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Publication Date: February 22, 2006
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Adjustments include Bahamas yet to make decision on Cuban doctors

BJ Nottage as the .

Minister of Health

PRIME Minister Perry
Christie last evening announced
several major adjustments to his
cabinet in addition to giving a
ministerial position to Senator
BJ Nottage.
Dr Nottage, the former
leader of the Coalition for
Democratic Reform, rejoined
the Progressive Liberal Parrt at
the PLP convention last year.
He will now replace Senator
Dr Marcus Bethel as Minister of
Health with the added respon-
sibility of National Insurance.
"This is a position for which
he is ideally suited. He has had
a long and illustrious career in
the practice of medicine during
the course of which he has
developed a profound under-
standing of the complex chal-
lenges that face the delivery of
.health care in our nation
today," Mr Christie said.
[ The prime minister said the,
combined portfolio of Nation-
al Insurance and Health will
also extend to National Health
Insurance, "which my govern-
ment is determined to introduce
a soon as practicable in a form
that will ensure its long-term
iDr Bethel will now have
responsibility for Energy and
the Environment.
iMr Christie said this will
include responsibility for BEC
and relations with the petrole-
um industry. Dr Bethel also will
be responsible for the develop-
ment of a national energy poli-
cy incorporating traditional

IN summary, the new
ministerial line-up will be
as follows:
Perry Christie -
Prime Minister and Min-
ister of Finance, with
responsibility for
Bahamasair, the Urban
Renewal Programme, and
the Department of Cul-
ture which will include the
National Cultural Com-
mission, the Antiquities,
Museums and Monu-
ments Corporation and
the Clifton Heritage
Cynthia Pratt -
Deputy Prime Minister
and Minister of National
Bradley Roberts -
Minister of Works and
Vincent Peet Minister
of Financial Services and
Investments, with respon-
sibility for the Domestic
Investments Board. and
SEE page 10

sources of energy and renew-
able energy alternatives as well.
"In addition, Dr Bethel will
now assume responsibility for
what promises to be the single
most important physical change
in our city, namely, the rede-
velopment of downtown into a
world-class location befitting
our status as the tourism leader
SEE page 10

DESPITE Florida Governor Jeb Bush's
request that the future of the two Cuban
doctors held at the Carmichael Detention
Centre be addressed "aggressively", the
Bahamas has yet to make a decision.
Speaking with The Tribune yesterday, US'

Carmichael Detention
Centre numbers force
immediate repatriation
Tribune Staff Reporter
AN OVERWHELMING number of ille-
gal immigrants at the Carmichael Detention
Centre has forced officials to carry out imme-
diate repatriation.
When The Tribune arrived at the
Carmichael Road Centre yesterday, Haitian
nationals were waiting outside of the main
entrance gate: On the inside of the com-
pound, detainees stood on the outside of the
holding area.
Between Sunday evening and Wednes-
day, the Defence Force has apprehended 650
Haitians in Bahamian waters.
Assistant Director of Immigration Weston
Saunders said that 862 detainees are cur-
rently at the centre, which only. has the capac-
ity to hold around 400.
The detainees included Haitians, Cubans,
Jamaicans, Indians, Nigerian, British, Domini-
can and Venezuelan.
On Tuesday morning 108 Haitians were
intercepted by the Defence Force in waters in
the Exuma Cays.
SEE page 10

Embassy officials said they had not received
any new information from the Bahamas gor-
ernment on the fate of the two Cubans.
"We have received no communication on
the matter," chief political officer at the
Embassy Michael Taylor said.

Additional vessels are
dispatched to intercept
illegal migrants
Tribune Staff Reporter
WITH reports of Haitian sloops crammed
with illegal migrants under way to the
Bahamas, officials are on guard to intercept
as many of them as possible before they reach
the islands.
At a small press conference at her office,
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of
National Security Cynthia Pratt announced
that the Royal Bahamas Defence Force
(RBDF) has dispatched additional vessels to
guard against the impending flood of
"The general public is aware that over the
last week there has been a sharp rise in the
number of illegal migrants that have arrived
in the Bahamas. The rise in numbers has not
caught us by surprise, because this is the time
of the year, when the weather is favourable,
that we normally see increases," she said.
Mrs Pratt said that the election in Haiti
cannot be ruled out as a factor, as officials
have noted that a large increase has occurred
SEE page 10

Cuban Ambassador Felix Wilson, who
was in Cuba at the time of Governor Bush's
visit to the Bahamas on Tuesday, said he
could not comment on the situation until he
SEE page 10

Date selected for

$30m stadium

Tribune Staff Reporter
GROUND is expected to be broken for
the new national stadium on Independence
Day this year.
The date was selected, Chinese Assistant
Minister of Commerce Fu Ziying said, as a
"gift for the national day of the Bahamas -
July 10."
In a meeting with the Chinese delegation at
his Cable Beach office, Prime Minister Perry
Christie yesterday announced that the tech-
nical studies for the $30-million stadium are
nearing completion and construction is ready
to begin.
Following a more than 45-minute wait for
Mr Christie to arrive, Assistant Minister Fu
was made his presentation about the status of
work on the stadium and trade relations
between China and the Bahamas.
The Chinese government agreed last
August to finance the design and construction
SEE page 10

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* DR MARIALYS DARIAS MESA and Dr David A Gonzalez Mejias pictured at Carmichael Detention Centre.
There are more than 100 Cuban migrants currently at the detention centre.
(Photos: Franklyn G Ferguson)








Agreement signed with China

for mutual promotion of trade

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce yesterday signed an
agreement with China to pro-
mote trade between the two
countries' small to medium
A 12-member delegation
from China yesterday met with
Prime Minister Perry Christie
to discuss issues of trade and
cooperation between the two
In addition to addressing
trade arrangements, Mr Christie
used the meeting to request the
assistance of the Chinese gov-
ernment regarding the revenue
intake of the Bahamas' tourism
"As we look to the future
there is one particular recom-
mendation I would like to make
and that is that we seek your
advice on consultation, how
best to maximise our return on
bur tourism industry for our
Bahamian citizens," he said.
Mr Christie said he would
like the assistance of Chinese
experts on devising strategies
to ensure that the majority of

the money spent in the
Bahamas by tourists stays in the
"In that regard we note the
absolute expertise of the Chi-
nese people in light manufac-
turing, particularly in souvenirs
and handicrafts. It would be an
instant success if we broadened
and deepened the training (in
manufacturing) here in the
Bahamas," he said.
China's Assistant Minister of
Commerce Fu Ziying expressed
his government's appreciation
for the efforts made by the
prime minister "in putting for-
ward the comprehensive devel-
opment of bilateral relations"
between the two countries.
"China is a big developing
country. While we are making
every effort to develop our-
selves, we pay a lot of attention
to the common development of
all developing countries that is
'to say we pay a lot of attention
to the interest of other devel-
oping countries," the assistant
minister said through his inter-
In order to encourage the
cooperation between small and
medium sized enterprises, the

H MINISTER of Foreign Affairs and the Public Service Fred Mitchell, left, and Li Zhaoxing,
Minister of Foreign Affairs People's Republic of China, raise their glasses together during a dinner
hosted by the Chinese Foreign Minister in Beijing, China on January 21. Relationships between
he Bahamas and China have been gradually strengthening, especially over the past year
(Photo: BIS/Tim Aylen)

Trade Development Bureau of

China's Ministry of Commerce
and the Bahamas Chamber yes-
terday signed a trade promo-

tion agreement
"We hope the establishment
of such a mechanism will play a

very positive role ir promoting
the further development of
economic and trade coopera-
tion between the two coun-
tries," Mr Fu said.
The assistant minister said
that the Chinese government is
also encouraging a greater num-
ber of its citizens to choose the
Bahamas as their vacation des-
Mr Christie added that he is
Looking forward to the launch-
ing of China Airlines'
Caribbean route, which may
include a stop in the Bahamas.
The prime minister also
thanked the Chinese for regis-
lering their shipping vessels in
the Bahamas.
"China continues to increase.
the size of its merchant fleet
and we note that you have con-
tinued to register some of your
ships on our maritime registry
and we thank you for it," he
The meeting concluded with
Mr Christie requesting China's.
expertise in assisting the
Bahamas in turning the Cliftoq
Heritage Park into a site where
Bahamians and visitors can
experience the three major cul-
tural influences of the coun-

Safety of teachers

and students to be

discussed by union

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE safety of teachers and
students will be high on the
agenda of the Bahamas Union
of Teachers as negotiations with
government for a new industri-
al agreement start this week.
Yesterday union president
Ida Poitier said the union will
be agitating for tightened secu-
rity in and around schools in
the wake of several violent inci-
dents that have happened.
She said attacks on teachers
by students and outsiders seem
to be "on the rise," something
that a significant security pres-
ence could eliminate.
In addition to an increased
security presence, Mrs Poitier
noted that the union will be call-
ing for sensors, walls or fences
to protect teachers from out-
"We are asking the ministry
that if our teachers are assault-
ed in any way that the ministry
will take care.of all damage and
medical bills," because, she
added, "this is not the first
time." She said teachers have
had their personal items, such as
cars, either damaged or stolen.
Ms Poitier acknowledged that
the presence of school police
officers has been encouraging.
She said the union would like to
see more officers.
She added that another press-
ing concern is that students are
being shortchanged in their edu-
cation because they have to
learn in environments plagued

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continue with their education.
Right now if a student is sus-
pended from school they are
not receiving their education
and that creates more prob-
She added that most facilities
which provide such alternatives
are overcrowded. She said that
currently there are no facilities
for girls---something that is

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* UNION president Ida Poitier

by violence,
"Students are not-learmingin
the environment that they
should be learning in." , ..
She said that there are some,
students who contribute to the
problems by failing to conduct
themselves in a way conducive
to learning.
"What we need is alternative
schooling, for those students.
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found dead on Friday at an
apartment at Coral Gardens has
been identified by police as 59-
year-old Lemach Laing of High
Mr Laing's badly decom-
posed body was discovered
around 1.15pm on Friday at
Apartment 6, Lot Three on
Emerald Drive. He was lying
on his back on the floor in the
kitchen area.
The victim was a caretaker
for several of the apartment
buildings in the Coral Gardens
Police are awaiting the results
of an autopsy to determine the
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Further group of

Haitian immigrants

is apprehended

ANOTHER group of Haitian immigrants has been appre-
hended in the Bahamas, bringing the total to 184 in less than
13 hours.
Defence Force officers grabbed the group on Monday
afternoon while on routine patrol in the central Bahamas.
Around 3am on Monday, HMBS P-43 intercepted a Hait-
ian vessel just west of Highbourne's Cay in the Exumas with
99 people aboard.
Later, at around 4.30pm, HMBS.P-43 detained a second
group in the same area. The group of some 78 males and sev-
en females was brought into the Defence Force's base at
Coral Harbour and handed over to immigration authorities
for further processing.
These latest apprehensions have caused officials some
concern but they indicate that it is still too soon to determine
whether there is cause to be overly alarmed at this stage.
"We will continue to be vigilant and focused in our resolve
to safeguard The Bahamas as we wait to see whether or not
this recent influx represents a greater threat than normal,"
said one Defence Force official.
The Force arrested just over 1,400 illegal Haitian immi-
grants last year for attempting to enter the country without
proper documentation.

Contracts signed to repair

New Providence seawalls

Tribune Staff Reporter
MINISTER of Works and
Utilities Bradley Roberts yes-
terday announced the signing
of two contracts for repairs to
seawalls for the west and east-
ern shorelines of New Provi-
The western portion of the
island was won by G and L
Construction with a bid of
$725,000, with Knowles Con-
struction and Development
Company winning the bid for
the eastern portion with repairs
earmarked around $585,500.
Mr Roberts said both com-
panies have considerable expe-
rience and are committed to
providing the government with
"first class" workmanship on
the projects.
"The scope of the work on
20 separate'sites along the east-
ern and western foreshore of
New Providence includes the
casting in place of 7,000 feet
of seawall; the paving of some
1,850 cubic yards of concrete
and the installation of 1,200
feet of guardrails.
"Today, we are here to sign
the contracts for the first phase
of the hurricanes Frances and

Jeanne repairs, which will
focus on repairs on the sea-
walls in New Providence," he


Mr Roberts said that sea-
walls must be protected against
the action of water, both in
front of the wall and behind it.
"Waves that lap over the top
could erode the land behind
the structure as if the wall were
not there, so the structure must
be built high enough to pre-
vent such over-topping.
"To be protected against
the water's action on its face, a
seawall must be made of
materials strong enough to
withstand battering by waves
and by wave-carried debris,"
he said.
Mr Roberts explained that
during the previous adminis-
tration (FNM) a loan was pro-
cured for repairs after Hurri-
cane Floyd in 1999. With the
advent of Hurricanes Jeanne
and Frances the government
was forced to approach the
Inter-Development Bank and
request an extension to that

"As a balance of some $5.5
million to $6 million were
realized in the administration
of the loan, the government
and the IDB have agreed to
utilise these funds to carry out
repairs to seawalls damaged by
Hurricanes Jeanne and
"Consequently, last August
nine local Bahamian contrac-
tors were asked to express
their interest in the repairs to
the New Providence seawalls.
"Of that total number of
contracting companies, only
four indicated that they were
interested in the work. The
purpose of a seawall defence
is to prevent the natural ero-
sion of a shoreline and infra-
structure by a body of water.
"To be protected' against the
water's action on its face, a
seawall must be made of mate-
rials strong enough to with-
stand battering by waves and
by wave-carried debris," he
Mr Roberts informed the
crowd that the engineering
firm of George Cox Engineer-
ing Consultants had completed
the design drawing for the New
Providence seawalls and con-
sequently had been appointed

at a cost of $64,120 to supervise
construction work.
"I am pleased to inform the
residents of Cat Island and
Eleuthera that the contracts for
seawalls on their islands will be
executed by the middle of next
month," he added.

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Government makes

agreement offer to

teachers' union

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Bahamian govern-
ment yesterday presented the
Bahamas Union of Teachers
with a counter-proposal for a
new three-year industrial
It counters a union propos-
al submitted on January 12
and will initiate negotiations
that both sides hope will be
quick and cordial.
The agreement, when
signed, will be for a three-year
period, retroactive to 2005 and
ending in 2008.
Key concerns at the bar-
gaining table are salaries, safe-
ty of teachers, class size, hous-
ing, transportation, hours of
works, posting deployment,
transfers and promotions
Keith Archer, industrial
relations consultant for the
government, described the
negotiations as "historic".
"We are sure you will find it
progressive and that it speak-
ers to treat teachers in a man-
ner that recognizes their spe-
cial role in nation-building
without ignoring the country's
fiscal circumstances and ques-
tions of public sector produc-
Mr Archer said the govern-
ment's emphasis will be on the
relationship between teachers
and employers and not on
matters relating to the delivery
of instructions.
"We believe those matters
should be kept outside the
gambit of the industrial agree-
ment," he said. He promised

that the ministry and the
Department of Public Service
would continue to consult with
the union on those matters.
Mr Archer also pointed out
that, although the union rep-
resents some non-teaching
personnel, such as guidance
counsellors and administrative
assistants, the government has
taken the position that this
particular agreement will be
limited to teachers.
However, he said the gov-
ernment is willing to enter into
negotiations for a separate
supplemental industrial agree-
ment for those employers who
have the BUT as their bar-
gaining unit.
"We would like to reiterate
the government's commitment
to having these negotiations
completed, which would be
mutually beneficial for both
parties, and hope that the civil-
ity of both parties will contin-
ue," he added.
In accepting the govern-
ment's counter proposal, BUT
president Ida Poitier said the
union looks forward to the
negotiations. This will be the
first contract negotiations
headed by Mrs Poitier since
she was elected as union pres-
ident last year. It is also the
first time the two parties will
be negotiating a collective bar-
gaining agreement.
"We expect to negotiate for
all members of our bargaining
team and trust both sides will
negotiate in good faith," she
Both sides remain tight-
lipped regarding any discus-

Ssion on the financial value of
an industrial agreement pending
their negotiations.
However, the union had been
agitating for both a lump sum
payment and a salary increase
for members throughout the
length of the contract.

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Mr Christie shouldn't throw stones

IN THE House of Assembly last week -
the opening of a session that will go down in
history as the one that shattered Prime Min-
ister Christie's faith in the Opposition's two
leaders Mr Christie was at great pains to
remind Independent MP Larry Cartwright of
the debt of gratitude that he owed the PLP
for his seat in the House as the representative
for Long Island and Ragged Island.
Mr Cartwright, a newcomer to the House,
wrested the FNM's Long Island seat from vet-
eran Jimmy Knowles in the May, 2002 elec-
tions. Having won as an Independent candi-
date he told his constituents that he would
probably decide to join one of the two politi-
cal parties before the term of the House end-
ed. A few weeks ago he decided to rejoin the
FNM and announced his decision at the
House's opening session last Wednesday.
"I would truly wish to address the member
of parliament for Long Island and Ragged
Island," Mr Christie told Mr Cartwright who
took his seat with FNM members, leaving a
lonely corner to the remaining three Inde-
Mr Christie said he wanted to "indicate" to
Mr Cartwright that he hoped "he is aware of
the fact that he is sitting in the House of
Assembly because the PLP elected not to run
against him in the last election... But I would
like to just observe that but for the support of
the (PLP) party, the FNM candidate could
well have won this seat and to recognize that
we must now move forward because the mem-
ber of parliament has now made his decision."
Mr Christie also reminded Mr Cartwright of
how much the PLP government had done for
his Ragged Island and Long Island con-
stituents, even more than it had done for some
members of its own party. He pointed out to
Mr Cartwright that the PLP government had
done even "more for that constituency than
the party he has now joined."
He enumerated how much his government
had done, especially for Ragged Island. "My
government," he said, has decided to spend
more in your constituency on Ragged Island
on a per capital basis than on any other con-
stituency. We have decided to put infrastruc-
ture there of a major kind water, airport,
dock, the electricity. The fibre optic cables
allowed those'in Ragged Island to even be
able to see TV, even the Speech from the
Throne." The PLP government was obvious-
ly trying to woo this constituency away from its
FNM roots, and secure it in the PLP fold.
The prime minister's whole tone to Mr
Cartwright seemed to be saying: How dare
you show such ingratitude.

Despite it all, Mr Cartwright had made his
decision. "And so, therefore, my brother and
friend, member for Long Island, I wish you
well, we will obviously meet in the field," said
Mr Christie in his farewell oration. And then
he added ominously: "We will look carefully at
Long Island to see whether Long Island needs
adjusting..." These words were greeted with
mocking laughter from the PLP side.
It would seem that instead of the following
day's radio talk shows being full of empty
chatter as to why Messrs Ingraham and
Symonette were not at the opening of the
House, callers should have been trying to dis-
sect what Mr Christie meant by his parting
words that appeared to be a veiled threat. In
our opinion these words seemed far more
threatening to democracy than did the absence
from the House of the two Opposition mem-
If Mr Christie had paused to think before he
spoke in the House last week, he probably
would have remained silent. His memory
failed him badly that day.
Did Mr Christie, who was fired from the
Pindling Cabinet in 1984, forget that if it had
not been for the FNM he would not have won
his seat in the House in the 1987 election?
He probably would never have been returned
to parliament, and he certainly would not have
been prime minister today. As in the case of
Mr Cartwright and the PLP, the FNM decid-
ed in 1987 not to contest Mr Christie's seat,
giving him.a clear run against the PLP.
The same was done for Mr Ingraham in
"Cooper's Town. That was the first time that
two Independents were returned to the House,
despite the Pindling administration's cruel
decision to end their political careers. They
both had the FNM to thank for their victory.
When decision time came three years later,
Mr Christie as did Mr Cartwright with the
PLP forgot about the FNM's leg up and -
like Mr Cartwright returning to his FNM roots
Mr Christie decided to return to his PLP
roots. In 1990 he was sworn back into the Pin-
dling Cabinet, leaving Mr Ingraham as the
sole Independent in the House.
At the time a critic accused him of being
like a "dog returning to his vomit." Caught up
in the euphoria of the moment, a jubilant Mr
Christie, overjoyed at being back in the seat of
power, sent a message at a PLP rally to his crit-
ic: "Take this word back for me. For the love,
for the emotional support that these people
gave me I will swim in the vomit."
In view of his own political decision in 1990,
what gave Mr Christie the right to point an
accusing finger at Mr Cartwright?

Who will

speak for

the people?

EDITOR, The Tribune
I AM writing to the Bahami-
an people to express my deep
concern about the confusion,
and legal complexity of land
ownership in the Bahamas. I am
an American citizen, but my
family has a house on Rum Cay
for 35 years, and I consider this
beautiful place home. My hus-
band, Oscar Davis, and I were
married in St John's Episcopal
Church in Rum Cay in 1993,
and we live here six months of
each year.
Rum Cay has been known as
the Jewel of the Bahamas for
many years because of its
incredible beauty, and because
of the tranquil way of life for
the fewer than 100 people who
live here. Remote, difficult to
get to, and with no amenities
such as roads, water, electricity,
and regular air service, this
island remained untouched by
newcomers for generations.
For many years the small
population petitioned the Gov-
ernment for roads, street lights,
and an airport, wanting to be
connected with the rest of The
Bahamas, and the world. Final-
ly, electricity came in 1996. The
three million dollar airport, and
black-topped roads followed in
2001. Due to these additions,
the island is now experiencing
rapid changes, mainly due to
the influx of money foreign
investors, and sun-seekers look-
ing for a piece of paradise.
Many locals are concerned
about the possibly fraudulent
sale of large tracts of land, here
on Rum Cay, reputed to have
been either inherited or bought
from the Effie Knowles estate.
As your readers may already
know, this deceased lady has
already caused a lot of chaos
on five major Bahamian islands.
She was a lawyer who left a
legacy of many recorded con-
veyances of land, that are now
being surveyed, and chopped
into lots. Many of these tracts
are being fought over, and the
ensuing lawsuits among the
claimants have caused confu-
sion and distress within the
Perhaps there should be a
stop put to the sale of these
lands, until the government and
the claimants can sort out fact
from fiction? Does it seems like-
ly that Effie Knowles could
have bought large stretches of
pristine beach-front on Rum
Cayin the 1960's? If she truly
owned lots within the settle-
ment of Port Nelson, why aren't
any of the Bahamian families
who live here now familiar with

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managed t .buy: hat appears
:to b.e Crown. Lapd,,that had
. always been set aside for a pos-
sible lighthouse? The validity
Sof her claims have been ques-
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lished. If this proves to be the
case on Rum Cay, who will
reimburse the newest owners,
when they find out that they
have bought an illegal piece of
How do the Bahamians who
have lived an isolated, uncom-
plicated life for generations
stand up and say no to the often
ruthless land speculators who
are driven mainly by short-term
profits? Many investors see
these beautiful Bahamas as a

means to make a quick fortune,
and they will leave with their
profits, not particularly con-
cerned with the once tranquil
communities welfare or future.
Maybe it is time to slow
down, and really consider the
long-term effects of question-
able land sales. Perhaps we
need to stop unauthorised bull-
dozing of new roads which
result in the destruction of his-
torically priceless boundary
walls, and other private prop-
erty, until we can establish right-
ful ownership.
We need time, and profes-
sional help to understand afnd
deal with the complicated
nature of the changes that face
us here on Rum Cay, and og all
the other islands that are being
economically, culturally,: aid
spiritually affected by the raprid
turn-over of land ownership Un
the Bahamas.
Rum Cay
February 2006

Concern about the]

future of our youth:i

EDITOR, The Tribune
PLEASE allow me to ask your many readers of this column
a few questions:
What is driving this present day young people in the direc-,
tion they are now heading? Why are they heading in a direcT'i-
tion of "anti-social behaviour"? Is it because they prefer f
copy other cultures and sacrifice their own? I am afraid that~ i
this trend continues, our culture would be lost in a fewgen-
erations. The children are our future. If this is so, then who p"
we have to look for them through the "rear view mirror.'?
would be so much better if we see them inf distance ahead of.
us, reaching for the baton to carry on.
It is very disturbing to see graffiti on walls, and buildings i '
some of our communities, it would be so much better if the,_.
used some of that energy to write a book, that wogld be a ben
efit to the present and future generations. It seems as thoigli
they want to imitate the ancient Egyptian, but the Egyptians -
did not produce graffiti, because graffiti of itself has no mean-
ing, they left writings in their language on papyrus reed, which:
is similar to our paper, it became known to us as "Hiero-
glyphs" and down through the ages, scholars with advanced
training, were able to decipher those hieroglyphs. anrd rit ft
in the language of our time.
I am disappointed with the young, and in some cases, the not
so young who continue to use the forbidden adjective, the "N."
word, the sad thing about it is the only people keepingit:aliye
are the ones whom it is used against.
I hope to see the day when Bahamians, particularly those of
colour, would get serious of their history and reflect on.the.
speech made on the bank of the James River in 1712 by Willie
Lynch, he said that if his plans are implemented properly, .it.
would service"itself fdr 300, possible 1000,years. We are in the
two hundred and.ninety fourth year since that speech.
I therefore challenge us, my fellow Bahamians to let Willie
Lynch's words retreat into oblivion, so that those who are
alive, and share Willie's philosophy would see that not only the
physical, but the mental as well are gone.
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session as well as conspiracy to
export $60,000 worth of cocaine
were arraigned in the magis-
trate's court on Monday.
Tristan Johnson, 22, Ashford
Ferguson and Alonzo Charlton,
both 23, were arraigned before
Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez
A court docket alleged that
on Thursday, February 16,2006
at Freeport, Grand Bahama,
they were found in possession
of a quantity of cocaine.
A second charge claimed that
on the same date the three men
* conspired to export from the
Bahamas the aforementioned
drugs, which, according to the
prosecution, had a total weight
of 9.84 pounds. The men plead-
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vere remanded until Wednes-
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to export


FREEPORT 21-year-old
Glenwood Smith of Gilford
Crest, Grand Bahama, was also
charged with possession as well
as taking preparatory steps to
export $18,000 of cocaine.
According to a court docket,
on Friday, February 17, while
at Freeport, Grand Bahama,
Smith was found in possession
of a quantity of cocaine which
authorities believed he intended
to supply to another.
SA second count stated that
on that same day he made
preparatory steps to export the
drugs which, according to the
prosecution, weighed 2.54
Smith, who appeared before
Magistrate Roger Gomez and
pleaded not guilty to the
charges, was granted $40,000
bal with two sureties.

