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Publication Date: November 16, 2005
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CDR leader expected at

convention by Friday

Chief Reporter
CDR leader Dr Bernard Not-
tage is expected to appear at
the PLP convention sometime
between today and Friday to
announce that he has decided
to rejoin the party as a part of a
"trifecta" on which the govern-
ing party is placing its bets.
Also looming on the horizon
is the courtship of former FNM
minister Algernon Allen and,
according to PLP convention
chairman Obie Wilchcombe, a
mystery "politician of out-
standing record".
Mr Wilchcombe said that the
last time he heard from Mr
Allen he seemed to "have a lot
of respect for Mr Christie as
leader". However, he has not
heard of anything that would
concretise a move over to the
"Should he (Mr Allen) walk
through that door we would be
more than delighted. Our tent is
big and open for everyone. And
if we're lucky we may have a
trifecta (tonight)," he said.
Mr Wilchcombe said that the
party has been in talks with an
"outstanding" politician and has
had several discussions with him
in recent weeks.
Mr Wilchcombe said the
politician seems to feel
"favourable" towards a return
to the party.
However, the convention
chairman would not disclose the
identity of this person.
Nevertheless, a member of
Dr Nottage's CDR said that the
third party leader's defection to

the PLP is "a done deal".
His decision will not be with-
out its casualties, however.
The move by Dr Nottage,
CDR insiders told The Tribune
yesterday, is expected to split
the party into three with some
following Dr Nottage to the
PLP, others heading to the
FNM, and those loyal to the
idea of the CDR staying on to
build the party..
"Some of us want it to go on
(with the CDR) and there are
those who will support Dr Not-
tage and there are those who
are heading to the FNM," he
Peter Adderley, who has
been a public relations consul-
tant for both parties over the
past 25 years, also has heard
"from the highest authorities"
that Dr Nottage's return is
"I have no doubt that Dr BJ
Nottage will return to the PLP
this week and I am also
informed that Algernon Allen is
wavering to do the same. Such
moves will make the upcoming
general elections interesting,
fierce and highly competitive,"
he said.
According to party insiders
when former prime minister
Hubert Ingraham returned to
the helm of the FNM, the PLP
hierarchy believed that Ingra-
ham's aggressive and action-ori-
ented record would spell trou-
ble for Mr Christie. This pre-
cipitated a move by Cabinet
ministers and Mr Christie him-
self to meet with Dr Nottage to
SEE page nine


Report: between
30,000 and 60,000
Haitians in Bahamas
THE Haitian population in the
Bahamas ranges from 30,000 to
60,000 persons, Minister of
Labour and Immigration Vincent
Peet announced last night at the
PLP convention.
See page three
Bomb hoax interrupts
union .demonstration
POLICE were called in after
a bomb alert disrupted a union
sit-out yesterday.
See pagefive
Father has questions
on traffic fatality
THE father of a 21-year-old
motorcyclist who died on Sun-
day from injuries following a
crash says he is still not certain
his son's death was an accident.
See pagefive

Police investigate
shooting death
POLICE on Grand Bahama
say they are following several
leads into the Tuesday morn-
U SHANE GIBSON'S entourage gets the crowd going as the ing shooting death of a man in
Minister of Housing takes the stage at last night's PLP convention, his early twenties.
(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune staff) See page five

Minister 'unaware of

dolphin export ban'

DESPITE a government ban
on the export of live dolphins
from the Solomon Islands, a
team from the department of
fisheries and a group from
Kerzner International travelled
to the Solomons three weeks
ago to review the possible
import of 40 dolphins to the
Bahamas, according to Minis-
ter of Agriculture V Alfred,
Mr Gray told The Tribune
yesterday that the two teams
travelled separately to the
Solomon Islands Marine Mam-
mal Education Centre last
month to ensure that it was up
to international standards. He
said, however, that he "was not
at that time or now" aware of a
ban on the export of live dol-
phins. -
"We sent our technical team

- headed by Michael Braynen
(director of fisheries) and
although I did not personally
go on that trip, as far as I am
aware, we talked to all the
important people there and
they did not indicate to us that
there would be any obstacle to
Kerzner importing the dol-
phins," he said.
Mr Gray said that the gov-
ernment team approved the
animals for import.
Kerzner International yes-
terday would not comment on
the matter beyond stating that
the reports of the illegal impor-
tation are incorrect and that
the company is only in the
planning stages of their new
dolphin facility at Atlantis.
"The facts that are being cir-
SEE page nine

Pierre Dupuch

resigns from FNM

Tribune Staff Reporter
PIERRE Dupuch, former
FNM MP and cabinet minis-
ter, and current Independent
MP for St Margaret, yesterday
officially resigned from the
Issuing his letter to FNM
chairman Desmond Bannister,
Mr Dupuch said he is a,"man
of principle" and that he puts
those principles before "party
and position".
He criticised the current
leadership of the party, stating
that it is nothing like that of
Sir Cecil Wallace-Whitfield
and Sir Kendal Issacs men
"whose word you could trust".
"Recent events are conclu-


sive evidence that the present
leadership is not like these
men. I served my country for
many years through the FNM.
SEE page nine

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E HOUSING Minister
Shane Gibson told PLP dele-
gates that the government
has spent more than $18 mil-
lion on housing repairs in the
wake of hurricanes.
"I am proud to stand
before this convention and to
inform you that, to date, your
government has spent dose
to $18.5 million in repair,
refurbishment and recon-
struction of new homes
through the length and
breath of the Common-
wealth of the Bahamas," he
Mr Gibson said his min-
istry has completed work in
Eleuthera, San Salvador,
Mayaguana, Crooked Island,
Acklins and Long Cay, "with
just a few more repairs to be
finished in Cat Island".
He said that in Abaco, 52
new houses were construct-
ed, including several in
Moore's Island, and an addi-
tional nine were built in
Grand Cay.
NO PIVOTAL elections
will be held at the PLP con-
vention as all top positions
went unchallenged yesterday.
"All the positions went
unopposed, that of leader,
that of deputy leader, chair-
man, all the positions right
down the line," convention
chairman and Minister of
Tourism Obie Wilchcombe
told The Tribune.
Mr Wilchcombe said that
although Mount Moriah MP
Keod Smith was considering
offering for the party chair-
manship, he decided it would
not be in the best interest of
the party to contest the posi-
tion, which is currently held
by Raynard Rigby.
"Keod Smith took the
floor (yesterday) morning in
a very bold speech and told
the delegates that he would
not contest for the post.
"He said that at this time it
is best for the chairman of
the organisation to be some-
one with the necessary exten-
sive experience something
that Mr Rigby most definite-
ly has," Mr Wilchcombe said.

'PLP commitment to economy has made

Bahamas a magnet for foreign investment'

THE PLP's commitment to
develop the country's economy
has made the Bahamas "a mag-
net for foreign investment" and
created thousands of jobs for
Bahamians, Minister of Labour
and Immigration Vincent Peet
told convention delegates and
supporters last night.
"Kerzner International Phase
III has already begun with over
400 Bahamians employed and

it is expected that this figure
will increase to 1,800 workers
by next year. The $250 million
Chub Cay Associates Develop-

ment project in the Berry
Islands has already employed
over 340 Bahamians from
Andros the Berry Islands,

Eleuthera Grand Bahama and
New Providence," he said.
Addressing the recently
realised $1.6 million BahaMar
Cable Beach development -
"the single largest investment
in the region"- Mr Peet
said that it will generate 5,000
full-time jobs in its initial
"Upon completion this figure
is expected to increase by 5,000

additional permanent jobs, a
total of 10,000 jobs and over
2,000 spin-off business oppor-
tunities will be created," he
Mr Peet added that hundreds
of additional jobs will come on.
stream by the many other,
investment projects in Exuma'
Abaco, Eleuthera, Cat Island
and the other islands of the



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MINISTER of Agriculture, Fisheries and
Local Government V Alfred Gray speaks yesterday.
(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune staff)

MINISTER of Agriculture, Fisheries and Local'
Government V Alfred Gray yesterday took the oppor-'
tunity of the PLP convention to reiterate that he was
not responsible for the Korean fishing boat scam in'
Responding to comments made by North Eleuthera
MP Alvin Smith at last week's FNM convention, in'
which Mr Smith called for the firing of Mr Gray due
to the scandal, the minister last night denied all'
responsibility for the incident.
Mr Gray said that as minister responsible for fish-'
eries, he takes full responsibility for fisheries, for all
that happens in the ministry, but emphasised that'
"when the purported licences were issued for the
Korean boats, I was in Panama and my permanent
secretary was also there."
"Therefore I did not know of, nor did I authorise
the issuance of those licences. However, I can say, and
I challenge Smith or anyone else to prove otherwise,
that upon my return from Panama, having looked at'
the documents which were presented to me by the
fisheries department, the licences were immediately
ordered revoked and cancelled and the boats were'
ordered out of the Bahamas after I discovered from'
the documents that they were not Bahamian owned,"
he said.






THERE are 180
Bahamians now enrolled in
the apprenticeship pro-
gramme hosted by Kerzner
International, BahaMar and
the Bahamas Contractors
Association, Minister of
Lal.out and Immigration
Vincedit Peet announced at
last night's PLP convention.
This three-year initiative
offers training in the field of
masonry, electrical installa-
tion carpentry, tile laying,
plumbing, air-conditioning,
refrigeration, and metal fas-
In addition to the govern-
ment contribution, social
partners will invest some sev-
en million dollars in this
effort, and upon successful
completion of the training
programme these skilled
workers will be employed at
one of their properties.
This programme has also
been introduced into a num-
ber of high schools in New
Providence. It will be extend-
ed to the Family Islands in
the near future. To prepare
for this expansion, labour
offices are being upgraded
and a new labour office has
been opened in North
Andros, which is fully
equipped to service Andros
and the Berry Islands.

MINISTER of Labour
and Immigration Vincent
Peet last night pointed out
that In September of this
year the Department of
Labour and Her Majesty's
Prisons joined forces through
the introduction of a pre-
release unit.
This unit is designed to
equip inmates whose release
dates are six months to a year
away, with the knowledge
and skills necessary to obtain
jobs after their release from
prison. To this end, the
labour officers are assisting
inmates with the design of
resumes, proper interviewing
techniques and general

OVER the past three
and a half years, the PLP has
tackled the problems that
face the Bahamas head on,
said Minister of Housing
Shane Gibson.
During his address to the
2005 PLP convention last
night, Mr Gibson said the
government's approach to
dealing with the affairs of the
nation has resulted in many
Bahamians experiencing "a
fundamental change" in their
"This government has
made a head-on attack on'the
problems of crime, unem-
ployment, poverty, housing,
youth violence just to name a
few," he said.
Mr Gibson urged PLP del-
egates not to pay attention
to detractors, "or those who
for purely selfish reasons
would make it appear that
we have not addressed the
country's urgent problems,
many of which were on the
front burner when the PLP
government took office in
May 2002."

Report: between 30,000 and

60,000 Haitians in Bahamas

Chief Reporter
THE Haitian population in the
Bahamas ranges from 30,000 to
60,000 persons, Minister of
Labour and Immigration Vincent
Peet announced last night at the
PLP convention.
Emphasising the need not to
"lump" all Haitian immigrants
and their descendants into one
category, as many of them play
important roles in Bahamian soci-
ety today, Mr Peet released the
findings of the "Haitian Migrants
in the Bahamas" report.
The estimate, said the minister,
was determined by the Interna-
tional Organisation for Migration
(IOM) in close collaboration with
the Ministry of Labour, the Col-
lege of the Bahamas and other
related agencies, in the recently
completed report. This compre-
hensive report and the survey
presently before Cabinet put for-
ward some interesting findings:
Most Haitian nationals do not
intend to settle in the Bahamas.
Most migrants work in
unskilled or semi-skilled areas and
are paid less than Bahamians.
Many Haitian migrants vio-
late the terms of their work per-

"The whole issue of illegal
immigration is one that is volatile
and emotional. No responsible leader
or party should want to play political
football with this issue of illegal
immigration and human suffering."

Minister of Labour and Immigration Vincent Peet

mits with the assistance of
Migrants use public services
such as health and education.
In addition to these findings,
said Mr Peet, the multi-sectoral
commission's work, which was
mandated by Prime Minister Per-
ry Christie, also completed a
report on the effects of illegal
migration on the Bahamian
health, social, educational, and
national society services.
Its conclusions will be made
public after evaluation by Cabi-
net, he said.
Mr Peet emphasised that the
development of any strategy relat-
ed to illegal immigration "must
take into account the historical

Gray hails ministry's


Tribune Staff Reporter

THE achievements. othe Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and
Local Government arnAmong the main contributors to life in the
Family Islands, MinistedV Alfred Gray told the PLP convention last
Addressing the PLP delegates gathered in the Wyndham Nassau
Resort ballroom, Mr 'Gray illustrated the successful efforts of his
ministry since his election to office in 2002.
Mr Gray reiterated that the export sales in sea food products has
reached almost $100 million per year and that two months ago the
Bahamas achieved List 1 status for countries exporting fisheries
products to countries of the European Union.
"This means that the EU has deemed the food safety control and
standards which exist in the Bahamas for fish and other sea foods
to be equal to those in the EU," he said.
He further said that his ministry was able to institute a closed sea-
son for the Nassau Grouper, pass the mammal protection legisla-
tion, and work towards legislation which reserves bonefish guiding
for Bahamians only.
As it concerns agriculture, Mr Gray said that three years ago
there were 250 registered farmers in the Bahamas, "today there are
almost 2,000 and the number is growing that's progress."
The minister further pointed out that his ministry was able to
push through the farmers insurance scheme, increase the produc-
tion of onions and build onion sheds and a drying house in Andros
and ripening machines in Abaco, Long Island and Andros "in
order to improve the quality of bananas for the Bahamian public."
He also said the ministry is responsible for the increase of the
availability of the breeding stock or small ruminants at the Glad-
stone Road Agriculture Centre and has purchased green houses to
begin green house farming production.
Addressing the education aspect within agriculture, Mr Gray
added that the "Food Technology Unit" was also re-established in
order to teach business persons and students how to process jams,
jellies and other products.
The ministry also distributed hurricane relief to farmers through-
out by donating fertilisers, seeds and plants, and additionally ren-
dered assistance to farmers by extending duty-free exemptions on
farm trucks and heavy-duty equipment, Mr Gray said.
As it regards the department of local government, Mr Gray said
that his ministry was responsible for finalising amendments to the
Local Government Act of 1996 which should reach the parlia-
mentary stage later this year.

cultural political and economic
conditions in Haiti."
"The whole issue of illegal
immigration is one that is volatile
and emotional. No responsible
leader or party should want to
play political football with this
issue of illegal immigration and
human suffering," he said.
Mr Peet pointed out that many
descendants of Haitians now play
vital roles in Bahamian society
and that people should take care
not to throw all Haitian immi-
grants and their descendants into
one category.
"There are many second, third
and fourth generation Haitians
living and working legally in the
Bahamas. There are many
Bahamians of Haitian descent
working in every sector of the
Public Service the Defence Force,
Police, Customs Immigration and
hospitals, to name a few.

"Delegates we should be care-
ful though not to lump these indi-
viduals with illegal immigrants.
The government's policy and
approach has been to regularise
persons born in the Bahamas, per-
sons living here for over 20 years
and spouses of Bahamians," he
However, he said, onie of the
main solutions to the problem of
illegal immigration ultimately lies
in Haiti.
"If and when they elect a gov-
ernment that can stabilise Haiti,
one half of our problem will be
solved," he said.
The Minister reported that dur-
ing the period May 2002 to Octo-
ber 2005 the immigration depart-
ment repatriated 15,950 illegal
immigrants to their respective
homelands at a cost of
Those repatriations represents
apprehensions by the Immigra-
tion Department -assisted by the
Royal Bahamas Police and
Defence Forces stationed in New
Providence, Grand Bahama,
Abaco, Eleuthera and Exuma,
along with immigrants interdicted
at sea by the Defence Force
and the United States Coast
Although these immigrants
come from 25 different countries,
the largest number -3,254 for
this year are from Haiti.
"The effects of Illegal migra-
tion on our economy are far
rea hing," Mr Peet said.

* MINISTER of Labour and Immigration Vincent Peet.
(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune staff)

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Did Tribune pre-empt the PM?

