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Title: The Tribune
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Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: February 17, 2006
Copyright Date: 2006
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Minister fears

backlash after

alleged assault

of US journalist

Tribune Staff Reporter
BAHAMIANS travelling to
Florida may still be in danger
of retaliatory action by Cuban
Americans following the much
publicised attack on an Ameri-
can journalist earlier this month.
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Fred Mitchell yesterday warned
that Bahamians should still
exercise caution when visiting
Miami in particular, as protests
continue in response to the
beating of a Miami-based
reporter at thelCarmichael
Road Detention Centre.
The Ministry of National
Security confirmed yesterday
that it had received an "interim
report" on the incident, but
could not divulge any of the
findings as police are still active-
ly investigating the matter.
Mr Mitchell told The Tribune
that a meeting is planned today
at his ministry with US Ambas-
sador John Rood and represen-
tatives from the Ministry of
Immigration arid the Defence
The results of this meeting,
he said, will be forwarded by
Ambassador Rood to the three
Congressmen who had written
to US Secretary of State Con-
doleezza Rice requesting her to
intervene in th'e case of the
On February 7, witnesses
claim that Mario Vallegio a

reporter with the Spanish-lan-
guage news channel Univison -
was assaulted with a baton,
allegedly by a Defence Force
officer, after being turned away
from video taping outside the
Detention Centre.
According to eye-witnesses,
Mr Vallegio and his camera
team were attempting to cap-
ture the reunion of seven
Cubans rescued from Elbow
Cay, and their relatives who
flew in from Miami to meet
Reports of the incident in US
newspapers and on television
have sparked protests by Cuban
activists against the Bahamas.
Groups protesting in Miami
called for a tourism boycott and
one woman called in a bomb
threat to the Bahamas con-
Joining in the protest, the
Latin Builders Association, with
750 corporate members,
announced it was suspending its
annual fishing tournament and
retreat in the Bahamas.
Yesterday, Mr Mitchell said
that the Bahamas Ambassador
to the US, Joshua Sears, has
already met with the three Con-
gressmen on Capitol Hill who
wrote to Secretary of State Rice
condemning the incident and
demanding an investigation.
"The Ambassador met with
them yesterday at Capitol Hill
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* 25-YEAR-OLD Melba Munroe on her way to court, charged with the murder of Dean
Archer on Sunday

Tribune Staff Reporter
A 25-YEAR-OLD woman appeared in Mag-
istrate's Court yesterday accused of the stab-
bing death of a man on Sunday.
Melba Munroe, a resident of Carmichael
Road, was brought before Chief Magistrate
Roger Gomez on a charge of murder.
The accused, who was handcuffed, was escort-
ed to court to face the charge.
Chief Magistrate Gomez said that on February

(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune staff)
12, the accused by means of "unlawful harm did
intentionally and unlawfully cause the death of
Dean Archer."
The victim was stabbed in the heart shortly
before 5pm on Sunday. He was sprawled on
the sidewalk next to a community dumpster on
the southern side of Carmichael Road.
Munroe was notrequired to enter a plea. She
was remanded to Her Majesty's Prison.
The case was adjourned to March 20.
Police have reported that there have been 10
murders in the Bahamas so far this year.

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Tribune Staff Reporter
FOLLOWING its election,
Haiti now has a chance to
develop a "stable economy",
but it is too soon to predict if
this will lead to a decrease in
immigrants to the Bahamas,
Foreign Affairs Minister Fred
Mitchell said yesterday.
The election of Rene Preval
as president of Haiti is not
essentially about the individual
elected, but the transparency of
that electoral process, said the
"The individual who wins is
not of so much importance as
the fact that the process has
come to a conclusion and it is
acceptable to the Haitian peo-
ple across the entire spectrum of
society. Once that is in place it
means Haiti has the chance to
have a stable society, which
would. help us," he said.
However, Mr Mitchell said
this new chapter would not nec-
essarily mean a decrease in ille-
gal immigration.
"It may be too soon to say
we'd have a decrease, but in a
general sense, stability would
SEE page 10


'Frustration' at LNG
.decision delay
DISPUTING rumours of
possibly suing the Bahamas
government, Suez Energy
North America (formerly
Tractebel) said they would nev-
er pursue such means and are
now only waiting on a formal
decision on their LNG propos-
al from the government.
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Nearly all land sold at Old Bahama Bay at lack of visit

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Old Bahama Bay has sold vir-
tually all of its land and will begin plans to devel-
op 300 to 400 high-end and mixed used real

estate homes at West End, according to resort
general manager Bob Kramm.
The $585-million project by Old Bahama Bay
and the proposed $3 billion resort project by
SEE page 10

THE Grand Bahama Human
Rights Association is disap-
pointed that it has not been
allowed to visit Her Majesty's
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FNM chairman: PM's conduct in

House was 'unbecoming of a leader'

Tribune Staff Reporter

PRIME Minister Perry
Christie's conduct in the
House of Assembly at the
opening of parliament was
"unbecoming" of a leader,
FNM chairman Desmond
Bannister said yesterday.
Addressing Mr Christie's
vehement criticism of FNM
leader Hubert Ingraham and
deputy leader Brent Symon-
ette's absence from the open-
ing of the new parliamentary
session on Wednesday, Mr
Bannister told The Tribune
that he thought Mr Christie's
behaviour was "remarkably
"It is very sad to see the
prime minister conducting
himself in this manner. It
seems that he has difficulty
managing parliamentary mat-
ters as he does with informing
the opposition of important
events," he said.
Mr Bannister further said
that regardless of the ques-
tion of blame on the part of
Mr Ingraham and Mr Symon-
ette, the prime minister
should not have expressed his
criticism in the fashion he did.
"If that is the way he han-
dles himself in public, then
one must wonder how he
handles himself when he is
out there doing the country's
business. In this case its not a
question of blame, but a ques-
tion if the prime minister can
handle the business of parlia-
ment," he said.

Perry Christie (above) criti-
cised FNM leader Hubert
Ingraham on Wednesday
(FILE Photo)

Mr Bannister said Mr
Christie should have informed
all members of the House in
advance that he intended to
prorogue parliament, so that
the MPs could have
rearranged their personal
Mr Christie on Wednesday
lambasted North Abaco MP
Hubert Ingraham and Mon-
tagu MP Brent Symonette for
not attending the opening of
parliament, describing their
absence as the "most scan-
dalous experience" in
his entire parliamentary
The prime minister said
that the failure of both MPs to
appear-at the event or to send
their regrets for not doing so

was "repugnant" and "a dis-
graceful manifestation."
However, hitting back at
these comments by Mr
Christie, Mr Ingraham said
that the prime minister had
failed to inform all members
of the House in advance
of the prorogation of parlia-
The opposition leader was
in Fort Lauderdale for a phys-
ical check-up at the Cleveland
Clinic when the new session
of parliament opened on
Mr Symonette was attend-
ing a meeting in New York
on Tuesday, continuing on to
London the next day. He is
expected in Nassau next
Mr Ingraham told The Tri-
bune that he had already

scheduled his clinic appoint-
ment once before and had to
cancel, and that he was not
prepared to reschedule and
possibly have to wait several
weeks for a new appointment.


He also complained that
the prime minister did not
inform him until a day before
of the swearing-in ceremonies
for Arthur Hanna as Gover-
nor General.
Similar treatment of not
informing the opposition
ahead of time of important
national events, said Mr
Ingraham, was repeated when
Dame Ivy Dumont demitted
office and again when funeral
arrangements were made for

former MP George Mackey's
funeral. "
Mr Bannister said that Mr
Christie with his record of
"always coming hours too late
to events" -4is in no.position
to criticise the conduct of
Mr Ingraham and Mr Symon-
"I would hope that in future
the prime minister conducts
himself in a manner in which
the Bahamian people expect
their leader to conduct him-
self," he said.
Mr Bannister said that
although he knows that there
will be a "wide spectrum of
opinions" on the absence of
the two MPs and the reaction
of Mr Christie, he believes
most people will understand
that the prime, minister.was
"merely show-boating."

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Witness testifies he saw

person do 'a stabbing action'

Tribune Staff Reporter
A WITNESS in the murder trial of Peter Clark
and the attempted murder of John Moxey testified
that he saw a person, who he could not identify, go
to the car, where Mr Clark was and do "a stabbing
Adelbert Saunders, prosecution witness, took
the witness stand yesterday. During his examina-
tion by Gawaine Ward, one of the defence
lawyers, Mr Saunders told the court that he could
not identify the person, but was able to describe
the person by height and size.
He told the court that the person was about his
height of 5ft Sins and the individual was fat with a
"big belly."
Mr Ward asked the witness if he saw anyone in
the car.
"Peter," he replied.
Earlier during Mr Ward's examination of Mr
Saunders, he told the court what he saw happen at
Travellers Rest restaurant on May 11, 2001.
He ,aid that after a fight at the restaurant he was
walking John, who he said was bleeding from his
back, leg and side, to a green SD. However, he said
that he didn't help him into the car. He also told
the court that he did not get into the car.
Mr Ward then asked him to explain what else
He told the court that the car that Peter was dri-
ving reversed and knocked a BEC truck from
back on.
"I saw fellas all over the car throwing bottles,
rocks, and garbage tins at the car," he told the
Mr Saunders said he saw John get out of the car,
run and jumped into the sea. He then told the
court that "PB truck pull up and shine light at the
Mr Saunders also testified that he saw the
accused throwing rocks and bottles at John (Mox-
ey) while he was in the water.
While being examined by Mr Ward, he told the
court that when he looked towards the dock,
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Murrio Ducille, one of the defence lawyers in
the case, in his cross- examination of the witness
suggested to him that when John came into the
club, he went to Neil who was dancing with a
young lady.
"No sir," he replied.
Mr Ducille went on to suggest that John.
attacked Neil. The court asked the witness if he
saw John attack Neil.
"No sir,' Mr Saunders replied.
Mr Ducille asked the witness if the boys Mr
Saunders spoke off joined John and started to
attack Neil.
Justice Jon Isaacs interjected and asked the wit-
ness iff he saw '"persons hsiste dinai itaclkNei."
"No sir," said Mr Saunders.
Mr Ducille said that Derek came and others
tried to pull Neil away from these boys.
Justice Isaacs asked the witness if he saw that.
"No sir," he replied.
"During the time Derek was stabbed in the
head, Neil in the back and the head and you
'Chicky' (referring to Mr Saunders) gave John a
cutlass and he chopped Derek on the hand with
the cutlass," Mr Ducille suggested.
Mr Saunders was asked'by the court if he
observed anyone being stabbed.
"No," he replied.
He was then asked if he handed John a cutlass.
He again replied: "No."
Finally, he was asked if he saw John "chop"
Derek's hand with a cutlass.
"No," he replied.
Don Bastian, son of South Andros MP Whit-
ney Bastian, Derek Bastian, Raymond Hepburn,
Neil Prosper, Jerome Bastian and Jeffrey Miller
are accused of being concerned together in the-
murder of Peter Clark.
The men are also charged with the attempted
murder of John Moxey, also a witness in the case.
It is alleged they caused the death of Clark and
attempted to murder Moxey during an alterca-
tion outside Travellers Rest in Mangrove Cay,



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reinstatement of

Smith as COB


be 'backward step'

THE College of the Bahamas
would once again become "the
laughing stock of the world" if Dr
Rodney Smith were to return as
president, it was claimed yesterday.
The man who called for his res-
ignation in the first place senior
academic Felix Bethel said rein-
statement of Dr Smith would be a
And he predicted that college
council chairman Franklyn Wilson
would not entertain the idea.
His comments came after a large
group of lecturers, staff and stu-
dents raised a petition demanding
Dr Smith's return, even though he
resigned as president last year in
the middle of a plagiarism scandal.
"Wilson knows the college would
go backwards if Smith were to
return. Smith embarrassed him no
end last year. Wilsonand Smith
Scai'f exist in the same place," Mr
Bethel claimed.
"COB was the laughing stock of
the world over this issue last year. If
Dr Smith came back, it would be
even worse. Forget about the
yahoos in the college. The integrity
of the institution would be in ques-
In its petition to Mr Wilson'
which was copied to Prime Minister
Perry Christie and Education Min-
ister Alfred Sears, the Committee
for Change at COB said Dr Smith
was needed to re-energise the col-
More than 400 signatories said
he ought to be allowed to continue
the good work be began before his
resignation under pressure in 2005.
Mr Bethel said the moving force
behind the petition was lecturer
Judith Blair, who made news a few
years ago by decrying the Harry
Potter books for allegedly intro-
ducing children to satanism,
"Judith has an evangelical drive.
She is adamant that Rhonda Chip-
man-Johnson should not get the
"post.:"" -
"However, Judith knows that
everything she is ascribing to Dr
Smith, and which happened on his
watch, were not his ideas. It was
Wilson's vision...he made h mistake
with Smith, that's all."
Mr Bethel believes that Mrs Blair
and others calling for Dr Smith's
return are not understanding'the
importance of the issue.
"It is grossly out of order for you
to claim that, because of all the good
things this man did, he should be
forgiven because he promises. not
to do it again." : ,. i' i

Mr Bethel, a COB veteran, said
Mr Wilson and others should forget
about .plansto.elevate the college to
university status.
He said it was far more important
that it should biild its credibility
"bit by bit" over the next 20 years
when a new generation would be
ready to take it forward;
Mrs Chipman-Johnson, he felt,
should be allowed to continue as
president (she is currently acting
president) for the next five years.
Then new streams of Bahamians
with masters degrees and doctor-
ates would be returning to the coun-
try to build on what had been
"My view is that Mr Wilson is
actually far too ambitious for COB
at this stage of its development,"
said Mr Bethel.
"I think he is trying to force uni-
versity status. I think it is an issue we
should not engage ourselves in."
Instead, he said, the college
should concentrate on fostering stu-
dent-teacher relations, developing
research, and fermenting discussion
on a wide range of issues.
"He is trying to move too quick-
ly. The fact that we have been
around 30 years doesn't tell you
anything. We have got other places
we can be affiliated with as far as
standards are concerned.
"The university thing should hap-
pen 20 years down the line. It has to
be built up over time. Tourism and
banking took 50, 60 or 70 years to
develop here. The Negro schools
in the States took over 100 years to
develop. Over that time they have
been able to get endowments to sus-
tain them.
- Wheret-is tfi mon-ey 'coming
from? You can't have a cookout to
raise the cash. The college has no
credibility at the moment. It can't
even pay people what it owes them.
The whole thing is shot through
with nonsense."
Mr Bethel said that, ten years on,,
young academics like Dr Ian Stra-
chan and others would be in a

strong position to take COB for-
"In another ten years, Dr Stra-
chan would be good to go. At that'
point he is going to be formidable,
and there are others. We don't need
university status now."


