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Volume: 102 No.66





Do what tastes right.


Onlookers shocked -

government vows to

investigate incident

VISITORS to the Carmichael
Road Detention Centre
watched in horror as a reporter
from a prominent South Florida
Spanish-language news channel
was beaten and bloodied by a
Defence Force officer.
Witnesses at the centre
described how a "short, dark,
thick", Defence Force officer
"split" the reporter's face open
with a baton while he was using
a pay phone.,
According to several
bystanders, the officer was one
of several officers who "rushed"
a group of foreign reporters,
after shouting and swearing at
Last night, the Ministry of
Labour and Immigration issued
a statement saying it had
launched an investigation into
the incident. The statement said
that although details of the inci-
dent are still emerging, "the
ministry is concerned by the ini-
tial reports".
When The Tribune arrived at
the scene, a small crowd of
angry bystanders were com-
plaining that the guards used
the incident as an excuse to
abruptly end visiting hours -
depriving many detainees of
much needed food and cloth-
The guards also obstructed a
Tribune photographer and
threatened him with arrest for
attempting to take photos of the
injured journalist from outside
the compound. They ordered
all vehicles parked outside the
centre to leave the area imme-

According to one witness, the
guards displayed a "crazy atti-
tude". Another claimed the
journalist was attacked without
provocation. He said the jour-
nalist did not attempt to fight
back. He said the group of
South Florida journalists had
been "waiting patiently" for
more than two hours to see
some of the detainees when the
incident occurred.
The Tribune caught up with
members of a joint news team
- sent to the Bahamas by tele-
vision stations Telemundo and
Univision at the Carmichael
Road police station where some
of them were detained for about
two hours following the inci-
After being released, the
team dashed off to find their
colleague, who was reportedly
taken to hospital after being
assaulted by a detention centre
One of the American
reporters told The Tribune that
while standing outside the gates
to the centre, his cameraman
and several others were told by
the guards to stop filming.
When the cameraman failed
to comply, a guard walked out
of the compound and punched
the cameraman in his back, the
foreign reporter said.
He said that at this point, his
colleague, whom he only iden-
tified as "Mario", tried to use a
cellular phone to inform his
superiors that an incident was
unfolding, but his cellular phone
and camera was confiscated and
SEE page 10

* THE US journalist, identified only as 'Mario', gets into an ambulance after the incident

Police called to Kingsway

Academy after 'riot' erupts

Tribune Staff Reporter
POLICE were called to
Kingsway Academy yesterday
morning after an altercation
between students, teachers and
parents reportedly escalated
into what some eye witnesses
described as a riot.
According to witness
reports, chaos erupted on the
school premises at around
10am after a ninth grade stu-
dent on crutches was beaten
down by an older student.
Witnesses claim that the
ninth grader used his cellular
phone to call his parents for
help after he was thrown to
the ground by a 12th grade
student. The parents allegedly

arrived at the school a short
time afterwards accompanied
by a group of men. The child's
mother said that this was not
true. She said her husband
arrived alone.
An eighth grader told her
mother that she had seen a
"truck with a group of men"
drive into the school quad.
One of the students told The
Tribune that the men
exchanged "bitter words" with
some of the older children,
which then led to a violent
fight between the parties.
"The entire high school
went wild as some watched
helplessly as blows were
thrown, steel poles and '2 x 4s'
as well were used in the fight.
After several minutes more

and more male students tried
to jump in and protect the oth-
er students," she said.
However, school board
member and campus pastor
Joshua Sands said that.
although he could confirm that
an altercation, which required
police presence, had occurred,
there was no riot at the school.
He added that lessons were
not suspended.
Nevertheless, several par-
ents who were at the school to
collect report cards demand-
ed to take their children home.
The school was on lock-
down after the incident and
the parents were only allowed
to enter the campus on foot
SEE page two


Ministry denies
allegations of
visa scam
THE Ministry of Foreign
Affairs has responded to claims
by a local boat owner that a
visa scam is allowing Haitians
to enter the country for $1,000.
SEE page three

Not signing
accord a 'missed
IF THE Bahamas does not
sign onto the PetroCaribe
Accord, it would be one of the
single greatest opportunities
that the country would have
missed, it was claimed last night.
SEE page three

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Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Bahamas Hotel Employers
Association (BHEA) yesterday hit
back at the Hotel Workers Union for
accusing it of refusing to abide by key
sections of their industrial agreement.
In a report printed last week in a
local daily, Bahamas Hotel Catering
and Allied Workers Union
(BHCAAWU) secretary general Leo
Douglas was quoted as saying that the
union is having difficulty with the asso-
ciation over a matter of "binding pri-
vate arbitration".

The report said that Mr Douglas
claimed that the association is not
honouring that portion of the agree-
However, in a statement issued yes-
terday, BHEA said the union's recent
comments in the media not only mis-
interpreted the issues under debate,
but also mis-characterised the actions
of BHEA members.
"The BHEA has never moved from
its commitment-to resolve all disputes
through the process that we agreed to
in 2004 and which has been in exis-
tence since 1995 and throughout the
years, and has shown good faith in fol-

lowing the spirit and letter of the indus-
trial agreement," said J Barrie Far-
rington, BHEA'S president.
Mr Farrington noted that under sec-
tion 45 of the industrial agreement,
there is a clear two-step process for
the resolution of limited disputes.
"The first step following the filing
of a dispute is to attempt to effect con-
ciliation though a hearing by the review
committee of three panelists compris-
ing an independent chairman and two
side members one from the tnionr
and one from the BHEA."
He said that the committee then
advances a hearing, which in many cas-

es ends the dispute.
If either party disagrees with the rec-
ommendations, they then have the
right to take the matter to private bind-
ing arbitration the second step in the
process, he added
Mr Farrington said that binding arbi-
tration is not a problem in the system,
but the exercise of a right.
In fact, he continued, the union has
taken a number of matters to private
binding arbitration. ..-
"We find it incomprehensible that
the union should now complain about
BHEA members exercising their right
to have their disputes referred to arbi-

tration," he said.
Mr Farrington claimed that BHEA
agreed to meet with the union in Jan-
uary, a meeting which was postponed
until today on the request of the union.
"Now Mr Douglas suggests an
urgency for resolution that previously
was not in evidence. Mr Douglas also
suggests that a lack of mediation on
February 8 may be the reason for the
union to take a strike vote against the
BHEA members. Notvithistaaing this
threat, which is unfortunate, we will-
do our utmost to make the February'8
meeting productive, said Mr Farring-

* PARENTS are shown locked outside Kingsway Academy yesterday morning
(Photos: Felipi Major/Tribune staff)

M POLICE School patrol unit enters Kingsway early yesterday morning after the disturbance

Police called after 'riot' erupts at Kingsway

FROM page one
after police got the situation
under control.
In an interview with The Tri-

bune, the mother of the 13-year-
old said that the riot was
already going on when she and
her son's father arrived at the
school. She also said that her

son's father arrived alone.
"It was wild, the whole school
was out of control. We were sit-
ting in the front office (of the
administrative building) and


someone knocked the door in
from the outside," she said.
The ninth grader's mother
said that she went to Kingsway
Academy early yesterday morn-
ing to speak with school author-
ities about the continuous
harassment of her son.
"My son was being harassed

by these 11th and 12th grade
students. It's been going on for
months. (On Monday) my son
came home and told me that his
lunch money had been stolen
by this older student and that
this student threatened to push
my son down the stairs. My son
recently broke his left leg and

* PARENTS are-shown leaving yesterday morning with their

because he is a soccer player he
is very sensitive about letting
his leg heal properly.
"I told them (school officials),
that Iwould.callthe police, but
they asked me to hold off until
they could investigate the mat-
ter. Of course they didn't do
anything because they are afraid
of the students. And those old-
er students are constantly bring-
ing in outsiders, their friends
from Fox Hill,.to cause trou-
ble," the mother claimed. As
far as she knew nothing was
done about it.
She said that she had just
returned to her work place yes-
terday when the principal's
office informed her thatcher son;
--haid been injured in a fight and
that an ambulance had been
called to take him to the hospi-
"My son's leg is very swollen
and he now.has to take addi-,
tional medication. We can only
hope and watch that the leg
heals properly," she said.
His mother said after the inci-
dent that she immediately filed
a police report. She added that
her son will not be returning to
Kingsway Academy.
"We don't have to accept this
treatment, I'm paying for this
school and this is just the latest
in a series of incidents," she
Press liaison officer Inspec-
tor Walter Evans confirmed
that police are investigating yes7
terday's altercation.
He added that Kingsway
Academy is considered to be a
"peaceful" school which usual'
ly does not require police attend
tion. :'>
Up until press time last night,
Kingsway Academy officials
had not returned The Tribune-



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Ministry denies boat owner's

claims about scam on visas

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Ministry of Foreign Affairs
has responded to claims by a local boat
owner that a visa scam is allowing
Haitians to enter the country for
"The public is reminded that despite
sensational allegations, no credible evi-

Two Haitians

charged with

murder of

taxi driver
TWO Haitian men appeared in
Magistrate's Court yesterday to be
charged with the murder of taxi dri-
ver Christophe Brown.
Luckenson Alouidor, 23, and Mar-
lon Calixte, 25, both of Sunrise Road,
were arraigned in Magistrate's Court
in Bank Lane before Chief Magis-
trate Roger Gomez.
It was alleged that between Janu-
ary 13 and 17, being concerned
together and by means of unlawful
harm, the pair intentionally and
unlawfully caused the death of
Christophe Brown.
Alouidor and Calixte were not
required to enter a plea to the charge
and were remanded in custody at Her
Majesty's Prison, Fox Hill.
Mr Brown's body was found last
month near Marigold Farm.
The accused are set to reappear in
court on May 27.

dence has so far been produced to sup-
port these allegations," the ministry said
in a release yesterday.
"The Ministry is treating these alle-
gations seriously and the police have
again advised that this matter is under
review by them. The police have
urged anyone with information to
come forward to the proper authori-
ties and expressed concern that the


investigation is not jeopardized and
The release added that Bruce Bain,
the boat owner making the accusations
does in fact have visa applications cur-
rently before the Ministry of Foreign
"Mr Bain is aware of reasons that his
applications have not been processed,
including certain critical requests, which

remain unfulfilled," the release added.
"The public is further reminded that,
with certain scheduled exceptions, the
use of paid brokers and middlemen in
the visa application process is sternly
discouraged as a matter of policy."
The release also added that Foreign
Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell is expect-
ed to address this matter further in the
House of Assembly.

E MARLON Calixte

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Tribune Staff Reporter
IF THE Bahamas does not
sign onto the PetroCaribe
Accord, it would be one of the
single greatest opportunities
that the country would have
missed, it was claimed last
This warning comes after the
price of gasoline was sched-
uled to rise by some $0.07
cents today bringing the new
price of gasoline to $4.12 a gal-
'Observers of the interna-
tional oil market aarn' that
with the continued unrest in
the Middle East, oil could rise
as high as $100 a barrel push-
ing local prices above $7 a gal-
lon for gasoline
According to Vincent Cole-
by, the chairman of the Fuel
Usage Committee, Petro-
Caribe is a "golden opportu-
nity" that the Bahamas should
be pursuing to control and
buffer fluctuating prices in the
oil industry, now and in years
to come.
Mr Coleby also stated that
'proposals such as the heavily
debated Liquefied Natural Gas
(LNG) regasification facility
should be actively looked at
along with the PetroCaribe
PetroCaribe is a variation to
the Caracas Accord oil deal
that is being offered by

Venezuelan President Hugo
Chavez to atnumber of
Caribbean countries, he said.
The accord is'centred around
go ernment-to-government
negotiations on the purchase
of crude or rehned oti at "pref-
eiential rates" with the option
of deferring a percentage of
payments over a period of 25
years if needed. '
However the deal 'ias,4een.'
stiff defiance from a'ctiists
claiming that the Bahamas
should be war' of creating
such close alliances with Pres--
ident Cha\ez as he has been
quite vocal in his criticism of
US President George Bush.
This, despite the fact that the
majority of the Bahamas' oil
currently comes from
Venezuela, and the US is also
one of Venezuela's major
importers of crude oil.
Also, as Mr Coleby explains,
Citgo which is a US-based
company owned by Venezuela
operates 15,000 service stations
in the US, and has offered to
sell heating oil at a 40 per cent
discount to "low-income"



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"It doesn't matter if you are
a cc munist or an atheist, a
busi ess deal is a business deal.
Th question is are you ready-
to ake a deal by which the
Ba mian people will benefit
fro and for a long time," he
asked d.
Mr Coleby remarked that it
was interesting that with such a
deal, that does not bind a
country to having to forever
purchase oil from just one
country, that PetroCaribe has
faced so much opposition.
"The Bahamas uses 300 mil-
lion gallons of oil a year and
compared to the international
market that is nothing. The
Bahamas can have indepen-
dent suppliers so that fear of
being trapped is nothing more
than a scare tactic to be honest.
"Half the oil that Venezuela
produces is supplied to the US.
America uses about 20 million
barrels of oil a day and they
only produce 10 million bar-
rels. If they are not afraid to
deal with the Venezuelans
then why are we?" he asked.

Not signing PetroCaribe

a 'missed opportunity'

Chairman of Fuel Usage

Committee says Bahamas

should be pursuing accord



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

LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

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

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

Publisher/Editor 1972-

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NHI not viable option for country

ON FRIDAY morning doctors were sum-
moned to a breakfast meeting with Health
Minister Dr Marcus Bethel to discuss the pro-
posed National Health Insurance scheme. It
was a heated debate.
Over the weekend doctors met and formu-
lated their answer to the minister's proposals.
More than 130 of them signed the statement
-that was published in this newspaper Monday
morning. We understand that more signatures
are expected.
While fully supporting any "new funding
mechanisms that will guarantee all Bahamians
have access and equity to a defined package of
comprehensive health services", the doctors
had grave doubts that in this plan government
had come up with the right formula.
"The Medical Association of the Bahamas
(MAB) reiterates our deep concerns that the
National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme, if
implemented as currently proposed, will
adversely affect the quality of healthcare
received by all Bahamians, and curtail timely
access despite the noble intentions to do oth-
erwise," the doctors said.
As professionals who deliver that service
- with others, such as nurses and health care
administrators they do not think that the
NHI proposal adequately addresses the real
problems and challenges faced by the
Bahamas' health care system.
They want more public dialogue, "thought-
ful discussion and careful revision of this far-
reaching national plan to achieve meaningful
reform of our health care system."
However, they were all agreed that the plan
presented to them "will not get us where we
want to go.".
Employers and business owners are also
concerned that they have not been told enough
about this mandatory tax government is
more comfortable calling it a "contribution",
but in truth it is a "tax" that will add to
their already escalating costs. To them the
scheme is "bad news". They believe that gov-
ernment has underestimated its cost, and once
implemented, private sector "contributions"
will continue to escalate, while public health
service will deteriorate.
Those businesses that, with their staff, make
mandatory contributions to National Insur-
ance, and voluntarily participate in first class
private insurance, are angered by the possi-
bility of losing the latter because government
will, by legislation, foist its own plan on them.
The Blue Ribbon Commission, appointed by

government to develop the plan, has recom-
mended that it become the primary mecha-
nism for financing health care in the Bahamas
- a plan that admittedly only offers the basics
in health care.
Private insurance companies, knowing that
private businesses are going to have to make a
choice, have been assured by Dr Bethel that
they have nothing to worry about.
The reason? Well, said Dr Bethel, while.
NHI will cover all services provided at the
Princess Margaret Hospital, "luxury services"
will not be available under the scheme.
And why should Bahamians have to give up
their private insurance to receive basic PMH
services when these are the very services they
were trying to avoid when they took out pri-
vate medical insurance?
Dr Bethel believes that the need for better
services will force them to keep their private
insurance, but realistically unless, of course,
Dr Bethel plans to foot their bills they, nor
their employees, can afford such extravagance.
With two mandatory government schemes
forced upon them, how can they afford a third
Bahamians are still ip charge of their medical
care. They can choose their doctor and their
health care facility. But once this new scheme
becomes law, it will be some little "pip-squeak"
in a government office who will tell them what
care government insurance will permit them to
have. For example, overseas care will only be
allowed if it is not available in the Bahamas.
But suppose, it is available in the Bahamas,
but not up to the standard that can be obtained
abroad, will Bahamians be forced to use the
local service only because an inferior insur-
ance plan will not pay for better health care?
The National Insurance Board (NIB) has
been identified as the entity most suited to
.administer the NHI. What a proposition when
it can't effectively administer itself!
Government's Commission said the cost of
administering the NHI should be less than 10
per cent of the system's income. Yet, in 2004
the administrative costs of NIB -identified as
the most suitable administrator of NHI
were 23.1 per cent of revenues earned. What a
Top heavy with administrative staff, medical
services are certain to deteriorate.
No wonder the doctors agree that govern-
ment's "national and universal health insur-
ance scheme as proposed is not the viable
option for the Bahamas."

