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Publication Date: January 11, 2006
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'will be relieved

of their positions',

The Tribune is told

Tribune Staff Reporter
A BITTER feud between
two top bosses at the Water and
Sewerage Corporation will lead
to both being fired, it was
claimed yesterday.
Chairman Donald Demeritte
and general manager Abraham
Butler will be "relieved of their
positions" in the very near
future, The Tribune was told.
Well-placed sources said the
"public bust-up" between the
executives had landed both on
the "unemployment line".
A leading government source
said: "It is unheard of for exec-
utives of a corporation to be at
each other like this. This out-
ward fighting can't be con-
doned, so it's best to do away
with both of them.
"And you can't move one
without moving the next. First
off, the general manager
shouldn't have gone public, and
when the union president sided
with one executive (Mr
Demeritte) his position was also
seen as void," the source
However, Mr Demeritte has
stated he is "quite confident"
his contract would be renewed
for 2006, despite accusations
that the feud was disrupting the
day-to-day business of the cor-
Earlier, Mr Butler said Mr
Demeritte did not understand
his role as statutory chairman,
and was exceeding his respon-

Donald Demeritte

GENERAL manager
Abraham Butler
sibilities by interfering with the
executive management in essen-
tially running the corporation.
The rift between the chair-
man and general manager has
been played out in the press.
The sources said both men
SEE page 11

Fire guts school's administration wing

' . .* '

- STUDENTS in Arthur's Town look at the remains of the school's administration building.
(Photo: Felip. Major/tribune staff)

Lawsuits filed on behalf
of families of three
Chalk's crash victims
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Nolan Law group yesterday filed sepa-
rate lawsuits on behalf of the families of three of
the victims in the fatal Chalk's plane crash last
The law group, which operates out of Chicago,
Illinois, is filing the suit on behalf of the families
of Genevieve Ellis, Salome Gertrude Rolle and
Niesha Fox.
At a press conference yesterday, attorney
Manuel von Ribbeck said the suit is against
Chalk's Ocean Airways and anyone responsible
for the crash, which may include the airline's
maintenance repair company. The suit will be
filed in Florida's Federal court.
On December 19, Chalk's flight 101 crashed
shortly after take-off in Miami, killing all 20 peo-
ple on board, including 11 Biminities.
"We will not be filing a class action because in
aviation you file individual claims. We will pot
SEE page 11

Affidavit mentioning

MP's brother ruled

'irrelevant' by judge
AN AFFIDAVIT making allegations
against the brother of MP Keod Smith has
been' ruled "irrelevant" by a Supreme Court
Justice Jeanne Thompson made the rul-
ing on an affidavit prepared by land devel-
oper Dale Bronstein, who claimed Kean
Smith sought $150,000 from his company to
expedite environmental approval for a pro-
Justice Thompson said the document was
irrelevant to the case against Mr Bronstein's
A summons filed in the Supreme Court
on October 3, 2005, included an application
to strike out Mm Bronstein's affidavit. The
application was supported by an affidavit by
Kean Smith, sworn on October 3, 2005, and.
filed in the Supreme Court on November 2
last year.
SEE page 11

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Tribune Staff Reporter
CAT ISLAND A fire has gut-
ted the administration wing of
Arthur's Town High School,
destroying the principal's office
and four classrooms. The blaze
caused classes to be cancelled for
the day.
Education Minister Alfred
Sears led a team of senior min-
istry officials to Cat Island to
assess the damage yesterday
Preliminary reports from
Inspector Ashton Greenslade said
police were alerted that the
school was on fire at 5.45am.
Officers immediately respond-
ed and, assisted by local resident
Pat Rolle, were able to contain
the blaze shortly after 7am and
prevent it from spreading to sur-
rounding buildings. The team
used the island's only fire truck -
an antique model donated to Cat
By the time the delegation
arrived from Nassau shortly
before noon, there were still
pockets of fire burning and the
remains of the structure were still
Arthur's Town High School
has 89 students in grades seven
'through 12 with 11 teachers.
According to principal Prince
Dean, about 40 per cent of the
students are now displaced as a
result of the blaze. In addition to
his office, the fire also destroyed
the language, religious knowl-
edge, history and computer labs.
Mr Deah told The Tribune that
when he arrived on the scene he
went into shock.
Although he could not place a
monetary value on the damage,
he noted that historical docu-
ments such as records of past stu-
dents were probably destroyed
and said they would have been
Fortunately, most of the
records of the school's current
students and important docu-
ments such as the applications
and fees for students sitting this
year's BJC and BGCSE exami-
nations were locked in a fireproof
It is hoped that when staff is
Sallowed into the building those
documents would be intact.
Mr Sears promised staff and
students that his ministry would
do everything to ensure that they
are not disadvantaged by the sit-
uation. He said he was confident
that classes would be able to
resume this morning with no
major difficulty.
He said he planned to give the
Entire cabinet a full briefing on
:^the matter and thanked everyone
in the community for their
patience and graceful endurance.
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Intense blaze devastates school

Fire crew's battle on Cat Island

M THE Cat Island fire truck the only one on the island which was used to extinguish the blaze
at Arthur's Town High School

FROM page one
"It is something I have seen a
lot of in Grand Bahama, San
Salvador, Abaco and Cat
Island, where the physical plants
were destroyed... incredible
resilience by people and stu-
dents to make some order out
of difficult circumstances."
Education director Iris Pin-
der said it will not be difficult to
address the situation. She said
the advantage is that the school
is small, which makes amalga-
mating classes easy.
Mrs Pinder explained that
the seventh grade has two
classes with 15 students in total
and the tenth grade has 22 stu-

dents in two classes in total.
Therefore, even when they
are combined into one class, the
class size will still be very small.
She said the only difficulty will
come when students have to
take their elective classes. The
schedule will have to be read-
justed to ensure there are two
classrooms free for those sub-
Mrs Pinder also said that dis-
trict superintendent Beverley
Thackor has been in contact
with other schools on the island
to bring in replacement furni-
ture in time for this morning.
The ministry in Nassau is
also preparing to send books
and additional classroom sup-

plies as soon as possible.
It has been proposed that an
old teacher's cottage on the
property be used to accommo-
date the four classrooms which
were destroyed. Mr Sears
toured that area, which had
been badly damaged in Hurri-
cane Frances, and said he
expected it would be ready for
students to occupy in a few
Meanwhile, a fire investiga-
tion team was expected in Cat
Island yesterday to conduct a
full probe into what may have
caused the blaze.
The PTA was also expected
to hold a meeting last night with
Mrs Pinder in attendance.

0 FIRE still burns on the outside of the building when The Tribune's photographer arrives on the

* A SCENE of the devastation in the interior of the school

* THE fire destroyed this door to the classroom and the
furniture within
(Photos: Felipe Major/Tribune staff)

0 In brief

Disney exec
named as
president for
Baha Mar

BAHA MAR has appointed
Don C Robinson, a 34-year
career veteran of the Walt Dis-
ney Company, as its president.
The announcement, which
becomes effective on February
1, was made yesterday by Sarkis
Izmirlian, CEO of Baha Mar
"As Baha Mar has evolved
from its acquisition, finance and
planning stages to a full-fledged
hotel and resort operator and
developer, we are carefully
seeking the industry's leading
individuals with proven experi-
ence to lead the company for-
ward. Don Robinson has a dis-
tinguished career and remark-
ably pertinent experience, and
will play a major role in making
Baha Mar a reality," Mr Izmir-
lian said in a statement.
Mr Robinson comes directly
from his latest position of exec-
utive vice-president and group
managing director of Hong
Kong's Disneyland, just four
months after that theme park
opened its doors.
At Hong Kong's Disneyland,
he held the overall responsibil-
ity for the planning, design,
development, and opening of
the new theme park.
As president of Baha Mar,
the Disney veteran will manage
day-to-day responsibilities for
company, including leading the
Phase One development of the
project; brand marketing; co-
ordinating cross-property ser-
vices; and leading the opera-
tions and renovations of the
Cable Beach Resorts.

Seven fire

deaths are


in 2005

SEVEN people died as a
direct result of fire in 2005, the
annual police review revealed.
Among the victims were
three men and four children.
Compared to the three fire
deaths in 2004, this constitutes a,
133 per cent increase on the
previous year.
In 2005, 23 people also
received minor injuries due to
fire, including six police offi-
The estimated property dam-
age totalled $3,808,200,
Comparatively, property
damage for 2004 amounted to
This figure includes damages
to buildings, vehicles and con-
There were 235 structural
fires and 234 vehicle fires
Records for 2005 indicate
total of 42 calls were received
for vehicle extrication purposes.
Of this number, five were fatal.


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0 In brief


plane 'had

cracks in

both wings'

report released today found that
Chalks flight 101, which crashed
off Miami Beach last month
killing 11 persons from Bimini,
had cracks in both wings.
According to Associated
Press, the right wing of the
plan separated from the fuse-
lage shortly before the Decem-
ber 19 crash, and investigators
had earlier found cracks on the
right wing's support beam.
But a new report by the
National Transportation Safe-
ty Board (NTSB) revealed that
the left wing had fatigue cracks
as well.
The NTSB said the 58-year-
old plane broke up in flight
shortly after it took off from
Watson Island en route to Bimi-
The report said that video-
tape, photographs, interviews
with. witnesses, and analysis of
the wreckage showed that the
right wing separated in flight,
and a fire erupted before the
plane crashed into the water.
An NTSB spokesman said
the agency's final report will be
completed later this year.



to lecture


Caribbean academic and cul-
tural icon Professor Rex Net-
tleford is to address the opening
ceremony of the third annual
National Tourism Conference.
Professor Nettleford, well-
known both regionally and
internationally for his unique
insights into the range of social
and economic problems facing
Caribbean countries, will be
sharing his views with Bahami-
ans throughout National
Tourism Week.


Party holds



THE Workers Party is hold-
ing an emergency meeting at its
headquarters in Heritage Road
tomorrow night (7.30pm) to dis-
cuss increased filing fees at the
Court of Appeal. Also on the
agenda is the current crime sit-
uation in the Bahamas.


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Syndicated Content
Available from Commercial News Providers"



Film commission's drive to

market Bahamas as location

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Bahamas Film Com-
mission is surging ahead with
its plans to position the islands
of the Bahamas as a premier
filming location in 2006.
To this end, the commission
is making the most of the fact
that four major films were shot
here in 2005.
Commissioner Craig Woods

said the country was also for-
tunate to have had 50 fashion
shoots conducted here, as well
as 28 documentaries, 47 tele-
vision productions, six music
videos, and 51 still photogra-
phy and catalogue shoots.
The commission handled
about 195 projects last year,
with a new one popping up
about every nine days.
Lecturing at one of the Min-
istry of Tourism's master class-

es hosted at the Wyndham
Resort yesterday, Mr Woods
said the commission plans to
re-launch itself globally.
Other objectives for 2006
include the further develop-
ment of its website, bahamas-
The website, launched in
2006 with the Hollywood
Reporter, Variety, and Loca-
tions Magazine, now gets
258,000 hits per month.

Tourism exec predicts $400m

GDP rise due to Baha Mar

* FELICITY Ingraham from The Tribune interviews Robert Sands

Tribune Staff Reporter four branch
Bahamas, an
THE annual Gross Domestic Product of the Bahamian ci
Bahamas is expected to rise by about $400 mil- Raquel Ra
lion as a result of the Baha Mar development, winner, expl;
according to Robert "Sandy" Sands.- tours around
The veteran tourism executive said the impact Blackbear
of the project is expected to be about $10 billion talked with s
over the next 18 years. while Karen
Mr Sands was speaking yesterday at the Tours were
careers fair that are being held as part of Nation- work.
al Tourism Week. Kenrika H
Mr Sands, now the vice president of admin- Agriculture
istration and external relations at Baha Mar to join her fi
Development Company, told 1,400 students lab, which i
that the company will offer thousands of jobs as Bahamian-n
it embarks upon the first "tangible" phases of tested until t
development, for food stan
The first phase, he said, was the acquisition of Helen Ad
the Cable Beach properties and the consolida- Technical ai
tion of the hotels, production o
The second phase will entail the re-routing of vital to the fu
traffic on West Bay Street and the re-structuring Her encoura
of the commercial village three months from now. on the fact t
"Work on the building and renovation of the made in the
new Cable Beach area will spawn the need for China.
approximately 4,700 full-time jobs for Bahami- Priscilla W
ans during the first 12 months of construction," about the pa
said Mr Sands. "The project is also anticipated to Tourism and
provide direct employment for an additional 4,500 stating that v
Bahamians in its first year of operation, with a Radisson c
likely increase of about 51 per cent by year two. cooking led
"Total employment, direct and indirect, is allowed him
estimated to grow from 7,000 to more than with top class
10,000 in the first three years of the resort's From the s
operation," he said. others seem
After the speeches, the students explored the they intended
18 booths, which showcased various aspects of Mario Jone
the tourism industry. ested in find
Damon Marcum of Diamonds International junior minist
told the students about how the company was teria includes
able to grow from just one store with six display ments from
cases in 1988, to over 100 stores today. tion, and an

Bahamians 'should invest

in the Haitian economy'

BAHAMIAN businesses could help curb Haitian immigration
by investing in Haiti, it was claimed yesterday.
And with a proper system of regularisation, Haitian labour
could be used for this country's benefit on a contract basis,
said Dr Eugene Newry, the Bahamas ambassador to Haiti.
"The best way to help the Haitian situation here is not by
sending them back by boat," he told listeners during Island
FM's Parliament Street talk show.
"We should help them get their economy going with Bahami-
an financial services. We should be the first to understand that
by helping Haiti get stability, we will benefit economically."
Dr Newry, who is now non-resident envoy following recent
unrest in Port-au-Prince, said Bahamian businesses could help
create jobs in Haiti "and keep their people at home."
He said Bahamas importers bought flowers from Colombia,
but in Haiti they grew in abundance. He also cited bananas as
a fruit which could be imported from Haiti much cheaper than
from elsewhere.
The average Haitian, he said, was not here because he loved
the Bahamas, but for economic reasons. "He has heard on the
grapevine that the Bahamas is a place where he can get a job and
earn some money," he added.
Claiming that Haitian immigration was nothing new for the
Bahamas, Dr Newry said the process had been going on since
Haiti's independence in 1804.
No country had done more to absorb Haitians than the
Bahamas. And if all Haitians were now to be "sucked out" of the
Bahamas, the local economy would be in deep trouble, be said.

