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Title: The Tribune
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Place of Publication: Nassau Bahamas
Publication Date: November 18, 2005
Copyright Date: 2005
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Volume: 101 No.294 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2005 PRICE 500




CDR leader returns to PLP

Nottage: I'm

here to serve

* DR B J NOTTAGE and his wife Portia are swept to the stage at last night's PLP convention.
(Photo: Franklyn G Ferguson)

Tribune Staff Reporter
NOTHING short of pande-
monium can describe the
atmosphere last night as CDR
leader Dr B J Nottage made his
way to the stage to address the
standing capacity crowd at the
PLP convention last night.
Dr Nottage, riding a wave of
supporters, fought his way
through to the podium and
addressed the standing crowd.
Thanking the thousands of
well wishers, Dr Nottage
promised the crowd that he is
"here to serve", and that he did

not take his decision to come
back to the PLP lightly. ,
' "Many friends and colleagues
have been encouraging me to
return to what they call the
mainstream of Bahamian poli-
tics for many years. Some of my
advisers got so angry with me
that they convinced me that this
act tonight is ordained by God.
"A very dear friend and con-
fidant adviser advised me to
Proverbs 29 verse one: 'He that
being often reproved, hardeneth
his neck, shall suddenly be
destroyed, and that without
remedy'. I got the message. So
here I am!" Dr Nottage said to

the thunderous applause of the
Dr Nottage highlighted that
"tomorrow is promised to no
man" and as such he had to
examine his options when he
SEE page 11

Chief Reporter
Abaco A massive blaze
swept through "The Mudd"
late last night as hundreds of
Haitians fled the shanty-town,
clutching whatever possessions
they could carry. At least one
casualty was reported.
Up to press time last night it
was estimated that at least 40
homes had been destroyed and
between 60 to 90 per cent of
the slum would be gone by
Late estimates last night said
four to six acres would have

Photographer assaulted
during convention

been affected by the fire.
The inferno was expected to
burn well into the morning,
stretching the resources of
Abaco's police force and vol-
untary fire department to its
First reports from Marsh
Harbour said that fighting
broke out among Mudd resi-
dents, resulting in what one
Abaconiari described as "total
Abaco resident Bernard
Haynes, who lives a mile from
the Mudd on a hill overlooking
the settlement, said that when
he saw the fire it reminded him
of the Straw Market fire in

Nassau.or the blaze that
destroyed the old Heastie's
Lumber Yard.
"There are two fire engines
out there and tl.- fire seems
to have started from the mid-
dle. The best way to describe it
is if you can remember the
Heastie's Lumber Yard fire or
the Straw Market fire," he
Firefighter Norwell Gordon
described the blaze as being
"totally out of control".
"We have a major
it is sweeping through the area
and it is completely out of con-
SEE page 11

Claim that PLP is courting former
FNM Senator Tanya McCartney

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* CROWDS gave Dr Nottage a rapturous reception last night as
he returned to the PLP fold
(Photos: Mario Duncanson/Tribune staff)

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE BUZZ at the PLP's
convention last night was the
return of former PLP member
of parliament Dr BJ Nottage,
when he triumphantly entered
the convention hall signalling
his return to the party.
Throughout the week, Obie
Wilchcombe convention chair-
man had told The Tribune that
the PLP party wants Dr Not-
tage back.
As expected Dr Nottage
returned announcing that they
were now one.
There also have been
rumours that Algernon Allen,
former FNM minister, will
switch over to the PLP. How-
ever, Mr Allen denied this, say-
ing he was now out of politics.
Political sources are claim-
ing that although the PLP hopes
Dr Nottage will bring with him
crucial CDR votes, some for-
mer CDR candidates are active-
ly courting the FNM.
Phenton Neymour and
Charles Maynard in particular
are rumoured to be seeking to
join the opposition party. How-
ever, no announcements have
been made. .
Last night, the PLP's expec-
tation was realised when Dr
Nottage entered the convention
hall to pulsating cheers from
delegates and party supporters.
On Wednesday, a day before
Dr Nottage's triumphant re-
entry to the party, The Tribune
took to the convention floor to
find out how party supporters
felt about Dr Nottage's expect-
ed return and Mr Allen's cross-

Leslie Edgecombe, delegate
from North Abaco, said: "It will
be a good move from Mr BJ
and Mr Allen. It will be a good
move for BJ to come back
home, and Allen we can use
Mr Edgecombe asserted that
Mr Allen is "a man like the
prime minister." He added thAt
Mr Allen has a vision for the
country and for the people.
"The PLP is that great party
and we can use him," said Mr
"I am all for that," declared
Antoinette Russell, a party sup-
porter all of her life, when refer-
ring to the possibility of Dr Not-
tage's return.
"BJ is a very strong support-
er. He is a very strong person.
He has a very strong personali-
ty and this is what we need,"
she said.
However, in reference to Mr
Allen's possible switch to the
PLP, Ms Russell said that she
was not aware of the rumour.
She said his possible cross-over
is "something for me to think
Ted Bain, stalwart council-
lor for Rum Cay, said that Dr
Nottage is a "son of the party"
and he thinks this is his last
chance for political office.
"I think we have room for all
of those who was in the party,
left the party and want to come
back," said Mr Bain.
Additionally, he feels that if
Mr Allen becomes a PLP, "I
think it would show Hubert
Ingraham that the people rather
come to the PLP than to go
under his regime."




A LOAN for $20 million
has been negotiated with the
Inter-American Development
Bank to transform the coun-
try's national curriculum, to
restructure BTVI, improve
the delivery of technical and
vdcational education in the
high schools, increase the
capacity in pre-school and
special education and better
integrate information tech-
nology in the process of edu-
cation, Minister of Education
Alfred Sears said at Wednes-
day night's PLP convention.
"The disbursement of this
programme will begin in ear-
ly 2006," he said.

MORE than $8 million
of $11.9 million from the
European Union has been
allocated to projects in the
Family Islands for the first
q arter of 2006, Trade and
Industry Minister Leslie
Miller said at last night's con-
"My ministry continues to
work closely with the Euro-
pean Union, and in Septem-
ber a pre-feasibility study was
completed which qualified the
following projects for the
funding from the Union," he
Rehabilitation of Spring
Point Roads for $4,086,831.
New Eco-Tourism Training
Centre for $848,660 and the
reconstruction of Fresh Creek
Dock for $867,112.
Cat Island:
New terminal and apron
at New Bight International
Airport for $1,720,106.
Ragged Island:
Rehabilitation of Duncan
Town Dock/Harbour dredg-
ing for $3,706,682 and reha-
bilitation of Duncan Town
Airport runway for $693,629.

ALFRED Sears, Attor-
ney General and Minister of
Education, said that the
Bahamas, as result of his hard
work, is no longer being mon-
itored by the FATF.
Monitored were the office
of the Attorney General, the
Central Bank arid other finan-
cial intelligence agencies. The
Bahamas was blacklisted by
the FATF in 2000.
"Let them talk that. The
record speaks for itself. The
financial services sector of
The Bahamas is more secure
because of the strategic and
thoughtful plan of action exe-
cuted under leadership of this
Attorney General and this
Government. Let them talk
that. "

N ALFRED Sears, Attor-
ney General and Minister of
Education, said plans are
underway to relocate the
Coroner's Court from the
Rodney Bain Building to the
renovated Pride Rock Build-
ing on East Street north.
"To improve the adminis-
tration of justice and facili-
tate the Judiciary, a $5.3 mil-
lion contract was awarded
early this year for the con-
struction of a 12 courtroom
complex on Nassau Street.
This complex, with facilities
for magistrates, staff, the pub-
lic and inmates will be com-
pleted in November 2006," he
"Facilities were secured
and renovated at the British
American Building on Navy
Lyon Road to accommodate
the Hon. Chief Justice and a
Senior Justice of the Supreme
Court. We have committed to
building a new judicial com-
plex for the Supreme Court
and the Court of Appeal and
their respective registries.
"Pursuant with our
promise to make justice more
accessible to the average per-
son, the Hon Chief Justice
has appointed a committee
to prepare for the establish-
ment of community courts in
the East/Northeastern and
South/Southern Districts of
New Providence. In addition,
a full-time Stipendiary and
Circuit Magistrate has been
appointed, with a clerk and
court reporter, to travel to
and hear matters in our Fam-
ily Islands, other than Grand

Bahama and Abaco," he

Consumer Act coming 'soon',

Tribune Staff Reporter

THE Consumer Protection
Bill and the Standard.,aG.eare
set to be implemented shortly,
Minister of Trade and Indus-
try Leslie Miller announced
last night.
The first is now before the
Attorney General, the latter
before the Senate.
Mr Miller explained that this

piece of legislation is based on
the guidelines that were estab-
lished by the United Nations
in 1985 and expanded on in
"These guidelines were
designed to protect the rights
of the citizens as consumers by
giving statutory legislation to
those provisions.
"The Bahamian Bill was
drafted along guidelines from
several Caricom countries that

are already in place," he said.
Draft copies of the Bill, said
the minister, were widely cir-
culated to a number of organi-
. sations including the Chamber
of Commerce, non-govern-
mental organisations and other
interested parties.
"Several town meetings were
held over the past year to allow
the widest possible consulta-
tion of the draft bills.
"Subsequent to these meet-

ings, a working committee of
senior civil servants has com-
piled a list of recommendations
to be included in the legisla-
tion, which is now before the
Attorney General's Office for
vetting," he said.
Addressing the Standards
Act of 2004, which is now
before the Senate, Mr Miller
said that it seeks to "promote
and encourage the standardis-
ation of goods sold, services

and practices across the
"This Bill seeks to ensure
that everyone is protected by
the same standards, and that
the housewife in Acklins
receives the same value foi
money as the company execu-
tive in New Providence. In
today's modern world this
should be normal practice and
therefore the merchants have
nothing to fear," he said.

Miller's harsh

words for FNM

lack of action

Tribune Staff Reporter

IN his opening statement at
the 49th PLP convention, Min-
ister of Trade and Industry
Leslie Miller lashed out at the
FNM for failing to condemn
one of its "substantial backers"
who was accused of making
"racist remarks" earlier this
"It is a shame that the Free
National Movement has not
seen the need as yet to publicly
condemn, repudiate and
denounce in the strongest
terms, the behaviour of one of
their substantial backers in one
William 'Billy' Saunders," he
"It is likewise unfortunate,"
Mr Miller continued, "that Dr
Judson Eneas and his family
had to suffer an alleged assault
of his dignity, and his God-giv-
en right to reside anywhere in
our fair land, without the possi-
bility of an assault on his life,
and indeed his family," he said.
Mr Miller criticised the new-
ly formed "salt and pepper"
team of former prime minister
Hubert Ingraham, and Montagu
MP Brent Symonette, leader
and deputy leader of the FNM
respectively, and questioned the
sincerity of the party.
"It is ironic that the FNM is
calling for 'One Bahamas' and
talking about a 'Salt and Pep-
per' dream team, while the
overlords of the FNMs are call-
ing for a return to days that
have been internationally
denounced in places as far away
as South Africa.
Mr Miller also took a jab at
Cat Cay president Manuel Diaz,
with whom he had a shouting
match on Cat Cay at the begin-
ning of the year. Mr Miller and
a delegation from the BEST
Commission were on Cat Cay
holding a town meeting to dis-
cuss the prospects of an LNG

* LESLIE Miller speaking yesterday
(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune staff)

facility being built on nearby
Ocean Cay when he and Mr
Diaz stumbled into a shouting
match that ultimately ended the
"I want to say to people like
Michael Scott and Alvin Smith
who have publicly criticised me
for an altercation I had earlier
this year with a foreigner who
resides on Cat Cay that 'a good
Bahamian looks up to nobody,
looks down to nobody, but
looks straight into the eyes of

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PetroCaribe pushed

Tribune Staff Reporter

MINISTER of Trade and
Industry Leslie Miller contin-
ued his push for the implemen-
tation of Petrocaribe by outlin-
ing the benefits of the Venezue-
lan oil deal at the PLP conven-
tion last night.
Mr Miller said the price of
gasoline has increased over the
past two years by almost 80 per
cent an increase from $2.80 in
2003 to a high of $4.97 in New
Providence, and as high as $7 a
gallon in some of the Family
"The experience with diesel
has been even worse, as prices
went from $1.73 in 2003 to $3.99
in New Providence an
increase of 130 per cent.
"In the Family Islands, prices
of $5.50 were seen in some loca-
tions. These increases are
unprecedented, and I often
wonder how the single mother,
taxi and jitney drivers, mail boat
operators, and fishermen in the
Family Islands are able to make

ends meet," he said.
Mr Miller, however, assured
Bahamians that government is
doing all it can to correct the
"vexing problem".
"You may have heard me
announce some of the proac-
tive and innovative things that
your PLP government is con-
sidering to control these high
prices and it has never ceased to
amaze me when persons from
the FNM and other groups like
the Nassau Institute have
opposed every suggestion put
forward and instead recom-
mend that we sit back and ride
out the high prices," he said.
Mr Miller emphasised "rid-
ing out" the high oil prices
would prove detrimental to the
country's number one industry,
As a consequence of the high
cost of gas, tourists are being
"priced beyond the budget of
the average traveller, who is
already being tempted by the
opening and expansion of lower
cost destinations in this region",
he said.

