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Volume: 101 No.247





Cab and jitney

drivers campaign

to raise rates

Tribune Staff Reporter
PUBLIC transportation offi-
cials say there is no way they
will be able to operate at their
current rates with the constant
strain-of skyrocketing fuel
Already the Taxi Cab Union
is agititing to increase their-
fares to meet the new fuel
According to union trustee
Philip Watkins, the last time the
taxi union received an increase
was in 2001.
At that time, he said, $22
worth of diesel filled the tank of
his small bus. Before yester-
day's increases, Mr Watkins
said he was paying twice as
much for the same amount -
$44. This new increase will
cause his fill-up to be almost
Considering that a fill-up lasts
only two days, Mr Watkins said,
he could be paying up to $1000
a month or $12,000 a year in
gas alone if the increases remain
in effect.
"We are very concerned
because there is no way we can
make a profit with these gas
prices," he said.
Taxi fares are fixed by gov-
ernment at $3 for the first quar-
ter mile and 40 cents for each
additional quarter mile, regard-
less of whether the taxi is a reg-
ular-size cab, van, or stretch
limo. In addition there are a
number of fixed rate zones.
(Additional passengers over
two are $3 each.)
Jitney drivers are also feeling
the pinch. Reuben Rahming,

president of the Public Transit
Association, said: "The associ-
ation is trying to be as respon-
sible as possible but the reality
is that regardless of that at some
point we will have to increase
our prices." In fact, he said, the
association plans to discuss the
issue at a meeting tonight.
Mr Raihming explained that
at the beginning of the year, dri-
vers on longer routes driving
6,600 miles a month -- each
spent about $1,630.02 a month
and $5,868,072 a year for the
entire industry.
At last week's rate of $3.09 a
gallon, drivers were spending
$67.98 a day, $2,3039.40 a
month and $ 28,828.80 a year,
an industry cost of $ 7,341,840
Mr Rahming said if the pro-
posed rate of $3.64 holds, dri-
vers on longer routes would
spend $80.08 a day, $2,402.40 a
month, $28,828.80 a year for an
industry total of $8,648,640.
Consideringthat that the price of
a new bus is about $60,000, Mr
Rahming said bus drivers are
spending half of the price of
their vehicles each year on fuel.
He said those costs do not
even take into account the
tremendous cost of servicing,
maintaining, insuring and licens-
ing the vehicles.
"These prices will increase as
well, because everything is
affected by fuel costs," he said.
"There are about 150 fran-
chise holders and we are suf-
fering by these prices," he said.

Missing plane.

lands safely

Tribune Staff Reporter
A PLANE believed missing at sea has
reportedly landed safely near Bimini after
being caught in the outskirts of Hurricane'
Yesterday morning what is being referred
to by US Coast Guard officials only as a
"small private aircraft" issued an emer-
gency distress call before disappearing from
The plane, which was being tracked by
the US Coast Guard, was last positioned
at latitude 25.28 N and longitude 079.02 W
before it disappeared around 10.35am.
It was during this time, Lt Conmnander
Terry Johns said, that the pilot probably
was having difficulty handling the aircraft
and dropped below the area of bad weath-
er to escape the, storm.
However, no contact with the aircraft
was immediately re-established, resulting
in Coast Guard and other emergency ser-
vices being scrambled to find what was
believed to be a "downed" plane.
Two coast guard aircraft conducted
searches of the area, and a Falcon jet also
circled for any signs of wreckage.
SEE page 11

Texaco Bahamas

'running at a loss'
Tribune Staff Reporter
TEXACO Bahamas Limited has
absorbed 92 per cent of its gasoline acqui-
sition costs as a temporary measure to ease
potential detrimental effects Bahamians
could experience as a result of Hurricane
The company is now operating in a neg-
ative margin, situation, according to Ray-
mond Samuels, Texaco's district retail
"We informed the Ministry of Trade
and Inddstry on September 16 that we will
absorb 92 per cent of our gasoline acqui-
sition cost increases (92 cents per gallon)
and 95 per cent of those for diesel (or 39
cents) per gallon for the cargo we just
received," he said in a release yesterday.
Mr Samuels explained that the company
had submitted a price adjustment request
on September 13 to increase their unlead-
ed fuel by $1 and their diesel fuel price by
He said the adjustments were in direct
correlation to Texaco's increase in acqui-
sition costs and merely reflected the recent
dramatic increases of international oil and
refined product prices, which have been
SEE page 11

South Andros

hit hardest by

tropical storm

Tribune Staff Reporter
SOUTH Andros was hardest hit by
tropical storm Rita as she passed through
the Bahamas.
NEMA co-ordinator Carl Smith said
most islands experienced heavy rain and
moderate to high winds, but South
Andros reported the greatest impact.
On Monday night South Andros resi-
dents lost electricity. At.4.30am on Tues-
day, 95 per cent of power was restored.
Shingles were blown off some homes.
South Andros clinic sustained minor roof
damage, which caused a leak. Mr Smith
said efforts are being made to repair the
clinic as soon as possible.
Former chief councillor for South
Andros Norward Rahming said most
roads between Driggs Hill and Mars Bay
were affected by fallen trees and debris.
He said some roofs in Kemps Bay
were damaged by fallen coconut trees
and the sea wall surrounding Deep Creek
cemetery was mostly destroyed.
Mr Rahming said buildings in coastal
SEE page 11

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THE Ministry of Tourism plans to bring a renewed focus to the tourism industry nationwide
through National Tourism Week to be celebrated January 8 through 14, 2006. Pictured (I-r) David
Johnson, DDG, Janet Johnson, Colin Higgs, Permanent Secretary, Vernice Walkine, Director Gen-,
eral, Geneva Cooper and Elliston Thompson, DDG.

Government reiterates

stance on PetroCaribe


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Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Ministry of Foreign
Affairs issued a statement yes-
terday reiterating the govern-
ment's official stance on the
controversial PetroCaribe
The statement comes after
US Ambassador John Rood
cautioned that in his experience,
governments have more success
when they stick to basic admin-
istration, and leave the running
of businesses, such as hotels and
fuel management to the private
However according to the
Foreign Affairs statement, the
government of the Bahamas is
currently studying the "inter-
esting and serious" proposal by
the government of Venezuela.
"When that process is com-
plete, and a decision has been
taken, the appropriate
announcement will be made to
all concerned," the statement
In his address to the Petro-
Caribe committee in Montego
Bay, Jamaica, on September 6,
Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred
Mitchell said: "The PetroCaribe
initiative is clearly part of the

process of the sovereign nations
of the region seeking to chart
their own course.
"It is an extension of that new
generation of leaders in the
region bordered by the
Caribbean sea that believes that
we must all share in the
resources of the region and we
have a responsibility to protect
them; that it is important for
those who are blessed in one
way to share that blessing with
others, and that those who have
must share with those who do
not have," he said.

PetroCaribe is a government-
to-government accord between
Venezuela and several coun-
tries throughout the Caribbean
proposed by Venezuelan Presi-
dent Hugo Chavez.
Under the accord, Venezuela
will supply member countries
with oil at preferential rates
with the aim of cutting out
"middlemen" and lowering fuel
However the accord has
come under fire, and opponents
have warned that such a deal
could affect Bahamas-US rela-
tions, as President Chavez has

openly criticised US President
George Bush on numerous
Over the weekend U
Ambassador John Rood stated
that although he didn't know
the particulars of the proposal,
he would be concerned about
the government's ability to
operate effectively as an energy
"Usually when government
becomes involved in things they
don't do well. If the government
were to get involved in petrol
distribution it may not do as an
effective job as if it were a pri-
vate entity," he said.

Rita rains

on Grand


Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Grand Bahama
experienced some heavy showers
on Tuesday as a result of the
feeder bands from Hurricane
Rita, which continues to move
west into the Gulf of Mexico.
Freeport meteorologist Lee
Marvin Johnson said weather
conditions would improve
Wednesday as the storm moves
"We got a lot of feeder bands
from the storm today and those
give locally heavy rainfall more
in some areas than others," said
Mr Johnson.
He reported that 0.07 inches of
rainfall and wind speeds of 15 and
20 knots were recorded at Grand
Bahama International Airport.
On Monday, a half-inch of rain-
fall was recorded over the past
24 hours with winds below gale
force at 20 to 25 knots.
A Discovery Cruise Line ship
departed Grand Bahama earlier
than usual Monday because of
the closure of Port Everglades at
Fort Lauderdale at 8pm.
Nassau International Airport
also closed at 5pm Monday caus-
ing flight cancellations to New
Providence out of Freeport.

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Public response

to Katrina


FINANCIAL contributions
to the Bahamas Red Cross Hur-
ricane Katrina relief effort are
coining in "very slowly" accord-
ing to society officials.
The local welfare organisa-
tion launched its appeal at the
beginning of September and so
far, a little over $2,000 has been
Director general of the
Bahamas Red Cross. Marina
Glinton said the level of
response from the public thus
fat has been "disappointing".
She recalled that when the
Bahamas was devastated by
Hlirricanes Frances and Jeanne
last year, the American Red
Cioss contributed $100,000.
-However, she said the soci-
ety is "most grateful' to those
who contributed to the cause.
The Bahamas Red Cross con-
tinues its appeal until the end of
the month.
All funds received will be
sent to the American Red Cross
through the International Fed-
eration of Red Cross and Red
Crescent Societies.



on drug

A 41-YEAR-OLD French-
man was arraigned in Magis-
trate's Court on drug posses-
sion charges yesterday.
Court dockets stated that
on Monday, September 19
Herve Danile Piton was
found in possession of a quan-
tity of marijuana as well as
According to the prosecu-
tion, Piton was about to leave
the country when he under-
went a security search at Nas-
sau International Airport duir-
ing which security officers
allegedly found a clear plastic
package containing marijuana
in Piton's front right pocket.
A search of his rear pocket
allegedly then led to the dis-
covery of an Advil bottle con-
taining two clear plastic pack-
ages of cocaine.
According to the prosecu-
tion, the accused had in his
possession one gram of mari-
juana and two grams of
Piton, who appeared before
Magistrate Carolita Bethel,
pleaded guilty to the charges
and was fined $1,000.
Failure to pay the fine will
result in a three-month prison
sentence, Magistrate Bethel
A 25-year-old man of
Abraham Street off Kemp
Road was arraigned before
Chief Magistrate Roger
Gomez yesterday on charges
of armed robbery, stealing
and causing damage.
It was alleged that on Mon-
day, August 8, Gilbert Bast-
ian, being armed with a black
handgun, robbed the Corner
Market Place on Jerome
Avenue of $370 in cash as
well as a pack of white T-
shirts and socks.
Court dockets also alleged
that on Saturday, September
10, Bastian stole a 2001 Kia
truck and 30 sheets of ply-
wood and 30 pieces of lum-
ber, together valued at
Another count alleged that
Bastian caused $1,800 in dam-
age to the fence of Deans
Roofing Supply.
On Friday, June 17, Bast-
ian, being armed with a hand-
gun, allegedly robbed the
Shalom Discount Outlet on
Village Road of $700 in cash.
: Another charge alleged
that on Saturday, August 6,
Bastian robbed the. outlet of
$101 in cash.
Bastian, who pleaded guilty
Sto the stealing charge, was
remanded to Fox Hill Prison.
He was not required to enter
a plea to the armed robbery
A preliminary inquiry will
be held at a Nassau Street
court on a date that is yet to
be determined.

On Monday, a 23-year-
old Bull Dog Alley man was
arraigned on six armed rob-
bery charges.
It is alleged that Ricardo
Davis (also known as Ricardo
Parker), being armed with a
shotgun, robbed several indi-
viduals of cash, cell phones
and vehicles. Davis, who
appeared before Magistrate
Marilyn Meers, was not
required to enter a plea to the
charges and was remanded to
Fox Hill Prison. The matters
were adjourned to January 12
and 16.

Reverse osmosis plant will save

300 million gallons, $2 million

Chief Tribune Reporter
THE planned reverse osmo-
sis facility for New Providence
will save the Water and Sew-
erage Corporation more than
300 million gallons a year in
"lost" water and $2 million a
year in production costs, it has
been revealed.
Earlier this year, thtf'Cbn-
solidated Water Company
(CWCO) was awarded the
contract to build and operate a
new Blue Hills reverse osmo-
sis plant.
Now experts hired by'
CWCO are also investigating
methods to put a stop to the
significant water loss within
the capital's distribution sys-
As part of the contract,
CWCO is required to address
the island's long-standing
problem of water loss
throughout the Water and
Sewerage Corporation's
(WSC) distribution system.
The company is contracted
to reduce the amount of lost
water also known as non-
revenue water in New
Providence by one million gal-
lons a day or 365 million gal-
lons a year.

Glen Laville, acting deputy-
general manager of WSC,
explained that the reduction
in the amount of lost water
will be a very large part of the
new water supply strategy
which has been developed for
New Providence.
Mr Laville said the WSC
recognised that while
improvements in water vol-
umes and quality are needed,
these could not be imple-
mented without an improve-
ment in operational efficiency.
To this end, the corporation
reviewed internationally
recognised practices that
reduce the amount of water
which is wasted and incorpo-
rated them into a strategic
The plan was recently pre-
sented to a panel of interna-
tional experts and now the
implementation of certain
activities has been out-
sourced, such as the joint ven-
ture between WSC and
"When it has been demon-
strated that the non-revenue
water has been reduced by 365
million, imperial gallons with-
in a twelve month period, the

PICTURED (I to r) are: Cade Darling, WSC; Julian Thorn-
ton, NRW pressure management specialist.
(Photo: Tim Aylen Photography)

contact obligation and the
objective will have been
achieved," said Mr Laville.
To achieve the goal, the
CWCO has assembled a team
led by two international
experts, Julian Thbrntf6nand
Paul Fanner.

Currently this team is work-
ing on a daily basis with the
existing WSC leakage control
department, who for a number
of years has been attempting
to reduce water losses.
Mr Thornton, author of the
industry-acclaimed textbook,
"Water Loss Control Manu-
al", explained that the project
has been divided into two
Phase one will determine

Removal of Bahamas

from US drug trafficking

list 'is not realistic'


IT IS not realistic to expect the Bahamas to be removed from the
US government's drug trafficking list, according to National Secu-
rity Permanent Secretary Mark Wilson.
Last week during his annual report to Congress, President
George Bush announced that the Bahamas along with three other
Caribbean countries are on a list of 19 countries that the US con-
siders to be major drug-transiting or drug-producing nations.
Speaking to The Tribune yesterday, Mr Wilson said "the best way
to get off the list would be to move the position of the Bahamas."
"Realistically that really can't happen," he said. "Other than
that, the only thing we can do is to stop the drug flow through our

"We have done a number of things that have led to greater
interventions, but really the only way we can measure the amount
of drugs being trafficked is by the consumption of it on the streets,"
he said.
Mr Wilson added that the resources needed to stop the drugs
from coming through the Bahamas are "just not available to us or
any country in the world."
"One of the things that this ministry hopes the review board will
do will suggest ways that the force can help decrease the amount of
illegal drug trafficking," he said.
"We already have some plans on the drawing board, but they
require major expenses and that's for the government to decide if
they will carry out those plans."
In a White House memorandum last week, President Bush
explained the reasons behind his choice of countries.
"One of the reasons that major drug transit or illicit drug pro-
ducing countries are placed on the list is the combination of geo-
graphical, commercial, and economic factors that allow drugs to.
transit or be produced despite the concerned government's most
assiduous enforcement measures," he said.
He added that a country's presence on the "majors list" is not nec-
essarily an adverse reflection on its government's counter-nar-
cotics efforts or the country's level of co-operation with the Unit-
ed States.

the annual volume of water
lost through the system and
phase two, expected to begin
in late December, will be the
actual intervention work
undertaken to achieve the
necessary daily water savings
"The project team will,
among other measures, test
the accuracy of the system
input meters, assess the accu-
racy of the customer revenue
meters and the meter reading
and billing process in order to
provide a solid baseline from
which to start," said Mr

Mr Fanner, a water systems
specialist of some 25 years,
said the Bahamas is on a par
with other countries experi-
encing losses in their water
"All water distribution sys-
tems experience water loss
and in general the vast major-
ity of losses are at the service
connection with the cus-
tomers," he said.
Mr Fanner said that the
WSC has always had an active
leak protection and repair
programme, but pointed out
that the water distribution sys-
tem has in the past not been
protected from the hazards of
fluctuating water pressure and
the resultant shocks to the sys-
tem, so the leaks have always

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Reasons the media are silent

