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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
Alternate Title: Nassau tribune
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: January 6, 2006
Copyright Date: 2006
Frequency: daily, except sunday
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Police veterans eeel betrayed

Group terminated Mc

'without explanation'

)ntagu Harbour is a popular spot

Tribune Staff Reporter
A GROUP of police veter-
ans find themselves on the brink
of destitution after being termi-
nated without explanation.
Following decades of service
in the police force and the Road
Traffic Department, six former
officers said they feel betrayed
by a system to which they faith-
fully dedicated their lives.
Edward Rolle, 53, Hartman
Stuart, 58, and Aaron H John-
son, 51, yesterday told The Tri-
bune that they are part of a
group of six former officers who
were terminated from their
supervisory posts at the Road
Traffic Department in Febru-
ary last year.
"We, together with the other
three John Rolle, Herbert
Strachan and James Johnson -
under the former government
were transferred to the Road
Traffic Department in 1997
after we reached retirement
within the police force.
"We worked there as grade
one supervisors until we were
terminated. We were never giv-
en a reason, never went through
due process, had no opportuni-
ty to have a hearing," Mr Rolle
The three men said that
because they have been with-
out a regular income for almost
a year, they are now facing
bankruptcy and find themselves
unable to pay their mortgages
and provide for the college edu-
cation of their children.
"I have three children in uni-
versity, have a mortgage to pay,

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all the banks are on my back.
My insurance collapsed and I
have a sick, paralyzed mother,
84 years old, that I help take of.
I have no solid income and at
my age I don't have to go look-
ing for a new career, no one will
hire me," Mr Rolle said.
Mr Stuart said his daughter
will be returning from Canada,
where she was studying medi-
cine, next week.
"And I don't even have a
brass dollar to give her: I have
another child in college, and no
"We are experiencing
tremendous hardship," he said.
Mr Johnson said that they
feel very betrayed by govern-
"We want to know if this is
the way you handle your for-
mer police officers, those in the
frontline protecting this coun-
try. Even when there was no
Defence Force we were there
and is this the way we're being
thanked?" he asked.
Mr Rolle said that they were
made to understand that at the
time of their retirement from
the police force, it was govern-
ment policy to employ former
officers at such departments as
Road Traffic, the Airport
Authority and at the Prince
George Dock until they reached
the age of 65.
"We are far from 65 and
there are former officers in all
these other departments that
are older than we are who are
still working and drawing a full
salary," Mr Rolle said.
SEE page 10

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N DESPITE the cool weather, Montagu Harbour was a popular spot yesterday with this family exploring the rocks and these
two gentlemen looking out for the catch of the day.
(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune staff)

Dolphins 'may

leave for the

Bahamas today'
THE dolphins owned by Marine Animal
Productions of Gulfport, now in four tem-
porary locations in Gulfport and on the East
Coast, might be leaving for the Atlantis
Resort in the Bahamas today, according to
several persons working with the dolphins.
The animals are expected to be used as
the main attraction for Atlantis' planned
dolphin encounter, scheduled to open in
However, in a release to The Tribune yes-
terday Frank Murru, Chief Marine officer
at Kerzner International, said that they could
not discuss issues related to the transport of
the animals.
"Consistent with practices of the zoologi-
cal industry and marine mammal facilities
throughout the world, we will not disclose
information about the transport of the ani-
mals at this time as a matter of security for
both the animals and the staff managing the
very intricate process," he said."
However, according to the Bradenton Her-
ald, several people working with the dol-
SEE page 10

Teacher slammed

for teaching about

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT A teacher at St George's
High School came under fire yesterday on a
ZNS TV talk show for teaching about homo-
However, the school's principal Kenneth
Romer said the teacher assured him that stu-
dents were not being persuaded to engage in
homosexual activities.
The teacher, who Mr Romer refused to
name, was the subject of strong criticism on
ZNS' Immediate Response talk show hosted
by Darrold Miller after a parent wrote a letter
to the show claiming that inappropriate ques-
tions were being posed to students regarding
Mr Romer explained that the moral issues of
alternative lifestyles and sexual orientation are
addressed in public schools as part of the
national curriculum.
"The Ministry of Education through its cur-
riculum does teach as a moral issue alternative
SEE page 10

Ministry dismisses


THE Ministry of Foreign
Affairs yesterday dismissed
assertions that government's
foreign affairs policy is becom-
ing "pro-Communist".
"The Ministry of Foreign
Affairs is not in the business of
responding to comments that
are patently foolish," the min-
istry said.
It was reported in another
daily that a lecturer at the Col-
lege of the Bahamas labelled
the government as being pro-
Communist with a record of
favouring Cuba, Venezuela and
China, over North America and
COB lecturer Dr Dexter
Johnson was said to put forth
the argument that the govern-
ment is increasingly making a
calculated effort to rehabilitate
Cuba and hopes that the US will
lift its 46-year-old embargo on


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CARNIVAL visitors were
stranded in mid-air and had to
be rescued when the Ferris
wheel suddenly lost power.
Holiday Carnival, the com-
pany that runs the annual fair at
the Queen Elizabeth Sports
Centre, confirmed that 14 riders
had to be removed "by hand".
In an interview with The Tri-
bune yesterday, Becky Hatch-
cock, office manager of Holi-
day Carnival said; "We lost
power out here at the Queen
Elizabeth Sports centre.
"It is our policy that when we
lose power, if anyone is on a
high ride, we immediately
unload them by hand."


The rescue, she said, took
about seven minutes. The inci-
dent reportedly took place on
Ms Hatchcock said that ride
is not connected to a generator

will have the matter investi-
Ms Hatchcock confirmed
that the company is fully
insured and that the insurance
covers the safety of persons

who ride the amusements.
However, she was unable to
say which company provides
this insurance, as this area does
not fall within her responsibil-

* THE Tile King-sponsored float which claimed the prize in the D Category for individual
floats. From left: Sammy Thompson, Bradley Bain and Navado Gray.

Tile King-sponsored float

wins individual award

NAVADO Gray led the Tile King Enter-
prises sponsored team to victory in the 2005/2006
New Years Day Junkanoo Parade in the D Cat-
egory for individual floats.
The float, with the biblical theme "Suffer the
little children" was designed and built by Nava-
do, Zack Mackey, Charles Munnings and
Arnold Bain.
Shantell Cooper, Renee Grey, Stirleen
Seraphin and "Ding" all made major contribu-
tions to the winning float with the application of
decorative pieces and costumes.
After last year's second-place finish, team
Tile King were determined to make a stronger
showing in their division. The Boxing Day float
was entitled "Stories of Jesus" and the team
felt that based on crowd response and other
group comments, it was the hands down
The team of Navado, Sammy Thompson,
Bradley Bain and Arnold Bain pulled and pushed
the float around the two laps on each night. The

crew was a big hit, giving out pencils to children in
the crowd.
Said the Tile King in a statement: "The shack
atmosphere is always a big part of the excite-
ment of building a costume leading up to the
parades. Young and old, experienced and
novices all come together to participate in one
way or another.
"From simple moral support to contributing
100 hours of construction time, each participant
helps so much.
"A key player in this year's team Tile King
construction crew was Michael Bain, also known
as the 'shack supervisor'. Michael was invalu-
able in ensuring that the constructors were nev-
er thirsty," the statement said.
For the past two years Tile King owner Mark
Roberts has sponsored floats in the parades.
"We feel that our team is learning a little more
each year and we will be the team to beat for the
future. Just like in my business, we have to teach
the older fellas a thing or two," Roberts said.

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* THE Ferris wheel at Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre on which passengers became stranded

0 In brief



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POLICE are investigating a
series of armed robberies which
are thought to be connected.
According to police press liai-
son officer Walter Evans, the
string of robberies all happened
on Wednesday night.
Inspector Evans said a short,
dark man with dreadlocks is
suspected in connection with
the three incidents.
The first robbery took place
just before 7pm. A 41-year-old
woman told police she had just
left the Poinciana Inn on
Bernard Road and was headed
to the parking lot when she was
approached by a short dark
man with dreadlocks who was
holding a handgun.
The man reportedly robbed
the woman of her red 2004 Mit-
subishi Lancer, registration
number 137051. The gunman
also robbed the woman of a her
cell phone before speeding off
in her car;
The second incident report-
edly took place sometime after
A red Mitsubishi Lancer is
suspected of being involved in
the incident, according to
Inspector Evans.
He said a car matching this
description pulled up to the
Wendy's drive through on
Bernard Road and the driver
pulled a handgun on cashier.
The gunman reportedly
demanded cash, and succeeded
in taking the entire register
before driving off.
The third incident reportedly
took place on Boyd Road some-
time after 8pm on Wednesday.
A woman leaving Joy's Beau-
ty Salon told police that she was
approached by two men in a red
Mitsubishi Lancer. The man sit-
ting in the rear seat directly
behind the driver reportedly
stepped out of the vehicle
armed with a handgun.
The man was described as a
short, dark male with dread-
He reportedly robbed the
woman of her handbag which
contained cash before fleeing
in the car.

Five men
held after

Police reported arresting five
men in connection to an ammu-
nition find yesterday.
It was reported that some-
time after 4pm, officers from
the Drug Enforcement Unit
(DEU) searched a group ,of
men on Fritz Lane, and alleged-
ly found 39 live rounds of .32
The ages of the suspects
range between 15 and 27 years

because the side of the carnival
grounds on which it was set up
runs on "city power".
BEC's general manager
Kevin Basden said he is
unaware of the incident and


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TE T E F J R 6

o In brief

US boat is

stolen from



Tribune Freeport Reporter
can-registered boat with an esti-
mated value of $142,000 was
stolen from the Big Game
,Resort and Marina in Bimini
over the New Year's holiday.
Alberto Guillermo Ribas, 44,
of Miami, Florida, went to
'Bimini on his 32-foot Con-
'tender vessel for the holiday.
He told police at Alice Town
that sometime between 10.30pm
"on January 1, and 6.30am on
"January 2 someone stole the ice
blue boat, registration
'FL9540MB, which is fitted with
'twin 250hp Yamaha outboard
SAnyone with information
regarding the matter is asked
40 contact Bimini Police at --
242-347-3144, or the crime tip-
ster hotline in Grand Bahama,
'at 352-1919 or in New Provi-
dence at 328-8477.


man faces



SA 25-YEAR-OLD Freeport
man was charged in Magis-
trate's Court with possession of
dangerous drugs with the intent
to supply.
Demiko Jamaal Knowles of
Ponce de Leon Drive pleaded
riot guilty to the charge before
Magistrate Helen Jones.
It was alleged that police dis-
covered a clear plastic bag con-
taining one-and-a-half pounds,
of marijuana in a clothes ham-
per at an apartment in Freeport.
Knowles, who was not repre-
sented by counsel, was remand-
ed to Her Majesty's Prison, Fox
Hill until August 30, when he is
to stand trial.


in intensive

care after


SA 60-YEAR-OLD pedestri-
an is in intensive care at the
Rand Memorial Hospital with
serious injuries after being
struck by a car.
Samuel Lewis of No 7 Gar-
den Villas Apartments was
reportedly walking south along
East Atlantic Drive when he
vas struck by a grey Chevy
'Cavalier at the junction of
Bruce Avenue.
SSuperintendent of police
Basil Rahming said Phillip
Moxey, 25, of Jones Town,
'Eight Mile Rock was driving
:the vehicle at the time of the
Lewis' condition is being
.closely monitored by doctors.

Search for man wanted in

connection with road death

POLICE yesterday released
the identity of a man wanted in
connection with the -death of
17-year-old Judith Price one
of four relatives struck by a car
in a series of bizarre incidents
on January 2.
A police bulletin identified
Don Edgar Lewis, 25, of
Maxwell Lane off Farrington
Road, as the man wanted in
connection with Price's death.
Lewis was said to have con-
nections to Nichol's Town,
According to reports, four

young persons were in the
Davis Street area on January 2
when a white car with four
occupants approached them
and struck an 18-year-old man
before speeding off.
Police say that a short time
later, the vehicle returned to
the area this time carrying
only the driver.
There was reportedly an
exchange of words between
the driver and a group of per-
sons on Davis Street.
Following that exchange,
witnesses said the vehicle left

the scene, only to turn around
and drive back.
According to police, the dri-
ver is believed to have run into
the group, hitting three young
girls Judith and her 16 and
eight-year-old female relatives.
They were all taken to the
Princess Margaret Hospital
along with the 18-year-old man.
Judith died of her injuries at
4am on Tuesday morning.
The young man was treated
and discharged, while the 16-
year-old and eight-year-old
remain in hospital.

Capital punishment

'should be enforced',

says police chief

Tribune Staff Reporter

CAPITAL punishment
should be enforced as long as it
remains on the country's law
books, Police Commissioner
Paul Farquharson said.
Mr Farquharson said that
the ongoing debate on the
issue should not make Bahami-
ans lose sight of this fact.
"It is on the law books and
if we don't want it, then we
must take it off. As the com-
missioner of police, I have a
duty to ensure that all the laws
are carried out and once a
person is convicted and sen-
tenced and all the legal
maneuvers are exhausted,
then of course I have to be
guided and carry out my
duties as provost marshall and
commissioner of police," Mr
Farquharson said.
He added: "If someone goes
r.out there and kills someone,
that person should be made to
account for that and the laws
are provided for that particular
offence and I stand behind it."
Mr Farquharson comments
came during a special appear-
ance on the radio show Polic-
ing Today hosted by Chief
Superintendent Hulan Hanna.
The commissioner discussed
the state of the Royal Bahami-
an Police Force going into the
new year.
Mr Farquharson touched on
a number of issues, including
the fact that just under 70 traf-
fic deaths were recorded in
He said that while the police
are not "handcuffed" when it
comes to enforcing the rules

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M FOX Hill Prison, where hangings have traditionally taken
place. They have been halted pending a Privy Council hearing
on whether they are constitutional

of the road, it a challenging
area for them.
However, Mr Farquharson
affirmed that protecting the
public from danger is the pri-
mary duty of every, police offi-.
"We must improve the road
system, and there must be an
accelerated enforcement of all
traffic laws," he said.
Mr Farquharson said he
would like to see an increased
traffic police presence and
would also like to see every
police officer stop any viola-
tor on the road and issue a cita-
tion or warning.
He added that motorists
need to curb road rage and
leave homes earlier to avoiding
rushing to their destinations.
The commissioner also
stressed that driver's education
has to be improved and
become a bigger priority.

