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Publication Date: January 20, 2006
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Edwin Culmer

criticises Rahming

Chief Reporter
HITTING out at current
Superintendent of Prisons Dr
Elliston Rahming, former
prison chief Edwin Culmer
denied that there were more
than 20 breakouts when he was
in charge of Her Majesty's
In an interview with The Tri-
bune yesterday, Mr Culmer
labelled Dr Rahming a "politi-
cal predator" and refuted alle-
gations made by the superin-
tendent that there had been 24
escapes while he held the office
as acting superintendent from
Mr Culmer, who was
replaced by Dr Rahming, a
,criminologist by training, saw
JDr Rahming as a "political
predator who has jumped on
the bandwagon of the govern-
ment's victory and who feels the
country owes him something.
"The country owes him noth-
ing," Mr Culmer said.
The former prison superin-
tendent also criticised Dr Rah-
ming for taking credit for many
of the programmes that were
implemented at the prison
before he was appointed.
At a press conference held at
Her Majesty's Prison on
Wednesday following the
break-out of four inmates, in
which prison guard Corporal
.Deon Bowles was stabbed to
death, Dr Rahming pointed out
that there were numerous
escapes of prisoners under his
predecessors including, he
said, 24 under the watch of Mr

Dr Rahming also pointed out
that Corey Hepburn, one of the
four inmates who escaped on
Monday and who up until press
time last night was still at large
- previously escaped while Mr
Culmer was in charge,of the
However, Mr Culmer said
yesterday that when that escape
occurred he immediately rec-
ommended that the officer who
he believed was responsible for
Hepburn's escape be disciplined
"swiftly and decisively."
This recommendation, he
said, was never followed.
"(An officer) had let him out
into the yard and left him unat-
tended and I recommended that
that officer be demoted," Mr
Culmer said.
Addressing Monday's out-
break, Mr Culmer speculated
that the breach of security at
the prison may have been the
result of officers failing to fulfil
some of their duties.
"When I was superintendent
of the prison I had officers
check the bars twice a day. It
couldn't have taken those pris-
oners one night to cut those
In his opinion "if the prison
officers who had responsibility
for this did their job this would
not have happened."
He offered "sincerest condo-
lences" to the family of Corpo-
SEE page 11

Garbage overflows at Ministry of Health

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AN EXIT outside of the Ministry of Health was blocked by overflowing garbage yesterday. The Tribune contact-
ed the ministry's parliamentary secretary, Ron Pinder, who is in charge of environmental health and garbage collection,
to comment on the matter. Mr Pinder said the ministry was having a clear out after installing new furniture and equip-
(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune staff)

Body found with
gun shot wounds,
man found floating
off Paradise Island
THE body of a black male believed to be
in his thirties was discovered in bushes near
Born Again Deliverance Church yesterday
with gunshot wounds to the chest.
Police were summoned to the scene on
Independence Drive yesterday after mem-
bers of the community stumbled onto the
As funeral home officials removed the
body, crowds of curious schoolchildren and
bystanders looked on.
According to press officer Inspector Wal-
ter Evans, the man was dressed in a black
jacket, red shirt, jeans and tennis shoes.
He said police believe the man was in the
bushes for less than 24 hours. They have
been unable to identity the man or establish
a motive.
Mr Evans urged anyone with information
that may lead to his identity or that of his
killer to contact police.
* Police are also urging the public to help
them determine the identity of a man found
floating in waters off the northern side of
SEE page two

Bahamian makes

history with the

acquisition of cruise

line and casino
FORMER Royal Bahamas Police Force
Marine and Long Island native Captain Jackson
L Ritchie made history yesterday, becoming the
first Bahamian to acquire a cruise line and a casi-
The Letter of Intent for the full acquisition of
Discovery Cruise Line was handed to Captain
Ritchie by Discovery owner Rafael Ordonez,
who has managed the route between Ft Laud-
erdale and Freeport for 19 years.
The cruise line brings more than 200,000 visi-
tors to Grand Bahama annually. They contribute
significantly to the economy by overnighting in
the second city.
To date, Discovery has brought more than four
million visitors to the Bahamas.
The announcement was made yesterday at the
office of Prime Minister Perry Christie, who called
it a "proud day", signaling the move from employ-
ee to owner for Bahamians in the industry.
Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe was also
present to congratulate Captain Ritchie and his
wife, Kim. He said Bahamians should follow in
their footsteps, by playing greater roles in tourism
- the principal industry in the region.

(For full details, see Business)


Wrong man is
identified in
hunt for inmate
POLICE units and prison
officers swooped down on
an unsuspecting man in the
Seabreeze area early yester-
day morning after what
turned out to be an incor-
rect tip that escaped convict
Corey Hepburn had been
NHI project may
bring affordable
health care for all
care for Bahamians of every
income bracket may soon
be a reality with the imple-
mentation of the long-await-
ed National Health Insur-
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Body found
with gun shot
wounds, man
found floating
in waters off
Paradise Island
FROM page one
Paradise Island.
The man was discovered
yesterday afternoon. He was
naked and his skin had
already started to deteriorate.
Persons in the area said they
believe the body may be that
of a man who frequents
Arawak Cay although they
were unable to provide a
Mr Evans urged persons to
contact police immediately if
they know of someone who is
POLICE officers at the
scene after the body was dis-
covered in bushes near Born
Again Deliverance Church
(Photo: Mario Duncanson/
Tribune staff)

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Chaos at CI Gibson

after teacher is

reportedly attacked

PANDEMONIUM broke out at CI Gibson Senior High
School yesterday morning after a teacher was reportedly attacked
by a student.
According to unconfirmed reports, a grade 11 male student
assaulted one of the school's music teachers.
Shortly after the altercation occurred, officials of the Bahamas
Union of Teachers (BUT) arrived on the scene.
BUT president Ida Poitier-Turnquest said that there have
been reports of several attacks on teachers at CI Gibson in
recent months.
"It is open season to attack teachers," she told a ZNS TV crew.
Following the altercation, many of school's teachers reportedly
refused to return to work.
The Ministry of Education announced that it would launch a
thorough investigation into the matter as it is concerned about
the safety of every teacher.

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0 In brief

Three men
in armed
robbery at

POLICE are investigating an
armed robbery that took place
at a local church.
According to police reports,
at llpm on Wednesday, mem-
bers of a church on the East-
West Highway were alarmed
when they heard a smashing
The church's western glass
door had been shattered, and
three men reportedly entered
and accosted everyone gathered.
including the minister, who was:
tied up with a microphone
The suspects robbed the min-
ister and the parishioners of
cash, cell phones and other per-
sonal items.
Police have withheld the
name of the church in question.
The suspects fled the scene
on foot.

Man is
robbed of

car by
three men

A DEVEAUX Street resi-
dent told police that he was
robbed at gunpoint by three
men when he arrived home on
Wednesday evening.
The 36-year-old man told
police that he was outside his
house at around 9pm when he
was approached by three men,
one of whom was armed with a
The man was robbed of his
white Mitsubishi Pajero SUV.
Police say their investigation
into the matter is continuing.

Man and
after search

A MAN and woman were
arrested after police allegedly
discovered a pistol and live
rounds in their apartment.
On Wednesday morning, offi-
cers from the Drug Enforce-
ment Unit executed a-search
warrant at an apartment at
Monastery Park.
As a result, officers report-
edly discovered a .38 revolver
with three live rounds of ammu-
A 36-year-old male, who had
in his possession a Jamaican and
Bahamian passport, and a 29-
year-old female, a Jamaican
national, were arrested. The
pair were scheduled to appear
in court yesterday.

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AN executive of an import
and export company has been
convicted of smuggling radioac-
tive material from a Fort Laud-
crdlle airport to the Bahamas,
the'US Attorney's office said
on Wednesday.
According to an Associated
Press report, a jury found
Harold DeGregory Jr, of West
Parm Beach, guilty of three
counts of illegal transportation
of Iridium-192, a hazardous and
radioactive material.
He was also convicted of two
counts of making a materially
false statement to the US gov-
ernment, the US Attorney's
office said in a statement.
DeGregory, president of the
Fort Lauderdale-based H&G
Import Export company, had
made an agreement with the
Baljamas Oil Refining Compa-
ny (BORC) to transport Iridi-
um-192 to and from the
BORC acquired Iridium-192,
which is used for industrial radi-
ography. from a US company
that legally shipped it to Fort
Lauderdale. the US Attorney's
office said.
During his trial, prosecutors
argued that on at least three
flights between August 2003
and November 2004, DeGrego-
ry failed to submit mandatory
Hazardous Material Manifests
and submitted false documents
to'US Customs and Border Pro-
The documents stated he was
transporting cargo, but did not
mention the Iridium-192, the
statement said.
DeGregory's sentencing is
scheduled for April 14.
He faces a maximum term of
five years of imprisonment on
each of his five convictions and
up to $250,000 in fines, the
report said.



in police


FORTY illegal Haitian immi-
grants were arrested on
Wednesday night during police
"Quiet Storm" operation.
Press liaison officer Walter
Evans reported that Haitian
nationals, 30 males and 10
females, were arrested while
walking in the Yamacraw area
after 10pm on Wednesday.
He said that from informa-
tion the police received, a boat-
ldad of Haitians had been
dropped off at the eastern end
of New Providence.
-The illegal immigrants were
handed over to immigration

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Homeowners to consider

private securi

sau alarmed by rising crime are
to consider hiring private
"rapid response" units to keep
villains at bay.
The units, each including an
experienced security officer
and dog-handler, would pro-
vide back-up for police and
guarantee to reach crime
scenes in double-quick time.
Residents of the Winton,
Yamacraw and Eastern Road
areas will attend a meeting on
Monday at which security
experts will outline plans for a
new crime-busting service.
They are particularly con-
cerned following a spate of
robberies in the area, and this
week's Fox Hill Prison break-
out, which has left one violent
criminal on the loose.
Following Monday's escape
of four maximum security
inmates, prison staff did a thor-
ough search of the Eastern
Road area, but were unable to

catch armed robber Corey
Now attempts are underway
to provide extra security in
what is considered one of the
most vulnerable crime zones
in New Providence.
At Monday's meeting at
Epiphany Church Hall, Prince
Charles Drive (7.30pm),
Yamacraw Community Devel-
opment Association and other
neighbourhood groups will dis-
cuss ways to beat crime.
They will hear officials from
Wemco Security outline plans
for rapid response units which
could reach crime scenes with-
in minutes.
The firm's general manager,
Paul Thompson, said police are
often overstretched. As a result,
private security personnel could
often reach crime scenes first.
I "We can get to the scene in
between five and 15 minutes
to support the caller until police
arrive," said Mr Thompson.

* ACTING Governor General Paul Adderley unveils a ,
plaque renaming the College of the Bahamas bookshop after
Bishop Michael Eldon
(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune staff)

Wrong man identified

in hunt for inmate

Tribune Staff Reporter
POLICE units and prison
officers swooped down on an
unsuspecting man in the
Seabreeze area early yester-
day morning after what
turned out to be an incorrect
tip that escaped convict Corey
Hepburn had been spotted.
Members of the public in
the eastern area of New Prov-
idence were in an uproar yes-
terday and frantically calling
in to The Tribune mistaken-
ly convinced that the police
were engaged in a shoot-out
with Hepburn.
Several callers reported
hearing gunfire, and rumours
escalated to the point that sev-
eral callers said they were sure
the convict had been shot and
killed by police in an area just
off Prince Charles Drive.
However, the man in ques-
tion turned out to be a Haitian
national. He was not shot by
police, but rather detained as a
suspected illegal immigrant.
Just after 9am yesterday,
police received information
about a man in Lumumba
Lane, Seabreeze fitting the
description of Hepburn.
Press liaison officer Walter
Evans told The Tribune that
a number of law enforcement
units, including prison officers,
police officers and K9 units
were deployed to the area to
intercept the man.
Early Tuesday morning,

* COREY Hepburn
four inmates escaped from
Her Majesty's prison. One of
the inmates was killed and two
others were immediately
recaptured. Only Hepburn
remains at large.
Corporal Deon Bowles, a
13-year veteran at the prison,
was stabbed to death during
the escape and prison officers
Kenneth Sweeting and David.
Armbrister were both injured.
Mr Evans added that the
police have received several
reports from persons who
claim to have spotted Hep-
burn and are investigating
each report.
Mr Evans reminded the
public that Hepburn is con-
sidered armed and extremely
dangerous. Anyone who sees a
person who resembles the con-
vict is asked to immediately
call the police at 919, or 328-

"The units would consist of
an experienced security offi-
cer, an attack dog and a han-
dler," he added. "They would
be equipped with a hand radio
and be able to offer assistance
in quick time."
Residents of Winton,
Yamacraw, Elizabeth Estates
and Eastern Road are expect-
ed to attend Monday's meet-
ing. They will be told the cost
of the service could be afford-
able if enough people join the
Yesterday, an eastern dis-
trict resident said extra mea-
sures were needed to bring
crime under control.
"The Blair Estate crime-
watch scheme was very good,
but things have changed since
that was set up.
"What's worse, there are
now too many guns about. I
wouldn't approach a suspicious
looking car because I'd proba-
bly be shot."