WE RECEIVED a call yesterday from a
reader who claimed the Bahama Journal had
reported that Prime Minister Christie had
accused the FNM of leaking information to
The Tribune to pre-empt the big announce-
ment he had planned for his closing address at
the PLP convention Friday night.
Apparently the surprise announcement was
to have been government's approval at long
last of Ginn Development Corporation's
billion dollar plans for Grand Bahama. It has
taken three years of off-again, on-again nego-
tiations to get this far.
After reading the Journal article, we weren't
clear who was supposed to have "leaked" the
information to The Tribune.
Under the heading "PM accuses FNM of
'bold face lie'", the Journal article stated that
Mr Christie's cabinet ministers at this week's
convention planned to expose the untruths
"told by FNM officials during their conven-
tion last week."
"In his convention speech in 2003, Prime
Minister Christie rallied delegates when he
announced that his government was on the
verge of approving a billion-dollar develop-
ment in Grand Bahama by the Ginn Devel-
opment Company," the Journal reported.
"But two years later," the article continued,
"no heads of agreement has yet been signed."
"On Monday," the article said, "The Tri-
bune newspaper reported that the Cabinet has
approved the long-promised investment and
Prime Minister Christie plans to make the.
announcement on Friday night to 'take back
some of the political momentum generated
last week by the FNM through HubertIngra-
ham's return as party leader.'
~,i.;"Prime Minister Christie," continued the
Journal article, "responded directly to this
report saying: 'I see where they've attempted in
today's newspaper to leak information to pre-
empt me I presume. We're not holding any-
thing back. We have to move to a heads of
agreement obviously.'"
We do not know who "they" are who are
supposed to have leaked this information to
The Tribune, but it certainly wasn't the FNM.
In fact it was Prime Minister Christie himself.
On November 1, The Tribune reported that
in a conference call with Grand Bahama reli-
gious leaders on October 28 Mr Christie
announced that "by Tuesday next" govern-
ment would likely give the go-ahead for the
largest investment seen in Grand Bahama.
According to a Bahamas Information tran-
script of the conference, Mr Christie said: "The
government of the Bahamas, by Tuesday next,
will in all probability, in a great opportunity for
us, approve what could be the largest and sin-
gle most important investment in Grand
Bahama, for western Grand Bahama."
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Bahama on the scale that he described was
none other than Ginn Development Corpo-
And so on November 1, The Tribune spec-
ulated based on Mr Christie's own words -
that the proposed Ginn development for
Grand Bahama would get Cabinet approval
on Tuesday, November 8.
The date went down in an editor's diary,
checks confirmed that in fact Cabinet did give
its approval on that date.
However, after personally working so hard
to get a collapsed proposal back to the negoti-
ating table, Mr Christie made no public
Six days later when there was still no hint
from government of the approval, The Tri-
bune could only conclude that this was the
"big announcement" that was to end the con-
vention on a high note Friday night.
Determined to be first with the news even
if it meant beating the prime minister to his
own show The Tribune made the Ginn
announcement on Monday.
However, approval does not mean that the
development will start any time soon. Heads of
agreement have yet to be worked out and
signed. And the rumour persists that this pro-
posal has been delayed so long that the investor
is no longer treating it with the same enthusi-
astic energy he once did.
Also it is rumoured that the $2.5 billion
investment, which excited PLP delegates when
Mr Christie announced it at the party's con-
vention last November is no longer $2.5 billion.
We don't know by how much it has dwindled,
but we hear it is by the millions.
Although Mr Christie would obviously want
the project to start immediately to bring
employment to Grand Bahama, the investor
probably has other investments in mind. Only
time will tell how soon Ginn will be in Grand
However, the one announcement that could
uncork the champagne bottles on Friday night
would be an announcement that the Vancou-
ver group has been approved to construct and
manage a new international airport and a date
has been fixed for work to start.
It is understood that no serious work will be
started by BahMaT on its investment at Cable
Beach until this is done. Also, Sol Kerzner,
who started Phase III at Paradise Island on a
promise by Mr Christie that a new airport
would be ready, reminds Mr Christie at every
available opportunity of his promise.
And so the only possible announcement
that Mr Christie could make Friday night that
would get the public's attention would be a
firm schedule for the delivery of a new inter-
national airport. Anything less would be an

EDITOR, The Tribune

As a non-Bahamian who has
lived in the Bahamas since
1985, I've had the chance to
watch this country grow much
like a parent.
I can recall when the PLP
was in power under Sir Lynden
Pindling and how unhappy the
people of Freeport were as they
felt victimized and treated like
the "sweetheart" of the PLP.
I can also remember the vic-
tory of the Free National Move-
ment (FNM) and its affect on
people's morale and disposition.
I can remember when more
radio stations were allowed to
broadcast live without censor-
ship and when power became
available to remote areas in
Grand Bahama and in Acklins.
I remember the inception of
local government and how can-
didates and voters still identify
the candidates as FNM or PLP
when these candidates are sup-
posed to be non-partisan.
The second term of the Hon.
Hubert Ingraham once again
showed the politicians that the
people were tired of the abuse
they got in the past and will
once again show that the change
to the FNM was indeed a
refusal of the PLP's policies. I
remember the first referendum
and how disappointing to learn
that Bahamian women were not
ready to be equal under the law
with men. And I remember the
victory of the Progressive Lib-
eral Party (PLP) which showed
me that the Bahamian voters
have learned the power of their
vote and will show politicians
who is boss. I was truly proud
that Bahamians made this state-
meat _and at the same time
hoped that the government they
re-elected would not revert
back to their restrictive ways
that can only lead the country
Over these 20 years I have
seen Bahamians become more
accepting of foreigners who vis-
it their country. Colonialism has
left a bad taste in the mouth of
many black Bahamians. The
controversy over a white prime
minister resembles the debate
in the US over having the first
black president. The comedian
Chris Rock made fun of this in
the movie "Head of State."
Racism is a hard thing to over-
come especially if entrenched
in history. America still strug-
gles with this. White Bahami-
ans have oppressed black
Bahamians in the past and
therefore there has been resent-
ment towards white Bahamians.
Although this is the case

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with the issue of the white
prime minister, why is there so
much prejudice with Haitians?
There has never been any his-
torical oppression by Haitians
of Bahamians only that this
is a group of mostly impover-
ished black people who are
seeking economic and political
asylum from the oppressive
government of Haiti.
Illegal Haitians are captive
consumers of the local vendors
because they are not able to
travel abroad to buy things.
They contribute by providing
the labour force for undesirable
jobs that Bahamians won't do.
They pay taxes like most
Bahamians by buying goods
imported to the Bahamas that
are duty paid. They work in
farms that produce goods for
export and for local consump-
A wise government will real-
ize that this labour force is a
significant source of inexpen-
sive labour and should legalize
the workers on a temporary
work permit paid to the gov-
ernment and charge them
national insurance to cover their
use of the health care facilities.
As a Christian nation, we
should be reminded of the les-
son of the Good Samaritan and
help those who are seeking to
escape from political persecu-
tion or poverty. If a pregnant
Haitian needs medical attention
to deliver her baby should the
hospital send her to a manger
because the hospital exceeded
its quota for Haitian patients?
This is what the Punch was

implying or suggesting Dr.
Bethel to do. To make matters'
worse, the Punch hit below the
belt by suggesting that Dr.
Bethel's pro-Haitian policies are
motivated by the fact that his
wife was of Haitian descent.
Has it ever occurred to the
Punch that a good Catholic
member of my church like Dr.
Bethel may be motivated by the
teachings of his faith?
After so much progress in
the development of the
Bahamian people, it was disap-
pointing to see that racism and'
hypocrisy have tarnished this
development. Those who have
been oppressed and discrimi-,
nated against should understand'
racism well and should not per-
petuate it. A mature nation.
would have been outraged by'
the statement made by the
Punch and should demand an
apology to Mrs. Bethel and Dr.
Bethel as well as to their friends
and family. There should be an
outpouring of letters to the Edi-
tor in the same way that Rev-
erend Keith Russell debated
racism against black Bahami-
ans in the past. The preachers
and pastors should have spo-'
ken against any sort of racist
A society without a con-
science is bound to repeat the
same mistake and never
improve. Like the Civil Rights
leader, Dr. Martin Luther King,'
I hope to see the day when,
white and black Bahamians,,
Haitians and others of differ-'
ent ethnicity can sit together
without prejudice at the table'
of national brotherhood in the"

November 2005

Quality standards are

required for BTC

EDITOR, The Tribune

THE Public Utilities Com-
mission has given permission
for BTC to increase monthly
rates for telephone lines.
The PUC states that the
public (those who respond-
ed) considered that BTC's
poor service quality needed
to be addressed. The PUC
fails to address this and justi-
fies its failure by saying any
guaranteed service quality
standards would have to be
introduced in accordance with
Section 12 of the Tel. Act.
I looked at section 12 of the
Tel. Act and it relates to mod-
ification of a licence. The pub-
lic consultation is called -
BTC's application to modify
monthly rates/prices for tele-
phone lines. So presumably,
section 12 of the Tel. Act is
being used to effect the
change of rates. So, I cannot
understand why the PUC
could not of its own initiative.
require some quality of ser-
vice levels as a condition of
granting the change during
this public consultation.
In support of this proposi-
tion, I point to the PUC's
Statement of Results para-
graph 5.4 where the PUC
claims responsibility for the
introduction of a senior citi-

zen package. It refers to this
package as "...its initiative to
require BTC to introduce a
senior citizen package..." (8.6
of the TSP).
The TSP also says:
The Commission will have
responsibility for ensuring
what the national quality of
telecommunications services
Also, the Commission will
be required to safeguard the
interests of consumers by reg-
ulating the terms and condi-
tions of supply and the quali-
ty of service provided, to
ensure that adequate machin-
ery exists for the resolution
of complaints against the ser-
vice providers.
That's 8.24 and 8.25 ofthe.,
TSP. The Tel. Act says even
to improve the quality
and coverage of telecommu-
nications services.
'o protect the interests of
< nsumers and other users in
1 3 Bahamas in respect of
the prices charged for and the
quality and variety of
telecommunications services
That's 4(c) and (d).
If not, then when?

November 9 2005


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Need for a

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Online poll

has FNM



THE majority of voters on
an unofficial online poll will
support the Free National
Movement (FNM) in the next
general election.
According to More94FM's
Listener Poll, 60.87 per cent of
those who voted so far have
said they support the FNM.
The Bahamas Democratic
Movement (BDM) came in sec-
ond, with 21.05 per cent of the
The PLP came third with
15.29 per cent.
The Coalition for Democrat-
ic Reform (CDR) came fourth
with 1.49 per cent of the vote.
The results change daily and
are posted on the station's web-
site,, along
with a message indicating that
the poll is not to be considered

Father has


on traffic


THE father of a 21-year-old
motorcyclist who died on Sun-
day from injuries following a
crash says he is still not certain
his son's death was an accident.
Christos Dimopolous, only
son of George Dimopolous, lost
control of his machine and was
thrown to the pavement near
the Sandals Resort.
He was admitted to Princess
Margaret Hospital where he
was listed as critical with severe
head injuries. Christos died lat-
er, becoming the 58th traffic
fatality for the year.
George Dimopolous told The
Tribune yesterday that he had
not yet received any further
information from police about
his son's death.
"They say he was speeding
but I'm not sure. After my son
is laid to rest I'm going to con-
tinue with the investigation,"
Mr Dimopolous said.
: After his son is buried he will
bring in a specialist to further
investigate the incident, he
S"If it is proven that it was just
an accident then I'll have to
accept that, but right now I'm
not sure if it was an accident or
if he was run off the road," Mr
Dimopolous said.
Yesterday, sources at Cable
Beach, where the crash
occurred, speculated that Chris-
tos was trying to escape pur-
suers and was robbed after the
'Police have not confirmed
this theory but say investiga-
tions are continuing.

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Bomb hoax interrupts

union demonstration

Tribune Staff Reporter
POLICE were called in after a bomb
alert disrupted a union sit-out yesterday.
Members of the Bahamas Utilities Ser-
vice Allied Workers Union (BUSAWU)
were demonstrating outside the main
office of the Bahamas Water and Sewage
Corporation when the scare happened.
An estimated 200 Water and Sewage
workers took part in the sit-out at the
corporation's headquarters on Thomp-
son Boulevard.
They were demanding answers on sev-
eral issues, including promotions and pay
However, during communications.
between management and union officials,
an anonymous phone call was placed to
the corporation claiming a bomb was on
the premises.
Police were called in, but no bomb was
As police and management tried to con-
trol the crowd before the threat, angry
union members shouted "(Abraham) But-
ler (general manager) must go." They
also alleged victimisation.
Union president Carmen Kemp said
these issues had been ongoing since her
appointment to office in May.
"The members and the officers of
BUSAWU have decided to take a stand
today to get all outstanding issues
resolved," she said.
"We feel that management have had
long enough and they're just wearing out
the process, ignoring our concerns and
issues and are not making any effort what-
soever to see to it that these issues are
Mrs Kemp said complaints range from
pensions to promotions "and everything in
"Persons who have been entitled to
increments have not been paid all year
long. We have members who have already
retired who would have been entitled to
increments whose salaries now have to
be recalculated because the corporation
has seen fit not to pay increments."
"We have already written a communi-
cation to the corporation requesting that
increments be paid immediately."

* POLICE try to move workers from sitting down and preventing the vehicles from
(Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune Staff)

Mrs Kemp said the union has been in
communication with management, but
that the issue was "brushed aside."
"Management have seen fit to give out
so many social promotions, and since com-
ing to office the officers have been nego-
tiating with them to see to it that persons
who are disenfranchised during the last
promotional exercise be promoted.
"We thought that we were making
progress, but lo and behold we received a
letter from the general manger stating
that the promotion list will be put on file
and they will address this at a later peri-
According to Trevor Roberts, union
vice-president, the union and its mem-
bers are not receiving the respect they

"We are only asking for what we are
entitled to," he said. "It is only right that
it is given to us. We have worked for it
and now it's time to receive our due
Mrs Kemp said she received a state-
ment from Mr Butler, the general man-
ager, stating that all outstanding incre-
ments will be paid as of December this
year. However, no mention was made of
the other outstanding issues.
According to Mrs Kemp, such actions
as the sit-out will continue until all issues
are resolved. However, there are no plans
to hold an "all-out strike".
Yesterday Water and Sewage manage-
ment were not available for comment, as
they were in talks with union officials.
See page 11 for more pictures

Police investigate shooting death

POLICE on Grand Bahama
say they are following several
leads into the Tuesday morn-
ing shooting death of a man
in his early twenties.
Shortly before 6am yester-
day, police went to the
Williams Town area after gun-
shots were been heard.
They found the body of a
dark male clad in blue jeans
and white T-shirt lying face
down on the ground near a
van on the south-west side of
his home.
A neighbour heard the man
screaming and discovered him
lying on the ground with sev-
eral gunshot wounds to the
upper body.
The man was taken to Rand
Memorial Hospital where he
was later pronounced dead.
Police say they are following
several leads. It is Grand
Bahama's 13th murder of the
In New Providence, police
say that on Monday morning
the Budget Meat Store on
Cowpen Road and Faith
Avenue was robbed of an
undetermined amount of cash
after an armed gunman forced
an employee to open the safe.
Police press liaison officer

Walter Evans said shortly after
7am a man armed with a black
handgun wearing a red shirt
and black hood entered the
store. He held a store employ-
ee at gunpoint and ordered
the store's safe to be opened.
Inspector Evans said the gun-
man stole two deposit bags
containing cash.
The gunman then tied up
the employee before fleeing
in the employee's vehicle, a
grey Chevy Silverado truck
licence number 25677.
Another armed robbery
took place at Porky's Service
Station on East Street South
around 10.30am on Monday.
Police said a gunman wear-
ing a white shirt, blue jeans
and dark shades held up an
employee and escaped with a
large amount of cash. The
bandit fled the scene on foot in
a westerly direction.
Inspector Evans also report-
ed that a black 9mm Luger
pistol, along with eight live
rounds of ammunition, were
retrieved from a Bamboo
Town home on Monday
morning following execution
of a search warrant by officers
of the Central Detective Unit.
Mr Evans said a 30-year-old
male resident was taken into

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Praise for


efforts to

raise money

for Wilma


THE FNM and the PLP are
to be commended for their
efforts in utilising their conven-
tion to raise money for the vic-
tims of Hurricane Wilma, polit-
ical consultant Peter Adderley
said yesterday.
Mr Adderley, who has served
as a convention consultant for
both the FNM and the PLP
over the past 25 years, said that
he was very happy that the
FNM convention was scaled
down and that efforts were
made to encourage donations
for Grand Bahamians hit last
month by Hurricane Wilma.
"I am pleased that efforts
were made to downsize their
convention and that monies
were collected daily to aid the
hurricane victims in Grand
Bahama. They are to be com-
mended," he said.
Mr Adderley said that he had
talks with PLP delegates and
that he was assured that they
also would be donating money
fof the cause.
"I am confident that the PLP
will be presenting another sig-
nificant cheque in short order.
Their efforts are equally com-
mendable," he said.
Mr Adderley said that efforts
of both conventions represent
the "beauty of democracy in the
Bahamas and will serve as the
build-up for the arguably most
exciting election in our histo-
Last month Mr Adderley
appealed to the PLP and the
FNM to downsize or postpone
their national conventions in
light of the devastation in
Grand Bahama.
Mr Adderley said that he is
"keenly aware" that conven-
tions can cost hundreds of thou-
sands of dollars.
He said that the money spent
on the conventions could assist
the thousands of Grand
Bahamians struggling econom-
ically, ii the wake of the hurri-

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Tribune Staff Reporter
IN THE wake if the FNM's
2005 convention, one of the
first things on the party coun-
cil's agenda is the official
ousting of former MPs Ten-
nyson Wells and Pierre
Dupuch, some council mem-
bers have claimed.
This move was yesterday
pre-empted by Mr Dupuch,
who tendered his resignation
to the party's newly elected
chairman Desmond Bannis-
Mr Bannister could not be
reached for comment. How-
ever The Tribune can confirm
based on its extensive cover-
age of the FNM convention,
that criticism of the party by
the two former MPs has not
been taken lightly by coun-
cil members.
Mr Wells and Mr Dupuch,
now Independent MPs, both
said that they would not put
position or party above prin-
ciples and as such, would
not be bothered if the council
put a resignation motion for-
"I would never put myself
to support something that is
not decent. If you look at
what happened in the last
general election, the whole
party went against Pierre and
myself because we took a
principled position and
they suffered for it," Mr Wells
"This time, it appears to
me, the whole party took
another unprincipled position
again. The way they went
about Tommy (former FNM
leader Senator Tommy Turn-



quest) and Dion (Dion
Foulkes) was unprincipled."
Mr Wells said he feels Mr
Turnquest and Mr Foulkes
were "underhandedly"
tricked by former prime min-
ister Hubert Ingraham, who
regained the leadership of the
FNM last week.

Mr Dupuch described Mi
Ingraham's return to the lead-
ership of the party as a polit-
ical stunt that should be con-
demned by the voting public.
He said that under Sir
Cecil (Wallace-Whitfield) and
Sir Kendal (Isaacs), the FNM
was a party in which people
could freely disagree with
each other without worrying
about the consequences.
"If I was in Tommy's shoes,
I would have handed in my
resignation, and said what was
on my mind. We have to
establish principles for our
children and grandchildren to
live by," he said.
Mr Dupuch advised first-
time voters to examine their
principles and not allow
themselves to be influenced
by "glitter or glamour" when
it comes time to vote.
"Ingraham should not be
idolised for his coup. That's
not smartness. When you are
in a sport or anything there
are certain gentlemanly rules
you go by."
Mr Wells advised FNMs
"who stand up for integrity"
to take a look at the recent'
leadership race, and ask if it
reflected what the founding
fathers of the party stood for.
"The FNM they have there'
today was not the principles
on which the original party
was founded; it certainly was
not the FNM I joined.
"Until the leadership of the
FNM finds its way back to'
principled positions and
stands for what is right, and,
stops sweeping wrong doings'
under the carpet... I don't'
think it will ever come back to
the great party it was," he

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Oil drill

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE oil drill barge Louis J
Goulet is still stranded on a reef
in Abaco despite prior assur-
ances from the Port Depart-
ment that it would be moved.
The barge ran up on a reef
near Man-O-War Cay about
two weeks ago. It was sched-
uled to be relocated to Grand
Bahama by its owners last
weekend, according to the Port
Several Abaconians have
contacted The Tribune to
express concerns about the
threat it poses to the reef.
The Port Department
responded, stating that the
"non-motorised vessel" is only
carrying fuel to operate a gen-
erator, "and poses no environ-
mental hazard to the waters
around the Abacos".
The vessel reportedly broke
from its mooring at Walkers

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Cay during Hurrica
and drifted until it ra
on the edge of a reel
yards off Man-O-W
Last week, the Po
ment announced tha
ers of the vessel ha
company to repair a
stern of the vessel.
The department
that the vessel wou
cated to Grand Bal

barge s

1, according to Abaco residents,
this has not yet taken place.
Troy Mills, officer in charge
of boat registration at the Aba-
co branch of the department,
confirmed that the vessel has
not been moved.
"What we have been told
was that they (the owners) are
working to move it quickly but
they've been saying that for a
number of weeks, so I cannot
say when it will be moved."
let In March, Exuma residents
also raised concerns when the
same drill barge was seen float-
ne Wilma ing in shallow waters near one
in aground of the country's national parks
about 100 at Conception Island.
arCay. Two weeks later, Port
irt Depart- Department Controller Cap-
it the own- tain Anthony Allens
ve hired a announced that the barge
hole in the would be removed.
It was taken from Exuma to
also stated Walker's Cay, where it
ld be relo- remained until Hurricane
hama but Wilma.

