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Tribune Staff Reporter
ONE of the two LNG com-
panies vying for approval from
the Bahamas government has
changed their lawyer.
. Fred Smith the Grand
Bahama lawyer for Tractebel
has been replaced by Earl Cash,
br.ther-in-law of Piime Minister
Perry Christie, after the compa-
ny's first proposal was declined.
Mr Smith who represented
Tractebel said that he had been
involved with the company for
over four years before his ter-
"I represented the Grand
Bahama Port Authority and
Enron in their inception to build
a LNG facility in Freeport. Even
after Tractebel bought the com-
pany in Enron's 'bankruptcy I
wa. involved with the project
for four years before I was told
that my services were no longer
required as they had got anoth-
er lawyer from New Provi-
dence," he said.
: However when questioned by
The Tribune, Mr Cash said that
any questions pertaining to
Tractebel should be forwarded
directly to the company.
iPaula Rockstroh, a
okesperson for Tractebel, said
heir company was obviously
.rry disappointed that their pro-
posal had not been approved.
"The regulatory process is so
,ell defined over here in the
IS, but that is not the case when
w9 started in the Bahamas. You
do need local advisers, and
that's why we have had so many
officials over here to see our
facility in Everett, Massachu-

setts," she said.
Ms Rockstroh said, however,
that they were grateful that gov-
ernment had not told them to
"pack up and go home" in light
of AES being approved by the
BEST Commission on their
Environmental Impact Assess-
ment (EIA) forms.
"Certainly there is a need in
South Florida for the LNG pro-
jects, as tie need for the energy
is going to be evident by 2010.
However it is doubtful that
Tractebel would pursue the
option of a facility in the
Bahamas if AES is approved,
as the demand might not be suf-
ficient to justify two facilities."
She said that although there is
no guarantees, she is of the per-
ception that the government is
willingland wants to work with
"That is not to say that if the
government gives us pointers
it's a slam dunk that the pro-
posal is going to be approved.
Obviously we have spent a lot of
time looking at a viable site in
the Bahamas but we would
probably look at someplace else
to build our facility if needs
"The Freeport Harbour pro-
ject was not approved because
of its location, but the Port
Authority seemed okay with the
location. Also they (govern-
ment) said that they are miss-
ing information from the South
Riding Point project. Right now
we have a third possible site that
is being looked at in Grand
Bahama on a large government
parcel of land in close proximity
of South Riding Point," she

New Pope brings joy to Catholis in Bahamas

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Chief Reporter
THE Free National Move-
ment announced today that
Desmond Bannister has ten-
dered his resignation from the
Mr Bannister has written to
Senate President Sharon Wil-
son resigning his seat, effec-
tive April 30, 2005.
According to the FNM, "a
number of personal and busi-
ness issues have arisen which

requires that he gives them
his full attention."
When The Tribune spoke
with Mr Bannister yesterday,
he reiterated that the decision
was a personal one.
"If has nothing to do with
the party," he said.
Mr Bannister said he has no
idea who will replace him in
the Senate, adding that he
knew of "a lot of interested
persons" in the ranks of the
SEE page nine

National Insurance

Board on target for

contributions goal

Chief Reporter
THE National Insurance
Board has exceeded its project-
ed gains for the first quarter of
this year, NIB Director Lenox
McCarteny told The Tribune.
This year the National Insur-
ance Board (NIB) has as its
goal to collect $137 million in
contributions. The target set for

the first three months of the
year was $34.3 million, but by
the end of March almost $35
million was already in.
In the meantime NIB is
cracking down on those
employers who are failing to
meet their obligations to the
board and their employees.
For the year to date the
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Bahaiias rejoiced yester-
day with more than a bil-
lion people around the
world as Cardinal Joseph
Ratzinger, was introduced
to the world as Benedict
XVI, the new Supreme
Pontiff of the Roman
Catholic Church.
The successor to Pope
John Paul II, chosen after
two days of deliberations
by.the College of Cardi-
nsis sequestered at St
Peter's Basilica in Rome,
described himself as a
"simple and humble work-
er in the vineyard of the
"Dear brothers and sis-
ters, after the great Pope
John Paul II, the cardinals
have elected me a sim-
ple, humble worker in the
vineyard of the Lord.
"The fact that the Lord
can work and act even
with insufficient means
consoles me, and above all
I entrust myself to your
prayers," he told the tens
of thousands of persons
gathered in St Peter's
square in his first address
as Pope Benedict the XVI.
, Archbishop of the Arch-
diocese of Nassau, Patrick
Pinder yesterday told The
Tribune that 'local
Catholics are being called
to ha'e faith in this
"The whole adventure
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Bahamas Information
SANDY Point, Abaco -
Prime Minister and Minister
of Finance Perry Christie
presented keys to four new
homeowners at Sandy Point,
Abaco on Monday.
The four new homeowners,
Vincent Burrows, Alphonso
Prosper, Barbara Bethel-
Kemp and Rebecca Simms
were all presented with keys
to their new homes during
ceremonies at Sandy Point.
Accompanying the prime
minister were Housing and
National Insurance Minister
Shane Gibson, Luther Smith
from the Office of the Prime
Minister, Housing Permanent
Secretary Leila Green
NEMA Abaco co-ordinator
Jack Thompson and other
ministry officials.

Mr Christie said that while
the government is commit-
ted to restoring the lives of
those affected by hurricanes
Jeanne and Frances in Sep-
tember 2004, homeowners
owed a duty to themselves to
property prepare for hurri-
canes in the future, residents.
He emphasised that prepa- to ensure
ration is the key to dealing are "prep
with hurricanes, and called hurricane
on those responsible for get- can exceed
ting shelters ready to remain hour."
"Do the work on the shel- Vi
ters now," he said. "Don't tell
me in the middle of the hur- On the
ricane season that you forget Prime Miu
this or you forget that. We dicted goo
have a duty to recognise that which alr
we must learn as much as we magnet foi
can from our experience of who built
dealing with disasters." said visitor
The prime minister said -and more
that is bo

opens doors for


have an obligation
that their homes
ared to withstand
.force wind that
ed 160 miles per

economic front,
sister Christie pre-
d things for Abaco,
ready served as a
r visitors, and those
second homes. He
rs are looking more
for a destination
th attractive and

family oriented. Abaco is the
right choice, he said, as it
offers among other things,
sailing, fishing and sea
"That is why when we look
to the future Abaco has noth-
ing but win, win, win," he
The prime minister's com-
ments came as the contro-
versy over the proposed
development at Guana Cay
continues to rage.
Mr Christie did not men-
tion Guana Cay by name, buqt
he did allude to the fact that
Abaconians were also enti-

tled to enjoy the benefits of
economic development,
which was not detrimental or
harmful to the environment
and the future of the chil-
Mr Christie was guarded in
his comments on the
proposed Guana Cay devel-
opment as the matter
is presently before the

The expected construction
of the first phase is scheduled
to begin June 1, 2005, and to
be completed by June 2008.
It includes a 180-slip marina,
a freight dock a desalination
plant, 75 villa-style rooms,
infrastructure for 350 resi-
dential lots, marketing facili-
ties and a community cen-
tre for the residents of Guana

THE Department of Civil Aviation has announced that the
runway at the international airport in Fresh Creek, Andros, will
be closed for repairs April 25-29, 2005.
THE April consultation between the Minister of Foreign
Affairs and Civil Society Bahamas will be held on Thursday,
April 21, in the diplomatic room of the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs, East Hill Street, beginning at 7.30pm.
Dr Gilbert Morris, president of the Landfall Centre, will
speak on "the role of the minister of foreign affairs of a devel-
oping country". A discussion will follow Dr Morris' presentation.
The consultation is open to members of Civil Society and the
general public.
THE Bureau of Women's Affairs invites representatives of all
local non-governmental women's organisations to attend its
regular monthly forum on Thursday, April 21, at 12.30pm in the
conference room at the Department of Rehabilitative Welfare
Services, Thompson Boulevard, two doors north of the Reef

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seek to understand
the social process that
leads to violence
rather than examine
isolated criminal
events said Dr David
Allen, a respected
In an interview with
The Tribune, Dr Allen
said that the double
shooting in Fox Hill
on Sunday is another
example of a societal
process that has to be
investigated to uncov-
er its root cause.
This, he said, is the
only way the current.
tide of violence in the
Bahamas can be
Dr Allen said that
he was not overly sur-
prised by the incident
in Fox Hill, in which
two men in their early
20s received gunshot
wounds. He said he
understood the inci-
dent to have to be an:
act of retaliation.

In an interview fol-
lowing the police riot
in Nassau Village in
February, Dr Allen
identified Fox Hill
and 'the Mud' Haitian
community in Abaco
as examples of other
places that could be
about to "blow up." i
The psychologist .
that he has been
active in the Fox Hill
community trying to
counsel residents and
establish community
outreach programmes.
However, he fears
that a lack of funding
may mean that he is
running out of time to
help residents.
"We have to realise
that every act of vio-
lence is a process not
an event and we have
to look at the process
to determine why the
event happened."
I He said that events
do not just happen
and that everything
has an underlying
Therefore, he said,
the root causes of why
persons decide to
commit violence must
be discovered, if par-
ticular instances are
to be better under-

Dr Allen noted that
a lot of criminal activ-
ity has to do with,
revenge. This trend,
he said, will continue
until people can culti-
vate a dialogue which
leads to peaceful res-
"We do not talk, we
disagree. We have to
learn to agree to dis-
agree," he said.
Referring to the
pace of modern life,
Dr Allen said that
another major prob-
lem in society is that
people no longer have
time for their fami-
"Parents do not val-
idate their children
enough and they do
not have time to
spend with them," he







Miller's angry words at gas

stations and oil companies

Tribune Staff Reporter
MINISTER of Trade and
Industry Leslie Miller yester-
day fiercely criticized the rise
in gasoline prices in the
Bahamas which have now hit a
high of $3.86 a gallon.
Noting that prices have actu-
ally decreased in the United
States, Mr Miller said the mar-
gin of profit local gas stations
are making is almost criminal.
"The system is unfair to the
Bahamian consumer and these
margins need to be revised. As
we speak a committee is being
put together by the Minister of
State for Finance James Smith
and myself to lower the cost of
fuels in the Bahamas.
"It is an unbearable burden
that the Bahamian people have
to carry," said Mr Miller.
He pointed out that because
of the drop in the price of crude
oil, the price of gasoline should
go down with the next shipment
to Bahamian docks.
"But there, we only get
invoices from the supplier, who
actually is the importer as well,
so that puts us in a problem," he


Mr Miller said that some
charges noted on the receipts
of large oil companies operating
in the Bahamas are "frivolous

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and overbearing".
"This margin system must
have some drastic changes.
These companies (Shell, Esso
and Texaco) employ less that
100 Bahamians and it's crimi-
nal what their gross take is."

According to Mr Miller, last
year 65 million gallons of gaso-
line were imported to the coun-
try. At a margin of 33 cents per
gallon, these companies shared
Retailing the fuel at a mark-

Campaigner on

Haitians accused of

stirring up trouble

Cooper was accused yesterday
of sowing strife between Haitian
and Bahamian communities in
He came under fire for what
he calls his "lone crusade"
against the spread of Haitian
settlements on the island.
Miss Memose Daniels, a
Bahamian citizen of Haitian
parentage, told The Tribune: "If
there are riots he will be the
"He is going about things the
wrong way."
Mr Cooper says Haitians are
threatening to crush the local
culture and create a sanitation
nightmare in Abaco because of
what he calls their "Third
World" standards.
He wants the government to
act swiftly to bring the Haitian
immigration problem under
control and halt the spread of
illegal housing.
Miss Daniels agreed that ille-
gal housing was unjustified, but
said dialogue was needed
between the two sides to thrash
out their differences.
She said Haitians were willing

to become part of the Bahami-
an community, and wanted to
live in improved conditions.
"A lot of the ill-feeling is the
result of ignorance," she said,
"Mr Cooper should involve the
proper authorities instead of
going about taking down peo-
ple's homes.
"He is trying to be the big
guy, but I think what he is doing
is bad. People are very upset.
You can't just disgrace people
because they are Haitian."

Miss Daniels said the gov-
ernment ought to consider pro-
viding low-cost homes which
Haitians could rent. The fact
that jobs were available for
Haitians showed they were
needed in Abaco.
She agreed the shanty settle-
ments in Marsh Harbour The
Mud and Pigeon Pea should
be cleared, but only when alter-
native accommodation was in
In her work with the Urban
Renewal Group project, Miss
Daniels said discussions were

underway with Haitians on
health issues. She said a census
was also being conducted to
find out exactly how many
immigrants there are on the
"But I think the way Mr
Cooper has gone about things is
unjust. Haitians have been here
for a long time," she added.

Earlier this week, Marsh Har-
bour resident Mrs Yvonne Key
said she and others were plan-
ning a mass protest next week
to express local disquiet over
the Haitian problem.
Both she and Mr Cooper
believe the government's fail-
ure to act in the past has been
caused by fear of voodoo.
They believe Bahamians
are so scared of Haitian witch-
craft that they reluctant to
protest about the influx of
They also claim Haitians are
capitalising on Bahamian super-
stitions by threatening to "fix"
people who cause them prob-

Residents of beach properties

in call for tighter controls

Tribune Staff Reporter
CONCERNED residents
yesterday called on government
to implement stricter beach con-
trols throughout New Provi-
Residents who live near
beach properties told The Tri-
bune that they feel increasingly
molested by weekend beach
parties and are concerned about
the environmental impact
caused by litter left along Nas-
sau's beach areas.
Director of Environmental
Health Ron Pinder said yester-
day that although, "many
adjustments have been made to
better facilitate and regulate the
amount of visitors and beach-
goers on any given weekend or
holiday," there is still a lot of
work to be done.
Mr Pinder said that follow-
ing recent tours of the island, a
plan is underway to put special
teams in place to monitor all
public beaches, "especially dur-

ing the weekend and first thing
Monday morning."
He added that the effort so
far has included placing addi-
tional garbage bins on beaches.
"Obviously there needs to be
better co-ordination of govern-
ment agencies concerning when
authorisation is given for beach
cook-outs, concerts and other
events," he said.


Pericles Maillis, former pres-
ident of the Bahamas National
Trust and.a well-known envi-
ronmental activist, said that
"the time is rapidly coming
where we need regulations and
beach order."
Mr Maillis said that "loud
music and cook-outs should be
outlawed on beaches, except for
on the designated areas festival
grounds like Clifford Park and
Arawak Cay."
Speaking as a resident of
Adelaide, Mr Mailiss said that

he was concerned about an
abandoned beach-front proper-
ty near his home, which is
reportedly used by a large
group of people for parties
every Sunday night.
"The parties are so loud, that
even though you live miles away
it is still horrendous," he said.
Mr Mailiss said that the party-
goers usually leave behind large
amounts of litter, which impacts
not only on the environment
and the wildlife, but also on the
residents of the area.
"These parties pose a prob-
lem for families who wish to go
on the beach, as well as for oth-
er beach users and it is disrup-
tive to children who live in Ade-
laide Village and play in the
area," he said.
Mr Mailiss said that despite
calls to the police to put a stop
to these parties, nothing has
Other residents of Adelaide
agreed that the party-goers
show a "complete disregard"
for the entire community.

up of 44 cents, they made
$28,600,000, he said.
He said that 70 million gal-
lons of diesel were imported last
year at a mark-up of 19 cents,
which meant that retailers made
$13,300,000. Importers of diesel




tour firm

Bahama Island Tourism
Board has acquired Royal
Oasis' Grand Bahama Vaca-
tions tour company, which
has been restructured and
renamed Go Grand Bahama
Go Grand Bahama Vaca-
tions, which was relaunched
this month, now offers
expanded air services to the
island from more than 100
cities in the United States.
"It is our goal to position
Go Grand Bahama Vaca-
tions as the pace-setter
among tour companies doing
business on Grand Bahama
Island," said David Johnson,
GBITB president.
Grand Bahama Vacations,
which was one of the island's
premier tour companies, has
brought 3.5 million visitors
to Freeport during the years.
After the resort closed in
September, tourism officials
decided to purchase the
As part of the relaunch,
the company now offers
more departure city options
and package deals on more
airlines, such as Air Trans
Airways, American Eagle,
Bahamasair, Continental
Express, Continental Con-
nection/Gulfstream and
International Airlines.

