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* PACO NUNEZ
bune Staff Reporter
Bahamians and Haitians is a
se4ous and growing problem,
according to Minister of Immi-
gration Vincent Peet.
Mr Peet called on residents
of all nationalities to co-oper-
ate.for the collective good of
S"It s serious problem that
we have been facing for over
50 N ears. and more and more, as
the population evolves, it will-
get worse," he said.
Mr Peet spoke with The Tri-
bune yesterday, in the wake of
the Wednesday's riot in Nassau
Village. Witnesses say the inci-
dent was sparked at least par-
tially by the use of ethnic slurs
during exchanges between
Bahamian police officers and
persons of Haitian descent.
The incident escalated,
according to residents, when a
police officer allegedly gun-
butted a 16-year-old girl and
shot a man in the face while he
was holding his small child.
-Police say investigations into
the.matter are continuing.
Mr Peet said that the incident
i'rn, assau Village warrants
"serious reflection," and a con-
certed effort should be made to
calm hostility in that communi-
Mr Peet commended the.
efforts of Deputy Prime Minis-
ter Cynthia Pratt to begin "the
healing process in the area, and
toi5ring all.people together."
"We have to get to the point
,1ere we understand there has
tobe a meeting, and an appre-
ciation by all of us that live in
the Bahamas, of the need for
u$to build the Bahamas togeth-
r ?'he said.
Final respects paid to Nancy Oakes
According to Mr Peet, the
problem of Bahamian hostility
towards Haitians is largely the
result of "frustration" with the
constant waves of illegal immi-
gration from Haiti.
"After years and years of
build up, although we are repa-
triating some, the numbers that
are here are much too high, and
that is part of the frustration,
and the ,outburst is a s mpiom
"It's a very emotional probe-
lem, and a lot of education is
needed. The religious leaders
must now step forward to help
to bring calm and to bring bal-
ance to the situation," he said.
A police officer who spoke
with The Tribune yesterday
said, however, that in his view it
is impossible to avoid an esca-
lation of ethnic hostility in the
The officer, who did not wish
to be identified, said he believes
the country is moving towards a
"civil war" between Haitians
"Haitians will bring this coun-
try to its knees," he said.
But, according to attorney
Eliezer Regnier, the Nassau Vil-
lage riot, far from being a symp-
tom of increasing hostility
between Bahamians and
Haitians, is a sign of hope for
He explained that Bahamian
residents of Nassau Village
showed "solidarity with people
of international origin" by ris-
ing up in defense of the Haitian
man wounded in the incident.
"I would commend them for
that," he said.
Mr Regnier said that despite
the inclinations of some
Bahamians, the incident should
SEE page 11
* By CARA BRENNEN
FAMILY and friends
of Nancy Oakes von
ered at Christ Church
Cathedral to pay their
final respects to a woman
hailed as a "friend to all"
Ms Oakes, daughter of
the late Sir Harry Oakes
and his wife Eunice, Lady
Oakes. had been ailing
for some time and died
in London on January 16
at the age of 80.
Sir Arthur Foulkes,
who gave a tribute to his
friend, said she became
something of a celebrity
after her father was blud-
geoned to death in his
Cable Beach home in the
early morning hours of
July 8, 1943. He said fol-
lowing that, she became
an object of speculation,
much of which was
Sir Arthur recalled the
"fabulous" parties The
Baroness as she was
called gave, in particular
one she hosted in his hon-
our after his investiture
She was also remem-
bered for the party she
gave the Bahamas
Olympic team while she
lived in Mexico and
served as the team's
attache in 1968.
"Nancy's love of coun-
try and unsurpassed spir-
it of generosity made her
a great ambassador for
the Bahamas. She mas-
tered the art of giving,"
He said that once she
moved to England, many
SEE page 11
Anger as US Navy
disposes of beached
whale in Andros
* By PACO NUNEZ
Tribune Staff Reporter
said they are enraged at gov-
ernment for allowing the US
Navy to dispose of a whale
beached on Andros without an
investigation into the causes of
Sam Duncombe, president of
the environmental group
reEarth, told The Tribune that
according to Anaits residents,
the Department of Fisheries
gave permission to the US
Navy's Atlantic Undersea Test-
ing and Evaluation Centre
(AUTEC) staff to remove the
carcass of a whale stranded
south of the facility without
ordering an autopsy to be car-
Eddison Deleveaux, Deputy
Director of Fisheries, said he
could not say whether or not
the autopsy had been waived.
According to environmental-
ists, sonar testing carried out by
AUTEC in Bahamian waters
may have an adverse effect on
marine life and could cause
marine mammals to venture
into shallow waters and become
An autopsy, they say, could
SEE page 11
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being apprehended in Bahamain waters on Thursday afternoon.
Operating under the comprehensive maritime agreement
between the Bahamas and the United States, which permits US
Coast Guard vessels to patrol Bahamain waters with Defence
Force personnel, the US Coast Guard cutter Venturous detained
the immigrants, 58 men, 23 women and one child, off Great
All of the Haitians, who are reported to be in good health, have
been processed by immigration authorities and are now awaiting
repatriation. This brings the total number of undocumented
Haitian migrants apprehended in Bahamian waters to 396 for the
* By A FELICITY
Tribune Staff Reporter
DEFENCE counsel for seven
men facing possible extradition
to the United States argued in
the Supreme Court yesterday
that the extradition treaty is
entirely unconstitutional and
should not apply to any
Attorney Maurice Glinton,
in making his submission to Jus-
tice Jon Isaacs, said the treaty
was signed by the then Foreign
Affairs Minister Charles Carter
and not brought before and
passed by parliament.
He further argued that funds
should not be used from the
public purse for the purpose of
pursuing an extradition, seeing
that such a venture was never
passed by parliament.
Mr Glinton was making his
presentation in the case of sev-
en men: Sheldon Moore, Trevor
Roberts, Devroy Moss, Gordon
Newbold, Shante Curry and
Brian and Lynden Deal.
The attorney said the treaty is
"in breach of the constitution"
and, in essence, is a case of
"putting the cart before the
Counsel from the Attorney
General's Office, led by Francis
Cumberbatcli, represents the,
United States in the case. They ,:
are being paid from the trea-
sur) to do so, he explained.
Mr Glinton submitted that
no matter how much power a
minister has, parliament could
not give him or her the power
to bring forth an act.
A treaty with international
implications, and which requires
government spending, should
have been debated and passed
through parliament, he said.
The men were arrested on
Wednesday, June 23, 2004, and
charged with possession of dan-
gerous drugs with intent to sup-
ply and conspiracy to possess
dangerous drugs with the intent
The US indictment was
brought against them simulta-
neously with the charges. The
Drug Enforcement Unit alleges
that the men were found
attempting to import cocaine.
In an affidavit to the court,
Moore said he is a victim of mis-
taken identity. In his applica-
tion dated October 19, he sub-
mitted reasons why he should
be granted bail and why his
assets should be released.
He said the nature of his
arrest and detentions s invalid
and an abuse of his constitu-
Other, defence counsel in this
case include J:Henry Bopswick,
QC, Godfrey "Pro" Pnder and
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Ron Pinder reflects on
MPs' bid to defuse riot
* By PAUL G. TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
KENYATTA GIBSON, MP for the
Kennedy constituency, together with Ron Pin-
der, MP for Marathon, put themselves in har-
m's way when they voluntarily went into the
Nassau Village riot in an attempt to defuse a
situation that had spun drastically out of con-
Numerous residents confirmed that the two
MPs were there pleading with residents and
police alike, and that a 15-year-old boy stand-
ing next to Mr Pinder was shot in the hand.
"I was really there just to show support and
lend assistance to my colleague Mr Gibson
because Marathon borders Kennedy," Mr
He added that a number of police officers
acted inappropriately on Wednesday night,
but said he has been assured by Deputy Prime
Minister Cynthia Pratt and Police Commis-
sioner Paul Farquharson that a full and thor-
ough investigation will take place.
"I want to commend the member of parlia-
ment for Kennedy for subduing the level of
tension that existed out there that night. There
was also some extraordinary assistance from
some young men of the area to bring some
relief to that situation," he said.
Mr Pinder explained that the most impor-
tant aspect of assisting his fellow MP in restor-
ing peace to the area was that he himself was
able to remain calm, in spite of the chaos
erupting around him.
"Whenever there is a challenge, there is
always the need to be calm. I think that is
where I assisted the MP by maintaining calm
and keeping peace. We need to take a humble
approach to this situation and to each other.
"Whenever there is a
challenge, there is
always the need to be
calm. I think that is
where I assisted the MP
by maintaining calm
and keeping peace.
We need to take a
humble approach to
this situation and to
each other. We need to
begin to talk to each
other, begin to
understand each other,
and the role that we
play in our society."
Marathon MP Ron Pinder
We need to begin to talk to each other, begin
to understand each other, and the role that we
play in our society.
"Whenever there is seen injustice and/or
wrongdoing, one of two things must happen:
either the injustice must be remedied, or the
injustice must be forgiven," he said.
Mr Gibson said the most important thing
that can happen now is the "healing of the
wounds that might have resulted from the
tragedies that happened Wednesday evening."
He said that tempers have calmed in the area. ,
"I'm always comfortable in the presence of
my constituents. I was in my constituency
office when I heard about it. I wanted to know
what was going on so I went to see," he said.
Mr Gibson explained that by the time he
arrived on the scene, the accident, reportedly
involving the Haitian woman, had already
"I didn't see the incident that led to the
altercation, or the shooting. I got reports that
an officer shot one of my constituents. The '
important thing is to find out what the root
cause of it was, so that we can learn from it
and make sure it doesn't happen again," he
The MP emphasised the law-abiding nature >
of the Nassau Village community.
"Let me tell you something, the vast major-
ity of the people who live in the Nassau Vil-
lage area are decent law abiding citizens who
I have the pleasure of serving," he said.
Mr Gibson said he was in the midst of the
crowd when he heard the gunshots ringing
through the night air.
"I don't know who was firing, it might have
been police firing warning shots in the air.