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Energy company 'frustrated'

at delay in LNG decision

Tribune Staff Reporter
DISPUTING rumours of
possibly suing the Bahamas
government, Suez Energy
North America (formerly
Tractebel) said they would
never pursue such means
and are now only waiting on
a formal decision on their
LNG proposal from the gov-
The group claims it is
frustrated at having to wait
for "so long" to get a deci-
Paula Rockstroh, public
relations officer for Suez
Energy, said she'd hoped the
Christie government would
have given them some indi-
cation by now on the LNG
proposal so they'd know if
they could either move for-
ward or move on.
"We are really out there
hanging. At this point we are
pretty disappointed that so
much has been done and we
have not been able to trigger
an official response one way
or another," she said.
The company had its ini-
tial proposal rejected for a
terminal in Freeport Har-
bour, despite their commit-
ment to supply $40 million
to relocate the harbour's
cruise ship terminal.
This was all seen to be
done in an attempt to ease

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government fears about any
possible accidents and its effect
on the "tourism product".


Ms Rockstroh said the com-
pany is now looking at alterna-
tive projects, with one planned
about 12 miles off the Florida
coastline to supply the state

with natural gas. The facility
would, in essence, have a ship
dock at a buoy which would be
attached to pipelines underwa-
ter that would tie into the state's
underground pipe systems.
Mrs Rockstroh said her com-
pany is still interested in doing
business with the Bahamas.
"We are in the business of
developing energy around the
world. We try to build a case

that the host country under-
stands what we are as an
organisation, and what we
bring to a community. We are
here to do business, and we
want to do business with the
"We think that we have a
very reliable source of revenue
that doesn't rely on tourism.
Sometimes others don't agree,
and we respect that we're just

disappointed," she said.
Ms Rockstroh said that she
would not "harp" on the
amount of money that the
Suez Energy group had spent
so far in waiting for a deci-
sion, despite that number
being well into the millions,
but highlighted once again
their disappointment in having
to wait "so long" for a deci-

New system introduced at US embassy

to cut queues for visa applications

Tribune Staff Reporter
BEGINNING February 22, anyone
wishing to receive a US visa will have to
first contact the embassy's Visa Infor-
mation Service to schedule an interview
before coming to the embassy in Nas-
At a press conference yesterday,
deputy chief of mission Dr Brent Hardt
and consular general. Abdelnour
Zaiback explained that this change of
procedure should eliminate the long
lines of persons who gather at the
embassy long before it opens each day.
Mr Zaiback said that seeing the lines

has been a painful experience for him
and Dr Hardt explained that the new
rules should bring dignity and order to
the process.
"Callers to the Visa Information Ser-
vice will be able to speak' to operators
who can provide information on the
visa application process and its require-
"Callers will also be able to schedule
an appointment for their visa interview,
working with the operator to find the
most convenient time for an appoint-
ment," explained Dr Hardt.
The new process will be particularly
useful for those who have to travel from
the Family Islands and Turks and

Cacios. It will guarantee they will be
served on the day they travel to Nassau.
The process is virtually guaranteed
to take from 45 minutes to an hour.


Mr Zaiback explained that callers to
the. Visa Information Service will need
to purchase a $14 scratchcard to obtain
a personal identification number before
placing their calls. Each card lasts about
eight minutes and will allow a family
to schedule an appointment for up to
five family members.
Those who choose may use a visa or

master card instead of the scratch card.
In that case, they would key in their
credit card number in place of the ID
Mr Zaiback suggested that people
with immediate travel plans should call
for their interviews at least two days
before to ensure they can be seen.
The new visa system has been imple-
mented in embassies across the world
and is deemed to be one of the most
effective ways to deliver the service.
Scratchcards are available at distrib-
utors around the country.
For those using a credit card, the
number to call is 1-800-763-6812, which
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Tribune Staff Reporter
OFFICIALS from the Ministry of National
Security said they now have an interim report on
the alleged beating of a Miami-based reporter at
the Carmichael Road Detention Centre.
However, they stressed that due to the "sen-
sitivity of the information" further information
will not be available until the comprehensive
report is released "early next week".
On February 7, it is reported that Mario Val-
legio was assaulted by a Defence Force officer
while he was attempting to use a pay phone to
call his editor in Miami. According to eye-witness

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nvesti eating

accounts, Vallegio nd his camera team were
attempting to capt re on film the reunion of
seven Cubans resc ed from Elbow Cay, and
their relatives who lew in from Miami to meet
them. Reports of the incident in US newspapers
and on television has sparked protests by Cuban
activists against the Bahamas that continue today.
Speaking to The Tribune yesterday, Mark
Wilson, the permanent secretary in the Min-
istry of Nationhl Security, said that the intern
report still has some work to be done on it. He
stressed that with the sensitivity of the infor-
mation, he could not release any of their finld-
ings so far as police are still actively investigat-
ing the case.

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letter writer's thesis

EDITOR, The Tribune.
IN A Letter to the Editor pub-
lished in the Tribune on February 4,
2006 Miss Helen Klonaris accused
Mr. Brent Symonette of racism. She
based this on an interview reported
in The Guardian of May 2005.
Mr. Symonette is reported as say-
ing that he found it difficult to cele-
brate African-rooted culture
because his heritage is French,
"hence the name 'S .ni:netle' "
Because of this view he 1I accused *:t
a "cultivated forgetting" and denial.
Mr. Symonette wants all Bahami-
ans to move on with their lives;
while Miss Klonaris wants them to
discuss race presumably so that they
will understand, empathize and
Generally, the discussion of race
unleashes such powerful emotions
that the prevailing wisdom is: "You
should not discuss it"...after
all..."What useful purpose can be
served?" and "Brent can defend
himself." Nevertheless, such a dis-
cussion may be worthwhile.
Helen's Thesis:
Ms. Klonaris's thesis goes some-
thing like this:
Racism and whiteness are
equivalents and are based on "four
hundred years of European enslave-
ment of Africans" and the persis-
tence of white economic power
Racism and whiteness consti-
tute "a well defined system of rela-
tionships that encompass the "edu-
cational curricula, the legal system,
Judeo Christian church hierarchies
and the English language itself"; and
they systematically impose values,
standards and ways of being on oth-
ers. In fact, they "suppress, condemn
and ghettoize" other cultures.
White Bahamians don't even
want to think about African culture
in this "age of racism."
This is a strident and inflamma-
tory thesis; hopefully, the following
insights may be helpful.
Without diminishing in any way
the sufferings of enslaved Africans,
the reader should note the monu-
mental work of Thomas Sowell, an
eminent Black economic historian
who has written authoritatively on
race, culture; conquests and migra-
tions. ":
He starts with the declaration
that slavery did not exist because of
racial ideology.
"For the most of human history,
among peoples of all races around
the world, slavery existed wherever
there were sufficiently vulnerable
people to make their capture and
enslavement profitable. In medieval
Europe, that usually meant the
enslavement of Europeans by other
Europeans, just as in contempo-
rary Asia the Asians typically
enslaved other Asians, and in Africa
or the Western Hemisphere the
indigenous peoples likewise
enslaved one another.
"The differences between the
subjugated peoples and those who
subjugated them were more likely to
be military, geographical, and cul-
tural, rather than racial...However,
those Africans living in strongly
.organized states with formidable.
military forces at their disposal were
not the ones enslaved.
Rather, tlic\ \ cre: he e nsla'er,

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who sold their fellow Africans to
the Europeans, who in most cases.
acquired their slaves by purchase
rather than direct capture."
,,In the 10th century. however,
."the i d~olocL' l clniradlcrion
.between the Eurpea n .onception
, of freedom jnd the brutal reality of
their enslavement of Africans-began
to produce..'.a growing political
opposition 1o hldae[\ utch. This
was the first such mjas Cpposition to
this ancient institution in the history
of the world.
"Because this moral opposition
developed within countries with
overwhelming military power...slav-
ery came under pressure all over.
the planet. It was eventually
destroyed by Europeans, despite
opposition within their own ranks, as
well as opposition and evasion by
virtually every non-European civi-
It should also be noted that for
perhaps 15 centuries Jews in West-
ern Europe "lived under a regime of
legally restricted rights and social
sanctioned discrimination as severe
as that borne by any population not
held in chattel slavery." Their
emancipation started in the 1790s
and ended with the unification of
Italy and the closing of the Roman
Ghetto in 1870.
Class Warfare
Ms. Klonaris links economic pow-
er to enslavement in a fashion simi-
lar to the class warfare championed
by Karl Marx. Let us examine this
bit of history.
The period between 1750 and
1880 produced a seismic shift in how
people lived and worked. It hap-
pened because of the innovations
in both agriculture and manufac-
Agricultural innovations raised
productivity, the value of land and
diminished the need for labour. In
England the rising price of land led
to the enclosure movement the
fencing of marginal agricultural land
formerly available to agricultural
workers for their subsistence.
At. the same time there was .an
accelerating rate of technical inno-
vation in industry. In 1750 the spin-
ning and weaving of cotton textiles
was done with manually powered
machines in small cottage work-
shops. Textile merchants supplied
materials and paid for the finished
product. Three inventions changed
this picture, the spinning machine
in 1769; the power loom in 1787 and
a perfected steam engine in 1790.
In an 80 year period textile prodtic-
tion moved from cottage to factory.
Karl Marx observed this new
environment and in 1867 wrote his
"revolutionary" thesis: Its major ele-
ments were -
Capitalism contained the seeds
of itsown inevitabledesffrutioi and
would be followed by Socialismi ai d
Then Communism, the ultimate ide-
al society . "' .t '. 1 . c
Capitilisi had tWo antagonistic
classes, the capitalistic biutige6is
that owned the mireas ot produc-
tion and th, propemtiles proletaarl-
at that znL*crged I'rimr the rjnks i:t
the landless labourers a'd'sm all arti-
Workersarie paid 'n aribount
sufficient to allow them to "buty the
subsistence gods to keep the pop-
ulation constant, but they are made
to work more hours than are neces-
sary to produce these goods." The
capitalists take the surplus value of
labour and store it in capital, and
the system eventually produces mal-
adjustments that cause its collapse.
The reality of the workplace was
this. "The conditions faced by West-
ern European working classes were
harsh before the Industrial Revolu-
tion; they were harsh during it; and
they were harsh for a long time
afterward. But the balance of evi-
dence is that even though the Indus-
trial Revolution did not initially ben-
efit all workers, it did not, even at
the beginning, make matters on
average any worse; and (eventually)
it led to major advances in the wel-
fare of the working class."
Even Karl Marx, who spent more
than three decades living in Victo-
rian England, acknowledged the rise
in British workers' living standards
between the 1840s and the 1860s."

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In fWaseKpiull ecilmfliAfd af iBe'
rise was "practically insignificant";
but later he quantified tihi: ,ip,
"about.40 per cent.
Marx's "class warfare" theory was
built on bad assumptions; but' tfiis
did not dampen his and the public''
willingness to create a myth. r:i-
Inequality ; ; ,,.,
One persistent question fcirn.,
man is: "'\h\ has the -orlJ de& -L
oped the \%a\ it has l here so.n
societies have so much .ind orhcir_
have so little?"; Thid''.pljnati:'rn
for the 'disparity:ha.;e serminngly
boiled down .to twro broad caf't3
gories: the "geographical/ bio-geoa
graphical determinists" like Jared
Diamond and the "culturists." TI-q
latter is a much broader and larger
group that ranges from Thonjm
Sowell and Nathan Rosenberg .t
the World Bank.
According to Jared Diamord'
"History followed different cours-
es for different peoples becausetIf
differences among people's enfii
ronments, not because of biological
differences among peoples
selves." .
Man evolved, emerged or wYs
created (take your pick) five un
dred thousand to one million years
ago in Africa; and about 13,;00
years ago in the Middle East man
first settled in sustainable villages
the vast period between' these ;tiW
dates Africans acquired the islils
and fashioned the tools, necessity
to survive in hostile en\.ronmep~s,
the first significant jump in humrn
development. -And ., Al'ri >a
migrated to places tar from Airi.-
According to Mr Dijmond h
first evidendes of "\ illge lif
occurred along the Tigrii A
Euphrates rivers of the Middle fast,
the "Fertile Crescent", and not hi
Africa. It was the &e
Middle East who discoyveredaa4
developed ;he eight perennial friFps
that became.theibasis for agricul
ture worldwide. ,
Only two of thbse have. been
found in the wild outside the-Firtil
Crescent. Thus the s-.econd sigri'i-
cant jump" was in ood production
that could support iiote people mtith
more complex siaal."stiuctuiredt'
At that tinmethiseseffr-iinftRs ag
process had naoiin-er,
Africa. .
In discussing the emerg$ncc pf
.the Indusm.Li Re.\ .luion n' i\(%' mr
Europe J]ird Diam':,nd cbnte'rijd
that W\\crrih Europe had a jlagtd
coastline nth natural harbtours Jnd
rivers that flowed througlioutl efi
year from the interior to those hit-
bours. These facilitatedthe&gr61vth
of cities and bothregib'obnandiintK-
regional trade Except fQr Nhe Nile
River basin,'Africa does not have
this geographic adu anta~i e.. .
However, one must note' tha iin
1400 AD the'world's greatest poder
was China arid Western: Eurie
was insigiiificant at'the bther enfl
a very large: land lfi jas Chinda i s
both an ,i % i r\ helming naval power
and a "leading-edge'? dismoveresi0f
Snew teahoologies,-.;Nevrtheles~its
world dominance,ended lirgelyvq a
result of cultural and institutional
factors; while the key element in the
amazing growth of \Westri m Europe
a%\gits':pohticalepluralismr`ind iof-
tutiQnal tlerhditv" rather.-hart,
tnmpenrAl m and e\pl allJt!noft.-
cers. This cA-naple and manv'msrrT
more gi\esubstan'e'i6 the argu-
ment that culture also counts,
The Dilemma -' ,^ ,''j,
[ Culture is every communityls
shared memory or "knowledge fri
the past'' that qccasons. a'vicarigd s
'participation in it It is "sanctifiet,
, authorized, or even canonized tn
Ssuch'a way that it is immune to cltH-
lenges based on alternative [int3e-
pretations]"; and, in fact, it become sff
part myth. Also every commurli y
develops ethical and moral sta -
dards for how members relate;.a d
.every community makes pol y
,choices tha r fldct its shared mi -
ory. '*
Society must adapt and respo d
to concrete challenges. As Bre it
Symonette suggests, we must ge n1
with it. The discussion of cilti 1
issues is important;but it is a fliff s
exercise when done with the i-
dent tone and inflammatory in s
evident in Helen's thesis.