Drinks Trolleys
Coffee Tables
End Tables

made $12,600,000.
"Add those prices together
and you'll get the real picture of
what these people make," he
See 'Minister calls for ener-
gy corporation', page 6

A BELLMAN at the
RIU hotel on Paradise
Island was credited with
saving the life of an eight-
year-old boy yesterday.
As The Tribune was
going to press, it was report-
ed that the boy was carried
off by the current while
swimming at the Atlantis
Resort and Casino.
The boy drifted to the
area in front of the RIU
hotel where the bellman,
who could not be identified,
dived in to rescue the boy.


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New German Pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI

AUSTIN, Texas The best known Ger-
man Catholic priest in world history is Martin
Luther, who challenged papal authority by
nailing his 95 Theses to the Wittenberg church
door. Joseph Ratzinger is the first German
pope in almost 1,000 years, and his record
suggests that, if anybody nails anything to a
church door, it will be the new pope posting a
doctrinal riot act.
The swift election of Ratzinger, who will
serve as Benedict XVI, indicates that most
cardinals entered. their conclave with a good
idea of whom they wanted to succeed Pope
John Paul II. Appointed in 1981 by John Paul
to lead the Catholic Church's Congregation for
the Doctrine of the Faith, Ratzinger served as
bad cop to John Paul's good cop. Ratzinger
was the man who policed church officials and
theologians for their adherence to church
orthodoxy and, when necessary, punished
His deeply conservative views were on dis-
play on Monday when, as dean of the cardi-
nals, he spoke at a mass to begin the conclave:
"Having a clear faith, based on the creed of the
church, is often labelled today as a funda-
mentalism. Whereas relativism, which is letting
oneself be tossed and 'swept along by every
wind of teaching,' looks like the only attitude
acceptable to today's standards."
Predictions are hazardous, but it seems safe
to say that this is not a pope who will entertain
ideas such as letting priests marry, ordaining
women as priests or loosening the church's
teaching against artificial means of birth con-
trol, even for married couples. And gay bish-
ops will stay in the closet.
Many Catholics, some here, but especially in
Third World countries where many are them-
selves conservative doctrinally, will welcome
the new pope's conservatism and adherence to
tradition. But the new pope might answer a
tough question whether to enforce the
strictest interpretation of church teaching and
tradition even if that means a permanent
downsizing of the church itself, particularly
in Europe and some parts of the United States.
Perhaps the new pope will try to soften his
hard-line image, which is reinforced by old
stereotypes of Germanic martial discipline,
rigid orderliness and robotic obedience. There
is speculation that he chose the name Benedict
XVI as an allusion to Pope Benedict XV, the
World War I-era pope who, upon succeeding
a hardliner on doctrine, sought to dampen

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fighting between traditionalists and modernists.
The question left us by the cardinals is
whether they elected as pope a John Paul II
without the warmth. There are reports that,
despite his image as the intellectually brilliant
but cold dogmatist, Benedict XVI is a warm
and engaging man in person. At 78; he likely
doesn't have much time to make his mark on
the church, so the guess here is he will move
quickly to assert himself and show us just what
kind of pope will be Joseph Ratzinger.
(This editorial was written by the editorial
staff of the Austin American-Statesman).

Like John Paul, whose country was occupied
by the Nazis, the new pope also has a World
War II legacy.
In his memoirs, he wrote of being enrolled
in Hitler's Nazi youth movement against his
will when he was 14 in 1941, when membership
was compulsory. He says he was soon let out
because of his studies for the priesthood.
Two years later, he was drafted into a Nazi
anti-aircraft unit as a helper, a common fate for
teenage boys too young to be soldiers.
Enrolled as a soldier at 18, in the last months
of the war, he barely finished basic training.
"We are certain that he will continue on
the path of reconciliation between Christians
and Jews that John Paul II began," said Paul
Spiegel, head of Germany's main Jewish orga-
If Ratzinger was paying tribute to the last
pontiff named Benedict, it could be interpret-
ed as a bid to soften his image as a doctrinal
hard-liner. Benedict XV reigned during World
War I and was credited with settling animosi-
ty between traditionalists and modernists, and
dreamed of reunion with Orthodox Chris-
Benedict comes from the Latin for "bless-
ing" and is one of a number of papal names of
holy origin such as Clement ("mercy"), Inno-
cent ("hopeful" as well as "innocent") and
Pius ("pious").
While John Paul, a Pole, was elected to
challenge the communist system in place in
Eastern Europe in 1978, Benedict faces new
issues: the need for dialogue with Islam, the
divisions between the wealthy north and the
poor south as well as problems within the

Responding to

EWL Watkins

EDITOR, The Tribune. al Airport.
P Just for the record Mr
THE wonderful benefit in liv- Watkins, for over twenty years
ing in a democratic country such I have been making a regular
as the Bahamas is a constitu- contribution to the Bahamian
tional right of free speech, to newspapers. Your opinion of
assemble peacefully, to hold an had strict orders to shoot on me is all WRONG! My com-
opinion, and a right to deter- sight without any question any- mitment to freedom and
mine one's destiny. This is con- one trying to escape. Yet, the democracy extends decades
sistent with and embedded in official word from the East Ger- back. During the 1970s, I active-
the provisions of the United man government or any country ly participated in organised
Nations Treaty called "The behind the iron curtain was that peaceful demonstrations at the
Universal Declaration of behind the curtain was really a University of Rochester (New
Human Rights". In this judg- nice place to live. York), protesting their invest-
ment there is no partiality. What rubbish! The world ment policies in racist South
Opposing and contrasting now knows the truth. You can Africa and demanding the free-
points of view without intimi- only fool the people for so long dom of Nelson Mandela. Prob-
dation or fear or favour is but one day they will taste the ably the greatest moment of my
accepted and tolerated as a fact sweetness of freedom. personal triumph was when I
of life, with laws against slan- On April 7, 2005, in his edi- shook the hands of Nelson
der/libel being on the books for torial "Dr Percentie, should not Mandela as he was on the way
those acting irresponsibly and the patient be first examined", to become the President of
abusing this freedom. my opinion on the lack of indi- South Africa. Yes, the stone
In some countries such as vidual liberty in Cuba was that the builder had refused had
North Korea and Cuba, such strongly rebutted by Mr Erring- become the head cornerstone!,
basic rights of the individual are ton W L Watkins. I was accused This was my inspiration to con-g
completely absent and the only of being either "ignorant of the tinue the struggle to demand
opinion an individual can pub- situation in Cuba, disciples of justice anywhere in the world,
licly state on some matters are America's propaganda gofers, no matter what garbage a gov-
those sanctioned and approved or just plain apostles of gossip." eminent controlled or censore
by the government, no matter This was most surprising not media might try'to feed a
how ridiculous it is. This has because someone had a view- unsuspecting public. During'tha
done nothing more than to cre- point different from mine, but I Thanksgiving holidays of 19821
ate an artificial nation of pup- prize myself with presenting I was tear gassed and attacked
pets whose behaviour are con- facts, not just rhetoric. I have by the police while "taking a
trolled and manipulated by the known Mr Watkins since I was stand against the Klu Klux
state. This blatant violation of a boy. Quite frankly, I admire Klan!' in Washington, DC|
human rights can never be jus- his courage and outspokenness Ironically, at that time I was
tiffed and it only serves to prop on many issues. Youthful per- accused of being a communists
up insecure dictatorial govern- sons such as myself could cer- In the aftermath of the Marcd
ments as they have in Cuba. tainly benefit from his wealth City 1990 bye-election, I was
Just last week, the US Secre- of experience. Without hesita- interrogated by two police offi,
tary of State Condalezza Rice :---tion, I would read anything he cers dispatched on a special mis
referred to Cuba as "an outpost writes in the hope of learning sion from Nassau for having
of tyranny!" something new. voted illegally in that election,
In one of my recent articles However, in this editorial, I This was in spite of the fact that
entitled "Tear down this wall", was most disappointed. Not just two days prior, my home
I responded to the Cuban because he had taken issue with was visited by PLP Minister
Ambassador, H E Felix Wilson what I had said about Cuba, but Darrell Rolle and the current
Hernandez, who gave his opin- the fact that his emphasis seems Prime Minister, the Honourable
ion (obviously that of his gov- to be to attack the messenger, Perry Gladstone Christie. No,
ernment) on the state of affairs and not the message. Like Mr Watkins, I guard my free-
in Cuba today. With numerous ambassador Hernandez, Mr dom zealously and have adopt
contrary reports over the years, Watkins did not answer the ed the position of the Israelis
I respectively begged to differ. question as to why did the Unit- "NEVER AGAIN!" Govern-
Inspired by a speech made by ed States impose an embargo ments must be held accountable
President Ronald Reagan dur- against Cuba in the first place? for their actions.
ing a visit to Germany at the Nor did he explain why after Mr Watkins, the suggestion
height of the cold war, he chal- several hundred Bahamian stu- that I should come to Nassau
lenged President Mikhail Gor- dents who had started school in to assist the residents of Bozine
bachev of the Soviet Union to Cuba, today there are less than Town clearly proves that you
"tear down this wall!" one hundred. By some act of do not know me at all. Without
The Berlin wall was an eight fate (or divine intervention), on boasting, I can categorically say
hundred mile long razor sharp the same day, an article enti- that few other Bahamians have
electrical barbed wire fence tied "The fallacy of Cuba" by done as much as I have to
with automatic machine guns, Bonnie Franks, an Education encourage government to pass
booby trap land mines and Consultant who had just legislation that will take the
vicious attack dogs. It was returned from a trip to Cuba, great mystery out of land own-
designed to keep the people of appeared in the Freeport News. ership in the Bahamas. I have
Eastern Europe, especially What a coincidence as this arti- held a press conference on the
those of East Germany, from cle corroborates my position steps of the Supreme Court,
seeking a better life by escaping one hundred and ten percent, written a number of articles on
to the west. It was as if "an iron Mr Watkins admitted that he the subject and am holding this
curtain had descended on East-\ doesn't know who I am and PLP government to their "Our
ern Europe!" referred to me "as the new kid Plan" promise of mandatory
Since its construction in 1961 on the block. Well, as a land registration. Just last sum-
until it was dismantled brick by reminder to 'Bumpy', at the mer, I was the guest on Imme-
brick in 1990 by people who FNM convention just prior to diate Response with Darold
were finally fed up living under the 1992 General Election, you Miller. Maybe you were away in
this oppression, about one thou- took much time to explain to Cuba that day, but the topic was
sand personsin their desperate me what to do with a pair of "Land to be possessed". I
attempt to escape lost their lives scissors if someone showed up warned the Bahamian people
trying to cross this wall. Soldiers at a nolline station with their that one day the archaic defects

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describes as incompetent
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DIVERS were yesterday carrying
out further investigations in a blue
hole in Abaco in which the remains of
crocodiles and tortoises were found.
About 18 crocodile skulls have been
brought out so far, proving that the
island was once home to the large rep-
Interestingly, the tortoise remains
were of a unique species not found
anywhere else in the world. The croc-
odiles were of the Cuban fresh water
The bones, which were not fossilised

and said to be in near perfect condi-
tion, will be sent to the University of
Florida for further examination.

Experts believe the remains could
be more than 2,000 years old, but no
firm conclusions can be reached at
this stage.
The finds were made at depths of
between 45 and 100 feet, but this need
not indicate the age of the remains.
Mr Michael Albury, whose wife

Nancy was part of the recovery team,
told The Tribune: "It's possible the
creatures fell down a steep slope, so
the depth is not necessarily signifi-
"One thing the experts will be hop-
ing to find out is whether they all died.
at the same time."
The discovery is exciting for pale-
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give insights into animal life on the
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They will also hope to discover why
crocodiles and tortoises died out in

Abaco, and whether they lived during
a time when the islands were more
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Memorial fund for fire


Tribune Staff Reporter
IT HAS been more than 10
years since a fund was estab-
lished to honour the heroism
displayed by Victor 'Easy'
King, who sacrificed his life to
save four children from a burn-
ing house and the bank
account remains empty.
The memorial fund for Mr
King was set up by Sam
Williams, president of the
Bahamas Loving Care Associ-
ation, who hoped to raise the
money for a commemorative
sculpture of Mr King.
Mr King was 43 and living in
the Fort Fincastle area in
March 1994 when a he heard
the cries of a mother who
returned to her home to find it
on fire with her children inside.
Without hesitation, Mr King
rushed into the house and
returned with two children, one
under each arm, only to learn
from the mother that there
were two more children in the

Bystanders clairred he res-
cued the other two children,
then collapsed at the doorway,
unconscious. He was rushed to
the Princess Margaret Hospi-
tal but he died 11 days later.
An American high school
teacher who learned of Mr
King's courage has included the
story of his bravery in her les-
son plan, and to this day
encourages her students to hon-
our "humble heroes."
"Truly this unsung heeo has
to be one of the island's(great-
est patriots," said Ms Cousins,
"and I hope other Bahamian
citizens be successful in seeing
his name honoured in his
"It is important to celebrate
those illustrious ones known

remains em.

the Fort Fincastle sis
Struggle to raise money according to Directo
Struglet' 6'fdse one orTinker, even after ten

commemorative sculpture

throughout the world, but those
humble heroes and 'sheroes'
who may be known only in
their own communities, but
whose lives are a shining inspi-
ration because of their
undaunted courage and selfless

Bahamian artist Joyce
Petrine, now living in the Unit-
ed States, dropped her initial
cost for the sculpture from
$60,000 to $20,000, but it
remains an impossible goal for
the Victor King Committee,
which has pledged to honour
Mr King's memory.
The fund opened with a $150
cheque donated by the Atlantic
Bank of Commerce in 1994 and
according to Mr Williams, it has
been the only donation.
"I've been fighting this now
for 11 years," said Mr Williams,
and I am asking Bahamians just
to hold our hands and make
this happen. Twenty-thousand
dollars is no money, there is
money in this country, espe-
cially in the interest of a nation-
al hero."
Mr Williams has appealed to
the government of the
Bahamas, and said he has been
in conversation with Prime
Minister Perry Christie, who
knew Mr King personally.
According to Mr Williams,
the government has already
granted permission to house the
monument in the Fort Fincastle
area by the water tower, and
have pledged their support to

aid the fundraising efforts.
He said that major corpora-
tions such as Atlantis have not
shown interest, and he is now
knocking on doors and appeal-
ing to natives of Cat Island, Mr

King's hometown, to donate as
little as a dollar each.
The National Museum of the
Bahamas just pledged their sup-
port 'the efforts to honour Mr
King with the monument on

te and
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'ears of

trying, the efforts should not
cease to have the sculpture pro-
"Mr King was an ordinary
man who did an extraordinary
act," said Mr Williams, "and it
is our duty as Bahamians to
recognise this act of selflessness
and honour it so we as ordinary
people can live up to our cul-
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Minister calls for

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TRADE and Industry Min-
ister Leslie Miller yesterday
called for the establishment of a
national energy corporation as
prices at the pumps rose yes-
terday for the second time in
less than a month.
"Every advanced country has
one," Mr Miller said while
speaking with The Tribune yes-
terday. "It can be formed with-
in 30 days or 24 hours, we just
have to start with the people
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Demands for'a better deal'

According to Mr Miller, the
establishment of a national
energy corporation would ulti-
mately give the consumer "a
better deal."
"That corporation would be
able to bring fuel in directly to
the Bahamas, sell it to the dis-
tributors and then post What
they sell it to them for and that:
would eliminate any unneces-
sary markups," Mr Miller


"In Jamaica, the government
lets the service stations set their
own margins and that way they
compete which is better for the
consumer," Mr Miller said.
"In Jamaica they have elimi-
nated 'the middleman' and we
have to do the same, if not, we
will remain under the control
of foreign entities," he said.
"We are the laughing stock
of the region," said Mr Miller.
"When I go away to meet with
oil executives from around the
region they laugh when I tell
them about the margins we
have on our oil, they say its
"Every government has the
ability to work for and on behalf
of its people and not just look
out for Shell, Esso and Texa-
co," Mr Miller said.