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Rum Cay bid to have

sales of land halted

WORRIED residents of
Rum Cay, once called "The
Jewel of the Bahamas", want
the government to step in and
halt land sales until contro-
versial title issues are sorted
They say gullible outsiders
are running the risk of sink-
ing fortunes into plots of land
they don't actually own, leav-
ing question marks over the
Bahamas' credibility as a place
to invest.
The island has become the
focus of a land rush since a$3
million airport was opened
five years ago. Now locals
claim tracts of land with no
clear title are changing hands
for big money, leaving buyers
exposed to massive losses;:
The disputed land is gener-
ally linked to the estate of the
late Florida lawyer Effie
Knowles, who is said to have
accumulated vast acreages on
Rum Cay and Long Island.
But elderly Rum Cay resi-
dents continue to be baffled
by the Knowles claims, saying
they never met or even heard
of the woman during the time
when she was supposedly buy-
ing land.
Now American resident
Susan Davis, whose links with
Rum Cay go back 35 years,
has expressed "deep concern"
about what she terms "the
confusion and legal complexi-
ty" of land ownership in the

And she is calling on the
government to act swiftly to
halt the possibly fraudulent
sale of vast tracts of land on
the island.
For many years, Rum Cay's
small population now stand-
ing at 82 petitioned for roads,
electricity and an airport to
bring it into the 20th century
and improve its links with the
outside world.
Now many of them are
wondering whether progress
has been a good thing. Since
electricity and the airport were
provided, Rum Cay has
become a tempting target for
speculators and a much less
harmonious place than it used
to be.
Ill-feeling has accompanied
the land rush, with locals
growing increasingly con-
cerned that some foreign buy-
ers are being duped with
dodgy documentation.
Mrs Davis told The Tribune
in a letter that provision of the
airport and "black-topped
roads" had led to rapid
changes, "mainly due to the
influx of mostly foreign
investors, and sun-seekers
looking for a piece of par-
She adds: "Many locals are
concerned about the possibly
fraudulent sale of large tracts
of land here on Rum Cay,
reputed to have been either

inherited or bought from the
Effie Knowles estate.
"As your readers may
already know, this deceased
lady has already caused a lot
of chaos on five major
Bahamian islands.
"She was a lawyer who left
a legacy of many recorded
conveyances of land that are
now being surveyed and
chopped into lots. Many of
these are being fought over,
and the ensuing lawsuits
among the claimants have
caused confusion and distress
within the community."
Mrs Davis said sales should
be halted "until the govern-
ment and the claimants can
sort out fact from fiction."
"Does it seem likely that
Effie Knowles could have
bought large stretches of pris-
tine beachfront on Rum Cay
in the 1960s? If she truly
owned lots within the settle-
ment of Port Nelson, why
aren't any of the Bahamian
families who live here now
familiar with her name?"
Mrs Davis said the validity
of Effie Knowles' claims had
been questioned and investi-
gated on other major islands in
the Bahamas, and in some cas-
es no root of title had been
established. "If this proves to
be the case on Rum Cay, who
will reimburse the newest
owners when they find out
they have bought an illegal

piece of property?"
Mrs Davis said the long-
term effects of questionable
land sales needed to be con-
sidered. "We need time and
professional help to under-
stand and deal with the com-
plicated nature of changes that
face us here on Rum Cay, and
on all other islands that are
being economically, culturally
and spiritually affected by the
rapid turnover of land owner-
ship in the Bahamas."
Last week, Rum Cay bar
owner Delores Wilson ques-
tioned the Effie Knowles land
sales, saying neither she nor
her mother now in her
nineties remembered anyone
of that name buying land on
the island.
She and others had earlier
lamented changes on Rum
Cay since it was made more
accessible to the outside
world. One islander said:
"Since the new airport
opened, all kinds of unsavoury
people have been arriving
here. In the old days, it was
one of the most beautifully
unspoilt islands in the
"Now all this arguing over
land is causing bad feeling
where none existed before.
Old Rum Cay families are
now coming back to stake
their claims."
Mrs Davis's letter will
appear in full in due course.

Union boss denies accusations

Tribune Freeport
union executive Lloyd Coop-
er condemned disgruntled
union board member Lionel
Morley for staging an unau-
thorised demonstration at
Our Lucaya Resort on Fri-
He also denied accusations
made by hotel worker San-
dra Mather, who accused
him of refusing to assist her
after being suspended last
week from her job at the Our
Lucaya Resort.
Mr Morley claims that
union representation of
workers has deteriorated and
criticised the union executive
for allegedly failing to assist
and support Ms Mather.
He, along with lan Neely,
bellman shop steward, held a
press conference at the resort
on Friday.
Mr Cooper, BHCAWU
second vice-president,
claimed Mr Morley should
be fired for his actions.
"We in the union con-
demned his actions because
he is not a union executive
and has no authority to do
what he did," Mr Cooper
said at a press conference at
Workers House.
Mr Cooper said Mr Mor-
ley was no longer allowed to
represent the union at any
of the resort properties on
Grand Bahama.
Mr Cooper noted that the
union had done everything
possible to assist Ms Mather
since 2003.

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* UNION executive Lloyd Cooper responds to allegations made
on Friday
(Photo: Denise Maycock)

Ms Mather, who claims to be
a professional hair-stylist of 20
years standing, claims she was
demoted to locker room atten-
dant at Senses Spa after she was
accused of damaging a cus-
tomer's hair in 2003.
Even though she completed
two-hour re-certification train-
ing at the request of her boss,
Ms Mather said she was not
%reinstated as a hair-stylist.
She claims she was unfairly
suspended for 90 days after
returning to work on Thursday
after being out sick from work.
She also claims that Mr Cooper
said he could not help her, so
she went to the Labour. Board ;
for assistance.
The union official said he did
not meet or speak with Ms
Mather on Thursday. :

Mr Cooper said Ms Mather
had received six warnings from
her boss after she failed to pro-
duce proper re-certification. He
stressed that the union had
pleaded with management on
her behalf several times.
He said the union had also
offered to assist Ms Mather in
getting re-certified training in
the unitedd States.
"'he told us that she was
checking with a school in US,
bu 'Inever brought in the
Iequsted information regard-
ing tuition and other incidental
expenses for travel and accom-
"modation," Mr Cooper said.
, He said that plans were fur-
ther complicated when Ms
Mather got pregnant. "We did
everything possible to help her,"
he said.

Plan for bus

system sent

out for


Tribune Staff Reporter

A MODEL for unifying New
Providence's bus system has
been selected and widely dis-
tributed for comments and rec-
ommendations from persons
with a stake in public transport.
According to Road Traffic
Controller Jack Thompson, the
document was given to jitney
owners, operators and drivers,
as well as key government agen-
cies, such as the police.
"We intend to look at those
recommendations and to marry
those recommendations into
what the existing document is,
as far as possible.
"Once we have those ideas
we will tailor the document, so
that we can achieve our desired
objective. Our desired objective
is to have a well managed and
efficient busing system in the
Bahamas," said Mr Thompson.
The module was created by
the Transportation, Policy and
Planning Unit of the Road Traf-
fic Department. Mr Thompson
said the unit would have studied
modules of bus systems in the
Caribbean and around the
In the Speech from the
Throne, Governor General
Arthur Hanna announced that
government would introduce
legislation to create a unified
Mr Thompson said the
department is in its early stages
of producing the document. He
said once the document is fully
approved and tailored to stan-
dard, it will be to a point where
it is a workable document.
He explained that once they
are satisfied the document is
workable, whereby all stake-
holders and the government
are pleased, then they will move
towards its implementation.
"We are working on it and
we are moving with haste to get
it done. The urgency of this
can't be overstated," he added.
A report released by the Min-
istry of Transport and Aviation
S'dniJanuary 12,aid' public trans-
portation in the capital is not
safe and should undergo a com-
plete overhaul.
The report explained that the
present bus system's weakness-
es are destructive to the future
development of public trans-
portation in the Bahamas and
should be subjected to thorough
systemic reforms.
"A band-aid solution will not
fix the inherent problems of the
current system. The time is
opportune to carry out appro-
priate reform of the industry in
a decisive and systematic man-
ner," the report said.

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Bahamas 'must wake up to

problem of tackling crime'


wIp --

BAHAMIANS were given a
stark warning yesterday -
reduce crime and improve edu-
cation or prepare for a future
you won't want to face.
It came from Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce Crime
Prevention Committee chair-
man Branville McCartney, who
predicted that the next ten years
will be crucial.
"The recent prison break that
kept the country on the edge of
our seats, glued to TV and radio
with the suspense of the OJ
Simpson chase, once again
brought into sharp relief how
deadly serious the crime situa-
tion is in New Providence," he
"We must wake up as a
nation: if we don't tackle the
problem of crime now, it will
continue to escalate until we
live in a climate where we are
baked by the sun and frozen by
fear," Mr McCartney added.
The attorney and founder of
Halsbury Chambers law firm,
speaking on his return from
Trinidad, where he was one of
two Bahamians selected to

attend an international confer-
ence sponsored by the Inter-
American Development Bank
(IDB) on civil society, said there
are signs of hope.
He had high praise for the
officers who recaptured escaped
armed robber Corey Hepburn
two weeks after he and three
other convicts cut their way out
of Fox Hill Prison.
'During the violent escape,
police guard Corporal Deon
Bowles was stabbed to death
and two other officers were
"That was a tragedy that
should never have happened, a
respected officer of 13 years -
someone's son, someone's hus-
band, someone's father -
stabbed to death, his life cut
short so that four men, two of
them convicted murderers,
could taste freedom they had
no right to," said Mr McCart-
Two of the escapees were
recaptured immediately, a third,
Neil Brown, convicted of the
2000 murder of Archdeacon
William Thompson, was killed,

and only Hepburn remained at
large, eluding authorities for
two weeks until public co-oper-
ation and dogged police helped
corner and capture him in Coral
"The CDU (Central Detec-
tive Unit) under Chief Supt
Marvin Dames did a masterful
job bringing Corey Hepburn in,
quietly, under cover of dark-
ness without fanfare or inci-
dent," he said.


Mr McCartney had praise,
too, for what he termed "Prime
Minister Perry Christie's coura-
geous stance" when he stated
publicly at the slain officer's
funeral that as long as capital
punishment is the law in the
Bahamas, it should be carried
The outspoken chairman of
the Chamber's crime preven-
tion committee has said before
that even though he is "not so
innocent as to believe that cap-
ital punishment will end the

0 BRAN McCartney

crime wave, though it may be
a deterrent" believes it is crit-
ical to carry out the law for
as long as the law remains on
the books.
"We need as a nation," he
has said, "to obey our own
law lest we become so slack
that we cannot ask our own
citizens to follow our exam-
ple. If it is the law, then when
all avenues of appeal have
been exhausted, we have no
choice but to follow our own
It is not just capital crime
that affects how Bahamians
live, but crime at all levels,
said Mr McCartney.
"I said it before and I will
say it again, we live in par-
adise but we are paralysed.
We hide behind burglar bars;
we talk of the good old days
when we could leave-our cars
or houses unlocked. We wor-
ry when our teenage children
are out past dark; we turn
down more invitations at night
than we used to.
"We sit inside, too uncom-
fortable to pull the chair out
on to the front porch. There
have been too many drive-by
shootings. There has been too
much violence. Crime is in-
our-face and we are pretend-
ing it is someone else's prob-
Mr McCartney outlined
suggested steps to slow what

he calls "crime's ticking tin
"To be meaningful, just
must be swift. Our court s
teams, both civil and crimin
are so backlogged that by t
time a case is heard, witness
have often forgotten deta
moved away, lost interest
backed off because of threat


"Even if they agree to tes
fy, witnesses' memories
details are not as sharp, mi
ing their evidence more v
nerable to challenge by t
"In addition, over time e
dence goes awry; document
are misplaced, testifying oh
cers transferred and there
- are unavailable.
"The only way to get ba
on track is to set a goal
clear every single case in a g
en period of time by appoi
ing enough judges, clerks a
support staff to do so on
urgent basis. This is not
incredible as it sounds. It
merely a matter of re-asse
ing priorities.
"Criminal cases, in part
ular, ought to be heard in t
shortest period of time, and.
this regard, speedy trial leg
lation ought to be intr
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Manages and configured database storage, monitors space, plans for future growth and manages the growth and
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Works closely with the Manager of Data Security and implements prescribed security policies and procedures
Acts as tier 2 Help Desk support to troubleshoot and resolve database issues in a 24 x 7 environment
Implements systems diagnostic and alarming tools for early detection and notification of potential problems
Stays current with new system offerings and technology, analyzes new technology and makes recommendations
where applicable.
Works closely with System Administrator Operating Systems, and Systems Architect to provide and maintain a
comprehensive IT technical architecture
Manages and tracks all reported issues received and escalated from the IT level 1/2 Service Desk
Regularly interacts with internal customers to understand their existing and strategic business needs and that
support service levels are being effectively and on time
Communicates policy and procedural changes: develops, reviews and updates standard operating procedure
manuals for the hardware and software platform support
Escalates and notifies management of all organization issues or situations that affect the overall operation
effectiveness of the technical architecture
Perform other job-related duties as assigned by management

Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Engineering, Information Systems,
Management Information Systems or equivalent industry experience in related fields
7+ years experience managing, implementing and maintain Oracle databases
S 7+ years experience managing, implementing and maintaining DB2 databases
5 years experience with AIX, OS 400, Windows and Linux operating systems
S Strong leadership ability
S 1 year experience utilizing a storage area network (SAN)
Strong working knowledge of systems support and maintenance processes (includes problem management
and tracking, SLA management, release/version management, escalations and notifications)
Strong working knowledge of formal project and development methodologies (includes SDLC processes, change
management discipline, and project management processes).

Working knowledge of OS 400, AIX, WIndows, Solaris and Linux operating systems
S Strong leadership ability with the ability to lead and take charge of a technical area
Strong knowledge of database security, knowledge of Peoplesoft security is a plus
S Ability to utilize performance tools to identify application system performance issues
Ability to monitor and tune database to maintain maximun performance
S Expert knowledge of SQL and stored procedures
Working knowledge of UNIX security, OS 400 security, Windows and Linux Security mechanisms
S Ability to establish organization standards, operating procedures, SLA's and develop guidelines
Kowledge and experience with trouble management, systems management and remote administration tools and
Knowledge of project management processes, applications (MS Project) and disciplines
S Strong written and verbal communications skills
Ability to effectively communicate complex technical concepts and ideas in a non-technical, simple manner
S Proficient skills utilizing MS Office tools and applications.
All application are to be received at BTC's Head Office, 21 John F. Kennedy Drive no longer than Monday, February 27,
2006 and addressed as follows:



THE TkigUgiit


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Jeb Bush and the relationship

between the Bahama and Florida
ahm sa

F LORIDA Governor
Jeb Bush's long-
planned official visit this week
highlighted some of the bilat-
eral issues we have with the
United States.
N r Bushruns a state of about
15 iiillion people with a bud-
get of over $70 billion a year
(compared to our billion dollar
plug budget and 325,000 inhab-
itanis). He is also the brother
of the current American presi-
dent George W Bush -
although that hardly endears
him, to the local political class.

This is not the first time Mr
Bush and Prime Minister
Christie have met. Two years
ago they discussed the gover-
nor's. efforts to promote
Miami's candidacy for the Per-
man4et Secretariat of the Free
Trae' Area of the Americas.
The Cirtie.government led
by Foreign Minister Fred
Mitch,-- went on to support
Trini ad as the site for that
facility i lidarity with CARI-
Other topics of mutual inter-
est include education reform,
illegal immigration, drug traf-
fickiig, relations with Cuba, the
treat' nt of Cuban refugees,
and new trade,and investment
opportunities such 'as the;
stalled- proposals for LNG ter-
minals in the Bahamas to supply
South Florida power stations.

eb Bush is no stranger to
the region. He has a
degree ui Latin American Stud-
ies, and worked for two years
in V" iiiueliaduiring the 1970s.
He ed to Miami in 1980
wit ~4T exican wife and
wor i ih real estate before
bece f ing involved in politics.
B0iivtas had strong ties to
Mia `iCuban community.
ever i he- was chairman of
the Dade County Republican
Party.lHe played an important
role irthe 1986 election of Bob
Marti ez as Florida's first His-
panic governor, and in 198,he:
was campaign manager for
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the first
Cuban-American to serve in

After an unsuccessful bid
the governor's office in 19
Bush won the 1998 election
the age of 45 and was the fi
Republican governor ever
re-elected in FloE da
admnuistrfa i
educatjbii4- m tji
men alism h gie gis
tion to tp Otes~
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that city into the "Brussels of
the Americas", although the
movement towards an hemi-
spheric free trade zone has
stalled lately. There is also spec-
ulation that Bush may run for
president sometime after the
2008 election.

Bush has been involved
in the Project for the
New American Century, a neo-
conservative think tank whose
goal is to promote American
global leadership. He is also a
member of the National Assess-
ment Governing Board, which
sets policy on student achieve-
,ment in American schools..
These two affiliations perhaps,.
most characterise his political
During his first term as gov-
ernor, Bush implemented the
A-plus Plan for Education, a
programme to improve grades
and revamp the public school
system by offering students the
opportunity to transfer to a pri-
vate school if their school failed.
He advocates four rules for
education reform. The first is
full transparency, or saying what
you are going to do and then
-doing it. Next is having the
courage to measure progress.
Tenacity is the third rule, and'
the fourth is aggressive com-
munication, on the ground that:
"If you are involved in a big
idea, you must constantly. com-
Bush says that since 1998,
funding for public schools in
Florida has increased by over
$6 billion and students are read-

and performing math at
higher levels than ever before.
But critics say Florida still falls
Behind most states oh key edu-
Scation indicators ranking
48th on graduation rates, for
S But the governor's in\ol\e-
ment with the Project for the"
New American Century is like-
ly to turn off most Bahamian
politicos, who privately nurse
both real and imagined griev-
ances against American leader-
ship.. The project advocates a
policy of "military strength and:
moral clarity" for the US that
includes promoting political and
economic freedom around the
world and extending an inter-
national order friendly to US
So-called neo-conservatives
believe that while the US can
work through multilateral insti-
tutions such as the United
Nations when possible, it must
not be constrained from acting
to promote American values
around the world. In addition
to strategic realism, there is an
element of idealism in this
Besides Jeb Bush, the Project
includes the cream of the cur-

rent American political estab-
lishment men like Vice-Pres-
ident Dick Cheney, Defence
Secretary Donald Rumsfeld,
Paul Wolfowitz, who is now
president of the World Bank,
and John Bolten, the ambas-
sador to the United Nations
who wants to see his job disap-

Royal Bank
Sof Canada

S ome argue that the
American-led 2003 inva-
sion of Iraq was the first deci-
sive action of those leaders,4ho
"chafe at the idea that the Unit-
ed States, the last remaining.
superpo% er, does not do moree'
by wa\ of economic and mili-
tary force to bring the rest:of
lthe world under the umbrella;
of a ne%% socio-economic Pax ;:
This is the elephant in the
'room that we face just across
,the Gulf Stream. It is a political
and economic reality that we
can do little to influence cer-
tainly not by jaunts to the Far
East or by talking big with the
brothers down south. But, in
spite of the racial undertones
at play here, simply looking the
other way and pretending that
the reality doesn't exist gets us
nowhere fast.
What we can do is exercise
clear judgment and sensible
diplomacy. For much of our his-
tory the Bahamas has been
closely tied to Florida despite
our centuries-old status as a
British Crown colony. The
Florida Keys were once consid-
ered northern out islands. and

Bahamians were South Flori-
da's earliest settlers. Today, our
entire way of life depends on
American tourists and investors.
And our security relies on
American enforcement against
illegal immigrants and drug traf-
So allocating our scarce
resources to diplomatic missions
in China and India rather than


Haiti and Florida is a lot like
spitting in the wind.
Despite all the historical, geo-
graphic, cultural and economic
ties we have with these close
neighbours, our current leaders
.prefer to play in deeper water
- to no apparent gain. The $30
million that China has had on
the table as a gift for years is
spent by American tourists in

selves look foolish by carrying
on their ridiculous vendetta
against Castro their top
politicians beholden to the pow-
erful Cuban lobby in an impor-
tant electoral state. This will
likely not change until Castro's
death. But let's face it Cuba
is no utopia and when all is said
and done, what does Castro
offer us that the Americans
We can boil all these issues
down to a very simple test -
in what kind of society would
we personally like to live? Why
don't our politicos (especially
the foreign minister and the
prime minister) get their med-
ical check-ups and treatments
in Cuba? Why don't they invest
their hard-earned cash in Cuba?
Why don't they shop in Cuba?
Do they even vacation in Cuba?
Can anyone in Cuba or China

We should be about
leveraging these connections
- not beating up American
reporters, pretending Haiti
doesn't exist, sucking up to
Castro and wasting resources
on initiatives that produce
pompous communiques, but
little of substance.

Nassau every few weeks. Like-
wise, Bahamians are among the
biggest contributors to the Flori-
da economy. Jeb Bush is gover-
nor of Florida and his brother is
the president of the United
States. We should be about
ev er,,ing these connections -
.,t ..f'ing up. American
lc.pqY.ers, 'pretending Haiti
doesn't exist, suckmg up to Cas-
tro and wasting resources on
initiatives that produce
pompous communiques, but lit-
tle of substance.
The Americans make them-

visit the Bahamas when they
feel like it?
Jeb Bush's official visit is no
doubt an effort by the Ameri-
cans to put all this into sharper
focus even though he could
only afford a day from his busy
schedule- unlike our politi-
,cians who see time wasting as a
major achievement.,;., ii: ;
What do you think?
Send comments to larry@tri-
Or visit www.bahamapun-

Thursday, February 23rd, 2006

at 7pm

at Dicky Mo's, West Bay Street



In ASSOCi tio, will tle Nassal MUusic Socef Present

Yu1 Isl1un i- anll osow Soloists0 O hesIa

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Friday, Feb. 24th, 8:00 p.m. Sunday, reb.. tn, TUO p.m.
Theatre for the Performing Arts St Paul's Church Hall, LyfordCay
(Featuring Yuri Bashmet and the Orchestra) ieatring Igor Raykhelson and a Sextet from the Orchetra)
Tickets: $30.00, $45.00, $60.00 Tickets: $75.00

Sunday, Feb. 26th, 7:00 p.m.
Residence of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Buckner
(Featuring Musicians of the Moscow Soloists Orchestra)
Tickets: $75.00 FINL CONC[ET OF 20oo6

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Monday, Feb. 27th, 8:00p.m.
Christ Church Cathedral
(Featuring Yuri Bashmet and the Orchestra with
Guest Soloist, JoAnn Deveaux-Callender)
Tickets: $35.00
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I)iLrttncrli SpSposnsrs:

f icr5 r "ET mM ~ FRANuirnVL:FOJ

Bush's administration has
focused on education reform
and environmentalism he,
signed legislation to protect
the Everglades and opposed
federal plans to drill for oil of
tle coast of Florida.

