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Title: The Tribune
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Publication Date: December 14, 2005
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Source says some Fury as portion of.Perpall Well Fields is cleared

staff concerned

that 'big blow-up'

could occur

FEARS of an outbreak of
end-of-term violence are grow-
ing at some Nassau high schools
following a series of disturbing
incidents in recent weeks.
A source close to one school
said staff were concerned that
"a big blow-up" would occur as
students prepared for the
Christmas break.
"There are scores to be set-
tled, most of them asinine fights
over girls," he said.
His comments came after
unconfirmed reports of knife
incidents at R M Bailey High
School. He said there had been
several running fights on cam-
pus in recent weeks, with up to
50. students involved in some
Police last night denied being
called to the school, but the
source said officers had dealt
with at least three incidents in
the last few days.
P'Over the past two weeks,
boys have been fighting every
day," he said. "However, when
police deal with these incidents
they are looking for the boy
with the knife.
"In truth, these incidents are
mob incidents and the only way
to deal with them is to arrest
the whole group."
Alarm over campus violence
at public secondary schools
comes against a backdrop of
very poor exam results, high-
lighted in last Saturday's Tri-

Last year, BGCSE results
across the board in public
schools were running at F-plus.
And lack of discipline was being
blamed by teachers for the
appalling situation.
Last night, sources disclosed
that R M Bailey was one of sev-
eral high schools affected by
campus violence.
"It is a situation where hor-
mones are raging. The culprits
are boys between 14 and 17
fighting over girls.
"You have herds of young
men in Nassau today who can't
be disciplined. They come on
campus and make a nuisance of
He said very often school
campuses had students "milling
around" who had no intention
of attending classes. They were
there to disrupt others, and staff
were often scared to deal with
A teacher said downplaying
of sport as a curriculum priority
was contributing to violence in
Young men needed ways to
work off energy, but authori-
ties were cutting down on ath-
letics and other sports.
"In sport, rivalries can be
worked out in different ways,
but that's not happening nowa-
days," he said.
"Sport is being treated as
peripheral, so energy is not
SEE page 11

BASH founder Terry
Miller holds on to the tractor
which remains at the scene
of the Perpall Well Fields.
He said the site is a 'living
lab' and should never be
(Photo: Felipi
Major/Tribune staff)

Tribune Staff Reporter
and environmentalists are furi-
ous that a tractor cleared away
a portion of the Perpall Well
Fields, ruining an area of
"indispensable" ecological val-
The site was apparently
being cleared for a new gov-
ernment low cost subdivision,
however thanks to the early
morning intervention of resi-
dents, work was halted.
According to Bahamas
National Trust Director Eric
Carey, the Perpall Well fields,
covering more than 200 acres,
are an indispensable area of
broad leaf coppice, one of
only a few such areas in the
entire country.
He said the Trust is
extremely concerned about
the preservation of such sites.
"It is only one of a few
green spaces Bahamians can
SEE page 11

Ministry to review LPG industry

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Ministry of Trade and Industry yester-
day announced a total review of the current
liquefied propane gas industry, covering not
only the current pricing margins, but also the
safety, consumption, and distribution of propane
gas throughout the country.
According to a release issued late last night
from the ministry, the new initiative was being
done to address and implement fair pricing

margins for wholesalers and retailers in the
LPG industry.
"Letters requesting full disclosures were dis-
patched to the wholesalers and a cross section of
retailers so that a proper analysis and justified
margins can be implemented early in 2006.
"This action was necessitated as some retail-
ers chose to circumvent the law by selling their
products to retail customers at the higher bulk
(per gallon) prices, instead of the gazetted price
SEE page 11

Tribune Staff Reporter
LOW expectations of stu-
dents and a decrease of
parental involvement are the
key factors troubling the
Bahamian school system,
according to principals of gov-
ernment and private high
With this year's grade aver-

age of students sitting the
BGCSE exams averaging D+
for students of private schools
and E for government school
students, the alarm has been
raised that the Bahamian edu-
cation system is failing.
Speaking with The Tribune
yesterday, vice-president of
Queen's College and head of
the high school Shawn Turn-
quest said that expectations

for education are tool ow in
the Bahamas.
"What we have to do now
is raise the bar in education,
we have to expect more of our
children. We have to demand
more of the students, set high-
er standards and ensure that
we assist the students to
achieve these higher goals,"
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Senior government official

caught in disabled space

Tribune Staff Reporter
AN advocate for persons
with disabilities was outraged
when she spied a vehicle
assigned to a senior govern-
ment official parked in a dis-
abled parking spot outside a
local supermarket.
Julie Kimble told The Tri-
bune that on November 22, she
was at the Super Value on
Mackey Street when she saw a
government car parked in the
disabled spot just outside the
front entrance.
She said that the car, a blue
Nissan Bluebird bearing the
licence plate number 1678, is
registered to the Office of the
Prime Minister.
Staff at the Prime Minister's
Office yesterday confirmed
that the vehicle is assigned to
Audley Greaves.
"If a person is disabled they
should have the right to park
close to a door, so they can get
easy access, to going into the
food or a shop," said Ms Kim-
Mr Greaves, who is the
under-secretary in the Office
of the Prime Minister, apolo-
gised for the incident when he
was contacted by The Tribune.

He claimed
that because of
the direct i o n
f r o m which
he pulled into
the spot, he did
not notice the
disabled sign in
front of it.
Ms Kimble said that
before leaving Super Value
that day, she contacted the per-
son in charge of government
vehicles at the Prime Minis-
ter's Office to report the mat-
She said that she told the
official that parking in a dis-
abled space is "very uncalled
for" especially for someone
from that office, as Prime Min-
ister Christie shows special con-
cern and consideration for
those with disabilities.
Ms Kimble said she was told
the matter would be looked
Mr Greaves said that when
he learned that the manager of
the store had been alerted
about the incident, he tried to
look for the complainant, but
could not find her.
The manager said he would
deal with the matter, Mr
Greaves said.
Rupert Roberts, the presi-

* AUDLEY Greaves' Nissan Bluebird, parked in the disabled space outside Super Value. Note
the blue lines marking the spot and the disabled sign in front of the car.

dent of Super Value, called
The Tribune and said that he
thinks Mr Greaves made an
"honest mistake" in parking

his car in that spot.
Mr Roberts said he has
known the undersecretary for
over 20 years and added that

Mr Greaves he is very respon-
sible and would not inten-
tionally park in a disabled

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Discovery Cruise
Lines has once again won Porthole
Cruise Magazine's prestigious 2005
Reader's Choice award for the best one-
day cruise.
Discovery is the largest tour operator
to Grand Bahama Island from Fort
It carries over 200,000 passengers

between the two destinations each year.
This is the fourth consecutive year
that Discovery has won the award.
"Year after year, the readers of Port-
hole Cruise Magazine recognises the
fun they have aboard Discovery Cruise
Line, said Bill Panoff, the magazine's
publisher and editor in chief.
Discovery is recognised as a good
corporate citizen on Grand Bahama.
On Monday, Discovery treated 200
students whose families were affected

by Hurricane Wilma to a Christmas
party onboard the ship.
Students were presented with back-
packs filled with school supplies, includ-
ing a dictionary, books, pencil, makers,
rulers, sharpeners and erasers.
Ministry of Education officials com-
mended Discovery for their generous
Discovery said its one-day Bahamas
cruise'features all the amenities of a
longer cruise in one fun-filled day,

including three lavish onboard buf-
fet meals, a kid's club, casino gam-
bling, live entertainment, outdoor
games and activities, contests, spa-
cious sun decks, a swimming pool,
duty free shopping and more.
Gourmet dining is also available for
an additional charge at Grand
Bahama Grill.
The ship sails daily from Fort Laud-
erdale at 7.45am and arrives in Grand
Bahama at 10pm.

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rape and



A 20-YEAR-OLD man was
arraigned in Magistrate's Court
yesterday charged with
attempting to xob and rape a
woman while armed with a
screw driver.
The accused Gary Johnson
Poitier was also charged with
assault with the intent to rape.
Poitier, who appeared before
Magistrate Marilyn Meers, was
not required to enter a plea to
the charges and was remand-
ed to her Majesty's Prison, Fox
Hill until March 16,2006 when
'the case resumes.

Youths face
charge of

A 19-YEAR-OLD Fifth
Street man and a 15-year-old
of Windsor Lane were
arraigned in Magistrate's Court
yesterday on an armed robbery
It is alleged that on Friday,
December 9 the two, being con-
cerned together and armed with
a knife, robbed Kenneth Laing
of a silver chain valued at $25.
The two were not required to
enter a plea to the charge.
The 19-year-old was remand-
ed to Her Majesty's Prison and
the juvenile was remanded to
the Simpson Penn Centre for
The matter was adjourned to
March 15, 2006.


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Government grants

$318m concessions

for West End project

* INMATE Michelle Woodside is presented with a computer basics certificate from the US
Ambassador John Rood yesterday at the Fox Hill Prison. The training programme is part of
moves by the prison to move from mere incarceration to rehabilitation.
(Photo: Felipi Major/Tribune staff)

Shortage of skilled

labour for construction

feared in Eleuthera

Chief Reporter
ELEUTHERA may be fac-
ing a challenge in finding
enough skilled labour to satisfy
the construction boom on the
* During the PLP's convention
last month, Financial Services
,and Investments Minister
-Allyson Maynard-Gibson
'announced that projects worth
,4465 million have already start-
ed in Eleuthera.
' She said that $66 million has
already been spent of which
$22 million went to Bahamian
contractors, creating over 700
pnew jobs in Eleuthera.

Father to

take legal

action after


assault of

son by


Tribune Staff Reporter
STHE father of a young man
'*ho was allegedly beaten by
-olice said he intends to sue the
government for the pain and suf-
fering his son has endured.
S.'Stephen Burrows I said that
tie wants justice to prevail.
"I am not going to stop until
*this gets before the courts," Mr
'Burrows said.
Senior police officers have
.confirmed that they are investi-
gating claims that Stephen Bur-
rows II along with others were
picked up by police on Decem-
ber 1, while in the area of
Thompson Boulevard.
In an official complaint to the
Royal Bahamas Police Force,
Stephen Burrows II made sev-
eral allegations about what hap-
pened to him while in police
He claimed that four officers
beat him about the body, threw
him into a dumpster and that
he was repeatedly smothered
with plastic bags.
Stephen Burrows II claimed
that he sustained 22 rib frac-
tures during the alleged police
beating, and says he continues
to limp and has no hearing in
his right ear.
"He has never been in police
custody. He has never been in a
police car and never been in
trouble with anybody. He just
came out of school and just got
a job," said the complainant's
Mr Burrows provided The
Tribune with a notice of receipt
of complaint from Superinten-
dent John Ferguson, director of
the Complaints and Corruption
Branch of the police, as well as
:a copy of the complaint.

This fact, however, has been
disputed by a number of per-
sons who say that Eleuthera
contractors are not getting a
slice of the pie.
These persons said that while
local contractors may be bene-
fiting from the "trickle down"
effects, they are not directly par-
ticipating in any of the big touris-
tic and residential home projects.
Nevertheless, Ricardo
Knowles, manager of Eleuthera
Blocks, said that for him, busi-
ness is better than it has been in
Mr Knowles said that his
company is having a tough time
keeping pace with the demand
for material for the construc-

tion of private homes and the
continuing work on the Cot-
ton Bay development.
"Construction on Eleuthera
is at a high point now and it
may increase because we hear
that there- .are going to be a
number of projects in stream
that will come about in Janu-
ary, February or March, but
right now it's hard to find a car-
penter," he said.
Mr Knowles said that right
now, there is a shortage of
skilled workers on the island.
"Many of the skilled workers
moved to Exuma and Nassau
when the projects started there
and some went to the Cays in
Abaco," he said.

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HARRY POTTER T 1:00 N/A 4:00 7:00 N/A 10:20
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Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Government
has granted $318 million in
special stamp tax concessions
to the Ginn Company, Prime
Minister Perry Christie
He stated that the conces-
sions are worth about eight per
cent of Ginn's proposed $3.7
billion investment at West
At the signing of heads of
the agreement for the deal on
Friday, Mr Christie said the
government has agreed to
grant investor Bobby Ginn
reasonable and appropriate
concessions to energise the
unique resort investment.
It is estimated that over $4
billion in cumulative GDP will
, be injected into the Bahami-
an economy over the 20-year
life of the project the largest
ever in the Bahamas or the
Mr Ginn proposes to build a
world class mixed-use resort,
which will include 4,400 con-
do/hotel units, 870 single fam-
ily home sites, two champi-
onship golf courses and club-
houses, two marinas, a casino
and a private airport.
Amenities such as swimming
pools, tennis complexes, beach
clubs and spas are planned, as
well as various commercial
units and retail businesses.
During the construction
phase, over 3,700 persons will
be employed, and over 4,000

new permanent jobs will be
created upon completion,
according to the developers.
Because of this, incentives
available under the Hotel
Encouragement Act together
with other legislation relevant
to the payment of fees and tax-
es will be applied or varied.


With respect to Graduated
Stamp Tax, the following rates
apply on sales by the develop-
er and on all subsequent re-
sales of all lots, homes and con-
dominiums within the project:
* two per cent for the initial
sale by the developer.
* three per cent in year one
* four per cent in year two
* five per cent in year three
* six per cent in year four
* seven per cent in year five
* ten per cent in year six.
Taking into account the
stamp tax concession negoti-
,ated by the developer, the gov-
ernment negotiated for the
payment of real property tax-
es, customs duties and room
taxes as follows:
Real property taxes shall
be paid in full for all lots, con-
dominium/hotels and homes
but not on resort amenities.
Customs Duty shall be
paid on the construction of all
homes and condominiums not
placed in the hotel pool (prop-
erties offered in an arrange-
ment similar to timeshare).
Room taxes payable under

the Hotels Act shall be paid
on all units including
condo/hotels, condominiums
and homes that are included
in the hotel pool. In all sales
agreements, Ginn shall notify
the purchasers of the existence
of this tax.
Business licence fees shall
be paid in full for operations
including brokerage fees on all
Mr Christie said the conces-
sions available to Ginn under
the Hotel Encouragement Act
are the -same as they are for
other investors.
He noted that government
will received addition revenue
from real property taxes as the
project will generate $196.8
million in real property taxes
on condominiums, which will
be in the hotel pool.
He said Ginn has also
agreed to pay occupancy taxes
on homes and condominiums
which are not in the hotel pool,
from which the government
will receive an additional
$59.232 million.
"They really aren't conces-
sions what they truly are is
moving from one side to the
other side nobody won,
nobody lost," Mr Ginn told
The Tribune.
"We operate exactly like a
hotel, but we sell the units. We
are going to have five or six
thousand owners out here pay-
ing annual dues, an annual
homeowners association in
place and you can't close that
down," he said.


