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Volume: 101 No.37 SATURDAY, JANUARY 8, 2005 PRICE 500

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claims minister


probe into

Roberts claims

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Tribune Staff Reporter
I THE FNM lashed out at
Attorney General Alfred Sears
yesterday, alleging that he has
potentially prejudiced the inves-
tigation into the rape allegation
against Works and Utilities
Minister Bradley Roberts.
FNM chairman Carl Bethel
said that Mr Sears' comments
to the press on Thursday jeop-
atdised the chances for a fair
trial, and may have indirectly
pressured the decision as to
whether or not Mr Roberts is
charged with the offence.
: Mr Sears told the press on
Thursday that Police Commis-
sioner Paul Farquharson rec-
ommended that rape charges
not be filed against Mr Roberts.

Alfred Sears
; "In revealing an adverse rec-
ommendation made by the
Commissioner of Police the
Attorney General has seriously
prejudiced the possibility of the
complainant ever receiving a
fair trial, should the rape charge
be brought on the recommen-
dation of the Director of Public
Prosecutions," Mr Bethel said.
' He said that making the
commissioner's recommenda-
tion public could also be seen
"as a means for the Attorney
General to indirectly pressure
his staff towards a certain con-
Mr Sears has asked Director
of Public Prosecutions Bernard
Turner to review the commis-
sioner's recommendation and
see if it should be followed.
, Mr Bethel said the Attorney
General's "gravely unaccept-

able" conduct in making the
police recommendation public,
speaks of the government's atti-
tude to the rule of law on the
"It is clear that the indirect
political pressure and interfer-
ence in a serious criminal inves-
tigation has reached unprece-
dented and unacceptable levels
under the PLP," Mr Bethel said.
He warned that if the rule of
law "is to have any meaning in
the Bahamas then the same
treatment ought to be given to
each person regardless of their
station in life."
Mr Bethel said that the seri-
ousness of the alleged rape is
only surpassed in Bahamian law
by murder and treason.
He said that, as such, it
deserved immediate and seri-
ous attention from police.
Speaking of the delay
between the alleged incident
involving Mr Roberts and the
commencement of the police
inquiry, he agreed that rape
investigations can sometimes
take a long time.
"But it is unheard of for the
police to wait three weeks to
interview a rape suspect, who
is walking around free, is easily
reached, and who is competent
to answer questions from inves-
He pointed out that any
physical evidence of resistance
from the victim on the body of a
suspect, for instance bruises and
scratches, would have healed
after three weeks and be unde-
tectable to police.
Commissioner Farquharson
said on Wednesday that it was
not unusual for rape investiga-
tions to take three weeks.
Public Prosecutions Direc-
tor Bernard Turner yesterday
declined to give his initial
impression of the police recom-
mendation against charging Mr
Roberts, or say whether he
thought he would recommend
that Mr Roberts be charged.
Mr Turner said he declined
to comment out of a sense of
"fairness to the entire process,
to myself and to the public."
He said he could not put a
time-frame on when he would
report his findings on the police
recommendation to the Attor-
ney General's office, but
pledged to deal with the mat-
ter as quickly as possible.
A 47-old-woman has alleged
that Mr Roberts raped her at
her home in Marathon on
December 4 last year. Mr
Roberts has strongly denied her
allegations. He said he was con-
fident he would be exonerated.

JUNKANOO group One Family makes last minute adjustments to their piece,
entitled 'Happy New Year', during preparations for last night's parade.

Inual citu

Tribune Staff Reporter
AN INCURABLE bacterial
disease affecting citrus plants
has caused the closure of the
3,000-acre Bahama Star Farm
at Treasure Cay, Abaco.
Ministry of Agriculture offi-
cials confirmed that the highly
contagious Citrus canker dis-
ease had infected the farm,
based on samples tested by the
United States Department of
Citrus canker, which is caused
by the bacterium Xanthomonas
campestris pv. citri, affects all
types of citrus, including
oranges, sour oranges, grape-
fruit, tangerines, lemons and
Canker causes the citrus tree

to continually decline in health
and fruit production, causing
premature leaf and fruit drop.
Ultimately the tree will produce
no fruit at all, and the disease
can easily and rapidly be spread
by windborne rain, landscaping
equipment, animals and birds,
or by people carrying the infec-
tion on their hands or clothing.
According to David Knowles,
the officer in charge of the
Department of Agriculture in
Abaco, the Florida owners of
the company had suspected that
something was wrong with the
groves for some time.
"The manifestation of the dis-
.ease became obvious after the
hurricanes. It is the belief that
the winds spread the disease
See FARM, Page 11

Taxi union

boss hits out

at ministry

Tribune Staff Reporter
BTU president Leon Griffin
criticised the Ministry of
Labour's actions at the taxicab
union's emergency election,
claiming it was "wrong" for offi-
cials to pull out after the vot-
ing had already begun.
He was speaking yesterday
during a press conference at the
Bahamas Taxicab Union's Nas-
sau Street headquarters.
Mr Griffin said he is also
unhappy with the way that
Labour Minister Vincent Peet is
treating him as a union presi-
Since labour official Theresa
Johnson and an assistant pulled
out of the elections about 30

minutes after the start of vot-
ing, Mr Griffin said he has not
heard a word from anyone in
the ministry explaining the rea-
son for their departure.
Even though labour monitors
left the premises, Mr Griffin
carried on with the election
process under the supervision
of a Justice of the Peace,
Thomas Bastian.
On Thursday, 60 union mem-
bers turned out to participate
iffthe polling process. There are
about 156 "financial" union
members who have paid their
dues and are eligible to vote.
Fifty-three of those members
voted to oust vice-president
Cheryl Ferguson; trustee Daniel
Cleare; first vice-president Sig-
See UNION, Page 11

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the official


Tribune Staff Reporter
OFFICIALS at the Ministry
of Youth, Sports and Culture
have concluded that despite
controversy as to who the win-
ner of the 2004 Sammy Thomp-
son Boxing Day Parade is, the
results of all judged categories
weighs in favour of the Shell
Saxon Superstars.
According to a Ministry
spokesman, the Saxons are the
official winners, unless some
extenuating circumstance
The parade results, which had
been under intense scrutiny by
some runners -up is now con-
sidered official, since the expi-
ration of the 72 hour protest
The Saxons officially leads
the pack with 2,176 points. In
second place One Family with
2,166 points; in third place
Prodigal Sons with 1;977; in
fourth place Valley Boys with
1,939 points: fifth place goes to
Roots with 1,798 points and
sixth place to'Music Makers
with 1,330.
Although other Junkanoo
groups protested at the Saxons
being announced the unofficial
winner with only 45 per cent of
the parade having been judged,
the spokesman stated that "the
results of the parade can only
reflect those score sheets
received from judges, and
regardless of protest, the same
score cards can only be counted
and recounted, but none of the
categories can be revisited after
the fact."
The spokesman claimed that
according to the official rules
that governed the Boxing Day
Parade, the overall victor of the
parade could only be
announced based on the cate-
gories of:
Overall Group Costume -
50 per cent
Best Music 25 per cent
Performance 20 per cent
Execution of Theme 5 per
The spokesman said: "Many
Junkanooers and spectators
may not realise that those cate-
gories of best lead piece, chore-
ographed dance, best banner,
best free dancer, and best off-

'There is a possibility that the

Ministry will split the prize

money between all participating

groups as a form of

consolation, instead of causing

everyone to forfeit that portion

of prize money.'

the-shoulder dancer stand
alone, and do not contribute to
the success of the overall win."
In the case of the Boxing Day
Parade, the critical categories
of overall group costume, exe-
cution of theme, and non-con-
tributing categories of best ban-
ner and best free dancer were
not visited by judges..
The spokesman further sug-
gested that all possible mea-
sures have been taken iby the
Junkanoo Parade Management
Board to ensure that no cate-
gory is overlooked, and each is
accurately judged at Friday's
night's Maureen Duvalier New
Year's Day Parade.
As for the categories that
were not judged, the spokesman
said: "There is a possibility that
the Ministry will split the prize
money between all participat-
ing groups as a form of conso-
lation, instead of causing every-
one to forfeit that portion of
prize money."
The spokesman was unable
to confirm whether there will
be a revisiting of scores or
recount of the scores for the
3rd-6th positions as a result of
the protest launched by The
Roots Junkanoo Group.
In the Category of Group
Saxons 1st Place 998
One Family 2nd Place 970
Roots 3rd Place 944 points
Valley Boys 4th Place 885
Prodigal Sons 5th Place -
Music Makers 6th Place -

In the Category of Group
Saxons 1st Place 1,378.250
One Family 2nd Place -
1,326.375 points
Valley Boys 3rd Place -
1,320.000 points
Roots 4th Place 1,319.875
Prodigal Sons 5th Place, ,
Music Makers 6th Place -
In the Category of Lead Cos-
Saxons The Great Posei-
don 500 points
Saxons Wonders of
Atlantis 491 points
Saxons Guardian of the
Pearl 487 points
One Family- China Gift of
Bahamas 466 points
In the Category of Choreo-
graphed Dance:
Saxons 1st Place 479
One Family 2nd Place 473
Valley Boys 3rd Place 424
Prodigal Sons 4th Place -
Roots 5th Place 396
Music Makers 6th Place -
In the Category of Off-the-
One Family- Enter The
Dragon 344 points
Saxons-King Butterfly Fish -
293 points
One Family- Beijing 2008 -
278 points
One Family- Buddha's Gar-
den -240 points
See Monday's Tribune for full
coverage of the Maureen Duva-
lier New Year's Day Parade.

Spokesman for C-Cube Peter Adderley (far left) and Dale Claire of C-Cube yesterday present-
ed Minister of Social Services and Community Development Melanie Griffin and Rosemary
Bain of the Child Care Facility Placement Division (far right) with 50 tickets for Bahamians
without the financial means to purchase Junkanoo tickets.


children get 50

Junkanoo tickets

Tribune Staff Reporter
FIFTY people, the majority
of them children, who were
without the financial means to
buy tickets for Junkanoo, were
given the opportunity to watch
last night's parade from prime
C-Cube, the company in
charge of seating arrangements
for Junkanoo, yesterday
donated 50 tickets to the Min-
istry of Social Service and
Community Development to
be given to less-fortunate
At the presentation of the
tickets to Social Services Min-
ister Melanie Griffin in Raw-
son's Square yesterday morn-
ing, Spokesman for C-Cube
Peter Adderley said that
Junkanoo, which "is so deeply
rooted in the Bahamian cul-

ture," should be accessible to
all people.
"We are in the business of
selling seats for Junkanoo, but
there is a significant number
of people in the country who
cannot afford to see the
parade," he said.
Mr Adderley said that the
latest social study, which
showed that more than nine
per cent of Bahamians were
living under the poverty line
of $2,863 per annum, "clearly
indicates that there are truly
a great number of people in
the Bahamas who cannot
afford this event."
'Minister Griffin thanked the
company for "the meaningful
gesture" and said that now
"children in particular who are
unable to afford to come to
Bay Street" will be able to see
the New Year's Day parade.
"It will go a long way in

enhancing the cultural experi-
ence of some of our young
"Junkanoo ought to be
inclusive," she noted.
Mrs Griffin explained that
Chief Welfare Officer in the
Child Care Facility Placement
Division Rosemary Bain will
give the tickets to a selected
child from each of the private
and government operated
"Hopefully next year we can
expand to children from vari-
ous communities within the
urban renewal project," she
Mr Adderley further point-
ed out that thousands of peo-
ple "can stand on Shirley
Street and Bay Street to see
the parade."
"At no time should the com-
mon man be exempted from
Junkanoo," he said.