My staff from my office and the.persons with i
me advised that we should leave, and so we ,
did," he said.
Mr Gibson warned that "rushing to pre-
mature conclusions" is the most dangerous
thing people can do at this time. .
"Justice takes some time to come to the
forefront. At the end of the day we all want
justice. I've been assured by the Minister of
National Security that a full investigation into
the matter will take place. I'm certain and '
confident that this will be the case," he said.
Plans to complete runway
expansion by end of the year
* By DENISE MAYCObk
investors of The Mayaguana
Development Project plans
to complete expansion for
an 11,000 feet runway by end
of this year to allow for
direct flights from the Unit-
ed States to the island.
The project, which is a
joint venture with the gov-
ernment, would comprise a
resort and marina facility
aimed at attracting high-end
second home clients from
the northeastern US, Cana-
da and Western Europe.
Junaid Yasin of the I-
Group (Boston) told the
second annual National
Tourism Conference on
Grand Bahama the group
obtained an approval in
principle with Bahamas
Hotel Corporation in
He noted that the group is
in the process of negotiating
a Heads of Agreement by
March this year.
"We are pleased to devel-
op this project in a partner-
ship with the government of
the Bahamas, specifically
with the Hotel Corporation
in a 50/50 joint venture part-
ner with us," he said.
Mr Yasin believes that the
110 square mile island, with
a population of less than 400
and unspoiled natural beau-
ty, is an ideal place for the
The group would develop
and improve facilities for air
and sea transportation by
expanding the runway and
constructing a marina to
yachts. A reverse osmosis
plant and sewer treatment
plant would also be con-
structed on the island.
"We will start with the air-
port so jets can come in from
the US. And we would like
to get the runway complete
by the end of this year so
that by the end of Decem-
ber, 2005, we have capacity
Sfor a Boeing 737 from New
York and Boston to land in
Mayaguana," he said.
The marina and small
resort would be completed
by December, 2006. There
are also plans to develop a
light industrial area built
around the airport.
Mr Yasin said sites would
be permanently set aside for
the protection of the island's
natural preserves and wet-
"The primary objective is
to make Mayaguana a place
where people can call their
second home a place to
come to and work. With
good air travel and good
telecommunications there is
absolutely no reason why
someone should not be able
to live in Mayaguana and
conduct their business in
New York or wherever," he
Mr Yasin said their mar-
keting of Mayaguanais not
only focused on the devel-
opment of the project, but
also to encourage local
Dr Tyrone McKenzie, -
senior project manager of ,',
the Hotel Corporation, said ,'-
that part of the ministry's :
mandate is to find an anchor.
project for each of the major -t,
Family Islands. u
He noted they have ,,I
achieved about 80 per ,"
cent of their objective in
"The greatest leap the
government tookiin 2004
was to expand the tourism [i
product in the Southeast .
Bahamas by partnering with ',
a private sector group in a
tourism development .
project in Mayaguana," he :>
Mr McKenzie said the pro-
ject is expected to impact
the Bahamian economy.
"We believe that this pilot
project would represent an
expansion that would bring
the kind of high end clients
we have been trying to
attract in the second home
market," he said.
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T H E T RI U N S A T U R J
Images of Nassau Village
riot stun television viewers
* By PAUL G. TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
likened the images they saw on
television of the Nassau Village
riot to that of "the war in Iraq"
or "scenes of violence in Haiti"
and were amazed that some-
thing so violent could happen
in this country.
The mood yesterday at Nas-
sau Village remained relatively
calm as Assistant Commission-
er Reginald Ferguson reported
that overnight there was no
report of further violence in the
Nassau Village area. He also
said that police do not have any
large-scale or abnormal opera-
tions underway there.
S "We will attend to matters in
a normal manner. If a complaint
is made in that area we will han-
die it. If a citizen calls in a com-
plaint, we are obligated to inves-
tigate it," he said.
New versions of Wednesday's
events have been aired in the
media. But The Tribune has
learned, through government,
police and public sources, of
* By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Staff Reporter
DEPUTY Prime Minister
Cynthia Pratt held a meeting
with members of the Nas-
sau Village Consultative
Committee and area reli-
gious leaders on Thursday
to discuss what should hap-
pen next after Wednesday's
She used the occasion to
offer an official apology to
residents of Nassau Village
for any wrongdoing which
occurred during the melee.
She was accompanied by
senior police officers, includ-
ing Commissioner Paul Far-
quharson and MPs Kenyat-
ta Gibson and Ron Pinder.
According to several wit-
nesses, the riot was the
result of a traffic accident
which escalated out of con-
It was claimed by eye-wit-
nesses that police turned
violent on a 16-year-old girl
attempting to defend her
father and also shot another
In the tension that fol-
lowed, several persons,
including police officers,
were injured and police cars
The atmosphere was still
tense on Thursday as gov-
ernment and senior police
scrambled to carry out dam-
SEE page 11
what they call "the true story"
of what happened.
This is that a traffic accident
occurred on Alexandria Boule-
vard in Nassau Village in which
a Haitian woman was struck by
a vehicle. The victim reported-
ly shouted something in Creole
arid numerous persons descend-
ed on the driver, causing him
to flee the scene. Residents
reportedly hurled rocks and
other debris at the vehicle.
Coincidentally, a police vehi-
cle travelling on Taylor Street
turned into Alexandria Boule-
vard and was struck by some of
the flying missiles.
Officers left the car and tried
to calm the angry crowd who
were :pursing the driver of the *
vehicle. It is alleged that offi-
cers were involved in an argu-
ment with a man identified as a
His daughter, 16-year-old
Guyanne Simeus, approached
the officers and reprimanded
them for the manner in which
they allegedly spoke to her
According to Ms Simeus, it
was at this time that she was hit
with the butt of a gun. Then
Wilson Simeus, Guyanne's
brother, with his two-year-old
child in his arms, made an
attempt to move closer to his
sister and was shot.
"The bullet gone straight
through his jaw, and he was
right there lying on the ground,
just bleeding," said Ms Simeus.
At this point events escalated
out of control. Marathon MP
Ron Pinder, who was travelling
a few cars behind the officers,
left his vehicle and tried to calm
It has not been confirmed
exactly when an "inflammatory
cocktail" was hurled on the,
police car, burning it beyond
"You never hear about this
kind of thing before in your life.
Nowhere have you ever heard
of Bahamians burning down
cars or blocking up the streets
and burning debris to keep the '
"We only see that on the TV
when you watch how they are
killing each other down there
in Haiti. Now we have the same
thing in Nassau Village. What is
this country coming to?" asked
a resident of Coral Harbour.
Speaking in response to
Wednesday's riot, an unidenti-
^ fied police 'officer said he feels
That "a civilwarwill soon break
out between Haitians and
Bahamians" if something isn't
"People don't believe it but
they (Haitians) will bring this
country to its knees. We sit right
back here in a relaxed state and
just let them take over our
country. This hasn't just started,
this has been going on for gen-
"We have some corrupt
immigration people who would
sell their own mother for a bowl
of soup, who allow these people
sometimes to just slip through. I
don't know what can be done,"
A caller on the Immediate
Response radio show yesterday
expressed her views on what
she would have done had she
been in the riot.
"If I was there, I would have
been shooting, too. You think if
people throwing rocks and
shooting at me that I would be
wasting government bullets
shooting in the air? I would be
shooting to kill," she said.
Police are continuing their
Ford trucks and SUVs warning
* By KARIN HERIG use for in the Bahamas," he said.
Tribune Staff Reporter The Ford spokesman said that
his company "does not express-
BAHAMIAN drivers of Ford ly order models with cruise con-
trucks and SUVs are warned to trol," but that people who
deactivate the speed control" bought deluxe package vehicles
option on their vehicles, which automatically have this feature
due to a defect in certain models included.
poses a fire risk. Ford Friendly expects to have
This warning comes on the the replacement cruise control
heels of the United States' sec- switches for permanent repairs
ond biggest auto manufacturer in April.
recalling almost 800,000 of its "For interim repairs, shut off
pick-up trucks and SUVs. the speed control to avoid a pos-
The recall affects Ford 150 sible short circuit from happen-
trucks, Ford Expeditions and ing," the spokesman said.
Lincoln Navigators, model year He said this is Ford's 28th
2000, as well 2001 F-Series safety recall or owner notifica-
Supercrew trucks. tion letter to be issued this year.
The malfunction in these The spokesman also pointed
models could cause a short cir- out that Ford is not obligated to
cuit in the cruise control and send owner notification letters
lead to a fire under the hood. to customers outside the US, but
A spokesman for Friendly assured the Bahamian customers
Ford in Nassau told The Tribune that Ford Friendly will comply
yesterday that this recall proba- with all the recall conditions.
bly effects "a couple hundred" The National Highway Traffic
Bahamians. Safety Administration (NHT-
He explained that although SA) in the US opened an inves-
the F-150 pick-up is the number tigation into the defect in cer- -
one selling truck in the US, "not tain Ford models in November,
too many are sold here in the 2004, after receiving 36 reports
Bahamas." of fires.
He further said that the mal- However, all of the reported
function in question only applies incidents occurred while the
to vehicles with the cruise con- vehicle was parked and the igni-
trol option, tion was turned off.
"This option allows drivers to No injuries were reported.
set their vehicles so that the The auto manufacturer said
engine remains above 40mph. that they worked closely with
It's designed for freeway driving, NHTSA throughout the investi-
not something we have much gation.
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PAGE 4, SATURDAY, JANUARY 29, 005TTHE TRIBUN
DAVOS, Switzerland That Iraq's elec-
tion can produce a representative and sta-
ble government is probably a forlorn hope,
and the lawfulness of whatever it produces
will be called into question. That is not
simply because of the ongoing violence
and the inability of many to vote. It is also
because the emerging government will
depend on American might, and that in
itself saps legitimacy in the eyes of many
Thus the dilemma for any Iraqi govern-
ment will be whether to cling to the Amer-
icans to stay in power, or risk chaos by
kicking them out to gain legitimacy. The
American face that most Iraqis see is brute
force kicking in the door, and the American
presence has become part of the problem,
not the solution.
