The Tribune.
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Title: The Tribune.
Uniform Title: Tribune. (Nassau, Bahamas).
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Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Publication Date: 10/31/2007
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Tribune Staff Reporter
ALL flights in and out of
Lynden Pindling International
- Airport have been suspended
until Thursday, a representative
from Nassau Airport Develop-
ment Company (NADC) said
yesterday as the Bahamas
awaits the passage of Tropical
Storm Noel.
The flight tower at LPIA is
expected to shut down at noon
today until tomorrow at 10am.
According to Janice Ander-
son, of NADC, Bahamasair sus-
pended operations and can-
celled all domestic and interna-
tional flights until further notice
due to the storm.
Bahamasair managing direc-
tor Henry Woods told The Tri-
bune on Monday that officials
would be closely monitoring the
storm and conferring with mete-

orologists to determine when
flights to the Family Islands
would continue regular sched-
Travellers are advised to con-
tact travel providers for the lat-
est flight information.
Local forecasters lifted the
hurricane watch for the north-
west Bahamas as TropicaP
Storm Noel weakened over
Cuba yesterday.
However, a tropical storm
warning remains in place for the
central and north-west Bahamas
as heavy rain and high winds
are expected over the next two
Winds of 39 to 73 miles per
hour are expected to hit the
islands of the north-west and
central Bahamas, including
Long Island, Exuma, Rum Cay,
San Salvador, Cat Island,
Andros, Eleuthera, New Provi-
SEE page 10

Cove guests relocated to Royal Towers
ABOUT 100 guests at the Cove hotel, Paradise Island, were
relocated to Atlantis' Royal Towers last night, because of a fear that
if the electricity went off during the passing of tropical storm Noel
today, one of the generators now being tested might not kick in.
"We have been having trouble with one of the generators at the
Cove," said Ed Fields, Atlantis' senior vice president of public
affairs. "If there is a power failure during the storm, the generator
is meant to kick in. However, this morning it didn't perform.
Although it is now back in operation, we don't want to take any
chances that it might fail and so for the comfort of our guests, we
decided that they should move to the Towers during the bad
Mr Fields said it was not a panic situation, but a situation in
which the hotel wanted to ensure the comfort of its guests. "We did
not want them inconvenienced in any way," he said.

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create blueprint for a
national health fund
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE government is carrying out necessary
preparations and investigations to create a blue-
print for a national health fund, said health
minister Hubert Minnis yesterday, emphasis-
ing that it would not be a "quick fix" that would
be "dropped on" the public.
In his first interview with The Tribune on the
subject in several months, Dr Minnis pointed to
the fact that the creation of such a fund, which
would assist persons with the purchase of pre-
scription medicines for specific chronic illness-
es, required great planning if it is not to become
a "financial disaster" within years of its imple-
SEE page 10

WITH the selection of a new jury for
the inquest into the death of 20-year-old
Daniel Smith, the deceased's grandmother
Virgie Arthur said yesterday that she hopes
justice will finally be served in this case. ,
After a six-month delay, inquest pro-
ceedings resumed yesterday under Coroner
William Campbell the third coroner to
oversee this case.
However, the case had to be adjourned
shortly after it began due to the approach-
ing Tropical Storm Noel.
Ms Arthur, mother of the late Anna
Nicole Smith, who travelled to the
Bahamas on Monday, told reporters yes-
terday that she was happy to be present
at the continuation of inquest into her
grandson's death.
"I hope this starts the process of justice,"
she said.

SEE page 10

Two Haitians
'may have voted'
in Pinewood
Tribune Staff Reporter
TWO Haitians may have voted
in the Pinewood constituency, along
with Bahamians who regularly live in
areas such as Fox Hill, Lily of the
Valley Comer, Elizabeth Estates,
Yellow Elder and Carmichael,
according to private investigator
John Munroe in Election Court yes-
Mr Munroe, who was hired by
former MP Allyson Maynard-Gib-
son, continued his testimony yester-
day on an additional 28 individuals
who allegedly voted improperly in
Pinewood on May 2.
The court, with Senior Justice
Anita Allen and Justice Jon Isaacs
presiding, heard from Mr Munroe
that on September 17 at 10.10am he
went looking for Kendal Seraphin,
visiting Sumner Street, off Soldier
Road, next to the Sugar Kid Bowe
Mr Munroe said he spoke to
Wayde Riley, who claimed he lived
on the street for 14 years and knew
Mr Seraphin.
Mr Riley reportedly told the
SEE page 10

The new US
set to arrive
on Friday
THE new US ambassador to
the Bahamas is due to arrive in
Nassau on Friday to take up his
Ned L Siegel, of Florida, was
nominated by President George
W Bush in May.
Mr Siegel, of Boca Raton, is
founder and chairman of The
Siegel Group, a real estate
investment and management
He has served the United
States as senior adviser to the
US Mission to the United
Nations for the UN General
Assembly and as a member of
the board of directors of the
Overseas Private Investment
Mr. Siegel has also served as
member of the board for Enter-
prise Florida, a public/private
partnership promoting Florida's
economic development.
He has also been a member,
board member or trustee of
over 25 civic organizations.
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Disaster services set T

ready for impact of

Tropical Storm Noel

Bahama Government repre-
sentatives of the Grand Bahama
Disaster Preparedness Com-
mittee say their respective
departments are ready for
Tropical Storm Noel.
Members of the committee
met at the Office of the Prime
Minister in Freeport yesterday
to give briefs on the island's
state of readiness. Members of
parliament on Grand Bahama
were also present for the brief-
At a press conference follow-

ing the briefing, Housing and
National Insurance Minister
Kenneth Russell confirmed that
the committee is ready, adding
that four of the island's hurri-
cane shelters have been desig-
nated for use should the storm
strengthen beyond forecasts.
Donna Duncombe, chief
meteorologist with the Freeport
Met Office, advised that flood-
ing was not a forecasted con-
cern with Noel, pointing out
however that being in a tropical
storm warning .area nonethe-
less requires that the necessary

precautions be taken includ-
ing the securing of objects
around one's home and busi-
Ms Duncombe reminded res-
idents to continue to monitor
local meteorological broadcasts.
As for the fears of a tourism
fallout because of Noel,
Tourism and Aviation Minister
Neko Grant said the island's
hotels reported single digit
checkouts and "just a few can-
cellations thus far."
Mr Grant said he was pleased
with the "minimal" effect the
storm's threat was having on
occupancy levels.
Providing an update to the
public on the, state of the
island's shelters, assistant direc-
tor of the Department of Social
Services Paula Marshall report-

ed that volunteers were in place
and ready to man the island's
shelters should the need arise.
Mrs Marshall said several res-
idents had requested assistance
with securing their properties.
She confirmed that the depart-
ment had addressed those
requests and that staff would
be available for distribution of
relief supplies should it become
The Christ the King Church
Hall is the designated shelter
for persons with special needs.
Facilities under the Public
Hospitals Authority (PHA) are
also prepared and ready,
according to Sharon Williams,
administrator of the Rand
Memorial Hospital the
island's main government hos-

GRAND BAHAMA Disaster Preparedness Committee members and
Grand Bahamamembers of parliament meet for a briefing on the
island's state of readiness for Tropical Storm Noel yesterday

Ms Williams advised that all
of the PHA's major facilities
are equipped with generators
and confirmed that the Rand is
equipped with two generators.
Communications systems are
also ready, as is the Royal
Bahamas Police Force (RBPF),
Chief Superintendent Emerick
Seymour told reporters.
Referring to the force's "plan
of action" ahead of Noel, Mr
Seymour said the RBPF has
mobilised all of its resources in
Grand Bahama and in the
northern Bahamas.
The force's $12 million state-
of-the-art trunking system will
also be put to the test during

Noel, Mr Seymour added. He
explained that the new commu-
nications system allows.officers
to communicate with one
another from Grand Bahama
in the north to Inagua in the
south via hand-held devices.
The RBPF Operation Cen-
tre in Freeport opened at 4pm
Mr Seymour said the centre
would remain open until the
threat of Noel passed, adding
that the centre is designed to
provide support to the govern-
ment's operation centre.
The phone numbers for the
Police Operation'Centre are

GB schools and government departments shut

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT All schools
and non-essential government
agencies on Grand Bahama
were closed as of Tuesday until
further notice due to Tropical
Storm Noel, which is expected
to reach the northwest Bahamas
by late Wednesday.
Disaster Preparedness offi-
cials on Grand Bahama say they
are closely monitoring the
movement of the storm. They
are advising residents to do the


same by tuning into local radio
and news broadcasts.
Officials met at the Prime
Minister's Office in Freeport
around 2pm on Tuesday to dis-
cuss what mode of emergency
operation would be initiated on
the island in preparation of the
storm system.
Public and private schools
closed early yesterday morn-
ing, and all non essential gov-
ernment agencies closed at 2pm.
Although Noel is not expect-
ed to develop into a hurricane,
strong winds and heavy rains
are expected from the storm,
which is being blamed for sev-
eral deaths in the Dominican
Republic on Monday.
However, Freeport Meteo-
rologist Donna Duncombe
reported that Grand Bahama
will be on the weaker side
of the storm with the least

amount of wind and rain based
on the forecast track.
"We will be on the western
side of the system as it moves
northeast toward the Abacos.
As it moves off northeast, we
have a cold front coming down
that is moving the storm system
out of the vicinity. So as it
moves away Grand Bahama
and all of the islands west of
us, including Bimini will
remain on the weaker side of
the system," she explained.
Minister of Housing and
National Insurance Kenneth
Russell said that schools and
government agencies will
remain close until further
"Residents at the trailer park
in West Grand Bahama, we
know those people who are in
those trailers will not stay in-
them and ... if we need to evac-

uate them they will definitely
have to go one of the shelters,"
Senator Kay Smith, parlia-
mentary secretary in the prime
minister's office.
Mr Russell said that police
officials will be monitoring con-
ditions at Fishing Hole Road
for any possible flooding.
Paula Marshall of Social Ser-
vices said the department has
come to the aid of a number of
persons requiring assistance
providing them with basic things
to secure their homes. She also
stated that volunteers along
with menibers of Social Services
and Urban Renewal will be
working at shelters.
Grand Bahama residents are
not taking any chances and have
started taken precautions by fill-
ing up their water bottles and
cars with gas just in case.

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@In brief

Noel hits
Cuba after
killing 22 in
Santo Domingo
brought heavy rain t6 the
western Caribbean Tuesday
as it pushed through Cuba
and edged closer to Florida.
Floods and mudlides across
the region have killed at least
22 people, according to Asso-
ciated Press.
Forecasters projected the
storm would emerge over
water Wednesday near
Cuba's Cayo Coco resort
area and head northeast
toward the Bahamas. They
also said a tropical storm
watch might be issued for
parts of south-east Florida
The storm cut a destructive
path across the island of His-
paniola, which is shared by
Haiti and the Dominican
At least six people died in
Haiti, including two women
who were washed away by
flood waters near the city of
Gantier and a child found
dead in a slum in the capital,
UN officials said.
Officials in the neighbour-
ing Dominican Republic,
meanwhile, revised the death
toll there downward to 16'.
The National Emergency
Commission reported Mon-
day that at least 20 had died
as a result of the storm in that
country, but on Tuesday,
agency spokesman Luis Luna
Paulino said they had miscal-
culated the earlier figure.
Almost 12,000 people were
driven from their homes and
nearly 3,000 homes were
destroyed, while collapsed
bridges and swollen rivers have
isolated 36 towns, Luna said.
The dead included three
people swept up by a fast-
moving river in San Jose de
Ocoa and three others buried
in a mudslide in the port city
of Haina, officials said.
In Haiti, about 2,000 people
were evacuated from homes
from the southern coastal city
of Jacmel. Hundreds also were
evacuated in the capital, Port-
au-Prince, where the muddy
water was so deep in some
streets that people swam in it.
Rain was still pounding the
two countries Tuesday even
as the center of the storm
moved away.
At 5pm EDT, Noel was
centered about 30 miles
south-southwest of Cam-
aguey, Cuba, and it was mov-
ing toward the west at about
8mph. Maximum sustained
winds were down to 40mph,
down from 60mph earlier.

Tribune Staff Reporter
SMALLER out island resorts
were feeling the brunt of the
drop off in tourism across the
Bahamas as tropical storm Noel
made its approach yesterday.
While in Nassau, Bahamas
Hotel Association executive
director Frank Comito said that
a "comprehensive communica-
tions, coordination and assess-
ment" plan for hotels had been
put into action by the BHA and
the Ministry of Tourism in light
of Noel, he suggested that the
impact on visitor numbers was
expected to be "minimal."
"At our end we're working
very diligently to produce the
kind of information that hotels
need to be ready and to respond
effectively," he said.
Ed Fields, vice president in
charge of public relations at
Atlantis said that the hotel "had
some checkouts as expected"
but overall the impact of the
storm "could not be gauged at
this time." He added that the
measures prescribed by the
hotel's hurricane preparedness
plan for a storm of this magni-
tude had been instituted.
However, at Valentines resort
and marina in Harbour Island,
Stella Maris in north Long
Island, the Bluff House guest
house in Green Turtle Cay and
the Bimini Bay resort, the
impact ranged from mass delays
to total hotel clear-outs.
The fall-off was particularly
harsh because of the cancella-

tion of Bahamasair's domestic
flights since Monday expected,
to continue until I'ursday at
the earliest. Furthermore,
islands which are serviced by
ferries, such as Green Turtle
Cay, suffered from the shut-
down of that service also. At
the Bluff House, general man-
ager Mike Zack said that the
resort had had 30 cancellations
for yesterday and the day after.
Additionally, with the last fer-
ry running at 9am yesterday
morning, guests that were
already at the resort left while
they could.
"The resort is now empty,"
said Mr Zack, adding: "The
problem is that none of them
have rebooked. We're a small
resort we're up the creek with-
out a paddle."
Stella Maris general manager
Jill Smith told a similar tale. She
said the resort advised all those
with bookings for this week not
to fly in, and all guests already
on site, bar one family visiting
by boat, left by the time
Bahamasair shut down their
service to the island on Mon-
"We were scheduled to have
a small wedding on Thursday,"
she said, "they still wanted to
come but they couldn't fly
Others arriving via private
plane have simply rescheduled
their visit, said Ms Smith. The
resort has emptied, closed it's
doors, and sent staff home.
Valentine's Resort and Mari-
na in Harbour Island reported
the delay of around 18 persons

According to a press release
issued by the Cabinet Office on
Tuesday, all "non-essential"
government offices were closed
at 2pm to allow employees to
make preparations for the
Private schools under the
Anglican Central Education
Authority have been closed
until further notice as well.
Janet Cox of the Anglican

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A MAN steers his boat through choppy seas at the Nassau harbour, Tuesday, October 30, 2007. The early,
effects of tropical storm Noel are felt in the Bahamas while the storm moved west over Cuba, and roughly
toward Florida, forecasters projected it to emerge over water on Wednesday and strengthen as it turns
toward the Bahamas to the north-east.

scheduled to arrive yesterday
and today.
However, most of them were
connected with developments
in the area, and were not
tourists and as such have sim-
ply delayed their arrival rather
than cancelled outright, said
owner's representative, Chris-
tine Pirkle.
She added that right now is a
slow season for Harbour Island
regardless of the storm and
there is only one boat docked at

the marina, which was being
secured at the time.
Patrick Perichon, general
manager at Bimini Bay, said
that the storm had caused a
wahoo fishing tournament, set
to take place this weekend, to

be rescheduled for the following
Yesterday, that resort was
also deserted, having suffered
a loss of an estimated 50 guests
thanks to Noel, according to Mr

Authority told The Tribune that
St John's College and St Anne's
High School in Nassau along
with Bishop Michael Eldon Pri-
mary and High School in
Freeport and St Andrew's
School in Exuma were closed
yesterday until further notice.
Parents and students attend-
ing Jordan Prince William High
School. Bahamas Baptist Com-
munity College and Charles W
Saunders High School are
advised that these institution
also closed yesterday until fur-
ther notice.
Attempts were made to
secure a comment from the
Catholic Board of Education
yesterday, but up to press time
no official could be reached.
The Tribune was advised that
all private schools were closed
yesterday pending further
notice about Tropical Storm
Local meteorologists predict-
ed Noel will have passed
through the Bahama islands by
Thursday afternoon.