[udson noted that today, there are
s of Diamonds International in the
d all but three of the employees are
amotar. Atlantis' Crystal Award
ained that her job:is tohost guest
Sthe resort.
d Cay representative Joy Smith
students about adventure tourism,
Smith and Betty Fox of Majestic
on-hand to explain their line of
[epburn from the Department of
and Fisheries encouraged students
eld. She works in the food safety
s responsible for ensuring that
lade products are tested and re-
hey fit international requirements
derley, a lecturer at the Bahamas
nd Vocational Institute, said the
f indigenous Bahamian products is
iture success of the tourist product.
gement to the students was based
hat she wants to see all souvenirs
Bahamas, and not in Taiwan or
'illiams and Paulette Davis talked
rtnership between the Ministry of
the Bahamas Bridal Association,
weddings are a "big business".
hef Jason McBride said his love for
him into this field, which has
the opportunity to travel the world
s food and a smile.
students, most were receptive, while
ed unsure about which direction
d to head in for the future.
is of Doris Johnson High was inter-
ing out how he could be the next
er of tourism, learning that the cri-
s an internship with a hotel, assess-
the managers, a speech competi-

The commission would also
like to develop a Bahamas film
production guide this year, and
co-ordinate an ongoing project
with Film Florida, with whom
the Bahamas is the only country
in the region to have member-
Mr Woods said the commis-
sion is vigorously seeking to
generate a TV network series
in the country, to "make the
Bahamas a household name".


Other objectives of the com-
mission include: to have a
more aggressive presence in
Hollywood, the UK and
Europe; to create more oppor-
tunities with the commission's
consultative agency; to liaise
with Bahamas Film Studios; to
offer more. support to the
Bahamas International Film
Festival (BIFF).
In order to enhance film and
television in the Bahamas, com-
mission representatives plan to
attend a number of trade shows
in 2006.
These include the NAPTE
conference in January, the
Florida Film Legislation session
in March, China's film market
in March, the London Broad-
cast Production Show in May,
the Cannes Film Festival in
May, and BIFF in December.
The Bahamas Film Commis-
sion is also set to participate in
an important declaration sign-
ing, in which film piracy will be

addressed at the United Nations
Film Convention in Rome in
Mr Woods was addressing the
subject: "So You Want to be in
the Movies?", which was just
one of numerous master classes
offered during the BTC Hello
Card National Tourism Week.
Other panelists included con-
sultant Morgan O'Sullivan, Tara
Walls of Rogers and Cowan,
Pamela Poitier, a producer from
Cat Island, and producer Art
Smith Jr.
For the first time ever, the
Ministry of Tourism offered
specific tourism subjects as
classes, in conjunction with the
College of the Bahamas. As a
result, delegates who partici-
pated in the classes earned con-
tinuing education credits
towards future certification
courses at the college.
The ten master classes
offered were: energy conserva-
tion, human resource develop-
ment, branding, event manage-
ment, information technology,
transportation, film production
and e-commerce.
Addressing the topic of ener-
gy conservation was interna-
tional environmental expert,
Roger Ballentine. Mr Ballen-
tine is currently the president
of Green Strategies Incorpo-
rated, a Washington, DC based
company that provides advice
on energy, environmental and
conservation matters to gov-
ernment and non-profit agen-
cies throughout the United

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AT THE BEGINNING of every new year it
is worth taking stock of the last year so that
past mistakes can be corrected and the prospect
of a better future assured.
Here in the Bahamas there are many mis-
takes that have to be corrected and so we will
devote this column today to some of the more
serious ones.
There are three major areas that need to be
seriously addressed by government. They affect
us all and unless something is done to correct
them, the consequences of their neglect could be
First there is the question of the standard of
education in our schools mainly the public
schools. Although this country spends a for-
tune on trying to adequately educate our bur-
geoning school population, the results are far
from satisfactory. Not only are exam results
poor, they are unsatisfactory in every way as
they show there has been no improvement in
the past five years in fact, results seem to be
getting worse, rather than better.
There has been much discussion about what
should be done to correct this. It is our belief
that the type of curriculum in the schools needs
to be overhauled to reflect a less academic
approach and a more realistic and utilitarian
approach structured more to the needs of peo-
ple in today's world.
The older generation is amazed that young-
sters today have no proper foundation in the
basics reading, writing and arithmetic. These
are the fundamentals that have to be nurtured,
before any progress can be made towards high-
er learning. One without the other is not getting
the job done, as so many employers in the coun-
try will tell you.
It is tragic that a young person can leave
school today without being able to write a sim-
ple letter in his own mother tongue that is free
of grammatical and spelling errors. It is a shame
that they don't even seem able to understand a
simple job advertisement, and will apply for
the position, listing skills that have no bearing on
the job being advertised.
It is also obvious that not every person in
the public school system will be able to attain a
3.0 point average grade to get into college. More
should be done to guide these students away
from academics and into the technical fields
where today there are more demands than there
are skilled persons to meet them.
People who have learned a trade can go on to
build up their own businesses and win contracts
on some of the larger projects that will be on
line in the Bahamas for some years to come.
Plumbers and electricians hired by The Tri-
bune charge $60 to $75 an hour, which is not a
bad return by any standard.
By now it should be obvious to Prime Minis-
ter Christie that the Ministry of Education needs

a full time minister, who, being only human,
cannot be expected to be in two places at once.
It is obvious that no one- no matter who he is
or what political party he belongs to can give
the attention that the schools require, and at the
same time adequately meet the demands of the
Attorney General's office. It is unfair for any
government to expect him to.
Secondly, tourism is the main engine that
drives our economy. Today one wonders if gov-
ernment fully appreciates this fact.
For years there has been disgruntlement over
conditions at Nassau International Airport, the
sight of which makes a visitor wonder how this
country can be classified as a first class tourist
Government has a report before it high-
lighting the airport as the tourists' main com-
plaint with the Bahamas.
As tourism brings in nearly $3 billion a year,
there should be no problem in spending a few
hundred million on a new, properly planned
airport. And, of course, the car park cannot be7
forgotten. Isn't it about time that a multi-storied
car park were constructed to accommodate
more cars with a covered walkway leading to the
airport terminal? Rainy days can be avoided,
and on dry days travellers will not have to pull
their luggage through the puddles that now set-
tle after a downpour in the uneven pathways
leading to the terminal.
Baggage handling needs to be overhauled as
today it's in a state of confusion and wastes a
traveller's time.
And thirdly, there's the crime. No amount
of planning and improving our tourism facilities
is going to build us a better future if the-growing
problem of crime is not tackled and brought
under control.
Allied to the crime problem and increase in
violent crimes, especially the use of firearms,
there is more and more talk of some officers tak-
ing bribes and shaking down Haitians and
Jamaicans. This is a tough one for the Police
Commissioner who has to be ruthless in remov-
ing unworthy officers from the force. More
often than not there's not enough of a police
presence in the neighborhoods to discourage
crime. Let's get more police out to protect our
citizens on the streets. The Commissioner is ,
now working hard in this area and reports that
the results are encouraging.
But in addition to the work of the police,
more should be done in the courts to enforce the
law. Too often judges lean on the side of the
criminal, which discourages the police, who
having caught a criminal, now have to go chas-
ing him again after the courts have returned
him to the streets his happy hunting grounds.
The judicial system needs to look intocharges
such as these that are now being heard more fre-
quently in many quarters of the community.

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Some things the country could do

EDITOR, The Tribune.
"YOU have enemies?
Good. That means you've
stood up for something,
sometime in your life."-
Winston Churchill.
Why is it that almost every
time there is a letter or some
other kind of disagreement
with the policies of George
W Bush published, that the
authors resort to juvenile
tactics like name calling, and
generally being as mean-
spirited as possible? Further,
why is that those people -
the "religious fanatics" -
who support Mr Bush, are
referred to as "dim-witted"?
I don't need to defend Mr
Bush, he's a big boy. Hell,
he's the President of the
most powerful nation on
earth! Therefore, I can offer
no real defence of him any-
way, because I am after all, a
mere Bahamian peasant.
While there is always
much room for criticism of
any government or members
thereof the world over, I am
nonetheless very disap-
pointed when supposedly
learned people cannot, or
will not, engage in a mature
dissent of any given politi-
cal policy of any nation. Mr
Bush has a lot to answer for,
'tis true. But he, and he
alone will answer for those
mistakes that he makes.
The war in Iraq came
about because of faulty US
intelligence gathering. We
know this now. The problem
is, when that intelligence was
offered for reasons to smash
Saddam Hussein, almost
every intelligence agency in
developed countries around
the world concurred with
that intelligence. This whole
idea that Dubya (Bush)
wanted to get even for his
father's sake is aso far
unprovable left wing con-
coction. It is nothing more
than party politics at play.
In any event, like I said,
what do I really know any-
way, right? Well, I know this
- I am a "born again" sin-
ner, saved by Grace. I don't
even like to refer to myself
as a Christian, because the
term suggests being Christ
like. Who among us is really
like Jesus Christ?
Mr Bush claims to be a
born again Evangelical
Christian. There's absolute-
ly nothing wrong, and every-

thing right with that, regard-
less of one's past.
I know it makes the liber-
als all over the world very
uneasy. After all, we God-
fearing people are so intol-
erant, aren't we? Well yes,
and that's because God in
not tolerant!
If Mr Bush prays every
day for divine intervention
to make the situation in Iraq
right, then more power to
him. I pray for the same
thing. (Oops, I'm sorry, I'm
just a dim-wit). There is
absolutely no place else that
can yield the power that
prayer can, if it is sincere.
How's that for being a big
"Right Wing Conspirator"?
There is a great misinter-
pretation of the US Consti-
tution that liberals love to
flaunt.' That is this whole
idea of separation of church
and state.
Problem is, this wall of
separation can't be found in
the Constitution. The fact is
many of the framers of the
US Constitution were self
confessed Christians, who
believed that God (Jehovah)
should be highly revered by
the government, and that the
basic tenets of Christianity
should be observed in the
houses of government.
So, what's my point you
ask? The fact that there is a
man in the most powerful
political positioii in the free
world who openly believes
in the God that his forefa-
thers did, should be very
comforting. Would to God
that there should be a man
rise up in the political affairs
of this country who
unashamedly professed his
love for Jehovah God. While
there have been a few who
have dipped their feet into
the cesspool of politics in
this country already, it seems
that instead of them being
the influence upon the deal-
ings of our government, the
reverse has been true for the
most part.
The war in Iraq may end
badly, God forbid. George
W Bush may go down in the
annals of history as one of
the worst presidents ever.

However, to extract some
sort of demented glee from,
those possibilities is absurd-
ly immature. .
As a supporter of the,
FNM historically, when the,
PLP won the last election, it
was my sincere hope that
they (the new PLP) would
pull themselves together and
succeed in running this cdunc
try's affairs with some
degree of dignity andi
respectability. I did not want,
,to see them fail, for if they
did, it would be bad for the
whole country.
If George W fails, it will.
be bad for all Americans,,
and.the rest op the freee,
world. We. shouldlke hoping
against hope that the United
States emerges victorious,
from Iraq or anywhere else:
their war on terror should:
take them. As far as I'm con-
cerned, the only good ter-,
rorist is one who isn't
breathing anymore. That's'
pretty sick, brother Billy;
you might say. Yeah, well let
me assure you of one thing
in this New World, if we
don't treat the threat of ter-
rorism with the utmost dili'-
gence, then we will be con-
sumed by it.
These. ra'dicals.(Muslims).
will stop at nothing short of
the destruction of Zion and
all those who support heS;
And guess who Zion's great,-
est ally is..
That's right, the good old
US of A, the greatest natio;
in the history of mankind,'
and the greatest benefactor
in the world to other nations,
the .least ofiwhich is.n.oththg:
Bahamasr-'i .*,,
God Bless the.:USA and
George W Bush. If Bill Clin+:
ton wouldn't have been so
terrified of accepting the
responsibility of firing that
Hellfire missile from that
Predator drone aircraft some
years back, thus eliminating
one Osama bin Laden, per'I
haps the present would be
different. Perhaps.
"I am an optimist. It does
not seem too much use being
anything else." Winston

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Abaco, -
November 10, 2005.

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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 11TH.
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service to

THE Registrar General's
Department has announced
that in light of the closure of
the Rodney Bain Building, it
will resume full service on Jan-
uary 12 in the annex of the
British Colonial Hilton on West
Bay Street.
The office will be located in
the space previously occupied
by'the Ministry of Tourism.
According to a release from
the department, it's various
functions will be organised as
Annex A
Marriage registration/inter-
Registration of births and
Annex B
Delivery desk for pick-up
and drop-off of certified copies
of births, marriages, deaths and
Searches section
Services originally offered
from the number 50 Shirley
Street Building will continue,
including payment for all ser-
vices, the statement said.
The public is asked to access
annexes A and B from the
Hilton's northeast entrance,
next to Scotiabank.
"The Registrar General, Mr
Shane Miller, wishes to apolo-
gise for any inconvenience that
the closing of the Rodney'Bain
Building may have caused," said
the statement.
Mr Miller also assured the
public that the relocation will
help create "an opportunity for
even more efficient and effec-
tive service".

