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Title: The Tribune
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Place of Publication: Nassau Bahamas
Publication Date: October 5, 2005
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Volume: 101 No.258

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threat to dock

pay of anyone


Tribune Staff Reporter
THE government has threat-
ened to deduct the pay of any
civil servant taking part in
today's- planned marh.on par-.
Public Service Union leaders
last night released a letter to
The Tribune from a government
department instructing the man-
agement of public service
offices to deduct the pay of any-
one attending the demonstra-
The letter, issued and signed
by Department of Public Ser-
vice permanent secretary Irene
Stubbs,:read: "It has been
brought to the attention of this
department that a number of
unions will be participating in
a demonstration on Bay Street
tomorrow, October 5, 2005.
"You are requested to inform
your staff that anyone who goes
off the job without official leave
to join a demonstration will be
subject to deduction of pay and
disciplinary action for with-
drawing their labour."
Fred Mitchell, the minister
responsible for the public ser-
vice, was not available for com-
ment last night.
Labour Minister Vincent Peet
said he was not aware of such a
directive, but said he could not
comment further as the depart-
ment does not fall under his
Government, however, will
continue to negotiate in good

faith with the labour movement
regardless of growing dissent
and industrial action in the
country, said Mr Peet.
His comments came on the
eve of the reopening of the
House ofAssembly when the
Bahamas Public Service Union
has vowed to march in front of
Rawson Square to convey their
displeasure to MPs entering the
Asked if government is con-
cerned about the planned
protest and the perception that
the PLP is a not a labour-friend-
ly government, Mr Peet said the
public would have to draw its
own conclusions.
However, he pointed out that
since the party became the gov-
ernment and he was appointed
labour minister in 2002, 47
industrial agreements had been
"Does that sound like an anti-
worker government?" he asked.
Mr Peet acknowledged there
had been an increase in labour
disputes in recent months, but
said that came as a result of dif-
ferent'personalities working
together, which in some cases
caused what should be small
matters to turn into major
He said the Bahamas is a
democratic country which
allows all its citizens the right
to express themselves as long
as they do so in a peaceful man-
SEE page 11

Alvin Smith denies
seeking redress
ALVIN Smith yesterday refuted a claim that
he demanded compensation to step down as
opposition leader in the House of Assembly,
saying it was "a blatant lie".
Former Attorney General Tennyson Wells
claimed the FNM had hit a financial stumbling
block in its bid to orchestrate a Hubert Ingra-
ham comeback because they would have to
compensate Mr Smith $80,000 in lost pay.
However, Mr Smith refuted the claim. "It is
totally untrue no, it is a blatant lie. I saw the
story in your newspaper today and that is far, far
from the truth," he told The Tribune.
"I have never suggested, hinted, requested,
demanded, never discussed or never mentioned
anything about compensation. Never ever."
In what many saw as the first step in an Ingra-
ham return, Mr Smith agreed to step down as
House opposition leader and FNM council

Supporters rally
around Ingraham
SUPPORTERS of former prime minister
Hubert Ingraham emerged in force yesterday to
counter claims that he would lead the FNM to
defeat in a general election.
"People are excited and energised at the
thought of him coming back," an FNM source
told The Tribune. "He is the man who can get
things moving again.
"Many are actually registering to vote now
that he is returning as leader in the House of
Assembly. These are people who would not have
voted at all.
"There is a lot of unrest in the country and
nothing is being done about it. The nation has
been on autopilot for too long. People are real-
ly fed up."
Ingraham supporters responded angrily to
claims by some FNM council members that the

SEE page 11 SEE page 11

Man in




FREEPORT A 55-year-old
Freeport man has been taken
to Rand Memorial Hospital
with multiple gunshot wounds-
to the body, it was reported last
The victim, believed to be
Phillip Martin, of Somerville
Drive, was admitted at around
lam yesterday to the hospital's
accident and emergency section.
It is believed that Martin was
shot six times and may have
been airlifted to New Provi-
dence or the United States for
further treatment.
Grand Bahama police could
not be reached by press time to
confirm the shooting.


'must lead

the FNM


Chief Reporter
IF the country is to be taken
back, former Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham should return
to the FNM to establish "the
kind of leadership which the
vast majority of the people are
now demanding," political vet-
eran J Henry Bostwick told The
Tribune yesterday.
"I don't fault Mr Turnquest
for sticking by his mandate,
which was given to him duly
and properly by the party in
convention, But I am a prag-
matist and if I were him, and
knowing what I know that he
knows, and wanting the best for
my country and myself and my
family, I would try to make the
smoothest transition and at the
same time preserve a future for
myself in politics.
"I think he is on the threshold
of determining where he goes
not necessarily in 2007 but
where he will go thereafter,"
said Mr Bostwick.
He said it was important for
people to know that the FNM
leadership was not a personal
SEE page 11




Tonique's boost for national pride

* TONIQUE Williams-Darling passes out flags to the children of Uriah McPhee on a float
parade yesterday in the streets of Nassau. See Sport for the story
(Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune staff)




Attorney hits out at Symonette,

Watson after radio appearance

Tribune Staff Reporter
yesterday condemned Brent
Symonette and Frank Watson
for what he said were sugges-
tions that the country is having
difficulty finding good lead-
However, Mr Symonette
told The Tribune yesterday
that during his radio appear-
ance on Sunday, he suggest-
ed nothing of the sort.
Mr Moss said he became
"sick to his stomach" when he
heard both men on the radio
on Sunday.
"Up and down this country,
every single day, everywhere I
go, I come into contact with
leaders capable of not just
being prime minister, but
displaying the skills that
would make them a great
"Their statement is the kind
of rhetoric that has stifled
young people in this country
since its birth," he said.
While he declined to offer
names, Mr Moss said that
there are Bahamians both
young and old who have dis-
played success in business,



social affairs and their per-
sonal lives.
Many of these, he said, are
more than capable of running
the country.
"There are people wanting
to lead political parties but are
rebuffed by such comments
and other barriers," he said.
Mr Moss said he would
include himself in this
group, as he feels he has
"immeasurable" business
However, he asserted that
he has no desire to run for
political office given the cur-
rent climate.

"That may happen," he said
when asked if he would con-
sider a run for leader of a
major political party at a press
conference yesterday. "But
not in this day, not in this cli-
Mr Moss added that while
there are exceptions to the
rules, he firmly believes that it
is a disservice to the country to
have inexperienced young
elected officials.
It would be better, he said,
to have persons develop them-
selves before entering the fray.
He said that he is not
against the idea of persons
waiting until they are 60 or 70
years old to enter politics.
Mr Moss declined to "spec-
ulate" on the FNM leadership
"I don't support Mr Ingra-

ham, but that is a matter for
the FNM," he said.
Mr Moss said he had felt an
obligation to future genera-
tions of Bahamians to speak
out and register his disap-
proval of the comments made
by Mr Watson on Love 97
radio's talk show Jones and
Company and by Mr Symon-
ette on Island FM's Parlia-
ment Street.
"Looking at all the major
political parties I see many

persons capable of leading and
you have to ask the question
what are these two men saying
about themselves and their
own party what kind
of message are they sending
to the thousands of students
in the country?" he said.
"Since they speak for per-
sons they lead, I advise all
right thinking Bahamians to
condemn their statements as it
is not reflective of our soci-

Mr Symonette told The Tri-
bune that during his radio
appearance on Sunday, he
said that if the public contin-
ues to "lambaste" politicians,
persons will eventually stop
coming forward to run for
public office.
He said that this might
eventually lead to a shortage
of leaders.
The Tribune tried unsuc-
cessfully to contact Mr Wat-

Tribune Staff Reporter
TEACHERS at the HO Nash junior high
school are back in the classroom after a week-
long sit-out.
The deadlock was reportedly broken on Mon-
day after Franklyn Major, a head of depart-
ment at the junior school, was appointed as act-
ing senior master to assist with discipline mat-
The dispute began last week Monday when
teachers voiced their opposition to the appoint-
ment of Shavanda Darville as senior mistress of
the school.
The teachers said they felt she is not yet qual-
ified or experienced enough to hold the position.
"HO does have a difficult discipline problem
at the school and they needed to have an extra
person there to assist with this problem," said

Ida Poitier-Turnquest president of the Bahamas
Union of Teachers (BUT) yesterday.
Mrs Turnquest made it clear that the teach-
ers did not have a problem with Ms Darville,
and that she will remain in the position of senior

The problem, she said, was with the disci-
pline situation at the school.
She said the teachers felt that the appoint-
ment of an "in-house" person who knew the
situation was an appropriate solution.
Mrs Turnquest added that the teachers have
now worked out new a discipline plan.
The plan will soon be presented to the per-
manent secretary in the Ministry of Education
and the administration of the school, she said.





THE management of
Nassau Flight Services
has resolved its dispute
with union workers
over a proposed pay
Airport, Airline and
Allied Workers Union
president Nelerine
Harding announced
yesterday that Nassau
Flight Services is no
longer proposing a 20
per cent pay cut for

According to Ms
Harding, management
had proposed a reduc-
tion of the employee's.
work week to four days
instead of five, which
would equate to cutting
the workers salaries by
20 per cent.
The proposed cuts
were to last for a
month, she said.
However, Ms Harding
told The Tribune yes-
terday that manage-
ment has now written
her a letter rescinding
that proposal.
"I am grateful the
matter is resolved,
because the company
knew that they
were in violation of
employees' terms
and contract," she

Just the Tonique!

* TONIQUE Williams-
Daring shares a golden
moment with students of
Naomi Blatch Primary
School yesterday during a
motorcade to celebrate the
Bahamas achievements at
the recent track and field
World Championships.
Williams-Darling was hon-
oured for her incredible
record on Monday, when
Harrold Road was renamed
Tonique Williams-Darling
See Tribune
Sports section

(Photo: Felip6 Major/
Tribune staff)

HO Nash junior high

teachers end sit-out


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Minister says

ZNS coverage

is balanced
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OBIE Wilchcombe has said
he does not believe that report-
ing on ZNS is biased.
In an interview with The Tri-
bune yesterday, the Minister of
Tourism denied that the fact
that ZNS is government-run
affects its ability to act as a
proper news agency
As Minister of Tourism, has
special responsibility for the
Broadcasting Corporation of
the Bahamas (BCB) which
oversees the ZNS TV and radio
He was responding to com-
ments made two weeks ago at a
media seminar by BCB deputy
general manager in charge of
news Carlton Smith, who said
that ZNS cannot act in the best
interest of the public as long
as it is operated by the govern-
Mr Wilchcombe said: "I don't
think it is fair that we want to

take what he said to suggest that
the Broadcasting Corporation
of the Bahamas is not being fair,
and not treating news with a
degree of equity, because I
think it is."
However, his words will
astound critics of ZNS, who
argue that government patron-
age of the channel prevents it
from being politically neutral
and giving balanced coverage
to government and opposition
Instead, Mr Wilchcombe-
described ZNS as a "develop-
mental tool."
"The broadcasting corpora-'
tion in a developing country like
ours has the responsibility for
the proliferation of our culture
and of our national psyche. ft
is important for us to use the
Broadcasting Corporation of
the Bahamas as a developmen-
tal tool," he said.

Mr Smith also said that a
media entity cannot fulfill its
role as "a watchdog in a demo-
cratic society" as long as it is
under government control.
Mr Wilchcombe said he is still
in the process of considering
what Mr Smith said.
"I am just studying it. I am
not against what he said at all.
In fact, you have to look at it
and you see what exactly he is
talking about. Then you have
to look at cases where that is
proven to be true or not to be
true," said Mr Wilchcombe.
He added: "I think it all has
to do with the maturity of our
country. I believe we spend a
lot of time thinking of what is
"I think what he is talking
about is moving forward and
having us continue improving
the system," said Mr Wilch-

* VINCENT Dean arriving at court yesterday
(Photo: Franklyn G Ferguson)

Man appears in court

for 2003 murder

A 30-year-old man was
charged in Magistrate's Court
yesterday for a murder that
took place in 2003.

It is alleged that on June
26 of that year, Vincent Dean,
being concerned with others,
intentionally and unlawfully
caused the death of Geren

Dean, 30, was not required
to enter a plea and was
remanded to Fox Hill Prison
until his preliminary inquiry,
which will be held on Novem-
ber 7 at 10am in Court 13..

Woman found hanging

from rafters at home

Bahama Police are investigat-
ing the death of a 27-year-old
woman who was found hanging
from the ceiling rafters of her
Some at Hanna Hill, Eight Mile
- Rock.
S- The body of Anne Thomp-
S" son was discovered sometime
after 6pm on Monday when her
teenage daughter arrived home
from school.
S .- The mother was hanging by
-- her neck in the bathroom with a
yellow nylon rope tied around
-her throat.

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LADY Marguerite Pindling
S. welcomed nine of the country's
S. Helsinki World Track and Field
Championships athletes home
.. Speaking to the athletes at
her home on Prospect Ridge,
Lady Pindling said: "I would
S. like to take this very special
opportunity to congratulate all
of our returning athletes, most
especially our double gold
.. ... medal Olympic and now world
Schampion, Tonique Williams-
She added: "It gives me spe-
S o cial pleasure to recognise these
athletes because of the high
regard my husband had for ath-

According to Superintendent
Basil Rahming, police received
a report around 6.44pm that a
woman had just been found
dead inside a house at Hanna
On arriving at the house,
which is located about a quarter
mile off the main road through
corner next to the Church of
God, police officials met a
crowd of curious onlookers.
Supt Rahming said that con-
cerned relatives had visited the
house several times during the
day in search of Mrs Thomp-




letics and the faith he always
had in the ultimate success of
the Bahamian athlete."
Lady Pindling said she knows
that her husband, former prime
minister the late Sir Lynden
Pindling, would be as proud as
she is of the recognition and
glory that the athletes have
brought to the Bahamas.
"As I and my grandchildren
watched our Bahamian flag
being raised in Helsinki this
summer, there are no words for
the pride and happiness I felt
in my heart at the amazing
achievements of Tonigue
Williams-Darling and her team-
mates," she said.

son, but got no response at the
front door.
They reportedly left, assum-
ing that she was not at home.
"It was only when the daugh-
ter had arrived home after 6pm
that the gruesome discovery
was made," he said.
Supt Rahming said the
woman was pronounced dead
on the scene by a doctor. *
Detectives are continuing
their investigations into the mat-
ter and police say an autopsy
will be conducted to determine
the cause of death.


meeting of




THE central committee of
the Worker's Party has
called an emergency meet-
ing tonight at its headquar-
ters on Heritage Road.
The topic of discussion will
be: Should Hubert Ingraham
be allowed to become prime
minister of the Bahamas?
The announcement was
issued yesterday by Work-
er's Party chairman Allan

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How residents evicted undesirables

LAST YEAR there were a few red-faced
patrons when a Cable Beach, strip club was
raided by the police and the patrons were
forced to spend several hours in a police lock
Wives started to look for their husbands;
girlfriends searched for their "faithful"
boyfriends and families worried for a mem-
ber who had failed to come home. Among
them were lawyers, teachers and businessmen.
Commissioner of Police Paul Farquharson
wisely decided not to embarrass them further
with prosecution. With a mischievous twinkle
in his eyes, he thought justice would best be
served on this occasion by letting the wives
be the prosecution, judge and jury. And so it
But later that year some of us on the Eastern
Road noticed strange goings on in a house,
owned by a foreigner, which had earlier been
vacated by very fine tenants. The owner, who
had left the now empty property to a caretak-
er, was off the island, apparently unaware of
the happenings on his property.
Neighbours were aware that foreign women
were living behind the shuttered windows.
There was no sign of life during the day, but as
soon as dark fell a stretched Hummer limou-
sine was noticed ferrying men and women on
and off the property throughout theight. ,
Whispers started. R 6udui 1 pre Ias a
high-end brothel or prostittiorn ring being
operated on these premises? neighbours asked
each other as they exchanged e-mails and fax-
Then on October 30 a Saturday night-
the quiet house was opened to a party, which
continued into the early hours of Sunday morn-
ing. The whole neighbourhood was kept up
by the loud music.
By now whoever was operating this little
off-campus business probably felt secure
enough in the neighbourhood that he saw no
harm in holding a nightclub-style party. How-
ever, this was a major miscalculation on his
part in such a quiet, respectable Eastern Road
We were out that night attending a function
that was also attended by US Charg6 d'Af-
faires Robert Witajewski, who lived further
east of us, nearer even to. that night's boister-
ous festivities.
When we saw the road ahead congested with
cars, lights flashing, loud music blaring, police
barricades and uniformed police officers -
e' n a police inspector in khaki uniform -

we decided to follow Mr Witajewski's car to
see what was happening.
It was obviously not a house party. It had all
the earmarks of a commercial event. A lit ban-
ner at the front read: "Bahamas Party ..."
This was all happening under police protection
in a residentially zoned area.
By 1.40 am neighbours started telephoning
the police, complaining. Nothing happened.
Further calls were made with an officer at the
other end saying he was trying to do some-
thing about the noise. We are told that he
sounded as though he sincerely wanted to help.
However, we suspect with a police inspector on
site, there wasn't much a junior officer could
do. Shortly after a neighbour made a call at
4am Sunday, the music stopped.
In a letter to Police Commissioner Far-
quharson, a resident wrote: "Music was offered
throughout the evening and into Sunday morn-
ing and was played at such a high volume that
it presented a nuisance even to persons living
a mile away at the top of Dodge Road and
perhaps .beyond. The windows and even the
concrete walls of my house some 500 feet away
reverberated with the-heavy sound."
And asked the letter writer: "If they (the
police) were there, whether on or off duty, did
they not recognise that the peace was clearly
beingdisturbed by the high volume-of music?"
He alsb pointed but to theCommissioner
that "the Eastern Road, from Shirley Street to
McPherson's Bend, has from time immemori-
al been designated to be strictly residential,
i.e., no commercial activity of any kind is per-
And then he asked: "If there was any indi-
cation that the event was offered at a price,
whether paid at the door or pre-paid, why did
your officers not recognise that such was a
breach of the residential zoning in this area?"
Eventually this questionable activity was
shut down and the tenants evicted. We under-
stand they were moved with the assistance of
the foreign property owner, Montagu MP
Brent Symonette and the Commissioner of
Obviously, with strip tease clubs now open
season, suspicious "safe" houses will start pop-
ping up in other residential areas. Residents
have to be vigilant in protecting their neigh-
bourhoods. They should be vocal as soon as
they see anything suspicious. They should have
any questionable activity removed from their
area before it gets too firmly entrenched and
starts taking control of the neigbourhood.

