Under the accord, Venezuela
will supply the Caribbean coun-
tries with oil at preferential
Since President Chavez since
took office in 1998, he has been
accused of trying to emulate
Cuba's communist system and

has openly criticised US Presi-
dent George Bush.
Speaking with The Tribune
yesterday, the US Embassy's
chief political officer Michael
Taylor said that whether or not
the Bahamas signs the oil deal is
a matter for Bahamians to
"Since it doesn't involve us
we are not going to take a pub-
lic position on it. Each country
has to make a decision for
themselves if they are going to
participate," he said.
Mr Taylor pointed out that
although the US would like to
establish better co-operation
with President Chavez on a
variety of issues, this does not
stop the American government

from doing business with him.
"We import petroleum prod-
ucts from more than 40 coun-
tries and Venezuela is the
fourth largest source of our oil
imports after Canada, Mexico,
and Saudi Arabia. We get just
under 13 per cent of our oil
from Venezuela.
."According to the US
Department of Energy, for 2004
the US imported just over 10
million barrels a day, and
1,297,500 barrels of that were
imported from Venezuela," he
Fuel Usage Committee mem-
ber and Independent MP Pierre
Dupuch, has said that critics
need to grasp the particulars of
the PetroCaribe proposal and

stop trying to "muddle" the idea
with politics.
"How can someone say to
you that if we do business with
Chavez that America would be
mad with us, when they are also
doing business with him? Was-
n't this man democratically
"Let me put it this way... and
I'm not a communist: capital-
ism isn't capitalism, not in
America, unless there is com-
petition. There is very little
competition in America. It's all
big business.
"The strength on any democ-
racy is competition, and that's
what PetroCaribe is compe-
tition," he said.
See page five

Tribune Staff Reporter
man was stabbed in the chest
early Tuesday morning after
he reportedly refused to com-
ply with a request for help.
According to police, at 2am
on Tuesday, a 45-year-old man
was awakened by a man who
he knows and who requested
his assistance with something.
Police are refusing to dis-
close the nature of the request.
After the victim refused to
help, the man reportedly
forced open his door and
stabbed him in the chest with a
sharp object.
Police say the victim was
taken to hospital and is listed
in serious condition.
Two masked dark men
robbed the Oakes Field City
Market food store on Monday
The men reportedly entered
the establishment around
9pm, held a worker at gun
point and demanded cash.
According to police press
liaison officer Walter Evans,
the store was robbed of an
undetermined amount of
Before leaving the scene,

the men fired a shot at a man
in the area; however, no one
was harmed in the incident,
Mr Evans said.
A Brougham Street man
is listed in serious condition
after being stabbed in the
According to police reports,
at 4pm on Monday, the 23-
year-old victim and another
man were in a heated argu-
After the argument, the
Brougham Street man was
stabbed in the head with a
sharp object.
A 23-year-old man was
reportedly robbed while walk-
ing through a track road on
Mr Evans said that the man
was in the area of Burial
Ground Corner at around
10.30am when he saw a person
lying face down on the
As he approached, the per-
son reportedly stood up and
pulled out a shotgun.
He allegedly robbed the vic-
tim of cash and his cellular
No arrests have been made
in any of the incidents and
police say they are withhold-
ing the names of the victims.

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US relations 'still good'

Tribune Staff Reporter
THERE has been no deteri-
oration in the relationship
between the Bahamas and the
United States, Minister of For-
eign Affairs Fred Mitchell
assured the public yesterday.
Mr Mitchell, who is meeting
with United States Secretary of
State Dr Condoleezza Rice
today prior to the United
Nations 60th General Assem-
bly, said relations between the
two countries continue to be
"There is often what I con-
sider to be a lot of idle specula-
tion, and gossip, ill-informed
misconceived, mischievousness
:about the question of relations
between the United States and
this region, and more particu-
larly the relationship between
the United States and the
Bahamas," he said at a press
conference at the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs yesterday.
Mr Mitchell did not say what

issues gave raise to the "gos-
sip", but said that despite the
speculation, "no ultimata, no
threats, nothing of that kind has
passed between our country and
the United States and vice ver-
With the United States con-
sidered to be the most impor-
tant "player" in the hemisphere,
Mr Mitchell said that it is
important for the Bahamas to
have good relations and regular
and sustained contact with that
During today's meeting, Mr
Mitchell said, CARICOM min-
isters and Dr Rice will review
the question of Haiti's pre-
paredness for general elections,
as well as the objective of
Caribbean countries becoming
first-world countries by 2020.
Earlier this week, Mr
Mitchell told The Tribune that
he is confident that the
Bahamas will be able to achieve
the status of developed coun-
try within the next 15 years.
An important issue on

today's agenda for the Bahamas
will also be the question of pre-
paredness for natural disasters.
"We've seen that even in the
US which has tremendous
resources at its command, that
planning and management
issues are still important," he
During the 2005 World Sum-
mit and subsequent UN Gen-
eral Assembly, the Bahamas
will make two statements.
The first will be on the
achievements regarding the Mil-
lennium Development Goals
which were agreed upon by the
UN in 2000, the second state-
ment will then be on the
Bahamas' "view of the world."
Minister Mitchell and the
Bahamian delegation will also
meet with members of CARI-
COM's Council of Foreign and
Community Relations (COF-
COR) -of which the Mr
Mitchell is chairman as well
as with Commonwealth foreign
ministers and the Canadian
prime minister.

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How captives fled to Bermuda

IN THIS column yesterday we discussed
how Bermuda had snatched the captive insur-
ance business from the fumbling fingers of
Bahamian politicians and gone on to become
a world financial leader.
We recall how Cayman island taxi drivers
would jokingly tell visitors especially visitors
from the Bahamas that the two men in the
Bahamas to whom Caymanians were most
indebted were former Prime Minister Sir Lyn-
den Pindling.and his deputy, A D Hanna. Cay-
manians, they used to say, owed so much of
their new prosperity to these two men that
their statues should be erected in George
Town's public square.
The Pindling government's policies had so
discombobulated the business community, that
investors were fleeing in search of new havens.
Bermuda and the Caymans were the benefi-
ciaries. Even little Turks Island hosted
Bahamian contractors among other national-
ities after the Bahamas' construction indus-
try collapsed.
Ah article in BusinessWeek of September 5
quotes Bermuda's Premier W Alexander Scott
as saying: "Government's relationship with
the international business sector is one of the
keys to Bermuda's success as an international,
business centre. The strength of Bermuda as
an international business hub is a consequence
of having a government that sees itself as the
leader in creating the best international-busi-
ness regulatory infrastructure. We start from
the point of view that cooperation, consulta-
tion, and cohesion are the tools of the trade."
This atmosphere never existed with the busi-'
ness community under the Pindling adminis-
tration. The Pindling government was not
trusted. Businesses had difficulty planning
ahead, because they never knew what new
policy the next day might bring.
The Bahamas, under the direction of the
late Sir Stafford Sands as finance minister,
was making a name for itself as an insurance
centre when the new PLP government came to
power. Early in its administration it decided to
amend the insurance act. Among other
changes, the insurance premium was taxed.
Neither did the Immovable Properties Act
help. It had created such a stir that investors
started to talk with their feet. Those feet were
headed in the direction of Nassau Interna-
tional Airport. Armed with a one way ticket,
these investors left the Bahamas.
In an effort to try to win back the captive
insurance group, Sir William Allen, then gov-
err or of the Central Bank organised a lun-

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cheon in March, 1981 at the East Hill Club so
that the insurers could have a-frank discussion
with government leaders about their needs.
New York tax lawyer Sidney Pine, who
had a winter home at Harbour Island, and
always had good advice for the Bahamas, was
a guest speaker. He bluntly told government
that it must make its insurance act more attrac-
tive than Bermuda's if it wanted to attract
new captive insurance business.
"Two years ago," he said, "the Bahamas
changed its law to bring it on a par with
Bermuda's and no new business came in."
This change was made; because the PLP had
earlier amended the insurance act that it had
found in place when it became the govern-
ment. Those amendments sent insurers fleeing
to Bermuda.
At the luncheon Sir Lynden announced that
government's programme to bring captives
back to the Bahamas would move into "high
gear" within a month. As with all Sir Lyn-
den's predictions and promises that month
never came. It still has not, and will never
come for the Bahamas: A wise Bermuda'has
already snatched the whole cookie jar.
At the end of his speech Mr Hanna opened
the floor to questions. Spokesmen for the
insurance companies wanted assurances from
The two main things that concerned insur-.
ance brokers, accountants and lawyers was
whether expatriate workers could buy houses,
and whether it would be difficult to obtain
long-termti'orVk permits. Mr Hanna did 'the
two-step shuffle, but failed to satisfy them.
He said he didn't want to mix up his land pol-
icy with the insurance business.
The group attending the conference repre-
sented six of the seven largest insurance bro-
kers in the US. One of them was Marsh and
McLennan, the world's largest insurance bro-
ker. In the mid-1980s at the very time the
East Hill Club luncheon was being held to
woo them to the Bahamas Marsh and,
McLennan instead established ACE and XL
Capital in Bermuda to meet US corporations'
needs for excess liability. As of June 30 this
year Marsh and McLennan's two Bermuda
companies reported a combined capital of
$18.8 billion.
At the end of the East Hill Club meeting Mr
Hanna was bluntly told that his government's
immigration and housing policies were "incon-
sistent" with its policy of trying to induce them
to move from a tax shelter that was meeting--
and is still meeting their needs.

The respect

due for local


EDITOR, The Tribune
Much has been said about the
role of local government in
recent times, especially after the
post-election post-mortem this
past June.
Basically, the accepted view
of local government is that it is
that part of the Local Govern-
ment Ministry that was divested
and delegated to locals elected
in their communities. This will
certainly make the functioning
of local government far more
efficient, but even more impor-
tant is the fact that persons
most affected by local govern-
ment decisions will be in a posi-
tion to directly impact that deci-
sion -........... ..--- .......
Certainly this advancement
in the democratic process serves
to improve the lives of those
participating in it. As this is a
delegated duty by the minister,
by practice or convention, if act-
ing within the guidelines in their
decision making, the minister
must accept and respect that
decision. If there is a conflict
between the minister and a
decision made by local govern-
ment, the proper thing to do is
* to have whatever controversy
arising be resolved by an objec-
tive third party such as the
In no way-should the minister
blatantly disregard a decision
that was arrived at following
proper procedures in a dictato-
rial manner. This only serves to
demoralize local government
officials and discourages quali-
fied persons from running for
office as the perception may be
that their opinion doesn't count,
as at any moment a well
thought out decision could be
undermined or ignored by the
Such a conflict has now
arisen between the local gov-
ernment of Harbour Island and
Agriculture and Local Govern-
ment Minister Alfred Gray. The
issue of contention involves
Government's lease of Crown
Land to private individuals in
an area known as "the Ramp"
for private business interests.
The Ramp is the only gov-
ernment facility on Harbour
Island that is capable of launch-
ing or pulling up one's boat
quickly and easily. It is the only
public access south of the "Big"
(Government) Dock where the
mailboat, Fastferry, cargo
barges, ferries, etc, dock to the
end of the island. It was con-
structed in the 1700's when one
of the major industries of Har-
bour Island at that time was
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launched in the area of the Big
Dock and the smaller ones were
launched at the Ramp as there
was a.natural deep water chan-
nel that comes almost right up
to the shore.
In modern times, the Ramp
was a pioneer facility in the
development of Harbour Island
tourism industry, now officially
confirmed as the best in the
region. Before the construction
of the North Eleuthera Airport
in 1959 to facilitate Bahamas
Airways, the only flights to Har-
bour Island were by seaplane
that would come up on the
This is still true today, as
flights still occasionally come
up on the ramp. As a boy, we
would rush to greet these sea-
planes on the ramp as a gener-
ous tourist might reward us with.
a shilling (25 cents) for assisting
with their luggage. If we were
really lucky that day, we would
receive a whole dollar. This
would be something to smile
about for weeks.
However, even more impor-
tant is the use of the Ramp by
the fishermen, ferrymen and
general boaters. At times the
Ramp is used as storage while
repairs are being conducted or
to offload and clean the catch of
the day.
My most famous memory of
the Ramp is the "Black Drag-
on", a sleek, black and long net-
ting craft with its characteristic
Seagull engine. Its impending
arrival would be announced
with the traditional. blow of the
conch shell. The whole town
would descend on to the ramp
where the incredible sum of one
dollar would buy a string of
sweet running jacks large
enough to feed any family. I
always looked for an old man
named "Mr Dickie" (I never
knew his real name) or my
neighbour Wilson Roberts who
would generously put in one or
two extra for my family.
Nowadays, the Ramp is as
busy as ever as it is still being
used by a number of persons to
make their living, On a daily
basis, fishermen can be seen
cleaning, sorting or selling their
catch. A conch salad stand is
also on the Ramp along with-
other businesses such as a jets-
ki/kayak rental business.
Despite its importance as a
commercial centre and a struc-
ture vital to the survival of the
community, the dimensions of
this property are not impres-
sive. It runs a mere 100 feet
along Bay Street and 80 feet
deep to the water at the widest
point. One can just imagine
already just how crowded- this
area can get at times.
The Ramp also lies directly
in front of what is now Harbour
Island's largest development,
the Valentine's. Herein lies the
problem: the Ramp has become
an extremely valuable piece -f
property with a vast economic
potential for anyone opening a
business that will cater to the
guest at Valentine's.
Regrettably, the government
of the Bahamas made a most

unwise, uninformed, tragic and
otherwise absurd decision that
demonstrates a complete lack
of vision or care for the people
of Harbour Island.
In one of the most ridiculous
decisions ever, the government
quietly (as there is no manda-
tory registration of land interest
in the Bahamas) leased 60 feet
on the northern side of Bay
Street to Valentine's to use as
an area for utilities and golf cart
parking and 30 feet on the
southern side of Bay Street to a
local businesswoman for the
construction of a private busi-
ness that could occupy 30 x 60
feet on the Ramp.
When allowances are made
for regulatory requirements
such as mandatory regulatory
access to a building, septic sys-
tems etc, this area can be even
larger, essentially occupying
most of the Ramp. The public
would be left with the outra-
geous and unacceptable path-
way of 10 feet, leaving an
impractical and unworkable
area to do what the Ramp was
designed to do.
In an emergency such as a
hurricane warning, nothing
short of a disastrous chaos
would exist as boatmen scram-
ble to get their boats out of the
water. Trailers, boats, equip.-
ment, etc, must all squeeze
through the tiny 10 foot path-
In addition, the, hundreds of
workers from the mainland of
Eleuthera may have to be trans-
ported back with a little win-
dow of opportunity. It is vital
that the ferry operators have as
much flexibility as possible. The
lessons-of hurricane Katrina in.
New Orleans must have taught
us something about civil
defence; and emergency proce-
Clearly, the leases given to
Valentine's and the business-
woman. are not within the pub-
lic interest and should be
rescinded. Surely Mr Gray, who
has a duty to act in the public
interest, must understand this.
Simply to ignore the concerns of
his local government is foolish
as it only invites disaster.
On at least two occasions,
Harbour Island Local Govern-
ment had declined the applica-
tion for the construction on the
Ramp and with valid reasons.
The self-interest of a few indi-
viduals cannot be placed above
the safety and concerns of the
general public. I would encour-
age the Local Government of
Harbour Island and chairman
Dashel Roberts to use whateV,-
er legal means necessary,
including the Supreme Court of
the Bahamas, to fight thi~
ridiculous and bad decision by
Alfred Gray to permit develop-
ment on the Ramp.
Furthermore, government
should pass legislation banning
any future development on the
Ramp. After all, can you imag-
ine what would happen in Nas-
sau if someone were given per-
mission to construct a private
-' iness on the Fort Montagu
' imp to the detriment or dis-
icement of the fishermen?,
Boston, Massachusetts
September 2005