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EDITOR, The Tribune
Regrettably, a story report-
ed in your December 9 release
entitled "Dentists Association
threatens boycott" was rife
with inaccuracies, and unsub-
stantiated claims.
Most startling is the fact that
no effort was made to perform
due diligence by at least con-
tacting the leadership of the
Bahamas Dental Association
to confirm or disprove the
veracity of the claims being
made. It is for this reason that I
have decided to respond to the
article in an effort to rectify the
report of allegations put forth
by "members of the Bahamas
Dentistry Association". A little
investigative work would have
uncovered numerous impor-
tant details.
Firstly, I must ask this ques-
tion: A boycott of who or
what? Nowhere in the story
was it indicated who or what
was being boycotted, despite
the headline of a threat by .the
association to boycott. It is true
that during the Bahamas Den-
tal Association's meeting on
December 6, one of the topics
discussed was the Director of
Oral Health (DOH) post in
The Ministry of Health. It must
be noted that as DOH, Dr.
Lockhart represents the gov-
ernment as the highest rank-
ing dentist with responsibility
for creating dental public
health policies, which facilitate
the delivery of oral healthcare
to all Bahamians who utilize
the public health clinics
throughout The Bahamas.
Dr. Lockhart does not rep-
resent the Bahamas Dental
Association. While there were
some in attendance who
expressed dissatisfaction with
the performance of Dr. Lock-
hart in this capacity, and oppo-
sition to his recent re-selection
to the post, at no point during
the meeting was a vote of no-
confidence taken to determine
whether a majority of those in
attendance shared the views of
these few impassioned persons.
Without such a vote, the asso-
ciation would have no basis
upon which to even suggest any
kind of boycott. Furthermore,
such a possibility was never
even discussed.
Secondly, at no point dur-
ing the meeting was there any
threat of "pandemonium" or
crisis. The nature of the dis-
cussion was in fact healthy and
constructive, in large measure,
as it demonstrated the resolve
of the members to reverse a
trend of apathy toward the

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association shown by many
local dentists. This apathy is
epitomized in the fact that no
previous objection was made
regarding the absence of a den-
tist on the seven member com-
mittee responsible for select-
ing a candidate to the post. This
was also the case three years
ago during the previous selec-
tion process, and is cause for
concern, since the Director of
Oral Health is responsible for
formulating dental policies
through his office in The Min-
istry of Health, which can both
directly and indirectly affect all
dentists, not only those working
in the Public Health System.
A lack of effort on the part
of the association to ensure the
future inclusion of a dentist in
the decision of such applica-
tions would be both irrespon-
sible and reckless. We there-
fore sought to raise this issue at
last week's meeting, with the
objective being to begin the
process of lobbying for dental
representation in this and oth-
er matters which stand to
impact dentistry in our coun-
try. Hence we have initiated
the proper procedures to pro-
vide for future representation
in this regard.
Thirdly, while there may
have been other "highly quali-
fied applicants" who were
denied the post, no effort was
made to determine whether
any of the sources used for the
story included some of the
same persons who also made
application for the position in
question. Without such inves-
tigation the reader is denied
the opportunity to decide for
himself whether the sources
may lack impartiality or objec-
tivity in this matter, due to a
conflict of interest. In fact it is
no secret that several of the
persons who were so vocal in
their opposition to Dr. Lock-
hart, have personal grievances
with him. Therefore, in the
interests of complete and
impartial disclosure, this point
deserves mentioning and
should have been researched.
Fourthly, Dr. Lockhart was
never appointed in an acting
capacity or with the reserva-
tion that he hold the post until

a "suitable replacement could"
be found". If this assertion is
true, the source has unwitting-.,
ly raised doubt about the accu-
racy of their claims, sinceif'
only one new applicant suq,-'
mitted their name for consid-
eration during this year's selec-
tion process, and the otherp4;7
sons all applied three years ag6#
when the committee detep-
mined Dr. Lockhart to be their
most "suitable", applicant, ,thep.
how can the same source sug4
gest that other highly qualified
applicants, plural, were "turfine
down" for the post this year?
Finally, as for the assertion
that Dr. Lockhart may not be
qualified for the'post due to a'
lack of training or experience i
dental administration, I suggest
that this contention be raised
with the Ministry of Health and
those on the selection commit-
tee. This would be the more
responsible course of action'
rather than engaging in wild
speculation, fuelled by ques-
tionable sources, that only
casts aspersions on the credij-
bility of someone who was nho'
even given the courtesy of
proper journalistic procedure,
and due diligence.
If such an effort had bee,
made, and the claims provegj.
accurate and credible, this'
would have given the article,
the merit that it lacks. Ou'
country deserves to have per-.
sons in the print media who,
investigate before they report.
That is the hallmark of respon-
sible journalism, and it was s4.
sorely absent in this instance..,
Bahamas DentalAssociatio,
December 12 2005
(Dr Rollins says he is suir
prised that "no effort was
made" by The Tribune reporter,
"to perform due diligence by~jt
least contacting the leadership.
of the Bahamas Dental Associ-
ation to confirm or disprove the
veracity of the claims beij
(This is not true. Sevefj
attempts right up to press
time were made to contest
Dr Rollins before the allega-
tions made by some of the ass
ciation's members were print-
ed. He was never available to
confirm, deny or clarify those
statements. Ed).
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not guilty
to weapons

A 20-YEAR-OLD Foxdale
Subdivision man was granted
$10,000 bail after pleading not
guilty to weapons charges yes-
It was alleged that on Decem-
ber 5, Stephen Fynes was found
in possession of a .380 Lorcia
pistol and was not holding a
licence for the weapon.
A second count stated that
he was also found in possession
of two .380 bullets. The matter
was adjourned to March 15,

are filed

A 27-YEAR-OLD McKin-
ney Avenue man was charged
with marijuana possession in
Magistrate's Court yesterday.
Anthony Alexander Strachan
was arraigned before Magistrate
Carolita Bethel on a drug pos-
session charge and a charge of
possession with intent to sup-
It was alleged that on Satur-
day, December 10, Strachan
was found in possession of five
pounds of marijuana.
, According to the prosecution,
police were on patrol in the
Malcolm Road area when they
observed Strachan and a
woman in a dark coloured vehi-
The officers allegedly
searched them and found an
estimated one gram of marijua-
nain Strachan's rear right pock-
'The prosecution further stat-
ed'that acting on information,
the officers then went to Stra-
chan's home, where a search
uncovered a black bag contain-
ing a quantity of marijuana, two
vacuum wrapped packages, a
pack of large plastic bags "and
an'electric scale.
Strachan denied the' charge
of possession with intent to sup-
ply but pleaded guilty to pos-
sessing one gram of marijuana.
' Strachan was remanded into
culitody until December 16,
when a bail hearing will take

appears in
court on
drug charge

"A 32-YEAR-OLD Bimini
Avenue man was arraigned
before Magistrate Carolita Bethel
on a drug charge yesterday.
SIt was alleged that on Sun-
day, October 11, around
:12.30am, Neville Mariss was
found in possession of three
.grams of marijuana.
Mariss pleaded guilty to the
charge and was fined $750. Fail-
;ure to pay the fine will result in
.i six month prison sentence,
Magistrate Bethel said.

311 migrants caught by Coast Guard

A TOTAL of 369 suspected
illegal immigrants have been
apprehended in Bahamian
waters in two separate incidents
within the past three days.
The latest incident occurred
on Monday when the US Coast
Guard Cutter Valiant inter-
cepted a Haitian vessel carry-
ing 311 persons.
The Ship Riders' Agreement
between the governments of the
Bahamas and the United States
permits Coast Guard vessels to
conduct law enforcement oper-
ations in Bahamian territorial
Acting upon information
received from the Bahamas
Defence Force, the Coast
Guard cutter patrolled to the
southeast quadrant of the Cay
Sal Banks, where the ship's
company discovered the 50-
foot Haitian freighter beached

on Anguilla Cay.
It was reported that the sus-
pected immigrants (76 women,
five female infants; 225 men,
and five male infants) all
appeared to be in fair health.
"Due to the unsanitary state
of the Haitian vessel, the ille-
gal immigrants were embarked
aboard the USCGC Valiant,
and are being repatriated direct-
ly to Port-au-Prince, Haiti,"
explained the Defence Force in
a statement.
"Building upon the
entrenched foundation of co-
operation between them, ele-
ments of the United States
Coast Guard and the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force have
continued to work together
in combating the flow of ille-
gal immigrants within
Bahamian waters," the state-
ment said.

* HAITIANS on Anguilla Cay shortly before being embarked on the USCGC Valiant
(Photo: USCG officials)

'Brilanders claim electricity

prices are 'impossibly high'

HIGH electricity prices are
crippling the day-to-day life on
Harbour Island, according to
irate locals.
Despite oil prices steadily
dropping since September,
when a barrel of crude oil
reached a record high of near-
ly $70, BEC bills remain
"impossibly high", Harbour
Islanders claim.
In an interview with The Tri-
bune yesterday, one islander
said that she has turned off
almost all of her appliances,

but still has not seen a differ-
ence in her electricity bill.
"Last month I already
turned off all the air condi-
tioning and my hot water
heater. The only thing that ,I
left on is my fridge and still my
bill is $400 a month," she said.
Another resident said that
she sometimes sits in the dark
in her home, "scared to turn
on the lights" in fear of anoth-
er high electricity bill.
According to the locals, it is
the less privileged Harbour

Islanders who are suffering the
most under the high prices.
"The grass-root people just
can't pay these prices, they are
really hurting. They have to
struggle just to pay something
down on their bills so that their
lights aren't shut off," a mem-
ber of the community said.
She further said that accord-
ing to information she has
received from BEC, prices will
climb even higher next month.
"When will this stop? They
are killing us. The price for gas

and diesel has gone down all
over the world, but BEC's
prices don't reflect that. They
can't tell me that they are still
sitting on the product they
bought when prices were high.
No one sits on a product that
long," she said.


Works and Utilities Minister
Bradley Roberts has responsi-
bility for BEC. The Tribune was
unable to contact Mr Roberts
for comment on the matter, as
he was in Cabinet meetings up
to press time yesterday.


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Tribune Staff Reporter
A MEETING between the
Bahamas government, the
United States Embassy and
stake holders in a proposed
Inagua fish farm project is
expected to be held early in
the new year.
William Holowesko, the
attorney for California investor
George Lockwood, said he is
hopeful that the meeting will
serve as a springboard for the
Mr Lockwood, an expert
on 'aquaculture', or aquatic
plant harvesting, has pro-

posed a $20 million facility
on Inagua to produce
salmon and other marine
products for the' interna-
tional market.
However, despite Prime
Minister Perry Christie
expressing "comfort" in the
technological and engineering
aspect of the project, no green
light has been given, Mr
Holowesko said.
He told The Tribune that
the meeting came about at the
suggestion of the US
Embassy, which wanted to
allow the "movers and shak-
ers" of the project to get

He added that the fish farm
would provide a vital boost to
Inagua's economy which at
present continues to rely total-
ly on the Morton Salt Coimpa-
ny, the only employer on the
Mr Holowesko said that
while the government does
have a number of investment
projects in the works, they are
all tourism related. The pro-
posed fish farm would provide
a diversified income base, he
It will therefore be impor-
tant to note who attends the
meeting and what progress is
made, the attorney added.

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"Can't you see the sun setting
fast? And just like they say noth-
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and say your goodbye, to our
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On September 4, 2001,
a looneytune peanut
seller named Gardiner walked
into the downtown straw mar-

ket and struck a match, putting
hundreds of vendors and
tourism personnel out of work
and almost burning down Bay
Street itself.
The event was a "national
disaster", and officials scram.-
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would help to transform the
downtown waterfront. A design
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was set to begin in 2003.
By that time the unfortunate
arsonist had progressed through
our molasses-like court system
to begin a 12-year jail term, and
the Ministry of Tourism had
acquired posh new offices at a
cost of more than $4 million.
But even now more than
four years after the fire the
straw market remains a vacant
lot in the heart of the city, just a
stone's throw from the cruise
port, with vendors still working
beneath a makeshift tent.
In a masterpiece of dou-
bletalk, Tourism Minister Obie
Wilchcombe declared that "the
straw market and the vendors
are invaluable to our number
one industry. We want the high-
est level for these people, who
are in fact Bahamians we should
always admire."
A new straw market is said to
be part of a proposed $300 mil-
lion redevelopment of the city of
Nassau. But despite tons of talk
and huge investments of time,
effort and money by a multitude
of organisations, volunteers and
consultants over many years -
this crucial initiative has stalled,
just as it seemed within our grasp.