Today, our entire way of life
depends on American tourists
and investors. And our -
security relies on American
enforcement against illegal
immigrants and drug

A multinational company,
manufacturer of leading
brands in personal hygiene
consumer products, is
seeking a Territory Manager
for the Bahamas and other
islands in the Caribbean.

This position will be based in
Nassau. It requires extensive
business travel with sales and
marketing responsibilities.

A college degree in business and
prior experience in a similar
position are required. An MBA
and fluency in Spanish are
preferred. Only Bahamians or
residents with the right to work
need apply.

Please send your detailed r6sume,
including experience, references
and current compensation to:
PO. Box N-773,
Nassau, Bahamas
by March 3, 2006.





Bush aide's hopeful outlook for

future relations with Bahamas

II By Bahamas Information
THE future looks bright for
I slations between The Bahamas
Sad Florida, despite an investi-
I ation into the alleged beating
t y Royal Bahamas Defence
I orce officials.
The positive assessment of
S.ahamas-Florida relations was
Iiven by Brian Williams, inter-
i national liaison analyst in the
executive office of Governor
( f Florida Jeb Bush, during an
i iterview at the US Embassy in
I fassau.
Mr Williams was a member
( f Governor Bush's delegation
' hen he made an official visit to
? he Bahamas on Monday.
Governor Bush, brother of
I TS President George W Bush,
\ ill promote a new programme
i litiated in Florida called The
globall Florida Classroom Con-
This scheme would pair up
s :hools in Florida with schools
i i The Bahamas via the Inter-
r et, creating a modern-day pen-
I al system.
'We think that overall this

would increase the internation-
al awareness for students in
both places," Mr Williams said.
"We realise that we live in a
globalised world and that's an
important facet of education."
Mr Williams is of Bahamian
lineage his great-grandfather,
who hailed from Exuma,
migrated to Miami in the 1920s
and met his great-grandmoth-
er, a descendant of Eleuthera.
He joined the Governor's
office in August, 2004, and in
January, 2005, was promoted to
international liaison and ana-
lyst in the international affairs
On the controversy sur-
rounding the alleged beating of
the Cuban-American journalist
at the Detention Centre on
Carmichael Road on February
7, Mr Williams said given the
close ties between The
Bahamas and Florida, and the
vibrant Cuban community in
Florida, US officials are very
concerned about the issue.
"Given the fact that it is being
resolved by the Bahamian gov-
ernment and the US federal
government, the State of Flori-
da is not actively involved in

W* '/
0 BRIAN Williams being interviewed at US Embassy yesterday

(Photo: BIS)

finding a solution, but the Gov-
ernor hopes that a solution

would be found soon," he said.
With responsibilities in inter-
national trade relations, Mr
Williams commented on con-
cerns of small developing states
like The Bahamas on the pend-
ing Free Trade Area of the
Americas (FTAA).
"Obviously, issues like demo-
cratic values, security, combat-
ing narco-trafficking, educa-
tional programmes are all

important issues for the Amer-
icas," he said. "Free trade is a
good thing. We know that it can
be beneficial to Florida, the
United States, The Bahamas
and all the Americas. So the
governor is a very strong sup-
porter of the FTAA."
He said there are reports that
FTAA talks have stalled and
the US is pursuing other free
trade agreements beneficial to

that country.
Miami and the Caribbean
twin island nation of Trinidad
and Tobago are competing to
host the FTAA Secretariat.
According to Mr Williams,
both parties are gaining
endorsement for their respec-
tive venues.
The FTAA is being negoti-
ated by 34 countries of the
Americas, aimed at creating the
most far-reaching trade agree-
ment in history.
However, small island nations
of the Caribbean Community;
of which The Bahamas is a
member, are concerned about
their agricultural-based
economies and small businesses
being pushed out by the larger
Mr Williams acknowledged
that agricultural concerns are
some of the primary issues on'
the FTAA agenda, and is con-
fident that all issues would be
resolved shortly in a manner
that is beneficial to all parties
He said tourism is an impor-
tant industry to both the Florida
and Bahamas economies, while
in the area of trade, Miami
specifically, and other small,
ports, have niche markets with
the Caribbean.
"So any disruption in our
economy and infrastructure cap
have adverse effects on th*
Bahamian economy, but we are
working together and that
seems to be going very well,;"
Mr Williams said.

Toastmasters plan to

honour women's work

THE First Bahamas Branch
of Toastmasters Club 1600 will
on 'Thursday take time to hon-
our the hard work of women.
Under the theme "Reflec-
tions," Ladies Night will praise
women for her dynamic role as
mother, friend, labourer,
provider and mate.
President, Toastmaster
Charles Saunders Jr said:
"'Reflections' is carefully craft-
ed to meet the needs of women
through the eyes of men, high-
lighting the social, economic,
spiritual and romantic needs
that all women should be accus-
tomed to sharing in a relation-
"We want women to come
out and enjoy 'Reflections',

which will uplift those who
make family life so meaningful
in our Bahamaland," he added.
Club 1600's Ladies Night was
initiated 20 years ago as an
evening where members of the
all-male Toastmasters club paid
respect and courtesy to the
hard-working women in their
lives, particularly their wives.
It is held every February and
"It was to say, 'we appreci-
ate your commitment and ded-
ication for supporting the club
in all of its endeavours," said
President Saunders.
Today, Ladies Night is a fix-
ture on Club 1600's calendar
and a must-attend event for
many women from all sectors

of society who often come oQu
in droves.
"It's a ladies night affair.
where pageantry is the order of
the day, beauty radiates frofir'
every corner of the room and
men mystify women to the
sounds of poetry, words of
encouragement, hope for
tomorrow and action that says
we reflect on your worth," said
Speakers for the night will be
all former ladies night champi-
Sons:rToi~stmasters JohnMichell
whose topic is "Woman U
Are;" Charles Newbold III,
"Can You Hear Me Now;-'
Michael Munnings, "Wonder
Woman" and Marvin Gibson,
"Strip for Me" Part II.


LOT NO. Crown Allotment 122 :i:,; iiii
PROPERTY SIZE: Apartment Complex ;
(9,000 sq. ft.)
LOCATION: Bay Street, Murphy Town
LOT NO. 104
PROPERTY SIZE: Duplex Building
(11,866 sq. ft.)
LOCATION: Galleon Avenue & Outrigger CT

LOT NO. 9,Block 29
PROPERTY SIZE: Single Family Residence
LOCATION: Chesapeake Subdivision


LOT NO. 10 Block 37 Section 9
PROPERTY SIZE: 19,500 sq. ft.

LOT NO. 9 Block 50 Unit 2
PROPERTY SIZE: 8,000 sq. ft.

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Limited invites applications from suitably qualified
individuals for the position of SENIOR MANAGER/ECONOMIST in our Regulatory Department.

To develop and apply various telecommunications regulatory requirements to economic efficiencies
including interconnection issues, market analysis and pricing methodologies, quality of service standards
and customer codes of practice.
Provide specialist advice on the economic and financial performance of BTC as a regulated
Provide economic and financial analysis involving marketing research and changes in price
setting methodologies
Provide proficient application of economic principles to the licence compliance requirements
of BTC as a regulated telecommunications operator
Provide market research and other economic studies relevant to the current and future
development of BTC
Become proficient in knowledge of all necessary regulatory documents including the
Telecommunications Act, Sector Policy and BTC's licence

Advise on and monitor PUC Rate Rebalancing Proposals and all aspects of BTC rates including
price regulated services
Advise on and monitor all relevant sector issues including universal service, price capping and
reference interconnection offer documents (RIO) including Public Consultations
Advise on ant monitor all relevant interconnection issues e.g. revenue
To liaise with the Public Utilities Commission on all relevant compliance issues and to attend
to meetings and correspondence related thereto
To assist in the reporting of individual business units in the company on a line of business
basis for various services
To assist in the preparation of network and service development plans for the demonstration
of cost based pricing to assist with the determination of interconnection pricing
To assist in the development and implementation of strategies to keep the company competitive
and to secure its market share
Generally to assist with the division's objective of ensuing compliance with licence provisions
whilst ensuring that the company
To attend all staff meetings and prepare monthly status reports on tasks and assignments

(I) Proficient in the application of economics to an operator/licence in a regulated
telecommunications sector
(Ii) Good experience in market research and regulatory methodologies
(iii) Some proficiency in accounting required
(iv) Computer skills in database, spreadsheets, statistics and word processing
(v) Membership in relevant professional associations
(vi) Master's degree in Economics

(vii) Ten (10) years experience required. Experience in telecommunications would be an asset
and an advantage
(viii) Strong leadership are essential organizational self-motivational and communications
All applications are to be received at BTC's Head Office, 21 John F. Kennedy Drive, no later than
Monday, February 27,2006 and addressed as follows:





LOT NO. 11 Block 1 Unit 1
PROPERTY SIZE: 13,800 sq. ft.
LOCATION: Ludford Drive

LOT NO. 98
PROPERTY SIZE: 39,036 sq. ft.


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to senator

to assist in

food drive

STribune Freeport
$20,000 cheque was pre-
sented on Monday to
Senator Caleb Outten to
assist in a food drive for
poor, needy, and elderly
residents of Eight Mile
Mr Outten, who has
spearheaded the food
drive, is appealing to
businesses throughout
Grand Bahama to assist
by donating funds to
support a very worthy
'He praised business-
man Basil Neymour of
Neymour Construction
fo' his $20,000 donation
ifi support of the food


-Senator Outten also
commended Solomon
Wholesale for agreeing
to supply 1,000 food
coupons valued at $25
each for distribution
afiong needy people in
the community.
,Mr Neymour urged
other businesses to sup-
port the food drive.
"I know what it is like
to be poor and so I
decided to come forward
to assist those persons in
need, and I appeal to-.
other businesses to come
forth and assist," he said.
Jenny Greene, an
EMR resident, thanked
Mr Outten for organis-
ing the food drive, and
Mr Neymour for his gen-
erous donation and sup-
pdr(. .
"We appreciate, eyiry-
tling that they are doing
fQ,.us,' she said.

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At A reception held at Mon-
tagu Gardens memLiers of the
Baham:_n General Insurance
Association. in their continued
quest to increase tiekno% ledge -
of their staff and professional-
ism in the industry, honoured
52 people who passed Char-
tered Insurance'Instirute exam-
inations last yeal:
Chairman' of BG A. John
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remain cbm tjed to the edu-
cation of i't.~ k the '
geral ins,*.
meet todal\'s '
nal and external demand rbio, .
all stakeholders-and Ibehae
lenges that the industry'fai'ei ;
the future.
Mr Dunkle\ thanke~,those
who had shovn their coaa!'
ment to increasing knoweg -'
withm the industry b\ giv ~i up"
their time to provide tutoring,
and other assistance to students.
He recorded those %.ho had
passed subjects and'or obtained
the Certificate in Insurance.
which pro ided grounding in -:
basic insurance principles.
Dr Roger G Brown, the reg-
istrar of insurance, joined the
chairman in making presenta-
tions to the follomng persons.
who had obtained diplomas in
The Diploma in Insurance E FROM left: N
'Dip CII', which is a technical Hardy, BGIA Co
supervisory qualification in Miss Dameeka N
insurance fundamentals: Miss Dip-CII; Mrs Sha
Melanie Natasha Davis J S phy, ACH; Dr Rog
Johnson and Co Ltd; Miss Registrar of Insura
Dameeka Eldese Ferguson Dunkley, BGIA ch
Sunshine Insurance; Mrs Nancy Nancy I Haughto
Irene Haughton Insurance Miss Ghandi C Ki
Management; Miss Ghandi CI, and Mr Timotl
Cyprianna Knowles Insurance IPA representative
Management; Miss Laneka Inez (Photo: G
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Miss Kara Kathryn Lowe -
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Insurance 'ACII', which is a achievements of
professional qualification pro- obtained profession
viding an enhanced under- tions.
standing of insurance practice, The Bahamas Gf
both in terms of technical sub- ance Association (
ject matter and overall man- the Insurance Pr
agement skills, was earned by Association (IPA
Mrs.Sharita Lauren Murphy those \ ho'had atti
J S Johnson and Co Ltd. nised levels in insu
Mr Timothy Ingraham, ofthe fications.


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The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Limited invites applications from suitably qualified individuals
for the position of Senior Associate/System Administrator, Wide Area Network in our IT Technical Services
The System Admirustator. \\ide ,Area Netioork I\ANi is responsible for supporting network
including the variouss e\ ices used on. he network such'as routes, swnAches, and circuits necessary) for the
Support of IT systems.'System Adniifistrapr. WAN ,plar. lfBerrl0oblem solver.decision
maker, resource System Adninistrator aid overall leader for tiheentire IT supported network and wireline.'
wireless data networking devices. Responsibilities include the management of a 2nd level support group and
liaise with the end-user community to maintain, support and enhance solutions for maximum functionality,
availability and performance. This position requires regular interactions with Internal customers to understand
their existing and strategic business needs and that service levels are being met effectively and on time. The
System Administrator WAN performs the creation and analysis of Business Partner requirements, assesses the
impact of changes to the network and network devices, and determines the level of effort needed to implement
changes. The System Administrator ensures adequate documentation and communication of all related system
upgrades, outages, and modifications, keeping users well informed of changes in network systems and policies
and procedures. This position interfaces frequently with other IT staff to resolve issues, implement upgrades,
and deliver solulions.
Manage the day-to-day networking connectivity of the WAN and related devices (Cisco routers,
switches etc.)
Effectively maintain the entire IT WAN including; project planning, scope management budget
management, resource (i.e. internal, external, 3rd party resources) management,.time management
(activities & task planning), communications, risk management procurement, QA and testing, delivery,
transition planning and ongoing systems maintenance and support (problem resolution, outages,
version control, release management, upgrades, change management)
Manage and track all reported issues received and escalated from the IT Level 1 Service. Desk
Regularly interact with internal customers to understand their existing and strategic business needs
and that support service levels are being met effectively and on time
Communicates policy and procedural changes; develops, reviews and updates standard operating
procedure manuals for the WAN support
Ensures staff members provide high quality support for the systems and to IT Business Partners
Escalates and notifies management of all organization issues or situations that affect the overall
operational effectiveness Of the IT WAN
Perform other job-related duties as assigned by management

Bachelors degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Engineering, Information
Systems, Management Information Systems or equivalent industry experience in related fields.
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in the region. Part and parcel
of this redevelopment will be
the relocation of our commer-
cial port to the southwestern
end of the island," the prime
minister said.
The task of providing
affordable housing to
Bahamians will now be
spearheaded by Neville
Wisdom, who adds housing
to his portfolio of Youth
and Sports.
"Mr Wisdom has brought
a great deal of energy and
resourcefulness to his duties
as Youth and Sports Minis-
ter. He will continue to do;
of that I have no doubt, but
in addition he will now
bring the same strengths
and talents that I have men-
tioned to the critically
important housing matters
that I have added to his
portfolio," said Mr Christie.
The nation's cultural
affairs, which Mr Wisdom
previously had responsibili-
ty for will now fall under the
Office of the Prime Minis-
ter. Mr Christie also
assumes responsibility for
Bahamasair and the Urban
Renewal programme.
Mr Christie noted that the
former Minister of Housing,
Shane Gibson, has done a
"tremendous job". Howev-
er, he said, he feels he is
ready for a larger challenge
as Minister of Immigration,
Labour and Training.
"Mr Gibson's primary
mandate, however, must
necessarily be the aggres-
sive and unrelenting
enforcement of our Immi-
gration laws. He is a tough,
no-nonsense, get-the-job-
done individual who will, I
am sure, prove himself
equal to the weighty chal-
lenges that I have now given
him," said the prime minis-
Vincent Peet is to become
the Minister of Financial
Services and Investments.
"Of central importance to
Mr Peet's new ministerial

portfolio will be the new
Domestic Investments
Board that was foreshad-
owed in last week's Speech
from the Throne. This will
be designed to accelerate
the empowerment of
Bahamians as entrepreneurs
and equity owners in the
Bahamian economy."
Allyson Maynard Gibson
is the country's new Attor-
ney General and is now
charged with the task of
making the Departments of
Legal Affairs and Public
Prosecutions, and the entire
judicial system, more
responsive to the ever-
increasing caseloads they
carry, Mr Christie said.
Alfred Gray retains
responsibility for Local
Government, but will now
also head Consumer Affairs.
Leslie Miller now takes over
the new Ministry of Agri-
culture and Marine
"Mr Miller is a true
believer when it comes to
having faith and confidence
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trade and industry with the exception of multi-lateral trade
Obie Wilchcombe Minister of Tourism, with radio
and television broadcasting and relations with the Broad-
casting Corporation of the Bahamas.
Fred Mitchell Minister of Foreign Affairs and the
Public Service, with responsibility for multilateral trade
Alfred M Sears Minister of Education, Science and
Leslie Miller Minister of Agriculture and Marine
V Alfred Gray Minister of Local Government and
Consumer Affairs.
Neville W Wisdom Minister of Youth, Sports and
Melanie S Griffin Minister of Social Services and
Community Development.
Glenys Hanna-Martin Minister of Transport and
Allyson Maynard-Gibson- Attorney General and Min-
ister of Legal Affairs, with responsibility for the Registrar
General's Department.
Shane Gibson Minister of Immigration, Labour and
Senator Dr Marcus Bethel Minister of Energy and the
Environment, with responsibility for BEC, the petroleum
industry, the department of Environmental Services, and the
renovation of downtown Nassau.
Senator James Smith Minister of State for Finance.
Senator Dr B J Nottage Minister of Health and
National Insurance, with responsibility for the National
Insurance programme.

FROM page one

The US Coast Guard, Mr
Saunders said, brought in an addi-
tional 39 illegals. Out of this num-
ber 31 were Cubans, one Niger-
ian, and seven Chinese.
Monday night between the
hours of 10pm and midnight in
New Providence 21 Haitians were
apprehended by immigration offi-
cers. There is a total of 679 Hait-
ian nationals at the centre.
"There is no doubt in my mind,
that what you have seen today
and yesterday (Monday) was
attributed by the elections of
Haiti a week ago. We have been
planning, to a certain extent, for
this influx. We had four Haitian
vessels come into the Bahamas
within the last 24 hours," said Mr
Immigration officers were
combing the bushes in the Moss
Town, Exuma area, as well as
officers were searching the area of
Yamacraw yesterday. Another
two flights are expected to leave
* At lam on Tuesday 114
Haitians were repatriated to Port-
au-Prince, Haiti. At 3pm, Mr
Saunders said, another 114

FROM page one

within the last three days following the successful
elections of Ren6 Pr6val as president of Haiti.
"I say that we were not taken by surprise because
the security and disaster agencies took account of the
possibility that the elections in Haiti would cause
increased movement.
"So the RBDF positioned its boats strategically in
the Exumas in the southern Bahamas and increased
its surveillance of the waters around New Provi-
dence. The result is that one Haitian craft alone
landed in New Providence and we believe that most
of its passengers were apprehended," she said.
Minister of Immigration Vincent Peet said that
within the past three days three vessels were inter-
cepted that were bearing some 620 illegal migrants.
As a result the total number of migrants at the
Carmichael Road Detention Centre had more than
doubled its maximum and was struggling to con-
tain more than 862 persons.
"The department of Immigration worked swiftly

Cuban doctors

FROM page one

had fully analysed the remarks made by Mr Bush and
Prime Minister Perry Christie on the matter.
He also had not received any new information from
the Bahamas government.
During its visit to the Detention Centre yesterday,
The Tribune saw the two dentists, but were not allowed
to interview them.
US Ambassador John Rood on Tuesday said that his
government was confident that the two doctors would
be returned to the US, and not to Cuba.
The Bahamas has found itself in a difficult situation
over the detention of the two Cuban dentists who are
being held at the Carmichael Road centre after they
were picked up by the US Coast Guard in Bahamian
waters more than 10 months ago.
The two doctors, David Gonzalez Mejias and Mar-
ialys Darias Mesa, were caught in an attempt to emi-
grate from Cuba by the "visa lottery", which is held
annually by the US.
Cuba wants the Bahamas to return the two doctors to
Havana because their medical expertise is too valu-
able to spare. However, American authorities want
the.two detainees sent to the US where both doctors
have relatives.
Speaking at the meeting with Governor Bush on
Tuesday, Mr Christie said: "The governor left the expec-
tation on the table that the Bahamas government would
address aggressively this concern of the continued
detention of the two detainees and he has the assurance
from us that as we speak we are in the process of trying
to bring the matter, hopefully, to a conclusion in the best'
interest of all concerned and consistent with the nation-
al interest of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas."

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and tirelessly, along with the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs and in collaboration with the embassy of
the Republic of Haiti in the Bahamas, to arrange fof
the repatriation of Haitian nationals. Five flights.
are planned, two today, two tomorrow, and one:
flight on Thursday.
"The flights early this week will contain 114 peir
sons each and on Thursday it is planned for 164
persons to be repatriated. It is planned that some 620
Haitian nationals will be repatriated this week,
which will reduce the numbers in the Detention
Centre to manageable proportions and this will
bring relief to the human distress arising from the
large numbers," he said.
Although a total cost of the repatriations could not
be offered at press time, Minister Peet confirmed
that the five flights would cost the Bahamian govt
ernment "well over" $100,000.

$30m stadium

FROM page one

of a new state-of-the-art national stadium fof
the Bahamas. '
The 30,000-seat stadium, which is expecft-
ed to be "second to none in the region," will
be constructed at the Queen Elizabeth
Sports Centre. :,
Speaking yesterday at the meeting,'Mr
Christie said that the.stadium signifies only
one of many demonstrations of the friend-
ship between the two countries.
"We have been able to establish veli
friendly relations, in which demonstrktioi4
of friendship continue to be put in plact.
We are mindful that the gift of a national
stadium to our country is well on the way
with the technical studies just about com-
pleted, and construction ready to begin," hq
Mr Christie took to opportunity to repew
his invitation to China's president Jiang
Zemin to visit the Bahamas for the commis-
sioning of the stadium.
The prime minister told Mr Fu that he
himself is training so he will be able to
run a lap in the stadium when complet-
The 12-member delegation from China is
visiting the Bahamas to discuss the progress
of work on the new stadium as well as'the-
challenges associated with the development;
The visit also served to introduce Assisi
tant MinisterFu to Youth, Sports and Cul-
ture Minister Neville Wisdom.

Gunman puts woman in trunk of car

A WOMAN employee was
put in the trunk of a car by a
gunman during an armed rob-
bery on Monday afternoon.
According to police reports,
an employee of Quality Inn,
Nassau Street, was held up by a
gunman as she was going to
make a bank deposit.
The woman was then forced
.into the back trunk of a blue
Accura car.
Police press liaison officer

Walter -Evans .aidthe gunman
reportedly drove around with
the. woman in the back trunk.
for about 40 minutes.
S,;She was then taken to the
Providence Avenue. Chipping-
.ham area, \ here the gunman
* :left the scene.
A passerby heard the,,wom-
an's screams from the. car's
trunk and alerted police. The
woman' was taken to:hospital.
Police are continuing their

;investigation into the matter.
In other crime news, a 49-
year-old man was attacked by a
group of men early yesterday
The man was reportedly beat-
en while in the East Street
South area.
Mr Evans said that he was,
taken to hospital in serious con.
Police are continuing their.
investigations into the matter,.