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Noel impacts hotel occupancy

Public schools close

down as Bahamas

gets ready for storm



Tribune Staff Reporter
ALL PUBLIC and private
schools were closed yesterday
and will possibly remain closed
today as the Bahamas braces
itself for the impact of Tropi-
cal Storm Noel.
Minister of Education Carl
Bethel made the announcement
yesterday morning via the air-
waves that all public schools
"throughout the length and
breath of the Bahamas" would
close on Tuesday and rerhain
closed until storm warnings
have been lifted.
During a brief telephone
interview with The Tribune as
he prepared for Cabinet yester-
day morning, Mr Bethel noted
that the public schools that
served as hurricane and storm
shelters would remain open for
those residents needing refuge
from Noel.
While he could not conclu-
sively say when the public
schools would re-open for stu-
dents, he stated: "There will be
an assessment (after Noel's pas-
sage). .. to determine whether
or not public schools yards are
safe, and when the all clear is
given then schools will re-


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We're tired of yapping politicians

FORMER Attorney General Alfred'SerN' have left that particular Pandora's box tightly
has a strange sense of humour. One could shut. Mr Sears was not attorney general then,
almost laugh if the subject weren't so serious; but he was still a part of the Christie govern-
In a press conference at Gambier House On ment.
Sunday, Mr Sears-- one of several PLP speak- What is now being revealed about how the
ers to criticise the proposed reduction of the Christie government talked, but failed to act
size of the jury said the establishment of, a confirms what we have always believed it
judicial complex was key to speeding tip:the was a government without strong leadership,
administration of justice. . devoid of focus. It was a government that hid
He told the press that in late 2005 hiS gov- behind committees, some of which never func-
ermment had not only awarded a contract for the tioned.
construction of a new 12-courtroom complex, .The Ingraham government has now intro-
but had also "agreed on a plan" for te. con- duced an amendment to the Juries Act. No one
struction of that complex. He said it was no! ., is pretending that this is the answer to solving
necessary for the five-month-old FNMN govern- the crime problem. It is, instead, just one of
ment "to get on with it, and to identify a suitable many moves towards an overall plan to get
location for the construction." crime under control. However, the PLP after
Mr Sears was the PLP government's attorney- five years of talking wants to further slow the
general. In this position he must have known process by more talk.
that crime was threatening the very fabric of According to Dr Bernard Nottage the PLP.
society with 114 accused murderers and other now in Opposition, is soliciting the views of civ-
violent offenders walking the streets on bail il society and "collecting the statistical data on
only because the judicial system, in a stali of the issue relating to the administration of jus-
near collapse, could not process their cases'. .tice."
If, as Mr Sears claimed, a court complex ws. Meanwhile, while they ask for more time to
a key to speeding up these trials w Aiy yvasn't"! talk, consult and chart statistics, Bahamians auc
that complex treated as an emergency ~ad ot-'.; being murdered on the streets and in their
.structed immediately by the Christie governi- homes. Whenever the police crime report
ment? After his government engaged cod- arrives on the editor's desk it always emphasis-
tractor and decided "on a plan" for this c .i' s that the suspect is out on bail, often on a
plex, two years still remained of his govern- charge of murder.
ment's five-year term. Surely that was suffi-,:- This matter of reducing the size of the jury to
client time to have a judicial complex constructed help speed trials getting to court has been under
and functioning especially as Mr Seari cor- discussion for a number of years.
sidered it key to the administration of justice. Or Mr Ingraham said that when the FNM was min
does this show that the Christi'e goveinmten't officece (1992-2002) jury reduction w\as proposed
did not grasp the seriousness of the crime d pfi .then, but, "we were persuaded.then by members
demic? ,pf the Opposition not to proceed. We've had
Mr Sears called for the FNM government to 'years to consider their objections. I had five
release the 2002 report on the legal.aid cor'. years out there to consider this and I gave it my
mission. He suggested that the fact that per-' most mature consideration and I took advice on
sons did not have legal representation m court-' .the matter. And we've now decided'to do what
played a significant role in slowing down the We are doing."
hearing of cases. The Christie government haid Contrary to what the PLP maintain. Mr
five years in which to release this document, Ingraham said he also sat down and discussed
why didn't they act, especially as their tor- the matter with the Chief Justice who had car-
ney general now says that it was one of the ,lier suggested that the size of the jury be
components hampering the judicial process? reduced.
And then, with a sweet, innocent .mile In the past nine months, 62 Bahamians have
spread across his face, Mr 'been murdered. More than 114 persons aic now
Sears had the gall to suggest that the results of. out on bail for murder, 39 for rape and more
a commission appointed by the PLP govern- than 189 for armed robbery. Last year, 35 pet
ment to, among other things, look into salary cent of suspects charged with murder were on
increases for judges, be implemented. Why did- bail at the time the second offence was com-
n't the Christie government implement the rec- mitted, and between January and September
commendations when it received the report? this year, 42 per cent (22) of murder suspects
In view of the furor caused when Mr Justice were on bail at the time of the offence.
Lyons refused to continue his duties on the We live in serious times. The public is tired of
bench, accusing the PLP government of delib- ,. yapping politicians.
erately ignoring the law designed to protect the :Prime Minister Ingraham, you have been
constitutional independence of the judiciary, -elected to clean up the mess you found this
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over most

taxi drivers

EDITOR, The Tribune.
KINDLY allow me a small
space in your daily to vent my
frustrations concerning most
taxi drivers, but in particular
the taxi driver with licence
plate NP 887.
Over the years 1 (and I am
sure countless others) have
had to put up with the horrid,
reckless driving of these indi-
viduals responsible for taking
our tourists back and forth.
They cut in the front of other
motorists, push themselves out
of corners and act as though
they alone have rights to the
streets. I have been run off the
road by these people too
many times to mention and
even cussed by them when I
refuse to acknowledge them
trying to get in the front of
The latest incident though,
left me breathless and in a
fury that I have never experi-
enced before. On Sunday past,
I decided to go to my office
to do some work and stopped
at a local eatery on East Bay
Street (near the bridge) for
some souse. When I was leav-

ing the eatery, taxi NP 887
pulled up in the back of my
car and blocked me in'. I told
him politely that I was leav-
ing and asked him to let me
out. He responded by totally
ignoring me. I jumped into my
car expecting him to move and
he proceeded to let his pas-
sengers out of his taxi. Infuri-
ated, but mindful that he was
letting out visitors to our
shores, I jumped out of my
vehicle and again politely
asked him to move. He
snapped at me saying, "You
have to wait until I am fin-
ished." I could not believe
what I was hearing. That man
continued to let out his pas-
sengers, gave them advice on
where to go for the day, fussed
and shuffled about change for
the money they gave him,
gave them some more advice
on what to do for the day,
watched them enter the
restaurant that I had just left

and then pulled off giving me
a dirty look.
Determined to make an
example of him, I recorded his
license plate number and
decided to write a letter in
your esteemed publication
about his behaviour. Between
the bus drivers (besides
Goony Goo Bus Service) and
the taxi drivers they are cre-
ating what can only be termed
as Psycho Road Rage on our
streets. I am making a plea to
law enforcement officers to
stay vigilant on the lookout
for these culprits. It always
seems that law enforcement
is never around when these
people decide to act up.
With that said, I would
advise other motorists to stay
alert as "reckless rams" and
"rude shocks" make their way
about the streets.
As for NP 887, I hope you
have learned your lesson and
will now access yourself and
adjust your attitude.
October 30, 2007

EDITOR, The Tribune.
AGAIN thank you for allowing me space in
your invaluable column. The tension revolv-
ing around whether a gay and lesbian channel
should be placed onto our cable television
network is quite an interesting one. Interest-
ming in the fact that due to its subjective nature
debates such as these can sometimes divide a
country by making constitutional rights a
major element. At first glance, I pondered
the possible negative influences that this
move may bring to our society. I conjured
up images of a society being proposition and
seduced by an element with which we were
not comfortable. I even thought that the best
way to approach this problem was to extrap-
olate and present past public reactions hoping
that the request for this programming would
be halted in its tracks.
Then I understood the need for this exer-
cise. I even appreciated the need for this
nation to be at this crossroad. I then realized
the two-tiered nature of the problem that we
are facing concerning this situation. Then I
realized the ultimate solution. If there are

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persons opposing the implementation of a
gay and lesbian channel on our cable net-
work, they should request to their colleagues
and comrades that every one of them cancel
their subscription with the muzzled Cable'
Bahamas. This means that this moral issue
now becomes an economic issue; therefore,
whoever has the stronger economic bargain-
ing power will prevail.
Additionally, and interestingly enough, the
second tier of this problem now rests with
the opponents or the Christian community
to now show their solidarity and fortitude by
the actual boycotting of the cable company.
They must show that they can discipline
themselves by abstaining from watching talk
shows, movies, and Christian inspired televi-
The question is: Who will hold fast to their
beliefs and who will be deemed pusillani-
mous; will it be the Christian objectors or
will it be the gay and lesbian proponents?
September, 2007.

NOTICE is hereby given that RAOUL A.F. PARLOO 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 24TH day of
OCTOBER, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
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* In brief


Army needs

canned goods

and toiletries

THE Salvation Army is
in urgent need of canned
goods and toiletries for its
Mackey Street Hurricane
Shelter which is now open.
Items may be delivered
to the Salvation Army
offices on Mackey Street
or Meadow Street.
Persons using the shelter
are encouraged to bring
blankets, a change of
clothes, important docu-
ments, toiletries, baby
items and medication.
No pets are allowed.
For more information
call 393-2345, 393-2100 or

Ocean Club

ranked high

in magazine

readers' poll

KERZNER Interna-
tional's One&Only
Ocean Club continues to
receive recognition from
acclaimed travel publica-
The resort's spa, oper-
ated by Mandara has
been recognized as one
of the highest ranking
hotel spas in the
Caribbean, Bermuda and
the Bahamas in Travel +
Leisure's 2007 World's
Best Spas readers' poll.
"The spa certainly con-
tributes enormously to
the well being of our
guests in terms of mak-
ing their stay with us a
successful one," said
One&Only Ocean Club's
vice president and resort
manager, Alessandro
He said thpt according
to'the c6fipany's guest
service questionnaire
"One&Only Ocean Club
is leading the other
One&Only resorts" in
terms of spa, fitness and
associated activities.
"We are very proud of
that," said Alessandro,
who noted that many
travellers now choose
their destination based
on the spa first, and the
hotel second.

Man sought for

questioning is


Tribune Freeport

Providence man sought
for questioning by police
in connection with a
murder there was appre-
hended in Grand
Bahama early yesterday
Chief Supt Basil Rah-
ming said Sean Mor-
timer, also known as
'Donkey', of Guinep
Tree Street, Pinewood
Gardens, was found at an
apartment complex in
Queens Cove around
Central Detective Unit
officers, acting on infor-
mation, went to Hamp-
sire Apartments, where
Mortimer had reportedly
been staying with anoth-
er man.
The suspect was taken
into custody at the Cen-
tral Detective Unit in

Freeport. The man who
had been staying with
was also taken into cus-
tody by police.
According to reports,
police want Mortimer's
help in connection with
the stabbing death of Eli-
ma Souffrant on July 12
in Meadow Street.
Souffrant was report-
edly walking along that
street when he was
accosted by a man and
stabbed to death.

Hurricane Emergency plan initiated

by Grand Bahama Power Company

AS A result of the Tropical
Storm warnings issued yester-
day regarding Tropical Storm
Noel, Grand Bahama Power
Company has initiated it's Hur-
ricane Emergency Plan.
The company announced that
the executive team met early
yesterday morning and began
reviewing timelines and check-
lists including inventory and
equipment on hand.
"Grand Bahama Power Com-
pany can report that it is in a
state of readiness," said the
company yesterday afternoon.
"Based on the current char-
acteristics of the storm, it is our
plan to maintain the power on
as long as possible until condi-
tions warrant," it said.
During the storm and 24
hours after its passage, calls to
the company's emergency line
should be restricted to emer-
gencies only, GB power said.
"Once the storm passes we will
conduct assessments and based
on these we will develop a
restoration plan."
The company said it is very
important for members of the
public to take the following pre-
cautions during storm condi-
Stay away from and do not
touch a downed power line.
Keep pets and children away

CARNIVAL CRUISE ship passengers Angelina Diaz, left, and Caridad Rivera
get soaked by a large wave as they walk along the Western Esplanade at
Nassau's harbour, Tuesday, October 30, 2007.

from them as well. Always
assume downed lines are ener-
gised and dangerous.
Avoid stepping in or com-
ing into contact with water
where power lines are down.
Never drive over downed
power lines. Even if not ener-
gised, they can become entan-
gled in your vehicle.
Never touch downed power
lines or use any object to move
power lines, including brooms,
boards, limbs or plastic materi-
als. Although wood is non-con-
ductive, if even slightly wet it

will conduct electricity, causing
electric shock or electrocution.
Power lines can also slide down
such objects when lifted.

Never touch a person who
is in contact with power lines
or other objects that are touch-
ing power lines.
More Safety Tips:
Many families and businesses
rely upon portable electric gen-
erators when the weather turns
rough. Electrical Safety Foun-
dation International has issued
this advice to avoid the most
common mistakes when using
an electrical generator:
Never use a gasoline pow-
ered portable generator inside
your house. These types of gen-
erators produce carbon monox-
ide gas.
Before starting your gener-
ator it's best to make sure you
have it set up properly. Make
sure that you are using the cor-
rect type of extension cord for.
your generator; a three-pronged
plug is essential.

Residents buy last minute

supplies ahead of storm
FREEPORT- Residents of Grand Bahama scrambled Tuesday to
purchase last minute supplies and secure public and private buildings
following weather reports that late season Tropical Storm Noel could
hit here by late Wednesday or early Thursday.
Yesterday there were two unexplained power outages shortly one
shortly after 9 am Tuesday and soon after 1pm, each lasting for more
than two hours.
Hardware stores were crammed to capacity with people who sought
to purchase hurricane supplies in preparation for the expected arrival
of Tropical Storm Noel.
Following negative experiences with hurricanes Francis, Jeanne
and Wilma, large stores such as Dolly Madison Home Centre have con-
structed a special hurricane supply section where consumers can pur-
chase heavy equipment such as generators.
The idea, according to owner and operator Don Roberts is not to
ever again be in a position where "we run out of supplies."
At all three major City Market stores at Eight Mile Rock and
Freeport, consumers rushed to purchase bread basket items. Drinking
.water, canned food, and many non-perishable items headed the grocery
"I intend to secure my home and business but I am only waiting to
see exactly what direction the
tropical cyclone will be heading," said Kameca Stuart of Homes
Rock on Tuesday morning.
"While I do not want to take this storm lightly, I will watch the
news and listen to the weather report.
Even if we do not get winds up to hurricane force, I will still be pre-
pared because you do not know what can take place."
Mrs Stuart's five lanterns were put to the test Sunday night during a
two hour power outage.
Meanwhile, road construction crews presently resurfacing a two
mile section of Queen's Highway near Homes Rock say they intend to
do as much work as possible ahead of the expected heavy rain.
On Monday veteran pilot John Doherty mentioned the possibility of
flying one of his company's nine seater aircraft from Grand Bahama
International Airport to a safe location in Florida..
He said if a real threat had materialised by Tuesday afternoon, he
would be heading to the United States until the danger passes.
Told that Tropical Storm Noel had been weakened o'n its westward
march along the north coast of Cuba, many Grand Bahama residents
said this does not matter to them, because the forecast is for the storm
to come over open waters to the west of Andros some time on Wednes-
Said Glen Miller: "We had a similar case in October 2005 when Hur-
ricane Wilma came around the Yucatan Peninsula, moved in the Flori-
da Straits to the west and north of Cuba while crossing Florida, and bust
Grand Bahama wide open from the southwest.
"I do not want to see that happening again. I am going to get my cut
nails this evening and prepare my home."
Although a hurricane warning had been dropped for the northwest
Bahamas and a tropical storm watch continued, people here were
busy making preparations for the worst possible outcome.
According to businessman Tony Roberts, "my main concern has
always been the conditions at Queen's Highway where that section of
the road crosses a part of Hawksbill Creek."
"As you know," he explained, "at high tides, rough seas, and during
heavy rain, the water on the two sides tend to meet and cause that road
to become impassable."


an n i ve rs a ry

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Check your cord to make
sure it is not frayed and that it
does not have any signs of dam-
age to it. Also make sure that
your generator is in a safe and
dry place.
When running your gener-
ator, make sure you keep chil-
dren away from it.
Only use your generator
when it's absolutely necessary.
When you no longer need
to power your appliances with
the generator, turn the appli-
ances off before turning off the
When storing your fuel for
your generator, make sure that
you store it in a cool area that is
away from any electrical appli-
ances. Also make sure that it is
stored in a well-marked con-
tainer so others in your house
know what the container holds
for safety reasons and where to
find it when needed.




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Awards presented

for E Clement

Bethel arts festival

BAHAMIAN culture is
"diverse, multi-faceted and
encompassing of all of the vari-
ous modes of expression"
according to Minister of Edu-
cation, Youth, Sports and Cul-
ture, Carl Bethel.
He was speaking during the
awards presentation for the E
Clement Bethel National Arts
Mr Bethel explained that the
National Arts Festival which
has been in existence for 48
years since it was introduced in
1959 by Lady Neville, wife of
then governor, Sir Robert
Neville has been aptly
renamed in honour of Bahami-
an cultural giant, E Clement

Further, he said that the fes-
tival has been an inspiration to
the finest Bahamian artists in
the arenas of music, dance, dra-
ma and arts and crafts.
The minister said he was
pleased to note an increase in.
Family Island entries, however,
in New Providence there was a
decrease a fact which he said
creates a challenge but also an
opportunity for organizers.
He said they should attempt
to redefine their approach to
capturing the interest of the
youth, who are far too often dis-
tracted by the latest video
games, music videos or other

The aggressive and innova-
tive participation of the wider
cultural community is necessary,
if organizers are to integrate the
more refined and higher modes
of cultural expression, such as:
dramatic arts, modern dance,
traditional dance, poetry, music
and fine arts into our schools,
Mr Bethel added.
In a more somber tone, Mr
Bethel asked for a moment of
silence to be observed for late
cultural icons, including: Win-
ston Saunders, Kayla Lockhart,
Viveca Watkins, and Pauline
Glasby, who once served as
adjudicators at the festival.
In closing, the minister
thanked the Department of

Culture, all organizers, adjudi-
cators, teachers, parents and
students for their participation,

and assured them that the gov-
ernment of the Bahamas would
renew its commitment to the

continued cultural development
of the people, and the preser-
vation of the nation's heritage.

Pastors discuss schools with PM Storm Stoppers signs Bahamian dealer
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PASTOR OF Cousin McPhee Cathedral Rev Dr Ranford Patterson lead a delegation of religious leaders
to meet with Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham at the Office of the Prime Ministeron Monday, October
29. Discussions centered on ways the government, working along with the church, can put together
afterschool and adult education programmes. From left are Brian Brown, Caleb Gibson, Carlie
Johnson, Prime Minister Ingraham, Rev Dr Ranford Patterson, Rev Dr Pedro. Basden, pastor of,...
Quinn Chapel AME church Louisville, Kentucky; Lionel Charlton.

STORM Stoppers, the ply-
wood alternative of Orlando,
Florida signed Stanley Butler
as their first Bahamas sales
licensee after exhibiting in the
Bahamas Home & Builder's
Show held at the Wyndham
Sver the weekend -
Staniey, owner of Butlerts -


Plumbing, said he first read
about Storm Stoppers in The
Tribune in August.
"As a Bahamian business
owner of 20-plus years, the val-
ue of Storm Stoppers as afford-
able hurricane protection is evi-
"dnt. We aeed this producl,.i.
"the -slands I get my ust shn-


ment next week."
Stanley said he got to see
firsthand the huge demand for
Storm Stoppers at the home
"I worked the booth all day
Sunday. I have a waiting list of
almost 100 customers.wahting
estimates for their home;"A-,


For The Year Ended July 31, 2007

The recently concluded fiscal year marked
yet another successful year for FOCOL
Holdings Ltd. The results from the
acquisition of Shell Bahamas in January
2006 and the purchase of the Texaco
service stations on Grand Bahama in
August 2006 have produced results beyond
our expectations. We will continue to
work towards improving our results from
these operations as well as embracing other
opportunities that may become available.

