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Publication Date: January 18, 2006
Copyright Date: 2006
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Volume: 102 No.48 WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18,2006 PRICE 750

r THE trial of two
.. men accused of the
i' 3 ' murder of Mario
Miller, son of Minister
Sof Trade and Industry
Leslie Miller, was
. .. ,-. ...- ''R,. postponeduntil this
S.morning at 10am
following yesterday's
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Prison officer witnesses

murder of colleague

Tribune Staff
THE CLOSE friend and only
officer to witness the brutal
murder of Corporal Deon
Bowles during yesterday's jail-
break told The Tribune in an
exclusive interview how the
guard died face down in a pool
of blood.
Officer Kenneth Sweeting,
who was stabbed in the shoul-
der during the maximum secu-
rity escape by four inmates, also
spoke to Deputy Prime Minister
Cynthia Pratt at his home,
revealing exactly what hap-
Mr Sweeting said the
escapees had cunningly cut the
bottom of three of the bars of
their cell to conceal the fact dur-
ing routine checks.
He explained that, during
checks, officers would normally

inspect the door locks and grab
the bars at shoulder height and
shake them to test their integri-
However, Mr Sweeting
explained that, after the hourly
inspection by officers, the
inmates prised up the cut bars
and sneaked out through the
tiny opening they had created.
Corporal Sweeting said he
and Corporal Bowles were on
routine patrol in one of the cor-
ridors early yesterday morning
when he heard keys jangling in
the distance.
He paused, not putting much
emphasis on the noise, think-
SEE page two

DEPUTY Prime Minister Cynthia Pratt looks at the shoulder of officer Kenneth Sweeting
yesterday as she visited him at his home.

Public outrage at prison break
S- Tribune Staff Reporter
TEMPERS flared and vio-
.... lence almost erupted outside
Her Majesty's Prison as mem-
S: bers of the public expressed out- '
S. rage at yesterday's deadly
prison break.
On several occasions prison
officers had to come out of the
compound to calm the agitated
As news of the incident
spread, relatives of both prison'"
officials and inmates raced to
SA FAMILY member of slain guard Bowles tries to stop the the scene desperate to learn if
hearse yesterday leaving the prison, their loved ones were among
(Photo: Felip Major/Tribune staff) the victims. More than two
dozen persons gathered in front
Sof prison gates early yesterday
The lack of information from
mie prison officials caused panic and
anger as the public could only
speculate on what had hap-
'. opened.
Xc The two camps of relatives
Your Pe e Of M id clashed as supporters of the
prison officials demanded that
I m. hangings should resume and the
Is Im p ortant .. prisoners' relatives claimed that
they could not judge anyone
and that no one knew where
life could lead them.
-I surance Management makes Only the family of slain guard
Corporal Deon Bowles was
home protection a priority with allowed inside the main prison
the most depe*dble protection ill SEE page 11
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(Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune staff)

First murder of the

year for Grand Bahama
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Grand Bahama recorded its. first murder
for the year yesterday when a man was found shot dead in the
parking lot of the RND Cinemas Complex on the Mall.
According to police, walkers in the area discovered the
body lying in the parking lot around 7.25am. Last night the vic-
tim was identified as Jerome Anthony McPhee, 31, of 175A
Limewood Lane, Freeport.
It is believed the shooting might have occurred around 3am
when residents heard what sounded like gunshots.
Police cordoned off the west parking lot at The Mall Drive,
SEE page 11

Airport is in line for

a major overhaul

Tribune Staff Reporter
NASSAU International
Airport is in line to receive a
major overhaul, transforming
it from a source of constant
criticism to a premier airport
of which "all Bahamians
could be proud", it was
announced yesterday.
Minister of Transport and
Aviation Glenys Hanna-Mar-
tin signed a "statement of
memorandum of understand-

ing" with the Canadian com-
pany Vancouver Airport Ser-
vices (YVRAS) for the man-
agement, development and
operation of NIA.
Phase one of the expected
$200 million "facelift" for
NIA is expected to be com-
pleted 24 months after the
date that YVRAS assumes
responsibilities for the man-
agement of the airport. A
new Bahamian company
SEE page 11



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Tribune Staff Reporter
A PRISON officer is dead
and two others wounded after
being overpowered by four
inmates at Fox Hill's maximum
security block during the largest
prison escape in recent history.
Of the four inmates who
escaped, one was killed, two
others were immediately recap-
tured and one remains at large
convicted armed robber
Corey Douglas Hepburn, who
yesterday was being hunted by
At a press conference at
which reporters were not
allowed to ask questions, Prison
Superintendent Elliston Rah-
ming confirmed that the daring
escape attempt happened at
4am yesterday.
SEE page two

found dead,
cab burnt out
POLICE are probing the
mystery killing of taxi-driver
Christoph Brown, whose body
has been found lying in the bush
about 400 feet from his burnt-
out cab.
Mr Brown, a 43-year-old
bachelor of Ridgeland Park,
was found on Monday after
going missing over the ~eek-
end. He was last seen by col-
leagues driving away from Nas-
sau International Airport with a
passenger on Friday night.
Well-placed sources last night
claimed that Mr Brown had
been tied up and stabbed mul-
tiple times. There was no infor-
mation about motive.
A colleague said yesterday:
"This is a very sad incident. He
was a very decent, friendly,
intelligent man. Taxi-drivers are
very upset. This kind of thing
leaves us all feeling vulnerable."
Mr Brown's family includ-
ing his father Ernest, also a taxi-
driver have posted leaflets
round the airport hoping some-
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* DEPUTY Prime Minister Cynthia Mother Pratt speaks at a press conference yesterday
(Photo: Felipg Major/Tribune staff)

Largest escape in recent history

* PRISON officers secure the prison yesterday morning

(Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune staff)

FROM page one
Prison guard Corporal Deon
Bowles, a 13-year veteran at the
prison, was stabbed to death
and prison officers Kenneth
Sweeting and David Armbrister
were both injured and were still
in hospital up until press time.
Neil Brown, who was con-
victed of the 2000 murder of

Anglican Archdeacon William
Thompson, was shot and killed
by police. In addition, Forrester
Bowe, 29, was shot and Barry
Parcoi, 42, was injured during
the melee.
The two inmates were treated
at Princess Margaret Hospital
and returned to the prison
under massive police guard.
Parcoi, who was spotted in

the back seat of a police vehicle
entering the prison, had a ban-
dage around his head.
Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of National Security
Cynthia Pratt, Foreign Affairs
Minister Fred Mitchell, Attor-
ney General Alfred Sears,
senior police officials and a
large number of police and
prison officers arrived at the

compound early in the morn-
ing to be briefed on the mat-
Mrs Pratt expressed condo-
lences to the family of Corporal
Bowles and promised that every
government resource would be
brought to bear to support the
families of the slain officer and
the officers injured in the line of
"I want the public to be
assured that no effort will be
spared to get to the bottom of
this matter, who was responsi-
ble and how this happened. We
owe it to the fallen officer and
those officers injured to be sure
that this will never happen
Mrs Pratt also said she want-
ed to assure the public that the
prison remains safe and secure.
"I assure the public that the

prison is under control. The
prison officers are in full control
of the prison and all inmates
are in firm custody."
Mr Rahming said the recap-
ture of the inmates was due to
the heroic efforts of four prison
officers, while the remaining
guards stayed calm and main-
tained the security of the prison.
He said the prison will conduct
its own internal investigation
into the matter.
"Corporal Bowles gave his
life and officers Armbrister and
Sweeting received injury to pro-
tect the general public and the
prison service is grateful
Chief Supt Hulan Hanna said
police have mounted a compre-
hensive investigation, with a
large contingent of officers led
by Chief Supt Marvin Dames.

He said police are conduct-
ing a full and intense manhunt
for Hepburn, who is considered
to be armed and extremely dan-
Mr Hanna added that Hep-
burn is known to frequent the
Elizabeth Estates area. People
in that area were urged to exer-
cise caution.
Mr Hanna also issued a stern
warning to anyone who might
be tempted to assist Hepburn.,
"It is a criminal offence to aid
an escaped prisoner," he said.
Mr Hanna said that this
includes giving them refuge,
water, food, money or informa-
tion that may help them evade
Anyone with information that
may lead to Hepburn's recap-
ture are urged to call 328-84877
or 919.

* BARRY Parcoi (in rear seat between two guards) is escorted back to prison
(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune staff)

* JANE Bowles, the sister of slain prison officer Corporal Deon Bowles, displays her grief
yesterday as she leaves the prison.
(Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune staff)

Officer died 'in pool of blood'

FROM page one
ing another officer was ap-
proaching. However, Mr Sweet-
ing said he was then assaulted
from behind by one of the
escapees and stabbed in the left
Mr Sweeting said Corporal
Bowles was overpowered by the
other inmates and stabbed
about the body.
Using the thick lining of a
mattress as a make-shift rope,
Mr Sweeting said the prisoners
tied him by his right arm to the
bars of a nearby cell before
tying up Corporal Bowles and
dragging him off to another sec-
tion of the maximum security

Still conscious, Mr Sweeting
hung tied to the bars for a few
minutes before other officers
arrived to free him. Together,
he said, they searched the near-
by area and found Corporal
Bowles lying face down in a
pool of blood dead.
When asked by Mrs Pratt
how he felt, officer Sweeting
said all he had was hatred for
the two escapees, who he iden-
tified as having stabbed Corpo-
ral Bowles and himself.
"He was just like a brother
to me. He was godfather to my
children, and we discussed each
other's kids' schoolwork. We
never did anything without each
other, and we always had each
other's back," he said.

Allegations of the escapees
receiving help "from inside the
prison" surfaced almost imme-
Relatives of an inmate sus-
pected that yesterday's break-
out could have been the result
of "inside collusion" involving
some prison officers.
They claimed that several
gates to the maximum security
area had been unlocked, and
that a tool or machinery had
been used to knock a hole in a
cell wall. A source told The Tri-
bune: "It appears as though
there was a conspiracy."
The relatives believe the
escape was planned for some
time and follows a "breakdown
of fear and respect" since the
former superintendent, Edwin
Culmer, was replaced.
"Things started to go wrong
when a bucket of excrement
was thrown over a senior officer
by a prisoner," said the source.
"The question now is whether
these men were let out of their
cells in some sort of protest. The
guard who died was stabbed
with a knife, so the question
arises of how weapons got into
the prison.
"There is a level of corrup-
tion among some overseers
which enables edged tools to
find their way into cells," it was
The prison siren sounded fol-
lowing yesterday's breakout,
alerting residents in the Fox Hill
area. Jail staff then scoured the
Eastern Road and surrounding
areas, and are still searching for
one inmate.

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Chief Reporter

ALL four inmates who broke
out of prison yesterday have a
history of serious violent crime
- two were convicted murder-
ers on death row.
'Convicted murderer Neil
Brown was shot dead while
attempting to escape from Her
Majesty's Prison with three oth-
er inmates, and police have
launched a massive manhunt
for convicted armed robber
Corey Douglas Hepburn.

* COREY Douglas Hepburn

Last year in a retrial, Brown,
who was accused of the shoot-
ing death of Archdeacon
William Thompson, was found
guilty of murder.
On May 29, 2000 Archdea-
con Thompson was shot in the
chest and stomach by a masked
gunman during an attempted
armed robbery of his home, St
Agnes' rectory on Market
7 The well known Anglican
priest, who had served for mjn\
years as rector of St Agnes
Church, remained in a coma.
finally dying of his injuric. In
hospital almost four week, I.jtrc
on June 23, 2000.
The new jury, consist:i I:t
10 women and two men,
mously found BR r: n iioll\ I'-
murder. Their r.1cti10., .1:o
unanimous on tlie charI- uf
bayrglary and attempted rmed
rIob ei .
y'utqilcec Jon Isaacs told Broi' n
t t because he was ftunid
* ty of murder, he would hbe
sjtenced to death by rearns
8thorised by law.
Earlier, in December '11112.
Brown was also sentenced ti,
death after a jury of cilght
vomen and four men found
him guilty of the murder of
Archdeacon Thompson. How-
ever, the ruling was later over-
turned in the Court of Appeal
Od a retrial was ordered.
'-'One of the inmates who out with Brown was con-
Acted serial rapist Barry Par-
ci' He was an escape risk.
'.'Parcoi was wounded and
recaptured after what was his
fourth attempt to escape Her
Majesty's prison.

Calls to conduct 'transparent'

inquiry after prison break

Chief Reporter

SEVERAL persons have
issued calls for a "transparent
and clear inquiry" to be con-
ducted into yesterday's prison
The escape of five prison-
ers in the early hours of yes-
terday morning resulted in the
death of one prison officer as
well as an inmate.
FNM chairman Desmond
Bannister said that many per-
sons had told him that they
have very serious concerns
about prison security in the
wake of the escape.
"We understand that one of
the escaped inmates who was
involved in this was a constant
escape risk," Mr Bannister
pointed out adding that in
light of this fact, the intelli-
gence gathered by Superin-
tendent Elliston Rahming on
the possibility of prison breaks
"clearly was deficient and
clearly has to be answered at
an inquiry".
Social activist and lawyer
Paul Moss, who was acquaint-
ed with murdered prison offi-
cer Dion Bowles, said that

while the incident was very
regrettable, if was predictable.
"No one can really say the
right things during this time
to his family but certainly they
do have my sympathy," Mr
Moss said.
The lawyer has comment-
ed on several occasions that
the government does not pro-
vide a safe environment for
prison officers to work in, and
fails to equip them with
appropriate tools for the job.
"It is absolutely ridiculous
that they are guarding the
most violent criminals in this
country but they are not pro-
vided with weapons that they
can have on their person at
any given time.
"I have said to those officers
I have come in contact with;
prison officers who have an
obligation to go back to their
families when their jobs are
done, and have recommended
to them to buy pepper spray
so that they can protect them-
selves," the lawyer said.
Mr Moss said he hopes that
the government will act
responsibly going forward and
replace the "medieval" prison
with a facility that meets the

* A FAMILY member of Corporal Bowles, the prison officer who died during the break-out,
desperately waits for the prison to release news
(Photos: Felipi Major/Tribune staff)

standards expected by the
Bahamian public.
President of the Bahamas
Hufian Rights Association
Fred Smith told The Tribune
that his organisation has
encouraged successive govern-
menl to reform prison condi-
trong rind build a more modern

"-)u association sends out
condolences to the family of the
prison officers that were killed
and injured and the family of

the prisoners that died. It is
extremely important for the
prison officials to have resources
at their disposal to ensure that
prisoners are securely incarcer-
ated," said Mr Smith.
Overcrowding, he said, con-
tinues to put prison officers in
"(When) the government
builds modern and secure pris-
ons not only in New Provi-

r- 1 ,

dence but also in Grand
Bahama there will be greater
security, safety for prison offi-
cers and less human rights abus-
es, not only against the prison-
ers but also prison officers and
the family of prisoners," Mr
Smith said.
He said it is high time that
governments stop talking about
prison reform and actually get
on with it.



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* A POLICE officer tries to direct the coroner out of the prison, avoiding family members of
officers at the facility

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* BARRY Parcoi

In his last escape attempt, the
43 year old was recaptured on
March 10, 2005 at Fresh Creek,
Andros, and was sentenced to
two years imprisonment in addi-
tion to his life sentence.
Parcoi was under psychologi-
cal evaluation last year after
attempting suicide. He was
found after apparently trying to
hang himself with plastic
stripped from the covering of
the mattress in his cell.
Parcoi has a long list of
charges against him, including
possession of an unlicensed
firearm, possession of ammuni-
tion and escape from lawful cus-
He was moved to the medi-
um security wing of the prison
two years ago after serving 19
I The other two escapees were
convicted murderer Forrestor
Bowe, 29, who was recaptured,
treated at hospital for injuries
And taken back to Her
Majesty's Prison, and Corey
Douglas Hepburn, who was still
at large up to press time last
In 1992, Bowe was convicted
of the murder of Dion Roach.

* CONVICTED murderer Barry Parcoi is shown being
escorted back into the prison yesterday after escaping early in
the morning. His bandaged head can be seen through the
back window of the van

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* A MEMBER of the family of one of the inmates is tearful
as she waits for news






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

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

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

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

Publisher/Editor 1972-

Published Daily Monday to Saturday

Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas
Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama

The seeds that led to Majority Rule

IT IS UNLIKELY that January 10 -
Majority Rule Day- will ever become a
national holiday as long as it is held captive by I
the PLP.
As Sir Arthur Foulkes pointed out yes-
terday in his column, "To the Point", there
were a great many people who contributed to
the preparation of Bahamians for the day
* when their racial majority would become the
Sir Arthur called many names of those
who "contributed to the march towards that
day". But there were many more names of
both men and women that he could have
"Perhaps most notable," writes Sir Arthur,
"was Etienne Dupuch who struck a major
blow against the racism of the old guard with
his 1956 anti-discrimination resolution..."
For years, said Sir Arthur, "Sir Etienne
excoriated the old guard both from the floor
of the parliament and in the columns of his
newspaper. He condemned their arrogance
and relentlessly exposed their corrupt deal-
(Sir Arthur has first hand knowledge of
those editorials as he set many of them on the
Linotype when he was on the staff of The,
Tribune. If he disagreed with an opinion
expressed in any of them, or wanted more
information about that period, he would find
his way to Sir Etienne's office for a discus-
Sir Arthur noted that Sir Etienne lament-
ed the "fact that while there were some good
people among the Bay Street Boys, their
leaders were hopelessly arrogant and intan- ,
"It was Sir Etienine's unrelenting cam-
paign against that corruption, arrogance and
intransigence and for reform which opened
the eyes of thousands of Bahamians. The
PLP was the chief beneficiary of this."
This is true. Sir Etienne and generations
before him had prepared the ground. That is
why when the social revolution eventually
came, it was bloodless. We don't think the
PLP ever grasped the significance of hi's
moment. '
Sir Arthur has taken 1956, the night that
Sir Etienne threw down the gauntlet in the
House of Assembly demanding an end to
racial discrimination, as the stroke that led to
the final coup in 1967. However, Sir Etienne
would have gone even further back in histo-
ry. He always said that the three outstanding
dates in the forward march of the Bahamian
people were 1834, 1956, and 1967. In 1834
slavery was abolished, releasing the Bahami-
an slave from his bodily chains. The 1956
anti-discrimination resolution made him
equals among his fellow citizens, and January
10, 1967 led him, a free citizen, to take over
the government.

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Assisting in this forward march, Sir Eti-
enne would name royal governors, British
and Irish attorneys general, colonial secre-
taries, such white Bahamians as Dr Sweeting,
father of well-known Deputy Governor Gen-
eral William Hart Sweeting, who was a prime
mover for the establishment of a government
secondary school open to all Bahamians,
regardless of colour. This became the Gov-
ernment High School.
We prefer to start with the day in 1903
when The Tribune was founded and five-
year-old Etienne took an armful of papers
and disappeared under Gregory Arch to
deliver them without Papa's permission,
of course. He was found, and brought pranc--,
ing home at the end of his father's belt.
Leon Dupuch had founded a newspaper
intended "for all of the people". According tob
his first editorial it was to be a "newspaper-
conducted on liberal and impartial princi--
ples." It was a newspaper to "conspire with all
who aim for the truth.",:
Many liberal thinkers gathered in that tiny,
newspaper office to start educating the peo-,
pie on the rights and duties of citizenship.
One of them was Capt Stephen Dillet, who
on retirement from the Imperial Lighthouse
Service, worked with Leon "on many pro-
jects to advance the interests of the masses"
and wrote articles for the fledgling newspa-
per. Capt Dillet was a descendent of Stephen
Dillet, one of the three first non-whites to
be elected to the House in 1834.
Leon wrote a newspaper for the people,
and young Etienne, his second son, became
one.pfits:tiny paper boys, establishing, .-route .
under Gregory's Arch .nd into Farm Road to.
take The Tribune to the people.
,In the annals of history it was a long. dusty
road, a daily grind to convince black Bahami-
ans that they were entitled to the same rights
as their white brothers in a land they called
Too many of them believed although
they chaffed under that belief that every
man had his place and it would be presump-
tuous to create a rumble in society by aiming
too high.
There were many times in our lifetime
when we reflected on Edwin Markham's
poem, "The Man with the Hoe", and won-
dered, with Markham, how the future would
"reckon with this Man" and "those who
shaped him to the thing he is" when the day
would come "when he would rise to judge the
world after the silence of the centuries."
Thanks to the sacrifices of men like Sir Eti-
enne, the day that the Bahamian people
raised their heads to the rising sun and moved
upward into the future was a glorious, peace-
ful day. And it will remain that way as long as
the PLP understand that history did not begin
with them.