"More than 80 per cent of
drivers don't know how to go
around a roundabout that is a
problem," he said.
'Mr Farquharson said
Bttha.mllllin- .il, need to ha\ .i
gtcJ:Cr i',pct for la\\ enfo'rc:-
mr nt o lic ris something they
seem to have when they travel
to other countries.
Host Mr Hanna added that
it is unfortunate that many
Bahamians are disrespectful to
officers in the presence of
young people, which negative-
ly impacts the demeanor of
future generations.
Mr Farquharson also noted
that with the government's
plan to establish "anchor
resorts" in several major Fam-
ily Islands and the upcoming
general elections, the force will
be challenged to improve their
vigilance and presence
throughout the country.

Soca Christmas Concert on Saturday

THE Bahamas Soca Christ-
mas Concert will be held on
Saturday, January 7 at the
Wyndham Crystal Palace
The concert had been sched-
uled for Boxing Day, but had
to be cancelled due to the

inclement weather which
delayed the Boxing Day
Junkanoo Parade.
All tickets will be honoured
at the door and the line-up of
performers remains the same.
Doors open at 9pm and the
show will begin at 10.30pm.


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GRANDMA'S BOYS NEW 1:15 3:35 N/A 6:10 8:25 10:40
RUMOR HAS IT C 1:10 3:20 N/A 6:15 8:30 10:45
WOLF CREEK C 1:00 3:25 N/A 6:00 8:25 10:50
MEMOIRS OFA GEISHA T 1:20 N/A 4:20 7:20 N/A. 10:20
THE RINGER T 1:05 3:30 N/A 6:10 8:20 10:45
THE MATADOR T 1:10 3:35 N/A 6:05 8:30 10:55
FUN WITH DICK & JANE T 1:15 3:50 N/A 6:20 8:35 10:50
CHEAPER BYTHE DOZEN 2 B 1:05 3:40 N/A 6:05 8:20 10:40
KING KONG T 1:00 N/A 4:30 N/A 8:40 N/A
KING KONG T 2:00 N/A N/A 5:30 N/A 9:30
THE CRONICLES OF NARNIA B 1:30 N/A 4:30 7:30 N/A. 10:30
THE FAMILY STONE NEW 1:25 3:30 6:20 8:25 10:35
RUMOR HAS IT C 1:20 3:40 6:25 N/A N/A
WOLF CREEK C N/A N/A N/A 8:20 10:30
FUN WITH DICK & JANE T 1:30 3:35 6:30 8:40 10:35
CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN 2 B 1:10 3:30 6:15 8:25 10:25
KING KONG T 12:30 N/A 4:30 N/A 8:30
THE CRONICLES OF NARNIA B 1:00 4:00 N/A 7:10 10:00


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THERE IS confusion about the airport's
future and, of course, where there is confu-
sion there are always rumours some wild,
some fairly plausible. The rumours will persist
until someone who knows the truth informs the
public. The Prime Minister is the only person
who can do that at this stage.
It is claimed only a rumour remember -
that government has concluded an agreement
with Vancouver Airport Services (YVRAS) to
develop and manage the airport, but that
Prime Minister Christie is holding the
announcement for January 10 the thirty-
ninth anniversary of majority rule when the
PLP first came to power.
It is also claimed again another rumour -
that the agreement with the Vancouver man-
agement group has yet to be concluded. But,
not to worry, the end is in sight only a few
more "i's" to be dotted and "t's" to be crossed.
Whatever the truth, there is one glaring fact
staring everyone in the face at the airport -
good management by persons with experience
at operating successful airports is urgently
Take Boxing Day, Monday, January 26, for
example the day the radar failed. The piece
of equipment needed to repair the radar sys-
tem was hurriedly flown into Nassau Interna-
tional, but, what we didn't discover until very *
recently was that whoever ordered the equip-
ment, either forgot or did not realise that a
technician had to come with it to do the instal-
lation. The technician was flown in the fol-
lowing day.
That is why on Monday, airline managers,
passengers, the press and the public were get-
ting conflicting information and it depend-
ed upon who one talked with as to what that
information was.
One airport.staff member told The Tribune
that the radar part was in, and was at that very
moment being installed. Everything should be
back to normal Monday afternoon or evening,
he said. His information was obviously given in
good faith, but even he did not know that
someone higher up had goofed, and the part
was sitting at the airport waiting for the tech-
Again on Monday The Tribune talked with
a second airport staff member, who insisted
that no repairs could be done until the following
day. He did not say why, but obviously he knew,
'but was keeping his secret close to his chest.
It is obvious that someone should be in
charge who knows that an expert technician is
needed to do repairs when radar goes down.
Major adjustments have had to be made at
the airport to accommodate the security system

required by the US Homeland Security. This is
nothing new. It has been known for some time,
but, as usual, there was the last minute scram-
ble. There are four X-ray units for pre-clear-
ance at the airport, but only three have been
installed. It has been suggested that there is no
room for the fourth until certain demolition
and expansion is done at the airport. One of
the preclearance machines is now located
under a tent outside the Delta entrance, the
second behind the Delta counter, and the third
behind American Eagle's counter.
In April last year The Tribune was told
that installation of the new machines would
require expansion of areas before entering
pre-clearance and would have double screen-
ing capacity. The area in front of the interna-
tional departure lounge also would be
enlarged. That information was given out in
April, 2005.
Now the report is that the four X-ray
machines two at either end of the hall are
to be located inside the area allocated to
American Customs and Immigration with that
area being pushed back and certain offices
having to be demolished to make room.
But again, what is happening?
On December 29 James Smith, minister of
state for finance, forecast that the fiscal deficit
will temporarily widen in 2006, because, among
other things, "very major expenditure" has to
be incurred on upgrades to Nassau Interna-
tional Airport: He % a. talking of course, of the
more than:$10 million for ihe purhhi.e .aid
installation of the sti ne( CTX i9 l111: Dsl beig-
gage security screening machines that have
been installed at NIA and others yet to be
installed in all other Bahamas ports of entry to
meet International Civil Aviation require-
It would make good business sense if the
new management company were a part of the
discussions for the expansion and temporary
location of this equipment until the new airport
is constructed.
Until then, however, there will be busy days
at the airport when there will be dissatisfied
and grumbling passengers standing in lines
that will extend in three directions from the ter-
minal and onto the pavement outside.
In April last year Bahamians were told that
their airport would be "under new manage-
ment in a matter of months." Later that year
they were told of the hope that it would be in
private hands before the end of 2005.
We are now into 2006 still waiting for those
"private hands" and that hoped-for announce-
ment. Meantime our tourist industry suffers
from unnecessary delays.

The Tribune Limited
Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEONE. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

Publisher/Editor 1972-

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EDITOR, The Tribune
WHILE the year 2005 will no
doubt long be remembered for
the havoc and destruction
wreaked on properties and
building structures along the
south-west coast of Grand
Bahama, memories of the trag-
ic snuffing out of a record 22
lives on Grand Bahama's road-
ways will sadly, quite likely not
endure as long.
Much effort has been direct-
ed towards restoring some
degree of normalcy to the lives
of individuals whose properties
were decimated by Wilma.
Thus far little, if any, atten-
tion appears to have been
directed towards gaining an
understanding of the causative
factors which gave rise to an
almost 300 per cent increase in
the number of Grand Bahama
roadway deaths during 2005.
This is particularly appalling
when juxtaposed against the
effort being made to restore
material possessions.
It is imperative for those
charged with responsibility for
ensuring safety on our roadways
to first seek to properly under-
stand the causative factors so
that strategies to curb a poten-
tial recurrence in 2006 can be
developed and implemented
From a personal perspective,
there appears to be just two,
broad categories of factors
which give rise to road acci-
dents, viz-behaviours (speed-
ing, driving under the influence
of alcohol or drugs, driving
without due care and attention,
etc) and conditions (defective
road surfaces, vehicle defects,
deficient illumination, weather,
usatisfactory/inadequate sig-
nage, kerbing, etc).
The impact Wilma had on
properties is obvious. It is quite
possible this hurricane and its
2004 forerunners, Frances and
Jeanne, may be significant con-
tributors to the 2005 carnage on
Grand Bahama's roadways.
These three hurricanes dam-
aged/destroyed numerous traf-
fic signals, streetlights, road
signs, etc, negatively impacting
driving conditions. Motorists'
anxiety levels were likely also
elevated, especially those suf-
fering not only loss of posses-
sions but also loss of income.
SFifteen months have elapsed
since the doors to the Royal
Oasis hotel properties, which
employed in excess of 1,000 per-
sons, closed and there is no evi-
dence to remotely suggest the
doors will reopen anytime soon.
Protracted closure of these

hotel properties, with concomi-
tant loss of tourist traffic into
the International Bazaar, has
forced numerous businesses in
this once thriving mecca of com-
merce to close up shop.
Elevated stress levels may,
have given rise to less than
desirable driving behaviours.
Psychiatrists/psychologists are
more than welcome to weigh in
on whether this may be a con-
tributor and, if so, to what
As structures are repaired
and persons return to their
homes or as'new structures are
completed and persons again
begin to enjoy some semblance
of normalcy in their lives, emo-
tional balance will probably be
restored and aberrant behav-
iour on our roadways hopefully
be diminished.
Most traffic signals seem to
have been returned to opera-
tion. A majority of defec-
tive/missing streetlights appear
to have been repaired/replaced.
Practically all missing signage

has been renewed.
Outstanding deficiencies td'
the above must be rectified withP
utmost dispatch. '
Perhaps the most imponder-
able condition still to W1
analysed is the extent to whidi&
kerbing, which has recently`
been installed along sevejfl
major thoroughfares as part iani
parcel of a major beautification'
exercise for Freeport, may be'al
contributing factor. Kerbing has,
reduced the available drivifi
"surface". Prior to the instalid-
tions, roadways were a bit mdr
forgiving to motorists though
likely less friendly to pedestri-
The astronomical increase in,
the number of deaths on cif
roadways during 2005 no doul'ti
had a profoundly negative
impact on the lives of'mahi,
Grand Bahama families.
Hopefully, this appeal to tfhl
relevant authorities to urgently
rise to action so as to reverse
the trend and thus spare 6ith:ie
families a similar distressing fati
in 2006 will not fall on deaf eas
Grand Bahaia
January 4 2006

New Year's Resolutions-

EDITOR, The Tribune
IS anyone going to make
some New Year's Resolu-
My list for the nation would
include the following:
(1) Crime nationally we
must decide that crime does
not pay and we as a people
must become law-abiding
(2) Drivers please obey
the laws of driving and save
lives. Drivers please stop
using your cellphones when
driving with your young child
in your lap! Also buckle up
please, it is the law if you
don't know.
(3) The FNM come clean
and please Mr Ingraham
admit that you did decide to
re-enter frontline politics back
in 2003, otherwise you're a
(4) Local Tabloid Editors -
stop the character assassina-
(5) Religion nationally we
need to examine these 'do-it-
yourself' religions that have
sprouted up we seem to
believe exclusively in the Old
Testament/Bible rather than

the accurate account of
Christ's mission and teachings
-on earth. Religion has seem-r
ingly become:a new entre-C
preneurial occupation totally -
based on making as-muchl'
money:and,;falsely promising
salvation, etc.: ,
S(6)- Fix what.we know '
needs fixing immediately. !,
(7) Our wonderful women ..
stop prostituting yourselves:,
for a couple of dollars .-
nationally re-establish the-
institution of marriage.
(8) Everyone be honest and:
pay their taxes so that Gov-
ernment will be able to
reduce them. ;
(9) Politicians represent
your constituents, consult
with them and stop taking'
their opinions for granted:,
Abolish 'the Privilege' rule of;
House of Assembly.
(10) Government adopt a,
policy which will createL
wealth amongst our people -
it is the sole solution to th6
mess we are in.
Happy new year for 2006.,
December 29 2005

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January 9th take the time to attend the free first claMs
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road deaths

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wishes to advise the public of the
cancellation of a series of company cheques.
The serial numbers of these cheques are
46460 to 46568 inclusive. There has been
a "Stop Payment" put on each of these

If you are presently with a cheque within
this number range, do not attempt to cash
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and its employees have
responded to the needs in
Grand Bahama following the
2005 hurricane season by pour-
ing nearly $100,000 in gifts and
donations into communities.
The donations are being used
to help rebuild homes, lives and
hope in the aftermath of Hurri-
cane Wilma, the bank said in a
"The late season storm with a
sea surge that took the western
end of the island by surprise,
leveling entire settlements,
affected customers, staff mem-
bers and friends of the bank
that has branches in Lucaya and
the Mall Drive, Grand Bahama.
"Employees who suffered
losses were the first to receive
help some $40,000 in emer-
gency relief from the bank they
work for.
"Simultaneously, in response
to the urgent cry from the
Grand Bahama Red Cross, the
bank answered with a $10,000
donation," said the statement.
Staff raised an additional
$10,000 for rebuilding projects,
which was matched by the bank,
adding $20,000 to the initial
"The bank further lent its
support by presenting the
deputy chairman of NEMA,
Minister James Smith, with a
$25,000 contribution," the state-
ment said.