Canon to

speak at



CANON Basil Tynes will be
the featured speaker at the next
Bahamian Forum think tank.
iThe meeting will beheld on
January 18 at 6pm at the British.
Colonial Hilton Hotel.
According to organizers, the
following issues are slated for
.* Is the Bahamas a Christian.
Nation and if so what does that
Is our Christian faith mak-
ing a differences with our bur-
geoning social problems like
crime, teenage pregnancy, cor-
ruption and domestic violence?
Is the church too embed-
ded in politics to be effective?
Is the church fostering a
materialistic consumerism as
opposed to a mature spirituali-
ty based on love?
's Is the church becoming
feminised? What does this
mean for the country?
SSaid the organizers in a state-
nment: "Canon Tynes rocked the
nation with the sermon at the
funeral of the late Father John-
soh, rector of St Agnes Church.
Quoting from. published
sources, Canon Tynes intro-
duced the concept of 'Clergy
"Many Bahamians felt that
Canon Tynes' sermon touched.
a so-called 'sacred cow', which
Bahamians have failed to

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NEMA official admits possible

shortage of building materials

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT A senior emergency
management official admitted that there
may be a shortage of certain building
materials in NEMA's local inventory.
However, he denied that materials
are sitting idle at a Customs warehouse
on Grand Bahama.
Rumors were circulating in Freeport
last week suggesting that the warehouse
in question was well-stocked but that
materials were inexplicably being held
National Emergency Management
Agency (NEMA) director Jerome God-
frey told The Tribune that materials are
distributed daily for the repair and
reconstruction of hurricane-damaged
homes, as well as for the construction of
new housing units on the island.
Mr Godfrey explained that materials

are released through a voucher system
to members of the public and to con-
tractors picked by the government to
construct housing units.
The materials donated to NEMA for
hurricane relief are being kept at the
Customs warehouse at the Lucayan
"We do not have everything at the
harbour and so we use local suppliers to
supplement the shortfall that we may
have at the harbour," Mr Godfrey said.
He was unable to put a value on
NEMA's inventory in Freeport.
Luther Smith, a NEMA official in
Nassau, said the agency has sent one
shipment of roofing shingles valued at
$500,000 to Grand Bahama since Hur-
ricane Wilma.
"Donations to NEMA have been
slow, and we think that donation fatigue
is setting in among the private sector,"
he said.

Mr Smith explained many private
businesses have donated a great deal
following hurricanes Frances and
Jeanne, and the Asian tsunami.
"On the heels of Wilma, we are cer-
tainly nowhere near to having received
$500,000, but we are optimistic that the
private sector will continue to give,"
said Mr Smith.


Mr Godfrey said efforts are under-
way in Grand Bahama for the develop-
ment of new housing units for displaced
storm victims.
"There are still a few housing units
that we have to go as it relates to Frances
and Jeanne. And as we have now begun
the New Year... we are proceeding dili-
gently to get them completed," he said.
NEMA is also working in partner-

ship with USAID to construct 19 homes
at West End eight of which were com-
pleted in December.
Mr Godfrey said government plans
are underway for the development of a
new housing subdivision at Hawksbill.
"In our assessment thus far, we have
come across some 101 persons who we
have identified as needing homes.
"I do not believe that is an absolute
figure, because there are persons who
may have become homeless as result of
rental properties that may have been
destroyed," he said.
Mr Godfrey said of the Hawksbill
scheme: "We are presently developing
the plan and we are now awaiting prices
for infrastructural development.
"As we get those we will proceed with
actual construction. We do not have
product mix of housing units nor a cost
associated with the project just yet," he

Police concern on contract killings

Tribune Staff Reporter
POLICE say they are
becoming increasingly con-
cerned about a new trend in
contract killings, it was revealed
this week.
While presenting the crime
overview report for 2005,
Superintendent Glenn Miller
of the Central Detective Unit
(CDU) said that contract "hits"
are now occurring with more
"This is a fast-growing trend
in Freeport and New Provi-
dence as.we continue to see
individuals in both islands solic-
iting and actually contracting
persons to carry out acts of
murder," he said at Monday's
meet-the-press event.
Mr Miller said that police
intelligence suggests that this
trend is also being employed
to intimidate and kill witnesses
in court cases.
"During the year 2005, there
at least four cases with respect
to witness intimidation, one
resulting in death of an indi-
vidual, and the others with seri-
ous injuries," he said.
Police Commissioner Paul
Farquharson said he is con-
cerned that many cases of wit-
ness intimidation are not being
reported to police.
He said failure to report such
matters is contributing to "a
growing culture among crimi-
nals that they can continue to
behave in this unlawful way
and.get away with it."
However, Mr Farquharson
said he is confident that the

proposed witness protection
programme will bring the
"unnecessary evil" of witness
tampering and intimidation
under control.
Police said a further crime
trend that emerged in 2005
was stealing by reason of ser-

vice or employment.
"This is a major concern in
New Providence and Grand
Bahama as we continue to see
persons creating a business for
them within the business for
which they are employed. We
have and are still conducting

covert operations in New Prov-
idence with a view of suppress-
ing this trend," Supt Miller said.
A notable trend in armed
robberies last year was that
stolen cars were frequently
used as get-away vehicles.
The vehicle of choice for rob-

bers remains the Nissan Sen-
Police further saw an
increase in the number of per-
sons being targeted at their
homes or businesses, and a rise
in the number of cellular phone
shops being robbed.

Eastern Road owners' concern at crime surge

LUXURY home owners on
the Eastern Road are grow-
ing increasingly alarmed over
a dramatic upsurge in bur-
Thieves struck one house
twice over the New Year, flee-
ing with jewellery and other
And on New Year's Eve
itself, no fewer than seven
homes were. robbed in the
Winton and Camperdown

One resident told The Tri-
bune last night: "I have decid-
ed to buy a shotgun to protect
my property. People around
here are getting very worried.
"If ever I get home late at
night, and my dog doesn't
appear, I will not get out of
the car. There is undoubtedly
a group of thieves working this
The homeowner said that

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every house on the opposite
side of the road from his was
burgled during 2005 some of
them twice.
And over Christmas, the res-
ident said he had to chase
intruders off his property with a
knife after hearing them trying
to get through the door.
"If I hear noises in the night,
I just assume it's a burglar," he
said. "That's how bad things are
Residents feel their proper-
ties are being "cased", possibly
by workers in the area. "They
are identifying homes where
jewellery, money or other valu-
ables are kept," the source said.
"Then they strike when they
think people are out.
"That's why New Year's Eve
was a busy period. In this past
year, every neighbour around
me has been broken into, and I
don't think the culprits have
been caught."
Assistant Commissioner of
police with responsibility for
crime Reginald Ferguson told
The Tribune that over the last
month, there have been an
"unusual" number of burglar-
ies in the Eastern Road area.
Before the upsurge in bur-
glaries, Mr Ferguson said that
thepolice had developed cer-
tain strategies for the area. He
had also said police have the
burglary situation on Eastern
Road under control.



I m.

* CROWDS of Bahamians gathered at St Agnes Anglican Church early Tuesday morning to mark the anniversary of
Majority Rule in the Bahamas. Fox Hill Member of Parliament Fred Mitchell, Minister of Foreign Affairs and The Public
Service shared personal reminiscences, recalling Sir Lynden Pindlng as a mentor who invested in the nation's youth and with
whom he shared a lifelong friendship. From left are Minister Mitchell, Lady Marguerite Pindling and Rev Rodney Burrows.
(Photo: BES/Peter Ramsay)

Commonwealth of The Bahamas 1997

In The Supreme Court No.1237

Equity Side






TAKE NOTICE That the Official Liquidators intend
to declare a Third Dividend in the above liquidation on
the 10th of March, 2006

Dated 11th day of January, 2006

Raymond L. Winder
Graham C. Garner
Joint Official Liquidators
Gulf Union Bank (Bahamas) Limited
(In Liquidation)



Consistency plays its part in

success of Nassau restaurant

sleepy place a half centu-
ry ago, and Bay Street east of
Mackey was no more than a coun-
try road. The waterfront lapped
the pavement in most places,
punctuated by a few 'fire truck
docks', which later became the
bustling boat yards we know

One of those concrete piers
became the marina for the Pilot
House Club a small hotel built
by Bahamian sailing enthusiast,
Bobby Symonette, in the 1950s,
on the site of the harbour pilot's
residence. The 'new' Pilot House
catered primarily to high-rolling
visiting yachtsmen.
The Yacht Haven was the first
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struction began in 1949, accord-
ing to Sir Durward Knowles, who
ran it. The office building was
added a decade later, but it was
little more than a box, with a small
dive operation called Underwater
Tours on the ground floor and a
rough snack bar upstairs over-
looking the boat slips.
With a dozen small tables
squeezed around the bar, the cafe
served about 25 meals a day, from
a menu with just three choices -
grouper fingers, cracked conch and
chicken in the bag. All three were
priced at $3, and could be washed
down with plenty of even cheaper
beer and rum.
"Originally there were apart-
ments on the top floor, but the
Pilot House management turned
them into a bar to keep the drunks
out of the hotel across the street,"
recalled Gardner Young, a skipper
and dive instructor from Massa-
chusetts who set up Underwater
Tours in 1960.
In those halcyon days when
Nassau was a top destination for
affluent sailors, powerboaters and
game fishermen the Poop Deck
seemed like the place to be for a
transplanted Spaniard named Eloy
Roldan who, at the time, was
wholesaling liquor for Bethell-
Roldan arrived in the Bahamas
on holiday in 1958 and decided to
stay. Although trained as a textile
engineer, he found clerical work at
the Nassau Beach Hotel, started a
clothing boutique in Freeport,
spent a few years in Brazil as an
export consultant, and worked for
a succession of offshore banks
before settling down to the job Be
has punched in to every day fobr
the past 30-odd years proprietor
of the Poop Deck, Nassau's oldest,
best-known and arguably most
successful restaurant.
In the early 1970s, the Yacht
Haven was leased to an Argen-
tine businessman named Juan Fer-
nandez, whose hobby was boat
racing. The marina's biggest asset
at the time was the annual South-
ern Ocean Racing Conference, a
prestigious regatta that drew
scores of sleek ocean-going sail-
boats to Nassau every spring, fill-
ing the slips to capacity.
Founded in the late 1930s by a
group of Florida yacht clubs in
conjunction with the Nassau Yacht

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Club, the series spread out over a
six-week season that started in St
Petersburg and took in Miami and
Fort Lauderdale before finishing
in Nassau.
"During SORC week, the boats
would come in to dock over a peri-
od of about 20 hours, and the
Poop Deck was the place to be a
very noisy bar, with press and
crews jostling each other and
spending lots of money," recalled
Gord Lomer, former sports edi-
tor of the Bahamas News Bureau,
who covered the event for years.
Roldan was a frequent visitor
to the Poop Deck because the

owner spoke Spanish: "Juan and I
had a lot in common," Roldan told
Tough Call. "And one day in 1971,
over a cheap bottle of wine, he
convinced me to relieve him of
the headaches of running the bar
.so he could get on with his pas-
Ssion of boat racing."
Roldan recruited a friend-Ital-
ian hotelier and chef Gianni Car-
rer, who ran a bar at Coral Har-
bour at the time. Carrer had
arrived in the Bahamas a few years
earlier, and shortly afterwards
married Long Islander Donna
"I didn't want to do it alone,"
said Roldan, "and Gianni already
had experience. We both enjoyed
good food and wine and thought
the Poop Deck was a great loca-
tion. So after a few talks, he agreed
and we closed the deal with Fer-
nandez ."
Roldan and Carrer raised
$20,000 to buy the business, which
took in barely $400 a day back
then. It was then that they came
face-to-face with the stresses and
strains of running a restaurant.
"I was on the floor while Gian-
ni was in the kitchen. We worked
15-hour days seven days a week
with no time off, and not even take
a salary for the first few months,"
Roldan said. "We expected to sell
out after a few years, but every
year it became more a part of us. It
was kind of a love-hate relation-
When Carrer suffered a heart
attack in 1983, his wife Donna
became an active partner. And
two years later, Donna's nephew,
Freddy Lightbourne, joined the
team. Lightbourne had started at
the restaurant at age 14 "doing
anything I was told to do," he said.

