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Volume: 102 No.5



Royal Oasis

handled bad'y

Ingraham speaks out Groundbreaking for new Straw Market

in Grand Bahama

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Government
"handled badly" the Royal Oasis
situation causing a severe increase
in unemployment on that island,
former Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham said yesterday during
his visit to Grand Bahama.
The unemployment rate in
Grand Bahama is higher than the
national average (10.2 per cent),
standing at 11 per cent, up from
9.3 percent in 2004.
Recent statistics have revealed
that 3,000 people in Grand
Bahama are unemployed, up
from 2,465 in 2004.
"We regret that the govern-
ment could not do more to pre-
vent the Royal Oasis from clos-
ing. It is a true anchor property in
Grand Bahama and it has caused
the unemployment figure to go
up substantially," Mr Ingraham
The closure of the Royal Oasis
Resort came after Hurricane
Frances in September 2004.
Operators of Royal Oasis, laid
off 1,200 workers without pay fol-
lowing last year's hurricanes.
The operators owe millions of

* FNM leader Hubert Ingraham
(Photo: Denise Maycock)
dollars in union dues and Nation-
al Insurance contribution pay-
ments deducted from salaries of
In an effort to ease the financial
burden of employees, govern-
ment promised in February to
pay them what the company
owed them in three instalments.
Many of the workers are still
jobless and unable to find work
on Grand Bahama.
Mr Ingraham flew to Grand
Bahama on Thursday to meet
SEE page 10

FNM leader's comments

'taken out of context'
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT FNM Leader Hubert Ingraham stated that com-
ments he made in the House of Assembly were purely taken out of con-
text by Mount Moriah MP Keod Smith.
Mr Ingraham and Mr Smith were engaged in a heated exchange in
the House on Wednesday when the MP for Mount Moriah begged the
Speaker of the House to "protect" him from the former prime minis-
ter's comments regarding his nationality.
.Mr Smith said: "I am not going to stand him (Mr Ingraham) throw-
ing aspersions on me, my family, my heritage, and all of the ancestors
that I have that I stand behind. He should be made to account for his
SEE page 10


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Bahamians of Haitian descent 'will

Tribune Staff Reporter
the newly approved Bay Street
Straw Market has started in an
effort to "jump-start" the con-
struction, said Works Minister
Bradley Roberts.
Yesterday the Ministry of
Public Works and Utilities
began digging the foundation
of the newly approved straw
Speaking to The Tribune yes-
terday, Mr Roberts confirmed
that work on the foundation has
"Yes they start the founda-
tion," he said. "It is estimated
that it will take about five
months to set the proper foun-
"As you know part of Bay
Street is repossessed land,
because that was just water one
time ago, so they have to be
very careful when putting down
the foundation. Also in the
process we are going out to bid
for the main construction."
SEE page 10

Shot employee

make up swing vote in 10-15 years' dies in hospital

Tribune Staff Reporter
BAHAMIANS of Haitian
descent will make up the swing
vote in general elections by
the next 10 to 15 years, accord-
ing to a human rights activist.
Lawyer Elizier Regnier told
The Tribune yesterday that
despite the unfavourable atti-
tude displayed towards
Haitians by Bahamians today,
he is confident that in future
people will be glad to claim
their Haitian heritage and

even use it as a platform from
which to campaign.
"I am absolutely certain in
the next two or three elections
there will be people running
for constituencies declaring
proudly that they of Haitian
descent. I'm further sure that
Haitians will be the swing
vote," he said.
However, that time has hot
yet come and the majority of
present day Bahamians con-
sider being called 'Haitian' an
SEE page 10

Price increase
ON DECEMBER 1 the price
of The Tribune will be increased
from 50 cents to 75 cents a copy.
This is the first price increase
since August 1993 12 years
Since that time The Tribune
- the Bahamas' leading news-
paper has tried to hold down
its cover price for its readers.
However, production costs have
escalated on all our raw mate-
rials to such an extent that we
can no longer maintain the 50
cents price level. The recent
SEE page 10

Tribune Staff Reporter
ONE of the two employees
shot while attempting to stop a
robbery at the Quality Discount
Mart has died.
This latest murder has
prompted a police warning for
store employees not to risk their
According to police reports,
shortly after 1pm on Wednes-
day a man armed with a hand-
gun entered and robbed the
Robinson Road store.
Police say that as he left the
store, the two male employees
tackled him in an effort to dis-
arm him.
During the struggle that fol-
lowed an accomplice of the gun-
man suddenly appeared and
opened fire shooting both
The robbers then fled the
scene in a tan-coloured Honda
licence plate number 15748.
The employees were imme-
diately rushed to hospital but
one employee, believed to be a
Haitian died in hospital shortly
after 7pm.
His death brings the murder
count for the year to 59.
According to Press Officer
Inspector Walter Evans, store
employees need to take every
precaution to protect them-
SEE page 10

Do what tastes right.


Man wanted for
questioning in
connection with
murder reports
to the CDU
SON, who police have been
looking for to question in
connection with the murder
of Michael Bissainthe,
reported to the Central
Detective Unit.
CDU Assistant Superin-
tendent Anthony Ferguson
yesterday confirmed that
Thompson, 25, had volun-
tarily come into the station
and was now assisting police
SEE page 10

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Water and Sewerage

stress Family

Islands in bid to

upgrade services

STRESSING the impor-
tance of having proper sus-
tainable potable water and
wastewater services, officials
at the Water and Sewerage
Corporation say the corpora-
tion is actively seeking to mod-
ernise its services.
"We need to remind our-
selves that having state-of-the-
art schools, clinics or hospitals
means nothing if there are no
ample supplies of potable
water and proper water pro-
cessing facilities," said Don-
ald Demeritte, chairman of the
Water and Sewerage Corpo-
ration at a Kiwanis Club of
Nassau meeting earlier this
According to Mr Demeritte,
there are still many people in
the Family Islands as well as
New Providence who have no
running water, proper bath-
rooms or sewerage systems.

Mr Demeritte said the gov-
ernment has launched an ini-
tiative to ensure that proper
sustainable water services are
delivered to all Bahamians
within the next 24 months.
Mr Demeritte said the ini-
tiative will involve the removal
of "outside toilets," providing
relief to Bahamians in New
Providence and the Family
Islands, as well as the intro-
duction of proper waste water
treatment systems to the water
and sewerage portfolio.
According to Mr Demeritte,
other areas of concern include
water supply, non-revenue
water, sewerage (maintenance
and development) as well as
ground water management
and pollution control.
The corporation estimates
that jump-starting this initia-
tive would be in excess of $300

Ingraham to

lead Opposition

in House in

next session

iI i

* HUBERT Ingraham (left) will be replacing Alvin Smith as Opposition leader

Tribune Staff Reporter
FORMER Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham is expected
to take the opposition reins at
the next session of The House
of Assembly.
Mr Ingraham informed
House Speaker Oswald Ingra-
ham that as of 5pm Monday, he
would be the Leader of Her
Majesty's official opposition and

as such would be acting as
leader of opposition business
when the House resumes.
Mr Ingraham was elected
leader of the Free National
Movement during that party's
national convention earlier
this month after convincingly
defeating Senator Tommy
Turnquest and Dion Foulkes
in the hotly contested leader-
ship race.
He will replace current
House leader North
Eleuthera MP Alvin Smith
who assumed the post follow-
ing Mr Turnquest's defeat in
the 2002 general election.
Mr Smith, with the five oth-
er FMN MPs newly elected
deputy leader Montagu MP
Brent Symonette, Lucaya MP,
Neko Grant, Eight Mile Rock

MP, Lindy Russell, South
Abaco MP Robert Sweeting,
and High Rock MP Kenneth
Russell had all been agi-
tating for Mr Ingraham to
assume the post for quite
some time.
Mr Smith has said he plans
to step down gladly to allow
Mr Ingraham to lead the
Opposition in the House. He
said they are fully confident
in the former prime minis-
In his acceptance speech
at the FNM convention, Mr
Ingraham noted that when
he officially becomes the par-
ty's leader, one of his first
moves would be to make for-
mer attorney general and
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Three are


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THREE people had to be
rescued when their Ameryllix
Avenue, Garden Hills, home
caught on fire Wednesday
Fire Inspector Walter Evans
said fire officials were told the
home was ablaze at 10pm and-
were on site nine minutes later'
They were met by officers on
* routine patrol who rescued
three occupants: a woman, a
boy and girl. A man who was
also at the scene was treated for
facial burns, but it was not clear
if he was in the hWednesdat t
All are expected to recoverans
nvestigatie ninare minutes aingter
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UN blames

sonar for


of whales

SUBMARINE sonar and
naval maneuvers were respon-
sible for the stranding of 17
whales in the Bahamas in 2000,
according to a new report by
the United Nations Environ-
ment Programme (UNEP).
The report has confirmed the
views of marine biologists and
other experts who have
analysed the strandings.
In the report, UNEP included
underwater sonar and military
maneuvers as the smallest factor
on a list of major threats to 71
types of small marine mam-
mals, known as cetaceans.
"While we know about other
threats such as over-fishing,
hunting and pollution, a new
and emerging threat to
cetaceans is that of increased
underwater sonars," said Mark
Simmonds of the Whale and
Dolphin Society, who con-
tributed to the report.
In 2001, the US National
Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA) and
the US Navy reported that on
March 15 and 16,2000, a strand-
ing of 17 marine mammals of
several species was discovered
along the northeast and north-
west Providence Channels on
Bahamian Islands.
The strandings took place
within 24 hours of US Navy
ships using active midrange
sonar for an unusually extended
period as they passed through
the area.
Six of the whales died after
being stranded.
One dolphin was stranded
and died of unrelated causes.
Ten whales were returned to
the sea alive. Three of the dead
whales showed signs of bleeding
in the inner ear and one whale
showed signs of bleeding
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Volunteer firemen demand protection

VOLUNTEER firemen in
Abaco will in future tackle
blazes in the Haitian slum set-
tlements only if they get police
protection, it emerged last
This follows alarming inci-
dents during last week's blaze
in The Mud when young Hait-
ian men threatened firefighters
with knives.
The decision was taken fol-
lowing a meeting at Marsh
Harbour courthouse on
Wednesday between police
and fire officials.
It was agreed that uni-
formed police would have to
be present .before firemen
entered either The Mud or
Pigeon Pea to fight fires in
During last week's fire, a
woman firefighter was hurt
when she was jabbed in the
chest by a knifeman. Fortu-
nately, her protective fire gear
ensured her skin was not punc-
However, hostility shown by
immigrants left the brigade
shocked and angry.
Last night, a fire spokesman
said he and his colleagues
would only enter The Mud or
Pigeon Pea in future if uni-
formed police officers wqre on

hand to protect them.
"If the police leave the scene
for any reason, then we leave
the scene, too," said the
"It is enough that we risk
our lives fighting the fire with-
out having to contend with
rioting Haitians," he added.
The spokesman said "a Very
tense situation" existed in
Abaco following the blaze.
Some Haitians, he said, felt
firemen were not doing
enough to save homes. Others
thought the fire trucks con-
tained gasoline, which was

being used to fuel the flames.
"We now feel police should
pursue those who issued
threats. We also think action
should be taken against one
Haitian man who said that,
had there not been lots of peo-
ple about, he would have
killed a fireman that night.
"As far as we are concerned,
this was a threat and therefore
a felony. The police should
take action."
Firemen were also con-
cerned when immigrants wres-
tled hoses away from them and
tried to direct water on to their

* THE Mud fire which devastated the shanty town

own homes. "It is a touchy situ-
ation right now," he said.
Members of Hope Town and
Casuarina fire departments,
who were called in to fight The
Mud inferno, are now reluctant
to tackle any fire involving the
Haitian communities.
At Wednesday's meeting, fire
officials said in future they
would wait outside the settle-
ment perimeter until uniformed
police arrived.

Meanwhile, creole-speakers
are being sent into The Mud
and Pigeon Pea to explain the
fire department's difficulties and
quell the unfounded fears of
some immigrants.
During last week's inferno,
128 shanty homes were
destroyed. An elderly woman
who was thought to have start-
ed the fire while lighting her
kerosene lamp died as flames
swept through her shack.




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Tribune Staff Reporter
CIVIL Society Bahamas
has prepared a first draft of
proposals to deal with the
illegal immigration problem
in the Bahamas claiming
that the government has
failed to deliver an action
At a press conference yes-
terday, Civil Society
Bahamas (CSB) previewed
the draft proposal, which
came out of a town meeting
held earlier this year by the
Those present at the meet-
ing included the Minister of
Immigration Vincent Peet ,
members from the religious
community, leader of the
Opposition, a lawyer and a
former politician.
Freddie Munnings, presi-
dent of the Civil Society, said
that recommendations made
were compiled in a letter and
forwarded to members in
government by hand on
August 23, 2005.
He added that CSB gave
the government 45 days to
present the people with an
action plan against illegal
immigration. However, he
claimed, that to date neither
the organisation nor the
Bahamian people have had
a response from government.
Also, he said, there has not
been an action plan from
government, as they request-
"Hence, we at Civil Society
have prepared what we feel is
an action plan that will
address the serious con-
The plan consist of two
parts: the first deals with ille-
gal immigration and the sec-
ond concentrates on other

related immigration matters.
Mr Peet told The Tribune
that while the views of Civil
Society will be taken into.
account, it does not give the
government any ultimatum.
"When I spoke at my party's
convention, I made it very clear
that the government was deal-
ing with it (illegal immigration)
in a comprehensive way. (Also)
that there were at least three or
four reports that we have com-
missioned and have gotten,
which are now before Cabinet
for Cabinet's consideration.
"The major one of which is a
multi-sectoral commission
report, which the prime minister
commissioned and which I
chaired. (It) comprised of per-
sons from every sector of our
society," said Mr Peet.
To address the draft action

plan, the society will hold a
town meeting on November 30
at the University of the West
Indies dining room. The topic of
the meeting is immigration and
how it affects a developing
One of the recommendations
made in the proposal is that the
Royal Bahamas Defence Force
vessels must be placed at strate-
gic positions in Bahamian terri-
torial waters, where they can
turn back immigrants before
they enter the Bahamas.
"The former minister respon-
siblq for immigration, the Hon-
ourdble Loftus Roker, made a
statement that 'we don't have
an immigration problem, we
have a Bahamian problem'. The
problem can be solved by
enforcing the laws of the
Bahamas," said Mr Munnings.