Class without permanent

teacher since September

THE mother of a grade five
Garvin Tynes Primary School
student says she is fed up with
the fact that her son, along
with 30 other students, has not
had a permanent teacher since
According to the parent,
who identified herself as Mrs
Kelly, her nine year-old son's
class has become a revolving
door for substitute teachers
since the beginning of the
school year.
Mrs Kelly told The Tribune
yesterday that on several occa-
sions the class had to be taken
by the senior mistress or the
physical education teacher.
"At a PTA meeting some
two weeks ago I was told that
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Rights and constitutional abuses

EIGHTEEN years ago,
E a police squad led by
Sgt Drexel Cartwright burst into
a Freeport home and arrested a
public school teacher from Cal-
ifornia who was visiting her
crippled father.
Twenty-nine-year-old Tama-
ra Merson was summarily frog-
marched to the police station
and held for three days with
male prisoners in filthy, unsu-
pervised cells.
According to a judge, "it was
57 hours of the most harrowing
and excruciatingly degrading
experiences a young lady visit-
ing the Bahamas could possibly
"The conditions were horrif-
ic," Tamara told Tough Call
recently. "Like the black hole of
Calcutta. There were no toilet
facilities and I was in a small
space with a dozen men. One
masturbated in front of me.
One defecated on the floor. I
was terrified of being gang-
"We took turns at the three-
inch hole in the door for fresh
air it was about 120 degrees
in there. One poor fellow threw
up. They removed him, but not
the vomit. No medical atten-
tion. No place to pee, poop,
wash, get water. No supervision
from the guards.
"I didn't get a phone call. To
my knowledge, no one knew I

was there. When they moved
me, I thought they were going
to take me into a field and shoot
me. There are so many bad
memories that I want to cry."
Tamara has no idea why she
was treated this way, although
there is speculation that her
father who occupied the house
but was not there at the time -
may have offended someone in
the community.
The three policemen who
arrested Tamara were execut-
ing a search warrant because
her father, George Clarke, was
suspected of running an unli-

was nothing illegal about them.
But that did not stop the police
from eventually charging Tama-
ra in the magistrate's court. Lat-
er withdrawn, the charges were-
described by judges as a "ruse
to justify the arrest".
Utterly shaken by her expe-

Lawyers say there are hundreds
of human rights cases pending!
before the courts most
involving ordinary Bahamians.
And now that the Privy Council
has confirmed the right of
vindicatory damages, there will
likely be many more.

censed bank. And according to
police, Tamara was "aiding and
abetting" this illegal operation.
Turns out that while Mr
Clarke did make loans, there

rience, Tamara returned to Cal-
ifornia, and immediately
enrolled in law school: "I taught
history to five classes of 13-year-
olds during the day, and studied

law at night. I was so angry at
being treated like that...that
anybody could be treated like
She got her law degree in
1991 and hired Freeport lawyers
Fred Smith and Harvey Tynes
to sue the government for false
arrest and imprisonment. Mr
Tynes has had a similar experi-
ence of his own with the police.
Mr Smith a leading member
of the Grand Bahama Human
Rights Association specialis-
es in such cases.
In March 1994, Chief Justice
Joan Sawyer ruled that Tamara
had been treated inhumanely:
"In my view it would be difficult
to think of any circumstances
in a supposedly civilised country
which could be considered more
The police were roundly con-
demned for their "gestapo-
style" behaviour and Tamara
was awarded $300,000 in dam-
ages for wrongful arrest, false
imprisonment, malicious prose-
cution and breaches of her con-
stitutional rights.
"You cannot arrest a person
for 'suspicion' and then begin
to look for facts or grounds to
justify that suspicion and in the
meanwhile hold the person,"
the Chief Justice said at the
But the government deemed
the award too high, and in 2001
the Court of Appeal cut Tama-
ra's award to $200,000, arguing
against separate damages for
violation of constitutional rights.
So Fred Smith appealed to
the Privy Council in London,
which last month came down
squarely on the side of Tamara
Merson ending an 18-year
ordeal. The constitutional dam-
ages of $100,000 were reinstat-
ed, with interest from 1994.
The Privy Council said con-
stitutional damages "vindicat-
ed the right of the complainant,
whether a citizen or a visitor,
to'carry on his or her life in the
Bahamas, free from unjustified
executive interference mis-
treatment or oppression."

A ccording to lawyer
Smith, "people have
no idea of the extent of police
and general governmental
abuse in this country. It is some-
times exhausting, but the fight is
important, even if there is no
"It is the fact that people do
stand up for their rights that
helps prevent further abuse or
worse abuse," he told Tough
In fact, lawyers say there are
hundreds of human rights cases
pending before the courts -
most involving ordinary
Bahamians. And now that the
Privy Council has confirmed the
right of vindicatory damages,
there will likely be many more.
And as there is no time limit
on such cases, actions can be
brought for breaches dating
back as far as the 1963 consti-
tution, which introduced the
protections into law.
"This could expose the gov-
ernment to hundreds of millions
of dollars in damages," trial
lawyer Damien Gomez told
Tough Call. "For instance, the
extradition case I am working
on now is being appealed, and if
the Privy Council rules that the

five men involved have been
unjustly imprisoned for 14
months they will be entitled to
vindicatory damages.
"Compare 14 months in jail
to a couple of days as in the
Tamara Merson case and do the
math. If I succeed they could
each get $2 million in damages."
Mr Gomez says he is working
on scores of such cases, and sev-
eral other lawyers are also pur-
suing constitutional actions.
Besides Fred Smith they include
Wayne Munroe, Elliot Lock-
hart, Sean Hanna and Maurice

In 1989 lawyer Harvey
Tynes sued the police for
assault, false imprisonment,
malicious prosecution and
breach of his constitutional
rights. He was eventually
awarded damages of $255,000.
Mr Tynes was arrested at
General Aviation in Nassau for
"trespassing" while rushing to
catch a charter flight to Andros.

Our judicial
system can
still be
effective in
guarding our
civil rights

He was manhandled, hand-
cuffed, threatened, strip-
searched twice and not allowed
to make phone calls by a cop
whom he had cross-examined
some time before.
The police wouldn't produce
documents to the court,
although they offered no objec-
tion to doing so: "Unless the
Bahamas has become a police
state, that conduct by the high-
er echelons of the force cannot
be accepted," the judge com-
plained at the time.

ut perhaps the worst
human rights abuse in
recent years involves an unfor-
tunate individual named Atain
Takitota, who claims to be a
Japanese citizen, although the
authorities in Tokyo deny it.
Now about 40, Mr Takitota
was arrested by Immigration
officers in Nassau in August,
1992. He had no money, no
passport and spoke no English.
To this day, no-one knows how
he got here or where he came
from despite efforts by the
honorary Japanese consul, Basil
Sands, to establish his identity.
So, for the indiscretion of
being a homeless foreigner, Mr
Takitota spent the next eight
years of his life billeted with
hardened criminals in the max-
imum security wing at Fox Hill
Prison. He endured the most
appalling conditions, attempt-
ing suicide at least three times.
Five years ago, a prison offi-
cer brought Mr Takitota to the
attention of lawyers at AD
Hanna & Co, and they applied
to the court for his release.
He has since been living with
a former inmate who befriend-
ed him.
Attorney Sean Hanna sued
the government for $200 mil-
lion on Mr Takitota's behalf.
And in 2004, Supreme Court
justice Hartman Longley ruled
that his eight-year imprison-

ment violated the constitution,
which says "no person shall be
subjected to torture or to inhu-
man or degrading treatment or
He also set aside a 1992
deportation order and directed
the government to give Mr Tak-
itota, within 60 days, the right to
earn a living in the Bahamas:.
"Despite the fact that the
Bahamas is not a party to the
convention dealing with state-
less persons, one would expect
that a certain minimum stan-
dard of civility and humanity
would be the order of the day,"
Justice Longley said at the time.
He went on to award Mr
Takitota $1,000 in damages for
false imprisonment, which Mr
Hanna deemed "wholly inap-
propriate". So he appealed, ask-
ing for exemplary damages.
And a ruling by the Court of
Appeal is expected "imminent-
As for Mr Takitota's immi-,
gration status, Mr Hanna says
that despite the Supreme Court
order he is unable to get a
response from anyone in the
"There is nothing but silence
and a blank wall," he told
Tough Call. "My client is sur-
viving on the kindness of

T he question arises as to
why there is this per-,;
sistent pattern of abuse by tlhe
authorities. It ranges from
police brutality and forced con`-
fessions to wrongful arrest and
false imprisonment.
"As long as I have been prac-
tising here," lawyer Gomez said,
"not once has the Commission-
er of Police invited me to'
address recruits on this subject.
If they cared about constitu-
tional abuse the first thing they
would do is try to educate offi-.
cers on how to operate within,
the law. But they don't."
Now, he says, the Privy Coutn-
cil ruling in the Tamara Mer-,
son case makes it "imperative_'
for the authorities to be movie
careful in the way they handle
And lawyer Hanna warns'
that individual officers involved
in such abuses will also be sued
and their property confiscated.
Meanwhile, Sgt Drexel
Cartwright, the officer who
arrested Tamara Merson, has
been promoted more than once.
He is now assistant superinten-
dent in charge of the commer-
cial crime section in Freeport.
But as depressing as these
cases are, we must also consider
as journalist and.diplomat
Sir Arthur Foulkes pointed out
in a recent conversation that
our judicial system can still be
effective in guarding our civil
rights against arbitrary execu-
tive authority.
"We have a good constitution
but we need to learn how to use,
it," Sir Arthur told Tough Call.
"I congratulate Fred Smith and'
other Bahamian lawyers who
are proving that we are a coun-'
try where the rule of law pre-
Of course, as one lawyer put
it, we are also a nation of form
over substance: "We go from
the extreme of ignoring regula-
tions that provide for basic safe-
ty (as in the case of jet skis,
mailboats, traffic, hospitals etc),
and then we have police crack-
downs for non-offences like that
involving Tamara Merson."

What do you think? Send
comments to larry@tribuneme- Or visit www.bahama-


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The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Limited (BTC) invites applications from suitably qualified
individuals to fill the position of Senior Associate in its Finance & Administration Division.

Perform varied accounting functions requiring familiarity with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
and international Accounting Standards.

Responsibilities will include ensuring accurate input to General ledger, conducting regular monitoring of
revenue accounts and reconciling prepaid expenses and revenue in advance accounts. In addition, assist in
the production of the monthly Corporate Performance Reports.


1. Review of Billing interface
Ensure that extract files agree to Billing summary reports
Ensure that debits and credits balance and that all GL accounts are valid
Ensure complete export of file to the financial accounting system
Check validation process before approval and update to general ledger.

2. Review of Cash and Adjustments interface
Ensure that extract files agree to Cash and Adjustment summary reports
Ensure that debits and credits balance and that all GL accounts are valid
Ensure complete export of file to financial accounting system
Check validation process before approval and update to general ledger.

3. Complete weekly and monthly investigations of all revenue accounts
Complete variance analysis of all accounts
Liaise with various departments for enquiries and corrections
Prepare manual journal entries where necessary.

4. Load the revenue budget into the financial accounting system on an annual basis.

5. Complete monthly reconciliations of prepayment accounts, including:
General Insurance
Vehicle Insurance

6. Complete Monthly Revenue in Advance reconciliation:
7. Ensure that all general ledger accounts are introduced properly in the various categories:

8. Journal Processing:
Ensure that all journal entries are keyed accurately and timely
Review accrual Journals ensure that flags are set properly and reversing
Journals are set for the correct period Approve and Update journals on a daily basis

9. Maintain Financial Reports
Ensure that all GL accounts are placed in the appropriate report per the class of account;
Ensure that report agree to the Trial Balance

10. Any other duties assigned by Department management.

1. A Bachelor's Degree in Accounts or Finance with four (4) years experience in a related field.
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3. Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
4. Must be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines
5. Must be proficient with Mictosoft Office applications
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FROM page one

When the rocks were flying
and the blood splattering, I
was there.
"To the many good and
decent FNMs whom I have
worked with, cried with and
laughed with over the years, I
wish them well and assure them
that the pleasure being with
them'was mine. I will never for-
get them.
"T6 all my friends, I quote Sir
Alexander Bustamante, who
said: 'Farewell, but not good-
bye, this is but a small world'.
With this said, I officially resign
from. the FNM. I do put principle
before party and position," he
said.. ,
Last night, Mr Dupuch
explained that he had retained
his FNM membership even after
standing as an independent can-
didate in the last election.
"Both Tennyson Wells and I
stood as independent FNMs,"
he said. "I am getting out of pol-
itics but, under the right leader-
ship,. I would have been prepared
to help them. But after recent
events there is no place for me in
the'party. I don't see any light
at the end of the tunnel.
"The bedrock of this society is
decency and fair play. What I
see ith this latest move is that
thisjcountry is going completely
to hell. If this is the norm, then
this country isn't going to be fit to
live in."
Mr Dupuch plans to bow out
of politics at the next election.

FROM page one

invite him to return.
It, is also speculated that
when Dr Nottage returns to
the'PLP it will not be in an
insignificant position.
'i can't imagine 'BJ' set-
tlihng for less than a number
two6spot which would confirm
th'r Tumours of Cynthia Pratt
ghing to Government Hill
should the PLP win the gen-
er-a election. It is also the
vi ef that considering
Christie's health, Nottage,
wh, has remained in good
health, would be needed for
the heavy Family Island cam-
paign," said one source.

Minister 'unaware of

dolphin export ban'

FROM page one

culated are grossly inaccurate.
Our plans for a dolphin facility
are still in the planning stages.
Therefore it is premature to
address any specifics," said
Frank Murru, Chief Marine
Officer, Kerzner International.
Following reports from the
World Society for the Pro-
tection of Animals (WSPA)
on Monday that 40 dolphins
will be exported from the
Solomon Islands to the
Bahamas this week, the Aus-
tralian and New Zealand gov-
ernments urged the Solomons
to stand by their ban on the
export of live dolphins..
New Zealand Prime Min-
ister Helen Clark wrote to
Solomons' Prime Minister
Allan Kemakeza seeking
assurance that the country's
ban on live dolphin exports
remains in place, the Associ-
ated Press reported on Mon-
The Solomon Islands gov-
ernment banned live dolphin
exports in January of this
year following international
outrage over a shipment of
28 bottlenose dolphins to a
Mexican aquatic theme park
in July, 2004.
Yesterday, Australian and
New Zealand newspapers
reported that their diplomats
have been given "several
high-level assurances" that
the Solomon Islands Cabi-
net's ban on dolphin exports
remains in force.
They further reported that
Solomons prime minister
Kemakeza assured his parlia-
ment last week that the ban
was still in place.
Minister Gray said that if
indeed such a ban exits, it
would affect Kerzner's plans
to import the dolphins.

"I don't believe Kerzner
would import dolphins if they
knew a ban was in place, they
are much too reputable a
company for that. If Kerzner
now wants us to inspect any
other alternative facilities in
other countries then we will
gladly do that," he said.
Bahamian environmental
watchdog ReEarth is joining
in the international animal
rights call against the impor-
tation of dolphins to Atlantis
Resort's Kerzner Marine
Foundation (KMF).