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assaulting teacher

FOUR women were
charged in court yesterday
with assaulting a teacher at
SCR Walker high school.
Michelle Bethel, 22, of
Chippingham, and Katriona
Pedican, 19, of Chippingham,

together with two juveniles -
one a student were charged
with trespassing, disorderly
behaviour and assault.
Ms Bethel and Ms
Pedican both pleaded not

KATRIONA PEDICAN (left) and Michelle Bethel
leaving court yesterday
(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune staff)

Human rights group

disappointed over

not being allowed

to visit prison

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Grand Bahama Human Rights Association is disappoint-
ed that it has not been allowed to visit Her Majesty's Prison.
Association president, Fred Smith, said that while the associa-
tion accepts Prison Superintendent Elliston Rahming's assurance
that prison officials do not condone any ill treatment or brutality
towards inmates, they would like the opportunity to meet and
talk with the inmates themselves.
Mr Smith said that if given the chance, the association could
determine whether or not the corhplaints emerging from the Fox
Hill facility were legitimate or not.
He pointed out that tours have been arranged for politicians and
other parties to view the facility on numerous occasions.
"It can't affect the security of the prison," he said and at the very
leasi, it would bring transparency and accountability to what is con-
sidered a volatile situation, if it is not addressed," he said,
Mr Smith said he has a great deal of respect for Dr Rahming
and was pleased when he was appointed superintendent of the
However he said he was aware that Dr Rahming was but a ser-
"Regrettably, he does not make the decisions or pass the legis-
lation," he added.
Mr Smith added that about 15 years ago, he and a group of
international advocates travelled through the British Caribbean vis-
iting various prisons for a book, Deprived of their Liberty.
While they were given access to all of the facilities, Mr Smith
said that they were denied a visit to the Bahamian facility.
He said that the defensive attitude proved embarrassing for
the Bahamians involved in the project.
He, therefore, called on officials to conduct an objective inves-
tigation into allegations of abuse at the prison and the circum-
stances leading to last month's deadly prison break.

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FREEPORT Two American
women, convicted on drug pos-
session charges in the magistrate's
court, were fined $20,000 or two
years imprisonment at Fox Hill
Felicia Terry; 22, of Fort Laud-
erdale, and Shikina Rozier, 22, of
Deerfield Beach, pleaded guilty
in Court One before Magistrate
SFranklyn Williams to charges of
possession of dangerous drugs
with intent to supply and taking
preparatory steps to export the
drugs. ..
According to police reports, the
women were found in possession
of five pounds of cocaine at
Lucayan Harbour on February 13.
Magistrate Williams ordered
that the drugs be destroyed. He
also ordered that the women be
deported on payment of the fine
or expiration of sentence.

Two Grand Bahama men were
charged with possession of a
firearm and ammunition in the
magistrate's court on Wednesday.
Anthony Deveaux, 39, of Coral
Beach Hotel, and Donald Higgs,
18, of Eight Mile Rock, appeared
before Magistrate Franklyn
Williams. They pleaded not guilty

to possession of a .39 revolver con-
taining five live rounds of .38
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MRS Deborah Fraser has
been appointed director of legal
affairs, effective March 5, 2005,
the Office of the Attorney Gen-
eral has announced.
Mrs Fraser succeeds Rhonda
Mrs Fraser was called to the
Bahamas Bar in October, 1987,
and joined the Office of the
Attorney General as assistant
She served as legal draftsman
from 1991 to 1994; senior coun-
sel from 1994 to 1997; chief
counsel from 1997 to 1998; assis-
tant director of legal affairs
from 1998 to 2000; deputy direc-
tor of legal affairs from 2000 to
2005; and acting director of legal
affairs from March 5, 2005.
Mrs Fraser has worked in all
areas of the legal department
and brings a wealth of legal

expertise to the post of direc-
tor of legal affairs.
In 1991, she obtained a post-
graduate qualification in leg-
islative drafting from Cave Hill
campus of the University of the
West Indies, Barbados.
By 1997, she headed the leg-
islative drafting section of the
legal department, which is
charged with drafting legisla-
tion for parliament and other
statutory instruments.
Her skills were brought to
bear in landmark legislation
dealing with money laundering
and the prevention of terrorism.
Mrs Fraser has served as a
member of The Bahamas Trade
Commission and also as the
government's legal negotiation
expert on several heads of
agreements such as the Baha
Mar and Ginn-LA West End
She has also acted as legal
adviser to a number of govern-

ment delegations to regional
and international conferences
and represented the Bahamas
government at various interna-
tional meetings and symposia
involving multilateral Cnd
regional trade issues.
Mrs Fraser is a graduate of
St John's College, the College
of The Bahamas, Bethune
Cookman College, Florida, 4nd
the University of the West
Indies and the Norman Manley
Law School.
Mrs Fraser was Miss Com-
monwealth Bahamas from
1979-1980, and represented The
Bahamas at the Miss World
Beauty Pageant in London in
She attends Christ Church
Cathedral and enjoys cooking,
gardening and aerobics.
She is married to Mr Garth
Fraser and they have four chil-
dren Garith, Garth, Monique
and Gabriella.

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Christie to address business conference

PRIME Minister Perry
Christie will address this year's
eighth annual Grand Bahama
edition of Bahamas Business
Due to begin at 9am on
Tuesday, March 7, at the Con-
vention Centre, Westin and
Sheraton at Our Lucaya
Resort, the seminar's theme is

"Grand Bahama The Way
Event organizers say this
year's conference seeks to iden-
tify the way forward for Grand
Bahama's economy, which is
once again reeling from adverse
effects of natural disasters over
the past two'years.
"The way forward has to be

definitely defined," says Joan
Albury, president of The Coun-
sellors, event organizers.
"Presentations by recently
appointed Governor of The
Central Bank of The Bahamas,
Wendy Craig, and Grand Port
Authority co-chairman and
CEO, Julian Francis, will only
help to create a clearer picture

of the best course to be taken,"
says Ms Albury.
A leading forum for bring-
ing together major public and
private entities of the business
community, this year's one-day
conclave will also feature pre-
sentations by Deputy Director
General of Tourism,.David
Johnson, and well-known

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Freeport investor, Captain
Jackson Ritchie, who recent-
ly signed an agreement of
intent to buy the holdings of
Discovery Cruise lines.
Rounding out the list of
speakers are Dr Doswell
Coakley, president, Grand
Bahama Chamber of Com-
merce; Constance McDon-
ald, attorney, McDonald and
Co; Christopher Lowe, oper-
ations manager, Kelly's
Freeport Ltd; and Roosevelt
Finlayson, creative collabo-
rator and president, Man-
agement Development
Resources (MDR).


Ms Albury said: "We
intend to examine the island's
economy from all angles so
that everyone will leave with
a clear vision of a\i liable
opportunities and how best
to overcome any obstacles
hindering ,development.
That's the principal purpose
of these seminars and we're
proud to fulfil that role;" she
Advance registration for
the March 7 sessions can be
made online at or by call-
ing The Counsellors Ltd
(242-374-5656) or the Grand
Bahama Chamber of Com-
Now in its 15th year in
Nassau, eighth year in Grand
Bahama and third year in
Abaco, the Business Out-
look seminars intend to
expand internationally with
plans already underway for
presentations in the Turks
and Caicos Islands.

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Tribune Freeport
Bahama Port Authority princi-
pal Sir Jack Hayward has
extended his condolences to the
family of the late Sir Freddie
Sir Freddie, owner of Laker
Airways, died at a Miami hogs
pital early last week at the age,
83 of heart-related illness. 'j,
"I am very sorry to hear
about the death of my good
friend, Sir Freddie Laker. He.
was in such good form and full
of fun about the old days. G-
"Sir Freddie will, of courses
be remembered as the pionedf
of low-cost air travel, but for'
me, I shall remember him as a
charming, happy, amusing chap,
who lit up the occasion whefti
ever he was around. My family,
and I offer condolences to Lady'
Laker and her family." '.-
In a press statement, Grand'
Bahama Port Authority said Sir
Freddie made significant coIr-
tributions to the economy of
Grand Bahama through hi-
ownership and operation of
Laker Airways. -.'
The airline was responsible
for bringing more than third$
million passengers to the island.
"The Grand Bahama PMar
Authority is deeply saddened
by the death of Sir Freddie Lap
er, and joins countless others ti
mourning the loss of this outP
standing member of the Gradm
Bahama community.
"Freeport has been home t-
Sir Freddie for many-yearsi
During this, time, he his
touched the lives of Ina
Bahamians and,made nume'r:
ous friends and assdci'tlfs
throughout Grand Bahama a6if
the Bahamas.
"Sir Freddie'stood out as"n
investor who remaim icpoltco
mitted to the visiohp 'of
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Authority extended dondm o
lences to Lady Laker and fami-
ly of Sir Freddie Laker.

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Grant to assist

with setting up

of arts project

THE newly incepted Bahami-
an Arts and Business (BAB) has
secured a contribution of $4000
as part of Dr Daniel Glaser's fel-
lowship from the UK National
Endowment for Science, Tech-
nology and the Arts (NESTA).
The funds will secure the set-
ting up of BAB and the sponsor-
ship of workshops designed to
strengthen relations between the
Business and Arts Sectors.
Venu Dhupa, director of Fel-
lowships at NESTA said: "We
are delighted that we have
enabled an individual of such
high calibre to become involved
with the emerging cultural agen-
da,;n a different country. These
kinds of opportunities to increase
our own knowledge and broaden
our; horizons don't come along
very often and we are sure
Daniel will make the most of his
additional knowledge on his
Bahamian writer and cultural
entrepreneur Nicole Fair Bhatti
will run BAB as a non-profit
organisation along with Dr
Glaser. Regular meetings, train-

ing days and receptions will be
held. Its first workshop, 'media
preparedness': How artists can
maximise their exposure in the
media' will take place in Spring


Mrs Fair Bhatti said: "I see
Bahamian Arts and Business as a
great opportunity and resource
for people in both the commer-
cial and arts sectors. It has
worked so well in the UK and
US and I hope to use them as
models for our organisation, as
well as coming up with inventive
ways to fuse arts and business in
the interests of creating some-
thing uniquely Bahamian."
Dr Glaser's grant marks the
end of a four month engagement
during which he was paired with
Winston Saunders, chair of the
National Cultural Development
Commission, under a NESTA
Cultural Leadership Award.
The Award is designed to
develop inspiring UK cultural

leaders who undertake overseas
placements with outstanding
leaders from around the world.
Dr Glaser and Mrs Fair Bhat-
ti conceived of Bahamian Arts
and Business as a pioneering
enterprise in an area which has
remained relatively underdevel-
oped in the Bahamas, namely
discovering and facilitating ben-
eficial exchange between the cul-
tural and commercial sectors.
When asked to describe his
experiences in the Bahamas Dr
Glaser said: "During my stay I
have been impressed by the
Bahamas' combination of'cultur-
al strength and financial wealth.
"Local artists have much to
contribute to local and interna-
tional companies by communi-
cating their creativity and insight,
and Bahamian culture can bene-
fit greatly from increased corpo-
rate investment and donations.
Organizations such as Roosevelt
Finlayson's MDR have realized
this and I hope this initial dona-
tion to BAB will provide the
seed for an exciting series of part-




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* PAUL Thompson, left, next to the plaque honouring him for Mis long service

Lyford Cay.lub MD is

honoured for service

PAUL Thompson, CHA, outgoing managing Thompon's many achievements over the past
director of the Lyford Cay Club was afforded a years vhich culminated in his leadership of the
special honour on his 25th anniversary of service last aid final addition to the club the new
o the club. Yaclt Club restaurant, primed for opening.
Charlie Dana, deputy chairman of the Lyford Tie event included a cannon blast and large
ay Club and chairman of the Lyford Cay Club Bergee flag raising ceremony. The 120ft
racht Harbour organized the event. The most Alahtica luxury yacht was moored on the slip
noteworthy honour of Mr Thompson's anniver- jjourning the festivities, providing a wonder-
ary recognition ceremony was the dedication of il back drop to the new flag pole plaque, the
he new Yacht Harbour flag pole as a tribute to Club Bergee and newly-renovated Yacht Club
is years of meritorious service to the Lyford restaurant. In attendance at this event were:
2ay Club. Mr and Mrs Harry Oakes; Princess Michael of
The bronze plaque in a place of prominence Kent; Sabilla Clarke; Mr and Mrs Manny
n the flagpole reads: Paul D Thompson, Mar Mosko; Mr and Mrs Charlie Dana; Mrs Henry
going Director, 25 years of service to the Lyfcd Hillma; Eileen Kay; Mrs Perrier; Mrs Crothers;
ay Club. Mr and Mrs Anthony Klonaris; the captains of
Princess Michael of Kent unveiled the pldue the "MadCap" and "Wild Cat" yachts and var-
vith special warm remarks of congratulaPns, ious staff members including Bernadette Bunch;
followed by a speech by Mr Dana which was harbour master George Potter; Vangy Dean;
interspersed with numerous accolades-f Mr Pearl Henfield, Gino Rahming and others.

