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Publication Date: October 19, 2005
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Volume: 101 No.268



OCTOBER 19, 2005

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Warning for


living in the


AMERICANS living in the
Bahamas have been warned'
about rising crime in Nassau.
They have been told by the
US Embassy to be "vigilant"
and to avoid "predictability".
A special warning was
issued yesterday highlighting
the increase in armed rob-
beries over the last month.
And it said the recent crime
spree "underscores the need
to be personally aware of any
The embassy warning came
as a result of an alarming
spate of crime over the last
few weeks.
It spotlighted robberies in
restaurants, gas stations,
hotels, supermarkets, private
homes and in the airport park-
ing lot.
"Persons should always be
vigilant about their surround-
ings and avoid predictability,"
said the warning.
The embassy told Ameri-
cans to pay close attention to
any "unusual activity" that
may have occurred since leav-
ing home.
They should look for an
open gate, unfamiliar vehicles
parked nearby, house doors
forced open or broken win-
"Look for parking spots that
are lighted and observable by
shops, passers-by or atten-
dants. Avoid unlit areas where
persons could hide and

ambush you," the embassy
"If you are approaching a
parked vehicle or a home,
look around the area for any
suspicious persons or activity.
Keep your car doors: locked
and your windows rolled up
as you drive.
"In crawling traffic or in a
stopped line of cars, leave at
least half a car length between
you and the car in front of
The embassy recommend-
ed minimal night-time travel,
especially to rural or less pop-
ulated areas. "You should
inform someone of your trav-
el plans and when to expect
you," said the warning.
Anyone suspecting,they are
being followed should drive
straight to a police station or
the US Embassy.
"If armed gunmen confront
you, it is essential that you
give up your vehicle and valu-
ables. It is recommended that
you clearly display your hands.
Do not make any sudden
move and do not show any
signs of resistance. Keep your
cellphone handy and avoid
roadblocks and crowds.'
Police have recently record-
ed armed crimes in the East-
ern Road and other areas.
Two Cable Beach restaurants
were also targeted by gunmen,
who escaped with cash and
credit cards.

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Family's shock at death sentence
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Body is


after surfing

THE BODY of Anthony Adderley
was recovered by the Royal Bahamas
Defence Force Harbour Patrol yes-
terday after it was washed up on a
beach west of the old Club Med
property on Paradise Island.
Operations manager of Bahamas
Air Sea Rescue (BASRA) Chris
Lloyd said: "It's a very sad incident
but at least it brings some closure."
Family and friends of Mr Adderley
combed the beaches and waters of
Paradise island after the 18-year-old
disappeared while surfing on Satur-
Anthony had been employed at
Paradise Blue Surf Shop since the
opening of Marina Village on July

BEC removes

manager after

strike threat
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE threat of a nationwide BEC strike has forced
the corporation to remove a manager from work and
take steps to assess her suitability for the job.
Holding true to their promise of a "sit out" yester-
day, members of the Bahamas Electrical Workers
Union (BEWU) protested for the removal of the
acting manager of the IT department.
Two weeks ago, the BEWU promised that if "ade-
quate" action were not taken against acting manager
Michelle Goffe for the alleged manner in which she
dealt with employee Kendal Taylor, they would stage
a sit-out.
In response to the threats, BEC management
agreed to remove the manager by placing her on a
week's paid leave, during which she would undergo
SEE page 10

THE family of Elkino
Pritchard expressed outrage last
night after hearing senior
Supreme Court Justice Anita
Allen sentence him to death.
His mother, father, girlfriend
and other relatives were
shocked by the jury's unani-
mous guilty verdict after four
hours of deliberation.
The 26-year-old, who had
been out on bail, came to court
unshackled, but today he is
incarcerated for life. His family
said afterwards that they would
not give up until justice was
served for their son.
He was found guilty by 10
women: and two men oftshoot-
ing Michael Francis to death in
May, 1999.
During his unsworn state-
ment, Pritchard never said he
shot anyone, but that he heard
shots after being spin-kicked by
the deceased.
According to witnesses, Mr
Francis came to Pritchard's
yard, left his car running, and
got out of the car. He was shot
twice and died from gunshot
wounds. He lay shirtless in a
pool of blood next to Pritchard's
Pritchard's attorney, Murrio
Ducille, asked the jury to find
his client innocent. He told

SEE page 10

Wilma could
threaten the

Tribune Staff Reporter
BAHAMIANS are urged to
keep a close eye on Hurricane
Wilma as this latest storm may
yet have a direct impact on the
Hurricane Wilma, the 21st
tropical storm and 12th hurricane
of the 2005 Atlantic season, is
expected to become an "intense
hurricane" by the end of the
week, possibly a category three
storm with maximum sustained
winds of 111 mph.
Chief Meteorology Officer
Basil Dean told The Tribune yes-
terday that although current mod-
els project Hurricane Wilma mov-
ing on a track that will let the
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Viktor Kozeny

makes diplomatic

immunity claim

Tribune Staff Reporter
VIKTOR Kozeny addressed
the court in his bail hearing yes-
terday as he attempted to claim
diplomatic immunity.
According to the Vienna
Convention, an ambassador is
to be treated in the same way as
an honorary consul, the mil-
lionaire investor told the Mag-
istrate's Court yesterday.
Kozeny claimed that he had
not received a letter of cancel-
lation after his appointment as
"Ambassador at Large" for
He also said that he sent a
passport to Grenada because
he was applying for a promo-
tion to represent that country
in the United States.
To date, he has not received
word from the government of
Grenada as to whether or not
the request was granted.
Kozeny is wanted by the New
York courts to answer to
charges of laundering hundreds
of millions of US dollars.
His attorney, Philip Davis,
told the court that two of
Kozeny's co-accused had
charges brought against them
pertaining to the obstruction of
justice, after it was found that
they were "telling lies".
However, he said, no such
charge had been brought
against his client.
Mr Davis said just as Kozeny
has been co-operating with US
authorities, he willido the same
with Bahamian officials, and has
no plans to flee the country.
Mr Davis also argued that the
crime for which Kozeny is
charged relates to the Foreign
Corrupt Practices Act, which
may not be relevant in the
Bahamian jurisdiction.

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In conclusion, Mr Davis said
the "good defence" case
Kozeny has is al good reason for
him to stay in the Bahamas and
fight the extradition proceed-
ings against him.
The right to "bail, he added,
is a universal concept and,

should "not be subject to cul-
tural differences".
Magistrate Carlita Bethel will
decide today as to whether or
not Kozeny will be granted bail
or whether he will be remanded
to Her Majesty's Pridsn, Fox
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THE government has been
given more time to address the
concerns of the Bahamas Public
Service Union before the union
follows through on its threat to
shut down the casino industry.
President of the BPSU John
Pinder told The Tribune that
he has delayed action against
government for the time being,
but is confident that positive
action will be taken before it is
too late.
Mr Pinder led Gaming Board
employees in a protest after
negotiations for a new industri-
al agreement reached a stale-
mate last week.
He told The Tribune that if
government does not respond,
"We will pull all of our inspec-
tors out of the casinos and
without the inspectors, the casi-
nos cannot function."
According to Mr Pinder the
government had proposed a $.6
million contract over a five-year
period for the 100 Gaming
Board employees stationed in
New Providence, Grand
Bahama and Exuma.
Mr Pinder said the employ-
ees wanted the government to
grant them a similar contract to
the one agreed for ZNS
employees, who will get a
$3,500 lump-sum payment over
a three-year period.

Woman is




A YOUNG woman was
stabbed on Monday night dur-
ing a row with a man she report-
edly knew.
Police said the argument hap-
pened around 9.30pm in the
Yellow Elder area.
The woman, who police have
not named, was stabbed several
times in her body. She was still
in hospital yesterday, but her
condition was listed as stable.
Investigations are continuing.

Man is

killed in



A MAN who was struck and
killed by a car yesterday has yet
to be identified by police.
The man, described as
"dark", was walking on
Coconut Grove Avenue after
midnight when he was struck
by an unidentified vehicle.
The man, who was declared
dead at the scene, was the
nation's 53rd traffic fatality for
the year.
Police are now searching for a
dark self-drive vehicle, but say
they have no suspects in the

Public outcry at performance

of BEC after power outages

Tribune Staff Reporter
MEMBERS of the public
have hit out at BEC after the
latest round of power outages
in New Providence.
Yesterday, two concerned
citizens contacted The Tribune
wishing to express their "frus-
tration" at the lack of power
in several areas on Monday.
."I am a Bahamian and am
sick and tried of being sick and

tried," said one. "I would like
to know that I can go home
and enjoy the comfort of my
home, but how can I do that if
I am not sure if my light will be
"Why is it that these people
can't get this right? Why is it
that these people cannot fix
their machines and keep them
"They are depriving the citi-
zens of the services that they
are paying for, and all they

want to do is make noise and
ask for more pay," she said.
Another resident agreed,
adding that he thinks those
who aren't prepared to work
should be fired.
"If they can't do the job, hire
people that can, even if that
means hiring foreigners," he
"Why is it that their emer-
gency number is never
answered? Why is it that we
can never get answers to our

problems? Stop wasting our
money, and stop wasting time,"
he said. "I want to know why
my power was out, and why I
have to settle for such low stan-
dards of service."
On Monday, several areas,
including large parts of east-
ern New Providence, experi-
enced power outages from
about 2pm until 10pm. The
Eastern Road was off from
about 8pm to 8am.
Both residents said that it is

unfair for the public to have to
pay high bills for poor service.
"BEC should not charge us
so much, especially when the
light keeps going off and on,"
said one. "They have ruined
three of my appliances and
now let's see if they will be giv-
ing me anything towards
The Tribune was unable to
contact general manager Kevin
Basden or other BEC staff for

Turnquest pledges immigration crackdown

Tribune Staff Reporter
FNM leader Tommy Turnquest
promised to spearhead an "aggressive
application" of the immigration laws if
he is elected prime minister.
Mr Turnquest was speaking on the
new radio talk show Real Talk Live
with Jeff Lloyd on More 94 FM.
SHe said that, on his watch, illegal
immigrants would be apprehended and
repatriated without delay and those who
deserved Bahamian status would
receive it.
"It's a clear, concise, humane and'

efficient immigration policy," he said.
"Our country is already hard pressed
and strapped in terms of the pressures
on our social systems, whether it is edu-
cation, health and other social services.
"We have to ensure that we are able
to take care of those who are legally
entitled to be here," said Mr Turnquest.
When asked how he would secure
funding to cope with illegal immigra-
tion and the repatriation process, Mr
Turnquest recommended that the coun-
try's entire financial situation be re-
"We have to determine whether we
move to a different form of taxation as

opposed to relying, almost in large mea-
sure, to customs import duties, or
whether we go to a GST or some other
form of taxation.
"Once we have looked at that and
recognised the amount of funding that
we are able to receive as sources of rev-
enue, we then have to determine and be
realistic with our people in terms of what
we can provide," said Mr Turnquest.
A new study claims that in 2001, the
combined number of legal and illegal
Haitians living in the Bahamas was just
under 19,000.
The Bahamas Living Conditions Sur-
vey 2001 revealed that Haitian nationals

Teacher tackles gas

price crisis head on

SDouglas Fox, a teacher of
Temple Christain school, has
Sparked his car because of high
\\ gas prices and now cycles to
.. work every day.
.......(Photo: Felip Major/
Tribune Staff)

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made up 6.2 per cent of the population.
The 2000 census estimated that there
are about 303,6111 persons living in the
If these figures are correct, it would
mean that there were about 18,824
Haitians living in the Bahamas in 2001.
In an earlier interview with The Tri-
bune, Minister of Labour and Immi-
gration Vincent Peet said he could not
verify if the estimated numbers were
He said that his ministry is in the
process of identifying the exact num-
ber of illegal immigrants presently in
the Bahamas.

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PetroCaribe: More information

ON HIS return from a PetroCaribe meeting
-in Jamaica early in September, Trade and Indus-
try Minister Leslie Miller was confident Cabinet
would sign the energy agreement.
His confidence was buoyed by the fact that
Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell and
Works Minister Bradley Roberts accompanied
him to the Jamaica meeting. Sitting face-to-
face with their regional counterparts, particu-
larly Venezuela, they were able to fully appre-
ciate what PetroCaribe was all about, Mr Miller
told The Tribune
The two ministers were undoubtedly there
to better understand the terms of the agree-
ment, but we suspect they were also there to
make certain that an overly enthusiastic Leslie
Miller did not return to Nassau with his signa-
ture appended to the document.
As Mr Miller fails to see anything more than
a purely commercial agreement-- no political
overtones whatsoever -in the PetroCaribe
proposal, we think PetroCaribe should be trans-
ferred from Mr Miller's portfolio to that of Mr
Mitchell, where its effects will have greater
meaning and where there is a minister with
the legal training to appreciate the significance
of that meaning..
Mr Miller has proposed establishing the
Bahamas National Energy Agency. He said it
would not be a "cumbersome agency", but
rather made up of only five persons, probably
taken from his own ministry.
Rather than worrying about an energy
agencyx,,Mi l q9idibe worrying about, ,
replacemen-i6ts fithe middlee en" ---,Shell,
Esso and Texaco an whether hs plans will
in fact lower costs as he predicts, or whether
those costs will be increased by government's
inefficiency, lack 6f experience and total igno-
rance. No one wants a repeat of the Hatchet
Bay fiasco when a banker was .appointed to
operate a chicken farm, with the obvious results
- complete chaos.Government's tract record
- particularly the "old" PLP government's
tract record of meddling in private enter-
prise has cost this country dearly. Nothing they
touched succeeded.However, they must be giv-
en full credit for doing exceedingly well in pro-
ducing dramatic failures. One would have
thought by now that the "new" PLP would have
learned valuable lessons from the "old", but it
seems that the temptation is too much for some
of them.
We doubt, from the way in which Mr Miller
talks, that he has done what all prudent business
persons would have done by now and that is to
have undertaken a feasibility study. Because
the fuel industry is so highly specialised and of
such gianiitP bportiois one would have thought
that such a study would have been completed by
now. Whereis the feasibility study; where is a

business plan? This should have been done
before Mr Miller came to the public with his
grand ideas.
Firstly, where will government store Venezue-
lan oil? We have heard BORCO, a Venezuelan
owned terminal at Freeport, mentioned as a
possibility. Although Venezuela owns this ter-
minal, it stores only crude oil, diesel and heavy
diesel. It neither stores nor refines gasoline so
that's no help to the retail outlets that pump
gasoline at their stations.
Mr Miller might be able to manage his pro-
posed office with five staff members, but the
distribution side of the business by far the
most expensive needs more than 100
Therefore, the first question to be answered:
Where are the storage facilities, road transport,
large vessels and employees? How does gov-
ernment plan to get the product from the source
to the various Family Islands? This is a major
operation that costs money. And, if anything, in
the hands of government it will cost even more
than under its present management.
Does government plan to purchase the local
facilities of three of the US's largest oil compa-
nies, experts in the business, who have success-
fully operated in the Bahamas for several gen-
erations? If so has anyone thought of visiting the
head offices of these companies to present their
acquisition proposals?
It probably hasn't dawned on Mr Miller as
yet, but in all his talk about eliminating the
"middle man" all he is really saying is that he
wants to change the middle man.
However, if government finds another pur-
chaser for the facilities of these oil companies,
the new owners will expect to operate along
the same lines as the original owners with their
own profit margins. This would just be a matter
of replacing one middle man for another, so
where are the savings to the Bahamian con-
In an article in The Tribune yesterday, Mr
Miller said he did not know why government
had not as yet signed on to the-PetroCaribe
deal. All we can imagine is that they are asking
the same questions that we are: With govern-
ment the new middle man, how will this business
be more efficiently managed to bring prices
down at the fuel pumps and save government
between 50 and 80 cents a gallon, or between
$42.5 million or $70 million a year?
We think Mr Miller has to settle down and
accept what the world has already acknowl-
edged --there is no way out of this oil crisis as
long as it is controlled by the OPEC cartel.
Either new oil fields or a substitute for oil must
be found. In the meantime each person will:
have to try to conserve their use of energy to
keep their own costs down.