boat thefts

POLICE in Grand Bahama
are investigating the theft of a
28-foot white Ocean Runner
boat and a 25-foot blue and
white Mako speed-boat.
John Rolle of Coral Reef
Estates reported to police that
sometime between 5pm on Jan-
uary 1 and 9am on January 2,
someone stole his Ocean Run-
ner valued at $25,000, which
was fitted with 250hp Yamaha
The vessel reportedly disap-
peared from a vacant lot at
Bahama Terrace.
Mr Rolle said the boat was
being repaired at the time.
High Rock resident Howard
Roberts said his Mako speed-
boat with twin Yamaha engines
valued at $35,000 moored at the
Running Mon Marina was
stolen sometime between 6pm
on December 31 and 5pm on
January 1.
Anyone with information
about these matters is asked to
contact Grand Bahama police
or the crime tipster hotline in
Grand Bahama at 1-242-352-
1919 or in New Providence at 1-

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Tropical storm still

moving in Atlantic

SEVERAL days after fore-
casters predicted that it would
dissipate, Tropical Storm Zeta
is still in the Atlantic and con-
tinuing to move to the west-
The storm was weakening
yesterday, and forecasters say
they expect this trend to con-
tinue today. Zeta is not a
threat to land.
At 5pm yesterday, the cen-
tre of Tropical Storm Zeta
was located near latitude 23
north and 48.2 west, or about
1,020 miles east-northeast of
the Northern Leeward Islands.
Zeta is moving at 8 mph
and is now expected to con-
tinue at this speed for at least
another day.
Yesterday, the storm's max-
imum sustained winds were
reportedly around 40mph,
down from 65mph a few days
Tropical storm winds
extend up to 105 miles out
from the storm's centre. The
maximum central pressure is
reportedly at 1005 MB.

Zeta is the 27th named
storm of the 2005 Atlantic
hurricane season and is only
the second Atlantic storm in
recorded history to survive
into January, joining Hurri-
cane Alice in 1955.
The storm developed last
Friday, about a month after
the 2005 Atlantic hurricane
season officially ended.
There were 14 hurricanes
during the 2005 season, includ-
ing Hurricane Katrina, which
became the most costly disas-
ter in US history.
Forecasters exhausted their
list of 21 proper names and
had to begin using the Greek
alphabet to name storms for
the first time.
Hurricane seasons are pre-
dicted to remain more active
than usual for at least another
10 years.
The 2006 season does not
officially begin until June 1,
but any tropical storms that
form after Zeta would be part
of the 2006 tally. The first
name on the list is Alberto.

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Parties urged to state

Tribune Staff Reporter

for a Referendum on Free
Trade (BARF) urged all
political parties to clearly
put forward their positions
in relation to international
trade arrangements.
Co-chairs of BARF Fayne
Thompson and Paul Moss
feel that before the
Bahamas joins on to the
World Trade Organisation
(WTO) or the Caribbean
Single Market and Econo-
my (CSME) the public
should be consulted through
a referendum.
'At a press conference yes-
terday, Mr Moss said of
political parties: "We don't
want to see in their mani-
festos, platforms or contracts
or plans a page dedicated
to pufe rhetoric. We want
to see whether you are pre-
pared to join or not.
"Take your position, don't
talk about the virtues and the
disadvantages, we want to
know what your position is
very clearly," said Mr Moss.
He said the issue of inter-
national trade arrangements
is important because the
lives of Bahamians are at
Mr Thompson expressed
the same sentiment, adding
that political parties should
run on the basis of whether
or not they favour joining
international agreements.

"There should be no skull-
duggery, no stilt, no tomfool-
ery on the question of CSME,
WTO or the FTAA. The
Bahamian people should know
what your position is," he said.
On May 31 of last year,
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the revised CSME treaty.
However, in mid June, dur-
ing a session of the House of
Assembly, Foreign Affairs
Minister Fred Mitchell
announced that the govern-.
ment had not signed on to the

agreement and does not pro-
pose to sign on before the
next general election.
Mr Moss said he is opposed
to the WTO and the FTAA,
as he believes that they. are
founded on "greed and not
on equity".
He stressed that in order
for there to be free trade,
there must also be fair trade.
Both men said that the final
decision on whether or not to
join any international trade
agreement should be left to
the people.
"Because-we are a very
democratic people, we under-
stand that the majority must
lead. Now, it could very well
be that the majority of people
in the Bahamas want the
Bahamas to be a part of any
number of these internation-
al trade arrangements.
"What we have said is, do
not go to parliament and try
to make decisions for us, let
the Bahamian people decide,"
Mr Moss said.



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Tropical Storm Zeta
January 5, 2006
4 PM EST Thursday
NWS TPCINational Hurricane Center
Advisory 26
Current Center Location 23.0 N 48.2 W
Max Sustained Wind 40 mph
Current Movement NW at 8 mph
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Forecast Center Positions
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New policing initiatives

had an impact on cril

Tribune Staff Reporter
TWO new policing initiatives
created in 2005 have made a big
impact in the prevention of

crime throughout the year.
According to Police Com-
missioner Paul Farquharson, the
newly established school polic-
ing unit and the tourism unit of
the Royal Bahamian Police

irik of Agra

xurnral (Hfqel
Wulff Road & Pinedale
Tel: 323-3800 or 322-1431 Fax: 328-8852


a resident of Sugar Apple Street,
Pinewood Gardens, will be held
at Church of God Auditorium,
Joe Farrington Road Sunday
January 8th, 2006 at 1:00 p.m.
Officiating will be Bishop Victor a" 1
Johnson and Bishop William
Johnson. Interment follows in
Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.

He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Gerelean
Stubbs; 3 sons, Wellington Jr. Pastor Randy and
Corporal James Stubbs of H.M. Prison; 3 daughters,
Janice Stubbs, Olean Storr and Gertiemae Goodman;
1 sister, Zerletta Ferguson of Freeport, Grand Bahama;
one daughter-in-law, Maxcine Stubbs; 2 sons-in-law,
Renthy Storr and Anthony Goodman; twenty-eight
grand-children, Phillipa Melanie, Kissy, Erica, Ernestine,
Evelyn, Peachett, Kittia, Marsha, Stephanie, Kia, Gia,
Tashar, Indria, Tamara and Sascha, Jason, Gerard,
Jamaal, Edward, Elvis, Lorenzo, Lavardo and Ivan;
eighteen great-grand children, five brothers-in-law,
Bishop Elias, Jeremiah and James Ferguson, Charles
Dorsett, Louis Farringhton; seven sisters-in-law, Minister
Sarah and Eloise Ferguson, Eloise Stubbs, Edith Forbes,
Joycelyn Farrington, Rebecca Davidson and Hazel
Leadon; thirty-five nieces and thirty-nine nephews and
other relatives and a host of other relatives and friends
including, Mae Williamson, Elva Smith, Claresta Cox,
Denzer and Huel Cox, Harris and Katty Bain, Stafford
and Florita Taylor, Pandora and Vickie Thompson, Lavern
Moss, Eleanor Lynden, Ronald Greenslade, Ronald and
Almaria Mckenzie, St. Mark's Evangelistic Church Family,
Rev. Dr. Hubert Fowler, Sis Bodie of F.R Grand Bahama,
Mr. Allen Brown, Nathaniel and Sandra Thompson,
Minister and Evangelist Thurston and the Pinewood
Gardens Community.

Friends may pay their last respects at the Rock of Ages
Funeral Chapel Wulff rd and Pinedale on Saturday 10:00
am 5:00 prf and on Sunday from 12 noon until service

Jutl1r's (Jumnral [ oms & rematoriu
Telephone: 393-2822, York & Ernest Sts.
P.O. Box N-712, Nassau, Bahamas

Mrs. Veronica
SKathleen Darville-
Cartwright, 92

SofDeadman's Cay, Long
Island will be held 91
John's Anglican Church,
Buckley's, Long Island.
Officiating will be Rev'd
Fr. Earnest Pratt Assisted
by Rev'd Fr. Addison Turquest, Rev'd Fr. Mark Fox and
Catechist Maxwell Knowles. Interment will follow in the
Church's Cemetery, Buckley's, Long Island.

Left to cherish her memories are her Two (2) Sons; Carlton
Cartwright and lan Knowles; Four (4) Daughters; Lillith
Knowles, Mizpah Albury, Veronica Bassett and Andrea
Rollins; Two (2) Daughters-in-law; Marie Cartwright and
Caretha Knowles; Four (4) Sons-in-law; Cyril and Laurin
Knowles, Patrick Albury and Sylvester Rollins; Thirty-
three (33) Grandchildren; Scott, Jude, Kate, Nelson, Maris,
Cassandra, Mark, Neil, David, Don, Chantelle and Stefan
Knowles, Dale Morley, Lyn Marcello, Perpetua Roberts,
Colleen McKinney, Crystal, Carlton Jr., Kimberly, Cristyn,
Ceri, Kethan and Camryn Cartwright, Shavonne Darville,
Rochelle Moussa, Carleze Claridge, Melanie, Antonio and
Dwayne Bassett, Lisa Hanna, Andre, Ramon and Cherelle
Rollins; Thirty-two (32) Great-grandchildren, Three (3)
Sisters; Nora Cartwright, Louise Fox and Gretel Ford; Four
(4) Brothers-in-law; Roger Ford, Carlos and Roland
Cartwright and Edgar Turnquest; Four (4) Sisters-in-law;
Madeline Thompson, Lucy, Marjorie and Cora Cartwright
and a host of other relatives and friends including; Patricia

The family request in lieu of Flowers donations may be
made to St. John's Anglican Church, Buckley's, Long Island.

Viewing will be held on Friday at the church in Long Island
from 3:00 p.m. until service time on Saturday.

Arrangements are being conducted by Butlers' Funeral
Homes and Crematorium, Ernest and York Streets.

Force have both yielded posi-
tive results.
While some detractors criti-
cised the government pro-
posed initiative of placing
police officers in government
schools, Mr Farquharson said
the programme has curbed a
number of violent incidents
throughout the school system.
"First the school police pro-
gramme is a government poli-
cy and the police must always
be seen to be carrying out the
government's policy," he said
during an appearance on the
Policing Today radio pro-
gramme with host Chief
Superintendent Hulan Hanna.
However, he said that it is
very important to nip criminal
activity in the bud wherever it
exists, especially with young
"Between September and
now, we have curbed a num-
ber of violence incidents in the
schools. The programme is
new and it will not be able to
stop everything, but we will
minimise it and provide an
environment of safety for
those who want to learn and
the teachers."
Mr Farquharson said that
the education of the nation's
youth is one of the most
important aspects of society,
and every sector of society
needs to ensure that this hap-
Another initiative was the
tourism unit, established
specifically for the welfare of
visitors to the country.
Mr Farquharson explained
that the idea stemmed from a
recent law enforcement con-
ference he chaired while in St
Croix, where police commis-
sioners in the region discussed

* POLICE Commissioner Paul F

ways of enhancing the safety of
"Because tourism is our
bread and butter, we have to
be seen to be protecting our
guests," he said.
The police officers in the
unit patrol heavily populated
areas such as the downtown
area and Paradise Island.
The commissioner said that
in the six to eight weeks since
the unit was formed there has

Fox Hill family's tribute

ONE Fox Hill family is pay-
ing tribute to their former MP
the late George Mackey, OBE
- describing him as "an excel-
lent representative". ,
In a statement released yes-
terday, Donna Brown-Evans,
Nicolette Brown and Bernard

Brown said Mr Mackey "stood
out as an active, loyal and ded-
icated man of the Fox Hill com-
SDiligence and hard \ortk'
were his'.piority. He pla ed a
pivotal role in the life of St
Anne's Anglican Church, where


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of Knowles Drive and formerly of Peats,
Andros will be held on Saturday,
January 7th, 2006 at 10:00 am at Zion
Yamacraw Baptist Church, Yamacraw
Road. Officiating will be Bishop Samuel
Green assisted by Rev Howard Smith,
Rev gerald Pennerman and other
ministers. Interment will follow at Southern Cemetery, Cowpen
and Spikenard Roads.