Rosettat.Phone 325-

Problem of

the race for


EDITOR, The Tribune
PLEASE allow me a few
moments to share my views on
this week's hot topic. Over the
past several days, I tried with
all the effort available to me to
not chime in on the FNM lead-
ership debate.
However, I find it impossible
to contain myself any longer. It
is beyond understanding that
the FNM members of Parlia-
ment have all of a sudden found
the courage to challenge the sit-
ting leader of their party.
I have watched with utter
amazement how men who
would wish to lead this country
have begun the process of can-
nibalising their own member-
As you may recall, Mr Turn-
quest, in the wake of his par-
ty's defeat at the hands of the
PLP attempted to do the noble
thing and give the party an
opportunity to identify a leader
that they felt was more suited to
the organisation's needs at the
From Grand Bahama in the
north to Intiaga in the south,
the call went out. The opportu-
nity was presented to these very
individuals on a silver platter;
how.dare they suggest that
Tommy should step aside.
The reason why Hubert
Ingraham doesn't want a lead-

ership race is simple. While he
may win, he will destroy this
party in the process. It is a two-
faced and underhanded process
that he has unwittingly allowed
to develop and fester in the
I guess all that is left to say is
"that is the nature of politics."
For the sake of the Bahamas,
one thing has been made clear,
and that is the party has more
than just a leadership crisis; it
has a loyalty crisis; a crisis of
character, a crisis of courage
and an overall crisis of commit-
Clearly, when the members
of the parliamentary delegation
will seek to have the leader
forcibly removed, when he
offered to leave willingly two
years earlier is absolutely
unthinkable. To hide behind the
line "it's good for the party" is a
number three tub full of crap.
These men lack the vision,
the courage and the ability to
challenge the government; so
instead of trying to wrestle the
issues people elected them to
deal with, they worry about try-
ing to win an election that may
be two years away and continue

to neglect the people's business
There has not been a real opp,
sition in the House of Assembt
since election, these guys arde
just drawing.salaries and allif
the perks attached. No alterna:,'
tive ideas to the direction of tl.'
country; nothing!
These men, if you can cl*1
them that, could have easily-
stood on the same premise they
have now, yet they hide behind
each other, unable to put-a
coherent message together in
the House, directionless as a
party, all because they refuse
to submit to a leadership they,
outrightly selected. Keep in
mind that the party is in the
position it is now because of
Hubert Ingraham!
I say let the leadership debate
continue, let the people decide;
FNM Members of Parliament,
do not subvert or prostitute the
process, because you just found
your backbones.
Be the leaders we elected you
to be and worry about the
nation's business and handle the
issue of the leadership of the
party where it is supposed to be
handled, in convention and not
on the front page of the daily
September 29 2005

Failure of the government to deal

with the problem of immigration,

'EDITOR, The Tribune
THE government is not seri-
ous about illegal immigration
in this country. How do you go
from rounding up illegal immi-
grants and repatriating them to
extending urban renewal to the
areas commonly known as the
Mud and Pigeon Pea? On
whose property have these com-
munities sprung up? Are these
the government's property or-
are they privately owned?
It seems even clearer that
government is encouraging ille-
gal immigration by this. Yes the
areas are unsanitary and affect
all of those in its immediate
area, yes they should be cleaned
up, but what about the garbage
around the schools where our
children spend most of their
This was just highlighted in
the news yesterday. We can't
even clean them .up properly
and we are cleaning up the Mud

as the next place on the list of,
Parts of New Providence
look like a Mud of sorts, par-
ticularly in South Beach with
all the dumping that's going on
out there; is urban renewal
going to reach there? When you
clean up the Mud and Pigeon
Pea you shouldn't just clean up
but make sure that those who
are illegal immigrants are sent
Just the other day there were
allegations of Ministry of For-
eign Affairs participation in the
wholesale distribution of visas
to Haitian nationals on appli-
cations where very little infor-
mation was provided. Nothing
was provided to us about that
- is nobody in this government
accountable to the people who
put them there? It makes me
wonder if there is an ulterior
motive. Are these areas in Aba-
co being cleaned up to facilitate
illegal immigrants in infiltrat-



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ing our population? Are these
areas being cleaned up in time
for election and to garner votes?
September 30,2005.

Appeal for

help with



EDITOR, The Tribune "
PLEASE permit me the
space to voice my concerns
in your very informative'
I do not know if the public'
is paying attention to the
number of dialysis patients'
who have died from dialysis
unit of PMH. I am not cer-
tain of the virus that the Min,:
ister spoke of some weeks'
ago, but I would like to be
informed about it.
We lost our young daugh-
ter some three weeks ago,'
and we were not pleased with
the treatment that she
received. No doctor or nurse
informed us of what was
going on. The last time I saw
her she was breathing very
fast. Her food was on the
chair, not a doctor or nurse
was in sight. I looked for a
doctor at the dialysis unit but:
my search turned up empty. I'
spoke with a doctor via cell
phone. I feel the oxygen tank
that she was hooked up to
was not on. We are seeking
legal advice. We would really
appreciate if all the families
that have lost a loved one in
the last three months at the
Dialysis Unit to come for-,,
The minister and doctors'
need to tell the public why
patients are dying. All other.
persons will lose hope in the,
dialysis treatment at the hos-.
We are seeking'informa-
tion on how to purchase two
dialysis machines for
Eleuthera and Cat Island in.
Nakia's name. I think that'
this would bring some sort of
awareness and help thus giv-
ing future patients the oppor-,
tunity to get the proper medi-
ical attention they need.
September 24,2005



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Phone: 325-3336.


Sigmas represent Bahamas in Orlando

STEAM Bahamas at the week-
end showed that they have also
captured the art of stepping.
4 Phi Beta Sigma Bahamas
(known as The Sigmas), a com-
bination of the Delta Epsilon
Sigma (graduate chapter) and
(Beta Beta Lambda (under-
graduate chapter at COB) were

placed second in the Sunshine
State Invitational show.
With tons of energy and
Bahamian flags waving all
through the stadium, Phi Beta
Sigma Bahamas represented the
country to the fullest. The team,
adorned with beautiful blue and
white island shirts, stepped hard

during the competition and gave
the audience a great show.
The art of stepping has been a
tradition that has been carried
on from the early 1900s of mak-
ing sound with the hands and
feet. This art form has been
passed on through fraternities
and sororities all over the conti-

nental United States for decades.
The Bahamian contingent
travelled all the way to Orlando
to compete in the performance,
which highlighted teams from

all over the continental United Bahamas are the crowned
States. Phi Beta Sigma champions from the local show
Bahamas missed out on first held every summer known as
place by a mere three points, the "Barefoot Summerjam
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Stepshow".






THE Royal Bahamas Police
Fcirce isued a advi-
s oies 'to -the public yesterday.
'Press liaison officer Walter
Evans said that persons should
always be vigilant about their
"Persons are to pay close
attention to any usual activity
that may have occurred since
leaving home," he said. "Such
things include things like an
Open gate, unfamiliar vehicles
parked near by, house doors
forced open, or shattered win-
dows," he said.
"Be on the look out for rob-
bers whose intention it is to
deprive citizens of their per-
sonal property such as jewelry,
wallets money and vehicles," he
, JvMr Evans said neighbours
should also consider establish-
ing a crime watch group or acti-
'vate crime watch groups that
'are not functional.
S'This assists in the reduction
of crime and is an added lend
to, police patrols," he said.
,"Also, keep the police
informed of any suspicious
Taptivity regardless of how
,insignificant it may seem."
S"Finally get to know the
,police commander, the station
;police telephone numbers and
'officers assigned to your area,"
;said Mr Evans.

QI 'Ma

Kerzner denies union's claim

of refusing to meet for talks

KERZNER International's managers
have denied refusing to meet with union
Speaking with The Tribune yester-
day, Kerzner's public relations vice-
president Ed Fields refuted comments
made by Leo Douglas, the secretary
general of the Bahamas Hotel Cater-
ing and Allied Workers Union
(BHCAWU) on Monday.

Mr Fields said that Kerzner Interna-
tional is "willing to meet the union at
any time and any place that is mutual
acceptable to both parties."
Mr Douglas had warned members of
the Bahamas Hotel Employers Asso-
ciation (BHEA) generally and Kerzner
International in particular to honour
their industrial agreement or face "seri-
ous repercussions".
In a press release, Mr Douglas said it
was "most disrespectful" to the union

and the spirit of the agreement for
Kerzner International to "refuse" to
meet with the union to resolve a num-
ber of outstanding labour disputes -
many of which he claims date back to
early 2004.
"What makes it worse is that Kerzn-
er International is the leading and
biggest member of the BHEA. and
should be the ones setting the exam-
ple," he said.
He added: "They should set the pace

in good industrial relations and prac-
tices but they seem to be behaving
worse than the other members of the
Mr Fields said he could not comment
on the alleged outstanding labour dig-
putes, because Mr Douglas had failed to
be specific about the nature of these
Mr Douglas and BHCAWU presi-
dent Pat Bain were both unavailable
for comment yesterday.

Regular inspections of petrol stations begin

Health parliamentary secretary
Ron Pinder visited a local Esso
service station yesterday in an
bid to ensure that environmen-
tal safety measures are being
enforced by local petroleum'
Mr Pinder said that such
inspections are part of a new
agreement with all local petro-
leum dealers.
He explained that not every
service station will be inspected,
but a few belonging to each
local petroleum company.
"These site visits are a part
of ongoing discussions with
local petroleum dealers with a
view of heightening regulations
of them as well as the actual
formulation of policy and guide-
lines for all petroleum dealers,"
Mr Pinder said.
Yesterday, Mr Pinder inspect-
ed of the Esso service station
on Village Road.
According to Mr Pinder
inspections of Shell have
already been conducted.
After touring the Esso sta-
tion, Mr Pinder said that he was
satisfied with the procedures
currently in place at that facility.

"We are satisfied that Esso
has gone to great lengths to
ensure that they operate
beyond the standards that are
presently required by the gov-
ernment," he said.
Esso is currently using a
"Veed-Root" system which
indicates when any leakage of
petroleum products has taken
"We have visited Shell
already, Esso was second on the
list and we will be visiting Tex-
aco in the near future," Mr Pin-
der said.
He said that in addition, the
Department of Environmental
Health will visit every govern-
ment agency that has an above-
ground or underground petro-
leum storage facility.
Mr Pinder admitted that in
the past, there has been a prob-
lem with petroleum leakage
detection, but assured the pub-
lic that the government is aware
of it and is moving steadily
towards addressing this prob-
Mr Pinder added that new
guidelines and policies will be
added to the existing Environ-
mental Health Act to guide
and govern the petroleum

* RON Pinder talks with inspection staff yesterday


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US Ambassador urges focus on

human dignity in HIV/AIDS fight

Tribune Staff Reporter
AMERICAN Ambassador
John Rood said that by focus-
ing on the human dignity the
battle of HIV/AIDS can be

fought and eventually won -
one person at a time.
Making his opening remarks
at the fourth Caribbean
Regional Chiefs of Mission
Conference on HIV/AIDS,
Mr Rood pointed out that

over 20 million people
have died from AIDS world-
In the Caribbean, he said,
the adult prevalence rate has
reached 2.3 per cent, making
the Caribbean the second-
most affected region in the
world behind Sub-Saharan
Prevalence rates exceed two
per cent in Haiti, Guyana, the
Bahamas, Belize and Trinidad
and Tobago.
An estimated 36,000 adults
and children died from AIDS
in the Caribbean last year.
Another 53,000 became
infected, noted Mr Rood.
"This is not an abstract
problem. Each person living
with AIDS or HIV is just that:
A person, a mother or father,
sister or brother, and each one
has a unique story.

They share the same desires
and harbour the same expec-
tations as we all do: To live
out our lives in the company
of family and friends, to make
a contribution, and do the
things that make us happy and
proud," said Mr Rood.
He said that as knowledge
about HIV/AIDs has grown,
the disease has gone from
being regarded as primarily a
medical challenge, to a pub-
lic health challenge.
"We know what sort of safe
behaviors will be successful in
preventing the spread of the
virus, but we have to get more
people to do them. We have
medicines that can prolong
life, but more people need
access to them. We have infor-
mation that can dismantle
ignorance, but more people
need to be educated and made
"We'khi6 wtiat 'iedstoibeq
done, we must find the' witi
an'd the resources to do it,"'he

* FROM left: US Ambassador John Rood, Prime Minister Perry Christie and Dr M Rony Fran-
cois, Secretary of Health for the state of Florida, at the Caribbean Regional Chiefs of Mission Con-
ference on HIV/AIDS.

A| M rigjIioJ-eft.: D gis ti hedpresident Raymond. Antonio, director Ramon Gibson, trea-,
sereB ,eg oryHenry Gibson, president Frederick
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THE Kiwanis Club of Over
the Hill hosted its installation
of officers on Sunday under
the patronage of Lieutenant
Governor Henry Gibson and
Mrs Gibson at the British
Colonial Hilton.
The event marks the begin-
ning of the 31st administrative
year for the Over the Hill club
and the close of Quintin Per-
centie's year as president.
Mr Percentie told attendees
he was honoured to have been
chosen as the 30th president of
the club, and expressed thanks
to everyone who assisted in
making it a very successful

* IMMEDIATE past President V Quintin Percentie pre-,
senting Kiwanian Ramon Gibson with the Kiwanian of the
Year prize.

At the ceremony, Ramon
Gibson was chosen as Kiwan-
ian of the Year.
New president Frederick
Rodgers told the club that he
is grateful to have been given
the opportunity to serve.
He said that he intends to

focus on the less forT
tunate children in the com-
To this end, he said, he will
be working closely with the,
children's ward at Princess
Margaret hospital and also the;
Aids camp.