Some real

injustice for


EDITOR, The Tribune
I COULDN'T believe my
ears when I heard Prime Minis-
ter Christie describing the tran-
sition taking place in the Free
National Movement as a dia-
bolical injustice to Mr Tommy
Turnquest. This asinine com-
ment was obviously made out
of desperation on the part of
Mr Christie to prevent what
could become the inevitable -
the return of Hubert Alexan-
der Ingraham.
However, since Mr Christie
wants to talk injustice then let's
talk just that INJUSTICE.
When the government waited
until school was opened during
the 2005/2006 school year to
begin effecting repairs to
schools, wasn't that an injustice
to young people? Mr Christie
has yet to speak on this issue
but he can find the time to mind
the business of the Free Nation-
al Movement.
When the disaster took place
with the former Registrar Gen-
eral when she was badly treated
by a governmentminister to the
point of being verbally abused
in the House of Parliament, the
Prime Minister didn't speak
then. Wasn't that an injustice?
The government continues to
hold out on monies owed pub-
lic servants and the minister
responsible is out of the country
or simply continues to turn the
union around. Funds can be
found for him to travel up and
down and for the purchase of
new vehicles for government
MPs, but the government can't
find the civil servants' eighteen
hundred dollars that they owe
them. However, this is obvious-
ly not an injustice, or else the
Prime Minister would have
already spoken on it.
The people in the Straw Mar-
ket are baking in the heat of the
plastic that covers them in the
little jammed up corner on Bay
Street. The only straw they're
getting is what they purchase;
"New" and "Market" doesn't
come with that. This is not an
injustice, however, because
Christie hasn't spoken on this
unfulfilled promise as yet.
I hope. the teachers atH 0O
Nash are paying attention. Of
course, Mr Christie is clearly
indicating that what took place
at your school isn't worthy of
being considered an injustice.
He has yet to speak on this issue
and I doubt that he ever will.
Years of experience plus quali-
fications equal your former stu-
dent becoming your boss; so, at
least, for one administrator,
injustice is sweet. If you want
the promotion getlplastic


surgery and look "young".
Let's talk injustice, Mr
Christie. The Progressive Lib-
eral Party, by your admission,
did receive money from
Mohammad Harajchi.
Although we haven't confirmed
whether it was three million or
ten, what Mr Harajchi would
have us believe whether true
or false is that this money
was exchanged in lieu of an
unspoken promise which was
never fulfilled and, eventually,
Harajchi got a PLP foot planted
in his backside. If this isn't
injustice then I don't know
what is.
Minister after minister con-
tinues to display that they're
nothing more than an embar-
rassment to the government in
their own way Neville Wis-
dom and the junkanoo bleaches
fiasco; Bradley Roberts and the
alleged rape scandal; Allyson
Maynard Gibson and the Reg-
istrar General fiasco; the Kore-
an boats scandal; Alfred Sears
and the disastrous 2005/2006
school year preparations and
much, much more and let's
not forget Sidney Stubbs, who

isn't a'minister, thank God. In
my opinion he's just an embar-
rassment to the Government
But rather than shuffle his
cabinet, and end some of the
chaos, Prime Minister Christie
continues to make empty philo-
sophical, "chicken dance"
speeches. How about that for
"diabolical injustice"?
You want to discuss injustice,
Mr Christie? Tommy Turnquest
running the Free National
Movement Party into the
ground because of what I can
only interpret, judging from
what is nw going on, is a selfish
desire and ambition to force on
the Bahamian people what they
don't want to me is an injustice.
Interestingly enough, Mr
Christie, you weren't running
around ranting and raving
"injustice" when Tommy's con-
stituents kicked him in the pants
in the last general election. How
is it more of an injustice now
than it was then?
In future, Mr Prime Minister,
before you speak of injustice
carefully examine your glass
house. The feather you throw
might turn to stone and break
your glass and that would just
be diabolical.
October 6 2005

Put an end to the ZNS


EDITOR, The Tribune
I HAVE a question to ask
about ZNS. Is this the world's
worst-ever broadcasting com-
A few nights ago, being of
masochistic tendencies, I
watched a TV programme
called "Prescriptions for
It was, without exaggera-
tion, the worst programme I
have watched on television
anywhere. And I have been a
TV viewer in different parts
of the world for 40 years or
The presenter, a doctor,
was as wooden as the aver-
age utility pole. The panel did
their best, but their best was,
not good enough.
Almost every time a caller
was asked to speak on air,
there was no-one on the line.
When voices were heard,
:they sounded like deranged
piltdown men inarticulate

and downright embarrassing.
To make things even
worse, the soundtrack of
another programme yas-
heard throughout, creating
further misery for viewers try-
ing to make some sense of
this broadcasting travesty.
It was obvious that no-one
in the studio was monitoring
the programme, otherwise
something would have been
done to silence the rogue
Add to all this the-truly
awful backdrop, which looked
like pieces of old curtains
sewn up on a screen, and you
had what I would describe as
a televisual nightmare.
When is someone going to
give us a broadcasting com-
pany we can be proud of
instead of this national
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year-old man from Great
Harbour Cay in the Berry
Islands lost his leg after
being knocked off his
motor-cycle on Saturday.
According to Superin-
tendent Basil Rahming,
David Dean Jr of Bullocks
Harbour was riding a green
2002 Trail motor-cycle
around 3pm on Royal
Palm Drive when the acci-
dent occurred.
A Chevy Taho driven by
Arie Degroot, 69, of Mia-
mi, Florida, was reportedly
entering Great Harbour
Cay Drive and was
involved in a collision with
Dean, who received seri-
ous injuries to his left leg.
He was taken to Bullock
Harbour clinic, where he
was stabilised before being
airlifted to the Princes
Margaret Hospital in New Co
Due to the severity of his
injury, doctors at PMH
were forced to amputate
the leg.
Supt Rahming said
police are continuing inves-
tigations into the accident.

Concern over

I POLICE Corporal Donavon Dorsette makes sure students cross the street safely at Government High School last week. Chief Superintendent Juanita
Dlebrook said the police will not be deterred from carrying out their mandate whether in schools or in the streets.

Officer-in-charge of police

schools programme: we will

senior citizens not be deterred from mandate

SEVERAL senior citizens
on Acklins have still not
received financial aid for dam-
age caused by hurricanes
Frances and Jeanne in 2004,
according to the island's chief
Rev Roston Cox said a num-
Sber of senior citizens between
the ages of 84 to 90 have been
living in sub-standard condi-
tiois since the two storms ray-
ished the country in Septem-
Mr Cox said that in Chester's
Bay, North Acklins, eight
senior citizens are living in
homes that have been deemed
unfit to live in.
He explained that these
homes have suffered severe
structural damage and that can-
vasses are still being used as
makeshift roofs.
Mr Cox said that following
hurricane Frances, a team from
the National Emergency Man-
agement Agency (NEMA) vis-
ited the island and deemed the
homes uninhabitable.
Since then, he said, no one
has returned to make repairs.
According to Mr Cox, in the
past week heavy rain had fur-
ther complicated the situation.
The chief councillor said he
is extremely concerned about
the well-being of the seniors
because, although independent,
many of them suffer from phys-
ical ailments.
Mr Cox claimed that he
spoke to Minister of Housing
Shane Gibson concerning the
matter four months ago, but
has heard nothing more.
NEMA director Carl Smith
told The Tribune he had not
received any documentation to
support the fact that any such
damage had occurred, or that
repairs were needed to those
homes in Acklins.

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Tribune Staff Reporter
NO ONE will deter the police
from carrying out their mandate
- whether in schools or on the
streets, said Chief Superintendent
Juanita Colebrook.
Chief Supt Colebrook is offi-
cer-in-charge of the new-School-
Based Policing programme, which
has stationed officers inside pub-
lic schools for the first time in

Bahamian history.
Her comment follows an inci-
dent earlier this month in which
two police. officers stationed at
CC Sweeting Senior High School
were attacked by a group of stu-
It was reported that a police
officer was escorting a student;to
the principal's office and another
officer came to assist. The offi-
cers were then attacked by seven

Turnquest calls on MP to

'focus on fulfilling promises'

Tribune Staff Reporter
FNM leader Tommy Turnquest called on
Pinewood MP Allyson Maynard Gibson to "cease
her public relations exercises and focus on ful-
filling the promises she made during the 2002
Speaking at the party's Pinewood constituency
association special forum, Mr Turnquest said a
junior high school is "desperately needed" for
the area.
He explained to those in attendance that the
closest schools to the community are AF Adder-
ley and CH Reeves.
"This is an utter disgrace on behalf of Allyson
Maynard Gibson and the PLP government.
"The FNM built two primary schools and one
senior high school, the least this government
could do is construct a junior high," said Mr
Mr Turnquest shared portions of his vision for
the country, which included improving the edu-
cation system by taking a holistic approach, in
which all stakeholders are involved.
He added that he would work to ensure that
Bahamians are the driving force of their own
economy, and would attempt to create opportu-
nities for young people to pursue higher levels of

"We are not going to tolerate
that sort of behaviour of attacking
police officers while in the exe-
cution of their duties nor students
attacking students, or students
attacking teachers," said Ms Cole-
At'the opening of the 2005
school year in September, offi-
cers were stationed at several
schools in New'Pro'idbence;i
Grand Bahiama and Abaco.
The officers are there to assist

with school security as well as
give lectures on such topics as
crime prevention and domestic
On Tuesday, media reports
claimed that a parent had become
involved in an altercation with
the principal of the CW Sawyer
primary school.
"There is a way to deal'with
situadtfiiis. Parents attacking sta-i
dents, teachers or the prificipal is
a no-no.
"Parents should set an example
for their children. If children see
parents creating a disturbance
they would do likewise," Chief'
Supt Colebrook said.
She said that in light of the inci-
dent involving the parent, the
police might look into the idea of
implementing the school based
policing scheme in the primary
schools as well.
Chief Supt Colebrook pointed
out that at present, police assis-
tance can be supplied in primary
schools whenever the need arises.
Those police officers who are
presently stationed in schools will
continue to conduct talks on
behavioural problems, on respect-
ing the police and other individu-
als, and on self respect, she

P( hoto* Felipd Major/Tribune staff)

Peet: no

dispute is


to resolve
MINISTER of Labour and
Immigration Vincent Peet
said the fact that he has over-
seen the signing of 48 indus-
trial agreements stands as
proof of his active involve-
ment in the search for an end
to labour disputes.
Speaking on Monday as a
guest on the Love 97 talk
show Issues of the Day host-
ed by Michael Pintard, Mr
Peet said that he believes
that there is no such thing as
'a dispute that is impossible
to resolve '-" "
He acknowledged that
there is always tension
between what employers
want and what labour unions
aim to achieve, but he said it
is his job as minister to bring
all parties to the table and
oversee negotiations.
Mr Peet admitted that
most negotiations during his
tenure have not been execut-
ed expeditiously.
"I would like to see things
done in a more timely fash-
ion but the fact that they are
taking a long period of time
does not necessarily warrant
that there should be legal
action," he said.
Mr Peet added however
that in extreme cases, legal
action should be taken by an
aggrieved party.


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Bahamas 'has key role in hurricanes'

THE formation of killer
storm Katrina over the
Bahamas has focused attention
on this country's role in tracking
future hurricanes, it was
claimed yesterday.
Met officials said changing
storm patterns made the
Bahamas even more significant
in predicting the position and
intensity of tropical depressions.
Frank Lepore, public affairs
officer at the National Hurri-
cane Centre in Miami, told The
Tribune: "The Bahamas has a
key role to play in covering the
eastern flank."
And he said the Bahamas was
now one of 25 countries co-oper-
ating in providing data for US
forecasters as they tried to get an
accurate handle on hurricanes.
In a Miami Herald special

series last week, hurricane cen-
tre director Max Mayfield said
more equipment was needed to
enable forecasters to make
accurate predictions.
He expressed concern that
"equipment gaps" had compro-
mised forecasts in the past,
including those for Hurricanes
Andrew (1992), Eric (1995) and
Mitch in 1998.
He was quoted as saying:
"We need help...we need more
observation (equipment),
there's no question."
The Herald said buoys,
weather balloons, ground sen-
sors and hurricane hunter planes
- all part of the US's first line of
defence against tropical storms -
had failed forecasters during
nearly half of the 45 hurricanes
that struck land since 1992.

"It's almost like we're fore-
casting blind," said Pablo San-
tos, a top weather official who
believes more buoys are needed
if the warning system is to work
Failure to track storms accu-
rately can cost lives and
Miami's weathermen are
increasingly concerned because
of the changing nature of hurri-
cane formation.


The formation of Katrina and
Rita over the Bahamas during
this year's "phenomenal" sea-
son was out of line with previ-
ous patterns.
The Bahamas' chief meteo-
rologist, Basil Dean, said the
formations occurred at a time of
the year when storms were usu-
ally spawned off Africa.
"We have had three systems
form in our waters this year," he
said. Two of them went on to
cause massive devastation and
multiple deaths on the Amer-
ican mainland.
"We can't stop these storms
forming, but by learning to live
with them we can minimise the
loss of life," said Mr Dean.
He felt the Bahamas was
playing its part within its means,
but said he was unaware of any
US approach regarding extra
buoys in Bahamian waters.
Twelve automatic weather
stations throughout the
Bahamas, from South Bimini to
Inagua, fed data to Washington
DC for redistribution to users,.
And two more in Mayagua-
na and Ragged Island were
planned to complete coverage

of the islands.
But he said the open ocean
was where the problem really
lay because that's where buoys
were needed. "Resources are
always a problem when you are
talking about vast areas of
ocean," he said.
"Absence of data creates dif-
ficulty when it comes to fore-
casting hurricanes. That is
where the problem has always
lain, particularly in the
Caribbean area."
However, existing automatic
stations at South Bimini, North

Eleuthera, Rock Sound,
Andros, San Salvador, Cat
Island, Exuma, Long Island,
Crooked Island and Inagua
were providing valuable infor-
mation on temperature, pres-
sure and wind speed, he said.
They were extremely effec-
tive in determining the location
of storms and meant the
Bahamas was able to do "its fair
share" within its means.
In addition, a computerised
weather balloon is sent up every
morning from Nassau Interna-
tional Airport. This rises to

54,000 feet and beyond to record
high wind speeds and other data.
In improving its forecasting
system, the hurricane centre in
Miami would have to consider
those areas requiring buoy cov-
erage, said Mr Lepore.
Over the last two decades,
predictions of storm positions
had improved to the extent that
five-day forecasts were now as
accurate as three-day forecasts
were 15 years ago, he added.
However, the science was not
as "robust" in forecasting inten-
sity, said Mr Lepore.

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storm pass north of the Bahamas, there is still
a possibility of a shift which will lead to a more
direct impact, especially in the northern islands.
"Right now we would advise that the north-
ernmost islands, particularly Bimini, Grand
Bahama and Abaco, keep monitoring the
storm as it makes its way towards the Florida
Peninsula," he said.
Mr Dean said that if current projections
hold true, however, the Bahamas will once
again have a lucky escape.
"The models right now indicate that we will

have some fresh winds, especially on Sunday
morning, and some precipitation," he
Wilma became a hurricane yesterday after-
noon as its winds strengthened to 80 mph.
At presstime last night, the system was locat-
ed 290 miles south of Grand Cayman, moving
west-northwest at nearly eight miles per hour.
Computer models of the National Hurri-
cane Centre in Miami showed Wilma possibly
making a sharp turn and bearing down on
Florida over the weekend.
Forecasters warned that when the hurri-
cane makes itsturn towards Florida, the stori
is gding to start moving vryiiquickly. : 'J

"So people need to get their supplies now.
It's a good time to beat the rush," Stacy Stew-
art, a hurricane specialist at the National Hur-
ricane Centre told US media.
Wilma is the record-tying 12th hurricane of
the season, the same number reached in 1969,
and 12 is the most in one season since record-
keeping began in 1851.
On Monday, Wilma became the Atlantic
hurricane season's 21st named storm, tying
the record set in 1933 and exhausting the list of
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Gomez: 'no vigilantism

against immigrants'

Chief Reporter
The archbishop of the Angli-
can Church in the Bahamas
has warned Bahamians not to
become vigilantes in their
search for solution to the ille-
gal immigration problem.
Archbishop Drexel Gomez
said that the law must be
allowed to run its course -
adding that enforcement of the
law has to take into account
the "human factor" and the
rights and dignity of all per-
sons concerned.
The archbishop made the
comments during his address
to, the 105th session of the
Anglican Synod at Christ
Church Cathedral on Monday.
The issue of the number of
illegal immigrants in the coun-
try, especially those from Haiti,
has been the topic of heated
debates for many years.
The archbishop commend-
ed the "valiant efforts" of law
enforcement officers to stem
this flow.
He urged the government to
move as swiftly as possible to
address the pressing issues that
arise because of illegal immi-:
gration, including shanty towns
and the unsanitary, inhumane
conditions under which many

immigrants live.
"We respectfully request
government to conduct a
labour needs assessment to
determine the number of non-
Bahamians needed in the
workforce at present and in
the near future.
"Persons who are needed,.
especially those 'documented
immigrants' who have been
here for a long time, ought to
have their status regularised
and the others be made to
leave," he said.
"The longer this matter is
left undressed, the worse it will
become," said Archbishop
However, he acknowledged
"with much gratitude" the
tremendous contribution that
many Haitian nationals have
made to the country, "espe-
cially in areas where Bahami-
ans have been unwilling to
"I remind Synod and the
Bahamian nation, that in
everything we do, we must
exercise the utmost of Christ-
ian charity in thought, word
and deed, bearing in mind that
we are all brothers and sisters
regardless of our different
national or ethnic back-
grounds," said Archbishop

* ARCHBISHOP Drexel Gomez

BG schools to get

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FREEPORT The Grand Bahama dis-
trict of the Ministry of Education can expect
to see $30 million in upgrades and redevel-
opment in the very near future.
Minister of Education Alfred Sears made
the announcement at a press conference in
Grand Bahama last Thursday, at the same
time as declaring the division of the Grand
Bahama district into two separate educa-
tional districts.
The district has been divided into the dis-
trict of the City of Freeport, and the district
of West and East Grand Bahama and Bimi-
Veteran educator and longtime principal of
the Eight Mile Rock high school Sandra
Edgecombe has been named the new dis-
trict superintendent for the City of Freeport.
Hezekiah Dean, also a veteran educator

and former district superintendent for Aba-
co, will administer the West and East Grand
Bahama and Bimini District.
Mrs Edgecombe will have responsibilities
for the Freeport based Walter Parker Pri-
mary School, Freeport Primary, Hugh Camp-
bell Primary, Maurice Moore Primary, St
George's High School, Jack Hayward High
School, the Beacon School, Genesis Acade-
my (Programme Sure), and the Pace Centre.
Mr Dean's responsibility includes West
End Primary, Holmes Rock Primary, Martin
Town Primary, Bartlett Hill Primary, Lewis
Yard Primary, Bimini All Age School, Eight
Mile Rock High School, Freetown Primary
School, High Rock Primary School,
McLeanhs Town Primary School, Sweeting's
Cay All-Age School and Grand Cay All-
Age School.
The decision to divide the district is intend-
ed to increase efficiency.

