Section A: Main
 Section B: Business
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 Section C: the arts
 Section C: the arts: Out There
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    Section B: Sports
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    Section C: the arts
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Volume: 101 No.46 WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2005 PRICE- 500


PFlice say almost

all vendors

eligible for arrest

Tribune Staff Reporters
ALMOST all Potter's Cay
vendors are eligible for arrest
and prosecution for selling alco-
hol without a licence, it was
anjiounced by police yesterday.
_Te, announcement c-ime in
the wake of a police raid on
SMonday in which 12 vendors at
the popular eating and drink-
ing place were arrested and
charged with serving alcohol
The majority of the approxi-
mately 40 stalls on Potter's Cay
are believed to commit the
same offence on a regular basis.
Vendors at Potter's Cay who
were arrested stated that the
marrter could have been han-
dled in a more diplomatic man-
ner by the team of police offi-
"This is not only a Bahamian
thing, this is a tourist environ-
iment. We need the Minister of
Tourism to get their liquor
back. They say that they believe
sp-xmuch in local business, and
th s is local business right here.
bWhy should tourists only go to
Atlantis or the Bay Street mer-
Schabits? What happen to the
local guy?" asked a customer
* of McKinzie's Fresh Fish and
Conch on Potter's Cay dock.
Assistant Commissioner in
charge of Crime Reginald Fer-
.guson said that police have only
delan ed action with other ven-
ddrs because of claims that they
have licence applications under

* "Some persons are saying
they have applied, but if they
applied they are supposed to
have a receipt," Mr Ferguson
He said these vendors were
given a short time to produce
their receipts, and all of those
who fail to do so, are "eligible
for prosecution "
Kenneth Mclknzie. \\ho has
worked on ihe dock for over 20
years and is the proprietor of
McKinzie's Fresh Fish and
Conch, described the raid on
his booth.
"First the police come up to
me and ask if I had any beers in
my cooler, and I said yeah. I
told them maybe some Kalik,
Heineken and a couple of Guin-
ness. So they tell me they have
to carry em' with them. It was
then that they asked me for my
"Nou I know 1 only have a
licence for fish and conch, but
it's been two years since any-
one has said anything about us
selling beers out here so I fig-
ured.that maybe they would
give us a little warning before
they gone and did this. They
fingerprint me and say they are
going to send a summons for
me like I'm some real criminal,"
said Mr McKinzie.
Bernadette Farrington of the
Burning Spot said she was
harassed by the officers in front
of her clients, and claimed that
over $2,500 worth of alcohol
was taken by the officers.
"They carry all my liquor, all
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ONE month before her death, the govern-
ment was finally able to pay Nancy Oakes for
the Clifton Cay property and claim full own-
ership of the site.
After 16 years and three administrations,
the Bahamas government last month raised
the $19 million needed to officially purchase
what is now the Clifton Cay Historical Site
and Park.
Speaking with The Tribune yesterday, Paul
Adderley, Ms Oakes' lawyer, said that the first
and final payment of $19 million, the value of'
the property and the interest that has accu-
mulated over the past 16 years, was paid to
his client last month.
Mr Adderley explained that had the pay-
ment been made after the death of Ms Oakes,
SEE page 11 ,

PLP chairman slams

FNM over Roberts

Tribune Staff Reporter
PLP national chairman Raynard Rigby said
yesterday that the Free National Movement is
attempting to inspire hysteria by continuing to
"destructively twist the absolute exoneration" of
Bradley Roberts, the Minister of Works and Util-..
:Last week it was announced that a woman who
had accused the minister of raping her in her
home in Marathon last December had .withdrawn
the allegation.,
Following the Attorney General's announce-
ment that no prosecution would take place, the
president of the Grand Bahama Human Rights
Association Frederick Smith called for the imme-
diate resignation of the Prime Minister and his
Cabinet ministers.,
"Frederick Smith ought to be thoroughly
ashamed of himself for speaking foolishness about
a licence to rape given to anyone in the decent
Christian society that is the Bahamas," said Mr
Mr Rigby said that protectors of human rights
are supposed to work for due process and the
rights of the individual. "To become a Cabinet
minister does not mean that you lose the right to
SEE page 11

Police believe
they have
solved two
murder cases
* By PAUL G.
Tribune Staff Reporter
POLICE warned.crimi-
nals last night that "if you
do the crime, you will do the
time" as they announced
that they believe they have
solved two of the three mur-
der cases for the year.
This announcement comes
days after young security
officer Richard Petty was
gunned down at Wilmac's
Pharmacy and shot in the
back of the head although
he had complied with all of
the burglars' demands.
Police officials also report-
ed that they have made
tremendous strides in the
investigation of the first mur-
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Internet scheme fraudulently using

name of Central Bank of the Bahamas

Senior Staff Reporter
THE name of the Central
Bank of the Bahamas and
some of its employees are
being used fraudulently in con-
nection with an Internet
scheme, it was revealed yester-
Banco de Paribas, a fake
company, has been informing
unsuspecting investors over the



Internet that the Caribbean
Central Bank or the Caribbean
Financial Authority requires
an International Guarantee
Bond be taken out with the
Central Bank of The Bahamas
(CBOB) who will then issue a
letter of guarantee as insurance
against any loss when funds are
transferred from the
The Caribbean Central Bank
and the Caribbean Financial
Authority however do not

It has not been revealed if
investors have lost money to
the fake banks through apply-
ing for the bonds.

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While the CBOB said that
this is not a new scheme, it now
introduces the fraudulent use
of the name of the Central
Bank, its employees and the e-
mail address: "bankingsuper-
hamas.com" which, though
similar, is not a Central Bank
of the Bahamas e-mail address.
"This scheme and the fraud-
ulent use of the name of the
Central Bank of The Bahamas
is being perpetrated under the
name of a purported entity
called Banco de Paribas. No
such entity is licensed to oper-
ate in or from within- The
Bahamas," the CBOB said.
On December 7 of last year
the CBOB issued a warning to
that effect which read: "Mem-
bers of the public who trans-
act business with these persons
do so at their own risk. Pru-
dence should be exercised".
A similar warning was
issued from the Cayman
Islands Monetary Authority on
October 7 of last year.

According to the recently
released Royal Bahamas Police
Force National Overview of
Crime Report, during 2004, of
the 294 white collar offences
which occurred 95 or 24 per
cent were fraud by false pre-
Police are continually pro-
moting the educational pro-
gramme "Fraud Alert" which
is geared towards continuously
informing the business com-
munity and the general public
of current white collar crime
Details on how Banco de
Paribas' scheme works were
not forthcoming however as
officials are remaining tight
lipped about it and the web site
for Banco de Paribas has
recently been discontinued.
The CBOB warned that
members of the public should

exercise due caution when giv-
ing personal information over
the Internet, and should verify
the legitimacy of any signifi-
cant communication.
The Internet Fraud Com-
plaint Centre, a partnership
between the Federal Bureau of
Investigation (FBI) and the
National White Collar Crime
Centre (NW3C), has a few tips
for persons who may want to
invest with an online compa-
Don't invest in anything
based on appearances.. Just
because an individual or com-
pany has a flashy web site does-
n't mean it is legitimate. Web
sites can be created in just a

few days. After a short period
of taking money, a site can van-
ish without a trace.
Don't invest in anything
you are not absolutely sure
about. Do your homework on
the investment to ensure that it
is legitimate.
Do your homework on the
individual or company to
ensure that they are legitimate.
Check out other web sites
regarding this person/compa-
Don't judge a person/com-
pany by their web site.
Be cautious when respond-
ing to special investment offers
(especially through unsolicited

Be cautious when dealing
with individuals/companies
from outside your own coun-
Inquire about all the terms
and conditions.
If it sounds too good to be
true it probably is.
When contacted Governor
of the Central Bank, Julian
Francis told The Tribune that
he was unable to comment fur-
ther on the situation.
Michael Foot, Inspector of
Banks and Trust Companies,
said that the release was made
as a part of the CBOB's com-
mitment to inform the public
as soon as possible about such

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WINNERS of the
Ministry of Youth,
Sports and Culture's
.national poetry compe-
tition received their
awards at a ceremony
at Government House
on Friday, January 14,
Miss Francine
McKenzie, first place
winner; received a,
plaque and a cash prize
of $1,000. The second
and third place winners
Miss Pamela Moultrie
and Miss Valerie
Knowles, respectively,
were also presented
with plaques.
Forty applicants
entered the competition
Miss McKenzie's poem
described Africans dur-
ing times of slavery
encountering .experi-
ences that would try to
deprive African descen-
dants from the power of
writing. She admon-
ished each Bahamian to
write until their fingers
cramp. Standing from
left are Harrison
Thompson, Permanent
Secretary, Ministry of
Youth, Sports and Cul-
ture; Miss Knowles,
Miss McKenzie and
Miss Moultrie. Seated
from left are Patricia
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Tributes are paid to former

Chief Justice Telford Georges

Tribune Staff Reporter
TELFORD Georges, former Chief Jus-
tice of the Bahamas, who died on Thurs-
day, January 13, was described yesterday
as "a model for all who hold or aspire to
judicial office."
He died just eight days after celebrating
his 82nd birthday in Barbados while
undergoing surgery.
" The Dominican-born jurist, who served
as Chief Justice of the Bahamas from 1984
to 1989, was yesterday described by cur-
rent Chief Justice Burton Hall as "one of
the greatest jurists that our region has
ever produced."

"The Bahamas was fortunate to have
been one of the several countries in dis-
parate parts of the Commonwealth to
have had the benefit of his service as Jus-
tice of Appeal, Chief Justice and Law
Reform Commissioner," he said on behalf
of the Judiciary of the Bahamas.
Chief Justice Hall said he joins the cho-
rus from around the Commonwealth
t "who salute his sagacity and scholarship."
"' "Having had the honour of arguing cas-
es before him, I can personally testify to
his prodigious work ethic, his clarity of
legal reasoning and his erudition devoid of
arrogance," he said.
The chief justice said Mr Georges was
unfailing in his courtesy "both on the
bench and in the community."
He described the deceased's personal-
ity as "affable", which allowed Mr
Georges to wear both his responsibility
and his legal acumen lightly.
"He stands as a model for all who hold
or aspire to judicial office," the Chief Jus-
tice said.

Also paying tribute to Mr Georges yes-
terday was Wayne Munroe, President of
the Bahamas Bar Association.
Mr Munroe recalled that during his
time at law school he had appeared before
Chief Justice Georges and "saw that he
clearly lived up to his reputation of being
a supreme jurist."
Speaking for the members of the Bar
Association, he said: "You will find sim-
ilar sentiments throughout the profession.
There was no one who could find any sig-
nificant fault with him, which is outstand-
ing in this profession, as lawyers are said to
be able to find fault with anyone."
The Bar Association president said Mr
Georges "did the Bahamas proud in the
time that he served here" and that his
record of serving in so many countries
throughout the world, "shows that he was
truly a judge."
Mr Georges was born in Dominica in
1923 where he attended the Dominica
Grammar School.

In the 1960s he became a high court
judge in Trinidad. He was appointed to
the office of Chief Justice of the Bahamas
in 1984, from which he retired in 1989.
During his 50-year career Mr Georges
served as Chief Justice in Zimbabwe and
Tanzania and as Justice of the Court of
Appeal in the Bahamas, Bermuda, Belize
and the Cayman Islands.
Mr Georges was also a professor of law
at the University of the West Indies
(UWI) and was the recipient of honorary
Doctorates of Law from the University
of Dar-es-Salaam, University of Toron-
to, UWI and Dalhousie University.
He is survived by his wife Joyce, a for-
mer lecturer at the College of the
Bahamas, and his four children.

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Bay Street 'master plan' in final stages

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE master plan for the
redevelopment of Bay Street is
in the final stages of comple-
tion and will be presented to
the public next month, it was
announced yesterday.
Chairman of the Nassau Eco-,
nomic Development Commis-
sion George Mackey told The
Tribune yesterday that a pre-
liminary master plan for the
revitalisation and restructuring
of Bay Street was presented to
Prime Minister Perry Christie
by the planning firm EDAW
last Monday and that the public
can expect to see the final plan
in February.
In April last year Mr Christie
hired one of the world's leading
land-based planning and design
firms to assist Nassau in becom-
ing "one of the most attractive
harbour cities in the hemi-
To this end the government
also appointed the Nassau Eco-
nomic Development Commis-
sion, co-chaired by Mr Mackey
and Norman Solomon.
The commission pinpointed
the need for a master plan,
which would assist the govern-
ment and the Bay Street stake-
holders in the process of trans-
forming Bay Street and the city
of Nassau while at the same
time sustaining economic devel-
EDAW was contracted by
the government and in June,
2004, 19 students from six coun-
tries and 15 universities from
the firm's summer intern pro-
gramme spent two weeks study-
ing and producing ways to

transform the city of Nassau
into "a city of romance."
Mr Christie said the project
would cost anywhere from $30
million to $60 million.
He pointed out, however,
that the projected profit will be
approximately $500 million.
Mr Mackey said that after the
preliminary scheme was pre-
sented to the prime minister in
the Cabinet Office last week,

additional submissions were
made to the plan.
"EDAW will now do its pro-.
fessional best to incorporate
those submissions and return
with the final master plan next
month," he said.
The Bahamian public last
week also saw the first step
towards transforming the Nas-
sau Harbour area, with the
prime minister announcing the

move of container ports from
their East Bay Street location
to the another site on the island.
Charles Klonaris, chairman
of the Nassau Tourism and
Development Board, said that
the main objective in moving
the container terminals is one
of many projects that he hopes
will transfer the city into the
most desirable port destination
in the Caribbean.

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WITH THE nearing of the FNM conven-
tion when the leader will be elected to take
the party into the 2007 election, the question
now is whether Tommy Turnquest will be able
to retain the post of party leader.
Having lost his Mount Moriah seat in the
House of Assembly in May 2002, Mr Turn-
quest has valiantly carried the Torch as FNM
leader from the Senate chamber.
In a Sunday talk show, Mr Tumquest said he
was confident he would be returned as party
leader at the convention and eventually, after a
2007 election victory, become the Bahamas'
fourth prime minister.
However, a few days before the radio pro-
gramme Montagu MP Brent Symonette
announced that he might break ranks to contest
the leadership role. He said he was giving the
matter "serious consideration."
Behind the scenes, there is a growing
groundswell to push former prime minister
Hubert Ingraham into the contest. Mr Ingra-
ham has expressed no interest, but the many
reports reaching our office from every section
of the community suggests that if he were to
enter the ring, there would be no contest. It is
claimed that this is the only contestant that the
PLP genuinely fears.
It is now for the FNM to decide how badly
they want to take back the government. Having
made that decision, they will have to forget
friendships, loyalties, promises and cliques with-
in cliques and select the best man for the fight.
And to do that they should take to the hustings
to find out what the Bahamian people really
want. They have to discover which candidate
the majority of Bahamians will follow to the
We always believed that the late Kendal
' Isaacs, QC, would have been an ideal prime
minister. Unfortunately, he was not electable.
-j And he was not electable because hewas too-
much of a gentleman: too aloof from the crowd.
He could not unbend enough to enter the hurly-
burly of politics; to fight his way to the front, to
cater to the fickle whims of the electorate for
the sake of a vote. Yet he led the FNM with dig-
nity for several years when there was no one
else willing to step up to the plate.
A leader has to have a certain forceful brash-
ness, what has been referred to as "fire in the
belly". He has to be someone who is agile in the
cut and thrust of debate; someone who is ded-
icated to the job and willing to work long, hard
hours; someone who has the common touch, a
person who can enter the loweliest of homes
and break humble bread with a poor family. Of
course, he should be well educated, have admin-
istrative ability, know his country well and have
a clear plan of what is best for its people and a
chart of how to achieved his goals. When he
enters a room, his commanding presence should
get the attention of an audience, and his wit,
good humour and intelligent replies to ques-
tions should be able to hold the crowd.
If the FNM wants to win the next election,
they will have to decide who can best capture

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On Tuesday The Tribune published the views
of three former PLP politicians in the Pindling
administration two former deputy prime.
ministers, and a PLP MP who later broke away
from that party with the -"dissident eight" to
form the Free-PLP, which eventually evolved
into the FNM.
Unfortunately, despite all the advances made
in racial relations from the days of the divide:
and rule policies of the Pindling administra-
tion, which kept the races apart, race still rears
its ugly head.
Have Bahamians grown sufficiently as one
people, to elect a fellow Bahamian who is white
as prime minister? This is a question today that
should not be an issue.
The one policy that retarded the growth of
this country and ground it down to mediocrity
was the former PLP's insistence that their
friends qualified or not. and most of them
were not-had to hold all the top positions. If
this country is to prosper, the only way to move
ahead is for people who are the best qualified
regardless of party or colour to take the
Arthur Hanna, former deputy prime minis-
ter, known in those days as Sir Lynden's "hatch-
et man", seems to have done a ninety degree
shift from seeing the UBP "bogey-man" behind
every closed door, to now admitting that Brent
Symonette will not try to reintroduce his
father's UBP, but rather "would do everything
possible to unite the races probably more than
a non-white person."
Sir Clement Maynard, the Bahamas' second
deputy prime minister, who was famous for a
statement in his political heyday that he was not
prepared to tolerate even that one per cent .
who were not PLP "all the way", no longer
S-thinks that "we should discriminate when it
Comes to leadership."
The one sad case among them, and this is the
one who eventually became an FNM, is Dr
Elwood Donaldson. Although the country
might be ready for a white leader, he said, he is
not. According to him "we have not gone
through the psychological adjustment which is
necessary." He claims that the country has
barely scratched the surface of economic rever-
sal. His example is that there has not been "one
major black investor" since independence. And
whose fault is that?
Is race relations to be kept at a standstill
and Bahamians remain divided because persons
like Dr Donaldson have not been able to
adjust? This is the real tragedy.
The truth is that the Bahamian people are
ready for a leader of any colour black or
white as long as that leader is competent. It
is the politicians. who for their own selfish rea-
sons, are trying to keep the myth alive that no
white man can be prime minister.
Today the only Bahamian who should not be
electable is the person who lacks leadership'

