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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
Alternate Title: Nassau tribune
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: February 1, 2006
Copyright Date: 2006
Frequency: daily, except sunday
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Spatial Coverage: Bahamas
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 79, no. 210 (Aug. 3, 1983); title from caption.
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FNM leader on appointment Ministry staff walk out over fumes

of Governor General in

letter to Prime Minister

Chief Reporter
PUBLIC consultation on the
appointment of a governor-gen-
eral should be introduced to
secure the confidence of Bahami-
ans in the system of their govern-
ment, FNM Leader Hubert Ingra-
ham advised Prime Minister Per-
ry Christie.
Mr Ingraham in an open letter
to Mr Christie, pledged his party's
cooperation with Governor Gen-
eral AD Hanna, but also took the
opportunity to raise the question
of consultation in such nationally
important appointments.
"I am aware that our Constitu-
tion provides for the appointment
of a governor-general by Her
Majesty and that such appointee
shall hold office during Her

Majesty's pleasure but is silent as
to the process," he said.
Mr Hanna, former deputy
prime minister in the Pindling
Cabinet, was announced on Mon-
day as the replacement to retired
Governor-General Dame Ivy
Mr Hanna will be sworn in as
governor-general at 10.30am
today at Government House.
In a press release from the cab-
inet office, Mr Hanna was
described as "one of the earliest
and most persistent advocates of
Independence and played a lead-
ing role in bringing national sov-
ereignty to reality in 1973."
In his letter Mr Ingraham
pointed out that provisions
included in the Constitution
SEE page 11

Pundits cast doubt

over early election
Chief Reporter
POLITICAL pundits yesterday cast doubt on an early election
being called.
PLPs said they are ready whenever their leader is willing, but FNMs
claimed it would be political suicide for the prime minister to do so.
With parliament being prorogued, some speculated that this indicated
a willingness by Prime Minister Perry Christie to call an early election.
However, some insiders agree that it's anyone's guess at this point.
PLP chairman Raynard Rigby told The Tribune yesterday that,
while the prime minister has the final say as to when elections will be
called, it will be important to watch how voters' registration is pro-
"That will perhaps be a good indication bearing in mind that the old
register has already expired but as to when the election will be called
only the prime minister knows," Mr Rigby said.
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Christie administration

Tribune Staff Reporter
PARLIAMENT was yester-
day prorogued for the first time
during Prime Minister Perry
Christie's PLP administration.
Political observers have spec-
ulated that the move is to allow
the new Governor General
Arthur Hanna to read his first
Speech from the Throne and to
present the government's leg-
islative agenda as it heads into
next year's general election.
Police Commissioner and
Provost Marshal Paul Far-
quharson, standing on the front
steps of the House of Assem-
bly yesterday, read the two
proclamations from acting Gov-
ernor General Paul Adderley
suspending all procedures in
He. was flanked by parlia-
SEE page 11

Police and Provost Marshal
Paul Farquharson reads the
two proclamations from act-
ing Governor General Paul
Adderley suspending all
procedures in parliament.
(Photo: Felip Major/
Tribune stafJ)

over the
NHI plan
Chief Reporter
EMPLOYERS are frustrat-
ed at not being told enough
about implementation of the
proposed National Health
Insurance Plan, it was claimed
Brian Nutt, president of the
Bahamas Employers Confed-
eration, told The Tribune
there was also concern that
government may have under-
estimated the cost of such a
Following the recent
announcement of governmen-
t's National Health Insurance
(NHI) project, which will
implement mandatory contri-
butions from the country's
workforce, both employees
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and two cohorts were respon-
sible for the death of Mario
Miller after a drug deal went
sour, according to murder
accused Ricardo Miller, also
known as Tamar Lee.
Lee faced intense examina-
tion by prosecutor Bernard
Turner by opting to give a
sworn statement waiving
his right to say nothing or give
an unsworn statement.
His lawyer, Philip Hilton,
said his client alone could tell
the court what happened on
the day that Mario Miller was
killed June 22, 2002.
On that date, he said, he
and Mario had arranged to
meet some men, supposedly
from Freeport, at Super Value
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Tribune Freeport
year-old Freeport man was
sentenced on Tuesday to
three years in prison after
pleading guilty to firearm,
ammunition and drug pos-
session charges in Freeport
Magistrate's Court.
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of Emerald Drive, Coral
Gardens, pleaded guilty to
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tol containing 21 live rounds
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pound, eight ounces of mar-
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0 In brief

on multiple

Tribune Staff Reporter
AN 18-year-old has been
charged in connection with a,
series of break-ins last month.,
Roderick Paul Pinder of 117
St Vincent Road was charged
with six counts of housebreak-
ing and several other related,
offences on Monday.
Pinder pleaded not guilty to
most of the charges.
However, he pleaded guilty
to breaking into the home of
Terah Joseph, and to receiving
goods belonging to her.
In connection with this, he
was sentenced to two years for
housebreaking, and a year for
receiving. The terms are to run
It was also alleged that Pinder
broke into the house of Gloria
Ritchie in Little Hyde Park
Road, where more than $2,000
in goods was allegedly stolen.
Pinder was also charged with
receiving in connection with this
He was accused of breaking
into the, home of Gordon
Roberts on St John's Road and
stealing goods valued at $5,859.
He was also charged with
breaking into the home of Paula
Johnson in Bel Air Estates, tak-
ing goods valued at $2,220.
He was also charged with tak-
ing almost $1,000 worth of jew-
elry from the home of Alexan-
der Knowles, and nearly $3,000.
worth of jewelry from the home
of Denise Morley, both of Faith
He was also charged with
stealing about $650 worth of
jewelry from the home of Cara
Ferguson of Hill Crest Road.
Pinder is to appear again in,
court on May 24.





AS a part of an ongoing pro-
gramme to create understand-
ing through culture and educa-,
tion, the Embassy of the
Republic of Haiti is organising a
one-day Creole writing work,
Director of the Creole Insti-l
tute Dr Albert Valdman, will,
lead the workshop, which is for,
persons who already speaks
some Creole and would like t6,
learn how to read and write the
The workshop will be held on
Saturday, February 18 from
9am to 5pm at the British Colob
nial Hilton, and will be con-
ducted in English and Creole,'
Dr Valdman is a linguist and
author or numerous books and
dictionaries of Haitian Creole
including A Learner's Dictio-
nary of Haitian Creole and Ann
Pale Kreyol.
Organisers said places are
limited and participants must
Persons seeking further infor-
mation can contact Italia
Watkins-Jan at 326-1988 ext 28,

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End of Grand
grace period

THE grace period for Cus-
toms exemptions on hurricane
repair supplies in Grand
Bahama came to an end yester-
day. ,
Victims of Hurricane Wilma
had been granted temporary
duty waivers for the importa-
tion of building materials, motor
vehicles, furniture and personal
possessions to replace items lost
or damaged in Hurricane
Wilma last year.
Canard Bethel, National
Emergency Management
Agency (NEMA) chief on
Grand Bahama, said that in all,
the government processed 484
applications for exemption -
166 for the replacement of cars
that were damaged by the tidal
waves, and the rest for the
replacement of furniture dam-
aged in houses that were totally
or partially destroyed.
Mr Bethel said that many
hurricane victims were unable
to import everything they want-
ed mainly due to the fact that
they had no insurance.
He also pointed out that the
storm hit just before Christmas
last year, which meant that
imports were effected by the
traditional slow-up of commer-
cial activity after the holiday
Mr Bethel said that a num-
ber of houses have not yet been
rebuilt, and that NEMA offi-
cials, are still in the process of
arranging for the reconstruc-
tion, or discussing options for
the reconstruction of many of
these homes.

Arthur Hanna
by FNM on

THE Free National Move-
ment issued a statement yester-
day congratulating former
Deputy Prime Minister Arthur
D Hanna on his appointment
as the sixth Bahamian gover-
FNM Leader Hubert Ingra-
ham said Mr Hanna is a proven
patriot who fought "in the
trenches" for the rights of the
Bahamian people, was one of
the architects of the Bahamian-
isation policy, and an early
advocate of Bahamian inde-
"Arthur Hanna is a man of
principle who through the years
has proclaimed his intolerance
of public corruption and wrong-
doing," Mr Ingraham said.
"fie graphically demonstrat-
ed his commitment to honour
in"1984 when he resigned as
deputy prime minister and as
cabinet minister because of the
compromising revelations in the
report of the Commission of
Inquiry into drug trafficking."

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Staff at two ministries

escape chemical fumes

HUNDREDS of staff from
two ministries walked out yes-
terday to protest strong fumes
and "unsanitary conditions" in
their offices.
Staff from the Ministry of
Education and Ministry of
Youth, Sports and Culture
stood outside the Thompson
Boulevard premises after
refusing to work.
They complained that strong
chemical fumes made it virtu-
ally impossible to work in the
The chemicals, which were
being used by the Environ-
mental Health Department to

* JOHN Pinder, president of the Bahamas Public Service.
Union, addresses the media yesterday
S(Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune staff)

treat a mould problem in the bring in whatever expertise is off the walls and until now not
building, were sprayed on needed so that we can ascer- much has been done," a staff
Monday evening. tain once and for all what the member said.
However, on Tuesday morn- status of this building is." A meeting of government
ing, when staff arrived for The toxic mould in the officials and staff was held last
work, the fumes were still pre- building is said to be hazardous Friday on measures being tak-
sent, leading to staff fainting to the health of humans and en to eradicate the problem.
and vomiting, can cause respiratory prob- However, fumes are not the
"This has been happening lems, shortness of breath and only problem. Workers say
for four years, ever since we lung disease. there is also a lack of water,
moved into this building," said Mr Wisdom said he is an odour in water from taps,
an education official. astounded at how a building can malfunctioning toilets, dis-
Permanent secretaries for be constructed with no proper coloured water, a stench from
the two ministries met pri- ventilation or windows that can the, sewerage system and fre-
vately with ministers Alfred' open in a tropical climate. quent unnecessary fire alerts.
Sears and Neville Wisdom, Staff said this was the first "They do not care about the
before addressing the staff. time the building was sprayed people in this building. They
Mr Sears, Minister of Edu- on a week night. Usual. work have no consideration for us
cation, said everything w as takes place at ee kends. at all," one employee said.,
being done to assess the con- "These moulds \were here ,. A janitress said she told an
edition of the building. from since \\e rmo\ ed int_ this official that fumes were mak-
Before dismissing staff for building about tour .bars ago. inl' her sick. According to her,
the day, he said: "We will also We would d see themn'and peo- he replied. "If you feel sick, go
go outside of the Bahamas and ple would have to scrape them to the doctor and get a medical
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Law firm denies 'cashing

in' on Chalk's disaster

Tribune Staff Reporter
A BAHAMIAN law firm
has hit back strongly at claims
that its attorneys tried to cash
in on the Chalk's air disaster.
The company has chal-
lenged allegations that staff
posed as grief counsellors fol-
lowing the December 19 crash
in Miami.
Dr Deborah Rose, manag-
ing partner of The Rose Law
Firm, said the accusations are
"baseless" and "meritless",
adding that staff adhered to
the highest ethical standards.
A Nassau newspaper said
Miami attorney John Ruiz,
who represents relatives of two
crash victims, made allegations
against the Rose Law Firm
and the Nolan Law Group in
On December 19, Chalk's
flight 101 crashed shortly after
take-off in Miami, killing all
20 people on board, including
11 Biminities.

"We categorically and with-
out qualification deny the
baseless, meritless and defam-
, atory statements tha Ii?.
member of the Ros~e tF,;: nk-
posed as grief counsellIIOJ ,
anything else in communical-
ing with anyone within our
community," said Dr Rose.
"The same categorical and
unqualified denial is made
regarding any improper con-
tact with anyone who is rep-
resented or unrepresented in
the Chalk's matter," she
Dr Rose stressed that any
contact with family members
was made at their specific invi-
tation. She claimed they were
contacted and called to Bimini
by surviving family members,
some of whom they now rep-
The Rose Law Firm has
jurisdiction to practise law in
the Bahamas as well as Flori-
Dr Rose said Jacob A Rose,
a Bahamian who practises in

and we'll transfer you
She said she then told
him that she had six chil-
dren and could not afford
to get sick and the official
responded: "I have chil-
dren, too, and the fumes
aren't making me sick."
The three-storey Min-
istry of Education build-
ing, which also accommo-
dates the Ministry of
Youth, Sports and Culture,
was completed in 2002.
According to sources,
there are about 1,000 staff
in the building. It is con-
sidered the largest gov-
ernment building in New
Providence, costing some
$19.2 million to construct
and $2.6 million for instal-
lation of systems and fur-
niture. It is owned by the
National Insurance Board.
The new education
building has been the cen-
tre of controversy before
as it was reported that the
building was unoccupied
for nearly one year after
completion in 2002
because there was no fur-
niture for staff.
Sources believe this may
have been when the
mould problem began.

West Palm Beach, is a senior
member of the Bahamas law
firm. The Rose Law Firm of
NWrl P.ili Beach, Florida, she
s:t-'i: i,..t engaged in any mat-
fee het ore the B'ahamiian
cou ts.
Dr Rose revealed that, in
the Bahamian courts, the firm
represents relatives of victims
of the Chalk's crash in litiga-
tion in child custody and
guardianship matters.
The firm believes that John
Ruiz, who filed the complaint
with the Florida Bar, also rep-
resents someone currently con-
testing their client's right to
custody of his child, one of the
heirs of a crash victim.
"We do not try our cases in
the media. There is a lot more
that can be said, but I am
reluctant to comment, as it
may have a negative impact on
our client's case. However, I
have no choice but to respond
in this limited manner in order
to minimise damage to our
reputation," said Dr Rose.



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The Bahamas National
Trust (BNT) held a planning
seminar for the further devel-
opment of national parks yes-
The seminar, held at The
Retreat on Village Road,
included members of the BNT
board, government officials,
members of other environ-
mental organizations and local
government leaders from the
Family Islands.
BNT executive director
Christopher Hamilton said
that there are 25 national
parks within the Bahamas -
four of which are in New
"We are bringing these peo-
ple together to start the plan-
ning process for how we are
going to manage the parks
and we want local input

involved in this process," he
There were 52 persons in
attendance at the seminar
from Grand Bahama, Inagua,
Abaco, Andros, Exuma and
New Providence.
Mr Hamilton said some
participants also came from
Florida and as far away as
BNT president Glenn Ban-
nister said the Bahamas has a
definite edge on many nations
in the region and around the
world in terms of natural con-
"We are miles ahead of
most countries and as a result
we attract scientists from all
around the world. We are def-
initely a Caribbean leader in
conservation and a world
leader as well."

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The House of Assembly may
have to reconfigure its physical
structure to accommodate the
return of Independent member
Larry Cartwright to the FNM.
Mr Cartwright, who is the inde-
pendent MP for Long Island,
announced that he would join the
official opposition during an FNM
rally on that island.
He said that he had to be guided
by the will of his constituents who
clamoured for him to return.
His move now gives that party
eight seats in the lower chamber.
Yesterday, house chief clerk
Maurice Tynes said that this may
necessitate a change in the seating
of members to shift Mr Cartwright
from the independent side of the
opposition so that he can sit with
his party members.
"I am sure that the Speaker will
consult with the Leader of the
Opposition and see whether he
wants Mr Cartwright to sit with the
other FNMs and if he wants that
then we will have to reconfigure
the seating arrangement in the
house. That not only means the
desk, but we have a lot of electrical
cables under the desk and all those
have to be reconfigured.
Mr Tynes said he doubts that any
other MP would have to move

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EUROPEAN foreign policy analysts do
not believe there is any power on earth that
can stop Iran from developing nuclear
weapons not even the threat of cutting
off its oil imports. Iran is the world's fourth
largest oil supplier.
Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadine-
jad, who the US insists was one of those who
took Americans hostage in Iran during the
administration of President Jimmy Carter,
wants Israel "wiped off the map." According
to him Nazi Germany's Holocaust was just "a
myth." He now wants his own holocaust in
the name of Islam this time it will be real-
It is predicted that sanctions against Iran
will only result in heating and gasoline costs
rising high enough that the only response for
Westerners would be "to put on a sweater at
home and take a bus to work."
As far as the Europeans are concerned, a
military strike is not an option.
"This isn't a preferred solution," said Karl-
Heinz Kamp, the security policy coordina-
tor for Berlin's Konrad Adenauer Founda-
tion, "but I suspect, at the end of the day, that
Iran will end up with the bomb, which means
we'll have to rely on the Cold War deter-
rent: Whoever fires first dies second."
And, of course, another of the world's
security latches was unhinged last week when
Palestinians chose a terrorist organisation to
govern them. Hamas leaders have also vowed
to eliminate Israel. However, in the name of
democracy, Hamas hopes the West will recog-
nise the will of the people and resist the temp-
tation to cut off their generous aid to Pales-
tine in an effort to convince the new govern-
ment not to pull the trigger on Israel.
But Hamas forgets like our own
Bahamian leaders that democracy is like a
coin it has two sides. Yes, the Palestinians
have the democratic right to choose their
own government, but if that government pre-
sents a "clear and present danger" to the rest
of us, our leaders also have the democratic
right to stop their violent intrusion into our
region. Why, through humanitarian aid,
should they be given the means to fashion
weapons that one day will be turned on us?
One man's democracy does not force anoth-
er man to let down his guard and be a fool.
And then there is that other Middle East-
ern Cassius the one who could be
described in Shakespear's words as a "dan-

gerous man" with "a lean and hungry look".
He too wants Israeli blood. Already Syria's
al-Assad government has been implicated in
the assassination of the former Lebanese
prime minister.
Daily the world is becoming a more dan-
gerous place in which to live. Too many of ifs
people have gone mad and fanatics hold the
seats of power.
Let's take a look at Turkey, which has high
hopes of moving into the embrace of the
European Union. Last week the EU started
a review of Turkey's justice system. The first
injustice that the investigators encountered
was the case of an author who is currently on
trial for using free speech to tell the truth.
Author Orhan Pamuk is on trial because,
as quoted in a Swiss newspaper, he said that
"30,000 Kurds and one million Armenians
were killed in these lands, and nobody but me
dares to talk about it."
This is the silent part of Turkish history,
about which if anyone dares speak they spend
the rest of their days behind bars. Concerned
about being rejected by the EU for its laws
against freedom of speech, the local court
has put the Pamuk case on hold.
And way down in Viterbo, Italy, a judge is
hearing arguments as to whether a small town
parish priest should go on trial for asserting
that Jesus Christ existed. His atheist accuser
claims the Catholic Church has been deceiv-
ing people for 2,000 years with a fable that
Christ existed. The accuser has little hope of
the case succeeding in Italy, but says he is
merely going through the necessary legal
steps to get it before the European Court of
Human Rights.
And in Canada, in the wake of legalising
same sex marriage, it has been discovered
that a government study recommends the
legalisation of polygamy.
It seems that the world has truly gone
But not to worry, the accelerating rate of
meltdown of the ice in the Arctic Ocean is so
alarming that it is predicted that the sea sur-
rounding the North Pole will be completely
free of ice in the summertime within the life-
time of a child born today.
Of course, if predictions are correct that
would mean that the rising levels of the
Atlantic Ocean could write "finis" to the
existence of peoples populating such low
lying areas as the Bahamas.

