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Volume: 101 No.274


Devastation on

Grand Bahama

after hurricane

Tribune Staff Reporters
THOUSANDS of people
along the southern and eastern
coasts of Grand Bahama have
been left homeless.following the
devastation and destruction of
Hurricane Wilma.
Still recovering fromlast
year's double blow of Hurri-
canes Frances and Jeanne,
islanders have been hit hard
once again as Wilma lashed the
island on Monday with winds
of 96mph and peak gusts of
A scene of complete destruc-
tion faced residents of the
coastal areas after the season's
record twelfth hurricane passed
Grand Bahama on Monday
afternoon, with homes
destroyed or severely damaged
and cemeteries and roads
washed away.
According to reports, hun-
dreds of homes in settlements,

including Pinder's Point,
Hunter's and Lewis Yard as
well as in areas in West End,
have become uninhabitable
after a 15-foot wave washed
over the coastline.
In Eight Mile Rock it is esti-
mated that more than 80 homes
along the coast have been
destroyed. All cemeteries and
roads have been wiped out, A
Haitian village near Lewis Yard
was washed away, leaving not
one house standing.
Speaking with The Tribune
yesterday, a.Haitian woman
took a philosophical view:
"That's life, and things like this
happen. All I have left is what is
in this bag, but I have to live
and I will rebuild."
In the small settlement of
Hunter's more than 30 homes
were destroyed, a resident
Stephanie Ellis, a Hunter's
resident, said that water from
SEE page 10

Softball star Jackie

Moxey in hospital
A FORMER member of the Bahamas women's national softball
team was reported to be unconscious in hospital last night after an
argument with a man in his 40s.
Jackie 'lil stunt' Moxey, the right fielder for the New Provi-
dence Softball Association lady's champions Electro Telecom
Wildcats, was said to have been "injured" by a man "known to her"
who is now in police custody.
Police told The Tribune last night that when she was taken from
the scene of the altercation she was unconscious at the time but was
admitted to hospital.
As NPSA champions, the Wildcats are scheduled to play in the
Bahamas Softball Federation National Round Robin Tournament.


OCTOBER 26, 2005


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Public service
rally called in'
protest at the
latest offer in

pay dispute
A MASSIVE rally of pu
lic servants has been call
Today in Rawson Square
protest against the govern
ment's latest offer in the co'
tinuing public service pay di&
Accusing the governme:
of "playing games".and mis-
leading the public, BPSU
president John Pinder told
The Tribune yesterday thai
he is outraged by one of the
clauses in the government's
offer.. I
Mr Pinder explained that,
while on the surface the offer
seemed to meet the $1,800
payment asked for by the
union, a close examination of
"the writing" showed that this
would only be done over five
Mr Pinder said the union
was expecting $1,800 in the
first year. The new proposal
S shows that during the five-
year agreement civil servants
SEE page 10

* CHILDREN in what remains of their home in Eight Mile Rock following Hurricane Wilma.
(Photo: Felipt Major/Tribune staff)

BEWU strike in protest at BEC

THE Bahamas Electrical Work-
ers Union went on strike yester-
day in protest at the Bahamas
Electricity Corporation's inability
to "effectively address" its indus-
trial issues.
In a statement issued by the
BEWU yesterday, union execu-
tives said they were being forced to
take "the higest level of industrial
They complained that they had
pursued several amicable solutions
to various outstanding issues with
the corporation- but said that they
are now being forced to take more
drastic measures.
Union executives say that they
will not allow their members to
continue to be victimised and treat-
ed like "sweat shop workers."
They are seeking the reprimand
of the acting manager of the IT
Department, who the union claim
is the subject of numerous com-
They add that BEC manage-
ment has failed to uphold a staffing
agreement that the IT department
would come under the direct con-
trol of BEC's general manager
Kevin Basden.

* BEWU members on strike yesterday.
(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune staff)

The corporation confirmed yes-
terday that the BEWU had recom-
menced what it described as an
"illegal work stoppage" beginning
at start of work yesterday morning.
The Corporation and the Union
had a meeting at the Department
of Labour at 2 pm.yesterday in an
effort to resolve the matter giving

rise to the dispute at hand.
"The Corporation assures the
public of its commitment to bring a
speedy resolution to this problem
and will do all within its power to
restore and maintain supply to its
valued customers. We apologize
for the inconvenience caused," the
corporation's management said.

Supreme Court
prepares for man
accused of bus
stop shooting

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Supreme Court was
heavily flanked by police yes-
terday in preparation for the
arrival of Angelo Brennen,
who is charged with murder
and attempted murder.
He is accused of using an
unlicensed shotgun to kill
Ruthmae Alfreda Pinder as
she stood at a bus stop on
Farrington Road with her
daughter, Calvonya Grant.
Miss Grant, who was 15 at
the time, received gunshot
injuries, but survived.
Brennen was taken before
Justice Jon Issacs, who
presided over jury selection.
Heavy security was also
present inside the courts, with
visitors having to go through
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'Urgent aid needed' to ease suffering

Tribune Staff Reporter
immediately to help Grand
Bahama deal with the devastation
caused by Hurricane Wilma,
lawyer Fred Smith said yesterday.
With hundreds of homes
destroyed and infrastructure in the
southern and eastern areas of the
island severely damaged, Mr
Smith said that extensive action
on the part of the government is
needed right away to ensure that
the suffering of Grand Bahama is
kept at an minimum.
"We have people without roofs
over their heads. What we need
now; what we didn't have after
Frances and Jeanne, is immediate
action to give these people shelter.
We're approaching the winter
months, it's too cold to sleep out-
side, these people need shelter,"
he said.
Mr Smith said he was very hap-
py to see Prime Minister Perry
Christie as well as almost the all of
the Cabinet ministers touring the
island yesterday assessing the
damage, but added that "a follow-
through of promises of help made
to the residents is needed right
Addressing the impact that Hur-
ricane Wilma will have on Grand
Bahama's economy, Mr Smith
described it as a major setback.
"This is a major blow to an
island that was just recovering
from two hurricanes. What Grand
Bahama needs now is an injection
of new investments," he said.
Mr Smith said that a new rela-
tionship between the people of
Grand Bahama, the Port Author-
ity and the central government
needs to be negotiated to ensure
the future survival of the island.
"Wha't we have in Grand
Bahama is an artificial economy
that will be even more impaired by
this latest hurricane. We need a
new plan, a new approach," he

* ONLY the foundations are left at this house in Pinders Point

* THIS little girl has nowhere to stay as she tries to look for her
possessions after Hurricane Wilma

(Photo: Felipi Major/Tribune Staff) (Photo: Felipi Major/Tribune Staff)

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BEC makes

report on

its power



THE Bahamas Electricity
Corporation (BEC) issued a
progress report yesterday
morning on the ongoing
efforts to restore power in the
wake of Hurricane Wilma.
The report said supply has
been restored in the following
Family Islands:
North and Central
Great Harbour Cay
Bimini (with the excep-
tion of a portion of South
Restoration continues in:
North Abaco
Guana Cay
Man O' Way Cay
Portions of Hope Town
The corporation said it
hoped to restore the supply
to Moores Island by 1pm yes-
terday and that efforts will
begin in Grand Cay as soon
as the airport there is opened.
Said the report: "We recog-
nise that individual con-
sumers may still be without
supply. We apologise for any
inconvenience being experi-
enced. Restoration efforts
are continuing."
BEC said emergency num-
bers are still being manned in
the Family Islands and that
affected customers are
requested to contact those
numbers to report any and all
rporation ,s#i4w#it
isOiuing its restraion--
efforts in New Providence
and is doing all it can to
ensure "effective and timely
restoration of supply to all
At the time of the release,
areas that were still affected
in western New Providence
Coral Harbour Coral
harbour Close
Carol's Manor
Lazaretto Road
The Carmichael area
Areas affected in central
New Providence included:
Englerston (Palm Beach
Street, Meadows Lane)
South Beach (East Street
Coconut Grove)
Hillside Park (Jean
In eastern New Providence,
areas still affected included:
Kool Acres
Fox Hill (Cockburn
Street, Sandilands Village
Road, Johnson Road,
Lumumba Lane)
High Vista
Harmony Hill
No further updates were
received up to press time.


New hurricane damage will

send economy in 'a tailspin'

Chief Reporter
THE Grand Bahama econo-
my will go into a tailspin fol-
lowing the devastation left by
Hurricane Wilma, Minister of
State for Finance James Smith
told The Tribune yesterday.
Hundreds of homes were left
uninhabitable by the storm and
about 30 coastal homes were
Reconstruction of the north-
ern Bahamas cost the govern-
ment $20 million last Septem-
ber when Hurricanes Frances
and Jeanne caused massive
destruction in Grand Bahama.
The country's second city
was thrown into a severe eco-
nomic recession and a limping
tourism industry was exacer-
bated by closure of the Royal
Oasis Resort.
"Many of the people who
have suffered damage will be
off their jobs for a while. So I
can see the Freeport economy,
just as it's starting to stabilise, is
going to go into a tailspin," he

However, Mr Smith said that
overall the budget position
should not be adversely affect-
ed by Wilma, at least not
between now and the end of
the year.
"Although the damage to
individual homes was substan-
tial, very few government
buildings have been destroyed,
if any," he said.
Mr Smith said obviously
when a disaster like this strikes
money must be spent to recon-
struct and rebuild in affected
"We don't know how much
it will cost, but it cost about
$20 million directly for the
rebuilding and this hurricane
has done a lot of damage in the
low-lying areas but not the
commercial areas in the north-
ern Bahamas.
"It is hard to have an idea of
what it might do to us this time
around, but I don't think it will
do us as bad," said Mr Smith.
Based on what he had seen
so far, Mr Smith said that many
places affected may not have
been insured.

i A HOUSE in Williams Town with the walls and roof ripped off by high winds
(Photo:Felipe Major/Tribune Staff)


* HOMES in Pinders Point destroyed by the force of the storm
(Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune Staff)

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LAST WEEK Dr Bernard Nottage was a
guest on one of Nassau's daily radio talk shows.
We did not listen to the show, but as we
walked through the room where the radio was
on, we caught snatches of the programme.
Apparently, Dr Nottage was asked whether
he had been approached by either the PLP or
FNM to join their party. He answered in the
This reply was followed by an agitated
caller, who unless we heard incorrectly, or the
caller had just awakened from a 20-year Rip
van Winklian sleep, begged Mr Nottage not to
join the FNM. He said that for the first time in
his life under the present PLP government he
felt free to speak his mind. Before that he
feared reprisals for whatever he said.
If we heard correctly, we wondered where
the caller had been for the past 20 some years.
Didn't he know that if it had not been for the
Ingraham administration he would not have
the freedom of speech which he so much values
It was the FNM, under Hubert Ingraham,
that released the Bahamian people from the
fear to which Pindling's PLP had subjected
them. It was Mr Ingraham who opened the
airwaves to free speech and made it possible
for people, like the caller, to freely express
their opinions, and also to spread a lot of mis-
information again without threat of recrim-
It so happened that that very day we were
going through the BORCO file for information
for this column.
From the file fell a photograph of the then
prime minister of the Bahamas Lynden Pin-
dling wearing a straw hat and clutching a
placard that read: "PLP frowns on discrimina-
tory practices".
The prime minister of the Bahamas had left
the Cabinet room for a PLP picket line. For
two days in October 1980 these PLP demon-
strators harassed BORCO and Syntex, osten-
sibly to fight "discriminatory" practices against
Bahamian workers, but in fact to force a union
on a company whose employees wanted noth-
ing to do with unions.
PLP chairman "Dud" Maynard and leading
PLP delegates (an election was nearing),
warned foreign companies that if they "don't
like our laws, they could carry their backsides."
We heard echoes of this sentiment not too
long ago when Baptist Bishop Neil Ellis also
told his congregation that they could carry
"their backsides" from his church if they didn't

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vote PLP in the 2002 election.
Mr Pindling (later Sir Lynden) refused to
believe that BORCO's Bahamian workers had
freely voted against the union.
"Let's face it," one employee told The Tri-
bune at the time, "no company in its right
mind is going to accept a union freely. The
union puts more strain on a company, addi-
tional costs and additional manpower, but the
employees spoke for themselves. They said
they did not want a union at that time."
In the meantime we had heard that Mr Bar-
ry Malcolm, who had held an executive posi-
tion with BORCO, had been pressured out of
his job on the orders of the PLP government.
After hearing the comments of the radio
caller, and always curious as to whether BOR-
CO had in fact forced their employees to vote
against the union as the Pindling government
had claimed; also curious about what was
behind the Barry Malcolm "firing", we decid-
ed to call Mr Malcolm last week.
Mr Malcolm, now executive vice president
responsible for investment promotion and new
business at the Grand Bahama Port Authority,
assured us that the BORCO employees' vote
was in fact a free vote staff wanted nothing
to do with the union. "And what is signifi-
cant," Mr Malcolm added, "the company still.
does not have a union; it is successful and it has
trained the best group of Bahamian profes-
sionals in this country. Today some of the
employees are the grandchildren of the men
who started with Freeport Bunkering (later
BORCO) in 1955."
In the 1980s Mr Malcolm was the manager of
employee relations at BORCO, later presi-
dent of administration.
At the time of the PLP government's fight to
force a union on the company the historic
day when a prime minister left the negotiating
table to join a picket line against a foreign
company Mr Malcolm was BORCO's senior
Bahamian executive next to the president.
We shall continue Mr Malcolm's story in
this column tomorrow, if only to inform the
caller, who claims to have found free speech for
the first time under the present PLP govern-
ment, how the first PLP government punished
those who believed in free speech and in exer-
cising the right to make their own decisions.
What happened to Mr Malcolm is an example
of what happened to many fine Bahamians,
including PLP politicians who, when the break-
ing point came, chose to follow their own con-
sciences and not that of the "Chief".