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PLP should drop their racism

WE OFTEN wonder what planet PLP
chairman Raynard Rigby is perched on when
he makes statements that don't reflect what's
going on in this country.
According to his most recent pronounce-
ment, published in yesterday's Tribune, he
claimed that race is not an issue for the PLP.
Rather it is a concern for the FNM. Mr Rigby
certainly has a knack for putting the wrong
shoe on the wrong foot. No wonder he can't be
taken seriously.
We must admit that we did not have time to
listen to the entire PLP convention, but what
we did hear left us with the impression that the
PLP had two major concerns, concerns that
had them badly rattled. First, it was the return
of former prime minister Hubert Ingraham to
lead the Opposition a move they obviously
did not expect and counted on not happen-
ing. Like Caesar's ghost the Ingraham name
cast a pall over the whole convention.
And secondly, they were not only rattled,
but angry by the election of Brent Symonette
as the FNM's deputy leader, which, in the
words of Foreign Minister Fred Mitchell was
"just a ruse for some people who lost their
country in 1967 to get their country back
through the back door." Mr Mitchell said that
"the choice is as clear today as it was in 1967,
when the UBP was vanquished by the rallying
cry PLP all the way!"
; Speaker after speaker, seemed agitated
about what has now become known as the
"salt and pepper" team. And those who
missed the chance to show their prejudices at
the convention took to the airwaves to vent
their spleen over the various talk shows.
Despite Mr Rigby's protest to the contrary,
the "salt" in this team seems more of a night-
mare to a large group of PLPs than even the
"pepper." We don't classify all PLP's as racist,
because we know of many Deputy Prime
Minister Cynthia Pratt being among the most
prominent who are striving for racial har-
mony in this country. In other words One
Bahamas, where all Bahamians are equal, with
equal opportunities.. A country in which a
man's ability, and not his colour, is all that
Agriculture Minister Alfred Gray let it be
known how angry he was that the FNM's
deputy leadership went "not to the FNM, but
to the UBP" Mr Symonette's father having
been UBP as was Prime Minister Christie's
father. How Mr Symonette, who has known
no1 .ing but the FNM, could take the country

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back to something that no longer exists
remains a mystery. If Mr Symonette has such
power, are they trying to suggest that Mr
Christie, is no threat to them, because he is less
powerful than Mr Symonette?
But whatever his fears about where Mr
Symonette might take him, he made it quite
clear that "the Bahamian people (Mr Gray in
particular) ain't going there."
Then he spluttered out his worst nightmare:
"Fellow delegates, could you imagine, God
forbid, that they should win, and something
were to happen to Hubiggity, that we would be
back in the hand of the UBP? Please don't
let me imagine that."
As for Minister of Housing and National
Insurance Shane Gibson he did not think that
the "salt" in the "salt and pepper" combination
would have "any desire to meet the concerns of
workers." We find this a strange assumption
when workers to whom we have talked over
many years have always expressed a preference
for working for the "salt" because, they claim,
they are treated better.
What really is this entity called "UBP" to
which Bahamians particularly PLPs- are so
afraid of being returned. The UBP no longer
exists as a political party. It is not a place that
anyone can take anyone back to. I
For Social Services Minister Melanie Griffin
the UBP portrays the racial climate in which
her mother grew up before she was born. Mrs
Griffin illustrated her statement with a story her
mother told of how she had to stand outside the
"for whites" only Savoy Theatre, while her
employer's children went in to watch the movie.
Because Mrs Griffin's mother was black she
had to wait outside the theatre until the show
ended to take the children home.
Maybe Mrs Griffin would relieve herself
of her emotional baggage long enough to
explain to Bahamians how Mr Symonette, or
anyone else black or white- could possibly
return this country to those socially backward
And how can Mr Rigby explain how the
white issue is an FNM problem when it was the
majority of black FNMs who elected Mr
Symonette to the post that the PLP would
now deny him.
It's about time that PLP members grew up,
put their racist emotionalism behind them and
joined the twenty-first century Bahamian who
wants to live in a harmonious and united
Bahamas. They are sick and tired of this party's
racist hype.

Far too few

heroes in

our country

EDITOR, The Tribune
HISTORICALLY, time after
time again, it has been demon-
strated that society only changes
for the better when men of
great courage and vision put
aside their own selfish agenda
and comfort by putting them-
selves on the line for what is
right, even if it means paying
the ultimate price for their opin-
ion. Regrettably, all too often
and especially in the Bahamas,
we see those yellow belly cow-
ards who look for the easy way
out, even if it means going back
to their vomit or the disgust-
ingly unacceptable system
which they have fled or dare to
criticize. The maxims 'if you
can't beat 'em' join them' or 'go
with the flow' must have been
created by a Bahamian. Rather
than standup and stand on prin-
ciple or moral grounds, too
many Bahamians will close their
eyes in the face of obvious injus-
tice. Incredibly, many of these
persons will tell you that they
love the Bahamas and that they
are true patriots.
Living here in historic
Boston, I have found the defin-
ition of a true patriot. On
March 23,1775, when the mili-
tary conflict between the British
army and the Colonists was
escalating, Patrick Henry in an
address to his fellow colonists
explored the various options
that they could take. He empha-
sized that it really was a ques-
tion of freedom or slavery.
"Should I keep back my opin-
ion at such a time, through fear
of giving offence, I should con-
sider myself as guilty of treason
towards my country and an act
of disloyalty toward the Majesty
of Heaven, which I revere
above all earthly kings!" After
considering all reasonable
actions of the menacing British,
it was concluded that "if we
wish to be free", we must never
abandon the noble struggle until
the glorious object of our con-
test shall be obtained?..there is
no retreat but in submission and
slavery?!" Then, in a most pow-
erfully emotional outburst in
words that has now echoed
throughout history, Patrick
Henry uttered his famous
proclamation "Almighty God! I
know not what course others
may take, but as for me, Give
me liberty or give me death!
clearly demonstrating his com-
mitment for the liberation of
his people, even if it meant giv-
ing up his life. This idea of being
free and not the victim of men-
tal slavery has been embedded
in the motto of the state of New
Hampshire which says "Live



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ment as a Cabinet Minister,
occupying several positions,
including the Minister of Edu-
cation. However, it wasn't long
before Sir Cecil became disil-
lusioned with the way the PLP
had abandoned their pledge to
uplift the Bahamian democrat-
ic process. When he could no
longer stomach the dictatorial
and uncompromising way in
which the PLP were now con-
ducting themselves, he moved a
resolution of a vote of no confi-
dence against Premier and PLP
leader Lynden Pindling. Some
others such as Sir Arthur
Foulkes, Maurice Moore, etc,
stood with him. For this act of
defiance they would pay a ter-
rible price, but one they were
prepared to pay in such a rare
display of Bahamian patriotic
To begin with, several of the
dissident eight as they were
called had confided in me that
when they were leaving the
House of Parliament that day,
there was a real concern for
their personal safety because of
the "goon squad" that flour-
ished during the early years of
the PLP rule. Under threats of
violence, they had to make their
way through this harassing mob.
Thanks to a quick thinking
Inspector Fields, a dagger that
could have caused serious injury
thrown at Sir Cecil was deflect-
ed. After such an ordeal, Sir
Cecil never gave in and
returned to the PLP. To the
contrary, at the PLP conven-
tion he gave his "Free at last -
my soul is dancing" speech as
he tefidered his resignation
from the PLP with a resolve to
do what is best for the country
and not was best for himself.
Later, at a public rally at Lewis
Yard, Grand Bahama, this
resolve was put to the ultimate
test. In an unprovoked and
unsolicited attack, Sir Cecil
along with other "Freed PLPs
were savagely and brutally beat-
en by a goon squad mob with-
out any interruption by senior
police officers who were pre-
Despite olive branches that
were extended to him, Sir Cecil
never rejoined the PLP. His
resolve to do what was best for
the Bahamas never wavered.
For the next twenty years after
much trial and tribulations, Sir
Cecil worked tirelessly. He only
became stronger when his
adversaries spitefully and vin-
dictively attacked him. In 1990
when the overall feelings in the
Bahamas that the next election
would see Sir Cecil as Prime,
Minister, the good Lord called
him home from his labour in
the vineyard. Like Moses who
led the people of Israel in the
wilderness for forty years to the
land of milk and honey or like
Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr
who had been to the mountain
top and had seen the promise,
Sir Cecil endured the political

wilderness and never became
Prime Minister.
By a twist of faith, he handed;
the leadership of his party, the.
FNM to Hubert Alexander
Ingraham to continue his work
of uplifting Bahamian democ-
racy and restoring decency in',
the government of the
Bahamas. Like Sir Cecil, he too
was a former PLP chairman and
Cabinet Minister. He was fired;
and expelled from the PLE
along with Perry Gladstone.
Christie when he demanded:
that those implicated in the
Commission of Inquiry 1984 of,
corruption and drug smuggling,
be dismissed. Instead, he dis-
covered that the PLP had no
interest in improving its dis-'
graceful image as a corrupt,
drug smuggling institution, pos-
sibly, "whether they knew it or
not", even with mafia ties. For,,
his courageous act, Hubert
Ingraham like Sir Cecil was vil-
ified and vindictively attacked at
every opportunity. But, like the,
stone that the builder refused,
Hubert Ingraham went on to
become the head cornerstone
of the Bahamas in fulfilment of
Sir Cecil's dream. Sadly, Perry
Christie returned to the PLP
that some say was analogous to
a dog going back to its vomit.
What is most interesting at
the recent PLP convention, was
the return of Dr Bernard Not-
tage to the fold of the PLP.
Would that infamous bi-weekly
publication, "The Punch" now
refer to "BJ" as "Vomit #2"'?
At the leadership election at the
PLP's party convention*
between Dr Nottage and Perry
Christie when Sir Lynden was
relinquishing the post, Dr Not-
tage indicated in clear Bahami-,.
an English his absolute disgust
at the level of corruption and I
unacceptably disgraceful behav-
iour by some of the leadership
of the PLP. (Maybe he should:
listen to this speech again!)
Have things changed in the
PLP, Dr Nottage? Start with
the Sidney Stubbs issue.
This was a situation that Dr
Nottage could not morally tol-
erate, so much so that he left
the PLP and formed his own'
party, the. CDR, a move that
many applauded him for.
Regrettably, after others had
believed that Dr Nottage was'a
man with a backbone and fol-
lowed him to the CDR, froni
my point of view Dr Nottage
has put his tail between his legs
and returned to the PLP. Has
the PLP really changed, Di5
Nottage, or is it only your polit-
ical agenda that counts? Whait
about the people you led out of
the PLP, FNM, etc? Are you
now just going to abandon
them? Dr Nottage's return ti6
the PLP confirms from my way
of thinking that the Bahamas
has too few heroes who are will-
ing to stand up on principle.
After all, to some principles
don't pay bills!
November 22 2005



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Dr. James A. Constantakis
will be available by
appointment at the Sandyport
Walk In Medical Clinic
in addition to his current
location at
35 Collins Avenue.

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Adults to
blame for
says Wisdom

PetroCaribe deal to produce

'better conditions for all'

THE adult generation is to
blame for the lawless element
within the nation's youth
according to Minister of Youth,
Sports and Culture, Neville
Mr Wisdom said the most sig-
nificant hurdle faced by younger
people in the Bahamas is the
example provided older people.
"Young people did not invent
dishonesty, nor brought drugs
into the country. It didn't start
when they came," he said.
Mr Wisdom was speaking on
Sunday, November 20 at an
installation service for the Boys
Club of the Bahamas at the
Mount Calvary Baptist Church
on Baillou Hill Road.
The club was established in
1998 by its current president
Rev Samuel Rolle and now
boasts more than 2,000 mem-
There are 18 primary schools
and three junior high schools
involved in the programme.

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ONCE the National Energy
Corporation is formed, all
Bahamians will benefit from
the programme's national
development schemes, it was
claimed last night.
Interviewed by Michael Pin-
tard on Love 97's Issues of the
Day yesterday, Minister of
Trade and Industry Leslie
Miller said that once the
Bahamas forms the National
Energy Commission (NEC),
the corporation will hold back
on five cents per gallon of the
savings it gets from its deal
with Venezuela (through
PetroCaribe) to form the
National Economic Develop-
ment Fund (NEDF).
Under this fund, all expens-
es of the corporation, which is
currently being pegged at
under $500,000 per year for
eight "skilled workers", will be
paid directly out of the NEDF.
Mr Miller said with five cents
per gallon, the NEC is expect-
ed to gross $12.6 million per
year. Of this money, $6 million
will be placed into the Disaster
Relief Fund every year, and
will only be accessed once a
national disaster has been
A technical training pro-
gramme, or roadside garage
relocation, will take up $1.2
million, and remain constant
for the first three to five years.
After this, a gradual reduction
will take place as the demand
for the programme reduces.
"The school lunch pro-

gramme for underprivileged
children will receive a fixed
contribution of $924,000 a year.
For the eradication of outside
toilets throughout the
Bahamas, $924,000 will be
made available for a short-term
programme based on funding
levels, and should be complet-
ed in three years. Following
this, the funds will be relocated
thereafter," Mr Miller said.
For the development of
sports throughout the country,
a fixed figure of $616,000 a
year be used to maintain and
create parks and recreation
facilities. From this money,
honorary payments to medal

$12 million to set up funds for development,

disaster relief, training and recreation

winners at international meets
will also be paid, he said.
"Junkanoo will receive
$370,000 yearly to develop a
permanent site to house the
more prominent costumes in
an attempt to protect this vital
"The National Dance School
of Cultural Development, will
receive $250,000 per annum,
and that programme should run

for three to five years and then
be diluted as the school then
takes care of itself," he said.
Mr Miller said that, as a
result, Bahamians could then
"feel good" filling up at the
pumps, knowing where their
five cents contribution is going.
"Just imagine what $12.6
million year in and year out
can do for this country," Mr
Miller said.