"I learned the business from the
ground up, and after leaving high
school there wasn't anything else I
could see myself doing."
Over 30 years, the partners have
always been on the job, buying
fresh fish and produce, supervising
staff, greeting customers, bussing
tables, balancing the cheque book
- even cleaning toilets, bar tending
and dish washing. You can meet
them there today. It is a record
they are proud to relate.
"We have probably served
more cracked conch and grouper
fingers than McDonald's has
served hamburgers," Lightbourne

likes to joke. And Roldan esti-
mates that more than two million
people have efijoyed meals at the
Poop Deck-"not including those
that came in for a drink. At peak
times we serve 2,000 dinners and
1,000 lunches a week. Even we are
Over the years the little restau-
rant has entertained celebrities
like Ringo Starr, Peter Frampton,
race car driver Stirling Moss,
actors Sidney Poitier, Burgess
Meredith, Kurt Russell, Sean Con-
nery, Richard Harris and Brooke
Shields, not to mention America's
Cup skipper Dennis Connor.
In fact, the Poop Deck is the
Oldest continuously operated
restaurant in town under the same
management. And the consistency
of its menu and service is evidence
of the partnership's constant atten-
tion to detail.
"The most important thing for a
restaurant like this is consisten-
cy," Roldan said. "We have a good
team and we enjoy our business.
There have been hard times, but
there have been plenty of good
times. This is reflected in the fact
that we don't have a large
turnover of employees some
have been with us since the 1970s.
"This is also important, because
people feel more at home when
they recognize a face. And quite
often we get calls from customers
in North America and Europe
booking advance reservations and
requesting a familiar server on a
particular night."
In 1989 the restaurant enlarged
the original cramped kitchen and
added a lower deck, increasing
seating capacity to 125 and the
number of full-time staff to more
than 50. The next 10 years flew

by, and soon Eloy, Donna and
Freddy began thinking of ways to
capitalise further on their extra-
ordinary success.
"We had a very good product in
a very good location," Light-
bourne explained, "so when the
developers of the SandyPort
Resort invited us after reviewing
all the restaurants in town to
open out west, we went for it."
The beachfront property they
were offered featured stunning
ocean views. It was just as unique
a setting as the harbour location.
And since one of Roldan's regrets
was never having acquired the
original Poop Deck building, the
partners were inclined towards
developing their own property.
One thing led to another and the
new restaurant opened in 1999.
To borrow from the Oldsmo-
bile commercial, Poop Deck West
is not exactly like your father's
Poop Deck. It was designed by
Roldan's architect son, Enrique,
and is managed by Lightbourne.
And instead of bare boards, the
new restaurant conveys an ambi-
ence of "relaxed elegance".
The menu differs somewhat
from the harbburside Poop
Deck-Lightbourne calls it
"Bahamian fusion cuisine"-but
the original finger-licking
favourites are still there hand-
cracked conch, succulent grouper
fingers and spicy fried chicken.
The Poop Deck's extensive
wine cellar (at both locations) has
become legendary and is a source
of much pride to Roldan and
Lightbourne, both of whom are
wine lovers. Their list contains
over 100 choices, all carefully
selected and stored in climate-con-
trolled bins.
According to Lightbourne, the
restaurant business is "controlled
chaos, but still a lot of fun. In the
time that I have worked here there
are only two things I haven't done
- performed a wedding ceremo-
ny and delivered a baby."
Roldan agrees: "As owner/man-
agers we do everything, and one of
us is always here. Our success is a
combination of good staff, as well
as good partners who trust each
other and are not afraid to work
hard or to accept a challenge."
This year, they celebrate their
33rd anniversary at the Poop
Deck, although the restaurant
itself dates back even further.
When Roldan was growing up
in pre-war Spain, he never
dreamed of one day living in the
Bahamas, the new world archi-
pelago 'discovered' by Columbus
while on a mission for the Spanish
"I came to the Bahamas like
Columbus," Roldan says, "But
unlike him I stayed and spent two
thirds of my life here. I think of
this as home now, and the place
where I expect to retire."
And when Bahamians visit
Spain or some other faraway
place and come across the Poop
Deck's familiar sailor boy logo on
a cap or T-shirt (the restaurant
sells thousands every year)...per-
haps they will also think of home,
and crave some cracked conch or
grouper fingers.

What do you think? Send
comments to larry@tribuneme-
Or vista


Bahamas National Youth Choir

Come and try out for the choir. Great training and travel opportunities!

Wednesday, January 11, 2006
St. John's College Auditorium 7:00p.m.
(must be 15 to 27 years old)

come prepared to sing any song!

National Choir of The Bahamas (ages 25 and older) rehearsals resume
Tuesday, January 10 2006 and continue Thursday, January 12 at the Presbyterian Kirk:
for performance of
Vivaldi's Gloria on February 3, 2006.

"In fact, the Poop Deck is
the oldest continuously
operated restaurant in town
under the same management.
And the consistency of its
menu and service is evidence
of the partnership's constant
attention to detail."



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Foulkes: Majority rule

'more important than

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MAJORITY rule in 1967 was
more important than indepen-
dence six years later as an event
in Bahamas history, journalist
Sir Arthur Foulkes said yester-
Independence, he said, was
not a struggle, it was there for
the taking. But majority rule
was "the biggest turning point in
the history of the Bahamas."
However, he said there was
still "some way to go" in race
relations, even though a lot of
progress had been made in the
last 39 years.
Sir Arthur, a guest speaker
on the radio talk show Issues of
the Day, said he was fortunate
to have been brought up in
Inagua, where blacks and whites
attened,the same school,
joined the same-lodges and
associations, and were buried
in the same graveyard.
"I was shocked to come to
Nassau and see this other
thing," he told listeners. "There
is still this holding back and try-
ing to find excuses, but we have
to bridge this racial divide to
put this aside once and for all. It
is destructive."
Sir Arthur referred to the
racial hypocrisy which had
always existed in the Bahamas
and elsewhere, especially in sex-
ual relations.
In Atlanta, there were many
"high yaller" girls who were the
products of such liaisons. "The
white overlords couldn't keep
their hands off black women.
There is a lot of hypocrisy," he
Before 1967, he said, the
white business elite had tight
economic control. Coloured
people even had difficulty get-
ting a simple business licence.
"There was no freedom in the

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* VETERAN politician and journalist Sir Arthur Foulkes

economic sector," he said.
Sir Arthur also said the coun-
try would not get far in the cel-

ebration of majority rule as long
as the PLP sought to claim it as
a political tool.

Half of those elected in 1967
left the PLP, he said. The pur-
pose of majority rule was not
to make the Bahamas PLP. "It
was to give Bahamians freedom
of choice without fear and vic-
timisation. That is what major-
ity rule means."
He said those who continued
to adopt racial positions needed
to know that A R Braynen a
disaffected white UBP parlia-
mentarian was one of two
House of Assembly members
who swung power in the PLP's
favour when the 1967 election
hung in the balance.
Historian Dr Gail Saunders, a
fellow guest, said racial dis-
crimination had survived the
1956 parliamentary resolution
outlawing the colour bar in pub-
lic places.
Even into the early 1970s,
there were enclaves where only
caucasians were welcome. She
cited a case where her own rel-
atives were unable to buy into a
condominium development in
Nassau, even though an Eng-
lish lawyer friend was later able
to do so without difficulty.
. "This happened even after
the quiet revolution. There was
still discrimination in the
Bahamas," she said. "The racial
issue ran very deep in Bahami-
an society."
Dr Saunders said while it was
okay for white men to have inti-
mate affairs with black women,
and produce children, they
risked social exclusion if they
tried to introduce such women
into their own circles.
She said slavery had damaged
the self-confidence of blacks.
But many of those who were
born mixed had, through the
accumulation of money and
power, become white.

* LYNDEN Pindling soon after taking office following the
general election which brought majority rule in 1967

'More planning'

needed in the

Family Islands

MORE planning is needed in the developing Bahamas, Sir
Arthur Foulkes said on radio yesterday.
In the past, Bahamians had been too laid-back, and things
were allowed to develop in an ad hoc manner, he said.
But he warned if Family Island developments were not prop-
erly managed, the country would end up with a mess.
Sir Arthur, a journalist and former politician, cited George
Town, Exuma, as a place where long-term planning was need-
A laid-over map was required to designate areas for ke-v
developments for the next 50 to 100 years.
Unless this was done in Exuma and other islands, the Bahamas
was going to be creating problems for itself.
Sir Arthur, speaking on the Love 97 radio show Issues of the
Day, also cited the Royal Victoria Hotel site in Nassau as a gold-
en opportunity to plan a new city centre.
This would provide a chance to relocate parliamentary and
other government buildings.
But he feared it would continue to be subject to the ad hoc
approach which had accompanied Nassau's growth over the
If Grand Bahama could plan 50 years down the road, why
couldn't the rest of the Bahamas, he asked.

The 39th


Of Majority Rule

JANUARY 10T, 1967 JANUARY 10"H 2006
"On the 10" day of
January, 1967 the Bahamian
people took a major step forward
towards full self-determrnation.
.The Leaders of the Movement were

ordinary men and women who stood for
equality and justice for all.



On the 39" Anniversary of the attainment of Majority Rule.
the Progressive Liberal Party pays tribute to the heroes and
heroines of the struggle "

"Forward ever...backwards never"







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Torchbearers launch three-part

community outreach initiative

THE Grand Bahama branch
of the FNM Torchbearers Asso-
ciation has begun the first phase
of a three-part community out-
reach initiative.
The set of programmes,
called I am My Brother's Keep-
er and slated to be executed
during various points in the hol-
iday season, is intended to tar-
get specific community issues

that call for special attention
during these otherwise festive
Vice-president Shavonne
Dames said: "During the holi-
days, we tend to become so
focused on things of a material-
istic nature or our own celebra-
tions with family and friends,
that we tend to forget those in
our community whose holiday

has been tainted by loss or
"That's when the idea for 'I
am My Brothers Keeper' was
born. We all made the con-
scious decision to dedicate a
part of our yuletide to extend
the torch of brotherhood and
love to those that may need an
extra dose of Christmas cheer."
The first phase was imple-

I ASSISTANT secretary Shameka Barry distributing a gift to the mother of a hospitalized infaM t

mented at the Rand Memorial
Hospital on December 23rd and
was aimed at the pediatric ward.
Donning festive colors and a
rather large conspicuous bag,
Torchbearer members arrived
at the children's ward to deliver
gifts to the hospitalized infants.
"It's so sad that little kids
have to spend Christmas away
from their family and friends.
So we decided to take on the
role of Santa a little early this
year and bring these gifts to add
an extra boost of the much
needed Christmas spirit," said
Shameka Barry, assistant sec-
The second phase happened
on December 26th at the Royal
Oasis Country Club in the form
of a Christmas dinner prepared
for the victims of Hurricane
Wilma that are currently living
there. Members of the Torch-
bearer Association came with
turkeys, hams .and other food
items for a traditional Bahami-
an Christmas dinner.
President Leslie Cover said:
"In times of trouble and sad-
ness, nothing else matters
except the call of a brother in
need, and we are here in
response to that call. Although
at our core, the Torchbearers
Association is a group that
wants to foster a climate of
political awareness amongst
young people, we also encour-
age and try to stimulate social
awareness and growth in the
community in which we reside."
The third and final part of the

* GRAND Bahama Torchbearers preparing and serving food to
the hurricane victims living at the Royal Oasis Country Club

initiative, a church service, took
place on January 8 at The Uni-
versal Household of Faith, offi-
ciated by Bishop Ricardo
Grant. The association declared
the desire to close out with a
service of thanks to God for the'

work that he allowed them to
do and to express their grate-
fulness for the success of the
Brother's Keeper initiative and
for the lives he has allowed
them to touch through their

Grand Bahama 'must evolve as destination'

GRAND Bahama is set to
move in a new direction as a
tourism destination and focus
on cutting edge markets accord-
ing to David L Johnson, deputy
director-general in the Ministry
of Tourism.

While announcing two key
appointments to the ministry's
Grand Bahama team, Mr John-
son said, "we will focus more
on adventure tourism and vaca-
tion ownership, thereby increas-
ing the average length of stay

by 20 per cent from five days
to six days."
Betty S Bethel, a tourism vet-
eran of 25 years, has been
appointed general manager of
product development and
human resouirce'specialist San-



As a leader in the Insurance, Financial Services & Investments
industry for over 85 years, British American Insurance Company of
the Bahamas Limited seeks a progressive, self-starter to fill this
challenging position at our newest branch in George Town, Exuma.

Manager will be responsible for:
Successful launch of the Branch during January 2006
Business Development for the Island of Exuma & Cays
Marketing & Sales of the full range of the company's
products & services including life & health Insurance,
Mortgages, Annuities, Pensions & Investment products
Managing operations of the branch (including claims
processing & sales support) engendering a "can do"
approach, working to "best practice" and "continuous
improvement" philosophy
Providing customer service to a diverse existing & new clientele

Key Competencies Required:
Effective oral & written communication with a diverse clientele
Networking & public speaking skills
Result orientation & goal achievement
Planning, Organizational & Conceptual thinking ability
Flexibility & resiliency
Quality-oriented & customer-focused
Ability to work.honestly and reliably with minimum supervision

Minimum Qualifications include:
Bachelor of Arts degree or equivalent
Series VII, Canadian Securities Course or FLMI a plus
Five years experience (three years management) in the
financial services industry

The successful candidate will receive a competitive base & productivity-
linked salary and attractive benefits package commensurate with qualifi-
cations & experience. Please forward your resume, documentary proof of
your qualifications and three character references to:

Human Resources Manager
British American Insurance Company of the Bahamas Limited

Independence Drive
P.O. Box N-4815
Nassau, Bahamas
Fax: 242-361-2525

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dra P Russell has been named
senior manager of industry
Mr Johnson noted that
adjusting the tourism focus of
Grand Bahama to adventure
tourism will change visitor
He said he now sees the aver-
age age of his target market
scaled down from the mid 50-
year-old range to visitors in
their early 30s.
Mr Johnson added: "The nat-
ural outcome to Grand Bahama
developing its tourism around
visitors who purchase their
vacation 'residences' such as
second homes, time shares and
condominiums as opposed to
the traditional stopover visitors
renting traditional hotel room,
will transition our island to a
strong family travel destina-
He'projected that as many as

seven out of every 10 new resort
accommodations constructed
today will be owned and pre-
purchased as opposed to being
used by transient guests.
"Visitors when owning their
vacation spot will increase their
length of stay, repeat more and.
spend more," he said.
The Ministry of Tourism is
currently working with private
sector partners to plan Grand
Bahama's future course and re-
brand the island, while heeding
the recommendations of past
visitors, tracked by the Immi-
gration cards.
Mr Johnson pointed out that
after improving significantly
through 2004, visitor satisfac-
tion levels slipped following last
year's hurricanes.
"Our priority today is to
influence a swift correction in
attitudes and the overall clean-
liness of the island, which are

the two areas of slippage we
have tracked," he said.
Betty Bethel will bear the
overall responsibility for the vis-
itor experience, which includes
the welcome and departure
greetings at the ports of entry,
grouritd transportation, visitor
relations,"heritage and eco-
tourism, destination weddings
and the ministry's signature vol-
untary programme, the People-
to People Experience.
Sandra Russell now has
responsibility for the tourism
industry's leading basic train
ing programme, Bahama Host.
She has been mandated to
build on the existing foundation
of trained tourism practitioners
and to create a culture of ser-
vice excellence which results in
satisfied visitors who are loyal
to the destination and willing
to recommend the experience
to others.