Words of praise

for Sir Arthur

EDITOR, The Tribune
Please publish the following
letter of appreciation to Sir
Arthur Foulkes.
Dear Sir Arthur,
I AM in the middle of read-
ing your "To the Point" of
today (August 302005). Actu-
ally, I was at the end of just the
first segment of this article when
I was forced to stop and write
this note to say thank you so
much for being there.
Thank you for taking the time
to share your thoughts and
ideas. Thank you for taking the
time to hang the words togeth-
er so effectively.
My father, EH Godet (God

rest his soul) always admired
your mind. I have come to
understand and appreciate his
exact sentiments when, with the
full enthusiasm, enjoyment arid
mischievous slant used in telling
his "true" Hobby Horse Hall
stories, he would excitedly
share your latest words of wit-
of-the-day. I see why; I know
why You are super enter-
But somehow, I do belieVe
you enjoy the writing as much
as we enjoy the reading. What
synergy. Please, let's keep it
August 31 2005

i-,,(A.,. 4, W.EDNE.SDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2005


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Independent MP's

call to examine

PetroCaribe deal

'Tribune Staff Reporter
MP Pierre Dupuch has asked why
the PetroCaribe accord is not being
actively embraced by government.
Mr Dupuch raised the question
yesterday in his capacity as a mem-
ber of the Fuel Usage Committee.
"I see no real reason for it not to
be looked at actively," he said, "A
lot of people are making noise about
it, but the terms and the conditions
is' a country-to-country deal.
"We have advised the government
that they should in fact look at this
'offer," Mr Dupuch said.
Over the past year, local oppo-
nents of the oil deal have made
numerous negative predictions
about the effect it could have on the
' Critics say the deal could damage
vital international relationships and
that the Bahamas could find itself
contractually entrapped by
Venezuela, the PetroCaribe host
"The brainchild of Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez, Petro-
Caribe is a government-to-govern-
ment contract to supply oil with the
aim of cutting out "the middleman".
Oil would still be supplied at inter-
national rates, however only a per-
centage of the cost would initially
be paid. The remainder would be
paid over a specific period of time
negotiated by the governments at a
one per cent interest rate.
Said Mr Dupuch: "The Venezue-
lans said they can deliver it here and
cut out the middleman; the outsider
who I might mention is not in the
Bahamas. So I see nothing wrong
with that at all," he said.
* Mr Dupuch said that as a result of
the accord, the entire oil industry
may change the way it does busi-
"I look at very plainly. You go

* ST Margaret MP Pierre Dupuch

into a car company an you ask Ford
and the other people to make an
offer for the same product. Whoev-
er offers the lowest price you go
with them. If BEC will save between
$10 and $15 million dollars, then we
are saying look into it.
"Those savings could be passed
on as savings to the customers. The
government is not tied to having to
buy exclusively from Venezuela.
Mr Dupuch said that although the
accord may be extremely beneficial
to the Bahamas, the fuel usage com-
mittee is also mindful of the three
major oil companies still in the
"The people in Venezuela are
basically saying we don't want to

deal with these people and want to
deal directly with the government,"
he explained.
Mr Dupuch said that oil compa-
nies are not being forced in any way
to buy fuel through the government,
and that even if the accord is signed,
they can continue to purchase fuel
through their current suppliers.
"The offer to buy through us is
simply made. The gas appears to be
far cheaper and that's what we are
looking into and negotiating now.
"So who ever buys it cheaper, and
passes on the savings to the con-
sumer, will win.,That's just compe-
tition. We are putting competition
back into this," he said.

Tributes flood in for

tragic American pilot

FRIENDS of popular pilot Stephen Fenner said
yesterday how much they will miss his visits to
Staniel Cay with his beloved quadruplets.
Mr Fenner, 42, used to love flying his young
family all nine years old from his Norman's
Cay home to the island where he frequently
dropped in for lunch.
"He was a happy guy and the children obvious-
ly used to love flying over with him in his small,
twin-engined plane," said Don Rolle, who lives at
Staniel Cay.
"They used to dine at the yacht club or at Club
Thunderball and then fly back home again. They
were a happy family."
Luckily, the children were not with'their father
when his plane, a Baron, plunged into the sea 400
feet off Norman's Cay last Thursday.
Mr Fenner, who learned to fly when he was 16, is
thought to have died instantly when his aircraft
burst into flames and sank in 20 feet of water.
His body was later washed ashore after would-be
rescuers conducted a frantic search for the wreck-
Mr Fenner, a Desert Storm veteran, used to edu-
cate his children with the help of an assistant in a
school area specially set aside at his Norman's Cay
home. It is understood his family was also flown
into Nassau for tuition.


Yesterday, Mr ,Rolle said: "The island is still
shocked by the tragedy. It is going to be a major
loss because he was such a well-liked figure."
Mr Fenner, from Griffin, Georgia, was a gradu-
ate of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in
Daytona Beach, Florida.
He was an avid flying fan and was first taught by
his father Ramon, a retired Northwest Airlines pilot.
As a C-130 commander in the National Guard,
Mr Fenner served in the first Gulf War and later
was involved in commercial aviation with FedEx
and US Airways.
At Norman's Cay he was helping to manage a
resort and worked as the company's pilot.
The children Jesse, Natalie, Stephanie and
Zachary are now thought to be in the care of
their grandparents, Ramon and Margaret Fenner.


His family have asked for donations in Mr Fen-
ner's memory to be sent to BASRA.
"Stephen's passing is a great loss to his family and
to those he touched with his immeasurable zest
for life and its many challenges," the Fenners said
in a statement.
The funeral will be held on Thursday (11am) at
a church in Milner, Georgia. Mr Fenner will be
buried in the adjoining cemetery.

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Friday t6th September Saturday 17th September

l.ialf I rice i E

.on all ite s on display



Environmental mo nitoring

programme hits the net

A SPECIAL website has
been launched to provide infor-
mation about the unprecedent-
ed environmental monitoring
programme for the Baker's Bay
development on Great Guana
Cay, Abaco.
The monitoring is being done
through the independent Great
Guana Cay Foundation a non-
profit partnership between the
developers and both the Uni-
versity of Miami and the Col-
lege of the Bahamas.
The foundation's mission is
to ensure that the 566-acre
development follows guidelines
set out by the Environmental
Impact Assessment, and to
undertake public education and
outreach activities.
Although the EIA was
underwritten by the developer,
it was researched and produced
under an arm's length grant to
the University of Miami, which
is solely responsible for its con-
tent. Marine biologist Dr Kath-
leen Sullivan Sealey was the
principal investigator and leads
the project's environmental
management team.
She is an approved consul-

Information on Baker's Bay development

tant for the BEST Commission,
which is responsible for envi-
ronmental oversight in the
Bahamas. Working under her
are University of Miami doc-
toral students Nicolle Cushion,
Kate Sermon and Cloe Water-
field; and Keith Bradley, a
botanist from the Institute for
Regional Conservation.


"The website is located at," said
Larry Smith of Media Enter-
prises, the Bahamian commu-
nications agency that developed
the site content and architec-
"It offers accurate and in-
depth information on every-
thing from economic impacts
and housing density to marina
flushing and plant conservation.
It is not a marketing tool.

"In addition to research
reports and relevant articles and
news items, the site will soon
feature- real-time feeds from a
solar-powered weather station
at Baker's Bay as well as web-
cams strategically placed around
the development. There will
also be a number of streaming
video links."
The main environmental
goals of the Baker's Bay Club
are to preserve 80 per cent of
the island's native vegetation,
to maintain groundwater and
nearshore water quality, to
enhance wildlife habitat in pro-
tected areas, and to promote
coastal stability.
"We are establishing an inno-
vative model for post-EIA mon-
itoring and management,"
according to Dr Livingstone
Marshall, senior vice-president
for environmental and commu-
nity affairs.
"Regular reports submitted

Decline in tourist

arrivals hits business

By DENISE MAYCOCK tion is in the process of reviving the Bazaar.
Tribune Freeport Reporter He said that government and the Grand
Bahama Port Authority has also promised to
FREEPORT Business at the International assist with revitalizing the Bazaar area.
Bazaar and Port Lucaya Marketplace has "We are planning to generate some promo-
reached an all time low for Grand Bahama's tional activities for the Bazaar. We also expect
shop owners and straw vendors this year to carry out some redevelopment because we
because of a decline in tourist arrivals, are still trying to recover from the hurricanes,"
The once prosperous Bazaar, with its land- he said.
mark Tori Gate, is now virtually ,onsidered a Fur~te .in the east, merchants at Por Lucaya
"", according. to sho'pwners and aret~rig much better than thlse at the
tenants. Bazaar. .,,
Of the 80 stores there, about 50 have moved "Business is slow with the Fantasy on dry
out or closed down since last September when dock and some days I leave without making
Royal Oasis Resort closed following the hut- even a dollar," complained a store vendor at
ricanes. Port Lucaya.
According to recent tourism figures for
Loss Grand Bahama, as of July 2005 there were
some,65,605 visitors to the island, resulting in a
This year the island has seen a 30 per cent 32.8 percent decline compared to last year.
decline in tourism with the loss of some 900 uThis yeas report revealed that about 20,829
guest rooms at Royal Oasis, which is still on the tourists arrived by air and 44,776 arrived by
market for sale. cruise ship.
"It's dead down here and I don't know how The island is expecting to get a boost in
"It's dead down here and I don't know how tourism next month during the second annual
much longer we can survive like this," said one Grand Bahama Jazz, Rhythm and Blues Fes-
store owner at the Bazaar. tival.
Mr Vernon Fowler, an executive with the The event is expected to attract many jazz
Bazaar Tenants Association, said the associa- enthusiasts from the United States.


The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd. (BTC) is
pleased to invite Tenders to provide the Company with Motor
Insurance coverage.

Interested companies/firms may collect a Tender Specification
from BTC's Security's Desk located in its administrative building
on John F. Kennedy Drive, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and
5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Tenders must be submitted in sealed envelopes marked
"TENDER FOR MOTOR INSURANCE", and delivered on or
before 5:00 pm on Friday, September 30, 2005 to the attention

Mr. Michael J. Symonette
President & CEO
The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd.
#21 John F. Kennedy Drive
P.O. Box N-3048
Nassau, The Bahamas

BTC reserves the right to reject any, or all Tenders.

to the BEST Commission will
be posted on the website. And
the island's heritage preserve,
as well as other special conser-
vation areas including man-
grove wetlands, dune systems
and shoreline buffer zones will
be closely monitored at all
"We aim to create a low-pro-
file resort community with nat-
ural landscapes and vistas pre-
served. Residents will be able
to understand and appreciate
the true Bahamian environment
in its natural state. This is a pro-
ject for the next generation,
who value working with the
environment instead of trying
to alter it."
Among the documents that
have been or soon will be post-
ed, on the website are the full
EIA approved by the BEST
Commission, reports on coastal
ecology in the Bahamas, and
articles on remediation of the
abandoned cruise ship shore
facilities, marina and golf course
design, solid waste and water
management, and plant conser-
"Many of these will be down-
loadable PDF files, including
environmental incident

reports," Mr Smith said. "There
will also be a contact form for
site visitors to communicate
directly with both the develop-
ers and the science team. No
other comparable development
in the Bahamas has ever agreed
to such close environmental
scrutiny, and guidelines, and the
website makes this crystal


The Baker's Bay property
occupies about half of the1100-
acre cay. When completed, the
community will feature some
400 residential units, 75 villa-
style rooms, a golf course, al80-
slip marina, a beach club, a
commercial centre, employee
housing and central services.
But more than two-thirds of
the development's 566 acres will
remain open space. This will
include the heritage preserve,
the golf course, coastal setbacks
and easements. Only 17 per
cent of the land will be used for
residential purposes. The over-
all project density considering
both employees and residents -
is 1.67 per acre.

There are currently 243 build-
ings in the Guana Cay settle-
ment at the other end of the
island, and under 200 full-time
residents. But there are other
residential developments on the
island with 49 private docks and
two commercial marinas. Some.
450 home sites are for sale both
north and south of the settle-
ment. ,
Baker's Bay will set an exam-
ple for these developments that
will be hard to match. Housing.
covenants will focus on main-
taining the island's natural her-
itage. Building will be restricted
in buffer zones, which will be
landscaped with primarily
native plants.
Proper water and waste man-
agement guidelines will be fol-
The Great Guana Cay Foun-
dation will manage some 90
acres within the development.
Most of this area will be deeded
to the foundation. Deed restric-
tions will keep coastal setbacks
.and buffer zones in perpetuity
as part of the conservation plan-
The shoreline will retain its
natural "uninhabited" vista with
the coastal protection zone and
absence of private docks. Hous-
es will not be obvious, and shad-
ed paths and boardwalks along
the coastal zone will protect
wildlife habitat as well as mair-'
tain coastal stability,

Making their mark

on fingerprint course

M FBI Special Agent Charles Wilcox, centre, receives special recognition from National
Security Permanent Secretary Mark Wilson, left, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Nation-
al Security, and US Deputy Chief of Mission Brent Hardt at the United States Department
of Justice (FBI) and the Royal Bahamas Police Force "Basic crime scene and advanced fin-
gerprint course" graduation ceremony at the Police Training College on Friday, September

PARTICIPANTS in the fingerprint course are shown with Mark Wilson and
Chief Superintendent Kirkland Hutchinson during the graduation ceremony. Course U
instructors, FBI special agents Charles Wilcox, David Blakely and Monique Kelso
commended the graduates for displaying dedication and professionalism during the
(BIS photo: Tim Aylen)

Industry legend mourned

DAMIANOS Realty is mourn-
ing the loss an industry legend
and a member of their extended
Alphonso Deleveaux, who
worked for the company since
1945, died in a car accident on
Thompson Blvd on Thursday,
September 8.
"On that fateful day, he walked
out the door of Damianos Realty
for the last time," said George
Damianos, adding that he and his
sister Virginia Damianos Pre-
mock, their families and the
employees of Damianos Really
"wish to offer their heartfelt con-
dolences to his family."


Al was born in Major's Cay,
Crooked Island on November 22,
At the age of 12, he established
a relationship with the Damianos
family when he accompanied his
mother to the Frederick Street
warehouse where she was
employed as a straw worker.
"In those days he was known as
Alphonso, or Phonse however,
in more recent years he preferred
to be called Al," George Dami-
anos reminisced.
In 1945, Nick Damianos
opened the door of Damianos
Realty on Frederick Street, and
Al was by his side.
For many years, Al sold real
estate during the day, and worked
as the maitre'd at the Buena Vista
restaurant at night.
"Over the years, Al's clients
would contact him whenever it
was time to sell or buy real estate.
His charm and genteel personal-
ity endeared many people to him
- people from all walks of life,"
said Virginia Damianos.


In April 2005, the Bahamas
Real Estate Association (BREA)
presented Al Deleveaux with the.
first'ever Broker of the Year
"He was a man who loved his
children Theresa, Deborah,.
Andrea and Sonia, his grandchil-
dren Allison, Sheldren, Sharee
and McKell, and his sister Lilly-,
mae and her family," George
Damianos said.

I ;

inthursday s


Examing ways

the Bahamas

can help fight

'cyber crime'

By NATARIO MKENZIEAttorney General
A THREE day workshop"

hosted by OAS experts will
assess ways in which the
Bahamas can combat cyber
According Leonard Bailey,
chairman of the OAS Group of
Government Experts on Com-
puter Crime, the goal is to pro-
vide OAS member states with
an "increased investigative
capacity" and help in drafting
laes to fight cyber crime.
'"Cyber crime is a global
problem and every country is
at(some risk," Mr Bailey said
yesterday while, addressing local
legislators and police officials.
- -Bailey said- that-during the
three day workshop, which is
being held at the British Colo-
nial, the group will seek to pro-
vide insights into the nature of
computer fraud and outline the
tools needed to combat other
areas of cyber crime to local
legislators and police officials.


According to Attorney Gen-
etal and Minster of Education
Alfred Sears, the manifestation
of viruses over the past several
yoars has made the vulnerabili-
tyiof the internet clear.
'As even greater reliance is
b ing placed on computers they
have also served as a target and
atool of illicit activities." Mr
S ars said.
OHe added that the internet
* *

highlights need to

enhance crime laws

and investigation

nE BRENT Hardt

has become a new tool in ter-
rorist warfare.
Mr Sears said computer crime
laws and investigation proce-
dures must be enhanced to

combat cyber crimes.
According to Dr Brent
Hardt, United States Embassy'
Charge d' Affaires, the US State
Department supports the work-
shop and pledges its continued
support in the fight against
cyber crime.


Mr Hardt said that cyber
crime is a threat to governments
and government infrastructures.
He said that every day, crim-
inals attack the US Department
of Defence through computers,
seeking to impede the govern-
ment's operations.
"These types of incidents are
already in the Caribbean and
they undermine the confidence
of consumers, businesses and
investors wherever they may
occur." Hardt said.
He added that International
co-operation is vital in combat-
ing cyber crimes.