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What backwardness!

THE INJECTION of race into this week's .- mind.Nobedy-likerfbo-e-aTa-Iean Uncle

PLP.-convention has upset many Bahamians
who believed that the Bahamas had matured
from the days of the old PLP and was moving
into a future in which a Bahamian would be
described by nationality and not race.
We were reminded of a statement made on
.the floor of the House sometime last year by
Prime Minister Perry Christie. "The PLP is a
black nationalist party," Mr Christie proudly
This statement alone showed that we were
out of step with the rest of the world whose
governments are inclusive, reflecting their mul-
ti-cultural societies.
The brouhaha created by the FNM electing
Brent Symonette as deputy of its party shows
what a backwater the Bahamas still is. We are
starting to sound almost like the Iraqis with the
Sunnis who don't want to sit at the same table
with -the Shiites, and the Kurds who would
rather have no part of either of them.
Mr Symonette is a white man of substantial
means. He comes from an old Bahamian fam-
ily. His father headed the UBP and was first
premier of the Bahamas. However, before he
was of age, the much-hated UBP had been
disbanded. Young Brent Symonette belonged
to a new breed of Bahamians, who did not see
life through UBP eyes. However, although he
joined the FNM and has never belonged to
any other political party, he has not been able
to escape "the sins of the fathers". According
to the PLP, he is UBP.
From time to time, because of Mr Symon-
ette's political prominence, the question has
been raised as to whether the Bahamas is ready
to accept a white man as prime minister.
. The question came up on a radio talk show in
2003 when Dr Bernard Nottage was the guest.
Dr Nottage agreed that a white man could
once again lead'a political party in the
Bahamas, but not until white Bahamians were
part of "all national expressions" and "not
apart from them." What Dr Nottage forgot
when he made that statement was that white
Bahamians were not a part of various groups in
the Bahamas because the Pindling govern-
ment made it clear that their presence was
neither wanted nor needed.
Dr Nottage admitted at the time that the
subject was not an easy one for him. He said it
was an issue that he was reluctant to discuss,
because "I don't want black people to think
that I lost my blackness." In other words, a
prisoner of his race, he was afraid to speak his

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This is really sad. It will take men of courage
to break the racist mould and lead this country
into the future.
Even Sir Lynden Pindling, who kept
Bahamians racially divided, realised that race
was hurting his government. In 1990 he made
a token gesture to the white community by
appointing Marvin Pinder, a white man, to his
Today, the "new" PLP a "black nation-
alist party" has not even done that. No
white Bahamian has been appointed to either
the Cabinet or the Senate.
And now they are angry that the FNM has
taken the lead in joining the world by reflect-
ing the ethnic make-up of our country. Mr
Symonette will bring new ideas, a different
point of view; and a widef aniige of contacts to
the FNM should it become the government. He
will be able to open new doors for the FNM. A
"salt and pepper" team will more accurately
reflect the people of the Bahamas. Maybe then
one will see more mixing of the races.
The Bahamas is really behind the times.
Most countries reflect their multi-cultural soci-
eties in the make up of their governments.
One only has to watch US television to see
how President Bushlhas reachedibatlt ';
African-American and Hispani c; 6imfinfities
and brought them into his government.:Tony[yK
Blair's government also reflects the wide-range
of cultures that today make up Great Britain.
Canada is the same.
Nearer to home there is Jamaica, which
over the years has had a Chinese woman may-
or, a Syrian-Jew as minister of security, MPs of
Arab background, rich planters of various
backgrounds. There was Eli Matalon, of Jew-
ish-Syrian descent, who was from one of the
wealthiest families in Jamaica. Today red-
headed Paul Robertson is Jamaica's Minister of
Foreign Trade.
Guyana reflects its African-Indian heritage,
and Prime Minister Owen Arthur of Barbados
has a multi-cultural government, as does
Trinid'ad. And the list of countries goes on.
But not so the Bahamas.
And, despite the lead shown by the inter-
national community, there are some in the
Bahrmias today who are on the verge of a
heart attack because a white man might one
day become this country's deputy prime min-
What backwardness!

EDITOR, The Tribune.
IT seems that political postur-
ing is something that all peoples
of the world involved in politics,
suffers from. Not very long ago,
many Democrats in the US -
including John Kerry and Mr and
Mrs Hillary Clinton were all
for action against Iraq. Now,
because the situation in Iraq is
becoming more and more
unpopular politically, suddenly
these same people are now say-
ing what a big mistake it was to
go into Iraq. They're glad that
Saddam is gone, at least Bill
Clinton is, but the military action
was a bad idea. I say, "If you
don't stand for something, you'll
fall for anything". Oops, did I
just hear another liberal hit the
Actually, in all fairness, John
Kerry said some time back, that
when he voted in support of mil-
itary action in Iraq, he was only
supporting the "threat of the use
of military force". What?! How,
or more appropriately why, in
God's name, would you threaten
anybody if you weren't able and
-pre]pared to follow through on
that threat? Am I the only one
missing something here?
Now, to our own political the-
atre -
Politics in the Bahamas, or
more precisely the practice
thereof, has got to be the greatest
form of entertainment presently
available for public consumption.
I ain' never hear so much a name
callin' in all my life. And two
conventions for the price of one!
Man t'ings good.
I believe, and in fact it is obvi-
ous from the actions of many of
them, that anybody desirous of
political position anywhere in the
world, must be to some degree,
self absorbed, or at least have a
flare for drama. While we would
hope that those who aspire to
high political office do so from a
real conviction that they can
make a positive difference in the
lives.of their masses, the truth is
that many, if not most politicians
usually end up to some degree,
more concerned about image
than the business of the people. I
believe that members of both of
our political parties suffer from
this affliction:
Having offered this expos6 on
politicians, let me say that there
are exceptions to the rule. One
such exception is Cynthia "Moth-
er" Pratt, our Deputy Prime
Minister. I believe she is quite
probably the most decent and
sincere individual in Bahamian
politics today. In fact, I fear for
her decency. I hope that it will
not become a victim of the "sys-
tem". That is not an indication of
my evaluation of her character,
but rather a concern for an obvi-
ously decent person who is sur-
rounded by wolves.
When did politics become so
nasty? Why did it? The answer
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made men and women hate each
other. And for what?
In spite of my expounding
upon the ills and other short
comings of the political process
in this country and elsewhere
- let me encourage my fellow
Bahamians to get but and regis-
ter to vote, and to actually vote.
While the players might not be
what or who they claim to be,
we are nonetheless left with no

other options than to make an
assessment as to who we feel is
best qualified to serve our needs.
A sad situation for sure, but it is
all we have. Let's make it work
Bahamas! If not us, then who?
We are "the people" and all',of
those in politics today better in
ever forget that.
"I got the power!"
Watching and listening from
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South Abaco,
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Choice of evening for

Clifford Park event

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I WATCHED the seven o'clock edition of the national
news on ZNS television on Saturday, November 12, 2005.
I observed as the reporter made mention of a service-
on Clifford Park that was being conducted by a group of
Bahamian pastors in conjunction with an international.'
organisation called Promise Keepers.
I listened as the Prime Minister lamented the many
empty chairs.
He wondered where the men were. Initially, I won-
dered too. Then the answer came.
Were the local organisers of this service aware that a
major political party was holding a national convention
on the night of the service?
Were the local organisers concerned that many of ther
speakers, attendees, organisers, and onlookers of the
Free National Movement Convention might be obligated
to or distracted by this annual convention?
Are the local organisers aware that God is so con-
cerned about us that he sent His only begotten son wh6o
knew no sin to die for everyone, including the speakers,
attendees, organisers, and onlookers of the FNM's conrr'
Do-you think that the God who sacrificed his only
begotten son would have thought it a bother to schedule,
the service for a night other than one on which so many
men would have been unlikely to attend?
I believe very strongly that the answer is quite plainly
that he would not have thought it a bother to do so.
I believe that God loves us so much that he would havp
chosen an evening during which many men in The
Bahamas would have been more likely to attend a ser-,
vice that may have afforded Him the opportunity to mipi-
ister to their needs and hurts.
Why then was the evening of the FNM's national con-
vention chosen to conduct a service to reach out to the'
men of The Bahamas?
Was this a coincidence or are there members of the
clergy who are attempting to use the name of the Most ,
High God for their own agenda?
I have another question. Where were all the male sup-
porters of the Progressive Liberal Party? Surely, there,-
are enough of them to fill the relatively small number of:
chairs that were on the park.
Were they at the convention too?
Just curious.
November 14, 2005.

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When did politics

become so nasty?



PLP will work to provide

water for all, says Roberts

* ALFRED Sears

MINISTER of Educa-
tion Alfred Sears last night
praised Prime Minister Perry
Christie for the establishment
of the National Commission
on,Special Education.
The commission, which is
designed to provide the road
map for special education in
the Bahamas, has submitted
to the Ministry of Education
its final report entitled
'Advancing Innovation and
Excellence in Special Educa-
"This report will be the
guide to the orderly develop-
ment of special needs educa-
tion in the Bahamas. The aim
of the government is to guar-
antee all special students
training in life skills, along
with our social partners, so
that our special students may
be able to live independent
adult lives," the minister said.
A screening programme,
which enables government to
make early interventions and
provide support and assis-
tance to persons with special
needs, has already been pilot-
ed, Mr Sears said.

THE Ministry of Edu-
cation has entered into two
significant partnerships with
the private sector as part of
the effort to ensure that the
education system is aligned
with the demands of the
economy, Minister Alfred
Sears reiterated last night.
"The first of these are
apprenticeship programmes
in the construction trades
sponsored by the ministry of
education and resort devel-
opers, Kerzner International
and BahaMar Developments. .
"One hundred and eighty
apprentices have been
recruited for the pro-
grammes,." said Mr Sears.
The second partnership
with the private sector is the
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PAST governments did not
pay sufficient attention to the
provision of adequate potable
water for persons throughout
the Bahamas, Minister of
Works and Utilities Bradley
Roberts said.
In his address at the PLP con-
vention last night, Mr Roberts
assured party supporters that
the government would provide
water "to all and sundry" -
including visitors.
He added that government
will introduce proper waste and
sewerage treatment facilities.
"Fellow Bahamians, watch
for the 'water bonds' in New
Providence, Exuma, Long
Island and all over, to fund
Water and Sewerage develop-
ments. Look for the expanded
Bahamian ownership in future
reverse osmosis plants. We will
rid ourselves of the outside toi-
lets in the over the hill areas,
and throughout this country,"
said Mr Roberts.
Mr Roberts said that accord-
ing to his information, there is
$2.1 billion in private individ-
ual bank deposits, $1.2 billion
in NIB and $0.8 billion in pri-
vate pension funds.
"Enough money to be utilised
to provide for the betterment,

upliftment and advancement of
a Bahamas which is moving for-
ward in unity," he said.
He added that government
has a policy in place whereby
all new developments must use
essential services "unless there
is some compelling circum-
stance to do otherwise."
*Essential services are services
provided by the government,
including communications, elec-
tricity, water and waste-water
"The PLP cares, the PLP lis-
tens and we produce results.
We are a team not a one-man
show. Persons trying to rush us
into bad decisions will not deter
us. We are all about sound deci-
sions in matters of national
development; decisions that are
good for our country.
He said that his ministry's
'integrity approach' include a
new national water and waste-
water programme.
Mr Roberts informed party
supporters of major develop-
ments to take place in the coun-
try over the next 12-24 months,
with public private partner-
The developments include:
the construction of reverse
osmosis plants, upgrades, rein-
statement and expansion to the
water distribution system in
New Providence.