IN THE Letters to the Editor section on:
this page today St Andrew's Headmaster
Dennison MacKinnon takes us to task for
writing about four Trinidadian students who
earned five world-ranked places in this year's
Cambridge Advanced Level examinations.
Mr MacKinnon is surprised that we wrote
about Trinidadian students and not about
tihe Bahamas' own world-breakers from St
Andrew's who did so brilliantly, in the exam-
inations for the International Baccalaureate
We are fully aware that the Bahamas has
produced brilliant students. We acknowledged
that in the editorial to which Mr MacKinnon
referred. However, the editorial in question
concentrated on the Bahamas' own BGCSE,
which replaced the old Cambridge GCE '0'
and 'A' level exams, later the GCSE. At the .
time of the change-over the Ministry
announced that the BGCSE was fully accred-
ited by Cambridge University and "carries
the same weight internationally as its con-
temporary exam in the Commonwealth -
the General Certificate of Secondary Educa-
tion (GCSE)." This we question.
The BGCSE is a strictly local exam.
Unlike the results of the Trinidadian stu-
dents its results can't be compared to "any
other exam outside of the Bahamas. Howev-
er, as officials claim they are supposed
similar to the Commonwealth's GCSE, we.
made the comparison between the students.
We tried to get as near as possible to com-
paring apples with apples. This put:the Inter-
national Baccalaureate outside the sphere of
our discussion.
In the September 16 editorial we did not
advocate screening students taking the exams
to achieve a better grade point average. We'
were just stating the obvious.
"One of the reasons for the shockingly
low BGCSE average," we wrote in that edi-
torial, "is that all students regardless of
their academic ability are allowed to write
the exams. They drag the average marks
down, thus casting the handful of outstanding
Bahamian students into the shadows"..
This is the explanation for the 0+ lveir-
age in national BGCSE examination results.
In other words it is like the prisoner in the
dock who says to the judge: "Gumity, your;
honour, but with an explanation."
The average reader sees the D+. average
mnd reads it out of context. He does not know
the explanation, and is left with the impres-

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sion that on average, Bahamian students are
so many dodos.
It was customary at one time for the Min-
istry of Education and the privateschools
every year to publish all GCE, later BGCSE
results. September 10, 1999 was the last time
this was done. Obviously, it had become an
embarrassment. Although the private schools
had nothing to be embarrassed about, they
too stopped publishing their exam results.
We don't know if there was an agreement
behind closed doors, but whatever the reason,
the public could no longer see students' indi-
vidual grades.
The September 1999 results attracted
much public criticism editorially, from
public platforms, and in letters to the news-
For example, we always scanned the lists,
looking for outstanding students to write
about, but also looking for outstanding stu-
dents in English Language and Literature
for employment. In the government exam
lists that year we could find only one A grade
in Literature, and that at DW Davis Sec-
ondary School. The number of Bs could be
counted on one hand. The rest of the stu-
dents were hovering between D, E, and F.
Today we cannot write about outstanding
students because, unless a headmaster as
Mr MacKinnon has done draws them to
our attention we have no way of knowing
who they are.
Despite the dismal overall results that year
there was a bright spot. The Ministry of Edu-
cation presented awards to the top-students in-
the 1999 exams. For the first time that year
schools were recognised. That was the year
that St Augustine's College was awarded for
being the best school overall. Four SAC stu-
dents, all girls, were also honoured as the
most outstanding students, one of them scor-
ing eight A grades.
Mr MacKinnon also notified The Tribune
of his schools' outstanding results in both
BGCSE and the Baccalaureate.
We think that the Ministry should con-
-tinue its awards programme to feature those
who break the educational barrier. This will
encourage others to try harder so that they
too can receive recognition.
And we encourage headmasters and head-
mistresses to bring their students' achieve-
: ments to our attention. This is the only way
that their school and their students will get
public recognition.

Unfair view

on education

in ...Bahamas

EDITOR, The Tribune
I read with a measure of sur-
prise your editorial in today's
Tribune I am somewhat taken
aback that you have highlighted
"five world-ranked places" in
Trinidad and neglected to men-
tion the world-class achieve-
ments of St Andrew's School-
students in what is recognized
internationally as the gold stan-
dard of pre-university educa-
tion, the International Bac-
calaureate (IB) Diploma.
Over the years, St Andrew's
has consistently produced world
class students. Last year, for
example, our head girl, Sherelle
Ferguson, a Bahamian, went to
Harvard. This year, the school
entered its first batch of stu-
dents for the IB Diploma exam-
inations. Of the 17 students
entered for the full diploma,
both expatriates and Bahami-
ans, 16 gained it.
As you may know, the-IB's
Diploma Programme was cre-
ated in 1968. It is a demanding
pre-university course of study
that leads to examinations. It is
designed for highly motivated
secondary school students aged
16 to 19. We offer it to students
aged 16 to 18 in our years
twelve and year thirteen, after
they have completed their
BGCSE examinations.
The Diploma Programme has
earned a reputation for rigor-
ous assessment, giving IB diplo-
ma holders access to the world's
leading universities. The Diplo-
ma Programme's grading sys-
tem is criterion-referenced,
which means that each student's
performance is measured
against well-defined levels of
achievement. These are consis-
tent from one examinatiori ses-
sion to the nxti and ire applied
equally to all schools of
which there are over a thousand
The hliighest niiuiiiber of points
that one can get in the IB
Diploma is 45 points. Over the
years, on account of the rigour
of the programme, there has
been an extremely limited num-
ber of students gaining 40 points
or more.
This year, one of our Bahami-
an students, Alanna Rodgers,
gained one of the highest scores
in the world, ever: 43 points.
She received the highest possi-
ble score (7) in five academic
subjects, split not just into a cou-
ple of disciplines, as would be
allowed in "A" level studies,
but across the range;- these were
English; French; business and
management; psychology; and
physics. She also gained an
excellent mark in mathematics

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and top marks in her extended
essay, community service com-
ponent and theory of knowl-
edge course. She has left St
Andrew's as a well-balanced,
well-educated young woman
whose performan-ce is truly
world class, even if somewhat
unheralded and unsung by the
Bahamian media.
Another eight of our St
Andrew's students obtained 30
points or more; seven of these
young people were Bahamian.
And three of these were schol-
arship students from poorer
homes whose fees for the last
four years have been met by the
St Andrew's School community.
In 14 of the 23 subjects that St
Andrew's offered at IB Diplo-
ma level, our scores were above
the world average -- and this
was the first time that any
school in this country had
offered the IB Diploma exami-
I hope that I have said
enough to convince you that the
Bahamas can hold its head up
proudly in the area of being
"world-ranked". We have the
material and we have the teach-
ing that can make it happen.
We also have the "proof posi-
tive" results.

Whilst writing, I wish to chi-
ment on your observations
towards the end of your editor-
ial. I have often said, facetious-
ly, to my colleagues on 'he
board of St Andrew's, "If yoh
want all A's at BGCSE, let ine
simply select, the students to
enter. Then we could have'100
per cent "A" grades."
Evidently, if you select the
students to enter, you can get
b-etter results. But I applaud thie
system that obtains in he
Bahamas whereby virtually 1ny
student may sit the examina-
tions. It is what we do ait St
Andrew's because, in the end,
statistics are less important than
education. Let the students
have a try... you never know,
they might surprise us. '
To suggest that we should
only enter selected students 'o
that our statistics look better
beggars belief. No outstandimig
Bahamian students are "ca~t
into the shadows" because' th-
er children have done the 'iekt
that they could. Rather, sonie
children who might not other-
wise have got a "passing grade"
actually achieve it. Our states
may suffer, but children are t-
ter off.
St Anlrew's School
September 16 2005

Oil situation

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EDITOR, The Tribune
PLEASE permit me space.
to respond to several recent
articles portending a most
gloomy picture of US$150-
200 per barrel oil prices in the
next three years.
All economies, major and
emerging, will be debilitated
by an increase of such mag-
nitude. Oil consumption will
drop dramatically. Economies
of oil producing countries will
consequently be decimated.
Long before the foregoing
scenario emerges, numerous
measures geared toward tem-
pering-su-ch-a- mammoth
increase in oil price will be
Many oil wells, closed in as
being uneconomic, will be
brought back into production.
Increased usage of coal,
natural gas and nuclear tech-
nology for electricity produc-

tion will emerge. I
'. Reliance on renewable
energy sources solar, wirdi
wave, hydro will increase
Oil prices, which peaked at
above US$70 per barrel a few'
weeks ago, have already stait{
ed to decline. By year ep4
2005, prices will likely sta,
bilise at US$65 per barrel. 1
Regardless of further
upheaval in Iraq, the price of
oil 'will not increase muci
above US$80 per barrel 'idl
the next three years.
Considering that oil prices
peaked at US$40 per barrel
30 years ago, oil; evenai
US$80 per barrel, will remain
an attractively priced com"n
modity in the next thre,
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Destruction of school

fences condemned for

'endangering' children


THE decision to tear down fences
around a primary school before replace-
-. ment walls have been erected has been
criticised by concerned parents.
Speaking with The Tribune yesterday,
one parent claimed the fence at CW
*. Sawyer primary school on Harrold Road
-- was torn down by a tractor last week, cre-
acting a safety hazard for the young stu-
However according to the Ministry of
o .. .- Works, the construction in the area is going
S .- according to plan.
Two weeks ago, classes at the school
were cancelled when teachers walked on
-, the job.
, -. - At that time another concerned parent
* contacted The Tribune.
*- -* The parent said he was notified that he
S- -* had to collect his children from school, but
- was not told why.
* It was later revealed that the teachers
- were concerned that the lack of barriers
S^ between Harrold Road and the school
S-- ---- were "endangering" the children, he said.
* - The Ministry of Works was reportedly in
* the process of constructing a wall along
b that road, but the job was not completed.

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Speaking to The Tribune yesterday, the
other parent agreed that last week, a track-
er tore down the fence at the school.
"Now this week the same man came
back and tore down the fence boarding
the GK Symonette library, which is right
next to the school."
When questioned, the worker reported-
ly said he had received a contract from the
Ministry of Works to dig a hole for a wall
that will be constructed there.
"Now, I understand that he is digging
the hole," the parent said. "However, he
started digging the hole and its obvious
that the fence was not in his way."
"Why did he have to knock it down?
It's. not in his way. It could have be left
there until the wall was built. That fence
was still relatively new, so I really don't.
see why it was knocked down," she said.
Speaking to The Tribune yesterday,
Works director Melanie Roach said: "The
wall is being built in accordance to the
design the plans set by the Ministry of
"If there are any more complaints it
would be appreciated if they are directed to
myself," she said.
Ms Roach had no further comments on
the matter.

Fishing boat catches fire

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT A 53--foot fishing vessel
caught fire and sank in waters off South
Riding Point in East Grand Bahama.
Superintendent Basil Rahming, press liai-
son officer, reported that at about 6pm on
Saturday, police and BASRA officials
responded to reports of a vessel on fire in
waters five miles south of Burma Oil Com-


When they arrived, the vessel was com-
pletely engulfed in flames.
Boat Captain Alex Davis and seven pas-
sengers Anderson Davis, Sidney Hunt,
Eddie Green, Michael Minnis, Eddie Feast-
er, Kamara Dawkins and Thalia Gaitor of
Moore's Island all managed to escape
Captain Davis told police that he and his
passengers were on their way to Grand

Bahama from Moore's Island when the
boat's generator caught fire.
They attempted to extinguish the fire,
but were unsuccessful, he said.
A passing vessel rescued and ferried them
to Burma Oil facility.
The vessel was valued at $125,000 and
contained properties and equipment val-
ued at $194,410, which were lost when it

Tribune Freeport
Bahamas Telecommunica-
tions Corporation is expect-
ed to complete the installa-
tion of its submarine fibre
optic cable between Grand
Bahama and Bimini on
Global Marine Systems
Limited has been contract-
ed by Bahamas Telecommu-
nications Corporation (BTC)
to lay miles of cable, which
.will significantly improve
telecommunication services
on Bimini.
The crew onboard the
Cable Innovator began the
task of laying the cable
underwater off Eight Mile
Rock on Monday. The vessel
will arrive in Bimini on
The new fibre optic cable
Will provide Bimini residents
with all the services offered
in Grand Bahama.
It will replace the "tro-
poscatter" system, which
transmits telecommunication
signals by satellite to Bimini.
The old system provided
a limited calling traffic capac-
ity and during bad weather,
the signal was often inter-
Kirk Griffin, BTC senior
vice president for the north-
ern Bahamas, revealed that
the fibre optic cable would
also allow BTC to expand its
GSM cellular and DSL net-
work services on the island.
"This will bring first-class
telecommunication services
into Bimini," he said.
BTC executives are
expected to be in Bimini to
inform locals of the new ser-
vices that are expected to
come on stream..

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S- craft

- . SNUG CORNER, AckUns,
The Bahamas Minister of
f- CleAgriculture, Fisheries and
- m 4" Local Government Alfred
-- Gray (left) wearing a
locally-made hat and posing
__ with Senior Director.for
-.n o Product Development at the
Ministry of Tourism Angela
-- Cleare (centre) and handicraft
* trainer Eloise Smith, during
the Acklins Handicraft
* m. "Straw" Training Graduation :
S* - Ceremony, last Thursday at
S the Snug Corner School
4 - Auditorium, in Snug Corner,
- Acklins.
Bahamas Agricultural and
Industrial Corporation
(BAIt) sponsored the
of ]training programme, which
was designed to encourage
and train persons to become ""
self-employed in the art of
[ [e p producing Bahamian-made
handicraft products. de
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2007 general election starts this
week and authorities are
encouraging citizens to vote as
their civic duty
Residents in New Providence,
Grand Bahama and the Family
Islands can now begin register-
ing at the various parliamentary
Parliamentary commissioner
Errol Bethel said voting should
be viewed as a very important
civic obligation.
"Voting in the general elec-
tions is the only way you can
influence who your parliamen-
tary representative will be and
to determine your govern-
ment," he said.
"In order to exercise the right
to vote, you have to register.
This will only continue and be
strengthened through the full
participation of all eligible
Bahamian citizens in the regis-
ti.on processi:and by, vtingi
when elections are called."

To be eligible to vote, you
mtSt be a Bahamian citizen, at
least 18 years old. You inust
also have been residing in your
constituency for at least three
months, must be of sound mind
and and not incarcerated.
Registration .venues include
the parliamentary registration
office on Farrington Road, the
General Post Office on East Hill
Street, the Mall at Marathon
and the Town Center Mall.
Each applicant coming to the
parliamentary office to register
will be questioned carefully, and
must provide proof of citizen-
ship; a passport or a voter's
In Grand Bahama, persons
may register at the parliamen-
tary registration department or
the National Insurance build-
Mr Bethel added that his
office is prepared to activate
mobile registration units if the
need arises.

He promised that "impartial-
ity and transparency"will be the
watchwords for the managers
of the 2007 general election.
"In the Bahamas, we are priv-
ileged to have a stable democ-
racy," said Mr Bethel.
"Today we have one person,
one vote. In recent times, we
have witnessed the process of
devolution in our society, where
local communities are gaining
more say in running their
"In our national life we have
endeavoured to enhance the
democratic process by ensuring
the equality of all votes,
whether cast in New Providence
or one of the Family Islands."
He added: "Registration is an
extremely important function.
By registering, a citizen adds his
name to the list of electors of
the country and thereby demon-
strates his willingness to play
his role in the development of
our democracy."


Registration for 2007 general

election begins this week

1O- AK I" .^ K .

t a to secret government
Put an end to secret government

"A popular government with-
out popular information or the
means of acquiring it, is but a
prologue to a farce or a tragedy
or perhaps both. Knowledge will
forever govern ignorance, and
a people who mean to be their
own governors, must arm them-
selves with the power knowledge
James Madison, fourth
president of the United States.

T HE American
Embassy flew in a Kent
State University professor.on
Saturday for a seminar on news-
gathering with local reporters
at the British Colonial Hilton.
Topping the agenda was a
panel discussion by Tribune
columnist Sir Arthur Foulkes,
Bahama Journal co-founder
Mike Smith and Freeport News
editor Oswald Brown.
Predictably, the biggest issue
on everyone's mind was public
accountability and access to
As Sir Arthur noted, "it is
impossible to have' democracy
without a free and competent
press. But governments tend to
promote a culture of secrecy.'"
Judging by his resume, he
should know. Sir Arthur trained
at The Tribune and was found-
ing editor of the (now defunct)
Bahamian Times. He has also
held senior positions in both
PLP and FNM administrations.
And for the past 15 years has
been a diplomat.