The project has a long
and convoluted histo-
ry, beginning in the late 1980s
when downtown doyen Norman
Solomon and others invited the
legendary Rouse Corporation
to help spur the regeneration
of the city of Nassau. They did
not have enough political capi-
tal at the time to even get to
first base.
But in 1992 the new FNM
government commissioned a
study of five public waterfront
sites on the island's north shore
- from Goodman's Bay to Mon-
tagu. According to architects
Jackson Burnside and Pat Rah-
ming: "These five sites could act
as a catalyst (for) the redevel-
opment of the city of Nassau."
And some recommendations
were actually implemented.
They included the Goodman's
Bay renovation, improvements
at Potter's Cay, and landscaping
of the Eastern foreshore.
Three years later, the Nassau
Tourism Development Board
was formed. This was an evo-
lution of the old Duty-free Pro-
motion Board a group of
retailers who lobbied the gov-
ernment to enact duty-free leg-
islation to make the country
more competitive.
At about this time, the Min-
istry of Works was mulling a
land use plan for the entire
island, and Canadian consul-
tants produced a report on
infrastructural choices and costs.
But the idea was eventually
shelved, so most of those choic-
es and costs remain today only
amplified by the passage of time
(see 'Development Issues for
New Providence' at


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In the'late 1990s,
found that almost
hotel visitors never
downtown and didn'
money in our shops
Nassau is a tre
resource that needs
aged and developed
to fully realise its
potential," execute
Frank Comito said a
So Jackson Bur
commissioned to pro
study, to lay a found
the city's revitalisatio
was "to prevent the
essential characteri
and identity of Nass
create an attractive t
ronment." Accordin
to, "Many aspects o
are works now in pr
a reference for the e
ning process."
In early 2002, the
the Ministry of
launched a downtow
ment programme a
build on Burnside'
Nassau' recomme
Efforts were made
street crime and up
Street's general ap
cleanliness and user f
Shortly afterwar
ernment pledged to
special districts thro
country to aid in tt
tion of historic bui
neighbourhoods. T
tions are, in fact, av
this (although few t
tage of them), but le
formalise the histoi
has never been pass

T o generate
workshops on herita
was held in 2002.
speakers was the
director of the
Charleston Founda
that South Carolina
billions of dollars a
people eager to vis
preserved neighb(
Charleston's success
ed as a model for N,
After the May, 20
election, the new P]
ment formed the N
nomic Developmen
sion. Led by two old
- George Mackey ai
Solomon it bills itse
lic/private partne:
some two dozen mer
of the private secto.
tatives are drawn
Co-chairman Geoi
described Nassau's c
so grave it required
ate remedial attend
the commission spe
two years docume
"most urgent need
ter plan to...trans
Street and the city c
in the words of Prin
Perry Christie.
Last year the gc
hired an internation
firm, EDAW, to d:
plan. Presented to
few weeks ago, it i
range of "aggressiv
with costs split by

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on-the-ground record with the
downtown straw market does
not inspire confidence.
Tribune columnist Andrew
Allen has long argued for the
OUGH CALLa adoption of municipal govern-
ment because central govern-
A- SI ments are incapable of making
good decisions for local com-
munities: "Unlike a mayor or a
the NTDB and private sectors. The plan city manager, a central govern-
half of all outlines seven districts along ment's main concern is pitch-
even went the waterfront from Arawak ing all of their initiatives to the
t spend any Cay to Montagu, each "building broader political electorate."
s. "Historic upon a unique focal point and And, he says, "Like all of its
emendous character of the area." predecessors, the PLP has0
to be man- For instance, the Garden Dis- absolutely no plan for transfer-
d if we are trict surrounding the National ring any real power and respon-
economic Art Museum will be a "quaint sibility for the overall manage-
ve director walkable area". The Heart of ment of the city away from itself.
at the time. Nassau from George to East That, presumably, would involve
nside was Streets serves as "the formal too much political risk. It is,
Aduce a new entrance to the capital", featur- however, the only real hope of
idation for ing a new parliament complex. achieving a permanent solution
n. The goal And the Living Waterfront from to the problems of the city, by
loss of the Elizabeth Street to the Eastern insulating its management frn,.,
stics, spirit Parade will support a commu- national party politics. ThatVj
au (and) to nity of restaurants, shops, apart- makes it a bullet worth biting.:
urban envi- ments and cultural attractions. Guardian columnist Nicolette
ig to Comi- "The reclamation of this valu- Bethel goes even further, and
f this study able waterfront area is essen- argues for a Bahamian federa,,
ogress. It is tial for creating a downtown tion to give every island greater'
entire plan- Nassau that is a liveable place autonomy: "When a country
for residents and an attractive has 'local government', inf it'
NTDB and outlying territories, but no
Tourism municipal governments to gov-
'n improve- ern the two-thirds of the popu-
s a way to The govern- lation that lives in the capitl,
s 'Historic ment'S on-the- the concept is laughable,'" he
-ndations., wrote recently.
to control ground record "Central government has
?grade Bay with the stultified the growth of the
)pearance, entire country. Nassau can bare-
friendliness. downtown ly rule itself, let alone the entire
d, the gov- StraW market archipelago. If the nation is to'
designate straw market continue to grow and prosper, a-'.,
ughout the does not true devolution of power fromo'1
he restora- the centre must begin." i'Y
ldings and inspire
lax exemp- confidence
available for n the United States, legis-;.
ake advan- i lation empowers munici- ,,1
gislation to palities to establish so-calledi
ric districts destination for tourists," the business improvement districts c d
ed. EDAW plan says. And shippers that can levy assessments tooie
appear to have reluctantly fund promotion, management
agreed to move their unsightly maintenance and development;.
interest in container terminals to a new Most hire full-time managers.ra
a series of port slated to be built on Nas- under the control of a volunt
ige tourism sau's southwest coast. tary board of directors. id
One of the A 300-foot-wide channel will But Prime Minister Christied
executive be carved out between the BEC said last year that he wanted to;-y
Historic power station and Common- transform the Hotel Corpora4is;
nation. And wealth Brewery leading to tion (led by Baltron Bethel and'
City earns inland docking facilities dredged George Smith) into a Tourismni
year from to a depth of 20 or 30 feet. DevelopmentiCorporation thavni
sit its well- Excavation on the 200-acre site would no doubt exert-.politidatoq
ourhoods. is expected to begin before next control over;the whole redevel+dul
is often cit- summer, and will be the most opment process assuming it n.
assau. visible evidence that something ever gets off the ground in the'
)02, general is finally happening if it ever first place. ,o,
LP govern- gets underway. Hundreds of stakeholdersidi
assau Eco- Another top priority is the from both the public and pri'.ioi
it Commis- creation of a management vate sectors have worked form
adversaries authority for the city. The years helping to stimulate ideas'idi
nd Norman downtown improvement pro- and plan the best options for ri
elf as a pub- gramme made incremental the city's future. It is a projecti'o
rship with changes over the years, but that will benefit the entire'
nbers. Most there is no legislative back-up island, and all the experts agreeno
r represen- for what needs to be done on a that doing nothing will lead onlyg*c
from the larger scale, and no requirement to crisis and decline. 'o'-
that all businesses contribute to But politics trumps everything'
rge Mackey the overall effort. Experts say in this one-horse town even ouir,,/
;ondition as voluntary committees just won't own survival as a functioning.'i
d "immedi- cut it any more. community. None of the leadersaiP:
tion". And we contacted who are involved itif.'w
nt the next A the redevelopment planningc-
enting the lthough the govern- would comment for fear of com&' :I
for a mas- A. .t ment is said to agree mitting some terrible political:jd
form Bay conceptually with this approach, indiscretion. Why? Is it a ques-t-a'
of Nassau," many sense that a political stick- tion of national security? oe
ie Minister ing point has been reached. It is difficult to see how any';o
And it will likely take many rational approach, involving so?'i
)vernment more months to hammer out a much money and effort, cahi
al planning consensus on powers for a city succeed in such an insidious.",
raft such a authority to levy assessments, environment. 0o
Cabinet a enforce building codes, offer What do you think? Send,,i
dentifies a incentives and re-route traffic, comments to larry@tribuneme.iI
e projects" for example. Or visit www.bahama. i'
the public Meanwhile, the government's .. M;,/ Si
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Volunteers set up*

community centre

to secure future of

young generation

the local economy and popula-
tion expands, youth pastor
Gregg Wilson and a team of
volunteers are working to devel-
op a "life community village"
(LCV) in an effort to protect
the-future for young Exumians.
ECV, Mr Wilson explains, will
be a non-profit, multi-dimen-
sional community centre
designed for education, training,
retreats, sports, entertainment
and community involvement.
The idea is to promote social
balance, stem crime and combat
the: social ills associated with
economic growth and moderni-
To this end, the centre will
recruit and equip groups of car-
ingiadult volunteers' "to -pur-.
posely.impact lives for positive
change" Mr Wilson iexplained
in a press release.
',LCV's vision is to enroll all
volunteers in an inclusive non-
threatening and safe environ-
ment for career-oriented com-
munity professionals to share
their knowledge and expertise
to encourage positive change in
others," said the release.
'tWe are not exempting any-
one; bpth Bahamians and for-
eign residents will be asked to
volunteer their services.
'tThis also applies to the pri-
vate business sector as well
because if we don't address
these social ills early on, they
wilLeat at all industries affecting
families, foreign residents,
tourism,, schools, churches, the
business sector and the com-
munity. All of us one way or
another will become affected
and our Exuma paradise will be
lost,'" Mr Wilson warned.
He said that emphasis will be
placed on partnering with both
government and private sector
institutions on the island includ-
ing:.churches, the police, the
UrbanmRenewal Programme,
the Ministry of Tourism and the
Exuma Resource Centre.
'"The6idea is to foster the
same programmes for young
people as in Nassau, the US or
Canada where children in Exu-
ma can have a central place for
weekend hangouts, sleepovers,

parties and entertainment.
"While the centre will uphold
spiritual values it will have a
strong community premise that
will accommodate all aspects of
positive lifestyles, both religious
and non-religious. LCV is nei-
ther Baptist, Pentecostal,
Methodist, Anglican nor secu-
lar, but is a non-threatening
environment where all can
come to fellowship and
socialise. We will protect diver-
sity," Mr Wilson said.
He thanked the Ministry of
Education for turning over the
property of the Forbes Hill
School to the project.
"We are excited for the old
historic school house on the hill
which will be converted into the
proposed Hermitage Museum
where the slave history and/z
family trees of our ancestors can
be seen and traced."
Some existing buildings at the
site are in need of extensive ren-
ovation both inside and out, he
Mr Wilson said plans are in
place to build an additional one-
roof facility that can be used as
a hurricane shelter.
"The centre will be designed
with visionary leaders in com-
bination with an international
community team of college
interns from abroad and both
winter and local residents who
have committed from one week
to a year of service.
"Requests are coming in from
overseas college and adult work-
ers who will pay their own way,
expenses and volunteer their
services free of charge to the
community," Mr Wilson said.
The first of five phases of
work on the centre is scheduled
to begin in January 2006.
"There is plumbing, electri-
cal, masonry, carpentry, paint-
ing, and landscaping help need-
ed. There will be a need for pic-
nic benches to be built along
with cabanas, basketball, ten-
nis and volleyball courts. It will
take a village to bring this
dream to reality," Mr Wilson
He thanked the mahy local
businesses that have pledged
their support to the project.


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Book's focus on human traffic

A NEW Bahamian novel is
now available in New Provi-
dence bookstores in time for
Written by Bahamian author
Garth Buckner, The Origins of
Solitude concerns an American
documentary maker producing

a film on human trafficking
through the Bahamas to the US.
It focuses on a Bahamian boat
captain who smuggles Haitians,
Cubans and others.
The documentary is intend-
ed to demonstrate the evils
inherent in this trade, but as the

book progresses through the
islands and other locations
where the illegal trade in
humans is rife, the director
comes to realise that his film
will just be seen as entertain-
ment, and will ultimately
change nothing.

He comes to see that the
Bahamian trader, tough as the
man is, is the only person ulti-
mately helping people escape
from their desperate lives.
Amazon's Editorial Review
calls the book "a powerful and
reflective novel, both enrag-
ing and hypnotic," and former
Esquire magazine fiction edi-
tor Gordon Lish asks "Are
you ready for the peril of the
real?" in his blurb on the back
Published by Triple Press, a
small, independent publishing
house in Seattle, Washington,
The Origins of Solitude is
available locally from Logos
bookstore in Harbour Bay, the
Island Bookshop on Bay
Street, United Bookshop in
the Mall at Marathon and
shortly at. Wong's Bookworld
on Mackay Street.
The novel is being distrib-
uted nationally by Media
Enterprises. It is also available

* GARTH Buckner

online at or
directly from the publisher at
Mr Buckner is represented
by the Francis Goldin Liter-
ary Agency in New York.. He
lives in Nassau with his wife
and two sons.

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historical celebration booklet
and a promotional banner
which was displayed during the
entire event.
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ed passengers to Tennessee
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come reception at the
Church of God of Prophecy
Headquarters and a grand
tour and concert at the Fields
of the Wood, North Carolina.
The Bahama Brass Band's
anniversary celebration end-
ed with a Carnival Cruise
from New York to Canada
and it was Bahamasair's
charter service that trans-
ported them from Newark to
"Throughout the travel
time, band members and pas-.
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Farquharson welcomes NOTI CE

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woman commissioner

THE Caribbean has its first
woman Commissioner of Police
- Delano Christopher of
Antigua and Barbuda.
She was welcomed to the post
by Bahamas Commissioner
Paul Farquharson during an
intercessional meeting of the
Association of Caribbean Com-
missioners of Police in Barba-
Mr Farquharson, who is pres-
ident of the 24-member associ-
ation, is also worldwide chair-
man of the International Asso-
ciation of Chiefs of Police for
the Caribbean and Central
"It is historical and a great
step forward in law enforce-
ment in the region for women,"
said Mr Farquharson. "She fea-
tured prominently and partici-
pated heavily in the discus-
Commissioner Christopher
called for "the wider popula-
tion to be more acceptable to
women's issues and giving
women more credit for what
they are doing.
"Over the years, men were
always at the forefront and it is
not always men who put them
there. Women have been
behind them pushing them for-
The meeting, held last week,
also examined security mea-
sures for the 2007 World Cup of
Cricket to be played in nine
Caribbean countries.
"The challenge will be that
this World Cup will not be dis-
turbed by incidences of terror-
ism or criminal activity or mali-
ciousness at all from anyone,"
said Commissioner Farquhar-
SInterpol's secretary-general
Ronald Noble was invited to
help organise the intelligence
system for the World Cup.

* BAHAMAS Commissioner of Police Paul Farquharson, president of the Association of i A
Caribbean Commissioners of Police, welcomes Delano Christopher of Antigua and Barbuda, the
Caribbean's first woman commissioner of police


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tem in order to collaborate on
security issues," he said. "A
number of preparatory steps
have to be taken to make sure
that these games run smooth-
Although the event will not
come to the Bahamas this time,
"we have to be concerned
because what happens nega-
tively in the region will impact

us," Commissioner Farquhar-
son said. "Therefore as a police
force, we lend our full support
and co-operation to the rest of
the region that is hosting the
World Cup of Cricket."
The safety of tourists who vis-
it the region was also given
"high priority" at the meeting,
which prepared the agenda for
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Fury as portion of Perpall Well Fields is cleared

FROM page one

,actually go into," he said.
Mr Carey added that the coppice
or "bush" is the very core of the
Bahamian experience..
"It is where we' get our pigeon
plain, bush medicine, and wood for
wood carvers, the Bahamian expe-
rience is in the bush and if we lose
that, then we lose a part of our exis-
Mr Carey noted that the well
fields have always been very impor-
tant in the country's history as an
early source of water before reverse
osqnosis plants were used as an
alternative water supply.
'1 think that we have bhe.en luled
into a false sense of security that
the site would always be protect-
ed," he added.
He said he felt slightly better
after speaking with Housing Min-
ister Shane Gibson at the scene.
Mr Gibson promised him a review
of the situation before any further
work is done.
The site is particularly important
to staff and clients of the Bahamas
Association for Social Health who
not only cleared nature trails, but
use the site for meditation and
counselling sessions.
BASH founder Terry Miller said
he was extremely distraught when
he arrived at the scene to realise
that so much land had already been

He said the site is also a "living
lab" in that students of all ages vis-
ited the site to research the flora
and ponds.