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Bahamians to

join in World

Teachers Day

Tribune Staff
tors are joining with their
counterparts in more than
100 countries today to
commemorate World
Teachers Day 2005.
Observed this year
under the theme "Quality
teachers for quality edu-
cation", the day has been
set aside, according to.
Bahamas Union of Teach-
ers (BUT) president Ida
Poitier-Turnquest, "to
recognise the vital contri-
bution teachers make to
societies throughout the
The day for teachers
was introduced in 1994 by
the United Nations Edu-
cation Science and Cultur-
al Organisation
Teachers in the
Bahamian public school
system have been granted
a half-day off by Minister
of Education Alfred Sears
in recognition of the occa-
Public teachers who are
BUT members will join
retired educators for a
day at Nirvana beach.
"It is an opportunity to
remind the government
and people of the impor-
tant role that teachers
play in the development
of a nation. As well as to
expose the need for
improvement in the status
and working conditions of
teachers," said Mrs Poiti-
Since the opening of the
2005 school year last
month, the Bahamian
educational system has
been beset with problems.
The government's fail-
ure to complete vital
repairs to several schools
has led to teacher protests
and sit-ins.
Mrs Poitier said that by
next year's World Teach-
ers Day "I hope and pray
that all of the schools will
be up and running.
"Also, that all of our
teachers, on day-one, be
able to move into the
classroom and get to the
tagk of teaching, so that
learning can take place
without interruption."




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Pair test in court that murder accused

'struggled with an' before his death
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Tribune Staff Reporter
TWO persons testified in
the Supreme Court that they
saw murder accused Elkino
Pritchard struggling with-
Michael Francis moments
before his death.

Both witnesses
court that they sa
fleeing the scene.
Theo Trembly
Longley told the
they were having
tion outside a ho:
Hallow Street on
30, 1999 when the
was shot multi

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Organisers claim Yach

Jet Show'future in do

PETER BRYANT, CEO of IYJS and Bonnie Rolle
of the Ministry of Tourism at a press conference
held April, 2005, for this year's show.
KERZNER International's recent acquisition of Hurricane Hole
Marina on Paradise Island has put the future of the popular Interna-
tional Yacht and Jet Show in doubt, according to organisers.
The International Yacht and Jet Show was first held jointly at Hur-
ricane Hole Marina and Million Air Jet Centre in April 2002.
It has since been established as a major event in the Bahamian cal-
endar, attracting both exhibitors and high spending visitors from all over
the world.
The organisers have worked closely with the Ministry of Tourism and
have included many local service providers in the show.
The show has also played host to several social events such as the
Minister of Tourism's Cocktail Reception at the marina, the spon-
sor's party at Million Air and the Black Tie and Bermuda Shorts Fun
Event, which was held at the British Colonial Hilton.
This year, a golf competition at the nearby Ocean Club on Par-
adise Island was added.
-Kerzner's purchase of the marina appears to have left the sh6w
without a venue, according to the organisers.
"We signed a new agreement last year with the owner's represen-
tatives, Driftwood Hospitality Management, which should have secured
use of the marina until 2014" said Michael Carter, the Show's financial
director, "but neither of the other parties accept that the terms agreed
were binding", he continued.
Peter Bryant, the show's CEO stated: "Over the last four years,
we have worked closely with several local organisations, not least of
which being our main sponsor the Ministry of Tourism, to build tie
show into an annual international attraction for the Bahamas,' so it
would be a great shame if we were to lose it after all of ,the hard
Speaking to The Tribune yesterday, Kerzner vice president Ed
Fields said that the sale of the marina "did not include the business br
going concern of the former owners.
"Although in order to mitigate the effects on existing tenants and ser-
vice providers, where possible contracts were continued, if only for the
short term.
"In this regard, as a goodwill gesture, we have offered to accom-
modate the promoters of the International Yacht and. Jet Show for
another year," he said.


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also told the resulting in his death.
aw Pritchard ',They both said they saw a
struggle before hearing what
and Damien sounded like firecrackers.
e court that They testified that they
a conversa- eventually realised the situa-
me in Shady tion was much more serious,
Sunday May when Michael Francis fell to
ir neighbour the ground and Elkino
iple times, Pritchard, along with two oth-
et men, fled the scene through
a bushy shortcut.
y j Mr Trembly said he saw
It m id Michael's sister trying to help
the victim move from where
t hewas.
Ubt 'lHe said he saw two persons,
who 'he identified as
"Roscoe", also known as
"Yankie"' and "McFarlin",.
also known as "Farlin", run
through the shortcut along
with the accused.
Shatasha Bastian, also a res-
ident of Shady Hallow Street,
off Hawkins Hill, testified that
Pritchard told her to call an
ambulance shortly after she
heard what she thought were
firecrackers going o.ff.
According to Ms Bastian',
Michael Francis was driving a
gray, four-door Honda
Accord. She testified that he
drove through the corner and
patkedin front of Pritchard's
home.aid that she
She said that she was sitting I

on her porch talking to two ing "what sounded like fire
female friends when she saw crackers".
Michael get out of the car and He said he saw "Kino" with
go into "Keno's" yard. one hand pointing toward
After hearing gunshots, Ms Michael when he heard the
Bastian testified that she was first two sounds, which he lat-
ordered to "close up" her er found out to be gunshots.
house, which she did. He also said he saw Michael
Ms Bastian said she and her leap towards Kino, but side-
two friends were inside the ways as if he were "dodging
house looking out of the win- something".
dows when she saw people Kino was walking back-
running. wards, he said, and Michael
She said when she emerged fell to the ground.
from the house and stood on Mr Longley and Mr Trem-
the porch, Pritchard was bly held up'the black and
about 35 to 40 feet away when white photographs taken by
he called to her. crime scene detectives to illus-
He was standing between trate where they saw the vic-
his house and the "Haitian tim fall and where he ended
lady's house" when he told up dying.
her to call an ambulance, she In earlier proceedings,
testified. She also saw "Far- Sergeant 1907 Dwight Adder-
lin" and "Roscoe" run ley pointed to where the vic-
through the cut, she told the tim was found a dusty area
court. next to a clapboard" house
Throughout the incident, through Shady Hollow
according to all three witness- Street.
es, the Honda's engine was He testified that he found
still running and the music four spent shells on the scene.
was on. Michael Francis was 26 at
Ms Bastian testified that she the time of his death.
knew Pritchard and Mr Fran- Pritchard is being defended
cis for almost a decade. by Murrio Ducille and Tama-
Damian Longley told the ra Taylor. J Almitra Jones and
court that he saw the;deceased : Gawaine Ward represent the
"trying to take sonethii:g" C'rown.-
from the accusedibefore hear- .The case continues.




Abaco Club's

donation to



ABACO'S Spring City
Rockers junkanoo group
has received its first dona-
tion towards preparations
for the 2005-2006 junkanoo
The much needed support
came from Mr Peter de
Savary, the founder and the
chairman of the Abaco Club
on Winding Bay.
In August of 2004, Mr de
Savary took a Bahamian
cultural contingent of 100
persons to perform at the
annual Save the Chesapeake
Bay Charity Ball.
The event was held in
Providence Rhode Island.
Organised by recording
artist and performer Stone
McEwan, the delegation
consisted of the Royal
Bahamas Police Force
Band; the Colours Junkanoo
organisation; Action the lim-
bo dancer; Daphane Brown,
a teenage Abaconian singer
and Stone with his band,
This is the second consec-
utive year the Abaco Club
has come onboard as part
sponsor of the Junkanoo
The group also performs
at the Abaco Club on spe-
cial occasions.
The Spring City Rockers
expressed their gratitude
with a stellar performance
on Saturday, October 1 at
the Abaco Club.

Mr de Savary was so
impressed he made a com-
mitment to have various
Junkanoo groups perform
at the club every Saturday
evening commencing in
Colon Curry, the leader
of the Spring City Rockers
said, "This donation from
the Abaco Club is very time-
ly and it will allow us an ear-
ly start in preparations for
the Boxing Day parades".
When asked what
improvements the public
could expect to see from the
group in the upcoming
parades he said, "We will
have more three dimension
designs, the group will have
more members, and our
music will be stronger and
more rhythmic".
Stone McEwan, public
relations officer for the Aba-
co club said, "Mr de Savary
has exported and promoted
Bahamian culture on a scale
no single investor has ever
done before.
"He did this before
receiving one cent in returns
on his investments.
"The Abaco club will con-
tinue to support the com-
munities on Abaco and. ren-
der assistance whenever pos-
sible to individuals, causes
and organisations whose
mandates are to improve the
existence for the majority
on Abaco", he said.

* PETER de Savary, feeling the rush

* URIEL Delancy, deputy leader of the Spring City Rockers Junkanoo Group; Colon Curry,
leader of the same; and Stone McEwan, public relations in the Bahamas for the Abaco Club on
Winding Bay

High Commissioner

on visit to Nassau

THE British High Commis-
sioner to Jamaica, Mr Jeremy
Cresswell, is visiting Nassau this
week in his separate capacity as
non-resident High Commission-
er to the Bahamas.
Following the recent closure of
the British High Commission
here, he has been accredited to
the Bahamas as well as Jamaica.
The new High Commissioner
will present his credentials to
Prime Minister Perry Christie and
will pay a courtesy call at Gov-
ernment House. The Ministry of
Foreign Affairs has arranged a
full programme including a meet-
ing with acting Minister of For-
eign Affairs, Vincent Peet, and
other government ministers
together with calls on the com-
missioner of police, the governor
of the Central Bank, the presi-
dent of the Chamber of Com-
merce and others.

Following this initial familiar-
ization trip, he plans to visit the
Bahamas regularly.
Mr Cresswell has had wide
experience as a career member
of Her Majesty's Diplomatic Ser-
Educated at Oxford University
and at Johannes Gutenberg Uni-
versity in Mainz, Germany, he
entered the Foreign and Com-
monwealth Office in 1972.
As well as postings in Brussels,
Kuala Lumpur and Prague, he
has served at the FCO in London
dealing with a range of policy
issues including Europe and Latin
His most recent posting was as
deputy head of mission at the
British Embassy in Berlin.
Mr Cresswell is accompanied
by his partner, Dr Barbara
Munske. He has two grown-up
children living in England.

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PetroCaribe, its risks and the

future of energy in the Bahamas

ON Thursday, a panel
at the College of the
Bahamas will discuss policy
options for the Bahamas in the
face of rising energy costs.
Participants will be Indepen-
dent MP Pierre Dupuch, ex-
Shell Bahamas manager Vin-
cent Coleby, hotel association
chief Earl Bethel, Marion John-
sop of the Small Business Asso-
ciation, and Rupert Pinder, a
business lecturer at the college.
It was just over a year ago
that Tough Call presented the
first balanced review of
Venezuela's proposed oil deal
for the region, known as Petro-
caribe. Until then, all we had
to listen to were political ranti-
ngs about high prices.
One of our main points a year
ago was the glaring lack of
information, combined with the
fact that the government had
no thought-out energy policy:
"If Trade and industry Minis-
ter Miller is so sure of himself,
why doesn't he enlighten us on
the details of his so-called 'ener-
gy policy' before embarking on
such far-reaching negotiations?"
we wrote at the time.
Clearly, we were kept in the
dark because the minister him-
self didn't have a clue how the
scheme would work, and didn't
care so long as it gave him an
effective political soapbox. In
fact, it was only recently that
wiser heads in the government
forced the appointment of an
advisory body to research the
whole issue of fuel costs.
COB panellists Dupuch and
Coleby are both members of
that committee, which is expect-
ed to issue its report soon. A
partial presentation was given
tdothe cabinet a few weeks ago,
following a series of explorato-
ry meetings with oil company
executives and dealers. The
cdjmittee is also looking at the
prbosand cons of the Petrocaribe

he idea of an energy
t deal for Caricom coun-
tries was mooted as early as
2003 by Venezuelan President
Hugo Chavez, who is a disciple
of Cuba's ageing revolutionary,
Fidel Castro. The idea took
shape at a meeting in Caracas
14st July, and implementing
agreements were signed in
Jamaica last month..
Although Minister Miller
signed on to a general agree-
ment at the Caracas meeting in
2004, the Bahamas has not yet
agreed to implement Petro-
caribe. "We are still studying
it," Foreign minister Fred
Mitchell says (no doubt nurs-
ing a grudge against Mr Miller
over his failure to support the
drive to join the Caribbean Sin-
gle Market and Economy). Fact
is, no-one in the government
other than Mr Miller has had
anything to say on Petrocaribe.
. But according to Jamaica (its
most enthusiastic backer) Petro-
caribe is based on "the concept
of state involvement in the ener-
gy sector whereby surpluses
achieved would be used to help
meet expenses (through subsi-
dies) in healthcare, education,
housing for the poor and so on.
:"The arrangement would
iivolve refining of crude oil
from Venezuela, shipping to
Caribbean states, possibly in
Petrocaribe owned/contracted
vessels, wholesaling to existing
retailers and even undertaking
retailing where necessary."
In other words, Petrocaribe
aims to bring the entire region-
al fuel industry under the direc-
tion of Chavez. There are a
multitude of concerns about
governments inserting them-
selves into the supply chain to
support grandstanding politicos,
but we can narrow the Petro-
caribe debate down to five big
Geopolitical Risks

VX enezuela is using its
Soil resources to buy
support for an ongoing con-
frontation with the United
States, which Chavez has
described as "the most negative
force in the world." There are
valid policy concerns about
Venezuela's effort to link the
region to an anti-American
political and trade pact.
This is a clear objective of the

Chavez regime, which wants to
reduce American influence by
setting up a new socialist bloc
with Cuba. In fact, the Petro-
caribe agreement calls specifi-

cally for political curbs on free
enterprise in the region.
Chavez is making Caribbean
states an offer they can't refuse.
But the real price could be high.
And with the potential threat
of a Venezuelan oil cut-off -
which actually happened to the
Dominican Republic not long
ago over a different dispute -
there could be some unusual
pressure ahead if we decide to
go this route.
Chavez says Petrocaribe is a
way to promote "economic inte-
gration in the framework of the
Bolivarian Alternative for the
Americas...The Venezuelan
government vehemently
denounces the processes of lib-
eralisation, deregulation, and
privatisation, which limit the
ability of the state to design and
execute policies."
Like it or not, the Bahamas
depends on the United States
for its livelihood, security and
shopping rights. So we must
carefully evaluate participation
in any large-scale anti-Ameri-
can activity. There is much
more at stake here than the
fluctuating price of a gallon of
gas, no matter how often our
smug political sophisticates say
Some observers think Chavez
may be able to buy enough
influence to tip the strategic bal-
ance in the hemisphere enough
to wrest control of the Organi-
sation of American States from
Washington, which could lead
to the re-entry of Cuba,
expelled in 1962. This interest-
ing possibility would further
damage US influence in the
State Ownership

Petrocaribe will be co-
ordinated by a repre-
sentative council of ministers,
but will be managed by
Venezuela and a Venezuelan,
secretary-general. The agree-

a paper outfit run by a handful
of officials. But in addition to
the liklihood of supply ineffi-
ciencies (if we look at other
state entities as precedents), this
arrangement will certainly offer
new opportunities for creative
corruption on a grand scale.

built in the US since 1976 and
many closed during the oil glut
of the 1980s. It will take five
years or more to implement
decisions to build new refiner-
Some argue that BEC could
use the long-term credits Petro-

shut down. That will be a a lot
more painful than paying a few
cents more at the pump."
Others say the Bahamas has
special leverage because of the
mothballed BORCO refinery
on Grand Bahama, which is
owned by PDVSA. This facility

Price Tag

The Venezuelans will
not be discounting
their oil through the Petrocaribe
deal. According to Goldman
Sachs analysts, the agreement
should not be seen from the
standpoint of economic ratio-
nality, but rather from the
broader perspective of
Venezuela's aggressive foreign
policy and attempts to increase
its influence in the region'.
What Petrocaribe offers is
easy credit. Forty per cent of
the cost of petroleum products
will be provided as a conces-
sionary loan for 25 years at a
rate of one per cent per annum
when prices equal or exceed
US$50 a barrel (as they do
But these easy terms carry
teeth. To accept long-term cred-
it for a non-renewable every-
day commodity is like securing
a mortgage to buy food for dai-
ly consumption. The price tag
for Barbados if it had signed
the Petrocaribe oil deal would
have been $136 million in debt
per year, according to Energy
Minister Anthony Wood.