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Haitians were expected to be
Yesterday's repatriation exer-
cise, Mr Saunders explained, cost
the Bahamian government in
excess of $40,000.
The Tribune was granted per-
mission by immigration officials
to interview some of the
A Cuban man, who does not
want to be identified, who was
surrounded by other Cubans at
the centre, made it clear that all
he wants is to be free.
He said that he left Cuba on a
fishing boat on February 14 and
went to Cay Sal. He said that he
was trying to flee his homeland to
go to Miami.
.Life in Cuba is hard, you have
to work for nothing. (You could)
ne-er feel free in Cuba," he said.:
At present there are more than
100 Cubans at the centre.
Isebone Jule, a Haitian from
Port-de-Paix, said she was out to
sea for four days.
: Ms Jule'was'so desperate to
leave Haiti that she left six:of her
children, ranging in age from 12
years to 13 months, at home in

Haiti by themselves.
In the midst of tears, she said
she did not want to leave her chil-
dren, but she had no choice.
She said the children's father
is dead and she has had no hus-
band for four years.
Amos Doresetan, a Haitian,
said that he tried to get out of the
country to have a "good life for
(his) family." : '.
Mr Doresetan, through an
interpreter, explained his plight:
He said he has a couple of chil-
dren and he "can't help himself
too good."
Sergot Labranche, another
Haitian national said : "Things
are hard and I want to go to
school. (However), I don't have
any money and can't find a job
to get money to go to school."
Mr Saunders stressed that
Bahamians must assist in allevi-
ating the country's immigration
problem by not employing those
who are illegal.
"We are sending the wrong
message to Haiti. We are giving
the people the impression that all
you need is to come and there is a
job waiting for you. Bahamians
are encouraging them to work
illegally in this country, that is
wrong," said Mr Saunders.

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* ASHLEY Darville receives the principal's award for most outstanding overall student in grade 9

Awards presented for

hard work at sc hool

MORE than 200 students
attending L W Young Junior
High School were rewarded
yesterday for their hard work
at the Academic and Athletic
Awards ceremony at the school
on Bernard Road.
The theme for the awards
ceremony was "Realising Our
Potential Through Persever-
ance" and reflected the neces-
sity for hard work in achieving
academic and athletic success.
Students who have made
great strides during the last two
terms were rewarded for hard
work and determination. Also,
students who participated in
such activities as L W Young's
Junior Junkanoo programme,
cheerleading competition, and
sporting activities were hon-
L W Young has a history of
producing world-class athletes,,
entrepreneurs, scholarship
recipients and the like as they
continue to contribute to
national development by fos-
tering healthy past-times and
encouraging students to be well-
rounded spiritually, academi-
cally, socially and emotionally.
To this end, the Athletic and
Awards Ceremony was instru-
mental in providing that extra
inspiration to be the best.
A number of awards were
given based on the academic
and technical subjects available
to all students. These included
art design and craft, band piano,
dance, technical drawing, com-
puter studies, mathematics,
English, French, Spanish, reli-
gious studies, social studies,
family life and health science
and woodwork.
L W Young has gone a long
way in ensuring that Bahamas
Junior Certificate passes are
increased in this year's exams
by implementing an after-school
study hall programme.
Study hall is designed to pro-
vide additional mentoring in
subjects such as English, social
studies, religious studies, math-
ematics and science. Teachers
have already begun to see
improvements in students' class
performance and grades since
last term and are pleased that

* RANDOL Rolle receives the award for most outstanding
male athlete from principal Telford Mullings yesterday at LW
(Photos: Felipi Major/Tribune staff)

students are embracing oppor-
tunities to learn, even after
Academics were not the only
awards given. L W Young
recently held its L W Young
Idol Competition and Cheer-
leading Competition.
Inter-House Sports Day was
held on February 10, 2006.
From that meet, students were
chosen to represent the school's
track team, undoubtedly some
of the best junior athletes in the
Competition was very healthy
at this year's meet and students
turned out in hundreds to sup-
port their houses. This went
very far tp achieving and
encouraging school spirit.
Also recognized in Tuesday's
ceremony were students who
participated in the 2005 Junior
Junkanoo parade. L W Young
placed first in the parade and
was recently awarded a com-
puter system, $200, and a trophy

among other prizes. This and
other non-academic pro-
grammes have shown that stu-
dents from all communities ser-
viced by L W Young can work
together constructively in
achieving a common goal.
Additionally, students who
are normally considered at-risk
have shone in various non-aca-
demic activities and teachers
are also commending them for a
jobs well done.
L W Young believes this is a
testament to progress that
sound leadership, co-operation
between parents, teachers and
students and interesting whole-
some programmes can make in
improving attitudes toward
Next year, administrators and
teachers look forward to hav-
ing more students to commend
and hope that Tuesday's cere-
mony provided impetus in cat-
apulting more Golden Eagles
to success.

* MARVA Ettiene recieves the award for most outstanding female athlete

* TANISHKA Colebrooke receives the principal's award for the ,
most outstanding overall academic student in grade 8 from principal
Telford Mullings

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LNG's extra $40


could ease BEC fuel bill


Tribune Business Editor

could have
earned an extra
$40-$50 million in
unbudgeted gov-
ernment revenue last year had
it approved the AES Ocean
Express liquefied natural gas
(LNG) plant, The Tribune was
told yesterday, funds that could
have been used to "stabilise"
other areas of the economy.
Aaron Samson, project man-
ager for the $550 million AES
Ocean Express terminal and
pipeline project, explained that
this revenue would have been
gained from the LNG supplied
by the project being linked to
the Henry Hub benchmark
When the price of LNG
pumped to Florida.rises above
the $4.50 per unit base, the
sharing component included in
the draft Heads of Agreement,

which the Government has yet
to sign, stipulates that 2.5 per
cent of the revenues generated
over and above the $4.50 price
would accrue to the Govern-
Mr Samson said that while
2005's LNG prices "may or
may not have been an anom-
aly", the Henry Hub compo-
nent of the Heads of Agree-
ment would have generated an
extra $40-$50 million in rev-
enue for the Government.
Although this amount is
unbudgeted, and would vary
from year to year depending
on LNG prices, Mr Samson
said last year's sum could have
been used to help defray the
costs incurred by the Bahamas
Electricity Corporation (BEC)
- more than $100 million annu-
ally in its fuel purchases.
In turn, this could have
reduced the fuel surcharge
component of BEC bills, bring-
ing down operating costs for
companies and reducing the

burden on residential cus-
"Under last year's prices, it
would have been a huge num-
ber, somewhere in the region
of $40-$50 million," Mr Samson
said of what the Government
could have earned in unbud-
geted revenues last year.
He added that from the com-
bined seabed lease and
throughput fee, the Govern-
ment was guaranteed a $20 mil-
lion base per annum. The Hen-
ry Hub sharing component
ensures that, over and above
that $20 million base, 2.5 per
cent of all revenues earned
when the per unit LNG price
rises above $4.50 goes to gov-
"It's not budgetable, but
there's plenty of correspond-
ing things in the Bahamian
economy that could be linked
to it, creating stabilising bene-
fits," Mr Samson said.
"BEC's fuel bill could be sta-
bilised by that revenue stream.

It could clearly be used to sta-
bilise the economy of the
The Government was
advised to introduce the Henry
Hub sharing component into
the draft Heads of Agreement
with AES by Trinidad, which
already has an extensive LNG
Meanwhile, following yes-
terday's meeting between:
Florida governor Jeb Bush and
Prime Minister Perry Christie,
Mr Samson said AES was
"optimistic" it would eventu-
ally receive an answer as to
whether its project
approved by the Bahamian
government or not.
He added that AES would
remain at the table until a
definitive answer was heard,
and would not walk away from
the project.
"We're still fully committed

SEE page 8B

Private Trust draft to

sector 'by week's end'

Tribune Business Editor
DRAFT legislation that will enable the Bahamian financial
services industry to offer Private Trust Companies (PTCs) to
clients will be circulated for sector feedback "by the end of this
week", the minister of financial services and investments said
Allyson Maynard-Gibson said industry executives would have
two weeks to review the proposed legislation and submit feedback
to the Government on any proposed changes.
She added: "We would like to table it, as indicated in the
Speech from the Throne, as soon as possible."
The Tribune understands that discussions over whether to place
a separate Private Trust Compa-
nies Bill on the statute books, or
simply bring them under the SEE page 4B

Hotel occupancy boosted

through strong demand

Chamber's China deal to aid

small, medium-sized firms

Tribune Business Reporter
BAHAMIAN small and medium-sized
businesses could receive a boost from a
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
signed yesterday between the Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce and Chinese
government officials.
Fu Ziying, assistant minister in China's
Ministry of Commerce, along with the
Bahamas Chamber of Commerce's pres-
ident, Tanya Wright, signed an MOU
between the Chamber and the Chinese

Ministry's Trade Development Bureau at
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The memorandum aims to promote
trade and investment cooperation
between the Bahamas and China.
Article One calls for both parties to
keep in constant and close contact with
each other, providing the other side with
information regarding trade, investment
opportunities and economic co-opera-
Article Two of the MOU said: "Both
parties shall recommend and introduce to
each other opportunities or partners for

trade and investment co-operation. Both
parties shall encourage and assist enter-
prises, especially the small and medium-
sized enterprises (SMEs) of their own
countries, to cooperate with the coun-
terparts of the other side in various forms
so as to promote the development of
cooperation between both parties"
The four key points of Article Four
Exchanging information concerning

SEE page 5B

Tribune Business
"GOOD demand" for the
Bahamas is leading to healthy
resort bookings for 2006, with
some hotels reporting occu-
pancy levels that are 15 per
cemt ahead of last year. Last
year's statistics showed
improvement over 2004.
The Bahamas Hotel Associ-
ation's vice-president, Frank
Comito, forecasted "healthy"
hotel occupancy and room
rates for the first six months in

2006, due to a good tourist
demafid for this destination "at
this point in time".
The encouraging numbers,
according to Mr Comito, are
based on good consumer
demand for the Bahamian
tourism product, the effects of
sustained marketing by the pri-
vate sector and the Ministry of
Tourism, increased airlift, and
other competitive market sit-
Those situations include the
fact that Cancun's tourism

SEE page 3B

Private sector supports

Bush's education plan

Tribune Business
THE private sector Coalition
for Education Reform yester-
day embraced the proposal
brought forward by Florida's
Governor, Jeb Bush, that new
Florida/Bahamas classroom
connections be established to
promote literacy.
During his one-day visit on
Monday, the Florida Governor
made a call to action for Flori-
da/Bahamas classroom con-
nections, proposing a pilot pro-
ject between three schools in
the Bahamas and four Florida
The tasks outlined in the

Global Florida Classroom Con-
nections are to increase global
awareness among students; to
increase reading proficiency;
and to increase technology pro-
ficiency and usage.
The initiative was launched
on February 20 by Mr Bush
and the Commissioner of Edu-
cation in Florida, John L Winn.
Speaking on behalf of the
Coalition yesterday, J Barrie
Farrington told Tribune Busi-
ness that it welcomed anything
positive, constructive and
objective as it related to edu-
cation reform in the Bahamas.
It was first revealed by Tri-
bune Business that according

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The "Majestad 1" has an open deck Defender Hull of fiberglass
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which also houses the pilot arrangements. Hull is in excellent
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Length Overall: 61.0 feet
Breadth: 18.0 feet
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'Legal issues' behind

copyright warnings

Tribune Business
DESPITE having no statisti-
cal data on the actual cost to its
members from copyright
breaches in the Bahamas, the
International Intellectual Prop-
erty Alliance (IIPA) is recom-
mending that this country be
kept on the US Soecial 301
Watch List due to "legal
issues", an IIPA spokesperson
told Tribune Business.
In its recently released 'Spe-
cial 301' recommendations, the
IIPA estimated the trade loss-
es for its members the US
film, television and mucis
industries resulting from
copyright piracy in foreign
For most of the countries list-
ed, million-dollar losses result-
ed from the piracy of business
software, records and music,

Bank's chairman has been
named as Honorary Fellow of
the Caribbean Association),
Banking and Finance Institute,
T. B. Donaldson, who was
the first governor of the Cen-
tral Bank of the Bahamas,
became the first Bahamian in
history to receive the honour.
The award recognizing Mr
Donaldson's lifelong contribu-
tions to the industry was pre-
sented by the Association in
December at its annual meet-
ing held in Antigua.
"As Executive Administra-
tor of the Bahamas Institute of
Bankers, I was pleased to sub-
mit names of three Bahamians
whom I felt would be worthy
recipients, and I was even more
excited when I learned that Mr
Donaldson was the recipient
because he is really the found-
ing father of the industry," said
Kim Bodie.
It was Mr Donaldson who
envisioned the need for an

motion pictures, entertainment
software, and books.
However, there are no num-
bers available for the Bahamas,
a fact which Maria Strong, the
IIPA spokesperson, said was
of little significance as to why
the Bahamas remained on its
watch list.
Ms Strong said the Motion
Picture Association of America
(MPAA) recently changed its
methodologies for collecting
information, which had result-
ed in full statistical data only
being provided for 10 countries
this year.
However, the absence of spe-
cific losses US copyright hold-
ers incurred in the Bahamas
was not enough for the IIPA
to scratch the Bahamas from
the heavily-touted list.
The IIPA recommends that
the Bahamas government

improve its national legislation,
said Ms Strong, and that is
where the Alliance's focus is.
The US Embassy's Politi-
cal/Economic Section chief,
Michael Taylor, said the IIPA
report is taken into considera-
tion when the US Trade Rep-
resentative's Office prepares
its Special 301 report.
However, he said a final
decision has not yet been taken
on whether or not the Bahamas
will be placed on the Special
301 list, which is scheduled to
come out this April.
Ms Strong was also asked
why the Bahamas seemed to
be singled out by the IIPA,
when there appeared to be
more rampant bootlegging on
otherCaribbean islands.
"The Bahamas is not alone,"
said Ms Strong. "There are
over 60 countries under scruti-
ny by the IIPA. We in the
industry do select the countries,
and we have what we think are

organisation such as the
Bahamas Institute of Bankers
(now Bahamas Institute of
Financial Services). It opened
in 1975, the same year that the
College of the Bahamas and
Central Bank were created.
Mr Donaldson held the posi-
tion of Governor at the World
Bank, the International Mone-
tary Fund and the Caribbean
Development Bank.
After retiring from public
service in 1980, Mr Donaldson
was named chairman of the
Bank of Montreal (Bahamas
and Caribbean) Ltd, now Bank
of the Bahamas International.
He also served on several
boards of major companies,
including Morgan Guaranty
Trust (Bahamas) and Bahamas
International Trust Company.
In 1992, Mr Donaldson was
appointed Bahamian Ambas-
sador to the US and served in
Washington, D.C. for three
years. He returned to New
Providence and was the found-
ing chairman of the Securities
Commission of the Bahamas
until 2002.

priority countries around the
Ms Strong said part of their
decision was based on the
amount of attention the
Bahamas is given by the US
Mr Taylor said that decision
may be partly due to unfinished
agreements between the
Bahamas and US governments.
Under one agreement, the
IIPA said the Bahamas had
committed to conform its cable
compulsory licencing regime to
international norms, which the
group says has yet to happen.
Mr Taylor said the US
Embassy in the Bahanmas
attempted to facilitate com-
munications with the Bahamas
government and groups like
the Motion Picture Association
of America and the IIPA to
resolve those differences.


Position of General Manager

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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* LLB degree, Certified Public Accountant, or Bachelor's degree with
strong business analytical or legal components, ACIB/STEP or other'
professional qualifications.
* 6 8 years in trust business or legal practice
* Proficiency in PC skills
* Fluency in Spanish and Portuguese an asset.

Personal Qualities

* Ability to work independently as a member of an integrated team
of bankers, investors and capital advisors
* Experience in client contact
* Ability to manage complex structures
* Knowledge of investment products
* Risk assessment and risk management skills
* Excellent leadership skills and ability to influence
* Results oriented
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* Strong organizational skills
SEffective written and oral communication skills.

J.P. Morgan Private Bank offers competitive compensation and
benefits packages. Interested applicants should submit their
resume/curriculum vitae marked "Private and Confidential" to
the Human Resources Manager, J.P. Morgan Trust Company
(Bahamas) Limited, P.O. Box N-4899, Nassau, Bahamas.

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AN Exuma-based insurance
agency has transferred its book
of business to the NUCA
Insurance Agency branch in
George Town with effect from
January 1, 2006.
D. Valerie Gray, of Sam
Gray Insurance, said in a state-
ment: "This new combination
will allow us to continue to
grow and serve customers in
the same honest and friendly
environment that they have
come to expect from both Sam
Gray Insurance and NUCA
Insurance Agency."
John Dunkley, NUCA's
president, added: "Policyhold-
ers will continue to be served
by the same trusted people
with whom they have dealt
over the years, and they will
continue to receive the same
coverage that they now have
with their current policies."
Sam Gray Insurance, found-

ed 40 years ago, was first called
the Inter Island Insurance
Agency, connected with the
American Home Insurance
Company out of New York.
In the early 1970s, as a result
of discussions between Sam

Gray and the late R. H. (Bob-
by) Symonette, it joined Nas-
sau Underwriters Agency as a
sub-agency, but remained con-
nected with several insurance
companies until 1983 when
Bahamas First General Insur-

ance Company was formed.
Sam Gray Insurance will
continue to act as sub-agent to
NUCA, with the branch office
located in the same complex,
below Sam's Place Restaurant,
in George Town, Exuma.

Hotel occupancy boosted through strong demand

FROM page 1B
product has not fully recuperated from the
battering it sustained during Hurricane
Wilma, Mr Comito said.
Business at Comfort Suites on Paradise
Island is much stronger this year than last,
according to general manager Jeremy
MacVean, with occupancy up by 15 per
Overall, 2005 was a "good year", except
for the slow period in September, October
and November, he said. February, March
and April are traditionally strong months,
and were looking equally strong this year,
said Mr MacVean.
Further ahead, he said he was optimistic
about the hotel's performance for 2006,
but cannot go further due to the potential
for hurricanes to strike when the season
opens in June.
The Average Daily Rate (ADR) at the

Wyndham Nassau Resort and Crystal
Palace Casino in 2005 showed an increase
of 12 per cent; Nassau Beach Hotel's
increased by 7 per cent; and the Radisson
Resort experienced an increase similar to
the Nassau Beach.
Robert Sands, executive vice-president
of administration and public affairs for
Baha Mar Development Company, said
the Wyndham's occupancies increased by
25 per cent in 2005 over 2004.
At the Nassau Beach, occupancies
increased by 8.75 per cent, and the Radis-
son was up almost 10 per cent.
Mr Sands said the Cable Beach Resorts
collectively hoped to see a 7 per cent
increase in average room rates, and at least
a 5 per cent increase in occupancy, during
The British Colonial Hilton's general
manager, Michael Hooper, reported that
for January 2006, its occupancy rate was up

by 10 points compared to 2005.
For 2005 compared to 2004, the hotel
reported an occupancy rate that was ahead
by 5 per centage points. The room rate is
presently up about $20 from last year.
Mr Hooper said that for February and
March 2005, occupancy was at about 90
per cent, and therefore not much move-
ment was expected on that steady figure.
Atlantis officials are also forecasting
similar or better results for 2006. Occu-
pancy for the resort in 2004 was at 80 per
cent, and in 2005, 81 per cent.
According to J Barrie Farrington, Kerzn-
er International's senior vice-president of
administration, the daily room rate at
Atlantis increased from $257 to $272, a
5.8 per cent increase.
At the Ocean Club, occupancy in 2005
was at 82 per cent, compared to 79 per
cent in 2004. The room rates went up by 14
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The College of the Bahamas
Bahamas Association for Cultural Studies


SPublished poet h D.
Published poet Caribbean Studies and
and Lecturer Institute of Women's Studies
w Collnd Gender Studies
New College, University of Toronto

Both events free of charge.

for several stimulating events by this noted scholar/poet
Wednesday, February 22
Time: 12:00-2:00pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre, 3rd Floor, Michael H Eldon Complex
Lecture: "Unwritten: race, violence, sexuality and Jamaican performance"
This presentation is based on Dr Smith-Ford's research and begins
by looking at the internationalization of the debate on homosexuality
in Jamaica and then discusses the way in which alternative and queer
masculinities appear in nationalist and anti-colonial narratives of the

Thursday, February 23
Time: 7:00prn
Venue: Choices Restaurant, Bahamas Tounrism Cenire
Dr Ford-Smith will be the featured artist at a poetry reading.
She will be drawing from her book called :'My IMother's Last Dance"
Contact: Inslitultonal Advancement at Tel. 302.4365 or 302 4304



Asst. Financial Controller

Eligible Candidate must possess:

> Bachelors of Business Administration
Degree with main concentration in

> 4 to 5 years experience in the related field.

> Excellent oral, written and organizational

> Must be a team player.

> Experience with supervising 10 or more

> Excellent benefits and remuneration

Interested persons should submit resume to:

The Financial Controller
P.O. Box CB 13049
Nassau, Bahamas

Insurance agency transfers

book of business to NUCA

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The Public is hereby advised that I, CALSEY McMILLAN
WILLIAMS, of Montell Heights, Nassau, Bahamas, intend
to change my name to CALSEY McMILLAN RIGBY. If
there are any objections to this change of name by Deed
Poll, you may write such objections to the Chief Passport
Officer, RO.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later than
thirty (30) days after the date of publication of this notice.

Common Law & Equity Division




parcels.or lots of land containing by admeasurement
One and Two Hundred and Eighty-eight Thousandths
(1.288) acres situate on the Western side of the Main
Public Road and approximately One Hundred and
Forty (140) feet North of N.G.M. Major High School
in the vicinity of St John's Anglican Church in the
Settlement of Buckley's, in the Island of Long Island,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
IN THE MATTER OF the Quieting Titles
Act, 1959
(Chapter 357 of the Statute Laws of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas);
IN THE MATTER OF the Petition of Peter Leon Strachan

PETER STRACHAN claims to be the owner in fee
simple in possession of the tract of land hereinbefore described
and the Petitioner has applied to the Supreme Court to have his
title to the said land investigated under Section 3 of the Quieting
Titles Act, and nature and extend thereof determined and declared
in a Certificate of Tide to be granted by the Court in accordance
with the provisions of the said Act.
Copies of the Plan may be inspected during normal
office hours at the following places:
1. The Registry of the Supreme Court, Ansbacher House,
East Street North in the City of Nassau; and
2. The Chambers of Lincoln Bethel & Co, Malcolm
Building, Bay Street & Victoria Avenue in the City of Nassau,
Notice is hereby given that any person having dower
or right to dower or an adverse claim or a claim not recognized
in the Petition shall before the 30th day of March, A.D., 2006
file in the Supreme Court and serve on the Petitioner or his
Attorney a Statement of his or here claim in the prescribed form,
verified by an Affidavit and other related documents to be filed
therewith. Failure of any such persons to file and serve a Statement
of his or her claim together with the other related documents on
or before the 30th day of March, A.D., 2006, will operate as a
bar to such claim.
DATED the 17th day of February, A.D., 2006.


PM to address Grand

Bahama conference

PRIME Minister Perry Christie will
address attendees at this year's eighth
Annual Grand Bahama edition of
Bahamas Business Outlook.
Scheduled to begin on Tuesday, March 7,
at 9 am at the Convention Centre, Westin
and Sheraton at Our Lucaya Resort, the
seminar's theme is Grand Bahama The
Way Forward.
According to event organizers, this year's
conference seeks to identify the way for-
ward for Grand Bahama's economy, which
has been reeling from the adverse effects of
natural disasters over the past two years.
"The way forward has to be definitely
defined," says Joan Albury, president of
The Counsellors, the event organiser.
"And who better to do so than our coun-
try's leader, Prime Minister Christie? Addi-
tionally, presentations by recently appoint-
ed Governor of the Central Bank of the
Bahamas, Wendy Craigg, and Grand Port
Authority co-chairman and chief execu-
tive, Julian Francis, will only help to create
a clearer picture of the best course to be
taken," says Mrs Albury.
The conference will also feature presen-
tations by deputy director-general of
tourism, David Johnson, and well-known


Freeport investor, Captain Jackson Ritchiea
who recently signed an agreement of intend'
to purchase the holdings of Discovery
Cruise lines.
Rounding out the list of speakers are DCF
Doswell Coakley, president. Granc,
Bahama Chamber of Commerce: Con,'
stance McDonald, attorney, McDonald &10
Co.; Christopher Lowe, operations man`
ager, Kelly's Freeport; and Rooseveli Fin-
layson, creative collaborator and president,
Management Development Resources
"The Business Outlook conferences arf
always eagerly anticipated, and this year's
seminar is no exception," said Mrs Albury.
"We intend to examine the island's econ-
omy from all angles so that everyone will
leave with a clear vision of available oppor-
tunities 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.
Advance registration for the March 7
sessions can be made online at or by calling The Coun-
sellors Ltd. (242-374-5656) or: the Grand
Bahama Chamber of Commerce.

