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dilemma over fate
of Cuban dentists
SA CABINET minister admit-
ted yesterday that the Bahamas
is in a "difficult situation" over
the fate of two Cuban dentists
who are locked in the dreaded
Carmichael Road detention
Immigration minister Vincent
Peet said the matter was still
under review as both the Unit-
ed StiatB atid'iCfia wa6tr-the l
men, who were picked up by
the US Coast Guard in Bahami-
an waters while trying to flee
.His comments came after
Nassau's notorious detention
centre site of last week's
alleged brutal beating of a for-
eign journalist by a Defence
Force officer came under
international fire again, this
time from the prestigious Wall
The newspaper has taken up
the cause of the Cuban dentists,
who have been held at
Carmichael Road for the last
ten months after trying to reach
the United States in a go-fast
Couples celebrate Valentine's Day
It claims the Bahamas gov-
ernment is holding the men
because it is afraid of offend-
ing Cuban dictator Fidel Cas-
tro, who wants them sent back
Having assured the Ameri-
cans that the men would not be
sent home, the Bahamas gov-
ernment is now caught between
two 'sworn enemies while"the
dentists languish in what the.
Wall Street Journal calls "an
unsanitary prison with lice-
infested pigeons, abusive guards
and boys up to 14 years of age
in the women's barracks."
The latest press assault on the
detention centre follows last
week's vicious backlash over
the alleged beating incident
when Florida TV stations gave
widespread coverage to anti-
In a comment piece yester-
day, the Wall Street Journal
depicted the dentists' incarcer-
ation as a "tragic example" of
Castro's ability to imprison
SEE page nine
human rights record
THE government last night issues, the truth is that the
hit back at press criticism of its Bahamas finds itself unwitting-
human rights record, claiming ly in a geopolitical storm not of
comments in The Tribune and our making and which the gov-
Miami Herald were "inaccurate, ernment is trying to resolve in
unjustified and unfair". SEEp
"With regard to migrant SEE page nine
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* ADDIE Lee sings to his wife Leah Johnson yesterday asthey ride around town in a limousine. They have been married for 37
years and have three children Olibia, Noil Jr and Ursule.
(Photo. Felipi Major/Tribune staff)
Juror is set
LANA Bain, a juror in the
Mario Miller case, was released
from Her Majesty's Prison yes-
terday after serving half of her
sentence for contempt of court.
After spending seven days in
prison, Ms Bain went home just
in time for Valentine's Day.
The Court of Appeal yester-
day ruled that Ms Bain's right to
a fair hearing was violated. This
resulted in her immediate
On February 8, Justice Anita
Allen sentenced Ms Bain to 14
days in prison after she was
accused of "gross interference"
SEE page nine
ACCORDING to political
observers, the long-awaited
shuffle of Prime Minister Perry
Christie's Cabinet might have
to wait to the end of the week.
Earlier this week reports indi-
cated that the movement of
Cabinet ministers would take
place before the Speech from
the Throne is read today.
However, sources told The
Tribune yesterday, that
although everything was in
place for the necessary minis-
terial adjustments to be carried
out on Monday night, Mr
Christie did not make his move.
Reportedly all the necessary
paperwork had been drawn up
SEE page nine
N By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Chief Staff Reporter
SEVERAL new government
initiatives are expected to be
announced today as newly-
appointed Governor General
AD Hanna gives the Speech
from the Throne.
According to government
spokesmen, the speech will cov-
er the entire range of govern-
ment activity, starting with the
The speech will then go on
to illustrate the investment and
economic climate in the coun-
SEE page nine
M KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
WITH only a month and half
into the new year and the num-
ber of murders already at 10,
police are concerned that the
country has got off to a "bad
start" for violent crime.
"This does not bode well for
the future. We are extremely
concerned about this," Chief
Supt Hulan Hanna told The
The country has recorded 10
murders so far for 2006 two
within the last three days.
Deno Archer, 43, was
SEE page nine
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N By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Staff Reporter
SAN SALVADOR -
Family members who rushed
to this island yesterday, were
horrified to learn that access
to their property had been
blocked off by a company
they claim is seeking to find
buried treasure on their land.
Representatives of the
Hanna, Major, Butler, Black
and Rolle families made the
trip yesterday after learning
that the Watlings Archeolog-
ical Company has fenced off
the main entrance to the area
and has hired a security team
'tonan, the entrance.
The area in question has a
storied past as it is believed to
be the spot where pirates hid
gold, precious gems and oth-
er artifacts-stolen from
There have been several
attempts to excavate the land
and search the underground
caves, but the family believes
that the Watlings company is
searching for the treasure by
trespassing on their land.
Flying over the property
upon arrival in Cat Island,
Verna Rolle- Gilbert said the
land had been severely affect-
ed as a large area appears to
have been excavated.
On the ground, the group
which included the media,
were met by a group of five
men dressed in US army
A large fence and gate
were in front of the road that
leads to Mrs Rolle-Gilbert's
ancestral home. k
The men told The Tribune
that they have been hired by
a private firm, but said they
could not give out anymore
Bert Deveaux, is the presi-
dent of the Watlings
company. He said the com-
pany was founded three years
ago to conduct research
on the island of San
However he said he would
not comment any further.
"Please don't ask me any
more questions I am not
being rude," he said. He
referred any further questions
to the law firm of Davis and
Keith Ferguson, whose
family also has property in
the area, said that the resi-
dents are concerned about
exactly what the company
He said that although it is
believed that Watlings does
have a permit to dig in Kerr
* AN AERIAL view of Fortune Hill Residents claim the thin rock wall some 213 feet away from
the road leading to the caves is the actual boundary for the Watlings company's permit.
Mount, that site is more than
200 feet away from the prop-
erty in question.
The question of treasure
aside, the group said that the
bigger question is, if and why
the company feels it has the.
right to dig on the property
and block a public access
road to property, some of
which is the subject of a land
Mr Ferguson added that
the general opinion of the
community is that even if
there is something buried in
the area, it should be used to
,help in building the commu-
"A lot of people are con-
cerned about the situation."
He added that it is only fair
that the community and gov-
ernment be made aware if
something is found.
SDennis Bethel, another
descendent, said the company
had originally made an offer
to lease the land and give the
family one per cent of what-.
ever was found. However, he
said, the offer had been
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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2006, PAGE 3
Ingraham hits out over
* By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
FNM leader Hubert Ingra-
ham yesterday hit out at what.
he described as an "arrogant
dereliction of duty" by PLP
ministers in refusing to answer
questions submitted in the
House of Assembly.
Mr Ingraham said this was
an attempt to subvert the
-- processes of the parliamentary
"As a new session of parlia-
S- ment opens, my colleagues and
I challenge the PLP ministers to
honour the conventions of our
parliamentary system of gov-
ernment and to respect the
right of the Bahamian people to
receive information about the
conduct of their business," the
former prime minister said.
He said in the new session of
parliament his colleagues
intend to vigorously) pursue the
FNM's requests for informa-
tion on behalf of the Bahamianr
He urged the government to
turn over a new leaf and to pro-
vide prompt and accurate
answers to questions put to
S them in parliament.
S "When the House of Assem-
bly was prorogued on January
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S. THE Grand Bahama Human Rights Associa-
. tion (GBHRA) is requesting permission to tour
SHer Majesty's Prison to determine the legitimacy of
complaints regarding abuse at the prison.
The association has written to Minister of
" National Security Cynthia Pratt and the superin-
S tendent of the prison, Dr Elliston Rahming, asking
Permission for a delegation to visit the prison.
The purpose of this visit, the GBHRA said, is to
S directly interview inmates and determine the cred-
ibility of the complaints of inhumane living condi-
S_ tions and incidents of abuse.
"The GBHRA is alarmed over the many reports
that it has been receiving directly from some fam-
ilies of remand and convicted prisoners at Fox Hill
Prison, that they are being denied their basic fun-
damental rights and that they are being abused,"
the association said in a press release.
The association said it is further alarmed by pho-
tos recently published in The Tribune, which show
two bloodied and beaten men alleged to be recap-
tured prisoners Barry Parcoi and Forrester Bowe.
However, the GBHRA pointed out that its con-
"When the House of Assembly
was prorogued on January 31
there were more than 60 sets of
questions to PLP Cabinet ministers
that remained unanswered. Each
set ranged in number from one to
a dozen, making a total of well
over 200 questions."
FNM leader Hubert Ingraham
31 there were more than 60 sets mergary democracy," the FNM
of questions to PLP Cabinet leader said.
ministers that remained unan-' Responding, leader of gov-
swered. Each set ranged in ernment business in the House
number from one to a dozen. Vincent Peet told The Tribine
making a total of \\ell o\er 200 that. in accordance with the
,questions. .new rules, the government side
"Some of these questions had is committed to answering as
been on the agenda for many many opposition questions as
months but were ignored by possible.
Prime Minister Perry' Christie "-\e have already answered
and his government. My col- many of the questions asked by
leagues and I regard this refusal the opposition. And as we go
by PLP ministers to answer into the new session of parlia-
questions put to them in writing ment, I'm certain that a num-
as an arrogant dereliction of ber of still outstanding ques-
duty and an attempt to subvert tions will be answered," he said.
the processes of our parlia- Mr Ingraham yesterday
cern is not only for the prison inmates, but also for
the prison officers.
"The association is also painfully aware that, for
many years, prison officers have complained about
the abuse that they have suffered by being sub-
jected to working in a prison which has been
described as 'Fox Hell' and the 'Black Hole of
"For decades, our association has called for
prison reform and prison officers have also been de-
humanised and subjected to abuse by having to
work in a prison which politicians have repeatedly
stated needs to be rebuilt because of the inhuman
and degrading conditions," the GBHRA said.
The association said they are calling on "the
government of the day and any future govern-
ment" to seriously address prison reform, "as the
situation is only going to get worse and not better."
"What we have seen in the last few weeks is but
the tip of the iceberg. Human beings, be they prison
officers, prisoners and/or immigration detainees,
will not forever put up with continuing inhuman
and degrading treatment," the GBHRA said.
emphasised that it is the "right
and duty" of the opposition to
ask questions, and the respon-
sibility of the government to
answer them promptly.
He said this process is of
paramount importance to the
country's parliamentary democ-
"This is a celebrated conven-
tion which must not be dis-
pensed with. PLP ministers in
their arrogance may think they
are punishing opposition mem-
bers by refusing to answer
questions but they forget that
the opposition has a job to do
on behalf of the Bahamian peo-
ple," he said.
Mr Ingraham said when gov-
ernment refuses to answer legit-
imate questions in parliament
about the people's business,
then it is the Bahamian people
they are treating with contempt.
"The questions an indepen-
dent member and my col-
leagues tabled over many
months are related to matters
of public interest, including oil
exploration agreements, Nas-
sau International Airport, con-
tracts, education, telecommu-
nications, real property tax and
ministerial travel," he said.
According to Mr Ingraham,
the present government's
record in this regard contrasts
dramatically with that of the
FNM in office.
He said there were no unan-
swered questions on the agenda
at the completion of his first
term in office in 1997.
"In May, 2002, at the conclu-
sion of our second term in
office, there were eleven unan-
swered questions on the agen-
da. We were not pleased to
leave any questions on the
agenda; we are pleased that the
number does not even approx-
imate the record of the present
"This government has now
concluded its first parliamen-
tary session in this, its single
term in office, and they leave 60
unanswered questions on the
agenda," he said.
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SUPPORTERS of the devel-
opers packed the court as the Gua-
S na Cay case resumed in Freeport
Save Guana Cay Reef Associa-
tion vs Passerine at Abaco, oth-
erwise known as Baker's Bay, was
heard before acting Justice Norris
- The Supreme Court was crowd-
ed as Justice Carroll outlined his
decisions on arguments present-
ed in closed sessions on February
Order was granted for the gov-
ernment and Passerine at Abaco
to be named as third and fourth
respondents in the case, while he
denied applications by the Save
Guana Cay Reef Association for
injunctions against the government
and the developers.
The association's request for the
release of documents to their
attorney and cross examination of
various persons providing affi-
davits in the case were also reject-
ed by the judge.
During intermittent court
breaks, Baker's Bay employees
and other Abaco residents voiced
support for the proposed multi-
million dollar project.
Baker's Bay human resources
manager, Indira Edwards,
described the turnout as a third
of the current employee count.
She said that, since the arrival of
Baker's Bay, other Abaco busi-
nesses had been forced to improve
working standards due to numer-
ous compensations offered by
Baker's Bay, including health and
dental coverage and end-of-year
Boosted by scores of supporters,
Steve Adelson, a partner with Dis-
covery Land Company, the pro-
ject developer, openly embraced
and shook hands with the crowd.
"We are encouraged by their
presence," he said. "They left jobs
and families to travel to Grand
Bahama for these few hours in
support of something they strong-
ly believe in. It puts to rest the
arguments of the naysayers. In
court today, supporters outnum-
bered opposers 12 to one."
Adelson further noted that the
supporters represented a mere
fraction of the Guana Cay and
Abaco communities, who are
wholeheartedly behind them.
"And the satisfying working
conditions that these present
employees enjoy will be multiplied
hundreds of times over as even
more Bahamians are employed as
the project progresses," he stated.
As the crowd of supporters
boarded a wide-body tour bus at
the end of the day, chants of "Bak-
er's Bay, all the way" wafted
through the air.
The trial continues today.
JOSEPH DARVILLE, Fred Smith and Sarah Kirkby
of the Grand Bahama Human Rights Association
Human rights group requests
permission to tour prison
Supreme Court packed
for Guana Cay case
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EDITOR, The Tribune
AS a product of Step Street,
Fox Hill, I have been privileged
to have known the late Hon
George Mackey, all of my life.
Often were the days that I
would see him either walking
or riding a bicycle down the
main Fox Hill Road from his
home on top of the hill opposite
St Anne's Church as he went
about his business. Even though
a "reserved" man, by nature,
he never failed to.hail or greet
Even, back then, during the
1960s Brother Mackey dis-
'played a sense of determination
and humility which, alas, is so
absent in our social and political
life today. Always impeccably
dressed, one would never have
heard a cuss word or unkind
umbrage from this gentle giant.
When I was down and out,
financially, George came to my
assistance, without conditions
or bull skate.
It pained me to no end, last
week to have heard all of the
"bogus" and "flowery" tributes
which many sought to lay on
"Beloved" at his homegoing
No one less than the Prime
Minister himself, lamented the
untimely death of Mr Mackey,
who had not been properly
recognized by the nation in gen-
eral, nor the "new" PLP in par-
ticular, while he yet walked.
Every so often, when one of
prominence dies, we see and
hear our so-called national lead-
ers hollering and crying water-
less tears about how "badly".
we, collectively, would have
.treated or respected the
,deqeased- One day they talked
-.abpt the late ~ofin James Shep-
herd. The next they lament the
late Hon Anthony Roberts. In
death, no one, and most cer-
tainly the dead, is able to
"appreciate" all of the auto-
matic tributes. In life, however,
once you would have stepped
back from frontline politics, one
is, usually, treated like dirt;
shaving cream or worse.
Ask the late Carlton Francis.
Ask the late Milton Taylor. Ask
the "father of the Nation", the
late great Sir Lynden Oscar Pin-
dling and the list goes on, ad
infinitum. The "basic" problem,
in my view, is that most of us
think that we are infallible and
that we will live' forever. As a
direct result, wetend to ignore
and overlook all who may not
be a mover and shaker. At the
funeral, however, bull frog
dresses up in fancy clothes and
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waxes eloquently to a "dead"
body and even 'deader" con-
gregation, spiritually. :
By now, Sir Lynden should
have been properly recognized
and honoured by the entire
Bahamas. People like. Sir
Roland Symonette; Sir Stafford
Sands; Clarence, Bain; Charles
Rhodriques and countless oth-
ers, inclusive of my own father,
the late Rev Dr Ortland H Bod-
ie Sr, the, founder of the first
black-owned bank and self ser-
vice food store in the nation,
should have been honoured,
long ago, without prompting by
Thanks be to Jehovah Rafa
that "Beloved" was a self-made
man and a servant of The Mas-
ter, Jesus Christ. If he had not
been those things, he would
have, like so many others, been
relegated to picking peas out of
shaving cream by this adminis-
tration. You see, dear friends,
the measure of a man is nottlhe
accumulated worldly treasures
and the false accolades of.tJise
who profess to be our '"friends,"
but rather what one doei for
others in the name. of Jesus.
Christ and how one treated,his
fellow man. By any standard,
Brother George "Beloved"
Mackey passed this test by '95
per cent, at least. Others ,ave
And so, "Beloved", you have
now crossed the Jordan and we
who live and die in Christ, will
see you again on that G[ept
Day of The Lord. George.may
not have been perfect, but fe.
did what he had to.do n ithott
"hurting" even a lowly fly 'As
we part company with himiet.itW
be forever said: "His life \ as
gentle, and the elemen.ts:so
mixed in him that Nature might
stand up, and say to all the
world 'This was a man!'" To
God then, The Great Deliv"eyl
even in death, in all things be
the glory! .
ORTLAND H BODIE-3 J
January 17 2006 ,
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Shock at alleged harsh"
treatment of prisoners':
EDITOR, The Tribune j ,;
I AM horrified by the photos circulating on the internet an4.
in the press of two prisoners shackled hand and feet whq I
appear to have been beaten and abused by their guarss,,-,
Apart from my revulsion at the inhumane treatment I fetic
shame that something so cruel and heartless could take plqqq
in a government-operated institution in my country where w~e,
are so anxious to call ourselves God-fearing and Christiano,. '
SThe picture reminded me of the horrible pictures of prisoqq
abuse in Iraq. When will we hear this despicable act c -,.u
'demned by the PM aridthe DPM?, .
I certainly expected to hear stronger language from the,;e
Ministry of National Security than an announcement tha~,,
they will launch a full investigation to determine whether tyj .
photo is of the two prisoners who escaped from the Fox Hill.,
Prison last month. I don't really care which prisoners they are,
No one should be treated like that. It seems like the guards areQ.
worse than the prisoners., "
I certainly hope that the Ministry of National Security
won't waste any time trying to figure out who took the picture,,-
and who got it out as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs did -
over the visa issue. The "whistleblower" isn't the culprit, thee,
culprits are the abusing guards and their superiors who allow ,
an environment in which abuse is tolerated.
Grand Bahama ,
Advice not to accept
goods from thieves
EDITOR, The Tribune
ON Friday, January 27, 2006, sometime between 8am aand
1pm, thieves carried away two new garage doors from mniy
home in Monastery Park. Needless to say'I was depressed.
once I had discovered the theft. Yet, what makes me most
'depressed is what generally happens after theft of property of
this nature. I am distraught by the thought that there are some
among us who would purchase these doors knowing that they;
were obtained by a criminal offence.