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selves in this country which
forces desperate persons to find
themselves in number houses.
I would have preferred that
the Christian Council President
recognized that although we live
in perhaps the most prosperous
Black country in the world, the
vast majority of our people
barely make ends meet attempt-
ing to feed themselves and their
Sociologists all over the world
have long recognized that gam-
bling thrives more where there
is poverty, hunger and need.
Reduce these and gambling will
What I found most troubling
about the President's comments
was the appearance that num-
bers is the only gambling in this
country. One of the pillars of
our economy is gambling in our
How can the Council encour-
age policemen to go out and
lock up Bahamians going to the
number houses, while at the
same time protecting the thou-
sands of visitors also garhbling'
in our Bahamaland everyda' ?
Surely if the Council is pro-
ceeding on some principle or

biblical teaching, they must take
the position that all gambling
must cease in this country.
I propose that the Council
consider that since slavery poor
black people have got a very
bad deal in this country and
despite the promises of all polit-
ical parties, social and religious
organizations, things have only
got worse.
We in this country are sitting
on a time bomb of our own
making. Poor Bahamians, espe-
cially our youth see the
hypocrisy which prevails in this
society. Gambling contributions
have been accepted by every
political party which later
became the government in this
country, UBP, PLP and FNM.
It is my view that the Gov-
ernment should stop giving lip
service to a national lottery sys-
tem and begin preparations
immediately to establish one
and the Christian Council
should focus itself on the source
of gambling and the needs of
the poor by establishing more
day care centres, schools, homes
for the aged and homeless, and
care centres for the needy.
Gambling does have adverse
effects on families, but we as a
society cannot solve this prob-
lem tomorrow, it will take much
time and a new direction to
address its root causes but in
the meantime we should not
play politics with the aspirations
or futures of poor people.
Let us move now to legalise
this open secret of our country
and culture and then move on
aggressively to address the
plight of the poor and disposed
of this land, which is the real
cause of this malady.

Political Activist
January, 2005.

EDITOR, The Tribune.
I WISH to express strong dis-
sent to the comments made by
Reverend William Thompson,
President of the Bahamas
Christian Council at the Police
Annual Service held at Ebenez-
er Methodist Church last Sun-
day when he urged law officers
to act swiftly to close down ille-
gal gambling activities in the
While I have the greatest
respect for the Reverend
Thompson. I was sorely disap-
pointed that the President of
the Christian Council bypassed
the opportunity to speak "truth
to power" regarding the inbuilt
injustices in this society where
the poor are treated badly and
unfairly by all sectors of this
society, including the Police,
while the rich, privileged and
well connected live sumptuous
lives very often at the expense
of the poor Bahamian.
Instead the Christian Council
President used the opportunity
to scapegoat a prevalent activi-
ty of mostly poor black Bahami-
ans challenging "the men and
women of the Royal Bahamas
Police Force to equip them-
selves for battle" in what he
must conceive to be a war.
I am forced to ask the Rev-
erend President if this is the
greatest war he sees threatening
the Bahamas today.
He ridicules the little old
Bahamian grandmother "who
doesn't even know what a com-
puter looks like, going to the
web shop to send e-mail."
Although the President's
words drew laughter and loud
applause from the assembled
congregation, I wish to estab-
..lish..that %hat -was perhaps a
Sjoke to many of them. belies a
very sad and troubling state of
affairs, in our little nation which
forces even some of our grand-
mothers to find their way to the
number houses. What to many
is comical criminal activity is
perhaps deadly serious for that
grandmother in the web shop.
Many persons in the
Bahamas today like to
"leapfrog" over memories of
how many of us got to where
we are today. Numbers are not
a new phenomenon in our soci-
ety. Many school tuitions were
paid by numbers, many med-
ical expenses were paid by num-
bers and many law enforcement
officers have been paid by num-
I pray that these comments
will in no way be construed as
an attack on the Christian
Council or its President, but I

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EDITOR, The Tribune.
ON December 26, my children and I were involved in a
traffic accident on Marathon Road. There were several
people on the scene who helped us. I don't know who you
were, but I would like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to
everyone who helped us in our time of need. It was much

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FREEPORT Family and
friends of Dottie Powell, a visi-
tor from Ohio who was killed in
January last year while on vaca-
tion in Grand Bahama, laid a
wreath at the site of the traffic
accident in her memory on


Visitor killed in

January last year

Widower Charles Powell,
who was with his wife and was
also injured in the accident, was

accompanied by their children,
Kelly Hill and Grant Goldhardt
and other, family members.

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Three men pleaded guilty to
theft yesterday when they appeared in Freeport
Magistrate's Court in connection with theft of
agricultural produce from a local farm on Grand
Joseph Rolle, 42, of Nansen Avenue,
appeared before Magistrate Franklyn Williams
in Court Two for stealing a quantity of tomatoes
on January 13 from Grand Bahama Farm.
After pleading guilty to the offence, Mr
Williams sentenced Rolle to one month impris-
Livingston Outten, 45, of No 295 John Rutt
Lane, Hudson Estates, pleaded guilty to stealing
a quantity of sweet peppers and tomatoes in
Court Two before Magistrate Subu Swain.
He was fined $250 or three months impris-
Williams Smith, 43, of No 1 Churchill Drive,
also pleaded guilty to stealing a quantity of cab-
bages on January 15 in Court Two. He was

from farm

remanded to Sandilands Rehabilitation Cen-
tre for psychiatric evaluation until January 31
when he will return to court for sentencing.
SIGMUND WILLIS, 25, of Marley Drive,
died yesterday at Doctors Hospital in New
Providence as a result of injuries he sustained in
a traffic accident last week in Grand Bahama.
Willis sustained multiple severe injuries last
Wednesday when he lost control of his vehicle
and crashed into a tree in the Taino Beach'
area. He is the second traffic fatality this year
on Grand Bahama and the fifth in the
Meanwhile, Matthew Missick, 48, of Shan-
non Drive, is in stable condition at Doctor's
Hospital after undergoing surgery for injuries he
also sustained in a traffic accident.
Missick also lost control of his truck while
driving along Midshipman Road on Saturday.
He sustained injuries to his face, ribs, and left

Friend Linda Garrett, a pas-
senger injured with the Powells,
was also present.
Ms Powell, 54, was killed
instantly after being ejected
from a taxi bus and landing on
an iron railing wall on the
evening of January 23.
She and her husband were
passengers with four other
friends from Ohio Dave and
Vicky Bennett and David and
Linda Garrett in a taxibus dri-
ven by Carl Ferguson when the
accident occurred at Sea
Horse Road and Shearwater
They were all injured and
taken to hospital.

Ms Cheryl Cooper was the
driver of the other car involved
in the accident. Ms Powell's
death was the first traffic fatal-
ity for 2004 and one of fifty
throughout the Bahamas dur-
ing the year.
Mr Powell, who revisited the
site for the first time since the
accident almost a year ago, was
very emotional as their daugh-
ter placed a floral wreath on the
"It helps quite a bit for my
daughter and son to come and
see where their mom had
passed and so it is important to
them," he said.
Mr Powell said he and his
wife had visited Grand Bahama
on several occasions.

"She cared more about the
people having a good time. This
was our ninth trip down here,"
he said.
Mrs Garrett's husband, who
was not present, is still recov-
ering from his injuries.
Carmeta Miller, senior man-
ager of corporate communica-
tions at the Ministry of Tourism,
said the ministry is available to
assist them with whatever they
might need.
"It seems almost impossible
to offer any help under these
kind of circumstances.
"However we are here for
whatever they might need and it
is such a small thing for us to
do in comparison to somebody
coming here and losing their
"So, we want to be of assis-
tance as much we possibly can
under the circumstances," she
Supt Basil Rahming hopes
that visiting the site will bring
some healing to the family.
"Sometime coming to the
actual location where a tragic
incident occurred could be ther-
apeutic and go a long way of
bring some normalcy to the
lives of the deceased persons,"
he said.
. In light of recent accidents
and deaths occurring last week
on the streets, Mr Rahming
urged motorists to drive with
caution and care and to be very
alert and attentive on the

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In expressing concern for their co-workers in San Salvador who suffered loss as a result of Hurricane Frances, the staff of Nassau Flight Services determined that they should
demonstrate this concern in a tangible way by providing an assortment of gifts and food items at the Christmas season 2004.

Let by Sydney "Wire" Smith of the Ramp Service staff, members got both management and the Board of Directors involved in the spirit of things. In addition to the staff
collecting various food and canned goods, management provided other essential items and T-shirts which read "Nassau Flight Services supports the victims of Hurricane
Frances." Some twenty-three staff members at San Salvador were affected by the hurricane.

The Minister and the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Mr Dion B Strachan, both expressed their pride in being associated with such caring and concerned individuals.

Directors, Idena Burrows, Een Colebrooke, Tasman Darling and Andrew McKinney along with the executives, Reginald Grant and Ian Mortemore accompanied the goods
to San Salvador and made the presentations to the staff at the airport.

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"We need to ensure that the
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island states is in line with the
Barbados Programme of
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agreed by the international
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LeLaulu, president of Coun-
terpart International, the
Washington DC-based devel-
opment organisation, speaking
at a meeting of concerned
NGOs, hotel owners and devel-
opment officials organised by
the Global Foundation for
Democracy and Development
in the Dominican Republic
capital this week.
LeLaulu, who is also Chair-
man of the Foundation of the
Peoples of the South Pacific,

said the NGO leaders meeting
in Santo Domingo concurred
disaster preparedness was the
key to sustainable recovery, but
longer term development
should follow the path agreed
by all the countries of the Unit-
ed Nations under the Barba-
dos Programme of Action for
the sustainable development of
Small Island Developing States

The Barbados plan clearly
outlines steps to be taken by
the international community to
ensure that island states can
sustainably develop their
resources. "There is no need

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to reinvent the wheel, because
the Barbados Programme of
Action details precisely what
the international community
should do to help island states
become sustainable."
He urged the richer coun-
tries to pay much closer atten-
tion now to the Barbados Pro-
gramme of Action if it is to
avert a "creeping tsunami"
caused by non-sustainable re-
building. "Countless stories
from survivors recount how
mangroves and coral reefs may
have mitigated the devastation
of the tsunami, and how"resorts
built 200 meters back from the
shorelines were spared the
worst of the.horror."

LeLaulu's comments come
as the international community
wound down a meeting on the
"10-Year Review of the Bar-
bados Programme of Action
for the Sustainable Develop-
ment of ,the Small Island
Developing States", in Mauri-
In the wake of the deadly
tsunami which killed more than
200,000 people, Counterpart
International in partnership
with SkyLink Aviation Inc of
Canada, and Medicines for
Humanity is assisting survivors
in India, Indonesia, Maldives
and Sri Lanka with the distrib-
ution of millions of dollars
worth of pharmaceuticals.
Counterpart has been
encouraged by the outpouring
of support from the Canadian
Red Cross, Cathay Pacific Air-
ways, Ernst & Young, Fauna
& Flora International, Freight
Link International, The Great
Oaks Church of Christ, Healing
Hands, JS Connor, National
Cancer Coalition, Singapore

Sister Cities International,
Sri Lankan Airlines, United
Jewish Appeal, United States
Agency for International
Development and World Con-
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Counterpart's massive "out-of-
the-box" relief operation.
Counterpart is looking for
cash and support to send water
purifiers and more medicines.

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Chinese ambassador to

Bahamas' courtesy call

Parliamentarians off

to Washington today

TWO members of parlia-
ment left today for Washing-
ton to join Americans for the
launch of 58-year-old Presi-
dent George W Bush's $40
million inauguration ceremo-
Member of parliament for
Marathon Ron Pinder and
member of parliament for
Carmichael John Carey are
expected to meet with a num-
ber of US legislators who are
gathering to witness President
Bush being sworn in for a sec-
ond term as president on
- Criticism has erupted in
America about the extrava-
gance of the multi-million dol-

lar celebrations, in light of the
country being in a somber
mood because of the Iraq war
and Asian tsunami.
Bush has rejected such crit-
icism. On a CBS News inter-
view on Monday, he said: "It's
important that we celebrate a
peaceful transfer of power.
You can be equally concerned
about our troops in Iraq and
those who suffered at the
tsunamis (and) with celebrat-
ing democracy."
He added that military-
themed events are on the
agenda and that there are
"ways for us to honour the sol-
dier and, at the same time, cel-

* Li Yuanming, Ambassador-Designate of the People's Republic of China to the Bahamas (left), made.a courtesy call on
Mr Felix Wilson-Hernandez, Charge d'Affaires of the Embassy of the Republic of Cuba, on Tuesday, January 18, 2005, at
the Cuban Embassy on Armstrong Street. Ambassador-Designate Li will present his Letters of Credence to the Governor
General Dame Ivy Dumont on Thursday, January 20. He succeeds Jiao Dongcun, who returned to China on November 5,
(BIS Photo: Raymond Bethel)


To help with all household care and associated
arrangements for two small children. The
successful applicant will have a college degree,
childcare experience (with formal qualification
desirable but not essential) and will be able to
assist in motivational activities and learning
skills. School runs and class attendance
necessitate that applicants are qualified drivers.
They must also be competent swimmers. Live
in facilities are available but it is not essential
that the successful applicant lives in provided
they are prepared to undertake evening baby
sitting duties are required.
The position may require foreign travel from
time to time and therefore a valid passport, US
Visa and police record are necessary.

Only non smoking Bahamian citizens or those
with the appropriate working papers need apply.

All applications with accompanying resume and
photograph should be submitted to P.O. Box
SS-19140, or email mfr@cit.co.uk.


foreign minister

detained at

Miami Airport

minister was detained and
questioned at Miami Inter-
national Airport after he
allegedly requested permis-
sion to enter the cockpit of a
plane and question pilots
about why the flight was
delayed, according to Asso-
ciated Press.
Rafael Bielsa was aboard
an American Airlines flight
from New York's John F.
Kennedy Airport to Miami
on Thursday night, a trip that
began four hours behind
schedule because of weath-
er and mechanical-related
Bielsa allegedly got out of
his first-class seat while the
plane was taxiing and asked
to talk to the pilots about the

delay. A flight attendant
asked Bielsa to sit down, and
he allegedly refused, said
Dave Adams, a spokesman
for the Federal Air Marshal
Bielsa was questioned at
the gate once the flight
reached Miami shortly after 1
a.m. Friday. Adams said the
process took no more than
10 minutes; Gregorio
Dupont, Argentina's consul
general in Miami, said
Bielsa was questioned for
45 minutes and treated rude-
Dupont also disputed
the claim Bielsa rose
from his seat while the
plane taxied at Kennedy Air-

He said Bielsa stood up
before the plane left to
inquire about taking another
flight, and while he also said
Bielsa wanted to ask pilots
about the delay, he said the
foreign minister never tried
to enter the cockpit.
"We regret any unneces-
sary inconvenience that the
foreign minister and his
party may havxe- experi-.
enced," said State Depart-
ment spokesman Steven
Bielsa continued on to
Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Sat-
urday and has since returned
to Buenos Aires, Dupont
An American Airlines
spokesman said he was
unaware of any reported dis-
turbance aboard Thursday
night's flight.

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THE British Colonial
Hilton in keeping with it's
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The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd. (BTC) is pleased to
invite applications from suitably qualified individuals to fill the position
of Information Systems Business Analyst in its Human Resources


The Company is implementing a new Financial/ Human Resources
Application System, which will require the creation of a team of Business
Analysts. Candidates for this team should currently be employed in a
Human Resources role and should be able to demonstrate a sound
understanding of the procedures, policies, and internal controls in a Human
Resources Department. Additionally, these candidates should be able to
demonstrate an aptitude for software applications. This team will be at the
centre of a dedicated cross functional implementation effort and is expected
to form the core post implementation application support. Applicants will
be expected to demonstrate enthusiasm and motivation to see this project
through the successful implementation by creating or assisting others in
developing processes, user acceptance testing (UAT), reporting,
documentation, and training.