TOWN Centre Mall held its
first annual Valentine's Day
Extavaganza at the mall's loca-,
tio4i on Balliou Hill Road on
Although held a couple of
das before the official celebra-
tory 'red and white' 24-hour
period, the festivities kicked off
with serenades from vocalist
Oral Hudson, a fashion show,
aid the feature of the day, the
'Ultimate Love Games' an
evept,where couples competed
for one thousand mall dollars
among other prizes.
Displaying the latest styles
ard trends of 2006, models of
Fashion Hall, Fashion Hall Plus,
ILbrene's and Tops N' Jeans
strutted their stuff proudly while
entertaining the crowd.
kThe stylishly coordinated
fashion show prepped viewers
ftr the 'reality show' that would
take place for the next.two
lurs.While it is not common
t4 see Bahamian couples com-
lpting live for anything, even
tangible prizes, the event
proved to be entertaining and
beneficial to all participants and
Each couple was invited to
compete in a variety of games
i cluding 'picky picky' and 'puz-
zling behavior', to which the
winning couple of each game
wias awarded prizes and points.
After tallying total points, the
couple with the most won the
Mega Mall Prize $1000 dol-
lars worth of a shopping spree
in Town Centre Mall.
Prizes were also given out for
each of the other activities in
the form of gift certificates from
Cost Rite, Furniture Plus, Fash-
ion Hall, Harrisons, Accessory
Haven and Lorene's.
One couple described the day
as "extremely fun".
The winning couple, Jody
and Dana Knowles, who at the
end of the day were found to
have the most points thereby
receiving the greatly coveted
Mega Mall Prize, said that the
event provided them with
opportunity to spend additional
time with their spouse.
"I would encourage any cou-
ple to enter .next year. It
brought me and my husband
closer together," said Jody

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A 1Q'-month old male
brown/lllack and white basset
houria dent missing from the
WesLridge area on Tuesday
afternoon. The family pet
recently had surgery on one of
hisjhind legs. Anyone with
knowledge of the dog's where-
abouts'is asked to call 502-2395
or 327-6319.

SJODY and Dana Knowles pick up the Mega Mal Prize

E JODY and Dana Knowles pick up the Mega Mall Prize

Bahamas Bus and Truck Company Limited
Montrose Avenue

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We are pleased to advise tl-.t a Final Di ide.lnd
for 2QQ3 of $0.30 per shareshall be paid on l'6th
February 2006 to Ordinary Shareholders of record
as at 31st December 2004. Having paid an interim
dividend of $0.50 for 2003, this makes the total
dividend paid for 2003 $0.80 per share.

The payment will be made in the usual manner,
on 16th February 2006, through Colina Financial
Advisors Limited, our Registrar and Transfer

Barry Newman
Company Secretary

wUia H~v RU9Remv

$ 55,756.00
5.575.00 Discount
$ 50,181.00
2,000.00 Cash Rebate
$ 48,181.00


S$ 40,561.00
Discount 4,056.00
$ 36,505.00

Jeep Grand Cherokee


$ 40/81.00
Discount )86.00

$ 39,102.00 Si1,123.00
Discount 3,910.00 Discount 5,112.00
$ 35,192.00 $ 46,011.00


Phone: (242) 322-1722
Fax: (242) 326-7452
44 Montrose Avenue
Dodge Char erW -.....

Dodge Charger Dodge Magnum

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Valentine's Pajama Party will be hek @ Viola's Bar & Lounge,
Paradise Island, Saturday, February 18, AOpm. Wear pajamas or any
sleepwear and get free Jello shots. Drink socials available. Come and
lounge on beds, and release some energy 'ith pillow fights. Admis-
sion: Free
The White Nite, 'The Ultimate Glow Party', SatLday, February 18 @ Fort
Charlotte. Music by Killa B & DJ Mercenary ancpecial prizes from Sig-
nature Styles to the sexiest lady in white.
LIVE MUSIC @ The Buzz, Nassau's Weekly Jam'ession & Musicians
Hook-up. Located East Bay Street two doors East 6Esso On The Run,
upstairs Good As New open Wednesday thru Satutay 8pm, Sunday at
6pm. Amateur musicians try out & Open mic Wednrday & Thursday
after band practices. Professional musicians welcome to sitD on jams Friday,
Saturday and Sunday. Book now for special events, concei\ private parties.
Call 393-2800 (393-BUZZ) or www.thebuzznightclub.bizor more info -
Rock, Blues, Jazz, Funk, Reggae -THE BUZZ: MAKINCMJSIC LIVE
$5 Friday @ First Down every Friday night. Music by Ban Da Pusher,
.Selector: Dominique. Ladies $5 all night, gents $10. Early judging by Mr.
Xcitement and DJ Fatal. Drink specials all night long.
Bacardi Happy How @ Power Boat Adventures Bar and Grill (onqoor east
of Texaco Harbour Bay), every Friday. $3 Bacardi drinks all nig and $3
Ladies Night @ Power Boat Adventures Bar and Grill, every Sa\day.
Ladies free, Gents, $10 all night. Bacardi Big Apple and other drink sicials
Small night long.
Wild Jungle, each and every Wednesday night @ Club Trappers, Nassk's
"upscale" gentleman's club. Featuring a female body painting extravagL
za. Free body painting @ 8 pm. Ladies always welcome. Admission: Men frs
before 10 pm. Females free. There will be free food and hors d'oeuvre,
' between 9 and 10 pm. Open until 4 am.
Ladies Night @ Fluid Lounge, this and every Thursday night. Doors open at
10pm. Ladies free before lam, $10 after. Guys: $15 all night. Drink special:
3 @ $10 (Bacardi) Gi.eaways and door prizes every week.
Saturday Night Live every Saturday night @ Club Fluid, Bay St. The biggest
party of the week, pumping all your favourite hits all night long. Ladies in free
before 11pm. Strict security enforced.
Rave Saturdays @ Club Eclipse. DJ Scoobz spinning the best in Old Skool.
Admission $35, all inclusive food and drink.
Karaoke Music Mondaze @ Topshotters Sports Bar. Drink specials all
night long, including karaoke warm-up drink to get you started. Party
From 8pm-until.
Reggae Tuesdays @ Bahama Boom. Cover charge includes a free Guinness
and there should be lots of prizes and surprises. Admission: Ladies $10
_ and Men $15.
SHunp Day Happy Hour @ Topshotters Sports Bar every Wednesday 5pm-
S8pm. Free appetizers and numerous drink specials.
The Pit @ Bahama Boom, every Thursday. Doors open at 9pm, showtime
11.30pm. Cover charge $15. $10 with flyer.
Fantasy Fridays @ Fluid Lounge, featuring late '80s music in the VIP
Lounge, Top of the charts in the Main Lounge, neon lights and Go Go
dancers. Admission: Ladies free before 11pm, $15 after; Guys $20 all night.
Dicky Mo's @ Cable Beach. Flavoured Fridays Happy Hour, every Friday.
SDrink specials: Smirnoff Kamikaze Shots, $1; Smirnoff Flavoured Martinis,
2 for $10; Smimoff Flavoured Mixed Drinks, 3 for $10. Bahamian Night (Free
admission) every Saturday with live music fiom 8 ptnto midnight. Karaoke
Sunday from 8pm to midnight, $1 shots and dinner specials all night long.
Twisted Boodah Lounge @ Cafe Segafredo, Charlotte St kicks off Fridays
at 6pm with deep house to hard house music, featuring CraigBOO, Unkle
Funky and Sworl'wide on the decks.
Chill Out Sundays @ 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
Colonial Hotel.
Wet Sundays, every Sunday, noon-midnight @ Crystal Cay Beach. Admis-
sion $10, ladies free.
TooLooSe @ Indigo Restaurant on West Bay St and Skyline Drive.
Singer/songwriter Steven Holden performs solo with special guests Thurs-
day from 9pm midnight.
The Graham Holden Deal @ The Green Parrot....David Graham, Steve
Holden, Tim Deal and Friends perform Sunday, 7pm 10pm @ Hurricane
Hole on Paradise Island.
Jay Mitchell and Hot KC @ Palm Court Lounge, British Colonial Hilton,
Wednesday-Thursday 8pm-12am.

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Sunday Night Interlude @ Briteley's Restaurant & Lounge, Eneas St off Poin-
ciana Drive. Featuring Frankie Victory at the key board in the After Dark
Room every Sunday, 8.30pm to midnight. Fine food and drinks.
Paul Hanna, Tabatha and Gernie, and the Caribbean Express perform at
Traveller's Rest, West Bay St, every Sunday, 6.30pm-9.30pm.

The& 1Is

Transforming Spaces: The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, Post
House Gallery, Popop Gallery, TYF Ironwork Gallery, Doongalik Art
Gallery, New Providence Art and Antiques, and Malcolm Rae's Stingrae Stu-
dio will participate in the second Transforming Spaces event in March.
Transforming Spaces is an art happening designed to nurture increased
cooperation and a sense of community among art spaces, extend their audi-
ences and deepen their relationships and relevance to Bahamian people
through experience based dialogue. If you're an artist interested in partici-
pating in the "Paint Out", please contact Malcom Rae at stingrae@batel-
Malcolm Rae's Stingrae Studio Gallery's contribution to the Transforming
Spaces 2006 will be a "Paint Out" on Saturday, March 4. The "Paint Out" will
insists s of six to ten local artists being present in Montague Park painting in
,ir style out in the open. The reason the park was chosen was to make the
Wk of these artists accessible to the general public. Passers by can stop, see
wt is happening, ask questions, interact with the artists, learn more about
thet of painting and in a sense become a part of the event. The space will
liteily be "transformed" into a classroom.

The Nonal Collection @ the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, an exhi-
bition'\t takes the viewer on a journey through the history of fine art in the
Baham It features signature pieces from the national collection, including
recent iuisitions by Blue Curry, Antonius Roberts and Dionne Ben-
jamin-Sni Call 328-5800 to book tours. This exhibition closes February 28,
The NationiArt Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB) will be holding a num-
ber of event~ February. First International Artists Biennale Friday, Feb-
ruary 17 SLday February 19. Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator
presents the international Diaspora Artists Biennale, a three day retreat,
at the NAGB a! Popop Studios. Artists from the Bahamas, Haiti, Jamaica,
Cuba, St MartiColombia, the Dominican Republic, Aruba, Barbados
and the US, alo, with art historians, critics, art lawyers and curators
explore contemphry Caribbean art practice. Youth Workshop Glass
Mosaics Saturday, bruary 18 10am 1pm Instructor is Samantha Moree.
The class is open t(ersons 10 years old and up. Bahamian Art History
Lecture Tuesday, Fu ary.i @ 6:30pm Max Taylor speaks on Chelsea pot-
tery The lecture is 01 to the pubic. African Art Exhibition "What is
Africa to Me" from tlprivate collection of Kay Crawford Friday, Febru-
ary 24 Saturday, July)

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Alcoholics Anonymous, wi to inform the public of its meeting times and
places: The Nassau Group, ,setta Street: Sunday Fridays 6pm to 7pm
8:30pm to 9:30pm Saturday n in gs -10am to 11am Sacred Heart Church:
Friday 6pm to 7pm The Kirivondays and Thursdays 7:30pm to 8:30pm
New Providence Community C4: Mondays 6pm to 7pm Wednesday and
Friday 7pm to 8pm.
The Cancer Society of the Bahamneets at 5.30pm on the second Tuesday
of each month at their Headquartt East Terrace, Centreville. Call 323-
4482 for more info.
Pre & Post Natal Fitness Classes a being held 6:30pm Tuesdays and
Thursday at Nassau gymNastics Seapes location (off Prince Charles
Dr). Doctor approval is required. Call 4-8423 to register or for more info.
Diabetes Directions a FREE diabetic subrt group meets the first Monday
of each month at 6.30pm at New Provice Community Centre, Blake
Road. Dinner is provided and free blood ,ar, blood pressure and choles-
terol testing is available. For more info ca02-4646 or 327-2878
MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Bahamas meets the rd Monday every month, 6pm
@ Doctors Hospital conference room.
Bahamas Diabetic Association meets every thl Saturday, 2:30pm (except
August and December) @ the Nursing SchocGrosvenor Close, Shirley

mals event,

b' I I I I I '' I
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ing centre of the American Heart Association offers CPR classes certified
by the AHA. The course defines the warning signs of respiratory arrest and
gives prevention strategies to avoid sudden death syndrome and the most
common serious injuries and choking that can occur in adults, infants and chil-
dren. CPR and First Aid classes are offered every third Saturday of the month
from 9am-lpm. Contact a Doctors Hospital Community Training Repre-
sentative at 302-4732 for more information and learn to save a life today.
REACH Resources & Education for Autism and related Challenges
meets from 7pm 9pm the second Thursday of each month in the cafeteria
of the BEC building, Blue Hill Road.


The Bahamas Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting on
Thursday, February 23 at 6pm. Darius Williams of Grand Bahama will .
give a presentation on 'The Rail and Locomotive History of The
Bahamas'. Mr Williams has written a book on the subject. Ronald "
Lightbourn, long-time member of the Society, will also give a short ',
presentation on his book, "Reminiscing II". Copies of both books will
also be on sale. The meeting is open to the general public. Venue: The;
Bahamas Historical Society Museum on Shirley Street and Elizabeth
Earth Village Ranch (petting zoo), St Albans Drive and Columbus
Avenue, offers free admission every Wednesday by appointment:;
between 9am and 3pm. Bring your class, play group, or family and ,
experience some of the greatest wonders of nature; a petting farm, a,'
nature trail, pony/horse rides, and wetlands. For more information or
to book events call 356-2274 or 434-8981. Special rates available for"
groups of 20 or more with a two week advance reservation. Donations
are accepted in exchange for tips.
St Andrew's Kirk After School Programme: The members of St Andrew's -
Kirk have launched an After-School-Programme for children from the)
Woodcock and Albury Sayle Primary Schools. The programme, is held
Monday to Friday at the St Andrew's Presbyterian Kirk. The activities
include tutoring, computers, karata, sports, art, drama and baking. The.
programme is free to children from the Bain and Grants Town communities.
Parents interested in enrolling their children should contact the church at 322-.
5475 or email:
JAR CYCLING: The owners of JAR Cycling are pleased to offer a cycling
clinic for juniors between 10 and 17. The free clinic will be held every Sat-
urday in an effort to encourage kids to cycle. Parents interested in register-
ing their children should contact organizers at
The Nassau Bahamas Alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
Incorporated meets 6:30 pm every third Wednesday at.the Bahamas Nation-
al Pride Building.
Toastmasters Club 3596 meets at the British Colonial Hilton Monday's at
Toastmasters Club 1095 meets Tuesday, 7.30pm @ C C Sweeting Senior
School's Dining Room, College Avenue off Moss Road. Club 9477 meets Fri-
day, 7pm @ Bahamas Baptist Community College Rm A19, Jean St. Club
3956 meets Thursday, 7.30pm @ British Colonial Hilton. Club 1600 meets
Thursday, 8.30pm @ SuperCubs Breezes. Club 7178 meets Tuesday, 6pm @
The J Whitney Pinder Building, Collins Ave. Club 2437 meets every second,
fourth and fifth Wednesday at the J Whitney Pinder Building, Collins Ave
at 6pm. Club 612315 meets Monday 6pm @ Wyndham Nassau Resort,
Cable Beach. Club 753494 meets every Wednesday, 6pm-8pm in the
Solomon's Building, East-West Highway. Club 3596 meets at the British
Colonial Hilton Mondays at 7pm. Club Cousteau 7343 meets every 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,
Cable Beach.
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity meets every first Tuesday, 7pm @ Gaylord's
Restaurant, Dowdeswell St. Please call 502-4842/377-4589 for more info.
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity meets every second Tuesday, 6.30pm @ Atlantic
House, IBM Office, 4th floor meeting room.
The Nassau, Bahamas Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) meets every third Mon-
day of the month in tlhe 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 month6-
7.30pm at Emmaus Centre at St Augustine's Monestary. For more info.
call 325-1947 after 4pm.
International Association of Administrative Professionals, Bahamas Chap.
ter meets the third Thursday of every month @ Superclubs Breezes, Cable"
Beach, 6pm.
AMISTAD, a Spanish club meets the third Friday of the month at COB's
Tourism Training Centre at 7pm in Room 144 during the academic year. The
group promotes the Spanish language and culture in the community.