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"The year 1918 has gone...a
year in which developed a most
fatal infectious disease. Medical
science for four and one-half
years devoted itself to putting
men on the firing line and keep-
ing them there. Now it must turn
with its whole might to combat-
ing the greatest enemy of all -
infectious disease. "
1919 edition of the Jour-
nal of the American Medical

EVER since the Huns
crashed the Roman
Empire's 800-year party in the
5th century AD, Europeans
have been terrified of invaders
from the East.
But today's invader could be
even deadlier than Atilla the
Hun. It's name is H5N1 and it
has already caused the death of
millions of birds and about 60
people in the Far East. It has
now spread to Turkey, Roma-
nia and Greece.
But it is not just Europe that
is threatened. Experts say the
world could soon face another
pandemic on the scale of the
Spanish Flu of 1918 which
(according to latest estimates)
killed more than 50 million peo-
ple in a few months at the end
of the First World War.
That's because scientists have
found that the 1918 virus was
also a bird flu, which had mutat-
ed so that it could infect humans
directly. They discovered this
by actually reconstructing the
extinct virus out of bits of tissue
from 87-year-old autopsies.
This alarming discovery led
health experts from 65 nations
to meet in Washington, DC,
earlier this month to discuss
ways of containing another
worldwide epidemic that some
say could kill as many as 150

million people today.
American officials say they
are taking the possibility of a
bird flu pandemic "very seri-
ously". Meanwhile, Bahamian
health officials have been meet-
ing for several weeks and have
heightened their surveillance of
hospital admissions and
reportable illnesses, according
to Public Health Director Dr
Baldwin Carey: "We are fol-
lowing trends on a daily basis."
US Agriculture Secretary
Mike Johanns said recently that
governments had to promote
widespread awareness of the
issue and develop new medical
treatments: "If we fail to act
decisively, the repercussions will
be significant on many levels."
According to the World
Health Organisation, the spread
of the bird virus to poultry in
new regions raises the chance
of more human infections.
Experts add that controlling
avian flu in animals is the most
cost-effective way to cut the risk
of a human pandemic.
Avian flu was thought to infect
only birds until the first human
cases were reported in Hong
Kong in 1997. Currently, the
virus does not spread easily from
one person to another. People
catch it from direct contact with
live infected birds, or their drop-
pings. There is no risk from eat-
ing cooked poultry or eggs.
The latest strain was first
noticed in birds in Southeast
Asia two years ago and has
since spread to at least 10 coun-
tries with no sign of slowing -
causing heavy losses in livestock
and poultry along the way. Now
experts are saying it could be
carried by migratory birds into
Europe and Africa.
The common flu that we are
all familiar with kills more than
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alone but it is tame as killer
viruses go. The 1918 Spanish
Flu was worse than even the
fearsome Black Death, a plague
which killed a quarter of
Europe's population in the mid-
dle ages.
In fact, this was the most dev-
astating epidemic in recorded
history more people died in
the influenza pandemic of 1918-
19 than were killed by the Great
War. The virus affected one
third of the global population,
with death rates about 50 times
higher than those from season-
al influenza.
"Nobody can say with cer-
tainty that there will be another
pandemic, but if you go back in
history it looks like, on aver-
age, a pandemic emerges every
30 years," according to Jeffrey

killed more in only 25 weeks.
Today, the fear is that a flu
pandemic will stall the global
economy, overwhelm hospitals,
and produce chaos in local com-
munities. Bahamians rely on
cross-border travel to make a
living, for example, and it was
only two years ago that Toron-
to's tourist business collapsed
overnight during the SARS out-
break. The US is now consid-
ering the use of troops in the
event of a bird flu outbreak.

Bahamians rely on
cross-border travel to make a
living, for example, and it was
only two years ago that
Toronto's tourist business
collapsed overnight during the
SARS outbreak

Taubenberger, a top expert on
the 1918 virus. "The last pan-
demic was in 1968 37 years

S o far there have been
117 confirmed cases of
avian flu in humans in Indone-
sia, Vietnam, Thailand and
Cambodia, leading to 60 deaths.
This virus kills half of those who
catch it. Seasonal flu isn't near-
ly so lethal. And even in the
1918 pandemic, the death rate
was less than 5 per cent.
By way of comparison,
SARS (a form of pneumonia)
has killed around 800 people
worldwide and infected at
least 8,400 since it first
emerged in November 2002 in
Hong Kong. And while AIDS
killed 25 million people in its
first 25 years, the Spanish flu

Nassau suffered one of its
worst outbreaks of infectious
disease in the mid-19th century,
when the arrival of a ship from
New York sparked a cholera
epidemic. Historians say a tenth
of the island's population was
affected, of whom a quarter
died, and the disease spread to
nearly every out island.
This dramatic experience led
to the Quarantine Act of 1905
and construction of an isolation
station on Athol Island which
operated until the 1920s. But
we could find no direct refer-
ences to any impact the Spanish
Flu may have had on the
Bahamas not even anecdotal
However, according to a 1994
article in the Society of Histor-
ical Medicine there were about
100,000 flu deaths in the
Caribbean between October
1918 and March 1919. Jamaica,
Belize and Guyana suffered
most, with heavy mortality
among the poor.
According to Dr Harold
Munnings, who is researching
a book on the history of hospi-
tals in the Bahamas, the poten-
tial consequences of a bird flu
pandemic are horrifying: "In
1918, influenza was not a
reportable disease, so no statis-
tics were kept.
"The quarantine station was
still in operation, however, and
a health officer was supposed
to board every vessel entering
the harbour from overseas.
While they were primarily look-
ing for cases of smallpox and
cholera, people with respiratory
illness may well have been
detained there."

B ut this was before air
B travel became com-
monplace. Nowadays, infected
people who are not obviously
sick can get on an airliner and
be on the other side of the
world in a few hours. And
humans have no natural immu-
nity to the virus that is spread-
ing from Asia today.
And bird flu symptoms are
much worse than the seasonal
variety. The Spanish Flu began

with a cough and a headache.
Temperature, breathing and
heart rate increased rapidly.
Pneumonia came next, filling
the lungs with liquid and drown-
ing the patients, turning them
blue from lack of air.
Patients bled from mouths,
noses, ears and eyes. Those who
survived often suffered tempo-
rary or permanent brain dam-
age. Several million developed
encephalitis lethargica, in which
victims were trapped in a per-
manent sleep-like state, as por-
trayed in the 1990 movie
"The challenge is to develop
a vaccine for a virus that has
not yet emerged, though we
reasonably anticipate that it
will," Dr Munnings told Tough
Call. "Laboratories need the
(human-transmissable) virus in
order to make a vaccine.
And if a vaccine were to
become available but was in
short supply, how would we fig-
ure in terms of priority? Does it
make sense for people to get a
seasonal flu shot in hopes of
simulating immunity that could
cross protect against bird flu?
Are anti-viral.drugs being stock-
piled by the government? Do
we have an emergency plan for
the country?
"There are no particular mea-
sures being directed against the
flu at this time other than
heightened surveillance," Dr
Baldwin Carey told Tough Call.
"If an epidemic were to occur
our main defence would be to
screen people coming from cer-
tain points of origin. There is
recommendation that existing
vaccines may be helpful and we

the disease in
animals is the
first line of
defence, the
WHO is urging
to cover a
quarter of the

with anti-viral

do have supplies of these."
There are three poultry farms
in the Bahamas (on New Prov-
idence, Abaco and Grand
Bahama), processing a total of
about 30,000 chickens a day.
They import chicks from the
United States, the world's
largest poultry producer.
Although there were isolated
outbreaks of avian flu in North
America as recently as last year,
experts say it would be highly
unlikely for an infection to enter
the country this way. The pos-
sibility of an infected migratory
bird passing on the virus to
poultry in an enclosed farm is
also considered unlikely.

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But while controlling the
disease in animals is
the first line of defence, the
WHO is urging governments to
cover a quarter of the popula-
tion with anti-viral drugs to pre-
pare for a flu pandemic. Lately,
there has been a worldwide run
on Tamiflu, which is considered
effective against bird flu, and
production of other anti-viral
drugs is being ramped up. The
two biggest local wholesalers
told Tough Call they had no
stocks of Tamiflu and were find-
ing it difficult to source the drug.
Dr Baldwin said that while
there were no stocks of anti-
viral medicines in the Bahamas,
there were provisions for devel-
oped countries to release sup-
plies to countries that may be
affected by a flu outbreak. He
also indicated that India and
possibly Brazil would soon be
producing generic versions of
drugs like Tamiflu.
In addition to millions of dol-
lars in aid to affected countries
and health organisations, the
United States has already
approved spending of $3.9 bil-
lion on vaccines and antiviral
drugs, and the administration is
preparing a request for billions
The British estimate that a
flu outbreak could affect a quar-
ter of their population, with pos-
sibly 50,000 deaths. Doctors
have been advised on how to
manage an outbreak, including
the priorities for who should
receive anti-viral drugs. The
government's contingency plans
will be published tomorrow.
Australian Health Minister
Tony Abbott said recently that
no one who lives through such a
pandemic will forget it: "If it
happens, ordinary life as we
know it will cease, probably for
about six months....New Orleans
on a massive scale. Now that is a
very scary prospect."
A recent article in the New
England Journal of Science
asked what would happen if the
pandemic started tonight: "The
global economy would come to
a halt, and we could not expect
appropriate vaccines to be avail-
able for many months, and we
have very limited stockpiles-of
antiviral drugs.
"We have no detailed plans
for staffing the temporary hos-
pitals that would have to be set
up in schools and community
centres and that might need
to remain in operation for one
or two years. Healthcare work-
ers would become ill and die at
rates similar to, or even higher
than, those in the general pub-
lic. Judging by our experience
with SARS, some healthcare
workers would not show up for
The article ended with a call
for a detailed operational blue-
print of the best way to get
through a two-year pandemic.

But there's no denying
that it's hard for offi-
cials to know just how aggres-
sively to sound the alarm. After
all, they don't want to be
accused of needlessly frighten-
ing the public. But they.also
don't want to be accused later
of leaving us under-prepared
for a disaster.
According to the Pan Amer-
ican Health Organisation, "gov-
ernments face a host of policy
dilemmas both before and dur-
ing an outbreak. Good risk
communication means sharing
those dilemmas and letting the
public help you decide."
The major factors include: the
time it will take for an effective
vaccine to be available; deci-
sions on the allocation of vac-
cine; the capabilities of health-
care systems; how national and
international economies will
cope; and the reaction of ordi-
nary people to such a massive
social crisis.
These are questions that must
be raised and discussed open-
ly. But although Health Minis-
ter Dr Marcus Bethel recently
played down the threat in a TV
interview, Public Health Direc-
tor Dr Baldwin Carey would
not return phone calls or faxes
on this matter.
There are few warning signs
before a pandemic strikes -
except a large and rapidly grow-
ing number of new and unre-
lated cases every day. The
WHO says that the global
spread of a pandemic can't be

stopped but preparing prop-
erly can reduce its impact.
As US Health Secretary Mike
Leavitt said: "We must have
complete transparency (and)
commitment from the highest
political levels in countries
around the world."
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THE company which has acquired
IBM's personal computer division is
assuring Bahamas customers that there
will be no effect on staffing or service.
The Armoury Company has
announced that all of its IBM personal
computers and associated products have
been taken over by Lenovo.
The company is assuring local busi-
ness partners that the recent acquisition
will in no way affect business.
"It will be business as usual," said Gar-
reth Lewis Sr, manager of the computer
Said Lenovo chief executive officer
Steve Ward about the acquisition: "Sep-
arately, Lenovo and the PC Division pos-
sessed outstanding development, man-
ufacturing, marketing and customer-care
capabilities, with different areas of exper-
tise and emphasis in the enterprise and
consumer markets.
"Together, as the new Lenovo, those
strengths are combined into a growth-
oriented, global enterprise, strategically
focused on the PC space and more com-
mitted to innovation in IT clients than
any other company.
He explained that for the past few
months, representatives from Lenovo
have been visiting IBM distributors
around the world to assure them that
they are not planning to make any
changes to operations or staff.
In addition, the company is introduc-
ing a new IBM Think Pad the
ThinkPad X41 Tablet.
Lenovo is marketing the new laptop as
the "industry's thinnest, lightest, most
secure convertible,"

Bahamian wins

scholarship to

US university

GRANVILLE, Ohio A first year stu-
dent from Nassau is among those named
as winners of the Denison University's
Dean's Award.
Kelly Eldon, daughter of Chris and
Janice Eldon, is a 2005 graduate of
Kingsway Academy.
The $10,000 award is made on the
basis of a student's academic, extracur-
ricular and personal record.
Students must be in the top 20 per
cent of their graduating class, have a
combined SAT score of 1,200 or a com-
posite ACT score of at least 27, and
"demonstrate evidence of leadership, spe-
cial talent, or a commitment to commu-
nity service.
Founded in 1831, Denison University
is a privately supported institution locat-
ed in Granville, Ohio.
It is fully accredited by the North Cen-
tral Association of Colleges and Sec-
ondary Schools and is a member of the
Great Lakes Colleges Association
(GCLA) and a founding member of the
North Coast Athletic Conference

FOUR Bahamian vol-
unteers from the New
Providence Community
Church travelled to
Houston, Texas last
month to assist victims
displaced by Hurricane
They were: Shaun
Ingraham, Diane Turn-
quest, Donna Kirk-
patrick and William
The volunteers said
the initial plan was to
assist members of Eccle-
sia Community Church
with delivering relief aid
to the evacuees from
However, that plan
quickly changed when
Hurricane Rita threat-
ened to hit Texas.
The trained volunteers
moved into preparation
and response mode and
went to the Houston Red
Cross to offer assistance.
They manned tele-
phones around the clock,
answering distraught
callers who needed infor-
mation and assistance.
"We came with open
hearts and minds to
serve," said Ms Turn-

quest, the emergency
manager at the New
Providence Community
Church "It was heart-
breaking to hear the sto-
Upon hearing about
the efforts of the
Bahamian volunteers,
US Ambassador John
Rood met with them at
the Embassy to person-
ally thank them for
assisting hundreds of
Two of the volunteers
are graduates of the
Community Emergency
Response Team (CERT)
training programme.
The training course,
held earlier this year, was
co-sponsored by the US
Embassy and the Nation-
al Emergency Manage-
ment Agency (NEMA)
to equip volunteers in
providing basic disaster
assistance when other
essential emergency
resources are over-
The volunteers
returned to Nassau on
September 27 after
spending nine days in

* VOLUNTEER Donna Kirkpatrick, New Providence Community Centre (NDCC) pastor of
community development Shaun Ingraham, Ambassador John Rood, NDCC emergency manager
Diane Turnquest and volunteer William Wong.