However,'this letter though is,an alert for the unsuspecting
public who may be approached by these thieves masquerading
as honest, reliable importers and installers of these doors, in an
attempt to sell these doors.
Members of thepublic, my advice to you is to demand that
these impostors show proof of purchase and importation of
whatever they propose to install or sell you. Failing to doso,
one may be criminally liable if found in possession of proper-,
ty recently stolen.
Members of the public, you may recall the embarrassmenopf
large number of persons who were caught up in purchas9g
appliances that were stolen from a well known appha nce stuoe,
on Shirley Street just a few years ago. Make the thief accotuni
able. Do not participate in crime by possessing stolen progk
January 30 2006
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A GRAND Bahama woman
pleaded not guilty to drug
charges in a magistrate's court
Linda Deveaux Christie, 27,
of Bartlette Hill, Eight Mile
Rock, faced charges of possess-
ing dangerous drugs with intent
to supply and taking prepara-
tory steps to export dangerous
Court records alleged that on
February 11, at Freeport, the
accused was found in posses-
sibn of cocaine with intent to
It was also alleged that on the
same' date and place, the
accused took preparatory steps
to export a quantity of cocaine
from the Bahamas.
Christie was granted $25,000
bail with two sureties.
The court ordered Christie to
report to Eight Mile Rock
police station every Tuesday
and Saturday before 6pm.
The defendant's travel docu-
ments were surrendered, and
she wvas ordered not to leave
'The case was adjourned to
By DENISE MAYCOCK
FREEPORT Two Ameri-
cans were arrested at Lucayan
Harbour on Monday after they
were allegedly found in posses-
sion of five pounds of cocaine.
According to reports, around
3pm two women, both aged 22,
of Florida, were at the security
checkpoint for boarding on the
The women were acting very
nervously and were selected for
a secondary search.
EDtiring the search, a female
security officer discovered two
taped packages on the each of
the-Women's legs. The women
\\ere arrested and handed over
to Drug Enforcement Unit offi-
ceis' for further investigation.
The women are expected to
appear in court on drug charges
Two men were also arrested
on-Monday after being found
in possession of a firearm and
animmunition at a condominium
complex in Lucaya.
DEU officers executed a
search warrant on a resident at
Coral Beach Hotel on Coral
Road, which led to the discov-
ery of a .39 revolver containing
five live rounds of .38 ammuni-
tion along with 22 rounds of
Two men were taken into
custody by police.
jsex with girl
A 21-YEAR-OLD man yes-
terday faced a charge of unlaw-
ful sexual intercourse with a 13-
Prosecutors allege that on
February 11, Aaron McKenzie,
of Devaughn Drive, Bamboo
Town, had unlawful sex with
He was not required to plead
and the court denied bail. The
case was adjourned to June 8.
COB chairman denies college is
paying $8,000 rate for luxury home
COLLEGE of the Bahamas
chairman Franklyn Wilson has
denied that the college is paying
a monthly rate of $8,000 for the
luxury home it provided for for-
mer college president, Dr Rod-
Mr Wilson explained that the
college had signed a $4,000 a
month five year lease, not $8,000,
for the Eastern Road home,
which it is still paying.
"This home will be occupied
by the new president of the Col-
lege of the Bahamas, which will
happen in the very near future,"
Yet senior academic Felix
Bethel alleges he is'still owed
many thousands of dollars in
increments and other payments
following his suspension over a
row with colleague Dr Linda
Dr Smith, a Harvard gradu-
ate, resigned last year after
admitting plagiarising a speech
by a fellow academic. He had
been lured to COB with a
$220,000-a-year pay package and
a rented Eastern Road home
paid for by the college.
When he quit under a cloud,
Dr Smith and his family left the
rented house, but COB was still
saddled with the bill under a leas-
ing agreement, a source claimed.
Mr Bethel, the only person to
COLLEGE of the
call publicly for Dr Smith's res-
ignation, told The Tribune yes-
terday: "I am sinking deeper and
deeper into debt while the col-
lege apparently continues to pay
out this rent.
"My elderly mother is ailing
and I am not in a position to
assist her as I would like. What
they are doing is an affront to
my dignity. There is the essence
of a vendetta about it fuelled by
jealousy and resentment," he
testifies in court
* By TIFFANY GRANT
Tribune Staff Reporter
A WITNESS in the murder case of Peter Clark and the attempt-
ed murder of John Moxey told the court yesterday that he stayed
in the car when a truck blocked them because he was "afraid."
Robert Green, prosecution witness in the case, took the witness
stand for the third consecutive day on Monday.
During the cross-examination yesterday of Mr Green by defence
lawyer Wilbert Moss, the question was asked whether he remained
in the car even though he saw individuals jumping off a truck, sur-
rounding the car, throwing rocks and bottles at the car, and
throwing a garbage bin at the car's windshield.
"Yes, because I was afraid," replied Mr Green.
He was then asked by Mr Moss why he didn't jump out and run.
"Jumped out and run after what happen?" he queried.
An earlier witness, John Moxey, the man the defendants are
accused of attempting to murder, told the court that after he was
stabbed, and when he and his companions were leaving the
restaurant, a truck pulled up outside Travellers Rest and some
men threw bottles and a garbage tin at the car in which he, Peter
Clark and others had arrived.
Mr Green, continuing with his testimony yesterday, said that
from what he remembered he saw John Moxey on the side of the
He added that Mr Moxey was on the side of the dock, injured
Mr Green said that Mr Moxey really couldn't move.
The men accused of the murder of Peter Clark are Don Bast-
ian, son of Whitney Bastian, Derek Bastian, Raymond Hepburn,
Neil Prosper, Jerome Bastian and Jeffery Miller.
The men are also charged with the attempted murder of John
It is alleged that they caused the death of Clark and attempted
to murder Moxey during an altercation outside Travellers Rest
restaurant in Mangrove Cay, Andros.
Court was adjourned to 2.30pm today because of the opening
RG staff are
back to work
* By DENISE MAYCOCK
FREEPORT Workers at
the Registrar General's
Department ended their sick-
out and returned to work
The workers did not show
up to work on Monday to
protest the unacceptable
working conditions at its pre-
sent offices in the Regent
Although the sick-out was
not initiated by the union,
Bahamas Public Services
Union official John Curtis
said the government had
promised staff better work-
ing quarters some time ago.
He also stressed there are
insufficient staff employed at
the Freeport office, and
pointed out that some time
ago the office had a staff of
Mr Curtis also accused the
Registrar General's Depart-
ment of breach of ethics by
having persons sent in from
Prime Minister's Office to fill
in for absent workers.
acting deputy registrar, said
that employees had called in
sick on Monday, but were
back to work on Tuesday.
Financial Services and
Investment Minister Allyson
announced that plans were
underway to move the Regis-
trar General's office to more
spacious quarters in the Colina
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Mr Bethel, who was suspend-
ed by COB pending court action
over alleged threats to Dr Davis,
was finally cleared of any offence
after Attorney General
Alfred Sears decided not to pro-
But since then he claims the
college is continuing to deny him
the money owed to him. He esti-
mates this at around $20,000,
including increments and other
payments for duties outside his
work as a lecturer.
Mr Bethel, a COB veteran
who had been a faculty member
since the late 1970s, says he is
now facing hardship because of
the college's actions. He, wants
the government to intervene on
his behalf and secure justice.
It is alleged that acting presi-
dent Dr Rhonda Chipman-John-
son is now driving the black Kia
Oparus saloon acquired for Dr
Smith. Her own official car was
wrecked in a traffic accident,
according to sources.
In a letter to her from former
president Dr Leon Higgs, who
was removed to make way for
Dr Smith, Mr Bethel's involve-
ment in extra duties is confirmed.
Apart from co-ordinating var-
ious activities, including the Sir
Lynden Pindling Memorial Lec-
ture series, Mr Bethel also devel-
oped the Summer Institute's pro-
ject, claimed Dr Higgs,
"Mr Bethel's work was always
of the highest standard. There-
fore, his performance was in
keeping with the expectation set
by the president," he wrote.
Mr Bethel said Dr Chipman-
Johnson knew of his extra work
for Dr Higgs because she was
executive vice-president at the
time with knowledge of all such
Mr Bethel said: "The work I
am supposed to be doing for the
college is suffering because a lot
of my attention is focused on this
issue. The matter should be
resolved once and for all."
Mr Bethel is not the only lec-
turer at odds with COB over
alleged unpaid dues. Some for-
eign staff whose contracts were
terminated are claiming the col-
lege is stalling over paying mon-
ey owed to them.
Council chairman Mr Wilson
said that the college is willing to
pay Mr Bethel "all that he is enti-
"However, Mr Bethel knows
the correct process to go about
this. And this is not the way.
"I strongly encourage Mr
Bethel to go through the
process," he said.
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Attempting to find a new model of
healthcare for the modern world
OVER the past 50
years, the world has
moved away from the issue of
equitable access to medical care
to figuring out how to sustain
health services in the long-term.
And as we are about to
embark on a compulsory gov-
ernment-run health plan, there
is growing evidence that simi-
lar systems elsewhere are
er has a million people on its
Guaranteed access to health-
care for all is a theoretical fea-
ture of the British system, but
not one that it actually delivers.
It will be the same here.
Rationing is rationing, whether
it is based on ability to pay or
lack of availability. And the
privileged can get what they
want in either case.
It is rather disingenuous for
our leaders to claim that a 5.3
per cent payroll tax (split
between employers and
employees) on about half the
population will be able to
sustain such a massive new
already staring at finan
The social health ins
system that our govern
touting is based on the
model, which the World
Organisation rates as t
in the world. But the
system is imploding:
"Our health system h
mad," Health Minister P
Douste-Blazy told a par
tary commission a coi
years ago. "Profound r
He was referring to 1
that demand was out of
French patients could
many doctors as they lik
for whatever treatment c
they liked, and get mos
cost reimbursed by the
Private add-on insurani
cies, or user fees, cove
, rest. ... .
L coming bank
forced the gove
to make some changes la
They included higher cc
tions, more out-of-pocke
curbs on drugs and service
measures to reduce fra
abuse of sick leave.
In Britain, from 2000
the National Health S
budget increased by ove:
cent, but productivity i
less than 2 per cent. The
state-run system is uniqu
western world in its si
scope. No other heal
provider rivals it and
cial dis- Local doctors have been
responding to the government's
surance proposal since the anticipated
ment is costs for a Bahamian national
French health scheme were made avail-
Health able last month. They say the
he best commission's $235 million a
French year price tag is hopelessly
as gone To paraphrase the doctors:
'hilippe In order for our health pro-
liamen- gramme to be self-sustaining,
uple of as it is said to be, it must be
reforms costed accurately. Just saying it
will work is not a solution it's
the fact a political edict. We should eat
control, such a huge meal in small por-
visit as tions, starting with renovation
:ed, ask of our existing health infra-
)r drugs structure.
t of the It will cost up to half a billion
e state. dollars just to expand our pub-
ce poli- lic hospitals and clinics to meet
red the the expected demand, and no
S hjealh service will be' able T-,
Sgive Bahamians unlimited care
' 'd treatment as government
ruptcy spokesmen.are claiming. There
rnment will always be limits to what the
ist year. system can provide.
)ntribu- Healthcare consumes about
et costs, 16 per cent of economic output
ces, and in the US. Most European
ud and countries spend about half that
with Germany, France and
to 2003, Switzerland spending the most
Service on their social health insurance
r 20 per programmes.
rose by Canada and the US had sim-
British ilar private health systems until
ie in the the mid-1960s, when the Cana-
ize and dian government began a tax-
Ithcare funded universal healthcare
no oth- programme. The US is one of
the few developed countries
without some form of guaran-
teed health insurance for every
citizen. Americans must buy
private insurance unless'they
are disabled or over 65, when
Medicare kicks in.
A2005 report by the
ing firm, PriceWaterhpuse
Coopers, explored health sys-
tems around the world. Hun-
dreds of public and private sec-
tor executives and "thought
leaders" were surveyed to put
these issues in a global per-
That report says healthcare is
threatened by rising demand
and cost, uneven quality and
misaligned incentives: "If
ignored they will overwhelm
health systems, creating mas-
sive financial burdens and dev-
astating health problems."
The study found that health-
care systems were converging
worldwide, and only a minority
of those surveyed believed that
a tax-funded system was sus-
tainable. Everyone agreed that
costs were out of control, with
Medicare in the US expected
to go broke by 2019, the French
system on the verge of bank-
ruptcy, and the British system
facing low productivity and
So it is rather disingenuous
for our leaders to claim that a
5.3 per cent payroll tax (split
between employers and
employees) on about half the
population will be able to sus-
tain such a massive new gov-
ernment-run entitlement pro-
gramme especially since it will
also have to cater to tens of
thousands of illegal immigrants.
This is all the more so when
we consider that the National
Insurance Board, which will run
the health service, already
spends more than it takes in -
and almost a quarter of that
spending is for administration.
You know salaries, offices,
supplies, transportation and
There is no denm ing that all
healthcare systems have funding
problems. So it is counterpro-
ducti\e to assert at the'outset
that our- \hon't especially
when a lot of our resources will
be spent on.state-run facilities
and civil servants. We already
know that state-run facilities
don't work, and neither do most
Even in systems where
healthcare is primarily tax-fund-
ed (such as Europe and Cana-
da) only a small minority of
experts in the PriceWaterhouse
survey favoured that approach.
"In principle, a market-dri-
ven system is better to achieve a
cost-effective delivery system,"
according to a German hospital
CEO. "But access to the public
health insurance system has to
be open to everyone and pri-
mary healthcare has to be guar-
anteed by the state."
n Germany, where the
public health system is
financed by a payroll tax, the
contribution rate has risen to
over 14 per cent from 8.5 per
cent when the programme was
launched in the 1960s.
A true market in healthcare
may not be practical if we are to
achieve universal coverage,
experts say, because govern-
ment has to provide a safety net
for the most vulnerable, as well
as services in remote areas. But
there should be no question that
consumers need to understand
the true costs and value of med-
ical care, and take more respon-
sibility for their own health.
The Bahamian programme
has been developed by interna-
achieve long-term sustbai lity
There is certainly a case for
enlarging the funding pool, but
this should not be done in the
context of a government-run
system. If Dr Bethel reialy
wants to make a contribution
to social progress, he should
tranrsfori: the MinisP~'tof
He iih intd a purchasing andror
regulatory body, divesting'fb s-
pilals and clinics from state on-
trol and management '"':!
V\e should be abodt s iith-
ing all thisiimoney'~aw~ firm
gpvetrinment monopolies,; nd
This is the country's most
important public debate i
decades, but unfortunately it is
being driven by politicos whd
are pursuing a tax agenda in
tional civil servants working
with local officials toachieve a
political objective. The real
goal, many say, is to raise gov-
ernment revenue by sugar coat-
ing it as a populist initiative.
As a result, although Health
Minister Dr Marcus Bethel says
he will take account of input
from the doctors and others,
consultation so far has been
mostly top-down. Last Friday's
meeting with a few dozen
Chamber of Commerce mem-
bers is a case in point. The dis-
cussion was preceded by a call
for any journalists present to
get out. How does that trans-
late into public discussion? And
how can the Chamber of Com-
merce allow itself to be a party
to such ridiculous-censorship?
his is the country's
most important public
debate in decades, but unfortu-
nately it is being driven by
politicos who are pursuing a tax
agenda in disguise. We say this
because Bahamians are already
guaranteed access to healthcare
(and so are illegal immigrants)
via the existing $181 million-a-
year health budget.
So let's be up front about it
- the issue is about funding
and politics, not access. And it.
should be about quality and
accountability as well. In other
words, we are back to our orig-
inal question how do we
giving consumers and providers
the right mix of incentives to
act responsibly and respo d
effectively. For example, what is
the advantage of charging high
import taxes on medical equdp-
ment for the private sectorS
according to those'in
other countries who
are thinking about better wiys
to deliver public services ahd
economic prosperity, "FewT if
any, of the advances of the last
50 years were made by govern-
ments. Our lives have bn
changed immeasurably in'ie
areas which enterpri eS-an
reach. But in the areas owned
and controlled by go\ ernmeht,
Sthe story is stasis:" ..''' "
You just have to look at Ithe
hundreds of millions "of dollars
lost by failed state corp 6ri8ons
like Bahamasair and ZNS.-or
frittered away by BTC, to
realise that there is just no argu-
ment here. So wh\ are we'look-
ing to create more of the same?
What do you think?
Send comments to-larry@tri-
bunemedia.net. Or visit
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It will cost up to half a billion
dollars just to expand our
public hospitals and clinics to
meet the expected demand,
and no health service will be
able to give Bahamians
unlimited care and treatment
as government spokesmen are
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Lawyer calls for jury
trials in civil cases
* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT lawyer Fred Smith is
encouraging the reinstitution of jury
trials in civil cases with juries being
able to award punitive damages.
Mr Smith criticised the country's
court system and described it as dys-
He stressed that most victims of
wrongs go without remedy and com-
plained that big business and govern-
ment are not held to account by the
judicial system for abusing people's
"For far too long, we in the
Bahamas have been satisfied with
maintaining the old colonial status
quo of being subservient to politicians,
government and to big business," he
"We should shed the shackles of
our colonial past and ensure that our
judicial system provides the mecha-
nism for ordinary Bahamian citizens to
protect rights by being on a jury in a
civil case and being able to award
punitive damages," Mr Smith said.
Speaking to the Rotary Club of
Freeport, he noted that judges in the
Bahamas perform the role of both
judge and jury in civil matters.
He said the democratic process of
juries expressing the approval or dis-
approval of various forms of conduct,
or reflecting upon issues dealt with
through the courts, is an important tool
in controlling abuse of rights of people.
Mr Smith explained that judges by
their nature are conservative in their
approach, and epitomise the institu-'
tion of governance, and frequently lag
far behind in reflecting the current
views of the ordinary citizen and soci-
As a result, Mr Smith said the law of
damages in the Bahamas has been
severely restricted and damages
awarded in civil cases have been few
and far between. He also stressed that
awards are rarely generous.
He pointed out that punitive dam-
ages are awarded to teach the wrong-
doer that abusive behaviour does not
pay and to ensure that it does not hap-
Mr Smith said that a new category
of.damages called vindicatory dam-
ages was recently created in relation to
the Tamara Merson case, which he
had argued before the Privy Council.
* FREEPORT lawyer Fred Smith
He told Rotarians of the inhumane
and degrading treatment that Mrs
Merson underwent while in police cus-
tody on Grand Bahama. He was also
critical of the alleged photographs of
two abused prison inmates at Fox Hill
Mr Smith said vindicatory damages
are intended to justify, uphold, and
defend constitutional rights, which
have been breached.