A 47-year-old Bahamian
woman living in North Miami
Beach appeared in a Nassau
Street court yesterday on a
forgery charge.
Deloris McCartney Fray was
found in possession of a forged
Bahamian passport in New
Providence on January 6, The
passport registration number
CH 016228 was in the name of
Deneka Rahming.
Fray pleaded guilty to the
charge and was fined $1,500 or
three months in prison.
Catrina McCartney, 24, of 6

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Domingo Heights, also
appeared in court on a forgery
On or about January 2,
McCartney had a forged
Bahamian passport registra-
tion number CH 016228 in the
name of Daneka Aneta Rah-
ming, according to court
She pleaded guilty to the
charge and was fined $150 or
three months in prison.
Magistrate Susan Sylvester
A 51-year-old man of
Hampshire Drive; and a 36-
year-old man of Pratt Alley,
appeared in Court 2 Nassau,
Street on charges of possession
of forged currency.
Court reports alleged that on
March 3, 2002 the men were
found in possession of 990 $100
US bills, valued at $99,000.
The 51-year-old is also facing
a charge of possession of 14

$100 US bills, valued at $1,400.
The arraignment date was
postponed to Monday, January
In other court news:
A 22-year-old resident of
Alexander Boulevard, Nassau
Village, appeared in Court 3,
Nassau Street on charges of
assault with a deadly weapon.
Court documents alleged that
around 4.30pm on December
15, 2004, Rodreco Taylor
unlawfully trespassed the
Yamacraw Beach Estates home
of Pete and Bonnie Rolle, with
the intent to cause grievous
Taylor also allegedly assault-
ed, and threatened Mrs Rolle's
life with a metal pipe.
He pleaded not guilty to the
charges. Bail was set at $3,500.
Magistrate Susan Sylvester
A preliminary inquiry has
been set for May 30.

Local News........... P1,2,3,5,6,7,8,9,11,12
Editorial/Letters ........................................P4
O ut There .................................................. P10
Sports .............................................P1,2,3,4,5
Com ics...................................................... P6
T. V. G uide.............. ................................ P7
W eather.................................................... P8


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Miami-based Bahamian

pleads guilty to forgery







o: g E WR M EY!/ RIP UP'Ws

man charged

with murder

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT A 32-year-old
Freeport man was charged with
murder in the Freeport Magis-
trate's Court on Friday after-
noon in connection with the
shooting death of a man two
weeks ago at Adventurer's
Jayson Scott, a resident of No
9 Oleander Street, appeared
before Magistrate Helen Jones
in Court Three, where he was
not required to enter a plea to
the murder of Michael Brown,
alias "Ninja".
It is alleged that on Decem-
ber 14, 2004, the accused being
concerned with another inten-

tionally caused the death of
Brown at Freeport, Grand
According to reports, Brown
was at House 102 on Adven-
turer's Way when he was shot
him through a window.
He was hit by bullets and
died while undergoing surgery
at Rand Memorial Hospital.
Scott, who was not repre-
sented by counsel, was denied
bail and remanded in custody
at Fox Hill Prison until March 7,
2005 for a preliminary inquiry.
In other news, Police have
arrested a 34-year-old resident
of Martin Town suspected of

smashing the windshields and
windows of nine vehicles in the
Eight Mile Rock area last week.
Supt Basil Rahming said at
about 5.30pm on Thursday, a
brave homeowner apprehended
the suspect, who broke into his
The man is suspected of
Wednesday's vandalism in the
Martin Town, Russell Town,
and Rocky Shore communities.
The man was also arrested
for an outstanding warrant in
connection with charges of inde-
cent assault on a nine-year-old
He is expected to appear
before the courts in connection
with the matters next week.

Government allows

further exemptions

on import duties

Tribune Freeport Reporter

FREEPORT Government
has released three new exigency
orders for Grand Bahama resi-
dents, allowing for further duty
exemptions on the importation
of goods for properties dam-
aged by the two hurricanes last
year. ... ..
At the Office of the Prime
Minister here, officials
announced that Cabinet,
through the Minister of
Finance, released declarations
of exigency orders seven, eight
and nine following the expira-
tion of exigency order six on
December 31,2004.
The new orders, which
became effective on January 1,
expire March 31,2005.
Carnard Bethel, parliamen-
tary secretary in the Prime Min-
ister's Office, said exigency
order eight allows duty exemp-
tions on the importation of
building materials, electrical fix-
tures and materials, plumbing
fixtures and materials, and
household furniture and appli-
Exigency order nine provides
for the importation of goods,
duty free, for hotels licensed
under the Hotels Act, or goods
for any touristic attraction
intended for relief, due to loss
and damage caused by the hur-
Fishermen and farmers who
have suffered losses are also
provided duty exemptions
under exigency order nine.
Mr Bethel said that govern-
ment has not extended exemp-
tions on motor vehicles, which
expired with order six on
December 31, 2004.
However, he noted that if
approvals were granted for
vehicles prior to December 31,
which have not yet arrived to
Grand Bahama, the office
would assist persons experienc-
ing difficulties with Customs.
"There are also some people
who applied to bring in motor
vehicles and the process was not
complete because there were
varying stages of preparation
for the grant of the exemption.
And for those, we are proposing
to arrange to complete them."
Mr Bethel said that many
purchased goods under the cat-
egory referred to in order seven
prior to December 31, which
have not yet arrived, would also
be allowed exemptions from
Customs, once it could be veri-
fied that the persons' items were
damaged by the storms.
Persons seeking exemptions
under the new orders must now
make application to govern-
ment agencies, he explained.
The applications are also
available at the Administrators
Office in Freeport, West Grand
Bahama and East Grand
The Department of Social
Services must verify the appli-
cation forms for the importa-
tion of goods for dwelling

'We have had numerous
reports of persons who have
manipulated the system up until
December 31, and who have
proliferated and gotten away.
So this way we can streamline,
eliminate and eradicate
that kind of abuse
that has taken place,'
-Alexander Williams, Freeport administrator

homes under the category in
order seven.
And applications for struc-
tural damage and repair must
be made to the Ministry of
Farmers and fishermen must
make application to the Min-
istry of Fisheries and Agricul-
ture office in Freeport.
Freeport administrator
Alexander Williams said the
various representatives at those
agencies have to first verify the
damage before applications are
Once representatives have
verified the damage applicants
will receive a letter of verifica-
"We have had numerous
reports of persons who have
manipulated the system up until
December 31, and who have
proliferated and gotten away.
So this way we can streamline,
eliminate and eradicate that
kind of abuse that has taken

place," he said.
Charles King, administrator
for West Grand Bahama, said
that although the NEMA Com-
mand Centre has ceased, the
government is still working
through NEMA to assist those
persons in need, particularly
with the reconstruction process
carried out through the Depart-
ment of Housing.
"Those persons in need may
also go to the department of
social services for assistance.
We don't want people to feel
that we have turned our backs
on them," he said.
Mr King extended thanks to
United Churches of the Turks
and Caicos Island for a $10,000
donation to NEMA.


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THEAVIATOR T 1:20 N/A N/A 5:45 N/A 9:45
DARKNESS T 1:05 3:30 N/A 6:05 8:15 10:50
MEET THE FOCKERS T 1:00 3:20 N/A 6:10 8:20 10:40
FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX T 1:05 3:35 N/A 6:00 8:15 10:45
SPANGLISH T 1:30 N/A 4:15 7:10 N/A 9:45
LEMONY SNICKETS B 1:10 3:40 N/A 6:10 8:20 10:40
OCEAN 12 T 1:00 3:25 N/A 6:00 8:15 10:40
BLADE: TRINITY C 1:00 3:30 N/A 6:00 8:20 10:50
SPONGEBOB MOVIE B 1:20 3:45 N/A 6:20 N/A N/A

FATALBERT NEW 1:20 3:30 N/A 6:00 8:15 10:25
DARKNESS NEW 1:30 3:45 N/A 6:15 8:30 10:20
THE AVIATER NEW 2;00 N/A N/A 6:00 N/A 9:30
MEET THE FOCKERS T 1:20 3:35 N/A 6:20 8:35 10:45
LEMONY SNICKETS B 1:00 3:40 N/A 6:10 N/A N/A
BLADETRINITY C 1:10 3:30 N/A 6:00 8:20 10-35
OCEAN'S 12 C N/A N/A N/A N/A 8:30 10:45

Tribune Staff Reporter
POLICE are advising both
local residents and visitors to
the country that surveillance
systems are in place to monitor
individuals seeking to buy or
sell illegal substances.
These precautionary mea-
sures were revealed by Chief
Supt Hulan Hanna following
serious allegations that linked
taxi drivers and other tourist
operators to drug peddling and
supplying drugs to visitors.
According to one jet-ski
operator, tourist to the island
come to various beach side
haunts requesting that the oper-
ators supply them with desired
"These visitors come to us
and ask us if we can sell them
drugs, but when we refuse they
claim that the taxi drivers sell
drugs to them, so why can't
The jet-ski operator was a
caller to a brief open-line
debate on ZNS' Immediate
Response talk show with host
Darrold Miller on Thursday.
On the issue of the Bahamas'
Tourism Industry and the
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Torture: it's just plain wrong

WASHINGTON My professional cre-
dentials are in intelligence, but I believe the
nomination of Alberto Gonzales for attorney
general is first and foremost a moral issue.
In a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee,
Rear Admiral John Hutson pointed out that
Gonzales' recommendations-regarding torture
brought increased animosity toward the United
States, hurt our intelligence effort, and increased
the risks to our troops. All of this is true. Tor-
ture is counter-productive. But actually it's a lot
worse. It's also just plain wrong .That's why
there are so many laws against it. Not because
it's counter-prqductive .... but because it's just
plain wrong.
And it is the rule of law that distinguishes us
from animals that don't know right from wrong.
With some things like torture, like slavery -
well, no matter how many people might say
such practices are okay, they are not okay. They
are objectively evil. They are morally abhor-
rent. .. .or, at least, they should be. There is a
memorable passage in Tom Sawyer where Tom
asks the slave Jim what he thinks of slavery.
As I recall the conversation, Jim replies: Just
because everyone says they think it's right; just
because everyone tells you it's right; well, that
don't make it right!I Don't think you need reli-
gion to understand that. But I do believe that
faith can reinforce it. Moses, the great prophet
of the Hebrew, Christian and Muslim tradi-
tions, was sent by God to Egypt, where the.
Jews were prisoners. They were being tortured`
- "ground down" is the way the Bible puts it.
And Moses' instructions were to end the torture.
And that is what we are called to do end
the torture.
Let me be specific: A friend of mine, Army
Sgt. Sam Provance, was stationed at the Abu
Graib prison in 2003. He is a decorated Army
careerist, anything but a troublemaker. But he
does have a conscience. Not unlike the vast
majority of the prisoners at Abu Graib, Sam
was simply in the wrong place at the wrong
time. In Sam's case, the wrong place was that
terrible prison; the wrong time was the night
shift. Sam was not a military policeman or inter-
rogator, but he was close enough to hear the
screams of those being abused close enough
to see the Iraqi boy who had been tortured
before his father's eyes. The purpose, of course,
was to "set the conditions for successful inter-
rogation," to use the euphemism coined by Maj.'
Gen. Geoffrey Miller who, after commanding
the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, "migrat-
ed," together with the abusive interrogation
techniques used there, to Abu Graib.The boy's
father, you see, was an Iraqi general, who might
know something and, if so, might spill the beans
if the right "conditions" were set. Sam told me