Part of our plan to improve our profits has
been our aggressive activities in the retail
area. With the opening of the re-developed
site at Queen's Highway, Grand Bahama
and the addition of the Eight Mile Rock
Grand Bahama site, we have made great
strides in Grand Bahama. We have also
embarked on upgrades in New Providence
that should produce results over the next
few years.

During the year we realized a net income
of $13.87 million which is up from $13.36
million last year. Our share price increased
from $11.21 at July 31, 2006 to $20.73 at
July 31, 2007.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I
thank the Shareholders. Management and
Staff for their continued confidence in our

(B $000)

July 31, 2007 July 31, 2006
Assets $ 130,374 $ 111,091
Liabilities 72,461 61,470
Total shareholders' equity. 57,913 49,621

$ 130,374 $ 111,091

(B $000)
Year ended
July 31, 2007

Sale & revenues

$ 279,628

Cost of sales

Gross profit

Marketing, administrative and general
Finance cost
Other income (expense)

Net Income
Preference share dividends

Net income available to common shareholders

Basic earnings per share

Dividends per share

Year ended
July 31, 2006

$ 207,026

(238,799) (176,158)

40,829 30,868

(23,452) (15,433)
(2,024) (1,428)
(1,439) ( 616)
( 45) ( 29)

13,869 13,362
(1,505) (759)

$ 12,364 $ 12,603

$ 0.36

$ 0.13

$ 0.37

$ 0.125

Copies of a full set of the unaudited financial statements can be obtained from Stephen
Adderley (sadderley@focol.com), at the Freeport Oil Company located on Queens Highway,
Freeport, Grand Bahama, Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

4a -


Sir Albert J. Miller
Chairman & President

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0ln brief

from PMH
AFTER a nearly three-
week stay, Dame Marguerite
Pindling was discharged from
Princess Margaret Hospital
under her own steam almost
completely recovered from
her recent illness, a hospital
release said yesterday.
The hospital said that she
remains in excellent spirits
and will continue her conva-
lescence at home.
"Before leaving she
extended her warmest thanks
and appreciation to the
expert and caring staff of
Princess Margaret Hospital
for all of the kindness and
attention shown during her
illness," the release said.
The widow of the late Sir
Lynden Pindling, who is in
her early 70s, was admitted
to the intensive care unit of
PMH to receive treatment
for acute abdominal pain.
At that time, doctors pre-
dicted that she would make a
full recovery and be released
from hospital within "several
Doctors would not confirm
or deny reports that Dame
Marguerite is suffering from
pancreatitis an inflamma-
tion of the large gland behind
the stomach and the duode-
Speaking on behalf of the
Pindling family three weeks
ago, Dr Conville Brown said
that although Dame Mar-
guerite is a public figure, she
is not a public servant and
therefore privacy should be
accorded to some aspects of
her life.
"She was admitted for
acute abdominal pain. The
family doesn't want any elab-
oration, they don't want ahy
details discussed," Dr Brown
Acute pancreatitis usually
occurs suddenly and lasts only
for a short time. In the case of
chronic pancreatitis the con-
dition does not resolve itself
and results in a slow destruc-
tion of the pancreas.
.. In severe cases of the rare
disease, bleeding of the gland
may occur, resulting in tissue
damage, infection, or cysts.

Appeal for
blood stocks
at Rand
PAM Hall, mother of two-
year old baby Hannah Hall, is
appealing to the residents of
Grand Bahama to help by giv-
ing blood as soon as possible.
Although Baby Hannah is
blood type A, all blood types
are needed.
The family asked that
when giving blood, donors
please indicate that they are
donating for the benefit of
baby Hannah Hall.
"If you can help, please go
to the Rand Memorial Hos-
pital as soon as possible. The
Rand's blood bank has been
depleted due to recent needs'
and the demand is always
higher during extreme
weather conditions, which
are expected this week," said
the family in a statement.
Donors were asked to
enter the Rand through the
main entrance, and follow
directions to the LAB area.
"You are advised that you
should eat prior to going and
that women experiencing their
period should not donate
blood," said the statement.
"Any help you can offer
would be greatly appreciated
by the Hall family and others
in need."

Permanent secretary dies at 53

PERMANENT Secretary in
the Ministry of Finance Helen
Ebong died at Doctors Hospital
on Saturday following a short
battle with cancer. She was 53.
Christened Helen Lauretta
Adderley, Mrs Ebong was a
career public servant who
joined the Public Service in Sep-
tember, 1978.
Mrs Ebong's early education
was at St John's College and
Government High School, Nas-
Her qualifications included a
master of science degree in agri-
culture economics from Auburn
University in Alabama (1978)
and a bachelor of science
degree in economics from
Tuskegee University in Alaba-
ma (1976).
She also obtained a certifi-
cate in economics from North
Western University in Chicago,
Illinois (1976).
Mrs Ebong held senior posi-
tions in various ministries,

including the Ministry of Agri-
culture, Ministry of Finance,
Ministry of Economic Devel-
opment and wvas a permanent
secretary in the ministries of
trade and industry, and finally,
She had a wealth of experience
in macroeconomics, trade and
agriculture policy formulation.
In preparation for her vari-
ous roles in the public service,
Mrs Ebong had successfully
completed every qualifying
examination, including the FAS
assessment course, the admin-
istrative competition course,
senior management courses and
public sector planning courses.
She also attended profes-
sional courses at the Interna-
tional Monetary Authority
(IMF) and Georgetown Uni-
versity in Washington, DC.
In May, 2001, she participated
in an enterprise competitive-.
ness course in Singapore jointly
sponsored by the Singapore

government and the Common-
wealth Secretariat.
She participated in the
Bahamas obtaining observer
status to the World Trade
Organisation (WTO) and the
organising of training pro-
grammes in the Bahamas with
the WTO.
She gave 29 years of profes-
sional and dedicated service in
the public sector.
Mrs Ebong represented the
Bahamas as vice-minister at
Free Trade Association of the
Americas (FTAA) negotiations,
served as a director of the
Water and Sewerage Corpora-
tion board (1994-2002), secre-
tary to the Council of Econom-
ic Advisers (1990- 2000),
Bahamas Trade Commission
member 2002-2006 and a mem-
ber of the Bahamas Telecom-
munications Company's (BTC)
Privatisation Committee (2006-
She was an active member of


Christ Church Cathedral, mem-
ber of the Anglican Church
Women's Hospitality Commit-
tee and also served as a member
of the Anglican Diocesan
Finance Committee.

Weekend craft festival

held at Arawak Cay

Mrs Ebong was married to
Cyril Ebong, a senior project"
engineer at the Bahamas Elec-
tricity Corporation (BEC) ind
had three children: Inm, Anit
and Ebo Eboug.

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Actions, not words are needed to

fix the state of our legal system

"(Trial by jury) is theI most
transcendent privilege which
any subject can enjoy, or wish
for tlhat he cannot be affected
either in his property, his liber-
ty, or his person, but by the
Ulitu imotii s consent of twelve of
his neighbours and equals. -
Sir William Blackstone

Does it matter whether
Bahamian trials pro-
ceed with nine or 12-person
Some research says larger
juries are indeed more repre-
sentative. But in a small place
like this, where people do their
level best to avoid jury duty,
and where there are inordinate
delays in jury selection in an
already dysfunctional court sys-
tem, cutting the number of
jurors makes sense.
The government recently
introduced a measure to do just
that going from 12 to nine
jurors in non-capital cases,
reducing the number of
peremptory challenges by
lawyers to seven, and requir-
ing a majority vote of six of the
nine jurors to decide non-cap-
ital cases.
This amendment to the
Juries Act is set for final debate
in the House today. But the
opposition is, of course,
opposed. They say the measure
is "useless" and argue that the
government is "tinkering with a
fundamental right". According
to Fred Mitchell (who was a
cabinet minister just four
months ago), the govern-
ment should "simply cause
speedy trials to take place."
The government's response
is that the jury amendments
are only a small part of what
has to be done to modernize
our judicial system and make it
more efficient. And they point
out that similar measures have
been adopted and proven help-
ful in many neighboring juris-

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Fax: 242-1326-63,1 S

J uries developed in
Europe centuries ago.
They were based on the col-
lective testimony of local wit-
nesses to settle disputes. The
common law jury system that
we inherited was borrowed
from the Danes by the Anglo-
Saxons, who set up a system of
courts in England about a
thousand years ago.
Those early panels of lead-
ing citizens were able to bring

charges, but did not produce
judgments. That change came
about after the Norman Con-
quest, when disputes came to
be settled by juries of 12 sworn
laymen. Later, the Magna Car-
ta established this as an explic-
it right.
Many English colonies
adopted the jury trial system,
including the United States.
But countries whose legal sys-
tem derived from other tradi-
tions don't rely so much on
juries today. Judges make all
the decisions.
Experts say that citizen-
juries protect people from the
state. The idea is that a panel of
ordinary people like you and
me can be expected to resist
injustice by the authorities.
However, the actual number
of jurors is considered to be an
accident of history. Even a 12-

,t __ __

person jury cannot ensure rep-
resentation of every voice in a
In fact, many common law
jurisdictions (including the
United States and most Eng-

ment's web site is woefully out
of date on this subject. It does
say that current law calls for
the appointment of 12 supreme
court and five appeal court
judges, but there are only 10
supreme court judges on the
bench presently, and two of
those will be occupied with
election court cases well into
the new year.
Some .interesting statistics
on the administration of jus-
tice were recently discussed in
parliament. For example, there
are 114 murder accused cur-
rently out on bail (who have
probably been in prison for
over two years without trial

lish-speaking Caribbean
nations) have already opted to
cut jury size in the interest of'
efficiency, although a number
below six is generally consid-
ered undesirable. So the polit-
ical hoo-ha over this specific
issue is just that hoo-ha.

T he amendments are a
direct response to
growing public concern about
crime and the justice system.
The government has also bud-
geted $9 million more for the
police this year and $1.2 mil-
lion more for the judicial
department and court of
appeal to fund the appoint-
ment of new judges some-
thing that is critical to resolving
the backlog in our criminal jus-
tice system.
Unfortunately, the govern-

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and so had to be released).
And other murder accused are
still on remand at Fox Hill'
awaiting trial.

M meanwhile, only two
judges (Vera
Watkins in Freeport and
Stephen Isaacs in Nassau) are
hearing criminal cases at the
moment, and a murder trial
generally takes about three
weeks to complete. So if there
are 300 such trials pending (as
police prosecutor Keith Bell

disclosed recently), it would
take 900 working weeks to
clear the backlog or 17.3
Assuming we had five full-
time criminal judges working
48 weeks a year, it would still
take years to clear the back-
log. And that's just murder -
the figures don't take account
of other serious crimes clog-
ging the courts like rape, armed
robbery and assault.
Then you have to consider
the fact that prisoners who are
held without trial for over five
years are entitled to release on
constitutional grounds. And
the longer these cases wait, the
more likely it is that evidence
will not be available, leading
to automatic acquittals. Adding
further to the congestion is the
requirement for re-sentencing
in capital cases.
This is an astounding situa-
tion that we find ourselves in
today. Attorney-General Claire

Hepburn told Tough Call that
her department is in the midst
of a triage review of back-
logged criminal cases. Some-
times witnesses and even
defendants are no longer
available so these cases can be
cleared, she said.
Lawyers say that only four
murder cases were heard this
year. If we continue hearing
only four murder trials a
year, how many of the cur-
rently accused are likely to
bL. released? And more to the
point, what would be the

ratio of accused murderers
walking free, per capital?
This is a recipe for social

T he attorney-general
admits to the harsh
realities of the situation: "This
is an area of deep concern to us
and the PM has said we have to
do something about it and that
means we all have to work
together on solutions."
Former attorney-general
Alfred Sears also refers to a
national crisis that requires a
bipartisan approach. He
recently called for the govern-
ment to "get on with" the con-
struction of a new supreme
court complex something
that has been on the drawing
board for years.
He also called on the gov-
ernment to give greater auton-
omy to the courts, to improve
pay and perks for judges and to
establish a system of legal aid
for the poor. In fact, he went so
far as to urge the government
to release the report of a 2002
commission on legal aid and
begin implementing its recom-
Frankly, we never consid-
ered Mr Sears to be a stand-
up comedian. But he can't be
serious to demand these mea-
sures so self-righteously, and
so soon after being kicked out
of office.
Meanwhile, the prime min-
ister says he will declare him-
self a failure if, at the end of
his term, there are 100-plus
persons charged with murder
who had. to be released because
he could not cause them to be
tried within two years.
Both parties need to stop
tone down the rhetoric and
work hard to fix our paralyzed
criminal justice system. The
survival of the nation depends
on it.
What do you think? Send
comments to larry@tribune-
media.net. Or visit

Argentine president-elect wishes

Hillary Clinton well in leadership bid

Buenos Aires
FIRST lady Cristina Fernan-
dez, in her first televised inter-
view since winning Argentina's
presidency, wished Hillary Clin-
ton well in her U.S. election bid
and thanked her husband for
helping her triumph at the polls,
according to Associated Press.
Speaking on Argentina's
Todo Noticias network, Fer-
nandez denied President Nestor
Kirchner had distorted the
extent of inflation and promised
to put a priority on creating
jobs, boosting exports and bet-
tering health care and educa-
Fernandez, a 54-year-old

three-term senator, captured 45
percent of the vote Sunday, out-
pacing another woman runner-
up, independent Elisa Carrio,
by more than 22 percentage
points. A dozen other candi-
dates trailed further back, in an
unprecedented race where
women took the top two spots.
Official results published
Tuesday showed Fernandez will
take office Dec. 10 with a
stronger grip on Congress than
her husband has. The ruling
coalition and its allies picked
up 13 seats for 161 of 256 House
deputies and added three Sen-
ate seats, with 44 of 72.
Fernandez acknowledged in
the interview late Monday that
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noted frequent comparisons
made between the two. Both
are senators and lawyers who
accompanied husbands from
obscure state governorships as
they rose to the presidency.
"I've been with her," Fer-
nandez said, referring to a 2004
meeting with Clinton in Boston
that produced a photo of the
two with big smiles.
"Everything seems to indi-
cate that she is the favorite of
the Americans" in the Democ-
ratic primary fight, Fernandez
said. "And why not? Another
woman wouldn't be bad."
When interviewer Joaquin
Morales Sola addressed her as
the future "president," she
laughed and said, "I'm still not
used to that yet."
Much of her success was due
to the accomplishments of
Kirchner, who oversaw a recov-
ery from deep financial crisis,
reaching growth rates of more
than 8 percent'a year help she
"Kirchner has been the flag-
ship of this project," she said.
"It's very important what Pres-
ident Kirchner has achieved in
four-add-a-half years in office
and this triumph is part of that."
As his close adviser, she said
she was proud to have helped
him turn the economy around,
and she promised to continue
his plans.
Fernandez dismissed wide-
spread allegations that Kirchn-
er's government has meddled
with statistics to hide the extent
of inflation, officially reported
at 8.0 percent a year as of Sep-
tember. Independent studies
put it at more than double that
She promised unspecified
measures to reduce the poverty
that afflicts a quarter of
Argentina's 37 million people,
down from more than 50 per-
cent at the height of the 2002
She also vowed to make
Argentine exports more com-
petitive and to strengthen the
region's dispute-ridden trade
bloc, Mercosur, which recently
invited Venezuela to join.
"We have to deepen our
place in Latin America and
amplify Mercosur," she said.

Countries whose legal system
derived from other traditions
don't rely so much on juries
today. Judges make all the

Assuming we had five
full-time criminal judges
working 48 weeks a year, it
would still take years to clear
the backlog.

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Governor General urges

more involvement in

national arts festival

Arthur Hanna said more
Bahamians should embrace thet
E Clement Bethel National
Arts Festival and understand
the importance of the arts in
the development of a people.
"The E Clement Bethel
National Arts Festival is ours
and the time has come whereby
more Bahamians should appre
ciate the importance of the fes.-
tival and participate to the
fullest extent," the governor
general said.

He was speaking at the lesli-
vai's 48ih awards presentation
held .t ihe Police Conference
Centie .,n East Street.
Minister of Education.
Youth. Sports and Culture Carl
Bethel, Permanent Secretary at
the ministry Elma (Garraway
and director of culture Dr Nico-
lette Bethel also took part in
the event.
The governor general said
that the arts are a major ingre-
dient in addressing the "dowi-
ward societal spiral" that the
Bahamas is suffering from

"The atls are to tIhe edunca
lion of a whole Iperson," lie said.
'The arts arc character-huild-
ing tools and help to install dis-
ciplinec the aits help persons Iby
enhancing g Iheir sell esteem."
The govei inoi genc ial added
that the arts uplift the standard
of life of the individual andI
entire communities, foster
careers and industlics andl
attract business.
"Too ollten we in the Thid
World undecestiinat-.~' ihl p|)w
lr and reiet\ nce otl ite I rlts.
which sholild uIt ihe Ii\'vsiilusei,
he said Often, we do not

appreciate hisiln \%e have in our
own CoMlituil \ dlinl ,i i Come iases,
we are \ nIIr lit ild to shllare our
airs with olhcrs. Yet, we trea-
sure ,Ite arts or Mi tistic expres-
sion of persons in other couln-
t i I1c'."
lie :iiled that in 2009, the
Ieslti il \\ill celebrate its 50th
alllri'i estiy ;1arInd can aihieady
s.rnild s1I iuliler to-shoulder with
,1,\ n;1i itWihil festival in the
h i r, I', ,i;,.,I a hmse s tlin
tadlI S, ,nl :'ulsilisseild by no other
:m;it ii in th e \os Id." Ithe gover-
11 r 1 e iit.'l l said .