* LESLIE Miller being interviewed by Michael Pintard
(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune staff)

Illegal DVDs still being sold

despite public warnings

Tribune Staff Reporter
DESPITE extensive public
announcements and warnings
about the sale and purchase
of illegal DVDs, peddlers are
reportedly still defying the
A number of persons have
contacted The Tribune to say
they have either seen illegal
DVD peddlers selling their
wares, or noticed activities
they suspect of being con-
nected with the trade.
Speaking with The Tribune,
commercial crimes chief ASP
Drexel Cartwright repeated
his warning to peddlers and
purchasers of illegal DVDs.
He said his unit has contin-
uing investigations into the
trade, and cautioned that any
person found selling copied
DVDs would be subject to
prosecution to the fullest
extent of the law.
In addition, he said, no per-
mits are being offered for per-
sons to sell DVDs on the
streets. All DVDs should be
purchased from legitimate
ASP Cartwright said sever-
al persons have been arrest-
ed for selling illegal DVDs,

and many others have been
He said the commercial
crimes unit is continuing its
efforts to eradicate all forms
of copyright law violation.
Persons found involved in
the sale of any counterfeit
goods are subject to arrest and
prosecution, he said.
Meanwhile, the US contin-
ues to be seriously concerned
that the Bahamas has not yet
enacted or implemented an
amendment to the Copyright
Act passed by parliament last
The Bahamas was removed
from the US' Priority Watch
List for counterfeit activities
and placed on Watch List sta-
In its Special 301 report for
2005, the US Trade Repre-
sentative Office gave the
Bahamas credit for passing the
The amendment narrows
the scope of the compulsory
licence regime for the recep-
tion and transmission of TV
programmes and films broad-
cast free over the air.
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The Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) invites applications from suitably qualified
persons to fill the position of Assistant General Manager Human Resources and Training. The
successful candidate will report directly to the General Manager. Candidates should have a
minimum of 15 years post graduate and relevant experience at senior management level.

Overview and Objectives

The Assistant General Manager Human Resources and Training will be responsible for
understanding the human capital needs of the corporation and optimizing the human
resource value provided to the organization. The objectives include:
* Preparing the current workforce for success in a cost-effective manner
* Anticipating and fulfilling the short and long term human resource needs of BEC
" Developing and maintaining the programs required to identify BEC's top performers
and weakest performers
" Effectively communicating the vision of BEC both internally and externally

Key Accountabilities and Measures:
* Develop and maintain employee records, in a confidential manner, that include all
information necessary to support the training, manpower planning, succession planning,
compensation, benefits, and performance evaluation programs for BEC
" Manage employee training to support business productivity and continuity
* Administer employee benefits in a cost-effective manner
* Provide employee relation services to keep the workforce productive and motivated
* Develop and maintain the manpower plan and succession plan
" Assist the organization with employee needs analysis and recruitment
" Monitor the implementation of collective bargaining agreements, including reviewing
recommendations for engagements, promotions, transfers, discipline, dismissals
" Assist the Labor Compliance officer in industrial relations matters and participate
in the collective bargaining process
* Create and manage BEC's public relations program and improve the impression of
BEC with customers, investors, and governmental authorities
* Effectively communicate the mission and actions of BEC to all employees
* Establish and maintain corporate policies and procedures relating to human resource
management and monitor compliance
" Develop relationships with key external constituents, including the media, to ensure
a positive message about BEC is conveyed to the public
" Develop, challenge, and evaluate subordinates
" Communicate effectively with superiors, subordinates, and peers

Applications along with resumes should be submitted by
Friday December 2, 2005 and addressed to:

The General Manager
Bahamas Electricity Corporation
Re: Assistant General Manager Human Resources
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social ills

By Bahamas Information
PRIME Minister Perry
Christie says his government
will tackle some of the social
ills affecting the country by pre-
serving key pieces of property
for the future recreational
enjoyment of all Bahamians.
Mr Christie said this should
help to reduce some of the neg-
ative impact previous decisions
with regards to planning and
land development, particularly
on the coastline areas, have had
on the social development of
the country's citizens.
Mr Christie said his Govern-
ment has either bought or is
negotiating to purchase almost
$50 million worth of land in
New Providence alone that will
be preserved for current and
future Bahamians and visitors
alike to enjoy at their leisure.
Addressing the opening of
the two-day Bahamas Nation-
al Geographic Information Sys-
tems Centre's GIS User Con-
ference, Mr. Christie said GIS
technology had "great social
implications to the wholesome
development of the country."

More research capacity

needed, says minister

Tribune Staff Reporter
MORE research into sci-
ence and technology is need-
ed in the Bahamas, according
to Health Minister Dr Mar-
cus Bethel.
Dr Bethel was speaking at
the official launch of the Dis-
aster Preparedness Resource
Materials and the Road Map
for the Advancement of Sci-
ence and Technology in the
Bahamas, held yesterday.
Mr Bethel said the devel-
opment of science and tech-
nology could provide many
benefits in the country that
"would improve the overall
standard of living of our peo-
"The use of science and
technology to accelerate eco-
nomic growth and social
change is certainly a critical
area that requires further
exploration and implementa-
tion in our country," he said.
"I am therefore pleased
today, to present a product
that was several years in the
making by the Science and
Technology Committee of the
Bahamas Environment, Sci-

ence and Technology (BEST)
This "road map" is intend-
ed to provide direction and
guidance for focusing and
accelerating national devel-
Dr Bethel said: "The Road
Map places emphasis on
building national and local
capacity within the field of sci-
ence and technology. It also
outlines the benefits of pro-
moting innovation and under-
taking the development and
advancement of science and
technology knowledge, capa-
bilities and systems, on a
broad, national scale."
Veronica Owens, parlia-
mentary secretary of the Min-
istry of Education, said the
compilation and production
of these instructional
resources are 100 per cent
"I am convinced that the
teachers and students in our
education system should be
provided with the knowledge
relative to individual disas-
ters," she said.
"They should be exposed
to simulated activities in our
schools, so that their under-

* DR Marcus Bethel

standing of these disasters and
their peculiar characteristics
may be enhanced."
Ms Owens said that the
Teacher's Manual places
emphasis on the more com-
mon natural and man-made
disasters characteristic to the
Bahamas and the Caribbean
"It was designed to teach
school children about disas-
ters and how to prepare for
them," she said. "Its objective

is to improve public educa-
tion on hazards, causing dis-
asters, disaster management,
and to increase the awareness
of teachers, their students, as
well as parents and members
of the community."
Beverly Taylor, assistant
director of the Ministry of
Education, said these manuals
wouldbe distributed through-
out the Caribbean and are
expected to be integrated into
the education system.

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Man is


with rape

and assault

A 21-YEAR-OLD Johnson
Terrace man accused of raping,
assaulting and threatening a 42-
year-old woman was arraigned
in Magistrate's Court yesterday.
It was alleged that Mark Tito
Rolle committed the offence on
Sunday, November 13.
It is also alleged that on thaf
same day, Rolle threatened-the
woman, putting her in fear of.
death and assaulting her with a
Rolle was also charged wiffi
stealing almost $2,000 worth of
goods from the victim's home,
including shoes, hats, an assort-
ment of clothing, and other perO'
sonal items.
Rolle, who appeared before
Magistrate Marilyn Meers at
Court Five, Bank Lane yester-'
day, was not required to enter a'
plea to the charges.
He was granted $10,000 bail
with two sureties. A prelimi-
nary inquiry was scheduled for
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Pair face

charges of
into shop

A 22-year-old Grove woman
and-a 31-year-old man were
charged with shopbreaking and
stealing more than $11,000
worth of clothing.
It was alleged that on Satur-
day, November 12, and Sunday,
November 13, Terrell McKen-
zie and Ryan Omar Butler
broke into Exquisite Cutz Hair
Salon and Boutique on Robin-
son Road.
It was also alleged that they
stole an assortment of clothing
valued at $11,376.
The two were also charged
with marijuana possession.
McKenzie and Butler were
arraigned before Magistrate
Susan Sylvester at Court 11 on
Nassau Street yesterday.
Butler was represented by
lawyer Ian Cargill, but McKen-
zie was not represented.
They both pleaded not guilty
to the charges.
Butler was granted $6,000
bail and McKenzie was granted
$3,500 bail.
The case was adjourned to
April 6 2006.


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Miller attacks 'colonial'

attitudes to business

Tribune Staff Reporters
against local manufactures
is the direct result of the
"colonialist" mindset that
still exists in the Bahamas,
said Minster of Trade and
Industry Leslie Miller.
Speaking on the Love97
radio talk show Issues of the
Day with Michael Pintard
yesterday, Minster of Trade
and Industry Leslie Miller
said: "Importers and dis-
tributors have never sup-
ported local manufactur-
"It's economic discrimi-
nation against both black
and white Bahamians," he
said. "For example, there are
several window manufac-
tures in this country that
produce the best windows to
be found anywhere in the
"Yet the Ministry of
Housing, that is doing all
these Wonderful things in
housing, has yet to purchase
one single window from the
local mantifacturers. Ancd I
lave a serious problem with
that," Mr Miller said.
He said that the govern-
ment must "take the lead"
in assisting local and small
Bahamian men and women
in becoming entrepreneurs
in their own country.
Mr Miller admitted that
most of the time, his own
ministry does not purchase
Bahamian manufactured
"I would say to you nine
out of 10 times, they would
not," he said. "You have to
realise how the system
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those persons who are in the
system has no faith in local
"But it's the old adage, that if
it ain't come from over the bar
it ain't no good. Bahamians are
incapable of producing anything
of quality, even our children as
far as they are concerned It's a
mindset from colonialism."
Mr Miller said stated this
mindset needs to be changed to

allow for the integration of
Bahamian products.
"I've been fighting with them
for the past 30 years and they
won't do it. Because in their
minds in their own little minds,
they believe that a foreign prod-
uct is better than a Bahamian
"They believe that a foreign-
er has more brains in the their
heads than a Bahamian, except

when you bring in the foreign
worker," he said.
"Then these same people in
the Ministry of Works and oth-
er areas raise hell that you're
bringing people to do these
same jobs that they can do, and
yet they discriminate against
each other and the small man in
this country. They have always
done so, and it needs to
changed," he said.

* LESLIE Miller

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to host conference

FRIENDS of the Environ-
ment is hosting the
second Abaco Science Alliance
Conference in Marsh Harbour
on Thursday, January 5, to
Sunday, January 8, 2006.

The topic is "A Conference
to share scientific knowledge
of Abaco and the Bahamian
The purpose is to provide a
forum for the networking of

researchers and the sharing of
scientific knowledge in and
around Abaco.
"We hope to encourage
more research in the area for
educational purposes and to


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St Andrew's School, The International School of The Bahamas, an authorized International Baccalaureate
(IB) World School, invites applications from qualified and experienced Bahamian candidates for the
following teaching vacancies, with effect from August 2006. Full information regarding the school may
be found at its website:
Candidates should be qualified teachers who possess the necessary academic qualifications for the position(s)
for which they apply, including a teaching qualification and a bachelor's degree, and normally need to have
a minimum of two years successful school-based experience. Desirable qualifications, in addition to those
specified for individual posts, are that teachers have successful experience in an independent and/or
international school and an advanced degree. Applications from candidates able to coach team sports or
advise school clubs and activities are particularly welcomed. Secondary (i.e. middle and upper) school
teachers will be expected to undertake the responsibility of a homeroom.
Please note that applications received from non-Bahamian candidates will not be considered at this time,
although permanent residents with the right to work are invited to submit their papers for future consideration.
Applications from candidates living outside The Commonwealth of The Bahamas will not be acknowledged
or considered at this stage of the recruiting process. If the school is unable to recruit any position locally,
it will advertise internationally in January.
The school is authorized to teach the Primary Years Programme (PYP) of the International Baccalaureate
Organization. Candidates for all posts in the primary school should be committed to the principles of, and
preferably trained in, the PYP. Applications are warmly welcomed from teachers who are committed to
an inquiry-based pedagogy but who have not yet had the opportunity to teach in a PYP school.
Homeroom teachers: Class sizes range between 15 and 20.
Primary school music
Candidates must be fully qualified and have successful teaching experience at all years from pre-reception
to six. They must also have successful experience in organizing primary school music and drama
The school offers its own middle years programme in years seven through nine and the BGCSE in years
10 and 11 (grades 9,and 10), The school is authorized to teach the Diploma Programme (DP) of the
International Baccalaureafe Organization in years 12 and 13 (grades 11 and 12).
Spanish and French: Candidates should be familiar with the ACTFL standards and able to work as a
contributing member of a school-wide team. They must be qualified to teach to pre-university level and
be familiar with the demands of the International Baccalaureate diploma programme.
Biology: Candidates for this post must be qualified to teach biology to pre-university level and be familiar
with the demands of the International Baccalaureate diploma programme. Candidates should also be able
to offer either chemistry or physics at BGCSE/IGCSE level.
Chemistry: Candidates for this post must be qualified to teach chemistry to pre-university level and be
familiar with the demands of the International Baccalaureate diploma programme. Candidates should also
be able to offer either biology or physics to BGCSE/IGCSE level.
Mathematics: Candidates for this post must be qualified to teach to pre-university level and be familiar
with the demands of the International Baccalaureate diploma programme. Successful experience in teaching
calculus to AP and/or IB level is preferred for this post. Successful BGCSE/IGCSE and SAT 1/SAT II
experience is also desirable.
Economics and accounts : Candidates must be familiar with current computer applications theory and
practice and should also be qualified to teach business studies and economics to pre-university level They
should also be familiar with the demands of the International Baccalaureate diploma programme. Successful
BGCSE or IGCSE experience is desirable.
Drama: Candidates should be able and willing to teach up to IB theatre arts level and possibly coordinate
musical and drama productions throughout the secondary school.
Middle school home room and core teachers: Middle level educational qualifications, experience working
with early adolescents and a familiarity with the philosophy of middle schools are required from applicants
for these posts. Applicants may also be required to teach BGCSE courses up to year 11.
At least two of the successful applicants will have documented successful experience in teaching English
in years 7 to 9 and will be able to offer English and one of the following PSE; IT & ICA; art; drama -
possibly to BGCSE level.
Another successful applicant will have documented successful experience in teaching general science in
years 7 to 9 and will be able to offer any combination of biology, chemistry and physics at BGCSE level.
If he/she could also teach mathematics that would be useful.
Mathematics and special needs (part time post): Candidates must have successful experience in teaching
in both areas.
NB: One successful candidate from all the posts offered will be able to offer the teaching of the
Theory of Knowledge course at IB diploma level. Another will be able to offer the teaching of
psychology at IB diploma level.
Interested candidates should apply to the school's principal, Mr Dennison MacKinnon, by letter, email or
fax as soon as possible. All applications MUST include the following:
letter of application
a personal statement detailing the candidate's educational philosophy
a full curriculum vitae,
either the names, addresses, telephone numbers, fax and email numbers of three people who
may be approached for confidential professional references or the name and address of the
recruiting agency from which the candidate's confidential dossiers may be obtained.
Information on the teaching posts offered may be obtained from the heads of the schools by email or fax
Frank Coyle, Head of the secondary school:
Fax (1242)3240816