Ingraham 'is a

PLP at heart'

Tribune Staff Reporter
HUBERT Ingraham is a PLP
at heart according newly elected
PLP trustee Valentine Grimes.
In an interview with The Tri-
bune during the party's con-
vention, Mr Grimes claimed:
"The biggest difficulty FNM's
have always had with Mr Ingra-
ham is that Mr Ingraham philo-
sophically is a PLP at heart. He
does not like to be controlled
by the elements that control the
FNM that's not him."
Mr Grimes said he has known
Mr Ingraham for a very long
time, and recalled that Perry
Christie, Mr Ingraham and him-
self were all elected to parlia-
ment as PLPs in 1977.,
According to Mr Grimes,
there is a "strong UBP ele-
ment" within the FNM.
"They have tried to control
the FNM, and have put the
FNM in this difficulty that they
are in right now," he said.
Mr Grimes said that in his
view, the political future of
Tommy Turnquest, Dion

Foulkes and Carl Bethel "has
effectively been wiped" by
developments at the FNM con-
vention last week.
"Tommy Turnquest, Dion
Foulkes and Carl Bethel were
the new generation of FNM's.
For whatever reason, they have
now created a problem for
those gentlemen," he said.
Mr Grimes claimed that Mr'
Ingraham's decision to allow Mr
Turnquest to remain as party
leader in the Senate, and his
pledge to make Mr Bethel a
senator, were tactics designed
to "save face" for the FNM.
"Personally, I have a tremen-
dous amount of respect for Mr
Ingraham. I know he is well
intended. I know that he has the
concerns of the Bahamian peo-
ple at heart," said Mr Grimes.
"Unfortunately, he is at odds
with a number of FNM's, PLP's
and Bahamians," he claimed.
The Tribune contacted Mr
Ingraham last night for a
response to Mr Grimes' claims.
However, he indicated that he
had no interest in what Mr
Grimes had to say.


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IN an effort to decrease the
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,z ,/the Bahamas, the Ministry
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aitaldale on e'tSt. The ministry aims to admin-
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Charge of
sex with
in court
A 21-YEAR-OLD man
appeared in Magistrate's Court
yesterday to be charged with
having sex with a 13-year-old girl.
It is alleged that Alvin Lava-
do Smith of Blue Hill Road
South committed the offence
sometime during October.
Smith, who appeared before
Magistrate Marilyn Meers at
Court Five in Bank Lane, was
not required to enter a plea.
He was granted $10,000 bail
with two sureties.
The matter was adjourned to
February 22 2006.
Man and
woman are
charged with
A 31-YEAR-OLD woman
and a 41-year-old man, both of
Duncanson Estates off Car-
michael Road, were arraigned
yesterday on the charge of steal-'
ing by reason of employment.
It was alleged that while con-
cerned together, Cynthia and
Kirk Rolle stole goods worth
$10,584 from Solomon's Mines
on Bay Street.
Both appeared in Court Ffiv
and pleaded not guilty.
They were each granted
$10,000 bail with two sureties.
The matter was adjourned to
February 23 2006.

on Grand
Bahamas Police Force has,
established a new highway
patrol division to crack down
on traffic violations and prevent
further deaths on the streets of
- -Grand Bahama.- -
Inspector Edmund Rahming,
officer in charge of the Traffic
Division, said police are very
concerned about the rise in fatal
traffic accidents this year.
The new highway patrol divi-.
sion is made up of six motorcy-
cle officers.
"We hope to increase police-
presence on the road, especial-
ly on major highways where
many of the traffic accidents
occur," he said.
The Grand Bahama Christ-
ian Council donated 20 new
- safety helmets to the new high-
way division.





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dies in


Tribune Freeport Reporter
A 37-YEAR-OLD man
who was injured in a traffic
accident on Wednesday has
died in hospital.
His death pushes the traf-
fic 4faality count on Grand
Balmrna to 21 for the year.
Aisistafit press liaison
officer Inspector Loretta
Mac ey reported that
Melege Saintilus succumbed
to hhis injuries around
8.204an on Wednesday while
undergoing surgery at the
Ranid Memorial Hospital.
Saintilus was a passenger
in a Pontiac 6000 LP that
was driven by 34-year-old
Desty Cyrius of Shackelton
Cyrius reportedly lost
control of the vehicle and
crashed: into a tree on Sea
Horse Road.
The driver was also
injured and is in stable con-
dition. He expected to be
airlifted to New Providence
today& for further treatment.



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Government and

BPSU finally

sign agreement

A FIVE-YEAR industrial
agreement was signed yester-
day between the government
and the Bahamas Public Ser-
vices Union.
After months of negotiations,
the agreement secures sought
after pay increases as well as
other incentives for workers in
the public service sector.
Under the terms of the con-
tract, the agreement starts from
June 1 of this year and will
expire on June 30, 2010.
BPSU President John Pinder
said yesterday that he was
pleased with the new agree-
ment. He called it the first step
towards public sector reform.
Admitting that the negotia-
tions got off to a "rocky start",
Mr Pinder said that after all par-
ties had assembled at the bar-
gaining table, they had been
able to move in a positive direc-
According to Mr Pinder, the
new agreement contains sever-
al clauses which will help elim-
inate the stigma surrounding
the public service.
"In an effort to protect the
integrity of the public service
sector and to remove the stigma
that civil servants can't be fired
and that we work and we get
paid for a job we did not per-
form, we certainly have agreed
to a number of clauses that will
actually make the entire
Bahamian population proud to
know that those days are gone,"
Mr Pinder said.
He said the union will seek
to educate all of its members
on the terms of the agreement,
to ensure that they understand
the rules and policies that will
govern them.
Mr Pinder added that the
BPSU is pleased about secur-
ing a $700 retroactive payment,
which is expected to be added
to the December pay package
of every public service worker.


The agreement also insures
that from January 2006, there
will be a $100 increase added
to base salary of all public ser-
vice workers and an addition-
al $50 will be added in July
Mr Pinder said that in the
third year of the contract, there
will be a compensation study to
determine worker productivity
and efficiency.
In the fourth year, an addi-
tional $750 will be added to the
workers' base salary and in the
fifth year, a performance clause
will take effect.
According to Mr Pinder, the
agreement represents an annu-
al pay out of $24 million in
salaries alone.
Mr Pinder said he was also
pleased that government did
not need to increase taxes to
accommodate the agreement.
Minister of Public Service and
Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell
thanked the professional advi-
sory committee and industrial
consultants for helping to bring
the agreement to fruition.
Mr Mitchell said that the
agreement covers much more
than salaries and allowances.
"It is intended to start a new
and more efficient way of man-
aging the service, giving man-
agement more flexible tools for
managing and providing an
incentive for those workers who
work in the service rewarding
productivity," he said.
Mr Mitchell said the future
of the country depends on how
the public service is run.

Also present at the signing
was Prime Minister Perry
Christie, who spoke briefly on
the issue of public sector
reform; Attorney General and

Minister of Education Alfred
Sears; Minister of Labour and
Immigration Vincent Peet; and
Minister of Housing and Insur-
ance Shane Gibson.

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comprising Nine and One Hundred and Eighty-five
Thousandths (9.185) Acres and being a portion of
the land called and known as "The Cottage" situate
on the Northeastern side of Queen's Highway
approximately One and Two Tenths (1.2) miles
Southeast of George Townon the Island of Exuma
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
IN THE MATTER of the petition of MILTON

The Petition of Milton Strachan, Jr. and Daniel Strachan,
of "The Cottage", George Town, Great Exuma, in respect

ALL THAT piece parcel or tract of land designated
"A" & "B" being a portion of land known as "The
Cottage" situate on the Northeastern side of the
Queen's Highway in the Island of Great Exuma one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
and containing by admeasurement Nine and One
Hundred and Eighty Five Thousandths (9.185) Acres
more or less and being part of the land known as
"The Cottage" and bounded NORTHWESTWARDLY
by Sunny Hill Subdivision NORTHEASTWARDLY by
the sea SOUTHEASTWARDLY by land the property
of Freddie Morley and SOUTHWESTWARDLY by the
Queen's Highway and which said piece parcel or
tract of land has such position shape boundaries
marks and dimensions as are shown on the diagram
or plan hereto filed herein and is delineated on that
part which is coloured Pink on the said diagram or
plan and being the land which is the subject of the
Petition filed herein.
Milton Strachan Jr. and Daniel Strachan claim to be
the equitable and beneficial owners in possession of
the parcel of land hereinbefore described and such
ownership as aforesaid arises by virtue of a
possessory title to the said land. The Petitioners have
made application to the Supreme Court of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas under Section Three
(3) of the Quieting Titles Act, 1959 to have their title
to the said land investigated.
Copies of the filed plan may be inspected during
normal office hours at:-
1) The Registry of the Supreme Court, Ansbacher
House, East Street, Nassau, Bahamas
2) The Chambers of Floyd C. Watkins & Co.,
Chambers, St. Alban's Drive (east), Nassau,
3) The Office of the Island Administrator, George
Town, Great Exuma, Bahamas.
Notice is given that any person having dower or right
of dower or an adverse claim or a claim not recognized
in the petition shall on or before the 2nd day of
December A.D., 2005 file in the Supreme Court and
serve on the Petitioner or the undersigned a statement
of such claim in the prescribed form, verified by an
affidavit to be filed therewith. Failure by any such
person to file and serve a statement of such claim
on or before the 2nd day of December, A.D., 2005
will operate as a bar to such claim.


Mitchell urged

to launch visa


THE FNM is calling on For-
eign Affairs Minister Fred
Mitchell to cause an investiga-
tion to take place to look into
allegations that hundreds of
visas have been granted to Hait-
ian nationals.
The opposition party said that
the minister should ensure that
appropriate action is taken fol-
lowing upon the results of such
an investigation.
"The FNM is disappointed
to learn that Mr Mitchell does
not understand or accept that
he is accountable for his Min-
Yesterday at the PLP's
national convention, Mr
Mitchell said that because of
criticisms that the procedures
of the issuance of visas are not
open and transparent, in order
to address these issues he has

* FRED Mitchell

requested a management audit
of the department by the Public
Service Commission.
However, the FNM said that
the minister should not engage
the Public Service Commission
"in something for which they
have no resource nor authority
to do".