GOVERNOR GENERAL Arthur Hanna speaks during the E Clement
Bethel National Arts Festival awards presentation held at the Police
Conference Centre, East Street on Monday.

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Beacon School has

tenth anniversary

Tribune Freeport Reporter
School celebrated 10 years of
special education on Grand
Bahama over the weekend with
a prayer breakfast at the Foster
Pestaina Hall in Freeport.
Lady Henrietta St George,
the school's patron, was a spe-
cial guest of honour, along with
Pastor T G Morrison of Zion
East in New Providence, who
addressed parents, teachers and
students on Saturday.
Pineridge MP Kwasi Thomp-
son and Ministry of Education
Superintendent Hezekiah Dean
were also present and brought
brief remarks.
Principal Sheryl Wood said
the Beacon School has made
significant achievements over
the past 10 years. She also high-
lighted the achievements and
excellent performance of the
students at Special Olympics.
"We are observing 10 years
of excellence in special educa-
tion and we thought the most
fitting thing to do was the give
God thanks for the 10 years he
has given us, and to continue to
give thanks and praise to Him
for the next 10 years to come;"
she said.
Ms Wood said the communi-
ty has been very good to and
supportive of the Beacon
School over the years.
She noted that the school is
embarking on a new project, a
sheltered workshop programme
that will seek to provide voca-
tional and skill training for its
mentally challenged students to
prepare them for career oppor-
tunities in society.
"This is a big project we are
working on and we want the
community to really support us
in this and buy into this project.
They will be amazed by the
impact it will have not only on
the lives of our children, but
also in the community," she
Ms Wood said the school is
still in need of additional class-
rooms to be able to accommo-
date children on the waiting list.
"The ministry has been very
good in sending us teachers they

have done great job with that,
but we need more space to
accommodate those children
that are on the waiting list," she
Pastor T G Morrison said that
children who are mentally and
physically challenged should
considered as less than other
"1 believe the word of God
teaches particularly in Psalms
139 that all of us are fearfully
and wonderfully made. As we
rub shoulders with persons who
are physically, mentally, and
emotionally challenged. we
realise that we have more to
celebrate than we have to com-
plain about and we must radiate
the love of God towards them.
"God never made mistakes
and nothing is by happenstance
and that every thing that tran-
spires in our lives is superin-
tended by Almighty God. God
makes all things beautiful. and
persons who are challenged in
any way, shape or form are no
less human beings or less effec-
tive in their ability to contribute
to the society," he said.

Baha Mar staff turn

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walkatlihon i his dine at the end of a health fair for employees where Minister of Health Dr Hubert Minnis
spoke on healthy litestyles. The employees walked from Goudman's Bay to Supervalue Food Store and back
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investigator that Mr Seraphin lived at
this location for one and a half years,
and that Mr Seraphin is a Haitian.
lihe counterfoil lists Mr Seraphin as
a resident of Pinewood, though Mr
Munroe told the court that he did
not find Mr Seraphin during his
In his search for Fauvette Sylvian-
Pierre. Mr Munroe said he went to
Chmuchill Sub-division off Soldier
Road and spoke to Mary Adderley
on September 17.
Mrs Adderley reportedly told the
investigator that she knows Ms Syl-
\ ian-Pierre and she lives in the house
next to her with other Haitians. The
counterfoil places Ms Sylvian-Pierre
a,s a resident of apartment two, St
Joseph Avenue. However, Mr
Munroe said hlie did not find Ms Syl-
in-Pierre at that residence.
SThe court also heard from Mr
Munroe of several voters who
allegedly admitted to him that they
do not li\e in Pinewood, but voted
Mr Munroe said he went to Hali-
fax Road, Stapledon Gardens, in
search of Clinton Josey, and spoke
.with James Rolle.
Mr Rolle reportedly told the
investigator he lived in the area for
four years, and that Mr Josey lived
next to him in an apartment for one
year. Mr Munroe was unable to
speak with Mr Josey on that occa-
sion, but learned that he was a
teacher at Cleveland Eneas School,
where he then met him.
According to Mr Munroe, Mr
Josey confirmed that he lived on
Halifax Road for a year and at some
point was in Pinewood for a while,
but then left.
Mr Josey reportedly said he went
to the parliamentary registration
department to change where he was
registered, but they refused to
change the address assigned to him.
On the counterfoil, his address is
listed as north of Church Street and
east of Buttonwood Avenue, in
Mr Munroe also spoke with

Two Haitians
Coralee Adderley, who works at
Carmichael Road Police Station -
though he did not specify if she is a
police officer or not.
She reportedly told him that she is
a resident of Dignity Gardens,
Carmichael, but did not say how long
she lived there.
James Hamilton, also from Dig-
nity Gardens, reportedly informed
the investigator of Ms Adderley's
work address. Mr Munroe said that
Mr Hamilton told him that he lived
there for two years, and for two
years, Ms Adderley resided in Dig-
nity Gardens.
Anwar McDonald also reported-
ly informed Mr Munroe that he lived
outside of Pinewood. Mr Munroe
said he spoke to him on October 3 at
the Flowers Web Shop, Wulff Road,
where Mr McDonald reportedly
informed him that he currently lives
in Coral Harbour.
McDonald moved out of
Pinewood in 2006, according to Mr
Munroe, and then into Carmichael.
He, too, is said to have gone to the
parliamentary registration depart-
ment to change his address, but was
told that he had to register in
Pinewood, Mr Munroe said of his
conversation with the voter. Mr
McDonald reportedly told the inves-
tigator he moved to Coral Harbour
four months ago.
As of yesterday, the investigator
has given testimony on more than
110 voters who may have improp-
erly cast their ballots, and the former
PLP MP is contesting the votes of
159 people in total.
Senior Justice Alien adjourned
proceedings just after 1pm with Mr
Munroe still on the stand because
the courts were closed due to the
impending storm.
There was uncertainty at the time
as to whether court would continue
today, but Senior Justice Allen said
they will play it by ear, and attor-
neys should listen out for
public announcements for informa-

The new US Ambassador
FROM page one
He is on the National Board of Directors for the Republican Jew-
ish Coalition, is co-president of the Jewish National Fund and is a
trustee of the Institute for the Study of Global Anti-Semitism and
Mr Siegel is a founding member of the Treva Brogan Educational
Institute, which provides scholarships for disadvantaged youth,
and has served on the Boards of St Andrew's and Pine Crest
Schools in Boca Raton and been an adviser to New York Univer-
sity and the University of Pennsylvania.
He and his wife, Stephanie, have three children: Justin. Joshua
and Jillian.
Dr D Brent Hardt has been leading the US Embassy as charge
d'affaires since the departure of the.previous ambassador,John

Grandmother of Daniel Smith hopes justice 'will finally be served'

FROM page one

During yesterday's jury selection the
press was barred from the courtroom, as
there was not sufficient seating avail-
able, according to court officials.
However, at the inquest proceedings
which took place in April this year,
almost three times the number of media
had been accommodated in the same
Following the swearing-in of the sev-
en-member jury comprised of four
women and three men Coroner Camp-
bell advised all jurors that no-one is on
trial during the inquest.
He emphasised that it is the jurors'
duty to ensure that "objective justice" is
carried out that they base their conclu-
sions only on sworn testimony.
Mr Campbell told the jury that they
should not let any news reports or idle
speculation influence them during the
inquest. He also reminded them that the
police have no evidence of a homicide or
manslaughter in this case, and that their
duty is only to determine the circum-

stances under which Daniel died.
Should sufficient evidence to indicate
foul play come to light during inquest,
the jury can refer the case to a higher
court for criminal charges, Coroner
Campbell advised.

Tropical Storm

Noel prompts


FROM page one

dence, Bimini, the Berry
Islands, Abaco and Grand
Residents in the warning
areas are advised by the
Department of Meteorology to
stay indoors during heavy
showers and high winds while
taking necessary precautions
against potential loss and dam-
age to property.
Rainfall of five to 10 inches
over the central and south-east
Bahamas is expected today.and
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with poor drainage systems
may experience flooding due
to heavy rains.
According to international
weather agency Acuweather,
heavy rains were expected yes-
terday afternoon through 2am
today with highest wind gusts
expected between 2pm yester-
day and 2am today.
At 5pm yesterday the cen-
tre of the storm was located
about 30 miles south-southwest
of Camaguey, Cuba, and 280
miles south of Nassau, the
National Hurricane Centre
Up to press time yesterday,
storm trackers indicated the
storm was moving toward the
west at eight miles per hour
with a gradual turn to the
north-west expected sometime
Following this track, the cen-
tre of the storm was expected
to remain inland over Cuba
yesterday and emerge off the
northern coast of Cuba, mov-
ing slightly to the west of
Andros on Wednesday.
This predicted movement is
expected to place the islands
of Eleuthera, Andros, New
Providence, Abaco, Grand
Bahama, Bimini and the Berry
Islands in the "most powerful
quadrant of the storm."
During the next 24 through

36 hours, Noel is projected to
pass over Central Andros,
North Andros, moving across
the Berry Islands and eventu-
ally crossing Central Abaco
before leaving the Bahamas,
chief meteorologist Basil Dean
Maximum wind effects are
expected to be felt between
10pm Wednesday and 4am
Thursday, with winds near 40
mph with higher gusts. Fore-
casters do not expect the storm
to gain strength over the next
24 hours.
Although Noel's winds are
not expected to reach hurri-
cane strength, tropical storm
force winds extending outward
up to 175 miles are expected
to sweep through the islands
starting at noon Wednesday,
Mr Dean predicted.
He advised Bahamians to
continue with their everyday
activities today, while closely
monitoring weather
"(The Bahamas) should be
out of the woods by Thursday
afternoon," Mr Dean told The
Noel, the 14th named storm
of the 2007 Atlantic season, has
reportedly left a dozen people
dead and countless missing in
the Dominican Republic after
*causing heavy flooding and

Ensuring that the inquest is heard by
an impartial jury was the main concern
of Howard K Stern's legal team, led by
Wayne Munroe.
Mr Stern's lawyers in April filed a
motion with the Supreme Court ques-
tioning the lack of provisions in the
Coroner's Act to provide for an impar-
tial jury.
However, in a ruling in July, Supreme
Court Justice John Lyons placed the
responsibility of ensuring a fair hearing
with the presiding coroner.
Justice Lyons suggested that the jury
for the inquest be selected from as wide
a representative base as possible.
The inquest was adjourned until
November 19, at which time the first of
35 witnesses is expected to take the
Daniel died on September 10, 2006,
while visiting his mother at Doctors Hos-
pital three days after she gave birth
to the now one-year-old Dannielynn.
An independent autopsy determined
that Daniel had died from a lethal drug


However, Dr Minnis
expressed confidence that,
with careful planning, even
when he passes from office
the programme will be in
place, or at the very least
he will have left a plan
which "anyone who comes
in can just follow."
Dr Minnis stressed that
the correct regulations
must be instituted, and
procedures must be put in
place to ensure that quality
medications are provided.
"It's not just a quick fix,
I want to ensure that we
don't run into the prob-
lems that they had in
Jamaica where you intro-
duce a product and then
you find that there's abuse
or possibly leakage of
funds or whatever. I want
to make sure that when
I'm gone it can sustain
itself," he said.
Dr Minnis declined to
give a timeline for progress
for the plan, stating only
that it is an "ongoing, con-
sultative process."
"You have to look at
proper IT programmes, so
that you can have checks
and balances, so that when
an individual goes to phar-
macy A, then pharmacy B,
they can recognize that
they have recieved their
medication so that you
decrease the possibility of
fraud," said the minister.
Responding to criticism
in July by former health
minister Dr Bernard Not-
tage that the fund repli-
cates a programme already
in place, Dr Minnis said
that this programme
"expands" the former pro-
"You're not looking at
them just receiving med-
ication from PMH, they
can receive medication
from participating pharma-
cies and therefore you
don't have a build-up or
waiting time at PMH," he
Asked whether the fund
would require a contribu-
tion from the salaries of all
Bahamians, as NHI was
proposed to, Dr Minnis
said that this was one of
the factors which would
need to be "worked out".
During his contribution
to the budget debate in
June, Dr Minnis had said
that the National Health
Fund would be a step
towards the incremental
implementation of a
broader-ranging national
health plan.
Yesterday, Dr Minnis
said that the question of
the infrastructural require-
ments that would be neces-
sary for a more compre-
hensive system such as the
NHI plan proposed
under the former govern-
ment is part of the current
government's considera-
"We are looking at
strengthening the infra-
structure," he said, men-
tioning in particular IT sys-
tems, peripheral clinics,
pharmacies and measures
to reduce current waiting
The minister said he will
speak further on the sub-
ject in coming months.


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Health fair held

for better living

THE 10th annual Health
Extravaganza for Better Living
has been set for November 1,
organizers announced.
The event is being organised
by the Better Living Health
Centre and Deli, the Healthy
Lifestyle Centre and Deli and
the Adventist Health Profes-
sionals Association.
It will take place at the Mall
at Marathon from 5pm to 8pm.
The theme for this year's
event is "Raising the standard
from super size families to super
healthy families."
Minister of Health Dr Hubert
Minnis is expected to declare
the extravaganza open and Dr
Wayne Thompson will be the
special guest speaker.
"This fun-filled educational
evening is designed for the
whole family," said the organ-
isers in a statement "The

extravaganza is free to the pub-
lic, and all are invited to
Blood pressure screening,
blood sugar, and cholesterol
testing will take place from
5pm, but the official opening of
the extravaganza will be at 6pm.
Other activities will include:
relaxing and soothing chair
puppet show
sampling of healthy, cho-
lesterol free dishes
browsing through the
The Better Living Health
Centre and Deli is a non-profit
Each year, the deli uses the
extravaganza to educate its
many customers and friends
about healthy lifestyle choices.
"It is believed that by imple-

meeting certain lifestyle changes,
the quality of life for members of
the community will be
enhanced," the organizers said.
Dr Idamae Hanna and Dr
Alvira Higgs are trailblazers in
the health and wellness area.
They are trained to use nat-
ural modalities such as, nutri-
tion, exercise, water, sunlight,
temperance, air, rest, herbs, and
trust in God to prevent and
reverse illnesses, and to pro-
mote health and healing.
"The nation is suffering from
obesity, heart disease, hyper-
tension, diabetes, and other ill-
nesses. These natural modali-
ties are the key to decreasing
the mortality and morbidity
rates," the organizers.
Drs Hanna and Higgs are
also part of the Ministry of
Health's Healthy Lifestyle Ini-
tiative programme.
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Hotel owner praises Bimini Bay boost

BIMINI, Bahamas
A few years ago,
business at Big John's
hotel was seasonal at
best. Today, business -
is flourishing.
Big John's, a seven-
room hotel with' 15
employees, is owned
and operated by Greg
: The quaint estab-
lishment offers
unique accommoda-
tions, with each of the
seven rooms sporting BIMINI El
a different theme. has picke
One room offers
beds made of dive
decks while another is adorned
with fishing memorabilia.
Mr Roberts, who previously
owned a bar with his mother,
also operates a patio bar at Big
John's. To attract vacationers
and locals alike, the bar regu-
larly features live music.
The hotel even has a 21-slip
Marina. But in spite of every-
thing Big Jo Ahs las to offer,
business wasn't always booming.

NTREPRENEUR Greg Roberts says busi
d up since Bimini Bay Resort opened

"Things were really tough,"
Mr Roberts said. "It got espe-
cially hard after Labor Day, one
of the last American holidays
before Christmas."
About a year ago, all that
changed. Business at Big John's
started picking up. More people
started visiting the island. They
seemed to stay longer and
spend more.
'T'm really happ< thai people
arc showing more interest in see-


ing what Bimini has to
offer," Mr Roberts said.
So what's made the
biggest difference on
the island? Roberts
said it might just be
Bimini Bay Resort.
He pointed to all the
new jobs the resort has
created to date and the
jobs still to come.
The resort currently
employs about 150 and
is expected to add
another 75 in the near

Mr Roberts said he
is optimistic about his
own prospects for the
coming year.
As Bimini Bay adds more
guest units, restaurants, a fish-
erman's village and a casino,
Mr Roberts is expanding his
own hotel to take greater
advantage of possible econom-
ic spin offs.
During the weekends, the bar
at Big John's is already full of
activity. New faces continue to
flock to the island.

Bimini children enjoy fall festival


A FALL festival
arrived early for
more than 150 chil-
dren in Bimini,
thanks to an all out
bash hosted by
Bimini Bay Resort
and Marina on Sat-
In total, including
parents and teens,
almost 300 people
attended the party.
Children were
offered a variety of
treats including a
pumpkin relay, can-
dy corn toss, arts
and crafts, a live DJ,
dancing and games.
"As a member of
this community, we
wanted to give all the
island's kids a place
to celebrate in a safe
and fun environ-
ment," said Ben
Davis, director of
resort operations.
"The kids just could-
n't seem to get
enough and we had a
great time."
Miami Fitness
Connection coordi-
nated the evening's
activities, even
bringing 150 pump-
kins to the island for
the children to paint.