Civil service

should leave

Freeport be

EDITOR, The Tribune
THE buck stops with the
Government; and the sooner
senior civil servants understand
and accept this fact the better
off our public service will be.
The country's Comptroller of
Customs allowed a boo-boo
recently when he sanctioned a
major change to the methodol-
ogy in the way Freeport busi-
nesses have been operating for
about 40 years.
A letter, which went to a
number of business houses in
Freeport, in response to their
request to Customs for the nor-
mal "over the counter" sales
letter, informing them of the
change in procedure which was
to affect future sales of duty-
free items, sent shock waves
through the Freeport business
It seems to me that civil ser-
vants, at the highest level in the
Customs department, have
apparently taken leave of their
senses. This incident left me
asking one question: "Why
would anybody want to deal
such a blow,to the Freeport
business community at this time
when our economy is so
depressed already?"
For those persons reading this
letter who wouldn't have a clue
as to what I am talking about,
let me hasten to explain. For 40
years or so, businesses in
Freeport, which are duly licensed
by the Grand Bahama Port
Authority to operate here, and
which are properly organised
with respect to all the necessary
Customs procedures in place
were, to date, allowed to import
supplies and to sell to other duly
licensed businesses "over the
counter" duty free, with mini-
mum Customs monitoring.
The Customs Department,
heretofore, issued letters good
for each calendar year, to com-
panies in good standing; which
allowed them to make duty-free
purchases from the above
named and other businesses, by
simply producing this letter,
issued to them by the Customs
Department along with a pur-
chase order.
The proposed changes, that
the Comptroller of Customs
attempted, sought to disallow
that practice effective January
2006, and replace it with a new
procedure which would have
had the effect, in my opinion,
of bringing Freeport to a virtu-
al standstill. They (Customs)
thought that to stop "perceived
abuses" in the system they
would require, effective Janu-
ary 2006, all businesses wanting
to purchase duty-free materials

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toms officer and then take them
to the local supplier for the pur-
'chase of the goods.
This may sound simple
enough until I tell you that
between all the local suppliers
in this city, where one can pur-
chase duty-free supplies, they
can process about 3,000 pur-
chase orders a day. For the Cus-
toms Department to efficient-
ly accommodate these cus-
tomers, it would be a mammoth
task, to say the least, especially
given all the existing inefficien-
cies we experience on a daily
basis dealing with that govern-
ment department.
Besides, where would all
those people park their vehicles
when they go to have their pur-
chase orders stamped? This
nonsense has been tried before
by several other "Custom
Heads" and they have had to
recant; ex-FNM Prime Minis-
ter Hubert Ingraham tried, dur-
ing his tenure, to curtail our

concessions under the Hawks-'
bill Creek Agreement and he'
had to recant; and now this non-'
sense again.
It was an asinine decision,
indeed but now wisdom has
prevailed and wiser heads have'
swiftly reversed what could be
described as "that January 2006
However, I don't believe that'
this should be the end of the
matter. The Comptroller of
Customs and his acting deputy'
here in Freeport should be sum-
moned before the Minister of
Finance and made to answer for
this blatant attempt to change
Government policy. Was this'
attempt intended to bring th6
Government into public
It is not the purview of senior:
civil servants to make govern-
ment policy; that role is
reserved for the government of
today. Senior Civil Service
"Head of Departments" report
on loopholes in policy and then
leave 'the decisions to the dis-
cretion of the government.
The government ought to
reassign those responsible or
retire them in the public's inter-
est for this frightening "screw-
up"; and that is my view.
Freeport, Grand Bahama
January 9 2006

An omission of history

EDITOR, The Tribune understand, however, is how
Fawkes and Braynen could
THE current celebrations be left out of this commem-
of majority rule highlights oration. What evil purpose
the hypocrisy that plagues could it serve to attempt to
the development of the erase the crucial and pivotal
minds of the Bahamian chil- contributions of these men,
dren. To suit political and since without Fawkes and
personal agendas, history is Braynen lending their sup-
once again being rewritten, port to the PLP at that time,
Why is it that a full-page majority rule would have
advertisement was placed in been delayed. Surely, this
the newspapers illustrating could not be an oversight in
the "heroes" of January 10th, the minds of those who plan
without any mention of Sir these important commemo-
Randol Fawkes, and Sir rations. No matter what any-
Alvin R Braynen? What one may have thought of the
message are we sending to personal views or political
the children when the truth is position of these two
so blatantly distorted in this Bahamian patriots, their role
fashion? in the establishment of the
Please do not misunder- enfranchisement of the
stand me. I do not, nor can I, majority is history, and can-
question the roles that Sir not be erased by anyone. Tell
Milo Butler, Sir Lynden Pin- the children and the nation
dling, and the Hon AD Han- the truth.
na played in creating the
environment for January 10, JACKSON BURNSIDE m
1967 to be the historic event Nassau
that it was. What I fail to January 2006

Mediocre service

EDITOR, The Tribune
am writing to you to make a
complaint regarding a so-
called service that we are
subjected to from time to
time in the Bahamas.
On December 5 a pack-
age was sent to me for
Christmas from Argentina
via DHL. I occasionally use
this service here, and when I
do I am easily identified on
the computer. In other
words they have my name
on file.
We were not given the
tracking number by the ship-
per, but on two occasions we
asked DHL if they had
received a package in my
name, and were told no.
Finally just before Christmas
my wife went in to pick up
another package (that DHL
had informed us had arrived

without us supplying a track ,
ing'number) and she again
asked if another package had
arrived in my name. Again
she was told no. On January
10, 2006 she finally recenied 'e
the tracking number, went in
again and the package vas
found "under the counter"
It seems incredible that a
company such as DHL can
receive a package (without. a
phone number ID) and not
say to themselves
1) Let's see if this person is
in our database, or
2) Look in a phone book
and see if the name exists
Am I missing something,
or do I have to say again that
mediocrity is a great achieve-
ment in this country?
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Mother grieve for slain officer

THE grieving mother of slain
prison officer Deon Dewit
Bowles, 37, said she takes some
comfort from the fact that her
son died in the line of duty
while performing the job he
"He enjoyed his job and I
was very proud when he
became an officer. I am still
very proud to know that he
died in the service," Olivia
Knowles said.
In an interview with The Tri-
bune yesterday morning, Mrs
Knowles said that her son was
the breadwinner for the family
and has always looked out for
Mr Bowles, a 13-year veteran
of the prison, was stabbed to
death during yesterday's ordeal
at Fox Hill Prison when four
inmates mounted an escape
He grew up on Cat Island and
was his parents' youngest son.

Beverly Bowles, his sister,
said that she and her brother
were very close. She said they
often talked and shared jokes.
Ms Bowles said that she still
does not believe that her broth-
er is dead, because she has not
seen his body.
Jane Bowles, another sister,
described her brother as quiet
and humble.
Ms Bowles said that the fam-
ily is upset because they spent a
long time waiting outside the
prison yesterday after hearing
about the incident, but no one
officially confirmed the death
of their loved one.
Shortly before 11am, the fam-
ily left the prison because they
said they were tired of waiting
for confirmation.
Kenneth Sweeting, another
prison officer who was stabbed
by one of the escapees but who
survived the attack, said the
incident seemed like a dream
to him.
He said that he is still strug-
gling to come to grips with it.

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* OFFICERS had to be called to the front of the prison gate after members of the public became aggravated
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Residents' alarm as sirens go off

Tribune Staff Reporter
RESIDENTS on Yamacraw
Hill Road knew something was
amiss when Her Majesty's
Prison sirens went off twice ear-
ly on Tuesday morning.
One woman who lives direct-
ly across from the prison said
that she was awoken by the
sirens and by the sounds of run-
ning shortly after 4 am.
She said that she initially
assumed it was the sound of
prison guards out jogging which
is not an unusual occurrence.
But she realized something
was wrong when she heard
shouting. "It sounded hke some-

one giving orders," she said.
The woman said she then
heard three gunshots and saw
at least six police cars drive by.
"My son said, "Mommy, a
prisoner must be escaped.' and
so we started looking outside."
She added that the 6am siren -
usually sounded to wake
inmates never went off.
The resident said she believes
the four escaped inmates man-
aged to get as far as the Budget
Meats store on Yamacraw
Road before three of them were
"Although we live close to
the prison. I'm not really scared.
because when people break out
of the prison, they try to get as

far away as possible from the
area, so they aren't trying to
hang around here," she said.
Yesterday morning officers
could be seen cordoning off the
area and beginning prebminary
Chief Inspector Marvin
Dames, heading the CDLi in\es-
tigation. said police now ha'e
to piece together the circum-
stances which led to the tragedy.
Prison officers also inter-
viewed a \woman \who told
reporters that when she visited
her son at Christmas, she oer-
heard plans for "some type of
incident". Police officials v\ere
not available to comment on
this point up to press time.

* FOX Hill Prison was on a lock-down yesterday morning

Ingraham praises efforts of

prison service after break

SFNM leader and former
prime minister Hubert Ingra-
ham expressed his appreciation
and that of his party for the
entire prison service in the wake
of yesterday's prison break,
which resulted in the death of
one officer.
SMr Ingraham said prison offi-
cers undertake "one of the least
attractive but most essential
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The FNM leader also extend-
ed condolences and sympathy
to the family of Prison Officer
Dion Bowles, who was killed
during the prison break.
Mr Ingraham said that he was
"shocked and saddened" to
learn of the loss of life that
resulted from the incident.
"Clearly, a serious breach of
security with tragic conse-
quences has occurred at the
prison. For the time being, how-
ever, I reserve comments on the
break-out. I join with all
Bahamians in condemning this
new criminal act by convicts
housed at the prison. Two lives,
have been lost, that of a prison
officer and that of an inmate.

We pray for the dead and for
their families," he said.
The former prime minister
also expressed "relief and satis-
faction that the injuries sus-
tained by prison officers Ken-
neth Sweeting and David Arm-
brister, as they carried out their
duties to restrain and keep in
custody other inmates intent on
making good their escape, are
not life threatening;" .
"It is my sincere hope and
expectation that the prison
inmate who remains at large.
will be found in the shortest
time possible and I join with
authorities in calling for the full
co-operation and assistance of
the public in returning him to
the custody of our police." Mr
Ingraham said.

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'More effort needed' to raise

revenue from Nassau history

NASSAU is failing to cash in
on its history, leaving tourists
with the impression that the city
has no "unique" appeal, it was
claimed yesterday.
More emphasis should be
placed on the Bahamas' colo-
nial past because it accounts for
nine-tenths of the nation's his-
tory, said one Tribune reader.
The comments came after
Monday's INSIGHT suggested
that Government House should
become a tourist attraction with
special emphasis on the Wind-
sor era.
Revenue raised could help
maintain the mansion and sup-
port its staff and give Nassau
an extra lure for visitors.
The article said Nassau did
not capitalise sufficiently on its
past, even though it was rich in
fascinating history.
It cited the Duke and
Duchess of Windsor's "reign"
at Government House, where
they lived between 1940 and
1945, as being a powerful draw
for Americans, in particular.
"Properly presented, and
ingeniously promoted, the
Windsors could yet become one
of the Bahamas' most enduring
attractions," said INSIGHT.
"And wouldn't they give
homeward-bound Americans
something to talk about, other
than Atlantis, Bay Street and
the Fish Fry?"
Yesterday, readers agreed
and called for the government
to show more imagination in

their approach to tourism..
One said: "With the Windsor
story, the Oakes murder, the
colonial forts and the Clifton
slave ruins, Nassau has much to
offer those tourists who want
something more than a sunny
"But hardly anything is done
to promote and package them
in the way they should be. Nas-
sau can no longer afford to take
things for granted. The city is
rundown and shabby. People
come here and feel there is
nothing to do and nothing to
Another said: "The Windsor
story ought to be part of a colo-
nial package. Nassau is a colo-
nial city, whether the politicians
like it or not. That's the story
people want to hear."
Reader Kevin Cross said
attractions like the Queen's
Steps were not properly mar-
keted or maintained.
With their unpleasant smells
of urine, loitering bums and
general air of neglect, the Steps
were not the attraction they
ought to be.
"Government really needs to
utilise the prominent historical
aspects of the Bahamas for
tourists to see, rather than only
having this Disney World type
holiday image."
Another reader said the colo-
nial era and the Lucayans could
be packaged separately
"because history is a big sell-

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(FILE photo)

She said the Bahamas was
not only about Junkanoo and
the recent political past.
"At Government House,
nobody gives a damn that Milo
Butler and Clifford Darling

-lived there. But the\ are inter-
i ested in the fact that the Wind-
, sors lived there at an exciting
time in history. Let's use our
heads and make the best of
what we've got."

Last week, The Tribune car-
ried disturbing statistics show-
ing that only six of every 100
tourists questioned during an
exit poll said Nassau had any-
thing unique to offer.

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Former Tribune reporter

scores TV break in US

M DANIELLE Stubbs on campus at Clark Atlanta University


DANIELLE Stubbs, a
Bahamian college stu-
dent and former Tribune
reporter, is making
waves as the newly
appointed news anchor,
executive producer and
writer for CAU-TV on
Channel 23 in Atlanta,
While pursuing a
degree in mass commu-
nications with a concen-
tration on radio, televi-
sion and film, Danielle
has also made the Dean's
List at Clarke Atlanta
University for three con-
secutive semesters.
Her mother, Linda
Stubbs, said Danielle's
family and friends are
very proud of her
Said her editor at The
Tribune: "Danielle is a
vivacious and highly
competent young lady
who is a natural for tele-
vision. All of us here
wish her well."

* DANIELLE Stubbs prepares to do a news break on air at
CAU-TV at Clark Atlanta University

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Realty has been selected to
host the prestigious Coldwell
Banker Island Affiliates Con-
ference in 2006.
The event is especially sig-
nificant as the Coldwell
Banker Corporation celebrates
its 100th anniversary this year.
"This is an important event,
not just for our company, but
for the Bahamas," said Mike
Lightbourn, president of Cold-
well Banker Lightbourn Realty.
The real estate spotlight will
be on the Bahamas when Jim
Gillespie, president of Cold-
well Banker Corporation,
delivers the keynote address
during the three day confer-
ence at the Atlantis Resort on
Paradise Island in June.
According to a press release
on the conference, "Coldwell
Banker representatives from
10 countries/territories will dis-
cuss real estate matters pecu-
liar to the Caribbean and
Atlantic island countries.
"The conference also will
allow Lightbourn Realty to
showcase high end properties
on New Providence and Par-
adise Island to its 12 affiliates,
located in Bermuda, the Cay-
man Islands, US Virgin
Islands, British Virgin Islands,
Turks and Caicos, St Maarten,
Nevis/St Kitts, Jamaica and the
Dominican Republic.
"The affiliates are part of a

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US 'unlikely'
to prosecute
Kozeny for
Czech charges

A US law expert said it is
unlikely that his government
will agree to prosecute busi-
nessman Viktor Kozeny in con-
nection with charges filed in the
Czech Republic.
According to a report on, the website of the
Czech News Agency, US
defence lawyer and legal expert
Douglas McNabb said that it is
"almost ruled out that a US
court would deal with the
crimes Czech-born businessman
Viktor Kozeny has been
charged with in the Czech
Republic as the Czech Justice
Ministry hopes".
Mr McNabb added that he
does not believe the US would
extradite Kozeny either at
least before he serves time or
is acquitted in the US.
Czech authorities are seek-
ing the former Lyford Cay res-
ident's extradition for the
alleged embezzlement of assets
worth 11.5 billion crowns
(23.774 crowns = $1).
Kozeny is currently in cus-
tody in Nassau awaiting a Jan-
uary 30 hearing on his possible
extradition to the US, where he
is wanted on charges of bribing
Azerbaijani state officials to
gain advantages in a privatisa-
tion deal.
Said the Czech News Agency
report: "Though the Czech
Republic, unlike the United
States, does not have a treaty
on legal assistance, the Bahami-
an government has confirmed
that it has a binding treaty on
extradition of criminals that
then Czechoslovakia and
Britain signed in the 1920s when
the Bahamas were a British
colony, and the Czech Republic
a part of Czechoslovakia."
"The Czech Justice Ministry
spokesman has said that if the
US ismore successful than the
Czech Republic, the Czechs can
ask for Kozeny's extradition,
permission to hear him or to
hand the whole criminal file to
the US offices, while he consid-
ers the.third variant to be the
Most probable.

Marine park
on Abaco
gets support
from locals

A proposed national marine
park in the Fowl Cay Reef area
of Abaco is likely to get enthu-
siastic public support, island
sources said yesterday.
Meetings were held in Hope
Town and Man o' War Cay this
week to test local reaction to
the plan. "People seem gener-
ally to be behind it," said a res-
Fowl Cay Reef is off Man o'
War Cay and is a noted beauty
spot. The park idea would lead
to protection and preservation
of marine life and conservation
of the environment.

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Abaco hope
for end to

dents of a new Abaco sub-divi-
sion are hoping their troubles will
be over by the end of the year.
A new solid waste facility
near Snake Cay will lead to clo-
sure of the notorious central
Abaco dump near Dundas
Town source of a pungent
cloud which affects a wide area.
Administrator Revis Rolle
believes the new facility could
be open by the end of 2006, a
year behind the original sched-
For home-owners at the new
Central Pines sub-division, the
new site will come as blessed
The existing dump, which
covers five or ten acres, is now
overloaded and gives off a con-
stant stench.
"When these new homes
were planned, it was assumed
the old dump would be closed,"
a resident told The Tribune yes-
"However, the dump is still
there. And it's making life mis-
erable for families in the 40 or
so homes now occupied in the
"However, work has begun
on the new facility, so help is at
hand. We have been told that
it's likely to be open by the erid
of this year."
The present dump takes
waste from several communi-
ties, including the Abaco cays. It
was opened in the mid-1980s
and is now thought to be at
The new site is south of
Spring City, on the way to
Snake Cay, and is about eight
miles from Marsh Harbour.