Sharon Wilson, Head of the primary school:
Fax (1242)3240816

D J MacKinnon
St Andrew's School
PO Box EE 17340

Fax: (1 242) 364 1654
The closing date for applications is 16th December 2005. Applications from unqualified candidates,
applications arriving without the full information requested, applications from outside The Commonwealth
of The Bahamas or applications received after this date will not be considered.

stimulate the use of these find-
ings in local environmental
management decisions," said a
Some of the presentations
will be:
Response of wintering
Kirtland's Warblers to patch
dynamics: an emerging view of
Kirtland's Warbler winter habi-
tat use in The Bahamas: Joseph
M. Wunderle, Jr., Dave Cur-
rie, and David N. Ewert
Restoration of Cross Har-
bour Sound Creek: A model
project for integration of sci-
ence and education: Craig A.
Layman D. Albrey Arring-
Paleoclimatic significance
of sediment records from The
Bahamas: Kenneth H. Orvis,
Sally P. Horn, and Henri D.
Fire history from Bahami-
an sediments and tree rings:
Sally P. Horn, Henri D. Grissi-
no-Mayer, Kenneth H. Orvis,
Allison J. Stork, David N.
West, Alison C. Miller, and
Daniel L. Lewis
Pollen analysis at West
Pond, Abaco Island, The
Bahamas: Allison J. Stork, Sal-
ly P. Horn, and Kenneth H.
Direct and indirect effects
of fire on the ecology of
Bahamian pineyards: Joseph J.
O'Brien, Ph.D.
The conference will begin
with a welcome reception at
the Conch Inn on Thursday,
January 5. Presentations will
begin on Friday 9am to 5pm at
New Visions Hall and will con-
tinue through Saturday 9am to
A field trip to Little Harbour
is scheduled for Saturday after-
noon. The closing reception
will be at Snappas on Saturday
evening. An all-day field trip
to Hole-In-The Wall is sched-
uled for Sunday.
For further information con-
tact Friends of the Environ-
ment at Tel 242-367-2721.





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SINCE the political conventions of the past two weeks, the
electioneering machines of both political parties are now
gearing up for the charge ahead.
To counteract any political momentum the PLP may have
built during their convention, the FNM orchestrated a
follow-up rally to remind the wider populace of their
contributions in government, to neutralise any PLP thrust
and to highlight promises that the PLP have failed to deliver.
(Dion Foulkes).
Under the pretence of a rally set to welcome Hubert
Ingraham back to the leadership, the FNM event was an
incisive political play geared towards appealing to the people
and their emotions in a face-to-face setting or, as we say,
straight from the horse's mouth.
As with the political culture here, Bahamians should now
look forward to seeing their representatives for the first time
in nearly five years.
Not counting the prospect of an early election, there is
about one year and six months left before the 2007 election.
As many Bahamians are aware, now that many
self-seeking politicians on both sides of the divide need their
votes, their doorbells will be singing the music of desperation
and their doors knocked off their hinges by sudden visitors.
Just like that Phil Stubbs song 'Potcake', they only know you
when they need you.
During this Yuletide season, many Bahamians should look
forward to receiving Christmas cards from their MPs and
potential candidates.
In an effort to sway the public's vote for a card and some
meat, even those MPs that did not send Christmas cards, a
ham and a turkey for the past three and a half years will
suddenly begin! Take their hams, take their turkeys, just
know their motives and vote with your conscience.
Now that electioneering has begun, the public must
remember those MPs and ministers who they may have voted
for but then forgot them after they attained public office.
In addition to judging them based on some of their dismal
records, remember trying to contact them at their offices and
hearing the usual he/she is out to lunch, he/she is in a meeting
or some other excuse given to duck you.
For the public, this is their time to return the favour by
posting a sign on their doors stating that they are out to lunch,
in a meeting or not at home today (although they are).
This is their time to let the power of their votes resonate
throughout this country!
A COB lecturer said: "Personally, if I have not seen my
MP in almost five years, and I haven't, I would not open my
door when they come to my doorstep frantically seeking the
most powerful tool I have.
"I'm not gullible enough to throw my vote behind an MP
that probably didn't serve my community right, and now
suddenly pretending to want to serve now that the election is
in the upswing. Wasn't he the bold, biggitty one that did not
have a care in the world before?"
Admittedly, there are those standout MPs who are the
exception. Mother Pratt, Obie Wilchcombe and Fred Mitchell
can always be seen in their neighbourhoods distributing
supplies and interacting with their constituents.







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* By Bahamas Information
LONDON, England The
relationship between the
Bahamas and Great Britain
remains intact despite the clo-
sure of the British High Com-
mission in Nassau, says The
Bahamas High Commissioner
to the United Kingdom, His
Excellency Basil O'Brien.
;High Commissioner O'Brien
addressed the issue of
Bahamas-British relations dur-
ing an interview at the Bahamas
High Commission, No.10
Chesterfield Street on Wednes-
In July, the British Govern-
ment closed its offices in the
Bahamas, citing economic rea-
sons. The High Commission in
Jamaica has been designated,
oversight for The Bahamas.
"The relations between the
Bahamas and Britain should not
be coloured in any way by the
closure of the High Commis-
sion," said Mr O'Brien, who has
been posted for six years.
"Because whether we like it or
not, the United Kingdom is still
a world power."
British Prime Minister Tony
Blair is current president of the
European Union, and of the G8
countries comprising the United
Kingdom, France, United
States, Russia, Germany, Japan,
Italy, and Canada.
"Relations between the two
countries are extremely good,"
Mr O'Brien said. "It was an
economic decision which was
made and they could get better
returns trade wise and political
from opening missions in areas
that were virgin territories."
. Nevertheless, he felt that the
British made a "grave mistake"
io closing its High Commission

in the Bahamas, because the
attitude of Bahamians towards
them is very positive.
"In my view, they ignored the
value of not showing the flag,"
Mr O'Brien said. "The trade
figures might not be what they
ought to be at the time, but
there is potential for growth and
for changing things."
He also noted that the differ-
ence between the Bahamas and
other countries is that "we have
never gotten into begging diplo-
macy. We never have our hands
Mr O'Brien also commented
on the safety of Bahamians liv-
ing and studying in London
since the July 7 2005 bombings
on three underground trains. A
fourth exploded on a bus in
Tavistock Square. Fifty-six per-
sons were killed, including the
four suspected bombers, and
hundreds more injured.
"The attitude of the British
at the time of bombing was
quite different to that of the
Americans, who were devastat-
ed by the terrorist attacks on
September 11, 2001," Mr
O'Brien said.
He explained that Britain has
been bombed for years, dating
back to World War II, and dur-
ing the dispute with the Irish.
The morning after the July
bombings, commuters went
about their normal routine, he
Many Bahamians still visit
London and throughout the
UK, he said, adding that
approximately 500 students are
studying in London.
"So when you compare Lon-
don with New York or other
places in the Caribbean where
other Bahamians are, there are
violence and potential terror-
ism everywhere," he said.


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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama Insur-
ance Management (Bahamas) Limited,
along with Summit Insurance, Algoma
Adjusters and GAB Robins donated a
cheque for $10,000 to the Salvation Army.
Captain Chris Matthis of the Salvation
Army accepted the cheque on Thursday,
November 24.
"We, collectively, have been deeply
involved with all three hurricanes that have
devastated Grand Bahama over the past
"It saddens us to know that so many of
our brothers and sisters have lost their
homes and in some cases, all of their pos-
sessions last year and as a result of Hurri-
cane Wilma", said James Carey, branch
manager of Insurance Management.
"As you well know, in the insurance
industry, we have had to settle millions of
dollars in claims as a result of the storms,"
Mr Carey said.
"Working together, IMB settled claims as
quickly and painlessly as possible to assist
with the rebuilding of so many lives. But, we
also know that many did and do not have
"These are the people we are reaching
out to today. We recognise that these fam-
ilies need to get out of the temporary hous-

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IMB and GAB Robins

ing situations they may find themselves in,
and also acquire some immediate personal
needs they may now be without as a result
of fleeing their homes during the storm," he
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with his supporters in Freeport.
He is expected to leave on Satur-
He has promised that the Free
National Movement will bring
real "hope and help" to Grand
Bahama, which is currently expe-
riencing its highest level of unem-
ployment in the last 20 years.
He is very confident that
Grand Bahama would come fully


back into the FNM fold at the
next general election.
"I am excited, enthusiastic and
I have every confidence that
Grand Bahama will be FNM
country again next time," he said.
Mr Ingraham said their mission
is to roll the PLP out of office
and bring real help and hope to
the people of Grand Bahama who

are suffering following three
major storms.
He said the FNM has planned
a mass rally on December 2 in
Grand Bahama, where he would
address issues such as the hurri-
cane relief and reconstruction and
economy in Grand Bahama. He
would also touch on the govern-
ment's recent agreement with the
public service.
Mr Ingraham said the rallies
will be carried live on several pri-
vate radio stations, including Cool
96. 94.5 Radio Abaco and Love
He said the following weeks
rallies will be held in Marsh Har-

bour, Abaco and George Town,
Mr Ingraham said the PLP gov-
ernment is an incompetent and
ineffective government that talk a
lot and do very little.
"That is what the Bahamian
people elected. They may be a
little more productive now that I
lead the opposition because they
are scared and running around
like wet rats."
"Our priority at the moment is
to roll the PLP out of office and
get all the job of reconstruction
and restoration, creation of jobs,
investment opportunities and bet-
ter schools for children to learn

and teachers can teach," he said.
Freeport lawyer Fred Smith
said Mr Ingraham's return has
brought an injection of lifeblood
back into the FNM.
"I think it is going to encour-
age, exhilarate and energise the
FNM to focus on winning the
government and getting rid of the
PLP government, and begin to
again changing the landscape of
the Bahamas back to what the
FNM was creating before the
PLP just drop the ball," he said.
Former West End and Bimini
MP David Wallace thinks that
Mr Ingraham's return as leader
is the best thing that could have

happened for the FNM in the,.
next elections.
"I think the call for Mr Ingra-
ham was quite loud and clear. His,
record of accountability and
transparency and what he did to
the government as it relates to
restoring the economy, and
restoring the good name of the
Bahamas, I think every sensible
thinking Bahamian knows of his
accomplishments and would like
to see those days again.
"I am proud to stand shoulder
with Mr Ingraham as he bid to
become the first prime minister to
repeat and go back as prime min-
ister," Mr Wallace said.

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FNM leader's comments

'taken out of context'

FROM page one

scurrilous and defamatory remarks against me.
"I believe no one else, not in this place, no one else in this
country has ever called me a non-Bahamian."
He went even further to say that Mr Ingraham's remarks
"were not only unparliamentary, but false and cowardly
because the honourable member refused to stand and do it on
the floor."
However, Mr Ingraham noted that the article in The Tribune
did not cover both sides and only carried remarks by made Mr
"I am not criticising the story, but a complaint was made
about something I said and the article doesn't say what it is that
I said and the reporter only carried what was said by Mr
"In the House yesterday before I left, the MP for Mount
Moriah I believe said that they were going to spill my blood in
here, or that blood will be spilled in here. And I retorted to
him 'no Bahamian blood would be spilt in this place," he
Mr Ingraham felt that the remark made about blood being
spilled was very "unBahamian".
"We are a democracy and we had many things happen in the
Bahamas the PLP beat UBP, the FNM beat the PLP, and
we have had all sorts of different opinions voiced in this coun-
try and we have not had blood shed.
"And the fact that I have returned as leader of the FNM, and
leader of the Opposition as of Monday...doesn't mean that
blood is to be shed.
"I think it is 'unBahamian' to even consider or conceive that
blood could be shed just because the opposition has elected
Hubert Ingraham to be its leader and the alternative to the
prime minister of the PLP government," Mr Ingraham said.
"So that's the context in which the comment was made
about no Bahamian blood would be shed because it is unBa-
hamian," he said.


Bahamians of Haitian descent

FROM page one

insult, said Mr Regnier.
"'Haitian' today is a cuss word, it is used to humiliate people," he
Mr Regnier pointed out that although there are many Bahami-
ans today whose families originated from Haiti, he understands that
they would be reluctant to stand by those roots.
"I do not fault them, being called a Haitian carries very negative
connotations in Bahamian society," he said.
The human rights activist said that he also does not blame peo-
ple in the public forum, such as politicians, for denying their Hait-
ian background.
"It's about self-preservation, I can understand that. In this climate;
it has negative implications on your career if you say you're Hait-
ian," he said.
Mr Regnier added that it is ignorance on behalf of Haitian history
which causes the negative perception of that country's people. ,
"I am proud to be Haitian, I am in no way ashamed. I know the
historical facts about Haiti, I know that Haiti was a victim of cir-"
cumstances and that it is only the poverty factor which makes
ignorant Bahamians look down on Haitians.," he said.
Mr Regnier said that although this state of ignorance is a "very
sad" testament to a modem Bahamas, he is sure that the situation
will change in the near future.

