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Title: The Tribune
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Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
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Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: January 25, 2006
Copyright Date: 2006
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Volume: 102 No.54



Report slams public IPansport

Government study Graffiti bandits wreak havoc

calls for overhaul 1V -

PUBLIC transportation in
New Providence is not safe
and should undergo a com-
plete overhaul, according to
the findings of a government
A report released by the
Ministry of Transport and
Aviation on January 12 said
the present bus system's weak-
nesses are destructive to the
future development of public
transportation in the Bahamas
and should be subjected to
thorough, systematic reforms.
"A band aid solution will
not fix the inherent problems
of the current system.
"The time is opportune to
carry out appropriate reform
of the industry in a decisive
and systematic manner," the
report said.

The jitney system has long
been the target of sustained
public criticism. Passengers
complain about bus fare
increases, traffic violations,
strikes by jitney drivers and
safety hazards.
However, Transport offi-
cials say the report has
equipped them with a plan of
action to revise and reform
the system and aim to attack
the issue head-on.
In the August of last year, a
study entitled "A preferred
model for the unification of
the public bus system fori~ew
Providence", was submitted
to the ministry by the Trans-
port Policy and Planning Unit.
SEE page 11

Valley Boys members reportedly upset
after leaders decline parade invitation
MEMBERS of the Valley Boys junkanoo group are reportedly
upset with their leaders for deciding not to compete in the upcom-
ing "Feel the Rush" parade in Grand Bahama.
Tribune sources claimed yesterday that the decision to decline an
invitation to the parade was taken on Monday night at a meeting of
the group's leaders, because of "financial constraints".
Sources claimed that "significant numbers" of Valley Boys musi-
cians and performers are angry about the decision, as they feel the
parade is an opportunity to gain experience and exposure.
The Tribune contacted Valley Boys leader Gus Cooper, who
declined to comment on the matter.
In last year's parade, the first major junkanoo event in Grand
Bahama, the Valley Boys came second and earned a total of
$22,633 in prize money.
Commentators said that at a press conference held in Freeport at
SEE page 11

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(Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune staff)

A GROUP of graffiti bandits have wreaked havoc in
the southwestern part of New Providence by defacing a
number of business establishments in the middle of the
Police say the group, which includes both adults and
juveniles, has caused hundreds, if not thousands, of
dollars damage.
According to Police Inspector Robert Simmons, the
group has of late focused on the area of East Street,
Carmichael Road and Kennedy Subdivision.
Driving through the areas almost every other building
has been defaced.
Mr Simmons said a police crackdown on suspects,
started on Thursday, has resulted in the arrest of 18
persons between the ages of 14 and 23. Sixteen of those
taken into custody were juveniles. However he said
that the ring could include up to 45 more persons still on
the loose.
Most of the graffiti appeared to be aliases and gang
symbols and affiliations, he added.
Yesterday, Mr Simmons and press officer Inspector
Walter Evans held a press conference outside Family
Guardian on Blue Hill Road which suffered extensive
damage on all of its walls. Mr Simmons said that it is
believed that adults are aiding teens by driving them
SEE page 11

throw rocks
and stones
at tractor
Tribune Staff Reporter
IN THE continuing fight to save
their land, residents of Bozine
Town threw rocks and stones at an
operator of a tractor apparently
doing clearing work in parts of the
area yesterday.
It is believed that at least one
person may have been arrested
before police managed to restore
order, according to a member of
the steering committee, formed to
save the area.
This is the latest event in a
series since the beginning of the
highly publicised land row
between residents and The Har-
SEE page 11

claim minister
had last say on
construction of
MINISTER of Local Govern-
ment Alfred Gray had the last
say on the construction of a con-
troversial new development on
Harbour Island, according to
local administrators.
$10,000 reward
POLICE believe that fugitive
Corey Hepburn is being sheltered
somewhere in the eastern end of
the island and have offered a
$10,000 reward for any informa-
tion that might lead to his being

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project 'was given by Gray'

MINISTER of Local Govern-
ment Alfred Gray had the last say
on the construction of a controver-
sial new development on Harbour
Island, according to local adminis-
The development is said by res-
idents to be threatening the liveli-
hoods of local fishermen by restrict-
ing their access to a vital boat ramp.
Speaking with The Tribune yes-
terday, chief administrator for the
North Eleuthera district Alexan-
der Flowers said that the approval
for the development was originally
denied by the local town planning
Harbour Island fishermen are
opposing a two-storey building
which is currently being construct-
ed on the island's only public ramp.
Forty feet of the 100 foot-wide
ramp has already been leased to
the Valentine's Resort and Marina.
A further 30 feet has now been
leased to a local businesswoman,
it is claimed.
This arrangement, the fishermen
claim, leaves only a narrow strip
unoccupied and renders the ramp
useless to them.
Traditionally the ramp has been
used by the fishermen for cleaning
fish and bringing boats ashore.
Mr Flowers said that after the

Chief administrator claims Jocal

council refused permission for

building being constructed

town planning council objected to
the project, the local business-
woman turned to Minister Gray to
appeal her case.
"There was an appeal hearing
and the council was asked with what
it would be satisfied. The big prob-
lem was always the question of
square footage. So the council said
that they would like it to be scaled
down, which (the businesswoman)
then did. So the minister in question
granted her an approval," he said.
Addressing the situation in the
House of Assembly two weeks ago,
North Eleuthera MP Alvin Smith
said that although the proposed
structure has noii been scaled
down in size from 30-by-30 feet to
S20-by-20 feet, the building will fea-
ture a verandah which will still
impact the operations of fishermen
Mr Flowers said he was aware
of the fact that this project has

stirred up a great deal of contro-
versy in Harbour Island.
"There are always complaints,
and yes, this was a controversial
matter. But it received due process
and this is the result," he said.
Attorney Fayne Thompson, who
has been retained by the fishermen
to represent their interests, told
The Tribune that in addition to pos-
ing a commercial threat to the fish-
ermen, the building also constitutes
a health risk.
He said that the project includes
the building of a septic tank just 10
feet away from the water line.
"It is an outrage, and utter dis-
grace,". Mr Thompson said.
When the matter was brought up
in parliament two weeks ago, Prime
Minister Perry Christie said that
he would re-examine the situation.
Up until press time last night, Mr
Gray did not return calls to The


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* In addition to cutting off the local fishermen's
access to the ramp, residents are concerned that
this soak-away built only 10 feet away from the
water line will pose a health risk. Shown in the
background is the foundation of the two-storey
building, which when completed will leave only a
narrow strip of the ramp for the fishermen.

N LIL' Shan's Watersports is being forced to move as construction on a
controversial project begins on the island's public ramp

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A FORMER long-serving
Atlantis employee told the
Industrial Tribunal that
although he lost his job in early
2005, the first time he saw his
letter of termination was last
week Friday.
During the second day of the
inquiry into the dismissal of
Herman Russell, a former vice-
president of conference services
at Atlantis, Mr Russell told the '
court that the first time he saw
the letter of termination was at
the law office of his attorney
Obie Ferguson, on January 20,
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mination, which appears as a
document in the case files, Mr
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Mr Russell said he did not.
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escaped inmate

Tribune Staff Reporter
POLICE believe that fugitive Corey
Hepburn is being sheltered somewhere in
the eastern end of the island and have
offered a $10,000 reward for any informa-
tion that might lead to his being recap-
A week ago yesterday, Hepburn, who is
a convicted armed robber, overpowered
maximum security prison guards with the
help of three other inmates, as they mount-
ed an escape from Her Majesty's Prison.
The other escapees were convicted mur-
derer Neil Brown, convicted murderer
Forester Bowe and convicted rapist Barry
Brown, who was convicted for the shoot-
ing death of Archdeacon William Thomp-
son, was shot and killed by prison officials
and Bowe and Parcoi were injured and
recaptured just outside the prison.
Prison officer Deon Bowles was stabbed
to death and two other officers were

wounded in the escape.
Although the subject of an intense police
manhunt, Hepburn has thus far managed
to allude capture.
Yesterday, press liaison officer Inspector
Walter Evans said police believe this is
because Hepburn is being harboured by
members of the public.
"We believe that he is on this island, we
believe that he is being sheltered, we
believe that he is being fed, we believe
that persons are allowing him to stay in
their facilities.
"A word of caution is being sent out to
those persons. If they have this individ-
ual, we are asking them to surrender Mr
Corey Hepburn forthwith."
He added that police have engaged all
the available resources of the Royal
Bahamas Police Force in the hunt for Hep-
"I want to reassure the public that this
organisation is utilising its efforts and we
are doing everything'within our power to
look for this individual," said Mr Evans.

IN addition to earning
enough revenue to cover the
cost of seating and ticketing,
the Junkanoo Corporation of
New Providence (JCNP) was
able to earn enough to cover
the .prize money, it was
announced yesterday.
Leslie Johnson, chairman of
the JCNP, told The Tribune
that although the corporation
was not able to make a finan-
cial profit "per se", he is
pleased that they were able to
cover all of their expenses.
In December last year the
JCNP signed a $480,000 con-
tract with C3 Seating for the
rental of the bleachers and a
second $40,000 contract with
Tajiz for the ticketing system.
The government guaran-
teed both contracts, agreeing
to step in financially should
the JCNP be unable to come

up with money to co\er the
At that time, Mr Johnson
said that he was confident that
the money from ticket sales
would cover the payment of
the seating and the ticketing
However, he admitted that
he foresaw some difficulty in
coming up with the prize mon-
ey. He anticipated govern-
ment having to take on the
financial burden of paying the
parade winners.
Despite having only limit-
ed time to market last year's
junkanoo parades, Mr John-
son yesterday announced that
the JCNP was able to make
enough money to pay out the
prize money.
"This is very good, we are
very pleased. It means the
government won't have to pay

a-nd every dollar of government
money saved is money for the
people," he said.
Mr Johnson said that due to
the automated system of ticket
sales, the JCNP knew a couple
days following the two parades
that they had earned enough to
cover their two contracts.
The audit report of junkanoo
ticket sales conducted by
Gomez Partners and Company
is expected to be completed
within the next few days, he

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convict Corey Hepburn

NHI plan 'will not affect private healthcare'

Tribune Staff Reporter
PRIVATE health insurance
companies are not expected to
suffer as a result of the Nation-
al Health Insurance Plan
(NHI) according to Minister
of Health Dr Marcus Bethel.
This is because while NHI
will cover all services provided
at the Princess Margaret Hos-
pital, "luxury services" will not
be available under the scheme.
Cosmetic surgery, private
rooms, certain transplant pro-
cedures, and foreign care not
approved by the NHI board,
and can only be accessed
through private healthcare
Dr Stanley Lalta, project
manager of NHI, which is still
in the planning stages, added
that rather than being nega-
tively affected, private health
insurance companies should
be able to sell more packages
and those packages should also
come at a cheaper price to
One reason for this, he said,
is that private companies
would no longer have to cover
certain risks.
NHI will become the prima-
ry insurance carrier and will

end up paying before private
companies in cases of com-
pensation. The private insur-
er, said Dr Lalta, would also
have the opportunity to target
specific markets more closely
once the plan comes into
Dr Bethel said similar fears
to the ones that are surfacing
now came about when the
National Insurance Board was
being established in the 1950s.
However, he noted that insur-
ance companies, pension plans,
and the like are flourishing in
the Bahamas today.
After an extensiTe analysis
and evaluation of the current
health care system, a 15-mem-
ber blue ribbon commission
recommended the introduction
of compulsory social health
insurance as the principal
method of health care financ-
ing for the Bahamas. The
social health insurance is envis-
aged as a not-for-profit nation-
al health insurance system.
Having completed an in-
depth review of the principles,
best practices and options for
social health insurance, the
commission presented eight
specific recommendations for
Cabinet's considerations.
The recommendations are:

NHI should be universal
NHI legislation should be
NHI should be adminis-
tered by the National Insur-
ance Board
NHI should offer a com-
prehensive benefits package
Contributions should be
at a set rate which is afford-
able for the majority of the
Public and private
providers should be offered
the opportunity to join the
NHI system
All provider payment
*mechanisms should be consid-
ered for use, with "'capitatfii'"
or fixed rate deduction, being
the preferred option
A percentage of revenues
should be set aside for pur-
poses that ensure the stability
and sustainability of the NHI
Since then, it has been
agreed by the commission that
a standard deduction of 2.6 per
cent of wages across the board
should be established as
mandatory, to be matched by
The poor, children, and
unemployed persons will have
their premiums paid by the

The information was revealed
yesterday by the Ministry of
Health to church leaders dur-
ing a special breakfast session at
the British Colonial Hilton..

It was intended as the first
of many open-forum discussions
planned to give the public a
voice as well as to educate them
about the plan.