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GOVERNMENT has at last signed a
management contract with YVRAS -
Vancouver Airport Services. But the jury
is still out as to whether the contract as
signed will be able to produce what was
promised a year ago an international
airport "facility that will be the envy of
the region and a place of which we can all
be justly proud."
If Bahamasair is to be the criteria by
which to judge the hiring of expert man-
agement, then we see failure at the end
of the tunnel. For years Bahamasair has
experimented with management both
local and foreign, including international
experts with impeccable reputations. All
unnecessary failures. We refer to the fail-
ures as unnecessary because we believe
that many of them could have succeeded if
it had not been for government. The shad-
ow of government hovering over them was
just too smothering; there was too much
political interference from people who
didn't know what they were doing and had
very little business experience.
As we see this contract with YVRAS,
government will still have too much con-
trol in the operation of Nassau Interna-
tional Airport (NIA). However, for the
sake of the country we hope that YVRAS
is a huge success, although we shall not
be surprised if it falls short of the hoped
for mark.
YVRAS, the international subsidiary
of Vancouver Airport Services, currently
manages 20 airports in seven countries.
Fourteen of those airports are in the
Caribbean and Central American region.
We do not know what kind of contracts
these other airports have, but we under-
stand they are successful operations.
As Tribune Business editor Neil Hart-
nell pointed out yesterday, the agreement
with YVRAS is "more of a pure manage-
ment/operating partner contract rather
than the build/operate/transfer (BOT)
arrangement for Nassau NIA that was ini-
tially contemplated."
According to a February 10 press
release by YVRAS last year when gov-
ernment selected them as the preferred
bidder, the contract was to have been for
"15 to 25 years depending on the negotia-
tion of financial and commercial terms."
However, government's Memorandum

of Understanding, which was announced
on Tuesday, says that the contract with
YVRAS is only for 10 years and is "just
related to managing, operating and helping
to develop NIA."
The airport will not be leased to
YVRAS as initially indicated. Instead the
Airport Authority will lease it for 30 years
to Newco, a'newly formed company, which
the Authority will initially own.
"This effectively means," Mr Hartnell
pointed out, "that the Airport Authority is
leasing Nassau International Airport to
itself, as the 100 per cent owner of New-
Good luck Newcon! Good luck YVRAS
- we hope you survive the anticipated
Bahamas Hotel Association president
Earle Bethell, who is also general manag-
er of the Nassau Beach Hotel, was delight-
ed that at last the go-ahead has been giv-
en for the transformation of NIA. He as
do all those in the tourism industry -
recognises a new NIA as vital to major
tourism development in the Bahamas.
"We have to ensure the arrival and
departure experience is as good as the one
the passenger has at one of our hotels," he
said, adding that "we have to make our
airport look professional... anything to
sensitise our visitors to the fact that they
are in the Bahamas would be good."
And in order for this to happen, gov-
ernment has to understand that it is impor-
tant for it to leave the design and man-
agement of the airport, including the hir-
ing and firing, to the experts.
Licences for concessions shops and
restaurants if there is to be variety,
should no longer be exclusive to any com-
Hiring should not be influenced by a
parliamentarian's letter trying to find
employment for a constituent. Employ-
ment should be left exclusively to the man-
agement company, and be based on the
applicant's ability, not on which politician
he knows.
The only way for this country to move
ahead is for the culture of political patron-
age to be broken. If this can be kept away
from the new airport, YVRAS might have
a chance to at last deliver an airport that
will be the "envy of the region."

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Some doubts on airport contract

EDITOR, The Tribune.
DR Weir today offers
sage but late advice. We
just may have sat on our
hands and missed half if
not all, of perhaps the
greatest long term oppor-
tunity to come our way
since the USA passed the
Volstead Act prohibiting
the sale of liquor.
Our big age of LNG has
probably come and gone
although we may still end
up with one terminal on
Ocean Cay.
It' will offer some bene-
fits but not so great as the
right terminal(s) at the
right locations on Grand
Bahama would have
Those who thought LNG
posed enormous and unac-
ceptable risks may in the
short term cheer.
Unfortunately, their
grandchildren, will eventu-
ally wonder why.
At some point there
appeared to be three or
more big corporations keen
to locate major natural gas
terminals in the Bahamas.
(Truth is there were prob-
ably only two, and a third
was a chimera).
The choices facing
Bahamians deserved, but
didn't seem to be, selec-
tively evaluated. LNG is
not simply good nor bad.
Some LNG proposals could
have been very bad, and
some very good.
One of the three was
indeed a horror story spun
by persons who dealt light-
ly with the truth.
We should be glad our
opposing activists were all
over that petitioner like
flies on a dead conch. I
think it is now an equally
dead proposition and it
deserves to be.
The proposal which held
large potential benefit for
Bahamians seemed to get
the least attention and con-
That particular initial
petitioner had already tak-
en on more fish to fry than
its management could han-
dle anyhow, but the con-
cept and location were
good and additional high
quality operators seemed
to show interest in Grand

Bahama participation.
The third and strongest
petitioner was seemingly
treated rather badly so that
one wonders why they have
even hung around up to
However there is still a
fair possibility they may
yet, perhaps soon, gain
what they sought and may
still seek.
Negative comments
about "America dumping
its garbage" here obscured
in many Bahamian minds,
any objective view of the
benefits we might have
For the record let me cite
a big one that has been
Those benefits might
have included an option to
buy future energy for our
utilities at a new, price bas-
ing point hub inside our
This could lead to a sub-
stantial economic gain in
addition to the much dis-
cussed governmental fees,
employment and other
peripheral new future busi-
ness, such as the produc-
tion of methanol and fer-
It would not flow from a
tax nor involve picking the
gas terminal owner's pock-
By simply having an
option to purchase gas on
Grand Bahama at long
term Florida selling price
minus the cost of trans-
porting the gas from Grand
Bahama to Florida would
alone have been a boon to
our children; which might
reasonably have been in
the order of one dollar per
million BTU's.
What a wonderful nest
egg that could be in an age
when 2.5 billion new Asi-
atic energy consumers are
starting to crank up their
own SUV's, and certain to
send world energy demand

up sharply.
Unfortunately when one-
temporises over an oppor-'
tunity laid before him the,
world frequently simply,
passes him by.
That may have already.
happened to us for this rea-
Shell Oil and British Gas.
are reported to have very,
recently concluded a long.
term agreement for an $850
million expansion of the.
existing El Paso controlled
LNG terminal near Savari
nah, Ga.
Their plan is reported to
involve building a nedw
pipeline to send gas sout- h'
eastward into Georgia aild
The US will thus keep its
"garbage" and put it ft
good use. We may now be
lucky if we can still salvage
one gas project.
Meanwhile the world has
also seen Excelerate, an
innovative new company,
score a big success with,a
LNG-to-gas connection ;at
sea into existing seafloor
gas pipelines 120 miles off
the US Gulf Coast.
This concept will addt3
1/2 days to a large LNG
tanker's voyage time at a'd
overall cost nearly as great
as routing via Gran-d
Bahama, but there can be
little doubt it is better than
waiting three years for ani
answer to one's petition.
Therefore one doubts
any candidate is breath-
lessly panting to build a
Grand Bahama terminal
If that is correct it its
It is ironic that a stealthy
but much more aggressive
attempt was made to land
thousands of tons of real
garbage on Ocean Cay in
late spring of 1988. Few
Bahamians then seemed to
pay it much heed; but that
is another story.

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boat sinks

in Berry


Tribune Freeport
FREEPORT A 40-foot
fishing boat sank in waters
off Chub Cay in the Berry
Islands after its propellers got
tangled in the stern line of
another vessel.
Police are urging boaters
entering the harbour at Chub
Cay, particularly after dark,
to exercise extreme caution
and care until the sunken
vessel is salvaged.
According to police
reports, the incident occurred
around 2pm on Tuesday
when William Ambrose
Johnson of Yonder Road,
New Providence, and a boat
captain were sailing to Chub
Cay, seeking shelter from
rough seas.
The men had left Whale
Cay on the fishing vessel The
Last Dollar.
They were 20 miles north-
west of New Providence
when they encountered bad
weather conditions and
turned back.
While entering the chan-
nel leading into Chub Cay,
the vessel's propeller got
trapped in the stern line of a
catamaran that was anchored
in the channel.
The vessel, which was val-
ued at $65,000, took on water
and sank. The men were
safely assisted to shore.
Police are investigating the

Man arrested

after police

allegedly find

sawn-off shotgun

A MAN was arrested after
police allegedly found him in
possession of a sawn-off shot-
Officers from Central
Police station were on patrol
in the McQuay Street area
off Nassau Street when they
observed a man acting sus-
piciously in the area.
The man was stopped and
searched, and officers report-
edly discovered a sawn-off
Caliber rifle with four live
rounds of ammunition in his
possession. The suspect, a 20-
year-old resident of Quarry
Mission Road, was arrested.

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MINISTER of Health Dr Marcus Bethel (right) speaks yesterday as Dr Perry Gomez, chief of internal medicine and infectious diseases looks on.
(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune staff)

The National Health Insurance Project

may bring affordable health care for all

Tribune Staff Reporter
AFFORDABLE health care
for Bahamians of every income
bracket may soon be a reality
with the implementation of the
long-awaited National Health
Insurance (NHI) project.
Health Minister Marcus
Bethel announced yesterday
that the report of the NHI pro-
ject implementation steering
committee on components,
costs and financing was pre-
sented to Cabinet, and minis-
ters responded favourably.
"The government has now
issued a mandate to move for-
ward with the next steps toward
the realisation of a comprehen-
sive National Health Insurance
plan for the Bahamas," he said.
If implemented, the NHI will
become the primary scheme for
financing health care in the
After months looking into the
details of the project, the steer-
ing committee has formulated
an initial framework.
Dr Bethel explained that

under the proposed benefit
package, NHI will cover:
Visits to doctors at govern-
ment and privately owned hos-
pitals and clinics
Drugs prescribed by per-
sonal physicians
Laboratory tests
Surgical operations
Hospital room and board
Overseas care not available
in the Bahamas
Dr Bethel said he expects
that these benefits will lead to a
"significant reduction of hard-
ship resulting from loss of dig-
nity, property and even life, suf-
fered by many individuals and
their families who are not able
to afford much-needed health
He said national health insur-
ance would eliminate the need
for families to hold cook-outs
and other fund raising activities
to pay medical bills.
"Persons would also be able
to afford to seek health care
early and thus prevent minor
ailments from developing into
life threatening conditions," he

Forty-eight illegal immigrants

apprehended in New Providence

AUTHORITIES have apprehended a group of 48 illegal immi-
grants in New Providence.
The group of Haitian nationals 39 men and nine women -
was discovered shortly after they came ashore at 10pm on Wednes-
day in the Yamacraw area, according to official reports.
Just last week, police captured 37 undocumented Haitians in the
area of Cabbage Beach, Long Island, just hours after they had
been dropped off in the area by boat.
So far this year, two groups of Haitians have been repatriated.
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how contributions will be person will be asked to con-
shared between employers and tribute $50 for comprehensive
employees, Dr Bethel explained coverage. The employer will be
that both parties will share the required to pay the same
costs whereas self-employed amount and self-employed per-
workers will contribute the full sons with a similar income will
amount, be asked to contribute $100 a
"The government is satisfied month.
that the proposed contribution "The government will make
of 5.3 per cent (by employees) is contributions for the indigent
adequate to meet financing and poor and all children up to
requirements of-the plan and age 17 and youths who are
should also be affordable to the embroiled in full time educa-
large majority of the working tion," he added.
population," he said. Dr Bethel said that aggres-
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the national insurance scheme
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logue about the benefit pack-
He added that initial consul-
tation with the Chamber of
Commerce and the business
community produced
favourable responses,
although some expressed con-
cerns about the cost of the pro-
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meeting with the heads of vari-
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RBDF officer

Tribune Freeport Reporter
F'REEPORT As the import duty
exemption period for victims of Hurri-
cane Wilma draws to a end, Freeport
Ibsinessmen are coming to the aid of
I lose who could not afford to take
advantage of the opportunity.
Don Roberts of the Dolly Madison
Home Center and several partners
dI mated refrigerators to hIurricane vic-
lims and 100 mattresses to the Catholic
Archdiocese Hurricane Preparedness
and Relief Committee.
Mr Roberts said the donation was
made possible through the collabora-

tion of two major suppliers in the US
and Tropical Shipping and BORCO in
"The single most important aspect
of this collaboration ... is to assist
those in need. My son, Donny, and I
wanted to make a major contribution
on behalf of the Dolly Madison Home
Center to assist those affected," Mr
Roberts said.
He said the devastation caused by
Hurricane Wilma will never be forgot-
ten. Many persons in communities
along the southwest coast lost their
homes and all their belongings as a
result of severe flooding.
Although the government has issued

exigency orders permitting residents to
import furniture and other items duty
free, many cannot afford to do so.
Exigency order 12 which covers
building materials, electrical fixtures,
plumbing fixtures, household furniture
and appliances, clothing and motor
vehicles expires on January 31.
"We contacted Whirlpool and King
Coil Mattresses in the United States
and Tropical Shipping here in
Freeport, and constructed a plan of
action whereby the refrigerators and
mattresses could arrive on the island,
basically at cost and below," Mr
Roberts explained.
"I take this opportunity to publicly

thank Whirlpool and King Coil and
Tropical Shipping for assenting to con-
tribute their services and goods to assist
the Archdiocese Hurricane Prepared-
ness and Relief Committee in their bold
initiative to help our fellow Bahamian
brethren in need, and BORCO for their
generous contribution."
Mr Roberts said he is presently in
talks with Rooms To Go and Ace Hard-
ware for additional contributions.
"We at Dolly Madison are pleased
to have been a part of this team effort
and we hope that 2006 will be en extra-
special year free from national disas-
ters, but filled with success stories," he

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New partner
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Photo evidence shown in

Mario Miller murder case


THE accounting firm Gala-
nis.& Co has announced the
admission of John Bain as a full
According to a release from
the company, Mr Bain will
oversee financial, tax and infor-
piation technology solutions for
the firms software and advisory
business units.
"This new partnership pro-
vides strong support for our
continued growth in the provi-
sion of solutions to our wide
client base. Mr Bain brings a
wealth of expertise in banking,
financial management, money
laundering, fraud investigations
and information technology that
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. Mr Bain holds an MBA from
the prestigious Manchester
Business School in the UK, and
a diploma from the Wharton
School of Business at the Uni-
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He was among the first in the
region to certify as a money
laundering specialist and is cur-
rently a lecturer with the Beck-
er CPA Review at the College
of The Bahamas.
He also lectures on money
laundering at the Bahamas
Institute of Financial Services.