Private Trust draft to sector 'by week's end'

FROM page 1B

existing Banks and Trust Com-
panies Regulation Act 2000
through an amendment to that
law, have settled on the latter.
This means that Private
Trust Companies are more
likely to be introduced in he
Bahamas via amendmentsto
the existing Act and regula-
tions, rather than through exist-
ing legislation.
However, the Bahamian
financial services industry
believes that "the form of it
doesn't,matter that much", a
source told The Tribune.
The Central Bank of the
Bahamas had wanted Private

Trust Companies to be includ-
ed under the existing Banks
and Trust Companies Regula-
tion Act 2000 for regulatory
However, some in the. pri-
vate sector had initially sought
a standalone Private Trust
Companies Bill, as this would
"send out a message" to poten-
tial clients that the Bahamas
now offered this product.
Essentially, the private sector
believes a standalone Bill
would be a better marketing
The issue was resolved ami-
Meanwhile, The Tribune
also understands that included
in the draft Private Trust Com-

BAHAMA,BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen
of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send a
written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 15TH day of FEBRUARY, 2006 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box F-41085, Grand Bahama,

The Public is hereby advised that I, ADVIRA ROLLE,
of Culmersville, Nassau, Bahamas, intend to change
my name to ADVIRA JUDITH ROLLE. If there are any
objections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you
.may write such objections to the Chief Passport Officer,
P.O.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty
(30) days after the date of publication of this notice.

l i financial Advisors Ltd. 0
Pricing Information As Of:
21 Februar..2006

52wk-HI 52wk-Low Smbol Previous Close Todays Close Change Daily Vol. EPS $ Div $ PIE 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 Collna Holdings 1.70 1.70 0.00 600.000 -0.067 0.000 NM 0.00%
9.36 7.60 Commonwealth Bank 9.29 9.36 0.07 10,243 0.861 0.450 10.9 4.81%
.83 4.12 Consolidated Water BDRs 4.83 4.81 -0.02 0.099 0.045 48.8 0.93%
2.88 1.45 Doctor's Hospital 2.80 2.80 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 UtItllts 9.95 9.95 0.00 0.526 0.405 18.9 5.43%
9.10 8.22 J. Johnson 8.75 8.75 0.00 0.572 0.560 15.8 6.19%
7.00 5.30 Keszner International BDRs 1 6.76 6.70 -0.06 0.134 0.000 50.4 0.00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 2.036 0.760 4.9 7.60%
52wk-H 52wk-Lowd Symbol l id $ Ask $ Last Price Weekly Vol EPS $ Dlv $ P/E Yield
13.25 12.25 Bahamas Supermarkets 13.25 14.25 11.00 1.917 0.720 7.2 5.05%
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 10.00 10.35 10.00 0.000 0.800 NM 7.80%
0.54 0.20 RND Holdings 0.29 .0.54 0.00 -0.044 0.000 NM 0.00%
43.00 28.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 41.00 2.220 0.000 19.4 0.00%
16.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 12.75 13.75 12.50 1.105 0.810 14.6 6.93%
.60 0.35 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.35 -0.103 0.000 N/M 0.00%
52wk-Hi... 52wk-Low Fund Name NA V YTD% Last 12 Months Div $ Yield %
1.2736 1.2096 Collna Money Market Fund 1.273614*
2.6262 2.0704 Fidelity Bahamas ( & I Fund 2.6262 "*
10.8183 10.0000 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 10.8183"***
2.3241 2.1600 Collna MSI Preferred Fund 2.324145"
1.1547 1.0894 Colina Bond Fund 1.154701"*
BISX ALL SHARE INDE X 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00 YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by dosing price
52wk-HI Highest going price In last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and FidelitI
52wk-Low Lowest dosing p. n last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Collna and fidelity
Previous Close Previous days 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 hi closing price tom 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
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panies legislation is a stipula-
tion that licensed financial and
corporate services providers
who wish to offer this product
must create a subsidiary that is
separate from their main busi-
ness in order to do so.
This has been proposed: to
enable the Central Bank to
inspect these subsidiaries and
ensure they meet the standards
required by legislation.
The Central Bank will be the
lead regulator of Private Trust
Companies, and these sub-
sidiaries will also have to be
licensed and registered with it.
However, they will not be.
subject to the same rigorous
inspections that the Central
Bank's regular bank and trust
company licencees are.
Private trust companies are
companies formed to act as
trustees for a specific trust, or
group of trusts, and extremely
attractive to high net worth
individuals and their families
because they give the settlor
more control over how the

assets are administered than a
normal trust. .
Private trust companies are,
viewed as a critical product-by,
the Bahamian financial services
industry, which has private
wealth management as the.cor-,
nerstone of its reputation, and,
Provide a gateway into family
offices, which are set up to
manage the personal financial.
needs and affairs of a high net
worth individual and his family;,
Private trust companies also,
provide confidentiality and are
seen as being more cost-effec-
tive that institutional trustees:
in some cases. They are a pre-,
ferred tool in the structuring
of estate and inheritance plan,
There are no formal licensing
requirements for private trvus
companies in rival jurisdictions
such as the Isle of Man, Bermil,
da, Jersey, the UK and British
Virgin Islands. Currently, only
the Cayman Islands among
competitor jurisdictions
requires licensing.

Manager, Financial

Control & Planning
The successful candidate should possess the following .,
* CPA or equivalent
* At least 5 or more years banking experience
Responsibilities include:
* Direct responsibility for the Financial Control & Planning
* Providing strong support to the Chief Financial Officer,
Bahamas & Caribbean.
* Ensuring timely completion and distribution of
Management & Head Office reports.
* Ensuring timely completion and distribution of Central
Bank reports. '- :
* Delivering high level service and support to business
partners and colleagues.
* Providing on-going coaching and development of staff,
ensuring a high level of employee commitment and
Required Skills:
* Strong accounting background
* Strong computer and analytical skills
* Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills
" Problem solving skills
" Leadership skills
* Must be a team player
A competitive compensation package (base salary & bonus)
will commensurate with relevant experience and

Please apply before February 28, 2006 to:
The Manager
Human Resources
Bahamas & Caribbean
Royal Bank of Canada
P.O. Box N-7549, Nassau, Bahamas
Via fax: (242)328-7145
Via email:


Chamber's China deal to aid

small, medium-sized firms

FROM page 1B

policies and measures adopted
by each government for the
promotion of SMEs.
Exchanging experiences in
organising and operating the
activities for providing services
for the SMEs.
Exchanging relevant publi-
cations or providing related
websites on their respective
countries for the purpose of
offering information to SMEs
from both the Bahamas and
Organising seminars, trade
fairs, exhibitions, and other
promotional activities for
strengthening the exchanges
and cooperation between
SMEs from both countries.
Both parties are now bound
to provide assistance when
inviting entrepreneurs from the
other side to visit their coun-
'There are nine articles in
total in the Memorandum,

which include commitments to
provide a link to each other's
websites, and the reservation
of the right to determine their
own budget for the purpose of
implementing any programme
under the agreement.
Mr Ziying said the signing
symbolised the beginning of a
new relationship and mutual
co-operation between the
Bahamas and China.
Mrs Wright said the new
relationship would help to ele-
vate the Bahamian business
community to a point where it
was better able to compete in
the global market.
She added that it was a
demonstration of the Govern-
ment's understanding of the
role that the private sector
plays, "because while the Gov-
ernment lays the framework,
it takes businesses to expand
on it".
Mrs Wright said the signing
ties in with the Chamber's mis-
sion statement: "Promoting

-NOTICE is hereby given that PROSPERSON PRESLEY
:NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows
lany reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement of the
facts within twenty-eight days from the 15TH day of
FEBRUARY, 2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Established Bahamian Company
is seeking to fill the position of

Assistant Financial Controller

The successful applicant should possess the
following minimum requirements:

Experience in all aspects of financial
accounting including inventory control
Proficient knowledge of accounting
principles and standards
Excellent computer skills

Good communication and management

Duties will include:
Preparation of complete set of financial

Management reporting

Budget preparation, business plans and
special projects, as assigned

Position will include regular travel to Family
If interested, please send detailed resume and
cover letter to

Trade, Expanding Commerce,
and Building Better Commu-
nities"; as well as its 2006 mot-
to: "Enhancing Productivity
and Service, Creating Compet-
itive Advantages".
The MOU with the Chinese

ministry follows swiftly behind
a similar agreement that the
Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce signed with the umbrel-
la body for India's commerce
and business community late
last month.

BAHAMA, BAHAMAS, 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-eighl da, s fro iithe 22ND dap of FEBRUARY, 2006 to
the MinisterWresponsible for Nationality and Citizenship,' P..Box
F-41085, Grand Bariama, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that MYRTHA DELVA OF EAST
STREET, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 15TH day of FEBRUARY, 2006 to the Minister
responsible forNationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

Construction Company Seeking



Responsibilities Include:
Supervise the Field Construction of a project,
including its organization, planning and scheduling
to complete the work on time, within budget and
specified quality.
Coordinate, direct, and monitor the activities of
subcontractors, suppliers, direct labor and material.
Develop and implement project schedules
Enforce a project site safety and security program
Direct, train and evaluate field staff
Perform other duties and responsibilities as required
Applicants should possess the following qualifications:
Minimum of 12 years building construction
Thorough knowledge and understanding of the
general and subcontract documents, drawings and
Extensive knowledge of construction means,
methods and materials
Experience in field engineering and surveying
Computer skills and knowledge of construction '
software programs
Strong management, leadership and interpersonal
Competitive Salary, Health and Life insurance and other
attractive benefits.
Interested Persons should send-resume to:
The Manager /
P.O. Box SS-5580
Nassau, Bahamas
RE: Construction Superintendent Position

NOTICE is hereby given that KEVIN PIERRE JOSEPH OF
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as
a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows
any reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement of the
facts within twenty-eight days from the 15TH day of
FEBRUARY, 2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

BAHAMA, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen
of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send a
written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 22ND day of FEBRUARY, 2006 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box F-41085, Grand Bahama,

Quality Auto Sales Ltd


Will be CLOSED for


MARCH 1 thru 4
(Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
We will re-open for business as usual on Monday, March 6.
We apologise to our valued customers and regret any
inconvenience this may cause. All other departments
will be open for business as usual.

East Shirley Street 323-3529/323-3709

Position at


lz -

Systems Manager

Kingsway Academy is seeking the services of a
competent Systems Manager to oversee and manage the
School Network and the Students Information System:


Possess a degree in Computer studies and the
relevant areas
Have a strong background in computers and
operating systems
Good verbal and written communication skills
Demonstrate initiative and good work ethics
Honest and reliable
Amiable and resourceful, etc.

Information Technology/Economics Teacher

All applicants MUST be born again Christian.

Letters of application, together with a recent color
photograph and detailed Curriculum Vitae (including
the names and addresses of at least three references, one
being the name of one's Church Pastor) should be
forwarded to:

Ms. Kelcine Hamilton
Academy Affairs Manager
Kingsway Academy Business Office
Bernard Road

Deadline for applications is Friday, March 3, 2006.



N TANYA Wright. president of1he Bahamas Chamber of Coin.
inerce, and Fu Zivinu, assistant minister in China's Ministry of
Commerce, sign in VIOU beoseen the Chamber and the Chinese
Ministry's Trade Dei-clopinent Bin-cau at the MinistrN of Foreign
Affairs as Bahamian and Chinese diplomats look on.





Madam President and Honourable Senators,
Mr. Speaker and Members of the
Honourable House of Assembly:
We meet early in this New Year to begin a new session of Parliament, the
second since my Government was elected to office in May of 2002.
The session we inaugurate today will continue my Government's efforts to
provide safe and secure communities, alleviate poverty and to provide growth
and prosperity for the Bahamian people.
My Government shall give primacy, therefore, to meeting the following chal-
* To grow our economy so as to provide ever increasing benefits and prosper-
ity for all our people throughout our archipelago;
* To protect and secure our borders against illegal immigration;
* To provide the laws, policies, resources and tools necessary for the success-
ful campaign against crime and lawlessness and for the more efficient delivery
of judicial services;
* To create the necessary policies and legislation to modernize, advance and
meet the needs of essential public service delivery in the areas of poverty al-
leviation, health, education and housing;
* To support and protect the most vulnerable in our society, particularly the
poor, the elderly, the disabled and those in special needs;
* To protect and preserve the environment;
* To create a comprehensive system of land use planning; and
* To provide training programmes relevant to our developmental needs.
In broad terms those are the aims to which my Government intends to apply
itself with special determination and vigour during the new parliamentary ses-
sion we open today.

Madam President and Honourable Senators,
Mr. Speaker and Members of the Honurable House of Assembly:
My Government will reintroduce for early consideration the following Bills
tabled during the last session of Parliament:
* A Bill for an Act to enable The Bahamas to become a Member of The Inter-
national Development Association.
* A Bill for an Act to amend the Supreme Court Act.
* A Bill for an Act to Protect Persons Appearing as Witnesses in Judicial Pro-
* A Bill for an Act to provide for The Establishment and Conferment of No-
tional Honours and for connected purposes.
* A Bill for an At to Institutionalize the Recognition by a Nation of the Contri-
bution made to its Emancipation and Growth by its National Heroes.
* A Bill for an act to Repeal the Police Act.
* A Bill for an Act to Prohibit the Payment out of the Consolidated Fund of
a Prime Minister's Pension while any former holder of that office is still in
A Bill for an Act to amend The Professional Engineers Act.
A Bill for an Actto Amend the Rent Control and to Increase the Ceiling on
Controlled Rent.

Madam President and Honourable Senators,
Mr. Speaker and Members of the Honourable House of Assembly:
The Bahamian economy is in remarkably robust condition today. This is not
the result of accident. It is due instead to a variety of factors not the least of
which is the disciplined and prudent management of public finances to which
my Government has studiously adhered since May of 2002. Equally note-
worthy is my Government's promotion of economic expansion through sound
and sensible policies that have had wide appeal to investors both foreign and
domestic over the past 31/2 years.
Indeed, my Government's guidance and management of the economy in that
period has been instrumental in making The Bahamas one of the most buoy-
ant and competitive economies in the region.
A strong economy provides the launching pad for substantial improvements in
the living standards of all Bahamians. A strong economy means more and bet-
ter employment opportunities and more and better opportunities for business
development for Bahamian entrepreneurs.
A strong economy also means rising Government revenues which can be al-
located to progressively relieve the tax burden on lower-income Bahamian
households and to expand the range and quality of essential Government
Indeed, since 2002, rather than increasing the burden of taxation by introduc-
ing new taxes, my Government continues instead to put primary emphasis on
maximizing revenue collection from existing taxes and duties and decreasing,
the burden of taxation. The recent amendments to the Stamp Act represent
an excellent example of this emphasis and have already achieved impressive
My Government is committed to strengthen revenue administration through
improved use of technology and analysis. Where considered necessary, amend-
ments will continue to be made to existing revenue laws to close loopholes, to
enhance the revenue collection process and to reduce leakages of revenue.

Madam President and Honourable Senators,
Mr. Speaker and Members of the Honourable House of Assembly:

My Government reaffirms its commitment to providing government's services
nine through The Bahamas Government Onine Initiative.
The Registrar General's Department is already online. Other Ministries and
Departments will follow.
Special programmes will be put in place so that government will regularly ac-
count to the people.
Madam President and Honourable Senators,
Mr. Speaker and Members of the Honourable House of Assembly:
My Government will continue its strategy of attracting high quality international
and domestic investment but greater emphasis will now be placed on provid-
ing incentives and concessions for the more rapid development of Bahamian
entrepreneurial talent.
My Government is determined to spread the economic blessings of our land
amongst the widest number of persons possible. This will enable a new cadre of
Bahamian entrepreneurs with the talent; the drive, the management expertise
and the financial backing needed to succeed not only locally but in the highly
competitive global environment.
A new Domestic Investment Board will therefore be formed to act as the prima-
ry catalyst for the management of applications for assistance from Bahamian
entrepreneurs. The Domestic Investment Board will cut red tape for Bahamians
investors. Small businesses will also be supported by enhancing the relation-
ship between the Development Bank, BAIC, the various government loan guar-
antee programmes, the government sponsored venture capital programme and
the Board.
Madam President and Honourable Senators,
Mr. Speaker and Members of the Honourable House of Assembly:
Our Financial Services industry continues to hold'vst, untapped potential for
the Bahamian economy and the Bahamian people.
My Government will therefore:
Continue to focus on the implementation of the Strategk Plan for vestment
and the Strategic Plan for Financial Services; and
Continue to partner with the private sector to bring to market a new array
of financial products and services that will maintain the competitive advantage
of The Bahamas in international private banking, estate-planning and private
wealth management.
To give further support to the industry, my Government intends to place before
you a Bill for an Act to Regulate Private Trust Companies. A Bill for a new
External Insurance Act is also expected to be laid before you.
My Government will continue to be vigilant in its goal of being a "One-Stop-
Shop" for investors, both local and foreign. In addition, my Government will
continue to review its application procedures with a view to further expediting
the processing of applications.
Madam President and Honourable Senators,
Mr. Speaker and Members of the Honourable House of Assembly:
My Government has successfully completed the privatization of its Cable Beach
holdings with Baha Mar Development Co. Ltd. for the development of a mega
worlddass resort destination.;
The Hotel Corporation of TheBahamas will focus in the immediate future on;::
securing suitable investors to develop its extensive properties in Andros and
Eleuthera and other Government-owned sites in other Family islands, consistent
with my Government's anchor resort policy for major islands.
The Report On Poverty shows that the greatest incidence of poverty occurs in
the southern Bahamas. This fact was a catalyst in my government's decision.
to enter into an historic public private sector joint venture between The Ho
Corporation of The Bahamas and the I Group of Boston.
The joint venture entity, to be known as Mayaguana Island Developers Ltd.,
will spearhead the orderly development on the island of Mayaguana of an
eco-sensitive resort community at the island of Mayaguana. It will have all
the infrastructural, social and educational facilities expected of a development
of this magnitude.
A whole new range of economic opportunities for Bahamian families and entre-
preneurs, building and service contractors, and resort workers will open up as
a result of this pioneering venture in Mayaguana.
An initiative to develop Inagua as an eco-sensitive destination is ongoing.
During this session, a bill will be laid before you for the establishment of a
Tourism Development Corporation to replace the Hotel Corporation of The Ba-
hamas. The role of this new corporation will be to engender greater ownership
of Bahamians in the tourism industry, whether as owners of resort properties or
as providers of goods and support services.
Madam President and Honourable Senators,
Mr. Speaker and Members of the Honourable House of Assembly:
The Bahamas achieved a second record-setting year in total tourist arrivals in
2005, receiving more than five million visitors.
Demand for the Islands of The Bahamas remains high.
Over the course of this session of Parliament, significant improvements in the
following areas will reap rewards for The Islands of The Bahamas.
Downtown Redevelopment, including the Straw Market;
Expanded and improved airport facilities;
New or expanded cruise port facilities;
On the service-improvement front; renewed focus on the training and retrain-
ing of persons employed in the tourism sector and Awareness Programmes for
the general public will be undertaken.
A new Time Share Ad will be introduced to expand the time share business in
The Bahamas.
My Government will also introduce a bill for a Film Incentives Act to stimulate
the expansion of this sector of the tourism industry and to create greater op-
portunities for Bahamians in the film industry.


Madam President and Honourable Senators,
Mr. Speaker and Members of the Honourable House of Assembly:
My Government continues to be committed to ensuring the safety and security
of our communities and to the maintenance of the territorial sovereignty of The
My Government will therefore spare no effort to reduce crime and lawlessness
in our land and to better defend our borders against illegal immigrants, drug
traffickers and poachers and the possibility of terrorist acts.


My Government will continue the process of modernization of the Royal Boho-
mas Poke Force.
he enrollment of the Force will be expanded as will its involvement in school
policing, tourism policing, and the highly successful and internationally ac-
laimed Urban Renewal Programme, which has been proven to be effective in
the prevention of crime.
My Government will lay before you a Bill for a Police Service Act 2006. Whit
society can never compensate for officers injured or fallen in the line of duty,
this Bill will ensure that their spouses and dependents are properly compen
sated and maintained. It is also intended that this Bill shall have retroactive
effect for those fallen in the line of duty and that these provisions shall apply to
all law enforcement agencies.
My Government will also build on the capacity of the Police for rapid response
and high visibility in communities throughout The Bahamas.
My Government will effect improvements at the forensic laboratory, including
the ability to conduct DNA testing. Legislation will be introduced to effe, this
My Government continues to be concerned about the use of firearms and illegal
weapons to perpetrate crimes of violence. As a consequence, My Government,
will design and place before you a broad range of strategies and legislation to
combat crime. These will include amendments to the Bail Act.
My Government will continue to intensify its efforts to interdict illegalidrugs!
and drug smuggling.

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force in our archipelagic nation continues to
represent the front line in our ongoing war againstillegal immigrca~endra'i
Having engaged in a review, measures will be taken to expand and deepen the
training capacity of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force.
1he enrollment of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force will be increased es:l .
Efforts will be made to continue to bring Royal Bahamas Defence Force marines
more fully into the national effort to interdict drug trafficking.
ementsin the conditions of service will be effected in the Royal Bahamas


My Government is deeply concerned about the problem ,of illegal immigrti
in our country. We understand and appreciate the mounting oncenp s Afii
Bahamian people over this issue. We shall resolutely protect the integrity of
our borders.
Creative and innovative measures will be taken in this regard,inchlding tlp
amendment of the Immigration Act to make provision for the following mat-
To more effectively combat the illegal trafficking in human persons that his
grown so significantly of late;
To increase the punishment of persons who assist in the illegal landing of
aliens and
-To increasethe punishment of persons who employ illegal immigrants without
obtaining the requisite work permit.,
Policies and strategies will be implemented to address the circumstances and is-
sues arising from the existence of communities of illegal immigrants. Steps will
be taken to eliminate the illegal occupancy of land throughout The Bahamas.
Legislation relating to the management of refugee and or asylum dlaimswill
also be introduced.

Madam President and Honourable Senators,
Mr. Speaker and Members of the Honourable House of Assembly.
My Government will continue the process of modernization of Her Majesty's
My Government will lay before you The Bahamas Department of Corrections Bill
(2006) to replace the Prison Act.
The Remand Court in the vicinity of the Prison will be completed by the end of
2006. This will eliminate the need to transport persons on remand along the
streets of New Providence.
My Government's initiatives will enhance security systems at the Prison and
increase training resources as well as enhance conditions of service for Prison
My Government will also continue with the necessary planning for a new mod-.
em, maximum security prison.

Madam President and Honourable Senators,
Mr. Speaker and Members of the Honourable House of Assembly:
My Government recognizes that access to an efficient and fair justice system is
essential to our democracy and the rule of law.
My Government will provide every support to the Judiciary in
its case management systems, using information technology, revised rules and
improved facilities and resources to address the backlog ofcdses.
My Government remains resolute in protecting the judicial process from aggi
interference or intimidation of witnesses. Therefore, my Government will pi*l
coed with a Justice Protection Bill in this session of Parliament to criminalize
acts which impede the co-operation of persons as witnesses in court. This new
measure will also establish a Witness Protection Programme to provide protec-
lion and safety for witnesses who may be the object of intimidation and threats
of harm.
My Government will bring to Parliament very early in this session an amnid-
ment to the Jurors Act to provide for alternemate jurors in criminal trials jn the
Supreme Court. This will avoid the loss of time and resources when aijuor,j,
whatever reason, has to be excused.

Further, my Government will establish a career path within the Public~Sevice
for Court Reporters, to improve the efficiency of the recording of judicial pro-
Initiatives will be taken to address the rights of victims of crime.
The hard work and diligence of my Government have led to the removal of The
Bahamas from the monitorinlist of the Fitancial Action ToskFe.PtF Alm f ).
My Government will continue to increase the resources and capacity of the
Off of the Attorney General to respond ina timely manner to judicial and
regulatory requests for international co-operation.
Further, my Government is committed to improving the terms and conditions of
service of legal officers.

