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Former prime

minister to contest

FNM leadership

FORMER prime minister
Hubert Ingraham was nominat-
ed to loud applause to contest the
leadership of the FNM, raising
supporters' hopes yesterday that
by the end of Thursday's FNM
elections he will again be party
Also nominated to contest the
leadership were incumbent Tom-
my Turnquest, who has led the
party for the past three years, and
former FNM- education minister
Dion Foulkes.
Late last night former deputy
prime minister Frank Watson was
conducting a poll among voting
delegates to determine who could
be the winner of Thursday's lead-
ership fight. It was expected to
be completed by early today.
Although last night's delegates
were putting their bets on Mr
Ingraham, some political
observers were of the opinion
that Mr Turnquest could still win.
They say Mr Turnquest has
hind-picked five delegates for
each of the 40 constituencies, and
stands to control the majority of
those 200 possible votes.
Two persons opposed Mr
Ingraham's nomination.
They argued that, based on the
contentious situation surround-
ing the Ingraham nomination,
the former prime minister should
be present to accept the dele-
gates' vote of confidence.
However, others argued that
this was not a requirement under

the FNM constitution and there
was no need to break from tradi-
tion or create a new rule.
In a letter to party chairman
Carl Bethel, Mr Ingraham apolo-
gised for not being present for
the nominations. He said that he
had a previous engagement,
which made his presence impos-
sible. However, he said that if he
were nominated, he would accept
the nomination. He also said that
he had not authorised anyone to
seek to withdraw his name from
consideration. He further under-
took that if elected party leader
by a majority of votes over the
other contenders he would serve
the party as leader to the best of
his ability.
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U FNM LEADER Tommy Turnquest and wife Shawn greet delegates last night at the opening of the FNM convention.
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FNM leader Senator Tom-
my Turnquest said he is dis-
appointed in former prime
minister Hubert Ingraham for
not keeping his promise that
he would not be running for
the party leadership.
Speaking with The Tribune
yesterday, Mr Turnquest said
he was contacted by Mr Ingra-
ham on Sunday when he was
told by the former prime min-
ister that he would be making
a public statement to the effect
that he had no desire to lead
the FNM once again.
However, Mr Ingraham
issued a press release on Mon-
day stating that, although he
had no desire to run as leader
of the party, if the people
wanted him to lead he "would
"I was very disappointed in
the statement. Mr Ingraham
SEE page 10

ELEUTHERA has record-
ed its first murder of the year
with the stabbing death of a
34-year-old resident.
At about 9pm Monday two
men got into a heated argu-
ment at a Savannah Sound

in one of the men being
stabbed several times.
The victim was taken to the
local clinic where he was pro-
nounced dead.
Police are withholding the
victim's identity pending offi-

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In an interview with The
Tribune yesterday, Wendall
Deveaux, officer-in-charge of
the Eleuthera division, said
police are conducting prelim-
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Torchbearers president:

Turnquest can beat Ingraham

* FNM Leader Tommy Turnquest greets FNM supporters at yesterday's convention.
(Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune staff)

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Tribune Staff Reporter
TOMMY Turnquest can
beat Hubert Ingraham,
according to Torchbearers
Association president David
In a candid interview with
The Tribune yesterday, Mr
Jordine said FNM leader
Tommy Turnquest has
enough support within the
party to retain his position
in the face of a challenge
from former prime minister
"He (Turnquest) has had
three and a half years to
work with the FNM council.
He has definitely showed the
FNM council and the wider
community that he is a

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strong leader and that he is
ready to take up the mantle
and return good governance
to this country," he said.
Mr Jordine said that he
does not believe that Mr
Ingraham would have sup-
ported Mr Turnquest in the
run up to the last election if
he did not feel he had what it
takes to govern. '
"The mere fact that he
supported Tommy for leader
in 2001 is a huge recommen-
dation that Tommy is the
man to restore and retain
good governance in this
country," he said.
On Tuesday, FNM dele-
gates convened for the par-
ty's convention at the Wynd-
ham Nassau Resort. On
Thursday the delegates will
vote to elect the party's offi-

Mr Jordine confirmed that
he and the Torchbearers
Association as a whole has
decided to support Tommy
Turnquest to maintain the
leadership position of the
party. He said the associa-
tion, which is the youth arm
of the FNM, sees Mr Turn-
quest as a member of the
new generation of political
This, however, has not
always been the case.
Mr Jordine told The Tri-
bune in October that the
association as a group had
not yet decided who they
would back for party leader.
He said at the time that
there were both supporters
of Mr Turnquest and Dion
Foulkes within the organisa-
"He (Turnquest) over the
past three and a half years
has stood his ground. He has

Association president
David Jordine.

shown that he is a strong:
"He has persevered and
has taken all the bruises for
the party when persons.
thought that it was a disgrace"
to be an FNM.
"He stood bold to the pub'-'
lic and took the blows for the
entire party. I think that in,
itself is deserving of a sec-,
ond stint to vie for leader-
ship," he said.
According to Mr Jordine,
there is no question that Mr
Turnquest retaining his posi-
tion as leader would be ini
the best interest of the youth
arm of the party.
"By him being a former
Torchbearer president will.
indicate not only to the
Torchbearers, but to young
persons across the length and
breadth of this country, that
our political organisation can
produce leaders and prime
"That is very important to
the Torchbearers.
"A Tommy Turnquest as
leader and prime minister is
in the best interest of the
Torchbearers. It is an indi-
cation of what the Torch-
bearers can produce and
what the FNM can produce,"
said Mr Jordine.

Tumrnquest: we

are preparing for

a 'great victory'

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Free National Movement political party is preparing for'a
"great victory", with me as their leader, incumbent leader Tommy
Turnquest said last night.
Speaking at the opening of the FNM Convention last night, Mr
Turnquest, said that "tonight, I stand before you as the leader of this
great party, as we prepare the campaign for the next general elec-'
"We are preparing for a great victory. We are preparing to restore
good government to our people," he said.
According to Mr Turnquest, despite the party's defeat in 2002, the,,
FNM party is preparing for a "great win" in the upcoming elections.,
"I have never taken this responsibility lightly," he said. "After our
election defeat in 2002, I travelled throughout every island in our -
country, and assured FNMs that although we were cast down, we
were not cast out."
"We were then despondent, but not destitute. We were crucified,
but we are now preparing for a resurrection. And, very shortly, we
shall rise again!"

Mr Turnquest explained that: "Despite our tireless efforts and suc-
cesses, we suffered a humiliating defeat. Over the course of the past.
three years we have examined our tenure, and we have taken
responsibility for the mistakes that were made," he said.
"Today, the choice is clearer than ever. Now, after only three years
of government by the so-called New PLP, Bahamians everywhere
appear to be disappointed, dissatisfied, and thousands feel totally
abandoned, betrayed and neglected."
According to Mr Turnquest, Bahamians are now aware "that it
takes more than a 'junkanoo shuffle' to run this great country and
usher in a time of prosperity and plenty.
"They now realize that talk is cheap, but like our forefathers
knew, actions do speak louder than words. The time of decision for
the future of our country is upon us," he said.
"It must be a decision for change, and a strategy for victory. It is
a decision that calls for the skills, talents and aspirations of all
Bahamian sons and daughters, to awaken their potential to embrace
the many dimensions of this great little country."
"The people of the Bahamas hunger for a decisive change in the
direction and quality of their governance. Like me, they see the big
picture, a picture where we are the owners and drivers of our econ-
omy; where we are the masters of our destiny."

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*i.THE recent Hurricane
Wil]ia served to highlight
everything that is so "terribly
wrofig about this PLP govern-
menat," said FNM chairman
CarfBethel at the party's con-
vention last night.
He said that although "every
projection of the path of that
storai placed it over Nassau or
Frqport" it was not until the
day,,before the storm hit
Freeport that the government
issitied any kind of warning to
'MThe prime minister made a
half-hearte : statement about
closing government offices and
public schools on Sunday after-
noon. The storm hit Monday
morning people in low lying
areas were not properly or ade-
quately prepared and no real
efforts were made to evacuate
people in the Eight Mile Rock
constituency," he said.

ITHE government still has
not accounted to Bahamians for
the spending of the hurricane
relief money raised after Hur-
ricapes Jeanne and Frances, last
year', said FNM chairman Carl
Bethel at the party's conven-
tion last night.
"This time they cannot even
fix their mouths to go to the
business community to ask for
more donations," he said.
Mr Bethel criticized Prime
Minister Perry Christie for
going to Eight Mile Rock the
day after the hurricane with "his
hands swinging."
'It was because even with
more than a full week's warning
of the likely places of impact of
the. storm, the government still
had not proportioned or put
any hurricane relief supplies in
place," the chairman said..

DESPITE the PLP claims
of having caused economic
growth in the Bahamian econ-
omy last year unemployment
remains at 10.2 per cent.
The statement was made by
FNM chairman Carl Bethel at
the party's convention last
"The survey indicates that
average household income actu-
ally fell lasF year by an average
of $735 in ry household in the
"Bahamians are earning less
money than they made last
year. Ordinary Bahamians are
actually gcting poorer by the
thousands under the Perry
Christie PLP government. The
middle class is shrinking and
the misery index is at an all time
high," Mr Bethel said.
He said that it is clear that
the PLP do not have any plans
to stimulate job creation to
expand Bahamian ownership in
the Bahamian economy and to
empower Bahamians to help

THE Supreme Court is
overburdened by criminal cases
yet out of the ten supreme court
judges only two are assigned to
preside over criminal trials,
FNM chairman Carl Bethel said
at the party's convention last
-'There is only one supreme
court judge in all of Grand
Bahama, who has to do both
criminal and civil work when
there should be two judges.
This unacceptable situation has
led to an ever increasing back-
log of criminal cases which sim-
ply cannot be heard by the
overburdened judges of the
Supreme Court," said Mr

U THE cost for restoration
and reconstruction in Grand
Bahama from Hurricane Wilma
will be far greater than the com-
bined costs that resulted from
hurricanes Jeanne and Frances,
said Lindy Russell, Eight Mile
Rock MP. He said that 350 peo-
ple were left displaced by
ilhna compared to the 50 peo-
ple displaced by each storm last
year. Mr Russell thanked the
many people who responded
positively in the aftermath of
the storm.

Lindy Russell told dele-
gates attending the FNM con-
vention that the PLP govern-
ment's poor planning and
improper management of
school facilities has resulted in
students losing an inordinate
amount of learning hours.
, He also said that as a result of

the lack of proper safety and
security programmes on the
school campus, crime will con-
tinue to escalate.

Split between Thrnquest,

Ingraham 'indicates

a generation gap'


SOME delegates attending the
first active day of the FNM con-
vention told The Tribune yester-
day that the split in the party
between supporters of Tommy
Turnquest and Hubert Ingraham
indicates not only a generation gap
in the party, but also in the political
climate of the country.
Younger delegates said they
believe they would have a better
chance to participate in the party
with a younger leader at the helm.
Speaking with The Tribune
before entering the convention
floor yesterday, Mr Turnquest said
he represents the next generation of
"I believe that I represent the
next generation of people when we
talk about the successive genera-

tion. I share their ambitions, their
dreams, their passion, and their
vision. I believe that the conven-
tion delegates will show me that on
Thursday," he said.
Mr Turnquest said he has been
an active part of the FNM since
1981, and has served in numerous
capacities; thus the fact of him being
"ready" should not even be ques-
"I was a part of the party from
1981 when I was president of the
Torchbearers Association, in the
intimate parts of the party. I am

FNM leader Tommy Turnquest (left) in deep discussion with
FNM chairman Carl Bethel at yesterday's convention.
(Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune staff)

Musgrove to offer himself

as Exuma Cays candidate

Tribune Staff Reporter

FNM deputy secretary-general
Anthony Musgrove has announced
that he will offer himself as a can-
didate for the Exuma Cays con-
As the FNM's convention got
underway yesterday with nomina-
tions for the party's leadership,
delegates began to make their
future intentions clear.
Mr Musgrove, a native Exumi-
an, told The Tribune yesterday that
he is "very much ready" to enter
the race for the Exuma seat, which
is currently held by deputy speak-
er of the House of Assembly
Anthony Moss.
Addressing FNMs at the Wynd-
ham Nassau Resort and Crystal
Palace last night, Mr Musgrove
said that Exuma though fortu-
nate to have a strong economy FNM deputy
needs "capable, compassionate secretary-general
and knowledgeable political rep- Anthony Musgrove
He said that there is still much to be done to solve some of the
problems currently plaguing the island.
"While our future is promising, I don't believe that we will get in this
term as promised the master harbour to accommodate cruise ships, the
fast ferry between Nassau and the Exuma Cays and the primary school
in George Town as promised by the Christie administration," he said.

To address some of the island's challenges, Mr Musgrove proposed
to establish an "Exuma institute for sustainable development."
Such a facility, he said, would bring investors and representatives of
the local and the central governments together to implement projects
from which all stakeholders could benefit.
"Imagine the net effect of being able to pool resources," he said.
Mr Musgrove said that under FNM leadership, the people of Exuma
will be afforded the opportunity to have a higher standard of living -
"if they are prepared to work at it"- and not as the 'result of govern-
ment handouts.
Mr Musgrove appealed to his fellow FNM members to "use our col-
lective energy, skills and resources" to fight crime, unemployment
and the problem of illegal immigration.
He added that the FNM will also bring more focus to the educational
"(We need) political representation that will ensure that all Exumians
- whether rich or poor, educated or uneducated, born there or moved
there are all able to live out their dream of self-advancement, self-
improvement and self-empowerment," he said.

now leader of the party.
"I served as a cabinet minister.
For nine and a half years I served as
cabinet minister. At what point am
I not ready? I paid my dues," he
Don Saunders, council repre-
sentative for Adelaide agreed that
there was a generation gap within
the party and in the leadership of
the country as a whole.
"I feel as though there has to be
a good balance in the party with
both the younger leaders and the
senior. But in terms of the younger
leaders, they have to be wise,
mature and capable. Young per-
sons such as myself feel that we
need them (the senior leaders) to
help to us in terms of their much
needed experience, wisdom and
"From speaking to other younger
persons, I' learnt that they want
younger leaders, but they do
respect the older leaders and want
them to share their wisdom and to
lend a helping hand to us," he said.


Carl Bethel, the current chair-
man of the FNM, said it would be
important for all potential candi-
dates to strike "the right balance"
between experience, inexperience,
age, and youth, in order for the par-
ty to put its "best foot" forward.
He said, however, that he does
not think there is a "generational
conflict" in the FNM.
However, another executive
council member maintains that
there is a generation gap in the
leadership of the country, and that
with this in mind, younger voters
may be looking for a candidate that
they can "relate to" in a leader.
"I think there is a generation gap
in this country. I think the world
leaders are getting younger if you
look the Caribbean, par-
ticularly the eastern Caribbean. If
you look at the US and even the
eastern states most of the world
leaders are in there fifties.
"I think that because of the glob-
al demands many young people are
looking for someone they can relate
to in a leader. I believe that if the
Bahamas has a policy of retiring
civil servants at 65 we ought not to
be putting leaders in the office close
to or at that age.
"I believe this country once again
has to return to its young to take
care of it," he said.