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Trial of men for murder of

minister's son is postponed

THE trial of two men
accused of the murder of
Mario Miller, son of Minister
of Trade and Industry Leslie
Miller, was postponed until
this morning at 10am follow-
ing yesterday's prison escape.
Justice Anita Allen
informed the court that the
prison was not releasing any
inmates yesterday and there-
fore one the men charged for
the murder Lamar Lee, also
known as Ricardo Miller, 31 -
could not appear.
Ryan Miller, 25, who is also
charged with murder in con-
nection with Mario Miller's
death, is out on bail and was
present at court yesterday.
During Monday's sitting,
three witnesses were called to
take the stand.
The first, detective Consta-
ble James Colebrooke, a
Scenes of Crime technician in
the Royal Bahamas Police
Force, recalled that in June of
2002 on the day Miller's body
was found, he along with
another officer, Detective
Constable 28 Anderson act-
ing on information they
received, went to the Super
Value food store on Prince
Charles Drive.
He told the court that upon
arriving there they were taken
to a bushy area just west of
the establishment and shown
the body of a deceased light
skinned male lying on is right
side with multiple stab
wounds to his face, neck, and
Mr Colebrooke said that he
noticed three areas of sus-
pected blood on a pavement
west of the stpre. Officer
Colebrooke said that he took
photographs of the body and
area. He testified that on June
24,2002 he visited the morgue
where Leslie Miller identified

* MURDER accused Ryan

the body as his son Mario.
Colebrooke said that he
took pictures of Mario's body
there as well and was given a
plastic bag containing stom-
ach contents and two tubes
of blood labelled "Mario
Miller". Colebrooke directed
the jurors through a photo
album containing pictures of
the location where Mario's
body was found, as well as
pictures of his body there, as
well as at the hospital


Minister Miller also testi-
fied, telling the court that in
June of 2002 his son Mario
was living with him at their
home in Winton Estates. He
said that his son occupied the
guest house and drove a 1997
green and gold Infinity jeep
which the minister had bought
for him.
While being questioned by
attorney Bernard Turner, Mr
Miller, who remained quite
composed, said that the last
time he saw his son alive was
on Friday, June 21, 2002. Mr

* MURDER accused Lamar Lee, also known as Ricardo Miller,
who was unable to attend court yesterday
(Photos: Franklyn G Ferguson)

Miller said that he saw Mario
on Saturday evening when he
was told to go to the hospital.
He said that he along with his
wife identified Mario's body at

the hospital morgue.
Detective constable 673
Ellis during his testimony told
the court that in June of 2002
he was stationed at the Eliza-

beth Estates police station.
He said that when he arrived
at work on June 22,2002 he was
told to go to a residence on the
Eastern Road. He said that
there he spoke with another
officer who directed him to a
green Infinity jeep registered to
Mario Miller.
Ellis told the court that the
doors on the left side of the
vehicle were slightly ajar and
that there were what appeared
to be blood stains on the inte-
rior and exterior of the vehi-
Ellis said that he used his
police camera to take photos of
the vehicle from various angles
and proceeded to collect sus-
pected blood samples from the
front door, roof, and head art
hand-rest of the vehicle.
These samples, he said, were
submitted to the police forensic

Tribune Staff Reporter
CIVIL Society Bahamas is
demanding that the govern-
ment deal with the illegal
immigration, problem imme-
diately as it is threatening
the safety of the country's
legal inhabitants.
Freddie Munnings, president
of the community-minded
organisation, made this state-
ment at a press conference yes-
terday, where he presented the
final draft of Civil Society's
immigration action plan.
In November last year the
society previewed the draft
proposal to the press.
Mr Munnings said that the
document is a compilation of
presentations, suggestions,
public feedback and opinions
that were two
town meetings organised by
Civil Society last year.
At the first town meeting,
he said, emotions ran very
high almost to the point of
"violent outburst".
From the beginning of 2005
up to the end of August, a
total of 3,173 illegal immi-
grants were reportedly appre-
hended, processed and repa-
triated to their respective
Of this number, the three
largest groups were 2,585
Haitians, 343 Jamaicans and
154 Cubans.
Mr Munnings said that
copies of the action plan have
been distributed to Prime
Minister Perry Christie,

Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of National Security
Cynthia Pratt, Minister of For-
eign Affairs and Public Ser-
vice Fred Mitchell, Minister
of Labour and Immigration
Vincent Peet and leader of the
opposition Hubert Ingraham.
He said the organisation
plans to personally distribute
the action plan to members of
parliament during today's ses-
sion of the House of Assembly.
Mr Munnings claimed that
over the past several decades,
successive governments have
failed to deal with the illegal
immigration problem..
He said the problem has
now "overtaken us, and the
people of the Bahamas are
crying out for a solution."
He added that the illegal
immigration problem is not
insurmountable but if not
dealt with decisively, it could
destabilise the nation.
"All we can do is to sensi-
tise our people; this is a people
issue, I don't want to make
this political. There is no polit-
ical agenda. This is a people
problem. This problem has
been around for more than 50
years and will continue to be
around until the Bahamian
people get sensitised suffi-
ciently to demand that we are
sick and tired of being second
class citizens in our own coun-
try," said Mr Munnings.
"This is not an attack on the
Haitian community in our
country. This is an attack on
the illegal immigration prob-
lem in our country," he added.


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Civil society claims

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Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for appointment to the post of
Nursing Services Advisor in the Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) which is responsible for
the management of the three public hospitals of the Bahamas, Princess Margaret Hospital,
Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre and the Rand Memorial Hospital and the management of
Bahamas National Drug Agency, Materials Management Services, National Emergency
Medical Services and the public clinics in Grand Bahama.
Applicants must possess the following qualifications and experience:
Registered Nurse (with specific registration through the Nursing Council of The
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, prior to appointment);
Masters Degree in Nurse Management or Equivalent with a minimum of five (5) years post-
qualification experience in a senior administrative position; or Bachelor of Science Degree
in Nurse management or equivalent with a minimum of ten (10) years post-qualification
experience in a senior administrative position;
Experience at a strategic / policy level in nursing or general health systems planning and
development will be an advantage.
1. The Nursing Services Advisor would report to the Managing Director and would serve
as the principal specialist of the PHA on all matters relating to nursing services operations
and development. The overarching responsibility of the post is to ensure (a) standards
of nursing care are well-defined, relevant and consistently maintained; and (b) the
structure and practice of nursing services are appropriate within and across departments
and institutions.
2. Main duties and responsibilities of the post include:
a) Development and revision of policies and operational guidelines for improving the
quality and efficiency of nursing services;
b) Monitoring compliance with standards of practice related to general and specialty
nursing care as a means of ensuring continuous quality improvement in nursing and
adherence to the Code of Nursing Ethics:
c) Utilization of nursing productivity statistics to advise on strategic interventions for
greater efficiency of nursing services;
d) Ensuring the maintenance of a system of continuous nursing education at each
e) Making recommendations for organizational restructuring of nursing to best fit a
dynamic public healthcare system;
f) Facilitating and coordinating communication (policy level) between nursing and
other health-care disciplines of the PHA, Ministry of Health and other national,
Regional and International entities;
g) Preparing annual plans and other reports related to Nursing Services Development,
including an annual budget for organizational-wide nursing services development.
3. Applicants must possess strong analytical, conceptual-thinking, strategic planning,
communication and interpersonal skills.
Letters of application, Curricula Vitae, documentary evidence of qualifications and experience
and three (3) references should be submitted no later than 27th January 2006 to the Human
Resources Director, P.O. Box N-8200 or 1st Floor Manx Corporate Centre, Dockendale
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be proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel
be self-motivated and able to work without supervision.
Applicants with background in real estate, corporate,
commercial, banking, trusts, wills, and immigration matters
A' encouraged,
Medical insurance and Pension Plan offered.
Salary commensurate with skill and experience.
Please submit application letter with resume by e-mail
or facsimile to:
Facsimile: 362-5788
P. 0. Box N-7776 (514), Nassau, Bahamas

Is looking for
Energetic, Self Motivated. Career Minded
Individuals for it's high volume sales centre

Highest commissions and
bonuses in the industry.
Must be over 25yrs
Have a positive mental attitude.
Excellent conversational skills
Ability to think on feet
Articulate and outgoing
Minimum 3 BGCSE

Also seeking to employ representatives
fluent in Spanish

Become a part of our Winning Team
Please contact:
Royal Holiday
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US daily picks Eleuthera as

prospective top destination

IN its January 14 weekend edition,
Arhe Wall Street Journal highlighted
Eeuthera glamorous past and declared
it"to be "the next trendy island desti-
SThe article, more than half page in
ifngth, described white and pink sand
beaches, the well preserved coral reef,
th,e warm hospitality of the Bahamian
people, and the tranquility of the island
that is already a vacation home to
It also revealed that Eleuthera is

Wall Street Journal puts

spotlight on island's selling

points and famous visitors

already receivii
among internal
travel agents, an

* PANAM founder Juan Trippe, who decided to build a

ng a lot of attention lines is adding additional flights to
tional travellers and accommodate travelers to this vaca-
d that Continental Air- tion spot.
The article also foreshadowed the
opening of the Starwood hotel at the
end of 2006.
"By the end of the year, a $550 a
night, 73-room Starwood hotel with
flat screen TVs and private outdoor
hot tubs is scheduled to open. It's the
latest example of the booming luxury-
travel industry reaching into every
available stretch of beachfront in the
Caribbean region," said the article.
S. The Wall Street Journal highlight-
ed the legacy of Eleuthera as a major
S' vacation destination dating back to the
1960s, when the Cotton Bay Club was
<. the place where "the Who's Who went
barefoot in the Bahamas."
"The island experienced an earlier
wave of tourism in the 1960's, promot-
ed by Pan American World Airways
founder, Juan Trippe's decision to
build'an airport on the island. Other
high profile regulars included Jacques
Cousteau and membersi'f the British
Royal Family."
This resurgence spells greatt news for
the Bahamas, and the developers of,
and investors in, Cotton Bay Villas say
they are delighted with the positive
One such investor, former governor-
general Sir Orville Turnquest, in
responding to the article said: "having
just toured the facility, observed the
eco-sensitive manner in which this pro-
ject is unfolding as a world-class resort,
it is clear to me why prominent sec-
tors of the global press are focusing
on Eleuthera in general and Cotton
Bay in particular. It is a very special
Another investor, Dr Earl Cash, a
n airport on senior at the law firm Higgs and John-
.son said tha. "the recent endorsements,
,(Photo: AP Archive- by the mini prfetigioiu publications in.

* LEGENDARY marine biologist Jacques Cousteau, a frequent visitor to

the world are a true credit to the peo-
ple of Eleuthera because in each article
the friendliness of the people is high-
lighted. It also endorses the vision of
the founders of Eleuthera Properties
Limited (EPL), building on the legacy
which helped to make the original Cot-
ton Bay the place where the who's who
went barefoot in the Bahamas."
The endorsement by The Wall Street
Journal comes on the heels of an ear-
lier announcement in the January 2006
issue of Travel & Leisure Magazine,
the world's number one travel maga-
zine, which ranked Eleuthera among
the top five up-and-coming destina-
tions to visit in 2006.
This was revealed during an inter-
view on NBC's Today Show by Laura
Begley, Travel & Leisure's senior edi-
During the interview, Begley stated
that Eleuthera was selected because
of its amazing white sands, natural
beauty and the fact that by year's end,
Starwood's luxury eco-sensitive,
-Balihmian-owned resort, would be

The developers of Cotton Bay Villas
say they are committed to the envi-
ronmental integrity of the resort, which
will be home to a plant nursery and
feature an on-site horticulturist-dedi-
cated to nurturing the property and
saving trees and other foliage from
cleared land for replanting through-
out the development.
This approach to development has
earned for the Cotton Bay the distinc-
tion of being the first Bahamian resort
to gain membership in the Audubon
International Signature Programme, a
programme which acknowledges envi-
ronmentally-friendly developments.
In July 2005, Starwood Hotels &
Resorts Worldwide, Incorporated, one
of the leading hotel and leisure com-
panies in the world, announced that
Cotton Bay would be added to its Lux-
ury Collection, making it the first
Bahamian property to earn this dis-
tinction. Starwood operates over 750
properties in more than 80 countries
around the world.

Torchbearers register to vote

SMEMBERS of the Torch-
tearers, the youth arm of the
opposition FNM party, appeared
at the "Mall at Marathon "as a
unified body" to join the list of
xrgistered voters.
,According to a press release
om the organisation, the
group registration was a "sym-
bolic move" reflecting the mem-
,bers' belief that the PLP will
Usbon be ousted from office.
"As the momentum builds
tQward the next general elec-
fi0n, politics is becoming the
:tppic of choice throughout this
country. In lieu of recent
changes in our political climate,
'the FNM Torchbearers Youth
'Association has taken its first
rStep in an initiative to ready the
'yputh of this country for elec-
on, as well as the awesome
it, relatively simple task of
'refroving the PLP from gov-
ernment," the release said.
'.It said Torchbearers on
Grand Bahama, Exuma, and
other islands will follow suit.
,-."The Torchbearers in the
noming weeks will take the ini-
tiative to reach out to persons in
the hlghwa).- arid byways of the
cuIlinh\ into the over-the-hill
'aeais ihe black belt areas, the
P.LP >[long holds, and most
imply o Lantly, the traditional
* FN I constituencies."
,The Torchbearers listed a
, number of "injustices" that they
,*iniml ?,tulng. Bahamians have
been s Uihcled to since the PLP


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N TORCHBEARERS members line to to register to vote

took office in May 2002. These,
they said, include a reduction
in the number of scholarships
available through the guaran-
teed loan programme, and the
failure of the Ministry of Edu-
cation to ensure that school
repairs are concluded in a time-
ly manner.
"Further, we are yet to see
an independent measure and
analysis of the National Youth

Programme. Most of all we are
yet to see an economic impact
that the youth cannot only see,
but moreover feel and take part
in," the press release said.
"The FNM is the only party
with a wholesome strategy that
can bring relief to youth with
disabilities, youth facing barriers
to employment, single mothers,
and high school drop outs.," the
release said.

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commemorating Majority Rule
Day was held on Monday Jan-
uary 9 by the Bain and Grants
Town Association.
The ecumenical service,
which was held outdoors in
Town Centre, Bain Town, was
very well attended.
Among those gathered was
Lady Margueritte Pindling, wife
of the late Sir Lynden Pindling.
Reverend Fr Sebastian
Campbell, rector of All Saints
church, was the preacher.
Fr Campbell called for
Majority Rule Day to be made
a public holiday said that
Bahamian history should be
taught extensively in schools
and other institutions.
Rev Dr CB Moss, president

of the Bain and Grants Town
association, read a resolution of
that association call for a mon-

ument to be erected to Sir Lyn-
den Pindling at the site of his
childhood home in Bain Town.

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Application Deadlines and
Testing Date:
Primary School and
Early Learning Centre
Deadline: 19th January
Testing: 21st January
ELC: 18th February

High School
Deadline: 23rd January L
STesting: 28th January

SApplication forms can be
collected from
Queen's College or
downloaded from our website
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gates. However, the family was
not given any official confirma-
tion of his death and eventually
left the scene shortly after 11am
after expressing disgust at the
way they say they were treat-
.A huge disruption occurred
inside the prison gates as offi-
cials from Rock of Ages Funer-
al Home, believed to be trans-
porting the body of Corporal
Bowles, tried to leave through
the gates.
Family members threw them-
selves on the hearse demand-
ing to know who was inside.
They had to be physically
They're carting him out like
aog, like he is a prisoner, they
ain' even let us see him and he
died doing his job," distraught
fa'nily members claimed.
'They left shortly after.
-However, after one of the
relatives commented to persons
outside the gate that they hoped
whomever was responsible for
Corporal Bowles' death would
pay, tempers flared and several
persons had to be restrained.
A relative of a prisoner
claimed that they had no right
to: "put mouth on anyone as
only one person killed the
guard." A family member of
Corporal Bowles had to be
restrained as she yelled back,
"You want f***ing dead eh?"
She had to be escorted away
from the scene. The prisoner's
relative was urged to let the
family grieve.



FROM page one

(Newco) will be established,
which will assume operations
bf NIA.
SMrs Hanna-Martin said:
"Newco will initially be wholly
owned by the Airport Authori-
ty and will lease the airport from
the Authority for a period of 30
years. Ownership of the NIA
Will remain vested in the Air-
port Authority.
- "The government will contin-
ue to be responsible for the
operations of customs and immi-
gration, air traffic control, mete-
orology, police and security, and
passenger screening. The gov-
ernment may, however, dele-
gate certain responsibilities for
passenger screening and securi-
ty to the management contrac-
tor," she said.
Under this contractual under-
standing, Newco will employ the
services of YVRAS for 10 years
to manage and develop NIA.
Prime Minister Perry Christie
explained that under the agree-
ment, through a form of fee
implementation for services
such as parking, landing, and
other fees, passengers and other
airport users will in essence be
the ones paying for the renova-
tions at NIA.
"With the new partnership,
the monies will be collected
from the passenger facilities
charge and earmarked for the
renovations of the airport. The
people who use the airport in
fact will be the persons paying
for it," he said.
A fee therefore will be intro-
duced of $15 for international
passengers, $5 for domestic
flights, and a $5 charge for secu-
rity at the airport.
YVRAS President Paul
O'Neill said they are thrilled to
be a part of transforming NIA
into an airport of which Bahami-
ans can be proud.
"We look forward to work-
ing with you, and really getting
that strong expression that when
people arrive here, this is not
just a processing factory.
"This is more than just a mod-
ern facility. This is a Bahamian
facility that has a lot to celebrate
and you can use that to differ-
entiate this airport from all its
competitors in the region. And
people will go away with that
strong, strong feeling," he said.
Mr O'Neill said that YVRAS
is looking forward to training
Bahamians, as highlighted in the
agreement, to hand over the
majority of the management of
the airport solely to Bahamians
within five years.

"We look forward to this, as
the minister pointed out. With-
in five years, the majority of the
executive team will be Bahami-
ans. We have the network, we
have the facilities, we have the
airport experience that we
can take Bahamians and train
them in the global airport busi-
ness, so that they can come back
working for a global company,
but be local people," he said.

MR BROWN'S cab number 436 was found burnt out in
bush at Marigold Farm, near Seabreeze Estates
(Photos: Felip6 Major/Tribune staff)

FROM page one

one will come forward with clues about his
final hours.
Mr Brown's cab number 436 was found
burnt-out in bush at Marigold Farm, near
Seabreeze Estates, at the eastern end of the
island. His body, also burned, was lying some
distance from the scorched vehicle.
A taxi-driver told The Tribune: "He had
apparently gone missing before, so his col-
leagues didn't think too much about it at first.
However, it is now understood that foul play
was involved.
"I understand his cab and body were found
by members of his family, who joined the search
for him. Now we want to know whether Mr
Brown's passenger was responsible or not.
"Apparently, his taxi had been giving prob-
lems recently and he had just had it fixed. Both
the cab and his body were apparently found
in a lonely spot off a dirt road."
Police press liaison officer Walter Evans
confirmed that friends and family of Mr
Brown had made the discovery late Monday
Although the family was convinced the body
was that of Mr Brown, Mr Evans said forensic
testing would be needed to establish positive

POLICE remove the
body from the scene
(Photo: Derek Carroll)

Murder in

Grand Bahama

FROM page one

as well the east parking lot at
East Atlantic Drive with
crime scene tape to keep the
crowd away.
Chief Supt Basil Rahming
said a team of uniformed
and plain clothed officers
were dispatched to the scene
to investigate.
They found a black man
lying on his stomach in a
pool of blood with several
gunshot wounds to the body.
The victim, about six feet
tall, was clad in a pair of
short blue jeans, a green
hooded jacket, white socks
and a pair of slippers.
Early morning commuters
and onlookers gathered at
Club Amnesia as police con-
ducted investigations at the
A black SUV vehicle was
parked on the southern side
of the parking lot several
feet away from the victim's
body. Several bullet casings
were also found and
retrieved at the scene.
A bullet struck a vehicle
parked just across the street
at an apartment complex.
The body was taken by
hearse to Rand Memorial
Hospital morgue around
Officers from the Central
Detective Unit are appeal-
ing to anyone with informa-
tion to call the crime hotline
at (242)-352-1919.

Taxi-driver found

dead, cab burnt out

identity. He said this would also reveal the
cause of death.
Mr Brown's nephew, Leroy Pratt, said his
family were sure the body was his uncle and
expressed 'concern that initial reports of his
being missing were not taken seriously by
He said it was oply because the family had
received tip-offs that they were able to locate
Whoever was responsible went to great
lengths to remove.Mr Brown's body from the
vehicle, said Mr Pratt.
He said his uncle was a certified accountant
and only drove a taxi as a part-time job.
Last night, sources close to the family said Mr
Brown's last known "fare" was assigned by
Bahamasair. However, it was not clear whether
this was a disembarking passenger or an airline
The dead man was a nephew of BaTelCo
chairman Reno Brown, according to sources.

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Irene Lucy Bethel, 81

of Collins Avenue and
formerly of Mangrove Cay,
Andros will be held on
Thursday at noon at Calvary
Bible Church, Collins Avenue.
Officiating will be Pastors
Frederick Arnett, Tommy
Albury and Allan Lee.
Interment will follow in Old
Trail Cemetery, Abundant Life


She will be sadly missed by her son, Norman Tynes;
one daughter, Nancy Hall; two sisters, Faith Hepburn
and Eulee Johnson; nine grandchildren, Sean, Tiffany,
Sergio and Norman Jr Tynes, Jillian Cartwright, Janeen
and Joseph Mills, Marcelus Darville and Ashley Hall;
six great grandchildren, Ramon, Stephan, Justin,
Lindsay, Dylon and Nathan; 16 nephews, Aloysius and
Andrew Johnson, Nicholas, Kendell, Pascall and
Lynden Hepburn, Basil, Perry and Rembrant Albury,
Raymond, Eugene, Craig, Kenneth, Patrick and Van
Bethel and Pastor Sooby Kemp; 20 nieces, Rose
Barett, Cherrise and Collomae Hepbucn Wallace,
Barbara Knowles, Barbara Metz, Sister Josephine,
Eleanor and Ruth Albury, Lilamae Thompson, Louise
Russell, Lyndn Hanna, Andrea, Janice and Joan Bethel,
Gail Cooper, Rowena Finlayson, Maria John, Garnell
Fritz, Yvonne and Sandra Johnson Archer; one brother-
in-law. Deacon Lawrence Bethel; one son-in-law, Philip
Hall; her special friend including Pastor Frederick
Arnett, Pastor Allan Lee, Pastor Tommy and Cathy
Albury, Yvonne Bethel,.Karen Johnson, Hilma Pyfrom,
Wilfred Sawyer, Barbara Daxon, Una Carey, Avis Major
and Evelyn D'Aguilar.