Left to cherish his memories are his two brothers, Rev Victor
Rolle and Roland Rolle; six sisters, Laurene Clarke, Glorene
Seymour, Marjoire Stuart, Sheilamae Smith, Ruth Pinder and
Desaline Cumberbatch; numerous nieces and nephews including,
Arthur Clarke, Deirdre, Francis and Dr Michael Clarke, Gabrielle,
Theus Fountain, Baccus and Hyacinth Rolle, Whitney and Inza
Patton, Dr Wendy Stuart, Wellington Stuart, Perica Plakarus,
Dave, Ricardo and Garfield Seymour, Kimberley Etienne, Katie
Walker, Yvette Gibson, Mark and Ryan Pinder, James, Edmond
and Chester Turner, Arthur Green, Jeanette, Dave, Ron, Antionett
and Chantell Rolle, Hubert, Stanley and Demetrius Smith, Leila
Culmer, Katie Mackey; two uncles, Bishop William Grant and
Deacon Albert Forbes; three aunts, Maria Forbes, Mother Cynthia
Grant and Emerald Jones; two sisters-in-law, Lolamae and Alice
Rolle; three brothers-in-law, Charles Clarke, Anthony Pinder and
Anthony Cumberbatch; many other relatives and friends including,
Revaughn Major, Leroy Bannister JP of Mangrove Cay, Andros,
Clyde, Garret, Alpheus, Roosevelt and Spence Finlayson and
family, Ethlyn Ferguson and family, Lecitus Rolle and family,
Annie Horton and family, Susan Seymour and family, Hessiemae
Bethel and family, Nancy Hanna and family, Willimae Rolle and
family, Maxine Cox and family, Joycelyn and Leyvon Miller and
family, Sylvia McKenzie, Rev Gerald Pennerman and family,
Bishop Samuel Green and family, Rev Andrew Rolle and family,
Bishop Ross Davis and family and Bishop Wenith Davis and
family, Elaine Sand and family, Attorney Maxwell Turner and
family, Mildred Thompson, Kirkland Moody, Ms Fenne, Lolo,
Almetha Brooks and family, Danny Marche, Live Wine, the Curtis,
Evanes, McPhee and Pennerman families, The Knowles Drive
and Bozine Town communities, the entire community of Mangrove
Cay, Andros many other relatives and friends to numerous to

Relatives and friends may pay their last respects at Evergreen
Mortuary located on Harrold Road on Friday from 10:00 am to
6:00 pm and at the church on Saturday from 9:00 am until service




been a marked improvement.
He noted that in particular,
"the beaches on Paradise
Island had a whole slew of
problems, and they have liter-
ally cleaned up the beach".
In the downtown area, he
said police officers have had
much success, in preventing
crimes not only against area
business, but also in the hotels
in the downtown and West
Bay area.

to Mackey
he initiated the Anglican
Youth Association and
served as Catechist.
"We will forever be grate
'ful to George Mackey "ho''
took it upon himself to sub-
mit an article to The Tribune
on the demise of our parents,
including the fact that we,
the children had no idea that
we would have lost,ouir
mother a fortnight after the
death of our father.
"Again; as fate would have
it, we had no idea that we
would lose a friend like
George Mackey exactly
three years, later."
The family said Mr Mack-
ey will be remembered for
"his willingness, his unselfish-
ness and his outstanding con-
tribution to society".
"He served the Fox Hill
community with a sense of
pride and commitment. He
served the Bahamas with
dignity and respect. He
served his Lord as a dedicat-
ed servant of Christ," the
statement said.

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for George


FOX Hill MP Fred Mitchell:
announced yesterday that thei
official funeral for George W.
Mackey, OBE, will take place'
on Thursday January 12 atl
10am at Christ Church Cathe-
dral in Nassau.
Burial will take place after
the service in St Anne's Ceme-
tery, Fox Hill.
The funeral procession will'
travel to the Fox Hill Parade,"
from where it will proceed to
St Anne's Cemetery accompa-
nied by a police guard.
Mr Mackey will lie in state in
the foyer of the House of
Assembly on Wednesday Janu-,
ary 11 with public viewing
scheduled for 11am.
The Fox Hill Community will
hold a service in honour of Mr
Mackey at 7.30pm on Thursday
at St Paul's Baptist Church in
Fox Hill.
The service will be carried
live on ZNS Radio and TV.
The PLP is scheduled to holds
a memorial service for Mr!
Mackey at the Sir Lynden Pin-'
dling Centre in Gambier House,
the party's headquarters on Far-'
rington Road beginning at 7pm
on Monday, January 9.
The community is also Sched-
uled to meet at the Fox Hill
Parade on Wednesday, January
11, the eve of the official funer-
al, where tributes will be paid.
"The family of Mr Mackey
wishes me to thank all the-pefr
sons who have called! and
expressed their iorro\ and sol-
idarity with them at this time
of bereavement," Mr Mitchell

sorrow at
death of PLP

SENATOR aleb Oullen
has expressed his sorrow at the
passing of George Mackey.
Senator Outten, from
Freeport, said that Mr Mackey.
would always be remembered
as "the people's hero"
He said: It is with a feeling
of personal loss that I mourn
the passing of George William
"Mr Mackey's passing is a
great loss to our country; I shall
miss his advice and words of
wisdom that benefitted me on
many occasions as I sought to.
offer service to the people of
Grand Bahama.
"What we are today is reflect-
ed in the life of Mr Mackey,
who helped to etch into the,
nation the freedoms enjoyed
today by Bahamians."
He expressed his condolences.
to Mr Mackey's family, the Fox
Hill community and the Pro-
gressive Liberal Party.

R emzida loise ( aioll, 84
of Yorkshire Street and Eton Avenue, Westward Villas,
Nassau, passed away at Doctors' Hospital on Monday,
2nd January, 2006.

Details of her memorial service will be announced later.
The Carroll Family


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Eleuthera named

as one of top

five destinations

ACCORDING to the Janu-
ary 2006 edition of Travel &
Leisure Magazine, the world's
premier travel publication,
Eleuthera is among the top five
up and coming destinations to
visit in:the next year.
During anJNBC Today Show
interview.on Monday Laura
Begley, Travel & Leisure's
senior editor told NBC's Matt
Lauer that Eleuthera was cho-
sen because of its amasing white
sands and beauty.
"Eleuthera is this amasing
island full of white sand beach-
es. Beautiful. Lenny Kravitz
owns property there and he's
said to opening up a recording
studio," she said.
"And the big news is that a
lot of luxury hotels are open-
ing up this year, including one
from Star\ ood. which is going
to be an eco-sensitive resort

'Eco-sensitive' resort

gets special mention

owned by Bahamians."
The other destinations on the
list are Montenegro, Min-
neapolis, Mongolia, and Gabon.
Responding to the news,
Franklyn Wilson, chairman of
Eleuthera Properties, said that
his team is very pleased "that
the leaders of world tourism are
already beginning to recognize
that the re-launching of Cotton
Bay is something special truly
the Bahamas place for the most
He added that several other
international travel magazines

have published promotional
articles on the 1,500 acre project
in south Eleuthera, which is
scheduled to be opened in
December, 2006.
"We are particularly pleased
that this Bahamian-led project
is serving as a catalyst for the
resurgence of tourism at
Eleuthera. We also want to
again challenge other Bahami-
ans, especially persons from
Eleuthera, to take advantage of
the many economic opportuni-
ties that result from this and
other projects that will be com-

* SCENES from the construction of the $300 million Cotton Bay Villas development, of which the
first phase is due to open in December 2006

ing on stream within the next
near term," said Wilson.
The $300 million Cotton Bay
Villas development is being
constructed in two phases.
Phase One, which will open in
December 2006, will consist of
52 oceanfront units, a 26,000
square-foot clubhouse with full
amenities and a private mari-
na. Completion of phase two is

scheduled for December 2007,
and will include additional villas
and the development of 114
estate lots.
Future phases of. the resort
include an 18-hole champi-
onship golf course, a wellness
centre/spa, additional real estate
development, and the expan-
sion of the marina.
In July : 2405, Starwood

Hotels and Resorts Worldwide,
one of the leading hotel and
leisure companies in the world,
announced that Cotton Bay
would be added to its Luxury
Collection, making it the first
Bahamian property to earn this
Starwood operates over 750
properties in more than 80
countries around the world.

Top Caribbean scholar

to talk on tourism

Tribune Staff Reporter
ONE of the Caribbean's
greatest scholars will deliver
the keynote address at the
National Tourism Week's
opening ceremony on Janu-
ary 11.
Tourism officials say they
are elated to be hosting Pro-
fessor Rex Nettleford, a for-
mer Rhodes Scholar and
Vice Chancellor Emeritus at
the University of the West
Professor Nettleford is a
well-known Caribbean
scholar, trade union educa-
tor, 'social and cultural his-
torian and political analyst.
His research is recognized
as having spurred -political,
social, cultural and govern-
mental changes in the
region. N
The professor will speak
on the theme: "My Bahamas:
to a common, loftier goal",
wheb National Tourism Week
(NTW) officially opens on
Wednesday at the Wyndham
Nassau Resort and Crystal
Palace Casino.
"The wisdom that Professor
Nettleford brings is something
to ~vhich everyone in the
Bahamas should look forward,"
said Janet Johnson, principal
organiser of NTW for the Min-
istry of Tourism.
"Although the Bahamas has
a few clear tourism advantages
over many of our Caribbean
neighbours, there is much that
we can learn from our
Caribbean counterparts who
have a wealth of knowledge and
experience in the industry. Pro-
fessor Nettleford is among the
many individuals who can have
a substantial impact on elevat-
ing our tourism performance to
a higher status."
Professor Nettleford, often
referred to as a "renaissance
man", boasts a long list of
regional and international
He is the founder, artistic
director and principal choreo-
grapher of the internationally
acclaimed National Dance The-

PROFESSOR Rex Nettleford

atre Company of Jamaica and is
regarded as a leading Caribbean
authority in the performing arts.
Outside of the Caribbean, he
has been part of several inter-
national organizations that focus
on development and inter-cul-
tural learning.


He was a founding governor
of the Canada-based Interna-
tional Development Research
Centre (IDRC), an interna-
tional trustee of AFS Inter-cul-
tural and the former chairman
of the Commonwealth Arts
He is a director of the Lon-
don-based News Concern and
a former member of the execu-
tive board of UNESCO.
The professor served as one
of the International Labour
Organisation's group of experts
charged with monitoring the
implementation of sanctions
and other actions against
Apartheid, and was member of
the West Indian Commission.
He has served as a consul-
tant on cultural development to
UNESCO, the Organisation of

American States (OAS)
and cultural advisor to
the government of
As an authority on
development and cultur-
al dynamics, he has lec-
S tured in many countries
Including the US, Cana-
'; da, the UK, India, Israel
and South Africa.
He headed the Nation-
al Council on Education
Sand has served on
numerous other com-
missions in his native
Professor Nettleford
is editor of Caribbean
Quarterly and the author
of The Rastafarians in
Kingston, Jamaica (with
F R Augier and M G
Smith); Mirror, Mirror:
Identity, Race and
Protest in Jamaica; Man-
ley and the New Jamaica;
Roots and Rhythms;
Caribbean Cultural Iden-
tity; Dance Jamaica: Self-Defi-
nition and Artistic Discovery;
The University of the West
Indies: A Caribbean Response
to the Challenge of Change
(with Sir Philip Sherlock); and
Inward Stretch, Outward Reach:
A Voice from the Caribbean.
Mrs Johnson invited the pub-
lic to attend the opening cere-
mony and hear the professor's
She stressed that persons
interested in attending should
register before the event. The
registry can be accessed at
NTW's website: ntw.tourism-
Registration forms are also
available in the national
gazettes, and can be faxed to
the ministry at (242) 302-2098.
Professor Nettleford will be
just one of a long list of speak-
ers lined up for National
Tourism Conference. Other
speakers will include: Minister
of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe;
Frank Comito, executive direc-
tor of the Bahamas Hotel Asso-
ciation and Tourism director
general Vernice Walkine, who
will present for the first time
the Ministry of Tourism's busi-
ness plan for 2006.

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$5 Friday @ First Down every Friday night. Music by Barry Da
Pusher, Selector: Dominique. Ladies $5 all night, gents $10. Ear-
ly juggling by Mr. Xcitement and DJ Fatal. Drink specials all night

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 Sat-
urday. Ladies free, Gents, $10 all night. Bacardi Big Apple and
other drink specials all night long.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TooLooSe @ Indigo Restaurant on West Bay St and Skyline Dri-
ve. 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

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key board in the After Dark Room every Sunday, 8.30pm to mid-
night. Fine food and drinks.

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

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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 signa-
ture pieces from the national collection, including recent acqui-
sitions by Blue Curry, Antonius Roberts and Dionne Benjamin-
Smith. Call 328-5800 to book tours. This exhibition closes Feb-
ruary 28, 2006.

The Nassau Music Society The Nassau Music Society is fea-
turing, in association with Fidelity, RBC and RoyalStar Assur-
ance as part of their "FESTIVAL OF RUSSIAN ARTISTS",
Natalia Gutman (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 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 programmes will be available on the website short-
ly. Do not miss this opportunity to listen to live world class

Health """

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

Pre & Post Natal Fitness Classes are being held 6:30pm Tuesdays
and Thursdays at, Nassau gymNastics SeagrapeS location (off
Prince Charles Drive). Doctor approval is required. Call 364-8423
to register or for more information.
Diabetes Directions a FREE dia-
belic iupp ort group mccti the fir.t

Monday of each month at 6.30pm at New Providence Community
Centre, Blake Road. Dinner is provided and free blood sugar,
blood pressure and cholesterol testing is 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 serious injuries and choking that can occur in
adults, infants and children. CPR and First Aid classes are offered
every third Saturday of the month from 9am-lpm. Contact a
Doctors Hospital Community Training Representative at 302-
4732 for more information and learn to save a life today.