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for public corporations

* Ex-minister recommends reform to Financial Administration

and Audit Act to reflect increased Budget size

Four corporations suck up almost $60 million in subsidies

Tribune Business Editor
Some $34.54 million
in emergency tax-
payer funds were
used by the Gov-
ernment to bail-out
a number of public corpora-
tions during the 2006-2007 fis-
cal year, documents seen by
The Tribune reveal, with this

amount well-above initial Bud-
get forecasts.
A document entitled the
Analysis of the Actual, com-
pared to Budget expenditure
contingency, for the 2006-2007
fiscal year, which has been
passed from the Treasury to
the Office of the Prime Minis-
ter, reveals that the Govern-
ment and by extension the
Bahamian taxpayer paid

almost $60 million in subsidies
to just four public corpora-
These were, not surprisingly,
Bahamasair, the Water & Sew-
erage Corporation, the Broad-
casting Corporation of the
Bahamas, and the Hotel Cor-
poration of the Bahamas.
The document again exposes
how inefficient, loss-making
government-owned corpora-

tions and entities are effec-
tively sucking the Bahamian
Treasury and taxpayer dry,
taking away millions from oth-
er worthwhile projects such as
road, school and clinic con-
struction, and delivering poor
value for money to the public.
The financial needs of these
and other government agen-
cies, taking the form of direct
subsidies and grants because

they are unable to stand on
their own two feet and be
financially sustainable, also
negates the benefits from
increased revenue collection
that the Government had
begun to enjoy in the final
years of the Christie adminis-
For example, the Govern-
ment document reveals that
the 2006-2007 Budget pre-

sented to Parliament in May
2006 as the last Budget of the
Christie administration allo-
cated a $10 million subsidy to
Yet the Government set
aside some $16.521 million in
emergency or "contingency"
funding for Bahamasair, some-

SEE page 2

Today is target

for Royal Oasis

deal's closure

Tribune Business Editor
HARCOURT Development
Company's $33 million pur-
chase of Grand Bahama's Roy-,
al Oasis resort is expected to
close today, sources told The
Tribune yesterday, marking the
end of a more than three-year
search for a new buyer for the
stricken property.
Harcourt's Freeport-based
attorney, Kirk Antoni of Caf-
ferata & Co, did not return
The Tribune's call seeking
comment yesterday, but it is
understood that both he and
his Irish property developer
client have been working hard
behind the scenes to close the
acquisition with the vendor,'
Lehman Brothers' private
equity arm.
Neko Grant, the minister of,
tourism, announced several
months ago that October was
the scheduled closing date for
the Royal Oasis purchase. Yet
the deal's closing, if it does
happen today as scheduled,
marks the end of one chapter
and the beginning of another.
For Harcourt and its part-
ner, Foxwoods Development

Company, which will operate,
manage and brand the hotel
and casino, face making a $200
million investment into the
Royal Oasis to get it ready to
re-open in full by early 2009.
The casino will be doubled
in size, and another tower will
be added to bring the resort's
.hotel room inventory to 650-
700 rooms.
The acquisition, which was
announced during the 2007
general election campaign by
former Prime Minister Perry
Christie, has taken a relatively
long time to close because
Harcourt, Lehman Brothers
and the Govermnent had to
decide who settled to $22 mil-
lion in debts left behind by pre-
vious operator Driftwood
Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham announced at the
weekend that the Government
would not collect the millions
owed to it. He said then that
among the funds it could not
collect were "$13 million in
casino taxes or its $750,000 in
immigration fees or its customs

SEE page 7

Baha Mar gets West Bay Street tender go-ahead

Tribune Business Editor
been given the go-
.1head to put the
contract for re-rout-
ing West Bay Street
out to tender, The
Tribune confirmed
yesterday, a sign
that the proposed
$2.4 billion Cable
Beach redevelop-
ment may be inch-
ing towards a belat-
ed start that could
ease fears of an economic slowdown.
The re-routing of West Bay Street is
possibly the most crucial infrastructure
work that Baha Mar and the Government
will undertake in relation to the project, as
it will divert the existing route away from .

Chamber chief warns government not to take
too long in closing investment deals, as
investor rationale may have changed

its current location in the middle of the
proposed resort campus, which will feature
a Caesar's Eritertainment casino and hotel,
plus Starwood's W and St Regis brands -
and around the outside.
The fact that the Government has given
the go-ahead for the Cable Beach devel-
oper to seek contractors for the West Bay
Street re-routing is also likely to ease fears,
expressed yesterday by the Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce's president," that
the administration was taking so loiig to
conclude deals with developers that they
might decide to either walk away or shelve
their developments because global eco-
nomic fundamentals had changed.

Dionisio D'Aguilar, who is also Super-
wash's president, said: "My only fear is
thai the Government will negotiate for
too l,! 12. and take too long to make a .
"And with the declining fundamentals in
the US. the fundamentals on which busi-
ness people make decisions may change,
and they may pull back and move ahead."
He explained: "People may have made
decisions when the US economy was doing
well,. and the mood was upbeat and good.
But that's changed with the US 'subprime'

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THE Bahamas stands to lose more than half a million dol-
lars in revenue from cruise ship passengers as a result of the
re-routing of at least five ships due to Tropical Storm Noel,
which is due to move over this nation early this morning.
Carla Stuart, director of cruise development at the Ministry
of Tourism, said that about 6,707 passengers had to be divert-
ed, resulting in a potential revenue loss of $554,131.28.
Amoung the ships whose itineraries had to be changed
were Carnival's Sensation, which was to stay in port overnight
last night. Instead, it left at 6pm in the evening to move
ahead of the storm, while two Royal Caribbean ships, The
Majesty of the Seas and the Sovereign of the Seas both can-
celled their stops in Nassau today.
Two ships originally scheduled to arrive this morning, the
Regal Empress and the SeaBourne Pride, will instead call
into. Nassau tomorrow, Ms Stuart added.
In Grand Bahama, she added that the Discovery, which had
docked yesterday morning, left early, while Disney cancelled
a call by one of their ships to arrive on Grand Bahama today.
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thing that provided prudent as
this allocation was almost fully
drawn down.
Some $16.099 million of this
emergency funding was used
by the cash-strapped national
flag carrier, meaning that the
Government and Bahamian
taxpayers ultimately pumped
$26.099 million into Bahama-
sair during the last fiscal year.
James Smith, former minis-
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Christie administration,
explained yesterday that while
$10 million was initially allo-
cated in the Budget as a
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Corporation, an initial subsidy
of $6 million turned into a
$10.5 million capital injection,
the $4.5 million in contingency
funding again being drawn
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The Hotel Corporation,
though, at least did not use up
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was set aside by the former
Christie administration.
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cent of $386,132 in emergency
funding allocated to it, taking
the total subsidy from the pub-
lic purse to $1.386 million.
Another $5 million in emer-
gency funding was used to deal
with what was termed
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though no initial Budgetary
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Some $2.5 million was used
as a "cash flow advance to the
airport", although again no
2006-2007 Budget provision
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$6.71 million in emergency
finding also went to cover the
Airport Authority's opera-
tions, taking total taxpayer
subsidies to $9.71 million.
In some areas, the Govern-

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amount of emergency funding
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instance, it estimated in the
2006-2007 Budget that "major
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million in emergency funding.
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on this Budget line item ulti-
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million, leaving a final short-
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ment's emergency funding esti-
mates proved relatively accu-
rate. It projected that in 2006-
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million in emergency funding
to cover various Budget items,
and actually ended up spend-
ing $161.165 million of that
allocation, leaving a net unused
positive balance of $19.293 mil-
Yet the document reveals
just how much this costs the
Bahamian taxpayer. For all
Budget line items where emer-
gency funds were allocated and
used, the total initial Budget
estimated spending was
.$563.88 million.
Yet the actual spending on
these items totalled $725.045
million, again giving the
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costs. Emergency funding of
more than $1,000, for instance,
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wag more than twice that, due
to factors such as higher fuel
costs and the need to pay US
landing fees to stop the carri-
er's planes being seized.
"Against your better judg-
ment, you have to run to their
rescue, so you pay $10 million
on top of that $10 million.
Then you have to get Parlia-
ment to approve that," Mr
Smith said.
He recommended that the
Government should amend the
Financial Administration and
Audit Act, which allows a gov-
ernment to seek parliamentary
approval for contingency fund-
ing up to $20 million, to
increase this threshold to $100
This, Mr Smith said, would
reflect the fact that the Gov-
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$400 million Budget in the
1970s, when the Act came into
"The figure should be more
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frankly," Mr Smith said.
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2006-2007 Budget, the Corpo-
ration drew down 100 per cent
of the $8.356 million in "con-
tingency" funding allocated to
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Tribune Business
BUSINESS slowly ground
to a stop yesterday as Bahami-
ans prepared for the worst of
Tropical Storm Noel.
While there was a not a "
huge huge bunch of people
coming in", one Bahamian
foodstore said they had almost
exhausted their water supply
from customers stocking up.
According to Maria, a sales-
persons at FYP, "a number of
persons", came in yesterday
morning to purchase plywood,
shingles, flashlights and bat-
teries in preparation for the
Other stores such as Kelly's
Lumber, and Pinder's Enter-
prise said they had not seen
any significant increase in con-
sumer traffic in their stores.
Frank Comitio, executive
director of the Bahamas Hotel
Association (BHA), said the
BHA together with the Min-
istry of Tourism was using hur-
ricane storm and readiness
plans, although it was predict-
ed that Noel will be a "minimal
storm with minimal disruption.
"The aim here is to make
things as easy as possible for,
the guests. We anticipate that
there'll be some cancellations
as a result of it, but we're hop-
ing that they will be minimal as
it is not a serious threat."
Mr Comito said the Associ-
ation was working diligently to
provide information that hotels
needed to be ready and
respond effectively to their
guests throughout the storm.
Officials at the Lynden Pin-
dling Internatioinal Airport
have also cancelled all flights
today in preparation of the
storm until tomorrow.
Bahamasairt's managing.

director. Henry Woods, told
The Tribune on Monday that
officials would be closely mon-
itoring the passage of the trop-
ical storm and conferring with
meteorologists to determine
when flights to the Family
Islands would continue on
their regular schedules.

Family island businesses
such as hotels also reported
business slowdowns, as guests
either left early or were unable
to travel to get to the islands.
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ful given that this is a slower
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BSI Trust Corporation (Bahamas) Limited a wholly owned subsidiary of
BSI AG in Lugano Switzerland, is seeking a highly motivated individual
to compliment its small team of professionals; we are presently accepting
applications for the position of:

Financial and Compliance Officer

This position is a key component of our operations, and the successful
candidate will be a Certified Public Accountant or have a similar BICA
approved certification with at least three years' post-qualification experience
in the preparation of corporate and client accounts. Knowledge of the legal
and regulatory framework of The Bahamas is essential.

The following attributes are desirable:
* Attention to detail and the ability to produce high quality work while
meeting tight deadlines
* Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications
* Excellent organisation and communication competency
* Team player and ability to work well with colleagues
* Willingness to take on new tasks and responsibilities
* Membership in the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners

The successful candidate will be responsible for all aspects of financial
accounting and reporting for the company and its clients, in addition to
performing compliance duties and ensuring that the company is operating
within the legal and regulatory framework of The Bahamas.

We offer a very competitive remuneration package, based on your
qualifications and level of experience. Should your credentials be in line
with our requirements, please send your resume either by fax no. 702.1253
or by mail to the following address:

Personnel Officer
BSI Trust Corporation (Bahamas) Limited
Bayside Executive Park, West Bay St. & Blake Road
P. O. Box N 7130
Nassau, Bahamas

Only applicants having the above attributes will be considered.




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NOTICE is hereby given that RONALD JOSEPH of
FOX HILL, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/
naturalization as 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 31ST day of
OCTOBER, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that SYLVENA DUCENOR OF
BAILY TOWN, BIMINI, 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 31st day of October, 2007 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that ERMANISE LUBIN of
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 24TH day of
OCTOBER, 2007 to the Moister, responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, .Freeport, Bahamas,

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low due to the fact that Noel
made a midweek appearance,
when there were fewer ships
due in port.
"If this was the weekend, we
would have experienced much
higher numbers," she said.
"Carnival has indicated that
they will return to their nor-

mal schedule on Thursday, but
we are still awaiting to hear
from Royal Caribbean as to
what they intend to do."
Major itinerary changes
were only indicated up to
today. Therefore, there were
no further indications of
changes. The cruise lines are
hopeful that the weather will
clear up by Thursday, and
schedules should resume as
previously anticipated there-
after, Ms Stuart said.

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 31st day of
October, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassautr Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that ALLY DANIEL 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 24TH day of
OCTOBER, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and' Ctizenship,"P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.

The For-W~rAY 'Testr~

From the earliest days of the
organization, Rotarians were
concerned with promoting high
ethical standards in their
professional lives. One of the
world's most widely printed and
quoted statements of business
ethics is The Four-Way Test.
which was created in 1932 by
Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor. This
24-word Test has been
translated into more than a
hundred languages and
published in thousands of ways.
It asks the following four

1. Children ages 10-16 may enter. udging willbe n two
agecategorles: 10- 13 years and 14-16 years fora first
and second place winner in each category.
2. Wrdte a eay answering the following subject:
"What does the Four-Way Test mean to me." Explain
your understanding of the 4-Way Test as It relates to
your life, experiences, and/or society n general."
Your essay must Include the four principles.
3. The body of the essay most not exceed 1,000 woads.
Adults may assist the child in flIling out the entry form.
but not In writing the letter.
4. Limit one essay per child. All entries must be received by
the Rotary Club of Plest Nassau before Nov 30,2007.
5. Only esay accompanied by original entry forms clipped
from the newspaper will be accepted. Photocopy, fax,
carbon or other copies will not be accepted.
6. One wtinor will be chosen fom each age category. The
doction ofthejudgl tIs ftnal.
7. Winner must agre to a photo preanitatlun which will
be published In the newspaper.
8. Mall essay and completed newspaper clipping to
The Four-Way Teat Bisay Competition,
Amn: Michele Rassin. The Roary Club of east Nassau,
P.O. Box SS-6320, Nassau. Bahamas
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"Of the things we think,
say or do
1. Is it the truth?
2. Is it fair to all
3. Will it build goodwill
and better friendships?
4. Will it be beneficial to
all concerned?"

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A,:, g s Real Estate Company Limited is a Bahamian Real
i: -ate and Development Company. We are currently
, king for applicants for the below positions:

* Bachelor Degree or higher in the field of Civil
* 3-5 years experience in Civil Engineering and
Construction related fields.
* Registered with the Bahamas Professional Engineers'
* Experience in the design of Subdivisions, Roads,
Airports, Drainage and Water & Sewerage Systems.
- Ability to use engineering software such as Auto
CAD 2004.
* Proficient in implementing site quality assurance
measures and overseeing site supervision.
- Hardworking and able to handle a number of projects

* 3 5 years experience in the Real Estate Industry.
Licensed with the Bahamas Real Estate Association.
* Motivated.
King's Real Estate is a team orientated company and
potential employees should be capable of adapting to
his philosophy.
All interested candidates should e-mail there resumes to:




Treasury Dealer- Foreign Exchange


Degree in Finance or Economics or related field with minimum of 3 years experience in the
business/financial world.
Understanding of the Treasury Sales & Trading business, products & solutions.
Strong Foreign Exchange knowledge and understanding of the suite of Foreign Exchange
products and solutions.
' High level of understanding of the markets, competition, geographic, macro economic factors
impacting our client base.
Advance Knowledge of relevant computer software including the Microsoft Office Suite.
Also have strong mathematical and analytical capabilities.
General Requirements/Responsibilities:
Responsible for covering Foreign Exchange trading activities within Bahamas

Responsible for providing rapid and competitive Foreign Exchange quotes to Institutional,
Corporate, Commercial and Retail Clients.

lanage and develop local Foreign Exchange trading relationships

Provide functional support to the Bahamas Corporate Banking, Capital Markets, Retail
Network and other Support Centres as required

1 o contribute to the development of new trading strategies relating to proprietary Foreign
Exchange activities within Bahamas

STo actively maintain and develop client contacts primarily within Bahamas

Applicants are requested to submit their resume with a cover letter via email
I1* November 91 2007 to:deangelia.deleveaux(daFirstCaribbeanBank.com

FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) Limited thanks all applicants
their interest, however only those under consideration will be contacted.
Vacancies are open to Bahamians only.







Moratorium on

new hurricane

insurance cover

Tribune Business Editor
BAHAMAS First yesterday
led the way in issuing a 'mora-
torium' to brokers and agents
that no new hurricane-related
insurance policies be written
and issued due to Tropical

Storm Noel's presence, a "stan-
dard operating procedure" that
was likely to see other Bahami-
an general insurers follow suit.
Patrick Ward, Bahamas
First's president, told The Tri-
bune: "That's standard prac-
tice. There's nothing particu-
larly special about it. When

there's a threatening storm, we
put out a moratorium. That's
strictly to prevent any new
business. It's anything that has
a hurricane component to it."
General insurance carriers
generally issue such moratori-
ums to prevent any new hurri-
cane-related insurance policies
being written, and premiums
taken, when a storm was likely
to strike within a few days.
Among the types of policies
that are impacted are home-
owners insurance and other
types of property insurance,
plus comprehensive auto insur-
ance. Such moratoriums are
issued to prevent insurance
carriers from taking on risks
that they have not had a
chance to properly assess.
Mr Ward, though, said that
Bahamas First would renew
any hurricane-related insur-
ance policies that "ordinarily"
fell due for renewal on the
same days when a hurricane
was predicted to strike.
Bahamian general insurance
carriers are due to go out to
the reinsurance markets next
month to obtain coverage and
set premium rates for next
year, the major determinant of
the rates facing Bahamian
homeowners and consumers.
Based on weather forecasts
yesterday, Mr Ward said it was
unlikely that Tropical Storm
Noel would cause much dam-
age or have an impact on insur-
ance premium rates for next
year, but it was "too early to
"At this stage, it looks as if
we're not likely to be impacted
that much." he added.

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Marketing Manager


* Undergraduate Degree in Marketing/Communication
* Minimum 7 years experience with progressive responsibility
* Strong knowledge of the financial services sector
" Experience working in a matrix environment (a plus)
" Communication analysis and planning
* Events management and coordination

General Requirements/Responsibilities:

* Build relationships and coordinate communications and
events at the corporate level with customers, staff, industry
associations and other key stakeholders.
* Liaise with responsible Line of Business (LoB) and
facilitate development of marketing plans and promotions.
* Maintain plans to fulfill the aims and objectives of the
FirstCaribbean Sponsorship & Community Relations
(SCR) Programme.
* Liaise with contracted agencies to provide logistics support
for Public Relations and advertising activities.
* Facilitate in media and events selection and negotiations.
* Assist with the logistics required for carrying out research
projects such as "Employee Voice", "Customer Voice",
focus groups, benchmarking surveys and market research
as required.
Act as press liaison Officer.
Co-ordinate on-the-ground campaign launches.