Yesterday the price of gaso-
line rose from $3.57 to $3.86 in
New Providence and as high as
$4.20 in the Family Islands.
"What you also have to
realise is that on some of these

* TRADE and Industry
Minister Leslie Miller

islands people still use genera-
tors, how will they make it?"
Mr Miller questioned. "These
big oil corporations just do not
care," he said.
"We are still waiting on
Venezuela to give us the green
light on Petro Caribe and I
know that what is happening
now with the price of gas is
going to be 'tough on the con-
sumer, but all I can say right
now is do not drive unnecessar-
ily and carpool if possible," the
minister said.



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Street, man pleaded not
guilty to indecent exposure
in Magistrate's Court
It was alleged that at
about 5pm on April 10,
Clement Hepburn did
willfully and indecently
expose himself while at
Finlayson Street.
Bail was set at $1,000
with one surety and the
.case was adjourned to June
Two men pleaded not
guilty to assaulting Sean
Moss with a deadly
It was alleged that
Tameko Evans, 19, of
Reeves Street, Fox Hill and
Wilfred Pierre, 22, of Rose
Street, Fox Hill, being
concerned with others,
assaulted Mr Moss with a
handgun on April 3.
Police bail was extended
until April 21 and the pair
will reappear in court on
September 15.
Donnavan Sturrup of
Washington Street pleaded
not guilty to assault with a
deadly weapon and to the
further charge of resisting
It was alleged that on
April 3, the accused
intentionally and
unlawfully assaulted DC
2420 Chong with a
On the same date, it was
also alleged that he resisted
the lawful arrest of DC
Bail was set at $10,000
with two sureties and
Sturrup was ordered to
surrender his travel
documents to the court.
He was also ordered to
report to the Grove Police
Station every Tuesday
before 7pm and the case
was adjourned to
September 15.
Emmanuel Polidor,
21, of Lily of the Valley'
Corner faced the charge of
possession of dangerous
drugs with the intent to
The accused only
pleaded guilty to the
possession of drugs.
It was alleged that on
April 15 Polidor was found
in possession of a quantity
of Marijuana with the
intent to supply another.
He faced a fine of $500
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Ministry hoping to

revitalise business at

International Bazaar

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT A Ministry of
Tourism official announced that plans
are underway to launch a promotional
programme offering shopping incen-
tives to revitalise business at the Inter-
national Bazaar.
Senior tourism executive Terrence
Roberts reported that since last year's
hurricanes and the closure of Royal
Oasis Resort, there has been an average
closure rate of 10 businesses per month
at the Bazaar.
The significant decline in sales has
forced some businesses to close and
others to lay off staff. Of the 120 store
owners at the Bazaar, 70 have managed
to remain open for business.
After many urgent appeals by the
International Bazaar Owners Associa-
tion, the Ministry of Tourism has devel-
oped a promotional programme of
shopping incentives and cultural events
to attract more visitors and locals to the
r'Roberts believes that campaign
initiated by the Ministry of Tourism
would restore business activity, increase
spending, arrest the closure of the shops
and attract new businesses and store
owners to the Bazaar.
He noted that prior to the hurricanes
businesses in the Bazaar were "doing
well and enjoyed good profit margins."
"Presently, due to the lack of patron-

age of the Bazaar by tourists and local
residents, businesses are unable to meet
their overheads even with highly dis-
counted rents. Large sections of the
Bazaar remain closed and the "inter-
national" flavour of the Bazaar has been
lost," Mr Roberts explained.
As part of the promotional pro-
gramme, the tourism executive said new
entertainment programmes have been
created on cruise ship days and week-
ends by the country's top performing
acts, as well lively Junkanoo perfor-

There would also be incentives for
Bahamians, he added.
"Local residents will be invited to re-
discover the International Bazaar for
shopping and dining experiences, for
lunch-time specials and shopping incen-
.tives," Mr Roberts said.
He said industry partners have devel-
oped short-term and long-term strate-
gies to rebuild business to the Interna-
tional Bhzaar. They plan to:
Return the "International" ambi-
ence of the Bazaar and differentiate it
from the Port Lucaya Market Place;
Restore safety and security at the

Incentives Bazaar;
Actively seek out new investors for
There will be incentives such as such the area and ensure that new invest-
There wi be incentives a ment plans include the Bazaar as part of
as discount booklets, special offers and the re-development plan;
prize give-aways to shoppers, including Meet with cruise lines to encour-
all-expense paid trips to Grand Bahama. age additional ships to make calls on
A culinary experience called "taste Grand Bahama;
of Grand Bahama" will also be held at Recommend that the government
the International Bazaar with foods amend cruise incentive legislation, if
from around the world prepared by necessary, to create additional short
members of the existing international and long-term incentives to increase the
community in Grand Bahama. This number of ships calling on Grand
event will also feature cultural music, Bahama;
fashion shows and dances by members Ensure that new licenses given for
of the international community and per- businesses in the Bazaar are in keep-
formers from around the.Bahamas. ing with the need to enhance the "inter-
Mr Roberts said the association with national" image of the Bazaar;
the support of the Ministry of Tourism Use available space in the Bazaar to
and transportation providers will tar7,q, create a museum which features
g6t existing cruise passengers and hotel -J.unkanlq and.othder historical Bahamni-
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There is no scientific argument
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by the United Nations Food &
Agriculture Organisation says
.iecovery of the world's depleted
fish stocks is an urgent matter.
One way to rebuild stocks is
through fish farming. While better
'fisheries management is essen-
aial, the FAO says aquaculture
can reduce the pressure on wild
,fisheries and keep the price of
Jish from soaring.
, Global fish production was 133
million tonnes in 2002, and aqua-
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,that. But the FAO projects that
world fish consumption will rise
,,o 179 million tonnes in 10 years,
?nd says most of that new
,demand will have to be met by
In fact, farmed fish could
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cent of all fish production by
2015, according to the FAO.
Meanwhile, our own marine
resources are also under heavy
pressure from overfishing and
development. The crawfish catch
has peaked, conch stocks are
declining, and groupers are
threatened by destruction of their
spawning aggregations.
Official response to all this has
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season. Again, such a policy had
been advocated for years by fish-
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mercial stocks in the region.
And the BEST Commission
now requires independent envi-
ronmental impact assessments for
major developments in order to
protect our land and sea environ-
ment from thoughtless destruc-
But the government's inability
to take swift and decisive action in
a transparent way will likely lead
to further degradation of our
marine resources and to
painful lifestyle changes unless
we are very lucky. So, is fish farm-
ing a solution?
Well, the 30-year history of
aquaculture in the Bahamas is not
a very awe-inspiring track record.
A policy was drafted in 1970 and
by 1983 we had a framework for
development including fishery
regulations, tax incentives and
land/ocean leases.
From 1979 to 2000 over two
dozen projects were approved.
They involved native species
(conch, lobster, snapper and
grouper) as well as non-native
species (shrimp, tilapia and
marine ornamentals). There is
also an ongoing transplantation
experiment to re-grow damaged
corals in the Berry Islands.

These ventures have
included a shrimp farm
at the old Diamond Crystal salt
works on Long Island, a tilapia
farm on Grand Bahama operated
by a local vet, lobster research at
Inagua sponsored by Morton Salt,
tilapia studies at the Perry insti-
tute's marine facility in Exuma,
an ad hoc dolphin farm at Spanish
Wells, shrimp and tilapia ponds
off.Soldier Road in Nassau, a pro-
posed lobster ranch and several
attempts at conch farming.
Most of these projects were
short-lived, and many were com-
plete flops. Some never even got
off the ground. So why all the fuss
these past few weeks over a pro-
posed fish farm at Inagua?
The $12 million Ocean Farms
project was first mooted in 1999
by California aquaculture expert
George Lockwood. The Depart-
ment of Fisheries recommended
the project to then prime minister
Hubert Ingraham in early 2000.
And he eventually approved it in
Right after the May, 2002 gen-
eral election, the developers met
with the new government and
were promised a quick turn-
around following submission of
a business plan. In early 2003 they
began negotiating a heads of
agreement for the project with
Trade & Industry Minister Leslie
Miller, which was finalised that
But in October, 2003 the pro-
ject was put on hold following
objections from Dr Livingstone


in April, 2003. He insists that the
developers must produce evi-
dence of financial backing and
undertake a full environmental
impact assessment.
"There are very real risks asso-
ciated with most aquaculture pro-
jects," he said recently. "The gov-
ernment and the residents of
Inagua deserve to have a clear
view as to the likely impacts of
any proposed project on the envi-
ronment, prior to approval."
But the developers say they
provided a "virtual" EIA in
response to the government's
numerous objections to the pro-
ject over the past year or so. They
planned to commission a full
report and raise the financing
- once official assurances had
been received -on the project's
There is a large body of envi-
ronmental opinion against some
types of aquaculture. For exam-
ple, experts say we take more
protein out of the sea to feed car-
nivorous fish like salmon than we
get back in farmed product.
Disease is also common in
high-density fish farms, and is
controlled by antibiotics that can
be toxic. And fish farm waste is
often flushed into the sea, dam-
aging coastal wetlands. Parasites,
like sea lice which infest salmon,
are another chronic problem.
And there is the issue of cap-
tive fish escaping into the wild,
and competing or cross-breeding
with native marine life. Experts
say such escapes or accidental
releases are a common occur-
But there is also a growing
consensus that if developed prop-
erly, fish farming could feed the
world without destroying the
environment a "blue revolu-
tion" according to a recent article
in the Economist magazine:
"While fishermen can work
only on improving the efficiency

ponds, and the effluent would be
flushed underground in deep
injection wells.
The project was to have raised
gracilaria (an edible seaweed that
grows wild here), abalone (a
sought-after Pacific shellfish),
tilapia (a fresh-water fish indige-
nous to Africa), American oys-
ters (another popular shellfish)
and salmon (a prized cold-water
food fish).
All of these species have been
farmed around the world for
many years. Mr Lockwood's sys-
tem would grow them together,
using patented technology that
he pioneered in Hawaii. And the
goal was to supply the premium
end of the $5 billion market for
farmed seafood in the US.

According to Mr Lock-
wood, the system he
proposed is "environmentally sus-
tainable, integrated, and low-
cost...with distinctive niche mar-
kets for superior products." He
claimed to have a supply agree-
ment with Whole Foods Market,
America's top organic food gro-
Inagua was chosen from a
range of sites in the region
because it has deep water right
offshore (with no reefs to dam-
age) along with serviceable air
and sea ports. The Bahamian
investment climate was also
thought to be superior to alter-
natives like Jamaica.
Lockwood has a background
in marine engineering and
became involved in aquaculture
in California during the 1970s. In
1984 he founded Ocean Farms of.
Hawaii a $30 million facility to
grow abalone, seaweed, oysters
and salmon on a commercial scale
using cold pure seawater pumped
from the deep ocean.
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Marshall, Prime Minister Perry with which they capture the few
Christie's new science advisor, remaining fish, aquaculture can
And ever since, the developers work at lowering its costs of pro-
and the government have duction (so that) it may start to
engaged in an on-again, off-again undercut the costs of open-seas
duel over the project's creden- fishing to the point where the sub-
tials. sidies given to ocean fisheries
A few weeks ago, the duel become patently ridiculous. In
went public. And we witnessed this way farming might one day
some bruising clashes in the press relieve the pressure on wild fish-
between Dr Marshall, the prime eries."
minister, Mr Lockwood and The unsigned heads of agree-
Ocean Farms' attorney, Bill ment for Ocean Farms said the
Holowesko. He is the husband of company would build raised
former BEST Commission chair- ponds well inland on more than
man and Bahamas National Trust 250 acres of government proper-
chief, Lynn Holowesko. ty adjacent to Morton Bahamas
Dr Marshall is a Bahamian to grow five marine plants and
marine biologist and former pro- animals.
fessor at Morgan State Universi- Cold seawater would be
ty in Maryland who became a pumped from deep-water
consultant to the prime minister pipelines to circulate through the

"There is a large body of
environmental opinion against
some types of aquaculture. For
example, experts say we take
more protein out of the sea to
feed carnivorous fish like
salmon than we get back in
farmed product."

tourists attracted by the Flamingo
flocks on Lake Rosa and on Mor-
ton's solar salt operation.
But Agriculture Minister
Alfred Gray, who as the island's
member of parliament has felt
some heat on this issue, told them
recently that the government was
looking at other projects now.


continue to use deep ocean water
to raise coldwater species like
Japanese founder, Pacific oyster,
Maine lobster, and abalone in
onshore ponds. This system is said
to eliminate the use of chemicals
and antibiotics, producing a high-
value "organically" farmed prod-
Lockwood sold his Hawaiian
interests to Japanese investors in
1990 but retained worldwide
rights to the technologies devel-
oped and used at Ocean Farms
(except in Hawaii and Japan). He
is a past president of the World
Aquaculture Society and has lec-
tured at Columbia and Stanford
Much of the opposition to
Lockwood's Inagua proposal
stems from the fact that it would
introduce non-native species that
could escape and harm our
marine environment. But, as he
points out, salmon and abalone
cannot survive in warm water,
and the American oyster lives in
brackish water with much higher
densities of microalgae to eat than
are found here. The gracilaria
seaweed is native to the Bahamas,
and tilapia have been grown here
for decades.
"All of the fish, shellfish and
algae are contained in ponds and
tanks onshore," Mr Lockwood
wrote in a report last November.
"What might otherwise be con-
sidered metabolic waste for each
specie becomes nutrients for oth-
er species in this system. This
mimics nature.
"The location of the facility
with its pure, deep ocean water
and the careful procurement of
eggs, larvae and spores, coupled
with a biosecurity programme,
eliminate diseases and the need
for treatment with chemical and
medical compounds. Cold water
does not flow back into the sea
and low levels of waste clearly
differentiate this system from
(other forms) of aquaculture.".
Dr Marshall acknowledges
that all aquaculture projects car-
ry some risk. But in a recent talk,
he said native species should be
used to minimise that risk, adding
that: "The submission of a com-
prehensive EIA as requested by
the BEST Commission is vital to
the government's assessment of
the project....and the financial
capability to operate the facility
must be clearly demonstrated.
"In our attempt to establish a
thriving aquaculture industry, we
must go about it in a manner that
will not repeat the mistakes of
the past," he said.
Other local experts agree that
setting up a mariculture project
requires a full EIA because
"nothing is foolproof when it
comes to the environment." But
they also argue that some under-
standing could have been
achieved: "Lockwood wanted
assurances that the project would
be approved upon acceptance of
the impact study. Why would we
be reluctant to offer that?"