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

Cgh Cdbs

JAR CYCLING: The owners of JAR Cycling are pleased to offer
a cycling clinic for juniors between 10 and 17. The free clinic will
be held every Saturday in an effort to encourage kids to cycle. Par-
ents interested in registering their children should contact organ-
isers at

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

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

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

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

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

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity meets every second 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 Mones-

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

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

AMISTAD, a Spanish club meets the third Friday of the month
at COB's Tourism Training Centre at 7pm in Room 144 during
the academic year. The group promotes the Spanish language and
culture in the community.
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Tuesday January 10'h
7:00am Morning Mass
held at
St. Agnes Anglican Church
with Lady Pindling,

followed bli tlihe Uwreath living at
Sir L\nden Pindling's grave
and Sir Milo's bust,
Rawson's Square

Tuesday Evening January 10
7:00 pm
"A Tribute in Song and Dance
to Our Nation Builders"
held in
Rawson's Square

Wednesday January 11th
11am- 1pm
Youth Forum
staged lby
The Progressive loung Liberal
to be held at
The Centre for The Performin
Arts, Shirley Street,
Junior & Senior High
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Leon McDonald Kelly, 58

Sa resident of Elizabeth Estates and formerly of St. Michael's,
I Barbados, will be held at United Apostolic Church, Honeycombe
S. and Flint Street, on Saturday 7th January, 2006 at 10:00 a.m.
SOfficiating will be Pastor H. G. Ferguson, assisted by Minister
S H. Franklyn Ferguson and Minister Grenny Hyppolite. Interment
follows in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.
S his memory are his 3 children, Michelle and Raquel Kelly of
the Bahamas and James Leon Jackman of Barbados; 2 step
children, Denise Barnes and Wilmon Sanders of Miami, Florida;
siblings, Jean Kelly and Bernard and Doreen Kelly both of
Barbados; nieces and nephews, Cheryl, Sonia, Kathy, Marcelle,
Matthew Kelly of Barbados, Annette Kelly, Phillisto and John
Kelly; mother-in-law, Loise Cox; father-in-law, Enoch Lightbourne; in-laws, the Lightboume
family, the Murray family, James and family, the Hall family, the Clark family, the Mackey
family, the Ewing family and the Turner family; a host of other relatives and friends including,
Christine Burrows, Athelston Grazette, Garfield Braithwaite, Anthony Hall, Telford Watkins,
Collin Puckerin, Eraphin Miller, Crafton Barrow, Andrew Gramteaune, Rodney Husband,
Celmont Fester, Dennis Jorden, Darnley Sealy, Paul Thompson, Collin Dean, Calton James,
Mr Frederick D. Phillips, Noman Wode, Joan Reid, Erma Thompson, Debbie Lewis, Esther
Allen, McKenzie, Sheila McKenzie, McDonald family, Wilson family, Moncur family,
Harborside Atlantis Resort, Eastern United Pentecostal Church, H.M. Prison, Cricket
Association, Wode Engineering Development Ltd., Paul Thompson Security Development
Ltd., Computitle Ltd. & many other friends too numerous to mention.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10:00
a.m.-6:00 p.m. on Friday and on Saturday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until service time.

Palma Melvina Morley-Mackey, 44
a resident of Waterford, Eleuthera & formerly of Tarpum Bay,
Eleuthera, will be held at Wesley Methodist Church, Tarpum
Bay, Eleuthera on Saturday 7th January, 2006 at 11:00 a.m.
Officiating will be Rev. Mark Carey, assisted by Rev. Alfred
Delancy. Interment follows in Tarpum Bay Cemetery.
'Precious memory of Palma will forever linger in the hearts of
her, husband Johnny Mackey; one child, Tyson Morley; adopted
S daughter, Takita Morley; one grandchild, Tyeka Morley; parents,
William (Bill) and Cleta Morley; two sisters, Margurite and
Sharmaine Morley; two brothers, Orlanda and Kenneth Jave
.,- Morley; Predeceased by her siblings, Doris, Rudy and Andrew;
father-in-law, Jonathan Mackey Sr.; mother-in-law, Ellen
Mackey; seven aunts, Iris Farrington, Lorraine, Anna, Florence,
Rochell, Ruby, Caphy and Phenice Morley; four uncles, Mansfield, Clarence Jr., and Winton
Morley, and James Nottage; five nieces, Davaughn, Tasma, Kimeco, Takita and Jessica;
two nephews, Tamaris Morley and Jervis McIntosh; one grandniece, Glenyce Cartwright;
two step grandmothers, Mavis Morley and Doreen Ingraham; two grandaunts, Tesha Berry
and Agnes Allen; sisters-in-law, Diana Todd, Helena Strachan, Bernice Beneby, Helen and
Magdalene Mackey; brothers-in-law, Granville, Thomas, Bartholomew, Simon and Ezra
Mackey; nephews and nieces-in-law, Glen Cartwright, Stancel, Gayvette, Gayjaun, Gayshawn,
Everette and Sidron; uncles-in-law, Bishop Ernest Sweeting, George, Austin, and Nelson
Sweeting, Cecil and Leenard Mackey, Jimmy Wilson, and Anthony Cash; aunts-in-law,
Mary Jane Wilson, Roseanna Cash, Geraline, Verica, Natalie and Lee Sweeting and Dorcus
Strachan; cousins, Lousie Mackey, Delores Walkes, Dorothy Hunt, Patrice Morris. Mlarva
and Kenrick Forbes, Nikara Evans, Dwight Farrington, Sharon Delancy, Vance, Femrique
and Marcian Mackey, Shamini, Indera, Flloydeia, and Duranda Walkes, Angela Sweeting,
Sylvania and John "Curley" Hunt, Dianna Forbes, Olga & Clarence Deveaux, Soniamae
Charlton, Roger Poitier, Jennie Bullard, Veronica Micklewhite, Anne Brown, Mary and
Ardell Johnson, Debra Moxey, Cynthia, Edith, Duke and Deon Nottage, Coramae, Carlen,
Sharon, Beulah, Ann, Roy, Sam, Philip, Labon, Randy, David, Cathy, Fern, Mike, Kenneth,
Richard, Lillymae, Queenie and Deanna Morley, Mr & Mrs. Ronald McCartney, Gail
McKinney, Tony Ingraham, Margaret, Betty, Rosemary and Jermaine McCartney, Maxwell
Ferguson, Rehetta Chisolm, Olga Ford, John, Peter, and Sandra Meadows, and Catherine
Roberts. A host of other relatives and friends including, Lillis Hunt, Marina Taylor, Lillian
Carey, Mr & Mrs. Gladstone Meadows, Mr & Mrs. Brad Gardiner, Mr & Mrs. Eugene
Carey, Mr & Mrs. John Carey, John Norris Carey Construction Company, Rolethia Sands,
Mr & Mrs. Peter Sands, Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Hall, Mr & Mrs. Jonathan Brennen, Pricilla
Clarke, Rowena Culmer, Paula Crowley, Staff and students of Tarpum Bay Primary School,
Sharon Thompson, Jennie Thompson, Vernell Hunt, Cleveland Knowles, Patrica McIntosh,
Clavar Adderley Mr & Mrs. Hubert Taylor, Mr & Mrs. Gordon Carey, John McCartney,
Robert Todd, Sidney Strachan, Linda Mackey, Dr. Smith, Nurse Regina Ingraham, Nurse
Velma Dorsett and the entire nursing staff of South Eleuthera, and the communities of
Tarpum Bay and Waterford.

Friends may pay their last respects at the church in Tarpum Bay Eleuthera on Friday from
7:00 p.m. until service time on Saturday. Funeral arrangements are being handled by
Demeritte's Funeral Home.


Margarett Nance Pierre, 73

a resident of Finlayson Street & formerly of Haiti will be held
at Mount Olive Baptist Church, Meadow Street, on Saturday
7th January, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. Officiating will be Rev'd Dr.
C.B. Moss. Interment follows in Southern Cemetery, Cowpen
& Spikenard Roads.

,,,Left to cherish her memory are her children, Jekisma, Sidney,
S Leslie, Sepotia, Angell & Tara Paulsaint; grand children,
i I :Dengelo McDonald, Sidney, Janaika, Janell, Jei'ann, Lestitia,
.. Laquill & J.J. (Jr) Paulsaint; 1 brother, Voilol Paulsaint; 1
Ssister-in-law, Mimi Paulsaint; 1 niece, Edna Elizabeth Paulsaint;
1 son-in-law, Albert Bain; special friend, Danice Lewis; a host
of other relatives & friends including, Carl, Morsley, Patrice, Rosie, Sharlene, Sherry, Linda,
Rose, Maggie, Clarisse, Bernice, Deno, Clance, Danny, Obbery, Willy, Ashley, Frog, Rambo,
Chris, Slick, the Bain Town family, Saff of Original Patties, Brenda, Kettie and best friend

Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10:00
a.m.-6:00 p.m. on Friday and on Saturday from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon and at the church from
1:00 p.m. until service time.

SFrancina "Mamas" Smith, 52

a resident of Soldier Road East, will be held at The Cornerstone
Zion Church International, Lincoln Blvd. on Saturday 7th
January, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. Officiating will be Bishop Andrew
S" Stewart, assisted by other ministers of the gospel. Interment
follows in Old Trail Cemetery, Old Trail Road.

Left to cherish her memory is her mother Estelle Smith, 1
Sister, Donna Smith, 1 brother, Patrick Hanna; 1 aunt, Leanor
Seymour; Igrand aunt, Ruth Curtis; 2 nieces, Portia and Yvette;
1 nephew, Calvin Smith; 6 grand nieces, Shirlanda, Allison,
Winscentique, Colonique, Ariel and Lindsey, 3 grand nephews,
Cameo, Jeremy and Javier, numerous cousins including, Joyanne
Petty, Patrice Mckenzie, Steven Newbold, Trevor Seymour, Rochelle Hudson, Dorothy
Kemp, Cheryl Darville, Troy Alaric Marc, Holly and Athena Ferguson, Sundae Gay, Tanya
Pinder, Beulah Smith, Piccalo Wilson, Betty, Roy, Kahaiza, Ann, Thomas, Sandy Ricardo,
Mario Terecita, Stephanie, Carl, Tony, Linda, Prince and a host of other relatives and friends
including: Larry Darville (Scotchie) The Mackey Family, Gladys Gibson and Family, The
Smith Family and The Nicols Family.

Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10:00
a.m.-6:00 p.m. on Friday and on Saturday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until service time.

Group of police

veterans terminated

'without explanation"

FROM page one

Mr Rolle, Mr Stuart and Mr Johnson said
that they cannot understand why the Ministry
of Transport and Aviation decided to fire them.
"There was never any disciplinary action tak-
en against us. In the (termination) letter they
said we were a blessing," he said.
16 a copy of the termination letter addressed
to Mr Rolle by the Road Traffic Department
that was presented to The Tribune, it read:
"Mr Rolle, the Road Traffic Department has
been truly blessed for the service rendered by
you as Supervisor I over the past eight years,
and we wish you every success in the future."
Although the letter also referred to Mr Rolle
as a temporary month-to-month employee, the
former constable said that he was a full member
of the Road Traffic staff.
"We all signed year-long contracts. I don't
know where they got the month-to-month tem-
porary thing from, that was never agreed on,"
he said.
However, in a statement issued last night by
the Ministry of Transport and Aviation it was
stated that officers in question were at their
time of termination employed on temporary
month-to-month terms.
Mr Johnson said that all the former officers
are still in possession of their uniforms and
keys to various Road Traffic facilities.
"They had no reason to demand our uniform

and keys, because there was no reason to ter-
minate us. They would need a legitimate reason
to ask for our uniforms and keys, and there is
none," he said.
Mr Rolle said that the former officers have
met with Minister of Transport Glenys Han~a-
Martin and other ministry officials on several
occasions, but were, however, unable to resolve
the situation.
"We were offered, at a reduced salary, (from
$26,000 a year to $18,000) temporary month-to-
month employment as security officers at the
Post Office," said Mr Rolle.
This offer by the ministry, said the former
police officers, was unsatisfactory as is did not
offer them any long-term security.
"I regard this as discrimination," said Mr
The three former officers said that this is
their last appeal to government to right the sit-
uation before taking legal action.
Mr Rolle said that the group has been in
talks with lawyer Thomas Evans to sue gov-
ernment for punitive damages.
"We are giving government this last chance
to respond before we go to court," Mr Rolle
The Ministry of Transport and Aviation did
not wish to comment further on the subject,
except to say that the Attorney General is
representing the Ministry's interest in this sit-

FROM page one

lifestyle issues such as homo-
sexuality and lesbianism," he
According to Mr Romer, a
classroom of senior students,
ranging in age from 15 to 17
years, were asked certain ques-
tions by the teacher pertaining
to homosexuality.
He said that a parent came
to the school and expressed
concerns about the class in
"It was not the entire class.
A student who is a Christian
child would have had concerns,
not because of what the teacher
was teaching.
"The student brought the
issue to her mother and she
brought the questions the
teacher would have posed to
the entire class to her mother."
Mr Romer said the matter
was immediately addressed the
very same day after meeting

with the parent and student. He
also spoke with the teacher, the
department head and another
"The teacher has assured me
that she was not teaching it as a
personal viewpoint and that she
was not trying to persuade stu-
dents for or against homosexu-
ality. She felt that was just cov-
ering what the curriculum was
asking her to cover.
"Some of the questions I per-
sonally would have not asked,
but that's my own conviction.
There are some things not to
ask students and I got her assur-
ance that this line of questions
would never take place," Mr
Romer said.
"I have very high standards
of moral ethics and, personally,
I do not support homosexuality
or lesbianism as an alternative
"We have our own view-
points and convictions. We live
in a society where viewpoints
differ and persons have various

convictions," Mr Romer said.
When asked if any action
would be taken against ZNS
regarding the manner in which
the teacher and the school were
portrayed, Mr Romer said he
is taking the matter "under
advisement" as the Ministry of
Education would be responsi-
ble for such a decision.
"I cannot discipline or hire
any teacher. If a teacher breaks
the rules of public service and
its general orders I cannot warn
that teacher. My job
is to protect teachers and stu-
dents," he said.