Fix this oil

rig fiasco

EDITOR, The Tribune
I WRITE on behalf of my
constituents about the oil rig
ship that is grounded on our
reef east of Man-O-War Cay,
Abaco. This ship was exploring
for oil in the Walker's Cay,
Abaco, area for a few years pri-
or to hurricanes Frances and
Jeanne of 2004.
I spoke with the Minister
responsible for the issuing of
licences for this operation, prior
to 2004 and expressed our con-
cerns about this matter. On a
few occasions this ship was par-
tially submerged at its mooring.
The Minister, Hon Leslie
Miller, informed me that the
owners of this operation had no
working capital, and that their

licence would be revoked.
I heard no more until the ship'
broke its mooring in one of the
hurricanes of 2004. For the next
several months this ship cruised
the Bahamas unattended, most-
ly between Exuma and Long
Island, causing much concern
to mariners as a navigation haz-
ard. Environmentalists were
also concerned as it threatened
the reefs off Stocking Island.
Eventually this rusting eye-
sore was towed back to Walk-
er's Cay, Abaco, and re-moored.
Along came Hurricane Wilma,

and the ship took another cruise
in the Atlantic before coming
ashore in its present location.
This now becomes the
responsibility of the Minister of
Transport and Aviation. After
this matter was brought up in
Parliament, the Minister's
response was that the ship was
secured and they were waiting
for weather conditions to
improve to have it moved.
I visited the ship this week
and it remains firmly stuck on
our beautiful reef. This is out-
rageous. Minister, we need help,
not promises and excuses.
Marsh Harbour
Abaco, Bahamas
February 2006

Noise and consideration

EDITOR, The Tribune
A few ideas I get out.of bed,
switch on the light to write
Is it not enough disruption,
disturbance: vehicles going by,
going through our main streets
especially, through the quiet
and stillness of the night?
How irreverent, persons
going by, through the night, not
satisfied that their engines dis-
rupt, disturb peaceful sleep.
Since they must go by, they
should tiptoe past, like occu-
pants of a house, like members
of a family in a house, having to
wake in the night and move
about. Maybe a parent has to
enter a child's room but enters
and leaves upon tiptoe.
Entirely without sensitivity,
so many at all hours, pass
through Kemp Road, which is
my street again, with music
booming. Such persons, had
they bombs, they'd drop them,
:they'd-throw them upon our
peace of mind, upon peaceful
sleep, upon our way of life.
And who is paid, is hired to
enforce the law, wait until these
insensitive persons, do some-
thing homicidal before they act.
With children to raise, to dis-
cipline, we do not wait until
they've destroyed the house
we're living in before we react;
when they spill something, we
make them clean it up. We in
this country, wait until blood is
spilled before anything is done
'or said.
This second matter may only
be connected in part.
There are Haitians here ille-
gally, hiding out in various cor-
ners, in Haitian communities,
out of sight and keeping quiet.
There are Haitians who have
become Bahamians, who are

integrated into Bahamian com-
munities, who have embraced
our country and its culture, who
have come to love, respect and
defend our way of life, our tra-
We had a tradition of respect
for each other, for neighbour.
We had reverence, especially
for Sundays. In my own family,
we were encouraged to be fun-
loving. We'd play music, we'd
dance, whenever we desired,
right here on Kemp Road
where I grew up, when there
was not work to be done. On
Sunday though, there was no
dancing and no dance music.
These, on Sundays, were not
Now, on Kemp Road, Sun-
days are the noisiest day of the
week. It seems there is little or
no reverence for it. Tradition
in which I was raised, in which I
grew up, seems to have broken
down or to have evaporated.
Has who has come into this
Street, into Nassau's inner city
areas especially, not caught on,
are not carrying on because
they've come from elsewhere,
with a past, not ours but import-
Is this disrespect and disre-
gaid resultant from disconnec-
tion but coupled as well with
deliberate defiance? This might
be far-fetched, a long stretch
but is nonetheless an impact
which cannot be underestimat-
And this is the observation
of one who embraces Africa
and the Caribbean. Our history
and traditions have one same
root and similar patterns. The
us-and-them equation therefore
is not one which this writer irre-
sponsibly enters into or takes
I wish to invite focus though

upon Haitians here without sta-
tus. Though their parents were
quiet and hid themselves away
in fear of being rounded up,
detained and deported, there is
this category of persons who
were born here, educated here
and though they've not been
given status, they cannot be
apprehended and sent back.
They do not have to hide like
their parents. They do not have
to be quiet. Entirely to the con-
trary, there are many who
choose to be boisterous, dis-
ruptive and possibly in protest,
possibly to bring attention to
their plight, to their situation.
They do not have to love a
culture, traditions, to which they
do not belong. They do not or
cannot embrace easily
what/who does not embrace
them. There is therefore this
layer within our body politic
which is foreign to it, 'which
does not belong ard is making
it/us sick.
There is this group among us
which is restless, determined to
make us all as restless, as well
as, as without rest as they are.
Something has to be done
therefore. Who is unapart, must
be excluded, cleanly and com-
pletely. But who is a part of us,
who belongs to us, must be
included. We could then expect
them to be loyal, to love,
respect, as well as to defend
Bahamian culture and Bahami-
an traditions.
I rest my pen, my case and
shall try again to rest in what
has become a very noisy Nassau
in The Commonwealth of The
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Festival to
cruise ship

Two shot, four stabbed

at West End nightclub

A NEW festival is set to add
excitement and variety to the
experience of cruise ship pas-
sengers who visit the capital on
It was announced yesterday
that "Bay Fest", a musical and
cultural extravaganza will begin
on the llth of this month, and
be held every second weekend
until April.
The event, to be held in Raw-
son Square, will feature enter-
tainment by the Royal Bahamas
Police Force Band, as well as
the talent of Bahamian musi-
cians. Native food and drinks
also will be on sale.
Children will be entertained
with such activities as rope
jumping, face painting, scooter
rides, hoopla and ring play.
The festivities will begin at
9am and continue into the
evening. The highlight of the
event will be a junkanoo rush-
out starting from Festival Place
and travelling west on Bay
B; Bay Fest is sponsored by the
Bahamas Ministry of Tourism,
the Nassau Tourism Develop-
ment Board and the Nassau
Beach Hotels.

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Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Two persons were
shot and four women were stabbed dur-
ing a disturbance at a nightclub at West
End, according to Grand Bahama
Haran Gibson, 22, of North Bahamia,
was shot in the chest and Anthony Fran-
cis, 35 of Sea Horse Village, was shot in
the left foot while at the Star Hotel Nite

Supt Basil Rahming said that the vic-
tims were taken to Rand Memorial
Hospital, where Gibson is detained in
serious condition and Francis is in stable
Mr Rahming said sometime around
2.30am on Monday police received a
report that gunshots were being fired at
the Star Club on Bayshore Road.
When police arrived at the scene to
investigate, they met a crowd of disor-
derly persons at the club. After ordering


the proprietor to close the club, a gun-
shot was fired among patrons.
Mr Rahming said a scuffle also broke
out and more gunshots were fired in
the area.
Four persons were stabbed during,
the melee. They were Debrecca Simms,
27, of.Beachway Drive; Neil Pintard,

22, of Canterbury Close; Jamillah
Clarke, 21 of Sunrise Road, Nassau;
and Marsha Saunders, 22, of Eight Mile
Three of them are detained in stable
condition. Russell, however, was treat-
ed and discharged from hospital.
Two persons were arrested and
charged an immigration officer with
obstruction and the proprietor on sus-
picion of disorderly behaviour and
assaulting a police officer.
Police are continuing their investiga-

American man

charged with

detaining, raping

21-year-old man

Tribune Staff Reporter
A 52-year-old American
man was yesterday charged in
connection with the rape and
forcible detention of a 21-year-
old man.
Earl John Jasmin appeared
in Magistrate's Court Five on
Bank Lane and was not
required to enter a plea to the
He was charged with detain-
ing a 21-year-old man against
his will with the.intent of hav-
ing unnatural sexual inter-
course with him on Friday,
February 3:
Jasmin was also charged with
having sexual intercourse with


the victim without his consent.
An Immigration officer told
the court that Jasmin has no
residential status in the
Bahamas, and that the author-
ities did not gain access to his
passport to verify his visitors
The court was also told that
Jasmine, a resident of Hart-
ford, Vermont, arrived in the
Bahamas on February 1 and
was scheduled to return to the
United States on February 15.
The court granted Jasmin
$50,000 bail. He is scheduled
to reappear in court on June 1.
The accused is represented

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LYNX Air International has
announced the addition of
three islands to its list of desti-
nations in Family Islands.
On February 4, the carrier
began flying from Fort Laud-
erdale to South Andros,
Eleuthera and Abaco.
Lynx Air International now
serves seven different Family
Islands more than any other
US airline.
Said the company in a press
release: "Lynx Air Interna-
tional has been operating reli-
able passenger and cargo flights
to the out islands of the
Bahamas for over 10 years and
is seeking to expand its reach
further into these beautiful
island gems.
"Lynx Air International
operates safe and comfortable
19 passenger turboprops and
is a licensed FAA part 121 air
carrier with a perfect safety
record since its beginning in
1989," it said.
The new destination sched-
ules are as follows:
Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to
Congotown (TZN) service
begins February 4.
Leaves FLL 2.30pm arrives
at TZN 3.30pm
Leaves TZN 4pm arrives
at FLL 6.20pm
Leaves FLL 11.30am -
arrives at TZN 12.30pm
Leaves TZN 1.15pm -
arrives at FLL 2.15pm
Fort Lauderdale to North
Eleuthera (ELH) service
begins February 11.
Thursday and Sunday
Leaves FLL 1.30pm arrives
at ELH 2.15pm
Leaves ELH 3pm arrives at
FLL 3.45pm
Friday and Saturday
Leaves FLL 12.30pm -
arrives at ELH 1.15pm
Leaves ELH 2pm arrives
at FLL 2.45pm

Fort Lauderdale to Treasure
Cay (TCB) service begins Feb-
ruary 25
Friday and Sunday
Leaves FLL 3pmr- arrives at
TCB 3.50pm
Leaves TCB 4.40pm -
arrives at FLL 5.30pm
Leaves FLL 1.30pm arrives
at TCB 2.20pm
Leaves TCB 3.10 pm -
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Tribune Freeport
FREEPORT The econ-
omy of Bimini is in "bad
shape" according to one resi-
dent of the tiny island.
He said that locals are still
struggling to overcome the
two disasters that have rocked
the Bimini community in
recent months.
The source, who wished to
remain anonymous, said that
one major business has had to
lay off staff, and a second busi-
ness has been forced to close
down after 32 years.
"Things are really slow
here, tourists are not coming
to the island and the morale of
residents is also very low." he
On December 19 last year.
12 Biminites were killed in a
Chalk's seaplane crash off
While the local community
was still reeling from this
shock, Julian Brown, the
beloved caretaker of the Com-
pleat Angler Hotel. perished
when the hotel was consumed
by fire on January 13.
The Compleat Angler was a
main tourist attraction on the
island for many years because
of its connection with the
world-famous American
author Ernest Hemingway.
who stayed at the hotel during
his visits to the island between
1935 and 1937.
"People are still trying to
come to grips with these
tragedies, but now the econo-
my is very depressing, the res-
ident said.

"We were very grateful to
those persons who came down
and provided counselling to
persons following the
tragedies. However, there is
still a need for ongoing coun-
selling to persons on the
island," he said.
It is believed that the loss
of the hotel, which was a huge
economic mainstay, has sig-
nificantly affected tourism on
the island.
Even though Continental
Airlines has now started a ser-
vice to Bimini, flights arrive
with very few pas engers
onboard, the resident claimed.
"There were no tourists or
boaters on the island on the
weekend and it is not looking
too good for several business-
es down here," he said.
There are unconfirmed
reports that five to six persons
may have been laid off at a
resort on South Bimini, Lwhere
it is believed that more lay-
offs are expected.
In North Bimini, some of
the smaller businesses are
barely remaining open, the
source claimed.
One restaurant has not
been able to meet its payroll
in the last two months, and
Captain Bob's Restaurant
closed its doors in January
after 32-years in business, he
"There are no jobs here, but
we are trying to hold on for
the time being," the resident
Tourism Minister Obie
Wdchcombe. the MP for West
End and Bimini, could not be
reached up by press time for

'A national treasure

that is dying'

ON January 9,2006, I decid-
ed to make the trip to the
famous lighthouse at the south-

ern end of Abaco, which is
about 50 miles south of Marsh
Harbour and roughly the same
from Nassau.
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on the road to Sandy Point,
which is our southernmost set-
tlement on Abaco.
After passing the settlement
of Crossing Rocks, you con-
tinue until you reach the Y or
where a road turns left and
goes almost due south.
This is an old logging road
that has been neglected for
years but is still usable for the
rest of the journey south
through the pine forest until
you are nearing the. south
shore of Abacp. Then make a
left turn and drive toward the
As you get closer, the road is
rougher and closes in on your
vehicle with the trees brushing
you on both sides. You will
soon see the lighthouse in the
distance, and the land clears
somewhat before you have to
climb the final stretch to the
so-called parking area.
This is rough ground, and
you should think twice before
you go right up to the parking
spot just below the first build-
I did the trip in my old truck,
so I was not worried about the
paint job. After getting my
cameras ready, I climbed up
the slope to the compound on
the western side of the light-
house and was shocked to see
what has happened and what is
slowly destroying what is left of
'one of the most famous light-
houses in The Bahamas.
The lighthouse sits at the top
of the highest point on the
peninsula that juts out into the
ocean in a southerly direction.
It is in this point of land that
Hole-in-the-Wall gets its name.
In 1951 I took a beautiful
aerial photograph of the light-
house from a Grumman Wid-
geon Amphibian, showing in
detail the lighthouse and the
people who were stationed
there. This photograph can be
seen in many offices and
homes today on Abaco.
I flew the plane very low
over the ocean by the penin-
sula and photographed the
actual big "Hole in the Wall"
right through the rocky penin-
sula. This time I photographed
all the buildings of interest,
inside and out, some of which
are displayed with this article.


I could not believe what I
was seeing and recording. The
doors are off their hinges, the
bathroom was filthy, and
everywhere you looked, you
could see decay, the pathways
When 1 first visited Abaco in
the mid-1940s, I found what I
thought was the most beautiful
group of islands in the
Bahamas. I also found that
Abaco had been neglected in
many ways, as the government
of the day was more interested
in Eleuthera and a few other
I could not understand why
but found that many of the set-
tlements had lost a lot of their

residents who were forced to
go to Nassau and other places
to find work and make a few
pounds to be able to support
their families.
It was at this time that I
decided to try to encourage
some development. In the ear-
ly 1950s I was instrumental in
rebuilding a home to create
the New Plymouth Inn, the
supplying of electricity, and
many other developments that
took place on Abaco. i
That was the beginning of
the tourist business as we know
%t today. It was during these
years that I made many trips
on the Stede Bonnet, on my
fishing smacks to Cherokee
and other boats that depended
so much on the Hole-in-the-
Wall lighthouse.
I can remember coming out
over Nassau bar by the Hog
Island lighthouse on many
occasions, and within a couple
of hours looking ahead for that
wonderful glow that could be
seen as you approached Hole-
Millions of tons of shipping
have passed this light, which
has been responsible for their
welfare and safety, navigating
through the area. Surely, the
government will not let such'a
historic monument as the
Hole-in-the-Wall lighthouse
The Government Treasury
in Nassau receives a significant
amount of revenue from c4s-
toms and other sources on
Abaco. When this is compared
to the small amount we seeing
to get in return, government
should welcome the opportu-
nity to assist those people who
contribute so much to The
Bahamas in general.
This is a government prop-
erty which belongs to the
Bahamian people. Some assis-
tance should be provided to
allow dedicated volunteers to
arrest the decay and bring the
structures back into service-
able condition and save this
historic monument for the beii-
efit of all people in the.future.
It is without a doubt one bf
the more interesting places of
interest on the island. It's
located in an area that I feel
has great potential as a deep
water port between Cross Hai-
bour and Sandy Point, similar
to Freeport.
I'm sure that before long yOu
will find great interest being
shown, as this is the only area
where very large ocean-going
ships can come in so close to
land. With harbour develop-
ment we could have a booming
city in the south of Great Aba-
So, to all Bahamians and
friends of the Bahamas, let tis
try and save this great and out-
standing monument, the Hole-
in-the-Wall lighthouse and its
surrounding structures that has
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US Embassy
with books
UNITED States Embassy
personnel presented a donation
00f books to the students of
;Woodcock Primary School.
The presentation was made
last week Wednesday as part of
the embassy's reading pro-
gramme at the school.
The reading initiative is
undertaken each week by about
10 volunteers, including US
Ambassador John Rood.
^ The books were presented to
principal Deborah Stewart by
jarmen Stanfill, the spouse of
Kevin Stanfill, country attache
at the embassy.
The books were donated by
American families assigned to
the embassy. Mrs Stanfill
S plained that the gesture was a
y for them to give back in a
meaningful way to the Bahami-
nh community.
& Recognising that reading is
fundamental and being parents
themselves, Mrs Stanfill said the
families were pleased to be able
to support the reading initia-
; Ambassador Rood intro-
duced the initiative in January
Principal Mrs Stewart said
she is grateful for Ambassador
Rood's support in promoting
literacy at Woodcock Primary.
She said the students' enthu-
siasm for reading has greatly
increased over the past year.