Instead of getting into the
energy business, with all the
unpleasant ramifications that
will involve, we suggest that
the government do what it is
supposed to do develop a
comprehensive energy strate-
gy that takes account of alter-
native fuels and new technolo-

ment calls for a state-owned
energy agency in each member
country to be jointly owned by
the Venezuelan government.
A subsidiary of Venezuela's
state-owned oil company will
operate tankers, storage termi-
nals, refineries and distribution
facilities around the region as
required. According to some,
this affiliate company would
have to be funded by regional
governments, adding more
bureaucracy and costs to the
Minister Miller says his ener-
gy agency will be no more than

"I will hasten to say that in a
very short time there would be
a debt stranglehold on this
country...and shortly interna-
tional financial institutions
would be at our door wondering
what is the basis for such a debt
management approach."
The rising price of fuel is not
due solely to supply shortfalls. It
is also about refining capacity.
And analysts say the refining
bottleneck represents a ceiling
on production that could last a
decade, meaning that high
pump prices could be here to
stay. No refineries have been

Clearly, we were kept in the
dark because the minister
himself didn't have a clue how
the scheme would work, and
didn't care so long as it gave
him an effective political

caribe offers to invest in new
power plants. Others say the
Venezuelans will be shipping
fuel around the region at cost, so
we will save on freight charges.
And Minister Miller himself
talks endlessly about cutting
everyone's margins including
the government's windfall rev-
enues from stamp tax and Cus-
toms duty on fuel imports.
Others are adamant that
Petrocaribe will not bring any
reduction in prices and point
out that theeMe.nmezuelans,.wil_ L
have a,strong sayin how we
spend any cash saved in the
Security of Supply

One of Petrocaribe's
goals is to supplant
the private sector fuel distribu-
tors that have been operating
in the region for decades. Some
analysts say this could throw the
whole regional oil market into a
tailspin and threaten our sup-
ply chain.
Market flexibility is the key to
rational, best-price supply,
experts say. By maintaining
access to the global oil market
through multiple suppliers you
let competition do the job of
regulating and guaranteeing a
best-price for The Bahamas.
"Only a limited number of
refineries can process Venezue-
la's heavy crude oil into useable
fuels, so having access to crude
is not even half the battle. A
single refinery accident, closure,
or off-cycle maintenance can
create a supply crisis," one ana-
lyst told Tough Call. "Tying
yourself to one supplier and a
single logistics and management
chain is a guarantee that a cata-
strophic failure will occur soon-
er or later.
"And without assured sup-
plies of fuel, the entire Bahami-
an economy will be forced to

is currently used only as a stor-
age and transhipment terminal,
but it could be re-commissioned
as part of the Petrocaribe deal.
BORCO was set up to
process Venezuelan heavy
crude before it closed in 1985
during a world oil glut. A barrel
of Venezuelan crude yields
about 65 per cent finished prod-
ucts such as gasoline and
kerosene (compared to 95 per
cent for Saudi light crude). But
getting that 65 per cent requires
expensive and complex refin-
ing equipment.

Energy Conservation

Energy is one of the key
inputs of any economy
and the Bahamas has no fossil
fuel resources of its own. It
stands to reason, then, that
energy conservation should be
an important national policy
Simply changing our house-
hold light bulbs to energy-effi-
cient fluorescents would save
megawatts of power each year.
Smaller cars, better public trans-
portation, insulated roofs, more
efficient appliances and other
sensible steps could save even
more. Solar-powered lighting
and water heaters, combined
with distributed power genera-
tion for major buildings could
do so much more.
The government must set an
agenda and evaluate intelligent
ways of saving foreign exchange
and improving the business cli-
mate rather than simply trying.
to raise our taxes or expand the
inefficient and wasteful public
According to many analysts,
"oil markets may have entered
the early stages of a multi-year
trading band of prices high
enough to meaningfully reduce
energy consumption." And the
International Monetary Fund

says we face a "permanent oil
shock" and must adjust to sus-
tained high prices for the next
two decades.
Gasoline prices had to top
$4 a gallon before Bahamian
consumers became noticeably
concerned, but it doesn't seem
as if drivers are curbing demand
yet. However, there is anecdotal
evidence of rising interest in
more fuel-efficient vehicles. The
Bahamas imports about 1.6 mil-
lion barrels of gasoline a year to
fuel the 140,000-plus vehicles
on our narrow, congested roads.
Alternative Energy

nstead of getting into the
energy business, with all
the unpleasant ramifications
that will involve, we suggest that-
the government do what it is
supposed to do develop a
comprehensive energy strategy
that takes account of alterna-
tive fuels and new technologies.
Hopefully, the Petroleum
Usage Review Committee is
seeking to get this started.
In the Caribbean today, only
Jamaica and Cuba generate sig-
nificant amounts of power from
alternative sources such as geot-
hermal, solar, wind or biomass.
And the Dominican Republic
is the region's largest producer
of hydroelectricity.
Ever since the 1907 Electric
light Act was passed the
Bahamas has been struggling to
keep up with the demand for
power. Today, BEC still finds
it difficult to satisfy consumers -
despite the investment of hun-
dreds of millions of tax dollars
over the years. And we have to
spend over $100 million a year
to buy fuel for the 15 generators
on New Providence alone.

There are few renewable
energy projects or sys-
tems operating in the Bahamas
today. Other than isolated
research stations like Forfar in
North Andros or the Island
School at Cape Eleuthera that
teach sustainable living, only a
handful of resorts (like Com-
fort Suites on Paradise Island)
use rooftop solar cells for water
One big exception is the
Tiamo resort on South Andros,
which has the largest solar pow-
er system operated by a private
tourism facility in the region.
Tiamo is the first resort in the
region to rely on alternative
energy for all its power needs.
And it uses this as a selling
point for visitors who pay $300
per night for a fan-cooled room.
To support eco-tourism ini-
tiatives like this, the Ministry
of Tourism prevailed upon the
government to eliminate Cus-
toms duty on solar panels in the
last budget. As a result, a solar
water heater for a typical fami-
ly of four now costs about
$2,500 installed (half what it did
last year) and will reduce pow-
er consumption by as much as
25 per cent.
In fact, Mike Garroway's
Solar Dynamics on Mackey
Street is installing a system at
Tough Call's house right now.

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Veteran backs Ingraham

to become FNM leader

FROM page one
issue but one made in the best
interest of the country.
"lMr Ingraham and I have
had our moments, both public
and private, and there is cer-
tainly not a love affair between
us. That aside, I do not have
the luxury of putting my per-
sonal views above that of my
country and my party," said
Mr Bostwick.
Mr Bostwick, in fact, has
been in almost the same posi-
tion Mr Smith, Mr Turnquest
and Mr Ingraham find them-
In 1979 the FNM lost the
position of official opposition
when four MPs Jimmy
Knowles, Norman Solomon,
Michael Lightbourn and Keith
Duncombe resigned from the
party. The Solomon-led Social
Democratic Party took over,
making Mr Solomon opposi-
tion leader.
When Mr Knowles returned
to the party in 1981, Mr Bost-
wick was made opposition
leader while the late Sir

Kendal Isaacs was leader of
the FNM.
On November 13, 1981, act-
ing Governor General Sir Ger-
ald Cash accepted the resigna-
tion of Norman Solomon as
leader of the official opposi-
tion and, two hours later,
appointed Mr Bostwick as the
new leader.
During the 1982 general
election, Mr Bostwick gave up
his "safe seat" in Montagu to
allow Mr Isaacs to run. Dur-
ing his 15 years in parliament
he served as both House and
Senate leader. He represent-
ed Montagu, which he gave up,
and offered himself unsuccess-
fully in North Andros.
"I have been in the same
position that Mr Smith and Mr
Ingraham find themselves now.
It is difficult when you are the
leader of the party in another
place for you to demonstrate
your being in charge of where
the action really is.
"The person who is placed
in that position is faced with
the difficulty of knowing that
he really is not the person in

charge and sometimes you are
acting under restraint and not
able to put your best foot for-
ward. You have to know that
you are in charge, when you
are supposed to be in charge.
"Not only did I abandon my
safe seat in Montagu. Along
with that I abandoned any
claim or pretence of wanting
to be leader of the party.
"I realised that I had my one
shot and so I abandoned those
ambitions and I took a totally
different course which I
thought was in the best interest
of my country, my party and
myself and that is exactly
where Tommy Turnquest is
Mr Bostwick said that, in
terms of party organisation and
consolidating its support, Mr
Turnquest had led the party
"Under Mr Turnquest's
leadership, he did a very good
job of containing the party and
growing it. For that I give him
full credit," he said.
After many FNM candidates
in the 2002 election failed to


Attorney-General and
Minister of Education

On the occasion of

World Teachers Day


Wednesday 5th October 2005

It is my distinct pleasure, on this
eleventh World Teachers' Day, to celebrate
contribution of teachers in The Bahamas.

gain a seat, Mr Bostwick said
the party was left with a House
membership which generally
did not contain the party's
strongest parliamentary
"So our performance on the
floor, both in the upper and
lower chambers, should have
been better. The party is now
in the position Where it has to
put its best foot forward, espe-
cially at this time, and this is
not to fault Mr Turnquest in
his role as party leader during
that most difficult period from
May, 2002, until now," said Mr
The FNM, he said, is shap-
ing up to win an election and
the consensus was that, to win
the next election, the Bahami-
an people are looking for the
kind of leadership that Mr
Ingraham presents.
"It is the feeling that Tom-
my, for whatever reason, has
not been able to appeal to the
masses and you have to appeal
right across the board to win
an election," said Mr Bostwick.

Supporters of

Ingraham step

forward to

offer backing

FROM page one
party would lose 30 per cent of
its die-hard members if the ex-
PM returned as leader.
The sources even felt current
leader Tommy Turnquest had
a better chance of success at a
general election than the man
who restored the country's for-
tunes after the disastrous Pin-
dling era.
But their claims were dis-
missed by confirmed Ingra-
hamites who said the Bahamas
needed strong leadership and
that their man was the one to
provide it.
One source said: "People
have been telling me how
pleased they are that 'Our boy'
is coming back. At the time we
needed someone before, Ingra-
ham was there. With this PLP
government, people are saying:
who's in charge?
"I ride the buses and people
are getting a sense of purpose
again now that Ingraham is
back on the scene. They see the
PLP as all puff and fluff. They
entertained and partied a lot,
Christie did his shuffle, but now
it's over. There is nothing else."
FNM stalwarts claimed Ingra-
ham support is particularly
strong in the Family Islands,
with Eleuthera, Abaco, Span-

ish Wells, San Salvador and
Crooked Island all firmly
behind him.
Anti-Ingraham views from
former Attorney General Ten-
nyson Wells were dismissed by
FNM members who said: "He is
out of the picture. He knows
nothing about what goes on in
the party."
Mr Wells was reported in yes-
terday's Tribune as saying that
last week's 88-40 council vote
in Ingraham's favour told of
division in the party.
He said Mr Ingraham had
failed to unite the FNM, adding
that Mr Turnquest had a bet-
ter chance of a general election
In response to another crit-
ic's view that Mr Ingraham was
"delivery boy" for the FNM's
big-money backers, a supporter
said: "We need deliverance
right now. And Mr Ingraham is
the man to provide it."
A Nassau realtor said Mr
Ingraham was preferred over
Mr Turnquest, especially in the
Family Islands. "There is no
doubt that he commands
tremendous support in places
like Abaco and Long Island.
People like Tennyson Wells are
out of the loop, they don't know
what they are talking about."

Union members

are threatened

with pay cut.

the role and inv

Teachers are critical to the future of our nation. They play a pivotal
role in the continuity of values, traditions and cultural identity. FO
the most part, teachers prepare the next generation to function
efficiently in a changing world. The Bahamas is fortunate indeed to
have women and men who dedicate their lives to ensuring that our
nation is counted among the best in the world.

Today, as we recognize that our quality teachers are the key components
in our quest for quality education, we again recommit ourselves tI
"training for a stronger teaching force".

We remain committed to ensuring that our teachers receive the best
possible pre-service and in-service training.

We will continue to promote strong partnerships between teacher -
education institutions, The Bahamas Union of Teachers and

All teachers at every level can be assured of our support in their
efforts to improve the quality of education and to enhance their own
professional development. As we seek to transform our education
system, we will continue to give priority to the provision of the
financial and human resources necessary for quality education and
competent, motivated teachers.

As Minister of Education, I salute the more than 3,000 educators
who serve our nation. I invite the rest of The Bahamas to take time
today to celebrate our teachers. Show our nation-builders that they
are needed, appreciated and loved!

FROM page one
"Whatever happens, as long
as it happens in law, we will
continue to work with the
unions," said the minister.
He said it was always impor-
tant to have a balance of views
in the country.
Last year, the BPSU's
requested pay raises were
delayed due to the econom-
ic strain caused by hurri-
canes Frances and Jeanne,
which ravaged parts of the

country in September.
Mr Peet said that, as negotia-
tions for salary pay-outs con-
tinue, it will be up to the Min-
istry of Finance to determine
whether the government is in a
position to make the payments.
In addition to the BPSU's
planned protest, the Bahamas
Democratic Movement has
called on teachers and con-
cerned parents to gather in
Rawson Square to protest
against unrepaired schools and
poor working conditions.

Smith denies seeking

any compensation

FROM page one
members voted Mr Ingraham
as his replacement.
Mr Smith said he does not
have to formally tender his res-
ignation to Governor General

Dame Ivy Dumont.
"Of course the leader, Sena-
tor Turnquest, Mr Ingraham
and myself will have to work
out a transition period. That has
not been done. I think it will be
worked out amicably," he said.



Hon. Alfred M.


JA A .:J/j



KrIavitz tour pitches

the Bahamas to

millions in Europe

ROCK star Lenny Kravitz
used his talent and celebrity sta-
tus to promote the Bahamas to
millions of potential tourists in
Kravitz has concluded his sec-
ond tourism promotion tour of
Europe in two years, netting
almost $700,000 in publicity for
the country.
Mr Kravitz, who is of
Bahamian descent and often
spends time at his Eleuthera
home, completed his first Euro-
pean promotional tour for the
Bahamas in 2004.
He continued the effort this
year, playing concerts in 17
cities, and awarding trips on
behalf of the Ministry of
Tourism and its partners to
lucky audience members at
each venue.
Through partnerships with
British Airways and the British

Colonial Hilton, complete vaca-
tions were offered to prizewin-
"The Lenny Kravitz Euro-
pean promotion was a resound-
ing success," said Earlston
McPhee, the project's main co-
ordinator within the Ministry
of Tourism. "The promotion
exposed an estimated 13 mil-
lion people to the Bahamas and
the newspaper, radio, magazine
and television coverage totalled
some 570,000 Euros or
"Our partners made all this
possible. So we must say spe-
cial thanks to British Airways,
British Colonial Hilton,
Bahamas Experience Tours,
Virgin Records, LBP Commu-
nications and Julie Angove
Mr McPhee said the scale of
the project brought focused

* CHARLES Frith, current manager of the quarter at Old
Bahama Bay Resort and Yacht Harbour.

Resort names its

top employees

attention to the Bahamas in key
cities that could help grow
Bahamian tourist arrivals from
The media hits on the tour
included the use of daily papers
and Travel One magazine in
Berlin, with a cumulative circu-
lation of 1.2 million; the use of
Principales and M80 radio sta-
tions in Bilbao, Spain, reaching
almost four million listeners,
and the use of the UK-based
GMTV website, which had an
estimated audience of 1.3 mil-

* LENNY Kravitz is pictured with winners in Dresden, Germany's 15th most populated city with
almost 475,000 residents

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WEST END. Grand Bahama
- A hard-working carpenter and
a diligent security guard are the
most recent employee award
recipients at Old Bahama Bay
Resort and Yacht Harbour.
"Excellent leadership skills
have helped Charles Frith
advance to Manager of the
Quarter at Old Bahama Bay,"
said the resort in a statement.
As the resort's security super-
visor, Frith leads a team of secu-
rity officers who collectively
keep a watchful eye over the
228-acre community of 82 home
sites, 72 dock slips and a 49-
room hotel.
Frith is also an active member
of the "Old Bahama Bay Care
Team" which is a volunteer
group of managers and employ-
ees dedicated to community ser-
vice projects and self-help pro-
grammes to protect the envi-
ronment and to improve the
Past projects include West
End and Old Bahama Bay
Resort. clean-up campaigns,
repairs and maintenance at the
West End primary school and
fund-raising for the "Care Team
Emergency Relief Fund"..
"Charles has distinguished
himself as a security supervisor
for his proactive leadership and

diplomacy in executing his
responsibilities. He recently
completed several self-improve-
ment courses and has a promis-
ing future with the property in
the years to come," said BoV
Kramm, chief operating officer
at Old Bahama Bay.
Adrian Hyler, who won the
Employee of the Month award
for August, works as a carpen-
ter with the resort's mainte-
nance department.
He is responsible for keeping
the luxury suites, fine and casu-
al dining restaurants and vari-
ous other resort sites in top-
notch condition.
Hyler's plans for the future
include enrolling in courses at
the Bahamas Technical and
Vocational Institute to become
a licensed carpenter.
"Adrian is being recognised
for his professionalism and reli-
ability performing as a lead car-
penter at Old Bahama Bay.
"During his 13 months of
employment, Adrian has set an
example for his peers and resort
guests," Kramm said.
Old Bahama Bay Resort and
Yacht Harbour is situated on
228 acres of oceanfront prop-
erty in the historical village of
West End, about 25 miles west
of Freeport.