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World becoming more dangerous

EDITOR, The Tribune
PRIME Minister Perry
Christie's promise to re-exam-
ine the Valentine's Yacht Club
development in Harbour Island
has so far turned out to be a
pipe dream or a pie in the sky.
This is the second time that
Prime Minister Christie had
promised to "re-examine" this
development. Due to its
tremendous dimensions and dis-
proportionate size in the Har-
bour Island landscape, Prime
Minister Christie has referred
to this mismatch as "an obscen-
ity" and "that this project could
not have been approved in its
current state!" .
Well blow me down and
please tell me that the cow
jumped over the moon! How
on earth could the Leader of
the Bahamas make such a state-
ment? Is he expressing or
implying that the institutions
such as Local Government and
the Ministry of Works, who are
responsible for regulating and
approving ALL construction in
the Bahamas, are asleep at the
wheel? Somehow and by what-
ever means, is it being suggest-
ed that the principals at Valen-
tine's were able to proceed with
their project completely
unchecked and without the req-
uisite approvals to proceed?
I am also aware of the diffi-
culty and frustration to acquire
the necessary approvals to con-
struct certain structures on Har-
bour Island. A couple of years
ago, nMuch was said when "Mr
Dickie", an elderly philan-
thropist and a true friend of
Harbour Island wanted to con-
struct a small dock for his yacht.
with a special handicap ramp;.
He was challenged to the limit
by persons voicing strong oppo-
sition to such a construction.
On a personal note, I know
first hand the trials and tribula-
tions of my sister Juanita with
the construction of her house.
Merely adding a "sundeck" on
the roof of a two-storey build-
ing, a minor deviation from the
original plans, took months if
not years of lobbying and deter-
mination before satisfactory
approval was given by authori-
ties. The bottom line, Prime
Minister Christie, is that at Har-
bour Island any alteration to an
existing plan, especially one on
this magnitude, I presume
should have been brought to
your attention.
With regards to the Valen-
tine's Yacht Club development,
it seems to me that Prime Min-
ister Christie appears to be in a
state of confusion. The reason
for this is the fact that Valen-



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tine's is really two separate
Yes, one issue is the massive
development of Valentine's and'
its impact on an already over-
crowded island. The second
issue deals with a small area of
public land approximately 100ft
x 80ft directly across the street
in front of Valentine's. This
issue is much more urgent and
requires the immediate atten-
tion of Prime Minister Christie.
In fact, a number of persons are.
referring to the situation with
the Ramp as an "obscenity".
For generations, "The Ramp"
as this piece of land is called
has been the only access for
landing/launching boats effi-
ciently. A number of fishermen,
ferryboat operators and other
persons with water related busi-
nesses have used the Ramp for
decades. Suddenly and virtually
overnight without notice, they
are being displaced with
nowhere else to go. On one side
of The Ramp, 40ft was given to
Valentine's for a parking lot.
On the other side, 30ft was giv-
en to a local businesswoman
who is constructing a two-storey
store. This leaves just a few feet
in between for the boating com-
munity to conduct their busi-
ness such as repairs, storage,
landings and launching.
Under the circumstances, this
is a completely senseless and
impractical task. This is grossly
unfair and it seems to me to be
Sin direct contradiction with
,-Prime Minister Chrjile s gov-
ernment that promised to
always look out for the small
man in the Bahamas.
A part of the crisis at The
Ramp seems to be the direct
result of what seems to be the
attitude of Local Government
Minister, Alfred Gray. I under-
stand that without a public hear-
ing so that all persons affected
could have an opportunity to
present their case, Mr Gray
over-ruled the elected Local
Government's .decision not to
allow a major building con-
struction on The Ramp. They
would have permitted a vendor
stall. In addition, construction
is being done without approval
of the Local Government Coun-
In the dicta by Chief Justice
Dame Joan Sawyer in the Gua-
na Cay case, could this possibly
be considered illegal and per-
haps nullify any Central Gov-
ernment approvals as the prop-
er procedure is to have the
application go to the Local
Council before a permit to build
is issued?

Furthermore, it appears tht,
Mr Gray and Primie Minister
Christie's government has made
no effort to seek any kind of
facility that will accommodate
these displaced boatmenn. Thers
has been talk of constructing
another facility but so far it has
been just that. Why spend mil-
lions of dollars to build a new
facility when we had one thht
was working perfectly for \eill
over one hundred years?, By
leasing the Ramp to Valentine's
and Ms Rosey Roberts. the
Bahamas in tens o'f remuner-
ation has very little to gain. I
think that in this respect the
government of Prime- Minister
Christie has demonstrated a
lack of vision and foresight. As
a result hardship arid difficul-
ties will be brought upon
Just the other day, a fisher-
man needed to land his boat'for
repairs. Without access 'to the
traditional facility, he had to
wait for high tide. He landed
the boat on the beach under the
fig tree in front of the Harbour
Lounge. With no place to tie
the boat up for stability, he end;
ed up with a rope around a
monument near the fig tre4.
Because of the ebb and flow of
the tide, he could only work at
low tide.
This is pure insanity! With
the next hurricane season being
just months away, one can jut'
predict the chaos at The Ramn
when dozens of persons have
to land their boats at the same
time! Let's pray that the hurrd
cane comes at high tide so'thht
the boatmen will be able to ge-
their boats out of the water.
The perception on Harbopi
Island is that some of the affect
ed persons feel that they ha4
been let down by Prime Minis-
ter Christie's government. In
.their time of need, they werl
abandoned and left to'fend for
It appears on Harbour Island
that if you are rich, white andsa
foreigner, the government will
listen to you. Just last year whdt
a much-needed shower'and toi-
let facility was being construct
ed on the Pink Sands Beach,:it
was challenged by the Pini
Sands Hotel. Construction that
was well on the way was imme'-
diately halted pending the oun
come of a decision of an object
tive third party, notably--th-
Courts. Y
This is what should have hap-
pened at the Ramp. But, withi-
out the hefty fees to payfa
lawyer, these boatmen are ifii
erally up the creek without a
Boston, Massachusetts
January 23 2006


on our next

head of state

EDITOR, The Tribune
SINCE the demission of
office as Governor General of
Dame Ivy Dumont there has
been speculation as to who will
be our next head of state.
Our constitution requires a
person to be at least in an "act-
ing" position, so Mr Paul
Adderley recently was appoint-
ed. However it was obvious that
Mr Adderley neither wished
nor wanted the job, short or
long term.
In true Bahamian tradition
sip-sip of who Prime Minister
Christie might appoint has been
strong some obvious out-
siders, some interesting candi-
dates and over the past days
even in the local tabloid a cer-
tain and particular name has
been bantered about.
The political thinking today is
that if an election were held
today the PLP could well lose
returning Rt Hon Hubert Ingra-
ham as Prime Minister so I sug-

gest any sensible thinking per-
son has to look at that reality
when proposing the next Gov-
ernor General as we do not need
to have to endure the embar-
rassment His Excellency Sir Clif-
ford Darling in 1992-1993 had
with the public to go through:
Should this head of state posi-
tion be limited and reserved for
persons well tried and many say
recycled politicians, or do we
follow the free-spirit of what
occurred in Canada recently,
their new Governor-General is
only 48 years of age and is 6f
immigrant origins? It should lie
noted that the majority in nunm-
ber of Bahamians are under 30
years of age, not over 70 year.!
If the decision has been made
then this comment will be dii-
carded to the waste basket,
however one hopes the powers
who decide will take note.
January 25 2006

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FNM Senator Carl Bethel
has criticised the govern-
ment's decision to include
police officers in the Urban
Renewal programme.
Senator Bethel said that
although the government has
boasted a great deal about
the programme and the role
the police play in it, crime
could be better controlled if
officers are returned to police
duties on the streets.
"Let the Department of
Social Welfare do the job of
Urban Renewal," he told
party supporters at the FNM
rally in Long Island over the
weekend. "Urban Renewal
is fine and everyone wants
to see that the poor and indi-
gent are helped. But we
should let Social Workers do
social work and let the police
do police work."
At the close of the FNM's
national convention last year,
party leader Hubert Ingra-
ham said that he is in favour
of taking police officers out
of schools and allowing
trained security guards and
education officials to handle
school security with the aim
of returning police officers
to the streets to fight crime.
In addition to providing
better, more effective equip-
ment for the police force,
Senator Bethel said the FNM
would improve the terms and
conditions of pay and work
for the Royal Bahamas
Defence Force and find ways
to' integrate its marines into
law enforcement efforts at
sea and in patrolling the
country's borders.


Six guns recovered on

Grand Bahama this year


Tribune Freeport
FREEPORT Six high-pow-
ered illegal handguns were
recovered by police in Grand
Bahama during the first three
weeks of 2006, Assistant Police
Commissioner Ellison Green-
slade reported on Tuesday.
Mr Greenslade- said the
police are very concerned
about the "unprecedented"
increase of murders commit-
ted last year in the northern
"Far too many of our young
men died as a result of injuries
sustained from illegal guns in
the hands of the their friends
and associates," he toldymem-
bers of the Rotary Club of
Lucaya at Ruby Swiss Restau-
Mr Greenslade reported that
18 murders were committed in
the northern Bahamas in 2005.
He noted that 14 of those were
committed in Grand Bahama -
a 40 per cent increase in mur-
ders on the island.
According to Mr
Greenslade, many of the mur-
ders were drug related, and
many of the victims were
young men.
"We are satisfied, based
upon our knowledge of these
cases, that these are not
stranger-on-stranger crimes,"'
he said.
Although Mr Greenslade
agreed that Grand Bahama
offers a quality of living far
superior to that of Nassau, he
stressed that police and resi-
dents must be a proactive in
dealing with a myriad of issues

related to crime.
According to the 2005 sta-
tistics released by ACP
Greenslade, there was a 23 per
cent increase in serious crime.
in Grand Bahama over the pre-
vious year.
Apart from homicides. Mr
Greenslade said, violent crimes
such as armed robbery proved
a challenge to police.jn 2005;
There were 82 reported armed
robbery cases a 74 per cent
increase over 2004.
Despite last year's crime sta-
tistics, he maintained that
Grand Bahama and the north-
ern Bahamas is a safe place for

residents and visitors. '; for their own actions and
During his address, Mr behavior.
Greenslade also expressed con- He asked them to consider
cernsiabout an increase in, the forming effective partnerships
sale apd use of illicit di ugs and n with police to tackle problems
traffic fatalities, and issues which adversely
He revealed that last year, affect the community.
marijuana seizure increased by : Mr Greenslade also asked
59 percent and traffic death ,Rotarians to support legisla-
increased by 100 percent over tive and national policy
2004;figures. y.., iqhanges relative to illegal gun
IACP Greenslade inyite;i' ,possession and use, prolific
Rotarians and residents to con- offenders and anti-social
sider several ideas that could behavior.
help in the fight against crime,, He asked them to urge gov-
suchas the concept of "active ernment to revise regulations
citizenship" which involves related to traffic management
citizens taking responsibility and vehicular homicide.


'to rely

heavily on



WHEN it is appointed to
draw the boundary lines for
the upcoming election, the
boundary commison will rely
heavily on the list of registered
voters to determine the make-
up of the 2007 parliament.
As of yesterday, the St
Thomas More constituency
and St Margaret's were among
the lowest numbers of regis-
tered voters and Adelaide,
Blue Hills, Delaporte, Mon-
tague and Mt Moriah were
among the highest.
During the proroguing of
parliament yesterday House
Chief Clerk Maurice Tynes
said the commission will rely
heavily on the parliamentary
Some speculate that the
boundaries commission for the
2007 general elections will
probably not be appointed
until toward the end of this
year or early next year.
Mr Tynes explained that the
commission's work entails
looking at the population as it
is today and then dividing that
population into as even con-
stituencies as can be.
"The commission relies
heavily on the parliamentary
commissioner to update the
commission on the current
register or the new register
that is being prepared. So they
usually work according to
what the parliamentary com-
missioner reports to them."
The commission is made up
of the Speaker of the House
of Assembly, as chairman, a
Supreme Court judge is usual-
ly the 'vice-chairman, and then
there are two members
appointed by the government
and one by the opposition.

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* DEPUTY Prime Minister and Minister of National Security
Cynthia Pratt (right) and Deputy Permanent Secretary Blanch
Deveaux during Monday's press conference.
(Photo: BIS/Gladstone Thurston)

THE Microsoft Corporation
has announced that it will come
to the assistance of the govern-
ment's.National Youth Pro-
The IT giant is to provide
computers, software material,
technical assistance and train-
Deputy Prime Minister Cyn-
thia Pratt accepted the offer at
the fourth annual Microsoft
Women's Conference in Red-
mond, Washington, where she
was the keynote speaker.
A meeting with Rick Marcet,
Microsoft's public service direc-
tor for the Caribbean and Cen-
tral America and representa-
tives from relevant government
ministries has been set for early
next month.
Mrs Pratt encouraged the
thousands of women attending
the conference to "strive for
success but in so doing, not
to loose sight of the fundamen-
tal goal of all our endeavors,
which is to have peaceful, sta-
ble, fair and enterprising com-
munities." She stressed the fam-
ily "is the backbone of our soci-
The theme of the conference
was 'Driving your success' and it
introduced female Microsoft
employees to networking
enhancement, skill building and
career advancement opportu-
Mrs Pratt was formally intro-
duced to Microsoft in a briefing
with officials who told her about
the company's mission of creat-
ing opportunities through the
global citizenship initiative, pub-
lic service and e-government,
health care, public safety and

national security, prison pro-
grammes and other initiatives.
The deputy prime minister
spoke about several security
issues and challenges facing
the Bahamas law enforce-
ment, border control, illegal
migrants, HIV/AIDS treat-
ment, prison reform and youth
"I also shared with them that
our challenges are compounded
by the sheer vastness of our ter-
ritory, an archipelago, and the
astronomical costs involved in
duplicating services and infra-
structure throughout the chain
of islands," said Mrs Pratt.
She later met Bill Gates,
chairman and president of.
Microsoft.; "He was lauded for
his generosity, philanthropy and
interest in developing strong
stable communities, as strong.
and stable local communities
translate into a strong, stable'
prosperous world community,"'
She said.
Mrs Pratt said she supports-
Microsoft's offer to enter into
further dialogue 'th it |bt
Bahamas government to jscer-
tain how best it could assist in
meeting the country's chal-
lenges in law enforcement,
prison reform and youth pro-
"Overall, the conference
proved to be most rewarding
and beneficial, as I had the priv-
ilege of interacting with suc-
cessful women of all races,
women who were facing simi-
lar challenges in their personal
and professional lives, wonen
who were hurting and simply
wanted to be touched," Mrs
Pratt said.

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Iran and human rights

- what on earth

was that damn Yankee talking about?


RAN (or Persia as it used
to be called) was one of
the world's main flash points
during the Cold War. And it
remains a potent source of dan-
ger today.
The suppression of Iran's
nationalist aspirations over the
past century led to the situation
we find ourselves in now -
where an extremist government
that tramples on human rights is
about to acquire nuclear
Fears of Soviet influence led
the United States to engineer a
coup against a popular prime
minister in 1953, and then
propped up the Shah (or king)
to keep Iran in the Western
camp for the next two decades.
But the Shah's record on
political and economic reform
was mixed. And some reforms
(such as women's rights) upset
the conservative Islamic clergy.
Opposition grew as the regime
became more corrupt, and the
Shah was forced to flee in Jan-
uary, 1979. He lived for a time
in exile at a villa on Paradise
Island before dying in Egypt in
The government that
replaced him quickly gave way
to religious extremism and
moderate leaders were elimi-
The fanatical underpinnings
of Iranian theocracy make it
exceedingly dangerous in the
eyes of many analysts. The pres-
ident of Iran recently claimed
that the holocaust against the
Jews during the Second World
War never happened, and he
went on to urge the total
destruction of Israel.
The Iranian government has
been blamed for raising region-
al tensions, as well as murdering
dissidents, executing thousands
of political prisoners, and sup-
pressing press freedom and due
Recently a big fight has erupt-
ed over Iran's nuclear research,

which the West believes is
aimed at building atomic
bombs. The United States and
the European Union want to
refer Iran to the United Nations
so that sanctions can be
Analysts say that Tehran is
racing to develop nuclear
weapons while the United
States is militarily stretched
over Iraq and Afghanistan. But
in the meantime, there are fears

that the Israelis could launch a
military strike to destroy Iranian
nuclear facilities as they did in
Iraq in 1981.

udan is the largest coun-
try in Africa, stretching
from Egypt to Uganda. It
recently ended a 21-year civil
war between the Muslim Arab
north (which controls the gov-
ernment) and the Christian
black south, which caused the
deaths of two million people.
But that was followed in 2003
by new communal fighting in
the west of the country. This
ha's been described as the
world's worst humanitarian cri-
Millions have been driven
from their homes to face star-
vation and disease as militias
try to stop humanitarian aid
from reaching them. And there


have been mass killings and
rapes by government support-
ers. Hundreds of thousands are

signed a year ago, but the
killings and displacements con-
tinue. You can watch it happen
on the television news.