No delivery

on promises

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

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

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

Publisher/Editor 1972-

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EDITOR, The Tribune
HELLO, fellow Bahamians
throughout the Commonwealth
of the democratic Bahamas, with
only weeks approaching to the
Free National Movement Con-
vention in November, the FNM
is prepared, and ready to inform
the public that the Progressive
Liberal Party has not delivered
on their promises.
During the PLP's campaign
trips to the election of May 2,
2002, the PLP promised to con-
sult with Bahamians. The elect-
ed party of today is not keeping
its commitment to the Bahamian
Today, elected ministers are
not informing or consulting the
Bahamian people. There seems
to be one minister today making
decisions for the people of the
Bahamas is he doing it with
cabinet approval? What is going
on here?
Remember ministers and
members of the elected party,
there is an oath you took and
swore to on behalf of yourselves,
the government, and the people
of the Bahamas.
The governing party has to
make choices and decisions for
every Bahamian, not party, but
for people.
The FNM's time in govern-
ment led the people with a
"manifesto" and another book
called 'A Better Bahamas'. In
those books they updated the
people with consultation, com-
mitments and decisions. Their
programmes, policies and lead-
ership proved that they are a
government for all.
Meanwhile, as a patriotic
young Bahamian man who loves
my country and culture, I see that
there is no comparison in terms
of economic growth and job cre-
ation between 1992 and 2005.
The economy at this time has
frozen with no jobs or invest-
ments. Speaking of investment,
what happened to the major
signing of investment deals of
millions of dollars announced at
the PLP's last convention?
The FNM under the leader-
ship of a great former leader,
the Rt Honourable Hubert
Ingraham who brought invest-
ments in the tourism sector and
boosted the Bahamas with jobs.
The FNM in 10 years proved
that every island was embraced
by the FNM with touch, feel and
sight of major developments and
Today, the PLP can't compare
their record to the FNM. The
PLP is only good at cutting rib-
bons at FNM projects.
The FNM at the time in office
has done a remarkable job in 10
years. The administration of the
Rt Honourable Hubert Ingra-
ham created 40,000 jobs.
They knock unemployment
from 16.8 per cent to 6.9 per
Today we have a high rise in
unemployment in the country.

Today there are no jobs and
graduates throughout the coun-
try have nowhere to go. What is
going to happen to them?
The answer is an increase in
crime by young men, and
increase in teenage pregnancy
among teenage girls. Well hope
and help is on the way.
The independent member of
South Andros, Mr Whitney Bas-
tian and I agree, said in the par-
liament months ago, that "the
code of ethics is useless in and
out of parliament."
There are a list of issues, con-
cerns and problems regarding
the code of ethics.
1) There was no New Year's
address from the PM as to where
the country is at, and what gov-
ernment is doing or proposing.
2) The cabinet has not been
shuffled yet and if not why?
3) The unsolved matter
regarding Edison Key's resigna-
4) Delays of privatisation of
5) Blackouts at BEC.
6) Delays on road repair to
Harrold Road.
7) The BAIC firing.
8) The Korean Boat saga.
9) The rape allegation against
a senior minister.
10) The Harrachi affair.
11) The CSME issue.
12) The Registrar General's
office crisis.
13) Ministers travel on Ger-
ardo Capo's airline when they
are supposed to be mediators
between the people and devel-
14) The gas price expense.
15) The public funds on the
Royal Oasis employees.
16) One year has past since
closure of the Royal Oasis.
What's going to happen.
17) No solution on the seat-
belt law.
18) Delays on civil servants'
19) The Western Air drama.
20) The LNG protest.
21) The bankruptcy exten-
22) The racial remarks at an
investor by a minister.
23) The junkanoo bleachers
24) An MP was sent to the US
President's inauguration with-
out proper clearance at NIA.
Why wasn't a cabinet minister
or the deputy PM representing
25) The Labour Office in
26) Foreign trips by minister
27) Expensive furniture out
of public funds for the Minister
of Financial Services office.
28) The promise three years
ago of reopening airport at West
29) The chaos at parliament
of hundreds of disappointed
30) Excuses of no schools.
31) What happened to promis-
es of an ambulance at EMR

Ladies and Gentlemen,
Bahamians all over, it is clearly
noted and documented of these
current events and negative
affairs by the present govern-
Today, the government has no
vision, They have created mess
and scandals.
Bahamians all over, the Min-
ister of Education led a march a
week or two before the general
election demonstrating to the
FNM that more schools should
have been built and repaired.
The FNM built 40 schools
throughout the country. Well,
he is the minister of education
for more than three years now.
Clearly, there are no new
schools built or even repaired,
only excuses.
One of the things the PLP
government and its members are
known for in the House of
Assembly is making excuses
after excuses. I know that's what
incompetent people do.
They make excuses why they
can't do their job. They have all
kinds of reasons why they can't
get this-done. I am tired ofthe
excuses and incompetence and
the complaining.
You were elected, do the job.
You wanted it, you got it.
I will also add they say that
things are all tough, the hurri-
cane this and no money. They
have life too easy, but some min-
isters don't like to get their
hands dirty. The seed has to be
planted and watch it grow.
Bahamians, young and old,
I listed the problems and
issues. I listed the dramas and
crisis. I wonder when the $30
million sports stadium that the
Chinese government donated
will be built. What was the
exchange from the Bahamas
for what, if anything, to get this
great gift?
It is up to us Bahamians to
vote what is better for our coun-
try at hand.
Remember the FNM restored
our country with growth. The
FNM increased pensions, built
educational facilities, and grant-
ed private radio broadcasting
licences in the Bahamas.
The FNM boosted the econo-
my with major projects.
To the government of the
today, when you are powerful
be merciful. There is a commit-
ment and obligation made to the
people during your campaign
and rallies. Time will tell.
At the FNM convention in a
few weeks, if the people choose
Mr Hubert Ingraham and Mr
Brent Symonette it will be a
"Dream Team". The team of
salt and pepper. The FNM in 10
years also did well with the stu-
dent load programme, what hap-
pened to it now?
Ladies and gentlemen,
Bahamians all over we are suf-
fering under this administration
because we didn't listen and read
the message.
"The handwriting was written
on the wall."
I say no more today.

"Magic City"
October 2005

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Toddler swept

out of house

is found dead

A GRAND Bahama family
is in mourning after the toddler
who was swept away in a tidal
surge was found dead.
Police launched a search at
2pm on Monday when Crystal
Pintard, of Hanna Hill, Eight
Mile Rock, phoned the Emer-
gency Operation Centre to say
that her 17-month old son
Matario Pintard had been swept
away in the fierce winds and
raging surf.
'Ms Pintard reported that
while attempting to flee to safe
shelter, the storm surge
engulfed her residence and car-

ried her 17 month old son away.
Officers from the EMR
police station, along with per-
sons from the EMR Command
Centre began a search for the
toddler, which had to be called
off several times because of hur-
ricane force winds and flood
water, which was five-feet deep
in the streets.
However, at 6.45pm, Matari-
o's body was recovered in Hep-
burn Town near the Ritz Club,
about one mile from Ms Pin-
tard's residence, by an emer-
gency medical team from the
Rand Memorial Hospital.

The boy's body was taken to
the Rand where he was offi-
cially pronounced dead.
According to Assistant Com-
missioner of Police Elliston
Greenslade, Matario's parents
had been taking their other
three children to safety after
their home was demolished by a
storm surge. The infant was
then swept away by a subse-
quent surge.
The child's death has been
classified as a drowning, but an
autopsy is expected to be per-
formed later this week to deter-
mine the exact cause of death.

* BECAUSE of the storm surge at Eight Mile Rock, this coffin floated to the other side of the
street from the graveyard where it had been buried

* THESE children try to make sense of what is going on, standing next to items salvaged from
their ruined home
(Photos: Felipe Major/Tribune Staff)

Homes destroyed as

Wilma hits Abaco

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left her mark on the island of
the northern Bahamas and its
cays, destroying up to 10 homes
in Grand Cay in the Abacos.
One of the homes destroyed
had only been built last year,
but was destroyed when strong

winds caused an electrical
transformer to fall through its
As the clinic on Grand Cay is
still under construction, the res-
idents were using another build-
ing for their medical needs this
building was also destroyed.




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CERTAIN government min-
isters are "too close" to Bimini
developer Gerardo Capo,
according to islanders.
As a result, the man behind
the controversial Bimini Bay
project is being given carte
blanche to devastate the island,
they claim.
The claims came yesterday as
Biminites threatened to stage a
prolonged protest over a pro-
ject they believe is wrecking
their island home and marine
environment beyond repair.
Mr Lloyd Edgecombe, a
Bimini councillor, said: "The
people of Bimini feel that Mr
Capo is too close with certain
ministers in the government.
"A number of ministers fly
on his plane and are entertained
at his home in Bimini Bay. They
make public appearances with
Mr Capo even when the Bimini
local board members are not

invited to join ministers."
However, Bimini MP and
Tourism Minister Obie Wilch-
combe.said he strongly denies
Mr Edgecombe's suggestions.
He called them politically moti-
Mr Edgecombe, he said, has
political aspirations and is sim-
ply "looking for an issue."
Mr Wilchcombe also pointed
out that the agreement for
Bimini Bay was negotiated
under the former government,
with which Mr Edgecombe was
According to Mr Edgecombe,
Biminites feel the government
betrayed them over the con-
struction of an imposing gate at
the entrance to the Bimini Bay
They say assurances given by
Cabinet ministers at a town
meeting earlier this year that
the gate would not be erected

have been ignored.
Mr Edgecombe said Mr
Wilchcombe had told the meet-
ing that if the people of Bimini
did not want the gate, there
would be no gate.
"Today, the gate stands
almost completed," he told The
Tribune, "The people of Bimini
were against the gate then and
they still are now.
"It must be noted that the
local council did not approve the
construction of the gate, but Mr
Capo was able to obtain
approval otherwise," he claimed.
Since the town meeting in
May, things have become
worse in Bimini, Mr Edge-
combe claimed.
"The gate, has been con-
structed across a public road.
There are times when manage-
ment of the project has harassed
and discouraged Biminites from
having free access to the public

M THE controversial gate at Bimini Bay which islanders tried to block earlier this year

beach or the area known as East
Wells, which is Crown land.
"Bahamians are still not
being hired and the Capo group
has been given the authority to
import more cheap labour from
South America," he claimed.
Prime Minister Perry Christie
has been challenged to inter-
vene and call on ambassador
for the environment Keod
Smith to.explain why he has
allowed "his good friend" Mr
Capo to cause so much destruc-
tion to the island.
In Mr Edgecombe's opinion
it was now "highly question-
able" whether Mr Smith or the
BEST Commission could make
an unbiased decision on the
Bimini Bay project.


Mr Smith dismissed this alle-
gation saying that he was a gov-
ernment official who has to
interact with developers from
time to time and that the BEST
commission is mandated to
have developers comply with
environmental regulations.
Mr Smith said that there was
a town meeting held to discuss
the Biminites' concerns about
the development, one of which
was that if Bimini Bay.built a
gate it would obstruct the travel
of people to some government
land beyond the development.
"At the meeting the people
were assured that the gate was
not being constructed to
obstruct the residents, but to
regulate the traffic through the
private development and every-
one accepted it. Mr Edgecombe
even embraced, physically, Mr
Capo after the meeting saying
that he finally understood what
was going on. So I do not see
what the issue is now," he said.
While in opposition, Mr
Christie and his colleagues were

SA DIGGER at work on wetland areas, which locals claim are
nurseries for a wide variety of marine life

highly critical of "damage"
being inflicted by the Capo
group, Mr Edgecombe said.
"Yet it is common knowledge
that, once elected, they rescinded
the proactive measures that had
been instigated and have given
Capo carte blanche to bulldoze
the mangroves to build an 18-
hole golf course on the northern
tip of the island, and dredge and
destroy the lagoon as he sees fit."
Mr Edgecombe said the
island's fate was being decided
by non-Biminites who had noth-
ing to lose.
"We as Biminites are no
longer willing to stand by and
allow this injustice to happen,"
he added.
He said it was not too late to
scale back the development,
which would swamp the local
community of around 1,600
.people with 2,130 home units
housing five times the local pop-
ulation (about 7,000 people).
"When we, the good people
of Bimini, stage the next protest
at the Bimini Bay gate we will
be there for days if we have to
or until Mr Capo stops the

destruction and hires the young
men of Bimini. I guess the gov-
emrnment will listen to the people
who voted for them and not Mr
Capo, who they are protecting."
In an interview with The Tri-
bune yesterday Mr Wilch-
combe said Mr Edgecombe was
seeking to "drag a developer
into the political fray" for his
own reasons.
Mr Wilchcombe said that like
any other investor, Mr Capo has
to get approval for everything
he does through the proper
He pointed out that as a min-
ister, it is natural for him to
work closely with an investor
to create opportunities for the
local community.
Dismissing Mr Edgecombe's
suggestions as "ridiculous", the
minister pointed out that the
former administration had
agreed to the outline of the
He said that Mr Capo has
always approached the present
government with respect, and
the government has responded

Cable Bahamas re-establishes

internet link in a few hours

CABLE Bahamas techni-
cians were able to restore Inter-
net services to most of New

Providence within a few hours
on Monday following a break
in the fibre optics connection

to Florida.
Internet services in the
Bahamas were down on Mon-

day due to Hurricane Wilma
causing a disruption in Cable
Bahamas' main line from Flori-
Keith Wisdom, Cable
Bahamas public relations mani-
ager, told The Tribune yester-
day that after connection was
lost in the afternoon, teams of
technicians were immediately
sent to the Florida and Grand
As a result, Internet services
in New Providence were
restored by 10.30pm. "Only one
or two pockets remained with-
out service," he said.
"Basically there was a prob-
lem with the circuits, but we
worked very quickly as we are
committed to providing service
to our customers," he explained.
To ensure that Grand
Bahama would also be up and
running as soon as possible, Mr
Wisdom said that an additional
Cable Bahamas team was sent
to the island yesterday.
"I believe that the majority
of our subscribers can be satis-
fied," he said.