Yet President Bush was right to reject the
pleas of those inside and outside Iraq who
called for elections to be postponed. First of
all the violence isn't going to get better
any time soon. Secondly, Iraq's Shi'ite
majority wants power now, and if elections
are the way to get it so be it. It is clear
from conversations here at the World Eco-
nomic Forum that Jordan's King Abdullah
is not the only Sunni Arab to fret about a
"Shi'ite crescent" running from Iran
through Iraq and Syria to Lebanon. As for
the Kurds, they will make sure that Bagh-
dad's writ never extends to their semi-
autonomous north, even if they do remain
in an Iraqi state.
Sunni resistance is growing into a nation-
alist cause. 'That is why intelligence esti-
mates are almost uniformly gloomy, fore-
casting tenuous stability at best, and, worst
case, civil war.
Bush maintains the optimism that won
him re-election and says that the armed
resistance is simply a "handful of folks who
fear elections." The party line is that the
insurgency is all the fault of Baathists, reli-
gious fanatics, foreign fighters, and crimi-
No doubt all of the above are involved in
the resistance. But this ignores the growing
ranks of Iraqis who may have hated Sad-
dam Hussein, but who now hate the Amer-
ican occupation more. The day that Amer-
icans might have been seen as liberators has
The irony is that the war in Iraq has
greatly strengthened Islamic forces in a
country that was once brutal but secular.
Islamic influence is growing because, as
the communists always came to dominate
resistance movements in World War II, so
are the Islamists better organized and high-
Both Shi'ite and Sunni religious forces
are going to come to the fore. This may
not result in an Iran-style theocracy, but the
Bush administration is going to.have to
accommodate a lot more of Islam, and
Islamic militancy, than it bargained for
when it went into the Iraq adventure.
Bush needs this election as part of his
exit strategy of propping up some kind of
elected government before the American
public starts to turn against the war. But so
far the building of a credible Iraqi army
and police force, the other leg of the exit
strategy, has not been successful. Not even
America's loyal ambassador in Baghdad,
John Negroponte, could support Con-
doleezza Rice's exaggerated figures for'
trained Iraqi security forces.
Bush knows, of course, that the situa-
tion in Iraq is not as he describes, nor has it
ever been. The search for weapons of mass ;
destruction has now been quietlyabanl--
doned, and the expansion of freedom has
become our reason for going to war. Bush's
bold inauguration speech also frightened
many who fear the consequences of Amer-
ica's missionary zeal. A political cartoon
making the rounds here has Bush dressed
as the statue of liberty leaning over the
Middle East with his torch igniting the
region. "The Untamed Fire of Freedom,"
says the caption.
The Bush administration has been
remarkably successful in reframing the rea-
son America went to war in Iraq, but per-
haps incoming American ground com-
mander in Iraq, Lieutenant General John
R. Vines didn't get the message. Among
the books he has instructed his staff to read
is H.R. McMaster's "Dereliction of Duty:
Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, the
Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies That
Led to Vietnam."
(* This article is by H.D.S. Greenway of
The Boston Globe 2004)
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WHILE at a ground-break-
ing ceremony for the new Char-
lottesville home and community
development in western New
Providence on January 10, 2005,
Prime Minister Perry Christie
proclaimed that "the Bahamas is
headed for record economic
growth!" He then went on to
identify a few specific examples
such as the Clifton Pier Heritage
Park and some other New Prov-
idence developments, such as
the South Ocean Club.
However, the Prime Minis-
ter's optimism is not shared by
everyone. Many are crying out
for assistance or a piece of the
pie. The thousands of jobs
promised during the election
campaign are still at the promise
Nowhere else is this more evi-
dent than in hurricane-ravaged
Grand Bahama where it appears
that the economy is in a tailspin.
Even before the devastation of
the hurricanes, there had been a
softening up of economic activ-
ity as major projects such as the
Movie Production facility were
still on the drawing board. The
hurricanes just further compli-
cated the situation by putting
thousands of Grand Bahamians
out of work.
The state of desperation on
Grand Bahama today became
even more evident on Sunday,
January 16, 2005. After living
on Grand Bahama for 21 years,
I was used to taking a leisurely
stroll through the world famous
International Bazaar on a Sun-
day. This tourist Mecca was
always a beehive of activity and
the stores were all open with the
merchants displaying a big grin
on their faces indicating a
degree of satisfaction with the
,,obtisindss'take of the da\. I Was
aback, by the condi,tiop of the
Bazaar. At 2 o'clock in the
afternoon, virtually every store
was closed except for just a few
brave enough to stay open.
There were literally no tourists
around and only in one gift store
in the Chinese section did I see
two people I believed to be
tourists. Any prudent busi-
nessperson would have expected
a busy day at the bazaar as this
was the Martin Luther King hol-
iday weekend, and surely some
tourists would be expected to
come to Grand Bahama.
A reasonable explanation giv-
en as to the existence of the
state of affairs at the Bazaar is
directly related to the fact that
the adjacent Royal Oasis (for-
merly the Princess) Crowne.
Plaza and Holiday Inn Hotels
had been closed due to hurri-
cane damage. Apparently, along
with the cruise ship passengers,
the Royal Oasis is the lifeblood
of the Bazaar.
Therefore, it is essential that
all parties involved do whatever
it takes to repair and put the
Royal Oasis back in business as
soon as possible. The situation
on Grand Bahama is a state of
emergency as Grand Bahama is
operating with fewer hotel
rooms today than it did back in
the 1960s. This fact directly con-
tradicts Ministry of Tourism
officials who recently claimed
in a press statement on January
10, 2005 to the Freeport News
that "Grand Bahama is back."
Ironically, Our Lucaya whose
construction was severely criti-
cised by many of those current-
ly in government more or less
reopened a week before the
Christmas holidays appears to
be the catalyst that will start
bailing out the Grand Bahamian
The economic nightmare on
Grand Bahama is even more
exaggerated for the employees
of the Royal Oasis Resort.
Closed since September because
of hurricane damage, the future
of this hotel appears to be in
serious doubt. Announced dates
of a reopening have all come
Currently, the renovations are
at a standstill as the property
owners have indicated that any
further renovations depends on
them receiving funds from their
insurance company. This has
placed them in a position where
they cannot honestly indicate
with any degree of certainty
when the hotel might reopen.
To nahke matters' %orse, there
is strong speculation that the
owners of the Royal Oasis are:
merely\ hbuiing time as rumours:
are surfacing that efforts are
being made to sell the resort.
This of course is bad news for
the 1,300 employees.
Those of us who have resided
on Grand Bahama for a long
time are fully aware of the fact
that to close a hotel sale can
take forever, especially one with
all of the outstanding liabilities
that the Royal Oasis is report-
edly responsible for. This would
be a complete disaster for the
employees as they have not
been paid since the resort
closed. Most of them, like all of
us, have obligations that they
must meet on a timely basis.
Failure to meet these obliga-
tions can result in penalties or
denial of service. This mount-
ing frustration is now boiling to
the point where demonstrations
for justice are taking place, but
so far without any concrete suc-
The workers are feeling
abused, abandoned and taken
for granted! A meeting with the ,'
PLP member of Parliament, Ms t
Pleasant Bridgewater resulted
in only promises to work for a 1
solution. This meeting was -
described by Ms Bridgewater as
an "eye-opener experience!"
This is most surprising as prior
to election 2002, the slightest',
infraction of any labour law, '
especially where foreign work- j
ers were involved, was usually 1
immediately publicised by the
PLP candidates on Grand 1
Bahama. For the situation to
develop to this point and the
PLP representatives indicate
that they are unaware simply
means that they have lost touch.
Even more frightening is the
fact that the 1300 employees is
not an accurate figure as they
were the ones who were direct-
ly involved. What about the
straw vendors, the taxi drivers,
the tour operators, the tour dri-
vers, the persons selling time-
shares and even the persons
washing cars at the Royal Oasis
have been affected.
Therefore, one can multiply
the 1300 figure by a factor of
three or four to get a more real-
It is absolutely essential that
all of the parties involved come
to the table with clean hands to
assist the employees. The own-
ers must be more honest and
informative as to what is hap-
pening with the resort. For
many workers, the hotel union
has been a disappointment with
many workers indicating that
they have been left out in the
cold. With no other income, the
union should have provided
more benefits and direct assis-
'tainc'"ftt 'these workers. Any
tuture agreement ot represen-
tation ib the union must include
a better benefit package should
this kind of situation arise in the
Finally, it is up to the
Bahamas government to facili-
tate and moderate develop-
ments at the Royal Oasis. The
Labour Laws of the Bahamas
must be upheld. Suggestions of
financial assistance to the work-
ers by government must be
explored. The government can
recoup this money when the
insurance company settles or if
the resort is sold. This will do
much to ease the burdens and
sufferings that far too many are
experiencing here on Grand
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Trade Unions call for removal
of Industrial Tribunal President
* By TIFFANY GRANT
TWO trade unions hit out at the
president of the Industrial Tribunal
yesterday, claiming that he does
not have the necessary tempera-
ment to exercise judgment with
respect to the workers and the
President of the Trade Union
Congress Obie Ferguson called on
the government to consider remov-
ing Industrial Tribunal president
"Our position is that he ought
not to continue to sit because we
cannot get justice from him. We
ask the government to seriously
consider that," said Mr Ferguson.
About 20 officers of the Trade
Union Congress (TUC) and the
National Congress of Trade
Unions (NCTU) marched in the
parking lot of the Industrial Tri-
bunal holding up placards which
read, "President of the Tribunal
leave the negotiations to the union
and to the employer" and "Lock-
hart, who died and made you
Meanwhile, the official opening
ceremony for the Tribunal's eighth
year was in progress inside the
Mr Lockhart refused to com-
ment on the union's accusations.
Mr Ferguson also noted that Mr
Lockhart is against retroactive pay
and that and he refuses to register
an industrial agreement that con-
tains provision for retroactive pay.