This is the context of
recent remarks by US
Ambassador John Rood at a
conference in Nassau. Mr Rood
complained about the lack of
Bahamian and Caribbean sup-
port for human rights initiatives
against Iran and the Sudan at
the United Nations.
"Even as a majority of coun-

said to have died.
Darfur was a centre of the
Arab slave trade which export-
ed Africans to Muslim coun-
tries. The Africans of today are
primarily farmers while the
Arab Sudanese are mostly
nomadic herdsmen. This puts
them into conflict over access
to land and water, which has
fueled much of the trouble.
Some African Union troops
have been deployed in the
region on a very limited man-
date to supervise a ceasefire
signed in 2004. But neither the
ceasefire nor the troops have
been effective in stopping the
Human rights groups, the US
Congress andformer US Sec-
retary of State Colin Powell
have said that genocide was tak-
ing place in Darfur. And a UN
team has acknowledged that
war crimes have been commit-
Another peace treaty was







tries united to spotlight human
rights abuses, The Bahamas and
some of our other Caribbean
neighbours stood in the shad-
ows, said Mr Rood.He was
referring to UN votes to close
off discussion of rights abuses
in Iran and the Sudan.
Our Foreign Minister took
exception to this on his surro-
gate web site, Bahamas Uncen-
sored,,. The. ambassador's
remarksiwre flescribed as "an
insult" and two items were
reprinted to make points a let-
ter said the Bahamas should
"steer clear of things" that don't
concern us, and a newspaper,
editorial called the Americans
to task for rights abuses in the

war against terror.
This little contretemps is part
of a broader debate over one
of the UN's founding principles
- universal respect for human
rights. The world organisation is
in the midst of a major struc-
tural review as part of its 60th
anniversary activities. And one
of the things it is reviewing is
the Human Rights Commission
that was formed at the close of
the Second World War.
Sixty years later, many
believe the Commission has
been totally discredited as a
place where the world's most
abusive governments like
Sudan, Iran, Cuba, North
Korea, Zimbabwe and China
- meet once a year to block
investigations into their criminal
In fact, UN Secretary-Gen-
eral Kofi Annan himself has
called for the 53-member Com-
mission to be scrapped in favour
of a new and smaller Human
Rights Council a standing

body that could respond quick-
ly to crises and even act pre-
Reformers want, the new
council to meet regularly, con-
sider country-specific situations
and move away from regional
bloc-voting of the kind that
Mr Rood recently complained
to Bahamians about.

R egionalism is deeply
ingrained at the UN.
But why do we have to go along
with all that nonsense? Who are
we to play at power politics?
What do we gain by supporting
measures that not only are
morally repugnant, but go




against the wider geopolitical.
interests of our most important
partners, not to mention our-
Five years ago, representa-
tives of democratic govern-
ments gathered in Poland to
form an international caucus
called the Community of
Democracies. They have since
pledged to support democracy
and human rights throughout
the UN system, and are moni-
toring the voting records of
members in an effort to build
an international democratic
coalition. .,
Out of a UN membership of
191 countries, analysts say only
88 are fully free. The Bahamas
should be voting with these free
nations not abstaining on
important issues to maintain
solidarity with dictators, killers
and those that threaten inter-
national peace and security.
According to a scorecard pro-
duced by the caucus, the
Bahamas abstained in five key
human rights votes last year and
helped block a resolution on the
Sudan which, as we said ear-
lier, is killing its
hundreds of thousands in the;
Darfur region.
This is a similar record to
most CARICOM states. We are
apparently part of a group of
smaller countries that largely
abstains or is absent from voting
on key human rights issues.
After all, the West has lately
been berated for doing little to
stop the genocide in another
African country called Rwani
da, where an estimated 800,000
people were murdered in 1994.
And, not to put too fine a
point on it, we can just imagine
all the cries about high fuel
prices if the Shi'ite Iranians
were to dump nuclear weapons
on Israel and the Sunni Arab
nations of the Middle East, who'
they hate equally.
It does not appear that this
government has any coherent,
foreign policy. South Africa;
India, China, Cuba it is sim-'"
ply a travel policy based on per-J
sonal preferences. Our geopo'l
litical reality rests on Haiti and:
the United States.
What do you think?
Send comments to larry@tri-
Or visit www.bahamapun-

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nationalist aspirations over
the past century led to the
situation we find ourselves in
now where an extremist
government that tramples on
human rights is about to
acquire nuclear weapons.

The Bahamas should be
voting with free nations -
not abstaining on important
issues to maintain solidarity
with dictators, killers and
those that threaten interna-
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Urban Renewal Project wins praise

from Fort Charlotte residents

SEVERAL Fort Charlotte
residents have commended the
Urban Renewal Project for its
preformance in their communi-
Headed by Inspector Mary
Mitchell-Rolle, the project came
as a dose of strong tonic to this
impoverished community -
once among New Providence's
elite areas.
"They are doing a great
work," said veteran educator
Coral Huyler of the Nassau
Street and McQuay Street area.
"I have seen a lot of improve-
ment. It is something that we
Added sportsman Jeff
Brown: "This is the best thing
that could ever happen for Fort
Charlotte. We tried a lot of pro-
jects and started a lot of com-
mittees but we were never able
to get to the people. With
Urban Renewal, we are able to
get to the gut of things."
Genice Rolle, who heads the
Fort Charlotte Community
Committee, said residents "are
very proud of our Urban
Renewal Project, especially
under the leadership of Insp
Mitchell-Rolle and her team.
They are doing a very good job."
Urban Renewal was estab-

lished in Fort Charlotte in Feb-
ruary 2004. Six months later,
Insp Mitchell-Rolle assumed
her post.
"We work as a task force with
social services, environmental
health and the police to com-
bat the social ills that affect the
community and its environ-
ment," said Insp Mitchell-Rolle.


Her team is complemented
by the community steering com-
mittee, which is made up of res-
idents of the nine communities
in the Fort Charlotte con-
The programmes that have
been launched include boys and
girls clubs, a senior citizens asso-
ciation, general counseling, par-
enting classes, empowerment
classes, health seminars, a youth
marching band, workshops and
community socials.
"Rather than provide every-
thing that the residents need,
we also seek to empower them
to become self-sufficient and
self-reliant," said Insp Mitchell-
Social worker Rosemary Bain
underscored the need to help

members of the community to
help themselves.
"We want to see an appren-
tice programme in the Urban
Renewal Project areas," she
said, "where tradespersons and
those who operate businesses
take on students and teach them
a trade.
"That would keep them off
the streets and in a structured
environment where they would
be gaining some self-worth, and
developing a skill.
"We are going to be using
people from our community to
help the young people in our
community to be able to do
things to ultimately help them-
selves, their little space and ulti-
mately the wider society."
Health inspector Marie Rus-
sell, who is assigned to the Fort
Charlotte project, said she has
had to prosecute some resi-
"We still have some chal-
lenges in terms of keeping the
community clean," she noted.
"Environmental Health is a vis-
ible department. You can see
the old cars, the overgrown lots,
the abandoned buildings, the
garbage accumulation. We are
here to see if we can get the
communities to work along with

U INSPECTOR Mary Mitchell-Rolle (left) and a part of her team at the Fort Charlotte Urban
Renewal Project
(Photo: BIS /Gladstone Thurston)

us in cleaning up the areas. You
need good health to live so you
should live in a clean environ-
Jeff Brown, a member of the
community committee, dreams

of Fort Charlotte returning to
its glory days.
"We want to make this better
than any other community. And
we want to make sure that pol-
itics does not play a part.

"We get a lot of good
responses from the residents.
Once it is good for them they
will co-operate. And they can
see that Urban Renewal is for
their betterment," he said.

Lyford Cay foundation

to increase technical

awards to students

THE Lyford Cay Foun-
dation has announced that
it will increase technical
awards to students by 50
per cent.
Over the past 10 years,
almost 400 Bahamians
studying technical trades
or upgrading skills to meet
labour market needs have
benefited from financial
assistance from the foun-
In years past, the schol-
arships were worth $5,000.
This year, the Foundation
has increased technical
scholarship awards to
"What we were finding
wasil4at many students in
technical training courses,
most of whom were of low
income backgrounds, once
accepted, would have to
drop out because the finan-
cial'strain was too burden-
somie," said foundation
director of educational
programmes Roger Kelty.
Iar Kelty explained that
technical training students 0 R
were m6re likely to have dir
left jobs or families than
those heading off to col-
Unable to work in the United
States, they found it harder than
expected to make ends meet
while continuing without their
accustomed income, he said.

" .

ROGER Kelty, Lyford Cay Foundati
sector of educational programmes

Under the Lyford Cay Foun-
dation Technical Training
Scholarship Programme, initi-
ated in 1994, an independent
screening committee responsi-
ble for making the final choices

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looks at qualifications and
Financial need, matching
job skills with labour
"If there is a shortage of
refrigeration experts or
diesel mechanics, the
screening'committee will
look favourably on appli-
cations from persons who
want to study those
trades," explained Mr Kel-
"With all the major pro-
jects on the drawing board
and a shortage of highly-
trained workers to make
them a reality, it is more
important than ever to
encourage people to be
prepared for high-paying
jobs in the construction
industry," he said, adding
that other professions on'
the list this year include
graphic artists, healthcare
providers and radiogra-
Applicants must also be
Bahamian citizens ana
pledge to return to the
on Bahamas upon graduation.
Applications are avail-
able at the manager's office
at BTVI, at www.lyford- or by
writing to Technical Training
Scholarships, Lyford Cay Foun-
dation, P.O. Box N 7776, Nas-
sau, Bahamas. The deadline for
applications is May 1, 2006.




September 8th 1931
- February 1st. 2005

Dad and Mom you both have left us to be
together with your Savior and Lord Jesus
Christ. It is hard for us to accept however,
we are learning to understand your vows
until death and in death you both made for
each other.

Dad and Mom continue around the throne
of God worshiping and glorifying God our


January 11th, 1935 -
April 15th, 2005

Left to mourn children, Zelma, Daisy, Janet,
Rosemarie, Philip, Patricia, Perry, Pamela,
Prescola, Eric Jr and Erica .Johnson.
Host of grandchildren, great grandchildren;
sisters, Myrtle Hanna; Sybil Blyden; Maria
Turner, Eloise Saunders, Ruth Nottage and
Irma Levarity; brothers, Leroy and Wallace
Nicolls; nieces, nephews, daughters-in-law,
sons-in-law and a host of relatives and

* THE Mid Life Crisis Band from Long Island, New York recently "took over" SuperClubs.
Breezes Bahamas with the help of 80 of their closest followers. The six-member band, formed
over 20 years ago atHicksville High School, entertained guests and staff every night with the
sounds of classic rock, a mixture of music from the 70s, 80s and some of today's top hits.
Trip organiser and owner of Friends Travel Limited Ann Torcivia is pictured with SuperClubs
general manager Jackson Weech, along with the band in the background. Ms Torcivia said:
"They are a band with a heart and they also do a lot of charity work. I loved working with them
and we had a great time at Breezes!"


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ONCE again persons will
be treated to style and ele-
gance at the EBONY Fashion
The fashion show, which is
being sponsored by the Pilot
Club of Nassau for the 24th
year, will be held today at the
Rain Forest Theatre, Wynd-
ham Nassau Resort and Crys-
tal Palace Casino.
The show is the service
club's major fundraising effort,
and this year's proceeds will
go toward to the Vernice
Symonette Scholarship Fund
at the College of the Bahamas.
The club will also donate
to Resources and Education
for Autism and Related Chal-
lenges (REACH).
The Pilot Club of Nassau
received its charter in June
1974 and its sister clubs were
established in Freeport, Grand
Bahama in May 1979 and in
Marsh Harbour, Abaco in
April 1998.
The luncheon club of Nas-
sau was established in May
1999 and the Downtown Pilot
Club of Nassau in February

* THE Ebony models are back in town for their annual Fashion show. They were greeted at
Nassau International Airport by members of the Pilot Club of Nassau, Ministry of Tourism and
Miss Bahamas.

2001. More recently the South
Abaco Club and The Pilot
Club of Lucaya were char-

(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune staff)

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n The pilot Club of Nassau
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RillEIR>l. & Restaurants

LIVE MUSIC @ The Buzz, Nassau's Weekly Jam Session & Musicians
Hook-up. Located East Bay Street two doors East of Esso On The Run,
upstairs Good As New-- open Wednesday thru Saturday 8pm, Sunday at
6pm. Amateur musicians try out & Open mic Wednesday & Thursday after
band practices. Professional musicians welcome to sit in on jams Friday, Sat-
urday and Sunday. Book now for special events, concerts, private parties.
Call 393-2800 (393-BUZZ) or for more info -
Rock, Blues, Jazz, Funk, Reggae THE BUZZ: MAKING MUSIC
$5 Friday @ First Down every Friday night. Music by Barry Da Pusher,
Selector: Dominique. Ladies $5 all night, gents $10, Early juggling by Mr.
Xcitement and DJ Fatal. Drink specials all night long.
Bacardi Happy Hour @ Power Boat Adventures Bar and Grill (one door
east of Texaco Harbour Bay), every Friday. $3 Bacardi drinks all night and
$3 beers.
Ladies Night @ Power Boat Adventures Bar and Grill, every Satuiday.
Ladies free, Gents, $10 all night. Bacardi Big Apple and other drink spe-
cials all night long.
Wild Jungle, each and every Wednesday night @ Club Trappers, Nassau's
"upscale" gentleman's club. Featuring a female body painting extravaganza.
Free body painting @ 8 pm. Ladies always welcome. Admission: Men
free before 10 pm. Females free. There will be free food and hors d'oeu-
vres between 9 and 10 pm. Open until 4 am.
Ladies Night @ Fluid Lounge, this and every Thursday night. Doors open
at 10pm. Ladies free before lam, $10 after. Guys: $15 all night. Drink spe-
cial: 3 @ $10 (Bacardi) Giveaways and door prizes every week.
Saturday Night Live every Saturday night @ Club Fluid, Bay St. The
biggest party of the week, pumping all your favourite hits all night long.
Ladies in free before 11pm. Strict security enforced.
Rave Saturdays @ Club Eclipse. DJ Scoobz spinning the best in Old
Skool. Admission $35, all inclusive food and drink.
Karaoke Music Mondaze @ Topshotters Sports Bar. Drink specials all night
long, including karaoke warm-up drink to get you started. Party from 8pm-
Reggae Tuesdays @ Bahama Boom. Cover charge includes a free Guinness
and there should be lots of prizes and surprises. Admission: Ladies $10 and
Men $15.
Hump Day Happy Hour @ Topshotters Sports Bar every Wednesday
5pm-8pm. Free appetizers and numerous drink specials.
The Pit @ Bahama Boom, every Thursday. Doors open at 9pm, showtime
11.30pm. Cover charge $15. $10 with flyer.
Fantasy Fridays @ Fluid Lounge, featuring late '80s music in the VIP
Lounge, Top of the charts in the Main Lounge, neon lights and Go Go
dancers. Admission: Ladies free before 11pm, $15 after; Guys $20 all
Dicky Mo's @ Cable Beach. Flavoured Fridays Happy Hour, every Friday.
Drink specials: Smirnoff Kamikaze Shots, $1; Smirnoff Flavoured Marti-
nis, 2 for $10; Smimoff Flavoured Mixed Drinks, 3 for $10. Bahamian Night
(Free admission) every Saturday with live music from 8 pm to midnight.
Karaoke Sundays from 8pm to midnight, $1 shots and dinner specials all
night long.
Twisted Boodah Lounge @ Cafe Segafredo, Charlotte St kicks off Fridays
at 6pm with deep house to hard house music, featuring CraigBOO, Unkle
Funky and Sworl'wide on the decks.
Chill Out Sundays @ Cdco Loco's, Sandyport, from 4pm-until, playing deep,
funky chill moods with world beats.
Sweet Sunday Chill Out Soiree Lounge, every Sunday, 4pm-midnight @
Patio Grille, British
Colonial Hotel.
Wet Sundays, every Sunday, noon-midnight @ Crystal Cay Beach. Admis-
sion $10, ladies free.
TooLooSe @ Indigo Restaurant on West Bay St and Skyline Drive.
Singer/songwriter Steven Holden performs solo with special guests Thurs-
day from 9pm midnight.
The Graham Holden Deal @ The Green Parrot....David,Graham. Steve
Holden, Tim Deal and Friends perform Sunday, 7pm 10pm (' Hurricane
Hole on Paradise Island.
Jay Mitchell and Hot KC @ Palm Court Lounge, British Colonial Hilton,
Wednesday-Thursday 8pm-12am.
Sunday Night Interlude @ Briteley's Restaurant & Lounge, Eneas St off
Poinciana Drive. Featuring Frankie Victory at the key board in the After
Dark Room every Sunday, 8.30pm to midnight. Fine food and drinks.
Paul Hanna, Tabatha and Gernie, and the Caribbean Express perform at

The Nassau Music Society is featuring, in association with Fideli-
ty, 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.""

Traveller's Rest, West Bay St, every Sunday, 6,30pm-9.30pm.

n "" The Arts

Transforming Spaces: The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, Post
House Gallery, Popop Gallery, TYF Ironwork Gallery, Doongalik Art
Gallery, New Providence Art and Antiques, and Malcolm Rae's Stin-
grae Studio will participate in the second Transforming Spaces event in
March. Transforming Spaces is an art happening designed to nurture
increased cooperation and a sense of community among art spaces, extend
their audiences and deepen their relationships and relevance to Bahami-
an people through experience based dialogue. If you're an artist interest-
ed in participating in the "Paint Out", please contact Malcom Rae at stin-
Malcolm Rae's Stingrae Studio Gallery's contribution to the Transform-
ing 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 iup 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
,exhibition 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
Benjamin-Smith. Call 328-5800 to book tours. This exhibition closes Feb-
ruary 28, 2006.