In a letter to The Tribune
yesterday, ReEarth spokes-
woman Sam Duncombe said:
"ReEarth unequivocally con-
demns the capture of wild
dolphins wherever they are
captured, and the importa-
tion of cetaceans into The
Bahamas and the Atlantis
resort specifically, especially
in light of the newly estab-
lished Kerzner Marine Foun-
dation (KMF), which states
its mandate: 'To foster the
preservation and enhance-
ment of global marine ecosys-
tems through scientific
research, education and com-
munity outreach."
"ReEarth asks how the
Kerzner Marine Foundation
can preserve and enhance the
global marine ecosystems
when in the same breath it is
actively removing species
from that global ecosystem
and working against the prin-
ciples of preservation and
ReEarth pointed to scien-
tific studies which have shown
that the removal of dolphins
from the wild can be detri-
mental to their populations
and social groupings, even

affecting how many dolphins
will remain in any one geo-
graphical area.
Additional scientific stud-
ies, the group said, lay bare
the cruel ramifications of wild
dolphin containment and the
destructive effects on dolphin
populations globally.
ReEarth warned govern-
ment yesterday that amidst
rumours of dolphin importa-
tion to the Atlantis Resort as
a part of its Phase III project,
possible international back-
lash could result.
The animal rights group
said it has received an aver-
age of 250 protest letters a
month since The Bahamas
government passed its Marine
Mammal Protection Act
allowing the importation of
marine mammals into The
Bahamas earlier this year.
This was the result of one
online action alert posted by
ReEarth with an internation-
al conservation group with
which it is working. Current
efforts will combine alerts on
six international websites,
each having hundreds of
thousands of supporters.
They will call for letters of
protest to be directed at
"It would be mindful of the
Bahamas Government to
consider that these action
alerts are not necessarily
posted by ReEarth and that
there are other international
organizations watching our
behaviour here in The
"Our expectation is that
this will have a detrimental
affect on tourism numbers for
the country generally," said
Additionally, ReEarth
highlighted the fact that a sus-
tained unfavourable interna-
tional reaction to the Kerzner

dolphin enterprise could have
long lasting negative effects
on The Bahamas' economy,
"especially considering the
degree to which our econo-
my is intertwined with Kerzn-
Said Ms Duncombe: "Con-
sider that the Atlantis resort
generated 475,000 visitors in
2002, representing 33 per cent
of the stopover visitors for

Nassau, and revenues repre-
senting 10.6 per cent of the
GDP and $54 million in tax
"Also consider that Kerzn-
er is responsible for 16,892
jobs, and that once the Phase
III operation is in full swing,
an additional 325,000 visitors
could be expected to bring a
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Berry Islands are

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cruise industry'

* By Bahamas Information
BULLOCK'S Harbour The
Berry Islands have been named
as the fastest growing cruise
destination in the region by
Immigration and Labour Min-
ister Vincent Peet said.
At the moment the islands
attract just over half a million
cruise visitors each year. Gov-
ernment officials hope that, as
well as the charm of Coco Cay,
a $250 million development in
its first phase at Chub Cay, and
large scale renovations planned
for Big Sturrup Cay will lure
turists and re-establish this
group of islands as a destina-
tion of choice within the
A minimum of 83 cruise visits
have already been planned for
Big Sturrup Cay next year, said
Mr Peet, MP for the Berry
Islands and North Andros.
"That is good news because
the vendors there have been
suffering for much too long and
help has finally come for them,"
Mr Peet told patrons at the
Berry Islands Festival last Fri-
day night.
"As we have tourists being
brought from Coco Cay onto
the mainland here at Bullock's
Harbour to share the Bahamian
experience, that will create
more jobs, it will give visitors
more excitement and the num-
bers are bound to go up. We
are going through a very excit-
ing phase in the Berry Islands."
The Ministry of Tourism's
Senior Director for Product
Development and Family
Islands, Angela Cleare, said sta-
tistics confirmed the Berry
Island's impressive growth rate.
"You have more employment

* MR Funk shows off his form during the Berry Islands Festival as Immigration and Labour
Minister Vincent Peet watches

* BERRY Islander Valentino Carey, in his caricature of talk
show host Darrold Miller, takes another call

here than any place else from
the cruise industry," she said.
"Too, the industry is concerned
about the local community.
They provide equipment for the
school and playground. They
work with the teachers."
Berry Islanders last weekend
launched what they hoped
would become their signature
cultural event for the year the
Berry Fest.
It is when they showcase that
which makes the Berry Islands
special from its friendly peo-
ple to its abundant marine life
to its beautiful secluded beach-
es and quiet lifestyle.

The Berry Islands got its
name from the berries of the
thatch plant which is abundant
Thatch berry palms produce
two kinds of fruit the heart of
palm and the sweet berries,
both of which are edible.
The young fronds (silver top)
are stripped, dried, plaited and
sewn together to create lovely
straw products which are in high
Visitors and community
groups showed off their talents
in an array of entertainment
during the three-day celebra-

* PASTOR Jennifer Roberts and her faithful pooch entertain patrons at last weekend's Berry
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Miami Herald Business, Stocks,

Analysis, Wall Street

Bahamas must

get 'mutual trade

benefit' from TIEAs

Tribune Business Editor
A BAHAMIAN attorney
yesterday backed calls for a
national debate on what policy
this nation should adopt on tax
information exchange issues,
suggesting that it "only con-
template" exchanging infor-
mation if the Bahamas received
a ."corresponding trade bene-
fit" in return.
John Delaney, an attorney
and partner with Higgs &
Johnson, said both the general
public and financial services
industry should begin dis-
cussing what the Bahamas'
position should be on tax infor-
mation exchange "in the wider
context of trade" with other
Stating that he was speaking
in his personal capacity, not as
an FNM Senator, Mr Delaney
said there had to be "mutual
benefit" for the Bahamas to
contemplate tax information
He was responding after fel-
low attorney and Financial Ser-
vices Consultative Forum
chairman, Brian Moree, called
for the Bahamas to discuss the
"status" of the conditional
commitment given by the for-
mer FNM admifnistration in
March 2002 to comply with the
Organisation for Economic Co-
Operation and Development's
(OECD) 'harmful tax prac-
tices' initiative, as a "level play-
ing field has not been
Mr Delaney said yesterday
that international financial cen-
tres that had tax information
exchange agreements with oth-
er, nations were seen as less
attractive by potential clients
than those which did not, which
harmed competitiveness.
He added: "Given the com-
petitiveness of the market for
international financial services,

Tribune Business Editor
Wall Street
believe the
$1.6 billion
Beach redevelopment is an
"a+" for Baha Mar Develop-
ment Company's partners,
Harrah's Entertainment and
Starwood, and could "reinvig-
orate" the Bahamas as a "mul-
tiple destination resort".
In an update to investors,
Bear Stearns analysts Joseph
Greff said: "We view the pro-
ject as a+ for both Harrah's and
Starwood, as we believe the
convenience of the Bahamas
(additional airlift) as well as

tax information arrangements
with foreign countries must be
viewed as a matter that goes
to the ability of the Bahamas to
be competitive amongst other
financial centres in the sale of
its financial services.
- ."Zor.this reason, should the
Bahamas contemplate any such
arrangement, it must ensure
that there are corresponding
or countervailing benefits.
There must be mutual bene-
Mr Delaney added: "For
example, under the
Bahamas/US treaty, the
Bahamas was certified as a
Qualified Jurisdiction, which
allows Bahamian financial insti-
tutions certain privileges under
US law, and the US agreed

SEE page 4B

the multifaceted design of the
property (all ages/price points)
will be alluring to US trav-
And he added: "It is possible
that the project will help turn
around an otherwise declining
area and help reinvigorate the
Bahamas as a location for mul-
tiple destination resorts.
"Additionally, we believe
Kerzner International's oper-
ations on Paradise Island will
benefit from the increased vol-
umes to the Bahamas courtesy
of the Baha Mar Resort. We
note that Kerzner Internation-
al has been generating volume
on the strength of its own prod-

uct for quite some time, as the
Cable Beach area filtered lit-
tle incremental demand for
Kerzner's properties. We
believe Baha Mar will attract
complementary guests."
Mr Greff said the Baha Mar
partnership was designed in
such a way to ensure that its
three partners contributed
equally to the costs, with all
entitled to revenues from the
hotels, casinos and restaurants.
Harrah's, through its Caesars
Entertainment brand, will
operate the 100,000 sq ft casino
and 1,000-room luxury hotel.
Starwood will brand the 700-
room Westin and 700-room

SEE page 4B

$5m R/O plant for Arawak Cay

Tribune Business Editor Water & Sewerage Corporation owed $22m
A $5 million reverse osmosis plant will in Outstanding bills by 11,000 customers
be constructed at Arawak Cay to supply
water to Kerzner International's Phase
III development on Paradise Island when der seeking bids from private companies Hills contract, and a French company,
the latter is completed in April 2007, a to construct, own and operate the reverse Veolia Enerserve, which was a losing
Water & Sewerage Corporation execu- osmosis plant has already been sent out. bidder on that tender.
tive said yesterday. The Arawak Cay plant would operate in Sources have also told The Tribune
Phillip Beneby, the Corporation's gen- a similar fashion to the $27 million Blue that one minor delay in sorting out the
eral manager, told a Bahamas Hotel Hills reverse osmosis operation that is Arawak Cay plant has been determin-
Association (BHA) energy conservation currently under construction, with the ing whether the area should be set aside
seminar of the new plant: "That's expect- private company selling water to the for tourism or industrial development.
ed early next year. We're hoping to do a Water & Sewerage Corporation, which Baha Mar's marina could possible be
pipeline around the island to Phase III. will be responsible for distribution, located at Arawak Cay.
We've signed an agreement and if we Among the contenders for the Arawak
don't do it, we'll be penalised." Cay contract are understood to be Con- SEE 2B
I TheTribune understands that the ten- solidated Water, which won the Blue page

Alliance forming to aid

Bahamian businesses

with saving energy

Tribune Business Editor
A US consultant who works
with Kerzner International
and Bacardi on reducing ener-
gy costs yesterday said his
company was seeking a dis-
tributor in this nation, having
already formed an alliance
with contractors and Scotia-
bank (Bahamas) to provide a
one-stop shop for the audit-
ing, financing and installation

of energy-saving systems.
Bob Granger, of IMC
Northeast, told a Bahamas
Hotel Association (BHA)
workshop on energy conser-
vation that the company was
"very close" to signing up a
distributor for its products and
services in this nation.
He added: "We're working
with some local companies to

SEE page 3B

Scotiabank eyes

50% growth in

commercial loans

Tribune Business Editor
A senior Scotiabank
(Bahamas) executive yesterday
said the institution expected to
grow its commercial loan book
to $750 million by the end of
2006, from current levels of
more than $500 million.
Derek Sweeting, the bank's
senior accounts manager, told a
Bahamas Hotel Association
(BHA) seminar on reducing
energy costs that Scotiabank
(Bahamas) had been "leading

the financing for Baha Mar".
It had "financed most of the
major hotels deals in the
Bahamas", including Sandals,
the British Colonial Hilton,
South Ocean Resort, and
Mr Sweeting added that the
Central Bank of the Bahamas
allowed Bahamas-based hotels
to borrow in US dollars
because they generated US
dollar revenues that boosted

SEE page 4B


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women entrepreneurs

British American Insurance
has teamed up with the
DREAMS Investment
Group to aid women entre-
preneurs through a one-day
Entrepreneurs' Seminar and Tradeshow
at the RIU Hotel on Paradise Island.
The event, scheduled for November 19
from 9am to 3pm, is intended to educate
members and the general public on the
successive steps of becoming entrepreneurs
while promoting the products and services
of already established entrepreneurs.
One of the organisers, Cecillia Cox, man-
ager of financial services at British Amer4-
ican Insurance Company, explained: "The
average person works for someone else,
either a person or a company for three'
quarters of their lifetime. Many persons
wonder how they can turn hobbies and
even professions into their own businesses.

The hardest part is getting started and
that's what we hope to inspire people to
Some of the highly anticipated topics to
be addressed are Financing and Expanding
your Business, which will be presented by
Jerome P. Gomez, managing director,
Gomez Corporate Management, and The
Legal Aspects of Starting a Business, pre-
sented by Senator Sharon Wilson.
Jeanine Lampkin, managing director and
chief executive at Lampkin & Co. Insur-
ance, will speak on The Joys and Chal-
lenges of Entrepreneurship, and Michael
Rolle, lecturer, School of Business at the
College of the Bahamas, will provide
advice on Planning and Managing for Busi-
ness Success.

Applicant must be available
Monday to Friday 8:30am to 12:30pm
To home school four (4) children
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Applicant will assist parents with sourcing an appropriate
internet curriculum and furnishing a home school room
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vacation + statutory holidays
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Prospective candidate are required to have
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A University degree in finance related
disciplines, MBA or other equivalent qualification
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Applications will be held in confidence
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FROM page 1B

If the Government was to
decide that Arawak Cay should
be reserved exclusively for
tourism development, it might
cause a rethink on the reverse
osmosis plant's relocation, in
addition to the presence of the
Bahama Hot Mix plant.
Meanwhile, Mr Beneby said
yesterday that the Water &
Sewerage Corporation was
owed $22 million in outstand-
ing bills by some 11,000 out of
its total 35,000 customer base.
The Corporation's customer
base is about half that of the
Bahamas Electricity Corpora-
tion (BEC), and Mr Beneby
said one key objective was for
it to win back customers who
had defected to using private
wells because of poor service
in the past.
The added that the barging
of water from Andros to New
Providence, which brings in
around five to six million gal-
lons of water per day would
end "within two years" as
result of the switch to reverse
"It saves a couple of dollars
per 1,000 gallons, hence the
decision at the top to move to
reverse osmosis," Mr Beneby
said. The Government had
approved the Corporation's
strategy to switch to reverse
osmosis, especially since cur-
rent demand for water on New
Providence was "very close to
production capacity" of 10 mil-
lion gallons per day.
As a result, Mr Beneby said

any interruptions to the services
would immediately affect sup-!
ply and the level of service. '
Drawing attention to the
problems of supplying sparsely
populated islands, Mr Beneby
took Eleuthera as an example;'
saying the Corporation was'
buying water from a reverse
osmosis operator at $14 per:
1,000 gallons and selling this'
on to end users at $8 per 1,000'
gallons, meaning it was losing'
$6 per 1,000 gallons.
He added that while the.
Government had decided toJ
subsidise those losses in the-
short term, a paper recomi;
mending an increase to the
Water & Sewerage Corpora-L
tion's tariffs, which have been,
unchanged since 1999, was-,
before the Cabinet.
With some 50 per cent of the,;
Water & Sewerage Corpora,
tion's water lost from the sys-
tem on a daily basis due tpq
leak, theft and billing problems,
Mr Beneby said it was work-.
ing with Consolidated Water:
to "aggressively attack" the
problem, spending an estimat-
ed $10-$20 million in Nassau
to dig up and fix old pipes.
To enhance customer ser-
vice, the Water & Sewerage
Corporation is offering 30 per-
cent rebates to senior citizens,
and working on offering on-
line payments through Visa
and American Express cards.
The Corporation is also look-
ing to respond to customer
complaints within 48 hours, and
offer leak rebates once they are
assessed by a qualified pJpmber
and brought to its attention. ,


$5m R/O plant

for Arawak Cay



Sentinel is latest client for

Bahamas software provider

S\ entinel Bank &
Trust has become
\ the latest client for
j International Pri-
t vate Banking Sys-
tdhs (IPBS), the Bahamian-
based specialist provider of pri-
vate wealth management soft-
ware, implementing several of
it~'products to replace a sys-
tein that had reached its limits.
,Sentinel, the offshore bank-
idfg arm of the Colina Finan-
cial Group (CFG), is using the
software to support its trust
and corporate secretarial
administration services, client
accounting and international
private banking services.
Among the IPBS solutions
implemented by Sentinel are
the IPBS/Banking, IPBS/Trust,
IPBS/Funds, IPBS/Compli-
ance, IPBS/Remote Client
Access. They comprise part of

a fully integrated, web-enabled
"The challenges faced by
Sentinel, if not addressed,
could affect the company's
ability to service its customers
around the world, effectively
and efficiently," said Bruce
Raine, IPBS's founder and

"Our team observes these
challenges in the private bank-
ing sector very frequently, and
because we know the environ-
ments in which our customers
operate, we can readily address
their needs and deliver a solu-
tion that is effective and afford-
able. There can be no better
accolade in our view than a
happy customer and we look
forward to a long and happy
association with the team at

Richard Evans, Sentinel
Bank & Trust's president,
said: "We chose IPBS for a
number of reasons. Firstly,
using 'single source' data entry,
the IPBS system has been
designed to allow our profes-
sionals to use their time more
effectively and efficiently,
allowing them to avoid dupli-
cation of administrative effort,
minimise the risk associated
with multiple data entry points
and to increase the efficiency
of our operations.
"Secondly, the benefit of
working with the team at IPBS
who are truly experts in under-
standing our business means
they appreciate our day to day
challenges and can be relied
upon to provide us with an IT
system that meets our needs
perfectly. Thirdly, after speak-
ing to a number of IPBS users,

S *
Afi8 e omin

FROM page 1B

become our distributor, we
have some contractors and
have a local bank working
with us."
Mr Granger said Bahamian
hotels and businesses "have
to start easing the pain"
caused by spiralling global oil
prices, which have prompted
high gasoline and electricity
costs, by generating savings
through being more energy
He pointed out that elec-
tricity rates in the Bahamas
were, on average, twice as
high as those in the US state
of New York.
Mr Granger suggested that
the Bahamas consider adopt-
ing a similar programme to
that state, which financed a
New York State Energy
Research and Development
Authority through a 0.01 per
cent charge levied on every
kilowatt of electricity pur-
This Authority then provid-
ed financing, through grants,
loans and rebates, to enable
companies to upgrade their
systems, become energy effi-
cient and relieve the pressure
on the electricity grid.
When it was engaged on a
project, IMC Northeast first
conducted an energy audit,
assessing a facility's total run-
ning load, including motor

load, lighting and hot water.
Mr Granger detailed a pro-
ject IMC Northeast had per-
formed for a nursing home,
which wanted to reduce the
$47,000 per year electricity
costs it was incurring from its

"We're working

with some local


to become

our distributor,

we have some


and have a local

bank working
with us."
Bob Granger

common areas. When the
IMC upgrade was completed,
those costs had come down to
$19,000 per year.
Meanwhile, Robert Farmer,
president of Third Planet, a
non-profit private operating
foundation that specialises in


Counsel and Attorneys-at-Law, Notaries Public

The Partners of


are pleased to announce that

Michelle E. Neville-Clarke

has become a Partner

of the Firm.

education, training and pub-
lic awareness outreach on the
world's energy and climate
future, urged Bahamian hote-
liers to develop a collective
voice on issues such as energy
policies, global warming and
rising sea levels.
He told the BHA seminar:
"The owners [of hotels] have
to buy into the concept of sus-
To reduce their energy
costs, Bahamian businesses
had to first focus on energy
conservation and eliminating
waste from their existing sys-
tems, before moving on to
energy efficiency and, finally,
to renewable and alternative
sources of energy.
Mr Farmer pointed out that
the current level of oil prices,
and the likelihood they would
increase further, had created
an opportunity for hoteliers
to develop a collective voice,
with a criteria and action plan.
Mr Farmer also suggested
that the Bahamas amend leg-
islation governing electricity
in this nation, and pointed out
that organisations such as the
European Union (EU) were
insisting that Caribbean
nations develop national ener-
gy policies in return for aid.

all of whom were delighted
with the IPBS solutions they
had implemented, it was clear
they were the best choice for

Sentinel is the third client to
be landed by IPBS in recent
months, RBC Capital Markets
in New York having gone live
with its Trade Desk module

product, and Geronimo Part-
ners LLC, a licensed Foreign
Capital Depository in Col-
Mr Raine had previously
described growth in the com-
pany's business, which now
extends to more than 10 coun-
tries, was "just a runaway
horse at the moment". Clients
are in countries ranging from
the US and the Bahamas to St
Vincent and the Grenadines,

Panama, Uruguay, Vanuatu,
Bermuda, the Cayman Islands
and the Turks and Caicos
Mr Raine said of the com-
pany's success: "It's the new
technology people are really
grabbing on to the concept of
straight-through processing.
You can run asset manage-
ment operations without a
whole lot of human interrup-