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a resident of Lobster
Avenue Golden Gates will
be held on Saturday,
November 19th, 2005 at the
Holy Family Catholic
Church, Robinson Road at
10:30 am. Officiating will be
V 7Father David Cooper and
interment will follow in the
Woodlawn Garden Cemetery, Soldier Road. Services
have been entrusted to the Gateway Funeral Chapel,
Wulff Road and Prit rose Street.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda Watson; two sons,
Bradley and Ernie.Watsph; one daughter, Christal
Watson; one sister, Patricia Curry; two adopted son,
Dr Bert Williams and Philip King; five grandsons,
Pierre, Bradley Jr, Hebron, Terran and Anfernee; one
adopted granddaughter, Ryne Williams; two daughters-
in-law, Diane Watson and Dr Travia Williams; two
brothers-in-law, Peter Curry and Oscar Johnson; four
aunts, Cassie and Rocklyn Major, Cora Johnson, Edith
Turnquest and their families; three godchildren, Domma
Woods, Karen Mackey and Noralee Martin and the
families of the late Godfrey Watson and Mary Major
of Long Island and a host of other relatives and friends
including, Beryl Bastian and family of Gregory Town,
Eleuthera, Joyce Evans and family of Freeport, Ethel
Bowe and family, Mr Peter Bowe and family, Brian
and Avis Mackey, Anthony Christie, Rudy Stubbs,
Peter Outten, Clifford Galanis, napoleon Turnquest,
Frank Smith and family, Vernita Thompson, Joshua
Missick, halbert Stuart, Garth Johnson, Vernon Ash,
Randolph Hanna, Garth Stubbs, Eddie Moxey of
Freeport, Grand Bahama, Gladstone Patton, Pet Virgil,
Theresa Cox, Mr Tallis, The Knights of Colombus, the
Christopher and the Holy Family Catholic Church
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on Friday between the hours of 10:00 am and 6:00
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But is he the answer to enhancing their chances'of
recapturing the government after an abysmal three years?
Local politics is intensifying to a boil, with the PLP hav-
ing sensed the FNM's supposed heat and now trying to build
a stronger roster. Just like teabags!
However, is recruiting Nottage and other runaways just a
sign of how badly Hurricane Hubert's return has made the
PLP quiver in their boots?
And why pick on the press, Shane Gibson? Is Shane
already waking up in a cold sweat because he thinks that
these are his last days?
According to the November 15 edition of The Tribune,
Mr Gibson was talking a lot of ill-informed rubbish suggest-
ing the newspaper was biased because PM Perry Christie
did not appear on the front page.
Gibson's bold proclamation incensed some ignorant
delegates to shun Tribune reporters and hinder them from
performing their jobs.
Mr Gibson, that was preposterous! By now you should
know the power of a press and how foolish it would be to
provoke the wrath of people with the public's ear!
And why should a respectable newspaper become the
government's puppet? Save that for BIS.
Shane, why don't you talk about the people in the central
and south-eastern islands who have yet to receive hurricane
relief from your ministry since last year? I
Instead of the pomposity about how many houses you've
built and the egocentric convention video bragging that
you've delivered more than promised, deliver these liurri-
cane victims.
Then there's Financial Services Minister Allyson
Maynard-Gibson, who recently engaged in racial
scaremongering on Darrold Miller's show 'Immediate
On Tuesday, Mrs Gibson claimed on the national air-
waves that she was stopped while jogging and told by a pass-
er-by that they did not want their children to grow up like
they had under the minority rule of the white UBP.
Here, Allyson Gibson was repeatedly trying to play the
race card against the FNM's deputy prime minister hopeful
Brent Symonette!
How low can Allyson go? Will Roots now be dusted off
and played on ZNS again?
Are Mr Shane Gibson and Mrs Allyson Gibson
stonewalling the Bahamian people because they sense that
their seats are among the 20 in Nassau which Mr Ingraham
spoke of winning?
Mother Pratt set a noble example by apologising to the
populace for the government's inertia and asking for anoth-
er chance. The people are calling for other ministers -
particularly the blundering mishaps to humble themselves,
admit their shortcomings and apologise for their ineptness.
Will Shane Gibson apologise to the people of Long
Island? Will Allyson apologise to the public and the civil
servants at the Registrar General's office? Will Vincent
Peet take responsibility for doing too little to crack down on
illegal immigration?
And then after all this, will the FNM still return to power
or will Hubert Ingraham have stifled the FNM's baby
boomers and still fail to return them to government?
It is quite obvious that the PLP are building a reactive
team to the FNM's, but will Dr Nottage really help them to
become the government for a second term? These things all
remain to be seen.
And Shane, leave the press alone!





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FREEPORT A 22-year-old
Freeport man was arraigned in
Magistrate's Court on Wednes-
day on charges of kidnapping
and armed robbery.
Cleveland Leroy Forbes Jr,
of Ponce de Leon Drive,
appeared in Court Two before
Magistrate Helen Jones.
He was not required to enter
a plea to either charge.
According to police reports, a
38-year-old McCleans Town
man was forced to get into the
trunk of his car by three men
on November 13. The culprits
were unmasked and one report-
edly carried a handgun.
The suspects reportedly
drove off with the car, later
releasing the man in the
Xanadu Beach area.
Forbes was remanded in cus-
tody until February 7, when he
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Bahamas Union of Teachers
has extended a helping hand
to its members on Grand
Bahama who were affected
during Hurricane Wilma.
President Ida Poitier-Turn-
quest and union executives
Terrence King and Belinda
Wilson presented building
materials and personal items
to teachers on Wednesday.
"Over 30 teachers have
been affected we had per-
sons who lost personal items,
while others lost their entire
homes," she said.
Mrs Turnquest said the
union felt it was most impor-
tant to assist their members
on Grand Bahama during
their time of need.
In the meantime, the union
has put off all negotiations
with the government until
January. "We felt that one
brother or sister hurting was
more important at this time
to assist them and get them
on their feet."
Vouchers for roofing mate-
rials, plywood, sheet rock, and
shingles were presented to
some 30 teachers at Albuild.
Care packages containing toi-
letries, towels, and other per-
sonal items were distributed
at the union's office in the
BPSU Hall.
Rudy Sands, area vice pres-
ident, commended the presi-
dent and union executives for
demonstrating care and con-
cern for members in Freeport.
"They initially came a day
after the storm and they were
almost moved to tears by the

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devastation they saw," he said.
Mr Sands said that teach-
ers living in Hunters, Pinder's
Point, Eight Mile Rock and
Bootle Bay were severely
affected and lost their homes.
He noted that the union has
urged ministry officials to
ensure that teachers are pro-
vided with temporary hous-
ing until their homes can be
Secretary General Belinda
Wilson said the union through
its housing programme is also
assisting teachers with getting
their homes. She noted that
they have properties available
in Emerald Bay and Royal
While in Freeport, she
announced that teacher Zane
Lightbourne and his wife were
the first recipients of land
"After doing a survey we
realise that we had a lot of
young teachers who were
renting and so three year ago
we embarked on the housing
programme and we are happy
to be able to assist teachers
in becoming land and home
owners," she said.

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The Mall At Marathon's Eight Annual Christmas Parade is
set for Saturday, November 19, at Noon: Santa Claus will be
escorted by Miss Teen Bahamas in The Mall at Marathon's
Eighth Annual Christmas Parade. The Parade will start at the
Galleria Cinemas Parking Lot continue to the Strip Center
by Domino's Pizza, past First Caribbean Bank and Wendy's,
then past Kelly's Home Center, and ending at the Mall's
Main Entrance. The parade starts promptly at noon, Satur-
day, November 19.

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

Gospel choirs will be competing each Saturday, for a period
of six weeks, at the Braiders Square at Festival Place on
Prince George Wharf. Choirs will be judged on musicianship,
group coordination and symmetry, technique, versatility of
chosen song, program choice and presentation of final per-
formance. 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 sched-
uled to take place at the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremo-
ny on December 10, at 6pm at Festival Place.

Celebrities on Stage: Elton John, Cher, Bette Midler, Bar-
bara Streisand and Neil Diamond all in one theatre or at
least that's what one might think when sitting down for
Celebrities on Stage, a new show opening at the Crystal
Palace Casino this month. In reality, the 'stars' on stage are
actually the Edwards Twins two celebrity impersonators
that look and sound like over 100 superstars. Celebrities
on Stage plays for the next 13 to 16 weeks, Tuesday through
Saturday at 8:30pm at the Rainforest Theatre, Crystal Palace
Casino. For tickets call the theatre box office, 327-6200 ext.

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 Trap-
pers, Nassau's "upscale" gentleman's club. Featuring a
female.body painting extravaganza. Free body painting @ 8
pm. Ladies always welcome. Admission: Men free before 10
pm. Females free. There will be free food and hors d'oeuvres
between 9 and 10 pm. Open until 4 am.

Ladies Night @ Fluid Lounge, this and every Thursday
night. Doors open at 10pm. Ladies free before lam, $10
after. Guys: $15 all night. Drink special: 3 @ $10 (Bacardi)
Giveaways and door prizes every week.

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

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

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

Reggae Tuesdays @ Bahama Boom. Cover charge includes
a free Guinness and there should be lots of prizes and sur-
prises. Admission: Ladies $10 and Men $15.

Hump Day Happy Hour @ Topshotters Sports Bar every
Wednesday 5pm-8pm. Free appetizers and numerous drink

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

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

Dicky Mo's @ Cable Beach. flavoured Fridays Happy Hour,
every Friday. Drink specials: Smirnoff Kamikaze Shots, $1;
Smimoff Flavoured Martinis, 2 for $i0; Smirnoff 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 din-
ner 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.

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

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

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

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

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

Jay Mitchell and Hot KC @ Palm Court Lounge, British
Colonial Hilton, Wednesday-Thursday 8pm-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, 6.30pm-9.30pm.

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 exhibitions. Representing
the Bahamas will be; John Beadle; Lillian Blades; Johri
Cox; Claudette Dean; Tyrone Ferguson; Bo Sigrist Guirey,
Nora Smith, Dorman Stubbs and Rupert Watkins. Lady
Connery, S S ean's wife, has kindly agreed to open thO
exhibition. She is an exceptional artist, and will be exhibiting
one of her paintings.

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

Ricardo "Cardo" Knowles presents his latest international
exhibition of oil paintings Wednesday, November 23, 5pm-

9pm @ Ristorante Villaggio, Caves Village.

The Central Bank of the Bahamas is hosting its 22nd Annu-
al 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 workshops throughout
November. Persons interested in attending 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. Persons
interested in attending any of the sessions should contact the

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

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

The Nassau Music Society would like to remind the public of
the concerts that will take place for their: "FESTIVAL OF
RUSSIAN ARTISTS 2006". The Natalie Gutman Quartet,
January 13 @ Government House and January 14 @ St
Paul's Church Hall, Lyford Cay. Natalie Gutman is one of
the world's leading cellists and she will be playing with the
Society's artistic director, Igor Rakelson,(piano), her son
Sviatoslav, (violin), her daughter in law, Olga Dyachkovskaya
(soprano). Yuri Bashmet and the Moscow Soloists, will be
performing February 24 @ the Theatre for the Performing
Arts (Full orchestra conducted by Yuri Bashmet). There
will be a lunchtime concert for children and an evening con-
cert for adults. February 26 @ Old Fort Bay Club, Buckners
private residence (Quintet). February 27 @ Christ Church
Cathedral (Full orchestra conducted by Yuri Bashmet).
Guest appearance with the Orchestra Jo Anne Callender.
Oleg Polianski will perform April 7 @ Government House
and April 8 @ the Klonaris residence. Oleg is a well known

in Europe as a pianist living in Germany. Details of the
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 Providence
Community Centre, Blake Road. Dinner is provided and free
blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol testing is avail-
able. 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 Sat-
urday, 2.30pm (except August and December) @ the Nurs-
ing School, Grosvenor Close, Shirley Street.

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

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

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

Toastnasters 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

Toastmasters Club 1095 meets Tuesday, 7.30pm @ C C
Sweeping Senior School's Dining Room, College Avenue off
Moss Road. Club 9477 meets Friday, 7pm @ Bahamas Bap-
tist 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 Nassau
Resort, Cable Beach. Club 753494 meets every Wednes-
day, 6pm-8pm in the Solomon's Building, East-West High-
way. Chlub 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 ir the Board Room of the
British Colonial Hilton Hotel, Bay St.

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

Nassau Bahamas Koinonia meets every second Friday of
each month, 7.30pmr at Emmaus Centre at St Augustine's
Monestary. For more info call 325-1947 after 4pm.
International Association of Administrative Professionals,
Bahamas Chapter meets the third Thursday of every month
@ Superclubs Breezes, Cable Beach, 6pm.