Friends may pay their last respects at East Sunrise
Mortuary from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Wednesday and
at the Church from 11:00 am on Thursday until service

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Dolphin encounters

to host annual anima

medicine conference

R ser managing ncounesDo ersi section co-
ordinator for the IAAAM; Kim Terrell, marine mammal director of Dolphin Encounters and
IAAAM member; and Alfred Meister, founder and president of Dolphin Encounters, begin plans
to host the conference, at which 200 members of the association will represent more than 50 animal
parks, zoos, aquariums, universities, and other related institutions.


MINISTER of Transport and Aviation Glenys Hanna-Martin joining members of her
ministry's Road Traffic Department and other traffic safety stakeholders in celebrating a New
Year's church service at the Zion Baptist Church on East and Shirley Street, on January 15.
The church also observed its 170th Anniversary Celebration that day. Pictured, from left, are
Transport Permanent Secretary Archie Nairn, controller of Road Traffic Jack Thompson, Mrs
Hanna-Martin and co-ordinator of the National Road Safety Committee Michael Hudson.
(BIS photo: Eric Rose)

BLUE Lagoon Island The Bahamian-owned
marine park Dolphin Encounters Limited has
been chosen to host the 37th annual Internation-
al Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine
(IAAAM) Conference.
The conference will be held May 6 to 10 at the
Wyndham Nassau Resort on Cable Beach.
About 200 members of the respected association
- representing more than 50 animal parks, zoos,
aquariums, universities, and other related institu-
tions throughout the world will be attending
the meeting.
The IAAAM was founded in 1969 "to advance
the art and science of aquatic animal medicine
and health and promote the free exchange of
knowledge- in the interest of improving the health
care and husbandry of aquatic animals." The asso-
ciation's membership includes international pro-
fessionals engaged in clinical care, research, aca-
demics, and husbandry of aquatic animals.
"Dolphin Encounters' amazing totally natural
ocean-based facility, coupled with the incredible
beauty and aquatic backdrop of the Bahamas,
provides the perfect setting for our conference,"
said Dr Sam Dover, site selection chairman for the
IAAAM annual conference. "This is an incredible
opportunity for our membership to both attend
the conference and learn firsthand about the
aquatic life of the Bahamas."
Dr William Van Bonn, president-elect of the
IAAAM agreed. "Attendees of our conference
will be coming from around the world to exchange
and learn more about aquatic animals and their
care. This is the first time our conference is being
held in the Bahamas and everyone is looking for-
ward to seeing the spectacular waters of the
Bahamas and the abundance of marine life."
Dolphin Encounters officials say they will be co-
ordinating the conference and planning aquatic

activities and local excursions that will provide
attendees and their families the opportunity to6
experience the best of the Bahamas. Local busi-
nesses and tour operators are also sponsoring the,
"Dolphin Encounters is honoured to be hosting
this important conference," said Kim Terrell,'
director of marine mammals for Dolphin Encoun-,
ters and member of the IAAAM. "Our goal is to:
offer attendees a truly Bahamian experience and
to provide them with an opportunity to personal-:
ly discover the rich natural marine environment of,-
the Bahamas' which includes meeting our Bahami-
an dolphin family."
"Hosting the IAAAM conference is a natural,
extension of Dolphin Encounters' research and
educational goals," added Robert Meister, man-
aging director of the company. "We firmly believe,
in providing all of our visitors with a greater
awareness of the needs of marine mammals and
the importance of protecting them and their envi-
ronment. It is our pleasure to host professionals
from around the world that are devoted to the care
and preservation of all aquatic animals. We are
also very proud, as a Bahamian company, to show
attendees our beautiful Bahamas,"
Dolphin Encounters is home to 16 Bahamian-
born Atlantic bottlenose dolphins.
Said the company in a press release: "The facil-
ity's main objective is to heighten guest's aware-
ness of the needs of marine mammals and their
environment with an emphasis on education and
Project BEACH, the non-profit arm of Dolphin
Encounters, was developed to provide opportunities
for marine education for Bahamian students and
teachers. It offers 14 innovative programmes that
have been embraced by thousands of students and
teachers throughout the Bahamas and abroad.

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Honour Student Of
St Augustine College
Grade 8B, -..
Cihrlriniq ll received a --4-
3.40 G.P.A. '

.eep up the good work Chrissy.

From proud father, mother,
grandmother; one brother; four
sisters; aunts, uncles, godmother
nd a host of relatives and friends.

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* CHRISTINE Turnquest,
division manager in charge of
luxury goods at Solomon's -
Mines presents Red Cross Ball
committee member Sharon
Cleare with the Roberto Coin

SOLOMON'S Mines, the
purveyor of luxury goods, has
answered the call issued to cor-
porate Bahamas by the
Bahamas Red Cross Ball com-
mittee by donating a stunning
diamond necklace to be raffled
off at this year's gala affair.
The Roberto Coin feature
piece is an 18kt yellow and
white gold woven diamond
necklace valued at $6,700 and
attendees at the ball will be eli-
gible to win this and other
extraordinary prizes.
The Bahamas Red Cross Ball
- a major fundraising eventffor
the organisation is scheduled
for January 28 at the Windham
Nassau Resort.
Tickets can be purchased at
the Bahamas Red Cross Head-
quarters on John F Kennedy
Drive, at the Solomon' Mines
Flagship Store on Bay Street,
or by calling 323-7370.

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Miami Herald Business, Stocks, Analysis, Wall Street

Arawak Cay

osmosis plant

bids 'annulled'

Tribune Business Editor
THE Hawksbill Creek
Agreement needs to be amend-
ed to set out "in practical
terms, the A-Z" of how busi-
ness in Freeport is conducted in
relation to the Customs
Department, a Bahamian attor-
ney urged yesterday.
Fred Smith, an attorney with
Callenders & Co, yesterday
called on the Grand Bahama
Port Authority, Port area
licencees, the Customs Depart-
ment and Ministry of Finance
"to get together sooner rather
than later" and thrash out any
"unclear areas" in the Agree-
This, he suggested, would
help to avoid situations such as
those caused when the Cus-
toms Department attempted to
change the procedures and
policies relating to bonded
Customs had proposed insti-
tuting a policy, from January
1, 2006, onwards where Port
Authority licencees would have
td"' first obtain stamped
approval for purchases of duty
exempt goods. They had pre-
viously not required stamped
approval for such purchases,
but Customs rescinded the pol-
icy after complaints that it
would stifle business through
extra bureaucracy and red tape.
Mr Smith said all parties
needed to meet and work out
"how to operate in regard to
imports and revenue, and come
up with amendments to the
Hawksbill Creek Agreement
that would facilitate commerce.
"How do we make the con-
duct of business in Freeport

Tribune Feature Writer
at Caribbean
Marketplace 2006
RICO The Bahamas saw a
10 percent increase in visitors
from the UK during 2005, the
Ministry of Tourism's director
for Europe and Asia said yes-
terday, with that growth
expected to continue this year.
Karen Seymour said that
while tourist arrivals from the
US accounted for about 80 per

easier? How do we simplify it?
How do we cut the red tape?
How do we help Customs pro-
tect revenue? What kind of
audit processes do they want?"
Mr Smith added: "What we
need is an amendment to the
Hawksbill Creek Agreement
that'sets out, in practical terms,
the A-Z of how business is con-
ducted in Freeport as far as
Customs is concerned.
"All unilateral and arbitrary
changes in policy are not
Mr Smith said that under the
Hawksbill Creek Agreement,
any Port Authority licencee
was able to import all goods
and materials required by their
business as duty exempt. In
turn, goods sold by Freeport
companies to other licencees,
for use in their businesses, are
also duty exempt.
"As long as they are import-
ed and used for the licencee's
business, they are duty
exempt," he explained.
If the Customs Department
policy had been implemented,
Mr Smith said it would have
created a "perverse" situation,
as Port Authority licencees
would have had to go to Flori-
da to purchase as duty exempt
all good and materials required
for use in their business.
If the new policy had gone
through, requiring stamped
approval before over-the-
counter purchases of bonded
goods could be made by Port
Authority licencees, this would
have acted as a major disin-
centive to purchase duty
exempt materials in Freeport.
"It does not make commer-
cial or legal sense," Mr Smith
added. He said the proposed

cent of the Bahamian market,
the largest tourist market in
Europe is the UK.
For 2005, there was a 10 per
cent increase in visitors from
the UK, which Ms Seymour
said was largely due to the
weekly Virgin Atlantic flight
to the Bahamas, which began
in July last year. The increase is
based on figures between Jan-
uary 2005 and November 2005.
Leading up to Virgin's

SEE page 6B

Customs policy "would effec-
tively bring an end, it would
close down" the likes of
Freeport Concrete, Dolly
Madison, Bellevue Business
Centre, and Kellys Freeport.
Mr Smith said: "Every busi-
ness in Freeport that is licensed
to sell merchandise to
licencees, they would have
been brought to a grinding halt.
That would collapse the
Freeport licencee economy."
He said the Customs pro-
posal would have impacted fur-
niture and building materials
companies, machinery and
office suppliers, engine and tyre
suppliers, and car sales and
parts suppliers.

SEE page 4B

Amendment tot

annulled and that was it. We'd
certainly like to get the busi-
Apart from recent Bahamian
newspaper headlines about the
dispute between the Water &
Sewerage Corporation's chair-
man and general manager, Mr
MacTaggert said he had heard
nothing on what was happening
with the Arawak Cay contract.
That state of affairs is unlike-
ly to please Kerzner Interna-
tional, as the Arawak Cay plant
is being built to supply its
Atlantis Phase III expansion
with water. The Water & Sew-
erage Corporation faces penal-

ties if the Arawak Cay plant is
not built in time, and there are
now about 13 months to go
before Phase III opens in April
It is unclear if the other
annulled bid is that from the
consortium of Veolia, a French
water utility, and the group of
Bahamian businessmen headed
by Mark Finlayson and Jerome
Meanwhile, Mr McTaggert
said Consolidated Water was
achieving better progress on

SEE page 2B

Micro Loan to 'cut the red tape'

T By NEL HARTsNELL BDB lending facility aims to turn round applications

THE Bahamas Development Bank from 'cottage industries' within 14 days
(BDB) yesterday unveiled a Micro Loan
facility for Bahamian entrepreneurs in dreams of financial independence expand, to a landscaper who needed new
the handicrafts and cottage industries through business ownership." lawnmowing equipment.
sector, in a bid to "cut the red tape" and Among the sectors intended to benefit "There's really no place to go to
turn round applications within 14 days most are the handicraft, souvenirs busi- accommodate this type of loan," he
once all documentation is in. ness and other service sectors, seam- added.
K Neville Adderley, the BDB's chair- stresses/tailors and manufacturers, and E George Rodgers, the BDB's chair-
man, said the new lending facility, tar- others who have secured contracts for man, said: "This is the first attempt to
geted at craftsmen and small business the production and delivery of goods, formalise it, and have such a specific
persons who operated from home, pro- In particular, the initiative is targeting programme in place."
during goods for commercial use and those who need a "limited amount" to Entrepreneurs will be able to borrow
sale, was an effort to empower more move their businesses forward. from "a few hundred dollars" up to a
Bahamians "to get their piece of the Mr Adderley said Micro Loan appli- maximum of $10,000, and has low inter-
pie". cants could range from a single mother, est rates attached, low or no security/col-
He added: "We endeavour to empow- sewing products for commercial sale at
er more. and more Bahamians and home, and who needs a larger, heavy- SEE
encourage them to reach for their duty machine to increase production and S E page 6B

Performance Counts 1.

Fidelity Bahamas Growth & Income Fund
Total Performance through December 31, 2005*

22.05% 45.61% 6.67%
12 months to December 2005 Cummulative Since Inception Average Annual Return
(February 1999) Since Inception
(February 1999)

BDB 'exceeds'


delinquent loan

reduction targets

Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas Development
Bank (BDB) yesterday said it
had "exceeded" its internal tar-
gets in reducing the percent-
age of outstanding loans that
were delinquent and non-per-
forming to 45 per cent and 38
per cent respectively.
K Neville Adderley, the
BDB's chairman, said the bank
"can proclaim its success" in
attacking both areas, given that
the target for delinquent loans

was 50 per cent of the total
portfolio, while that for non-
performing loans was 40 per
Mr Adderley said the situa-
tion "turned" when the Bank
developed new reporting meth-
ods that highlighted the status
of loans, whether they were
current or delinquent, and per-
forming or non-performing.
Adding that "kudos" was
due to the BDB's management

SEE page 5B


Tel: (242) 356-7764

Tel: (242) 351-3010

10% increase in UK

visitors to Bahamas


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Tribune Business Editor
Bidder on the
Arawak Cay
reverse osmo-
sis plant yes-
terday told
The Tribune he had been
advised that his company's bid
and that of a competitor had
been "annulled", and was wait-
ing to hear from the Govern-
ment and Water & Sewerage
Corporation as to the next step
in the process.
Rick McTaggert, Consoli-
dated Water's chief executive,
said: "We were advised some
months ago that it was
annulled. The bid we submitted
and the one a competitor sub-
mitted were annulled.
"We don't know where it is.
We were advised the bid was

Blu Hils lan tobe 0%

operational by mid April


Crime statistics are not the full picture

The annual release
of crime statistics
to the public by
the police is
always of interest
to this writer, as it is a report on
the level of criminal activity in
the previous year. The num-
bers help to paint a picture of
the intensity of crime and, most
importantly, what the police
are doing on crime detection.
Notice I say 'crime detec-
tion', as for some strange rea-
son the report delivers poorly

on crime prevention initiatives.
In my opinion the report
should not be given once a

To remain on top of things, it
is better to give quarterly
reports, which is the practice
of many companies worldwide.
This report should not be lim-
ited to the police management
and government officials, but
be delivered to the customer,



(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that.the above-named Company is in
dissolution, commencing on the 14th day of January,' 2005.
Articles of Dissolution have been duly registered by the Registrar.
The Liquidator is Paul A. Gomez, PO.Box N-8285, Nassau, The

All persons having Claims against the above-named Company
are required on or before the 11th day of February, 2006 to send
their names and addresses and particulars of their debts or claims
to the Joint Liquidators of the Company or, in default thereof,
they may be excluded from the benefit of any distribution made
before such debts are proved.

Dated this 11th day of January, 2006


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Temple Christian High School
Shirley Street

Invites applications from qualified Christian teachers for the
following positions for the 2006-2007 school year:

Health Science (Gr. 7-9)
Agriculture (Gr. 7-9)
Religious Knowledge/ Bible (Gr. 7-9)

Applicants must:

A. Be a practicing born-again Christian who is willing to
subscribe to the Statement of Faith of Temple Christian
B. Have a Bachelor's degree in Education or higher from
a recognized College or University in the area of
C. Have a valid Teacher's Certificate or Diploma.
D. Have at least two years teaching experience in the
relevant subject area with excellent communication
E. Applicants must have the ability to prepare students
for all examinations to the BJC/BGCSE levels.
F. Be willing to participate in the high school's extra
curricular programmes.

Application must be picked up at the High School Office on
Shirley and be returned immediatley with a full curriculum vitae,
recent coloured photograph and three references to:

Mr. Nell Hamilton
The Principal
Temple Christian High School
P.O.Box N-1566
Nassau, Bahamas

who are Bahamian citizens.
Of more interest to me
would be what the police are
doing to reduce and prevent
crime. This annual update, in
my opinion, would be of more
value if crime prevention sta-
tistics were also shared. These
are the initiatives/projects that
have been implemented, and
how successful they have been
in reducing criminality.
How successful means more
accountability for what
resources are being used. We
have heard much about 'Urban
Renewal' and how successful
it has been, but how much
manpower is being diverted to
this cause, at what expense, and
is it actually eliminating crime
or displacing it. We must be
careful not to confuse dis-
placement with reduction and
prevention or, even worse,
equate displacement with suc-
cess. Our community is so
small that a decrease in the
amount of offences in
Carmichael, but an increase in
the East or West End, Grand
Bahama, does not equate to,
crime reduction but crime dis-
I compare the effort by the
police to the tabulating of
scores at the end of the game,
where the announcer says
Home 24, Visitors 20. This indi-
cates we won. However, the
true sports enthusiast wants
much more than the score. The
real die-hard fan wants detailed
statistics which, more than any-
thing, illustrate these two fac-
tors. First, the coach's plan for
the next 20 games to ensure
the winning streak continues,
and secondly, what is the status
of each player?
. The die-hard fan in sports,

the person who lives for the
game, is similar to those of us
who live and do business in the
Bahamas. We are oblivious to
what the action plan is of the
police, and being shareholders
we need to be able to ask the
Police Commissioner what is
actually going on. Might I
remind the force's executive
that the authors behind 'COM-
STAT' were motivated by the
need to be accountable for
resources bought human,
financial and technological. It
was more than a counting exer-
cise, a type of audit to make
all levels from the constable to
the commissioner realise where
they were today and establish
achievable goals for tomorrow.
A complete audit will do much
more than give figures, instead
defining figures for what they,
are and illustrating a real
colour picture, not black and


Now this may seem outra-
geous at first, but the draft ver-
sion of the new Police Service
Act demands such details from
the Commissioner of Police.
This is a timely Act as it per-
tains to reporting and demand-
ing a plan of action. It is a crit-
ical first step in better inter-
preting the numbers present-
ed at the beginning of each
year, compared to what is
presently done. Really, we
have no idea of what the goals
and objectives of 2005 were,
outside of reducing crime. It
would be good to know exact-
ly how this effort can be accom-
plished, so we can really say
well done without having to
wonder how and why certain

year-end numbers were arrived
This is not the first time I
have questioned the use of
numbers to quantify crime,
when we all know that num-
bers can be used to read what
the counter wants you to see.
In addition, we must remem-
ber that these numbers as given
only account for about 25 per
cent of the true reality. As
mentioned in this column
before, when talking of crime
there are four categories:

1) Reported Crime That is
what we get during this annual
report from the police.

2) Unreported Crime These
are the criminal events that vic-
tims, for varying reasons, refuse
to report to the police. There
are two more types.

3) Discovered/Detected
Crimes These types are usu-
ally associated with internal
loss events such as pilferage or
fraud, where the company
affected initiates its own cor-
rective actions such as increas-
ing basic services and items to
cover the cost of stolen or lost

4) Undiscovered or Unde-
tected Crimes These are loss
event that are unknown to the
victim. For example, during an
event of house breaking, items
have been stolen but the V'ic-
tim does not realize they have
been removed,

For those of you who follow
my articles, you will have seen
these types of crime before. For
those who do not, this may dis-
pel any statement that propos-
es a decrease or increase in
crime. In any event, it is impor-
tant to remember these facts
when assessing the annual
report given by the police or
any other authority.

NB: Gamal Newry is the
president of Preventative Mea-
sures, a loss prevention antd
asset protection training and
consulting company, special-
ising in Policy and Procedure
Development, Business Secu-
rity Reviews and Audits, and
Emergency and Crisis Man-
agement. Comments' can be
sent to PO Box N-3154 -Nadt
sau, Bahamas or, e-maiJ o

Arawak Cay osmosis plant bids 'annulled'

FROM page 1B
construction of the $27 million
Blue Hills reverse osmosis
plant. The company was "on
target" to have the facility 30
per cent operational by mid-
April this year, and would be
fully operational by mid-July

2006. Mr McTaggert said Con-
solidated Water' had already
complied with the first part of
its Blue Hills contract, having
expanded its existing Windsor
Plant to produce an extra one
million gallons per day that was
being sold to the Water & Sew-
erage Corporation.

fM f Colina
w*V gd IFnanoal! Advisors Ltd.
Pricing Information As Of
17 January 200 .