The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Limited invites applications from suitably qualified
individuals for the position of Associate in its Insurance Department.
Assist with the day-to-day administration of all matters pertaining to the Company's General Insurances.
General insurance administration includes claims administration, loss prevention, loss control, insurance
management and settling of claims.
1. Assist in processing all motor, property and liability claims
2. Assist in dissemination of all insurance matters
3. Ensure that procedures are being adhered to with regards to conditions of the respective policies
4. Recover fund from third party regarding infrastructure damages
5. Monitor the progress of claims
6. Assist with safety inspections
7. Assist with preparation of monthly reports for the department
8. Provide relevant statistical information
9. Prepare trend analysis
10. Assist in the preparation of tender specification documents for all expiring policies
11. Monitor all vehicles/fixed assets verification counts to ensure that all the company's properties
are insured.
12. Conduct investigations of employee and public injuries and hazard exposures
13. Perform other duties as assigned by Manager/Insurance Department

1. Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with three (3) years experience or Associate
Degree in Business Administration with five (5) years experience
2. Must be proficient in all Microsoft Applications, in particular Microsoft Word, Power Point
and Excel.
3. Must be goal-oriented, and a team player
4. Must have strong leadership, interpersonal, organizational, analytical, and communication skills.
All applications are to be received at BTC's Head Office 21 John F. Kennedy Drive, no later than Friday,
January 20, 2006 and addressed as follows:
Human Resources & Training
The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Limited
Nassau,, The Bahamas
Re: Associate Insurance Department







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: Lecturer Computer Information Systems (New Providence Campus)
Candidate must be able to teach aspects of Computer Information Systems up to the bachelor's degree level.
Proficiency in at least two of the following areas is required: Visual Basic Programming (basic and advanced);
Object oriented C++ and JAVA programming; Local Area Network Design and Implementation; Website
Design and Management; Database Management Systems Design and Development; Desktop Publishing;
Microcomputer Applications; and Client/Server Application Development. Professional certifications in
relevant areas are desirable.
Lecturer Accounting (New Providence and Northern Bahamas Campuses)
Candidate must be able to teach Financial and Intermediate Accounting, Business Mathematics, Advanced
Accounting, Accounting Theory, Management, Cost, Fund and Tax Accounting up to the bachelor's degree
level. Knowledge of computerised accounting would be an asset.
Lecturer Management (Northern Bahamas Campus)
Candidate must be able to teach a full range of Management courses from the introductory to the senior year
in a bachelor's degree programme. A minor concentration in Marketing would be an advantage; knowledge
of the Bahamian economy is desirable.
SLecturer Statistics (New Providence Campus)
Candidate must be able to teach Business and Intermediate Statistics, Techniques of Research and Quantitative
SMethods. Ability to teach some upper level Economics, up to the senior year in a bachelor's degree
programme, is desirable. Knowledge of computer applications is essential.

Lecturer in Journalism and Communication (New Providence Campus)
Candidate must be able to teach courses in all or most of the following areas: reporting, photojournalism,
video production, business writing and oral communication and should have experience with curriculum
and programme development. The ideal candidate must have at least a master's degree in the subject or a
related area, a minimum of five years' teaching experience at the tertiary level and some professional
SI:ecturersin Foreign Languages (Spanish and/or French) (New Providence Campus)
Candidate must be able t t eac Spanish and/or French at the beginners, intermediate and advanced levels.
The ideal candidate will have at least a master's degree in the subject or a related area, native speaker'
: competence in the foreign language and will be able to teach language, literature and culture courses up to
the bachelor degree level. A teaching certificate or equivalent and experience in teacher training are desirable.
Lecturer in Foreign Languages (Haitian Creole) (New Providence Campus)
Candidate must be able to teach Haitian Creole at the beginners and intermediate levels. The ideal candidate
will have at least a master's degree in the subject or a related area, native speaker competence in Haitian
Creole and will be able to develop courses in Haitian culture. A teaching certificate or equivalent and the
ability to teach French language and literature courses are desirable.
Lecturer in Art (New Providence Campus)
Candidate must be able to teach 2-Dimensional Design, Commercial Art (illustration and graphic design)
and Printmaking. Experience in 3-Dimensional Design, mixed media, painting and drawing would be an
Asset. The ideal candidate will have at least a master's degree in the subject or related area. A teaching
certificate or equivalent is desirable.
Part-time Lecturer in Foreign Languages (Spanish) (Northern Bahamas Campus)
Candidate must be able to teach Spanish at the introductory level. The ideal candidate will have at least a
master's degree in the subject or a related area and native speaker competence in Spanish. A teaching
certificate or equivalent is desirable.


Lecturers College Composition/Literature (New Providence Campus)

Candidates must have at least a master's degree and must be able to teach College Composition and Literature
up to the bachelor's degree level. The ideal candidates will have a background in Composition and Rhetoric
as well as in American, British and African Literature. A background in creative writing or experience in
a writing lab setting would be an asset. Teacher training is preferred.

Lecturer History (New Providence Campus)
Candidate must have a master's degree ora PhD in History and should be able to teach and develop courses
up to,the senior year in a bachelor's degree programme.. Theidealcandidate will be able t teach Bahapmiani,.
West Indian, European arid/or American History. Experience in teacher training would be an asset.
Lecturer Public Administration (New Providence Campus)
Candidate must have a master's degree or PhD in Public Administration. The ideal candidate will be able
to develop Public Administration courses and be able to teach up to the senior year in a bachelor's degree
programme. Knowledge of the Bahamian Civil Service or a comparable context is desirable.
Lecturers in Law (New Providence Campus)
Candidates should have at a least a first degree in Law, with no less than an Upper Second Class Honours
or equivalent. Possession of a postgraduate degree and some experience as a legal practitioner are desirable.
The curriculum includes all branches of Common Law and courses pay special attention to the place of Law
in Commonwealth Caribbean jurisdictions. The ideal candidates should be competent in at least three of
the basic or core Common Law subjects including, but not limited to, Law and Legal Systems of the
Commonwealth Caribbean; Criminal Law; Legal Writing and Research; Law of Torts; Commonwealth
Caribbean Constitutional Law; and Law of Contract. Experience in teaching in a semester system would
be an asset. The successful candidates will be expected to pursue individual and departmental research
interests and to publish in reputable law journals.

Lecturer Family and Consumer Life/Home Economics (New Providence Campus)
Candidate must be able to teach Family and Consumer Life/Home Economics and Education Foundation
courses to prospective primary and secondary teachers. The successful candidate must have a Teacher's
Certificate, at least five years' teaching experience and the ability to supervise teaching practice and research

SLecturer Religious Education (New Providence Campus)
Candidate must be able to teach Religious Education content and methods to prospective primary and
secondary teachers, as well as the general student population in other academic areas up to the senior year
* in a bachelor's degree programme. The successful candidate must have a Teacher's Certificate.
? Lecturer Science Education (New Providence Campus)
Candidate must be able to teach Science Education courses to prospective primary and secondary teachers.
The successful candidate must have a Teacher's Certificate, at least five years' teaching experience and the
ability to supervise teaching practice and research studies.
SPart-Time Lecturer Social Studies Education (New Providence Campus)
Candidate must be able to teach Social Studies Education courses to prospective primary and secondary
!. teachers. The successful candidate must have a Teacher's Certificate, at least five years' teaching experience
. and the ability to supervise teaching practice and research studies.

SPastry Chef (New Providence Campus)
The ideal candidate should possess a bachelor's degree or equivalent in Culinary Arts and be certified as
an Executive Pastry Chef or higher. A minimum of five years' working and management experience is
required and three years in Culinary Education, preferably with a teaching certificate. The ideal candidate
should be able to teach introductory through advanced pastry and baking. Knowledge in confectionery arid
wedding cake design is desirable.
SChef (New Providence Campus)
; The ideal candidate should possess a degree in Culinary Arts/Hospitality Management and be Certified as
: a Executive Chef or higher, have a teaching certificate or equivalent with a minimum of five years teaching
experience. Candidate should be able to teach introductory through advanced cooking, baking, pastry, garde
manger, sanitation, menu design and food preparation.

Lecturers Nursing (New Providence Campus)
The successful candidates will be required to teach in both the associate and bachelor degree programmes.
Responsibilities will include classroom as well as clinical supervision of students. Applicants should have
strong interpersonal skills and a commitment to excellence in integrating teaching, clinical practice and
research. Applicants should have well-rounded clinical nursing experience and should be able to teach at
least three of the following areas: Fundamentals of Nursing, Medical-Surgical Nursing, Psychiatric Nursing,
Maternal and Child Health Nursing, Community Health Nursing, Management/Leadership, Health Assessment,
Nursing Theories, Transcultural Nursing and Nursing Research. The successful candidates must be registered
with the Nursing Council of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, have college-level teaching experience
and at least a master's degree in Nursing.

Lecturer Biology (New Providence Camus)
The successful candidate should have an advanced degree (PhD preferred) in the biological or agricultural
sciences with strong background in entomology, specifically agricultural entomology. The successful
candidate will be expected to teach biology up to the senior year in a bachelor's degree programme and
develop a research programme related to the needs and priorities of The College. Teaching experience at
the college level is essential.
Lecturer Mathematics (New Providence and Northern Bahamas Campuses)
The successful candidate should have an advanced degree (PhD preferred) in pure or applied mathematics.
Candidate will be expected to teach Pure and Applied Mathematics up to the senior year in a bachelor's
degree programme as well as develop a research programme in' his or her area of specialty. Teaching
experience at the college level is essential.

Lecturer Chemistry (New Providence Campus)
The successful candidate should have an advanced degree in Chemistry, preferably a PhD, with experience
teaching up to senior year in a bachelor's degree programme. A broad background in chemistry would be
an asset as teaching areas span courses in Organic, Inorganic, Analytical and Environmental and Physical
Chemistry. Research interests and foci applicable to the use of current facilities and The College's research
stations are desirable.
Lecturer Geography (New Providence Campus)
The successful candidate should have an advanced degree in Geography, preferably a PhD, in Geography
or a related field. Candidate must be able to teach courses and supervise field work in physical geography
and climatology as well as a wide range of courses relating to the geography of The Bahamas and the region.
A strong demonstrated commitment to teaching and research programmes would be an asset.
Interested candidates should submit a College/University of The Bahamas Employment Application,
a Comprehensive Resume and up-to-date transcripts, giving full particulars of qualifications and
experience, along with three work references no later than 16th January, 2006 to:
Director, Human Resources, The College of The Bahamas
P. O. Box N-4912
Nassau, N. P., The Bahamas
Facsimile: (242) 302-4539
Web Site:

Serving Officers are asked to apply through their Head of Department.

Culinary and Hospitality Management Institute

The College/University of The Bahamas seeks a dynamic and creative individual to provide leadership in
the newly established Culinary and Hospitality Management Institute. The Executive Director, reporting
to the President and Vice President Academic Affairs, has supervisory responsibility for the Institute and
oversight of all aspects of its operation.
This Institute will become the centre of excellence for culinary and hospitality management in the Caribbean
Region, producing skilled and knowledgeable individuals in response to the human resource needs of
hospitality and allied industries, with a revived focus on quality vocational and technical training, professional
development and research. Avenues will be provided through which instructors, both full-time and adjunct,
will participate in various research initiatives and exchange experiences enhancing not only educational and
training opportunities, but services offered throughout the industry.
The College/University of The Bahamas is the national higher education institution of The Commonwealth
of The Bahamas. The institution grants mostly bachelor degrees' and some joint master's degrees in
conjunction with other institutions. It has a student enrolment in excess of 4,000 students located throughout
the Bahamian archipelago. It has extensive links with tertiary institutions in the Caribbean and North America
and its credits are accepted by more than 200 colleges and universities in those regions and in Great Britain.
It has embarked aggressively upon a major expansion of its programme offerings, research activities and
its physical facilities and is incorporating e-learning methodologies into its repertoire of strategies for
delivering instruction, all with a view to attaining a charter as a university by 2007.

Education and/or Experience
The successful candidate must possess an earned doctoral degree and at least eight to ten years administrative
experience, including teaching in higher education and related hospitality sector industry exposure. Excellent
oral and written communication skills (including computer skills) are essential.

The Bahamas Marine and Environmental Studies Institute
The College/University of The Bahamas seeks a dynamic and creative individual to provide leadership in
The Bahamas Marine and Environmental Studies Institute. The Institute is intended to facilitate the
discovery of knowledge about the marine and island environment of The Bahamas and build on the solid
foundation of research and monitoring programmes. The mandate of developing specialised laboratory and
field courses to compliment the current Bachelor of Science degree courses at The College/University will
be a significant focus.
The Executive Director, reporting to the President and Vice President Academic Affairs, has supervisory
responsibility for the Institute, comprising appointed faculty fellows. He/She will provide leadership in
programme development and research initiatives to take full advantage of The College/University location
in a small island state and year round access to the unique sub-tropical ecosystems of the coastal, coral reefs,
mangrove and sea grass communities in The Bahamas. Toward this end, the Executive Director will work
closely with administrators at the existing facilities at The College/University field stations in San Salvador
(Gerace Research Centre) and Andros (The Bahamas Environmental Research Centre). Such engagements
will include the traditional academic initiatives as well as certificate and general environmental and resource
management outreach courses/programmes. In this regard, the Executive Director, through the resources
of the Institute and in collaboration with the School of Sciences and Technology, will assist with the
development of a flagship multidisciplinary degree programme in Marine Science. Efforts will also entail
attracting researchers and scholars with marine and related interests as well as local, regional and international
students with exceptional academic credentials and future potential, demonstrating a genuine interest in
marine science. The Executive Director must have exceptional skills in grantsmanship and the ability to
develop collaborations to build long-term research and monitoring initiatives that can help document and
catalogue the ecological systems that make up the Bahamian archipelago.
The College/University of The Bahamas is the national higher education institution of The Commonwealth
of The Bahamas. The institution grants mostly bachelor degrees and some joint master's degrees in conjunction
with other institutions. It has a student enrolment in excess of 4,000 students located throughout the Bahamian
archipelago. It has extensive links with tertiary institutions in the Caribbean and North America and its
credits are accepted by more than 200 colleges and universities in those regions and in Great Britain. It has
embarked aggressively upon a major expansion of its programme offerings, research activities and physical
facilities and is incorporating e-learning methodologies into its repertoire of strategies for delivering instruction,
all with a view to attaining a charter as a university by 2007.
The successful candidate must hold a doctorate in an appropriate field with a minimum of eight to ten years
experience at an accredited university, a proven research record and have relevant work experience including
appropriate supervisory level exposure.