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Billboards erected in Freeport to

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Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Plans are
underway to erect 12 road safe-
ty billboards in Freeport, in an
effort to encourage motorists
to drive more safely on Grand
The first sign will be erected
on Friday on East Sunrise
Highway, where 11 persons
died last year in traffic acci-
The billboard campaign is
one of several initiatives that
are being launched by the
Grand Bahama Road Safety
Committee this year to pro-
mote road safety on the island.
There were 22 recorded traf-
fic deaths in 2005 18 of which
occurred in the
Freeport/Lucaya area.
In support of the commit-
tee's efforts, the City of
Freeport Council presented a
cheque to committee members
on Tuesday to assist with the
construction and erection of
roadside signs along major
highways, roads and streets
throughout the Freeport dis-

on the roads

* THE City of Freeport Council donated a cheque to Grand Bahama Road Safety Committee
to assist with the erection of road safety billboards. Seen, left to right, are: Stephanie Rahming,
assistant controller of Road Traffic; Cornelius Smith, councillor; Anita Doherty, chief
councillor, J R Frazer, GB Road Safety Committee.
(Photo: Denise Maycock)

"We are pleased to be a
partner in this effort to demon-
_strate our commitment in
restoring safety on our streets,"

said Cornelius Smith, council-
lor for High Rock.
"As partners, the council
and the committee have for-

Poster. competition

focuses on marine

debris and treasures

DOLPHIN Encounters
has announced the launch
of the sixth Marine Educa-
tion Poster Contest which
will focus on marine debris
and protecting the natural
treasures of the Bahamas.
The contest is held annu-
ally as part of Project
BEACH, the non-profit
arm of Dolphin Encounters,
the natural marine park on
Blue Lagoon Island.
"The Bahamas is home to
a treasure of unique marine
wonders. We are also
blessed with a combination
of natural resources that fos-
ters a thriving economy and
benefits us daily," said Dol-
phin Encounters in a press
"But what if there was
trash on beaches and our
waters were dark and mud-
dy from pollution? Would
tourists still want to come?
Would it be healthy for us
to live here?" it asked.
This year, Dolphin
Encounters has teamed up
with the Treasure Cay Hotel
Resort and Marina to spon-
sor the competition under
the theme: "Trashing our
Students throughout the
Bahamas are invited to
learn more about marine
debris and to express their
thoughts and concerns
about pollution and its
effects on the Bahamas
through poster art.
"This year's theme is very
important to all of us," said
Annette Dempsey,
director of education at Dol-
phin Encounters. "Many
people think that the ocean
is so big that it cannot be
harmed and that their one
little bit of trash could not
hurt it and of course that is
"We hope that this year's
contest will foster a greater
awareness in students about
the serious harm marine
debris can cause to ocean
animals, humans and our
environment. We also invite
them to share their concerns
through their posters," she
To foster greater under-
standing about marine
debris, Project BEACH will
visit local schools on request
to make assembly presenta-
The poster contest is open
to all students living in the
Bahamas, kindergarten
through grade 12. Entry is
Educators wishing to
schedule a marine assembly
programme to kick off this
year's competition should
contact Dolphin Encounters
as soon as possible to make
reservations with the edu-
cation department.
The deadline for entries

to be received is March 31,
Dolphin Encounters Project
BEACH (Bahamas Education
Association for Cetacean

Health) conducts a number of
educational and outreach pro-
grammes which are support-
ed by donations from corpo-
rations and private citizens.

mulated several initiatives
which are designed to raise
public awareness and hope-
fully reduce the number of

accidents on our streets."
Mr Smith said that the coun-
cil has recently re-introduced
its "walk safe" campaign to
encourage those who walk for
exercise to use the city parks,
and to wear brightly coloured
clothing or safety vests when
walking on the streets.
Assistant Road Traffic Con-
troller Stephanie Rahming
commended the council for its
support and partnership with
the committee in its road safe-
ty educational awareness cam-
"The number of traffic fatal-
ities last year was truly alarm-
ing," she said. "The commit-
tee will be aggressively pursu-
ing our awareness campaign."
Committee member J R
Frazer said the signs will carry
different road safety messages.
The sign that will be erected
on East Sunrise Highway will
carry the message 'Slow Down
- Speed Kills', he said.
"We hope these messages
will impact the persons who
use the streets, and therefore
decrease the number of fatali-
ties and accidents on our
streets," Mr Frazer said.

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The efficiency of the Postal
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T was Benjamin
Franklin who said: "In
this world nothing is certain
but death and taxes."
And some jokers would
apply this to the government's
proposed national health plan,
because it is more concerned
about raising money than
keeping us alive and healthy.
Others complain that the
government is introducing
socialised medicine but we
already have that. The Min-
istry of Health currently offers
universal access to publicly
funded medical care at a cost
of some $200 million a year.
The country's three main
hospitals (the Princess Mar-
garet, Sandilands and the
Rand in Freeport) are run by
a public corporation, and
there are about a hundred
government-operated clinics
scattered around the country.
Just under half the popula-
tion uses these tax-supported
facilities, often paying noth-
ing for treatment. The gov-
ernment wants to shift the cost
of this healthcare from the
Treasury to a new payroll tax
levied on the other half of the
population who are already
paying through the nose for
private insurance and gener-
ally don't access the public
healthcare system.
The commission pushing the
government's plan has come
up with an optimistic valua-
tion of $235 million in health-
care costs to be financed by a
5.3 per cent tax on salaries up
to $5,000 a month, split

between employees and
employers. But critics -
including many doctors say
this is an unrealistic costing.
"They have no clue as to
what this will actually cost
even two to three years down
the road," one doctor told
Tough Call. "This is purely a
political initiative that the gov-
ernment has manufactured as
an election issue."
For evidence of the propos-
al's fiscal unreality, look no
further than existing state
enterprises. The government
currently shells out $90 mil-
lion a year to subsidise uneco-
nomic operations like
Bahamasair and ZNS. The
electrical and telecoms
monopolies suck up huge
resources and return very little
in terms of value, other than
political patronage.
And in a few.years, the
National Insurance Board
(which will presumably be
administering the national
health programme) will go
bankrupt without major
reforms. Outgo at NIB has
exceeded income since the

more, because it will have to
satisfy unlimited demand.

NIB operates with a
17 per cent adminis-
trative burden, compared to
under 1 per cent for the
national health systems of
Canada and France (which
face serious challenges of their
Even if NIB gets its admin-
istrative costs (read salaries
and perks for officials) under
control and earns some rev-
enue on its investments (read
non-performing loans to other
government entities), we can
all expect to pay a lot more in
contributions and get less back
in benefits.
As one commentator put it:

In a few years, the National
Insurance Board (which will
presumably be administering
the national health
programme) will go bankrupt
without major reforms.

early 1990s. And the govern-
ment's proposed health plan
can be expected to cost far

"Managing such a (health-
care) programme and avoid-
ing disasters will require an

Efficiency no national institu-
tion displays currently."

Dr Duane Sands said the
scheme will entrench and
extend a system that is ineffi-
cient, overstaffed and so cen-
trally restrictive that it will
ultimately lead to a deterio-
ration of healthcare in the
He argued that the existing
system had to be reformed to
provide better care, not just a
different way of paying for
And that is really the crux
of the matter. It is politically
correct to talk about equitable
access to healthcare for every-
one. It is much more difficult
to tackle the harder issues of
quality, accountability and sus-

W hen you think
about it, if the

government wants to shift the
cost of supporting our health
infrastructure, why not just get
rid of the hospitals and clinics
- at least those that are mar-
ketable (and you could sub-
sidise the rest).
That would leave the Min-
istry of Health as a slimmed-
down regulatory body.
The private sector would
have the burden of funding

and operating healthcare facil-
ities and the government
would continue to subsidise
those unable to pay.
And as a bonus, the gov-
ernment would gain hundreds
of millions of dollars in extra
income from the sale of cur-
rently underperforming state
This strategy would also
help to apply a key principle
that should be worked into
any entitlement programme
in the Bahamas, where depen-
dency and government hand-
outs are a peculiar way of life.
The original healthcare
working party set up by the
PLP in the mid-1980s pro-
posed a plan that allowed
almost half the total popula-
tion to escape any responsi-
bility for their own care. That
cannot be right particularly

when many health pro.bJhis
are due to poor lifestyle'hi6ic-
For example, HIV/AIDS
has been the leading causq of
death among Bahamianr for
the past decade. It is a major
issue, both in terms of heafth-
care costs and ecoin'Iic
development, because -f its
impact on the labour fire.
And as we all know, tl4p-is-
ease can be prevented by
responsible behaviour. 5
According to Dr. Jai4es
Gwartney, a developi ant
economist at Florida'6 tite
University, "making he a h-
care or anything else,'r e'
removes the incentive of bth
the buyers and sellers toc -n-
omize. The result will aiiys
be soaring costs and., tng

T he system thathe
government's m-
mission has settled is
known as social health&s r-
ance. It operates in mn ny
European countries as vl1 as
in Israel, Trinidad and-o ta
Rica, among others. !
These plans finance mfdcal
benefits for wage eaAnirs
through mandatory, _r-
marked income taxes, ahd |he
benefits are used to bu-Aned-
ical care from either the 'p(b-
lic or the private sector.-. ith
no opt-outs or exclusiois.'
"Let's hope the act"rial
calculations are accuriaje."
warned one industry souirce.
"Group health is the'minst
challenging in our business
with only a 2-3 per centmnar-
gin. If this isn't put together
right, it's doomed to baik-
ruptcy." .
What do you think? ,.
Send comments to
larry@tribunemediarnet. Or
visit www.bahamapumditcbm

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* THE Town Centre Mall is holding a series of special events for Valentine's Day

Town Centre Mall

to hold Valentine.,

Day extravaganza

THE Town Center Mall
announced that its Valentine's
Day Extravaganza event will be
held 6n Saturday, February 11
from 2pm to 6pm.
Taking its theme from "the
universal 'love' day known as
Valentine's Day", the event will
be an afternoon of games, com-
petitions and prizes, said the mal-
l's management in a statement.
"Bathing the atmosphere in
love will be a master of song,
serenading the audience with
love ballads for a full hour.
"At 3pm, the public will be
delighted with a fashion show
showcasing unique designs and
shoes from clothing and shoe

stores in the mall," the release
Couples were also encour-
aged to register to participate
in the Town Center Mall Ulti-
mate Love Game which will
award the winning couple with
$1,000 cash.
"As only 10 couples will be
chosen to enter the competi-
tion, co-ordinators are calling
for the Bahamian public to call
in as soon as possible to
increase their chances of being
chosen. For the couples who
have not been selected, conso-
lation prizes will also be given,"
the release said.
A grand drawing is also

scheduled for the day .fhore
the event, on February 11 6
Persons who enter will be eli-
gible to win gifts, fro~ng4per
Video, Accessory Hgven,
Designer Replicas, Super
Video, Furniture Plus,Fpishion
Hall and Cost Rite.
"For the special day-of-lve,
Town Center Mail oitinu-
ing its festivities by giving fresh
flowers to all customers -ak-
ing a purchase of $10 o.qiore
on Tuesday, February 14. The
Mall's stores are also catcliing
the love bite and will be pro-
viding the Bahamian public
with discounts of up to 50 per
cent," the reporffsaid." ..

It is politically correct to talk
about equitable access to
healthcare for everyone. It is
much more difficult to tackle
the harder issues of quality,
accountability and

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* THE US journalist,
identified only as 'Mario',
after the incident. The
Ministry of Labour and
Immigration, which is
responsible for the detention
centre, issued a statement
saying it had launched an
investigation into the incident.
The statement said that
although details of the
incident are still emerging,
"the ministry is concerned by
the initial reports".

Government pledges probe

after US reporter beaten

FROM page one k-
he was promptly thrown outfof
the compound.
Witnesses told The Tribune
that the journalist then walked
over to the pay phone installed
on the outside of the centre
while beiingcursed at by the
"He was using the phone and
then this short, dark, thick offi-
cer walked out and started
shouting at him when he was
on the phone. I don't know

what he said back to the offi-
cer but he wasn't shouting and
he didn't raise a hand to the
officer, but the guard took out
his club and split his face right
open," said one woman on the
outside waiting to see a rela-
Witnesses said that Mario fell
to the ground and was brought
back into the centre by the
guards and was later transferred
to an ambulance, accompanied
by another colleague.
Persons who came to visit

detainees at the centre yester-
day were unable to see their
friends and family as a result of
the incident.
"They said that we had to go
out because they had a distur-
bance on the inside. We know
that wasn't true because \we saw
what happened. ..
"I asked the guard how are
we supposed to get food to the
people now and he told us to
come back later. I asked how
can we come back if visiting
hours are over and he said that


of Dallas, Texas
passed away on
the 26th January,
2006 following a
brief illness. She
was predeceased
by her husband,
Roy Russell, who
was Resident
Manager of the Emerald Beach Hotel in
the 1950's and General Manager of the
Royal Victoria Hotel in the early 1960's.

She is survived by her son, Jack K. Russell
and his wife, Linda of Greenville, Texas;
her daughter, Molly Brown Walton of
Nassau; her sister, Omega Glass of Dallas,
Texas; and her grandsons, John K. Russell
of Houston, Texas, and James Russell of
Oxford, Mississippi.

She was a beautiful and vibrant wife,
mother and grandmother who always put
her family first. Funeral services were held
on 30th January 2006 in Dallas, Texas.

we should come back and tr,
because sonle guards are kind
than others. That sho\ss )ou
that they have no respect for
Sthe rules," one man comment-
Another man said the female
detainee he came to visit had
already gone 24 hours without
food or a change of clothes,o
when he was turned away. :
He said that this was not thw
first time an isolated incident
has been used by the guards t'
justify turning visitors away,
"No one will do anything about
it. They never do," he said:
In its statement, the Ministry
of Immigration said that it.has'
Taken "great pains to ensure thde
smooth operation of the Deten;i
tion Centre as a matter of-
national security. The officers
responsible for maintaining;
order at the centre are trained-
to act within the law while
ensuring the necessary high lev-
el of security at the facility."
The ministry said it will keep
the public informed about its
investigation into the matter.

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st our memory will aluarys last .
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SSadl missed and cherished by her daughter, Joyce IUl:
in-la, Julieta Smith; grandchildren: great grandchildren
and other relatives and friends.
Rest In Peace Trammyl
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CWC, the family of the late

1921 2006

'Wish to thank all who have expressed their condolences by phone calls, flowers,
cards and visitations during our recent time of bcrcm'icent.

Thank you and mayjod bless all of you.

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Kennel Club to hold

canine competition

THE Bahamas Kennel
Club will be holding its 25th
international all-breed dog
show and obedience trials on
March 18 and 19.
The show is being spon-
sored by Pedigree and will
be held at the Botanical
Gardens in Nassau.
Wenndale Skye, a border
collie owned by Andrew and
Lynn Gape, is the first entry
to this year's show.
"Dog owners are
encouraged to participate in
the show and entry forms are
available at local vets, the
Bahamas Humane Society
and local grooming and pet
establishments," said the
Kennel Club in a press
release. "There are classes
for breed, junior handler and
two special classes one for
neutered and spayed dogs
and another for our
Bahamian potcake."
The release said the show
will feature breed dogs in all
the major groups: working,
terrier, toy, non-sporting,
sporting, hound and herding.
"A popular group is the
toy group. Dogs in the toy
group were developed to be
companions. Last years 'Best
In Show' was the English toy U Mlark Dullinger with her
spaniel, Piano Man, owned English toy spaniel. Piano
blan. last year's 'Best In
by Mary Dullinger. Show"
"If you are interested in
owning a purebred dog, the
show offers prospective
owners the opportunity to
meet owners and breeders
of many different types of IVWENNDALE Skye. a
dogs," said the release. border collie o% ned by
The Kennel Club can be Andrew and L)nn Gape.
contacted for more is the first entry to Ihis
information at 393-1360. year's show

New book published

on bush medicine

VETERAN educator Martha
Hanna-Smith has published a
new book on bush medicine, in
effort to help preserve "the rich
Bahamian heritage of self-help
"Healing is an art and a sci-
ence and an' expression of cul-
ture. No other cultural expres-
sion epitomises the idea of art
or science as inextricably bound
to life's necessities like the tra-
dition of herbal healing found
among peoples throughout the
human family," the author said.
Mrs Hanna-Smith, a native
of Delectable Bay, Acklins, says
bush medicine should flourish
side by side with modern med-
ical practice.
Bush Medicine in Bahamian
Folk Tradition is a 66-page
handbook featuring a number
of photo illustrations of "the
most proven medicinal plants
that grow naturally and abun-
dantly on most of our islands,"
the release said.
The volume is organised into
two photo-illustrated sections:
a quick reference photo index -
from Aloe to Wild Rice and a
catalogue of ailments from
appetite (lack of) to "worms (in
children) with matching
curative plants, including
descriptions of and prescriptions
for how to prepare and use
them as remedies. Several
herbal alternatives are present-
ed under most ailment cate-
gories, and many of the plants
show up several times because
of their multiple applications.
Mrs Hanna-Smith is posted
at Abaco Central High School
in Murphy Town as a home
economics teacher.

* MARTHA Hanna-Smith displays a copy of her book, Bush
Medicine in Bahamian Folk Tradition

She made a public presenta-
tion on bush medicine as a
Bahamian folk tradition at last
year's Independence Day cele-
bration in Marsh Harbour,
where she also displayed her
straw handbags.
Mrs Hanna-Smith, who lived
the bush medicine experience
- drinking locally grown herbal
teas and daily draughts of hot

water with a drop of aloe juice
as a preventative during her rur-
al upbringing writes that her
interest in the study was
"aroused some years back when
I was given a copy of the book
Bush Medicine In The Bahamas
by Leslie Higgs."
She said Mrs. Higgs encour-
aged her to continue the study
because she was getting old..