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE murder trial of Mario
Miller, son of Trade and
Industry Minister Leslie
Miller, continued yesterday
with photographic evidence
being shown to the Supreme
Court jury of nine women and
three men.
Brothers Ricardo Miller,
also known as Lamar Lee, 31,
who is represented by lawyer
Philip Hilton, and Ryan
Miller, 25, represented by
lawyers Murrio Ducille and
Tamara Taylor, have been
charged with Mario Miller's
Sergeant Howard Bethel,
who is currently attached to
the Detective Unit in Exuma,
was the first witness called to
give evidence before Justice
Anita Allen.
He testified that on June
24, 2002, two days after the
brutal mid-day slaying of
Mario, he was summoned to
the Mortuary at the Princess
Margaret Hospital (PMH)
and spoke to a Dr Raju.
He stated that while there,
he collected seven items from
the body that he soon later
confirmed was the body of
Mario Miller.
The items included, one
multi-coloured blood stained
shirt, one white T-shirt, a pair
of blue jeans, a fingernail clip-
ping from the left and right
hands, and finally some debris
from the left hand and foot.
The items, which were
labelled in sequence HB1 to
HB7 were returned to the
Forensic Lab, and submitted
for analysis on June 26, 2002,
Sergeant Bethel said.
Second to present evidence
was Corporal Jason O'Neil
Anderson, who at the time
of the murder was attached
to the Criminal Records
Corporal Anderson told the
jury that he received infor-

mation around 3.30pm on
June 22, 2002 and arrived at
the Super Value supermarket
on Prince Charles Drive
where he was given addition-
al information by Constables
Bain and Butler, directing him
to the body of a "light
skinned" male on the western
side of the foodstore.
Corporal Anderson said
that the body had multiple
"chop marks" on the arms,
face, and neck area. He told
the court that he collected a
number of swabs of blood,

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particularly one from the area
of the right hand of the body,
one from under the head, one
from the tarmac where the
body was lying, and a con-
trolled sample swab from the
tarmac itself.,
Detective Constable
Dwayne Stubbs, the third, and
final witness called con-
tributed photographic evi-
dence of a cut in the left palm
of Ricardo Miller, taken five
days following Marip's death.
He testified that the defen-
dant, whom he identified as
Lamar Lee (Ricardo Miller)

was in police custody at the
Accident and Emergency sec-
tion of PMH. He explained that
he identified himself to the
defendant as a police officer and
handed him a medical consent
form, of which he said the
defendant and the doctor on

duty appeared to read.
Three samples of blood were
then obtained from the defen-
dant and sent back to the
Forensic Lab where they were
handed over to woman Consta-
ble 777 Smith. Detective Stubbs
said that he was called back to

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photographs of Ricardo Miller,
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the jury; one, a close-up image
of the defendant's palm show-
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o'clock this morning.

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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
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* Travel is required.
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Bahamas & Caribbean
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Registrar General

staff make move

to offices in

Colonial Hilton

Tribune Staff Reporter
EMPLOYEES of the Regis-
trar General's Office have
moved to a more suitable work-
ing environment after dealing
with "disgraceful" working con-
ditions for more than 10 years.
About a week ago, the
department relocated its entire
operation to the Hilton Com-
merce Centre Annex. Within
the next few months, it is
expected to move to Beaumont
House on Bay Street.
In December, staff of the
Rodney Bain Building, where
the office had been located for
more than a decade, had to be
evacuated after water and sew-
erage came pouring down from
damaged galvanised ceiling
pipes, flooding corridors.
As a result, the building was
closed and the Registrar Gen-
eral's staff were relocated to
their 50 Shirley Street office.
At a press conference yester-
day at the new Hilton office,
Minister of Financial Services
and Investment Allyson May-
nard-Gibson said she is deter-
mined to make sure that
Bahamians will never again
work in such "disgraceful" con-
"You will see that there is a
dramatic difference between the
well-appointed and comfortable
conditions here and the atro-
cious conditions at the Rodney
Bain Building," said Mrs May-
During the move, she said,
the staff demonstrated
"unequivocally" their commit-

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"It was so inspiring to wit-
ness the support and enthusi-
astic resoh e of this teali to
minimize disruption of our
customer services and service
to the Bahamian people gen-
erally while we were moving."
Mrs Mgynard-Gibson also
praised :he team from the
Bahamas Public Services
Union (BPSU) for working
"shoulder to shoulder" with
the department to facilitate a
smooth transition.
The move is just one of sev-
eral improvements set for the
department. Mrs Maynard-

Gibson said the Freeport
office is to be relocated to new
premises and online services
are being established in
branches in the Family
BPSU president John Pin-
der said the union is pleased
with the minister and her team
for getting suitable accommo-
dations for its members.
"Today we are satisfied that
this is fostering good manage-
ment/labour relationships, as
the whole accommodation
process unfolded we were a
part of it," he said.

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Tuesday, January 10th

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donation to
Red Cross
by Texaco

TEXACO Bahamas Limit-
ed presented 400 backpacks
full of school supplies to the
Bahamas Red Cross Society
(BRCS) Grand Bahama Cen-
The donation was made in
support of Project Back Pack, a
programme aimed at assisting
students in Grand Bahama that
were affected by Hurricane
The backpacks carry school
supplies such as books, folders,
loose leaf paper, rulers, pen-
cils, pens, sharpeners, pencil
cases, crayon pencils and graph
The donation follows Texa-
co's contribution of $12,000 in
December to the BRCS to help
replenish school supplies and
equipment to more than 1,000
students and faculty.
Faculty will also receive com-
puters, copiers, fax machines
and vouchers to obtain uni-
forms from various local stores,
said Texaco in a statement.
"Texaco has really stepped
in to help the students and fac-
ulty of Grand Bahama allowing
for us to be in a better posi-
tion to resume normal school
operations," said Mr Sam,
Cooper, chairman of the Red
Cross Grand Bahama Centre.
"On behalf of the students, fac-
ulty and myself, we would like.
to thank Texaco for its gener-
ous contribution."
"We are happy to have been
able to provide assistance to
the affected schools and are
confident that these school sup-
plies and learning aid equip-
ment for teachers will con-
tribute to a rapid recovery,"
said Raymond Samuels, Texa-
co's district retail manager.

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SISTER Jeremia Janusch-
ka of Little Falls, Minneso-
ta, who opened Catholic
Bahama in 1966 and was its Dr. Sharon A. Thompson
principal until 1968, died at .". ,P ra tice R e l aion
Mount Benedict Monastery Practice Relocation
in Ogden, Utah, on January .
Her funeral was held at Please join us in welcoming the latest
Mount Benedict Monastery -it nr
at 7pm yesterday, and burial addition to our center of highly
was this morning. p
Sister Jeremia arrived in qualified physicians in the
1the B nahamas on August 18o, B Renaissance Medical Building.
1966. In addition to opening
Catholic High on September -.,
12 that year and being its first. -l
headmistress, she taught Dr. S. Thompson received her Doctor .
mathematics and science at
the school. of Medicine degree from Howard :.'
She was recalled to her :"
native Minnesota in 1968 for University College of Medicine in
a new teaching appointment. i.' DC
As an experienced science Washington, D. C.
teacher, Sister Jeremia was .
then sent in 1971 to teach sci- .
ence at Judge Memorial She completed her Obstetrics and
Catholic High School in Salt
Lake City, Utah. With her Gynecology Residency at Rochester X
love for youth, she partici-
pated in Search and TEC General Hospital in Rochester, NY, AJ
weekends for Catholic teens
in Utah. where she served as Chief Resident
In 1980 Sister was appoint- from 2000 2001 Dr. Thompson is
ed associate vocation director from 2000 2001. Dr. Thompson is
by Bishop Weigand. She was American Board Certified in
also Vicar for Religious for
the Diocese of Salt Lake SISTER Jeremia Januschka Obstetrics and Gynecology and has
City. Up 't6 the time of her
death she Was the coordina- enjoyed serving her Bahamian
tor for continuing diaconate
formation at the diocesan community since 2001. Her practice,
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Lady of Lourdes Parish in The Tribune wants to hear Center, will be Opening January 30, 2006. She looks forward to continuing to
Salt Lake City. from people who are
Trained also in the art of making news in their provide Individualized and Specialized Care for Women.
spiritual direction, Sister neighbourhoods. Perhaps
reached out to many by giv- neighborhoods. Perhaps
ing group retreats and indi- you are raising funds for a
vidual spiritual direction. good cause, campaigning St. Elizabeth Women's Medical Center
Sister Jeremia became for improvements in the 155 Shirley Street (opposite Oriental Cleaners)
Mount Benedict's second area or have won an Nassau, Bahamas
regional superior in 1988, and award. Tel: 322-3831/323-7477
led Mdunt Benedict If so, call us on 322-1.986
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Do you have, or are likely to have, 5 BGCSE passes, including Math,
Physics/Combined Science and English Language at grade 'C' or above?

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Are you physically fit?

Are you between the ages of 16 and 20 years?

If you have answered "yes" to the questions above then read on.

The Bahamas Maritime Authority and the Bahamas Shipowners Association are
once again offering attractive scholarships to young academically sound Bahamians
who are keen to train for an exciting and challenging career in the Maritime
Industry which is gaining increasing national importance.

These generous scholarships are inclusive of tuition, fees, course material,
accommodation and transportation costs. Commencing in September 2006,
successful candidates will follow a 4 year degree programme at the California
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completion of the degree, the qualified officers will be expected to serve on board
a Bahamian flagged vessel for at least 2 years provAing the solid foundation on
which to build their Maritime careers.
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tel: 394 3024, fax: 394 3014. Completed
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by post, with copies of academic
certificates/transcripts and proof of
Bahamian citizenship, no later than 1st May,
2006. Interviews will take place in Nassau
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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.
Excitement and DJ Fatal. Drink specials all night long.

Baardi 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 spe-
cials all night long.

Wild Jungle, each and every Wednesday night @ Club Trappers, Nassau's
"upscale" gentleman's club. Featuring a female body painting extravaganza.
Free body painting @ 8 pm. Ladies always welcome. Admission: Men
free before 10 pm. Females free. There will be free food and hors d'oeu-
vres 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 Mondaze @ Topshotters Sports Bar. Drink specials all night
long, including karaoke warm-up drink to get you started. Party from 8pm-

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 ithehe Main Lounge, neon lights and Go Go
dancers. Admission: Ladies free before llpm, $15 after; Guys $20 all

Dicky Mo's @ Cable Beach. Flavored Fridays Happy Hour, every Friday.
Drink specials: Smirnoff Kamikaze Shots, $1; Smirnoff Flavoured Marti-
nis, 2 for $10; Smiroff 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 Fridays
at 6pm with deep house to hard house music, featuring CraigBOO, Unkle
Funky and Sworl'wide on the decks.

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

Sweet Sunday Chil 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.

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

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

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

Sunday Night Interlude @ Briteley's Restaurant & Lounge, Eneas St off
Prin~ian flrivp Fplatirin Frankiep Victorv at thpe Iev hoard in the After


Transforming Spaces: The National 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 Stu-
dio 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 audi-
ences and deepen their relationships and relevance to Bahamian people
through experience based dialogue. If you're an artist interested in partici-
pating in the "Paint Out", please contact Malcom Rae at stingrae@batel-

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 per-
formers. 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 Collection @ the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, an exhi-
bition that takes the viewer on a journey through the history of fine art in the
Bahamas. It features signature pieces from the national collection, including
recent acquisitions by Blue Curry, Antonius Roberts and Dionne Ben-
jamin-Smith. Call 328-5800 to book tours. This exhibition closes February 28,

The Nassau Music Society is featuring, in association with Fidelity, RBC and
RoyalStar Assurance as part of their "FESTIVAL OF RUSSIAN
ARTISTS", Yuri Bashmet and the Moscow Soloist Orchestra who return
once again to Nassau on February 24, 26 and 27- their guest artist will be
JoAnn Deveaux-Callender. In April Oleg Polianski is featured on the piano.
Purchase your tickets from January 4,2006 at the Dundas Theatre (394-7179);
AD Hanna & Co (322-8306) and the Galleria JFK (356-seat). Details of the
venues and programmes will be available on the website shortly. Do not miss
this opportunity to listen to live world class musicians.""

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

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Dark Room every Sunday, 8.30pm to midnight. Fine food and drinks.
Paul Hanna, Tabatha and Gene, and the Caribbean Express perform at Pre & Post Natal Fitness Classes are being held 6:30pm Tuesdays and Thurs-
Traveller's Rest, West Bay St, every Sunday, 6.30pm-9.30pm. days at Nassau gymNastics Seagrapes location (off Prince Charles Dr). Doc-
tor approval is required. Call 364-
~i ,i. R4Y3 to retitcr o-r for mor.. inf.'

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
testing is available. For more info call 702-4646 or 327-2878

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

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

Doctors Hospital, the official training centre of the American Heart Asso-
ciation offers CPR classes certified by the AHA. The course defines the warn-
ing signs of respiratory arrest and gives prevention strategies to avoid sud-
den 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 Doc-
tors Hospital Community Training Representative at 302-4732 for more infor-
mation 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.