Ground is

broken for

new Straw

FROM page one

The September 2001
blaze began in the Straw
Market around 3pm, and
quickly spread to neigh-
bouring businesses destroy-
ing in its path the Straw
Market, the Ministry of
Tourism offices; Beaumont
House and Colony Place
among other stores.
As a result in October of
2001, vendors were relocat-
ed to the former Bay Street
parking lot of the Bahamas
Electricity Corporation and
put under a big tent, which
has until now served as a
temporary location for the
Speaking to the press in
September of this year, four
years after the initial fire,
Tourism Minister Obie
Wilchcombe said that the
reconstruction of the straw
market was still in the
"The straw market and
the vendors for the business
persons are invaluable to
our number one industry,"
said Mr Wilchcombe.
"When we market the
Bahamas we tell of what is
uniquely Bahamian and the
straw market is uniquely
The government, he
added, "fully understands
the need for a straw mar-
ket and we're looking for-
ward to the new facility. We
do appreciate the fact that
(vendors) have shown a
tremendous degree of dex-
terity by staying in there
and delivering the service
that people expect."
Yesterday Mr Roberts
could not estimated when
construction of the new
facility would begin or
when it would be complet-

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Man wanted for

questioning in

connection with

murder reports
to the CDU

FROM page one

with their investigations.
Mr Bissainthe was reportedly
shot and killed at his home on
Faith Avenue south on Octo-
ber 29.
He was the nation's 45th mur-
der victim for the year.s
Two men have been charged
in Magistrate's Court in con-
nection with Mr Bissainthe's
death 27-year-old Van Fran-
cisco Juste, and 30-year-old
Smith Charitable.



FROM page one

high cost of gasoline and the
consequent large electricity
bills, have not only affected The
Tribune, but all of our suppliers,
making the decision to increase
our price unavoidable.
However, The Tribune is
committed to maintaining its
high standard of unbiased
reporting and will keep its read-
ers fully informed on both the
local and foreign scenes.
"As the nation's first daily
newspaper with the largest cir-
culation, we are sorry to have to
increase our cover price," said-
Tribune publisher Eileen C-
ron. But she reminded readers
that the paper is probably still
the best buy in the country for.
75 cents. "Even a soda, a choco-
late bar or a cup of coffee will,
cost you more," she said.
The Tribune thanks its read-'
ers and advertisers for their loy-
al support over the years and
hopes it will be able to gie.
them even better service in the


shot in

robbery dies

in hospital

FROM page one

selves in the event that they are
victims of armed robberies.
He said police do not rec-
ommend that citizens try to
take the law into their own
"We do not recommend
they take any action. When
persons are armed with
weapons, it can become a
lethal and fatal situation. Per-
sons take a big risk when they
try to fight off criminals. We
suggest that in these matters,
persons comply with the wish-
es of the gunman, so as not to
risk their lives."

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A HOSPITAL putting on a
concert is a very unusual
thing, but that is exactly what
Doctors Hospital did recently.
This usually straight-laced
group took time out to relax
and unwind with a concert
dubbed "An Evening of
The event, held in the hos-
pital's conference room, is the
latest of several initiatives
launched by the administra-
tion aimed at boosting
employee morale.
The line-up for the show
consisted of a few talented
members of the staff as well
as some invited guest artists.
Among the artists was local
teen heart-throb Rashad
Davis'who opened the show
with a light jazz selection.
Antoine Cunningham, win-
ner of the Bahamas Shinning
Star Competition also took
to the 'stage
The hospital is celebrating
its 50th anniversary this year,
and its annual award ceremo-
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The family would like to extend our gratitude to our
relatives, friends and organizations that prayed,
expressed sympathy, provided assuring words,
telephoned, visited and offered gestures of kindness
during our time of bereavement. May the life he lived
speak for him, and may God continue to bless you.

The Tynes Family




Of Village Road, Nassau, The Bahamas, who died at The Princess Margaret
Hospital, Nassau on Wednesday, 23rd November, 2005.

A Memorial Service will be held for Mr. Brown at Christ Church Cathedral,
George Street, Nassau on Saturday, 3rd December, 2005.

Time of Service and other information will be announced at a later date.

Mr. Brown is survived by his brother, Mr. Donald Venn Brown and his wife, Mrs.
Mercedes Brown; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Pauline Simpson and Mrs. Grace Margaret
Simpson and many other relatives and friends.

Instead of flowers, friends who wish may make a donation to The Bahamas Red
Cross Society, P.O. Box N. 8331, Nassau, Bahamas in memory of Mr. David
Henry Brown.

Arrangements are by Kemp's Funeral Home Limited, 22 Palmdale Avenue, Nassau,
The Bahamas Telephone 393-2022.

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Farewell parade for Dame Ivy

8 PRISON officers inspected by the Governor General

M PRISON officers at the RBDF base during the parade for the Governor General
(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune staff)

* CUSTOM Officers inspected by the Governer General.

A PARADE of Royal
Bahamas Defence Force offi-
cers, prison officers and customs
officers was held yesterday at
the RBDF base at Coral Har-

bour to mark the departure of 30. During the parade Dame-
Governor General Dame Ivy Ivy inspected the officers, and.
Dumont. was treated to a display b .
Dame Ivy is to step down square-bashing by the units iat
from her office on November the base.

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Vol. i Issue i

Hello team hits the road

BTC says"Allo," to Betty Vedrine, the company's
new Hello Haiti spokesperson. Keep a sharp look
Dut for Betty, as you are likely to see and hear a
lot more from her in the months ahead.
Betty is said to be very popular among the
Bahamas'Creole population as she speaks French,
Creole and Spanish fluentlyShe was born in New
Providence and attended Our Ladies Primary
School before moving on to Aquinas College until
high school graduation.She attended the College

of The Bahamas where she completed an
Associates Degree in Banking and French before
doing her Bachelors Degree in French and Spanish
at the University of Concordia in Montreal Canada.
Betty currently works as a reporter, but has a
dream of someday owning and operating
her own school where she hopes to tutor both
Bahamians and Haitian nationals living in
The Bahamas.
This vivacious, strong communicator is well suited
to her role as spokesperson because she really

enjoys meeting aid talking with people of all "I'm also noticing that people are getting to
nationalities. She says she is particularly excited know me," she admitted with a smile,"I am
to be the BTC's pdint person for the Creole always ready to point out the advantages of using
speaking sector o4 the community."I admire the Hello Phone card."Betty has a packed tight
people who are willing to do what they must to appearance schedule; with guest spots on many
overcome adversity.That is true for Haitians, of the country's Creole radio talk shows and
Cubans, Jamaicanr and Bahamians alike.And has many other planned guest appearances.
because they still have loved ones in theirnfative I was very pleased to be selected to represent
countries who wait to hear from them regularly, BTC. I am excited that the Hello Card has been
the Hello Phone Card is a great way to do that designed to give back to all of BTC's pre-paid
with the added bonus of getting something extra phone card customers."
in return!" i

KAREN WELLS Karen "Hello Bahamas"spokesperson, attended
Queen's College from reception to high school
"Hello,"is definitely the word on the lips of Karen graduation. Currently a Data Processor at a time-
Wells these days. She Is one of the official share facility, her ultimate career goal is to earn
spokespersons for the Hello long distance phone a position in executive management.To assist
card. As attractive as the cards she represent and with facilitating her dream, Karen is currently
as much in demand, Karen is currently making completing Ba~helors of Arts degree in Business
appearances throughout the Bahamas to Administration & Management with Sojourner
promote"Hello'the long distance phone card Douglas College.
that gives back.

Karen says as a young girl, she also dreamed of
landing a modeling contract with one of the New
York Model Agenciesiand actually attended an
open casting in 1998.ilt's small wonder then that
she seems so comfortable having her face on
banners, posters and blig board signs everywhere
as one of th&~ kespiersQns for BTC's Hello Long
Distance Phone Card.l"I'm really excited,"she
admitted,"People are recognizing me more and
more everyday. I've heard a lot of positive

comments about the card.l think people
really like that they have a chance to win prizes
even when they are buying something they
need anyway."

Jandilee Curry shakes hands with Peter Roker, Bargain
City owner, Carmichael Road.

BTC Direct Sales Team
Driving down the Carmichael Road strip it is hard
not to notice the vibrantly coloured banners with
the word,"HELLO" emblazoned across the canvas.
They can be seen hanging from every available
pole, fence, booth, railing, wood block and/or any
column that can support them.
This profusion of colour is a result of the efforts
of The Bahamas Telecommunications Company's
Direct Sales Team. Jandilee"Jenny from the Block"
Curry, BTC Senior Associate and her team are
actively forging partnerships with vendors and
wholesalers throughout The Bahamas."We are
meeting with company owners and suggesting
ways that BTC can enhance their businesses," said
Ms Curry.

JandileeCurry and her direct sales team, pays a visit to Kevin Miller owner/operator of Off da Chain, Carmichael Road.

She explained that the Hello Phone Card has
replaced the Bahamas Direct Pre-Paid Phone Card
and that BTC is excited that the brand new Hello
concept is catching on like wild fire.
Ms Curry said its important that the re-sellers
communicate that the card enables customers
to make both local and international long distance
calls from any medium,"be it a pay phone, cell
phone home or office touch-tone telephone in
the Bahamas."The card can also be used abroad
to make long distance calls to The Bahamas from
Canada, USA, Switzerland and the UK.
"We are blazing a new trail in the pre-paid phone
card arena,"she stated."As a bonus to our valued
customers BTC has added a"Scratch n'Win" strip
to the back of each card."This feature gives each
customer the opportunity to win a prize with

every card they buy."And," she added with a
smile,"one very lucky customer will win the
Grand Prize of a Ford Escape. But what I really like
is the fact that these cards will give a contribution
to three (3) deserving charities in the Bahamas:
YEAST,The AIDS Foundation and The Ranfurly
Home For Children."
Jenny and her team arelout there making it quite
easy to purchase and d stribuite the new Hello
Long Distance Phone qard.The card can be
purchased at all BTC CTOs and from-approved
vendors and wholesalers located throughoutThe
Bahamas."The cards are available in
denominations of $5, $10 and $20,and can be
re-charged at any BTC CTO in Nassau, Grand
Bahama, and in the Family Islands." Ms.Curry
stated that the minimum to recharge a phone
card is $5 and that customers need only produce

the serial number at the time of the transaction.
She said that these are some of the points that
"we make sure or vendors and wholesalers
Ms Curry says that the response to the new card
has been excellent."We've signed up a lot on new
persons. Our vendors and wholesalers are
important to us and we are committed and will
always be on call for them."
If you would like to be a reseller of this phone
card, please feel free to contact Jenny at
424-5174, she would be more than happy to
sign you up.

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Mr Paswell Gibson said his
wife needs the money more than
he does, "because she is two
months pregnant".
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frequents the KFC Express in the
Mall at Marathon or KFC Oakes
Field, his winning receipt was
drawn at the Saunders Beach
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winners had to say:
Montanez Jones "I eat at
KFC at least twice a week and
mostly visit Robinson Road, but I
normally don't place my receipt
in the drop box as I usually go
through the drive-through but this
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"When I got the call from Ms
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Jarmaine Knowles "I
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bara Bain Ms Cooper plans to
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mother and Ms Bain says she's
spending every penny on herself!
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ping spree and thanks to the KFC
Jackpot promotion, now she can
afford to do so.
S Sharon Carey Her initial
reaction was of shock and sur-
prise and also thought it was a

prank call. "This is Really a Bless-
ing," she said, adding plans to put
all of her money into her savings
Vestra Adderley Ms
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prayed to receive some money to
help her meet her bills.
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of the winnings to her church -
the Voice of Deliverance and
then pay some of her bills. "God
is so awesome," she said.
Lavonda Silvera She also
prayed for some money to help
her with her bills and said she was
overwhelmed with excitement
when she received the call from
KFC's Mall at Marathon location.
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Natasha Major She could
only say "Thank you, Thank you,
Thank you!" She plans to do
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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, tech-
nique, versatility of chosen song, program choice and
presentation of final performance. The choir categories
include ladies, men, mixed voice, youth and groups of
choirs. The competition will commence with prelimi-
naries in October and finals in November and Decem-
ber. One group will be eliminated each Saturday. The
selection of the winning choir is scheduled to take place
at the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on December
10, at 6pm at Festival Place.

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

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

Wild Jungle, each and every Wednesday night @ Club
Trappers, Nassau's "upscale" gentleman's club. Fea-
turing 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 (Bac-
ardi) Giveaways and door prizes every week.

Saturday Night Live every Saturday night @ Club Flu-
id, Bay St. The biggest party of the week, pumping all
your favourite hits all night long. Ladies in free before
11pm. Strict security enforced.

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

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

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

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

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

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 11pm, $15 after; Guys $20 all night.

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

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

Dicky Mo's @ Cable Beach. Flavoured Fridays Happy Sheldon Saint will be hosting an exhibition Friday,
Hour, every Friday. Drink specials: Smirnoff Kamikaze December 2, at Ristorante Villaggio, Caves Village,
Shots, $1; Smirnoff Flavoured Martinis, 2 for $10; West Bay Street from 5pm to 9pm.
Smirnoff Flavoured Mixed Drinks, 3 for $10. Bahami-
an Night (Free admission) every Saturday with live Furniture by Margot Bethel and jewellery by Nadia
music from 8 pm to midnight. Karaoke Sundays from Campbell will be on display Friday, December 9, at
8pm to midnight, $1 shots and dinner specials all night PopopStudios Gallery, Dunmore Lane, Chippingham
long. from 6:30pm 9:30pm
Twisted Boodah Lounge @ Cafe Segafredo, Charlotte ART INTERNATIONAL, featuring the work of nine
St kicks off Fridays at 6pm with deep house to hard Bahamian artists, five well known artists from the UK,
house music, featuring CraigBOO, Unkle Funky and one from South Africa and one from Zimbabwe will be
Sworl'wide on the decks. held gratis, of the Guaranty Bank, Lyford Manor, just
Chill Out Sundays @ Coco Loco's, dyport, from outside the Lyford Cay gates. The exhibition will be
Chill Out Sundays @ Coco Locos, Sandyport, from open to the public Saturday, November 26; 11am- 4pm.
4pm-until, playing deep, funky chill moods with world 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 numer-
Sweet Sunday Chill Out Soiree Lounge, every Sunday, ous exhibitions. Representing the Bahamas will be;
4pm-midnight @ Patio Grille, British John Beadle; Lillian Blades; John Cox; Claudette Dean;
Colonial Hotel. Tyrone Ferguson; Bo Sigrist Guirey; Nora Smith, Dor-
man Stubbs and Rupert Watkins. Lady Connery, Sir
Wet Sundays, every Sunday, noon-midnight @ Crystal Sean's wife, has kindly agreed to open the exhibition.
Cay Beach. Admission $10, ladies free. She is an exceptional artist, and will be exhibiting one of

TooLooSe @ Indigo Restaurant on West Bay St and her paintings.
Skyline Drive. Singer/songwriter Steven Holden per- The Central Bank of the Bahamas is hosting its 22nd
forms solo with special guests Thursday from 9pm Annual Art Competition and Exhibition. The works are
midnight. on display until December. The National Art Gallery of
the Bahamas (NAGB) will be hosting a series of work-
The Graham Holden Deal @ The Green Parrot....David shops throughout November. Persons interested in
Graham, Steve Holden, Tim Deal and Friends per- attending any of the sessions should contact the NAGB.
form Sunday, 7pm 10pm @ Hurricane Hole on Par-
adise Island. The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB)
will be hosting a series of workshops throughout

November. Pers6ns interested in attending any of the
sessions should contact the NAGB.