Registration open for Heart Walk

'HE Subway chain will spon-
sotthe national Heart Walk.
This nationwide event raises
crical funds for the Bahamas
Hsart Association and its 'fight
against the nation's number one
ani number three killers heart
disase and stroke.
.he Subway Fun/Run Walk
is t fundraising event that's
geared to local companies,
employees, family members and
friends. Cash proceeds will be
shared between the Bahamas
Heart Association and the
Stfider Track Club.
T3he race will be held on Sat-
urlay, February 25, 2006.

Last minute registration will
start at 6am on the day of the
race. The race will start prompt-
ly at 7am with the route starting
at the Western Esplanade.
The race will then continue
west to Goodman's Bay round-
about and then back to the
Western Esplanade. Entry fee is
$12 per person and $10 for
groups with over ten partici-
pants. Applications can be
picked up at any Subway restau-
rant and in newspaper adver-
tising. Early registration will
begin on February 15 and con-
tinue to February 24 at Subway,
Harbour Bay Shopping Centre.

For group registration contact
Maria Gonzalez-Graves at 394-


The Heart Walk is designed
to be a fun, heart-healthy activ-
ity the whole family can enjoy.
Dedicating just a few hours to
the race, people will be able to
contribute to raising funds for
important research and educa-
tion programmes.
The event is described by
Subway as being an ideal team-
building activity for employees,

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RITA Ramsey from
co presents a cheque for
,000 to Wes Bastian from

G o Friday Feb 17
Go Red For Women
The key to fighting the top
tillerof women is stopping
earth disease in before it
tlarts. B\ wearing redtoday
\ou can send an important
*message. love your heart!
jFor more information call
32 '-0,',- (In-1
i Saturday Feb 18
SCPR Course
I If a cardiac arrest hap-
pened to your loved one or a
close friend, would you know
,ho,\ to .perfornm life-saving
*CPR? Surprisingly, the vast
majority of Bahamians don't.
,The Bahamas Heart Associ-
.atioki will: ost CPR courses
at Holy Family Church,
jRobinson Rd. from
'jm-.T5pm For more irifor-
nmatioih call 327-08.(i -li. 1
Saturday Feb l18
Heart Ball
The Annual Sir Victor
S.jsoon (B.iha m.isr Heart
B.allwill be held at the
Crown Ball Room, on Feb-
ruary 18. Cocktail reception
begins at,7:15 p.m. and din-
ner starts at 8:30 p.m.
The Lady Sassoon "Gold
IHeart'Award" will be given
to someone who has worked'
tirelessly to assist people in
the community.
Ticket donations are
$200.00. For more informa-
tion, call 327-0806-10.
Thursday Feb 23
Health Fair
SNeed your blood pressure
or cholesterol checked?

: PICKING up information
at the Subway in Harbour
Bay Shopping Centre

Then come to Town Cen-
tre Mall between the hours
of 7:00 am and 6:00 pm and
have it done for free. Local
companies, experts and
healthcare providers will be
on hand to provide with
you the latest products and
services. It's informative,
it's fun and free.

groups and organizations who
want to encourage members/
employees to live healthier
The group with the largest
team will be eligible to win the
"Biggest Group/Team." For a
team with more than ten par-
ticipants, the entrance fee is
reduced to $10 per person.

This year the after-race cele-
brations will include tents, flags,
tables and banners to accom-
modate corporate sponsors with
health tips, testing and give-a-
ways promoting healthier
lifestyle choices. Excitement
and awareness is also expected
to be generated beyond the
Western Esplanade with live

remotes on 100 Jamz.
In addition to the Subway
Fun Run Walk, the Bahamas
Heart Association has planned
a month of activities to mark
this occasion. People can help
the Heart Association by par-
ticipating in these activities and
learn hqw you can prevent heart

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Government invests in oil spill equipment

Minister of Transport and
Aviation Glenys Hanna-
Martin announced the gov-
ernment's first purchase of
equipment for dealing with
oil spills during a press con-
ference at the Potter's Cay
dock on Thursday, February
Mrs Hanna-Martin said in
the past the government
relied on the private sector
for oil spill equipment, but
now will put itself in a posi-
tion to assist its agencies
more quickly with the pur-
chase of the equipment.
The minister said the
$57,000 of equipment was
purchased for the govern-
ment through the Ministry of
Transport and Aviation and
the Port Department. The
equipment includes anchors,
containment booms, obser-
vant hoses, transfer hoses
and observant pads.
Training in the use of the
equipment is to begin in
Abaco and Exuma before
moving to the other Family
Islands. From left, in front,
are Archie Nairn, permanent
secretary; and Mrs Hanna-
Martin. In rear, from left, are
Rev Benjamin Ferguson, act-
ing port controller; and
Charles Dean, first assistant
secretary in the Ministry of
Transport and Aviation.
(BIS photo: Derek




In it's continuing effort to improve its Cable Network, The
Bahamasffetcommunication Company Ltd. wishes to
inform the public and its value customers that technicians
will be transferring service to new equipment in the Faith
Avenue area, on Monday, February 6, to Friday, February
17, 2006 between the hours of 9:00am and 4:30pm daily.

As a result, subscribers in the.following areas will
experience a disruption in service:

Cowpen Road between Silver Gates and Faith
All side corners North and South between
Silver Gates and Faith Avenue
Cyclops Gardens
Emerald Gardens

BTC apologizes for the inconvenience
assures the public that every effort will be
the disruption in service to a minimum.

caused, and
made to keep

Caution urged

by Mitchell

FROM page one
in Washington and described it as cor-
dial. The members raised a number of
issues that are of a concern with their
Cuban-American residents in South
Florida, about the most recent inci-
dents, and more generally about the
last incident (at the Detention Cen-
tre) and the fire that resulted in the
initial report.
"They wanted to be aware of the
changes that we made as a result, the
protocols on access, medical care, com-
munications, and the general treat-
ment of the. migrants. The Ambassador.
is back in the Bahamas and tomorrow-
morning at Foreign Affairs a technical
meeting will be convened of ourselves,
and all parties concerned to review the
various concerns," he said.
Mr Mitchell said that the findings of
this meeting will be forwarded on to'
the Congressmen back in Washingtoin
for their further review.
He said that all parties are making
every effort to resolve the matter inf
the best interest of all concerned.
"As with all issues of this time, it is
how you handle them when they occur,
I think we have the skills to manage"
our way through it and it's the goodwill
on both sides that allows us to handle
this issue.
"Everyone must keep calm and exesi
cise patience, and it is still appropriate;
to exercise caution at this time when
visiting Miami. But we are working as.
quickly as we can to get the matter
defused," he said.

Most land sold off

at Old Bahama Bay

FROM page one
Ginn are expected to bring
significant tourist, economic and
employment opportunities to
West Grand Bahama over the
next several years.
Mr Kramm said that Old
Bahama Bay has grown from a
150-acre to a 250-acre commu-
nity with a staff of about 158
He noted that employment
numbers are expected to signif-
icantly increase to 260 to 275
over the next 18 months. He
believes that over the next eight
years about 350 to 400 persons
would be employed at the prop-
Mr Kramm was the invited
guest speaker at the Rotary
Club of Freeport meeting held
at the Ruby Swiss Restaurant
on Thursday.
He said that the closure of
the Jack Tar Hotel some 15
years ago left a huge void in the
marketplace, not only for
tourism, but also, in terms of
economic generation in the
western end of the island.
"Six years ago, Capital Hold-
ing came in and recognized the
potential for this property. They
chose to grow slow without debt
and our theory has been to first
sell real estate and then build,"
he said.
S The Old Bahama Bay
Resort and Yacht Harbour,
which is situated at the western
tip of the island, presently fea-
tures 55 luxury rooms, three

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resort would be completing the
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that are about the same scale
of the Ritz Carlton in October.
He said there are plans to
start construction in September
of a Voyages Spa, which will be
marketed worldwide. He added
that the marina would be
expanded to 120 slips over the
next two years.
Mr Kramm strongly believes
that the Ginn Development
would be a great complement
to Old Bahama Bay and the
West End community.
He said the Old Bahama Bay
sold the 2,000 acres of land
known as the old Sammons
Estate Jack Tar Village to the
Ginn Company.
Ginn, which is spending $100
million this year preparing the
land for infrastructure, is
expected to develop 4,400
mixed used homes and 870 lux-
ury residences, two champion
golf courses, a casino, two club
houses, two marinas and four
private clubhouses," Mr Kramm
Mr Kramm said that Old
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with the government, have
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upgrading of the entire West
End community.
He said government has
already started construction on
an entrance wall at the settle-
ment and has signed a road con-
tract for the improvement of
roads at West End. : '
In addition to community
improvements, Mr Kramm said
that Old Bahama Bay has start-
ed an education and training
platform called Old Bahama
Bay Training Academy. .
He noted that the acadefliy
focuses on the training of work-
ers, and training of youngsters
ages 12 to 17 years who
received mentoring from a
senior official.
He said that they have
presently started a Laptop pro-
ject to provide refurbished lap-
tops to young participants and a
programme called "Saturdays"
providing one-hour training for
"The plan is to take young
people in West End and expose
them to the careers we have
here. And we are hosting tours
three times a year for students
on the island," Mr Kramm said.
Mr Kramm noted that there
is potential for a number of
spin-off opportunities in West
End for wedding planners and
transportation businesses,
among others.
"We really believe that there.
is a tremendous future here, the
challenge is preparing the peo-
ple to meet the demand aiLd
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has blamed for spreading
ror in the capital, Pork'
Prince.., .
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reports, at least one Pre'aVp_
porter died in massivet.
protests against alleged 0 1 .
that began as 'lectioTei ,
were slowly coming in. '
Some 7,300 UN troops 'aid
1,750 international police are in
the country under Brazilian
command, helping .to mpaintainr
order. .
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Bahamas will go to
Prince on March 29 for theI
inauguration of President Prevalf
as a larger part of a delegation
representing CARICOM. I
Mr Mitchell said he Iay-be a,
part of the delegation, but could
not confirm that as the prime,
minister will have the final word
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Ambassador-designate of Sweden

presents her letters of credence

Tribune Staff Reporter
INGRID Iremark, ambassador-
designate of Sweden, yesterday pre-
sented her letters of credence to
Governor General Arthur Hanna at
Government House.
Mrs Iremark will succeed the for-
mer Swedish ambassador Lennhart
"Sweden and the Bahamas have
long had excellent relations both in
the bilateral and in the multilateral
arena. As a new ambassador to your.
country I will try to further enhance
this fruitful relationship," she said.
Mrs Iremark said that both coun--
tries can be proud of their efforts in
the strengthening of international
laws, in particular in areas of interest
to small and medium sized countries.
She noted that she was also look-
ing forward to learning about the
Bahamas and enjoying the mild cli-
mate, adding that she will be rely-
ing heavily on the assistance of Swe-
den's long- standing honorary consul
Anders Wiberg at the beginning of
her tenure.
Welcoming Mrs Iremark to the
Bahamas, Governor General Hanna
"The kingdom of Sweden contin-
ues to play an important role in inter-
national affairs as a leader in multi-
lateral development programmes
and as a current president of the
United Nations general assembly at
a critical juncture for the United
Nations reform -, the tenants of
which were recently approved in the
2005 world summit outcome docu-'
ment," he said.
Mr Hanna noted that Sweden and
the Bahamas have many common
concerns such as the protection of
the environment and the fight against
He added that the relationship
between the two countries will fur-
ther help consolidate relations
between the Bahamas and the Euro-
pean Union.
"In this end, the Bahamas would

deem invaluable the assistance of
the government of Sweden, in sup-
porting the Bahamas' efforts to seek
alternative arrangements for the
issuance of Schengen visas for per-
sons from the Bahamas to enter your
sister European Union (member
states), without being unduly incon-
venienced," said the, governor gen-
Mrs Iremark also presented the.
governor general with a copy of the
book The Adventure of Peace, which
was published by the Swedish gov-
ernment in commemoration of the
centenary of the birth of Dag Ham-
marskjold, the Swedish Secretary
General of the UN who was killed in
a plane crash in 1961.
Mr Hanna noted that the visit of
the Swedish ambassador-designate ..
was of dual significance, in that not
only was it Mrs Iremark's first time
in.the country, but it also marked
the first time he had received letters '
of credence in his new appointment.
as governor general.
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Thornquist, a journalist by profes-
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Tribune Business But only
ISLE of Capri's Our generating
Lucaya casino yesterday
showed some signs of being m odest net
able to deliver a modest
return for its owner during ~.nCO
the 2006 third quarter, post- In o e
ing positive adjusted operat-
ing income of $286,000 for return
the period.
.In releasing its third quar-
ter results yesterday, Isle of Capri said its Grand Bahama casi-
no had generated an adjusted operating margin of 4.5 per cent
in the three months to January 22, 2006.
Net revenues increased by 39 per cent over the prior year
comparative, rising by almost $2 million to $6.408 million,
compared to $4.608 million in the three months to January 23,
Isle of Capri pointed out that comparatives were aided by
the impact of the September 2004 hurricanes, which had
kept the casino and the Our Lucaya resort closed for part of
the fiscal 2005 third quarter.
During that period, the Isle Our Lucaya made an oper-
ating loss of $1.288 million.
For the nine months to January 22, 2006, Isle of Capri
said its Our Lucaya casino had made an operating profit of
$1.29 million, with an adjusted operating income margin of
7.2'per cent.
This compared to a $4.411 million operating loss for the
same period in fiscal 2005.
Net revenues for the first nine months of fiscal 2006 were
$17.935 million, a 29.23 per cent rise over the previous year's
$13.878 million.
Yet Isle Our Lucaya showed it was still unable to gener-
ate a net income for its owner. The casino incurred $401,000
in depreciation and amortisation charges during the 2006
third quarter, in addition to $3,000 in hurricane-related
This wiped out its operating income, generating a net loss
of $118,000.
However, for the first nine months, the Isle Our Lucaya
has generated $29,000 in net income, with depreciation and
amortisation charges standing at $1.258 million. Operating
income was $1.29 million.
The Isle Our Lucaya's financial troubles had caused a
number of staff laid off, and led to the company to
request additional incentives from the Government.
These included a reduction in the casino tax rate from 17
per cent to 9 per cent, and additional marketing support of
about $5 million per annum.
Obie Wilchcombe, minister of tourism, said the Govern-
ment had agreed to support the Isle Our Lucaya, but did not
say what form the incentives would take.