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A 20-YEAR-OLD Sunshine
Park man was granted $10,000
bail after pleading not guilty to
drug charges yesterday.
It is alleged that on Saturday
October 22, Zachariah Duva-
lier was found in possession of
35 small wraps containing 30
grams of marijuana.
Police believed he intended
to supply the drugs to another.
Duvalier appeared before
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The matter was adjourned to
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Two men
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Saturday October 22 in posses-
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well as two police badges.
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a drug charge yesterday.
It was alleged that on Thurs-
day, October 20 Orlando
Knowles was found in posses-
sion of a quantity of marijuana.
Knowles pleaded not guilty
to the charge and was granted
$2,500 bail.
The matter was adjourned to
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THE Bahamian Consulate
General in Miami has been
closed until further notice due
to the effects of Hurricane
Wilma, it was announced yes-
Bahamian citizens in Florida
who need assistance can con-
tact the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs in New Providence at
(242) 302-9300 or the Bahamian
Embassy in Washington DC at
(202) 319-2660 7.
The Consulate has been
closed as the building is with-
out electricity and other utili-
ties are currently unavailable.
A government spokesman
said that the Consulate is
expected to be reopened with
a few days.

Puerto Rico

starts talks

to become

involved in


Tribune Staff Reporter
Caribbean territory has
begun negotiations to enter
into the PetroCaribe accord
The Commonwealth of
Puerto Rico has started
negotiations with Venezuela
to allow them to come into
PetroCaribe, and according
to informed sources the
country is now negotiating
to exchange medicines for
Under Petrocaribe, coun-
tries would still pay market
prices for oil, but can pay a
portion up front and finance
the rest over 25 years at low
interest rates.
In addition, countries are
allowed to pay partly with
services or goods such as
rice, bananas or sugar.
However, according to
reports, Venezuelan Presi-
dent Hugo Chavez has said
the island isn't eligible to join
the pact because of its sta-
tus as a US commonwealth.
In an interview with The
Tribune yesterday, the
Bahamas' US Embassy chief
political officer, Michael Tay-
lor, said that as Puerto Rico is
a US territory, it is highly
unlikely that they will partic-
ipate with Petrocaribe.
"For a variety of reasons I
think it is unlikely they will
be participating with Petro-
caribe. They are not a state
like Florida or Georgia, but
they have control over cer-
tain parts of their affairs and
others are run by the Federal
Government," he said.
Since President Chavez
took office in 1998, he has
been accused of trying to
emulate Cuba's communist
system and has openly criti-
cised US President George W
Bush on numerous occasions.
Previously Mr Taylor had
said that the US will not take
a position on whether or not
the Bahamas should join the
deal, and that it was up to the

N MURDER-ACCUSED Maxo Tito is shown leaving
court yesterday after his scheduled trial did not begin. He
is charged with the murder of 16-year-old Donnell
Conover, who was reported missing by her family and
found dead on May 12002. Her body was found the day
before the General Election in a quarry pit off Joe
Farrington Road, her family member looks on in the
(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune Staff)

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THE next meeting of
Bahamian Forum will be held
on the topic, "Bahamian folk-
lore and the development of the
The guest speaker will be
Professor Daniel Glaser, a neu-
roscientist at University Coliege
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country to decide on its own if
it is going to participate in the
Critics of Petrocaribe and
President Chavez warn that
signing onto the deal could
damage the Bahamas and US
However Minister of Trade
and Industry Leslie Miller
said that the benefits from
Petrocaribe "have to be obvi-
ous" for a US commonwealth
to want to get involved with
"It has to be obvious that
Petrocaribe is a positive
agreement if Puerto Rico
wanted to get involved. I was
surprised that the governor
of Puerto Rico approached
that despite the fact that they
are an associated state.
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"So vast was the catastro-
phe...that our minds, surfeited
with the horrors of war, refused
to realise it. It came and went, a
hurricane across the green fields
of life, sweeping away our youth
in the hundreds of thousands
and leaving a toll of sickness and
infirmity which will not be reck-
oned in this generation."
article in the Times of Lon-
don on the 1919 influenza pan-

THE Purple Death (or
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in March 1918 in the American
midwest. A second, more dead-
ly, wave of infection began in
August of that year proba-

bly in France and continued
into 1919.
This outbreak rapidly
engulfed the world, killing more
than 50 million people in a few
months at the end of the Great
War. And it is now known that
the Purple Death (so named
because it turned patients blue
as they died) was a bird flu, sim-
ilar to the one threatening us
The big difference is that the
1918 virus had mutated so that it
could pass easily among people.
The current strain of bird flu
affecting people (called H5N1)
has not achieved this yet.
So far there have been only
117 confirmed human cases in
Asia (half of whom died). But

experts say it is just a matter of
time before someone with ordi-
nary flu catches bird flu, and
H5N1 merges with the human
virus or mutates by itself into
something far more dangerous.
And experts say it will take
four- to-six months from the
time a pandemic flu strain
emerges to develop and make
a vaccine.
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young and the fit were most at
risk those in the prime of their
working and reproductive lives.
And death rates were much
higher than seasonal flu rates.
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up against if a similar pandemic
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to look at how the 1919 flu

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affected this region.

Strangely, this terrible
event in the world's
recent past kept a very low pro-
file until recently. Parents and
grandparents never mentioned
it. University of London history
professor, Dr David Killingray,
noted that: "despite the fear-
some impact, there seems to4
have been a collective amne-
sia...the full impact of the epi-
demic appears to have been
cloaked by the pre-occupations
of a horrendous war."
In the early years of the 20th
century public health systems
were limited, and contemporary
observers were often vague in
recording causes of death, par-
ticularly in outlying colonies.
Dr Killingray has estimated
there were about 100,000 flu
deaths in the Caribbean, with
nearly 30,000 in British territo-
"Its spread and effects on cer-
tain islands and areas seemed
to be arbitrarily selective, and
there are no clear answers why
one place suffered high mor-
bidity and mortality rates,
another widespread infection
but low mortality, while other
places remained virtually
untouched by the disease.
"Such variations may have
been due to prompt quarantine
by the authorities, for example,
in the Bahamas, which although
in close proximity to the United
States, must have been helped
by a dearth of wartime ship-
ping." .
However, a-1919 Gofonial
Office report did note that
"many" of the 2,500 plus
Bahamian migrant workers in
the Carolinas became infected
and died during the pandemic.
Bahamian emigration to the
United States peaked during
this period, and the population
of the islands actually fell for
the first time. The total popula-
tion recorded in 1921 was mar-
ginally lower than that in 1901 -
about 53,000.

As a non-notifiable dis-
ease, influenza was
not covered by international
quarantine regulations in 1918.
And when the virus mutated in
August of that year it spread
rapidly and with unprecedented
virulence, helped by wartime
disruption and troop move-
Entering the Caribbean in
mid-September of 1919, the
Purple Death arrived in
Jamaica aboard banana boats
from the US in October.
Among British territories,
Jamaica, Guyana and Belize
were the most severely affected
in the region.
"The virus raged through the
plantations and slum housing
of the low-lying coastal towns."
Dr Killingray wrote in the 2003
edition of the Caribbean Quar-
terly. "East Indian labour was
hard hit, but not as severely as
Native Americans.

"By early October the
influenza pandemic was well-
established in Central America
and from there it reached Belize
on the eleventh of the month.
Ten days before a banana boat

In the
Bahamas there
were no
official reports
of deaths from
the flu, but
estimates say
as many as 60
people may
have died
during the

brought the infection from
North America to two ports in
Jamaica, and a little later that
month it appeared in the
But according to Dr
Killingray, the Bahamas "oper-
ated an efficient quarantine sys-
tem which seems to have pre-
served the islands from infec-
tion. Barbados was similarly for-
In Jamaica the authorities
restricted rail travel, fumigated
money and suspended mail ser-
vice. Schools and shops closed
and social functions were sus-

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pended, but by early Novem-
ber the disease had affected the
entire island, with the Daily
Gleaner reporting that "coolie
labour on the estates has been
reduced almost to vanishing
Medical facilities were over-
whelmed across the region. In
Belize infection rates were as
high as 80 per cent in some
areas and crops went unhar-
vested. In Guyana there were
serious strains on burial society
funds as plantation labourers
were decimated. And some
Indian tribes were said to have
been wiped out by disease.

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"This epidemic has been the
most severe visitation of disease
within the memory of any
colonist," Guyana's acting sur-
geon general concluded at the
time. "The almost universal
prevalence and high mortality
rate have caused untold suffer-

A nd of course, in the
Caribbean, rum was
considered one of the most
potent treatments for the flu.
Other popular remedies includ-
ed white pine cough syrup,
coryza tablets, formalin tablets,
Horlicks, fly sprays, Palmolive
soap and tobacco.
In the Bahamas there were
no official reports of deaths
from the flu, but recent esti-
mates say as many as 60 peo-.
ple may have died during the,
In Guyana, with a population
of 310,000 there were some
.12,000 deaths. And perhaps
10,000 in Jamaica, out of a pop-
ulation of 850,000.
"These figures take account
of unrecorded deaths, those
reported as dying of other caul-
es such as fevers and pneumo-
nia often complications of
influenza (and) long-term
influenza infections such as'
encephalitis lethargica," D.i'
Killingray explained.
"The pandemic of 19189,9
came suddenly and moved witl',
deadly speed. The largely lais- '
sez-faire systems of government,
were caught ill-prepared, whit&
the medical and scientific piqc ,
fessions were unable to provide&
effective treatment or cure.
"Despite great advances in
virology since 1919, influenza,
remains an unpredictable dis-
In last week's column we
aid Piiblic Health Director Dr,
Balcwin-' Careey had riot:
responded to inquiries on
preparations for a superflu pan-;
demic. That was clearly an error:
since we quoted him several
times in the article. Our apolo-'

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PLP and FNM pledge hurricane relief

* RAYMOND Rigby says a PLP committee will be
spearheading relief efforts

Both major political parties
have announced plans to assist
areas devastated by Hurricane
Raynard Rigby, national
chairman of the PLP, said his
party has reactivated its Disas-
ter Relief Committee.
The committee, chaired by
George Smith, which will have
the responsibility of spear-
heading the party's relief efforts
in Grand Bahama as well as
other islands that have been
impacted by the hurricane, Mr
Rigby said.
"Thus far we have spoken
with our leaders and members
in Grand Bahama and Abaco
and we remain inspired by the
spirit of hope that is being dis-
played once again by the
Bahamian people.
"Our immediate effort will
be geared towards lending
meaningful assistance to the
individuals and families who
have lost their personal belong-
ings and who require general
assistance in respect of cloth-
ing, food and other personal
Tommy Turnquest, leader of

the FNM, is expected to lead a
delegation of party officers to
Grand Bahama today to review
the damage caused by Hurri-
cane Wilma.
Mr Turnquest said that the
party is deeply concerned about
residents of Grand Bahama,
particularly those in the west-
ern settlements who have still
not recovered from the ravages
of the 2004 hurricanes and are
once again faced with disaster
and devastation.
"Concerned FNM members
and supporters on the ground
in Grand Bahama, including the
three members of parliament,
have been monitoring the situ-
ation from the outset, and are
currently involving themselves
on ongoing efforts of rescue and
"Tomorrow I will travel to
the island to get a first-hand
view and to estimate how we
can augment ongoing relief
efforts," he said.
Meanwhile, Mr Rigby said
that the PLP will continue to
lift up the nation in prayer and
would do all it could to ensure
that in very short order, a
degree of normalcy is returned
to the affected areas.

* TOMMY Turnquest is leading an FNM party to assess the
damage on Grand Bahama

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after Hurricane

FROM page one
the wave reached up to five feet in her
"I was only able to escape by climb-
ing through the window and on to my
car," she said.
Freddie Russell, 56, who has lived in
Hunter's his entire life, said although
the area sustained heavy damage dur-
ing last year's hurricane season, the
destruction from Wilma is "ten times
"The wave came in 400 to 500 yards
inland. The surge was up to 15 to 18
feet. At least three quarters of the
homes directly on the coast have been
completely destroyed.
"The water washed through hun-
dreds of homes and washed everything

away, all the people's possessions.
Many houses lost portions of their
roofs. Thousands of people have been
left without homes," he said.
Mr Russell said that hundreds of
Wilma's victims had to sleep in the
streets because they had nowhere else
to go.

"Me and my wife were lucky, we
were able to spend the night at a hotel.
Many others are not so fortunate," he
Despite the destruction, Mr Russell
said the people are not discouraged.
"We thank God we are alive. Every-
body is now eager to rebuild. I myself
just last week finished replacing the

furniture in my house which was
destroyed last year. But I will simply
have to wash down the walls and see
what can be salvaged," he said.
However, Mr Russell said that
should a hurricane of this force
approach Grand Bahama again, he
would definitely move to higher
Lawyer Fred Smith, who was touring
the area yesterday, said a family in
Pinder's Point had to swim to safety
after the wave swept through their
"They had their doors barricaded,
but the water broke through. They are
now only alive because they were able
to swim," he said.
Describing the scene of destruction,
Mr Smith said the beach is completely


eroded and that the burial
ground close to Hunter's had been
"This storm has hit the poorest peo-
ple of Grand Bahama once again. It
has affected the poor, the Haitian-
Bahamians and all the unfortunate res-
idents of this island.
"It has hit those who could least
afford to be 'hit. Why God has chosen
this place again is purely in his wis-
dom," he said.
Addressing the situation in Freeport,
Mr Smith said that although the city
was spared extensive damage, the area
around the BORCO refinery now
resembles a "toxic soup."
"You've got the diesel and gasoline
floating all around. It's dangerous, it
poses a health risk," he said.