He noted that in personal injury,
employment and breach of contract.
cases, punitive damages are rare and
In the Bahamas, Mr Smith said
damages in defamation, personal
injury, fatal accident, insurance,
employment, police brutality, and
breaches of constitutional rights by
the government, or otherwise, have
been far and few between, because
they are rarely litigated.
Because damages awarded by the
courts are generally low and because
claims take years, Mr Smith said few
clients and lawyers have the resources
to pursue cases to the end,
He also said that because there is no
legal aid for civil cases, most victims of
wrongs go without remedy and some
are forced to accept very small dam-
ages in settlement because they cannot
afford a lawyer.
Mr Smith said big business, banks,
mortgage companies, employers and
insurance companies often continue
to take advantage of the public.
He noted that insurance companies
suffer no consequences in depressing
payments or fighting claims for per-
sonal injuries in car accidents, burn
victiIps, or claims by surviving spous-
es and children in fatal accident claims,
and in case of claims against the gov-
"Judges rarely hold the government
to account by awarding generous
awards for punitive damages for police
brutality, prison mistreatment, cus-
toms abuse, immigration abuse or
licensing abuse," Mr Smith said.
Mr Smith said there would be dra-
matic differences in the way big busi-
ness or government behaves towards
Bahamians and non-Bahamians if jury
trials were re-instituted in the
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Manager III (Human Resources)
Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre
Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for the post of Human Resources
Manager II, Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre, Public Hospitals Authority.
Applicants must possess the following qualifications:-
Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, Management, or equivalent qualification
(a Masters degree would be an advantage); and at least three (3) years post qualification
experience in human resource management. Excellent oral and written communication
skills and computer skills are essential.
Responsibilities and Duties
The Human Resources Manager II is a part of the Human Resources Team at Sandilands
Rehabilitation Centre, and shares responsibility for the day-to-day administration of human
resources transactions and services; to ensure that the Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre
human resources policies and procedures, transactions and services are aligned with the
Authority's business objectives.
Within this context, the Human Resources Manager II will be responsible for, but not
1. Processing recommendations for:
Confirmations in substantive posts
Promotions and reclassification
Benefits under the Authority's policies
Benefits under the law, eg. Employment Act, pensions Act and National
Employee transfers and secondhand
Disciplinary actions and penalties
Involuntary and voluntary terminations
2. Liaising with the Payrolls Unit with matters relating to salaries adjustments and
3. Managing the performance appraisal process for staff within assigned areas of
responsibilities, ensuring that evaluations are ongoing and appraisal forms are
prepared, distributed and reviewed.
Opportunities will also be given for involvement in human resources strategic functions
such as policies, developing an annual human resources plan, staff training and development,
qualify improvement initiatives. To facilitate the Manager's professional development
and career advancement within Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre.
Letters of application, resume, documentary evidence of qualifications and three (3)
references should be submitted, no later than 27th February, 2006, to the Director Human
Resources (Acting), Public Hospitals Authority P.O. Box N-8200, or 1st Floor Corporate
Office, Dockendale House, West Bay Street. (Serving officers must submit their application
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Blue Flag is an internationally recog-
nised eco-label certification programme
established in Europe in 1987 for beach-
es and marinas.
At its inception, some 244 beaches
and 208 marinas were awarded this
prestigious certification, representing
10 European nations.
In 2005 some 2,444 beaches and 632
marinas were awarded the Blue Flag,
from 28 nations worldwide (including
Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South
Africa, Europe, Argentina, Brazil, Chile
and the Caribbean).
The programme is managed by the
Federation for Environmental Educa-
tion (FEE) based in Denmark and is
supported by the United Nations Envi-
ronment Programme (UNEP) and the
United Nations World Tourism Organ-
isation (UNWTO), among a number of
The Bahamas, along with Jamaica,
Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and
Barbados, became the pilot Caribbean
countries when the programme was
introduced to the region in 2002.
At the conclusion of the pilot phase
in 2004, the Bahamas was among only
four countries in the region to be award-
ed a Blue Flag certification with Old
Bahama Bay Marina in West End,
Grand Bahama, becoming the first
marina in the Bahamas to fly the Blue
Flag and among only two countries
in the region with a Blue Flag marina.
"My team and I are happy to insure
the marina will be operating up to Blue
Flag Marina Standards," said Peter
Maury, director of marina operations
"As part of the Blue Flag policy it
will become my responsibility and that
of my team to educate visitors to the
marina on the Blue Flag policies, which
they will hopefully continue to follow in
their travels through the Bahamas. "
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Young chefs showcase their skills
KENRON Fernander of AF Adder-
ley won the 2006 New Providence
Junior Champion Young Chef Con-
test, sponsored by Mahatma Rice and
Robin Hood Flour.
I Judges were impressed with his
'healthy products". The young chef
Vhipped together Tropical Delight
Cake and Seafood Rice Casserole to
score a big total of 531 points in the
SAshlee Baker of Queen's College
placed second with 500 points for her
"Fruity Bahamian Rice and Bahamian
Style Quiche Surprise". The judges, all
professional chefs, complimented her
It is something of a trend for
Queen's College: Anya Allen, then
14, of Queen's College, won the 2005
New Providence Junior Champion
Young Chef Contest and Bryann Hep-
burn of Queen's College was second in
Charlene Dean of Jordon Prince
William was placed third with 481
points for "Crispy Conchy Rice
Cakes" and "Coconut Papaya
Philip Dawkins of CC Sweeting JHS
came in fourth with 408 points for
"Philip's Guava Custard Delight" and
"Caribbean Curried Rice Stuffed in
Coconut Grouper with Tangy Salsa
Judges cautioned the young chefs
about "wasteage" or bringing too many
materials for the job and urged more
accuracy in writing the menus and
The contest, again held at Queen's
College, is a preliminary to the 14th
Annual All Island Champion Young
Chef finals, scheduled to be on March
1 and 2 with more than $3,750 in schol-
arships available. The top two juniors
moved on to the National Junior
For the fifth year, there will be prizes
for junior high national Young Chel
competitors: $250 for first, $150 foi
second, and $100 for third.
National Champion Young Chefs
and runners-up from the Senior Higi
Schools will receive $1,750, $900, anc
The All Island finals are schedule
for March 1 at Queen's College (Junioi
High Schools) and March 2 at RM Bai-
ley (Senior High Schools).
* KENRON Fernander of AF Adderley won the 2006 New Providence Junior Champion Young Chef Contest. The Young Chef
whipped together Tropical Delight Cake and Seafood Rice Casserole to score a big total of 531 points
NP Junior Champion Young Chefs 2006 Runner Up Ashlee
Baker of Queen's College scored 500 points. Her teacher at
Queen's College is Raquel Barr-Colebrooke, who was placed
second in the New Providence Contest as an RM Bailey student
in 1984 and went on to come third in the All-Island Champion
Young Chef Contest.
Conchi M CHARLENE Dean of Jordon Prince William was placed
Rice Cakes third in the NP Junior Champion Young Chefs 2006
competition with 481 points
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Bahamas faces dilemma
FROM page one
Cubans in other domiciles once they've
escaped his government's clutches.
The newspaper accuses Dr Castro of blocking
their release from the Bahamas to the US to join
their wives and children.
The men involved, David Gonzalez Mejias
and Marialys Darias Mesa, are not law-breakers
but men who first tried to emigrate from Cuba
by way of the visa "lottery" the Americans hold
annually for Cubans.
Although they won visas in the lottery, Dr
Castro would not let them leave Cuba "because
their medical training made them too impor-
tant to spare," says the paper.
The dentists sent their families to the States
and waited the three prescribed years before
re-applying. When refused again in 2005, they
made a fast-boat escape, finally breaking down
in Bahamian waters.
After being picked up by the US Coast
Guard, they were deposited with Bahamas
authorities. Denied political refugee status, they
were "dumped" in Carmichael Road.
The Wall Street Journal says the Americans
now want the men freed and are ready to grant
visas. But the Bahamas government is refusing
their release because of a memorandum of
understanding with Castro saying fleeing
'rafters' will be sent back to Cuba, it adds.
"The real problem is that the Bahamas fears
Castro and the retaliation he might unleash -
especially a mass refugee exodus if the
escapees are allowed to reach liberty in America.
So its compromise with the dictator has been to
keep the doctors separated from their families."
The newspaper adds: "The Bahamas is part of
the British Commonwealth and, the last time we
checked, a civilised place. Now would be a good
time to prove this by releasing the dentists,
whose only crime is fleeing for freedom."
But Mr Peet said: "Both countries want the
men. We have not yet made a decision. It's a
very sensitive, delicate situation that's why it
requires more tolerance and patience."
Mr Peet refuted claims that the men were to be
deported yesterday. He said no deadline had
been set for completion of what was an "in-depth
and thorough review" of the matter.
Meanwhile, the detention centre continues
to be the subject of fierce condemnation on the
One observer said the centre was "sympto-
matic of the Bahamas' third world mentality"
while Amnesty International called for the
removal of Defence Force officers from the
This follows repeated reports of abuse at the
centre, and allegations that treatment of children
there is in breach of international law.
In last week's incident, a foreign journalist
was beaten, allegedly by a Defence Force office
while making a payphone call outside the com-'
pound. His face was split by a baton and his
head struck a car bumper as he fell.
At a weekend press conference, Prime Min-
ister Perry Christie said all concerned parties;
now accepted that the incident was being prop-
erly investigated. '-
He described anti-Bahamas demonstrations in
Miami as "unfair and'njustified" and said rela-
tions with Florida should ensure that the matter
be dealt with in a more constructive manner.
Initiatives expected in speech
FROM page one
Social programmes such as plans to eliminate
poverty also will be highlighted.
The launch of new initiatives, which are
expected to be announced today, will primarily
concern social policies and development as well
as the country's health system.
Further expected to be addressed during the
speech are matters such as the level of infra-
structure needed to accompany the kind of
growth the Bahamas is currently experiencing.
In the last Speech from the Throne in May
2002, former Governor General,Dame Ivy
Dumont announced that no income, corporate,
capital gains or inheritance tax will be imposed
on the Bahamas during "this new and historic
She further said that there will be a ceiling on
real property tax and that first-home buyers
will be exempt from stamp duty.
The government also reaffirmed that it will
serve as a catalyst for economic growth and
development throughout the Bahamas by pur-
suing policies that encourage capital investment,
both local and foreign.
In her speech, Dame Ivy also said that the
then-new Ministry of Financial Services and
Investments was given the responsibility to
replace red-tape with a red carpet for local and
foreign investors to eliminate unnecessary
Juror released from Fox Hill
FROM page one
Justice Allen said she was convinced that Ms
Bain was aware that Ryan Benehy, with whom
she worked, was the brother of the two men
accused of killing Mario Miller.
As a result, the jur. was disimissed'and' anew
trial 3as ordered.
at 'bad start' for
FROM page one
stabbed to death on
Carmichael Road on Sunday
and 40-year-old Dion Forbes,
father of three, was shot in the
head on Monday night on
Hutchinson Street, Bain Town.
Mr Hanna said that while
police were able to solve the
majority of this year's murders
"almost immediately," the high
number is "very unsettling."
"It is obvious that our young
men in particular have a prob-
lem with issues pertaining to life
styles, issues pertaining to rela-
tionships. They have a problem
of expressing themselves and
are instead displaying this
extreme violent andprimitive
behaviour," he said.
Mr Hanna said police are
now more than ever appealing
to the Bahamian community to
work hand-in-hanid with the
"We are asking everyone to
report to police wherever con-
flict and violence is brewing.
'And we are calling on the more
prudent among us to talk to our
youth, to make them under-
stand that they do not have to
be so polarised," he said.
He also said that the police
are appealing to all stakehold-
ers, especially church leaders,
to assist in the effort of com-
municating with the youth of
At press time last night, in\es-
tigations into Sunday's and
Monday's murders continued.
In the case of the latest mur-
der victim, police said they'
believe Mr Forbes was having
an argument with another indi-
vidual when a gun was pro-
duced and shots were fired.
He was reportedly a passen-
ger in a Ford F150 pick-up
truck, licence plate number T-
Police said they are question-
ing one person and that they
are following a number of pos-
itive leads in their investigation.
The investigation is expectedTo .
be wrapped-up quickly, press ,,
liaison officer Inspector Walter
human rights record
FROM page one
everyone's favour. It requires the co-operation of all governments
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs news release said the incident '
involving a reporter outside the Carmichael Road detention centre
was being investigated.
If applicable, the law would take its course. "The Miami Herald
editorial does not credit the Bahamas with its effort to reform the
"As for the status of the two Cuban migrants identified by the
Wall Street Journal, their status is being reviewed and a decision will
be made as timely as the exigencies of the situation permit.
"The Bahamas does not support inhumane treatment of
detainees. The record will show it. The Bahamas is a democracy and
upholds the rule of law, including its international obligations.
The record will show it. Calling the Bahamas names does not help
to resolve the situation. Patient diplomacy will."
The statement claims at is an historical fact that the Bahamas had
always been a place .where Cuban AmeriCans could meet their
families, particutarlVyaftei humaiitaran flights-to Cuba were sus-
pended by the united States.
"The Bahamas has always granted political asylum to persons
determined to qualify for that status. The Bahamas has always
had a highly valued co-operative stance with the government of the
United States on immigration matters."
The ministry says the public should be aware that the Bahamas
has a process of refugee determination, in which all illegal migrants
are screened in accordance with established procedures.
"The Bahamas also has the assistance and close consultation of
the office of the United Nations Refugee Agency on these issues,"
the statement adds.
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featuring Dr. John E. Mylroie,
Professor of Geology, Mississippi State
Thursday, February 16,2006
The Retreat, Village Road
BNT members free admission,
general public $2
Dr. Nlhvlroie vill introduce caves and karst in the Bahamas, and will
speak about some of our unusual karst features such as the "tsunami
boulders" of Eleuthera, the cone karst of Abaco and blue holes. He
will also give us insight into the karst features of the Primeval Forest,
a national park, in southwestern New Providence.
P.O. Box N 4105, Nassau, Bahamas
FROM page one.
and was expected to god
into effect on Monday:-.
Yesterday, however, it
was claimed that not only.
did the prime minister not'
sign off on the shuffle, ie
also failed to attend the
weekly Cabinet meeting.
Political observers are
now anxiously waiting It
learn when and how thd
shuffle will take place.
According to reports.
Minister of Tourism Obie
Wilchcombe: Minister of
Works and Utilities Bradley
Roberts: Minister of Trans-
port and Aviation Glenys
Hanna-Martin; and Minis-
ter of Sports, Youth and
Culture Neville Wisdom,
will all retain their portfo-
Fred Mitchell will also
stay as Minister of Foreign
Affairs, but take on the
responsibility for interna-
tional trade,.which would
include such matters as,
FTAA, CSME, LNG, and
Minister of Immigration6
and Labour Vincent Peet Js,
expected to be transferred
to Financial Services arid
Housing and National Insur-.
ance Minister Shane Gibsqn
is expected to be transferred.
from Financial Services and
Investments to take on the:
post of Attorney General ..
There are, however, other
reports that Financial Ser-
vices will be absorbed by thke
Ministry of Finance.
Alfred Sears is expected
to remain as Minister of
Education, while Melanie,
Griffin will reportedly be.
given the Ministry of Hous-
ing and Social Services,.
Dr Marcus Bethel is,
expected to head Nationil
Insurance with Dr BJ NoF
tage taking over as Minister"
of Health. V Alfred Gray',.
portfolio will reportedly
include Local Government,
mail boats, and post offices;,
as he would be relievedof
Agriculture and Fisheries,
which would be taken ove,
by Leslie Miller who wogtd,
retain Trade and Industry
under his portfolio.- --
It has also been claimed
that Pleasant Bridgewater.
may be in the running for a
post within the Cabinet and.
that Michael Halkitis,is
being actively considered for
the post of Minister of State
R9AGE 10, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2006
THE T WDED ,FBU Y1,26PA
* DWAYNE Swann, home finance specialist
at FirstCaribbean International Bank,
providing expert advice to a few attendees
of the FirstCaribbean International Bank
Mortgage Fair and Home Expo. Locals
lined up all day for their turn to pre-qualify
for a home mortgage or consumer loan
HUNDREDS of attendees
lined up for hours for their
chance to qualify for a new
honie mortgage at the 5th
Anrfral Home Expo and Mort-
gage'Fair on Saturday.
MIdre than 30 local compa-
nieswvere on site to offer prod-
ucts' nd services.
Guests received expert advice
in niortgage loans, reduced-
rate', special perks and on-site
appkbvals. There were real
estafC companies initiating the
sales of homes and vacant prop-
ertids and attorneys providing
free legal counsel.
'iests-had the chance to
explore everything needed for a
ne-fiome including walking in
to r odel kitchens, testing out
security systems, lying on mat-
tresss, viewing new appliances,
windows, blinds, interior deco-
rations, furniture, home goods,
architectural drawings and sam-
ple itodel homes.
At'eam from FirstCaribbean
Inteiiational Bank worked with
attendees from 10am until well
after'the planned event ending
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lianintary Department came
out'ahd kept busy all day regis-
tering otherss for the upcoming
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innovative product displays and company
representatives handed out educational
booklets, coupons and lyers.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2006, PAUEt i
PAGE 12, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2006
L N E SI.A
N YAMILA Dia-Rahl
* VERONICA Varekova
Bahamas shoot for Sports Illustrated
HARBOUR Island was the
location for a blockbuster
reunion of eight of Sports Illus-
trated Swimsuit Issue's most
legendary supermodels in July
2005, and the stunning results
appear on the cover and in a
massive 40-page layout in the
2006 issue which hits news
This marks the second con-
secutive year that a Bahamas
shoot has graced the cover -
Carolyn Murphy and Andros
appeared on the 2005 cover.
This is the first time in 30
years that the same destination
has appeared on back-to-back
Remarkable is also, that with
so many islands to choose from,
the magazine elected to shoot
not one, but two layouts in the
Bahamas for these issues. The
Sports Illustrated team travelled
to Exuma and Cat Island.
This special issue of the mag-
azine, which attracts 64 million
readers, has grown into one of
the most coveted assignments
for the world's most recognized
Destinations across the globe
compete fiercely for selection
as a backdrop for the multiple
layouts required for each year's
issue and landing the cover is
considered nothing short of an
Minister of Tourism Obie
Wilchcombe said that the
Bahamas is "extremely hon-
oured to,be part of such an his-
toric edition of Sports Illustrated
Swimsuit and are ecstatic to once
again have landed the cover."
"The islands of the Bahamas
has established an international
reputation as a destination with
spectacular beaches, warm
weather and even warmer peo-
ple perfect amenities for
accommodating the needs of
challenging productions like
Sports Illustrated. We are ready
for our close up," he said.