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growth like a

'runaway horse'

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Tribune Business Editor
A Bahamian
provider of
financial soft-
ware yesterday
said it soon expects to expand
into another country by reach-
ing an agreement with a Bar-
bados-based institution, after
announcing that an RBC Cap-
ital Markets division had gone
live with its Trade Desk mod-
ule product.
Bruce Raine, founder and
managing director of Interna-
tional Private Banking Systems
(IPBS), said the growth in the
company's business, which now


Air meeting

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Tribune Business Editor
WINN-DIXIE executives
called the Bahamian directors
of Bahamas Supermarkets to an
emergency meeting at the pri-
vate Million Air airport last
week to formalise the departure
of Bruce Souder, the company's
former managing director, The
Tribune can reveal.
Executives from the struggling


extends to more than 10 coun-
tries, was "just a runaway horse
at the moment".
IPBS, which was originally
named Data Systems Interna-
tional, has seen its specialist
wealth management software,
targeted at the private bank-
ing sector, employed by clients
in countries ranging from the
US and the Bahamas to St Vin-

cent and the Grenadines, Pana-
ma, Uruguay, Vanuatu,
Bermuda, the Cayman Islands
and the Turks and Caicos
Mr Raine said it "means a
lot" to IPBS that RBC Capi-
tal Markets' Alternative Assets

SEE page 4B

Tourism should

contribute just

25% ofGDP
Senior Business Reporter
A BAHAMIAN economist has called for a complete rever-
sal in the roles of the tourism and financial services industries
in this nation's economy, with the latter and investments ele-
vated to the point where they produce up to 65 per cent of
gross domestic product (GDP), leaving tourism responsible for
just 25 per cent.
Calling it the "proper business of a small nation with our
proximity to the most powerful economic juggernaut in
human history", Dr Gilbert Morris, executive director of the
Landfall Centre, said that reducing the Bahamian econo-
See TOURISM, Page 3B

Tribune Business Editor
KERZNER International
yesterday said it had offered to
"accommodate" the annual
International Yacht and Jet
show for another year, after its
promoters expressed concern
that the Atlantis owner's $23
million acquisition of the Hur-
ricane Hole Marina venue had
left the event in a "serious lim-
In response to the show's
fears, Ed Fields, Kerzner Inter-
national (Bahamas) vice-pres-
ident of public relations, said
in response to The Tribune's
inquiries: "As a goodwill ges-
ture, we have offered to accom-
modate the promoters of the
International Yacht and Jet
Show for another year."
Mr Fields pointed out that
Kerzner International had
bought just the "Hurricane
Hole assets" from Lehman
Brothers' private equity arm,
which was the mortgagee. It
held a mortgage on the marina
and associated property and
assets by virtue of the financing
agreement that saw it lend
money to the company that
operated Hurricane -Hole,
Driftwood Hospitality Man-
As a result, Kerzner Inter-
national's $23 million purchase
did not include the Hurricane
Hole business that was oper-
ated by Driftwood. As a result,
contacts spoken to by The Tri-
bune said that Kerzner Inter-
national would be well within
its rights to refuse to host the
International Yacht and Jet
show again.
Apart from confirming that
SEE page 2B

Kerzner allays concerns by allowing
promoters to use Hurricane Hole as
'goodwill gesture', with acquisition set to
relieve lack of space at Atlantis marina

* THE Atlantis resort, Paradise Island
(FILE photo)


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- I s II -- L I

Forgetting the human

part in disaster recovery

What now,
Mr Corpo-
rate Securi-
ty Manag-
er? Yes,
what advice are you develop-
ing in your immediate report
on the events of the last few
weeks, and how they will
affect the way in which your
emergency preparedness is
handled in the future? At this
point you should be review-
ing, researching, then rewrit-
ing, how your company is

going to respond. The rules
have changed, apparently in
favour of the opponent the

How can you compete
against such an adversary, you
may say? Well, really you do
not have much of a choice. If
your responsibility is asset
protection for your company,
then you are not only in the
game, you are the coach, the



f. stocktaking,

Saturday, October 8, 2005

quarterback and the wide
receiver (yes, it is football sea-
son). So, what now? How do
we move forward?
Just like the September 11
attacks created a quantum
leap for the physical and
access control components of
security, so too has this year's
hurricane season. Katrina and
Rita have pushed the emer-
gency, crisis and disaster man-
agement elements of loss pre-
vention to the forefront. So
out of this chaos you must
now, first and foremost,
review your plan. What ele-
ments have now become obso-
lete and irrelevant to pre-
paredness, response and
Additionally, a critical ele-
ment that is sometimes over-
looked is the awareness/edu-
cation phases of the plan. This
is especially important to pro-
fessions such as healthcare,
where the ship, or rather the.
workplace, must be manned
regardless of what happens.
Education and awareness of
what, you may ask? Do not
make the mistake, as some-
times commonly done, of edu-
cating your staff and execu-
tives on how much damage
the various categories of a
hurricane can cause. We can
turn to the weather channel
for that.
Let's take, for example,
human behaviour and, as our
model, Maslow's Hierarchy of


A hurricane is a dramatic
and horrific event, as we can
see by the constant bombard-
ment via video of the damage
caused. It motivates some very
powerful human emotions,
-and asthe coach/quarterback -

you must be able to immedi-
ately read what your other
team members are going
through and adjust according-
When we review Maslow's
Theory, we see that all cate-
gories of his pyramid are expe-
rienced during a storm of such


The first advisory to the
public is something to the
effect of 'store up on extra
water and food', to the point
of what you will need to sur-
vive. As simple and good an
intention as this may seem,
let's be real. This is a very
overwhelming demand to
place on persons, especially
those of us who are struggling
to meet these needs on a reg-
ular basis. What becomes
most important to these indi-
viduals during a hurricane?
Then, if this is not enough, it
is demanded that nurses, doc-
tors, police, marines, correc-
tion officers and the like not
only leave their homes and
loved ones, but also place
themselves in harm's way.
This is-a direct attack' on the,

safety and social needs as
described by Maslow.
Finally, after the storm, we
must deal with esteem and
self-actualisation needs. These
factors have been attacked as
persons return to what little
is left, receiving no help from
anyone, "because we all
suferin'", as stated by a vic-
tim of Hurricane Jeanne last,
year. Years of building a
dream home or that new or
old relationship in a matter of
moments is totally destroyed.
But haven't you demanded
that your team come out and
play, regardless? This is their
patriotic duty to the country
and loyal duty to the compa-
ny. As we have seen not only
in New Orleans, but in other
traumatic situations, some per-
sons cannot take the pressure
so they 'tactically retreat'. Can
we hold this type of action
against these persons? Unfor-
tunately, we must or face dys-
function when another criti-
cal event occurs.


As a manager, if our only
concern is about the physical
and financial preparedness,-

Safe & Secure


Yacht and Jet Show

safe for another year

We thank you for your patronage and apologize
to our customers for any inconvenience caused.

FROM page 1B

Kerzner International would
allow the show's promoters to
use the venue for another year
in April 2006, Mr Fields con-
firmed: "We bought the Hurri-
cane Hole assets from Lehman
Brothers, who sold in their
capacity as mortgagee. The sale
did not include the business or
going concern of the former
owners, although in order to
mitigate the effects on existing
tenants and service providers,
where possible contracts were
continued, if only for the short

"In this regard, as a goodwill
gesture, we have offered to
accommodate the promoters
of the International Yacht and
Jet Show for another year."


The first International Yacht
and Jet Show was held jointly
at Hurricane Hole Marina and
Million Air Jet Centre in April
2002. However, its promoters
felt the Hurricane Hole acqui-
sition had placed the April
2006 staging in serious doubt,
saying in an earlier release that
they were in "a serious and

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uncomfortable limbo".
"We signed a new agreement
last year with the [then] own-
er's representatives, Driftwood
Hospitality Management,
which should have secured use
of the marina until 2014" said
Michael Carter, the show's
financial director, "but neither
of the other parties accept that
the terms agreed were bind-
Peter Bryant, the show's
chief executive, added: "Over
the last four years, we have
worked closely with several
local organisations, not least of
which being our main sponsor,
the Ministry of Tourism, to
build the show into an annual
international attraction for the
Bahamas, so it would be a great
shame if we were to lose it after
all of the hard work".
The International Yacht and
Jet Show is targeted at the
affluent and high net worth US
customer base that both this
nation's tourist and financial
services industries are seeking
to attract.

Failure to hold the April
2006 show would likely see this
potential customer base go
elsewhere, and the Bahamas
would lose an opportunity for
direct marketing to the growing
communities of affluent
boaters who visit its waters on
trips from Fort Lauderdale and
West Palm Beach.
The show is also a potential
opportunity for the Bahamas
to try and attract yacht and air-
craft registry business, ideas
that it has been mulling as
potential stimulants.for its
financial services industry.

Meanwhile, Kerzner Inter-
national said the Hurricane
Hole acquisition would relieve
"capacity constraints" at the
existing Atlantis Marina. In a
message to the company's
shareholders, Sol and Butch
Kerzner said Hurricane Hole
would be upgraded "signifi-

thus neglecting the human ele-
ment, we are in for a rude
Yes, the people who are
supposed to lead are people,
too, and subject to serious
errors and bad judgement.
Finally, there is public policy.
The rules which we are to
abide by, if not regularly
reviewed and tested, will be
'thrown out with the bath
water'. That is to say, in times
of panic and desperation, our
tolerance will be lowered in
an effort to survive. Is this
what we need to survive but
not what we need to live?
That is another discussion.


This article has focused on
mental health and how it
relates to mitigating responses
to hurricanes and other similar
disasters. It is this writer's
opinion that this is the under-
lying failure in training as it
pertains to emergency
response. We, as leaders, for-
get the human beings who
have to carry out the plan.

NB: Gamal Newry is the
president of Preventative
Measures, a loss prevention
and asset protection training
and consulting company, spe-
cialising in Policy and Proce-
dure Development, Business
Security Reviews and Audits,
and Emergency and Crisis
Comments can be sent to
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(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the 3rd
day of October, 2005. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp.
Inc.., of P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.


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s net income rises


BANK of the Bahamas Internation-
al yesterday said its Exuma service cen-
tre was due to open next month, as it
unveiled a 16 per cent increase in net
income for its 2005 fiscal year to $7.009
million, compared to $6.034 million in
The bank saw a $50 million increase
in total assets to $454 million at its
2005 fiscal year-end, compared to the
previous quarter.

Shareholder equity for the year to
June 30, 2005, increased by 12.68 per
cent year-on-year, with earnings per
share rising more than 16 per cent to
$0.59 per share.
Paul McWeeney, the bank's man-
aging director, said: "Our steady and
dramatic growth in assets, which now
stand at $454 million, exceeds market
trends and is the result of several new
undertakings designed to enable us to

move through a new dimension in the
evolving dynamic young life of this
financial institution."
Among the initiatives Mr
McWeeney said accounted for the
growth were new products, including
greatly expanded credit card services,
introduction of a comprehensive online
banking programme, new savings plans
and, most significantly, a major mort-
gage campaign.

The home mortgage campaign was
launched with print ads, press releases,
radio commercials and mortgage fairs
in Nassau, Freeport and Exuma.
Lenders could lump furniture, appli-
ances, insurance, closing costs and legal
fees in with low interest rate mort-
The campaign helped to boost the
bank's overall lending portfolio to $352
million with solid, long-term mortgages

accounting for some 45 per cent.
Record-setting liquidity in the econ-
omy, major international investment
and a need to rebuild after Hurricanes
Frances and Jeanne also drove a con-
struction boom that, in turn, put more
dollars into circulation, Mr McWeeney
said. He added that the increase in net
income came despite major invest-
ments in the bank's staff and operating

Meeting, from Page 1B

US-based retail, group, which is head-
quartered in Jacksonville and still in
Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection, flew
in to Nassau by private plane last week
to complete the terms of Mr Souder's
departure, which sources yesterday said
was understood to be mutually agreed
by both parties.
After the meeting, both Mr Souder
and the Winn-Dixie executives returned
to Bahamas Supermarkets' head office
on the East-West Highway. Mr Souder
then cleared out his desk.
Among the Bahamian directors of
Bahamas Supermarkets are Barry

Rassin, Doctors Hospital Health Sys-
tems chief executive; Dr Keva Bethel,
former head of COB; attorney L B
Johnson; and ex-Bank of the Bahamas
International chairman, Hugh Sands.
It is understood that not all were pre-
sent at the Million Air meeting.
The exact reasons for Mr Souder's
departure are unclear, although the
swiftness indicates a complete break-
down in relations between himself and
the Winn-Dixie head office.
On Friday, a short press release from
Winn-Dixie, Bahamas Supermarkets'
US parent, which has about a 75 per

cent stake in the company, said Mr
Souder's job would be taken over tem-
porarily by Mark Sellers, Winn-Dixie's
group vice-president of operations, who
is based in Jacksonville.
In describing how Mr Sellers would
oversee the operations of the 12
Bahamian stores on "an interim basis"
until a permanent replacement was
found, the Winn-Dixie release said Mr
Souder was "no longer with the com-
Bahamas Supermarkets operates
nine stores in New Providence under
the City Markets brand, and three

stores under the Winn-Dixie banner.
Winn-Dixie has denied it is actively
seeking to sell its 75 per cent majority
stake in Bahamas Supermarkets,
although a company spokeswoman
admitted she would not be "surprised at
all" if potential buyers were circling the
latter. The Tribune revealed last month
how potential bidders were circling
Bahamas Supermarkets.
One source close to a party interest-
ed in the company told The Tribune:
"I can confirm there is interest in
Bahamas Supermarkets."
Winn-Dixie has repeatedly said that

Bahamas Supermarkets and its staff are
unaffected by the Chapter 11 situation,
which is forcing the New York Stock
Exchange (NYSE) listed company to
close 35 per cent of its stores and make
28 per cent of the workforce redun-
dant. Bahamas Supermarkets has
always been among Winn-Dixie's most
profitable arms, with net earnings for
the three months to April 6, 2005,
ahead of last year at $2.2 million com-
pared to $1.7 million. Year-to-date to
April, earnings for 2005 were $5.9 mil-
lion or $1.28 per share, compared to $5
million, or $1.09 per share, last year.

Tourism, from Page 1B

my's dependence on the
tourism dollar would be
derived largely from financial
and information technology
services, plus investment
Addressing students from
Georgetown University in
Washington DC, Dr Morris
said: "I would like to see a
complete reversal in our situa-
tion. I think 65% per cent of
GDP should come from finan-
cial services and investment,
with tourism responsible for 25
per cent.
"The replacement income
will derive largely from finan-
cial & IT services and invest-
ment, which is the proper busi-
ness of a small nation with our
proximity to the most powerful
economic juggernaut in human
history. To put it plainly, I
would like to see less tourists,
spending more money, and
arriving here to invest or pur-
chase high-end products from
around the world."
Dr Morris said Bahamians
could not become wealthy by

using the tourism industry to
exploit this nation's location
next to the US, needing to take
greater advantage of this.
He added: "Switzerland did
not become wealthy in prox-
imity to Europe, nor has Sin-
gapore become wealthy in
proximity to China or Japan
through tourism. Both have
strong tourism industries. But
their tourism is a by-product
of other things.
"The willingness of the world
to see us only in touristic terms
is a result both of our self-con-
ception and the absence of a
professional international foot-
print that challenges those
assumptions. India challenged
assumptions and is becoming
the IT and Biotechnology cap-
ital of the world. Ireland is now
a financial service/IT centre in
Europe. Australia leads in legal
services, and Finland of hard-
ware development. Each of
these core activities has lead to
I do not believe our cur-
rent disassociated tourism can

last beyond the next 10-15
years 20 years at the outside.
Already we are seeing dimin-
ishing returns. If we stick with
the current model, then we
need service people. Our peo-
ple, rightly, want a lifestyle
which tourism cannot offer on
a mass scale. At the same time,
their opportunities, and access
to capital and credit to earn the
lifestyle they want are limited."