T he top issue raised by
the panel was the con-
troversy over non-Bahamian
births at the Princess Margaret
This was the subject of a
recent Tribune story that has
yet to be fully clarified. The
original article was based on
information supplied by a "con-
cerned doctor" who claimed
more than 90 per cent of births
at the PMH were to non-
Bahamians, mostly Haitians:
"There have been many times
when foreign doctors have
come to me and asked me
what's going on here, why are
there so many Haitians having
children here?" the source was
quoted as saying.
This story referred to an ear-
lier one about primary school
teachers learning Creole. As
many as 40 per cent of the chil-
dren at one school were said to
be of Haitian descent. A related
story reported claimed that
many Family Island clinics were
being "overwhelmed by
Health Minister Dr Marcus
Bethel reacted swiftly and
angrily to these claims,
denouncing the PMH story as
"inaccurate, unfounded, irre-
sponsible, alarmist and danger-

ous." He presented year-to-date
statistics showing that "on aver-
age approximately 80 per cent
of the births were to Bahamian
mothers and less than 15 per
cent to mothers of Haitian
This data was not available
to The Tribune prior to publi-
cation, however, despite efforts
to verify the doctor's informa-
tion with the health ministry
and other agencies. But in such
cases, particularly where the
information supplied is sensi-
tive and the timing is not criti-
cal, corroboration by third par-
ties is a vital test.
But The Tribune considered

Second, there is the question
of corroboration. Obviously, it
would be better to verify infor-
mation given by sources who
wish to remain anonymous -

Despite the Christie
administration's vow to
maintain transparency, it is
more and more difficult to
prise even the simplest facts
from our self-important
officials, who, as a rule, do not
return phone calls or e-mails.

its medical source "impecca-
ble". And later stories pointed
out that Haitian women often
register as Bahamians at the
hospital, and were also crowd-
ing Bahamians out of the post-
natal ward. It was suggested
that the government come to
terms with reality in order to
deal with the implications of
Haitian immigration.

his single episode
touches on all of the
issues of ethics and account-
ability discussed at the media
seminar on Saturday.
First there is the question of
unnamed sources. This is often
unavoidable in a small society
like ours, but it requires judg-
ment. Sir Arthur recalled that as
a young reporter his editor --
Sir Etienne Dupuch would
always demand names and form
his editorial judgment accord-
The judgment may be that
the information supplied is of
such value to the public or to
the newspaper's circulation that
anonymous sources can be
And of course, the identity
and character of the source
together with his or her access
to the information are impor-
tant factors in making this judg-
ment. There is always the pos-
sibility that reporters will man-
ufacture sources for an easy sto-
ry, the panellists agreed.

particularly in the case of cold
facts like live births. No-one
wants to publish egregious
errors. But this brings us quick-
ly to the third question, which is
access to information.
Clearly, the number of live
births in our tax-supported
health system should be a mat-
ter of public record and not an
issue on which to play bureau-
cratic games with young
reporters trying to do their job.
And most journalists at the
seminar were very bitter about
the hassles they encountered
seeking basic information from
both the public and private sec-
Despite the Christie admin-
istration's vow to maintain
transparency, it is more and
more difficult to.priseteven the,
.simplest facts from our .sel-
important officials, who, as a
rule, do not return phone calls
or e-mails.
One reporter at the meeting
complained of being asked to
write to a minister for permis-
sion to find out a civil servant's
job description.
And Bahama Journal news
editor Candia Dames confirmed
that it was far easier working in
Washington, DC, as a green
intern than trying to function
as a seasoned journalist in the
Bahamas: "We had access to
everything in DC, but getting it
here is a very difficult problem."

This reminded us of an
article Tough Call
wrote years ago on the right of
access: "Recent experience in
requesting public information
includes the following odd
refusals...the quantity of beer

imported during the second and
third quarters (Dept of Statis-
tics), the estimated number of
Haitian nationals living here
(Ministry of Home Affairs), the
number of high school gradu-
ates in June (Ministry of Edu-
This piece appeared in a
newsletter we produced for the
now-defunct Bahamas Press
Club, which was founded in
1977. And for the benefit of the
young reporter who asked
about local press associations
at the seminar, that was not the
first such organisation in the
Bahamas, and nor was it the
There is no doubt that
Bahamian politicians and offi-
cials are programmed to deny
access and information except
on their own very special terms.
And it is just as certain that
without such access we cannot
have a free press or a free soci-
ety. Secret government leads
inexorably to abuse of power,
policy mistakes, and corruption.
That's why we agree strongly
with the panellists on the need
for a Bahamian Freedom of
Information Act: "Politicians
react to pressure," explained
former newscaster and member
of parliament Mike Smith. "If

The fourth question is
whether to publish sup-
posedly "dangerous" informa-
tion that may incite hate crimes.
Mr Bethel was clearly of the
opinion that. The Tribune story
on PMH births was alarmist.
But Tough Call has had similar
experiences with the Ministry
of Health recently and this
question is not as open and shut
as it seems.
When writing recently on
tuberculosis a highly conta-
gious disease based on some
alarming information provided
by both a businessman and a
doctor, we could neither obtain
relevant statistics nor discuss
the matter with health authori-
"In spite of the seriousness
of this subject," we wrote at the
time, "we were unable to get
the perspective of local health
officials despite numerous
attempts over the course of
more than a week. Dr Baldwin
Carey, the director of public
health, did not respond to
phone calls or to faxed ques-
tions. Dr Gomez and others
were said to be travelling."
An article on healthcare reg-
ulation earlier this year
explored the circumstances sur-

There is no doubt that
Bahamian politicians and
officials are programmed to
deny access and information
except on their own veiry i.
special terms. And it is just ,as
certain that without such
access we cannot have a free
press or a free society. Secret
government leads inexorably
to abuse of power, policy
mistakes, and corruption.

there's no pressure, things get
put on the back burner. We
need to agitate and lobby hard
for such a law."
In the meantime, Kent State
Professor Karl Idsvoog advised
reporters to "document the
inefficiencies that this lack of
access creates. Put a name and a
face to it, and make it an ongo-
ing public campaign."

rounding pending malpractice
complaints to the Medical
Council. This august body is
supposed to investigate com-
plaints from the public, but
chooses instead to ignore them:
"Since the council was creat-
ed," we wrote, "it is believed
that only one Bahamian doctor
has ever been suspended and
that was for drug abuse -
although formal complaints
have been lodged over the years
(one as recently as last Decem-
"Dr Baldwin Carey, the coun-
cil chairman, would not respond
to calls or faxes on this matter.
Why is there so little account-
ability, or rule of law, among
practitioners of three of the
nation's most prestigious and
rewarding professions the
law, medicine and politics."

This brings us to the fifth
question, the account-
ability of elected and appointed
officials with public responsi-
bilities. The issue of illegal
immigration is a matter that
concerns every Bahamian citi-
zen. Experts agree that it will
very likely change our society
beyond recognition within a few
short years.
Is it not the responsibility of
the news media to report on this
critical issue and to facilitate
debate on how it can be
addressed? To do this effec-
tively, we need access to infor-

The Tribune wants t
from people who are
making news in theii
neighbourhoods. PeI
you are raising funds
good cause, campaign
for improvements in
area or have won an
If so, call us on 322-1
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mation. After all, it is OUR
information. We pay for it witfi
OUR taxes, we elect the offit
cials who manage it, and th.
consequences of whatever
action is taken as a result of that
information will affect us.
In the United States, federal
agencies are required under thi
Freedom of Information Act
(FOIA) to disclose records
requested in writing by any pekr'
son, subject to a few specific
exemptions. And every federal
agency maintains a FOIA web
Enacted in 1966 against the
wishes of then president Lyit-
den Johnson, this was the first
law that gave Americans the
right to access federal records. It
was the result of a 10-year cru:
sade by a California Congress
man and consumer advocate
named John Moss.
But it was the Watergate
scandal that led Congress tf
strengthen the act in 1974 ani
force greater accountability
against the wishes of then pres-
ident Gerald Ford, who had
taken over from the disgrace
Richard Nixon. There ha'.
been almost two millidoj
requests processed under the
federal Freedom of Inform*-
tion Act.

n Britain the attitud,
towards freedom of infdjill
mation was rather different
The Official Secrets Act of 19]*
made the unauthorised discl&
sure of any information on an.
subject an offence. And this 1i
what shaped the behaviour O6
our Bahamian officials, wlh
were happy to imitate thefr
colonial masters.
In fact, as late as 1985:'
British civil servant was prosie
cuted under the Secrets Act fdi
leaking information-showilr
that ministers had misled par.
liament. The judge ruled thia
the defence of acting in tKl
public interest had no basis
law. But the jury disregarded
his ruling and acquitted the offi-
In 1997 the Labour govern'
ment published a White Pap,4
on "Your Right to Know" and'
Freedom of InformationAct
was finally passed in 2000. How'
ever, the right of access only
came into effect last yea.
According to an article in tho
UK Press Gazette, it "provid"
journalists with a valuable to6ol
for looking behind the gloss
and spin at the actual docu.
ments in authorities' files," ^
The new British law covers
some 100,000 public authorities,
including government depart-
ments and agencies, local coui-
cils, National Health bodies, tl~
police, armed forces, school
and universities, regulators,
advisory bodies, publicly owni
companies, the BBC and evei
parliament. Only the courts aiid
security services are excluded

A nd when you thitk
about it, governmefits
are hurting themselves by not
being more open. As one ariti-
secrecy campaigner put it: "To
the public, secrecy means theti
is something to hide that
officials can't justify their deci-
sions, are concealing their--erofS
or have ignored legitimate co6i-
cerns. They will be sceptical
about what the authority tells
them, and less likely to follctw
its advice or believe its succe -
"But an open approach
encourages the opposil*e
response. An authority tlift
does not attempt to concral
information, and explains rather
than hides uncomfortable facs,
is more likely to be trusted. AV4d
if people can see for themselyvs
the complexities of an issff,
they are more likely to undyr-
stand why progress can be
A Bahamian Freedom4f
Information Act would bla
chance to strengthen public c i-
fidence in government, nt
destroy it.
What do you think? i
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Bahamian entertainers organise

musical event for Katrina victims

BAHAMIAN entertainers
are teaming up to host a huge
musical event in support of the
victims of Hurricane Katrina.
The event will raise proceeds
to be used as part of the
Bahamas for America Hurri-
cane Katrina relief fund.
Ronnie Armbrister, vice-
president of the Bahamas Musi-
cians and Entertainers Union,
announced that the event an
evening of the best in Bahamian
music will be held tomorrow,
Thursday ,September 22 at
8.30pm in Da Island Club, Nas-
sau Beach Hotel.
Performers will include Abi-
gail Charlow, KB, Funky D,
Berkley Vanbyrd, Jay Mitchell
Pat Rolle, Ronnie Butler, the
Dicey Doh Singers, Ezra Hep-
burn, Ronnie Armbrister, John
Chipman, Nehemiah Hield,
Veronica Bishop, Duke Errol
Strachan, Freddie Munnings, Jr
Raphael Munnings, Count
Bernadino and Bahamen.
The house bands will be
Tingum Dem and the Falcons.
The announcement was made
at press conference held on
Monday by the Bahamas for
America's Hurricane Katrina
Relief fund committee.
According to Armbrister,
although there will be no admis-
sion charge, persons attending
the concert will be expected to
contribute to the relief efforts.
"After each selection, in good
old fashion style, we will be
passing the hat. We therefore
encourage patrons to come
expecting to give to this worthy
cause", said Armbrister.
An account at the Bank of
the Bahamas is also being estab-
lished to receive donations for
this initiative. The account num-
ber is 1.113805.
Kendrick Christie, president
of the Bahamas Institute of

Chartered Accountants, is serv-
ing as treasurer to the relief
committee, and Deloitte and
Touche are serving as the audi-
The committee also
announced that its website is up
and running. The address is
A national service of prayer is
scheduled for Thursday, Sep-
tember 22 at Mt Tabor Church.
The Bahamas Christian
Council has consented to lead
that aspect of the initiative, and
is scheduled to include partici-
pation by leaders of most major
denominations, including: Dr
William McCartney, president
of the Association of the
Assemblies of Brethen; Major
Lester Ferguson, divisional
commander of the Salvation
Army; Bishop Elgarnet Rah-
ming, national overseer at the
Church of God of Prophecy; the
Most Rev Drexel Gomez,
Anglican Archbishop; Mrs
Kendris Carey, president of the
Bahamas Conference of the
Methodist Church; Rev Dr
Raymond Neeley, president of
the Bahamas Turks and Caicos
of the MCCA; Dr Leonard
Johnson, president of the'"-
Bahamas Conference of Sev-
enth-Day Adventists; and the
Most Rev Patrick Pinder,
Catholic Archbishop.
A national telethon is sched-
uled for Friday September 30
at the Independence ballroom
of the Radisson Cable Beach
Hotel from 8pm to midnight.
Franklyn Wilson, chairperson
for the private/public sector ini-
tiative, said that over the past
two weeks the committee has
received overwhelming support,
and that he looks forward to
the telethon being a success.

Pinders funeraflHome
"Service Beyond Measure"
PHONE: 322-4570 PAGER: 380-5012, 393-9132

HALL, 82

of Carmichael Road, who
died at the Princess
Margaret Hospital on
Saturday, September
17th, 2005, will be held at Glad Tidings
Tabernacle Kemp. road on Thursday,
September 22nd, 2005 at 4:00pm. Rev Irene
Russell officiating.

He was pre-deceased by his wife, Evelyn
Hall; daughter, Yvonne Duncanson; son,
William "Billy" Hall. He is survived by one
daughter, Kathy Simms; one son, Elmond
Hall; son-in-law, Paul Simms; two daughters-
in-law, Janice Hall and Tina Hall; one brother;
Neville Hall; four granddaughters; two
grandsons; three great granddaughters; five
great grandsons and a host of relatives and

Funeral arrangements are being handled
by Pinder's Funeral Home, Palmdale
Avenue, Palmdale.

* KENDRICK Christie updates the media on bank accounts at Bank of Bahamas, while Franklyn Wilson, committee chairman, and
Ronnie Butler look on. All funds will be donated to the American Red Cross with the assistance of the US Embassy.

Minister leads delegation to

World Health Organisation

MINISTER of Health Dr Marcus Bethel
will lead a Bahamian delegation to World
Health Organisation (WHO) meetings in
Washington DC next week.
Dr Bethel and his team will meet with,
other delegates at the 46th Directing Coun-
cil and the 57th Session of the Regional
Committee for the Americas of the WHO.
These meetings will be held from Sep-
tember 26 to 30 and will be preceeded by
the annual caucus of CARICOM Health
Ministers on September 25.
"The agenda for Directing Council out-
lines health priorities to be addressed at
both fora and reflect many items relevant
to our national efforts," Dr Bethel said
during a press conference last week at the
Ministry of Health on Meeting Street.
The agenda includes the following pro-
gramme policy matters:
institutional strengthening of the Pan


American Sanitary Bureau (PASB);
'* guiding principles for strategic
resources allocations across WHO;
strategy for the future of Pan Ameri-
can Centres;
regional declaration on the new ori-
entations for primary health care;
progress report on the global safe
blood initiative and plan of action for
2005-2015; and country-focused co-oper-
ation and national health development.
Dr Bethel will be accompanied by
Joshua Sears, ambassador/permanent rep-
resentative to the Organisation of Ameri-
can States, Embassy of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas to the United States; Dr
Merceline Dahl-Regis, Chief Medical Offi-
cer; Dr Baldwin Carey, Director of Public
Health, and Dr Pearl McMillian, senior
house officer, planning unit, who is cur-
rently completing studies at the Johns

Hopkins University, Washington, DC.
Dr Bethel has also accepted an invitation
from the Director-General, McGill Uni-
versity Health Centre, McGill University,
and Montreal Medical International
Organisation, Canada, to visit McGill Uni-
versity to establish links between the Uni-
versity and the public health sector of the
Commonwealth of the Bahamas, Septem-
ber 18 to 24, 2005.
Particular attention would be given to
continuing education, information tech-
nology management, biomedical engi-
neering, telemedicine, pharmaceutical
management, bioethics. and a technical
cooperation agreement.
Dr Bethel is to also address the faculty,
on the topic: "Public Health: Success and
Challenges in a Developing Country". He
will further host a reception for Bahamian
students in Montreal.