Culinary and Hospitality Management Institute
Applications are invited from suitably qualified individuals for the Industry Training Administrator (ITA)
post in the Culinary and Hospitality Management Institute. The Industry Training Administrator reports to
the Executive Director, Culinary and Hospitality Management Institute. The successful candidate must
possess at least a bachelor's degree in a relevant subject area plus five years' related industry experience
or a master's degree in a relevant subject area plus three years related industry experience. Excellent
organisational, presentational and interpersonal communication skills are required for this position.
The portfolio of the ITA includes the organisation and oversight of all matters relative to Industry Training,
including the design, development and review of new and existing skills level training and education curricula;
and the coordination of the offering of such programmes and courses, both throughout the College Network
and within industry.
The Industry Training Administrator is responsible for working in concert with Industry Partners in the
Hospitality and Tourism Sectors to develop and implement training opportunities to meet special needs
identified within the industry. The successful candidate will coordinate the review and updating of existing
education and training programmes offered through the industry aim of the Culinary and Hospitality
Management Institute; prepare training proposals, including costing, for special needs as requested by various
establishments; negotiate training consultants' contracts; and organise and conduct training seminars and
workshops. In addition to coordinating the preparation of Industry training manuals and guides and maintaining
reference copies of current standard operating procedures and job descriptions and specifications for all
major jobs within the hospitality and tourism sectors, the Industry Training Administrator must also coordinate
job placement for students and graduates and serve as Secretary to the Culinary and Hospitality Management
Institute Advisory Board.

Interested candidates should submit a College/University of The Bahamas Employment Application,
a Comprehensive Resume and up-to-date transcripts, giving full particulars of qualifications and
experience, along with three work references no later than 16th January, 2006 to:

Director, Human Resources, The College of The Bahamas
P. O. Box N-4912
Nassau, N. P., The Bahamas
Facsimile: (242) 302-4539
Web Site:

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Lawsuits filed on behalf

of families of three

Chalk's crash victims

FROM page one

limit ourselves to the insurance
amount from the airline, we will
go after the insurance of every-
one that is responsible in this
case," said Mr Ribbeck.
He said the law group, in
their investigation, would look
at who maintained and repaired
the plane and who manufac-
tured specific component parts,
to see if they are responsible
for the crash.
He added: "Those additional
defendants I am sure are also
insured and have assets that
could be used to compensate
for the damage the families
have suffered."
The complaint filed by attor-
ney'Ribbeck, alleges that the
Grumman G-73T seaplane,
built in 1947, crashed as a result
of negligence on the part of Fly-
ing Boat Inc, doing business as
Chalk's Ocean Airways.
Mr Ribbeck said they are in
the process of evaluating each
individual client to assess the
damage of each family.
He added that the law group
will be ready to take the lawsuit
to trial if necessary. However,
he said, it is up to their clients
when to settle the matter.
In working on the case, there
would be experts in accident

reconstruction as well as indi-
viduals who deal with the aero-
dynamics of the plane.
He said it was known that
there was corrosion and metal
fatigue that may have caused
the accident, so this was the first
area they were looking at.
Mr Ribbeck said the law
group is also meeting a num-
ber of families in the Bahamas
and in the United States.
"Most of the airlines go out
of business when such lawsuits
are filed, but the coverage for
the damages comes from insur-
ance they have purchased at the
time of the crash. So, it does
not matter if Chalk's remains
in business or not."
Felix Ellis and Jeff Charl-
ton, the sons of crash victim
Genevieve Ellis, were present
at yesterday's press conference.
The Tribune spoke with Mr
Ellis, who said the lawsuit is
really not about money, but the
family just wants justice to be
"We want to find out what is
the cause of the plane crash.
We need to get to the bottom of
this as quickly as possible," he
The sons indicated that so far
Chalk's has provided compen-
sation for funeral arrangements
and plane tickets.

Police push for more severe

charges for drivers involved

in fatal traffic accidents

Tribune Staff Reporter
IN LIGHT of the high num-
ber of traffic fatalities last
year, police are pushing for
drivers involved in fatal acci-
dents to face more severe
A report released by the
police this week shows that
traffic fatalities increased from
51 in 2004 to 67 in 2005 an
increase of more than 31 per
Conceding that 2005 was a
very challenging year for the
Police Traffic Division, Super-
intendent Burkie Wright said
that the "unacceptable" num-
ber of traffic fatalities
"marred our country".
Addressing the question of
punishment for culpable dri-
vers, Sergeant David Lock-
hart told the media that the
Bahamas has recently begun
charging drivers involved in
fatal accidents with

manslaughter by negligence.
He said that although a two-
year jail sentence is attached
to the charge, the Bahamian
courts have not yet imple-
mented it, and are
instead enforcing monetary

Mr Lockhart said that sev-
eral recommendations for
additional charges in cases of
fatal traffic accidents are cur-
rently being reviewed.
He pointed out that it is
extremely important to thor-
oughly investigate traffic fatal-
ities, as the Bahamas is
becoming increasingly
exposed to international
"We've seen when there are
fatal crashes involving either

American, Canadian or
British citizens these coun-
tries were actually having
coroner's inquests to look
over what it is what we are
doing. We are now having to
ensure that our investigations
are on par with all countries of
the world," he said.
Of the total number of 67
traffic fatalities this year, 14
were non-Bahamians.
There were 33 fatalities in
New Providence and 22 in
Grand Bahama in 2005, com-
pared to 26 and nine respec-
tively in the previous year.
There were 3,576 road acci-
dents, of which 360 drivers
were said to have left the
scene, Supt Burke informed
the media.
"Some (abandoned) their
vehicles, while there were a
few who just rolled over some
pedestrians and drove off as

if nothing has happened," he
Mr Burke said that while a
total of 2,321 of those acci-
dents involved damage only,
895 involved injuries com-
pared to 866 in 2004.
"Some (were) so severe that
several persons were airlifted
to hospitals abroad for the
treatment, while many others
were detained locally," he
Hot-spots for serious traffic
accidents in New Providence
were revealed to be John F
Kennedy Drive, West Bay
Street (the Cable Beach strip),
Prince Charles Drive, Coral
Harbour Road, Carmichael
Road, and Beatrice Drive (off
Prince Charles Drive).
Statistics further showed
that the majority of accidents
occurred Friday through Sun-
day, between 9.15pm and 4am.

FROM page one

Keod Smith and Kean Smith are attorneys
at Commercial Law Advocates and legal coun-
sel for Trauma Medical Emergency and Medical
Services Limited (TEMS), who they represent-
ed in legal proceedings arising out of an alleged
breach of a construction contract between
TEMS and West Island Properties Limited
(WIP). The courts decided in favour of TEMS.
In his affidavit, Mr Bronstein blamed the
delay of completion of the house that WIP was
building for TEMS on alleged interference of
Keod and Kean Smith and suggested that arose
after WIP refused to pay Kean Smith $150,000
to expedite an EIA.
Alternatively, he blamed the delay of anoth-
er project called "Charlottesville" on this alleged
interference and refusal of him to pay $150,000.

W.THE feud at the WSC reportedly began brewing a few months ago
(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune staff)

Feud bosses 'to be fired'

FROM page one

would be removed from their posts for "improp-
er public behaviour" and open verbal battles.
Mr Butler claimed the chairman had set the
corporation back years in its development,
labelling him a "disruptive force" at the WSC.
The feud reportedly began brewing a few
months ago over the reverse osmosis project at
Arawak Cay, and reached boiling point when
Mr Demeritte agreed several promotions at the
corporation, allegedly without board consulta-
Mr Butler said: "The present issues facing the
corporation are a result of abuse of power, per-
sonal agenda, and a gross lack of proper cor-
porate governance by chairman Demeritte, all of

which are not in line with corporate objectives,
"This has resulted in chaos and division with-
in the organisation, and has set the WSC back
several years in its transformation plans."
Since taking office, Mr Demeritte has granted
100 promotions, costing over $1 million. As a
result, a number of senior officials found them-
selves in a "role reversal", answering to junior
Supporters of Mr Demeritte claim the pro-
motions were an attempt to correct previous
"political appointments" granted under Mr But-
ler's stewardship, allowing for a more "level
playing field" at the corporation.
The Tribune was unable to contact Mr Butler
yesterday, and Mr Demeritte declined to com-


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Following the successful completion of the
arbitration in favour of TEMS, TEMS sought to
enforce the arbitration award as an order of
the Supreme Court.
Almost simultaneously, WIP filed a notice of
motion in the Supreme Court to strike out the
In August, 2005, at a scheduled hearing
before Justice Jeanne Thompson to hear sub-
missions by WIP to strike out the arbitration
award, Arthur Minns, as counsel for WIP, laid
over to the court.
Smith, as counsel for TEMS, presented the
affidavit prepared for Mr Bronstein, which was
filed in the Supreme Court on August 19 last
The affidavit was never read into the court
record as objections were made to the defama-
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On This Your 81st Birthday
January 9th 2006 as the father of Red Bays Andros Bahamas

For your outstanding contribution
You have never strayed, you have always stayed and served as a preacher,
a teacher and a historian, a J.P, a father and a friend
You are truly a historian in history
May your legacy, with us, always be

Presented by
V C Simms, BA-MCM
"The Cultural Bahamian"
Christian Story Teller & Writer
Founder and President
Great Stories Ministry

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Funeral held for Sean Hanna

THE funeral was held Saturday for David Sean
Hanna, the son of former Deputy Prime Minister
Arthur D Hanna and the brother of Minister of
Transport and Aviation Glenys Hanna-Martin.

The service took place at St Matthew's Anglican
Mr Hanna died on the 25th of December 2005.
He was 45.

* FROM left: Minister of Transport and Aviation Glenys Hanna-Martin; Keva Hanna-
Lawrence; Arthur Hanna and Beryl Hanna. Looking on at right is Rev Fr James Moultrie.

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* MEMBERS of the Bar are led to St Matthew's Graveyard by president of the Bar
Association Wayne Munroe

* FRONT row from left: Paul Adderley, Acting Governor-General; Prime Minister
Perry Christie; Bernadette Christie. Second row from left: Arthur Hanna Sr (standing),
former Deputy Prime Minister; Mrs Beryl Hanna; Mark Hanna; Dawn Hanna; and
Minister of Transport and Aviation Glenys Hanna-Martin; Leon Martin.

* NASSAU Music Society Choir perform at St Matthew's Church

(Photos: Franklyn G Ferguson)









The calendar for Day 5 of Hello Phone Cards National Tourism Week continues -ith Panel Sessions %where experts discuss
a wide array of subjects followed by Question & Answer periods. These sessions address the very important issues lacing
tourism in The Bahamas and are sure to reveal strong opinions about the direction in which the industry needs to proceed
to ensure the continued growth of tourism in the Bahamas


Mr Moi rs is the man responsible for bringing the Islands of The Bahamas home Ms. Seymour is the \
to the people of Canada... all 35 million of them, as well as the huge population international and is
of the Northeastern United States. Utilizing his skills as an event planner, purchasing material
Mlr Morris has staged numerous cultural and media showcases such as the food, beverage eng
E.ahanim, Pre aiei Series. Taste of The Bahamas trade shows, A Bahamian the Paradise Island
Chriitiim, in le 'York and many Junkanoo presentations. He is responsible along with her ability
kfr media rellaions. marketing promotions and Bahamas-centered experiences outstanding force in
that gibe our northern neighbours a tantalizing peek at the wonders of
The Bahamas Other panelists are
David Johnson. Dep
Dr. Earl Deveau, Sei
Jackson Weech, Gen
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Anter lobs in the communication and banking Industries, Mr. Ferguson,currently with the Nassau To
Ertertairinrent Consultant for the Ministry of Tourism, joined a local Bahamian considerable skills
.and c: lld High Voltage."which evolved into the world famous BahaMen with develop and imple
Mr Ferouson as irs Music Director and Co-Producer. After 16 years, Mr. Ferguson constantly inspired
left BahaMen to pursue his own vision of creating and promoting Bahamian to make The Bahan
music, which he has done with great success, earning the respect of musicians where Bahamians c
and entertainers throughout The Bahamas.
Angela Cleare, Dire
S Other panelist is:G Pattusch-Smiths participation in a companythat held the distribution rights Ministry of Tourisrr
for a computerized liquor control system.led to her interaction with hotels.
1 5 Focus on creating a seamlessapproachtoeducatioriandtraining:

fice President, Supply Chain Management for Kerzner
responsible for providing management and direction for
I controls and logistical functions necessary to supply all
ineering and housekeeping goods and ser vices needed at
nega-resort. Her exceptional ability to source and network,
y to develop strategic partnerships, marks her as an
the industry.

uty Director General, Ministry of Tourism
mior Executive, Lucayan Tropical Farms
leral Manager, Superclubs Breezes

rs throughout The Bahrmas. After becoming Senior Manager
urism and Development Board, she was able to utilize her
liaising with NTDB members and Government Ministries to
ment initiatives to improve the Tourism product. She is
I from working with like-minded visionaries who, like her, want
nas an unsurpassed destination for our visitors and a place
:an thrive and have limitless success.
ctor, Product Development, Ministry of Tourism Moderator
ary Young. Senior Director, Research and Statistics,

-ili i- TQ~Bsirteg;lsto a~tt is Oraother .ipn, please -contact Andrea Coakley, Ministry of Tourism 302-2005
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Tribune Business Editor
BAHAMIAN hotels could avoid having to
pay $108 million over 10 years to provide hot
Water to their guest rooms by adopting solar
heating panels, an adviser to the Barbados
government said yesterday.
James Husbands, president of Solar Dynam-
ics, told a National Tourism Conference mas-
ter class on energy that with 85,000 hotel rooms
"in the Commonwealth of the Caribbean",
some 5.86 kilowatt hours per room, per day,
were spent on providing an average of 40 gal-
lons of hot water.
Reducing this by 20 per cent, Mr Husbands
said, would save a total of 400,000 kilowatt
hours of energy use per year.
Currently, hotel properties spent $100,000
per day, or $36 million per year, on providing
hot water to their guest rooms via electricity
generated by fossil fuels such as oil,

Mr Husbands said.
Given that the Bahamas' share of this hotel
room inventory was 18.8 per cent, the Bahami-
an hotel industry was spending an estimated
$6.8 million per year on providing guests with
hot water.
Assuming a 10 per cent increase per year, Mr
Husbands said that over a 10-year period, the
Bahamian hotel sector would spend $108 mil-
lion on providing hot water.
"The numbers are compelling; both for
hotels and domestic consumption," Mr Hus-
bands said. "There is no reason to rely on fos-
sil fuels to heat water. It's a totally avoidable
"I believe that the Bahamas has a tremen-
dous opportunity for the full development of
the industry."
To develop solar energy in the Bahamas,
Mr Husbands said, would require production,
maintenance, installation'and systems skills,
creating a new workforce in this nation.