K g'a Ete iatp

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE buzz at the 2005 FNM con-
vention is definitely the three-way
leadership race between current
leader Tommy Turnquest, former
prime minister Hubert Ingraham
and former education minister Dion
Foulkes who were all nominated
Ending months of speculation
about Mr Tumquest's ability to lead
the party and submitting to a public
outcry for his return, Mr Ingraham
finally agreed to accept the leader-
ship if nominated by delegates.
The Tribune spoke with a num-
ber of parliamentary hopefuls on
convention floor yesterday who
agreed that although all three can-
didates have a strong background
with the party, and parliamentary
and government experience, the
deciding factor will be the candi-
date who can best unify the party
before the general election.
It was this lack of unity, many
FNM's said, that caused their
resounding defeat in May 2002. Par-
ty members stressed that they will
not let this be a factor at the polls
Sidney Collie, who plans to offer
himself as a candidate for Adelaide,
said, "When the party walks out
of this convention, we are walking
out as a strong party."
He said this will be regardless of
who is elected leader. "All of them
are seasoned FNMs and have

served in the highest offices of the
party. None of them is a Johnny-
Come-Lately and anyone of them
could serve as party leader," he
Mr Collie said that what will
swing the votes is' the candidate who
can mobilise the delegates .
"You will see some real politick-
ing with the nitty-gritty going on
Thursday. This is democracy like
you have never seen it before," he
Ramona Farquharson, who plans
to run in Kennedy in 2007 as a first
time candidate, agreed that the
entire process is just democracy at
"It is very healthy and the thing
that people are missing is that
Hubert is a great man, Tommy is a
great man and Dion is great and so
it speaks volumes that three great
and outstanding politicians and
statesmen wish to represent and
lead the Free National Movement.
Certainly you do not see that in
other parties."
Ms Farquharson added: "When
you look at the major players (in
the leadership) race they are mature
politicians and they are persons who
have sacrificed for the Free Nation-
al Movement. They put the party
before themselves and so certainly
after the results come in they are
going to rally and support because
they understand what the goal of
the Free National Movement is and
that is to win the next general elec-

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Limits to vendors working on beaches

THE Tribune has a letter to the editor that
will not be published in full because the writer
is too far off base in many of his accusations.
In other words there is no truth in much of
what he says.
However, we shall deal with the main
thrust of his letter which seems to be a com-
plaint that vendors are not allowed to peddle
their wares to tourists on Paradise Island
He seems to forget that tourism is the
lifeblood of this country and that tourists
don't come here to escape city life only to be
harassed by beach vendors.
As Angela Cleare, senior director of prod-
uct development at the Ministry of Tourism
told the press last week: "Crime is not a
major problem in connection with tourism
-the major problem is harassment."
"Our main problem is the aggressiveness
of the persons who are supposed to be mak-
ing money from tourists. They approach the
*tourists so aggressively and I think there is a
lot of fear," said ASP Christopher Rahming,
who heads the newly launched Tourism
Patrol Unit.
The following is what Paul Rolle of the
Englerston United Organisation had to say in
r;his October 26 letter to the editor about the
'tight of vendors to Paradise Island beach:
W "hen it comes to the beaches my under-
standing is that the beaches of The Bahamas
are public all over 700 islands, but when it
comes to Atlantis you are always told that the
beach is private." said Mr Rolle. "That's an
argument that needs some answers. I have
seen Atlantis Security and Police Officers
physically remove beach vendors from the
beach that they claim is private.
"My understanding about the beach laws
are that the ocean to the sand to the high
water mark is public. But according to
Atlantis, Pirates Cove and the old Holiday
Inn beach I was told by Atlantis Security
and the police that this beach is owned by
"I remember from childhood all Bahami-
ans were allowed to swim on the Holiday
Inn Beach and Cabbage Beach, but now
Atlantis is locking you up from entering these
beaches. The beach vendors are catching hell
over on the supposed to be public beach. All
beach vendors are licensed to operate on the
"To get a government licence you must

attend the Ministry of Tourism's SMART
class but even then you are still not respect-
ed by Atlantis. They don't work with the
vendors in full. They tell all guests not to
bring money to the beach; they can charge
everything they purchase. Atlantis knows
that the poor vendors on the beach only
accept cash, so telling the guest not to bring
cash to the beach is wrong, very wrong. The
bottom line is we need help from the gov-
ernment and concerned citizens of The
There are two points here. The first is that
Paradise Island beach down to the high water
mark is owned by Kerzner International.
Secondly, the public has access to Paradise
Island beach for recreational, but not com-
mercial purposes.
In fact Kerzner International has erected
three "Public Access" signs with arrows
directing the public to Paradise Island beach.
Also taxis line one of the access areas near the
Riu hotel (the former Sheraton) to pick up
tourists coming from the beach. We under-
stand that they make good fares in this area.
Every year Kerzner International sends
an application to the Ministry of Trade and
Industry-Valuation/Business Licence section
to renew the licences of more than 40 beach
vendors, including hairbraiders, so that they
can legally operate on its beach in front of its
hotel. An application is also made for anoth-
er 30 to operate at Cabbage Beach.
But there is a limit to the number of ven-
dors that the beach can accommodate with-
out creating a nuisance for the resort's guests.
The hotel cannot accept anyone who feels
that he or she has an entitlement to the
beach. Nor can any other ministry give per-
mission for a vendor to operate on the hotel's
property without the hotel's express permis-
sion. Nor do the vendors, who are already
licensed to work the beach, want any more-
competition than they already have.
During the recent staff reorientation pro-
gramme at Atlantis the hairbraiders and ven-
dors were invited to participate in an attempt
to raise them to the standard expected of an
Atlantis resort employee.
So to answer Mr Rolle, no beach is off-lim-
its to the public for recreational purposes,
but no one is entitled to, walk onto private
property and feel that just because they are a
Bahamian they have a right to set up a stall
and start trading.

Facing the

truth of the

oil situation

EDITOR, The Tribune
I DO not know how soon it
will happen, but I believe that
our country is about to reach
that place where those who lead
this nation are about to be
blessed with the realization that
there are other kinds of pover-
Minister James Smith
informed us that the govern-
ment is not able to make any
adjustments to the mechanisms
that control how much is paid
for fuel at the pump. Then
Leslie Miller stated that it was
something put in place by the
previous administration; you
would think that a PLP admin-
istration would be able to make
a change or adjustment.
Back to the poverty issue. It
would seem that this adminis-
tration has lost the ability to
think and that they are poverty
stricken when it comes to ideas.
Mr Smith admits that in a sense
the money is already allocated

or spent, but what happens if
not enough gasoline is sold?
The tail cannot be allowed to
wag the horse! If the people
cannot move, the economy
slows down.
There seems to be a preoc-
cupation with revenue and jobs,
but I do not think we listened to
Julian Francis as he made his
final address as Central Bank
Governor; he brought up the
issue of "negative develop-
ments" and this is what is hap-
pening in this country across the
If the price of gasoline gets
too high, people will not buy as
much as they normally do. If
this happens, they won't use
their vehicles as much and they
will either walk more or stay

Then the merchandise will'
stay in the shops longer, bitt
there will be more sales (yes)',
but then the car dealers with all
those SUV's and nice rides will
be stuck with their goods and'
they will not be importing aty'
vehicles so that we can keep tle'
customs revenue flowing aind
then the money that Mr Smith'
said was already allocated will
not be there to spend. d
In short, the-oil companies
and the government are going
to have to bite the bullet on this
issue and make their own fupe.
they may not see it as thil'
problem. They only pass on te,
cost. But there is only so mucif
you can spend for gasoline .op,
diesel, just like there is a limit)o
how many jobs we can create.
What was Mr Francis sayi k
about negative development?
"It's not about the money".
October 19 2005

The facts we have

to face in the FNM

leadership race

EDITOR, The Tribune
PLEASE give me space in
your valuable newspaper to
comment on the leadership race
of the FNM (Free National
In 1992 the former Prime
Minister Mr Hubert Ingraham
was God's "ram in the thicket"
to save -this nation from going
under. He in turn put a limit on
the use the Lord could make of
him by limiting himself to two
terms. The Bahamian people
never put any time limit on his
service. So if the Bahamian peo-
ple and FNM party desire to
call hini back to the leadership
position there 'should be no
The party's request for him
to led them in the next general
election is different from him
coming back on his own. Even
if he came back on his own, it is
only God who doesn't change.
No one knew that situation with

Messrs Tommy Turnquest and
Dion Foulkes would have
turned out the way it did.
They are seeking to run for
the Prime Ministership of this
nation again. Madam Editor, I
have thought hard and long, but
I can't find any record of any-
one running for the Prime Min-
istership of this nation who did
not have a seat in the Hon-
ourable House of Parliament.
Not only that, but unless a
miracle is wrought neither of
them could win the seat in the
constituency where they are.
They need to wake up and
smell the music. What they
should be running for is to be
elected as members of parlia-
The parliament group has
already voted somebody else to
lead them into the next elec-
tion; who are they-going-to-lead--
into the next election if not
Moreover, during the last

election there was a cloud of,
rumour hanging over both' of,
them (Foulkes and Turnquest)'
that, has.neyer been dealt with.
Those issues are still hangig
over their heads. They haven't.
gone away, they are right there
waiting for the next election to
surface again.
Don't mind the many persons,
who are calling you and saying,-
that they support you (Turn-
quest), they are not in your coni-
stituency, they are all over the
Bahamas in areas where th y
can't vote for you. 'I'
So FNM's go into the con.,
vention a united force and elect:,
the person the people want
"unanimously." Who knows,,
somewhere down the line there.
may be a Turnquest a'ri
Foulkes "Prime Minister" God
November 4 2005



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show out

on Sunday

Teller have chosen the
Bahamas to film the first ever
magic special to be performed
entirely underwater.
The special, Off the Deep
End will air on NBC on
November 13.
The two-hour show was
filmed off the coast of Grand
Cayman and on Paradise Island
at the Atlantis Resort.
According to an Associated
Press report, "Penn will Teller
will make a submarine 'disap-
pear,' do tricks with sharks and
'psychic' dolphins, and perform
a new 'superillusion' in which
they walk on water."
The pair will reveal how the
secret behind each of the tricks,
as they do in their Las Vegas
stage act.


star family

to open US


A NEW Bahamian restaurant
operated by the family of an up-
and-coming football star is set
to open in Fort Lauderdale.
The restaurant, it is hoped,
will eventually become a fran-
chise with branches across Flori-
The family of NFL hopeful
Eldin Ferguson is in the process
of opening a restaurant that will
offer Bahamian-style seafood,
ribs and chicken dishes, the
Palm Beach Post reported.
Although 22-year-old Fergu-
son currently plays for the Jack-
sonville University's Division I-
AA, and has been scouted by
the NFL, he said he is prepared
to help his family business both
in marketing and in the kitchen if
his football dream falls through.
Ferguson, who graduates this
winter, chose marketing as
major to ensure that he has a
career outside of sports.
So far however, football has
been a success story for the
young man.
Now in his second season as a
starter, Ferguson leads his team,
the Dolphins, with 26 catches
for 432 yards and five touch-
downs, helping Jacksonville
University to a 4-3 record.

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Port Authority accused of lack

of water sport enforcement

lagher family's ordeal on Par-
adise Island.
Their young child was killed
by a speedboat which charged
on to Cabbage Beach after the
driver lost control.
Television and newspaper
coverage in the UK has blasted
the Bahamas for its alleged
lack of accountability.
However, Mr Smith told The
Tribune: "About 99.9 per cent
of boat operators here are prop-
erly licensed and insured. They
do everything by the book."
Mr Smith, who operates his
19-foot boat Netty from along-
side the Nassau Beach Hotel,
claims to be the youngest mem-
ber of the Small Boat Associa-
tion, a body set up by Alfred
'Hope' Darling to regulate the

All members, he said, car-
ried the "hard card" registra-
tion certificate and operated
under a Bahamas business
"The Port Authority is to
blame for those infractions that
happen away from the main
beach. I don't believe that the
patrols are operating proper-
ly," he added.
Mr Smith said jet-skis were
the main problem because
owners often left them in the
hands of young, untrained
He felt all those engaged in
water sports required certifica-
tion by the Bahamas Maritime
Training Institute. This covers
first aid, survival techniques,
fire-fighting and prevention,
personal safety and social

He also felt that all opera-
tors should possess a boat mas-
ter's licence issued under the
Boat Registration Act. This
ensured regular inspection of
the craft and proper insurance
Mr Smith said most jet-ski
problems originated at Par-
adise Island. "If people see
there is no proper law enforce-
ment, they will take advan-
tage," he said.
"For people like myself, who
didn't have a college educa-
tion, it is a good way to make a
living. I would like .to expand
but I am being given a hard
time because of the bad press
the industry is getting.
"I think the laws themselves
are adequate, but it's just that

A BOAT owner is calling for
strong action against jet-ski
mavericks who are ruining the
reputation of the Bahamas
water sports industry.
He said the Port Authority is
failing to enforce the law in
bringing offenders to heel.
Mr Brian Smith, who oper-
ates a boat business in Cable
Beach, said only a very small
minority of jet-ski and boat
owners are spoiling the coun-
try's image.
But he said firm action was
essential if the Bahamas was
to preserve its reputation and
avoid damaging international
Mr Smith's comments follow
widepread condemnation of
Bahamas water sports regula-
tions in the wake of the Gal-


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Gas prices may

follow US dip

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Bahamas could see a
decrease in the price of gas if
the cost of oil continues to
decline in the United States.
Vincent Coleby, chairman
of the Fuel Usage Committee,
told The Tribune yesterday the
price of gasoline in the
Bahamas is always determined
by the timing of oil purchases
by suppliers.
He explained that if the
Bahamian majors are able to
buy the fuel at the lower rate,
it will mean that they can low-
er their prices at the pump.
At the moment, Bahamians
are paying nearly $5 for a gal-
lon of gas in New Providence
and up to $6 in the Family
Islands considerably higher
than US rates.
The national retail price for
gasoline in the United States
has fallen below $2.40 a gal-

lon and the downward trend is
expected to continue.
News agency Reuters
reported the price of regular
gasoline dropped 10.4 cents
over the last week to $2.38 a
The latest price is a 69-cent
decrease from the record high
per gallon price of $3.07 which
some motorists were paying
in the aftermath of Hurricane
The price for a barrel of fuel
fell slightly in the United
States due to warmer than
usual weather.
Light, sweet crude for
December delivery fell 37
cents to $59.10 a barrel on the
New York Mercantile
In London, December
Brent crude futures on the
ICE Futures exchange fell 22
cents to $57.82 a barrel, the
Associated Press reported.

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Some jet-ski owners are gross-
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they are employing young
unqualified operators for
"An owner with four jet-skis
can gross $200,000 a year, but
they leave their jet-skis in the
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"I understand the govern-
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we are back to square one. The
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Baha Mar 'will be an icon'

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE agreement between Harrah's Entertain-
ment, Starwood Hotels and Baha Mar Resorts
will lead to Cable Beach becoming an icon of
tourism in both the Caribbean and the world,
according to Prime Minister Perry Christie.
A letter of intent for developments worth an
estimated $1.6 billion was officially signed between
the three companies on Tuesday.
The document details the addition of five hotels,
a Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course and a luxu-
ry spa to the Cable Beach Strip.
"Along with Atlantis at Paradise Island, Baha
Mar will reinforce the position of the Bahamas,
not only as the best holiday and vacation desti-
nation in the Caribbean, but also as the regional
and a world leader in tourism," the prime minis-
ter said.
Construction of the 1,000 acre, mixed-use resort
complex is set to begin in 2007. It is said to be the
largest single investment in the history of the
"Economically, many other countries in the
region and across the world are just now slowly
discovering what we Bahamians have known all
along that tourism is a reliable and durable
industry on which we can and have successfully
built a future for our country and our people," Mr
Christie said.
According to Commercial Property News, Har-
rah's Entertainment will operate a 1,000 room
Caesar's Resort Hotel, as well as a 95,000 square-
foot casino.
There will also be a 300-room W hotel, which
will include 100 condominium units, a 300-room St
Regis hotel, with 100 condominium units, a 700-
room Sheraton hotel and a 700-room Westin
Starwood's Bliss and Remede brand luxury
spas are planned for the W and St Regis.
All told, there will be a total of 3,550 guest
Baha Mar is also expected to include an eco-
waterpark attraction with a show lake for live
performances and events, 175,000 square feet of
meeting space, 3,000 feet of continuous beach-
front, a 50,000 square-foot retail village with
upscale restaurants and entertainment venues.
According to Baha Mar chairman Sarkis Izmir-
lian, the company and its partners will build, man-
age and own the mixed-use resort's hotels and
He explained that Harrah's and Starwood will
operate their respective branded properties, while
Baha Mar Resorts will operate cross-property
With the opening set for 2010, Baha Mar
Resorts is expected provide 5,000 direct jobs in
construction and more than 5,000 permanent jobs
upon completion, said Mr Christie.
"I say again, these jobs will also create many,
many more economic opportunities, including
entrepreneurial opportunities far beyond their
number," he said.

Prime Minister says $1.6 billion resort agreement

will reinforce the Bahamas' position as a

tourism leader in the Caribbean and the world

How it shouldmI-

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for bird flu

still to be


MINISTRY of Health offi,-
cials say that in they are still
working on "a multifaceted
plan" to combat a potential out-
break of the Avian flu in th4
Bahamas but cannot yet say
when it will come to fruition.
Last week the Ministry-.t
Health announced that it was
preparing a response in the
event of pandemic influelna
here in the Bahamas.
However, when The Tribune
contacted the Ministry pf
Health yesterday, officials said
that were still in the process of
"bringing everything together.
They would not disclose anly
further details, except to sasy
that the plan would focus'on
protecting the Bahamian pu.bjc
by limiting the impact on ike
population and limiting social
The ministry of health is
receiving assistance from -he
World Health Organisation
(WTO) as well as the Pan
American Health Organisation
in this effort. -..
The Department of Agricul-
ture and Fisheries has suspend-
ed the issue of permits for g1he
importation of live birds form
all locations within the Euro-
pean Union. This suspension
went into effect October 18,j
Currently there is no vaccine
available to combat the virus
and local health officials have
said that prevention is the best
course of action. World health
experts fear that the virus could
mutate and become easily
missible between humans. '-
The Ministry of Health is
encouraging persons at risk-for
influenza to take advantage .of
the influenza vaccination that
is currently available through
the Department of Public
Health. *
The Ministry of Health says
that it also is working along with
other government departments
such as the Ministry of Agricul-
ture and Fisheries, Ministry:of
Foreign Affairs as well as pri-
vate sector agencies.