Thousands homeless

Public service rally called in protest

at the latest offer in pay dispute

FROM page one

would receive a $600 increase
added to their earned increment
in years one, two and four with
no increase in salary in years
three and five. Mr Pinder said
this was unacceptable.
"There is no way in the
world we would accept that.
I'm going to ask all my mem-
bers to meet in Rawson
Square and Parliament Street
where they will burn this
junk," he said, referring to the
government's offer.
Mr Pinder said that at
today's protest he will cite the
article which states that Cus-
toms and Immigration offi-

cers, public health auxiliary
workers, security personnel
and collectors of revenue can-
not participate in industrial
Yesterday morning it was
announced by government
industrial relations consultant
Keith Archer that the union's
request for $1,800 for each
worker, or the equivalent of
a $150-a-month salary
increase, would be met.
.Negotiations over a new
industrial agreement which
will insure the pay increases
and the incentives for civil ser-
vants will begin on Thursday;,
he said -
Government representa-
tives met with BPSU execu-

tives at the Department Public
Services yesterday to
exchange proposals.
A sub-committee had been
appointed to deal with the
issue of the outstanding indus-
trial agreement with the union
and had presented a proposal
to Cabinet which recently
approved it.
In a gesture of amicability,
government representatives
and BPSU executives
exchanged proposals on a new
This, however, was before
Mr Pinder noticed the clause
in "the writing" which speci-
fied the period overwhich the
'payment was to be made.
Keith Archer had said that

the government was prepared
to meet the $1,800 or $150-a-
month salary increases. How-
ever, he did not disclose the,
exact amount that the pro-;
posal included.
Mr Archer said the propos-
al had come as the result of
an agreement by both the goy.-
eminent and BPSU executives.
and he hoped to continue ami-
cable relations.
At the time of the press con-
ference, Mr Pinder said he
was very pleased to hear the
government was willing to
meet the union's requests and
said he would encourage gov--
ernment workers to perform
to the best of their ability anrd'
live up to expectations.

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Results summarizes, and responds to, the substantive comments received
by the PUC on this matter. The PUC has given approval for BTC to
increase monthly rates/prices for telephone lines from $9.50 to $15 for
residential customers and from $20 to $36 for business customers all in
accordance with its application to increase these rates/prices. After due
consultation with BTC, the PUC requires BTC to introduce a Senior
Citizen Package based on a 20% discount on the new monthly rate/prices
for a residential telephone line for qualified applicants.

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decisions. BTC shall implement the new rates/prices and the Senior
Citizen Package no earlier than thirty (30) days.from the signing of the
amendment to its Licence.

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requirement for it to exercise its powers and functions in a manner that
is transparent, objective, non-discriminatory and consistent with the
objectives of the Telecommunications Act, 1999, particularly section
6(4), the Telecommunications Sector Policy and BTC's Licence.

Copies of the Statement of Results analyzing the comments received
may be obtained from the PUC's Office, Fourth Terrace, East, Collins
Avenue; Nassau, Bahamas or downloaded from the PUC's website

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BAHAMIANS recalled
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whose refusal to give up her
bus seat to a white man
sparked the American civil

rights movement in the 1960s.
Ms Parks, who has died
aged 92, visited Nassau in
1996, when she met many
leading Bahamians, including
the Deputy Prime Minister of

the day, Frank Watson.
In the left hand photograph
above she is seen eating birth-
day cake at the US Ambas-
sador's residence at Prospect
Ridge. Looking on are Mr Wat-

son (right), Congresswoman
Maxine Waters and her hus-
band, US ambassador to the
Bahamas Sidney Williams.
She was also guest of honour
at a special concert in Nassau

and is seen in the photograph
on the right applauding
Bahamian singers. She was
accompanied by an American
religious group.
Ms Parks, who was known as

"the mother of the civil rights
movement", died of natural
causes at her Detroit home.
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Tribune Business Editor
rand Bahama's
economy could
take "a couple
of years" to ful-
ly recover from
the latest hurricane blow inflict-
ed upon it, a leading attorney
said yesterday, although gov-
ernment ministers said the
Bahamas as a whole was still
on target to achieve 3.5 per
cent gross domestic product,
(GDP) growth in 2005.
Fred Smith and James Smith,
minister of state for finance,
both agreed that Hurricane
Wilma's effects were likely to
be felt most by the Grand
Bahama economy's workforce,
as many had lost their homes
or seen them severely dam-
aged, particularly those on the
island's western end that were
exposed to the storm surge.
"The downtime in terms of
lost labour will be tremen-
dous," James Smith said,
acknowledging that many
Grand Bahamians had suffered
"quite a double whammy" as
a result of Hurricane Wilma.
He explained that many
were "still feeling the affects"
of Hurricanes Frances and
Jeanne, which hit the island in
September 2004, and with the
closure of both major employ-
ers such as the Royal Oasis and
small businesses had been
unable to find new employ-
The latest blow is likely to
send Freeport's economy 'back
to the drawing board', as it was
still struggling to regain a firm
footing prior to Hurricane

SEE page 4B

Wilma inflicts 'double whammy'
on Grand Bahama economy and
its workers, with island's output
to 'slip' below projections



cruise boost'

for Bahamas

Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas will enjoy "a
significant boost in revenue" if
requests for extra berths in
Nassau from the major cruise
lines go through, The Tribune
was told yesterday, with ships
having to be diverted to this
nation from Cozumel and Can-
cun as a result of the devasta-
tion inflicted by Hurricane
Michael Hall, marine opera-
tions for GlobalUnited, the
provider of in-port service for
the major cruise lines, con-
firmed that all the major lines
were trying to obtain addition-
al berths in Nassau, revising
their itineraries due to the dam-
age sustained by the Mexican
Both Royal Caribbean

Major cruise lines seeking extra

berths in Nassau as result of

Wilma's Cozumel damage

Cruise Lines and Celebrity
Cruise Lines were trying to
obtain extra berths in Nassau
on Friday for their Voyager
class vessels, the largest cate-
gory of cruise line, which has
capacity for 2,800 passengers.
These extra berths were being
sought for a seven-month peri-
od, starting on November 19.
"Now. that those ports
[Cozumel and Cancun] have
been severely damaged by the
storm, they are looking for
alternative ports to call at," Mr
Hall said.

"So far, Royal Caribbean
and Celebrity cruise Lines are
looking to get berths here for
the Voyager class of ships,
starting on November 19 for
every Friday for seven
He added that Celebrity was
also seeking to bring an addi-
tional ship into Nassau for four
to five months.
Although no official word
had been received from Car-

SEE page 2B

Property premiums 'guaranteed' to rise

Tribune Business Editor
PROPERTY insurance pre-
miums in the Bahamas are
"guaranteed" to rise next year,
leading insurance executives
told The Tribune yesterday,
with current estimates fore-
casting an increase of between
20-30 per cent in the wake of
the busiest Atlantic hurricane
season on record.
Steve Watson, Royal Star
Assurance's managing direc-
tor, told The Tribune: "Rate
increases are guaranteed. It's
just too early to tell by how
"We were expecting an

'Too early to tellhow much', but
local insurers predict betweeri 20-30%

increase in the region of at least
20 per cent before Wilma, but
Wilma could be the third
largest catastrophic hurricane
after Andrew and Katrina, so if
that's the case, this year could
have resulted in $70 billion of
catastrophic losses."
Another leading insurance
executive backed up Mr Wat-
son's analysis, saying that prior
to Hurricane Wilma's arrival,
Bahamian homeowners and
commercial property premium
rates were likely to increase by

between 20-25 per cent, but 25
per cent and upwards was now
being looked at after the dev-
astation inflicted upon Florida.
Apart from the $50 billion in
insured losses created by Kat-
rina, Hurricane Rita inflicted
a further $7-$8 billion when it
hit Texas. And if Wilma had
made a further $10 billion in
losses that, coupled with floods
in Europe and other cata-

SEE page 6B

Bahamasair fuel

costs may double

over 2003-2004

Tribune Business Editor
SPIRALLING global oil
prices could cause Bahamasair's
fuel costs for fiscal 2005-2006
to increase by more than 100
per cent compared to 2003-
2004, the airline's managing
director told The Tribune yes-
terday, with the bill reaching
$18-$19 million if prices remain
at their current levels.
Paul Major said Bahamasair's
fuel costs had increased from
$9 million in 2003-2004 to $15

million last year. He added that
this figure "will be worse if
prices remain where they are
today", and "could be more like
$18-$19 million" for 2005-2006.
He pointed out that oil prices
were now hovering close to the
peak they had attained over the
past 15 months, having
increased gradually between
July 2004, when the airline's
2004-2005 fiscal year began, and
its June 30 year ending. Prices
were still close to June 30 levels.

SEE page 3B

Bahamas investment

in dealer's expulsion

Tribune Business Editor
A CANADIAN dealer has
been expelled from member-
ship in his country's industry
association after he admitted
borrowing money from both
clients and investors, then
investing it in an investment
scheme with alleged offices in
the Bahamas.
An Investment Dealers
Association (IDA) of Canada
panel hearing expelled Jerry
Russell Johnson from the
organisation, after finding he
was terminated by his employ-
er, Union Securities, due to
"personal financial dealing with

Johnson admitted to bor-
rowing $400,000 from clients
of Union Securities through
'loan agreements' and 'invest-
ment agreements', without
advising his employer. He had
also borrowed around $ 1 mil-
lion from people in a Canadian
The IDA hearing found: "Mr
Johnson indicated that, since
the termination of his employ-
ment, he has invested approxi-
mately $400,000 with an entity
called Fast Market Ltd through
a website that shows addresses

SEE page 3B


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Preparation is

key to

managing storm risks

o here we are again,
trying to compre-
hend want hap-
pened and what
went wrong. As
stated in many of my columns,
threats such as hurricanes are
not new they have been
around for thousands of years.

So to hear the local authorities
and experts state that Hurri-
cane Wilma caught us off guard
is ridiculous. Did we not see
and read about what was going
on in Mexico? Are memories
so short that Katrina and
Jeanne are so long ago?
It was my intent in this article


to speak on the recent per-
ceived crime wave. However,
after seeing the damage done
in Freeport again, little more
than a year after Frances and
Jeanne, I am baffled. This
amazement is not so much at
the Government's lackadaisi-
cal management style, but at




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my brothers and sisters in
Grand Bahama who apparent-
ly did not heed the warnings.
On several occasions I have
addressed the issue of risk
management, a function I feel
is a key component in loss pre-
vention. This process forces the
organisation to evaluate its
assets and develop methods on
how to protect them. Likewise,
a country's primary assets are
its citizens (you and me), nat-
ural resources and industry.


After this identification
process comes the task of iden-
tifying elements/events, natur-
al and man made, that could
threaten the existence or con-
tinuity of these assets. Finally,
there is the development,
implementation and manage-
ment of methods and processes
that will ensure a quick
response, recovery, ,and
replacement of the lost asset.
The better this is planned, and
things like 'Murphy's Law' tak-
en into consideration, then the
two bottom lines 'life' and
'money' can be saved.
Hurricanes are not an
unknown phenomenon, espe-
cially in the Caribbean. So our
continued existence in this
hemisphere demands a proac-
tive effort to manage the effects
of this weather condition. In
other words, we must develop
and continue to assess our risk
management efforts. Emer-
gency and Disaster Manage-
ment are of no effect if risk and
risk management does not take
a front row seat.
Risk, as stated by Sir Fred-
erick Warner FRS (1992) in the
Royal Society Study Group:
Risk Analysis, Perception and
Management, is: "The proba-
bility that a particular adverse
event occurs during a stated
period of time, or results from
a particular challenge."

Carl A. Roper (1999) puts
forward the following defini-
tion: "The potential for damage
or loss of an asset."

Hood and Jones go on to
explain that risk "comprises
perceptions about the loss
potential associated with the
interrelationship among



humans and between humans
and their natural (physical),
biological, technological,
behavioural and financial envi-
We have accepted the risk
of hurricanes, specifically
between June 1- November 30,
but we have not taken enough
steps to manage the potential
fallout from such a catastroph-
ic event. For example, New
Orleans is below sea level and
the residents and authorities
knew that a hurricane the mag-
nitude of Katrina would pro-
duce catastrophic results. Fur-
ther, the US Army Corp of
Engineers stated that the levies
which protected the city were
only resistant to a category
three hurricane.
With such available infor-
mation, I am reminded of the
studies and request for ade-
quate fire suppression devices
apd training at the Straw Mar-
ket prior to September 4, 2001.
We must be mindful that
despite the apparent failures
of the US Federal Govern-
ment, specifically the Federal
Emergency Management
Agency (FEMA), the US has
the resources to recover from
such a tragedy. For example,
the ability to relocate almost a
million people to other parts
of the country illustrates imme-
diately land resources and the
ability to tap into fuel reserves.


Our efforts are compound-
ed in the Bahamas by the geo-
graphical make-up of our coun-
try, which increases the cost of
facilitating immediate emer-
gency response, recovery and
replacement. However, these
current conditions are no

excuse for allowing controllable
factors such as a lack of legis-
lation on mandatory evacua-
tions and removal of persons,
sub-standard living conditions,
and inadequate drainage sys-
tems to be built.
When we consider the con-
ditions that communities
throughout the Bahamas have
been allowed to develop in, this
i an obvious example of poor
management, where regulatory
bodies have
allowed/omitted/ignored con-
ditions and standards that are
not in line with established
rules and regulation.