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

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

The Nassau Music Society would like to remind the
public of the concerts that will take place for their:
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 cel-
lists 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 Per-
forming Arts (Full orchestra conducted by Yuri Bash-
met). There will be a lunchtime concert for children and
an evening concert for adults. February 26 @ Old Fort
Bay Club, Buckners private residence (Quintet). Feb-
ruary 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.

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. Din-
ner is provided and free blood sugar, blood pressure and
cholesterol testing is available. For more info call 702-
4646 or 327-2878

MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Bahamas meets the third Mon-
day every month, 6pm @ Doctors Hospital conference

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

Doctors Hospital, the official training centre of the -
American Heart Association offers CPR classes 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 choking that can occur in adults,
infants and children. CPR and First Aid classes are..
offered every third Saturday of the month from 9am-
1pm. Contact a Doctors Hospital Community Training
Representative at 302-4732 for more information and.,
learn to save a life today.

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

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

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

The Bahamas Historical Society will be hosting a pre-,
sentation by Lionel Levine, entitled: "What will be Sir
Stafford Sands' niche in Bahamian History?" The
meeting is scheduled for December 1 @ 6pm at the
museum on Shirley Street and Elizabeth Avenue. The
public is invited to attend.

Toastmasters Club 1095 meets Tuesday, 7.30pm @ C C
Sweeting Senior School's Dining Room, College
Avenue off Moss Road. Club 9477 meets Friday, 7pm
@ Bahamas Baptist Community College Rm A19, Jean
St. Club 3956 meets Thursday, 7.30pm @ British Colo-
nial Hilton. Club 1600 meets Thursday, 830pm @ Super-
Clubs 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
Wednesday, 6pm-8pm in the Solomon's Building, East-
West Highway. Club 3596 meets at the British Colonial
Hilton Mondays at 7pm. Club Cousteau 7343 meets
every Tuesday night at 7.30 in the Chickcharney Hotel,
Fresh Creek, Central Andros. All are welcome.

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

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

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

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

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

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

International Association of Administrative Profes-,
sionals, Bahamas Chapter meets the third Thursday of
every month @ Superclubs Breezes, Cable Beach, 6pm.

The Cancer Society of the Bahamas meets at 5.30pm on AMSTAD, a Spanish club meets the third Friday of the
the second Tuesday of each month at their Headquar- AMoSTAh a Spanish club meets the third Friday of the
ters at East Terrace, Centreville. Call 323-4482 for more month at COB's Tourism Training Centre at -7pm in
info. Room 144 during the academic year. e group pro-
motes the Spanish language and culture in the com-
Pre & Post Natal Fitness Classes are being held 6:30pm munity.
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sell to trigger

more growth

Tribune Business Editor
Kerzner Interna-
tional will
expand its Har-
borside time-
share develop-
ment on Paradise Island by a
further 200 units once it has
sold 75 per cent of those creat-
ed in the recent expansion, the
company has announced.
In a filing with the Securities
and Exchange Commission
(SEC) relating to its offer to
exchange a corporate debt
issue due to mature in 2015
with new notes, the Atlantis
and One & Only Ocean Club
owner said it had already sold
32 per cent of the 116 two and
three-bedroom units built in
the Harborside expansion's
first phase.
This means that Kerzner
International, which owns 50
per cent of Harborside, a joint
venture with Starwood, only
needs to sell another 45 per
cent or 52 units to set the ball
rolling for further expansion.
The Kerzner International
filing said the company had
channelled $2.2 million in
financing to Harborside during
the first nine months of 2005
to complete the 116-unit
The company added: "As of
September 30, 2005, Harbor-
side at Atlantis had sold 32%
of the 116 new units........ The
second planned expansion of

SEE page 2B

Atlantis owner integrating
Internet reservations system
with call centre; sees property
insurance premium fall to
$12.1 from $14.1m

1 .

Tribune Business Editor
THE proposed listing of the
$76 million Grand Bahama
Film Studios, the Grand
Bahama-based investment
where the $400 million Pirates
of the Caribbean sequels are
being filmed, has been hit by
The Dutch merchant bank
advising the Bahamas Film Stu-
dios on a possible listing on the
US Nasdaq Over-the-Counter

Finalising move of Pirates of the
Caribbean location on to Nasdaq
'may take some months'

(OTC) stock market, IFEX
Innovation Finance and Equity
Exchange, said in its 2005 third
quarter results that while head-
way had been made, the list-
ing may still take several

months to complete.
Commenting on third quar-
ter developments, IFEX said:

SEE page 4B

Shell dealers 'excited'

about FOCOL purchase

* THE Atlantis resort, Paradise Island
(FILE photo)

Tribune Business Editor
SHELL gas station dealers
were yesterday said to be view-
itn he $25 million takeover of
the business by Freeport Oil
Holdings Company (FOCOL)
"in a very positive light",
although they wanted to make
sure they would retain their
Garner Dawkins, head of the
Bahamian Petroleum Retailers
Association and the Shell
Golden Gates dealer, told The
Tribune that the dealers hoped
to benefit form the fact that
FOCOL would take decisions
at a local level, whereas with
Shell much of the decision-
making came from regional,
head office in Brazil..

Mr Dawkins said his canopy
lights were out, and he had
been trying to "get a repair
truck for the past three days.
But they [Shell] say-they're-
waiting for authorisation from,
down south. It's ridiculous, sim-
ple things like that. There's mot
much you can do."
Of FOCOL's purchase of
Shell's retail, commercial fuels,
lubricants and LPG business-
es in the Bahamas and Turks &
Caicos, Mr Dawkins said: "We
met with them. We're looking
at it in a very positive light.
We're still looking for some
clarifications and are meeting
with their executives next

"We're pretty excited about
it and it's a good way forward."
Mr Dawkins said the Shell
dealers hoped to sort out all
outstanding issues with the new
owners at their meeting next
week. He said the "biggest con-
cern" was ensuring that they
all retained their dealerships,
as most gas stations were
leased by Shell.
Those leases will now be
inherited by FOCOL, but in
announcing the deal earlier this
week, the two companies indi-
cated that the current dealer
network will be retained.
"We have some dealers who
have been on their sites for
over 34 years. I'm a second

SEE page 4B

Some work permit

requests 'suspicious'

Tribune Business Editor
CIVIL Society Bahamas yes-
terday renewed its call for the
authorities to treat "with sus-
picion" job advertisements that
require large amounts of expe-
rience and foreign languages,
arguing that this device is being
used to deprive Bahamians of
the most lucrative positions.
In its draft of an 'action
plan' to deal with the illegal
immigration issue, Civil Soci-
ety Bahamas also urged the
Department of Immigration to

be "careful in granting citizen-
ship to former work permit
holders, on the grounds that
this could again create "a glass
ceiling" preventing suitably
qualified Bahamians from get-
ting the best jobs.
The 'action plan' was pre-
sented yesterday after the Gov-
ernment allegedly failed to
respond to Civil Society
Bahamas' calls for it to develop
its own action plan within the,
45 day period after the group

SEE page 5B

Bank enjoys its

fifth successive

record quarter

BANK of the Bahamas
International yesterday said the
fiscal 2006 first quarter had
been its fifth consecutive peri-
od .of record performance, with
total assets growing by $105
million to $497 million.
The 27 per cent increase in
total assets during the three
months to September 30,2005,
compared to the year-before
period, was driven by a mort-
gage campaign launched just
as the Bahamian prime rate
was cut. As a result, Bank of
the Bahamas International's

mortgage portfolio had grown
by more than 30 per cent.
Increased lending, innova-
tions and initiatives produced a
16 per cent increase in interest
income over the same period
last year.
Paul McWeeney, the bank's
managing director, said: "As
the rise in interest income out-
paced the growth in interest
expense, net interest income
climbed 16.46 per cer

SEE page 3B

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The Board of Directors of Finance
Corporation of Bahamas Limited hereby
notifies all of its Shareholders that the Bank's
actual net profit, based on unaudited results
for the fourth quarter ended 31st October,
2005 was $4,852,514. As a result, a dividend
of thirteen cents (0.13 cents) per Ordinary
Share will be paid on 8th December, 2005 to
all shareholders of record as at 2nd December,
2005. This represents a one cent (0.01 cent)
increase in the dividend payment from the
previous three quarters during the fiscal year

Please be further advised that as a result of
the strong performance of the company during
the fiscal year 2005 with a net income of
$19,112,292, a special dividend of four cents
(0.04 cents) per Ordinary Share will also be
paid on 8th December, 2005 to all shareholders
of record as at 2nd December, 2005.

The Bank's total assets were $592,789,220
for the quarter ended 31st October 2005.


Dated 25th November, 2005

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RND Holdings Limited wishes to inform the public that, effective
December 19th, 2005, its Gold's Gym franchise will permanently cease its
operation to the public.This decision was made in light of the fact that the
gym operation has fallen short of the company's earnings and cash flow
objectives for several operating periods.

Please note that all members of the Gym who have paid for memberships
extending beyond the December 19th, 2005 closure date will have the
unused portion of the payment refunded.

Persons interested in purchasing any of the gym equipment should
contact Ms. Debbie Lewis at 394-GOLDS.

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Kerzner: 75% Harborside

sell to trigger more growth

FROM page 1B

Harborside at Atlantis will
include the development of
approximately 200 additional
"We expect to commence
the development of the second

SFinancial Advisors Ltd.
Pricing Information As Of:
22 November 2005

52wk-Hi 52wk-.Lo w Symbol Previous Close Todays Cos e Change "Daily Vol. EPS $ Div P IE Yield
1.10 0.73 Abaco Markets 0.73 0.73 0.00 -0.169 0.000 N/M 0.00%
10.25 8.00 Bahamas Property Fund 10.25 10.25 0.00 1.456 0.340 7.0 3.32%
7.24 5.55 Bank of Bahamas 7.24 7.24 0.00 0.587 0.330 12.3 4.56%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.80 0.80 0.00 0.175 0.010 4.6 1.25%
1.80 1.27 Bahamas Waste 1.27 1.27 0.00 0.112 0.060 11.3 4.72%
1.20 0.87 Fidelity Bank 1.10 1.10 0.00 0.066 0.030 16.7 2.73%
9.53 7.05 Cable Bahamas 9 9.53 0.13 1,000 0.689 0.240 13.8 2.52%
2.20 1.50 Colina Holdings 1.50 1.50 0.00 -0.046 0.000 NM 0.00%
9.17 6.99 Commonwealth Bank 9.11 9.11 0.00 0.791 0.450 11.5 4.94%
2.50 1.15 Doctor's Hospital 2.40 2.40 0.00 0.429 0.000 5.6 0.00%
4.35 4.00 Famguard 4.35 4.35 0.00 0.428 0.240 9.1 5.52%
10.90 9.50 Finco 10.90 10.81 -0.09 3,600 0.695 0.510 15.6 4.72%
10.00 7.45 FirstCaribbean 10.00 10.00 0.00 0.695 0.380 13.9 3.80%
9.50 8.39 Focol 9.25 9.25 0.00 0.675 0.500 14.1 5.26%
1.99 1.27 Freeport Concrete 1.15 1.15 0.00 0.022 0.000 52.3 0.00%
10.20 9.50 9.50 ICD Utilities 9.94 9.94 0.00 0.526 0.405 18.9 4.07%
8.75 8.22 J.S. Johnson 8.75 8.75 0.00 0.526 0.560 16.6 6.40%
6.69 4.36 Kerzner International BDRs 6.31 6.33 0.02 0.138 0.000 45.7 0.00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 2.036 0.760 4.9 7.60%
52wk-Hi 52wk-Lo w Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price W weekly Vol EPS $ Div $ PE Yield
13.00 12.50 Bahamas Supermarkets 12.75 13.75 11.00 1.768 0.960 7.5 6.98%
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 10.00 10.35 10.00 0.000 0.800 NM 7.80%
0.60 0.40 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.00 -0.044 0.000 NM 0.00%
43.00 28.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 41.00 2.220 0.000 19.4 0.00%
16.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 12.33 13.33 12.50 1.105 0.810 14.6 6.93%
0.60 0.35 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.35 -0.103 0.000 N/M 0.00%
52wk-Hi 52wk-Lo w Fund Name NAV YTD% Last 12 Months Div $ Yield %
1.2593 1.1913 Colina Money Market Fund 1.259334*
2.4766 2.0536 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.4766 ***
10.6711 10.0000 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 10.67117"*
2.2754 2.1675 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.275422**
1.1406 1.0755 Colina Bond Fund 1.140599".
BISX ALL SHARE INDE X- 19 Dec02= 1,000.00 YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price
52wk-HI Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price.of Colina and Fidelity
52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week
Change Change in closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful
P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100
" AS AT AUG. 10, 2005/ AS AT OCT. 312005/...-AS AT OCT. 31, 2005
- AS AT OCT. 28. 2005 AS AT OCT. 31.2005/ .....AS AT OCT. 311, 2005
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planned expansion once Har-
borside at Atlantis has sold 75
per cent of the timeshare units
developed in the first expan-
sion." ,
Meanwhile, Kerzner Inter-
national confirmed that it had
received deposits on 130 units
out 500 that will be included in
the condo-hotel to be con-
structed as part of a joint ven-
ture with Turnberry Associ-
The condo hotel is expected
to cost $250 million to con-
struct, and Kerzner Interna-
tional said: "We commenced
pre-sales of the approximate-
ly 500-unit condo-hotel in the
second quarter of 2005......
"We expect to commence
construction of the condo-hotel
once the joint venture has
received a sufficient level of
reservations and secured
financing for the development,
with completion scheduled for
2007, as contemplated by the
Heads of Agreement."
Elsewhere, Kerzner Interna-
tional said it was in the process
of integrating its Internet-based
reservation system with its call
centre to allow online book-
ings of certain restaurants and
activities on Paradise Island".
The numbers posted by
Atlantis continue to be impres-
sive. Despite the fact that room
inventory was unchanged, aver-
age daily room rate (ADR) for
the resort during the 2005 first
half was $302, compared to
$285 for the comparative peri-
od in 2004, an almost 6 per cent
This indicated that demand
for Atlantis continues to
increase, giving the resort pric-
ing power, while average occu-
pancy rates for the 2005 first

half were also up a notch at
86.8 per cent, compared to 86.7
per cent.
The average daily win per,
slot machine had increased'
from $180 to $221 in the 2005
first half, although average" wi
per table per game dipped to
$3.091 from $3,317.
The filing also revealed that.`
Kerzner International's insut-.
ance premium for its Paradise
Island properties had declined
to $12.1 million for its 2005 pol-
icy year, which runs from June
1, 2005, to May 31, 2006. That
compared to $14.1 million for
the 2004 year, although
deductibles remained the same.
The deductibles are "$15 mil-
lion per occurrence, with ah
annual aggregate deductible of
$30 million".
The company added: Th'-
amount of our 'all risk' propL
erty and business interruption,
insurance with respect to our
Paradise Island business (inclu-
sive of per occurrence
deductibles) in the 2005 poli-
cy year is $300 million. 'All
risk' insurance includes cover-
age for the windstorm related
effects of hurricanes among
other casualty losses.
"In light of the significant
hurricane activity in the
Caribbean, the tsunami in
December 2004 and Hurricarfe
Katrina in August 2005, our
insurance premiums and
deductibles may significantly
Kerzner International said
Atlantis was insured for up to
$300 million per occurrence
from damages relating to ter-
rorist acts.