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that what he found most "chilling" was how:-
The prisoners had been demonized as "the ene-
my" and rendered subhuman. The interrogators
made so light of what they were doing. The
interrogators had absolute power the kind,
Sam pointed out, that corrupts absolutely. Sam's
fellow soldiers waved off his objections.
Back in Germany, his superiors also waved
Sam off, relegating him to an undefined position
in the supply room. They removed his clear-
ances and did all they could to make him a pari-
ah among his comrades. Since when has it
become a blemish on a U.S. Army career to
refuse to condone torture? How is it that some-
one with the courage to say "That's just plain
wrong" ends up ostracized in his community?
Has objecting to torture become unpatriotic?
Why is it that Army Specialist Joseph Darby,
who also complained through channels about
the torture at Abu Graib, has received numer-
ous death threats for "ratting out" his fellow sol-
diers, and now has to live in protective cus-
tody? And why do so many Americans appar-
ently believe torture is all right? I don't know,
but "Well, that don't make it right!"
Remember why Socrates was condemned to
death? The charges were two: Making the worst
case appear the better and corrupting the youth.
I suggest you download and read Gonzales'
Jan. 25, 2002, memorandum to the president. Is
that not a consummate example of making the
worse case appear 'the-better? Then consideT
how. the youth we send to war have been bru-
talized by the green light given for torture. Cor-
rupting the youth? I find what Sgt. Proance
says most troubling.I am against the death
penalty.. .even for such unconscionable behav-
iour as Gonzales'. But I break out in a cold
sweat at the thought our senators might approve
him for the post of attorney general. This would
send precisely the wrong signal to our young
troops and, indeed, to the world. A self-pro-
fessed Christian, Mr. Gonzales must be aware
that Jesus of Nazareth asked us to visit prison-
ers not torture them. We will "judge not," but
rather leave the judgment in God's hands for the
future. In a democracy, though, we each of
us, as well as our senators are responsible for
the here and now. And our senators must vote
on the Gonzales nomination.
Let us remind them that no one forced Gon-
zales to recommend that the president approve
torture. Let the senators hold Gonzales account-
able for making the worse case appear the bet-
ter and for corrupting the youth. And let them
prevent him from imposing more stain and
stress on the moral fabric of our country.
(* This article is by Ray McGovern, a former
Army intelligence officer and CIA analyst
2004 Hearst Newspapers).


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teachers on


EDITOR, The Tribune.

BENJAMIN Stubbs, the new
Principal of Sir Jack Hayward
High School, is to be admired
and commended for the mea-
sures he is taking to bring order
and discipline at that learning
institution. While I admire his
stamina, against the many
obstacles, including the diffi-
culty he is having trying to get
the support of those in authori-
ty at the Ministry of Education
- I condemn all those responsi-
ble for removing from our edu-
cational system a teacher's dis-
cretion for applying punishment
to students when they misbe-
As a nation we have lost our
way; indeed we have lost our
focus of who children are; why
they attend school and how they
ought to behave at home,
school, church and around
adults. I am sick and tired of
the many ill-mannered brats
that I encounter on a daily basis.
One can always distinguish
between those children who are
having good parenting at home
and those who are not. Believe
me, my brother, it starts in the
home. Children who are
ignored and left to fend for
themselves by negligent parents
are more inclined to become
problematic; with a large per-
centage ending up before the
courts or in an early grave. Par-
enis who cloak thir.children
every:unme.the\ are.punished at
sehool by attacking t h .echers
usually end up facing greater
I submit that most teachers
will not punish students unnec-
essarily and the best thing par-
ents can do for their children is
support the teachers when they
Three of my children attend-
ed St Vincent de Paul School
in Hunters. One day Sister
Mary Patricia Russell, the Prin-
cipal, telephoned me with a
complaint that my son was
being rude in his class and that
she had to punish him. She
asked me to try to come right
away because she was detain-
ing him in her office and would
keep him there until I arrived. I
left for the school and arrived
there in about fifteen minutes. I
went immediately to the Princi-
pal's office where I found my

son and Sister Mary waiting for
me. She explained what he had
done, while my son stood there
with nothing to say. The reason
why he said nothing was
because he knew me very well
and he knew that I would have
never doubted the word of his,
teacher and the Principal.
I thanked Sister Mary for the
interest and concern that she
and the teachers at St Vincent
were showing for my children
and I apologised for my son's
behaviour. I then assured Sis-
ter Mary, in the presence of my
son, that he would never mis-
behave again; I told her that if
he does I would come down to
the school and in the presence
of his entire class, bare his
behind and when I was through
he would have difficulty sitting
Needless to say I never had
anymore complaints from Sis-
ter Mary or any other teacher
about my children. My son, who
is now on the Police Force, will
tell you that standing there in
the Principal's office that day
he believed every word that his
Daddy was saying. He will tell
you this because he knew very
well that I meant what I said
and that I had them all in check
at hpme.
I W s the inly maii in my
house when my children were
children and my wife the only
woman. When I told them to
jump you guessed it they
jumped. I took them to Church
and to Sunday School. I had
Bible reading and prayer every
morning with them before tak-
ing them to school. I made sure
they took their bath properly
and prepared their lunch every
day. I drove them to school and
picked them up after school
every day. I made sure they did
their homework and I never
permitted them to go anywhere
like Port Lucaya on Friday
My daughters were never
permitted to wear the kinds of
dresses I see some of these
under-aged girls wearing in pub-
lic today. My children, today,
are doing well and while I am
not saying that they are all
saints, I am very proud of them.
I taught them to respect their
parents, teachers and all adults.
Parenting is not easy; it's a full

time job from the birth of a
child to at least age 21; seven
days a week, 24 hours a day and
365 days a year. While we may
think that babies are cute little
bundles of joy, we shouldn't
have children until we are pre-
pared to face the challenges of
Parents who attack teachers
verbally or physically, especial-
ly in the presence of their chil-
dren, are doing their children a
grave disservice and will pay the
consequences later on in life.
Teachers have choices; they
can either tolerate the problems
in the system until they retire
with a pension or they can move
on to greener pastures, but what
choices do parents have when
burdened with undisciplined
I was told by a Policeman
sometime ago, that while he was
on duty one night at the Police
Station, a lady walked in with
her 13-year-old daughter and
told him to lock her up in the
cell because she could not con-
trol her. A schoolteacher told
me that she noticed one of her
male students having difficulty
staying awake in class. She said
that she took him to her office
to enquire as to the reason. He
told her that he didn't sleep the
night .before because his moth-
er had her boyfriend over and
she put him out of the room and
they were making noise all
Parents, and not teachers,.are,
mainly to blame, for most of the
discipline problems experienced
in the school system today. I am
fully aware of the setbacks that
parents have in raising their
children, however, since the
responsibility lies with the par-
ents it behooves them to take
charge before it is too late. Par-
enting classes are available
through the Ministry of Educa-
tion and I encourage parents to
take advantage of them so that
they can improve their parent-
ing skills.
We cannot continue to
blame teachers for our rude ill-
mannered brats.
I call on the Ministry of Edu-
cation to support Principals and
Teachers who are prepared to
discipline students when neces-
sary and ensure that our school
environment remains safe and
conducive to learning.

December 19,2004.

The Public is hereby advised that I, OMAR THOMPSON
of East Street, P.O. Box N-9038, intend to change my to
AMURRI OMAR EVANS. If there are any objections to this
change of name by Deed Poll, you may write such objections
to the Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-792, Nassau,
Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after the date of
publication of this notice.


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

The Public is hereby advised that the parents of, JESINDA
TENNESIA ROWE, of Blue Berry Hill, Fox Hill, Nassau, Bahamas,
intend to change her name to JESINDA TENNESIA WHYLLY.
If there are any objections to this change of name by Deed Poll,
you may write such objections to the Chief Passport Officer,
PO.Box N-7421, Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30)
days after the date of publication of this notice.

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Tribune Staff Reporters
I am vex with the way that everyone has
been jumping on this rape case with the min-
ister. How come they ain't get out in Rawson
Square when those boys rape that lil girl?
Where was the FNM work or action, what-
ever their name is, group when that
was going on? We need to stop
being so damn political about '
things and stop letting that
blind us. I am not saying
that the case should not
be investigated. What I'm
saying is that the same
way we can get up in
arms about political fig-
ures, I hope they make
that same kind of noise
if lil old me have to go ,:
to court for something. /
Grumpy in Yellow I
I am vex because I am
being harassed by person-
or persons who keep me.
up all night by throwing
rocks on my roof and or
banging on the side of my /
trailer or the building 4
foundation. -
I have asked the police j ..
for help so often they are
now suggesting I am hearing i p
things. My hearing impaired /
wife hears it too.
I am at my wits end, the police usually do not
act until something drastic happens.
What would you do?
-At wits end in Savannah Sound,
I am vex that doctors at the hospital made

me wait for more then three hours without
tending to my needs.
I woke up with a bad shortness of breath at
5am and immediately drove to the hospital.
But instead of getting treated I had to sit
there and watch the doctors talk and joke with
each other. When I asked for assistance they
only laughed at me.
I finally signed myself out of the hospital
after 8am because I couldn't wait any longer
and had to go find someplace
else to get treated.
I have never seen anything
like it, I've heard about
such things, but never seen
them for myself. But I
guess this is the
Bahamas after all....
M.M. in Yamacraw.
I damn vex with all
the murders dem what
is be happening in this
country. I also vex with
how the police ain't doing
nothing about this vio-
lence. The police mussey
think the murderers ga
lock dey self up eh? I
think they forget we is the
.,' people who does pay dey
Scared to walk out-
side, Gambier.

I vex with these gov'ment
/' workers who is do nothing
all day but sit on dey 'you
\\ know what.' An why is that
\e e\ erytime you call one of
dem offices they never there?
Where the hell they is? I thought that when
you work you suppose to actually go to work!
Why they always 'out of office'? We need to
clean out half of them, cause they only making
our lil country worse. They mussey ain't shame
bout that new KB song eh?
Tired of calling Batelco.