FROM page one

phins at the Gulfarium in Fort
Walton Beach and at their tem-
porary home on the Naval Con-
struction Battalion Centre in
Gulfport said Wednesday 16 of
the 17 dolphins that once lived
at Marine Life are scheduled to
be collected and transported.
The paper reported that one
dolphin, Tessie, is critically ill
and being left behind in Flori-
The US Fish and Wildlife
Agency issued a letter Decem-
ber 28, which allows the dol-
phins to be transported inter-
However,. Atlantis' plan to
buy the-Hurricane Katrina-
damaged Gulfport Marine
Life Oceanarium and its 17
dolphins is being protested by
residents of the area, who now
hope to prevent the sale from
going through.
A group of residents for
Gulfport, Mississippi, headed
by Rusty Walker, established
a non-profit organisation
called Save Our Dolphins to
fight the move of the dolphins
- some of which have lived at
the Oceanarium for nearly 30
The ongoing Iffort to pi'U
chaoe Jolph'iiTs for the ac.
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hjs not been going ArtiothlK
for Kerzner International..,
A minority partner oL th.:
Gultport Oceapid'lui t.IL -
lawsuit in the S.iSoppfenL- .*,
the sale of th.I7 dolphins. .o

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The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Limited has experienced a considerable loss with the passing of our friend and
colleague Mr. Leander Bethel, who has moved on to a better place.
Mr. Bethel was a valued employee of BTC for forty years, and whose expertise helped BTC to become a globally recognized entity
through his representation of The Bahamas and Batelco at a number of international organizations, particularlyThe World Trade
Organization, Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization, Caribbean Telecommunications Organization, Caribbean Association
of National Telecommunications Organization, Intelsat, International Telecommunication Union as the Caribbean Representative.
Leander Bethel was an example to all of us. His enthusiasm for life and his dedication to living it to its fullest inspires usto follow
in his footsteps. His contributions to the company as a dedicated and knowledgeable professional and to his staff as a caring and
compassionate human being are his enduring legacy.
The Board of Directors, Management and Staff of BTC extend heartfelt condolences to Mr. Bethel's family and many friends.

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Absence of 'big

tourist rush'

hurts Bay Street

PRIME Minister Perry
Christie is set to announce that
the Government has sealed the
management contract for Nas-
sau International Airport
(NIA) with YVRAS, the inter-
national subsidiary of the Van-
couver International Airport
operator, next Tuesday, multi-
ple business sources told The
Tribune yesterday.
The announcement has been
timed for January 10, the
anniversary of Majority Rule
and the Progressive Liberal
Party (PLP) achieving power
for the first time, so that the
Prime Minister can link the air-
port contract to NIA's renam-
ing as the Sir Lynden Pindling
International Airport.
Sources said the deal with
YVRAS had effectively been
concluded, but the Prime Min-
ister was holding back on the
announcement for a time when
it would achieve the maximum
political impact. Either way,
the Government is now in the
final throes of concluding the
In addition, the National
Tourism Conference is being
held next week, and any
announcement on the airport
is likely to be warmly wel-
comed by an industry that has
lobbied the Government hard
to conclude the agreement with
Placing NIA in the hands of
a private operator is viewed as
critical by Bahamian hotels in
upgrading the airport and its
associated facilities to a stan-
dard equivalent to their five-
star grading, and this nation's
image as a top quality tourist
Improving the airport, which

Tribune Business Editor
JAMES Smith, minister of
state for finance, yesterday told
The Tribune he did not know
whether there would be a "sub-
stantive impact" on govern-
ment revenues as a result of
the Customs Department's
about-turn on purchases of
bonded goods by Grand
Bahama Port Authority
(GBPA) licencees.
Emphasising that he was dis-
appointed at the Customs
Department's failure to pro-
vide him with a timely full
briefing on the situation, Mr
Smith said the situation had
been caused by a court ruling
that appeared to make it nec-
essary for the Department to
change its policies.
The minister explained that


is the gateway to the Bahamas
and the most vital piece of
infrastructure for the tourism
industry, is also vital due to the
number of tourism develop-
ments currently ongoing, par-
ticularly Kerzner Internation-
al's Phase III expansion.
Events such as the chaos at
NIA over the Christmas week-
end are unlikely to be tolerated
much more.
Al Dillette, the Prime Minis-
ter's spokesman, yesterday told
The Tribune he was unable to
confirm or deny whether Mr
Christie would make the
announcement on January 10.
However, The Tribune was
told previously that during a
meeting involving airline and
hotel operators over the Christ-
mas period, a government offi-
cial said the management con-
tract would be signed "within a
week or two".
Negotiations on the contract,
which will be for between 15
to 25 years and will see
YVRAS manage construction
of a $200 million terminal
under a build/operate/transfer

arrangement, and enhance
NIA's commercial venues and
US pre-clearance facilities,
have dragged on for 10 months.
YVRAS is no stranger to
either the BOT arrangement
in the Caribbean.
It already has a 30-year con-
tract, as part of a consortium,
to manage and develop Sang-
ster International Airport in
Montego Bay, Jamaica. As part
of the arrangement it will
expand the existing terminal
facility to a capacity of six mil-
lion passengers, requiring an
investment of about $200 mil-
lion over the contract's lifes-
pan. YVRAS operates 14 air-
ports in five different countries,
including Providenciales Inter-
national Airport in Turks &
Caicos, where it has a 15-year
contract to manage the termi-
nal, Santiago in Chile and six
Dominican Republic Airports.

Tribune Business Editor
M any Bay
Street retail-
ers suffered a
in the shop-
ping week between Christmas
and the New Year due to the
absence of the traditional "big
tourism rush" the Nassau
Tourism and Development
Board's (NTDB) chairman told
The Tribune yesterday.
Charles Klonaris said it was
difficult to explain why that
week had not lived up to many
merchant's expectations,
although fingers were likely to
be pointed at the month-long
disruption caused by the
Junkanoo bleachers.
He added that Bahamians
had to examine the "whole
structure" of downtown Nas-
sau to revitalise the city, and
realise that its well-being affect-

on course

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Port Authority licencees had
been able to obtain an annual
letter from the Customs
Department that allowed them

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Bahamas 'avoided

disaster' on CSME

Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas "avoided
impending disaster." by not
signing up to the Caribbean
Single Market & Economy
(CSME), a Bahamian critic of
free trade agreements said yes-
terday, with the six nations who
professed themselves ready
showing signs of being unpre-
Paul Moss, co-chair of
Bahamiais Agitating for a Ref-
erendum on Free Trade

(BARF), said that despite the
CSME providing for the move-
ment of skilled workers in cer-
tain categories, Barbados had
just refused 19 Guyanese work-
ers entry even though its prime
minister had been one of t:he
agreement's leading advocates.
"They are not ready for
CSME. They have not done all
they can or are supposed to
have done, and it shows the
Bahamas was right to avoid this

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Whole nation needs to realise

downtown as important a

'destination' as Atlantis, Cable Beach

ed not just Bay Street retailers
but the entire New Providence
economy, because it was a
tourist destination of equal
importance to Paradise Island
and Cable Beach due to the
volume of cruise ship visitors
who came through.
Emphasising that he had not
spoken to a number of the larg-
er retailers, Mr Klonaris said
merchants he had spoken to
since the New Year indicated
the Christmas shopping season
- a period when some make as
much as 40 per cent of annual
sales had gone "okay".
However, he added that
there was a "downfall between
Christmas and the New Year"

for many. "They didn't do too
well that week," Mr Klonaris
said. "Normally, that's a very
busy shopping week. That
hotels at that time are extreme-
ly overbooked, but somehow
we didn't get the big tourist
rush we normally do."
Downtown Nassau had
become increasingly reliant on
tourist customers, because it
was "no longer conducive and
friendly" to Bahamian and
local shoppers because of the
absence of parking and traffic
Although it was unclear

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Joining WTO 'will not save' service sectors

* By NEIL HARTNELL Free trade group says Bahamas should
Tribune Business Editorgru B
TE B s soud not oin e withdraw membership application, as
THE Bahamas should not join the
World Trade Organisation (WTO) even joining would 'stultify' economic growth
to defend the service, industries in its
economy, a group of Bahamians opposed and retard national development
to free trade agreements said yesterday,
as full membership in this body would
"stultify" economic growth and prevent because the Bahamas was relatively WTO level, Mr Moss said: "The
this nation from developing its own busi- "insignificant" in terms of its population Bahamas is incapable of making changes
nesses. size and economic mass, joining the around the table."
Fayne Thompson, co-chair of Bahami- WTO to protect its service-based econ- Adding that the US accounted for
ans Agitating for a Referendum on Free omy as a means of influencing WTO between $11-$12 trillion of the $13 trillion
Trade (BARF), said not joining the talks and policies when the organisation combined annual GDP of the Western
WTO was "the lesser of two evils" for the eventually moved its focus to services Hemisphere, Mr Moss added: "The
Bahamas, as this nation and its economy was meaningless because it lacked clout Bahamas is very insignificant and must
faced "a greater challenge in joining than in international negotiations.
we have in opting out". Even if the Bahamas became involved
Fellow co-chair Paul Moss said that in talks on services liberalisation at the SEE page 4B

Unclear if revenue

impacted by bond

goods in Freeport

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The Bahamas Real Estate

Association (BREA)

"2005 a year of progress much more to be

achieved in 2006"
President, Pat Strachan, CRS,CRB,GRI,CRRA
BREA President Pat Strachan, CRS, CRB, GRI, CRRA, in a year end inter-
view noted "Our Association is one of the most progressive and aggres-
sive professional organizations in the Bahamas. Although 2005 was a year
of progress, much more needs to be achieved in 2006. We are constantly
encouraging our members to increase their knowledge of the profession
by attending the many courses we offer throughout the year. We also hold
entry-level courses twice yearly for those Bahamians interested in becom-
ing licensed to take up a career in Real Estate Sales."

"The struggle for BREA is to keep "the Pirates" from selling Bahamian land and properties. Our
association is continuing dialogue with the Minister of Financial Services and Development The
Hon. Allyson Maynard-Gibson, M.P., to ensure that in future, no Bahamian Real Estate transaction
takes place without the involvement of a Bahamian Realtor just as no transaction can take
place, without utilizing the services of a Bahamian Lawyer."


Lawrence Sticca, M.A., CRA, left, of Bermuda,
was the lecturer at several entry level courses held
during 2005. He is pictured with BREA President,
Patrick Strachan, CRS, CRB, GRI, CRRA.

Pictured at the 2005 BREA Christmas luncheon are
Freeport representative Robert (Bob) Hall; PaMkied? 'i
Strachan BREA President, and Kenneth Culmer
President of the recently formed Eleuthera chapter
of BREA.

BREA members are pictured at the CRS
course held in July

The Honorable Allyson Maynard-Gibson, Minister
of Financial Services and Investments (pictured
2nd from left), was the guest speaker at Bahamas
Real Estate Association luncheon. The Minister is
pictured as she enjoys a lighthearted moment with
BREA members Sue Black, far left, President Pat
Strachan, Director, Mike Lightbourn, and PR
Committee chairperson, Edith Powell, foreground.

The exhibit by the Bahamas Real Estate Association
at Career's Fest 2005 proved popular with
numerous students. Pictured leftto rightare:- Shar-.
main Hutchison, Temple Christian; Mr. Wendell
Seymour, Registrar of Real Estate in the Bahamas;
Ashlin Culmer, C.I. Gibson HS; Phillipa Strachan;
C.I. Gibson HS; Lavantha Lookie, Temple Christ-
ian; Ms. June Fife, Office Manager of the Bahamas
Real Estate Association.

"During 2005 we established BREA chapters in Grand Bahama (President Mr. Lee Van Lew) and
Eleuthera (President Mr. Kenneth Culmer). In the coming years, it is our vision that BREA will encom-
pass the whole Bahamas, with chapters being established in every Island from Abaco to Inagua."
I. .1 . ."

Pictured above are the Officers and Directors of the Bahamas Real Estate Association, 2005: Standing left to right are:
Mike Lightbourn, Director; Garnett Ellis, Director; Lee \'an Lew, Chairperson, Freeport chapter; Peter Dupuch,
Director; Brent Cartwright, President Abaco Chapter, Stuart Halbert. Director: Patrick Strachan, President; Wendell
Seymour, Registrar of Real Estate: William H. Wrong, Director: James New hold, Director. Seated: Rachel Pinder,
Director; Pauline Curry, Director: Brenda Knovwles. Honorary Treasurer; Cara Christie, Director; Edith Powell,
Honorary Secretary; Barbara Brooks Director: .Notpictured: Sheila Young, Vice President; Wendy Johnson, Director.

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The Town Court Management Company (hereafter "the
company") invites offers for the purchase ALL THAT Unit
Number B-26 of The Town Court Condominiums situated
on Nassau Street in the Western District of the Island of
New Providence being a two bedroom/one bath apartment
unit together with ALL THAT 1.60% share in the common
property of the Condominiums.

The Company makes no representations or warranties with
respect to the state of repair of the building situate thereon.

The Company will sell under Power of Sale contained in
a Declaration of Condominium of Town Court
Condominiums dated 8th October 1979 which is recorded
in Book 3189 at pages 366 to 405.

TERMS: Ten percent (10%) of the purchase price at the
time of contract and the balance upon completion within
Sixty (60 days of contract.

This sale is subject to reserve price. The Company reserves
the right to reject any and all offers.

Interested persons may submit written offers addressed to
the Attorney SSS, P.O. Box N-272, Nassau, Bahamas to be
received no later than the close of business on the 31st day
of January, A.D., 2006.



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any reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
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2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
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Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 of the
International Business Companies Act 2000 FAIRFIELD
IVESTMENTS LTD. is in dissolution.