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Modem President and Honourable Senators,
Mr. Speaker and Members of the Honouroble House of Assembly:
The per cpita income in The Bahamas is $17,883, one of the highest in the
regon n indication of our strong economy.

The2001 Bahomas living Conditions Survey, received by my Government in
2005, has for thefirsttime provided a factual assessment of the level of poverty
in our country. The survey found that more than 50% of the country's poor are
children 14 years or younger.
At the same time 1 in 12 residents in New Providence and Grand Bahama and 1
in 5 in the Southern Islands are living under the poverty line of $2,863 per an-
num. Five percent of households in The Bahamas live below the poverty line.
My Government finds this state of affairs intolerable and unacceptable.
My Government has, therefore, designed policies to address this issue and will
resolutely continue our innovative empowerment and support programmes.
My Government shall also present initiatives to assist families experiencing
challenges with the support and control of children and to increase the effi-
ciency of rehabilitative efforts and to promote alternatives to the sentencing of
juveniles, including the mandate that the child and parent attend parenting or
counseling sessions.
The following legislation will be introduced: -
i) Affiliation Proceedings (Amendment) Bill
ii)Domestic Violence & Sexual Harassment (Amendment) Bill
iii) Children & Young Persons (Administration of Justice) (Amendment) Bill

MyltenGi veth i t, tffeirconsultation, will also introduce legislation to protect the
rights of persons with disabilities.
e-i ,i; .- LLAND POLICY

Madam President and Honourable Senators,
Mr. S~ lkerandMembers of the Honourable House of Assembly:
My Government, in consiltation with all stakeholders, including the Bahamian
public will create a new land policy. This land policy will address, amongst
other things; availability of land for current and future generations of Baha-
mians and beach access. The policy will also include a regulatory framework,
environmental components and monitoring mechanisms.
My Government has also initiated a project that will address key land issues
includingihe development of a modern land registration system, the better
utilizftionof commonage and the availability of Crown Land to Bahamians.
My Govemment is finalizing Master Development Plans for the Islandsof Eleuv
thera, Exuma and Mayaguana. A plan for New Providence is expected to be
completed by the end of 2006. ) !

Modai President and Honourable Senators,
Mr. Speaker and Members of the Honourable House of Assembly: .' .
Legislation will be laid before Parliament for the renaming of Nassau Internms
tioneiAirport as The Sir Lynden Pindling International Airportin, tribute to the:
memory of the late Founding Father of our Nation. i : .
My Government recently signed aMemorandum of UnderstondingwitliVancoui-.'
verAirport Services, a company with worldwide airport management experi-
ence, for the operation, management and re-development of Nassau Interno-
tional Airport for a term of 10 years. Nassau International Airport, a principal
gatewayto our nation, will be transformed into a world-class facility.
Legislation will also be introduced to support airport development and enhance-
ment, including the creation of a Civil Aviation Authority.
My Government will install and inaugurate the ASR-9 Radar which was recently
acquired at a cost of more than $8 million.


Madam'President and Honourable Senators,
Mr. Speaker and Members of the Honourable House of Assembly:
My Government will improve its preparedness to combat the effects of natural
weatherdisasters by the use of the Doppler Radar System. My Government will
further enhance its capabilities by a Direct Readout Ground Station which will
collect and post information from 14 major islands on the Internet.


Madam President and Honourable Senators,
Mr. Speaker and Members of the Honourable House of Assembly:
My Government is committed to the modernization of legislation governing
maritimeffairs> My Government will introduce legislation to amend the key
maritime laws. A commercial Watersports Bill to provide regulatory oversight
for commercial watersports activity in The Bahamas will be introduced to the

Madam President and Honourable Senators,
MrLipelker ind Members of the Honourable House of Assembly:
My Government will'irtroduce legislation to create a unified bussing system.
My Government is concerned about road safety and will introduce a series of
initilfive and legislation, including seat belt and breathalyzer provisions to
addt~sthis crtiical matter.
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R ,?; .;:!,. :.:* PUBUC UTILITIES

Madam President and Honourable Senators,
Mr. Speaker and Members of the Honourable House of Assembly:
Since May 2002, my Govemment has demonstrated its commitment to the
imlementation of a Long-Term Strategic Plan to ensure that each and every
citizen of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas has access to a high quality, reli-
able potable weter supply system and a modem sewerage collection, treatment
and ~iii network in'compliance with local and international standards.
My Government will continue to provide adequate supplies of potable water in
New Providence and the Family Islands through public private sector partner-
ship. : ; . : ; ;'1
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My Government is pleased to report that The Bahamas Telecommunications
Company Limited has been able to reduce its Domestic Long Distance Rates ,
bysonme fifty-five (55%) percent and its International Long Distance Rotes b.
some 70%.

My Government remains committed to the privatization of The Bahamas Tele-
communications Company.
My Government is committed to enabling affordable, reliable communication
across The Bahamas. This will be accomplished by BTC's fibre-optic cable link
of the entire Bahamas and by cable television services. These links will also
enable the entire Bahamas to receive cable television service.


During 2006, the Bahamas Electricity Corporation, at a cost of some $21.8 Mil-
lion, will conclude the installation of three additional generators. The addition
of these units to the BEC and Paradise Island network will increase capacity and
improve reliability and efficiency. Substantial cost savings should also be real-
ized through lower fuel costs. These savings will be passed on to consumers as
indeed was done for the first time in 2003 under my Government.

The maintenance and continued expansion of public infrastructure is a major
priority of my government. Major road construction works presently in prog-
ress in New Providence, Grand Bahama, Bimini, Russell Island, and mainland
Eleuthera will be completed. The hurricane restoration project throughout the
Family Islands as well as in the western portion of New Providence will also
The other important elements of my Government's ongoing programme for
infrstructural development, whether in terms of roadworks, bridges, health
care facilities, docks or other construction activity, will be laid out in detail.

Madam President and Honourable Senators,
Mr. Speaker and Members of the Honourable House of Assembly:
Recognising the right of Bahamians to decent, affordable housing, my Govern-
ment has constructed more than eight hundred (800) homes since assuming
office and is now in the process of constructing an additional one thousand
homes (1,000) in New Providence, Grand Bahama and the Family Islands.:
My Government will also continue the construction of additional rental units
and will develop new housing initiatives, particularly in islands experiencing
rapid economic expansion.
In tandem with these initiatives, my Government, through The Bahamas Mort-
gage Corporation, will provide assistance to the Ministry of Housing & National
Insurance with financing of subdivisions totaling in excess of $42 million dollars
and for the completion of a corporate office complex to house the Bahamas
Mortgage Corporation, the Department of Housing and the Ministry of Hous-


Madam President and Honourable Senators,
Mr. Speaker and Members of the Honourable House of Assembly:
Recognising the success of the Urban Renewal Programme and its positive effect
on communities and citizis, iny Government wil:dlI cate more resources to
expand the programme to communities across The Bahamas.


Madam President and Honourable Senators,;- :e''..:
Mr. Speaker and Members of the Honourable House of Assembly:

My'Governientrilecognizes thdtaeduoitionis the primary means to sustait-aid'ii'
advadtcethte^toiotmitc social and~cilturil growithand development of The B-
haias.: For reaching initiatives will be introduced toicontinue the transform-
tion of the system of education.
My Government, determined to give all Bahamian children a head start, will
continue its expansion of pre-school education by building additional pre-school
units in New Providence and the Family Islands.
Reaching out to children of special needs, my Government will continue to imple-
ment the recommendations of the National Commission on Special Education,
especially in relation to early identification, implementation and remediation.
The infrastructural requirements of the education system will be addressed by
the construction of new schools, the modernization of existing schools and a
dedicated maintenance progrqmme.
My Government reaffirms its commitment to provide quality and equity in the
delivery of education throughout The Bahamas. A National Distance Education
Programme will be established. A Bill for the establishment of the Accreditation
and Equivalency Council will be introduced
Legislation will also be introduced to accredit all institutions of learning.
My Government appreciates the requirements of aligning technical and voca-
tional education and training to industry demand and the rapid expanding
economy. The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute will be restructured
to improve the delivery of technical and vocational education and training, and
major initiatives to equip Bahamians, particularly those who are presently un-
employed, will be established.
My Government will continue to transform the College of The Bahamas into an
accredited university.

Madam President and Honourable Senators,
Mr. Speaker and Members of the Honourable House of Assembly:
My Government remains convinced that health care is a basic right to which all
people are entitled as a matter of moral imperative.
Therefore, my Government will continue with its announced programme of
building modern community clinics and mini hospitals across The Bahamas.
Major improvements will also be made to the Princess Margaret and Rand Me-
morial Hospitals and to the Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre and other health
care facilities.
The Healthy Lifestyle Initiative will be introduced throughout The Bahamas.

My Government will continue to assiduously pursue policies to protect our pris-
tine environment, a gift from God for generations of Bahamians yet unborn.
Legislation will be introduced to enhance and strengthen the regulatory and
enforcement powers of the BEST Commission.

Madam President and Honourable Senators,
Mr. Speaker and Members of the Honourable House of Assembly:
My Government is convinced that a fully functioning, sustainable system of
National Health Insurance is necessary.
MyGoverinentwill continue withextensive public consultations in this regard
and has mandated an independent review of the costing.


Madam President and Honourable Senators
Mr. Speaker and Members of the Honourable House of Assembly;
In furtherance of my government's new training thrust, on Institute for Public
Service Training will be created.
A comprehensive review of the system for engagement and pensions for all
classes of public employees will be conducted.
Legislation will be introduced to amend the Parliamentary Pensions At.


My Government will also amend the Passport Act. My Government will pur-
chase a system for machine-readable passports which will introduce a signifi-
cantly higher level of security for Bahamian passports.
My Government will cause Foreign Service Orders to be laid before you to estab-
lish and regulate the terms and conditions of service for diplomats and Consular
Officers who serve at home and abroad.

Madam President and Honourable Senators,
Mr. Speaker and Honourable Members of the House of Assembly:
It is the intention of My Government to erect muhipurpose facilities, inclusive of
Track and Field, Softball, Baseball, Basketball, and Volleyball, on a scheduled
basis in the Family Islands.
My Government will immediately commence the consrucdion of sports facilities
at the Doris Johnson High School and the C V. Bethel High School.
My Government has successfully completed o pilot project towards the estab-
lishment of a National Youth Service and is committed to expanding the pro-
My Government is committed to creating opportunities for our youth to maxi-
mize their potential so as to enable them to participate fully in the social and
economic life of our country. In this regard, we will continue to pursue initia-
tives to empower them.

Culture touches every facet of our national life. It contributes more than any-
thing else to the consolidation of our national identity and an awareness of our
My Government will redouble its efforts to find and support Bahamian novel-
ists, playwrights, poets, artists, musicians and actors.
The Clifton site has been purchased and is now being developed into a National
Heritage Park.
My Government will place before you legislation to establish a Notional Endow-
ment for the Arts.

Mr. President and Honouiable Senators,
Maod mlpS86,lrid,:Mmb.ers of the Honourable House of Asembly,
Amendments to the Local Government Act will be introduced to enable the sys-
tem of local government to operate more efficiently.
Regulations to give effect to the Cooperatives Act passed in 2003 wilt also be
The Food Safety legislation will be modernized to meet the current world situ-
ation with respect to international trade and new and emerging food safely
The Animal Control Act will be amended to create greater responsibility and
accountability of owners of animals.
The Public Slaughter House Act will be amended to permit the designation of
locations other than New Providence as approved slaughter facilities and to
allow for the licensing of facilities as necessary.
My Government will also introduce a number of initiatives within the area of
agriculture in an effort to effect rapid and significant results. Of particular note
in this regard, my Government will establish a demonstration and training farm
at North Andros. This demonstration and training facility will be associated
with the Ministry Agricultural Fisheries, the College of The Bahamas and the
National Youth Programme.
My Government will expand the cascarilla industry in the Southeastern Baha-

Madam President and Honourable Senators,
Mr. Speaker and Honourable Members of the House of Assembly:
The measures that I have outlined to you today will in their totality move the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas and its people to unprecedented heights.
Unprecedented heights may be measured by the strength of our economy.
Today, my government challenges all Bahamians to another measure a mea-
sure where the weakest amongst us is safe and our society is secure, cohesive
and strong a society where no Bahamian is left behind and persons who may
have failed are empowered to seize the opportunity of a second chance.

Madam President and Honourable Senators,
Mr. Speaker and Members of the Honourable House of Assembly;
If we are to be successful in this effort, we must become our brother's keeper
and each Bahamian regardless of race, denomination or gender, experiences
their God-given meaning, dignity and value.
Each Bahamian must also accept the challenge to fully develop their God given

Madam President and Honourable Senators,
Mr. Speaker and Members of the Honorable House of Assembly;
As we move forward, upward, and onward together let every section of the Be-
hamian orchestra the Church, private sector, charity groups and Government
come together to create symphony that will resound the length and breadth of
The Bahamas a symphony that will cause all to acknowledge The Bahamas as
the best little nation in the world.

May Almighty God rest upon your counsels
and guide your deliberations.




Private sector supports

Bush's education plan

argued that technical and edu-
cational courses have "been
found to fall short on many
According to Governor
Bush, the desired outcome of
the proposed initiative was to
build partnerships among
teachers and students in the
Bahamas and Florida through
sustained collaboration on edu-
cation and technology-based

Legal Notice



Pursuant to the provision of Section 137 (8) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000, notice is hereby
given that the above-named Company has been dissolved
and struck off the Register pursuant to a Certificate of
Dissolution issued by the Registrar General on the 14th day
of February, A.D., 2006.

Dated the 20th day of February, A.D., 2006.


Ltlt Notice


LIMITED is in dissolution under the provisions of the
International Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said Company commenced on the
20th day of February, 2006 when its Articles of Dissolution
-were submitted to and registered by the Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said Company is Karen Floyd of 16945
Northchase Drive, Texas 77060, U.S.A.
Dated the 21st day of February, 2006.
Attorneys for the above-named Company

Legal Notice


(a) JUBILEE MANAGEMENT LIMITED is in dissolution
under the provisions of the International Business
Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said Company commenced on the
20th February, 2006 when its Articles of Dissolution
were submitted to and registered by the Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said Company is Mr. Lynden
Maycock of Ocean Centre, Montagu Foreshore, East Bay
Street, P.O. Box N-3247, Nassau, Bahamas as sole
Dated the 20th day of February, 2006.
H & J Corporate Services Ltd.
Registered Agent
for the above-named Company

Lcl No"e


(In Voluntary tI r)

Creditors having debts or claims against the above-named
Company are required to send particulars thereof to the undersigned
at Ocean Centre, Montagu Foreshore, East Bay Street, P.O. Box
N-3247, Nassau, Bahamas as sole Liquidator on or before the
22nd day of March, 2006. In default thereof they will be excluded
from the benefit of any distribution made by the Liquidator.

Dated the 2Cth day of February, 2006.

Lynden Maycock

initiatives. The plan was also
to further educate students and
teachers in Florida and the
Bahamas in the process of
globalisation and 21st century
Students and teachers will be
able to use digital tools to col-
laborate, communicate and
contribute with a larger com-
munity as global learners. They
will also be able to participate

Legal N


in activities that offer oppor-.. Woodcock Primary School
tunities to collaborate with will be one of the schools
peers to share knowledge. involved in the pilot project.
Bahamian students and while the middle school and
teachers could use digital tools high schoili are yet to be
to publish in a variety of media announced.
formats such as documents, The initiative for the prima-
podcasts and presentations. It ry schools is set to begin this
will also allow them to cod- Spring, and the other schools
tribute information toindivid- will begin their projects in
uals beyond the classroom, autumn 2006.
according to the governor. According to Mr Farrington,
: ' .. the intent of the Colaition's
report was to bring to focus to
.the present education situation
Sotie in the Bahamas. It was not
~otie intended to be judgmental or
S'itical to the extent that there
CE .E '


Pursuant to the provision of Section 137 (8) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000, notice is hereby
given that the above-named Company has been dissolved
and struck off the Register pursuant to a Certificate of
Dissolution issued by the Registrar General on the 14th day
of February, A.D., 2006.

Dated the 20th day of February, A.D., 2006.


I Notice



Creditors having debts or claims against the above-named
Company are required to send particulars thereof to the
undersigned c/o P.O. Box N-624, Nassau, Bahamas on or
before 22nd March, A.D., 2006. In default thereof they will
be excluded from the benefit of any distribution made by the

Dated the 21st day of February, A.D., 2006.

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



(a) GORDION SHIPPING LIMITED is in dissolution under
the provisions of the International Business Companies
Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said Company commenced on the
20th February, 2006 when its Articles of Dissolution .
were submitted to and registered by the Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said Company is Mr. Lynden
Maycock of Ocean Centre, Montagu Foreshore, East Bay.
Street, P.O. Box N-3247, Nassau, Bahamas as sole .
Dated the 20th day of February, 2006.
H & J Corporate Services Ltd.
Registered Agent
for the above-named Company

Legal Notice


(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Creditors having debts or claims against the above-named
Company are required to send particulars thereof to the undersigned
at Ocean Centre, Montagu Foreshore, East Bay Street, P.O. Box
N-3247, Nassau, Bahamas as sole Liquidator on or before the
22nd day of March, 2006. In default thereof they will be excluded
from the benefit of any distribution made by the Liquidator.

Dated the 20th day of February, 2006.

Lynden Maycock

are no programmes in place,"'
he said.
"We also advanced 14 strate:-
gies we thought could be acted
upon to help to bring shorf^"
medium and long-term bene-
fits." Mr Farrington said.
: "We never intended to think
that the 14 strategies were
exhaustive, and what was'
referred to by Mr Bush could
very well be another opportur'.
nity to capitalise on a successful
model elsewhere, and thus give
Sis some impetus in moving-
education, especially in the,.
public system, in the right
direction." ,

FROM page lB

and ready to move the project
/forward," Mr Samson said.
"We're prepared to move for-.
ward quickly. There would be a
relatively immediate response
out of us" once final approval
from the Bahamas came.. i
Based on what had been;
reported on talks between Mr
Bush and Mr Christie, the AES
Ocean Express project manag-
er said "two big issues"
appeared to have been raised.'
One was that Florida wanted
to enjoy continued economic
growth, and to do this needed
additional electricity supplies
that would be, generated from;,
LNG, which Mr Samson
described as the most efficient
and cleanest fuel. The other
was that AES had worked
closely with the Government
at every step of the approvals
process, and had satisfied all
conditions, including the Envi-
ronmental Impact Assessment
(EIA) and approvals from
Florida. "Both those issues
have been addressed, and
hopefully we can get an
answer," Mr Samson said.
Mr Bush said on Monday
that there was not enough
demand in Florida for two
LNG facilities, sending the.
message that the Bahamas
needs to "make .up their
Mind" if they want ani LNG.
facility. : ,; :"
S"We approved as a govern-
ment the rights necessary to
run pipelines underneath our
reefs back up and into Fort"
Everglades to where the gas
lines would connect into the
Existing pipeline. We have
approved both of the projects

from that perspective, arid I'
don't think there are signifi-
cant environmental issues if'
that's the perspective that the
Bahamian government wants.
to take," Mr. Bush said;
"About a month ago, :
competitor (Suez Energy)
came to us with a new tech-
nology which is a buoy tech-
nology, where these large
LNG. tankers would come,
connect into this buoy, pipe'
the LNG through a similar
pipeline, connect into Fort:
Everglades where it would be
Mr Bush added: "It's an
option, and it's an option that
would probably go off the
table if the Bahamas decides
to move forward. Because the-
first thing that occurs to
that there is not enough
capacity to demand two ter-
minals being built at the same
Echoing this sentiment, US
Ambassador John Rood
warned: "I think the gover-:
nor's point is that there. are
two proposals in the Bahamas
anid one in Florida. The first
one that gets the go-ahead is
going to be the winner. But it
the Bahamas waits too long
the one in Florida will proba-
bly be the one. "However if
One of the two in the_
Bahamas gets the go-ahead
right now it will probably
become the successful pro.-
ject. But I think he indicateLd
pretty clearly that it's impor-
tant to Florida to get LNG,
whether its through the facir-
ity in Florida or one of the-:
facilities in the Bahamas."

Legal Notice



S Creditors having debts or claims against the above-named
Company are.required to send particulars thereof to thbe
undersigned c/o P.O. Box N-624, Nassau, Bahamas on or
before 22nd March, A.D., 2006. In default thereof they will
be excluded from the benefit of any distribution made by the

S Dated the 21st day of February, A.D., 2006.
Karen Floyd : .
16945 Northease Drive ,
Houston, Texas 77060, U.S.A.

Leal Notice



is in dissolution under.the provisions of the International
Business Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said Company commenced on the
20th day of February, 2006 when its Articles of Dissolution
were submitted to and registered by the Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said Company is Karen Floyd of 16945
Northchase Drive, Texas 77060, U.S.A.
Dated the 21st day of Februmay, 2006.
Attorneys for the above-named Company

FROM page 1B

to the Inter-American Devel-
opment Bank (IDB), some 75
to 80 per cent of Bahamian stu-
dents who'are taking technical
and vocational subjects were
reading below their grade level.
That report supported the
findings of the Coalition for
Education Reform, which


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Commonwealth Games

Senior Sports Reporter
Games' bound athletes Troy
McIntosh, Tim Munnings, Ednal
Rolle, Timicka Clarke and Anto-
nio Saunders used the sixth
annual Road Runners Track and
Field Invitational as a tune-up
before they head to Melbourne,
Australia next week.
The quartet were among the
athletes that performed over the
weekend at the Thomas A.
Robinson Track and Field Sta-
dium. ,
McIntosh, whose indoor 400
metre record was recently erased
by Chris 'Bay' Brown, turned in
the fastest time in the timed final
of the 200 heats.
The Ambassador representa-
tive clocked 20.97 to easily take
top honours. Munnings, who like
McIntosh opted not to run in the
400, had the second fastest time
of 21.52 with Striders' Jerell
Forbes third in 21.53.
"On January 14, I opened up
in my first 60 metres ever in Ken-
tucky and ran 6.87. I saw Nor-
bert (Elliott) and my coach Sid-
ney Cartwright and they told me
I could step out and easily run
10.3 in the 100," McIntosh
"Coming here today, having
trained in three weeks because of
a problem with my back, I came
out here and ran 20.97. So that
says a lot. There's a lot going on.
There's a lot of potential now
that I've stepped down to the


Next month, McIntosh and
Munnings will travel to the
IAAF World Indoor Champi-
onships in Moscow, Russia prior
to the Commonwealth Games in
At both meets, McIntosh and
Munnings will travel as a part of
the men's 4 x 400 relay team.
Also going to Melbourne are
Ednal Rolle and Timicka Clarke.
Rolle, representing Bahamas
Speed Dynamics, got a chance
to show his fitness skills when he
ran 52.97 to win the men's 400
hurdles. His nearest rival was
Tasman Evans of the Ambas-
sador in 54.42. Club Monica's
Kayuse Burrows was third in
And Timicka Clarke, running
unattached, easily won the wom-
en's 100 in 12.15. The 4 x 100
relay team member ran away
from Bahamas Speed Dynam-
ics' Cache Armbrister in 12.32.
Club Monica's Tia Rolle was
third in 12.55.
Armbrister, however, posted
the fastest time in the 200 in

TIMICKA CLARKE (pictured in this file photo), running unattached, easily won the women's
100 in 12.15

24.70.400 hurdler Michelle Cum-
berbatch of Club Monica was
second in 25.07 and Bahamas
Speed Dynamics' T'Shonda
Webb, slowly making her way
back after sitting out the past two
seasons with a series of injuries,
was third in 25.10.

Cumberbatch, who declined
to compete in her speciality in
the 400 hurdles, went on to win
the 400 in time of 59.28.
Her nearest rival was Keneisha
Miller of CR Walker in 59.37.
Her team-mate Lashea Rolle
was third in 1:00.30.