* Become intimately familiar with all the modular features, functionality,
workflows, related internal controls and interfaces for system modules
* Research and document usr requirements and specifications, conduct
business and technical studies, design, develop and implement information
systems business solutions, and provide imput on service delivery.
* Working with the vendor implementation teams, BTC Consultants, and
super users to develop system test plans and associated test data and
execute User Acceptance Testing (UAT) for system modules assigned.
Ensure results of the conducted tests are well documented and failed
items are tracked for follow-up to completion.
* Become familiar with all available standard reports for the system modules
* Develop proficiencies with report writing tools to perform specified data
analysis and studies as requested on system modules assigned; develop "
and present as hoc reports in support of various initiatives.
* Assist with the creation of training materials and the user training itself
for the system modules assigned. Training materials includes business
processes, system features, functionality, technology capabilities and
limitations, ect.
* Develop post implementation documentation to assist with the support
of users and the daily maintenance and management of the system.
Documentation includes but is not limited to screen shots, process
diagrams, system enhancement requests, standard operating procedures,
Provide on-going post implementation systems support for end users as
Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned by Management.


Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience in a Human Resources
Demonstrate aptitude in the use of Microsoft office suite plus database
driven application software.
Ability to create, compose and edit written materials; proven analytical
communication, research, and writing skills.

All applications should be received at BTC's Head Office, 21 John F.
Kennedy Drive, no later than Wednesday, January 26th, 2005, and addressed
as follows:

Human Resources & Administration
The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd.
Nassau, The Bahamas

RE: Information Systems Business Analyst Human Resources

Club Liaison ends the

year on a high note

DECEMBER 29, 2004...
Club Liaison's 2004 activities
climaxed with an evening of
fun and festivities where
corporate clients were
thanked for their loyal
patronage to the hotel during
the year.
In the relaxed setting of the
Hilton's Palm Court Pavilion,
clients were treated to native
and international cocktails.
The Traffic Band brought

guests onto the dance floor,
where they danced the night
During the year Hilton
invites its corporate clients to
functions in which they recog-
nise their commitment to the
This year the programme
had a Health and Fitness Sem-
inar followed by Junkanoo
Aerobics. In June, there was
A Night of Rhythm where

clients learned the art of ball-
room dancing, and in August
the- clients were hosted to a
beach bash.
Club Liaison is a region-
wide reward/point accumula-
tion programme, which aims
to reward a select group of
representatives of corporate
accounts responsible for book-
ing guestrooms at any of the
Hilton properties throughout
the Caribbean region.

..... _....._ Supreme Court sidesteps

SGuantanamo Bay case

THE Supreme Court pro-
longed the legal limbo of hun-
dreds of terror suspects in a
U.S. military prison in Cuba,
refusing on Tuesday to consid-
er whether the government's
plan for military trials unfairly
denies them basic legal rights,
according to Associated Press.
So far only a handful of the
550 detainees from about 40
countries have been charged
with war crimes. More are
expected once courts sort out
how they may be tried.
The legal uncertainty sur-
rounding the men, many of
whom were captured during
the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan
in 2001, has prompted interna-
tional criticism and spawned
multiple court fights.

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The Supreme Court had
been asked to use an appeal by
Osama bin Laden's former dri-
ver to decide whether the Bush
administration is trying to
shortcut defendants' rights by
holding a type of military trial
last used during World War II.
A federal judge ruled last fall
that Salim Ahmed Hamdan
and others put on trial at the
Guantanamo Bay Naval Base
should be allowed to confront
witnesses and see evidence
against them, which are stan-
dard under military justice
rules but are not guaranteed to
The Supreme Court rejected
the case Tuesday, which was
not surprising because an
appeals court also is consider-
ing the issue and has scheduled
arguments March 8.

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The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd. (BTC) is pleased
to invite applications from suitably qualified individuals to fill the
position of Associate in its Project Accounting Unit, a division of
its Cost & Investments Department.


* Prepare a monthly Receivable and Contributions Analysis report.
* Prepare a monthly Deferred Income Amortization Report.
* Prepare monthly journal entries for completed projects.
* Monitor all development project expenditures and make necessary
* Updates and maintain individual "D" project expenditure files.
* Prepare monthly reconciliations showing all movements entered
into the general ledger and CIP modules for D100 accounts.
* Prepare a monthly Closure and Expense Reports for D100 accounts.
* Record and set up NEW and CLOSED Projects in the ROSS System,
and spreadsheet on request, in accordance with the policies and
* Conduct site verification on all projects to assess the extent to which
project plan were achieved, and the impact of cost and overruns if


1. Bachelors Degree in Accounting or Finance with three (3) years
experience OR,
2. Associate Degree or Finance with five years experience in a related
3. Must be proficient in the use of Microsoft Excell and Word
4. Must possess strong Analytical skills
5. Excellent written and oral presentation skills required.

All applications should be recieved at BTC's Head Office, 21 John
F. Kennedy Drive, no later than Wednesday, January 26th, 2005, and
addressed as follows:

Human Resources & Administration
The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd.

Re: Associate Project Accounting Unit


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- less than an hour by small plane
from Nassau but a million miles
from the traffic jams, cruise ships
and noise of the capital. For
many Bahamians, this festive
season was a time to get back to
the islands and back in touch
with what makes them beautiful
- the sea and the people.
This year there was a new
option for locals wishing to make
the journey home; the brand new
Australian built Island Express,
owned and captained by Emmett
Munroe of Ragged Island, ran
an excursion trip to Staniel. With
an air conditioned lounge and
rhythms from Higher Level
Entertainment's Baby D and DJ
Crank, the six hour trip went
quickly. The homecomers were
met by crowds of family and
friends with fireworks overhead.
There is always something for
everybody at Staniel Cay;
whether you are happy chilling'
at a cook-out, celebrating the
New Year in the Mount Olivett
Church or dancing till dawn, you
will not be disappointed.
A focal point for many is the
action in the bay; local young-

sters have been trained now for. proud of their many achieve- holiday did not deter them from
several years by Mike "Croco- ments in George Town and oth- racing in the Junior Sunfish
dile" Meith of Sampson Cay. er major regattas. The 20 to 25 Regatta. They received medals
The people of Staniel can be knot winds over the New Year for their achievements presented
by David Moxey.
(1st Ronnie Smith and
Rumeal Gray, 2nd Megan Rolle
and Natajia Miller, 3rd Dreko
Chamberlain and Sanchez Gray,
4th Travis Nixon and Shaun


The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd. (BTC) is pleased to
invite applications from suitably qualified individuals for the position of
Information Systems Business Analyst in its Financial Division.


The Company is implementing a new Financial/ Human Resources
Application System, which will require the creation of a team of Business
Analysts. Candidates for this team should currently be employed in a'
finance role and should be able to demonstrate a sound understanding of
the procedures, policies, and internal controls in a Financial Department.
Additionally, these candidates should be able to demonstrate an aptitude
for software applications. This team will be at the centre of a dedicated
cross functional implementation effort and is expected to form the core
post implementation application support. Applicants will be expected to
demonstrate enthusiasm and motivation to see this project through the
successful implementation by creating or assisting others in developing
processes, user acceptance testing (UAT), reporting, documentation, and


Become intimately familiar with all the modular features, functionality,
workflows, related internal controls and interfaces for system modules
Research and document user requirements and specifications, conduct
business and technical studies, design, develop and implement information
systems business solutions, and provide imput on service delivery.
Working with the vendor implementation teams, BTC Consultants, and
super users to develop system test plans and associated test data and
execute User Acceptance Testing (UAT) for system modules Assigned.
Ensure results of the conducted tests are well documented and failed
items are tracked for follow-up to completion.
Become familiar with all available standard reports for the system modules
Develop proficiencies with report writing tools to perform specified data
analysis and studies as requested on system modules assigned; develop
and present as hoc reports in support of various initiatives.
Assist with the creation of training materials and the user training itself
for the system modules assigned. Training materials includes business
processes, system features, functionality, technology capabilities and
limitations, ect.
Develop post implementation documentation to assist with the support
of users and the daily maintenance and management of the system.
Documentation includes but is not limited to screen shots, process
diagrams, system enhancement requests, standard operating procedures,
Provide on-going post implementation systems support for end users as
Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned by Management.


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as follows:

Human Resources & Administration
The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd.
Nassau, The Bahamas

RE: Information Systems Business Analyst Human Resources

A star amongst the young rac-
ers is 16-year-old Nioshi Rolle.
Making her debut in racing at
the age of ten, Nioshi has been
local Sunfish champion and had
wins at George Town, including
the 50th Anniversary C Class
Juniors. Now attending Doris
Johnson Senior High in Nassau,
Nioshi races Snipes at the Royal
Nassau Yacht Club and Sunfish
at Nassau Sailing Club.
A. .A ays. popula;,'-ho C Class
'ft'i tibile. c-proved
't6' be ry enter llhis year.
Held on New Year's Eve, the
race invites visitors to experience
the thrill of sloop racing first
hand. Names are drawn to pro-
vide plentiful "novice" crew for
the boats of Black Point and
Staniel. This year it was the turn
of Black Point to take the $1,500
cash first prize presented by.
David Hocher of the Staniel Cay
Yacht Club. Leander "Magic"

Pinder with "It's Magic" sailed
to victory. Nioshi Rolle led
Staniel Cay to a close second
place aboard "Termites" with
Black Point C Class "Smashie"
taking third. Brooks Miller's
"Sprayhound" didn't quite make
it home after a turn around a
windward buoy caused a spec-
tacular nose dive and subsequent
sinking. As Brooks explained
"By the time I shouted for every-
one to come back it was too
late." The event may have
earned him a new nick-name -
"Captain Nemo!"
The New Year's Day event
saw six visiting yachts brave the
windy conditions, with some tight
competition and dramatic action
at the buoys. In third place, Andy
and Barbara Heap of Ottawa
racing their live-aboard "Moxy"
entered the race for the first time
but are no strangers to Staniel
having visited three previous sea-
sons. At the prize-giL mg and pig
roast held-at the Public Beach
that evening they received an
impressive Marlin carving. In sec-
ond, "Terre des Hommes" of
Canada with owner Michel Forti-
er and his crew from Quebec and
Denmark received a painting by
local artist Bernadette Cham-
berlain. The winning prize of a
replica sloop made by Burke
Smith went to Bruce Sarandri-
a's "Different Drummer" of
Maryland which came second

WINNERS of the
cruising regatta "Different
Drummer" given a replica
local sloop built by Burke

last year.
Every boat that entered and'
even one that retired received a
local straw bag filled with gifts.
But it wasn't just sailors that were
honoured at the awards event.
Artist, and long-time supporter
of the Staniel Cay New Year's
Regatta, Joan Mann was pre-
sented with a plaque by Renee
Thompson to mark her long a
dedicated service to the event.
On land throughout the week-
end there was just as much activ-
ity as on the sea. The Annual
New Year's Auction is a very
popular and generously sup-
ported event, this year raising
$2,200 towards the regatta, Auc-
tioneer Malcolm McGregor got
high prices for everything from a
cheesecake, plane rides, a needle-
point cushion and even the offer
of one hour's dancing.

For a perfect place to dance,
the beautifully, refurbished
Staniel Cay Yacht Club provided
a New Year's party to remem-
ber, with a spectacular fire work
display over the bay. If you were
missing the Junkanoo action in
Nassau, that was no problem
with local "Slick" leading a noisy
parade several times through the
village. The next night saw the
action shift to the Happy Peo-
ple. Higher Level provided the
sounds for a lively "Pyjama Par-
It wasn't just the parties that
were busy over the weekend of
festivities. Mount Olivett Church
was packed to full capacity on
New Year's Eve and again on
All good things come to an
end, and too soon the Island
Express was sounding its horn
to gather the crew for Nassau.
Once aboard, the visitors hung
onto the holiday feel by dancing
on the decks one last time to the
sounds of DJ Crank and Shawn
Baby D.
As Atlantis loomed large and
the traffic and bustle of Potter's
Cay became a reality, Staniel
once again felt a million miles



T TWD A A R ,5 G

Government pays Nancy Oakes

FROM page one

it would not have caused any
legal difficulties, as the prop-
erty is held by her company
"Nassoak", and not by her
The 208 acres of land on the
western tip of New Providence
have been a controversial sub-
ject for many years.
Six years ago some members
of the Free National Move-
ment administration supported
a proposal of transforming a

part of the area known as
Clifton Cay into a multimil-
lion-dollar gated community
and docking facility. The pub-
lic was to have access to cer-
tain historical areas. The plan
was approved by government.
It was expected that the pro-
ject would create more than
1,300 full time jobs and an add
$17 million annually to the
However the site was inves-
tigated by a team of Ameri-
can archeologists and was

declared to be one of the only
remaining historical sites in
the country. Ruins dating as
far back as the early 1700's
were found at the site.
Following a fight to prevent
the archeologically rich site
from being turned into a gated
community, the FNM govern-
ment submitted to public pres-
sure which led to the building
permit being revoked.
The Coalition to Save
Clifton, chaired by Rev Dr C
B Moss, celebrated its success

and in September 2003 Prime
Minister Perry Christie
announced that his govern-
ment had decided to negoti-
ate a price for the purchase of
the property in question.
Mr Christie said he is com-
mitted to creating an historical
and recreational site that
recognizes the three civilisa-
tions that left their mark on
the Bahamas, the Lucayans,
the slaves and the Loyalists,
which all converged at Clifton.
"I thought it would be just a

wonderful thing to create a
heritage park on that estate,"
said Mr Christie
The Act for the establish-
ment of the Clifton Heritage
Authority was passed in April,
Director of the Antiqui-
ties, Monuments and Muse-
ums Corporation Dr Keith
Tinker said that the site now
awaits the prime minister's
next decision to move ahead
with the project.
Nancy Oakes von Hoynin-

gen-Huene, 80, died in Lon-
don early Sunday morning
after a period of illness.
She was the eldest daughter
of the late Harry Oakes who
was murdered in his Cable
Beach home in the
early morning hours of July 8,
Her first husband Count
Alfred (Freddie) de Marigny
was charged with the crime,
but later acquitted.
The murder remains
unsolved to this day.

Potter's Cay


alcohol row

PLP chairman slams FNM

FROM page one
due process and the rights of the individual in
law. Yet we have this so-called human rights
champion attacking the government because
one of its members was allowed the due process
of law to which he is entitled," said Mr Rigby
"The PLP has been fighting for the rights of
the individual and for the rights of women for
more than half a century and will not be lec-
tured by someone who has shown himself to
be a summer and part-time soldier in the cam-
paign for human rights.
"There is no charge against Mr Roberts.
There was no rape. The matter is at an end,"
said Mr Rigby.
Mr Rigby added that it is "utter nonsense"
that a well known person be thrown into a cell

once an allegation is made against him or her,
just to demonstrate that he is no different than
an ordinary citizen.
"Just as it would be utter and obvious non-
sense that a not-so-well known person be spared
investigation and incarceration just to show
even handedness on the part of the police. It
doesn't work that way. Mr Smith's unfounded
and aberrant conclusions are obviously for polit-
idal effect, and it appears that he would do any-
thing, and say anything to grab headlines," Mr
Rigby said.
He added that the people of Grand Bahama
and the Bahamas will reject this "utter non-
sense" and will rightly condemn Mr Smith
and his "loose and irresponsible talk" which
is calculated for pure and brazen political

FROM page one

the cases of beers, well over $2,500 worth of
stuff. They ain't bring no search warrant and
they were all through my booth throwing over
stuff like they were looking for drugs or some-
thing. And why 20 police with they hands on
their guns have to be harassing me, and embar-
rassing me in front of these tourists like that?
They ain't treat me with no respect and they
took all my beers and even my cooler and all,"
she said.
According to officers at police district head-
quarters, the Potter's Cay problem may actual-
ly extend beyond contravention of the Liquor
Licensing Act, as many of the vendors are
thought not to have a licence to conduct busi-
ness at all.
One officer pointed to that stipulations made

by the Licensing Authority for the granting of
business licences at Potter's Cay continue to
be ignored by vendors.
These include sanitation stipulations, includ-
ing that every stall must have access to running
water, and that bathroom facilities are located
at an appropriate distance from the stalls.
"All of them are set up illegally, and to top it
off they are selling alcohol," one officer said.
She said that hopefully the arrests would con-
vince vendors to run their businesses in accor-
dance with the law.
Father Heastie, the former president of the
Dock Association, said that although he does
not technically disagree with what the police
did, he felt they could have gone about it in a
better manner.
"I was not opened at the time, and I think that
if they had waited until in the afternoon hours
they might have gotten more people," he said.

FROM page one

der of the year when 29-year-
old Obryan Sands was shot
while with a group of men in
the Sunshine Park area.
Police Superintendent Hulan
Hanna said that it was the sup-
port and assistance of the com-
munity, combined with out-
standing police leg work that
led them to identify those per-
sons believed to be responsible.
"We are tying up the loose
ends to present a tight case so

that we can have these persons
before the courts sometime this
week or early next week. I want
to thank members of the public
and the police officers through-
out this force, enabling us to sit
here today and inform the
Bahamian public that we are
well on our way of putting these
persons before the courts," said
Supt Hanna.
Supt Hanna said that the per-
sons in custody are believed to

have been connected with at
least two other murders last
year, amongst other serious
offences. He believes that the
case will bring a conviction.
"This police force will'not go
before the courts unless we feel
we have a case that will bring a
conviction. We try to do a prop-
er and objective investigation
so that when the matter is laid
before the courts it is not
thrown out because of sloppi-
ness or inadequate work on the
part of the police," he said.