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EDITOR, The Tribune
IN the midst of my last minute
junkanoo preparations on
December 30, 2005, I happened
to pick up a copy of the Freeport
News for that day. What imme-
diately caught my attention was
one of the headlines on the front
page. No it wasn't the story about
the new policy on bonded items
or the residents at the Royal
Oasis. Instead, the story that
stood out the most was the one
announcing the end of free park-
ing at Grand Bahama Interna-
tional Airport. This in itself was
no surprise as prior to hurricane
Frances in 2004, the Grand
Bahama public was used to pay-
ing for parking at the airport.
. The very affordable fee of $2 for
parking up to a week or longer
was both affordable and accept-
able to all.
However, as I continued with
the rest of the article, I suffered
a severe case of sticker shock.
Ouch! I thought that maybe
there had been a misprint or
typo error. The new rate would
be $2 an hour. This means that
instead of paying two dollars for
the week (one hundred and six-
ty-eight hours) as we did a year
and a half ago, we must now pay
two dollars for just one hour.
This represents an increase from
1.68 cents/hour to $2.00/hour or
an increase of over ten thousand
percent. This is absurd. Further-
more, the article went on to state
other fees. For a single day, the
fee would now be $7.00.
How on earth can the Grand
Bahama Airport Company jus-
tify such a radical and outra-
geous fee increase at this time?
Certainly they must be aware of
the rough times that Grand
Bahama is going through. With
the sharp downturn in the econ-
omy and unemployment being
the highest "in living memory",
even just a slight increase could
be burdensome. For God's sake,
how is the little man supposed
to survive in this town. The
island had been recovering from
three hurricanes in recent times
and many Grand Bahamians are
having a hard time making ends
meet. Only "Scrooge" from the
Charles Dickens stories could
have given a worse Christmas
present as these new rates were
expected to come into effect on
January 4, 2006. As a frequent
traveller and therefore a fre-
quent user of the parking facili-
ties at this airport, this new
increase would definitely affect
my pocket and place a further
Burden on my already limited
Yes the GB Airport Company
has lost some revenue since the
hurricanes as parking fees were
either not being collected or

unable to be collected as the
machines collecting the fees must
have been damaged in the
storms. Also, with the destruc-
tion of the original terminal
building, all of the offices and
businesses had to be relocated.
Bahamasair and other domestic
carriers were relocated some dis-
tance away from the parking lot.
Therefore it may not have been
too practical to use this parking
lot if you were travelling on
Bahamasair. A new parking
facility was constructed near the
domestic terminal and the origi-
nal parking facility was simply
renovated with a new fee col-
lecting machine installed. In
addition, some new fences were
added and some painting of divi-
sional lines indicating where to
park was also done.
All of the expenditures were
basically capital expenditures.
The fee collecting machines are
automated and no personnel are
needed to operate them with the
exception of periodic mainte-
nance. Where then is there the
big expense to operate the only
parking facility on Grand
Bahama that charges a fee for
parking? In short order, the GB
Airport Company should recu-
perate their investments in the
parking facility. This writer is
fully aware that at virtually every
international airport around the
world, there is a fee for parking.
What is in question here, how-
ever, is the unconscionable
amount and the fact that the
public appears to have been tak-
en advantage off. Even' with
these new fees, signs are still on
display indicating that the GB
Airport Company is not respon-
sible for the security of your
vehicle while it is in their parking
lot. For example, if someone
steals your car battery or tyres,
that is your loss as the GB Air-
port Company does not guaran-
tee complete safety and security
of your vehicle at their parking
There is much local specula-
tion as to where the excess prof-
its from the parking lots will end
up. For years now, the Grand
Bahama travelling public had
been unfairly and unconstitu-
tionally being charged an extra
$3-$5 for departure tax. Grand
Bahama is the only airport in the
entire Bahamas being forced to
pay these additional funds to
leave the Bahamas. Nowadays,
they are much more diplomatic
in collecting these fees as the
fees are no longer directly

requested, but hidden in the ptr-
chase of the airline ticket. Sup-
posedly, the purpose of these
additional fees was to defray-the
construction cost of the nfew
International Terminal of up to
thirty million dollars. The mil-
lion dollar question is whether
or not the parking fees will be
used to construct a new airport
building to replace the one lost
to the hurricane. Certainly, that
building must have been insured
against such a loss?
I am going to be bold by mak-
ing some suggestions as to how
profits from the parking fees
should be spent in upgradingthe
airport buildings. As I have stat-
ed on a prior occasion, the new
airport building is a wonderful
piece of Bahamian construction
and it is one that puts Nassau
International Airport to shame
However, the airport cannot,be
defined in terms of construction,
but in terms of function 4nd
common sense. Something as
simple as putting an overhead
above the main entrances so that
travellers are not soaked whe 'it
rains as they are loading'Or
unloading. More seats need -t'
be placed throughout the build-
ing to accommodate elderly ianii
physically challenged persons
who may need to rest as they
make their way through various
areas of the building. It has often
been said that the first impres-
sion is often the most long last-
ing. Therefore, it is reasonable to
expect a grand welcome when
one arrives at the Grand
Bahama Airport. There is nit
even an official sign that wel-
comes you or which airport you
are at. Sometimes, there is a
flimsy banner welcoming certain
groups that are placed thereby
their promoters. On the inside
of the Immigration/Customs
area, the walls are bare. There
are no pictures of scenic Bahami-
an areas or Bahamian officials
such as the Prime Minister, Min-
ister of Transport/Tourism or the
Governor General. And yes,
there are no junkanoo pieces
(not even from the Swingers) on
display indicating a taste of
Bahamian culture and apprecia-
tion. The same is true in the U S
Pre-clearance area. There is .a
wonderfully decorated caf6 with
some very friendly staff who
know how to make a great
Goombay Smash. Regrettably,
their deli serves no Bahamian
food. The Ministry of Tourism
should play a more active role
in advising the GB Airport Com-

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Heart Ball
planned for
February 18

ORGANISERS of the aniu-
al Heart BQii have announced
that this year's ball"fill take
place on February 18:.
The ball,;which seeks to raise
fund'to assist children suffering
from heart disease, will be held
in the Crown Ballroom on Par-
adise Island. :.
"The gift of life is precious
and we urge the community to
support this event,' said foun-
dation treasurer Linda LaFleur.
"From July 2005 to January
2006 the Heart Foundation has
spent nearly $169,000 to assist
with the medical expenses of
five children requiring surgery
here and in Florida.
,-'"This is in addition to the
$278,000 we spent up to June
of ast year and already we have
two children scheduled for pro-
cedures this month."
&;The organizers said in a press
reelase that they have planned
Ba 'magnificent evening" filled
with fine dining and dancing.
The Ed Brice Orchestra, the
Roiyal Bahamas Police Force
Po-p Band and the Soulful
GOoovers will provide music.
-'The main feature of the ball
Wilfbe the announcement of the
Wfiiner of the Golden Heart
iWard. The award gives public
ed6gnition to a person who has
la0oured selflessly to promote
fitlnian welfare and dignity
While making life better for his
fdlow man.
iominations may be made
i February 1 and should be
addressed to the Golden Heart
.A ard, PO Box N-8189 or
delivered to the foundation's
yfice at "Eves" on Cable
,'tickets for the ball can be
p.iained by calling 327-0806.


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posers around the world will be
putoniby the Music Minisrr)
dfSt George's Anglican Church
in;'Let All The World", a con-
cert of choral music tomorrow
and:; Friday.
J The.Highgrove Singers -will
headline 'the evening's perfor-
mances with music from Ralph
Vaughn Williams, Franz Jospeh
Haydn, Gioachino Rossini and
'mnaiy others. Also being high-
lighted are arrangements of
Negro spirituals by modern
'ciriposers including Hugh
'R'biert'on, Diane-'Bish and
iJflbert M artin.' ....
Then the dhbi6rs 'of St.
George's Church will: present
an arrangement of psalnm 23, fol-
lowed by the Anglican Church
M n's "Sons Of Thunder".
'Guest soloists will include
&iuiincy Parker, bass; Bryan
Thompson, tenor; Allison
Mason, alto and Candace Bost-
wick, soprano.
The concert is scheduled for
8:00 PM on both evenings in the
sanctuary of St. George's
.Church located on Montrose
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Start-up costs for

health insurance to

total $235 million

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE National Health Insurance (NIH)
plan will have a t.rti-up cost of about $235
million, the Ministry of Health confirmed
yesterday as it announced a series of open
consultation sessions on the new initia-
Project manager for NHI Dr Stanley
Lalta said this would cover all benefits
provided by the plan, as well as adminis-
tration costs.
The figure, he added, is based on evalu-
ations conducted on 2005 insurance rates
and therefore may have been subject to
slight changes by the time the system is
fully implemented.
NHI is a comprehensive plan that will
cover everyone in the Bahamas and will
include: visits to physicians and special-
ists, prescription drugs, diagnostics, x-rays,
surgeries, CAT scans and MRIs, trans-
plants, and emergency transportation for
Family Islanders.
For special surgeries or transplants that
cannot be conducted at the Princess Mar-
garet Hospital, the NHI board will formu-
late a report and provide for the patient to
be seen abroad, according to Dr Perry
Gomez, chief of internal medicine.
Minister of Health Dr Marcus Bethel
added that it is important for the public to
buy into the concept, because it will create
social fairness and justice in the Bahamas.
Once legislation is passed and the plan is
implemented, Bahamians will no longer
be held hostage by the fact that they can-
not afford health care, he said.
"Too many have to live with pain and

N DR Marcus Bethel

sickness, or fear of falling sick without
proper protection, or resort to cookouts or
mortgaging their house to afford health
care," said Dr Bethel.
He could not give a time frame for when
the plan will become a reality, saying that
this will depend on a "political decision".
However, health officials hinted that they
are looking at a time frame of about 18
Once legislation is enacted, it will
become mandatory for every employer
and employee to each contribute 2.65 per
cent of the employee's wages, under a sys-
tem similar to that used to collect Nation-
al Insurance.
Pensioners will have to pay $1 per day.

Government, workers will have the 2.65
per cnt ,deducted, and the Treasury will
pay the employer's portion.
Government will also pay the premiums
for all unemployed persons, children, and
the poor, said Dr Lalta.
Once discussions with health, business,
social groups and the public are complete,
the ministry plans to draft appropriate leg-
The next step will be to register all res-
idents, and then install an IT system to
manage the information.
The ministry says it will then negotiate
contracts with health providers and
improve and strengthen all health services.
New clinics are to be constructed, exist-
ing clinics are to be renovated, and hospi-
tal facilities are to be improved, according
to health officials.
The ministry is also planning to train
and recruit more doctors and nurses, phar-
macists and health technicians to handle
the increased workload.
Quality audits of healthcare facilities
are to be undertaken, and client-oriented
practices are to be emphasised, Dr Lalta
A report from the Blue Ribbon Com-
mission on National Health Insurance said:
"The Public Hospitals Authority (PHA)
must ensure that the issues which com-
promise the efficient delivery of hospital
care and support services are addressed
prior to the implementation of the NHI
system. It is recommended that the struc-
ture, function and necessity of the PHA be
examined and particular attention should
be paid to the management and financing
of shared services."



'had blood

on hands'

RYAN Miller, one of two
men standing trial for the
murder of Mario Miller, had
blood on his hands and a
wound on his arm the day the
cabinet minister's son was
killed, the jury was told by a
witness yesterday.
Nadia Rolle, the ex-girl-
friend of accused murderer
Ryan Miller, testified that she
was at the home of Ryan and
co-accused Ricardo Miller,
aka Tamar Lee, on the morn-
ing of the incident.
Mario, the son of Trade
and Industry Minister Leslie
Miller, was found stabbed to
death in 2002.
Ms Rolle testified that
shortly after 10am, the broth-
ers left her in the home and
went out in Ryan Miller's Nis-
san Sentra.
She told the court that as
she was leaving to go out, she
saw them return to the home.
When she returned about
five to 10 minutes later, she
noticed that blood was on
Ryan's hands and a cut on his
left upper arm was bleeding.
Ms Rolle testified that
when she asked him how he
got the cut, he said that his
brother Ricardo had been in a
fight around the road.
Later, when she was in the
Sentra, she said, she noticed
blood on the passenger door.
During cross examination,
attorney Murrio Ducille
pointed out that Ms Rolle
gave two statements to the
police one on June 27 and
one on July 4. He said that in
her first statement, she men-
tioned nothing about blood
on Ryan or in the car.

Parliamentary Registration bid

to increase number of voters

Chief Reporter
THE Parliamentary Regis-
tration department wants to
double its current daily regis-
tration of voters in the hopes
of having 170,000 voters for
the upcoming general election.
Errold Bethel, head of the
department, said there are a
little over 24,000 persons reg-
istered to cast votes in the next
I "We know that there are a
certain number of persons in
the Bahamas over the age of
18 and we know that number is
over 200,000 so we think that
170,000 is a reasonable num-
ber considering the fact that
some of these people may be

unable to vote or out of the
country," Mr Bethel said.
Currently the department is
seeing more than 300 persons
every day and Mr Bethel said
that he would like to see that
"I thought that after Christ-
mas we would have a big jump.
We do have a reasonable num-
ber every day, but I still.want
more to meet a certain number
at a certain time period. I don't
think people are excited about
it as yet so I think a lot will
depend a lot on the activities
the political parties are con-
ducting," Mr Bethel said.
FNM Chairman Desmond
Banister said that the low
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time until the election is called.
"The people I have been
speaking to are ready to vote
and many people have made a
decision on how they are going
to vote. The difficulty in the
process is that so many people
are waiting until the prime min-
ister is going to make a decision
to call the elections, and peo-
ple think once that is done they
are going to have sufficient time
to register," Mr Banister said.
In the meantime, Mr Banis-
ter said that the FNM has been
noticing a tremendous differ-
ence in attitude among people
his.ecampaigners have. been
"I run into people even in
communities who have sup-

ported the PLP in the last elec-
tion who are saying we need to
get these guys out of there. I
have never seen anything like
that before. I believe that the
governing party understands the
mood of the people and that is

one of the. reasons we are not
going to see an early election
because I don't think that they
have the confidence because
there are so many problems that
they as an organisation have,"
he said.