Health ...

The Cancer Society of the Bahamas meets at 5.30pm on the second Tues-
day of 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
Thursday at Nassau gymNastics Seagrapes location (off Prince Charles
Dr). Doctor approval is required. Call 364-8423 to register or for more info.
Diabetes Directions a FREE diabetic support group meets the first Mon-
day of each month at 6.30pm at New Providence Community Centre,
Blake Road. Dinner is provided and free blood sugar, blood pressure
and cholesterol testing is available. For more info call 702-4646 or 327-2878

month, 6pm @ Doctors Hospital conference room.
The Bahamas Diabetic Association meets every third Saturday, 2.30pm
(except August and December) @ the Nursing School, Gros\ enor Close,
Shirley Street.

Doctors Hospital, the official training centre of the American Heart Asso-
ciation offers CPR classes certified by the AHA. The course defines the
warning signs of respiratory arrest and gives prevention strategies to avoid
sudden death syndrome and the most common serious injuries and chok-
ing that can occur in adults, infants and children. CPR and First Aid class-
es are offered every third Saturday of the month from 9am-lpm. Contact
a Doctors Hospital Community Training Representative at 302-4732 for
more information and learn to save a life today.
REACH Resources & Education for Autism and related Challenges'
meets from 7pm 9pm the second Thursday of each month in the cafete-
ria of the BEC building, Blue Hill Road.
ALCOHOL ANONYMOUS, wishes to inform the public of its meeting
times and places: The Nassau Group, Rosetta Street:
Sunday Fridays 6pm to 7pm 8:30pm to 9:30pm
Saturday mornings 10am to 11am
Sacred Heart Church: Fridays 6pm to 7pm
The Kirk: Mondays and Thursdays 7:30pm to 8:30pm
New Providence Community Centre: Mondays 6pm to 7pm
Wednesday and Fridays 7pm to 8pm.

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

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

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity meets every first Tuesday, 7pm @ Gaylord's
Restaurant, Dowdeswell St. Please call 502-4842/377-4589 for more info.
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity meets every second Tuesday, 6.30pin @
Atlantic House, IBM Office, 4th floor meeting room. ...
The Nassau, Bahamas Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) meets every thiid'
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 d'call
325-1947 after 4pm.
International Association of Administrative Professionals, Bahamas Chap-
ter meets the third Thursday of everymonth @ Superclubs Breezes, Cable
Beach, 6pm.
AMISTAD, a Spanish club meets the third Friday of the month at.COB's
Tourism Training Centre at 7pm in Room 144 during the academic year.
The group promotes the Spanish language and culture in the community.

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demonstrate that consultation
is important in cases where it
is highly desirable that wide
public confidence is achieved.
"The governor-general is
also a symbol of unity for
the nation and it is there-
fore equally important that
the public should have con-
fidefice in the ability of the
person appointed to fulfil
this role.
"I suggest that while the
Constitution is silent on the
method of advice, consulta-
tion.and appointment, in
the spirit of the Constitu-
tionthe prime minister
would be well advised to
consult with the leader of
the opposition before
advising Her Majesty," he
Mr Ingraham added that
he would welcome the
opportunity to discuss this
matter with Mr Christie,
"with a view to establishing
a binding convention for
the future."
Mr Ingraham's party
issued a release yesterday
congratulating Mr Hanna
on his appointment as the
sixth Bahamian Governor-
Mr Ingraham described
Mr Hanna as a proven
patriot who long fought in
the trenches for the rights
of the Bahamian people,
was one of the architects of
the Bahamianisation poli-
cy, and an early advocate
of independence for The
"Arthur Hanna is a man
of principle who through
the years has proclaimed
his intolerance of public
corruption and wrongdo-
ing," Mr. Ingraham said.
"He graphically demon-
strated his commitment to
honbur in 1984 when he
resigned as Deputy Prime
Minister and as Cabinet
Minister because of the
compromising revelations
in tie Report of the Com-
mission of Inquiry into
drug trafficking."


early election

FROM page one

the PLP has yet to mount
anmajor rallies outside of
their national convention in
November and some have
described the party's cam-
paigning as "under the
radir". However, Mr Rigby
contends that the PLP has
nofstopped canvassing vot-
ersince 2002.
'We have constantly been
going out and talking to peo-
pl end getting a sense of
what their views are on the
future pf the Bahamas and
the record of the government
and-we believe that since
May, 2002, we have gained
support," Mr Rigby said.. -
He said the Bahamian
people by and large
reroained connected to the
PLP's vision, message and
"We feel fairly confident
ab6ut the majority of seats
that we hold. Obviously, we
know that \e have some
challenges that we have to
address in (some) of the
"We don't believe that
those challenges are insur-
mountable to the point
where we would lose the seat
or.lose significant support to
cause us to lose the seat. We
are" obviously working in
earnest to address those
challenges to ensure that all
of-the seats that we hold
remain on strong footing as
we get into the heat of the
political season," Mr Rigby
Meanwhile, the FNM,
according to its chairman
Desmond Bannister, feels
that the PLP would be com-
mitting "political suicide" if
it calls an early election.
'"I don't think that Mr
Christie would want to take
that chance of calling an ear-
ly election. There may be
something on the agenda of
the House of Assembly that
he feels very strongly he
-must-get rid of, but-does not
want to face a debate on.
"It would be suicide if he

were to seek to call an early
election. The mood in the
country is entirely against
the current government.
'"The perception of the
Bahamian people is that they
ate not doing anything and
quite frankly from what we
saw,in Long Island on the
weekend that mode is per-
meating this entire country
and, it is time to put an effec-
tie' government in place. It
wotild be political suicide for
hinM to call an early elec-
tioni," Mr Bannister said.

FROM page one

Winton foodstore, where they
were to sell them a number of
kilos of cocaine, known as
The plan, according to Lee, was
for him to pretend that Mr Miller's
Infiniti jeep was his, as well as the
drugs. He came to Super Value in
his brother's car, and hopped into
the driver's seat of Mario Miller's
car as planned, he testified.
A black Suburban SUV pulled
up a short time later. He deci-
phered that the man with "long
locks" who approached his win-
dow was a Jamaican, or a yardiee",
by his accent. Two other men
jumped into the back seat of the
Infiniti jeep, according to Lee.
"I asked Mario if these are the
people. He said 'yes', but he ain't
see his boy," said Lee.
He said the men asked for "the
stuff". He handed them a key of
cocaine from under his seat, and
one of the men in the back pulled
out a knife and sliced the pack-
age. After inspecting the drugs,
one of the men in the back took
the package to someone in the
Suburban. Lee said he couldn't
see the person, because the SUV
was heavily tinted.
Lee said the Rastaman then
went over to "Mario's side (of the
jeep), and I saw Mario acting sus-
"I asked him if he wanted to
call the deal off because I don't
trust them," he added, but he said
Mario said nothing at that time.
The Rastaman came back and
asked if the price was still the
same, said Lee, and they told him
"yes". They were selling the
cocaine at $13,500 per kilo.
The man sitting behind the dri-
ver's seat pulled out a gun, put it to
Lee's head, and asked him where
the drugs came from.
"Don't worry these are
mine," said Lee, reminding the
jury that that was the plan he and
Mario Miller had made.
"My boy set me up," Lee
claimed Mario Miller said. "Don't
tell him where you get the keys
One of the men in the back
pulled out two "balloons", he said.
(A balloon is a rubber device
which fits over each key of cocaine
to protect it when it is dropped
from the air and lands in the sea.
Each has a serial number which
specifies where it comes from,
mainly Colombia or Jamaica,
according to Lee).
He said the man asked them if
they knew where the-balloons
came from, and they replied in the
negative. He said the men said the
keys were stolen, showing them
the "2S" marking on the keys they

Murder accused

had and on the balloon. He said
the men said Mario knew where it
was stolen from, but he insisted
that the keys were his.
Lee then felt a "lick" to the
back of his head he had been
gun-butted. He testified that the
man who hit him with the gun
then put the balloon over his head
and held it there for a while to
smother him, before releasing him.
"If you want your life, stay out
of this," Lee said the men told
He said they told him that he
didn't know where the keys came
from, but Mario did.
Earlier in the testimony, Lee
gave a detailed account of the drug
deals in which he and Mario Miller
were engaged the week prior to
the Saturday he was killed. He
explained that he had what is
known as "crystal, or white lady"
in black packaging, and Mario
Miller had "brown cake" in fibre-
glass wrapping for ocean travel.
He said his was two 16oz to make
a key, and Mario's was a 32oz
According to Lee, the men
showed him which key was his and
which was Mario's, and they want-
ed to know where the rest of their
boss's drugs were.
After still telling the men that
the drugs were his, which he
claimed he was paid to do, the
Rastaman reached into the vehicle
to stab him. Lee said he put his
hand up in defence and received a
deep wound to his left hand.
The men then put the other bal-
loon over Mario's head, he testi-
fied, and were saying that Mario, a
pilot, and a friend had worked a
shipment for their boss and
refused to pay.
"This is the first time I knew
the keys were stolen. I was
between two evils," said the defen-
dant. He said he pleaded to the
Rastaman to "leave Mario,
because I know where some drugs
He had earlier testified that he
had a stash of cocaine in a duffle
bag on Yamacraw Beach.
They took the balloon off Mar-
io's head, he said, and told him
that he had better have all their
drugs and that he was stupid for
coming back to Nassau. They said
they had already called Mario's
family and had threatened them.
Lee said the Rastaman reached
way into the jeep and stabbed
Mario somewhere in the chest,
while the man at the back had him
He said he told them he could
take them to a place where some
keys were, and they put the bal-

Parliament prorogued for first

time under Christie administration

FROM page one

mentary staff and members of the Royal Bahamas Police Force.
The first proclamation stated:
"Whereas by virtue of article 66-1 of the Constitution,
the Governor General, acting in accordance with the advice
of the Prime Minister, may at any time prorogue parlia-
"Now therefore I, the Hon Paul Lawrence Adderley, act-
ing governor of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, by this
proclamation acting in accordance with the advice of the
Prime Minister, do hereby prorogue parliament as from
Tuesday, January 31."
The second proclamation stated:
"Whereas the Parliament of the Commonwealth of the
Bahamas stands prorogued from the 31st day of January,
2006, and whereas it is provided by article 65 of the Consti-
tution that each session of parliament should be held at
such place and commence at such time as the governor gen-
eral may by proclamation appoint.
"Now therefore I, the Hon Paul L Adderley, acting gov-
ernor of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, by this procla-
mation acting in accordance with the advice of the Prime
Minister do hereby proclaim that the next sitting of Parlia-
ment shall be held in the city of Nassau and shall commence
in the forenoon of Wednesday, the 15th day of February,
House Clerk Maurice Tynes explained that the prorogation
is not the same thing as a dissolution of the House, which sig-
nifies the approach of an election.
"A prorogation terminates a session of parliament. On
the other hand a dissolution would end the life of a parlia-
ment. A parliamentary term is usually five years from the
opening act to the dissolution. That five-year period is usu-
ally divided into sessions."
He explained that the first session of parliament always
begins with the opening of parliament after an election.
"It would end with either a prorogation or a dissolution," he
Mr Tynes said this is the first prorogation of the Christie
administration, adding that it is entirely up to the prime
minister when or if he will prorogue.
However, he said, usually most parliaments would
prorogue every year. He explained that parliament staff
compile the documents laid on the table of parliament by
"So what will happen now is that the session that started
on May 22, 2002 now ends today.
"A new session of parliament will begin with the opening
on February 15," he added.
"What happens now is that all the matters on the agenda
of the Senate and the House would be terminated by this
prorogation, unless special permission was made to carry
that business over to the next session," he said.
There were also a number of select committees which
were meeting, he added. But usually the prorogation ends
those committees as well unless they got permission to meet
during the recess.
Mr Tynes added that he was not aware of any permission
for any matters on the agenda to be carried over.
However, he noted that any legislation which was dis-
missed can be brought up again by the government, official
opposition or independent members once the House
During the FNM administration, parliament was pro-
rogued every two years.

loon over his head again. He said
they told him that if he was joking,
they would kill him and his family,
because he was putting himself
into something he had nothing to
do with.
While the balloon was over his
own head, Lee said he heard
Mario say: "OK, we'll tell you
where the stuff is. It's out west in
my boy's apartment. I'll take you."
He told the jury that after the
balloon was over his head for
some time "I thought I was dead.
My eyes had turned black. I had
already given up."
But he said Mario pleaded for'
his release. They did, and he was
able to catch his breath.
He said they asked Mario about
"some guns", and they stabbed
him again. Lee said Mario was
putting his hand up and trying to
defend himself, and they were
both fighting for their lives.
They took Mario out of the
jeep, he testified, and told him he
should now take them to the drugs
he claimed was at Yamacraw
He said he drove Mario's jeep,
and the man who gunbutted him
drove his car, while the Rastaman
was in the passenger seat.
Lee said he took them to the
stash, where 10 of the keys were
his and 10 were Mario's. He said
the men could tell by serial num-
bers which ones they claimed were
He said they told him he could
have got himself killed for the keys
of cocaine. The other man put a
bullet ip the gun, and Lee claimed
he never prayed so much in his
He laid the men threw away
the keys for the Infiniti jeep, and
were leaving him out on the beach,
driving the car he borrowed from
his brother.
But the car stalled out as they
tried to pass over a puddle along
the dirt road to the beach. After it
would not start, he said the Ras-.
taman made a call. A little later, he
said someone in a green F150
truck came for them, leaving him
with the car. He tried and tried
until finally the car started, and
he went home on Mackey Street.
Eventually, he went back to his
home in Mastic Point, Andros,
where he was arrested on June 27.
He said he told police the same
story he gave in court yesterday.
However, the defendant said he
was tricked.
According to him, Sgt Merinard
appeared to take his statement,
and came back several hours later
with a statement for him to sign.
He said he trusted the officers,

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'Employers concerned'

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Sand business owners have raised concerns about terms of the
"There is that frustration and the fear that, once implemented,
government may find out that they have grossly underestimated the
cost of carrying that insurance, which would necessitate the rapid
increase of deductions and contributions.
"Health care is such a major issue and there are so many ways
that the proposed plan will have ramifications. One of the things
about the proposed plan is the fact that there are so many unan-
swered questions," Mr Nutt said.
He said if National Health Insurance does become mandatory,
similar to National Insurance, where workers contribute a part of
their salary with their employer also contributing a portion, a
number of companies are not going to be able to foot the bill.
"If this does become the law of the land there would need to be
some kind of adjustment for providers of group health policies in
the way that occurred when National Insurance came into place.
"It provided coverage in the event of industrial accident and
employer compensation changed drastically because legislation
was enacted prohibiting employee compensation insurance based
on what was being provided by National Insurance," Mr Nutt said.
Questions also arise, he said, on how effective the plan is going
to be as regards providing the type of coverage needed.
"The other thing is how efficient is the oversight going to be on
this from the view of the administration of the policy. There are still
a number of outstanding questions," he said.
Also still unanswered is how National Health Insurance would
impact on the country's minimum wage.
Economic analyst and former Cabinet minister Zhivargo Laing
pointed out to The Tribune that if mandatory deductions are
made from someone's salary, it would mean that disposable income
will be reduced.
"If included in that is a deduction from someone's minimum
wage, the person's disposable income then changes and it will give
those people less funds to use at the end of the day.
"Whether the government decides to increase the minimum
wage as a result of that is a different story but there is no question
that it will mean that people's disposable income will be reduced,"
Mr Laing said.


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so he signed the papers without
reading them, after having relayed
the same story "over and over"
that morning.
He claimed the police told him
they needed more, and that he
should give them a name of one of
his boys for them to arrest in con-
nection with this murder.
Prosecutor Bernard Turner
meticulously pulled apart the
statement he claimed not to have
read, which gave a different
account of the murder, implicating
two other individuals.
He said that Lee's testimony
showed that he was intelligent,
sharp and articulate, and he tried
to assert that the witness had to
have read the statements.
However, Lee continued to
deny having read the statements.
Attorney Murrio Ducille said
his client, Ryan Miller, who is on
bail, was not proven to be con-

nected to the crime. He said using
a microscope to inspect the evi-
dence presented by the prosecu-
tion left no trace of implicating
"They told you this case is about
drugs and robbery," said Mr
Ducille. "I am still waiting to hear
about drugs (as it relates to his
client). It is most unfortunate that
someone has lost his life, but you
(the jury) have got to pull the wool
from off your eyes. There is no
evidence to convict this man of
the murder of anyone."
Miller gave this unsworn state-
ment: "Mr Foreman and members
of the jury, I was at home. I have
no involvement in this murder. I
know of no murder. That's it."
Mr Ducille is being assisted by
Tamara Taylor.
Justice Anita Allen is set to
deliver her summary to the jury






Horticultural Society

to hold annual sale

THE annual Horticultural
Society of the Bahamas (HSB)
plant sale will be held this year
on Saturday, February 4.
The sale, which will take
place from 10am to 2pm at the
Bahamas National Trust
Retreat on Village Road, will
feature roses, orchids and "oth-
er exotic or bedding plants" said
the society in a press release.
"We'll all be missing our
founding president, the late
Sara Bardelmeier" said HSB
publicity chairman Sara Park-
er. "Sara B always brought tons
of wonderful plants and sold
them at the lowest prices, to
make sure she spread the joy
of gardening."
"We've kept the extended
hours because of popular
demand, but it is still smart to
be one of the first in line for
the opening. The best stuff goes
fast," reports former president
Eric Butler, co-chairman of the
popular plant sale along with
Dorothy Bowleg.
Plants range in price from less
than a dollar to more than $100,
depending on size and rarity.
HSB members grow the plants
and label them for sale, with 15
percent of the price going to the
HSB treasury.
"The plant sale is one of our
most popular events, and one
of our best fundraisers," says
former president David Higgs.
Of special interest each year
at any HSB sale are dozens of
dramatic bromeliads, from tiny
Tillandsias or "air plants" to
gigantic hybrids with a five-foot
leaf spread. HSB members now
often donate inexpensive bare
root plants for the society's
HSB members bring truck
loads of plants for sale with part
proceeds going to the Society.
Orchids from Flamingo Nurs-
eries and unusual plants from
The Garden of Eden also are
featured, along with many water
plants, ever more popular,
grown by member Marina
Former HSB President

* LEADING bromeliad
collector and breeder Dennis
Cathcart (back) of Tropiflora
in Sarasota, Florida
congratulates the latest three
HSB members who have been
honoured by having
bromeliads named after them:
(from left) "Neoregilia Sara
Labosky" Neoregilia "David
Higgs", and "Neoregilia
Dorothy Howson".