Airline to begin

flights to Andros

CONTINENTAL Airlines flights during the 2003 winter ed Tom Cooper, chairman of
regional affiliate Gulfstream season, and will increase ser- Gulfstream International Air-
International Airlines yester- vice from Fort Lauderdale to lines and the 2004 Bahamas
day announced it will offer Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cacique Award Winner for
expanded Continental Connec- Cay in Abaco. 'Airline of the Year', "for yet
tion service, linking the Family Minister of Tourism Obie another pioneering initiative."
Islands with Sodth0Florida Wilchcombe explained that With the additionof service
beginning February 17, 2005. Continental Connection's flights to Andros Town, Continental
As part of the increased ser- between Fort Lauderdale and Connection will offer flights to
vice Continental Connection Andros Town represent the nine destinations in the
will inaugurate flights between only air service between the US Bahamas from Florida, more
Fort Lauderdale and Andros mainland and Andros. than any other US carrier.
Town with four round-trip "This provides Continental's Continental Connection
flights each week. The airline global customers with conve- flights will be operated by a
also will offer daily service link- nient access to Andros and, by combination of 19-seat Beech
ing Fort Lauderdale with both extension, opens up brand new 1900 and 30-seat EMB-120 air-
Georgetown in Exuma and vistas of accessibility to all craft and are timed to connect
Governors Harbour in points on Continental Airlines' to Continental's services to
Eleuthera, up from four weekly route network for Andros resi- South Florida cities with the air-
dents," he said. line's hubs in Houston, New
S Mr Wilchcombe congratulat- York/Newark and Cleveland.

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ROAD WORKS are continuing to improve Harrold Road for motorists with
contractors expecting to finish their work on time by the end of January.
(Photo: Felip6 Major/Tribune Staff)i


Drug (From page 3)

prospect of its growth going into
2005, the operator vouched that
these visitors with ulterior
motives can have a detrimental
affect on the country's tourism
The operator claimed he has
recently had to adopt the
response of pointing the drug
seekers to the nearby Cable
Beach Police Station when they
approach him in search of illegal
Mr Hanna acknowledged that
police have over the years dealt
with many drug related inci-
dents involving visitors to the
islands, however he claimed
that Bahamian peddlers are also
at fault in many instances.
"When you really look at it,
the country is open to any per-
son who wishes to travel and
enjoy, but what makes matters
worse is that we have no way
of identifying visitors with vices,
or those who have been
exposed to drugs prior to their
arrival in the Bahamas," said
Mr Hanna.
However, Mr Hanna said:
"We have also had several inci-
dences in the past, where visi-
tors were frustrated in their
attempts to enjoy themselves,
because unscrupulous Bahami-
ans had approached them, try-
ing to sell them drugs, particu-
larly in the downtown area," he
Mr Hanna claimed that police
have occasionally arrested visi-
tors to the country who had
made their way into the over-
the-hill communities and down-
town strip seeking the where-
abouts of illegal drug suppliers.
"Some of these individuals
come to the Bahamas and
immediately begin looking for
the weaknesses in the country in
order to take full advantage

Fetiizr Funicde

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wherever or whenever they pos-
sibly can," said Mr Hanna.
Despite the ongoing attempts
of drug seeking tourists and
local suppliers, Mr Hanna said
officers of the Royal Bahamas
Police Force have been on con-
stant watch in order to frustrate
these illegal efforts.
During the Spring Break
period, Mr Hanna said police
tend to be increasingly vigilant,
as many underage visitors yield
to peer pressure and become
involved in criminals activities.
"When spring breakers are
here, we know that there will
be an increase in petty drug
related offences, and because
of this, many local peddlers take
advantage of the spring break-
ers' arrival by making them-
selves available for them and
their illegal request," said Mr
In efforts to beef up security
and surveillance in those areas
targeted most by visitors and
Bahamians looking to buy and
sell, Mr Hanna said police have
been successful at placing strate-
gic sting operations.
"We have been successful in
our attempts to catch these cul-
prits through several significant
initiatives, and in many cases
we have been able to expel
these perpetrators from the Bay
Street area, who claim to be
there for legitimate reasons, but
end up peddling drugs' once the
opportunity presents itself," said
Mr Hanna.
Police are now calling on jet-
ski operators and other individ-
uals who may know of similar
incidents to call the proper
authorities "so that a thorough
investigation can be carried out
in order to bring both the buy-
ing and selling parties to jus-
Mr Hanna said: "There will
not be a crime free Bay Street
or Bahamas as such, but our
objective is to make the goings
on so sterile that we have as lit-
tle criminal activity as is possi-

Harrold Road

works set for

January finish

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Red Cross

Tribune Staff Reporter

W ORK began
yesterday on
a the new
family orien-
tated Kemp
Road Community Park with
Rotarians and businessmen
helping with the redevelopment
of one of the capital's historic
The new park, which has
been a project that the Kemp
Road Community Association
has attempted to launch for
years, will offer residents a tod-
dler play area, a general playing
field for older children and a
rest area for seniors as well as
provide accommodation for
community cook-outs and other
The redevelopment of the
park is a co-ordinated effort by
the Rotary Club of Southeast
Nassau, the Kemp Road Com-
munity Association, the Ben
and Jerry's Ice Cream organi-
sation and local businessmen.
In a press release issued yes-
terday Richard McCombe, who
is helping to spearhead the
redevelopment, said that he
wanted "a project which would
promote local community activ-
ities which would help build the
service above self value of
Rotary International and the
He explained that a team of
workers from Carl G Treco

'Over the past few months I

have discussed this project with
many local businesses and
their leaders, and they have all
said they would be willing to
participate in such a project as
they all believed in investment
in the community and the
improvement of the quality of
life of this neighbourhood.'

Contractors, organised by
Rotarian Larry Treco, had in
preparation for the new park
cleared the site, poured the nec-
essary concrete and levelled the
surface of the property shortly
before Christmas.
Mr McCombe further said
that financial support for the
project had come from various
sources including Ben and Jer-
ry's (B&J) Ice Cream who
donated $9,000 worth of indus-
trial goods and provided 138
B&J employees from North
American franchises.
Forty workers from On the
Run also lent a hand.

"Over the past few months I
have discussed this project with
many local businesses and their
leaders, and they have all said
that they would be willing to
participate in a project such as
this, as they all believed in the
investment in the community
and the improvement of the
quality of life in the neighbour-
hood," said Mr McCombe.
The Rotarian said that "when
completed, the redeveloped
park in one of New Provi-
dence's historic inner cities is
expected to become a model for
other communities."

Bahamas-based students

receive funding against

Trinidad Cabinet's wishes

Work starts on

community park

for Kemp Road

THE Bahamas Red Cross is
now "wrapping up" its hurri-
cane disaster relief efforts,
according to its Director Gen-
eral Marina Glinton.
According to Mrs Glinton,
the efforts made by the Red
Cross to rebuild the islands dev-
astated by Hurricanes Frances
and Jeanne were the "largest
relief efforts the Red Cross have
ever experienced" in the
Mrs Glinton added that for
four months, the Bahlamas Red
Cross has been tirelessly sup-
plying residents on the 14
islands damaged by the hurri-
canes with 40-foot containers
filled with hygiene kits, food
parcels, water buckets, tarpau-
lins, blankets, clothing, mat-
tresses and toys.
Residents in Abaco and
Grand Bahama have already
received their last shipments,
while shipments to the other
Family Islands will be finalised
by the end of January, said Mrs
According to Mrs Glinton,
the supplies were sent to three

to four thousand families and
distributed among the islands.
In August of last year the
Bahamas Red Cross announced
that they were in dire need of
cash as they were unable to
meet utilities bills, with limited
supplies in stock and no funds
to purchase additional supplies
before the hurricane season
approached. According to Mrs
Glinton, they were plagued by a
lack of operating funds.
However, with the help of the
International Federation of
Red Cross and Red Crescent
Societies, the European Com-
mission for Humanitarian Aid
Office (ECHO), The United
States Government, Red Cross
societies in Canada, Japan,
Spain, Barbados and the United
States and the Office of For-
eign Disaster Assistance
(OFDA), the Bahamas Red
Cross was able to meet the
demands that were generated
by-the devastating hurricanes.
According to Mrs Glinton,
members of the Bahamian pub-
lic also played a vital role in the
disaster relief efforts.
"The Bahamian community
really bent over backwards. We

have been blessed," she said.
"We have received a lot of sup-
port, not only from the
Bahamas, but also internation-
Mrs Glinton added that,
whenever possible, all purchas-
es were made locally to ensure
that the funds remained "at
home". She said that delegates
of the International Red. Cross
will also be sponsoring spe-
cialised training for Bahamians
on disaster preparedness.
"We will be inviting Bahami-
ans locally and from the vari-
ous islands to come in and do
the training," she said.
According to Mrs Glinton,
Family Island residents "need
not fear" because although the
Red Cross will close their dis-
aster relief efforts by the end
of January, they will continue
to receive assistance through-
out the year. Mrs Glinton added
that the Society wishes to thank
its many volunteers who pro-
vided many hours of services
throughout the affected islands.
"It has been a long process,"
she said. "But I want to thank
the Bahamian people for their
support, we are truly thankful."

Development, Culture and
Gender Affairs had given mon-
ey to students to use for their
living expenses in the Bahamas,
in addition to tuition fees. .
Once the matter came to the
attention of the Trinidadian
government the funds were
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yesterday Miriam Samaru, prin-
cipal of the Eugene Dupuch
Law School, confirmed that
four Trinidadian students had
received sums from the AG's
office in Trinidad.
"The money, however, has
been recovered and the whole
matter has been resolved," she
The incident was brought to
the attention of the public when
one of the students, during a
radio talk show on Monday,
made the allegation that the
Trinidad government has the
responsibility to provide the
financial means for the law stu-
dents' living expenses.
The AG's office in Trinidad
denied that claim and further
stated that the government was
meeting the tuition fees of the

Tribune Staff Reporter
A Bain Town resident
claimed that he was unaware of
two thirds of the charges
brought before him in Magis-
trate's Court on Thursday.
Marvin Keith Roberts, 28, of
Parker Street, Bain Town said
that the police had informed
him that he would only be
charged with one count of
armed robbery.

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Roberts was charged with
one count of burglary, and two
counts of armed robbery before
Magistrate Linda Virgill.
According to court docu-
ments, on Wednesday, Decem-
-ber 22,2004 in New Providence,
Roberts being concerned with
another unlawfully entered the
house of Rosabell Williams at
Rupert Dean Lane.
While armed with a handgun,
it is alleged that he robbed Ros-
abella Williams of $250 cash.

On the same date and armed
with a handgun, Roberts is
accused of robbing Vernal
Brown of a gold chain valued
at $250 and $1,700 cash.
Roberts, who had no legal
representation said that he was
innocent of all charges and
pleaded with the Magistrate
stating that when the police
picked him up he was told that
he was only going to be charged
with robbing Mr Brown.
Bail was not granted and
Roberts was remanded in cus-
tody until January 26 when the
matter will be brought before
the courts again.