Four years later,

government again

promises a new

straw market

committed to providing a per-
manent home for Bay Street
straw vendors said Minister
of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe
- just days after the fourth
anniversary of the fire that
destroyed the old market.
In an impromptu chat with
the media on Tuesday, Mr
Wilchcombe said a replace-
ment for the Bay Street straw
market is still on line.
That the government is tak-
ing its time to provide proper
facilities "is the right thing to
do," said Mr Wilchcombe.
"We want the highest level
for these people who are in
fact Bahamians we should
always admire," he said.
On September 4, 2001 the
straw market, a popular Bay
Street tourist attraction, was
destroyed by fire. The gov-
ernment said the market was
to be rebuilt.
The vendors meanwhile
have been housed under a
huge tent.
"The straw market and the
vendors for the business per-
sons are invaluable to our
number one industry," said
Mr Wilchcombe. "When we
market the Bahamas we tell
of what is uniquely Bahamian
and the straw market is
uniquely Bahamian.
"The vendors there, who
have been the original
Bahamian business men and
women, have done extremely
well. They have propelled
tourism more than any one of
us can imagine."
The government, he added,
"fully understand the need for
a straw market and we're
looking forward to the new
"What we are very pleased

0 TOURISM Minister Obie Wilchcombe

about is the temporary facili-,
ties, although they are difficult
to work in from time to time,
although we believe that the
conditions could have been bet-

"We do appreciate the fact
that (vendors) have shown a
tremendous degree of dexterity
by staying in there and deliver-
ing the .service that people
expect," he said.

Encouragement to

public to help the

fight against crime

ORGANISERS of the com-
munity-based Police-Crime
Stoppers programme say that
the public should not be afraid
to play its part in fight against
Branville McCartney, chair-
man of the Crime Prevention
Committee, said that since its
launch in November 2001,
Crime Stoppers has proven
highly successful in bringing
criminals to justice in connec-
tion with various offences.
, Speaking at a press confer-
ence yesterday, Mr McCartney
said many persons failed to con-
tact police with knowledge
about a crime, either through
lack of concern or fear of being
He said that since its launch,
Crime Stoppers had received
over 3,000 calls, of which 200
were genuine tips.
- Mr McCartney said that in an
effort to encourage community
involvement in the fight against
crime, the programme is offer-
ing rewards of up to $1,000.
Crime Stoppers ensures the
complete confidentiality of all
Mr McCartney described the
programme as "a partnership

between'the community, the
media and local law enforce-
ment whose goal is to work
together to solve and prevent


Mr McCartney said organis-
ers believe that someone other
than the criminal has knowl-
edge of every crime.
When a tipster calls the crime
tip line, they are given a code
number as an identity.
They are then instructed to
call the hotline again and give
that number if the tip leads to
an arrest, at which they will be
granted a reward.
He said that the callers do
not have to give evidence in
court and payment is made in a
manner that ensures anonymity.
The amount of reward money
given, he said, is often based on
the seriousness of the crime.
Crime Stoppers has been
established worldwide, with
over 1500 organisations partic-
ipating in over 24 countries.
Each year, he said, Crime
Stoppers holds a training con-
ference in a member country.

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Two schools to

be rebuilt in

San Salvador 'in

about a year'

H By Bahamas Information
Salvador The government has
promised to rebuild two new
schools on the island in about a
year's time.
On Monday, the Minister of
Education Alfred Sears and the
Minister of Works and Public
Utilities Bradley Roberts
addressed a town meeting on
the island regarding the rebuild-
ing of the primary and high
schools destroyed by Hurri-
canes Frances and Jeanne last
Also present was Cat Island,
Rum Cay and San Salvador MP
Philip "Brave" Davis.
Mr Sears promised "a school
that would meet the needs of
the community 10, 20 years
down the road."
He pledged that the govern-
ment would build two new
state-of-the art schools an esti-
mated $3.5 million high school
and a primary school costing
between $2.5 million and $2.8
million. Three sites have already
been identified for the schools.
Mr Sears said contracts have
gone out to tender and con-
struction is expected to start in
He said that in terms of
immediate relief, primary
school students will be relocat-
ed in two weeks into six trailers
being outfitted as classrooms.
Since the storms, the 120 stu-
dents have been schooled at the

Joseph Albury Catholic Hall,
the local museum and the Sev-
enth Day Adventist church,
where the Government officials
addressed a special assembly.


At the high school, class-
rooms were still undergoing
Monday was the first day of
school for the students and Mr
Sears said he would have liked
for a new primary school to
have already been built, but
promised that one would be
He told the parents and
teachers that despite the chal-
lenges, the students performed
"very well" in the Grade Level
Assessment Test (GLAT).
Mr Roberts said that upon
his appointment as Minister of
Works in May 2002, he met
chief architect Livingston
Forbes, who shared his vision
for improved education facili-
ties on San Salvador.
"It is not only a school
designed to take care of your
present needs, it will make pro-
visions for the expansion of
your education facilities here
and that is the way it ought to
be done," he said.
"We will also give the young
people of San Salvador the kind
of facilities that will allow them
to excel not only academically,
but also in the area'of sports."
Mr Roberts noted that the

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schools, constructed 17 years
ago, are falling apart, but
acknowledged that maintenance
is a two-part responsibility.
"It is not only the contrac-
tors' fault. It is also the fault of
the Ministry of Works for not
providing proper oversight
when the building was being
constructed," he said.
The chief architect in the
Ministry of Works and Utilities,
Livingston Forbes, shared his
drawings of the proposed
The primary school is
designed to accommodate up to
200 students. It will be outfitted
with 11 classrooms including a
general science lab, computer
lab, art and music rooms, an
enclosed courtyard which would
also be used as a hurricane shel-
ter, a pre-school with separate
bathrooms, sporting facilities
including a track comparable to
the one at the Thomas A Robin-
son stadium, a softball field, ten-
nis and basketball courts, and
other amenities.
Additional classrooms will be
added as the island population
A similar design has been
drafted for the high school to
accommodate 250 students at
the onset. The two-tier build-
ing will facilitate woodwork and
home economic subjects, busi-
ness and computer labs, a music
lab, library, staff room, an
enclosed courtyard to also be
used as a hurricane shelter and
sporting facilities.



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* ATTORNEY General and Minister of Education Alfred Sears greets young schoolchildren on
Monday after a meeting in San Salvador with Minister of Works and Utilities Bradley Roberts and
MP for Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador Philip "Brave" Davis, to discuss the plans for the
two new schools to be constructed on San Salvador in 2006
(Photo: BIS/Tim Aylen)

Tourism minister

backs cruise line

charter decision

* THE Liberty, one of Carnival's cruise liners

* By Gladstone Thurston
Bahamas Information
TOURISM Minister Obie
Wilchcombe said he supported
Carnival Cruise Lines' deci-
sion to contribute three ves-
sels to the Hurricane Katrina
relief efforts.
Carnival chartered three
cruise ships to the Military
Sealift Command on behalf of
the Federal Emergency Man-
agement Agency (FEMA) for
six months. They are the Ecsta-
sy, Sensation and Holiday.
The government says that

preliminary reports show that
tourism to the Bahamas is not
likely to be negatively impact-
ed by the redeployment of the
Hurricane Katrina slammed
into Mississippi, Louisiana and
Alabama two weeks ago, leav-
ing the United States faced
with its worse natural disaster
in living memory.
"I fully understand what
(Americans) are going
through," said Mr Wilch-'
combe, "and so when corpo-
rate America comes together
... to assist, I understand that.
"We support whatever Car-

(Photo: BIS),

nival or any other cruise line or,
the airlines are doing, even if it
means in the short term we.
have to feel some of the pinch.,'
"We will accept that
because we know that they
have been good corporate cit-
izens to the Bahamas. When
we had our difficulties they
were there with us and it is
only right that we are there,
with them."
Mr Wilchcombe was in his
constituency in West Grand
Bahama, a year ago this week
when Hurricane Jeanne
roared through. That commu7
nity is yet to fully recover.

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Lessons to learn in New Orleans

and the challenge of democracy

"And every time we think
about the bacon and the
beans,we'll think about the fun
wte had way down in New
Jimmy Driftwood

WHY did Katrina
W trash New Orleans?
Well, it actually had nothing
to do with either divine retri-
bution or George Dubya, and
everything to do with geogra-
In fact, this was the most
anticipated disaster in history.
Officials have spent years plan-
ning for just such an event. And
computer models developed at
Louisiana State University and
other institutions made detailed
(and accurate) projections of
what would happen in a major
Ultimately, the havoc was
caused by human impact on the
area's natural ecosystems. New
Orleans lies an average eight
feet below sea level, spread over
miles of flood plain in the Mis-
sissippi River delta. As a result,
more than 80 per cent of this
historic city of 500,000 was
flooded by Hurricane Katrina.
The eye of Katrina came
ashore between New Orleans
and Biloxi, pushing a wall of
water eight to 30 feet above sea
level. The storm surge drove
into Lake Pontchartrain, over-
whelming levees and canals, and
flowed into the city.
But it was not at all unex-
pected. Four years ago, for
example, Scientific American
ran an article called 'Drowning

New Orleans', which said a
major hurricane strike would
swamp the city under 20 feet of
water and kill thousands.
Ole Man River

T he, Mississippi delta is
the largest 'expanse of
coastal wetland in North Amer-
ica built by the sediment-rich
waters that drain to the river
from 31 US states and three
Canadian provinces. This fer-
tile ecosystem produces 30 per
cent of America's total fish
Native American hunter-
gatherers inhabited the delta
for thousands of years, but there
was no significant settlement
until the French founded New
Orleans on a bit of high ground
in 1718. Louisiana was a French
colony until Napoleon sold it to
the United States in 1803 for
$15 million.
The Mississippi drainage
basin is home to more than a
million people and critical to
the vitality of the Gulf of Mex-
ico ecosystem. The basin sup-
ports a variety of industries, but
has always posed a flood threat.
This is part of nature the
annual spring floods spread
fresh silt across the delta, sup-
porting the marshes and build-
ing up the land.
People have been trying to
tame the river since the 19th
century. But after Hurricane
Betsy in 1965, hundreds of mil-
lions of dollars were spent to
upgrade the flood control sys-
tem that now includes miles of
levees, floodgates, pumping sta-
tions and drainage canals. While
this reduced the risk to people
and property, it also encour-
aged new development in flood-
prone areas.

T oday, the city of New
Orleans lies in a shal-
low depression surrounded by
levees 15 to 25 feet high. This
system is one of the most exten-
sive in the world more than
100 miles of earthen banks hem-
ming in the mighty Mississippi
and Lake Pontchartrain. ,
The dikes were designed to
withstand a moderate (Catego-
ry 3) hurricane surge. Accord-

ing to some estimates, their fail-
ure would cost the city and sur-
rounding areas $25 billion in
property losses and tens of
thousands of deaths by drown-
ing. But after Katrina, insur-
ance losses are put at $60 bil-
lion, dwarfing Hurricane
Andrew which caused nearly
$21 billion in claims. The death
toll has yet to be calculated. ,
New Orleans became an
important city because the sys-
tem of rivers that flowed
through the American Midwest
all ran into the Mississippi,
which flowed to the ports in and
around the delta. These ports
shipped America's rich agricul-
tural surplus to the rest of the
More recently, oil and natural
gas have helped fuel the area's
prosperity, which still accounts
for about a third of domestic US
production. The local refineries
are critical to American infra-
structure, and the offshore'port
receives about 15 per cent of US
oil imports. In fact, Louisiana's
port system is America's biggest
shipping facility.
Causes of Catastrophe

T his strategic position
spurred massive
growth and development, which
produced the environmental
disaster precipitated by Katri-
na that we just witnessed.
Experts point to four main caus-
First, dams and levees along
the river reduced water flow
and funnelled marsh-building

sediments away from shore.
Controlling the flooding low-
ered the water table in the delta,
allowing the surface to dry out
and subside. The city is sinking
three feet per century.
Second, the removal of mil-
lions of barrels of oil, trillions of
cubic feet of natural gas, and
tens of millions of barrels of
water lying with the petroleum
deposits caused a drop in sub-
surface pressure. That led near-
by underground faults to slip
and the land above them to
Third, more than 8,000 miles
of canals were cut through the
coastal marshes for oil explo-
ration and ship traffic. This

increased erosion and allowed
salt water to infiltrate and kill
freshwater marshes, leading to
more erosion. The shoreline is
receding at 30 feet a year.
Fourth, the delta's low-lying
barrier islands are disappear-
ing. According to Scientific
American, "A century ago
these mangrove-covered islands
were part of the region's shore-
line. They broke up ocean
waves, cut down storm surges
and held back saltwater so the
marsh behind it could thrive.
Now the ocean rushes right by."

So in 1998, State and Fed-
eral officials devised a
plan called Coast 2050 to
restore healthy natural process-
es. Over a decade, this massive,
multi-billion-dollar effort aimed
to recreate the marshes and
reconnect the barrier islands to
reduce the impact of surges. But

unlike the Florida Everglades
restoration, it was never funded.
The plan's main strategies are
watershed management such as
river diversions into swamps,
and restoration of barrier
islands combined with strength-
ening of the levee/canal system.
Had it been implemented, parts
of the city might have been
saved, experts say. However,
the Coast 2050 plan may now
be funded by Congress in the
wake of the disaster.
According to Louisiana State
University geography professor
Craig Colten, "it would be fool-
ish to try to rebuild New
Orleans as it was. We need to
find ways to put some of those
lowest-lying areas into a wet-
lands type of land use."
Without action, experts say
the million people outside New
*Orleans would have to relocate:
"The other million inside the
bowl would live at the bottom
of a sinking crater, surrounded
by ever higher walls, trapped in
a terminally ill city dependent
on non-stop pumping to keep
it alive."
There are many lessons for
Bahamians to learn from this
Politics and Ideology -Setting
a New National Agenda

T ribune. columnist
Andrew Allen recently
lamented the fact that the oppo-
sition Free National Movement
presents no intellectual alter-
native to the Progressive Lib-
eral party, which he described
as our default political setting.
"That bodes ill for the par-
ty's chances of ever challenging
the philosophical dominance of
the PLP in Bahamian politics,"
he said. "PLPism continues to
set the tone of political debate
with the FNM simply reacting."
As in most of the Common-
wealth Caribbean, the over-
whelming success of the ethni-
cally-based nationalist move-
ment led by the PLP actually
retarded our political develop-
ment. The hard-won credentials
of those who helped end white
colonial rule gave them virtu-
ally unchallenged authority.
Leaders like Lynden Pindling,
Eric Williams and Forbes Burn-
ham maintained a generational
hold on their people, for both
good and ill. Perhaps the most
extreme remaining example is
the liberation leader of Zim-
babwe (formerly Rhodesia),

Robert Mugabe, who is busily
exploiting his personal legacy
to destroy the country.
Forbes Burnham did much
the same to Guyana, another
rich land with enormous wasted
potential. So did Eric Gairy in
Grenada. And had we been
located further away from the
United States and the glare of
Western publicity, no doubt
Lynden Pindling would have
been able to extend his corrupt
and incompetent regime even

O0f course, these men
were all inspired by
equally corrupt and unjust colo-
nial regimes that were also
based on race. The predictable
result was that the ideology of
the party which achieved major-
ity rule and independence
became the political norm for
each country.

In the Bahamas (as well as
other Caribbean countries) this
default setting led to authori-
tarianism and corruption,
squandering much goodwill and
producing waves of emigration
in the process. But eventually
as Mr Allen said the empha-
sis shifted "away from political
philosophy and toward issues
of competence and trustworthi-
'ness." In Grenada, it even pro-
duced a popular revolution.
This shift created conditions
for the first Free National
Movement victory of 1992 led
by the ex-PLP Hubert Ingra-
ham. In fact, the FNM was
essentially a reformation move-
ment of former PLPs, combined
with remnants of the old
regime, and supported by a
growing middle class with less
interest in the animosities of
their parents.
The defeat of Mr Ingraham
in 2002 being closer in time
is harder to dissect. Some
have put it down to political
maturity turfing out the
incumbents after two terms in
favour of a fresh wind. Others
have assigned it to the arro-
gance of the prime minister
himself, capped by an ill-advised
multi-referendum held just
before the election. But perhaps
we simply switched to our
default political setting.