We have not developed the
technology as far as I am aware
to control weather patterns and
conditions, but what we do
have to date is technology that
can assist us in better managing
threats to our existence,
resources and industry. The air-
waves are now focused on the
continued fall out from Katri-
na, an event that is uncontrol-
lable, and I am certain beneath
all of this the textbooks are
being rewritten on how to deal
with a hurricane in the future.
Especially when we consider
flood prone areas and sub-stan-
dard living conditions.
NB: Gamal Newry is the
president of Preventative Mea-
sures, a loss prevention and
asset protection training and
consulting company, specialis-
ing in policy and Procedure
development, business security
reviews and audits, and emer-
gency and crisis management.
Comments can be sent to PO
Box N-3154 Nassau, Bahamas,
or e-mail gnewry@coral-

S Bank of The Bahamas


"A growing and dynamic Bahamian institution"



Core responsibilities:

* Review, summarize and recommend credit proposals.
* Conduct credit reviews.
* Recommend and monitor adherence to credit policies and procedures.
* Counsel and provide guidance to line lenders in all aspects of credit.
* Develop and conduct credit training sessions.
* Review credit reports to determine trends and effectiveness of procedures,
policies and make recommendations for improvement.
* Recommend debt compromises, forgiveness and debt and restructuring.
* Assess financial position of impaired loans through cash flow projections, asset
valuation, credit history and other financial measures; discuss with lenders and
provide guidance and advice.
* Recognize and coach line lenders on the balance required between the need for
revenue generation and avoidance of risk of loss. ,

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

* BA/BAc in Finance, Accounting, Economics or Business Administration, MBA
or other advanced qualifications would be an asset.
* 5 7 years experience in Consumer and Commercial Lending.
* Strong analytical skills, particularly in the areas of accounting and credit
* In depth knowledge of computers to use Bank's network and its core banking
applications to create presentations, reports and correspondence.
* Strong oral and written communication skills, in particular to impact financial
and credit information.

Benefits include: Competitive salary commensurate with experience and
qualifications; Group Medical (includes dental and vision) and life insurance; pension

Interested persons should apply no later than October 28, 2005 to:

The Manager, Human Resources and Training
Bank of The Bahamas International
P.O. Box N-7118
Nassau, Bahamas

FROM page 1B

FiColina dvorstd.
Financial Advisors Ltd. W

Pricing Information As Of:
25 October 2005

k-Low Symbol Previous Close Tods Close Chne Daly Vol. EPS $ DIv $ P/E Yield

O. 0 73 Abaco MarKets
8.00 Bahamas Property Fund
555 Bank of Bahamas
0.70 Benchmark
1.40 Bahamas Waste
0.87 Fidelity Bank
6.94 Cable Bahamas
1.39 Colina Holdings
6.90 Commonwealth Bank
0.88 Doctor's Hospital
3.85 Famguard
9.50 Finoo
7.25 FirstCaribbean
8.39 Focol
1.27 Freeport Concrete
9.50 ICD Utilities
8.20 J. S. Johnson
4.36 Kerzner International BDRs
1n nn Premier Renl Estate

2wk-HI 2wk-Low Smbo Bid $ Last Price Weekly Vol EPS$ Dlv$ P/E Yield
13.00 12.50 Bahamas Supermarkets 12.25 13.25 11.00 1.488 0.960 9.1 7.25A5
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 10.00 10.35 10.00 0.000 0.800 NM 7.80A
3.60 0.40 RND HoldinIs 0.29 0.54 0.00 -0.044 0.000 NM 0.00%
43.0028.00 ABAB 41.00 43.00 41.00 2.220 0.000 19.4 0.00%0
16.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 12.33 13.33 12.50 1.105 0.810 14.6 6.93%
3.60 0.35 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.35 -0.103 0.000 N/M 0.000
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Fund Name NAV YTD%* Last 12 Months Div $ Yield %
1.2578 1.1892 Colina Money Market Fund 1.257751'
2.4403 2.0311 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.4403 "*
10.6103 10.0000 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 10.6103""*
2.2560 2.1491 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.267097"*
1.1395 1.0686 Colina Bond Fund 1.139546*"*

BIX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00 YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price
52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid 8 Buying price ol Colina and Fidelity
52wk-Low Lowest closing price In last 52 weeks Ask S Selling price of Colina and fidelity
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for 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 Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful
P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100
" AS AT SEP. 30, 2005/ AS AT SEP 30.2005
S- AS AT OCT. 30. 2005/ -" AS AT SEP. 30, 20051 ... AS AT SEP. 30, 2005

nival yet, Mr Hall said the
world's largest cruise line group
had "already made some addi-
tions" to its Nassau schedule,
although he was unable to cur-
rently disclose these.
"They're all trying to get
berths in Nassau," he said. "At
this point, it's only a question
of if we have the space.
"If these preliminary
requests for berths go through,
it will be a significant boost in
revenue, because the Voyager
class of ships brings in more
passengers than any other ves-
sels. Although they may only
call for a day, it's pretty good
money for the Bay Street mer-
chants and tour operators."
Meanwhile, it was "business
as usual" for the port of Nassau
during Hurricane Wilma, with
the Carnival Valour calling into
port during its scheduled 6am-
2pm slot on Monday. Many
downtown shops were shut,
though, heeding the Govern-
ment's warning to close which
confused some cruise ship pas-
sengers, but there were no


Cozumel is one of the
Bahamas' major competitors
for two to five-night cruises. A
report prepared for the Min-
istry of Tourism in March 2004
by the Florida-based Manage-
ment Resource Group (MRG),
reported that the Bahamas'
share of all two and five-night
cruises in the Caribbean had
fallen from 76 per cent in 1995

to 46 per cent in 2003, a drop of
30 per cent in eight years.
The report attributed this
drop largely to the attractive-
ness and growth in capacity of
Cozumel, particularly from
Gulf Coast home ports such as


Confirming that the
Bahamas would receive a
boost, albeit in unfortunate cir-
cumstances, from the damage
inflicted on Cozumel, Frank
Comito, the Bahamas Hotel
Association's executive vice-
president, yesterday told The
Tribune: "We're getting addi-
tional ships throughout the
week as a result of diversions
from Cancun and Cozumel."
With South Florida's major
airports Miami, Fort Laud-
erdale-Hollywood and Palm
Beach expecting to be back at
full speed by today or later, Mr
Comito said of the potential
short-term impact on tourist
flows in and out of the
Bahamas: "We're hoping as
many people as possible can
be re-routed or come a day lat-
The bright spot for the
Bahamian hotel industry is that
Hurricane Wilma struck dur-
ing a relatively slow period for
tourism arrivals, thus minimis-
ing its impact. However, some
properties are understood to
be attracting increasing group
business, and it is uncertain if
any of these bookings were

Safe .& Secure

'Significant cruise

boost' for Bahamas








'-- lCommonwealth Bank

Bahamasair fuel

costs may double

over 2003-2004

FROM page 1B
Mr Major added that
Bahamasair was suffering
from the "double whammy"
of increased fuel costs and ris-
ing competition from low-cost
carriers, something that was
causing the national flag car-
rier to "get killed on both
sides, so to speak". "The low-
cost carriers are coming on
both fronts. Revenues and
yields are being squeezed, so
to speak," Mr Major said.
Although he declined to
comment on when the
Bahamasair privatization
process may be revived,
describing this as the Gov-
ernment's "call", Mr Major
said he understood that the
business plan for taking the
airline private was to be pre-
sented to Bradley Roberts,
minister of public works and
utilities, by McKinsey & Co
this week.
He added: "The market is
soft for all investment in the
airline business. The industry
is just bad."
Mr Major said it was not
surprising that investors were
"skittish" about the sector,
given that Delta Airlines was
in Chapter 11 bankruptcy pro-
tection and American Airlines
was "teetering on the edge".

Air Jamaica was "in deep
trouble" and projected to lose
about $100 million this year,
while BWIA was due to be
closed down and a new air-
line formed from it.
Meanwhile, Mr Major
described the financial impact
of Hurricane Wilma on
Bahamasair as "nominal",
adding that the airline was
"waiving all fees" it would
normally charge for persons
to re-book and reschedule
their flights.
Mr Major said Wilma had
struck at the slow point of the
tourist season, and 85 per cent
of Bahamasair's passenger
traffic was Bahamian.
He added that the authori-
ties were trying to open
Grand Bahama Internation-
al Airport to commercial traf-
fic by last night, the airline
having piloted in an emer-
gency flight yesterday morn-
ing carrying the Prime Min-
ister, Cabinet Ministers, Per-
manent Secretaries and tech-
nical personnel to assess the
impact from Wilma.
Mr Major said most of
Bahamasair's passengers were
likely to re-book, and the air-
line had not incurred extra
costs by having to send its
fleet away, having kept the
planes in the Bahamas dur-
ing the storm.


-ear's second

extraordinary dividend

COMMONWEALTH Bank yesterday
announced it would pay an extraordinary
of $0.08 per share to shareholders of record
as at November 15, giving them a pre-
Christmas bonus on the back of the com-
pany's ninth consecutive record year of
The extraordinary dividend will be paid
on November 30, and is the second of its
kind to be paid by Commonwealth Bank
this year, following April's payment.
T.B. Donaldson, the bank's chairman,
said the $0.37 per share in dividends paid
during the first nine months of fiscal 2005
was a record, up 19.35 per cent over the
previous year.
Despite concerns over rising oil prices
and potential cost-push inflation, Mr Don-
aldson said Commonwealth Bank was on
course to report record earnings for fiscal
At September 30, the bank's earnings


Bahamas investment

in dealer's expulsion

for Fast Market in Miami, Florida, and Nassau, the Bahamas.
"According to Mr Johnson, Fast Market Ltd guarantees a
return of 2.5 per cent daily and the current value of the investment
with Fast Market is about $700,000. Mr Johnson indicated that he
views his investment with Fast Market as 'zero risk', and that as
at October 5, 2005, he was awaiting receipt of about $175,000 from
Fast Market in the form of wire transfers."
In expelling Johnson, the IDA panel said: "We are unable to
ignore the alarming similarity between Mr Johnson's admitted
activities and a Ponzi scheme. We must also express our dismay
at Mr Johnson's offshore investment of virtually the entire remain-
ing amount of the money he has borrowed."

To adveRtisiRn The TriUne
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for the first nine months in fiscal 2005 were
just 8 per cent below those for the whole of
2004, and there were three months of the
current year left to run.
Commonwealth Bank's net income for
the first three quarters was $23.4 million,
up 22.5 per cent over the previous year
and return on common shareholders equi-
ty was 33 per cent.
"This extraordinary dividend will help
bring relief to our shareholders who are
feeling the impact of rising oil prices," Mr
Donaldson said. "In addition to this extra-
ordinary dividend, our shareholders will
still be able to look forward to the regular
quarterly dividend at the end of December.
This will bring the dividend yield on our
shares to about 5 per cent for the year, a
very attractive return in these times of low
deposit rates and, on top of this, we record-
ed a capital appreciation through the first
nine months of the year at 28 per cent."


(No.45 of 2000)

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 138 (4) of
the International Business Companies Act, (No. 45 of 2000),
BREMPER OVERSEAS LIMITED, is in dissolution.
can be contacted at No. 2 Commercial Centre Square, P.O.
Box #71, Alofi, Niue Islands. All persons having claims against
the above-named company are required to send their names,
addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the
Liquidator before November 25, 2005.

B. Foster
For: Continental Liquidators, Inc.




Freeport may

need 'two year!


FROM page 1B

Wilma's arrival. Fred Smith
said many Grand Bahamians
were now focusing on survival
and rebuilding their shattered
lives, as opposed to doing busi-
Among the hardest hit areas
in Grand Bahama were Pin-
der's Point, Hunters and Lewis
Yard, and Fred Smith told The
Tribune yesterday: "There are
hundreds of people that go into
Freeport to work who live in
those areas. People's lives have
been completely destroyed and
Meanwhile, James Smith
said that while it was difficult to
estimate the total economic
impact Wilma had made, it was
clear that Grand Bahama's
total output or GDP "will drop
a few points this year" from
what had been previously fore-
However, the minister said
the Government was "still hop-
ing" the overall Bahamian
economy, buoyed by increased
foreign direct investment,
would still achieve the 3.5 per
cent GDP growth forecast pre-
viously outlined by the Inter-
national Monetary Fund
James Smith added that the
Bahamas could experience sev-
eral developments that might
"compensate" somewhat for
Wilma, including the diversion
of cruise ships to this nation
from Cozumel and other areas

in Mexico (see joint lead story
on Page 1B).
He added that Grand
Bahama had received some
spin-off from that before
Wilma struck the island, with
two vessels staying in Freeport
Harbour for an additional two
On the Budget side, James
Smith said it was "a little bit
too early to say" what Wilma's
impact on the public finances
would be, although the expen-
diture side was likely to be
impacted more than revenues.
In 2004, the Government lost
about $30 million in revenues
as a result of the disruption to
imports and the tourism indus-
try from Hurricanes Frances
and Jeanne, which also caused
an extra $20-$25 million to be
spent on infrastructure repairs
that had not been budgeted for.
"I don't see much loss in rev-
enue [this time] because the
hurricane passed rather quick-
ly," James Smith said. "We also
lost hotel rooms and that's not
the case this time."
Much of the damage inflicted
by Wilma on Grand Bahama
appeared to be residential, as
opposed to commercial prop-
erties, Mr Smith said.
Revenues are likely to only
suffer a blip after much of the
Bahamian economy closed for
just Monday, but he added:
"It's the expenditure that's
going to be a little difficult to
And James Smith indicated
that the Government was like-
ly to use a similar "formula"

to that used after Hurricanes
Frances and Jeanne, when
import and stamp duty exemp-
tions were granted for hurri-
cane repair materials, to bring
relief this time around.
But the minister pointed out
that the inflow of foreign hard
currency from reinsurance
monies paid out in the wake of
Frances and Jeanne may not
be so substantial this time, as
Wilma's main fury was directed
on homes that were likely to
be uninsured or underinsured,
as opposed to commercial
Among the commercial ven-
tures interrupted by Wilma
were the filming of the $400
million Pirates of the Caribbean
II and III sequels at the
Bahamas Film Studios.
Disney, the films' producer,
evacuated all its staff last
Wednesday, and the Film Stu-
dio principals did not return
calls yesterday seeking com-
ment on when filming would
Apart from ICD Utilities,
the holding company with a 50
per cent stake in Grand
Bahama Power Company, oth-
er BISX-listed stocks with sub-
stantial interests in Grand
Bahama are Freeport Con-
crete, Freeport Oil Holdings
Company, Cable Bahamas and
Abaco Markets.
Communications with Grand
Bahama were patchy yester-
day, and none of the compa-
nies could be contacted to see if
they had been impacted by