AVAILABL Esso stations raising

SM W F money for hospital

If you are interested in joining a unique organization whose
goal is to educate and entertain both Bahamians and visitors,
and if you have the qualifications listed below, we invite
your application for the position of Director.
The ideal candidate will have:
Minimum of 1Q years administration,
management and animal care experience in a zoo
or animal park setting
Certificate of Degree in Zookeeping
Sensitivity to environmental issues
Experience in developing animal exhibits
Research background
Experience with a management board
Working knowledge of business finance
Creative approach to problem-solving
Resumes may be sent to:
Executive Director
Slot #296
.P.O.Box AP59223
Nassau, Bahama "

A DOZEN Esso service sta-
tions on New Providence have
set out to raise $35,000 for the
Princess Margaret Hospital
Foundation in the oil compa-
ny's annual Help Us Help cam-
For the entire month of Sep-
tember, Esso and its dealers will
contribute two cents for every
gallon of fuel sold.
Customers are invited to help
them meet, or surpass, the Help
Us Help donation target.
Esso said the funds raised
will be used to help renovate
the Children's Ward at the
Princess Margaret hospital in
"This campaign will make a
significant contribution to the
community," said Esso country
sales manager Troy Simms. "All
of us at Esso Bahamas are
pleased to be able to make this
fundraising drive every year to
help worthwhile causes."

Last year, Esso and its oper-
ators raised almost $28,000 for
the Bahamas Red Cross Soci-
ety's hurricane relief fund. The
ExxonMobil Foundation con-
tributed another $25,000.
In 2003, more than $55,000
was raised in the Help Us Help
campaign to support the Royal
Bahamas Police Force'S youth
initiative and other summer
The Princess Margaret Hos-
pital Foundation is a non-prof-
it, charitable organisation.
The foundation relies on
donations to acquire state-of-
the-art medical equipment and
provide in-service continuing
training for hospital staff.
All donations are managed
by a board of directors.
Esso has been providing fuel
to the islands of the Bahamas
for the past 100 years.
It operates 46 service stations
throughout the country.



The Bahamas For America's Hurricane Katrina
Relief Fund Committee

Cordially Invites You To Attend

Special National Ecumenical Service Of Prayer



22n ,2005

Mount Tabor Full Gospel Baptist Church,
Pinewood Gardens, 7:30 p.m.

message is sponsored

by The

Bahamas For America's

Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund.

All proceeds

through this initiative will be forwarded to the


Cross with the assistance of the American


For more information visit our website at




National Trust launches campaign to

help students appreciate environment

THE education office
of the Bahamas National
Trust (BNT) is develop-
ing a resource to help
teachers encourage stu-
dents to discover, cherish
a.nd protect the marine
The effort is being
undertaken in partnership
with the Center for Bio-
diversity of the American
Museum of Natural His-
tory and with support
from the Bahamas Min-
istry of Education and the
BREEF organisation.
"Treasures of the Sea:
Our Marine Resources"
is being designed to func-
tion as a tool for teachers
in Bahamian schools that
complements the Ministry
of Education's science and
social studies curriculum.
It will aim to address
marine conservation con-
cepts by focusing on some
of the Bahamas' most
important marine species
- such as the Nassau
grouper, queen conch and
spiny lobster.
"The primary goals of
this teacher's resource is
to provide teachers with
relevant tools and infor-
mation to emphasise the
development of students'
knowledge and skills relat-
ed to marine resources

and conservation, incor-
porating local knowledge
and traditions," said the
Trust in a statement.


BNT education officers
Lynn Gape and Monique
Sweeting, along with
AMNH outreach special-
ists Meg Domroese and
Christine Engels, have co-
ordinated the selection of
activities and the drafting
of the resource, with input
from Casuarina McKin-
ney of BREEF.
The Bahamas Ministry
of Education is providing
support by having teach-
ers review the proposed
activities in the manual,
"and providing expertise
in fine tuning them so
they have the greatest rel-
evance and use for
Bahamian students," said
the BNT.
The Trust is co-ordinat-
ing this aspect of the pro-
ject with the science and
technology division of the
Ministry of Education,
headed by Beverly Tay-
The group hope to have
a prototype for printing
completed by the end of
the year.

* MINISTRY of Education Teachers review proposed activities for the teacher's resource


talks in Bahamas

THE Bahamas has been
selected to play host to this
year's Caribbean mobile com-
munications conference.
CariCam Mobile 2005, held
from the November 7-10 at
the Westin at Our Lucaya in
Grand Bahama, will offer dis-
cussions on the growth of
mobile communications in the
Caribbean region.
Executives from telecom
operators, regulatory entities,
consultancies, solution pro-
viders and research services
will leads talks on exploiting

the mobile opportunities and
challenges for successful
mobile business in the region
growth in the Caribbean.
The meeting, organised by
International Business Com-
munications (IBC) will also
discuss the future for regional
telecommunications infra-
structure to supply the tourism
rising demand.
Other topics to be discussed
include mobile roaming, wire-
less security and data protec-
tion and new policy develop-
ments in the region.

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If so, call us on 322-1986
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The Anglican Central Education Authority invites
applications from qualified Teachers for positions
available at St. John's College, St. Anne's School.


Upper Primary
Lower Primary

Sorority winners presented with

trophies by Minister of Education

WINNERS of the Alpha
Kappa Sorority's 2005-_
2006 Young Authors Pro-
gramme made a courtesy
call to Minister of Educa-
tionAlfred Sears and oth-
er education officials where
they were presented with
gifts, trophies and awards.
Fotirth grader Menelik
Thurston of the Sadie Cur-
tis primary school won the
grade four to five category
and Kristen Pratt won the
grade two to three catego-
The Young Authors.
Programme targets stu-
dents in grade two through
six, challenging them to
write short stories on topics
that include friendship,
persons they admire and
their most memorable
The programme was
introduced as part of the
educational initiatives of
the 2002-2006 administra-
tion by the sorority's 26th E MAVIS Johnson-Collie, chairperson of the Young Author Programme; a teacher at Sadie Curtispri-
'national president Linda mary school; Presleith McPhee, president; Alfred Sears; Menelik Thurston; and Lisa Major, Comnmon-
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and Teaching Certificate need apply.

For further details and application forms, please
contact the Anglican Central Education Authority
on Sands Road at telephone (242) 322-3015/6/7.

Letters of application and/or completed application
forms with copies of required documents must be
sent by Friday, September 30, 2005 to the Anglican
Education Dpartment addressed to:-

The Director of Education
Anglican Central Education Authority
P.O.Box N-656
Nassau, Bahamas

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The Bahamas beginning January 2006 semester,
are reminded that the late application deadline is
Friday, 30th September at 4:00 pm. Applications
should be forwarded to the Office of Admissions
which is located in the Portia Smith Student Services
Building, Oakes Field Campus.
Late Fee $50.00
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* "South Andors soaked by Rita

FROM page one
areas of Johnson and Kemps Bay were flooded
with one to two feet of water.
Administrator for South Andros and Man-
grove Cay Gary Knowles told The Tribune that
the recovery process was going "extremely well."
Tractors were pushing debris out of the streets
and on to verges. Mr Knowles, said it would
take about a week to two weeks to totally clean
up the area.
Teams from local government town commit-
tees in South Andros, the Department of Social
Services and the Ministry of Works were per-

forming various assessments. Mr Knowles said
a report will be compiled and sent to NEMA
for evaluation.
The NEMA disaster centre was activated for
24 hours from 1pm on Monday.
At the centre, Bahamas Defence Force offi-
cers along with meteorological personnel joined
NEMA staff in monitoring the storm.
Mr Smith said he thinks that NEMA per-
formed "very well" during Rita, but there was
always room for improvement.
, At noon on Tuesday tropical storm warnings
wer,e discontinued for .the Bahamas by the
Department of Meteorology.

iOPPY waters as Rita nears the Bahamas on Monday

Texaco 'absorbing

gas price increase

to help Bahamians'

FROM page one
exacerbated by Hurricane Kat-
.lIowever, Texaco under-
statds the detrimental effect
this could have on the people
of the Bahamas and the coun-
try's economy, and we have
therefore made a management
decision to absorb the greatest
portion of this increase on a
'temporary basis," he said.
"'This means, he said, that Tex-
aco ill only be passing through
t. itsdealers an eight cent per
1'fl6h increase in gasoline and a
iPb cent per gallon increase in
* *l '. .1,

Mr Samuels further said that
Hurricane Katrina closed 11
refineries between Louisiana
and Mississippi and reduced
output in another two refineries.
"This dramatically impacted
US Gulf Coast reference oil
prices which were increased by
83 cents between August 29 and
September 4 compared to pre-
Katrina averages," he said.
He pointed .out that Texaco
bought this cargo during the
first week of September when
the US Gulf Coast postings
peaked at $2.90; hence the delay
Mr Samuels reminded cus-
tomers that pump prices are

greatly influenced by interna-
tional oil prices, which are
determined by supply, demand,
logistics and competition in the
marketplace, making it impos-
sible to predict future price lev-
He added that since Hurri-
cane Katrina's full impact on
the Gulf Coast oil's infrastruc-
ture is not known, the company
cannot ascertain when refining
operations in the area will
He concluded that Texaco
remains committed to bringing
a safe and reliable supply to cus-
tomers, despite difficult cir-

Plane thought missing


, ;FROM page one
o'However, before press time
'yesterday, The Tribune estab-
lished with Lt Cmdr Johns that
the Federal Aviation Adminis-
tration (FAA) Miami centre
' confirmed that the aircraft w as
'relocated "somewhere" near
' "So from all reports the plane
has landed safely either in Bimi-
ni or Cat Cay," Lt Cmdr Johns
said. "We have no other signs of

distress, and if it was a crash,
we would have received an
emergency signal from the
"In most cases you receive an
Emergency Locating Transpon-
der (ELT), which is activated
when a plane crashes. We also
would have received a report
that the plane is missing by now
from family members who
would have expected them to
land, and lastly, we found no
signs of distress when we flew

over in our Falcon jet," he said.
Lt Cmdr Johns said the emer-
gency signal was believed to
have been activated by "an
overly cautious" pilot who may
have got lost in torrential rain
caused by Rita.
"However, if any other infor-
mation comes to light that a
plane is missing, or in distress,
we will be happy to assist the
search and rescue authorities,"
he said.


Payment of Benefits and Assistances for the month of September 2005, will be made in the
following districts, at the following pay stations between the hours stated below:
Thursday, September 22, 2005:12 noon 12:30p.m., at the Church Hall.
Thursday, September 22, 2005: 9:30a.m. 11:45a.m., at Beacon Hill Church of Nazarene,
Carmichael Road.
Thursday, September 22,2005: 12:45p.m. 1:30p.m., at St. Peter's Church Hall.
Thursday, September 22, 2005: 9:30a.m. 3:00p.m., at the National Insurance Board's Fox Hill
Sub-Office. Persons who cannot collect their cheques on the dates stated, may collect them
throughout the month of October 2005, from 9:30a.m. to 4:30p.m., Monday to Friday.
Thursday, September 22,2005: 9:30a.m. 4:00p.m. at the National Insurance Board's Wulff
Road Local Office. Persons who cannot collect their cheques on the dates stated, may collect
them throughout the month of October 2005, from 9:30a.m. to 4:30p.m., Monday to Friday.
Thursday, September 22, Monday, September 26,2005:9:30a.m.- 4:00p.m., at The Bahamas
Public Service Union Hall, East Street South.
1. Thursday, September 22 Wednesday, September 28, 2004: 9:30a.m. 4:00p.m.
All persons with surnames beginning with the letters "A" "L", at the Cat Island United
Association Hall #1, Market and Vesey Streets.
2. Thursday, September 22 Monday, September 26, 2005:9:30 a.m. 4:00 p.m.
All persons.with surnames beginning with the letters "M" "Z", at the Salvation Army
Hall, Meadow Street.
3. Tuesday, September 27 Wednesday, September 28, 2005: 9:30a.m. 4:00p.m.
Persons who did not collect their cheques from the respective stations on the days
specified, may collect them at the Cat Island United Association Hall #1, Market and
Vesey Streets, on the above-mentioned dates.
Cheques must be collected from the listed pay stations on the dates and times given. In cases of
emergency, uncollected cheques may be collected from the Pensions Department, at the Jumbey
Village Complex throughout the month of October 2005 between the hours of 9:30a.m. and 4:00p.m.
Claimants and/or their representatives are required to produce proper identification in order to
collect their cheques. Acceptable forms of identification for claimants collecting their own payments
Their National Insurance Registration Card, together with any one of the following:
1. A Passport;
2. A Voter's Card; or
3. Any other document which establishes, conclusively, the identity of the claimant.
Where the claimant is sending a representative to collect his/ her cheque, the representative should
provide an Authorization Form completed by the claimant, or a letter authorizing the Board to pay
the representative, together with any of the above-listed items to identify the representative.
All claimants and/or their representatives are advised that should they fail to provide satisfactory
documents to identify themselves as requested above, there may be a delay or denial of payments.

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vice-president of the
LJll out A K a d Cancer Society; Laverne
Wildgoose, Cancer Society
board member; Leah
Davis, Abaco Markets
marketing manager and
Garnell Cooper, Abaco
Markets marketing

Cancer Society

SOLOMON'S SuperCentre
teamed up with the Cancer
Society of the Bahamas to host
the "Great Grill Out" event.
All the proceeds from the
eventwent towards the fight
against cancer.
Parent company Abaco Mar-
kets matched the proceeds from
the event, contributing to the
Cancer Society's, Cancer Caring
Centre Phase 2.
The grill out was a combined

effort of local and international
vendors including Bahamas
Food Services, Bar S, Miami
Beef, Pepsi, Milo Butler and
Sons and Purity Bakery and
Domino's Pizza.
The event was held in mem-
ory of former Abaco Markets
employee Larry Carey and was
supported by members of the
Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity
and Abaco Markets team

Smooth operator

on Mayaguana

The Mayaguana Develop-
ment Company is improving the
island's rough roads to facili-
tate the relocation of its rock
crushing plant.
According to the company,

this requires "a properly chore-
ographed operation of materi-
als, machines and men to
accomplish efforts incorporat-
ing the transport and initial lay
down of base road materials

and rolling/compacting ofjlhe
road bed." :'
The company said the: -
ject will also serve as tr*i4g
for the crew of the upc(fing
airport runway constructiq01

Website is


for careers

in tourism


* A SCREENSHOT of the new careers webste, located at

THE Ministry of Tourism has
launched a tourism careers web-
site to encourage young people
to join the industry.
Tourism director-general
Vernice Walkine delivered an
address at the website launch
last week, saying that the
resource showcases the diver-
sity of careers available in
tourism and provides content
on the qualifications and skills
required for a range of jobs, as
well as general information
about the nation's premier
The careers website,
http://www.bahamastourismca-, was launched from
CV Bethel senior high school
in a live television broadcast on
Ms Walkine said that one in
every four persons in the
Bahamas and Caribbean is
employed in the tourism indus-
try, which is extremely compet-
itive today.

"The possibility of open bor-
ders in the next five to ten years
means that you cannot rely on
hearsay about what does on in
the sector, or what's out there.
You have to plan to succeed in
tourism," Ms Walkine said.
She told the students that
although a degree programme is
valuable in any profession, the
primary skills needed in tourism
are "a curious mind, a willing-
ness to learn, a friendly man-
ner and a desire to succeed."
"Despite what you may
believe, there is a dire need for
those in 'traditional careers' of
law, teaching, medicine, infor-
mation technology, plumbing,
electrical and structural engi-
neering, landscaping, interior
decoration, accounting and
security, to work in the hotels,
restaurants, attractions, trans-
portation companies, destina-
tion management companies
and other tourism-related estab-
lishments," she said.