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A closer look at our marine reserves

WE are more than
halfway through the
second closed season for Nassau
grouper, and reports are mixed
about the ban's effectiveness.
"We've heard that roe and
grouper are being sold under
the table at local markets, and
some restaurants are still offer-
ing grouper even though they
were asked to take it off the
menu for just these few weeks,"
Sir Nicholas Nuttall told Tough
Sir Nick set up the Bahamas
Reef Environment Educational
Foundation (BREEF) back in
1994 and has been a tireless pro-
moter of marine conservation
ever since. He was one of the
architects of the ban on grouper
fishing during the critical winter
spawning season.
Nassau grouper is commer-
cially extinct throughout the
Caribbean and its survival here
is threatened by overfishing.
When the fish congregate to
breed at specific locations dur-
ing the winter, they are easy tar-
gets. In fact, we were the first
country to protect grouper
spawning aggregations when the
sites off High Cay, Andros were
declared off limits in 1998.
Last winter, after years of
lobbying by conservationists
and fishery managers, the gov-
ernment made it illegal to cap-
ture, buy or sell grouper from
mid-December to mid-Febru-
ary. And that general ban was
re-imposed this season.
According to Fisheries
Director Michael Braynen, "we
have to control fishing now so
that there can be fishing in the
Which leads to the question
of what has happened to the
much-publicised, five-year-old
decision to set up a network.of
protected areas throughout the
country to protect our marine
In 2000 the Ingraham gov-
ernment agreed in principle to
set aside 20 per cent of our
100,000 square miles of ocean as
a network of no-take reserves -
heeding the best advice of
marine scientists worldwide.
The intention was to create
five reserves immediately at
Bimini, the Berry Islands, Aba-
co, South Eleuthera and Exuma
- and for the past several years
the Department of Fisheries has

been consulting with local com-
Smunities. But this is a complex
task since family islanders
regard their fishing grounds
almost as generation property.
"The proposed reserves are
not legal entities and precise
boundaries were never deter-
mined," Mr Braynen told
Tough Call recently. "We have
been trying to firm up the gov-
ernment's commitment, but it
is a difficult and time-consum-
ing process."
In addition to technical
research, dozens of meetings
have been held with fishermen
and civic leaders throughout the
islands. The results have now
been distilled into a 58-page
document that should be sub-
mitted to Cabinet within a
month or so.
But that's just the tip of the
"The big question is, who
will be responsible for manage-
ment of these areas," Mr Bray-
nen said. "The Department of
Fisheries would need a lot more
staff and equipment. And a new
entity would require even more
money. We have to look at
international funding sources
like the United Nations Envi-
ronment Programme."
A marine reserve is not the
same as a national park. Experts
say fisheries protection requires
a complete ban on any kind of
use, including recreational div-
ing, so locating areas with all
the right characteristics that are
acceptable to competing inter-
ests is tricky.
But there is no question.that
this is the way to go if we want
to maintain even a semblance
of the lifestyle we enjoy today.
When properly enforced, such
no-take zones provide refuges
where species and habitats can
recover from fishing pressure.
Today, there are few areas
of the ocean that are beyond
the reach of modern technolo-
gy. That's why scientists are urg-
ing countries to implement
large-scale networks of reserves
as the best way to halt the dra-
matic decline of global fisheries.
And that's no exaggeration.
Experts say only a fraction of
large predatory commercial fish
like tuna are left in the sea after
a half century of industrialized
fishing. Many traditional fish-
eries have been wiped out and
about three quarters of all

marine stocks are now fully
exploited, overexploited or
There are growing concerns,
too, about the health of entire
ocean ecosystems the com-,
plex web of plants and animals
interacting in their associated
non-living environment. In the
Bahamas, coastal development
can destroy mangrove wetlands
(which act as fish nurseries) and
pollute nearshore reefs, where
adult fish live.
Overfishing is eliminating
spawning aggregations of
groupers while slow-moving
conch are under heavy pressure
in shallow waters. Since these
are the favourite foods of most
Bahamians, protecting them
makes sense. And even migra-
tory species, such as the tuna
and billfish that are key features
of our sportfishing industry,
could benefit from reserves in
areas where they are highly vul-
nerable, such as nursery
grounds or aggregation sites.
The best approach experts
say is to control destructive
fishing methods like longlining,
legislate closed seasons and size
limits, and create a network of
reserves. By protecting and
restoring the productive capac-
ity of marine ecosystems,
reserves make other fishery
management tools much more
effective. Inside reserves, pop-
ulations expand and individu-
als live longer, grow larger and
reproduce more; while eggs, lar-
vae and fish spill over into
unprotected areas.

n fact, reserves are said to
be most effective for
small-scale tropical fisheries like
those in the Bahamas even
for more mobile species like
lobster. Scientists have calcu-
lated that the benefits develop
within two to five years after
establishment of the reserves
and continue to build fodr
The Exuma Cays Land and
Sea Park which became a no-

take zone in 1986 is a good
example. It now holds thriving
populations of fish, conch and
lobster that are expanding to
areas outside the park. For
example, groupers tagged in the
park have been found 150 miles
away: And scientists estimate
that the population density of
animals within a reserve is three
times higher than in unprotect-

Today, there
are few areas
of the ocean
that are
beyond the
reach of

ed areas while their average
weight is four times higher.
So there is no argument
about the benefits. Experts say
each major island in the
Bahamas should have at least
one nearby marine reserve to
act as a fishery replenishment
zone. Most of the opposition
falls into the category of "not in
my back yard."
"Politicians are naturally
concerned about popular opin-
ion," said Mike Braynen. "And
opinion can vary widely even
on small islands. In Abaco, for
example, one party threatened
to dynamite the reef if we
picked a particular site. In Bimi-
ni, opinions for and against
seem to change every time you
ask. In Exuma there is strong
opposition to any reserve
around Lee Stocking Island and
we have had to look at more
outlying areas."
1: That's why some are calling
for a more muscular top-down
approach by the government.
After years of consultation and

dithering, hard decisions must be
made, they argue. The results
may not be perfect, but it will be
a lot better than doing nothing.

T he two-month grouper
closure is an example.
Clearly this ban is only partly
effective, but many fishermen
have stopped targeting grouper
and some restaurants have tak-
en it off their menus temporar-
ily. And it is anticipated that a
regular season will soon be
enshrined in fishery regulations,
with penalties for commercial
entities that don't comply.
But there's still the big ques-
tion of enforcement. There
should be no boat anchoring in
a reserve and fishing, dredging,
diving or otherwise disturbing
marine life and habitats must
be prohibited. At present, the
Defence Force is our only
agency with significant maritime
capabilities, but when its patrol
craft are actually operating they
are fully occupied with the fight
against illegal immigrants.
In New Zealand, reserves are
often protected by honorary
rangers (in addition to police
and fisheries officers) and man-
aged by local councils. But the
fishermen and communities
have to buy in to the concept
for it to be effective. And that
often means finding the right
incentives. Currently, the only
incentive here is to go out and
kill as many fish as possible,
In New England, where a
few decades ago you could eas-
ily find 50-year-old lobsters
weighing up to 30 pounds, sci-
entists estimate that most lob-
sters today are caught within a
year after they reach the legal
minimum size at about age six.
The situation is similar here,
where crawfish were once so
abundant they were considered
a trash food, but now are fully
exploited and command extra-
ordinary prices.

ome countries have con-
trolled overfishing by
imaginative thinking. Australia
and New Zealand, for example,
pioneered a system of individual
quotas that has turned fisher-
men into conservationists. Their
transferable licenses can be sold
for whatever the market will
bear, so like any property own-

er they think about resale valie
and how to avoid killing t e
fishery. They are even ranch-
ing herds of wild tuna. whih
fetch huge prices on world mar-
This system is often
described as a way of turning
hunter-gatherers into hon -
steaders. And according to ohe
marine scientist, "Now we just
tell the fishermen what our
research shows about the fish-
ery and they do the job of rg-
ulating themselves." ,
Of course, cultural differ-
ences and lack of institutiQnal
capacity may make this sysm
unworkable here, but it'she
kind of thinking that is needed
to save our fisheries and pie-
serve our Bahamian way of fte.
These issues are under in~es-
tigation by something called the
Bahamas Biocomplexity Pxo-
ject, a five-year study that lies
up to its name. It is headed Jy
Dr Dan Brumbaugh of'ie
American Museum of Natural
History ( and is
funded by a $2.5 million grant
from the US National Science
Foundation. 4
The project involves a variety
of institutions including the
College of the Bahamas, the
Caribbean Marine Research
Institute and the Universit~bf
Miami in an ambitious effort
to synthesize data from a vatiyty
of disciplines includingg
oceanography, marine ecology,
anthropology and economics)
to figure out how to dedign
effective marine reserve i&t-
works. '4
"In addition to lookinght
how single protected areas may
influence ecological and huiftnn
dynamics, we are also lookingat
the (larger) ecosystem-Ihdw
the living fabric of habitfIs,
organisms, and human 'ies
functions across the shallow
banks of the Bahamas,'"O-r.
Brumbaugh said. -.
This research will hopefully
underpin decision-making ii he
Bahamas, and contributedtoihe
science of conserving nihrihe
ecosystems worldwide,, IttiR a
worthwhile goal. And simply
looking the other way will rfult
in the loss of many thinftswe
currently hold dear. 3
What do you think? "-F
Send comments to larry@tri- Or visit

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special weekly articles from. the Special Services Section-
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Bahamian school system and community.
The Tribune, like the Minister of Education's Book
Club, believes that reading helps young people to focus on constructive choic-
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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 where she's being taken, Jamie is in a double

read words on a page, but he can read clouds
and what he sees is as wondrous as it is unbe-
lievable-to others. 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 accurate, the man is a thief
who has stolen a million dollars and kidnaps
Gillian. When she leaves a written note as to

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In brief Mixed reviews greet new film


fousi star about the life of Sante Kimes
to perform
in Abaco

COUNTRY music star
:Aaron Tippin is scheduled to
perform at the Abaco Beach
jResort in March Harbour on
february 4.
ri The concert is being held
jU aid the Abaco Barb Foun-
idation, which raises aware-
1qpss and funds for the only
jjine remaining horses of that'
,1 According to a report on
pippin was raised around
1Itrses and "jumped at the
opportunity" when he
Jeprned of the animals' plight.
r; "'The Abaco Barb is a
Aleed of beautiful horses that
-lave quickly disappeared due
rt human impact in the
Faphamas, and I thought this
~0ould be a great chance to
,See them in their natural
habitatt," he was quoted as
i;,.The report said the
,Bahamas government has
,4esigngted an area of their
Natural habitat as a preserve
torthe horses.
; ,Inrformation about the con-
p~rt can be obtained from the
Abac tourist office at 242-
36'73067 or by e-mailing

TELEVISION viewers were this week given a graph-
ic insight into the Cable Beach murder of Syed Bilal
Ahmed the banker drowned in a bath by evil Sante
Kimes and her doting son Kenny.
In a new movie called A Little Thing Called Murder,
Emmy Award winner Judy Davis portrayed Sante dur-
ing her life of crime, and ordered the 1996 killing of
Ahmed at the Kimes' now derelict house'next to Sul-
grave Manor.
Kimes, now 71, is serving life without parole in a
New York prison for two murders, one of Manhattan
socialite Irene Silverman. Kenny, 30, her intelligent
but weak-willed younger son, is serving life in Califor-
nia for acting as "enforcer" in both killings.
Although the Kimes were never tried for the Ahmed
murder, Kenny disclosed details of the drowning while
testifying against his mother in a California courtroom
last year when she was found guilty of ordering the
murder of family friend David Kazdin in 1998.
He said he and his mother drowned Ahmed in their
bath after his mother gave the banker a date-rape drug
in his drink. This was after Ahmed flew from the Cay-
mans to Nassau to investigate irregularities in her late
partner's bank accounts.
The trio had dinner at the Androsia restaurant on
Cable Beach, then returned to the Kimes' house for a
nightcap, where the pair killed him and disposed of
his body.
To this day, occupants of Sulgrave Manor believe
the body is buried in the grounds of the Kimes' former
home, though Kenny said it was taken out to sea.
The movie, seen on Cable TV's Channel 16 on Mon-
day night, also depicted the Silverman and Kazdin
murders, both of which resulted from the mother-and-
son crime team's lust for money.
However, A Little Thing Called Murder received
mixed reviews from Nassau viewers including one

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Kenny first rented the Cable Beach property in 1992.
Two years later, Kenneth Sr died mysteriously, having
claimed he was being poisoned by his "wife" Sante,
who was never actually married to him.
Sante and Kenny continued to eat frequently at the
Androsia restaurant, a few hundred yards from their
home, using Kenneth Sr's platinum credit card.
It was while Sante was trying to keep Kenneth Sr
"financially alive" that Ahmed became suspicious of
certain faxed requests for money from his bank
When he flew to Nassau to investigate, he, disap-
peared after dinner with the Kimes. Although later
suspected of being a Kimes murder victim, this was
never confirmed until the 2005 California hearing in
which Kenny turned state's evidence against his moth-

Sante Kimes is remembered in Nassau as a flam-
boyant Liz Taylor lookalike who favoured huge wigs
and white dresses.
Kenny, who studied at St Andrew's School for a
year, dated local girls and frequently took there : ,
Waterloo nightclub in his red Corvette.
Out of his mother's company, Kenny was seen by fel-
low students as "a normal guy". But when his mother
appeared; he would descend into long silences.
After leaving Nassau, the Kimes con-and-kill team
scammed their way across America, finally killing both
S, N Kazdin and Silverman in 1998.
During the 1980s, Sante Kimes was also convicted of
or two who met the sinister predator Kimes during her enslaving young Mexican maids and served five years hii
Nassau years. prison.
One said he found it "disjointed" with several unex- In 1990, she is suspected of killing a Californian
plained scenes that would have left many people baf- lawyer, though she was never tried.
fled. Another said: "The Sante portrayal was quite An American judge was later to describe Sante
good, though Kenny was unconvincing.'? Kimes as the most degenerate person she had ever
...The Kimes family including Kenneth Sr, father of: met.

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Motorcycle to aid in law enforcement

2 cups uncooked Mahatma Brown Rice
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 cups water
2 (13 3/4-oz) cans no-salt-added chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons thinly sliced green onions

* TRANSPORT Minister Glenys Hanna-Martin is seen unveiling a new XP-900 motorcycle to
assist with law enforcement efforts on Grand Bahama. The minister said it is a significant upgrade
to the scooters that were previously used, and represents the reactivation of the mobile unit. Seen
left are Stephanie Rahming, deputy controller of Road Traffic in Freeport; Monique Sawyer-Moss,
road traffic officer; Minister Hanna-Martin and Jack Thompson, Controller of Road Traffic in
New Providence.
(Photo: Denise Maycock)
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New employees join

up with Sandals

ON Friday, 60 new employees
at Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa
Resort and Offshore Island com-
pleted a two-day orientation.
The group was among more
than 100 persons who were
interviewed by the resort man-
agement at a job fair last week.
The new employees will fill
positions in guest services, food.

and beverage, housekeeping,
the kitchen, stewarding, the gift
shop, watersports, engineering,
entertainment and the spa.
Addressing the employees
were human resources director
Carolyn Major and training
manager Kayla Hilton.
Ms Major informed the group
about the company's policies

and procedures including prdo
fessionalism, proper g rooming
dress codes, team work and job
knowledge. ,.
Ms Hilton addressed cus-
tomer service issues such as
greeting and interacting with
guests and fellow team mem'-
bers, courtesy, customer focus
and continuous improvement.




Applications are invited from suitable candidates for the post of Deputy
Director Human Resources (Training) and Development at the Public Hospitals
Authority which is responsible for managing the three public Hospitals
(Princess Margaret Hospital, Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre, Rand Memorial
Hospital) and also for the Bahamas National Drug Agency, materials
management Services, National Emergency medical Services and the public
clinics in Grand Bahama.


The Deputy Director Human Resources (Training) and Development reports
to the Director of Human Resources, Corporate Office; and is responsible for
assisting in planning, developing and implementing a Master Training &
Development Plan that strategically aligns training and learning activities
with PHA overall business strategy, performance and results.