* HIS Excellency Arthur Hanna and Beryl Hanna made their first official visit to their home
parish of St Matthew's Anglican Church on Sunday. His Excellency thanked members of the
parish for their warm hospitality. Mr Hanna said as he addressed the congregation on Sunday
morning that he fell in love with his home parish after leaving the island. Father James Moultrie
Rector of St Matthew's added that Mr Hanna adds to the historic legacy of the Parish, now
having produced the country's third Governor General, a history beginning with Sir Milo Butlet
and then Sir Gerald Cash. Pictured in this photo is from left; Father Don Haynes, His
Excellencies Arthur Hanna and Mrs. Hanna, Rector Father James Moultrie (behind) and
Canon Neil Roach, associate priest.
(Photo: Carvel Francis/St Matthew's Communications Ministry)
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Court of Appeal tells Colina:

pay James Campbell $9m

Tribune Business Editor
The Court of Appeal has
ordered the Colina
Financial Group (CFG)
and its two principals to
pay $9 million to their
former business partner, James
Campbell, "forthwith" to complete
the $12.5 million pay-off negotiated to
secure his removal.
In reaffirming the Supreme Court
verdict, the Court of Appeal dis-
missed the appeal brought by
Emanuel Alexiou, Anthony Fergu-
son and CFG.
The court ruled: "The sum of $9
million is to be paid forthwith with
interest at 10 per cent per annum with
effect from August 31, 2005, until pay-

The Court of Appeal said the appli-
cation by Mr Alexiou and Mr Fergu-
son for a stay had been refused, and
its reasons for the verdict one likely
to make Mr Campbell a happy man -
would be put into writing at a later
Mr Campbell had received the ini-
tial $3.5 million instalment on his pay-
off on August 3, 2005, but a dispute
then arose over the $12.5 million fair
market valuation placed on his stake
in CFG.
Mr Alexiou and Mr Ferguson are
understood to have applied for a stay
on the grounds that the three separate
reports from accountants brought in
to conduct evaluations of the fair mar-
ket value of CFG's assets had not
been completed.
The valuation of Mr Campbell's
stake is understood to have been

based on an evaluation of CFG's
assets between the end of 2004 and
May 2005, but it is thought 2004's val-
ue may have been overstated.
The three accountants each oper-
ating independently of the other two
- are Graham Garner, Ishmael Light-.
bourne, the former PwC (Bahamas)
head, and Craig 'Tony' Gomez of
Gomez Partners &.Co.
Mr Campbell, who had been presi-
dent of CFG's life and health insur-
ance subsidiary, now called Coli-
nalmperial Insurance, held a 45 per
cent stake in CFG.
Mr Alexiou held 45 per cent, with
the remaining 10 per cent belonging
to Mr Ferguson. Together, their 55
per cent holding was enough to secure

Mr Campbell's removal when the dis-
pute between the two sides broke out
in March 2005.
CFG is the parent company for the
Colina group, and held a 67 per cent
stake in Colina Holdings (Bahamas),
Sthe Bahamas International Securities
Exchange (BISX) listed holding vehi-
cle for Colinalmperial.
Other Colina group entities include
SColinaFinancial Advisors, the Nassau
Guardian newspaper, Sentinel Bank
& Trust, plus Colina General, an
insurance agency.
A large portion of CFG's income in
recent years has come from dividends
and management fees paid to it by
its Colinalmperial insurance sub-
Between 2003 and year-end 2004,
$941,500 was paid to CFG as man-
agement fees under the terms of a

'Services Agreement' struck with its
insurance subsidiary in July 2002.
A further $921,000 in brokerage
fees was paid to CFG for negotiating
Sthe Imperial Life and Canada Life
purchases, and $1.648 million in
advances were also made from Coli-
nalmperial to CFG.
All told, between 2003 and mid-
2005, close to $7 million was
upstreamed from Colinalmperial to
In the Court of Appeal hearing, Mr
Alexiou was representedby Michael
Scott and Cheryl Cartwright of Cal-
lenders & Co, while Mr Ferguson was
represented by John Wilson and Shar-
mon Ingraham of McKinney, Ban-
croft & Hughes.
Mr Campbell was represented by
Philip 'Brave' Davis and Milton

BEST still awaiting

'revised' environment

plan for Guana Cay

Tribune Business Editor
THE developers behind the $175 million Bak-
er's Bay Golf & Ocean Club development on
Great Guana Cay began work on their project
with supplying the Government with a "revised"
Environmental Management Plan (EMP).
An affidavit filed with the Supreme Court on
January 30 by Donald Cooper, who manages
the Bahamas Science, Environment and Tech-
nology (BEST) Commission, acknowledged that
San Francisco-based Discovery Land Compa-
ny had "satisfied most of its concerns" with
regard to the 585-acre project.
But he added: "However, the BEST Com-
mission still awaits receipt of a final design for
the proposed golf course that would minimise or

eliminate idny ecological risk associated with
current design, and a revised EMP."
Dr Cooper's affidavit was filed as part of the
Government's evidence in the case being
brought against three respondents by the Save
Guana Cay Reef Association, which is opposed
to the development.
The trial is set to begin on February 13, the
Supreme Court in Freeport having set aside
three days to hear it. Discovery Land Company
has given an undertaking that no new work will
be done at Baker's Bay until the court has ruled.
Dr Cooper's affidavit said the developers had
modified their initial plans in response to BEST
concerns, in addition to supplying extra infor-

SEE page 5B

Commonwealth official:

Bahamas, don't join WTO

Tribune Business
THE Commonwealth's
deputy secretary-general yes-
terday urged the Bahamas
not to join the World Trade
Organisation (WTO),
describing the. burdens
imposed by membership as
-"a major headache" and
potentially not worth both-
After his address to the
Nassau Conference on finan-
cial services, Winston Cox
said of the Bahamas" poten-
tially joining the WTO: "I
think this is something the
Government will have to con-

sider very carefully.
"I'm not in the habit of giv-
ing advice freely, but I really
wonder if they need to both-
er themselves with joining the,
WTO. It's major headache,
and they can follow the rules
they want" by remaining out-
By staying outside the
WTO, the Bahamas would
have "no obligations imposed
on" it, such as the organisa-
tion's General Agreement on
Trade in Services (GATS),
from which is derived the
Financial Services Agree-

Other obligations would
include non-discrimination,
meaning that a country can-
not discriminate against for-
eign service providers in
.favour of its own, and Most
Favoured Nation. The latter
means that the incentives and
benefits offered to one coun-
try and its companies must
be offered to all.
Mr Cox's remarks are like-
ly to encourage groups such
as Bahamians Agitating for
a Referendum on free Trade
(BARF), which have consis-
tently argued that WTO
membership holds no net

SEE page 4B

UK, Canadian

groups look at

the Royal Oasis

Tribune Business Editor
GROUPS from the UK and
Canada are among those look-
ing at the crisis-stricken Royal
Oasis resort, The Tribune has
been informed, with Harcourt
Developments, the Irish prop-
erty developer, also back in the
Sources familiar with the sit-
uation said groups from Lon-
don and Canada, who they
declined to identify, were

back in race

among the parties conducting
due diligence on the Royal
Oasis and holding talks with its
de facto owner, Lehman Broth-
ers private equity arm.

SEE page 5B

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Tribune Business
THE BAHAMAS plans to
lure the International Mone-
tary Fund (IMF) and Financial
Action Task Force's (FATF)
leaders to its shores this year by
holding an international coop-
eration conference, it was
revealed yesterday.
Attorney General Alfred

Sears announced that his
Department, along with the
Ministry of Financial Services
and Investments, was seeking
to have the heads of the IMF,
FATF, the World Bank, and
other entities participate in the
The conference is being
designed to share experiences
and best practices on interna-

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So now that we have
created this state of
awareness, and
gathered all the
information, what
shall we do? Last week, I
focused on the need to be
aware of our surroundings in
an effort to combat criminality.
Let us compare this sense of
awareness with a Radar, which

is used to alert pilots and ship
operators of the approach of
potential danger.
What a radar does is very
simiilar to what I described in
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of radio waves which, after
bouncing off the incoming
object, enables the person who
is monitoring to detect

approaching objects. It was this
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aircraft, to be forewarned about
the take-off and approach of
the much nearly larger fleet of

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It was critical that the radar
operator alert all persons con-
cerned about the location,
heading, speed and size of the
incoming attackers. By doing
. this, the RAF fighters could
accurately deploy and counter
the Germans as they attempted
to cross the French Channel
This sounding of an alarm or
sharing of information, depend-
ing on the method, is the next
critical step in efforts by cor-
porate security managers
towards preventing loss and
crime. The manager is the lead
person in the company's efforts
to reduce loss events, and has to
understand that awareness.
must spill into the entire organ-
isation, via the sharing of criti-
cal information.
For example, if a neighbour-
ing business has been experi-
encing night-time assaults on
employees in their parking lot,
it is possible this type of activi-
ty may spillover into the area of
responsibility assigned to you.
Is it better to keep this infor-
mation a secret or, as suggested
by a client, hide and wait for
the assailant and catch him in
the act?
This may sound good, but
when attempted in real life
there are numerous logistics,
costs and risks involved. Would
it not be better to advise staff of
the potential danger, increase
patrols, increase lighting, or
even close off high-risk areas
after hours? All of these sug-
gestions are low-risk, low-cost,
compared with the amount of
man hours that would have to
be invested in setting up the'
sting operation.
The question I always ask
students and clients is: Which
resort do you want to spend
your vacation at? Is ittheone
that has a :good detection.and-
convictionorate, or the onethait

has a low level of crime. To
reduce loss and crime, all per-
sons who may be affected must
be brought up to date consis-
tently and continuously on all
events which happen. The idea
that they cannot handle the
news is dangerous and irre-
sponsible, considering that they
are most likely to be the 'news'
or, in other words, the victim.
Similarly, it is important that
suggestions for correcting or
preventing the problem are
obtained. This means listening
to persons who may have a dif-
ferent yet valuable perspective
to yours. This sometimes
becomes difficult for the man-
ager as ego gets in the way. It
must be understood that the
expert really is the person with
the problem, or who the one
who will confront the issue.
Going back to the RAF fight-
ers, on several occasions flight
command gave directives on
how the pilots should engage
the enemy. Sometimes they
worked, but on occasion the
heat of battle demanded other
Basically, what is being said
at this juncture is that the cor-
pqraltesecurity manager must
rf6d oilyibte prepared to give

information to reduce loss, ,ut
he/she must also be prepared
to receive information in the
form of recommendations from
persons who are closer to the,
event. My research and obser-
vations have seen where this
inability to timely share infor-:
mation could have resulted in,
the elimination of a loss event.
Thus the prevailing problem of
ego has cost companies more
time and money than any other
deficiency in security.
As we continue this series, it,
is important to adequately,
grasp these points on aware-
ness what you see, hear and
feel and information sharing.
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a result of being alert. All oth-
er actions will weigh heavily on
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lose to one third of BGCSE
exams in 2004 that were sat by
public high school students
from New Providence pro-
duced grades between 'F' to
'U', providing more evidence that the
Bahamian education system is failing to pro-
duce workers able to compete in the global
Ralph Massey, an economist who com-
piled the Coalition for Education Reform's
2005 on Bahamian Youth: The Untapped
Resource, included the statistic in a letter
sent into The Tribune this week.
Data included in his letter, based on infor-
matioon supplied by the Ministry of Educa-
tion, showed that 30.9 per cent of all 2004
BGCSE exams sat by New Providence pub-
lic high school students produced grades of
'F', 'G' and 'U', the latter meaning 'ungrad-
Only 3.2 per cent of exams -sat by New
Providence public high school students pro-
duced 'A' grades, the average grade in the
public system being an 'F+'.
The private schools in New Providence
were somewhat better, with 10 per cent of all
exams generating grades between F to U,
but only 9.8 per cent of exams achieving an
'A' grade. In mathematics, the percentage
achieving grades between F to U was 42.8

per cent, while for English the percentage
-was 20QTpeBcent. Only 3.2 per cent of can-
didates in Maths, and 3 per cent for English,
achieved 'A' grades.
Referring to the speech given by Alfred
Sears, minister of education, at last sum-
mer's National Education Conference, Mr
Massey said the minister acknowledged:
"There is still much work for all of us to do
to improve the overall performance of our
Mr Massey added: "He did not say what
'overall performance' meant, but one can
Reasonably assume that it relates to the qual-
ity of the present school leavers, namely
what do they 'know, understand and can do'
on leaving high school.
"The Minister did not go beyond this one
sentence, although he could have done so
since the Department produces the relevant
data annually. That data tells a truly alarm-
ing story; it confirms the public's worst fears
and that is probably the reason it is kept
from public view."
Arguing that both PLP and FNM govern-
ments had "not been candid" about the state
of the Bahamian education system, Mr
Massey said of the Coalition report: "it clear-
ly indicated that the basic problem went
beyond the classroom and success in elimi-
nating the problem would come only with



profound changes in social behaviour. This
would require the long-term commitment
and active participation of all parts of
Bahamian society."
Mr Massey said the December 2005 inter-
im report by the Ministry of Education
seemed to be a "public relations" exercise
rather than a report on the state of educa-
He added: "XIt was a 32-page full colour
newspaper supplement that had the pictures
of 35 staff executives and described what
they had done. "It announced the creation of
new staff functions like the Higher Educa-
tion and Life-Long Learnihg Division, the
Communications Division and the National
SCo-Ordination unit and the restructuring
and expansion of the Planning Section. The
cynic (or realist) could conclude that this
was the typical response of government
bureaucracies to a problem...namely, cre-
ate more and bigger staff departments."
Mr Massey said: "The reality is that: 'We
have a problem with what is coming out of
the education pipeline', and the relevant
question is: 'How will the country initiate
and sustain meaningful education reform?'
"Hopefully, an aroused public will cause
the Government (preferably both parties)
to move beyond the Interim 2005 Report.
"Hopefully, there will be a final report
that is candid and sets priorities and specif-
ic goals against which performance can be

Talks continue on Arbitration Centre for Bahamas

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to establish the Bahamas as an
International Arbitration Centre
are continuing, the Minister of
Financial Services and Invest-
ments, Allyson Maynard-Gibson,
said yesterday.
Speaking at the SPIN confer-
ence for financial intermediaries,
Mrs Maynard-Gibson said her
Ministry was taking several cal-
culated steps towards ensuring
the Bahamas remains the top
international financial centre in
the Western Hemisphere.
She sees the establishment of
the arbitration center as one step
towards achieving this.
SThe Financial Services Consul-
tative Forum has submitted rec-
ommendations to the ministry for
the establishment of an Interna-
tional Arbitration Centre in the
Bahamas, and the Ministry is aim-
ing to having such an entity estab-
lished within its second five-year
strategic plan.
SMrs Maynard-Gibson said her
ministry plans to "jealously
guard" the Bahamas' designation
as the "best international financial
centre in the western hemi-
sphere" by the Banker Magazine,


as well as the commendation the
country received from the Wall
Street Journal.
In addition to seeing the Inter-
national Arbitration Centre come
to fruition, MNrs Maynard-Gibson
said collaborating with the pri-
vate sector is key to the sustained
growth of the Bahamas' financial
services industry. .
She said the Go\ernmnent was
"deeply committed" to public/pri-
vate sector partnerships, and to
its continued response to private.
sector calls for new product leg-
"Thanks to collaboration with
the private sector, since 2002 we
have passed 19 pieces of legisla-
tion without controversy and
unanimously," said Mrs Maynard

"In the pipeline are a Private
Trust Companies Bill, amend-
ments to our laws to enable the
use of electronic seals and signa-
tures at the Registrar General's
Office, amendments to the Finan-
cial and Corporate Service
Providers Act and an External
Insurance Bill.
"I wish to assure youthat our,
highly :skilled professionals, our -
regulatory framework,'and our
anti-money laundering regime
creates a secure environment for
financial services."
Mrs Maynard-Gibson said her
ministry expects to soon receive
an initial report from a consulta-
tive committee appointed to
advise on streamlining the
Bahamas' regulatory regime.
Another important step going
forward, said the minister, was
the enhancement of the Bahamas'
"blue chip, well regulated and
cooperative" status.
"The steps taken to assure our
complete removal from all inter-
national blacklists demonstrates
this commitment," Mrs May-
nartd-Gibson said.
"We continue to work closely
with all national and internation-
al stakeholders so that our regu-
latory regime and operational
platform can continue to be fully
understood and respected as blue


The following persons or their nearest relatives are kindly asked
to visit the PENSION DEPARTMENT of the National Insurance
Board located in the Board's Jumbey Village complex on Baillou
Hill Road. For further information, you may contact the
Department at telephone number 502-1607/8:


ADDERLEY, Shannell
BETHEL, Liveatte
BOYLE, Shameana
BROWN, Pearline
CLARKE, Edward
CLARKE, Louise
CLEAR, Cassie
DALEY, Clive
DAMES, Steve
DAVIS, Ormond
DENIS, Lauretta
EDWARD, Idamane
ELTHAM, Yvonne

Other steps going forward
include: upgrading the ministry's
operational platform to make it
easier for professionals to pro-
vide services to their clientele;
streamlining the regulatory
regime; continuing and upgrad-
ing promotional efforts; and
developing expertise.
FTo date, Mrs Maynard-Gibson
said the Ministry had secured
tdtal investment projects worth a
total of $4.6 billion. Total invest-
ments in projects already started
is at $1.3 billion, and nearly $418
million has been paid out to
Bahamian contractors through
these efforts.
In addition, Mrs Maynard Gib-
son said 6,000 new jobs have been

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Position of General Manager

One of our clients involved in the retail business is seeking an energetic experienced
General Manager for their Freeport, Grand Bahamas operations. Interested candidates
should have a proven track record of accomplishments and a desire to advance a chain of
Drug/Convenience Stores and Perfume stores into a new era of growth and development.

The qualified candidate must have a minimum of five (5) years hands on experience in
multiple store management, preferably in convenience and perfume store retailing and
will report to the Chief Operations Officer. The General Manager will be directly
responsible for the stores' management teams and he or she will lead them in the delivery
of high standards of customer satisfaction, achievement of aggressive sales targets and to
drive the profitability of the business.

Proven track records in inventory control, merchandising and excellent communication
skills, are essentials the individual must posses. The ability to effectively provide a level
of customer service that exceeds customer expectations, and the expertise to train and
motivate sales staff in exceeding company sales targets are also a must.

An excellent remuneration and benefits package is offered, including generous
performance bonuses, medical, dental, and life insurance.

Interested candidates should submit their resumes to either of the addresses provided
below (by hand or mail) no later than Wednesday, February 22, 2006.

Resident Partner
Regent Centre East Suite A
P.O. Box F- 42682
Freeport, Grand Bahama
The Bahamas

Human Resource Partner
OR East Hill Street
P.O. Box N- 3910
Nassau, The Bahamas

Re: GM

Re: GM


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(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the 7th
day of February 2006. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp.
Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas


Legal Notice



Creditors having debts or claims against the above-named Company
are required to send particulars thereof to the undersigned c/o P.O.
Box N-624, Nassau, Bahamas on or before 3rd March, A.D., 2006.
In default thereof they will be excluded from the benefit of any
distribution made by the Liquidator.
Dated the 6th day of February, A.D., 2006.