Miami Herald Business, Stocks, Analysis, Wall Street

Film studio to

move on 141

room hotel plan

65,000 room nights booked for filming
of Pirates of the Caribbean II and III

Tribune Business Editor
THE $76 million Grand
Bahama Film Studios is hoping
"to move forward pretty quick-
ly" with the next stage of its
development, construction of a
141-room hotel, as Disney pre-
pares to begin two-and-a-half
months of filming at the site
tomorrow for Pirates of the
Caribbean II and III.
With "everything in place"
for Disney, Paul Quigley, a prinn-

cipal of Gold Rock Creek
Enterprises, the holding com-
pany for. the film studios, yes-
terday told The Tribune that the
firm was now "starting up on
our next phase".
He explained that the devel-
opers had "a little more time"
to prepare for the hotel's con-
struction, as it had to rush to
completion construction of the
water tank, where the Pirates
of the Caribbean II and III films

a principal of Gold Rock
Creek Enterprises

Senior Business
Central Bank's Inspector of
Banks and Trust Companies,
yesterday described concerns
over the European Union's
(EU) Savings Tax Directive
as "old news", saying the
Bahamas banking sector could
actually benefit from Govern-
ment not having signed on to
the agreement.
In an interview .with The
Tribune, Mr Foot said the Sav-
ings Tax Directive's impact
should not be felt directly on
bank accounts held in the
He added that since the

Cayman Islands and Bermu-
da, both regional competitors
in the financial services indus-
try, had already signed on to
the, directive as they were UK
Crown territories, some
account holders and banking
institutions concerned about
any subsequent fallout might
consider moving to the
Bahamas as it had not signed

"Any account holder that is
concerned about it, the
Bahamas may gain as a result
ofit;' so on the face of it that is
actually beneficial for us," he.
Mr Foot noted, however,

that the situation was much
more complicated for in est-
ment funds, but as far as the
banking sector was concerned:
"It's not a particular threat for
us and would not feature in
the top 10 concerns of the sec-
Meanwhile, minister of
financial services and invest-
ments, Allyson-Maynard-Gib-
son, said last week that the
Government was seeking the
advice of experts to determine
the way forward for the juris-.
diction in regard to the EU
Savings Tax Directive.
Also, Hillary Deveaux, the
Securities Commission's exec-
utive director, said eight
investment funds have already
SEE page 5B

Spending offsets

revenue rise for

59.7% deficit blow

Tribune Business Editor
GROWTH in-the Govern-
ment's recurrent and capital
spending offset improved rev-
enue collection and led to a
"widened deficit" during tlhe
first 11 months of fiscal 2004-
2005, which according to the
Central Bank of the Bahamas
was 59.7 per cent ahead of the
previous year's comparative.
Although better collection
and the improved economy had
enabled total revenues to
increase by 4.9 per cent to
$910.4 million during the first
11 months of fiscal 2004-2005,
total spending increased at a
faster rate 9.9 per cent to

$1.0476 billion.
The data provided in the
Central Bahk's release of
domestic economic develop-
Inents during the 2005 second
quarter again illustrated how
the Government is seemingly
finding it impossible to restrain
recurrent spending.
It is again likely to fuel fears
that the Bahamas is accumulat-
ing too much national debt,
which had risen by 3.4 per cent
to close June 2005 at $2.662 bil-
lion, something that could cause
immense difficulties for future
generations of Bahamians.
If the Bahamas builds up too



Bahamasair: no

material Rita impact

Senior Business
day said it had suffered no
material financial impact as a
result of the Hurricane Rita-
enforced closure of Nassau
International Airport (NIA)
and cancelled flights, Paul
Major, its managing director,
said yesterday.
In an interview with The
Tribune, Mr Major said that
while a number of Bahama-
sair's flights were cancelled
because of Hurricane Rita,
few travellers were impact-
ed because September is usu-
ally a slow month for the air-
line. .
Despite being back-to-.
school month, it is also tra-

ditionally the least busiest
period in the tourism season.
Travellers who were
scheduled to fly on Monday
would likely have been able
to travel later on Tuesday,
once Nassau International
Airport reopened.
Bahamasair flights sched-
uled to depart the airport
between 5pm Monday and
7am Tuesday were cancelled
as the weather deteriorated.
Winds from Rita, which
began the day as a tropical
storm, reached up to 40 mph
in New Providence as it
moved through the central
Bahamas towards the Florida
As a result, passengers
travelling to Freeport, Mia-
mi, Fort Lauderdale and
some of the Family Islands
were affected.

Bahamas urged to seek

10-year cruise line deal

Tribune Business Editor
TI-E Bahamas has been urged to struc-
ture an incentive regime for the cruise
industry, iivolving reductions in per'pas-'
senger departure taxes, around securing
a 10-year commitment from the lines for
calls on Nassau andGrand Bahama on
three and four-night cruises from Florida.
The recommendation, which would also
apply to four and five-night cruises to Nas-
sau and Grand Bahama from the mid-
Atlantic ports, is contained in a report on
Cruise Industry Policies developed for the
Ministry of Tourism by the Florida-based
Management Resource Group (MRG).
The report suggested offering incen-
tives, through departure tax reductions,
for a 10-year commitment by the cruise
lines to "operate specified level of pas-
senger capacity each year" to Nassau and
Grand Bahama.
It added that further departure tax

reductions should be provided for annual
increases in passengers brought to Nas-
sau and Grand Bahama by cruise ships
that did not simply have to call on a
Bahamian port to satisfy the Jones Act.
This piece of US legislation requires all
foreign-flagged cruise ships to call on a
foreign port before returning to the US,
although the cruise industry is lobbying
for this to be repealed.
In addition, the MRG report recom-
mended that the Bahamas structure its
regime so that incentives were paid on
ships from a certain line, rather than allow
them to be consolidated by their corporate
parent, such as Carnival or Royal-
Caribbean. Carnival's cruise brands
include Holland America and Princess.
In its report, which attempts to.develop
a government and private sector consensus
on how the Bahamas should maximise the
benefits from the cruise ship industry,
:iMRG.,said: "There seems to be general
agreement that incentives should be

earned and paid only for the number of
visitors to Nassau and Grand Bahama, or
that those visitors should have greater
importance/weighting than the visitors to-
the private islands.
"MRG agrees that the Bahamas should
not be rewarding or encouraging private
islands visits that are not combined with
other Bahamian islands, and such visitors
should be a source of extra revenue for
the Government, since Bahamian busi-
nesses derive little or no revenue from
The Tribune understands that the
Bahamian private sector believes the sug-
gestion for a 10-15 year commitment from
the cruise lines is excessive, particularly if
the Jones Act is repealed and Cuba opens
Haiti, Turks & Caicos and the Domini-
can Republic also provide alternatives on
the three to four-night cruises, and it is
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What Bahamas can learn from New

Orleans' bad disaster management

is the plan here in the
Bahamas for when disaster
strikes? Is everyone on the
same page? Key to the proper
execution of a plan is that all
involved know what their role
is. These roles cannot be.
assumed, nor marginalised. As
some would argue, all
involved in the plan should
know what part everyone


In an interview given to
CNN on September 5, 2005,
Senator Mary Landrieu, of
Louisiana, said that with so
many different government
units in the area, communica-
tions were critical. But she
said the communications sys-
tem was "entirely dysfunc-
As in the production of a
play or movie, the actors need




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





Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
137(8) of the International Business Companies Act, 2000,
the dissolution of CINETREE INVESTMENTS PTE. LTD.,
has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been
issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the


Pricing Infotrmaton A* Of:
20 Seotember 2005



This hurricane sea-
son, though not
over, will be
remembered for
years to come,
not so much for the devasta-
tion but an apparent lack of
coordination before during
and after the storm. As is the
case in most management sys-
tem failures, human error is
usually the main reason for
the increased loss and destruc-
tion. In my last article, I spoke
about the need for an imme-
diate and adequate response
in an emergency, as became
obvious during the response
to Hurricane Katrina.


However, today I would like
to focus on the plan the city,
the state and the government
has as it pertains to the hurri-
cane. More importantly, what


The Public is hereby advised that I, ROMEL JOSEPH,
of Nassau, Bahamas, intend to change my name to
ROMEL BULLARD. If there are any objections to this
change of name by Deed Pol, 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 Business Companies Act, 2000,
the dissolution of ORWARD HILLS INC., has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and
the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.


Financial Advisors Ltd.


Bid $ Ask $


13.25 ,O


100 0.561
1,000 0.618
45 0.004
589 0.705
1,125 0.695
2,500 0.526
4.678 0.122


1.488 0.960 9.1
0.000 0.800 NM
-0.044 0.000 NM


. ......... .............w :!B a ia B
.3.00 28.00 ABOAB 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%
.0 0.35 RND Holdn s 0.29 04 0.3-0.103 0000 N/M 0.00%
;2wk-HI 52wk-Low Fund Name NAV YTD% Last 12 Months DIv $ Yield %
1.2621 1.1846 Colina Money Market Fund 1.262089"
2.4169 2.0131 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.4189 *
10.5576 10.0000 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 10.55786*..
2.2560 2.1491 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.265981-
1.1273 1.0576 Colina Bond Fund 1,12730.............

BISX ALL SHARE INDEX- 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00 YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing pricE
2Zwk4-H Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and FIdelitj
52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Collns and ftdellit)
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daly volumE Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week
Change Change in closing price from day to dao EPS S A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
Delly Vol. Numfder of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid In the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful
P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month eamningt FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 10(
"- AS AT AUG. 31, 20051 -* AS AT JUL 31, 2004
* AS AT SEPT. 9, 20061 AS AT AUG. 31, 2005/ ..... AS AT AUG. 31, 2.00

Orleans, which can be found
at, it
is outlined in great detail on
the city's website. But how
many persons in the city have
access to the Internet? This
apparent disregard for the so-
called 'have nots' is referred to
by Brian Wolshon, an engi-
neering professor at Louisiana
State University, who served
as a consultant on Louisiana's
evacuation plan. He said lit-
tle attention was paid to the
evacuation of New Orleans's
"low mobility" population -
the elderly, infirm and poor -
who did not own cars or other
means of transportation.
These people totalled about
100,000, according to the Sep-
tember 3, 2005, edition of the
New York Times.
Furthermore, if we review
this website, we see that esti-
mates for evacuation times are
posted. Interestingly, there is
an asterix against these times,
indicating that time during an
evacuation would quadruple.
Thus, as indicated on the New
Orleans city site, on a normal
day a trip to Alexandria would
take four hours. Now, it will
take 16 hours.


We can also see that the
order for mandatory evacua-
tion was not given by Mayor

Ray Nagin until Sunday.
Susan Cutter, a geography
professor at the University of
South Carolina and an emer-
gency-preparedness expert,
said New Orleans's mayor
should have ordered a manda-
tory evacuation' on Thursday
or Friday. She said it would
take at least two to three days
to evacuate New Orleans ful-


The city, if we look at its
layout, is surrounded by water
with a limited a mount of
exits. Additionally, the New
Orleans Hurricane Response
Plan estimates it would take
about 72 hours for residents
to be evacuated.
This is just the beginning of
our discussion, as the apparent'
poor,management of this
event will dictate how
response plans are adminis-
tered in the future. See you
next week.

NB: Gamal Newry is the
president of Preventative
Measures, a law enforcement
and security consulting com-
pany. Comments can be sent
to PO Box N-3154 Nassau,
Bahamas, or e-mail preven-

BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as
a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows
y.aes qnw~ gigs. p/ should
-granted, shoud send a written .h signed, statement otha
facts within twenty-eight days fro.nthi 21 ST'dyoif
SEPTEMBER, 2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality-
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,' Bahamas.

BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why registration/,
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written and
signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 21ST
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 in accordance with Section
137(8) of the international Business Companies Act, 2000,
the dissolution of CREDITION LIMITED, has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and
the Company has therefore been' struck off the Register.





Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
137(8) of the international Business Companies Act, 2000,
the dissolution of PAVERNITE INC., has been completed;
a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the Company
has therefore been struck off the Register.


Safe & Secure

to know the role played by attacks our own Straw Mar-
each participant to the point, ket Fire, that in some
in some instances, where they instances the rescuer must
may even need to act the part. become the rescued.

Recognise Emergency

We must now recognise, as In reviewing the emergency
seen during the September 11 plan for the city of New


is hereby given that ROLIN-MOI-MEME, P.O.BOX N-120,
NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as
a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any
reason why registration/ naturalization should not be granted,
should send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 21st day of SEPTEMBER, 2005 to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box
N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

0.80 Abaco Markets
8.00 Bahamas Property Fund
5.55 Bank of Bahamas
0.70 Benchmark
1.40 Bahamas Waste
0.87 Fidelity Bank
6.90 Cable Bahamas
1.69 Colina Holdings
6.75 Commonwealth Bank
0.67 Doctor's Hospital
3.85 Famguard
9.25 Finco
6.99 FirstCaribbean
8.31 Focol
1.27 Freeport Concrete
9.60. ICD Utilities
8.20 J.S. Johnson
4.36 Kerzner International BDRs
10.00 Premier Real Estate
S2wtk-Low Symbol
12.50 Bahamas Supermarkets
10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref)
0.40 RND Holdings

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much debt, and is unable to ser-
vice the repayments, it may
have to be bailed out by the
International Monetary Fund
(IMF), something that would
cause this nation to lose control
over its economy.
Tax receipts for the first 11
months of fiscal 2004-2005
increased by 8.2 per cent to
$840.2 million, but recurrent
spending rose by 6.8 per cent to
$927.3 million.
The Central Bank report
revealed that the Government's

CAPITAL, from Page 1B

capital spending rose by 38 per
cent to $77.1 million, while its
net lending to the public corpo-
rations, such as Bahamasair,
grew by 45.5 per cent to $43.2
During the 11 months to May
2005, the Government financed
its spending through $200 mil-
lion worth of bonds, $13.1 mil-
lion in issued Treasury bills, and
$5.7 million in advances from
the Central Bank. All this debt

financing was raised in the
Bahamas, avoiding the need to
accumulate foreign debt.
As a result, the direct charge
on the Government rose by 3.4
per cent to $2.173 billion.
Meanwhile, increases in occu-
pancy and room rates among
hotels in Nassau and Paradise
Island enabled the industry to
enjoy "sustained expenditure
growth", offsetting an 8.3 per
cent drop in total arrivals to 1.29

million. Air.and sea arrivals
were down by 0.9 per cent and
11.6 per cent respectively, com-
pared to year-earlier increases of
9.8 per cent and 23.2 per cent
Arrivals to Grand Bahama
were down by 20 per cent,
although visitors to New Provi-
dence and the Family Islands
also fell by 8.1 per cent and 2
per cent respectively.
The Central Bank report said:
"The Ministry of Tourism's sur-
vey of large hotel properties

Bahamas urged to seek deal

FROM page one

understood that the private sector views a
five-year agreement as more achievable.
MRG suggested in its report that the
Bahamas could offer a $1 per head
reduction in departure taxes in year six
of a 10-year agreement, with no reduc-
tion for the first five years. The incen-
tive would involve reducing the depar-
ture tax by an additional $1 for every
year after year six, meaning a $2 reduc-
tion in year seven, $3 in year eight and
so on.
"The reductions would be payable in
each of years six to 10 that the compa-
ny's number of visitors was above its
year one volume," the report said.
"Based on the two to five-day cruise

capacity of 900,000 berths reported for
2003 by the Cruise Lines International
Association (CLIA), the total financial
exposure for the Bahamas would be
about $1 million in year six and up to $5
million in year 10 and beyond."
MRG also suggested basing incentives
on current year visitors compared to
prior year visitors brought in by a cruise
line. It said that for every 1 per cent
growth in visitor numbers to Nassau and
Grand Bahama, a 2 per cent reduction
in departure taxes could be applied to
the extra visitors only.
However, the MRG report also
warned: "There is good reason to ques-
tion whether financial incentives, such
as reduction in departure taxes, can be
effective in attracting new business or

even holding existing business. Such
incentives may be primarily of value as
a trade-off to secure other goals, as the
cruise lines essentially pass along taxes
as a non-commissionable add-on to the
cruise fare.
"Given the substantial revenue and
profit base of the major cruise lines,
and the importance of onboard revenues
to their total profitability, the depar-
ture taxes are relatively modest consid-
erations, and a large percentage reduc-
tion would be required to equal an
absolute dollar value per passenger that
would be meaningful to the cruise lines.
"Other factors, such as the need to
meet the foreign port requirement and
have a marketable, competitive itiner-
ary, will have greater weight."


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.

S ii 3

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.