Arguing that there could be
"a severe correction" in Nas-
sau's commercial property
prices, Dr Morris said Bahami-
ans needed to concentrate on
infrastructure development. He
urged this nation to also cre-
ate a Real Estate Investment
Trust (REIT) to hold all
Crown Land once its value had
been appraised, rather then
merely sell it, as this could be
used "to back a new Bahamian
Dr Morris said an interna-
tional index, such as the JP

Morgan Emerging Markets
Bond Index, be used as a
benchmarking and measure-
ment tool to determine the risk
aversion of investors to a
Bahamian investment product.
Considering both the
investor and the Bahamian
economy, and the need for a
"win-win situation", Dr Mor-
ris said he would frame the risk
or the domestic benefits by
introducing a series of layered
Using the example of
Mayaguana and the potential
for investment on the island,
Dr Morris said that given the
lack of infrastructure there, the
cost to potential investors was
likely to be disproportionate-
ly high compared with a similar
investment on Miami Beach.
The only means of correcting
the situation, he added, would
be to have a series of layered
investments where a group
might look at some immediate
activity that produced a rev-
enue stream, using that as
leverage to fund a communi-

cations network. Another
investor might consider look-
ing at the development of roads
and ports.
"I am imagining something
like a Mayaguana Infrastruc-
ture Development Fund. The
main point is that the experi-
ence of getting that fund rat-
ing up to investment grade,
means that we will have stan-
dardised a financial model for
monetising our development,"
Dr Morris said.
To achieve structural change,
Dr Morris said there would
have to be changes in the
Bahamas, particularly in the
exchange control regime. He
said that there would have to
be changes in the nation's
bankruptcy laws, and a new
commitment to the enforce-
ment of commercial and civil
On other fronts, Dr Morris
said the US dollar, as a store of
value, had lost its strategic
importance for the Bahamas,
adding that this was not a polit-
ical point, but an economic

one. He said the US was mak-
ing decisions that were result-
ing in the decline of the pur-
chasing power of the Bahamas
and the value of its dollar
reserves, a situation the
Bahamas could afford to lan-
guish in. Rather than follow
the example of Switzerland or
the Cayman Islands, Dr Morris
said the Bahamas should use
back office functions as a "step-
ping stone" to building a finan-
cial services industry modelled
on Frankfurt or London.

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CORAL HARBOUR BASE (RBDF) The Royal Bahamas Defence
Force is presently conducting a Recruitment Exercise. Applications
can be obtained at the Ministry of National Security 3rd floor of The
Churchill Building, Rawson Square.

The deadline for submission of Applications is 10th October 2005
Commencement date for training of successful applicants is scheduled
for February 2006.

Applicants Should:

Be a Bahamian Citizen
Be between the ages of 18-24 years
Possess a minimum of (5) BJC's or equivalent including Math
and English with 'C' passes or above.
Obtain two Character references and a Police Character

Applicants are required to be successful in all the following:

A Psychometric Evaluation
Recruitment (written) Examination (Math, English and General
Physical Fitness and Swimming Tests
Vetting Assessment and Medical Examination
Interview Assessment

Emphasis for recruitment will be placed on candidates with:

Strong Character and leadership qualities
Desire to maximize potential in a disciplined environment
Willingness to spend time at sea
Willingness to conduct tour of duty at satellite base on a
Family Island or outside the Bahamas.
Good Academic background
Proficiency in a second language
Proficiency in a musical instrument

Interested persons may contact:

Lieutenant Commander Franklin Clarke
Personnel & Recruiting Officer
Defence Force Headquarters
P.O. Box N-3733
Coral Harbour, New Providence




The Public Hospitals Authority invites applications from suitably
qualified individuals for the post of Surveillance Manager, Princess
Margaret Hospitals Authority.

Applicants must possess three (3) subjects at the B.G.C.S.E. level or
equivalent including English Language with (10) years security
experience three (3) of which must be at the Supervisory level.

The successful candidate will report to the Chief Security Officer and
be responsible for coordinating the daily activities of the Surveillance
Unit personnel and the recording of activities within and around the


1. Ensure the smooth and efficient operation of the Surveillance Unit.

2. Performs administrative functions as required to affect the smooth
running of the Surveillance Unit including supervision of staff.

3. Keep abreast with new systems, controls and equipments.

4. Reviews surveillance audio-visual tapes to determine the nature of
entries made thereon.

5. Overseas the surveillance unit equipment to ensure that an effective
repair and preventative maintenance programme is maintained.

6. Ensures that relevant records are maintained, i.e. activity logs, hold
tape register and check lists of functions to be performed by the
Surveillance Unit Personnel.

The salary will be commensurate with qualification and years of


Resume', documentary evidence of qualifications and experience and
three (3) references, should be submitted, no later than 17th October,
2005, to the Director of Human Resources, P.O.Box N-8200, or 1st
Floor Manx Corporate Centre, Dockendale House, West Bay Street.



Company's growth like


'runaway horse'

The Senior Manager Operations will design and coordinate activity
programs for a Bahamian destination management company.
Knowledge/Skill Requirements:
Minimum of 10 years experience;
Very good organizational and interrelation skills;
SVery creative and ability to adapt quickly;
Working on irregular hours, often on Sundays and late-nights;
Experience in managing staffs;
Very good knowledge of events management services;
High energy, motivator, self starter willing to work without supervision;
Good computer skills and d knowledge of Word, Excel, Internet and ACT.
SFluent in English, Spanish and French.
Salary according to experience level.
If you are interested please do it before October 10th, 2005. Please send your resumes
By Mail
P.O. Box CB-12762 (Suite #225)
West Bay Street, Shopping Centre
Cable Beach, Nassau, Bahamas



International Business Companies Act 2000

In Voluntary Liquidation
Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138(4) of
the International Business Companies Act, (No. 45 of 2000),
LIQUIDATORS INC. is the Liquidator and can be contacted at
No. 2 Commercial Centre Square, P.O. Box #71, Alofi, Niue Islands.
All persons having claims against the above-named company are
required to send their names, addresses and particulars of their
debts or claims to the Liquidator before November 4, 2005.

S... atr
For: Conlincatal Liquidators, Inc.

GN 274




Notice is hereby given that the Governor, pursuant
to Section 18(1)(a)(ii) of The Banks and Trust
Companies Regulation Act, 2000, has revoked by
Order dated 30th September, 2005 the branch banking
license granted on the 9th December, 1977 to Banco
de Vizcaya S.A. (now called "Banco Bolbao Vizcaya
Argentaria, S.A."), on the grounds that the company
has ceased to conduct branch banking business in
The Bahamas.


The Central Bank of The Bahamas

FROM page 1B

Group, based in New York,
had gone live with the compa-
ny's IPBS/Trade Desk Module,
which the latter was using for
its fund of funds hedge fund
He added that IPBS was
likely to announce another new
client shortly. "Hopefully, in
Barbados we've signed up a
group there, and another group
in the US," Mr Raine said.
He added: "Already today,
a guy at RBC has had some
inquiries from former col-
leagues of his in Ireland, want-
ing to know how to get in touch
with us. It's just a runaway
horse at the moment.
"It's the new technology -
people are really grabbing on
to the concept of straight-
through processing. You can
run asset management opera-
tions without a whole lot of
human interruption."
IPBS's success has shown
that it is possible for wholly-
owned, small Bahamian busi-
nesses to compete against more
established companies in the
global marketplace. All its soft-
ware developers are Bahami-

Mr Raine said he agreed
with comments made at the
weekend by Julian Francis, the
Grand Bahama Port Authori-
ty's co-chairman, that the
Bahamas and its business com-
munity could no longer to
afford to adopt a protectionist
On how IPBS had managed
to establish itself in the inter-
national private banking indus-
try, Mr Raine said: "It takes a
long time. You've got to take
the view that you are not going
to be disheartened. You've got
to keep plugging away at it.
"You've got to be able to
compete in the world market-
place. It's hard, it's not easy,
and you've got to keep at it. It
took us seven years before we
were catching on to the big
name companies.
"The faint of heart are going
to drop by the wayside. You've
got to keep at it."
IPBS was now seeing the
fruits of its early labours, Mr
Raine saying that its software
products were replacing "big
name systems", particularly ini
Latin America.
The IPBS/Trade Desk Mod-

The Public is hereby advised that, ETHNiE STUBBS. of,
Nassau, Bahamas, intend to change my name to CHARLES
ETHNIE STUBBS. If there are any objections to this change
of name by Deed Poll, you may write such objections to the
Chief Passport Officer, RO.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no
later than thirty (30) days after the date of publication of this

NOTICE is hereby given that RACQUEL GORDON, BUTTON
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 5TH day of OCTOBER,
2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

%. UBS

UBS (Bahamas) Ltd., a leading international wealth manager, is
looking for a
Senior Compliance Officer
As part of the existing Legal, Risk & Compliance Team, the
successful candidate will be responsible for the following main
Identify potential compliance risks to the bank;
provide expert advice and feedback on regulatory, market
and business specific issues relating to compliance;
advise management, client advisors and other internal
clients in order to prevent, mitigate and control compliance
risks (incl, KYC, AML, etc);
work closely with the business to identify opportunities
for better or new processes where compliance issues are
at stake and develop alternative solutions and
recommendations on compliance related issues;
report to relevant trends and developments;
review and produce policies and procedures;
develop anddeliver training programs to Bank and Trust
This position is open to candidates with the following requirements:
Extensive experience in a comparable position in a
compliance/audit environment with a global financial
services provider (international exposure required);
sound knowledge of the financial services industry and
banking products and services;
excellent communication, presentation and negotiation
team player with strong interpersonal skills;
Bachelors degree required;
other compliance and/or banking related training is a plus.
Interested persons meeting the above criteria should apply in
writing, enclosing a full resume with cover letter to:
UBS (Bahamas) Ltd.
Human Resources
East Bay Street
P.O. Box N-7757
Nassau, Bahamas
Applications will only be accepted until October 12, 2005.

ule, which is built on the
Microsoft .NET platform, is
designed to offer significant
savings and efficiencies in get-
ting client orders processed.
IPBS/Trade Desk automates
the processing of client sub-
scription or redemption orders
that now can be electronically
imported and processed in a
matter of seconds. Throughout
this automated process, which
culminates in completion of the
investment with the respective
fund manager, the opportunity
exists to identify items that do
not conform to a particular
fund's investment rules.
Mr Raine said in a statement:
"We know that the system has
the flexibility to grow with their
[RBC's] business, and in that
sense delivers extra value for
money in our view. As the
Alternative Assets Group is
involved in hedge fund invest-
ments, it is worth mentioning
that the flexibility of the
IPBS/Trade Desk makes it an
equally good fit for bond or
equities traders, and as it's
based on .NET technology, it's
also very affordable."

He added that fund of fund
structures were now "huge" in
international finance, and
extremely popular with both
high net worth and ultra high
net worth clients.
IPBS is described as a fully
integrated accounting and man-
agement information system
that provides all the front, mid-
dle and back office support ser-
vices that financial institutions
IPBS said in a statement that
it provides:
Quantity (share) based
investments as well as
value based investments.
Segregation of collater-
alised and non
collaterlised portfolio invest-
Intra-day and final valua-
High quality client report-
Automated bulk process-
ing of accepted investment

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 5TH day of OCTOBER, 2005 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box F-41085,
Grand Bahama, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that MARTIN THACKRAY, P.O. BOX
N-7805, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is.applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality"ancd '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 28TH day of
SEPTEMBER, 2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

STREET, P.O. BOX N-1000, 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 28TH day of
SEPTEMBER, 2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that LINAS CASSEUS, KEY WEST
STREET, P.O. BOX GT-2212, 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 5TH day of OCTOBER, 2005 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.


A financial Institution is seeking a Financial Controller.

The successful candidate must have the following

B.Sc in Accounting

Chartered or Certified Public Accountant

Minimum of three years experience

Management Level

Possess significant computer experience

Su^bmi Rsme t Fa #93-11

Are you looking for a new challenge?

We are currently seeking qualified Seniors to join our Audit practice.

Successful candidates for the Senior position will have approximately two to
four years of work experience in a public accounting firm. The position will
require the individual to hold a CPA, CA or other professional designation
recognized by the Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Excellent opportunities exist in our Nassau and Freeport offices to broaden
your professional experience in a varied practice that offers competitive
compensation and benefits packages.
Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, a copy of their professional certification and a copy of their
transcriptsifapplyingforanentrylevelpodtion, to: KPMG, Human Resources Manager, P.O. Box N123, Nassau,


S2005.KPMG, a Bahamian partnerip,te Btamian member fim of tPMG elornaen a Sss wnoe All rights reserved.





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Bahamians take to the

streets for motorcade

Junior Sports Reporter

THE rain didn't dampen
the high spirits of hundreds of
Bahamians that took to the
streets of New Providence yes-
terday, to witness the motor-
cade of the World Champi-
onships Team.
The umbrellas were out in
full force as the rain came
pouring down, but Bahamians
were determined to show their
support for the fantastic job
done by the 19-member team.
The motorcade, which took
place during school hours, saw
enthused teachers and stu-
dents flock the streets to catch
a glimpse of the 'Golden Girl'
Tonique Williams-Darling,
members of the men's silver
medalling 4x400 meter relay
team, Chandra Sturrup and
the other team members.
For Bahamians, seeing the
Bahamas' finest track and
field stars parade through the
streets brought plenty of joy.
David Farrington declared
that his eight-year-old daugh-
ter is Williams-Darling's
biggest fan and that he had to
make a U-turn to ensure that
his daughter was awarded an
opportunity to see the Golden
He said: "It is great to see
the government honour these
athletes. Bringing them to the
people is always a great idea.
"My daughter loves
Tonique and she is always say-
ing that she wants to be like
her, running on television.
When I heard that, I enrolled
her in a track programme so
she could start training.
"But for her to see Tonique
is another story, she is so hap-
py right now. When she heard
that she was out here she
made me turn around so she
could get a first hand look at
one of the Bahamas' golden
As the motorcade passed
through Flower Street of
Kemp Road, students of the
Uriah McPhee Primary school
rushed to the jeep which was
carrying Williams-Darling,
screaming "we love you

* TONIQUE WILLIAMS-DARLING brings smiles to the streets of Nassau.
(Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune staff)

Williams-Darling, who tried
to hop down out of the jeep
was swarmed by the students
all wanting autographs.
This was also the case for
Nathanial MeKinney, Troy ;
McIntosh, Avard Moncur and
Chris Brown, the Bahamas'
"Silver Knights".
Antoinette Davis said: "I
am very excited, glad to see
that the rain didn't dampen
the high spirits of the Bahami-
an people.
"I am very proud to be a

Bahamian and to have such
fine athletes represent me on
the world scene.
"They deserve everything
theyget.They are true nbas-
saddrsof the Bahamas,
they've done this country
proud and I wish them all the
success in the future."
The shopping activities
came to a standstill as the
motorcade passed through the
capital's busiest street.
Bay Street came alive as
tourists and store vendors

waved to the team members.
A tourist from Milwaukee
congratulated all the athletes
on the splendid job, saying
that it is on rare occasions that
some Americans get to see
their top athletes.
She said: "Although I am
not a big fan of track and field,
I must say that the Bahamas is
doing very well. They have
great athletes, this is a great
"I am from Milwaukee and
we rarely see the big top ath-

letes, to know that the
Bahamas is bringing their ath-
letes to the streets so every-
one can get a glimpse at them
is great.
"The whole celebration is
great, I am so happy we
choose to be here during the
celebrations, I can't wait to go
back home so I can tell every-
one that I saw them."
The team are expected to
travel to Abaco and Grand
Bahama today as a part of the
week-long celebrations.