Public urged to

report crime

A LOCAL attorney is urging the public to take
responsibility for reducing crime after a recent surge
in incidents.
Branville McCartney, the founding partner of Hals-
bury Chambers law offices and chairman of the Crime
Prevention Committee of the Chamber of Commerce,
said that it is the responsibility of all citizens to report
"Look at the figures," said Mr McCartney. "There
are close to 200,000 men, women and children living
on New Providence. There are an estimated 100 or so
truly hardened criminals in addition to 'Jonesers' or
drug addicts who are most likely not armed and just
want money for their next high.
"Take the figures of the hardened criminals, those
with guns and a lack of social consciousness or a con-
science, those who pose the greatest threat 100
against a population of nearly 200,000. Do the math."
McCartney's advice came on the heels of reports of
a crime wave that has stunned the eastern and west-
ern districts of New Providence.
McCartney's firm is hosting free legal clinics on
personal and business matters at their offices on Vil-
lage Road on the next two Saturdays,
He advised members of the public who want
anonymity to call Crimestoppers at 328-8477.
"It's a local number, but the call is answered in
Miami, you are assigned a number, no one will ever
know who called," he said.He added that the sub-
ject of crime is "on everyone's mind; I want to make
sure it is on everyone's conscience as well".

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FROM page one
evaluations and training.
According to the union, how-
ever, this never happened.
Speaking to The Tribune yes-
terday, Stephano Greene, sec-
retary general of the BEWU,
said that despite their promise
management had not been "liv-
ing up to their bargain."
"Even though she was off for
the week, a paid week, she has
refused the evaluation and did
not receive any training. As a
result, when she walked into
work this morning the other
workers just left, stating that

they will not work with her."
Two weeks ago it was report-
ed that BEC employee Kendal
Taylor, who collapsed on the
job, was refused vacation leave
by the acting manager after it
was approved by his supervisor.
After the incident, Mr Tay-
lor was taken to Doctors Hos-
pital for further observation and
testing. However, according to
Mr Greene, he has since been
released and is resting at home.
Yesterday, Mr Greene said
the union is still seeking the
immediate removal of the act-
ing manager from the corpora-
tion, or that she at least be

forced to complete an evalua-
"We met with them (man-
agement) yesterday and told
them that the employees were
not prepared to have her in that
department, and that they need
to put her in a different area so
that the employees will have an
opportunity to heal," said Mr
"The corporation, after lis-
tening to us for about two
hours, decided in their great
wisdom to allow Ms Goffe to
come back on the job this norn-
ing, and as a result the employ-
ees left and called us."

As of 1pm yesterday, Mr
Greene had announced that the
sit-out will be called off due to a
new agreement with BEC man-
"We have called off the sit-
out and the workers will be
returning to work immediate-
ly," he said.
"Management has said that
Ms Goffe will be escorted off
the property this afternoon and
will be required to undergo the
evaluation and training before
she is able to return to work."
He added that Ms Goffe will
also be transferred to another
department "where she will

have no contact with any of the
staff members at BEC."
According to Mr Greene, if
Ms Goffe still returns to work
without the agreement being
fulfilled the union will follow
through with its threat of a
nationwide sit-out.
"We have already been in
contact with the other BEC
locations and all we have to do
now is make the call," he
After numerous attempts to
contact BEC general manager
Kevin Basden, he had not
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them that Mr Francis came
to Pritchard's yard with
"war and fire in his heart".
The court heard how the
deceased slapped Pritchard's
mother down and threat-
ened both Pritchard and his
Pritchard told the court
that the deceased yanked
him down out of his front
door by his pants. Mr Fran-
cis is said to have wrestled
with other men in the yard
before shots were heard. .
Mr Ducille, assisted by
Tamara Taylor, reminded
jurors that to reach a mur-
der conviction, it must be
proven that there was no
provocation and intention
of harm on the part of the
Mrs Allen reminded them
that Pritchard could not be
judged based on the weak-
ness of his case, but rather
the strength of the prosecu-
She said the prosecution,
represented by J Almitra
Jones and Gawaine Ward,
had a case based on the evi-
dence of witnesses Damien
Longley and Theo Trembly,
who was 12 years old at the
The Pritchard family
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Nassau airport loses

timeshare investors

Tribune Staff Reporter
assau International Air-
port's (NIA) rundown
state is costing this
nation millions of dol-
lars in potential time-
share investments, both in New Provi-
dence and the Family Islands, as the
facility's poor state gives a very bad
first impression to potential buyers and
"would be" investors.
"It's one of the answers why there is
so few timeshare resorts on the island
[New Providence] right now," said
Dmitri Pekhterev, Caribbean regional
manager for Interval International,

during the seventh annual Timeshare
Conference in Orlando, Florida.
"That's one of the answers at least."
Interval International is a leading
global vacation exchange company that
employs nearly 1,700 people world-
wide. It serves its developer clients and
more than 1.6 million member fami-
lies through 26 offices in 17 countries.
Mr Pekhterev echoed the sentiments
of Kerzner International chairman Sol
Kerzner, who has consistently said that
NIA is one of the worst airports in the
"If there is not enough airlift or large
planes landing because of the size or
the quality of the airport, that dimin-
ishes the quantity of tourists you get,
and obviously effects the industry neg-

atively. Atlantis is just like a country by
itself. The marketing efforts of Atlantis
help it to be on top any time," said Mr
Key to improving NIA is a successful
conclusion to the negotiations between
YVRAS, a subsidiary of Vancouver
Airport Services, and the Government
over a contract that will allow the for-
mer to operate the airport under a
management agreement for a fixxed
time period.
The major development that will
take place under this contract is the
construction and operation of a new
$250 million terminal by YVRAS at

NISA. However, The Tribune revealed
previously that negotiations between
the two parties have not been going
well, with YVRAS threatening at one
point to walk away from the talks,
although they are still at the table as
the Government aims to conclude a
deal before year-end.
It is understood that YVRAS
thought they had a handshake/verbal
agreement on a deal, but then govern-
ment negotiators attempted to wrest
more concessions from them.
Meanwhile, Richard Kahn, a one-
time editor and associate publisher of
Travel Agent Magazine, and president
of Kahn Travel Communications, a
specialised marketing communications
and consulting company, yesterday

explained how the first impression of
NIA was not encouraging for repeat or
refferal visitors.
"Long lines and integrated airport
immigration facilities never make
someone happy about wanting to come
back year after year after year," Mr
Kahn said.
"So that's all part of the experience
in travelling to a destination. Improved
airport facilities and all the things that
goalong with the improved facilities -
improved immigration facilities,
improved luggage facilities all of that
makes. the epxerience of the visitor
more comfortable. And this makes

SEE page 2B

Colina will not

see KPMG review

Tribune Business Editor
COLINA Holdings
(Bahamas) executives yester-
day said they had been
informed in writing by finan-
cial services regulators that
they will iot see the completed
report and findings from

over loans to

SEE page 5B

(FILE photo)

Ex-Chamber executive

refutes Miller comments

Tribune Business Editor
THE former head of the Chamber of Commerce's legislation
committee yesterday refuted claims by Leslie Miller; minister
of trade and industry, that the draft Consumer Protection Bill
did not attempt to "circumvent the courts", adding that he
wanted to know the "40 per
cent" of the body's recom-
mendations that the minis- SEE page 6B

Caribbean is now

world number two

timeshare location

Investors 'lined up 'for when

Timeshare Act changes happen

Tribune Staff Reporter
ANALYSTS yesterday said they
expected that once the Bahamas amends
its Timeshare Act, it will attract tremen-
dous investment opportunities, with devel-
opers "lined up" waiting to invest mil-
lions of dollars in this nation.
Karen Stedronsky, attorney and partner
in Baker anid Hostetler LLP, which is
working with the Bahamian government
to amend the current legislation, said the
current Act was a good starting point for
the industry, and any revisions would sim-
ply build upon this.
"We are not completely overhauling
the existing legislation. We see it as a good
base," she said at the seventh annual
Timeshare and Resort Investment Con-
ference in Orlando.
Mrs Stedronsky represents a consor-
tium of developers under ARDA
Bahamas, which is the Bahamian sub-

Act's amendments likely to be tabled in
May, once occupancy tax and deeded
product points clarified

committee for the American Resort
Development Association (ARDA),
."The consortium includes Starwopd,
which does the Atlantis timeshare [Har-
borside], Marriott, Fairfield, Interval Inter-
national and RCI the two exchnage com-
panies. So this is some of the group behind
it. We have also being working with the
small developers in the Bahamas as well,"
she added.
"What we are trying to do is expand
the current product, because under the
current Act it only addresses the right to
use product. In other words, I don't get a
deed for my timeshare interest, which
offers comsumers much more consumer
protection than just a licence or naked

'right touse',"
The existing Act, Mrs Stedronsky said,
was written as if the consumers would
only be offered a right to use the time-
share property. However, the US con-
sumer, who was extremely interested in
buying in the Bahamas, was more inter-
ested in making sure they could be guran-
teed a deed on their product.
"A lot of the brands are used to con-
sumers who expect to get a deed. They
love the protection, it's in perpetuity,
which the Act currently doesn't recog-
nise," Mrs Stedronsky said. "The act

SEE page 6B

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Caribbean and the
Bahamas are now the world's
second most popular destina-
tion for timeshare buyers,.
leapfrogging Australia to take
that spot in the past year,
according to Interval Interna-
tional's 2005 market profile.
Interval International is a
leading gloabl timeshare
exchange company out of Mia-
mi, Florida, that employs near-
ly 1,700 people worldwide It
serves its developer clients and

more than 1.6 million member
families through 26 offices in 17
According to the report,
Europe is the number one vaca-
tion site, with nearly 69 per cent
of prospective timeshare buy-
ers indicating their desire to vis-
it that continent. The Caribbean
took second place with 22 per
cent, and Austraila rounded out
the top three at 21 per cent.
This latest trend sees the
Caribbean region making a
jump from third place in 2004,

SEE page 6B


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Management failures

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I would like to focus on
system failures in the
next few articles, a dis-
cussion that cannot
only focus on hurri-
cane and crime prevention.
This series intends to be an
introduction to the present sit-
uation as it pertains to
crime, and the role the police

play in reducing crime. This
series will highlight why the
study of risk, crises and disas-
ters is critical for the profes-
sional manager in reducing loss
and adequately managing the
risk of crime.
We must first define some
terms that are used inter-
changeably but are very differ-

ent in their meaning.

Can be defined as situations
requiring a rapid and highly
structured response, where risk
for critical decision makers can,
to a relative degree, be defined.
An example is the brakes on
your car not resp6nding when

pressure is applied and you are
losing control of the vehicle.

Are defined as situations
requiring a rapid response (for
this reason they are all too eas-
ily misconceived as emergen-
cies), although in contrast, the
risk for critical decision-mak-
ers is difficult to define. It is
typical that the effect of a
response either is, or appears to
be, unclear.
A scenario for this would be
that there are school children
to your left and a large pine
tree or cliff to your right.
Which direction do you go?
This is defined as a cultural
construction of reality. A dis-
aster is distinct from both
emergencies and crises only in
that physically it represents the
product of the former. Disas-
ters then, are the irreversible
and typically overwhelming
result of the ill-handling of
emergencies and crises,
It would thus be a disaster if
the children are injured by you
attempting to avoid the tree
and cliff, or rather, your deci-
sion to avoid the children and
run into the tree.

System Failure
Regardless of the circum-
stances, these events are all
connected to the failure of sys-
tems. The persons responsible
for these systems will usually
say they are operating at opti-
mal level, holding true to the
old adage: 'A fisherman never
calls his fish stink'. These sys-
tems over time have been mod-
ified to deal with the changing.
environmental, social and tech-
nological climate we live in.
What, then, is a
'system'? Again, we encounter
a term that has not yet
achieved a universally agreed
upon definition. However, we
have been provided with 13
essential characteristics:
*A recognisable whole

components or elements
Organised interconnections
Components interaction sig-
nifies processes
Processes imply inputs and
Components form hierar-
chical structures
Adding or removing a com-
ponent changes the system and
its characteristics
A component is affected by
its inclusion in a system
Means for control and com-
munications promote system
Emergentproperties, often
System boundary
A system environment out-
side the boundary which affects
the system
System 'ownership'
It is not clear how many of
these elements have to be miss-
ing in order to arrive at a sys-
tem failure, but what is clear is
that these factors are depen-
dent on human insight and
Management Failure
In order for systems to work
together cohesively, and hope-
fully produce a positive prod-
uct, the system must be man-
aged properly.
Thus, the improper manage-
ment of systems results in fail-
ure, whether human or techni-
cal. Good management systems
should possess the following

1. A good management sys-
tem has a network that allows
all persons to communicate
effectively, regardless of where"
they are located in the organi-
2. The leadership must estab-
lish and ensure that all policies
and guidelines are adequately
communicated to all levels of
the company.
3. Information pertaining to
the organisation should con-
stantly be reviewed and tested
for compliance,

4. The leadership should
ensure that a good cadre of
persons are employed, and who
possess the. technical skill to
conform and intelligently apply
the standards laid out by the
company, the industry or gov-
ernment regulatory board,
It is the failure of systems,
and more detrimentally, man-
agement failures, that bring
about events resulting in dis-
aster, What appears as several,
events having numerous sepa-
rate causes and effects,

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

Nassau airport loses

timeshare investors

FROM page 1B
them want to come back,
"And what happens in the
timeshare industry, especially
in the Caribbean, timeshares
are not being sold here in the
US for the Caribbean. For
instance, in the case of the
Bahamas, we are not buying the
timeshare here for the
Bahamas, We don't buy the

timeshare in the Bahamas until
we are actually in the Bahamas.
"So if you go into the
Bahamas and have a bad expe-
rience in the airport, you are
not going to buy a timeshare.
Whereas if you have a good
experience you are more apt to,
when someone tries to sell you
the timeshare, you are going to
say: 'Hey, I want to come back
here. It was a great experience
coming in here, this is a great
resort... I want to come back'.
That's how a lot of the most
successful timeshare has been
According to Mr Kahn, the
growth of "mixed-use" resorts -
developments that have time-
share units, condo units and reg-
ular hotel rooms, is what he sees
as an opportunity for tremen-
dous growth on many of the

Family Islands.
Mr Kahn said: "The only
thing I can see taking place now
with the growth of the mixed-
use resort concept, is that some-
one will go in and develop a
mixed-use resort. Where you
have a full-service resort, you
have some of the units sold as
timeshare, some of the units
sold as condos, so you have a
whole entertainment complex
with a mulitude of different
"So you would have regular
resort guests, timeshare guests,
and condo owners, and that will
work very well on many of the
Out Islands," he added.
"That's pretty much proba-
bly the best idea right now," Mr
Pekhterev added. "The mix use
development... to have a little
bit of everything."