Applicants are requested to submit their resume with a
cover letter via email by November 2no, 2007 to:

FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) Limited
thanks all applicants for their interest, however only those
under consideration will be contacted.
Vacancies are open to Bahamians only.


Pepsi Cola Bahamas, an affiliate of Pepsi Americas, Inc., is
searching for a qualified individual to supervise its evening
Warehouse functions

The incumbent will be responsible to:

* Effectively lead and develop the evening Warehouse team
to enhance efficiency, productivity and waste control.
* Check loads for accuracy and report discrepancies.
* Ensure that delivery trucks are properly loaded.
* Ensure that products are stacked and stored in appropriate

Ideal candidate must be able to demonstrate knowledge of good
manufacturing and warehousing practices and ensure that
housekeeping guidelines are followed.

A competitive salary and benefits package will be offered to
the successful candidate. If you are interested in being part of
a dynamic, growing international company, please mail or fax
resume to:

Human Resources Manager
Pepsi Cola Bahamas Bottling Co., Ltd.
P. O. Box N-3004
Prince Charles Drive
Nassau, Bahamas
Fax: 364-2123

Credit Suisse (Bahamas) Limited
is presently considering applications for a

The position is open to candidates with the following minimum requirements:

- Minimum of 10 years well rounded banking experience in treasury/execution
and related departments of an offshore bank
Strong management and leadership skills
Well versed in Swiss banking practices and standards
In-depth knowledge of international Money Market/Forex Exchange Tradinq/
Securities Operations/Execution, etc.
- PC Literacy (MS Word, Access, Excel)
- English is the required language; German and French would be an asset
- Proven track record
The candidate will be expected to:
- Develop, recommend and ensure the implementation of the bank's trading
operation strategy
Monitor/evaluate the bank's position and oversee existing and prospective
trading activities
Provide advice and guidance in relation to treasury activities
Provide sales support to relationship managers

Personal Qualities:
- Excellent organizational and communication skills
- A commitment to service excellence
- Ability to work under pressure and with minimum supervision

Benefits provided include:
- Competitive salary and performance bonus
- Pension Plan
- Health and Life Insurance

Applications should be submitted to:
Human Resources Department
P.O. Box N-4928
Nassau, Bahamas
via fax 356-8148




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(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
' ornpany is in dissolution, which commenced on the
-41 day of October 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa
S Inc., P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.


Legal Notice



(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given thai the above-named
Cornpany is in dissolution, which commenced on the
Sth day of October 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa
p. Inc., P:O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.

S. LiqAuidator)

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(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
'~-'9 day of October 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa
cip Inc., P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.



Baha Mar gets West Bay

Street tender go-ahead

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crisis and interest rates going
up. What people thought was a
good deal a year ago may not
be a good deal today, and
could cause them to say they're
not interested."
Mr D'Aguilar reiterated that
it was critical for the Govern-
ment to ensure that at least
one major foreign direct invest-
ment project, such as Baha
Mar's $2.4 billion Cable Beach
development or the $1.3 bil--
lion Albany Golf & Beach
Club, commenced in earnest
to cushion the Bahamian econ-
omy against negative external
trends, such as the decline in


Wellington Johnson and Four
Seasons Property Management
is no longer affiliated in anyway
whatsoever with Prestige Homes
Ltd., and as such is not
authorized to conduct any
business on its behalf, or in
association therewith
Clients continuing to do so, do
so at their own risk

Signed Management. ,,.
Prestige Homes Ltd.

tourist arrivals and difficulties
in both accessing capital and
its increased costs.
"All these numbers are
down tourist arrivals are
down, housing starts are down,
foreign exchange earnings are
down," Mr D'Aguilar said.
"This would be an excellent
time for the Government to
get these projects up and run-
ning, and cushion us from any
effects of these declining num-
"If we wait too long to get
the best, best deal, what you
think is the best, best deal may
not be the best, best deal for
the investor. The foreign
investor may say: 'That was the
best deal a year ago, but it is
not today'. They may shelve
Mr D'Aguilar said he was
"waiting patiently to hear an
announcement" that the likes
of Baha Mar and Albany had
been given a final go-ahead.
While there were "positive
signs, there's nothing to say it's
a go".
Baha Mar has been seeking
to negotiate a supplemental
Heads of Agreement with the
Government to account for the
fact that the cost of its pro-
posed project has increased
from $1 billion to $2.4 billion.
The April 6, 2005, Heads of
Agreement signed between
Baha Mar and the Christie
government was for a $1 bil-
lion project.
According to that Heads of
Agreement, before the West
Bay Street road re-routing was
to take place, Baha Mar had
to show the Government it had
contributed $400 million in
equity to the development,
largely from its principal
investors. Dikran and Sarkis
It also had to prove it had
$1 billion in financing in place,
and that could have been made
more difficult not oilly by the'
increase to $2.4 billion but by-

C F A L'"

SPricing Information As Of:
Tuesda v (30 O-fctober 23007

BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSES 1,6*t i -0.G.1.2 / %CHG -00.01 / YTD 240.57 / YTD % 14.35

1.66 0.54 Abaco Markets
11.7 11.00 Bahamas Property "und
9.5e 7.68 Bank of Bahamas
3 8E 0.70 Benchmark
3 74 1.65 Bahamas Waste
2 62 1.20 Fidelity Bank
11 0- 9.81 Cable Bahamas
3.15 1.83 Colina Holdings
16.51 11.91 Commonwealth Bank
1 22 4.70 Consolidated Water BDRs
2 76 2 20 Doctor's Hospital
6 50 5.54 Famguard
12.80 11.75 Finco
14 7 13.85 FirstCaribbean
B.1C 5.18 Focol (S)
1.00 0.54 Fieeport Concrete
849 7.10 lCD Utilities
10 05 8.52 J.S. Johnson
1000 10.00 Premier Real Estate
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Symbol
14 6( 14.25 Bahamas Supermarkets
8 0C 6.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref)
0.54 0.20 RND Holdinas
41 00 4 1.00 ABDAB
14 60 14.00 Bahamas Supeimarkets
0.55 0.40 RND Holdings
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1 3607 1 3098 Colina Money Market Fund
3.3829 2.9449 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund
2 9215 2.4687 Colina MSI Preferred Fund
1 2741 1.1970 Colina Bond Fund
11.6581 11.2129 Fidelity Prime Income Fund
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?wk-L:w Lowest closing price In last 52 weeks
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-h.n, 'u Change In closing price from day to day
Daily vol Number of total shares traded today
DIV $ Dividends per share paid In the last 12 months
P/L Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings
() 4 f,..r-1 Stock Split Effective Date 8/8/2007

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the global debt and credit mar-
ket squeeze, which has
increased the cost of capital
and made accessing it more
The original Heads of
Agreement said that once
these conditions were satisfied,
the Government and Baha
Mar would engage a project
manager, and "mutually
agreed" master planning and
civil engineering firms, to han-
dle the West Bay re-routing,
plus construction of a corridor
connecting the resort with JFK
The construction work
would be staged in phases, with
the project manager selecting
the lowest qualified bidder
provided they were able to
obtain performance bonds and
the bids were reasonable.
The total estimated cost of
the West Bay Street re-rout-
ing and JFK connection was
estimated, at the time the
Heads of Agreement was
signed, to be $90 million. This
did not include the $16 million
reverse osmosis plant and sew-
erage treatment plant that
Baha Mar would finance itself.
The Government was to pay
$45.3 million towards the road
work's costs, almost exactly
what it received for selling the
then-Radisson and associated
lands to Baha Mar. If the total
cost came to less than $70 mil-
lion, the Government and
Baha Mar would pay 50 per
cent each.
Baha Mar first sought a sup-
plemental Heads of Agree-
ment with the Christie admin-
istration, as it was crucial to
cementing its relationship with
Harrah's, the Caesar's Enter-
tainment parent, which would
take a 43 per cent equity stake
in the project, and Starwood.
Yet no agreement was con-
cluded before the May 2 gen-
eral election, and the Ingra-
hamfgoven'iti went's position has
been that iaha Mar must start
fulfilling its obligations under
the first Heads of Agreement
before any new deal and extra
investment incentives are con-
Yet talks between the Gov-
ernment and Baha Mar have
continued, as they have also

with Albany's developer, Park
Ridge Securities Corporation,
whose investors include golfers
Ernie Els and Tiger Woods,
plus the Tavistock Group the
worldwide holding vehicle for
investments by Lyford Cay bil-
lionaire Joe Lewis.
It is understood that
progress has been made in the
Albany negotiations, with the
developers agreeing to give up
a multi-million dollar package
of Hotels Encouragement Act
investment incentives cus-
toms duties, stamp duties and
real property tax exemptions
- on some 200 condominium
units that would have formed a
In addition, the developers
have received estimates for the
cost of installation from all the
Bahamian public utility corpo-
rations, enabling them to seek
performance bonds and, ulti-
mately, obtain all necessary
subdivision approvals.
It is understood that the
Albany developers are keen to
recommence and press on with
construction, with the remain-
ing hurdle possibly being the
re-routing of South-West Bay
Street around Albany.
This involves a 12,600 foot
road realignment and its con-
nection with what had been
the Christie government's pro-
posed road to the new Con-
tainer Port in southwestern
New Providence.
Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham had previously ques-
tioned whether the Govern-
ment should involve itself in
negotiations between private
landowners and developers.
For the road re-routing, the
Albany Heads of Agreement
committed the developers to
financing the acquisition of
seven parcels of land that
would- be purchased for the
new port road by the Govern-
Some 1"4 of the 30 acres
needed for the'Port Road
would be transferred to the
Government by New Provi-
dence Development Compa-
ny, a Tavistock Group affili-
ate. for $600.000. The two own-
ers of a further 16 acres were
the estates of Baldwin Symon-
ette and Percy Munnings.


Jersey Private Bank & Trust
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Compn..\ is in
dissolution, commencing the 22'" day of October, 2007 and
Craig A. (Tony) Gomez, of Baker Tilly Gomez, The
Deanery, No. 28 Cumberland Street, P.O. Box. N-1991,
Nassau, Bahamas is appointed the Liquidator of the said

Dated this 29th day of October, 2., -


Terrain Design and Management, a small design firm, is currently
looking for a creative landscape architect/designer. The qualified
candidate should have a degree in landscape architecture (from
an accredited university) and two or more years of experience. The
candidate must have knowledge of landscape architecture design
concepts (including planting, hardscape, grading and irrigation),
along with experience in project management, design development,
construction documents, and bidding, Competence in graphics, de-
sign, communication and organization are a necessity along with
strong AutoCAD skills and proficiency in Micrsoft Word and Excel.

Terrain Design and Management is focused on sustain-
able landscape design solutions for high end residential and
estate properties, resort developments and public parks.

Qualified candidates should submit their resume via post,
fax or email to:

TERRAIN Design & Management
P.O. Box N-7320
Nassau, Bahamas
Telephone: (242) 394-8114
email: terraln@coralwave.com
Telephone/fax: (242) 394-8114

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3,250 0.733
1.950 1.190


Bid $ Ask $ Lai4 Fr.,:6 .veeki, :, EPS' C.. P, PE Y.l.1
14.60 15.60 16.00 1.160 1.125 13.4 7.71%
6.00 6.25 6.00 0.000 0.480 NM 7.80%
0.35 0.40 0.20 -0.030 0.000 N/M 0.00%
41.00 43.00 1 -. aJS -0 , r "' .
14.60 15.50 14.00 1.234 1.485 13.9 10.50%
0.45 0.55 0.45 -0.030 0.000 N/M 0.00%
B ~u N Wk d luLLMi Funda
NA V YTD% Last 12 Months D,. t'.eJ .

FINDEX: GQ a l Mli71 I i D 17.20% / 2006 34.47%
M..-rter ERt.l -e LC. ac, . . -.. .. ... ... . . ..
Bid $ Buying price of Collna and Fidelity
Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity
Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week
EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
NAV Net Asset Value
N/M Not Meaningful
FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100

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" 30 June 2007
"* 30 September 2007
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Legal Notice



(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
29th day of October 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa
Corp. Inc., P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.


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BAHAMIAN businesses
experienced "a huge decrease
in productivity" yesterday as
staff prepared for Tropical
Storm Noel, although the
Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce's president said it was
the "best time" for a storm to
arrive mid-week in the slow
part of the tourist season.
Dionisio D'Aguilar, who is
also president of the Super-
wash laundromat chain, said:
"There's definitely a decrease
in productivity, although some


stores, such as the food stores,
are doing really well."
He added that workers who
"sold time", such as attorneys,
accountants, electricians and
plumbers, would lose revenues
due to any downtime resulting
from Tropical Storm Noel, but
for those businesses that sold
physical goods the impact was
likely to be relatively minor,
as consumers would switch
buying time to when the storm
had passed.
However, Mr D'Aguilar
said: "I'm sure there's an effect
on tourism. There will be can-
cellations, and nine times out

of 10 people don't return."
He added that his business
suffered in the aftermath of
Hurricanes Frances and
Jeanne in 2004, which impact-
ed the August-September
'Back to School' season, saying
he "felt that economic effect
Yet because Noel was a rel-
atively weak storm, and arriv-
ing during a mid-week during
the low point in the tourism
season, the impact on the
Bahamian economy was likely
to be minimal and not materi-
ally significant for tourism.
"It's the best time for it to

come and it's a mild storm,"
Mr D'Aguilar said. "If we've
got to have a storm, its the best
time for it. You've got to give
thanks for that."

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fees, and many other hundreds
of thousands owed to other
agencies of the government -
those dollars are gone forev-
Another stumbling that has
had to be overcome were the
fate of some 2,800 timeshare
owners at the Royal Oasis,
who had invested $9 million in
pre-paid and unused capital.
Harcourt has been trying to
keep them, offering a variety
of options including contract
extensions and upgrades. '

Harcourt is already heavily
involved in the Grand Bahama
economy through the Bahamia
subdivision, for which it is the
estate manager, and its Suffolk
Court condominium project,
with at least five such proper-
ties under construction. The
company also owns beachfront
land at Xanadu, where The
Tribune understands it wants
to construct a condotel devel-


The Irish-headquartered
property developer wants to
exploit Freeport's proximity to
the US, and the short drive
from Grand Bahama Interna-
tional Airport to the hotel, to

turn the Royal Oasis into a
resort targeting the US con-
ference and convention mar-
ket using the convention tax
break this nation won from
Washington in return for sign-
ing a Tax Information
Exchange Agreement (TIEA).
Many observers believe Har-
court should have completed
its purchase of the Royal Oasis
some two years ago in 2005,
but the company was sidelined
by a late $40 million offer from
the Florida-based World
Investments Holdings consor-
tium. That group fell apart
after it was unable to prove its
financial fitness and raise the
necessary capital to complete
the purchase, plus find a world-
class casino operator.

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The Abaco Club on Winding Bay

(A Ritz-Carlton managed property)

is accepting applications for the following positions.

Overall Responsibilities:
Provide finance and accounting leadership for a unique resort
property. Provide accounting & financial support for luxury,
mixed use membership resort operation. Ensure accurate and
timely on-site financial management, reporting, forecasting and
budgeting of all on-site Ritz-Carlton business units and ancillary
profit centers, including the Homeowner Associations. Safeguard
company assets and maintain a strong environment of financial
control. Heavy corporate reporting responsibilities to a joint
venture partnership Board of Directors.
Job/Education Qualifications

* BS or BA in Accounting or Finance
* CPA/MBA preferred
* 5-7 years accounting experience in
or related field
* 3-5 years management experience
* Excellent presentation skills

real estate, hospitality

Overall responsibilities:
As a member of Ritz Carlton Club (RCC) Joint Venture Abaco
On-site team, the Manager, Site Accounting is accountable for
the reporting and manages financial information related to Abaco
JV operations. The incumbent works under limited supervision
and partners with managers at all site and regional levels and
across all functions to identify problems, develop, and perform
accounting processes that produce period closing, reporting, and
analyses in compliance with company policies and Generally
Accepted Accounting Principles. The Manager coordinates the
financial accounting and assists the Director of Finance
(Operations) with budgeting, forecasting and reporting information
outcomes for the JV Abaco operations. The Manager completes
small projects as required.

Overall responsibilities:
Assists the General Manager and is responsible in his/her absence
for all aspects of the Hotel's operations including Food & Beverage,
Rooms Division, Front Office, Recreation/Activities, Spa and
Catering/Conference Services etc., in accordance with hotel
standards. Job Requirements Must have 8 or more years of hotel
operations experience in a luxury full-service environment, with
at least 5 at executive level. Strong proven leadership abilities
and a vision for quality and excellence in hotel operations. Support
hotel executives in planning, developing, implementing and
evaluating the quality of products and services given to internal
and external customers.

Overall responsibilities:
Dual responsibility for the leadership and management of all
functions of the Engineering and Housekeeping departments in
accordance with Ritz Carlton Club standards. Direct all engineering
operations for interior/exterior facilities including electrical, Loss
Prevention, refrigeration, plumbing, heating/cooling, structural,
painting, and carpentry, recycling, ground care and parking areas.
The Executive Housekeeping Managers report to this position so
as to control maintenance and capital upgrade costs to existing
guests and public areas and future units and facilities. Also will
liaise with Development and Construction partners so as to
maintain other engineering work necessary when turned over to
property management in an efficient condition to ensure the safety
and comfort of guests and employees. Must have 8+ years
management experience in hotel or building engineering
Overall Responsibility:
Candidate is responsible for managing all aspect of Formal Dining
Restaurant Functions, in accordance with Ritz-Carlton Club or
similar luxury dining standards. Directs implements and maintains
a service and management philosophy, which serves as a guide
to respective staff. The most desired applicants will posses the
following qualifications: High school graduate/College Degree
preferred, 3 years experience as a Restaurant Manager/Supervisor
(preferably a 5 star restaurant), familiarity with Food & Beverage
Cost, some Culinary Training certification of pervious training
in liquor, wine and food service; Computer Training and electronic
POS sales experience; ability to provide legible communications;
knowledge of various food service styles (i.e., French service,
butler style)

Overall Responsibility:
Plan, prep, set up and provide quality service in all areas of food
production for menu items and specials in the designated outlets
in accordance with standards and plating guide specifications.
Direct, train and monitor performance of Line Cooks. Maintain
organization, cleanliness and sanitation of work areas and
* Minimum 2 years experience as a Line Cook at a top rated resort
or restaurant.
* Ability to work all stations on line.
* Ability to perform job functions with attention to detail, speed
and accuracy.
* Ability to prioritize, organizes, delegate work and follow through.
* Ability to be a clear thinker, remain calm and resolve problems
using good judgment.
* Ability to communicate in English with guests, co-workers and
management to their understanding.
* Ability to compute basic mathematical calculations.