Cynthia Gibbs said, "Some peo-
ple bring trucks of plants to sell
and take home a truckload of
other members' plants. It's great
fun. People even fly in from the
Family Islands for this sale.
Unusual plants, and lots of good
advice, are offered every year at
the HSB sale: orchids, air plants
on driftwood, rare fruit trees
and shrubs, rare palms, roses
and flowering trees, herbs and
bedding plants."
A special feature again will
be rare palm seedlings with
sales benefiting the Trust.

* FORMER HSB president Eric Butler, co-chairman of the
popular plant sale, pictured along with co-chairperson Dorothy
Bowleg, seated.

There is no admission charge.
Founded in 1984, the HSB
features a field trip each year
and produces a massive "Show

of Horticultural Excellence"
every other year. Meetings are
held monthly, usually in the gar-
dens of members.

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Growth aids 20.86%

fiscal deficit decline

Tribune Business
The Bahamian
economy "is
poised for sus-
tained growth in
2006", a Central
Bank of the Bahamas report
said yesterday, with this per-
formance already appearing to
be a key factor in reducing the
Government's fiscal deficit for
2005-2006 by 20.86 per cent to
just over $50 million in the first
five months.
The Central Bank's report
on monthly economic devel-
opments for December 2005
indicated that while the fiscal

deficit for the five months to
end-November 2005 had fall-
en by $13.2 million from last
year's $63.2 million, the public
finances were not out of the
woods yet.
While growth fuelled by for-
eign direct investment projects
had produced a 16.1 per cent
rise in total tax revenues to
about $420.4 million, driven by
increases in import duties and
related stamp taxes, total
spending increased by 14 per
cent to $504.5 million. This was
caused by rises in both recur-
rent and capital expenditure.
For the five months to
November 2005, government
revenues had increased by
19.67 per cent upon the same

* BANK of the Bahamas International's managing director, Paul
McWeeney (right), meets with Paul Worrell, MRICS, of DHP
Associates at the West Bay Street site of the financial institution's
new corporate headquarters. DHP Associates has been appointed
project manager for the complex that is expected to be the single
largest all-Bahamian-owned and built commercial development
in Nassau of its kind.
(Photo: Arthia Nixon-Stack for DP&A)

Bank names Bahamian

project manager for new

corporate headquarters

period in 2004, rising from
$379.8 million to $454.5 mil-
Import duties were ahead by
26.98 per cent at $178.4 million
for the same period, but recur-
rent spending was again ahead
by 10.36 per cent at $451.5 mil-
lion, compared to 2004's $409.1
The Central Bank statistics
again show that the Govern-
ment is finding it impossible to
rein in recurrent spending and
reduce the size of a bloated
public sector.
While James Smith, minister
of state for finance, is likely to
argue that it shows the Bahami-
an taxation system is unable to
meet the Government's spend-
ing needs, largely due to the
fact that services are not taxed,
others will point out that the
persistent deficits result from
government being too big.
Elsewhere, the outlook was
more encouraging, with the
Central Bank saying that
increased construction activity
and firm private sector demand
ensured the 'economic contin-
ued to expand in December
It added: "For the year,
domestic output expanded,
reflecting growth in construc-
tion activity, robust domestic
demand and ongoing invest-
ments in tourism.
"The Bahamian economy is
poised for sustained growth in
2006, based on strong foreign
investments in the tourism sec-
tor, which will suggest con-
struction sector activity and
employment creation.
"Robust construction sector
activity is anticipated to extend
into 2006. This outlook is sup-
ported by favourable prospects
for the US economy and
expected stability in the oil
market." I
The Central Bank said
tourism arrivals for the 10
months to October 2005 had
:i', ',

fallen by 2.1 per cent to just
over 4.22 million, compared to
the previous year. While air
arrivals increased by 2.3 per
cent, sea arrivals declined by 4
per cent.
The report said that arrivals
to New Providence grew slight-'
ly by 0.4 per cent, an 11.2 per
cent rise in air arrivals coun-
tering a .5 per cent decline in
sea passengers.
Grand Bahama saw a con-
traction in arrivals of 15.7 per
cent, but Family Island arrivals
were slightly ahead by 0.2 per
cent. The Family Islands saw a
1.3 per cent increase in air
arrivals, while cruise passen-
gers were relatively unchanged.
Consumer price inflation for
2005 stood at 2.2 per cent as
opposed to 0.9 per cent for the
previous year, which the Cen-
tral Bank said reflected higher
costs for medical and health
care, plus education.
Increased fuel costs and
strong demand for imports
caused an $81.7 million decline
in the Bahamas' foreign cur-
rency reserves during 2005, tak-
ing these to $582.9 million,
compared to the previous
year's $182.6 million gain to
$664.7 million.
Bahamian companies and
individuals' increased demand
caused a $96 million reduction
in the banking system's excess
reserves during 2005, as
opposed to the previous year's
$123 million build-up.
Liquid assets in the banking,
system narrowed by $111.3 mil-
lion, compared to the previous
year's build-up of $87.4 million.
Bahamian dollar credit grew
by $568 million, which the Cen-
tral Bank said was "almost
double the expansion" in 2004.
It added: "The increase
reflected intensified growth in
private sector credit, which
firmed by $507.3 million, led
by a 67 per cent increase in
consumer credit to $166.9 mil-
lion and a 33 per cent hike in
mortgage lending to $269.7 mil-

Rising NIB

costs make


Health plan

'not feasible'

Tribune Business Editor
THE National Insurance
Board's (NIB) rising adminis-
trative costs are making the
proposed National Health
Insurance (NHI) plan increas-
ingly "not feasible", a study by
The Tribune has shown, draw-
ing on data from the Blue Rib-
bon Commission's own 2004
The full 150-page report by
the Blue Ribbon Commission,
the contents of which have nev-
er been made fully public
despite its completion in Janu-
ary 2004, records that the NIB

was then operating with
"approximately 17 per cent
administrative overheads".
The Commission said: "NHI
will not be feasible with that
high an administrative burden.
The cost of administering the
NHI system should be less than
10 per cent of the income to
the system."
The NIB has been identified
as the entity most suited to
administer the NHI system if
it comes into being, but its
administrative costs as a pro-
portion of contribution contin-

SEE page 4B

Direct brokerage

controlto give Abaco

Markets 'significant

cost savings'

Tribune Business Editor
ABACO Markets, the
BISX-listed retailer, has taken
over "direct management" of
customs brokerage and clearing
of its imported products, a
move designed to generate
"significant cost savings" that

will show up in its fourth quar-
ter results.
David Thurlow, Abaco Mar-
kets' president, said the move
to direct control of customs
brokerage and clearing opera-
tions, replacing parties to

SEE page 4B

BANK of the Bahamas
International has appointed
Nassau-based DHP associates
as project manager for its new
multi-million dollar corporate
headquarters and office com-
plex, to be constructed on West
Bay Street.
The bank said yesterday that
the project is expected to be
the single largest all-Bahami-
an owned and constructed

commercial development
under construction in New
DHP Associates, which is a
firm of chartered quantity sur-
veyors and project managers,
has been involved with many
of the country's most signifi-
cant projects. Among them is

SEE page 5B

COB course move

creates technical

training 'breach'

Tribune Business Editor
THE College of the Bsa-
hamas (COB) "has practically
eliminated" its technical pro-
grammes to focus on Bache-
lors programmes as part of its
drive for university status, cre-
ating a major gap in training
Bahamians to become skilled
The finding was contained in
the Inter-American Develop-
ment Bank's (IDB) project
document on the proposed $60
million programme to overhaul
the Bahamian education sys-
tem, which said many employ-
ers found potential recruits to
have "poor basic skills".
The IDB report said: "The

College of the Bahamas, in its
efforts to become a four-year
university, has practically elim-
inated technical programmes,
focusing more on the provision
of Bachelor degrees.
"Its School of Hospitality
and Tourism Studies also caters
to the higher end of skills. For
example, it trains chefs and
offers bachelors in hotel man-
agement, but does not offer
programmes related to entry-
line positions and mid-level
While the Bahamas Techni-
cal and Vocational Institute
(BTVI) provided entry-level
skills training, COB's move had

SEE page 5B


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Business must detect crime warning signs

our society of late is an increase
in criminality that has all of us
concerned. While the experts
may say otherwise, their
actions indicate an environ-

Legal Notice



(a) PLUMESTAR SHIPPING LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution
under the provisions of Section 137 (4) of the International Business
Companies Act 2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on 31st January,
2006 when the Articles of Dissolution were submitted to and registered
by the Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Verduro Associated Ltd., Pasea
Estate, Road Town, Tortola, B.V.I.

Dated this 1st day of February, A.D., 2006.
Verduro Associated Ltd.

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Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137
(4) of the International Business Companies Act, No. 45 of
LTD., is in dissolution, as of January 30th, 2006.
International Liquidator Services Limited situated at 35A
Regent Street, P.O. Box 1777, Belize City, Belize is the


ment that questions whether
even they believe what they
are saying.
But this is not to jump on the
police, as they have enough
problems. The focus must be
on the corporate community,
as business must go on. This
being the case, increased effort
is necessary to ensure the safe
delivery of services to cus-
Company managers should
have strategies to tackle crime.
All of us in the corporate arena
have become accustomed to it,
but we must not allow compla-
cency to override caution. This
is especially considering the
current situation, which has
seen the reallocation of law
enforcement resources in the
past 12 months.
Urban Renewal, school secu-
rity services and a new tourist
police unit means that those
officers who would have been
doing regular frontline duties
are now engaged in special
assignments. Most recently, we
have also had a shift in
resources to assist in relief as a
result of Hurricane Wilma.
Of course, the authorities
will never let it be known that
they are short on manpower,
but do the math and watch the
streets for the number of patrol
cars (not the ones marked
'Urban Renewal'), just a good
old blue patrol car.
How does this affect crime?
Well, if you are not monitor-
ing, I assure you the criminal is.

It is the presence and avail-
ability of the police that direct-
ly impacts his profit margin.
What can the corporate secu-
rity manager do to reduce the
risks as they pertain to crime,
security and loss issues? I will
present some proven strategies
that will increase your chances
of having a crime-free envi-
Called Zanshin by the Japan-
ese Samurai, this state of being
was developed to reduce the
potential of being killed when
least expected. It was not a skill
developed primarily for
wartime, as during this time
you knew you had to be alert.
It was a technique that was
most beneficial during peace
time or perceived peace times.
In other words, it was there
when you least expected dan-
ger or when you were com-
fortable. When the simplest
abnormality or irregularit could
determine the difference
between life and death.-
Often, people and businesses
become victims as a result of
not noticing simple tell-tale
signs. No event occurs in isola-
tion, so one of the fundamental
theories of crime prevention is
to be aware of your surround-
ings recognisng these indica-
tors and having enough time
to counter them.
For example, many of us
have bought into the idea of

Safe &


I y G m l e r

Closed Circuit Television
.(CCTV) cameras, but this tool
seems to only have value after
the crime has occurred. With
great pride, the security man-
Sager or person assigned to
security hands over to the
police a recording of the crime.
However, if the camera sys-
tem was properly used, there
would have been mandatory
reviews of the daily recordings
in an effort to observe the
movement of people in and out
of the crime area.
It is especially important to
record the area immediately
outside the potential critical
area, which is called the staging
area. This is where the criminal
-prepares him/herself for the big
event. They have usually visit-
ed the area on numerous occa-
sions to gain some type of com-
fort level before engaging the
The security team, through
this method, now has a good
idea of the areas that are prone
or vulnerable to attack. Pardon
my jargon, but it is difficult to
separate these strategies from
the ones used by any military
protection force.
What if you do not have the
luxury of a CCTV system, then
what? It is not a bad idea to
employ the services, unoffi-
cially, of the local bum who
hangs around your office area,
as you can guarantee he will
see danger coming a mile away.
What about the janitors or mail
room clerk,? These person are
regularly ignored arid not
talked to, but they listen and

observe things that we are too
busy to appreciate. In days of
old, the Indians put their ears
to the ground to hear and get a
better feel for the movement
of the earth, thus getting fore-
warning-of approaching dan-
What we have fallen into is
the trap of being reactive and
problem-solving, both of which
have their merits, but demand
.that we become victims. As- a
result, we have become numb
or desensitised to the signs and
indicators around us. This is an
unacceptable conclusion, espe-
cially for those of us who want
to live and be profitable. By
increasing our state of alert-
ness and awareness, we can
prevent the loss. By doing this,
we now reduce the cost of hav-
ing to recover damages from
the halt in productivity caused
by crime.
Next week, I will discuss the
sharing of information with
security staff to increase the
effectiveness of this prevention

NB: Gamal Newry is the
president ofPreventative 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, and
Emergency and Crisis Man-
agement. Comments can be
sent to PO Box N-3154 Nas-
sau, Bahamas or, e-mail



One of our clients is seeking to employ an Internal Auditor.

The successful applicant is expected to plan and execute audits in
accordance with accepted professional standards to determine compliance
with company policies and procedures and adherence to applicable laws
and regulations.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Develop detailed audit plans and programmes
Evaluate the adequacy and effectiveness of internal controls.
Execute detailed audit procedures including reviewing transactions,
documents, financial records, policies and operating procedures
and prepare work papers documenting the audit procedures
Evaluate strategies and develop recommendations
Prepare comprehensive written reports
Undertake follow-up to determine adequacy of corrective actions
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Strong oral and written communication skills
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Interested applicants meeting the above qualifications should submit
copies of relevant degrees and certification as well as a recent Police
Record and resume including the name, address and telephone contact
of three references to:

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East Hill Street
P.O. Box N-3910
Nassau, Bahamas
Reference: Internal Auditor

87 Thompson Boulevard
P.O. Box N-3905, Nassau, The Bahamas
"Striving to serve you with excellence"


The Water and Sewerage Corporation invited insurance companies and
brokers to submit proposals for insurance coverage for the year 2006/2009.


Crime Protection
Marine Cargo
Publicity & Product Liability

A Comprehensive "insurance coverage terms of reference package" can be
collected from the Corporation's head office at #87 Thompson Boulevard
on Friday, January 27th, 2006.

All proposals are to comply strictly with the written terms of reference, as
non-compliance can result in the rejection of a proposal.

All companies/Brokers are to confirm their intentions to submit a proposal
to the office of the Financial Controller, Ph 302-5507 on or before Friday,
February 3rd, 2006.

Sealed proposals are to be delivered to the following address on or before
4:00 pm on Friday, March 3rd, 2006.

Water and Sewerage Corporation
Att:Financial Controller
P.O Box N-3905
Nassau, Bahamas

All sealed submission are to be clearly labeled, "INSURANCE
PROPOSAL." The corporation reserves the right to reject all or any proposals;
it also reserves the right to award coverage in the most cost efficient way
to the corporation.

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0 DAVID Johnson, the Ministr) of
.Tourism's deputy director-general,
speaks to a delegation visiting Grand
SBahama as part of a post-Trumpet
' A"ards Promotional Trip.

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Former FDIC

head to speak

at the Nassau


THE former head of the
Federal Deposit Insurance
Corporation (FDIC) during the
Reagan and Bush administra-
tions will provide an insider's
perspective on the US finan-
cial services industry when he
addresses the Nassau Confer-
ence next week.
William Seidman, a leading
commentator on NBC cable
network's CNBC since Novem-
ber 1991, will stress in his
address, Navigating The Wash-
ington Beltway, that interna-
tional financial centres must
understand the landscape out-
side their borders in order to be
Fiom 1985 to 1991, Mr Seid-
man served as the FDIC's
chairman under Presidents
Reagan and Bush. He became
the chairman of the Resolution
Trust Corporation in 1989,and
served in that capacity until
Prior to that, Mr Seidman
served as President Reagan's
co-chair of the White House
Conference on Productivity,
President Ford's Assistant of
Economic Affairs and a mem-
ber of the Arizona Governor's
Commission on- Interstate

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The W. P. Carey School of
Business at Arizona State Uni-
versity, one of the.largest busi-
ness schools in the US and
internationally recognized for
its leadership in supply chain
management and services, has.
established the L. William Sei-
dman Research Institute. focus-
ing on applied research in eco-
The Nassau Conference is
being held at the British Colo-
nial Hilton on February 7-8.

I I8 8

Investment projects to

double room inventory

G rand Bahama's
hotel room
inventory could
more than dou-
ble from the
current level of 3,000 to 7,000
when the Ginn Development
Company's $3.7 billion invest-
ment and the Old Bahama Bay
expansion are completed.
David Johnson, the Ministry
of Tourism's deputy director-
general, told a business dele-
gation visiting Grand Bahama
as part of a post-Trumpet
Awards Promotional Trip led
by the awards' creator and
executive producer, Xernona
Clayton, that the island was
"very, very hot" as an invest-
ment destination and poised
for "take-off".
Willie Moss, the Grand
Bahama Port Authority's
deputy chair, said the Freeport
area alone had space to accom-
modate up to 600,000 people.
The island's proximity to the
US and shipping facilities also
made it a good investment
Among the other speakers
was Wendy Warren, chief exec-

utive and executive director of
the Bahamas Financial Services
Board (BFSB); Dr Doswell
Coakley, president of the
Grand Bahama Chamber of
Commerce; Melvin Johnson,
president of Tennessee State
University; and Jim May, of the
State of Missouri Lottery.
The group of 80 African-

American businessmen and
women arrived in Grand
Bahama on Tuesday January
24. 2006. During the \ isit, ihe
participated in a number of
activities, including a private
president's reception on Tues-
day night and a special break-
fast for select high school stu-
dents throughout the Freeport



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individual to work full time as a Graphic Artist.