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s new product plans

to be submitted by February

Tribune Business Editor
The Financial Ser-
vices Consultative
Forum plans to
submit its recom-
mendations on
private trust company legisla-
tion and establishing the
Bahamas as an international
arbitration centre to the Gov-
ernment by the end of Febru-
ary, The Tribune was told yes-
terday, with sources suggesting
that the body would be re-
appointed for a further year.
Brian Moree, the Forum's
chairman, acknowledged it had
missed the mid-December 2004
deadline it had previously set
for submitting the international

arbitration centre and private /
trust companies recommenda-
tions to the Government. He
said this was die to a "variety of
reasons", but did not disclose
what they were.
However, Mr Moree said the
Forum hoped to finish its work
on private trust companies "a
little earlier" than the new Feb-
ruary deadline he was now
looking at, possibly before the
end of January.
It was likely, though, that two
preliminary reports on the inter-
national arbitration centre con-
cept and amendments to the
Financial and Corporate Ser-
vices Providers Act would not
be completed until the end of
Mr Moree said: "We were

Sources say recommendations
coming to enact private trust

companies laws 'urgently', and
to 'pursue' arbitration centre

hoping to get them [the three
reports] in last year, but that
didn't happen for a variety of
reasons. We're now hoping to
get them in before the end of
Several financial industry
sources had previously suggest-
ed to The Tribune that the
Forum's mandate would be
renewed by the Government in
2005 for the second consecutive

year. Mr'Moree, though, said
he was still awaiting a decision
from the administration.
Responding to The Tribune's
question on the mandate's
renewal, Mr Moree said: "I can-
not answer than yet. I'm e'xpect-
ing to have a meeting with the
minister [Allyson Maynard-
Gibson] shortly to discuss that
matter, and I will be able to
respond to that once we have

had the meeting."
Financial industry sources,
who requested anonymity, said
the Forum's recommendations
on private trust companies
would be "very favourable" to
"urgently" enacting legislation
to allow the creation of such
structures in the Bahamas.
One source said ,the Forum
report would "identify private
trust companies as a very
important product for private
wealth management. It's a core
product in the context of pri-
vate banking and the Forum
will recommend adopting leg-,
islation urgently on that [prod-
Private trust companies are
viewed as a key product in
cementing the Bahamian finan-

Smith says low level of foreign-

held debt is key to analysing
public finances health

Tribune Business Editor
JAMES SMITH, minister of
state for finance, yesterday said
he was "comfortable" with the
Bahamas' $2.44 billion national
debt, arguing that it was the
amount held by international
lenders and institutions that was
most critical for this nation.
He added that numerous
ratios, statistics and benchmarks
had to be analysed before any
conclusions could be drawn on
the Bahamas' national debt,
which stood at just over $2.44
billion at the end of the 2004
third quarter.
Mr Smith was responding to
,comments by Central Bank of
the Bahamas governor Julian
"Francis, who told Monday's

Bahamas Business Outlook
Conference that the Bahamas
had to commit itself to not'
exceeding then reducing the
current national debt to gross
domestic product (GDP) ratio
of 42 per cent.
To prevent a reduction in
Bahamian living standards, Mr
Francis said he wanted to see
the publication of targets that
would lead to a balanced fiscal
budget over time, plus a pro-
gramme to reduce the national
debt to GDP ratio to 35 per
cent. i 4
Mr Smith himself had previ-
ously said that 40 per cent was a
danger threshold for the nation-
al debt to GDP ratio. However,
he yesterday sought to play
See DEBT, Page 4B

Foreign land

access review

provokes a

mixed reaction

Tribune Business Reporter
The suggestion that the Gov-
"ernment review real property
..sales to foreigners in certain.
areas to prevent Bahamians
being forced out of the market
-,drew a mixed reaction from the
Bahamas real estate industry
yesterday. I
Some argued that market
forces be allowed to play out,
while others suggested that a
'solution could be found in the
,placement of necessary infra-
structure and increased devel-
.opment in the Family Islands,
;which would in turn increase
available residential options for
',Bahamians beyond New Provi-
, In an interview with The Tri-
' bune, George Smith, a broker
with C.A. Christie Real Estate,
:"said he could fully appreciate, in
Sthe long term, that if the Gov-
ernment did not monitor the
-sale of residential lots in certain

areas of New Providence, it was
possible in the future that many
Bahamians may find they did
not have access to the property
of their choice.
Although there was still land
left in New Providence, Mr
Smith said much of what is
available is not in areas where
the Government wants to
encourage second home own-
ership by foreigners.
"While New Providence still
has a lot of property available,
at 147 square miles, we should
direct future developments on
islands where there is a large
land mass, places like Andros,
which has a very small popula-
tion with lots of land," Mr
Smith said.
"The population growth in
New Providence is such that
you have to think about it the
Berry Islands also, Bimini and
areas like Exuma, where there
is a lot of growth,. But Exuma
has less land than New Provi-
See ESTATE, Page 4B

Julian Francis, Central. Bank of the Bahamas governor

Central Bank warns

over 'fraudulent use'

of its and staff names

The Central Bank of the Bahamas yesterday
warned that its name and those of "certain
employees" were "being fraudulently used"
by an Internet scheme.
The scheme involves two fictitious entities,
'Caribbean Central Bank' and a 'Caribbean
Financial Authority', and is allegedly being per-
petrated by Banco de Paribas, a company about
* whom the Central Bank issued a warning on
December 7,2004.
The scheme says that either of these two enti-
ties requires an 'International Guarantee Bond'
to be taken out with the Central Bank of the
Bahamas, which would issue a letter of guar-
antee as insurance against any loss when funds
are transferred from the Caribbean.
The Central Bank said the scheme, which

was not new, introduced the "fraudulent use of
the name of the Central Bank of the Bahamas",
its employees and the e-mail address: banking-
supervision@centralbankofbahamas.com, which
the release said, though similar, is not a Central
Bank of the Bahamas e-mail address.
Banco de Paribas was identified as the enti-
ty behind .the fraud and, according to Central
Bank officials, no such entity is licenced to
operate in or from the Bahamas.
The identity of the individuals believed to
be behind the scheme has not been made
known, however.
Members of the public were urged to exercise
caution when giving personal information over
the Internet and should seek to verify the legit-
imacy of any significant communication. .

cial services industry's position
as a leader in private wealth
management, providing a gate-
way into making this jurisdic-
tion more attractive to family
These offices are set up to
manage the personal financial
needs and affairs of high net
worth individuals and families.
Private trust companies are
incorporated to act as the
trustee for a single trust or relat-
ed group of trusts, and would
act as a stimulus to other prod-
ucts created by legislation
passed since 2002, since they
are often established as a pur-
pose trust or foundation.
As a product, private trust
See FORUM, Page 3B


of taxes


for the


Tribune Business Editor
A Caribbean tax expert has
urged the Bahamas to introduce
a Value Added Tax (VAT) if-
it does away with or reduces its
reliance on customs duties,
describing reform as "essential"
if the Government is to raise
enough revenues to meet its
Ben Arrindell, Ernst &
Young's country managing part-
ner for the Caribbean, told the
Bahamas Business Outlook
conference: "Tax reform is
essential if the Bahamas gov-
ernment is to generate sufficient
revenue to meet its needs. I cer-
tainly favour the introduction
of VAT."
He argued that VAT was a
. "more reliable and efficient"
mechanism for the Government
to raise revenues and levy taxes,
with international trends indi-
cating that nations in both the
Caribbean and Latin America
were moving to or introducing
that taxation system.
Moves to join the Free Trade
Area of the Americas (FTAA),
World Trade Organisation
(WTO) and Caribbean Single
Market & Economy (CSME)
will place the Bahamas under
increasing pressure to either
abolish or significantly down-
size its customs duties and
stamp tax regime, as these are
perceived as tariff barriers to
Mr Arrindell argued that
VAT "simplifies the tax struc-
ture" and broadens the Gov-
ernment's revenue base, as it
can be applied to both physical
goods and services. In addition,
the tax was collected at all
stages in the supply chain, and a
credit mechanism could be used
to ensure there was no "cas-
cading effect".
"Because it's collected at all
stages in the chain of transac-
tions, even if you have avoid-
ance taking place at the end of
the chain, provided all those
who paid previously can claim a
credit against the VAT charged
to the next person in the chain,
there will be little incentive to
avoid tax," Mr Arrindell said.
He rejected a sales tax
because this was only levied at
the final stage in the produc-
tion chain, where goods were
sold to the end user. Due to the
fact that the burden fell on the
final seller, Mr Arrindell said
there was "greater scope for tax
avoidance" by the business at
the end of the production chain.
In addition, he added that a
sales tax would not encompass
While income tax remained
an option for the Bahamas, as
this would generate greater rev-
enues for the Government and
See TAX, Page 3B

Miami Herald Business, Stocks, Analysis, Wall Street

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Security complacency

to cost Bahamas firms

Safe and Secure




Preenatv Masure

Greetings to all
and may you
have a prosper-
ous New Year.
We begin this
year with a critical look at busi-
ness operations in the Bahamas
- more specifically how loss pre-
vention and asset protection
appears to be an afterthought
for many companies or not even
a thought at all. How do I reach
these conclusions, you may ask?
This is a good question.
Firstly, visit any business
school at the major tertiary-lev-

el institutions in the
Bahamas.You will discover that
not one of these schools offers
programmes in asset protection
or security awareness. How are
the future managers and execu-
tives able to comprehensively
implement protection pro-
grammes if they have no idea
what one looks like? As the
security industry moves into the'
21st century, it appears that the
business world be it academics
or practitioners is still living
in the early 19th century. That is
to say, they think it is sufficient
to put a guard at the door, be it
human or electronic.

This failure is not only in the
physical application of security
and crime prevention, but also
exists in the education of would-
be businesspersons on the iden-
tifyingwhite-collar crime, such
as money laundering, fraud and
Is this absence of basic-level
education and training an indi-
cation that the business com-
munity is all for making money
but not very keen on protect-
ing it, or the persons who han-
dle financial transactions at the
ground level?
On-the-job training on key
concepts as they pertain to loss
prevention are almost non-exis-
tent. Why is it so difficult for
major corporations to set aside
a few hours to train their staff
on how to respond to criminal,
fire or medical emergencies.

Furthermore,. there appears
to be resistance in the tourism
industry to address these con-
cerns as they pertain to crime
and security. We have all seen
how one threat advisory issued
by the US Government can
bring our 'bread and butter'
industry to a halt.
Yet the sector has failed to
provide comprehensive train-
ing to frontline staff on terror-
ism/terrorist awareness and
response. Again, an early 19th
century approach has been
adopted in that safety and pro-
tection is left in the hands of
the police and security.
This archaic thinking gives
the'false impression that the
police and security personnel
are going to be there when you
need them. With tourism being
such a vital industry to the
A-ahamas, the Ministry of

'Is the absence of basic-level

education and training an

indication that the business

community is all for making

money but not very keen

on protecting it, or the

persons who handle financial

transactions at the ground level,'
--Gamal Newry

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BIS00Colna, If
pricing Information As Of:l Advisors Ltd.
18 Janua 2005

52wk-HI 52wk-Low Symbol Previous Close Today's Close Change Dally Vol. EPS $ Div $ PIE Yield
1.49 1.10 Abaco Markets 1.10 1.10 0.00 0.197 0.000 N/M 0.00%
8.4Q 7.30 Bahamas Property Fund 8.00 8.00 0.00 1.328 0.320 6.0 4.00%
6.25 5.75 Bank of Bahamas 5.75 5.75 0.00 0.152 0.330 11.2 5.74%
0.85 0.75 Benchmark 0.85 0.85 0.00 -0.057 0.000 N/M 0.00%
1.97 1.80 Bahamas Waste 1.80 1.80 0.00 0.101 0.000 17.8 0.00%
1.00 0.91 British American Bank 0.95 0.95 0.00 0.007 0.040 12.8 4.21%
7.25 6.25 Cable Bahamas 7.20 7.20 0.00 0.510 0.240 14.1 3.33%
2.20 1.35 Colina Holdings 2.20 2.20 0.00 0.259 0.060 8.5 2.73%
7.17 6.15 Commonwealth Bank 7.15 7.15 0.00 0.632 0.390 11.3 5.45%
1.50 0.35 Doctor's Hospital 1.50 1.50 0.00 0.228 0.000 6.6 0.00%
4.00 3.13 Famguard 3.96 3.96 0.00 0.406 0.170 9.8 4.29%
9.75 8.02 Finco 9.75 9.73 -0.02 1.700 0.649 0.480 15.0 4.93%
7.50 6.20 FirstCaribbean 7.50 7.50 0.00 0.513 0.330 14.6 4.40%
8.60 8.00 Focol 8.00 8.00 0.00 0.710 0.500 11.3 6.25%
2.25 1.99 Freeport Concrete 1.99 1.99 0.00 0.025 0.000 79.6 0.00%
10.38 9.90 ICD Utilities 9.89 9.89 0.00 0.818 0.405 12.1 4.10%
8.25 8.10 J. S. Johnson 8.22 8.22 0.00 0.785 0.550 10.5 6.81%
6.27 4.36 Kerzner International BDRs 5.80 5.98 0.18 0.245 0.000 23.7 0.00%
10 00 u u00 Premier Real Estalte 1000 1000 000 0.694 0.350 144 3.50%
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S2wk-HI 52wk-Low Symbol Bid S Ask S Last Price Weekly Vol. EPS S Div $ PIE Yield
1300 13.00 EanamarTs Supermarkels 1300 1400 1600 1 328 0.720 10.5 5.14%
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 10.00 10.35 10.00 0.000 0.800 NM 7.80%
0 60 0 .10 RND I-loiairqg 029 0 54 000 -0.103 0.000 NM 0.00%
43 00 28 00 ABD-.,B 41.00 4300 4100 2220 0.000 194 0.00%
16.00 13.06 Bahamas Supermarkets 13.00 14.00 13.00 1.105 0.810 14.6 6.93%
0 60 0 35 RND Holdinas 0 29 0.54 0 35 -0 103 0 000 N/M 0.00%
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52wk-HI 52wk-Low Fund Name NAV YTD% Lest 12 Months Div S Yield %
1 2014 1 1491 Colilna ,Gone, Market Fund 1.201423'
2.0536 1.8154 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.1191"*
10.2148 10.0000 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 10.2648""****
2.1746 2.0012 Collna MSI Preferred Fund 2.174583**
1.0848 1.0823 Collina Bond Fund 1.084821****n
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00 YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price
52wk-HI Highest closing price In last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Collina and Fidelit
52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelilt
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Lest Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for dally volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week
Change Change in closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported eamings per share for the last 12 mths
Dally Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid In the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful
PIE Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 100
S- AS AT DEC. 31, 2004/1 -- AS AT DEC. 31, 2004
-AS AT DEC. 31, 2004/ ** AS AT DEC. 31, 2004/1 AS AT DEC. 31, 2004

The usual excuse is the reduc-
tion in productivity during this
training time. However, indus-
try is cooperative in providing
employees with training that
will increase task-specific pro-
fessional efficiency. Is not crime
prevention a legitimate attempt
at increasing the employees'
ability to save time, money and
even a life.
When was the last time your
company conducted training on
armed robbery response, fire,
bomb, threats, workplace vio-
lence? Is there even a company
policy that addresses these mon-
ey-saving issues. The firm
expects staff members to guard
and protect company assets, yet
they have not been trained in
how to do so.
My conclusions are also sup-
ported by the fact that numer-
ous local seminars on business
and tourism present a wide
array of topics and experts in
their industry, but fail to speak
-on loss prevention and security
Have we not seen how one
act of terrorisman and acts of
crime be they armed robbery
or employee theft negatively
influence how the corporate
and business community act. If
we still believe that we in the
Bahamas are immune or, even
worse, a peace-loving nation,
we must take a quick reality

Tourism needs to be more
proactive on the safety of visi-
This dangerous practice of
reactive action as it pertains to
loss prevention strategies has,
on numerous occasions, shown
its ugly head, but industry lead-
ers continue to resort to out-
dated strategies and methods.
New concepts such as Crime
Prevention Through Environ-
mental Design are absent from
the modem day managers' port-
folio. As in the past, he/she con-
tinues to call the police, hoping
for guidance.

NB: Gamal Newry is presi-
dent of Preventative Measures,
a security and law enforcement
training and consulting compa-
ny. Comments can be sent to
PO Box N-3154 Nassau,
Bahamas or e-mail: preven-

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1 Spanish Teacher (Grades 1 6)

Applicant must:

A. Be a born-again practicing Christian who is
willing to subscribe to the Statement of
Faith of Temple Christian Schools.