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Nassau, Bahamas
STel: (242) 327-5780/327-5793-6
'Fax: (242) 327-5047, 327-1258

Vessels For Sale

M.V. Lisa J 3



1960 Single Screw Steel
Hull Vessel New
Caterpilla Engine Needs
to be installed
Bradford Grand Bahama
Queens Hwy Freeport,
Grand Bahama

M.V. Mal-Jack

1989 Twin Screw Steel
Hull ro-ro Freight Vessel GM
Engine V12671
Bradford Grand Bahama
Queens Hwy
Freeport, Grand Bahama



1989 Twin Screw Steel
Hull Vessel GM
Engine 8V71N
Bradford Grand
Bahama Queens Hwy
Freeport, Grand

Serious inquires only. Sealed bids marked "Tender" should be submitted to Bahamas Development Bank,
P.O. Box N-3034, Nassau, Bahamas or telephone 327-5780 for additional information. Please note that all
bids on the aforementioned assets should be received by October 31, 2005. The Bahamas Development
Bank reserves the right to reject any or all offers. All assets are sold as is.


is now recruiting for a senior construction executive oversee a world class 900 acre
development in The Family Islands. The project will include a hotel, a marina,
marina village complex, condominiums, luxury estates and all associated
infrastructure. Additional facilities shall also be developed for air transportation

Director of Construction and Project Management (PM-1)

Reporting to the Chief Operations Officer, the primary responsibilities of the
Director of Construction are:

The development and control of all project programme schedules and
construction activities;
Direct responsibility for all construction staff including project foremen,
internal QS, engineering and administrative staff;
Managing and coordinating all the commercial, contractual, procurement
and legal activities through government ministries and local authorities,
consultants, architects, construction contractors, utility companies and
Direct responsibility for all third-part contractors and development activities,
both on and off the island.


Engineering degree and at least 10 years senior level construction
management experience in resort development projects in the Bahamas
Professional designations of FFB, ABEng, MAPM, MWOBO or equivalent
is an absolute requirement.
With a recognized track record for outstanding Project Management
delivering projects on time and on budget
Brown-field start-up experience is an absolutely requirement.
Prior experience in project management in the Family Island is highly
Ability to think strategically and the leadership skills to effectively manage
both the internal team and third-party contractors under the evolving
circumstances and huge logistical demands of this substantial development.
Excellent knowledge of Microsort Project and Excel programs, together
with AutoCAD and 3D modeling software, such as Land Development
Desktop (LDD) is required.

The position is initially situated in Nassau with relocation to the building site in
the Family Islands in the near-term. Frequent travel including international travel
may be required. The salary and benefits package shall be commensurate with the
senior responsibilities and experience of the successful candidate.

Please send cover letter and resume by email quoting above reference (PM-1) to or by post mail to P.O.Box N-9322, Nassau,
The Bahamas.

The closing date for receipt of application shall be October 28, 2005.

M.V. Lady Eddina










Series 7

AN assistant investor adviser
at Caledonia Corporate Man-
agement has passed the Series
7 examination, allowing her to
apply to be registered with the
Securities Commission of the
Bernadette Heastie took the
exam, which is administered by
the New York Stock Exchange
(NYSE) and National Associ-
ation of Securities Dealers

(NASD), in Florida. She pre-
pared for the exam with the
Nastac (National Association
of Securities Training and
Compliance) Group.

is pictured with Robert Dunk-
ley (left), Caledonia's senior
vice-president of investments,
and Reece Chipman, the Nas-
tac Group's managing director.

GN- 284



Notice Of Sitting For New Providence Port Authority Board
To Consider Application For Licence Under The Boat Registration
Act Chapter (277)

Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the New Providence Port Authority Board for
New Providence and the Family Islands will be held at the Port Administration
Building Prince George Wharf on the Ict'- 6(>,?b,.-2005 at 3:00pm for the purpose
of granting Licenses under The Boat Registration Act Chapter (277)

Any person entitled to and wishing to object to any application should do so at least
six (6) day before the date of the hearing by submitting his/her objections in writing to
the Board and to the applicant.

Persons attending the meeting on behalf of an applicant must produce written
Authorization at the meeting.

Applicants for renewals are not required to attend, unless they have received written
Notification from the New Providence Port Authority.

The under mentioned persons have applied for grant of licenses as specified below:



Rufus Storr
P.O.Box FH-14334
Nassau, Bahamas

Rufus Storr
P.O.Box FH-14334
Nassau, Bahamas

Rufus Storr
P.O.Box FH-14334
Nassau, Bahamas

Rodino Sands
Nassau, Bahamas

Rodino Sands
Nassau, Bahamas

Rodino Sands
Nassau, Bahamas

Rodino Sands
Nassau, Bahamas


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Nassau, Bahamas

Sean Lewis
Nassau, Bahamas

Sean Lewis
Nassau, Bahamas

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Sea Island Adventure
P.O.Box SS-5414
Nassau, Bahamas


Fiesta II

B 250





NB/01/05 Reno Water Sports

NB/02/05- Reno Water Sports

NB/03/05 Smith L. Brian

NB/04/05 Smith L. Brian

Smith L. Brian



Smith L. Brian

NB/07/05 Tycoon Management
Nassau, Bahamas

NB/08/05 Bannister Pedro
Nassau, Bahamas

Tycoon Management
NB/09/05 Ltd
Nassau, Bahamas


Banana Boat

Banana Boat

Mini Boat

Mini Boat

Mini Boat

Mini Boat


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B 3

B 3

B 3


Banana Boat D 10


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Nassau, Bahamas

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Deveaux Reno
P.O.Box SB-51528
Nassau, Bahamas

Griffin Eric
Nassau, Bahamas



Edgecombe Anthony
Marsh Harbour, Abaco

Smith Joel
Staniel Cay.Exuma

Wells Christopher
Sandy Point,Abaco






Major Inez
P.O.Box SS-5414

Moxey Gerard
Nassau, Bahamas

Obrien Noel
P.O.Box N-10090
Nassau, Bahamas

Palmer Lavance
Nassau, Bahamas

Captainr Anthony J. Aliens
Port Controller












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NP: 506 SAN

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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.


To all our valued clients:

Please be informed that Mr. Angelo
Strachan is no longer an employee of
Andeaus Insurance Broker Company
Limited. Mr. Strachan is not authorized
to conduct any business transaction for
the Company. Please contact the office
at 323-4545 for services.

Thank you for your continued

Management ofAndeaus Insurance
Broker Company Limited.

Mercedes Drivers!

Rene Telle is no longer with Tyreflex.

I am now at the

new Mercedes Center on

Rosetta Street.

Telephone: 323-4957

This position requires an individual who is dependable, detail
oriented, well organized and is efficient working in a team

Responsibilities include:

* Preparation of monthly financial statements
* Preparation of budgets and forecasts
* Processing of accounts receivable, accounts payable and payroll
* Working with the external auditors and reporting to the Directors


* Minimum of 5 years experience in bookkeeping/accounting
* Prior supervisory experience
* Excellent oral and written communication skills
* General computing skills
* Knowledge of Insurance and processing of claims

Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Please send your resume and salary requirements to:

P.O. Box N-529
Nassau, Bahamas

Wilma racks up

$10bn in insured

Florida losses

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strophic events caused by
nature could take global
insured losses to between $70-
$80 billion for 2005.
Stressing that he was not try-
ing to be alarmist, Mr Watson
said that the scale of the losses
might mean that reinsurance
capacity became "a problem"

where the Bahamas was con-
Prior to Wilma there were
no capacity concerns for this
nation, but the storm's impact
on Florida and this country
means that the Bahamas is like-
ly to be lumped in with the US
state when reinsurers assess the
likely risk hurricanes pose to
their exposure.
Bahamian general insurance
carriers yesterday told The Tri-
bune that it.was "too early to
judge" the level of insured
damages and claims likely to
come from Grand Bahama and
the northern Bahamas as a
result of Wilma, although they

were likely to be higher than
previously thought. Teams of
insurers and loss adjusters are
now making their way to the
islands to assess the situation.
Property insurance rates in
the Bahamas will have to
increase to compensate rein-
surers for the losses they have
sustained in this 2005 hurricane
season, and also to keep them
interested in writing business
in hurricane-prone zones such
as the Bahamas.
It is possible that some, burnt
by substantial losses this year
that have eroded their capital
base, may pull out of writing
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Bahamian general insurance
carriers are now going out to
meetings with reinsurers that
will largely determine the prop-
erty rates charged next year.
The Bahamian companies rely
heavily on reinsurers to share
the risk burden, due to their
relatively small capital bases,
and any reduction in capacity
could cause rates to increase.
Reinsurers themselves rely
heavily on other companies,
known as retrocession insur-
ers, to share their risks, and
there could also be a global
capacity problem here, as many
have also suffered from the
hurricane claims.
Another issue for the
Bahamas is the affordability of
property insurance, and the
risk that increasing numbers of
Bahamians will be unable to
insure or fully insure their
homes due to increasing costs.
The ability to obtain insur-
ance is vital for an economy to
function, as without it, banks
will not write loans because
they are not guaranteed.
Homeowners' insurance pre-
miums in the Bahamas are
between 1.2-1.6 per cent of the
rebuilding value of the prop-
erty concerned, a sum that
often takes up around three
weeks to a month of a person-
's annual salary. In the Cay-
man Islands, premiums are
double that.

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NFL hopeful lan Symonette

is honoured by the Texans

ST. PIUX'S all-American
offensive lineman and
Bahamian native Ian Symon-
ette was honoured at the
Houston Texans pre-game
Symonette, along with three
other high school standouts,
was recognised for represent-
ing Texas in the upcoming
U.S. Army All-American
Texans owner Bob McNair
and the Youth Football Out-
reach coordinator Ben Rose
presented the group with the
jerseys for the Army All-
American bowl and wished
them success with their colle-
giate careers.
"I wish all these kids the
best of luck with their college
careers; I hope to see them
playing professional some-

Bahamian recognised ahead of

US Army All-American bowl

Symonette said that, being
the first Bahamian selected to
the US Army All-American
Bowl and having the oppor-
tunity to possibly be the first
selected in the first round of
the NFL draft, has not influ-
enced him. He's just privileged
and grateful for having this

"I'm really honoured to
have even been selected to the
US Army All-American bowl,
and extremely appreciative to
the Texans for recognising me.

Coming into this season off
an injury last season, it is real-
ly encouraging for someone
to acknowledge all the hard
work I put in".
Symonette is considered
one of the top football
prospects in Texas and among
the top ten linemen in the US.
According to MSL Combines,
Symonette will be a NFL
prospect in five years and
should be heavily recruited by
the major division one schools.
A former student of St.
Augustine's College, Symon-
ette did not play football until
he was 16 and relocated to
Houston, Texas. Frank

Rutherford, Olympic bronze
medalist and Symonette's per-
sonal trainer, says his transi-
tion from high school football
to collegiate football should
be a smooth.

"Ian is a brilliant kid, I'm
extremely proud of how far
he has come. Ian and other
kids that are a part of the
Frank Rutherford foundation
are testament to the raw
talent available in the
Symonette says his college

selection process will be
a well thought through deci-
"I'm not just going to make
an arbitrary decision on which
school I'm going to attend. I
intend to weigh my options
and pick a school that has a
good educational program and
is known for producing quali-
ty football players".
At 7-1 and with two regu-
lar season games left, the St.
Piux Panthers are expected to
be contenders in the state and
regional finals. The Panthers
head of football, Robin Kirk,
says Symonette's performance
will be important to how well
his team play.
"This kid is unique his size
and quickness are anomalies,
whenever he is in a game for
us he dramatically impacts it.
"I have coached football
in Texas for 30 years and I
have never met a kid so gift-

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Junior Sports Reporter
THE fight for a profession-
al golf card will continue for
Bahamian Raquel Riley
despite the disappointment
she experienced at the Ladies
Professional Golf Associa-
tion (LPGA) qualifying tour-
Taking part in the two
LPGA qualifying tourna-
ments was a dream for Riley,
who just missed the cut in the
second rounds.
In the first round of play,
Riley was tied for 78th place
with 13 other players, with a
score of 40-38,78 +6. But her
score of 78-85, 163 in the sec-
ond round wasn't enough to
propel her into the third
The two qualifying tourna-
ments were held September
20th-23rd and October 4th-
7th the Futures Tourna-
ment is set for November
The qualifying tourna-
ments, which are divided into
two sectionals, all play 72
Only the top 30 players
and ties from the two tourna-
ments automatically qualify
for the Tour Qualifying at
the LPGA International.
Riley missed the cut by
eight shots in the first tourna-
ment and by seven shots in
the second.
Riley said: "I wasn't too
disappointed in missing the
cut in both tournaments,
actually I now know what I
have to do.
"It feels really good to par-
ticipate in the tournaments. I
was able to learn a lot...But
my downfall wasn't the fact
that I wasn't prepared for the
tournaments as far as ball
striking or a lack of practice
or not knowing how to play.
My major downfall came
when the pressure was
turned on.
"Not knowing how to play
under pressure was my major
fall. Because I really didn't
have the opportunity to play
that often as those girls com-
ing in from the United States,
playing week-in and week-
out. I don't have that many
Making preparations to
ensure that the next step for
qualification is in place,
Riley has opted to play in
several pick-up games, espe-
cially with male golfers.
She said: "It feels good to
know that I know exactly
where I am and what I need
to do. I am even more
inspired to keep trying now.
You don't learn much when
you win, sometimes losing
gives you that edge you need.
It gives you an opportunity
most of the winners won't
"Losing also gives you a
chance to correct the things
you made major errors on in
your game. It is good to win
and I know I am going to
experience that feeling in the
near future."
The Future's tournament
is plan A for Riley, but if that
plan falls through, she will
move to plan B on her agen-
da, the Monday tours.
The LPGA has designed
the Monday Qualifiers for all
amateur golfers who fell
short of qualifying for the
With several spots up for
grabs, the Monday qualifying
tournaments attract some of
the world's top players.
However, the qualifying
tournament doesn't open up
until May of next year.
Riley added: "The best
thing about the LPGA is that
they are always giving you
opportunities to qualify. I
can always go to the Monday
qualifying tournaments, but I
would love to make it at the
Futures Tournament.
"The competition at the
two qualifying tournaments
wasn't that stiff but it did get

a little bit rough at a certain
point. There were girls play-
ing who were really on top of
their game, having their
game done pack.
"If you look at the top of
the list those girls have tried
their hands at qualifying over
and over again, so it is their
time to be on top.
"All I have to do is be
patient and keep trying and
the experience that I have
will take me over the top."
Riley will leave for compe-
tition in the last leg of the
Future's tour on November
The tour features 18 tour-
naments in 13 states.