* Conducts training needs assessment to determine gaps in core competencies,
focusing on critical areas of the organization:

* Develops comprehensive training and learning programmes to close
competency gaps, and to advance and develop employee careers within
and between occupations.

* Evaluate and selects appropriate technology and strategies (informal and
formal) for delivering training programmes and facilitating individual and
group learning.

* Collaborates with PHA institutions, Government agencies and private sector
institutions to facilitate exchange of information and strategies and a sharing
of resources.
* Establishes a process for validating training and learning programmes to
ensure that they result in desired outcomes.


The successful applicant must:-

* Possess a Bachelors Degree, or preferably a Masters Degree in Education,
Management, Human Resources or equivalent qualification.

* Have at least five (5) years, post qualification experience in staff training,
technical and managerial, at all staff levels;

* Be competent in assessing training needs, oral and written communication,
curriculum development, writing training manuals, seminar presentation
and group facilitation, leadership and project management.


Letters of application, resume, evidence of qualifications and experience, and
three (3) references should be submitted, no later than 14th February, 2006
to the Human Resources Director, Public Hospital Authority, P.O. Box N-
8200, or 1st floor, Manx Corporate Centre, Dockendale House, West Bay



Applications are invited for four (4) suitable qualified and experienced
individuals for the positions of Engineer for the Corporation's Engineering
And Planning Division. The positions are Management positions.

The principal duties and responsibilities for the positions include and
are not limited to the following:
Assisting the Senior Engineer with monitoring and administration,
of Contracts, Subdivision Developments, Capital Development
Planning and liaison with large developments and Governmental
Reviewing and analysis of technical issues related to the design-
of all water and sewerage infrastructure.
Assist with long and short term development plans of water and.
sewerage infrastructure in Nassau and the Family Islands.

Required Qualifications.
The successful candidates must possess the following qualifications:
A minimum of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil or Sanitation
Engineering from an accredited College or University, plus a minimums
of five (5) years post qualifying experience in similar work with a Utility.;
Professional Engineering Certification with two (2) years post qualifying:
management experience in similar work.

Required Skills
Good Project Management skills.
Good analytical skills.
Good supervisory skills.
Good time management and human relation skills.
Goal oriented.
Must have good PC skills.

Starting salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.,
Interested persons may obtain application forms from the Human,
Resources Division. #87 Thompson Boulevard, P.O.Box N 3905, Nassau
Bahamas. Completed application form with together with and attached
detailed resume must be returned to the Human Resources Division not'
later than February 3rd, 2006. Only qualified applicants need apply.




Renewal project hands

out the gift of mobility

* THE Bain and Grant's Town Urban Renewal team sing happy birthday to Eva Fowler, 74, who
had just been presented with a new wheel chair
S .(Photo: BIS/Gladstone Thurston)
Gifts...for childre...s hostel...

VA Fowler of Hospital Lane north has weak
leg and could hardly move around the house.
B f, thanks to Bain and Giant's Town Urban
Renewal Project, she can now move around the
For her 74th birthday present last Friday,
Eva got the surprise of her life a new wheel
The first thing she wanted to do was go for a
spin to her church Metropolitan Baptist Church,

just a stone's throw away on Hay Street.
"She is very faithful even with her disability,"
said Reverend George Kelly. "She is one of our
biggest supporters."
The Urban Renewal team, headed by Corporal
Walton Winters, sang Happy Birthday and
encouraged Eva to be up and about now that
she is mobile.
Eva was lost for words but thankfully invoked
God's blessings.

/ MEMBERS of the Beck's Nassau House Hash Harriers run-
ning club (NHH) brought some Christmas excitement to the
Bahamas Children's Emergency Hostel by presenting a number
of presents to the children on behalf of their sponsors Butler &
Sands, distributors of Beck's Beer in the Bahamas. Shown, left
to right, NHH members Paulette Walkine, Marisa Ahwai, Irene
McKie and CEH representatives Katie Gardiner, Stephano

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St Andrew's School, The International School of The Bahamas, an authorized International
Baccalaureate (IB) World School, invites applications from qualified and experienced Bahamian
candidates for the position of teacher of secondary school music, with effect from August
2006. Full information regarding the school may be found at its website:
Candidates should be qualified teachers who possess the necessary academic qualifications for
the position, including a teaching qualification and a bachelor's degree, and normally need to
have a minimum of two years successful school-based experience. Candidates will be expected
to engage in a full range of extra-curricular activities, including choir and band.
Interested candidates should apply to the school's principal, Mr Dennison J MacKinnon, by letter,
email or fax as soon as possible. All applications MUST include the following:
* letter of application
* a personal statement detailing the candidate's educational philosophy
* a full curriculum vitae,
* either the names, addresses, telephone numbers, fax and email numbers of three people
whomay be approached for confidential professional references or the name and address
of the recruiting agency from which the candidate's confidential dossiers may be obtained.
Dennison J MacKinnon
St Andrew's School
P O Box EE 17340
Fax: (1 242) 364 1654
The closing date for applications is Friday 3 February 2006. Applications from unqualified
candidates. applications arriving without the full informatib6i reuested.' applications 'rom ultside
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Valley Boys members

reportedly upset after leaders

decline parade invitation

FROM page one
the time of last year's parade, Gus Cooper
said "Feel the Rush" was a significant devel-
opment, adding that in his 40 years in
junkanoo, it was the first time that he had
ever performed in Grand Bahama.
The organizers of the Grand Bahama
parade decided to invite the groups that
took the top three spots at the New
Year's parade in New Providence to com-
pete against local groups.
The Valley Boys won both the Boxing
Day and New Year's day parades under
the sponsorship of Baha Mar, the investor
that :is undertaking a $1.2 billion resort
project on Cable Beach.
The Tribune's sources claimed yester-

BoZine Town

residents I

throw rocks

and stones

at tractor
FROM page one
rold, Rbad Land Company.
The dispute essentially
began in October 2004 when
residents received letters
from Lockhart and Munroe
law firm informing them that
their client, Harrold Road
Land Company, had been
granted certificates of title to
property between Bozine
Towynand Harrold Road. FRO
Residents were initially given
30 days to either buy the land It con
or Vacate. ney ind
However, the residents by persc
vowed to fight back, organis- differ f
inga a steering committee, overall
staging demonstrations and stated
raising funds to secure legal stt
counsel. compete
After a demonstration by vers has
hundreds of Bozine Town to the sa
residents in February, 2005 To all.
the Attorney General's office of inten!
was summoned as a neutral individu
party to review and deter- ment is
mine the legality of the new bus
claims made by both sides. bring
Since the initial notice, central
they have had a number of industry
extensions and the matter has This
been before the courts for expected
several months. fessiona

day that the Saxons, who placed third,
and first-place winners One Family have
already signed the agreement to take
Junkanoo enthusiasts said last year's
"Feel the Rush" event was a great oppor-
tunity for many young performers and
that through the event, around 30 per-
sons saw Grand Bahama for the first time.
According to the rules, regulations and
conditions set out by C3, the company
that is organising the event, the fourth-
placed winners on New Year's, Roots,
will now be invited to the parade.,
The Grand Bahama Port Authority
and the Ministry of Tourism have again
agreed to be major sponsors for the event,
which will offer more than $75,000 in

prize money.
The idea of holding a major parade in
Grand Bahama was first proposed by
Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe. The
"Feel the Rush" theme was formulated
by C3 public relations director and pres-
ident of creative works Peter Adderley,
and organised by C3 principals Thomas
Cleare, Jr, Crispin Cleare and Edmund
Last year, the parade was said to have
been a considerable success, as thousands
travelled to Grand Bahama to attend,
hotels in Freeport were said to be at 100
per cent occupancy, flights to Grand
Bahama were temporarily increased due
to demand, and local businesses reported
significant returns.


study calls

)r overhaul

)M page one

cluded that the jit-
ustry is controlled
>ns whose interests
rom those of the
community and
that "destructive
ition" among dri-
s become a threat
ifety of passengers.
eviate the problem
se competition and
ialism, the govern-
preparing to form a
company that will
uniformity and
control to the
new system is
i to include: a pro-
1 management and
nal staff, a code of

practice for drivers, secu-
rity systems and passenger
safety rights, improved bus
scheduling, extended route
networks and a common
base salary for bus drivers.
In addition, the new sys-
tem is expected to gener-
ate revenue, bring more
economic stability to the
industry, and act as a cata-
lyst in reducing traffic con-
gestion in the long term
and short term as it will
even assist parents in the
area of school pick-up
The report recommend-
ed that current jitney own-
ers and franchise holders
be offered 100 shares for
each franchise held and the
option to obtain shares in

the new bus company.
However, with the
implementation of such a
large public transportation
system, issues of improved
infrastructure arise and the
government is also propos-
ing to bring major
improvements in this area,
according to the report.
Though the new bus
company is expected to be
centrally governed and
operated by professionals,
the government plans on
playing a pivotal role in the
system through ensuring its
sustainable development
and through leading in the
transition process that will
ensure that the interests of
all stakeholders are coh-





FROM page one
around in the middle of the
Mr Simmons said that offi-
cers in the area have stepped
upI their vigilance increasing
patrols and trying to track down
the people in the ring.
Mr Evans added that police
are issuing a stern warning to
those persons involved in the
He said police plan to use full
force to track down suspects and
haul them before the courts.
"This is a growing menace
that is causing hundreds of dol-
lars in damage." He also
expressed concern that the van-
dgls also included churches as
their canvas. "It used to be that
churches were sacred," he said.
Mr Evans urged parents to
take more interest in the activi-
ties of, their children and note
who they hang out with.



The Tribune wants to hear
from people who are
making news in their
neighborhoods. Perhaps
you are raising funds for a
good cause, campaigning
for improvements in the
area or have won an award.
If so, call us on 322-1986
and share your story.

Bahamas Bus and Truck Company Limited
Montrose Avenue
Phone: (242) 322-1722
Fax: (242) 326-7452
44 Montrose Avenue
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Dodge Grand Carat

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$ 46,838.00
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$ 44,838.00

)an Jeep

$ 38,605.00
Discount 3,860.00
$ 34,745.00

Dodge Magnum
Dodge Magnum

Wrangler X

$ 55,756.00
5.575.00 Discount
$ 50,181.00
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$ 40,561.00
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$ 40,881.00
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Bethel Brothers Morticians
Telephone: 322-4433, 326-7030
Nassau Street, P.O.Box N-1026

Corporal Dion Dewitt
Bowles Sr., 37
of Malcolm Road East and
Formerly of Orange Creek, Cat
Island will be held on Thursday
at 11:00 a.m. at the Church of
God Auditorium, Joe Farrington
Road. Rev. Edward J. Sykes
assisted by Rev. Cecil A.
Newbold, Rev. Zephaniah
Newbold and Canon Leopold Cox
will officiate. Interment will be
l H' s .. ; ,-'n-- made in Woodlawn Gardens,
Soldier Road.
Left to cherish, Wife: Jinette Ann "J" Saunders Bowles; mother,
Olivia Bowles; (3) sons, Dion Dewitt, Diondro and Dupri Bowles; (1)
adopted daughter, Dorissa Bethel; (12) brothers, McCarol Bowles,
Burke "Tiger"and Anthony Stuart, Terrance, Kevin and Emmette
Burrows, Don and Yorick Butler, Whitney Stubbs, Terrance Bodie and
Leslie Bannister; (11) sisters, Magnolia Romer, Beverley and Jean
Austine Bowles, Gayle Ethlyn Rolle, Deralyn Caine, Annabelle, Olive,
Monique, Vanessa, Tiffany, Tangia Burrows and Woman Police Corporal
2228 Lisa Rolle-Campbell; parents-in-law, Elliott and Marjorie
Saunders; (7) aunts, Cathaleen Stubbs of Delray Beach, Fla., Lauretta
Edwards of Beverly Hills Fla., Helena Stubbs, Cyntha, Selma and
Mirriam Stuart of Nassau and Annie Nora Burrows of Orange Creek,
Cat Island; (5) uncles, Charles Ivan Stuart of Delray Beach, Fla., Retired
Family Commissioner John C. Stuart, Retired Police Officer Almon
Stuart Bishop Teuton Stubbs of Nassau and Rev. Clifford Edwards of
Beverly Hills, Fla.; (8) sisters-in-law, Evelyn Bowles, Judy Edwards,
Agatha King Ruth Stuart and Kathy Sunders, Kathy Burrows, Marina
Stubbs and Lisa and Valarie Butler; (9) brothers-in-law, Joseph Romer,
AlcindorRolle Sr. Japhet Burrows, Perry, Robert, and Colonial Saunders,
Beaufort King and Charles Edwards and Neil Campbell; (10) Nieces:
Nicara Beard, Covette, Shantel, Samantha, Ericka, Olivia, Monique,
McCara and Charlestina Bowles, Wilma and Kristen Dames, Jonae
Wood, Celeste and Catherine Romer and Najeeba "Jeeb" Campbell;
(14) nephews, Renrick, Ricardo, Kenrick, Elrick, Austin, Hilton, Gordon,
Vogel and Jurrad Bowles, Mark Dames, Juwan "Austyn" Wood, Alcindor
Jr., Aljalon.and Kymani Rolle; (4) nieces-in-law, Ashla Edwards,
Natajia Ferguson, Opal Saunders and Beautisca King. (6) nephews-in-
law, Lance Btard, Brian Rolle, Peddy, Lorenzo, Chevez and Kennedy
Saunders; (3) grand nieces, Yvoneisha Smith, Rinique and Kenricka
Bowles; (6) grand newphews, Dremeco, Leonardo, Kendrick, Kenan,
Antonio and Anthon; (2) uncles-in-law, Burke Smith of Staniel Cay
Exuma and Herschal Smith of Miami Fla.; Special Friends: Sgt. Charles
Curtis, Cpl. Kevin Seymour, Chief Officer Nehemiah Thurston Anthony
Brookes, Wheatly Wilson, Officer C.I. Ferguson, Shelton Jones, Chris
Carroll ofFt. Lauderdale, Fl. Donnamae Rolle, Gaylene Brisset, Devon
Creary, Anthony Dawkins, Lemuel Ramsey, LWM Nora Burrows,WPC
2047 Nixon and Terrance "Ben" Bain; host of relatives and friends
including, Patrick, Vincent, Verina, Una, Anastacia, Annva, Andira,
Javon, Elaine, Dinah Lightbourne, Brunell & Rose Dean, Patricia
Bowles-Darville, Sandra and Coreen Bowles, Mary & Perry Stubbs,
Coralee Turner, Pastor Donald Newbold, Merlene Stubbs, Allen and
Solomon Stuart, Rhoda Munnings, Mary and Elva Stubbs, Pamela
Collins, Hon. Sidney Stubbs, M.P. Holy Cross, Henderson, Juanita
Stubbs, Antonio and Kayla Stubbs, Kenly & Lorean Smith, Darrol
Miller (ZNS), Rudy and Irene McDonald, Roosevelt Newbold, Olliemae
Newbold, Margaret, Louise, Reuben, Sidney, Halbroke, Letitia, Annamae,
Mauldlerie, Inez and Mercena Stuart, Pearl Thompson, Fred Thompson,
Bethsheba-Bain, Bethsheba Taylor the entire community of Watlins
Street, Members of Great Bethel Methodist Curch,Orange Creek Cat
Island, United Christian Church Especially BishopAlbert H. Hepburn
& Rev. Raymond Hepburn, Edwin Taylor Wesley Methoilist Church,
Wesley Methodist Church BMC, Dr. David Allen, Bishop Albert
Hepburn, Rev. Raymond Hepburn, The entire Newbold, Ambrose,
Seymour, Stuart, Hepburn, Cleare, Stubbs, Thompson, Pratt, Dean,
Reckley, Campbell, Rolle, Armbrister, Charlow, Russell and Gaitor
families, All of Cat Island especially the Orange Creek Community,
The entire Staniel Cay Community Dr. Elliston Rahming, Superintendent
of Her Majesty's Prison and the entire Prison family, Staff and Students
of L.W. Young and Stephen Dillet Schools, Staff of The Bahamas
Financial Center and other family, God Children and friends too
numerous to mention.
Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers Morticians #44
Nassau Street on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.'and on
Thursday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until service time.