B. Have an Associates and or Bachelor's
Degree in Education from a recognized
College or University in the area of

C. Have a valid Teacher's Certificate or

D. Be willing to contribute to the school's extra
curricular program.

Application must be made in writing with a full
Curriculum Vite, a recent coloured photograph and
three references should be sent to:

The Principal
Temple Christian Schools
Collins Avenue
P.O.Box N-1566
Nassau, Bahamas




Tax (From page 1B)



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Ben Arrindell, managing partner for Ernst & Young Caribbean. (Photo: The Counsellors)

Forum (From page 1B)

companies are popular with
high net worth individuals
because they allow settlers to
have more control over the
assets held in trust, greater con-
trol over income and expendi-
ture relating to the trust, and
because a private trust company
is more familiar with the busi-
ness affairs of the settlor and
Meanwhile, industry sources
said the Forum was set to rec-
ommend;a "phased approach"

, in establishing the Bahamas as
an international arbitration cen-
tre. Its preliminary report was
set to suggest that the idea be
pursuedd", and two different
models for creating an arbitra-
tion centre would be suggest-
Mr Moree, who did not com-
ment on the Forum reports yes-
terday, had previously indicated
that Freeport would be exam-
ined as the location for the
international arbitration centre

because it was easier to find
physical facilities and resources
The Tribune also understands
that the late Edward St George,
the Grand Bahama Port
Authority's co-chairman, was
keen on establishing a signifi-
cant financial services presence
in Freeport, and an interna-
tional arbitration centre would
have helped achieve this.
The proposed amendments
to the Financial and Corporate

Services Providers Act are
understood to be seen by the
financial services industry as
"relatively uncontroversial",
and are mainly aimed at tidy-
ing up and plugging loopholes
in the existing legislation.
The Tribune also understands
from industry sources that the
upcoming Bahamas Financial
Services Board's (BFSB)
Retreat in Exuma will:discuss
the controversial immigration
report released by the Forum.

; **

Some people hear
the ocean in a Shell;

Do you hear

the opportunity?

Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Depot Supervisor

Shell Bahamas Limited is a dynamic global company and is looking:
for a competent individual to supervise the technical LPGas Operations
within the Company, based in Nassau.

Do you want an excellent opportunity to:
* Grow and develop yourself in the exciting world of business?
* Be a valued part of one of the most successful and respected
International Oil Companies

If you are a highly motivated, self starting, dynamic, well qualified
and performance oriented person, we at Shell Bahamas, invite you to
send in a resume'.

The successful candidate must have:
* A Degree or an Associate Degree in Mechanical Engineering
* A working knowledge of PC's particularly MS Office Word and Excel
* Experience in managing maintenance of facilities would be an asset

The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate:
* Good supervisory, Communication and hands on skills
* Commitment to team work
* Motivate and train subordinate staff
* Inspect and maintain on an ongoing basis Company owned equipment
at customer sites and plant
* Ensure the installation and maintenance at customer sites are in
keeping within Shell and National Standards.
* Ensure proper maintenance records of facilities are kept
* Commitment to Health, Safety, Security & Environmnet and Asset

If you fit this profile and can meet these expectations, then Shell would
like to hear from you.

Shell is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity, and
offers a competitive remuneration package and excellent opportunities
for further career broadening in a leading global organisation.

Resumes will be treated in full confidence and should be forwarded
by the 28th January 2005 to the Attention:

Human Resources Manager,
Shell Bahamas Limited
P.O.Box N-3717,
Nassau, Bahamas.

1- i= 'Legendanr Past ... Glorious Future!'

Now accepting applicants for teaching for September, 2005
for the following areas:
Classroom teachers, Information Technology and Physical Education

HIGH SCHOOL (Grades 7- 12)
Mathematics, English Language, French, Spanish, Biology,
Information Technology, Home Economics, Art, Physi-
cal Education, Accounts and Economics

* A mimim -m of a Bachelor's Degee from a
recognized university confirmed by a certified copy
of certificate
A post paduate certificate in education or a
teaching conificate confirmed by a certified copy of
Names and contact information of at least two
professional references must be submitted
Willingness to support the school's Accelerated
Programme including teaching advanced courses
such as Advanced Placement and Adxanced
Subsidiary. Experience in teaching advanced
courses is preferred.
.'ic.: : f ut applicants '."ill be e.:pected tc ma-ke a
co'mifnitjtint to "orlk in harmncn;y '.'vth Chri; t
priicip,:.: and to support the mrnphaels ot' the
E'.iiarma- C'cnrfaren.':e o!" The I-. [-rti.hjst1 Church of
'"hi:lh thie ..h:c is a pait.

I- mte older pn'.rve .xhool in Trki .,h,:unias
EruJre ; ':e iIes. coniinuity,' of o:h.niti iJ ni .rcr
.ne commriuniti
a'l~r rich curriculurnl
Ic AI.led "; t iJentedi nd dc-*. licatc'd teacher
li 1 pI ie K.h e::cillnce is respcteJ .nd pursued, '".'herv
tr i.hing .ird learning e inrovatri.e rid where caring Ibor
other' z i- intr.in ic
P.O. Box N-7127
Nassau, Bahamas
Tel- (.42)393-1666.'39.-21-53393-2(16 S Fax. (2A)393-3248
Website-' ww qcheneforth.comn Email. queensi)qchenelibrth.com

* "Caring colleagues"
* "As a former student. I wanted to give
back to my Alma Mater."
* "Supportive Adminislration Team."
S"I came lo The Bahamas to work, to learn.
to develop my teaching style and my
passion for my subject and I feel that I've
been allowed to do that"

Application forms are available from the
Human Resources Office at the school or
by downloading from our website
LVww qchenceforth.corn,
The completed application together with a
covering letter, a statement of educational
philosophy and a recent photograph must
be sent to: The Principal
Queen's College
P.O. Box N7127
Nassau, Bahamas
Or fax to: 242-393-3248, or email to
dlynch@qchenceforth.com and should
arrive no later than January
I I 28, 2005.
f short listed
.will be
contacted by
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could open up the possibility of spin-off benefits for the financial
services industry through double taxation treaties, Mr Arrindell said
it would have to be considered in the context of the Organisation
for Economic Co-Operation and Development's (OECD) 'harm-
ful tax practices' initiative.
There was also the lack of acceptance of an income tax by the
general population and the reduction in consumer spending pow-
er it would cause.
Mr Arrindell said an income tax could also have adverse effects
for the financial services industry, as many offshore companies
and individuals had chosen to domicile in the Bahamas due to the
absence of this tax.




The Entrance Examinations
for all Anglican Schools will
take place on
Saturday, February 5th, 2005
at 9:00 am.

The Examinations for the
Nassau Schools will take place at
St Anne's School, Fox Hill.
Applications can be collected at
the respective schools and
returned no later than
Wednesday, February 2, 2005.


The Public is hereby advised that I, DESMOND EL-MISR
O'LEARY of #7 Benson Road, Danottage Estates, N-4384,
Nassau, Bahamas, intend to change my name to DESMOND
WILLIAM DONALDSON. 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.



(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company
is in dissolution, which commenced on the 17th day of
January, 2005. The Liquidators are Cordelia Fernander and
Ingrid Davis of P.O. Box N-7757, Nassau, Bahamas.

Cordelia Fernander

Ingrid Davis



(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company
is in dissolution, which commenced on the 14th day of
January, 2005. The Liquidators are Cordelia Fernander and
Ingrid Davis of P.O. Box N-7757, Nassau, Bahamas.

Cordelia Fernander

Ingrid Davis
(Liquidator) ;

Debt (From page 11

down any differences between
himself and Mr Francis over the
level of national debt.
Describing the Governor's
use of the 42 per cent figure as a
"broad statement" that required
more in-depth analysis, Mr
Smith said he was "sure" Mr
Francis remarks were "merely"
referring to the national debt
in a "rule of thumb" context in
relation to the 40 per cent
Acknowledging that the
national debt was "always a
concern", Mr Smith said own-
ership of the Bahamas' debt had
to be factored into the equa-
tion. Although the national debt
now stood at $2.44 billion, he
added that half of this was owed
to the National Insurance
Board (NIB).
This "gives a different slant
to debt and its implications" if
the Bahamian economy and
government ran into difficulty,
and the administration was
unable to meet its obligations
to creditors.
If a sizeable proportion of
debt was held by international
financial institutions and mul-
tilateral lenders, Mr Smith said
that in the event of a default by
the Bahamas, these debtors
would foreclose on the country.
As a result, it would be forced
to seek a bailout from the likes
of the International Monetary
Fund (IMF) and to accept a
repayment schedule.
However, the fact that half
the Bahamas' national debt was
held by domestic and govern-
ment-owned institutions

meant that there was no dan-
ger of this happening to the
Describing the Bahamas' lev-
el of external debt as "the one
we really want to watch", Mr

-i 1~ i
..'L i q | 1

Smith said this stood at less than
$300 million. Some $289.316
million or 11.8 per cent of the
Bahamas' national debt was
held by foreign creditors at the
end of the 2004 third quarter.

Estate (From page 1B)

dence, it's 110 square miles.
"The Government has to fac-
tor in these concerns, particu-
larly as the population grows.
If we don't monitor the land
that could be made available to
foreign purchase, you may not
have a whole lot left."
Looking at the progress made
on Paradise Island with Kerzn-
er International's Phase III
development, it could be argued
that land there has almost been
exhausted. And on mainland
New Providence with the
expected redevelopment of
Cable. Beach and significant
projects along the western end
of New Providence, including
Lyford Cay an Old Fort Bay,
there could be little land avail-



Payment of Benefits and Assistances for the month of January 2005, will be made in the following
districts, at the following pay stations between the hours stated below:

Thursday, January 20, 2005:12 noon 12:30p.m., at the Church Hall.

Thursday, January 20, 2005:9:30a.m. 11:45a.m., at Beacon Hill Church of Nazarene, Carmichael

Thursday, January 20, 2005: 12:45p.m. 1:30p.m., at St. Peter's Church Hall.

Thursday, January 20, 2005: 9:30a.m. 3:00p.m., at the National Insurance Board's Fox Hill
Sub-Office. Persons who cannot collect their cheques on the dates stated, may collect them
throughout the month of February, from 9:30a.m. to 4:30p.m., Monday to Friday.

Thursday, January 20, 2005: 9:30a.m. 4:00p.m. at the National Insurance Board's Wulff Road
Local Office. Persons who cannot collect their cheques on the dates stated, may collect them
throughout the month of February, from 9:30a.m. to 4:30p.m., Monday to Friday.

Thursday, January 20, Monday, January 24, 2005: 9:30a.m.- 4:00p.m., at The Bahamas Public
Service Union Hall, East Street South.

1. Thursday, January 20 Wednesday, January 26, 2005: 9:30a.m. 4:00p.m.
All persons with surnames beginning with the letters "A" "L", at the Cat Island United
Association Hall #1, Market and Vesey Streets.

2. Thursday, January 20 Monday, January 24, 2005: 9:30 a.m. 4:00 p.m.
All.persons with surnames beginning with the letters "M" "Z", at the Salvation Army
Hall, Meadow Street.

3. Tuesday, January 25 Wednesday, January 26, 2005: 9:30a.m. 4:00p.m.
Persons who did not collect their cheques from the respective stations on the days
specified, may collect them at the Cat Island United Association Hall #1, Market and
Vesey Streets, on the above-mentioned dates.


Cheques must be collected from the listed pay stations on the dates and times given. In cases of
emergency, uncollected cheques may be collected from the Pensions Department, at the Jumbey
Village Complex throughout the month of February between the hours of 9:30a.m. and 4:00p.m.

Claimants and/or their representatives are required to produce proper identification in order to
collect their cheques. Acceptable forms of identification for claimants collecting their own payments
Their National Insurance Registration Card, together with any one of the following:
1. A Passport;
2. A Voter's Card; or
3. Any other document which establishes, conclusively, the identity of the claimant.

Where the claimant is sending a representative to collect his/ her cheque, the representative should
provide an Authorization Form completed by the claimant, or a letter authorizing the Board to pay
the representative, together with any of the above-listed items to identify the representative.

All claimants and/or their representatives are advised that should they fail to provide satisfactory
documents to identify themselves as requested above, there may be a delay or denial of payments.

able for further major touristic
development in Nassau.
In terms of the second home
market, Mr Smith said that gen-
erally luxury accommodations
were built around resort devel-
opments, and this is where the
Government was likely to want
to keep foreign ownership
restricted to. "You don't want
foreigners to come and buy and
compete in the low and middle
(priced) areas," he added.
Mr Smith said he did worry
about islands where there was a
limited amount of land. He sug-
gested that-with the current lev-,
el of development, Exuma will
see its populalion,triple by 2010,
- from 5,000 to 15,001111 with a
similar trend expected in Bimi-
ni, where the population could
double over the next five years.
For an island that is nine
square miles in size, the rate of
growth could prove strenuous
for Bimini's infrastructure
resources, and the same con-
cerns could also apply to Har-
bour Island.
Mr Smith said: "Any place
can only take so much growth,
and New Providence is likely to
run out of places where upscale
second homes can be. But there
are islands like Andros that are-
virgin, which has 64 per cent of

the land mass in this country,
and also Inagua, Acklins,
Crooked Island, parts of Grand
Bahama and Eleuthera."
Responding to comments
made by Central Bank Gover-,
nor Julian Francis about the
need for the government to
revisit, at least in the short to
medium term, its policy regard-
ing foreign access to real prop-
erty in certain population cen-
tres, Mr Smith said one solu-
tion was to properly plan land
use in all areas of the Bahamas.
Looking at Singapore, which
has a population of just under 4
million people living on an
islandthat is one and a half
times the size of New Provi-
dence, it was clear that the only
way a population of that size
could exist in such a small area
was through proper planning.
Singapore had been properly
planned to include open spaces,
well mapped-out'communities
and the efficient use of space,
with people living in condo-
miniums. Mr Smith said the
larger issue beyond the avail-
ability of land for Bahamians
was the Government's ability
to plan for the proper use of
available land.
Anotherisstue tiat-needed to
be dealt with as the population


NOTICE is hereby given that LUCKNER SAINTANGE, #79
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send
a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-
eight days from the 19th day of JANUARY, 2005 to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, RO.Box
N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as
a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows
any reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement of the
facts within twenty-eight days from the 12TH day of JANUARY,
2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


International Business Companies Act 2000,
(No. 45 of 2000)


Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 137 (8) of
the International Business Companies Act, 2000, the Dissolution
of VIEWBAY HOLDINGS LIMITED has been completed,
a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the Company
has therefore been struck off the Registrar. The date of
completion of the dissolution was December 23rd, 2004.

SB. Foster
For: Continental Liquidators, Inc. ..
Liquidator -

of the Bahamas and New Prov-
idence continued to grow was
the policing and monitoring of
the current policy regarding
purchase of land by foreigners.
Legislation provides for the
purchase 'of up to five acres of
land that foreign buyers have
to live on, with additional
approval needed,to purchase a
larger tract of land. Mr Smith
said, though, that he was aware
of certain instances where for-
eign owners of land were in
direct competition with
Bahamians who have built sec-
ond homes for the purpose of
:renting, but the lack of over-
sight has allowed the foreigner
to turnthe residential property
into a rental unit.
Former president of the
Bahamas Real Estate Associa-
tion, Garth Buckner, said the
high price of real estate in New
Providence and other markets,
such as Harbour Island, was
determined by demand and also
by inefficiencies in developing
new products.
He said the fear that foreign-
ers are responsible for high real
estate prices was misplaced, and
all the data available to real
estate industry insiders showed
that the percentage of real
estate owned by Bahamians was
actually increasing.
Real estate in the Bahamas
was changing as rather than see-
ing large parcels of land owned
by a single foreign individual,
these parcels were becoming
increasingly divided up among a
number of developers who were
then selling it on.
Many of these purchasers are
Bahamians, and the process is
opening up new land for
Bahamians to buy and trans-
ferring ownership from a for-
eign owner on to a mixture of
Bahamians and foreign owners:
"It's important to understand
that while the number of for-
eign owners may be increasing,
the amount of land they con-
trol is decreasing as a result of
this," Mr Buckner said.
Of real concern is that devel-
oping property in the Bahamas
has built in inefficiencies, par-
ticularly the high cost and slow
turnaround in installing essen-
tial services. Mr Buckner said
the level of inefficiency slows
the delivery of product to the
market and adds to its cost.
Mr Buckner suggested that
property prices in the Bahamas
could be reduced by deregulat-
ing the marketplace, ending
monopolies and allowing com-
petition. He said Bahamians
must understand that the high
cost of real estate is in part the
price that Bahamians pay for
the luxury of government
He added: "As we in this
country do not have any natur-
al resources on which to depend
on for our jobs, we must rely
upon capturing foreign business.
The second home market is an
important part of that business
and it also happens to be
restricted to a very limited num-
ber of locations and does not
pose a threat to Bahamian buy-
"The Government is by far
the largest land owner in the
country and making more
crown land available to
Bahamians would also be a


"I agree that one has to keep
a close eye on the debt, partic-!
ularly the [rate of] increase in;
the debt", the minister said.
However, he added that among,
the other factors involved was:
whether the debt was incurred
(borrowed) for investment pur-
poses, such as enhancing the
Bahamas' transport infrastruc-'
ture, or for financing recurrent
Mr Smith admitted, though,:
that there was a "downside" to
the level of domestically-held
national debt, although he did
not go into the reasons behind'
The minister added that the
42 per cent figure also included
the contingent liabilities
imposed on the Government by
its agreements to underwrite
loans and bond issues made by
public corporations and agen-
These include the likes of the
Bahamas Electricity Corpora-
tion (BEC), Paradise Island
Bridge Authority and Bahamas
Development Bank. At the end
of the 2004 third quarter, the
contingent liabilities imposed
on government stood at
$416.796 million or 17 per cent
of the total national debt.
Mr Smith said: "All of these
things come into play before
one can draw a conclusion from
a single [debt] ratio. I am com-
fortable with the level of debt
and it's being constantly moni-
He added that none of the
previous administrations had
borrowed heavily from abroad.