From July 24 to August 3,
2005, the Coral Sands Harbour
Island hotel, was the location
for the shoot which reunited
eight of Sports Illustrated Swim-
suit's most famous faces.
Carolyn Murphy, from last
year's cover shot on Andros,
was joined by Elsa Benitez,
Yamila Diaz-Rahi, Rachel
Hunter, Elle Macpherson,
Daniela Pestova, Rebecca
Romijn and Veronica Vareko-
va, who assembled on the three-
mile pink sand beach for the
magazine's biggest shoot ever.
The site was selected not just
for its world-famous beach, but
also for the opportunity to use
the Coral Sands hotel, which
has recently completed a $2-
million renovation of its prop-
"The Coral Sands hotel is one
of the most charming hotels in
the Bahamas which happens to
be situated smack on the
famous coral sand beaches of
Harbour Island," said Diane
Smith, editor of the Sports Illus-
trated Swimsuit Issue.
"Upon arriving at Coral
Sands, you feel like you just
checked into one of the loveli-
est, most comfortable private
homes that happens to have a
spectacular vintage bar, a beach
front bistro, a very secluded
swimming pool and an exten-
sive library of art books. It is
the ultimate in getting away
from it all," she added.
This extensive 40-page lay-
out, the product of 10 days of
sunrise and sunset shoots, was
the most demanding the maga-
zine has undertaken in putting
together the Swimsuit Issue.
Given the needs of this mas-
sive production, ministry of
tourism officials in Nassau and
Harbour Island worked with the
editors to coordinate the logis-
tics of moving cast, crew, equip-
ment and hundreds of swimsuits
to their island location, while
Coral Sands Harbour Island
allowed Sports Illustrated to
essentially take over the resort
for the duration of the shoot,
ensuring the hotel's manage-
ment and staff were provided
with the utmost in personalised
service and support.
After the stellar experience
on Harbour Island, the Sports
Illustrated crew moved on to
Cat Island in October, 2005, for
an additional shoot with models
Bridget Hall, Marisa Miller and
Fernandez Bay Village ivas
host for this shoot and the
resulting exposure will only add
to hotel's established repula-
tion as a getaway.
N ELLE Macpherson strikes a pose
* GETTING up close and personal
- - --
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2006
. .... .. .
.. ... .... ..r r
Miami Herald Business, Stocks, Analysis, Wall Street
* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
Wall Street yesterday
reacted positively to
one brokerage predict-
ing that 2006 first quarter adjusted earnings
per share (EPS) would exceed the com-
pany's own estimates by coming in at $1.29.
Joseph Greff, a research analyst for the
Bear Stearns investment bank, forecast
that 2006 first quarter EPS would exceed
Kerzner International's own $1.20-$1.25
forecast, based upon "strong future growth
prospects from new developments". '
In reaffirming Bear Stearns 'Outper-
form' rating on the Atlantis and One &
Only Ocean Club owner, Mr Greff said:
"Development pipeline remains intact and
Heads of Agreements
)rice target can go much further
By AFELICITYBR chief
INGRAHAM BREAK chief
we continue to see healthy organic growth
on Paradise Island. Net-net, we believe
2005 fourth quarter results were solid,
especially given Hurricane Wilma's impact
on October, and outlook remains strong."
Bear Stearns has set a $75 share price
target for Kerzner International at year-
end 2006, while the Phase III expansion on
Paradise Island, coupled with the $1.5 bil-
lion Atlantis, The Palm project in Dubai
and projects in Morocco and Lincoln Park,
could generate 15-20 per cent growth in
operating income "over the next few
Investors also appeared to have reacted
well to Kerzner International's results, the
stock closing last night up $0.76 at $67.12
on the New York Stock Exchange
In a previous report published on Feb-
ruary 6, a week before the financial were
unveiled, Mr Greff said: "We think the
recent pullback in the stock provides for an
enhanced buying opportunity, especially
in light of no change in fundamentals.
"We........ believe there could be a few
pennies of EPS upside due to solid vol-
umes in Paradise Island."
Mr Greff noted that in the three weeks
leading up to February 6, Kerzner Inter-
national's Wall Street share price had fall-
en by $6 or 8 per cent, "meaningfully
underperforming" the Standard & Poors
(S&P) 500 index, which was up by 1 per
In a move that will encourage Bahamian
investors who hold Bahamian Depository
Receipts (BDRs) in Kerzner Internation-
al, Mr Greff added: "Our sense is that it is
SEE page 3B
Tribune Staff Reporter
BAHAMIAN realtors and
contractors yesterday said
Heads of Agreements reached
with foreign developers could
go much further in ensuring this
nation's firms obtain greater
economic benefits, yet still wel-
comed clauses included in the
deal for the $500 million Ritz-
Carlton resort on Rose Island.
Allyson Maynard Gibson,
minister of financial services
and investments, speaking at
the Heads of Agreement sign-
ing on Monday, said the Ritz-
Carlton developers were man-
dated to use Bahamian realtors
for all land and property sales
needing the services of real
And.the construction of
homes and residences would be
given exclusively to Bahamians,
provided they were "price com-
petitive" and met Ritz-Carlton
While both the Bahamas
Real Estate Association
calls for all
(BREA) and the Bahamian
Contractors Association (BCA)
were happy their members had
a greater opportunity to be
involved with the project, they
told TribUne Business that more
could be done to allow the eco-
nomic benefits of mutli-million
dollar developments to stay in
The BREA president, Pat
SEE page 2B
Study ranking Bahamas least
globalised 'had little to go on'
* By A FELICITY
Tribune Staff Reporter
JAMES Smith, minister of
state for finance, yesterday
criticised a Swiss research fir-
m's study that found the
Bahamas was one of the
world's least globalised
He said the finding was
derived, at best, from a lack of
information, and at worst,
from a poor study. After view-
ing Tribune Business's article,
based on the findings of the
* JAMES SMITH
Swiss Institute for Business
Cycle Research (KOF), Mr
Smith said his first reaction
was that the group had "very
little to go on".
KOF, a part of the Swiss
Federal Institute of Technol-
ogy, gave the Bahamas the
lowest rating out of 115 coun-
tries a 1.36 for economic
"If one looks at the trade
balance of import/exports, it
shows that the Bahamas
SEE page 5B
'No impact whatsoever'
on Hilton, South Ocean
* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE potential Canadian police probe into their
financial backer "will have no impact whatsoev-
er" on plans to revitalise the British Colonial
Hilton and South Ocean Golf & Beach resort
through attracting new investment partners, The
Tribune was told yesterday.
Although the Royal Canadian Mounted Police
are looking at whether an investigation into the
Canadian Commercial Workers Industry Pen-
sion Plan (CCWIPP) is warranted, following rev-
elations that it had previously breached some
Canadian pension laws, a source close to the fund
said it was proceeding with attempts to earn a
return on its major investments in the two
Referring to the possible police probe, the
source said: "It will have no impact whatsoever.
Everyone wants the properties in the Bahamas to
be a success, and there will be some very positive
announcements coming in the near future."
The source said CCWIPP, whose beneficiaries
are some 200,000 to 250,000 Canadian grocery
store workers, would do more than recoup the
millions it had ploughed into the British Colonial
Hilton and South Ocean resorts.
CCWIPP became their de facto owner through
a 2000 restructuring agreement with RHK Capi-
tal, the investment vehicle of Ronald Kelly, who
SEE page 2B
Resort sees $40m estate
sales over two months
* By DIANE PHILLIPS
SALES of single family
estates and condominiums in
Paradise Island's Ocean Club
Estates have generated $40 mil-
lion in sales revenue over the
past two months.
Mario Carey, a broker,
appraiser and director at
Bahamas Realty, said he saw
no sign of a slowdown from this
amount, which came from sales
that were both closed and under
"I hear the rumblings in the
market, but Ocean Club Estates
seems to be in a class by itself,"
says Mr Carey.
"Usually, the end of Decem-
ber, all of January and part of
February are slow months in
real estate. But since mid-
SEE page 5B
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Realtors, contractors: Heads of
Agreements can go much futhe
FROM page 1B
Strachan, said he would have been
"dancing on the ceiling" if the Minister
had announced that Bahamian real-
tors were to be given the exclusive list-
ing for the property.
He added that the sale of lots by
Bahamians is nothing new, referring
to the Real Estate Brokers and Sales-
man's Act, which stipulates that it is
illegal for unlicensed persons to list,
sell and collect commissions on
Bahamian real estate.
"All Bahamian real estate ought to
be exclusively listed with a Bahamian
agent," Mr Strachan said.
"We have always been allowed to
sell developments by foreigners. We
want all real estate property on Rose
Island to be listed exclusively by agents
of the Bahamas Real Estate Board or
the Bahamas Real Estate Association."
He again expressed BREA's con-
cern about sales at the Residences at
Atlantis, a 50/50 joint venture between
Kerzner International and a US firm,
Turnberry Associates, which is part of
the wider Phase III expansion on Par-
adise Island. Some 510 units in the
Residences are being sold, ranging in
price from $685,000 to $2.5 million.
"We are allowed to sell the Resi-
dences at Atlantis, but Turnberry;'an
unlicensed company out of Aventura,
Florida, has the listings. We have to
go through this company to sell the
unit and split the commission," said
"The penthouse was sold for $7 mil-
lion, and no Bahamian real estate
agent was involved in the transaction."
Mr Strachan said the relevant Act
should be amended, and more efforts
be made to allow for Bahamians to
hold the listings and realise greater
* HEADLIA E HOW Tribune
Business revealed the Ritz-Carlton
resort project back in November 2005
profits in real estate.
Both Kerzner International and
Turnberry, as developers of the Resi--
dences at Atlantis, are entitled to sell
what they construct. The Tribune was
previously told that Kerzner Interna-
tional was also able to sell real estate
under the Paradise Island Develop-
Meanwhile, the Bahamian Contrac'
tors Association wants to be more
involved in construction of the actual
Ritz-Carlton hotel, which will com-
prise 95 rooms,
Being able to build the residential
homes on Rose Islahds is a welcome
aspect, but BCA president Terrance
Knowles said the real benefits could
. be. realized once Bahamians became
more involved in the construction of
the major development.
Due to the size and scope of major
foreign investment projects, Bahamian
contractors may not pre-qualify, said
However, an ideal position would
be one similar to the arrangement for
Atlantis Phase III, he added, where
the projects could be broken down and
Bahamians given sub-contracts.
Mr Knowles said involvement in the
construction of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel
itself, and other developments, would
ha'e real true benefits' in tha. tFe
investment dollar staved in the
Bahamas, and contractors coiild:min
the .iiece.ary kn6'lel .aald esxfri-
ence to b'able to speaiheiiad uch.pro-
jccts in the future.
Regular quarterly meetings with Mrs
Maynard-Gibson had helped.to keep
BCA members' in :tupe:-with' ,ongoing
developments in the Bahamas, but Mr
Knowles said it was up to contractors
to follow through with the developers.
In addition, Mr Knowles said the
BCA was lobbying the Minister to
encourage developers to give out sub-
contracts on some of the larger pro-
The Ritz Carlton is a $500 million
project designed to further define New
Providence as the "most exciting,
dynamic island destination in the
and South Ocean after RHK
Capital defaulted on its loan
CCWIPP's chances of finally
generating an investment return
would come "because the
Bahamas is so hot, and its econ-
omy so strong, right now".
NOTICE is hereby given that PROSPERSON PRESLEY
JACQUES OF WILSON TRACK, P.O. BOX N-10707,
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 15TH day of
FEBRUARY, 2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.
Established Bahamian company
requires the services of a
LIQUID LEVEL CONTROL
Applicants should have a minimum of:
3 to 5 years experience in electronics repair work;
3 to 5 years of working within the Petroleum
Knowledge of the Petroleum Equipment Institute
Recommended Practices for Installation of
Underground Liquid Storage Systems, PEI
Knowledge of the Petroleum Equipment Institute
Recommended Practices for Installation of
Aboveground Liquid Storage Systems, PEI
Salary will be based upon experience and
qualifications. Resumes may be sent to:
P.O. Box EE-15075
In a previous release,
CCWIPP said their was "strong
buyei interest" in both its
Bahamian properties, meaning
they "should realise positive
gains" for the fund from their
sale or further investment by a
joint venture partner.
At the Hilton, CCWIPP and
its advisers, Allen & Co, are
talking to a New York-based
developer of luxury marinas,
Island Global Yachting, about
the latter making a proposed
'No impact whatsoever' on Hilton, South Ocean
$150 million investment adja-
cent to the hotel.
A subsidiary of Island Capital
Group, a private equity firm
specialising in real estate trans-
actions and securitisation,
Island Global Yachting aims to
build and develop a mega-yacht
marina facility in Nassau Har-
Apart from the marina, the
NOTICE is hereby given that WILNELDA APPOLON OF
SPITFIRE ROAD OFF STAPELDON GARDENS, P.O. BOX EE-
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
jshould..not, be..granted.sh.ould, s.ead.a, written and.signed
statement of the facts :within twntyp ightdays from the,.TH
day of FEBRUARY,2006to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.
NOTICE is hereby given that MYRTHA DELVA OF EAST
STREET, 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 15TH day of FEBRUARY, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
NOTICE is hereby given that KEVIN PIERRE JOSEPH OF
P.O. BOX AB-20874, MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO,
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/inaturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement of the
facts within twenty-eight dcys from thelSTHiday eof
FEBRUARY, 2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.
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3.95 0.70 Ar-aco Marklets 0.70 0 70 0 0 .-0 169 O 000 NM 0 00"
10.52 8.00 Bahamad Property Fund 10.48 10.48 0.00 1.456 0.360 7.2 3.44%
7.24 5.61 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 4.0 286%
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 7.40 .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 7.60 Commonwealth Bank 9.13 9.15 0.02 15,415 0.861 0.450 10.6 4.92%
4.67 4.12 Consolidated Water BDRs 4.24 4.37 0.13 0.099 0.045 42.8 1.06%
2.88 1.45 Doctor's Hospital 2.86 2.86 0.00 0.437 0,000 6.5 0.00%
6.21 4.02 Famguard 6.21 6.21 0.00 0,542 0.240 11.5 3.86%
10.95 9.99 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 7.95 Focol 10.05 10.05 0.00 0.833 0.500 12.1 4.98%
1.99 1.15 Freeport Concrete 1.15 1.15 0.00 -0.162 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 5.30 Kerzner international BDRs 6.63 6.71 0.08 0.134 0.000 49.5 0.00%
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1 1442 1 0782 Colina Bond Fund 1.144217"***
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development is also looking at
residential condominiums and
an upscale shopping complex.
Meanwhile, The Tribune
understands that CCWIPP and
its representatives are in nego-
tiations with a New York-
based group over South Ocean,
either to sell it outright or form
a joint venture. The latter,
which would involve a partner
paying a mixture of cash and
equity, is likely to be the pre-
Other companies that looked
at South Ocean are understood
to be the Fairmont Hotels &
Resorts chain, plus a Canadian
construction company, Van
Prime Minister Perry
Christie recently said he was
awaiting a "substantive propo-
sition" to be submitted to the
Government for South Ocean's
redevelopment, but The Tri-
bune understands that the deal
is not concluded yet.
NOTICE Is hereby given that DENISE PHILIPPE OF P.O. BOX F-41733,
PINEDALE, EIGHT MILE ROCK, GRAND BAHAMA, BAHAMAS, is
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,-for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that anhypeirs
who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization sh6oli'dffde
granted, should send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty -eight days from the sTiiHdaay of FEBRUARY, 2006 to'thd IKnt'lr
-responsible for Nationality and -Citizenship, P.OBox -F-41085v,-ra
NOTICE is hereby given that RASHARD LAVARDO COOPER F
P.O. BOX F-40997, #51 ABACO DR., HAWKSBILL, GRAD
BAHAMA,BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible fr
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen
of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason Wvy
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should ser a
written and signed statementof the facts within twenty-eight d s
from the 15TH day of FEBRUARY, 2006 to the Minister responds e
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box F-41085, Grand Bah
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Small Preparatory Acaey
Class Register NOWfor i
Sizes 20September': T i |
"Home of the Cavaliers"
Testing on Saturday, February
18, 2006 at 8:00am $15.00
fee + bring pencil & pen
"Whosoever accepts one such
little child in My name accepts Me"
FROM page 1B
acquired both properties.
CCWIPP had financed Mr Kel-
ly, but took over responsibility
for the British Colonial Hilton
BRISBANE SHIPPING LIMITED
Pursuant to the Provisions of Section 137(8) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000 notice is
hereby given that the above-named Company has been
dissolved and struck off the Register pursuant to a
Certificate of Dissolution issued by the Registrar General
on the 28th November, 2005.
BRISBANE SHIPPING LIMITED. ,
Il\I-WA)lr r-Lig VV L. .4--4 .%JL VA I, I I &W I A I I I -W
I W D E Y 2
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just some fast money exiting
the shares, after a very strong
fourth quarter share perfor-
mance." The company's stock
rose by 24 per cent in the 2005
Mr Greff acknowledged that
2005 fourth quarter operating
income at Atlantis, excluding
fees and earnings from the
Harborside timeshare devel-
opment, were below Bear
Stearns estimate of $27.8 mil-
lion, standing at $24.9 million.
He attributed this to softer
than expected margins, which
were likely to have been
impacted by Hurricane Wilma
striking the Florida tourist mar-
ket, which accounts for 15 per
cent of the resort's visitors.
Net revenues at Atlantis,
though, "were well-above
expectation", standing at $122.9
million compared to Bear
Stearns' $111.8 million esti-
Atlantis room rates were
raised by only 2 per cent during
the fourth quarter, while occu-
pancy dipped by 1 per cent,
meaning that the resorts saw
only the tiniest of increases in
revenue per available room
(RevPAR). Without Wilma,
RevPar would have been up 3
Mr Greff said the 75,000.
square foot Marina Village,
opened last July, would see
growth that "accelerates into
Paradise Island's seasonal)
stronger periods, namely the
first and second quarters". He
backed the company's line that
Marina Village would improve
its profitability and bottom line
as its moved forward.
The Residences at Atlantis,
Kerzner International's 500-
unit condo hotel joint venture
with Turnberry Associates, had
sold 120 units or 24 per cent of
those available for sale.