Manager of Store Training & Development

Oversight of 60,000 sq. ft. Super Center
Upgrade standard and controls of retail store
Co-ordinate & manage 'on the job training' program
for store management
Minimum of 15 years experience managing a large
scale retail operation
Proven ability to grow sales
Expertise in store marketing and merchandising
Good communication skills both oral and written
Proficiency in Computer skills
Willingness to travel to inter island locations

Please submit resume via e-mail:

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In response to its continuing growth, a full-service design, engineering, and environmental consulting
firm is seeking engineers, scientists and other technical professionals to support project opportunities
in the industrial and major commercial sectors. Professional applicants should have expertise and
experience in any of the following areas:
* Environmental (qualification in Chemical, Environmental or Civil Engineering, or
Environmental Science or Specialty)
* Mechanical/Systems Design (qualification in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering)
* Instrumentation, Controls and Automation (Chemical, Electrical, Instrument or
Mechanical Engineering)
* Civil/Structural Engineering
* Engineering CAD Drafting
* Geographic Information Systems
* Construction Management
* Quality Compliance Management
* Quantity Surveying
Applicants should send detailed resumes and qualifications to:

Phoenix Engineering Group Ltd.
Attn: Managing Director
P.O. Box F-43741
Freeport, Grand Bahama

\. EnBineering G ronmd


indicated that average nightly
room gains of 0.3 percent for
the six months to June was aug-
mented by a 7.3 per cent
increase in nightly room sales, to
secure estimated room revenue
growth of 7.6 per cent to $171.4
The sale of the three Cable
Beach resorts to Baha Mar
Development Company the
Government-owned Radisson
Cable Beach and reclaiming tax-
es owed by Philip Ruffin's Nas-
sau Beach Hotel and Wyndham
Crystal Palace generated for-
eign currency inflows that
caused a 25.8 per cent expan-

sion in the banking system's net
free cash balances to $291.2 mil-
The construction sector
gained further momentum, with
hurricane rebuilding efforts rein-
forcing the rally in residential
properties, the Central Bank
"Industry data confirmed the
buoyancy in housing market
activity, as the number of resi-
dential mortgage commitments
for new construction and repairs
more than doubled, to 459 from
213, with the corresponding val-
ue also higher by $37.8 million at
$56.8 million," the report said.


plan Career

Fest for


THE 2005 Financial Ser-
vices Industry Careers Fest
will be held on October 11-
f2 at Sandals Royal
Bahamian Hotel & Spa.
The Bahamas Financial
Services Board's (BFSB)
executive director, Wendy
Warren, is shown here with
representatives from the
Ministries of Education,
Finance and Financial Ser-
vices and Investments,
sponsors of the annual
The Careers Fest is co-
sponsored by the Rotary
Club of East Nassau and
Rotary Sunrise, and targets
senior students in sec-
ondary schools throughout
New Providence. Its objec-
tive is to showcase the
breadth of careers avail-
able within the sector.
to R are Zoe Powell,
senior education officer,
Ministr v qf Education;
Veronica Owens, Parlia-
menlarv SecretarY at the
Millislry of Education;
Wentlv Warren; Errolee
Conli ffe, Ministr y of'
Financial Services and
Investments; and Dever
Fernander, Ministry Qf





SEPT 22,2005


Whereas William Glen Roberts, of St. Matthew's
Parish, in the Eastern District of the Island of New Providence,
one of the Islands of Commonwealth of The Bahamas has
made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas for
letters of Administration of the real and personal estate of
Henry Roberts a.k.a. Henry Isaacs Roberts, late, of St.
Matthew's Parish in the Eastern District of the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, deceased.
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

SEPT 22,2005


Robinson Road, Southern District, New Providence, one of
the Islands of Commonwealth of The Bahamas, the only son,
has made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas
for letters of Administration of the real and personal estate
of MILDRED JOHNSON, late, of Robinson Road, Southern
District of the Island of New Providence, one of the Islands
of Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.
Notice is hereby given that such applications
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date thereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

SEP22, 2005


Whereas ELEAZOR T. ROLLE, JR., of Apt #2
Car erfDriVe, C imichaeFRlbad, Western Disticdt, New
Providence, oe of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, the Creditor, has made application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas for Letters of Administration as a
Creditor of the real and personal estate of ELEAZOR ROLLE
SR., late, of Rolle Avenue, off Wulff Road, Eastern District,
New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, deceased.
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

SEPT 22,2005


IN THE ESTATE OF Richard L.Anderton, late
of 206 SE East Street, Stuart, in the State of
Florida, one of the United States of America,

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourteen
days from the date hereof, application will be made to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas on its Probate Side by
LOUREY C. SMITH, of No. 4 George Street in the City of
Nassau in the Island of New Providence, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney-at-Law, is
the Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas for Resealing a
Grant of Letters of Administration in the above estate granted
to RICHARD L. ANDERTON by The Circuit Court, Martin
Country in the State of Florida, one of the United States of
America on the 27th day of May A.D. 2003.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

SEPT 22,2005


In the Estate of JACK V. CROYLE, late of Spring
Hill, Hernando County, United States of America
and formerly of 159 Spring Street, Woonsocket,
United States of America,

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourteen
days from the date hereof, application will be made to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas on its Probate Side by
DONNA M. HARDING-LEE, of Dowdeswell & Deveaux
Streets, New Providence, The Bahamas, Attorney-at-Law, is,
the Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas for obtaining the
Resealed Letters of Administration in the above estate granted
to JOHN C. CROYLE, the Personal Representative, by the
Circuit Court for Hemando County, Florida, Probate Division,
on the of November; 2004.

T. Cumberbatchk
(for) Registrar

SEPT 22,2005


MICHELLE MARSHALL of Coral Heights, New
Providence, The Bahamas, has made application to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas for Letters of Administration
the real and personal estate of SANDY MARSHALL, late,
of Coral Heights, New Providence, The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date hereof.

T. Cumberbatch
(for) Registrar

SEPT 22,2005


Vincent Road, New Providence, The Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas for Letters
of Administration the real and personal estate of MUTEL
BUTTLER, late, of Seabreeze Lane, New Providence, The
Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

SEPT 22, 2005


Whereas Samuel Arthur, of the Western District of
the Island of New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made application to
the Supreme Court of The Bahamas for Letters of
Administration of the real and personal Estate of Willard
Martian Johnson-Hall, late, of Martin Street in the Southern
District of the Island of New Providence, one of the Islands
,f the -Coxpmgnwealth o The.,Bahamas, deceased.
Stice s ere h applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date thereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

SEPT 22, 2005


In the Estate of SEYMOUR S. EPSTEIN, late,
of 119 Carthage Road, Scarsdale in the State of New
York, one of the States of the United States of
deceased. -

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourten
days from the date hereof, application will be made to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas on its Probate Side by
BRUNO A. ROBERTS, of Old Post House, Prospect Ridge
of the Western District, New Providence, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, The Executive
Director of the Private Trust Corporation Limited, is the
Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas, for the Resealed Grant
of Letters of Testamentary in the above estate granted to
Samuel P. Epstein how deceased. By the Surrogate's Court
in the State of New York the County of Westchester, U.S.A,
on the 21st day of September, 1996.
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

SEP 22, 2005


Spanish Wells, St. George's Cay, The Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas for Letters
of Administration with the Will annexed of the'real and
personal Estate of CARL STANFORD PINDER, late, of
Spanish Wells, St, George's Cay, The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 21 days from the date

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

SEPT 22, 2005


Whereas Simeon R. Brown, of West End, on the
Island of Grand Bahama, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made application to
the Supreme Court of The Bahamas for Letters of
Administration the real and personal estate of Oglita Brown,
late, of West End in the Island of Grand Bahama, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 21 days from the
date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

SEPT 22,2005


IN THE ESTATE OF Anna S. Phillips aka Anna
R. Philips, late of No. 221 Burgandy E. on the
City of Delray Beach in the County of Palm Beach,
in the State of Florida, one of the States of the
United States of America, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourten
days from the date hereof, application will be made to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas on its Probate Side by
ROLAND J. LOWE of Port New Providence in the City-of
Nassau, in the Island of New Providence, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney-at-Law, is -
the Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas for Resealing a
Grant of Letters of Administration in the above estate granted
to EDWARD J. ELIN, by The Circuit Court, in and for Palm
Beach County in the State of Florida one of the states of the
United States of America on the 12th day of September A.D.
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registra

SEPT, 22 2005


Whereas Khalil Simon Moses Jr., of No. 6 Park
Place, Little Blair, in the Eastern District of the Island of New
Providence one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas for Letters of Administration of the real and personal
Estate of Khalil Simon Moses, late of No. 6 Park Place,
Little Blair, in the Eastern District, on the Island of New
Providence, one of ths.lanl,pf,tfC pmunonwealth of The
Bahamas, deceased. .. 'f

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

SEPT 22,2005


Whereas Joanne Stewart-Thylor, aka Jodi Stewart-
Taylor, of Sea Beach Estates, in the Western District of the
Island of New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of the Bahamas, has made application to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas for Letters of Administration
the real and personal estate of John Patrick Taylor, late, of
Sea Beach Estates in the Western District of the Island of
New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of the Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

SEPT 22,2005


Whereas Bateman Bain, of Nassau East North, in
the Western District of the Island of New Providence, one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas for Letters
of Administration of the real and personal Estate of Eva Alma
Bain, aka Alina Pinder Bain, late, of Sea Beach Estates in
the Western District of the Island of New Providence one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. deceased

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the date

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

SEPT 22, 2005


Whereas Carl Allan Brice of No. 13 Star Lane North,
Sunshine Park, in the Southern District of the Island of New



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Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme Court of the
Bahamas for Letters of Administration with the Will Annexed
of the real and personal Estate of John Brice late of Queen's
Highway, McKann's, Long Island, one of the Island of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 21 days from the
date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

SEPT 22, 2005


Whereas PAULINE PARKER-KEMP of Freeport,
Grand Bahama, one of the Islands ofihe Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, the Lawful Widow, has made application to
the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for letters of
Administration of the real and personal estate of REUBEN
GODWIN KEMP, late, of #51 Margaret Place, Sunrise
Subdivision, Freeport, Grand Bahama, one of the Islands of
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 21 days from the
date hereof. -

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

SEP 22, 2005


Whereas SHARON ROLLE of Freeport, Grand
Bahama, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, the Lawful Widow, has made application to the.
Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of Administration
as a Creditor of the real and personal estate of LIVINGSTON
CHARLES ROLLE, late, of 294 John Rut Lane, Freeport,.
Grand Bahama, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 21 days from the
date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar -

SEPT 22,2005


WhereGiegory-RonaldThonipson, of Fire Trail
in the Southern District of the Island of New Providence, one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has
made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas for
Letters of Administration of the real and personal estate of
Leonard John Thompson, late, of Kennedy Subdivision in
the Southern District of the Island of New Providence, one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date thereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

SEPT 22,2005


late of Greenaway Cottage, 3 Addendum Lane,
Pembroke Parish in the Island of Bermuda,

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourteen
days from the date hereof, application will be made to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas on its Probate Side by
DOLLY P. YOUNG, of Nassau East North, Eastern District,
New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, is the Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas
for the Resealed Grant ofProbate in the above estate granted
CALDWELL, the Executrices, of the Supreme Court of
Bermuda on the 5th day of August, 2004

Desiree Robinson

(for) Registrar

SEPT 22,2005


Whereas HOWARD BEVANS of the Settlement of
Hawksbill, Grand Bahama, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, the Son, has made
appuca-tionltohe-SupremeCourtofThe Bahamas for Letters
of Administration the real and persona-festate of MIRIAM
BEVANS, late, of No. 7 Abaco Drive in the Settlement of
Hawksbill, Grand Bahama, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 21 days from the
date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

SEPT 22, 2005


Whereas Lloydel Ellis, of Andros Avenue, on the
Island of New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made application to
the Supreme Court of The Bahamas for Letters of
Administration of the real and personal estate of Brenda-
Mae Smith Ellis, late, of Andros Avenue, the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

SEPT 22,2005


Whereas Lennard Miller, of St. Lucia Road, Golden
Gates on the Island of New Provide*nce one of the Islands of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made application
to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas for Letters of
Administration of the real and personal Estate of Kathy Ann
Miller, late, of St. Lucia Road, Golden Gates on the Island
of New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

SEPT 22, 2005


,,.Fortune Village, Freeport, Gia Bhahama, one of the Islands
C. the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, Attorney By Deed of
Power of Attorney for GREGORY PHILIP GEORGE
ARANHA, JR., the Lawful Son, has made application to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of Administration
de bonis non of the real and personal estate of GREGORY
PHILIP GEORGE ARANHA, SR., late of No. 10 Helmlane,
Midshipman Road, Freeport, Grand Bahama, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 21 days from the
date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

SEP 22, 2005


Close off Firetrail Road, Western District, New Providence,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
the son has made application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas for Letters of Administration of the real and personal
Estate of BRENDON\GORDON FORBES, late, of Joan's
Height, Southern District, New Providence, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the date

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

SEPT 22,2005


In the Estate of JOHN C. MCKIE a.k.a.J.
CLARENCE MACKIE, late of 7316
Manatee Avenue West Bradenton, Florida,
USA., deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourteen
days from the date hereof, application will be made to the

Supreme Court of The Bahamas on its Probate Side by
DEANNE C. PYFROM, of The Western District, New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, is the Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas for the
Resealed Grant of Letters of Administration in the above
estate granted to ROBERT M. ELLIOT, the Personal
Representative, by the Superior Court of Florida, County of
Manatee in the State of Florida, U.S.A., on the 27th day of
April 2004

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

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:
P.O. Box N-7544
or email

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Studio, from Page 1B
will be shot, due to Disney's especially attractive for other pro-
tight production schedule. ductions the Bahamas Film Stu-
"We have all our initial designs, dios was looking to attract.
and are putting together a pack- Effectively, the Pirates of the
age for the Government to Caribbean II and III films will
review," Mr Quigley said. be the gateway for developing a
Much logistical work had film and television production
already been done for the 141- industry in the Bahamas that "can
room property, and he added; be counted on by other compa-
"We are moving forward and nies".
have a lot of people in place Mr Quigley said: "Producers
pulling together different aspects, will come to us for pictures down
and once we are clear on the the road, and say:"The Bahamas:
exact location of the hotel and What do you have to offer there?
get a preliminary environmental Does anyone have any experi-
impact assessment, hopefully ence?' The more people you can
we'll be moving forward with that put to them, the less people they
pretty quickly." have to bring in, and that makes it
The Government has previ- much more interesting for them.
ously said that filming Pirates of "The Disney machinery will
the Caribbean II and III at the not only be training people, but
Bahamas Film Studios would have them qualified and avail-
inject between $30-$40 million able for the next production. You
into the Grand Bahama econo- learn far more by being .there and
my, providing that island with a working with professionals than
much-needed shot in the arm as it in school. There's definitely great
continued its recovery from the opportunities for those interested
September 2004 hurricanes, in a career.
Mr Quigley yesterday revealed "If we can maintain some kind
that the Disney film crews had of consistency of production, it
booked a total of 65,000 room will keep these people employed
nights on Grand Bahama for and help develop an indigenous
shooting the film, and were industry a little quicker."
spread between Our Lucaya's The Bahamas Film Studios has
Sheraton and Westin properties, not booked any other productions
plus Pelican Bay. Separately, The for after Pirates of the Caribbean
Tribune has been told that Disney II and III is completed, as it want-
film crew members are taking up ed to give Disney some flexibility
at least 400 rooms at the Sheraton to complete everything it need-
alone. ed to do.
Gold Rock Creek itself was still "We're still looking at other
employing 70 construction work- movies, and once we get finished
ers on developing the studio infra- shooting for Disney, we'll be fol-
structure, and Mr Quigley said lowing up on other leads we've
the company had been buying been looking at," said Mr
much of its building materials Quigley.
from suppliers on Grand "There's an incredible amount
Bahama. of interest, but.we're not in a posi-
"We've been very pressed and tion to give a schedule yet."
it makes life a lot easier by buying It has taken Mr Quigley and
locally," Mr Quigley said. "We the Bahamas Film Studios some
have accounts with all the suppli- five-and-a-half years to get to this
ers in Freeport who are constant- point, having begun negotiations
ly supplying materials to the site." on getting the project approved
The Bahamas Film Studios had under the former FNM govern-
also been "using a lot" of small ment. It was the current adminis-
Bahamian contractors, such as tration that signed the Heads of
electricians. Agreement for the development,
The Disney contingent for one of the first it agreed upon
Pirates of the Caribbean II and taking office.
III numbered about 400, and Mr "It's been a long haul, but it's
Quigley said the company had certainly been all worthwhile and
"hired a significant number of it's wonderful to see it all hap-
Bahamians in so many areas", pening," Mr Quigley said.
including extras and production Gold Rock Creek Enterprises
assistants. Many of Disney's had earlier this year taken out a
departments heads had already $10 million construction loan to
spent three weeks on Grand finance completion of Phase I
Bahama doing preparatory work. development at the Bahamas
He explained that the Disney Film Studios, which included
production would further accel- the water tank the world's
erate development.of an indige-, largest.
nous .:fik4indA sty" ian d e-,s s.News oftheloan was contained
Bahamas, as those, hied. for in a statement from Ashby Cor-
Pirates of the Caribbean if and .poriation, theBermuda-registered
III would learn skills through on- parent for Gold Rock Creek
the-job training that would be Enterprises.