O thers argue that the
Bahamas lacks the
technical capacity to deal with
such complex proposals, and the
BEST Commission is feeling its
way with limited resources. The
government has planned for years
to set up a cabinet-level environ-
mental protection agency, but
when it comes to this kind of pro-
ject politicians often lack inter-
est in the results.
So Lockwood is now looking
to site his project in the Turks &
Caicos. And Inagua is not the
only big aquaculture development
to quit the'Bahamas and look
A recent proposal to farm a
kingfish-like species called cobia
on Grand Bahama also could
make no headway with govern-
ment permit procedures, which
seemed hopelessly open-ended
and unpredictable to the devel-
oper who concluded that
Belize was a better bet.
The only judgment we would
make here is that there should be
a reasonable and transparent pol-
icy for all such applications with
all the ground rules published up
front. There is too much ditJering
and personal intervention when it
comes to development proposals,
and some experts say we should
have an independent technical
agency to take such proposals out
of the cabinet's purview.
In the meantime, the
depressed state of Inagua's econ-
omy is a source of concern to the
thousand or so inhabitants of
Mathew Town. They rely for
employment on a handful of eco-

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joy to Bahamian Catholics

FROM page one

of living the Gospel and fol-
lowing Christ is an adventure
of heart and mind, of the whole
life. If we open our hearts and
minds to it we will be chal-
lenged but in the long term we
won't be disappointed.
"Adventuring with this new.
Holy Father into this new pon-
tificate is an invitation to pull out
into the deep once again. We
should offer our prayers for the
new Holy Father and just as the
Cardinal electors were inspired
by the Holy Spirit to elect him to
the Chair of Peter let's see exact-
ly how this inspiration will con-
tinue through his life," said Arch-
bishop Pinder.
The announcement he said
filled him with joy.
"Whenever the election of a
Pope is completed it leaves us
with a sense of happiness and
the fact that the election was rel-
atively short indicates that the
Cardinals entered the conclave
with a very clear idea of the
issues facing the church and who
among them was best to lead the
church in these times," said the

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This was one of the fastest days, while Pope John Paul I was ballots over two days.
papal elections in the past cen- elected in 1978 in four ballots in Benedict XVI, the first Ger-
tury: Pope Pius XII was elected one day. The new Pope was man pope since the 11th century,
in 1939 in three ballots over two elected after approximately four and only the second non Italian

Pope in six centuries emerged
onto the balcony of St Peter's
Basilica, where he waved to a
wildly cheering crowd of tens of
thousands and gave his first bless-
ing as pope.
Pope Benedict XVI is consid-
ered by some a conservative and
as a cardinal worked very close-
ly with Pope John Paul II and
was brought to Rome by the for-
mer Pope to head the Congre-
gation of the Doctrine of the
Faith, one of the more influential
of the Vatican's congregations.
Because of the close working
relationship Pope Benedict XVI
would have had with John Paul
II, Archbishop Pinder called the
election "an expression of conti-
"Cardinal Ratzinger, now
Holy Father Benedict XVI is an
outstanding theologian. The eas-
ily applied labels of liberal and
conservative may not fit him that
well. What we have to do is
watch and see how he shapes his

pontificate. You are talking
about a man who is incredibly
gifted and is a widely read author
and has taken a clear stand on
the doctrinal life of the church,"'
said Archbishop Pinder.
John Paul II became Pope at
the age of 58, Benedict XVI
assumes his pontificate at the age
of 78.
This, said Archbishop Pinder
may indicate that his pontificate
will be significantly shorter than
John Paul II.
However, he said, this does
not mean that his pontificate wll
be insignificant.
"John XXIII was advanced in
age when he was elected and he
was Pope from 1958 to 1963 but
in that short pontificate he initi-
ated the second Vatican council
which fashioned the church as
we know it today. So the fact that
a pontificate is short does npt
mean that it will be insignificant
in the life of the church," said
Archbishop Pinder.

Desmond Bannister

resigns from Senate

FROM page one

He said he is certain the party leadership would make a good
decision. "
Mr Bannister was first appointed to the Senate on May 21,
2002 following the general election that put the FNM in oppo-
In commenting on Senator Bannister's resignation, party
leader Senator Tommy Turnquest said that "Desmond has
been a very active participant in the Senate and it is unfortunate
that his circumstances require him to resign at this time.
"He was a keen debater and was always thoroughly pre-
pared and was an asset to our party in the Senate.
"Desmond has a deep sense of compassion and concern for
the less fortunate in our society and he was a great advocate on
their behalf.
"I wish Desmond well and thank him gratefully for his service
and for his support to me and to the party and it is my sincere
hope that he will be able to return to the frontline at some
point in the future."
It is expected that the party will name a replacement shortly
after Senator Bannister's resignation takes effect.

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National Insurance Board on target

FROM page one

board has approved 175 prosecutions.
Of that number 105 employers
failed to pay contributions. Sixty-five
failed to give information about their
employees and five refused to register
their employees.
"Compliance is a challenge and
probably will continue to be a chal-
lenge, but we are getting better and
better at it every day," Mr McCart-
ney said.
Mr McCartney said NIB has already
exceeded its target.

However, he said, the board is
actively working on doing a better job
on following up on employers who are
not complying with the law.
"We are doing better this year than
last year in identifying those who are
not complying sooner rather than lat-
"I believe if we do it sooner we can
get better results, but ultimately if
companies fail we would in fact pros-
ecute them and we are," said Mr
NIB's last fiscal report showed that
contributions fell 6 per cent short of

the $130 million target set for that
year but at that time compliance from
construction companies and the self-
employed continued to pose a chal-
The NIB failed to meet its contri-
butions target despite a 21 per cent
increase in the registration of employ-
ers and 2 per cent rise in self
employed registration.
At that time it was estimated that 22
per cent of contributions due in 2003
had not been collected with the major
culprits being small businesses and
the self employed.

FROM page four

lawyers anything can happen. The unfortunate people of Bozine
Town may not have a legal leg to stand on because their gov-
ernment has failed to act.
I am somewhat surprised that Mr Watkins disagrees with the lib-
eralisation of the airways. Certainly this has deepened the democ-
racy of the Bahamas. Doesn't he remember what Lionel Dorsett
went through in 1987 when the Opposition was denied access to the
only TV/Radio facility in the Bahamas. Or in 1992, when I was
denied advertising on ZNS because I used the word "Dollar Day"?
Mr Watkins, from what I know about you, you are a God-fear-
ing man. How can you support a government that restricts religious
Only recently have the Cuban people been allowed to celebrate
This may have been the result of Pope John Paul's visit in 1998.
This morning while watching the Pope's funeral, a CNN com-
mentator mentioned the small size of the Cuban delegation. It
was further pointed out that one of the disappointments of Pope
John Paul was the slow pace of religious reform in Cuba.
Finally Mr Watkins' assessment of the Cuban penal system is
most interesting. Your portrayal of the Cuban prisons makes them
appear like a hotel with room service. This is misleading as once
again I reiterate the fact that Cuba has one of the most brutal
prison system in the hemisphere.
First of all, the International Red Cross contrary to interna-
tional treaties and conventions has never been given permission to
visit Cuba's prison in recent years. There has been riots by inmates
that even the Cuban people are unaware of because of the con-
trolled media. Compare that with the Detention Centre at Guan-
tanamo Bay where the inmates are under the public microscope,
being given three meals a day, medicine if needed, exercise and vis-
its by the International Red Cross. To say that there is no capital
punishment in Cuba is incorrect as three hijackers of a boat that ran
out of gas were brutally executed even though there were no
injuries or death of the persons hijacked. These executions took
place despite a wave of international protest. The point that
Bahamian inmates in Cuban jails must learn Spanish is obvious.
Usually they are there for such a long time, they will learn the lan-
guage whether or not they want to. How many Bahamians after
years in American jails come out with an American accent?
Mr Watkins your opinion of the state of affairs in Cuba is con-
trary to world opinion. Why did the European Union, up until then
Cuba's number one trading partner, maintain a diplomatic freeze
with Cuba over the last two years? Wasn't this drastic action in
response to an increasing political and social repression of human
rights? In just a few days, the United Nations Commission for
Human Rights will be debating the situation in Cuba. Mr Watkins,
it will be real interesting to see whether their conclusions support
your opinion or mine. Unless I am afforded the full protection of
diplomatic immunity, I have been advised not to visit Cuba for the
best interest of my safety and liberty.
Grand Bahama Human Rights Association
April 8, 2005.


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'Turkaian' wish

for independence

* PRIME Minister Perry Christie (centre) with Chief Minister Michael E Misick (right) and
Leader of the Opposition Derek Taylor

CITIZENS of the Turks and Caicos are deter-
mined to achieve success as an independent
nation, says the islands' chief minster.
During a special session oT the Turks and
Caicos Legislative Council, attended by Prime
Minister Perry Christie and a high-level Bahami-
an delegation, Chief Minister Michael E Misick
told of Turcaians' aspirations for self-determi-
"We are now going through many of the same
challenges that you faced during your colonial
days and your struggle towards nationhood," said
Mr Misick. "Our struggles are no less arduous
"There are many detractors and agents of the
status quo working against us, yet we remain con-
fident that we shall prevail because our cause of
an independent Turks and Caicos is a just one."
Mr Misick conveyed "our deepest gratitude" to
the Bahamian government and people "for their
neighbourly love, support and tolerance over
many years that we have shared this most beau-
tiful archipelago comprising the Bahamas and
Turks and Caicos Islands."
"From Inagua to Grand Bahama," he added,
"Turcaians were welcomed and allowed to work,

worship, learn, become entrepreneurs, and inte-
grate themselves into every facet of Bahamian
Out of that relationship, he noted, came many
great Bahamians of Turks and Caicos descent
including Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe,
former Foreign Affairs Minister Janet Bostwick,
and former member of parliament the late Sinclair
Turks and Caicos has "come a long way in a
short time," he said, and, instead of leaving home
in search of a better way of life, "with the help of
others, we are creating a better life right here
for ourselves," said Mr Misick.
"I know the leader of the opposition (Derek H
Taylor) joins with me in extending our hand of
love, fellowship and welcome to the Bahamian
people on behalf of our fellow citizens."
In dedicating the new parliamentary complex,
he said: "Let this be the symbol of a free and
democratic society, where its citizens will always
live free and may it inspire us all to march for
greater freedom, freedom from colonialism, the
freedom to choose our own destiny, the freedom
to chart our own course, the freedom of inde-


'must rethink

the delivery

of education'

THE Minister of Education
said that educators must rethink
the way they deliver education
in The Bahamas.
Addressing the sixth annual
Teacher of the, Year Awards
)- gala banquet, Alfred Sears said
that teachers must be role mod-.
els and be available to listen
and give feedback to students.
"In the midst of accelerating
technological change, rapidly
accumulating information,
increasing global competition
and a rising workforce require-
ment, it has become clear that
educators must rethink the way
we deliver education in The
Bahamas," Mr Sears said.
Yorick Sands, a physical edu-
cation teacher at S C McPher-
son Secondary School was
named National Teacher of the
Year at the banquet held at
RIU Hotel under the theme
'Quality Teachers Inspire Life-
long Learning'.


The Minister praised the 37
nominees for the Teacher of the
Year award, telling them that
"great teachers are the soul of
an enlightened society".
"We salute them for the
inspiration they bring to
approximately fifty thousand
students in the public school
system throughout The Com-
monwealth of The Bahamas,"
Mr Sears said.
"I thank you for the inspira-
tion which you give to our chil-
dren on a daily basis," he said.
"Bahamian society, is more edu-
cated because of your sacrifice
and dedication."
Mr Sears noted that people
often marvel at what their
teachers did for them.
"We can all name a great
teacher who helped to change
our lives, a teacher who inspired
us to utilise the gifts resident in

us for the benefit of society,"
he said.
He said that the enrollment
of students in public and pri-
vate schools was growing and
that more teachers were retir-
ing, resulting in the need to hire
many more teachers in the next
decade. .


Mr Sears said his ministry has
doubled its efforts to recruit
more of the best and brightest
young Bahamians into the
teaching profession.
He said the National Teacher
of the Year award might
encourage more of the 'bright
young Bahamians' to choose
teaching as a career.
'Know that our country is in
desperate need of more teach-
ers. When our finest young
people choose teaching, they
are choosing the most reward-
ing of careers,' he said.
He said that providing teach-
ers with the tools to succeed
with children in the 21st centu-
ry is the best way the ministry
can honour them.
Mr Sears said that students
need more than arithmetic,
reading and writing to succeed
in the 21st century. "How can
we move today's students along
the learning curve to mastery
of the new fundamentals with-
out discarding mastery of the
old basics?," Mr Sears asked.
The minsted said the students
of today were accustomed to
fast-paced information delivery
from a more sophisticated
entertainment industry.
"Rather than competing with
the entertainment industry,
teachers should exploit a major
difference in our functions,"
said Minister Sears. "The enter-
tainment industry provides
products and educators provide

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Bride of the year

honour awarded

*BRIDE of the
Year runner-up
Shamini Symonette
Gibson and her
husband, Craig, with
Kelly's tabletop and
gift centre manager
Gwen Bayle

* HAPPY Winner Myriam Paul Stapleton with her husband, Brian
(Photo:Vincent Vaughan)

IT was all smiles for one hap-
py newly-wed as she was named
Kelly' Bride of the Year.
Myriam Paul Stapleton was
the Kelly's February Bride of
the Year for 2004 and will pre-
side over Kelly's bridal events in
She takes home a $1000 Kel-
ly's gift certificate and thou-
sands of dollars in prizes.
"I was just so nervous it did-
n't register at first... I still can't
believe it," said Mrs Stapleton.
For the first time, a runner-

up also was announced, Mrs
Shamini Symonette Gibson. She
received a $250 Kelly's gift cer-
tificate and a 20-piece china set.
"The points were just so
close, the judges wanted to hon-
our both brides," said Kelly's
human resources manager,
Judith Adderley.
The title was announced at
the 17th annual Bahamas Bridal
and Prom Fashion Show at the
Wyndham Nassau Resort on
April 9
Mrs Stapleton and husband

Brian met in karate classes,
which they still attend.
Kelly's Bride of the Year
receives a Kelly's Gift Certifi-
cate for $1,000, a complete set
of Noritake China service for
eight, a Wedgwood China tea
service for six, a Villeroy and
Boch "Emily" flatware set, a
Hamilton Beach indoor grill, a
TAG Cake Dish, Mikasa "Tus-
can" stemware for eight,
embroidered robes from
Bahamas Embroidery and a gift
from the Beauty Spot.


warns of child

abuse effects

A CHILD psychologist has
warned that the ramifications
of child abuse could have long-
term negative impacts on the
"very fibre" of Bahamian soci-
ety if left unchecked.
Dr Novia Carter-Higgs said
that child abuse is everybody's
business and urged all Bahami-
ans to be more vigilant in the
fight against abuse.
She added that statistics show
that one in every ten students in
the Bahamas is or has been a
victim of some form of child
abuse, and that four out of
every 40 Bahamians have also
been abused in some form.
"We need to stop believing
that because we raise our chil-
dren in a nice, Christian home
that the problem does not exist
for them that we are not affect-
ed by child abuse because that is
not so," said Dr Carter-Higgs.
"We cannot guarantee and
ensure what our children are
exposed to at school; we can-
not guarantee and ensure what
our children are exposed to at
"And so, even though we
may be *doing our best to raise
our children in positive envi-
ronments we cannot say what
occurs when they go to school
or church or elsewhere (and)
so child abuse has to be every-
body in this country's business,"
she added.