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

a on Wednesday morning.

I, Shirley Elaine Smith, of Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos
Islands, daughter of Donald E. Smith, applied for Letters of
Administration on the Estate of Donald E. Smith. The consent
of Basil Smith is needed. Basil Smith, or anyone who knows
the whereabouts of Basil Smith, can inform him that he
should contact the Supreme Court, Grand Turk, Turks and
Caicos Islands, at 649-946-2801. The said property is less
than one quarter (1/4) of an acre.
Shirley E. Smith

A major international financial institution is seeking the
services of a Finance Manager. The successful candidate
must possess:

SA professional accounting qualification (C.P.A., CA,
ACA) and at least five (5) years post qualification work
experience in an accounting firm or financial institution
with at least three (3) years in a managerial or supervisory

Duties to include:

Assist in the preparation of annual financial plans and
Completion of regulatory and Group financial returns
Implementing new accounting standards an regulatory
Daily monitoring of Branch and Subsidiaries Balance
sheets and review daily exception reports to ensure
corrective action taken as necessary

Candidate should also:

Possess good Technology Skills MS Office (WORD,
EXCEL, etc.)
Have the ability to work with minimum supervision
Be able to coordinate small teams to achieve reporting
results within tight deadlines.
Possess good interpersonal and communication skills
Have the ability to foster a team environment

Fringe Benefits include:

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Applications should be addressed and submitted to:

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Fax: 502-2566

Application Deadline: Friday, 17 February, 2006

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Rising NIB costs make National

Health plan 'not feasible'

FROM page 1B

ues to grow, far exceeding the
17 per cent referred to in the
The NIB's own annual
report for fiscal 2004, the last
year for which accounts have
been published, showed that
while contributions were $125.5
million, administrative costs
that year rose by $5.5 million to
$29 million.
This means that the NIB's
administrative costs for that

year were 23.1 per cent of rev-
enues earned, more than dou-
ble the acceptable limit iden-
tified by the Blue Ribbon
Commission for the NHI
scheme to work.
Some $2.2 million of the
NIB's $5.5 million increase in
administrative costs came from
payments made under a volun-
tary early retirement package,
but even stripping this out
leaves costs of $26.8 million.
This is still 21.4 per cent of total
And the Blue Ribbon Com-
mission report also said the low
NIB contribution rates among

NOTICE is hereby given that JOHNNIE GEORGE OF P.O.
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 1ST day of FEBRUARY, 2006 to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box
N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


ASHCRAFT late of 503 N Quaker Lane,
Alexandria, Virginia 22304 one of the United
States of America.

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons having
any claim or demand against the above Estate
are required to send their names, addresses and
particulars of the debts or claims certified in
writing to the undersigned on or before the 1st
March, 2006 and if required, to prove such debts
or claims, or in default be excluded from the
benefit of any distribution made before such
debts or claims are proved; after the above date
the Executor will distribute the assets having
regard only to the proved debts or claims of
which he shall have had notice.

And Notice is hereby given that all persons
indebted to the said Estate are requested to make
full settlement on or before 1st March, 2006.

Attorneys for the Executor
Mareva House
4 George Street
P.O. Box N-3937
Nassau, Bahamas

Sself-employed workers also had
to be addressed if a National
Health Insurance plan was to
be implemented.
The report said that while
about 90 per cent of employed
or salaried workers were NIB
compliant, compliance levels
among self-employed workers
and employees of small busi-
nesses were at about 15 per

With self-employed workers
having to pay 5.3 per cent of
their annual earned income to
the proposed NHI scheme, as
opposed to the 2.65 per cent
rate for employed workers
(whose contributions are

matched by their employer),
this is likely to act as a further
incentive for these Bahamians
to avoid NHI payments.
The Blue Ribbon Commis-
sion report said: "During the
implementation phase, an edu-
cational campaign targeting the
informal sector must provide
information on the'benefits of
NHI and the consequences of
not participating in the NHI
"It may be that NHI will
attract greater compliance from
the informal sector as its bene-
fits are principally short-term
benefits and will likely be used
as compared to the long-term
pension benefit the NIB offers,
to which young people hesitate
to contribute."

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The successful candidate should be:

In possession of a public service license/valid
driver's license
A multi-tasker
Team player
Extremely confidential
Minimum of two years experience in this capacity
or a similar capacity

Only Bahamians need apply.

The names and relevant contact information of at least
two professional references should also be listed.

Persons offered appointments will be expected to make
a commitment to work in harmony with Christian
principles and to support the emphases of the Bahamas
Conference of The Methodist Church of which the
school is a part.

Resumes and covering letters should be addressed to
N 7127 or faxed to 242 393 3248.

SFinancial Advisors Ltd.
Pricing Information As Of:
31 January 2006
A- -W.4 .,,,3/.y ^.4t, W '/.,D 07.39 /.YTD % 00.5 E
52ak-Ha 52wk-Low Symbol Previous Close Today's Close Change Daily Vol. EPS $ Di. $ P.E Yielo
1.10 0.72 Abaco Markets 0.72 0.72 0.00 -0.169 0.000 N/M 0.00%
10.52 8.00 Bahamas Property Fund 10.52 10.25 -0.27 1.430 1.456 0.360 7.0 3.51%
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 1.17 1.17 0.00 0.070 0.040 16.7 3.42%
9.60 7.20 Cable Bahamas 9.53 9.53 0.00 300 0.689 0.240 13.8 2.52%
2.20 1.39 Colina Holdings 1.64 1.70 0.06 1,000 -0.046 0.000 NM 0.00%
9.25 7.15 Commonwealth Bank 9.15 9.15 0.00 0.791 0.450 11.6 4.92%
4.67 4.12 Consolidated Water BDRs 4.67 4.59 -0.08 0.099 0.045 47.2 0.96%
2.88 1.50 Doctor's Hospital 2.87 2.87 0.00 0.429 0.000 16.7 0.00%
6.20 3.99 Famguard 6.05 6.05 0.00 0.428 0.240 12.7 3.97%
10.90 9.75 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 6.55 6.52 -0.03 0.138 0.000 47.4 0.00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 2.036 0.760 4.9 7.60%
Fladet oy r-n-oonraurm '-' ...
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price /Veekly Vol EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield
13.00 12.50 Bahamas Supermarkets 13.25 14.25 11.00 1.917 -0.720 7.2 5.05%
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 10.00 10.35 10.00 0.000 0.800 NM 7.80%
0 60 0.40 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.00 -0.044 0.000 NM 0.00%
Cona B sa ;".-'. ..... *; "" '' " .
4300 2800 ABDAB 4100 4300 41 00 2 220 '00' 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%
52wK-HI 52wk-Low Fund Name NA V YTD% Last 12 Morlns Di', vY.eld
1 2700 1 2060 Colina Money Market Funo 1 270017"
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"
11442 1.0782 Colina Bond Fund 1.144217""
FtNDEX: CLOSE El ;4M a "' 7. 174%1 200Io .O%9..:';. .', ;- '.-
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 Fldelity
52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fldelit
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week
Change Change In closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid In the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful
P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100
** AS AT DEC. 31, 2005/ *** AS AT NOV. 30. 2005
- AS AT JAN 13 2006/1 AS AT DEC. 31. 2005/ **** AS AT DEC. 31. 2005
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Direct brokerage

control to give Abaco

Markets 'significant

cost savings'

FROM page 1B

whom it previously out-
sourced these functions,
would enable the group to
manage inventory "from

Miami to here".
Adding that it would generate "significant cost savings and
efficiencies" in moving and managing product, Mr Thur-
low said: "You're really going to see that [come through] in
the fourth quarter and first quarter [of fiscal 2007]." The com-
pany's fiscal year ended yesterday.
Abaco Markets expected to see the level of shrinkage at its
operations "decrease significantly", a goal aided by a reduc-
tion in its inventory to just under $8 million at the end of the
third quarter on October 31, 2005.
Meanwhile, Mr Thurlow said Abaco Markets planned to
relocate its Training School from Thompson Boulevard to
offices at the Cost Right store at Town Centre Mall. The
school would take office space upstairs, and the Cost Right
store will be expanded into the warehouse downstairs.
Although Abaco Markets had previously looked at selling
its Thompson Boule\ ard property, Mr Thurlow said the
group had not received an offer that "was acceptable".
The company was under "no pressure to sell", with the
property's \alue having gone up, so the Training School's
relocation would enable it to earn extra lease income.
On Domino's Pizza, Mr Thurlow said: "We've now got
that running vern efficiently and producing lots of cash flow
and profits for us. There was some growth in the business last
year." Domino's also had possibilities for future growth
through further store expansions.

NOTICE is hereby given that RASHAWN J MINNIS OF
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 1ST day of FEBRUARY, 2006 to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box
N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

The Public is hereby advised that I, JADYN ALICEA
DASHIKA MILLS, of PO. Box AB-20191, Marsh Harbour,
Abaco, Bahamas, intend to change my name to JADYN
ALICEA DASHIKA LARODA. If there are any objections
to this change of name by Deed Poll, you may write such
objections to the Chief Passport Officer, PO.Box N-742;
Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after the
date of publication of this notice.

As part of our commitment to employ 200 Bahamians on our
project we are seeking qualified Bahamians to apply for the
position of:

Sous Chef
Resident Butler

Salary and benefits will be in based on experience and will include
health benefits.
Applications can be directed to:
Indira Edwards
Director, Human Resource and Training
P.O. Box AB20766
Marsh Harbour, Abaco

Baker's Bay Golf & Ocean Club is a $500 million project under
development on Great Guana Cay. It includes 381 residential
homes, a 70-acre environmental preserve, a 180-slip marina, a
championship golf course and a 70-room luxury hotel.


Extensive background in managing an OEM Heavy
Truck Sales / Service / Parts facility a must.
Background and knowledge of truck
specification/application mandatory. Background in
Parts and Service management required on a daily
basis. Must be able to effectively administer all facits
of business. Minimum of 10 years experience preferred.
Good people skills a must. Must have prior experience
in parts order entry and supervising employees.
Computer skills required on daily basis. Must be self
motivated and work with little or no supervision.

Top wages
We thank all applicants, however, only candidates to
be interviewed will be contacted. ,
Please hand deliver resumes and references to:

Bahamas Mack Truck Sales Ltd.
Oakes Field
P.O. Box N-44
Nassau, Bahamas

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COB course move

creates technical

training 'breach'

FROM page 1B

"created a breach in the provi-
sion of advanced specialised
training at the Level II (jour-
neyman) and Level III (tech-
nician) level".
As a result, there was no
technical training institution in
the Bahamas providing
advanced specialised training
to the public, or for the jour-
neyman and technician levels.
The problems this could lead
to became apparent in inter-
views and focus groups the
IDB conducted with Bahamian
These exposed "a lack of
basic skills" among Bahamian
high school graduates, particu-
larly when it came to literacy
and numeracy, "which made it
difficult to employ them even
at the entry level".
The IDB report added: "The
lack of IT skills among job
seekers vWas also highlighted by
employers in financial services,
insurance and the hotel and

Emerald Bay in Exuma, Club
Med in San Salvador, the ren-
ovation of SuperClubs Breezes
in'Nassau, and the total refur-
bishment of the British Colo-
nial Hotel.
In supervising and managing
the design and construction of
the Bank of the Bahamas com-
plex, the firm will have over-
all responsibility for site devel-
opment, architectural design
competition and bidding and
project oversight:
Paul Worrell, of DHP Asso-
ciates, said:.""I see it as a gold-
en opportunity for the local
design and construction indus-
tries to show the world what
the Bahamas is capable of and
to show others what the best
of the Bahamas has to offer."
It is currently working on a
design competition for the site.
DHP Associates been working
with the Institute of Bahami-
an Architects, and hopes to
announce competition rules by
Architects will have eight submit drawings that
include site use, basic design
and rough-outs of interior
spaces for offices, bank, day
care centres for children of
staff, a gym and fitness centre,
restaurant and cafeteria facili-
"The vision of the bank the
Bahamian bank with the glob-
al reach is what they want
reflected throughout, and that
will be an exciting challenge,"
said Mr Worrell who, with his
partner Peter McCleod FRICS,
heads the firm founded in 1960.
The second guiding force is
to maximise the six-acre site
on Bay Street, just west of Nas-
sau Street, one of the few
remaining sizeable chunks of
New Providence with an unob-
structed and guaranteed view
of the harbour near the heart
of town, but with its own park-
"The property is interesting,"
said Mr Worrell. "There is a
gentle slope to the south before
it levels out again. And there
are the wonderful, panoramic
views of the bay."
Paul Mc\\eeney, Bank of
the Bahamas International's
managing director, added:
"Selecting the best project
management team was perhaps
the most critical step in build-
ing our new corporate head-
quarters,.which.will house our
own operations, administration
and financial centre, as well as
having revenue-generating
lease space.
"In taking on this project, we
are building much more than
a bank. We want to create a
financial and professional envi-
ronment so aesthetically invit-
ing, pleasing to the eye and
senses, and so functional that
whether you work or visit to
conduct business, you feel pos-
itive, productive, alive just
being within it. That's a tall
order and we are pleased to
announce that we believe in
naming DHP Associates, we
have selected the right profes-
sionals to deliver on that

tourism industries, due to the
increasing importance of tech-
nology in these sectors.
"In the construction indus-
try, companies mentioned the
need for more air conditioning
and refrigeration mechanics,
electricians, carpenters,
plumbers and pipefitters, oper-
ators of heavy equipment,
supervisors and construction
managers, again commenting
on the poor basic skills of
potential workers."
The IDB added that the
Bahamas Hotel Association's
(BHA) manpower needs
assessment survey, conducted
last year, needed to be emulat-
ed given the shortages of
skilled workers that already
existed in the economy.
"It is critical that the
Bahamas begins to systemati-
cally collect and analyse labour
market information so as to
better align its investments in
human resource development
with labour market demands."
The Tourism Taskforce in
Education, formed in 2004, had
led to several joint ventures
between the Ministry of Edu-
cation and BHA, including a

joint review of the secondary
hospitality and home econom-
ics courses to include life-skills,
entrepreneurship and a wider
awareness of career opportu-
nities in tourism.
The BHA had also commit-
ted technical assistance and in-
kind support from business to
develop a hospitality magnet
programme in four secondary
The IDB report said: "As the
nation increasingly integrates
its economy into regional and
global markets, new demands
will emerge driven by increased
"At the same time, there is a
known shortage in the supply
of technical skills for positions
at all levels in the trades and
service sector, and a deficit of
basic work skills among sec-
ondary school graduates.
S'The potential for generat-
ing new opportunities for inno-
vative business services will
therefore depend, in part, on
the acquisition and strength-
ening of competencies at all
levels, the development of a
flexible and adaptable work-
force; and the creation of an
articulated education and train-
ing framework with continuing
private sector input."




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





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





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




1. Lot #13 (5,000 sq. ft.) with duplex (1,344 sq. ft.) white trim lime green Bancroft Lane
Bamboo Town (Appraised Value $147,000.00)

2. Vacant lot #1038 (6,000 sq. ft.) Orange Blossom Avenue, Garden Hills #3. (Appraised
Value $35,000.00)

3. Lot #171 (100'x100') with two story building East Street opposite Deveaux Street.
(Appraised Value $300,000.00)

4. Lot #27A (55'x90') with incomplete split level house Bostwain Hill or Bosun Hill
(Appraised Value $139,580.00)

5. Vacant Lot (18,644 sq. ft.) Situated on the western-end of Carmichael Road about 250
feet east of Unison Road. (Appraised Value $95,000.00)

6. Lot #210 (7,225 sq. ft.) with house and Efficiency Apartment Unit Yamacraw Beach
Estates Drive pass the Fox Hill Prison turn left onto Yamacraw Hill Road, take first corner
on the right Yamacraw Beach Drive then the fourth corner on the right Current Road then
thrid corner on the left, corner property with house and efficiency #18. (Appraised Value

7. Lot #39, BIk #35 (2,500 sq. ft.) with wooden House #64 Lincoln Boulevard, Englerstone
Subdivision. (Appraised Value $52,000.00)


8. Property (4,344 sq. ft.) with duplex (1,174 sq. ft.) in the settlement of Fresh Creek, Central
Andros (Appraised Value $73, 258.00)

9. Vacant property 100' x 150' in the settlement of Pinders, Mangrove Cay, South Andros.
(Appraised Value $22,500.00)

10. Lot #9 with house 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and an incomplete split level extension
west Pinedale Road, Pinedale EMR Freeport, Grand Bahama (Appraised Value $90,000.00)


11. Lot #54 (6,500 sq. ft.) with triplex foundation in Murphy Town, Abaco (Appraised Value

12. Vacant Lot #58 100' x 100' at the junction of Queens and Clinic Streets, Sandy Point,
Abaco. (Appraised Value $30,000.00)


13. Property 31' x 111' with house Lord Street in the settlement of Tarpum Bay, Eleuthera
(Apprbised-Value $45,000.00) .

14. Property 70' x 80' with shop and two storey dwelling home Fish Street, Rock Sound,
Exuma. (Appraised Value $70,000.00)

15. Property 151'x145'x150'x123' with Hardware Building (3,640 sq. ft.) situated 0.4 miles
south of The Bight Airport, New Bight, Cat Island. (Appraised Value $192,000.00)

16. Property with twelve (12) room motel 1.39 acres In the settlement of Arthur's Town,
Cat Island. (Appraised Value $1.3 Million Dollars)
17. Lot #134 (4,350 sq. ft.) with two story building 4,160 sq. ft., apartment upstairs and
shop downstairs, George Town, Exuma (Appraised Value $468,000.00)

15. Lot #43 (9,000 sq. ft.) with house Matthew Town, Inagua, Russell Street (Appraised
Value $120,000.00)

Electronic Equipment

(1) Compaq Presario Computer Monitor & Tower
(1) Whirl Microwave
Tec Cash Register


Hot Dog Cart with Umbrella


(1) Canopy Tent (Plastic)


(1) Wood Table (Round)
(1) Marble Table (Rectangle)


(1) Food Mixer
(1) Wall TV Stand
(1) Chrome Juice Filter
(1) Multi Fruit Juicer
(1) 200 Gallon Water Tank (Black)
(1) Chrome Mixer


24' (2002) Chris Craft w/engine
29' (1983) Vessel (Lady Rece)
28' Vessel
45' (1985) Vesesl (Deborah)
29' (1992) Vessel (Liminos)
29' Phoenix w/engines (Jannette2)


(1) Two Door Chest Freezer
(1) One Door Chest Freezer
(1) Blue Coleman Cooler
(2) Double Door Coolers


(1) 2003 Yumbo 125cc Motorcycle
(1) 1996 Ford Explorer
(1) 1997 Dodge Stratus
(1) 1999 GMC Truck
(1) 2000 Toyota HI-Ace Bus
(1) 2004 Lincoln Town Car

Serious inquiries only. Sealed bids marked "Tender" should be submitted to:
Bahamas Development Bank
P.O. Box N-3034, Nassau, Bahamas or telephone 327-5780
for additional information
Please note that all bids on the aforementioned properties and assets should be
received by February 3rd, 2006.
The Bahamas Development Bank reserves the right to reject any or all offers.