"It is an owl sanctuary and home
to the white crown pigeon. We
need to appreciate it," h-e said, "it is
the last place available in the grass-
root areas. Clifton Cay; and places

like that are very important from a
tourism prospective, but we have
a treasure right here."
Mr Miller added that a number of
tourists have in fact visited the site

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School violence fears

FROM page one Last night, an R M Bailey
employee said "No-one was
being worke o ff," he stabbed today" when asked
adcied. about the incidents.
Over the last year, several Asked if there had been
knife incidents have been fights at the school over the last
reported at Nassau schools, few days, the source said: "I
some resulting in serious would say they were misunder-
iniuries. standings."

LPG industry review

IFROM page one
of$70.00 per 100 pound cylinder," the release read.
According to Mr Miller, the new price structure should be bench-
marked against the Mount Belvieu pricing index to bring about a
"true transparency" to the industry.
Mount Belvieu prices are quoted on a "per month" basis and roll
at the end of the calendar month.
This, he said, should eliminate the "unnecessary tensions" that
have been created between the dealers and the Ministry of Trade
and Industry in recent years.
Mr Miller also thanked a number of retailers who continued to
sell their propane gas below the gazetted price of $70 per 100
pound cylinder.
Currently, LP Gas sales and Services on Gladstone Road is sell-
ing their 100 pound cylinders the cheapest throughout the island at
$63. Nassau Propane, on Harrold Road, and Country Gas, and Nas-
sau Gas and Tanks all on Gladstone Road are all selling below the
gazetted price at $65.00 per 100 pound cylinder.
Calls to Peter Adderley, public relations officer for the Propane
Gas Retailers Association, for comment on the new initiative were
not returned up to press time last night.

Principals cite

key factors

troubling the

school system

FROM page one
she said.
Mrs Turnquest said that pro-
grammes need to be devised
which encourage children to
want to work harder and
achieve academic success.
"Give the teachers more, so
that they can stay after school
and offer extra courses and pro-
grammes for the students," she
However, parental involve-
ment, she said, is essential in
accomplishing the goal of rais-
ing the bar.
"We need all the stakehold-
ers to get involved. Parents
need to get fully involved in the
education of their children,
liaise more with the schools. For
example, we post all the stu-
dent's grades online so that the
parents can have immediate
access and see hc heir child is
performing," sh d.
Principal of' RGM Major
High School in Long Island,
Machon Cartwright, said that it
is obvious that there is a direct
correlation between a parent's
interest and a child's grades.
"No matter how academical-
ly gifted a student is, if there is

no interest, no push from home,
then his or her performance at
school will not be good," he
Mr Cartwright pointed out
that strong parental support is
especially vital from grade one
to eight.
"Parents do have less time
these days, but they need to
make the time. Even if it's just
one day a week they set aside to
sit down with their child to go
over homework and other
school work," he said.
However, Benedict Dorsett,
vice-principal of St Augustine's
College, added that often it is
not the lack of time, but the lack
of parental focus on their chil-
dren's education.
"There can always be more
parental involvement, but you
also have to look at how par-
ents think," he said.
Mr Benedict said that many
people today concentrate more
on obtaining material success,
than on achieving educational
"We live in a materialistic
society and both children and
parents focus a lot more on
things, getting things they want,
and not on education," he said.

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and said a tour coordinator from
the Disney Cruise company showed
interest in marketing a visit to the
well fields as a nature tour.
This, he said, if developed prop-
erly could launch a whole spin off
in the Bahamian experience and
added income to the country.
"Anyone who sees it, recognises
the ecological value of the site."
He noted that recently Deputy
Prime Minister Cynthia Pratt and
Social Services Minister Melanie
Griffin toured the trails with him
and were impressed. He said he is
still hopeful that Prime Minster
Perry Christie will have a chance
to visit.
Both men said there should have
been a proper assessment of the
site before any bulldozing was
Mr Carey said that regardless of
what government's final decision
is, he would like to see the Trust
play a major role in assessing the
value of the site before anything
else is done.
Mr Miller added that although
the land is owned by the Water and
Sewerage Corporation, before any
further development or changes
were made, government should
have done due process, through the
relevant government entities put in
place for that purpose.
The Tribune was unable to reach
Mr Gibson as he was in Cabinet
meetings all day.




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had been discussed previously,
adding that the hotel operating
partner was effectively the last
piece in the jigsaw that the
developers had to put in place.
"We're hoping to proceed in
the first or second quarter of
2006," Mr Lauth said. "I think
the project is going to become a
bit larger than was previously
discussed in public."
He added that once the hotel
operating partner was
"finalised", the developers
would then be able to complete
everything with the Govern-
Mr Lauth said: "We received
approvals in May 2005, to pro-
ceed, and since then we've been
negotiating with a hotel com-
pany. We've been trying to
*finalise that, and once that is
done we will be able to finalise
things with the Government."
The investors had "every
intention to move forward as
quickly as possible" once the
operator for what is planned to
be a boutique hotel is settled.
Mr Lauth explained that
before hotel brands came in as
operating or equity partners in
resort developments, they want-
ed to see evidence of a residen-
tial component attached to the


project. With condo hotels, this
meant that the properties could
be placed in a rental pool as
means of generating further
cash flow and profits when their
owners were not there.
Mr Lauth added that the
rooms in the condo hotel would
be sized at a minimum 1200
square feet, and the develop-
ment's main site at Governor's
Harbour would feature island
and oceanfront home sites. A
marina village, featuring retail
stores and restaurants, was also
Paul Thompson, the former
managing director of the Lyford
Cay Club, will join the devel-
opment full-time from March
2006 onwards, and will spear-
head construction work on
The development, which ini-
tially had a $40 million tag
attached to it when the Heads
of Agreement was signed in
March 2004, will feature two
marinas one on the Caribbean
sea side at Governor's Harbour,
featuring about 120 slips, and
another on the Atlantic Ocean
side at Savannah Hill.
The latter is likely to feature
40 slips, and both marinas will

Proposed marina
to give Savannah
Sound much-needed
'shot in the arm'

have fuelling stations and cus-
toms/immigration exit and entry
Mr Lauth said the former
Club Med's 300 rooms and
commercial areas, such as the

SEE page 4B

Hotels see 6.2%

rise to $244.5m

for room revenue

Tribune Business Editor
he Bahamian
hotel industry
increased pricing
power that trans-
lated into higher average daily
room rates and. a 6.2 per cent
rise in room revenues to $244.5
million for the first seven
months of 2005 compared to
last year. Its only major con-
cern remains the continued lost
room capacity in Grand
Bahama as a result of the Roy-
al Oasis closure.
For the year to July, Ministry
of Tourism data showed that*
average daily room rates in the
Bahamian hotel industry had
risen by 7.1 per cent, growing
from $156.18 last year to
$167.26 this time around.

The increase was most pro-
nounced in Grand Bahama,
where average daily room rates
rose from $91.30 during the first
seven months in 2004 to $113.42
in 2005.
This increase, though, is like-
ly to be misleading in terms of
an indicator as to the health of
Grand Bahama's tourism indus-
try. The price increase is likely
to reflect the scarcity of rooms
on that island, the Royal Oasis
closure having reduced its room
inventory by one third.
In Nassau/Paradise Island,
where the bulk of the Bahamas'
hotel industry is located, aver-
age daily room rates rose only
modestly by 0.5 per cent to
$178.78, compared to $177.87
last year.

For the Family Islands, the
average dally room rates rose
on average by 8.6 per cent to
$188.64, compared to $173.66.
Turning to total room rev-
enues, Nassau/Paradise Island
saw an 8.5 per cent increase to
$201.105 million for the seven
months to July 2005, compared
to $185.348 million for last year.
Grand Bahama saw its total
room revenues fall by 9.1 per
cent to $30.397 million, while
in the Family Islands room rev-
enues increased by 12.9 per cent
to $13.038 million from $11.545
Across the Bahainian hotel
industry, average room occu-
pancy increased by 5.9 per cent
to 77 per cent, as opposed to
71.1 per cent in the seven,

SEE page 3B

Bahamas likely to see further

M&A activity during 2006

Tribune Business Editor
MORE merger and acquisition activity
is likely to take place in the Bahamian
economy in 2006, KPMG's corporate
finance head for the Caribbean told The
Tribune yesterday, with the number of
deals completed during 2005 a sign that
this'nation's economy was performing
Simon Townend, who is based in the
Bahamas, said this nation and the wider
Caribbean were mirroring global merger
and acquisition trends. In the year to
November, some 24,806 deals worth a
combined $2,509 billion had been com-

pleted, a 19 per cent increase on the same
period in 2004.
He added: "Regionally; there's a lot of
activity either through outright acquisi-
tion or joint ventures through strategic
initiatives. There's been a lot of activity in
the last few years and it hasn't slowed
Mr Townend said this was shown
through deals such as the creation of First-
Caribbean International Bank, which
resulted from the regional merger of
CIBC and Barclays, and ongoing financial
services consolidation elsewhere.

This process had involved regional
giants such as Sagicor and Life of Jamaica,
a trend that had been repeated in the
Bahamian market through the series of
acquisitions embarked upon by Colina
Insurance Company, including Imperial
Life and Canada Life.
In a Bahamian context, among the lead-
ing mergers and acquisitions activity was
the purchase of the three Cable Beach
hotels by Baha Mar Development Com-
pany; FOCOL's $25 million purchase of
Shell's retail and commercial fuels busi-
ness in the Bahamas and Turks & Caicos;

SEE page 4B

BISX 'followed'

procedure over

FamGuard stock

Freeze Parameters

Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas International
Securities Exchange (BISX)
"followed" procedures estab-
lished by its Rules back in 2002
in amending the Freeze Para-
meters for FamGuard Corpo-
ration, which enabled a trade
in its shares to take place last
week that increased the market
price from $4.35 to $6.05.
The Freeze Parameters on
BISX-listed stocks are intended
to enable the Bahamian equi-
ties market to react to a mater-
ial change in a publicly listed
Usually, BISX share prices
can only trade within, a band of
+/- 10 per cent from the previ-
ous day's closing price, a move
designed to prevent the market
from moving sharply in any one
direction on a share trade dur-
ing the day.
However, The Tribune has
been told that any of BISX's
broker-dealer members Fideli-
ty Capital Markets, First
Bahamas Capital (Colina) and
SG Hambros can petition the
exchange for these Freeze Para-
meters to be amended for a spe-

Colina Holdings
completes $20m
share issue

cific stock.
A petition can be filed if
there is no trading in a particu-
lar stock for' 10 consecutive
trading days, or if material
information becomes available
to the market.
In this case, it was the news of
FamGuard's strategic alliance
with Sagicor, the purchase of a
20 per cent stake by the Barba-
dos company, and the Tender
Offer that will see the holding
company for Family Guardian,
the Bahamian-listed life and
health insurer, repurchase
625,000 shares from existing
The Tender Offer was priced
at $6.20, a 42.5 per cent premi-
um to the then market price of
$4.35, so BISX was petitioned

SEE page 3B


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(February 1999) 6 years

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Protecting your business

against armed robbery

n my series on How Not
to Become a Victim of
Crime, a plan of action
is discussed in detail.
However, I received
requests for actual pointers and
recommendations on exactly
what one should do. The fol-
lowing recommendations are not
guaranteed, as every business,
home and person may need to
modify the list provided to
accommodate their various envi-
We shall first look at armed
robbery response. This serious
crime, as classified by the Royal.
Bahamas Police Force, has even
been given its own special team
of investigators. The police have
targeted it as a key crime for
intervention, but have found it
difficult to deal with effective-
Yet despite the significance
of armed robbery in the criminal
justice system, there remains a
large gap in knowledge and
understanding of the sub-
ject. What are some of the moti-
vating factors for the robber?
Armed robbery is seen as a
fast and direct way of getting
The robber may need mon-
ey for drugs, or to pay debts.
t In the case of some young
offenders, the 'thrill' of the inci-
dent and the feeling of power
are enough to make them re-
offend. It may soon become a
'lifestyle' or a 'profession'.
Case files have shown that
the majority of armed robberies
are not thoroughly planned.
However, the professional
armed robber will sometimes go
to great lengths in the prepara-
tion and planning of the armed
robbery and will case the
premises extensively before the
Studies have- shown the

involvement of both drugs and
alcohol to be significant in inci-
dents of armed robbery.
In the case of the drug
addict who desperately needs to
finance the next 'hit', the deci-
sion to stage an armed hold-up is
potentially lethal. The armed
robbery will probably not be
well planned and there is no
guarantee that the individual is
Violence might increase
when there is more than one
offender. In these instances you
are at a much heightened risk.
It is important to understand
these points when formulating
prevention and response strate-
Armed Robbery Prevention
1. Cash Reduction
Limit the amount of cash held
and publicise it. Research sug-
gests that limiting the amount
of cash held on the premises and
publicising the fact will signifi-
cantly minimise the risk of
armed robbery.
2. Cash Handling
Small amounts of cash being
held at any one time will reduce
the attractiveness of a target.
More frequent deposits to
banks or secure holding units
will assist.
Money should be kept out
of sight.
Cash should never be count-
ed in view.
Takings should never be dis-
cussed in public.
Advertise the fact of mini-
mum cash holdings.
3. Don't Advertise Your
As a businessperson you
believe in advertising. Armed
robbers also look for advertise-
ments. Don't advertise to the
potential armed robber that it
will be profitable to rob you.
Never, ever, 'flash' a large roll of
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4. Cash Drop Box with time
delay lock
This will help deter the would-
be robber. Signs should be used
to advertise this fact.
5. Cash Registers:
It is desirable for cash regis-
ters to be located where they
are highly visible to passers-by.
This it increases the possibility of
identification of the robber. The
more visible the better and this
acts as a deterrent.
6. Avoid Routine:
Where it is necessary for staff
to transport cash, do not estab-
lish a routine. Staff should not
wear uniforms which identify
the business or that are security
personnel. Ensure that times
and routines are varied. Be
mindful of the human element
of complacency in this area.
7. Credit Facilities:
Provision of credit facilities
should effectively reduce the
quantity of cash held. Electron-
ic Funds Transfer at Point of
Sale (EFTPOS) system is also
an excellent way of reducing
cash held on the premises. Ask
for information from your bank.
8. Open environment
An open and uncluttered
environment that provides a
clear, well-lit view of the sales
area from outside is a deterrent