"When he was appointed acting
president he was given retroactive
pay, I was made to believe. All civ-
il servants by virtue of the machin-
WHY YOU VEX?
* By PAUL G. TURNGUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
"I vex at that stupid woman .
who cut me off in the street last
week. She almost hit my truck ,-'
because she was putting on lip- ( ,
stick instead of driving. There
should be a law against women
who can't drive. Tell them catch ( "
"I am vex because I just got -
word of what happened in Nas- '
sau Village yesterday! I had to
call all around to find if my son
was out there because I know ''
him and some of his friends like I
to go and buy beers from one
bar around there. Lord knows I couldn't sleep last night."
"I am vex with these people at work stressing me out. I tired of
coming to work early and see my supervisors come in late. They
leave for their three-hour lunches, and then want to get off early!
Heaven help me if I try to ask to get off around three to.pick up my.
child from school. They'll cut my pay if I try anything like that. But
they is do it all the time! This some serious double standards."
Tired of working for government
"I vex with the long lines at these clubs nowadays. It's like peo-
ple ain't have nothing to do but stand up and make noise around
your head all night while you waiting' on these lines. And to make
it worse, when you get inside, the club so pack you can't even
move. You have to go outside to change your mind! They need to
tell you at the door that ain't no space inside instead of just taking
your money man."
Ladies night patron
"I vex with those people who think they are better than you just
because they don't do what you do. I mean so what if I drink, that
don't make you better than me if you don't. We all gatta go one
way, and I'd prefer to go with a bottle in my back pocket."
"I vex because the police gone to the riot with live ammo. With
all this technology they should have had the capability of rubber bul-
lets or non-lethal weaponry. That's all I ga say on that."
RoertFs LFurniture store
Wil IIbe 1oQse4d
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Wea apl og ize for any
Ii nc,.-enience caused.
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ery of the government receive
"He now takes the position that
where there is retroactive pay in
the collective bargaining agree-
ment he will not register the agree-
"Obviously he is inviting seri-
ous problems," he said.
Mr Ferguson added: "We say to
the government, do what most
wise governments would do and
correct it. The minister of labour
does not seem to be able to deal
with the issue. We have met with
him on a number of occasions, we
have put our case to him, but the
minister obviously is either not
able to do it or doesn't have the
will to do it.
"We cannot continue to pro-
crastinate because the workers of
this country are under siege and
we must do what is necessary to
preserve every single worker
* By TIFFANY GRANT
THE Industrial Tribunal held its official opening
ceremony yesterday marking its eight anniversary.
Among those present were attorneys and senior
staff from the Ministries of Labour and Immigra-
President of the Tribunal Harrison Lockhart
reported that no work on the ground has yet begun
to improve the building and facilities.
"Vice-president Cunningham is still without a
court or chambers at these premises and we noted
that at our last anniversary she occupies cham-
bers at Norfolk House on Frederick Street.
"She has the use of my court on Wednesdays
and Thursdays and I sit on Mondays and Tuesdays,
Canadian hits out at $400
phone line security deposit
By KILAH ROLLE
Tribune Staff Reporter
A CANADIAN hoping to retire in the Bahamas is seeking legal
counsel after his recent encounters with public corporations in
New Providence, claiming they are guilty of extortion.
While applying for a residential phone line with the Bahamas
Telecommunications Company (Batelco), Mr David Craigie stum-
bled upon an issue that has been the subject of debate for several
years, the repayment of interest on security deposits..
His initial surprise came with the amount of money necessary for
the security deposit, which he said seemed very high.
"They want me to pay $400 to put in a residential phone line so
I can use the phone from a company which is a monopoly," he said.
"What exactly does Batelco do with that money?"
Mr Craigie also wanted to know if he would get the interest
back on his money when his deposit was'returned to him, and the
answer he received was no.
"So I went away and started thinking about this," explained Mr
Craigie."I went to two police stations to ask them to lay a charge of
outright larceny. That didn't go over too well, but they did wish me
After more thought and advice from an attorney, he is claiming
the practice is extortion.
"It fits," continued Mr Craigie, "extortion is an unreasonable
demand for money, which is exactly what this is."
Mr Craigie said that many Bahamians had since informed him
that it is normal procedure for them to get a significantly reduced
deposit back from public corporations after they cease using the
Along with police, Mr Craigie said he contacted the Minister of
Foreign Affairs and the Public Service, Mr Fred Mitchell.
Mr Mitchell told The Tribune yesterday that he is aware of Mr
Craigie's situation, and expressed sympathy for him as a consumer.
"On the other hand, I don't agree with the term extortion,"
said Mr Mitchell, "that is certainly excessive. As far as I am aware
he is not a resident of the country, but just like Bahamian consumers
he signed a contract and you have to follow the terms of that con-
However, Mr Craigie said someone must take a stand on the
"I can't believe this is happening here, it is unbelievable. When
you look at it through the eyes of a Bahamian person, to ,my
knowledge they all pay $400 to $600 security for a phone line," he
SEE page 11
4em "&4, 1963- a 29tK, 2004
I I th e /We the family of Ray
'^l "'?'^. ^^ ." "'" is eternally, gratefld'for all
of /the comfort you have
bought toi us Jiduring Ins
illness and at his death.
_" will never forget the
deeds of kindness. acts of
l : ove that itas shared
during this period. Our
hearts and souls have
been deeply touched iwith
words of encouragement,
phone calls, cards of
sympathy and visits during our time of bereavement. To those
who traveled to be with us during this time, sincere thanks. May
God eternally bless you always.
Cherish memories linger in our hearts, parents, Felix and
Patricia McKinney; children, Gabriella, Rayandra and Rhinon;
siblings, F Renee, F Ralph, Lawrence, Marc and Filipe McKinney,
Kenva Mullings, Patrice Rolle and Isabella Jones; grandparents,
Haddon and Prescola Lockhart; aunts, Jackie Wallace, Iris
McKinney, Joy Lockhard and Leonie Lockhart; uncles, Harry
Lockhart, Don Sonnith, Bernard and Charles McKinney; numerous
faindly and friends.
Basse&tt Broyhill F!
whether they are in the union or
The TUC president said Minis-
ter of Labour and Immigration
Vincent Peet was not addressing
the matter in the way he should,
adding that he is "very indecisive".
He pointed out that many of the
problems in the movement are due
to a lack of decision and leader-
He said that Mr Peet can't even
tell the tribunal to hear the Aqua-
an entirely unsatisfactory and counter-productive
situation," said Mr Lockhart.
He also mentioned that the benefits of Tribunal
members have not been reviewed since inception.
However, Mr Lockhart did not leave out the
positive things that are going to occur or have
He said they will soon be subscribing to West
Law, an Internet publication which will assist them
in keeping abreast of changes in law. Also, he said
the Tribunal is virtually up-to-date with the hear-
ing and disposal of all scheduled cases.
"We look forward to a productive new year
and, as always, we hope and pray that the powers
that be will see to it that our physical conditions are
improved," he said.
on drugs charge
A 23-YEAR-OLD man of
Key West Street was
arraigned yesterday on' a
charge of possessing dan-.
gerous drugs with intent to
On January 24, Alfred
Rolle was allegedly found in
possession of 24 foil wraps
containing 18 grams of Indi-
Rolle pleaded not guilty
before magistrate Carolita
Bethel and was granted
$7,500 bail. The matter was
adjourned until September
In other court news, a
male gqrsident of Yellow.
Elder Gardens was charged
with assault with a danger--
Melvern Deveaux, 39, a
taxi-driver, allegedly assault-
ed Don Moss, a security offi-
cer at Coral Towers,
Atlantis, Paradise Island,
during an altercation on
Deveaux pleaded not
guilty before magistrate
Susan Sylvester and was
granted $3,500 bail. The mat-
ter was adjourned until June
-O 3INi LW EVC
Additionally, Mr Ferguson said
the minister had asked the union to
meet with a company in Grand
Bahama to discuss the possibility of
increasing working hours from
eight to 12 hours.
Mr Peet made a general state-
ment about his ministry and rela-
tions with trade unions.
"The vast majority of trade
union leaders meet with the min-
ister frequently and have concerns
addressed promptly, and this will
continue. Like everything else you
can't please everyone.
"The ministry is functioning at a
high level and we are getting
results. However, more can always
be .done and we are working
towards that goal," said Mr Peet.
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Heart Ball organizers aim
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THE 41st Annual Heart
Ball will be held Saturday,
February 19, 2005 under the
theme "Every child deserves
a healthy heart. Make it possi-
Organisers are busy plan-
ning to make this black-tie
gala fundraiser for the Sir Vic-
tor Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart
Foundation, a resounding suc-
For the past 41 years, the
foundation has staged the ball
to raise much-needed funds
to help with surgical and med-
ical expenses for children suf-
fering from heart disease.
The ball will be held in the
Crown Ballroom, Atlantis,
Paradise Island, under the
patronage of Governor Gen-
eral Dame Ivy Dumont and
Reginald Dumont, Prime
Minister Perry Christie and
Bernadette Christie, British
High Commissioner Roderick
Gemmell and Mrs Gemmell
and the US Ambassador John
D Rood and Jamie Rood.
"We expect this to be bigger
and better than ever," said ball
co-chairpersons Lady Butler
and Rosemarie Thompson, "
"The gift of life is precious
and we urge the community
at large, to support this chari-
table event so that we can con-
tinue to make a difference in
the lives of children suffering
from heart disease. Most of
these children are born with
a heart defect and, with your
help, we can ensure they have
a healthy heart," they noted.