5 l2.-Hi 52wk-Low Symbol Previous Close Today's Close Change Daily Vol EPS S Div $ PE Yield
1 10 0.73 Abaco Markets 0.73 0 73 0 00 -O 169 000 NM o 000%
10.52 8,00 Bahamas Property Fund 10.52 10.52 0.00 1.468 0.360 7.2 3,42%
7.24 6.55 Bank of Bahamas 7.00 7.00 0.00 0.687 0.330 11.6 4,71%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.70 0.70 0.00 0.176 0.020 4.0 2,86%
1.80 1.28 Bahamas Waste 1.26 1.26 0.00 0.105 0.060 12.0 4.76%
1.20 0.87 Fidelity Bank 1.10 1.10 0.00 0,070 0.040 15.7 3.64%
9.60 7.20 Cable Bahamas 9.55 9.65 0.00 0.689 0.240 13.9 2.61%
2.20 2.03 Collna Holdings 1.64 1.64 0.00 -0.046 0.000 NM 0.00%
9.17 7,10 Commonwealth Bank 9.14 9.14 0.00 0.791 0.460 11.6 4.92%
4.38 4,38 Consolidated Water BDRs 4.38 4.12 -0.26 0,000 0.000 0.0 0.00%
2.70 1.,0 Doctor's Hospital 2.70 2,70 0,00 0,429 0,000 6.2 0,00%
6.20 3.96 Famguard 6.20 6.20 0.00 0.428 0.240 13.0 3.87%
10.90 9.75 Flnco 10.90 10,90 0.00 0,717 0,6530 16.2 4.86%
10.90 7.60 FIrstCarlbbeart 10.90 10.90 0,00 0.695 0.500 13.2 4,59%
10.05 8.00 Focol 10.05 10.05 0.00 0.833 0,600 12.1 4,98%
1.99 1.27 Freeport Concrete 1.15 1.15 0.00 -0.062 0.000 N/M 0.00%
10.20 9.50 ICD Utilities 9.95 9,95 0.00 0.626 0.405 16.1 5.43%
9.10 8.22 J. S. Johnson 9.10 9.10 0.00 0.,72 0.660 16.8 6.19%
7.00 4.36 Kerzner International BDRs 6.87 6.80 -0.07 1,924 0.138 0.000 49.7 0.00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10,00 0.00 2.036 0.760 4.9 7.60%
Bidwd Ask Lest
13.00 12.50 Bahamas Supermarkets 12.75 13.75 11.00 .917 0,720 7.2 5.24%
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 10.00 10.35 10.00 0.000 0.800 NM 7.80%
0 60 0.40 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.00 -0,044 0,000 NM 0.00%
43.00 28.00 ABDAB 41.00 4300i 41.00 2220 0000 194 0 00Ol
16.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 12.75 13.75 12.50 1.105 0,810 14.6 6.93%
0.60 36. ; 3 RNO Holdings 0.29 06.54 0.35 -0,103 0.000 NIM 0.00%
52w-aN D Last anta Iv,
1.2680 1.2014 Calna Money Market Fund 1268008*
2.5864 2.0704 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.5864 "*
10.7674 10.0000 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 10.7674"**
2.3125 2.1746 Collna MSI Preferred Fund 2.312472"
1 1J42 1 0762 Colls Bond FunO 1 144217..

BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 1.000.00 YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price
52wk-HI Highest closing price In last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Collna and Fldeiit$
52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Collna and fldell)
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for dally volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week
Change Change In closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mtha
Dally Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid In the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful
'PIE Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 100
" AS AT DEC. i3 2006/ "" AS AT NOV. 30, 2006
--ASATI~EC.:30; 2000/'**-AS ATD EC. 31, 2006/ "" AS AT DI.. 31. 2005

He adtled: "We're very excit-
ed about'the Government's
plan to expand the reverse
osmosis plants into the Family
Islands, and we'd certainly be
interested in bidding on those
projects as they come up. "We
think that with the sort of base
we've established in the
Bahamas right now, we'd be
very competitive."
Following the listing of more
than two million Consolidated
Water Bahamian Depository

Receipts (BDRs) on'.the
Bahamas International-Securitr
ties Exchange (BISX) yester-
day, Mr McTaggert said
Bahamian in\ estors would also
benefit from the company's
expansion in the Bahamas.
"Any growth we have in the
Bahamas directly impact the
value of the BDRs," he added;
When the Blue Hills plarit
becomes fully operational the
Bahamas will become Cd~sol
idated Water's largest market
.... : +""'"' +V ': -' !ii+ K

Prvt akrqie Ju ioRe ptni/C rca

person for daily office functions. Must be reliable, -
neat, personable & computer literate.
Apply to "Employment" P.O. Box N-7507, Nassau.

the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any
person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement of the
facts within twenty-eight days from the, 11TH day of JANUARY, 2006
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box
F-41085, Grand Bahama, Bahamas.


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

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

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

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

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

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


Safe &

By Ga al Ne ry



(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company is in
dissolution, commencing on the 6th day of January, 2006. Articles
of Dissolution have been duly registered by the Registrar. The
Liquidator is Paul A. Gomez, P.O.Box N-8285, Nassau, The

All persons having Claims against the above-named Company
are required on or before the 11th day of February, 2006 to send
their names and addresses and particulars of their debts or claims
to the Liquidators of the Company or, in default thereof, they
may be excluded from the benefit of any distribution made before
such debts are proved.

Dated this 11th day of January, 2006










Tour operator

list submitted

for approval

by Chinese

Tribune Feature Writer
RICO A list of Bahamian
tour operators has been sub-
mitted to the Chinese authori-
ties approval, The Tribune was
told yesterday, with the next
step to.unlocking China's
tourist market involving that
nation's operators familiaris-
ing themselves with the
Karen Seymour, the Ministry
of Tourism's director of
Europe and Asia, said the
Asian market is one the
Bahamas has never really
tapped into but holds great
potential. She said 1 per cent of
the 1.3 billion-strong Chinese
population has the financial
means to travel abroad.
"And while that statistic
seems like a small number, 1
per cent of the population is
13 million people. So, you have
13 million,people with the
potential to visit the Bahamas.
That's not a number we can
ignore," Ms Seymour said.
"Secondly, China is the
fourth largest economy in the
world. Their economy has sur-
passed Germany, so they are
really booming. We have to tap
into that for our advantage. It's
a new market for us."
Ms Seymour, along with
Tommy Thompson, the Min-
istry's deputy director-general,
and a senior manager in the
Director General's office,
Geneva Cooper, were in Bei-

jing last November, attending
the Chinese International Trav-
el Market (CITM), where they
met with a series of tour oper-
ators and airlines.
Their visit resulted of a pre-
vious trip by tourism minister,
Obie Wilchombe, to China.
Subsequent to that meeting,
the Chinese government gave
approved destination status to
the Bahamas. Chinese citizens
can travel only to countries that
have this approval.
Ms Seymour said the next
step is for the Chinese and
Bahamian governments to
agree on which operators will
sell out-bound travel to China,
and which Bahamian operators
will receive the Chinese visi-
Chinese citizens are only
allowed to travel in groups for
leisure purposes, so it must be
established that the incoming
operator the Bahamian com-
pany is able to accommodate
these groups, and whether they
need a Chinese-speaking tour
guide and buses for trans-
The Chinese government
now has a list of Bahamian
operators who are interested
in receiving Chinese visitors,
Sand the Ministry of Tourism is
simply waiting on Beijing's
final approval to begin receiv-
ing tourists.
When the approval is
received, the Ministry of

Tourism will arrange for Chi-
nese operators to come to the
Bahamas and familiarise them-
selves with the Bahamian prod-
"In order to sell something
you need to know it. So we
need them to come. We also
need to educate the public, and
you know there are 1.3 billion
people in China, so that's a
heavy undertaking. And one
of the best ways to do that is by
using the media. So that is a
priority, and we plan on bring-
ing a few people from the con-
sumer press as well as the trade
press in China," Ms Seymour
The Bahamian government
will not be able to organise
these visits until official
approval from the Chinese gov-
ernment comes in.
"But when that does happen,
we are going to hit the ground
running," Ms Seymour said.
"We are just waiting for the
Government to say 'go', and
the Bahamas will hit the
ground running. We are ready.
We have identified a few tele-
vision stations, newspapers,
magazines who have already
expressed interest to get things
Ms Seymour said Jamaica
was currently a little ahead of
the game in being the first
Caribbean country to try and
attract the Chinese market.
She added that Jamaica had

SEE page 4B

U U_

The Bahamas Environment, Science and Technology
(BEST) Commission, Ministry of Health and Environment
is seeking persons with Engineering, Botany, Terrestrial
Ecology, and Urban Planning qualifications to fill in-
house consultancy positions.

Please contact the BEST Commission for more details
at The BEST Commission, Ministry of Health

P.O. Box N-3730
Nassau Court, West Bay Street
Nassau, Bahamas
Tel: 242-322-4546 or 242-322-2576
Fax: 242-326-3509

Interested persons should send their resumes before
February 3, 2006 via electronic mail, hand delivery, or
facsimile and should be available for interviews during
the 2nd week of February 2006 at the BEST Commisison



The Ginn Company is looking for a talented, energetic qualified CPA or equivalent to
assist in the creation of and to supervise the operation of the day-to-day operations of
its Finance Department in Freeport Grand Bahama.
The role involves the maintenance of the General Ledger, production of reports re-
quired by the Group Finance Department on both an ad hoc basis and regular month
end and assisting the Senior Bahamas Administrator and Financial Controller as
needed. The Finance Department consists of four other persons whom you will super-
The ideal candidate will have 3 to 4 years experience working for a major accounting
firm and be able to demonstrate enthusiasm, a record of achievement in his/her career
as well as the experience of managing a team to achieve project goals within tight
, deadlines, strong personal and organizational skills and the adaptability to function in a
fast-paced constantly evolving environment.
(S)he will also be able to demonstrate the ability to use Microsoft Office tools to an ad-
vanced level (especially Excel). Some travel will be required on an occasional basis
for training and meetings.
Accounts Department Staff
The Ginn Company is looking for a talented, experienced, energetic accounts depart-
ment personnel for the operation of the day-to-day operations of its Finance Depart-
ment in Freeport Grand Bahama,
The roles involve:
Accounts Payable
Payroll/Human Resources
Job costing
The ideal candidates will be able to demonstrate enthusiasm, a record of achievement
in their career, the ability to work as part of a team, the work ethic to achieve project
goals within tight deadlines and adaptability to function in a fast-paced constantly
evolving environment.
They will also be able to demonstrate the ability to use Microsoft Office tools to an ad-
vanced level (especially Excel). Some travel will be required on an occasional basis
for training.


The Ginn Company has an employment opportunity for a Receptionist in Freeport
Grand Bahama.
This important role involves, among other matters, being the first person to greet a visi-
tor or caller to the company's premises and dealing with them in a courteous and pro-
fessional manner in accordance with Ginn Company standards.
The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate enthusiasm, strong personal and or-
ganizational skills, work ethic, the ability to work as part of a team and the adaptability
to function in a fast-paced constantly evolving environment.
(S)he will also be able to demonstrate the ability to type and use Microsoft Office tools
to an intermediate level (especially Word). Some travel will be required on an occa-
sional basis for training.
Candidates must be available to be on site from 8.30a.m. to 12.30p.m. and 1.30p.m. to

All candidates must be of legal age, medically capable of performing the position, le-
gally employable and have the unrestricted right to engage in gainful employment in
The Bahamas.

A very competitive salary and benefits package will be offered, commensurate with
your demonstrated experience and ability.
Send resumes and a summary of your current compensation and benefits to:
or PO Box F-42498-343

Caribbean Franchise Holdings Limited
Marketing & PR Manager

* Manages all aspects of Marketing, Media & Public
Relations and Sales of Caribbean Franchise Holdings, and
its current franchises, including Domino's Pizza and Dairy
*Creation, implementation and management of the Annual
Marketing Plan & Budget, for both Domino's Pizza and
Dairy Queen
*Evaluation and Execution of all relevant broadcast and
print media contracts
Review, recommend and archive all request for Donations,
sponsorships and event participation
The maintenance and management of the franchise brands
and administration of all related activities.
Execution of both national and market-specific programs
and promotions
Directs specific targeted plans to address sales issues.
Provide sales analyses and recommendations.
Liaison with International Franchise offices and specific
Bachelors degree in Marketing, Advertising or
Communications 3-5 years field marketing experience
Background in promotions, advertising, media, LSM and
development of field marketing plans.
Solid skills in the following areas: leadership, analytical,
interpersonal, organizational, teamwork, and communication
Experience in creating advertisement layouts and graphic
Proficiency in Word, Excel and Power Point, MS Office
and Internet applications.
Franchise and/or restaurant background is a plus.
Submit resumes to Caribbean Franchise Holdings Ltd.
P.O. Box SS-6704
Fax (242) 356-7822
Deadline January 20, 2006

'Immediate' National Training Plan urged

Tribune Business Editor

was yesterday
urged to imple-
ment an "imme-
diate" National
Training Plan to ensure that
the 4-5,000 school leavers who
graduated annually had the
skills required by employers,
enabling them to compete in
an increasingly competitive
global economy.
Civil Society Bahamas, in the

final draft of its action plan to
combat illegal immigration,
said the Plan needed to
"absorb" high school graduates
and train them to fill various
The draft pointed to Baha
Mar Development Company's
$1.6 billion Cable Beach expan.
sion, which was projected to
create direct and indirect
employment equivalent to
9,000 jobs.



The Entrance Examinations for all
Anglican Schools will take place
on Saturday, February 4, 2006 at
9:00 a.m.

The examinations will take place at
the various Schools and Application
Forms can be collected at the
respective Schools and returned
no later than Wednesday, February
1, 2006 along with the Application
Fee of $25-;00 .

Regional Head of

Risk and Compliance
RBC Caribbean
The successful candidate should possess the
following qualifications:
* University Degree in Law (or a related field)
* Minimum 7 years banking experience in Compliance.
Previous experience in Compliance and Money
Laundering would be an asset.
* Problem solving skills
* Thinking skills (analytical, breakthrough, conceptual
and strategic)
* Strong communication and coaching skills
* Proven leadership and management experience
Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point)
Responsibilities include:
* Responsible for the implementation and continuance
of an effective Anti-Money Laundering programme
across the Caribbean, that meets the requirements of
local regulations, RBC policies, and GPB requirements.
This includes ensuring that sufficient training is carried
out, that clients are monitored in a way that minimizes
risk to RBC whilst respecting business necessities.
* Responsible for ensuring that any potential Money
Laundering incidents are dealt with effectively.
* Centre of expertise on regulatory requirements in the
different countries in the Caribbean in which RBC
Caribbean Retail Banking and Global Private Banking
* Providing a forum for on-going analysis of the risks
GPB faces in the region, and assessment of any changes
in those risks, and a means to mitigate unacceptable
* Travel is required.
A competitive compensation package (base salary and
bonus) is offered based on experience and qualifications.
Please apply before January 20, 2006 to:
The Manager
Human Resources
Bahamas & Caribbean
Royal Bank of Canada
Bahamas Regional Office
P.O. Box N-7549, Nassau, N.P, Bahamas
Via fax: (242)328-7145
Via email:

The draft added that infor-
mation received by Civil Soci-
ety Bahamas indicated the bulk
of the Cable Beach redevelop-
ment "cannot start" until
Atlantis's Phase III expansion
on Paradise Island was com-
pleted. This was because Phase
III had tied up a large chunk of.
the skilled construction mar-
ket, and there were not enough
qualified workers to work on
both projects at the same time.
"This should not be allowed
to happen," Civil Society
Bahamas said. "It is the respon-
sibility of the Government to
train its people. The Govern-
ment should start an immediate
National Training Plan for its
Civil Society Bahamas also
called for a 'Skills Bank' so that

the Government would know
this nation's workforce needs.
With 4-5,000 graduates leav-
ing high school every year,
there has long been concern
about whether the Bahamian
economy has been growing fast
enough to accommodate them.
The Bahamas is heavily
reliant on foreign direct invest-
ment to directly create jobs and
stimulate spin-off economic
activity, which it is hoped will
generate additional employ-
ment in both new and existing
Bahamian businesses.
As well as creating an econ-
omy that is growing fast
enough to absorb school
leavers, the flip-side of the coin

NOTICE is hereby given that CARLER MERIZIER,
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 11TH day of JANUARY, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that VILFORT MELUS, FOX HILL
NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible.
for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows
any reason why registration7'natura..ization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement of the
facts within twenty-eight'days from the 11TH day of
JANUARY, 2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as q 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.
day of JANUARY, 2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, PO.Box F-41085, Grand&Bahama, Bahamas.


Ensure the protection of life, property,
confidential documents and other information
and the safety and well-being of employees
and visitors.

Education and Other Requirements:

Three (3) BGCSE/GCE passes with 'C' grades
or above or equivalent/high school diploma,
or 3 BJC's with 'C' grades or equivalent high
school diploma.

Good communication skills.

Sound human relations skills.

Computer skills and knowledge of surveillance
systems are assets.

Punctual, reliable, alert and physically fit

Clean Police Record

Good character

Interested persons should submit a resume,
documentary proof of their qualifications including
copies of certificates, three character references,
Police Record and three photos to:

P.O. BOX 4499

by January 25th, 2006

is equipping graduating stu-
dents with the skills demanded
by employers, and which will
keep their companies-and the-.
Bahamas at large competitive.
Concern over poor basic
skills levels prompted trade
unions and employer groups to
issue the recent Coalition for
Education Reform report.
Meanwhile, the Civil Society
Bahamas draft also called for
"parity" when it came to issu-
ing work permits.
It explained: "That is to say,
that the same criteria given for
the issuance of work permits
must be given to workers in the
financial services sector or oth-
er areas requiring foreign
workers. There seems to be a
bias against workers in certain
sectors. All sectors need some

immigrants to. help build the
country." ::
m" iiigration
However, the immigration
needs and priorities for differ-
ent sectors are different. For-
eign-owned financial institu-
tions, for example, usually like
to appoint expatriate execu-
tives from head offices to the
most senior management posi-
tions to give them some sort of
comfort level, as head offices
know the persons they are
dealing with.
Without those work permits,
they may not locate in the
Bahamas, and financial services
also accounts for 20 per cent
of economic activity in this

Amendment to

Hawksbill Creek

Agreement urged

FROM page 1B
"All of these companies, and
there are hundreds of them,
there businesses would have
been closed down overnight if
they are not allowed to display

FROM page 3B
an embassy in Beijing, and had
already brought Chinese oper-
ators over-for familiarisation.
trips, though she has no knowl-
edge of the Chinese govern-
ment sending any visitors to
Jamaica as yet.
"But we in the Bahamas are
on the ground floor, and the
opportunity is there to move
ahead of the competition once

and sell, retail and wholesale,
duty exempt goods," Mr Smith
He added that "thankfully,
very good sense prevailed",
and the Customs Department
withdrew the proposal.

the various obstacles have been
sorted out," Ms Seymour said.
The Bahamas is also settd
look into attracting tourism
.from India and Japan. "China
is our baby step. We:have to
start somewhere, but we know
that these countries are. also
booming," Ms Seymour said.
"They just can't keep up with
the demand for their manufac-
tured series; so 'fhis i'a mar-
ket ripe for the picking."

NOTICE is hereby given that THOMAS SIDNEY DAWES OF
P.O. BOX AB-20962, MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO, is applying
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that;
any person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed
statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 11TH
day of JANUARY, 2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


THE GROVE, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that
any person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 18TH day of JANUARY,
2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box F-41085, Grand Bahama, Bahamas.


A Financial Training Company is currently in
search of a Seminars and Marketing Coordinator, who
possesses the following skills; organizational and
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Tour opeator fis

Minister to assess

economic outlook

the Bahamian
over the past
year, citing prospects for the
next two or three years for the
major economic sectors, will
form the basis of the presenta-
tion by James Smith, minister
of state for finance, at the 15th
annual Bahamas Business Out-
look conference scheduled for
Monday, January 23, at the
Wyndham Nassau Resort.
The business forum will be
one of the platforms that Mr
Smith will use to address the


long-awaited liberalisation of
the capital markets sector in
the Bahamas, as well as the
* coming into effect on January
1, 2006, of the Tax Information
Exchange Agreement with the
US. Mr Smith is the second
speaker and speaks to the top-
ic, Performance, Projections
and Preparations.
Themed Creating Successful
Private-Public Partnership, the
conference will be opened by
keynote speaker, Prime Min-
ister Perry Christie, who will
speak on Partnerships for Pro-
ductivity, Progress and Devel-

BDB 'exceeds' non-

performing, delinquent

loan reduction targets

FROM page 1B

and staff, Mr Adderley said:
"It's the initiative of the Board
and coming up with a good
reporting system."
The BDB's Strategic Plan for
2005-2009 had set "a sliding
scale for both" the delinquency
and non-performing loan
The level of non-performing
loans also influenced that rate
at *ihich the BDB borrowed
fun;from institutions such as
the Inter-American Develop-
ment Bank (IDB) and
Caribbean Development Bank
When non-performing loans
were.down to 35 per cent of
the portfolio, the IDB would
be "very happy". Mr Adderley
said: "We're almost there and
I'm.confident we will get
He added that the BDB did
not accept deposits from cus-
tome6s, like commercial banks
did, which meant that the funds
it loaned to Bahamian entre-
preneurs and small businesses
had to come from other insti-
tutions for onward lending.
Apart from the IDB and
CtiB, financing also came from
the National Insurance Board

(NIB) and Central Bank of the
Commercial banks could
borrow funds for lending at
cheaper rates that the BDB,
which in the 2005 first half was
lending to Bahamian entrepre-
neurs at 8.5 per cent. The inter-
est rate payable to the IDB was
5 per cent, while the interest
cost for CDB payments was
5.75 per cent, set to increase to
6 per cent.
Mr Adderley said: "Out of
every $8 that we lend, $1 is giv-
en by the Government. The
other $7 is borrowed money."
The BDB is unlike a com-
mercial bank, almost operate -
ing as a venture capital. com-...
pany, so in some respects the
level of loan delinquencies and
non-performance may be

viewed in some quarters as not
as troubling.
The Government, which is
the BDB's sole shareholder,
has taken the position that sup-
porting small and medium-
sized businesses is more impor-
tant than turning a profit,
although it would prefer the
institution to break even.
Delinquency stood at 57 per
cent on December 31, 2002,
falling to 50 per cent by 2003
year-end, so it would appear
slow but steady progress is
being maintained.
The BDB has forecast that
until it achieves a critical loan
mass of $50 million it will con-
Stinue to lose money, although
the'l6ai p6itf61ioihas-'1n'piie-
dicted to grow by $4-$6 niilli6n
per annum.