Cable Beach, West Bay Street, P.O. Box N-3034
Nassau, Bahamas
Tel: (242) 327-5780/327-5793-6
Fax: (242) 327-5047, 327-1258


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Season's top players

set for All-Star Classic

Senior Sports Reporter
WITH the Masters Softball
League reaching its halfway
mark, the All-Star Classic will
take the spotlight this week-
end at the Churchill Tener
Knowles National Softball
The Classic, which will hon-
our Harry Miller and Adrian
Rodgers, will be staged on
Sunday at 2.30pm. Miller and
Rodgers will have the respec-
tive teams named in their hon-
our and they will both throw
out the ceremonial first pitch.
Arthur Johnson, the
league's first vice president,
said they are excited about
this year's classic, which will
showcase the top players in
the first half of the season.

"I think the Adrian Rodgers
team has some of the better
players on it, but this is the
All-Star, so we expect that it
will be a very competitive
game," Johnson stressed.
Named to the Harry
Miller team (starters first) are:
First base Joe McPhee
(Miller Lite) and Anthony
Weech (Jets).
Second base Greg Rah-
ming (Two Turtles) and Eddie
Ferguson (Doghouse).
Third base Joe Demeritte
(Two Turtles) and Dennis
Davis (Two Turtles).
Leftfield Eugene Higgs
(Doghouse) and Joe Jones
(Miller Lite).
Centrefield William Bast-
ian (Panthers) and Max Mon-
cur (Joshua Knights).
Rightfield Lawrence Smith

(Miller Lite) and Anthony
Pearce (Jets).
Catcher Fred Saunders
(Two Turtles) and Anthony
Bowe (Doghouse).
Pitchers Gregory Thomp-
son (Joshua Knights); Harold
Fristgerald (Miller Lite) and
Robert Gilbert (Two Turtles).
Utility players Mike Isaacs
(DHL Lions); Barry Carroll
(Panthers) and Abe Johnson
(Joshua Knights).
Anthony Huyler from the
Joshua Knights will manage
the team. The coaches are
Audley Williams (Doghouse
Rangers) and Ken O'Brien
(DHL Lions).
Named to the Adrian
Rodgers team (starters first)
First base Lorenzo Lock-
hart (Joshua) and Addington
Godet (Two Turtles).

Second base Gary John-
son (Jets) and Michael Car-
roll (Joshua).
Third base Hillary
Deveaux (Miller Lite) and
Joey Demeritte (Miller Lite).
Shortstop Kendal Fergu-
son (Doghouse) and Spurgeon
Johnson (Two Turtles).
Leftfield Larry Thompson
(Two Turtles) and Don Sas-
so (Panthers).
Centrefield Richard
Brown (DHL Lions) and
Anthony Roberts (DHL
Rightfield Walter Smith
(Joshua) and Dave Blake
(DHL Lions).
Catcher James Clarke
(Joshua) and Adley Minus
(DHL Lions).
Pitcher Danny Stubbs
(Doghouse); John Woodside
(Doghouse) and Bertie Mur-

ray (Joshua).
Utility players John Wal-
lace (Doghouse); Clifford
Jones (Jets) and Mike Moss
(DHL Lions).
-Pat Evans of Williams Con-
struction will manage the
team. The coaches are Spence
Lynes of Miller Panthers and
Foster Dorsett of the Two
Turtles Inn.
Prior to the All-Star Clas-
sic, the William's Construc-
tion Jets will play the Joshua
Knights on Saturday at 2.30
pm. The opener will feature
Miller Panthers versus Dog-
house Rangers.
Heading into this weekend's
action, the Doghouse Rangers
are riding a perfect 7-0 win-
loss record, while the Joshua
Knights trail at 5-1 and
William's Construction Jets
round out the top three at 4-3.

Senior Sports Reporter
LAWRENCE 'Buddy' Smith has
emerged as the early leader in the race
for the Masters Softball League's 2006
batting title.
The stats, released for the first six
games played by all the teams, also
show John Woodside posting the best
win-loss record as a pitcher with Gre-
gory Thompson producing the best
earned run average.
The statisticians have been recorded
by chief statistician Rozina Taylor as
the league hits its first half break going
into the All-Star Classic this week-
Smith, the Miller Lite's rightfielder,
banged out 10 hits with nine runs.bat-
ted in and 13 runs scored in 14 at-bats
for a hefty .714 average.
Doghouse's utility player John Wal-
lace and DHL Lions' centrefielder
Richard 'Dick' Brown are tied for sec-
ond at .667, while catcher James
Clarke of the Joshua Knights is sit-
ting in fourth at .647 and utility player
Everette 'Abe' Johnson of the Knights
rounds out the top five at .614.
Completing the top 10 in order are
DHL's Mike Isaacs at .588; William's
Jets' Gary 'Super' Johnson at .571;

Statistics for Masters

Softball League

Two Turtle Inns' Frederick Saunders
at .571 and Miller Lite's Hillary
Deveaux at .563.
Saunders and Two Turtles Inn
team-mate Larry Thompson are tied
with Brown and Doghouse's Wallace,
Kendal Ferguson and Eugene Higgs
with 12 hits apiece. Four other players
are tied at 11 each.

Josuha's Walter Smith has a slim
lead in the most runs category with
14. He's followed closely by Wallace
and Doghouse team-mate Anthony
Bowe; Miller Lite's Smith and Philip
Huyler with 13 apiece. Richard Brown
and Doghouse's Joey Demeritte are
tied with 12 each.
Lorenzo 'Doni' Lockhart of
Jousha's also have a slight lead in the
most RBI's category with 14. Two

Turtles jnn's Larry Thompson is next
with 13. Mike Isaacs of DHL
has 11 and Joe McPhee of Miller Lite
Mike Isaacs of DHL and Gary
Johnson of Williams Jets share the
home run category with two apiece.
Joey Demeritte of Doghouse is the
most stolen bases leader with four.
Two Turtles' Spurgeon Johnson and
Joshua's Walter Smith are tied with
Lawrence Smith of Miller Lite also
leads the most base on balls category
with seven. Doghouse's Eddie Fergu-
son and Lorenzo Lockhart of Joshua
are tied with six and Miller Lite's Joe
McPhee and Joshua's Walter Smith
are tied with five.
In the most wins category, John
Woodside of Doghouse sports a per-
fect 4-0 win-loss record. His team-
mate Danny Smith and Joshua's
Bertie Murray are next at 2-0. Gre-

gory Thompson of Joshua sits in
fourth at 2-01.
SHarold 'Banker' Fritzgerald (Miller
Lite) heads the most innings pitched
from 10 or more innings with 32.
Robert Gilbert of Two Turtles Inn is
next with 29 and mike Dillette of
Williams Jets is third with 25 2/3.
Mike Isaacs of DHL, Miller Lite's
Harold Fritzgerald and Joshua's Gre-
gory Thompson share the most strike
outs category with seven. Danny
Stubbs of Doghouse has five and Ken
O'Brien of DHL four.
Gregory Thompson of Joshua has
hurled a neat 1.47 earned run aver-
age. Joe Miller of the Miller Panthers
is next at 4.20 with Danny Stubbs of
Doghouse in third with 4.31.
Harold Fritzgerald (Miller Lite) fol-
lows with 5.03; John Woodside (Dog-
house) 5.17; Robert Gilbert (Two Tur-
tles Inn) 5.55; Bertie Murray (Joshua)
5.93 and Mike Dillette (DHL) 7.36.
And in the most base on balls cate-
gory, Mike Dillette (Williams Jets)
leads with 27. The closest pitcher to
him is Gregory Thompson of Joshua
with 19 with James Robinson of Miller
Panthers with 18. Mike Isaacs DHL
has 15; Robert Gilbert of Two Tur-
tles Inn 14; John Woodside of Dog-
house 13 and Ken O'Brien of DHL


joins golf


Junior Sports
THE Bahamas Golf
Federation (BGF) is on:.
the move, extending the:-
programme to the Exunra
With its induction to
the federation, which
took place over the week
end, the EGA will be
known as the Southern i
Division, while New
Providence formerly
the Southern Division -
will now be known as tle:
Central Division.
For president AgathgY
Delancey, the addition'if
the Exuma Association
comes in the nick of time,
as the federation gears up
to expand their youth
development and nation-
al team programmes.
The overjoyed
Delancey expressed great
gratitude to the persons'
who were the driving
force behind the imple-
mentation of the associa-
She said: "Golf is con-
tinuing its upward mobili-
ty, it now means that golf
is growing and it now
means that it is giving
another set of indigenous
people another opportir-
nity to learn the game.
"It is certainly some-
thing more attractive for
tourist population, there
is yet another, destination
with golf course facilities
"But we are hoping
that from the island of,
Exuma we can now look
for selections or having
other Bahamians try out
for national teams, hop-
ing to grow the sport in
that way."
To officially welcome
Exuma into the federa-
tion, the island will hs't
its first tournament in
The Exuma Annual
will be played at the Fbux
Seasons Hotel with the ':
floating trophy being "'
named after a local
golfer, Roy Bowe.
Bowe is noted to be the
first Bahamian profes-:'"
sional golfer.
Delancey added: "Ybu
will be surprised to know
that we do have golfers'
coming out of the island'
of Exuma. We couldn't"
look to Exuma itself "-
because it didn't have'the
"But we do have Exu'-
ma born who have played
on national teams. Patila
Cooper, Roy Bowe, R'eg'
Smith, Rudy Rolle, these
are all Exumians and tfie
are living on the island: o
we are expecting then to
assist with the pro-
grammes. *--.
"There is no doubt thiat
they will, because they's
were all to excited ab6otu
the start up of the pro'r,-'.
gramme on the island,-"
and they all have greats>
ideas on how to improve
the sport."' '

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Senior Sports
THE SC McPherson
Sharks' swamping trap
defence was a little
too much for the CH
Reeves Raptors' guard to
The Sharks managed to
smother the Rsiptors and
prevailed with a huge 53-
36 victory in the Govern-
ment Secondary Schools
Sports Association's junior
boys division on Tuesday
at the DW Davis Gym.
"" While SC McPherson
were able to get a balanced
scoring attack, CH Reeves.
had to rely on Marvin
Roberts to lead their offen-
sive charge.
But it just wasn't enough
and coach Fritz Grant said
he knew exactly what hap-
Itp "We are having some
problems right now with
our guards handling the
ball," said Grant as his
Raptors slipped to 1-6 with
'. the loss.
"". "We're making a lot of
...........turnovers and that's
because we're not moving
.... ".when they run the press
.._ against us.

"We didn't do a good job
'-' ..7 1 of protecting the ball and
S"-that caused the other team
to get the easy transitional
I baskets on the fastbreak.
We didn't get back in time
to defend them.
S"When you don't
S': ;- do that, you will be in trou-
Not only did the Raptors
UU have to deal with the
i -"": -Sharks' trap defence, they
couldn't find an answer to
stop SC McPherson as they
-. scored at will.
Cresward Cox had a side
high 10 points, but Prince
X" Pinder and Denairo Moss
both had nine, Miguil
Hamilton added seven,
77tD:.enari Rolle six, Leonardo
Miller five and Samuel
...:.. Johnson chipped in with
-Roberts finished with a
game high 23 points as he
single-handedly carried the
Raptors on his back. CH

Reeves also got four from
Randolph Knowles and
Dean Stuart and Addie
Finley both came up with
Except for the first quar-
ter, the game wasn't
close the rest of the way as
the Sharks went into
another groove and ran
circles around the
Roberts, who opened the
game with a jumper, iced a
buzzer-beating jumper to
cut CH Reeves' deficit to
10-6 at the end of the first
That was the closest they
came as the Raptors,
behind Prince Pinder,
exploded for nine points
and built an insurmount-
able 26-14 margin at the

Nothing much changed in
the third as the Sharks con-
tinued to use their trap to
extend their lead to 31-16
with Cox and Johnson
coming up with some
clutch shots.
But in the fourth,
Roberts once again tried to
ignite a CH Reeves'
comeback as he was able
to go inside and
worked the boards, grab,-
bing down some big
He would end up with 12
in the period, but they
were behind by so many
points that it didn't make a
SC McPherson's coach
Chevy Simmons said it was
a good victory as they
improved to 5-2.
"This was the first time
we started trapping in this
league this year," Simmons
"We started out withthe
zone, but we decided to go
to the trap.
"After we built up
enough points, we were
able to get more of the
players off the bench and
give them some exposure.
So it was a good win for
Simmons said, based'on
what he saw, if they can
continue to play as well as
they did, they shouldn't
have any problems the rest
of the season.

PARITZIO ADDERLY drives the ball down court for
SC McPherson Sharks yesterday.
(Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune staff)

Boats gunning for Lady N MUa1 Pd Iin 'C atchUMe IrfYoCa'reW

Junior Sports Reporter
THE "Catch Me If You Can"
race will be the feature event in the
19th annual Valentine's Day Mas-
sacre and boats are gunning for the
organizers' boat, the Lady Natalie,
captained by Eleazor 'Sailing Bar-
ber' Johnson.
The regatta, which is being
backed by the Burns House Groups
of Companies and the Campari
brand, will take place on Montagu
Shores on February 18th-19th.

Regatta set for February 18th-19th

"I need a 20 minutes head start,"
said Johnson. "These boats are real-
ly out to get me this lap."
Joining Johnson and the executive
members in the companies board
room yesterday yvere skippers from
the both the National Sailing Asso-
ciation (NSA) and the Common-
wealth Sailing Association (CSA).
Sheldon Gibson, commodore of
the CSA, confirmed that the boats

are all hoping to take the crown
away from Lady Natalie at her own
He said: "Thanks also goes out
to Burns House for sponsoring the
race and I just want him to know
that he has another backing, the
"I hear the Barber talking about
giving him time in the race, but I
might as well tell him that there

will be a lot of people hot on his
"It is going to be dead hot out
there, you're going to see fire in
the water, and I don't want you to
be surprised, because there is going
to be a lot of boats joining in the
"Boats will be coming in from
both the NSA and the CSA. But
most importantly we've got a lot of

boats coming in from Black Point
who are all coming to get the Lady
Johnson, the Sailing Barber, was
pleased to announce that the regat-
ta has secured the support of the
Burns House Groups of Compa-
nies and thanked all who were
"The regatta has only grown
since we have gotten the sponsor-
ship of Burns House and with all
that is going on in sailing today we
are happy to tell the public that our
relationship is only growing for bet-
ter things." he said.