Room revenues rise by 9.2%

Tribune Business
Reporter -
BAHAMIAN hotels enjoyed
a 9.2 per cent increase in room
revenues during 2005, compared
to 2004, according to the latest
Ministry of Tourism figures on
hotel performance that were
released yesterday.
In 2004, hotels in the Ministry
of Tourism sample generated
$325.406 million in room rev-
enues, but in 2005 this had
increased to $355.403 million.
For Nassau and Paradise
Island, room revenues saw a sim-
ilar increase of 9.1 per cent for
the 2005 full-year, going from
$266.755 million to $290.979 mil-

On Grand Bahama, rooms
revenues increased from $43.412
million to $46.800 million, a gain
of 7.8 per cent. Following the
closure of the Royal Oasis in
September 2004, which lost 830
to 845 rooms a night, the Min-
istry added two other hotels to
the sample to replace it.
In the Family Islands, hotel
roomk revenues increased by
15.7 per cent over 2004, grow-
ing from $15.239 million to
$17.624 million.
. Meanwhile, the average daily
room rate (ADR) charged by
Bahamian hotels also increased,
from four cents shy of $150 in

SEE page 3B

Association sees efforts

rewarded through Board

Tribune Business
THE Small Business Associa-
tion of the Bahamas yesterday
welcomed the announcement of
a new Domestic Investment
Board, arguing that it had been
wrong not to extend the 'one-
stop-shop' treatment afforded
foreign investors to Bahamians.
Marlon Johnson, the Associa-
tion's corporate secretary, said
the body was very pleased with
the Government's move, adding
that he believes it is a direct
result of the group's agitation.
Mr Johnson said one of the
Association's key recommenda-
tions was for the 'one-stop-shop'
principle to be extended to
Rnhnmian pntr pnrpnplirs

Many Bahamian entrepre-
neurs were discouraged and frus-
trated, said Mr Johnson, because
of trying to find out what rules
and regulations there were to
get in business.
The declaration by Arthur
Hanna, the Governor General,
that the new Board will help to
cut red tape for Bahamians was
encouraging, he said.
"We thought it wrong for the
one-stop-shop to be given to for-
eign investors only," Mr John-
son added.
"Successive governments
talked about it, but never saw
fit to do it for Bahamians. How-
ever, every government wants
to see small business succeed, so
it's not a partisan matter."

SEE page 5B

Tribune Business Editor

ural gas (LNG) project pro-
Sposed for the Bahamas is
"already fully subscribed",
meaning that the entire
capacity on the pipeline carrying it to Flori-
da has been purchased by electricity com-
panies in that state.
The 100 per cent demand for AES Ocean
Express's product is revealed in the com-
pany's latest filing with US regulators, in
relation to a dispute the company is
embroiled in with the Florida Gas Trans-
mission Company (FGTC).
The pent up demand for the Bahamas-
based LNG among Florida electricity sup-
pliers is likely to mean that the four-wait for
the Government to approve the AES
Ocean Express project is likely to figure
highly on the agenda of that state's gover-
nor, Jeb Bush, when he meets Prime Min-
ister Perry Christie on Monday.
In its filing with the FERC, the company
behind the LNG terminal and pipeline to be
constructed on Ocean Cay, a man-made
island near Bimini, said: "In the case of
Ocean Express, its proposed pipeline pro-
ject has commitments for firm transporta-
tion service for the full certified capacity
of its pipeline. That is, it has no capacity left
to sell......
This level of demand means that Florida
and, indeed, Washington, are likely to bring


increased pressure to bear on
ment as to whether to approve
Cay LNG project.
AES Ocean Express last con
with the Government in Feb
and has been waiting patient
years having spent some $6
the process to keep the project
decision from the Prime Mini
A Heads of Agreement has b
and is only awaiting the final s

Mr Christie and the Government. Howev-
er, the Prime Minister has been proceeding
at an ultra-cautious pace on LNG, con-
cerned over whether its fits in with the
Bahamas' tourism image.
He is also concerned about whether the
Bahamas has the resources and expertise to
monitor and enforce an environmental
management plan for Ocean Cay.
Yet the Bahamas Environment, Science
and Technology Commission (BEST)
approved AES's Environmental Impact
Assessment (EIA) back in 2003, while.both
Florida and the Federal Energy Regulato-
ry Commission (FERC) in the US have
also given it the go ahead.
Several sources have expressed concern
to The Tribune that the continued delay,
leaving AES Ocean Express hanging on by
its fingerprints, could damage the Bahamas'
JEB BUSH reputation in the eyes of potential foreign
investors the key driver of this economy.
(AP Photo) In its EIA, completed, back in 2002, AES
Ocean Express said the implications of not
the Govern- proceeding with the project were "signifi-
e the Ocean cant" for both the Bahamas and Florida.
"In the Bahamas, the 'no action' alter-
mmunicated native would mean the loss of additional
ruary 2005, reliable and economical natural gas and
tly for four freshwater supplies, and certain economic
55 million in and socioeconomic benefits associated with
t alive for a the project, such as permanent and tempo-
ister and his rary employment and training opportuni-

)een drafted,
ign off from

SEE page 4B

Tremblay firm in liquidation

Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamian financial ser-
vices institution that was 100
per cent beneficially owned by a
Canadian indicted in New York
for laundering $ 1 billion in pro-
ceeds from drug sales and finan-
cial frauds has been placed into
voluntary liquidation.
A notice concerning the
winding-up of Martin Trem-
blay's Dominion Investments
(Nassau) was placed in Tribune
Business on Wednesday.

BDO Mann Judd accountant
Clifford Culmer has been
appointed as liquidator. He is
arguably the Bahamas' most
experienced liquidator, having
been one of the trio who liqui-
dated the notorious Banco
Ambrosiano's Nassau branch
in the 1980s and 1990s.
Other complex liquidations
being handled currently by Mr
Culmer include the $500 mil-
lion Bahamas-domiciled Olym-
pus Univest fund, and the failed
offshore bank, Americas Inter-
national Bank Corporation

Clifford Culmer a pointed

(AIBC). The ent alleges that
Dominion Investments (Nas- Tremd to launder the
sau) records are still being proce alleged illegal
examined by the Financial Intel- drug sa n versations with
ligence Unit (FIU), the Royal underco rug Enforcement
Bahamas Police Force and Administration (DEA) agents,
Securities Commission of the who were purporting to be drug
Bahamas in the wake of the' dealers as part of a sting opera-
indictment handed down tion.
against Tremblay in the US Dis-
trict Court for the Southern Dis-
trict of New York. SEE page 4B

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No. 27

The Petition of REBECCA KNOWLES and MARY
AGNES KNOWLES ROLLE is in respect of the following
parcel of land:-
ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land situated
in the Settlement of Little Creek, South Andros
Island, one of the Island of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas and distinguished as Lot No.
13 and containing 1.24 Acres.
Copies of the filed Plan may be inspected during
normal office hours at:-
(a) The Registry of the Supreme Court, Ansbacher
House, East Street North, Nassau, Bahamas,
(b) The Administrator, Little Creek Settlement
Kemps Bay, Andros Island.
(c) The Chambers of CHARLES BARNWELL,
First Floor, Peek Building, George Street,
Nassau, Bahamas.
Notice is hereby given that any person having dower or
right of dower or an adverse claim or claims not recognized
in the Petition shall within thirty (30) days after the last
news paper appearance of this Notice herein file in the
Registry of the Supreme Court in the City of Nassau aforesaid
and serve on the Petitioners or the undersigned a statement
of their claim in the prescribed form, verified by an Affidavit
to be filed therewith.
Failure of any such person to file and serve a statement
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2004 to $156.56 in 2005.
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Abaco Markets honours long-serving managers

ABACO Markets, the
BISX-listed retailer, has recog-
nised seven long-serving mem-
bers of its management team
at a special luncheon.
The employees recognized
represented different depart-
ments and islands in the group.
They were Henrietta Brown,
senior buyer, Nassau; Trevor
Edgecombe, store manager,
Cost Right, Freeport; Wanda
Major, senior buyer, Abaco;
Kelsey McKenzie, store man-
ager, CostRight, Nassau;

Vernique Stubbs, senior buy-
er, Freeport; Ronnel Sweeting,
category manager, General
Merchandise; James Thomp-
son, Broker, Freeport.
"Certainly, the strength of
our company is our people.
This recognition reflects our
renewed commitment to Aba-
co Markets' employee-focused
initiatives," said David Thur-
low, the company's president.
"We have many dedicated
and long-serving employees
that have seen us through dif-

NOTICE is hereby given that JAHVIS FURGUSON, 146
is applying t 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 10TH day of FEBRUARY, 2006
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
PO.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

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 10TH day of FEBRUARY,
2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box F-41085, Grand Bahama, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that ROSELINE PIERRE, 1220 NW
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 10TH day of FEBRUARY, 2006
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

ficult times, and we are refo-
cusing our efforts to further
recognize the contributions
made by our employees and
further develop our team as an
important part of reposition-
ing our company."
Abaco Markets held its
fourth annual management
conference in January under
the theme, Retail in detail: back
to basics.
The Management Confer-
ences are designed to bring the
company's management
together to review the previ-
ous year and to plan key strate-
gies moving forward.
"Ensuring that all key man-
agement is a part of this impor-
tant planning is critical in our
turnaround," said Mr Thurlow.
"This year's conference, by
far, has been the most produc-
tive and interactive of all other
conferences, and it truly
demonstrates how far we have
come and how much our man-
agement team has developed."

FROM page 1B

ties, tax and other revenue
streams, and new housing and
related facilities construction,"
the EIA said.
AES Ocean Express was
proposing to establish the Cay
Express pipeline, which would
carry natural gas and potable
water to Bimini. The natural
gas would give the Bahamas
Electricity Corporation (BEC)
the option of using natural gas.
to generate electricity, as
opposed to diesel-fuelled gen-


We require a superintendents) for a mid-rise luxury condominium project now under
construction on Paradise Island, Bahamas. This is a one year contract assignment. The
applicants must have a minimum of 5 to 10 years experience in similar construction.
The successful candidate must be capable of coordinating the activities of the various
trade groups, be proficient in the reading and interpretation of all drawings and specification.
Responsibilities will include communication with trades and suppliers; ensuring schedule
compliance, inspection of material and equipment delivered and to be installed are in
accordance with drawings and specifications. Skilled in the Microsoft Word, Excel and
Project is an asset. Demonstrated leadership ability is essential. The superintendent will
report directly to the Construction Manager.

Please respond by email to:
Mail to:

Delivery By Hand:
P.O. Box SS-6386
Nassau, Bahamas

Ocean Club DRIVE & Harbour Way
Paradise Island

* PICTURED (L-R) are Wanda Major, senior buyer, Abaco; Trevor Edgecombe, store nimanager
CostRight, Freeport; Henrietta Brown, senior buyer, Nassau; David Thurlow, president, Abaco MaI*'
kets; Ronnel Sweeting, category manager, CostRight, Nassau; Kele' McKenzie. store manage.
CostRight, Nassau; and Vernique Stubbs, senior buyer, Solomon's Super Centre, Freeport. JameS
Thompson, broker, Freeport (unavailable for photo).

erators, helping to combat the
burden of rising global oil
"Without the introduction of
an affordable, reliable water
supply to the Bimini Islands,
water shortages would likely
occur and future expansion of
housing or tourist-related ser-
vices that affect economic
growth in the Biminis would be
impacted," the EIA said.
When completed, the AES
Ocean Express project promis-
es to create permanent jobs that
could be filled by Bahamians

Meanwhile, there was more
bad news for Tremblay, who is
0, currently being held in a New
York correctional facility, com1-
ing from Canada.
In the wake of the charges
against him, the Ontario Secu-
rities Commission has obtained
court orders freezing bank and
brokerage accounts operated by
Tremblay and Dominion
Investments (Nassau) at four
separate financial institutions.
Royal Bank of Canada's
RBC Investments arm was
ordered to freeze all funds,
securities and properties it held
in the' name of Dominion
Investments, plus entities called
Adrenaline Gestion, Investech
Group, Irish Rover, Pelleas
Investments, Roseland Inc, and
Total Investment Corporation.
And TD Waterhouse was
ordered to freeze all accounts
in the name of Stonehedge
Enterprises Ltd and Seaview
Corporate Services.
Other accounts ordered
frozen by the Canadian courts,
following a petition from the
regulator, were held at
Research Capital and Jones
Gable, both based in Toronto.