As health care costs are
astronomical, many parents
are unable to pay for their
children's surgeries, hence, the
urgent and on going need for
public support for this chari-
Lady.: Butler, and Mrs
Thompson are jointly chair-
ing the committee for the
Heart Ball. Members include
Linda LaFleur, Lilla Roche,
Michelangelo Baccelli, Robin
Wardhaugh, Claire Howorth,
Zelia Bethel, Ella Davis, Por-
tia Nottage, Rochelle Sealy,
THE Committee members for the upcoming Heart Ball: from left are Robin Wardhaugh, Lil-
la Roche, Rochelle Seal Claire Howorth, Rosemarie Thompson, Ball co-chairperson; Lady
Butler, Ball co-chairperson and Michelangelo Baccelli. Standing from left are Clover Bonamy
White, Natasha Lightbourne, Ella Davis, Sue Riding, Inez Johnson, Marilyn Cambridge, Don-
na Reed, Portia Nottage and Linda LaFleur. Not shown are committee members Zelia Bethel,
Cheryl Gomez and Barbara Sawyer.
Sue Riding, Inez Johnson,
Cheryl Gomez, Donna Reed,
Marilyn Cambridge, Natasha
Lightbourne, Barbara Sawyer
and Clover Bonamy White.
As the ball is traditionally
held the Saturday closest to
St Valentine's Day, organis-
ers are planning a truly
romantic and memorable
Music for the evening will
be provided by the Soulful
Groovers Band, the Ed Brice
Orchestra, and the Police Pop
Band. Mrs Pat Mortimer of
"A Social Affair," was given
the nod to decorate th.C.rown
The highlight of the Ball will
be the announcement of the
winner of the Lady Sassoon
Golden Heart Award for
exemplary and stellar service
to the community. Last year's
winner, Susan Roberts, was
THE BAHAMAS CONFERENCE
OF THE METHODIST CHURCH
nMI Hillside Estates, Baltic Avenue, off Mackey Street
MMM'I P.O. Box SS-5103, Nassau, Bahamas
Phone: 393-3726/393-2355/Fax: 393-8135
D SUNDAY, JANUARY 30,2005
4TH SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY
ASCENSION METHODIST CHURCH, Prince Charles Drive
11:00 a.m. Rev. Dr. Laverne Lockhart
COKE MEMORIAL METHODIST CHURCH, Bernard Road
11:00 a.m. Pastor Sharon Loyley
CURRY MEMORIAL METHODIST CHURCH, Zion Boulevard
10:00 a.m. Pastor Charles Lewis
7:00 p.m. No Service
EBENEZER METHODIST CHURCH, East Shirley Street
11:00 a.m. Pastor Martin Loyley
7:00 p.m. Pastor Martin Loyley
GLOBAL VILLAGE METHODIST CHURCH, Queen's College
9:30 a.m. Rev. James Neilly
ST. MICHAEL'S METHODIST CHURCH, Churchill Avenue
.8:00 a.m. Connections Rev. Philip Stubbs
9:30 a.m. Rev. Philip Stubbs
TRINITY METHODIST CHURCH, Frederick Street
11:00 a.m. Rev. William Higgs
7:00 p.m. Rev. William Higgs
"RENEWAL" on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on ZNS 1
Your Host: Mr. Sidney Pinder
"METHODIST MOMENTS" on each weekday at 6:55 a.m.
Your Host: Mr. Sidney Pinder
On Saturday, January 29, 2005, St. Michael's Methodist Church
in Joint partnership with the Fort Charlotte Urban Renewal Proj-
ect and Business Houses in the community will be sponsoring
the Chippingham New Year Health, Beauty and Back to School
Fair from 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. on the Church Grounds. Free hair
cutting, braiding, health screening, resume development. The
Royal Bahamas Police Force Band will perform at 5:00p.m.
Orant's 1oton We[ep f lethbbit ElCurdj
(Baillou Hill Rd & Chapel Street) P.O.Box CB-13046
The Holy Ghost Prayer-Line number is 326-7427
SUNDAY, JANUARY 30th, 2005
7:00A.M. Prayer & Praise Service
11:00A.M. Sis Nathalie Thompson/ Bro. Andre Bethel
7:00P.M. Pastor Charles Lewis/ Bro. Ernest Miller
-.:t" -g .n
lauded for her work with the
Cancer Society, the Bilney
Lane's Children's Home, the
Methodist Church, the
Bahamas Red Cross and the
Yellow Birds, among other
civic and church groups.
Another feature of the
-Heart Ball will once again be
an exciting silent auction
offering numerous prizes
including a stay at the Echo
Valley Ranch in Canada.
(Photo courtesy: Derek Smith)
Corporate and individual
sponsors have already begun
to donate a treasure trove of
gifts for the Ball's Special
Room Raffle and Silent Auc-
Tickets for the ball
are on sale and are available
from the Sir Victor
Heart Foundation, Cable
Beach, or by telephoning 327-
N MIAMI '
A, TOXICOLOGIST tesified Friday that tear gas would not
have had a long-lasting effect on demonstrators who were sprayed
outside the home of Elian Gonzalez's relatives during the raid to
seize the boy and return him to Cuba, according to Associated
The testimony by toxicologist Bryan Ballantyne came during a tri-
al in which 13 people are seeking up to $250,000 from the federal
government for injuries they allegedly suffered during the April
Ballantyne said tear gas is a-short=term irritant and that adverse
effects from exposure are very limited and small in number. But he
added that effects may differ due to certain variables, including the
range at which the gas is sprayed, the amount sprayed and envi-
Also Friday, plaintiff Sandra Maria Cobas started sobbing loud-
ly on the witness stand as she watched a video of the raid. The court
took a short break to allow her time to calm down.
"It reminds me of everything that happened," Cobas said.
Elian survived a shipwreck that killed his mother and 10 others
fleeing Cuba in November 1999.
His Miami relatives balked at returning him to his father in
The Easter weekend raid snatched the screaming 6-year-old
boy from the home. Father and son headed home to instant celebri-
ty and visits with Cuban President Fidel Castro.
BAPTIST BIBLE CHURCH
SOLDIER ROAD & OLD TRAIL
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Preachering 11am & 7:30pm EVANGELISTIC
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Sunday 6pm ZNS 2
Wed. Prayer & Praise 7:30pm
"Preaching the Bible as is, to men as they are"
,Pastor: H. Mills Phone: 393-0563 Box N-3622 ii
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FREEPORT Fire offi-
cials believe that a fallen
kerosene lamp was the
cause of a house fire that
claimed the life of a 92-
year-old woman at Sea
Grape, Eight Mile Rock.
Mildred Hinson, who
lived alone, perished after
being trapped when fire
swept through her small
wooden house shortly
before noon on Thursday.
are still continuing, Supt
Basil Rahming said fire
officials believe that Ms
Hinson may have acci-
dentally knocked over a
kerosene lamp while
moving about in the dark-
ened house, which was
still battened down since
the two recent hurricanes.
Mr Rahming said fire-
men were sent to Sea,
Grape after police
received a call around
11.58am from a woman
who reported that a
house in the area was .
He said residents had
attempted to extinguish
the fire themselves by
throwing buckets of water
onto the burning house
before calling the fire
Mr Rahming said there
was.-no fire- truck sta-
tioned in Eight Mile
Rock at the time due to
Two appliances were dis-
patched from Freeport
with the first arriving at
12.12pm, and the second
at 12.14pm, he said.
By this time the one-
room wooden structure
wts completely engulfed
by flames. When the fire
was out, Ms Hiason's
remains were removed
from the charred rem-
nants of the house.
The tragedy has left the
Sea Grape community
AT BOOTLE BAY
A 65-year-old resident
of Bootle Bay was held
up and robbed of $5,000
cash at his property by
two armed men on
According to reports,
Fred Jones was cleaning
his vehicle in his yard
around 7.12pm when he
heard footsteps approach-
He told police that as
he turned around to see
who it was, two dark
males wearing camou-
flage outfits accosted him.
One was armed with a
handgun and the other
with a baseball bat, he
.After.jobbing Mr Jones
of thee cash he had in a,
black pouch, the culprits
fled down the street and
got into a maroon car and
Vr Jones went to
th West End Police Sta-
tion and reported the
Police have launched an
Anyone with information
is asked to call the crime
hotline at 352-19.19 or the
Central Detective Unit at
CENTRAL GOSPEL CHAPEL
CHRISTIE & DOWDESWELL STREETS Tel: 325-2921
SUNDAY, JANUARY 30TH, 2005
10:45a.m. Breaking of Bread
11:30a.m. Community Outreach Service
Speaker: Elder Basil Butler
7:00p.m. UMD Rally at Blue Hill Gospel Chapel
NOTICE is hereby given that WILMIDE PAUL, BLACK WOOD,
ABACO, 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 29TH day of JANUARY,
2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.
GRACE AND PEACE WESLEYAN CHURCH
A SOCIETY OF THE FREE METHODIST CHURCH OF NORTH AMERICA
(WHERE GOD IS ADORED AND EVERYONE IS .4FFIRAIED)
Worship time: 11am & 7pm
Sunday School: 9:45am
Place: Twynam Heights r
off Prince Charles Drive
Rev. Henley Perry
PO. Box SS-5631
Telephone number. 324-2538
Telefax number: 324-2587
COME TO WORSHIP, LEAVE TO SERVE
PAGE 6, SATURDAY, JANUARY 29, 2005
THEAL TSJ Y5
'Overcoming life's barriers'
at school's annual seminar
STUDENTS of CV
Bethel High School sit atten-
tively at the Sandal Royal
Bahamian Hotel in the
school's annual seminar for
new 10th graders.
STUDENTS and Educa-
tors of C V Bethel High
School gathered at Sandals
Royal Bahamian Resort,
Cable Beach to hold the
school's annual seminar held
especially for 10th graders.
The theme for this year
event was "Overcoming Life
Barriers .... Embracing Life's
The seminar, hosted by the
guidance department of the
school, provided a list of pre-
sentations such as: 'I can' by
Pastor Williams of Life
Changing Ministries; 'Wake
Up Call', presented by Ms
Brennen of psychological ser-
vices, and 'What's the Vibe,'
which dealt with the problems
AIDS and HIV and how it has
tolled the lives of scores of
young persons presented by
Mr Keith Kemp of Youth
Ambassadors for Positive Liv-
The 10th graders also par-
ticipated in a discussion titled
"The Why Wait Quiz." on
sexuality presented by the
school's guidance department
head Phyllis Woodside.