EU Savings Tax could

aid nation's bank sector

FROM page one

left the Bahamas as a result of concerns over the directive.
The EU Savings Tax Directive initially called on all
EU members to exchange information on non-resident
savings accounts held in each of their countries, to ensure
that their beneficiaries were not evading taxes at home.
However, several jurisdictions, most notably for the
Bihamas, Switzerland and Luxembourg, secured an 'opt
out' from the information sharing provisions. Instead,
they will impose a withholding tax on non-resident sav-
ings accounts, starting at 15 per cent and rising to 35 per
cent by 2011.
In doing so, they effectively dealt a blow to the Organ-
isation for Economic Co-Operation and Development's
(OECD) 'harmful tax practices' initiative, which was
relying on information exchange.


Eng i

Champions lose their

pp second consecutive game


champions Calvary Deliver-
ance suffered their second
consecutive loss so far in the
S Baptist Sports Council's 2005
softball season.
Lynden Gaitor produced a
RBI double, scoring Ken
Forbes with the game's win-
ning run for Macedonia Bap-
tist in the bottom of the fourth
inning as they pulled off a 10-
9 victory over Calvary Deliv-
erance on Saturday at the
-. Baillou Hills Sporting Com-
It was Macedonia's second
straight triumph, joining last
year's runners-up New Beth-
lehem at the top of the stand-
ings. New Bethlehem, who
handed Calvary Deliverance
their first loss during the sea-
son opener, clobbered Golden
Gates 20-5.
Calvary Bible climbed to 1-
*- 1 handing Mount Tabor an 8-
7 decision in their season
opener and Faith United
secured an 11-8 win over
Jubilee Ministries as both

Macedonia beat

Calvary Deliverance

teams played their season
Here's a summary of the
games played over the week-
Macedonia 10, Calvary
Deliverance 9: Ken Forbes
had a perfect 3-for-3 day with
a pair of triples and a double,
driving in three mates and
scoring as many runs, includ-
ing the game winner on
Gaitor's hit.
Gaitor also went 3-for-3
with three RBIs. Michael
Thompson had one hit, but
scored two runs to help
Harold 'Banker' Fritzgerald
pick up the win. He also
helped his own cause with two
hits with an RBI and a run

Marvin Dean was 2-for-3
with a two-run homer, finish-
ing with three RBIs and' two
runs scored; Taja Wright was
3-for-3 with an RBI and two
runs; Brad Wood Sr had a
pair of hits, driving in one and
scoring twice and Jason
Clarke was 2-for-3 with a run.
Brad Wood Jr was tagged
with the loss,
E New Bethlehem 20,
Golden Gates 5: Alcott
Forbes went 3-for-3 with a
three-run homer, driving in a
total of four runs and he
scored twice. Dumont Char-
low was 3-for-4 with two runs
Wesley Forbes was also 2-
for-4 with an RBI and two
runs scored and Eugene Bain,
Philip Rolle and Val Munroe

all had two hits, driving in two
runs. While Bain scored three
times, Rolle and Munroe
came home twice.
Munroe also went the dis-
tance for the win on the
mound over Hosea Wallace.
Ivan 'Showtime' Francis
had a pair of hits with as many
RBIs, scoring a run for the
losers, while John Webb had
two hits, scoring twice and
Ricardo Major and Glenn
Minus both had two, but only
Major scored a run.
N Calvary Bible 8, Mount
Tabor 7: Robin Shepherd
went 2-for-3 with a double
and a two-run homer, scoring
twice and Greth Lewis was 2-
for-2 with a run scored to lead
the winners.
Darren Rogers also had a
double, scoring twice, Marvin
Nairn had a pair of doubles
with an RBI, scoring twice
and Julian Lockhart went 2-
Bursil Bradshaw picked up
the win on the mound over
David Brown.
Lamar Walkins went 2-for-

3 with two runs scored to lead
the losers as Brown helped
his own cause with a single
and a run scored. Sean Cul-
mer and Keith Cox both sin-
gled and scored a run.
N Faith United 11, Jubilee 8:
Sandy Morley went 2-for-2 with"
three runs scored and Julius Sey-
mour had a two-run single, scor-
ing a run to pace Faith United.
Ryan Wilson had a pair of
doubles, scoring a run, while Jer-
maine Beneby also had two hits,
scoring a run and Colin 'Troppy'
Knowles had a double, scoring a
run to aid his winning cause on
the mound.
The Rev. Stephen Duncombe
had a two-run double, scoring
a run to help his cause in a losing
effort for his youthful Jubilee
squad. Gerald Major had a dou-
ble as well, scoring two runs and
Yuri Hepburn had a solo home
The BSC will take a break
this weekend, due to the funer-
al service of the mother of
Kendal Rolle, the basketball
director. Games will resume on
October 1.

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a day

Senior Sports
Leonard 'Boston Blackie'
Miller has retired from
boxing, bringing an end to
his long and illustrious
career as a coach the past
45 years.
The 68-year-old founder
of the Bahamas Youth
Sporting Club, which he
established out of the CC
Sweeting Secondary High.
School where he taught
physical education for
more than four decades,
said he's stepping down.

Out of the nine-member
national team that won
this year's CABA title,
Miller said two of those
boxers came from the
Simpson Penn School,
which he trained, and they
both returned with gold
As he walks away from
the sport, Miller said
he doesn't have any
"My goal was to have a
boxer win a gold medal at
the highest level at the
Olympic Games," Miller
noted. "I hdd three boxers
in Andre Seymour, Stevie
Larrimore and Nat
Knowles. That's my
In leaving the sport,
Miller thanked the follow-
ing for helping to assist
him in his programme:
Randolph Minnis,
owner of Minnis Service
State and Parts.
Holbert Feed Supply,
who sponsored his boxers'
Hector Smith, who
like his father, the late
Harry Smith, sponsored
boxing equipment and
Arlington Bulter and
the Bahamas Olympic
Association for their
assistance with boxing
Artic Water and Par-
adise Bottling, without
who, his club, Bahamas
Youth Sporting Club,
would have closed down
four years ago.
Craig 'Magic' Walkine
of Price Busters.
Adrian D'Aguilar of
"If I failed to mention
any other sponsor, please
forgive me for such an
omission is not out of
Singratitude, but rather out
of a lapse of memory," he
summed up.

FINE tuning will be the major focus for the
29-member bodybuilding team, set to travel to the
Central American and Caribbean Bodybuilding
Championships (CAC).
With less than a week to go before travel day,
tfle Bahamas Bodybuilding Federation confirmed
that the team members are now putting the pol-
ishing touches on their routines.
The CAC championships, the biggest regional
championships, are set to take place September
28th-October 2nd, in Aruba.
The Bahamas, who placed fourth in last year's
competition are better their
performance, especially after adding to the num-
ber of bodybuilders competing in the fitness sec-
Winning five of the seven CAC titles will not be
an easy task, but, according to president Danny
Sumner, all the bodybuilders are accepting the
He said: "We are up to the challenge. All the

athletes have prepared themselves both mental-
ly and physically for the competition.
"I believe that this year's team is a good selec-
Competing in the middleweight division for
the Bahamas will be Jay Darling, Raymond Tuck-
er in the masters and mixed pairs division, Antho-
ny Miller, light middleweight; Lyden Fowler,
lightweight and Paul Wilson in the men's bantam
weight division.
Gina Mackey will lead the women's squad,.
competing in the heavyweight; Etta Malcom and
Paula Riley in the lightweight division.
"The finishing touches are being added the fit-
ness routines," said Sumner.
"With the combination we have, we are looking
to place high in this year's competition.
"We know the strength will come from the.
other Caribbean countries that are positioned;
deep in the south, but we will also be a force to.
reckon with.
"Last year we finished up fourth with only five
competitors, this year we have 29 members so
the championship will be in reach.
"We've beaten all'the teams before."

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Junior Sports Reporter
THE battle for the title of the'
strongest Bahamian male and
female will be up for grabs this
Sunday at the Stephen Dillette
Primary School Auditorium.
The Bahamas Powerlifting,
Association (BPA) will host
their annual national champi-
onships, which will coincide with
the association's 25th anniver-
sary and silver jubilee.
The association also hopes to
select the top finishers to com-
pete in the Pan American
Regional championships
and the World Cup Champi-
Both championships are set
for November 8th-13th, in Mia-
mi, Florida.
Team spots for the Pan
American Regional champi-
onships are the only ones up for
grabs at the BPA's national
President Rex Burnside
reconfirmed that White will be
the sole competitor for the
Bahamas at the World Cup
He added: "We will be send-

Strongest male .and

female: titles up for grabs

ing a team down to the compe-
titions, but the association has
decided to send only one
person to the World Champi-
"We decided on Leslie White,
looking at the pool of talent
there: The association will select
10 powerlifters for the Pan
American Regional champi-

Although the sport was offi-
cially introduced to the
Bahamas 25 years, ago, Burn-
side is expecting some fierce.
He believes that the novice
lifters will add an extra spice to
the competition, which will also
feature top lifters from Grand
He said. "This year's compe-
tition is going to be very fierce,

particular among the newcom-
"We are going to see at least
60 per cent of newcomers step-
ping up into the ranks on Sun-
"They will be replacing many
of the older lifters, who have
been around for some time. I
don't think we will see some of
them this weekend.
"But there will be rivalries,
especially among the new com-
. e rs .. .... .... ..
Some names of novice lifters
are Ruth Smith, Bernadette
Bannister, Leany Diaz, Kevin
Dames add Alphonso Canter.
With the newcomers trying to
steal the show, Burnside is cer-
tain that veteran lifter Leslie
White will dazzle the crowd.
White will be powering up the
bar in the heavyweight division.
According to Burnside,
White's biggest competition in

this division will be Kenrad
White's strength displayed in
past championships has levied
him to be the top lifter at the
25th annual championships.

Burnside said: "We are
expecting a big performance
from Leslie White, we are also
looking to see him as the overall
winner in the competition.
"But before we can crown
him, we will have to warn the
public that Leslie's biggest com-
petition will come from Ken-
The team coming in from
Grand Bahama will be headed
by Bernard Rolle, who will be
competing in the super heavy-
weight division.
Rolle and Eugene Beckford,
from New Providence, will be

the only two competitors in this
Although Burnside is pleased
with the number of people
signed on to compete, he
believes that the participation
number could have been dou-
bled,, if they had received the
cooperation of some of the
neighbouring gyms.
He said: "What we've been
going through for the last couple
of months is a recruitment pro-
gramme, trying to get some of
the younger persons interested.
"Unfortunately, we got hit
with three different blows,
because we had three major
gyms closed down in the last
couple of months.
"This knocked off many of
our young and upcoming lifters.
"So many of the people we
had at the beginning of the year,
and even last year, fell by the
wayside, because there is no
gym in their immediate area."
Despite the decline'in num-
bers, the association is using the
nationals as a booster for other
upcoming tournaments.
The weigh-ins for the nation-
al competition are set for 8am -
9:30am, at the primary school's

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0 BAHAMIAN art historian, Dr Krista Thompson, pours through old photographs at The Tribune's archives. She is searching for photographs taken by over-the-hill photographers between
the 1940s and independence for an upcoming exhibition at the National Art Gallery.
(Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune staff)

Aiming to put over-the-hill

photographers in the picture


THE old 'adage, "like looking
for a needle in a haystack" has
taken on new meaning for a
Bahamian art historian who is
hoping to show a side of photog-
raphy in the Bahamas that has
long been ignored and may be in
danger of being forgotten.
Dr Krista Thompson, an asso-
ciate professor of African Dias-
pora Art at Northwestern Uni-
versity, hopes to curate an exhi-
bition for the National Art
Gallery on over-the-hill photog-
raphers, in an attempt to con-
struct an alternate history of pho-
tography in the Bahamas one
that focuses on Bahamian pho-
tographers taking photographs of
their community.
And she is learning first-hand
the challenges of researching in a
culture that until more recently
appears to have placed little
'importance on preserving and
recording its visual arts; and per-
haps more importantly, explor-
ing what that voit may say about
race and class in the Bahamas.
"Black photographers weren't
covered by the newspapers. There
is a wealth of information on the
Bay Street photographers, (but)
over-the-hill photographers
weren't featured in either news-
paper (The Guardian and The
Tribune), so there is no sense of
who they were. And (over-the-
hill photographers) didn't have a
sense of the importance of their
own history," Thompson told The
Arts in an interview.
What Thompson is looking for
are photographs, taken mostly in-
studio, by a specific group of
over-the-hill photographers -

Dr Krista Thompson attempts to construct

alternative history of Bahamian photography

Stanley Alexander, Rudolph
Duncombe, A E Armbrister,
Maxwell Stubbs, Stanford Sawyer
and "Mr Cherry" between the
1940s and independence. I
The right photographs, she
says, will provide a "snapshot" of
life in that community during that
era how people of that particu-
lar class presented themselves,
what occasions were important
to them.


This exhibition will not be a
nostalgic collection of images of
barefoot, wide-eyed children in
front of clapboard houses, nor of
women walking "to market" with
baskets on their heads, but a
vision of photography of the
Bahamas at a particular period,
promises Thompson.
But two months of combing
through newspapers, interview-
ing the only surviving photogra-
pher (Maxwell Stubbs) on her list,
and trying to track down their rel-
atives and past clients, has turned
up relatively little.
Her challenge is that the
archives for these photographs,
which were not taken for public
consumption, exist in private
homes and offices or in boxes
stored away by photographers'

relatives who may not realise how
valuable historically and finan-'
cially these collections can be.
"I was looking for people who
had caches of photographs and
negatives, but I've discovered that
there aren't any caches of these
materials," says Thompson.
What Thompson has discov-
ered is that in most cases, decades
of work, in the form of negatives,
have been thrown away or cast
aside without much thought. This,.
she says, is a further indication
that the over-the-hill community
did not see itself as an historical
subject, nor was it considered one
by the record keepers of the day.
Without quality examples of
these photographers' work, it will
be very difficult to mount the
exhibition. But if Thompson is
able to pull it off this will repre-
sent an alternative history to the
"Bahamian Visions: Photographs
1870-1920", an exhibition which
she curated for the NAGB in
In that exhibition, Thompson
used colonial photographs of the
Bahamas to show how the coun-
try was represented to the out-
side world- not necessarily how it
was, but how they thought it
should be.
The subjects were often "trop-
ical palm trees, market women,
policemen, Junkanoos and spaces

like the Queen's Staircase or Gre-
gory's Arch and continue to
inhabit representations of, the
islands in contemporary society,
both in photographs and other
artistic mediums", writes Thomp-
son in her essay for the exhibi-o
tion's catalogue.


"It is possible that many artists
in the Bahamas paint in what cin
be described as a photo-realislic
style because of the endurii.g
influence of these early photo-
graphic images on the artistic arid
visual imagination of some
Bahamians," she continues.
When Thompson was working
on "Bahamian Visions", the pho-
tographs were "relatively" easy
to track down, mainly because,
the images were more accessible.
But the Bahamas' place in recordJ
ing its visual culture was painful-
ly obvious.
Thompson, who did extensive,
research in the region for her
PhD thesis on photography in the
Anglophone Caribbean, predicts
that the Bahamas is about 100
years behind the rest of the
Caribbean when it comes to
keeping track of its visual culture.
Jamaica, for example, started
to record its art, and practically

everything Jamaican, in 1874 with
the establishment of the Institute
of Jamaica.. It established its.
National Gallery in the 1970s, not.
long after the country gained its
independence. Thompson also
points out that very few private
'citizens took it upon 'themselves
to do their own record keeping.
And while recording the visual
arts and culture has dome a long
way in the Bahamas, especially
with the opening of the National
Art Gallery, the country still has
far to go, especially when it comes
to the general public realising its
It was not the case, that during
This period little was happening
in the arts. In fact, according to
Thompson, there was a lot hap-
"There were art galleries in
hotels at the beginning of the
(1900s) and they were having
exhibitions," she says. "It's not
that people weren't producing,
it's not that there wasn't a history
of art, it was just that no-one was
documenting it."
Art historians like Thompson
are doing much to raise this
Although the local job market
is not flooded with openings for
those in her field, Thompson's
decision to major in art history
for her undergraduate degree at

McGill University has definitely
paid off.
She secured an internship at
the Montreal Museum while
doing her bachelor's, and follow-
ing graduation was accepted for
an internship at the Metropoli-
tan Museum of Art in New York


She received a fellowship, to
study at Emery University in
Georgia for her PhD and was the
recipient of a Prince Claus Fund
publication support grant in 2002,
the David C Driskell Centre for
the African Diaspora post-doc-
toral fellowship in 2003 and Insti-
tute for the Humanities fellow-
ship from the University of Illi-
nois in 2004.
"These opportunities kept
coming up that I didn't antici-
pate," she says.
Thompson is now an Assistant
Professor of African Diaspora
Art in the Art History depart-
ment of Northwestern University
and this semester she is teaching a
graduate seminar on photogra-
phy in Africa and the African
Diaspora. This follows a stint at
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the University of Illinois atr
Chicago. Her thesis, An Eye'
for the Tropics: Tourism, Pho-
tography, and the Caribbean.'
Picturesque, is due out next
year from Duke University
Thompson's appreciation
for art started at a young age.
She started painting and tak- .
ing photographs in high
school, but hasn't had the
time to pursue that side of
the arts since university,
although more recently she
has started working in
stained-glass again.
SHer research has taken her
throughout the Caribbean in
her studies of post-colonial
theory and visual culture,
race and representation, the
imaginative geography of the
tropics; Caribbean art,
African Diaspora perfor-
mance arts and photography
in Africa and the African
Diaspora, but Thompson is
obviously committed to the.
historical research of art in
the Bahamas.
She will continue to work
with the NAGB on various
exhibitions in between teach-
ing at Northwestern Univer-
In the meantime, Thomp-
son is hoping to secure the
photographs and/or nega-
tives needed to mount this
latest exhibition and is also
urging current photographers
to record and document their
"Keep your old stuff, but
also keep the stuff you have
now. Because right now you
are doing a similar type of
documentation for a differ-
ent era to come," says

Ifanyone has any tifor-
mation on photographers or
photograpys of Stanley
Alexander, Rudolph Dun-:
combe, A E Armbrister,
Maxwell Stubbs, Stanford
Sawyer and "Mr Cherry"
please e-mail or call
Erica, James at the National
Art Gallery at 323-3669.