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Senior Sports Reporter
A-TOTAL of 16 schools have
confirmed their participation in
the Bahamas Softball Federa-
tion's Austin 'King Snake'
Knowles National High School
Softball Tournament that starts
at 4pm today at the Churchill
Tener Knowles National Soft-
ball Stadium.
However, the federation has
announced that the National
Round Robin Tournament for
its affiliated island associations
that was rescheduled for this
weekend will be put on hold
7mThe destruction left by Hur -
SBASKETBALLricane Wilma, especially in
Grand Bahama, has made it
By BRENT STUBBSimpossible for all of the associ-
Senior Sports ation championship teams, to
Reporter come down.
Hurricane Wilma, however,
ST. BEDE'S Crushers will has not affected the participat-
have a mammoth task on ing teams in the National High
their hands when they play School Tournament, although
the two -time defending it's not certain whether or not
the two-time defending the Grand Bahama teams will
:hampions St. Thomas compete anymore.
Cfore Sparks inu the opeterch'mpc
More Sparks in the opener Clifford'Butch'Scavalla, the
of the Catholic Primary director for the Austin Knowles
Schools basketball tourna- tourney, said: "We're anticipat-
ment. ing some keen competition,"
The tournament will get Scavalla stressed. "Last year,
underway today at 3.30 pm Nassau Christian Academy won
It St. Thomas More. The the tournament after Long
game will be played imme- Island had gone through the
liately following the official tournament undefeated.
"But, of course, this year, the
g ceremoniescompetition will come from St.
Charles 'Chuck' Mackey, Anne's, Kingsway in both divi-
the vice principal of the RM sions,'Eleuthera, who are in
bailey Secondary High both divisions as well as well
School and long-time coach as CR Walker and CC Sweet-
f the Pacers, will deliver g. They are the forces to reck-
the keynote addres ,rn. on with."

"So I expect a lot more
competition this year. I
haven't seen a lot of the
teams, but I know that Our
Lady's have a new coach in
Vincent 'Six' Knowles, so
they are expected to be very
While Knowles will be
making his debut with the
Blue Flames on Tuesday
against St. Cecilia's Strik-
ers, coached by N'Komo
Ferguson at St. Cecilia's,
second year coach Fawkes
will be taking on veteran
coach Delaney today.
Fawkes and the Crushers
finished last in the league
last year, but he has vowed
to turn things around and
make it into the playoffs
this year.
"I expect them to do
much better than last year
because I think the team is

* COACH Maurice Fawkes of St. Bede's Catholic Primary school gets his team together for the upcoming season.
(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune staff)

much stronger this year
than it was last year,"
Fawkes insisted.
"I see where they're play-
ing more together as a team
and we have a lot of players
who are not afraid to shoot,
where, compared to last
year, we were depending on
just one player."


Compared to his initial
appearance in the league
last year, Fawkes said he's
been able to work a lot
more on getting the players

primed and, so far, he's
been pleased with what he's
"This year, the team is
playing a lot tougher than
they were playing last year
because last year they were
more lackadaisical," he
"This, year, they're play-
ing tougher and they're run-
ning much more, which is
very good. I think that's our
strength. The team is run-
ning and they're playing
stronger and tougher."
The other teams entered
in the league are the St.

Francis/Joseph Shockers,
coached by Devon Johnson
and the Xavier's Green
Giants, coached by Nelson
'Mandella' Joseph.


Since the inception of the
tournament in 1989, St.
Francis/Joseph have won
more titles than everybody
They have clinched sev-
en, their first coming in
1992 before they won three
straight twice between 1996-
1998 and 2000-2002.

St. Bede's won the first
two titles and then took the
first three-peat from 1996-
1998. St. Thomas More will
be going for their first
three-peat after winning
their first two titles the last.
two years.
Our Lady's won their first
and only title in 1999 under
Mariska Stubbs, the first
female coach to win a title.
Xavier's won their only title
in 2003 in Joseph's first
St. Cecilia's is the only
school that hasn't won a

Here's how the teams are
stacked up in the various pools
in the two divisions:
Boys' Pool A NGM Major
from Long Island, Kingsway
Academy, Bishop Eldon from
Grand Bahama, Government
High, Queen's College, North
Eleuthera and CV Bethel.
Boys' Pool B Nassau Chris-
tian Academy, Catholic High,
St. John's College, Central
Eleuthera, Prince William,
North Andros and CR Walker.
Girls' Pool A Nassau Chris-
tian. Academy, Bishop Eldon,
Government High, North
Andros, Queen's College, St.
Anne's and CC Sweeting.
Girls' Pool B NMG, CR
Walker, Catholic High, Central
Eleuthera and Kingsway Acad-
As for the teams entered
from Grand Bahama, the most
severely hit island during the
passing of Hurricane Wilma on
Monday, Scavalla said they
haven't heard of any cancella-
tion of the teams from Grand
"Before the hurricane hit, we
had confirmation that they were
coming," Scavalla pointed out.
"But that's questionable in my
mind at this time. I'm not sure."
While he waits for their con-
firmation, Scavalla said the tour-
nament will get underway as
planned today at 4pm with CC
Sweeting taking on Govern-
ment High in the girls division.
The last of the six games
scheduled will be played
between CR Walker and Nas-
sau Christian Academy in the
boys division.


Andret puts

his art into

honouring forefathers

Sculptor creates

marble bust of

Sir Lynden Pindling

Tribune Feature Writer
BAHAMIAN sculptor,
Andret John has an ambitious
project in mind. He wants to
encourage !the art world to
tangibly honour Bahamian
forefathers with their talents.
In a sense, making art out of
national history.
While tributes to the
Bahamian island lifestyle and
landscape and other cultural
influences may be abundant,
they are, he believes, only
seen by a select group of peo-
ple who have an interest in
art. But this artist hopes to
create art that has relevance to
the masses.;
"Art, whether it be music,
painting, whatever, paves the
way for us. It's like the foun-
dation of evolution in terms
of culture, in terms of histo-
ry. I want what I'm doing to
be the beginning of a whole
different era in appreciating
Bahamian culture," he tells
Tribune Arts in an interview at
his Frederick Street studio.


John's very ambitious
dream is to one day construct
a fifty-foot sculpture of Sir
Lynden Pindling riding a drag-
on (representing oppression),
and clutching the mace in his
right hand. He wants the
Sculpture to be placed at the
centre of the roundabout at
the intersection of East Street
and the East West Highway,
,for every Bahamian and visi-
tor to see.
SThough this project may not
seem practical, John believes
that it will only take financial
support from corporate
Bahamas to make it a reality.
SThe idea did not however,
just come out of nowhere.
John traveled to Italy in
SMarch for a month-long work-
shop in constructing marble
sculptures, but returned with
much more than that. It was in

this "birthplace of the Renais-
sance" that the artist received
the inspiration for the Sir Lyn-
den sculpture-,I. ::-
John was already one week

"Art, whether it
be music, painting,
whatever, paves
the way for us.
It's like the
foundation of
evolution in terms
of culture, in
terms of history.
I want what' I'm
doing to be the
beginning of a
whole different
era in appreciating

Andret John

into his course at the ILL F
Geollotti Studio in Peitra San-
ta, Italy, when he took a tour
of Florence. He began to com-
pare it to the Bahamas, where
there are few monumental
sculptures of the nation's fore-
fathers and nation builders.
"In Italy, they deify every-
one, and it goes beyond nation
builders, their artist, their
poets, their everything, are
sculptures. And being so
immersed in this cultural
experience, this vibe, just
being there, it made me feel
like, hey, what can I do as an
artist for my country, for my
people. What can I do to rep-
resent my people, and who, if
there was one person?" John
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to Sir Lynden Pindling's
funeral and recalling the out-
pouring of affection from the
people, John chose the late
political leader to be his first
bust in marble. "So if it's any-
one that can be immortalised
in stone or in any form, I think
it should be Sir Lynden."
With that inspiration, he
returned to Peitra Santa where
he had his conch shell marble
project for the course virtually
complete. But feeling the need to
capitalize on what Florence
taught him, John decided to ask
for another piece of marble
which he would use to construct
the bust. His only source was a
photo of the subject in a book

that he had brought along solely
for reading purposes.
Out of a pile of marble blocks
that the owner showed him, John
chose a piece that had a crack in
it. This was a piece of marble
that none of the sculptors wanted
because of the obvious disad-
vantage. It was, says the artist,
"the quintessential stone that the
builders rejected."
Since the crack did not go all
the way through the marble,
John cut the split portion and
began his work, allowing the
piece to "speak" to him. It took
three days of working long hours
for the image of Sir Lynden to
begin taking form, which the
artist says is something out of the
ordinary. It usually takes longer
for an image to tAke shape.

"From my experience in work-
ing with wood, I know that the
principles don't change. You
have an idea in your head and
you just use that to guide you.
"You take off this bit, you take
off that bit. You materialize this
idea that you have in your head,
and then the marble or the mate-
rial speaks to you. It has an
image in it already. I prescribe
to that philosophy in sculpture
where the image already exists
in the material. You just have to
free it."
As one would imagine, there
was some degree of difficulty
touting this chunk of history, at
over 100 pounds, back home.
The shoulder straps of a carry-on
duffle bag that he transported
his unusual content in broke, and

had to be supported by the sec-
ondary hand straps. At some
points John had to literally drag
the bag along. Traveling with him
through Italy, and onto London,
the semi-finished piece finally
made its way to the Bahamas.
It would be six months, adding
the finishing touches and facial
details, before the bust of Sir
Lynden was complete. It now sits
in the showcase window of his
Frederick Street studio.
Unlike a painting that allows
the artist to add layers of paint if
something goes wrong, there is
no room for mistake when cre-
ating a sculpture, John said.
"Especially with marble, you
cannot make a mistake, which
was one aspect that made it
tedious. You can't take off too

much and then put it back on.
You have to be really focused
when dealing with this materi-
John's first bust in marble
marks his second bust altogether.
His first was a wooden bust of
legendary Bahamian musicians
and storyteller, the late Tony
McKay, also known as the
'Obeah Man'.
But the artist hopes to create
more busts in the future, begin-
ning with nation builders and lat-
er moving on to create figures of
other legendary musicians and
artists, in a variety of mediums
like wood, stone, marble, and
even bronze, which is a medium
that he has not tried yet.
As for his ambitious fifty-foot
sculpture, the artist says that any-

thing is possible once the money
is available.
And while national heroes can
be immortalized in paint, a sculp-
ture may be more effective in
capturing their essence, John
"I've spoken to a lot of the
sculptures in Italy, and it's some-
thing that I already knew but
they verified for me. They per-
ceive sculpture as the highest
form of art because it imitates
life. It imitates dimension.
"When you paint a picture you
are just dealing with two dimen-
sions. But when you sculpt, you
have to get the profile correct as
well as that front on. So you are
re-creating what the creator has
already created. It's almost

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Tribune Feature Writer
irst published in
1980, Kenyan
author, Ngugi wa
Gikuyu's novel,
"Devil on the Cross", portrays
a modern African society rid-
dled with corruption, injustice
and oppression. The author
wrote the novel on sheets of
toilet paper that he hid in his
prison cell during a one-year
imprisonment in 1977. He was
imprisoned without trial after
peasants and workers per-
formed his play, "Ngawhika
Ndeenda" (translated in Eng-
lish, "I Will Marry When I
Want"), in a communal the-
atre. Now the novel, "Devil
on the Cross", has made it to
Bahamian theatre in an adap-
tation by Bahamian play-
wright, Dr Ian Strachan. Dr
Strachan brings the work to
stage along with members of
Track Road Theatre and the
Drama Club of the College of
the Bahamas.
When you first hear that the
play is an adaptation of a
Kenyan novel, and based on
that culture, unless you have
some interest in African liter-
ature, you're left thinking that
this production really has no
place in Bahamian theatre.
Fortunately, as the scenes
unfold and the characters
develop, one sees its rele-
The themes within the play
are numerous. On one level,
viewers learn of the victimiza-
tion being dealt to the poor at
the hands of corrupt political
leaders and business owners.
And though you don't want
to accept it, it is easy to reflect
on how such blatant corrup-
tion and oppression can be a

part of any society.
Then there is the powerful
position held by the foreign-
ers, or the 'devil, as they are
referred to in the play.
Gikuyu's work examines how
these 'devils' are the true own-
ers of Kenyan society, and
how the businessmen and oth-
ers are mere puppets on a
string. Sadly though, many
Kenyans do not see their soci-
ety this way.
The story is enough to
enrage the viewer, when you
consider how wealthy
Kenyans are being used by the
devil to victimize their own
people, and as a result depre-
ciate their own society.
"Devil on the Cross" is also
a commentary on the fact that
the trickle down effect of
wealth is not a reality in many
On a social level, the pro-
duction highlights the oppres-
sion of young women. The
oppression in the Kenyan soci-
ety comes at, the hands of the
old men who own most of the
wealth. The national contri-
bution of young Kenyan
women is basically to be
someone's "sugar girl" (sweet-
heart), as they are preyed
upon by these old men.
Here we see the oppression
of Jacinta (played by Cassan-
dra Collie), a young girl who
finds herself a victim of one
particular old man. She man-
ages to flee the situation, and
eventually moves on to find
true love. But in an interesting
and unexpected plot twist, Jac-
inta finds herself once again
face-to-face with this man.
The play contains illustra-
tions of authentic excerpts
from the novel. It runs at the
Dundas Centre for the Per-
forming Arts through the

* CASSANDRA Collie (left) plays Jacinta a young girl who finds herself
a victim of one particular old ian, Boss Kihara, played by Copelin Pratt.

arts' brief

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 Chip-
pingham, 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 visit popop-
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 Bahamas. It fea-
tures signature pieces from
the national collection,
including recent acquisi-
tions by Blue Curry, Anto-
nius Roberts and Dionne
Benjamin-Smith.Call 328-
5800 to book tours.