NNWBBII UCivic Clues

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 Presbyter-
ian Kirk. The activities include tutoring, computers, karata, sports, art, dra-
ma and baking. The programme is free to children from the Bain and
Grants Town communities. Parents interested in enrolling their children
should contact the church at 322-5475 or email:

JAR CYCLING: The owners of JAR Cycling are pleased to offer a
cycling clinic for juniors between 10 and 17. The free clinic will be held
every Saturday in an effort to encourage kids to cycle. Parents interested
in registering their children should contact organizers at
The Nassau Bahamas Alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
Incorporated meets 6:30 pm every third Wednesday at the Bahamas Nation-
al Pride Building.

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

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
Monday of the month in the Board Room of the British Colonial Hilton
Hotel, Bay St.

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

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

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

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

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.


Edwin Culmer

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ral Bowles, describing the
prison guard as an excellent
"The prisoners did not like
him because he did his job and
unfortunately that is what prob-
ably got him killed," Mr Cul-
mer said.
Corporal Bowles was stabbed
to death and two other prison
guards wounded after being
overpowered by four inmates
at Fox Hill's maximum security
block during an escape before
daylight Monday morning.
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 is

being hunted by police.
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.
The Tribune contacted Dr
Rahming's office for comment,
however no response was issued
up to press time.

* SUPERINTENDENT of Prisons Dr Elliston Rahming

The Tribune and the

Minister of Education's

Book Club present

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February 13, read this engaging thirteen part sto- -' -
ry about a dyslexic boy, Jamie, and his encounter" -
with a thief. Also read special.weekly articles i:-
from the Special Services Section of the Depart-
ment 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 focsii on constructive choices thi'ough ei 6is e to' ':
worlds beyond their immediate environment. Breakfast Serials stories are short,
engaging and compelling so that the reader keeps coming back for more.

Read, learn, enjoy.

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Jamie, being dyslexic, may not be
able to read words on a page, but he
can read clouds and what he sees is as
wondrous as it is unbelievable-to oth-
ers. One 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 accu-
rate, 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 mes-
sage. Reading the Sky brings high
adventure from the sky and on and off
the page.

Read "Reading the Sky"
with us ... every weekday
from January 26 to
February 13, 2006.

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food items from Denise Minnis, assistant director of youth at the Ministry of Youth, Sports and
Culture, and several participants of the Fresh Start Programme
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Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT The Ministry
of Youth, Sports and Culture's
Fresh Start Programme made a
donation of food items to the
Salvation Army on Wednes-
day, in support of that organi-
sation's community service
Denise Minnis, assistant
director of youth initiatives in
the ministry, joined several
Fresh Start participants to make
the presentation at the Salva-
tion Army headquarters on
West Atlantic Drive in Grand
The Fresh Start Programme
- a job training and youth
development initiative de-
signed to help young persons
acquire vital job skills was
launched in Freeport on Octo-
ber 3, 2005.
Ms Minnis said the three-
month programme was com-
prised of three components a

four-week computer training
programme, two-weeks of com-
munity service, and a six-week
The first cycle consisted of 17
participants and ended on
December 30.
Ms Minnis encouraged more
businesses to get involved in the
programme to assist with train-
ing and placement for partici-
A graduation ceremony is
slated for Today at 2pm at Our
Lucaya Resort and Minister of
Youth Neville Wisdom is
expected to attend.
A number of activities were
held leading up to the gradua-
tion, which included a church
service on Sunday.
In addition to the pre-gradu-
ation activities, Ms Minnis said
that participants decided to
make a contribution to the Sal-
vation Army.
"We selected the organisa-
tion because we know what the
organisation is doing in the

community, and we know that
needy persons in the commu-
nity would benefit from this
donation," she said.
Salvation Army official Cap-
tain Chris Mathias said he is
very grateful for the "generous"
"There are so many charita-
ble groups and organizations on
the island . and we want
thank them for selecting the Sal-
vation Army as a demonstra-
tion of their confidence and
faith in the organisation," he
Captain Mathias said his
organisation is now focusing its
attention on the distribution of
bedding and building supplies
to hurricane victims on Grand
"We have been taking names
and doing assessments, and
evaluating the extent of their
needs so and giving to those are
most in need in terms of recov-
ery, restoration and reconstruc-
tion," Captain Mathias said.

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Wendy's and Pepsi are offering a full six year

scholarship, including an annual $225 book

allowance to 2 boys and 2 girls.

To be eligible for the scholarship, you must be a student graduating from
GRADE 6 PUBLIC SCHOOL this year, have been accepted to one of the participating


(listed below), and must have a legitimate financial need. An acceptance

letter from the school of your choice must accompany your application.

* St. Anne's High School (Feb. 4 exam date)

* St. Augustine's College (Jan. 27 exam date)

* Aquinas College (Jan. 30 exam date)

* St. John's College (Feb. 4 exam date)

* Grand Bahama Catholic High (Feb. 4 exam date)

* Freeport Anglican High School (Feb. 4 exam date)

Application forms should be collected from
the Wendy's Head Office on Harold Road,
Monday Friday between 9:00 a.m. and
5:00 p.m. from now to February 28th.

Deadline for submitting applications
is Friday, March 24th at 5:00 p.m.
Applications to be returned to the
Wendy's Head Office on Harold Road
attention Ms. Allison Ferguson.

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CITY MARKET butcher Urban "Strawberry" Knowles shares
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(Photo by Arthia Nixon-Stack for DP&A)


i a resident of Rubert
'. Dean Lane, will be held
:r| I I *at Metropolitan Church
of The Nazarene, East
SStreet and Bahama
SAvenue, on Saturday
January 20th, 2006 at
11:00 a.m. Officiating will'be Pastor Nelson
Pierre, assisted by other ministers of the gospel.
Interment"follows in Southern Cemetery,
Cowpen and Spikenard Roads.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Katia,
his children: Frankie, Jason, Jamie, and Jermaine;
his step-children, Michelle and Demeco; his
mother, Vernita Altidor; his brothers, Ford
Belizaire, Jamaal Lubin, John Altidor, Wilfred
and Emmanuel Belizaire; his sisters, Gernie
Daniel, Michelene Belizaire, Yoland Lafrance,
Yreille (Eray) Belizaire, Monaise Cartwright;
aunt, Anna Belizaire, brothers-in-law, Cedrac
Daniel, Joceny Lafrance, and Troy Cartwright;
his nephews, David, Jasun, Thomas Jr., Joshua,
Benjie; his nieces, Victoria, Deandra, Brittany,
Keisha, Cindy, Wilfrenique; his grandnephew:
Marvin Jr.; his grandniece: Mauricia; his cousins
including: Mitchell Lubin Sr., Mitchel Lubin
Jr., Nadine Lubin, Tamika Moxey, Karen
Hepburn, Antoinette Palacious, Shanika Sears;
other relatives and friends including, Lamercie
William, Junior and Joel Jacques, Karen Fils,
Deborah Rogers, Peter Johnson, "Yellow",
Sharlene Dean, Staff of Pinder's Custom Brokers
Ltd., Staff of Island Cellular, the Bain Town
Family, and Staff of Multi-Discount Furniture
and Appliances, James Louissaint and family.

Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's
Funeral Home, Market Street, from.10:00 a.m.m-
6:00 p.m. on Friday and on Saturday at the
chlirci froin--t:00 a.m. until service time.

Buster Neil
Rolle, 41

1 ,a resident of Montego
.* i Street, Golden Gates
.- #2, will be held at The
Grants Town Seventh
. Day Adventist Church,
S . Wellington Street, on
, ".:."''.' p ',:ri-,: Sunday January 21st,
:^t, 2006 at 1:00 p.m.
Officiating will be
Pastor M. A. Smith. Interment follows in Old
Trail Cemetery, Old Trail Road.

Left to cherish his memory are his 2 sisters,
Louise Rolle and Joycelyn Brown; 4 brothers,
Leviticus Rolle of Miami, Fla., Rudolph Griffin,
Franklyn Brown and Billy Rolle; 3 aunts,
Carmetta and Carrie Rolle and Agnes Glass; 2
uncles, Leroy Glass and Edgebert Rolle; 11
nieces, Ananeasthic Ast. of PMH Mel
Armbrister, Deborah Burrows, Theresa, Shanette,
Elaine Knowles, Adrina Bastian, Sandra Frazier,
Angie Thompson, Marina McKenzie, Monique
Denancy and Yvonne Gardiner; 4 nephews, Able
Seaman Clearance Cleare ofR.B.D.F., Johnathan,
Ezettis and Andrea Rolle; numerous cousins
including, Cynthia Mortimer, Patrica Johnson,
Carmelitta Williams, George Gardiner, Joseph,
Donald, Leroy Jr., Wilford, David, Althea,
Virginia and Violet Glass, Sherry Elliott,
Dorothea Delaney, Sonia Elliott of Boynton
Beach Fla., Sgt. 1947 Dwayne Colebrook, Atny.
Jacob Rose of West Palm Beach Fla., Edna
Hanna, Philip Johnson, Dianna Rose, Ruthmae
Rose, Stephen, Jamal, Tenance, Philo, Dion and
Brian Rose; a host of otherr relatives and friends
including, the Grants Town S.D.A Church family,
Grants Town S.D.A Prayer Band, the Miller
family, the Belizaire family, Dr. and Mrs. R.E.
Cooper and family, Beryl Thompson and family,
Philamese Burrows and family, Rubbyann
Darling and family, the Armbrister family, the
community of Bain Town and Golden Gates

Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's
Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10:00 a.m.-
6:00 p.m.on Saturday and on Sunday from 9:00
a.m.-11:00 a.m. and at the church from 12:00
noon until service time.

Iutr'Js Auneral iromnnes & &ematorium
Telephone: 393-2822, York & Ernest Sts.
P.O. Box N-712, Nassau, Bahamas


S/ .. of Adelaide Road and formerly
,-- z.' of South Caicos Turks Island will
-. be held on Saturday, January 21st
t at 10:00 a.m. at St. George's
S I Anglican Church, Montrose
Avenue. Officiating will be Fr.
B7i i ', Kingsley Knowles Assisted by
Fr. Roland Hamilton, Fr. Timothy
Eldon and Fr. Colin Saunders.
Interment will follow in
Lakeview Memorial Gardens
and Mausoleums, John F.
Kennedy Drive.
Mrs. Duncanson is survived by her Children; Maud Jones, Elaine
Cooper, Monica Sands, Maxine Carpenter, Bert and Cecil
Duncanson; Adopted-children; Felix and Leon Stubbs, Veronica
Duncanson and Olive Tinker; One (1) Brother; Stanley Godet;
Grandsons and family; William and Linda Jones, Winston and
Tracy Moss, Milton Cooper, Mario, Marcian, Daks and William
Duncanson, Corey Thompson and Matthew Carpenter; Adopted-
Grandsons; Tyrone, Craig and Dion Peterson; Granddaughters and
family; Thea and Harold Cheesborough, Anne and Steve Whylly,
Joan Cooper, Olga, Dena and Charlene Balfour, Monique Moss-
Anderson, Megan Carpenter, Delisa, Brandace and Shari
Duncanson; Adopted-Granddaughter; Stacey Peterson; Great-
Grandchildren; Ianthe, DaNez and Jamal Jones, Jarrel and Jerrad
Hall, Azare Collins, Antya and Annja Whylly, Philip and Erin
Cheeseborough, Rashad Kelly, Nicole, T'nae, Thea and Tai Moss,
Bernique Pople, Mason, Caleb, Ashanti and Ariel Duncanson,
Sascha Hamilton-Miller; Two (2) Sons-in-law; Michael Carpenter
and Sammy Sands; One (1) Daughter; Delores Duncanson;
Whilemina Anderson, Jessica Duncanson, Keturah Ferguson,
Valerie and Pamela Duncanson, Kathleen Godet and Mrs. Stanley
Godet; One (1) Brother-in-law; Dewitt Duncanson; Nieces and
Nephews and families; Roosevelt and Dorothy Godet, Val,
Katherine, Katina and Michael Lockhart, Earl and Louis Godet,
Veronica Pierson, Vivienne Godet, Barton, Blythe and Porter
SDuncanson, Majorie Basden, Cynthia Mayhew, Humphrey, Nathan,
Michael, Spencer, Anne, Patricia and Mack Duncanson, Egbert
Kennedy, Alvin, Lavardo, Marvalo, Devana, Keturah and Dewitt
Duncanson, Pamela Phillips, Dwayne Saunders, Owen, Dena, Dee
Dee and Bryan Hamilton; Caregiver; Dorothy and other relatives
and friends including; Flossie Seymour, Edith Godet and family,
Monica Thompson and family, Mary and Ted Quant, Elaine Ewing,
Hunter and Muriel Stubbs, Canon Lemuel Been and family,
Charlamae and Gustavus Forbes and family, Emily Colebrooke
and family, Christopher Cooper and family, Mrs. Faith Hepburn
and family, Loretta Burrow, Alma Sands and family, Randolph
Peterson and family, The Godet and Duncanson families, The
ACW of St. George's Church, The Guild to Help The Sick and
Needy, Fr. Kingsley Knowles and family, Fr. Ivan Eldon and
family, Rev. Dr. Roland Hamilton and family, Fr. Colin Saunders
and family, The St. George's Church family, The Holy Cross Parish
family and the Montrose Avenue family.
Viewing will be held at the Chapel of Butlers' Funeral Homes and
Crematorium, Ernest and York Streets on Friday from 12noon
until 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until service time
at the Church.