T his theory argues that
the FNM's failure to
develop an ideology means that

it has been unable to differenti-
ate itself in any substantive way
from the ideas that the PLP
hypothetically espouses. In fact,
for the last three years FNM
politicians seem to have been
on an extended vacation. Iron-
ically, the only way forward for
some is to call for the return of
Mr Ingraham, whose break with
the past in 1992 ushered in years
of much-needed reform and lib-

be no doubt that the procedur-
al break made by Ingraham's
FNM with the politics of the
past must be followed by a con-
ceptual break to move the polit-
ical centre of gravity. The
decrepit "mixed economy" sta-
tism of the mid-20th century
must be exchanged for a radical
new vision that looks to the
future not the past and deals
with clear and present dangers.
That means a national strate-
gic plan to balance economic
development with environmen-
tal safeguards, an energy policy
that takes account of conserva-
tion and alternative fuels, fun-
damental reform of both edu-
cation and the public sector,
genuine privatisation, real sup-
port for e-commerce, greater
accountability and freedom of
information, a radical overhaul
of the justice system, and strong
measures to improve produc-
tivity and create more flexible

We desperately need some
new thinking to determine
where we want to be in 20
years time. Just going with the
flow won't cut it for much

By all accounts, Perry
Christie is of a similar mould to
Mr Ingraham. But it is difficult
to gauge his influence on .the
current PLP administration or
its prospects, because he is
rarely seen to act and has been
almost invisible lately for health
reasons. And there are unpleas-
ant signs that the PLP is slip-
ping back into the bad habits it
once professed to have
With this in mind, there can

labour markets.
We desperately need some
new thinking to determine
where we want to be in 20 years
time. Just going with the flow
won't cut it for much longer.
We wonder which party, and
which leaders, will have the dri-
ve, creativity and guts to break
out of our self-imposed inertia.
What do you think?
Send comments to larry@tri-

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As in most of the
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movement led by the PLP
actually retarded our political





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E CHRIS Lloyd, operations manager at Bahamas Air-Sea Rescue Association, receives a donation
from Michele Rassin, assistant vice-president operations at Doctors Hospital

BASRA boost from

Doctors Hos

DOCTORS Hospital has
made a donation to BASRA in
support of the "tremendous
work" that the association does
each year.
"We are proud to work with
BASRA to promote their ser-
vices and make a donation to
such a worthy cause, said
Michele Rassin, Doctors Hos-
pital assistant vice president of
"BASRA works hard to
make boating safer, and we
hope all boaters take advantage
of this special occasion and show
their support for the' heroes of
our waterways," she said.
Any boater who has been in
trouble miles offshore in a
threateeing storm, stranded in a
disalledfo.6at, or the victim of a

boating accident knows the
important service that the
Bahamas Air-Sea Rescue Asso-
ciation (BASRA) provides.
Since 1958, BASRA has
worked around the clock sav-
ing lives, typically handling
more than 500 cases per year.
BASRA is a non-profit vol-
untary organisation whose man-
date is to come to the rescue of
distressed seamen or airmen in
the Bahamas.
Its members are on standby
24-hours a day with boats,
planes and communications.
According to BASRA, its
work would not be possible
without support, as:it costs a
great deal to maintain fuel,
radios, boats and life-saving

BASRA must also pay for,
telephones, airplane charges
and for the.upkeep of its head,-
The donation from Doctor's
Hospital comes as organisers of
the association make plans for.
their major fundraiser for the
year, the BASRA Ball, which
will be held on Friday, Octobe4
28 at the Sandals Convention,
Said Ms Rassin: "In an effort
to recognise the importance of
safety and community service,,
we wanted to add to their
fundraising efforts; this gift ta
BASRA will help the organisa-
tion to continue to provide
emergency assistance to those
persons in distress and stranded
at sea."

* KERZNER International's president and managing director is pictured, first from right, making>
a presentation to Dr Davidson Hepburn, chairman of the National Council of the GGYA;
Governor General Dame Ivy Dumont; and Denise Mortimer of the National. Council of the

Kerzner donation

to youth charities

Kerzner International donat-
ed $65,000 to the Governor
General's Youth Awards and
the Duke of Edinburgh Chari-
ties during the 5th Annual
Duke.of Edinburgh Semi Finals
golf tournament.
The tournament was held at
the Ocean Club Golf Course on
Sunday, September 11.
A total of $45,000 was award-
ed to the Governor General's
Youth Awards (GGYA), with
the remaining' funds going to
the Duke of Edinburgh Chari-
The donation brings the total
amount of funds awarded to the
GGYA over the last five years
to $325,000, according to Kerzn-
The company said scores of
golfers and sponsors from lead-
ing corporate entities in the
Bahamas turned out to support
the initiative.
"We have a very big commit-
ment to this organisation
(GGYA). We are very proud

of what we do as a part of it..."
said George Markantonis,
Kerzner International's presi-
dent and managing director.
GGYA chairman Robert
Nihon thanked Kerzner Inter-
national, local sponsors and sup-
porters of the youth awards pro-
Governor General Dame Ivy
Dumont, patron of the GGYA,
said of the awards scheme: "I
have come to realise how terri-
bly important it is not only to us
now, but to the future of our
country, the children who par-
ticipate, who do more to
achieve their medals that some
people ever do in their whole
"On behalf of the children of
this country, I say a heartfelt
thank you. There are so many
youngsters who but for experi-
ences such as the GGYA and
similar groups would have very
little in the way of mentoring
to be excellent individuals," she

Garland Evans of Prime"
Bahamas and John Robertson.-
of Bahamas Wholesale Agen.-
cies won the tournament.
Both men were awarded an:
all expense paid round trip
business class fare to London,
to participate in the Duke of
Edinburgh Cup Finals at Went-'
worth, Sunningdale Golf Club;.
Ascot and Windsor Castle,
from October 2 October 8 :
The second place winners
were Kirk Smith and Dion.
Godet of The Tribune who both
received a three day/three night.
stay at the luxurious One&Only.
Ocean Club.
The prize is inclusive of food
and beverage up to $2,000.
Third place winners, Ian
Stewart and Dan McDonald of
PCL Construction Limited,
received a dine-around at Mari-,
na Village at Atlantis featuring
dinner for two at Carmine's,:
Bimini Road, Caf6 Martinique
and Seafire Steakhouse.



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would not solicit information in that
fashion, so if anyone receives a doc-
ument asking for specific financial
information and routing codes and
things of that nature, it's not from
tlhe IRS and they should not
respond," said Mr Taylor.
As with most scams, the source of
this one is elusive and officials are
finding it difficult to find the perpe-
"Anyone who receives one of these
should contact Bahamian authorities
or4is here at the embassy and we will
try to get to the bottom of it, but it is
very difficult to establish the sender's
identity. The best defence is not to
respond," said Mr Taylor.
The embassy, he said, has received
copies from multiple persons but is
unaware if anyone has been the vic-
tiin of this ruse as yet.
"Some have come by fax, and that
is:a separate issue of how these per-
sons are getting such detailed infor-
mation, but I am not aware of any-
one in this latest round of incidents
who has given money or got them-
selves into trouble," said Mr
Letters are being sent to individu-
als and companies claiming that
"their records indicate that you are a
non-resident alien" holding a US
bank account and the IRS needs
information to maintain the exemp-
tion from US tax reporting on inter-
est paid on the account.
The letter also requests that they
fill out forms with information rang-
ing from pin numbers to the maiden
name of the account-holder's mother.
A threat attached, at the end of the
letter in an effort to scare people
into responding said that failure to so
would result in the IRS withholding
30 per cent of the interest paid to
the person.
Mr Taylor said the method through
which the scam artists are attempting
to get information from persons is
not new, but this is the first time the
IRS has been used as a cover.
"This type of scam has gone on for
years. All sorts of people have been
taken in by persons asking for finan-
cial data or offering bogus invest-
ments," he said.
.Mr Taylor said that, when in
doubt, persons should refer to to learn more about how
to deal with the IRS on legitimate

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police officers and four immigration officials meet
the vessel as it docked.
The source said he could not be sure what the
officers were doing on the scene, but claimed
that they did not appear to be there in an official
,"It looked like they were trying to help them
come in," he said.
*Speaking with The Tribune yesterday, Minister
of Immigration Vincent Peet said he had not
heard of the matter, but that he will launch an
investigation to follow up on the claims and see if
tfrere is any evidence to support them.
Mr Peet stressed that if a member of the public
sees anything which they think is suspicious it
should be reported "right away."
"I would suggest that if anyone in the public
hears or sees this type of thing they act quickly
and should not act weeks later. If they act quick-
ly then there is a chance that efforts could be
made to follow up what they are saying quickly,"
sid Mr Peet.
,'However, he commended the fisherman for
bfing vigilant and encouraged more Bahamians to
do the same.
-Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of

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stated "unfactual information"
at the committee's press con-
ference on September 8.
At last week's conference, Mr
Archer reportedly said the
BPSU president had originally
approached the government
and asked for an upfront
advance on the contract. How-
ever, Mr Pinder has denied this.
"On Thursday past, Keith
Archer, being the spokesper-
son for the government side of
the negotiating team, indicated
that the BPSU asked for or
agreed to a lump sum payment
for the first year of the con-
tract," he said.
S"Yes, BPSU did for the first
year of the contract ask the gov-
ernment to consider a prepay-
ment in the amount of $600.
But it was the government side
that asked us to consider a lump
sum payment for the first year
of the contract," he said.
Mr Pinder explained that
"the lump sum discussion had
begun with the BPSU saying if
you want us to accept a lump
sum or sell to our membership a
lump. sum then we think it
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Alleged presence
occurred as reported, it would be something "out
of the ordinary."
"If that is true, that is some kind of corrupt
thing going on," he said.
Mr Ferguson said if the version of events the
fisherman reported is accurate, the matter needs
to be looked into further.
According to the fisherman, as the passengers
disembarked the scene descended into chaos.
"Haitians were all over the place running this
way, running that way," he said, adding that the
officers attempted to get a handle the scene, but
"couldn't control all those Haitians."
He said the blue and white .boat that deposited
the group on the dock did not appear tO be a
Defence Force vessel or a Haitian sloop, but
rather a large private boat resembling the 'defend-
er' class of fishing boat. "They just dropped them
off and pulled off in a ball of speed," said the
The fisherman said if what he witnessed was, in
fact, a group of illegal immigrants landing in the
Bahamas, "government needs to do soni'ethinfig
about it.
"They say they're doing this and they're doing
that; I don't see them doing anything," hesaid.

for you to offer us $2,000."
Mr Pinder said the BPSU felt
that amount "would have been
something adequate enough
that our members may have
considered." However, the
$1,300 offered by the govern-
,ment was rejected by the BPSU.
In response to Mr Archer's
comments that Mr Pinder had
not followed protocol when he
had sent his request for the
lump sum to the prime minister,
Mr Pinder said: "We felt that
he would have been the best
person to deal with it as he is
the minister of finance.
"Mr Archer indicated that we
did not follow protocol, the rea-
son being that, if the prime min-
ister agreed to any payment, or
prepayments on the contract,
we don't think that the com-
mittee would have the power
to exercise such an agreement,
but the prime minister as the
minister of finance would be the
best person to make that call."
According to Eric Darville,
labour consultant to the BPSU,
the union had never had an
industrial agreement, but after
sending a "mini industrial pro-
posal" to the government it had
agreed to create one.
"We met on August 12 on the

initiative of the appointed con-
sultative experts who inimedi-
ately stated that the government
was prepared to go the route of
a real industrial agreement," he
"It was agreed that we would
be on duty Tuesday and Thurs-
day for a minimum of two hours
until this industrial agreement
has been completed," hesaid. "I
do not see why we would need
now o negotiate in the press."
According to Mr Pinder
"now that the facts are out
there, I expect for the govern-
ment side to do the responsible
thing and get back to the table
and let's get the negotiations
"Certainly, we expect tha to
happen within the next week or
so, but if that doesn't happen
then we will have to do what is
necessary to cause that to hap-
pen," he said.
"We'll have to apply pressure
and our members know just
how to apply pressure."
He said there is a protocol
that has to be followed, "and
when we have exhausted.that
and they do not wish to come to
the table, they know:that
they can expect industrial

Industrial action threat

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Children get busy

for coast clean-up

at Adelaide Beach

THE 250 volunteers at the
second annual TimeWorks
beach clean-up learned about
the many "serious challenges"
facing the coastal environment
of the Bahamas.
The clean-up was held on
Saturday and included students
from the Adelaide Primary
School and Lyford Cay School.
TimeWorks is a volunteer ini-
tiative of the Lyford Cay Foun-
dation designed to target issues
which challenge the community
and offer assistance to those in
For this event, TimeWorks
partnered with the Bahamas
Reef Environment Educational
Foundation (BREEF) to edu-
cate participants about the
importance of protecting coastal.
and marine environments.
BREEF executive director
Casurina McKinney was on
hand to educate the students and
adult volunteers about the seri-
ous challenges facing our marine
and coastal environments.
These include the threat to
sea life from plastic and other
types of garbage which finds its
way into the oceans, and the
overfishing and habitat destruc-
tion of species such as grouper
and conch.
While some of the problems
affecting the marine environ-
ment come from external
sources such as industrial runoff
and the dumping of waste by
cruise ships, Ms McKinney said
it is also the result of choices
made by individuals.
Steps that can be taken
include not using harmful or
prohibited chemicals; using
cloth napkins and reusable
plates and utensils for picnics;
being careful when dropping
boat anchors not to harm deli-
cate coral reefs; respecting catch
limits and closed seasons on
marine life; not taking juvenile
fish, conch or lobster; and con-
sidering whether the present
level of harvesting of fish and
marine objects is sustainable.
She advised that Bahamians
all take part in establishing
marine reserves; support local
conservation groups; participate
in local clean up efforts; start
their own waste reduction and
recycling efforts; and report
dumping and other illegal activ-


For 2005, TimeWorks asked
Cans for Kids, a recycling pro-
gramme founded by Ginny
McKinney, to participate in the
clean-up activities.
Cans for Kids was started in
an effort to curb the build-up
in landfills of. otherwise recy-
clable aluminum cans, as part
of an overall mission to combat
the universal problems of lit-
tering, illegal dumping and gen-
eral mismanagement of
"It has taken us the last five
years to collect 20 tons of cans
for shipment to the US for recy-
cling, and yet we estimate that
approximately half a ton of cans
is imported into the country
every week," said Mrs McKin-
ney. "These figures demon-
strate to us that the level of
waste which is currently taking
place is staggering."
The programme has placed
collection facilities in some of
the island's private schools
including Queens College, St
Andrews and Lyford Cay
School. According to Mrs
McKinney, Cans for Kids is also
in discussion with government
in an attempt to secure its offi-
cial sanction at the country's
public schools as well.
Cans for Kids donates all of
the profits derived from the sale
of the aluminum cans to wor-
thy local youth organisations.
"We need to get even more
organisations and individuals to
commit to recycling cans in this
country," said Mrs McKinney,
"If so we can make far more
impact in both environmental
and social terms through the
reduction of waste in our land-
fills and by directing the pro-
ceeds of our aluminum sales
towards beneficial social caus-
Through her company,
WasteNot Limited, Mrs McK-
inney also donated use of a
dumpster to collect and remove
the debris from Adelaide
Beach. More than two tons of
debris was collected on the
beach, consisting mostly of alu-

* VOLUNTEERS separated aluminum cans for recycling as part of the TimeWorks clean-up at --
Adelaide Beach. 18 pounds of cans (432 cans) were collected.

m LYFORD Cay School students team up to clean up Adelaide
Beach as part of TimeWorks 2005

minum cans, glass bottles and
picnic debris.
In addition, a large number
of household items were found,
which indicates that people are
continuing to use the beach as a.
Cans for Kids collected 18
pounds of aluminum cans -
more than 400 individual cans.
In order to be as environ-
mentally sound as possible, the
clean-up effort used biodegrad-
able plastic bags for the collec-
tion of debris.
Adelaide School teacher

Rose Culmer was the driving
force behind the her school's
participation. Mrs Culmer is
no stranger to marine preser-
vation, having in years past vol-
unteered to take part in one of
BREEF's marine conservation
teacher training courses.
To learn more abotit Time-
Works and register online' as a
volunteer, please visit:
http://www.lyfordcayfounda- and click on the Time-
Works logo or call the Lyford
Cay Foundation at (242)362-

* VOLUNTEERS enthusiastically collected debris from
Adelaide Beach.

U 2.34 tons of garbage and debris was collected from the beach
at the TimeWorks beach clean up at Adelaide

Bacardi & Company Limited to Host First Annual Health &
Welfare Symposium & Exhibition and Fun Run/Walk-a-Thon

In an effort to not only promote healthy living in our employees, but also to be consistent with our
long tradition of supporting our local community, the management of Bacardi & Company
Limited has decided to embark upon a nmuber of company sponsored events.
The first initiative was to designate the month of September Health and Welfare Month. To
successfully promote this initiative, the Company will host its first annual Health and Welfare
Symposium & Exhibition and Fun/Run and Walk-a-Thon. The Health and Welfare Symposium &
Exhibition is scheduled for Thursday, September 15, 2005 and the Fun/Run Walk-a-Thon is
scheduled for Satuiday, September 17, 2005.