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S PRIME Minister Perry
-Christie praised the Bahamas
-Air Sea Rescue Association
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efforts at the annual BASRA
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*7,The ball was held in the ball-
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THE man responsible for a
recent spree of computer thefts
admitted breaking into a number
of Nassau offices including the
Ministry of Tourism.
The 21-year-old Gleniston Gar-
dens man pleaded guilty to
charges of shopbreaking and com-
puter theft in Magistrate's Court
Ferron Scavella who accord-
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that sometime between Thurs-
day, September 1 and Monday,
September 5, he broke into the
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Scavella was also charged with
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Another shopbreaking charge
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Police say that they have already
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Scavella was arraigned before
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Court Nine on Nassau Street.
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hy we must modernise our way

of thinking about the workplace

E VERYONE has the
E right to work...(and)
the right to form and to join
trade unions for the protection
of (his or her) interests. Uni-
versal Declaration of Human

"Years ago, ordinary people
(supported) Labour to get a bet-
ter life. Now, they understand
that freedom and enterprise
under law is better than massive
government control over indus-
try and people."
-former British prime min-
ister Margaret Thatcher

The naked threats from
labour leaders in recent weeks
are much more than mere bar-
gaining positions in advance of
what many believe will be an
early election.
They represent a hinge of
sorts. We are at a point where
hard choices must be made
about the future of the coun-
try. But unfortunately, the
mindset of most Bahamian
leaders appears locked in the
past so much the worse for
The trade union movement
draws its inspiration and power
from a long and hard-fought
democratic struggle, both in this
country and in others. The first
Bahamian labour union
appeared in the 1930s, when the
minimum wage was 4 shillings a
Other than slave rebellions,
'the June 1942 Burma Road
riots were the earliest and most
violent expression of labour
unrest in the Bahamas. At the
time, workers were demanding
a few shillings more per day to
help higher-paid Americans
build the Windsor Field airport.
The dispute spun out of con-
trol, and hundreds marched
downtown to smash windows
and harangue the authorities.
Eventually, they were subdued
by troops. Three men were
killed, some 40 injured, and 80
were later hauled before the
Labour leaders were, of
course, accused of instigating
the protests for their own
advantage. But a British com-
mission of inquiry identified
political and economic inequal-
ities as the chief causes. It called
for an income tax, death duties,
restrictions on land sales and

efforts to slow Out Island
migration to 'overcrowded'
New labour laws were also
recommended, and a Trade
Union and Workman's Com-
pensation Act was passed the
following year. While this
allowed the registration of
unions, strikes that threatened
the government were:outlawed.
And large numbers of people
- including civil servants, hotel
workers and farm labourers -
were prevented from joining a
A decade or so later, in Jan-
uary 1958, Randol Fawkes of
the Bahamas Federation of
Labour and Lynden Pindling of
the newly-minted Progressive
Liberal Party led a 17-day gen-
eral strike that was sparked by a
blockade of the airport by taxi
The taxi union, led by Clif-

ford Darling, was protecting its
turf against preferential com-
petition from big tour bus com-
panies a dispute that still res-
onates today. But because of
the racial situation, there were
fears of unrest and troops were
called in again, although this
time they remained in their bar-

The general strike
allowed the PLP to flex
its muscles and applied enough
pressure to generate some visi-
ble reforms, as well as protect-
ing the taxi men's livelihood. A
new Trade Union and Industri-
al Conciliation Act updated our
labour laws and established a
government board that later
became the Ministry of Labour.
Not satisfied with this, Ran-
dol Fawkes left the PLP and

formed his own Labour Party,
leading some unionists to split
with his federation and form
the PLP-aligned Trade Union
Congress. Despite being named
labour minister in the first PLP
government, he remained an
independent gadfly for the rest
of his political career and died
in 2000.
The other significant labour
struggle in our recent history
was the 1981 teachers strike.
This seminal event was insti-
gated by the studied indiffer-
ence of the once-reformist PLP
regime, now at the height of its
power. The teachers union
stayed out for three weeks,
demanding better pay and con-
ditions, with the government
claiming that their strike was
Following a showdown
between union leader Leonard
Archer and the late Sir Lynden

Pindling, Archer was "retired
in the public interest" (although
he later made a comeback as
our ambassador to CARI-
COM). There were serious
issues of free speech and democ-
c,, .a.voived in this unrest,
which continued for two years.
Even high school students boy-
cotted classes and demonstrated
in Rawson Square.
This strike doesn't quite fit
with the jingoistic PLP version
of history, which claims a direct
line of descent for every pro-
gressive movement in the coun-
try. There is no doutbt that-the
party at first expressed the
resentment of most disenifran-
chised black Bahamians in the
face of a powerful white elite.
But once in power, PLP leaders
rapidly morphed into a carica-
ture of the oligarchy they had
fought to displace.

D uring the 1980s, the
PLP's efforts to
monopolise labour support led
to another split in union ranks.
The powerful hotel union (led
by pro-government toadies)
broke away from the more dis-
senting Trade Union Congress
and formed its own umbrella
organisation. The two groups
have since built a strategic
alliance, spurred by their mutu-
al dislike of new labour laws
introduced five years ago.
For most of our history, labour
relations in the Bahamas fol-
lowed developments in the Unit-
ed Kingdom albeit at a great
distance in both miles and years.
The British trade union move-
ment dates back to the 1860s, and
union leaders there called a gen-
eral strike in 1926, in response to
wage cuts by coal inine owners.
Current British Prime Minis-
ter Tony Blair's Labour Party
was the main opposition at the
time. The strike lasted for nine
days until union leaders
backed down rather than take
matters to another level.
This nail-biting face-off was
repeated in the 1970s. And
although it may be difficult to
recall today how much power
British union leaders wielded
at that time, the fact is that suc-
cessive Labour governments
sucked up to union chiefs while
Conservative governments were
humiliated by them to equal
effect. The situation is similar
here, except both parties suck
up to, and are regularly humili-
ated by, the unions.
The British government
invoked the Emergency Powers
Act no less than five times
between 1970 and 1974, in the
face of strikes by dockers, pow-
er workers and the first national
miners' strike since 1926. But
this time it was the government
that backed down. Prime Minis-
ter Edward Heath called an ear-
ly election on the issue of "Who
runs the country?" and lost.
But the Labour government
that replaced him had to con-
tend with the famous winter of
discontent. Public sector Work-
ers were on strike for weeks -
truckers, railwaymen, hospital
workers, even the catering staff
at the House of Commons.
There were uncollected moun-
tains of rubbish in the cities and
bodies remained unburied.

By this time, most peo-
ple were fed up, and
the 1979 election became a ref-
erendum on the old mixed
economy consensus. The per-
ception that union power was
out of hand led to Margaret
Thatcher's victory and a major
historical turning point. Among
her first fights was a struggle
against Britain's out-of-control
unions, which had destroyed
three governments in succes-
"The government dug itself
in, to varying degrees, on a
series of strikes, eager to estab-
lish by demonstration effect that
the union leadership could not
do anything it wanted," wrote
Daniel Yergin and Joseph
Stanislav in their book, The
Commanding Heights. "It also
got critical legislation through
parliament limiting the ability
of the unions to turn every dis-
agreement into a class war."
Thatcher stopped workers
from blockading factories, ports,
and public bodies during, dis-
putes. Strike ballots were made
compulsory. The closed shop,
which forced people to join a
union if they were seeking
employment in a particular
trade, was outlawed.
So in 1984 the defiant miners
leader called a celebrated
national strike without a bal-
lot. After a year the exhausted
miners returned to work, and
British unions went into a steep
decline, losing their power,
influence and millions of mem-
bers. Thatcher then set about
cutting public spending and pri-
vatising inefficient state-owned
industries. By most accounts,
the strategy worked:
"British Airways, an embar-
rassingly slovenly carrier that
seldom showed a profit, was
transformed into one of the
world's best and most profitable
airlines. British Steel, which lost
more than a billion pounds in its
final years as a state concern,
became the largest steel com-
pany in Europe... The improve-
ment in British Telecom's per-
formance has been greatest
since 1989, when it began to
face far greater competition."

Many would argue
that our position in
the Bahamas today is broadly

similar to that of Britain's in the
1980s. Union leaders strenu-
ously opposed updated labour
legislation introduced by the
Ingraham government in 2000,
even though business leaders,
were mortified at the bills. They,
succeeded in forcing the gov-
ernment to withdraw the bill-
that would have made them.
more accountable. And they
continue to blackmail us with,
strikes, slowdowns and walk-'
outs over inconsequential griev-
The government, for its part,
constantly panders to union
power, jeopardising the coun-.
try's economic and social sta-
bility, and mortgaging our
future. The great democratic,
struggles of the past are now
merely camouflage for attack-
campaigns that seek reactionary -
veto power over any change':
that could threaten the income,
power and influence of union
As TUC president Obie Fer-.
guson said recently, "We must
ensure that what we have
worked for in the last 50, 60
years remains intact. We are not*
going to be a part of the system
that's going to take us bacl-"
Don't worry, Obie, the inertia
of successive governments in'
coming to grips with these cen-
tral issues ensures that the
Bahamas will remain as back-
ward as you want. The authori-
ties don't even have the
willpower or imagination to fix
the Montagu mess, where a
handful of people hold half the
population of the island at ran-
som including thousands of
inner city residents for whom
the area is their only recre-
ational outlet.
Meanwhile, the 25,000 plus'
civil servants and utility workers
who sit on our backs drawing
down most of the nation's rev-
enue while producing less and
less in return is just the most
obvious tip of the iceberg. Sure-
ly it is time to draw a line in the
sand. Union leaders are unac-
countable, out of touch with
reality and, some might say, out
of control.
It remains to be seen whether-
any Bahamian government can
exercise the kind of leadership
that is needed to secure our
future and transform this coun-
try-into a modern state. Some
very tough questions need to;
be addressed, but do you think
we will hear anything about'.
them at the upcoming political
What do you think? Send
comments to larry@tribuneme-. Or visit www.bahama-


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The great democratic
struggles of the past are now
merely camouflage for attack
campaigns that seek
reactionary veto power over

any change that could threaten
the income, power and
influence of union leaders.

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for early

next year
,A NATIONAL youth con-
clave is planned early next year.
, Youth, Sports and Culture
Minister Neville Wisdom
announced the event in a meet-
ing in Freeport with the lead-
eis of youth organisations on
Grand Bahama.
Mr Wisdom said the youth
conclave will be directed by the
Grand Bahama Youth Council.
He also formally announce
the 'Fresh Start' programme in
Grand Bahama.
-The programme is designed
to..assist young people in the
area of job training and place-
ment. Eighteen participants are
currently enrolled.
,The minister added that his
ministry's staff on the island will
soon be moving to new offices
in the Canada Life Building.

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Tribune Freeport
FREEPORT A prominent
local attorney is blaming the
floundering Grand Bahama
economy on government red
tape, which he says continues
to "choke" investment in
Fred Smith, lawyer and
human rights activist, told The
Tribune that "dozens and
dozens" of applications for
investments in Freeport by
foreigners are being stalled in
government offices in New
"I put the blame of this
depressed economy purely
and squarely on the shoulders
of the PLP government. The
red tape is choking investment
in Freeport. The PLP
promised to get rid of the red
tape, but what they have done
is to increase the red tape,"
he said
He stressed that Freeport
has a highly sensitive and arti-
ficial economy that should be
left to the Grand Bahama
Port Authority (GBPA) and
not tampered with by govern-
"If they do that, you will see
a boom not just in the
Freeport economy, but the
entire economy of Grand
Bahama," he said.
Mr Smith said the last time
Freeport experienced a boom
in its economy was between
1992 and 2000, when the FNM
was in power.
During the FNM's 10 years
in office, he said, almost over
a billion dollars in investments
were brought into Freeport -
including the Our Lucaya
Resort, a new container port,
a shipyard, and airport and

I aefr rsal's M4astraedeCute

"The hurricanes are events
of nature which any capitalistic
and free enterprise market
economy would get over very
quickly," he said.
He further criticised the gov-
ernment for allowing the clo-
sure of the Royal Oasis Resort
after Hurricane Frances, which
resulted in more than 1,000
workers being laid-off last Sep-
"After the hurricane, the gov-
ernment should have quickly
negotiated the situation with
the owners to get that hotel
back open, even if they had to
subsidise it somewhat. It would
have kept thousands in jobs and
allowed thousands to continue
their mortgage and car pay-
ments, and their obligations to
third parties," he said.
Up until press time, The Tri-
bune was unable to contact
Minister for Financial Services
and Investments Allyson May-
nard-Gibson for comment.


* FRED Smith
cruise ship investments.
Since 2002, however,
Freeport's development has
been obstructed by govern-
ment's "strangle-hold" on the
city, he said.
"The government can not
control every single transac-
tion in a nation you bring
the nation to a grinding halt
and that's what they have
done in the Bahamas. They
use all these regulatory agen-
cies to turn the tap off because
they want to scrutinise every
single little detail," Mr Smith
He further claimed that
many potential foreign
investors have been discour-
aged by the uncertainty of the
current regulatory environ-
Although the island has
been struck by three major
hurricanes in the last 14
months, Mr Smith said he
does not to think that the
storms are completely to
blame for the sluggish
Freeport economy.



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Turnquest is'

FROM page one

called me on Sunday and indicated to
me that he was out, that he was not
going to run, and that he was going to
make a statement the following day.
"That his statement was going to
say that he was not going to run and
that he would encourage persons not
to nominate him. So when you told
me the statement you got was ambigu-

ous, riy comment to yo
was very clear.
"It was very clear tha
to allow his name to go
nation. That he intended
leader of the party, and
contrary to what he told
24 hours previously," N.
The party leader also
leading up to the convert
tion had been constantly


ou was that it by people with personal agendas. IM
Mr Turnquest said that Mr Ingra- how
at he intended ham, as an FNM, is entitled to run for on a
in for nomi- whatever position he liked, but still "4
ed to serve as underlined his disappointment in Mr has
that is totally Ingraham reversing statements he supp
d me less than made to him previously leading up to only
Mr Turnquest the opening of the party convention, to tl
"I was disappointed that he would that
admitted that, tell me one thing on Sunday night at "
ition, his posi- 8pm, and on Monday afternoon I mine
y undermined found out something else," he said. sons

with Ingraham'

Mr Turnquest was undeterred,
ever, and said he intended to press
nd defend his position.
I feel extremely confident. There
been a tremendous outpouring of
port and I feel very confident. I
want to serve. I have given my all
he organisation, I have indicated
the country needs support.
I have been constantly under-
ed and so I am asking those per-
to put aside all personal agen-

das and let's work together," said Mr
Yesterday, delegates were still split
on whether the party should have Mr
Ingraham return to the helm of the
However, many admitted that the
atmosphere on the convention floor
was much different from -hat of
the day prior to Mr Ingraham's
announcement. It was more energetic,
they said.

This brings the country's
homicide count for the year
to 46.
Four men were arrested
after they were seen throw-
ing bales of suspected mari-
juana from a go-fast boat in
the Exumas.
Mr Evans said that at about


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of Glenniston Gardens,
will be held on Thursday
November 10, 2005 at
9:45 am at St Cecelia's
Parish, Third and Fourth
Streets, Coconut Grove.
Officiating will be Fr
Simeon Roberts, and
interment will follow in
S oodlawn Gardens,
Soldier Road.