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that it would be pitching.
"We're trying to see if
we can get at least
another five to six play-
ers developed into
pitchers," he stressed.
"When we look at .what
we are going up against
in competition, we have.
girls 19-20 throwing up
to 75-100 miles per
"So we really have to
work in that area very
strongly. And to be able
to hit the ball, we have
to have some strong
pitching here that will
enable the players to
swing the ball."
Culmer, however, said
there are a number of
players they have avail-
able to play the other "
positions. So once they
start to develop the
team a little more, they
should be able to rede-
fine the team a lot more.
Last year. the BSF
released a list of male
and female players who
have been invited to tiy
out for the teams. Cul-
mer said they are._
encouraging those play-
ers and any others who
feel they have the. .
potential to try out, to
come out.
Practices for the.
ladies are set for Mon-
days and Wednesdays,
starting at 6:30 pm at
the Churchill Tener
Knowles National Soft-
ball Stadium. The men's
national team, under the
supervision of Godfrey
'Gully' Burnside, will
work out on Tuesdays
and Thursdays at the
same time and venue.

Coach targets Bahamas'

next elite 400m runner

Junior Sports Reporter
DEVELOPING the nation's
junior track and field athletes
is the main concern of coach
George Cleare, who has made a
commitment to bring on the
next elite 400m runner in the
Cleare. the founder of the
track club Bahamas Speed
Dynamics, set his goal after-
noticing the drastic decline in
track and field's developmen-
tal programme.
He said: "Everyone knows
that track and field is not a:
favourable sport and that the
majority of the athletes flock to
the basketball courts.

"However, when you visit
some of the courts and you see
the talent the young men and
%women possess you wonder
why the athlete has never got-
ten involved in track and field.
"One of my goals this year is
to help "cure' the drought in
athletes. There is too much tal-
ent throughout our islands for
us to have such a drastic

"That is why I will concen-
trate on developing more of the
country's younger sprinters,
placing a main focus on the
400m runners."
'As a former athlete, Cleare

For Cleare, training athletes.
in field events was never his
desire but he says he is willing
to help out an athlete for the
betterment of the country.
"Basically the success of the

"One of my goals this year is
to help 'cure' the drought in
athletes. There is too much
talent throughout our islands
for us to have such a drastic

4 Coach George Cleare

has always fancied the idea of
coaching, applying several of
the techniques and ideas from
his former coaches into jj pro-
grammes. He has obtailU his
second 'A' level IAAF training
Over the weekend, at the
Odd Distance track meet, more
than ten of the Bahamas Speed
Dynamics club members fin-
ished in the top three in their

athletes in my training camp has
come because, as a coach I have
to understand the athlete, what
I have to do to help the athlete
succeed," said Cleare.
"You find that many of the
athletes lack the ability to
understand their race. so as
their coach you have to estab-
lish a level of trust with them.
that trust level will be seen in
the athlete's training methods
and race results.

"A lot of the athletes that
come into the training camp are
not the outstanding athletes, the
athletes you will usually see fin-
ish in the top three positions at
local meets.
"These are the athletes that
finish fourth, fifth or six, ath-
letes who are not usually high-
"Howeever, there is a certain
knack that I look for in the ath-
letes, the main instinct is their
desire, they have to want to
achieve the same goals ':as I
know they can."
According to Cleare if an ath-
lete wants to achieve his or.her
desire goal it must first start
with them. the athlete has to
believe that the goal set is
He said that the athlete must
possess a sense of hungriness in
order to move to the next level.
Cleare. who implements the
five basic elements of training in
his programme speed.
endurance, coordination,
strength and flexibility says
that he tries to incorporate a lit-
tle bit of each into the junior
athletes and their training.
"The trick about having suc-
cess is knowing which athlete
you have to focus on in particu-

lar. Many times a coach might
have a sprinter and they will
just focus on the speed and.
strength part of the athlete's
training, but a great part of,
sprinting is .the coordination,
being able to orchestrate move-.
ments," said Cleare.
"I believe that athletes can
hat e success if they look back at
the their childhood years and.
compare them to the teenage*
years. What Itry to do is work
these type of exercises in 'with
general body training, trying to
adapt the way we once were as
a child.

"I mimic a lot of what we did
back then as a child and I've
developed a system where I put
all of the workouts into move-
ments, allowing the smaller ath-
letes to be kids, at the same
Cleare is under the impres-
sion that pressuring an athlete
at a young age into a sport
makes them stray away from
the discipline at the age of 18.
According to him when the ath-
lete discontinues with their
training the entire Bahamas is



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* AUGUSTA, Georgia

AUGUSTA National
Golf Club awarded.a spe-:
cial invitation to Japanese
player Shingo Katayama,.
bringing the Masters field-
to 96 players on Tuesday,
according to Associated
Katayama also received
a special invite in 2001,
which Augusta reserves
for foreign-born players..
Zhang Lian-Wei last,
year became the first
player from China to
compete in the Masters. i.
Katayama, whbo fin-
ished first on the Japan
Golf Tour money list and
won twice, will play for
the fourth time in the
Masters, from April 7-10.
The cutoff to qualify
for the Masters is after
The Players Champi-
onship at the end of
Special invites have :
been issued since the
Masters changed its crite-
ria six years ago to rely
more heavily on the
world ranking. Other
recipients were Aus-
tralians Aaron Baddeley
(2000-01), and Greg Nor-,
man in 2002, when he no.
longer was exempt at the
major that gave him so.
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his maiden

test century

* DHAKA, Bangladesh

OPENER Nafis lqbal ham-
mered his maiden test centurN
Tuesday\ to help Bangladesh
draw the second test mnjatch
against Zimbabhwe and record
it' hirst-eer seriess triumph b\ 1-
11. acei..rdii 10 AiOC-iatld P t'es
Chasing a target of 3"-4 runs,
Bangladesh posted 285 for fite
in the second innings to Iqbal's
match-sa'ine knock of 121 off
354 ball., including 1S bound-
I plae-d each ball on merit.
I didn t think of runs lM\
thought a s ito si t at the
crease for the team." said Iqbal.
k ho dedicated his innings to his

Rain Saleh made a valuable
contribution %ith an undefeated
50 and another opener. Jated
Omar. chipped in 43.
The hosts "%ere under pres-
sure after conceding an S'-run
first innings lead to Zimbabwe
.m which made 298 in the first
innings followed b\ 2Sh in the
. Bangladesh %as dismissed for
211 in its first innings
It s a bit disappointing."
'Zimbabwe captain Tatenda
Taibu said "After bo" ling 142
cners, %e should hate got them
,out But the\ plaed ter\ well -
iheir top order shined. and their
,,pinner's %ere more consistent
'than ours
Taibu. 21. ho made 238 runs
in the scond test including
'his tiit test century, in the 2nd
innings %as .iited man of the
Bangladesh captain Habibul
Bashar said that. "afif r the Ist

inning w\.e knew a draw w,,ould
win us the series Zimbabrwe i1
not a bad tearn
Bann ladesh's A .ustralian
coach Da%\ \ hiimorc. cchied
the captain
I Ice I a drav.n match wasI
b itier than ..a win \\haimore
said The tean didn t bat, well
in the lirst innirng but ~.cre
committed to putting thing,
right in the second havingg a
large total the\ batted ,ell on a
wearing pitch v.hen l ac kinri rik'
is harder
"\\ c were leading. the\ had
to catch u- we kept that inI
mind," he added
N\limi caution with de termni-
nation. Iqbal, w h.: ,,.ill turn 211
on Jan. 31. held the innings
dcspit, loin_ ope ner .lat ed
Omar for 43, Ba,shar tor tvwo
and NMohammad -\Khratul for
Nati, s inning dominated
th mniatchl. aid Ba'shar \\e
didn t wIant to lose earl\ vick-
et-, and the last sesI'oin turned
the match. hle said
lqbal was dismi-sed juSt after
the tea break, lotun.t a Tinashe
Paniangara deli'cr to Bren-
dan Ta\ lor
Aflab Ahmed corniinued his
poor storm and \as cautiht
behind off Pan\angara leading
Bangladesh under pressure at
But Saleh lihared an unbeaten
si\th %wicket "--run partnership
unth Khalcd MLa-hud i 2S to
take Bangladesh out ,of trouble
and into safei\
The packed stadium erupted
into loud cheers and clapping
when pla\ was stopped due t1o
poor light and a -light drizzle.
with li t allotted ....eri remain-
The draw gt.e Bangladesh its
lirst-e\er [test rerie-s \ ictor\.

Fast how ler Panangara
claimed three wickets for 2S
runs, while spinner Graenme
Creamer -inared twi o wickets
Omar as first to fall dis-
rni;ci d hb Crcmer alter
Bangladesh resumed nith an
o\ernil2ht score ot O.'- for no
Bashar "ws dismiss ed alter
lunch, caught b\ Hamilton
_Masakadza oil Tinashe Pan\an-
gara Hi- replacement. Moham-
mad Ashr.-ilul I 3, wts brilliant-
1\ caught at slip bh Dion
Ebrahinm oft Cremeir his sec-
ond w icket

At the lunch break
Bancladesh had scored 135
runs losing onl _opener Omar
who w"as caught at slip b\ Ta\-
lor olt Cremer lust before the
The ho.ts on the first test
b\ 22o runs last week. It was
Bangladesh s tirst-e er t-Ist tri-
umph since it gained lull mem-
bership of the International
Cricket Council in im2000.
Baneladeshi -pinner Enamul
Haqlue. who took a record-mak-
ing 12 wickets in the second
match on top of his match-
"wining si\ in the first test -
was adjudged man of the seri-s
"Enamnul's eploits didn't sur-
prie me I knew he had poten-
tial, and we 'e got a Ittilc gem
on our hands \\ hatmore --aid
eler Nafis lqhal kisses his bal
aler completing his century
during the fifth da. of the sec-
ond lest match belteen
Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in
Dhaka, Bangladesh. Tuesday.

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Senior Sports

THE Bahamas Softball
Federation is gearing up for
a big year back on the inter-
national scene.
The federation is prepar-
ing to take its men and
ladies national teams to
compete in the Central
American and Caribbean
(CONCAC) qualifier in
Cartagena, Colombia in July
and August.
"Prior to the start of the
national round robin last
year, the federation
announced plans for a rede-
velopment programme for
our senior national teams,"
said federation's vice presi-
dent Burkett Dorsett.
"We started the workout
sessions in November and
they resumed this week. So
we are looking at trying to
get some new blood into the
syste.m. Hopefully the
youngsters will come out
and try and make one of
these teams."

The ladies' national team
will travel to Cartagena
from June 24 to July 2 and
the men will follow to the
same venue from August 18-
29, both for the CAC quali-
Additionally, the ladies
will travel to Guatemala
from November 13-23 to
compete in the Pan Am
Games qualifier.
It's been roughly two
years since the BSF has sent
any of the senior teams off
to compete. While the goal
is to qualify when these
teams travel this year,
Dorsett said they are going
to be realistic.
"With about a 70 per cent
new team, we know that it's
going to be tough to win a
medal or even to qualify,"
he insisted. "Some of the
players might have stage
fright going to their first
"So we expect that within
a year or two, we should be
in a better position to con-
tend for a medal. I think the
players will have to get over
their stage fright first."
Dorsett said the federa-
tion is working on a three-
year plan to regain it's posi-
tion as one of the power-
houses in the region in soft-
ball in both divisions.

Practice sessions resumed
on Monday and, accord g
to ladies' national te .n
manager Ali Culmer, .L's
going to be a long process
trying to get the players
physically fit for the chal-
lenge ahead of them.
"We have the under-21
squad and the national
team, so we are looking to
see how much we can get
out of the feeder system
with the younger players
gelling with the senior play-
ers," Culmer declared.
"The body conditioning
of the players is going to be
important, so we're just try-
ing to work on getting them
to where we used to be in
the past. But there's so
much distraction from the
various sports."
During this fitness train-
ing period, Culmer s?' they
will also be making )s to
the Family Islands h iew
whatever talent is a Jable
there and set up prac .e ses-
sions for the players once
they leave.
If there's any one thing
that the federation will be
concentrating on for this
team, Culmer pointed out

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SEE page 8B






JANUARY 19, 2005

M "JESU Was Temped By The Devil" by Amos Ferguson (top right) is one of many of the aritst's paintings with 9Stigious theme.
AN untitled painting (top left) by the Bahamas' best known intuitive artist, Amos Ferguson.
(Photos: Courtesy of the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas)

Simply fantastic

mos Ferguson,
the Bahamas'
best known
intuitive artist,
,Ahas changed
his address. The modest home
of the world-renowned painter
was on Exuma Street for years,
that was until last week, when
the name of the roadway locat-
ed in the heart of The Grove
was changed in his honour, to
Amos Ferguson Street.
The diminutive Ferguson
was larger than life at Wednes-
day's naming ceremony, as he
sat front and centre, humbly
drinking iq the praise and acco-
lades from proud family mem-
bers, well wishers and govern-
ment officials.
But it was during the musical
selections that he seemed at
his happiest, perhaps because
the spiritual hymns say a lot
about this deeply religious man
and his work.
Ferguson's favourite hymn
"Great is Thy Faithfulness", a
song about celebration and
praise performed at the cer-
emony held right outside the
small gate to his home gives
an insight into his bold and
bright paintings that celebrate
his faith and homeland.
There is certainly an element
of sophistication in his simple

and dir
board u

At last, the Bahamas honours

its most famous artist son,

ect paintings on card- claim to be'-and
sing house paint joy- i "- more.

ful, gentle creations of full
bright skies, birds, flowers and
marching bands, often with
religious themes and images.
Ferguson says that he "paints
by faith, not by sight: Faith
gives you sight", often turning
to. the Bible for inspiration.
"...To paint, the Lord gives a
vision, a sight that you goes by.
But you have to see and check
that Bible and don't forget
God. And the more you keeps
up with your Bible, and get the
understanding, the better you
paint," explains Ferguson in
an early interview.
In fact, he would probably
tell you that his faith is what
has brought his career as an
artist to where it is today.
Ferguson's art can be con-
sidered very personal, leaving
the viewer as a by-stander a
reflection of the nature in how
he identifies God in his work.
Ferguson says that he paints
from his heart, and that the
Lord guides his hands. His
paintings are exactly what they

N BAHAMIAN artist Amos Ferguson was recognized for his
contribution to the arts last week when Exuma Street in The
Grove, where he has lived for years, was changed to Amos
Ferguson Street.


His story is a seductive one -
especially to tourists who often
have a romanticised view of
Caribbean art and artists. And
for many, Ferguson's story is
just as fascinating as his work.
The curiosity of the man and
his work is definitely an attrac-
Born in 1920 on the island
of Exuma, Ferguson attended
school -until the age of 14 and
worked with his father, a
preacher, farmer-and carpen-
ter, until he left for Nassau.
He does not remember
exactly when he started to
paint, but says.he liked to draw
as a boy and has been painting
all of his life.
Ferguson worked as a house
painter for a living, but it was
not until his nephew came to
him one day with a message
"from the Lord" that he decid-
ed to take his interest in paint-
ing more seriously.
"I was painting for a rich
man, E P Taylor of Lyford
Cay, when my nephew came

to me and said, 'Uncle Amos, I
dreamed that the Lord came
out of the sea with a painting in
His hands and He say He give
you a talent but you don't use
it. And I said, 'OK, George,
that must be the Lord'."
Ferguson would continue to
use house paint throughout his
career, preferring its shiny,
hard finish on board to the
more traditional oil or acrylic
on canvas.
At first he did not sell his
paintings they were created
to honour God. To hear some
tell it, Ferguson, realising there
was a market for his work
among tourists, eventually
worked with straw vendors to
sell his paintings. Others say
that his wife, Bea, a straw ven-
dor, took his paintings to her
stall at the straw market, and
they began to sell themselves.
He also painted the faces on
dolls that Bea made, and in
those days, his paintings
depicting a warm, vibrant and
beautiful Bahamas, could also
be found hanging by clothes-
pins under the Paradise Island
bridge among the fruit and
conch stalls.
Ferguson's first solo exhi-
bition was held at Toogood's
Studio in 1972, and in 1977 and

See AMOS, Page 2C


. First recipient of Harry Moore
Memorial Scholarship in the Arts
Page 2C


An evening with Shamvili
Page 3C


Jokers Naughty, Damon
Wayans' wild standup
Page 6C




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Cancer patients

get 'a

source of inspiration'

Patients at the Can-
cer Caring Centre
now have a source
of inspiration in
the form of a
painting by a local up-and-
coming artist, Jessica Miller.
The landscape painting was
part of an exhibition at the
Central Bank Art Gallery in
October, and was purchased
by the Canadian Women's
Club of the Bahamas for the

Canadian Women's Club of the Bahamas buys up-and-coming

artist Jessica Miller's painting for Cancer Caring Centre

When the club was looking
for a painting that would share
a message of hope to those suf-
fering from cancer, Ms Miller's
piece fit the bill.
"For most of us, we knew
that was the painting that we
wanted. What drew us to the

painting is the theme of life
throughout. The trees which
are usually a symbol of life. I
think the colours are just
incredible. And the children
sitting under the tree, it's a
symbol of life. Looking at it,
it's calm. It's serene and the

viewer is drawn into it," says
Paulette Harcourt, member of
the Canadian Women's Club.