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Athletes express their

delight at celebrations

FROM page one

Timicka Clarke, who ran the lead off leg
on the women's 4 x 100 relay:
"This is just a chance for the Bahamian
people to see the athletes who competed at
the world's," she said. "It also gives us some
encouragement to get ready to compete next
year. It should be a lot of fun. I'm really look-
ing forward to going to the Family Islands."

Chris Brown, who just missed a medal
in the men's 400, finishing fourth, but
anchored the men's relay team to the silver:
"I think I appreciate this one. I ain't really
feel it yet. Hopefully when we go around the
Family Islands, it will sink in more," he
quipped. "I know my people wanted me to
come home long time, so it's good that my
teammates will be going with me too to see
how they treat me."

Troy McIntosh, who ran the third leg on
the men's relay team in the preliminaries:
"Things are just starting to kick off, but
the public is just opening their arms and con-
gratulating us for all the hard work we put
in," he revealed. "We appreciate that because
it shows that the people care and it only gets
better every time we succeed."

Philippa Arnett-Willie, the third leg run-
ner on the women's relay team:
"For me, it's a great highlight, mainly for
Tonique, but it's also good to see the other
athletes come and celebrate with her," she
declared. "I'm enjoying it and I will enjoy
the rest of the week, but I hope that the
younger athletes will work just as hard to
achieve the success that they see in front of

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Nathaniel McKinney, the lead of runner
for the relay team:
"In track and field, you expect this type of
success, so this is only one aspect of us cele-
brating," he insisted. "We deserve everything
that we get. This is supposed to happen for

Christine Amertil, who just missed quali-
fying for the women's 400 final:
"It's good, it's not as good as it would have
been if it was held right after the meet," she
reflected. "Of course, some time has passed,
but it's still fitting and we want to go out and
show the Bahamian people that we are thank-
ful for their support."

Lavern Eve, a 10th place finisher in the
women's javelin:
"It's really awesome because every year
the Bahamas gets to recognise our accom-
plishments, especially Tonique, who won the
gold medal," she noted. "I'm hoping a lot of
people will come out and we will have some
fun as they show their appreciation."

Chandra Sturrup, a fourth place finisher
in the women's 100 metres:
"It's good that the Bahamas Government is
showing their way of saying thanks to the
athletes for their performances. I'm just proud
to be a part of it," she stated.

Ralph McKinney, the team manager:
"It's a good opportunity for all of the ath-
letes to come home and let their hair down,"
he pointed out. "Of course, each celebration
is different from all of th6 others. This time,
in addition to honoring those who have
medalled, athletes will also be getting their
photos on the wall at the airport."

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Senior Sports
THE Bahamian World
Championships team were
paraded through the
streets of New Providence
in a motorcade yesterday
and are due to go island
hopping today in Abaco
and Grand Bahama and
then Eleuthera on Thurs-
They are due back in the
capital on Friday for visits
to the various schools and),
on Saturday, they will
attend an unveiling cere-
mony on the Wall of Fame
at Nassau's International
After a boat cruise on
Saturday night, the festivi-
ties will come to a close
with a church service on
Sunday at 11am at Mt.
Pleasant Baptist Church on
East Street.
At the motorcade, the
athletes all expressed their
delight in being a part of
the celebrations.
Avard Moncur, the
second leg runner on the
men's silver medal 4 x 400
relay team:
"Everything has been
really great so far and I'm
just glad to be home with
my family and enjoying the'
succeed of the team with
my team-mates," he said.
"It's really good to be here
to enjoy something like
this, especially going to the
Family Islands."
Jackie Edwards, a
ninth place finisher in the
women's long jump:
"It's always nice to come
home. Sometimes when
you're away, you don't -
really appreciate how
much people support you
at home. So it's nice for the
government to bring us
home to celebrate every
"But it's nice this time
because I've never been at
the renaming of a street, so
that was historic. We can
now drive down Tonique
Williams-Darling Highway.
I'm just looking forward to
the rest of the week."
Tonique Williams-.
Darling, the world 400
"Yesterday was really
historical for me," she
pointed out, referring to
the renaming of the high-
way in her honour. "I'm
just overwhelmed with it
because it's not every day
you have a street name
after you.
"I won't want to say it
topped the gold medal, but
it's right up there and I'm
happy that I can have some
fun with my team-mates,
especially Chris, who is my
training partner. So I'm
looking forward to being
SEE page 7B

STUDENTS of Oakes Field Primary School wave to Tonique Williams-Darling during the World Championships motorcade.
(Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune staff)

Weather can't dampen

Bahamas celebrations

Senior Sports Reporter
WITH weather reminiscent of
the pouring rain and overcast
skies she ran in to win the gold
medal at the 10th IAAF World
Championships in Athletics in
Helsinki, Finland, Tonique
Williams-Darling led the
Bahamas team's celebrations yes-
Under the theme: "Bahamas
on top of the world," Williams-
Darling and nine other members
of the Bahamas Association of
Athletic Associations' team were
paraded through the streets of
New Providence in a motorcade
that started at the Kendal Isaacs
Gymnasium and ended at
Arawak Cay where a rally was
scheduled last night.
Other team members present
were sprinters Chandra Sturrup,
Philippa Arnett-Willie and Tim-
icka Clarke, quarter-miler Chris-
tine Amertil, long jumper Jackie
Edwards, javelin thrower Lavem
Eve and men's 4 x 400 relay quar-

Triumphant athletes

take to the streets

tet Chris Brown, Avard Moncur,
Nathaniel McKinney and Troy
Throughout the parade, which
travelled on Thompson Boule-
vard to Baillou Hill Road, onto
Bay Street all the way to Kemp
Road, up Wuilff Road and onto
Nassau Street to West Bay Street,
light showers fell.

But that didn't interrupt the
festive mood as the entourage
pulled out umbrellas and waved
their Bahamian flags to the
Bahamians lined various sec-
tions of the street to get a glimpse
of the team as they passed by.

Once they reached Arawak
Cay, the athletes were greeted
by spectators and they signed
autographs and took pictures as
they waited for the parade.
"This is what the people want-
ed," said Williams-Darling, when
asked if the inclement weather
reminded her of the trip to
Helsinki where she stormed
back in the final metres to over-
power American Sanya Richards.
"They waited a long time for
this and it was good that we were
able to come out and share this
moment with them, even though
it rained. They still came out and
cheered us on, so it was only fit-
ting for us to still put on the
As they came out of the Queen
Elizabeth Sports Centre, the ath-

letes were greeted by a small
group of students from the Oakes
Field Primary School, who lined
up at the red light on Thompson
However, once they turned
onto Baillou Hill Road passing
Naomi Blatch Primary School,
Williams-Darling got out of the
jeep she had rode in with her
mother and other family mem-


Williams-Darling, who had the
Harrold Road Highway renamed
after her on Monday, started to
hand out miniature national flags
to students as they lined off
behind the fence. But before she
knew what was happening, a mob
of students rushed and hugged
At one point, she had to brace
herself from falling.
A similar scene took place
when they passed Uriah McPhee
Primary School on Kemp Road.

This time, Williams-Darling
stayed in the jeep and passed out
more flags.
But once again, the students
and even parents and other
onlookers gathered around trying
to rub shoulders with the
Olympic and World Champion.
As they headed through Bay
Street, three American tourists
riding on two motorcycles greet-
ed Williams-Darling and they
stayed ahead of her, joining the
parade all the way to Arawak
On East Bay Street, the ath-
letes were greeted by Bahamas
Olympic Association President
Arlington Butler and Williams-
Darling was congratulated by her
father-in-law, Dennis Darling Sr.
While the focus was on
Williams-Darling out front, the
spectators all cheered for Brown,
Moncur, McKinney and McIn-
tosh all riding together and
Sturrup, Arnett-Willie, Clarke,
Amertil, Edwards and Eve as
they rode with team manager
Ralph McKinney.

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Poet and writer

gains international


Tribune Feature Writer
TAKING a chance and try-
ing something new sometimes
doesn't work out as planned.
But for Bahamian poet/writer
Loxsley Bastian, the pursuit of
writing has been a series of
experiments that has given him
both national and internation-
al recognition.
With no formal training spe-
cific to .writing except for a,
few English Language and Lit-
erature courses here and there
at COB and the University of
West Alabama while pursuing
architectural and industrial
technology degrees, and group
training as a member of The
Writers' Society of the
Bahamas and Toastmasters -
Bastian has become a familiar
face at local poetry venues, and
the winner of several literary
His most recent accomplish-
ment though has very little to
do with poetry, which he con-
siders "his love".
It was at the University of
West Alabama, in 1993, that
Bastian, who was then only
interested in writing poetry,
began to see himself as a writer
of stories. As an extra-curricu-
lar activity, he joined the school
newspaper, Life, and began
"fiddling" with writing stories.
When he returned home four
years later, he continued writ-
ing a few short stories in his
free time, and earned some
favourable reviews from the
friends and family members.
Still, he didn't take it "that

Earlier this year, while at a
public library, Bastian hap-
pened upon a form for a local
short story contest asking writ-
ers to tell of a hurricane expe-
rience, and out of curiosity, he
decided to enter. But not with
the expectation that he would
win. He simply wanted to see
what could happen if a poet
with an active imagination,
with absolutely no interest in
short story writing, entered a
short story contest.
He would soon find out.
Last month, Bastian accept-
ed his certificate as the winner
of The Commonwealth Writ-
ers of the Bahamas' Short Sto-
ry Competition 2005, for his
tale of his experiences during
hurricanes Frances and Jeanne.
Since the story was Bastian's
personal account, with the
author only adding the charac-
ter, Titty, he wrote and com-
pleted the 250-word story in
less than a week.
While the poet believes that
winning the national competi-
tion was also a "milestone" in
his life, he has no interest in
changing his literary focus
away from poetry, to story-
telling. Not that short stories
are bland and uninteresting,
but he believes that poetry
gives more leeway, has less
structure. In other words, it
allows more creativity and
makes more of an impact, since
thoughts are expressed with
fewer words, Bastian believes.

Since 1990, Bastian has
appeared frequently at poetry
venues, some that were broad-
cast on national television, and
is well-known for the motiva-
tion and inspiration that comes
across in his pieces, which may
be attributed to his life as a
He started writing poetry in
senior high school, but
described himself as a "silent
poet" at the time, since he was
too shy to read in public. But
now that he and his work are in
the public eye, Bastian admits
that he has "warmed up" to the
idea of being on stage:

He has read his poetry at
events held at local parks, sev-
eral functions at Arawak Cay,
at Government House, Obedi-
ah Smith's "The Verse Place"
and Koumbah Kreativity. But
his loyalty has been to Krissy
Luv's "Island Poets" tour,
which has stopped at various
Nassau restaurants.
It was appearances at these
readings that motivated Bast-
ian to enter one of his pieces,
"Debt to Society", which he
wrote in 1994, in the Famous
Poets Society poetry competi-
"Because of the readings and
getting up there and being able
to do it, I said, you know what,
I can do this. Then you know if
I do this, I wonder what will
happen. I was thinking, if I
entered this poetry contest I
wonder how far it would carry
me. So I just decided to enter
for the fun of it."
One year later, Bastian
mailed in two entries, "Debt
to Society", inspired by pris-
oners, and "If The Dream Shall
Die", inspired by the life of Dr
Martin Luther King Jr.
There is nothing pretentious
about Bastian's "Debt to Soci-
ety", or the style of writing in
some of his other pieces, but
he has a strong message. "That
hurting people can change their
lives. My work is to reach out
to people to change their atten-
tion, to change the way they
are thinking. That all is not lost.
You still can bounce back."

In about two weeks after
submitting the pieces, he found
out that "Debt to Society", a
tribute to some of his friends
who at the time were incarcer-
ated, won the top prize. Two
months later, Bastian travelled
to the 2nd Annual Famous
Poets Convention at the Hyatt
Regency Alicante in Anaheim,
California to receive his Homer
Award. Bastian was among a
selected 250 poets honoured
from a total of 36,000 poets
who submitted works for con-
"It felt like a sense of
achievement, like I arrived at
one section of my life. I am not
just spinning tires. It told me
that I can do it if I put my mind
to it. I could really achieve it.
And if I pray about it, I can do
it," says Bastian, while holding
the glass trophy in his hands.

THE WRITE STUFF: Loxsley Bastian (above) puts it down
in writing and (right) with Governor-General Dame Ivy Dumont
receiving his award for Best Short Story.






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NewSkool artists Tamara Russell, Davinia Bullard,
Tripoli Burrows and Taino Bullard. The exhibition
opens Friday, October 7, 6.30pm 10pm @ The Cen-
tral Bank Art Gallery, Market St. Shows runs through
October 14. Gallery hours 9.30am 4.30pm.

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course will be the topic of discussion on Tuesday,
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Bahamas. The panel discussion, which includes Darold
Miller of ZNS, Herome Sawyer of Island FM, Jackson
Burnside of 1540AM and Theresa Moxey-Ingraham of
Love97, is part of the gallery's Public Issues Forum.
Admission is free.

* Still Life Drawing workshop @ the National Art
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workshop, led by artist Jolyon Smith, still life is stud-
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their environment. Focus is on helping the student
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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 security

.Rave Saturdays @ Club Eclipse. DJ Scoobz spin-
-ning 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 fter the success of its Natural
includes a free Guinness and there should be lots Mystic party held at the
of prizes and surprises. Admission: Ladies $10 Pirates of Nassau last year,
and Men $15. the Concepts promotion
A Lcompany promised that they
Hump Day Happy Hour @ Topshotters Sports would soon be back with part 2. And on Sat-
Bar every Wednesday 5pm-8pm. Free appetizers urday, October 8, reggae lovers will get a ful-
and numerous drink specials. fillment to that promise.
On Saturday, Guinness and Concepts pre-
' The Pit @ Bahama Boom, every Thursday. Doors
open at 9pm, showtime 11.30pm. Cover charge
$15. $10 with flyer.

Fantasy Fridays @ Fluid Lounge, featuring late Jay Mitchell and Hot KC @ Palm Court Lounge,
'80s music in the VIP Lounge, Top of the charts in British Colonial Hilton, Wednesday-Thursday
the Main Lounge, neon lights and Go Go dancers. 8pm-12am.
Admission: Ladies free before llpm, $15 after;
Guys $20 all night. Sunday Night Interlude @ Briteley's Restaurant &
Lounge, Eneas St off Poinciana Drive. Featuring
Dicky Mo's @ Cable Beach. Flavoured Fridays Frankie Victory at the key board in the After
Happy Hour, every Friday. Drink specials: Dark Room every Sunday, 8.30pm to midnight.
Smirnoff Kamikaze Shots, $1; Smirnoff Flavoured Fine food and drinks.
Martinis, 2 for $10; Smimoff Flavoured Mixed
Drinks, 3 for $10. Bahamian Night (Free admis- Paul Hanna, Tabatha and Gernie, and the
sion) every Saturday with live music from 8 pm to Caribbean Express perform at Traveller's Rest,
midnight. Karaoke Sundays from 8pm to mid- West Bay St, every Sunday, 6.30pm-9.30pm.
night, $1 shots and dinner specials all night long.
& ~The Arts

Twisted Boodah Lounge @ Cafe Segafredo, Char-
lotte 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, Sandyport,
from 4pm-until, playing deep, funky chill moods
with world beats.

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

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

TooLooSe @ Indigo Restaurant on West Bay St
and Skyline Drive. Singer/songwriter Steven Hold-
en performs solo with special guests on Thurs-
day from 9pm midnight.

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

Public Issues Forum @ the National Art Gallery
of the Bahamas will feature the topic "The
Bahamian Talk Show: The Power of the Visual,
Oral and Aural Media in Shaping the Public Dis-
course" on Tuesday, October 4, 6.30pm at the
gallery on West and West Hill Sts. Guests will be
radio personalities Darold Miller, Jerome Sawyer,
Jackson Burnside and Theresa Moxey-Ingraham.
This discussion in open to the public and is free of

Beneath the Surface featuring new works from the
NewSkool artists Tamara Russell, Davinia
Bullard, Tripoli Burrows and Taino Bullard. The
exhibition opens Friday, October 7, 6.30pm 10pm
@ The Central Bank Art Gallery, Market St.
Shows runs through October 14. Gallery hours
9.30am 4.30pm.