K. Floyd
16945 Northchase Drive
Houston, Texas 77060, U.S.A.

Legal Notice




dissolution under the provisions of the International Business
Companies Act 2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said Company commenced on the 6th day
of February, 2006 when its Articles of Dissolution
were submitted to and registered by the Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said Company is K. Floyd, of 16945
Northchase Drive Houston, Texas 77060, U.S.A.

Dated the 6th day of February, 2006.

Attorneys for the above-named Company








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, PO.Box
N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

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

NOTICE is hereby given that DENISE PHILIPPE OF P.O. BOX F-41733,
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 8TH day of FEBRUARY, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box F-41085, Grand
Bahama, Bahamas.





J.S. Johnson and Company Limited hereby
notifies all its shareholders that based on
unaudited results for the quarter ended'31st
December, 2005 the Board of Directors has
declared an interim dividend of fourteen cents
(140) per ordinary share to be paid on 14th
February, 2006 to all shareholders of record as
of 10th February 2006.



* 5,000 sq.ft. (Ground Floor).
* 1,564 sq.ft. (storage).
* 24 on-site parking.
* Immediate occupancy.
* Rental rate $25.00 per sq.ft. plus service chg.

FROM page 1B

benefits for the Bahamas.
Even Leslie Miller, minister
of trade and industry,
expressed scepticism on the
WTO after returning from the
organisation's Hong Kong
meeting in December. On the
other side is the pressure to
join and fear of isolation, with
questions of whether the
Bahamas can afford to sit on
the sidelines of world trade.

Mr Cox yesterday told the
Nassau Conference that coun-
tries were "must open to pres-

sure" during the accession
process to full WTO member-
ship. He cited the case of Chi-
na, which was forced to make a
number of commitments to lib-
eralise and open up its financial
services sector that previously it
had baulked at doing, in order
to join the WTO.

The Bahamas currently has
observer status at the WTO,
and Mr Cox added: "If they
ever decide to become mem-
bers of the WTO, they would
need to be particularly careful
when negotiating accession
arrangements, as this is when
you're at your most vulnera-

NOTICE is hereby given that WILNELDA APPOLON OF
17240, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that
any person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization
should not be granted,'should send a written and signed
statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 8TH
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, JOHANN SEBASTIAN
MACKEY, of Nassau, Bahamas, intend to change my name
to JOHANN SEBASTIAN RITCHIE. 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.

Sandringham House
Shirley Street
Nassau, Bahamas
Tel. 242-393-8618



W-iSI!IEl Financial Advisors Ltd.
Pricing Information As Of:
07 February 2006
S I'I KAL.L SHARE INDEX, CLQS- Ti.36t.Tt iCHG 00.00 / %CHG 00.00 / YTD 13.04 / YTD / 00.97
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Symool Previous Close Today's Close Cr.nnge Dail' Vol EPS $ Di P E Yield
095 0 70 Abaco M.arnels 0 70 0 70 0 00 -0 169 0 000 N!M 0C 00.
10.52 8.00 Bahamas Property Fund 10.48 10.48 0.00 1.456 0.360 7.2 3.44%
7.24 5.55 Bank of Bahamas 7.00 7.00 0.00 0.598 0.330 11.7 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 0.95 Fidelity Bank 1.17 1.17 0.00 0.070 0.040 16.7 3.42%
9.60 7.47 Cable Bahamas 9.53 9.53 0.00 0.689 0.240 13.8 2.52%
2.20 1.39 Colina Holdings 1.70 1.70 0.00 -0.067 0.000 NM 0.00%
9.25 7.24 Commonwealth Bank 9.10 9.10 0.00 0.791 0.450 10.6 4.92%
4.67 4.12 Consolidated Water BDRs 4.34 4.34 0.00 0.099 0.045 43.8 1.04%
2.88 1.40 Doctor's Hospital 2.80 2.80 0.00 0.437 0.000 6.4 0.00%
6.20 3.99 Famguard 6.05 6.05 0.00 0.542 0.240 12.7 3.97%
10.95 9.87 Finco 10.95 10.95 0.00 0.717 0.530 15.3 4.84%
11.00 7.50 FirstCaribbean 11.00 11.00 0.00 0.828 0.500 13.3 4.55%
10.05 7.94 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 -0.162 0.000 N/M 0.00%
10.20 9.60 ICD Utilities 9.95 9.95 0.00 0.526 0.405 18.9 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 Intemational BDRs 6.46 6.45 -0.01 0.138 0.000 46.8 0.00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 2.036 0.760 4.9 7.60%
tdelty Over-TeTt-Coftetr Securitis
52nk-HI 52wk-Low Smnool Boa $ AS 5;. Last Price .veek, '.'ol EPS S D., PE Yield
13 25 12 25 Baharmas Supermarkets 13 25 14 25 11 00 1 91 0 720i 7 2 5 05".
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 10.00 10.35 10.00 0.000 0.800 NM 7.80%
0.54 0.20 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.00 -0.044 0.000 NM 0.00%
4300 2800 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 4100 2220 0000 194 000'0
16.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 12.75 13.75 12.50 1.105 0.810 14.6 6.93%
060 0 35 RND Holings 0 29 0 5. 035 -0 103 0 000 N M 0 00i.
5Msx i a ,a. i ...,. ,. ;' c
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Fund Name NA V YTD'. Lasl 12 Mlonlh, Di. i. Y.l : :
1.2719 1.2075 Colina Money Market Fund 1.271851"
2.5864 2.0704 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.5864 **
10.7674 10.0000 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 10.7674"*'.
2.3125 2.1746 Collna MSI Preferred Fund 2.312472*
1.1442 1.0782 Colina Bond Fund 1.144217""*
FINDEX- C.LOi.B,6St L46I /.7YTD 7.662% / 2000 2589%
BISX ALL SHARE INDE X 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 Fidelit[
52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Collna and fidelity
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for 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 eamings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100
* AS AT DEC. 31, 2005/"*** AS AT NOV. 30, 2005
S- AS AT JAN. 27, 2006/** AS AT DEC. 31, 2005/**** AS AT DEC. 31, 2005
TO TRA Dg.COAL.LC*A~ 24-202R-7D10 FIDELITY 2424-36.770,4- -

He urged -the Bahamas to
"read the fine print of mem-
However, Mr Cox said that
while 104 countries had com-
mitted to GATS and its finan-
cial services agreement, and
their market access, cross-bor-
der trade and mechanisms for
resolving commercial disputes
clauses, there had been no
movement beyond this.
'The GATS provides a great
deal of scope for a country to
protect its services industry,
and in particular its financial
services industry," Mr Cox said.
Countries were able to
choose which sectors of their
economy to liberalise under
GATS, and to what extent.
National Treatment and Most
Favoured Nation could also be
held "in abeyance" on finan-
cial services, with Mr Cox
adding: "Pretty much, it sounds
like a non-agreement."


If the Bahamas joined the
WTO, Mr Cox said: "It would
mean the Bahamas would have
autonomy generally over the
pace and extent of financial ser-
vices liberalisation unless spe-
cific commitments were includ-
ed in the access arrangements,

as was the case with China..
Mr Cox said the Bahamas
had to deal with "a certain
amount of confusion" caused
by the Organisation for Eco-
nomic Co-Operation and
Development (OECD) 'harm-
ful tax practices' initiative,
which became mixed up with
the Financial Action Task
Force's (FATF) anti-money
laundering drive. This nation
then had to point out that its
tax system did not discriminate
between domestic and foreign

Mr Cox said the openness of
the Bahamian financial sector
had positively impacted both
the wider economy and the
banking system itself.
The Bahamas had the low-
est interest rate spread the
difference between interest
paid on deposits and loans in
the region, standing at 1.93 per
cent compared to Jamaica's
10.55 per cent.
The Bahamas also had the
lowest foreign liability ratio, of
1.01, compared to 53.02 for

NOTICE is hereby given that LENY OSCAR, OF GOLDEN
GATES #2, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Ministe4:
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 8TH
day of FEBRUARY, 2006 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

is accepting applications from
qualified persons for the position of



The following qualifications are required:
A University Degree in Economics or equivalent
Fluent in English, French Italian and German
(speaking and writing).
International experience with HNWI clients with
a minimum of ten (10) years.
Extensive experience in the field of Asset
Management (Portfolio Management), inclusive
of Hedge Funds.

Please apply in writing to:
Human Resources Manager,
P.O. Box N-1136, Nassau, Bahamas
Absolutely no calls allowed

(/ .,..

A,$*-%LO ('AtAM.-
Is seeking a
Quantity Surveyor
with the following experience:

Performing Takeoffs and Preparing Bills of Quantities
Constructing Microsoft Excel Worksheets for Tracking Costs of Construction
Preparing Budgets & Tracking Costs against them
Familiarity with wide variety of Construction Materials
Willing to relocate to Abaco
Familarity with the logistics of ordering and Tracking Materials

Please send resumes to:
The Abaco Club on Winding Bay
C/O Development Department
P.O. Box AB-20571
Marsh Harbour, Abaco.




Plans to lure IMF and FATF

leaders to Bahamas seminar

)FROM page 1B

kRnal cooperation, Mr Sears
told a seminar for the Bahamas
Sviancial Services Board's
M'FSN) SPIN programme,
e'lled Special Programme for
Intermediaries in Nassau.
SPIN is designed to encour-
age international intermedi-
aries, who play a key role in
directing high net worth indi-
yiduals (HNWI) and institu-
tional business, to use the
-Mr Sears said the confer-
ence, scheduled to be held lat-
er this year, will allow for net-
working while enabling the
Bahamas to "participate more
fully on a global standard".
The process of regulation, he
added, "rests firmly on the
shoulders of international
Crime was international in

nature, Mr Sears said, and a
part of having the financial:ser-
vices sector held in high regard
depended on how well it can
protect itself from money laun-
dering and terror financing.
The Bahamas had been com-
mitted to international coop-
eration since 1856, said Mr
Sears. In that year, the For-
eign Tribunal Evidence Act
was implemented, allowing the
Bahamas to cooperate and par-
ticipate in international crime
fighting efforts.
Officials from both ministries
are planning the conference in
conjunction with entities such
as the Central Bank, Securities
Commission of the Bahamas,
the Compliance Commission,
the Registrar of Insurance, and
the Royal Bahamas Police
Also speaking to conference

delegates yesterday, Allyson
Maynard Gibson, the minister
of financial services and invest-
ments, said the Government
had a full and complete com-
mitment to maintaining the
country's position as "the best
financial centre in the western
The designation came from
The Banker magazine, a mem-
ber of the Financial Times
group. "They believe, as do
many others, that it is indeed
better doing business in the
Bahamas," Mrs Maynard-Gib-
son said.
Speaking at the High Level
Plenary Meeting of the Unit-
ed Nations general assembly
last September, Minister of
Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell
also alluded to the Govern-
ment's commitment to increas-
ing its position in the interna-

tional arena of economic trade.
"The issue of reform of glob-
al economic governance to
strengthen the voice and par-
ticipation of developing coun-
tries in international economic
decision-making and norm set-
ting, is also of critical impor-
tance to the Bahamas," he said.
. "It is this reason that we val-
ue the Monterrey Consensus
and the mandate to address
systematic issues such as these.
The Bahamas would also wel-
come any initiative to find
pragmatic and innovative ways
to ensure the effective, perma-
nent representation of devel-
oping countries, particularly
small developing countries, in
international economic, trade
and financial institutions,
including the Bretton Woods
Institutions and the World
Trade Organisation (WTO)."

BEST still awaiting

'revised' environment

plan for Guana Cay

NOTICE is hereby given that JAHVIS FERGUSON, 146
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 8TH day of FEBRUARY, 2006
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 of the
International Business Companies Act 2000 DEVANEY INVESTMENTS
LTD. is in dissolution.
The Date of the Commencement of dissolution was 2nd February 2006.
David Thain of Amer Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Ltd., 308 East Bay Street,
P.O. Box N-3917 is the Liquidator of DEVANEY INVESTMENTS LTD.
All persons having claims against the above-named company are required
to send their address and particulars of their debts to the Liquidator before
the 2nd March 2006.

FROM page 1B

ration to the Commission.
He added that the modifica-
tions included changing private
access points to the beach to
lessen coastal impact; altering
the golf course design to that it
Would be no less than 50 feet
from the water at the high tide
myrk; and redesigning the
rfiarina so a flushing rate of 90
per cent turnover within 24
hours could be achieved.
Dr Cooper said the BEST
Commission received the ini-
tial Environmental Impact
A .sessment (EIA) from Dis-
covery Land Company's con-
siitants, Dr Kathleen Sullivan
Sel6ey, Bethell Environmental
ftm Marsh Harbour, Abaco,
ad two US companies -
Applied Technology Manage-
rMnt and Nickel Coastal Engi-
iering Firm.
: mong the concerns identi-
;, 'J

fled in the BEST Commission's
review were the impact 500
construction workers, as well
as 150 permanent staff, would
have on Great Guana Cay; the
lack of a ladfillsite or transfer,
station for the island's existing,
residents; and the need for
more information on how the
movement of fill from within
the marina basin would be used
to create two islands for hous-
ing within the marina.
Steve Adelson, a partner in
Discovery Land Company and
vice-president of development
for the Baker's Bay project,
told The Tribune in a previous
interview: "We fit ourselves
into the environment, not
impose ourselves on it," Mr
Adelson said. "We think we
are making significant head-
way with the local people, and
they are going to be very proud
of what will happen on Great
Guana Cay. It's just going to
take time."
Discovery Land Company

has predicted the project will
have a $1 billion "direct effect"
on the Abaco and Bahamian
economies. They have
described the project as a
'!model for economic develop-
ment in the Bahamas'I that,
cannot be bettered.
Mr Adelson said: "I don't
know a better model for eco-
nomic development in the
Bahamas than what we're
bringing. It's appropriately
sized.... we're creating admin-
istrative jobs, staff jobs and
entrepreneurial jobs. We're
bringing in all this foreign
investment, adding to the pot
and not taking away from it.
"The. reason I say this is a
model development and eco-
nomic gain for the Bahamas is
that it is clean and environ-
mentally sound. It contains
economic gains for the people
of the Bahamas through the
taxes created from real estate
sales, and jobs created for

FRO pgeIB,

howeverr this newspaper
ws also told that no Letter of
It ent has been signed between
Lehman Brothers and a buyer
fo~ the property's purchase,
with a deal unlikely to be con-
sugmated this week.
Meanwhile, Harcourt Devel-
opments was said by multiple
sources to be taking another
lodk at the Royal Oasis, having
previously pulled out of nego-
tiations with Lehman Broth-
Kirk Antoni, the legal rep-
resentative for Harcourt and a
partner in the Grand Bahama-
based firm, Cafferata and Co,
previously told The Tribune his
client pulled out of negotiations
when Lehman Brothers
declined to extend the due dili-
gence period.
"There's no deal. The Irish
group have pulled out. They
were in pre-contract negotia-
tions for the sale but no agree-
ment could be reached with
Lehman Brothers," Mr Antoni
"Harcourt Developments is
a major investor in Bahamia
and they are involved in a
sizeable development in Suf-
folk Court, and will continue
to invest in Grand Bahama.
As of now, they are not pur-
suing anything with the Royal
However, the prospect of a
settlement of Royal Oasis's
insurance claim from Hurri-
cane Frances in September
2004, which has been tied up
in the US courts, may lead to
Lehman Brothers dropping its
price for the resort some-
thing that is known to have

put previous buyers off..
Obie Wilchcombe, minister
of tourism, said previously in
response to The Tribune's
inquiries on the insurance situ-
ation: "They are still negotiat-
ing. They are near a conclu-
sion, [but] there's still one final
detail to be worked out."
He added that this was based
on information received from
the Royal Oasis's owners.
This newspaper had been
told that Lehman Brothers was
seeking $33 million from a buy-
er, plus an additional sum that
would enable it to recover
some $60-$70 million it had
loaned to Driftwood Freeport,
the resort's ultimate holding
company, to upgrade the Roy-
al Oasis.
The high price sought was
said to be discouraging buyers,
but any receipt of insurance
proceeds might encourage
Lehman Brothers to lower its
expectations on the $60-$70
million figure. And the sales
process may have been given
fresh momentum by Grand
Bahama Power Company's
attorneys serving a statutory
demand for payment upon the
holding companies for the Roy-
al Oasis, demanding that they
settle the property's unpaid six-
figure electricity bill within 21
days or face a possible wind-
ing-up petition.
If the resort and its owners
do not settle within the time-
frame given, then Grand
Bahama Power Company and
its attorneys are likely to
appear before the Supreme
Court and petition for Drift-
wood (Freeport), the resort's

main holding company, to be
wound-up and a receiver/liq-
uidator appointed.
The demand for payment
stems from an earlier Supreme
Court action initiated by
Lehman Brothers, which
sought to get electricity to the
Royal Oasis switched back on
after Grand Bahama Power
Company cut the supply last
October over an alleged
$500,000 unpaid bill it was
owed. The two parties had
been unable to settle their dif-
ferences, either by a payment
of the full amount owed or
agreement over a payments
Lehman Brothers had initi-
ated the action because it was
concerned that the loss of elec-
tricity supply could cause the
resort's condition to deterio-
rate, making it unattractive to a
buyer and preventing it from
realising the sales price it was
The private equity firm
alleged that as mortgagee, it
was not obligated to pay Drift-
wood (Freeport's) debts, and
was seeking a Supreme Court
declaration that Grand
Bahama Power Company had
a public duty to supply elec-
tricity under the Hawksbill
Creek Agreement and the Out
Islands Electricity Act.
However, The Tribune
understands the Grand
Bahama Power Company
counter-attacked by alleging
that Lehman Brothers and
Driftwood were effectively one
and the same, as the former
holds a substantial stake in the