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

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FROM page one

the podium.
As Mr Ferguson moved to
the other side of the stage,
where several other media pho-
tographers were standing, wit-
nesses saw Mr Rolle follow him
and begin to obstruct him once
Mr Rolle only backed off
because of the intervention of
Tourism Minister Obie Wilch-
Mr Ferguson said Bradley
Crawley, CDR member and
confidant of Dr Nottage, also
interceded on his behalf.
According to Mr Ferguson,
he was later pushed by a body-
guard of Deputy Prime Minister
Cynthia Pratt, who was identi-
fied by party officials as "Cor-
poral Sweeting".
Mr Ferguson said that while
he was upset by the incident,
he is thankful for the "good
friends" who approached him
to apologise MP Frank
Smith, Franklyn Wilson
and PLP trustee Valentine
"I was very pleased to know
that I still have friends that
would still come to my aid in
such circumstances. I would like
to thank them for their support,
and Mr Crawley for his protec-
tion, by following me to make
sure no one harmed me. This
was very important to me," Mr
Ferguson said.
"I will sleep on the matter,





FROM page one

-Reserve firefighters,
he said, had to be
called in from nearby
settlements to help
"quell the blaze."
Mr Gordon said that
firefighters were using
pumps to bring in
water from the sea to
douse the flames.
Fire Chief Walter
Evans said that up to
press time police were
only able to confirm
one casualty.
Truck loads of bed-
room sets and mat-
tresses were being
shuttled out of the
Mudd while police had
to be called in to stop
fights that broke out
between looters and
persons trying to pro-
tect their possessions
piled on the side of the
road away from the
This was the third
major fire in the slum
in the last five years.
Residents living in the
area of both the Mudd
and Pigeon Pea have
expressed concern over
the dangers of the
inadequate living con-
ditions in the town-
ships. There are some
homes with propane
tanks connected to
substandard wooden
houses as well as elec-
trical wires haphazard-
ly slung between hous-
Firefighters 'have
never been able to put
out a fire in the Mudd
because of open sewers
and shacks thrown
together cheek by jowl,
creating "tinder box
Because firefighters
can't get into the area,
said one resident, the
most-they can do is
contain the blaze and
prevent it from spread-
ing until it burns itself
A 60 to 80-foot wide

the prime minister and the
deputy prime minister must
scrutinise those persons who
work with them, so they don't
become an embarrassment -
not only to them, but also, and
more importantly, to the coun-

Photographer assaulted

during PLP convention

and decide whether I will bring
criminal charges against both
persons," he said.
"I think that the police force
needs to train its officers with
how to deal with professional
persons and I also believe that

road acts as a buffer on
one side of the Mudd
with the port and
another road on the
other two sides. There
is bush on the fourth
side between the set-
tlement and the main

try," Mr Ferguson said.
Tribune National News Edi-
tor Paco Nunez followed Mr
Rolle to ask him why he had
threatened his photographer. "I
have no comment for that," Mr
Rolle replied.

Dr B J Nottage:

I'm here to serve

FROM page one

realised he faced a crossroads
in his political life.
"I had to make a choice, and
even if I didn't want to make a
choice, there is, a fella' in the
back there who wouldn't let me
rest, Mr Leslie Miller.
"I chose the path that I sin-
cerely believe offers me the best
opportunity to contribute to the
betterment of the Bahamas, and
I chose the Progressive Liberal
Party. The party of Pindling,
and the party of Milo. I am here
because I am convinced that in
the bosom of this organization
lies the everlasting font of pas-
sion for the people," he said.
Dr Nottage outlined that now
"is no times for games".
"This is no time for half step-
ping. This is no time to look
backwards or allow our coun-
try to fall into the hands of
those who have no plan, no
direction, and who have no pur-
pose other than the desire to
enjoy high office and to use
government for their personal
selfish objectives.
"I thank my lifelong friend
and brother, Perry Christie,
with whom I went to Southern
Primary School, the Govern-
ment High School; the person
with whom I walked the streets
of London and the streets of
Scotland. Planning how we
would help to build the
Bahamas when we returned

home from school. We are
together again!" he yelled to
the deafening roar of the capac-
ity crowd.
The one man personally cred-
ited for Dr Nottage's return to
the PLP, Leslie Miller, spoke
exclusively to The Tribune last
night of his endeavours to
return Dr Nottage to the PLP.
"Dr Nottage and I have been
friends for the past 40 plus
years," Mr Miller said.
Mr Miller said that he and Dr
Nottage have always been very
close and that he viewed Dr
Nottage as a "big brother" to
"We are extremely close. He
has pretty much brought me up
in many aspects of my life. He is
a dedicated friend and I felt all
along that the PLP would be a
better party with his hard work,
intuition, and brain power that
he is able to bring to our party
along with our great prime min-
ister (Perry Christie).
"They were boyhood friends.
I have known both of them all
of my life. I knew how close
they were and I just continued
to try over the very many years
since he left. In fact I was with
his team when he went for the
leadership. He lost; he went,
and I stayed. But I kept court-
ing him and courting him, and
I'm happy that he is back home
where he belongs," Mr Miller
According to Mr Miller the
PLP is now energized to such a

level that they are now ready
to bring wealth, and security,
to the people of the Bahamas.

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Architect who 'broke new ground'


BREEZE-BLOWN balconies,
big spaces, acres of windows, wide
vistas...these were the characteris-
tics of architect Ray Nathaniels' best
In some of the most delectable
spots in the Family Islands, his mod-
ernistic houses testify to his talent,
monuments to a man who broke
new ground in Bahamas architec-
ture and won the admiration of his
When Mr Nathaniels died in
Hastings, England, last week after
along battle with lung cancer, he
left behind numerous examples of

what one architect called "a different
aesthetic sensibility" a break with
the colonial traditions which had
dominated Bahamian home design
for two centuries.
"There is no question he broke
new ground," he said, "Big open-
ings and big windows were charac-
teristic of a Nathaniels building.
"He was engaged by a number of
foreign investors who wanted beau-
tiful homes on the islands, and he
broke away from the tradition of
simple little boxes that were once so
Mr Nathaniels, who died at 82
after nearly half a century in Nas-
sau, saw himself as an artist and

architect and it was as innovative
creator that he produced his best
There is no doubt that the natur-
al environment in the islands influ-
enced his designs. He believed in
utilising dramatic seascapes and
intensity of sunlight to give his homes
an airy, open feel. He liked his build-
ings to blend into their surroundings
and, if possible, to enhance rather
than besmirch their environment.
"Ray did some fantastic houses
on the Out Islands," said the archi-
tect. "He saw himself as more of a
modem architect than a traditional-
As his neighbour, journalist-pub-
lisher Paul Bower, wrote in The Tri-
bune earlier this week, Mr
Nathaniels was born in Ceylon,
where his father was a senior civil
engineer, and came to the Bahamas
in 1956 after spells in Libya, Jordan
and India.
He was awarded a fellowship of
the Royal Institute of British Archi-
teets forhis work in those countries
as well as ground-breaking designs in
the Bahamas.


Among his clients was actor Sir
Sidney Poitier, whose East Bay
Street house is a fine example of the
mnidern.ism he introduced to the
Bahamas, and several wealthy expa-
triates, most of whom he preferred
not to name because he respected
their privacy.
Views on the development of his
k here differ from one architect
to nother, but it is generally felt
thatthe 1960s and 1970s marked his
high point.
When Eleuthera was the "boom
island" of the Bahamas in the 1960s,
Mr Nathaniels was called upon to
design many outstandingly attrac-
tive homes including Paw Paw Bay
for Sir Desmond and Lady
Cochrane, which graced a rocky
promontory. The British ambassador
to Lebanon, as Sir Desmond was,
proved to be an ideal client and liked
the sketches Mr Nathaniels did to
show how his plot could be devel-
"Unfortunately," said the archi-
tect, "some of Ray's buildings have
been poorly maintained, but there
are many examples of his work still
around, both in New Providence and
Eleuthera. He was certainly an
important influence and very well-
Unlike his former wife Liz, who
was a prominent journalist in the
Bahamas and also helped him with
the interior designs of some of his

buildings, Mr Nathaniels was a low-
profile character.
Some architects believe his nat-
ural reserve may have hindered his
progress to some extent. But he con-
tinued to be a dominant force in his
field and pursued his profession in a
highly individualistic way.
A client told The Tribune: "He
had such firm ideas about the way
things should be done that one felt
slightly intimidated by him.
"His vision, his unequivocal views
on how colour and space should be
used were remarkable. Whatever
reservations one had were quickly
dispelled. He was invariably right
and the results were never less than
In the year 2000, Nassau archi-
tects Anthony Jervis and Douglas
Smith conducted an interview with
Mr Nathaniels in which he discussed
his past career and his professional
"I enjoy making nice spaces," he
told them, but his early assignments
were inauspicious. His first job, for
the British army after the war, was a
water closet. He also designed a dog
kennel. "The dog seemed to like it,"
he said.
When he arrived in Nassau "I
thought the Bahamas was a won-
derful place, a place of adventure,"
he said, adding that the first houses
he designed here were at the corner
:of Soldier Road and Prince Charles
"They are still there," he said, "At
the time there was nothing at all,
absolutely nothing. Just bush."
Mr Nathaniels then took on the
Cochrane job, sketching out ideas
for the ambassador's Eleuthera
dream home while the envoy was
on a four-day trip to Peru.
When he returned, Sir Desmond
said "Yes, they're quite nice, aren't
they?" on seeing the drawings and
gave the go-ahead with the proviso
that the architect should not spend
too much money.
"My wife helped me with a lot of
things, designs and decorations. The
house was quite massive and we
called it Cochrane's Castle," he said.
Following several successful pro-
jects on Eleuthera, he was
approached by Long Islanders who
wanted him to take his unique style
At the time, he was also doing
decorations for royal visits, the first
being for Prince Philip in 1957.
At the Bahamara exhibition in
the 1960s, when Family Islands were
being p fqpoted, he designed .,
medieval-style tents which acconm-
modated exhibits in the grounds of
the old Government High School
(now the College of the Bahamas).
For Independence Day in 1973,
he used bird designs for a covered
area at Fort Charlotte to symbolise
the nation's flight to freedom. He
also designed banners for the quin-
centennial at San Salvador, mark-
ing the 500th anniversary of Colum-
bus's landing in the New World in
Though his work is instantly iden-
tifiable, Mr Nathaniels had no idea
from where his ideas sprang.
"Every design is a new challenge.
Architecture is very difficult and
takes lots of time. I have spent days
on a site trying to find out how to
approach the design of a house.
Sometimes I have felt the site is so
beautiful that it is a pity to put any-

thing on it at all. Maybe a little
wooden hut. I can't bear to pull
down lovely trees. Occasionally, an
idea will come to me just like that,
and I'll sketch it. Then I will look at
it again and do lots more sketches to
see what works best. It's not easy."
He loved outdoor space and bal-
conies. He liked tree houses, and
rooms opening up to allow gardens
to become part of a home.
"You can't do that in many coun-
tries. If they are warm, then all kinds
of bugs, frogs and snakes come in. I
think hard about this, but most peo-
ple just want to get on with the build-
ing. Forget all this philosophy."


He worked on Club Med on Par-
adise Island with Donald Cartwright,
then tackled the company's resort
in Eleuthera. Renovation of the
Lucayan Beach Hotel in Grand
Bahama came next. Then the Play-
boy Club, which meant they spent
some three or four years together
all told in what he always regarded as
a very good working relationship.
However, apart from another
short professional association with
Sydney Neil, he worked mostly
alone, tackling anything that came
his way, and always bringing to his
work a high level of commitment.

described by fellow architects
as a rare talent.

One of his delights was to watch .
- the development of young Bahami-
an architects over the years. When
he first arrived in Nassau, there were
no locals in the field. Now there are
several, all influenced to some extent
by the rather diffident man who
enjoyed his daily swim off Cable
"He was undoubtedly a rare talent
and his work will survive in the
Bahamas for a long time to come,"
said a friend.
A funeral service for Mr
Nathaniels was held in Hastings,
England, on Wednesday.

Retail Store Manager

Position Objective:
The incumbent is responsible to the owner for controlling
overall operations of retail store on Paradise Island. The J
incumbent must be a responsible, hard working, mature adult.

Duties and Responsibilities
Management, scheduling and training of staff
Responsible for communications between the Shift Manager
and Store Clerks
* Daily management of till report, including the correctness
of these reports
* Daily bank deposits
* Daily management of inventory control and reporting
* Sales and Customer Service
* The overall appearance of the store

* Knowledge of Computer, Point of Sale and Credit Card
* Excellent management, follow through and organisational
* Knowledge of retail sales, merchandizing and inventory
* Knowledge of The Bahamas
* Ability and willingness to follow company policy and
procedures and to be the leader of the "Team"

Experience Required
A minimum of 3 years experience in this capacity.

Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Interested candidates should send resume to:
Human Resources Manager
P. O. Box CB-13045
Nassau, Bahamas
Or email to:

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Friday, 9th

December @ 12:30


Wyndham Nassau Resort &
Crystal Palace Casino

Tickets: $35.00

Vernice Walkine, Director General,
Ministry of Tourism
Monday, 12th December @ 9:30 am
Foyer, The College of The Bahamas

For more information or ticket reservation
for the induction, please call the
Office of Alumni Affairs at 302-4365/6.