The morning session will
generally address the country's
performance in the past and
projections for the immediate
future of its two main pillars,
tourism and financial services.
While Mr Smith will take a
financial and economic per-
spective, director-general of
tourism, Vernice Walkine, will
speak to the tourism industry in
her presentation on Partners
for Adversity; Partners for



The Tribune is growing and looking for an experienced
individual to work full time as a Graphic Artist.

The individual must be computer literate and
knowledgeable in InDesign, Freehand, QuarkExpress
and Photoshop.

Interested persons
can send their
resumes in at
The Tribune
between the hours
of 9am 5pm
or fax: 328-2398


NOTICE is hereby given that CHARLES ST. LUC OF BACARDI
ROAD, P.O. BOX N-9739, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that
any person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 18TH day of JANUARY,
2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box F-41085; Grand Bahama, Bahamas.-


Public Notice

The public is to be advised that Mr. Floyd E. Jones, past President of Security
Services (Bahamas) Limited is so longer employed by the company and is not
authorized to transact any business in the name of the company.
All outstanding matters, connected with Mr. Jones and the company, should
be referred to:

Mr. Reginald Grant
Chief Executive Officer
Security Service (Bahamas) Limited
P.O. Box 4499
Nassau, Bahamas

Security Services (Bahamas) Limited


Payment of Benefits and Assistances for the month of January 2006, will be made in the following
districts, at the following pay stations between the hours stated below:
Thursday, January 19, 2006:12 noon 12:30p.m., at the Church Hall.
Thursdayy, January 19, 2006: 9:30a.m. 11:45a.m., at Beacon Hill Church of Nazarene, Carmichael
Thursday, January 19, 2006: 12:45p.m. 1:30p.m., at St. Peter's Church Hall.
Thursday, January 19, 2006 Wednesday, January 25, 2006: 9:03a.m. 3:00p.m., at the National
Insurance Board's Fox Hill Sub-Office. Persons who cannot collect their cheques on the dates stated,
may collect them throughout the month of February 2006, from 9:30a.m. to 4:30p.m., Monday to
Thursday, January 19, 2006 Wednesday, January 25, 2006: 9:30a.m. 4:00p.m. at the National
Insurance Board's Wulff Road Local Office. Persons who cannot collect their cheques on the dates
stated, may collect them throughout the month of February 2006, from 9:30a.m. to 4:30p.m., Monday
to Friday.
Thursday, January 19 Monday, January 23, 2006: 9:30a.m.- 4:00p.m., at The Bahamas Public
Service Union Hall, East Street South.
1. Thursday, January19, 2006 Wednesday, January 25, 2006: 9:30a.m. 4:00p.m.
All persons with surnames beginning with the letters "A" "L", at the Cat Island United
Association Hall #1, Market and Vesey Streets.
2. Thursday, January 19, 2006 Monday, January 23, 2006: 9:30 a.m. 4:00 p.m.
All persons with surnames beginning with the letters "M" "Z", at the Salvation Army
Hall, Meadow Street.
3. Tuesday, January 24, 2006 Wednesday, January 25, 2006: 9:30a.m. 4:00p.m.
Persons who did not collect their cheques from the respective stations on the days
specified, may collect them at the Cat Island'United Association Hall #1, Market and
Vesey Streets, on the above-mentioned dates.
Cheques must be collected from the listed pay stations on the dates and times given. In cases of
emergency, uncollected cheques may be collected from the Pensions Department, at the Jumbey Village
Complex throughout the month of February 2006 between the hours of 9:30a.m. and 4:00p.m.
Claimants and/or their representatives are required to produce proper identification in order to collect
their cheques. Acceptable forms of identification for claimants collecting their own payments are:
Their National Insurance Registration Card, together with any one of the following:
1. A Passport;
2. A Voter's Card; or
3. Any other document which establishes, conclusively, the identity of the claimant.
Where the claimant is sending a representative to collect his/ her cheque, the representative should
provide an Authorization Form completed by the claimant, or a letter authorizing the Board to pay the
representative, together with any of the above-listed items to identify the representative.
All claimants and/or their representatives are advised that should they fail to provide satisfactory
documents to identify themselves as requested above, there may be a delay or denial of payments.


Exuma-Based Developer
seeking qualified professionals for the
following positions:

1) Financial Construction Manager/Quantity
Surveyor a quantity surveyor or equivalent
with duties including estimating new projects,
financial control and management of current and
future projects; valuing change orders, assessing
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10% increase in UK visitors to Bahamas

FROM page 1B

arrival, the Ministry of Tourism
launched a series of marketing
activities with Virgin Holidays,
the airline's primary tour oper-
ator. Print and television adver-
tisements were launched in an
effort to advise the public that
Virgin had this new service
coming on stream.
With these same initiatives
continuing in 2006, Ms Sey-
mour anticipates that a
Bahamian vacation will be at
the top of the "shopping lists"
for many UK holidaymakers.
She added that the Ministry's
goal this year was to hit the
UK market hard at the begin-

ning of January straight
through to the end of Febru-
ary, which is the "peak buying
In addition to working with
Virgin Holidays, the Ministry
continues to partner with
British Airways, which contin-
ues to fly to the Bahamas five
times per week. Virgin cur-
rently has only one flight per
week to the Bahamas.

The Ministry of Tourism is
also working with First Choice
Holidays, a charter operator
based in Manchester, which
flies to the Bahamas during the
summer months, May through

Small offshore bank has new position available for a


This position would suit a qualified accountant or
someone without formal qualifications but appropriate

As this is a new role a flexible, motivated approach
is essential,

A generous remuneration package is available for the
right candidate.

Send resumes byfaXito 394-5975 for the
attention of the General Manager.

S. Le.ilNotic : *:.


(No. 45 of 2000)


Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 138 (8) of the
International Business Companies Act, No. 45 of 2000, the
LIMITED has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has
been issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the
Register. The date of completion of the dissolution was the
December 30, 2005.

Alrena Moxey

Legal Notice


(No. 45 of 2000)


Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 138 (8) of the
International Business Companies Act, (No. 45 of 2000), the
has been completed, a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued
and the Company has therefore been struck of the Register. The
date of completion of the dissolution was the December 29, 2005.

Alrena Moxey

Legal Notice


(No. 45 of 2000)


Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 138 (8) of the
International Business Companies Act, No. 45 of 2000, the
dissolution of AIRWINGSKI LIMITED has been completed,
a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the Company
has therefore been struck off the Register. The date of completion
of the dissolution was the December 29, 2005.

Alrena Moxey

to October.
First Choice last year oper-
ated flights on a fortnightly
schedule, but this summer will
fly in weekly, which should
result in a further increase of
UK visitors.
The UK may be a growifig
market, but Ms Seymour said
the bulk of the Ministry's
advertising dollars will be spent
in the US. She did not antici-
pate any significant shift in the
marketing budget in the fore-
seeable future.
"So there remains several
budgetary constraints when it
comes to pursuing the UK
market," she told The Tribune.
But contributions from
Bahamian agencies such as the
Nassau/Paradise Island Pro-
motion Board and the Out
Island Promotion Board, plus
tour operators, have helped to
stretch the Government's mar-
keting dollar.
"What we do is we join
resources along with the tour
operators and other agencies.

The market has changed in
recent years in that tour oper-
ators don't just hold out their
hands and ask for marketing
money, like it used to be years
ago," Ms Seymour said.
"These years, they realise
that you have to spend money
to make money. So the min-
istry dollar is:stretched because
they are contributing, the min-
istry is contributing and the pri-
vate sector is contributing."
This partnership fits in well
with the Ministry's 2006 busi-
ness plan, which is geared
towards forging a joint private
and public partnership where
every sector benefits.
"So that even though tech-
nically and proportionally, the
funding hasn't increased, the
spend has," said Ms Seymour.
Though attracting business
from the UK seems to be pay-
ing off, Ms Seymour told The
Tribune that the ministry is tar-

getting the entire European
continent as well. Its latest mar-
keting scheme, which pushes,
the diversity of the islands, will
help to increase European vis-;i
itors to the Bahamas,.
"It's our goal to educate
both the consumer and the
trade that there's more to the
Bahamas than Nassau or the
casino or just the Cable Beach,
resort. We want them to see:
that the Bahamas is a tourism
experience. So this is how we
separate ourselves from the
market" said Ms Seymour.
"If you look at it if a person
is buying a holiday, there are
cheaper places to go. And it's a
unique situation in Europe
because when we are pitching
to the US, we can plug the
proximity, that in two-and-a-
half hours max someone from
the east coast can be on the
beach in Nassau."
Yet the UK is not as close
to the Bahamas and proximity
cannot be the selling point. Ms
Seymour said transit from the

UK to the Bahamas involves
,an eigbt-pid-a-half to nine-.
Shourflight;"'.,' ,
She added: "If you look at,
4it, they san be on the beach in'
Spain in just two hours. So we,
need to say: .'HerB's why you;:
need to put the Bahamas on\
,our shopping list'. We need
.to be able to elbow the c6m-:
'petition anyway that we can."
In the course of her inter-.;
view with The Tribune at
Caribbean Marketplace, Ms;
Seymour said other Caribbean.
islands are not the only com-.
petition for the Bahamas. '
"There's competition from,
Spain, from Thailand, from so.,
many other countries that are',
much closer to persons in the!
United Kingdom. The world is,
definitely getting smaller, so',
we have to keep our heads'
above water by broadcasting*
the uniqueness that is the
Bahamas," she said.

Micro Loan to 'cut the red tape'

FROM page 1B
lateral requirements, easy repayment plans
and a streamlined application process. For
Micro loans of up to $5,000, the loan peri-
od will be between 12 to 18 months, and
for amounts between $5-$10,000, 245-36
months. The interest rate will be 2 per cent
above Bahamian prime, 7.75 per cent, and
administrative fees 1 per cent or $50,
whichever amount is greater. Repayments
can be made on a weekly, bi-weekly or
monthly basis, and most loans will gener-
ally be unsecured. Mr Adderley, though,

said normal due diligence processes would
apply before the BDB would grant a Micro
Loan, with pre-requirements involving the
production of passports and NIB numbers,
invoices, insurance on larger items, copies
of contracts, training certificates, and cred-
it and character references.
"The intention is to have these loans
processed in 14 days from the time every-
thing is in," Mr Adderley said. "It's intend-
ed to get round the red tape.
Small businesses really drive the engine
of economicactivity. If we encourage peo-
ple to start their own businesses from home

Legal Notice


(No. 45 of 2000)


Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 138 (8) of the
International Business Companies Act, No. 45 of 2000, the
LIMITED has been completed, a Certificate of Dissolution has
been issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the
Register. The date of completion of the dissolution was the
December 29, 2005.

Alrena Moxey

Legal Notice

NOTICE::-. .

(No. 45 of 2000)


Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 138 (8) of the
International Business Companies Act, No. 45 of 2000, the
LIMITED has been completed, a Certificate of Dissolution has
been issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the
Register. The date of completion of the dissolution was the
December 29, 2005.

Alrena Moxey

Legal Notice


(No. 45 of 2000)


Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 138 (8) of the
International Business Companies Act, (No. 45 of 2000), the
dissolution of CAPITAL LEASING CORP. #5 LTD. has been
completed, a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the
Company has therefore been struck off the Register. The date of
completion of the dissolution was the December 29, 2005.

Alrena Moxey

and they grow, it will drive economic actii4
ity to the point where they start employing
other people."
Mr Adderley said the loan facilitywwas
being launched now in response to market
demand, and to improve linkages between
Bahamian businesses and foreign direct
investment projects that were coming on
stream. With small businesses "adding .
tremendous amount" to a nation's gross
domestic product (GDP), Mr Adderley
said it was important to ensure such loans
were approved more rapidly than the, three
to four-month time taken for larger loans.




S, (In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the 17th$
day of January, 2006. The Liquidator is Agdsa Corp. Inc.
of P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau,Bahamas.



No.45oof2000 .


Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 137 (8)'
of the International Business Companies Act, 2000 No. 45
of 2000, the Dissolution of FERRYLANE LIMITED has:
been completed, a Certificate of Dissolution has been
issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the
Registrar. The date of completion of the dissolution was
December 30, 2005.

Douglas Mackintosh

Legal Notice


(No. 45 of 2000)


Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 138 (8) of the
International Business Companies Act, No. 45 of 2000, the
been completed, a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and
the Company has therefore been struck off the Register. The date
of completion of the dissolution was the December 29, 2005,

Alrena Moxey




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iKESUL.TS from the Bahamas
i';sociation of Athletic Associ-
ation Odd Distance Meet held
oi Saturday 14th January.
, Under 9 Girls
Davianne Pratt
60 meters dash 11.20 seconds -
3rd place
Long Jump 2.55m 2nd place
'I Under 9 Boys
immanuel Hepburn
,;0m dash 9.41 seconds 1st
Ong Jump 2.93m 1st place

A UnderlO girls
:'aythe Miller
'0m dash 9.38seconds -1st
Long Jump 3.46m 1st place
I!l Under 10 Boys
S)'Aundre Lightbourne
()m dash 8.73sec 3rd place
Long Jump 3.61m 1st place
i Under 13 girls
Rashanda Dean
ong Jump 4.13m
',0m dash 8.73sec
300m dash 46.86sec
* Under 13 boys
Giovanni Culmer
jong Jump 3.82m 1st place
300m dash 43.70sec
3 Under 15 Girls
Pollyann Bethel
300m 45.31sec
High Jump 1.22m
M Under 17 Girls
Krystal Bodie
150m dash 18.75 sec 1st place
300m 42.27 sec 2nd place
La'Toia Stovel
150m 18.84 sec 2nd place
300m 42.26 1st place
Ai Under 17 boys
i50m dash
Karlton Rolle 16.22sec
Gerrad Brown 16.72 sec
Warren Fraser 16.84 sec
A Open Female
Shot Put
Gabrielle Nixon 11.46m
Deandra McPhee 10.96m
Deandra Rolle -10.47m
Deandra Rolle 30.23m
Deandra McPhee 29.80m
Gabrielle Nixon 26.99m
Thela Johnson 31.38m
d Open Male
Nathaniel McKinney 40.31m
Jameson Strachan 41.70m
Carlyle Thompson 43.23m
Victor Grant- 44.82m
Renauldo Woodside 29.59m
Tino Thompson 25.35m
Victor Brown 32.60
Triple Jump 12.30m

Basketball coach: 'just

being nominated is fine'

Senior Sports Reporter

BASKETBALL coach John Todd
has received numerous accolades and if
he doesn't collect the Jones Communi-
cation's Man of the Year sports award,
he said he won't be disappointed.
Todd, a long-time physical education
teacher at St. Augustine's College, was
one of three persons nominated for the
sports award that will be given out dur-
ing the ceremony that will be held on
Friday night in the ballroom of the
Wyndham Nassau Resort & Crystal
Palace Casino.
"When I opened the letter and I-saw
Drexel Gomez and Tonique Williams-
Darling name and I saw the rest of the
list, I noticed that I'm right down at
the bottom of the pile," Todd said.
"Just being nominated is fine with
me because I'm so happy that some-
one has decided to nominate me."
Even though he would like to win
the award, Todd said he's realistic and
will be going with an open mind. If
there's one thing he hopes to do, it is to
have some fun.
Todd, 57, will be going up against

Williams-Darling, the 2004 Person of
the Year. The IAAF World Champi-
onships' gold medalist has been nomi-
nated along with Ryan Sweeting, the
US Open Junior Singles tennis cham-
At 5-foot-5, Todd is short in stature,
but he's tall in his achievements, espe-
cially in basketball. He also coaches
swimming, softball, volleyball, netball,
track and field and field hockey.


Over the past three decades, Todd
has been selected as the New Provi-
dence Basketball Association's Coach
of the Year in every division offered
from mini, super mini, junior and ladies
to the men.
Additionally, Todd has coached a
collection of Bahamian collegiate play-
ers that formed the College All-Stars
that won the Bahamas Basketball Fed-
eration's Independence Tournament
three times.
Todd was the assistant national coach
of the first Bahamas under-19 team
that won a silver in Barbados. He was
also the assistant national coach of the

Ladies team for three years, winning
gold and silver medals at CARICOM.
For three years, Todd also coached
the men's national team and he
coached the mini national team for sev-
en years.
Selected by the Bahamas Olympic
Association for a three-month course in
Mexico in 1976, Todd also received the
International Olympic Committee
award for his 'remarkable contribution
as a volunteer' in the development of
sports and the promotion of friendship
and solidarity among other people.
And in 2004, Todd was one of 45
men honoured in the distinguished
Salute to Manhood National Awards
Now in his 26th year at SAC, Todd
has coached numerous Big Red
Machines to victories in just about all of
the sports they participate in.
For Todd, his biggest thrill was when
he got the call from the late Leviticus
'Uncle Lou' Adderley, who informed
him back in the 1970s that he "had a job
at SAC".
"The tradition was to get into a good
programme and if you look at it, we
have a very well rounded programme."

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NPBA president

looks ahead

to new season

Senior Sports Reporter
JEFF 'Sangy' Francis,
back as president of the New
Providence Baseball
League, has vowed to put on
a short, but exciting season,
starting next month.
Francis was returned
unopposed during the
league's election of officers
on Monday night at Mr. T's
Sporting Lounge.
Joining Francis in the
administration office are
Dion Forsythe, back as the
vice president unopposed,
and Jeannie Scavalla, also
unopposed, as the secretary.
However, the league has a
new treasurer in Danny
Stubbs, who replaced
Chavez Thompson. Thomp-
son didn't seek another term
in office.
Before the season opens
next month at the Andre
Rodgers Baseball Stadium,
Francis said his executives
will appoint a Commissioner
and Public Relations Offi-
In the meantime, he said
they are eagerly looking for-
ward to playing again.
"We hope to increase the
amount of teams that we
had last year," said Francis,
of the four teams that partic-
ipated, down from the nor-
mal range of between six
and eight.
"We hope to start around
the third week in February,
but we want to be finished
before the Bahamas Games
in July because, after the
Bahamas Games, the stadi-
um will be demolished."
The Ministry of Youth,
Sports and Culture has
announced plans for the
construction of a $30 million
national stadium by the Chi-
nese Government.