"It's a model for the future
economic development of the
Bahamas as long as people fol-
low these guidelines."
-:'Meanwhile, ;an affidavit
sworn by Deborah Fraser, the:
Government's director of legal
affairs, and filed with the
Supreme Court on January 30,
revealed that none of the leas-
es for Crown or Treasury land
to be conveyed to the devel-
opers, in accordance with the
Heads of Agreement, had been
Mr Adelson previously
pointed out that the 105 acres
of Crown Land and 20 acres of
Treasury land being used for
the development were being
leased at market rates from the
Government, while any beach-
front areas included in that
package would be set aside for
the Foundation preserve that
would be accessible to future
generations of Abaconians and
Ms Fraser said in her affi-
davit that a resolution from
both houses of Parliament was
required with respect to "the
disposition of the fee simple of
Crown Land", and for leases
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RO. BOX N-167
Nassau, The Bahamas
Feb. 9, 2006
Sthe estate of HAROLD STUART :IMOE, ateoTNo.iS.1016-
.akeshore Drive, Barron County, Rice Lake, Wisconsin,
.United States of America,
NOTICE is hereby given that after the expirdtion of
'fourteen days from the date hereof, application will be
.made to -the-Supreme Court of The Bahamas on its
:Probate Side by VERONICA DELORES GRANT of 19D
Santa Maria Avenue, Freeport, Grand Bahama, The
Ba1hamas, Attorney-at-Law, the Authorized Attorney in
The Bahamas for the Resealing Domiciliary Letters
(Informal Administration) in the above estate granted to
THOMAS F; RAASCH, -the personal representative, by
the state of Wisconsin, Circuit Court, Washburinm, on the
29th day of July, 2005.
K. Mackey
(for) Registrar

Feb. 9, 2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00017
Whereas DEYANE E. RUSSELL, of Yellow Elder Gardens,
New Providence, The Bahamas, has made application
to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for letters of
administration with the Will annexed of the real and
personal estate of WILLIAM EDWARD DONOVAN JR.
a.k.a. WILLIAM E. DONOVAN JR. late of 108 Sea Lily
Lane, Ponte Verda, St. John's Florida, United States of
America, deceased-. ,
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of, 14 days from the
date hereof. .
K. Mackey
(for) Registrar

Feb. 9,2006
,lo. 2006/PRO/npr/00018
VWhereas CARLUN LEARE, of Lindsley Place, Mount
.Pleasant, New Provideice, The Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme Court f The Baaifias.fTr-
letters of administration of the real and personal estate
"of BEATRICE DELORES CLEAR late of Lindsley Place,
,vlount Pleasant, New Providence, The Bahamas,
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
.y the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date hereof.
K. Mackey
(for) Registrar

Feb. 9,.2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00.19
;Whereas ARTHUR NAIRN, of King Street, New
Providence, The Bahamas, has made application to the
supremee Court df The Bahamas, for letters of
administration of the real and personal estate of PRESTON
INAIRN late of Hospital Lane, New Providence, The
Bahamas, deceased.
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date hereof.
K. Mackey
(for) Registrar


Feb.9, 2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00020
Whereas USE THIBAULT TURENNE, of Montreal in the
Province of Quebec, Canada, has made application to
the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for letters of
administration with the Will Annexed of the real and
personal estate of RONALD THIBAULT late of-Montreal,
in the Province of Quebec, Canada,- deceased,..-.
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date hereof.
K. Mackey
(for) Registrar

Feb. 9, 2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00022
JR. and SHAWNA MCDONALD, of Imperial Park, Eastern
District, New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, the Lawful Children
has made application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas, for Letters of Administration of the real and
personal estate of SAMUEL ALFRED MCDONALD late
of Imperial Park, Eastern District, New Providence, one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date hereof.
D. Robinson
(for) Registrar

Feb. 9, 2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00025
Whereas LUDELL PRATT, of Gladstone Road, New
Providence, one of the Ilanhds of the Commonwealth of
The.Bahamas, Attorney by Deed of Power of Attorney
for Olive C. Moss, has made application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of Administration of
the real and personal estate of HUBERT MOSS late of
Florida Court, East Street South, Southern District, New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, deceased.
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date hereof.
D. Robinson -
(for) Registrar

- Feb. 9,2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00026
Providence Avenue, Chippingham, New Providence, The
Bahamas, has made application t6the Supreme Court
of The Bahamas, for letters of administration of the real
and personal estate of ULA AMANDA BAILEY late of 30
Providence Avenue, Chippingham ,New Providence, The
Bahamas, deceased.
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date hereof.
D. Robinson
(for) Registrar

Feb. 9, 2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00027
Whereas STAN 0. SMITH, of New Providence, The
Bahamas, and ELTON GIBSON of New Providence, The
Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme Court
of The Bahamas, forletters of administration with the will
annexed of the real and personaLestate of GLENROY
-ROLLE SR. late of Bimini The Bahamas, deceased.
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 21 days from the
date hereof.
D. Robinson
(for) Registrar

Feb. 9, 2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00030
Whereas SALATHIEL WILSON, of Bluff on the Island of
Cat Island, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, has made application to the .Supreme
Court of The Bahamas for Letters-of-Administration of
the real and personal estate of JENNY SIMMONS aka
MARION SIMMONS,late of Roker's, Cat Island, one of
the Islands of'The Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 21 days from the
date hereof.
K. Mackey
(for) Registrar

Feb. 9, 2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/0003t ...

Whereas DEBORAH MINUS, of Golden Gates No. 1, on
the Island of New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made application
to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of
Administration of the real and personal estate of
PRINCESS MAJOR late of GolderEGates on the Island
.of New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date hereof.
K. Mackey
(for) Registrar

Feb. 9, 2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00032
Whereas VALERIE E. P. WOOD, of Nassau East, New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of Administration of
the real and personal estate of CAPTAIN JOHN
RICHARDSON WOOD JR., late of Tropical Gardens,
New Providence, one of the Islands-of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, deceased.
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date hereof.
K. Mackey
(for) Registrar

Feb. 9, 2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00034
Whereas CLARA BELLE PINDER, of The Settlement of
Spanish Wells, St. George's Cay, Eleuthera, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, one of
the surviving Heirs, has made application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of Administration of
the real and personal estate of BEARL ANNETTE PINDER
a.k.a. BEARL ANNETTE PINDER late of The Settlement
of Spanish Wells, St. George's Cay, North, Eleuthera, one
of the Islands of the Commonwerlth of The Bahamas,
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of.21 days.from the
date hereof.
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

P.O. BOX N-167
Nassau, The Bahamas
Feb. 9, 2006
late of Radhusvej 3, 28 DK-3450 Allerod in the County
of Denmark,
NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen days from the date hereof, application will be
made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas on its
Chancery House, The MalFin the Cify-of Freeport, Grand:
Bahama, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
. Bahamas, is the Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas for
the Resealed Grant of Certificate of Probate Regarding
Administration out of Court dated the 23rd day of February,
2001 in the above estate granted to ULLA THIELEMANN,
the Personal Representative by the Probate Court of
Hillerod in the County of Denmark, on the 23rd day of
February, 2001.
K. Mackey
(for) Registrar

Feb. 9, 2006
Reginald Road on the Island of New Providence, one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has
made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas,
for Letters of Administration of the real and personal
estate of PETER HERTZ ALBURY, late of No. 43 Town
Court Apartments, Nassau Street, New Providence, one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date hereof.
K. Mackey
(for) Registrar

Feb. 9, 2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00041
Blair Estates on the Island of New Providence, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for
Letters of Administration with the will annexed of the real
and personal estate of PAUL W. FARRINGTON late of
505 Harbour House, in the City of Freeport, on the Island
of Grand Bahama, one of the Islands .of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date hereof.
K. Mackey
(for) Registrar

FEB. 6, 7 & 8








battle for this loose
ball in this men's
divisional game on
Saturday against Mt
Tabor Full Gospel
and Faith United
Baptist Church in the
Baptist Sports
Council's season
opener at Jean
Street. Mit Tabor. the
defending champi-
ons, won 50-34.

players from
Harvest and
Calvay Bible
battle in this
drive to the
basket. Calvary
Bible went on to
win 43-37 in the
Baptist Sports
season opener on
Saturday at Jean

Macedonia goes up for a
lay-up against First
Baptist in the
19-and-under season
opener on Salurday al
Jean Street. Last year's
runners-up First Baptist
went on to upset
defending champions
Macedonia 46-40.
(Photos: Tim Clarke)

Bahamas Volleyball Association

to change selection procedure

Junior Sports Reporter
THE Bahamas Volleyball Federa-
tion (BVF) has decided to take a dif-
ferent approach in their member selec-
tion of their national teams this year.
The newly introduced idea of invi-
tational try-outs for the team was
thrown out of the window yesterday
by the BVF, as they decided to go back
to an open selection process.
With less than five months before
the hosting' of the annual senior
Caribbean Volleyball Championships
(CVC), the federation announced
plans to begin team try-outs as early as
The work-out sessions, which will
take place at Fort Charlotte at 6.30pm,
will be done in two parts: a physical

and ball work-out.
The physical section of the work-
outs is expected to last for two months,
and is designed to strengthen all aspir-
ing team players.
Joseph Smith, head coach of the
team, said dividing the practices should
help improve the players' overall game
as the federation looks to take the team
back on top in the Caribbean.
He said: "We really looked at the
process and decided to open the try-
outs after the complaints by players
who felt that they weren't given a fair
chance of making the team. Even
though we do have some players in
mind for the team, we will work with
players who are interested in making
the team. We know what we have and
this will be a great opportunity to add
to what is there.

"Although we said this year's prac-
tice will be open to all, the arm is only
being extended to persons who are on
that high level. We don't expect to be
teaching players the rotations in the
game or the other little fundamentals.
"Having an open practice will mean
persons who are at that level can come
out and try out for the team. Their
skills level will be polished by the
coaches, the only thing we will be going
through is how to avoid certain things
in a game and plays."
But the ball work-out session will
have to be placed on the back burner
until the federation is able to secure a
playing facility.
Smith confirmed that he would like
to start gym sessions as early as April,
but without a gym there is nothing
much the federation can do.

Included in the physical training will
be weight lifting and endurance work-
outs. According to Smith, this will assist
with players in five set games.
He said: "I don't think this is a late
start for the team, there were some
issues we had to sort out before we
officially announced team try-outs. It
isn't that late in the season, we just
came back from a CAZOVA meeting
so basically we were waiting on all
these meetings to wrap-up before we
started our practices.
"I was also awaiting final word from
the government, so we could have
everything in place as to what tourna-
ments we will be attending before the
CVC. We also was awaiting on their
decision to implement a programme
where we can get some assistance from
countries like Cuba and Santo Domin-

"We haven't sorted out a playing
facility as yet, so we might have to
extend the physical part of training
until we can find a gym."
The lack of playing facilities also,
played a vital role in the Bahamas'
decision about hosting the tournament.
The BVF won the bid to host the
CVC in 2004, but the Sir Kendal Isaacs
Gym does not meet the requirements
set by the volleyball governing body,
the FIVB, to host the international'
As a result, Barbados has opted to
host the tournament, which is set to
take place the end of July, after
Jamaica lost the bid.
At last year's CVC tournament, the
ladies' team finished in sixth place with:
the men's team coming in fifth.



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Falcons knocked from their perch

by the Bahamas Academy Stars

:Senior Sports Reporter

SAMSON Cleare blew a
golden opportunity to be the
hero in regulation for the
Bahamas Academy Stars. Clyde
B4ckford made sure that they
won in overtime.
After Cleare's attempt to
score the game-winning basket
in the winding seconds slipped
away when he fumbled the ball,
Beckford came up with six
points in the extra five minutes
as; the Stars knocked off the
twd-time defending champions
Jordan Prince William Falcons
Monday's victory at the
Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium
enabled the top ranked Stars to
snatch a 1-0 lead in the
Bahamas Association of Inde-
pendent Secondary Schools'
senior boys best-of-three cham-
pionship series that will contin-
ue today.
Meanwhile, the defending
champions Temple Christian
Suns knocked off the St
Andrew's Hurricanes for a 1-0
lead in their senior girls finals.
Earlier in the day, the St
Augustine's College Big Red
Machines fell behind in both
junior games. Queen's College
Comets beat the St Augustine's
College Big Red Machines
junior girls and St John's Giants
knocked off SAC junior boys
in overtime.
"Our team was playing kind
of sluggish and our offence real-
ly wasn't there," Beckford
recalled. "Then coach came to
me and told me I had to estab-
lished my inside game and that
was what I did."
Tied-at 69-69 at the end of
regulation, Beckford hit the first
two of his three field goals in
overtime with consecutive lay-
ups with two minutes and 12
seconds for a 75-72 lead.
The final one came at the one
minute mark that put the Stars
up, 77-73, as Bahamas Acade- sensed that "it's over,"
as they rocked'their side of the
gymnasium to the junkanoo
music provided by the Falcons'
-Beckford finished with a
game-high 34 points, including
12 in the fourth quarter when
Bahamas Academy withstood
the. challenge that was present-
ed by Jordan Prince William.
.Cleare, who eventually fouled
out in OT, joined Cordero
Heastie in contributing 12
apiece, while Travino Carey
chipped in with 10.
For the Falcons, Rashard
Williams led the way with 17.
The flashy pointguard, howev-
er, had to work extra hard as
he was heavily guarded like a
pot of gold by Stars' Anthony
Jordan Prince also got 14
from Pete Smith, 13 each from
Alexis Thompson and Cameron
Laing and 11 from Lashard
Bullard, who was limited to foul
The game was a fast paced
one with both teams running
th floor very well.


But it was obvious that the
Stars, who had been to the "big
dance" twice and failed to pull
off the title, were eager to
avenge their previous losses.
S"We've been here before, but
in our quest to win the champi-
onship, we want to win it in the
style that Bahamas Academy is
accustomed to winning," said
Stars' coach Winston Symonette.
"We want to win it in good
sportsmanship and display good
Christian spirit. Again, coming
from a school that does. not pro-
mote competition, we want to
display Christ in everything that
we do.
";We didn't win the title in the
past because we didn't do cer-
tain things arfd so when you see
Bahamas Academy win the
championship, we will do it by
exhibiting good Christian spir-
it," he summed up.
Symonette, on the other
hand, saluted coach Dexter
Cambridge for gearing his Fal-
cons to play the Stars the way
they did and he assured the
public that they can expect
another dandy game tonight.
Disappointed in the loss, Cam-
bridge said they lose because
they straved away from what got
them in the game from the open-
ing tip as they led 11-9 at the
end of the first quarter and 35-29
at the half, only to fall behind
50-48 after the third period.

"We played a good game for
three quarters, but in the fourth

* PRINCE William Falcons' Elray Ferguson tries to hold on to the ball as he is
surrounded by Bahamas Academy defenders

* BAHAMAS Academy's Codero Heastie tries to get around the defence of the
Prince William Falcons

game, we just got away from
what we were doing," he point-
ed out. "I told them to limit
Bahamas Academy to just one
shot and limit our turnovers.
"But they couldn't hold onto
the ball and we gave them two
and three shots at a time. You

can't win like that."
Don't look for anything to
change from the Falcons. Cam-
bridge said they will be back
with the same level of intensity
and will win tonight and force a
third and deciding game on

* PRINCE William Falcons' Rashard Williams goes up hard for a layup

* PRINCE William Falcons' Rashard Williams tries to get past the defence of
Bahamas Academy on Tuesday at the Sir Kendal Isaacs Gym
(Photo: Felipi Major/Tribune staff)

While he expects it to be
another noisy night, Symonette
is asking that the fans that
packed the side of the gym
cheering for the Falcons will
conduct themselves in a much
better manner than they did on

Suns 34, Hurricanes 31:
Tiffany Wildgoose stepped it
up, scoring a game high 12
points to lead Temple Chris-
tian's charge, while Deandra
Williams assisted with 12.
Hillary Rolle added nine.
The top-ranked Suns con-

trolled the first and third quar-
ters, but St Andrew's got the
better of the two in the second
and fourth to make it a close
Amielle scored 10 for St.
Andrew's and Kristian Carey
and Kamilah both had six.

Sands' frustration at top athletes backing out of Commonwealth

FROM back page
president of the BOA, Arlington
Butler on the situation.
"Where do we go from here, I don't
know, but as you know the Common-
wealth Games come under the Olympic
Association and they decide on who
goes and who doesn't go," Sands point-
ed out.
At the IAAF World Championships
in Helsinki, Finland last year, Sands

said they discussed with tha athletes,
particularly the women, the launching of
"Project Beijing" with the view of hav-
ing both a women's 4 x 100 and 4 x 400
metre relay team.
The Bahamas is the defending 4 x 100
champions. The team of Chandra Stur-
rup, Ferguson-McKenzie, Sevatheda
Fynes and Timicka Clarke won the gold
in Manchester, England in 2002.
With Ferguson-McKenzie not going,
the BAAA will not be able to defend its

title. And with Williams-Darling indi-
cating that she will not be going either,
the Bahamas will not be able to field a 4
x 4 team that will compete in the first
majr international meet in more than a
"In the 2008 Olympics, we hope to
have both relay teams present, but we
wanted to get the ball rolling with the 4
x 4 team at the Commonwealth Games
around some of our top athletes," Sands

"When you have two of the top quar-
ter-milers in the world, you ought to be
able to field a solid wome's 4 x 4 relay
team. We discussed this in Helsinki. But
obviously with some of our top stars
chose not compete, it impacts negative-
ly the idea of fielding the relay team."
Sands said the athletes expressed their
willingness to go to the Commonwealth
Games and they submitted their names,
but it is up to the athletes if they chose
not to compete.