Pinder's FumerafHome
"Service Beyond Measure'
PHONE: 322-4570/ 393-1351 CELL: 357-3617


Urban 'Strawberry'

Knowles makes the cut

CITY Market butcher Urban
"Strawberry" Knowles has been
on the cutting edge for more than
four decades.
After 43 years of slicing, dicing,
chopping and packaging his way
through an estimated 1,000 pounds
of meat a day at City Market in
the Seagrapes shopping plaza,
Strawberry says he is far from
In fact, he says, on most days he
would rather be on the job than
just about anywhere he can think
of. It is this kind of enthusiasm that
has sealed his place as a favorite
among shoppers.
"When I started butchering at
17, it wasn't my first choice, but
it's a wonderful profession and I'd
rather be a butcher than a con-
struction or office worker," says
Strawberry, who convinced his son
Brian to take up the family trade at
Strawberry first joined City Mar-
kets in his mid-20's. He left three
years later for the then-popular Joe
& Berlin's Foodland on Shirley
Street in 1969, where he remained
until its closure, 28 years later.
Strawberry was then offered a job
at another supermarket and City
Market came calling.
"I was on the other job for three
weeks and someone told me City
Market was looking for me ever
since they heard Joe & Berlin
closed," he recalls. "City Markets
was one of my favorite places to
work and I was very humbled
knowing they remembered me and
wanted me back. They offered me
a spot as manager of the meat
department and I've been here for
11 years now."
Strawberry knows his meat -
how to select the tastiest, recog-
nise the sweetest, juiciest and fresh-
est and how to get value for mon-
He dishes out tips, shares recipes
and chats with customers who
know him by name. Six nights a

week, he trades in his butcher's
apron for a chef's hat preparing
dinner at home and often trying
something new he can share with
customers. .
"I make it a priority to be polite
with the customers and my coworlk-
ers," he says. "I try to be punctual
and work with my best foot for-
ward. I encourage all the young-
sters under me to do the same.
Randy Burrows, who now man-
ages the meat department in
Lyford Cay has credited me with
helping him and I'm proud of him."
Strawberry says he's gone
through enough meat to fill the
entire Seagrapes City Market store
from front to back, floor to ceil-
ing. P
He's also seen trends in pur-
chasing as diet habits change and
the awareness of disease increases.
"Twenty years ago red meat was
number one," he points out. "That
was when they used to bring in the
200 pound slabs of half a cow. Thdy
were huge! Now everyone wants
to be a health fanatic and we've
seen a decline in red meat.
"Poultry especially chicken
breast has always been the major
thing for Bahamians. When the
Avian bird flu came out we saw
declines and had a lot of concerns
from customers. The biggest effect
came with mad cow disease. We
suffered a while on that."
Today's top three local choices
are chicken, ground beef and steak,
Strawberry says.
"I advise my customers to look
for meat with a little piece of fat
running through it," says Straw-
berry. "That's actually grain and
makes the meat really tasty all the
way through. The better meats are
the cuts that have somewhat pale
appearance to them. Many people
:come back and tell me I gave them
great advice. But that's all in a
day's work and I enjoy my job so
much, I stay even though I
planned to retire three years ago."

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I Independence Drive Phone: 341-4055


Sejour, 49

of Tucker Lane
off Polehmus
Street and
formerly of
Haiti. will be

Sifk held on
Saturday 10:00 am at Mt Olive
Pipecostale Church of God, Flemming
Street and Baillou Hill Road. Pastor
Jean Brenold Vixamar will officiate and
interment will follow in the Southern
Cemetery, Cow Pen and Spikenard
Cherished memories are held by his)'
parents, Mr and Mrs Dasseis Sejour;
four children, Susette Dezome, J Ki.
Jean, William and Youseline Sejduri :
one brother, Honnell Sejour; one sister,;
Elcine Sejour; one sister-in-law, Silotte :
Sejour; cousins, Justine, Rony, Wilfrid, :
Sostene, Cristian, Ylan, Niklesse,*
Leamon Jean, Tito Jean, Makincdi,
Akang, Prossius; friends, Rosemary,
Pierre, Melur, Bennoer, Sandra, Julie,
Sainteke and Louinide and the entire
community of Tucker Lane.

Relatives and friends may view the:
remains at The Chapel of Memories,
Independence Drive on Friday from
3:00 to 7:00 pm and at the Church on
Saturday from 9:00 am to service time.

of Murphyville
Palmdale, who died at
this home on Tuesday,
will be held at Ebenezer
Methodist Church,
Shirley Street on
Saturday, January 21,
2006 at 3pm. Burial will
be in the church
cemetery. Pastor Martin

Loyley assisted by Mr
Sidney Pinder officiating.

He is survived by his daughter, Beryl and
son-in-law, David Hall from Wales; one
grandson, Troy Sturrup; his wife, Rebecca;
two granddaughters, Tara Lavalle, her
husband, Luc and Tonya Gay; her husband,
Dr Norman Gay; three great grandchildren,
Shanna Adderley and Andrew and Amber
Sturrup; son-in-law, Andrew Sturrup; sister-
in-law, Sara Culmer of Long Island, Octavia
Higgs an adopted sister and numerous
nieces, nephews, family and friends both in
the Bahamas and the United Kingdom.

Friends may pay their last respects on Friday,
January 20th, 2006 from 5:00pm until 7pm
at Pinder's Funeral Home, Palmdale Avenue,


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Police recruits take on domestic violence

disputes has long been regarded
by police officers as one of the
more difficult and distasteful
aspects of their job.
But with at least 10 of last year's
murders attributed to domestic
disputes, the latest recruits to the
Royal Bahamas Police Force must
face the challenge head on.
"Domestic violence is a crime
and as such, police officers and
other front-line workers need to
be able to respond to it appropri-
ately," said Assistant Superinten-
dent of Police Elaine Sands, the
officer in charge of police com-
munity relations.
She was the co-ordinator and a
presenter in the two-day Domestic
Violence Intervention and Pre-
vention Certificate Seminar, which
started Tuesday at the Police Col-
"Of the 52 murders we had last
year, about 10 of them were
domestic," said ASP Sands. "So,
we are trying to increase the inter-
vention skills of our police offi-
cers. That is the only emergency
measure they have to calm fears
and even make arrests in extreme
"It is important that their skills
are developed and they have the
right information that they need to
work with victims of domestic vio-
lence and even reach out to per-
Topics for the seminar included
conflict management, the role of
the Department of Social Services,
police response, and the role of
the Crisis Centre.
Recruits were also presented


with the Royal Bahamas Police
Force's policy on domestic vio-
"We do not need the police offi-
cers talking to members of the
public in a condescending man-
ner," she said. "When a member
of the public comes into a police
station, we need police officers to
reach out and to assist and to deal
with them respectfully, even taking
them into a private room to take
care of their matter.
"Wherever we can, we want to
reach out and assist because we
have to minimise the amount of
violence that we are seeing in this

The 71 recruits who are slated
for graduation in April gave their
full attention and participation in
the role plays, "so they can get an
actual feel as to exactly what they
are supposed to be doing," said
ASP Sands.
Recruit 3011 Finder noted that
the seminar was "very timely -
based on the events that are taking
place in the Bahamas today
among young women and men.
They need to be more educated
about the things they need to be
aware of as far as abuse in rela-
tionships are concerned."

ROLE-PLAY was an important part of the domestic
violence seminar for police recruits
(BIS photo by Gladstone Thurston)

ASP Elaine Sands lends an ear during Tuesday's domes-
tic violence seminar at the Police College
(BIS photo by Gladstone Thurston)



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on the high seas. Discovery Cruise Line
has provided daily service between Fort
Lauderdale and Freeport. Grand Bahama,
for the past 19 years.
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firm buys

cruise line

Tribune Staff Reporter
A BAHA MlAN company yesterday
announced it had signed a Letter of Intenet to
acquire Discovery Cruise Line, which has pro-
vided daily cruise service between Fort Laud-'
erdale and Freeport for the past 19 years, in
what was described as a "landmark" deal for
Bahamian entrepreneurs.
Captain Jackson L Ritchie, owner of Glob-
al United, will own both a cruise line and its
on-board casino when the reigns of the com-
pany are officially handed over to him some
time in June.
His wife, Kim Ritchie, will serve as execu-
tive vice-president of Discovery Cruises, which
presently brings more than 200,000 cruise pas-

Global United to

acquire Discovery

Cruise Line in

'landmark' deal

for Bahamian


SEE page 4B

Tribune Business Editor
Bahamian busi-
ness executives
yesterday said
they remained
extremely con-
cerned about the impact the
proposed N.tional Health
Insurance scheme could have
on firms and the wider econo-
my, after it was revealed that
the likely contribution rate
would be 5.3 per cent of an
employed worker's annual
Dr Marcus Bethel, the min-
ister of health, yesterday

announced that the contribu-
tion rate would be split evenly
between the employer and
The proposed contribution
will be equal to 5.3 per cent of
a worker's earned wages,
meaning that employers will
pay the equivalent of 2.65 per
cent, a sum matched by the
However, self-employed
workers will have to pay the
full 100 per cent of this amount,
meaning they will contribute
5.3 per cent of their annual
earnings to the National Health
Insurance plan.
The Government will make

contributions on behalf of the
poor and all children aged up
to 17 and "youths" still in full-
time education.
However, Winston Rolle, the
former Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce president, who
dealt with the National Health
Insurance scheme during his
term in office, told The Tribune
that yesterday's announcement
still left "lots of questions to
be answered".
The Bahamian business com-
munity has long been con-
cerned that the scheme would

SEE page 6B

Banks and trustees need

Tax Compliance Officer

Tribune Business Editor
BAHAMIAN banks and
trust companies were yester-
day urged to appoint a Tax
Compliance Officer to act as a
focal point for dealing with all
tax-related requests coming
from the Ministry of Finance,
IRS and other tax agencies, an
attorney warning that there
could be "huge penalties" for

missing information exchange
Joel Karp, senior partner
with the Goral Gables firm of
Karp & Genauer, told a Soci-
ety of Trust and Estate Practi-
tioners (STEP) Bahamas lun-
cheon that while the Tax Com-
pliance Officer would have a
role similar to that of the Mon-
ey Laundering Reporting Offi-
cer required under the Finan-
cial Intelligence Unit (FIU),

they would require no formal
Instead, they would lookfor
tax-related requests sent to
trustees by the Bahamian gov-
ernment and US tax authori-
ties as a result of the Tax Infor-
mation Exchange Agreement
(TIEA) and organisee things".
The Tax Compliance Officer

SEE page 5B

NIB targets 50% self-

employed compliance

Tribune Business Editor
THE National Insurance Board (NIB) is targeting a 50 per
cent compliance level among self-employed workers, which "con-
tinues to pose a challenge".
The NIB's 2004 annual report, tabled in Parliament this week,
said the organisation was also seeking to increase direct bank
deposits of long-term payments to 75 per cent.
While NIB's contributions during 2004 increased by $3.5 million
to $125.5 million, this figure fell short of the $130 million target by
3.5 per cent.
Meanwhile, benefits expenditure rose by 7.7 per cent to $114.4
million, up from $106.2 million in 2003. The pension branch
accounted for most of the increase, some $4.5 million.
There was a 17 per cent decrease in the registration of employ-
ers, but a 2 per cent rise in the
number of registered self- o an
employed workers compared to SEE page 5B

Bahamas' US tax

treaty is 'superior'

Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas' Tax Infor-
mation Exchange Agreement
(TIEA) with the US is "a supe-
rior treaty, in many respects,
compared to other jurisdic-
tions", a prominent US attor-
ney said yesterday, due to the
"strong" procedural safeguards
it contains.
Joel Karp, senior partner
with the Goral Gables firm of
Karp & Genauer, told a Soci-
ety of Trust and Estate Practi-
tioners (STEP) Bahamas lun-
cheon that while the TIEA's
scope was broad, the Bahamas
had procedural safeguards not

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included in other treaties that
the US had signed.
He said: "There are strong
procedural safeguards here to
take account of in dealing with
clients. It's comforting that
there all these safeguards that
can be invoked."
The TIEA with the US has
come into effect in two phases.
Tax information exchange on
criminal matters began on Jan-
uary 1, 2004, and January 1,
2006, saw the start of tax infor-
mation exchange with the US
for civil cases.
However, Mr Karp pointed