to armed robbers, who prefer to
remain unobserved.
9. Rear access
Any rear access should be ful-
ly secured. Appropriate locks
should be employed. Illuminate
backyards and lanes leading to
the premises. Curtains, posters
and advertising material that
obscures vision should be used
to a minimum. These provide
cover for any would-be bandit.
10. Doors and Windows
All exterior doors should be'
of solid construction with good
quality locks fitted. To guard
against forced entry, consider
fitting bars to windows. Lou-
vered windows are a particular-
ly weak point. If counting mon-
ey at night, this should be done
out of view and the premises
should be secured.
11. Counters
Behind the counter is your
territory, and there should be
no opportunity for access by the
customer. Counters should be
designed to provide as much dis-
tance between customers and
staff as practicable. Deep coun-
ters with raised floors behind
the counter make it difficult for
offenders to assault staff.
12. Surveillance cameras
Surveillance cameras may not
deter armed robbers but they
will certainly contribute to their
arrest. If activated during a hold-_
up, the resulting photographs

can greatly increase the chances
of apprehending the offender.
It is important that these cam-
eras are maintained and serviced
13. Lighting
Lighting can be used to
advantage making the target
highly visible and increasing the
chances of offender identifica-
14. Mirrors
Mirrors can be useful in oth-
erwise obscured areas, allowing
staff to fully monitor floor space.
However, be careful that mir-
rors do not allbw potential rob-
bers to see your cash area from
the customer's side of the.
15. Electronic sensors
Electronic sensors can alert
staff that customers are enter-
ing or leaving The premises.
16. Bullet resistant barriers
The handling of large sums of
money such as payrolls may war-
rant the installation of bullet-
resistant barriers for staff pro-
tection. There are various grad-
ings of bullet resistant barriers
and a risk assessment can be
conducted by security consul-
17. Exact money
Requiring the 'exact money'
in business transactions can
eliminate the need to keep cash
tills, especially at night. When
large bills are used for payment,
a customer or robber is alerted
to where the larger amounts of
cash are held, as it must be
accessed to supply change.. An
offender may deliberately pur-
chase a small item with large
bills for this purpose. It may be
wise to have a notice asking for
exact money.
18. Time controlled vaults
These will also deter the
would-be robber reducing.
opportunity. Signs should be.

used to advertise that these facil-
ities are on the premises.
19. Vigilance:
Vigilance on the part of staff
is essential. Any suspicious-
behaviour should be noted, and,"
reported to the police. ieefii
observations by staff may assist!
police in apprehending the'
offenders before the offence.
Personal name tags for staff
should be used with cautionS.
This can place staff in a vulner-'
able position after the robbery;,
particularly if surnames atre.
20. New Staff
When selecting new staff,
. ascertain personal backgrounds
details. References should be;
sought and consulted.
21. When staff leave your.
employment .
E Ensure, any keys to areas tha.,
departing staff have, ha4, ,aqess,.
to have been accQuntefi for.
Where keys cannot be located;,.
change the lock. Where staff,
members leave under difficult.
or strange circumstances, it may,,
also be worth considering chang-'
ing locks, combinations and.
even cash handling.procedures.,
This list is by no means com-
prehensive, and some of youth
may already have several of my..
recommendations in place. Next'
week we will look at what are'
some suggested responses dur-"
ing the actual event. This is crit-'
ical, because the prevention,
plan's main concern is cash:
retention. However, during the'
robbery the most important con-,
cern is the preservation of life. ,-

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BISX 'followed' procedure

over FamGuard stock

Freeze Parameters

FROM page 1B
to amend the Freeze Parame-
ters to enable the market to
respond to that price. Given
that the $6.20 figure was a sign
that FamGuard's stock
appeared to be undervalued on
BISX, the expectation was that
the next trade could be execut-
ed close to the offer price.
As a result, BISX issued a
November 22 press release
announcing that it accepted the
petition, and FamGuard's
shares would now trade
between +41 per cent and -10
per cent of the $4.35 close.
BISX said: "The amendment
to the FAM Freeze Parameter
will permit the entering of
orders and the execution of
trades within the newly-estab-
lished trading band."
Once a trade was executed
last week at $6.05, the Freeze
Parameters reverted to their +/-
10 per cent of the previous day's
Keith Davies, BISX's chief
executive, said yesterday: "We
have a procedure in place and
everything was followed.
"Our broker/dealer members
are seized with all the informa-
tion. It is their duty to advise
their clients and take them
through the technical aspects
BISX as to what is going on."
An article written in the Nas-
sau Guardian by Colina Finan-
cial Advisors, an affiliate of Col-
inalmperial Insurance, Fam-
Guard's biggest competitor, had
criticised the change to its rival's
Freeze Parameters as lacking
transparency and not carried
out for policy reasons. The par-


ent of both companies, the Col-
ina Financial Group, owns the
Nassau Guardian.
Meanwhile, Colina Holdings,
the BISX-listed parent for Col-
inalmperial Insurance, has com-

pleted the $20 million prefer-
ence share issue that will be ulti-
mately used to finance the
Imperial Life purchase. The
offer is understood to have been
"slightly oversubscribed".

Hotels see 6.2% rise to

$244.5m for room revenue

;FROM page 1B
mljnths to July 2004.
Average room occupancy in
Nassau/Paradise Island rose by
4.7 per cent to 82.2 per cent,
compared to 77.4 per cent,

while for the Family Islands it
increased by 6.6 per cent to 48.8
per cent.
Available room night and
occupied room night data across
the Bahamas were affected by
Grand Bahama's performance,

ending July down by 8.5 per
cent and 0.9 per cent respec-
tively. On Grand Bahama, these
statistics were off by 32.1 per
cent and 26.8 per cent.
However, Nassau/Paradise
Island saw an 8 per cent
increase in occupied room
nights and a, 1.7 per cent rise in
available room nights.
The Family Islands saw an
increase in occupied room
nights of 4 per cent, while the
available number of room
nights fell by 10.1 per cent.

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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 14TH day of DECEMBER,
2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

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Bahamas likely to see further

-.. I M&A activity during 2006

FROM page 1B

Sagicor's strategic alliance with
Family Guardian, involving the
purchase of a 20 per cent equi-
ty stake; and the deal that trans-
ferred control of the Bahami-
an Wendy's franchise.
Of the Bahamian mergers
and acquisitions market, Mr
Townend said of the deals that
had occurred in 2005: "Those
alone, that's quite a reasonable
level of activity right there..It's
a sign of a positive economy
when you're getting the consol-
idation of businesses."
He added: "I think it will con-
tinue over the next year.
There's some large transactions
being contemplated around the
region, and I think we can
expect more transaction activi-
ty next year in the Bahamas.
There's quite a few private
transactions going on behind
the scenes."
Apart from financial services
consolidation, Mr Townend said
there was also likey to be merg-
er and acquisition activity in the
wider Bahamian and Caribbean
commercial sector.
He pointed out that there
were a large number of
Caribbean companies that were
still family-owned businesses,
and which were facing succes-

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sion issues. As a result, these
family owners were looking to
merge, reduce their interest or
sell out.
KPMG Corporate Finance's
analysis of global merger and
acquisition activity, based on
data supplied by Dealogic,
showed that the 19 per cent
increase on 2004's level of activ-
ity, in which 20,888 deals worth
$1,736 billion were concluded,
showed that the growth was
underpinned by significant
activity, not just a few larger
Transaction levels had aver-
aged 2,255 completed deals a
month in 2005 the highest
monthly average since 2000,
when completions reached
2,522 per month.
The picture from the KPMG
survey was similar for monthly
deal values that averaged
US$187 billion this year, beating
post-2000 levels. The peak
month this year was October,
when 2,425 deal closures
totalled $306 billion.
Mr Townend said: "Last year,
KPMG Corporate Finance
reported a turning point in what
had been a declining market.
The continued growth in 2005
proves this was no temporary
blip. What is particularly pleas-
ing is the equally strong upturn



work to start

in early 2006

FROM page 1B

restaurant, had already been
torn down, with all debris on
surrounding property also
He added that the former
Club Med marina, which had
covered just two acres, had been
Stdo small for their development.
As a result, the developers,
acquired parcels of surrpndi.:
ing land, the approvals for
which were received in May
2005, with the final purchase
closing this September.
Mr Lauth acknowledged that
while it had taken some time
for the developers to reach this
stage, both the Government
and the people of Eleuthera had
been "very supportive".
The Savannah Hill Marina
and Club House is proposed to
be set on 70 acres that overlook
Windermere Island. Although
some concerns have been
expressed about that marina's
proximity to turtle breeding
grounds and bonefishing flats
in the area, The Tribune has
been told that the facility will
be sited at the northern opening
to Savannah Sound, where
there are no mangroves.
One source said that a little
dredging of the Sound would
be welcomed, as it was current-
ly clogged from sand driven
there by recent hurricanes from
Windermere Island.
The source added of the pro-
posed marina: "It would reju-
venate the whole of Savannah
Sound.'People have no jobs. We
need a shot in the arm."




Symbo -.~*r-4 '" A' .
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Weekly Vol EPS $ Div $ P/E 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 0.00 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 U.00%
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Fund Name NA V YTD% Last 12 Months Div $ Yield %
1.2593 1.1913 Colina Money Market Fund 1.259334*
2.4766 2.0704 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.4766 ***
10.6711 10.0000 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 10.6711.....
2.2754 2.1675 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.275422**
1.1406 1.0755 Colina Bond Fund 1.140599****

BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00 YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price
52wk-HI Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelitj
52wk-Low Lowest closing price In last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fldelit
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. 31, 2005
* AS AT OCT. 28, 2005/ ** AS AT OCT. 31, 2005/ ***** AS AT OCT. 31, 2005

in deal numbers which provides
the bedrock for a vibrant M&A
"This year there has been a
great deal more noise in the sys-
tem, so at first blush a 19 per
cent rise on last year may feel
below expectations. However,
the acid test is not the deal you
talk about but the one you
close. Our analysis, which looks
at completed deals, shows the
tempo of activity has been
increasing through the third
quarter suggesting a strong fin-
ish to the year and a buoyant
start to 2006."


While the Americas and
Europe, the Middle East and
Africa were found to be still
attracting the lions' share of.
deals in 2005, Asia Pacific is
experiencing the largest growth
in targeted M&A up 39 per
cent by value and 50 per cent by
volume on last year. This year is
already a record year for the
region, which has so far attract-
ed 6,921 deals worth $370 bil-
By country, the US contin-
ued to top the value tables with
$785 billion from 6,522 com-
pleted deals so far this year.

However, there has been no
growth in activity targeted at
the US when compared to last
yearm with total values flat and
the volume of activity down by'
around 3 per cent
Mr Townend said: "The US is
seeing a valuation gap between
buyers and sellers, which is
dampening activity and length-
ening deal timescales; Debt-
providers are more cautious giv-
en the general sentiment that
short-term rates will continue
to rise.
"There is also a sense that thl.
US consumer is 'tappe d:Quti
now that the real estate boom'
appears to have ended. Both of
these factors will continue to
weigh down the US economy."
According to the KPMG
analysis, the top three sectors
by value of activity this year
were telecoms, financial services
and real estate. Mr Townend
added: "The value of deals still
pending could add around a-fur-
ther 50 per cent to the.value-pof
deals which may close over the,
next several months. This is a!
substantial deal pipeline, giving
us some very upbeat signals foir
next year. The backdrop is also
set fair with increasing corpo-
rate confidence and more buoy-'
ant equity markets."

Employment Opportunity

Financial Institution is seeking an

Administrative Assistant/


* Strong Communication (Verbal & Written),
Time Management and Interpersonal
* Perform reception duties in an efficient,
professional and courteous manner
* Ability to multi-task and perform clerical
tasks as assigned
* Knowledge of Microsoft Office 2003
* Knowledge of Basic Accounting Skills and
the use of Account Software a plus

Please fax resumes to:
or mail to
P.O. Box SS-19051


Our client, a trust company, is seeking applications for a Trust Manager.

The Trust Manager will have responsibility for a small portfolio of complex trust clients
and will provide trust advice to trust officers/administrators.


Candidates should meet the following criteria:

ACIB &/or STEP Qualifications
Bachelor's Degree or higher in a related discipline from an accredited University
Minimum of five years experience in a bank and trust environment, preferably
at a management level with significant exposure to operations
Exposure to diverse risk management
Experience in managing complex trusts and developing fiduciary standards
Strong technical and managerial skills
Proficient in the use of the Microsoft range of applications
Expertise in current banking & trust legislation and regulations
Excellent written and oral skills
Excellent organizational, time management and communication skills
Team Player with the ability to add value and strength to the team and team goals
Honest, hardworking and ability to meet deadlines
Bahamian status required

The position offers an attractive salary and benefits package, reflecting the successful
applicant's experience and qualifications, including a performance bonus, pension,
medical, dental & life insurance coverage.

Qualified individuals should submit complete resumes including references before
December 21, 2005 to:

Mark E. Munnings
Deloitte & Touche
P. O. Box N-7120
Nassau, Bahamas


Financial Advisors Ltd.

Sales Manager,



The successful candidate should possess the following
* A college degree in Banking (or a related field)
* At least 5 or more years retail banking experience
in a lending role. Previous experience in portfolio
and liability management would be an asset.
* Negotiating/Selling skills
* Strong leadership, coaching, relationship building,'
problem solving and confidentiality skills
Ability to manage multiple priorities
* Ability to make sound credit analysis
* Microsoft Office skills (Word, Excel, Power Point)

Responsibilities include:
* Achieving business results through sales and
market management, implementation of strategic
direction and representation in the market place.
Working in partnership with the Network Sales
Teams to implement strategies, processes and
disciplines to achieve sustainable earnings 'and '
revenue growth through the sales force.
Developing an effective adaptable sales force to
maximize revenue and productivity opportunities.
Championing sales management practices to
achieve superior client experience and enhance
employee capability and engagement while
leveraging full RBC Financial Group capabilities
including branches, alternate delivery channels
and service partners.

A competitive compensation package (base salary &
bonus) will be commensurate with relevant experience
and qualifications.