The stadium will be con-
structed on the site where
both the baseball and the
softball stadiums are locat-
ed. Both venues will be relo-
cated in a complete transfor-
mation of the Queen Eliza-
beth Sports Centre.
However, the league is
hoping that, this year, the
season will conclude with
the Bahamas Baseball Fed-
eration's national champi-
onship series in Grand
The national champi-
onship was set for last year,
but was never played as the
federation had some diffi-
culty securing a date for the
league's champions John's
Buccaneers to travel to
Grand Bahama.
Prior to the nationals, the
Buccaneers were eventually
crowned the league's cham-
pions after the Freedom
Farm Rookies couldn't field
a team once the majority of
their rostered players
returned to college.
In the only game played in
the championship series, the
Rookies defeated the Bucca-
neers. But because the
remaining games were post-
poned from time to time,
they couldn't secure enough
players to play.
With the season expected
to be completed before July,
Francis said it should give
the collegiate players an
opportunity to come home
and participate.
"So the championship
should be very good,
depending on who gets in,"
he projected. "We are basi-
cally trying to finish in
August because the federa-
tion has some plans of going
to Cuba for some exhibition
games. So we are looking
forward to that too."
While four teams partici-
pated in the league last year,
Francis said they expect to
have at least six teams this
year, including the return of
the TBS Truckers and the

The league is also antici-
pating that the Dorcy Park "
Boyz, who won the New
Providence Softball Associa-
tion's championship last
year, will be entering the
Meanwhile, the federation
will hold its annual general
meeting on Saturday at the
Nassau Beach Hotel, start-
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Senior Sports Reporter
WITH only two undefeat-
ed teams left in the senior
girls division, the Temple
Christian Suns made sure
the St. Andrew's Hurricanes

Junior Sports Reporter
THE CH Reeves Raptors junior girls
walked into the DW Davis hometown yes-
terday to snag a close win over the Pit-
The Raptors, who took an early 8-0 lead
in the first half of play overcame the Pit-
bulls on both ends of the court to claim a
27-26 victory.
In the first three minutes of play, the
Raptors had picked off six of the Pitbulls'
passes, the steals made it easier for the
Raptors to take control of the game, even
though they weren't able to convert the
steals into points.

Putting the Pitbulls on the score board
was Valteria Rolle with a baseline lay-up.
The two points came at the three minute
mark in the first half.
At this point the Pitbulls were starting to
make a run at the Raptors' lead, but the
Raptors would quickly contain them,
thanks to Jakia Brown and Kashala Bodie.
Brown became the shooter while Bodie
snatched the team's rebounds.
Down on the offensive end, the taller
Raptors controlled the boards, getting two
and three opportunities to score.
Although the team missed on many of

didn't spoil their record on
their home turf.
The Suns managed to out-
shine the Hurricanes 27-20
in the marquee Bahamas
Association of Independent
Secondary Schools' basket-
ball game on Tuesday.
It turned out to be a real

defensive battle with both
teams only using five play-
ers. But Temple Christian
came up with a little more
offence when they needed
to pull off the victory.
As a result of the victory,
the Suns stayed on top of the
league standings at 7-0,

their second chance shots, the game plan
was to try and take some time off the clock,
hoping the Pitbulls wouldn't score before
the half.
SBrown said: "In the first half we played
great even though they were trying to come
back on us.
"We tried to keep them at that score in
that half so by the second half we would
still have the lead.
"In the second half they started to score
and when our team saw that we started to
get scared, but I wanted to be the one to
step up my game to help my team to win."
Before the time ticked off the clock to end
the first half of play, the Pitbulls tried to
eat away at the 10-2 lead a three pointer
by Wialine Jean helped.
Jean's connection helped sparked a 6-1
run which brought the team within two
The Pitbulls came growling back in the
second half, now controlling the boards.
They were able to feed off the technical
foul called on Raptors' head coach to con-
tain their run.
But the aggressive play by the Pitbulls
would lead them into foul trouble. The
two point lead was expanded to six thanks
to the two successful free throws.
Brown added: "We knew we had to fin-
ish the game with a big run if we wanted to
win. They were scoring too much in the
last half so if we wanted to win we had to
make sure we shot.
"Some of our shots weren't good and

while the Hurricanes
dropped into second place
at 6-1.
"I think that was one of
our best games so far," said
Suns' coach Sharelle Cash.
"But we still have three
more games to go. I think
BA (Bahamas Academy)

we started to get a little scared when they
weren't dropping so our coach told us not
to worry about it just keep playing
Now on a shooting drought, the Rap-
tors relied on their defence to help them
with their victory.
With less than two minutes remaining
in the game, Brown stepped on the line
looking to build on their two point lead.
Connecting on only one, Rolle grabbed
the rebound and ran down the court to
ease in a floater.

Now playing to regain the lead, Raptors
relied on Brown to put them back on top,
but she was fouled before she could release
the ball.
The game was now in Brown's hands,
but she only netted in one of the two free
The Pitbulls had less than 12 seconds to
run down the court and seal a shot. In a
quick dash down Raptors' sideline, Justlien
was called for a blocking foul.
Stepping to the line was Rolle, who had
connected on two previous free throws.
With pressure mounting, Rolle aimed and
missed the first. With an opportunity to
send the game into overtime, Rolle's sec-
ond shot circled around the rim just before
falling of the right side. Both shots were
ruled off.

might give us a little more
challenge than we got today,
so we have to be ready for
Power forward Tiffany
Wildgoose played like a big
point guard as she not only
snatched down the
rebounds, but she led the
fast-break attack and fin-
ished with a game high
nine points for Temple
Shavanti Smith helped out
with eight, Deandra
Williams had six and Hillary
Rolle chipped in with
For St. Andrew's, Kamili-
ah Gibson, the defensive
tower in the middle, joined
Kristan Rolle in scoring six
apiece. Amielle Major added

,The game wasn't decided
until late in the fourth quar-
ter when the combo of
Hillary Rolle, Tiffany Wild-
goose and Deandra Williams
came up with three consecu-
tive baskets to turn a slim
17-16 lead into a 23-16 lead.
Temple Christian would
never relinquish the lead,
although they traded baskets
with St. Andrew's as both
teams tried to keep the score
as close as it had been,
However, the Hurricanes
seemed to have lost a little
more stream than the Suns
down the stretch and they
didn't run the floor as
aggressively as they in the

first three quarters.
In fact, the Hurricanes
controlled the temp of the
game for the first three quar-
ters as they took a 6-1 lead
after the first quarter, thanks
to Kamilah Gibson's defen-
sive efforts.
But the Suns rallied back
behind Tiffany Wildgoose's
early spurt for an 11-7 lead
that they extended to 12-9
at the half.

In the third quarter, the
Hurricanes took advantage
of the half-time break and
came out refreshed in the:
third, bouncing back to go
ahead 15-13 as Kamilah Gib-,
son once again stepped up
to lead the way.
As the fourth quarter got
underway, the Suns started
to get into another groove
and they were able to get
back out front and stay there
for the rest of the game.
Hurricanes' coach Herman
Maycock said the officiating
had a lot to do with the way
his players ended up play-
"I'm not trying to make
any excuses, but the offici-
ating of the game really went
against us," he charged. "But
I'm not going to use that as
too much of an excuse.
"I think the game could
have gone either way. We
just didn't have the help
down the stretch as they did
when we should have taken
over the game."

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Film industry


for young talent

Tribune Feature Writer
YOUNG blood is what every
sector in the economy is calling
for in order to secure its future.
When it comes to developing
the film industry in the
Bahamas, the desire is no dif-
ferent. There is a call among
the more senior persons in the
industry for the Ministry of
Tourism's Film Commission to
attract and offer support to
young Bahamian talent.
At the recent National
Tourism Week, held at the
Wyndham Nassau Resort &
Crystal Palace Casino, a panel
of:judges brought that message
forward loud and clear.
Morgan O'Sullivan, an Irish
film consultant who has worked
on projects like the Count of
Monte Cristo and the Pirates of
the Caribbean series, expressed
his disappointment in not seeing
more young faces in the small
crowd that gathered in the Cat

"The infrastructure is now in
place to try and get more young
Bahamtans involved in this
industry of art....I think the
opportunities are here to
seriously identify talent in this
community, and talents we can
direct towards the film industry

Morgan O'Sullivan, an Irish film consultant

Island room of the hotel to par-
ticipate in the seminar on film in
the Bahamas.
"That's where we should be
aiming if we are to aim any-
where in the Bahamas. The
infrastructure is now in place to
try and get more young
Bahamians involved in this
industry of art....

"I think the opportunities are
here to seriously identify talent
in this community, and talents
we can direct towards the film
industry," he added.
The film production industry
is so broad that there are a vari-
ety of skills needed. Talking
about his involvement with
Pirates of the Caribbean, Mr

O'Sullivan said that there is a
crew of 700 people, and 300 of
them are Bahamians. "Just
being in that atmosphere an
awful lot of knowledge is going
to rub off on those Bahamians,
and hopefully they'll go to the
next,production and the next
production after that, so the
same thing that happened in
Ireland would happen here."
What happened in Ireland
was a drastic shift in the film
industry where more Irish citi-
zens were able to move to the
"After a period of about five
years, we saw that we were
phasing out the Americans so'
that these American and Euro-
pean companies were largely
using Irish people," he said.
It is no longer enough to have
foreign production companies
using foreigner workers that
they've brought in, said Mr
O'Sullivan. Bahamians, or citi-
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also be used, but they need to
have some skill in order to be
noticed by the big wigs in the
Mr O'Sullivan pointed out
that America will pick you up if
they see something worth tak-
ing a risk for. He'd bet that of
the top ten movies in Holly-
wood today, more than 50 per
cent of them were directed and
written not by Americans, but
by other nationalities: "That
tells you something about this
business. It's incredibly demo-
graphic," he noted.
"Cream rises to the top in this
business. Movie making is not
like other businesses. It's not a
nine to five job. It's a total com-
mitment. It takes such passion,
such vitality all of those things
in full measure, and this is why
it needs youth.
"You should capitalise on
your young people. You should
monitor those skills. Keep them
in the business because they're
going to be your strength even-
tually. They're going to help us
get the industry up and running.
And the government has to give
their existing talent some sort
of break to get themselves
A young film industry like the
Bahamas, that is trying to make
a name for itself in the global
arena, needs trained young peo-
ple to make it flourish. And
while it may be too early to see
big budget films being produced
by young Bahamians, with time
anything is possible.
"A young industry needs
youth because youth has the
ideas. Youth is rebellious.
Youth is revolutionary and
that's important because we are
telling stories of people's lives.
And to be a good writer or
director, you've also gotta live
life and have that experience of
life to," he told the crowd.

All of this is not to say that
older people don't have that
liveliness, but Mr O'Sullivan
believes that young people
between the ages of 17 and 25
are constantly formulating new
ideas and are changing the
world with their philosophies,
though he does say that wisdom
from older filmmakers, whom
he refers to jokingly as, "the
gray brigade", is also important.
"It is important for us to
recognize that if we are going
to develop talent, we develop
it at a young age...we also need
to have the political will to
make it happen. It can't just be
'yeah we'll do it', without mean-
ing to do it."
Scharad Lightbourne, who is
a partner with Devron Pinder
of Diplight Media, has had
experience producing several
films, and runs his own photog-
raphy company. He told the
Arts that the government,
through the Film Commission,
has done a lot in supporting
young filmmakers, but he
believes that the commission
can do much more.
"The government does sup-
port us, but it's not enough
because there is a lot of proce-
dure and red tape you have to
go through to bring stuff in, or
to even say why you want the
money. It's just a lot of politics
to go through," he told the Arts.
According to Craig Woods,
who heads the Film Commis-
sion, the role of the commission
is not just to support local tal-
ent. The Film Commission
comes under the Ministry of
Tourism, and as a result its mis-
sion is to attract film produc-
tion from abroad so that expen-
SEE page two

Tribune Feature Writer
WITH a stream of
movies leaving Hollywood
and making it to the silver
screen as re-makes of sto-
ries decades old, moviego-
ers worldwide are looking
for something new, a fresh
idea, something different.
And Bahamians can provide
just that, once we tell our
own stories.
Pamela Poitier, the
daughter of Bahamian
Oscar award winning actor
Sir Sidney Poitier, said that
Bahamians should become
more serious about sharing
their stories with the world.
SAnd it doesn't have to
begin with a feature length
film script pitched to a major
Hollywood studio. It can
begin with a simple televi-
sion programme on ZNS.
"Just get started some-
where," she told the crowd
at last week's seminar on
filmmaking in the Bahamas,
held as part of National
Tourism Week, at the Wyn-
dham Nassau Resort.
Clarifying just what she
means by 'our stories', Ms
Poitier, who describes her-
self as a BAP, a Bahamian
American Princess, said that
what makes someone a
Bahamian goes as far back
as the Arawak Indians.
These are some of the sto-
ries that Bahamians should
"It's almost as if I look at
this African woman who is
bare chested and barefoot,
and yet she has a great
amount of wisdom and she
has a great amount of life in
her. And she is living, not
just surviving as we are
doing today with trying to
pay rent and all of these oth-
er things. She really knew
what life was, and that to me
is where all our stories come
"Our stories come from
our grandmothers and our
great grand mothers and
great grandfathers and we
really have to be proud of
that, which I think we really
haven't embraced totally in
the Bahamas as of yet," Ms
Poitier told the small crowd.
According to Ms Poitier,
the Bahamas has always
been an oral culture that
.hasn't written many of its
stories down. "But the world
is waiting for our story.
America is.really waiting on
our story. I think America
wants to know where this
African woman comes from,
and she comes from us. We
have some incredible, imag-
inable and heroic stories to
One of the things she
loves about Cat Island,
where she now lives, is the
great sense of humanity.
"You can't pass another
human being without saying
hello, which is very indica-
tive of the Bahamas. You
can't pass another person
without hailing them. And
we need to starting hailing
our stories to people out
With the technology avail-
able today, any interested
person can create a film for
little or nothing a small dig-
ital camera can be used to
film editing can be done
on a laptop or home com-
puter, and the film can later
be blown up to 35 millime-
ters and shown in the cine-
ma, Ms Poitier noted.
Putting her philosophy of
"simply getting it done" into
practice, Ms Poitier has pro-
duced. her own television
series which aired on ZNS,
"Good News Bahamas".
The programme shares pos-
itive news stories.
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FROM page one

diture and nights of stay can
be increased.
This comment sparked Mr
O'Sullivan and others in
attendance to question
whether or not the Film
Commission should even be
the responsibility of the Min-
istry of Tourism.
Mr Lightbourne extended
his criticism beyond the gov-
ernment however. He said
that those interested in the
field also don't work hard
enough in many cases, and
often lack professionalism.


Mr Lightbourne's view
seems to be in line with a
comment made by Mr
Woods, who said that on
numerous occasions the
commission has been
approached by filmmakers
who themselves continue to
give them "the run around".
The only solution is for the
government and the young
filmmakers to "meet
halfway", Mr Lightbourne
suggested. "I wish there were
grants just readily available
for filmmakers. But the
young filmmakers need to be
more professional about it,"
he added.
Apparently, it's not only
the government that needs
to get its priorities straight.
According to Mr Light-
bourne, the business com-

munity also needs to support
filmmaking, and the arts in
general. "It's so hard to get
support from anyone. We
seem to be a country that's
all about parties and con-
certs, so it's easier for some-
one who is bringing in a big
artist to get these big named
companies to sponsor them.
"But when we go to these
companies for something
about the arts, they say that
they have to get back to us,"
said the filmmaker, who
pointed out that he had
approached many companies
for financial support over the
years, but received none.
"Our culture is stuck in
this frame of mind that the
only art form we can pro-
duce on a professional level
is Junkanoo, but we have so
many artists doing other
things, who are very talented.
I think that if the govern-
ment pushes artists to put
out work by giving their sup-
port, we'll see just what they
can do."
In Ireland, the government
has set up the Irish Film
Board which has an annual
budget to develop indige-
nous talent, mainly writing
talent, according to Mr
Together with the Irish
National Broadcasting Ser-
vice, the board funds shorts
films (two to three minutes
long). Twelve Irish directors
have broken into Hollywood,
gotten Hollywood's atten-
tion, through these short

films, said Mr O'Sullivan.
Irishman John Moore, direc-
tor of his first feature film
Behind Enemy Lines, was
cast off of his three-minute
"Producing these short
films doesn't cost a fortune,
but it can pay off a country
royally because if you devel-
op writers and directors it
means that the writers and
directors will bring the work
to you. You won't be waiting
for studios to come and bring
the work to you. They'll cre-
ate the raw material for the
product," said Mr O'Sulli-

"Giving financial support'
is not a handout. If you,
invest in the writing and.
directorial talent of young
people here, if you finance
them to give them time to
write scripts that they can
pitch to Hollywood, the stu-
dio will finance the good
scripts or the good direc-
While this dream for the
Bahamas is admittedly "a
mile off", Mr O'Sullivan
believes that it is "ferocious-
ly" important that the more
senior persons in the industry
lobby the government to
implement initiatives like the
one that Ireland has devel-
oped to support and facili-
tate the advancement of its
film talent.

FROM page one

Along with having the zeal to
tell our own stories, there
should also be an understanding
that you cannot depend on any-
one to help you tell your story,
not even another Bahamian
Bahamian filmmakers who
may have the equipment and
the expertise must learn to
cooperate with each other and
lend support among themselves.
"All the Bahamian filmmak-
ers in the Bahamas should get
together, pay dues, have a reg-
istry that tells you what each
person has done and what skills
they have, so that we know who
each other are. So that we can
do co-production deals with
each other," Ms Poitier sug-
gested. "I want to see the com-
munity of filmmakers get
together and not rely on the
Ministry of Tourism because if
you rely on somebody else it
never gets done."
Bahamian producer Celi
Moss developed such a body in
March of last year, the Bahamas

Filmmakers Society. And
though it is still in its develop-
ment stages, it has seen support
from other filmmakers in the
industry. Currently there is an
active membership of 30 per-
sons, with the doors swinging
open for any person who wants
to get involved.
"We are a network of peo-
ple, a working society that
wants to do something. We are
not about talk, but actually facil-
itating a plan for a film that
someone has," said Mr Moss in
an interview with Tribune Arts.
"Some of the people in the soci-
ety have loaned their personal
equipment to other people, but
the ultimate goal is for the soci-
ety to have its own stuff to be
able to lend to its members."
So far, the society has helped
to produce films like "Maple
Tears", a script written by
Nequra Campbell, and "Infec-
tious" by Jackson and Bernard
Petite. It is also about to begin
work on another Bahamian
film. Mr Moss hopes that by the
end of the year, his association
would have completed ten films.

"We are also going to show;
these films at the Bahamas Film:
Festival. So we'll be taking theses
films from production then'tod
a venue for distribution."
According to Mr Moss, the
importance of Bahamians
telling their stories cannot. bIe-
stressed enough. If Bahamians-
don't tell their stories, they-
remain mute in the film wQrld,
and they remain at a globajdis-
"When we tell our stories, it's
our voice. When you look at the
other Caribbean countries, they
all have their voices beiiffg
heard. And for a country that iS-
so blessed with so much to telly
we are behind the eight ball in'
terms of production .
"People who want to''mak6e
movies just can't sit'iand4wit'
for the government to doeevery-'
thing. We have to do thirigsout-:
selves." "
According to Mr Moss, there
are no shortages of stories to
be told, the challenge however
comes in facilitating these ideas'
- and a society of filmmakers
definitely makes it easier.

Transforming Spaces: The National Art
Gallery of the Bahamas, Post House Gallery,
Popop Gallery, TYF Ironwork Gallery, Doon-
galik Art Gallery, New Providence Art and
Antiques, and Malcolm Rae's Stingrae Studio
will participate in the second Transforming Spaces
event in March.
Transforming Spaces is an art happening
designed to nurture increased cooperation and a
sense of community among art spaces, extend
their audiences and deepen their relationships
and relevance to Bahamian people through expe-
rience based dialogue. .....
During the run of the programme bus tours
will take groups to various sites beginning and
ending at the National Art Gallery. Each space is
responsible for organising an exhibition or inter-
active event during the programme. If you're an
artist interested in participating in the "Paint
Out", please contact Malcom Rae at stin-
Malcolm Rae's Stingrae Studio Gallery's
contribution to the Transforming Spaces 2006
will be a "Paint Out" on Saturday, March 4.
The "Paint Out" will consists of six to ten local
artists being present in Montague Park painting in
their style out in the open. The reason the park
was chosen was to make the work of these artists

accessible to the general public. Passers by cai
stop, see what is happening, ask questions, inter-
act with the artists, learn more about the art of.
painting and in a sense become a part of the-
event. The space will literally be "transformed'l.
into a classroom.