SEE page 6B


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

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

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

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

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

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


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19 January 2006
52.vK-H 52,.k-Low Symool Pre\ ous Close Today s Close Cnarnge Daily Vao EPS S Div S PIE Yield
1 10 0 73 Abaco Markets "0 73 0 73 000 -0 169 0000 NiM 00%0
10.52 8.00 Bahamas Property Fund 10.52 10.52 0.00 1.456 0.360 7.2 3.42%
7.24 5.55 Bank of Bahamas 7.00 7.00 0.00 0.587 0.330 11.6 4.71%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.70 0.70 0.00 0.175 0.020 4.0 2.86%
1.80 1.26 Bahamas Waste 1.26 1.26 0.00 1,538 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 9.55 0.00 0.689 0.240 13.9 2.51%
2.20 2.03 Collna Holdings 1.64 1.64 0.00 681 -0.046 0.000 NM 0.00%
9.25 7.10 Commonwealth Bank 9.14 9.25 0.11 2,000 0.791 0.450 11.7 4.86%
4.38 4.12 Consolidated Water BDRs 4.20 4.28 0.08 0.000 0.000 0.0 0.00%
2.88 1.50 Doctor's Hospital 2.75 2.88 0.13 2.000 0.429 0.000 6.6 0.00%
6.20 3.96 Famguard 6.20 6.20 0.00 0.428 0.240 13.0 3.87%
10.90 9.73 Finco 10.90 10.90 0.00 0.717 0.530 15.2 4.86%
10.90 7.50 FirstCaribbean 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 0.500 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 0.526 0.405 15.1 5.43%
9.10 8.22 J.S. Johnson 9.10 9.10 0.00 0.572 0.560 15.8 6.19%
7.00 4.36 Kerzner International BDRs 6.80 6.88 0.08 0.138 0.000 49.2 0.00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 2.036 0.760 4.9 7.60%
52nkH. 52wl-.Low Symbol Bid S Ask 5 LasI Price .Veekly Vol EPS S Div S PIE Yield
13 00 12 SO Banamas Supermarkets 13 25 14 25 11 00 1 917 0 720 7 2 5 05",
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%
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0.60 0.35 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.35 -0.103 0.000 N/M 0.00%
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1 2691 1 1716 Colina Money Market Funa 1 269050"
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 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.312472"
1.1442 1.0782 Collna Bond Fund 1.144217""
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52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Collna and fidelity)
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for 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 mths
Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid In the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful
P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1. 1994 100
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P.O.BOX 42009, GRAND BAHAMA, BAHAMAS, is applying t

the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenshi fo
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that an

person who knows any reason why registratsion/ naturahlizdation shouldA

not be granted, should send a written and signed statement of tha
faCts within twenty-eight days from the 20TH day of JANUARiY
2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship!
P.O.Box F-41085, Grand Bahama, Bahamas. ____
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P..BOX 42009, GRAND BAHAMA, BAHAMAS, is applying tND

the credMinister responsible for Nationalits of the above-named Company are requested to attend af
creditors Meeting on the 23rd day of January, 2006 at the British Colonialan
creditors of the captioned Company reason why registatus of the uraliquidation shouldate
not be granted, should send a wrid on matters relevant and tosigned sfacilitatement the election of a Creditors'h
facts wommithin twenty-eight days from the 20TH day of JANUARof the

Pleas2006 to the Minister responsible for Nati attend either personality andor to be represCtizenshited

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Bank's latest
branch, in the
Golden Gates
Shopping Centre,
is scheduled to open in Novem-
ber 2006 with construction of
the $3 million complex having
begun on Monday.
The facility, designed by the
architect firm Kenneth Lam
and Associates, is being built
by Osprey Developers Com-
The stand-alone branch,
located on the north-eastern
side of the Golden Gates Shop-
ping Centre, will serve the
Carmichael and southern New
Providence communities.
,"When we broke ground on
this site in May of 2005, we
were proud to state that con-
struction of this new branch
demonstrated our commitment
to take complete banking ser-
vices to the people," said chair-
man T.B. Donaldson.
"Now, as all preliminary
work is in place and we have
signed the contract for con-
struction, we are re-iterating
our commitment to community


* CONSTRUCTION started this week on the new 10,000-square foot Commonwealth Bank
branch at Golden Gates Shopping Centre, with a targeted completion date of October 31. Pictured
at the contract signing with Osprey Developers, standing L to R, are: William B. Sands, Jr., presi-
dent and chief executive, Commonwealth Bank; Kenneth Lam, architect; Godwyn Blydon, Com-
monwealth Bank's manager of administration. Seated, L to R: T.B. Donaldson, CBE, chairman,
Commonwealth Bank; Thomas Whitehead, vice-president, Osprey Developers Company; and
Franklyn Butler, director and chairman of the Premises Committee, Commonwealth Bank.

banking and the strength of the
Bahamian economy to support
William 3. Sands, Jr, the
bank's chief executive, said the
new branch will follow what
has become the signature Com-
monwealth Bank look white
Bermuda roof, concrete block
construction, and grey exterior
with white trim. Much of the
interior will be dedicated to a
customer-friendly lobby in grey
and pink marble and granite,
with ample customer parking
as well as handicapped access.
"When Commonwealth
Bank built the first building in
this style at Oakes Field, we




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





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





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

built about a 5,000 square foot
structure, and by the time they
moved in, the bank had out-
grown the building because the
population in the area had
grown so fast, beyond anyone's
expectations," recalled Mr
Other similar buildings were
built in Grand Bahama, Cable
Beach and Wulff Road, with
other branches updated to
reflect the readily identifiable
look. "Commonwealth Bank
has always been a bank of the
people and is located in areas
that cater to the Bahamian
public," Mr Sands said.
"Carmichael Road is the area
of greatest growth." A traffic
study a few years ago identi-
fied the triangular intersection

that faces the new branch as
the busiest in the nation.
Commonwealth Bank's his-
tory with Golden Gates goes
back nearly two decades when
the bank operated a sub-
branch, offering only deposit
services, within the Super Val-
ue Food Store. When the new
branch opens, it will employ 40
extra staff, offer full banking
services including walk up and
drive-through automated bank-
ing machines. With this branch
Commonwealth will have 10
branch locations serving the
public throughout New Provi-
dence, Grand Bahama and




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





Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137(8)
of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the dissolution of
TRT VALLEY LTD. has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution
has been issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the




(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 Argosa Corp. Inc.,
of P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.


Abaco Beach

Resort & Boat

Harbour unveils

Winter Special


THE Abaco Beach Resort
& Boat Harbour has
announced a Winter Special
promotion, where guests
who book for four nights will
get in free until March 1,
The hotel has 76 rooms
and suites, all with terraces

or balconies, and six upscale
cottages. John Neophytou,
the Abaco Beach Resort's
vice-president of operations,
said: "Abaco Beach Resort
is the perfect place for a
vacation to really relax and
unwind. The winter months
are the perfect time to visit
and enjoy peace and quiet,
and avoid the rush of the
spring break travellers."




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




(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 Argosa Corp. Inc.,
of P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.





Notice is hereby given that in accordance with
Section 137(8) of the International Business Companies Act,
2000, the dissolution of SCRATON INVESTMENTS LTD.
has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been
issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the







Genesis officer passes Series 6

THE vice-president of
operations at Genesis Fund
Services, Shonalee Bain, has
passed the Series 6 exam in
Florida with a mark of 94
per cent after studying with
the Securities Training Insti-
tute (STI).
Michael Miller, an attor-
ney and the STI's president,
said: "Ms Bain performed
exceptionally well, having
distinguished herself by
obtaining both the Series 7
and the Series 6 qualifica-
tions after preparing with
The Series 7 and the
Series 6 qualifying exams are
administered by the New
York Stock Exchange
(NYSE) and the National
Association of Securities
Dealers (NASD).

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Bahamian firm buys cruise line

FROM page 1B

sengers to Freeport annually.
It has brought four million vis-
itors to the Bahamas since it
began service in 1987.
"This is greatly empowering
to Bahamians in this industry
which drives our economy,"
said Captain Ritchie, whose
company is the largest shipping
agency in the Bahamas.
"Today is a landmark day for
my company and the
Bahamas," he added. "After
many months of negotiation,
Mr Rafael Ordonez, the owner
of Discovery Cruise Line, and I
have signed a Letter of Intent

for my company, Global Unit-
ed, to acquire the assets of Dis-
covery Cruise Line."
The dollar value of the acqui-
sition has not been revealed,
as the parties cited "certain
confidentiality agreements"
that would not be lifted until
the consummation is complete.
Mr Ritchie declined to com-
ment on the purchase price for
the acquisition or how it was
being financed. This indicates
that Global United will now be
seeking to put in place financ-
ing for the deal between now
and June, when it is expected
to close. He indicated the
financing would be arranged

before then.
Global United was created
following a rapid series of
acquisitions embarked on by
Mr Ritchie's original compa-
ny, Tanja Enterprises, over the
past two years.
Tanja, which was formed in
1991, expanded its business
holdings by buying United
Shipping of Freeport in 2004. It
then acquired Global Customs
Brokers and World Bound
Couriers Ltd, plus Sea Air Avi-
ation Ltd of Nassau, a year lat-
er. All three companies were
merged to form Global United.
The acquisition spree is like-
ly to have left Global United
carrying a hefty debt burden.
The company has become the
largest shipping agency of its
kind in the Bahamas and the -'
Caribbean, and is also a leader
in logistics services, which
include shipping, customs clear-
ance and trucking.
The company has offices in
Freeport, Nassau and Miami,
with over 250 employees.
Global United has worked
with Discovery Cruise Lines
for over 15 years as its port
agent, providing shore side sup-
port services to its vessel, and
also as its ticketing wholesale
Captain Ritchie called the
acquisition a "natural exten-
sion" on his present line of

work, extending his services
"from the shore to the seas".
He encouraged other
Bahamian entrepreneurs to fol-
low his lead, because "interna-
tional persons in the business
are no smarter or better than
"I am especially pleased that
Mr Ordonez has agreed to this
transaction, because it provides
for the very first time an his-
toric opportunity for Bahami-
ans to become more fully inte-
grated into the tourism indus-
try- an industry which drives
our economy," said Captain
"Additionally, it affords a
BDhamiAinaational, also for the
first time, the opportunity to
operate a casino on board that
vessel, once again providing
greater empowerment to
Bahamians in this industry."
On hand for the announce-
ment was Prime Minister Perry
Christie, Minister of Tourism,
Obie Wilchcombe, Dr Baltron
Bethel, deputy chairman and
managing director of the Hotel
Corporation, and Senator
Philip Galanis, who mediated
the acquisition and acts as
Global United's corporate
adviser. Also present were Hol-
lis & Co from Georgia, Lor-



(No. 45 of 2000)


Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 137
(8) of the International Business Companies Act, No.45 of 2000,
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 December
26, 2005.

Ms. Arlena Moxey

raine Armbrister, undersecre-
tary for the Ministry of Trans-
port and Aviaiton, and mem-
bers of the Discovery Cruise
Line management team.
Mr Christie called it "a proud
day" for him, saying Captain
Ritchie had displayed confi-
dence in the Bahamian econo-
my, because the risk he was
taking is "profound".
"He is putting himself and
his future on the line," said Mr
He added that "there is a sig-
nificant transaction involved
that will make this deal an even
bigger one", but this will not
be announced until June.
Looking at future plans for
Discovery Cruise Lines, Cap-
tain Ritchie said the straetgy
was for other islands in, the
Bahamas, especially his birth-
place, Long Island, to be con-
sidered as new ports of call for
the cruise line.
"We will be looking at all the
opportunities available to us,"
he said.

Mr Wilchcombe noted the&
uniqueness of the service pro-,
vided by this cruise line. He,
said that while in New Provi-O
dence, cruise visitors tended to-
spend less than stopover visi-,
tors, Discovery had brought
more visitors to Grand Bahama
for overnight stay than the air-;
Mr Wilchcombe said the-
future growth of the company
would mean the opening of.
more employment -opportuni-
ties for Bahamians.
Mr Ordonez said one of his
subsidiary companies will con-
tinue to offer hospitality ser-
vices for Discovery, and ihe
intends to continue to lend sup-
port to Captain Ritchie.
Captain Ritchie is a former.
SRoyal Bahamas Defence Force,,
marine who trained at the Roy-
al Naval College in the UK and
with the British Navy. He.
formed Tanja Enterprises in.
1991 after working in the
Grand Bahama shipping indus-
try for eight years.

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No. 328

Equity Side


Rule 31 of The Companies (Winding-Up) Rules, 1975

Name of Company

Address of Registered
Nature of Business

Number of Matter
Liquidator's Name

Mercantile Bank and Trust Company
Limited (In Liquidation)'
International Building, West Mall,
Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas
Banking Company
Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of the
Bahamas Equity Side
328 of 1977
Juan Manuel Lopez
P.O. Box F-42558, Freeport, Bahamas

DATED this 20th day of January, A.D. 2006.
Official Liquidator
P.O. Box F-42558
Freeport, Grand Bahama. Bahamas


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 AMERILEASE
CAPITAL CORPORATION 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 wasthe December 29, 2005.

Ms Alrena Moxey



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.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

The creditors of the above-named Company are required, on or before
February 28th, 2006 to send their names and addresses and the particulars
of their debts of claims, and the names and addresses of their attorneys (if
any) to Craig A. Gomez the Liquidator of the said Company at The Deanery
Cumberland Hill Street, P.O. Box N-1991, Nassau, The Bahamas, telephone
number 242-356-4114 or fax number 242-356-4125. The creditors may be
required by notice in writing from the said Liquidator, by his Attorneys or
personally, to come in and prove their said debts or claims at the office of
the Liquidator at such time and shall be specified in such notice. If in
default thereof they will be excluded from the benefit of any distribution
made before such debts are proved.


PAG E 4B, FR IDAY, JAN UARY 20, 2006




Banks and trustees need Tax Compliance Officer

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would help establish proce-
dures for responding to such
requests. informing all staff
personnel wh~t tp look for in
received mail, and dealing with
informing clients who were the
subject of such request. Advice
from attorneys and accountants
would also be sought.

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In dealing with matters relat-
ing to the TIEA signed
between the Bahamas and the
US, 'nd the civil information
exchange provisions that begin
following the close of the 2006
tax year, Mr Karp said "t.he
most important thing" was for:
Bahamian trustees and banks
to be organised.
"So that as soon as some-
thing relating to the US or any
other tax body arrives, it is giv-
en to the Tax Compliance Offi-
cer at the earliest possible
moment," Mr Karp said. "You
need to have a mechanism in
place to respond to these
requests, not just from the US,
but in the future maybe other
He warned that if certain
timelines were not met for pro-
viding information under the
TIEA, trustees could "hope-
lessly prejudice your client".
Therefore, all personnel in
banks and trust companies,
from the receptionist upwards,
had to be "sensitised" to pass
tax-related requests to the com-
pliance officer.
Mr Karp acknowledged that
the TIEA tad imposed anoth-
er burden on Bahamas-based
trustees, and where the US was
concerned, it had eroded finan-
cial privacy for both the settlor
and beneficiaries of trusts.
And he added that all infor-
mation accumulated by trustees
in order to satisfy Know Your
Customer (KYC) due diligence
could be made available under
exchange of information pro-
ceedings, provided they did not
violate legal professional priv-
ilege. Clients, Mr Karp said,
needed to be made aware of
He added that the best way
for Bahamian trustees to pro-

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* JOEL Karp is pictured with STEP Board members. From L to R: Karen Haven, Tanya Hanna, Dianne Bingham, Joel Karp, Alyson
Yule and Paul Winder.

tect themselves was to protect
their client, meaning that had
to fully inform the client about
the tax information exchange
situations and ensure they
understood what needed to be
"When you protect yourself,
you protect your clients," Mr
Karp said. "When you don't,
you might have to do some-
thing detrimental to the client
and you have no choice.