Mrs Harcourt feels that
one's environment is very

important to the healing
process, and hopes that this
lively painting will inspire
those at the centre.
Ms Miller, who says that she
is still honing her art skills,
started painting in her primary
school days and her interest

continued into high school.
Most of her pieces depict "nat-
ural objects", and she tries to
stay away from abstract art.
Said Ms Miller: "All I did
was took a picture of a typical
Bahamian scenery and re-cre-
ated it. I didn't think the Can-
cer Society would use it to
inspire the people, but I want
my work to bring life to people
and for them to see something
I did, and say that it inspires
them in some way."

A *I1 it Ys
* "POLICE Band By Government House" (entire image is not shown) by Amos Ferguson.

(Photos: Courtesy of the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas)

Amos (From page 1C)

* THIS untitled painting (entire image is not shown) by Amos Ferguson will be among the
Bahamian art works featured in the National Black Fine Arts Show in SoHo, New York City
next month.
(Photo: Courtesy of New Providence Art and Antiques)

arts rief

Sculptor is first Harry
Moore Memorial Scholar
Bahamian sculptor Tavares
Strachan is the first recipient
of the Harry Moore Memor-
ial Scholarship in the Arts,
an award administered by the
Lyford Cay Foundation. Stra-
chan is attending Yale Uni-
"I'm the first person in my
family to attend college,"
Strachan explains, describing
his early years in a humble
home as one of six children.
While he recalls tough times,
he is quick to credit his par-
ents who taught him valuable
life lessons and stressed the
importance of higher educa-
tion. Lovingly encouraged by
his mother, a seamstress,
Tavares also learned that
struggle makes you strong. It
was this strength which
became Tavares' driving
force, making him press
toward attaining two college
It is, perhaps, a touch of
irony that a young man dri-
ven by challenges was select-
ed as the first recipient of the
scholarship created as a lega-
cy to a man who not only
loved the arts, but believed
education should be made
possible, though not easy for
the promising student. Harry
Moore would have nodded
his head quietly, approving
of Strachan as the winner of a
scholarship in his honour,


said his widow, Monique
Moore. Thanks to generous
donations, The Canadian
Lyford Cay Foundation was
able to fund the first award
that allowed Strachan a
graduate of the College of
the Bahamas and the presti-
gious Rhode Island School
of Design (RISD) to enter
the Ivy League world of
Yale. And with the substan-
tial $10,000 scholarship for
his first year of coursework,
Strachan will continue work
toward a Master of Fine Arts
degree Sculpture.
His talent, so evident dur-
ing his university years even
prompted RISD's director of
financial aid to predict:
"Tavares...will be a major
contributor to the art com-
munity in the Bahamas."
Strachan's work has
already appeared in New

York, Washington D C, San-
to Domingo as well as in Nas-
"I enjoy doing this more
than anything else," he says,
admitting it's often hard for
his family to understand. "If
you're happy with what you.
are doing and you are being
honest to yourself," Strachan
says, "that's what matters."

The Endowment for the
Performing Arts will sponsor
a Gala Concert to raise much
needed funds. The concert,
set for Thursday, January 20,
7.30pm at the Dundas Centre
for the Performing Arts,
Mackey St, will showcase
artists assisted by the endow-,
ment over the years.
Featured artists include the
Bahamas National Youth
Choir, poet Marion Bethel,
the male quartet Vision,
Joann and Lee Callender and
the Track Road Theatre
group. ,
The evening will begin with
a cocktail party at 7.30pm.
The concert will begin at
8.30pm and will last one and
a half hours. Dress: Black tie
optional. Donation: $100. To
make reservations call 393-
3738 or 324-1159.

Stepping Stone Quilters 16th
Annual Quilt Show @ Trinity
Church Hall, 10am 4pm, Sat-
urday, January 29 to Saturday,
February 5. Free admission.

1978 he held one-man shows
at the Lyford Cay Gallery and
Brent Malone's Matinee
Ga lery, respectively.
His work, although highly
regarded by his fellow artists,
was largely ignored at home.
But by the early 1980s, Fer-
guson's work would go far
beyond these shores and the
response would be more than
he could imagine.
It all started in the late 1970s
when New Yorker, Dr Sukie
Miller purchased an Amos
Ferguson painting from a Nas-
sau art gallery. Desperate to
find out more about the man
who signed his work "Paint by
Mr Amos Ferguson", Dr
Miller's five-year search for
Ferguson began.
In August of 1983, con-
vinced that Ferguson must
have died because no one in
Nassau seemed to know any-
thing about him, Dr Miller
hired a cab for a cemetery
hunt of the artist's tombstone.
Driving her was Dutch
Dean, who promptly took Dr
Miller to Ferguson's house on
Exuma Street and said, "This
is where Amos Feiguson lives.
I'm his best friend."
Dr Miller met Ferguson, and
bought a few more of his
paintings, flew back to New
York and invited a Haitian art
connoisseur, Ute Stebich, to
examine her purchases.
Ms Stebich was stunned.
The two women then flew
back to Nassau, slide pho-
tographs were taken of Fergu-
son's work and sent to the
Wadsworth Atheneum Muse-
um to be considered for its
African Diaspora collection.
And the rest, is truly history.
Curators at the Wadsworth
Atheneum Museum in Hart-
ford, Connecticut the oldest
museum in the United States -
were impressed by Ferguson's
style. They were thrilled with
the apparent simplicity of his
work, and were amazed that
an artist of that quality had
been working in obscurity for
so long.
This remarkable, almost
unbelievable, chain of events
led to the 1985 Wadsworth
exhibition: "Paint By Mr
Amos Ferguson," a show of
50 of Ferguson's paintings that
travelled the world for two
years. And propelled him onto
the international art scene.

By the mid-1980s his work
began to attract serious atten-
tion and he rapidly became
famous among galleries and
collectors of folk art. Critics
-refer to him as "an outstanding
colourist and a genius at tak-
ing complex shapes and sim-
plifying them".
On the heels of the
Wadsworth exhibition, the
Studio Museum in Harlem
reserved a showing date; the
famous auction house Sothe-
by's auctioned two of his
paintings. And back at home,
a large group of American
curators, critics, connoisseurs
and journalists attended a one-
man show by Ferguson at the
posh Ocean Club on Paradise
His paintings have also been
used to illustrate a children's
book "Under the Sunday
Tree" a collection of poems

"... And the more
you keeps up
with your Bible,
and get the
the better you
Amos Ferguson

by Eloise Greenfield.
Last week's recognition was
the result of a recommenda-
tion made by the Cultural
Commission, and was seen as
an important step for the arts
in a country that seldom hon-
ours its cultural heroes.
The. ceremony featured
speakers like Cultural Com-
mission chairman Winston
Saunders, the Deputy Prime
Minister, Cynthia Pratt and
Minister of Youth, Sports and
Culture Neville Wisdom, who
all had a lot to say about Fer-
guson and his contribution to
the development of Bahami-
an art. But the speaker most
noticeably absent from the
podium was Ferguson himself,
who instead insisted that the
hymn "Praise" serve as his
response to the recognition.
For an artist who was first
recognized abroad before he
was valued at home, Ferguson

is adept at dodging the spot-
light. His art has been featured
in galleries all over the world,
but today he rarely gives inter-
views and remains very pri-
Ferguson admits that he -
doesn't like change. Perhaps
that's why he has stuck with
his medium of house paint on
board and for years worked at I
a dimly lit kitchen table in a ,
tiny house Over-the-Hill. ,
Today, Ferguson no longer i
paints and his eyesight is fail-
ing, but his paintings with their
signature bright, flat images
and quirky subject matter are
still sought by collectors of
primitive art here and
abroad and are sold for thou-
sands of dollars, depending on
the piece.
Next month, Ferguson's
work will be part of the
National Black Fine Arts -
Show in SoHo, New York. He
is one of 14 Bahamian artists i
whose works are being repre-
sented at the well-respected
Ferguson told a local jour-
nalist in the early 1990s, "So
close and yet so far. That's
how I am to my own people." '
Well last week was a defi-
nite sign that the distance
between the arts and the peo-
ple is getting smaller.
"It took him a long time to
penetrate the psyche of his
countrymen," said Cultural
Commission chairman Win-
ston Saunders. "Today he

One person exhibitions:
Popularis (Gallery), San Anto-
nio, Texas, 1989; Ute Stebich
Gallery, Lenox, Massachu-
setts, 1988; Amos Ferguson,
Alexander Gallery, Atlanta,
1985; Paint By Mr Amos Fer-
guson, Wadsworth Atheneum,
Hartford, Connecticut, 1985

Collections: Brooklyn Chil-
dren's Museum, Brooklyn,
New York; DuSable Museum
of African-American History,
Chicago; Museum of Interna-
tional Folk Art, Museum of
New Mexico, Sante Fe; The
Studio Museum in Harlem,
New York City; Wadsworth
Atheneum, Hartford, Con-
necticut; Waterloo Municipal
Galleries, Waterloo, Iowa; pri-
vate collections.



An evening with Shamvili

I had heard much of Regina
Shamvili's performance in Nas-
sau two years ago and was
filled with a sense of excite-
ment to be able to have the opportu-
nity to hear her perform.
There was not enough room at the
Government House Ballroom at her
last appearance, so I decided to show
up early. Apparently I wasn't the only
one with this in mind as patrons had
already begun arriving shortly after 7
o'clock for the concert which was to
start at eight.
I briefly glanced at the programme
comprised of Beethoven, Chopin and
Schumann. Ms Shamvili's performance
of these masters of classical music was
expected to be top-notch and if she
lived up to the wonderful critiques that
I had read on her web site, this
promised to be a night to remember. It
wasn't everyday that one got to listen
to a pianist of this calibre (that's what
the web-site said).
She was incredible.. .this woman had
travelled to more than 100 countries,
met everyone, from the Dali Lama to
the Pope, was friends with Sammy
Davis Junior, Mother Theresa, Frank
Sinatra, and just about every other
famous person, dead or alive, that ever
existed. She is a pianist for the US
Department of State, a Steinway
pianist with a je ne sais quoi flair and,
according to the Internet, was the first
westerner and a woman at that to
be allowed to play in Saudi Arabia.
The Nassau Music Society was lucky to
be able to bring her back to Nassau.
The room soon filled with people
of different ages. This was not the usu-
al crowd that one sees at classical
events in Nassau. That night, mingling
with faces that I recognized from pre-
vious concerts, were a number of stu-
dents and children, the youngest being
a 9-year-old boy who informed me
that his mother forced him to attend.
Several persons from the Diplomatic
Corps'including Leonard Archer,
Ambassador; Robert Witajewski,

a PIANIST Regina Shamvili (left) is
president of the Nassau Music So
packed house.

Charge d' Affaires at the American
Embassy; Lynda Campbell, represen-
tative for PAHO; government officials
such as Dr Patricia Rodgers, perma-
nent secretary at the Ministry of For-
eign Affairs; well known Bahamian
pianist Lee Callender and many such
others that I cannot name for want of
space,'were in attendance.
Upon the arrival of Governor Gen-
eral Dame Ivy Dumont and her hus-
band Reginald Dumont, the evening

s pictured receiving a gift from Linda Thomson, wife of Patrick Thomson,
city. Ms Shamvili's performed at Government House last week before a
(Photo: Courtesy of Nassau Music Society)

After presentations by Patrick
Thompson, president of the Nassau
Music Society, Ms Shamvili, elegantly
robed in a blue Nini Ricci original,
took her place at the piano.
The air was charged with electricity
as everyone waited for the first notes
to be played.
Well chile.. .lemme tell y'all sumtin'
as we Bahamians say... I nearly drop
outta ma chair!!!

Ms Shamvili's choice and interpre-
tation of repertoire left much to be
desired in the first half of the concert.
As I observed the audience, I per-
ceived many different emotions. Some
persons had no idea that they were
listening to Beethoven as they were
expecting something a bit more dra-
matic. How many average music lovers
can associate Beethoven to what they
were actually listening to?
I closely observed the musicians in

the audience and was not surprised
with the look of boredom and disap-
pointment on their faces.
Ms Shamvili's rendering seemed
almost mechanical, and one had the
impression that she was suffering from
After napping through Beethoven's
Sonata No.28, I was awoken by
Chopin's Muzurka in A minor. The
audience seemed to respond to this,
and although some notes seemed
clipped, Ms Shamvili had obviously
warmed up. The rest of the first half of
the concert went smoothly. The aver-
age music lover could be satisfied and
the Music Society could hold up its
head in public.
The second half of the concert was
made for Schumann lovers and it was
clear that Mme Shamvili mastered the
works of this great artist.
I briefly spoke with several persons
after the concert, and the general opin-
ion was that the choice of programme
was not quite adapted for the audi-
ence present. It may have been a bit
heavy and unfamiliar for the average
concert goer. The Schumann was
greatly appreciated, but the Beethoven
was lost on many. Certain music lovers
found an air of Hayden in the render-
Ms Shamvili informed me that she
chose this programme to show the
range .of romantic music from
Beethoven to Schumann. She thought
that it was a good thing to introduce
music that people were not necessari-
ly familiar with and since she loved
the Bahamas and Bahamians, whom
she found to be warm and welcoming,
she wanted to give them something
In any event, Regina Shamvili did
not leave her public unmoved and I
will remember this concert, the first
of the year 2005, as being something
out of the ordinary.



to take centre

stage at Dundas

SEASONED performers
will take centre stage tomor-
row night at the Dundas Cen-
tre for the Performing Arts in
a gala concert hosted by the
Endowment for the Arts.
The Bahamas National
Youth Choir, Track Road
Theatre, Richa Sands, poet
Marion Bethel and Lee and
Joann Callender are among
the performers in the concert
to benefit the arts.
The Arts spoke with Lady
Edith Turnquest, a member
of the endowment, on how the
idea of a gala concert came
"We hold a dinner and auc-
tion each year, but because of
the hurricanes late last year,
we couldn't ask people to help
with the fund-raising when
they needed to raise money
for hurricane relief., It
occurred to us that, in the past,
many performers had been
given grants and they're all
very enthusiastic about doing
something for us. So, we
decided to showcase them in a
As this concert takes the
place of last year's cancelled
annual Thanksgiving Dinner
at Government House, it will
serve as a major fundraising
event for the arts organisa-
tion, facilitating its ongoing
assistance to numerous per-
forming and creative arts pro-
jects in the Bahamas.
The public often wants to
know how the proceeds of
such an event are to be used.
Lady Turnquest notes that
there are always many bene-
"Various art students write
to us for grants to go to school
or for their individual projects.
We give roughly $60,000 to
$80,000 per year. Also, when
we first started, we gave the
Dundas a significant amount
to help refurbish," says Lady
With many varied recipi-
ents, grants of the Endowment
are need- and merit-based,
with the final decision on

awards being made by a
screening committee and
determined by availability of
So, is there a monetary goal
for the concert? Lady Turn-
quest chuckles, "Not specifi-
cally...you never really know
just how many people may
decide to come at the last
minute. We're hoping to have
a decent turnout...please come
" ... It occurred to
us that, in the past,
many performers
had been given
grants and they're
all very enthusiastic
about doing
something for us.
So, we decided to
showcase them
in a concert."
Lady Edith
out and support us!"
In keeping with its purpose
of sponsorship in the arts, the
Endowment will also give a
$20,000 baby grand piano to
the Dundas Centre. Herve
Kelecom, trustee, laid the
groundwork for this contribu-
Reservations for the gala
event may be made in person,
or via phone, at the Dundas
Box Office: telephone
393.3738. Guests are asked to
make a minimum donation of
$100 to assist with pending
arts projects.
A cocktail party, starting at
7.30pm, will precede the con-
cert, which starts promptly at
8.30pm on Thursday, January

* THE Bahamas National Youth Choir is among performers at a special benefit concert hosted by Endowment for the Arts.

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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. Admission: Ladies $10
and Men $15.
Hump Day Happy Hour @ Topshotters Sports
Bar every Wednesday 5pm-8pm.
Free appetizers and numerous drink specials.

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 makeover.

Flash Nights @ Club Fluid every Thursday. The
ultimate Ladies Night. Join Nassau'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. Cover charge $15.
$10 with flyer.

Twisted Boodah Bar & Lounge every Friday @
Cafe Segafredo, Charlotte St North, featuring world
music, chillin' jazz and soulful club beats. Starting at
6pm. Beers $3, longdrinks $4.50.