Cruise visitors

71% of tourists,

yet account for

11.5% of spend

Tribune Business Editor
although cruise and sea arrivals
account for more than 70 per
cent of visitors to the Bahamas,
they spent a total of just $165
million in this nation during
2004, compared to $1.7 billion spent by stopover
arrivals, it was revealed yesterday.
Carla Stuart, the Ministry of Tourism's direc-
tor of cruise development, yesterday said it was

Ministry encounters difficulties
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SEE page 5B

'Tremendous potential'

for New Providence to

Andros link by ferry

Tribune Business Editor
ANDROS holds "tremendous potential" for a Bahamian ferry
iiidustry, the chairman of Bahamas Ferries said yesterday; with a fer-
rg embarkation point and terminal in the Clifton area of western New
Providence having the potential to unlock development on that island.
'Craig Symonette told a National Tourism Conference master class
ci,,iransportaiooa [ i. the development of such a facility would allow
%wSk'ers to commute l:, New Providence from Andros via ferry, with
a 35-minute journey, iri. Nassau from the Clifton area. This would also
help to stimulate economic growth and housing development on
Mr Symonette said: "I see Andros as having tremendous potential for.
the ferry industry. The secret to unlocking this potential is for the
ferry operators work closely with the Government on development."
IHe added that the "interconnectivity" and relative closeness of the
islands in the Bahamas was where the "greatest opportunity lies" for
the development of a ferry transportation network, which would trans-
port visitors and vehicles around this nation.
. Apart from the Andros-New Providence link, other likely routes
identified by Mr Symonette included the eastern end of Grand Bahama
to.Marsh Harbour, and trips from south Abaco to North Eleuthera.
Tourists could then drive down the length of Eleuthera and catch a fer-
SEE page 2B

Energy efficiency to aid

Bahamas' balance of payments

Ginn's West End project may 'supersede' Key West

Tribune Business Editor
GINN Development Company's $3.7
billion mixed resort development will
transform Grand Bahama's West End
into "another Key West", the Ministry
of Tourism's deputy director-general for
the island said yesterday.
David Johnson said he hoped the Ginn
project would "supersede" Key West,
having told The Tribune: "We're look-
ing at almost becoming another Key
The company was in the process of
completing its Environmental Impact

Assessment (EIA), and Mr Johnson said
the Ginn project would create a "vibrant
resort community" where residents and
timeshare owners moored their boats in
the marinas for up to six months each
year, visiting several times to use them.
West End's diving and fishing amenities
would prove further attractions, with
Grand Bahama's deputy director-gener-
al adding that many Ginn properties
would be located on the waterfront.
He added: "A lot of the homeowners
will be those who have a lo\e affair with
the water."
Mr Johnson added that while no new
hotel rooms were expected to come on

stream in Grand Bahama during 2006,
the island's room inventory had received
a boost from the Our Lucaya resort re-
opening 200 rooms that had been closed
for 18 months since winter 2004.
.This had increased Grand Bahama's
available number of beds by 400. Mean-
while, Viva Fortuna was adding a condo
hotel wing to its property, and Mr John-
son said the island was "looking for 2007
and beyond" to see a room inventory
SGrand Bahama's tourism industry was

SEE page 5B

Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas must "take the
bull by the horns" on energy con-
servation and efficiency because it
produces a "win-win-win situation"
for companies and consumers, a
BEC executive said yesterday,
"improving this nation's, balance of
pa\ men t by reducing reliance on
fuel imports.
;*Burlington Strachan, BEC's
manager of distribution planning,
told a National Tourism Confer-
ence master class on energy that
-here in the Bahamas, we have
gone away from building designs
that are truly energy efficient".
-*He added: "It is important for
us to look, in.the ftiture as we build
new. designs, structures and com-
plexes, and take into account ener-
gy use in the design phase."
A 1998 demand side manage-
ment initiative set up BEC, which
assessed energy efficiency at 12
properties, including hotels, indus-
trial buildings and office complexes,
turned up "simple things" such as
the absence of programmed ther-
mostats and office lights being left
on after the building was empty.
Urging the Bahamian private
sector to have a "mindset change"
on energy conservation, Mr Stra-
chan said spending $100 on a pro-
grammable thermostat could save a
company $20,000 per annum.
He also recalled the case of a

BEC's manager of distribution
company that purchased a new,
more efficient pump to replace one
of its older, less.efficient energy
pumps. However, the company
placed the new one as back-up, and
continued to use the older one as
the primary pump, something that
cost it $50,000 per year on its BEC
Mr Strachan said this showed the
importance of following through
on energy conservation plans, as it
was not enough to just purchase
the necessary technology and install
it. If this happened, the investment
was just left to sit there, and there
would be little return on it.
Maintenance, which tended to
be "the bane of things" in the
SEE page 4B

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Loose tongues cost corporate secrets

s we observe
the recent
upsurge in
criminal activi-
ty, I have to
wonder if the criminal element
has done a number on us. From
my recollection, it was a very
quiet Christmas. However, the
first few weeks of January have
seen an increase in armed rob-
beries of the type that would
normally have been seen in
December. Can it be that crim-
inals, observing the increased
police presence during Decem-
ber, decided to wait it out, hop-
ing the business owner and the
police would relax their guard
in due time? It is too early to
comment on this as yet.
We are today considering
how to keep our secrets secret.
In my series on Investigative
Tools and the article entitled
The Enemy Within, I spoke of
the need for companies to prac-
tice good due diligence when
hiring employees. However, I

failed to mention the need to
tell employees to keep their
mouths closed when out to
lunch and at other social gath-
erings. Maybe it is too late for
this advice, considering that we
are coming to the end of our
holiday season. Nevertheless, I
feel this little reminder note
needs to be posted.
I attended numerous events
during the Christmas, and New
Year period, and was surprised
to see how many guests were
eager to expose and relate cor-
porate business casually and
loudly as if to compete with
the DJ for volume. This was
especially after several drinks
of varying ingredients, which
left me saying it must be the
Regardless, I know of two
investigators one local and the
other from another country -
who would have a ball at these


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events, and pay good money to
have access to what was said.
Likewise, they would charge
prime dollar for anyone willing
to buy.
Unfortunately, the song-
writer knew exactly why he
wrote: :What happens in de
party stays in the party." The
instructions he is giving to par-
tygoers are not to gossip. The
songwriter knew that people do
and say a lot of things, many
times not even knowing what
they are saying when attempt-
ing to have a good time. Simi-
larly, he knew that there are
those who are waiting for the

opportunity to report what they
saw and heard at such gather-
The question then is asked.
Can the company hold the off-
property, on private time (par-
ty'time at that), intoxicated
employee, accountable for
divulging company informa-
tion? Can we really expect any
level of responsibility during
such liberal times? The answer
to this should have been
answered on day one of the
employee's hiring, where all

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tape recorder it would have
been an excellent opportunity
to record and use~soq valu-
able informatiorn.:It is amazing
how opportunities present
themselves for corporate espi-
onage, and we seem to take it
for granted, not realising .he
potential for,damage that exists.
Today's companies espe-
cially those that are or intend to
be true competitors, have to
rethink the threat spectrum. It
cannot just be limited to tradi-
tional threats and vulneralili-
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'Tremendous potential?

FROM page one of Tourism and its advertising "In general, I see a wonderful and bounds ahead through he
budget, Mr Symonette said, envi- opportunity. The present vessels type of co-operation on marine
sioning that tourists and Bahami- and operators have just scratched transport I'm talking about."
ry to Cat Island. ans could use devices similar to a the surface," Mr Symonette said. Mr Symonette said that while
Mr Symonette suggested that Europass or Railpass, which "We've come a long way, and Bahamas.Ferries had considered
the Government could encourage allowed the user to travel any- there's a long way to go. going public, "right now it's noTn
the development of a Bahamian where on a national or European "This country can jump leaps the drawing board".
ferry network by, instead of giving railway network, to access thefer-
n snhbidv remove "the duty cost

a .. ubluj, 1........ .... ... ....
of fuel" for one year for those
operators trying to "pioneer" new
routes. He added that the most
expensive variable cost for the
industry was fuel.
Any ferry routes would have to
be co-ordinated with the Ministry

ry system.
"Frequency, comfort and relia-
bility" were keys to a successful
Bahamian ferry network, Mr
Symonette added, with daily sail-
ing required to generate the pas-
senger volumes that would ensure

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rules and regulations should
have hopefully detailed the
obvious and the not so obvi-
ous, inclusive of the drunk out-
burst of rhetoric.
Penalties should fit the
offence. For example, is the
information disclosed about a
night of passion between a
senior manager and frontline
staffer? This is more a case of
embarrassment than issuing a
penalty. However, this could
be different if the same person
reveals the impending release
of a new product line or other
corporate secrets.
There is a lot of 'grey' here,
as I am not familiar with rules
governing such actions. Com-
pany policy usually refers to the
intentional release of informa-
tion. The corporate profession-
al is probably too ashamed to
state whether they have been
compromised by alcohol or any
other drug worthy of mention.
Also, as a society, the tendency
to 'gossip' is pretty much
accepted, so we tend to ignore
what is said.
Nevertheless, if I had my

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Baha Mar names Disney

executive as its president

B aha Mar
Company, the
behind the
$1.6 billion Cable Beach
redevelopment, has named
Don C.Robinson, a 34-year
veteran of the Walt Disney
Company, as its president
''ith effect from February 1,
"As Baha Mar has evolved
from its acquisition, finance
land planning stages to a full-
fledged hotel and resort
operator and developer, we
,are carefully seeking the
industry's leading individuals
with proven experience to
lead the company forward,"
said Sarkis Izmirlian, Baha
Mar's chief executive.
"Don Robinson has a dis-
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remarkably pertinent expe-
rience, and will play a major
role in making Baha Mar a
"This project is unlike any

other that I have been
involved in and one that I
feel truly fortunate and
excited to be a part of," said
Mr Robinson.
"I eagerly anticipate join-
ing Baha Mar's elite man-
agement team and working
with the project's two indus-
try partners Starwood and
Harrah's, which together
with the project's unmatched
amenities, signature design
elements, and varied offer-
ings, will make Baha Mar a
'destination resort metrop-
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Mr Robinson will manage
day-to-day responsibilities
for Baha Mar, including
leading Phase One develop-.
ment of the project, brand
marketing, co-ordinating
cross-property services, and
leading the operations and
renovations of Cable Beach
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Mr Robinson will also be
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venture partners, Starwood
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Prior to joining Baha Mar,
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In addition to the hotels,
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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

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Applications are available at the
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Friday, January 13, 2006.

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Nassau, Bahamas


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The successful individual should possess the following:-

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Invites applications from qualified Christian teachers for the
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Former BICA chief

joins bank's Board

BANK of the Bahamas International has appointed former
president of the Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants
(BICA), William Wallace, to its Board of Directors.
Mr Wallace's appointment came at the bank's Annual General
Meeting on December 29, 2005, at the British Colonial Hilton
Hotel. Nearly 100 persons attended the meeting, representing
some 65 per cent of shares held.
The only new appointee, Mr Wallace was not a newcomer to the
financial institution. He had served on the board of Bank of the
Bahamas Trust since its founding in 2000, and his move from the
subsidiary to the general board is intended to better align the
Trust's activities with those of the bank.
A managing partner at Pannell Kerr Forster in the Bahamas, Mr
Wallace is also secretary and treasurer of the Pannell Kerr Forster
Caribbean Association.
He has served on various professional practice committees for the
Caribbean, and has held positions in many civic organizations.
Shareholders returned all other board members. They include
Alfred Jarrett, Lourey Smith, T. Maitland Cates, Allan Benjamin,
Lennox McCartney, Maxwell Gibson, Dr L. Barry Russell, Ruth
Millar, Robert Sands, Pat Bain and Lester Smith. Managing Direc-
tor Paul McWeeney continues to serve on the board.