Meanwhile, Mr Greff said
Kerzner International was
planning an additional expan-
sion phase for'its arborside
timeshare development at Par-
adise Island, which could add
up to 350 units and "provide
for three to five years of inven-
Mr Greff, though, noted that
with Easter falling in April this
year, as opposed to March last
year, Kerzner International was
facing strong first quarter com-
paratives, especially with group
room nights down by 7,000 in
The company, he added,
spent $78 million on capital
'projects during the fourth quar-
ter, most of this going on Par-
Mr Greff raised his 2006 EPS
tional's stock to $3.36, from
$2.11, although for 2007 it was
lowered from $4.02 to $3.31 to
account for higher taxes, inter-
est expense, depreciation and
amortisation and other non-
Bear Stearns raised its oper-
ating income estimates for 2006
INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL
The Public is hereby advised that I, NICCOLE JOYE
CHERISH HAYES, of P.O. Box FH-14386, Springfield
Road, Fox Hill, Nassau, Bahamas, intend to change my
name to NICCOLE JOYE CHERISH CURRY. 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.
P ,: ,., -- ,7~ ~ ", ," 7,r" ?,"-":
A leading Lawfirm with offices located in Nassau,
is seeking to fill the position
The successful applicant should possess the
following minimum requirements:
* At least Five (5) years working with corporate
and company administration
* Experience in all aspects of the administration
of Companies including practical compliance
with all relevant legislation laws.
* Must be familiar with:
The Companies Act
The International Business Companies Act
* Computer Literate
* Excellent oral and writing communication skills
* Good interpersonal skills
General responsibilities will include but not be
* The supervision of an existing well structured
* Excellent work attitude
* Ability to prioritize tasks
* Highly motivated with the ability to motivate
* Proactive with a progressive nature
A competitive salary, pension plan, health and ilfe
insurance and other attractive benefits.
Interested persons should apply in writing to:
The Office Manager
P.O. Box N-4196
NOTICE is hereby given that LENY OSCAR, OF GOLDEN
GATES #2, 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, RO.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.
The Airport Authority is seeking suitably qualified Bahamians
to fill the positions noted below:-
INSPECTOR- (SECURITY DIVISION)
The Inspector of Security is generally responsible for a shift
and is therefore required to effectively manage, motivate and
coordinate the regular deployment of staff as well as to assist
them in their professional development.
The successful applicant must. therefore be self-motivated
with excellent communication and inter-personal skills, ten
(10) years working experience; the last five (5) at the
Supervisory level in addition to tertiary level academic
qualifications. Tertiary level qualifications and experience in
Police or Security related duties and investigations will be
considered an asset.
Applicants should possesses a Bachelor of Science Degree
in Computer Science or Computer Technology, a Microsoft
Certified Professional Certificate, proficiency in Computer
Software and a minimum of three (3) to five (5) years
experience in installing and maintaining Information Systems
Qualified Bahamians should submit their Resume, no later
than 24th February 2006 to the
Manager, Human Resources
The Airport Authority
Nassau International Airport
P.O. BoxAP 59222
MAJOR AIRLINES SEEK
Ensuring a smooth, safe and secure operation
Supporting and building diversity within local leadership team
Partners with HR to ensure appropriate administrative action is
Overseeing, implementing and supporting FAA and corporate
Ensuring distinctive customer service is delivered to the airline's
Promoting team building through motivational and directional
Developing strategic and tactical plans that create a safety conscious
environment for employee safety and well being
Manage and plan station costs in operating plan
Facilitating the implementation and acceptance of change within
Persons applying for the position must have:
A 4 year college degree in business management for related fields
or the equivalent experience with a minimum 5 years experience
in leadership positions
Have a working knowledge of the a major GDS (Global Distribution
System), including Microsoft Office
Must be willing to work long hours as needed
Must be able to travel
Must possess strong customer service orientation. Critical thinking
and problem-solving skills required for effective service recovery.
Salary commensurate with qualifications.
All applications must be sent in writing to:
Regional HR Manager
PO Box 20706
Atlanta, GA 30320
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2006, PAGE 3B
PAGE 4B, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2006
THE TRIBUNE BUSINESS
Eut Hill Sreet
P.O. Box N-3910
Nuuu. The *Bahunn
Telephone (242) 302-5300
Facsimile (242) 302-5350
INDEPENDENT AUDITORS' REPORT
To the Shareholder of Franklin Templeton Fiduciary Bank & Trust Ltd.
SWe have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheet of Franklin Templeton Fiduciary
Bank & Trust Ltd. (the Company) and its subsidiaries (a development stage enterprise) as of
September 30, 2005. This balance sheet is the responsibility of the Company's management.
Our responsibility is to express an opinion on this balance sheet based on our audit.
We conducted our audit in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the United
States of America. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain
reasonable assurance about whether the balance sheet is free of material misstatem-.nt. An audit
includes examining,' on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the
balance sheet. An audit also includes assessing the accounting principles used and significant
estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall balance sheet presentation. We.
believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.
SIn our opinion, the consolidated balance sheet presents fairly, in all material respects, the
financial position of Franklin Templeton Fiduciary Bank & Trust Ltd. and its subsidiaries as of
September 30, 2005, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United
States of America.
October 31, 2005
Franklin Templeton Fiduciary Bank & Trust Ltd.
Incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
Consolidated Balance Sheet
As of September 30, 2005
(Expressed In United States dollars)
Demand deposits Non-interest bearing
United States treasury bills
Cash and cash equivalents
Accounts receivable from affiliates
Prepaid expenses and other assets
Fixed assets (Note 3)
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDER'S EQUITY
Accounts payable to affiliates (Note 6)
Compensation and benefits
Other accrued expenses
Common shares, US$1,000 par value; c'
10,000 shares authorized, issued and outstanding
TOTAL SHAREHOLDER'S EQUITY
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDER'S EQUITY
SIGNED ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD:
JAJ//UA2Y 29 200Ao
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
September 30, 2005
1. Nature of Business
Franklin Templeton Fiduciary Bank & Trust Ltd. (the Company) was incorporated on
September 3, 2003 under the laws of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, and is
regulated by the Central Bank of The Bahamas and the Securities Commission of The
Bahamas. The Company is licensed to carry on banking and trust business from within
The Bahamas pursuant to the provisions of The Banks and Trust Companies Regulation
Act, 2000 and is a licensed broker-dealer under the Securities Industry Act, 1999 and the
Securities Industry Regulations, 2000. The principal activities of the Company include
providing private banking, trust and investment management services to high net worth
The Company is considered to be a development stage enterprise given that during the
period from September 3, 2003 (date of incorporation) to September 30, 2005 it has
devoted substantially all of its efforts to establishing a new business, and accordingly
planned principal operations have not commenced and there has been no significant
revenue therefrom. The Company, as is typical of other development stage enterprises,
has devoted its efforts to activities such as financial planning; raising capital; acquiring
fixed assets or other operating assets, such as recruiting and training personnel;
developing markets; and starting up operations. The Company commenced operations on
December 1, 2004.
The Company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Templeton Global Holdings Ltd. (TGHL),
a company incorporated in The Bahamas. The ultimate parent company is Franklin
Resources, Inc. (FRI), a company incorporated in Delaware, United States of America.
2. Significant Accounting Policies
(a) Basis of Presentation
The consolidated balance sheet has been prepared in accordance with accounting
principles generally accepted in the United States of America (U.S. GAAP). The
preparation of the consolidated balance sheet in conformity with U.S. GAAP
requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported
amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities
as of the date of the consolidated balance sheet. Actual amounts may differ from
(b) Principles of Consolidation
The consolidated balance sheet includes the balance sheet of the Company and its
subsidiaries after elimination of all significant intercompany accounts,
transactions and profits. 'Subsidiaries are those companies in which the Company
has more than one half the voting rights or. otherwise has the power to exercise
control over the operations.
Subsidiaries are consolidated from the date on which control is transferred to the
Company and are no longer consolidated from the date that control ceases. The
balance sheets of the subsidiaries used in the preparation of the consolidated
balance sheet have been drawn up to September 30, 2005.
As of September 30, 2005, the Company owns 100% of the voting shares of four
nominee companies incorporated in The Bahamas.
(c) Translation of Foreign Currencies
The currency of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas is the Bahamian dollar. The,
Company's functional and presentation currency is the United States dollar
because .it is the currency that best reflects the economic substance of the
underlying events and circumstances relevant to the Company. Monetary assets
and liabilities and non-monetary assets and liabilities denominated in currencies
other than the United States dollar are translated at rates of exchange prevailing as
of the reporting date and rates of exchange at the date of the transactiohil
respectively. Revenue and expense items denominated in foreign Cduiencid e
translated at rates of exchange which approximate actual rates prevailing on the'
transaction dates. Resulting foreign exchange gains or losses are re ognized
currently in the consolidated statement of operations.
(d) Cash and.Cash Equivalents
Cash and cash equivalents include demand deposits with banks, debt instruments
with original maturities of three months or less and other highly liquid
investments that are readily convertible to cash.
(e) Fixed Assets
Fixed assets, including leasehold improvements, are stated at cost lebs
accumulated depreciation and amortization.
'-' Depreciation and amortizationi are calculated on a straight-line basis over the
following estimated useful lives of the respective assets as follows:
Furniture and office equipment
!ntemal and external costs incurred in connection with developing or obtaining
software for internal use are capitalized. These capitalized costs are included in
fixed assets and are amortized beginning when the software project is complete
and the application is put into production, over the estimated useful life of the
Expenditures for repairs and maintenance are charged to expenses when incurred.
(1) Revenue and Expense Recognition
Revenue and expense are recognized on an accrual basis.
The Company leases all of its present office facilities under an operating lease
agreement. Payments made under operating leases are charged to the consolidated
statement of operations in the period to which payments relate.
3. Fixed Assets
As of September 30, 2005, fixed assets are comprised of the following:
Furniture and office equipment
Leasehold impro\ ements
Accumulated depreciation and amortization
4. Compensation and Benefits
(a) FRI sponsors a profit sharing plan (the "Plan") covering substantially.all
employees of FRI and its subsidiaries. The Plan is funded on an annual basis as
determined by the Board of D.zectors of FRI.
(b) FRI sponsors a qualified non-compensatory Employee Stock Investment Plan.
(ESIP) covering substantially all employees of FRI and its subsidiaries, which
allows participants' who meet certain eligibility criteria to buy FRI common shares
at 90% of the market value on defined dates via automatic payroll deductions.
(c) FRI sponsors a deferred compensation plan covering certain. employees of the
Company and entitles them to restricted shares, vesting over a period.of 3 years.
(a) Lease Commitment
The Company rents an office space from a related party in the Templeton
Building, Lyford Cay, The Bahamas under the teims of a lease agreement for a
period commencing on January 1, 2005 and ending on December 31, .0,0.,
Under the terms of the 'ease agreement, the Company has a renewal option,
exercisable upon giving the landlord notice of such intention by no later than "
October 1, 2006.
Future minimum lease payments required a, 6f eptember 30, 0, det
existing lease commitment, total $164,925 (i.e. $131,940 within one year and
$32,985 within two yea.s).
(b) Intercompany Borrowing Agreement
Pursuant to the Intercompany Borrowing Agreement dated May 31, 2004 between
the Company and Templeton Global Advisors Limited'(TGAL), a related party to
S the 'Company, both of which shari a commofi prerit, TGHL, the Company may
'elect to borrow funds from TGAL, at ifs sole'd4isretioi,'i an TGAd L ay agree td
lend funds to the Company.
For the period from September 3, 2003 (date of incorporation) to September 30,
2005, there were .no.borrowings by the Company from TGAL. Should the
Company elect to borrow funds from TGAL and TGAL agree to lend funds to the
Company, such funding will only occur if the interest rate offered by TGAL is
equal to interest rates available to the Company through the lowest cost borrowing
alternative for a loan of similar maturity and with similar loan characteristics.
6. Related Party Balances and Transactions
Related parties or affiliates include those entities which have the ability to control or
exercise significant influence over the Company in making financial or operational
decisions, and entities that are controlled, jointly controlled or significantly influenced by
them. Significant balances with related parties as of September 30, 2005 not separately
disclosed elsewhere in the consolidated financial statements, are as follows:
Global Services and Support Services Agreements
FRI and its affiliated companies conduct business operations in multiple jurisdictions
globally, which encompass numerous legal entities. Accordingly, certain corporate and
operational support functions within the group are delivered through globally managed
staff and systems resulting in intra-group dealings between multiple legal entities.
Pursuant to a formalized global services agreement dated Match 3, 2005, the Company
appointed Franklin Templeton Companies, ILC (FTCL), a service company, to provide
certain corporate and operational support functions to the Company. The cost of these
services to the Company is determined using an allocation methodology based on
estimates and assumptions that are periodically reviewed and adjusted by management.
At present, no income or capital gains taxes are levied in the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas and, accordingly, no provision for such taxes has been recorded.
8. Minimum Regulatory Capital Requirements
The Company is subject to various regulatory capital requirements administered by The
Central Bank of The Bahamas. Failure to meet minimum capital requirements can
initiatO certain mandatory and possibly additional discretionary actions by the regulate
that, if undertaken, could have a direct material effect on the Company's consolidated,
financial statements. Under capital adequacy guidelines and the regulatory framework f6't
prompt corrective action, the Company must m-et specific capital guidelines that involve-
~VN~TRIBNE WDNESAY, EBRURY 1, 206,IPGES5
Resort sees $40m estate
sales over two months
q9Puantitive measures of their assets, liabilities and certain off-balance sheet items
cflculate under regulatory accounting practices. The capital amounts and classification
ae also subject. to qualitative judgments by the regulator about components, risk
e~, i igi.n and other factors.
Quantitative measures established by guidelines and regulation to ensure capital adequacy
require the Company to maintain capital at a minimum level of 5% of total assets or 8%
of risk-weighted assets (including off-balance sheet items), whichever one is greater.
Management believes, as of:September 30, 2005, that the Company met all capital
adequacyirequirements.to which it was subject.
9. Risk Management
.xe Company engages in transactions that may expose it to credit risk,,market risk,
liquidity risk and fiduciary risk in the normal course of business. The Company's
financial performance is affected by its capacity to understand and effectively manage
theseqrisks. The:Coxppany's challenge i ot, only to measure and monitor these risks, but
also to manage them as profit opportunities.
(a) Credit Risk
The Company takes on exposure to credit risk, which is the risk that a counterpart
will be unable to pay amounts in full when due. Concentration of credit risk may
arise from a variety of circumstances including counterparties with similar economic
characteristics or geographical locations. The ability of such counterparties to meet
contractual obligations would be similarly affected by changing economic, political
or other conditions. To manage this risk the Company's deposits are placed with
high credit quality financial institutions and government agencies.
(b) Market Risk
Market risk is the potential loss due to changes in the value of investments including
those resulting from adverse changes in interest rates, foreign exchange and/or equity
prices. Management is responsible for managing this risk.-
(c) Liquidity Risk
Liquidity risk arises from fluctuations in cash flows. The liquidity ns. management
process ensures that the Company is able to honour all of its financial commitments
as they fall due. The Company manages liquidity risk by investing in short-term
highly liquid assets.
(d) Fiduciary Risk
The Company is susceptible to fiduciary risk, which is the risk that the Company
may fail in carrying out certain mandates in accordance with the wishes of its clients.
To manage this exposure, the Company takes a conservative approach in its
10. Fair Values of Financial Instruments
The fair value of a financial instrument is the current amount that would be exchanged
between willing parties, other than in a forced liquidation.
The financial assets and liabilities of the Company are relatively short-term in nature,
accordingly, the carrying values as reported in the consolidated balance sheet approximate
tion of factors, but the two out-
standing ones are lifestyle and
limited supply. It's a small island
with limited land left on which
to build and a lifestyle that is
hard to beat."
A recent issue of the Robb
Report Luxury Portal calls
Ocean Club Estates "a rare
retreat" and lists it among the
year's fabulous finds for the
One of the sales drivers is
.Kerzner International's 88-unit
Ocean Club Residences &
Marina, which is being devel-
oped in conjunction with the
In the matter of the Companies Act 1992
In the Matter of Dominion Investments (Nassau) Ltd.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)
Notice is hereby given that all persons having claims
against the above-named Company are required, on or before
the 15th day March 2006, to send their names and addresses and
particulars of their debts of claims to George Clifford Culmer
the Liquidator of the Company, at P O Box N- 10144, Nassau,
Bahamas or, in default thereof, they may be excluded from the
benefit of any distribution made before such debts are approved.
Dated this 9th day of February 2006.
GEORGE CLIFFORD CULMER
WESTERHAM BUSINESS INC.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)
Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the 13th
day of February, 2006. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp.
Inc., of P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.
ARGOSA CORP. INC.
FROM page 1B
December, agents and brokers -
not just in this office, although
we have been fortunate enough
to have our share have written
contracts or closed on five
homes with a total value of $28
million, and three lots worth
Some $12 million. I have never
seen anything like it."' .
The high-end market drawn
to Paradise Island remains,
upbeat, and Mr Carey!said:
"There is no single explanation
for the allure. It's a combina-
objective study of the tax system
and the Bahamian economy
would yield better results for
the -Bahamas in terms of eco-
In the matter of the Companies Act 1992
In the Matter of Dominion Investments (Nassau) Ltd.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)
Take Notice that at an Extraordinary Meeting of the Sharholders
of the above named company held on Thursday the 2 day of
February A.D. 2006, the following Resolutions were passed:
1. That Dominion Investments (Nassau) LTD be wound
2. That Mr. G Clifford Culmer be appointed Liquidator
of the Company for the purpose of such winding up.
Dated the 9th day of February A.D. 2006
GEORGE CLIFFORD CULMER
Liquidator of the above-named Company
The complex includes four,
six-storey buildings, each with
22 private homes. The smallest
is 3,000 square feet. Penthouses
run 7,200 square feet.and up to
$6 million, already a better than
$1 million increase from pre-
Sconstruction prices of less than
a year ago. Completion on the
Ocean Club Residences is
expected in the spring of 2007,
less than two years after con-
"They broke ground in Janu-
ary of last year," said Mr Carey,
"and of the 88 units with prices
now starting at $1.85 million,
there are fewer than 25 left.
And that was yesterday. It could
change by the time you are
through writing this."
In addition to creating jobs
and adding a welcome boost to
the Bahamian economy, sales
at Ocean Club Estates boost the
Government's coffers. Stamp
tax on $40 million in transac-
tions nets the Treasury $4 mil-
"When you consider that the
Government of the Bahamas
only collects $6 million in real
property tax from all of Nas-
sau, and it will collect $4 mil-
lion just in sales from two
months, from one subdivision,
from one real estate agency,"
Mr Carey says, "it's stunning.
to go on'
FROM page 1B
actively participates in interna-
tional trade," said Mr Smith.
He added that the results
contrasted with the findings of
other larger studies that have
come across his desk, which
ranked the Bahamas in the 20s
out of more than 100 other
Rick Lowe, of the Nassau
Institute economic think-tank,
said researchers could have
based their results on the
Bahamas' duty structure, which
is seen by outsiders as impeding
Whereas the Bahamas still
had high import duties on
goods, Mr Smith said it was
more involved in tourism and
financial services, which account
for about 40 per cent of Gross
Domestic Product (GDP).