Please apply before December 16, 2005 to:
The Manager
Human Resources
Bahamas & Caribbean
Royal Bank of Canada
Bahamas Regional Office
P.O. Box N-7549, Nassau, N.P, Bahamas
Via fax: (242)328-7145

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comeback to

Junior Sports Reporter
"NO HOLE is to deep for
the my team to get out," said
veteran volleyball player Jackie
Conyers on Monday night after
winning the New Providence
Volleyball Association (NPVA)
women's championship series.
Conyers, the captain of the
Scottsdale Vixens club, led her
team to the biggest comeback in
the association s history.
The Vixens came back
despite losing two games in the
best of five championship series,
and two sets in the decisive
game, to defeat the defending
champions Da Basement 18-25,
23-25, 25-19, 25-15 and 15-13.
The team, which went unde-
feated all year, were pinned
back in the first two games of
the series by Da Basement, but
according to Conyers the team's
strength prevailed when need-
Down two points in the fifth
set, Conyers took the team's
load on her back, powering one
of her three outside hits off the
hands of the shorter setter, Jen-
nifer Isaacs-Dotson.
The break brought the Vix-
ens within one and had Laval
Sands on the service line.
Behind the services of Sands
and the hard driven hits by
Conyers, the Vixens powered
back to tie the game 13-all.
But Da Basement women
weren't about to lay down,
scooping up hard hit balls by
Conyers and Davia Moss.

The scrappy defence left Da
Basement with little offensive
choices. Dotson, who usually
plays the second ball was now
touching the first ball, leaving
the other players to set.
Da Basement's only go to
person at this point was Joyce
Minus, who had recently been
substituted in the game, after
sitting out four sets. Minus
relieved an injured Brenda
Wart, who suffered from a tight-
ened hamstring injury in the
third set. Although Wart went
down in set three, she managed
to stay in the game to play the
closing and opening points of
that set and set four.
Conyers said: "I am very
excited, winning the champi-
onship is a great feeling and I
know I can say the same for my
hardworking coaches and team-
"We all pulled together and
contributed to this victory. Our
game plan was to beat them in
three straight sets but that did-
n't workout they came out tak-
ing the first two sets, so we had
to bounce back to take the oth-
er sets.
"We decided as a team to not
give in, sacrifice, pull together
and overcome the two sets
The determined Conyers fed
off the mistakes made by Da.
Basement team, rallying behind
the strength of the teammate
Shennel Andrews.

take title

Andrews had taken her game
to the next level, picking up
balls that her teammates
watched sail pass them.
The turn around game in the
third set by Andrews surprised
Da Basement, as a result the
blocking game shifted from
Conyers to Andrews.
At the end of the game Cony-
ers had recorded 19 spikes and
two aces, Moss had nine spikes,
four blocks and four aces while
Andrews chipped in with sev-
en spikes, two blocks and two
Conyers added: "We were
flat, we didn't play to our full
potential in the first two games
or the first two sets in this game.
Once everyone got into he
game it was easy for us, no
problems at all.
"Some of us got nerves when
they came back in the last set
but I still had confidence in my
teammates and I knew that we
would bounce back and come
out victorious.


"Nothing really worked well
for us in the first two sets, we
were flat, cold. It took us a
while to get into the game but
once we were there we were
ready to play. We played the
game that we know and it was
"I think the team plays very
well when our backs are against
the wall, we play great ball dur-
ing this time. When we see that
we are in trouble we start to
fight our hardest."
When Wart went down the
passing game of Da Basement
team started to decline. Instead
of using three passers, the team
now resorted to a two passer
This made the service points
easier for the Vixens. In the
third set the Vixens had served
up eight services aces, three in
one rotation.
Dotson said: "I think when
Brenda went down that was a
key thing for us as well, partic-
ular since Margaret wasn't here.
Brenda got hurt and Joyce was
cold coming off the bench, by
the fifth set she was just starting
to get warm.
"We give it our all, we don't
have anything to be ashamed
of, but we hung right in there
for the last whistle. I think we
played well.
"It is hard losing a game like
that, we should have put them
away in three, it never should
have gone to five sets. However
we were unable to do it.
"We started passing bad, we
didn't serve with the same
intensity and the service was
what actually helped us in the
first two sets.
"We came in the third set just
thinking that we would win it
and we didn't play for it. They
came back, we let the momen-
tum switch from our side to
"But in the fifth set I think
we give it our all, it just wasn't
good enough. I don't even think
they believe they won this.

BLTA searching for potential

Bahamas Davis Cup stars

Senior Sports Reporter
THE search is on for the Bahamas
Lawn Tennis Association to find a
new team of players to pull the
Bahamas out of the American Group
III Davis Cup competition next year.
This weekend at the National Ten-
nis Centre, the association will host
its trials with a series of matches
between invitees from Friday to Sun-
Team captain John Farrington,
who is in North Carolina recuperat-
ing from a hip replacement surgery,
said he's looking forward to the out-
come of the trials.
"I don't know all the players who
have been invited," Farrington
stressed. "But we are always looking
for anyone who has been doing good
all year and the possibility of them
becoming new members of the team.
Last year, the team of Marvin

Trials to be held

this weekend

Rolle, Devin Mullings, Ryan Sweet-
ing and H'Cone Thompson travelled
to Bogota where they were blanked
5-0 and dropped from Group II to
Group III.
This is the first time that the
Bahamas has been so low in the tie,
having played in Group One for
more than a decade with Roger
Smith, Mark Knowles and Mark
Merklein leading the way.
Farrington, who played on the
team as well, said it's good that the
Bahamas has to start all over again.
He said this will give the youngsters
the confidence they need to improve

their game so that they will be ready
once the Bahamas regains its promi-
nence in the future.
Unlike the World and American
Group One and II, in Group III, the
eight nations participating play
together over the same weekend. The
top two teams will be promoted to
Group II in 2007, while the two losing
teams will be relegated to Group IV.
Farrington said it will be good for
the team, when selected, to try and
pull the Bahamas out of Group III
and back in Group II for 2007.
At least two of this year's team
members have indicated that they

are excited about coming home for
the trials this weekend and earning
their spots on the team next year.
"It-should be some pretty good ten-
nis. I don't know who all will be play-
ing, but I'm going to go out there
and give it 110 percent and try to win
all my matches and have some fun,"
said Marvin Rolle.
As the more seasoned member of
the past team, Rolle said there's no
pressure on him because "there are a
lot of guys that deserve a lot of cred-
it for what they've done so far this
"So I just have to go out there and
do my thing."
Rolle has been a member of the
Davis Cup team since 2001. Coming
into the trials, Rolle said he's been
training a lot in Florida and is eager
to play.
H'Cone Thompson, coming in
from Washington where he's still
working as a part-time tennis instruc-
tor, while playing on the pro circuit,

said he will be back to just "put it
out on the line and try to do my best
to make the team again."
Since the Bahamas played Colom-
bia, Thompson played in the ATA
Championships where he won the
men's singles crown in August.
Two weeks ago, he played in,
another tournament where he
reached the final. But for the most'
part, he said he's been training and'
working in preparation for the trials.
As one of the older members of
the team, Thompson said "there's
always pressure, but I feel like there
was pressure last year and there was
pressure the year before.
"I all of the other guys like Ryan,.
Devin and Marvin have been play-
ing well this year and they are coming.
back. I don't know about the others,,
but I am looking forward to the.
intense competition."
If he is selected, this will be the
third year that Thompson, 24, will be
a part of the Davis Cup team.








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The Panthers

pounce on

Lions for win

enjoyed a 4-for-6 day with four
runs batted in and three scored
to help the Miller Panthers beat
the DHL Lions 24-21 in a Mas-
ters Softball League on Sunday
at the Churchill Tener Knowles
National Softball Stadium.
The Panthers rebounded
from a 19-2 loss to the defend-
ing champions Joshua Knights
in one of Saturday's double
headers. It was the second
straight loss for the Lions, who
had been blanked 10-0 by the
Two Turtles Inn Parrots.
Panthers' Andrew Ferguson
was 4-for-6 with two RBIs and
two runs scored on Sunday; Will
Bastian was 3-for-6 with three
RBIs and three runs and Edwin
Culmer was 3-for-3 with five
RBIs and three runs scored.
Joe Miller got the win on the
mound over Mike Isaacs.
Isaacs also led the offensive
attack for the Lions with a 3-
for-5 day with six RBIs and four
runs scored. Mike Moss was 3-
for-5 with an RBI and four runs;
Dave Blake was 3-for-6 with
three RBIs and Richard Brown
was 2-for-5 with an RBI and
five runs scored.
Summary of Saturday's games
played were as follows:
SKnights 19, Panthers 2:
James Clarke had a perfect 3-
for-3 day with four RBIs and
three runs scored to pace the
onslaught for Joshua.
Everette 'Abe' Johnson went
3-for-4 with an RBI and three
runs scored; Walter Smith was
2-for-2 with an RBI and two
runs; Michael Carroll was 2-for-
3 with two RBIs and two runs
and Sonny Haven was 1-for-4
with three RBIs and a run to
assist in the rout.
Bertie Murray Sr. got the
win, while James Robinson suf-
fered the loss.
Edwin Culmer had a perfect
3-for-3 day with an RBI and
Bursil Bradshaw was 1-for-2
with a run scored.
Parrots 10, Lions 0: Den-
nis Davis turned in a perfect 3-
for-3 day with two RBIs and as
many runs scored to highlight
the whitewashing job by Two
Turtles Inn.
Larry Thompson produced a
2-for-3 outing with four RBIs
and two runs; Greg Rahming
and Spurgeon Johnson were
both 2-for-3 with two runs and
Lionel Clarke was 1-for-3 with
two RBIs.
Robert Gilbert got the win
on the mound and Basil Davis
was tagged with the loss.
Anthony Roberts and Mike
Moss were both 2-for-2 and
Mike Isaacs was 1-for-2 in the
The league will stage its
final weekend of games on Sat-
urday and Sunday before taking
a break for the Christmas holi-
day. Here's a look at the fix-
Saturday's games
1 p.m. Two Turtles Inn vs
Williams Construction Jets.
2:30 p.m. Miller Panthers vs
Miller Lite Royals.
Sunday's games
1:30 p.m. Two Turtles Inn vs
Miller Panthers.
3 p.m. DHL Lions vs Joshua

I Bahamian irs as

Jonathan goes pro

ame the first Bahamian to
Sa professional cycling

ratl Commonwealth Games

Senior Sports Reporter
JONATHAN Massie, one of
three competitors selected to rep-
resent the Bahamas at the Com-
monwealth Games next year,
became the first Bahamian to
sign a professional cycling con-
tract over the weekend in
Gainesville, Florida.
The former University of Col-
orado standout, who competed
with an elite team last year, will
be wearing a VMG-ABN
AMRO uniform when the sea-
son opens in February.
"It's a dream come through.
I'm really excited about it," said
Massie, who will be teaming up
with Lee Farmer as team-mates
on the developmental team.
"Having Lee on the roster is
good because we've been training
very hard since I came back
home. I think we will work very
well on the team as we prepare
for the Commonwealth Games."
Both Massie and Farmer,
along with Barron 'Turbo' Mus-
grove, have been selected by the
Bahamas Amateur Cycling Fed-
eration to carry the Bahamian
flag at the Commonwealth
Games in March in Brisbane,

But only Massie and Farmer
have been named to the newly
formed VGM-ABN AMRO,
which will make its debut here
when the Tour of the Bahamas is
held from February 11-12.
Massie and Farmer have also
been members of VMG, a com-
pany incorporated in the
Bahamas with the mission to help
athletes aspire to higher levels of
VMG is founded by Mark
Holowesko, a life-long Bahamian
sportsman, cyclist, sailor and iron-
man triathlete. He has also rep-
resented the Bahamas in a num-
ber of Star Class World Champi-
onships and the 1996 Olympic
For'Massie, it's a major
achievement, not just to sign the
pro contract for a team that orig-
inated from the Bahamas by a
Bahamian, but also be named as
a member of the national team
that will be heading "down
"This is something that I've
always looked forward to, repre-
senting my country," Massie

stressed. "Now I will have the;
opportunity, not just to do it at.
the Commonwealth Games, butf
also on the pro circuit.':
When the season starts next.
year, VGM-ABN AMRO wilt
not just compete in the Bahamas,
but they will travel throughout
the United States.
"We're really looking forward.
to that," Massie said. "We will-
have the opportunity to compete,,
in a lot of events that the elite,
team that I was on this year.
couldn't compete in."
Massie said it was a successful.
weekend in Gainesville as he and,
Farmer not only got the chance'
to see the other cyclists selected
to the team, but were subjected
to physiological and psychological
They also had their first photo
shoot as a team.
But what really stood out the
most for Massie was when the
team was led into what was pur-
ported to be a brief laboratory
tour and a run of the mill bike
fitting session.
However, when they entered
the University of Florida &
Shands Orthopedics and Sports
Medicine Institute, the teain
members were presented with
their new 2006 equipment, 12
sparkling carbon FUJI bicycles.
"That was.really special," said
Massie of the new bikes. ,
Fuji Bicycles, a proven leader
in bicycling advocacy and devdl-
opment, will serve as the official
bicycle supplier for VMG Rac-
Recently, Massie was named
by the Minister of Youth, Sports
and Culture as one of the ath-
letes who will receive a subven-
tion from the government.
"I'm happy that I've been
included because it comes at the
right time," Massie noted. "It will
help me in my development with
VMG Racing."
Federation president Roy
Colebrooke said they are elated
at the latest accomplishments by
"It couldn't happen to a more
deserving Bahamian," he said.
"Jonathan Massie has been a role
model for our young cyclists and
I think he will encourage more of
them to follow in his footsteps."
Colebrooke said they wish
Massie every success in his cam-
paign as a professional and even-
tually as a member of the nation-
al team. He said the experience
of both Farmer and Musgrove
will certainly help him to bring
out his best in Australia.