November 29 December 1

December 5- 22

December 15

December 16

Cashiers booth & accounts receivable department
will be closed. Accounts payable will accept
transcript payments only
Processing of tuition and fee payments from
returning students
Last day for returning students to apply for Deferred
Payment Plan (Spring .2006)
Last day for returning students to obtain 10%
discount on fees only (excluding insurance fee)
for early payment of Spring semester bill


November 21 Advisement/Registration Begins

December 5 Bill Collection Begins
December 21 Transcripts issued
December 22 Last day for fee payment

Advisement and registration may be conducted in faculty offices.
The Records Office will conduct registration only, Mondays through Thursdays.

For more information, please call 302-4522/3

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Acting President,
*-Dr..Rhonda Chipman-
is.extending an invitation
16 parents of COB
freshmen to learn more
about the services of The
College of The Bahamas,
its student life, faculty,
staff, and the progress of
1he ".institution during an
informal meeting on
Yonday, November 21
at 6:30pm
Choices Restaurant,
Thompson Boulevard.

Fdr-further details,
please contact
Arlene Albury,
Student Activities at

The School of Business

Housing Dilemma:
How to improve access to affordable

Choices Restaurant
Bahamas Tourism Training Centre
Thompson Boulevard
Nassau, Bahamas

Hon. D. Shane Gibson
Minister of Housing and National Insurance
Dr. B. J. Nottage
Leader, Coalition for Democratic Reform (CDR)
Mr. Lynden Nairn
Deputy Managing Director, Bank of The Bahamas
Mr. Rupert L. Pinder
Lecturer, College of The Bahamas
A representative from the Bahamas Real Estate
Association (BREA)



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Hilton staff
HARD work, consistency
and effort are qualities that
always pay off.
This is especially so at the
British Colonial Hilton (BCH),
where staff are recognised on a
monthly basis for their contri-
butions through the Team
Member of the Month Award.
"Nominees for the award are
rated on several areas includ-
ing dependability and accuracy
of work, their positive impact
on guest and co-worker rela-
tions, and other qualities that
represent the ideal BCH
employee," said a Hilton
Department managers and
other team members generate
nominations in two categories,
support and guest services.
This year, housekeeper Janice
John was the winner for the
month of June.
Brendalee Clarke in the stew-
arding department won in July
and August winners were
Johnathan Miller from guest
services and Shane Kemp from
support services.
The team leader of the quar-
ter-was Zanadette Dean, assis-
tant human resources manag-
"All the nominees and win-
ners were surprised and elated
to be selected by their peers and
managers," the spokesperson
Other awards were also dis-
tributed to winners this month,
which is recognised as Esprit
The Esprit Programme,
which is unique to the Hilton
International brand, signifies
the 'Spirit of Hilton' and
encourages team members to
commit to improving their per-

LEFT to right: Fabian Smith, security; Lucian Bullard, engineering; Desmond Gray, housekeeping; Michael Hooper, general manager; Charles Smith, housekeeping;
Julia Neely housekeeping; Nathan Duncan, stewarding; Debbie Ferguson, human resource director.

formance level, "going the extra
mile with confidence and with a
passion for delivering consis-
tently outstanding guest ser-
vice," the Hilton spokesperson
BCH congratulated the win-
ners and said the company
prides itself on having "some of
the finest caliber employees in
the hospitality industry".

* LEFT to right: Michael Hooper; winner Zanadette Dean
human resources; Debbie Ferguson.

"My work at The Tribune is rewarding
and challenging. I enjoy contributing
to the look of our newspaper while
meeting the needs of our advertisers.
I am proud to work here. The
Tribune is my newspaper."


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S5widay, November 20, 2005 avid
help McDoviald's support
World Childrevi's Day,

Roviald McDoniald HOwse Charities
gave a havid last jear to
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Let Ms qive a havid this year,

Golden Girl Debbie Ferguson will be at
McDinald's Restaurant in Oakes Field
on Sunday, November 20th, 2005 at 3:30pm






The Ministry of Tourism
In Cooperation with
* .t The Bahamas Hotel Association's Annual
General Meeting

The 11th Annual*




Craft Show

Authentic Fashion Show, Junkanoo Rushout, Photos with Santa and a
special addition:
**Culinary Corner with Chefs cooking tasty Christmas recipes**
Win lots of prizes & enjoy a complimentary eggnog with us!

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trip for seniors

Lyford Cay Foundation's
TimeWorks programme host-
ed 32 seniors to a day at
Ardastra Gardens Zoo and
Conservation Centre on Sat-
urday, November 12.
The seniors were from the
Persis Rogers Home for the
Aged, the Naomi Christie
Center for Older Persons and
the Soldier Road Group
"It was a beautiful Novem-
ber afternoon, cool and sun-
ny, and with the kind assis-
tance of the team of staff at
Ardastra Gardens the seniors
and the volunteers enjoyed
Ardastra's famous flamingo
Show, exotic animals along
with a lovely picnic lunch
donated by Kentucky Fried
Chicken," a TimeWorks
spokesperson said.
Some of the seniors hailed
from as far away as Mayagua-
na, and all enjoyed sharing
their life stories and good spir-

its with the TimeWorks volun-
TimeWorks is a volunteer
initiative of the Lyford Cay
Foundation designed to target
issues that challenge the com-
Barry Nottage, a volunteer
in the programme, said: "It was
so kind of Norman Solomon
and Ardastra Gardens to spon-
sor TimeWorks for this event.
I look forward to coming back
to Ardastra with more time, in
order to see the rest of the
"We are always so grateful
for the generous support of
TimeWorks' corporate spon-
sors," said Tania Martin-
Achard of the Lyford Cay
Foundation. "Majestic Tours
has assisted us with each and
every one of our events in 2004
and 2005.
"We also wish to thank Ken-
tucky Fried Chicken, Paradise
Bottling, Polar Ice, and Bristol
Cellars Wine and Spirits for

their contributions to today
and for their strong support of
the programme."
The Senior Fun Day was the
third of three events organised
by TimeWorks in 2005.
The first event was a clean-
up of Adelaide Beach with the
participation of BREEF, Ade-
laide Primary School, Lyford
Cay School, and Cans for Kids.
The second event was 4
Children's Fun Day for the
Nazareth Home for Children
and the Children's Emergency
The TimeWorks Committee
of the Lyford Cay Foundation
includes Kylie Nottage, Tania
Martin-Achard, Alessandra
Holowesko and Sarah Far-
More information about
TimeWorks can be found at
or by calling the Lyford Cay
Foundation at 362-6310.
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Ron Kelly loses

$3m 'fraudulent


Tribune Business Editor
TWO Wall Street brokerage
firms have increased their 2006
year-end price and EPS targets
for Kerzner International's
share price, due to the compa-
ny's 2005 third quarter results
and anticipated returns from
expansion projects on Paradise
Island and in Dubai.
Joseph Greff, an analyst with
Bear Stearns, said in a report
to investors that he was creating
a $73 2006 year-end share price
target for Kerzner Internation-
al, some 16 per cent ahead of
where the stock closed on
November 7.
Mr Greff wrote: "Our target
implies that Kerzner Interna-
tional can trade at 21.7x our
new 2007 EPS estimate. We
think it's fair in relation to our
expectation of 20 per cent EPS
growth in 2007."
Bear Stearns said it was
increasing its 2007 earnings per
share (EPS) estimate from $3.96
to $4.02, based on "better than
previously forecasted" operat-
ing margins from Kerzner Inter-
national's Paradise Island oper-
ations, the Atlantis and One &
Only Ocean Club resorts.
Mr Greff added that the Wall
Street brokerage was maintain-
ing its 2005 fourth quarter EPS
estimate of $0.35, and 2006 full-
year forecast of $3.36.

Meanwhile, William Schmitt
and David Katz, CIBC World
Markets analysts, said they were
increasing their 2006 full year
EPS forecasts for Kerzner Inter-
national to $3.32 from $3.21,
although they lowered 2005
fourth quarter EPS estimates
from $0.35 to $0.33.
The CIBC World Markets
duo added that they were also
lowering their 2005 fourth quar-
ter and 2006 full-year operat-
ing income targets to $38.6 mil-
lion and $214.4 million respec-
tively, compared to previous
forecasts of $40.4 million and
$220.8 million.
Mr Schmitt and Mr Katz said
that based on the third quarter
results, Atlantis "continues to
drive overall performance".
They introduced full-year 2007
EPS and operating income fore-
casts of $3.98 and $309.3 mil-
lion respectively, adding: "We
are maintaining our $71 price
target and 'Sector Outper-
former' rating on the shares of
Kerzner International."
.And Bear Stearns' Mr Greff
said the performance of Par-
adise island, coupled with
Kerzner International's planned
expansion projects over the next
few years, "provides for 15-20
per cent EPS growth -over the
next few years".

Tribune Business Editor
PROPOSED reforms to the Public Accountants Act 1991
include a provision that allows accountants declared bankrupt to
be found guilty of misconduct, a reform that would "ensure the
integrity" of the profession in the Bahamas.
Lambert Longley, a partner in KPMG and head of the Bahamas
Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA) legislative committee,
told a BICA seminar that this reform would bring the Bahamian
accounting profession and BICA into line with what was hap-
pening in other countries.
The current legislation "provides for several things" if a Bahami-
an accountant was found guilty of professional misconduct, but did
not deal with the issue of bankruptcy.
Mr Longley said that under the proposed reform, if an accoun-
tant was declared bankrupt, it was up to BICA's disciplinary
committee to decide what action to take. This could involve with-
holding an accountant's licence to practice.
Another proposed reform involves empowering BICA's Coun-
cil to lodge a complaint as a body against any accountant regis-
tered under the Act.
Mr Longley said: "The Council has had its hands somewhat tied
over the years in respect to disciplinary matters, because the Act
requires someone to lodge a complaint against a member before
action can be launched."
He added that in obvious cas-
es where someone was "bla-
tantly practising" as an accoun- SEE page 2B

2005 'a banner year'

for FirstCaribbean

Tribune Business Editor
A BAHAMIAN analyst has
predicted that fiscal 2005 will
be "a banner year" for First-
Caribbean International Bank
(Bahamas), with the rise in US
interest rates boosting income
on its US$ portfolio and syner-
gies from the Barclays/CIBC
merger coming through.
In its Fidelity Forum newslet-
ter, the Fidelity Group of Com-
panies said the decline in First-
Caribbean's operating expenses
to $50.8 million for the first nine
months of the year, compared

to $52.7 million last year in the
period to July 31, 2004, was evi-
dence that merger synergies
"have started to take effect".
In addition, the adoption of
International Accounting Stan-
dard 36, which requires only
that goodwill be subject to an
annual impairment test, rather
than amortised over a fixed
period of time, had boosted
FirstCaribbean's bottom line by
$9.8 million per annum, Fideli-
ty wrote.
Net income for the first nine

He added that the third quar-
ter 2005 operating margins at
Atlantis had increased to 29 per
cent compared to 25 per cent
in the 2004 comparative peri-
od, with the resort's revenue
per available room (RevPAR)
14.5 per cent up.
Mr Greff said: "We upgraded
Kerzner International to 'Out-
perform' on October 17, based
on valuation and growth. The
stock's price represents an
attractive entry-point for the
shares with a good risk-reward
profile, in our view.
"In a sector filled with ambi-
tious resort projects, few have
the impressive portfolio of
growth projects that Kerzner
International offers.
"With improved financing,
sustained strength at current
operations and a bold growth
portfolio, we reaffirm our Out-
perform rating on Kerzner