Left to mourn and cherish his memories are his
beloved children, James, Donald, Quintin, Stephen,
Stanley, Lorenzo and Edward Ian Morris, Monique
Morris-Cox, Cynara Morris-Grandison, Kimberly and
Marsha Morris and Vern Bogal; sister, Emily
Hutchinson; brothers, Rev Dr Garth Green, Mervin
Morris and Larry Ferguson; sisters-in-law, Gayle
Duncombe Prudence and joyce Morris and Valarie
Green; sisters-in-law, Gayle Duncombe, Prudence
and joyce Morris and Valarie Green; brother-in-law,
Rodrick Taylor Sr; sons-in-law, Aldine Grandison and
Devon Bogle; daughters-in-law, Margo and Yvonne
Morris; beloved grandchildren, Tineshia, Adam, Jamie
and Quintin Morris Jr, Tanya and Tyrone Bogle,
Camille Gradinson, Tamadia and Travis Major; nieces,
Ronnae and Ronessa Duncombe, Ranaand Raqauel
Green, Michelle Wring, Valarie Bullard, Cheryl Curry,
Garnell Nixon, Clarice and Erica Hitchinson and
Therez McKenzie; nephews, Rodrick Jr, Randy,
Sonny and Kenny Taylor, Anthony, Terrance and
Kendal Hutchinson and a host of other relatives and
friends including, Susan Morris, Dottie Hogg, Sidney
and Willie Dames, Agnes Ferguson, Lionel Evans,
Lionel "Sugar" Davis, Bobby Thurston, Errol and
Sonny Puyor family and friends from Florida and
Exuma, Bahamas, The Fox Hill Crew and other
friends and family too numerous to mention.

Viewing will be held in the Irinic Suiteof Restview
Memorial Mortuary & Crematorium Lirmlited, Soldier
Road and Robinson Road, on Wednesday from 1:00
pm to 6:00 pm and at the church at service time.

3am on Monday, an Opera-
tion Bahamas Turks and
Caicos (OPBAT) helicopter
was on patrol in the area of
Rudder Cut Cay, Exuma,
when a go-fast boat with four
occupants was seen travelling
at high speed.
The vessel was pursued
and the occupants were seen
off-loading bales into the
wate't," said Mr Evans.
Slter, Mr Evans said, Drug
Enforcement Unit officers
and Exuma police arrested
the four men, who live in
Three of the suspects were
reportedly from Barraterre
and the other from Stuart
Manor. A total of 11 bales of
suspected marijuana weigh-
ing 611 pounds were

The men, if convicted in the
lower courts, can face up to
five years in prison.
A Nassau liquor store was
robbed of a large sum of
money early Monday
At around 6pm two men,
one armed with a chrome
handgun, entered the Butler
and Sands Liquor Store on
John F Kennedy Drive.
Police said the cashier was
held at gunpoint and another
employee was robbed of his
wallet with a small amount of
The suspects escaped in a
red vehicle. The make and
model is unknown.
Police are continuing inves-


a belated very special condolences to the parents and
relatives of the 17 months old baby Matario Pintard who
was killed by Hurricane Wilma. May the ALL MIGHTY
HOLY ONE continue to bless you all with grace, mercy
and strength in this darkest hour of bereavement. Also
to all others in Grand Bahama affected by this killer stand
firm by God's grace and mercy.

Greetings to all O.S.P.P. was appealing to you voting
Bahamian citizens publicly from mid March 1996 come
November 27, 2005 we will be 10 years; surprised! We
have competed in the last two general elections!!! We
came about because of the always high unemployment,
always present National Budget deficits and staggering
National Debts. Our party stillJi~ usly feels that the
removal of both PLP and must... Don't be
afraid, just do it!!! ..... ,.,

ELDER STEPHEN SANDS has got his eyes on Holy
Cross constituency this time around. We have been known
for our vision, for we were the first to agitate for minimum
wage, to decrease House of Assembly from 49 to 40 for
a woman Prime Minister, a Bahamian University, the
removal of sewerag6 system from Potters Cay!
demands that the granting of Government construction
contracts be addressed! And this writer sees the need of
a ceiling being put on all Home Insurance; for I have
spent over (14) fourteen thousand dollars in 20 years and
got only a meager (2) two thousand dollars plus for
damages after Hurricane Andrew and Floyd. Shame on
Insurance Companies; if they would give you only
$100.00 at Christmas time to put a little food on the

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First murder of year on Eleuthera

FROM page one
inary investigations into the
matter and do not want to
speculate as to the motive of
the crime.
However, he said there is
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being drug related.

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FROM page one

Mr Ingraham was off the
Mr Watson described the
move to have Mr Ingraham's
name struck from nomination,
because he was not present, as
a "desperate act by desperate
"I believe that Mr Ingraham
will win handsomely. I am
delighted that Mr Ingraham
was nominated today and I
believe that it was a move that
was made for the good of the
country," he told The Tribune.
Mr Symonette, present to
accept his nomination, said he
is optimistic heading toward
Thursday's election.
"Those that know me, know
that my decision to run was
purely based on the position of
Mr Ingraham and I made it
very clear to Mr Turnquest and
to Mr Foulkes that was my
position from the beginning
and so my decision coming as'
late as it was to the end of the
race was based on the decision
that Mr Ingraham made," Mr
Symonette said.
The Montagu MP said he felt
that Mr Ingraham is the right
and best candidate at this par-
ticular time.
"I think there's time in the
future for Mr Foulkes and Mr
Turnquest to be leaders, but at
this moment I think that they
will be very valuable members
of this team," Mr Symonette
The MP said he has travelled
the length and breathe of this
country in the last several
months and was encouraged by
the support for Mr Ingraham
and himself.
"I think the support is wide-
spread, more towards Mr
Ingraham than myself, but I
think that our combination is
, good team," Mr Symonette
'"When Mr Ingraliam's nomi-
nation was first put forward,
two persons opposed it. How-
ever, their opposition was
quickly quashed when Mr
Ingraham's name was put for-
ward a second time and the
nomination seconded by loud
applause and cheers from the
Floyd Wilmott, a delegate at
the convention and one of the
organizers of Saturday's motor-
cade to support Mr Ingraham,
said that Mr Ingraham was
"nominated within seconds."
"He was the first person
nominated. When the second
chairman moved that nomina-
tion be closed (two persons)
stood up to oppose the nomi-
nation because Mr Ingraham
was not present. After he was
done speaking Theresa Mox-
ey-Ingraham, Neko Grant, and
Nesbil Higgins made a second
motion that nominations be
closed for the leader," he said.
One person nominated Mr
Turnquest and it was seconded
by one of his top supporters.
"When Mr Ingraham was
seconded the whole place


roared. But they tried .t"
revamp the rules to make Mr
Ingraham be present, but nly"
understanding is that the rules
doesn't say that.
"It is done now and I believe
that Mr Ingraham will win K.
70 per cent. My opinion is that
Mr Ingraham has a provei'b
track record. I think that wtB.
all of the nonsense that is t."
ing place in the country front.
2002 to now the opposition awtJ;
Mr Turnquest have not act 42
in the way an oppositi
should act.
"I can recall during the pe4,
od of the PLP when it was onl,
four men, the Minister of,
Works Bradley Roberts the
way he conducted himself
while in opposition, he carried,
the total opposition in the'
House. Neko, Brent they tried,
but it's Mr Ingraham that pe-
ple listen to," he said. .
As expected Mr Ingraham,
Tommy Turnquest, and Dion
Foulkes were nominated for
Brent Symonette, Carl
Bethel and Sydney Collie were
nominated for? deputy leader.
Nominations for the office
of chairman were Desmond
Bannister, and Loretta Butler-
Turner. 45"
Despite theie'er"vo ir sp.
rounding the nomination of
Ingraham there are supporters
of both Mr Foulkes and iK,
Turnquest who'4
their respective caididateslli"
win over Mr Ingraham. '.
Former FNM candidate for
the Kennedy constituency,
Ashley Cargill,,thinkstohat Mr
Turnquest will retail his posi-
tion despite his detractors' crit-
"That (negative comrpients.
happens in any nomim 4o.
Some persons haveJ siV'f .
td Tommy and some peo'1
said 'no', but we will just have
to wait and see. It appears that
Tommy's branch chairman,'
Bennett Minnis, was slated, to'
nominate him," said MT'
Other delegates such as,
Spanish Wells delegate Abner
Pinder, said his group was on
"Cloud 19" and "very happy"
because of the Ingral- m nom-,
"That decision, I was hoping
would be made a long time
ago. No one should fault Mr
Ingraham if he did not want to
come back because the man
has done his service to this
country and if he chose not to
come back then I could under-
stand that, but there is no
doubt in my mind that if he is
elected that he would accept
the nomination, unite the par-
ty and move on from there.
"I am of the opinion that he
will win by a substantial mar-
gin. Everywhere that I have
been I have heard one cry and
the cry is the same, the people
want to hear Mr Ingraham
come back," he said.


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Yesterday, the Public Hospitals Authority
hosted an event for primary school children
to learn about careers in the medical field

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expresses to children
from local primary
schools a strong
message from the

* CEDRIC Cash of the National Emergency Medical Services
shows Ron Pinder and the schoolchildren how they should
respond and what they should use in the event of an accident.

N RON Pinder makes a vote of thanks at the opening of the
health Fair
(Photos: Mario Duncanson/ Tribune Staff)

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Tribune Staff Reporter
he Grand Bahama
Human Rights Associa-
tion (GBHRA) is call-
ing for stronger con-
sumer protection legis-
lation after new complaints of a lack of
co-operation from some insurance
companies in the wake of Hurricane
The association said that insured
homeowners are complaining that
some insurance companies are once
again trying to reduce the level of their
Homeowners in Grand Bahama
said the insurance companies are also
applying averages, thereby squeezing
victims to accept less than they should
receive to fix their homes, and are
handling many claims in "bad faith."
"As it has done in the past, the asso-

Association's call comes after new complaints

of lack of co-operation from some insurance

companies in wake of Hurricane Wilma

ciation calls upon the government to
put strong regulatory teeth, penalties
and damages in the Domestic Insur-
ance Bill, so that the Bahamian public
can be protected from the financial
strength and power of multi-national
insurance companies," the association
stated yesterday in a release.
The GBHRA further pointed out
that many homes devastated by Hur-
ricane Wilma were in less affluent

coastal communities where residents
did not have insurance.
The association said foreign and
Bahamian insurance companies
"should not be allowed to operate in
the Bahamas and cherry pick who
they want to give insurance to."
"Affordable insurance should be
available for all property owners and
the association calls upon the govern-
ment to enact legislation which
requires insurance companies to take
the good with the bad.
"They cannot only profit from insur-

ance business in the Bahamas. Some
provision should be made which
would provide at least minimum insur-
ance.coverage for home and property
owners," the organisation said.
The GBHRA also proposed that
government should not allow insur-
ance companies to take the two per
cent deductible from the entire value
of the property as opposed to simply
the amount of damage.

The association suggested that the
Domestic Insurance Bill should con-
tain provisions for the Registrar of
Insurance Companies and the
Supreme Court to impose punitive
damages against insurance companies
for bad faith in negotiating contracts
and processing claims.
"Insurance companies should be
required by law to process claims with-
in 30 days, and while processing the
claim they should be required to
advance a portion of the claim to the
victim so that the claimant can at least
have something to tide them over until
the entire claim is processed," the
GBHRA said.
Failure to do so, the organisation
said, should be an offence subject to
penalty for insurance companies and
their foreign adjusters. Up until press
time last night, the Bahamas General
Insurance Association did not wish to
comment on the issue.


Roger MJones i

on high seas

shipping executive Roger M
Jones and his wife Peggy are
seen (right) approaching the
ocean-going vessel that now
bears his name.
They are in a launch in
Chesapeake Bay heading for a
celebration on board the oil
and coal carrier, which is
owned by a company Mr Jones
once served as a director.
Mr and Mrs Jones, who live
at Sulgrave Manor on Cable
Beach, were invited to Norfolk,
Virginia, over the weekend to
meet the captain and crew of
the 74,000-ton ship, formerly
called the MVSiboti.
Mr Jones told The Tribune:
"We had a great time. It was a
wonderful occasion and we
enjoyed ourselves very much."
The newly-named Roger M
,Jones was in Norfolk awaiting
a cargo of coal for Europe. It
ill sail to the UK before head-
ing for Estonia to load oil.
.'The couple were guests of
friends Mike Hudner and his
Bahamian wife Hope. Mr Hud.
eir is chairman of the ship's

owner B and H Ocean Carri-
ers, of which Mr Jones was a
director for many years.
During the weekend cele-
bration, a pictorial record of
Mr Jones' maritime career he
began life as an ordinary sea-
man and progressed via the
rank of wartime PT boat com-
mander to top shipping execu-
tive was hung in the captain's
Mr Jones, a wartime friend
of the late US president John F
Kennedy, has lived in Nassau
with his wife since 1955. For
many years, he and co-founder
Bill Bardelmneier ran the ocean
bulk shipping firm Jones
Bardelmeier and Co Ltd.
Having been retired since
1997, Mr Jones retains a keen
interest in the sea from his lux-
ury apartment overlooking
Cable Beach.
With his huge telescope he
can track the comings and
goings of ocean-going vessels
entering and leaving Nassau

SEE page 2B

'Stringent regulatory

procedures needed'

to safeguard water

sports industry

A WELL-established small
business association is calling
for tougher laws to safeguard
the Bahamas water sports
Stringent regulatory proce-
dures, with proper registration
and insurance arrangements,
are needed to prevent the
industry falling into disrepute,
it is claimed.
* Mr Brian Smith, a member
of the Small Boat Association,
wants all water sports opera-
tors to undergo tuition by the
Bahamas Maritime Training
This, he argues, ought to be
an essential part of the regis-
tration and business licensing
The Bahamas has suffered

extensive negative publicity
abroad because of a series of
water sports accidents involving
unlicensed and uninsured oper-
Legitimate and well-regulat-
ed businesses claim they all
stand to suffer from the trans-
gressions of a small minority.
Mr Smith said 99.9 per cent
of boat operators in the
Bahamas were properly
licensed and conducted their
businesses responsibly.
However, some operators -
and especially some of those
engaged in the lucrative jet-ski
business were letting the side
down, he said.
See full story in the main

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12 months to October 2005 Cummulative Since Inception Average Annual Return
(February 1999) 6 years



Roger M

Jones on

high seas

FROM page 1B
Wife Peggy is a keen painter,
and many of her works also
feature the sea. Three of their
sons followed their father into
the shipping business and now
hold senior positions in differ-
ent parts of the world.
To have a huge vessel named
after you is probably the ulti-
mate accolade for a shipping
man. Mr Jones is quietly proud
that his name will now find its
way around the world on the
stern of a ship registered in -
you've guessed it Nassau,

The Tribune wants to hear
from people who are
making news in their N THE newly-named Roger M Jones is seen
neighbourhoods. Perhaps in New York harbour with the Manhattan
you are raising funds for a skyline in the background. The vessel had
good cause, campaigning unloaded a cargo of oil before moving to
for improvements in the Norfolk, Virginia, to load coal.
area or have won an
If so, call us on 322-1986
and share your story.

OfThe Bahamas Business Analyst (BA-3)

Montana Holdings Ltd is undertaking a major land development programme in
"A growing and dynaminic .ahamian institution Rum Cay. This project will comprise international hotels, a large marina, over 400
homes and a range of holiday resort facilities in one of the most beautiful Family
VACA CY FOR THE POSITION OF: Islands of the Bahamas. We are now seeking a Business Analyst to join our rapidly
VACANCY FOR THE POSITION OF: expanding Nassau office and to become a team member of a growing property
development business.
Business Analyst (BA-3)
Core responsibilities:
Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer & VP of Corporate Development, the Business
S Analyze and investigate financial and non-financial Analyst will take responsibility for a range of activities. These shall include, but
information with a view of assessing the viability of business not be lited to:
proposals. Assess loan applications and interview potential Property sales and conveyance
candidates. Coordination and planning
Prepare credit proposals for existing and potential clients. Facilitating various partnership transactions
Manage effectively, a portfolio of corporate relationships Monitoring numerous commercial contractual arrangements
Manage a Supporting key financial and project monitoring processes

Increase consistently, the value of accounts through personal Requirements
marketing efforts.
Conduct consistent follow-up on delinquent accounts and The ideal candidate shall have at least:
institute measures for the collection of bad accounts. 3 years experience of the real estate business, land development, or the
hotel/holiday resorts business
Conduct field inspections. Educated to a degree level preferably with concentration in Business
Assess the local industries and make recommendations for Administration, Finance or a Science Degree
areas of exploration by the Corporate Credit Division. Held positions dealing with executive management
Recommend annual performance objectives and action Experienced in managing suppliers as well interfacing with customers
plans that will help to increase the Bank's profitability. Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
tt* Must be computer literate with excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office
(Ability to successfully implement plans to completion -and especially proficient in Word and Excel

The closing date for receipt of applications is November 25, 2005

in critical.)