The Health and Welfare Symposium & Exhibition will be held at the plant facilities of Bacardi &
Company Limited at 9:00 a.m., and it is designed to inform and educate participants on the ;
importance of healthy living. To assist in promoting this company initiative Senator The C
Honorable Dr. Marcus Betlel, Minister of Health has agreed to present opening remarks. :
Additionally, it is expected that we will have several professional presenters in the medical field ofa
men and women's health, along with numunerous health related booths and vendors to showcase
their products with free "give-aways". Free registration will commence at 8:30 a.m.

The Fun/Run and Walk-a-Thon will begin promptly at 6:30 a.m. from Bacardi & Company
Limited Plant Site to the round-a-bout at Coral Harbour and back to Plant Site. There will be
trophies for first place runners and walkers along with first place trophies for the over 50 years
category. Non-employee participants are encouraged to register at a cost of $15.00 per entrant.
Although this event is apart of the Company's health and welfare initiative, the proceeds will aid
The Children's Emergency Hostel.




SECTION Miami Herald Business, Stocks, Analysis, Wall Street

Cable Bahamas

'evaluates' $45m

fibre optic project

Senior Business Reporter
CABLE Bahamas' Board
and management are evaluat-
ing their position on the pro-
posed $45 million Jamaica
Bahamas Cable System (JBCS),
following the Bahamas
Telecommunications Compa-
ny's (BTC) announcement that
it would build a similar network
throughout the southern.
Bahamas, The Tribune has
Spearheaded by Caribbean
Crossings, a Cable Bahamas
subsidiary, the JBCS project is
likely to continue, given the
company's commitment to the
Jamaican government to have
the fibre optic telecommunica-
tions cable running out of
Jamaica, and to have connec-
tivity with the Bahamas, by
year-end. While there may be
an extension to the December
deadline, it is not expected to

be a long one.
Brendan Paddick, chief exec-
utive of Columbus Communi-
cations, which holds a control-
ling interest in Cable Bahamas,
said the laying of the JBCS fibre
optic cable would only take two
weeks. He explained that most
of the time for the project was
spent designing and financing
it, and doing on-land prepara-
Anthony Butler, Cable
Bahamas president and chief
operating officer, acknowledged
that BTC was looking to build
its own network in the Southern
Bahamas,, although it was not
necessarily the same route that
Caribbean Ciossings would
Caribbean'Crossings still'
intended to move ahead with
the JBCS project, and since
there was still a lot of work
involved in preparing such a
scheme, this would place BTC
some three to four months
behind Cable's subsidiary in

terms of development.
If approved, the JBCS pro-
ject, which is a fibre optic
telecommunications system
linking the Bahamas and
Jamaica, is likely to open up the
southern islands of. the
Bahamas to "the most modern
telecommunications" technolo-
gies, including cable television,
Internet, video and data
In July, the Public Utilities
Commission (PUC),j the
telecommunications regulator,
approved the project, but Cable
Bahamas still needs' the
approval of its Environmental
Impact Assessment (EIA) from
the Bahamas Environment, Sci-
ence and Technology (1JEST)
commission, plus a subsequent
go ahead from the Department
of Lands and Surveys before it
Mr Butler explained that
Cable Bahamas needed a Sub-
SEE page 4B.

Another film set to follow

.Prates on0 Grand Bahama

Tribune Business Editor
THE Central Bank of the
Bahamas has found that most
former managed banks have
performed well in establishing
a physical presence in this
nation, although there were.
some concerns over the level
of authority Bahamas-based
staff had in the decision-mak-
ing process.
Michael Foot; the Inspector
of Banks and Trust Compa-
nies, said in a letter sent to the
financial services industry's
executives that the Central
Bank's examinations of finan-
cial institutions during the 2005
first half had focused on for-
mer managed banks that had
now established a physical
Mr Foot said most "had
embraced both the spirit and
the letter" of the regulator's
physical presence guidelines,
which were established in 2003
after the Central Bank decided
to phase-out Bahamas-based
managed banks it the after-
math of the' 2000 blacklisting'.
Any "shortfalls" identified
by Central Bank examiners in
its 2005 inspections of former
managed banks related mostly
to corporate governance
issues, Mr Foot said.
Among the shortcomings.
were infrequent Board meet-
ings, plus a lack of involvement
by a bank's resident non-exec-
utive director.
And Mr Foot added: "We
identified also not surpris-
ingly :a reluctance by some
overseas, parents to delegate
much authority:to their senior
officials here in the Bahamas."
thi" iss 9gi as gbei ng

Central Bank pleased with

inspections of physical presence

converts; general weaknesses

relae to cor orate governance

revisited by the banks andi was
likely to be addressed onoe, the
new physical presence Miititu-
tions had become more estab-
lished in the Banhamas.
In an interview with Tlh Tri-
bune yesterday, Mr Foot said
the Central Bank 'had always
thought the transition ,frbm ,a
managed bank to a' pbhsical
presence "woald take 'a2 bit of
time to settledown"' or those
involved"; as the switch was
"a very substantial One"'
Wherever weaknaesse.s had
been identified, Mr Foot :aid it
was normal practice tof the
Central Bank and its *exmmin-
ers to work through the tissue
with the relevant institution
via a two-way idiAlguie;i)..ver-
all, though, th& regiulato.r was
pleased with the perfi miance
of licencees.
In his letter to senior finan-
cial services executivev, iMr
Foot said a further issue raised
by the 2005 inspections off for-
mer managed banks w,was the
ability.of Bahamian-based staff.
to challenge and pos:'ibly
"veto" decisions taken by head
offices that impacted their
operation here. ,
The Inspector of Banks and
Trust Companies 'said: '"One
important and delicate stibject
that came ip fromtime to time
was the ability 'of staff lo.:

query and, if necessary, veto
business decisions affecting the
operations in the Bahamas.
"We consider that it is real-
ly important that business put
on the balance sheets of
Bahamian licensees has been
thoroughly reviewed by senior
staff here, that are fully famil-
iar with the requirements of
Bahamian law and of the Cen-
tral Bank."
Another issue raised by
some inspections was that the
banks had not informed and
sought Central Bank approval
for various outsourcing agree-
ments, they had entered into.
Meanwhile, Mr Foot told
The 'ibune yesterday that the
Cenitra Baink was '"going
through the last elements" of
its draft anti-money launder-
ing guidelines, wanting to bal-
ance the need for their rapid
publication with getting them
correct first time around.
"It's wortjt getting it right,"
he said. "I hope that the word
'draft' can be dropped soon."
The Central Bank met last
week with representatives
from the financial services
industry, including the
Bahamas Financial Services
Board (BFSB) and Associa-
tion of International Banks
SEE page 4B

N PRIME Minister Perry Christie and Allyson May-
nard Gibson, the Minister of Financial Services and Invest-
ments, met with Paul Quigley to sign the lease for a movie
studio in Freeport at the Prime Minister's office on Cable
Beach earlier this year. The studio now has another fihnlm
booked for production after the second Pirates of the
Caribbean movie.
(Photo: Mario Duncanson)
Senior Business Reporter
DAVID JOHNSON, the Ministry of Tourism's Grand
Bahama director, said yesterday that the $76 million
Bahamas Film Studios at Gold Rock Creek already had a
non-Disney film booked to use the facility following the
production of the second installment in the Pirates of the.
Caribbean trilogy.
"We have an ongoing plan with the owners of the studio
to market it, because it has a unique strength for production,
particularly the ones involving the use of a water lank, or in
order to stage boating, diving or some other athletic scene,"
Mr Johnson-said. .
"Already, the studio has reported having a booking in
place to follow Pirates. Their [Disney's] committibent is for
SEE page 4B

Columbus purchase opens

'New World' for Bahamas

Senior Business Reporter
THE completed purchase of
New World Network, owner of
the Americas Region Caribbean
Optical-Ring System (ARCOS),
by Cable Bahamas' largest share-
holder, Columbus Communica-
tions, is expected to position the
Bahamas as the telecommunica-
tions hub for the Caribbean and
,Latin America.
,.: Columbus yesterday said the
:deal would also bring substantial
-benefits to Bahamas-based com-
-mercial customers who have
-operations throughout the region.
In an interview with The Tri-
bune, Brendanr Paddick, chief
executive of Colulmbus Commu-
nications, which holds a control-
ling interest in Cable Bahamas,
said New World Network's
ARCOS touched some 17 coun-
tries in the Caiibbean and Latin

As a result it was likely to give
commercial Internet and data cir-
cuit customers on both continents
seamless point-to-point connec-
tivity from the Bahamas and to
the Bahamas.-
"If you have offices] in the
Dominican Republic or anywhere
the ring touches, we can provide
point-to-point connectivity to
these locations," Mr Paddick said.
"For example, if you are 'a bank
with branches in the Caribbean
and you need to connect your
computer systems or automated
teller machines, then we can pro-
vide connectivity to locations in
the region."
With the Bahamas situated at
the northern tip of the Caribbean
and just south of North America,
Mr Padclick said Columbus Com-
munications wants to position this
nation as the telecommunications

SEE page 3B


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Enforcement key in


against terror financing

Adequate pre-
vention initia-
tives are one
way of ensur-
ing that future
markets are obtained and
secured, yet not soiled, by ter-
rorists seeking to provide

financing for their ventures..


The :abity of the financial
and banking sectors to guard
against :this type ofinfiltration
is to, the Bahamas

reaching first world status or,
in other words, being recog-
nised as as a developed country.
Regulations, and their
enforcement, are key in cre-
ating a solid, reliable industry
that undertaking every effort
to ensure investor confidence.

Friday, September ti, 2005
British Colonial Hilton

9:00am 5:00pm

e sa ,on4 P m '
ur tOstat o n ocVIi~ rv, ecs t

Michael Cyran, Partner Ernst & Young, New' York Financial Services Office
Tal Goldhamer, Partner Ernst & Young, NeHw York Financial Services Office
"Funds Industry: Global Market Update," including financial reporting

Michael Mannisto, Partner Ernst& Young, Cayman
"Funds Growth in The Cayman Islands: Lessons learned for the Bahamas"

Wendy Warren-B Bahamas Fihancial Services Board
"Past, present, Future of the Industry"

Interactive Panel discussion
Michele Thompson,, Ernst & Young,
David Thain, Arne Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Ltd.
Michael Paton, Lennox Pato Attorneys
Hillary Deveaux, Securities Camission of The Bahamas

"Perspectives of Industry Key Players"

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orby email:

A basic example of this is the
typical borrower/lender rela-
tionship, and the ability of the
lender to repossess collateral
the creditor put forward to
secure financing.

Failure to do so places the
financial institution in a very
bad position, and negates the
effectiveness of using collat-
eral for securing loans. The
process :of lending money has
three players: the creditor
(persons who deposit), the
debtor (persons who borrow)
and ,the institutions
(banks/insurance companies).
The ability to protect the
rights of all parties involved
will act as a catalyst to encour-
age the lending and borrowing
process. The possibility of the
collateral being repossessed
creates a threat that encour-
ages the debtor to honour the
Through this example, we
see theneed to ensure the
adequate enforcement of
financial regulations, a funda-
mental ingredient for real and
stable financial development.
We have seen the negative
consequences from an inabil-
ity to impose proper regula-
tions on the movement of
funds throughout our history.
From piracy to drug smug-
gling, this has negatively
impacted our economy by cre-
ating a type of false flooring,
through the unregulated
exchange of money. This false
economic success plummeted
when other enforcement oper-
ations tightened down on; the
illegal activitiese. So- from'
Woodes Rodgers to Paul Far-
quharson, our law enforce-
ment community has had to
deal with the illusive and
underhanded ways of the
criminal.......... the criminal ele-
ment, which has taken every
form and fashion to ensure
financial success in their
What is evident is that the
imposition of regulations must
be comprehensive. This means
attention must be paid to the
fact that not only has a large
amount of money arrived in
a particular account, but also
the factors that have allowed
for such an event. This
approach calls for a multi-dis-
ciplinary task force, compris-
ing lawyers, police officers,
accountants and auditors.
Each is an expert in their own
right, but they must unite to
adequately enforce the regu-
As with many countries, law
enforcement initiatives have
separated from each other,
each agency going into their
own corner and doing their

own specialist investigations.
I am all for specialisation,
but careful attention must be
paid to avoid an 'exclusionist
culture'. This 'exclusionist cul-
ture' allows pertinent infor-
mation to go unchecked,
because the frontline investi-
gator has only been exposed
to the collection of evidence
pertinent to his/her particular
area. Many files and docu-
ments are kept from frontline
persons, yet these could have
been used to bring criminals to
Classic examples of the
'exclusionist culture' are the
US Department of Treasury's
successful conviction of
Alfonse Capone on tax eva-
sion after futile attempts to
convict him on other more
heinous crimes. Probably the
most successful front opened
in the War on Terrorism was
the 2001 enactment of the
International Economic
Obligation and Ancillary
Measures Act, enabling finan-
cial institutions to freeze the
accounts ofipersons or groups
suspected of having link's' to
Al Qaeda and Afghanistan's


Additionally, the Bahamas
currently has signed seven
multilateral conventions and
protocols relating to respon-
sibilities for combating ter-
1. The Convention for the
Suppression of Unlawful
Seizure of Aircraft, signed on
December 16, 1970.
2. The Convention for the
Suppression of Unlawful Acts
against the Safety of Civil Avi-
ation, signed, at Montreal on
September 21, 1971.
3. The Convention on the
prevention and punishment of
crimes against internationally
protected persons, including
diplomatic agents, adopted by
the UN General Assembly on
December 14, 1973.
4. The International Con-
vention against the taking of
hostages, adopted by the UN
General Assembly on Decem-

ber 18, 1979.
5. The International. Con-
vention for the suppression of
the financing of terrorism,
adopted by the UN General
Assembly on Dec 09, 1999.
6. The Inter-American Con-
vention against terrorism
adopted at the second session
of the Organisation of Ameri-
can States, held on June 3,
7. The Convention on the
suppression of terrorism,
adopted by the Organisation
of American States in 2002.


These events, in my opin-
ion, are clear examples of the
need to pool information into
central collection centres, to
foster faster and more efficient.
regulatory enactments. Thus
laws that are put forward take,
on a more preventative and-
encompassing nature, seeing
that they are not isolated to.
one environment or perspec-7
In her article dated Wednes-
day, April 27, appearing in the
Washington Post and entitled"
US Figures Show Sharp Glob- '
al Rise In Terrorism: State.
Department Will Not Put Data-
in Report Susan B. Glasser,-;
states: "The number of seri--
ous international terrorist inci-'
dents more than tripled last
year, according to US govern-
ment figures, a sharp upswing
in deadly attacks that the State
Department has decided not
to make public in its annual
report on terrorism due to
Congress this week "
This article, for me, illus-
trates the fact that we have
only begun to fight against ter-
rorism, and it is more that just
use of guns and bombs.

NB: Gamal Newry is the
president of Preventative Mea-
sures, a law enforcement and
security consulting company.
Comments can be sent to PO
Box N-3154 Nassau, Bahamas
or, e-mail preventit@hot-, or visit our website.