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Telephone number:324-2538
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al's Office in Trinidad has
admitted that money was paid
out to students attending the
Eugene Dupuch Law School in
the Bahamas, against the
Trinidadian Cabinet's wishes.
The daily newspaper Trinidad
Express reported yesterday that
the Ministry of Community


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MEMBERS of the Jamaican women's 4 xl00
relay team praised the team at Sandals Royal
Bahamian for their incredible service. The ladies
scored significant homage after capturing.the
gold medal at last year's Olympic Games in
Athens, Greece. Sherone Simpson, Aleen Bailey
and Veronica Campbell enjoyed several days of
pampering at the Five Star Diamond All-inclusive
couples resort.
The Olympians were honored at the Bahamas

Amateur Athletic Association's Gala Awards
Banquet which was held at Sandals.
Pictured are Arlington Butler, President,
- Bahamas Olympic Association; Sherone Simp-
son; Patrick Hanlan, Jamaican Honorary Consul;
Veronica Campbell; Andre Newbold, Director
of Sales, Sandals; Aleen Bailey and Victor Lopez,
President of the Central American and Caribbean
Athletic Association.

HUNDREDS of the world's top poker play-
ers are locked down at a Bahamas resort in a
marathon six-day tournament for a share of
more than $3 million in prizemoney.
The event, run by the internet poker site
PokerStars.com and held in a private room at
the Atlantis resort on Paradise Island, is one of
many high-stakes poker games that are held
in major cities and glamorous resorts from Las
Vegas to Monte Carlo. They attract players
hungry for the thrill and the money associated
with top flight poker games.
Going into day two of the competition today,
the two favourites for a place at the finals table
- and a shot at a more than $800,000 first prize
- are multi-million dollar professional poker
players, Greg Raymer and Chris Moneymaker.
At the end of the first round of play, Raymer
was pleased with his progress. He told The Tri-
bune: "I'm always optimistic, but it helps if
you're going into the next stage with higher
than average chip 'value."
Raymer walked from the table at the 2004
World Series of Poker tournament in Las Vegas
with the top prize of $5 million. The win
allowed him to give up his job as a patents
lawyer and play poker full-time.
Tournament poker differs from traditional
gambling in that players pay a set fee to enter a
game and are then allocated chips with an ele-
vated value, not a true cash value. Players use
these chips to play cards until they have no
chips left. At that point, they are eliminated
from the competition and the remaining players
duke it out until the last man standing is left
with all the chips. Play can go on for up to 10
hours a day.
The price of a seat at the table is a formidable
$8,000. However, many of the players won their
seat by playing in online competitions run by
internet poker sites, for an initial stake of a
mere $3.
At Atlantis, those who manage to reach the
final 80 are guaranteed a cash prize of at least
$8,000. The first prize winner will also get a
free pass to the World Series of Poker cham-

pionship and a shot at the multi-million dollar
top prize. Second prize is around half a mil-
lion dollars and third place will rake in around
Texas Hold 'Em poker is only one of the
many variations and by far the most popular,
attracting players from humble to Hollywood
Celebrities such as movie actor Ben Affleck,
Friends star Matthew Perry and comedians
Whoopi Goldberg and Ellen de Generes have
caught the Texas Hold 'Em bug. De Generes
even gave away de luxe versions of the game to
her chat show television audience, proclaim-
ing: "I love this game. Texas Hold 'Em is my
Affleck has even been caught on ESPN tele-
vised World Series of Poker tournaments.
While Perry took the glory, playing Texas Hold
'Em for charity on a celebrity poker show, indi-
viduals from all walks of life gather in droves to
take part in games.
The Atlantis-hosted event drew more than
400. And, while the prize money is attractive,
many say they enjoy the social aspect of playing
Hold 'Em. Often referred to as 'the acceptable
face of gambling', couples plan trips to play in
tournaments together and the exotic locations
mean many plan their family vacations around
a poker tournament.
Catherine Lacey, from Drogheda, near
Dublin in Ireland, is here with her husband
Mike. Mike, originally from Weymouth in Eng-
land, started playing poker online last March.
The computer games store owner invested $160
in a bid to win a place in Paradise and a chance
of big pickings in the main event.
He said: "I'm delighted to be here. It's the
holiday of a lifetime. In fact, my wife didn't
know I had won a place, as she was on vacation
with her girlfriends. I had to call her on holiday
and tell her-she was gohrg to the Biiiiiiamas."
Flight two of the first round main event
begins today at noon and is expected to con-
tinue until around 7pm tonight. The final table
will ante up on Tuesday.

'We couldn't ask for a better holiday'

By Nuala Naughton
Steve and Lesley Grisham
started playing poker in March
last year, after watching the
poker world series on ESPN.
Steve runs a prestigious cigar
club with stores in Beverly
Hills and New York.
A favourite in their portfo-
lio is the world-renowned
range of Graycliff cigars,
imported from Nassau. "Gray-
cliff cigars are superb. We
stock Graycliff and a particular
favourite is the Graycliff Pyra-
Steve came to Nassau on a

ticket won with a $9 stake
online. For them, whether they
win or not, it was the chance of
a lifetime.
Lesley told The Tribune:
"For $9 we are in this fabu-
lous place, on this fabulous
island, with these fabulous
people. We couldn't ask for a
better vacation."
And the winning ticket was
a two-way effort. Lesley
explained: "Steve was playing
online at the PokerStars.com
website and doing very well.
He had amassed about 80,000
tournament dollars and was
down to the last hundred or

so players.
"But he was getting tired. It
was late and I had gone to bed.
He called me downstairs, say-
ing he'd had a bit too much to
drink. So, I took over his game
and ended up winning a place
here at the big dance."
With Steve's ticket already
guaranteed,..the two had won
airfare to Nassau and a week
at Atlantis to take part in the
competition. For Lesley, there
was one more chance to win
herself a seat at a table. She
entered one of the preliminary
satellite games' for an entry
fee of $230.

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Batelco wishes to advise the public that the 2005
Bahamas Telephone Directory will be available for
distribution in New Providence as of Tuesday, January
4, 2005 to Friday, January 14th 2005.

For the convenience of subscribers, sub-depots will be
opened daily (with the exception of Saturdays and
Sunday) as follows:.:

John F. Kennedy Drive 9:00a.m. 5:00p.m.

Shirley Street Plaza
Mall at Marathon

9:00a.m. 5:00p.m.
9:00a.m. 8:00p.m.

Business customers requiring more than 50 directories
may collect them directly from our Stores Department
at Perpall's Tract from Tuesday, January 4th, 2005

between the hours of 9:00a.m.

and 4:30p.m.

Family Island customers may collect directories from
the local BTC offices.

However, after January 14, 2005, directories may only
be collected for a limited time from the Administrative
Building, John F. Kennedy Drive or the Mall at

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Privy Councillor

holds centre court

in the Bahamas

CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT TOP: VISITING British Privy Councillor Lord Hope attended a spe-
cial sitting of the Bahamas Court of Appeal on Wednesday, January 5, 2005. Shown from left in top
row are Justice Emmanuel Osadebay, Justice Maurice Churaman; Lord Hope; Dame Joan Sawyer,
President of the Court of Appeal; Sir Burton Hall, Chief Justice of The Bahamas; and Justice Milton
Ganpatsingh. In bottom row from left are Miss Tina Royce, Deputy Registrar, Court of Appeal; Mrs
Indira Demeritte-Francis, Registrar, Court of Appeal; and Mr James Curry, Bailiff, Court of Appeal.
(BIS Photo: Raymond Bethel).
THE Bahamas Bar Association hosted a luncheon at Graycliff Restaurants on Tuesday, January 4,
2005, for visiting British Privy Councilor Lord Hope. Seated from left are: Dame Joan Sawyer, Pres-
ident of the Court of Appeal; Lord Hope; Lady Hope, and Sir Burton Hall, Chief Justice of The
Bahamas. (BIS Photo: Raymond Bethel).
LORD Hope, visiting British Privy Councillor (left), at a cocktail reception hosted by the Chief Jus-
tice Sir Burton Hall and the British High Commission at the residence of the British High Commis-
sioner on Tuesday, January 4,2005. Looking on from left are Mr Stephen Firstbrook, Deputy British
High Commissioner; Sir Burton Hall, Chief Justice; Emmanuel Osadebay, Justice of Appeal; Paul L
Adderley, former Attorney General. (BIS Photo: Raymond Bethel).

By Krystal Knowles
Bahamas Information
JAMES H Smith, Minister
of State in the Ministry of
Finance and chairman of the
Disaster Relief Fund, was pre-
sented with a cheque for $3,000
for the National Emergency
Management Agency (NEMA)
by Rev Dr Charles W Saun-
ders on behalf of The Bahamas
Baptist Union, on January 4,
Also attending the ceremony
at the Ministry of Finance in

the, Cecil Wallace Whitfield
Centre on Cable Beach were
Prime Minister and Minister of
Finance Perry G Christie, Rev
Earl Francis and Rev Enoch
Backford, Jr.
The Bahamas Baptist Union
collected money from four of
its districts New Providence,
Northern District, Exuma and
Long Island to help persons
affected by hurricanes Frances
and Jeanne.
"Financial assistance was giv-
en to three of the four districts
New Providence, Northern
District and Long Island. Exu-

ma was excluded because they
did not need monetary aid,"
Rev Saunders said.
"The remaining $3,000 is
given to NEMA to show that
the Bahamas Baptist Union is
not selfish and wishes to help
everyone in the country despite
denominational backgrounds,"
he added. Rev Saunders not-
ed that even though the money
is a small, the church has to be
the "mover and shaker of
demonstrating this type of
Christian love and fellowship".
Minister Smith, expressed
gratitude to the Bahamas Bap-

tist Union for its donation to
"The Baptist community is
the largest organisation that
came forward in terms of aid
not directly through this par-
ticular funding today but
through the church," he said.
Prime Minister Christie also
commended the Bahamas Bap-
tist Union for its continuous
effort in contributing to the
restoration and repair of those
areas damaged by hurricanes
Frances and Jeanne.
"The effort also symbolises
the continual need for people

to be aware that the work is
not yet completed and there
are still many Bahamians in dif-
ferent parts of The Bahamas
who are awaiting repair pro-
grammes to deal with matters
caused by both hurricanes,"
Prime Minister Christie said.
He added: "The Church
played a significant role in the
blessings that came out of the
hurricane, rendering spiritual
prayers that sustained those
islands severely struck by both
hurricanes. Human loss and
infrastructure damage could
have been far greater.

"Offering this monetary con-
tribution is only an effort to
complete in a material way hur-
ricane repairs and the church's
commitment to help the
Bahamian people. The Baptist
Union particularly demon-
strates to both Bahamians and
the Government alike that we
are indeed our brother's keep-
er." The Prime Minister also
said that the exemption on the
importation of building mate-
rials has been extended until
March 31, to assist Bahamians
in rebuilding their homes dam-
aged by the hurricanes.