"We have homework to do.
We need to review what we
have and bring the clients up to
date. There is no need to panic,
we need to see how the world
turns out."
Mr Karp also urged trustees
to review all their trusts and

agreements with clients, to
ensure that the trust instrument
exonerated the trustee on
information disclosure provid-
ed it did not violate Bahamian
law. The trust instrument
should also require the trustee
to provide reasonable notice
to the client that an informa-
tion request has been made.
While Bahamian trustees
could not provide legal advice
to clients, Mr Karp said they
should be satisfied that clients
had obtained adequate legal
advice from attorneys in their
home countries. Special care
needed to be taken when the
trust settlor was in one juris-
diction, and the beneficiaries
in a variety of other countries.
Mr Karp said that while
financial and estate planning
was in a period of change, and

the relationship between high
net worth taxpayers and their
home countries changing, he
predicted that the Bahamas
would benefit because a num-
ber of clients were likely to fol-
low their money to this nation
and reside here.


However, he warned the
Bahamas to "proceed very
carefully" if it chose to follow
the Isle of Man's lead and
negotiate TIEAs that provid-
ed trade benefits in return, as
no 'level playing field' had been
established over the Organisa-
tion for Economic Co-Opera-
tion and Development's
(OECD) 'harmful tax prac-
tices' initiative.
The Isle of Man had negoti-

ated a TIEA with the Nether-
lands, and Mr Karp said there
may be issues that could lead
the Bahamas to consider such
But he added: "I would pro-
ceed very carefully, making
sure I'm getting something for
my money and making sure the
Isle of Man is not the only one
breaking ranks, as the Isle of
Man was under pressure from
the UK government, whereas
the Bahamas is not."
Mr Karp also suggested that
the Bahamas institute a level
of taxation for clients whose
countries required a certain
level of tax to be paid before
getting benefits.
He added that this might
help the Bahamas to be
removed from national t7,


-international Business Companies Act 2000,
"q.: :.- No. 45 of 2000


Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (8) of the
International Business: Companies Act, No.45 of 2000, the Dissolution
of POLVAN INVESTMENTS LIMITED has been completed, a
Certifcite of Dissolution has been issued and the Company has therefore
been struck off the Registrar. The date of completion of the dissolution
was January 6, 2006.

I C ,In.A l


International Business Companies Act 2000,
No. 45 of 2000


if twicee is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (8) of the
I international Business Companies Act, No.45 of 2000, the Dissolution
Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the Company has
therefore been struck off the Registrar. The date of completion of the
solution was January 4, 2006.

For: Continrntal Liquidators Inc.
I *


SInternational Business Companies Act 2000,
No. 45 of 2000


Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (8) of the
International Business Companies Act, No.45 of 2000, the Dissolution
of ROYTON OVERSEAS LIMITED has been completed, a Certificate
ff Dissolution has been issued and the Company has therefore been
struck off the Registrar. The date of completion of the dissolution was
january 4, 2006.

j B Fos'cr
For: Continental Liquidators, Inc.


International Business Companies Act 2000,
No. 45 of 2000


Notice is hereby given tmat in accordance 'with Sectioni138 (8) bf the
International Business Companies Act, No.45 of 2000, the Dissolution
of KALBAC HOLDINGS 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
January 4, 2006.

For: COnmimcul Liquidator,, Int. .


International Business Companies Act 2000,
No. 45 of 2000


Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (8) of the
International Business Companies Act, No.45 of 2000, the Dissolution
of JOLLY OVERSEAS 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
January 4, 2006.

aB. Foster
or: Continntl Liquidators, Inc.


International Business Companies Act 2000,
No. 45 of 2000


Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (8) of the
International Business Companies Act, No.45 of 2000, the Dissolution
of YOXFORD TRADING 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
January 4, 2006.

For: Continntal Liquidators, Inc.


International Business Companies Act 2000,
No. 45 of 2000


Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (8) of the
International Business Companies Act, No.45 of 2000, the Dissolution
of ACORN OVERSEAS 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
January 4, 2006.

For: Contioenlal Lquiidator, Inc.


International Business Companies Act 2000,
No. 45 of 2000


Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (8) of the
International Business Companies Act, No.45 of 2000, the Dissolution
of SALFORD TRADING 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
January 4, 2006.

1 B. Foster
For: Coolinental Liquidators Inc.


International Business Companies Act 2000,
No. 45 of 2000


Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (8) of the
International Business Companies Act, No.45 of 2000, the Dissolution
of DUTTON HOLDINGS 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
January 4, 2006.

For: Coninintal Liquida2 rs. Inc.



Bahamas' US tax

treaty is 'superior'

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"Teach Me. OLord Thy Way "...Psam 119:33


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

FROM page 1B
out that civil tax information
exchange requests could only
start for a taxable period after
January 1, 2006. The matter
also has to be pending at the
time of the information
Request. Therefore, the US
authorities could only start to
use the TIEA for civil cases on
tax returns filed for the 2006
fiscal yepr. Tax returns for cor-
porations are due on March 15,
2007, and for individuals, April
Mr Karp said the "final,
absolute and unequivocal" date
for individual US citizens to
file tax returns for 2006 was
October 15, 2007. As a result,
the Bahamian financial services
industry had plenty of time to
prepare for civil tax informa-
tion exchanges, since the US
authorities had to review all
returns before filing any
The Bahamas' TIEA with
the US contains a 'most
favoured nation' clause; allow-
ing the Bahamian government

to review other tax treaties
signed by Washington to assess
whether they are more
favourable than the one with
this nation.
If they deem this to be the
case, the Bahamas can renego-
tiate the TIEA with Washing-
ton to bring it into line with the
more favourable terms given
to other countries. Washington
has also signed tax information
exchange treaties with other
countries that have not yet
come into effect, but Mr Karp
said he did not expect the
Bahamas to raise either issue.
In addition, the Bahamas'
TIEA gives this nation the
right to renegotiate with the
US should its treaty "deviate"
from the Organisation for Eco-
nomic Co-Operation and
Development's (OECD)
"model treaty".
But again, Mr Karp said this
was unlikely to happen. "That
[OECD] treaty is not as good
as the Bahamas' treaty," he
Mr Karp acknowledged that

"the scope is very, very broad"
in relation to the Bahamas'
TIEA, covering all federal tax-
es. Apart from income tax, it
covers state taxes, excise taxes
and generation-skipping taxes.
Civil tax information
requests submitted by the US
had to be specific and relate to
a specific tax year. A US Trea-
sury official had to supply cer-
tification showing the request
was "forseeably relevant" or
material to calculating a US
taxpayer's income tax liability,
or criminal liability.
Mr Karp said that under the
Act to implement the TIEA,
Bahamian financial institutions
"have the right" to challenge
in court whether the informa-
tion request was properly
made, and whether it was made
in good faith.
He pointed to a case in
Bermuda several years ago,
when US clients challenged a
US tax information request on
the grounds that it was not
made in.the proper fashion,
and won. The US was found to

have withheld relevant infor-
Mr Karp said the term
"forseeably relevant and mate-
rial" meant broad disclosurT
but was designed to prevent
fishing expeditions under the
In addition, the TIEA
ensured the Government did
not have to carry out adminis-
trative procedures at odds with
this nation's laws and practices,
or supply information unob-
tainable under Bahamian law,,
Information that could com'-
promise national security,,o;
disclose business, trade, com-
mercial and professional
secrets, is excluded from the;
TIEA's information exchange
provisions, as are privileges
communications, such as attor,
ney/client privilege.
There are also no provisions
in the TIEA allowing InternI
Revenue Service (IRS) or othL
er US agents to come to tde
Bahamas and take part in inte&
views or investigations, at leas
not yet.

FROM page 1B

effectively act as another tax
on business, increasing operat-
ing costs and reducing the
economy's competitiveness.
The increased cost could even
force some companies to lay-
off staff.
Mr Rolle reiterated such
warnings yesterday, saying the
two key concerns about the
scheme when he had been in
office were how much it was
going to cost, and who was
going to pay for it. The latter
concern was held both from a
business and individual point
of view.
"What about small business-
es? What's it going to mean to
small businesses who have to
add another small percentage
to their costs," asked Mr Rolle.
I ci assure you that people

are going to be looking very
carefully to ensure that every-
one they employ is justified,
because you are adding more
costs to the equation."
Companies, Mr Rolle added,
were going to be looking at the
effects on their operations and
business plans from this pro-
posed National Health Insur-
ance contribution rate.
He also questioned what
would happen to private
Healthcaree insurers, as there
was no mention how the
National Health Insurance
scheme would work alongside
private provision. Many com-
panies have group health insur-
ance policies for their employ-
ees with private providers,
while individuals also have pri-
vate healthcare insurance.

NOTICE is hereby given that MONIQUE JEAN, 1221 NE
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 12TH day of JANUARY, 2006
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that ROSELAINE FORRESTER,
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 13TH day of JANUARY, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that BETTYANN SKINNER, P.O. BOX
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
13TH day of JANUARY, 2006 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.




(In Dissolution)

Pursuant to the provisions of SECTION 138 (8) of The International
Business Companies Act 2000, notice is hereby given that RANEW
DEVELOPMENT, LTD. has been dissolved and struck off the
Register as of the 21st December, A.D., 2005.

I ---...................

Jonathan F. Cathernwood
(In Dissolution)

Firms were unlikely to want
to pay twice for their employ-
ees' healthcare, Mr Rolle said,
adding that this was another
area needing answers. It was
also unclear whether the
National Health Insurance
scheme was mandatory.
"If you're going to make this
mandatory, what happened to
individual A or B, who may
have private health insurance
themselves?" asked Mr Rolle.
Philip Simon, the Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce's exec-
utive director, said: "The con-
cern has always been the cost
and administration of the pro-
gramme, and possibly the co-
ordinated integration of the
various proposals made by the
various commissions.
"They have to complement
one another, and not dverbur-
den business, the individual or
society in general."
Statistics provided to The
Tribune last year by one busi-
ness executive, using the coun-
try models utilised by Dr Aviva
Ron, a Pan American Health
Organisation consultant dur-
ing presentations to Bahamian
business and social groups on
the options available to a social
health insurance scheme for
this nation, found that using.
the Costa Rica model a hypo-
thetical company with 50
employees and an average
annual payroll of $780,000
would end up contributing
$72,150 per annum to the

Costa Rica's contribute.
rates are 9.25 per cent for ft
employer, while each employee
pays in a further 5.5 per centf
his take home pay to the health
insurance scheme. '
According to the statistics
provided to The Tribune, the
50-strong conipany and its
employees, who have an aver-
age weekly wage of $300,
would end up contributing a
combined $115,050 per annum
should the Bahamas choose o,
adopt the Costa Rican model
and its contribution rates.
Under the Aruba model,
with contribution rates setat
6.5 per cent for employers and
1 per cent for employees, thO
50-strong company would pay 4
total of $50,700 per annum in
Social Health Insurance, with
employees contributing just
$7,800. ., ., ,
For the 25-strong and 10;
strong companies, their annual
contributions if the Bahamas
adopted the Aruba rates would
be $21,125 and $6,760 respec-
Under the Trinidad rates of
5.6 per cent for employers and
2.8 per cent for employees, a
company with 50 staff would
pay $43,680 per annum, with
workers contributing a total of
The firm with 25 employees
would contribute $18,200 per
annum, while the 10-strong
company would pay $5,824.

The Public is hereby advised that I, NATASHA JOSEPHM
of Bacardi Road, Nassau, Bahamas, intend to change my.
name to NATASHA LIBERIS. If there are any objections to
this change of name by Deed Poll, you may write sucb2
objections to the Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-742,
Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after the;
date of publication of this notice.

Equity Side





Rule 68 of The Companies (Winding-Up) Rules, 1975
To: All Creditors who have not filed a claim in the Liquidati4

NOTICE is hereby given that a Fifth and Final Distributi
is intended to be made to all Creditors whose claims have been admittWd
in the Liquidation. You are mentioned as a Creditor in the Statemdft
of Affairs, but have not yet proved your debt.

If you do not prove your debt by the 21st day of Februay,
2006 you will be excluded from sharing in this Fifth and Final Dividend

DATED this 20th day of January, A.D. 2006

Official Liquidator
P.O. Box F-42558
Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas


k Vacancy For Deputy Surveyor
General Department Of Lands and,

Surveys Office Of The Prime Minisler

Applications are invited from suitably qualified
persons to fill the position of Deputy Surveyor
General in the Department of Lands and Surveys,
Office of the Prime Minister.

Requirements for the post:
Bachelor of Science Degree in Land
Surveying or related field.
Member of the Royal Institution of
Chartered Surveyors.
Registered/Licensed land Surveyor in The
Bahamas, a Commonwealth Country or
the United States of America.
Eight years post qualification experience
in Land Surveying.