Tribune Business Editor

Appeal has reject-''
ed an appeal by ;
the British Colo-.
nial Hilton's
developer against a verdict that;
found he received a $3 million ;;
"fraudulent preference" from.
a failed offshore bank run by,
Prime Minister Perry Christie's
brother. "
The Court of Appeal found'
that the $3 million paid by:
Americas International Bank
Corporation (AIBC) to a com-
pany controlled by Canadian
entrepreneur Ron Kelly, the
man who acquired both the
British Colonial Hilton and
South Ocean Golf & Beach
Resort through his RHK Capi-

tal vehicle, was made just weeks
before the bank was placed into
voluntary liquidation.
Justices Dame Joan Sawyer,
Justice Ganpatsingh and Jus-
tice Ibrahim upheld the
Supreme Court verdict in
favour of AIBC's liquidator,
BDO Mann Judd accountant
Clifford Culmer, saying: "This,
. in our view, was clearly a fraud-
ulent preference made within
three months of AIBC going
into liquidation."
Mr Culmer is now under-
stood to be seeking repayment
of the $3 million, although Mr
Kelly is mulling whether to
appeal to the Privy Council.
In addition, the judgment
noted that AIBC's vice-presi-

dent, Mr Bain, made a number
of entries in the bank's books
and ledgers between October
10-16, 2001, reversing entries
relating to the transactions
involving Mr Kelly.
An October 16 entry showed
$3 million going to Mr Kelly's
company, Techstar, on Sep-
tember 4, 2001.
The court found: "Most of
these reverse entries were made
after the bank went into liqui-
dation on October 11, 2001,
which raises the question
whether Mr Bain had any law-
ful authority to make them."
In. their 13-page judgment,
the Court of Appeal justices
recorded that Mr Kelly became
embroiled with AIBC in 2000,

SEE page 3B

CSME would wipe out Bahamas' advantages

Tribune Business Editor
JOINING the Caribbean Single Market
& Economy (CSME) would eliminate the
Bahamas' comparative advantages by
"levelling the playing field" in the
Caribbean through resource reallocation,
while failing to develop new export mar-
kets, a former FNM finance minister
Writing in the latest edition of the
Fidelity Group of Companies' Fidelity
Forum, Sir William Allen, who is chair-
man of Fidelity Bank (Bahamas), said
signing on to the CSME in economic
terms "makes no sense for the Bahamas
now or in the foreseeable future".
' He explained that like the European
Union (EU), the case for the CSME rest-

ed in creating a single, integrated eco-
nomic market that enhanced efficiency
for manufacturers and service providers,
through deepening and enlarging capital
and labour markets.
Through this, Sir William said the the-
ory was that the competitiveness of
Caribbean economies and companies
would be enhanced, and their level of
exports increased, with the region also
possibly reducing imports.
However, the former FNM finance
minister said the Caribbean Communi-
ty, unlike the EU, "lacks economic sig-
nificance as a trading bloc". There was
"no convincing prospect" that the region
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Mr Myers was chosen by the
cacique Awards Blue Ribbon
Colin Higgs, a panel mem-
ber and permanent secretary
in the Ministry of Tourism, said
in a statement: "Tourism indus-

NOTICE is hereby given that JACKLIN JONASSAINT, OF
MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO, BAHAMAS, is applying to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and. Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written and
signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the
18TH day of NOVEMBER, 2005 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


No.45 of 2000


Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 138 (8) of
the International Business Companies Act, No. 45 of 2000, the
Dissolution of OLSTON OVERSEAS CORP., has been
completed, a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the
Company has therefore been struck off the Registrar. The date
of completion of the dissolution was October 26, 2005.

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(4) of the International Business Companies Act. 2000, HRY
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A leading Life and Health Insurance
Company is seeking a Chief Executive Officer.

Prospective candidates are required to have
proven leadership skills and a minimum of five
(5) years experience at the top managerial level
in a business organization, preferably in the
insurance &/ or financial services industry,
however other relevant business experience will
be considered.

A University degree in finance related
disciplines, MBA or other equivalent qualification
is required.

Applications will be held in confidence
and should be sent to Post Office Box N-538,
Nassau, Bahamas by no later than November 28

Replies/acknowledgments will only be
sent to those short listed.

This position offers a competitive
compensation package.

Veteran hotelier
George Myers
has been select-
ed as winner of
the cacique
Clement T. Maynard Lifetime
Achievement Award.

try professionals all over thee
Bahamas eagerly anticipate
being selected for this presti-
gious award, and perhaps this is
the case because of what this
award signifies.
"Just as the name indicates,
it represents a lifetime of
achievement, a lifetime of ser-
vice and lifetime of making
national contributions to
Mr Myers began his 40-year
career in his family's hotel, the
Miranda Lodge, and since then
has gone on to manage major
Bahamian resorts such as the
Radisson Cable Beach Resort
on Cable Beach and Resorts
International on Paradise
Mr Myers has also gone out-
side the hotel industry to
restaurant ownership, ranging
from fast food establishments
to fine upscale dining. He oper-
ates Luciano's, in addition to
the Bahamian KFC and
Quiznos franchises.
The Blue Ribbon Panel also
released the names of the final-
ists for the seven other general
categories of Cacique. Three
finalists were released for each
of the categories for a total of
twenty one nominees. Of this
number, 14 are from outside
of New Providence.
The finalists and
categories are:
1. Alpheus Delton Miller,
2. Floyd Lowe, Abaco
3. Reggie Major, Harbour
Human resources
1. Thomas Sutton, Exuma

2. Dr Sophia Rolle, Nassau
3. Portia Sweeting, Nassau
Sports, Leisure and Events
1. Patrick Roberts, Abaco
2. Simon Bain, Nassau
3. Yama Bahama, Bimini
Creative Arts
1. Peter Johnston, Abaco
2. Jay Mitchel, Nassau
3. Leanne Russell, Abaco
1. Kim Roberts, Abaco
2. Miralee Rose, Nassau
3. Eldena Miller, Nassau
Sustainable Tourism Award
1. Star Fish, Exuma
2. Brendal Stevens, Abaco
3. Kenneth Delano Bowe
(Chat N' Chill), Exuma
The Minister's Award

1. Henry Sands, Eleuthera
2. Israel 'Bonefish Foley'
Rolle, Grand Bahama
3. Lermon 'Doctor of Liba-
tion' Rolle, Exuma
Also announced yesterday
were the finalists for the Peo-
ple's Choice Song Competition.
The selection for this award is
not performed by the Blue
Ribbon Panel, but the Bahami-
an public.
The public, through mail and
online voting, selected three
finalists in both the Secular and
Gospel categories of the Peo-
ple's Choice Awards.
The finalists in the People's

Choice competition are:
Brown Girl Visage
Civil Servant The Sting
and KB
Confidential Thing Elon
Shout Kenyatta Taylor
I'm a Soldier Spike
Salvation in his precious
Love Demetrius Stubbs
The winners for both the
Cacique Awards and the Peo-
ple's Choice Song Competition
will be revealed at the 10th
Annual Cacique Awards on
January 13, 2006, at the Wynd-
ham Crystal Palace Resort and

CSME would wipe out Bahamas' advantages

FROM page 1B

economies of scale by integrat-
ing into one space through the
CSME, which would remove
all impediments to the move-
ment of capital, labour and
Sir William said combining
the 15 CARICOM nations into
the CSME would create an
area with a combined GDP of
just under $30 billion, and a per
capita income of $2,000. This,
he added, was an economy
"less than 1/10th" the size of
In the absence of size and
economies of scale, he ques-
tioned whether the CSME
would be able to enlarge export

markets for the region "the
principal benefit which should
be associated with a single eco-
nomic space".
"If the objective of CSME is
to create an economic space
capable of enabling the
Caribbean region to be com-
petitive globally in a way that
the individual states are not,
then the creation of the eco-
nomic equivalence of little
more than Ecuador will not
likely accomplish that," Sir
William said.
"It is, therefore, hardly likely
that a CSME of 15 Caribbean
countries will create the mar-
ket size to achieve the expected
goals of an economic union".
Expanding the CSME to
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could make the idea viable, Sir
William warned: "The princi-
pal danger which CSME rep-
resents for the Bahamas is that
it is likely to be no more than a
mechanism for the reallocation
of resources within the region
with the consequence of level-
ling the playing field, without
the realisation of the critical
benefit of new export markets.
It is the levelling of the play-
ing field. that Bahamians fear
most. And they should..........
"There is no reason for the
Bahamas to form the kind of
economic relationship with the
other countries of CARICOM

that a single economic space
"This is demonstrably not
justified by the circumstances,
especially since it is less than
convincing that the single eco-
nomic space can deliver bene-
fits to those countries where
membership seems more
Sir William added that it was
"difficult to imagine" the
Bahamas gaining a "net bene-
fit" from a single economic
space because its trade with, the
Caribbean was so small, and its
economy different to the rest
of the region.
He said, though, that the
Bahamas ought to advance
social and cultural ties with the
rest of the Caribbean.

Bankruptcy reform

to 'ensure integrity'

in accountancy

FROM page 1B

tant without being licensed, the
Council "should not have to
wait until a member of the pub-
lic lodges a complaint".
"The Council should in this
situation be prepared as a body
to take action and mete out
penalties appropriate to the
Act," Mr Longley said.
He added that once discipli-
nary committee matters were

decided, and penalties thought
appropriate, it was up to the
BICA Council to decide
whether a punishment was due.
An appeal against any Council
decision could be made to the
Supreme Court.
Mr Longley, though, said:
"There's not been a great num-
ber of complaints made, and
those that have, for the most
part, have been fairly simple




* CONGRATULATIONS! Chairman of the Cacique Blue Ribbon Panel, Dr Davidson Hep-
burn (second from left) congratulates the 2005 Cacique Clement T. Maynard Lifetime Achieve-
ment Award recipient, George Myers. Also pictured are Janet Johnson, director special events and
strategy in the Ministry of Tourism, and permanent secretary Colin Higgs.





Kelly loses

FROM page 1B

the year it "began to experience
financial difficulties".
Mr Kelly was approached to
provide capital support, and it
was proposed that he take over
the bank's "entire sharehold-
ing" from existing sharehold-
ers, Goes Damiano, Barry
Denison and Martin Bernholz.
To show his seriousness and
ability to pay, Mr Kelly
arranged to deposit $3 million
with AIBC to be held in
escrow. He had already opened
up a current account with
AIBC, numbered 306900, on
August 31, 2000.
To facilitate the purchase of
AIBC's share capital, Mr Kelly
in March 2001 arranged a $3
million loan to Techstar, a
Panamanian-registered holding
company he controlled, from a
Panamanian bank, Banco
Atlantico Panama (BAP).
AIBC was then to open an
account with BAP into which
the funds would be paid on
fixed deposit. On March 19,
2001, BAP issued AIBC with a
certificate of deposit for the $3
million backdated to March 12,
2001, for a one-year term at 6.5
per cent interest.
The judgment recorded: "The
liquidator deposed that he was
informed by [Gary] Christie,
president of AIBC, that the
funds for this fixed deposit were
transferred by BAP to AIBC's
account at the direction of [Mr
Kelly]. There is no evidence to
suggest whatsoever that BAP
was aware of, or had notice,
that these funds were being
deposited for any special pur-
The judgment said Mr Kel-
ly's attorney, Henry Bostwick
QC, "rather surprisingly"
argued before the court that the