* Certification of culinary training or apprenticeship.
* Previous supervisory experience is preferable.
* Ability to communicate in a second language, preferably Spanish
or Creole.
* Sanitation certificate.


Overall responsibility:
Assists the Director of Golf in managing the overall daily golf
operation including golf shop, retail services, food and beverage
services and the driving range areas. Directs and works with
managers and associates to ensure guest and associate satisfaction
while striving to maximize the financial performance of the
department. Supports and upholds the Ritz-Carlton Philosophy,
Gold Standards, and minimum standards of operation. The most
desired applicants will posses the following qualifications:
* Retail merchandising skills
* Knowledge of purchasing, inventory controls, supplies and
* Proficient at the game of golf
* Instructional teaching skills
* Knowledge of golf and grounds equipment and routine
maintenance needs
* Understanding of Food and Beverage operations

WE are also immediately seeking the following entry level
service positions:
Bartenders (2), Room Attendants (2), Kitchen Stewards (3),
Laundry Workers (2), and Housemen (3) Cart Attendant (1)
and a Telephone Operator (1).
Application forms for the Club are available from the Labor
Departments in Nassau, Grand Bahama and Abaco. If you
feel you qualify for any of the above, please send an e-mail or
fax copy of your resume and telephone contacts to:
The Director of Human Resources
The Abaco Club on Winding Bay
(A Ritz-Carlton Managed Property)
P.O.Box AB20571, Marsh Harbour
Abaco; Bahamas
E-mail: humanresources@theabacocliub.com
Fax #: 242-367-0392
The deadline for receipt of all resumes or applications is
Friday, November 16th.
Sorry, no telephone calls accepted for these positions.


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(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
29th day of October 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa
Corp. Inc., P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.



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M1N ISTER of Tourism and
Aviation, Neko Grant, visited
the 48th annual Fort Laud-
erdale International Boat
Show last weekend to help
market the Bahamas as a
tourist destination for yachts-
men and boaters.
Fhe event, which serves as
one of the main stages for
showcasing the world's best in
superyachts, yachts. boats and
marine accessories, attracts the
high net worth individuals and
institutions that the Bahamas is
looking at to invest in this
nation and purchase second
More than 130. 000 people
and 350 exhibitors, including
the Bahamas, participated in
this year's event.
With several large marinas
set to begin operations in the
Bahamas over the next few
years, the annual'Fort Laud-
erdale International Boat
Show provided a venue for
showcasing this nation to rich
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Jessica Colebrooke's new exhibition set to open

Tribune Feature Writer
hrow a pebble into a lake, there
will be a small splash, a plump-
ing sound, and tiny waves mov-
ing outward from the point where
the pebble hit the water. That sim-
ple act of someone throwing a pebble has pro-
duced a ripple effect that changed the compo-
sition of the pond if only briefly.
That effect, the ability of one object to impact
or create a wave of movement in another, is
one of the principle theories behind Jessica
Colebrooke's new exhibition, "Ripple Fffect".
opening tomorrow at C-Grapes Gallery and
continuing through Friday, November 30.
While there will be no ponds or pebbles

there, Jessica presents a show of her new
ceramic pieces along with works from several
guest artists whose involvement in her life have
produced a metaphorical ripple effect of cre-
ativity in her. In essence, this show is repre-
sentative of how the occurrence of one thing -
the involvement of these artists can have an
effect on many things the development of the
noteworthy Bahamian ceramicist Jessica Cole-
Those guc-l artists, Mary Deveaux, Anto-
nius Roberts, Tyrone Ferguson, Maxwell Tay-
lor and Nicole Sweeting, along with Jessica,
collectively present about 40 pieces.
Creating the ripple
Mary Deveaux, Jessica's art teacher at C I
Gibson, and later her colleague when Jessica

taught at the school, and Antonius Roberts,
who served multiple roles in Jessica's life, as
instructor during her participation in the FIN-
CO Art Workshops from 1988 1990, as art
professor at the College of the Bahamas 1991 -
1994, and as mentor while she attended the
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). were
both iienific.inlt mentors in the artist's life.
"With Antonius being my teacher I was able
to look at his life and see what he was d.,ine-
with art, and that was an inspiration for me to
say, 'okay, I can do this'. That is the ripple.he
has caused in. my life," Jessica told the Arts.
\\ lulc Mary works in a variety of mediums,
her contributions to this show are her unique
creations using jumbay seed pods. And while
Antonius will present high-end fine art sculp-
tured pieces, the show will also feature some of
his low-end creations like cullii;. boards and

Jessica met Tyrone Ferguson through a
friend at a time when he was focusing on pro-
ducing his creative gates. "We went to see his
space and we thought that [his gates] were the
greatest pieces of work that we had see. And to
us it was art. We had Antonius come and see it,
and that's how we are all connected," Jessica
Along the way Jessica and Tyrone lost con-
tact, but they met up again in 2001 when he
took a ceramic class that she was teaching at
COB. IFrom that point on both artists began
working together. In this show Tyrone pre-
sents his metalwork, produced from found
material. *

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"Organic", an exhibi-
tion of recent works by
Tamara Russell and Taino
Bullard, continues until
Friday, November 9 @
Post House Gallery,
Prospect Ridge. Viewing
times: Monday -Saturday,
12pm 7pm. For more
information call 324-

You are cordially
invited to the opening of
"Ripple Effect", an exhi-
bition of new ceramic
pieces by Jessica Cole-
brooke, on Thursday,
November .1 @ The C-
Grapes Gallery in Sea
Call 324-3533 or send an
e-mail tojessicastile-
works@gmail.com for
directions and more infor-
mation. The exhibition
continues through Friday,
November 30. Hours:
10am to 4pm
View "The Gift
Gallery", art and craft by
Adjuah, November 8-22 at
Sine.qua.non Gallery on
Elizabeth Avenue (next to
the old Palace). For more
information e-mail:
The Alvin Ailey
American Dance Theatre
& The National Dance
Company of The Bahamas
are in concert on Monday,
November 19, 2007 and
Tuesday, November 20,
2007 @ the Dundas Centre
for the Performing Arts.
Showtime: 8pm. Tickets
are available at The
Dance Bahamas School
on Nassau Street and the
Dundas Centre for the
Performing Arts.

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"For me he is my spiritual
guide. He has helped me a lot
in understanding not so much
my spirituality, but under-
standing my placement on this
earth and my purpose of being

an artist in God's kingdom. It
really brought an enlighten-
ment, and I started looking at
my life and my work different-
ly," she said.
While studying art at COB,
and even when she went
abroad to RISD, Maxwell Tay-
lor was one of Jessica's
favourite artists. At the time,
Jessica was focusing on print-
making and looked back at his
work as a guide. Maxwell,
whose artistic style, she says,
reminds her a lot of work by
influential African American
social realist painter Charles
White, presents decorative
ceramic pieces in this show.
"Then I got the opportunity
to work with [Maxwell] at the
FINCO workshop where I
taught for a few years. So we
kind of had this relationship
where he has been a huge
inspiration for me in terms of
developing my art," she added.
When it comes to Nicole
Sweeting, the ripple effect goes
both ways. They worked
together at C I Gibson; Jessica
was an art teacher, and Nicole
was an English teacher who
had a knack for art though
she had no formal training.
Earlier this year, Nicole left a
teaching career of 11 years to
follow her desire to be a full-
time artist. That's when Jessica
took her under her wing. In
this show, Nicole is debuting
her ceramic sculptures of
"I wanted to help to sort of
guide her creativity to where
she wanted it to go. But she
became a spiritual mentor to
me as well. So I grew a lot spir-
itually through that connec-
tion. We sort of fed off of each

other with me helping with her
art and I was paid back with
the spiritual building.
"That's why I say that this
show is a ripple effect. You
look at one person and you see
them, but you don't know that
it takes all of these people to
keep that person together.. I
am just honoured that they felt
comfortable enough to put
their work in my space," said
The Motion of Art
While the ripple effect is evi-
dent metaphorically,: it is also
very literal. It become obvious
when one observes the pieces
that Jessica has produced for
this show. She does not call it a
design nor even a style, but an
aesthetic in ceramics that she
began exploring earlier this
year during her show, "Back
to Basics" which was on the
Transforming Spaces route.
People responded positively,
which surprised her since this
new technique was only an
Producing this ripple effect
in her pieces though it may
look simple and is created
through repetition is a very
technical process since all of
the strips of clay must dry at
the same time. In some
instances however, the base
may dry out more than the rip-
pled strips and as a result the
strips tend to separate from
the base.
"The piece is almost like a
baby. You have to watch it at
every step or else it is going to
get out of hand. But once you
can find solutions for it you
can get around it," Jessica not-
And there are more chal-
lenges when it's time to move
the piece from one surface to
the kiln, since as the clay
begins to harden it becomes
more vulnerable.
"On top of that, when you
have clay that's on top of a

base, they are struggling,
they're fighting in the kiln
when you're firing. You never
know what's going to happen.
You pray over your pieces but
it could snap off from the base
at any moment," Jessica said.
A few pieces exploded along
the way to producing this
show, but for many artists, the
unpredictability of clay may be
one of its most attractive fea-
A search for truth
Like many artists, the search
for a comfortable equilibrium
between exploring ones cre-
ativity through fine art while
producing practical pieces that
sell more often, is the frustra-
tion of their profession. And
Jessica's case is no different.
She opened a commercial
tile manufacturing company,
Jessica's Tileworks Studios
(JTS), in 2006. Jessica has been
busy manufacturing personal-
ized tiles for bathrooms and
kitchens, restaurants and busi-
ness establishments since then,
and while business is great, the
bustle of filling orders for her
business has starved the fine
artist in her.
"People tend to look at the
artist and say that he is moti-
vated by greed, but with the
artists I know, the motivation is
really trying to make a differ-
ence in the community with
our art work, to create an
impact, to spur growth and to
It is this same ripple effect
that continues throughout the
art community and the com-
munity at large when each
artist presents his work and
shares his space with others.
Who knows how far those rip-
ples may reach.
For more information and
directions to the gallery contact
Jessica's Tileworks @ 324.3533,
or send an e-mail to jessicas-
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show 'was a huge success'

ARTIST Nadia Campbel-
l's recent jewellery show,
"So Long, Summer", at
Doongalik Studios Art
Gallery in Marina Village,
was ;ia huge success. The
show was well attended by
enthusiastic guests and fol-
lowers of the artist whose
work has fashionably
adorned and enhanced their
attire for several years.
Guests included wife of
the country's premier art col-
lector Vincent D'Aguilar;
Mrs Marina D'Aguilar; who
is a regular customer, along
with her cousin Annette
Carey, wife of Dr Baldwin
Carey. Also in attendance
was the sister of the artist.
Ms Elma Campbell, as well
as Pamela Poitier, daughter
of actor Sidney Poitier, who
was visiting from Cat Island,
and coordinator of the
Bahamas International Film
Festival (BIFF) Leslie Van-
'Nadia's jewellery is popu-
lar because it is so different.
It can be both bold and sub-
tle and the guest enjoyed try-
ing on the various pieces
while trying to make up their
minds", said Doongalik man-
ager Pam Burnside.
Wines were provided com-
pliments of Butler and
Sands, and company repre-
sentative, Fabian Fernander
said that they received posi-
tive comments on their new
vintage. Aliwen Sauvignon
Blanc. and the Santa Rita
Merlot Reserve introduced
at the opening.

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RENOWNED ENTERTAINER Freddie Munnings (far right) took the stage and [po in singing some of his own songs as well as popular classics from other Bahamian artists. Later in the night
he performed several golden oldies by American artists much to the delig, : 1o1 hic eunion 'l-ss. Very attenhve, they rocked and sang along as the artist performed. Dancers later took to the
stage. Then there was fire dancing, and a limbo performance b\ Sweet Boy IOv L W ti It l'o,7d he crowd.

Bringing back 'the good 01' days'

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Tribune Feature Writer
Getting back to basics and the
good ole' days of true Bahami-
an entertainment, the Chez
Willie Restaurant, in conjunc-
tion with the Ministry of
Tourism, has launched a landmark series of
events that will not only show tourists what
Bahamian culture is all about, but also offer
Bahamians a night of nostalgia, with weekly
native shows that will in many ways be a
revival of the days of the Cat N' Fiddle and
the Banana Boat.
While the ambiance and location of Chez
Willie may not be exactly what the Cat N Fid-
dle offered in its heyday, those who turn out
to the new native show will feel comfortable
and relaxed as they listen to classic Bahamian
music and watch various acts under the open
air on Chez Willie's patio while feasting on
some classic Bahamian dishes.
With this new initiative, patrons have the
option of having a five-course meal before or
during the show. On Friday, which marked
the official launch of the show, patrons were
treated to conch chowder, shellfish, grouper,
conch, peas and rice and vegetables, then gua
va duff, and to wash it all a cool tropical
Being the first night, attendance was not
that great when the show began around 9pm
on Friday. But later in the night,.Willie Arm-
strong's (proprietor of the restaurant) CC
Sweating graduating class of 1980 came out to
watch the show. 'I heir enthusiasm was evident
from the beginning.
Freddie Munnings took the stage and began
singing some of his own songs as well as popu-
lar classics from other Bahamian artists. Later
in the night he performed several golden
oldies by American artists much to the
delight of his reunion class. Very attentive,
they rocked and sang along as the artist per-
formed. Dancers later took to the stage. Then
there was fire dancing, and a limbo perfor-
mance by Sweet Boy Leroy that amazed the
Throughout the night, audience membcis
got a chance to interact with the performers ;is
some brave souls followed the fire dancer in
'swallowing' fire and others rubbed the fire
stick on their skin. The fire wasn't as hot as I
had expected it to be though.
'This night of fun, and the Friday nights to
follow, came about after Mr Armstrong
approached the Ministry of Tourism about
supporting a native show that he had in mind.
For Mr Armstrong, there was always a love
for native Bahamian entertainment ever since
his second job in the tourism industry.
"I was working at the Atlantic Hotel al the

time and seeing the great Ronnie Butler at the
time performing there. I would knock off and
watch his performance and was totally fasci-
nated and blown away. Then of course seeing
the great King Eric and Peanuts Taylor per-
form too. I always loved those shows," he
Traveling to Paris and watching the Lido
show, and after going to Cuba and watching
the Tropicana show there, Mr Armstrong
began to have a desire to revive the native
Bahamian show as a way to support cultural
However, he wasn't sure if the support was
there. After hearing the Minister of Tourism
& Aviation Neko Grant speak about the need
for native shows earlier this year, Mr Arm-
strong thought that he would see if the minis-
ter would "truly walk what he is talking".
He approached the ministry immediately,
and sure enough, he got the support.
During his address at a preview of the show
last Wednesday, Mr Grant reminded the
crowd that Nassau was once known as a "cul-
tural mecca" and had the reputation of being
a hotspot for entertainment.
Bahamian musicians, dancers and hosts
were found in abundance. There was a
tremendous amount of pride in entertainers
and they were held in the highest esteem.
World renowned night clubs were found
throughout the downtown area and over-the-
hill and both Bahamians and visitors filled the
clubs on a nightly basis, he noted.
"Sadly, this is no longer the case. More and
more the Bahamian entertainer seems to be
an endangered species. The entertainer is
used for selfish purposes, then quickly dis-
carded. The live entertainment clubs are an
endangered species and in the main, we are
culturally malnourished." Mr Grant said.
Mr Grant thanked Mr Armstrong for bring-
ing live variety entertainment back and for
doing it in such a grand way. He also congrat-
ulated Mr Armstrong on his foresight and
passion for things Bahamian.
While Mr Grant noted that \we cannot have
the old days back again, he said that this
native show allows Bahamians and tourists to
have a new interpretation of our culture on
Mr Armstrong told Tribune Entertainment
that while his native show will attract many
tourists, he is encouraging Bahamians to get
involved as it is their culture on display.
"I think this show has to be first for
Bahamians because nobody should appreciate
the culture more than Bahamians. And if
Bahamians can get it, then they will certainly
talk it up and bring their friends."
For the next two months, there is a special
for all Balhanians. Contact Ch(ez Willie for
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Contract Bridge

By Steve Becker

A Weapon of Last Resort

East dealer.
Both sides vulnerable.
A Q0 9 8 3

4109 6
V8 /4
*65 4
+ AE p 2

VAJ 1096
* 1072

The bidding:
East South
1 + Pass
Pass 1 V
Pass 3 V
Opening lead -

4 K

ace of clubs.


Although declarer usually cannot
be absolutely certain which cards an
opponent might hold, there are times
when he knows for sure which cards
he cannot hold This knowledge
often proves very useful in determin-
ing how to play a particular hand.
Take this case A here South wound
up in four hearts after East had
opened the bidding with one club.
West led the acn of clubs and shifted
to the ten of spades, covered by the
queen and ice F!-a leeturned a spade,

West's nine forcing the king.
Declarer led a heart to the nine,
ruffed his remaining club with the
queen and overtook the king of
hearts with the ace. A third round of
trumps was drawn, after which South
paused to take stock.
He had already lost two tricks,
and still had a spade loser and a
potential diamond loser to take care
of. If the diamond finesse was
attempted and lost, East would cash
the jack of spades to set the contract
Declarer did not know precisely
what either opponent's hand looked
like, but he did know West could not
have the king of diamonds. Had he
held that card along with the ace of
clubs he led at trick one, he surely
wouldn't have passed his partner's
opening bid.
South therefore elected to play
for the one possibility that would
allow him to make his game that
East had the singleton king of dia-
monds. Accordingly, he led a dia-
mond to the ace, and when the king
fell, he had the rest of the tricks.
Of course. South was very lucky
to find the diamond king unguarded
with four cards missing in the suit,
but his was the kind of luck that is
associated with winning players.
While the outcome might have been
lucky, the decision-making process
that preceded it was 100 percent









words in
the main
body of

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letters or more can you make
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S making a word, each letter may
be used once only. Each must
contain the centre letter and
there must be at least one
Snine-letter word. No plurals.
8 Good 15; very good 22;
excellent 30 (or more).
Solution tomorrow.