Dr Carter-Higgs said for far
too long child abuse has been
kept locked away in a "Pando-
ra's Box" in the hope that
nobody would ever bother to
open the box to see what is
"Now that box has been
opened and six children are
walking out," she said. "These
children all have the potential to
bring down our nation. These
six children have the potential
to break down all the Christian
values that we have held so
dearly in our hearts.
"The only way we can close

the Pandora's Box on child
abuse in this country is for
Bahamians to understand that
as a government we cannot
encourage child abuse; as a
school, system we cannot
encourage child abuse and def-
initely as the church we have to
look at what.we can do to close
the box on child abuse,
(because) the box has to be
"It doesn't just affect the
schools, it doesn't just affect the
church community, it goes out
and affects the very fibre upon
which we build our nation and
so when we look at child abuse
we have to look at the full ram-
ifications in terms of national
development," Dr Carter-Higgs


There are six forms of child
abuse psychological abuse,
physical abuse, physical neglect,
emotional neglect, educational
neglect and sexual abuse.
She said psychological abuse
has a more far reaching impact
on the quality of lives of its vic-
tims than any other form of
abuse including sexual abuse -
because it "affects the very fibre
upon which children build their
She said the abuse is perpe-
trated by parents, family and in
some instances teachers, who
constantly berate the child on
being "dumb, stupid and worth-
less like your pa" among other
debilitating comments.
Dr Carter-Higgs said persons
who are victims of psychological
abuse are the ones who will
commit violent and heinous
criminal acts and have no
remorse for their actions.
"And so psychologically
abusing a child is very detri-
mental to any community," Dr
Carter-Higgs said.
"If you abuse that child psy-
chologically, that child doesn't
feel as if they have any way of
moving forward with their life
that child doe1 not see him or

herself as being someone who
has value.
"That is the child who will
(later on) break into a gram-
my's house and rape her and
kill her and have no remorse,"
Dr Carter-Higgs added.




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Miami Herald Business, Stocks, Analysis, Wall Street

Plant construction and $10m BDR issue face delays

Court action threatens

$22m Blue Hills deal

UBS Bahamas hoping

deal increases private

banking assets 10%
Senior Business
UBS (Bahamas) managing
director and chief executive,
said yesterday the institu-
tion was hoping to increase
its private banking assets
under management by as
much as 10 per cent, fol-
lowing the acquisition of the
wealth management opera-
tions of Dresdner Bank
Lateinamerika (DBLA) by
its Swiss parent.
In an interview with The
Tribune, Mr Molnar
described the acquisition as
a complex transaction that
would allow UBS to take on
only the bank's clients and
137 employees that current-
ly work in DBLA's wealth
management business as
client advisers.
He added that UBS
Bahamas operations would
hot be retaining any of
DBLA's Cayman Islands-
based client advisers, and it
ivas unlikely that the insti-
tutions would require addi-
tional staff to help oversee
the new business.

DBLA clients will be giv-
en the option of relocating
their assets at any number
of UBS international loca-
tions, including Switzerland,
Miami, Hamburg, Germany
and the Bahamas.
Mr Molnar suggested
that many of the DBLA's
clients in the Cayman
Islands were likely to select
the Bahamas because of the
similar Caribbean environ-
ment in this nation.
Clients who chose the
Cayman Islands as their
booking centre would also
take into account the same
time zone the Bahamas
inhabits, and the similar
.legal environments, includ-
ing the use of common law.
Clients who are operating a
trust are also likely to prefer
moving their accounts to the
Bahamas, Mr Molnar said.
S"Clients have to decide
which booking centre they
want to be booked in," he
explained. "Some have
book.d in Cayman, Switzer-
land, 'liami, Hamburg, the
Bahamas. There is no clear
picture on assets coming
into the Bahamas, no auto-
matic shift into the
Bahamas. We do not expect
it will impact the Bahamas
location dramatically; some
'[clients] will come but we
,will be able to digest them
without an important
increase to our operations.
We do expect a nice portion
of this; we would be happy
with 10 per cent."
SEE page two

Taxpayer faces potential multi-million loss

if Biwater International succeeds with

legal challenge to overturn Consolidated

Water's reverse osmosis contract

The company's Waterfields
subsidiary had received the Cor-
poration's Letter of Acceptance
for its bid on March 11 one
day after Biwater International
initiated its legal challenge
against the contract award -

with Consolidated Water
accepting the contract terms on
April 11.
However, Consolidated
Water will not lose out finan-
cially even if the Court orders
that the contract should go to

BiWater International. This is
becailse the Water & Sewerage
Corporation has agreed to cov-
er all losses including loss of
profits if Biwater Internation-
al's legal challenge prevails.
Consolidated Water's SEC

filing said: "Water & Sewerage
Corporation has entered into
an agreement to indemnify the
company and Waterfields
against all expenses and losses
incurred by the company and
Waterfields, including loss of
profits, which the company and
Waterfields may incur if the
court were to award the Blue
Hills construction project to
Biwater International."
This effectively means that if
Consolidated Water was to lose
the Blue Hills contract due to a
Court Order, the Government
and Bahamian taxpayers would
pay it a private company -
compensation that could run

SEE page three

I I I SCy pojettohv I bnimac

Tribune Business EditorI

Tribune Business Editor
THE losing bidder for the $22
million Blue Hills reverse osmo-
sis plant has filed an applica-
tion with the Supreme Court
seeking to overturn the contract
being awarded to Consolidated
Water, The Tribune can reveal,
delaying a project vital for eas-
ing New Providence's chronic
water shortages.
UK-based Biwater Interna-
tional, which was the runner-
up to Consolidated Water in the
bidding for the 20-year contract,
filed an application for a Judi-
cial Review of the award with
the Supreme Court on March
10. Consolidated Water is not a
party to the action.
In the first instance, Biwater
International is seeking a Court
Order that overturns the Con-
solidated Water award and
instead hands it the Blue Hills
project. Failing that, the UK
company and its Bahamian sub-
sidiary, Biwater Bahamas, "are
seeking an order from the court
awarding compensatory and
exemplary damages to them".
The developments were
revealed in a Form-8K filing by
Consolidated Water with the
Securities and Exchange Com-
mission (SEC). As a Nasdaq-
listed_ company, the Cayman
Islands-headquartered compa-
ny, which also owns and oper-
ates the Waterfields reverse
osmosis plant in-Nassau, hag to
reveal all events that may have
a material impact on its earn-
ings to the US markets.
The Blue Hills reverse osmo-
sis plant was seen as vital to
eliminating New Providence's
water problems and the reliance
on water being barged to this
island from Andros. The Water
& Sewerage Corporation admit-
ted that the water shortage
experienced earlier this year
was the worst in its 28-year his-
tory, and the new reverse osmo-
sis plant was seen as crucial to
ensuring such experiences nev-
er occurred again.
And apart from delaying con-
struction work at Blue Hills, the
Biwater International legal
action has also.delayed at least
temporarily Consolidated
Water's $10 million Bahamian
Depository Receipt (BDR)
offering to retail and institu-
tional investors in this nation.
The proceeds from the BDR
offering will be used to finance
construction of the reverse
osmosis plant.
Consolidated Water said in
its SEC filing that it had "taken
preliminary steps" to meet the
Blue Hills contract it had
entered into with the Water &
Sewerage Corporation.

total investment to $450-$500 million. That
included the sales commissions to be paid
to Bahamian real estate brokers.
Only 250 of the second home residences
would be constructed by lot purchasers
themselves, and Mr Adelson said of the
project's total economic impact: "We're

talking over a billion dollars in direct effect
to Abaco and the Bahamas."
He added that those economic projec-
tions did not include the revenues and
profits that would be earned by the
SEE page four

Bahamian economy's

strong trends offset

increasing fuel costs
Senior Business Reporter
THE Bahamian economy's overall strength may be enough
to withstand short-term pressures caused on by rising global fuel
prices, with the most recent increases sending the gas pump
prices up $0.29 to nearly $4 a gallon.
John Rolle, a senior economist with the Central Bank of the
Bahamas, said yesterday: "When you look at these constraints
in an otherwise healthy economic environment, those nega-
tive influences may not be so apparent or visible because we're
still experiencing a growth momentum. The difference comes
through the level of robustness, which may be less than other-
Mr Rolle said while there is a noticeable rise in the cost of
gasoline, for a lot of consumers there is some slack in their
Budget, which means they can "shuffle things around" and
absorb a $10 or $20 increase. The net effect of this, though, is
that some economic activity is benefiting less because of the sit-
"For a lot of consumers it is still manageable, but the bud-
getary impact may have influences on other business activities
on the margin. If you see [gas price] pressures continuing to
worsen, then you could see budget adjustments becoming more
noticeable," Mr Rolle said.
Bahamian consumers are also likely to see an increase in
the fuel surcharges on their electricity bill. The tourism and air-
SEE page three


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Tel: (242) 351-3010

THE developers behind the $175 million
Baker's Bay Ocean & Golf Club on Great
Guana Cay have predicted the project will
have a $1 billion "direct effect" on the
Abaco and Bahamian economies, describ-
ing the project as a "model for economic
development in the Bahamas" that cannot
be bettered.
In an interview with The Tribune, Steve
Adelson, a partner in San Francisco-based
Discovery Land Company and vice-presi-
dent of development for the Baker's Bay
project, said that the total investment
made by his company and its financial
backers in the project would be between
$150-$175 million.
He added that this included the cost of
purchasing 460 acres of privately-owned
land on Guana Cay that was formerly
owned by the Meisters.
Discovery Land Company, Mr Adel-
son said, would also be constructing
between 100-150 of the 400 residences to
be built at Baker's Bay itself, with sales
revenue from these properties taking the

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sions with clients, I was asked
what companies can do to
ensure all persons involved
have a clear understanding of
what needs to be done.
This discussion centred on
the use of force. In response to
this concern, let me remind
readers, as I did the client, that
I am not lawyer and this is in"
no way legal advice, but rather,
force management advice.
The military has a term
called the Rules of Engage-
ment, which in essence provides
guidelines telling soldiers who
the enemy is and how they are
to deal with it in combat. Law
enforcement also has a similar
protocol, called Use of Force
Management. This means that
law enforcement agencies have
accepted the fact that their per-
sonnel will at some point, in
carrying out their duties,
engage the criminal. Parame-
ters must therefore be estab-
lished to ensure the encounter
is reasonable and justifiable.
The purpose of any Use of
Force Policy is to provide a
clear definition and under-

Safe and Secure


standing of the term 'force',
while defining the circum-
stances and conditions under
which force may be used by a
Security Officer. This is a nec-
essary document that will serve
as the foundation for training
and ongoing operations. This
document will also be used as
an important part of your com-
pany's defence if any litigation
is brought against you because
of force used by a Security
Let's Start with Law
Extensive research must be
put into the legal standards of
the particular jurisdiction your
company/business is licensed
under. This is a crucial compo-
nent, as the laws and parame-
ters vary from region to region
and country to country.
Civil/corporate law, and not
so much criminal law, should
be the focus as one prepares
to develop a Use of Force Pol-
icy. Your company's authority
and establishment come from
civil/corporate precedence.
Additionally, if liability
becomes an issue, the plaintiff
is more likely to pursue the
matter in civil court than crim-
inal court. The few seconds that
it took your Officer/Agent to
use whatever force he/she
deemed necessary lt the time'
will be played out over a period
of several months to several
Put together the proper team
You have to put together a
solid, multi-disciplined policy

team. Not only will it allow you
the benefits of different per-
spectives, it also says to any
court that examines your poli-
cy that every effort was taken
to ensure that "we got it right".
Who should be on this team?
The following are the most
1. Company Attorney
2. Human Resources
3. Medical Professional
4. Security Chief
5. Police/Security Use
of Force Instructor
Training and more training
The implementation phase
starts with training theoretical
and practical. The most impor-
tant element here is the offi-
cer who will be applying the
policy. The theoretical training
should include (here we go
again) the law, written report-
ing procedures, and even the
necessity of calling for medical
assistance if physical force is
used. Also important is the
notification of hierarchy, such
as.supervisors and manage-
ment. Then, of course, there is
the physical training.
This is just a starter look at a
Use of Force Policy develop-
ment and implementation. In
the next article, I will go into
more detail on the different
areas of Use of Force.
'NB Gamal Newry is presi-
dent of Preventative Measures,
a security and law enforcement
training and consulting com-
pany. Comments can be sent
to PO Box N-3154 Nassau,
Bahamas or e-mail: preven-

UBS Bahamas
FROM page one

The DBLA acquisition is expected to be closed and finalised
by the end of 2005.
Most of DBLA's wealth management offices, including those
in Panama and Hamburg, will also be closed. Of these opera-
tions, the Cayman Islands was the smallest part, with the great-
est amount of client assets booked in Hamburg. DBLA's Mia-
mi institutional brokerage business is not part of the acquisition.
UBS has declined to disclose the value of the transaction, but
said that subject to the necessary approvals, the wealth man-
agement operations of DBLA will be integrated into UBS's
Wealth Management International business area.
Martin Liechti, head of Wealth Management International
Americas at UBS, said: "This transaction is a great .opportuni-
ty for us to significantly expand our client franchise and to
reinforce our presence, especially in Miami and Hamburg.
With this step, we will further strengthen our position as one of
the major providers of wealth management services for Latin
American private clients."
DBLA is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dresdner Bank AG.


Graham, Thompson & Co., continues to expand
and remains at the cutting edge of complex
commercial transactions within the financial
services, tourism and industrial sectors of The

We are seeking a talented and ambitious
commercial/corporate lawyer (with 5 to 7 years
post qualification experience) to join our Freeport

Candidates must possess demonstrated skills and
ability to work independently on varied complex
commercial/corporate transactions within a broad
range of business and industries and expertise in
the area of project development and finance.