*RINGPLAY announces the launch of a new
web forum for discussion about the arts;. ,
Ringplay has long felt the need for an onli4i
community set upspecifically-for Bahamian artisEt
and performers. This forum was created for j
that purpose.
Cultures can't grow without dialogue, and fdr'
too long our artists and performers have been
ghettoized, with musicians talking only to must-
cians, Junkanoos to other Junkanoos, theatre
people to one another, and writers saying "where-
you put me?". ,,
This forum, we hope, will provide a place,-if
only in cyberspace, where we can all meet anid;
talk to one another, and begin to forge the kinds;
of bonds that allow us to have the influence .pp
our lawmakers that will allow the Bahamian arts,
the room they need to grow.
Visit Go regis,-
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Soca 'rhythm

is in our soul'

Tribune Feature Writer

Soca Christmas concert, like most
of Alpha Sounds' soca productions,
attracted crowds in the thousands -
proving that Bahamians love soca
music, which seems to be just as popular as
Junkanoo music.
But does this mean that we are losing our cul-
tural identity?
If you ask many Bahamian soca artists in the
industry, they'd tell you that the answer is no.
They'd also tell you that soca has a massive fol-
lowing in the Bahamas only because the Bahami-
an culture that takes pride in its fast-paced
Junkanoo rhythms, loves any musical style that
comes close to it. That's where soca music, a
music traditionally seen as the music of Trinidad
& Tobago, comes in.
For Obie Pindling of the Bahamian soca band,
Visage, who used the concert to break into 2006
- the band's 25th Anniversary soca music is
very much like Junkanoo.
"There is a very very close similarity in musi-
cal styles between Junkanoo and soca. Junkanoo
is very high tempo, up-tempo, good time party
celebration music, and soca is very much the
same," he told Tribune Entertainment.
"And this is something I've been preaching
from the time I started performing soca. We are
all-in the Caribbean as black people who came
from Africa and that rhythm is in our soul," he
When African slaves were kidnapped and
forcibly shipped to Trinidad & Tobago, they
brought the African sound that "evolved" into
soch. In the Bahamas, that same musical tradi-
tion evolved into something different, Mr Pin-
dling explained.


"The slaves that were in the Bahamas, their
African culture that's in us, we developed that
into what we call Junkanoo. So it's all based on
a heavy rhythmic drum pattern and percussion.
So the similarities in musical styles is there for
everybody to see and I think that really amounts
to why soca music is so popular here."
According to Mr Pindling, when Bahamians
get on Bay Street on Boxing Day morning, with

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When it comes to

water-based films,

Bahamas 'force to

be reckoned with'

Tribune Feature Writer
NOW that the Bahamas has
starred in four high-budget
films in 2005, After the Sunset,
Into the Blue, Eye of the Dol-
phin, and Pirates of the
Caribbean, the country is
expected to receive even more
global attention from the film
and entertainment industry.
And now that the country is
geared to receive producer
Ralph Berge later this month
to scout locations for his film,
Ship on Fire, and has been fea-
tured in the limited release
film, Three, shot in Eleuthera in
2004, the Bahamas is set to
position itself as one of the
world's premiere filming des-
tinations and a force to be reck-
oned with when it comes to
water-based films.
In fact, the Bahamas has the
potential to supersede Aus-
tralia as the world's number
one water filming destination.
Morgan O'Sullivan, film con-

sultant; Tara Walls, vice presi-
dent of the LA based Rogers &
Cowan entertainment market-
ing agency; Pamela Poitier,
writer, producer, and daughter
of Sir Sidney Poitier, and Art
Smith Jr, a Florida-based pro-
ducer, were all panelists at the
National Tourism Week's sem-
inar on filmmaking in the
Each of the panelists gave
the small crowd information on
various aspects of filmmaking,
from tips on how to be an
actor, to tips on how to expand
the Bahamas' involvement in
filming on a global level.
While each panelist spoke to
their specific discipline, all of
them alluded to the fact that
before the Bahamas can make
a name for itself when it comes
to filming, it has to let the
world see that something world
class can come out of these
islands. And according to Mr

O'Sullivan, the world is already
taking note.
"It's pretty significant what
has happened here in the last
two years. The Bahamas has
become a magnet for the Hol-
lywood studio. You've built the
largest water tank in the world
(the Collyer tank located in
Grand Bahama), and you've
got certainly the best waters in
the world.
"The tank in Malta and the
one in Baja, Mexico, have been
made redundant as a result of
the Bahamian water tank that
you've built," Mr O'Sullivan
told the audience.
He said further that the
Bahamas has the potential to
specialise in water, just as his
home country of Ireland spe-
cialises in period pieces.
"Ireland has made a special-
ty of doing period pieces and
you see it with the likes of
Braveheart and The Count of

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moie' prev ITiews

2005 was a year in which the
blockbusters came thick and
fast and, on the whole, deliv-
*The franchises of Batman,
Star Wars and Harry Potter all
lived up to expectations, while
King Kong ended the year on a
truly spectacular note.
There were a couple of damp
sqiiibs among the fireworks
however War of the Worlds
started with a bang and ended
with a whimper and the curi-
ously un-magical Lion, the
Witch and the Wardrobe
amounted to little more than
an overlong bore.
So what does the first half of
2006 hold for lovers of the
event movie?
Well the franchises are back
- in a big way.
The man of steel is back on
the big screen for the first time
since the disappointing Super-
man III in 1983. But don't go
dusting down your cape just
yet. The early glimpses of
Superman Returns don't quite
whet the appetite.
First of all, judging by the
preview, the choice of leading
man seems . questionable.
The late Christopher Reeve
made the part his own with his
larger than life screen presence
in the first three movies and
has left some big red boots to
Stepping up to the challenge
is young Brandon Routh and,
at first glance, he looks like a
guy on his way to fancy dress
The rest of the preview gives
little away, but what we do see
suffers from over-familiarity -
haven't we seen enough of
Smallville already?
-Still, let's give it a chance.
With Bryan Singer, director of
the X-Men series (also with a
new movie due out soon) at
the helm, it might be at least
-' Also on the franchise front is
Mission Impossible III. Busi-
ness as usual here with the pre-
view showing helicopters,
exploding stuff, people smash-
ing through windows and . .
Tom Cruise dressed as a priest.
Okay, maybe the last bit wasn't
in the other two, but everything
else was.

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Perhaps Philip Seymour
Hoffman as the bad guy will
add a bit of class.
Remember Miami Vice? If
you do, but you've tried to for-
get it, I've got some bad news.
It's back. But before you begin
trembling at the thought of
white suits, no socks, designer
stubble and Don Johnson, let
me just say that it's directed by
the acclaimed Michael Mann
(Heat, The Insider, Collater-
al), it stars Jamie Foxx and Col-
in Farrell and, at least in the
preview, they don't roll up their
jacket sleeves once. Keep an

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on screens in the summer.
I'm probably the only per-
son on the planet who hasn't
read The Da Vinci Code, so
maybe I'll enjoy the movie
more than the rest of you. The
big screen version of Dan
Brown's impossibly-successful
conspiracy novel arrives in cin-
emas in May with a more than
impressive cast. Tom Hanks,
Ian McKellen and Alfred Moli-
na and director Ron Howard
have a lot to live up to. For
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LIVE MUSIC @ The Buzz, Nassau's Weekly Jam Session & Musicians
Hook-up. Located East Bay Street two doors East of Esso On The Run,
upstairs Good As New open Wednesday thru Saturday 8pm, Sunday at
6pm. Amateur musicians try out & Open mic Wednesday & Thursday after
band practices. Professional musicians welcome to sit in on jams Friday, Sat-
urday and Sunday. Book now for special events, concerts, private parties.
Call 393-2800 (393-BUZZ) or for more info -
Rock, Blues, Jazz, Funk, Reggae THE BUZZ: MAKING MUSIC

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rave Saturdays @ Club Eclipse. DJ Scoobz spinning the best in Old Skool.
Admission $35, all inclusive food and drink ,,.-
Karaoke Music Mo'daz'@oTopsh6tters Sporis Bar. Drink specials all
night long, including karaoke warm-up drink to get you started. Party
from 8pm-until.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Transforming Spaces: Ti NtitNoal Art Gallery of the Bahamas, Post House
Gallery, Popop Gallery, TYF Ironwork Gallery, Doongalik Art Gallery,
New Providence Art and Antiques, and Malcolm Rae's Stingrae Studio will
participate in the second Transforming Spaces event in March. Transforming
Spaces is an art happening designed to nurture increased cooperation and a
sense of community among art spaces, extend their audiences and deepen their
relationships and relevance to Bahamian people through experience based dia-
logue. If you're an artist interested in participating in the "Paint Out", please
contact Malcom Rae at

Malcolm Rae's Stingrae Studio Gallery's contribution to the Transforming
Spaces 2006 will be a "Paint Out" on Saturday, March 4. The "Paint Out" will
consists of six to ten local artists being present in Montague Park painting in
their style out in the open. The reason the park was chosen was to make the
work of these artists accessible to the general public. Passers by can stop, see
what is happening, ask questions, interact with the artists, learn more about
the art of painting and in a sense become a part of the event. The space will
literally be "transformed" into a classroom.

RINGPLAY announces the launch of a new web forum for discussion about
the arts: Ringplay has long felt the need for an
online community set up specifically for Bahamian artists and performers. This
forum was created for just that purpose.

Stepping Stone Quilters will host its 17th Annual Quilt Show January 26 to
February 4 at the Trinity Church Hall on Frederick Street from 10am to 4pm.
All interested persons are invited.

The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB) will host a series of
workshops during January that will feature a number of guest lecturers.
Jolyon Smith will be the lecturer for the Open Workshop on Drawing from
Nature. The workshop is open to children 12 years and older and will be held
Wednesday, January 18 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm at the NAGB. Interested per-
sons should contact the NAGB for more details and to secure a space in the
class of their choice. The NAGB will also be hosting a Narrow Focus Film
Series on the New Directions in Filmmaking in the Bahamas guest lectur-
er will be Dr Ian Strachan. The workshop is free and open to the public and
will be held Thursday, January 19 at 6:30pm at the NAGB.

TooLooSe @ Indigo Restaurant on West Bay St and Skyline Drive. The National Collection @ the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, an exhi-
Singer/songwriter Steven Holden performs solo with special guests Thurs- bition that takes the viewer on a journey through the history of fine art in the
day from 9pm midnight. Bahamas. It features signature pieces from the national collection, including
recent acquisitions by Blue Curry, Antonius Roberts and Dionne Benjamin-
The Graham Holden Deal @ The Green Parrot....David Graham, Steve Smith. Call 328-5800 to book tours. This exhibition closes February 28,2006.
Holden, Tim Deal and Friends perform Sunday, 7pm 10pm @ Hurricane
Hole on Paradise Island. The Nassau Music Society is featuring, in association with Fidelity, RBC and
RoyalStar Assurance as part of their "FESTIVAL OF RUSSIAN
Jay Mitchell and Hot KC @ Palm Court Lounge, British Colonial Hilton, ARTISTS", Yuri Bashmet and the Moscow Soloist Orchestra who return once
Wednesday-Thursday 8pm-12am. agahi to Nassau on February 24, 26 and 27- their guest artist will be JoAnn
Deveaux-Callender. In April Oleg Polianski is featured on the piano. Pur-
Sunday Night Interlude @ Briteley's Restaurant & Lounge, Eneas St off chase your tickets from January 4,2006 at the Dundas Theatre (394-7179); AD
Poinciana Drive. Featuring Frankie Victory at the key board in the After Hanna & Co (322-8306) and the Galleria JFK (356-seat). Details of the
Dark Room every Sunday, 8.30pm to midnight. Fine food and drinks, venues and programmes will be available on the website shortly. Do not miss
Paul Hanna, Tabatha and Gernie, and the Caribbean Express perform at this opportunity to listen to live world class musicians.""
Traveller's Rest, West Bay St, every Sunday, 6.30pm-9.30pm.
The Cancer Society of the Bahamas
meets at 5 30pm on the second Tues-
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quarters at East Terrace, Centreville. Call 323-4482 for more info.
Pre & Post Natal Fitness Classes are being held 6:30pm Tuesdays and Thurs-
days at Nassau gymNastics Seagrapes location (off Prince Charles Dr). Doc-
tor approval is required. Call 364-8423 to register or for more information.
Diabetes Directions a FREE diabetic support group meets the first Monday of
each month at 6.30pm at New Providence Community Centre, Blake Road.
Dinner is provided and free blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol test-
ing is available. For more info call 702-4646 or 327-2878
MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Bahamas meets the third Monday every month, 6pm
@ Doctors Hospital conference room. '::..
The Bahamas Diabetic Association meets every third Saturday. 2.30pm
(except August and December) @'the Nursing School, Grosuenor Close,
Shirley Street.
Doctors Hospital, the official training centre'of the American Heart Associ-
ation offers CPR classes certified by the AHA. The course defines the warn-
ing signs of respiratory, arrest and gives prevention strategies to avoid sudden
death syndrome and the most common serious injuries and choking that can
occur in adults, infants and children. CPR and First Aid classes are offered
every third Saturday of the month from 9am-lpm. Contact a Doctors Hospi-
tal Community Training Representative at 302-4732 for more information and
learn to save a life today.
REACH Resources & Education for Autism and related Challenges meets
from 7pm 9pm the second Thursday of each month in the cafeteria of the
BEC building, Blue Hill Road.

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

The Nassau Bahamas Alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incor-
porated meets 6:30 pm every third Wednesday at the Bahamas National
Pride Building.
Toastmasters Club 3596 meets at the British Colonial Hilton Monday's at 7pm.
Toastmasters Club 1095 meets Tuesday, 7.30pm @ C C Sweeting Senior
School's Dining Room, College Avenue off Moss Road. Club'9477 meets Fri-
day, 7pm @ Bahamas Baptist Community College Rm A19, Jean St. Club 3956
meets Thursday, 7.30pm @ British Colonial Hilton. Club 1600 meets Thursday,
8.30pm @ SuperClubs Breezes. Club 7178 meets Tuesday, 6pm @ The J
Whitney Pinder Building, Collins Ave. Club 2437 meets every second, fourth
and fifth Wednesday at the J Whitney Pinder Building, Collins Ave at 6pm.
Club 612315 meets Monday 6pm @ Wyndham Nassau Resort, Cable Beach.
Club 753494 meets every Wednesday, 6pm-8pm in the Solomon's Building,
East-West Highway. Club 3596 meets at the British Colonial Hilton Mondays
at 7pm. Club Cousteau 7343 meets every Tuesday night at 7.30 in the
Chickcharney Hotel, Fresh Creek, Central Andros. All are welcome.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Eta Psi Omega chapter meets every second
Tuesday, 6.30pm @ the Eleuthera Room in the Wyndham Nassau Resort,
Cable Beach.
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity meets every first Tuesday, 7pm @ Gaylord's
Restaurant, Dowdeswell St. Please call 502-4842/377-4589 for more info.
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity meets every second Tuesday, 6.30pm @ Atlantic
House, IBM Office, 4th floor meeting room.
The Nassau, Bahamas Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) meets every third Mon-
day of the month in the Board Room of the British Colonial Hilton Hotel, Bay
Nassau Council 10415 Knights of Columbus meets the second and fourth
Wednesday of the month, 8pm @ St Augustine's Monestary.
Nassau Bahamas Koinonia meets every second Friday of each month, 7.30pm
at Emmaus Centre at St Augustine's Monestary. For more info call 325-1947
after 4pm.
International Association of Administrative Professionals, Bahamas Chapter
meets the third Thursday of every month @ Superclubs Breezes, Cable Beach,
AMISTAD, a Spanish club meets the third Friday of the month at COB's
Tourism Training Centre at 7pm in Room 144 during the academic year.
The group promotes the Spanish language and culture in the community.

THE BAHAMAS HISTORICAL SOCIETY is scheduled to hold its next
meeting January 26 @ 6pm at the Museum on Shirley Street and Elizabeth
Avenue. Chris Curry, a History professor at the College of the Bahamas, will
give a presentation on the history of Bain Town. The lecture will be accom-
panied by a power point presentation. The public is invited to attend.

ST ANDREW'S Kirk After School Programme: The members of St
Andrew's Kirk have launched an After-School-Programme for children
from the Woodcock and Albury Sayle Primary Schools. The programme,
which begins February 6, is held Monday to Friday at the St Andrew's
Presbyterian Kirk. The activities include tutoring, computers, karata, sports,
art, drama and baking. The programme is free to children from the Bain and
SGrants Town communities. Parents interested in enrolling their children
should contact the church at 322-5475 or email:
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Beginning Thursday 26 January through Feb-
ruary 13, read this engaging thirteen part story '.-
about a dyslexic boy, Jamie, and his encounter
with a thief. Also read special weekly articles from
the Special Services Section of the Department of
Education about dyslexia in the Bahamian school
system and community.
The Tribune, like the Minister of Education's Book Club, believes that reading helps
young people to focus on constructive choices through exposure to worlds beyond
their immediate environment. Breakfast Serials stories are short, engaging and com-
pelling so that the reader keeps coming back for more.

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read words on a page, but he can read clouds
and what he sees is as wondrous as it is unbe-
lievable-to others. Onf summer day he sees a
man in a business suit parachute from an air-
plane. When he tells his family and friend
Gillian, no one believes him. But, not only are
Jamie's perceptions accurate, the man is a thief
who has stolen a million dollars and kidnaps
Gillian. When she leaves a written note as to
where she's being taken, Jamie is in a double
bind: no one thinks he's seen anything real and
he can't read the message. Reading the Sky
brings high adventure from the sky and on and
off the page.

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drums beating at some 175 beats per minute,
everybody's adrenaline starts to flow. "And
it's the same thing with soca," he told Tribune
Visage took the opportunity at the New
Year's Day concert to perform some of its
new hits, as well as take fans back to their
earlier songs.
The Bahamian soca Christmas concert was
originally scheduled for December 26, but
due to the postponement of the Doyle Bur-
rows 2005 Boxing Day Parade, it was pushed
back to the first weekend in the new year at
the Wyndham Resort.
Soca lovers came out to see performances
by Visage, Elon Moxey, Ronnie Butler,
Ancient Man, Lady E, the Brilanders from
Harbour Island, the XTra Band and KB.
Trevor Davis, head of Alpha Sounds, said

that the Bahamian Soca concert is some-
thing that he has been trying to pull off for
years, but with every year there has been a
different challenge. One year. the Junkanoo'
parade was held on the Cable Beach Strip.
then there was another challenge with the
parade being held at night rather than in the
early morning hours.
But this year was something extra special,
because all of the artists scheduled to per-
form had recent hits. "This year, I think most
people were looking forward to it because of
what is going on in Bahamian music because
you have a lot of artists who had a lot of
great hits (in 2005) The Brilanders coming
in very hard with 'Party in the Backyard'.
You also have Elon Moxey, who has three or
four hot songs right now, and KB and his
usual hot songs. And of course, what can we
say about Visage, they always bring life and
excitement to any concert," said Mr Davis.

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Monie Cristo. It's like the Bahamas
making a specialty of water.
"You could become the premiere
spot for water pictures. You have the
best looking water in the world, and it
can be changed very easily from the
beautiful colour of the Caribbean
wa er to the dark waters of the
Atlantic in a flash. So you can make
any kind of picture down here related
'That versatility, said Mr O'Sullivan,
is a "terrific quiverful of arrows to
throw" at the studios when they are

considering filming in the Bahamas.
Pirates of the Caribbean, which is
currently being shot in Grand
Bahama, will end filming February
28. Mr O'Sullivan said however, that
Hollywood has three to four tank
movies ready to begin filming. "And
the Bahamas is in the running. The
only other competitor out there in the
water location business is Australia."
Mr O'Sullivan is currently working
as a consultant for the Bahamas gov-
ernment. He is charged with drafting
legislation similar to what Ireland has
in regard to film incentives. He was
expected to meet with the Attorney
General's office to discuss the legisla-
Once passed in the House, the leg-

isolation will further help to cement
the Bahamas' place in the global film
arena, Mr O'Sullivan believes. "It puts
the Bahamas very much in front
because studios travel to countries
and judge these countries based on
the number of incentives. In essence,
I think you are poised to really hit a
chord in the American and European
market because of this law."
While it may come down to which
country is least expensive for filming,
when it comes to Hollywood, studio
executives also consider how well a
particular country can service their
film And this means an assessment

of hotel accommodations and restau-
rant services, for example.
Being a country whose number one
industry is tourism, the Bahamas
should be on top of things.
"You guys know it better than any-
body because you excel in tourism
and there are great similarities
between tourism and filmmaking,"
said Mr O'Sullivan. "They require the
same kind of interpersonal skills."
Mr O'Sullivan noted that one rea-
son why he was completely sold on
the Bahamas when he first came here,
was the great interpersonal skills he
"The [women] behind the front
desk of the Hilton Hotel, for example,
they are the best ambassadors for this

country I've ever seen. The same at
Atlantis, the same here at the Wynd-
ham. So I really have to credit the
Bahamas because that's important in
the movie business."
To date, a significant number of
films, hundreds of photo shoots, com-
mercials, and music videos have been
shot on many of our islands. And
while the Bahamas may not have an
abundance of hills or skyscrapers, it
has water.
And that should be the country's
major selling point as it moves to
solidify its position within the inter-
national film industry.

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