A vacancy exists in the Corporation for the post of two (2) Internal Auditors in the Internal Audit Department.
The job executes various audit and investigation assignments as stipulated in the Schedule of Activities
formulated by the AGM Chief Internal Auditor; supervises and directs the activities of the Audit Clerks, and
offers technical assistance to the Assistant Internal Auditors. The internal auditor trains subordinate staff;
assists the External Auditors with joint efforts for the year end audit; producers audit programs; produces
audit and investigation reports as well as monthly and quarterly reports; assists the AGM-Chif Internal Auditor
with plans and corporate research.
The duties and responsibilities for this job is as follows, but not limited to:
* Produce audit programs and submit for approval of the Chief International Auditor
* Conducts complete risk assessment for area being audited
* Conducts financial, operational and ITS audit assignments in accordance with established audit programs.
This involves a complete assessment of the systems of internal control, risks exposures and the efficiency,
effectiveness and economic use of resources to achieve management objectives
* Produces audit reports on audit concerns, their causes, effects and the audit recommendations in accordance
with the IIA Standards
* Conducts some audit investigations
* Evaluate findings and produce investigations reports; exercising the IIA's ethical standards (especially
* Conducts reviews of budgetary systems (including variances analysis), policies, manpower efficiency and
new computer applications
* Discusses audit concerns with the relevant Department/Section head and seek agreement to implement
The successful candidate should also possess:
* A Bachelors degree in Accounting or other closely related discipline and a professional accounting qualification
e.g. CA/CPA.
* Obtaining the CIA would be highly desirable.
* Five years post certification experience in auditing and general accounting with experience in interviewing,
producing reports and making verbal presentations.
Interested persons should apply by completing an application form, attaching a resume and contact information
for three professional references to: ATTN. Manager-Human Resources & Training, Bahamas Electricity
Corportaion, Blue Hill & Tucker Roads, P.O.Box N-7509 Nassau, Bahamas on or before Monday, January
10, 2005.

Dame Ivy attends her

first Defence Force

Officers dinner

Commander-In-Chief of the Royal Bahamas
Defence Force, Her Excellency the Governor
General of the Bahamas, dined with her officers
during their annual Christmas Mess Dinner,
recently held at the base. The event was a first for
Dame Ivy who showed a keen interest in the
Naval traditions observed in the Officer's Ward-
room during the formal dinner.
Also in attendance for the occasion were Per-
manent Secretary in the office of the Deputy
Prime Minister and Ministry of National Securi-
ty, Mr Mark Wilson and Mrs Wilson and others.

RBDF photo shows from left to right: Mr Mark
Wilson, Mrs Rolle, Commodore Davy Rolle,
Commander Defence Force, Governor General

Her Excellency Dame Ivy Dumont, Lieutenant
Commander Philip Clarke, Base Executive Offi-
cer, Coral Harbour Base, Mrs Clarke and Mrs
Wilson. (RBDF photo: Leading Seaman Mark

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recent death of
local sporting leg-
end Andre
Rodgers, and the
apparent guilt trip that it has
placed upon this society for its
failure to give proper recogni-
tion to his achievements, might
very well provide the catalyst
for rectification of this obvious
flaw in our national honour sys-
tem. We hold this view, even
though our national baseball
stadium is named in his honour.
Since Andre's death in
November, The Bahamas has
lost two of its most outstanding
entertainment icons in the per-
sons of the late Smokey 007 and
Richie Delamore, along with
Ms Ena Loretta Hepburn, a
heroine of the Quiet Revolu-
tion that led to the ushering in
of majority rule in this country
almost four decades ago.
Ms Hepburn's place in our
local history was indelibly
etched by the role she played
on Black Tuesday in April,
1965. On that occasion, Sir Lyn-
den 0 Pindling, then leader of
the opposition Progressive Lib-
eral Party, threw the Mace, the
symbol of the Speaker's author-
ity, out of a window of the
House of Assembly on to the
Bay Street pavement below as
an act of defiance against polit-

ical injustice.
Leaving the House chamber,
he then went and sat down in
the middle of Bay Street as a
further act of protest, while call-
ing for 50 men to join him there.
When no man heeded his call,
Ms Hepburn, clad in a white
pantsuit, then joined him there.
She was arrested for her act of
defiance. Released shortly
thereafter, she proceeded to
rejoin Sir Lynden sitting in the
middle of the street.
The events of Black Tuesday
later proved to have been the
turning point in the 14-year
Quiet Revolution that culmi-
nated with the ushering in of
majority rule in The Bahamas
following the general election
on January 10, 1967.
Following the events of Black
Tuesday, Ms Hepburn pro-
ceeded to become involved in
every major aspect of the strug-
gle for equality until victory was
finally won. She was indeed a
committed and fearless lady,

who vividly displayed the
courage of her convictions.
Those of our generation who
grew up during the latter half
of the last century were not only
cognisant of the contributions
these three outstanding
Bahamians made to the enter-
tainment and political life of
this country, but also most
appreciative of the same. How-
ever, because their exploits
were never fully documented
and taught in our schools, suc-
ceeding generations were thus
destined to become more and
even more unaware of the mag-
nificent roles they played in our
We have already chronicled
the amateur exploits and pro-
fessional career of Andre
Rodgers in this column, albeit
belatedly so. We were able to
do so, nevertheless, due to the
fact that we grew up in the same
era and thus were able to see
him perform in the flesh. Suc-
ceeding generations were not

so fortunate; hence the need to
document the life and times of
this great Bahamian for their
The great George Herman
(Babe) Ruth, of New York
Yankee baseball fame, estab-
lished his home run record of
60 in 1927. By the proper chron-
icling of his exploits on the base-
ball diamond, The Babe
became an American sporting
icon, known to generations of
Americans. Even though he
died in 1948, and his record has
since been broken by Roger
Maris in 1961 and Sammy Sosa,
Mark Maguire and Barry Bonds
more recently, The Babe still
remains the darling of most
American baseball fans.
We cite the above example
to illustrate just how national
folk heroes are made, and how
their achievements through
proper documentation and
exposure live on from gener-
ation to generation. Our local
heroes, from every positive
sphere of human endeavour,
deserve no less. However, they
must first be identified, publicly
recognized, and finally through
the proper documentation and
teaching of the contributions
they made in their various fields
- immortalised.
In the past, however, the
selection process of our nation-

al,heroes has left much to be
desired. It has in far too many
instances been suspected of
being flawed with partisan polit-
ical considerations and crony-
ism. Hence, what is so badly
needed in The Bahamas today
is a much fairer system of select-
ing and honoring those among
us who are truly deserving of
such national recognition.
A fairer and more transpar-
ent approach in achieving this
noble objective, in our view,
would be to have our various
civic, religious, sporting, public
and other organizationss and
institutions select their own
heroes and heroines via crite-
ria established and approved by
them for that purpose.
Afterwards, where the con-
tributions of some of those thus
selected are seen to extend and
positively impact the wider
community, then those persons
should be considered for nation-
,al recognition and honour.
Again in the past, it has been
mostly politicians and those
connected to them who have
been selected for national hon-
ours. This observation has given
rise to the perception that our
present honour system lacks
transparency. As a result, the
honours that have been given
in recent years seem not to have
been well received by the gen-

eral public, and hence the
apparent loss of their previous
In the above regard, just this
past week when the names of
those receiving New Year's
honours are normally revealed -
it was announced that no names
had been recommended to or
received by the relevant gov-
ernment body for consideration
of persons upon whom to have
such awards bestowed. This is a
very sad commentary on our
present honours system.
With the recent announce-
ment of the British Govern-
ment's intention to close its
High Commission in The
Bahamas this year, perhaps the
time has finally come for us as a
nation to discontinue bestow-
ing the old British colonial
awards, and institute our own
well thought out national hon-
ours system. In so doing, it is
imperative that the selection cri-
teria be careful established,
generally agreed upon, and
transparency the watchword of
the entire process.
Think on these things.
(George W Mackey's book
"Millennium Perspectives", a
compilation of viewpoints and
other interesting topics, is avail-
able at leading bookstores local-
ly. E-mail:

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AS relief efforts continue to
pour in for those affected by
the tsunami that devastated
Asia two weeks ago, a number
of Bahamian pastors have band-
ed together to offer their sup-
On Friday morning, the small
group briefed the local media
on its plans to aid the tsunami
More than 150,000 people
died following the tsunami that
swept through Indonesia. Thai-
land, India and other Asian
countries on Boxing Day last
Present at Friday's meeting
were Bishop Simeon B Hall of
The New Covenant Baptist
Church; Bishop Ross Davis and

Bishop Simeon Hall '

Larry Thurston of Golden
Gates World Outreach Min-
istries; Bishop Leroy Emmanuel
, of The Good Samaritan King-
.dom NMinistries;. and Bishop
Albert Hepburn of The Unit-
ed Christian Church.
The group outlined its plans
for a two-week evangelistic cru-
sade to Asia, scheduled to begin
on February 16 in Singapore.
The pastors will continue on
to the affected regions of Asia,
ending with the group's return
to Nassau on March 7.
Bishop Hall expressed his
eagerness to visit the region,
describing the trip as "a small
but significant affirmation of
the goodwill of the Bahamian
"The smallness of our islands
should never determine our

willingness to participate in such government of the Bahamas
regional and global catastro- intended to make a contribu-
phes." he said. tion to the %worldwide relief
Bishop Hall added that he effort. '"I'
was pleased. know, tha the; -, He rypha ised. iat, -
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group had no intention of
antagonising members of oth-
er religions, but w% ished to sim-
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A vacancy exists in the Finance Division for a Staff Accountant.

Applicants should have a minimum of a Bachelors Degree in Accounting in addition
to a professional accountancy qualification (ACCA, CPA, etc.) with 3-5 years

The successful candidate will be required to:

Assist in the management of the Finance Department which primarily
include: the preparation of disbursements; management of vendor accounts;
and management of payroll
Analyzed monthly financial information and reports
Evaluate and summarize the Corporation's current and project financial
Ensure timely reporting on specific and general departmental responsibilities;
and any other duties as assigned
Monitors compliance with generally accepted accounting principles

The incumbent should also have:

Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Strong analytical abilities and skills
*Effective leadership skills
Good time management, and
Strong interpersonal and human relation skills

Interested persons should apply by completing an application form, attaching a resume
and contact information for three professional references to: ATTN. Manager-Human
Resources & Training, Bahamas Electricity Corporation, Blue Hill & Tucker Roads,
P.O.Box N-7509 Nassau, Bahamas on or before Monday January 10, 2005.

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Parties, Nightclub 4~i
'H & Restaurant .