Financial Advisors Ltd.
Pricing Information As Of:
15 November 2005

52wk-Hi 52wk-Lo w Symbo Previous Close Today's Clos e Change Daily Vol. EPS $ DIv $ P/E Yield
1.10 0.73 Abaco Markets 0.73 0.73 0.00 -0.169 0.000 NIM 0.00%
10.25 8.00 Bahamas Property Fund 10.25 10.25 0.00 1.456 0.340 7.0 3.32%
7.24 5.55 Bank of Bahamas 7.24 7.24 0.00 3,440 0.587 0.330 12.3 4.56%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.80 0.80 0.00 0.175 0.010 4.6 1.25%
1.80 1.27 Bahamas Waste 1.27 1.27 0.00 0.112 0.060 11.3 4.72%
1.20 0.87 Fidelity Bank 1.13 1.13 0.00 440 0.066 0.030 17.1 2.65%
9.31 7.00 Cable Bahamas 9.31 9.31 0.00 0.689 0.240 13.5 2.58%
2.20 1.50 Colina Holdings 1.50 1.50 0.00 -0.046 0.000 NM 0.00%
9.17 6.99 Commonwealth Bank 9.11 9.11 0.00 0.791 0.450 11.5 4.94%
2.50 1.05 Doctor's Hospital 2.40 2.40 0.00 200 0.429 0.000 5.6 0.00%
4.35 3.87 Famguard 4.35 4.35 0.00 0.428 0.240 9.1 5.52%
10.90 9.50 Finco 10.90 10.90 0.00 200 0.695 0.510 15.7 4.68%
10.00 7.45 FirstCaribbean 10.00 10.00 0.00 0.695 0.380 13.9 3.80%
9.50 8.39 Focol 9.25 9.25 0.00 0.675 0.500 14.1 5.26%
1.99 1.27 Freeport Concrete 1.15 1.15 0.00 0.022 0.000 52.3 0.00%
10.20 9.50 ICD Utilities 9.94 9.94 0.00 0.526 0.405 18.9 4.07%
8.75 8.22 J. S. Johnson 8.75 8.75 0.00 0.526 0.560 16.6 6.40%
6.69 4.36 Kerzner International BDRs 6.39 6.31 -0.08 0.138 0.000 46.3 0.00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 2.036 0.760 4.9 7.60%
52wk-Hi 52wk-Lo w Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price VWeekly Vol EPS $ DIv $ P/E Yield
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%
16.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 12.33 13.33 12.50 1.105 0.810 14.6 6.93%
0.60 0.35 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.35 -0.103 0.000 N/M 0.00%
La M sY Listed Mutual Fund d
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****

BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00 YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price
52wk-Hi Highest closing price In last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity
52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colilna and fidelity
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for dally volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week
Change Change in closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
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 eamings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1. 1994 m 100
* AS AT AUG. 10, 2005/ .** AS AT OCT. 31, 2005
* AS AT OCT. 28, 2005/** AS AT OCT. 31. 2005/ ..... AS AT OCT. 31, 2005
To TRADE CAtLL- OLJNA 22-52-5 3 L'0



Payment of Benefits and Assistances for the month of November/December 2005, will be made
in the following districts, at the following pay stations between the hours stated below:

Thursday, November 17, 2005:12 noon 12:30p.m., at the Church Hall.

Thursday, November 17, 2005: 9:30a.m. 11:45a.m., at Beacon Hill Church of Nazarene,
Carmichael Road.

Thursday, November 17, 2005:12:45p.m. 1:30p.m., at St. Peter's Church Hall.

Thursday, November 17, 2005: 9:30a.m. 3:00p.m., at the National Insurance Board's Fox Hill
Sub-Office. Persons who cannot collect their cheques on the dates stated, may collect them
throughout the month of December 2005, from 9:30a.m. to 4:30p.m., Monday to Friday.

Thursday, November 17, 2005: 9:30a.m. 4:00p.m. at the National Insurance Board's Wulff
Road Local Office. Persons who cannot collect their cheques on the dates stated, may collect
them throughout the month of December 2005, from 9:30a.m. to 4:30p.m., Monday to Friday.

Thursday, November 17, Monday, November 21, 2005:9:30a.m.- 4:00p.m., at The Bahamas
Public Service Union Hall, East Street South.

1. Thursday, November 17 Wednesday, November 23, 2005: 9:30a.m. 4:00p.m.
All persons with surnames beginning with the letters "A" "L", at the Cat Island United
Association Hall #1, Market and Vesey Streets.

2. Thursday, November 17 Monday, November 21, 2005:9:30 a.m. 4:00 p.m.
All persons with surnames beginning with the letters "M" "Z", at the Salvation Army
Hall, Meadow Street.

3. Tuesday, November 17 Wednesday, November 23,2005: 9:30a.m. 4:00p.m.
Persons who did not collect their cheques from the respective stations on the days
specified, may collect them at the Cat Island United Association Hall #1, Market and
Vesey Streets, on the above-mentioned dates.


Cheques must be collected from the listed pay stations on the dates and times given. In cases of
emergency, uncollected cheques may be collected from the Pensions Department, at the Jumbey
Village Complex throughout the month of December 2005 between the hours of 9:30a.m. and

Claimants and/or their representatives are required to produce proper identification in order to
collect their cheques. Acceptable forms of identification for claimants collecting their own payments
Their National Insurance Registration Card, together with any one of the following:
1. A Passport;
2. A Voter's Card; or
3. Any other document which establishes, conclusively, the identity of the claimant.

Where the claimant is sending a representative to collect his/ her cheque, the representative should
provide an Authorization Form completed by the claimant, or a letter authorizing the Board to pay
the representative, together with any of the above-listed items to identify the representative.

All claimants and/or their representatives are advised that should they fail to provide satisfactory
documents to identify themselves as requested above, there may be a delay or denial of payments.



Bahamas must get 'mutual

trade benefit' from TIEAs

FROM page 1B

that, as of January 2006, Amer-
icans who come to the
Bahamas for various conven-
tions may deduct the costs from
their US taxes. The QJ status
has proven important for
Bahamian financial institutions,
and the tourism sector eagerly
awaits the commencement of
the convention tax exemption
next year."
On the OECD initiative, Mr

Delaney said it "would appear
unwise for the Bahamas to do
anything but maintain its posi-
tion (of March 2002), namely
that it would only commit to
tax information exchange with
all members of the OECD, as a
group, when all of our com-
petitors have done
likewise. That is the 'level play-
ing field' position put by the
former Bahamian administra-
But while maintaining this
position and talking to the




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

The Date of the Completion of dissolution was 7th October




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

The Date of the Completion of dissolution was 7th October




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

The Date of the Completion of dissolution was 7th October

Th .,
I idato




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

The Date of the Completion of dissolution was 7th October

.il rn

OECD, the Higgs & Johnson
attorney added: "The Bahamas
might serve its best interest by
exploring opportunities for
trade arrangements with selec-
tive members of the OECD, in
which the provision of Bahami-
an information for their tax
purposes might be contem-
plated only in the context of a
corresponding trade benefit to
the Bahamas. This is what tran-
spired as regards the
Bahamas/US [treaty]."
Mr Delaney pointed out that
it was vital for the Bahamas to
obtain something in return,
especially given that it was
already on various 'national tax

blacklists' maintained by
OECD nations.
The use of 'national tax
blacklists' could increase if the
OECD project collapses at the
current Global Forum meeting
in Melbourne, which concludes
Mr Delaney said: "Such
national tax blacklists are bar-
riers to Bahamian financial
institutions being able to sell
their services to citizens (or tax
subjects) of such countries
because of discriminatory tax
treatment applied by those
countries to Bahamian finan-
cial products. It is important
the views of the wider commu-

nity be expressed on all of such
"We sell to the world finan-
cial services through the banks,
trust companies and investment
firms located here. Those busi-
nesses provide attractive or
alternative ways for the foreign
money to be invested, and they
provide arrangements for
wealthy foreigners to pass their
wealth from one generation to
the next. Additionally, Bahami-
an lawyers and accountants are
employed in dealing with the
legal and accounting needs of
such businesses."
Meanwhile, Australia and
the OECD were yesterday
both lauding the fact that the
former had agreed a tax infor-
mation exchange agreement

with Bermuda on November
10, providing for the full
exchange of criminal and civil
tax information.
This agreement follows
closely behind the one struck
between the Netherlands and
Isle of Man, and may indicate
the OECD is making some
progress in generating momen-
Last year, Australia entered
into negotiations for tax infor-
mation exchange agreements
with 10 countries, including
Bermuda, the British Virginr
Islands, Jersey, Guernsey,
Antigua and Barbuda, and the
Isle of Man.

FROM page 1B

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

The Date of the Completion of dissolution was 7th October

d Thai.
/ nudllor




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

The Date of the Completion of dissolution was 7th October


I uidator




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

The Date of the Completion of dissolution was 7th October

Sheraton hotels, plus the 300-
room St Regis and 300-room
W brands. The developments
featuring the latter two brands
will both include 100 condos.
Meanwhile, William Lerner,
an analyst for Prudential Equi-
ty Group, described the Baha
Mar project as being "relative-
ly small" for both Harrah's and
Starwood, although "good for
showcasing the brands".
Harrah's, which has 33 per
cent of the equity in the pro-
ject, will use Baha Mar to
"showcase" Caesars ahead of
other international expansion.

For Starwood, Mr Lerner said
its involvement would aid its
hotel brands. The company is
retaining the management con-
tract, but has only 10 per cent
of the equity.
Meanwhile, William Schmitt
and David Katz,'analysts fQr
CIBC World Markets, said:
"Regardless of whether the
new resort grows the Bahamian
tourist market, construction of
the new resort is not expected
until 2007 with a 2010 opening
date, and thus should not affect
Paradise Island for at least
three to five years."

S cia 0ey

FROM page 1B
foreign exchange reserves.
Addressing an audience
question concerning the diffi-
culty some prospective second
homeowners were having in
obtaining US dollar mortgage
loans, allegedly because
Bahamian banks were not
interested in lending any
amounts below $500,000, Mr
Sweeting pointed out that US
dollars were in limited supply.
He added that Scotiabank
was developing a programme,

likely to launch in January/Feb-
ruary 2006,' to deal with that
issue, although it was unlikely
to be interested in US dollar
loan amounts below $250,000.
On the criteria Scotiabank
would assess before approving
loans to Bahamian companies
for the purchase of energy effi-
cient equipment, Mr Sweeting
said conditions would include
evidence of a downpayment by
the borrower, adequate cash
flow, collateral, creditworthi-
ness, and the actual loan's
terms and conditions. '-




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

The Date of the Completion, of .ssolution was 7th October




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

The Date of the Completion of dissolution was 7th October





A UBS (Bahamas) client advisor has
passed the Series 7 examination in Florida,
enabling her to apply for registration with
the Securities Commission of the Bahamas.
Moqnique:Carey, who has been with the
institution for one-and-a-half years, passed

Candidates should have:
Experience in High-end Club Management
Temporary Position for 6 months 1 year
Must be willing to relocate to Abaco

A" o Please send resume to:
Attn: Human Resources The Abaco Club Association
P.O. Box AB-20571 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas
Fax: 242-367-2930



(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company
is:in dissolution, which commenced on the 14th day of
November, 2005. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc., of
P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.


an exam that is administered by the New the National Association of Securities
York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and Training and Compliance.
National Association of Securities Dealers
(NASD). N MONIQUE Carey (right) with Reece
Ms Carey trained for the Series 7 exam Chipman, the Nastac Group's managing
with the Nastac Group, which stands for director.




Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (4)
of the International Business Companies Act No. 45 of 2000,
WINNIPEG MANAGEMENT LTD., has been dissolved and
struck off the Register according to the Certificate of Dissolution
issued by the Registrar General on the 20th day of October, 2005.

Epsilon Management Ltd.,
2 Commercial Centre, Square,




Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (4)
of the International Business Companies Act No. 45 of 2000,
SOUTHVIEW PROPERTIES LIMITED, has been dissolved and
struck off the Register according to the Certificate of Dissolution
issued by the Registrar General on the 25th day of October, 2005.

William Cid de la Paz of
2a, Sylvaner, Vineyards, Gibraltar



(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company
is in dissolution, which commenced on the 10th day of
November, 2005. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc., of
P.O.Box N-7757, Nassau, Bahamas.


LIMITED trading and doing business as NIPPERS

2005/COM/COM 0032
Commercial Division





for the Winding-up of the above-named Company,
the Supreme Court was on the 27th day of May, 2005
presented to the said Court by RANDY WALTER
ALBURY of Guana Cay, Abaco, The Bahamas.
AND that the said Petition is directed to be heard
before The Honorable Justice Mrs. Vera Watkins of the
Supreme Court sitting at Court No. 3, 2nd Floor, Supreme
Court Building, Bank Lane, Nassau, Bahamas on
Monday, the 23rd of January, 2006 at 10:30 in the
forenoon; and any Creditor or Contributory of the said
Company desirous to support or oppose the making of
an Order on the said Petition may appear at the time of
hearing in person or by his Counsel for the purpose;
and a copy of the Petition will be furnished by the
undersigned to any Creditor or Contributory of the said
Company requiring such copy.

One Millars Court
P.O. Box N-7117
Nassau, Bahamas
Attn: Cheryl D. Cartwright
Attorneys for the Petitioner, Randy Walter Albury
Telephone: (242) 322-2511

NOTE: Any person who intends to appear on the hearing
of the said Petition must serve on or send by post to the
above-named notice in writing of his intention so to do.
The notice must state the name and address of the person,
or, if a firm, the name and address of the firm, and must
be signed by the person or firm, or his or their solicitor
(if any), and must be served or, if posted, must be sent
by post in sufficient time to reach the above-named not
later than 4 o'clock in the afternoon of the 22nd day of
January, 2006.



(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company
is in dissolution, which commenced on the 10th day of
November, 2005. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc., of
P.O.Box N-7757, Nassau, Bahamas.




(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
27th day of October, 2005. The Liquidator is Argosa
Corp. Inc., of P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.





Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (4)
of the International Business Companies Act No. 45 of 2000,
WINNIPEG MANAGEMENT LTD., has been dissolved and
struck off the Register according to the Certificate of Dissolution
issued by the Registrar General on the 20thi day of October, 2005.

Epsilon Management Ltd.,
2 Commercial Centre, Square,

.BS employees series




start for



almost had a perfect entry into
the Baptist Sports Council's
softball league on Saturday at
the Baillou Hills playing field.
Playing their first three
games of the season, Trans-
figuration clobbered Jubilee
10-4 and New Bethlehem 12-6,
in between their 14-12 loss to
Golden Gates.
Going into Saturday's
action, Macedonia, New Beth-
lehem and Faith United were
all undefeated, but only Mace-
donia kept their perfect record
intact, knocking off New Des-
tiny 9-5, Golden Gates 13-7
and Faith United 19-2.
New Bethlehem, whose loss
came at the hands of Trans-
figuration, gave Faith United
their second loss with a 7-3
Here's a summary of the
games played:

Macedonia 9, New Des-
tiny 5: Tim Clarke went 1-for-
3 with an RBI and three runs
scored; Michael Thompson
was 1-for-2 with an RBI and
two runs scored and Julian
Collie and Ken Forbes were
both 1-for-3 with an RBI.
Harold 'Banker' Fritzgerald
got the win, while Vernon
Clarke was tagged with the
Gregory Maurice was 2-for-
3 with an RBI and run scored
and Randolph Coakley was 1-

Action from the

BSC softball league

for-3 with two RBIs in a losing
New Destiny 9, Jubilee
3: Randolph Coakley went 1-
for-2 with three RBIs, scoring
twice and Rev. Tyrone
Knowles, Peter Storr and
Dwight Rolle all had one hit
with an RBI, scoring a run.
Lennox Green got the win
over D'Angelo Archer on the
Stenard Duncombe was 1-
for-2 with three RBIs and
Gerald Major was 2-for-2 with
two runs scored.
Transfiguration 12, New
Bethlehem 6: Hermis Sands
was 2-for-3 with three RBIs
and two runs scored; Dominic
Bain 2-for-2 with an RBI and
run; Nelson Farrington 1-for-
2 with two RBIs and a run and
Dennis Johnson 1-for-2 with
an RBI and two runs scored.
Farrington was the winning
pitcher, while Val Maura got
the loss.
Munroe also went 2-for-2
with two RBIs and a run and
Preston Cartwright and Franz
Austin were both 1-for-2 with
an RBI and run scored each.

All new Angels

for title defence

Senior Sports Reporter
THE Angels will have a new sponsor and a new coach when they
begin defence of their title in the New Providence Women's Basketball
Formerly sponsored by Esso on the Run, the Angels will campaign
under the Cleaning Center banner with legendary player turned umpire
Sharon 'the General' Storr calling the plays from the sideline as their new
. Storr will be one of the four coaches who will be making their debut
in the league this year. He will replace Charlene 'Swish' Smith, who guid-
ed the Angels to the league's first two titles.
The Angels, led by two-time championship MVP Suzette McKenzie,
three-point specialist Sharelle Cash, Keisha Richardon, Feleicia
Cartwright, Candy White and Roberta Quant, will open the season
against the Johnson's Lady Truckers in a rematch of last year's finals.
Truckers' coach Jeannie Minus said their aim is not just to get back
into the finals, but to dethrone the Angels and win the title this year.
"We basically still have the same team, but we have some additions
with some youth and experience," said Minus, noting that versatile
Jackie Conyers will be their biggest attraction.
"The team is going to be much stronger this year and, after getting a
taste of what it meant to be in the final last year, we want to really press
forward and win the championship this year."
Conyers will add some height in the middle for the Truckers, who did-
n't have a true centre to rely on last year. She will join Antoinette
Knowles and Janice Williams in producing one of the biggest frontcourts
in the league.