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Tribune Feature Writer

B ahamians love
comedy, espe-
cially when they
can find humour
in what makes
them Bahamian.
And that was proven last
week as capacity crowds
packed the Dundas Centre for
the Performing Arts to expe-
rience James Catalyn and
Friends' Summer Madness
Revue 2005.
The satirical revue, which ran
from Wednesday, September
14,2005, to Saturday, Septem-
ber 17, attracted hundreds of
comedy-lovers whose loud
laughs made it obvious that
they were enjoying the skits
that made sport of people in
the news, and many social
aspects of Bahamian life like
work ethic, hypocritical church-
es and politicians, just to name
a few.
It's a revue that has been
running for 23 years, and still
hasn't lost its speed.
According to Denise
Dorsett, who went to Friday's
performance, this year's revue
was very different from last
year's because, in her opinion,
it seemed to cover more topics.
"In a lot of ways it was the
same, like they had skits about
the same ole' politicians that
go around here. But it was dif-
ferent because you had them
(cast members) talking about
all these immigrants and you
had the politicians talking
about each other," she told Tri-
bune Entertainment.
Since the theatrical group
believes that all the world's a
stage, and we are all actors,
Summer.Ma'ness took pride
in highlighting the humour in
specific local political figures,
disgruntled workers, and some
Bahamian church women.
Speaking about a skit involv-
ing a lazy worker, Denise tells
Tribune Entertainment: "You
watch a show like this and you
think, hey I saw this before

somewhere, like I experienced
this (poor service) going into
these business places. "And I
think it was the same for a lot
of people in the audience
because they were laughing
and nodding like they knew
exactly what was going on.
Either they experienced it, or
they are the ones doing it. So
that's guilt laughing," she
added with a laugh.
Thirteen cast members, each
doubling and tripling roles,
brought skits like "A Change
Ger Come", "Settin' Der
Record' Straight", "Is Da'
Time Again", "Anointing the
Blessing", "'Tain None a Yer
Business", to the stage, cover-
ing what they say are the hot
"typical, topical and timely
topics" of the day all from
the perspective of veteran
Bahamian playwright, James
Catalyn, who attempted to pre-
sent a moral to each piece.
"But you could easily miss
what he was trying to get at
because you were so busy
laughing at what was going go,"
Denise noted.
For Marc Smith, and most of
those who attended the per-
formances, the Summer Mad-
ness Revue could be summed
up in one word: "hilarious",
though he says that it was also
"over the top".
The self-proclaimed "bud-
ding" actor believes the Sum-
mer Madness revue and other
social comedy sketches are per-
fect for Bahamians to really see
what happens "right under
their nose".
He explained: "It's like they
(James Catalyn and Friends)
don't care who is sitting in the
audience. "But I like that
because the stage is one of the
few places where it's okay to
say whatever you want to say
without too much public scruti-
ny. It's good that Catalyn can
present us to ourselves in this
For the past 26 years, the
James Catalyn and Friends
Theatrical Group has called
itself a "tour de force" in

N JAMES Catalyn & Friends cast members as wedding guests in "A Weddin' Tale".
(Photo courtesy of James Catalyn & Friends Theatircal Group)

Bahamian Theatre, with its
annual satirical Summer Mad-
ness Revue only adding to its
popularity. Through this annu-
al revue, other feature-length
productions, one-act plays,
skits, poetry, folklore and cul-
tural revues, the troupe has
been able to highlight many
facets of Bahamian life and
society through the medium of
comedy. This year's Summer
Madness cast included Viveca
Watkins, Ena Campbell,
Rachel Rolle, Geneen Evans,
Indira Rolle, Neil Cleare,
Chigozie Ijeoma, Jevon But-
ler, Blaize Darling, Eric Adder-
ley, Valerie Lynes, Stephanie

Braynen and Dwain Wallace,
with James Catalyn and
Andrew Curry making cameo
appearances throughout the
Other James Catalyn and
Friends members include

Chrystal Bethell, Carla Bray-
nen, Peggy Culmer, Quetelle
Ferguson, Cardea Hanna, Keva
Cartwright, Ahtoiriette
Knowles, Lorna Longley, Sher-
rylee "Sparkles" Outten, Janet
Thompson, Beverly Whitfield,

Stephen Albury, Godfrey Bas-
den, Randon Catalyn, Jimmy
Gordon, Carltony Forbes,
Valentine Maura, Conrad
Maycock, Tyrone Miller, Low-
ell Mortimer, Celi Moss and
Graham Thordarson.

arts brief

* Popopstudios Gallery features work by
Bahamian artists Jason Bennett, John Cox,
Blue Curry, Toby Lunn and Heino Schmid.
The gallery is located on Dunmore Ave in
Chippingham, next to Dillet's Guest House
(1/4 mile south of the Bahamas Humanes
Society). Call 323-5220 or 322-5850 for more
* 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.
* Pictured is one of the paintings featured in
the exhibition, the "Fifth Drink" by Edison
Godfrey Rolle.


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Truth Compilation Album Release Concert @
BFM Diplomat Centre, Saturday, Septem-
ber 23. Time: 7.30pm sharp. Tickets: $12 (gen-
eral admission), $20 (VIP includes concert
admission, after party & free album or DVD
of past performances). Ticket locations: Oasis
Music, Bucks Gospel, Juke Box & Faith Life

Bacardi Happy Hour @ Power Boat Adven-
tures Bar and Grill (one door east of Texaco
Harbour Bay), every Friday. $3 Bacardi
drinks all night and $3 beers.

Ladies Night @ Power Boat Adventures Bar
and Grill, every Saturday. Ladies free, Gents,
$10 all.night. Bacardi Big Apple and other
drink specials all night long.

Wild Jungle, each and every Wednesday night
@ Club Trappers, Nassau's "upscale" gen-
tleman's club. Featuring a female body paint-
ing extravaganza. Free body painting @ 8
pm. Ladies always welcome. Admission: 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 (Bacardi) Giveaways
and door prizes every week.

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 secu-
rity 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. Admis-
sion: Ladies $10 and Men $15.

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

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

Fantasy Fridays @ Fluid Lounge, featuring
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. Flavoured Fri-
days Happy Hour, every Friday. Drink spe-
cials: Smirnoff Kamikaze Shots, $1; Smirnoff
Flavoured Martinis, 2 for $10; Smirnoff
Flavoured Mixed Drinks, 3 for $10. Bahami-
an 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, featuring
CraigBOO, Unkle Funky and Sworl'wide on
the decks.

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

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

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

TooLooSe @ Indigo Restaurant on West Bay
St and Skyline Drive. Singer/songwriter
Steven ,Holden performs solo with special
guests on Thursday from 9pm midnight.

The Graham Holden Deal @ The Green Par-
rot....David Graham, Steve Holden, Tim Deal
and Friends perform Sunday, 7pm 10pm @
Hurricane Hole on Paradise Island.

Jay Mitchell and Hot KC @ Palm Court
Lounge, British Colonial Hilton, Wednes-
day-Thursday 8pm-12am.

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

The Arts

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 acquisitions by Blue Curry,
Antonius Roberts and Dionne Benjamin-
Smith. Call 328-5800 to book tours. This exhi-
bition.closes February 28, 2006.

The Cancer Society of the Bahamas meets at
5.30pm on the second Tuesday of each month
at their Headquarters at East Terrace, Cen-
treville. Call 323-4482 for more info.

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

every third Saturday, 2.30pm (except August
and December) @ the Nursing School,
Grosvenor Close, Shirley Street.

Doctors Hospital, the official training centre
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 com-
mon 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. Con-
tact a D6ctors Hospital Community Training
Representative at 302-4732 for more infor-
mation 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.
CiC Clubs

Toastmasters Club 1095 meets Tuesday,
7.30pm @ C C Sweeting Senior School's Din-
ing 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 @ SuperClubs 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 welcome.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Eta Psi Omega
chapter meets every second Tuesday, 6.30pm
@ the Eleuthera Room in the Wyndham Nas-
sau Resort, Cable Beach.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity meets every first
Tuesday, 7pm @ Gaylord's Restaurant,
Dowdeswell St. Please call 502-4842/377-4589
for more info.

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity meets every sec-
ond 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 sec-
ond 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 @ Superclubs
Breezes, Cable Beach, 6pm.

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

Paul Hanna, Tabatha and Gernie, and the MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Bahamas meets the
Caribbean Express perform at Traveller's third Monday every month, 6pm @ Doctors
Rest, West Bay St, every Sunday, 6.30pm- Hospital conference room. Send all your civic and social events to The
Tribune via fax: 328-2398 or e-mail:
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Yellow Fever's

coming 'no matter what'

Tribune Feature Writer
P arty-goers who
turned up at
Pirates of Nassau
two Saturday's
ago, decked in yel-
low outfits and ready for a yel-
low-themed party were disap-
ppinted when KO Productions
postponed the event to Satur-
day, October 1.
They may have gotten over
that frustration and were ready
to sport their yellow attire
again next weekend, but that
too has changed, as the "Yel-
low Fever" event has been
rescheduled once again, this
time to Saturday, October 8.


"At first kwe had to put it
back because of the weather,
and it's a good thing we did
that. It was supposed to be on
the first, but we had to put it off
again because there's a big soca
concert going on that weekend,
and a big thing going on in
Freeport the same time," Ken-
ny Mackey of KO Productions
explained to Tribune Enter-
Kenny Mackey and partner
Ozzie Pratt now say that come
October 8,they ,ill have every-
thing iU place ,to finally bring
this 'yellow fever' to the
Bahamian people. "No matter
what, we ain't pushing it back
no more come rain, snow,
whatever," says'Mackey.
As they have done with their
previous parties, last year's
"Blue Passion". and "Outra-
geous in Red" held in August,
Mackey and Pratt have created
their own definition of "Yel-
low Fever" "a condition of
heightened activity or excite-
ment; a contagious, enthusiasm
or craze in the presence of yel-
And While "Yellow Fever"
won't have any male auction-
ing, like at the "Outrageous in
Red" fete, nor Synergy dancers
who performed at "Blue Pas-

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sion", organisers say there will
be lots of entertainment at
"Yellow Fever".
"We know that it's gonna be
a surprise for those who come
out. It's going to be something
creative and innovative for
sure. We are looking at either a
group performance or the
leader'of a popular soca group,
but people are gonna be really
surprised," says Mackey.
Pratt and Mackey seem to
be enjoying much success with
their colour fetes. Hundreds of
people have turned out to
"Outrageous in Red", packing
the courtyard of Pirates of Nas-
sau into the morning hours.
That party was described by
the company as "extravagant,
extraordinary, -unconvention-
al, beyond all reason when con-
fronted with red".
These colour fetes seem to
be an escape from what most
party-goers find at other events
- a group of people standing
around talking and enjoying
drinks. That's entertaining to,
an extent but Mackey says that
people can easily.become
bored of a house party-like
This is why, says Mackey, his
company attempts to add the
element of live entertainment,
to the point where their events
become more than a party but
San "experience".'
Says the promoter: "I know
people can get tired of just
standing around because I get
tired of it. People get tired'just
donating money, because that's
all you're doing when you pay
a cover charge just to stand up
and talk to people. All you're
doing is donating money. "I
can stay home and do that on
the phone."
Mackey says that KO Pro-
ductions is gradually building
itself as a "brand" in Bahamian
entertainment. The company,
he says, is also steadily earn-
ing a "loyal following", many of
whom have expressed disap-
pointment upon hearing that
"Yellow Fever" has once again
been postponed.

* PARTY-goers have a blast at the "Outrageous In Red" colour fete.
(FILE photo).

"A lot of people like what
we are doing with the party and
entertainment, but then again a
lot of people don't like when
you turn off the music to start
the entertainment. They just
want the music to continue, but
you can't win for loosing," says
"I just' think that if we just
continue what we are doing
and keep the masses, we'll
make it," he adds.


Realising that many Bahami-
an production companies came
out of the woodwork smoking,
with huge turnouts to their

events but support somehow
dwindles after a time, Mackey
admits that the Bahamian pub-
lic can be very fickle at times.
"So even though we want to
try and exhaust these colour
fetes, we don't want to become
like some of these other com-
panies who have lost their cre-
ativity and innovation," he
"Bahamian people like
themes but if they are going to
the same kind of event, where
they are standing up talking to
the same people they always
saw-last week somewhere, and
there is nothing else to enter-
tain them they're going to stop
coming. So what we do is try to

give them something different.
And the people will let us
know when they get tired."


"Yellow Fever" is set for
Saturday, October 1 at Pirates
of Nassau, King and George
Streets, from 9.30pm until.
Admission is $10 (women), $15
(men), with an additional $5
charge to persons not wearing
yellow. Special prizes will be
given to the "Sexiest Lady in
Yellow" and to the woman
wearing the most yellow. Music
provided by DJ X.


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WHAT has been a pret-
ty good year movie-wise
has trailed off a little bit in
recent weeks. A mighty
impressive summer burst-
ing at the seams with Bat-
Smans and chocolate facto-
ries seemed to give way to
post summer fluff like
snooze-fest Sky High and
time-travelling turkey
Sound of Thunder.
But now, as we head into
the fall releases, there are a
couple of tasty cinematic
morsels on the horizon.
i: sftip isTii' tiffon's
'The Corpse Bride a film
that takes Burton back to
the gothic animation of A
Nightmare Before Christ-
Johnny Depp and Hele-
na Bonham-Carter provide
their voices in this tale of a
young man who acciden-
tally marries you guessed
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But, before you hold
your hands up in horror;
the trailer makes it clear
that this is the kind of twist-
ed fairy tale nothing sor-
did that Burton excels in
and something all the fam-
ily can enjoy.
And, in these days of
The Incredibles and Robots,
it makes a pleasant change
to return to the painstak- of stop motion.
Following on the success
of no-frills thriller Red Eye
comes Flight Plan, anoth-
er slice of plane-based ten-
Jodie Foster plays a
mother questioning her
sanity after losing her
daughter onboard a new
super-duper aircraft. When
the flight crew deny the
child was even on the flight,
Foster is forced by the
looks of trailer to climb
into shafts, fiddle with fires
and do a lot of shouting.
With an impressive sup-
porting cast including Sean
bean and Peter Sarsgaard,
Flight Plan could be a wild
ride, if it keeps it short and
Then we have Into the
Blue a treasure-hunting
action adventure set right
here in the Bahamas.
Jessica Alba and Paul
Walker star in this thriller
involving deep sea diving,
illegal cargo and dodgy
A bikini-clad Alba and
plenty of local landmarks
should ensure packed the-
atres for the first couple of
weeks, but, after seeing the
trailer, the jury's still out
on whether this one will
keep afloat.
In October, keeps your
eyes open for clay-faced,
animated mayhem in Wal-
lace and Gromit: The Curse
of the Were-rabbit;
Cameron Crowe's new dra-
ma Elizabethtown, starring
Kirsten Dunst and Orlando
Bloom; and The Fog, a
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