Knowledge, Skills, ad Abilities:

* Bachelors Degree in Economics/Finance/Business
* Three to five years experience in the Financial Services
* Strong analytical and organizational skills
* Being a team player is essential; must have excellent
interpersonal and communication skills.
Benefits include: Competitive compensation (commensurate
with qualification); group medical, vision and life insurance;
attractive package and a pension scheme.
Send resume to:
The Manager, Human Resources and Training
Bank of The Bahamas International
P.O. Box N-7118
Shirley Street
Nassau, Bahamas

The successful candidates will be organized, personable, ambitious and very
productive. They shall demonstrate high levels of initiative and the ability to manage
all allocated activities to an early conclusion. They will have excellent written and
verbal communication skills and have the ability to write detailed reports and
associated documentation. They will have a strong desire to learn new skills and
to accept more accountability and have the highest level of business acumen and
This position is situated in Nassau with some travel to the building site in Rum Cay.
International travel may be required. The salary and benefits package shall be
commensurate with the responsibilities and experience of the successful candidate.
The Montana Holdings office environment is challenging, energetic and very
demanding. It calls for staff to accept responsibility for all types of work activities,
which shall be undertaken to high professional standards.
Please send cover letter and resume by e-mail quoting above reference (BA-3) to or by post to P.O. Box N-9322, Nassau, The Bahamas.



'It makes good economic

sense to save enerav'

Most business-
es and areas
of govern-
ment can
realise con-
siderable savings in electricity
and energy costs, a meeting will
be told next week.
The Bahamas Hotel Associ-
ation (BHA) is holding a work-
shop next Tuesday in co-oper-
ation with the Bahamas Min-
istry of Tourism and the
Bahamas Electricity Corpora-
tion (BEC).


"It simply makes good eco-
nomic sense and sound envi-
ronmental practice to save
energy. As jumps in energy-
related costs have affected
businesses, residents, travellers
and the government, it is

We are a growing retail company,
we are offering:
Base Salary, Bonuses, Pension Plan, Training
and lots of fun.

We are looking for:
A young lady between the age of 17 and 25,
she must be energetic, out going, mature, stable, hard
working, well groomed, honest and reliable.

Interested, then call for an interview
356-4512 or 356-4514






Applicants must be proficient in
Architectural Desktop with a
minimum 10 years experience.

Qualified, interested professionals
please e-mail your resume to

All applications will be

extremely important that we
review and improve upon our
entire approach to energy con-
sumption," said Earle Bethell,
BHA president.
The one-day workshop, titled
"Reducing Energy Costs with

Greater Efficiency", will look
at a range of practices,
approaches, equipment, tech-
nology and materials which
can be used to better conserve
energy and manage costs.
The workshop is geared to

co mmercials ready

The Public is hereby advised that I, JAMIE HOWARD
ALBURY, of Sapphire Ridge Drive in the Eastern District
of the Island of New Providence, Bahamas, intend to
change my name to JAMES HOWARD HALL. If there are
any objections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you may
write such objections to the Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box
N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after
the date of publication of this notice.

Pricing Information As Of:
08 November 2005

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1.10 0.73 Abaco Markets 0.73
10.25 8.00 Bahamas Property Fund 10.25
7.24 5.55 Bank of Bahamas 7.24
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.80
1.80 1.27 Bahamas Waste 1.27
1.20 0.87 Fidelity Bank 1.20
9.31 6.96 Cable Bahamas 9.31
2.20 1.50 Colina Holdings 1.50
9.17 6.99 Commonwealth Bank 9.17
2.50 0.96 Doctor's Hospital 2.40
4.35 3.87 Famguard 4.35
10.90 9.50 Finco 10.90
10.00 7.45 FirstCaribbean 10.00
9.26 8.39 Focol 9.26
1.99 1.27 Freeport Concrete 1.15
10.20 9.50 ICD Utilities 9.94
8.75 8.22 J. S. Johnson 8.75
6.69 4.36 Kerzner International BDRs 6.29
1010.0 00.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00
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managers, engineers, mainte-
nance personnel, contractors,
purchasing representatives,
architects, electricians, land-
scape managers, and others.
who are looking for ways to
reduce energy costs, improve
efficiency and utility.
Presentations will be given
on energy audits, new duty-free
exemptions for solar, and the
financing of cost-saving mea-
A panel of industry practi-
tioners, including an engineer,
air-conditioning specialist, elec-
trician and solar specialists, will
discuss preventative measures
and equipment and design
The programme will also

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include a special luncheon pre-
sentation by Robert Farmer,
president of Third Planet, a
non-profit foundation based in
Fort Lauderdale.
Mr Farmer is a planning
engineer with an extensive and
impressive background in the
business, government and non-
profit 'efforts sectors on mat-
ters related to energy produc-
tion, efficiency and conserva-
Mr Farmer will discuss the
trends, choices, barriers and
solutions available.
Joining the programme will
be representatives from Sco-
tiabank, New Millennium Elec-
tric, The Engineering Group
and Intelligent Motor Controls
The workshop is open to all
hotels and other businesses,
professionals, members of the
trades, and appropriate gov-
ernment personnel.
. For registration information
contact the Bahamas Hotel


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13.00 12.50 Bahamas Supermarkets 12.25 13.25 11.00 1.768 0.960 7.5 7.25%
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 10.00 10.35 10.00 0.000 0.800 NM 7.80%
0.60 0.40 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.00 -0.044 0.000 NM 0.00%
43.00 28.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 41.00 2.220 0.000 19.4 0.00%
0.60 0.35 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.35 -0.103 0.000 N/M 0.00%
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52wk-Hi 52wk-Lo w Fund Name NAV YTD% Last 12 Months Div $ Yield %
1.2593 1.1913 Colina Money Market Fund 1.259334"
2.4766 2.0536 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.4766
10.6711 10.0000 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 10.6711...
2.2754 2.1675 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.275422**
1.1406 1.0755 Colina Bond Fund 1.140599****
INDEX: CLOSi 4 3b,63IYt7Tc /
BISX ALL SHARE INDE X 19 Dec 02 = 1.000.00 YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price
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Daily 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
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NOTICE is hereby given that WILAINE PETIT-BOSE, OF
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 2ND day of
NOVEMBER, 2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box F-41085, Grand Bahama, Bahamas.


This is to inform the general public that
Banco de Bogota (Nassau) Limited,
its parent company, subsidiaries, affiliates
or branches are not in any way
related to or affiliated with
'Banque de Bogota'.

Banco de Bogota (Nassau) Limited,
a bank licensed by
The Central Bank of The Bahamas
and operating in The Bahamas since 1978
has its offices at 2nd floor, Goodmans Bay
Corporate Centre, West Bay Street,
Nassau Bahamas.

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Coach, will host an evening for personal family visits.
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Fidelity Bank Bahamas Limited, a leading provider of Financial Services in
the Bahamas is interested in securing the service of a cleaning company to
provide cleaning services for its branch locations in Nassau and Freeport.

Interested parties should contact:
The Compliance Unit
Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) Limited
P.O. Box N-7502
Nassau, Bahamas
Ph: 327-5170 Ext. 5018 or 356-7764 ext 3183
Fax: (242) 327-5192

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corporate structures, requires a professionally qualified accountant
to serve as the Group's Financial Controller. Excellent benefits.
All responses are confidential and should be mailed to the
following address:

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P.O.Box N-8285
Nassau, N.P.,
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The Public Hospitals Authority (PHA), Commonwealth of The Bahamas is inviting
proposals from qualified vendors to provide a Pharmacy Management Information
System (PMIS) solution that meets its current and future business requirements'.
Interested companies are invited to submit proposals in the required format and
delivered in a sealed envelope in order to reach the PHA by 12th December 2005.
A comprehensive document outlining important information for vendors, proposal
preparation instructions and technical specifications of the requirements is available
upon request; and can be collected from the PHA Corporate Office, Manx Corporate
Centre, West Bay Street, Nassau.
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J.S. Johnson and Company Limited hereby
notifies all its shareholders that based on
unaudited results for the quarter ended 30th
September, 2005 the Board of Directors has
declared an interim dividend of fourteen cents
(140) per ordinary share to be paid on 18th
November, 2005 to all shareholders of record
as of 14th November 2005.


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 9TH day of NOVEMBER, 2005
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

STREET, 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 9TH day of NOVEMBER, 2005 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, RO.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.



(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the 21st
day of October, 2005. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp.
Inc., of P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas


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* A university degree with a major in accounting or finance
* Certification as a CPA or be in the final stages of preparing
for the exams
* Previous experience with a bank, trust company would be

* Preparation of financial statements for trusts, pension funds,
mutual funds and managed banks
* Assistance with reconciliation of custody accounts and
shareholder registers
* Liaison with clients and management
* Administrative support (pensions, funds, managed banks)
* Ability to complete work with minimum supervision
* Good knowledge of software packages including MS Office
(Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
* Knowledge of Bahamian bank, trust, mutual fund and securities
* Positive interpersonal skills/communicator, good verbal &
written skills

The successful candidate will be offered a competitive
compensation package including benefits and bonuses
commensurate with his/her experience and performance.

Send resume no later than November 30th 2006 to:
The Human Resouce Manager
51 Frederick St.
P.O. Box N-4853
f: 326.3000

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QUARTERLY REPORT 30 SEPTEMBER, 2005 nk dposis ,19,6 8 8,08
Net pmm nm deposits 5,179 675ca,948,08
Dear Shareholder, Government bonds 21,264,900 18,226r600
Financial assets at fair value
We are very pleased to report that our 2005 third quarter results are through profit or loss 6,274,155 5,776,325
the strongest on record for our company. Preferred shares 1,150,000 1,633,334
Policy loans 8,585,877 8,468,108
As at 30 September, 2005 we recorded net profit of $3,912,326. Mortgage loans, net 50,998,784 46,o40,470
This represents an increase of 29% over the same period last year and Totivstent asset 93,453,391 89,092,926
is 13% higher than net profit for the full year 2004 of $3,460,163.
Earnings per share increased to 45 cents compared to 35 cents as at Cashand bank balances 4631,324 2154,84
30 September, 2004. Receivables and other assets 5,607,811 2,771,321
Premiuas iniarr6rs 1,478,22..2 1..370,872
Net premium income and deposits increased by 18% to Fixeda.ssets, net 17,0451693 16,898,683
$41.1 million at the end of the third quarter 2005. This compares
very favourably with the 3.3% increase recorded prior 122,216,441 112,288,647
yeartoudiate and reflects the strong growth in our annuity deposits,(Unaudited)
group health and ordinary life divisions. LABILITIES
Resrves for future.
Investment income grew by 17% to $6.4 million over prior policyholder benefits 74,595,000 67,542,055
year-to-date reflecting in part, the benefits of a buoyant equities thuer policyholder ftnds 4,833,210 6,243,698
market. We recorded a net gain of $797 thousand on our equities Poli liabilities 79,428,216.73,785,753
portfolio at the end of September 2005 compared to $319 thousand
over the same period last years) (Exprayablesand in Bahacrmials 6,999,943 4,699,n dollar38
86,428,159 78,485,191
Total assets increased by 9% to $122.2 million over the nine month
period ending 30 September, 2005. SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Preference shares ,10,000,0 10,000,000
The Board has declared a dividend of 6 cents for shareholders of Ordinary shares 1,725,
record on November 5, to be paid on November 11, 2005. Share Prepemium 2,891,694 2,891,694
Revaluation surplus 5,149,435 5,189,525.
Sicerely, Retained earnings 16,022,153 13,997,237

Norbert Boissiere,
Chairman Ae eicowmxItestaudited interim consdednaniatent.

(Unaudited) CONT'D (Unaudited)
For the nine month. 8 ded 30 September 2005 For the nine months ended 30 September 2005
(Expressed in Bahamian dollars) (Expressed in Bahamian dollars)

9 months to

Net premium income
and deposits 41,052,485
Investment income 5,620,040
Change in unrealised gain
on financial asssets at fair
value through profit or loss 756,824
Realised gain/(loss) on
t''unhcialassets at fair value
through profit or loss 40,297

Total Income


Operating expenses
Depreciation and
amortisation expense
Bad debt expense
Total benefits
and expenses

Net income

Earnings per share







9 months to











3 months to

Net premium income
and deposits 14,069,669
Investment income 1,947,031
Change in unrealised gain
on financial asssets at fair
value through profit or loss 156,279
Realised gain on
financial assets at fair value
through profit or loss 53,717

Total income


Operating expenses
Depreciation and
amortisation expense
Bad debt expense
Total benefits
and expenses

Net income
Earnings per share







3 months to









For the nine months ended 30 September 2005
(Expressed in Bahamian dollars)

Cash flows from
operating activities
Net income
Adjustments for:
Depreciation and
Change in unrealised gain
on financial assets at fair
value through profit or loss
Realised gain on redemption
of preferred shares
Realised (gain)/loss on
financial assets at fair value
through profit or loss
Loans written off, net of
Change in mortgage
Reserve for policyholder
Interest income
Dividend income

Operating profit before
working capital changes

(Increase) decrease
in operating assets
Receivables and other assets
Premiums in arrears,

(Decrease) increase
in operating liabilities
Payables and accruals
Other policyholder funds (

Net cash from operating

Cash flows
from investing activities
Policy loans
Purchase of government
Purchase of fixed assets
Purchase of ordinary shares
Net mortgage loans issued
Proceeds from sale of
ordinary shares
Proceeds from redemption
of preferred shares
Interest received
Dividends received

Net cash (used '() from
investing activities (

Cash flows from
financing activities
Dividends paid -
preference shares
Dividends paid ordinary
Net cash used in
financing activities (

Net (decrease)/increase
in cash and cash
equivalents (
Cash and cash equivalents
at beginning of period

Cash and cash equivalents
at end of period

9 months to























9 months to


558,394 *




















See accompanying notes to unaudited interim consolidated financial statements.

For the nine months ended 30 September 2005
(Amounts expressed in Bahamian dollars)

Balance as of 1 January 2004
Transfer from revaluation surplus
Net income for the period
Dividends declared and paid preference shares
Dividends declared and paid ordinary shares
Balance as of 30 September 2004

Balance as of 1 January 2005
Transfer from revaluation surplus
Net income for the period
Dividends declared and paid preference shares
Dividends declared and paid ordinary shares
Balance as of 30 September 2005

See accompanying notes to unaudited interim consolidated financial statements.


Share Capital
Preference Shares

Share Capital
Ordinary Shares









10,000,000 1,725,000 2,891,694 5,202,889 14,456,706 34,276,289

10,000,000 1,725,000 2,891,694 5,189,525 13,997,237 33,803,456
-(40,090) 40,090
S3,912,326 3,912,326
-(375,000) (375,000)
(1,552,500) (1,552,500)
10,000,000 1,725,000 2,891,694 5,149,435 16,022,153 35,788,282
See accompanying notes to unaudited interim consolidated financial statements.

30 September 2005

1. Accounting Policies
Th interim consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with International
Accounting Standard 34 Interim Financial Reporting. The accounting policies used in the preparation
of the interim consolidated financial statements are consistent with those used in the annual
consolidated financi*kajaments for the year ended 31 December 2004.

e unaudited c ldated financial statements include the accounts of the Company and its wholly
,owned subsdiaries,. Family Guardian Insurance Company Limited, FG General Insurance Agency
lUmied and Balhmaii health Insurance Brokers and Benefit Consultants Limited.

2. Earnings per share

Weighted average number of
ordinary shares outstanding
Consolidated net income
Earnings per share

9 months to
30 Sep 2005

$ 0.45

9 months to
30 Sep 2004

$ 0.35

3. Commitments
Outstanding commitments to extend credit under mortgage loan agreements amounted to
approximately $4,721,195 at 30 September 2005 (31 December 2004: $2,720,508).

4. Subsequent Event

As disclosed in the annual consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2004, the
Company announced that it had entered into discussions with a view to a strategic alliance with
Sagicor Financial Corporation (Sagicor), a widely held publicly traded company listed on the exchanges
of Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago.

The proposed alliance being negotiated is expected to result in a 20% equity interest in the Company
by SagicorAs of the date of the publication of these financial statements final regulatory approval had
not yet been received.