Additionally, coach Minus will have the return service of last year's
most valuable player and offensive player of the year Shantell Rolle, who
will team up with Glenda Gilcud for the explosive backcourt.
Minus, a former national team player, said she inherited the team from
Randolph Swaby Sr. at a late stage last year and, as a result, they didn't
get to perform the way she expected until it was a little too late.
"This year we are getting started a little earlier, so I expect that we will
perform a lot better," Minus projected. "The girls are excited about play-
ing the opening game on Saturday."
Minus is also happy because she's asked her former high school
coach, John Todd, to assist her and he has agreed.
"If we don't have him there on Saturday, he will definitely be with us
during the rest of the regular season," she stated. "I think he will be a
tremendous addition to the team."
Looking at the other teams, the third placed College of the Bahamas
Caribs are also expected back with some key changes in their line-up.
Coach Linda Davis will be without last year's rookie of the year,
centre Alexis Russell, due to a knee injury. But in their second year in
the league, they have added Kavionne Newbold, who should fill in for
The Caribs will once again be led by last year's defensive player of the
year Christine Sinclair and league president Kimberley Rolle. But they
have also added guard Alyse Dean to the rest of the returning squad that
includes Tmar Bodie, Adina Knowles and Geovanna Rigby.
Although she will be one of the stars for the Angels, Sharelle Cash will
also be back as the coach of the Junior All-Stars. They have lost starters
Staffica Bain, Sasha Ferguson and Duriann Smith to college.
But they will welcome high school sensation Felecia Kelly, who is
expected to be the workhorse for the team that will also see the return
of Deandra Williams and Tiffany Wildgoose.
The league will also see the return of one team and the addition of
The Defense Force will be back after a year's absence. They will be led
by former national team centre Natasha Miller. Their line-up will also
comprise of Chryshann Percentie, Mary Edgecombe and Lannos Ben-
Freddie Brown, another referee in the league, will be on the sidelines
as the coach.
The other male coach entered in the league this year is Mario Bow-
leg, who will be coaching the first year Sunshine Auto Cheetahs, the new
team on the block.
Bowleg will rely on centre Linda Pierre, guard Kendra Brown and for-
mer junior college standout Brooks Smith.
League secretary Cindy Fox said they are anticipating that this will be
the most competitive season ever.

Macedonia 19, Faith
United 2: Ken Forbes went 3-
for-4 with five RBIs and two
runs scored; John Lockhart 2-
for-2 with three RBIs and two
runs; Greg Smith and Ray
Johnson both had one hit with
two RBIs, scoring two runs
apiece and Tim Clarke had
one hit, three RBIs and two
Harold Fritzgerald got the
win and Salathiel Dean suf-
fered the loss.
Raymond Rolle got a sin-
gle and scored a run and
Shannon Bannister got the
other run for Faith United.

Golden Gates 11, Jubilee
1: Ivan Francis had a two-run
homer and scored twice,.
Calvin Greenslade and Randy
Wallace both scored two runs.
.Philip Culmer got the win
and Desmond Pinder suffered
the loss.
Pinder also had an RFI sin-
gle, driving in Kenton
Knowles with their only run.
Golden Gates 14, Trans-
figuration 12: Philip Culmer
was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and

three runs scored; Calvin
Greenslade was 2-for-4 with
two run scored; Ivan Francis
2-for-4 with a two-run homer
and Richard Bastian was 2-
for-4 with an RBI and three
runs scored. Ricardo Major
had one hit with three RBIs
and Peter Rahming had two
RBIs on two hits.
Johnny Burrows was the
winning pitcher and Alexan-
der Bain got the loss.
Farrington was 2-for-3 with
two RBIs and three runs
scored; Dennis Johnson 2-for-
3 with two runs; Eddie Rus-
sell 2-for-3 with two RBIs and
Stephen Sands was 2-for-3
with two RBIs and two runs.
Macedonia 13, Golden
Gates 7: Prescott Wilson was
3-for-4 with two runs scored;
Michael Thompson had a dou-
ble, an RBI and two runs; Ken
Forbes 2-for-3 with an RBI
and run and George Burrows
was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and
two runs.
Harold Fritzgerald got the
win over Peter. Rahming.
Richard Bastian and Ivan
Francis were both 2-for-3 -
Bastian driving in a run and
scoring twice, while Francis
had two RBIs with as many
New Bethlehem 7, Faith
United 3: Eugene Bain went
2-for-2 with a solo homer,
scoring twice and Alcott
Forbes had a two-run triple,

scoring a run.
Val Maura got the win,
while Mike Dillett got the loss.
Julius Seymour was 1-for-3
with two runs and Sandy Mor-
ley was 1-for-3 with a run.

Golden Gates 9, New
Destiny 7: Richard Bastian
and Johnny Burrows were
both 2-for-2 Bastian with an
RBI and run scored and Bur-
rows with an RBI and two
runs. Calvin Greenslade was
2-for-3 with an RBI and run.
Burrows got the win over
Vernon Clarke.
Maurice Harvey was 2-for-2
with two RBIs and a run and
Mario Austin was 2-for-2 with
an RBI and run scored.
Transfiguration 10,
Jubilee 4: Charlie Gaitor had
a perfect 4-for-4 day with two
RBIs, scoring four runs and
Eddie Russell, Kirk Johnson
and Dennis Johnson all had
two hits with a run scored
Nelson Farrington got the
win and Angelo Archer got
the loss.
Gerald Major was 2-for-3
with a solo homer, scoring
twice for the losers.
The BSC will continue its
regular season action on Sat-
urday with a full slate of
games on tap on the three
fields at the Baillou Hills
Sporting Complex, starting at

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revenge over

the Machines

Junior Sports Reporter
A RECOVERY plafi for
infield errors by St.
Augustine's College was
never fully executed, -- -
allowing the St. Andrew's
Hurricanes to get much
needed revenge, taking the
opening game of the junior'
girls best-of-three series.
After falling to the hands
of the Big Red Machines
during the regular season,
the strong batting forces by
the Hurricanes in the
opening inning led to a 4-0
lead and eventually a 7-6
The loss was the first
from the opening pitch of-
the regular season for the,-
Big Red Machines, Who. .
won the pennant with a
perfect 5-0 win-loss recordI
For Hurricanes' head:
coach Peter Wilson not .
only did a tough defensive
infield prove too much foir
the Big Red Machines, bu.t
their heated bats brought

The Hurricanes started
their batting party off with
Anissa Albury. A timid
Big Red Machines' pitcher
Avonie Seymour walked
Albury to face her sister
Rachel Albury.
Rachel, the Hurricanes'
third baseman, recorded
her team's first hit a line-
up ball down the third base
line as the left fielder
scrambled to make a field-
ing. Albury darted around
third, scoring the first run;
Rachel was now on second.
The Hurricanes'scored
three runs in the first --
inning, while shutting out;
the Big Red Machines.:--'."
Wilson said: "Our bats,'
came alive in the first two
innings, due to the aggres-
sive play. Those two
innings were the best
defensive innings for us.
We did everything perfect-
As the second inning
opened, the Hurricanesi
batted their way on first,
stealing second and third.
to advance in scoring possi-
tions. The errors by the- '-
Big Red Machines' defense
Only one batter was out
at that point.
Pulling her team out of a
hole in the top of the third,
Seymour prevailed with
two strike outs to end the
inning, not before Hurri-
canes' Alivia Culmer
The bats came alive for
the Big Red Machines 4n
this inning. They were abl'
to score two runs off .
forced errors by Hur- '
rcianes' shortstop Albiry.

As the game was wind-
ing down, SAC continued
to connect. With just one
away and a run already
batted in, it was time for.
the Big Red Machines to
make another move. ".
SA base hit by Seymour
awakened the crowd, ,
advancing Terea Sweeting
in scoring position. Up '
next was Seymour, who
took a shot back at the
Hurricanes' pitcher Brit-
tany Sweeting was in the
ready position to scoop the
ball, finding Cara Curry for
the Big Red Machines' sec-
ond out.
Curry was able to stop
Sweeting from scoring, but
bubbled the ball and the
double play.
Coach Wilson added:
"The aggressive play in
this game will continue. I
must admit, as the game

came to a close, I was a lit-
tle scared, hoping and
praying that our defence
would prevail and they did.
"This game is over. All
we need to do is concen-
trate on the next game and
bring the same aggressive
play to the park."
The junior girls champi-
onship will continue
today at the Churchill Teii-
er Knowles National Soft-
ball Stadium, this game
will be followed by the'
senior boys championship


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Senior Sports Reporter
ALGERNON Cargill has been
returned unopposed as president of
the Bahamas Swimming Federation.
The elections were held on Mon-
day night at the Betty Kelly Ken-
ning Aquatic Center where the fed-
eration held its annual general meet-
However, Cargill and his entire
slate went in unopposed.
They include first vice president
John Bradley, second vice president
Sheena Deveaux, treasurer Ken
Bain, secretary Al Dillette and assis-
tant secretary Marsha Chriswell.
Cargill said he wasn't surprised at
all that they all went in unopposed
because his executive team per-
formed exceptionally well during the
past term.
"We are appreciative of the fed-
eration for the confidence they had
in us in electing us unopposed and
we will definitely try to live up to
the expectations," he stated.
During the AGM, Cargill said they
were able to produce an audited
accounting of their financial report, a
copy of which was forwarded to the
Ministry of Youth, Sports and Cul-
Cargill said because of the trans-
parency in his administration, he felt
they got the overwhelming support
from the members of the federation.
As they move into the new term,
Cargill unveiled a 16-point plan of
short term goals for his administra-
tive team. They include the follow-
To increase the pool of Olympic
Games eligible athletes from 4 to at
least 6.
To win the CARIFTA Games
Championship again.
To have at least 10 active clubs
registered in the federation
To partner with universities
abroad to provide scholarships to all
eligible swimmers and water polo
To attract former senior swim-
mers to the federation as coaches,
administrators, and executives.
To continue to fine-tune the BSF
rules and amend the Constitution.
To increase the number of eligi-
ble Bahamians on the FINA list as
referees to at least six and starters to
To sponsor regular coaching
development clinics for our coaches
To change the image of swim-
ming as an elitist sport and position it
as the premier sport in the Bahamas.
To partner with the club system
to offer scholarships to interested
athletes wanting to swim competi-
To introduce synchronized swim-
To have a staffed office that is
open during normal business hours.
To develop a stronger relation-
ship with Corporate Bahamas in
order to fund 100 per cent of our
national teams.
To introduce on a consistent
basis open water swimming in the
To increase our pool of certified
officials to at least 100 and expand to
include additional expertise in oper-
ating the Colorado Console and
Hytek Programmes.
To establish swimming pro-
grammes on at least two additional
Family Islands.
"There are many persons who
contribute to the success of the pro-
gram and I thank everyone for their
continued support and ask them all
for their continued support and
shared vision," Cargill summed up.

Richard pitches in

or rusaers

action for the NCA
Crusaders yesterday.
(Photo: Felipg Major/
Tribune staff)

Junior Sports Reporter

close to recording his first shut-
out game of the softball sea-
son yesterday, retiring 10 bat-
ters in four innings before
being substituted out of the
BAISS junior boys champi-
onship game.
Bain, starting pitcher for the
Nassau Christian Academy
Crusaders, officially started the
countdown to his team's first
junior boy's championship title
with an 11-1 victory over the
St Augustine's College Big
Red Machines.
After batting around the
clock in the top of the first
inning, the .Crusaders took a
commanding 6-1 lead.
With a successful offensive
inning under their belts, they
turned up the heat a notch on
Bain, who faced off with the
top of the Big Red Machine's
line-up, wasted no time in
sending the team back onto the
After giving up the only hit
for the Machines in three
innings, to Ashton Allens, Bain
retired the next three batters.


He said: "It was a great
game, I wasn't scared coming
into the game, I was very
relaxed knowing that we had
beaten them before in the reg-
ular season.
"We have a pretty good
team that can play great
defence and offence, and I
know they are looking forward
to me pitching a good game for
them and that's what I came
to do, pitch a great game for
my team.
"We are one step closer to
the championship title, all I
have to do is pitch another
good game for my team and
that should.take us right where
we need to be."
For Crusaders head coach
Martin Hanna, the win is just
the beginning for the team, and
that the team's defensive side
will shine when needed.
Although the team didn't
rely on their defensive game
to pull them through, their
offensive intensity was lost in
the second inning. Hoping to
start things off for the Cru-
saders in this inning was
Shaquielle White.
A powerful groundball
between the first and second
baseman gave White a stand-
up double.
Hoping to bring White home
after he stole third base was
Aaron Cash. A sacrifice fly to
the centerfield position saw
White score the only run of the

inning for the Crusaders.
Shannon Marshall was the'
only player from the Big Red
Machines line-up in the third
inning to connect with one of
Bain's balls. By the end of the
third inning Bain had already
retired nine batters.
But fatigue started to settle
in on Bain late in the third
innning. After giving up one~
walk of a wild hit, Bain rallied:
back to continue on with hisr
He said: "Well.I know I had
hitters so that was never one,
of my main concerns.
"When the game started %
told them to go out there and'
hit, just swing the bat and hit,i
hit, hit.
"We have a A-one pitcher-;
they haven't even seen our
defence as yet. We have great
defence as well, but they just,
haven't hit any of the pitcher's
balls. And to be honest with
you they can't catch up with
him. Maybe if he having a bad
day they can catch up with himn,
but on his good day they
Taking Bain out in the
fourth inning after a splendid
pitching performance was not.
only a strategic move for Han-i
na and the Crusaders, but-
coach Hanna believed that it
was fine time for the team's
young and up-coming pitcher
Jeffery Gibson to get his feet
With the team's fate sealed,
Gibson stepped on the
mound to bring the game to a
Having to face the heart or
the Big Red Machines line-up
wasn't easy, and Gibson's first
pitch was called an illegal
But that didn't stop Gibsoni
With runners on first and sect
ond, he brought the game to a
close with two strike outs.
"My hat goes off to SACM
they've won the title six year$
in a row, we've never won it,'
said Hanna.
"In fact this is the same teani
we had last year and we went
5-2 on the season, but I always
knew we had that winning
potential, the one that you
need to take championships
from great teams.
"I needed Jeffery to get his
feet wet in the championship
series, he hasn't pitched for like
eight games. We are preparing
him for next year and I assure
you that he will be ready.
"This game is behind us, we
will need to win the next game
and then we will have our par-
"Winning this game was just
the beginning of things for' the
Play action in this division
will continue on Thursday, at
the Churchhill Tener Knowles

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Pinder carves

himself a second career

'Tribune Feature Writer
Roddie Pinder, a retired civil
servant and woodturning hob-
byist, has thrown caution to the
wind and embraced a second
opportunity to contribute to the
world around him by bringing
images of beauty and quiet
touches of creative joy. With an
amazing talent to turn wood
into works of art, Mr Pinder's
gift, one he has turned into a
second career, has secured for
him a place in the art world.
Mr Pinder's works now rest
within private art collections in
the Bahamas and abroad. One
of his most notable accomplish-
ments though, has more of an
historic value. In 1991, Mr Pin-
der was commissioned by the
Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce to create an urn of native
hardwood to commemorate the
landfall of Christopher Colum-
bus. One year later, the wood-
turned "Urn of Guanahani"
was filled with sand from the
beaches of San Salvador, the
island that many believe was
the site of Columbus' first land-
fall in the Bahamas. That urn
now rests within the tomb of
Columbus in Santa Domingo.

Starting out as a civil servant
working with the Ministry of
Health, Mr Pinder later became
an Out Island Commissioner.
He would do carpentry in his
spare time, constructing large
pieces of furniture for homes
and businesses. Mr Pinder had a
friend, Edwin Albury Ferguson,
who most remember as the toy
top-maker on Augustus Street,
who taught him how to use the
lathe machine, the principal
woodturning tool. It was sever-
al years after Mr Ferguson's
death, that Mr Pinder began to
turn wood.
As he grew older, Mr Pinder
realised that he couldn't work
large pieces of wood anymore.
Woodturning, a specialized
form of wood work, which
required the use of smaller
pieces, would be re-visited, and
would become his retirement
"As you get older, I've found
that I can do construction type
woodworking, but I can do this
because it involves smaller
pieces of work...On any given
evening, I can go down to my
workshop (the garage of his
Spanish Wells home) pick up a
raw log, and before the evening
-is over, produce one of the
smaller pieces to its completion.
That's very satisfying," Mr Pin-
der told Tribune Arts.
' He doesn't remember exactly
which year he began to show-
case his work, but every year
since, Mr Pinder has held an
annual show in Nassau. The
show is made up of a year's
"worth of work.