Going beyond

call of duty will

reap rewards

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STEP: Bring US states

inside OECD process

Tribune Business Editor
The Society of Trust and Estate
Practitioners (STEP), a body
that draws numerous members
from the Bahamian financial ser-
vices industry, has said that
unless the European Union and Organisation
for Economic Co-Operation and Develop-
ment (OECD) bring all their members and
regional authorities on board, there will nev-
er be a 'harmful tax practices' level playing
In a response to the OECD's Global Forum
meeting in Melbourne, STEP said that while
it welcomed the OECD's realisation that inter-
national financial centres required "mutual
benefits" from tax information exchange, "the
entire process is still flawed".
STEP said this was because OECD mem-
bers such as Austria, Luxembourg and Bel-
gium, major competitors to the Bahamas, had
not committed to principles of transparency
and information exchange, while US states

such as Delaware and Wyoming, which
offered offshore financial services, had not
even been brought into the discussions.
Keith Johnston, head of policy and com-
munications at STEP Worldwide, said: "STEP
welcomes the ground-breaking decision of
China and Hong Kong to endorse the OECD
principles and their agreement to work
towards a level playing field in standards.
"However, it is worrying that a large num-
ber of the other jurisdictions that attended
the Forum for the first time, such as Austria,
which is a member of both the OECD and the
European Union, continue to refuse to offer
this endorsement.
"Other major finance centres, including
Luxembourg and Belgium, also both OECD
and EU members, refused even to attend the
Forum, let alone commit to the principles of
exchange of information and transparency.
"There has also been no attempt to bring
US states, such as Delaware and Wyoming,

into the process, despite these being in com-
petition with major finance centres across the
Mr Johnston added: "STEP believes the
OECD and European Union must now con-
centrate on bringing their own members, as
well as US states, up to the standards expect-
ed of smaller jurisdictions. It is only through a
genuinely inclusive process that the OECD
will achieve its goal of a level playing field in
"Another practical step forward should be
an end to arbitrary blacklisting based on the
OECD's outdated 'technical' list of so-called
tax havens issued in 2000.
"We are pleased that Forum participants
took account of STEP's research into the
errors many current blacklists. The
Forum was right to recognise that the OECD's
list has been misused and to call on countries
to review any lists based on it. STEP now
calls on the OECD to be more proactive in
pressing all countries, to review their blacklists
to ensure these are not unfair and discrimi-

Bank enjoys its

fifth successive

record quarter

FROM page 1B

$4,928 million from $4.231 mil-
lion last year."
Earnings per share stood at
20 cents. Non-interest revenue
climbed by 51.78 per cent over
the same period the year
Bank of the Bahamas Inter-
national's Exuma branch is set
to, open at the end of this
month, with its international
service centre due to open in
south Florida soon.
Mr McWeeney said: "With
new developments coming on
stream for the Bahamas, a
healthy economy and a confi-
dent consumer, there is reason
for optimism. Now, our focus
will be on continuing develop-
ment of our human capital and
on creating products that meet
the entire life cycle of financial
needs for our clients.
"The results we have
enjoyed are indicative of the
hard work and dedication of

the bank's staff and the sup-
port we receive from our direc-
tors, shareholders and cus-
tomers, to whom we express
our gratitude. Our optimism
for the ongoing success and
vibrancy of the bank is fuelled
by thei't unwavering and sub-
stantive supportt"

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We are seeking to fill the following contract position for a project on
Paradise Island, Bahamas. This position requires experience as a
professional receptionist/office assistant. Call monitoring, Filing,
Preparation of Letters, Spreadsheets, and other documents will be required.

This professional candidate must have 5 years or more experience as a
receptionist/office assistant dealing with high end clientele, worked in a fast
pace environment, experience with switchboards, and must have extensive
knowledge in Microsoft Office including Word, Excel & Outlook. A
professional certification in this area would be an asset.

Only a short list of candidates will be contacted.

Please respond by email to:
Mail to:
P.O. Box SS-6386
Nassau, Bahamas

FROM page 1B

"Progress has been made
regarding the listing of...
Bahamas Film Studios,
although the actual listing has
not been realised.
"The listing was originally
planned [to take place] over
the course of the last quarter,
but it may take some more
months to finalise."
IFEX, a private equity
house/venture capital compa-
ny, added that it had acquired a
British company, Global
Investment Services UK (GIS)
to enhance its profile in the UK
and US, and it was helping with
the listing of the Bahamas Film
Studios. This, in turn, would
help IFEX "realise the agreed
Paul Quigley, one of theF
Bahamas Film Studios' three
founding principals, did not-

return The Tribune's call seek-
ing comment yesterday.
In previous announcements,
IFEX said it had "provided
consulting services and intro-
ductions to advisors and bro-
kers who are facilitating the
reversal" of the Bahamas Film
Studios into a Nasdaq OTC
It added: ""IFEX has nego-
tiated to receive stock in the
Nasdaq OTC quoted company
worth $1.5 million when the
transaction is finalised, expect-
ed to be in Q4, 2005."
IFEX also said it had helped
to finance the filming of the
$400 million budget Pirates of
the Caribbean II and III movies
at the Bahamas Film Studios,
which are situated on 3,500
acres at the former US missile
base in eastern Grand Bahama.
Production is continuing in
the complex's water tank,
regarded as the world's biggest

and best. It has a gimble to
move ships and give actual at-
sea simulation, and can use all
sorts of wave machines and
water cannons.
"The Nasdaq. OTC listing
will support the managemen-
t's aim to establish the
Bahamas Film Studios as the
premier entertainment facility
in the Caribbean basin, with a
music recording facility, resort
hotel, casino and movie theme
park alongside the film and
television production centre,"
IFEX added.
The Bahamas Film Studios
complex will feature three pro-
duction stages, with the largest
measuring 50,000 square feet.
It is expected to create about
1,200 jobs and pay out $8 mil-
lion annually in salaries after
investing $6.5 million on wages
for about 300 construction
The developer is also com-

mitted to securing $250 million
in production funding, and
forging a partnership with
Bahamas Technical Vocation-
al Institute in Grand Bahama.
The studios will produce
commercials, feature films, TV'
series, music, in-house produc-
tions, and offer a Bahamian vil-
lage theme park including
actors, and a market square
with Bahamian crafts and
handiwork. A hotel is also
The studios will have viewing
galleries so visitors can watch
commercials or shows being
filmed. In the future, the
Bahamas Film Studios plans to
offer a 3D Imax theatre and an
endangered species area.
The Bahamas Film Studios
is owned by Gold Rock Creek
Enterprises, which in turn is,
owned by Ashby Corporation,
a company listed on the
Bermuda Stock Exchange.

Shell dealers 'excited' about FOCOL purchase

FROM page 1B
generation Shell dealer," Mr Dawkins said.
He added that the dealers would "prefer to
buy" their gas stations and become owners,
but they were happy to work with FOCOL.
Mr Dawkins said: "We're hoping that
with the Bahamian public who are
FOCOL shareholders, all of them will sup-
port our business. We're looking at it in a
very positive light on that side."
FOCOL will take over 60 retail service
stations and five depots in the Bahamas
and Turks & Caicos as part of this deal.
Given that the company, which is a whole-
sale distributor of petroleum and LPG
products on Grand Bahama, supplies just
20 service stations and marinas on that
island, the Shell purchase more than dou-
bles FOCOL's size and geographic foot-

It also helps FOCOL, which is listed on
the Bahamas International Securities
Exchange (BISX), to become one of the
few Bahamian companies to expand inter-
nationally through the Turks & Caicos
As Tribune Business pointed out earlier
this week, the question will now be
whether, despite the geographical diversi-
fication, FOCOL has the depth of man-
agement expertise and .experience to exe-
cute the deal and derive the maximum
financial benefits from it.
Gas station retailing is a volume-driven
business due to the Government-imposed
price controls on retail and wholesale

mark-ups, meaning that winning more
market share is regarded as the key to suc-
cess. Shell is generally regarded as run-
ning third to Texaco and Esso in terms of
market share, so FOCOL will have some
work to do.
Although there had been rumours that
Texaco and Esso were considering fol-
lowing Shell's lead and selling their retail
businesses, the latest readings were that
both were turning against this idea.
The Shell brand will remain on all the
gas stations involved in the deal, with
FOCOL continuing to use it under a trade-
mark agreement. Shell West will continue
to supply products at the wholesale level to
the stations, and the current dealer net-
work will be maintained. Among the rival
bidders beaten out by FOCOL was a group
headed by MP Tennyson Wells.




The Education Committee wishes to advise that the 2005 December
disbursement of checks for new and existing quaranteed loan holders
will be held at Holy Trinity Activity Centre, Holy Trinity Anglican
Church, Stapleton Gardens from December 1st December 7th
2005. Please be advised that disbursement for persons in the Northern
Bahamas (Grand Bahama, Bimini, Abaco, etc.) can collect their checks
from The Bank of The Bahamas, Freeport Branch, Grand Bahama.

RETURNING STUDENTS Student OR co-borrower are required to
present themselves on their assigned date and bring a valid Passport and
National Insurance Card.

Returning Students are advised that funds WILL NOT be disbursed

A transcript for the SPRING SEMESTER is in our possession
All student loan accounts at The Bank of The Bahamas are current
as at November 30th 2005 '

NEW STUDENTS Student AND co-borrower are required to present
themselves on their assigned date and bring a valid Passport and National
Insurance Card. In addition to the original documents, new students
can speed the process by bringing two (2) copied sets of these documents.


A $20.00 late fee will be charged for late submission of transcripts
or for persons who bring their accounts current after the November
30, 2005 deadline.

Please contact the Scholarship & Educational Loan Division, Ministry
of Education, if you have any questions or concerns regarding this


I Bank of The Bahamas




In collaboration with the Educational Guaranteed Fund Loan Program
of The Ministry of Education, Bank of The Bahamas International is
pleased to advise that the cheque disbursement for ALL Students in
The Loan Program will take place at The Holy Trinity Activities
Centre Stapledon Gardens from December 1st, 2005 through
December 7th, 2005 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm as follows:-


A-C: Thursday 1st, December 2005
D-I: Friday 2nd, December 2005
J-M: Monday 5th, December 2005
N-S: Tuesday 6th, December 2005
T-Z: Wednesday 7th, December 2005

Time: 9:00 am 3:00 pm

Place: Holy Trinity Activities Centre,
Stapledon Gardens

Returning Students: Both Students OR Guarantors should be present
and must bring relevant Identification.
(Valid Passport and National Insurance Card).

New Students: Both Students AND Guarantors should be present and
bring relevant Identification.
(Valid Passport, National Insurance Card, Current Job Letter and a copy of
Utility Bill)

Cheques will not be released until all necessary documentation has been





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FROM page 1B
submitted recommendations
for dealing with the illegal
immigration issue.
Civil Society Bahamas rec-
ommended: "Positions being
Sadvertiseci requiring inordinate
amounts bf foreign languages
and long years of experience
should be looked at with sus-
picion, asiome of these jobs
'requiring'20 years' experience,
when checked closely, are
being filled by 30-35 year-olds,
the sole 'dbjective' being to
deprive Bailamians of the posi-
It added that grantiRg citi-
zenship to former Work permit
holders could "prevent
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Bahamians who have spent
thousands and thousands of
dollars qualifying themselves
for those same positions, only
to find that when they return
home, those positions are per-
manently no longer available
to them....."
Civil Society Bahamas' rec-
ommendations largely focus on'
better enforcement of existing
laws and immigration policies,
particularly on 'Bahamianisa-
tion' and ensuring there are no
qualified Bahamians available
for a post before it is adver-
tised to expatriate workers.
Civil Society Bahamas also
urged that work permits "not
be continually renewed",
because this would also deprive
Bahamians of good-paying
jobs, and Bahamians should be
trained up over the lifetime of


NOTICE is hereby given that NADILIA JEAN, FIRE TRAIL
applying'to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Baharhas; and that any person who knows any reason why
regist atipn/ naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 25TH day of NOVEMBER, 2005
to the; Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
PO.B x N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that MARIE JOSEPH, APT #1,
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahiamas, 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 6ay of NOVEMBER, 2005 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.