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aggNWWW i: & Restaurants :il

Celebrities on Stage: Elton John, Cher, Bette
Midler, Barbara Streisand and Neil Diamond all
in one theatre or at least that's what one might
think when sitting down for Celebrities on Stage,
a new show opening at the Crystal Palace Casino
this month. In reality, the 'stars' on stage are actu-
ally the Edwards Twins two celebrity imperson-
ators that look and sound like over 100 super-
stars. Celebrities on Stage plays Tuesday through
Saturday at 8:30pm at the Rainforest Theatre,
Crystal Palace Casino. For tickets call the the-
atre box office, 327-6200 ext. 6758.
Bacardi Happy Hour @ Power Boat Adventures
Bar and Grill (one door east of Texaco Harbour
Bay), every Friday. $3 Bacardi drinks all night
and $3 beers.

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

Wild Jungle, each and every Wednesday night @
Club Trappers, Nassau's "upscale" gentleman's
club. Featuring a female body painting extrava-
ganza. Free body painting @ 8 pm. Ladies always
welcome. Admission: Men free before 10 pm.
Females free. There will be free food and hors
d'oeuvres between 9 and 10 pm. Open until 4 am.
Ladies Night @ Fluid Lounge, this and every
Thursday night. Doors open at 10pm. Ladies free
before lam,.$10 after. Guys: $15 all night. Drink
special: 3 @ $10 (Bacardi) Giveaways and door
prizes every week.

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

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

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

Hump Day Happy Hour @ Topshotters Sports
Bar every Wednesday 5pm-8pm. Free appetizers
and numerous drink 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 id
the Main Lounge, neon lights and Go Go dancers.
Admission: Ladies free before 11pm, $15 after;
Guys $20 all night.

Dicky Mo's @ Cable Beach. Flavoured Fridays
Happy 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 admis-
sion) every Saturday with live music from 8 pm to
midnight. Karaoke Sundays from 8pm to mid-
night, $1 shots and dinner specials all night long.

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

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

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

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

Morgan Heritage

live in concert

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It's on for one night only in New
Providence and Freeport. Yes, Mor-
gan Heritage will be performing live
in concert with special guest Marion
"Ganja Farmer" Asher at Club
Amnesia in Freeport on Friday, October 28,

TooLooSe @ Indigo Restaurant on West Bay St
and Skyline Drive. Singer/songwriter Steven Hold-
en performs solo with special guests Thursday
from 9pm midnight.
The Graham Holden Deal @ The Green Par-
rot....David Graham, Steve Holden, Tim Deal
and Friends perforniSunday, 7pm 10pm @ Hur-
ricane Hole on Paradise Island.

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

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.
TiThe Arts

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, Mar-
ket St, runs through October 30. Gallery hours
9.30am 4.30pm.

Bahamiam filmmaker Maria Govan will speak
on the topic New Directions in Filmmaking in
the Bahamas on Thursday, October 27, 6.30pm @
the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, West
and West Hill Sts. Maria will talk about process;
how each film experience has informed others
and how making documetaries has provided her
with a wealth of insight that has inspired her to
begin harnessing her own voice as a director who

General Admission $25
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and at Club Eclipse in Nassau on Saturday,
October 29.
So don't miss the main event. Tickets avail-
able @ The Juke Box, Mall at Marathon,
Centreville Wholesale Liquors and Gizmos
and Gadgets.

is ready to take Bahamian film to the world state.
The talk' is part of the gallery's Narrow Focus
series. Admission: Free.

The National Collection @ the National Art
Gallery of the Bahamas, an exhibition that takes
the viewer on a journey through the history of
fine art in the Bahamas. It features signature
pieces from the national collection, including
recent acquisitions by Blue Curry, Antonius
Roberts and Dionne Benjamin-Smith. Call 328-
5800 to book tours. This exhibition closes Febru-
ary 28, 2006.

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

Pre & Post Natal Fitness Classes are being held
6:30pm Tuesdays and Thursdays at Nassau gym-
Nastics Seagrapes location (off Prince Charles
Drive). Doctor approval is required. Call 364-
8423 to register or for more information.

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

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

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

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

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

CMC Clubs
The Nassau Bahamas Alumnae chapter of Delta
Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated meets 6:30
,pm every third Wednesday at the Bahamas
National Pride Building.
Toastmasters Club 3596 meets at the British Colo-
nial Hilton Monday's at 7pm.

The Bahamas Historical Society will host a meet-
ing at 6pm on Thursday, October 27 at the Muse-
um on Shirley Street and Elizabeth Avenue. Dr
Keith Tinker, Director, Antiquities, Monuments
and Museum, and Mr Pericles Maillis will speak
on Clifton Plantation, including the cultural aspect,
new archaeological finds and the current efforts to
save this important historical site. The general
public is invited to attend.

Toastmasters Club 1095 meets Tuesday, 7.30pm @
C C Sweeting Senior School's Dining Room, Col-
lege Avenue off Moss Road. Club 9477 meets
Friday, 7pm @ Bahamas Baptist Community Col-
lege Rm A19, Jean St. Club 3956 meets Thursday,
7.30pm @ British Colonial Hilton. Club 1600
meets Thursday, 8.30pm @ SuperClubs Breezes.
Club 7178 meets Tuesday, 6pm @ The J Whit-
ney Pinder Building, Collins Ave.
Club 2437 meets every second, fourth and fifth
Wednesday at the J Whitney Pinder Building,
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
Tuesday, 6.30pm @ Atlantic House, IBM Office,
4th floor meeting room.

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

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

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

International Association of Administrative Pro-
fessionals, Bahamas Chapter meets the third
Thursday of every month @ Superclubs Breezes,
Cable Beach, 6pm.
AMISTAD, a Spanish club meets the third Friday
of the month at COB's Tourism Training Centre
at 7pm in Room 144 during the academic year.
The group promotes the Spanish language and
culture in the community.

Send all your civic and social events to The
Tribune via fax: 328-2398 or e-mail:

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who watches, "Into The
Blue", there will be many
obvious points of refer-
ence to the Bahamas,
from Kalik beer, to the attire worn
by some of the cast.
But for those viewers who are intent
in their search for even the smallest
reference to the Bahamas, they should
not miss the music of Bahamian rap-
per, D Bo, booming in the back-
ground. In a scene where actors are
dancing in a club (Waterloo), movie-
goers hear "VIP", the popular song
by the rap artist, loud and clear.
Producers of the movie were
approached by D Bo's managers after
they expressed interest in having
young Bahamian musical talent fea-
tured in the film. They heard his work
and soon the artist, who is now work-
ing on his second album, "My Mother,

My Money, My Music", was in.
The full impact of what has hap-
pened to his career hasn't hit D Bo
yet, however. "I knew that I was going
to have my music in the movie, but I
didn't know that they were going to
put it on the soundtrack. I was even
more excited when I found out that I
was going to be paid for it, so ya' know
that was also something to be happy
While the artist says that he doesn't
like 'talking numbers', he did disclose
that the "Into The Blue" cheque is
his largest yet.
Having his song featured on an
international soundtrack and movie, is
pretty good for a 21-year old, up and
coming artist, especially since no
Bahamian, since BahaMen, has done
so in recent years.
D Bo's song and style is not the typ-
ical island music, nor does it address
the typical subject matter you'd expect
to come out of the islands. "VIP",
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Leaving behind his legal studies at
the College the Bahamas (COB) to
follow rap, the artist admits that music
was not always his interest. In fact, he
was never a music fan at all until a
friend, he describes as a "hip-hop
head", introduced him to rap at age
15. He would constantly join
impromptu freestyle battles around
school to polish his skills. But that
would be the extent of D Bo's public
exposure however, until his mother
made that 'in the right place at the
right time' connection for him.
Eating in a restaurant, she over-
heard 'Reality' of 100 Jamz and
friends talking about how they were
looking for new talent. So she walked
over, told them about her rap star-
hopeful son, and they agreed to hear
him. After appearing on Reality's
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who wanted to spit their vocals on air,
and receiving rave reviews for his per-
formance, D Bo was in the recording
The artist has since recorded a num-
ber of projects, including his debut
album, and a "Bahamian Hot Mix"
tape where he presents original lyrics
to a variety of popular beats. The
record is also being sold in the United
Asked whether he will quit rapping
any time soon, D Bo told Tribune
Entertainment that he sees recording
music as a foot in the door. He wants
to use music as a means of getting into
other business ventures. And while
the exact plan for these businesses
may not be sketched out in their
entirety, if you picture American
artists like P Diddy, Jay Z, Nelly and
50 Cent, who have all made names
for themselves as entrepreneurial
giants and business moguls, it's easy to
see what D Bo hopes to accomplish in
the long run.

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Tribune Movie Writer
The psychological
thriller appears to be the
latest fad in.Hollywo-od
thisyear. The Jacket, Tdhe
"orotten, Hide tndi Sek
and Flightplan have all
kept audiences guessing
whether everybody's dead,
nobody's dead, some-
body's mad, somebody's a
ghost or it's all a dream -
with varying levels of suc-
Stay treads much the
same path as those movies
while borrowing heavily
from others (to say exactly
what ones would give too
much away) and, although
it doesn't quite work, there
is enough going on to mer-
it a look.
Ewan McGregor is Sam
Foster, an eccentrically-
dressed psychiatrist with a
penchant for half-mast
trousers. When his latest
patient Henry (Gosling)
tells him of his plans to
commit suicide, Sam finds
himself in a race against
time to save the troubled
young man.
SSeem simple enough?
Maybe on paper, but
Stay's director Marc Foster
insists on confusing cam-
era angles, ghostly reflec-
tions and a bizarre editing
technique which suggests
there's something other-
worldly going on.
Are Sam and Henry the
same person? Is everybody
dead? Is nobody dead?
You get the picture.
It's far from perfect -
McGregor phones in his
part and the visuals begins
to grate after a while but
there are some plus points
to keep you entertained
while you wait for the big
Ryan Gosling gives a
superbly understated per-
formance and is surely
now knocking on the A-
list door. His neurotic, dis-
turbed character could eas-
ily have lapsed into an
overacting master class,
but he manages to hold
our attention by keeping
it all under wraps.
And there's a great
nightmarish scene when
Sam visits Henry's mother
in her desolate house,
which will leave no spine
If you fancy a bit of low-
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Tribune Feature Writer
MAYBE my nose and other
senses are clogged, but I'm still
trying to figure out just what
the Rock is cooking in this film.
The movie turns out to be a
creatively clumsy, yet visually
entertaining, adaptation of the
Mars-saving video game,
Movie makers have for some
time been trying to cash in on
the fear of slip-ups caused by
genetic manipulation. So if
you've ever watched 28 Days
Later, or Resident Evil, you
know the skeleton for Doom.
But on the bright side, Doom
manages to stay faithful to its
inspiration with similar gross
effects, a plethora of outra-
geous weaponry, and as many
gory creatures as in the video
game (in the movie the crea-
tures are the result of some
genetic mishap by scientists,
while in the game they're from


fight sequence near the end of
the movie creates one of the
most uncomfortable big screen
moments I've ever experi-
enced. After being injected
with a chromosomal super-
powerade, the Reaper (Urban)
becomes our unlikely hero, and
begins to kick alien butt. But
the viewer is really behind the
weapons, and somehow you're
left feeling as if you need a joy-
stick, or maybe they want you
to wear 3-D specs. Unfortu-
nately, to those who don't love
video games, the sequence
comes off as a silly movie
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not much character develop-
ment and the movie is filled
with lazy humour. Finally, you
have the lame explanation for
the human mutation and sci-
entific mayhem that you've
been seeing, but it leaves view-
ers with that "is this the best
they could come up with" reac-
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down, the lackluster movie fur-
ther buries itself with a very
abrupt end.
But as far as graphics go,
Doom does justice to the
movie industry, with no cheap
shots for the viewer. The movie
is a beauty to look at, with a
few scenes to make you jump,
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