Last week at the Yacht Club,
Mr Pinder continued the annu-
al tradition of bringing his per-
fectly polished pieces to Nas-
sau for sale. The wood has been
:fashioned into practical items
ranging from salad bowls, eye-
,catching flower vases, oil lamps,
pens and letter openers. And
his exhibition would not be
complete without a few tops, a
tribute to the man who inspired
it all.
About ninety-five per cent of
the wood used in his show is
native, like Madeira, Horse-

flesh, Cedar, Tamarind, even ination of 24 pieces of wood, show what the capacity of the show reveal the marrying of the material.
Lignum Vitae, while some for- draws the viewer's eyes in. It's a lathe is, but I also think it would native white cedar and the for- Wood, Mr Pinder believes, is
eign imports like Rosewood symmetrical piece where every- make a wonderful conversation eign ebony wood. An actual a live material, and as a result,
from Madagascar, are simply thing to the right and left of the piece," Mr Pinder said of the stem that protrudes from one takes on a personality of its
used to create accents, centre of the bowl is the same work. groove, creates an artistic fea-
One large bowl that is a lam- type of wood. "I wanted it to Other pieces in lhis recent ture that speaks to the life of SEE page two
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Gloria Pinder homes in on

Eleuthera in first solo show

Tribune Feature Editor
QUIET, unassuming, tentative even,
artist Gloria Pinder, in her first solo
show, bravely revealed one of her great-
est loves, this past Friday at the British
Colonial Hilton Hotel.
"Being island raised I wanted a lot of
back home, Eleuthera, in the show.
Some of the seascapes, we took the pho-
tographs while we were camping on Egg
Island, and the majority of the work was
inspired by home and right here (Nas-
One of the 29 paintings, the only one
that was not for sale, and one that stood
out because it was the only portrait, was
Aunt Lucille, obviously a dearly beloved,
favourite aunt. Done in oil paint, her
weathered face and piercing blue eyes
emerge from the canvas full of life, wis-
dom and certainly a tale or two of some
silly childhood prank, or the many suitors
that failed to capture her hand.
Her tight smile reveals a hint of ner-
vousness, perhaps it is her first portrait.
A straw hat sits atop her head, tied under
her chin securely by a chocolate brown
According to Mrs Pinder, she has been
an artist all her life, always doing little
things for herself and her love ones, but
her work has only been made public and
available for sale over the past five years.
She has participated in a number of
shows with other artists, including an
exhibition by the National Trust, exhi-
bitions for the Ministry of Tourism and
for a number of hotels.
"I never had any art lessons, I was
just inspired. As a child, there was a for-
eign lady on Spanish Wells, and someone

gave my parents one of her paintings. I Mrs Pinder; "I like to get deep colours, through a neighbourhood of low white
always wondered how she did it. I guess in the water, the flowers. It catches the walls, tall poinciana trees and this infu-
having an original painting was one of eye. I got a lot of responses from the sion of vibrant colour.
the greatest lessons for me...I practiced a poinciana painting." For me the vision of burnt orange
lot." One of my favourites is 'Breezy Hill' flowers in thick dusters signal the best of
Asked what she wants viewers to walk an abundance of poinciana flowers form summer. They evoke a feeling of
away with, Mrs Pinder said that she an arch across a sleepy residential drive, warmth, glorious warm sunshine, the
wants them to enjoy her work and the A lonely car, perhaps back from a day of earth shimmering as heat rises from the
colours, to relate to the varies scenes. grocery shopping or dropping the kids ground, bright colours, the tangy, salty
She said that many foreigners have com- off to school, its occupants seem to be
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Roddie Pinder carves himself a second career

FROM page one

own. Wood has its own artistic
identity, which is most evident
in the flow of the grain creat-
ing a different pattern in each
piece. It is a feature that speaks
to the many different identities
within a single block of wood; a
line of pens for example, or a
set of bowls, have been created
from the same pile of wood and
the artist is amazed at how each
has a different pattern.
The wood often takes on a
shape of its own. This is seen in
the creation of the natural edge
pieces throughout the exhibi-
tion, Mr Pinder believes. "I can
point out every natural edge
piece in here, everyone without
exception evolved as they were
being made. My pre-conceived
notion in this case has very little
to do with it, except that I know
how to work the wood. And
often it wound up completely
different, and I must confess,
very satisfying," he explained.
Unlike sculpturing and carv-
ing that involve a chisel in hand,
woodturning requires a high-
powered machine called a lathe.
The largest of his three func-
tional lathes spins at anywhere
from 500 to 3,000 revolutions
per minute. Any artist, Mr Pin-
der explained, has to work the
block of wood first with a chain-
saw until it is fairly round before
he places the wood on the
Woodturning differs from
most other forms of wood-
working in that the wood is
moving while a stationary tool is
being used to cut and shape it,
creating the process for many
intricate shapes and designs to
be made.
Mr Pinder, who creates

vibrant and amazing artistic
pieces from bland blocks of
wood, really doesn't consider
himself an artist, though he has
carried the title for many years
simply because his friends and
those who look upon his work,
seem to think so.

More than ninety-five per the. fastest growing forms of
cent of the wood that he used to woodworking around the world,
create his pieces was considered is not extremely profitable in
garbage. They were pieces that the Bahamas. Yet, Mr Pinder
people had bulldozed down, has made it his trade. "The
trees that had been cut down; or motivation behind it comes by
those fallen from hurricanes. taking what I described as rub-
Woodturning, though one of bish, and creating. You recog-

nize in a lump of wood some-
thing of its potential. That
process of going from some-
thing that is virtually useless to
something that someone would
prize, is in itself extremely
rewarding," he told Tribune

SGloria Pinder

FROM page one

scent of half naked bodies, glistening as they dash out of the
water across steaming hot sand, of family vacations and excit-
ing teenage romances that's what poinciana flowers remind me
Another standout, for me, is White Hibiscus, simple, basic, yet
offering a startling contrast two large white flowers against a
backdrop of solid black. A second step closer brings into focus
hints of warm golden yellows and deep, earthy greens, the
stalk and the leaves tickle the eye, but slip into the background
as the force of the flowers, in brilliant, pure white, comes to the
In contrast to White Hibiscus, Crawfishing Time strikes the
viewer as surprisingly realistic hard, edgy, here is a boat sail-
ing along waters that are a deep, dark blue, in the background
sharp rocks jut out from the shoreline of what most likely is an
uninhabited cay, while wild brush sits atop the rock, hiding
what, one wonders.
I liked the sharp focus of the painting, there were no soft
curves here, nothing pretty just for the sake of it just the
crawfishing vessel which resembled a mail boat with its white
body and blue trim, and a tall orange crane, followed by three
little dinghies.
Born and raised in Spanish Wells, Mrs Pinder married her
husband, Donald Michael Pinder, a pilot for Bahamasair and
probably her biggest supporter, at 17. They have two children
who have both shown talent as artists.


n tetio n a AE x h ib ition..................................................................................

International Art Exhibition0

THE Bahamas is set to wit-
ness a new dimension in its bur-
geoning art community in the
form of an exciting Interna-
tional Art Exhibition, to be held
gratis, of the Guaranty Bank,
Lyford Manor, just outside the
Lyford Cay gates.
The exhibition will host five
well known artists from the UK,
one from South Africa and one
from Zimbabwe. Their works
are can be seen in collections

worldwide, and have been
shown in numerous exhibitions.
Representing the Bahamas
will be; John Beadle; Lillian
Blades; John Cox; Claudette
Dean; Tyrone Ferguson; Bo
Sigrist Guirey; Nora Smith,
Dorman Stubbs and Rupert
Lady Connery, Sir Sean's
wife, has kindly agreed to open
the exhibition. She is an excep-
tional artist, and will be exhibit-

ing one of her paintings. This is
the first time, as previously she
has only shown in museums.
Her wonderful and inspiring
book will be on sale, and she is
generously giving the profits to
children's charities around the
The exhibition will be 4pen
to the public:
Saturday, Novemberi 26;
11am- 4pm.
Sunday, November 27-

Thursday, December 3; 10am-
There will also be two gallery
owners coming from London.
This offers a huge opportunity
for the Bahamian artists to have
exhibitions in major cities, and
will be a prelude to other offers
to show their works worldwide.
There is an enormous amount
of talent in the Bahamas, which
until recently has been largely
overlooked. It is now time for

the art community and the
wider Bahamian society to pull
together and show the world
the talent which has been nur-
tured in the Bahamas.
For those who are interested
in the arts, and even those who
are not, this is an opportunity
not to be missed. It is hoped
that this event will be held year-
ly. It is up to the public to see
this happens. The outcome of
this exhibition is all important.

arts nbrief

ART International,
featuring the work of nine
Bahamian artists, five well"
known artists from the I,
one from South Africa and
one from Zimbabwe will be
held gratis, of the Guaranty
Bank, Lyford Manor, just
outside the Lyford Cay
The exhibition will be
open to the public Saturday,
November 26; 11am- 4pm.
Sunday, November 27-
Thursday, December 3;
The work of the artists pii
display can be seen in co14
lections worldwide, and |
have been shown in nume -
ous exhibitions.
Representing the.
Bahamas will, be;. John Bea-
dle; Lillian Blades; John
Cox; Claudette Dean;
Tyrone Ferguson; Bo Sigrist
Guirey; Nora Smith, Dor-
man Stubbs and Rupert
Lady Connery, Sir Sean's'
wife, has kindly agreed to
open the exhibition. She is
an exceptional artist, and
will be exhibiting one of her

BAHAMAS invites the
public to attend a special
artist talk by the artist Dave,
Smith, Thursday, November
17 at 6:30pm @ the National,
Art Gallery of the
Bahamas, West and West
Hill Streets.
In 1973, Dave Smith
arrived in the Bahamas
from Derbyshire England t{
teach art in the public
school system. During the
first part of his twenty-five
years in the country he
embarked on a series of
small pencil drawings and
paintings incorporating
incongruous juxtapositions
motivated in part by seeing
US movies projected onto.,,
the Caribbean sky at Drive
in theatres in Nassau such a
the Carmichael Drive-In
and Prince Charles Drive-I
His work later developed
into larger paintings featur-,
ing a diversity of primarily
imported. images such as '.
cars, televisions, pictures,
souvenirs, religious artifacts,
curios and figurines that
were popular in Bahamiad
homes during this time, set
against idealized Bahamian'
land and seascapes in a styld
characterized as Bahamiahn'
Pop Art.
Many of his compositi6in
brought to light troubling ,'
social and economic issues
facing the Bahamas i a:way
similar to the work ofMaix
Mr. Smith left the
Bahamas in 2000 and has. r,
since taken his special branl
of painting to Hollywood
where he has participated in
several group and solo exhi-
bitions including shows it'C'
Sunyata Gallery, San Pedro
California and Crossing '
gallery in Los Angeles. His
paintings are in many pri-
vate art collections'b6th iif
the Bahamas and abroad '
and the work Let Us'Preyis
currently on display at the
National Art Gallery.
The NAGB invites the
public to come see and hear
the artist conduct a visual.
presentation on the evolu-
tion of his work over the
past thirty years.
This event is free and.
open to the public.



Readers name favourite books

and give reasons for choices

I enjoyed your list of
the top 20, and espe-
cially your proviso at
the end. I, too, would
add a caveat that my
choices would be on the basis
of personal enjoyment, recog-
nising that I am not a literary
scholar and that I read for
pleasure as well as for intel-
lectual stimulation.
I agree with some of your
choices. I would put Heming-
way's work in the top twenty
but I prefer the Old Man and
the Sea to any of his other nov-
els (although I like them all),
despite its brevity and the few
characters in it (actually, just
Santiago and the boy). It was
the epitome of Hemingway's
work in my view, reading like
an epic poem.
I agree with you on Lowry.
Under the Volcano is a stun-
ning and little known book. I
niust read it again. I don't
know if you find this but I
sometimes prefer to read
books I like a second (third,
fourth) time, rather than pick
up a new one sign of age and
of literary curmudgeoness.
As for the greatest books
(novels) of all time, I don't see
how you can not include work
by Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy
who still, for my money, tow-
er far above any of the English
and American writers, includ-
ing Lawrence, Hemingway,
Joyce and Faulkner, with the
possible exception of Melville.
The Brothers Karamazov is
absolutely riveting and life-
changing. Moby Dick would
definitely be on my list I can
hardly wait to read it again
and reacquaint myself with
Capt Ahab.
A writer who would make
my honourable mention list
would be Patrick O'Brien and
any one of his 19 or 20
Aubrey-Maturin books and,
if forced to choose one, I
would settle on Desolation
Island, but they are all superb.
If anyone has not read
O'Brien I envy them because
they have many hours of great
reading ahead of them, even if
they don't like the genre.
I would include Mark
Twain's Tom Sawyer, admired
by both Faulkner and Hem-
ingway but, in spite of their
recommendations, still a won-
derful read. It was a seminal
book in American literature
and I would put it alongside
Kidnapped for sheer enjoy-
ment. As for Faulkner, The
Sound and The Fury is as
amazing as it is difficult. I am
sure some of those passages
were written while the old
man was soused to the gills.
It is wonderful and heart-
breaking when you puzzle it
out. I would also try to find
room for Truman Capote and
In Cold Blood, no less than
Breakfast at Tiffany's such
range, such dedication to the
Madame Bovary, despite its
flaws [such a peculiar begin-
ning] is an unforgettable book,
too. I can still see in my mind's
eye Madame Bovary with her
skirts up, in a carriage as it
jolts round and round and
round town again, languidly
putting her little hand out the
window and the torn scraps of
her letter (telling her lover
why she could not possibly be
unfaithful) flying away and
settling on the sidewalks and
bushes like so many white but-
terflies. And her death by
arsenic poisoning. My God,
what a harrowing scene, what
writing skill! And then, where
would you put Pride and Prej-
udice by Jane Austen, or
.Wuthering Heights by Emily
-Bronte? These are wonderful
-books to read and they stay
*in your mind forever.
" You can have Stendhal, in
spite of The Red and The
'Black, although I know it is
supposed to be a great work,
and despite the fact that Hem-
ingway thought he was one of
the writers he had to beat. But
I could not put down Les Mis-
erables once I picked it up. I
would rank it with The Grapes
of Wrath, its equal in breadth
and depth but neither of
these would make my top
twenty, they would be in the
second rank.

If shorter works come up,
Melville's Confidence Man
and his Benito...would be at
the top of my list, followed by
Hemingway's best: Killers,
Snows, Black Ass at the Cross-
roads, and others. And I
would put there as well, some
of Kipling's best what a
writer of ghost stories; unbe-
lievable talent even as a 20-
year-old! His animal charac-
ters continue to fascinate kids
today, but the Jungle Book
might be the least of his
Also Alexander Pushkin's
children's stories that are so
full of sex and mystery and
violence and death and fable
and whimsy.
In the modern age, I would
also make a pitch for Mar-
garet Lawrence (Stone Angel),
Paul Ausner (The Book of
Illusions), Alistair McLeod
(No Great Mischief) and Mar-
garet Atwood. (Cat's Eye) -
wonderful books that take you
away on their wings, even if
they don't shake your teeth
loose. So many good books
around, it really is hard to
Best wishes,
Ralph Deans


I CANNOT dispute your
choices, they are wonderful,
but all fiction. Is there room
on your list for non-fiction? If
so, The Denial of Death
(Pulitzer Prize, 1974) by
Ernest Becker stands head
and shoulders above any oth-
er book in explaining the psy-
chological, sociological, and
anthropological reasons for
the afflictions tormenting
today's society. I wonder why
this book is not more well
known. Perhaps it is because
the book is a difficult read.
(Becker refutes and redefines
Freud's lifetime work in a few
chapters!) Perhaps it forces
one to stop their day-to-day
life and their "important" pur-
suits and question "why am I
here and what am I supposed
to be doing?" It lays bare the
motivation behind leaders and
their followers the mostly use-
less activities they choose to
pursue in this day. (It points
out exactly what is wrong with
organised religion be it in
the Bahamas or Iraq.)
On the other hand, if you
want to analyse fiction to find
out what makes a good story

good, read the Dramatica the-
ory book available for free
download at www.dramati- You will never read
a book or watch a movie in
the same way again. Not an
easy read but worth it for
those curious in this type of
Brian C. Smith

thinkers instead of the same
tired old line-up of politicians
and lawyers, who are amus-
ingly seen as the "intellectu-
als" of the Bahamas. It would
be interesting to know how
many of them have actually
read a decent book.
Claire Hill, Nassau



I AM so pleased you men-
tioned James Hanley in your
list. This fantastic writer only
ever sold books in small num-
bers, but he must be consid-
ered one of the great neglect-
ed novelists of the century.
His sea stories compare with
the best of Conrad and his
contemporary novels are
bleak but compelling explo-
rations of twentieth century
life at its most mundane and
prosaic. I also agree with your
assessment of D H Lawrence,
incomparably the greatest
writer of the twentieth centu-
Thanks for introducing new
breadths of thinking into
Bahamian journalism. If there
is one thing this country needs
it is genuinely creative

BY showing a prejudice
against women writers, you
have omitted some formida-
ble talent. Jean Rhys and The
Wide Sargasso Sea are worthy
of mention, plus anything by
Virginia Woolf, Nadine
Gordimer and Rebecca West.
JLL, Eastern Road

MY top six from the last 100
years: The Power and the Glo-
ry (Graham Greene), The
Sound and the Fury (William
Faulkner), A Farewell to Arms
(Ernest Hemingway), The
Great Gatsby (F Scott Fitzger-
Babbitt (Sinclair Lewis) and
The Bonfire of the Vanities
(Tom Wolfe)
B Lenton, American visitor

Last week, in response to the news that the

Bahamas is to have its first National Book Fair,

Jobn Marquis listed his 20 'best reads' from I the

20th century, Now readers name. their favourite

books and give reasons for their choices


IN my opinion, you have
missed out the best three nov-
els of the century: One Hun-
dred Years of Solitude by
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, A
House for Mr Biswas by V S
Naipaul and Herzog by Saul
Peter Hill

WHAT about War and
Peace by Leo Tolstoy?
KNP, Winton

John Marquis replies: My
list dealt only with 20th cen-
tury literature. I acknowledge
the Russian greats, especially
Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky, and
also major talents like Thomas
Hardy and Henry James, who
were essentially 19th century
writers. If I were to extend my
list to 50, then leading Jewish
writers like Saul Bellow,
Bernard Malamud and Philip
Roth would have to feature
along with recognised icons
like Norman Mailer. Among
younger authors I would rate
the Americans Paul Auster
and Richard Ford, British
novelists Graham Swift and
Ian McEwan and, of course,
a long list of emerging Indian
writers. Among polemical
authors, James Baldwin is
right up there with Mailer. I
also rate Truman Capote's In
Cold Blood and William Sty-
ron's Confessions of Nat Turn-
er as outstanding examples of
"faction" novels based on
fact. Both are incredibly com-
pelling reads.




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Visit Festival Place at Prince George Wharf and enjoy a
day of shopping for authentic Bahamian-made gifts, sou-
venirs 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

Gospel choirs will be competing each Saturday, for a peri-
od of six weeks, at the Braiders Square at Festival Place on
Prince George Wharf. Choirs will be judged on musi-
cianship, group coordination and symmetry, technique,
versatility of chosen song, program choice and presenta-
tion of final performance. The choir categories 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 Saturday. The selection of the winning
choir is scheduled to take place at the Christmas Tree
Lighting Ceremony on December 10, at 6pm at Festival
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 Crys-
tal 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 8:30pmr 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. Bacardi
Big Apple and other drink specials all night long.
Wild Jungle, each and every Wednesday night @ Club
Trappers, Nassau's "upscale" gentleman's club. Featuring
a female body painting extravaganza. Free body painting
@ 8 pin. Ladies always welcome. Admission: Men free
before 10 pm. Females free. There will be free food and
hors d'oeuvres between 9 and 10 pm. Open until 4 am.
Ladies Night @ Fluid Lounge, this and every Thursday
night. Doors open at 10pm. Ladies free before lam, $10
after. Guys: $15all night. Drink special: 3 @ $10 (Bacardi)
Giveaways and door prizes every week,

Saturday Night Live every Saturday night @ Club Fluid,
SBay 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

,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 sur-
prises. Admission: Ladies $10 and Men $15.

Hump Day Happy Hour @ Topshotters Sports Bar every
SWednesday 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 fly-
Fantasy Fridays @ Fluid Lounge, featuring late '80s music
tin the VIP Lounge, Top of the charts in the Main Lounge,
neon lights and Go Go dancers. Admission: Ladies free
before 11pm, $15 after; Guys $20 all night.