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their respective r
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meet in one half

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FOR the 15th consecutive
year, organisers have
planned to host the Cynthia
'Mother' Pratt Basketball
The Coca-Cola sponsored
round robin format tourna-
ment will get started today at
the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasi-
um and will attract some of
the top government and pri-
vate schools.
The tournament will wrap
up on Friday night.
Organiser Patricia 'Patti'
Johnson said they are antici-
pating some stiff competition
as teams use the event to
gear up for the upcoming
high school basketball sea-
Teams will compete in the
primary boys and girls as
well as junior and senior girls
divisions. However, no teams
will compete in the junior
and senior boys divisions.
"We have a number of
teams confirmed so far,"
Johnson said. "So we are
looking forward to an excit-
ing time. It's going to be a
very competitive tourna-

Johnson said they are
appreciative of the support
they've received from the
Caribbean Bottling Compa-
ny, which from its inception,
has sponsored the tourna-
ment in honour of Mrs
Pratt, a former outstanding
sportswoman turned politi-
Mrs Pratt, according to
Johnson, was one of the
country's most versatile
female players in her day.
She said that a number of the
players have emulated her.
Today, Mrs Pratt serves as
the Deputy Prime Minister
and Minister of National
Security. She previously
worked as a nurse and a
physical education teacher at
CC Sweeting before she took
on a position as Assistant
Director of Student Activi-
ties at the College of the
The opening game today
at 4pm will feature HO Nash
team two against St Anne's
in the junior girls division,
followed Aquinas College
versus Government High
School in the senior girls
All teams, according to
Johnson, will be playing
today. So she's advising all
teams to be in attendance.
Each game will be played 15
minutes per half.
"We know that teams will
have a chance to work out
the cobwebs and get ready
for the Father Marcian
Peters Invitational in
December and the regular
school season," she

Knowles and Nestor prepare

for 'The Final Showdown'

MARK KNOWLES (above) and his doubles partner
Daniel Nestor are looking forward to facing Bob and Mike
Bryan in Shanghai.

Senior Sports Reporter
HAVING won two of their
last three titles, Mark
Knowles and Daniel Nestor
have their bags packed for
Shanghai and the Tennis Mas-
ters Cup crown.
The world's fourth ranked
doubles team will leave today
for China for the season-end-
ing tournament dubbed "The
Final Showdown," which
starts on Monday at the Qi
Zhong Stadium.
And they're going in with
high expectations.
"We feel really good. We
obviously had a great fall,
winning two of the last three
tournaments we played," said
Knowles in an interview with
The Tribune yesterday from
New York.

"We're pretty much healthy
for the first time this year, so
we're really looking forward
to Shanghai. It's a pretty long
trip, but once we get there,
we're looking forward to it."
Last year's top ranked team
have played in the semifinal
of the past two tournaments,
but they have never won the
prestigious event that show-
cases the top eight doubles
teams in the world.
Knowles said putting that

Doubles aces are

ready for Shanghai

right is their immediate goal.
"We'll like to go there and
try to do very well and possi-
bly win the title this time," he
This will be the third year
that the round robin tourna-
ment will be played in Shang-
hai. Previously, it was staged
in Houston where Knowles
and Nestor made it to the
final, but were not successful
in getting over the final hump.
"This tournament has the
top eight teams in the world,
so there's no breather any-
where," he reflected. "So,
obviously, we're going there
to try and win."
Knowles and Nestor will
have to face the elite teams
of American twin brothers
Bob and Mike Bryan; Johas
Bjorkman of Sweden and
Max Mirnyl of Belarus;
Wayne Black and Kevin
Ullyett from Zimbabwe;
Leander Paes of India and
Nenad Zimonjic of Belgrade;
Michael Llodra and Fabrice
Santoro from France; Wayne
Arthurs and Paul Hanley
from Australia and Stephen
Huss and Wesley Moodie.
The Bryans knocked off

Knowles and Nestor to sngpa
their two-tournament winning;
streak at the BNP Paribas
Masters that ended in Paris,.
France over the weekend.
"It was a tough loss, losing
6-1 to the Bryans in the
third," Knowles lamented.
"We should have won that
one, having won two titles in a

"But we have a lot of coiffi-
dence and we're looking for-
ward to playing them again in
Shanghai. We played well and
competed well against them.
But it was just one or two;
points that made the differ-
So far this year, Knowles'
and Nestor have clinched
three titles, including their
12th ATP Masters Series title
together at Indian Wells.
"It's a round robin format,
so you have to play well early
to get to the semifinal,"
Knowles noted. "So we're just
looking forward to playing
well and ending the year on a
positive note."

Campari Lady Natalie eyes

the NSA Regatta trophy

Junior Sports Reporter
THE 'Sailing Barber' Elea-
zor Johnson is ready to hit the
high waters of Montagu
Shores this weekend in the last
leg of the National Sailing
Association (NSA) Regatta.
Johnson and. the Campari
Lady Natalie are hoping to
close the five point deficit with
two wins in the both the A
and B classes. Leading the
fleet is the Annes Nest.
He said: "I want to take two
from him, the Annes Nest, I

want to be able to take him
out this time.
"He sailed some good races
in the past, but this weekend is
my turn. The Campari Lady
Natalie is ready to sail.

"I feel very confident head-
ing into the weekend regatta,
my only wish is the weather. I
hope the weather clears up
because we've been having
some bad weather for sailing."
Having sailed in nine regat-
tas, Johnson believes that the

Campari Lady Natalie's reign
will continue on.
Sending a strong warning to
the captain and crew of the
Anne's Nest, Johnson said the
big surprise for the weekend
sail will be when he sets foot
on the boat as skipper.
"My crew has been doing a
fine job this year, I must give
them thanks," said Johnson.
"But this weekend's surprise
will be when I step on the boat
to assist the crew as skipper. I
haven't done this in a while,
my crew has been handling
"But there are some tricks I


want to pull out of the bag
in order to beat the Annes
"I believe we can pull off
the win over them, but the win
won't come easy, they're not
going to let us just walk in
there and take the trophy.

"If we do win we are going
to need two or three boats to
separate us. We will have to
win and their team will have
to come fourth."
The Campari Lady Natalie

experienced a lot of trouble
in the last NSA regatta, held
in September..
Midway through the rao,:
the.Campari Lady Natalie g *
off to a fast start but lost
momentum due to the shift of
the wind.
Winning the race was
Annes Nest followed by
Williams Auto and Ansbach-
er Queens, Campari Lady
Natalie was fourth.
The Campari Lady Natafie
has claimed 59 points towards
the boat of the year award; a
title Johnson captured last

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ACE pitcher Leonardo Fer-
guson was determined not to
let the St. Andrew's Hurri-
canes beat his St. Augustine's
College Big Red Machines
twice in one season.
After losing 6-2 in their reg-
ular season match-up at SAC,
Ferguson came back at St.
Andrew's on Tuesday and
hurled a three-hitter with three
strike outs to lead the Big Red
Machines to an 8-4 triumph
over the Hurricanes.
With the victory, SAC
advanced to the Bahamas
Association of Athletic Asso-
ciation's junior boys champi-
onship series next week where
they will defend their title
against either pennant-winning
Nassau Christian Academy

SAC advance to

championship series

Saints or the Queen's College
The Crusaders hosted the
Comets in the other half of the
sudden death playoff, but no
scores were available at
"I'm going to defend my
crown," said SAC's head
coach John Todd.
Todd admitted that he
missed the initial meeting
against the Hurricanes because
of the flu. But he decided to
throw a different line-up
against them in the playoff.
However, Todd said Fergu-

son came through in grand
fashion as he silenced the Hur-
ricanes' bats and their offence
clicked like he expected.

Ferguson, batting fifth in the
line-up, came through with a
two-out run batted in (RBI)
single, scoring second baseman
Ashton Allens in the top of
the first inning.
They went on to produce
three more runs in the second,
thanks to a lead off solo home

run from Shannon Marshall
and a two-run homer from
Haywood Higgs both in-the-
SAC would go on to score
two more in the third on Hig-
gs' two-run single that plated
Ferguson and Marshall in the
third and in the fourth, they
got another pair of runs on
Brandon Marshall's RBI dou-
ble before he came home on
an error.
Meanwhile, Ferguson kept
St. Andrew's at bay until the
bottom of the third when
catcher Stefano Pral led off
with a walk and eventually
caught a ride home on Scott
Brown's run-producing bases
loaded walk.
St. Andrew's struck again in
the fourth as losing pitcher
Ramon Strachan led off with a
walk, stole second and scam-
pered home on an error.

And then in the fifth, Ben
Pinder got a one-out single,
advanced to third on two con-
secutive walks and stole home
as Anthony Maolis got to sec-
ond on another after he was

With two-out, Maolis was
knocked in on Chris Fadely's
run-producing single. But Fer-
guson forced Pral to hit a
infield fly that he caught to
end the game.
"It was quite good. I pitched
a lot of strikes and that was
the key to our victory," Fer-
guson stated.
Although he was disap-
pointed in the regular season
loss, Ferguson said this one
was more important because
"it was a do-or-die situation

and I just had to throw strikes.
I didn't throw strikes in the
last game, so I had to throy
them today."
St. Andrew's coach Paul
Davis said Ferguson's pitch-
ing was definitely the differ-
ence in the outcome of the
game. a
"One thing about SAC, they
always improve after the reg-
ular season. Today, their pitch-
er was much better than he
was in the regular season,"
Davis stressed.
Davis said they were opti-
mistic coming into the game,
especially at home, and they
didn't take anything for grant-
ed. He said SAC just wantedit
more than they did and that
is why they're in the final -
SAC will be going after thlir
sixth straight title under cogeh

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Tribune Feature Writer
FOR as long as anyone
can remember, the expres-
sions of Bahamian musical
artists have been centered
around Junkanoo, Goom-
bay and Rake N Scrape,
which are acknowledged by
most as the only authentic
forms of Bahamian music.
But in recent years,
Bahamians have been
expanding the borders of
what is considered Bahami-
an music by adding ele-
ments from other cultures,
more creativity, and a
refreshing change.
Still, the challenge exists
where artists who seek to
venture outside the realms
of the traditional Bahamian
sounds, are finding their
work under public scrutiny.
In a recent public issues
forum held at the National
Art Gallery of the Bahamas
(NAGB), artists Terneille
"Ta Da" Burrows, known
for her hip-hop R&B com-
positions; Obi Pindling,
leader of the soca band Vis-
age; Rueben "Ruppa-Pum
Pum" Deleveaulx,Junkanoo
drummer; and Cleophaus
Adderley, director of the
National Youth Choir,
came together to discuss a
number of issues; What is
authentic Bahamian music?
Is there such a thing? And if
there is, to what extent
should artists challenge that

As in wider society, there
were different views as to
what is true Bahamian
music, But Mr Adderley
may have presented a rea-
sonable definition of what
most Bahamians consider to
be Bahamian music.
In its broadest context, he
explained, Bahamian music
is any form of music
whether jazz, hip hop or
R&B, composed by a
Bahamian. In its narrowest
context, Bahamian music is
a composition that express-
es the essence of who
Bahamians are as a people,
and employs Bahamian his-
tory, its rhythmic patterns,
its nuances, its folk tales
and other indigenous mate-
As a musician, and direc-
tor of the National Youth
Choir, Mr Adderley has
been somewhat adventur-
ous in his work with a style
that can best be described
as Bahamian folk lore
meets European classical
and African beats. He feels
that no apology should be
made for using these west-
ern art forms.

Mr Adderley, like many
other artists, believes that to
find the right balance
between creativity and tra-
ditional Bahamian music,
the "ingredients" are more
important than to shun cre-
ativity all together. While
he believes that the listener,
not the artist, should be the
one to determine if such a
balance is appropriate, Mr
Adderley has found a way
to marry the two in many of
his works.
One of Adderley's pieces,
a classical arrangement of
Ronnie Butler's "Burma
Road", performed by the
Youth Choir, is an attempt
to stretch the borders of
Bahamian folklore music.
He has created an overture
SEE page two


Tribune Feature Editor
AN ARTIST for the past
15-years, Toby Lunn, work-
ing in warm, earth tones for
his latest exhibition, 'Flow:
Earth, Air, Fire and Water'
on display at Segafredo Cafe
on Charlotte Street until
November 18, stepped beyond
the traditional and utilized
modern, experimental tech-
niques to create a melodious
body of work.
For this latest series, which
he spent the past five years
working on, Toby said he
wanted to create warm, soft
paintings: "Normally, they
have this hard exterior,
'there's a boat, there's a man
fishing', but these have a sub-
jective ambiance. Yeah, that
(subjective ambiance)
describes a lot of my work".

Looking at his work, 'Gypsy
Rhythms' reveals a relaxed,
confident stroke, with warm,
methodical beats, rich in har-
mony and orchestration:
"When you listen to a song,
you don't necessarily extract
the different instruments, you
just feel the song the entire
melody," he said.
Another work, 'Isohaline',
which means the level of salin-
ity in the water, is almost like
a crystallization process. The
general premise behind the
work, he said, was to show
how forms, like music, beat
together to create the whole:
"It's not necessary to explain
what the title is, unless they
are really interested, because
its almost like the second
phase," the artist said.
A graduate of the College
of the Bahamas with a degree
in Art, Toby later received a
Bachelor of Fine Arts from

M THE Red Sands S

the Maryland Institute Col-
lege of Art, in Baltimore,
Like many artists around
the world, Toby must supple-
ment his passion, with ordi-
nary work. He teaches art
classes two days a week and
works in the Surf Shop in the
Marina Village all so that he
will not fall into that most
romantic of job categories -
"the starving artist".
According to Toby, creat-
ing paintings is like trying to
find your own voice; "When I
was in university, I did a lot
of portraiture, faces. This
series, it works, I enjoy it the
most. I enjoy the freedom of

the elements

painting with the subjective.
"There was a guy looking
at the paining on Friday night
and he said 'I see this, I see
that, I see a guy standing on
the dock, that was cool," Toby

With the establishment of
the National Art Gallery of
the Bahamas, Toby feels that
more and more Bahamians
are beginning to appreciate
the work of artists, painters,
sculptures and others like him-
self, to understand the value in
their creations. He believes
that they are beginning to

recognise that art is an inte-
gral part of Bahamian culture,
that it is an integral part of
human life: "It's like creative
writing, it's just a new dia-
Among the bright lights of
the exhibition, Hyperlight I &
II, which he describes as work-
ing well together, offering bal-
ance and harmony, done in
oil-based enamel paint and
mahogany stain on canvas,
reveals best the maturation,
creativeness, and free spirit of
the artist.
"I was using oil paint and I
ran out of paint. At the same
time I was staining some fur-
niture and I said, 'what would

happen if I used this (stain)'?"
The mahogany stain settles
on the canvas, hinting at
coloured transparency. To cre-
ate the affect, Toby laid down
marks with the oil paint and
used the stain, almost like a
glaze, because of its transpar-
ent nature.
A second piece, which is
really two works of art, Red
Sands, also uses the mahogany
stain, but on wood.
According to Toby, each
surface has a different prop-
erty. Unprimed, or raw can-
vas, soaks up the stain. Wood
has its own properties, is
SEE page two

* TOBY LUNN sits next to his work on display at Segafredo Cafe on Charlotte Street.


Toby's exhibition



arts brief

THE Central Bank of
the Bahamas will be hosting
the 22nd Annual Art Com-
petition and Exhibition. The
opening reception is
Wednesday, November 9, at

TOBY LUNN's 'Flow:
Earth, Air, Fire and Water'
(right) is on exhibition at
Segafredo Cafe, Charlotte
Street. The show is running
now to November 18.

be hosting 'Roddie's Wood-
turning Show, at the Nassau
Yacht Club, East Bay Street,
Thursday, November 10,
from 5:30pm to 9:30pm.

be showing her latest collec-
tion of paintings at the
British Colonial Hilton, Vic-
toria Room. Friday, Novem-
ber 11, 7pm to 11pm.

be hosting a series of work-
shops throughout November.
Persons interested in attend-
ing any of the sessions should
contact the NAGB.

M YOUTH Workshop:
Making Junkanoo, on Satur-
day, November 12 from
10am to 2pm. The workshop
begins at the NAGB and
moves to a local Junkanoo
Shack to experience the
process of Junkanoo costume
making. The group will then
return to the Gallery to put
together a headpiece.

Smith, of England, embarked
on a series of works motivat-
ed in part by seeing US
movies at Nassau drive-in
theaters. The NAGB has
invited Smith to discuss his
past and present work.

Mural Painting on Saturday
November 26 from 10am to
2pm and Sunday, November
27, from 3pm to 6pm. Chil-
dren will be engaged in paint-

ing a new mural on the exte-
rior walls of the NAGB at
West and West Hill Streets
under the direction and in
the style of the artist John
Paul Saddleton.

0 THE National Collec-
tion at the National Art
Gallery of the Bahamas, an
exhibition that takes the
viewer on a journey through
the history of fine art in the
It features signature pieces
from the national collection,
including recent acquisitions
by Blue Curry, Antonius

Roberts and Dionne Ben-
jamin-Smith. Call. 328-5800
to book tours.