Still Life Drawing workshop @ the National Art
Gallery of the Bahamas, Tuesday, October 16
and Wednesday, October 17, 6.30pm 9.30pm.
In this workshop, led by artist Jolyon Smith, still
life is studied both as an isolated phenomena and

sent Natural Mystic Reggae Flashback 2 @
Pirates of Nassau. Music by DJ Donavan &
The Backyard Boys, and Culture Shock.
Guinness 2 for $5 drink specials all night.
Dress code: irie colours/smart casual. Guys
must be 21 years and older. Admission: $20
Be prepared for the DJs to take it way
back with music by artists like Dennis Brown,
Gregory Isaacs, Half Pint, UB 40, Burning
Spear and so many others.

in relation to their environment. Focus is on help-
ing the student observe and discover. This work-
shop is for persons age 12 and over and will be
held at the gallery on West and West Hill Sts.
Fee: $15 (members) and $20 (non-members). Call
the gallery at 328-5800 to secure a space.

Bahamiam filmmaker Maria Govan will speak
on the topic New Directions in Filmmaking in
the Bahamas on Thursday, October 27, 6.30pm @
the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, West
and West Hill Sts. Maria will talk about process;
how each film experience has informed others
and how making documetaries has provided her
with a wealth of insight that has inspired her to
begin harnessing her own voice as a director who
is ready to take Bahamian film to the world.state.
The talk is part of the gallery's Narrow Focus
series and is open to the public. Admission: Free.

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 exhibition closes Febru-
ary 28, 2006.


The Cancer Society of the Baham
5.30pm on the second Tuesday of ei
their Headquarters at East Terrace,
Call 323-4482 for more info.

Pre & Post Natal Fitness Classes will be held on
Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6.30, beginning
September 27 at Nassau gymNastics Seagrapes
location (off Prince Charles Drive). Doctor
approval is required. Call 364-8423 to register or
for more information.

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

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

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

Doctors Hospital, the official training centre of the
American Heart Association offers CPR classes
certified by the AHA. The course defines the
warning signs of respiratory arrest and gives pre-
vention strategies to avoid sudden death syn-
drome and the most common serious injuries and
choking that can occur in adults, infants and chil-
dren. CPR and First Aid classes are offered every
third Saturday of the month from 9am-lpm. Con-
tact a Doctors Hospital Community Training Rep-
resentative at 302-4732 for more information and
learn to save a life today.

REACH Resources & Education for Autism
and related Challenges meets from 7pm 9pm the
second Thursday of each month in the cafeteria of
the BEC building, Blue Hill Road.

CiviMc Clubs I

Toastmasters Club 1095 meets Tuesday, 7.30pm @
C C Sweeting Senior School's Dining Room, Col-
lege Avenue off Moss Road. Club 9477 meets
Friday, 7pm @ Bahamas Baptist Community Col-
lege 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 Whit-
ney Pinder Building, Collins Ave.
Club 2437 meets every second, fourth and fifth
Wednesday at the J Whitney Pinder Building,
Colliis 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 Nassau
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 second
Tuesday, 6.30pm @ Atlantic House, IBM Office,
4th floor meeting room.

The Nassau, Bahamas Pan-Hellenic Council
(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 Monestary.

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

International Association of Administrative Pro-
fessionals, Bahamas Chapter meets the third
Thursday of every month @ Superclubs Breezes,
ias meets at Cable Beach, 6pm.

ach month at

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

Send all your civic and social events to The
Tribune via fax: 328-2398 or e-mail:
outthere@tribunemedia. net



Dion da Butcha


Tribune Feature Writer
For the second year,
Future Entertain-
ment Promotions
has dedicated one
special night to the
recognition of local DJs and
radio personalities.
On Monday night, the hon-
ourees, their friends and sup-
porters met at the British Colo-
nial Hilton for the 2nd Annual
DJ Awards show, held under
the theme, "Music is Life".
Though the show did get off
to a two-and-a-half hour late
start, the celebration didn't
seem to be dampened, as mem-
bers of the audience shouted
out their favourites in each cat-
egory, after hearing presen-
ters give the names of all nom-
Some were disappointed
with winners in certain cate-
gories, but a percentage of
votes from Bahamians who had
been making choices online for
several months, and casting
ballots at local clubs and
nightspots (specifically Arawak
Cay), had already spoken for
the public.
The winners were: Best
Radio Mix Show, Alpha
Sounds on 100 Jamz (Tuesday
nights); Hypest DJ, Selector
Jimbo; Best Dressed DJ, One
Dwight; Best Host/Hostess,
Lady JJ of 100 Jamz; Best Male
Personality, Special K; Best
Selector Mic Man, Special K;
Best Club DJ, Babyface of
Cocktails & Dreams; Best Con-
cert System, TK Production;
Best Sound System, Alpha
Sounds; Best High School DJ,
DJ Fynes; Best Boat Cruise
DJ, Spintech DJs (Mighty Pen-
cil and others); Best Talk
Show, Darold Miller; Best
Morning Show, Eric and Ed of
100 Jamz; Best Female Per-
sonality, Lady JJ; Most
improved DJ, Selector Jimbo;
Best Soft/Slow Jam show, Don
Juan; and Best Bahamian Mix
DJ Show, Reality of 100 Jamz.
Taking home the top prize
of the night, DJ of the Year,
was Dion da Butcha of 100
Jamz, who Lady Tan, head of
Future Entertainment,
describes as one of the "pio-
neers" in the local DJ indus-
try. Dion da Butcha also won
the Best Remix DJ and Best
Radio DJ categories. Last year,
he walked away with the Best
Old School DJ trophy.
While the ceremony was
designed to pay homage to
these DJs, it was also an oppor-
tunity for them to come togeth-
er in one place and throw inno-
cent jeers at each other. This
came across strongly as DJ
Gully, who was called upon to
present the award for Best
Boat Cruise DJ, provoked host
for the night comedian
Naughty Niggs, formerly a
radio personality on More

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M TAKING home the top prize of the night, DJ of the Year, was Dion da Butcha of 100 Jamz.
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94FM and 100 Jamz. A "diss-
ing" battle went on for several
minutes, prompting the crowd
to shout, "Back to the Show".
But the atmosphere was one
that highlighted the fact that
the local DJ scene is not this
cut-throat competitive world.
"In this business, it isn't
about competition. We are on a
mission so that when we leave
and retire off the scene, we

leave a positive path for other
young DJs to follow," says
Lady Tan, who is also a DJ.
Speaking of younger DJs,
one of the highlights of the
night was a special mix DJ per-
formance by Styles, an up and
coming "selector".
"It's the younger DJs who
need exposure, who need to
get their names out there.
That's why my company's

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name is Future. We are looking
to support these younger DJs
because if we (as more experi-
enced DJs) don't, who will?"
DJ Tan asks.
The award show attracted
leaders of many of the produc-
tion companies in the country,
many of whom presented the
Mini-fashion shows through-
out the night featuring the Plat-

inum Models in "Goth Wear"
designs by model Mia Smith,
and fashions by Leveme added
welcomed breaks between pre-
Jamaican artist, Nanko of
Downsound Records, was also
on hand to entertain the crowd.
Nanko's "Lucky You", which
expresses his admiration of oth-
er good relationships around
him, has been played in heavy
rotation locally since the sin-
gle was released. And he is set
to perform at an upcoming cul-
ture concert, "Hail the King",
in the Bahamas.
But the dance performances,
got the most of the crowd's
attention. The "Free Style
Lady", whose routine started
with an inspirational song, end-
ed up getting the crowd excited
when the music abruptly
stopped and she began danc-
ing to popular reggae songs.
The Nitrix Dancers, two
young men who took turns per-
forming a series of breakdance
moves and aerobic-like dance
steps, also. had the crowd on its
And the Caribbean dancers'
rendition of Michael Jackson
dance moves, complete with
wigs, gloves and straight-legged
pants, was one of the main
According to Lady Tan, this
year's awards show was "pret-
tier" than the last one, which
was held at Club Eclipse. But
she says that the company has
several improvements to make
for next year. "The purpose of
this whole thing is to give
recognition to these DJs, so we
want to do it right. We want
people to continue to support
us because it will grow from
time to time. We will get to our
aim to make this a formal
event that is taken seriously,
that is respected," says Tan.
Next year's DJ Awards will
be held under the theme, "The
Vision of Unity", which was
chosen to encourage DJs to
work together.

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Starring: Nathan
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Tribune Movie Writer
WHEN the Star Wars
saga came to a triumphant
end this summer, you could
have been forgiven for
, thinking it signalled the end
of cinematic space operas -
at least for a while.
But a mere four months
later, writer/director Josh
Whedon has taken the
brave step of resurrecting
his short-lived TV series
Firefly, rebranding it Seren-
ity, and giving a tried and
tested formula an overdue
injection of self-deprecat-
ing humour.
Serenity takes place 500
years in the future, when
the human race has fled an
overpopulated Earth to
inhabit a new galaxy.
Under the noses of the
all-powerful Universal
Alliance, a mixed bag of
space pirates travel from
planet to planet on board
their decrepit spaceship,
Serenity, and scrape a liv-
ing through petty crime.
But after the captain of
the ship takes a young doc-
tor and his disturbed sister
under his wing, he begins
to realise that he may have
put his whole crew in dan-
ger ...
Serenity starts with such
a bang that you almost get
the feeling you've came in
half way through.
There's barely time to
take your first handful of
popcorn before the back
story is condensed and
rushed past you, and the
action begins.
This is clearly Star Wars
for the video game genera-
tion and, if you can't keep
up, you may as well forget
But the pace of the film
definitely works in its
favour. The ideas may be
stolen from a million and
one different movies, but
with the set pieces flying
by at an almost subliminal
speed with great special
effects you'll barely
Whedon is clearly in his
element writing in this
genre, and just when you
think the whole thing will
collapse with one cliche too
many, a killer one liner gets
Serenity back on track.
The young cast are an
appealing bunch, with Fil-
lion stealing the show and
all the best lines as Cap-
tain Malcolm Reynolds.
Serenity is clearly tailor-
made for anyone under 25,
but with its guileless charm
and sharp script, it should
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"Walking into the theatre one admittedly
didn't expect much more than beautiful
scenery from this movie, seeing as how
the plot didn't seem interesting, but it
was shot in the Bahamas. And in many
ways, the movie manages to live up to those expectations.
The movie is basically about Jared (Paul Walker) and
Sam (Jessica Alba) who are living paycheque-to-paycheque,
with dreams of a better life in the Bahamas. When their
lawyer friend (Scott Caan) and his female friend (Ashley
Scott) come to visit, the foursome discover a legendary
shipwreck called the Zephyr, but end up finding much
more than they bargained for.
Unfortunately though, the only time this movie comes
alive is in the underwater scenes, where cameramen cap-
tured some remarkably vivid footage. But the acting itself
vwas far from compelling, and the dialogue even between
the leading ladies and gents was not very engaging.
Human communication was so far from entertaining that
ydu found yourself waiting for the next water scene so you
wouldn't have to hear them speak.
But sacrificing a good story for exciting underwater
scenes, Bahamian viewers will be proud to watch this movie
that does an excellent job of making reference to the coun-
try, from Kalik beer to local T-shirts worn by the cast. And
they will also breathe a sign of relief to hear a real Bahami-
an accent (not a botched Jamaican accent), for once.

Fiona Apple
"Extraordinary Machine."
Epic/Clean Slate. 12 tracks.
Grade: A-
On her new CD, the often
droll, always daring Fiona
Apple reaches through the
speakers and drags you by your
ears to an unforgettable, fleet-
ing, wonderfully written, con-
fusing, fun, awful, dangerous
and incredibly comfortable
An unusual conglomeration,
sure, but it (mostly) works.
The album's history is no less
unusual. The notoriously high-
strung Apple first put together
an album with producer Jon
Brion, who had coaxed her
back into music after a reclu-
sive period. But, she says, she
wasn't happy with the results
and shelved it. Then someone
posted it on the Web. The
ensuing buzz sent her back to
the studio with a new producer,

Mike Elizondo, to record new
versions of most of those
leaked songs.
And so, six years after her
last album, today we get
"Extraordinary Machine."
On it Apple constantly yanks
you from one thought to anoth-
er, one emotion to another, one
sound to another.
The delightful "Tymps -
The Sick in the Head Song"
starts off with a brisk, almost
Disneylike marimba; then cym-
bals start crashing, and we're
off to some bigger, lumbering,
spookier space. "Not About
Love" opens with an insistent,
jaunty drum and piano combo,
then it hits the brakes as if it
just realised it zoomed past a
state trooper. Even when she's
reminiscing about a lover she
calls a "silly stupid pastime" on
"Parting Gift," she ends up
conceding, "I love what we
This is not a pretty place.

Apple accompanies her heart-
broken lyrics with similarly
dark, sharp piano chords.
When you find your way out,
you may well be exhausted.
Still, it won't be long before
your ears lead you back around
to the entrance for another vis-
it to this most unusual land.
-- Sonia Murray

Franz Ferdinand
"You Could Have It So
Much Better." Epic/Domino.
13 tracks.
Grade: B-
When last we met this dap-
per Scottish quartet, the music
came dressed like rock but
sounded like dance. Between

the tight grooves and sexy
delivery, the tunes felt just like
the band's pants comfort-
ably snug.
Franz's second album, then,
is the sound of a band ripping
its seams. The new disc feels
louder and looser. Where once
the musicians seemed interest-
ed in post-punk, now they seem
interested in proto-punk.
Guitars muscle their way to
the front. The rhythm section
dares to thrash. Melodies give
off traces of mid-period Beatles
and Lou Reed, but the choppy
energy seems straight out of
the garage.
Franz has gone retro, in oth-
er words, trading organised art-
fulness for rough edges and raw

-Nick Marino

Sara Evans
"Real Fine Place." RCA. 13
Grade: B-
Listening to a Sara Evans
album is like listening to two
different artists trapped on one
CD. Luckily, they both have a
powerhouse voice with just the
right amount of twang.
The opening and closing
tracks of "Real Fine Place" are
telling examples of the two
sides of Evans' musical per-
"Coalmine" is a country
stomper stuffed with fiddles
and banjo. She extols the
charms of her hard-working
miner, preferring his gritty,
straight-from-work self to the
cleaned-up version.
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"These Four Walls." It's a



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syrupy ballad that, like
"Coalmine," celebrates hard
work. Unlike "Coalmine," it
rings false.
A woman who makes No. 1
hits is always goingto have
trouble selling lines like, "I'm
not famous, but my kids think
I'm a star." And "I may not be
a model, but my man thinks I
could be" is even more unbe-
lievable on a disc that comes
packaged with several slick
photos of this stunning beauty
from Missouri.
There's good and bad
between those two extremes.
Recent No. 1 country hit "A
Real Fine Place to Start" is just
a pop song dressed up in a few
country accessories, but it's a
killer pop song. Evans sings it
with the gutsy power she brings
to even the least of the tracks
here. The thoroughly country
"Cheatin' is another winner.
On the other hand, "You'll
Always Be My Baby" and
"The Secrets That We Keep"
are big, sugary ballads that are
swimming in overbearing
orchestration. The latter
sounds so much like a Tim
McGraw/Faith Hill lovefest
that it's sure to be a hit.
But Evans' voice makes even
the ickiest medicine go down
a lot easier.
-Shane Harrison

"Some Kinda." Virgin. 13
Grade: C+
Detroit R&B singer Dwele's
soulful debut didn't get the
notice it deserved. But his sec-
ond CD doesn't deserve much
In the two years between
CDs, Dwele has developed too
much of an affection for
dreamy keyboards, hand claps
and sweet, Marvin Gaye-like
coos. Once or twice is nice. But
an album of it is nod-inducing.
Or at best, good background
Especially when the lyrics
accompanying this jazzy woozi-
ness find him complimenting a
woman by referring to her pos-
terior as "flapjacks." Or, on
what would otherwise be one
of the best songs here, "Keep
On," addressing another object
of affection with profanity.
He and his music sound too
smooth for such stumbles.
Sonia Murray

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Clint Black, Broken Social
Scene, C-Murder, Kirk
Franklin, The Go! Team, My
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