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National Health's

$235m costs seen

as underestimate

Tribune Staff Reporter
Tribune Business editor
Insurance industry
sources yesterday
described as an under-
estimate the $235 mil-
lion figure that the
Government said-would be the
collective cost of the benefits
package and administration for
the proposed National Health
Insurance scheme.
The scheme's project man-
ager, Dr Stanley Lalta, said that
figure covered all benefits
under the plan as well as
administration costs. The $235
million was derived after study-
ing all contributing factors dur-
ing the year 2005.
However, Dr Lalta acknowl-

edged that the figure was sub-
ject to change in 2006.
One insurance industry con-
tact, speaking on condition of
anonymity, said: "These things
are always under-budgeted,
because once they are brought
in, inevitably people use them
to the max and the costs go
through the roof.

"It is totally going to increase
the costs of doing business. I'm
hoping beyond hope this won't
get anywhere before the next
election. But government
seems determined to move this
The source added: "There's
no doubt it would impact the
life and health insurance indus-
try substantially."
The Tribune understands

that many doctors are also
opposed to the National Health
Insurance scheme, viewing it
as a model that many nations
have moved away from, and
providing no solution to the
problems of rising healthcare
costs and access. However, few
are willing to speak out for fear
of losing lucrative government
consultancy contracts.
The Blue Ribbon Commis-
sion's report on the National
Health Insurance scheme, pub-
lished in 2004, showed some
$343 million was spent on
healthcare in 2001, financed
largely through user fees, pub-
lic financing and private health
However, that report also
made a stunning admission -

SEE page 3B

Tribune Business Editor
THE head of a Bahamian
financial institution has pleaded
not guilty in a Manhattan court
to charges that he laundered $1
billion in proceeds from drug
sales and financial frauds
through his company's bank
Martin Tremblay, a 43-year-
old Canadian who was the pres-
ident and managing director of
Dominion Investments, was
alleged to have knowingly "used
his company to launder millions
of dollars worth of illegal pro-
ceeds for numerous clients in
exchange for a substantial com-

US Ambassador: Investment

process must be transparent

Tribune Business Editor
THE US Ambassador, in what is like-
ly to be interpreted as criticism of the
Bahamas' approach, has called for for-
eign direct investment approvals process-
es to be transparent and certain to enable
this nation to compete in the global econ-
Addressing the 15th Bahamas Busi-
ness Outlook, John Rood said: "Investors
are entitled to know whether their pro-
posals are on track, and if not, why not."
He was urging the Bahamas and other
Caribbean states to "take a forward look


approach" to combating the economic
challenges posed by so-called globalisa-
tion, and exploit the opportunities.
His comments on transparency and
certainty in the approvals process for for-
eign direct investment are likely to be
agreed with by many developers, who
have often complained about the red
tape, bureaucracy and inordinate amount
of time take to approve their projects -
with little explanation coming from gov-
ernment officials.
Mr Rood said globalisation would pre-

SEE page 4B

The indictment, unsealed in
the US District for the South-
ern Districi of New York,
alleged that among the monies
laundered through Dominion
Investments and related bank
accounts \\ere proceeds from
securities frauds, tax evasion
schemes and cocaine, marijua-
na and date rape drug sales.
Dominion Investments was
described as an investment ser-
, ices and ad% isory provider that
was licensed by the Securities
Commission of the Bahamas.
The US indictment alleged
that Tremblay accepted monies
for laundering by wire transfer
or physical delivery, depositing
and transferring the proceeds
into offshore bank accounts in
the Bahamas, Canada, Texas
and elsewhere.
It also claimed that Tremblay
created shell companies and "fic-
titious entities", often with the
same false nominees, addresses
and telephone numbers to con-
ceal the money laundering activ-
He was caught through a sting
operation mounted by the. US
Drug Enforcement Administra-
tion (DEA) in New York. The
indictment alleged that he met
with undercover agents on
March 19, 2005, to discuss laun-
dering proceeds from fictitious
drug sales.
At the meeting, Tremblay was
alleged to have agreed to laun-
der the proceeds from the busi-
ness run by the undercover
On May 23, 2005, and again
on October 5 and October 26,
2005, following instructions from
Tremblay, some $220,000 was
allegedly wire-transferred to
Dominion Investment-related
accounts in connection with the

agreement reached on March 19,
The US indictment alleged
that Tremblay's activities began
in 1998 and lasted until February
2001, when he received into his
company's accounts about $50
million in proceeds from tax eva-
sion and wire fraud.
Between July 1998 and 2001,
he was also alleged to have
received and transferred $17 mil-
lion from securities fraud
schemes. And in 1999, two "co-
conspirators" allegedly met with
Tremblay to discuss establishing
offshore bank accounts to fur-
ther a securities fraud. Between
May and July 2000, he wire
transferred about $302,564 in
proceeds to the pair.
Then, the US indictment
alleged that between October
2000 and September 2002, Trem-
blay was provided with $3 mil-
lion in proceeds from the sale
of date rape drugs and other ille-
gal substances. Between those
dates, the proceeds were trans-
ferred into Dominion Invest-
ments accounts in Texas, the
Bahamas and other jurisdictions.
In April 2001, Tremblay was
alleged to have wire transferred
about $2 million in cocaine pro-
ceeds, investing more than $1
million of this money in a secu-
rities fraud.
The US indictment further
alleged: "On or about February
5, 2004, two cocaine traffick-
ers..... spoke on the telephone
about using Martin Tremblay,
the defendant, to launder their
cocaine proceeds in Canada and
"On or about February 6,
2004, [one trafficker] spoke with
another individual on the tele-
phone about laundering $50 mil-
lion in cocaine proceeds with
Martin Tremblay."

Government must

'respect' Freeport's

free trade status

Tribune Business Editor
respect" Freeport's integrity as
a tax-free, free trade zone, a
Bahamian attorney said, argu-
ing that the city was never
intended to be a major revenue
earner for the Customs Depart-
Fred Smith, an attorney with
Callenders & Co, described
Freeport's tax exempt status as
"the magic bullet of the
Hawksbill Creek Agreement",
and something that the Gov-

ernment should not interfere
with in its pursuit of greater
"It is fundamental to the
approach to business in
Freeport that it was not intend-
ed for Customs to receive great
revenues from Freeport," Mr
Smith said.
"There should be no great
expectation on the part of Cus-
toms and the Ministry of
Finance that they should be
entitled to huge revenues."

SEE page 5B

BREA members excluded

from Exuma's 'boom'

Tribune Business Editor

BAHAMIAN realtors in
Exuma are being cut out of the
island's economic "boom" by
some developers who are
allowing unlicensed foreign
realtors to sell lots and proper-
ty, the Bahamas Real Estate
Association's (BREA) presi-
dent said yesterday.
Describing the situation on
Exuma as "ridiculous", Pat
Strachan told The Tribune:
"The licensed agents down
there, members of BREA, are
not being invited to be involved
in these lot and land sales.

Instead, unlicensed persons are
involved in the real estate
Bahamian realtors have
often complained that they are,
losing considerable business to
unlicensed primarily foreign -
realtors, depriving them of $15-
$20 million in commission
earnings annually. Several have
suggested that the Government
should stipulate in Heads of
Agreement signed with foreign
developers that they must use
licensed Bahamian realtors to
conduct lot and property sales.

SEE page 4B


Tel: (242) 356-7764

Tel: (242) 351-3010

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Uniformly enorce penalties

for employees who steal

Is crime out of control?
Are we as citizens able
to manage this prob-
lem? The first few
weeks of 2006, as it

pertains to crime, may lead us
to believe otherwise. As men-
tioned a few weeks ago, we
have seen a major increase in
the amount of criminal activity.

The police really have their
hands full. But is crime a police
Take, for example, the
repairman be he a plumber
or mechanic. Is the fact that
your septic tank has backed up,
or that your car is unable to
start, really the problem of the
fix-it-guy? When we consider
it, the issue may have been
transferred to the police, but
crime is really our problem. So
what are we going to do to
solve the problem?
There are many suggested
solutions, primarily focused on
the concept of harsher penal-
ties. So there are calls from the
public for longer sentences and
hangings. I feel these remedies
are at the other -end of the
spectrum, similar to using a big-
ger mop to soak up the spill.
However, my concern is how
we prevent the spill in the first
Phillip Purpura, in his book
Security and Loss Prevention,
states: "In many businesses, so
many people are stealing that
those who do not steal are the
deviants and outcast: theft
becomes normal and honest
becomes abnormal"

What makes people steal is
the question this edition will
attempt to unravel, as it is key
to managing the problem. The
old adage: 'Walking in one's
shoes to see how they think',
is essential if companies desire
to reduce losses through this
Aside from crime statistics
provided -by the Royal
Bahamas Police Force, and
studies done by other groups
such as the Coalition of Private
Sector Organisations, there is
very little documented infor-
mation about employee theft
in the Bahamas.
Psychologists, sociologists
and criminologists have strug-
gled for years to understand
and describe the motivations
of dishonest individuals. They
have provided numerous stud-
ies in an effort to identify the
personality traits and charac-
teristics most frequently asso-
ciated with theft or fraud.
They have also attempted to
identify social forces and envi-
ronmental factors that con-
tribute to or might explain -
why certain individuals are dis-
honest and others are not. Only
recently have these studies

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been directed to white collar
crime, as the focus had been
on violent crimes such as rapes,
murders and bank robberies.
This all changed when, in the
early 1980's, researchers from
the University of Minnesota
John Clark and Richard
Hollinger, published the results
of an extensive three-year
study they conducted on
employee theft. This lan mark
study identified five character-
istics to explain the phenome-
non of employee theft.
1. External Economic
Prior to this study, the most
frequent explanation of

NOTICE is hereby given that ODETTE SIFORT OF UNION
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of
The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send
a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight
days from the 25TH day of JANUARY, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box F-41085,
Grand Bahama, Bahamas.



(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the 4th
day of November 2005. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp,
Inc., P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas




(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company
is in dissolution, which commenced on the 23rd day of
January, 2006. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc., of
P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.


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employee theft was that.
employees stole from theit
employers because they had a'
personal problem involving"
alcohol, gambling, illicit affairs,
or similar situations. This posi-.
tion asserts that "when eco-
nomic pressures become great;
people may turn to illegitimate -
means to achieve socially.
acceptable goals".
Clark and Hollinger
observed that the connections
between the nature of eco-,
nomic needs and the manner,
in which the stolen materials-
satisfied those needs had not-
yet been established.
2. Youth and Work
Another commonly
expressed theory stated that
younger employees are simply
not as honest or hardworking
as previous generations. Cited
were two studies of retail
employees caught in the act:of
stealing merchandise. Both'
studies indicated a dispropor--'
tionate number of younger,
newly-hired employees..weirm
involved in theft. However. no
clear and convincing evidence
existed to confirm this theory.'
3. Opportunity
The opportunity to steal
items of value was considered
one of the primary factors-in
employee: theft by; security
practitioners. It was generally
held that every employee is
tempted to steal from his
employer at one time or anoth-
er, based on their opportunity
to steal. This theory was also
never empirically studied until
Clark and Hollinger's research
in 1983.
4. Job Dissatisfaction
The idea that there is a cause.
and effect between job dissa;
isfaction and employee theft;
had not been included in mosw
studies until Clark 'an4i2
Hollinger. The theory suggest
that the organisation from
whom employees steal ma'
influence such theft because
management, directly or indp
rectly, is responsible for job div,
satisfaction based on the peit
ceptions of their employees.
5. Social Control
The social control theory
suggests that the broadly'
shared formal and inform
social structure within a cont
pany greatly influenced.
whether theft persists or not.t
Although not empirically
tested until Clark an'
Hollinger's study, it empha,
sised the role individual worE-
group norms played in dete'
ring workplace theft. In addl:
tion, there was evidence i,
existing studies that theoriseda
relationship between supervn
sors/management, person^
and employees in deterring ('
encouraging theft behaviour bt
Both theories are similar t
the deterrence doctrine, whic3'
assumes the threat of negatih
social sanctions from the con;
pany or law can influence thl;
amount of theft in an organic.

SEE page 5B

Cruise Ship Facility Manager/Bahamas

Property owner and manager is seeking persons, preferably a couple, to
manage day-to-day operations of a 30-acre cruise ship facility in the
Family Islands of The Bahamas. Site is the exclusive port of call for a
major passenger line, which calls three to six times per week during the
2006-2007 cruise season.