Applicants should send detailed resumes to The
Managing Partner as follows:

P.O. Box N-272, Nassau, The Bahamas, or by
facsimile (242) 328-1069 or by email:

No telephone calls will be accepted.

as well as at least 2 years practical experience of banking.
and/or securities operations departments. ,.. ....
Analytical and excellent written and oral communication
skills as well as advanced PC software knowledge are
The position offers terms commensurate with a consultancy
of limited and fixed duration, in line with the project time
Applications should be submitted to the following address,
to arrive on or before 4 May 2005:
Head of Human Resources
SG Hambros Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Limited
PO Box N7789

SENT VIA FAX NO. (242) 302-5050

Pricing Information As Of:
19 April 2005

S2wk-HI 52wk-Low Symbol Previous Close Today's Close Change Daily Vol. EPS $ Div $ PIE Yield
1.20 0.95 Abaco Markets 0.95 0.95 0.00 -0.219 0.000 N/M 0.00%/
8.40 8.00 Bahamas Property Fund 8.00 8.00 0.00 1.328 0.320 6.0 4.00%
6.26 5.55 Bank of Bahamas 6.26 6.26 0.00 0.152 0.330 11.5 5.27%
0.85 0.82 Benchmark 0.85 0.85 0.00 -0.057 0.000 N/M 0.00%
1.80 1.40 Bahamas Waste 1.45 1.45 0.00 0.101 0.000 14.4 0.00%
1.04 0.87 Fidelity Bank 1.04 1.04 0.00 0.007 0.040 14.1 3.85%
8.31 6.76 Cable Bahamas 8.31 8.31 0.00 0.556 0.240 14.9 2.89%
2.20 1.52 Collna Holdings 2.20 2.20 0.00 0.259 0.060 8.5 2.73%
8.35 6.75 Commonwealth Bank 8.35 8.35 0.00 0.632 0.390 12.9 4.67%
1.51 0.36 Doctor's Hospital 1.51 1.51 0.00 0.258 0.000 5.9 0.00%
4.02 3.13 Famguard 4.02 4.02 0.00 0.406 0i230 9.9 5.72%
10.40 8.39 FInco 10.40 10.40 0.00 0.662 0.490 15.7 4.71%
7.75 6.54 FirstCaribbean 7.75 7.75 0.00 0.591 0.330 13.1 4.26%
8.60 8.31 Focol 8.35 8.35 0.00 2,500 0.710 0.500 11.7 5.99%
1.99 1.27 Freeport Concrete 1.27 1.27 0.00 0.082 0.000 15.5 0.00%
10.38 9.50 ICD Utilities 9.50 9.50 0.00 0.818 0.405 11.6 4.26%
8.25 8.10 J. S. Johnson 8.22 8.22 0.00 0.785 0.550 10.5 6.81%
6.69 4.36 Kerzner International BDRs 5.99 6.06 0.07 0.201 0.000 29.8 0.00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 1.979 0.350 5.1 3.50%
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Weekly Vol. EPS $ Div $ PIE Yield
13.00 12.50 Bahamas Supermarkets 12.25 13.25 11.00 1.488 0.960 9.1 7.25%
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 10.00 10.35 10.00 0.000 0.800 NM 7.80%
0.60 0.40 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.00 -0.103 0.000 NM 0.00%
43 g o .. .. A .....-"1"....".......
43.00 28.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 41.00 2220 0 .000 19.4 0.00
16.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 13.00 14.00 13.00 1.105 0.810 14.6 6.93%
0.60 0.35 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.35 -0.103 0 000 N/M 0.00%
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Fund Name NAV YTD% Last 12 Months Div $ YIeld %
1.2164 1.1609 Colina Money Market Fund 1.216402"
2.2268 1.9423 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.2268 **
10.3112 10.0000 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 10.3112.**
2.2214 2.0941 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.221401"*
1.0931 1.0320 Colina Bond Fund 1.093141""
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 Colina and Fldelity
52wk-Low Lowest closing price In last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Collna and fidelity)
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Today*e Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week
Change Change In closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings 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 NIM Not Meaningful
PIE Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100
* AS AT MAR. 31, 20051/ AS AT FEB. 28, 2005
* AS AT MAR. 24, 20051 AS AT MAR. 31, 2005/ ** AS AT MAR. 31, 2005
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Companies must

give Use of Force

good legal ground

private equity
business analyst

_ _




:ourt action

$22m Blue


Hills deal

FROM page one

into hundreds of thousands,
maybe millions of dollars.
Godfrey Sherman, the Water
& Sewerage Corporation's
assistant general manager, did
not return The Tribune's call
seeking details on the nature of
the indemnification agreement
or the precise impact Biwater
International's legal challenge
would have on the
Blue Hills construction dead-

But financial experts consult-
ed by The Tribune yesterday
said that such indemnifications
were normal practice in con-
tracts for multi-million dollar
public works projects.
However, they said a key
question was whether Consoli-
dated Water's loss of profits
compensation would cover the
whole 20-year contract, or
whether it only applied to the
first five years, for example.
Taxpayers could potentially
exposed to a multi-million dol-



(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company
is in dissolution, which commenced on the 15th day of
April, 2005. The Liquidators is Argosa Corp. Inc. of P.O.
Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.




(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company
is in dissolution, which commenced on the 15th day of
April, 2005. The Liquidators is Argosa Corp. Inc. of P.O.
Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.


lar loss if it was for the full 20-
year contract, they said.
Consolidated Water's SEC
filing added that the Biwater
move had also stalled
its planned $10 million BDR
It said: "The successful com-
pletion of the contemplated
BDR financing is dependent
upon several factors, including
the outcome of the unsuccessful
bidder's attempt to obtain an
injunction from the Bahamian
court, the absence of adverse
changes to the company's busi-
ness or financial condition, and
the prevailing securities market
conditions at the time the BDRs
are marketed in the Bahamas."
The BDR issue is being han-
dled by Fidelity Capital Mar-
kets, a division of Fidelity Mer-
chant Bank & Trust. Apart
from the BDR issue, as Con-
solidated Water's financial
adviser and placement agent,
Fidelity is arranging a further
$12 million in bank debt and
bond financing to complete the
Blue Hills plants funding
Fidelity is "also exploring the
feasibility of refinancing some
or all" of Consolidated Water's
existing bank debt. For its work,
Fidelity will receive a placement
fee in cash equal to 3 per cent of
the aggregate amount of BDRs
sold, and 0.5 per cent of the
aggregate amount of bank debt
obtained. The bond financing
terms are still being negotiat-

Consolidated Water said the
Blue Hills plant would be its
largest reverse osmosis plant
when completed, producing 7.2
million gallons of water per day.
The capacity of its Windsor
Fields plant would also be
expanded by 40 per cent to 3.6
million gallons of water per day.
Biwater International's legal
challenge comes as little sur-
prise, with the company having
told The Tribune earlier this
year that all bids for the Blue
Hills contract should be
reviewed by a team of interna-
tional auditors.
The company claimed the
Bahamian people were not get-
ting the best value for money if
the Government awarded the
deal to Consolidated Water and
ignored the almost $9 million
in annual savings it offered to
produce by stopping water leak-
Adrian White, group chair-
man for Biwater International,
in a letter written to Prime Min-
ister Perry Christie on Febru-
ary 7, 2005, said: We feel that
the full and huge guaranteed
financial benefits to your gov-
ernment of our bid cannot have
been put fully to you and your
Mr White told The Tribune
that if awarded the Blue Hills
contract, Biwater would guar-
antee to the Water & Sewerage
Corporation that by the end of
its first operational year it
would prevent one million gal-
lons per day being lost from the

water system through leaks.
He added that preventing the
leakage of one million gallons,
which would be sold to the
Water & Sewerage Corporation
at $5.5 per gallon, would save
the Government just over $2
million per annum.
Mr White wrote in his letter
to the Prime Minister: "If this
saved water is sold at your cur-
rent tariffs ($19.98 per 1,000 gal-
lons and assuming 95 per cent
collection efficiency), there
would be an additional income,
without additional expense, of
$6.928 million annually. These
two savings above amount to
$8.935.565 million in the full
first year, dramatically reduc-
ing Water & Sewerage Corpo-
ration's annual government sub-
"It can be clearly seen that
with our proposal to guarantee
one million gallons per day leak
reduction after the first year,
plus switching from water cost-
ing an average of $6 per 1,000
gallons to ours at $4.2 that
Water & Sewerage Corpora-
tion's losses (and subsidy from
the Government) can cease
after 24 months."
Consolidated Water, though,
is providing engineering services
and equipment to reduce water
loss through the Water & Sew-
erage Corporation's pipeline

SG Hambros, part of the Societd G6ndrale Group, is a private
bank providing a comprehensive wealth management service.
SG Hambros is currently looking to recruit a Human Resources
Manager to ensure the effective management of the HR
Department on a daily basis and to effectively manage the
recruitment, development and retention of go6d quality
employees throughout the organization.
Key responsibilities for this role are:
5 Recruitment of good quality employees
0 Coordination of employee secondments to/from the
* Contributing to the development and maintenance of a
competitive compensation and benefits plan for
employees (including Group Insurances, Pension, etc) both
internally and externally making recommendations to the
management team for changes as necessary
8 Actively contributing to the development/
implementation/revision of HR policies and procedures
* Coordination of the company's training initiatives

Job Title:

Core Function: Protect employees, visitors
and property
Education and Other Requirements:
Three (3) BGCSE/GCE passes with 'C' grades or
above or equivalent/high school diploma.
Good human relations skills
Knowledge of policing principles
Punctual reliable and energetic
Clean Police Record
Good character
Interested persons should submit copies of their academic
certificates along with three character references to:
The Human Resources Manager
DA 4121
c/o The Tribune
Nassau, Bahamas

* Coordination of the annual performance and
compensation process
a Providing guidance for HR staff
* Generally ensuring the efficient day-to-day running of the
HR Department
You must hold a Bachelor's degree in Human Resources
Development /Management or other equivalent relevant
qualifications, have strong PC skills and a minimum of 5 years
experience in a similar function.
The position offers, in addition to the salary, a benefits package
including group insurances, pension and a discretionary bonus
Applications should be submitted to the following address, to
arrive on or before 4 May 2005:
Head of Human Resources
SG Hambros Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Limited
PO BoxN7789

SENT VIA FAX NO. (242) 302-5050

Bahamian economy's

strong trends offset

increasing fuel costs

FROM page one

line industries are also expected to see increased fees, although
major carriers, already under the gun from low-cost competition,
are likely to absorb at least a percentage of rising fuel costs.
Ultimately, should fuel costs continue to rise or maintain
a high price for a sustained period, the effect will be that air-
lines have to pass the costs on to travellers. Mr Rolle point-
ed out that more and more airlines are listing a fuel surcharge
on tickets, but a competitive environment has forced com-
panies to absorb a lot more of these price increases than they
otherwise would have.
Mr Rolle said high fuel costs are not good for the airline
industry because they affect profitability. And because they
have to pass costs on to travellers, it could have an effect on
tourism demands. He said there will be some potential trav-
ellers, on the margin of being able to afford or not afford
their trip, who will adjust their vacations as a result of the fuel
price increases.
: Mr Rolle said that because it was.happening during an oth-
,rwise.strong.econoric period, wyh .a .number of other pos-
itive developments pushing the Bahainian economy'along,
the impact of the fuel price increases may not seem as
He added: "The higher cost of travel is still being over-
shadowed by better job conditions and job trends in the
US market, which are having some offsetting influences,
and the world's economy is healthier than it was two years
Where there is a concern, Mr Rolle said, is if fuel costs do
not stabilise and there is slower growth in the world's econ-
omy. He added that neither the world nor the Bahamian
economy was at the point of panic.


The Bahamas Maritime Authority and the Bahamas Shipowners
Association are both offering attractive scholarships to young
academically sound Bahamians who are keen to train for an exciting
and challenging career in the Shipping Industry whichis gaining
increasing national importance.

The scholarship is inclusive of tuition, fees, course material,
accommodation and transportation cost. Commencing in September
2005, successful candidates will follow a four (4) year degree
programme at the California Maritime Academy in the United States.
Upon completion of the degree, the qualified officers will be expected
to serve on board a Bahamian flagged vessel for at least 2 years.

Applicants should possess or expect to attain a minimum of five (5)
BGCSE passes, including Maths, Physics/ Combined Science and
English Language, at grade 'C' or above and a minimum combined
SAT score of 1000. All applicants must be physically fit and possess
good vision.

Further information and application forms can be obtained from Mrs.
Erma Rahming Mackey, Assistant Director, Bahamas Maritime
Authority, P.O.Box N-4679, Nassau, Bahamas, email:, tel: 394-3024, fax: 394-3014.
Completed applications must be submitted in person or by post, with
copies of academic certificates and proof of Bahamian citizenship,
no later than Monday, 2 May 2005. Interviews will take place in
Nassau in June.

private equity rean

I- ~- 'I' '- -









Heron Circle in the City of Freeport Grand
Bahama, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney
by deed of Power of Attorney for Tracey Lee
Moral nee Shields, Eric Timothy Shields and
Michael Thomas Shields, the Lawful Children
has made application to the Supreme Court
of The Bahamas, for Letters of Administration
of the real and personal Estate of DR.
Kutztown Road East Greenville, Philadelphia,
18041, U.S.A.,


Notice is hereby given that such applications
will be heard by the said Court at the expiration
of 14 days from the date thereof.

Desiree Robinson
,(for) Registrar



late of 1381 Dalsbury Lane in the City
of Virginia Beach in the State of Virginia,


NOTICE is hereby given that after the
expiration of fourteen days from the date
hereof, application will be made to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas, on its
Probate side by LYNN PYFROM
HOLOWESKO of West Bay Street, Western
District, New Providence, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
Attorneys-at-law, is the Authorized Attorney
in The Bahamas, for the Resealed Grant of
Letters of Certificate letter of Qualification in
the above estate granted to NORMA A.
ABIBA, the Administratrix C.T.A. by the Virginia
Beach Circuit Court Clerk's Office, Virginia
Beach, in the State of Virginia, U.S.A., on the
9th day of December, 2004.
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar




BIDDULPH late of 26005 Butternut
Road in the County of Cuyahoga of the
City of North Olmstread in the State of
Ohio one of the United States of


NOTICE is hereby given that after the
expiration of fourteen days from the date

hereof, application will be made to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas, on its
Probate side by KEVIN M. RUSSELL of #14
Doubloon Drive in the City of Freeport on the
Island of Grand Bahama, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
Attorneys-at-law, is the Authorized Attorney
in The Bahamas, for the Resealed Grant of
Letters of Testamentary in the above estate
granted to BONITA R. DELORENZO, the.
Executrix by the Probate Cout in the County
of Cuyahoga of the City of Ohio, U.S.A., on
the 28th day of July, 1993.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar



Whereas EDDINS TAYLOR of Winton Estates,
New Providence, The Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas for letters of administration of the
real and personal estate of ROSALIND MARIE
TAYLOR late of Winton Estates, New
Providence, The Bahamas,


Notice is hereby given that such applications
will be heard by the said Court at the expiration
of 14 days from the date thereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar



Whereas HAZEL WILLIAMS of No. 21 Danita
Drive, Bamboo Town, New Providence, The
Bahamas, has made application to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for letters
of administration with the will annexed of the
real and personal estate of MARION
EDGECOMBE late of, No. 21 Danita Drive,
Bamboo Town New Providence, The


Notice is hereby given that such applications
will be heard by the said Court at the expiration
of 14 days from the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar



WARD BAILEY, late of Charlton Abbots
Manor, Andoversford, Cheltenham,
Gloucestershire, United Kingdom,


NOTICE is hereby given that after the
expiration of fourteen days from the date
hereof, application will be made to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas, on its
Probate side by KARLA SHANTA MclNTOSH
of Woodstock Street Lane, Freeport, Grand
Bahama, The Bahamas, Attorneys-at-law, the
Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas, for

obtaining the Resealed Grant of Probate in
the above estate granted to PETER MAURICE
Executors, by the High Court of Justice, The
Principal Registry of the Family Division, on
the 14th day of March, 1986.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 131 of the
International Business Companies Act, (No. 45 of 2000), SHARP EYE
SPORTSWEAR INC. is in dissolution. Bernard Hess is the Liquidator
and can be contacted at 16, rue de la Pelisserie, 1204 Geneva,
Switzerland. All persons having claims against the above-named
company are required to send their names addresses and particulars of
their debts or claims to the Liquidator before 30th day of May 2005.