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A quiet meeting... and a new

insight into the Oakes mystery

A QUIET meeting in a dark
bar in downtown Nassau dur-
ing 1969 threw new light on the
Bahamas' most famous murder
That day, a young reporter
was given information which,
though unpublishable at the
time, sparked a lifelong inter-
est in the strange case of Sir
Harry Oakes.
The informant was a much
older person who felt such a sig-
nificant piece of Bahamian his-
tory should be left in the hands
of someone young enough and
trustworthy enough to retain it
in his memory until the time
was right to make it known.
Well, that time has now
arrived, and the young reporter,
John Marquis, now in his early
sixties, is keeping faith with his
contact after a lapse of nearly 40
In his book, Blood and Fire,
due out this week, Mr Marquis
discloses the information for the
first time and says it underpins
some of the most plausible the-
ories about the case.
"I never doubted that what I
was being told was true," he
said this week, "The person
concerned was what I call.a
Grade A source, someone who
had no agenda and whose infor-
mation was always bullet-proof.
"This person had given me
information many times before.
Their word was as solid as gran-
ite. And what they said referred
to something that had happened
that very morning."
The disclosure is just one of
several new angles Marquis
offers on the ever-fascinating
Oakes murder, which set Nas-
sau on its heels on a bright sum-
mer morning 62 years ago.
The discovery of Sir Harry
dead on his bed at Westbourne,
his West Bay Street mansion,
was such a major story that
even the world war itself was
knocked off front pages
throughout the old empire.

Since then, conjecture over
the possible killer or killers has
raged among criminologists,
forensic experts and murder
buffs all over the world. And
still no-one has been able to
point a finger conclusively at
the culprit.
In Blood and Fire, Mr Mar-
quis re-examines most of the
theories and offers controver-
sial views on the role of the then
Governor of the Bahamas, the
Duke of Windsor, in the after-
math of the killing.
"While the 'whodunnit'
aspect of the story remains very
important, it is probably less so
than the disservice the Duke
did to the Bahamas in failing to
ensure a proper investigation
took place," said the author,
who has been managing editor
of The Tribune for the last sev-
en years.
"The Duke's role has consis-
tently been depicted as inepti-
tude of the highest order, but I
think his behaviour was much
more sinister than that.
"The circumstantial evidence
against him is far more con-
vincing than that offered against
poor old Count Alfred de
Marigny, Sir Harry's son-in-law,
who was tried and acquitted of
the murder.
"It is hard not to conclude
that the Duke was involved in
an appalling conspiracy to send
an innocent man to the gallows
in an effort to protect himself
and his friends."

World renowned classical

musicians head for Nassau

Tribune Feature Editor
HANDEL'S Messiah was my first
introduction to classical music.
Every Christmas my father would
bring out an armload of Christmas
albums, load up a sturdy, mahagony-
framed record player complete with
dual speakers and my siblings and I,.
joined by my father on a near by couch,
would sit in the middle of the floor, the
lights of the Christmas tree flickering
softly and the smell of my mother's
Christmas bake treats wafting in from
the kitchen, and we would enter a realm
of heavenly voices and dynamic orches-
My father's efforts to expand the
world in which I lived, from images of a
white Christmas and Santa Claus, to the
smooth tenor of Nat King Cole and
songs of the London Philharmonic
Choir, will forever have an impact on
my life and similarly, the efforts of the
Nassau Music Society (NMS) to broad-
en the musical scope available to the
youth of the Bahamas, and to perhaps
lay a foundation of appreciation for the
classical that will remain into adulthood
- may impact in a charismatic way thq
life and dreams of young persons hearing
these glorious sounds for the first
The Nassau Music Society, in associa-
tion with Fidelity, RBC and RoyalStar
Assurance, is featuring as part of their
"Festival of Russian Artists" Natalia
Gutman, a world renowned cellist and a
living legend in the music world, along
with her quartet.
The concert will be held at Govern-
ment House January 13 at 8pm and at St
Paul's Church Hall, Lyford Cay on Jan-
uary 14 at 7:30pm. Also being featured

* YURI BASHMET (left) and Natalia Gutman (above)

during the festival are Yuri Bashmet, a
leading viola player, and the Moscow
Soloist Orchestra, who are also expected
to return to Nassau February 24, 26 and
27- when their guest artist will be JoAnn
Deveaux-Callender. In April, NMS is

expected to bring in Oleg Polianski, a
.According to president of the NMS
Patrick Thomson, the aim of the Society
is to promote classical music for young
The society currently supports two
scholarship recipients at the Berklee Col-
lege of Music in Boston, Wendy Lewis
and Kerian Roker were each recently
awarded a $5000 scholarship for voice
and saxophone respectively, and has in
the past been able to assist a number of
students with their college tuition.
The festival is being held to fund the
society's scholarship programme, with

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FROM page one

According to Mr Thomson however, it has
proven difficult to find scholarship recipients
on a consistent basis and as a result, the soci-
ety is now looking to work with the Cultural
Unit of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and
Culture to identify young talent. The Min-
istry has its own festival and some of the win-
ners have gone on to become key figures in
the Bahamas' classical music scene.

Said Italia Watkins-Jan, vice president, pub-
lic relations and communications: "I want to
stress why we are doing this promotion of
classical music. We want to expose the young
people of the Bahamas to this music form.
"The last concert we had was very encour-
aging. We had a free concert for about 600 stu-
dents and they were.all enchanted with the
music," Ms Watkins-Jan said, adding that
there is a demand for classical music in the
Bahamas and that people are looking for
something different to enjoy.
Excited about the upcoming concert, and

A quiet meeting

the society's ability to attract major talent
from the classical world, Mr Thomson credit-
ed the society's artistic director Igor Rakelson
and his contacts in Russia, with scoring the
In 2006, three of the world's top classical
artists will perform in the Bahamas, Mr Thom-
son pointed out: "For a country of this size you
would not get either Natalia or Yuri. They
play in Moscow, New York, London, Tokyo
and Paris then to get both of them in the
same year we're making great progress. Also,
they put the Nassau dates on their website,"
Mr Thomson said, adding that the move would
likely bring further recognition to the
Bahamas as an up and coming venue for clas-
sical music.
Interested persons can purchase tickets
from January 4, 2006 at the Dundas Theatre
(394-7179); AD Hanna & Co (322-8306) and
the Galleria JFK (356-SEAT). Details of the
venues and programme will be available on
the website shortly.

RIGHT: In April, NMS is expected to
bring in Oleg Polianski, a pianist.

... and a new insight into the Oakes mystery

FROM page one

the Oakes affair was stirred by
two events in 1969, when he was
working as a political reporter
for The Tribune.
Apart from the meeting
described above, he was inspired
by something said to him while
he was attending a party at the
old Oakes home, Westbourne,
which had then been divided

into apartments.
He was with friends in Sir
Harry's former bedroom and the
host suddenly told him he was
sitting on the exact spot where
the baronet's body was found.
"When I subsequently read
about the case and studied pho-
tographs of the murder scene, I
realised that what he said was
true," he said.
"This cemented my fascina-
tion. I have tried to read every-
thing possible about the Oakes

case, since then. As more and
more information is revealed
about the Duke, the picture
becomes much clearer.
"In preventing a proper inves-
tigation, the Duke laid the tem-
plate for selective justice in the
Bahamas and it's a legacy the
country still has to live with
Newspapers in different parts
of the world are already showing
interest in the book, testimony
to the fact that Sir Harry was

truly a global figure of his time.
Last week, the Ottawa Sun in
Canada carried a full-page fea-
ture, and the West Australian, a
prominent daily in Perth, devot-
ed an entire page to the book
last month.
The Sunday Telegraph in Lon-
don also published a story about
it on their syndication service.
Canada, of course, is where
Sir Harry first struck it rich as a
gold prospector. Although born-
in Maine, USA, he became a
Canadian citizen and only trans-
ferred his riches to the Bahamas
in 1937 when he felt he was
being persecuted by Ottawa tax
At the time of his death, it was
thought he was on the verge of
moving his family and fortune
again this time to Mexico.
However, one consequence of
the killing was that the Oakes

family retained their Bahamas
connections right up to the pre-
sent day.
Blood and Fire is the latest of
many books about the Oakes
case, but it's probably the first
non-fiction work written in Nas-
sau itself. For many years,
inquiries about the murder were
discouraged and open discussion
was frowned upon. A series of
disturbing incidents in the 16
-years following the murder
struck fear into the Bahamian
The mysterious death of Bet-
ty Renner, an American investi-
gator who arrived in Nassau to
"blow open" the Oakes affair,
deterred intense press inquiries
for many years.
However, Mr Marquis said he
does not fear reprisals arid feels
the book will rekindle debate on
what he calls "one of the great

murder mysteries of the twenti-,
eth century."
He added: "When I wrote :a
feature about the murder in The'
Tribune's centenary supplement
in 2003, quite a few young'
Bahamians including journal-,
ists expressed surprise that such'
a thing happened in their home
"The Oakes murder is
ously something they were nev- ;
er taught at school and I think'
that's a pity.
"It's very much part of this,
country's history and I hope;
Blood and Fire offers something;
new to the debate."

John Marquis will be signihgi
copies of his book at Logos!
Bookstore, Harbour Bay Shop-,
ping Centre, on Saturday,;
December 17, from 11am.

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Alternative artists' works

featured at exhibition

embers of
the local art
gathered at
S the Popop-
studios Gallery in Chipping-
ham Friday evening for the
opening of an exhibition fea-
turing works by alternative
artists Nadia Campbell and
Margot Bethel.
The show, which was spon-
spired by Credit Suisse, featured
jewelry designed by Ms Camp-
beIl and Japanese inspired wall
lung furniture crafted by Ms
, The works showcased are
classified as "alternative" art
because they use non-tradi-
tional mediums and processes.
The artists opted to show
together because while the
mediums they use are very
opposite in nature, their influ-
eiaces, being Eastern, Asian and
African, in the case of Ms
CaQmpbell, are similar. Accord-
ing to artist John Cox, who
owns Popopstudios and
Gallery: "This is probably the
most successful collaboration
that Popop has had in terms of
working with a jewelry maker
and a furniture maker. Their
works work very well together
in the way they are lit and in
terms of the color and materi-
als. Everything is very rustic,
very rough but refined at the

same time."
The exhibition was Ms
Campbell's second at Popop-
studios and the first' for Ms
Bethel. And the number of
pieces on display was inten-
tionally kept small. This was in
harmony with what Mr Cox
wanted to accomplish. "I like
the show because it is not over-
done it is quite modest in the
number of pieces that are on
display also in the presentation,
it is good."
The atmosphere was light
and cozy as supporters of the
artists sipped wine and min-
gled. Flute music played softly
in the background as viewers
leisurely took in the items on
The exhibit was somewhat
interactive as guests were
allowed to touch, examine and
even try on, in particular, the
jewelry produced by Ms Camp-
The jewelry pieces, which are
made of semi-precious stones,
wood, silver and fossilized
coral, ranged from earrings to
large pendant necklaces. Ms
Campbell used more of the
colour aqua and other pastels
in this year's show, compared
to other exhibitions where
earth tones were favored. The
cooler tones were reflective of
the "island feel" that Ms Camp-
bell wanted to capture in the

pieces she showcased this year.
Tassels were also incorporated
into a number of the.designs.
A number of Ms Campbell's
designs were influenced by cur-
rent fashion trends.,She admits,
"Even if you don't make a con-
scious effort to do designs
because that's what's in now,
because you see images so
much that's what you think of
when you start designing
On the other end of the scale
were Ms Bethel's furniture con-
tributions, which are inspired
by modern art as .well as archi-
As a starting point for her
work she used a box, which she
describes as the simplest form
or unit you can use in geometry
or carpentry. She then grouped
the units together, playing with
depth and dimensions, to create
the idea of movement.
One piece, "Mahogany
Moon", is constructed of
mahogany wood salvaged from
a bed. The piece consists of
boxes hung together in a man-
ner that mimics the anti-clock-
wise movement of a hurricane.
The pieces, which are con-
structed of salvaged wood, are
functional in that they are not
primarily produced as decora-
tion but can be used in a very
practical manner as storage:
"You can put all kinds of things
on here, CDs or you can just
light them or put special objects
on them," said Ms Bethel.

SALTERNATIVE artist Margot Bethel poses with one of her pieces at the exhibition.

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Parties, Mghtubt lu

Tuff Gong presents A Reggae Christmas '05 featuring Morgan Her-
itage, Yami Bolo, Warrior King, Kiprich, Natural Black, Mdeez,
Blessed, Spank Band, Avaran, on Saturday, December 24, at the
Wyndham Nassau Resort Ballroom.

LITTLE MISS BAHAMAS PAGEANT: There are 38 lovely little
ladies in this year's Little Miss Bahamas pageant...Please bring your lit-
tle love ones to see the crowning of the new Miss Little Bahamas
2005/2006, or invite others that you know may have little ones inter-
ested in attending. The exciting event is scheduled for Sunday, Decem-
ber 18 @ 4pm at the Rain Forest Theatre, Wyndham Crystal Palace.
Tickets are available from the Juke Box, Mall at Marathon, contestants
or at the door.

FOR the first time ever in Nassau the Ying Yang Twins will be in con-
cert. Thursday, December 29, brings the talented duo performing
club hits such as Wait (The Whisper Song), Whistle While You
Twurk, Say I Yi Yi and more. There'll also be special acts by Mista
Smyth, DJ Excitement of 100 Jamz and many other guest artists.
Sponsored by Capital City Marketing and Bacardi Limon, the event
takes place in the ballroom of the Radisson Cable Beach Hotel.
Doors open at 9pm. For more info call Capital'City Marketing at 323-

$5 Fridays @ First Down every Friday night. Music by Barry Da
Pusher, Selector: Dominique. Ladies $5 all night, gents $10. Early jug-
gling by Mr. Xcitement and DJ Fatal. Drink specials all night long.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fantasy Fridays @ Fluid Lounge, featuring late '80s music in the VIP
Lounge, Top of the charts in the Main Lounge, neon lights and Go Go
dancers. Admission: Ladies free before 11pm, $15 after; Guys $20 all

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

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

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

Sweet Sunday Chill Out Soiree Lounge, everySunday, 4pm-mid-
night @ Patio Grille, British
Colonial Hotel.

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

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

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

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

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

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

ART INTERNATIONAL, featuring the work of nine Bahamian
artists, five well known artists from the UK, one from South Africa and
one from Zimbabwe will be held gratis, of the Guaranty Bank, Lyford
Manor, just outside the Lyford Cay gates. The exhibition will be
open to the public until the end of December. The work of the artists
on display can be seen in collections worldwide, and hive been shown
in numerous exhibitions. Representing the Bahamas will be; John
Beadle; John Cox; Claudette Dean; Tyrone Ferguson; Bo Sigrist
Guirey; Nora Smith, Dorman Stubbs and Rupert Watkins. Lady
Connery, Sir Sean's wife, has kindly agreed to open the exhibition. She
is an exceptional artist, and will be exhibiting one of her paintings.