'Dicky Mo's @ Cable Beach. Flavoured Fridays Happy
Hour, every Friday. Drink specials: Smirnoff Kamikaze.
, Shotsi$1; Smimoff FlavouredMartinis, 2 for $10; Smimoff
Flavoured Mixed Drinks, 3 for $10. Bahamian Night (Free
admission) every Saturday with live music from 8 pm to
midnight. Karaoke Sundays from 8pm to midnight, $1
shots and dinner specials all night long.

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

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

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. anm-9 30vnm

'f iS The Arts

ART INTERNATIONAL, featuring the work of nine
Bahamian artists, five well known artists from the UK, one
from South Africa and one from Zimbabwe will be held
gratis, of the Guaranty Bank, Lyford Manor, just outside
the Lyford Cay gates. The exhibition will be open to the
public Saturday, November 26; 11am- 4pm. Sunday,
November 27- Thursday, December 3; 10am-4pm. The
work of the artists on display can be seen in collections
worldwide, and have been shown in numerous exhibi-
tions. Representing the Bahamas will be; John Beadle; Lil-
lian Blades; John Cox; Claudette Dean; Tyrone Ferguson;
Bo Sigrist Guirey; Nora Smith, Dorman Stubbs and
Rupert Watkins. Lady Connery, Sir Sean's wife, has kind-
ly agreed to open the exhibition. She is an exceptional
artist, and will be exhibiting one of her paintings.

The Central Bank of the Bahamas is hosting its 22nd
Annual Art Competition and Exhibition. The works are
on display until December. The National Art Gallery of
the Bahamas (NAGB) will be hosting a series of work-
shops throughout November. Persons interested in attend-
ing any of the sessions should contact the NAGB.

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

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, November 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 direction and in the style of the
artist John Paul Saddleton.
Th National Collection @ the National Art Gallery of the
Ba amas, an exhibition that takes the viewer on a journey
though the history of fine art in the Bahamas. It fea-
tures signature pieces from the national collection, includ-
ing recent acquisitions by Blue Curry, Antonius Roberts
and Dionne Benjamin-Smith. Call 328-5800 to book tours.
This exhibition closes February 28, 2006.

tickets and programmes will be advised shortly.

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

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

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

MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Bahamas meets the third Monday
every month, 6pm @ Doctors Hospital conference room.
The Bahamas Diabetic Association meets every third
Saturday, 2.30pm (except August and December) @ the
Nursing School, Grosvenor Close, Shirley Street.

Doctors Hospital, the official training centre of the Amer-
ican Heart Association offers CPR classes certified by
the AHA. The course defines the warning signs of respi-
ratory arrest and gives prevention strategies to avoid sud-
den death syndrome and the most common serious injuries
and choking that can occur in adults, infants and chil-
dren. CPR and First Aid classes are offered every third Sat-
urday of the month from 9am-lpm. Contact a Doctors
Hospital Community Training Representative at 302-
4732 for more information and learn to save a life today.

REACH Resources & Education for Autism and relat-
ed Challenges meets from 7pmr 9pm the second Thurs-
day of each month in the cafeteria of the BEC building,
Blue Hill Road.

The Nassau Bahamas Alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma
Theta Sorority Incorporated meets 6:30 pm every third
Wednesday at the Bahamas National Pride Building.

Toastmasters Club 3596 meets at the British Colonial
Hilton Monday's at 7pm.

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

Toastmasters Club 1095 meets Tuesday, 7.30pm @ C C
Sweeting Senior School's Dining Room, College Avenue
off Moss Road. Club 9477 meets Friday, 7pmr @ 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 Wednes-
day at the J Whitney Pinder Building, Collins Ave at
6pm. Club 612315 meets Monday 6pm @ Wyndham Nas-
sau Resort, Cable Beach. Club 753494 meets every
Wednesday, 6pm-8pm in the Solomon's Building, East-
West Highway. Club 3596 meets at the British Colonial
Hilton Mondays at 7pm. Club Cousteau 7343 meets every
Tuesday night at 7.30 in the Chickcharney Hotel, Fresh
Creek, Central Andros. All are welcome.

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

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

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity meets every second Tuesday,
6.30pm @ Atlantic House, IBM Office, 4th floor meeting
The Nassau, Bahamas Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)
meets every third Monday of the month in the Board
Room of the British Colonial Hilton Hotel, Bay St.

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



E PICTURED (1-r) during
the press conference: Allison
Ferguson, Wendy's; Erica
Saunders, BIFF; Florence
Nottage, FedEx, Troy Maxey,
FedEx; Elizabeth Bryan, Best
Buy; Leslie Vanderpool,
founder and executive direc-
tor; Adrian Barton, British
Ainvays; Lowena West-Mitler,
BIFF; Pina Camilo, FedEx.
Seated in front (1-r): DeJewel
Wood, Pepsi; Robyn Ferrier-
Rahming, Ministry of
Tourism; Richard Herring,
BIFF chairman; and board
members Keith Doyle and
Robert Jagger.

BIFF to provide 'taste of

international film scene'

Tribune Feature Editor

The Second Annual Bahamas
International Film Festival
(BIFF), December 8-11, is
expected to provide Bahami-
an filmmakers, cinema enthu-
siasts and the movie going public with a
taste of the international film scene, as it
presents on screen in the Bahamas a vari-
ety of genres.
Founder and executive director of BIFF
Leslie Vanderpool has for the second year
pulled together an astounding array of
films, both international fare and first
works by local artists.
As part of her goal to provide Bahami-
ans and international visitors with a diverse
presentation of films from around the
world, Ms Vanderpool said the festival is
committed to enhancing the cultural arts
and the growth of a cinema literate society
in the Bahamas. BIFF will look to bring
together Bahamians and visitors to cele-
brate the art of cinema, those who use the
art form to tell their stories, and those who
love film, she said.
Addressing a press conference, held at
Hard Rock Cafe, to introduce this year's
sponsors and members of the board of
directors, Ms Vanderpool said that BIFF
will give Bahamians an opportunity to
enjoy a culturally diverse event, and the
artists an opportunity to showcase their
Joining Ms Vanderpool at the press con-
ference were board members, Richard
Herring, Chairman; Keith Doyle and
Robert Jagger, a Rotarian and a writer for
the Financial Times.
Founding sponsors for the Bahamas
International Film Festival are the
Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and the
Atlantis Paradise Island Resort.
Airline partners include British Airways
and US Airways and other sponsors
include: Lombard Ordier Darier Hentsch,
Versace, Hard Rock Caf6, Albany House,
Bahama Port Authority, Veuve Cliquot,

BG Capital, Bacardi, The Bahamas
Tourism Channel 36, Galleria Cinemas,
Best Buy Furniture, Federal .Express,
Ardastra Gardens, Zoo & Conservation
Centre, Heineken, Chalks and Caves Vil-
In celebration of Cinema in Paradise,
BIFF will present approximately 75 films,
encompassing international features,
shorts, documentaries, animation and pan-
els. The categories for this year's, compe-
tition include Spirit of Freedom and New
Visions. There will be five panels discussing
marketing, distribution, directing/acting,
documentary film making and new media.
A number of Bahamian films are expect-
ed to be. featured in the Caribbean Spot-
light category of the festival. They include
Chu Chu Meets Marvelous, directed by
Kevin Taylor. The film tells the story of
middleweight boxing contender Jermain
'Chu Chu' Mackey and his challenge fight
against Bahamian champion 'Marvelous'
Marvin Smith.
The Making of An Art Gallery, directed
by Phillip Burrows and Manny Knowles,
follows the transformation of the Villa
Doyle into the National Art Gallery.
In Search of a Rising Tide, directed by
John Howard, the film focuses on the
Bahamian waters and the art of bonefish-
In the Shorts World Programme cate-
gory, Gustavio Smith directs Crude. The
film is a satire of America's war against
terror and the war in Iraq. It portrays US
president George Bush as a "wannabe
fighter pilot" and vice president Dick
Cheney as a brewer of potent illegal bev-
Crude was made in the style of silent
movies with a tinkling piano accompani-
ment and signs to denote dialogue.
Ms Vanderpool also used the opportu-
nity of the press conference to announce
that Bahamians, along with their
Caribbean counterparts, with an interest in

film arts, will be able to benefit from the
Residency Film Maker's programme.
The mentorship initiative will provide
potential and burgeoning film makers with
the opportunity to connect one-on-one
with renowned and established film mak-
Also, part of the festival activities will
include a showing of Versace's 2006 Spring
line on December 8. The event is by invi-
tation only however.
A highlight of the festival will be a spe-
cial award presentation to Shelton Jackson
Lee, better known as American icon Spike
Lee. The independent film maker will be
recognised for his tremendous contribu-
tion to the film arts through such classics as
She's Gotta Have It, Malcolm X, Jungle
Fever, Crooklyn, Mo' Better Blues, Do
the Right Thing, and the acclaimed 4 Lit-
tle Girls.
Meanwhile, Ms Vanderpool said that
along with the festival, her team is hard at
work creating a monthly film series that
will start in 2006.
"We want to provide a forum for
Bahamians to learn as much as possible
from these works. From two minute films
to two hour films, the series is a way to
look forward to something of another cul-
ture" she said.
Robyn Ferrier-Rahming, manager of the
Film department, Ministry of Tourism,
who was also on hand at the press confer-
ence to congratulate BIFF for its efforts,
said the Bahamas was going through a
resurgence of interest in film, especially
in regard to location filming. The open-
ing of the Gold Rock Creek Film Studios
with its outdoor water tank, the country's
location off the coast of South Florida, tax
incentives, and easy access to necessary
materials and personnel make the
Bahamas an ideal location for American-
based films.
Ms Ferrier-Rahming said further that
ministry personnel were already in talks
with US film studio executives to have
Pirates of the Caribbean IV and V shot in
the Bahamas.




Or Die


Curtis "50 Cent"
Jackson, Joy
Bryant, Terrence
Dashon Howard,
Rhyon Nicole
Brown II and
Bill Duke


HERE is rapper 50 Cent's
movie debut, and the very
latest in the gangsta-turned-
rapper series. "Get Rich or
Die Tryin" is supposed to be
the compelling story of a
young man trying to escape a
life of guns and drugs, but it
doesn't quite capture the
necessary intensity to make
the film believable.
The story opens with Mar-
cus (50 Cent), a gangsta-
Bama (Terrence Howard)
and others in a robbery:
attempt. The plan goes awry
quickly when a woman sends
the men running out with
only smallbills..The scene
ends with Marcus lying in the
street after a masked man
has riddled him with nine
shots the same shots that
gave the rapper we now.
know, his authentic gangsta
background, I guess.
But the scene does not
play out as exciting as it may
sound. In fact, the entire
movie was not as exciting asi
the hype would have you to
There is nothing in the
plot that grabs the attention
or stirs any emotion, the
scenes are dull and void of
any real presence, except for
actor Terrence Howard, who
gives a convincing perfor-
mance as Bama, a trigger
happy ex-con. "Fitty" makes
a fairly convincing show as
a real actor, though Eminem
in: "Eight Mile": had more
range. But Bill Duke's char-
acter comes off as the most
approachable Godfather-
type figure ever seen.
I wouldn't even go into
details about the film, except
to say that it should have
focused more on how "Fitty
used music to rise out of his
situation, as opposed to


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2 ThoseWere The Days Dolly Parton Sugar Hill
3 The Road To Here Little Big Town
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5 Retaliation Dane Cook
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7 My Kind Of Livin' Craig Morgan
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9 Solo Acoustic Vol. 1 Jackson Browne
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3 Goldigger Kanye West
4 Back Then Mike Jones
5 Lose Control Missy
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I'm A Soldier
I Pray We'll Be Ready
Psalm 150
Press My Way Through
Clap With Ya Hands Up
I Surrender
That Thing
I Come To Worship

Mary, Mary
The Chicago Mass Choir
J. Moss
Neil Roberson
Arch Angel
Micti Stampley
Kiki Sheard
Christian Masisive '

wasting so much time telling
viewers about his days of.
selling dime-bags of crack....
So what! Many people had-
to sell drugs to get by! Whatf
made "Fitty" so special.
It's a pity though. After.
films like "Eight Mile",
based on the life of rapper
Eminem, and even "Hustle
& Flow", based on a concept
of how music can turn a per-.
son's life around, Get Rich
or Die Tryin doesn't even
make the grade, especially
when the main character's
life story seemed so com-
To say that the movie is
'loosely' based on 50 Cent's
life, would be just about
right. This movie was void,
of real drama, period. I ant
convinced that the sleepy
plot has, unfortunately, died
on its way to the big screen.

s- :.'^:--

Starring: Clive
Owen, Jennifer
Aniston and
Vincent Cassel


THE long and rocky
road to the Hollywood
A-list is littered with the
casualties of could-have-
beens and should-have-
beens actors and
actresses who seemed to
possess all the ingredi-
ents, but suffered as a
result of bad career
Clive Owen, one of the
strongest actors in
movies at the moment,
should take note: It's
movies like Derailed that
hit your career where it
Here Owen plays
advertising executive
Charles, a man struggling-,
with a tense marriage,:
and a sick daughter, who.-
meets Aniston's Lucinda
on his morning train jour-
The pair quickly hit it
off and are soon plotting
their very own brief
It all goes horribly
wrong, however, when
their seedy hotel of
choice results in Vincent
Cassel's robber putting
the pair through a whole
host of nastiness. d -
Charles' worries don't .
stop there however -.
Cassel is determined to
bleed him dry of cash
and threatens Charles'
family if he doesn't deliv-

As you would expect
with a thriller of this type,
there are twists and turns
all over the place. But, if
you can't see them com-
ing from miles off, I
would have your eyes.
Either writer Stuart
Beattie hasn't seen many.
movies, or he thinks that:
we haven't. Whatever the-
case, any regular movie
goer could pick out
Derailed's plot holes and.
"surprises" in their sleep;
literally in this case.
And the cast clearly
struggles with their weak-
ly written characters:
Owen is passable, but
outside of the cozy con-
fines of Central Perk,
Friends star Aniston is:
like a deer caught in the:,
Then we have RZA asI
Charles' streetwise col-;
league Winston, and Cas-
sel's pantomime villain.'
As the old saying goes, if
you can't say anything:
All in all Derailed is a:

pretty dire affair. With-'
out Owen's presence to.
keep the thing semi-,
watchable, it would:
amount to nothing more:
than sub-standard TV'
So after impressing us
in Sin City and Closer,
let's hope this is a mere,
blip for Owen and he
quickly gets his filnm
selection back on track.

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Representing the Bahamas

at American Film Market

Tribune Feature Editor
T he Bahamas may
be set to position
itself as one of
the premier loca-
tion spots in the
western hemisphere, offering
more than beautiful beaches
and underwater shots, the 700
islands that make up this arch-
ipelago and its residents can
provide film makers with both
financial backing,'technical
assistance and industry proL
fessionals able to work on set.
Recently returning from the
American Film Market in Los
Angeles, California, Novem-
ber 2-9, were Craig Woods,
Film Commissioner for the
Ministry of Tourism and
Owen Bethel, president of
Montaque Securities Interna-
tional and its subsidiary,
Flying high after capturing
Pirates of the Caribbean II
and III, which are being
filmed in the Bahamas, Mr
Woods said the Bahamas'
meetings at the Film Market
were very positive. "We part-
nered with a special compa-
ny, under the Montaque Secu-
rities banner, Bahamas-
FilmInvest. We shared costs
and it was the first time both
of us participated in the
American Film Market, which
is where people buy and sell
"One of the films, Eye-of
the Dolphin, was up for sale.
It was shot in Grand Bahama
and it showcased our
seascapes and landscapes and
showed off all the things that
make us a great location."
According to Mr Woods, a
number of film makers and
studio executives visited the
Bahamas' display wanting to
know more about Gold Rock
Creek Film Studio and its out-
door water tank: "It's not a.
secret, the word is out. We

had images of the out door
water tank. Whenever you
need a tank it means you con-
trol the action, the water, the
waves, we were promoting
that and.we had producers
and directors come by wanting
to know more."
The Bahamian team also
promoted the upcoming Sec-
ond Annual Bahamas Inter-
national Film Festival, which
will be held December 8-11.
Mr Woods said the group was
able to give out post cards
with a teaser on it of the film
festival, and a number of per-
sons expressed interest in
Mr Woods said he later
found out that the Bahamas
festival falls close to the
Havana Film Festival, an
event which many persons
said they would be attending.
With two film festivals close
in both date and location,
many of the participants at the
Film Market said they would
be able to "hit both at same
time", as opposed to having
to crisscross the country to
attend each of them at sepa-
rate times.

Joseph Spence the

There were also a few per-
sons at the Market who
expressed interest in doing
Bahamas-based productions.
Mr Woods said he met with
an American filmmaker who
often visited the Bahamas,
Staniel Cay in Exuma, to be
exact, as a child with his fam-
ily. The film maker said that
he wants to do a documentary
on Joseph Spence, the
Bahamas' foremost acoustic
guitar player.
Mr Spence, who is now
deceased, is said to have influ-
enced a number of top guitar
players around the world with
his unique style of play; "He
was just revolutionary in that
respect", said Mr Woods. "He

* THIS poster was used to promote the Bahamas and the production of
"Pirates of The Caribbean 2/3" shooting in Freeport, Grand Bahama.

said he wants to pursue it. It's
an amazing thing to hear a
non-Bahamian say that, when
a Bahamian should be doing
it. I will follow up with
him...whenever you attend
functions and you come back
you have to do your due dili-
gence, now I have to separate
the pretenders from the con-
tenders. Some don't have any
money, some have only made

bad films."
According to Mr Woods the
Film Market was a good expe-
rience overall. He noted also
that Mr Bethel attended many
of the workshops and finance
As president of Bahamas-
FilmInvest, Mr Bethel was
said to be interested in putting
together a group of local
investors in the Bahamas and

outside the Bahamas who
want to invest in films made in
the Bahamas.
The investment group
would seek out artists and film
makers whose work they can
support. This initiative is one
of the first things to be put in
place that will allow local film
makers access to resources
that can support their dreams.
"I want Bahamians to be

patient, it doesn't happen
overnight. Those who are f m
makers, actors, things are
being put in place, by the
Government and the private
sector, to embrace and show-
case our location, not just the
sun sand and sea, but Qiur
great architecture and culture
and Bahamians should be pre-
pared to take advantageof
that," Mr Woods said.




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