The sessions encouraged the
students to have a greater
focus on education and future
goal as they begin their senior
year in high school.
The morning began with a
special session of prayer,
praise and meditation con-
ducted- by Father Don
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BAHAMAS ELECTRICITY CORPORATION
TENDER FOR THE PROVISION OF GROUP MAJOR
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provision of group major medical and life insurances services for employees and
their dependants and retirees.
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& Tucker Roads by contacting:-
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Fax No. 323-6852
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325-8666 and 323-3294. We can be contacted
at 326-4173, 328-4329, 356-0056 and 356-
0054 or via email address firstname.lastname@example.org
until further notice. We do apologize for the
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be able to work night's between the hours of 7pm to 4am, be pre-
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Neely and Vice Principal
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School in Eight Mile
Rock, Grand Bahama,
accept a cheque from
Vanessa Adderly on
behalf of the C V Bethel
Senior High School in
This cheque was
donated toward the
Hurricane Relief effort,
on the aforementioned
(Photo: Derek Carroll).
INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL
The Public is hereby advised that I, RODNEY BERNARD SMITH
of Prince Charles Drive, RO.Box CB 12038, Nassau, Bahamas,
intend to change my name to RODNEY BERNARD COLLIE. 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.
NOTICE is hereby given that MAXINSOND DECIUS, HOPE
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responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
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PAGE 8, SATURDAY, JANUARY 29, 2005
Golden jubilee celebrations for St Anne's High School
THIS past Sunday, a
pontifical mass was held at Christ
Church Cathedral in thanksgiving
to God as St Anne's High School,
Fox Hill, began a series of activ-
ities scheduled this year to mark
that educational institution's
attainment of its Golden Jubilee.
Chief celebrant of that
Eucharist was His Grace the
Most Reverend Drexel W
Gomez, Archbishop of the
Province of the West Indies and
Bishop of the Diocese of The
Bahamas and the Turks and
Caicos Islands. Co-celebrant
was the Rt Rev Michael H
Eldon, Assistant Bishop of the
Assisting in the service were
the following former scholars and
chaplains of the school: the Very
Rev Patrick Adderley (Dean of
The Cathedral), and the Rev-
erends Delano Archer, Chester
G EOR G
open house (February 12), schol-
ars march Ft Charlotte to Bay
Street to Ft Montagu (March 5),
basketball tournament (primary)
invitational (March 18), SAS Per-
forming Talent Expo (April 8 at
7.30pm) Founder's Day/Gift Day
(May 24), and Scholars Ball -
Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort
- at 7.30pm (June 25).
To shed some light on the sig-
nificance of the occasion, we wish
to offer our readers a brief his-
torical account of the school's
founding a half century ago, as
recorded in an article entitled
The Founding and Growth of St
Anne's High School, found in our
book Millennium Perspectives. It
"Academically, St Anne's
School has held its own and
has made an invaluable
contribution to The
Bahamas. The school has
built up an enviable
reputation in the community
for its academic excellence."
Burton, Beryl Higgs, Willish Not-
tage Johnson, James Moultrie,
Samuel Sturrup, Crosley
Walking, Ormand Wright, and
Canons Leopod Cox, Neil
Roach and Basil Tynes.
Also participating during the
Mass were Dr Roger Brown
(Class of 1960), who read the
New Testament Lesson, head
boy Travis Bethel, who, along
with Mrs Christine Flowers, the
longest serving member of the
teaching staff, led the Interces-
sions, and the outstanding school
Other events scheduled to
mark the school's golden jubilee
were the blessing of the school's
library on January 25, the musical
production Rock and Roll (Janu-
ary 28-29), scholars reunion and
"Beneath his photograph in St
Anne's High School's auditori-
um in Fox Hill is a plaque dedi-
cated to its founder, the Rev
Canon David Harold John Lau-
rence Pugh. The following state-
ment is inscribed thereon:
'The motivating force in found-
ing the school was an incident
that took place in the early days
of my ministry here. I was asking
a boy of about fifteen years what
his name was and, being unable
to understand his reply, asked
him to write it down. Imagine my
surprise when he burst into tears
at this simple.request. After
much gentle talking, he revealed
his to him great shame: He
could not read or write.
'Inspired by this.sad experi-
ence that occurred shortly after,.
AC K E Y
his installation as priest-in-charge
of the Parish Church of St Anne
on May 24, 1954, Fr Pugh moved
quickly to do something about it.
In an effort to insure that promis-
ing children of his poor parish-
ioners gained access to at least a
basic education, he started class-
es almost immediately with six
students in the church's garage.
This humble effort was, in
essence, the forerunner of St
Anne's High School.'
Recognising the need for
schooling generally in the Fox
Hill vicinity, Fr Pugh utilised the
old parish hall, built by Mr Josiah
Rahming, with 26 students and
four teachers under his leader-
ship as principal.
Due to the lack of class-
rooms and the increas-
ing number of students, some
classes had to be taught in the
church yard under the sapodilla
tree and almond trees, and in the
Over the years, as the school
flourished, additional classrooms
were built to the extent that out-
door teaching is now voluntary
instead of compulsory.
'The school was initially oper-
ated by St Anne's Parish Church
and managed by a board of gov-
ernors. The first members of the
board were Fr Pugh, chairman,
Dr Cleveland Eneas (deceased),
Mr Wenzel Nicholls, Mr Cecil
Bethel Sr (deceased);, Mr L V
Taylor and Mr Edwin Deal
In the late 1970s, it became a
Diocesan School under the aegis
of the Anglican Central Educa-
In her book, Historical Notes
on St Anne's Parish Church, Mrs
Gladys Manuel, a former student,
writes the following: "In fact, on
6th January, 1955, the school
opened its doors with 26 pupils
and three teachers: Ms Audrey
White (now Evans) and Ms
Thelma Brennen (now
Demeritte), both of whom had
been taught by the Rector (Fr
Pugh) at St John's College, and,
of course, the Rector himself."
The Nassau Daily Tribune
reported on September 1st, 1957:
"Reverend David Pugh's
dreams have eventually begun to
materialise. Two years ago, he
held classes in an old shop, a
dilapidated garage and an old
hall with the hope that some day
he could build an adequate build-
ing for the fast growing enrol-
ment. Shortly after taking his
appointment at St Anne's
Church, Father Pugh was
approached by the people of Fox
Hill to open a grade school. With
no proper accommodations but a
keen sense of duty, he plunged in
and opened school."
Over the years, St Anne's
School has developed into a
flourishing and renowned educa-
tional institution and has a staff
of more than 60 teachers. Today,
the student population has
increased to more than seven
Former principals of St Anne's
School were Canon David John
Pugh, Mr Bernard Godwin, Miss
Rita Pugh, Mrs Muriel Eneas, Fr
Patrick Adderley and Mrs Patri-
cia Collins. The present princi-
pal is Mrs Cynthia Wells.
Academically, St Anne's
School has held its own and has
made an invaluable contribution
to The Bahamas.
The school has built up an
enviable reputation in the' com-
munity for its academic excel-
lence. The following are among
some of its graduates:
-Priests Canon John Clarke,
Fr Delano Archer, Fr Leo Cox,
Ft Ormand Wright, Fr Norbert
Cooper and the Rev Angela
Palacious, the first female to be
so ordained in the local Diocese
of the Bahamas and the Turks
and Caicos Islands.
Lawyers Gladys Brown-
Manuel, Keva Bain, Bernard
Turner, Campbell Cleare,
Michael Francis, Elma Campbell-
Chase, Lester Mortimer Jr,
Kenyatta Gibson, Ian Jupp, Zil-
Spha Davis, Diane Sands, Carmille
Darville, Ian Cargill, Samantha
Knowles ard Roshar Brown.
Doctors Dexter Johnson,
Franklyn Walkine, Duane Sands,
Caryn Sands D'Aguilar, Juliette
Warren-Hepburn and Margo
Dentists Cynthia Wood,
Annette Warren, Michelle Mack-
ey-Pople and Dedra Desiree
Davis-Wallace. Former Members
of Parliament Theresa Moxey-
Ingraham, Italia Johnson and
The following are some char-
tered, accountants ,wh, ,are ,also
graduates of St Anne's High
School: Edgar Moxey, Phaedra
Yvette Mackey-Knowles; Lisa
Gibson-Woodside, Leroy Archer,
Michelle Turnquest-Fields and
Renee Sands-Lockhart. Many
successful Bahamian entrepre-
neurs and other well-known pro-
fessionals are also former
students of St Anne's High
St Anne's High School has
produced some of the
best educators in the country
today, including Dr Roger
Brown, Mr Sammy Bethel and
Mrs Nicolette Fountain-Archer.
Its crest shows St Anne's Church
and the sapodilla tree where
classes were once held. Its motto
is: "By the Grace of God". Its
school hymn is: "Now Thank we
All Our God".
For the past 50 years, St
Anne's School has continually
etched its mark on the youth of
The Bahamas. St Anne's School
is proud to be of service to the
Diocese of The Bahamas and the
Turks and Caicos Islands and to
It pledges to forge ahead to
even greater accomplishments
gloria dei gracia.
(George W Mackey's book
Millennium Perspectives, a com-
pilation of Viewpoints and other
interesting topics, is available at
leading bookstores locally.
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in a windows environment.
Strong oral and written communications skills.
Interfacing with the business, internal and external vendor
management, and bug tracking.
Influencing and leadership skills.
Historic programming experience with languages and web
2-4 years DBA hands-on programming experience.
Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science or equivalent experience.
Interested candidates should forward a copy of their resume to:
Technology Unit Head
Cititrust (Bahamas) Limited
P.O. Box N-1576,
Fax: (242) 302-8732 OR
Deadline for application is February 6, 2005.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 29, 2005, PAGE 9
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W HAT'S ON IN AND
SU TTH ER E @ TR B U N EMED IA. N ET
Eg N & Restairai ts
Rave Saturdays @ The All New Club Eclipse.
DJ Scoobz spinning the best in Old Skool. Admis-
sion $35, all inclusive food and drink.