Responsibilities Include:-

Oversight of all aspects of business operations and property
The management and supervision of 60 full and part-time employees.
Operation of a 1,600-square-foot retail store, a 400 ft store and 3
Management of water-sports-related activities.
Governmental and community relations.
Cruise ship relations and reporting.
Accounting and bookkeeping.

Qualifications Required:

Degree in engineering, 15 years of experience in the following;
project management, cost analysis, contract negotiation, boat
maintenance and diesel engine experience.
Experience as a Scuba Instructor with NAUI & PADI is helpful.
Charter boat experience, 100 Masters with sail and tow helpful.
Computer proficiency in excel & word & peachtree.
Extensive experience in cruise ship related tourism & port
Working knowledge of Reverse Osmosis water system & generator
back up systems.
Knowledge of Peach Tree Accounting system with a minimum of
6 years experience.
15 year purchasing experience with resort venders, computerized
inventory control & customer service.
15 years of accounting related experience including knowledge in
cost accounting.
Knowledge of point of sales software and hardware.
Tourism related trade show experience.
Experience in preparing and managing operational and capital

Compensation included salary, housing and insurance. Please respond

Facility Manager,
P.O. Box 230038,
Grand Rapids,
Michigan, 495232 USA.


In Voluntary Liquidation

NOTICE is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137
(4) of The International Business Companies Act, 2000,

The date of commencement of the dissolution was the 12th
day of January A.D., 2006.

Mr. Michael C. Miller, Miller & Co. Chambers, P.O. Box EE-
17971, Nassau, Bahamas is the liquidator of SIERRA

Michael C. Miller


THE TRI'a~l~iE


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FROM page 1B

that the proposed National
Health Insurance scheme "will
not solve" problems relating to
quality of care and equitable
access to Bahamian healthcare
by itself.
The report said: "The cost of
services in the public health
sector is higher than it should
be.and this is related to ineffi-
ciencies in the health care insti-
tutions. For a National Health
Insurance scheme to be sus-
tainable, a management
strengthening process is neces-
sary to foster efficiency and
cost containment in the public
sector institutions.................
"The inefficiencies in the
provision of health services
must be corrected and ways of
lowering costs in the public and
private sectors identified, as the
feasibility of the National
Health Insurance system
depends largely on the afford-
ability of services and how costs
can be controlled."


There has been little sign of
any attempt to tackle ineffi-
ciencies, management issues
and rising costs in the public
health system.
The Blue Ribbon Commis-
sion' added: "It will be
challenging to implement such
a system, and it will require
important changes in the public
and private health sector.
While a National Health Insur-
ance system will immediately
improve the financing of health
care, in and of itself it will not
solve the problem of quality of,

and access to, health care....."
At a meeting for church
leaders yesterday on the pro-
posed National Health Insur-
ance scheme, Dr Marcus
Bethel, minister of health, said
the plan was expected to alle-
viate the strain on the Trea-
sury. Healthcare presently costs
the Government about $186
million each fiscal year, with
earnings at between $4 to $5
million no match for its debt.
The Government has been
the principal financier and
provider of health care in the
Bahamas through the Ministry
of Health and its network of
clinics, secondary, and tertiary
care facilities. The cost of
health care has risen dramati-
cally as a result of changing
demographics with an ageing
population, rising costs of
drugs, advances in specialist
care, and increased access to
newer technologies.
The benefits package will be
funded through a 5.3 per cent
tax on an employee's earned
waged, with that amount split
equally between employer and
employee meaning they have
to pay 2.65 per cent.
Pensioners will be obliged to
pay $1 per day, while children,
the poor and unemployed per-
sons will have their premiums
paid by the Government.
The contributions amount to
$21 each month for persons
earning $200 per week, $48 per
month for persons earning $450
per week, and so on.
All services the Bahamas can
provide will be covered by the
plan. This includes visits to
physicians and specialists, pre-
scription drugs, diagnostics, x-
rays, surgeries, CAT scans and

MRIs, transplants, and emer-
gency transportation for Fami-
ly Islanders.
Dr Bethel sought to allay the
fears of private health insurers
yesterday, stating that while
National Health Insurance will
cover all services provided at
the Princess Margaret Hospi-
tal, "luxury services" will not
be available.


He said similar fears to the
ones surfacing now, came
about when the National Insur-
ance Board was being estab-
lished in the 1950s. However,
he noted that insurance com-
panies, pension plans, and the
like were flourishing today.
Dr Stanley Lalta said private
health insurance companies
should be able to sell more
packages, and those packages
should come at a cheaper price.

This was because the private
companies would no longer
have to cover certain risks they
now do.
National Health Insurance
would become the primary
insurance carrier and end up
paying before private compa-
nies in cases of compensation.
The private insurer, said Dr
Lalta, would also have the
opportunity to target specific
markets more closely once the
plan comes into effect.

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A leading jewelry company is expanding its Nassau
Operations and has job openings, in the following areas:

*Store Management *Administration/Operation
*Sales *Inventory Control
*MIS *Cleaner


1. Persons of integrity
2. Self-starters with drive and determination
3. Previous experience an asset

If you meet the above requirements and have skills in the
desired discipline, we will be pleased to welcome you to
our winning team. The positions offer career opportunities
with excellent salary and benefits package.

Please submit your resume in confidence to:

P.O.BOX N-623
Fax: 328-5902




Mase dl or vos raer 2erbts

Police Record
Computer literate
Capable of standing for long hours
Previous warehouse experience is a plus

Submit applications to:
Betty K Agencies
Human Resource Department

No Phone Calls


with five years experience with the
ability to work on their own initiative.

Please send Resume to:
P.O.Box N-1462,
Nassau, The Bahamas
Tel: (242) 394-0043
Fax (242) 393-4910


Dr. Sharon A. Thompson

Practice Relocation

Please join us in welcoming the latest
addition to our center of highly- .
qualified physicians in the
Renaissance Medical Building.

Dr. S. Thompson received her Doctor
of Medicine degree from Howard .
University College of Medicine in
Washington, D. C.

She completed her Obstetrics and ,
Gynecology Residency at Rochester :: '
General Hospital in Rochester, NY, '
where she served as Chief Resident ..
from 2000 2001. Dr. Thompson is f '
American Board Certified in ..
Obstetrics and Gynecology and has S A
enjoyed serving her Bahamian
community since 2001. Her practice,
St. Elizabeth Women's Medical
Center, will be Opening January 30, 2006. She looks forward to continuing to
provide Individualized and Specialized Care for Women.

St. Elizabeth Women's Medical Center
155 Shirley Street (opposite Oriental Cleaners)
Nassau, Bahamas'
Tel: 322-3831/323-7477

sent the Bahamas and other
CARICOM nations with many
investment opportunities, but
they needed to be "seized".
"I believe the Bahamas and
its sister countries are better
positioned to take advantage
of globalisation than many peo-
ple realise," the US Ambas-
sador said.
US Customs and Border
Protection officials were work-
ing closely with the Freeport
Container Port to station offi-
cers there, so that shipping con-

trainers and cargoes could be
inspected there and their
onward movement to the US
be "expedited".
Mr Rood said this would
"make the port of Freeport
more attractive for their cus-
tomers". The US was also
working with the Bahamas to
reach an agreement on US
inspections of Bahamian-
flagged ships in international
waters if they were suspected

of involvement in terrorist.
activity. .' :
"I envision enhancing ecoar
nomic co-operation," Mr Rood-
said. "Changes in the global
economy are changing the wa
we do business. '~C
"Throughout the region,e
business leaders and governs,
ments are embracing change.
Change is upon us whether wy,
like it or not, it's happening
daily, and how we respond to itt*
is up to us. As we look to thp
future, we should aspire to
work more closely together.''

BREA members excluded

from Exuma's 'boom'

FROM page 1B
Mr Strachan said he was in
the -process of contacting sev-
eral developers in Exuma to
advise them that they should
be working with licensed
BREA members.
He added: "Our members
have had major problems in
trying to compete against per-
sons not licensed under the
Real Estate Brokers and Sales-
persons Act.
"My agents are calling me
every day from Exuma. They
are not being allowed to par-
ticipate in the boom that is

going on in Exuma.
"It seems as if the foreign
agents are the only ones mak-
ing money."
Mr Strachan said such prac-
tices were stifling the impact
from the economic growth on
Exuma as a result of foreign
direct investment, reducing the
'trickle down' effect for
The Real Estate Brokers and
Salespersons Act made it illegal
for realtors to list, sell and col-
lect commissions on Bahami-
an land and property unless
they were Bahamian and
licensed by BREA.
BREA was in the process of
preparing amendments to the

Act, and Mr Strachan said'
"This has got to stop some-
He urged Allyson Maynard-
Gibson, minister of finaiiniaI
services and investment sto
look into the matter eyeq
before the amendments were
presented to her as the minislei
"When these developers
come into this country, they
are given millions of dollars in
concessions," Mr Strachan said:
"I feel it's importarl. the
Government steps in. especial-
ly down in Exuma, and invites
our agents to be part of the
boom in Exuma and make,
what they are entitled to."



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(In Voluntary Liquidation)

NOTICE is hereby given that the liquidation of the
Company is complete and the Company has been struck
off the Register of Companies maintained by the Registrar

Dated this 30th day of December 2005.




Notice To Shareholders

The Board of Directors of

ICD Utilities Limited is pleased

to advise that a dividend of

13.5 cents per share

has been declared to all Shareholders

of record as at 2nd February, 2006

and payable on 16th February, 2006

US Ambassador

says investment

process must

be transparent

FROM page 1B

BrI ii Colinriai -5S
l Financial Advisors Ltd.
Pricing Information As Of:
24 January 2006
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX. CLOSE 1 357 75 'CHG -02 36 "oCHG -00.17 / YTD 07.04 / YTD % ?D2-' '
f.2 ,.k-Hi 52..k-Lo.. S ',,rr.o:,1 .:..r : i '1e T.:. : 5 *:r.-r..e 1ad, .'Jol EPS S DI $P/E Yield
1 10 0 ; ,:: .arelt, ; ,-, 0 i .0 169 0000 NI1 0 00%
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 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 9.54 -0.01 5.000 0.689 0.240 13.8 2.52%
2.20 1.39 Colina Holdings 1.64 1.64 0.00 -0.046 0.000 NM 0.00%
9.25 7.15 Commonwealth Bank 9.25 9.15 -0.10 1,500 0.791 0.450 11.6 4.92%
4.38 4.12 Consolidated Water BDRs 4.17 4.20 0.03 0.099 0.045 42.1 1.08%
2.88 1.50 Doctor's Hospital 2.88 2.88 0.00 0.429 0.000 6.6 0.00%
6.20 3.99 Famguard 6.20 6.05 -0.15 1,100 0.428 0.240 12.7 3.97%
10.90 9.70 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 7.95 Focol 10.05, 10.05 0.00 0.833 0.500 12.1 4.98%
1.99 1.15 Freeport Concrete 1.15 1.15 0.00 -0.062 0.000 N/M 0.00%
10.20 9.60 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 6.69 6.78 0.09 0.138 0.000 48.4 0.00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 2.036 0.760 4.9 7.60%
Fidelity Over-The-Counler Securities
52- ,k-Hi '.. -L.L,. ., .,j i L a--l ,,P...:e e kly .'.2.I EPS $ Dv $ PIE Yield
13 00 12 I B.r. a- uper"ar. .-.ri 1 11 1917 0 720 72 5 05%9
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%
Collna Over-The-Counler Securities .
43.00 28.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 41.00 2.220 0.000 19.4 0.00%
16.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 12.75 13.75 12.50 1.105 0.810 14.6 6.93%
0.60 0.35 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.35 -0.103 0.000 N/M 0.00%
BISX L-sted Mutual Funds
52. =l--H1 52.s K-Lo.*. Furn r J5.-,. II- 'TD LA, 12 r.1:.rti D $ Y.ela -
1.2691 1.1716 Colina Money Market Fund 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 Colina Bond Fund 1.144217""
FINDEX' CLO35E 435 630 rY'TD 1 3;'1s.., -r003 1-1 8 : :.
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00 YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price
52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity
52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week
Change Change in closing price from day to da EPS $ A company's reported eamings 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
PIE Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100
" AS AT DEC. 31, 2005/ ". AS AT NOV. 30. 2005
- AS AT JAN. 06, 2006/ AS AT DEC. 31, 2005/ *"" AS AT DEC. 31. 2005
TO TRADE CAL.L COLINA 242-502-7j01i FIDELITY 2-2. fJ3 76 ;.







Government must 'respect' Freeport's free trade status

FROM page 1B

Mr Smith was speaking out
after Customs abandoned an
attempted policy change that
wolfl have forced Grand
Bahama Port Authority
(GBPA) licencees to obtain
stamped approval for purchas-
es of over-the-counter bonded
(duty exempt) goods.
Customs reversed its policy
after licencees expressed con-
cern that it would strangle busi-
ness in Freeport with excessive
red tape and bureaucracy. The
policy of allowing all Port
Authority licencees to import,
sell and purchase duty exempt
goods without requiring prior
stamped approval, so long as
those goods and materials were
ndeded for their business, has
bden maintained.
Mr Smith told The Tribune
that while he understood Cus-
toms "anxiety" that non-
licencees were increasingly pur-

FROM page 2B
station. In essence, employees
wiU be more likely to steal if
th4y perceive the threat of
de.cfion and/or punishment
for this behaviour to be weak,
or non-existent.
Regardless, the two main
objectives are to reduce theft
and fraud in the workplace. A
company must identify and
uniormiy sanction unaccept-
able behaviour, penalising per-
soTs'for in'ractions As a result,
regulali'n- dealing with theft
bv'employees must be clear
aitl frequently reiterated to
ensure the penalties are under-
stood by all.
In my.opinion, the message
concerning loss prevention and
penaltles resulting from such
action is lo-t or even neglect-
ed'- during pre-employment
training for new employees,
and never again addressed until
someone i s caught stealing.
C'omjnies cannot rely sole-
ly on negati\- Saiantiion, from
societ'i to apple to the work-

,, l l' l', ( 'I [ ,

place. Individual sanctions
within a company are impor-
tant to help mold the culture
and make certain expectations
are clear.
Enforcing the sanctions must
also be uniform. It takes only
one incident in which manage-
rial employees are given pref-
erential treatment to under-
mine the entire policy. Nega-
tive sanctions for theft must
apply to everyone in order to

be effective, and management
must be prepared to uniformly
dispense discipline.
NB: Gamal Newry is the
president of Preventative Mea-
sures, a loss prevention and
asset protection training and
consulting company, special-
ising in Policy and Procedure
Development, Business Secu-
rity Reviews and Audits, &
Emergency and Crisis Man-
agement. Comments can be
sent to PO Box N-3154 Nas-
sau, Bahamas or, email
gnewry@coralwave. com

Mr Smith said: "What does
the Government do with the
$150 million it collects a year in
this free trade zone? Very little
of it comes back to Freeport
or Grand Bahama. I demand
an accounting from the Gov-
ernment as to where it goes
annually. If I'm wrong, correct



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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
schools (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.