EA IS M Financial Advisors Ltd.
Pricing Information As Of:
16 February 2006
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1.365.62 / CHG 00.00 / %CHG 00.00 / YTD 14 91 / YTD %' 01 10
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Symbol Previous Close Today's Close Change Daily Vol. EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield
0.95 0.70 Abaco Markets 0.70 0.70 0.00 -0.169 0.000 N/M 0.00%
10.52 8.00 Bahamas Property Fund 10.48 10.48 0.00 1.456 0.360 7.2 3.44%
7.24 5.88 Bank of Bahamas 7.00 7.00 0.00 0.598 0.330 11.7 4.71%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.70 0.70 0.00 0.175 0.020 4.0 2.86%
1.80 1.26 Bahamas Waste 1.26 1.26 0.00 0.105 0.060 12.0 4.76%
1.20 0.95 Fidelity Bank 1.15 1.15 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 9.25 9.25 0.00 700 0.861 0.450 10.6 4.92%
4.81 4.12 Consolidated Water BDRs 4.69 4.81 0.12 0.099 0.045 47.4 0.96%
2.88 1.45 Doctors Hospital 2.79 2.79 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%
1.40 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 6.73 6.73 0.00 0.134 0.000 50.2 0.00%
10.00 10.00 .Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 2.036 0.760 4.9 7.60%
F-tdelty Over-The-Counter Securities
52k-Hi 52wk-Lo/. Smool Bl o S s i Lal Pr.ce iseel, '.ol EPS I PE C',P-1
13.25 12.25 Bahamas SupermarKe 1325 255 I it 1100 1- '- :. -. ,
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 10.00 10.35 10.00 0.000 0.800 NM 7.80%
0.54 0.20 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.00 -0.044 0.000 NM 0.00%
Colna Over-The-Caunrt Secunnes
43.00 28.00 ABDAB 41 I00 4 3 00 41 00 i .- ;0 _'0 1i'
16.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 12.75 13.75 12.50 1.105 0.810 14.6 6.93%
0.60 0.35 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.35 -0.103 0.000 N/M 0.00%
BISX Llsted Mutuual Funds
52jvk-Hi 52Lk.Lowu Fr.,d Nlarr.e N '. YYTD'.- L3 s 12 Monlhs 0D. i :i.. .4
1.2728 1.2085 Colina Money Market Fund 1.272793*
2.6262 2.0704 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.6262 ***
10.8183 10.0000 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 10.8183****
2.3241 2.1660 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.324145**
1.1442 1.0782 Colina Bond Fund 1.144217***
FINDEX: CLOSE 85.28 / YTD 7.870% / 2005 26.09o%
BISX ALL SHARE INDE X 19 D_ 02 = 1 ":0 0' :.' yELL-I I3 1 m. ,rJr, I 13,.-. ai 3 e :: i.: i-:
52wk-Hi Highest closing price In last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fideliti
52wk-Low Lowest closing price In last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fldelit2
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week
Change Change In closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid In the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful
P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month eamlngs FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1. 1994 = 100
" AS AT JAN. 31. 2006/**" AS AT NOV. 30, 2005
AS AT FEB 03 2006*'"- A TS AT JAN 31 20086 '*** AS AT JAN 31 2006
TO TRADE CALL: COLINA 242-502-7010 / FIDELITY 242-356-776 A

with engineering and science-
related degrees and quialifica-'
tions. Such skilled workers have
relatively few opportunities in
the current economy, and the
AES project would give much-
needed diversification.
The major benefits from the
AES Ocean Express project are
likely to come from revenues
paid by the company to the
Public Treasury. Apart from
annual business licence fees and
sums paid to lease the sea bed
and land on Ocean Cay, AES
Ocean Express would also pay a

throughput fee linkedato tho
Henry Huib natural gas index."
When the price of LNG
pumped to Florida by AEt
exceeds the Henry Hub index,
the Government would gain a
percentage of the additional
revenues. The Tribune under)
stands that last year, this would
have generated an extra $40;
$50 million for the Government.
Such money, although unbud-
geted, could be used to defray
the costs of unanticipated
spending in other areas, such as
BEC's fuel imports.

NOTICE is hereby given that AUDLEANA SHENEKA SWANN, P.O.
BAHAMA,BAHAMAS, is.applying to the Minister responsible'for.
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a.citjzen
of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why;
registration/ naturalization should notbe granted, should send.a
written and signed statement of the facts .vyjthir twenty-eightay.s
from the 10TH day of FEBRUARY, 2006 to t~he Ministerresponsibl
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box;-F-41085,, Grap,d,Bahpama,
Bahamas. .

NOTICE is hereby given that JERRY MERE OF NASSAU,
BAHAMAS,. is applying to the Minister responsible'for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalizatior 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 17TH day of
FEBRUARY, 2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

The Public is hereby advised that I, EDISON PAUL OLIVER,
of Elizabeth Estates, Bahamas, intend to change my name
to EDISON PAUL SWEETING. 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.






Auditors' Report

To the Shareholders of National Bank of Canada

* PRESENT at the recent opening of British American Insurance Company's Exuma branch
were, from L to R: Anthony Moss, MP for Exuma; I Chester Cooper, president and chief executive,
British American Insurance Company; Michael Halkitis, MP for Adelaide and Parliamentary Sec-
retary, Ministry of Finance; and Wentworth Musgrove, manager, British American, Exuma branch.

Insurance company

opens Exuma branch

BRITISH American Insur-
ance Company said it had
become the first life and health
insurer to establish a branch
office on Exuma, with the
opening of its Georgetown
The office aims to provide
Exuma residents with a vari-
ety of financial services prod-
ucts, including life and health
insurance, mortgages, annu-
ities, investments and savings
Michael Halkitis, Parliamen-
tary Secretary in Ministry of
Finance, said the opening of
British American's office
would enable Exumians to
receive the same products and
levels of service as residents in
New Providence and Grand
He hoped that British Amer-
ican would make available sav-
ings and investment pro-
grammes, and continue to pro-
mote investor education in
"For example, as part of one
of these programmes, I trust
that the company will explore
the possibility of establishing
an investment fund where


sees efforts




FROM page 1B

Mr Johnson called for more
small business owners to join the
Association, adding that its lob-
bying power had been proven
by the Government's most
recent announcement.,
"There is strength in num-
bers," he said. "If we unite, we
can effect change in the Gov-
He called the Association's
recommendations to govern-
ment "sensible and coherent",
paving the way for future small
business owners.
"The Government has made a
step in the right direction, but
we believe we need much more
work and support in that area,"
he said.
Looking at models in other
parts of the Caribbean, Mr John-
son said there needed to be
more creative ways brought
about to assist small businesses.
"We haven't been willing to
transform the dinosaurs the
Bahamas Development Bank
and BAIC. There are well-
meaning and capable staffs, but
they are chainlocked by anti-
quated legislation and inflexible
structures," he added.
Mr Johnson also advised that
best practices in other jurisdic-
tions be taken into considera-
tion, because developing the
small business sector was vital
to the Bahamas.
One of the challenges the
Association faced, he said, was
trying to encourage more busi-
nesses to see the value in the
Entrepreneurs with a business,
or with the intent of starting one,
could find out more information
on the Small Business Associa-
tion through the Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce.

shareholders can pool their
resources and invest in open
"I believe that this will draw
on our time-honoured tradi-
tion of pooling our skills and
resources in order to cooper-
ate and in order to be success-

ful. So, British American, this is
an opportunity for you to con-
tribute to the continued edu-
cation of the Bahamian public
as to the importance of savings,
investment and of the magic of
compound interest," Mr Halki-
tis said.

We have audited the Consolidated Balance Sheets of National Bank of Canada (the "Bank') as at
October 31, 2005 and 2004 and the Consolidated Statements of Income, Changes in Shareholders'
Equity and Cash Flows for the years then ended. These consolidated financial statements are the
responsibility of the Bank's Management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these consolidated
financial statements based on our audits.

We conducted our audits in accordance with Canadian generally accepted auditing standards. Those
standards require that we plan and perform an audit to obtain reasonable assurance whether the financial
statements of material misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence
supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. An audit also includes assessing the
accounting principles used and significant estimates made by Management, as well as evaluating the overall
financial statement presentation.
In our opinion, these consolidated financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial
position of the Bank as at October 31, 2005 and 2004 and the results of its operations and its cash flows
for the years then ended in accordance with Canadian generally accepted accounting principles.

Samson B01air/Defoitte & Touche, s.e.n.c.r.
Chartered Accountants
Montreal, December 8, 2005

Consolidated Statement of Income
noiend 0cdtaer3
Note 2005 2004
Interest income and dividends
Loans 2,122 1.884
Securities 739 58
Deposits with financial institutions 193 113
3.054 2.585
Interest expense
Deposits 1,113 800
Subordinated debentures 100 99
Other 404 323
1.617 1.222
Net Interest income 1.437 1,363
Other Income 6 3
Financial market fees 682 633
Deposit and payment service charges 201 200
Trading revenues 192 198
Gains on investment account securities, net 91 91
Card service revenues 63 49
Lending fees 247 258
Acceptances, letters of credit and guarantee 61 65
Securitization revenues 195 180
Foreign exchange revenues 76 72
Trust services and mutual funds 285 .244
Other 173 192
2.266 2.182
Total revenues 3.703 3.545
Provision for credit losses 6 33 86
Operating expenses
Salaries and staff benefits 1,451 1.359
Occupancy 184 200
Computers and equipment 356 334
Communications 81 77
Professional fees 136 118
Other 291 300
2.499 2.388
Income before income taxes and non-controlling interest 1,171 1.071
Income taxes 15 291 318
880 753
on-con-ntrolin interest 25 28
Net Income 855 725
Dividends on preferred shares 13 26 23
Net income available to common shareholders 829 702
Average number of common shares outstanding (thoron)J 16
Basic 166,382 170.918
Diluted 168,964 173.276
Net earnings per common share (do#rs) 16
Basic 4.98 4.10
Diluted 4.90 4.05
Dividends percommon share(dolrs) 13 1.72 1.42

Consolidated Balance Sheet : .
As at October 31
(m ns of doars) .
Note 2005 2004
Cash 227 481
Deposits with financial institutions 10,087 5.296
investment account ". 4 6,869 7.446
Trading account 4 26.183 20.561
33,052 28.007
Securities purchased under reverse repurchase agreements 7,023 4.496
Loans 5 and 6
Residential mortgage 15.677 15.500
Personal and credit card 9,796 7.825
Business and govemment 22.096 18.751
47.569 42.076
Allowance for credit losses (451) (578)
47,118 41,498
Customers'liability under acceptance 3,242 3.076
Fair value of trading derivative financial instruments 18 2,390 2.735
Premises and equipment 6 7 355 267
Goodwill 8 662 662
Intangible assets 8 178 180
Other assets 9 3,264 1.799
10.091 8.719
107,598 88.497
Deposits 10
Personal 26,385 24.008
Business and government 29636 23.966
Deposit-taking institutions 5.956 5.458
61,977 53.432
Acceptances 3.242 3.076
Obligations related to securities sold short 15.504 10.204
Securities sold under repurchase agreements 12,915 8.182
Fair value of trading derivative financial instruments 18 1,846 2.386
Other liabilities 9 59285.235
39.435 29.083

Subordinated debentures
Non-controlling interest
Shareholders' equity
Preferred shares
Common shares
Contributed surplus
Unrealized foreign currency translation adjustments

RI Raymond
President and Chief Executive Oficer

11 1,102 1.408
11 487 370

13 400 375
13 1.565 1.545
13 7
(26) (10)
___ 2.645 2287
4,__ 597 4.204
107.598 88.497
- - 1 -7_L _

Pierre Boutgie

YOUR TRUSTED PARTNER todaj and tomorrow Nato IaiBnkfCcaIa 2005 An lReport

Consolidated Statement ot Changes in Shareholders' Equity
Yar ended October31
(miiuons of dollars)
Note 2005 2004

Preferred shares at beginning 375 375
Issuance of preferred shares. Series 16 200(175)
Redemption of preferred shares, Series 13 for cancellation 175
Preferred shares at end 1 4





(No. 5 of 2003)


The Minister of Finance, pursuant to,
the provisions of Item 11 of Part B of the
Fourth Schedule to the Tariff Act, hereby
declares the following exigency to be an
exigency which qualifies for the purposes of
the exemption permitted under the said Item
11, namely-

the urgent need of residents in Bimini,
Berry Islands, Grand Bahama and
Abaco for goods specified in the
Schedule which the Minister is satisfied
are intended for the relief of persons
who have suffered hardship or loss as
a result of the hurricanes known as

The Minister of Finance further
declares that the importation of goods
under the provisions of the said Item
11 are only permitted during the period
commencing on 1st February, 2006
and ending on the 31st March, 2006
and whose documentation were
received before 31st January, 2006.



Building Materials
Electrical fixtures and materials
Plumbing fixtures and materials
Household furniture and appliance
Clothing (including Footwear)
Motor Vehicles*

Where any abuse or misuse of goods
imported under this Declaration is observed,
the goods may be seized and disposed of in
accordance with Section 83 of the Customs
Management Act.

*Approval to be sought by application to the Ministry
of Finance. Exemption shall be based on the market value of
the motor vehicle destroyed on the date of the hurricane.

Dated this 8th day of February, 2006

Signed: Perry G. Christie
Minister of Finance

Common shares at beginning
issuance of common shares 12 12
Dividend Reinvestment and Share Purchase Plan 46 30
Stock Option Plan (39) (0)
Repurchase of common shares for cancellation 1
Impact of shares acquired or sold for trading purposes 13 1,
Common shares at end 13 1.565 1,545
Contributed surplus at beginning 5
Stock option expense 14 6 7
Contributed surplus at end
Unrealized foreign currency translation adjustments at beginning (10) 6
Losses on foreign exchange operations with a functional currency (16)16
other than the Canadian dollar, net of income taxes (6) (10)
Unrealized foreign currency translation adjustments at end (26) 1101

Retained earnings at beginning 855
Net income
Impact of initial adoption of AcG-15 2
Dividends 13 (26)
Preferred shares 3(286)
Common shares
Premium paid on common shares repurchased for cancellation 13 (1)
Share issuance expenses and other, net of income taxes 2,645
Retained earnings at end ---


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"Interested parties may obtain ; complete copy of the audited accounts from National Bank of ('anada
(International) Itd., 1st Floor (;oodman's Bay. Corporate ('enter. P.O. Box N-3015, Nassau, Balhamas."