Gallery features work by
Bahamian artists Jason Ben-
nett, John Cox, Blue Curry,
Toby Lunn and Heino
Schmid. The gallery is locat-
ed 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 informa-
t i o n o r v i s i t


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porous and also soaks up the stain, "almost
like it was burning, glowing", he said.
"When I started using wood stain on can-
vas, it had a certain flow. I now realise what
people have been responding to, they have
been saying that I am coming into my own
with the wood stain.
"Maybe I'm deluding myself, but Flow
seemed to fit into a nutshell and I feel. the
work has a certain ambiance to it."
Asked when he considers a piece finish, Toby
said he starts with an image, an idea and then
continues to work until he feels that it is com-
plete. While it may be difficult for him to
describe the process leading to finished works

FROM page one

to set the mood for the opera
"Our Boys" being performed
by the University of Miami
Symphony Orchestra.
"Our Boys" is based on the
true story of the 1980 Cuban
bombing of the Defence Force
vessel "Flamingo", which killed
four officers. One of Adderley's
earlier pieces, Nassau Harbour,
tells of how the boats came into
the harbour, and the subsequent
"calamity" in the nearby straw
market. It makes use of
Bahamian subjects and local
dialect, all set to classical music.
When Bahamians hear this
type of music though, they often
neglect the local aspects and
focus on the "iota" of Euro-
pean influences. The result is
that the music is dismissed as
not Bahamian. And although
the European listener often
does not identify his style of
music in these renditions, his
reaction is very different, Mr
Adderley said.
"It's as though they don't
hear anything European or they
hear very little European. They
go on and they say, 'oh, what a
breath of fresh air. What kind of
music is that?' They don't hear
the European vocabulary. They
hear the Africaness. They hear
the Caribbeaness. And those
who know a little bit more of
the Bahamas, hear the Bahami-
aness of this music," Adderley
Some argue that stifling the
creative freedom of local artists
may not be beneficial if the
country wishes to put its music
on the map in the same way
that Bahamian athletes have
found a place in the sports
world. As Ta Da noted,
Bahamian artists who have
gone on to do amazing things
globally, groups like the T Con-
nection, were mainly funk, and
most recently the Grammy-
Award winning Bahamen,
offered island hip-hop dance
fusion sounds. But these groups
are now considered icons
because of their accomplish-
Said the artist: "Looking at
Sir Sidney Poitier, having
achieved what he achieved, he
didn't do it where everyone
knew he was from the
Bahamas. They eventually
found out because of his suc-
cess. But it wasn't based on the

Toby Lunn
of art Toby said quickly that it is much easier
to identify when something goes wrong.
To help viewers get a better understanding of
the rhythm of his work, Toby explained: "With
Gypsy Rhythm for example, I started out with
sporadic beats. I put layers on and let it dry and'
came back and added more layers. It's the har-
mony of it, it's just a feeling, I'm not sure you
can always verbalise it."
Flow, which features 10 paintings, is Toby's
third show in the last five year. The two previ-
ous shows, the first in 2001 and then in 2002,
were precursors to his current exhibition. Both-
shows were also held at Segafredo.

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fact that he went on screen
speaking with a strong Bahami-
an slang.
"He made it because he did
something that was mainstream
without compromising his iden-
tity...He just did not go there
trying to prove a point."
According to Ms Burrows,
many people are of the opinion
that any music being produced
by a Bahamian, outside of
Junkanoo and Rake N Scrape,
is not music. But culture
evolves, even some of the styles
that Bahamians have adopted
are not their own. "Can't we be
more opened minded and say,
fuse a little bit of contemporary
Bahamian culture with that old
style Bahamian and come up
with something different?" she
The Bahamian society, like
all cultures, is inherently reluc-
tant to engage in any form of
change. But while these artist
wish to push their creativity and
test borders, they maintain that
change does not mean a loss of
Older people, in particular,
are often reluctant to replace
their comfortable, long famil-
iar cultural patterns, even those
musical influences. This habitu-
al behavior provides some form
of emotional security in a world
that is constantly changing and
merging its cultures,
"I just think we need to be
more broad-minded and allow
young people to be expressive
and to achieve what they can
achieve whether it be. to pro-
mote Bahamian culture or not
because we just are too small a
population and too young a
country to not take what we can
get. So who ever is going to put
us on the map, once they are
not doing anything negative, I
think they should just go for it.
I think we should just get over
trying to promote typical
Bahamian music as the only
music we legitimize as coming
from the Bahamas...," said Ta
Bahamian music, she added,
is considered world music, a
niche market that is unlikely to
go mainstream as hip hop has

done. Music, she believes, is uni-
versal and artists should not be
"pigeonholed" into producing
only Bahamian music, though
she has produced some jingles
using typical Bahamian music.
According to Mr Adderley,
Bahamian music offers 'a
"breath of expression" that has
a range of styles. Students
should be exposed to their
entire music history, not only
Junkanoo, he believes.
He says that when he writes
music, he draws on Bahamian
religious music, the way chords
progress or are put together, on
rhythms, local instruments, local
stories and folk tales. He draws
on all of these "forces" to try
and create something that
reflects a Bahamian essence and
the Caribbean persona.
The Bahamas, he said, differs
from other countries in the
region in that it is an archipel-
ago, spanning many miles. And
life within an archipelago offers
a wealth of varying cultural
Said the director: "While the
cultural resources in the
Bahamas are vast, we are not
proportionately created...per-
haps it can be attributed to the
fact that our confidence in our
indigenous cultural resources
and our own ability to produce
anything of value, to add to the
global cultural treasure, is sadly
lacking, which causes us to turn
to foreign cultural elements pro-
duced for us, and to guide us to
what should be the components
of our own culture. And I
lament that fact.,
"But I rejoice in that we have
so many creative people in this
country. We just need to sup-
port them more.""
The next NAGB Public
Issues Forum will be held on
December 13 @ 6:30pm. Guest
speakers, Michael Pintard,
Cleveland "Anku" Eneas III,
Dr Keith Wisdom, Telcine
Turner, Jeanne Thompson and
James Catalyn will speak on the
topic, "Performative Practices,
Processes and Paradigm: The.
Theatrical Space in Bahamian

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he Bahamas is to
get its own
National Book
Week, and a
good thing, too.
A nation which gives low pri-
ority t' literature is an arid
landscape, a cultural tundra.
Here is the chance to sow
seeds of enlightenment for a
new generation.
Higher awareness and
greater appreciation of the
written- word will take this
country. a vital step nearer to
the realisation of its consider-
able potential. To be a non-
reader is to be intellectually
and culturally crippled. 4
Academic qualifications
have become the benchmark
by which Bahamians judge
their intellectual might. But
these can be alarmingly mis-
leading, for degrees and diplo-
mas alone give no real mea-
sure of a person's knowledge
or his, or her capacity for
applying it.
It's no use studying an arm-
ful of books for a prescribed
curriculum if you don't also
acquire a genuine, lifelong
love for learning. Literature
in all its forms is the gateway
to knowledge and a richer,
more abundant life.
A National Book Week is
official recognition of this fact
- and it's to be hoped that
Bahamians respond to this
laudable initiative by devel-
oping a genuine desire to
explore the fantastic world of
For the first 16 years
of my own life, I
can remember
being res-
a n d,

something uniquely com-
pelling. Not all are great, but
all are very good indeed, and
well worth exploring.
Firstly, a couple of confes-
sions that will give connois-
seurs an insight into my prej-
udices. D H Lawrence was, in
my view, the greatest writer
of the twentieth century. No-
one else of the same era
approaches him in my estima-
tion. Martin Amis, on the oth-
er hand, I rate near unread-
able, a view apparently shared
by his father, Kingsley. If
nothing else, my taste does not
defer to trends. Anyway,
here's my Top Twenty:

Sons and Lovers by D H
Lawrence Of all the excel-
lent novels produced by my
literary hero, this one tops the
pile. It is a wonderful explo-
ration of Lawrence's own ear-
ly life which gives unparalleled
insights into the nature of
oedipal love. It also exempli-
fies Lawrence's mastery in
capturing the spirit of place.
Sheer genius.

Under the Volcano by
Malcohnlm Lowry As a study
in human disintegration, this
has no equal. The last day in
the life of the boozy consul is
one of the most harrowing
reads I have encountered.
Lowry was himself a troubled,
drunken reprobate who car-
ried the manuscript of his mas-
.terpiece around with him for
years. You get the impression
this book was chiselled from
his soul.

- Boy by James
H a nl e y -
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ably anti-
books, mainly
because I had a
multitude of tedious
tomes thrust upon me by my
teachers. It's true I enjoyed
Dickens, and appreciated at
least some of Shakespeare,
but Pilgrim's Progress and The
Prisoner of Zenda, along with
many more, bored me to dis-
traction. I considered much of
19th century English literature
to be stilted and irrelevant.
And I had yet to discover the
magnificent Russian classics
of the same era.
Then, in the late 1950s, I
stumbled upon a treasure
chest of contemporary novels
whose themes and protago-
nists reflected life as I knew
it. I embarked on a reading
adventure that continues
today, one that has kept my
brain alive for five decades
and rendered boredom an
Books for me are now indis-
pensable companions. They
stimulate, inform and inspire.
Without them, life would be
severely and irreparably
diminished. For those prompt-
ed by National Book Week to
embark on their own literary
adventure, I'd like to highlight
some 'of my favourite books
so that you, too, might savour
the genius of their creators.
Of dourse, literary tastes are
highly subjective and you will
not like them all. But for me,
each of my top twenty books
of the last 100 years has
offered something special,

Volcano blow
for blow, but it is
the master work of a
neglected genius who. never
allowed commercialism to
taint his art. Hanley, virtually
unknown except to the rela-
tively few who have had the
good fortune to stumble upon
his outstanding work, attract-
ed much critical acclaim but
only modest sales in his life-

> Voss by Patrick White -
This dense, magnificent novel
by the Australian Nobel lau-
reate is his best. Impossible to
describe in a paragraph, it is a
beautifully written book by an
acknowledged master of the
prose form.

> The Great Gatsby by F
Scott Fitzgerald Regarded
by some as the greatest novel
of the 20th century, Gatsby is
another product of a tortured
and chronically intoxicated
genius. Technically, it is prob-
ably the closest one will ever
get to the perfect novel, and is
certainly the most accom-
plished creation of the Jazz
Age maestro.

*- As I Lay Dying by
William Faulkner Some
will challenge this choice as
Faulkner's best work, but I
rate it his most innovative, its
simple story told by a series
of narrators in a form which
has been much imitated over
the years. Faulkner is an

The Bahamas' first National Book Week has been set

provisionally for February in an attempt to stimulate

reading throughout the nation. Here, one voracious

reader writes about the importance of books in the

lives of all intelligent people, and selects his

favourite reads from 20th century literature.

acquired taste, and rated dif-
ficult by many. This book is a
good, and easily digestible,
introduction to his work.

> For Whom the Bell Tolls
by Ernest Hemingway -
Papa's Spanish Civil War nov-
el is, I think, the best of this
legendary American's impres-
sive output. It survives as a
great love story and as a high-
ly individualistic account of a
savage conflict.

> Grapes of Wrath by John
Steinbeck This tale of the
trek of the Okies from the
dustbowl of their homeland is
one of the great American
epics. With Of Mice and Men,
it stands out as the best of
Steinbeck and is a memorable
and moving account of a grim
time in US history.

Scoop by Evelyn Waugh
- Every newspaperman rates
this among his favourite
books. It is the hilarious
account of a nature notes
writer who finds himself
assigned, by mistake, to cover
a war. Waugh was, by all
accounts, a thoroughly
unpleasant man, but as a satir-
ical writer of word-perfect
prose, he has no equal. This
book is one of his most hilari-
ous and memorable.

>- Of Human Bondage by
W Somerset Maugham By
his own estimation, Maugham
was in the front rank of the
second-raters, but this auto-
biographical novel stands
out, along with Cakes and
Ale, as his best and sug-
gests that he was unduly
modest about his worth.

V The Rainbow by D H
Lawrence This complex
but compelling novel about
the Brangwen sisters and
their emotional entangle-
ments, together with its
sequel Women in Love, is
another stunning example of
Lawrence's deep understand-
ing of human relationships. It
contains some of his best writ-
ing and is rated by many crit-
ics as his finest novel.

s- Portrait of the Artist as a
Young Man by James Joyce
- This largely autobiograph-
ical work is the favourite of
those who like Joyce at his
most intelligible. Ulysses and
Finnegans Wake were experi-
ments in verbal abstraction,
but Portrait shows that Joyce
was a massively gifted writer
of more conventional prose,

> Lord of the Flies by
William Goldin This illu-
minating tale of schoolboys
transformed into savages by
enforced isolation remains my
favourite Golding book.

> Nineteen Eighty Four by
George Orwell This highly
prescient novel about totali-
tarianism and thought control,
together with the equally
acclaimed Animal Farm, is
chosen partly because I rate
Orwell so highly as a writer,
but above all as a magnificent
essayist. His Homage to Cat-
alonia, Road to Wigan Pier
and Down and Out in Paris
and London also testify to his
soaring talent as a literary and
journalistic all-rounder.

> Room at the Top by John
Braine Literary snobs dis-
miss this as a low-brow novel
for grasping social climbers.
However, I rate it the best
book produced by the cele-
brated Angry Young Men of
the 1950s and early 1960s.
Yorkshireman Braine had a
tremendous instinct for char-
acterisation and an excellent
ear for dialogue. Sadly, his
work went downhill badly in
his later career and he never

quite matched this, his debut

> The Loneliness of the
Long Distance Runner by
Alan Sillitoe This wonder-
ful story highlights one boy's
battle against "the system"
and the authority figures he
has. grown to despise. Along
with Saturday Night and Sun-
day Morning, it rates among
the best of poet-novelist Silli-
toe's extensive output.

Lady Chatterley's Lover
by D H Lawrence Pen-
guin's success in getting this
novel through the courts in
1960 broke down literary
censorship and opened the
way for many lesser sexually
explicit works. However,
judged purely on merit, it
remains a powerful story
about love transcending class
barriers and includes some of
Lawrence's most delectable

Miguel Street by V S
Naipaul This early work by
the Trinidadian master
remains, for me, his most
beguiling work. Others are
weightier and more profound,
but none offers quite so much
by way of innocent amuse-

> Adrift in Soho by Colin
Wilson I choose this light
but highly readable book sim-
ply because I admire Wilson
so much. Lionised and vilified
in quick succession by high-
brow critics, savaged by schol-
ars and ignored by the masses,
he has nonetheless plied his
trade in his highly individual-
istic way for half a century.
With well over 100 books to
his name, the former Leicester
laboratory worker deserves to
be included in anyone's "all-
time favourites" list.

S- Bonfire of the Vanities by
Tom Wolfe I suppose the
best compliment any journal-

ist can pay to
another is to
say: "I
wish I'd
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written Bon-
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ties. Enough said.
Inevitably, this list displays
all the literary predispositions
of a middle-aged Englishman
who believes good books
should be entertaining,
enlightening and enriching. It
steers clear of the cerebral and
pretentious, ignores a wide
range of genres including
romance, crime and sci-fi and
disdains the Jeffrey Archers
and Danielle Steeles of the
It is also notable for the
absence of women, its Anglo-
American bias, and, I suppose,
its predictability. I admit to

ing a
I preference
for British
and American
writers. And at least a
third of the titles here would
appear in most people's Top
However, my literary jour-
ney continues onward and
upward and I'm open to sug-
gestions. That's why I would
like to hear what books Tri-
bune readers most enjoy.

SWhat are your favourite
books? Fax 328-2398 or e-mail

Tribune Feature Writer

COUNTRY MUSIC got a big boost in
the Bahamas over the weekend as Peter
NygArd hosted his Second Annual Nygard
Songwriters Festival, November 3 to 5.
The festival, which was hosted at tranquil
NygArd Cay, gave United States-based
musicians an opportunity to have a cre-
ative atmosphere where they were able to
write new material, garnering inspiration
from a very different, Bahamian environ-
It was also an opportunity for those
artists to perform along with each other.
On Sunday night, the festival came to a
conclusion as the cay came alive when
artists gave performances in traditional
country style. Bahamian country music
enthusiasts were in full affect on that night,
sharing in the music of well-known artists.


The festival attracted some big names
in the country music business from Chuck
Cannon, to Tim Nichols, Sherrie Austin,
Vicky McGehee, Brett James, Kylie Sack-
ley, Will Rambeaux, Andy Griggs and
Conchita LeeFlang.
The award winning songs created by
these individuals have hit the top of the
country music charts by Toby Keith, Reba

McEntire, Kenny Chesney or Uncle Krack-,
er, Dolly Parton, Alan Jackson and Faith
Above all, the event provided the ideal
setting for Bahamians interested in music
and song writing to witness work from sea-
soned professionals.