"I'm still concentrating on the
hurdles. I just ran this to help me
run the hurdles," said Cumber-
batch, a 17-year-old llth grader
at St. Augustine's College.
"I thought the competition
would have been tougher. I
expected Cache to be in it. I

Temple Fellowship out

in front in softball league

FIRST year Temple Fellowship
have emerged as one of the three ear-
ly leaders with a perfect 2-0 win-loss
record in the Baptist Sports Coun-
cil's 2006 basketball league.
Temple Fellowship surged in front
in the men's president division with
their second straight victory as they
clobbered B.I.B.A. 41-33 on Satur-
day at the Charles W. Saunders High
School, Jean Street.
Meanwhile in the vice president's
division, New Mount Zion knocked
off Calvary Bible 54-42 and New
Bethlehem got by Mount Nebo
In other games played on the men's
side, first year Bahamas Harvest won
their first game, nipping Macedonia
44-42; Pilgrim out-ran Golden Gates
52-47 and St. Paul's surprised Faith
United 49-31.
In the 19-and-under division, last
year's runners-up First Baptist stayed
undefeated in two games with a 49-26
win over Faith United and defend-
ing champions Macedonia pounded
Golden Gates 46-28 to pull even at 1-
And in the 15-and-under division,
Faith United won 18-13 over Ebenez-
er and New Bethlehem were too
much for Macedonia to handle with a
25-8 decision.

Here's a summary of the games

Temple Fellowship 41, B.I.B.A.
33 (M): Edwin Burrows scored 12
and Carl Horton and Drexel Burn-
side both had nine in the second
straight win for Temple Fellowship.
Burlington Moss had 10 in the loss
for B.I.B.A.

New Mount Zion 54, Calvary
Bible 42 (M): Ricardo Rolle's game
high 24, Luke Hutchinson's 16 and
Mario Davis' 10 was good enough to
pace New Mount Zion to their sec-
ond victory.
Baron Ferguson had 11 and Marvin
Nairn 10 in the loss for Calvary Bible.

New Bethlehem 32, Mount Nebo
25: Therell Duncombe scored 13 and
Deangelo Duncombe had eight as
New Bethlehem pulled off a big win.
Dexter Ingraham scored a game
high 20 in the loss for Mount Nebo.

Bahamas Harvest 44, Macedo-
nia 42 (M): Travis Forbes scored a
game high 27 points, including the
game winning three-point play for
Bahamas Harvest.
Neuglyn Culmer added seven in
the win.

Garvin Lightbourn scored 15 in the
loss for Macedonia.

Golden Gates 52, Pilgrim 47
(M): Brenville Saunders exploded for
a game high 21 points and Travis
Evans added 20 in Pilgrim's big
Paul Roberts had 13 in the loss for
Golden Gates.

St. Paul's 49, Faith United 31
(M): Darren McKenzie scored a side
high 15 and Tunde Davis added nine
in the way for St. Paul's.
Keithlyn Gray had a game 17 in
the loss for Faith United.

First Baptist 49, Faith United 26
(19): Eugene Bain came up with 10
points and Robert Missick had eight
as First Baptist won for the second
Omar Ferguson had nine in the loss
for Faith United.

Macedonia 46, Golden Gates 28
(19): Frisco McKay had 11, Rohn
Johnson 10 and Mario Carey added
nine as defending champions Mace-
donia got even at 1-1.
Michael Munnings had 10 and
Dorian Balfour eight in the loss for
Golden Gates.

Faith United 18, Ebenezer 13
(15): Carlton Robinson scored 10 and
Jamal Moxey had four as Faith Unit-
ed won down the stretch.
Lajonti Stuart had eight in the loss
for Ebenezer.

New Bethlehem 25, Macedonia
8: Kenrick Clarke and Khambell Fer-
guson scored six points each to lift
New Bethlehem to victory.
Marvin Roberts, Brent Stubbs, Jim-
my Thompson and Valentino Rah-
ming scored two points each in the
loss for Macedonia.

Here's a look at Saturday's
Court One 10 a.m. New Mount
Zion vs Macedonia (19); 11 a.m. St.
Paul's vs Mt. Tabor (M); Noon
Bahamas Harvest vs Mt. Nebo (M); 1
p.m. Calvary Bible vs Evangelistic
Centre (M); 2 p.m. New Bethlehem
vs Macedonia (M); 3 p.m. St. Mark's
vs New Mt. Zion (M).
Court Two 10 a.m. Mt. Nebo vs
Mt. Tabor (15); 11 am Transfigura-
tion vs Faith United (19); Noon
Ebenezer vs Macedonia (15); 1 p.m.
Pilgrim vs B.I.B.A. (M); 2 p.m. Gold-
en Gates vs Faith United (M); 3 p.m.
Lord's House of Praise vs Temple
Fellowship (M).

think if she was there, I could
have ran faster. We have never
raced in the 400, so I know when
we do, it will be a fast race."
Brothers Oniel and Jason
Williams of the Bahamas Tigers
hooked up in the 1,500. They
separated themselves from the
rest of the pack after the first two
laps and they went after each
other in the final lap and a half.
In the final lap, it was the
younger Oneil, who out-kicked
Jason to the finish line in 3:58.40.
Jason, who earlier won the 800
without Oneil in it, was second in
4:02.54. Star Trackers' Dwayne
Ferguson was a distant third in
"The race was good. I want-
ed to run the 800 with my broth-
er, but I didn't get in," said Oniel,
24. "I didn't run in the first two
races before this, so I thought
my brother would have had the
upper hand.
"We have a sort of a sibling
rivalry, but after we dropped
from the 5,000, he has the edge in
the 800 and I have the edge in
the 1,500."

Despite the loss, Jason said he
was still pleased with the run,
although hewas disappointed in
not going under the five-minute
barrier with Oneil running as fast
as he did.
"I won the 800 in 1:55.79,
which was pretty fast. This is just
February, so hopefully for CAC
(in July), I will be right there. I
just think that right now he's
dominating the 1,500. But I own
him in the 800."
Saunders, representing
Jumpers Inc., cleared 50-feet, 11
1/2-inches, to take the men's
triple jump. Saunders will join
national record holder Leevan
'Superman' Sands in the event
at the Commonwealth
Games. He will also jump with
Osbourne. Moxey in the long
Among the other male win-
ners were Tino Sands in the 100
in 10.69; Jamal Moss in the 400in
48.15; K Morris of the Kenyan
Knights in the 5,000 in 17:14.55;
Ahmad Rolle in the long jump
with 22-5; Gregory Arthur in the
shot put with 43-0; Jean Joseph in
the discus with 99-6 and Cruz
Simon in the javelin,with 124-8
On the ladies' side, Santisha
Martin took the 800 in 2:21 (hand
timed); Delarene Ferguson
cleared 5-3 in the high jump;
Eunae Wright did 16-3 1/2 in the
long jump and 35-2 in the triple
jump; Deandra McPhee in the
shot put with 40-2 3/4; Roseline
Benjamin in the discus with 98-5
and Tyrice Curry in the javelin
with 119-0.

1:30 p.m. Williams
Construction Jets vs
DHL Lions
3 p.m. Miller Lite Roy-
als vs Joshua Knights

1 p.m. Miller Panthers
vs Williams Construction
2 p.m. Miller Lite Roy-
als vs Doghouse Rangers
3 p.m. Joshua Knights
vs DHL Lions

Two Turtles

Inn are at

the double


THE Two Turtles Inn
pulled off a double head-,
er over the weekend to
remain in contention for
one of the four playoffs
spots in the Masters Soft-
ball League.
On Saturday in the fea-
ture game played at the
Churchill Tener Knowles
National Softball Stadi-
um, Two Turtles Inn
knocked off the hapless
Miller Panthers 11-8 and
they came back in the
opening game on Sunday
to pull off a 20-9 rout
over the DHL Lions.
The Lions, on the other
hand, split their double
header after they pound-
ed the Miller LiteRoyals
10-1 in Saturday's open-
ing game. They joined
the Royals in a two-way
tie for fifth place at 3-6.
The Panthers also end-
ed up losing their double
header as they fell victim
to the Joshua Knights 15-
0 in Sunday's feature
game. The Knights
stayed in second at 6-2,
while the Panthers
remained in the cellar at
Here's a summary of
the games played:
Two Turtles Inn 20,
Lions 9: Foster Dorsett,
Dennis Davis and Lionel
Clarke all produced 3-
for-4 productions, scoring
three runs apiece to lead
Two Turtles Inn on Sat-
Dorsett also drove in
five runs, Davis had three
RBIs and Clarke had
Robert Gilbert got the,
win on the mound for
Two Turtles Inn. Ken
O'Brien suffered the loss,
for DHL.
Mickey Kemp had a
perfect 3-for-3 day with
two runs for DHL.
Knights 15, Panthers 0O
Bertie Murray Sr. picked.
up a big win on the
mound for Joshua as they
went on to blank Miller
Panthers on Sunday.
Lester Dean had a per-:
fect 3-for-3 day with fou(.
RBIs and three runs
scored; Everette 'Abe'
Johnson was also a per-
fect 2-for-2 with two
RBIs and as many runs
scored and Lionel NeeleyU
was 2-for-3 with two
RBIs and two runs
James Robinson was
tagged with the loss on
the mound for the Pan-
Lions 10, Royals 1:,
Mickey Kemp went 3-foi
4 with five RBIs and twl.-,
runs scored; Basil Davis
was 3-for-4; Anthony
Robinson 2-for-4 with an
RBI and three runs;
Richard 'Dick' Brown 2-
for-4 with two runs
scored and Ken O'Brien
was 1-for-4 with two
RBIs and a run scored.
Two Turtles Inn 11,
Panthers 8: Foster
Dorsett went 3-for-3 with
four RBIs and three runs
scored; Larry Thompson
was 2-for-4 with four
RBIs and two runs
scored and Fredrick
Saunders was 1-for-3 with
an RBI and a run scored
for Two Turtles Inn.
Robert Gilbert got the
win on the mound for the
Two Turtles Inn, while
James Robinson was
tagged with the loss for
Miller Panthers.

Here's a look at this
weekend's fixtures:




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SarPlns in the swim with

vic oP over Bluewaves

Junior Sports Reporter
LINS splashed their way to an
easy and early victory yester-
day, opening up the second day
of competition in the 24th annu-
al Hugh Campbell Basketball
Classic with a win over the St
Anne's Bluewaves.
The Marlins easily disposed
of the Bluewaves, who got to a
very slow start offensively, and
took the game 73-49.
Establishing a 12 point lead in
the first quarter, the Marlins
quickly extended the lead to 20
from fast breaks.
The quicker team used a full
court press to keep a 10 point
half time lead.
As the Bluewaves tried to
creep their way back into the
game, by holding the Marlins
to only six points in the last
three minutes of the quarter,
the defensive pressure being
applied by the Marlins was too
much for them to handle,

Marlins had stolen, eight of
the Bluewaves inbound passes,
but weren't able to capitalise
on them.
Instead of playing the Mar-
lins' game of pushing the ball
down the court, the Bluewaves
settled to a half court offence
which involved rotating the ball
around the top of the key, hop-
ing to find the open player or
Working their way through
the Marlins' defence were Ter-
ence Knowles and Travis Park-
er who combined for a total of
21 second quarter points.
The game started to swing the
Bluewaves' way as the Marlins
opened up the second half with
a technical foul, giving the Blue-
waves two free throw shots and
ball possession.
But the Bluewaves weren't
able to connect from the free
throw line and lost the ball as a
result of the Marlins' pressure.
The Bluewaves went back to
the running game. Playing Mar-
lins' ball style resulted in an 8-2
run and a 18 point lead before
coach Godfrey McQauy called a
Coming out of the time-out,
the Bluewaves were able to

score two points and steal three
of the Marlins' balls, but after
stealing the ball they started to
falter again.
Attacking the Bluewaves'
offensive stride made it easier
for the Marlins to set-up a half
court game and, in a blink of
an eye, the Marlins had estab-
lished their biggest lead ever of
24 points.
Marlins head coach Harcourt
McCoy said: "We played good
as a team but we definitely need
to work on the free throws and
the turnovers have to be limit-
ed. We will have to slow the
game a bit when we come out to
play our next game, but the
tempo can't change too much.
"There are still a lot of things
we have to work on if we want
to go far in the tournament, we
will work on these things as the
days progress.
"I wasn't too worried about
the game when they started to
come back out because the
players I had on the court were
more of my bench players. I
needed to give them a chance to
play so when we need them
down the line they can be able
to handle the pressure."
Although the Marlins were
shorter and quicker than the
Bluewaves, they were out
rebounding the team on both
ends of the court.
But Parks was trying to help
the cause for his team by getting
into the fight for the rebounds.
Creating his own shots took
its toll on Parks, who couldn't
help his team on the defensive
McQauy tried to play around
with the players, trying to find a
workable six, but this wasn't
working, and Marlins went on
to steal four more of the Blue-
waves' balls, converting on all.
The Bluewaves made another
run at the lead with three min-
utes remaining in the final quar-
ter, but the Marlins weren't hav-
ing any part of that.
Bearing down, the Marlins
turned up the heat to close the
game out, holding the Blue-
waves to just three points in that

MARLINS close in on the
basket during yesterday's game
(Photo: Felipe Major/
Tribune staff)

Agreement on $3.5m

stadium is signed

MINISTER of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell (second from right), and Fu Ziying, Assistant Minister
of Ministry of Commerce in China (left), shake hands on the $3.5 million agreement for a new sports sta-

Tribune Staff Reporter
AN AGREEMENT on economic and technical
cooperation between the Bahamas and Chinese
governments for a gift of $3.5 million towards a
national stadium was signed yesterday.
Between June and July, construction of the state-
of-the-art stadium will begin, with a three phase
Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Neville
Wisdom along with Fu Ziying, Assistant Minister
in China's Ministry of Commerce, signed the mutu-
al agreement at the Ministry of Foreign affairs,
with Minister Fred Mitchell and Chinese Ambas-
sador to the Bahamas Li Yuanming looking on.

Technical experts at the ministry wanted the
building to meet all required building codes in the
Bahamas; meet the necessary environmental and
climatic requirements; and be multi-functional.
Softball legendary Tommy Robinson headed
the technical team, which advised the ministry
before yesterday's signing. One of the team's rec-
ommendations was for the stadium to be able to
withstand a category five hurricane, and for it to
serve as a hurricane shelter, as it is located close to
the city and to a densely-populated urban area.

The plan calls for a new master plan for the
Queen Elisabeth Sports Centre, and a softball and
baseball stadium in Phase One.
In Phase Two, a multi-purpose indoor facility is
to be built, as Mr Wisdom said the Kendall G L
Isaacs stadium is inadequate to host events of
national or international proportions. He said the
facility will be designed in such a manner so as to
make it possible for more than one activity to go on
at the same time, separate from one another. It will
also be sheltered, and will provide an alluring
venue for sports stars all over the world, who can
consider the Bahamas as an option for training
when the weather is their own country is uninviting.
Phase Three will focus on the south-eastern end
of the present site off Thompson Boulevard, with
facilities in place to support more sports activi-
ties, such as soccer and cycling.
Mr Wisdom said this agreement ties in with the
Bahamas' current global sports position; ,is
"Man for man, we are the most powerful port-
ing country in the world," said Mr Wisdom.-. .:
"This also opens the doorway for sports
tourism," he said. -
Minister Ziying said his government was please
to be a part of this development for sports jin ihe
Bahamas, and he accepted Minister Wisdom's it-
tation for a celebration sports competition of:soime
kind between the Bahamian and Chinese athletes.

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Art students get rare

opportunity to

Tribune Feature Writer
udding artists just getting
their brushes wet have
few venues to showcase
B their work since exhibi-
tions at the National Art
Gallery of the Bahamas, the Central
Bank of the Bahamas, and other major
art galleries in the Bahamas principally
feature established artists.
Recently however, talented art stu-
dents across the country were given the
opportunity to shine during the Min-
istry of Tourism's 8th Annual Visual

Arts Exhibition, held at centre court in
the Mall at Marathon last week. The
exhibition, which involved students
from New Providence and several Fam-
ily Islands, ran from Monday to Friday,
with many Bahamians and tourists stop-
ping by to appreciate the budding talent
and unique creations from "babies" of
the art world though the work on exhi-
bition reflected a level of talent beyond
their youthfulness and underscored the
bright future and promise of an evolving
art community in the Bahamas.
As viewers paused to view oil paint-
ings, acrylics, drawings, sketches, deco-
rative household products, and some

unusual pieces that made us of s
chippings and shattered bottles t
masterful works of art. The a
was amazed that such work c
developed by school students. T
bition, many felt, was impressive
the least.
Organiser of the exhibition
Chandler, education officer for
Design at the Ministry of Edi
told Tribune Arts that the annu
bition is an effort by teacher
government-school system to i
venue for their students' work
showcased on a national leve
was brought out of self help, t


soda can wanting to do something about pro-
o create moting our students," she said.
audience As the art officer, Ms Chandler meets
would be monthly with the head of the art depart-
he exhi- ment at each government school to
'e to say organise the exhibition and decide
which students will be featured. The
Pamela best art students in each school are cho-
Art and sen to have their work on display.
ucation, "I think it's enriching for them and an
lal exhi- excellent forum for their talent. It brings
s in the life and it brings enjoyment. Like the
create a saying goes, all work and no play makes
ks to be
S. "This
teachers SEE page 2C

Plants are 'the stars' in annual show

of new paintings by Alton R Lowe

* FRANGIPANI, from an original oil painting by Alton R Lowe. In his annual exhibition of new paintings, which is slated to run February 25 until March 1
at the Nassau Beach Hotel, the artist has made some flowering plants the centrepiece of the exhibit.
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All eyes

on 'Fox


Tribune Feature
FOR the first time ever
Bahamian businessman
Ulrick Fox will be putting
his hobby on display for
the entire Bahamas to see.
In his first exhibition,
"Fox Trot" which is now
mounted in the Central
Bank of 'the Bahamas
Gallery, Fox focuses on all
things Bahamian, with a
splash of Egyptian flair.
Some of the work show-
cased in the exhibition
dates back to 2001, but
most of the pieces were
created between early
2005 and early 2006. The
exhibition is as casual as
they come, with the artist
simply coming to the con-
clusion that it was high
time he displayed his own
For Mr Fox, head of
Holiday Ice Limited and
father of four, including
former National Basket-
ball Association (NBA)
and Los Angeles Lakers
star and current actor
Rick Fox, art has always
been an important com-
ponent of his life, even
when he started in the
business world at the age
of 18. After demonstrat-
ing a flair for commerce,
Mr Fox took sole respon-
sibility for operating the
family business.
Born in New Provi-
dence, Mr Fox was edu-
cated at the Eastern
Junior and Senior Schools,
and at the Bahamas Acad-
emy of Seventh Day
Adventists, where he
attended art classes and
participated in various art
competitions. It was not
until his senior year at
school, Mr Fox said, that
his mother, who had nine
other children, saw the
love that he had for art
and architecture and paid
an architect to tutor him
and help the artist learn
how to design small
homes. "I knew I had it in
me, but all I had to do was
wake it up," Mr Fox told
Tribune Arts.
Somewhere along the

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; original oil painting b> Alton R Lowe.

T he islands of the
Bahamas are blessed
with a profusion of trop-
ical and sub-tropical
plants, some native, oth-
ers brought to the islands by avid col-
lectors over many generations. In his
annual exhibition of new paintings,
Alton Lowe has made some of these
flowering plants the stars and centre-
piece of the exhibit.
The exhibition will be held at the
Nassau Beach Hotel and will run Feb-

ruary 25 through March 1, from 10am-
7pm daily.
In Mr Lowe's work, vines, bushes,
flowering bulbs, and trees exist in a
rich variety of colours and shapes. The
many flowering plants surrounded by
the Bahamas' glorious turquoise seas,
make for an unforgettable sight.
Sixteen of the new flower paintings
are also scheduled to appear on
Bahamian "definitive" postage stamps
in July, that will be issued for a five-
year period. The subjects of the new
stamp series encompass many old-
time favourites, but with a freshness
that makes them new again.

Their colours range from the pinks
of the angel trumpet, desert rose, and
oleander through the blues of the
plumbago to the lavenderof the rub-
ber vine and Poor Man's Orchid.

In addition. other flowers appear
in orange, deep red, and white. The
subtle richness of colours and the vari-
ety of forms make these paintings
breathtaking whether alone or part
of a grouping.
Mr Lowe has also brought to the
exhibition several new paintings of

village and water scenes in the Abaco
Born on Green Turtle Cay, Abaco,
educated in art in Miami and a grad-
uate of art school in New York City,
Mr Lowe continues to maintain his
principle residence in his birthplace.
His interest in his home island
prompted him to found the Albert
Lowe Museum at New Plymouth in
1976. This was followed several years
later by creation of the Loyalist
Memorial Sculpture Garden. Other
on-going cultural projects over the
years include lectures, concerts, and
theatre performances at his Garden

Theatre, adjacent to his home.
Mr Lowe maintains a gallery adjar
cent to his home at Green Turtle Ca4
which is open to the public during thd
months .of May and December. At
other times, the gallery is open by
The exhibition is open to the public
and runs from February 25 through
March 1; 10am-7pm daily.
A. special "by invitation" preview
takes place Friday evening, February

Art students get an

opportunity to 'shine'

FROM page lB

Jack and Jill dull boys and girls,
so what we would like to do is
to bring out that creativity in
our students," Ms Chandler
told Tribune Arts.
"Once we have located those
students who are most deserv-
ing, they are channeled into
entrepreneurship and it allows
them to have a skill as well,"
she said.
Guest speaker for the award
ceremony of the exhibition at
the Mall at Marathon, artist
Sonia Isaacs, encouraged stu-
dents to not only focus on their
creativity, but to also focus on
the business side of the art
world so that they would not
be taken advantage of. She
knows this well because in
2003, twenty years worth of her
artwork was stolen. She took
the matter to court and was
able to send the culprit to jail
after a two-year court-battle.
"I happened to be able to
pull this off because I had
everything logged, everything
categorised, all the information
about the pieces of work was
with me and I was able to at
least get the person incarcer-
ated. I did have back up discs
of the work. I never got the
originals back, but it's okay

because that person did go to
jail and I'm happy about that,"
she told the audience.
Ms Isaacs told the crowd of
young artists to be aware that
their creations will always be
wanted by the masses, adding
that if she had a truck she
would haul out at least 100
pieces.from the exhibition,
after paying for them of course.
"All of you painters and
sculptures, my advice is not to
give up. If you have a passion
for the arts study hard. Be con-
sistent with your discipline.
Your talent is a heavenly gift,
use this gift to the best of your
ability," she told the students.
Kryzio Hutchinson, a senior
at CI Gibson, whose sketch of a
woman plaiting straw won him
a special award in the senior
division, started drawing in the
third grade. He says that his
work represents h-is love for
Bahamian culture, which is
blended with some abstract
shading that frames his work.
According to Kryzio,
although the Ministry of Edu-
cation promotes art within the
schools as much as it does aca-
demics, there is a lot more that
can be done to even out the
playing field. He noted that the
art department at CV Bethel
for example, is more advanced
than the department in his

school, and that puts CI Gibson
students at a disadvantage.
"It's important to focus or
art in all the schools'becaus-
art allows students to open up
and put their talents on paper
because a lot of them don'i
have a way to express them!
selves other than by getting iq
trouble. Art is a way for them
to expose themselves and
become more self-oriented,"
he added.
Kryzeo's major art influenceS
are Maxwell Taylor and his for
mer art teacher at CI Gibson.i
Winners at the exhibitiowt
were, first place finisher in thd
jurior school category was CC
Sweeting and in second place
was SC McPherson. Rounding
out the top three wa' LyL
Young. In the senior school
division coming in third place
was CR Walker, CI.Gibson
placed second and GQve .I-
ment High captured the top
position, counting in first. -,l:
In the Family Islarid catgo-
ry, LN Coakley walked away
with first place, Eight Mile
Rock came in seconcd~Wi
NGM Maj orfiifda4~ tlird
The event was sponsorey'y
the Finance Corporation of the
Bahamas (FINCO), which
made a donation to each of the
winning schools...........

Flowering plants 'shine' in Alton

Lowe's exhibition of paintings


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All eyes

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FROM page 1C

line hove~er. art and
architecture became
overshadow ed b\ busi-
ness and entrepreneur-
Today. Mr Fox says
that he finds time to
paint while listening to
the news in the evening
with his wife Dianne.
after he comes home
from managing his busi-
When ask what he
finds fascinating about
art, he told the Arts:
"When you start to play
with art you really don't
know what is going to
come but of it because
what you are really using
then is your mind. It's a
matter of having control
of your mind and your
emotions being able to
create something. It's
just a matter of being
able to concentrate and
control the mind and
just put it on paper."
A self-taught artist
who paints primarily in
oils and acrylics, Mr Fox'
subject matters include
landscapes, seascapes,
portraits and abstracts.
The exhibition runs
until March 11.