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

enalt~1ie['s.U,o ,,,,e'ploy]e[":`wfh6isteal~1

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


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chasing,.duty exempt goods,
thus avoiding paying taxes,
"this is a matter for investiga-
tion, inspection and scrutiny"
by the Department.
"For Customs to have'
applied a blanket policy to all
over-the-counter bonded pur-
chases would turn the pre-
sumption of innocence upside
down. It doesn't mean bring-
ing the business community to
a grinding halt."
The attorney said there were
"far-reaching consequences" in
the Hawksbill Creek Agree-
ment to deal with licencees
who sold bonded goods to non-
licencees, including the loss of
import privileges and penalties
forcing culprits to pay double
the amount of duty due.
He suggested that Customs
apply these policies, adding
that the Department was "in
an even better position that
general law enforcement" to
clamp down on abuse because
it possessed powers of a gener-

al warrant allowing them to
search anywhere at any time.
"All licencees are entitled to
import and sell, purchase or
sell, inside or outside the
Bahamas, duty exempt goods,"
Mr Smith said.
"It is the foundation of a tax-
free zone and the Government
should respect that."
While it was "never envi-
sioned that Freeport would be
a great tax or revenue earner
for the Government", Mr
Smith said a provision existed
within the Hawksbill Creek
Agreement that, if revenues
raised were not sufficient to
meet spending needs in the
Freeport area, the Port
Authority would pay the dif-
But he added that he wanted
to see the Government account
for what it earned in revenues
from Freeport, and what it
ploughed back into the island
and wider Grand Bahama in
terms of spending.

From 12 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Sunday 29th January 2006.

Our Electronic Banking System will be temporarily unavailable
during the times listed above while we conduct routine
maintenance on our System Network.

During this period, the following services will be unavailable:
* ABM transactions
* Point-Of-Sale (POS) transactions
* VISA transactions via ABM
* Internet & Telephone Banking

Please plan your weekend finances to cater for this necessary
maintenance. We apologise for any inconvenience.




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Bostwick: BOA looking forward to good

performances in Commonwealth Games

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Senior Sports Reporter

THE names of the athletes
selected for the Commonwealth
Games have not yet been
released, but chef de mission
Livingstone Bostwick said when
the Bahamas Olympic Associa-
tion announces the list, it will
be a quality team.
With just under 50 days left
before the start of the XVIII
version of the event in Mel-
bourne, Australia, March 15-
26, the BOA is expected to
release the names of the ath-
letes that will represent the
Bahamas in athletics with 30
athletes and officials, six in box-
ing, four in cycling and six in
While the names of the ath-
letes have not been released as
yet, Bostwick said Roscoe
Davies will serve as the general
team manager and Dr. Willard
Thompson, assisted by Janice
McKinney, will be the medical
Wellington Miller, president
of the Amateur Boxing Asso-
ciation of the Bahamas, will
travel as the manager for the
boxing team; Roy Colebrooke,
the president of the Bahamas
Amateur Cycling Federation,
will be the cycling manager with
Julie Wilson, assistant secretary
of the Bahamas Association of
Athletics Associations, as the
athletics' manager with Nancy
Knowles as manager of the
swimming team.
Bostwick stated that the
BOA is looking forward to
some good performances from
the team.

"We expect our elite

athletes to make the finals

of their respective events,

elite athletes in terms of

swimming and athletics."

Livingstone Bostwick

"We expect our elite athletes
to make the finals of their
respective events, elite athletes
in terms of swimming and ath-
The Bahamas will be making
its 12th appearance in the
games, having started in 1954
in Vancouver, Canada, the fifth
of the eight events that were
held under the British Empire
& Commonwealth Games.


The 1970 games in Edin-
burgh, Scotland, were named
the British Commonwealth
Games and from 1978 in
Edmonton, Canada, they were
known as just the Common-
wealth Games.
So far, the Bahamas has accu-
mulated a total of 23 medals,
inclusive of eight gold, seven
silver and eight bronze..
Thomas Robinson, whom the
track and field stadium has been
named after, broke the barrier
for the Bahamas when he

Raptors' run

turned in a gold and silver
medal double dip in the 220 and
100 yard dashes respectively in
1958 Cardiff, Wales.
Robinson, the most decorat-
ed Bahamian athlete at these
games, came back in 1962 in
Perth, Australia and he
achieved a silver medal in the
100 yard dash. In 1966 in
Kingston, Jamaica, he complet-
ed his reign with a silver in the
199 yard dash.
It wasn't until 1982 in Bris-
bane, Australia that the
Bahamas produced one of its
best performances ever, secur-
ing five medals in athletics and
one in boxing.
Shonel Ferguson leapt to gold
in the women's long jump and
Bradley Cooper got another in
the men's discus. Stephen Wray
and Steve Hanna got silver
medals in the men's high and
long jumps respectively and
Gregory Rolle settled for a
bronze in the men's 400 hur-
Stephen 'the Heat' Larrimore
picked up the Bahamas' first

medal outside of athletics with a
bronze in the lightweight divi-
At the 1990 games in Auck-
land, New Zealand, Pauline
Davis-Thompson emerged on
the scene with bronze in both
the women's 100 and 200
In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
in 1998, the Bahamas was rep-
resented by one of its biggest
teams, competing in athletics,
boxing, rugby 7-a-side, squash,
swimming and ten pin bowling.
However, the Bahamas only
secured two medals a gold
from Chandra Sturrup in the
women's 100 and silver from
Jackie Edwards in the women's
long jump.


And in 2002 in Manchester,
England, the Bahamas sent its
largest contingent ever with
competitors entered in athlet-
ics, boxing, cycling, swimming
and triathlon.
The Bahamas came up with
its biggest medal haul ever -
eight, inclusive of four gold and
four bronze.
Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie
posted gold in both the wom-
en's 100 and 200 as well as run-
ning on the women's victories 4
x 100 relay team that included
Chandra Sturrup, Sevatheda
Fynes and Timicka Clarke.
The other gold came from
Lavern Eve in the women's
The bronze came from Fynes
in the women's 100; Avard
Moncur in the men's 400 and
as a part of the men's 4 x 400

relay team that included Chris
'Bay' Brown, Dominic
Demeritte and Troy McIntosh.
The other bronze came from
Leevan 'Superman' Sands in the
men's triple jump.
When the first group of the
team (swimming and boxing)
arrives in Melbourne on March
12, (athletics on March 14 and
cycling on March 16), they will
have to undergo some new
developments in an anti-dop-
ing programme.
Thompson said the Bahamas
will be in the service level num-
ber two where the athletes will
be informed about the latest
anti-doping rules by personnel
from Australia.
"This is a way to give them
information and to make sure
that every athlete gets the infor-
mation across the board,"
Thompson pointed out.
Testing, as it was done at the
Olympic Games, will be take
place immediately after the ath-
letes finish competing.
While in Melbourne, Janice
McKinney will attend the 13th
Commonwealth International
Sports Conference. It will
involve members of the acade-
mic committee and profession-
al organizations representing
human movement, sport sci-
ence, recreation and sports
medicine and other allied health
The two major themes of the
conference will be 'Elite Sports'
and 'Sports Development
There will be four groups
namely, sport management,
sport coaching, sport medi-
cine/science and sport studies.

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THE William Construc-
tion Jets and the Corner
Motel Dog House
Rangers both came out of
the Masters League's
weekend action with a
double dose of victories
at the Churchill Tener
Knowles National Soft-
ball Stadium.
The Jets clobbered the
DHL Lions 15-5 on Satur-
day and they white-
washed the Two Turtles
Inn Pirates 20-0 on Sun-
day, while the Dog House
knocked off the Miller
Lite Royals 15-2 on Sat-
urday and pounded the
Miller Panthers 13-1.
They were the only
games played over the
Here's a summary of
the games played:
Jets 15, Lions 5: Gary
'Super' Johnson had a 3-
for-4 day, including a
home run, while driving
in five runs and scoring
twice to lead William's
Construction on Satur-
Jack Davis helped out
with a 3-for-4 day with an
RBI and three runs
scored and Leslie 'Truck'
Johnson was also 3-for-4
with two RBIs and a run
scored as Mike Dillette
picked up the win on the
Ken O'Brien suffered
the loss and Ben Albury
was 1-for-1 with two runs
scored for DHL.
Dog House Rangers
15, Royals 2: Eugene
'Whitey' Higgs went 2-
for-3 with two RBIs and
two runs scored; Danny
Stubbs 3-for-4 with two
RBIs and three runs
scored and John 'Kong'
Wallace 2-for-4 with an
RBI and two runs scored
for Corner Motel on Sat-
Anthony 'Stick-A-
Tone' Johnson was 1-for-
2 with a run scored and
Harold 'Banker' Fritzger-
ald suffered the loss for
Miller Lite.
Jets, 20, Pirates 0:
Arthur Johnson surren-
dered six hits, but got the
defence behind him to
hold on for the shutout on
the mound on Sunday for
William's Construction.
Anthony Weech led the
offensive attack going 4-
for-5 with four RBIs and
two runs scored and Gary
Johnson was 3-for-4 with
three RBIs and two runs
Roger Demeritte
helped out, going 2-for-4
with three RBIs and three
runs scored; Lee Rahming
was 2-for-5 with an RBI,
three RBIs and two runs
scored; Jack Davis 3-for-5
with an RBI and three
runs scored and Jeff
Cooper 3-for-5 with three
Fopster Dorsette and
Gregory Rahming were
both 2-for-3 and Robert
Gilbert was tagged with
the loss on the mound.
Rangers 15, Panthers
1: Danny Stubbs threw a
three-hitter and yielded
just one run as Dog
House also produced a
big game on Sunday.
John Wallace had a
perfect 3-for-3 day with
an RBI and three runs to
lead the Rangers offen-
sively. Anthony 'Rakes'
Bowe was 2-for-4 with an
RBI and two runs; Alfred
Johnson 2-for-3 with
three RBIs and a run and
Joe Demeritte 2-for-2
with two RBIs and two
runs scored.
Joe Miller was the los-
ing pitcher for Miller's.
Matthew Culmer, Val
Maura, Andrew Ferguson
and Will Bastian all went
1-for-2 and Steve Turn-
quest scored the lone run.

t orP

Junior Sports Reporter

A 14-0 RUN in the sec-
ond quarter helped the CH
Reeves Raptors junior boys
seal their first victory of the
season yesterday.
With both teams fighting
to improve their win-loss
record, the Raptors held the
Scorpions to a shut-out sec-
ond quarter, bouncing back
from a 10 point deficit in the
first quarter to eventually
defeat the CC Sweeting
Scorpions 36-31.
According to the Scorpi-
ons head coach Ian Pinder,
the team's game plan was to
dominate the boards, trying
to convert the rebounds into
With their big men roam-
ing under the baskets, the
Scorpions were able to jump
to an 8-5 lead.
Noting that the lead was-
n't enough to move onto
Plan B, Pinder :signalled to
the team to apply the trap.


Setting up at the half
court, the Scorpions picked
off five of the Raptors' balls,
which helped them to
expand their lead.
Pinder said: "We came
into the game after a big
game, which we lost on
Monday trying to dominate
the boards. Before we got
into the game I told them to
be a little patient on the
glasses but not too patient
where it seems as though
they aren't being aggressive.
"This worked in the first
quarter for us, and I was
feeling very comfortable.
But by the second quarter
everything started to go
downhill for us. The guys
stopped going after
rebounds on both ends, even
the defence was turned
Since the Raptors weren't
able to break through the
Scorpions' half court press,
the team found themselves
in foul trouble.
When they were able to
cross over the half court
line, the Scorpions quickly .,
rotated to prevent the shot.
There was no room for
second shot opportunities
for the Raptors as the Scor-
pions crashed the defensive
But the game's momen-
tum changed in the opening
minutes of the second quar-
Missing out on their first
three attempts for scoring,
the Raptors bounced back
to start a reign of terror that
would eventually hold the
Scorpions to a shutout quar-
The 14-0 run by the team
was sparked by the Crashad
Burrows, who had now
picked off three of the Scor-
pions balls.
Having closed the gap, the Gran
Raptors hustled back to stop impre
the Scorpions from crashing made
the boards. "WI
With less than a minute to could
go the Scorpions were called lead i
for four consecutive three confic
seconds. rest o:
Wasting no time to push "I
the ball down the court after play
the calls; the Raptors end- impre
ed the quarter with a 10 the cc
point lead. Alr
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t said: "I was very
ssed with the run we
in the second quarter.
ien the team saw they
come back from a big
n the first it give them
dence throughout the
f the game.
:an only encourage
like this. This was
ssive on both ends of
Court "
eady having missed
shots on the offensive

end, in the opening minutes
of the third quarter the
Scorpions tried to re-apply
their press.

But due to slow rotations
from their players, the Rap-
tors worked their way down
the court.
Picking up from where
they left off in the first half,

the Raptors continued to
crash the boards. And, as in
the first quarter, where they
were seen picking up the
fouls, it was now the Scorpi-
ons' time.
Grant added: "No one
likes to lose, everyone wants
to experience that winning
taste, it is our time.
"The win can only mean
bigger and better things for
the team. Now having
known what a win feels like

I am sure they will be back
on the court to play even
"They will have to keep
up this type of play. I alWAys
told people that there-is
something very special
about this team and they
proved my point in today's
The Raptors will play
again on Thursday, with the
Scorpions having a game
scheduled for today.