Ministry to unveil

careers website

The Ministry of Tourism
will today launch its careers
website, bahamastourismca-, from C.V. Bethel
Senior High School in a live
television broadcast on ZNS
at 10am.
The new careers website
will showcase the diversity of
careers available to students
within the Bahamian tourism
It will provide important
information on qualifications
and skills required for a range
of jobs, as well as general
information on the industry.
Kristal Bethel, the Ministry
of Tourism's general manager
for communications and pro-

ject manager for bahamas-, said the
reason for launching the web-
site live on television was to
emphasise the importance of
tourism to the economy and
the opportunities it provides,
while giving as many students
as possible the opportunity to
participate in the launch.
"We are co-ordinating with
the Ministry of Education and
asking that all school princi-
pals assist us in making televi-
sion sets available to class-
rooms where possible during
the launch, particularly in the
computer labs and the social
studies classes," Mrs Bethel

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.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.8.. 0.80 0.00 0.204 0.010 3.9 1.25%
1.80 1,40 Bahamas Waste 1.40 1.40 0.00 0.126 0.060 11.1 4.29%
.15 0.87 Fidelity Bank 1.10 1.10 0.00 0.066 0.030 16.7 2.73%
81 6.90 Cable Bahamas 8.81t 8.81 0.00 0.618 0.240 14.3 2.72%
20 1.69 Colina Holdings 1.6a 1.69 0.00 0.004 0.000 NM 0.00%
.10 8.75. Commonwealth Bank 9.10 9.10 0.00 0.705 0.410 12.9 4.51%
.50 0.67 Doctor's HospitaL 2.46 2.46 0.00 0,429 0.000 5.7 0.00%
.12 3.85 Famguard 4.12 4.12 0.00 0.428 0.240 9.6 5.83%
10.61 9.25 Finco 10.80 10.60 0.00 0.695 0.510 15.3 4.81%
.50 6.99 FirstCaribbean 9%50 9.50 0.00 0.695 0.380 13.7 4.00%
.21 8,31 Focol 9.21 9.21 0.00 0.675 0.500 13.6 5.43%
.99 127 Freeport Concrete 1.15 1.15 0.00 0.022 0.000 52.3 0.00%
10.20 9.50 (CD Utilities 9.94 9.80 -0.14 1.000 0.526 0.405 18.6 4.13%
.50. 8.20 J. S, Johnson .8.50 8.50 0,00 0.526 0.560 16,2 6.59%
.869 4.36 Kerzner international BDRsI 5.82 5.84 0.02 0.122 0.000 47.7 0.00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 1000 0.00 2.036 0.760 4.9 7.60%
2w-INl 2wk-Low Symbit Bid S Ask $ Last Price Weekly Vol. EPS $ Div $ PIE Yield
13.00 12.50 Bahamas Supermarkets 12.25 13.25 11.00 1.488 0.980 9.1 7.25%
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (prea) 10.00 10.35 10.00 0.000 0.800 NM 7.80%
60 040 0.R Holdings 029 0.54 0.00 -0.044 0.000 NM 0.00%
.00 28.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 41.00 2.220 0.000 19.4 0.00%
16.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 12:33 13.33 12.50 1.105 0.810 14.6 6.93%
.60 0.35 RNDHodi s 0.35 -0.103 0000 NIM 0.00%
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Fund Niame NAV YTD% Last 12 Months Div $ Yield %o
1.2508 1.1837 Colina Money Market Fund 1.2508*
2.4169 2.0131 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2:4169 **
10.5576 10.0000 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 10.55786"
2.2560 2.1491 Colina MSI Preferred Fund, 225598t"
1.1273 1.0576 Colina Bond Fund 1.1273051**

BISX ALL SHARE INDEX- 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00 YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price
52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid. Buying price of Colina and Fidelit
52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $- Selling price of Colina and fidelity
Previous Close- Previous day's weighted price for daily volurri Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Today's 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 da5 EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
Dally Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 monthly! NIM Not Meaningful
PIE Closing price divided by the last 12 month eaminge FINDEX -The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 10(
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Tribune Business Editor
THE Financial Stability
Forum's (FSF) so-called offshore
centre group will present a March
2006 report on improvements it
deems necessary in jurisdictions
such as the Bahamas, it was
announced yesterday.
The FSF, which in 2000 ranked
the Bahamas among the lowest
of three offshore centre categories

for having what it claimed were
weak supervisory and regulatory
standards that posed a "danger
to global financial stability", said
its 8-9 September meeting in Lon-
don had received "updates" on
work to "promote improvements
in offshore financial centres".
Among the bodies the meet-
ing heard reports from were the
International Monetary Fund
(IMF) and IOSCO, the interna-
tional grouping of securities reg-

The FSF added in a statement:
"The Forum looks forward to a
report of the Forum's offshore
centre review group at its next
meeting." That meeting is sched-
uled for Sydney on March 2006.
This report is part of what the
FSF has described as a "new
process to promote further
improvements in offshore cen-
tres", arguing that several still
have problems in "complying

Columbus purchase opens

'New World' for Bahamas

FROM page one

-hub of Latin America and the Caribbean, with
Caribbean Crossings, a Cable Bahamas subsidiary,
acting as the gatekeeper.
He added that the Bahamas enjoyed a huge geo-
graphic and strategic advantage in the Caribbean for
telecommunications traffic that originated and ter-
minated in the country, adding that it was Colum-
bus's intent to integrate the systems of New World
Network and Caribbean Crossings. In essence, this
would enable them to 'talk to each other', so busi-
nesses and consumers would have access to the
broader range of services that New World has to
Mr Paddick said Columbus sees the acquisition of
New World Network as opening up possibilities in 16
countries, none of which it currently provides busi-
ness services to.
He said a huge competitive advantage of the
ARCOS ring is that is provides for the possibility of
a break in the cable, and is able to reroute traffic in
the opposite direction without customers being neg-
atively impacted.
Mr Paddick added that Caribbean Crossings,
which owns and operates a fibre optic telecommu-
nications cable that touches key points in the
Bahamas, also provided for a huge advantage and
differentiation point. The system's redundancy gave
customers confidence that their services were backed
up and would be in business in the event of a break
or interruption in the network.
The network's architecture, its ring formation,
had resulted in increased businses riding the net-
Swork and increased returns forCable Bahamas share-
holders, Mr Paddick said.
Columbus Communicationg has named Paul Scott,

former president and chief executive of Caribbean
Crossings and FibralLink Jamaica, as president and
chief executive of New World Network. Columbus
Communications owns the controlling interest in
both the other two companies.
"All the components for our business success are
now in place. We have a strong management team,
solid financial backing, growing customer demand
for advanced, high-speed clear channel and IP ser-
vices in the Caribbean and Latin America region,
and support from ARCOS co-owners and landing
partners. We are already busy putting our new plans
into action," Mr Scott said.
The company is expected to continue to operate
under the New World Network name, and announce
aggressive, muilti-million dollar network expansion
plans. According to the company, with financial
backing from its new owner, New World Network
plans to nearly double the capacity on the ARCOS
ring and immediately undertake improvements to its
undersea cable network, along with expanding cov-
erage into new countries.
Based in Barbados, Columbus Communications
and its banking partners were said to have commit-
ted the necessary funds to provide New World Net-
work with the financial ability to expand, upgrade
and improve the network.
Columbus Communications holds controlling
interests in a number of telecommunications and
broadband providers in the Caribbean. These
include Cable Bahamas, Caribbean Crossings, Mer-
it Communications, a facilities-based broadband
data communications provider in Jamaica, FibraLink
Jamaica, which is currently constructing a sub-sea
fiber optic cable network connecting Jamaica to the
US, and Cable Company of Trinidad and Tobago,
which provides cable television and broadband
access services in Trinidad and Tobago.

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with international standards".
Although the FSF has not
named any of the so-called off-
shore centres where difficulties
remained, it said most problems
lay in "the areas of effective cross-
border co-operation and infor-
mation exchange and adequacy
of supervisory resources".
It added: "The FSF also con-
siders that as business practices
and international regulatory and
supervisory standards evolve,
there is a continuing need to
ensure that offshore financial cen-
tres meet international standards.
"Therefore, the FSF is com-
mitted to a process, based on
objective criteria and due process,
to promote further improvements
in offshore financial centres." It
added that the process would
include what it termed as initia-
tives by its members at both the
international and national level,
and through the FSF itself."
The FSF is closely linked to the
Bank for International Settle-

ments (BIS), an organisation con-
trolled largely by the same
nations that dominate the Finan-
cial Action Task Force (FATF)
and OECD.
The FSF process involves using
standard setting bodies such as
IOSCO, the association of secu-
rities regulators, "to target and
address" specific problems of co-
operation in their areas.
In addition, the FSF urged the
IMF to conduct follow-up assess-
ments of jurisdictions "with weak-
nesses that are most systemically
important from an international
Supervisory and regulatory
measures were also to be taken
by individual FSF members in
their one-on-one dealings with
offshore financial centres. The'
FSF warned. "Supervisory and
regulatory measures may be tak-
en by them to apply pressure on
offshore financial centres for fur-
ther improvement and co-opera-

The FSF group formed to
review reports on offshore finan-
cial centres and devise follow-up
actions, will "either recognise
improvement in co-operation in a
particular offshore financial cen-
tre or to highlight non-coopera-
tion with ongoing assessment
."Such actions could take dif-
ferent forms, including a letter
from the FSF to an offshore
financial centre, a public state-
ment further supporting a partic-
ular effort by its members, or
publishing the names of non-
cooperative offshore financial
In addition, the FSF will
"retain the option to engage
directly with respect to a prob-
lematic offshore financial centre,
if FSF members identify specific
concerns with that offshore finan-
cial centre, supported by appro-
priate evidence, and if other
processes underway have failed
to address them".


The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture is now registering for the
fifth (5th) Session of the National Youth Leaders Certification Programme,
schedule to commence on Tuesday 27th September, 2005.

The Ministry invites all interested Youth Leaders or Youth Workers to
pick up application forms from the Ministry's Headquarters on Thompson
Boulevard, Ministry of Education Building, 2nd Floor, West Wing, Monday -
Friday between the hours of 9:00 am 5:00 pm..

For further information please contact Mr. Gregory Butler, Deputy
Director of Youth at telephone numbers 502-0600 5.

We at Banca del Gottardo, Nassau would like to wish Jamaal
Wright 'bon voyage' as he travels to Italy to participate in
Language training for three months. Thereafter he will travel
to our Head Office in Lugano Switzerland to complete a nine
months training program. Upon his return to the Bahamas
he will finalize his training with our Nassau Branch. He has
already completed an initial three months with our Nassau
Branch before his departure to Italy. Jamaal was chosen from
a number of applicants to participate in our YUTT program,
which is a career training program for young university
individuals. Pictured from left to right are: Bruno Pletscher
Human Resources Manager, Jamaal Wright YLUTT, Fabrizio
Tuletta Head of Branch.





Staff authority

FROM page one

and Trust Companies (AIBT), where it reiterated its apprecia-
tion for feedback from the sector, and sought to ensure all were
on the same page in terms of understanding the regulations.
Mr Foot said "a huge number" of Bahamian bank and trust
companies had been working with an anti-money laundering risk
rating framework for their clients for some time.
In his letter, he said some institutions had received "very mod-
est extensions" to the July 2005 deadline for implementing a
Know Your Customer (KYC) risk-rating framework, and those
that had missed the deadline and not sought an extension need-
ed 'a good explanation" and timetable for remedying the prob-
Mr Foot said yesterday that risk rating frameworks were "the
kind of thing" the Central Bank's examiners would be looking
for when conducting inspections, adding: "We know a great
many licencees have put in and been operating quite such a sys-
tem for some time."
In addition, the Central Bank is planning to publish this
autumn draft guidelines on the capital requirements for market
risk Only 25 institutions are likely to be affected in the Bahamas,
as the guideline will only apply to those who have securities as
10 per cent of more of total assets.
The introduction of this guideline, as with many others, is like-
ly to have been prompted by the need to comply with evolving
international financial services best practices, such as the Basle
II Accord.




Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
137(8) of the International Companies'Act, 2000, the
dissolution of LA COLMENA DOS S.A., has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued
and the Company has therefore been struck off the


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FROM page one

another sequel, and it's their
intention to complete a third
.sequel a year later."
Mr Johnson said the Bahamas
Film Studios, along with the Min-
istry of Tourism, will undertake in
intensive marketing effort to make
it the largest water-related indoor
filming facility in the world.
Meanwhile, the tourism direc-
tor said the Ministry expected
some 500 persons to come into
Grand Bahama between now and
mid -December as production on
Pirates of the Caribbean I1 gets into
high gear.
Looking at the wider tourism
sector on Grand Bahama, Mr
Johnson said the Government,
through the Hotel Corporation,
was in negotiations with four
potential bidders for the Royal
Oasis Resort and Casino.
Declining to identify any of the
companies, with one of them in
particular said to be especially pri-
vate, Mr Johnson, said those
involved in the process have been
asked not to make disclosures
before negotiations are finalised.
Asked whether he thought the
end of 2005 or early 2006 was a
realistic goal for the re-opening of
at least one of the Royal Oasis
towers, Mr Johnson said it was.
"When you look at the expense,
they've spent millions to dry out
and get the mildew out of the
hotel, but it is structurally sound,"
he added.
"If you have the funds it's amaz-
ing how quickly you can get the
soft goods, such as the carpets and
furniture, in place, but we need to
get an operator in place. If a com-

mitment is made in three to four
weeks, with the right operator and
an aggressive plan put in place,
then they can be ready for Febru-
ary, which is the peak of the winter
Beyond the ongoing problems
created by the Royal Oasis clo-
sure, other resorts in Grand
Bahama are having a better season
than last year, in terms of rates and
occupancy levels, both of which
have increased over the same peri-
od in 2004.
For the tourism industry beyond
the hotel sector, Grand Bahama's
restaurants, attractions and taxi
cab drivers have been affected by
the loss of 1200 rooms, which has
diminished the number of tourists
that would have normally spent
money with them. Critical to the
healing process; Mr Johnson said,
is getting more rooms back into
One development that has been
heavily impacted by the closure of
the Royal Oasis is the International
Bazaar, which was essentially a
part of the resort. That has 80 per
cent of its customer base as a
result, and the Ministry of Tourism,
the Grand Bahama Port Authori-
ty and stakeholders in the Inter-
national Bazaar have worked over.
the last several months to drive
business to it.
Store and restaurant owners in
the mall have also been challenged
to attract Grand Bahama residents
as well. Mr Johnson said various
officials and stakeholders were
hoping to agree to a programme
that repositions the International
Bazaar in the short term.




Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
137(8) of the International Companies Act, 2000, the
dissolution of NAREW CREWE LIMITED, has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued
and the Company has therefore been struck off the


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Candidates must have at least 3 years experience in
accounting in the financial industry with sound
knowledge of but not limited to:
Supervising an accounts department and staff
Formulating budgets
Managing Accounts Receivables and Payables
Preparation of monthly and annual financial
reports and statements
Preparation of bank reconciliations and various
general ledger accounts to the sub ledgers
Co-ordinate the annual audit with external
auditors and preparation of the necessary
Preparing reports for the regulators
Must be a team player
Must possess people skills and be prepared to
interact with customers.
Minimum qualifications: AA in Accounting
Please forward resume before September 21, 2005 to:
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or email

is presently considering applications for a


* Must possess, maintain and expand extensive customer base
* Excellent knowledge of Private Banking & Trust Services
* Ability to fix objectives for oneself and for subordinates
* Languages: English, French, Spanish, (Italian a plus)
* Presentation and communications skills ability to hold
presentations in public
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Bahamian nationality
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Applications only should be submitted before October 18th

Human Resources Department
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Nassau, The Bahamas

Grand Bahama does, however,
have a substantial number of pro-
jects in the pipeline, including an
expansion of the Viva Wyndham
Fortuna property, the Marriott
timeshare project and the 120-
room condo hotel and financial
services centre announced last
week by New Hope Holdings, all
of which are expected to bring
fresh room inventory to the island.
The third Phase expansion at the
Old Bahama Bay resort is also set
to be announced imminently.
In terms of airlift into Grand
Bahama, it is matching the avail-
able inventory. For the cruise ships,
Mr Johnson said the Government
was negotiating a new cruise port

in the nation's second city for
'down the road', which will essen-
tially make Grand Bahama a cruise
"The current port gives us a
challenge because it's a container
port and an industrial site. We're
close to concluding the negotia-
tions, at which time we will be able
to share something," Mr Johnspn
said, adding that "we have a foim-
dational plan to raise capital-in
more traditional ways for a new
cruise port, and are well on our
way with that formula" when
asked whether the financing for
the new port would include a con-
tribution from Suez Energy, for-
merly Tractebel.

Cable Bahamas

FROM page one

merged Land Easement (SLE) from Lands and Surveys.The SLE
was essentially a request for the crown lease of portions of the
seabed, a strip 10 feet wide that goes out to the three-mile limit.
He said that when approvals have been received from BEST to
construct the network, then Cable Bahamas will go to Lands and Sur-
veys with a leasing request for each landing site of the network.
"We've carefully engineered the routing to avoid any potential neg-
ative impact. The cable is an inch and a half in diameter, and we were
careful to route it through gaps in the reef head," Mr Butler said.
"We've also had meetings with each of the local communities, meet-
ing with the administrator and councils of each community where the
cable will land."
Among the landing points for the JBCS are Bannerman Town in
Eleuthera; Fresh Creek, Andros; Landfall Point, Crooked Island;
Clarence Town, Long Island; Georgetown, Exuma; and Matthew
Town, Inagua.
The JBCS project is expected to "replicate the technologies and
methodologies" Cable Bahamas used in constructing the existing
Bahamas Internet Cable System (BICS), which connects New Provi-
dence, Abaco, Grand Bahama and Eleuthera in a ring-shaped network
with the US.
Once Caribbean Crossings receives the go-ahead, it will be able to
supply the southern Bahamas with services many in the northern and
central Bahamas already have, with the JBCS making it economically
viable because profits will come from carrying telecommunications and
data traffic from Jamaica.
Mr Butler said previously that Jamaica has been pushing hard for the
JBCS system, having realised the need for communications systems that
could withstand major hurricanes following its close brush with Hur-
ricane Ivan last year. Jamaican regulators approved the project in
early January.
The Bahamas remains "pretty well served" on the four main islands
by the BICS system, the BTC's Bahamas 2 cable, and the ARCOS net-


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 14TH day of
SEPTEMBER, 2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box F-41085, Grand Bahama, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that KEN MALTARP OF HOPE TOWN,
ABACO, 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 14TH day of SEPTEMBER, 2005 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box F-41085,
Grand Bahama, Bahamas.