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Debbie Ferguson-Williams opts to

miss the Commonwealth Games

Senior Sports Reporter
ALTHOUGH she is back after taking off
almost a year to recover from surgery, new-
lywed sprinter Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie
said she is not fit enough to defend her titles'
at the Commonwealth Games.
Ferguson-McKenzie has indicated that she
will join quarter-miler Tonique Williams-
Darling in skipping the trip to Melbourne,
Australia next month to compete in the
games that she dominated in 2002 in Man-
chester, England when she won the 100 and
200 mewtres and ran the second leg on the
victorious women's 4 x 100 relay twam of
Chandra Sturrup, Sevatheda Fynes and Tim-
icka Clarke.
After finishing sixth in the women's 60
metres at the 99th edition of the Millrose
Games on Friday, Ferguson-McKenzie said
she is pleased with the progress she has
"I'm not too discouraged, but I think def-
initely for outdoors, it will all come together,"
she stated. "Indoor has never been my forte
and I knew before I had to work extremely
hard to be competitive indoor.
S"So considering that I took a year and a
half off and considering that I'm coming
back, I have my work cut out for me. But the
only thing I want to do now is get my com-
petitive edge back and get my running feet
underneath me."
Not making any excuses for her last place
finish in 7.40 seconds, Ferguson-McKenzie
said she will compete again this weekend in
Arkansas in another 60 metres.
"If I run well this weekend, then it's a pos-
sibility that I will go to two other little meets
in Europe," she stressed. "If not, I will prob-
ably reconsider World Indoors.
"I really want to go to World Indoors
because the better I do indoors, the better I
will do outdoors in 100. But if it doesn't work
out, then I won't be going to World Indoors
and Commonwealth. I will just get ready for
The World Indoors are scheduled for
Moscow from March 10-12 and the Com-
monwealth Games will follow the following

SCOMMONEALT champion Debbie Ferguson
* COMMONWEALTH champion Debbie Ferguson

week in Melbourne from March 16-18.
"The Commonwealth Games is a toss-up,
but I don't think that I'm fit enough or
healthy to compete in the rounds or any-
thing of that sort, so I'm really not thinking
about coming at Commonwealth," she
As the defending 100 and 200 champion,
Ferguson-McKenzie said she would like to
return, but she feel she's not fit enough to
compete at the level she would like to be.
"It's too short, so it's kind of tough for
me to go there and compete," she pointed
out. "I would prefer to just get ready for the
outdoor season.
"I'm just trying to get back in the swing of
things and eventually get back in shape. But
everything is good. I'm just contemplating
World Indoors, depending on how it goes,
but I won't be going to the Commonwealth
Having to come from the condition she

was in last year to get ready to run the rounds
in March outdoors, Ferguson-McKenzie said
she is not prepared for the challenge.
"If I'm not going to step on the track pre-
pared to run like Debbie Ferguson know
how, then I'm not going to step on the track
at all," she insisted. "I have to get myself fit
and ready and I won't be able to do that for
March to run in the 100 and 200.
."Right now, my goal is to get healthy and
I'm not healthy where I'm capable of run-
ning. So I'm going to take my time doing
that. If I have to miss the Commonwealth
Games to do that, then I will have to do
While the-Commonwealth Games is an
important international event for the
Bahamas, Ferguson-McKenzie said she's
looking ahead to bigger picture, which is the
World Outdoor Championships next year.
She wished all of the Bahamian athletes
ever success as they make their trek to Mel-

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Senior Sports Reporter
BAHAMAS Association of Athletic Association's pije
ident Mike Sands is irate that at least four of the top athles:
have decided to skip the trip to the Commonwealth Ga'es
next month.
Sands, in response to the latest announcement by spriat-t
er Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie that she will join quarter-imii
er Tonique Williams-Darling in not going to Melbourne,
Australia, said: "If there's injuries, I support you can under-'
stand it. If there's a lack of fitness, I support you can uj4de1-:
stand it because granted the Commonwealth Games are:ei
ly in the season," Sands said. '
"But I think we all knew when the games were going to be
held and so other countries and other athletes in the region
are focusing on the Commonwealth Games. So it botherspe
that some of the athletes are opting not to compete." ',
What really has Sands angry is the fact that.they have bonly
received two official communications from three to four ath-
letes who have indicated that they won't be competing ope
for due to injury and the other didn't elaborate. '
"All of the names we have heard, we have submfttie
those names to the Bahamas Olympic Association for'r!t-
ification because the meet falls under their auspices," Sa'id
disclosed. 'lt
However, Sands declined to release the names of all ofthie
athletes who have expressed no desire in going to MS-i
bourne for the games, March 15-26.
"Hopefully they will have a chance to review their dec-
sion," Sands stressed. "There's a great deal of support Pt
there for the athletes with the government subventions, ad
the fans who support them. :-7;
"So when you're coming national for the country, it taks
on a totally different prospective than when you are coni
peting in an individual event for your own benefit." .,
Sands has expressed his concerns to the Ministeixt
Youth, Sports and Culture, Neville Wisdom, whose miUt
istry has provided subventions for the athletes and to the
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Caribbean women
whose work has been
featured in CLICO's
2006 calendar, hailing what in many
circles goes unnoticed, The Art of
Caribbean Women.
Blades' Paradin', a mixed media
assemblage of variable dimensions, is
showcased in the month of February.
Using utilitarian and decorative
objects that most might consider
worthless knickknacks, Blades creat-
ed a colourful conversation piece that
is meant to be symbolic of the parades
of the Caribbean, specifically the
rhythmic Junkanoo of the Bahamas,
and the risqu6 atmosphere of Carnival
in Trinidad and Tobago. Blades
believes that having her piece used to

represent February, the month of Car-
nival in Trinidad & Tobago, is fitting.
Her inclusion in the calendar and
the selection of the piece that made it
into the exhibition is ironic, she
believes, because when she was
approached by organizers of the CLI-
CO Art Calendar early last year, she
had already started working on the
piece, and had begun to flesh out her
parade theme.
S"I knew that I wanted to do some-
thing inspired by a lot of the mas-
querades that happen in the
Caribbean that's derivative of those
that are in West Africa, where
Junkanoo is from. That's why I want
people to feel that it is a sea of being
in a parade or a Carnival. So when
they asked me for what I had avail-
able, that was what I was working on
at the time," she told Tribune Arts in
a phone interview from her Atlanta-

"I knew that I
wanted to do
something inspired
by a lot of the
masquerades that
happen in the
Caribbean that's
derivative of those
that are in West
Africa, where
Junkanoo is from.."
Lllian Blades

Blades' mixed media assemblages;'
which often bear similarities to
African and American traditional
quilting, are her trademark. She opts
for the challenge of finding new items
from everyday life to use as a medium
with which to work, rather than using
paint. According to the artist, the
implication and associations of mean-
ing are stronger with actual objects
and their juxtapositions with one
The Barbie dolls that make up
Blades' Paradin' assemblage, for
example, represent the human aspect
of the parades. The dolls are naked to
show the freedom within these cul-
tural expressions, to illustrate that
nothing 6f the person's emotions is
held back. "It's just letting go and
expressing yourself. And there is noth-
'-ing-perceived to be wrong with this
nakedns~- just how everybody,
feels despite the socialtbhrriers," she'

Most of the objects that make up
her assemblages however, are not
used for any particular reason. "I just
like things that we use around the
home, and creating kind of like shrines
of everyday living in my work. I like
the texture that it gives. It's some-
thing that my viewers can relate to.
It's just giving people a feeling or
recognition that they know what a
certain object is.
"I'm always picking up things and
adding to the collection of possible
things to use in my work. So I can
have these little things for years before
they are used. Collecting is just some-
thing I find attractive," she said.
Living in Atlanta, Georgia since
1996, Blades is married to Edward
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THE National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB) will
be holding a number of events in February.
Jewellery Show to celebrate mixed media
Friday, February 10, from 6:30pm 9:30pm. The show is
open to the public
First International Artists Biennale
Friday, February 17 Sunday February 19.
Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator presents the 1st
International Diaspora Artists Biennale, a three day retreat,
at the NAGB and Popop Studios. Artists from the Bahamas,
Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba, St Martin, Colombia, the Dominican
Republic, Aruba, Barbados and the US, along with art his-
torians, critics, art lawyers and curators explore contemporary
Caribbean art practice.
Youth Workshop Glass Mosaics
Saturday, February 18- 10am 1pm
Instructor is Samantha Moree
The class is open to persons 10 years old and up.
Bahamian Art History Lecture
Tuesday, February 28 @ 6:30pm
Max Taylor speaks on Chelsea;pottery
The lecture is open to the pubic
African Art Exhibition "What is Africa to Me" from the
private collection of Kay Crawford
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whom she believes provides
Inspiration and support for her
work. Though she focuses only
on mixed media assemblage
how, Blades got her artistic
start with regular painting.
She told the Arts that a
recurring theme in her earlier
paintings was that'of 'mother-
and child', maybe some psy-
chic relationship between art
and a child whose mother, her
namesake, died while giving her. While in a gradu-

ate critique class at Georgia
State University, Blades was
challenged to create her own
artistic language that would
make her theme of 'mother
and child' more abstract. The
result of acting on that advice
would set the tone for the work
she specialises in today.
Through these assemblages,
Blades manages to relate this
motherly theme without being
as direct as a painting of a
mother cradling her child might
SShe explained: "I was kind

of encouraged not to say things
so directly, but just kind of cre-
ate my own visual language.
And so I started to use the
dress as a container for the
spirit of a woman, instead of
using facial features. I just want
to capture that emotion. And I
do incorporate the dress in my
assemblages now."
Blades produced her first
assemblage in 1997 and a year
later held a solo show at the
Central Bank of the Bahamas.
It was her first and only solo
exhibition in the Bahamas to
Blades holds an Associate of
Arts degree from the College
of the Bahamas, she also has a
Bachelor of Fine Arts from the
Savannah College of Art and
Design, and a Master of Fine
Arts from Georgia State Uni-
versity. She has participated in
numerous solo and group exhi-
bitions, including two at the
Sander Hudson Gallery in
Atlanta. Her work has also
been commissioned for Harts-
field-Jackson International Air-
port and the Disney-ESPN
Zone and is included in the
permanent collection of the
National Art Gallery of the
Bahamas and the Birmingham
Gallery of Arts in Alabama.
She is currently preparing for a
small exhibition at the John
Cox' Popop Studios later this
InAtlanta, Blades conducts
art workshops and other public
art functions, one of which
involved 400 persons. The task
was to produce a quilt-like pat-
tern using 12 by12 pieces of
wood. Her class produced a
work of art that is 75 feet in
length and three feet high, that
is mounted on the curving wall
of a local library. "It was kind
of like a quilting exercise where
they painted on wood. I framed
them all and used nails and
wires to sew them together,"
she said.
According to Blades, most
artists in the Bahamas and the
wider Caribbean are men. But
that did not deter her from fol-
lowing her desire to create. She
told the Arts that there were
not many female role models
for her. Her Bahamians influ-
ences were men like Brent
Malone, and younger artists
like John Beadle.
"What-they are doing is
pushing symbolism in their
work. It's like their own lan-
guage being built up from piece
to piece and you can sort of
follow the language and see it
develop," Blades noted. "And
that's just what I'm trying to
do with my own work. So I
don't really get caught up on
the fact that there are a lot of
males. I just try to push
Along with Blades, Barbara
Kassab of St Kitts & Nevis;
Tina Rosita Ebanks, Cayman
Islands, Susan Maines, Grena-
da; Akima McPherson,
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na'm; Joscelyn Gardner, Bar-
bados; Alcina Nolley, St Lucia;
Wendy Nanan, Trinidad &
Tobago; Belkis Ramirez,
Dominican Republic; Daphn6
Meyer, Haiti and Angela Gegg
of Belize make up the roster
of Caribbean women and theit
countries represented in the
Each year, the CLICO insur-
ance company, formerly British
Fidelity, produces a calendar
centered around some aspect
of Caribbean art. In earlier
years, the work of male
Bahamian artists, Antonius
Roberts and Jackson Petit have
been showcased in the calen-
dar. Guardians, one of
Roberts' paintings, appeared
in the 2001 CLICO Art Calenq
dar, and Petit's Things Bahami-
an, also a painting, appeared
in the 2004 CLICO Art Calen-
dar. Now the artistic contribu-
tions of a Bahamian ivomen is
being recognised.
CLICO launched its 2006
calendar entitled The Art of4
Caribbean Women at its head"
quarters in Port of Spain'
Trinidad. An exhibition of th.
artists' work was showcased at
The Gallery at CLICO earlier
this year. ;
In her travels looking for art
from various Caribbean
women, Sonja Dumas, curator,
of The Gallery at CLIC(,
which is attached to the office
in Trinidad & Tobago, visited
the National Art Gallery of the
Bahamas (NAGB) where she
saw Blades' Things to Come, a
quilting assemblage consisting
of frames and blank spaces. '
Speaking about the piece tha
prompted an invitation to par.
ticipate in the 2006 calendar
Blades told the Arts: "This
like most of my work. It's
piece that depicts things fro
African history that we try t'
make sense of. And the blank
spaces are things we don't
know yet about our history.
The frames are where we keep
our memories. ,
"There are a lot of floral fabric
in my work because my momri
was a florist in the Nassaii
Beach Hotel, and my aunt.
(Violet Ellis),was a seamstress
So sewing and fabrics and:
dresses are important to me'
and the quilt to me is a plural
of many dresses.
"All of these things comii'
together, creating a beautiful'
harmony that is my assem-

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singing, rapping,
chatting and dancing
all forms of the per-
forming arts talent
appears to be abundant in the Bahamas.
But many artists believe that not
enough young Bahamians have had
their artistic efforts celebrated and their
talent exposed on both the national and
international stage.
In its debut event the newly formed
Big Productions agency is giving young
Bahamians the platform they need and
have been asking for. In "Mama Look
At Me", the agency will be launching a
nationwide talent search, and by exten-
sion, providing a platform for the entire
Bahamas to see what young Bahami-
ans have to offer. Like a child who
wants his achievements to be applaud-
ed, those who participate in the search
will not only have their parents and
friends looking at them, but the atten-
tion of the entire Bahamas will be
focused on them, said Margaret Gly-
natsis, a partner in Big Productions and
spokesperson fdt the'ompany.
According to Ms:Glynatsis, she, along

with Chrystal Moncur, a rapper who week to pull it all together and com-
goes by the stage name Skyy; Kenneth pete in the grand finale on March 4 at
'Kemis' Moncur and rapper Terry the National Centre for the Perform-
Fountain aka Keylo, make up the team ing Arts, Shirley Street. Local artists,
that will chair the competition. Mr Smyth, D-Bo, M-Deez, Landlord
The talent search, which is open to all and Keylo (Terry Fountain), as well as
ages, whether professional artists or The Caribbean Dancers, are slated to
amateurs, begins on Saturday, February perform at the finale.
11 with an open call at the Hilton Hotel, Recording executive, Terneille 'Ta
at 12pm. The competition is open to Da' Burrows, DJ Mighty Pencil of 100
dancers, singers and rappers, whether Jamz, soca recording artist Ericka 'Lady
they are performing as solo acts or as a E' Symonette and 'Zolton' of Ocean
group. On Saturday, February 18, there Music Studios, will judge the first open
will be another open call at the hotel, call on Saturday. The judges for the fol-
after which judges will make their final lowing segments of the contest will all
cuts from both calls. be "closely linked" to the music and
The semi-final competition will be entertainment industry.
held on Saturday, February 25, at a loca- The goal of the talent search, and all
tion to be announced. The top five other Big Production events to come, is
entrants in each category will have one,: to encourage young people tp be excit-
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with a few attractive incentives this time
around, like a $1,000 cash prize per cat-
egory, "tons" of gift certificates from
various business establishments, the
opportunity to record a demo free of
charge at Big Prdductions' recording
studio on Village Road, and designer
costumes for the dancers, would, be
entertainers are expected to turn out
in droves.
Established in May 2005, Big Pro-
ductions has spent a lot of time brain-
storming ideas and gathering support
and sponsorship from those who have
been in the industry longer than they
have been. According to Ms Glynatsis,
the company has the backing of big
names like Jamal Rodgers aka DJ
Excitement, who has his own record-
ing label that deals primarily with artist
The pdpose of the talent show is to
give youlg Bahamians a platform, and
the compact) hopes to offer a high cal-
iber talent search every four months.
"We hltn't taken any shortcuts with
this talent search, and that's because
we are trying to make it a quality show,

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WHO would have ever
thought that dancing would
come to the forefront of
professional entertainment
in the Bahamas? It seemed
like a vision a long way
away for those who love
dancing but not anymore.
Fresh off of an American
tour, the Caribbean
Dancers have, single-hand-
edly, pushed the Bahamas
on the international danc-
ing stage. They're the
hottest name in dancing in
Miami and South Beach,
the dancing party capitals
in the southern United
The Caribbean Dancers
are four females and four
males, all Bahamian. who
have taken dancing so seri-
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E M A I L: O U T T HE R E @ T R I B U N E M E D I A. N E T

LIVE MUSIC @ The Buzz, Nassau's Weekly Jam Session & Musicians
Hook-up. Located East Bay Street two doors East of Esso On The Run,
upstairs Good As New open Wednesday thru Saturday 8pm, Sunday at
6pm. Amateur musicians try out & Open mic Wednesday & Thursday after
band practices. Professional musicians welcome to sit in on jams Friday, Sat-
urday and Sunday. Book now for special events, concerts, private parties.
Call 393-2800 (393-BUZZ) or for more info -
Rock, Blues, Jazz, Funk, Reggae THE BUZZ: MAKING MUSIC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sweet Sunday Chill Out Soiree Lounge, every Sunday, 4pm-midnight @
Patio Grille, British
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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 andHot 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
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Transforming Spaces: The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, Post House
Gallery, Popop Gallery, TYF Ironwork Gallery, Doongalik Art Gallery,
New Providence Art and Antiques, and Malcolm Rae's Stingrae Studio will
participate in the second Transforming Spaces event in March. Transforming
Spaces is an art happening designed to nurture increased cooperation and a
sense of community among art spaces, extend their audiences and deepen their
relationships and relevance to Bahamian people through experience based dia-
logue. If you're an artist interested in participating in the "Paint Out", please
contact Malcom Rae at

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

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

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

The National Collection @ the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, an exhi-
bition that takes the viewer on a journey through the history of fine art in the
Bahamas. It features signature pieces from the national collection, including
recent acquisitions by Blue Curry, Antonius Roberts and Dionne Benjamin-
Smith. Call 328-5800 to book tours. This exhibition closes February 28,2006.