He added that the Bahamas'
system of customs duties and
stamp taxes were excise taxes
designed to raise revenues,
rather than barriers to trade.
Nor were the Bahamas' tariffs
discriminatory, as they applied
to almost all imports.
The KOF report measured
economic globalisation on the
cross-border flow of goods, cap-
ital and services, plus the infor-
mation and perceptions that
accompany market exchanges.
"We will continue to be the
least globalised if we keep the
same approach Bahamians for
this, Bahamians for that -
instead of inviting competition,"
said Mr Lowe.
"If you have competition in
the market place, everyone tries
to give better service, but if you
are all protected by legislation,
the consumer is not really better
off." He was referring to the
policy of reserving certain areas
of the economy for Bahamian-
owned businesses only.
Mr Lowe explained by ask-
ing: "If you have three tele-
phone companies in the
Bahamas, do you think that
consumers could expect better
In the same light, he said
Bahamians could actually ben-
efit more from a further global-
isation of Bahamian markets.
The KOF study did place the
Bahamas on a better footing for
social globalisation, but the
Bahamas still ranked next-to-
last on political globalisation,
out of 123 countries.
Mr Smith said he felt a more
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* BREAKING into a sprint in the Tour of the Bahamas Circuit Race on Saturday, February 11, 2006
(Photo: Tim A.4len)
Tour of the Bahamas sets
Massie up for busy schedule
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
JONATHAN Massie turned in
a credible performance to lead a
contingent of Bahamian competi-
tors in the Jeff Auto Repair's spon-
sored third annual Tour of the
Massie, competing as a part of
the VGM Racing team that is
based in the Bahamas, finished
21st in a field of 60 competitors
that included a host of cyclists from
throughout the United States, rep-
resenting more than 10 interna-
The two-day race, featuring the
largest field of competitors ever
MOUNT Nebo Baptist Church, the men's
champions two years ago, are out to regain the
title in Baptist Sports Council basketball.
In their season opener on Saturday at the
Charles W. Saunders High School, Jean Street,
Mt. Nebo got a game high 16 points from Ian
Pinder and 12 from Jamal Rolle as they derailed
last year's runners-up Evangelistic Centre 56-
Brandon Ingraham helped out with seven
and Billy Sands chipped in with six.
Dereck Sands and Dwight Williamson had
eight apiece for Evangelistic Centre. Lamont
Bain added seven and Harry Sands had six.
In other men's games played, New Mount
Zion knocked off Macedonia 47-38 and New
Bethlehem nipped Calvary Bible 56-54 in over-
In the boys' 19-and-under division, Trans-
figuration blasted Golden Gates 47-35 and last
year's runners-up First Baptist routed Golden
And in the 15-and-under division, Golden
Gates pulled off a 33-27 win over Mount Tabor;
Ebenezer nipped New Bethlehem 18-16 and
Faith United beat St. Paul's 26-19.
* Here's a summary of those games played:
New Mt. Zion 47, Macedonia 38 (Men):
Ricardo Rolle's game high 26 points, along
with Mario Davis' 14, helped the winners.
Tim Clarke had 12 and Rohn Johnson had 10
in the loss.
New Bethlehem 56, Calvary Bible 54 (Men):
Deangelo Duncombe scored five of his 11
points in overtime, including the game winning
basket to lead New Bethlehem. The score was
tied at 47-47 at the end of regulation.
Terrel Duncombe scored a game high 16,
Khyiel Roberts had 10 and Theo Cleare added
Marvin Nairn scored a game high 22 in the
loss. Garvin Taylor and Tori Clarke had nine
assembled in the Bahamas, saw a
change in weather from the hot,
sunny Saturday to a chilly, rainy
Sunday as the event concluded
with a grueling 150 mile road race
ii the western end of the island.
"Obviously Saturday was a per-
fect day for racing. It wasn't too
hot, but everyone knew there
would be a cold front coming in,"
apiece and Richard Symonette had seven.
Transfiguration 47, Golden Gates 35 (19-
and-under): Josey Minus came up with a game
high 27 points, Antoine Arnett had nihe and
Marcian Bowe finished with six in their win.
Claude Lesbott scored nine, Rashad Rodgers
eight and Michael Munnings seven in the loss.
First Baptist 51, Golden Gates 29 (19-and-
under):: Eugene Bain came up with a game high
12, Cruz Simon had nine, Torino Clarke eight
and Jamelion Rose six in First Baptist's sec-
ond straight victory.
Lathario Adderley scored nine, Michael
Munnings had eight and Claude Lesbott seven
in the loss.
Golden Gates 33, Mount Tabor 27 (15-
under): Elroy Armbrister scored nine, Jaraan
Seymour had eight and.Chavez Sawyer came up
with seven to pace the winners.
Kenny Hart had a game high 10 in the loss.
Faith United 26, St. Paul's.19 (15-and-under):
Jermaine McPhee scored a game high 14 and
Mario Dean contributed 10 in Faith United's
Patrick Brice scored 10 and Ramon Harris
had six in the loss.
Ebenezer 18, New Bethlehem 16 (15-and-
under): Ricardo Hepburn scored seven, Lajon-
ti Stuart had five and Leroy Wells four to lead
Craig Davis scored a game high 10 in the
a SATURDAY'S SCHEDULE
Court One 10am Golden Gates vs Mace-
donia (19-and-under); 11am Temple Fellow-
ship vs B.I.B.A. (Men); Noon Calvary Bible
vs New Mt. Zion (Men); 1pm Pilgrim vs Gold-
en Gates (Men) and 2pm Bahamas Harvest vs
Court Two 10am First Baptist vs Faith Unit-
ed (19-and-under); 11am Macedonia vs New
Bethlehem (15-and-under); Noon Faith United
vs Ebenezer (15-and-under); 1pm New Beth-
lehem vs Mt. Nebo (Men) and 2pm St. Paul's
vs Faith United (Men).
Massie said. "It was extremely
cold, but it was a fun race. It was
hard to balance the elements. It
was the coldest I've ever been."
Despite the inclement weather
on Sunday, Massie still managed to
finish among the leaders in the first
pack of the race that was eventu-
ally won by Cuban American
Henandez, representing JC
Investors, had a time of six hours,
15 minutes and 33 seconds for the
overall title. His nearest rival was
Bradley Davis of Ford/Orlando
Velo in 6:16.04 with Yosvany Fal-
con, unattached, third in 6:17.10.
Massie, who along with Barron
'Turbo' Musgrove is preparing to
represent the Bahamas at the
Commonwealth Games in Mel-
bourne, Australia next month,
turned in a time of 6:22.15.
The series of races included a a
three-mile timed trials and an 8-
lap road race, both held on Satur-
day. On Sunday, the 150 mile road
race was staged.
For Massie, he just wanted to
work within the VMG Racing
team concept as they attempted
to win the overall title. VMG Rac-
ing, based here in the Bahamas,
recently concluded an intense
training programme in Eleuthera
the week before they competed in
their first race together.
"I think I did my job this week-
end. It was interesting," said the
former University of Colorado
based cyclist, who recently signed a
pro contract with VMG Racing
that is headed by Billy Holowesko.
Massie, who commended the
Royal Bahamas Police Force for
the way they operated the flow of
traffic, said the race served as a
good tune up for him as he heads
on the road on Friday.
VMG Racing will be compet-
ing in Tampa, Florida this weekend
before they head to Mexico for the
Tour of Mexico the first week in
March and then, from March 10-
12, they will travel to California to
After that, it's off to the Com-
monwealth Games, March 15-26
"If that doesn't get me ready, I
don't know what will," said Massie,
as he prepares to return to the
games after making his debut on
the international scene for the
Bahamas in Manchester, England
Musgrove, also representing
VMG Racing and the last of the 42
competitors that completed the
grueling 150 mile road race, said he
went out and did his best under
"Every year, the event has got-
ten bigger and better with better
cyclists," Musgrove reflected. "We
had the very elite pro squads from
the United States and North
America competing. It was a
tremendous experience for me.
"I was very pleased with my per-
formance, going that much dis-
tance so early in the season. To do
that under those circumstances
Cano of Team Laser won, but itu-
rence Jupp II, a newcomer to the
sport, got second place over -ti
JAR team-mate Kevin Richard-
It was extremely cold, but it
was a fun race. It was hard to.-,
balance the elements. It was the
coldest I've ever been."
.. . : i
really gave me a lot of encourage-
ment heading into Commonwealth
In addition to the pro level,
there were a number of categories
that featured Bahamians against
In the masters category, Rolf
Fasthe came in third behind Wally
Martinez of Team Laser. Fasthe's
VMG Racing's team-mate Scott
Hirshom was second.
Charlene Waldner of VMG
Racing won the ladies' title with
Elizabeth Heal of the University of
Florida second. Tereas Camacho
Perez of Team Laser was third.
Carmel Stucki of JAR didn't com-
plete the road race.
In the 15-16 age group, Andres
Team Laser's Kevin McGuire
and Amir Merali swept the.first
two spots in the 13-14 category
with Yorkell Bain ofJAR coming
And in the 10-12 category, Jay
Major of JAR was the winner over
Roy Colebrooke, Tres Smithi id
Anthony 'Biggie' Colebro6oin
that order. '
Emmanual Johnson woifthe
road race, but he didn't coniplete
the entire series. .
Race director Larry Glinton said
they were extremely pleased with
the performances turned in by the
Bahamian competitors and race
sponsor Jeff Major has already
pledged to put on an even bigger
event next year.
FROM page one
an answer to their shooting slump while the Stars had doubled
their first quarter points by this time.
The answer to the solution would come for the Falcons from Rashard
Williams at the four minute marker.
Williams was now hoping that his three-point play would b6 the
spark the team needed, but it would only lead to a six point quarteyfor
The Stars had scored 30 points in the second quarter with Carey Tea,4
ing the charge with 11 points and Heastie with eight. -
Adding to the 21 point lead before the quarter closed was Keithrian
Grey with three big three pointers. '
For Grey coming into the game and assisting his team was all he vwait'
ed to do. *"-'
He said: "Coach told me to just fire away when I got on the court, ha
had the confidence in me to this job so I tried my best to hit all my shot
"It feels great to win and to that I actually played a part in thevie"
The two minute half time session give the Falcons a lot of time to
think and come out with a game plan.
When they took to the court they immediately applied their full
court press. This took the Stars by surprise resulting in several turnover,
But the team wasn't about to blow a double digit lead and allo -tlih
Falcons to creep back into the game.
Just when the Falcons thought the Stars had let their guard down,'the
team came storming back. i
It was all Beckford, Carey and Heastie in the fourth quarter.
Heastie would lead the team with 21 points, Carey with 18 points a t
Beckford with 10 points. Lashard Bullard led the Falcons with 18
points, Williams chipped in with 15.
Mount Nebo get
off to a strong start
PAGE 6B, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2006
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2006, PAGE
Action from SAC's title winning
victory over St John's College
II SAC's Jabari Wilmont goes up for two over St John's Giants.
(Photo: Felip, Major/Tribune staff)
* ST JOHN'S Peter Cartwright takes on the defence of SAC.
(Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune staff)
* ABOVE: St John's
Shanarj Wallace goes
around Jabari Wilmont for
* LEFT: St John's
Shanarj Wallace tries to get
around the defence of
SAC's Denillo Culmer
(Photos: Felipe Major/
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MIAMI HERALD SPORTS
IT FINALLY happened
for the Bahamas Academy
Stars. The team clinched
the title they've been gun-
ning after for five years on
Over the last four years
the Prince William Falcons
senior boys team has
become the Stars' worst
nightmare, but the Stars
were determined to change
The Stars took to the
court with one thing on
their minds, a Bahamas
Associations of Indepen-
dent Secondary School
After holding the Fal-
cons to a 34 point lead in
the half, the Stars pulled
together to clinch their
first title with a 82-62 victo-
Summing up the victory
as "sweet," starting point
guard Trevino Carey said
the title is long overdue for
"This is a sweet victory,
the sweetest one. This
beats all the other appear-
ances and the pennant
titles," said Carey.
"Yesterday in practice
our coach told us to come
out and play with a lot of
intensity from the jump
ball and we did.
"We came out played
hard and smarter than we
did in the last two games.
No one thought we could
have won, so we came out
to prove a point to all who
that we were a fluke again
"We wanted this one, so
we came out and played
like true champions."
The Stars' showing was
no fluke in the first half,
although they were a little
slow getting into their
offence after the jump ball.
But this didn't stop them.
Led by Carey and
Cordero Heastie, the two
guards drilled the ball
down the heart of the Fal-
cons' defensive stand.
With the duo handling
the ball, the tricks started
to come out of the bag,
stunning the Falcons who
were now scrambling to
This freed up the Stars'
post players and big man
Clyde Beckford was going
Beckford became a
threat to the Falcons from
all areas of the court. He
had cashed in on eight of
the team's 17 first quarter
points, and has the second
quarter started he was
looking to do more dam-
But this quarter belonged
to the 'C-H connection,'
Carey and Heastie.
The Stars' biggest chal-
lenge in the second quarter
was mastering a fast break
offense and thanks to
Carey and Heastie this job
was carried out to perfec-
The Stars duo ran circles
around the Falcons and
stole more than a dozen of
their inbound passes on the
Carey would lead the
Stars' 24-2 run with six fast
break points, which eventu-
ally led to Falcons' head
coach Dexter Cambridge
calling a time-out.
The time-out was sup-
posed to help the Falcons
regroup, but that didn't
work as the Stars' dominat-
ing style continued.
Falcons still couldn't find
SEE page 6B
* THE triumphant SAC Big Red Machines with their trophy (Photo: Felipe Major/Tribuhe staff)
s top fitlee win
SAC overcome last
* BASKETBALL .
By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports Reporter
THE St Augustine's Big Red Machines chugged their way to
the top in the Bahanms Associations of Independent Secondaty
School (BAISS), capturing the covenant junior boys title
Taking the do-or-die game two from last years champions th
St John's College Giants, the Big Red Machines turned up th
heat on Monday evening to clinch the title with a 51-45 victory
Turning in a stellar performance for the team was Taj' Ma
Thompson, who had a game high of 25 points.
With the Big Red Machines getting of to a fast start, Thom~pp-
son became the receiver for the team, which had forced se r-
al turnovers. ,,
Taking on the leading role in his team's offence, Thomplson
cashed in on 12 fast break points, assisting in five.
He said: "We just wanted to come out with a little inrensin
and play an A+ game. Our coach told us as long as we didibii
and kept our composure we would be in the hunt.
"We wanted to come out here and play our type of basketbA
play a lot of defense. We knew as long as we played defenc~vt
would hold them and win the game."
But the Big Red Machines would falter a little in the tfiid
quarter allowing the Giants to creep their way back into 1e
The charge by the Giants for the lead started late in the sc
bnd quarter as they were able to head into the locker room
down by one point, after being down nine at one stage.
Thompson added: "I wasn't scared when I saw them coriflg
back in the game. I knew as long as we kept the heat on the'riWe
"Every time they scored we would turn around and sore
about two baskets more. So even though they were trying to cut
the lead down, we came back and build on it." .
Thompson would score 12 of the Big Red Machines' 16 points
in the third quarter. -
Leading the charge for the Giants was Shanarj Wallace with
16 points Dwight Wallace chipped in with 10 points.
E SAC's Taj'Man Thompson leaps with the ball against St Johnis
(Photo: Felipg Major/Tribune staff)
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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2006
Keeping the E Clement
National Arts Festival 'alive'
* By PETURA BURROWS
Tribune Feature Writer
ince its inception thirty
years ago, the National
Arts Festival has been
recognized as the country's
premiere competition in
thl arts. This year, organizers are
keeping the tradition alive as they
ignite Bahamians who sing, dance, act
and play music to vie for the title of
best in the nation in their respective
SThe National Arts Festival which
was renamed the E Clement Bethel
National Arts Festival last year, may
have lost a touch of its shine over the
years, falling into the shadow of other
talent shows promisingbig cash prizes.
Or it may simply be the fact that the
majority of Bahamians only hear
about the festival when its winding
down or when winners are being
Whether its a lack of interest or a
lack of information, for a competition
on a national level to be perceived as
inaccessible and unattractive is a
Hoping to change that perception,
the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Cul-
ture, the banner under which the fes-
tival is hosted, is letting Bahamians
know the benefits of competing on a
national level. The festival not only
provides an opportunity for Bahami-
ans to contribute to the development
of the arts in the country, but also
gives them bragging rights, that they
are the best in the country, not just in
New Providence or Grand Bahama,
but in their field.
According to Youth minister
Neville Wisdom, the arts festival,
when it was first launched, was the
creme de la creme of all competitions
in the country, with as many as 42,000
entries in one year. But somewhere
along the line the number of partici-
pants began to dwindle.
"When I was a youngster, one of
the events that was the highlights of
the cultural calendar, was at that time
known as the Arts Festival. Young
people and adults who had any incli-
nation of interest in the area of culture
looked forward to the festival. The
winners were widely and nationally
known and celebrated," said the min-
ister at a press conference held last
week to announce the festival.
When the festival took on the name,
the Arts and Craft Festival, (adding a
craft element) the festival seemed to
have diminished in terms of its nation-
al importance, Minister Wisdom not-
"This ministry over the last few
years has been making attempts
towards renewing the interest of the
event and re-kindling the spirit of the"
arts festival," he continued.
One of the major initiatives that the
ministry took last year was on the
advice of the Cultural Commission to
re-name the festival after E Clement
Bethel. "We thought that by giving it
that degree of national prominence, by
associating that name with the event it
would do two things bring to the
national consciousness the wonderful
contribution that E Clement Bethel
would have made in terms of the cul-
tural direction of our country.
"And secondly, it would have sig-
naled the importance of ensuring the
excellent performance, and the excel-
lent organisation of the event because
it was being named after someone
whose approach to life was one of
excellence," the minister added.
The legacy of the festival speaks for
.itself on many levels, turning out many
arts stalwarts in the Bahamas. Patricia
Bazard, leader of the National Chil-
dren's Choir; Cleophaus Adderley,
director of the National Youth Choir,
and soprano Joann Callender are all
past National Arts Festival winners.
It's a heritage that proves that the fes-
tival has a history of producing the
best in the country.
Speaking on the committee's plans
to celebrate the legacy, Dr Bethel,
director of Culture, told the press, "In
addition to the festival itself we are
looking at also featuring past festival
winners because many of the past fes-
tival winners have gone on to become
major figures in culture.
"If you call virtually any name who
has made an impact on Bahamian cul-
ture in the country, they were involved
in the National Arts Festival and they
were probably a festival winner.