The date of the Commencement of dissolution was 3rd January
2006. David Thain of Arer Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Ltd, 308 East
Bay Street, P.O. Box N-3917 is the Liquidator of FAIRFIELD
INVESTMENTS LTD. All persons having claims against the
above-named company are required to send their address and
particulars of their debts to the Liquidator before the 3rd February

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Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 of the
International Business Companies Act 2000 BOTANY
INVESTMENTS LIMITED is in dissolution.

The date of the Commencement of dissolution was 3rd January
2006. David Thain ofArner Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Ltd, 308 East
Bay Street, P.O. Box N-3917 is the Liquidator of BOTANY
INVESTMENTS LIMITED All persons having claims against
the above-named company are required to send their address and
particulars of their debts to the Liquidator before the 3rd February
2006. ,

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Pricing Information As Of:
05 January 2006
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX CLOSE 1.361.52 / CHG 00.00 / %CHG 00.00 / YTD 00.06 YTD % 00.81
2 '-HI 52 -L -.. S/mol Pr,.i.:,us Close Toda.'s C ,1se Change Da.l '.01 EPS D. $ PE YVela
1 .- -~ a-.,.: r.lirkel-, 0 73 0 73 000 .0 169 0 000 N. 000%
10.40 8.00 Bahamas Property Fund 10.40 10.40 0.00 1.456 0.360 7.1 3.46%
7.24 5.55 Bank of Bahamas 7.00 7.00 0.00 0.587 0.330 11.6 4.71%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.70 0.70 0.00 0.175 0.020 4.0 2.86%
1.80 1.26 Bahamas Waste 1.26 1.26 0.00 0.105 0.060 12.0 4.76%
1.20 0.87 Fidelity Bank 1.10 1.10 0.00 0.070 0.040 15.7 3.64%
9.60 7.10 Cable Bahamas 9.55 9.55 0.00 0.689 0.240 13.9 2.51%
2.20 2.03 Colina Holdings 1.64 1.64 0.00 600 -0.046 0.000 NM 0.00%
9.17 7.10 Commonwealth Bank 9.11 9.11 0.00 0.791 0.450 11.5 4.94%
2.50 1.50 Doctor's Hospital 2.20 2.20 0.00 0.429 0.000 5.0 0.00%
6.20 3.96 Famguard 6.20 6.20 0.00 0.428 0.240 13.0 3.87%
10.90 9.70 Finco 10.90 10.90 0.00 0.717 0.530 15.2 4.86%
10.88 7.49 FirstCaribbean 10.88 10.88 0.00 0.695 0.500 13.1 4.60%
10.05 8.00 Focol 10.05 10.05 0.00 0.833 0.500 12.1 4.98%
1.99 1.27 Freeport Concrete 1.15 1.15 0.00 0.022 0.000 52.3 0.00%
10.20 9.50 ICD Utilities 9.95 9.95 0.00 0.526 0.405 15.1 5.43%
9.05 8.22 J.S. Johnson 9.05 9.05 0.00 0.572 0.560 15.8 6.19%
6.98 4.36 Kerzner International BDRs 6.96 6.92 -0.04 0.138 0.000 50.3 0.00%
10 00 10 00 Premier Real Estate 10 00 10 00 0.00 2.036 0.760 4.9 7.60%
Fielty' Over-The-Cournter Secuntes
52wl--Hi 52S.k-L:... S,mb.:.l B6. S K si LaSl Pr.ce veeky '. ol EPS Di.' 5 P E Yield
13.00 12.5' B1arrnmas SupermTrlsreil 12 75 13 75 11 00 1 768 0 720 7 5 524%6
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 10.00 10.35 10.00 0.000 0.800 NM 7.80%
0 60 0 40 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.00 -0.044 0.000 NM 0.00%
Colina Over-The-Ccunier .Securtlles
4 0O ien. O C-1 0 43i001 41 I :,0 2 i20 0 0000 19 4 000%
16.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 12.33 13.33 12.50 1.105 0.810 14.6 6.93%
0 0O 0 ?5 RND Holdinas 0 29 0 54 0.35 -0.103 0.000 N/M 0.00%
BISX Listed Mutual Funds
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Fund Name NA V YTD% Last 12 Months Div $ Yield ./o
1.2665 1.1993 Colina Money Market Fund 1.266547*
2.5864 2.0704 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.5864 **
10.7674 10.0000 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 10.7674****
2.2982 2.1530 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.298197*
1 1442 1 0782 ColinB Bond Fund 1 144217****
FINDEX. CLOSE 436 620 / YTD 1 321%'. t 2003 14 88.
BISX ALL SHARE INDE X 19 Dec 02 = 1.000.00 YIELD'- last 12 month dividends divided by closing price
52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity
52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week
Change Change in closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful
P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100
AS AT NOV. 30, 2005/ "" AS AT NOV. 30. 2005
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COMFORT Suites Paradise
Island has honoured two
Employees of the Year for .
2005 during the resort's annual '
Christmas Party at the British .
Colonial Hilton.
The awards programme was ,
designed to recognize the high ( -
achievers for their integrity, '
commitment, and consistent I
work performance during 2005.

Members of the resort's
Quality Performance Award
Committee selected Juliet
McPhee as Employee of the
Year, while Jeremy MacVean,
vice-president and general
manager, selected Jamal
Glover as Manager of the

* PICTURED (1-r): Gina Sweeting, committee member; Jeremy MacVean, vice-
president and general manager; Juliet McPhee, Employee of the Year and guest ser-
vice representative; Toni Role, committee member; and Joann Petty, committee

N PICTURED (I-r): Toni Rolle, committee member; Jamal Glover, assistant
hotel account; Jeremy MacVean, vice-president and general manager; and Joann
Petty, committee chairwoman

Joining WTO 'will not save' service sectors

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come to the point where it
realises it must act at all times
in its best interests.
"It is clear to me that we
need the opportunity that the
US and all the countries in
Europe had to develop them-
selves. The Bahamas is an
infant; it cannot act as a teenag-
er or an adult. The Bahamas
needs an opportunity to devel-
op. It cannot compete like the
big boys, when it is a mere tod-
Mr Thompson said the WTO
"will stultify our growth" if the,
Bahamas proceeded with plans
to move from observer mem-
ber to full member status.
BARF is arguing that the
Bahamas should not join the
WTO "unless and until the spe-
cialised needs of our Bahama-
land are addressed".
"Bahamians want fair trade
and development," the group
added, saying free trade as it

currently stood under the
WTO was far from fair, weight-
ed in favour of the US, Euro-
pean Union (EU) and other
major trading powers. This was
shown, BARF said, at the
recent WTO meeting in Hong
Kong, which small nations and
other Caribbean states felt did
nothing to address their con-
"It really does not serve the
Bahamas well to be part of it,"
Mr Moss said, "and we ought
to withhold our application. If
these things are not what they
are cracked up to be, the
Bahamas should be more. care-
Mr Thompson said the Hong
Kong meeting "did not augur
well for the Bahamas", adding:
"Our concern is that in the
Bahamas we have this laissez
faire approach to these inter-
national arrangements. Joining
them has extremely serious
To become a full WTO

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Counsel and Attorneys-at-Law

are pleased to announce that


have been made Partners in the Firm
effective 1st January, 2006

The Firm maintains offices at:
One Millars Court
P.O. Box N-7117
Nassau, Bahamas
Telephone: (242) 322-2511/(242) 322-1381
Facsimile (242) 326-7666
E-Mail: nassau @
Suite C
Regent Centre East
The Mall
P.O. Box F-40132
Freeport, Grand Bahama
Telephone: (242) 352-7458
Facsimile: (242) 352-4000

member, the Bahamas has
already submitted its Memo-
randum of Trade Regime. It
will then negotiate with all
nations that want to trade with
it, such as the US and China,
amending its existing trade
regime, tax structure and poli-
cies until an- agreement is
Both Mr Moss and Mr
Thompson yesterday pointed
out that this may not be in the
Bahamas' best interests, argu-
ing that joining the WTO
would erode sovereignty and
ensure that some law-making
power was transferred from
Parliament to the organisa-
tion's head offices in Geneva.
The Bahamas would have to
bring its investment policies
and incentives into line with
WTO rules, while under the
principles of Most Favoured
Nation and Reciprocity it could

not discriminate between com-
panies from different nations
or against foreign investors
compared to Bahamian ones.
BARF also fears that under
WTO rules, multinational com-
panies would have the ability to
sue the Bahamian government
on the grounds that this
nation's laws had taken away
their profits, draining the Pub-
lic Treasury. In addition, the
very influx and presence of
these firms would stunt the
development of Bahamian
companies and wipe them out
because they would be unable
to compete.
The Bahamas, Mr Moss said,
had to make an economy for
its people, not people for its
economy, as the latter would
benefit multinational corpora-
Referring to the potential
acquisition of a large stake in
Bahamas Food Services by US
multinational Sysco Corpora-
tion, a deal that has been



(Company number 101,587B)

An International Business Company

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

We, Pine Limited, Liquidator of INTERVEC
MANAGEMENT LIMITED hereby certify that the winding up and
dissolution of INTERVEC MANAGEMENT LIMITED has been
completed in accordance with the Articles of Dissolution and that
of 20th day of December, 2005.

Dated this 4th day of January, 2006.

Pine Limited




Kingsway Academy High School
will hold its entrance examination on

Saturday, January 14, 2006
at the School on Bernard Road from

8:00a.m.- 1:30p.m.

for students wishing to enter grades

7,8,9,10 and 11.

Applications are available at the

High School Office and should be

completed and returned to the school by

Friday, January 13, 2006.

For further information please call,

324-8811, 324-3409 or 324-6269.

before the Cabinet for
approval for over a year, Mr
Moss said: "Under the policies
of the Bahamas, retail and
wholesale have generally been
preserved for Bahamians.
"I find it staggering that the
Government of the
Bahamas...... is now in bed to
the extent it is considering
allowing a foreign entity to
come into the country to com-
pete with Bahamians in the
retail and wholesale business. I
am surprised and absolutely
staggered that the Government
is considering this."
Mr Moss acknowledged,
though, that "free trade is
here" regardless of whether the
Bahamas signed up to the
WTO or other free trade
agreements. Tourism and
financial services, he added,
had been competing since
"time immemorial", and the
potential impact on Bacardi's
Bahamian operations as a
result of lost European trade
preferences was "the way of
free trade even though it pains
my heart".
In addition, Mr Moss added
there was''nothing to control'"
the outsourcing of jobs by
Bahamian and multinational
companies based in this nation
to lower-cost nations.
Both Mr Moss and Mr
Thompson said Leslie Miller,
minister of trade and industry,
appeared to have "seen the
light" on the WTO and free
trade since Hong Kong, con-
trasting this with his remarks
in December 2002 when he
said there was "no turning
back" for the Bahamas on its

FROM page 1B

disaster, as it is a precursor to
what will happen down the
road," Mr Moss said.
"It is clear the Bahamas got.
it right and avoided this
impending disaster called..
He added: "We cannot allbvo
the likes of a Fred Mitchell to
take the Bahamas down a path
that is clearly a disaster and
that is not working."
BARF members added.tfatf
they were concerned tlite,.,
CSME was designed to open
up the Bahamas' borders and,
allow other Caribbean nation-
als to come in.
They claimed yesterday that
the whole CSME affair showed,
that there was a lack bofunder-'
standing in government circles
as to what the various interna-
tional trade agreements reant
for theBahamas, and how\ thev.,
would impact thi. nation.. .:


NOTICE is hereby given that MS. SHANA JACQUES, HOPE
SUBDIVISION, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any
person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement of the
facts within twenty-eight days from the 6TH day of JANUARY, 2006
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box
N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


NOTICE is hereby given that ORENCIA V. FERRIL, P.O.BOX N-
is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that
any person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 30TH day of
DECEMBER, 2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box F-41085, Grand Bahama, Bahamas.




Notice is hereby given that in accordance with
Section 137(8) of the international Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of FOCUS ASIA LIMITED has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and
the Company has therefore been struck off the Register -


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Absence of 'big tourist

rush' hurts Bay Street

FROM page 1B

whether the chaos at Nassau
International Airport had any
impact on downtown Nassau,
Mr Klonaris said the bleachers
and wire fencing again "cam-
ouflaged and hid the city".
"Everybody has to put their
heads together to understand
that it is not just the merchants,
but the whole economy of the
island that is affected by these
three parades," Mr Klonaris
said of Junior Junkanoo, plus
the Boxing Day and New
Year's parades.