Specific duties of the post include:
Coordinate and control surveys of Crown
Land as required.
Maintain the National Topographic
Mapping System.
Sustain and maintain a national cadastre
to facilitate identification of lands in The
Advise on the government's interest or
otherwise in respect of petitions to quiet
land in accordance with Quieting of Titles
Act 1959.
Administer the issuance of permits for and
subsequent use of aerial photography in
The Bahamas.
Coordinate the preparation of Crown Grant
and Lease documents and lease diagrams.
The successful applicant will report to the Surveyor
The salary of the post is in Scale E10 $38,300 x
$700 $42,500 per annum. Starting salary will be
commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Serving officers must apply through their Heads of
Application forms may be obtained from the
Department of Public Service, Poinciana Hill
Complex, Meeting Street. They should be returned,
complete with original qualifications and
documentary proof of relevant'experience to the
Secretary, Public Service Commission, Poinciana
Hill Complex, Meeting Street, no later than 31st
January, 2006.

Public Service Commission








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Hugh Campbell tournament

L ET'S hope that the
dispute between the
Grand Bahama Secondary
Schools Association and the
organizers of the Hugh
Campbell Basketball Clas-
sic is worked out in the best
interests of the tournament.
The GBSSA has been an
integral part of the tourna-
ment in all but one year
since it was formed more
than 20 years ago. So'it
would be unusual to see
that component absent
when the prestigious senior
boys tournament gets
underway next month.
GBSSA president Wayne
Smith came to town on
Monday and got a chance
to voice the frustration of
the Grand Bahama schools
to the organising commit-
It's obvious that, for as
long as the tournament has
been in existence, the play-
ers and the fans eagerly
look forward to seeing the
keen rivalry that has existed
between the two islands.
The association has some


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legitimate gripes, including
the way they are placed in
the four pools, which should
be seriously considered for

the integrity of the future
of the tournament.
And where there are con-
cerns about the legitimacy
of players participating,
either by age or transfers
from one school to the next,
these issues should be taken
up with the GSSSA and the
GBSSA rather than the
tournament committee.


I'm sure that like the
GSSSA, the GBSSA have
their rules in place and if
they are carried over into a
tournament like this, it
would alleviate any conflicts
that may arise in the future.
In the past, there have
been too many complaints
of players either being too
old, having competed in the
tournament for more than
three years (which is the
time required to be in
senior high school) or play-
ers that have been trans-
ferred to another school
after their eligibility.
This was a issue that was
not only pointed out in the

New Providence schools,
but those in Grand Bahama
as well.
So with the approach that
both the GSSSA and the
GBSSA adopting, it could
certainly change the whole
scope of the tournament
because only those players
who are eligible will and
should be allowed to partic-
That could also mean that
the parity within the schools
that was non-existent could
be more evident in the
Maybe this could also
change the face of the tour-
nament, which should now
be publicly recognized by
the Ministry of Youth,
Sports and.Culture and the
Bahamas Basketball
Federation as the national
high school tourna-
Notwithstanding the fact
that there is no other event
that brings out the keen and
competitive rivalry between
Grand Bahama and New
Providence than the
Bahamas Games.

The GBSSA also took
issue with a statement that
was made by Alfred Forbes,
who was responsible for set-
ting up the teams in the four
The GBSSA felt the com-
ments were aimed at them,
but Forbes has since denied
that his comments were
directed at a particular
school or island and that
they were taken out of con-


When there is no national
ranking, unlike the NCAA,
you can expect to have such
disputes and conflicts. At
times, even teams in the
NCAA complain about
where they are ranked.
. So let's come to a com-
promise and work out a
solution that can keep the
Grand Bahama teams com-
ing back.
The tournament may
not be as competitive or
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IN AN effort to bring all of the
participants on an even keel. the Min-
istry of Youth, Sports and Culture
will host a Regatta Conclave next
The event will be staged in the con-
ference room at the Ministry of
Sports. according to Minister Neville
Wisdom. He said it will address the
growing problems that continue to
plaque the sport in recent times.
While they have been dealt with
on an individual basis, Wisdom said
the ministry will meet for the first
time collectively with the Bahamas
Boat Owners and Sailors Associa-
tion, the Commonwealth Sailing

Association, the National Sailing
Association, representatives from all
of the Family Island Regattas and
the Ministry of Sports personnel.


Wisdom said the conclave is intend-
ed to make such that all the sailing
clubs and regattas comply with the
ministry's compliance department
and said all they are trying to do is
make it better for all persons partic-
ipating in the various island regattas.
"We believe that, in the past, some
public funds that have been spent on
sports, may not have been spent on
sports as wisely as they should," he
"We want to be able to stretch the

sports dollar by putting in the proper
systems in checks and balances in
place to ensure that public funds are
spent wisely."
In the instances of regattas, Wis-
dom said they are deeply concerned
about the maintenance and the devel-
opment of the economy of the Fami-
ly Islands through regattas.
"At the conclave, we want to speak
with everybody involved in regattas
to ensure that we are all on one page
in terms of determining a regatta cal-
endar, a methodology for funding and
a methodology for accounting."
Wisdom said the other sports that
have complied with the ministry find
themselves in a much better position
and are doing better in terms of fund-
ing for their programme.
He made reference to track and

field and swimming, which have been
able to travel at a reduced cost to
both the ministry and to all con-
"So I'm just hoping that the people
in regatta will understand that this is
not to discriminate against them,
but the same request is being
made across the board for all the
As a result of the constant bicker-
ing in the sport, Wisdom said there's
no sustainable growth in the partici-
pation of young sailors in the sport
and the sufficient amount of atten-
tion to the building of more native
As a result of having the conclave,
Wisdom said they hope to iron out
the problems that they are currently
experiencing in the sport.


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CALLING it the best
thing that has happened to
the Bahamas Cricket Asso-
ciation since 036, assistant
secretary/treeasurer Greg
Taylor welcomed the
$100,000 cheque they
received from Texas
billionaire Allen Stan-
But Stanford, a financier
and developer originally
fron Antigua, said it was
only a "drop in the bucket"
as he made the contribu-

Texas billionaire visits Bahamas in

preparation for Stanford 20/20 event

tion to the BCA on Thurs-
day for their preparation
Oor participation in his
Stanford 20/20 $1.5 million
jackpot cricket tournament
this summer.
Accompanied on hisg ri-
vate jet by a prestigious
group of the sports' leg-
ends Lance Gibbs, Ian
Bishop, Andy Roberts and

Rutherford said: "The programme Is
expanding that is why I \\as beckoning
for financial assistance. I feel as long as we
have the talent and I don't think that there
should be one kid left behind.
"As much as my programme is expand-
ing, we have more high school coaches
that are coming on board asking for
Bahamian talent. In some cases they are
providing some of the financial assistance
themselves, because they realise that these
kids are coming a long way and they have
to put something in the pot too.
"I have a situation in Dallas, where sev-
eral coaches from there are looking for
high school players, football and basket-
ball players. This is also the case in Hous-
ton, where my programme is set up and in
Baltimore where Devard is and there is
also Utah.
"These schools want me to send to
them at least five to 10 athletes. There is
room, we just have to be able to find ways
to get these athletes in school, an oppor-
tunity to give them a college education
and hopefully a professional career in the
The former track and field star said
narrowing the recruitment process down
to only two sports has helped.
Although he was involved in track and
field, Rutherford said the demand for bas-
ketball and football players is greater than
that for track and field stars.
And Rutherford says he will start the
recruiting process for other sporting dis-
ciplines like baseball and soccer.
He said: "The resources we have in
track and field are unlimited. There are

Ritchie Richardson, who
have adopted Bermuda,
the Bahamas, Jamaica and
the Cayman Islands respec-
tively the Bahamas was
the second of four stops
that. Stanford made to 19
participating countries to
make the initial presenta-
tion of the $28 million bud-

many coaches who can develop a great
track and field athlete and coaches who
will accept Bahamian athletes just the
way they are in track and field.
"But when it comes to sports like foot-
ball and basketball, programmes you need
to develop skills from young, you have
to go to high school if you want to take it
to the next level.
"Through me working with Devard and
his twin Devaughne showed me that there
is a big need for us to try and get more
young Bahamians that chance to play
American football and basketball.
"On each football team there is at least
100 to 150 scholarship opportunities. If
we give more Bahamians an opportunity
to play that game we will have more
young men who will graduate with a col-
lege degree.
"For me, my connections with NBA
players have also helped. The ties and
connections have really come on strong,
even at the high school levels where
coaches are asking for high school talent.
It is also pouring into the collegiate coach-
"But these coaches need the athletes
to be skilled and levelled on and off the
court. So they ask me to try and bring
them over to the United States to at least
complete the high school part of their
career and then we can get more of them
to play at a high level.
"When we say high level we mean at
division I colleges, bypassing the junior

"This is truly an historic
event for cricket. It is
something that has been
long overdue," Stanford
stressed. "
"We alPknow what has
happened to cricket in the
West Indies, even though
the Bahamas is out of the
West Indies Cricket Board
and the Bahamas is a part
u & eS

colleges many of our young men and
women have to go through because of
the Clearing House."
Cries for financial assistance was heard
by local businessman Peter Scavella.
At the press conference yesterday,
Scavella presented Rutherford with a
cheque he is hoping will relieve some of
the programme's financial burdens.

Scavella said: "I was impressed with
Frank, even from his collegiate days and
the way he carries himself. And plus he is
a good role model for many young men,
one of our first Olympic medallists.
"When I heard about what he was
doing I thought it was a great idea for me
to give back to the country. The pro-
gramme is a great way for him to give
back to the country, something I strongly
believe in.
"Even though we might have some
issues with our youths, I believe the ini-
tiative by Frank will help, even though it
might cost us.
"If you want to see the profit of an
investment, you must invest first, espe-
cially if our youths can benefit from it."
Rutherford and Barry are expected to
leave for Houston this weekend. Ruther-
ford will return in the summer in hopes of
recruiting more athletes into his pro-

of the Caribbean heri-
"And I hope that what
we will be doing&with 20/20
will reinvigorate cricket
and to bring it back up to
its former glory days
that we had a decade plus
With 14 of the world's
best cricket players on his
board, including the four
that accompanied him,
Stanford said ~ie Bahatnas
is getting a share of tie $6
million that he has ear-
marked for "grassroots"
But. Standford said he's
giving the Caribbean
Cricket Board just one
year to get its act together
because, having been in the
Caribbean for the past 23
years, he has loved the
"But I also'watched the
decline of the game," he
"And the only option is
to bring some entertain-
ment, some value and to
allow those young men to
see that there are some
options versus going into
basketball and the other
sports out there," he insist-
"And the second ing is
that when cricke oes well
in the West I dies, we all
do well because there's
nothing that puts the West
Indies together like cricket.
,It's a unifying glue that
brings us together."

After recently launching
the $1.8 billion Stanford
Caribbean Investment
Fund that is earmarked for
upscale development pro-
jects, primarily in the
tourism sector, Stanford
said he decided to intro-
duce the Stanford 20/20
Tournament that will take
place this summer.
The tournament will be
a single elimination knock-
out competition where the
winning team will receive
$1 million and the runners-
up collecting $500,000.
Additionally, the cricket
boards of the top two
teams will receive $200,000
and $100,000 respectively,
which must be used toward
the development and
improvement of the cricket
facilities in those countries.
Also, the Man. of the
Match in every game will
receive $25,000 and the
Man of the Match in the
final game will pocket
While the countries have
been awarded an initial
$100,000 donation for facil-
ities improvement, training
and other development of
the team and its members,
Stanford will also provide
an additional $10,000
stipend per month to sup-
port the players and coach-
es and $5,000 per month
for the maintenance and
upkeep of each country's
Bermuda was the first
stop before Stanford and

his entourage came to the
Bahamas. After a brief
lunch with the BCA and
Minister of Youth, Sports
and Culture Neville Wis-
dom, they departed for
Jamaica and the Cayman
The other countries that
will be apart of the tourna-
ment are Anguilla, Anti-
nua & Barbuda, Barbados;
Dominica, Grenadaa,
Guyana, Montserrat, Nevis,
St. Kitts, St. Lucia, the
British Virgin Islands, St.
tarten, St. Vincent,
nidad & Tobago and the
US Virgin Islands.
In addition to the four
legends mentioned above,
others who will serve as
ambassadors for the tour-
nament are Clive Lloyd, Sir
Everton Weekes, Desmond
Haynes, Courtney Walsh;
Sir Vivian Richards, Sir
Garfield Sobers, Gordon
Greenidge, Joel Garner;
Wes Hall and Curtly

Wisdom said cricket,
which was once widely
played and regarded as the
national sport of the
Bahamas, has dropped off
in terms of its prominence
as the sports of baseball,
basketball and softball
played in the United States
have surged to the top.
"But we have this unique
talent and ability to be very
successful in all of our
sporting endeavors and the
record speaks for itself;"
he charged.
"This" country of just
250,000 has the ability to
have NBA players, world
champions in track and
field, people who play in
the Major League level in
baseball and so on and so
forth. We are just a talent-
ed people."
However, Wisdom said
they accept this challenge
for the rebirth of cricket
and the incentives will
undoubtedly enable the
players to rise to the occa-
He thanked Stanford on
behalf of the government
and the people of the
Bahamas and assured him
that they will develop the
sport and bring more
enthusiasm to the yquth
and put more attention on
the facilities.


And Colin Deane, the
president of the BCA, said
they have been in consul-
tation with the ministry for
the upgrading of the facili-
ties and additionally
ground for the further
enhancement of the sport.
Deane also indicated that
they have been in discus-
sion with the Ministry of
Education for the estab-
lishment of what they call
"quick cricket" in ,the
schools for players between
the ages of 5-11 years,
which they hope to get
started in February.
As for the funding pro-
vided by Stanford, Deane
said they will certainly
spend the money as direct-
ed for the further develop-
ment of the facilities and
the preparation of the team
for the tournament.



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