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 12TH day of
OCTOBER, 2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

ROAD, 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 19TH day of
OCTOBER, 2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas,

Safe & Secure

IFi nanoAil Advsors Ltd.
Pricing information As Of:
18 October 2005

82wk-H swk-Low ymbol P os ias Today's Close Chane DailyV PS v $ PIE Yield
110 0.73 AbacoMarkets 0 0.00 -0.207 0.000 NIM 0.00%
10.23 8.00 Bahamas Property Fund 10,23 10.23 0.00 1.456 0.340 7.0 3.32%
7.24 56.5 Bank of Bahamas 7,24 7.24 0.00 0.587 0.330 12.3 .4.6%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 080 0.80 0.00 0.204 0.010 3,9 1.25%
1.80 1.40 Bahamas Waste 1.40 1.40 0.00 0.112 0.060 12.5 4.29%
1.15 0.87 Fidelity Bank 1.10 1,10 0.00 1,000 0.066 0.030 16.7 2.73%
9.26 8.94 Cable Bahamas 9.26 9.26 0.00 0.618 0.240 15.0 2.69%
2.20 1.53 Colina Holdings 1,53 1.53 0.00 -0.046 0.000 NM 0.00%
9.10 6.90 Commonwealth Bank 9.05 9,06 0.00 50 0.705 0,410 12.8 4.53%
2.50 0.80 Doctor's Hospital 2.40 2.40 0.00 0.429 0.000 5.6 0.00%
4.20 3.86 Famguard 4,20 4.20 0.00 0.428 0.240 8,8 5.71%
10.80 9.50 Finco 10,70 10.80 0.10 1,130 0.695 0.510 15.5 4.72%
9.50 7.25 Firstaribbean 9.60 9,80 0.00 600 0.695 0.380 13.7 4.00%
9,24 8.39 Focol 9,24 9,24 0.00 0.675 0.500 13.7 56.41%
1.99 1.27 Freeport Concrete 1.16 1.15 0.00 0.022 0.000 52.3 0.00%
10.20 9.50 ICO UtIlities 9.94 9,94 0.00 0.626 0.405 18.9 4.07%
8.65 8.20 J. Johnson 8.8a 8.65 0.00 0.526 0.660 16.4 6.47%
6.69 4.36 Kerzner International BDRs 6,73 5.70 -0.03 0.122 0.000 47.0 0.00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10,00 10.00 0.00 2.036 0.780 4.9 7.80%
d2wk-l*HI O3wkc-Low Symbol UlBid S __ Ask S Last Price p Ieekly Vol EPS I Div $ PIE Yield
13.00 12.50 Barhamas Supermarket1325 11.00 1488 0.950 9.1. 7'25%
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Croseinga (Pref) 10.00 10.35 10.00 0.000 0.800 NM 7.80%
0.50 0.40 RND Holdiln 0,29 0.64 0.00 -0.044 0.000 NM 0.00%
3.00 28.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 41.00 2.220 0.000 19.4 0.00%
6.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 12.33 13.33 12.60 1.106 0.810 14.6 6.93%
00.35RN Holdin 0.29 0 0.35 -0.103 0.000 NIM 0.00%
SS2wks-HI U2wk-Low FnNaalml eAV*-YTD% Last 12 Months DIVYi
1. 11874 Colina Money Market Fund 1.542.
2.4403 2.0311 Fidelity Bahamas 0 & I Fund 2.4403 **
10.6103 10.0000 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 10.103"*"
2.2560 2.1491 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.207097*
1.1395 1.0688 Collna Bond Fund 1.139548*
1B1X ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 a 1,000.00 YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price
s2wk-HI Highest closing price In last 5S weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity
Siwk-t-Lw Lowest closing price In last 62 weeks Ask $ SSelling price of Colina and fidelity
Prnvous Cloas Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Today' Cl(o Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week
Change Change in closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
Dally 'ol. Number of lttal shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months NIM Not Meaningful
P/M Closing price divided by the last 12 month eamings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 100
S- AS AT SEP. 30, 20081 ** AS AT 8IP 30, 2008
* AS AT SEPT. 23, 20051* AS AT SEP. 30, 2000 AS AT S P, 30, 2008





executive wins

BFSB's award

director of business develop-
ment, Paul Winder, was cho-
sen as the Bahamas Financial
Services Board's (BFSB) Exec-
utive of the Year following his
nomination by the Society of
Trust and Estate Practitioners
(STEP) Bahamas branch.
During his financial services
career, Mr Winder has focused
on creating highly targeted
products and services in the
international tax treaty and
estate-planning arena. He has
also worked on various gov-
ernment think-tanks in the

Turks and Caicos Islands and
the Bahamas, in a bid to devel-
op progressive product legisla-
tion and regulation.
Mr Winder has served as a
panellist at various conferences,
and co-authored Financial
Times Law and Tax Asian edi-
tion while writing articles for
the STEP Journal, Trusts and
Trustees, and Offshore Invest-
He is a member of the Inter-
national Tax Planning Associ-
ation, Offshore Institute and
International Fiscal Associa-

Mr Winder has been on the
Board of STEP Bahamas for
the past four years, serving as
deputy chairman, an elected
position, for the last three
He is credited with helping to
establish STEP's training facil-
ity at Goodman's Bay, and he
also spearheaded the launch of
the STEP Bahamas scholarship
for Bahamian students. Mr
Winder continues to work with
the overseas training body for
STEP to ensure the smooth
progression of students through
the diploma course.

* PAUL Winder accepts his award from Minister Allyson Maynard-Gibson. Also pictured (I-r):
Bruno Roberts, BFSB chairman; Sheila Carey, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Financial
Services and Investments; and Wendy Warren, BFSB's chief executive and executive director.

LOT No. "G" containing 6,750 sq. ft., "St Vincent Close" Subdivision
Situate on the Southern side of St Vincent Road,
About one mile west of Blue Hill Road


arm' is recognised

THE "right arm" to Ocean-
ic Bank and Trust's chief exec-
utive has won the Bahamas
Financial Services Board's
(BFSB) Achiever of the Year
Francelyn Bethel serves as
executive assistant to Bruce C.
Bell, who describes her as
being his "right arm" for over
nine years.
Mr Bell nominated Ms
Bethel for the award. With pro-
longed absences from the office
necessitated by demands of the
job, he says he has no hesita-
tion in leaving her in charge of
0 FRANCELYN Bethel accepts her award from Minister the work that needs to be
Allyson Maynard-Gibson. Also pictured (1-r): Bruno Roberts, processed.
BFSB chairman; Sheila Carey, permanent secretary of the Min- Mr Bell maintains she can
istry of Financial Services and Investments; and Wendy Warren, match or better any executive
BFSB's chief executive and executive director. assistant. he has met.

For conditions of the sale and other information, please contact:
The Commercial Credit Work Collection Unit
At: 356-1685, 356-1686 or 356-1608 Nassau, Bahamas

Interested persons should submit offers in writing addressed to:
The Commercial Credit Work Collection Unit,
P.O. Box N-7518, Nassau, Bahamas
To reach us before September 30, 2005

Financing available for the qualified purchaser

Serious enquires only

* Offer only valid at the Westin at Our Lucaya and for stays consumed between 10/22 and 11/3/05. Subject to availability of room type. Advance reservations are required. Not applicable to group travel. Additional service charge and tax may apply. Offer cannot be combined with
any other offers or promotions. Length of stay restrictions may apply. Starwood Hotels & Resorts is not responsible for typographical errors or omissions. 2005 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. Single Advance Purchase Rate/Single Property.

Oceanic chief's



AIBT wins the BFSB's

development award
A O ^2 -^^ T T pr^^^^

The Association of Interna-
tional Banks and Trusts
(AIBT) has won the BFSB's
annual Financial Services
Development and Promotion
Award for its work on the
drafting and sponsoring of the
Foundations Act.
The AIBT is viewed as the
"architect" of Foundations,
having produced the first draft
of legislation some 10 years
The main challenge was
introducing a civil law concept
such as the Foundation into a
jurisdiction like the Bahamas,
which has a common law legal
Gibraltar had set a precedent
with a draft Foundations Bill,
but it was never passed into
law. The AIBT benchmarked
the Bahamian legislation
against this and several other

A 21-year veteran of the
Bahamian financial services
industry has won the Bahamas
Financial Services Board's
(BFSB) Professional of the
Year Award for 2005.
Crestwell Gardiner, vice-
president of lending for Fideli-
ty Group of Companies, start-
ed his banking career at Com-
monwealth Bank in 1985 as a
collection officer and held
many positions, including cred-
it officer, collection supervisor,
assistant manager credit and
collection, risk manager and
assistant vice-president risk.
management, before joining
Fidelity Group of Companies.
In nominating him for the
award, Fidelity's executive
committee said Mr Gardiner
had been responsible for the
initiation of many innovative
projects and products that add
Specifically, the zero-inter-
est down payment on the prop-
erty loan was his brainchild.
There has been a marked
improvement in the quality of
loan applications and the rela-
tionship banking culture under
his guidance, the asset base has

grown under his leadership,
and also notable was his lend-
ing thrust to the uniformed
branches (Police, Prison and
Defence Force) in savings and
debt consolidation.
Mr Gardiner is a 'Fellow' of
the Bahamas Institute of
Financial Services and an
'Associate' of the Chartered
Institute of Bankers. (London).
He is also a member and
treasurer of Rotary Club Nas-
sau Sunrise and a member of
the Bahamas Shotokan Karate
Club that teaches karate and
'self-discpline tospecial needs
children. He serves on various
committees within Fidelity
Group of Companies.
PICTURED above right is
Mr Gardiner accepting his
award from Allyson Maynard-
Gibson, minister offiinancial
services and investments. Also
pictured (left to right) are
Bruno Roberts, BFSB chair-
man; Sheila Carey, permanent
secretary of the Ministry of
Financial Services and Invest-
ments; and Wendy Warren,
BFSB's chief executive and
executive director.




(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the 4th
day of October, 2005. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp.
Inc., of P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.





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


jurisdictions, and the ACT is
seen as enhancing the attrac-
tiveness of the Bahamas for
private wealth clients, as this
is the first leading internation-
al financial centre to have legal
provision for Foundations.

E THE picture on the left
shows Robert Lotmore, cur-
rent chairman of AIBT, accept-
ing the award from Allyson
Maynard-Gibson, minister of
financial services and invest-
ments. Also pictured (from L
to R) are: BFSB chairman
Bruno Roberts; Sheila Carey,
permanent aecretary at the
Ministry of Financial Services
and Investments; Bruce Bell, a
past AIBT president; Dr Atti-
la Molnar, AIBT director; and
Wendy Warren, BFSB chief
executive and executive direc-
tor. Peter Evans, of the Private
Trust Corporation, nominated
AIBT for the award.


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




(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
13th day of October, 2005. The Liquidator is Argosa
Corp. Inc., of P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.


Honour roll

student captures

BFSB award
CHRISTINE Leo has captured the 2005 Bahamas Financial
Services Board's (BFSB) Student of the Year award.
She graduated this year with a Bachelors Degree in Business
Administration, Accounting Major. She was consistently on
the Dean's Honour Roll, and on the President's List for the
final two years of studies.
Ms Leo plans to pursue professional development training
with an eventual goal of attaining CPA certification.
The Financial Services Student of the Year award pro-
gramme is co-ordinated by BFSB with support from the COB,
Central Bank of the Bahamas, and Professional Industry
Associations Working Group.
Colina Financial Advisors and SG Hambros Bank and
Trust are corporate sponsors, each year donating a $5,000
Investment Account as grand prize.
CHRISTINE Leo is pictured above receiving her award
from Wendy Craigg, Governor of the Central Bank, with
(left) Kenwood Kerr, manager-investor Services at SG Ham-
bros; and Hiram Cox, portfolio manager at Colina Financial


No.45 of 2000

(In. Vluntary Liquidation) ,Tm


Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(4) of the International Business Companies Act, (No. 45 of 2000),
CONTINENTAL LIQUIDATORS INC. is the Liquidator and can be
contacted at No. 2 Commercial Centre Square, P.O. Box #71, Alofi,
Nine Islands. All persons having claims against the above-named
company are required to send their names, addresses and particulars
oftheir debts or claims to the.Liquidator before November 18, 2005.

B. Foster
For: Continental Liquidators, Inc.



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





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


'Two-decade veteran

earns major honour




Colina will not

see KPMG review

FROM page 1B

KPMG on its review of the
BISX-listed life and health
insurer's operations.
Addressing the company's
annual general meeting
(AGM), Colina Holdings'
Board members are under-
stood to have told minority
shareholders, who own a com-
bined 33 per cent of the com-
pany, that the insurer will "not
receive the report from
KPMG" or "be informed of
the results of the investigation.
This is despite Colina Hold-
ings have to pay the costs of
the regulatory review. The
KPMG review is focusing on
Colina's compliance with the
21 conditions laid down by the
Government for approving
Colina's acquisition of Imperi-
al Life, "the appropriateness
of the financing of the acquisi-
tion [of Imperial Life], the cur-
rent and ongoing financial per-
formance and the integration
of Imperial Life with Colina,
together with the appropriate-
ness and effectiveness of Coli-
na's internal controls".
The review, being carried out
on behalf of the financial ser-
vices regulators, was sparked
after Cdlina Holdings' 2004
financial statements were heav-
ily qualified by auditors Price-
waterhouseCoopers (PwC), on
the grounds that not all related
party transactions had been dis-
closed and accounted for.
Colina Holdings paid out
some $4.431 million to pur-
chase services from related par-
ties during the financial year
to December 31, 2004, an
almost three-fold increase upon
the $1.658 million spent the
year before.
Out of this sum, some
$900,000 in management fees
and $921,000 in brokerage fees

went to the company's parent,
Colina Financial Group, whose
shareholders at that time were
Colina Holdings' chairman,
Emanuel Alexiou; Colina
Holdings president, Jimmy
Campbell; and fellow principal
Anthony Ferguson.
More than $12 million has
flowed out of Colina Holdings
to related parties over the past
two years, with most of this
going to CFG.
The Tribune understands
that the KPMG review is still
ongoing, with the findings like-
ly to be presented to the lead
regulator, the Securities Com-
mission, shortly. Among those
involved in the review is under-
stood to be the head of
KPMG's Canada arm, which
performed forensic accounting
services for the Government
before when it was assessing
whether to approve the Imper-
ial Life deal.
The decision not to publish
the KPMG review's findings to
either Colina Holdings or the
general public is likely to prove
controversial. It will not give
the company an opportunity to
respond, nor will it help to ease
the concerns of minority share-
holders or policyholders. The
latter group are especially
important given Colina Hold-
ings' size, with the company
now touching four out of every
five Bahamians through insur-
ance, pension funds and mort-
Meanwhile, Mr Alexiou is
understood to have told yes-
terday's AGM that everything
had been declared to the com-
pany's shareholders and audi-
tors. He added that main prob-
lem with the 2004 financial
statements that resulted in the
qualification was that no inter-

nal audit had been carried out.
Shareholders also raised con-
cerns over the independence
of three non-executive direc-
tors on the Colina Holdings
Board. Proxy documents for
the AGM showed that Dr
Myles Munroe, the religious
leader, and Zhivargo Laing, the
former FNM MP, have out-
standing loans from Colina in
the amounts of $510,596 and
$628,292 respectively.
These concerns were dis-
missed by Colina Holdings
executives, who also provided
no satisfactory explanation as
to why minutes of the compa-
ny's recent Extraordinary Gen-
eral Meeting (EGM), which
ratified the ousting of former
president Jimmy Campbell,
had not been made public.


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Public Utilities Commission



The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is seeking a suitably
qualified attorney with drive and ambition to fill the position
of SENIOR LEGAL COUNSEL. The successful candidate will
provide legal services to the Commission in respect of its
operations, particularly in the preparation of various legal
documents and enforcement of licence conditions and any
instructions issued by the Commission in accordance with
the Public Utilities Commission Act and the Acts governing
the industries regulated by the Commission.

Qualifications: LLB; Membership of the Bahamas Bar
Association; 10 years commercial law experience. Practical
experience in Administrative Law will be an asset.

The PUC offers a very attractive benefits package and excellent
opportunities for further development. Starting salary will be
commensurate with relevant experience. Further information
about the PUC can be obtained from its website:

Resumes may be submitted to:
Executive Director, Public Utilities Commission
4th Terrace East, Collins Avenue
Facsimile: (242) 323-7288

Applications should be received by 25 October, 2005.


Payment of Benefits and Assistances for the month of OCTOBER 2005, will be made in the
following districts, at the following pay stations between the hours stated below:
Thursday, October 20, 2005:12 noon 12:30p.m., at the Church Hall.
Thursday, October 20, 2005: 9:30a.m. 11:45a.m., at Beacon Hill Church of Nazarene, Carmichael
Thursday, October 20, 2005: 12:4p.m. 1:30p.m., at St. Peter's Church Hall.
Thursday, October 20, 2005: 9:30a.m. 3:00p.m., at the National Insurance Board's Fox Hill
Sub-Office. Persons who cannot collect their cheques on the dates stated, may collect them
throughout the month of November 2005, from 9:30a.m. to 4:30p.m., Monday to Friday.
Thursday, September 22, 2005: 9:30a.m. 4:00p.m. at the National Insurance Board's Wulff
Road Local Office. Persons who cannot collect their cheques on the dates stated, may collect
them throughout the month of October 2005, from 9:30a.m. to 4:30p.m., Monday to Friday.
Thursday, October 20, Monday, October 24, 2005: 9:30a.m.- 4:00p.m., at The Bahamas
Public Service Union Hall, East Street South.
1. Thursday, October 20 Wednesday, October 26, 2005: 9:30a.m. 4:00p.m.
All persons with surnames beginning with the letters "A" "L", at the Cat Island United
Association Hall #1, Market and Vesey Streets.
2. Thursday, October 20 Monday, October 24, 2005:9:30 a.m. 4:00 p.m.
All persons with surnames beginning with the letters "M" "Z", at the Salvation Army
Hall, Meadow Street.
3. Tuesday, October 25 Wednesday, October 26, 2005: 9:30a.m. 4:00p.m.
Persons who did not collect their cheques from the respective stations on the days
specified, may collect them at the Cat Island United Association Hall #1, Market and
Vesey Streets, on the above-mentioned dates.
Cheques must be collected from the listed pay stations on the dates and times given. In cases of
emergency, uncollected cheques may be collected from the Pensions Department, at the Jumbey
Village Complex throughout the month of November 2005 between the hours of 9:30a.m. and
Claimants and/or their representatives are required to produce proper identification in order to
collect their cheques. Acceptable forms of identification for claimants collecting their own payments
Their National Insurance Registration Card, together with any one of the following:
1. A Passport;
2. A Voter's Card; or
3. Any other document which establishes, conclusively, the identity of the claimant.
Where the claimant is sending a representative to collect his/ her cheque, the representative should
provide an Authorization Form completed by the claimant, or a letter authorizing the Board to pay
the representative, together with any of the above-listed items to identify the representative.
All claimants and/or their representatives are advised that should they fail to provide satisfactory
documents to identify themselves as requested above, there may be a delay or denial of payments.