$3 million fixed deposit was
protected by a collateral con-
tract between AIBC and BAP,
which was executed by Mr
Christie "on an unknown date
in April 2001".
In return for BAP granting
banking facilities up to $3 mil-
lion to AIBC or Techstar, in
return AIBC "irrevocably and
unconditionally" pledged and
assigned to the Panamanian
bank all of its rights and interest
in the fixed deposit as security
for its or Techstar's indebted-
ness. According to Mr Kelly's
attorneys, this agreement was
governed by Panamanian law.
Saying its attention had not
been drawn to any differences
between Bahamian and Pana-
manian law in the area, the
Court of Appeal said it did not
agree with Mr Kelly's attorneys
that "there can be competing
or overlapping proprietary
interests in the fixed deposit".
The Justices found: "We are
of the opinion that had these
funds on fixed deposit been
subject to a primary trust in
favour of Mr Damiao, Mr Deni-
son and Mr Bernholz, AIBC
could not have pledged,
assigned or charged its right,
title and interest in the fixed
deposit as security for any oblig-
ation of itself, or for Techstar's
indebtedness to BAP.
"The fact that AIBC was in a
position to credit the appellan-
t's account with the equivalent
sum of $3 million for value is
certainly conclusive of the view
that the funds on deposit with
BAP were being treated by
AIBC as part of its general
assets. When the funds were
credited to the business account
of the appellant he became in
law an unsecured creditor of
With the funds credited to
Mr Kelly's business account,
through a March 31, 2001,
agreement, he loaned Mr
Damiao and Mr Denison $2.04

million with interest.
Upon receiving Central Bank
approval for Mr Kelly to
acquire an interest in AIBC, an
agreement was struck whereby
the loan would be converted
into the purchase price for the
duo's shares. The loan proceeds
were paid into an AIBC
account belonging to Mr
Damiao and Mr Denison's trust
company, International T Con-
sulting (ITC) Ltd. .
On April 9, the loan proceeds
were disbursed with Mr Kelly's
"knowledge and consent",
some $500,000 going to an ITC
account. A further $500,000
went to Mr Damiao's account,
with the remaining $1 million
paid into AIBC account num-
ber 105500, held for Americas
Fidelity Insurance Company.
If Central bank approval did
not come, this transaction
would be cancelled, with the
loan proceeds going to Mr Kel-
The Court of Appeal found:
"It is of interest that Mr Bern-
holz was not a party to this
agreement. So to that extent,
the $500,000 deposited into his
account for his shares was clear-
ly not subject to any primary
It added: "These transactions,
in our view, merely confirm that
the funds deposited into the
fixed deposit account with BAP
in the name of AIBC were
being treated as part of the gen-
eral assets of AIBC, and that
the appellant was a creditor of
AIBC to the extent that his
business account was credited
With the sum of $3 million for
The Court said the March 31
agreement between Mr Kelly
and Mr Damiao and Mr Deni-
son showed that the funds
would be credited to the for-
mer's business account if the


share purchase deal failed,
repaying Mr Kelly.
"There could be no room
'therefore for the argument that
the funds in the account of [Mr
Kelly] continued to be
impressed with some trust for
his benefit. On the funds being
credited to his account once
again, he became an unsecured
creditor of AIBC like any other
depositor with the bank," the
court ruled. '
When no approval came
from the Central Bank, Mr
Christie instructed BAP to
transfer the loan monies held
by BAP in Panama to Mr Kel-
ly's company, Techstar.
The Court of Appeal found
that on both occasions when
the $3 million was credited to
Mr Kelly's business account,
and when they were transferred
following the failure to obtain
Central Bank approval, he was
an unsecured creditor of AIBC.
"By establishing the business
account, the appellant had vol-
untarily accepted the risk that
AIBC might become insolvent
and unable to discharge its
obligations in full," the Court
of Appeal ruled.
AIBC's shareholders
resolved to place AIBC into
voluntary liquidation on Octo-
ber 11, 2001, and under Section
72 of the Bankruptcy Act, a
fraudulent preference is made if
anyone unable to pay his debts
transfers money to a creditor
within three months before
becoming bankrupt.
The court found that by Sep-
tember 4, 2001, the day Mr Kel-
ly received the $3 million trans-
fer, it was clear that AIBC "was
in financial difficulties and
unable to pay its debts". There-
fore, it was "clearly a fraudu-
lent preference".
Attorneys Michael Scott and
Miss D Cartwright of Callen-
ders & Co represented the liq-

2005 'a banner year' for FirstCaribbean

FROM page 1B

months of the year was $71 mil-
lion, as opposed to $46 million
in the 2004 comparative peri-
od. FirstCaribbean's third quar-

ter net income of $23.2 million
was some 16.5 per cent ahead of
the same period last year, aided
by the absence of amortised
Operating profit grew by 53

The Public is hereby advised that I, HERBERT
Bahama, Bahamas, intend to change my name to HERB
ALEXANDER NESBITT. If there are any objections to
this change of name by Deed Poll, you may write such
objections to the Chief Passport Officer, PO.Box N-742,
Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after the
date of publication of this notice.



(In Voluntary Liquidation)

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


per cent to total. $23.3 million
compared to $14.8 million for
the same period in 2004.
In giving FirstCaribbean's
stock a 12-month earnings per
share estimate of $0.91 for the
period ending at the close of

Pricing Infi

the 2006 third quarter, Fidelity
added: "A potential challenge
for FirstCaribbean in the short
term is how it will replace the
$10 million per annum recov-
ery from Barclays that falls
away in 2006."



court appeal

Financial Advisors Ltd.
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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****
tI NDEX- iCLOSE 435,630 J Y-O. 1,32zi% 12003 14 .88

BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00
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DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months
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S- AS AT AUG. 10, 2005/ **** AS AT OCT. 31. 2005
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NOTICE is hereby given that MARIE JOSEPH, APT #1,
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written and
signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the
18TH day of NOVEMBER, 2005 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company
is in dissolution, which commenced on the 15th 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 comnienced on the 15th 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 12th day of October,
2005. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. hnc., of P.O. Box N-
7757 Nassau, Bahamas.




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Taureano disqualified

after punch ruled 'illegal'

Junior Sports Reporter
AN ILLEGAL punch by Taureano
Johnson has left him watching the action
in Mianyang, China.
Johnson, the last hope for the
Bahamas at the 13th annual World Box-
ing- Championships, was disqualified in
the second round of his first fight, after
delivering a powerful jab to the face of
Niam Terbunja of Sweden.
According to Johnson, the connection
was ruled by the official as an "illegal
Fighting in the welterweight division,
Johnson was hoping to use the champi-
onships as a comeback.

Three months ago, Johnson was ruled
ineligible to fight because of a broken
wrist. His return to the ring came a
month and a half before training for the
World Championships.
He said: "When I connected with him
I thought that all my punches were legal,
but the referee said that the jab was a
.'"I found it strange to believe that the
jab was ruled as a slap, but he had
already made his decision. That was kind
of hard to believe he called the blow a
An illegal slap is considered to be a
bjow which is delivered with an open'
g'6ve. The white portion or middle sec-
tion of the glove has to make the con-
nection for the ruling to stand.
",I thought everything was going well,

I was fighting very well," said a disap-
pointed Johnson.
"I was actually ahead of the guy from
Sweden when the judges and the referee
"It is a hard pill to swallow, I am very
disappointed about the whole incident. I
came here to do my very best
and hopefully medal, but that didn't hap-
"I don't have a second chance to prove'
myself so that's it for me at these games."
The World Championships is the
biggest boxing event outside of the
Olympic Games. It is considered a build
up for next year's Commonwealth
Championships set to take place in Mel-
bourne, Australia.
The Commonwealth Championships
are set for March.
Although Johnson's season has come
to an end, he says the training will con-
Johnson will return to the ring in Feb-
ruary for the Independence Cup title.
Bahamas" hopes of medalling in the
light welterweight division was crushed
on Monday evening when Carl Heild,
-the second of the two boxers competing
at the World Championships, lost his
first match.
Taking on American National title
holder Karl Dargan proved to much for
In a decisive third round, the referee
ruled him incapable of continuing with
the fight. By this time Dargan had
already scored 21 points to Heild's one.
Heild was also forced to take an eight
count in the second round, after being
pinned in the corner.
Fighters are allowed to lose one match
at the World Championships.

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of Sports set

2 00 conclave

Senior Sports Reporter
'WITH the sixth Bahamas
Games on the agenda for next
year, the Ministry of Youth,
Sports and Culture will host
its 2Qp5 Sports Leaders Con-
clave next week.
Under the theme: "Achieve-
ment is the Crown of Effort,"
tlie three-day parley will get
und rway on Monday and run
through Wednesday in the
Commonwealth Room of the
Nhassau Beach Hotel.
At the conclave, according
to Minister of Youth, Sports
and Culture, Neville Wisdom,
"attention will be given to all
clauses of the National Sports
Policy, inclusive of those pro-
viding for financial subsistence
to elite athletes and grants to

Three day eve

be held next v

athletes achieving success at
the international level.
"An additional number of
pertinent issues will also be
tabled as they relate to the
expansion of opportunities for
improving the opportunities
for the youth of the Bahamas
to benefit more fully from
plans by my ministry to expand
national sports development."
Wisdom further declared
that the Conclave will also
seek the input of national

sports leaders
ment and es
national time
reflect an ad'
of all sporting
occur any\
Bahamas dur
endar year.
"It should a
a special se
planned for re
the local high
tions," Wisdo
"The aim o
will be to expl
for improvil
sport at the p
ondary schoo
Wisdom w
keynote addr
when the offii
emony will ta
Greetings w
Alpheus 'Ha
chairman of
Sports Advise
Arlington But
the Bahamas
The first se
will be conduit
Lundy, the Di

who will introduce the focus,
nt to Bpoints of the conclave.
SJLito LThe six points, as outlined,
are listed below:
eki Family Island councils
v eek sports development concerns.
National sports policy
-_ *0 Establishment of a nation-
on the develop- al sporting timetable.
on the develop- a Formation of island organ-
tablishing of a isational structures in prepa-
table that would ration for the 2006 Bahamas
vanced schedule Games.
g events that will Role of the compliance
where in the unit.
ing the 2006 cal- Exposure of a national tal-
ent search identification and
sso be noted that development programme.
resentatives ofbeen On Tuesday, session II will
presentativessoia get started at 10am and will be
schoo associ addressed by Edna Forbes,
m pointed out. president of the government
)f such a session Secondary Schools Sports
ore new avenues Association on the "State of
ng competitive Sports in Bahamian Public
primary and sec- Schools."
i level." After a lunch break, the del-
'ill deliver the egates will return or session
ess on Monday III at 1pm when a workshop
cial opening cer- will be held to deal with:
ke place at 6pm. Methodologies for improv-
'ill coming quality performances in
wk' Finlayson, interschool sports at the
f the National national level.
ory Council and Restricting play of inter-
tiler, president of school sports to weekends.
Olympic Associ- Drug testing in local inter-
school sports.
session to follow Funding interschool sports.
icted by Martin Session four will begin at
rector of Sports, 3pm and will deal with a work-

shop on the National and Fam-
ily Islands Sports Advisory
Council under the authority of
its two chairmen.
The final session will start at
7pm and will focus on a work-
shop in Plenary Session.
The subject will be: "Review
of the National Sports
Wednesday's final day of the
conference will begin at 10am
with brief remarks from the
Ministers of Tourism, Works
& Utilities, Local Government,
Health and Labour/Immigra-
The ministers will hear com-
munications from the Family
Island Sports Councils from
Grand Bahama, San Salvador,
Abaco, Eleuthera, Inagua,
Crooked Island, Ackilns,
North Andros, South Andros,
Long Island, Bimini, Berry
Islands, Cat Island, Exuma,
Mayaguana and New Provi-
At noon, another workshop
session will take place with the
establishment of a national
sporting timetable; role of the
compliance unit and exposure
of national talent search iden-
tification and development
And, at 7pm, the conclave's
final session will take place
with a summary of the resolu-
tions of the conclave by Lundy
and the conclusionary remarks
by Wisdom.

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Senior Sports

MARK Knowles and
Daniel Nestor were
denied another opportu-
nity to win their first
Tennis Masters Cup
doubles title.
The duo didn't win a
game in the week-long
round robin tournament
and were eliminated
from further action on
Thursday in Shanghai,
"We didn't do well,"
said a disappointed
Knowles in an interview
with The Tribune on Fri-
day from Shanghai. "We
obviously wanted to do a
lot better, so it was a bit
Knowles and Nestor,
the fourth seeded team
in the tournament, suf-
fered their third straight
defeat to the No.7 team
of Wayne Arthurs and
Paul Hanley 6-3, 6-4.
The loss dropped the
combo to 0-3 in the Red
Group that was won by
the world's top team of.
American twin brothers
Bob and Mike Bryan
with a 2-1 record.
Knowles said he and
Nestor just didn't play as
well as they anticipated.
"We had some form
coming in and expected
to do a lot better, but it
was a combination of us
not playing that well and
our opponents playing
very well," Knowles
"It ended up being
quite a disappointing
week for us. Thank God,
it's the end of the sea-
Prior to Thursday's
defeat, Knowles and
Nestor suffered a 6-4, 6-
4 decision at the hands
of the Bryans on Tues-
day. On Monday, they
opened up with a 7-5, 5-
7, 6-3 loss to Leander
Paes and Nenad Zimon-
Knowles and Nestor
shared a purse of $50,000
as they brought their
season to a close.
"It's very disappoint-
ing, so it's very hard to
deal with," he stated.
"We had high expecta-
tions. But it's been a
very long year and a try-
ing year with a lot of
"We still achieved a
lot. Now we can put it all
behind us and just look
ahead to next year."
Now that they are
done, Knowles said he
will switch his focus to
hosting his annual Mark
Knowles Celebrity Ten-
nis Invitational on Par-
adise Island next year.
Knowles indicated that
final details surrounding
the list of participants
for the event will be
released early next

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