The Public is hereby advised that I, MARINA N. LIGHTFOOT-LAING,
of Guadeloupe Street, Golden Gates No. 2, P.O. Box N-1739, of the
Western District of the Island of New Providence, one of the-. Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, the mother and guardian of
PARIS ROBERT GERALD McKENZIE, intend to change his name
to PARIS ROBERT GERALD LIGHTFOOT. If there are any 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.

The Public is hereby advised that'I, FURLENE
ALEXANDER FRAZER, of Palm Beach Street, P.RO. Box
SS-19892, intend to change my name to PEARLEAN
ALEXANDRIA FRAZIER. If there are any 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.




Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
137(8) of the International Companies Act, 2000, the
dissolution of BANJA LUKA S.A., has been completed;
a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the
Company has therefore been struck off the Register.






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Senior Sports Reporter
THE Bahamas can now
boast of having eight inter-
nationally certified umpires.
Michael Hanna and
Anthony 'Rakes' Bowe
from New Providence,
Brent Spence from
Eleuthera and Kirk Bowe
from Grand Bahama
became the latest umpires
to pass their certification
during a course hosted last
week by the Bahamas Soft-
ball Federation.
It was conducted at the
Churchill Tener Knowles
National Softball Stadium
by Merle Butler, the direc-
tor of Umpires for the
International Softball Fed-
eration, and Arthur 'Old
Art' Thompson, the first
Bahamian internationally
certified umpire.
The four new certified
umpires also join Eddie
Ford and Thomas Sears
from New Providence and
Kirk 'Spaghetti' Tyne's from
Grand Bahama.
BSF first vice president
Burkett Dorsett said a total
of 12 umpires from New
Providence, Grand
Bahama, Eleuthera and
Long Island, participated in
the course, which resulted
in all of them being quali-
fied to officiate locally.
However, in the practical
and theoretical work, only
four attained their interna-
tional certification.
"At the end of the day,
we have eight international-
ly certified umpires,"
Dorsett stressed. "They can
now all call anywhere
around the world."

Hanna, a five-year
umpire, said "it's a great
feeling knowing that the
hard work, dedication and
sacrifices that I made have
finally come to this. I've set
goals and I went after it. It's
a great accomplishment."
The former Government-
league and recreational
player said when the last
course was held here in
2002, he was just getting his
feet wet in officiating and
he wasn't quite ready. After
he participated this year,
Hanna emerged with the
highest score.
Bowe, a 10-year veteran
umpire said "it's good for
me and for the Bahamas
Softball Federation to haye
an additional four interna-
tionally certified umpires to
help with softball. I'm elat-
ed and I feel great about it
because I only did it to help
the local association."
With the course being
here at home, Bowe said,
"It's a lot cheaper than it
would be if I had to go
away. I didn't know when
they did it the last time it
was here, so I didn't want to
pass up this golden oppor-
tunity to do it at home
when I only had to pay the
registration fee."
For both Hanna and
Bowe, the hardest part of
the course was to "con-
vince" the evaluator of that
they can handle the on-field
operation of the game. The
easiest part for both of
them was just to show up
and answer the questions as
they were presented to
While the Bahamas won't
compete again on the inter-
national scene until the
Central American and
Caribbean Games in Carta-
gena, Colombia in July,
Dorsett said the new
umpires could be called by
the ISF to officiate at the
Pan Am qualifier for
women in Guatemala in

Dorsett said there are a
number of courses held by
the ISF at their headquar-
ters in Plant City, Florida
where any of the umpires
can participate to obtain
their international certifica-
tion. But he noted that,
from time to time, the BSF
will be bringing the course
back to the Bahamas.
Now that they have
focussed on the umpires,
Dorsett said next year they
will switch their attention to

Taureano to miss

CABC through injury

Taureano Johnson

Junior Sports Reporter
THE dream of taking it to
the highest level in amateur
boxing is slowly fading for Tau-
reano Johnson.
Johnson had to break the bad
news to the Bahamas Boxing
Federation (BBF) that he will
not be able to compete in the
Continental Amateur Boxing
Championships (CABC) set
for September 25th- October
2nd, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
A bad thumb injury, sus-
tained at the recent Common-
wealth Boxing Championships
(CBC) in Glasgow, Scotland,
turned into a nightmare for
When Johnson returned
home from the trip, a visit to
the doctor and several X-rays
revealed that he had fractured
his wrist.
The injuries were expected

Boxer will be ruled out

of World Championships

to sideline Johnson for at least
two weeks, but the torn tissues
and ligaments have forced him
to sit out until late November.
The doctors' strict orders,
which Johnson says he will car-
ry out to the best of his abili-
ties will cost him to miss out on
the CABC's.
"I am really not to worried
about the injuries, my hands
need a break," said Johnson.
"But what really. bothers me is
that I was always preparing to
fight at the Continental Ama-
teur Boxing Championships."
"This is a big tournament, I
know that I would have come
back with a medal.
"All of my training and focus

this year was for this tourna-
ment and the next one in
"I am more disappointed with
not being able to fight in this
The CABC is a pre-qualifying
tournament for the World
Championship event, set for
mid November.
All boxers wishing to take
part in the World Cup must
fight in the CABC with excep-
Johnson was among the
favourites coming in this region
to fight at the CABC.
He said: "You know when
you're heading into any com-
petition as one of the highest

ranked boxers much is expect-
"Even when you're not
among the top there is still a
level of high boxing perfor-
mance expected.
"When I step into the ring I
know that it's not just some-
thing I love to do, but it is a job,
a position I want to be listed
high in.
"I want to be feared, that is
why I train hard every
time. I try my best in every
"If I had my way I would
have opted not to fight in the
CBC, but no one knows what
the future holds for them.
"When I was training for the
games my main thing was to
win, I didn't know that I would
have gotten injured."
Johnson is continuing on with
his intense training, without the
gloves and bags and said he
will be back into the ring very

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Senior Sports Reporter
THE pennant winning Electro Telecom
Wildcats made the opener of their New Provi-
dence Softball Association ladies' best-of-five
playoff series against the fourth-place Proper
Care Pool Lady Sharks look so easy.
The defending champions Wildcats erupted
for four big runs in both the second and fourth
inning and six in the third as they clawed their
way to an impressive 14-2 triumph over the
Lady Sharks on Monday night at the Churchill
Tener Knowles National Softball Stadium.
The game was postponed from Saturday
night because of the inclement weather. But
first sacker Chryshann Percentie said it didn't
matter when they played, they are on a mis-
sion and the Lady Sharks are not going to
deter them.
"We just wanted to make the playoffs first
and then get through the first round as quickly
as we can," she stated. "Judging from the team
we're playing, we could step it up a bit, but we
only intend to play three games with them and
then move onto the next round."
Percentie said they have proven that they
can easily defeat the Lady Sharks and they
will do it again when they play game two on
Thursday night.
The Wildcats rode the perfect 4-for-4 plate
appearance from shortstop Linda 'Kay'
Knowles, who also drove in a run and scored
twice, while ace Mary 'Cruise' Edgecombe
pitched a four-hitter, striking out five.

Edgecombe also helped her own cause with
a run-producing single,-scoring a run. Per-
centie helped out a 2-for-4 production, driving
in a pair of mates and coming home to score
twice. Vernie Curry added three hits, driving
in two runs and scoring as many times.
Hyacinth Farrington further did some dam-
age with two hits, two RBIs and two runs
scored and Dornette Edwards had a two-run
triple, scoring twice.
The Wildcats made it look easy, but losing
pitcher Alex Taylor said they contributed to
the lop-sided defeat.
"We were off tonight. We're not supposed
to come out here and play Electro Telecom as
off as we were," she insisted. "We just have to
come back in the second game, mentally pre-
pared and we will give them a good game."
While the Wildcats are predicting a sweep,
Taylor said the game isn't determined by talk-
ing, but rather it's by playing between the
white lines and that is what their response will
be Thursday night as they try to avoid the
"If they go three, it will go three, but we will
try our best not to let them take us out in
three," Taylor noted. "We're going to play our
best. If they beat us, they beat us, but it won't
be without a fight."
Shutout for the first four innings, the Lady
Sharks rallied back in the fourth and fifth
innings to get on the scoreboard.
Shortstop Candice Smith got on via fielder's
choice and after advancing to third on two
consecutive passed balls, she scored on Deb-
bie McClure's two-out run-producing triple in
the fourth.
McClure tried to stretch her hit to right field
into an in-the-park homer, but she got tagged
out at the plate.
In the fifth, Kelly Smith opened up with a
double and got to third on an error on'her
shot to right. But this time, she waited and
caught a ride home on Alex Taylor's RBI sin-
Taylor was the only Lady Shark to get on
base twice. She also suffered the loss on 13




Senior Sports Reporter
CATCHER Jamaal 'Sarge' John-:
son made Anton Gibson pay him:
attention on Monday night at the:
Churchill Tener Knowles National
Softball Stadium.
In the first game of the New Prov-.
idence Softball Association's best-
of-five men's playoff series, Johnson-
clobbered two home runs to lead the'
defending champions TBS Truckers.
to a 14-3 rout over Gibson and the:
Del Sol Arawaks.
"I knew he was going to throw me:
a lot of change-ups like he usually'
does," said Johnson. "So I just had tp
sit back and wait for it.",
Johnson belted a solo homer off,
Gibson to start off a four-run sec-
ond inning and he added a two-run
shot, scoring Marvin 'Tougie' Wood,
for the Truckers' only two
the third.
The Truckers, however, added
another seven runs in the sixth as
they put the game out of reach.
After Tommy 'Bucker T' Ferguson
got a two-out RBI single, Wood
walked and Johnson was intention-
ally put on base as Gibson decided to
pitch to Philip Culmer, another
member of the national team.

Culmer would reach safely on an
error that enabled both Fergusdn
and Wood to score before Winston
Seymour drove in Johnson and Cul-
mer came home on a passed ball.
Richard Bastian ended the rally with
a two run-double, which he added
to his two-run single in the second.
If that wasn't enough, veteran ace
Leroy Thompson threw a no-hitter
over the first five innings, giving up
an unearned run to Nelson Farring-
ton in the second before he was
relieved by Terrance Culmer.
Culmer would eventually surren-
der two runs in the lone inning he
pitched in the sixth when Chavez
Thompson knocked home Ivan
'Showtime' Francis with a run-pro-
ducing double before he scored on
an error.
But, in the seventh, Culmer was
replaced by reliable Everette 'Abe'
Johnson, who came in and closed
the door shut, striking out two of the
three batters for the save.
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Words of wisd om for

theatre's new generation

Veteran playwright calls for young people to get involved

Tribune Feature Writer
YOUNG Bahamians who are
interested in becoming success-
ful playwrights must adopt an
attitude that downplays the
glamour of the stage and the
fame pf being a recognised
Bahamian face,2says a local vet-
eran playwright.
Not that this is an epidemic
among young Bahamian actors
and playwrights, many of whom
seem dedicated enough, but
acebrding to James Catalyn,
who for 26 years has led his own
theatrical group, it is a cause for
"I encourage young people
toget involved in theatre
because we have to pass it on.
You have plenty old people
around here who believe they
have something to hang on to
and don't want to pass it on," he
tells The Arts. "But we are leav-
ing the world, whether we
believe it or not. We are leaving
the world and we must leave
some information for the young
Though the playwright does
not believe that younger writers
should conform "exactly" to
thdestyle of their older leaders,
especially since he has never
been one to conform, he believe
that some principles of the the-
atie should not change, regard-
les of what generation is at the
; capacity crowd venue and
- possible profits from a produc-
.tio'n are only "byproducts" of
i.months dedicated to formulat-
iig'an idea, writing and editing
a- script, and weeks of intense
!Iebearsing to put on a successful

show, he says.
But according to Mr Catalyri, understand that it is work. It is we rehearse three nights a that's two solid weeks of your
many young Bahamians have a time consuming. week, and then at the end, the time gone."
thwarted view of the theatre, "When we go into rehearsal week before the show is Those who approach theatre,
not realising the time that it (for Summer Madness), that's rehearsals every night, and then whether it be to write or to act,
takes to make a production suc- about six weeks of your time the week of the show we are should have an "open mind"
cessful. "Many. of them don't that you have to set aside. And performing every night. So and a calendar that accommo-

dates the demands. It may just
be a matter of dedication that
makes the difference between
a playwright who has longevity
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and a one or two-hit wonder, says Mr ,atalyn.
And he has seen them all, in 26 years a4 head of James Catalyn &
Friends Theatrical Group.
"A lot of people have approached me ardd said, 'I can get up on the
stage and act ya know'. And when we are doing anything and I call
them to read for a part, they come. But when you give them the
rehearsal schedule, you don't see them anymore," he says.
Mr Catalyn believes that many young Bahamians don't succeed in
Bahamian theatre because of this attitude. "A lot of people are into the
glamour and they haven't the foggiest idet what all is involved with
(theatre)." : .
While for years Mr Catalyn has promoted Bahamians, embracing
their dialect and all things Bahamian in playwriting, he believes that
this concept of "Bahamian time" has no place in theatre.
Speaking of a production that he hosted in Freeport during the 1970s.
at the Camelot Room, one of the troupe's first Freeport perfor-
mances, the show started at the scheduled time of 8.30pm, but with only,
20 people in the audience.
"The rest of the people came in like 9.30, 10 o'clock. When some of
them got there, we were doing the closing chorus. But when we went
back to Freeport the second time, they were sitting in the audience
from 7 o'clock," he adds.
Time sensitivity, says Mr Cathlyn, !is very important in theatre
because the actors and those who actually show up on time are
already "geared" for a performance. And any stalling of time creates
unnecessary anxiety and tension.
Says Mr Catalyn: "If you have people e whb arrive at the theatre on
time, for the show to start on time, and ypu don't start on time, you lose
them. I don't care what you do or how iooddit is, if you start late you
are not going to get them back in the imood:!
"There's no'foolishness, nothing wore than a bride who comes six
hours late because, 'this is my day'., No. Nou invited guests out for a cer-
tain time, you are the hostess, you should be there. It's the same with
theatre. You have invited these personsito your production, be there
on time. Start on time."
Apparently, for those who wish to write plays, it takes more than just
some writing skills. It takes a trained eyp that is able to use everyday
scenarios as material, at least this has bqen Mr Catalyn's experience-
'I feel that it's a big help to me when I am writing. I observe peo-
ple and I can draw on characters that I see. When I look at somebody
I imagine how that person would say a certain thing," he says. "Peo-
ple always telling me, 'boy James you doh't miss a thing.' I say, I'm not.
supposed to miss it. I'm not supposed to .miss one thing that's going on.
around me."
A woman who attended a wedding last weekend had a "goat in the
garden" throughout the service. This wi be future material. So will an
earlier experience where his glasses got caught in a friend's wig. It is
"little things" like this, says the playwright, that can become interest-
ing plays later on.
"See, when I want to call on something like that, it's there," he adds.
Writing, he believes, is so powerful that even those who become
characters in these plays would not be able to identify with it. He has
developed a number of characters based on his real life friends, who
to this day, he adds, do not see that the, characters are based on themnx.
And while every, playwright wishes to make his/her event as suc-,
cessful as possible, overly competitive, and jealous attitudes may in
many cases be a hindrance. But the! playwright feels that as play-
wrights develop their own style, and find their own niche, Bahamian
theatre can become even more interesting.
Says the playwight: "Well, we haye comedy and in those sorts of
political satire I have been the forerunner. You have people like
Michael Pintard and that new group (Thought Katcher),' they'
would tell you that they looked at what I did and that gave them inspi-
ration. But once they were able to discover their twn style, they went
with it.
"We all can't be like the other one. You can't do a James Catalyn
& Friends, and I can't do a Michael Pintard.".