Bahamas Supermarkets Limited operates a leading supermarket chain in The
Bahamas. As a market leader, the Company prides itself on delivering premier service
through its Winn-Dixie and City Market supermarkets, having a strong commitment to
its customers, associates and community.

An opportunity for a Financial Controller to join this market leader has arisen.

Reporting to the Vice President and Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, the
successful applicant will need to hold a professional accounting qualification (CA,
CPA, or CMA) and have previously led a high-performing accounting team in a diverse
accounting environment. Key selection criteria include:

Sound technical and practical experience in financial accounting, and financial
management controls and systems
Strong business acumen with problem-solving skills
Ability to manage, with a strategic focus, all aspects of a high-volume
accounting environment while providing quality and meaningful financial
Ability to manage relationships within the business encompassing budgeting,
forecasting, reconciliation and analysis of all operational accounts, cash flow
and asset management
Hands-on ability to lead and motivate a dynamic financial team
Ability to identify system, control and process improvements
Superior communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to mentor a
Strong computer skills with working knowledge of Microsoft applications and
automated financial and distribution reporting systems

If you have what it takes to succeed in this challenging role and are interested in joining
a company that offers security and extraordinary benefits, please forward your resume
and cover letter to:

Human Resources
Bahamas Supermarkets Limited
East-West Highway
P. O. Box N 3738
Nassau, Bahamas

No telephone inquiries please




Ex-Chamber executive

refutes Miller comments

FROM page 1B
ter considered to be valid.
Emphasising that he could
not speak for the Chamber,
Rick Lowe, who helped co-ordi-
nate the private sector response
to the Consumer Protection
Bill, in response to Mr Miller's
criticism of the Chamber, said:
"I personally thank the Minister
for responding to the letter, and
it's encouraging to know many
of our points are valid, despite
what he told us at the meeting
[last year]."
Mr Miller had previously said
that 60 per cent of the 87 rec-
ommendations made by the
Chamber for improving the
Consumer Protection Bill were
"redundant and unnecessary",
something Mr Lowe took to
mean that 40 per cent had some
He added: "While some of
our points may seem redundant
to the Minister, anyone who
reads the Bill and then reads
our redundant points made in
response to pieces in the legis-
lation, will see over and over
that the Minister has the power
to summarily convict.
"It does circumvent. Though
you have to go to court to prove
your side, he doesn't have to go
to court to prove his side. That
circumvents the court system
right there."
Mr Lowe said the recom-
mendations in the 19-page sub-
mission to the Ministry of Trade
and Industry were not his own
opinions, but came from a wide-
ranging consultation exercise
involving other private sector

bodies besides the Chamber.
Among those who participated
in drafting the recommenda-
tions were some 200 people,
including lawyers.
Mr Lowe, who is operations
manager at Nassau Motor Com-
pany, acknowledged that while
the Chamber may have been
misinformed about the Bill
being tabled for debate in the
House of Assembly, this point-
ed to the need for improved
transparency and communica-
tions in government and Parlia-
He added: "It shouldn't have
taken a year for the Minister to
respond to us and to have a
fight about it. He should have
responded a year ago."
Addressing Mr Miller's asser-
tion that the Chamber had said
there was no need for a Con-
sumer Protection Bill, Mr Lowe
separated the need to protect
consumers from what was in the
draft legislation.
"There is no need for what is
outlined there," he explained.,
"They are doing the Bill for
criminal acts that are already
under the criminal code. We
have a whole raft of legislation
that protects people, whether
they're consumers, citizens or
businesspeople. That's what the
courts are for."
Mr Miller previously indicat-
ed the Bahamas' draft Con-
sumer Protection Bill was large-
ly based on similar legislation
in Jamaica, and was being intro-
duced to ensure this nation kept
pace with global developments,
such as the United Nations
Guidelines for Consumer Pro-

FROM page 1B

essentially only recongnises the
right for 40 years. Which means
a lot of the timeshare licences
would be offered for that sort of
"But if you get someone who
comes from Orlando, who gets
a lot of deed-based product and
they go to the Bahamas and
they can't get that... You know,
I'm looking at Orlando versus
the Bahamas. I'm thinking I get
these protections, I get title
inusrance, I can deed it to my
children, my family .. this is
very important."
Mrs Stedronsky praised
Financial Services and Invest-
ments minister, Allyson May-
nard-Gibson, for her hard work
and attention to the legislation.
"I really think this will help
the Bahamas immensely. We
have a lot of clients who are
very interested in going to the
Bahamas but will not go until
this legislation that allows for
deed-based product is passed,"
Mrs Stedronsky said.
"That is not to say that the
Government can't give exemp-
tions under the Act to allow
deed base, but imagine writing
an exemption request that is 12
pages versus an exemption

request that is two or three.
That's a big difference when
you are going to spend millions
upon millions of dollars invest-
ing in a country. The fact that
they would have an established
legislation that would allow for
what type of product structure
they would like to offer, it is a
tremendous incentive to that
company as opposed to a coun-
try that would not offer that."
The amended Timeshare Act
is set to be tabled in May, once
a final point on occupancy tax is
"When you stay in a hotel
you get charged an occupany
tax. Everyone expects that. But
when a timeshare operator
rents a unit for the owner there
is no doubt that there should
be a tax on that," Mrs Stedron-
sky said.
"But when a week or unit is
exchanged for a week at anoth-
er resort, we are trying to clari-
fy that. We don't think that the
Government intended to tax
exchanges. The problem is:
How do you tax it? Who col-
lects the tax? Who is responsi-
ble for it? Why would you do
this when the amount is so low
for this tax? In Florida, we don't
have that and this is one of the
downsides of the Bahamian leg-

Caribbean is now

world number two

timeshare location

FROM page 1B

when it had 20 per cent, to
move ahead of Austraila, which
had a previous rating of 26 per
According to panellists at the
seventh Annual Timeshare
Conference in Orlando, the
industry has seen substantial
growth and development over
the last 20 years. It is currently
poised at $11 billion dollars a
year, with nearly $8 billion dol-
lars being attributed to the US
Even large hotel chains, such
as Marriott, Disney, and Wyatt,
are "trying their hand" in the
industry, highlighting that a sub-
stantial portion of their annual
profits is attributed to their
recently added timeshare units.
According to Raymond
Gellein, the chairman of the
American Resort Development
Association (ARDA) and chief
executive at Starwood Vacation

Ownership, which currently
operates resorts under the
Westin, Sheraton and St Regis
brands, the timeshare industry
has not seen a down year since
"With the stress and strain of
everyday life, we see that vaca-
tions are needed. As such, even
during times of economic strain
vacations are still being taken,"
he said.
Mr Gellein added that pre-
dominately those persons that
buy a vacation ownership, or
timeshare, tend to buy frac-
tional or second homes as well.
As an incentive, test-run
products, such as a vacation
depending on "biennial use" -
be it either an odd or even year
- was highlighted as a pro-
gramme currently being offered
to coax purchasers into entering
the industry. Ultimately, the
vacation owner could be con-
vinced to upgrade his or her
pacakge to an annual plan with
the resort or vacation club






WALLINGTON late of Apartment No. 54,
Lacovia, West Bay Road on the Island of
Grand Cayman, in the Cayman Islands,
British West Indies.


NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration
of fourteen days from the date hereof, application
will be made to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas, on its Probate Side by BERYL
ANDREA WILLIAMS of No. 8 Benson Road in
Dannottage Estates, Eastern District, New
Providene, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, and SIDNEY
Lane, Winton Estates, Eastern District, New
Providence, The Bahamas is the Authorized
Attorneys in The Bahamas, for the Resealed
Grant of Probate in the above estate granted to
MICHAEL L. ALBERGA, the Executor, by the
Clerk of the Courts in the Grand Court of Caymans
Islands, on the 19th day of April, 2005

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar



JAMES DELEVEAUX of 13 Jack Fish Drive,
Golden Gates No. 2, New Providence, The
Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas, for letters of administration
of the real and personal estate of WILFRED
DELEVEAUX late of, Major's Cay, Crooked Island,
The Bahamas,


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

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar



late of the City of Terra Cotta, Ontario Canada,


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

will be made to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas, on its Probate.side by LYNN P.
HOLOWESKO of East Lyford Lane, in the Western
District on the Island of New Providence, The
Bahamas, Attorneys-at-law, is the Authorized
Attorney in The Bahamas, for the Resealed
Certificate of Appointment of Estate Trustee with
a Will in the above estate granted to CIBC TRUST
CORPORATION, the executor by the Ontario
Superior Court of Justice at Brampton, on the
6th day of April, 2005.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar



Whereas ALICE MILLER of Salt Pond, Long
Island, The Bahamas, has made application to
the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for letters
of administration with the will annexed of the real
and personal estate of RUBYANN MILLER late
of, Winton Meadows, New Providence The


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

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar



Whereas PAUL HARDING of Bellot Road, New
Providence, The Bahamas, has made application
to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for letters
of administration of the real and personal estate
Bellot Road, New Providence, The Bahamas,


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

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar



Whereas ANNAMAE FORBES of Elizabeth
Estates, Eastern District, New Providence one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, the mother, has made application to
the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for letters
of administration of the real and personal estate
of SHANTEL THOMPSON late of, Elizabeth
Estates, Eastern District, New Providence, one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The


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

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar



a.k.a. CHARLES KICK late of 1973 S.E.
Rainer Road, Port St. Lucie, Florida, 34952,


NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration
of fourteen days from the date hereof, application
will be made to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas, on its Probate Side by ANDREW
DWAYNE FORBES of Eastern District, New
Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, is the
Authorized Attorneys in The Bahamas, for the
Resealed Grant of Letters of Administration in
the above estate granted to CHESTER B.
GRIFFIN, the Personal Representative by the
Circuit Court of St. Lucie County Florida, U.S.A.,
on the 23rd day of July, 2003.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

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Senior Sports Reporter
SO FAR, the first Church Games
have been a showcase of the Baptist
After the first week of competition,
the Baptists have surged out front with
a total of 25 medals, inclusive of 12
gold, nine silver and four bronze.
Their closest rivals are the Angli-
cans with three gold, three silver and
nine bronze for their total of 15.
In the overall medal count, Full
Gospel Baptist is sitting in third place
with 11, comprising of three gold, four
silver and four bronze.
The Catholic and United Faith Min-
istries are both tied for second in the

gold medal rush with four apiece, but
they are fourth overall with seven
medals when you add their silver
and two bronze each.
The results were compiled from the
competition completed since the
games got started last Wednesday.
They include the age group, track and
field, men and women's softball,
cycling and under-17 girls basketball.
A total of 15 Churches are partici-
pating in the 10-day, mini style com-
petition that is being played in seven
disciplines, including baseball, volley-
ball and soccer, which will take center
stage over the remainder of the week.
The competition, however, will wrap
up on Saturday, starting at noon at
the Thomas A. Robinson Track and


boxing history

THE Commonwealth of the
Bahamas made boxing history
on Tuesday October 4 in
La Linea De La Conce-
pcion; Spain at the World
Boxing Council 43rd Conven-
Two commissioners from
the Bahamas Boxing Com-
mission, Fred Sturrup and
Richard Demeritte, were
elected second vice president
and treasurer respectively of
the Caribbean Boxing Feder-
CABOFE is one of 10 inter-
national federations with
membership in the WBC.
The others are the Euro-
pean Boxing Union, the Asian
Boxing Council, the African
Boxing Union, the CIS &
Slovenia Boxing Bureau, the
Central American Boxing
Federation, the North Amer-
ican Boxing Federation, the
Oriental & Pacific Boxing
Federation, the South Ameri-
can Boxing Federation and
the Commonwealth Boxing
Such a significant cross cul-
ture is what has firmly estab-
lished the WBC as the leading
boxing organization in the
Commissioners Sturrup and
Demeritte handle the respec-
tive secretarial and financial
duties of the Bahamas Box-
ing Commission. During the
CABOFE elections, returning
President Lloyd Van Putten

tured following the Caribbean Boxing
Federation's annual general meeting
recently in La Linea De La Concep-
cion., Spain, are the board members.
Sitting from left are: First Vice Presi-
dent Gabriel Penagaricano, President
Lloyd (Roy) Van Putten, and Second
Vice President Fred Sturrup. At back
from left are: Treasurer Richard
Demeritte and Secretary Renato Van

of Aruba, First Vice President
Gabriel Penagaricano of Puer-
to Rico and Secretary Renato
Van Putten of Aruba were
elected unopposed asi was
Demeritte won a tight elec-
tion against the former trea-
surer of CABOFE.

President Van Putten
expressed satisfaction with the
"Please allow me thls
opportunity to officially wel-
come the Bahamas Boxing
Commission as a member of
the WBC Caribbean Boxing
Federation. Since our found-

ing in July of 2001 it was
always my desire for the
Bahamas to join our federa-
tion. With Bahamas, we now
have the following countries
that have attended our annual
meetings: Aruba, Bahamas,
Barbados, Bonaire, Curacao,
Puerto Rico, Jamaica,

Dominican Republic, Guyana,
Grenada, Dominica, Trinidad,
St. Lucia, St. Maarten Dutch
and St. Maarten French. We
hope in the near future to also
have the Cayman Islands and
the Virgin Islands.
"The election of Mr. Fred
Sturrup as our 2nd VP and
Mr. Richard Demeritte as our
Treasurer will definitely be an
asset to our Federation. We
are yet in our infancy where
the need for experienced lead-
ers is of the utmost impor-
tance. I am sure that the
Bahamas will assist us with the
leadership that we need
through our new board mem-
bers," said President Van Put-
Talks are presently going on
with a view to a special meet-
ing pointing the way forward,
being held in the Bahamas.
If that decision is taken, the
meeting will likely be around
the middle of December,
informed Bahamas Boxing
Commission Dr. Norman Gay
on Thursday.



the teams continued to jockey for
playoff positions in basketball.
Here's a summary of the games
Full Gospel Baptist 44, Born Again
39: J. Collie led two other players in
double figures with a game high 15 to
enable Full Gospel to stay undefeated
in the men's division. M. Henfield
added 12 and C. Simmons chipped in
with 10.
K Wright scored 13 and T. Roker
had 12 in the loss.
AME 58: Nazarene 58: Terrence
Brown canned a game high 17 and
Kevin McPhee had 15 as AME also
stayed undefeated in the men's divi-
sion. Jarrad Bullard and Perry Dar-
ling both added eight and Ian McKen-
zie and Koardero Capron had six each
to assist in the win.
Ronald Glinton led the losers with
16, Wesley Pierre had 12 and Tamiko
Gibson and Beeloam Coakley both
had nine.
Anglican 51, Catholic 49: Jamal
Bain scored a game high 21, Hender-
son Curry had 10, Leroy Saunders
nine and Tory Cox seven to lift the
Anglicans to another men's divisional
Norman Dean led the losing
Catholics with 16 and Ricardo Smith
added 14. John Williams chipped in
with eight.
Anglican 40, Church of God in
Jesus 32: T Clarke and K Roberts con-
tributed 11 points apiece to lead the
Anglicans to victory in thisunder-17
boys game to hand Church of God
their first loss.
Carlos Thompson scored 12 in the
Full Gospel Baptist 30, Nazarene
27: T Flowers' 12 points was good
enough to keep Full Gospel unde-
feated in the under-17 boys division.
Stephano Johnson had nine in the
Church of God in Jesus 37,
Nazarene 13: Carlos Thompson
pumped in a game high 21 points to
lead Church of God to victory in the
under-17 boys division.
Stephano Johnson had eight in the
Anglican 28, BNNAC 16: Frantz
Meadows scored a game high eight
and Patrick Leadon had six as the
Anglicans won in the under-13 boys
D. Humes scored seven in a losing

Field Stadium where the track and
field competition for the under-23,
open and masters divisions will be
A colourful closing ceremony is
planned at the completion of track
and field as the curtain comes down
on what has turned out to be a com-
petitive event that will hopefully be
held on a biannual basis.
After taking a break on Sunday, the
action picked up on Monday.
In soccer, at the national soccer
field, the Anglicans blanked Prophecy
5-0 as Steve Bellot scored a double.
Lionel Haven, Cory Frazer and Steve
Sturrup came up with one apiece.
Over at the Kendal Isaacs Gymna-
sium, a number of games were held as