International Business Companies Act
(No. 45 of 2000)

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 138 (4) of the International
Business Companies Act, (No.45 of 2000), Palmer Investment Fund
Limited is in dissolution. Bernard Hess is the Liquidator and can be
contacted at 16 18 rue de la Pelisserie, 1211 Geneva 3, Switzerland. All
persons having claims against the above-named company are required to
send their names, addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the
Liquidator before the 23rd day of December, 2005.


the permits to take over from a
foreign worker when they
In addition, Bahamians
found to be employing foreign
workers without permits had
to "be dealt with to the fullest
extent of the law".
Many recommendations are
likely to strike a chord with
Bahamians, but some contra-
dict the report on immigration
in the financial services sector

that was produced by the
Financial Services Consultative
Forum's sub-committee.
That report said the
Bahamas needed to attract
expatriates who had the con-
tacts and skills to bring key
blocks of business to this
nation, and if many financial
institutions were to maintain a
presence in the Bahamas, they
wanted ongoing work permits
for the top executives, who usu-
ally came from head office.
Much the same could also
apply to hotels.


NOTICE is hereby given that MARCELLIN DOLCE OF #70 BAY
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 25TH day of
NOVEMBER, 2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box F-41085, Grand Bahama, Bahamas.

The Public is hereby advised that I, GERNIE SHIRLEY
ARMSTRONG, of #18 Carvel Road, Sunset Park, P.O.
Box SS-5230, Nassau, Bahamas, intend to change my
are any objections to this change of name by Deed Poll,
you may write such objections to the Chief Passport
Officer, P.O.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later than
thirty (30) days after the date of publication of this notice.

NOTICE is hereby given that JACKLIN JONASSAINT, OF
MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO, BAHAMAS, is applying to the
TMinister 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.

Legal Notice



In Voluntary Liquidation

NOTICE is hereby given that in accordance with Section
137 (4) of the International Business Companies Act. No. 45
INVESTMENT CORP., is in dissolution as of November
17th, 2005.
International Liquidator Services Limited situated at 35A
Regent Street, P.O. Box 1777, Belize City, Belize is the



We are seeking to fill the following immediate 4ilti-year contract position
'or a project on Paradise Island, Bahamas. This position requires experience
in all aspects of accounting including, job costing monthly invoicing, bank
reconciliation, pay roll, accounts payable, purchase order control, contract
and change order control and review. Preparation of financial statements
and monthly reports will be required.

This professional candidate must have 5 years or more experience in
construction accounting, hold a Bachelor's or Masters degree in
Accounting and must have extensive knowledge in ACCPAC, Crystal
Reports and Microsoft Office including Word, Excel & Outlook.

Only a short list of candidates will be contacted.

Please respond by email to: inib(ib
Fax: 242.363.1279
Mail to: PBWL
P.O. Box SS-6386
Nassau, Bahamas


(In Voluntary Liquidation)




Take notice that pursuant to the provisions of Section
249 (2) of the Companies Act 1992, notice is hereby given that
an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Members of Cofivalle
Finance (Bahamas) Limited (In Voluntary Liquidation) will be
held at the offices of the liquidator which is situated at 3rd Floor,
Ansbacher House, Shirley Street, New Providence, on the 22nd
day December A.D., 2005., at 10 o'clock in the forenoon.
And take further notice that the purpose of the said
Meeting is to have laid before the Members of the Bank the
Final Statements of the Liquidation showing the manner in which
the winding up of the bank has been conducted, the property of
the bank disposed of, the debts and obligations of the bank
discharged and also to hear any explanations that may be given
by the Liquidator, and also of determining by Extraordinary
Resolution the manner in which the books, accounts, papers and
documents of the Bank and of the Liquidator thereof, shall be
disposed of.
A member entitled to attend the above meeting may
appoint a proxy to attend and vote instead of him or her. A proxy
need not be a member of the Company.
Dated this 23rd day November A.D., 2005.

Cofivalle Finance (Bahamas) Limited
(In Voluntary Liquidation)
3rd Floor, Ansbacher House
P.O. Box N-10144
Nassau, Bahamas

Common Law and Equity Side

IN THE MATTER all that piece parcel or lot of land
: situated in Section Two (2) of the said Subdivision
called and known as "Sea Breeze Estates" having
the-number Five (5) in Block Number Eleven (11)
in the said plan of the said Subdivision filed in the
Department of Lands and Surveys and having the
Number 439.

IN THE MATTER of the Quieting Titles Act, 1959.


IN THE MATTER of the Petition of E. Pedro Roberts Jr.


TAKE NOTICE that E. Pedro Roberts Jr. of Number 5.
Block 11 in Section Two of the Subdivision known as Sea
Breeze Estates in the Eastern District of the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands in the Commonwealth of the
Bahamas claims to be the owner of the unencumbered fee
simple estate of ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land
situated in Section Two (2) of the said Subdivision called
and known as "Sea Breeze Estates" having the Number Five
(5) in Block Eleven (11) in the said plan of the said Subdivision
filed in the Department of Lands and Surveys and having the
Number 439.
E. Pedro Roberts Jr. claims to be the owner in fee simple of
the said land fee from encumbrances and has made an
application to the Supreme Court in the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas under Section 3 of the Quieting Titles Act 1959
to have its title to the said land investigated and the nature
and extend thereof determined and declared in a Certificate
of Title to be granted by the Court in accordance with the
provisions of the said Act.
A plan of the said land may be inspected during normal office
hours in the following places.

a. The Registry of the Supreme Court in the City of Nassau:
b. The Chambers of Johnson-Hassan & Co. Suite No. 2
Grosvenor Suites. Grosvenor Close off Shirley Street,
Nassau, N.P., the Bahamas Attorneys for the Petitioner.

NOTICE is hereby 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 5th day of January, A.D.,
2006, file in the Supreme Court and serve on the Petitioner
or the undersigned a Statement of his claim in the prescribed
form, verified by an Affidavit to be filed therewith. Failure
of any such person to file an serve a statement of his claim
or before the said 5th day of January, A.D., 2006 will operate
as a bar to such a claim.

Suite No. 2 Grosvenor Close
Off Shirley Street,
Nassau, N.P., The Bahamas
Attorneys for the Petitioner






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Call for descendants to 'give

back to the Family Islands'

Senior Sports Reporter
LEGENDARY basketball
coach Gladstone 'Moon'
McPhee has been around the
Family Islands long enough to
know what they need and how
they can succeed in sports.
As the 2005 National Sports
Leaders Conclave came to a
close on Wednesday at the
Nassau Beach Hotel, he called
for descendants of the various
islands to give back to their
"They need financial help,
equipment help and young
people to give back," said
McPhee, as he tried to answer
the Family Island sports lead-
ers' call for more assistance
from the Bahamas Govern-
"These islands have a lot of
rich descendants who live in
New Providence and 'Grand

Gladstone McPhee

speaks at conclave

Bahama and yet these islands
are crying and they are crying
on the government to give

According to McPhee, "If
the descendants can give back
to their communities, it will
go a long way in getting the
Family Islands the help that
they need."
As a descendant of Exuma,
McPhee said he's gone back
to the island and worked
extensively to develop a
vibrant youth basketball pro-

gramme, similar to what he's
done in Grand Bahama with
HOYTES (Helping Our
Youth Through Education
and Sports).
"There are too many rich
politicians and businessmen
from Acklins, Inagua,
Crooked Island, Long Island
and the other Family Islands
that they should be giving
back more to their communi-
ties," McPhee stated.
"So I'm calling on all of
them to give back to their
communities and not have
them crying so much on the
government to help them."

At the conclave, many of
the Family Island sports lead-
ers painted some grim pictures
of how the islands have suf-
fered because of the lack of
proper facilities or trained
physical education teachers
and coaches on their islands.

Despite the challenges they
are faced with, the Family
Islands have the awesome task
of trying to get their teams
ready in six months for the
sixth Bahamas Games.
New Providence Amateur
Cycling Association's presi-
dent Barron 'Turbo' Mus-
grove offered some further
suggestions to the Family
Islands in ways on which they
can assist themselves.
He recommended that "the
various organisations come
together with islands that have

the facilities and try to work,
out a solution where they carf
use them.
"I know it's going to b'e
costly, but...they can create-
some makeshift facilities so6
that they can at least getitd.
compete in some type of coai:
petition." -
Musgrove said too mngyl
times, since the implemeriit
tion of the Bahamas Gamnies
in 1989, some of the athletes
from the Family Islands were
not able to make the neces-
sary adjustment when they
came here to compete with
proper facilities.
-Musgrove said it's obvious
that the Family Islands have a
problem with facilities, but if'.
all of the islands can come;
together and lend a helping,
hand, the Bahamas Gamesl
next year should be much
better than it's been in the'

Shockers claim their place in championship

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lace in champions hi

Senior Sports Reporter
XAVIER'S Giants rebounded from
a shaky start to the beginning of the
season to advance to the Catholic
Diocesan Primary Schools' basketball
The Giants routed the defending
champions St. Thomas More Sparks
33-13 at St. Thomas More on Thursday
to secure their berth into the best-of-
three series that will start on Monday
at Loyola Hall on Gladstone Road.
They will meet the undefeated St.
Francis/Joseph Shockers, who held off
the St. Bede's Crushers 35-17 in the
other half of the sudden death playoff
yesterday at St. Francis/Joseph.
Despite losing their first two games
of the season to St. Francis/Joseph and
St. Thomas More, coach Nelson 'Man-
della' Joseph said he told his Giants
that their defeats would either "make
or break" them.
Xavier's went on to win their final
three games of the regular season and
clinched third place in the playoffs to
face the second placed Sparks.
Kent Wood led the charge for the
Giants with seven points before he was
ejected from the game in the fourth
quarter with two technical fouls.
But Xavier's had more than enough
weapons to rely on, as Justin Symon-
ette, Brandon Whymms and Jermain
Smith all contributed six points.

Point guard Anfrenee Seymour, who
provided the spark with his tenacious
defence and ball handling skills, con-
tributed four, but he said they knew
from the first jump ball that they were
going to win.
"Our goal was to come 'here and
win," Seymour stressed. "We knew
that once we got their big man in foul
trouble, we would have been able to
St. Thomas More didn't play with
two of their big men, who had to sit out
because of disciplinary action. Paul
Smith was the only big man left and he
alone couldn't contain Xavier's bigger
Smith, by the way, scored a game
high seven points in a losing effort.
Derrol Collie, Julian Smith, Reginald
Forbes and Sebastian Gray all scored a
basket each.
Except for the first quarter when
Xavier's pulled out to a 7-5 lead, the
rest of the game wasn't close.
Thanks to four points apiece from
Whymms, Smith and Ashton Butler,
the giants surged to a comfortable 19-
9 advantage at the half and they were
never threatened the rest of the way.
Not making any excuses for the
absence of two of his key players,
sparks' coach Leo Delaney said they
were just too shaky and they were nev-
er really able to get into the game.
"I'm happy that I got a chance to
use a number of the boys," he stressed.
"I had a third quarter, who hit a bas-
ket, so next year, that should build

their confidence."
Having gone through the season
with a 4-1 record, Delaney said his
team has nothing to feel bad about
and they just lost to a team that was

more prepared to win the game.
Now that they have eliminated the
defending champions, coach Joseph
said his Giants can look forward to
playing the Shockers.

"We just have to work on some free
throws, lay-ups and some defence and
I think we will be alright," said Joseph,
who is looking for his first title in his
three years at Xavier's.

DA Basement ladies and men's
teams both took a 1-0 lead in their
respective New Providence Volleyball
Association's best-of-three semi-final
playoff series on Wednesday night at
the DW Davis Gym.
Da Basement ladies swept the
D'Force Stingrays in three straight
sets, 25-16,25-20 and 25-16 as Brenda
Wert led the way with 13 spikes, a
block and two aces, while Margaret
Albury chipped in with 10 spikes.'
For the losers, Kelsie Johnson had
11 spikes and Natasha Miller came up
with five spikes and four blocks.
In the men's feature contest, Da
Basement took advantage of an injury
to the Star Mart Stars' Maurice
'Cheeks' Smith for a four set victory.
Tony Simon had 19 spikes with eight
blocks and four aces and Arison Wil-
son contributed 15 spikes as Da Base,
ment won 23-25, 25-20, 25-22 and 25-
Smith finished with 10 spikes and&
two blocks and Ronald Duncombe7&
added 10 spikes with a block for the-
Tonight, game two of the other half.
of the ladies' playoffs will get under-',
way at 7.30pm with the Firsti
Caribbean Bank Diggers taking on-,
the Scottsdale Vixens.
On Sunday, at 3pm'Da Basement:
will take on the Star Mart Stars; at.
4pm the D'Force Stingrays will take on.P
Da Basement in the ladies' series and,,
at 5pm, the Twin Brothers Techni--
cians will battle the Police Crimestop-:

The Department of Education Dis-'
trict and the Eleuthera Sports Council
will hold the first Alvin Adderley!
Memorial Relay Race today.
The race will start at 10am frorif-
Savannah Sound and end at-Gover&-
nor's Harbour.
The relay teams will consist of up to
10 members. There will be a one mile
leg relay for primary schools, under-13,
under-15 and open male and female.

The Bahamas will be well repre-
sented at the 2005 Eddie Herr Inter-
national Junior Tennis Championships
at the world famous Bolletteri Tennis
Academy from November 24 to
December 4.
The Bahamian contingent will be
led by Ryan Sweeting, the number
fourth ranked player in the world in
the boys 18 & under division. The boys
16's will be represented by Jamaal
Adderley from Grand Bahama, Jason
Rolle and Javano Thompson, both of
whom will be making their second trip,
along with William 'JJ' Fountain. -
In the boys 14's, both Rodney
Carey, the No.1 player, and Jason
Lunn will be playing in the main draw.
Alexis Roberts and Ricardo Demeritfe
will be making their debut in the qua- -
ifying round.
In the boys 12's, Juston Roberts will
be playing in his first major junior ten-
nis tournament.
The girls will be led by Jessica
Sweeting, who will be competing int
the 18's division. Kerri Cartwright and
Karlotina Klonaris and Roshindi
Robinon from Grand Bahama are
entered in the girls 14's.
The Eddie Herr brings top juniors
from around the world to participate
in their annual tournament.
At least 1,500 tennis players are
expected to participate in the champi-

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