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Quilting group rises to

the annual challenge

Tribune Feature Editor
QUILTING, as an art form
or to produce a necessary
household item, can be found
around the world. In the
Bahamas however, the art form
had all but faded .from view
before a group of women, in
1986, came together in an effort
to revive the art form and to
enjoy and learn more about a
passion that they all shared.
The group, The Stepping
Stone Quilters Guide, has
evolved to include some 25
members and now hosts an
annual exhibition,, which this
year is being held at Trinity
Church Hall on Frederick
Street. The exhibition, The 17th
Annual Quilt Show, provides a
platform for members to show-
case their work to the public
and to learn new techniques.
This year's show features 125
quilts and will end on Saturday,
February 4.
As part of the annual show,
the guild also offers a quilting
challenge to its member. "The
idea is to set standards beyond
what we are comfortable with,"
said Maria Chisnall, past presi-
dent of The Stepping Stone
Quilters Guild.
Members are encouraged to
stretch their talents and meet
the rules by using colours, fab-
rics and stitching techniques
that they have never used
For this year's challenge,
members were to create a quilt
that was distinctly Bahamian in

The Stepping Stone

Quilters Guide

members work to

a Bahamian theme

flavour. The piece had to be 18
X 24 so it could hang like a
painting, she said. Quilters also
had to incorporate a boat, a
Bahamian flag and were to use
either Androsian print or
Bahama Hand print in their
quilt. Fifteen members of the
guild took up the challenge.
According to Ms Chisnall,
none of the original members,
including Linda Zschuppe and
Marie Murray, are alive or liv-
ing in the Bahamas. The guild
currently has 25 members
enrolled, with about 18 active.
Members range in age from
their 20s to their 80s.
What is Quilting?
While the cuddly warmth of
quilts, especially in the winter
season, and the realisation that
a loved ones caring hands cre-
ated this layer of protection,
have made quilts an important
part of many Bahamian homes,
the art of quilting, the intricate
techniques that can be involved
in stitching together fabric -
ranging in size from a warm
covering for a baby to king-

size bedspreads used only on
special occasions may not be
as familiar.
According to Ms Chisnall,
quilting is working with fabric,
traditionally cotton, although
rebels, as she humourously
described them, sometimes use
silk, rayon and other softer fab-
rics to distinguish their work.
She said also that some quilters
work by hand, some use a
sewing machine, and others use
both methods.
A quilt consists of three lay-
ers, the first layer is the backing,
which is a plain piece of fabric.
In the old days quilters used
cotton or muslim. The second
layer is the filler, which gives
the quilt it's padded. Quilters
today can purchase commercial
padding from a fabric or arts
and crafts store, but in the old
days, quilters used whatever
was at hand from blankets to
pieces of clothing, to pine nee-
dles and bits of cotton stripped
from cotton bushes to newspa-
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The top piece of the quilt is
where quilters pour out their
creativity and get the real plea-
sure from..They also face the
challenge of stitching together a
true work of art.
Ms Chisnall said the top of
the quilt reflects the resources,
individual's taste, the amount
of free time and often time,
what was going on in the indi-
vidual's life at the time of the
Current president Kathy
Schaerer, whose Scottish-born
mother died last year, was said
to be making a quilt out of the
dresses her mother wore while
living through Bahamian sum-
mers many years ago. One of
the contributions to the show,
by Ms Chisnall, uses fabrics
brought back from Africa by
her daughter the quilt serves
as a reminder of her travels to
an exotic and distant land and
possibly recalls all the people
and the sights and sounds that
she met and experienced.
Also known as pieced work,
patched tops, patch work, piece
spreads, or summer tops, Ms
Chisnall said one of the reasons
why many of the old Bahami-
an-made quilted pieces can no
longer be found is because per-
sons where ashamed of what
they thought it represented -
that the wearer was to poor to
buy ready-made clothing -
rather than the amount of love
that went into creating the
piece or the level of the
stitcher's creativity.
Looking to the Future
Since its formation, The Step-
ping Stone Quilters Guild has
spawned several other groups
around New Providence. Ms
Chisnall said they have taught
many persons how to quilt,
including school children. The
group was also instrumental in
getting quilting added to the
Bahamas General Certificate
for Secondary Education's
(BGCSE) Home Economics
Now that their goal of rein-
troducing quilting back into
mainstream Bahamian life has
been accomplished, "we can
relax and quilt", Ms Chisnall
She said that last year, the
guild helped to make 36 quilts
for the Cancer Society's Lov-
ing Care Centre, and the group

has also made quilts for families
that were devastated by Hur-
ricane Andrew.
Between 1996 and 2000, the
guild sent over 400 quilts
around the world to places
like Guatemala and Albania,,
and to Bahamians who were in-
The Reason Why
One question that the group
seems to encounter often is\
why are quilts being made inr
the Bahamas since we have
such a warm climate. Ms Chis-
nail explained that quilting is
also done for reasons other
than warmth. For hands that
enjoy keeping busy, for minds
that need to relax while the fin-
gers are moving, for mothers,
wives, sisters and daughters that,
want to express their love by,
providing a shield, a barrier of
protection of sorts for their,
families,, and for those that
want to express their creative,
side and love to see something;
constructed from scratch quilt-,
ing seems to be the answer.
Unlike other sewing projects"
like knitting, a quilter can put
her project on hold, for ar
hour, a week, a month or ever
a year, and easily pick up where'
she left off there is no set
rhythm or pattern quilters can
come up with elaborate plan's
or allow a pattern to emerge-
from the fabric chosen. Quiltd
are also portable easily packed,
for travel on vacation, car rides'
and quiet time another ele-
ment that makes them an
attractive outlet for creative
According to Ms Chisnall, for
women that are lonely or
bored, that need a creative and
productive outlet, or for moth-
ers especially with small chil-
dren who want to create
something of beauty that will
last in their homes unlike a
spotlessly clean kitchen, a
mopped floor or rooms that are
dazzling clean and beautifully
decorated that quickly and
sometimes mysteriously
become dirty a quilt remains
beautiful for a lifetime.
Interested persons are wel-i
come to join The Stepping
Stone Quilters every Wednes-
day for quilting time. For more
information on the meetings or
to arrange for lessons please
contact Maria Chisnall at 359-
2349 or current president Kathy
Schaerer at 323-6733.

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'The Festival


Russian Artists'


Dear Bahama Mama,

I AM a recently
engaged 32 year old sin-
gle parent of a six year old
daughter. My fiance and I
have been dating for two
years and there is a possi-
bility that, due to being at
the wrong place at the
wrong time, he will be sen-
tenced to spend at least a
year in prison. My ques-
tion to you Bahama Mama
is ;should I wait for him?

Joint Sentence

Dear Joint Sentence,

DUE to the brevity of
the information you pro-
vided my response will be
brief and direct, You
mussie fool waiting for a
man who going to
prison!!! And JS, if my
response offends you, then
your REACTION is your
answer and you should
stay with him. You need
to order my #7 combo -
Follow ya heart boo while
using common sense,
remembering that the easy
answer may not be the
right one for you and your
situation. Weigh the pros
and cons of leaving and
staying and make a realis-
tic decision of the heart.

Da Original
Bahama Alaina

Dear Bahama Mama.

I AAh a 19-year-old het-
erosexual male interested
in dating m friend's
mother, who is 43 years
old Ibut she looks really
good for her age). Should
I pursue this attraction'?
Did I mention that m'.
friend is actually my girl-
friend, and that she and I
are having problems?

Sweelr fr the senior

SDear SFrS,

Wha u ga do boo???
You ga breakup \ ith your
girlfriend or stay with her
and make it \work. either
\a\. her mother is OFF
L-IMITS!!!! If ~du are tru-
ly sWeet for the seniors
you should lea\e the
youths dem alone and pur-
sue the age group u into.
but be sure.that your rea-
soning and motives for
either decision are pure,
and dat you looking for a
romantic and not parental
relationship. Doan play
wit people and dere feel-
ings, so chile, take my
combo #13 cause errybody
know, u doan go wit ya
people dem family!

.Da Wirtuous Bahama

Dear Bahama Mama,

I AM an intelligent,
hardworking, attractive,
young lady who has not
had a date for the past
three years. The right men
don't approach me. Why
is it that I am still single,
and that the only men that
look at me are the mar-
ried or spiritually imma-
ture?? How do I find Mr
Right instead of Mr Right

Single Rose

SEE page 6C

This past weekend
the Natalia Gut-
man Quartet
arrived in the Nas-
sau set to enthrall
classical music lovers in the
Bahamas, and entice those that
missed the spectacular music, to
attend the rest of the concerts
that will be featured by the Nas-
sau Music Society over the com-
ing months, under the banner
"The Festival of Russian
The Nassau Music Society
would like to thank these men
and they would also like to
thank their partnering sponsors,
Atlantis, Pictet Bank & Trust,
PriceWaterhouseCoopers and
Franklin Templeton Investments
and the many other sponsors,
patrons and donors who gave
funds and help in kind to bring
the artists to Nassau.
Natalia Gutman is a living leg-
end in the world of cellists and it
is rumoured that her nickname
in Moscow among her fellow
musicians is "Mummy". All the
young, up and coming musicians
want to play music with her in
front of the public because it
looks good on theirresumes, but
they are all afraid of her.
As Patrick Thomson, presi-
dent of the Nassau Music Soci-
ety, said after listening to the
rehearsals, she didn't allow a sin-
gle phrase to go past if she was
not satisfied with it. She would
stop the pianist and violinist and
explain what was wrong in
Russian of course and in good
Natalia is very serious when
she plays, but that, we suspect, is
why she is at the top of her pro-
fession even though no longer a
youngster. The cello had always
been a man's instrument until
she came to the top many years
ago and she has stayed there.
On Friday, January 13, at
Government House the Nassau
Music Society welcomed a full
house there were more people
than seats. Gutman's renditions
of Schubert's Arpeggione for
Cello and Piano in A Major
accompanied by Igor Raykhel-.
son, the Society's artistic direc-
tor, on the piano \ as beautiful\
played and the Brahms Trio #3
in C Minor op 101 nas also
excellent. They were joined by
Sviatoslav Moroz on the l iohn to
form a trio.
Sviatoslav is Natalia's son and
a very accomplished violinist in
his own right. With his mother
behind him he probably\ had no
choice. He and Igor Raykhelson
enchanted the audience with aa
Sonata for.Violin and Piano in A
Minor composed by the artistic-
director himself. Igor now
spends most of his time com-
posing and has had several
pieces performed by well known
artists such as Yuri Bashmet and
Natalia Gutman at venues like
Carnegie Hall.
"We, in the Nassau Music
Society, congratulate him on his
achievements in the classical
music world and wish him all the
best in the future. If we can help
by promoting his music, in the.
Bahamas, we are certainly will-
ing to do so," said Mr Thomson.
adding that "He is also a yer)
accomplished pianist, of course".
The final item on the pro-
gramme was provided by Olga
Dyachkovskaya, (pronounce
that if you can) who sang some
beautiful romance songs by.
Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Rach-
maninoff. Olga, the daughter in
law of Natalia and married to
Sviatoslav, has a very powerful
soprano voice and her renditions
of the romance songs in German
were terrific. It is hoped that all
who went to the concert enjoyed.
it and will persuade their friends
to come out and support the
Nassau Music Society at future


The following night at St
Paul's Church Hall at Lyford
Cay, the Natalia Gutman Quar-
tet again enthralled the audience
who enjoyed a champagne
reception before the concert and-
hors d'oeuvres during the inter-.
val. The artists slightly changed
the programme and repeated
some of the previous evening's
renditions such as the Brahms
Trio and part of Schubert's
Arpeggione, but as the audience
consisted mostly of different
people it did not matter.
Again the repeat items were
well played and Sviatoslav and
Igor performed Grieg's Sonata
#3 for violin and Piano in C
Minor with brio. The finale was
Olga singing. selected arias by :
Kalman and Lehar which were
enthusiastically received by the
audience. For the final Lehar
waltz, she persuaded the Mr

* A MEMBER of the Natalia Gutman Quartet who enthralled
classical music lovers in the Bahamas during a recent perfor-
mance that was part of the Nassau Music Society's "The Festival
of Russian Artists".
(Photo: Roland Rose)

Thomson to dance with her in
front of the audience, explain-
ing that normally a tenor would
dance and sing with her, but she
thought dancing in this case
would suffice.

The piano that was used at St
Paul's has a bit of history behind
it, it is understood. It is an eight
foot Yamaha concert grand
piano built in 1957 in Japan. Mr
Thomson said that he had tried
for sometime to rent or borrow a,
piano for the concert in St Paul's
Church Hall which does not
have a piano, but could not find
one in Nassau that he could use.
In frustration he looked at
eBay and found five concert
grand pianos for sale. After con-
stilting with Igor Raykhelson
and Alex, the technician, in New
York, they decided that the
Yamaha was a bargain if it was
what it was advertised to be. A
bid was placed and accepted, but
the piano was in-North Carolina.
Alex found a technician locally
through his Steinway network
to check out the piano which
seemed to be in good condition
and required minimum work to
bring to a world class standard.'
This was now the middle of
December and the piano had to
be in Nassau for January 13.
After a huge struggle, a trucker
was found to take the piano to
the crating company in Miami.
Fortunately the piano arrived in
Miami before Christmas as the
crater went on holiday on
December 26. It was then deliv-
ered to the Betty K which was
going into dry dock on January
Through the kindness of both
Jack Sands of the Betty K arid
the Bahamas Customs Depart-
ment, who released the piano
early, it arrived at St Paul's on
the Tuesday before the concert,
minus its cradle which was not in
the crate and had been left
behind in North Carolina. The
piano was not playable without
its cradle. A cradle was bor-
rowed in New York from Stein-
wa\ weighing 125 pounds, flown
as luggage to Nassau and Alex
supervised its installation on Fri-
day 13, the day before the con-
cert and then, to their astonish-
ment, when it could finally be
played, it was almost in tune.
Now it is in the Bahamas and
we look forward to enjoying
some good music played on it
by world class pianists in the
What's next for the Music
Society and its Festival of Russ-
ian Artists? Yuri Bashmet and
the Moscow Soloists Orchestra
are back again in February fol-
lowing up on their success of
2003 when they played to full
houses. They will start their pro-
gramme with a free concert for
school children and the under-
privileged at the Theatre for the
Performing Arts on Friday, Feb-
ruary 24 at lpm.
Mr Thomson said that anyone
who has a group that would like
to attend should call Storm
Williams at 324-3837 or Patrick
or Linda Thomson at 327-7668
for free tickets or they should
go to the Dundas after Febru-
ary 6 to do so.
This concert will be followed

by a gala concert on the evening
of the 24 at the Theatre for the
Performing Arts with the full
Orchestra playing. Yuri Bash-
met will be the soloist. On Sun-
day, February 26, there are two
concerts. One will be held at the
home of Hugh Buckner, start-
ing at 7pm and features a quintet
including woodwinds from the
Orchestra. A second concert will
be held at St Paul's Church Hall
in Lyford Cay and will feature
Igor Raykhelson and a sextet.
The performance starts at 7pm.

The final concert in the festi-
val series will be at Christ
Church Cathedral on Monday,
February 27 and features the full
Orchestra with guest artist,
Bahamian JoAnn Deveaux-Cal-
lender, singing a delightful piece
by Mozart accompanied by the
In April, the Nassau Music
Society features Oleg Polianski,
a world class, pianist in two con-
certs. Details Will appear in due
"The Festival of Russian
Artists" is already a success after
the Natalia Gutman Quartet's
performances and will go from
strength to strength. The Festival
is dedicated to the memory of
Sean Hanna and all net proceeds
go towards scholarship funds for
Bahamian music students or for
purchase of instruments for
bands and orchestras. The Soci-
ety already has two students
Wendy Lewis and Keiran Roker
on scholarship at Berkleee Col-
lege of Music in the US.
The concert series is being
held largely due to the generos-
ity of corporate sponsors, in par-
ticular Anwer Sunderji of Fideli-
ty, who, as the lead underwriter,
brought in Ross McDonald of
Royal Bank of Canada and
Steve Watson of RoyalStar
Assurance, to underwrite the
cost Qf funding expenses to bring
the Russians to Nassau.

Tickets for the upcoming
concerts (except for the Febru-
ary 24 concert at the Theatre for
the Performing Arts) can be
obtained at the offices of AD
Hanna & Co, Tel: 322-8306 and
the Galleria Cinema on JFK
Boulevard, Tel: 356-7328. Tick-
ets for the February 24th con-
cert will be available from the
box office at the Dundas on
Mackey Street as of February 6
and until the 24, Tel: 393-3728.
Before February 6, tickets for
the concert on February 24 may
only be reserved at tel: 327-7668.

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home in Bahamas National Choir

Tribune Feature Writer
ature songbirds in
the Bahamas have
made a home for
themselves in the
National Choir of
the Bahamas. Too old for the Nation-
al Children's Choir or the Bahamas
National Youth Choir, but with voic-
es in their prime, these music lovers
are about to show the Bahamian pub-
lic just what a group of mature voices
can do.
Bahamian audiences got a preview
of the choir when it performed as a
featured act in last year's 32nd Inde-
pendence Day celebrations. Subse-
quent to that, members went through
a choral training workshop, taught by
Dr John Paul Johnson. director of

graduate studies for the department of
Music and Dance, director of choral
activities, and music professor at the
University of Kansas. After that work-
shop the choir began rehearsals for
its inaugural concert.
This weekend, the public will get
to hear what the choir has to offer.
"The Inaugural Concert of the Nation-
al. Choir of the Bahamas" is set to be
held at Christ Church Cathedral,
George Street. There will be two
nights of concert, Friday, February 3
and Saturday, February 4.
According to Cleophas R E Adder-
ley, executive director of National
Musical Heritage and Research at the
Ministry of Youth, Sports and Cul-
ture, the choir that will make its grand
debut next weekend has great poten-
tial to become as nationally recog-
nised and internationally renowned
as the National Youth Choir, which he
also conducts.
Mr Adderley will also direct the

SNational Choir, with Pauline Glasby,
senior music lecturer at the College of
the Bahamas, serving as the co-direc-
The purpose of the government cre-
ating the choir, was to allow "mature"
persons who love to sing in a choral
setting an opportunity to participate in
a choir of national status, and one
with no upper age limit, said Mr
The minimum age for the choir is
Between auditions, held last year
May and then again in September,
there were approximately 100 appli-
cants. Forty-five persons were cho-
sen, but several persons were not
active in rehearsals and as a result,
the number of persons who will be
participating in the inaugural concert
will be "much smaller" than the orig-

inml 45, Mr Adderley told Tribune
Arts, declining to give a specific num-
The choir will perform a classical
work, considered sacred music, called
Gloria by Italian composer Antonio
Lucio Vivaldi (1678-1741). The group
will be accompanied by an orchestra
from Nazareth College in Rochester,
New York. This feature of the con-
cert came about through an "old rela-
tionship" that Mr Adderley has with
the conductor of the orchestra, who
was his orchestration teacher many
years ago.
Also included in the evening of
music will be solo renditions by sopra-
no Joan Callender, and several other
choir members. The orchestra is also
expected to perform for the Bahami-
an audience.
Those who turn out for the evening
performances can expect much more
than singing though, as the choir
knows how to put on a performance,

Mr Adderley boasted. "We have a
musical choir here. They are not just
standing up there letting out sounds.
They will perform for you and put it
all out there."
Mr Adderley is confident that the
National Choir can make significant
strides, provided there is continued
financial support from the govern-
ment and the general public.
"Definitely, this choir can go far all
of that depends on the support that
they get from the government, and
the private sector to supplement this
charitable organisation as well as sup-
port from the general public like
them turning up to this concert," said
Mr Adderley.
Tickets for the concert can be pur-
chased at the Dundas Centre for the
Performing Arts. Box office hours are
10am to 5pm.

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