Fever @ Bahama Boom, Elizabeth St, down-
'town, Fridays. The hottest party in the Bahamas
every Friday night. Admission $10 before mid-
night. First 50 women get free champagne. First 50
men get a free Greycliff cigar. Dress to impress. For
VIP reservations call 356-4612.
Karaoke Music Mondaze @ Topshotters Sports
Bar. Drink specials all night long, including
karaoke warm-up drink to get you started. Party,
Karaoke Nights @ Fluid Lounge and Nightclub.
Begins 10pm every Tuesday. Weekly winners
selected as Vocalist of the Week $250 cash prize.
Winner selected at end of month from finalists -
cash prize $1,000. Admission $10 with one free
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
the Main Lounge, neon lights and Go Go dancers.
Glow sticks for all in before midnight. Admission:
Ladies free before 11pm, $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. Admission:
$15 before llpm, $20 after.
Greek Saturdayz @ Bahama Boom, Elizabeth
Ave. Every Saturday the Phi Beta Sigma Frat wel-
comes greeks, college grads and smooth opera-
tors. Admission $15 all night, $10 for greeks in
letters. Music by DJ Palmer, security strictly
Chill Out Sundays @ The Beach Hut, West Bay
Street with fresh served BBQ another 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
Wet Sundays, every Sunday, noon-midnight @
Surprise artist at
of the Zoo Nightclub, Bahamian favourite Beres Hammond will
take to the stage, along with KB, Blessed and a surprise artist, to
be revealed at the concert. But it's not really "a night of love type
thing", club manager, Gregory Major is clear to point out. The
concert, however, will be incorporated into the grand opening of the club, which he
believes is a "destination".
"We want people to come and experience a whole new nightclub. And we are set-
ting night life on a new level, starting with Beres Hammond," he adds.
Doors open at 7pm, and showtime is at 10pm. Tickets can be collected at the
Jukebox at the Mall at Marathon or at Club Insomnia's office at 192 Market
Street (opposite the Real Deal). Platinum access, going at $150, includes appetiz-
ers, wine and a special "platinum package". VIP, $60. On opening night, general
admission will be offered at the door, $45.
Crystal Cay Beach. Admission $10, ladies get in
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 11pm. Men,
$15 cover charge.
Villaggio Ristorante, Caf6 and Piano Bar, Fri-
day-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, Satur-
days 7pm-10pm, featuring a mix of alternative
favourites, from Avril Lavigne to Coldplay and
Jay Mitchell and Hot KC @ Palm Court Lounge,
SCl o n i jI
:. H i I to n ,
Sunday Night Interlude @ Briteley's Restau-
rant & Lounge, Eneas St off Poinciana Drive. Fea-
turing Frankie Victory at the key board in the
After Dark Room every Sunday, 8.30pm to mid-
night. Fine food and drinks.
Paul Hanna performs at Traveller's Rest, West
Bay St, every Sunday, 6.30pm-9.30pm.
Stepping Stone Quilters 16th Annual Quilt Show
@ Trinity Church Hall, 10am 4pm, Saturday,
January 29 to Saturday, February 5. Free admis-
Past, Present and Personal: The Dawn Davies
Collection @ the National Art Gallery of the
Bahamas, Villa Doyle, West and West Hill Streets.
The exhibition is part of the NAGB's Collector's
Series. Gallery hours, Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-'
4pm. Call 328-5800 to book tours.
The Second National Exhibition @ the Nation-
al Art Gallern of the Bahamas. West and West Hill
Streets. teatunng contemporary works bN Baharmu-
an artists. NE2 runs through December. Gallery
hours Tuesday-Saturday, llam-4pm. Admission $3.
Call 328-5800 to book tours.
Open Mic Nite, every Wednesday 8pm @ The
Bookmarker, Cable Beach Shopping Centre
(above Swiss Pastry Shop). Poets, rappers, singers,
instrumentalists, comics...everyone is invited to
entertain and be entertained. $3 entrance fee.
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 Hos- .
pital conference room.
The Bahamas Diabetic Association meets every
third Saturday, 2.30pm (except August and
December) @ the Nursing School, Grosvenor
Close, Shirley Street.
Doctors Hospital, the official training centre of
the American Heart Association offers CPR class-
es certified by the AHA. The course defines the
warning signs of respiratory arrest and gives pre-
vention strategies to avoid sudden death syndrome
and the most common serious injuries and choking
that can occur in adults, infants and children. CPR
and First Aid classes are offered every third Sat-
urday of the month from 9am-lpm. Contact a
Doctors Hospital Community Training Repre-
sentative at 302.-4732 for nore information and
learn to a e 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 history
lecturer at the College of the Bahamas will speak
on the topic "Christianity and Slave Conver-
sion: A Catalyst for Revolutionary Change or a
Quest for Respectability". The public is invited
Council V of the Sunshine Region of Interna-
tional Training in Communication will hold its
second annual quarterly meeting in the Inagua
Room of Wyndham Nassau Resort and Crystal
Palace Casion on Saturday, January 29. The meet-
ing starts at 9am and will be held under the theme,
"Communication is Key". Dr Miles Munroe in
the guest speaker. For more information contact
Shellyn Ingraham @ 327-3363 after 7pm. All mem-
bers and guests are asked to attend this impor-
tant and worthwhile event.
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, 7.30pm
@ British Colonial Hilton. Club 1600 meets Thurs-
day, 8.30pm @ SuperClubs Breezes. Club 7178
meets Tuesday, 6pm @ The J Whitney Pinder
Building, Collins Ave. Club 2437 meets every sec-
ond, fourth and fifth Wednesday at the J Whitney
Pinder Building, Collins Ave at 6pm. Club 612315
meets Monday 6pm @ Wyndham Nassau Resort,
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Eta Psi Omega
chapter meets every second Tuesday, 6.30pm @ the
Eleuthera Room in the Wyndham Nassau Resort,
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity meets every second
Saturday, 10am @ Gaylord's Restaurant,
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 %ia fax: 328-2398 or e-mail: outthere@tri-
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FROM page one
have. determined whether
this was the case with the
most recent stranding.
In a 2001 article in Sci-
ence magazine, researchers
established a link between
such strandings and the
testing of Low Frequency
Active Sonar (LFAS) con-
ducted by means of Sur-
veillance Towed Array
Sensor System (SUR-
TASS), used by AUTEC.
According to Mrs Dun-
combe, the sonar inter-
feres with the sensory sys-
tem of marine mammals.
In October, 2004, when
a dolphin was stranded
near the AUTEC facility,
Mrs Duncombe said that
autopsies revealed inter-
nal bleeding in the ears
and brains of marine
mammals found in similar
She said that such symp-
toms were common to
mammals exposed to
In 2001 the Marine
Mammal Survey reported
to government that 16
marine mammals were
stranded on the same. day.
The report said 11 of the
mammals were whales of
the same species as the
one found this week.
The report acknowl-
edged suggestions that
"naval operations may
have somehow affected
the whales involved in
these events, as has been
surmised following at least
two other military exercis-
es in recent years in which
there were multiple
strandings of beaked
It said that this species
of whales is particularly
sensitive to "acoustic
activities and may be
frightened /disoriented by
sound sources and levels
that are not otherwise per-
manently damaging to
"If they are frightened
into habitats totally unfa-
miliar to them such as
shallow water, they appear
to become extremely dis-
oriented and may strand.
"Scratching their skin on
coral and hard surfaces of
shallow bottoms will cause
them to bleed, which in
turn may attract sharks
that further frighten and
injure them," the report
According to Mr Dele-
veaux, the Department of
Fisheries is also concerned
about the causes of the
stranding. He said that
when the matter was
brought to his attention,
he passed it on to local
groups with relevant
expertise, including the
Marine Mammal Survey in
Mr Deleveaux said he
had not heard about any
developments in the mat-
ter since that time.
The Tribune was unable
to contact the public rela-
tions office at AUTEC or
Director of Fisheries
Michael Braynen for com-
Canadian hits out at
$400 security deposit
FROM page five
"My question here is how
many subscribers are there to
Batelco? Let's say 100,000. Do
the math on that, $400 a person
comes out to $40 million. Even if
the deposit is repaid, where does
the interest go?"
Minister of Works and Utili-
ties Bradley Roberts in late 2003
said that, effective January 1,
2004, customers of Bateleo would
be paid interest on their security
deposits from August 31,2003.
He said that a total of
$1,050,000 per annum would be
credited to the accounts of cus-.
He also said at that time that
the Water and Sewerage Corpo-
ration would be making a simi-
Mr Roberts was contacted yes-
terday for an update and he said
that he believes that a policy has
been put in place at Batelco that
will allow consumers to get a
reimbursement of the interest
earned on their security deposit,
but he said that would have to be
confirmed with management at
All attempts to contact Batel-
co's general manager Kevin Bas-
den-and senior vice-president
Leon Williams were unsuccess-
Leader of the Bahamas Demo-
cratic Movement. Cassius Stuart,
supports Mr Craigie's claim of
extortion and said yesterday he
supports the effort to take legal
action 100 per cent. .t
"The government should not
be getting away with this," Mr
Stuart said,'"for years govern-
FROM page one
not be blamed on what he called the "Haitian factor."
"That was no Haitian situation. Especially in the lower ech-
elons of society, people can only take so much. They have to
endure enough misery on a day-to-day basis, and then have to
now suffer police brutality," Mr Regnier said.
Psychologist David Allen announced yesterday that an open
forum on relations between Bahamians and Haitians will he held
on Tuesday, February 1, at 5.45pm at the British Colonial
The topic of discussion will be "The Mud and Pigeon Pea: The
Challenge of the Haitian/Bahamian Relationship."
Members of the public are welcome to attend, Dr Allen said.
Minister Peet said the Department of Immigration is redou-
bling its efforts to identify illegal immigrants, especially those
"who might want to create mischief."
Mr Peet said the department is reviewing its operating meth-
ods, and aims to become "much more proactive in addressing
the concerns of the Bahamian people."
Final respects paid
to Nancy Oakes
FROM page one Maria.