Rave Saturdays @ The All New Club
Eclipse. DJ Scoobz spinning the best in Old
Skool. Admission $35, all inclusive food and
Fever @ Bahama Boom, Elizabeth St,
downtown, Fridays. The hottest party in the
Bahamas every Friday night. Admission $10
before midnight. First 50 women get free
champagne. First 50 men get a free Greycliff
cigar. Dress to impress. For VIP reservations
call 356-4612.
Karaoke Music Mondaze @ Topshotters
Sports Bar. Drink specials all night long,
including karaoke warm-up drink to get you
started. Party, 8pm-until.
Karaoke Nights @ Fluid Lounge and Night-
club. Begins 10pm every Tuesday. Weekly
winners selected as Vocalist of the Week -
$250 cash prize. Winner selected at end of
month from finalists cash prize $1,000.
Admission $10 with one free drink.
Reggae Tuesdays @ Bahama Boom. Cover
charge includes a free Guinness and there
should be lots of prizes and surprises. Admis-
sion: Ladies $10 and Men $15.
Hump Day Happy Hour @ Topshotters
Sports Bar every Wednesday 5pm-8pm.
Free appetizers and numerous drink spe-
Double Play @ The Zoo on Thursday.
Ladies free before 11pm. Music by DJs Flava,
Clean Cut, along with Mr Grem and Mr
Excitement. First 50 women get a free
Flash Nights @ Club Fluid every Thurs-
day. The ultimate Ladies Night. Join Nas-
sau's and Miami Beach's finest men. Ladies
only before 11.30pm with free champagne.
Guys allowed after 11.30pm with $20 cover.
The Pit @ Bahama Boom, every Thursday.
Doors open at 9pm, showtime 11.30pm. Cov-
er charge $15. $10 with flyer.
Twisted Boodah Bar & Lounge every Fri-
day @ Cafe Segafredo, Charlotte St North,
featuring world music, chillin' jazz and soul-
ful club beats. Starting at 6pm. Beers $3, long-
drinks $4.50.
Fantasy Fridays @ Fluid Lounge, featur-
ing late '80s music in the VIP Lounge, Top of
the Charts in the Main Lounge, neon lights
and Go Go dancers. Glow sticks for all in
before midnight. Admission: Ladies free
before llpm, $15 after; Guys $20 all night.
College Night @ Bahama Boom every Fri-
day. Admission: $10 with college ID, $15
Hard Rock Cafe Fridays, DJ Joey Jam pre-
sents "Off Da Chain" with beer and shot spe-
cials thru 2am.
Dream Saturdays @ the Blue Note Lounge
this Saturday and every Saturday after that.
Admission: $15 before llpm, $20 after.
Greek Saturdayz @ Bahama Boom, Eliza-
beth Ave. Every Saturday the Phi Beta Sigma
Frat welcomes greeks, college grads and
smooth operators. Admission $15 all night,
$10 for greeks in letters. Music by DJ Palmer,
security strictly enforced.
Chill Out Sundays @ The Beach Hut, West
Bay Street with fresh served BBQ and other
specials starting from 4pm-10pm, playing
deep, funky chill moods with world beats.
Cover $2.

Don't miss the

Second National


THE Second National Exhibition at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas on
West Hill Street is approaching its final days for public viewing.
The exhibition which ran from July 2004 will be taken down soon.
It features a cross-section of works by local Bahamian artists as well as Bahami-
an artists who live abroad. The exhibition covers everything from watercolor to
acrylic paintings, to woodwork, sculptures, metalwork and a few ceramic pieces.
These are recent pieces created between 2000 and 2004.
The exhibition is open to the public Tuesday-Friday from 11am to 4pm. Persons
14 years and under, $1; Seniors and persons over 14, $2; and adults $3. (See arts list-
ings this page)

every Sunday, 4pm-midnight @ Patio Grille,
British Colonial Hotel.
Wet Sundays, every Sunday, noon-mid-
night @ Crystal Cay Beach. Admission $10,
ladies get in free.
Carib Scene @ Club Fluid every Sunday. A
night of Caribbean, Latin and Reggae
flavours for all audiences. Latin Flair in the
VIP Lounge; Old School Reggae and Soca in
the Main Lounge. Ladies in free before 11pm.
$10 after 11pm. Men, $15 cover charge.

Villaggio Ristorante, Caf6 and Piano Bar,

Blake Rd.
Compass Point daily Happy Hour 4pm-
7pm, live band on weekends, West Bay St.
Rafter Ian and Shelly play live @ The
Green Parrot, Hurricane Hole, Paradise
Island, Saturdays 7pm-10pm, featuring a mix
of alternative favourites, from Avril Lavigne
to Coldplay and U2.
Jay Mitchell and Hot KC @ Palm Court
Lounge, British Colonial Hilton, Wednes-
day-Thursday 8pm-12am.

Sunday. 8.30pm to midnight. Fine food and
Paul Hanna performs at Traveller's Rest,
\Vest Bay St. every Sunday, 6.30pm-9.30pm.
IJJ iW The Arts
Past. Present and Personal: The Dawn
Davies Collection @ the National Art Gallery
of the Bahamas. Villa Doyle, West and West
Hill Streets. The exhibition is part of the
NAGB's Collector's Series. Gallery hours,
Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-4pm. Call 328-5800
to book tours.
The Second National Exhibition @ the
National An Gallery of the Bahamas, West
and \Vest Hill Streets, featuring contemporary
\works by Bahamian artists.
NE2 runs through December. Gallery
hours Tuesday-Saturday, llam-4pm. Admis-
sion $3. Call 328-5800 to book tours.
Open MNic Nile, every Wednesday 8pm @
The Bookmarker, Cable Beach Shopping
Centre (above Swiss Pastry Shop). Poets, rap-
pers. singers, instrumentalists, comics...every-
one is invited to entertain and be entertained.
$3 entrance fee.
Kredeas: Xpression Sessions open mic
brought to \ou by Thoughtkatcher Enter-
prises a' King and Nights Native Show and
Dance Club. Cable Beach, every Sunday,

MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Bahamas meets
the third Monday every month, 6pm @ Doc-'
tors Hospital conference room.
The Bahamas Diabetic Association meets
every third Saturday, 2.30pm (except August
and December) @ the Nursing School,
Grosv enor Close, Shirley Street.
Doctors Hospital, the official training cen-
tre of the American Heart Association offers
CPR classes certified by the AHA.
The course defines the warning signs of
respiratory arrest and gives prevention strate-
gies to avoid sudden death syndrome and the
most common serious injuries and choking
that can occur in adults, infants and children.
CPR and First Aid classes are offered every
third Saturday of the month from 9am-lpm.
Contact a Doctors Hospital Community
Training Representative at 302-4732 for more
information and learn to save a life today.
*T Civic Clubs

Toastmasters Club 1905 meets Tuesday,
7.30pm @ BEC Cafe, Tucker Rd. Club 9477
meets Friday, 7pm @ Bahamas Baptist Com-
munity College Rm A19, Jean St. Club 3956
meets Thursday, 7.30pm @ British Colonial
Hilton. Club 1600 meets Thursday, 8.30pm @
SuperClubs Breezes. Club 7178 meets Tues-
day, 6pm @ The J Whitney Pinder Building,
Collins Ave. Club 2437 meets every second,
fourth and fifth Wednesday at the J Whit-
ney Pinder Building, Collins Ave at 6pm.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Eta Psi
Omega chapter meets every second Tuesday,
6.30pm @ the Eleuthera Room in the Wynd-
ham Nassau Resort, Cable Beach.
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity meets every
second Saturday, 10am @ Gaylord's Restau-
rant, Dowdeswell St.
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity meets every
second Tuesday, 6.30pm @ Atlantic House,
IBM Office, 4th floor meeting room.

Friday-Saturday, live band 10pm-lam. Hap- Sunday Night Interlude @ Briteley's
Sweet Sunday Chill Out Soiree Lounge, py Hour, Friday 5.30pm-7pm, Caves Village, Restaurant & Lounge, Eneas St off Poin- Send all your civic and social events to The
West Bay ciana Drive. Featuring Frankie Victory at the Tribune via fax: 328-2398 or e-mail: out-
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Union (From page)

mund Bethel; and executive officer Mark Sawyer.
Six members voted against having the officers removed. One bal-
lot was empty.
Mr Griffin said he plans to present the election results to Mr Peet
on Monday, and he expects the results to be ratified and the offi-
cers evicted from the union.
"I expect (the minister) to carry out his constitutional duties," he
Mr Griffin attributed the low turn-out to the fact that after
labour officials left, union member Rodney Moncur, along with Sig-
mund Bethel and others, went around to the taxi posts and gave
them the impression that elections were no longer being held.
While the embattled officers claim Mr Griffin is trying to oust
them for personal reasons, he contends that as president he is car-
rying out the wishes of his members.
According to Mr Peet, the elections were suspended because it
was brought to the ministry's attention that the four officers were
not in possession of a list of financial members.
Mr Griffin said yesterday that his offices are always open during
the weekdays and it would not be difficult for them to obtain a copy.
Also, he said he was aware that his secretary had presented a list to
Mr Cleare, but he had refused to accept it.
In a facsimile letter sent to Mr Griffin on January 4, Registrar of
Trade Unions Harcout Brown addressed the issue: "It has been
brought to my attention that several members of your union have
requested to see the list of Financial Members and to date these
requests have been denied or ignored.
"Sir, I remind you of Rule 3(h) of the Union's Constitution,
which allows for financial members to inspect the books of the
union and Section 20 sub-section (1) of the Industrial Relations Act
which guarantees every member of the union an equal right and a
reasonable opportunity to vote."
The letter concluded: "As I have consented to facilitate the
above mentioned poll, I request that you make every effort to
address the concerns of your members prior to this poll in order to
insure that the poll is conducted without interruption and is not
declared null and void."
Mr Griffin reiterated his position that the election held Thursday
was legitimate.
Ms Ferguson, Mr Cleare, Mr Bethel and Mr Sawyer maintain that
the election was illegal and are expecting the ministry to defend

Farm (From page 1)

throughout the farm. We can confirm that it is the Citrus canker, but
how far it has spread is still yet to be seen," Mr Knowles said.
The farm has since been closed and government teams are
assessing to see how far the disease has spread.
The American owners have decided to pull out, moving equip-
ment back to their Fort Pierce base. It is not known whether the clo-
sure is permanent or temporary.
Citrus fruit movements from Abaco to other parts of the
Bahamas have been halted until the problem has been identified
and resolved, according to one island source.
"The owners obviously did not foresee this happening because
they have just invested around $300,000 trimming the trees and fer-
tilising the groves. I understand there were about 80,000 seedlings
on the site, many of which have had to be destroyed."
Once the closure became known, a lot of equipment including
a staff bus was stolen from the farm, according to sources.
"It's a blow to the island," said one islander. "I've been told the
farm was sending about 500 tons of grapefruit to Florida twice a
Bahama Star Farm employed about 80 Haitians and a Bahami-
an supervisory staff of around 20, all of whonrhave been laid off-
because of the discovery of the disease.
An Abaco source said the Haitians, all on work permits, reacted
angrily to the closure.
When company officials flew in from Florida with their final
pay cheques yesterday, the crowd reportedly hurled "missiles" at
"People are very angry about this, especially as the workers
were on permits," said another islander. "It's now a question of
whether these workers can get other jobs."
According to a US research study, even citrus trees within a
1,900 feet radius could be infected by a single canker positive tree.
This research advised that destroying the infected trees is the only
remedy available to farmers, as trees not yet showing canker symp-
toms only helped spread the disease.

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TENDER NO. 572/04

The Bahamas Electricity Corporation invites tenders from eligible bidders for the provision
of maintenance services of air-conditioning systems at various New Providence locations
of its premises.

Bidders are required to collect packages from the Administration Office, Blue Hill & Tucker
Roads, by contacting:-

Mrs. Delmeta Seymour
Administrative Officer
Blue Hill & Tucker Roads
Nassau, Bahamas
Phone No. 302-1158
Fax No. 323-6852

Tenders are to be hand-delivered on or before 21 January 2005 by 4:00p.m. and addressed
as follows:

The General Manager
Bahamas Electricity Corporation
Blue Hill & Tucker Roads
Nassau, Bahamas

Attention: Mrs. Delmeta Seymour

Marked: Tender No. 572/04


The Corporation reserves the right to accept or reject any or all tenders.