Fantasy Fridays @ Fluid Lounge, featuring late
'80s music in the VIP Lounge, Top of the Charts in
i the Main Lounge, neon lights and Go Go dancers.
Glow sticks for all in before midnight. Admission:
-" Ic Ladies free before llpm, $15 after; Guys $20 all

College Night @ Bahama Boom every Friday.
Admission: $10 with college ID, $15 without.

Hard Rock Cafe Fridays, DJ Joey Jam presents
"Off Da Chain" with beer and shot specials thru
Dream Saturdays @ the Blue Note Lounge this
Saturday and every Saturday after that. Admis-
sion: $15 before 11pm, $20 after.

Greek Saturdayz @ Bahama Boom, Elizabeth
,' Ave. Every Saturday the Phi Beta Sigma Frat wel-
comes 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.

Sweet Sunday Chill Out Soiree Lounge, every
Sunday, 4pm-midnight @ Patio Grille, British Colo-
nial Hotel.

Wet Sundays, every Sunday, noon-midnight @
Crystal Cay Beach. Admission $10, ladies get in





mentalists, comics...everyone is invited to entertain
and be entertained. $3 entrance fee.

Kredeas: Xpression Sessions open mic brought to
you by Thoughtkatcher Enterprises @ King and
Nights Native Show and Dance Club, Cable Beach,
every Sunday, 8pm.




TAKE a journey through the life of Bahamian dancer and choreographer, Mar-
vin Smith, as his Five Fold Bahamian Theatre and Foundation brings you the encore
presentation of "Infusion". The group initially shared the story in October at the
Holy Trinity Activity Center, and now it will be re-told in similar fashion at the
National Centre for the Performing Arts on Saturday night.
Smith is calling it "Infusion" because the performance blends three segments of
ballet to tell one story. He says that the energy you will feel from the music,
matched with dramatic dance moves arid "fluid" choreography, will keep 30on,
wanting to know what will happen next. First. he takes us through his Songs of Tes-
tament (segment one) which sets out 10 inspirational songs. then to his Destiny (seg-
ment 2), where the audience learns of Smith's process of becoming a dancer. The
show ends with Raging Beauty segment, where music and professional ballet will
create a serene atmosphere of peace and tranquility.
Fan of dance or not, Smith says that the show has something for everyone. And
as the music changes tempo and rhythm throughout, those who attend will not be
bored. Call 3413995 or 3566643 to reserve tickets at $10. Tickets will also be
available at the door at a cost of $15 for adults and $7 for children.

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 llpm. $10 after llpm. Men,
$15 cover charge.

Villaggio Ristorante, Caf6 and Piano Bar, Friday-
Saturday, live band 10pm-lam. Happy Hour, Friday
5.30pm-7pm, Caves Village, West Bay Street and
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, Wednesday-Thursday 8pm-

Sunday Night Interlude @ Briteley's Restaurant
& Lounge, Eneas St qff Poinciana Drive. Featuring
Frankie Victory at the key board in the After Dark
Room every Sunday, 830pm to midnight. Fine food
and drinks.

Paul Hanna performs at Traveller's
Bay St, every Sunday, 6.30pm-9.30pm.

The Arts

The Nassau Music Society kicks of
Year with a concert featuring Russian
classical pianist, Regina Shamvili at G(
House on Friday, January 14, 8pm sharef
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made at the office of A D Hanna & Co Deveaux
Street. Phone: 322-8306 or The Nassau Music Soci-
ety, Phone: 327-7668. Log on to www.nassaumu-
sicsociety.com for more details. (See story page 3)

The Jellyfish Series, an exhibition of new paint-
ings and sculpture by Antonius Roberts, featuring
ceramic sculpture by Jessica Colebrooke, opens
Saturday, January 15, 2pm-5pm at the residence
of Antonius Roberts, Prospect Ridge. The work
presented is dedicated to the preservation of the

The Endowment for the Performing Arts will
sponsor a Gala Concert to raise much needed funds.
The concert, set for Thursday, January 20, 7.30pm
at the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts,
Mackey St, will showcase artists assisted by the
endowment over the years.

Stepping Stone Quilters 16th Annual Quilt Show
@ Trinity Church Hall, 10am 4pm, Saturday, Jan-
uary 29 to Saturday, February 5. Free admission.

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.

Rest, West
The Second National Exhibition @ the National
Art Gallery of the Bahamas, West and West Hill
Streets, featuring contemporary works by Bahami-
an artists.
NE2_runs .through December. Gallery hours
f the New Tuesday-Saturday, llam-4pm. Admission $3. Call
American 328-5800 to book tours.

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Open Mic Nite, every Wednesday 8pm @ The
Bookmarker. Cable Beach Shopping Centre (above
Siss Pasiqr Shopi. Poet:, u, pperis tmgcrs. InIqrd-

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Doctors Hospital Distinguished Lecture Series:
Dr Mildred Hall-Watson, will discuss "The Pap
Smear: Its Importance and Its Relationship to Cer-
vical Cancer", on Thursday, January 20 at 6pm in
the Doctors Hospital conference room in obser-
vance of Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.
This lecture will educate women about cervical
cancer by stressing the importance of prevention and
detection of the disease in its earliest stages as well
as treatment. i
The lecture is free to the public. Free blood pres-
sure, cholesterol and glucose screenings will be per-
formed between 5pm and 6pm. Call 302-4707 to
ensure available seating.

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

MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Bahamas meets the third
Monday every month, 6pm @ Doctors Hospital
conference room.

The Bahamas Diabetic Association meets every
third Saturday, 2.30pm (except August and Decem-
ber) @ the Nursing School, Gros\enor Close, Shirley
Street. ,

Doctors Hospital, the official training centre of
the American Heart Association offers CPR class-
es certified by the AHA.
The course defines the warning signs of respira-
tory arrest and gives prevention strategies to avoid
sudden death syndrome and the most common seri-
ous injuries and choking that can occur in adults,
infants and children.
CPR and First Aid classes are offered every third
Saturday of the month from 9am-lpm. Contact a
Doctors Hospital Community Training Represen-
tative at 3024732 for more information and learn to
save a life today.

The Bahamas Historical Society will meet on
Thursday, January 27, 6pm @ the Museum on
Shirley St and Elizabeth Ave. Chris Curry, a histo-
ry lecturer at the College of the Bahamas will speak
on the topic "Christianity and Slave Conversion:
A Catalyst for Revolutionary Change or a Quest for
Respectability". The public is invited to attend.

Toastmasters Club 1905 meets Tuesday, 7.30pm
@ BEC Cafe, Tucker Rd. Club 9477 meets Friday,
7pm @ Bahamas Baptist Community College Rm
A19, Jean St. Club 3956 meets Thursday, 730pm @
British Colonial Hilton. Club 1600 meets Thurs-
day, 8.30pm @ SuperClubs Breezes. Club 7178
meets Tuesday, 6pm @ The J Whitney Pinder Build-
ing, Collins Ave. Club 2437 meets every second,
fourth and fifth Wednesday at the J Whitney 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 Wyndham Nassau
Resort, Cable Beach.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity meets every second
Saturday, 10am @ Gaylord's Restaurant,
Dowdeswell St.

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

Send all your civic and social events to The Tri-
bune via fax: 328-2398 or e-mail: outthere@tri-







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Jokers Naughty, Damon

Wayans' wild standup

Tribune Feature Writer

Atlantis Hotel came
alive last weekend as
Bahamians and visi-
tors turned out to
pack the house and hear the
standup comedy of headliner,
Damon Wayans of the popu-
lar comedic family.
You probably know him as
the psychotic and tyrannical
boot camp instructor, Major
Paine, who also has films like
Blankman, The Great White
Hype, Celtic Pride and Mo'
Money under his belt. His cred-
its also include In Living
Colour, and his most current,
the ABC sitcom My Wife and
Returning to stand-up come-
dy in two shows per night (from
Friday to Sunday) at Jokers
Wild, Wayans shared the stage
with Bahamian comedian and
Jokers Wild house comic,
Naughty, who held his own
against the decorated star. If
the loud outbursts by those in
the audience were anything to
go by, both comics entertained
the crowd.
Naughty opened the show
and shared jokes about his
"half Bahamian-half Cuban"
heritage. It was all in fun, when
he spoke about how Cubans
were found singing their nation-
al anthem, 'Row, Row, Row
Your Boat'. And his Cuban
accent came across strong when
he mocked a Cuban reporting
the news in a very rushed voice.
Sharing true life experiences of
how he is wanted in many
American airports because of
his appearance (looking like a
Cuban), Naughty sought to
help the Americans in the
crowd laugh at themselves.
And their politics were not
exempt from his line-up, which
poked fun at US government
officials. -
The crowd seemed to appre-
ciate it.
After the show, Naughty told
Tribune Entertainment that
most of his material is from real
life experiences, as well as
things that he observes around
him. Like most comics, he says
that he has a few stock jokes
in his repertoire, but he tries to
minimise the use of these jokes,
and stick to early advice given
by those who taught him about
comedy, and be as original as
After the show, Naughty sat
down with Tribune Entertain-
ment and spoke about life as a
rising Bahamian comic. It was
his first time opening for
Damon Wayans, but he has

N DAMON Wayans with Bahamian comedian and Jokers Wild house comic, Naughty.

worked along with many of the
popular, internationally-recog-
nised comics of today.
According to Naughty, local
talent, when it comesito come-
dy, is definitely here but there
are not many to look at, at least
when he was coming up.
"In the musical industry,
there are people they can look
up to, people like Smokey 007,
Tony Seymour Jr, Freddie
Munnings. They are people you
can look up to and say, 'hey I
want to be like him'. There
wasn't anybody really Bahami-
an for me, apart from Greg
Lampkin on the commercials,
Ed Fields and Keith Wisdom,"
adds Naughty.
"So those are the guys local-
ly who I can say that I respect-
ed their work. But as far as a
comic, all were from abroad.
How I got into it, my father had

party records from Red Fox,
Richard Prior, George Carlin,
so I used to basically listen to
them and get in trouble for it."
He' knew that he "was
hooked" on comedy when he
found himself listening to these

night, but that was understand-
able, having been in Nassau for
two weeks filming My Wife &
Kids, and pulling two perfor-
mances per night.
In his routine, Wayans added
humour to everything, from

"... But as far as a comic, all were from
abroad. How I got into it, my father had
party records from Red Fox, Richard Prior,
George Carlin, so I used to basically listen
to them and get in trouble for it."

records and would boldly say,
"Hey, I listened to these
records, you could beat me
A reportedly tired Wayans
was not available for comment
after the final show on Sunday

recent media coverage of the
tsunami crisis in Asia, Michael
Jackson's molestation accusa-
tions, sex and politics. But he
brought his performance to a
very personal end, as he spoke
about his family life, cracking

jokes about his divorce, living
the single life and his very open
relationship with his children.
After bouncing onto the
stage to the tune of hip-hop
track, "Lean Back", Wayans
met an excited crowd who
turned out to hear what he had
to say. He opened with a joke
about how he observed
Michael Jordan and friends on
the golf course on Paradise
Island earlier that day playing
in the rain, which he thought
was hilarious (and so did the
He then shared some "seri-
ous" jokes about American pol-
itics, which some members of
the crowd were quite open to,
applauding and shouting in
agreement. He questioned
whether US President George
W Bush really wanted to liber-
ate the Iraqi people from their

"turmoil", or was it a sinister
plan to liberate them from their
oil? The line-up of jokes was
one hit after the next, but an
extended stay on Michael Jack-
son wisecracks detracted from
the performance. However, the
crowd didn't seem bothered.
A down-to-earth Wayans
told the audience that he was
now divorced, an announce-
ment that sparked a wave of
audible disappointment
through the crowd. But he
snapped-back to change the
"we feel sorry for you" atmos-
phere into laughter after his
excited announcement, "Why
y'all sad. Shoot, I'm happy!"
Wayans has wrapped up two
weeks of shooting in Nassau,
and is enjoying some rest and
relaxation. Each of his 8pm and
10pm shows were completely
sold out.

'Infusion' coming back for encore presentation

Tribune Feature Writer

4 4 INFUSION", a dynamic
three-part ballet by Five
Fold Bahamian Dance
Theatre and Foundation,
which attracted hundreds
at its debut in October, is coming back
for an encore presentation.
Mervin Smith, founder and artistic
director of the dance foundation, will
be hosting the performance along
with Nicole Bowe, his assistant.
"Infusion" will be held on Satur-
day at the National Centre for the
Performing Arts.
Like last year's performance, the
presentation will be a collaboration of
three different ballets that tell Smith's
story a young Bahamian dancer and
the trials that he has experienced.
"Songs of Testament", the first seg-
ment, is a "testament of his life". The
lyrics of the 10 songs that make up
this segment were his inspiration, and
as they are mostly gospel songs, it
tells specifically about his religious
background, when he began dancing.
"What the testament does, it talks a
little about my trials and my strug-
gles being a dance artist here and how
I've overcome. Yet a lot of people
think I am at this pinnacle, but I still
think there are many things that I
have not accomplished. I want them
to know about me, Mervin Smith,
choreographer, dancer, producer," he
told Tribune Entertainment.
"Songs of Testament" ends with a
question where is the artist headed
next in his career and leads the audi-
ence to "Destiny", the second seg-
ment of the ballet.

* MERVIN Smith, founder and artistic director of Five Fold Bahamian Dance Theatre and Foundation.

"Destiny is a story of this young
man, myself, at a crossroad with
friends and I have to make a decision
on which road I must take at the end
of the day, because living .in our soci-
ety, performing arts, being a dancer, is
not the thing to do. Even though we
are small, it's more or less a corporate
type thing, you want to be in finance,
* law, a doctor, and dancing seems
bizarre," says the dancer.
Smith takes the audience through
his "destiny" with choreography that
is very "dramatic, moving and very
fluid", he says. And it creates a scene
of being alone, and being with friends
who are anxiously helping the dancer
to make the right decisions.
"The thing I like about the ballet is
that at the end of the day there are
still questions for the dancer because
everything in life has its certainties,
then there are some things that are
uncertain, no matter what you take or
how secure it seems," Smith explains.
In "Raging Beauty", the final seg-
ment of the presentation, the dancer
finds himself in a place that he
describes as "out of this world". It's a
world that resembles a fantasy re-cre-
ation of heavenly perfection.
"A realm out of this world that has
never been seen before, only visu-
alised by this dancer. And he is in his
place in this new world, where it will
be as if there are now many new
things happening to him," says Smith.
The "Infusion" encore is expected
to top its three hundred audience
members attendance this Saturday.
Doors open at 7.30pm and the show
starts at 8.30pm. Tickets are $10, and
$15 at the door. Children, $7 at the






'Smooth-voiced' Bahamian

singer to drop debut album

N By PETURA BURROWS most people can relate to it
Tribune Feature Writer We really want to take this and
go international, that's the
Sutaniel Russell. If main thing. And the sound we
you haven't have now can give us that, I
already heard the believe."
".name you will He has adopted his "love
ML- soon, because this R&B, with a little bit of rock'
4.young smooth-voiced Bahami- style from artists that he grew
an singer is about to drop his up listening to.
debut album and has plans to "As a kid when I was grow-
go international. ing up I used to listen to a lot
In a market that is always of the stuff (that) King Eric
hungry for new talent, Russel- used to do, and it's kind of
Oil's fresh face, and unique ironic actually, the first paying
"love" style, is able to satisfy job I had was working at King
appetites with his now eight and Knights (club) from 199(
track album, Just One Look, a to 1997. Well, I also grew up or
'title. inspired by the sixties clas- Michael Jackson, Pebo Bryson
sic, a cover of which also and especially Lionel Ritchie
appears on the album. because I love his style."
ji Russell's arrangement will
be different, however, as it fus- Choir
Ses Junkanoo with R&B.
:. He explains: "We are doing This 30-year old started off
K & .a different arrangement, a singing in his church choir al
.r.]fusion between our Junkanoo Christ the King Anglicarn
'.4 and contemporary music. You Church when he was 10 years
N. can hear the Junkanoo but not old, but he began really taking
A" '' as raw. The fusion between music seriously in high school
S Junkanoo and R&B gives you where he performed in many
that contemporary sound." talent shows.
SHe plans to go into the stu- After leaving high school,
dio next month to record three Russell began studying music
more tracks for the album, with legendary Bahamian
V-hii which will be released before musician Chris Fox at his Gui-
-. : summer, the artist promises, tar Institute. Today,,Chris Fox
The album can be cate- is still Russell's voice coach and
gorised as "love", and the piano teacher.
.... songs address issues that lis- Four years ago, the pair
teners can relate to, says Rus- began song writing music, and
: sell. out of those years of work,
He says that it reaches an came the album, Just One
ger Lutaniel Russell (pictured) plans to go international. international audience. "I think Look.

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Of the eight songs currently
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"More than Friends", for
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someone could just say some-
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LET'S be honest as far
as blockbusters are con-
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up to expectations.
The fantastic Spiderman 2
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But it looks like all that
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Josh Hartnett, Clive Owen
and Jessica Alba are just
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bring the comic strip to life,
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as to some of the gothic,
colour-drained visuals we can
expect and, while it may
appear slightly overbaked,
you can't miss it from your
cinema schedule.
The Batman franchise
returns this summer with
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who helmed the acclaimed
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