Nancy Oakes is survived
from her generosity. by her daughter, Mrs Patri-
"She opened many doors cia Oakes Leigh-Wood,
for us, diplomatic and cul- 'and a son Alexander
tural," he added. (Sasha) von Hoyningen-
In his sermon, Bishop Huene, two grandchildren,
Michael Eldon, who knew John Alexander Roosevelt
the Baroness for over 30 and Shirley Alice Leigh-
years, said: "In her early' Wodd, a son-in-law.
years, she came to know .Robert Leigh-Wood, a
Christ and it was in the brother and sister-in-law,
Bahamas that her Chris- Mr and Mrs Harry Oakes
tianity became a reality." Jr of Lyford Cay, many
He said: "Wherever she nieces and nephews, and
lived, in the Bahamas, in her ex-husband Baton
Mexico, in North America, Lyssardt von Hoyningen-
in England, it was her want, Huene.
to provide Christian hos- She was predeceased by
pitality for her sisters and. her parents, Sir Harry
brothers in Christ." Oakes and Eunice, Lady'
He encouraged the con- Oakes, her brothers, Sir
gregation to employ that Sydney and Pitt Oakes,
same spirit and generosity and her younger sister,
to their lives. Shirley Oakes. ,
JoAnn Callender sang a It was her request thpt
melody of You will Never she be buried in the
Walk Alone and When The Bahamas and she was laid
Road Seems Rough. She to rest at the cemetery at
was joined by Franz Hep- Saint Mary's Anglican
burn for a rendition of Ava Church.
ment corporations have been get-
ting away with robbing the
Mr Stuart said the security
deposits do not belong to the gov-
ernment or the corporations and
interest earned on those deposits
should be paid to the rightful
owners, who are the people who
made the deposits.
The Bahamas Electricity Com-
pany (BEC) Jiegan reimbursing
interest on security deposits on
October 1, 2004.
Upon examination 'of a BEC
bill yesterday, The Tribune
observed a negative amount enti-
tled "Interest on Security
Deposit," credited to the total
amount. However, there was no
indication of how that amount
The Tribune was informed that
BEC general manager Kevin Bas-
den was in a meeting each time a.
reporter attempted to reach him,
and up to press time had still not
received a response from him or
any other employee contacted for
"BEC is starting to reimburse
Bahamian consumers, which is,
good," continued Mr Stuart, "but
what happened to Batelco and
Water works. The hundreds of
millions of dollars that; are owed
to Bahamian people, these cor-
porations earn the interest off it,
and it is wrong."
Charles Fawkes, president of
the National Consinner Asgodiad-
tion (NCA), has on several occa-
*sions spoken out on the repay-
ment of interest on security
Mr Fawkes and his organisa-
tion have calculated that millions
of dollars are owed to consumers:
in the country by utility ctompa-
nies, and they have been debatiiig
the issue for years.
He said he is unaware of any
industrial or developing country
that allows such' companies to
hold deposits, "ad infinitum, with-
out any form of compensation or
"Bradley Roberts needs to
'address this issue forthwith so
that consumer advocates will
know if they have toproceed with
legal action in the Supreme Court
to have this issue resolved once
and for all," he added. .
SThat is justhow far Mr Craigie
said he is willing to take.the issue.
"' feel like a target to be
fleeced," he said, "and I am think-
ing about what Bahamians go
.through for years. They may not
ever get their money back, it's
"like a tax."'
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age control in the area. *,
Mrs Pratt arrived at Holy Spirit Church-of
God to discuss with the .committee and area
religious leaders the way forward Thursday
evening in a hastily arranged meeting.
Because of the short notice, many residents
did not attend, but Mrs Pratt promised that she
would hold p. second meeting for residents,
because she wanted to hear directly from them.
"This is important to the country. We cannot
Just sit back and do nothing, we have to try and
correct the problems." ,
Mrs Pratt said she chose to meet in the church'
because "whenever anything happens I go to'
; the church and to God first. You cannot devel-
op a nation or build up the family without God
and the church. It must play a vital role."
Mrs:Pratt sail there are two sides to every
story and then there is the truth. "It is important
that we give everyone an opportunity to address
their concerns," she said, "the police and the
public are equally important." ','
Mrs Pratisaid it is equally important that
people learn how to speak to one another.
'"It begins with a kind word, like in scripture,
'A soft answer turneth away wrath, but grievous
words stir up anger', as a nation and as a people,
we must learn how to speak to one another like
She said people have to realise that not every-
one is a criminal, but at the same time there
are people who are out for trouble.
She said if the country is to move forward, it
will take the efforts of mothers, fathers, school-
teachers, police and government. "All of us.
must play a role." she said.
In addition, Mrs Pratt said' that while there
may be trouble in every community, there are.
still good decent people. ,
Several members of the consultative commit-
tee said that the best way forward is by indi-
vidually reaching members of the community.
They noted that there are already a number of
activities in place, but said they have to reinforce
"We have to start caring about one another,"
said Linda Sands, adding that police in the area'
need to get to know, residents' and build good
relationships with them.
Birkarid Johnson, an area pastor, noted that if
there are problems in the community, residents
will not come forward. "You will have to go to
them," he said.:..
Anthony Marshall (aka "Fat Back") said the
area's children must be listened to because they
often have as many concerns and problems as
*"No-one wants to listen to the young people.
There is no excuse for what happened on
Wednesday, but no-one wanted to listen," he
Bahamians had to remember that everything
that happens in the country can be picked up by
those outside. They had to protect their image,
not just among each other, but also abroad, he
The Tribune wants to heat from people
who are making news in their,
neighborhoods, Perhaps you're raising
fuids for a good cause, campaigning for
improvements in the area or havemwon an
If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your
bil UKUAY, JANUAHY ZU, ?-UUO, VAUL I U
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SAlice Leigh-Wood, grand-
daughter of Nancy Oakes,
reads a poem entitled
* FAMILY members, friends
and others in attendance sing
during the funeral service for
Nancy Oakes (1924-2005) at
Christ Church Cathedral,
George Street. Officiating
were Suffragan Bishop, Rt
Rev Gilbert Thompson, Assis-
tant Bishop, Right Rev
Michael Eldon, Very Rev Dean
Patrick Adderley and Rev
Canon Warren Rolle.
0 NANCY Oakes' coffin at the altar inside Christ Church
Cathedral. The 80-year-old died on January 16.
Members hit the right note during the funeral service on Friday afternoon.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 29, 2005
Fax: (242) 328-2398
MIAMI HERALD SPORTS
N By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
DESPITE getting knocked
dut in the quarter-final, Grand
Bahamian Timothy Neilly was
pleased with his first week of
competition at the Australian
Fresh from his victory at the
prestigious Orange Bowl in Key
Biscayne, Florida in December,
Neilly travelled "-Down Under"
in Melbourne where he reached
the quarter-final of the boys 18's
"I felt like it \ a a. pri It good
start so far for tlhi sear.' said
Neilly yesterday from his hotel
room. "I went into the match
feeling prcit\ solid and pretty
confident wiih my result the first
"But there were a lot of good
matches played here from here,
I can only go up."
The number seven seeded
player in the draw said he
learned a lot from his participa-
tion in the tournament and is
quite aware that there's a lot of
improvements he has to make
to his game.
"From here, there's just a lot
of little things in my game to help
me get better," he pointed out "I
knew those things needed to con-
tinue to get better.
"So it's just a matter of going
back home and continuing to
work on them and coming back
out and trying to improve on it
the next tournament."
As the firsi African-American
to wmn the Orange Bo\l's boy)
18's title in the event's 58-year
history and the No.10 ranked
player on the ITF standings,
Neilly said he felt the pressure
when he started playing at the
Australian Open Grand Slam.
"I just wanted to come out
here and get better. That was
what my coach was telling me,"
Neilly stressed. "But when you
win a big tournament, everybody
wants to play against you, every-
body wants to see what you have.
"So it's all about just bringing
your best game every day. You
know you have to fight because
everybody wants to beat you. So,
yes, there was some pressure for
me to succeed."
Neilly, '17, didn't succeed as
he'did in Key Biscayne, but he
will leave Melbourne to return to
Tampa, Florida to continue his
'training with a lot more vigour
-under coach Tarik Benhabiles.
"It was'a great start for the
year from my point of view. I
think I played about nine to 10
matches and so, for me, it was
.good to get that much competi-
.tion in." he noted.
"So I'm going to go back
4:,tome and work on my game and
ttust move on."
* After about a week of intense
"-aining at home, Neilly said he
: expects to hit the road again as
.1 e participates in a pro tourna-
-4ient in Memphis, Tennessee.
Neilly, however, has one wish
and that is to be able to play for
the Bahamas in the American
Zone II Davis Cup tie like Ryan
'Sweeting, another Bahamian
-who also played in the boys 18's,
.but was ousted in the third
"Ryan has been constantly
climbing and getting better," said
Neilly of Sweeting, who is cur-
rently ranked at No.40 on the
"I think every match he plays
vill be good for him and the
experience will definitely help
him. I think it will be great for
him, especially when he plays in
the Davis Cup."
As for Neilly, who was born in
Grand Bahama, but moved to
Florida with his family and is
now obligated to the USTA, who
provides him with grants and
sponsorship for his travel.
S"I have to see how things
work themselves out, but right
now I'm still with the USTA,"
"Maybe, sometime in the near
future, I will be able to play for
SFor now, Neilly said he will
Continue to play matches and
Grand Slam tournaments in the
18s for the rest of the year under
the USTA banner
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Giants in thriller
ST AUGUSTINE'S BIG RED MACHINES and St John's Giants fought out a
tightly contested game this week.
SAC came out on top 54-45 with versatile player Je'Vaughn Saunders sa) ing
afterwards: "We played a little easy in the first half, but we picked it up in the sec-
ond half when we pressured the ball and we did what we had to do to win."
The victory stopped St John's bid for a perfect regular season in the Bahamas
Association of Independent Secondary Schools and forced a three-way tie for first
place between the two schools along with Jordan Prince William Falcons.
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