THE National Art
Gallery of the Bahamas
(NAGB) will be holding a
number of events in Febru-
'* Bahamian Art History
Tuesday, February 28 @
- Max Taylor speaks on
Chelsea pottery
The lecture is open to the
Afric Art Exhibition
"What is Africa to Me"
from the private collection
of ay Crawford
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IVE MUSIC @ The Buzz, Nassau's Weekly Jam Session & Musicians
iook-up. Located East Bay Street two doors East of Esso On The
Run, upstairs Good As New open Wednesday thru Saturday 8pm,
Sunday at 6pm. Amateur musicians try out & Open mic Wednesday &
Thursday after band practices. Professional musicians welcome to sit in
on jams Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Book now for special events, con-
certs, private parties. Call 393-2800 (393-BUZZ) or www.thebuz- for more info Rock, Blues, Jazz, Funk, Reggae THE

, Fridays @ First Down every Friday night. Music by Barry Da Push-
er, Selector: Dominique. Ladies $5 all night, gents $10. Early juggling by
ir. Excitement and DJ Fatal. Drink specials all night long.

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

,bLa ie.Night @ Power Boat Adventures Bar and Grill, every Saturday.
~liaes free, Gents, $10 all night. Bacardi Big Apple and other drink spe-
Scials all night long.

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

A @es'Nigh uid Lounge, this and every Thursday night. Doors open
' at 10pm. Ladies free before lam, $10 after. Guys: $15 all night. Drink spe-
gial::3.@ $010 (Bacardi) Giveaways and door prizes every week.
Saturday Night Live every Saturday night @ Club Fluid, Bay St. The
biggest party of the week, pumping all your favourite hits all night long.
-.qdisJ ii free before 11pm. Strict security enforced.
ll ":,r :: ,!-.;* .-.
,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 Tues days @Bahama Boom. Cover charge includes a free Guin-
nes. ind theie should be lots of prizes and surprises. Admission: Ladies
$10 and Men $15

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

The Pit @ Bahama Boom, every Thursday, Doors open at 9pm, show-
time 11.30pm. Cover charge $15. $10 with flyer.
fantasyy Fridays @ Fluid Lounge, featuring late '80s music in the VIP
,','ounge, Top of the charts in the Main Lounge, neon lights and Go Go
lancers. Admission: Ladies free before llpm, $15 after; Guys $20 all

jbicky Mo's @ Cable Beach. Flavoured Fridays Happy Hour, every Fri-
^pay. Drink specials: Smirnoff Kamikaze Shots, $1; Smirnoff Flavoured
artinis, 2 for $10; Smirnoff Flavoured Mixed Drinks, 3 for $10. Bahami-
iia Night (Free admission) every Saturday with live music from 8 pm to
inidnight. Karaoke Sundays from 8pm to midnight, $1 shots and dinner
specials all night long.
'Twisted Boodah Lounge @ Cafe Segafredo, Charlotte St kicks off Fri-
daays at 6pm with deep house to hard house music, featuring Craig-
jOO, Unkle Funky and Sworl'wide on the decks.
Chill Out Sundays @ Coco Loco's, Sandyport, from 4pm-until, playing
4eep, 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.
Admission $10, ladies free.

.iTooLooSe @ Indigo Restaurant on West Bay St and Skyline Drive.
-Singer/songwriter Steven Holden performs solo with special guests
Thursday from 9pm midnight.

The Graham Holden Deal @ The Green Parrot....David Graham, Steve
olden, Tim Deal and Friends perform Sunday, 7pm 10pm @ Hurri-
ne Hole on Paradise Island.

Jay Mitchell and Hot KC @ Palm Court Lounge, British Colonial
Hilton, Wednesday-Thursday 8pm-12am.

Sunday Night Interlude @ Briteley's Restaurant & Lounge, Eneas St off
Poinciana Drive. Featuring Frankie Victory at the key board in the
After Dark Room every Sunday, 8.30pm to midnight. Fine food and

Paul Hanna, Tabatha and Gernie, and the Caribbean Express perform
at Traveller's Rest, West Bay St, every Sunday, 6.30pm-9.30pm.


Yuri Bashmet and the Moscow Soloists Orchestra
C February 24, Friday 8pm Theatre for the Performing Arts
D February 26, Sunday 7pm St Paul's Church Hall, Lyford Cay
E February 26, Sunday 7pm Residence of Mr and Mrs Hugh Buck-
F February 27, Monday 8pm Christ Church Cathedral featuring
Guest Artist Jo Ann Deveaux-CallenderOleg Polianski
Tickets for concerts F may be purchased at the door but persons with
tickets purchased in advance will be seated first.
Tickets for concerts D and E must be purchased in advance as there is
a Champagne Reception. Tickets for concerts C can only be purchased
at the Dundas Theatre. Tickets for the other concerts can be purchased
at the Dundas, AD Hanna & Co Tel: 322-8306, Galleria Cinemas Tel:
356-7328. For more information please call 327-7668.

10th anniversary, the Grand Bahama Art Association announces the
"BIG 10 ART SHOW" at the Freeport Art Centre from March 2 to
March 11 Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm and Saturday, 9am to 12pm.
Admission is free. Groups are welcomed; but are requested tobod6k'in'
advance by calling 351-4603.

TheNational Collection d-' rhe Natlonal Art Gallery of the Bahamas, an
exhibition that takes the viewer on a journey through the history of fine
art in the Bahamas. It features signature pieces from the national col-
lection, including recent acquisitions by Blue Curry, Antonius Roberts
and Dionne Benjamin-Smith. Call 328-5800 to book tours. This exhibi-
tion closes February 28, 2006. i

The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB) will be holding a
number of events in February. First International Artists Biennale Fri-
day, February 17 Sunday February 19. Di'spora Vibe Cultural Arts
Incubator presents the 1st International Diaspora Artists Biennale, a
three day retreat, at the NAGB and Popop Studios. Artists from the
Bahamas, Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba, St Martin, Colombia, the Dominican
Republic, Aruba, Barbados and the US, along with art historians, crit-
ics, art lawyers and curators explore contemporary Caribbean art prac-
tice. Youth Workshop Glass Mosaics Saturday, February 18 10am
- 1pm Instructor isSamantha Moree The'class is open to persons 10 years
old and up. Bahamian Art History Lecture Tuesday, February 28 @
6:30pm Max Taylor speaks on Chelsea pottery The lecture is open to the
pubic. African Art Exhibition "What is Africa to Me" from the private
collection of Kay Crawford Friday, February'24 Saturday, July 29


Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform-the public of its meeting times
and places: The Nassau Group, Rosetta Street: Sunday Fridays 6pm to
7pm 8:30pm to 9:30pm Saturday mornings 10am to 11am Sacred Heart
Church: Fridays 6pm to 7pm The Kirk: Mondays and Thursdays
7:30pm to 8:30pm New Providence Community Centre: Mondays 6pm
to 7pm Wednesday and Fridays 7pm to 8pm.

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

Pre & Post Natal Fitness Classes are being held 6:30pm Tuesdays and
Thursday at Nassau gymNastics Seagrapes location (off Prince Charles
Dr). Doctor approval is required. Call 364-8423 to register or for more

Diabetes Directions a FREE diabetic support group meets the first
Monday of each month at 6.30pm at New Providence Community Cen-
tre, Blake Road. Dinner is provided and free blood sugar, blood pressure
and cholesterol testing is available. For more info call 702-4646 or 327-
MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Bahamas meets the third Monday every month,
6pm @ Doctors Hospital conference room.

Bahamas Diabetic Association meets every third Saturday, 2:30pm
(except August and December) @ the Nursing School, Grosvenor Close,
Shirley Street.

Doctors Hospital, the official training 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 seri-
ous injuries and choking that can occur in adults, infants
and children. CPR and First Aid classes are offered every

third Saturday of the month from 9am-lpm. Contact a Doctors Hospi-
tal Community Training Representative at 302-4732 for more infor-
mation 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 cafe-
teria 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 Avenue.

Earth Village Ranch (petting zoo), St Albans Drive and Colum-
bus Avenue, offers free admission every Wednesday by appoint-
ment 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. Spe-
cial rates available for groups of 20 or more with a two week
advance reservation. Donations are accepted in exchange for

St Andrew's Kirk After School Programme: The members of St
Andrew's Kirk have launched an After-School-Programme for chil-
dren from the Woodcock and Albury Sayle Primary Schools. The pro-
gramme, is held Monday to Friday at the St Andrew's Presbyterian
Kirk. The activities include tutoring, computers, karata, sports, art, dra-
ma and baking. The programme is free to children from the Bain and
Grants Town communities. Parents interested in enrolling their children
should contact the church at 322-5475 or email:

JAR CYCLING: The owners of JAR Cycling are pleased to offer a
,' !nP .ll!llIc tor IJunior b.. i.-. n 10 and 17. The free clinic will be
hlild er- Salurda in on eltort to encourage kids to cycle. Parents
itnercsted in registermg their children should contact organizers at jar-

The Nassau Bahamas Alumnae chapter df Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
Incorporated meets 6:30 pm every third Wednesday at the Bahamas
National Pride Building.

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

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

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Eta Psi Omega chapter meets every sec-
ond 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

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

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

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

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

International Association of Administrative Professionals, Bahamas
Chapter 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 acad-
emic year. The group promotes the Spanish language and culture in the

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'A celebration of love'

* By YOLANDA battled the situation success-
DELEVEAUX fully, however the challenges
Tribune Feature Editor have reappeared. He cautioned
however, "Don't count her out.
n honour of her out- She is determined".
standing contribution For the 36 years of marriage
to the development of that the two have shared
music in the Bahamas together, Mr Edwards said that
and her influence on his wife was a determined
both the artistic and cultural woman and that, "if there is a
expression of a young nation, chance, she will take it." He
the world renowned Chamber said further that he was hopeful
Singers, renamed the Kayla and encouraged by her faith
Edwards Chamber Singers will and hilarious exchanges with
recognize and applaud the lega- family and friends, adding that
cy of Kayla Lockhart Edwards such visits helped to keep her
in a special concert 'A Cele- spirits high.
bration of Love' March 5, at Likening her mentor, her
the National Centre for the friend, to water, to an offering
Performing Arts. from on high, to a gift from
Reflecting on the impact that God to the Bahamas, Mrs Cal-
Mrs Edwards, her voice,: her lender said that Mrs Edwards
passion and her love for artistry touched many lives throughout
.has had on generations of the Bahamas community.
singers, JoAnn Deveaux-Cal- "From the very first Inde-
lender, joined by members of pendence extravaganza in July
the Chamber, invited members 1973 to countless plays and
of the public to show their sup- musical performances to the
port and bask in the beauty of opening ceremonies of nation-
the Chamber's music by com- al events like the Bahamas
ing out to the celebratory con- Games, to joyous celebrations
cert. of Bahamian life staged for our
According to Mrs Callender, visitors, Kayla Lockhart
it was over thirty years ago that .Edwards' career has pro-
a group of dynamic, talented foundly impacted countless
young Bahamians came togeth- people, both at home and inter-
er, under the direction of a nationally," she said.
determined and gifted native Other' members of the
of Ragged Island,.a foung Chamber also used the oppor-
woman named Kayla Lockhart tunity of the press conference
Edwards, to form the group 'to remember experiences with
called the Chamber Singers. Kayla..Present with Mrs Cal-
For ten years, she said, these lender and Mr Edwards were
singers brought the music of Patricia Ellis, Patricia Bazard,
the Bahamas to the world; and Maxwell Poitier, Kevin Harris,
now will perform again for the Henry Francis, Lee Callender,
first time since 1982, inbhono. r accompanist and assistant
of the woman who, for many director of the Chamber
of its members, introduced Singers; Barry Newbold, Mar-
them to their first love and jorie Munnings-Knowles and
helped expose and shape their Philip Burrows.
musical gifts, both as individual
soloists extraordinary and int':'. JEvening
a celebrated chorus of voices
named the Chamber Singers. Speaking about the evening
Arguably one of the great- called,'A Celebration of Love',
est cultural icons to en'erge. Mrs Callender said that many
from the Bahamas' arts soci-: of those whose lives have been
ety, Mrs Edward's influence in 'enriched by working with Kay-
every area of artistic and cul- 'la will gather at the Centre for
tural expression in the the Performing Arts for an
Bahamas today is undeniable. evening in true Kayla style it
According to her husband, will be one filled with laugh-
Desmond Edwards, .Kayla, ter, old stories and joyful music,
who has been facing medical song and dance in celebration
challenges for quite a while, is of the contributions that Kayla
doing remarkably well. Surfac- has made to the country and
ing some six to seven years ago, to its performing artists.
he said that at that time they With the fresh stirring of

* DESMOND and Kayla Edwards share a special moment.

Toastmasters' men to reflect on women's worth

IT has often been said that behind
every good man is a good woman and
for this reason the men of the First
Bahamas Branch of Toastmasters
Club 1600 will, on Thursday, take time
to honour the hard work of women
and reflect on their worth.
Under the theme "Reflections,"
Ladies Night will be sprinkled with a
personal touch that makes each
woman feel special. She will be
praised for her dynamic role as moth-
er, friend, labourer, provider and
For those attending Ladies Night
on Thursday, February 23 at Super
Clubs Breezes, it will be like unwrap-
ping a late valentine gift topped with a
big red bow. The men of Club 1600
are expected to be out in full force, to
let the women of the;country know
that love is being restored and respect
for woman is still paramount in rela-
President, Toastmaster Charles
Saunders Jr said, "Reflections" is care-
fully crafted to meet the needs of
women through the eyes of men, high-
lighting the social, economic, spiritual
and romantic needs that all women
should be accustomed to sharing in a
"We want women to come out and
enjoy "Reflections," which will uplift
those who make family life so mean-
ingful in our.Bahamaland," he added.
Club 1600's Ladies Night was initi-
ated 20 years ago as an evening where
members of the all-male toastmasters
club pay respect and courtesy to the
hard-working women in their lives,
particularly their wives; It is held every
February and August.
"It was to say, we appreciate your

commitment and dedication for sup-
porting the club in all of its endeav-
ours," said president Saunders.
Today, Ladies Night is a fixture on
Club 1600's calendar and a must-
attend event for many women from all
sectors of society who often come out
in droves.
"It's a ladies night affair where
pageantry is the order of the day,
beauty radiates from every corner of
the room and men mystify women
with the sounds of poetry, words of
encouragement, hope for tomorrow
and action that says we reflect on y6ur
worth," said Saunders.
Refraining from divulging too much
about the night, TM Saunders hinted
that the event would be a classic per-
formance, presenting the men of Club
1600 as pillars of strength for women
to lean on with hopes of dismissing
the stigma that men are useless.
Speakers for the night will be all
former ladies night champions includ-
ing: Toastmasters John Michell whose
topic is 'Woman U Are'; Charles
Newbold III, 'Can You Hear Me
Now'; Michael Munnings, 'Wonder
Woman' and Marvin Gibson, 'Strip
for Me' Part II. With such powerful
toastmasters speaking, it is possible
to set the tone for women to reflect on
their worth without a doubt.
"The public will get to see how vital
leadership and communication skills
are to everyday living and how the
art of effective communication plays a
major role in business, relationships
and family life," the: toastmaster pres-
ident said.
Past speech topics included,
'Whether its black coffee,' 'Beauty
without substance,' 'All dressed up

with no where to go' and 'Will you
marry me?'
According to Saunders, the ladies
will be treated like royalty. "The gifts
will keep them smiling and the men of
Club 1600 will give them a night to's like owning a piece
of the legacy, if only for a night," said
He added, "I assure you that every
single lady who comes out will find
something intriguing and pleasant

about the night. Every married
woman will remember the reason sJe
took her vows seriously. We will
ensure that we share the warm hospi-
tality of Club 1600 that leaves a lasting
impression that is favourable."

* BRA VO! The crowd enjoys ladies' night which is held every February and August,


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'A model for what the rest

of the Bahamas wants to be'

t is not every small Bahamian
island that can boast of its
role as "a model for what the
rest of the Bahamas wants to
-This was the compliment paid to
itfe hard working people of Staniel
.y, Exuma by Bahamas director gen-
til of Tourism Vernice Walkine, as
sC addressed an international crowd
rThe Annual Staniel Cay Cruising
.Rgatta awards ceremony, held earli-
this year.
Cihe crowds were gathered to cele-
tteo the final evening of the 32nd
inual Regatta, and the long week-
of activities that keep visitors
4 ing back for more.
40pening the evening was Staniel
ay's own 'Little Angels' Ebony
l, n, Camille Culmer and Allegra
'amberlain, who danced to the
delight and applause of the crowds.
Prayers were then led by Burkie Rolle
and Brooks Miller had the honour of
Welcoming visitors Vernice Walkine,
Charity Armbrister, acting director of
0routrism for the Exumas, local admin-
strator Everett Hart and good friend
ifgtaniel Cay, Vernon Curtis.
Z during the opening festivities, a rep-
jeentative of the Barbush family
qieived a beautiful painting by Milli-
jenKelly of Staniel for their 35 years
of support for the community. Simi-
larly, the Weiner family accepted a
painting by Bernadette Chamberlain,
coining an apt opener to the New
Year, "If you need a fix in 2006, you'll
*find it at Staniel Cay."
SAttention then focused on the main
event of the weekend of activities, the
.Ain i Staniel Cay Cruising Regatta.
Commodore Butch Hampton claimed
it was "the prettiest regatta ever".
Cerltnyiyhe weather was perfect;
with a steady southeasterly at around
15 knots, the fleet of 15 had a great
Race committee leader Jack Swan-
ton pointed out that, despite the fact
thaynany of the cruisers entered had
no prior experience in racing. only 40
minutes separated the first boat over
the finish line and the last.
In the multihull category, with Mr
Swanton making the presentations: in
second place was 'Feral Cat', owned
byvRich Tanner of Islamorada, Flori-
da, and in first place was 'Iato', owned
by first time visitors to Staniel Cay
Don and Joyce Becker, also of Flori-
da. Both crews received a local straw

Staniel Cay residents get high praises at awards

ceremony for annual cruising regatta in Exuma

basket packed with local produce,
moments and rum. The first place
winners also took home a print by
Joan Mann, an island artist.
In the monohull category no one
went away empty handed, in fact last
place 'Antigone', owned by Martha
Sherwood and skippered by David
Marsh, went away with the honour of
the Schlachter Award, being the boat
who had entered the event the most
There was a fight for the top posi-
tions, with some great tactical sailing,
making for entertaining viewing from
atop the committee boat, Sea Rogue.
Owners. Bill and Mary Ochse of
Ocean City, Maryland were delighted
to be part of the event, with this being
their tenth winter in the Bahamas
since 1976.
As the race got underway, there
was plenty of action,.especially
amongst the top four boats. After an
excellent start, the 38 foot sloop
'Meteor', owned by Morton Van
Howe, eventually came in fourth posi-
tion, helped undoubtedly by the
expert local knowledge of Nioshe
Rolle, a local sailing heroine.
In third place, much to the delight of
race committee member Jack Swan-
ton, who had both of his son's
onboard, was Lollygag, a 36 foot sloop
out of Ontario, Canada, owned by
Matt Emerson. Some great tactical
turns kept them in second position
for much of the race. In the end, they
were beaten out of second position
by only 36 seconds.
Murray Rand's 'Windswept IV',
again of Ontario, took second place,
creeping up steadily throughout the
fleet from fourth in a time of one hour
and 52 minutes. Again, Exuma native
David Moxey may have played a part
in their rise to second with his knowl-
edge of the waters.
However, with an impressive lead
from the first leg, the 37 foot sloop -
'Metaphor'- was the clear winner
coming in eight minutes ahead of the
fleet.; Owner Scott Bradford is no
stranger to Staniel Cay orto racing.
Based in Newport, Rhode Island, he
has raced extensively in the US,
Europe and in Staniel, and it showed,

* BOAT skipper Brooks Miller, who founded
th Mixed-Double C-Class race in Slaniel Cay,
Master of ceremonies.

* STANIEL Cay's Little Angels (pictured L-R) Ebony Nixon, Camille Culmer and Alegra Chamberlain open the awards
ceremony at the public beach.

with 'Metaphor' leading from the
Administrator Everett Hart pre-
sented Bradford with the Lady
Blanche trophy and a painting by
Bernadette Chamberlain. The run-
ners up received local wood carvings.
Every entrant from first to last
received a generous straw bag full of
goodies to take home.
,. Following the awards, hundreds of
pig roast dinners were served by the
unsung heroes of Staniel Cay the
ladies who spend hours behind the
scenes preparing literally hundreds of
dinners over the weekend.
Apart from the regatta, it was a
long, hard weekend of entertainment,
with plenty of other activity on and
off the water. The Stanipl Cay Yacht
Club hosted much of the action; the
well appointed marina,was packed
with visiting motor yachts, with dozens
of sail boats anchored close by.
Earlier, on a perfect clear day,
dozens of boaters and locals took their
chance at the annual Long Drive Con-
test. Would-be golf pros took aim, not
from a green, but out into the blue
shallow waters of the harbour, from
the Yacht Club dock.
The very popular auction followed
in which auctioneer Malcolm McGre-
gor managed to sell a year's supply
of beef stew. plane rides to Nassau.
champagne and an ice scoop with
equal enthusiasm, bringing in a fabu-
lous $3.000 dollars towards the Annu-
al Staniel Cay Cruising Regatta.
With lust enough breeze to get mov-
ing. one of the highlights of the fes-
tivities was the Seventh Annual
Stamel Ca\, Yacht Club Mixed Double
'C' Class Regatta.
Believed to be the only one of its

* SCOTT Bradford and the "Metaphor" boat crew, winners of the annual
Staniel Cay Cruising Regatta, receive an original painting by Bernadette
Chamberlaine from local administrator Everett Hart (in black shirt).

kind, the regatta which is the brain-
child of local boat captain Brooks
Miller, gives the opportunity for com-
plete novices to join'C' class captains
as their crew. In a series of three races,
new crew members are put onboard"
for each race. With colour co-ordi-
nated team T-shirts and an idyllic
blue-sky, the races, if rather lacking in
wind, still made a beautiful sight from
both land and sea.
The fleet of four was made up of
three Staniel Cay contenders, with
one boat coming up from Black Point.
Last year's winner 'It's Magic' was
not in the running, so it was largely
down to the locals to battle it out. Vis-
itor, 'Smashie', from Black Point,
came in last place in all three races,
though they put up a particularly.
strong fight in the second round and
went home with prize money of $500
for their efforts.
For overall third.position, Brooks
Miller and 'Sprayhound' produced a
very respectable second place in their
first race, followed by two third places.
Second prize went to Burke Smith's
'White Ghost' captained by David
Moxey. The top money of $1,500 went
to the junior's boat, 'Termite', cap-
tained by 17-year-old Nioshe Rolle.
The 'Termite' crew, trained by Mike

'Croc' Meith of Sampson Cay, are no
strangers to winning having taken the
national junior championships three
On shore, "Shawn Baby D" saw to
it that there was plenty of dancing at
Club Thunderball and the Happy Peo-
ple. The crowds 'got down' to plenty
of good old fashioned Soca. There
was even a pajama party, though it
was hard to tell who was in pajamas,
except for the dramatic appearance
of local Geoff in a full set of lorg-
johns, and Bernadette .in fluffy pink
Fireworks were once again part of
the Staniel Cay tradition along with
dancing atop the bar of the Staniel
Cay Yacht Club. cook-outs and lots of
opportunities to join in the services
at the Mount Olivet Baptist Church.
Whatever your preferred style of
entertainment, there is always some-
thing for everyone at Staniel Cay.
Those lucky enough to be familiar
with this gem of an island, set in the
heart of the Exuma Cays, will under-
stand why Staniel is a magnet for vis-
itors from all over the world.
The hold is so strong that many,
myself included, find themselves
drawn back year after year from
around the globe.


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* SEVENTEEN-year-old Nioshe Rolle (second from right), skippers the winning boat in the Mixed Double C-Class race
.at Staniel Cay, Exuma.

* MALCOLM McGregor holds up a fresh,crawfish at the auction.

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