3 One can go there religiously (5)
8 Copit badly In the eyel (5)
10 Afather's rightto be separated (5)
11 Joint, Le., In partnership (3)
12 Be In the position to take notice (3,2)
13 Disagree when an Inspectors
sent (7)
15 A cut shot, perhaps unintentional (5)
18 Steel centre at St. Andrews,
perhaps (3)
19 We twins dd a job in the garden (6)
21 Charge Into bed and get told offl (7)
22 When the sands are
running out? (4)
23 Cafd front? (4)
24 Where, by the water, black ties are
appropriate? (7)
26 Bicouldhebe witdrawinghis
support? (6)
29 Are back In time (3)
31 Yearns for anaspirin? (5)
32 You can see quiddy that it has a
North End (7)
34 White as a layer of eggs (5)
35 Speed that's upto the
bikers (3)
36 In producing films, Carlo always
made a point (5)
37 Healtae to doctor a bird's
Inside (5)
38 Looks for and seesth a key part Is
Included (5)

yesterday'ss cryptic solutions
ACROSS: 8, 6h-all-ot 9, Fitting in 13, Harry 14, Ditch 15.
Nowhere 16, Pass-age 17, As-set 18, Madam (rev) 20
Stall 22, (I)V-end-or23, Un-worn 25, Distant 21, Con.sign
30, Wooden 31, P-on-ies 32, Catch 35, There 36, Bee-C-H
37, Numbers 39, Reserve 41, Tiers 42, B-rid-e 43,
Revolvers 44, Mas-cot-s
DOWN: 1, Shorts 2, Play ball 3, Good heavens 4, Tight
spot 5, St-and to 6, In two minds 7, Fine 10, Sh-apes 11,
Strains 12, Sermon 19, Dr-ought 21, AD-I-pose 24, Goes
one's way 26, The y-ear dot 28, M-oment-ary 29, Lighter
30, Wa+l-ery 32, Come-back 33, H-as-ten 34, Observe 38,
Ex-lst-s 40, Shed

1 I.ttle pest that can wreck a ship? (5)
2 Could his advice upset the rest,
4 This lets me out (4)
5 Led to a rogue accepting
employment (6)
6 Is such julce very quietly put in

the beer? (5)
7 Elegance of a historic cricketer (5)
9 Its arranged for'l12Across"to help
you here (3)
12 Something afoot helping quiet
progress to be made (7)
14 Ever poetic (3)
16 Notiors I had to go to sea,
stupid (5)
17 Pushed out by a marginal
advantage? (5)
19 The horse opera we back (7)
20 An old country bachelorgird (5)
21 Gang taking a snack tochurch (5)
23 Ate sumptuously, supplied with food
out East (7)
24 Is she said to be James's girt? (6)
25 Wrath from the fairest cause (3)
27 He doesn't show his truesellngs (5)
28 How a steak can be sheer poetry (5)
30 Aspaidto abighead with
responslty? (5)
32 A little kissfrom a bird? (4)
33 He and Jerry can be
drunk (3)

IctatetLdy ,> EdSy solutions
ACROSS: 8, Caution 9, Desperate 13, Realm 14, Brute 15,
Impedes 16, Amateur 17, Gusto 18, Rabbi 20, Hence 22,
Future 23, Silent 25, Freedom 27, Varnish 30, Shower 31,
Armada 32, Tidal 35, Ricky 36, Lease 37, Tankard 39,
Another 41, Miner 42, Adore 43, Represent 44, Tabloid.
DOWN: 1, Havana 2, Stampede 3, Fosburyflop 4,
Necessary 5, Apricot 6, Proportion 7, Stud 10, Preach 11,
Nuggets 12, T-shirt 19, Blessed 21, Nervous 24, Day after
day 26, Everywhere 28, Treatment 29, Taverna 30, Streak
32, Tentacle 33, Ladder 34, Florist 38, Adon(s 40, Oven

3 Musty (5)
8 Shoe fasteners (5)
10 Senseless (5)
11 Tin (3)
-12 Notices (5)
13 Story (7)
15 Melodies (5)
18 Beverage (3)
19 Grmtlfy(6)
21 Comfort(7)
22 Fur (4)
23 Untidy state (4)
24 Colonised (7)
26 Topics (6)
29 Number (3)
31 Favoured (5)
32 Gambling (7)
34 Old-fasnhioned (5)
35 Tavern (3)
36 Sheep's cry (5)
37 Symbol (5)
38 Gain knowledge (5)

I Tropical bird (5)
2 Statesman (7)
4 Sort (4)
5 Small (6)
6 Follow (5)
7 Mountain range (5)
9 Veniclde (3)
1/ Cuis (1)
14 Man's niae (3)
16 Called (5)
17 Feeling (5)
19 Schemed (7)
20 Gossas (5)
21 Quoted (5)
23 Say in passing (7)
24 Calm (6)
25 .Allow (3)
27 Mountainous (5)
28 Honour (5)
30 Interior (5)
32 Ale (4)
13 Writing fluid (3)

Tribune !



OCT 31
ARIES March 21/April 20
You've been quite a skeptic lately,
Aries. Why the pessimism you're
usually a very confident individual.
Trust your instincts, they've never let
you down in the past.
TAURUS April 21/May 21
Have you been feeling stir-crazy,
Taurus? Make the most of days spent
indoors by keeping in touch with
family and friends via the Internet. It
could lead to a friendship.
GEMINI May 22/June 21
It's time to shed those post-holiday
pounds, Gemini. Too many rich
foods have left you feeling soft in the
middle; Recruit a close friend to be
your workout buddy.
CANCER June 22/July 22
It seems that the new project you
hoped to start is not going to work
out, Cancer. The finances are just
not there at this time. Bide your
patience you may be surprised
in a few months."
LEO July 23/August 23
The holidays have left you feeling
weary, Leo. It's probably best if you
take a small vacation to refresh and
relax. You might want to fly solo -
your partner won't handle the quiet.
VIRGO Aug 24/Sept 22
Have you been thinking about a
home remodeling project, Virgo?
This is just the time to start one.
When the weather doesn't cooper-
ate invite over friends for fun.
LIBRA Sept 23/Oct 23
If you've been speeding through your
life, Libra, it could be time to step on
the brakes. Take a few moments to
enjoy the scenery a snow-covered
mountain or a frozen pond.
SCORPIO Oct 24/Nov 22
You've been in a slump, Scorpio,
which is usually not your typical
behavior. Get rearing to go with a
new hobby to jump-start your inter-
est. Start a club or join a class.
If you've been feeling academic,
Sagittarius, it could be the right time
to sign up for school to continue a
degree. Make the most of the slow
economy to expand your education
and prepare for the future ahead.
CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 20
If you've been in a festive mood,
Capricorn, spread your cheer to others
who could benefit from a friendly smile.
Volunteer at a senior center or at a local
pet shelter. A loved one approves.
AQUARIUS- Jan 21/Feb 18
The beginning of the year has started
.out on the wrong foot for you
Aquarius, but there is a silver lining
to every cloud. Re-assess your goals
and you'll feel more secure.
PISCES Feb 19/March 20
If you're not a fan of winter weather,
Pisces, you may want to make a trip
to a warmer locale. Plan a romantic
rendez-vous with your sweetie as an
early Valentine's Day gift.

C S -S eon a .

Leonid Stein v Tigran Petrosian,
USSR championship 1961. Stein
was one of chess history's
unlucky grandmasters, several
times nan owly missing a world
title candidates place. Mystery
still surrounds the exact
circumstances of his death at the
early age of 38 in 1973. He had
just helped his Soviet team win
the gold medals in the European
championship at Bath and was
due to fly out to Brazil for the
world interzonal, but was found
dead from a heart attack in his
Heathrow hotel room. Though
he had a history of heart
problems, which he had
admitted to me six years earlier
at Hastings, he looked fit and
healthy. The whisper was that
the trigger was over-energetic
sex. Today's position is from one
of his most impressive victories,
against the later world

a I
-' S- 1 -

champion "Iron Tigran" Petrosian
after only 24 moves of the solid
French Defence. White's next turn
proved so convincing that
Petrosian resigned immediately.
The move itself is not so hard to
spot, but for advanced solution
credit you need to find a fine
queen sacrifice several moves
deep which Stein would
undoubtedly have visualised
before launching his winning

L ness solution 8473:1 Bxe6! Resigns. If fxe6 2 Qg4
Ne7 3 Qxe6 and Black is helpless against Rt8+ or Rf7.
The main line is 1 Bxe6 Nxe5 2 dxe5 Qb6 (pins the f2
rook and attacks the e6 bishop) 3 Qxd5! fxe6 (it Qxe6
4 Qxb7) 4 Qc6+! Qxc6 5 Rf8+ and 6 RIf7 mate. The
Qc6 blocks the black king's escape.






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DJ Fines holds on to

Green Synergy title
y gy

Tribune Feature Writer

Twenty-sixk year old
Calvin Dorsett, better
known as DJ Fines, is on
top of the world right
now. He has successfully
defended his Green Synergy title after
mixing and scratching his way past 12
other Caribbean DJs to win the 2007
Heineken Green Synergy DJ compe-
tition in Jamaica on Saturday.
For Fines, who now adds $10,000 to
his name, and has the opportunity to
host Tempo's Cross Caribbean
Countdown thanks to this competi-
tion the win is all the more special
since he was able to defend his title on
foreign soul. Apparently, despite his
incredible win at the 2006 competition
held at SuperClubs Breezes, there
were some, dare I say, haters, who
believed that he only won because
the competition was held in the
"To me, everything going back into
the competition was on proving the
fact that I am going to wiri consecu-
tively even though I wasn't on my
home soil this time. The most impor-
tant thing to me was to win in some-
body else home town just to prove
that point. And I could say that the
crowd wasn't no where near being
biased because we got more crowd
response than the actual Jamaican
DJ," Fines told Tribune Entertain-
With little fanfare, Fines left for
Jamaica sans entourage, and with only
Heineken representatives from Burns
House Limited to accompany him,
still,-he found that support for him in
Jamaica was not lacking. Bahamian
students and other Bahamians living
in Jamaica made it known that they
were out to support the defending
"The Bahamians living there came
from different places to support me,
so that felt good. Then a lot of people
remembered me from last year as the
fella' who did the back flip, so I got a
lot more good lucks," Fines recalled.
"But a lot of people didn't even
know that the show was going on.
The hype about the competition was-
n't anything near the hype last year
w)hen the competition was here," he
noted. .
While DJ Fines is obviously elated
at his win, he is also humbled by the
fact that this win almost didn't hap-
pen. Due to some issues that he does
not wish to elaborate on at this time,,
some of the tricks he'd initially
planned didn't work.
"I had to, more or less in two days,
improvise my entire routine totally

over, on the spot. right there in
Jamaica, in order to win this actual
competition or to even go on stage
because at that point I was ready to
give up. But I was like telling myself,
you know what, you came this far
right now, you have to improvise, you
have to find something else to make
you win this competition. Don't let
anybody hold you back. You can't
stop," Fines told Tribune Entertain-
After making a few adjustments to
his routine, Fines was still able to wow
the .crowd especially when he
scratched the record with his foot
while pouring a can of Heineken into
a cup. He also used Junkanoo music
as a highlight of his 10-minute rou-
Needless to say, support for this
Bahamian superstar was evident as
he returned home. From the moment
he disembarked the airplane with the
large check in his hand, airport
employees knew he'd won and their
excitement followed. He spent an
extra 20 minutes in customs signing

autographs, taking pictures and talk-
ing to his supporters.
The son of Arthur and Gloria
Dorsett, this Nassau native has
accomplished much in his career
despite his youth. He has been a DJ at
100 JAMZ since February 2000, and
says that the flexibility of his job and
the genuine love among his co-work-
ers is what keeps him attracted to
To date, Fines has six competitions
under his belt; the Ballhead Produc-
tions Bikini Beach Bash at Arawak
Cay, a high school DJ showcase, two
Butler's Birthday Bash DJ Competi-
tions, and the 2006 and 2007
Heineken Green Synergy DJ Cham-
pionships. But he'll tell you that the
Heineken Green Synergy competi-
tions are his crowning glory, espe-
cially the 2007 competition which
gives him the chance to host a show
on Tempo.
While Fines may just be getting his
regional props as best DJ in
Caribbean, he has been in the music
industry for more than a decade. In

fact, apart from a job working at
Atlantis for two years after high
school, Fines has never been separat-
ed from his music.
Though it was Fines' brother who
introduced him to deejaying, Fines
admits that there would be no him
without Dion Da Butcha, fellow 100
JAMZ DJ. Both his brother and Dion
got started around the same time, but
Fines' brother was more of a mix DJ
capable of playing different genres of
music, while Dion had the scratching
and technical aspects of Deejaying
on lockdown. So when Fines heard
Dion's style, he wanted to learn more
from Dion.
The two met when Fines was six
years old, but the budding DJ could
.nly practice from Dion's mixed tapes
since the veteran really didn't have
much time to take a young buck
under his wing. The relationship got
serious however, when Fines was 12
years old, and Dion applied himself to
involving the rising star in more
hands-on work.
DJ Flava'and Charlie Brown who

worked for Scooby Do Hit City back
in the day also did their part in train-
ing Fines. DJ Flex, who was a DJ at
Power 104.5FM, also helped to train
Fines and is credited with giving him
a jump-start as a professional.
Long before Fines came to 100
JAMZ, he was hired by Power
104.5FM as a DJ.
Flex, a good friend of the family,
knew the potential that Fines had.
He took Fines to the studio and gave
him a chance to spin on the radio.
That's when the B-Man heard him
and was impressed that young Fines
had so much talent.
Interestingly enough, Fines would
end up taking over for DJ Flex who
soon left the radio station. It's a move
he describes as his "big break".
While he does not know for sure
.where his career will lead, his plan to
leave deejaying in the next five years
is still a real possibility. But that wll
not be the last you see of him in enter-
tainment. Fines is looking at the pos-
sibility of becoming an actor some-

Are violent movies having a negative effect on our youth?

Tribune Feature Writer
few weeks ago, a Tri-
bune photographer
snapped a picture of
the movie lineup at
Galleria Cinemas and
questioned the predominance of vio-
lent movies being shown.
Are movies like "War" and "Shoot
Em Up", which portray scene after
bloody scene of violent altercations
affecting how young people deal with
conflict resolution? Is this mutli-bil-
lion dollar movie industry helping to
perpetuate the violent tendencies we
are now seeing displayed in this gen-
Parents seem to think so.
"i don't let my children watch any
movie until I've gorie online and
investigated what it's about on my
own because once a seed is planted

and it's grown to the point where it
takes root, it's hard to get the behav-
iour out of them," said Shantell
Cartwright, a mother of two teenage
boys (14 and 17 years old).
Mrs Cartwright told Tribune Enter-
tainment that when she views some of
the trailers for some movies, she lit-
erally cringes at the sexual sugges-
tions and the level of violence that
the movie contains. And while it was
pointed out that trailers are edited
for shock value. Mrs Cartwright said
that it doesn't matter.
"The scenes are still going to show
in the movie right? I don't even know
vwhy they even bhing th'ioc foolish-
ness here," she added.
According to Chris Mortimer, CEO
of Galleria Cinemas, there is actually
no criteria to choosing what movies
are played. Their distributors have a
release schedule of movies and Gal-
leria is under contractual obligation
through their distribution agreement

to play the movies as they are
released. Their agreement, he added,
is no different from that of a car coni-
pany that is obligated to have every
new model of a particular brand in
their showroom.
As people question the violent
nature of the films being played and
the apparent lack of family oriented
programming at Galleria however,
Mr Mortimer said that he does not
subscribe to the concept that this is
the reason for the violence occurring
in the community among young men.
"There are lots of things that influ-
ence us. Our problem is that we need
to deal with influences that occur on
a daily basis, and that deals with par-
ents and guardians taking a more
direct involvement in the lives of their
children," he told Tribune Entertain-
Mr Mortimer said that people want
to take the movies out of context and
blame the entertainment industry for

their problems. But it is not the enter-
tainer's fault, he added.
"With everything else in life people
have choices. If a violent movie comes
out, people can either choose to
watch the movie or not, just like they
can choose to listen to thile music or
not or 1Ihey can choose to read a cer-
tain book or not. I lhe fact of the mat-
ter is that they have choices and they
need to make them," Mr Mortimer
I orl\-five year old Patricia, who
did not 1 want to give her surname, is a
single mother of a 17-year old child.
She believes that while a violent
lmovic at the cinema does influence a
child's behaviour, movies and other
programmes that are shown on regu-
lar cable television are also to blame.
"You can't single out just the cine-
mas because it's the content, not
where the movie is being shown. Par--
ents don't let their children go to the
movies, but they don't say anything

when their child is sitting in the TV
room watching a vulgar cartoon or
movie." she explained.
Patricia says that she has developed
a relationship with her son where she
randonily checks his room and takes
any DVI) or video game that she
deems inappropriate.
"We have that understanding. So
it's better if he doesn't even bring
them in the house at all," she said.
When it comes to addressing issues
of violence among young people and
creating a better and safer Bahamas,
Mr Mortimer believes that each indi-
'idual must do his part, rather than
blaming the entertainment industry.
"The problem is that we want to
blame everything on everything else
instead of looking at ourselves and
seeing how best we can make changes
that will affect the country positively.
It is easy to blame the movies, but
not so easy to blame ourselves," he

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