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Tribune Feature Writer
AFTER 26 years of present-
ing satirical comedy, James
Catalyn & Friends have basi-
cally perfected their skills. And
comedy lovers will be able to
experience this once again as
the troupe presents its 23rd
annual Summer Madness
Tonight, the wonderfully
wacky cast of veteran actresses,
Viveca Watkins, Ena Camp-
bell and Rachel Rolle, with
Geneen Evans, Indira Rolle,
Neil Cleare, Chigozie Ijeoma,
Jevon Butler, Blaize Darling,
Eric Adderley, and new faces,
Valerie Lynes, Stephanie Bray-
nen and Dwain Wallace, will
pull off the revue that has
become a staple on the
Bahamian stage.
Mr Catalyn, who leads the
group and writes the skits, will
also make cameo appearances
throughout the evening, along
with the "granddaddy" of the
group, Andrew Curry.
Anyone who has seen "Sum-
mer Madness" can attest to the
fact that no topic seems to be
off limits. They make fun of
churches and religion, the work
ethic of many Bahamians, pol-
itics and the many little hic-
cups of Bahamian society. But
according to Mr Catalyn, it's
all done in fun, and to make
Bahamians laugh at them-
"Comedy, people remember
better than high drama in many
cases. My style of writing is a
little different, I make you
laugh. I show you something
that maybe you wouldn't see. I
can go very deep into certain
things and make you laugh,"
says Mr Catalyn in an inter-
view with The Arts.


Imagine the poster child for
KB's and the Sting's "Civil Ser-
vant", who comes to work any-
time he/she wants, leaves when
he/she pleases, ignores patrons,
and basically has no regard for:
the job, and you have the back-
bone of this year's "On the
Job" sketch.
Then imagine politicians who
are elected, then become
absent representatives until
ballots are to be cast again, and
you have the storyline behind
Catalyn's "Is Da' Time Again"
Nosey prayer band leaders
who need to know every sin-
gle detail about a person's ill-

ness, how they got it, before
they band together and raise a
prayer, is the subject of his
"Tain None A Yer Business".
But not wanting to give too
much of the revue away, Mr
Catalyn says what seems to be
a very humorous and timely
skit is "The Great Race", a
behind the scenes look into
what may occur in the upcom-
ing leadership race for a "par-
ticular" political party.
"I brought two of the leading
characters, one from the sec-
ond political party and one
from the third political party,
and I'm putting them against
one another. The former leader
is saying that even though this
present administration is on the
scene, he can still go and see
whoever he wants to," says Mr
Catalyn about the skit.
And though he isn't calling
any names, it will be obvious
who these actors have paro-
died, says the playwright.
According to Mr Catalyn,
there is no shortage of materi-
al to be parodied on stage,
since the Bahamas always
seems to have "typical, topical
and timely topics" in the media.
For example, the recent con-
troversy over Prophet
Lawrence Rolle's "miracle
water", which he says is "nice
and hot and juicy today".
Mr Catalyn has an eye for
spotting anything in his sur-
roundings which could be used
on stage, and nothing is off lim-
its weddings, funerals, you
name it.
Mr Catalyn brings elements
of Bahamian life and current
events to the stage with his own
theatrical twist.
"Most of what we do have
has already been in the news-
papers, so I would more or less
go behind the scenes and go in
someone's mind to get the sto-
ry behind it all," he adds.
And for most people, his
"Summer Madness" comedy is
taken in the same way that he
.has.intended, as an:opportuni-
ty for Bahamians to "laff at we
self'. In fact, some of his mate-
rial comes from the input of
the general public.
"You know, a lot of things
happened during the year and
over the many years after we
got started. A lot of people
have approached me like, 'you
know what's a good topic, you
should write on this or you
should write on that or you
should write on the other thing.

* PICTURED (l-r) are Ena Campbell, Janet Thompson and Erma Albury cast members
of James Catalyn and Friends' Summer Madness Revue in a skit, "Church Talk".

(Photo courtesy of James Catalyn and Friends)

So we say from the stage, these
are some of the things that peo-
ple are thinking and would like
to say. But we twist it and turn
it so that you can have some-
thing to laugh at," said Mr
While it's done "all in good
faith", the "Summer Madness"
revue has had its share of critics
who believe that the revue
sometimes goes overboard, Mr
Catalyn admits.
But to avoid pressure from
one group, he attempts to bal-
ance the skits.
"What you find is if I hit the
PLP hard, oh the FNMs love
it, and if I hit the FNM hard

the PLPs love it. So what you
do, you try to hit them equal-
ly," he says.
"If you wrong you wrong. It
you right you right. And some
church people say, 'oh you car-
ry the church too hard', but like
I tell them, tell your pastors
dem to pull up their socks."
With a motto, "Guard your
heritage. Speak Bahamami-
anese. Use English only when
necessary", Mr Catalyn says
that his revue will be a mixture
of both languages, though most
of the sketches will be present-
ed in Bahamianese.


But even though "Summer
Madness" is a very light-heart-

ed revue and a barrel of laughs,
Mr Catalyn says that it has an
underlying purpose, which is
to serve as "serious social com-
No place is that social mes-
sage made more clear than in a
skit called "Endangered
Species", which looks at the
issue of illegal immigration of
Haiitians and other illegal


Says Mr Catalyn: "We sit
down and look at the Haitians
and think they stupid, but they
can speak patois, they speak
French, they can speak Eng-
lish and they can speak
Bahamianese. What can we

speak?" he asks.
"So it isn't the Haitians who
are endangered species. The
Bahamians are endangered
species in their own country."
"Summer Madness" this
year, as in other years, will be
well attended, predicts a very
confident Mr Catalyn.


Tickets for Summer Madness
are available at the Box Office
at the Dundas Centre for the
Performing Arts from 9am to
5pm. Reserved tickets not col-
lected by 3pm the day of the
performance will be sold. Tick-
ets are $20. The revue runs
until Saturday, September 17,
8.30pm nightly.

* Summer Madness Revue 2005 opens
Tuesday, September 13, 8.30pm at the
Dundas Centre with a gala evening that
will benefit the AIDS Foundation. Regular
performances take place 8.30pm nightly
Wednesday Saturday. Gala night tickets
.$25 (includes after theatre desserts recep-
tion). Regular tickets $20. To book tickets
call the Dundas at 393-3728 or e-mail jul- or fax 393-3342.

* Popopstudios Gallery features work by
Bahamian artists Jason Bennett, John Cox,
Blue Curry, Toby Lunn and Heino
Schmid. The gallery is located on Dun-
more Ave in Chippingham, next to Dillet's

Guest House (1/4 mile south of the
Bahamas Humanes Society). Call 323-5220
or 322-5850 for more information.

* The National Collection @ the National
Art Gallery of the Bahamas, an exhibition
that takes the viewer on a journey through
the history of fine art in the Bahamas.
It features signature pieces from the
national collection, including recent acqui-
sitions by Blue Curry, Antonius Roberts
and Dionne Benjamin- Smith.
Call 328-5800 to book tours.
* Pictured above is one of the paintings fea-
tured in the exhibition, the "Fifth Drink" by
Edison Godfrey Rolle.

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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
Bahamas style.

Saturday Night Live every Saturday night
@ Club Fluid, Bay St. The biggest party of
the week, pumping all your favourite hits
all night long. Ladies in free before llpm.
Strict security enforced.

Rave Saturdays @ Club Eclipse. DJ Scoobz
spinning the best in Old Skool. Admission
$35, all inclusive food and drink.

Karaoke Music Mondaze @ Topshotters
Sports Bar. Drink specials all night long,
including karaoke warm-up drink to get
you started. Party from 8pm-until.
Reggae Tuesdays @ Bahama Boom. Cover
charge includes a free Guinness and there
should be lots of prizes and surprises.
Admission: Ladies $10 and Men $15.

Hump Day Happy Hour @ Topshotters
Sports Bar every Wednesday 5pm-8pm.
Free appetizers and numerous drink spe-

The Pit @ Bahama Boom, every Thursday.
Doors open at 9pm, showtime 11.30pm.
Cover charge $15. $10 with flyer.

Fantasy Fridays @ Fluid Lounge, featur-
ing late '80s music in the VIP Lounge, Top
of the charts in the Main Lounge, neon
lights and Go Go dancers. Admission:
Ladies free before 11pm, $15 after; Guys
$20 all night.

Dicky Mo's @ Cable Beach. Happy Hour
every Friday 3 for $10 mixed drinks and
$1 shots. Bahamian Night (Free admission)
every Saturday with live music from 8 pm
to midnight. Karaoke Sundays from 8pm to
midnight, $1 shots and dinner specials all
night long.

Twisted Boodah Lounge @ Cafe Segafredo,
Charlotte St kicks off Fridays at 6pm with
deep. house to hard house music, featur-
ing CraigBOO, Unkle Funky and Swor-
l'wide on the decks.

Chill Out Sundays @ Coco Loco's, Sandy-
port, from 4pm-until, playing deep, funky
chill moods with world beats.

Sweet Sunday Chill Out Soiree Lounge,
every Sunday, 4pm-midnight @ Patio
Grille, British Colonial Hotel.

Wet Sundays, every Sunday, noon-mid-
night @ Crystal Cay Beach. Admission $10,
ladies free.

TooLooSe @ Indigo Restaurant on West
Bay St and Skyline Drive. Singer/song-
writer Steven Holden performs solo with
special guests on Thursday from 9pm mid-

The Graham Holden Deal @ The Green

Ita Iev I

Parrot....David Graham, Steve Holden, Tim
Deal and Friends perform Sunday, 7pm -
10pm @ Hurricane Hole on Paradise
Jay Mitchell and Hot KC @ Palm Court
Lounge, British Colonial Hilton, Wednes-
day-Thursday 8pm-12am.

Sunday Night Interlude @ Briteley's
Restaurant & Lounge, Eneas St off Poin-
ciana Drive. Featuring Frankie Victory at
the key board in the After Dark Room
every Sunday, 8.30pm to midnight. Fine
food and drinks.

Paul Hanna, Tabatha and Gernie, and the
Caribbean Express perform at Traveller's
Rest, West Bay St, every Sunday, 6.30pm-

The National Collection @ the National
Art Gallery of the Bahamas, an exhibition
that takes the viewer on a journey through
the history 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. This exhibition closes February
28, 2006.


Doctors Hospital Distinguished Lecture
Series: Distinguished pediatrician
Dr Percival McNeil, will discuss Children's
Health on Thursday, September 15 at 6pm in
the Doctors Hospital conference room. The
will focus on children's health issues and is
free to the general public. Free blood pres-
sure, cholesterol and glucose screenings will
be performed between 5pm and 6pm. To
ensure available seating RSVP 302-4603.

The Cancer Society of the Bahamas meets
at 5.30pm on the second Tuesday of each
month at their Headquarters at East Ter-
race, Centreville. Call 323-4482 for more

Diabetes Directions a FREE diabetic sup-
port group meets the first Monday of each
month at 6.30pm at New Providence Com-
munity Centre, Blake Road. Dinner is pro-
vided and free blood sugar, blood pressure
and cholesterol testing is available. For
more info call 702-4646 or 327-2878

MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Bahamas meets
the third Monday every month, 6pm @
Doctors Hospital conference room.

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.
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 from
7pm 9pm the second Thursday of each
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.

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity meets every
second Tuesday, 6.30pm @ Atlantic House,
IBM Office, 4th floor meeting room.

The Nassau, Bahamas Pan-Hellenic Coun-
cil (NPHC) meets every third Monday of
the month in the Board Room of the
British Colonial Hilton Hotel, Bay St.

Nassau Council 10415 Knights of Columbus
meets the second and fourth Wednesday of
the month, 8pm @ St Augustine's Mones-

Nassau Bahamas Koinonia meets every
second Friday of each month, 7.30pm at
Emmaus Centre at St Augustine's Mones-
tary. For more info call 325-1947 after 4pm.

International Association of Administrative
Professionals, Bahamas Chapter meets the
third Thursday of every month @ Super-
clubs Breezes, Cable Beach, 6pm.

AMISTAD, a Spanish club meets the third
Friday of the month at COB's Tourism
Training Centre at 7pm in Room 144 dur-
ing the academic year. The group promotes
the Spanish language and culture in the

The Bahamas Diabetic Association meets Send all your civic and social events to The
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Kingdom Dub

to host

release concert


Tribune Feature Writer
Though the album (bottom right) has been
on shelves for two month now, Kingdom
Dub Entertainment is just about to host
the official album release concert for its
"Truth" compilation.
Friday, September 23 at Bahamas Faith Ministries,
is expected to be a night full of hand-clapping foot-
stomping gospel music, that organisers say will bridge
the; musical gap between young people and more
senior gospel music lovers.
"It's not gonna be just one-sided. It's not just for the
youth. We are gonna have some old time singing in
there to so the older persons can appreciate it too,"
says DJ Counsellor (Corey Rolle), head of Kingdom
Dub Entertainment, and one of the artist on the
Helping to bridge that gap will be Simeon Outten of
Freeport known for his gospel spin on Rupee's,
"Blame It on the Music". Sister K, also of Freeport,
will take to the stage with her reggae gospel, Tanya
Stephen-syle voice. Gospel artists, Mr Linx, Solo,
Kingdom Empress and Solo will bring their soulful reg-
gae sound, while SHABACK will perform more tra-
ditional gospel pieces.
The concert, which begins at 7.30pm is a "family
event", says DJ Counsellor.
Admission is $12 (general admission), and $20 (VIP,
which includes the concert after party to be held at the
church), and a copy of the album or DVD of past
concert clips.
In the past two months, artists on the album have
been on an island tour promoting the album, and
have also made stops in Canada and the Turks &
Caicos. Next year, they will be taking their message of
truth on a two-week tour.
But it appears that the word of truth is already
spreading rapidly, as the album has sold out twice in
Canada,,and is one of the top sellers on www.lionofzio-, according to DJ Counsellor.
"We are promoting an alternative to the music that
people are used to," he tells Tribune Entertainment.
"And we want to take this message out there so it
becomes mainstream and even more persons can hear
what we have to offer."
Two music videos for songs on the album have
already been produced: "Jesus Freak" by DJ Coun-
sellor featuring Mr Linx; and "Bust a Prayer" by DJ
The album includes 12 other tracks: "What Ting
Dis" by Sister K featuring Bonafyde; "Power of Love"
by. St Matthew; "B I B L E" by Kingdom Empress;
"Hail Him Up Remix 2" by DJ Counsellor featuring
Bdnafyde; "Surviving" by Solo; "You Saved Right", by
Bonafyde; "Don't Worry" by Bonafyde featuring
Acapella; "Unity" by Solo; "One God, One Hope" by
Manifest featuring Selector and J83 Blaze; "Tell the
World" by Mr Oracle; "Hail Him Up Remix 1'" by DJ
COunsellor featuring Bonafyde and Selector; and
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Starring: Tom Wilkinson,
Laura Linney, Jennifer
Tribune Movie Critic
IT'S .a brave soul that
tackles the subject of exor-
cism in a movie. Even now,
22 years after Linda Blair's
head-spinning had every-
one leaving the bedroom
lamp on, The Exorcist con-
tinues to set the bar on cin-
ematic demonic possession,
with any subsequent gravel-
voiced speaking in tongues
drawing unintentional
The Exorcism of Emily
-Rose tackles this problem
by shaping the supernatural
elements of this allegedly
.true story around a court-
room drama a decision
which creates a decidedly
.dodgy stance on the issue
of justice.
The story centres on a
priest (Wilkinson) on trial
accused of negligence fol-
lowing the death of a girl,
Emily Rose, who he
believed was possessed.
With the prosecution
claiming the girl. was men-
tally ill and blaming the
priest for persuading her to
stop taking medication and
start undergoing an exor-
.cism, it all looks bleak for
the defence.
Step forward Laura Lin-
ney, a hotshot lawyer who
takes on the case in bid to
push her further up the
career ladder, but, due to
some creepy goings-on,
begins to genuinely believe
the priest's story.
All this is punctuated by
flashbacks of poor Emily's
increasingly erratic behav-
iour.- shown to us as a
series of nightmarish hallu-
cinations and violent physi-
cal fits.
It's a bit clumsy to be
sure, but watchable all the
same, and there are some
eerie moments. But the
scariest thing about The
Exorcism of Emily Rose is
its dangerous ethical posi-
By portraying the prose-
cution as stuffy and narrow-
minded there's no doubt
which side the film expects
the audience to take.
The defence centres on
the ridiculous argument
that, until we can prove
demon's don't exist, the
priest must be found inno-
cent on the grounds of rea-
sonable doubt. The fact that
a mentally ill girl would
possibly still be alive had
she continued to take her
medication is made pretty
much irrelevant as far as the
protagonists are concerned.
Emily Rose... could have
made a decent drama, had
both sides shared equal
screen time and the facts
been portrayed honestly.
But showing Emily's illness
from the priest's point of
view ind having the
defence team experiencing
the supernatural themselves
- especially in a "true" sto-
ry is in very poor taste.

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