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BETHEL turned up the heat on
the TBS Truckers on Monday
The battle of the bats turned
into' a battle of the fists, as the
decisive championship game in
the New Providence Softball
Association (NPSA) was award-
ed to the Electro Telecom
Dorsey Park Boys.
The Park Boys, who were
ahead of the TBS Truckers at
the top of the sixth inning 6-2,
played a perfect infield game
behind the arms of Bethel.
But before the Dorsey Park
Boys could get the third out to
close the top half of the inning, a
fist fight broke out,-
The fight saw players from
both teams pile onto the field.
As umpires scrambled for safe-
ty, the towel was thrown in,
awarding the Dorsey Park Boys
with the championship title,
Taking to the field first, the
Electro Telecom Dorsey Park
Boys infield was able to stop the
flow of batters quickly, giving up
only one run.
The reign of terror started in
bottom of the first inning with
Edmund Bethel's stand up triple,
which also brought in two runs.
With two out and runners on
first and third the team was look-
ing to go up by four, when Dar-
ren Bowleg stepped to the plate.
But Truckers' pitcher Ter-
rance Culmer had a different
agenda for Bowleg. Delivering
a change up as his first two pitch-
es, Culmer went to an inside
strike, catching Bowleg, also
picking up his first strike out of
the game.
It was redemption for the
Truckers with Bethel facing their
Biggest batters. Stepping up first
for the team was Jamal 'Slugger'
Johnson, who was able to slip
through the cracks with a walk.
Johnson's walk cost the.
Dorsey Park Boys a run, as he
stole second and advanced
to third off a hit by Terran
This was the last time the
Truckers would score.

fight breaks out

Up next for the Dorsey Park
Boys were Ernest McKenzie and
the Ford brothers, Andy and
Mario, followed by Bethel.
With two out and a runner on
second, Bethel jumped at the
first pitch sent to him.
The inside pitch was swatted
out of the park for the Dorsey
Park Boys' only home run.
Bethel said: "This is a very big
win for our team, we came out
with backs against the wall, we
were down three to one and I
told my team to let's go, play like
we've been playing all season.
"I thank God we were able to

win the championship and we
beat those Truckers, even though
they started the fight. They knew
they were going to lose that's
why they started the fight.
"I am very disappointed in
them, I knew that was going to
"I knew once we got ahead
and jumpon them early I know it
was going to be a brawl,"
Before the altercation took
place, the Dorsey Park Boys
were able to shut out the Truck-
ers in the remaining innings.
With no explanation as to
what happened to his team,

Truckers' team manager Perry
Seymour described the moment
before the event took place as
He said: "Things just got heat-
ed, you can't control everyone,

the only person I can control is
"When things got heated the
guys lost focus and that's life. I
was disappointed from the fourth
game. The guys are only human,

they tried to block the game
"Softball is finished with now,
I won't bring this game back into
next season, I don't look forward
to softball until next year."

Call for stricter punishment

after softball altercations

Junior Sports Reporter
ALTERCATIONS at the softball
park during games has left irate fans
and some players asking executive mem-
bers of the New Providence Softball
Association (NPSA) to enforce stricter
punishments on players in the league.
The cries, were made Monday night
during the decisive men's championship
game, as fans said that they were fed up
of paying to get into the park to watch a
game, but instead they end up watch-
ing a fist fight.
Some fans believe that the bad apples
need to be eliminated in order for
growth to take place, and the no-toler-
ance attitude by executive members
should have been enforced from the first
two fights.
Apologising for the behaviour of the
players, president of the NPSA Steven
'Garbo' Coakley said that, after the asso-
ciation reviews the tape, action will take

He said: "Let me first extend apolo-
gies to persons who had to witness this
brawl, but the association will be tak-
ing a hard look at the facts surrounding
the altercations.

"We will be reviewing the tapes from
the games and the reports from officials
who were on the field. But I agree with
the sentiments expressed by the fans,
that something needs to be done. It is
time to put a stop to this type of stuff,
and that is the way we are looking at it.
We are trying to bring the sport back
and we can't have these types of alter-
cations happening."
Some fans went as far to say that the
Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture
needs to intervene, because the execu-
tives aren't able to handle what is hap-
One fan, who wished to remain
anonymous, called on the executives to

take quicker action before the sport goes
into drought.
She said: "If the executives don't step
up and do something about this problem
then the Minister of Youth, Sports and
Culture needs to be called in.
"The park is supposed to be a friend-
ly atmosphere, but when you have play-
ers not being able to take their losses,
trying tofight every time they are down,
then we have a problem,
"Then they wonder why we can't
move onto the next level when we go to
international games. The association
needs to deal with this problem as it has
already become an eyesore.
"No one wants to be here and watch a
fight. I come to the park to watch a
But Coakley said that the executives
will not hand out any type of punish-
ment unless they are given the facts.
Not knowing if one or two players
will be hit with penalties as yet, Coakley
said that all the culprits will be dealt

Coakley believes that the NPSA has
made great strides in moving forward,
but the altercations push the progres-
sion back.
"We are going to take a real hard look
at some actions that should prevent
these types of things from happening,"
said Coakley.

"In a situation like this, if this wasn't
the last game of the series, the players
would be ofit for the remainder of the
championships. That is a start in cleaning
up the league.
"Like I said, I don't have the infor-
mation and we will have to review the
tapes and get some reports from
the officials in order to hand to the
"But I don't have the information as
to who all were out there."
This was the third altercation since
the league opened.

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Tribune Feature Writer
MOST people would agree
that the truth lies beneath the
surface. Adding evidence to
this old adage, a group of
young Bahamian artists have
dropped their defences,
peeled back their overt per-
sonalities in an attempt to
allow the viewer into a very
sacred space their insecuri-
ties and personal struggles.
The NewSkool artists, made
up of painters, Taino Bullard
and Tripoli Burrows; photog-
rapher, Davinia Bullard; and
ceramist, Tamara Russell,
have aptly titled their second
exhibition, "Beneath the Sur-
face". The exhibition runs
through October 30 at the
Central Bank of the Bahamas.
"Beneath the Surface" gives
new meaning to the phrase
'putting your all into your
work', as the artists literally
attempt to create tangible
reflections of specific issues
in their lives.
For Taino, recently married,
his pieces are a reflection of
his "volatile" transition from
boyhood to manhood. But his
marriage is not the only aspect
of this portfolio. In it, he high-
lights his family and inward
Beneath Tripoli's surface,
and what could be considered
his substance, is his family life
and younger days living in
Eleuthera. He believes that
people are a collection of
memories, and who they even-
tually become is a compilation
of dreams, ideas and ambi-
tions. For him, this portfolio is
a testament to the fact that
memories can be painted.
While Taino communicates
to viewers through paint, his
wife Davinia manages to do
so through film, as she depicts
her bi-racial heritage. In this
exhibition she chooses to
address one aspect of her her-
itage that has been a cause of
insecurity for most of her life:
Her "crinckly, mixed" hair.
Tamara,. completes the cir-
cle of artists with her ceramic

pieces that bring to the fore-
front a condition that she has
been forced to face since the
age of 12, when a.routine doc-
tor's visit turned out to be a
diagnosis of thoracolumbar
As the viewer takes in the
pieces collectively, the exhi-
bition becomes an emotional-
ly personal tale that intimate-
ly acquaints the audience with
the artists. It goes beyond the
safe haven of Bahamian artists
who would rather paint land-
scapes and trees and other
images that do not hold any
sentimental value for the very
one that created the work.

to symbolically depict coming
out of a womb.
"I've grown in terms of
thinking outside the box
because with photography I
don't think that it's easy to
necessarily paint a picture the
way your mind sees it. When
you're taking a photograph
you're taking what's already
there. And so what I tried to
do was make pieces more
abstract," Davinia tells Tri-
bune Arts.
Incorporating metal rods
(similar to the harrington rod
that she has in her back) into
her ceramic pieces, Tamara
gives her work a very person-


Group gets


with new


The NewSkool artists are
'of the opinion that in many
instances, the viewer is only
"familiar" with the artists,
when it would mean more to
have that viewer share in the
experience. And what better
way to invite this communion
of artist with viewer, than to
let an individual into their
most insecure spaces.
"Beneath the Surface goes
beyond the regular salutations
and the regular smiles of
knowing the artist and the
name. But more so now,
you're dealing with issues that
have to do with their personal
life," Taino, spokesperson for
the group, tells Tribune Arts.

The thrust of this 92-piece
exhibition also speaks to the
growth and artistic maturity
of these artists since their
debut exhibition last year in
"Dis We Familiar Words
with Contemporary Lips".
Though Davina's art is a
very open dialogue of her her-
itage, it is still shrouded in
mystery as many of the pieces
are photographed abstractly.
One has to take a closer look
for a few seconds to see that
"Integration", for example, is
a series of skin tones. "Mane
Line" and other collages of
hair show from a close-up
angle, the intrinsic differences
in Caucasian, black and mixed
hair types. But one of the
most griping images in her
portfolio is "Birth", a black
and white photograph of
hands situated in such a way

al touch. "Twisted Motion",
"Segmented Soul" and "Tho-
ratic Curve", which are obvi-
ously a look into how scoliosis
produces a curvature of the
spine, presents the artist's view
of how a person's spine might
look as a result of the condi-
Tamar tells Tribune Arts:
"For, a younger person who
might develop scoliosis, their
body would be twisted -
whether one side will be pro-
truding out more than the oth-
er or the back protruding, you
would have a disfigured fig-
ure. So with a lot of the figures
I have, I made them disfig-
ured as well as segmented."
One piece called "Backog-
raphy" is an actual molding of
her back. "I'm letting people
know a little secret about me.
That's another side of growth,
letting people know a little
about yourself. That's not
always easy to do, but some-
times when you get a little
personal, you develop more,
you create more."
For Taino, this exhibition
tells his story of this era of
manhood and dealing with the
issues that it has presented.
"The Conqueror" depicts his
humble mother's struggle
against breast cancer.
"Cycles", an interactive cylin-
drical piece that the viewer
can reach out and touch, is the
artist's look into the rotation
of ones social and personal

life. "The Grappling" has to
do with the internal, physical,
personal struggles, and issues
between nations.


WOMAN by Taino Bullard

space for Bahamian art that
does not include the tradi-
tional subjects of landscapes
and sun sets, Taino has boldly
approached a style of art that
by traditional definitions is a
painting, but due to the three
dimensional aspect of the
curved canvases, could also be
considered a sculpture.
This time around, I was
pushing to find that balance
between sculpture and paint-
ing, so there are works that
are wall hung, but they are not
square or rectangular forms
that sort of come off of the
wall. We have free-standing
forms where a lot ofthem are
these graceful curves.
"I try to pay attention to
shape because I'm more inter-
ested in having the viewer
enjoy the piece as compared
to itbeinggust a flat square,"
he adds.

From last year's show,
Tripoli says that his growth is
hinged on looking at his art
from a different perspective.
After falling ill at the end of
last year, the artist decided to
return to his hometown, Gov-
ernor's Harbour, Eleuthera,
for some rest. "I found myself
just looking back at family, to
the people who meant so
much to me, like my sisters.
So this portfolio includes two
portraits of them when they
were young."
His abstracts, like "Sunrise",
that are included in the exhi-
bition, are a reminder of sun-
sets on Governor's Harbour.
Three times a week he would
take pictures of these sunsets,
another childhood memory.
"It's really the Bahamas,
Since the group's last exhi- really living in Eleuthera and
bition, "Dis We Familiar appreciating the beauty of it.
Words from Contemporary SEE page two
Lips" that sought to create a

* GRAPPLING by Taino Bullard


"Beneath the Surface goes
beyond the regular salutations
and the regular smiles of
knowing the artist and the
name. But more so now, you're
dealing with issues that have
to do with their personal life."

Taino Bullard



Endellion String Quartet to start the

season for the Nassau Music Society

FORMED in 1979, the Endel-
lion String Quartet, renowned as
one of the finest quartets in the
world, is celebrating its 25th
anniversary this year. Over the
years, their schedule has included
regular tours of North and South
America and concerts in Australa-
sia, the Far East, the Middle East,
South Africa and every West Euro-
pean country. Everywhere, the
Endellion String Quartet 'sets the
audience ablaze' (Daily Telegraph)
and captivates concertgoers with a
remarkable rapport, 'playing to
each other with a sense almost of
discovery, communicating to the
audience on a level of unusual inti-
macy' (The Guardian).
In Britain, the Endellion String
Quartet has appeared at nearly all
of the major series and festivals and
is regularly broadcast on BBC radio
and television. It gave the 25th
anniversary concert of the first ever
St John's, Smith Square BBC
lunchtime broadcast, repeating the
original programme given by the
Amadeus Quartet, and was recent-
ly featured in the week-long pro-
gramme "Artists in Focus". Its

Acclaimed group celebrating 25th anniversary

presence in London has been
marked by several series both at
the South Bank and the Wigmore
Hall, including a Beethoven cycle at
Wigmore Hall. The Quartet were
Artistic Directors of several "Quar-
tet Plus' series at both the South
Bank and Wigmore Hall, and they
have worked with guest artists
including members of the former
Amadeus Quartet, Sir Thomas
Allen, Joshua Bell, Michael Collins,
Steven Isserlis, Mitsuko Uchida,
and Tabea Zimmerman.

The Endellions' 1987 recording
for EMI of the complete string
chamber music of Britten was-
selected as Chamber Music
Recording of the Year by both the
Daily Telegraph and The
Guardian, and was the mosthighly
recommended version in Raidio 3's
Record Review. Their Haydn Op
54 disc the first of a series for Vir-

gin Classics- was the only quartet
record featured in Radio 3's Critics'
Choice of Records of the Year. The
Endellions have also recorded
Mozart, Bartok, Dvorak, Foulds,
Smetana, Walton, Bridge Schubert,
Barber, Amy Beach and
Tchaikovsky. In 1998 EMI released
"Arcadiana", the Endellion quar-
tet's commission from the young
British composer Thomas Adds, a
disc that subsequently received the
."Editor's Choice" award in the
1998 Gramophone Awards.
The Endellion String Quartet
has been Quartet in Residence at
Cambridge University since Octo-
ber 1992, and undertook two short-
term residencies at the Massachu-
setts Institute of Technology (MIT)
in the USA, the success of which
resulted in the Quartet being
awarded an honorary degree. They
Shave been Associate Quartet of the
SRoyal Northern College of Music
,since 2001; and have just begun a
Residency at The Venue, Leeds,
the country's newest chamber hall.

The Endellions have given a
cycle of all the Beethoven quartets
at. Wigmore Hall and many other
venues and just after the comple-
tion of their 25th anniversary year
they began, in January, 2005, to
record the cycle for Warner Classics
who plan to release two discs per
year for four years.
"It is not only the brilliance,
intensity and coherence of their
interpretation which engages
and impresses the listener, but also
their absolutely individual rhyth-
mic, vibrant and thoughtful
approach" Frankfurter Allemeine
The Nassau Music Society whose
primary role is to promote good
quality music to Bahamians in
order to maintain its music schol-
arship fund, hopes that the public
will once again be receptive to this,
concert and such others planned
this season.-They are counting on
your support. For more details vis-
it or
callthem at 327-7668.

* BIRTH by Davinia Bullard


goes beneath

the surface

FROM page one
Being able to go home and
get away and the whole
experience of island life
being therapeutic to me,"
he told Tribune Arts.
This group of young peo-
ple who describe them-
selves as the "next genera-
tion" of Bahamian artists
have, so far, been able to
capture their audience's
attention and emotions.
And for the time being,
they will continue to do so
as a group. "In fact, this
exhibition is a wonderful
platform for this to happen
since we are starting to
develop. So its quite pos-
sible that solo shows may
happen after this. But the
group will still be togeth-
er," says Taino.
Asked what gives this
group its chemistry, Tripoli
says that it's their work
ethic for the most part:
"When it comes down to it,
you can pick out of a crowd

people who are trying to
get ahead with their work,
You can pick out of a
group people who are real!
ly pushing themselves, Who
really have that drive. So I
think we just saw the
opportunity and went off
"We saw that it was a
really good idea to work
together instead of going it
alone because we get a
chance to bounce of each
other ideas and basically
create a vehicle for
No doubt, the diversity
of these four portfolios cre-
ates a more powerful show,
where something will
attract every viewer. It
leaves the art lover excited
about what the New Skool
artists will turn out next.
And according to these
artists, who already have
the general idea for next
year's show, it will be
something creative and

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* STRIPPED EXPLOSION by Tamara Russell



Rising Cuban American

artist in speaker series

In the third installment
of the "Artist and Crit-
ic" speaker series, the
National Art Gallery
presents rising Cuban
American Artist Juan Erman
Gonzalez or simply Erman.
Juan Ermin Gonzalez is a
fiber artist and curator based
in Miami, Florida. Constantly
working to dissolve the barriers
between art and craft, his work
focuses on personal stories of
exile, migration, family and his
native Cuba using paper, textile
and mixed media.
Ermin's images may include
empty chairs, floating windows
and ladders across evocative
quilted landscapes, white gar-
ments made of gossamer net-
ting embroidered with windows
and draped like a curtain, or
dresses stitched with little pack-
ets holding beans, rice and a
bay leaf, and hanging delicate-
lyon a clothes line.