Peter Nygird, who is considered a pio-
neer in designing ladies clothing, is also a
proponent for cultural expression. This fes-
tival, he believes, continues to be an oppor-
tunity to expose local talent to interna-
tionally-recognized stars, which will no
doubt motivate Bahamian artists.
And who better to sponsor the event
than BMI, an American performing rights
organisation that represents more than
300,000 songwriters, composers and music
publishers, not only in country music.
Mary Loving of BMI, also co-founder
of the festival,.said in a statement: "The
Bahamas welcomed us warmly in our first
year and we were particularly appreciative
of Peter Nygard for hosting us at his
The non-profit company, BMI, was
founded in 1939, and collects license fees on
behalf of the American creators that it rep-
resents, as well as thousands of creators
from around the world who chose BMI for
representation in the United States.

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Visit Festival Place at Prince George Wharf and enjoy
a day of shopping for authentic Bahamian-made gifts,
souvenirs and delicious Bahamian sweets and treats.
Every Friday starting at 5pm, join us for a Bahamian
Revue, live entertainment, native bands, limbo dancers
and Junkanoo performances.

Gospel choirs will be competing each Saturday, for a
period of six weeks, at the Braiders Square at Festival
Place on Prince George Wharf. Choirs will be judged
on musicianship, group coordination and symmetry,
technique, versatility of chosen song, program choice
and presentation of final performance. The choir cat-
egories include ladies, men, mixed voice, youth and
groups of choirs. The competition will commence with
preliminaries in October and finals in November and
December. One group will be eliminated each Satur-
day. The selection of the winning choir is scheduled to
take place at the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
on December 10, at 6pm at Festival Place.

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 actually the Edwards Twins two
celebrity impersonators that look and sound like over
100 superstars. Celebrities on Stage plays for the next
13 to 16 weeks, Tuesday through Saturday at 8:30pm
at the Rainforest Theatre, Crystal Palace Casino. For
tickets call the theatre 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. Bac-
:rdi Big Apple and other drink specials all night long.

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

Ladies Night @ Fluid Lounge, this and every Thursday
night. Doors open at 10pm. Ladies free before lam,
$10 after. Guys: $15 all night. Drink special: 3 @ $10
(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 11pm. Strict security enforced.

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

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

Reggae Tuesdays @ Bahama Boom. Cover charge
includes a free Guinness and there should be lots of
prizes and surprises. Admission: Ladies $10 and Men

Hump Day Happy Hour @ Topshotters Sports Bar
'very 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
hmsic in the VIP Lounge, Top of the charts in the
Main Lounge, neon lights and Go Go dancers. Admis-
sion: Ladies free before 11pm, $15 after; Guys $20
all night.

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

Twisted Boodah Lounge @ Cafe Segafredo, 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

Colonial Hotel.

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

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

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

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

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

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

SThe Arts m

TOBY LUNN's 'Flow: Earth, Air, Fire and Water' is
on exhibition at Segafredo Cafe, Charlotte Street.
The show is running now to November 18.
For this latest series, which he spent the past five
years working on, Toby said he wanted to create
warm, soft paintings.

The official opening for the "Process" Art Show by
Holly Parotti, will be held Saturday, November 5,
from 12pm to 6pm. Her recent etchings will be on dis-
play at the Post House Gallery, Prospect Ridge, until
Saturday, November 12.

Jessica's Tileworks will be featured during a Ceramic
Artist Open House that will showcase original
Bahamian handmade Christmas gifts and corporate
gift items. The show will be held Monday, November,
7 to Saturday November 12, from 10am to 4pm.

Room. Friday, November 11, 7pmi to 11pm.

The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB)
will be hosting a series of workshops throughout
November. Persons interested in attending any of the
sessions should contact the NAGB.

An Adult Workshop: Ceramic Tilemaking, Wednes-
day, November 2, 6:30pm to 9:30pm and Saturday,
November 5, 10:30am to 1:30pm. The workshop will
cover the basic steps to creating tiles for any project.
The class also covers underglazes and basic glaze con-

Youth Workshop: Making Junkanoo, on Saturday,
November 12 from 1.0am to 2pm. The workshop
begins at the NAGB and moves to a local Junkanoo
Shack to experience the process of Junkanoo cos-
tume making.
The group will then return to the Gallery to put
together a headpiece.

Artist Talk: David Smith, of England, embarked on a
series of works motivated in part by seeing US movies
at Nassau drive-in theaters. The NAGB has invited
Smith to discuss his past and present work.

Youth Workshop: Mural Painting on Saturday
November 26 from 10am to 2pm and Sunday, Novem-
ber 27, from 3pm to 6pm. Children will be engaged in
painting a new mural on the exterior walls of the
NAGB at West and West Hill Streets under the direc-
tion and in the style of the artist John Paul Saddleton.

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 collec-
tion, 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.

Health I.

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

Sweet Sunday Chill Out Soiree Lounge, every Sunday, Gloria Pinder, will be showing her latest collection of Pre & Post Natal Fitness Classes are being held
4pm-midnight @ Patio Grille, British paintings at the British Colonial Hilton, Victoria 6:30pm Tuesdays and Thursdays at Nassau gymNastics
Seagrapes location (off Prince Charles Drive). Doctor
Ssmo approval is required. Call 364-8423 to register or for
-lllmore information.

Toby's art show

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

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

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

Doctors Hospital, the official training centre of the
American Heart Association offers CPR classes cer-
tified by the AHA. The course defines the warning,
signs of respiratory arrest and gives prevention strate-
gies to avoid sudden death syndrome and the most
common serious injuries and choking that can occur in
adults, infants and children. CPR and First Aid class-
es are offered every third Saturday of the month from
9am-lpm. Contact a Doctors Hospital Community,
Training Representative at 302-4732 for more infor-
mation and learn to save a life today.

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

E.Civic Clubs

The Nassau Bahamas Alumnae chapter of Delta Sig-
ma Theta Sorority Incorporated meets 6:30 pm every
third Wednesday at the Bahamas National Pride

Toastmasters Club 3596 meets at the British Colo-
nial Hilton Monday's at 7pm.

The Bahadhas Historical Society will host a meeting at
6pm on Thursday, October 27 at the Museum on
Shirley Street and Elizabeth Avenue. Dr Keith Tin-
ker, Director, Antiquities, Monuments and Museum,
and Mr Pericles Maillis will speak on Clifton Planta-
tion, including the cultural aspect, new archaeological
finds and the current efforts to save this important his-
torical site. The general public is invited to attend.

Toastmasters Club 1095 meets Tuesday, 7.30pm @ C
C Sweeting Senior School's Dining Room, College
Avenue off Moss Road. Club 9477 meets Friday, 7pm
@ Bahamas Baptist Community College Rm A19,,
Jean St. Club 3956 meets Thursday, 7.30pm @ British
Colonial Hilton. Club 1600 meets Thursday, 8.30pm @
SuperClubs Breezes. Club 7178 meets Tuesday, 6pm
@ The J Whitney Pinder Building, Collins Ave.
Club 2437 meets every second, fourth and fifth
Wednesday at the J Whitney Pinder Building, Collins
Ave at 6pm. Club 612315 meets Monday 6pm @ Wyn-
dham Nassau Resort, Cable Beach. Club 753494 meets
every Wednesday, 6pm-8pm in the Solomon's Build-
ing, East-West Highway. Club 3596 meets at the
British Colonial Hilton Mondays at 7pm. Club
Cousteau 7343 meets every Tuesday night at 7.30 in
the Chickcharney Hotel, Fresh Creek, Central Andros.
All are welcome.

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

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

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

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

Nassau Council 10415 Knights of Columbus meets
the second and four" Wednesday of the month, 8pm
@ St Augustine's N.M stary.

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

International Association of Administrative Profes-
sionals, Bahamas Chapter meets the third Thursday of
every month @ Superclubs Breezes, Cable Beach,

AMISTAD, a Spanish club meets the third Friday of
the month at COB's Tourism Training Centre at 7pm
in Room 144 during the academic year. The group pro-
motes the Spanish language and culture in the com-
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SINCE Steven Spielberg
reinvented the genre with
Saving Private Ryan -
which took us closer to the
battlefield than we could
ever imagine war movies
have been a somewhat hit
and miss affair.
Some have tried too
hard to be profound (The
Thin Red Line), not hard
enough (Black Hawk
Down), or aimed for satire
(Three Kings) with dis-
tinctly mixed results.
Now we have Jarhead, a
film that falls short of
greatness but has enough
quality to make for satis-
fying viewing.
Set during the first Gulf
War, the movie follows
Anthony Swofford (Gyl-
lenhaal) through his train-
ing in the marines and
onto his stuttering combat
experiences in Iraq.
But most of his time in
the Middle East is spent
fighting boredom rather
than the enemy, a bore-
dom which manifests itself
in overblown hijinks,
homesickness and frustra-
tion among the marines.
Then, when the fighting
finally gets underway,
Swofford finds himself
struggling to keep a sense
of reality amid the explo-
sions and burning oil fields.
Jarhead's strength is in
the performances. Gyllen-
haal skillfully keeps his
character balancing on the
fine line between sensitiv-
ity and lumbering machis-
mo and manages to carry
the film in its quieter
S.Jamie Foxx devours his
role as unflinching
Sergeant Sykes and his star
quality gives real power to
this larger-than-life char-
Sarsgaard also does well
with a complex turn as mil-
itary misfit Troy.
All this is tied up in
some fantastic imagery,
which uses the bleakness
of the desert to full effect.
The problem with Jar-
head is how it handles the
politics of this particular
conflict. Lip-service is paid
to the controversial aspects
of the first Gulf War with-
out really addressing them.
I couldn't help but feel
that the film would have
been more effective if it
dropped the half-hearted
attempt at covering all the
bases and focussed exclu-
sively on the marines'
But, for the most part,
Jarhead works as straight
down the middle war
movie. It's no classic, but
its clever writing and
strong performances are
definitely worth catching.

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* FANTAN Mojah fans went
wild when he graced the stage
to sing one of his number one
songs, Mama Hungry. l the "HYPE" on rai

housands of Bahamians and
visitors poured out to the
Queen Elizabeth Sports Cen-
tre to a concert that lived up to
all the "HYPE" on radio
broadcasts over the air waves.
As we entered the gates our first impres-
sion was "this is unbelievable"..... the lines
were so long it was as if we were standing up
watching for our favorite Junkanoo group to
come down Bay Street.
The VIP, platinum and general admission
sections had to tow a single line which
caused total chaos and frustration. It took
concert goers 35 to 40 minutes to reach their
final destination, and along the way we
would be searched three times because secu-
rity was tight and nothing was getting passed
them (International Body Guards company)
or the Royal Bahamas Police Force, to make
sure concert goers were safe.
The concert didn't get started until
12:15am.' First up. on stage were the local
Bahamians performers. Landlord gave a
very good performance and some of the
fans thought that he was better than some of
the international singers, some of who were
BOOED of the stage by the audience.
Up next were the Caribbean Dancers and
what a show they put on! Doing dance rou-
tines, from Michael Jackson to the Willie
Bounce, but some fans were left in dismay as
to why they would have a Michael Jackson
performance at an all-reggae concert which
left a lot of Rastafarians highly upset.
Other entertainers included Ninja Ford,
Mr Perfect, Jah Mikey, Macka Diamond
and Bascom X.
Gyptian sang a fan favourite, a rendition
of These Are Some Serious Times, but he
received a good surprise when the audience
sang the whole single for him. He came to a
complete stand still on stage and loved every
minute of it.
As time wound down in the wee hours of
the morning it was getting close to that big,
history-making moment, the audience would
get the whole 411 about what happened to
Jah Cure, aka Siccaturie Alcott, and why
he was behind prison walls. The audience
also got a chance to watch his new video,
True Reflections.
At 3:45am Fantan Mojah graced the stage


* FREE JAH CURE -. Concert goers
got a chance to watch Siccaturie Alcott's
(Jah Cure's) new video, True Reflections.

.and the fans went wild singing one of his
number one songs, Mama Hungry. He made
sure that by the time he walked off the stage
concert goers were hungry no more, so for-
get about drinking water. Fifteen minutes
later Anthony B madb his presence felt on
stage also and this is when concert-goers
really started to feel the vibe.
When Anthony B sang Raid Di Barn, the
place was electrified. Fantan Mojah asked
the producers to let the people in general
admission move into the VIP section so that
they could really get close to him. He said:
"Break down the fences!"
The audience obviously appreciated what
he said and they came flowing into the VIP
section to be more involved in the show.
The dynamic duo of Anthony B and Fan-
tan Mojah made you feel like: "This is what
the millennium concert is supposed to be
like from you enter the gate."
Overall, watching Anthony B and Fan-
tan Mojah made the concert what it really
should be and it was then that you got the
sense of the purpose and message of Jah
Cure you got the truth.

Album 'seeks

to capture the

raw essence of

Bahamian life'

Tribune Feature Writer
efore there were
brass instruments
to add an extra
feature to
Junkanoo music,
rushers made sweet Junkanoo
music solely with indigenous
instruments. One local drummer
is bringing some of that history
back, and in its most unrefined
Reuben "Ruppa-Pum Pum"
Deleveaux, lead drummer of the
One Family Junkanoo group,
has packaged what he believes
to be the authentic Bahamian
sound in CD form. The album,
"The Secret Sounds of The
Bahamas", seeks to capture the
raw essence of Bahamian life.
Twenty-seven year old
Deveaux has performed all over
the world and throughout the
Family Islands, and is now show-
cased live at The Island Club,
Nassau Beach Hotel, and
Atlantis' Marina Village.
According to the
musician/entertainer, the release
was not geared to any specific
market, but to generations of
Bahamians. And it comes at a
good time, as Deveaux believes
that the Bahamas has a lot of
young talent that is simply going
to waste. "Basically, young peo-
ple don't know who they are,"
said the musician.
The Bahamas, through its
Junkanoo music, has a unique
sound that sets it apart from oth-
er similar cultural expressions in
Trinidad and Jamaica, for exam-
ple. Not only are the instruments

used.different, but the wayf sounds, I ai 100 percent behind
Bahamians hit their musical it. With this conch shell you'd
notes, and the energy with which bee .surprised to know what
they express themselves musi- impact it will!have,"' he toldtihe
cally are very different, said; crowd.
Deveaux. Much of hat Deveaux has
Going into the studio with no learntt has been through close
financial help (except his earn- observation of musicians who
ings from gigs), and playing all came before him. He says that
the instruments by himself, he was one who sat silently and
Deveaux came out with a prod- listened to the "masters" in dif-
uct which he believes will be a ferent areas if music, and waited
tool to teach the younger gener- for his turri to perform. Today,
ations and visitors to the: coun those obbyations .have pro-
try, about the native Bahamiai '" duced a youicg man who seers
sound. to'be ve in tune with wht
makes himBahamian. "Thit's
Instrum ent why when I did this CD, I didn't
go around !ooking for a bant&in
In a demonstration of indigd- the studio, When the man saw
nous Bahamian music, at a me come to the studio with my
recent public issues forum at the, bass 'drum and everything,';.e
National Art Gallery of the was'like, 'sd here the band' I
Bahamas (NAGB), Deveautx told him, you're looking at it"'
blew into a conch shell horn to' This one-ipan band laid down
show different pitches that the, the entiretalent on the project,
instrument could achieve. He drum, 6owbells, whistles, har-
rang a pair of cowbells in various monica, saw he played every
tunes, and ended his presenta- instrument tlat appears'on the
tion with a rendition on a drum album.
that was made out of a garbage Deveauxsaid~that his project
tin. Deveaux says that his style is is designed to set 'a foundation
a combination of himself and. for the younger generation, ful-
legendary drummers, Berkley filling what he believes is the
"Peanuts" Taylor and John responsibility of current musi-
"Chippie" Chipman. His swift, cians to traiiia child in the way
hand movement, that created a that they should go, so that when
blur of motion, was a testament they are old they, will inot depart
to the comparison. A firm' from0it. "If:Wewere'trairied
believer -that brass should have' properly,we would have enter.,
no place in Junkanoo music, tainers and great musicians f4i
because it could be identified;by this country; Now the world is
tourists as a marching band, into this different culture type
Deveaux makes use of only tra- of movie and| people want to get
ditional instruments and nattiral mad because 'other people 'are
resources. "The traditional doing variouishings (outside'of
rhythms and the traditional Bahamiani music)."



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