"We want to give some prominence
to that kind of a history and that kind
of a legacy of the National Arts Festi-
val and show people that its not just
now that we want to focus on careers
in the arts, but the festival has already
enabled people to develop careers in
The Cultural Commission is n6w in
the process of finalising, dates and
times for a concert series that will take
place later this year featuring past and
present festival participants.
The National Arts Festival invites
participants in music, both instru-
mental and chorale, drama, dance,
arts and craft, and Junkanoo. The fes-
tival begins in March and takes
approximately two months to com-
plete.as the committee reviews
entrants in Nassau and Grand
Bahama for one month, and the Fam-
ily Islands during the following month.
The competition is open to Bahamians
of all ages, who will compete in dif-
ferent classes based on age. There will
be one national winner in each class.
What is also interesting about the
festival is that judges will be travel-
ing to the Family islands as opposed to
the participants coming to Nassau to
compete. "Wherever there is an entry,
we go. And this year, there has been
considerable interest from San Sal-
vador, so we are really hoping that
they will be able to enter," Dr Bethel
said. Last year the committee was able
to hold competitions in nine islands,
New Providence, Grand Bahama,
Abaco, Eleuthera, Aridros, Bimini,
Long Island, Cat Island and Exuma.
"When you compete in a national
festival, you are competing nationally.
And when you win, you are the best in
the country," said Dr Bethel, who not-
ed that the majority of past winners
came from the Family Islands.
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I MY NASSAU Anthony Woodside's ability to
perfectly blend ah things Ne% Providence secured him,
the top spot in the My Bahamas Poster competition. I
Anthony hails from CV Bethel IHigh:h SchiNsau. i
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Showcasing national pride
I U THE STEPPING Stone
S. Quilters recently held a very
successful 17th Annual Quilt
show and are pleased to
announce the viewers' choice
first prize winners in three cat-
Stepping Stone Quilters Yvete Sands (pictured) was
Yvette Sands (pictured) was
announce winners of
their annual show
the large quilts winner with -
'Super Nova' (top left)
Sarah McClean was the
winner in the small quilts cat-
egory with 'Free Spirit'
And in the Challenge cate-
gory Ruth Lightbourn took
home top honours with
'Andros' (top right).
S students from across
the islands of the'
their best artistic'
impressions of their '
individual islands making th&:
'My Bahamas Photo and"
Poster competitions a huge'
success. According to the
judges, the first rate submis-
sions seen during the competi-
tions further emphasized the
high level of talent and dedi-
cation present within today's
Although all of the submis-
sions were top notch, only one
could win for each category',
In the My Bahamas Nationaf
Geographic Photo competi-'
tion, the winner hailed from
the Abacos. Gabrielle Manni
of Forest Heights School took
home the top prize.
For the My Bahamas Poster
competition, Anthony Wood-
side of CV Bethel Senior High
School on New Providence
emerged as the winner. Hi$
stunning depiction of "My Nas7
sau" successfully won over al
of the judges. r
The My Bahamas Photo and
Poster competitions are a papit
of an overall thrust by the, Mi-
istry of Tourism to, involvetu-
dents in cultivating and show-
casing national pride. Results
from the two otheXsc0p9O l
competitions: My Bah.mas
Rhymes and Rhythms,Poetry
competition and My Bahamas
Essay competition will be
revealed in the comingr.eeks.
Commenting on .the work
submitted by thes,tustuyitS,
director general ;f, Toupim
Vernice Walkine, described
them as wonderful expressions
of the passion felt by Bahami-
an youths for their country.
"This is the kind of passion
we:needito nutiure in:all
Bahamians, but especially
those who represent the future
of our nation," she said.."The
phenomenal -response tojthe
My Bahamas cbtmpetitions
illustrates the potentiml wd.as
our wonderful group of islands
the most sought after destina-
tion in the world." '
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WWEUNL)AY, FLBHUAIY 15, Z~t ,
'Love is what we need
right now in this world'
Advice Column will be
moving to the its new
home in the Tuesday edi-
tion of The Tribune's Fea-
ture section, beginning
Tuesday, February 21.
Dear Bahama Mama,
I have a problem and I
need your advice. I am
working with someone
who has a terribly offen-
sive body odor. Everyone
at work smells it and com-
plains and gossips about
it, but no-one addresses it.
It has become almost
impossible for me to
inhale around this person.
Yesterday I sat in their
chair to use their comput-
er and the stench that sur-
rounded me almost made
me gag. HELP! How do I
alert the person to. their
Bad Odor Colleague
Dear Bad Odor
There are so many tings
I wan tell u to do and say
to the funky staff member,
but, if I wan keep getting
printed I better not, so
boo, I ga tell it to you like
dis, once you have decided
to address the problem
you really only have two
choices, anonymously or
either way, be positive,
direct yet tactful and be
mindful.that it may not be
a hygiene problem, but it
may be their diet or even
health related. Approach
the situation the way you
would find most helpful
were the situation
reversed, which means no
laughing or loud outbursts,
just calm resolve to
improve the situation. If
the problem persists,
either mention it to a
supervisor or stock up on
Dear Bahama Mama,
I think I made the
wrong decision to move
back home from college,
I've been here for four
years and I am still not sat-
isfied, what do I do now?
'. Dear Travel-loserty,
I doan know about the
Wrong decision to move
back home after college,
b'ut I do know bout da
*rong decision to write
ihe a short, jam up letter
like dat, you ein give me
no background informa-
tion, no hint as to what
your expectations were?
'Nothing! But, I ga try
' iook you up wit one com-
Maybe the reason you
"aren't satisfied has very lit-
"tle to do with your deci-
-sion and a lot to do with
'you! What were your
expectations and motives
'for going off to college,
'and what were your
'dreams upon your return
-home? Are you working
on making a contribution
'to your country and your
people or are you looking
out for yours? Were you
-always secretly un-satis-
fied with your life and
somehow believed that a
'foreign college education
would somehow solve
your problems and
advance your career? If
after four years you are
still un-fulfilled maybe you
should re-evaluate your
goals and attitude.
SEE page 8C
* POET PRESENTS BOOK: Bahamian-American poet Damon Feruson presents a copy of his book,
Lovescene Limousine and Company to President of Toastmasters Club 7178, TM Pamela Rolle, following a
THE National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB) will be
holding a number of events in February.
First International Artists Biennale
Friday, February 17 Sunday February 19.
Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator presents the 1st Inter-
national 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 contemporary Caribbean art
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 pri-
vate collection of Kay Crawford
Friday, February 24 Saturday, July 29
FROM page 1C
The E Clement National
Arts Festival was formed ini-
tially to provide Bahamians
with a creative outlet to chal-
lenge competition in the
Bahamas. It has now expanded
to the point where organizers
hope to provide a potential
training ground for creative
Bahamians to one day be able
to make an international career
out of their craft.
"We want to be able to give
(participants) a good founda-
tion to be able to take with
them wherever they go and be
able to develop a career in the
arts. The National Arts Festival
is our training ground at this
point. It's a time for exposure.
"Our ultimate goal, which
we want to realise in the next
couple years, is to let the win-
(Photo: DTM Anthony Longley)
l By HADASSAH HALL
B ahamian-American poet Damon Fergu-
son bares his soul through the written
word. He loves poetry so much that he
gave up a four-year mechanical engi-
neering scholarship to pursue Romance
Born in Harlem, New York, the passionate poet,
who has roots in Acklins and Eleuthera, graced the
halls of Healing Communicators Toastmasters Club
7178 recently, mesmerizing members and guests with
his enchanting expressions.
While at the club which meets at The Cancer Soci-
ety's 3rd Terrace, Centreville headquarters, Ferguson
shared four of his very intriguing poems that were
filled with riveting imagery. The poems, from his book,
Lovescene Limousine and Company, are published
in English and have been translated into French and
"Poetry allows for boundlessness of language... I
was fortunate to study and travel abroad in Spain,
France, and other countries to experience other cul-
tures... then, love hit me when I least expected it.
This was the impetus and inspiration for writing in
poetic form. I enjoy presenting my writing-in a clear
and easy-to-read manner as possible. I want my audi-
ence to identify with the subject matter," said Ferguson,
who resides in New York.
The poet said a major reason for choosing to write
the book was to create a learning tool for anyone with
interest in language and poetry.
"Let's face it. Poetry.is a difficult sell. This is a
proven fact. However, I've managed to create 4 whole
new market, first with the imagination for the book's
material, then with languagethen with sales and mar-
keting of the product to a worldwide audience.
"I have yet to find a contemporary poetry book
similar to "Lovescene..." that serves a dual purpose:
To inspire love and to learn it in three languages," he
Lovescene Limousine and Company is a book which
simplifies poetry in an attempt to inspire a love for the
art form in others. Toastmasters enjoyed the reading
and on behalf of Club 7178, president, TM Pamela
Rolle thanked Ferguson for taking time out during
his visit to share his work with toastmasters.
Ferguson was grateful to be afforded the opportunity
Sand commented that his expression of love through
poetry is due to the power it has to change people, par-
ticipants and innocent bystanders. "Love is what we
need right now in this world," he said. "Love is the last
frontier toward hope for a better world for future gen-
erations to come. I shine my love and light into the
world so that it would return in the greatest of ways."
Healing Communicators Club 7178 meets each Tues-
day at The Cancer Society of the Bahamas, 3rd Ter-
ners of the festival be able to
get auditions to schools and
universities abroad so they can
pursue their education. We are
trying to create relationships
now with universities abroad
who will agree to audition our
winners and also agree that if
our winners are outstanding,
to offer them scholarships."
The challenge with the
Bahamian mentality however,
is that many persons see the
arts as a hobby or something
to do in their spare time. There
are some persons however,
who believe that the arts can
provide a lucrative source of
employment. "We realise that
if parents are aware that their
children can get scholarships
through the arts, then there will
be much more of an interest.
So that's what we are working
towards," Dr Bethel said.
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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2006, PAGE 5C
Nassau Music Society back
with series of concerts
W"A MEMBER of the Natalia Gutman Quartet who enthralled classical music lovers in
Aahanias during a recent performance that was part of the Nassau Music Society's "The Festiv
(FILE Photo: Roland R
;.ORN in. 1953 in Rostov-on-
Don, Russia, Yuri Bashmet
grew up in Lvov, Ukraine,
where, like so many others, he
took up the violin at the
ieqliest of his mother. He pre-
feiied the guitar, however. In
the. 60s the guitar was a new
soujid that was energising the
vp'th of the east, and Bashmet
remains enthusiastic about the
Beatles and, more at a distance,
4I started on the violin. I was
af'fiusic school playing the vio-
ifand that was for my Mum.
~U, it was at the time of the
Beatles and I played the gui-
th-for myself. It was the fash-
ionfi but because I knew music
j?.mmar, I was better than
th-oe from the street who did-
.-!Then the music of Jimmy
Hendrix arrived, jazz rock from
Chicago, but at that time I did-
iT't.hnderstand Hendrix's style,
',",as not my style, as you can
understand that for one who
liked the Beatles! I like jazz
rodk very much, but it was not
possible to manage with our
4,radition and instruments and
:also players, although we
tried!" said Bashmet.
"'Bashmet went on to win a
',y ing musicians' competition
'. "the Ukraine on the violin.
Ii, change to viola was a pure-
ly pragmatic decision made
Atr a friend told him: "You
W ld make a talented viola
i er. You would need much
less time to practice, because
if you continue with your violin
you will need five, six, seven
hours of practice a day; with
the viola you will need much
less -time, and then you will
have more time for your gui-
Thus, even though he was
one of the top three violinists at
the time in the school, Bash-
met broke against a tradition
at music college which had
always regarded viola as sec-
ond best, a view Bashmet
would meet and defeat during
his early career.
And yet, he was still more
interested in the guitar. As the
world's leading viola player,
technically 'violist', Yuri Bash-
met has, over the last 25 years,
played with all the major
orchestras. He has appeared
with the Berlin Philharmonic,
Royal Concertgebouw in Ams-
terdam, Boston Symphony,
Chicago Symphony, Montreal
Symphony and Los Angeles
Bashmet performs frequent-
ly throughout Europe, where
he is a popular visitor to Paris,
Rome, Milan, Athens, Helsin-
ki, Gothenburg, Brussels,
Munich, Prague and Madrid,
and a favourite with the audi-
ence at London's premier
chamber music venue, the Wig-
He travels regularly to Japan,
America and Australia. In June
2002 he joined Myung Whun
Chung in Korea for chamber
music concerts celebrating the
Football World Cup, to which
he traveled directly from Mel-
bourne, where he had pre-
miered Styx in Melbourne's
Kancheli Festival. In Novem-
ber 2002 he premiered a new
concerto by Turnage with the
Cleveland Orchestra and Jahja
In addition to his solo work,
Bashmet has toured the world
with his own chamber orches-
tra, the Moscow Soloists.
A fierce defender of the
Russian educational system
with regard to music, which he
sees as more rigorous than in
the west, Bashmet's commit-
ment to his students after col-
lege has been such that he has
twice formed a group called the
The first group lasted for sev-
en years. Then, almost as soon
as it had disbanded, "divorced"
is Bashmet's term, he was per-
suaded that the fresh crop of
young musicians needed him.
Now the "new" Moscow
Soloists is over ten years old,
with the same personnel as
when it started. They play
between 60-80 concerts a year,
with Bashmet, in addition,
doing a similar number for his
own solo career.
Bashmet's enthusiasm for his
players in the Moscow Soloists
remains undiminished: "This
orchestra has a very specific
sound, a different sound, with a
unique colour." With as much
zeal with which Bashmet
encourages a new repertoire
for his instrument in his solo
career, he is keen to expand
the repertoire for the string
orchestra, not only with brand
new music for the string ensem-
ble to play, but also by redis-
covering old music.
The 10th anniversary con-
cert, October 12, 2002, was a
case in point. After Schoen-
berg's Verklirte Nacht, given
in tandem with actors reading
Richard Dehmel's original
poem, (the original inspiration
for Schoenberg), the Moscow
Soloists honoured Paganini in
recognition of the 220th
anniversary of his birth; with a
reconstruction of a viola piece,
before premiering Bashmet's
,own transcription of Giya
Kancheli's Stnng Trio.' -.
(information courtesy of
JoAnn Louise Deveaux-Cal-
lender, Soprano, is one of the
treasures of the Bahamas. She
began singing at three years old
and as a teenager won many
music festival awards and com-
petitions both in the Bahamas
and the United States.
Mrs Callender attended the
Peabody Conservatory of
Music in Baltimore, and the
University of South Carolina.
She has traveled as a musical
ambassador for her country on
numerous occasions under the
auspices of the government of
the Bahamas to the United
Nations, throughout the
Caribbean, Cuba, Canada and
various places in the USA and
Mrs Callender has per-
formed for various heads of
government, locally and inter-
nationally, and in October
1985, in the presence of Her
Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,
she sang the role of Sister
Josetta in the Bahamian Folk
Opera 'The Legend of Sammie
Swain', composed by E
Clement Bethel. She performs
with her husband, accompanist
and coach Lee Callender in
both the classical and jazz gen-
res, appearing together locally
and internationally in recital.
"These concerts are a means
of acquiring funds to continue
to support Bahamian children
and youth in developing or
honing their talents as musi-
cians." said Italia Watkins-Jan,
vice-president for communica-
tions and public relations in a
"Formal training is very
expensive and we currently
have two students studying
abroad in the United States on
scholarships. Wendy Lewis and
Keiran Roker were each
awarded $5,000 scholarships to
attend Berklee College in
Boston. They are now in their
second year and are doing well.
So, you will appreciate our
need for the support of the
public in our efforts to help the
talented students of music.
These young people are count-
ing on us."
The Festival will conclude
with pianist Oleg Polianski
playing on April 7 and 8.
he Nassau Music
Society, in associ-
ation with Fideli-
ty, the Royal
Bank of Canada
and RoyalStar Assurance, are
back once again this month
with another series of concerts
S in their unique Festival of
..' Russian Artists.
This season the Society
decided to present a series of
concerts featuring Russian
artists or artists of Russian ori-
gin. Because of the uniqueness
of the event and the quality of
the artists proposed, other local
and international businesses
present in the Bahamas were
delighted to join in on the ven-
ture as partnering sponsors.
These include Atlantis, Pictet,
Franklin Templeton Invest-
ments and John Bull.
The February concerts are
even more unique as world
famous viola virtuoso and con-
ductor Yuri Bashmet will be
returning to Nassau with the
Moscow Soloist Orchestra
from Russia and, for the first
time worldwide, they will per-
form a concert with a special
guest appearance by our very
own talented Bahamian sopra-
no, JoAnn Deveaux-Callender.
Patrick Thomson, president
of the Nassau Music Society,
declared that his organisation
and its partners were very
Sthe excited about the whole event
'al of and were even more pleased
when they were able to bring
'ose) Bahamian and Russian musi-
cal talent together.
"This is a means of showing
the youth of the Bahamas that
music-opens doors worldwide,
as it is an international lan-
guage. Through hard work and
determination anything is pos-
sible. We would once again like
S to thank all of our partners and
sponsors and express our grat-
itude to them for assisting us
in this venture in bringing these
world class artists to the
Bahamas he said.
The programme will begin
with a free concert for school
children and the underprivi-
leged at the Theatre for the
Performing Arts on Friday,
February 24 at 1pm. Persons
with a group that would like to
attend should contact Storm
Williams at 324-3837 or Patrick
and Linda Thomson at 327-
7668 for free tickets. It would
*be a pity not to take advantage
of this exceptional opportunity.
As places are limited, teachers
and parents are encouraged to
reserve as soon as possible.
This will be followed by a
Gala concert at 8pm February
24 at the Theatre for the Per-
forming Arts with the full
Orchestra playing. Yuri Bash-
met will be the soloist. On Sun-
day, February 26, there are two
concerts, one in the east and
one in the west.
The east concert is at the
home -of Mr and Mrs Hugh
Buckner starting at 7pm and
features a quintet with wood-
winds from the Orchestra. The
west concert is at St Paul's
Church Hall in Lyford Cay and
features Igor Raykhelson with
a sextet and also starts at 7pm.
The final concert is at Christ
.Church Cathedral on Monday,
February 27 and features the
full Orchestra with guest artist.
Bahamian JoAnn Deveaux-
Callender is singing a delightful
piece by Mozart accompanied
by the orchestra.
The Nassau Music Society is
run by a volunteer committee
who meet about once a month
during the season October to
May. Its artistic director Igor
Raykhelson, appointed last
year, has the job of finding
artists of a:high caliber to come
to the Bahamas to perform.
According to his member, he
has certainly done an excellent
job for the 2005-2006 Season.