NWT Directors Limited

Guana Cay project

to have $lbn impact
FROM page one In addition, the private resi-
dences would not be subject to
Bahamian entrepreneurs who he teax exemptions conuragemiend
would operate the scuba diving, Act, ensuring the Government
fishing, water sports, entertain- would benefit from the rev-
ment and retail businesses at would benefit from the rev-
Baker's Bay. enues generated by second
Baker's Bay. home construction.
Bahamian contractors, engi- "I don't know a better model
neers and architects also stood for economic development in
to benefit from the construc- the Bahamas than what we're
tion projects initiated by sec- bringing," Mr Adelson said.
ond home owners, Mr Adelson "It's appropriately sized....
said, while businesses in Green we're creating administrative
Turtle Cay, Man O' War Cay jobs, staff jobs and entrepre-
and Hope Town also stood to '
benefit from purchases by Bak- neurial jobs. We're bringing in
benefit from purchases by Bak- llthais oe investment,
er's Bay guests and residents. adding to the pot and not tak
Mr Adelson said Discovery adding to the pot and not tak-
Land Company had not been ing away from it.
"deterred" by"the legal chal- The reason I say this is a a
"deterred" by the legal chal- model development and eco-
lenge to the Heads ofAgree- nomic gain for the Bahamas is
ment mounted by attorney that it is clean and environ-
Fred Smith, acting for the Save mentally sound. It contains eco-
R Association, mentally sound. It contains eco-
Guana Cay Reef Associatnon, nomic gains for the people of
adding andWe're moving efull the Bahamas through the taxes
speed ahead a wer e very created from real estate sales,
excited by this project" and jobs created for Bahami-
Discovery Land Company a
was moving ahead in areas "t's a model for the future
where permits were not economic development of the
required, such as geo-technical Bahamas as long as people fol-
surveys and access work. low these guidelines."
Mr Adelson said the compa- Mr Adeson said Discovery
ny was preparing to start "some Land Company shared many
f acilithe high-end, temporary of the concerns of the Save
facilities" that would house top Guana Cay Reef Association,
end clients within the next adding that the development's
week to 10 days, and was hop- interaction and preservation of
ing to obtain a permit from the natural environment was
Hope Town Council this Thurs- Baker's Bay's "lifeblood" and
dae denied Mr Smith's cla what separated it from other
that the Baker's Bay Ocean resort projects throughout the
that the Baker's Bay Ocean & world
Golf Club was a "giveaway" Mr Adelson described the
based on land speculation, Heads of Agreement signed
pointing out that Discovery with the Government for the
Land Company and its partners Baker's Bay development as
were investing "a lot of mon- "probably the most compre-
ey in putting in infrastructure, hensive one signed to date",
the golf course, marina, 75- and one that had the support
room hotel and retail facilities of both main political parties.
at a cost of $175 million. "If you look at other Heads
The 400 private residences of Agreements, both for the
would be sold to people who Abacos and outside the Aba-
had the multi-million dollar much detailed,
financial capability to acquire xtensive and restricted, and
homes situated around a manr- provides less Crown lands and
na, golf course or on an ocean- Government lands than oth-
front location. '. """ere" Mrf Adelson said." -
Mr Adelson said: ..We're .e.., i ted out tht hiigh-end.
- making a significant invest- pointed out that higed
m We nprCent of residential communities thatfit-
ment. We own 85 per cent of ted in perfectly with the natur-
the land the rest is leased al environment was what Dis-
[from t r t al environment was what Dis-
C[from athe GTrvernmy land]t, as covery Land Company was all
"Only 1 or 2 per cent of the about, having developed 12
"Only 1 or 2 per cent of the tsin the S, and its
lands leased will be used for such projects in the US, and its
residential purposes. To me, it's experience and strong track
orebusinentialpurposesuto it's record should allay any fears
our business, but it's not spec- that the Baker's Bay project
ulation as we're investing a sig- would not be completed.
nificant amount of money to Mr Adelson said: "This is
The Baker's Bay project is what we do every day. We are a
The Baker's Bay project is developer that gets up every
projected to pay a total of $85 developer that gets up eiery
million in construction and full- of communities.
time employee wages over its "We have a track record of
first 10 years, employing 200 completing these quality pro-
aamiastth"peak" of completing these quality pro-
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International Business Companies Act, No. 45 of 2000, the Dissolution
of GREEN & FARM LIMITED, has been completed, a Certificate
of Dissolution has been issued and the Company has therefore been
struck off the Register. The date of completion of the dissolution was
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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 13TH day of APRIL, 2005 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box F-41085, Grand Bahama,


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 13TH day of APRIL,
2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box F-41085, Grand Bahama, Bahamas.


NOTICE is hereby given that WILSON ALTIDOR, P.O. BOX N-
4891, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that
any person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed
statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 13TH
day of APRIL, 2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



The Abaco Club on Winding Bay, a spectacular 520 acre
International Members Golf & Sporting Estate on Abaco, is
seeking a senior-level REAL ESTATE SALES
REPRESENTATIVE. Candidates must have a minimum of
2 years sales experience with a track record of success. Real
estate license is preferred but not required. Successful candidate
must have exceptional communication skills, both verbal and
written. Must be personable, professional and willing to
commute or relocate to Abaco. The Abaco Club's estate lots
range from $1.5 million to over $4 million. A handsome
commission package is offered. Please email cover letter and
resume to or fax to 242-367-2930,
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bank providing a comprehensive wealth management service.
SG Hambros is currently looking to recruit a Trust Relationship
Manager. Your primary role will be to manage a team of
fiduciary services professionals, supervise the team's overall
servicing of a portfolio of accounts that includes mainly trusts
and companies.
You must also ensure there is consistently a high level of
quality in the delivery of service to clients; ensure that the
management of accounts meets all required internal and
external compliance and administrative standards and ensure
that the Bank is properly compensated for services rendered.
You will also be responsible for identifying cross-selling
opportunities and manage the process of expanding the
portfolio of existing clients, provide a high level of expertise in
the administration of trusts, companies and other ancillary
products, identifying and preparing account documentation as

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You must hold the ACIB or STEP certification or equivalent
qualifications and have 7 to 10 years trust experience of which
at least five must be in a managerial capacity. You should also
have strong communication and PC skills; knowledge of legal,
regulatory and industry requirements and be a team player.
The position offers, in addition to the salary, a benefits package
including group insurances, pension and a discretionary bonus
Applications should be submitted to the following address, to
arrive on or before 4 May 2005:
Head of Human Resources,
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districts, at the following pay stations between the hours stated below:

Thursday, April 21, 2005:12 noon 12:30p.m., at the Church Hall.

Thursday, April 21, 2005: 9:30a.m. 11:45a.m., at Beacon Hill Church of Nazarene, Carmichael

Thursday, April 21, 2005: 12:45p.m. 1:30p.m., at St. Peter's Church Hall.

Thursday, April 21, 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 May 2005, from 9:30a.m. to 4:30p.m., Monday to Friday.

Thursday, April 21, 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 May 2005, from 9:30a.m. to 4:30p.m., Monday to Friday.

Thursday, April 21, Monday, April 25, 2005: 9:30a.m.- 4:00p.m., at The Bahamas Public Service
Union Hall, East Street South.

1. Thursday, April 21 Wednesday, April 27,2005: 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, April 21 Monday, April 25,2005:9:30 a.m 4:00 p.m. and Tuesday, March
29th 2005: 9:30 am 4:00 pm
All persons with surnames beginning with the letters "M" "Z", at the Salvation Army
Hall, Meadow Street.

3. Tuesday, April 26 WednesdayApril 27, 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 May 2005 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 RegistrationCard, 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.



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Basketball training is

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THE Baptist Sports
Council has announced
that it's 2005 Track and
Field Classic will be
staged on Saturday,
May 21 at the Thomas
A Robinson Track and
Field Classic.
The meet, directed by
Dexter Bodie from First
Baptist Church and Van
Thompson from Mount
Calvary Cathedral, will
begin at 9am.
BSC chairman Brent
Stubbs said they are
appreciative to the Bri-
tannia Consulting
Group of Companies
and Lester Turnquest,
who will be back as the
major sponsors. He also
expressed his gratitude
to Thompson Trading,
Texaco Bahamas Limit-
ed and the Caribbean
Bottling C6mpany Lim-
ited for their continued
Additionally, he said
the Bahamas Associa-
tion of Athletic Associ-
ations as well as the
Bahamas Association of
Certified Officials
(BACO) should be
commended for their
assistance in making the
event possible.
This year's event will
comprise of the men
and ladies' under-7,
under-10, under-13,
under-15, under-17 and
open divisions. Ath-
letes, however, must not
turn the actual age of
the respective divisions
this year that they
intend to compete in.
Athletes will only be
allowed to compete in a
limited amount of
events, or only two
track and one field, not
including the relays.
Events to be contest-
ed in the various age
groups are as follows:
Under-7 50 metres.
Under-10 100, 4 x
100 relay, softball
Under-13 100, 200, 4
x 100, long jump.
Under-15 100, 200,
400, 4 x 100, 4 x 400,
high jump.
Under-17 100, 200,
400, 800, 4 x 100, 4 x
400, triple jump.
Open 100, 200, 400,
800, 1,500, 4 x 100, 4 x
400, high jump, dis-
Under-7 50 metres.
Under-10 100
metres, 4 x 100 relay,
softball throw.
Under-13 100, 200, 4
x 100, long jump.
Under-15 100, 200,
400, 4 x 100,4 x 400,
high jump.
Under-17 100, 200,
400,800,4 x100,4 x
400, long jump.
Open 100, 200, 400,
800, 1,500, 4 x 100, 4 x
400, long jump, shot
There is an entry fee
of $1 for athletes in the
under-7 and under-10
age groups, while all the
others will be charged
Trophies will be pre-
sented to the most out-
standing athlete in each
age group and medals
will be awarded to the
first three finishers.

be held on Monday,
April 25 at 7pm at First
Baptist Church, Market
Street for all Churches
interested in participat-
ing. A final registration
meeting will take place
on Monday, May 2 at
7pm at Mount Calvary
Baptist Cathedral, Bail-
lou Hill Road.
Late registration will
be charged $1 per ath-
lete. However, there
will be no registration
on the day of the meet.

ahead of

busy summer schedule

Junior Sports Reporter
AFTER much success on
the junior level, the Bahamas
Basketball Federation (BBF)
will hit the hard court once
again as it opens its national
junior training programmes.
This year's practice sessions
are starting a little late for the
BBF, who have a busy sched-
ule planned.
BBF will send two teams to
compete in the Caribbean
Basketball Championships
(CBC), set for July, 2nd-9th, in
Trinidad and Tobago and the
Centrobasketball tournament,
July 26th-31st, in Santo
Domingo,'Dominican Repub-

The CBC tournament is
optional for the junior men,
who won last year's champi-
onships, automatically quali-
fying them for play in the Cen-
trobasket Championships.
Nonetheless, their participa-
tion will play a critical role in
their performance at the Cen-
trobasket Championships,
confirmed Larry Wilson,

BBF prepares

for tournaments

BBF's first vice president.
Wilson: "Although the boys
really don't have to attend the
CBC tournament we will still
send them to the competition.
"This will help sharpen their
skills. We really don't want
them to have such a long lay
off, using only practice ses-
sions to have some sort of play
under their belts."
Their overall performance
at the CBC will not affect
their positioning at the Cen-
trobasketball tournament,
having qualified for the com-
petition from the previous
However, the female squad
will have to play their way out
of the CBC in hopes of
advancing to the Centrobas-
ketball tournament.
In order to move onto the
Centrobasketball tournament
they will have to finish up in
the top four the top three

from the tournament Cen-
trobasketball tournament will
in turn qualify for the tourna-
ments of Americas with the
top four finishers from that
tournament moving onto the
world games.

Wilson said: "There is no
doubt in my mind that the
female team will be able to
qualify for the other tourna-
"Although the CBC will be
a tough task for all, we are
expecting them to do very well
at the tournament.
"It won't be an easy road,
getting into the top four posi-
tions, but it is possible.
They've been training for
quite some time now and you
can see the improvement."
The national practice ses-
sions are open, with the BBF

expecting more than 150 inter-
ested persons to show-up.
According to Wilson keep-
ing with the idea of having
open practice makes it possi-
ble for players who didn't
have a chance to take part in
their school's league or the
Hugh Campbell tournament
to try-out.
Although there were some
players who have caught the
eye of national team coaches
and recruiters, Wilson admit-
ted that the open try-outs
allows for some surprises.
"We don't like to turn any
of them away," Wilson added.
"Our main objective is to
ensure that we get the best tal-
ent out so the Bahamas can
be represented.
"In many cases we have to
start cutting after a week, to
ensure that the coaches have
an opportunity to execute.
"This is not our main goal,
cutting that early, but what a
lot of persons don't realise is
that we have try-outs going on
in Grand Bahama as well.
Their turnout is on the level of
our turnouts.
"Normally it is pretty tough
getting to the final 12 because
we always have guys who are

stronger in some areas. This
is usually one of the biggest
problems we run into when
selecting the team, but the
final decision is made by
the coaches and the execu-
National try-outs might be
open for the BBF, but they
still have an age guide to fol-
Interested females must
have been born after January
1st, 1985, for junior men the
date is January 1st, 1987 or

By late May, early June the
BBF is expecting to have a list
of 48 hopefuls from here
and Grand Bahama.
These prospects will go
through a series of drills,
which will test their funda-
mental skills.
College and high school ath-
letes competing in the Unit-
ed States will have an extend-
ed deadline for tryouts, but
are expected to return home
immediately after their
schools are closed.
Practice sessions will start
today for the junior men.

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THE East Side Amateur
Boxing Club has gotten off
to a great start in its first
year of existence.
Over the weekend at the
Knockout Boxing Club in
Carmichael, the East Side
pulled off their second vic-
tory in the first Coaches
Tournament, organised by
Leonard 'Boston Blackie'
In one of the most excit-
ing matches, Obimson Cle-
cudor stayed unbeaten as
he knocked off Crestwell
Johnson from Miller's
Bahamas Youth Sporting
In another match, Twana
Hanna of East Side, defeat-
ed Jordan Major and in a
showdown of two female
competitors, Pratt's daugh-
ter Quinderia Pratt made
her debut a successful one.
"It was a good show. It
gave my boys some more
exposure," Pratt stressed.
"Things are looking good
for us right now."
Pratt, who had to prema-
turely call it quits as a pro-
fessional fighter, said he's
looking forward to his new
role as an amateur boxing

"These guys are improv-
ing every day," said Pratt,
who train more than 30
boys at the Nassau Stadium
where he's assisted by for-
mer Bahamas cruiserweight
champion James 'Slick'
Brown and current
Bahamas middleweight
champion 'Marvellous'
Marvin Smith.
"We're lacking in equip-
ment, but whatever we
have, we're working with it.
We're not complaining, but
we could use some more
Also over the weekend,
Pratt said his sponsor, Mr.
T's Sporting Lounge pro-
vided the East Side Club
with a pair of punching
bags, which he hopes will
-go a long with their train-
He also thanked Brent
Symonette, the Member of
Parliament for Montagu,
who also made a contribu-
tion towards the purchasing
of some of their equipment.
"It's hard because I start-
ed the gym out of my pock-
et," Pratt stressed. "But the
main thing is that I'm giving
something back to my
"Right the gym has over
30 fighters and I have to
divide them over 34 days
because the gym can't hold
all of them at the same

Pratt said despite the fact
that he was forced into an
early retirement, he's still
looking forward to facing
his former mentor and arch
rival Ray Minus Jr. again.
"I'm looking forward to
the East Side hosting the
Champion Boxing Club,"
said Pratt of the club oper-
ated by Minus Jr.
"That's going to be pretty
big. Everybody is talking
about it."
And Pratt said there
would be no better place
for him to host that particu-
lar show than at the Free-
dom Park in Fox Hill where
he's grown up and received
all of his support during his
days as a pro.
"I'm hoping that I can
get a home base in Fox
SHill," said Pratt, who also
intends to stage an amateur
show, preferably against
Minus' Champion Boxing
Club during the Fox Hill
Day celebrations in


SINCE leading the Bahamas in
action in the first round of the
American Zone One Davis Cup tie
in Curacao, the Netherlands
Antilles, Devin Mullings has had
an impressive sting of victories for
the No.30 Ohio State Buckeyes
men's tennis team.
The native of Grand Bahama has
won his last 12 matches and is on
the verge of clinching a berth in the
NCAA Championships and earn
All-American honours in the
"He's doing well," said Ty Tuck-
er, Mullings' coach at Ohio State.
"He's doing a great job since he's
moved up to number one player
on our team in his last three match-

Tucker, who coached another
Grand Bahamian Bjorn Munroe
before the arrival of Mullings last
year, said his latest prot6gd is hav-
ing a fantastic season because of
his work ethic.
"He has a very good return serve
and he rarely makes any mistakes,"
Tucker reflected. "He doesn't make
too many unforced errors."
Over the weekend, Mullings
helped the Buckeyes defeat the
No.75 Michigan State 7-0 in their
final home game at the Stickney

Bahamas tennis ace hits

form with Ohio State

Tennis Center in Columbus, Ohio.
With their victory, the Buckeyes
improved to 16-0 overall and 7-1
in the Big Ten play. Ohio State also
finished its home schedule unde-
feated in back-to-back seasons with
25 wins as they recorded their 28th-
consecutive victory in Columbus.
The last time Mullings lost a col-
legiate match in singles was indoors
a couple months ago. He also com-
piled a 4-0 record in doubles where
he is the No.2 player for the Buck-
But he said he's enjoying his per-
formances so far this season.
"We just one Big Ten match and
that was to Illinois. They're in the
top five in the nation, so I think
we're doing pretty good," Mullings
"But I am just trying to win
another big match in the Big Ten
and hopefully I can go all the way
and become an All-American. I just
have to concentrate one match at a
time and go on from there."
This weekend, Mullings will be
back in action against Wisconsin
and Northwestern on the road in
their final regular season matches.
After that, the Buckeyes will take

on the Badgers in Madison, Wis-
consin and the Wildcats in Chicago,
Illinois before they participate in
the Big Ten Championships from
April 28-May 1 in Champaign, Illi-
"We're hoping that Devin can be
an All-American this year," said
Tucker, of Mullings, who would
have to finish in the top 16 in the
NCAA Tournament.