FROM page one

Bahamas, was also an issue when
it came to energy conservation.
Mr Strachan said: "We get the
latest, the greatest and the Cadil-
lac, and we throw away the
maintenance manual. Mainte-
nance is a killer when it comes to.
energy conservation."
For companies, Mr Strachan
said energy efficiency savings
went "straight to the bottom
line" if they made the same


amount of revenue as the year
He added that it aided the
Bahamas' balance of payments,
because BEC had to purchase
less fuel, and aided BEC by
enabling the company to hold on
to its capital and not invest heav-
ily in rapid expansion to keep up
with increasing demand.
"It's a win-win situation," he
said, No one can lose in energy
Earlston McPhee, general
manager, of sustainable tourism
development at the Ministry of
Tourism, described as "crazy"
the fact that while tourism gen-
erated $2 billion annually in
terms of economic activity, much
of it went straight back out of
the country, including the more
than $100 million BEC spent on
fuel purchases.

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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%
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Ginn's West End project

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FROM page 1B
"not out of the woods" in rela-
tion to the still closed Royal
Oasis resort, Mr Johnson
acknowledged, although he
understood that there was a
shortlist of two potential buyers
for the property that has been
closed since Hurricane Frances
struck the island in September
Separately, The Tribune has
been told that Lehman Broth-
ers' private equity arm, which
holds the mortgage on the
resort and is its de facto own-
ers, is seeking $33 million for
the property, in addition to
reclaiming some $88 million
that it invested to upgrade
Royal Oasis. The purchase
price is said to have made the
resort unattractive to potential
"We're fighting a timeline by
which we hope an arrangement
can be made with the owners of
the Royal Oasis, whereby they

reach an agreement with a buy-
er and developer," Mr John-
son said.
The Royal Oasis's closure
has had a dramatic impact on
the International Bazaar, with
Mr Johnson acknowledging
that consumer traffic through
the area was "short of what
they need to be profitable".
"It's a challenge, because the
International Bazaar was an
extension of the hotel and casi-
no," Mr Johnson said. "With
the hotel and casino closed, it's
taken a lot of life out of the
area. I believe it is a treasure
and can be restored to what
was originally intended. We
need to bring the resort back to
Mr Johnson said the Ministry
had been involved in talks with
the Bazaar Association, which
owned the complex and a num-
ber of stores, and store own-
ers to "change their focus and
market to Bahamians". The
Ministry had also been

attempting to direct some
tourist traffic to the Interna-
tional Bazaar.
Mr Johnson said the Ministry
was "toying with a new logo,
slogan or position statement"
for Grand Bahama, as it seeks
to develop a niche for the
island within the overall
Bahamas brand by concentrat-
ing on adventure tourism and
vacation ownership.
The Ministry was also look-
ing at "much more targeted
communications and advertis-
ing", exhibiting to tourists and
travel industry partners the
wide range of available activi-
ties on the island.
The Ministry of Tourism is
hoping to increase stopover
tourists' average length of stay
on Grand Bahama by 20 per
cent, from five days to six days,
believing that some seven out
of 10 new resort accommoda-
tions constructed today will be
owned and pre-purchased by
the users, as opposed to the

more traditional resort built for
transient guests.
Mr Johnson said visitor Exit
Surveys has shown tourists who
rated' Grand Bahama more
highly tended to be those who
were more adventurous and
travelled outside the immediate
resort, visiting communities in
the West End and East End,
interacting more with Bahami-
ans, and engaging in fishing,
snorkelling, golf and water
sports. "We are in the process
now of shaping the new look
for Grand Bahama," Mr John-
son said.
He added that the Ministry
was focusing on improving the
island's car rental pool, as dri-
ving was a big part of many
American visitors' vacation.
Visitors to West End and
East End improved the distri-
bution of tourist spending
throughout Grand Bahama, Mr
Johnson said, as they were not
restricting themselves to their

Cruise visitors 71% of tourists, yet account for 11.5% of spend

FROM page 1B

that this would help to attract
them back as higher-spending
stopover visitors.
She told a National Tourism
Conference master class on
transportation: "We hope that
in the next fiscal year to aggres-
sively pursue a cruise conver-
sion plan."
However, Ministry of
Tourism operatives based in
Abaco and Eleuthera indicated
that this conversion plan could
be hindered by the reluctance
of the cruise lines to allow the

Ministry to set up an informa-
tion booth on their private
The class heard how Disney
Cruise Lines had declined to
allow such a booth seen as
key in providing information
to encourage cruise passengers
to return as stopovers to be
set up on Castaway Cay in the
Abacos, where it takes
between 500,000 to 800,000
passengers annually.
In response, Mrs Stuart said
that while the cruise lines were
not opposed to this idea, there
did "not see it fitting in with
the experience they were trying


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to provide" through the private
island experience.
She added that the Castaway
Cay booth could be revisited
in the future.
However, it was seen as a
"key area to focus on" in the
conversion process, as many
passengers visiting the cruise
lines' private islands did not
visit anywhere else in the
Bahamas and were not aware
they were in this nation.
Despite the relatively low
per capital spend compared to
stopover visitors, cruise ship
passengers were seen as vital
in putting money into the
hands of straw vendors and
hair braiders, generating the
money multiplier effect.
Mrs Stuart said Royal
Caribbean. Cruises was set to
bring out its largest line of ships
yet, the Ultra Voyageur class,
in May 2006, with a maximum
capacity of 4,360 passengers
compared to the current maxi-
mum of 3,114.
She added that even now, on
peak days Nassau Harbour
could "hardly accommodate"
the demand for cruise ship
berths, with the Government
continually asked to improve
and enhance the docking facil-
Mrs Stuart said: "In Nassau,
the Ministry of Transport is
really working aggressively to
ensure there is an expansion of
the turning basin that easily
accommodates the new class of
She added that the Ministry
was "rather challenged in terms
of getting new vessels into
Grand Bahama" due to the
island being perceived as an
industrial zone.
The relocation of Grand
Bahama's cruise ship facilities
to a new port was being exam-
ined, and the Ministry had spo-
ken to three companies in
Orlando about how to devel-
op a port where the whole area
around it was transformed to
include timeshares, condo
hotels and other amenities.
While the number of cruise
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Call for unity between coaches

and executive members of GSSSA re

Junior Sports Reporter
ing for unity from both coach-
es and executive members of
the Government Secondary
School Sporting Association
Grant, the head coach of
the CR Walker boys basket-
ball team, was among six
coaches who were penalised
for participating in the annual
Catholic High School tourna-
ment as a result of an amend-
ment to the GSSSA constitu-
According to Grant, coach-
es should have prior knowl-
edge of what tournaments are
sanctioned by the GSSSA.
He said: "I am not about to
go against the constitution, the
constitution is set in place to
govern the schools. But my

Trevor Grant on tournaments

sanctioned by the Government

Secondary School Sporting Association

problem is not knowing what
tournaments are sanctioned
by the GSSSA and what tour-
naments aren't.
"This is the problem many
of the coaches have. How can
we find out what tournaments
are GSSSA sanctioned so we,
the school body, coaches and
players won't be penalised?
"Before the season starts,
coaches and schools are aware
of what time they would like
to host their tournaments, a
listing should be given to the

GSSSA. But, on the other
hand, the GSSSA should
request or have prior knowl-
edge of tournaments that
already exist.
"It's hard for teams to just
play in the GSSSA, especially
for coaches who are all about
exposing their athletes, hoping
to get scholarships. Tourna-
ment play, whether it is in
Freeport or Nassau or Jabim
is necessary for college coach-
es to see the athlete."
For Grant, unity by both par-

ties will be the only way the
.arguments about the newly
amended constitution will be
He also believes that GSS-
SA membership of high
schools should determine if
they are capable or worthy of
hosting a tournament that is
sanctioned by the GSSSA.
Grant says that tourna-
ments hosted by different
associations should not be a
problem, and that the GSS-
SA should extend an arm to

every association especially
if students are benefiting from
Grant added: "Here we are
talking about the constitution,
the sanctioning, but nothing
is being said about the ath-
letes and how we can .better
help them.
"I will say again, I don't
have a problem with the exec-
utive members bringing some
changes to the constitution,
but make sure that the
changes have the best inter-
ests of the child at heart."
Grant said he was given a
warning letter by the associa-
tion concerning his team play-
ing in the Catholic High tour-
nament after the event.
The Tribune made several
attempts to contact GSSSA
president Edna Forbes,
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Senior Sports Reporter
AFTER losing their first game
of the season, St. Augustine's Col-
lege quickly rebounded by tak-
ing their frustration out on the
depleted Temple Christian Suns.
Using their entire bench, the
Big Red Machines blew out the
Suns 91-41 as the Bahamas Asso-
ciation of Independent Secondary
Schools' defending senior boys
basketball champions rebounded
from their loss on Friday to the
Jordan Prince William Falcons.
The Big Red Machines, who
got a balanced scoring attack with
three players in double figures,
improved to 6-1.
"The form of play Temple
Christian brought to us was more
relaxed than when we played
against Prince William," Forbes
reflected. "We didn't make as
many mistakes as we made and
we cut down on the amount of

"The final score in the game
didn't indicate what type of game
it was, but I must congratulate
Prince William. I just think that
this team could be a little more
aggressive and do much more
smarter things if we want a
chance to get back to where we
were last year."
While there's still a lot more
games to play, Forbes said he was
quite pleased with the perfor-
mance his team produced against
the Suns.

Three players in double

figures in 91-41 victory

Cordero Tucker got the ball
rolling, scoring 13 of his 17 points
in the first quarter as the Big Red
Machines rolled out to a com-
fortable 23-15 advantage.
In the second quarter, Mario
Carey connected on 12. of his 14
points, including a big three-
pointer to push SAC up 39-17.
After Temple Christian called a
time-out, Gilroy Albury came in
and finished off the period with a
three-pointer and lay-up, push-
ing their lead to 46-23 at the half.
When the third period got
underway, Albury was just as
explosive with nine points, includ-
ing a slam dunk as SAC pushed
their lead to 62-32 and they held
on for a 62-34 at the break.
SAC would run all sorts of
combinations in the fourth as
coach Forbes worked his bench to
the detriment of the Suns.
While Tucker led the way with
17 and Albury and Carey added
15 and 14 respectively, Ramon
Gibson helped out with eight,
Corey Bowe had seven and Den-
nard Innis, Laurence Benoit,
Taverez Nottage, Noel Beneby,
Robert Francis and Je'Vaughn
Saunders all added four.
Temple Christian, with just sev-
en players in uniform, fell to 3-3.
But coach Marcian Swaby admit-
ted that they were just too help-
less to do any better.

"Some of our guys didn't make
it because of their grades and so
most of the benches are playing as
starters," Swaby stated. "As you
can see, at least 85 per cent of
their points came on the inside.
We just couldn't hold them."

The Suns certainly got out-
played in the paint as the Big Red.
Machines crushed the offensive
and defensive boards and scored
numerous extra baskets to con-
trol the tempo of the game.
But Swaby said that while they
didn't have an answer for the Big
Red Machines, his Suns can only
benefit from the loss because they
will chalk it up as a learning expe-
"We can only get better as the
season progresses," he pointed
out. "But we will use this as a
time to get ready for next year.
We hope to work with those play-
ers who can't play anymore and
hopefully they will be able to play
next year."
Temple Christian did have
some bright spots as Justin Swaby
canned a game high 21 points and
Mario Stubbs added 11. Point
guard Andrew Lamm contributed
five and Desmond Bowe chipped
in with four.

Senior Sports Reporter
BACK in the Bahamas Association of
Independent Secondary Schools' senior
girls basketball division after a one-year
break, the St. Andrew's Hurricanes are
playing with a vengeance..
On Tuesday at St. Augustine's Col-
lege, the Hurricanes knocked off the
Big Red Machines 21-13 to remain
undefeated at 6-0. It was SAC's second.
loss in six games.
"We have a centre that is dominant.
and we have girl's ho know the game.
That has been the key to our success
so far," said St. Andrew's coach Marvin,

Their centre, Kamilah Gibson didn't
do anything offensively, but she was a
tower of strength on the defensive end
as she controlled the paint to keep the
Big Red Machines at bay.
Instead, power forward Amielle
Major powered inside for a game high
seen, point guard Kristen Rolle added
six and Ashley Black chipped in with
In fact, with the score tied at 8-8 at the
half. Black got an offensive rebound
and scored the put back to give the hur-

ricanes the lead for good.
St. Andrew's went on to out-score
SAC 7-3 in the third. thanks to Major's
five and they held a 6-2 margin in the
fourth as Rolle and Major came up with.-
a basket each.
"Our aim is to take one game at a
time," Maycock further noted. "Our
first goal was to get over Prince William.
Once we got over them, we had to face
SAC. No%\ our biggest task left is Tem-
ple Christian."
The Hurricanes, who ha\e to play all
of their games on the road because of
their absence from the league laIt
;year. \ill play defending champions
the Suns at Temple Christian on Thurs-
After beating the Queen's College
Comets on Monday. the Big Red
IMachines couldn't keep the'ninning
streak going against the Hurricanes.
Coach Nlarco Mullings admitted that
"thev couldn't keep their momentum
up and tor some reason, we didn't hav
any energ- at all.
"I can't say it was a lack of not p
ing. But we just stopped playing aer
the score was tied at the half. But 'he
you're playing big games. you have ti
A& for the entire game and we didn'
Sany energy into the game."
vandra Nairn led the way for SAC
just five. Both Donee Bethell and
Tamara McSweenev chipped in with

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NPWBA will begin the
second half of the season on
January 12th, 2006 at DW
Davis Gym at 7.30pm, there
will be one game only, The
Cleaning Centre Angels vs
RBDF Blue Waves.
Cleaning Centre
Angels 5-1
Sunshine Auto Lady
Cheetahs 5-1
Johnson Lady Truckers 3-3
COB Lady Caribs 3-3
JR All Stars 1-5
RBDF Blue Waves 1-5


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