Natural diasters can't be prevented, but the effects can be more
manageable with YOUR HELP.

Friends of Sri Lanka invite individuals and institutions wishing to
oi:ntribute towards the tsunami relief efforts in Sri Lanka to help in
one of the following ways:

I Deposit your contribution into the special account opened at
Bank of The Bahamas -
Tsunami Relief for Sri Lanka
Account Number: 5265970
Bank of The Bahamas
Main Branch
The deposit can be made at any branch of the bank.

Contributions will be forwarded to the Sri Lanka Red Cross
Society for effective deployment.

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Top Bahamian athletes awarded

* THE Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations awards banquet, held in conjunction
with Jones Communications' Person of the Year award, was staged at the Royal Bahami-
an Resort and Spa. The gala event attracted a number of local and international celebri-
ties.CDR leader Dr Bernard Nottage (second from right), who also chairs the committee for
the upcoming Senior CAC Championships, shares a moment with three of the Bahamian
athletes at the recent BAAA's awards banquet at Royal Bahamian Resort and Spa. From
left are sprinter Grafton Ifill III, the Junior Male Athlete of the Year; Mark Knowles, the US
Open doubles tennis champion; Dr Nottage and Leevan 'Superman' Sands.

* THREE members of the Jamaican women's 4 x 100 relay team that won the gold medal
at the Summer Olympics pose above at the BAAA's awards banquet. From left are BAAA's
president, Senator Desmond Bannister; Jamaican sprinters Aleen Bailey, Veronica Camp-
bell, Sherone Simpson and Patrick Hanland, the honorary Consul General for Jamaica.
Dl, by a,- G r

* GOLDEN Girl Tonique Williams-Darling (third from right), who was named the Athlete and
Person of the Year, shares a moment with her family and sponsor of the Person of the Year
award at the BAAA's awards banquet. From left are her father-in-law Dennis Darling Sr;
Keela Malone from Macon, Georgia; Wendall Jones of Jones Communications; Williams-
Darling; her mother, Deborah Williams; and her husband, Dennis Darling Jr.

* DEBBIE Ferguson (third from right), who was honoured for winning the bronze medal in
the 200 metres at the Summer Olympic Games, was flocked by some special people at the
BAAA's awards banquet at the Royal Bahamian Resort and Spa. From left are Ferguson's
boyfriend, Adrian McKenzie; Andre Newbold, Director of Sales at Royal Bahamian; Gloria
McKenzie from Atlanta; Ferguson; Tanya Miller from Jamica and Keith Parker, the head
coach of the Olympic team.

'The Impact c International Treaties/Documents on Decisions of National Courts'

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* PICTURED (1-r): Indira Demeritte-Francis, registrar of the Court of Appeal, Lord Hope of Craighead James Arthur David, Dame Joan Sawyer, president of the Court of Appeal, Chief
Justice Sir Burton Hall, Lady Hope of Craighead Katherine Mary and Estella Gray-Evans, registrar of the Supreme Court. Lord Hope of Craighead, the fifth member of the judicial com-
mittee of Her Majesty's Privy Council, presented a paper on "The Impact of International Treaties/Documents on Decisions of National Courts" at the sixth annual seminar of the judi-
ciary held at Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort. The judiciary will also hold its annual ball at the Sandals Resort tonight.

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Senior Sports Reporter
BACK on the collegian
scene after a year off, sprinter
Grafton Ifill III is excited
about the possibilities that
loom for him in his sopho-
more year and the University
of Pennsylvania.
The Bahamas Association
of Athletic Associations'
Junior Athlete of the Year will
be making his official debut
as a senior athlete when the
Senior Central American and
Caribbean Championships are
held here in June.
While here to accept his
award during the annual ban-
quet last week, Ifill made sure
that he stuck to his training
workout and he spent a lot of
time at the Thomas A Robin-
son Track and Field Stadium.
"I'm just getting accustomed
to running a lot of meets
again," said Ifill, who will open
up. his indoor season on Sat-
urday, January 15 at the US
Naval Academy.
"Indoors will be a real
adjustment for me because I
never really got to run com-
fortably indoors, but the
coaches I have working with
me believe that I will adjust
and just use it to get ready for
The outdoor season is
expected to begin at home at
the Franklyn Field when the
University of Pennsylvania
hosts the Quaker Invitation-
al on Saturday, March 26.
During his initial year in col-
lege at Clemson State, Ifill ran
sparingly indoors and, after
he was injured, he skipped the
entire outdoor season before
he packed his bags and left.
He sat out all of last year,
but went to Virginia where he
trained in the Steve Riddick
Camp. He was primed to
make the team that went to
the Olympic Games, but had
to settle for just the IAAF
World Junior Championships
where he made the final in the
The 200 specialist, who has
ran personal best of 10.39 and
20.80 seconds respectively in
the two short sprints, said he's
much better prepared for the
challenge of transferring from
the junior to the senior ranks.
"I just want to run fast as
usual," said Ifill, without trying
to put any pressure on him-
self. "I have some times in my
mind, but I just want to run
By the time the Sr CAC roll
around in June, the 19-year-
old, who graduated from St
Augustine's College in 2002,
would like nothing better than
to be in tip top shape and
running fast.
"I just want to put myself in
a position where I can be pret-
ty competitive in those
meets," said Ifill, who is look-
ing forward even more to the
IAAF World Championships.
Although he travelled for
exposure to the last IAAF
World Championships and
was named to the Common-
wealth Games team, but did-
n't compete because of an
injury, this will be the first
year that Ifill will get to com-
pete on the senior level.
"I had a year in that really
threw me off and I should
have been much further than I
am right now," he insisted.
"But last year I proved that I
can come back and get back
on track.
"The collegiate have lots of
meets, so I should be compet-
ing quite often. So that should
really help me to get back up
Ifill, who is studying, said it

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Young guns look forward

to Netherlands Antilles

Senior Sports Reporter
WHEN the Bahamas travels to the
Netherlands Antilles to play the first round
of the American Zone II Davis Cup tie,
captain John Farrington will have a very
young team to work with.
But Farrington is confident that with the
team of collegians Devin Mullings and
Marvin Rolle, along with Ryan Sweeting
and H'Cone Thompson, the Bahamas will
be successful.
"With Devin and Marvin and Ryan and
H'Cone all playing very well either in col-
lege or on the circuit, they are improving
every day," Farrington stressed.
"So I feel good about the team. I feel
positive. It's a young team, so we have a
few years with them. All of them are young
kids, 20-19. So we can only build and get
The team will have to wait to assure.
either a spot in zone II for next year or
even a chance to get back into zone one.
But if the team loses, they will have to
fight to stay alive or drop down to zone
Farrington said, while they only know
about one of the Netherlands' players, John
Julian, they are not taking their opponents
"We're going to go down there with the
best team that we have available to us," he
Here's how the players feel about
being a part of this year's team:
Devin Mullings (right), in an interview
from Ohio State where he's enrolled in
"I feel pretty good. Like I said before, I
always wanted to play for the Davis Cup
team," he said. "Whenever John Farrmg-
ton chooses to place me is fine.
"I thought the trials were just to make
the team, not for position. But I'm glad to
have assured my spot on the team."
On the team selection, Mullings said it's
a pretty good, young team.
"I still feel we have a chance to get it
done,"- he stressed.
Having played on four teams in the past,
Mullings said, as long as they give it 100 per
cent, they should be able to hold their own.
"You don't want to get too excited," he
said. "You just have to play within yourself
because when you get to a match of that
magnitude, you don't want to play outside
of your boundaries."
Mullings said the only player from the
Netherlands he know is Julian, but he feel
they have the edge matching up with the
rest of their players.
At the age of eight years, Mullings began
playing tennis while he was attending Dis-
covery Primary School. He later attended
Freeport High and then moved to Florida
to attend the International Tennis Federa-
tion's Academy.
For the past two years, he's been work-
ing under coach Warren Woodcock. At
Ohio State, he's playing as the number one
singles player and 2-3 in doubles.
Ryan Sweeting, speaking from Florida
where he's preparing to travel to play in his
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Young guns look forward

to American Zone II tie

FROM page one

second junior segment of a
grand slam at the Australian
"I've always wanted to be a
part of the team and travel to
represent my country," said
Sweeting, who is going on his
first trip.
"It feels great and I'm really
glad to make the team. It's a
good opportunity to represent
my team."
On the team selection, the 17-
year-old 6-foot-2 Sweeting
agrees that it's a young team,
but he's not counting them
short on talent.
"I think it's the youngest
team that has ever traveled to
Davis Cup, so I think it would
be good for everybody to get
the exposure of playing Davis
Cup," he said.
"You never know what could
happen. It's preparing us for the
future and once we get the
exposure, we should do very
well as a team."

Sweeting grew up playing the
game at the Waterloo Tennis
Academy that was ran by Kim
and Sean Cartwright. He was
eight at the time and attended
St Andrew's High School.
After the eighth grade, he
and his family moved to Florida
and he enrolled at St Mark's,
then St Thomas and for the last
three years, he's been doing
home studies with the Stage-
mount Virtual School.
Sweeting has also attended a
Tennis Academy while he was
in school. He is being sponsored
by Nike.
H'Cone Thompson from
Tampa, Florida where he is
playing in a Men's Futures
"It's a great honour. It's
something that I dreamed about
and it was something that I was
very happy that I achieved last
year," said Thompson, who will
be making his third appearance.
"This year, I think it just
made my day to know that I've

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was good for him to end
his junior career as the
Baba's Junior Athlete of
the Year. But his focus has
now switched to the senior
"It was good to go out
that way," he reflected.
"But now it's time for me
to step up and compete
with the big boys."
On the University of
Penn's website, it was
reported that a key area
for the Quakers is their
4x100 and 4x400 relay
Joining the already
impressive group of run-
ners is Ifill, who comes to
Penn with some excep-
tional credentials includ-
ing personal records of
10.39 in the 100m and
20.80 in the 200m.
The website further stat-
ed that fill should be the
man to beat in the league
for many years to come,
but along with him will be
a very fast entourage on
the 4 x 100 relay team.

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made the team. I had a lot of
anticipation because I wasn't
sure if I would have made the
team. But I am definitely proud
and happy to be on the team."
On the team selection,
Thompson said the BLTA

.".couldn't have put together a competing with these guys and
better team when they decided trying to lead us to victory."
to focus on the young players. Thompson, 6-0, will be going
"I feel like we have a very in as the older player at age 23.
good chance of pulling off the He began playing tennis at the
victory and I look forward to age of 10.
practising with these guys and After he made the Reebok

team at the age of 13 and
he was provided with clothing
to travel and play in tourna-
ments, he decided to stick with
He graduated in 2003 from
Lafayette College and is now

pla. ing in Futures Tourna-
ments, which is an
introduction to the ATP Ten-
nis Tour.
Marvin Rolle was in transit
to college and was unavailable
for comments.





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