Emphasising that the prob-
lem was not Junkanoo but the
bleachers, Mr Klonaris said
that having the seating in place
"for a whole month doesn't
give a nice Christmas, holiday
Describing December as the
month that "determines the
lifeblood of retailing and rev-
enue for our country", Mr
Klonaris said: "The nation has
to come to grips with this. The
bleachers are a serious prob-
lem for the city. It's a detri-

"The country has to start
thinking in terms of priorities:
What is most important? We
have to examine ourselves and
what is best for this nation.
"It's really the whole struc-
ture of the city, the traffic, the
parking. The city doesn't get
much of the local consumers,
and the country loses. Many
people go away.
"More than pricing,,itV'sthe
limitations of the variety that
hurts this country. It's not just a
merchant problem. It's a
national problem we have to
deal with."
Mr Klonaris said downtown
Nassau's problems had long
been seen as just affecting
retailers and businesses based
there, but its impact was felt
by government revenues, taxi
drivers, straw braiders, surrey
drivers and all who worked
Although improved this year,
the impact from problems with
the Junkanoo bleachers in past
years has been felt by both Bay
Street merchants and the wider
Bahamian economy.
An NTDB study estimated
that in 2002, retailers lost a
combined $7.5 million in sales
due to the two-week placement

of bleachers.
Retailers estimated they lost
between 10-25 per cent of
Christmas sales depending on
where their businesses were sit-
uated in relation to the bleach-
ers, with the Public Treasury
losing $1 million in customs
and stamp duties.
For 2003, the year in which
the study was released, the
NTDB had estimated that
retailers could lose $5-$10 mil-
lion in sales that Christmas,
with the Government losing $1-
$2 million in revenues.
The NTDB also predicted
that employees could have lost
$200,000 in sales commission
revenues something that was
averted by better planning at
the last minute with the Taxi
Cab Union estimating that
parking and traffic congestion
issues could have cost mem-
bers $150,000.
Meanwhile, Mr Klonaris said
that while the Government had
approved the masterplan for
downtown Nassau's regenera-
tion, developed by urban plan-
ning consultants EDAW in
conjunction with the NTDB


Unclear if revenue impacted

by bond goods in Freeport

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to purchase goods in the
"bonded area" of Freeport.
The letter entitled them to
purchase these goods "duty
free", meaning Port Authori-
ty licencees could purchase
these products 'over-the-
counter' without first having to
receive'stamp approval and
obtaining a Customs sign-off.
However. non-licencees were
unable to buy bonded goods
duty free. Mr Smith said his
understanding was that one
compaiii challenged the Cus-
toms Department's decision
that it'Was riot eligible to pur-
chase boarded goods duty free,
and apart from winning its case,
the court ruling also implied
that procedures should be
changed so that "each time" a
good wais imported to Freeport,
the Customs Department had
to give stamp approval first.
The policy was due to be
implemented as a "blanket
approach" on January 1, 2006,
for every bonded product pur-
chased over-the-counter.
Although the Customs
Department said it was only
following the interpretation of
the court ruling, the Grand
Bahama Chamber of Com-
merce protested against the
new policy, arguing that it
would tie up Port Authority
licencees in more bureaucracy
and red tape. Not only would
the cost of doing business
increase, but some companies
might go out of business if they

could not get the goods they
As a result of the protest, the
Customs Department decided
not to implement the new sys-
tem at this time.
Mr Smith said he was still
waiting to hear from the Cus-
toms Department as to
whether the whole affair Wiold"
just have T-: aiaddiiistfative'

impact, or if it would be more
"substantive in terms of rev-
enue impact".
Describing the situation as
something the Customs
Department should have
brought to the Government's
attention, Mr Smith said: "I
think that if anything has the
potential to disturb the peace
of the community, government
ought to be made aware of it.
'Even if it might mean changing
'the rules, regulations or laws."

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

NOTICE is hereby given that EVESTER O. BAILEY, JOANS
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as
a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows
any reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement of the
facts within twenty-eight days from the 6TH day of JANUARY,
2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



The following persons or their nearest relatives are kindly asked to
contact the OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY UNIT, located on
the Ground Floor of the National Insurance Board's Jumbey Village
Complex, Bailou Hill Road. For further information, you may contact
the Office at telephone number 502-1500.



and Bahamian private sector,
progress could be made imme-
diately on giving the city a
faceliff and "total clean-up".
Apart from physical
improvements, Mr Klonaris
said "the human element" also
had to be improved, largely
through education. Drug push-
ers and vagrants also needed
to be removed from downtown
Mr Klonaris said a cost
analysis and feasibility studies
were currently being under-
taken in relation to moving the
port and shipping facilities
from downtown Nassau to
south-west New Providence,
the main element being to
work out the financing for the
new development.
"I'm very optimistic about
it," Mr Klonaris said of the
plan. "The whole nation has to
understand the importance of
the city. It's just as important as
a destination as Atlantis or
Cable Beach. "It's critical the
whole nation understands we
can transform this city on a har-
bour. A city that lies on a har-
bour is very unique. We can
transform it into something
that matches any port in the
Western Hemisphere."

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





The public is advised that demolition procedures of
one of the Water Storage Tanks will be in progress
at the Water Storage facility, Blue Hill Road.

The work will commence on January 3rd, 2006.

The demolition works will continue between the
hours of 7:30am and 5:00pm, Monday through

The public is further advised to exercise extreme
caution when approaching this area.

seeks an Administrative Assistant
S Ji. Country Office in Nassau, Bahamas

'Immediate Supervisor: Administrative Officer

S, Objective

To assist the Administrative Officer in all the tasks related to office management, budget
administration and personnel administration.

Basic Functions

* Responsible for the Revolving Fund expenses control, including the management of the
electronic system and the petty cash.
* Assist in all activities related to personnel administration, including contracts management
of Bank personnel as well as consultants, payroll preparation, control and reimbursement
of medical insurance expenses, control of personnel attendance and management of
administrative files.
* Assist in the office administration functions, including vehicles inventory, office supplies,
equipment, services contracts administration and control of courier personnel.
* Assist international staff, their dependents and consultants in the control of visas and passports
C Coordinates all the procedures and visa requests, customs clearance, staff members'
. accreditation, plate requests, etc., before the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
* Coordinates events organized by the Country Office
*I Supports headquarters missions in logistics and administration issues.

Position Requirements

Education: Bachelors degree in Business Administration, Human Resources or related areas.

Experience: Four years of relevant experience.

Languages: Written and spoken command of English and Spanish.

Systems: Command of Excel and Word, Knowledge of other Microsoft Office Programs.
Experience in the data base management.


Service Orientation: Understanding stakeholder relationships. Partners with stakeholders to
resolve issues and challenges. Collaborates effectively with stakeholders, and demonstrates
commitment to servicing stakeholder needs.

Communication: The ability to engage others, adapting one's communication to the needs,
interests and style of the audience. Expressing facts and ideas clearly and in an organized
manner in writing and in speech.

Initiative and Drive for Results: Acting independently and resourcefully in response to work
demands. Demonstrating motivation to produce quality, and acting with a sense of urgency to
meet the objectives of the Bank and its member countries.

Analysis and Problem Solving: The ability to make critical decisions based on systematic
analysis and sound judgement.

Planning, Organizing and Executing: Prioritizes, develops and follows through on plans to
carry out goals and objectives.

Salary: will be commensurate with education and experience.

Bahamian nationals only need apply.

IDB application forms may be obtained from our website ( or from the
IDB office located at:

IDB House
East Bay Street
P.O. Box N-3743
Nassau, The Bahamas

The deadline for receipt of applications and a resume of no more than two pages is
January 20, 2006. These are to be returned to the IDB Office Nassau, attention
The Administrative Officer.

Only applications that best match the requirements of the position will be acknowledged.


GILLES, Charlene
MAJOR, Shanika
MAYCOCK, Lincoln
MclNTOSH, Oscar
PARKER, Kenyon
WALKER, Cleveland

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Senior Sports Reporter
FRESH from hosting its annual
year-ending awards banquet, the
Bahamas Association of Athletic Asso-
ciations is preparing for another busy
season early in 2006.
While there is no IAAF World Out-
door Championships or Olympic
Games on the agenda this year, the
BAAA will focus its attention on the
IAAF World Indoor Championships
and the Commonwealth Games.
The IAAF World Indoors is sched-
uled for March 10-12 in Moscow and
the Commonwealth Games will be
staged in Melbourne, Australia from
March 15-26.
However, on the local front, the
BAAA will kick off the season on Sat-
urday, January 14 with the Odd Dis-
tance Track and Field Classic at the
Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field
BAAA's public relations officer
Ralph McKinney said the meet will
provide locally-based athletes with an
opportunity to take a look at their off-
season training programme.
"We're hoping that the athletes from
Grand Bahama will be able to come in
and take advantage of the meet," said
McKinney, who noted that they were
pleased with the support they got from
the Grand Bahama Amateur Athletic
Association, headed by president Ani-
ta Doherty, during the awards banquet
last Friday night.
The odd distance meet is precisely
what the name states.
Instead of running the regular 100,
200, 400, 800 or 1,500 metre races, ath-
letes will do the 75, 150, 250, 300, 500,
600 and 1,000 races.

The long and triple jumps will be
done from 25-29 feet approaches and
the high jump from 25-29 inches, while
the shot and discus will be thrown from
standing positions with the javelin hav-
ing only five strides.
All track events will be timed finals.
The following Saturday, January 21,
the BAAA will stage its National High
School Relays at the stadium. It will
comprise of the 4 x 100, 4 x 200, 4 x
400, 4 x 800, sprint medley (100, 100,
200 and 400 for girls and 400, 200, 200
and 800 for boys) as well as the dis-
tance medley (800,400,1200 and 1600).
The month will conclude with the
Baptist Sports Council's annual Road
Race and Health Fitness Expo at the
Charles W. Saunders High School,
Jean Street, starting at 7am and the T-
Bird Track Classic at the stadium, the
first full track and field meet for the
The month of February will com-
prise of the Star Trackers Classic on
Feb. 4, the same weekend as the LN
Coakley Track and Field Meet in Moss
Town, Exuma; the Club Monica Track
Classic at the stadium on Feb. 11, the
same weekend as the North Andros
Track and Field Meet in Nicholls Town
and the Road Runners Track Classic
on Feb. 18.
McKinney said they are eagerly
looking forward to the meets that will
kick off the local campaign. But, he
said, emphasis is being placed on the
international scene.
The IAAF World Championships is
set for March 10-12 in Moscow with
the Commonwealth Games 'down
under' in Melbourne, Australia from
March 15-26.
"That's two months that are athletes
have to get peaked for," McKinney
"So we are hoping that the local ath-
letes training will get a chance to com-
pete in these local meets so that they

can get ready for the international
For both the World Indoors and the
Commonwealth Games, McKinney
said the BAAA is anticipating sending
less than 15 athletes, due to the fact
that the collegiate based athletes will
not be able to attend because of their
college indoor season.
"We will select our best team possi-
ble from the professional athletes who
are out there training and those who
are still here at home," he insisted.
"I think it will be a very good team,
but the only major person we probably
won't have available is Andrae
Williams, who is still eligible for col-
Williams, now in his senior year at
STexas Tech, was a part of the men's 4'x
400 relay team that clinched the silver
medal at the 10th IAAF World Cham-
pionships in Helsinki, Finland last
The BAAA, however, will compete
without Olympic and World 400 cham-
pion Tonique Williams-Darling, who
has indicated that she will limit her
indoor season to just two meets and
will not compete at the Common-
wealth Games.
"We don't know how the situation
will turn out with Tonique opting not
to compete at Commonwealth," McK-
inney stressed. "I don't know if she
has changed her mind when she came
home and spoke with the BOA. But,
from all indications, she's the only
prominent name on the ladies' side
who will not be competing."
While the BAAA is sorely respon-
sible for the team going to the World
Indoors, the Commonwealth Games
falls under the auspices of the Bahamas
Olympic Association.


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THE CC Sweeting Scor-
pions, taking advantage of
their height inside, man-
aged to hold off the AF
Adderley Fighting Tigers
for a close 46-45 victory on
Thursday at the DW Davis
But Scorpions' coach lan
Finder said he wasn't too
pleased with his junior
boys' team effort in their
Government Secondary
Schools Sports Associa-
tion's basketball season
opener, despite coming off
the long Christmas break.
"These guys come to play
one day and they don't
play the next," said Finder,
referring to the lackadaisi-
cal performance he got
from his team in the vol-
leyball season last year.
"At the start of the
game, I don't know if they
didn't expect to play
because we got off to a
slow start. As the game
progressed, I just think we
were not consistent at all."
Fresnel Fleuigard
pumped in 13 points,
including hitting five of the
Scorpions' final seven
points in the final two and
half minutes to seal the
Gabi Laurent, who came
up with some clutch
rebounds down the stretch,
helped out with 11. Joel
Bain and Dale Davis con-
tributed five and four
points respectively in the
For the Fighting Tigers,
twin brothers Ramon and
Raymond McFall paced the
attack with a game high 16
and eight points respec-
tively. Tromon King had
six and Teron Greenslade
and Dudley Smith had four
points apiece. Jamal
Thurston added three.
Except for the first quar-
ter, when the Scorpions
trailed 12-7, CC Sweeting
played well in the remain-
ing three periods either
tying the game or being
In fact, CC Sweeting had
surged ahead 22-20 at the

half as they were able to
pack the ball inside and
worked the boards, pulling
down the rebounds and
getting the second attempts
at the basket.
Neither team was able to
put a big dent into the lead
in the second half,
although AF Adderley had
a 26-21 margin midway in
the third as they turned the
tables, running the ball up
the court.
But, after CC Sweeting
came back to tie the score
at 30-30, both teams played
even at the end of the peri-
od, taking a 32-32 into the
fourth quarter.
In the fourth, the Scor-
pions were able to take
control of the game, surg-
ing ahead 44-39, thanks a
nice reverse lay-up on the
baseline from Fleuigard
and they were able to hold
off the Fighting Tigers.
AF Adderley had one
final chance to win when
Ramon McFall canned two
straight lay-ups to cut the
deficit to 46-44 with 32 sec-
onds remaining.
On a CC Sweeting
turnover, McFall was
fouled and he went to the
line with 2.1 on the clock,
but he missed the first of
two free throws and sank
the final charity shot.
However, time expired as
the Scorpions drilled up
the court to pull off the
win, leaving the Fighting
Tigers with a heartbreak-
ing loss.
"When I look at how
many lay-ups and easy
shots we missed and we
only lost by one point, we
should have won that game
by at least ten points," said
AF Adderley's coach
Ricardo Ferguson.
"The kids just lost focus
and they got caught up
with other things happen-
ing and what we were try-
ing to do. I think today
really showed a lack of
practice on behalf of the
boys. I think the Christmas
break had a lot to do with

* THE FIGHTING TIGERS fight to keep possession against the Scorpions yesterday.
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