The fragility and apparent
displacement of objects familiar
and filled with meaning in our
culture in Erman's installations,

allow effervescent realities such
as memory, trauma and being,
to materialize through the
His use of utilitarian meth-
ods of creation such as sewing,
embroidery and quilting in
building his installations are as
much a part of his process as
the narrative content of the


With this in mind, the gallery
extends a special invitation to
quilters and artisans interest-
ed in crossing the boundaries
between fine art and craft, and
to fine artists and up and com-
ing artists interested in areas
of expression outside the
realms of traditional painting,
sculpture and works on paper
to join the session.
As an artist coming out'of
the Caribbean Diaspora,
Ermin's work resonates with
that of Bahamian artists such as
Lillian Blades; Janine Antoni
and John Beadle and is sure to
arouse the creative energies of
the experimental artists among

arts .brief

National Art Gallery:
In the third installment of
the "Artist and Critic"
speaker series, the National
Art Gallery presents rising
Cuban American Artist
Juan Erman Gonzalez or
simply Erman. The event
will be held Thursday at
6:30pm at the Gallery.
Juan Ermin Gonzalez is a
fiber artist and curator
based in Miami, Florida.
Constantly working to dis-
solve the barriers between
art and craft, his work focus-
es on personal stories of
exile, migration, family and
his native Cuba using paper,
textile and mixed media.
The gallery wishes to
extend a special invitation
to quilters and artisans inter-
ested in crossing the bound-
aries between fine art and
craft, and to fine artists and
up and coming artists inter-
ested in areas of expression
outside the realms of tradi-
tional painting, sculpture
and works on paper to join
the session.
Artists are invited to
arrange private consulta-
tions with Erman for Thurs-
day October 20th; Friday,
October 21st; and Saturday
morning October 22 by call-
ing the Gallery at

Bahamian filmmaker
Maria Govan will speak on
the topic, New Directions in
Filmmaking in the
Bahamas, on Thursday,
October 27, 6.30pm at 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 documentaries 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.. Admis-
sion: Free.

Popopstudios Gallery
features work by Bahamian
artists Jason Bennett, John
Cox, Blue Curry, Toby
Lunn and Heino Schmid.
The gallery is located on
Dunmore Ave in Chipping-
ham, next to Dillet's Guest
House (1/4 mile south of the
Bahamas Humane Society).
Call 323-5220 or 322-5850
for more information or vis-

The National Collec-
tion at the National Art
Gallery of the Bahamas, an
exhibition that takes the
viewer on a journey through
the history of fine art in the
It features signature
pieces from the national col-
lection, including recent
acquisitions by Blue Curry,
Antonius Roberts and
Dionne Benjamin-
Smith.Call.328-5800 to book


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lm Bi il a& Restaurants :

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

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

Wild Jungle, each and every Wednesday night @
Club Trappers, Nassau's "upscale" gentleman's club.
Featuring a female body painting extravaganza. Free
body painting @ 8 pm. Ladies always welcome.
Admission: Men free before 10 pm. Females free.
There will be free food and hors d'oeuvres between 9
and 10 pm. Open until 4 am.

Ladies Night @ Fluid Lounge, this and every Thurs-
day 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 enforced.

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

Karaoke Music Mondaze @ Topshotters Sports Bar.
Drink specials all night long, including karaoke
warm-up drink to get you started. Party from 8pm-

Reggae Tuesdays @ Bahama Boom. Cover charge
includes a free Guinness and there should be lots of
prizes and surprises. Admission: Ladies $10 and Men
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Hump Day Happy Hour @ Topshotters Sports Bar
every Wednesday 5pm-8pm. Free appetizers and
numerous drink specials.

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

Fantasy Fridays @ Fluid Lounge, featuring late '80s
music in the VIP Lounge, Top of the charts in the
Main Lounge, neon lights and Go Go dancers. Admis-
sion: Ladies free before llpm, $15 after; Guys $20 all

Dicky Mo's @ Cable Beach. Flavoured Fridays Hap-
py Hour, every Friday. Drink specials: Smirnoff
Kamikaze Shots, $1; Smirnoff Flavoured Martinis, 2
for $10; Smirnoff Flavoured Mixed Drinks, 3 for $10.
Bahamian Night (Free admission) every Saturday
with live music from 8 pm to midnight. Karaoke Sun-
days from 8pm to midnight, $1 shots and dinner spe-
cials all night long.

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

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

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

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

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

The Graham Holden Deal @ The Green
Parrot....David Graham, Steve Holden, Tim Deal
and Friends perform Sunday, 7pm 10pm @ Hurri-
cane Hole on Paradise Island.

Jay Mitchell and Hot KC @ Palm Court Lounge,
British Colonial Hilton, Wednesday-Thursday 8pm-

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

Paul Hanna, Tabatha and Gernie, and the Caribbean
Express perform at Traveller's Rest, West Bay St,
every Sunday, 6.30pm-9.30pm.

!BB~Bs~ The Arts I!

Beneath the Surface featuring new works from the
NewSkool artists Tamara Russell, Davinia Bullard,
Tripoli Burrows and Taino Bullard. The exhibition @
The Central Bank Art Gallery, Market St, runs
through October 30. Gallery hours 9.30am 4.30pm.

Still Life Drawing workshop @ the National Art
Gallery of the Bahamas, Wednesday, October 19,
6.30pm 9.30pm. In this workshop, led by artist Joly-
on Smith, still life is studied both as an isolated phe-
nomena and in relation to their environment. The
focus is on helping the student observe and discover.
This workshop 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 doc-
umetaries 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 Nar-
row Focus series and is open to the public. Admission:
The National Collection @ the National Art Gallery

of the Bahamas, an exhibition that takes the viewer on
a journey through the history of fine art in the
Bahamas. It features signature pieces from the nation-
al collection, including recent acquisitions by Blue
Curry, Antonius Roberts and Dionne Benjamin-
'Smith. Call 328-5800 to book tours. This, exhibition
closes February 28, 2006.

S Health

Doctors Hospital Distinguished Lecture Series: Dis-
tinguished Oncologist; Dr Theodore Turnquest will
discuss Cancer Awareness Thursday, October 20 at
6pm in the Doctors Hospital conference room. The
lecture will focus on health issues relating to cancer
and is free to the general public. Free blood pres-
sure, cholesterol and glucose screenings will be per-
formed between 5pm and 6pm. To ensure available
seating RSVP 302-4603.

Doctors Hospital Fun/Run/Walk: Doctors Hospital
will be hosting its annual Fun Run/Walk on Saturday
October 22, at 7am in the Doctors Hospital Shirley
Street parking lot. The run will be followed by a
health fair and exhibition in the conference room
featuring free blood pressure, cholesterol and glu-
cose screenings. For more information call 302-4603.

The Cancer Society of the Bahamas meets at 5.30pm
on the second Tuesday of each month at their Head-
quarters at East Terrace, Centreville. 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 loca-
tion (off Prince Charles Drive). Doctor approval is
required. Call 364-8423 to register or for more infor-

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 pres-

sure 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 con-
ference 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 cer-
tified by the AHA. The course defines the warning
signs of respiratory arrest and gives prevention strate-
gies to avoid sudden death syndrome and the most
common serious injuries and choking that can occur
in adults, infants and children. CPR and First Aid
classes are offered every third Saturday of the month
from 9am-lpm. Contact a Doctors Hospital Com-
munity Training Representative 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.

CIVic Clubs

The Bahamas Historical Society will meet on Thurs-
day, October 27 at the museum on Elizabeth Ave
and Shirley St. Dr Keith Tinker, director of the Antiq-
uities, Monuments and Museum Corporation, and
Pericles Maillis will speak on the Clifton Plantation,
giving an overview of the cultural aspect, new archae-
ological finds and efforts to preserve this important
historical site. A power point presentation will accom-
pany the speech. The public is invited to attend.

Toastmasters Club 1095 meets Tuesday, 7.30pm @ C
C Sweeting Senior School's Dining Room, College
Avenue off Moss Road. Club 9477 meets Friday,
7pm @Bahamas Baptist Community College Rm
A19, Jean St. Club 3956 meets Thursday, 7.30pm @
British Colonial Hilton. Club 1600 meets Thursday,
8.30pm @ SuperClubs Breezes. Club 7178 meets
Tuesday, 6pm @ The J Whitney Pinder Building,
Collins Ave.
Club 2437 meets every second, fourth and fifth
Wednesday at the J Whitney Pinder Building, Collins
Ave at 6pm. Club 612315 meets Monday 6pm @
Wyndham Nassau Resort, Cable Beach. Club 753494
meets every Wednesday, 6pm-8pm in the Solomon's
Building, East-West Highway. Club 3596 meets at
the British Colonial Hilton Mondays at 7pm. 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 Tues-
day, 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 Profes-
sionals, Bahamas Chapter meets the third Thursday
of every month @ Superclubs Breezes, Cable Beach,

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

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Legendary Bahamian artist

releases 'We Got the Sun'

Tribune Feature Writer

L egendary
Bahamian artist,
Eddie Minnis has
released the third
and final install-
ment of his best of series, "We
Got the Sun" a collection of
his old classics, with some new
While this three-volume pro-
ject is a blast from the past, in a
sense, it can still be considered
a breath of fresh air. The artist
has decided to re-master all of
the tracks, add new verses and
some totally new songs.
Minnis decided to compile
this series in an effort to make
Bahamian music more acces-
sible to the general public. But
he really had teachers in mind
who use his work in plays and
drama with students, yet still
find it hard locating the work.
This difficulty in finding his
recordings, may be because
Minnis' earlier work was
released on vinyl records.
Says the artist: "The idea
behind it was that I had been
recording since 1972 and of
course all the recordings back
then were done in vinyl.
"But today people hardly
even, use cassettes, everything is
CD, the digital age. And so I
wanted to upgrade music and
put it in a digital format on a
CD so that the radio stations
and others would be able to
have access to the music on a

continuing basis".
Minnis released Volume I in
2000, and Volume II was
released last year.
The newly-released Volume
III boasts two new songs, "Sun-
shine" and "My Best Friend".
Says Minnis: "Everything is
basically the same, but they
have been re-mastered for a
cleaner and fuller sound. Since
I've been singing, I've recorded
over 80 songs. This would be
the sixth CD I've had."

This three-volume set joins
"Tropical Waves", with the hit
song "Church Out, Crab
Crawlin"; "Discovery"; and
"Hey Mon" as classic Eddie
Minnis recordings.
Not only is this best of series
re-mastered for a clearer
sound, it makes the songs seem
new to the market, though they
really are not,
The album, says Minnis, is
available wherever CDs are
sold. The first single, "Sun-
shine", debuted on the Morin'
Boil with Krissy and Ed on
Island 102.9, and has been in
rotation on ZNS 1540, Power
104.5, 100 Jamz, Love 97 and
More 94.
"So they all have (the sin-
gle) and we'll be doing inter-
views on the radio to promote
it, says Minnis.
"Even more younger
Bahamians are getting into
island music, into Bahamian
music, which is good. So I think
that this series is something
that will add to the collection."

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Album: "We got The Sun...An' More"
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Tribune Feature Writer
LOVERS of Bahamian music, I mean true Bahamian music,
with that classic goombay/rake n scrape/junkanoo fusion beat
are in for a treat as Eddie Minnis releases this new album to the
From the cover, and first track, "We Got the Sun", the listen-
erhas the basic tone of the CD. But that is not to say that the oth-
er 18 tracks are not worth the listen. In one of my favourites, Ron-
nie Butler and Alia Coley team up in the spicy and romantic
"My Best Friend", obviously a tribute to the loved ones in their
life. Later on, Coley's voice valiantly stands alone in "Sunshine".
Minnis sounds better than ever with his classical island voice in
all tracks.
This album is perfect for moments when you need some good
ole' Bahamian music to remind you of the island life. It is definitely
a nostalgic album with songs like "Mind Your Own Business".
And if not for anything else, the album is a keeper because it
allows the listener to reflect on songs he or she grew up on.

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weeks ago, I was con-
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dubious honour of being
the worst movie of 2005.
I was wrong.
The Fog is here, a movie
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The movie opens with
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tury disaster at sea.and
quickly jumps to the pre-
sent day, where Nick Cas-
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run a fishing charter boat
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friend Elizabeth (Maggie
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after a six-month hiatus,
claiming scary dreams
forced her to return, but
she refrains from explain-
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Then we have the fog
itself, which rolls in, with
murky ghost people stand-
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out again, leaving super-
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old artifacts washed up on
shore which inexplicably
burst into flames.
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the ham-fisted attempts at
tying up the plot fail mis-
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at the expense of atmos-
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different. But the scares.
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probably find your pulse-
rate slowing down as the'
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more screams last week
during Wallace and
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will hope this one sinks
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very worst of cinema
today: a vacuous, unimag-
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sole purpose of prising the
dollars from its target audi-
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lic Service Union
hall was packed
on Friday as hun-
dreds of specta-
tors came out to see the
Jamaicans go head to head
with the Bahamians in the
dance-off of all dance-offs.
SForget about Jamaica's
Dancehall Queen showdown.
Friday night's event could have
been described as a "fiery
dance competition" to crown
queen of the dance.
Much to the dismay of par-
tygoers, the competition did
not get started until ll:40pm.
And even then things were not
quite organised, which prompt-
ed fans of the dancers to get a
bit unruly in the packed house.
DJ Fabulous tried his best to
keep the crowd under control,
though. To distract the audi-
ence and keep them enter-
tained because of the late start,
he played a series of popular
songs that seemed to calm the
Half an hour later male
dancers from the audience took
to the stage, but no one wanted
to see them on the floor. A
male crowd member, frustrated
by the situation, shouted out: "I
didn't come to see no guys
dance on this stage tonight. I
(paid) my money to see ladies
and jungless carry on bad
Finally, DJ Fabulous got the
situation under control and the
.event started with a bang. Pop-
ular Bahamian dancers familiar
with the nightclub scene,
'Keisha and her friends',
although not in the competi-
tion felt the excitement,
jumped on stage and started
pleasing the crowd with the lat-
est dance moves.
"This is what I pay money
for, pure excitement," said one
While both the Jamaicans
and the Bahamians did their

best, and had their share of
fans, the Bahamians appeared
to have home court advantage.
One Jamaican dancer who
went by the name of Kim, told
Tribune Entertainment,
"We are out numbered by
the Bahamians all round".
A very loud Bahamian lady
replied, "Don't worry if you
are out numbered. It's just the
way you shake your back-side.
Why, y'all yardies gettin' scared
Tension was obviously thick
as the Bahamian fans faced off
against the Jamaican fans. The
competition was only on the
first leg and the house was
already coming down with
excitement as fans started to
cheer for their favorite dancer.
The first round of the com-
petition began with three
ladies, but only two advanced
to the second round Michelle,
representing Jamaica, and
Coya, representing the,
The crowd obviously was not
feeling the third dancer
because after about two, min-
utes of dancing, the crowd
wanted her gone. They booed
her off the stage.
In the second round, things
were getting really heated. The
crowd was so unruly that the
lights had to be turned off to
quiet them down.
The first dancer up on stage,

Michelle, hit the dance floor
and sent the crowd wild. She
had moves that would make
even the most experienced
dancer want to take lessons,
and leave them bewildered as
to how the human body could
bend like that.
After her routine, she
walked around the stage to
catch her breath knowing that
the second round would take
everything that she had if she
wanted to put out the fire that
little Coya set in the first round.
To see who would take home
the $500 cash prize, it came
down to which dancer could do
the best "Willie Bounce". But
partygoers got more than they
bargained for as the young and
vibrant Coya Taylor who
looked no more than 15 or 16
years old took the stage and
showed the crowd her version
of the bounce. She wasted no
time in letting the audience
know who was principal of her
school when it came to danc-
She brought the Union Hall
down with moves that put
snakes to shame. This little lady
did all the damage that night.
After the competition end-
ed at lam, Tribune Entertain-
ment asked the winner if she
was happy to come out on top:
"Yes I am. And I beat every
body. I won."
Even her mom was there to
watch it all go down, as her lit-
tle Coya Taylor was crowned
"Queen Of The Dance".

* CONTESTATS show off their moves in Friday's dance contest

Photo byE icaFowler

* DANCERS pulled off stunts to
please the crowd.

* A young lady does the "Willie Bounce".

Jamaicans are

'out numbered

by Bahamians

in competition

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