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 nation-
al collection, including recent acquisitions by Blue Curry, Antonius
Roberts and Dionne Benjamin-Smith. Call 328-5800 to book tours.
This exhibition closes February 28,2006.

The Nassau Music Society The Nassau Music Society is featuring, in
association with Fidelity, RBC and RoyalStar Assurance as part of
(cello) a living legend in the music world who, along with her
quartet, will play at Government House on January 13 at 8pm and
at St Paul's Church Hall, Lyford Cay on January 14 at 7:30pm.
Also featured during the Festival Yuri Bashmet and the Moscow
Soloist Orchestra who return once again to Nassau on February 24,
26 and 27- their guest artist will be JoAnn Deveaux-Callender. In
April Oleg Polianski is featured on the piano. Purchase your tick-
ets from January 4, 2006 at the Dundas Theatre (394-7179); AD
Hanna & Co (322-8306) and the Galleria JFK (356-seat). Details of
the venues and programmes will be available on the website short-
ly. Do not miss this opportunity to listen to live world class musi-

The Cancer Society of the Bahamas meets at 5.30pm on the second
Tuesday of each month at their
Headquarters at East Terrace, Cen-

treville. Call 323-4482 for more info.

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

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

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

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

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 seri-
ous 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-lpm. Contact a Doctors Hospital Community Train-
ing Representative at 302-4732 for more information and learn to save
a life today.

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

JAR CYCLING: The owners of JAR Cycling are pleased to offer a
cycling clinic fojunors between 10 aid 17. The'free clinic will be held
:evergySatur4gjth anefeort to encourage kids to cycle. Parents inter-
ested in registering their children should contact organisers at jarcy-

The Nassau Bahamas Alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Soror-
ity Incorporated meets 6:30 pm every third Wednesday at the Bahamas
National Pfide Building.

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

Toastmasters Club 1095 meets Tuesday, 7.30pm @ C C Sweeting
Senior School's Dining Room, College Avenue off Moss Road. Club
9477 meets Friday; 7pm @ Bahamas Baptist Community College Rm
A19, Jean St. Club 3956 meets Thursday, 7.30pm @ British Colonial
Hilton. Club 1600 meets Thursday, 8.30pm @ SuperClubs Breezes.
Club 7178 meets Tuesday, 6prm @ The J Whitney Pinder Building,
Collins Ave.
Club 2437 meets every second, fourth and fifth Wednesday at the J
Whitney Pinder Building, Collins Ave at 6pm. Club 612315 meets
Monday 6pm @ 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 Mon-
days at 7pm. Club Cousteau 7343 meets every Tuesday night at 7.30
in the Chickcharney Hotel, Fresh Creek, Central Andros. All are

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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'the Wyclef

of Miami', dazzles

Caribinale crowd
Obe *I e* 1 J

Tribune Staff Reporter
MECCA, the Haitian star
quickly making his ascension
in the field of rap and R&B,
dazzled Bahamians and a
large group of Haitians on the
weekend, performing in the
Millar's Preservation group's
first fundraiser Caribinale.
Mecca, aka Grimo, who is
celebrating huge success and
is known as "the Wyclef of
Miami", touched down in
Nassau on the weekend at
Bacardi Road Park, before
making appearances on radio
and making courtesy calls to
entertainment gurus here in
Nassau. He hyped the crowd
with his original hits, singing
in English and Creole, much
to the delight of the large
Haitian population present in
the Carmichael Road area.
The event, Caribinale, was
organised in an effort to raise
funds for the preservation of
Millars Creek. The creek,
which is the last one in New
Providence, runs from the
Coral Harbour canal to Bone
Fish Pond in.South Beach.
Organiser Esau McKenzie
was elated to have Mecca
perform at the fundraiser for
a worthy cause, which was
also successful in uniting
Bahamians and Haitians in
the area for a night of fun and
Mr McKenzie used the
opportunity to increase the
community's awareness about

the creek's present situation.
He said due to indiscriminate
dumping, a portion of the
creek is blocked.
The Millar's Preservation
group plans to purchase a
truck and more tools to keep
the creek maintained year-
round. Both Millar's Creek
and Bone Fish, Pond are nat-
ural habitats thatare vital to
the ecological balance of New
Providence. The mangroves,
said Mr McKenzie, help the
island significantly during

Mecca also used the oppor-
tunity to send another posi-
tive message when he took
the stage he talked about
peace, love and unity being
essential to communities like
these throughout the region.
Mecca is Florida's own rap
artist/poet and now budding
actor. He has also been on
the entertainment scene serv-
ing as a catalyst for up and
coming artists. In 1995 he was
part of a successful hip hop
album (Yes-N-Deed), (Soci-
ety/Luke Rec.) which allowed
him to tour for eight months.
He later became a road
manager for several local
artists and earned a degree in
acoustical engineering.. Hav-
ing access to the studio, Mec-
ca started putting together
what is now Hex Battalion
Music group Inc./Vagabond
Rec./Kreyol Konnec-tion.
Also featured in Caribinale

were the Caribbean Dancers
and lots of food and music-
from around the Caribbean,
including Jamaica, Grenada,
Peru, Haiti, Cuba. Junkanoo
and rake and scrape were fea-
tured from the Bahamas.
In an interview with after the
show, Mecca spoke'at length
about his involvement in
bringing awareness to the
plight of the Haitian people
by using his soul stirring elo-
quent poetry.
Working closely with the
Miami Dade school system,
Mecca does regular talks at
area schools trying to bring
about a change in the way cit-
izens of the first independent
black nation are viewed. He
also speaks frequently on self
esteem and tries to get young
persons to educate them-
selves as much as possible. In
his own words, "we have to
educate our people, because
an educated and informed
person makes better choices".
Mecca also spoke about the
Creole hip hop movement
that is receiving much atten-
tion, saying that he is proud
to play a role in the move-
ment and has collaborated
with many artist, including
popular Haitian artist Wyclef.
He has just completed work
on a film called Kidnapping
which was shot in Haiti.
Overwhelmed at the positive
response that he received
from the Bahamian people,
Mecca promised to be back
very soon.

'On location in

the Bahamas'

Se'o im lte or rdciW

Tribune Feature Editor
With a slew of
films slated
for produc-
tion in the
from Pirates of the Caribbean
II and III, and the latest (num-
ber 21 to be exact) James Bond
thriller Casino Royale, along
with the construction of the
Bahamas Film Studios which
boasts the largest outdoor
water tank in Grand Bahama,
the Bahamas' position as a pre-
ferred on-location site is quick-
ly becoming established.
Along with the country's
position as a desired locale for
the Hollywood movie industry
however, Bahamian investment
firms are also looking at the
industry as a means of tapping
into a new investment pool for
their clients, with at least one
firm actively pursuing projects
for which it can serve as finan-
cial backer.
"It's a new area we're going
into on a select client basis. It
does add value to the services
that we provide to the degree
that it is a diversification in the
product line," said Owen
Bethel, president of Montaque
Securities International and its
subsidiary, BahamasFilmIn-
vest. "We certainly feel that it
has the potential to give signif-
icant rewards to the bottom
line when you look at the
amount spent on movie pro-
ductions and the value given
to the economy by the produc-
tions being held here, the fact
that a local professional firm
can benefit that goes without
Mr Bethel was part of the
Bahamian contingent that
attended the American Film
Market in Los Angeles, Cali-
fornia, last month, and
although they did not sign any
contracts, and he could not be
specific about what was in the


pipeline, he said that there was
a lot of interest expressed in
terms of the Bahamas, with a
number of groups interested in
shooting their film projects in
the Bahamas.
Calling it a trade show of
sorts, Mr Bethel said the
American Film Market served
as a meeting place, providing
networking opportunities for:
production and distribution
companies, and any stakehold-
er in the film production indus-
try, including actors, to get their
ideas heard.
The idea behind the festival,
he said, is to give these stake-
holders an opportunity to meet
with potential producers and
crew personnel on various
"I have received a total of
seven scripts where persons are
interested in the Bahamas, in
utilising the scenery or site of
the Bahamas for their produc-
tion and the idea is they are
looking at not only the
Bahamas' ability to do the pro-
duction, but also the financing

and investing in their projects,"
he said.
In terms of looking at
investors a number of the
stakeholders that approached
BahamasFilmInvest were also
looking at the question of
incentives If they were to
choose the Bahamas what are
the incentives the government
would provide them?
"To some degree this is the
first time they were even aware
of the scope of involvement of
the Bahamas in the movie
industry. In the past, the
Bahamas rarely got credit or it
was not visible enough, but the
Ministry of Tourism is attempt-
ing to get more mileage, more
leverage, more buck for the
dollar, by having symbols
which can dictate to the movie
goer 'this is the Bahamas'.
"The best we've seen up to
today After the Sunset the
product placement was very
clear," Mr Bethel noted. "It
was an attempt to make the
Bahamas more visible in
movies that are shot here -
when a producer comes along,
they are looking at [the movie]
from the point that the scene
has water in it or it was an
island scene so the Bahamas
comes to mind then they
would approach us.
"The Bahamas is now recog-
nised-as a location certainly
with facilities one of the
bonuses of the Bahamas Film
Studio it has lent a level of
credibility or seriousness to the
local film industry that the
Bahamas can provide services
year round," he said.
According to Mr Bethel,
BahamasFilmInvest also recog-
nises that a number of projects
that might prove to be a suit-
able investment vehicle for
clients are being produced
independently not be the
MGM's or Disney's of the

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THE wonderful world of
Disney hasn't quite been so
wonderful of late. Save for the
company's joint ventures with
computer wizards Pixar, there
hasn't really been a release to
catch audiences' collective
imagination in some time at
least not in the way the studio
once did.
So now, no doubt after hav-
ing watched the Harry Potter
franchise steamroll the box
office, Disney has decided to
bring CS Lewis' classic works
to the big screen.
After seeing this, however,
perhaps they shouldn't have
The Lion, the Witch and the
Wardrobe focuses on four chil-
dren in wartime England.
While staying in a large coun-
try home, the four inadver-
tently stumble across the mag-
ical world of Narnia via a
wardrobe in an abandoned
The four of them then find
themselves caught up Narni-
a's conflict between the forces
of the evil White Witch and
the lion Asian.
After a pleasant enough
opening, the wheels quickly
fall off this one upon entering
the world of Narnia. Not only
does it look unimpressive (it
takes more than a pretty back-
'ground to fool an audience
these days, you know), it's
sparsely populated. A couple
of beavers aside, Narnians are
pretty thin on the ground until
the battle scenes at the end of
the film.
And what few landmarks
there are just don't grab the
attention. The White Witch's
icy residence falls way short in
the imagination stakes, as does
the stagebound landscape.
It may be an unfair compar-
ison, but after the scale and
realism of Middle Earth in the
Lord of the Rings series,
exploring Narnia feels like a
wander about someone's yard.
But the production isn't the
only problem.
The child actors struggle
with their under-developed
roles, and their unlikely tran-
sition from pre-teen hide-and-
seekers to battlefield warriors
is about as convincing as the.
And another thing, when
did Father Christmas start
dishing out weapons to kids?
Watching him present a dag-
ger, a sword and a bow to the
children is a particularly sour
It's a strange world we live
in when Harry Potter is seen
by many as such a bad influ-
ence, but no one raises an eye-
brow at a Santa-turned-arms
The Lion, the Witch and the
Wardrobe is a big disappoint-
ment. Even if you're a loyer
of the book, my advice to you
is this: Save your money and in
a couple of days you'll get to
see a giant monkey fall off the
Empire State building.

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"Our experience has been
with that type of group, and
from Montaque's perspective,
the independent producer
looking to produce low budget
movies wants investors for $1
to $2 million not the $40 mil-
lion of Pirates of the Caribbean
and returns on them can be
-. significant, if successful.


"The Gospel was a low bud-
get film that within its first
weekend did tremendously
well for investors. The oppor-
tunity is there that we can get
involved with a number of the
independent film makers, those
with good producers or direc-
tors, or class A-stars, that will
almost guarantee that the
movie will make a fairly good
return." By the end of the year,
Mr Bethel said, he expects that
a decision will be made con-

cerning the films that the com-
pany will be backing. He was
also expected to meet with a
number of producers to further
analyse the scripts and ask a
few questions and have some-
one else look at the stories to
help them make a final deci-
While a major thrust of
BahamasFilmInvest has been
promoting the Bahamas as a
suitable location for films, a
function that has created a sup-
porting role of sorts, for the
Bahamas Film Commission, as
an investment firm, the com-
pany is interested in any pro-
duction worldwide, with the fir-
m's primary purpose to iden-
tify and fund projects that will
offer a good return for clients.
"While the seven scripts that
I am looking at are geared
toward the Bahamas, we do
note that there are several that
have asked (for backing) that

are involved in other countries.
In the assessment phase cer-
tainly if we like a script, or a
director, but the script for the
Bahamas is not one that we
want to go with, we would look
at some of their other scripts
that might be filmed elsewhere.
"Where we would like to cer-
tainly assist local producers is
making contact with distribu-
tion companies at the same
time or with other film mak-
ers," he said.


Among the local artist'that
BahamasFilmlnvest is said to
be in talks with is Maria Gov-
an. A recent participant of the
Bahamas International Film
Festival and its Residency pro-
gramme, Maria was said to be
in discussions with the invest-
ment firm regarding the possi-
bility of raising funds for her

new movie. Mr Bethel notes
that they have also received
two additional scripts from
Bahamian filmmakers and, the
company is also in discussions
with a Grand Bahama-born
Speaking of BIFF, Mr Bethel
said: "With the Bahamas Inter-
national Film Festival (BIFF)
continuing to grow, it draws
attention to the Bahamas as a
significant movie location, both
for production and in terms of
a market for distribution for
viewing. These are the areas
that we want to encourage -
anything in the arts, where you
bring the same sort of creativi-
ty to bear as in film making.
This puts the Bahamas on the
map and in the forefront of
script writers and directors -
that is what you want when
they are thinking of where to
go, the Bahamas comes to
mind. We have to be aggres-

sive about getting our name in;:
the right circles and following,.
up to ensure that we are:
responding to their needs," he'll


Asked how his company
became involved in funding
movie productions, Mr Bethel.
said that some of the firm's;
investors are very much inter-
ested in the film industry and
are prepared to take the risk.
He said that the company is
directing the investments in
that area, and at the same time,
through networking possibili-
ties of trade shows and con-
tacts in New York, dialoguing
with two venture capital funds
which invest heavily in films.
The ability to do ventures, part-
nership, financing, with these
firms, he said, offers a great

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