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(Chapter 252)


(Area 119.006 Acres)

WHEREAS by Notice of Intending Acquisition dated the 26" day of November

A.D., 1997 and published in the Extraordinary Gazette on the 2nd day of December A.D.,

1997, the Minister responsible for Consumer Welfare and Aviation gave notice of

intention to acquire certain lands for public purposes, namely, for use as an airstrip and

associated facilities at Moore's Island, Abaco;

AND WHEREAS by Notice of Possession dated the 6" day of January A. D.,

1998 and published in the Extraordinary Gazette on the 7" day of January A.D., 1998

the said lands were appropriate by the Minister responsible for the Acquisition and

Disposition of Lands for the purposes mentioned in the said Notice of Intending


AND WHEREAS the Minister responsible for the Acquisition and Disposition of

Lands determined that there were errors in the legal description of the lands and now

seeks to correct those errors;

AND WHEREAS pursuant to section 42 (a) of the Interpretation and General

Clauses Act, Chapter 2, where any written law confers power upon any person to make,

issue or approve any proclamation, order, notice, declaration, instrument, notification,

licence, permit, register or list, such power includes the power to amend such

proclamation, order, notice, declaration, instrument, notification, licence, permit, register

or list:


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(1) The said Notice of Intending Acquisition is hereby

amended by deleting the schedule attached thereto and

substituting therefore the schedule attached hereto.

(2) The said Notice of Possession is hereby amended

by deleting the schedule attached thereto and substituting

therefore the schedule attached hereto.

Date the 8th day of February, A.D., 2006

Signed: Perry G. Christie
Minister Responsible for Acquisition and Disposition of Lands



AREA = 119.006 ACRES

ALL THOSE certain lots pieces or parcels of land together containing by admeasurement ONE


thereabouts being the Lots on a plan on record in the Department of Lands and Surveys as Plan

numbered MP. 5028/XII of Abaco situate between the Settlements of Hard Bargain and The

Bight in the Island of Moores Island, Abaco in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas

ABUTTING AND BOUNDING towards the NORTH partly on a portion of an original Crown

Grant to Richardson and John Saunders (B-97) now claimed by Ethel Davis, William D.

Edwards and the McBride Family partly on a portion of an original Crown Grant to Henry

Johnson (B-98) and since commuted to John Williams (C2-116) and (C2-117) now claimed by

Veronica Williams and partly on Crown Lands (Black Wood Pond) towards the EAST partly on

Crown Lands ( Black Wood Pond) and partly on a portion of an original Crown Grant to Henry

Johnson (B-98) and since commuted to John Williams (C2-116) and (C2-117) now claimed by

Veronica Williams towards the SOUTH partly on a portion of an original Crown Grant to Henry

Johnson. (B-98) and since commuted to John Williams (C2-116) and (C2-117) now claimed by

Veronica Williams and partly on a portion of an original Crown Giant to Richardson and John.

Saunders (B-97) now claimed by the McBride Family, William D. Edwards and Ethel Davis and

towards the WEST on a portion of an original Crown Grant to Richardson and John Saunders

(B-97) now claimed by Ethel Davis or however else the same may abut and bound which said

lots pieces or parcels of land are more particularly delineated and shown coloured pink on the

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$30m national stadium

construction imminent

Junior Sports Reporter
national sporting complex is
expected to begin shortly after
a 12-member delegation from
the People's Republic of Chi-
na leaves.
The. Chinese delegation are
expected to be in town Feb-
ruary 19th-21st, meeting with
government leaders and rep-
resentatives of various gov-
ernment ministries.
The meeting is designed to
discuss matters relevant to the
development of the national
stadium, the progress of work
underway, attain bilateral
understanding of any prob-
lems associated with the
development and to discuss

Delegation from China

expected in Bahamas

and exchange views regarding
preliminary stages of
the development of the pro-
The $30 million agreement,
which is being funded by the
Chinese, was signed on April
14th last year.
The national complex,
which is a gift to the Bahamas
from the People's Republic of
China, will be completed in
the next 2-3 years, but the
completion date for the stadi-

um is set for January 2008.
The stadium itself is expect-
ed to seat 15,000 and will kick-
off the first part of the three
phase project.
Also included in the first
phase will be the replacing of
the existing Andre Rodgers
Baseball stadium, Tony Curry
and Anthony McKenzie base-
ball parks and the Churchill
Tener Knowles National Soft-
ball complex.
These stadiums will be relo-

cated to the western end of
the Thomas A Robinson sta-
dium, the land directly in the
back of the Shell gas station.
The existing stadium,
Thomas A Robinson track
and field, will be used as a
training facility.

In July of last year, a six
man geo-tech team from Chi-
na visited the site conducting
various drilling and soil-sam-
pling tests to "determine the
site's viability in terms of geo-
logical characteristics but
more importantly, provide
vital information necessary to
planning and designing of the
stadium's foundation and the

building's overall structural
The samples were. taken
back to China, all findings will
be discussed in this week's
Phase two of the project will
involve a new multi-purpose
10,000 seat indoor facility,
which will be located next to
the Sir Kendal Isaacs gymna-
sium, the land which is con-
sidered the carnival site.
This gym will be' used for
hosting international compe-
tition for all indoor sporting
The track, soccer and recre-
ational facilities will be
upgraded as a part of phase
three. The boxing facility will
remain at the Balliou Hill
Sporting Complex.

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Senior Sports Reporter
ONE week after finally win-
ning the Bahamas Association
of Independent Secondary
Schools' senior boys basketball
title that has eluded them for
four times, the Bahamas Acade-
my Stars will take to the streets in
a massive motorcade.
On Monday at 10am, the Stars
and their fans will leave the
Hillview Seventh-day Adventist
Church Grounds on Tonique
Williams-Darling's Highway and
proceed east to Baillou Hill
They will travel north onto
Baillou Hill Road, east onto
Robinson Road, north onto
Marathon Road and then west
onto Wulff"Road to Bahamas
"It's a big event for us to cele-
brate." said Gigi Gonzales, the
Stars' team manager. "It's a long

"It's a big event for us to celebrate.
It's a long time coming. So we've having
the motorcade, then we will have the
rally and lunch, just doing something
for the referees, the press and everybody
else who worked with us."

Bahamas Academy Stars team manager Gigi Gonzales

time coming. So we've having
the motorcade, then we will have
the rally and lunch, just doing
something for the referees, the
press and everybody else who
worked with us."

The Stars had to go the full
distance before they secured a
2-1 victory in the BAISS' best-of-
three championship series over
the Jordan Prince William Fal-
cons on Monday night at the

Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium.
Prior to losing game two in the
series to the Falcons, coached by
Dexter Cambridge, the Stars
completed the regular season
with a perfect 10-0 record.
Gonzales said the Stars and
coach Winston Symonette have
been waiting for this moment for
quite some time.
"They're overjoyed. It's like it
almost makes up for the times
that we didn't do it," Gonzales
reflected. "What's really hap-
pening is that the last two mem-
bhrs of the rdvnastv frm the time

that we started this quest with
Mitch (Bain), are in their last
Players like centre Cordero
Heastie, forward Clyde Beckford
and guard Travino Carey could-
n't have found a better way to
close out their high school tenure
than by going out as champions.

Heastie was one of the few
players left, who would have
played on the Stars' team that
won the junior boys title about 3-
4 years ago.
"It kind of brings everything in
one. It's a good feeling," said
Gonzales, who ensures that the
players are refreshed and
kept energised during their
"The boys are very humble,
not overjoyed, but humble,"
Gonzales summed up.
"This is our time to celebrate.

We have been waiting for this
opportunity for a long time."
The third time turned out to
be the charm for the Stars, who
faced the Falcons in the previ-
ous trips to the finals before they
finally pulled off the big one on
The celebrations on Monday
will be held as the AF Adderley
Junior High School prepares for
the start of this year's prestigious
Hugh Campbell Basketball Clas-
sic at the Kendal Isaacs Gym.
Despite the fact that they were
ranked as one of the top senior
boys' teams, the Stars have
declined the invitation to partic-
ipate in the tournament.
Even as the new BAISS cham-
pions, the Stars won't make up
the field of 36 teams in the week-
long double elimination tourna-
ment, which features eight teams
from Grand Bahama and, for
the first time, a team from Bimi-
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THE Bahamas Association
of Athletic Associations rati-
fied an eight-member team on
Wednesday night for the
World Indoor Championships
in Moscow, Russia next month,
The team includes Olympic
and World 400 metre champi-
on Tonique Williams-Darling,
who has indicated that she will
skip the Commonwealth
Games in Melbourne, Aus-
tralia in the week that follows.
"The BAAA have not heard
anything official from Tonique
in regards to the Common-
wealth Games," said BAAA's
Technical Director Frank 'Pan-
cho' Rahming.
"The only thing we have
heard is what was in the press
and we can't respond to that."
While the Commonwealth
Games, scheduled for March
15-25, falls under the jurisdic-
tion of the Bahamas Olympic
Association, the IAAF World
Indoor Championships, March
10-12, is the responsibility of
the BAAA.
Rahming, who will travel to
Moscow as the manager/coach
of the team, said he's unable
to confirm whether or not
Williams-Darling will be skip-
ping the IAAF World Indoors
as well.
"We would have just ratified

team for Moscow

the team over the last 24 hours
and I've corresponded with the
athletes as to whether or not
they will travel," said Rahming,
who will also be attending the
Commonwealth Games as a
"We haven't heard anything
from any of them as I speak, so
I can't say who exactly will be
The athletes were ratified
based on their qualifications.
The list comprises of just two
female athletes, Williams-Dar-
ling and Christine Amertil,
who have both been entered
to compete in the 400.
Rahming said they received
communication from both
Golden Girls Chandra Sturrup
and Debbie Ferguson, who
have indicated that they are
"unfit" to compete in the two
On the men's side, Chris
'Bay' Brown and Avard Mon-
cur will carry the flag in the
men's 400, while Leevan
'Superman' Sands will be the
lone competitor competing in a
field event. He's entered in the
triple jump.
The other members of the

team are Dennis Darling, Tim
Munnings and Nathaniel McK-
inney, all of whom are going
to make up the men's 4 x 400
relay team.
BAAA's public relations
officer Ralph McKinney
called it a "small, but quality
He added: "I expect that the
team will do very well at the
McKinney, however, said the
team is minus the top colle-
giate athletes, who are unable
to travel because of the NCAA
Indoor Championships that
will take place over the week-
end of March 16-18.
At the last World Indoors in
Budapest, Hungary in 2004,
the Bahamas accumulated a
pair of medals a gold and
bronze to tie 11th place with
Great Britain.
The gold came from
Dominic Demeritte in the 200
- an event which has now been
scratched from the champi-
onships because of the disad-
vantage to the competitors that
are running on the inside lanes.
Williams-Darling claimed a
bronze in the 400.


THE SC McPherson
Sharks blasted the LW
Young Golden Eagles 44-
37 in a Government Sec-
ondary Schools Sports
Association's junior boys
basketball game on
Wednesday at the DW
Davis Gym.
Travis Dashing scored a
game high 18 points in the
win for the Sharks, while
Ryan Delancy scored 10 in
the loss for the Golden
In another junior boys
division, the CC Sweeting
Scorpions pulled off a 43-
39 victory over the CH
Reeves Raptors.
Gabi Laurent scored 12
in the win for the Scorpi-
ons. Marvin Roberts
scored a game high 21 in
the loss for the Raptors.
Over at the AF Adder-
ley Gym, the CV Bethel
Stingrays routed the RM
Bailey Pacers 68-51. ^
Tashinko Henfield ,
scored a game high 18 i>.
points in the win for the',.
Stingrays. Michael Wood- '
side came up with 12 in the,
loss for the Pacers.
And the CR Walker
Knights exploded past the
CC Sweeting Cobras 80-
Batchelette LeFleur
came up with a game high
23 points in the win for the
Knights. Eugene Bain
.scored 20 for the Cobras.

After the Copy Maxx
Sharks won by default
over the Coke Explorers
in a New Providence Bas-
ketball Association men's
division two game on
Wednesday night at the
AF Adderley Gym, the
Coke Explorers nipped the
Paradise Fisheries Sharks
87-86 in the men's division'
one feature contest.
Valentine Richardson
scored a game high 21
points in the win for the
Explorers. Edwin White
scored 19 in the loss for;
the Sharks.

The Road Runners ,
Track and Field Club will
hold its annual Invitational-
Track and Field Classic:orh
Saturday at the Thomas A.
Robinson Track and Field
The meet will begin at
10am with a youth seg-
ment, featuring the 100,
200,400 and both the 4 x
100 and 4 x 400 metre
relays among the more
interested events.
At 2pm, the senior seg-
ment will begin with the
100, 400 and both the 4 x 1
and 4 x 4 as the featured

Senior Sports Reporter
DWIGHT Garvey has been in
Grand Bahama long enough to
know that there is plenty talent
there. But, having spent the past
year in New Providence, he expects
the local teams to be as competi-
Transferring from Eight Mile
Rock where he assisted coach Gary
McIntosh with the Bluejays, Gar-
vey takes over at the helm of the
Cobras' senior boys basketball team
with the departure of Penial Bain to
the LW young Junior High School.
Garvey, who has worked with for-
mer Catholic High Crusaders' sharp
shooter Julian 'Swish' Coakley,
improved their record to 4-6 in the
Government Secondary Schools
Sports Association's regular season
on Thursday with a defaulted win
over the CV Bethel Stingrays.

In an interview at the AF Adder-
ley Gym yesterday, Garvey spoke
on the Cobras' chances in the
upcoming Hugh Campbell Invita-
He said the Cobras are a young
bunch of players, who are slowly
coming together and playing up to
their full potential.
"Whatever talent God has blessed
them with through this tournament,
even if they just win one game, I
would be happy to see them play
* as a team," Garvey stressed.
"We're not nlavine united. That's

been our problem so far. But if we
can get focused and play together,
we should do very well in the tour-
Garvey will be relying on Eugene
Bain to carry the load for the
But he knows that Bain will not
be able to do it alone, especially
against the teams coming in from
Grand Bahama.
"We will try our best, but if the
team comes together and plays like
they are capable of playing, we
should be okay," he projected.

The Cobras will be one of 36
teams participating in the tourna-
ment. They are placed in pool III
with the Tabernacle Falcons and
Eight Mile Rock (from Grand
Bahama), Aquinas College Aces,
CV Bethel, Kingsway Academy
Saints, South Andros Cheetahs,
Crooked Island and Preston Albury
(from Eleuthera).
Coming from Grand Bahama,
Garvey said if the players that he
left are still with those teams, then
the tournament should be a com-
petitive one.
"I think the teams in New Provi-
dence can match up with those com-
ing in from Grand Bahama," he
"It's going to take a lot of coach-
ing to keep the guys together. Who-
ever can do that will be the ones
that will be successful."
Although the tournament kicks
off on Monday, the schedule has
not been released yet.


Cobras coach looks ahead

to Hugh Campbell event

* COBRAS' coach Dwight Garvey
(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune staff)

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