"We are of course always
looking for new music enthusi-
asts to join the committee" said
Mr Thomson in an interview
earlier this year. The Society's
aim is "to promote and encour-
age the art of music by organ-
ising concerts and other musi-
cal activities and to provide
financial assistance to students
Italia Watkins-Jan, a mem-
ber of the Society, in recent
interview said of her dear
friend and past president of the
Society Sean Hanna: "Sean was
the most musically knowledge-
able person that I have ever
known... His input and support
to the music society was price-
less. It is extremely difficult to
fund such events, and it is only
with the support of our spon-
sors and faithful members, such
as Sean and those who come
out regularly to these events,
that we are still here. This is
why the committee has decided
to dedicate this Festival to the
memory of our dear friend and
past president. I am sure he
will be watching them from
wherever he is!"
Tickets can be purchased
and details on the venues of
all the concerts are available
at the Box Offices located at
The Dundas Centre for the
Performing Arts, Mackey
Street, Tel: 393-3728 or 394-
7179; AD Hanna & Co,
Deveaux St., Tel: 322-8306;
and Galleria Cinemas JFK,
Persons purchasing tickets
for three concerts at the same
time will receive a 10 per cent
discount. Tickets for the
Moscow Soloists concert at the
National Centre for the Per-
forming Arts on February 24
can only be purchased at The
Dundas Box Office as there
will be reserved seating. All
other concerts are on a first
come, first seated basis and
tickets may be purchased at
all of the Box Offices men-
W H AT S
ON I N
AND AROUND N A S S A U
EM A I L: O U T T H E R E @T R I BUN EM E DI A. N E T
The White Nite, 'The Ultimate Glow Party', Saturday, February 18 @
Fort Charlotte. Music by Killa B & DJ Mercenary and special prizes from
S',inaire Styles to the sexiest lady in white.
I E E 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
:mid practices. Professional musicians welcome to sit in on jams Friday, Sat-
uiii;v a nd Sunday. Book now for special events, concerts, private parties.
( Jl 393-2800 (393-BUZZ) or www.thebuzznightclub.biz for more info -
Rock, Blues, Jazz, Funk, Reggae THE BUZZ: MAKING MUSIC
$5 Friday @ First Down every Friday night. Music by Barry Da Pusher,
S.'ictoi: Dominique. Ladies $5 all night, gents $10. Early juggling by Mr.
r' iLcn I, and DJ Fatal. Drink specials all night long.
Bacardi Happy Hour @ Power Boat Adventures Bar and Grill (one door
east of Texaco Harbour Bay), every Friday. $3 Bacardi drinks all night and
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-
ginza. Free body painting @ 8 pm. Ladies always welcome. Admission: Men
free before 10 pm. Females free. There will be free food and hors d'oeuvres
between 9 and 10 pm. Open until 4 am.
SLadies Night @ Fluid Lounge, this and every Thursday night. Doors open
Si; i 0pm. Ladies free before lam, $10 after. Guys: $15 all night. Drink spe-
u al: 3 @ $10 (Bacardi) Giveaways and door prizes every week.
Saturday-Night Live-:every Saturday night @ Club Fluid, Bay St. The
S biggest party of the week, pumping all your favourite hits all night long.
Ladies in free before llpm. Strict security enforced.
:Pvre Saturdays @ Club Eclipse. DJ Scoobz spinning the best in Old Skool.
.dmi'ion $35, all inclusive food and drink.
SKaraoke 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
Sand there should be lots of prizes and surprises. Admission: Ladies $10 and
S Men $15.
Hlump Day Happy Hour @ Topshotters Sports Bar every Wednesday
5pm-Spm Free appetizers and numerous drink specials.
he 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
I ounge, Top of the charts in the Main Lounge, neon lights and Go Go
i dancers. Admission: Ladies free before 11pm, $15 after; Guys $20 all night.
SDicky 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.
'::!'a'te Sundays from 8pm to midnight, $1 shots and dinner specials all
STwisted Boodah Lounge @ Cafe Segafredo, Charlotte St kicks off Fri-
days at 6pm with deep house to hard house music, featuring CraigBOO,
i'n kle 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
Wet Sundays, every Sunday, noon-midnight @ Crystal Cay Beach. Admis-
sion $10, ladies free.
TooLooSe @ Indigo Restaurant on West Bay St and Skyline Drive.
,inger/songwriter Steven Holden performs solo with special guests Thurs-
,iiy 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.
., `diMchell and Hot KC@ Palm Court Lounge, British Colonial Hilton,
d'i i,':.day-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.
B'~e CARDO.. ((I. P I i
S a : n ... ...h a!G.:j; ;..-
Paul Hanna, Tabatha and Gernie, and the Caribbean Express perform at
Traveller's Rest, West Bay St, every Sunday, 6.30pm-9.3Qpm.
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 thesecond Transforming Spaces event in March.
Transforming Spaces is an art happening designed to nurture increased coop-
eration and a sense of community among art spaces, extend their audiences
and deepen their relationships and relevance to Bahamian people through
experience based dialogue. If you're an artist interested in participating in
the "Paint Out", please contact Malcom Rae at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 to6ten l.,cal .ar ist. bejng present in Montague Park
painting in their style out in ihe i per In hereason 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.
The National Collection @ the Nanonal Art Gallery of the Bahamas, an
exhibition that takes the viewer on a journey through the history of fine art
in the Bahamas: It features signature pieces from the national collection,
including recent acquisitions by Blue Curry, Antonius Roberts and Dionne
Benjamin-Smith. Call 328-5800 to book tours. This exhibition closes Feb-
The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB) will be holding a num-
ber of events in February. First International Artists Biennale Friday, Feb-
ruary 17 Sunday February 19. Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator pre-
sents 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 historians, critics, art lawyers and curators explore con-
temporary 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 Friday, February 24 Saturday,
... eat eath
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 Fridays 7pm to 8pm.
The Cancer Society of the Bahamas meets at 5.30pm on the second Tues-
day of each month at their Headquarters at East Terrace, Centreville.
Call 323-4482 for more info.
Pre & Post Natal Fitness Classes are being held 6:30pm Tuesdays and
Thursday at Nassau gymNastics Seagrapes location (off Prince Charles Dr).
Doctor approval is required. Call 364-8423 to register or for more info.
Diabetes Directions a FREE diabetic support group meets the first Mon-
day of each month at 6.30pm at New Providence Community Centre,
Blake Road. Dinner is provided and free blood sugar, blood pressure and
cholesterol testing is available. For more info call 702-4646 or 327-2878
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 American Heart Asso-
ciation offers CPR classes certified
,by the AHA The course defines
~-iA he warning signs :'f res.pir.aior
I AGE 6C, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2006
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 Sat-
urday of the month from 9am-lpm. Contact a Doctors Hospital Commu-
nity Training Representative at 302-4732 for more information and learn to
save a life today.
REACH Resources & Education for Autism and related Challenges
meets from 7pm 9pm the second Thursday of each month in the cafete-
ria of the BEC building, Blue Hill Road.
Bahamas Girl Guides Association: All leaders of the Bahamas Girl
Guides Association are asked to attend a very important meeting on
Wednesday, February 15 at 6:30pm.
The Bahamas National Trust hosts lecture: Dr John E Mylroie, profes-,
sor 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
Locomotive History of The Bahamas." Copies of his book will be
available after the meeting. Also, after the meeting Ronald Light-
bourn 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-Progratme 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, artdrama and baking. The pro-
gramme is free to children from the Bain and Grants Town communities.
Parents interested in enrolling their children should contact the church at
322-5475 or email: email@example.com
JAR CYCLING: The owners of JAR Cycling are pleased to offer a cycling
clinic for juniors between 10 and 17. The free clinic will be held every Sat-
urday in an effort to encourage kids to cycle. Parents interested in registering
their children should contact organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Nassau Bahamas Alumnae chapter o6 Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
Incorporated meets 6:30 pm every third Wednesday at the Bahamas
National Pride Building.
Toastmasters Club 3596 meets at the British Colonial Hilton Monday's at
Toastmasters Club 1095 meets Tuesday, 7.30pm @ C C Sweeting Senior
School's Dining Room, College Avenue off Moss Road. Club 9477 meets
Friday, 7pm @ Bahamas Baptist Community College Rm A19, Jean St. Club
3956 meets Thursday, 7.30pm @ British Colonial Hilton. Club 1600 meets
Thursday, 8.30pm @ SuperClubs Breezes. Club 7178 meets Tuesday, 6pm
@ The J Whitney Finder Building, Collins Ave. Club 2437 meets every sec-
ond, 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 Tues-
day night at 7.30 in the Chickcharey Hotel, Fresh Creek, Central Andros.
All are welcome.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Eta Psi Omega chapter meets every second
Tuesday, 6.30pm @ the Eleuthera Room in the Wyndham Nassau Resort,
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 C@ Superclubs Breezes, Cable
AMISTAD, a Spanish club meets the third Friday of the month at COB's
Tourism Training Centre at 7pm in Room 144 during the acadermc yeaisTfhi
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AT the weekend, singers
and rappers turned out to the
Hilton hotel for the first audi-
tions of the "Mama Look at
Me Talent Search", hosted
by Big Productions. Soca
performer, Lady E; Zoltan
of Oceans Studio; Terneille
"Ta Da" Burrows of Sancti-
groove Productions, and A
C Coakley, were the judges
for the first day of auditions.
Coakley "Dae" (right), a
member of the rap group,
Lyrical Mafia. Cowin Kemp,
also known as "CDK", is the
other member of the group.
PICTURED J Fox
(top right) of the "Game
Room Boys" crew.
Dalmon (top left), also
known as "Mr J", showing
off his dancehall chatting
The second and final day
of open calls will be held on
Saturday, February 18 at the
Hilton hotel. The competi-
tion is open to all singers,
rappers and dancers. The
judges for Saturday will be
Randy C and DJ Mighty
Pencil of 100 JAMZ, Eric of
Bahamen and Stephen Bain
of MCM Promotions.
(Photos courtesy of Big
Get ready for
* By PETURA BURROWS
Tribune Feature Writer
may be over,
but red and
white regalia is
still in full swing
as Bahamians try to pay
homage to the season. So for
those who will still be feeling
the love bug heading into the
weekend, KO Productions is
offering another reason to keep
those Valentine's Day colours
handy, but with a little twist.
Dashing the red and focusing
solely on white, KO Produc-
tions, in the fourth edition of
their colour scheme parties, will
be hosting a white out party on
Fort Charlotte, Saturday, Feb-
ruary 18. White Nite, as it has
been dubbed, is expected to
provide the romantic atmos-
phere that lovers may have
missed out on during the heart
of the season.
"We're doing it for the cou-
ples because it's still the week
of Valentine's Day. This is a
chance for the guys who may
not have had the chance to do
something special for the
ladies. And some people think
that red and white is played out
and a little childish, so white is
still appropriate and easier to
pull off. White still has that
pure love feel," said Showtime,
one of the partners of KO Pro-
The company is hoping that
the white party will build on
the winning streak that it has
been fortunate to experience
since its debut event, 'Blue Pas-
sion' at the beginning of last
year. Since then, KO Produc-
tions has made its "color fetes"
a party brand in the Bahamas.
'Outrageous in Red', 'Yel-
low Fever' and 'Black Out', all
parties from last year, have
attracted crowds in the hun-
dreds. 'Black Out' the compa-
ny's first event to be held on
Fort Charlotte, has been its
biggest turnout so far, with a
crowd between 800 to 1,000,
Showtime told Tribune Enter-
'Get ya combo with Bahama Mama'
FROM page 3C
So lemme help you out, try
this. #21 combo and check ya
self, remember whenever you
point one finger there are three
more pointing back at you -
maybe YOU are your own
inner me (enemy)!
The Totally Satisfied Bahama
(Part Two of my response to
Wife of the Double Life the
married mother of six boys who
recently discovered that her hus-
band of 11 years is HIVpositive
and is involved in a bi-sexual
affair. WDL was also confused
because she was starting to feel
an attraction to her best friend,
who had been offering emo-
As I mentioned last week,
you need a COMBO combo,
but be encouraged because
your situation is not hopeless! I
hope you took my advice and
got ya self some reading mate-
rials on the HIV virus and dat
you gone and took da anony-
mous test like I suggested
(write me back and lemme
Anyway chile I told ya that I
would dedicate one answer a
week to your situation and the
four questions you asked -
What's wrong with me, that he
doesn't want me? Will this pain
every end? Am I gay? And
fourthly, will I ever find for-
giveness for him and for me?
Honey chile, question num-
ber one das an easy peasy
question to answer, cause dere
ein nuttin wrong which you the
character of a person is who
they are, and their actions only
illustrate the core of who they
are boo, because the truth of
the matter is, even if you were
skinnier, fatter, taller, lighter,
darker, smarter, richer, sexier
or shorter, he would still be
who he is.
Take my 99 cent combo -
Just because someone doesn't
demonstrate to you the love
and respect you deserve, it
doesn't mean that you are
unworthy, it's them with the
issue and not you. Do not
blame yourself boo, you are
not responsible for your hus-
band's mistakes, shortcomings
or choices, he is.
Dear Bahama Mama,
I am a 30 year old single
mother of four lovely daugh-
ters and I am expecting my
fifth child. I feel as if I am
caught up in a vicious cycle and
that every man I get involved
with leaves me as soon as I
become pregnant, my eldest is
eight and the baby is 18
months. All of my daughters
have different fathers and
Bahama Mama I am hoping
that this latest father to be
proves himself different from
the rest but, what if he doesn't
and he leaves too, then what??
Sexy Grove Girl
Sweet gurl, lemme ask you
sumtin, why you keep having
unprotected sex wit a bunch of
different man? You ein scared
of CLAPS, Syphilis, AIDS or
Gonorrhea eh? Cause obvi-
ously you ein scared of getting
pregnant! Gurl, you ga always
be in the cycle you in because
you don't want to do better, an
how can you want to do bet-
ter when you doan even love
ya self! Lemme enlighten you
boo, if da man you pregnant
for now, see where you live,
and how many kids you have,
an still intentionally have
unprotected sex with you, he
showing you jus how much he
respect you. C'mon boo, get it
right, what kind of example
you living for your children -
and daughters at that?
First of all, you KNOW you
have to go get tested for
plethora (that means a lot) of
sexually transmitted diseases,
and second, you need to go and
find the person who first made
you believe that your self worth
was between your legs and for-
give them of that lie, because
you do have worth, great worth
and you don't need to settle to
Now take my combo 56 and
stop the madness! Determine
in your mind today that you
are not insane, that you will
stop doing the same thing and
expecting a different outcome
and you will do something new
- you will focus on providing
the best for your children, and
will have protected sex until
you and your partner are dapa-
ble of caring for any additional
responsibilities, whether finan-
cial, spiritual, social or emo-
If ya heart dem breaking
cause ya sweetie ain acking right
or if ya mind all cunfudle up
and ya can' tink straight cause ya
stress from ya co-workers dem -
drop a line to Missress Mama
and she'll be sure to tell it like it
,"..'./ , ,
"That was our biggest
turnout so far, so we want to
bring that same strength out
there on Saturday and we're i
looking to duplicate that by
having this one in the same
large space (Fort Charlotte),"
Since Valentine's Day is
arguably a time for the ladies,
the hip-hop dance group, Men 1
of Synergy, will provide the
entertainment for the night.
The party will also feature
music by Killa B and DJ Mer-
cenary, and sexy female bar-
tenders will be serving up the
drinks. The sexiest lady in
white will also receive a gift
certificate from Signature
Styles. As usual, the company
is asking those who turn out to
stick to the colour theme,
which will save you $5 on
admission. Keeping the white
theme will also help the com-
pany to pull off another spe-
cial feature of the party.
"It's a white party, but it's
also the ultimate glow party.
That's.gonna add to the beauty
because what happens is there
will only be black lights,';and
the light bouncing off the white
clothes is gonna cause a glow,"
said Showtime, who explained
that he got the idea while
attending aglow party in Bar-
bados two years ago.
FINAL DESTINATION 3
Starring: Ryan Merriman,
Mary Elizabeth Winstead,
Texas Battle, Gina Holden,
* By PETURA BURROWS
Tribune Feature Writer
IF you missed the previous two editions of Final Desti-
nation, which tell the story of death's wicked vengeance -:
where a teenager has a premonition that he will perish on a:-:
plane (the first movie) or (the nasty sequel) where she will
perish on the interstate with her peers you know that this
series is an unusual thriller because the question is not who
will die, but how, when, and in what order.
Though it sounds boring to know who will die in a horror
movie, Final Destination 3 manages to bring some degree of,
excitement to the plot. This time around, Wendy (Mary
Elizabeth Winstead) has a vision that an amusement park
roller coaster will send its riders to their deaths. She man-
ages to freak out enough of her classmates who leave the
ride, leaving only two, her boyfriend and her best friend,,
who are willing to roll the dice on their ability to survive a
single joy ride. Needless to say both die, but Wendy does,.
have her best friend's boyfriend, Kevin (Ryan Merriman),
to comfort her.
As death comes to those classmates who-cheated it the
first time, Wendy and Ryan study the photos Wendy took
before the disaster, desperate for clues about how the sur-
vivors will die. And this addition of finding clues hidden in
the picture, plus a fresh set of victims, is about the only new
take on the basic final destination plot.
Nevertheless, producers do an excellent job of making
these photos such a major issue that you are almost dis-
tracted from the fact that this is basically the same story line.
The movie earns points in this department.
But when the pair continue to try and match clues and
decipher the details in the photo, while they are in the
presence of the persons) who is going to die, and death is
right there working its plan out unbeknownst to all present,
the movie comes off as tacky. You're left sitting there
thinking, 'okay, enough of the Sherlock Holmes bit, let-'
someone die already, so we can move on to the next scene'!
After some freaky happenings in the tanning beds, at
the fast food drive-through, a nasty nail gun misfiring, and.
two malfunctioning cross sabers, death has called in its.,
raincheck on just about everyone who missed their date with
destiny the first time around,
The most annoying feature of the movie though, is one of-
the final scenes where death tries to pull off the last four.
killings, but only gets one. Ha ha ha. But what is obviously.
meant to be an exciting climax falls short because the view-,
er is weary of a plot that just sits there and waits to see how,
death will put this in place and put that in place, so this can
fall, so that will roll, and cause this to happen, which will
eventually cause someone's death.
What's even more disturbing is the ending scene. If I'm,
following the final destination premise correctly, isn't at least
one person supposed to be alive? I guess, we'll have to
wait until Final Destination 4'to see if Wendy made it. By,
that time, the moviemakers will probably have more than
the clues in the photos to enhance the film.
The Final Destination series does wins major points how-
ever, by giving viewers something to think about. If death's
original plan is foiled, does it really come back to collect? On
this level, Final Destination 3 is a commentary on life and
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