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Ada makes the cut with

hand-crafted approach

Tribune Feature Writer
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -
WHILE artists who produce
paintings and wooden sculptures
are' in abundance in the
Bahamas, those who create
works of art out of printmaking
are not. In fact, the art of print-
making, according to both local
and regional artists, is scarce
even throughout the Caribbean
Puerto Rican art professor
Ada Rosa-Riviera who spe-
cialises in woodcuts, a form of 1,
printmaking, told Tribune Arts
that it is a meticulous process
that many persons in the
Caribbean are not interested in
when there are seascapes to be
captured in oils or acrylics.
"A lot of people say that it is
not exciting and that it is boring
when there are so many other
colours that you can bring out
more easily than doing a wood-
cut," said Mrs Rosa-Riviera, who
speaks very little English and
used her husband, Raul Riviera
as her translator. 7- -

A woodcut is a method of
printing in which an image is
carved into the surface of a piece
of wood. The parts that will be
printed remain level with the sur-
face while the non-printing parts y .
are removed usually with chis-
els. The image is then inked by
rolling over the surface With an
inked roller, leaving ink upon
the flat surface, but not in the
non-printing areas.
"The technique of this art is
all hand crafted," Mrs Rosa-Riv-
iera noted.
"It all comes from my mind
and my creativity. I start using
these chisel tools to cut the wood
and make my course for what I
want to create and represent.
Then I put the wood on a press
and then I get my print," she said
about the woodcutting process.
When she draws an image into
a slab of wood, it is done back-
wards so that when it is put on
the press, the image is printed
on the right side. The print is the
mirror image of what the artist .
cut into the slab of wood.
Though inspiration can come
from almost anywhere, Mrs
Rosa-Riviera chooses to create -'"'. -
representations of her life in
Puerto Rico. "It's the reality of
my life, of what I see around me.
So my work represents the
woman in Puerto Rico, her fem-
inist side, that becomes the inspi-
ration for my pieces."

While Mrs Rosa-Riviera spe-
cialises in wood cuts, she says ,.
that many other Puerto Rican U ABOV'E: Ada Rosa-Rihiera stands beside a woodcut of
artists are involved in similar Puerto Rican historian Eugenio Mlaria de Hostos that she cre-
forms of printmaking intaglio, ated in 2000. The woodcut i'as showcased along 'ith several of ,-..
monotipo, litograffa, colograffa, her prints ast an art ehibition in Plaza Las America Puerto
mezzotinta, punta seca, seri- Rico. earlier this month. '.- ':
grafia, aqua fuerte and aquatinta.
artist who is trained i lithogra- RIGHT: Pictured is one ol' Ada Rosa-Ri'iera's prints lea-
phy, or litograffa as said in Span- lured at an exhibition at Plaza La% Amenrca, earlier Ihis monlh.:
ish, agrees that printmaking is She depicts the emotional struggle of a Puerto Rican man. :' ..

not very popular in the Bahamas.
In an interview with Tribune Arts
she said that she can probably arc diittrenti metrids thati plac-s lik Gtcrmarj, and
count on one hand the number ni. cr.:ailng one Ihthgrph \ou linda hi itr. .l ,,[ d cui
of Bahamians who are involved in I cr- ,1 tl ,gree o eBpr 4s:.ri But there i ni-ot .
in the art form. 1i:h.- r n.,-JCd ,c produce .. irone precnce o! ... ,.Jd cul.
Said the artist: "I don't want to prii. n1N1 Par.iii .,J 'dha iI i throu-l2h,:I tihei h C.IilhhCe.n
put words in anybody's mouth, .raph i: the mcrnI jrdu-:-us.. id region
but I think that what discourages ithe I,.rl aliracil e ;inc. II -ccrdirC to MrK Ro,-Ri-
a lot of persons from getting into In\lI c, man, t,.c ch icmcals ,crlj fh.uoh. r mnn131. r;
printmaking is because it is a \ ,:',cuFurILng lhe added i- ,prob. r, qui r s .I hi,-I r ,1. e I ,,
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have to be very organised and it pinimfr in n. ijid iherelorco ,-r rthe mst s.,i-
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one, but to get the actual print in ...od i ng il udilL the art to dJ'o i mIuch to.I gLt \our In-
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go through. And if you miss one ,_t '.- .-,,'. ith t a form ,'I mor cof an :ipprcci iLrn for I,our
step the entire print can go that rri inated in time and .ork \H ih me. i\
wrong. It's not an immediate (Gc Iman, j a.ind 1- -.tll popJdlar in print Iroi ~'.:oodcut a v ork ,
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When it comes to

music, are we losing

our cultural identity?

Tribune Feature Writer
S.AN JUAN, Puerto Rico -
While the Bahamas may not
have a national instrument like
Pu6rto Rico has its cuatro,
which is recognized by the
state, it does have its native
music. And that sound should
be as-celebrated and as pre-
served as the Bahamas' nation-
al tree or national fish.
Junkanoo music and Rake n
Scrape, which are considered
to be the cultural sounds of the
Bahamas, appear to have main-
tained their popularity over the
years with the older generation
of Bahamians. But most
Bahamians would agree that
except for the annual Junkanoo
music line, many young
Bahamians are not directly
involved in traditional Bahami-
an soihids:
(tiique Domenech, a Puerto
Rican musician, says that the
Bahamian situation is much
like the attitude among the
young people in his country -
that which is foreign is better.
"Here, they may not out-
wardly say that, but a lot of our
folkloric music is not popular
with the young people even
though they do enjoy it on spe-
cial occasions," he told Tribune
Arts. "But, most of the time it's
popular music that attracts
His solution to the wide-
spread decline in popularity of
indigenous music is not to
prbtest the influence of modern
musical styles on the nation's
youth. Rather, he has married
the two, playing modern tunes
ofi his native cuatro. And it
seems to be catching on if the
large crowd gathered to watch
the thirty-one-year-old perform
at Plaza Las Americas in Puer-
to'Rico, was anything to go by.
Earlier this month, Mr
Domenech shared the spotlight
with several Puerto Rican
musicians in a showcase lead-
ing up to the popular Festival
de San Sebastian in that coun-
-According to Mr Domenech,
who spoke with Tribune Arts
after his performance, there
were a lot of young people who
started playing the native
instrument when he and his
partner, Alejandro Croatto
began using the traditional
instrument and blending it with

"Here, they may
not outwardly
say that, but
a lot of our
folkloric music
is not popular
with the young
people even
though they
do enjoy it
on special
Quique Domenech

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popular music.
"The young people identify
with the Latin popular music
like Ricki Martin and Shakira,
so I'm using the popular music
to get young people more inter-
ested in the cuatro sound," he
told the Arts.
With seventeen albums
already available in stores, all
selling "well", Mr Domenech
appears to have a significant
fan base.
Alejandro Croatto, who
accompanies Mr Domenech on
vocals, is the son of an Italian
immigrant who moved to Puer-
to Rico some 30 years ago.
While in Puerto Rico Alejan-
dro's father, Tony Croatto,
adopted the island's music as
his own and eventually record-
ed a number of albums and
now his son is following in his
father's footsteps, Mr
Domenech said.
Mr Domenech's music and
Mr Croatto's singing have tak-
en them across North and
South America, including
Chicago, Hawaii, Washington
and Venezuela.
Mr Domenech believes how-
ever, that before a musician
can display his music abroad,
he has to understand that what
he is sharing.with the world is



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* PUERTO Rican musician, Quique Domenech, who has been playing the cuatro, the national
instrument of his country, since the age of six, is considered to be a virtuoso. He is pictured performing
at Plaza Las Americas, San Juan, Puerto Rico. The cuatro, which means 'four' in Spanish, is small-
er in size than a guitar. Traditionally, the instrument bears four strings, though modern designs may
have more.

more than music. It is his own
identity that he shares.
Mr Domenech told the Arts:
"The music identifies the coun-
try. Through the music you

identify what the feelings of the
people of that place or that
country are.
"So, the Bahamian, like the
Puerto Rican, like the Ameri-

can, they all have their country
music and they ought to protect
and play and preserve the
music, because no one else in
the world sounds like them."



Starring: Kate
Scott Speedman
REMEMBER the lum-
bering mess that was Van
Helsing? And did you suf-
fer your way through the
sci-fi turkey Aeon Flux?
Well merge the two of
them together and you're
somewhere on the way
towards Underworld: Evo-
lution, a vacuous bore
that's all style and very lit-
tle substance.
Kate Beckinsdale is
Selene, a sort of "good"
vampire assassin, caught
up in war between vam-
pires and werewolves.
Wandering about some
apparently Eastern Euro-
pean rural area, with
Michael (Speedman), a
vampire/werewolf hybrid,
Selene has to defend her-
self against numerous
beasties in order to find
the truth about the con-
flict's history.
At least, that's what I
think it was about, but it
was hard to tell with all
the screaming, roaring,
and general incoherence
going on.
It's obvious the film-
makers have a concocted a
back story which they feel
is important to tell. But
none of the characters
here are sympathetic
enough to hold your inter-
est in it.
Beckinsdale's perfor-
mance as Selene consists
of little more than her fly-
ing through the air, land-
ing, letting out a little gasp
and then running back
into her respective melee.
And Speedman has little
to do other than mutate
into his alter ego and roar
a lot.
The special effects range
from the mildly impressive
all the way down to the
variety, and are nothing
that you haven't seen
If you liked the previ-
ous movie, 2003's Under-
world, you'll know what
you're in for and may
enjoy it.
But, personally, I think
it's time to make this par-
ticular franchise extinct.
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ed, recently celebrated their 95th Founders' Day
and 33 years as an Alumni Chapter in the
Bahamas. The Founders' Day anniversary was

January 6, but the celebrations were held the
weekend of January 20 22, with a social for all
brothers on Friday evening, private re-dedication
dinner on Saturday and worship at Faith United
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Fantasy Fridays @ Fluid Lounge, featuring late '80s music in the VIP
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Dicky Mo's @ Cable Beach. Flavoured Fridays Happy Hour, every Friday.
Drink specials: Smiroff Kamikaze Shots, $1; Smimoff Flavoured Marti-
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night long.

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at 6pm with deep house to hard house music, featuring CraigBOO, Unkle
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funky chill moods with world beats.

,"Sweet Sunday Chill Out Soiree Lounge, every Sunday, 4pm-midnight @
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'Wet Sundays, every Sunday, noon-midnight @ Crystal Cay Beach. Admis-
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TooLooSe @ Indigo Restaurant on West Bay St and Skyline Drive.
Singer/songwriter Steven Holden performs solo with special guests Thurs-
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The Graham Holden Deal @ The Green Parrot....David Graham, Steve
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Jay Mitchell and Hot KC @ Palm Court Lounge, British Colonial Hilton,
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Poinciana Drive. Featuring Frankie Victory at the key board in the After
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Paul Hanna, Tabatha and Gernie, and the Caribbean Express pei orm at
Traveller's Rest, West Bay St, every Sunday, 6.30pm-9.30pm.

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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
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meets from 7pm 9pm the second Thursday of each month in the cafeteria
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"Let All The World": Choral music from composers
around the world will be featured next week when the
music ministry of St George's Anglican Church pre-
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Music, Thursday, January 26 and Friday, January 27.
The concert is scheduled for 8pm on both evenings in
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Transforming Spaces: The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, Post
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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-

Malcohn 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
Sof each month at their Headquarters at East Terrace, Centreville. Call 323-
4482 for more info.

Pre & Post Natal Fitness Classes are being held 6:30pm Tuesdays and Thurs-
days at Nassau gymNastics Seagrapes location (off Prince Charles Dr). Doc-
tor approval is required. Call 364-
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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 359 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.

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the clay vessel flute was widely
played on the streets of Italy
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or "little goose" because of its
shape. According to Mr Gere-
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the United States, and other
parts of the world, and Mr Ger-
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with rap music and hip hop, the
young people have the tenden-
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music. But I am trying to get
the youth involved, I'm trying
to bring back their attention to
our traditional music so they
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and ceramic flute formats, each instrument has five holes of different sizes.

With instruments
indigenous to
the Bahamas
like the conch
shell, the saw and screwdriver,
the washboard and the hand
held iron grater, threatening to
vanish from the country's musi-
cal consciousness, and with
only a few people struggling to
preserve those cultural items
that link modern day Bahamas
to its cultural heritage, it is
interesting to note that the
Bahamas is not the only nation
in the region facing a struggle
to maintain its indigenous cul-
tural identity.
In the Caribbean island of
Puerto Rico, Edwin Gerena is
on a mission to combat what
he believes to be a growing dis-
regard for Puerto Rican cul-
ture, and an ignorance about
where they came from.
After studying classical flute
for many years, and delving
into its history, he discovered
that the ceramic flute, not
made in the classical flute
shape, was very popular in the
Caribbean islands many years
Studying pottery to learn
how to work with clay, he dis-
covered a way to "revive" this
old art form fourteen years ago.
He now travels around the
world making flute-like sounds
out of clay instruments. The
inspiration for the design is
nature. Hundreds of years ago,
these flutes were originally
made in the shape of turtles,
birds and other animals.
According to Mr Gerena,
archeological excavations in
Puerto Rico and other
Caribbean islands like the
Dominican Republic, Jamaica
and Cuba, have revealed that
these ceramic, odd-shaped
flutes existed many years ago,
though he has no knowledge
of the history of the clay flute
in the Bahamas. "But I imagine
that there are many instru-
ments that have been lost in
the Bahamas as well because
we are all a part of the
Caribbean," he said.
"The tradition of this instru-
ment is lost already in the
Caribbean. It's not so strong

"...And now I
am trying to bring
back this tradition
here. A lot of
people are
interested and a
lot of people do
not know that
we have our own
instruments in
the Caribbean."
Edwin Gerena

like it is in Central and South
America where the tradition
has survived for so many years.
And now I am trying to bring
tack this tradition here. A lot
of people are interested and a
lot of people do not know that
we have our own instruments
in the Caribbean," Mr Gerena
told Tribune Arts.
Mr Gerena believes that
while the Caribbean should
embrace what he considers to
be "foreign" instruments like
brass trumpets and guitars, the
peoples of the region should
not forget the 'art from which
they came'.
"Knowing your art gives
more value to where you live.
There are a lot of things in our
history, about our music, that
people do not know. Here in
the islands, we have traditions
that come from Africa, from
Asia, because of the natives
who lived here, and it's good
to keep these things alive," he
told the Arts.
Mr Gerena calls his instru-
ments "ocarinas', but they go
by many different names
throughout the world. Long
before Columbus' first voyage
to the New World, clay ocari-

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