The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB) will be holding a num-
ber of events in February. Jewellery Show to celebrate mixed media Fri-
day, February 10, from 6:30pm 9:30pm. The show features innovative
pieces made in the.Bahamas by local designers NADIA CAMPBELL,
The show is open to the public. First International Artists Biennale Friday,
February 17 Sunday February 19. Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator
presents the IstInternational Diaspora Artists Biennale, a three day retreat,
at the NAGB and Popop Studios. Artists from the Bahamas, Haiti, Jamaica,
Cuba, St Martin, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Aruba, Barbados and
the US, along with art historians, critics, art lawyers and curators explore con-
temporary Caribbean art practice. Youth Workshop Glass Mosaics Sat-
urday, February 18 10am 1pm Instructor is Samantha Moree. The class is
open to persons 10 years old and up. Bahamian Art History Lecture Tues-
day, February 28 @ 6:30pm Max Taylor speaks on Chelsea pottery The lec-
ture is open to the pubic. African Art Exhibition "What is Africa to Me"
from the private collection of Iay Crawford Friday, February 24 Saturday,
July 29

Alcoholics 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:
Friday 6pm to 7pm The Kirk: Mondays and Thursdays 7:30pm to 8:30pm
New Providence Community Centre: Mondays 6pm to 7pm Wednesday and
Friday 7pm to 8pm.

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

Pre & Post Natal Fitness Classes are being held 6:30pm Tuesdays and Thurs-
days at Nassau gymNastics Seagrapes location (off Prince Charles Dr). Doc-
tor approval is required. Call 364-8423 to register or for more info.
Diabetes Directions a FREE diabetic support group meets the first Monday
of each month at 6.30pm at New Providence Community Centre, Blake
Road. Dinner is provided and free blood sugar, blood pressure and choles-
terol testing is available. For more info call 702-4646 or 327-2878

MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Bahamas
meets the third Monday every

month, 6pm @ Doctors Hospital conference room.

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

Doctors Hospital, the official training centre of the Anmrican Heart Asso-
ciation offers CPR classes certified by the AHA. The course defines the warn-
ing signs of respiratory arrest and gives prevention strategies to avoid sudden
death syndrome and the most common serious injuries and choking that can
occur in adults, infants and children. CPR and First Aid classes are offered
every third Saturday of the month from 9am-lpm. Contact a Doctors 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 cafeteria of the
BEC building, Blue Hill Road.

The Bahamas National Trust hosts lecture: Dr John E Mylroie, professor of
Geology, Mississippi State University, will be lecturing on Ancient Tsunamis,
the Primeval Forest and other Karst Mysteries of the Bahamas. The lecture
will be held Thursday, February 16 at The Retreat on Village Road @ 7pm.
BNT members free admission, general public $2

The Bahamas Historical Society: The next meeting of the Bahamas
Historical Society is scheduled for Thursday, February 23 at 6pm at the
Museum on Shirley Street and Elizabeth Avenue. The guest speaker,
Darius Williams, will give a presentation on "The Rail and Locomo-
tive History of The Bahamas." Copies of his book will be available
after the meeting. Also, after the meeting Ronald Lightbourn will make
a presentation on his new book, "Reminiscing II," copies of which will
be available.

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, is held
Monday to Friday at the St Andrew's Presbyterian Kirk. The activities
include tutoring, computers, karata, sports, art, drama and baking. The pro-
gramme is free to children from the Bain and Grants Town communities. Par-
ents interested in enrolling their children should contact the church at 322-5475
or email:

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

The Nassau Bahamas Alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
Incorporated meets 6:30 pm every third Wednesday at the Bahamas Nation-
al Pride Building.

Toastmasters Club 3596 meets at the British Colonial Hilton Mbnday's at 7pm.

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

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

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity meets every first Tuesday, 7pm @ Gaylord's
Restaurant, Dowdeswell St. Please call 502-4842/377-4589 for more info.

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity meets every second Tuesday, 6.30pm @ Atlantic
House, IBM Office, 4th floor meeting room.

The Nassau, Bahamas Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) meets every third
Monday of the month in the Board Room of the British Colonial Hilton
Hotel, Bay St.

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

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

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

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

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I AM having problems
on my job I am a recent-
h1 promoted civil servant
and I am finding that I am
not getting any support or
respect from my subordi-
nates. This is especially
frustrating since these very
persons were not only my
peers, but I considered
them friends, and now that
I have been promoted to
supervisor 1 am sensing
resistance and I'm won-
dering if there is anything
that I can/should do?
Civil Promotion

Dear CP,
As I am sure you are
aware, many Bahamians
have, wAhat is commonly
referred to as, a "black
crab' mentality. They do
not mind befriending you
as long as they either con-
sider you both on the
same level or they see
themselves a little high-
er/better than you. Once
you change the relation-
ship and improve yourself
however in anyway how-
ever, you are considered
a threat to them.
Now, Civil Promotion,
if you have done your best
and have done things
above board then enjoy
your promotion and the
bent fitl it brines, continue
to \work hard and remain
focused because you are
being paid to do a job, not
make friends. Don't get so
caught up in being liked
that you compromise your
integnty and job respon-
Tink of it like dis boo.
1i given the opportunity
your subordinates would
love to be your boss and
the\ wouldn't worry about
Nour feelings, their stance
would most likely be my
combo #34 business is
Bahana Mlama

Dear Bahama Mama,

I am a married mother
,..f _i' lonely boys and I
recently discovered that
m\ husband of eleven
\i-ers is not only HIV pos-
imie. but he is also in a bi-
seijail dafair. Bahama
Mlom:. I am r so shocked.
depressed, overwhelmed
and confused, especially
since I am starling to feel
an attraction to m\ best
friend, who has been sup-
porting me through this.
I have so MANY ques-
tions...What's \ wrong with
me, that he didn't want
me? Will this pain e ery
end? Am I gay? And
fourth, willI e\er find for-
giveness for him and for
Wife of the Double Life

O My Dear WDL,
You need a COMBO
combo. Your situation is
so severe and your pain is
so intense that I am going
to take the next four
column and dedicate at
least one 'response' to
your situation and to the
four questions you asked
me. In the meantime I
want to encourage you to
get tested for the HIV
virus and to seek counsel-
in, for that initial issue. I
also want to encourage
you not to become fright-
ened or intimidated by the
stigma associated with
your husband's present
lifestyle. And so WDL, the
introductory combo I have
for you is focus on what is
TRULY best for your

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Aaron Tippin's country

music concert sold out

An evening concert with
Aaron Tippin is more than
a great time of enjoying
country music. Everyone
who attended his sold-out
concert at Abaco Beach Club on Satur-
day found out that a Tippin concert is a
reflection on life and the things that make
it worth living.
The man who recorded the hit, "You've
Got to Stand for Something," really does
stand for a lot. Those things include a com-
mitment to family and uncompromising
moral values. And it all shined through in
the stirring concert, as Tippin included his
family wife Thea and sons Thomas and
Teddy in his act from beginning to end.
From the recorded intro featuring the voic-
es of his sons to the finale that brought
his family on stage, it was clear that Tippin
was a family man and proud of it.
Tippin, who always cites his father as
his greatest hero, shared many of the val-
ues instilled in him by his parents. Not
least among those values is a respect for
hard work and the pride of earning an
honest living.
"I never had to hang my head in shame
for putting a,price tag on my name," Tippin
sang for his audience. "Never turned my
back on what I believe or let my heart be
ruled by greed.
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way I can always say I got it honest."
They were words embraced by his audi-
ence, who believed that he sang every word
in total sincerity. But Tippin backed up
his words with action during his stay with
the people of Abaco.
First, he was in Abaco headlining a con-
cert that benefited Abaco's wild horses
that have been verified as a sub-breed of
the famed Spanish Barbs. A group of con-
cerned Abaconians have been fighting for
the survival of the horses. The number in
the herd dropped to just three in the 1960s.
Although the number increased to 35 by
1992, they dwindled again to stand at only
nine today.
Tippin went to work to save the horses,
hoping to bring awareness to them and
generate assistance from the public. He
even extended himself to personally repair
a tractor used by the official curator of the
horses, Milanne "Mimi" Rehor.
"Aaron lives on a farm," said Rehor,
again affirming Tippin's hands-on, blue
collar approach. "He knows what we are
trying to do and what we are up against."
Rehor and others were grateful that Tip-
pin brought in much-needed funds to assist
in nursing the horses back to the state of
health where they could again reproduce
prolifically, increasing the size of the herd.
She also hoped that Tippin could generate
awareness that would bring in more sup-

port. The awareness is expected to increase
with a television special that will be broad-
cast on Great American Country Network,
documenting Tippin's Abaco experience.
Optimistic Abaconians are hoping for a
breakthrough in support, similar to that
of the Breyer Animal Creations Corpora-
tion. Idaho students who read about the
plight of the horses at,
petitioned the horse model producer to
assist the horses. As a result, the company
created a model of the Abaco Wild Hors-
es that is sold to assist the horses.
The cause was important to Tippin as
well. He and his crew did everything they
could to assist the endangered animals.
They also did things to assist Abaco resi-
During the concert, Tippin assembled a
bicycle as he sang "Working Man's PhD."
It is a part of the show that he likes because
he donated the assembled bicycle to Toys
for Tots, a US charity organisation. For
the Abaco concert however, the bicycle
went to Every Child Counts, an Abaco
Tippin spoke of the hospitality of the
people Abaco, whom he said showed him
"the greatest hospitality anywhere." He
promised that he and his family would be
back to the island for another visit.
Without a doubt, he will be warmly wel-
comed when he returns.

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mined to make their passion
their profession.
Led by Stephen Dean, also
known as "Popeye", the group
has just returned from a tour of
the United States, and are host-
ing a party on Wednesday to
show love to their many fans
here in Nassau. The other
members of the group are Ren-
wick Lord "Bullet"; Brian Fer-
nander "Kongpow"; Keith
Coakley "No love"; Shantell
Whylly "Sweet Lips"; Shatell
Davis "Bitty"; "Queen Bee"
and "Pam".
The group was initially
scheduled to perform in a Mia-
mi nightclub in November.
However, they were spotted by
Patrick B, who was so
impressed with the group that
he immediately asked them to

go on tour with him.
The "love at first sight"
meeting led to the Caribbean
Dancers being featured in oth-
er nightclubs and stage shows
in Orlando, Fort Lauderdale,
Atlanta, New York and else-
They not only left behind a
buzz about what Bahamians
can do on the dance floor, they
also left behind flyers embla-
zoned with the Bahamian
colours "to promote our coun-
try". ,
"The crowd loved us," said
Dean. "They saw something
different because we carried
our junkanoo and soca, com-
bined with hip hop and reggae
into one. They never saw some-
thing like that they just saw
reggae. It was a whole different
vibe. It wasn't just dancing, it
was performing."
Dean told Tribune Enter-
tainment that he wants to see

the dancing profession devel-
oped on a large scale in the
Bahamas, to the point where
his dancers can be featured on
some of the music television
stations such as BET, MTV
and Tempo, eventually gaining
contracts to perform with some
of the big names in the music


Thus far, such an idea has
not been explored, but the
Caribbean Dancers have
proven that the venture can be
successful, with the dancers
winning a number of competi-
tions along the tour, gaining
enough money for them to con-
tinue touring for up to two
According to Dean, the
group has been dancing togeth-
er for three years.
In 2003, he won the coveted

first prize in the American
Dancing Awards, beating out
49 other dancers. Since then he
had a vision, he said, to expand
the Bahamian culture market
to include his passion.
Some critics say that
Bahamian culture should be
strictly about rake n' scrape
and junkanoo. But the reality is
that all over the Caribbean,
islanders are fusing their music
with other styles, while remain-
ing true to the promotion of
their country as "the place to
Dean says he feels rake n'
scrape and junkanoo could go
far if it was pushed on an inter-
national scale. Ronnie Butler,
Elon Moxey and others could
be stars if their music was pro-
moted on a larger scale. He
believes that dancing could
help to promote rake n' scrape
by introducing the latest hip
hop and reggae moves of the

day to the music.
For those interested in learn-,
ing how to dance, Dean has
begun hosting dance classes at'
Mystical Fitness Gym and.
Health Spa in Palmdale, every.,
Monday and Wednesday
beginning at 7:30pm.
The Caribbean Dancers will
host their first party on Thurs-
day night at Tropical Bar and"
Grill on Bay Street, beginning
at 9pm. They are collaborating
with so that
they can market themselves on
the international stage.
Along with, the event'
is also being sponsored by
Healthy Treats Catering, Mys-
tical Fitness, No Equal Cloth-
ing Company, Remote World,
McKenzie Signs, Eat Greek in
the Mall at Marathon,
Bahamas Best Electronics,
Bacardi Co Ltd, and Coca





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has a plan

c.2006 Seattle Post-Intelligencer
THE funniest moment in what appears to be Dave Chap-
pelle's comeback campaign was not on Friday's "Oprah." It
has yet to air and, in fact, does not even originate from the
comedian's mouth.
Fortunately, if you watch Bravo's "Inside the Actors Stu-
dio" this Sunday at 8pm, you don't have to wait very long for
it. The sequence in question is host James Lipton's intro-
duction. "Our guest has made us look at ourselves, and laugh
at ourselves, in an array of films," Lipton said in that signature
tone and cadence that denotes magnificent breeding and
high pomposity, "from 'Robin Hood: Men in Tights' to 'Get-
ting In,' 'The Nutty Professor,' 'Con Air,' 'Half Baked,'
'You've Got Mail,' 'Blue Streak' and 'Undercover Broth-
These are not very good films. In fact, it's hard to even call
them films; flicks sounds closer. Yet when Lipton treated
Chappelle's body of work as if it were on par with Robert
DeNiro or Meryl Streep's, it sounded like a joke version
Chappelle dreamed up for "Chappelle's Show."
If you love the comedian, as so many do, it was the perfect
start to an adulatory interview before rows of students and
fans at Pace University's Michael Schimmel Center for the
Arts. Composed equally of "This Is Your Life" moments.
emotional insight and rumor debunking, the craft on highest
display was image control.
"Oh, man. Oh, you guys are gonna learn a lot tonight,"
Chappelle told the crowd, puffing cigarettes through most of
the chat. "You guys are students now, so you're idealists.
You don't know about where art and corporate interests
meet vet. Just prepare to have your heart broken get your
Africa tickets ready. baby. Because you have no idea!"
After this run, Chappelle's going to make sure we all have
some inkhng, and he's in a unique position to do so. When he
fled to South Africa last spring, he was on a career peak. He
had a $50 million deal to bring more "Chappelle's Show" to
Comedy Central. There weren't tabloid whisperings about him
doing blow at parties and he wasn't a jackass in restaurants.
He was, and is. Dave. the most normal guy in the entertain-
pnee he went AWOL from production without telling
anyone where he was, rumors fluttered around that he was
crazy, on drugs and in a mental institution -- rumors, he
revealed on "Oprah." planted by the people closest to him on
his show. None of it made sense.
Though the tales were false, mo\es like this don't put a per-
son who walked away from a $50 million deal in a position to
make a comeback on his own terms. Most fallen stars would
ha\e to beg and grovel their \way back into Hollywood's good
Chappelle, though, is the uncommon character who always
has known how long to ride the beast, jumping off if it starts
riding him, and reapproaching only when the bucking stops.
So think of this week's "Actors Studio" as the second tine
on the three-pronged fork soon to be lodged in Comedy
Central president Doug Herzog's butt cheek. Tine one: "I'm
not crazy, Oprah!" Tine two: "That's right. James, I am a
genius." And tine three, if all goes well after "Dave Chap-
pele's Block Party" hits theaters March 3. "May I remind you
I'\e made you rich. bitches!" Hearts, minds and money. One
of many secret formulas for Hollywood bankability.
Winning minds, though, mae be what saves Chappelle's
superstardom, which is what his "Actors Studio" gig is
designed to achieve. It may not have "Oprah's" reach, but giv-
en Lipton's fondness for dissecting the minutiae of a subjec-
t's life. it's more enlightening.
The finest moment comes when Lipton prompts Chap-
pelle to talk about his late dad. a teacher, who warned his son
that most actors don't make it.
Chappelle countered with. "Well, that depends on what
making it is, Dad," observing that if he made a teacher's
salary doing comedy, he thought that was better than being a
'He started laughing." Chappelle continued. "He said,
'Well, if you keep that attitude, I think you should go.' He
said, 'But name your price in the beginning. If it ever gets
more expensive than the price you name, then get out of
.He turned to the audience with a serious look on his face.
"Thus, Africa."
,In the battle of the hosts, Lipton wins. Weird and wor-
shipful as his approach tends to be, the man is one of few
celebrity inter' iewers -- Charlie Rose also comes to mind --
who gives his viewers deep conversations with artists as
opposed to celebrities.
:Oprah, in contrast, is the quintessential personality who
relies on being trusted and loved. She trades in bringing out
person's emotional pliability, which is why Chappelle very
consciously mourned about being deficient in Vitamin Love
(which won him a big "AWWW" from the audience) before
quashing rumors of a supposed stay in a mental facility with
this gem: "Who goes from America to Africa to seek medical
Yes, that would be insane.
Clearly Chappelle is not. At the end of the episode, he
used the platform to challenge Comedy Central: You can
bring me back with total creative control and half the revenues
from DVD sales to go back to socially responsible causes.
(Remember, America, talk-show declarations are not legal-
ly binding.)
'His record-breaking DVD sales may ensure that he gets his
wishes. Audiences want more "Chappelle's Show"; so, then,
dbes Comedy Central. For now, it's enough that he's healthy,
still lovable and still incredibly funny. Glad you're well, Dave.
Now let's get your series back on television.



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