But to get to the NCAA Cham-
pionships, Mullings will have to stay
within the top 64 rankings in the
collegiate standings. He's currently
sitting at No.51.
"So he will need to win his
matches and pull off one more big
convincing match and he can be
considered himself qualified for the
NCAA," Tucker noted.
Mullings said he's not going to
lose any sleep over earning the All-
American status.
"Everybody knows that I'm a
good player, so if I make it, I do,
but if I don't, it won't be the end of
the world for me," he insisted. "I'm
just looking forward to playing and

winning as many matches as I can."
The NCAA Tournament is
scheduled for the third week in Col-
lege States, Texas, but Tucker say
he doesn't see any reason why
Mullings can't achieve the goals
ahead of him.
"He just has to keep on winning,"
Tucker declared. "He's one of the
best baseliners in all of college ten-
nis. If he keeps getting stronger in
the classroom and learn to end the
points earlier, he can be playing
tennis at a very high level."
Going into the rest of the sea-
son, Mullings said he can buckle
down and play up to his expecta-
tions, he will be a player to contin-
ue to watch the rest of the season.
Mullings, in the eyes of Tucker,
can be compared to American
Andre Agassi, who go out on the
court and plays hard from start to
"He makes people work hard.
But at the same time, he has to end
the points early," Tucker stated.
"Sometimes he just gets into a habit
of rallying the ball."
When compared to Munroe,
Tucker said Mullings is not as hard
a worker, but what he lacks, he
makes up in the academics.
"Devin had a lot more experi-
ence than BJ when he showed up at
Ohio State," Tucker added. "But
BJ is quite a doubles player and if
Mark Knowles is not playing Davis
Cup for the Bahamas, then BJ
should be."

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\ DOES Bahamian art and cre-
ativity have the power to drive
'the economy of the Bahamas?
* Artist-architect Jackson
'Burnside is certain that it can.
And while he hasn't quite been
able to bring his vision to
fruition not yet anyway he
,refuses to give up on the idea
*that when properly presented
to the world, the creativity of
;Bahamian people will be the
engine that drives the country's
"'is Doongalik Studios is a
:big part of that vision, a vehicle
used to return the focus to
Bahamian classical traditions -
:music, dance, storytelling, plait-
ing straw, bush medicine, mak-
ing rope and bring about a
much-needed appreciation of
the country's rich culture and

An appreciation that will help
break down the commonly-held
,idea that what is Bahamian is
Mnot good enough.
, "We've got to know that we
can show off just being our-
selves. We don't have to show
,off imitating reggae and imitat-
:ing hip-hop," Burnside told The
Arts in an interview at his beau-
tifully restored architectural
offices on Village Road.
"I believe we could research

Jackson Burnside confident that

visitors can be drawnto to the

nation's powerful artistic traditions

that, re-learn that, re-establish
our importance. (Bahamians)
are not just a shallow group of
mimics of American accents.
We have tremendous sensitivity
and depth, and if we find ways
to encourage that power to
emerge, the entire world would
have to pay attention to the
Bahamas. And then we could
capitalise on the fact that we
are small, and the economics of
that is we produce a limited
quantity of product at a very
high price."
But Doongalik has been
closed for almost two years
now. It has suffered a similar
fate of many other studios of
its kind in Nassau it failed to
generate enough revenue to
sustain itself and was forced to
close its doors. But only for
now, Burnside promises.
He is confident that in the not
too distant future, possibly in
this lifetime, more visitors will
be drawn to the, Bahamas

because of its powerful artistic
traditions, once Bahamians
realise its importance and that
is beginning to happen.

"When you start to value
what we have as something spe
cial, then we can produce the
kind of economy that not only
makes places for second homes
on the edge of the beach, but
for first homes that belong to
the people of this nation," says
His vision started decades
ago, when he and his wife
Pamela, a formally trained tex-
tile designer, started Pamela
Jones Fashions.
She returned home in 1977
and together they opened a fac-
tory in Farrington Road. They
set up two 75-ft tables (25
yards) and set out to make
clothes using various types of
cotton fabric decorated with

Bahamian designs.
Burnside admits that at the
time there were a lot of things
the young entrepreneurs didn't
"First of all it was a major
education job to convince
Bahamians that Bahamian
t'ings are good t'ings," he says.
"And our product probably
would have sold better had we
not tried to make it affordable.
If had we made it expensive,
exclusive, that only certain peo-
ple could buy, then it would
have caught on and we might
have survived."
The couple also failed to get
the industry's support and
encouragement. Burnside
recalled a letter he received
from the then Minister of
Finance informing them that
they couldn't encourage Pamela
Jones Fashions "because it
would cause an imbalance to
the economy".
"And this was after we had

been encouraged to buy the
equipment," he recalls.
Out of Pamela Jones Fash-
ions the Burnsides developed
souvenirs and affordable art for
the tourist market that line
was called Doongalik Studios.
They started off with wall
"I remember the current
prime minister, at a PLP con-
vention in 1979 or 1980, he pre-
sented to the delegates two of
the wall hangings and said, 'tiis
is the future of the Bahamas.
Junkanoo artists expressing
their genius to the world.' He
caught the vision, but clearly it
didn't happen and maybe it was
before its time."

It was around this time that
his wife was diagnosed with
breast cancer and after five
years the factory was closed.
This would be the first time
that Doongalik Studios would
be forced to close its doors.
But then in 1995, when artist
John Beadle returned home
from school, the vision was
The idea.was to return to the
source of "our survival",
through Junkanoo, woodturn-
ing, boatbuilding, arts and
"This is the way we made our
space before we had access to
the things outside. We had to

do for ourselves. We created a
level of excellence and beauty
that defined us as a unique peo-
ple, a special people, a people
with an identity that was recog-
nisable. This resistance to the
preponderance of outside influ-
ence had to do with developing
a style and attitude that art
belonged to us," says Burnside.
As a veteran 'Junkanoo' and
founding member of the One
Family group, he felt that the
most obvious place to get that
inspiration was in the Junkanoo
shack, from design, texture,
colour, material and innovation.
The idea was that the low
technologies could be easily
transferable to Bahamian arti-
sans who would make products
that could be marketed to the
world, and find ways of pro-
ducing a level of excellence and
capitalising on the country's
size. But that idea has not been
During its re-birth in the
1990s Doongalik was supported
by an exciting team of visual
artists (including Burnside's
brother Stan Burnside, the
renowned Bahamian artist) and
later educator and writer
Arlene Nash-Ferguson, and
author and linguist Patricia
Glinton-Meicholas. Together
with the Burnsides they pro-
duced the landmark publication
Come to Get Me, by Nash-Fer-
SEE page two




Trinidadian artist to appear

in NAGB series opening night

NOTED Trinidadian artist
Christopher Cozier will present
his work at the National Art
Gallery of the Bahamas tomor-
row night in the first of NAG-
B's presentation and review
series, "Artist and Critic".
In this new series, the artist,
critic and or art historian first
completes a presentation on
their work to artists and the
general public at the Gallery,
paying particular attention to
shifts in their media, subject,
content and philosophies over
the course of their careers. The
second part of the visit consists
of private meetings with local
artists in studio, designed to
encourage a critical exchange
between the guest and local

"While this may seen! like a
daunting task for the guest and
a point of vulnerability for the
local artist, it is intended that
the more intimate exchanges be
initiated by invitation from the
local artist to the guest after
being introduced to his/her
work during the public presen-
tation," explains NAGB curator
Erica James.
The NAGB opened to the
public in 2003, charged with the
enormous task of "collecting,
exhibiting, preserving, docu-
menting and promoting a
National Collection of art for
the benefit and education of the
Bahamas and the wider inter-
national audience".
Jumping into the void has
meant that it has had to develop
a workable vision that looks at
the past while fully engaged in

* ART AND NATION (above) by Trinidadian artist

documenting, and to an extent
shaping conversations in con-
temporary art. After assessing
the special circumstances of the
Bahamian artistic community,
one of the realities that surfaced'
was a lack of critic dialogue
among artists and between
artists and their audiences,
according to a statement
released by the gallery.
The NAGB started to
address this situation in 2003
with the introduction of Artist
Talks but this year it will
expand this programme with

the series "Artist and Critic". video, sound and live perfor- His work has been reviewed
Cozier will be the inaugural mances, and installations with and discussed in many presti-
"Artist and Critic" speaker and drawings, constructions and gious magazines and journals,
presenter on Thursday, April appropriated objects. He has
21 at the gallery on West and
West Hill Streets, starting at

Cozier was born in 1959 in
Port of Spain, Trinidad and
Tobago and lives and works in
Trinidad. He is an artist, writer,
critic and curator, who makes
mixed media work, including

Hundreds 'Revel in

the Arts' at fundraiser

REVEL in the Arts, a gala cocktail fundraiser in aid of the Lyford Cay Foundation's Harry Moore
Memorial Scholarship in the Arts, was a big hit over the weekend. More than 500 art and food lovers
turned out to support this worthy cause held at Mountbatten House and Gardens on West Hill St.
The fundraiser by the Lyford Cay Scholars' Association featured a silent art auction of works by some
of the country's best artists, and a culinary feast provided by Nassau's finest restaurants, caterers and food

LYFORD Cay Scholar, Planning Committee member, and National Art Gallery Curator
Erica James, and Arts Patron Vincent D'Aguilar, enjoy the festivities at the 'Revel in the Arts'

most notably The College Art
Associations Art Journal, and
he has received numerous
awards and grants including
the 2004 Pollock-Krasner
All artists and the general
public are invited to come
hear and see Cozier share his
The event is free and open to
the public.

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* A JUNKANOO sculpture in front of Doongalik Studios on Village Road. The studio was
forced to close its doors in 2003 but will re-open later this year at the Marina Village on Par-
adise Island.
(Photo: Felip. Major/Tribune staff)

FROM page one

guson, a book exploring the mysteries and rich
traditions of Junkanoo.
This marked another turning point for Doon-
galik, which turned itself back to celebrating the
Bahamian ability to design, be creative, productive
and express ourselves in unique and special ways,
says Burnside.
"(When we were working on the book) we
would look at so many aspects of the culture to
draw from," he recalls. "There are so many exam-
ples of heritage boatbuilding, making fishnets,
the texture, design, pattern, geometries that
come out of all of these crafts.
"We noticed that unless there was a place that
dedicated itself to the celebration of those things,
we would have no memory of them, and soon
there would be no way to learn them."
But despite the passionate ideas and team of
dedicated artists behind the idea and philosophy of
Doongalik, the studio continued to struggle.

Its latest effort before closing in 2003 came
about almost by accident, when officials at the
ministries of foreign affairs and tourism and cab-
drivers got wind of the fact that Bahamian art was
hanging at Doongalik, which also housed Burn-
side's architect offices, Jackson Burnside Ltd.
"But that became a disruption to our daily func-
tion and so we decided to move out and let the
place have a life of its own," he said.
Doongalik survived for a time as a gallery, but it
wasn't enough to pay a staff and sustain the busi-
ness. Since it closed it has held intermittent func-
tidns, most notably an exhibition of recent works
by Max Taylor and John Beadle, the former artis-
tic director at Doongalik.
"Perhaps we didn't do enough to get Bahamians
interested enough to come in," Burnside admits.
"But it's a chicken and the egg situation. Bahami-
ans aren't going to come in until they appreciate
what you're doing, but they won't appreciate what
you're doing until they come in.
"In spite of the fact that we have tried and fall-
en down, we get up and we go back at it, and
Doongalik has fallen down a number of times but
it hasn't failed because we aren't going to quit."
For too long, says Burnside, the focus has been
to wait for and depend on influences that come
from without, "gifts that come from away".
"(The idea that) things that come from foreign
are our saviour, as opposed to digging deep inward
and developing from within out," says Burnside.

But he thinks that we are well on our way. In
terms of artistic development, Burnside believes
that the visual arts are way ahead of the pack,
and hopes that painters and sculptors will help
with the development of the literary and per-
forming arts.
As for Doongalik, it is now emerging as differ-
ent kind of creature.
As an art gallery at the soon-to-open Paradise
Island Marina Village. Its new set of goals includes
establishing itself as a major representative of
Bahamian art.

"We want to represent the best of Bahamian
artists and take what we do to the world and show
it off. And take on the challenge of convincing
the rest of the world, and by extension Bahami-
ans," says Burnside.
Hopefully, the new Doongalik will help develop
a sorely-needed market for commercial galleries in
the Bahamas, which Burnside believes is just hit-
ting the critical mass of having sufficient quality
He points out that it has only been in the past 20
years that more than half a dozen individuals have
been working full-time as artists, and that number
has continued to grow.
"It's time to go beyond the WinslowHomers,
who came to the Bahamas almost 100 years ago
and painted his version of the happy, smiling
native, the palm trees and the seascapes," he
"Although he did make some paintings that
touched the emotion and depth of (Bahamian)
people, these weren't popular and were never cel-
ebrated, and most people don't even know they
exist. We had to go through that period that saw
Homer as a model, but there's a whole new wave
of Bahamian art that's pushing beyond those
Bahamians can no longer wait for validation
from the outside, or wait to go abroad before they
recognise and appreciate their own rich heritage,
he emphasises.
Says Burnside: "The way the Bahamas is mar-
keted is sun, sand, sea, casino. And the people, and
their depth and their ability to think and their
intelligence and their dignity and their celebra-
tion of themselves and their identity is an after-
Burnside notes that Nassau once attracted scores
of visitors who flew over from Miami to see a 50-
piece orchestra, singers and dancers at the much
celebrated nightclubs over the hill.
"It happened before and it can happen again."



Bahamian artists are going

international for symposium

an artists Antonius Roberts
,and John Cox are leaving for
;Italy this week to participate
:in the second half of the Inter-
national Professional Artists
Symposium and Exchange in
Roberts and Cox will work
for four weeks in a studio in
the artist colony of Pietrasan-
ta, known for its rich marble
While in Pietrasanta, both
Cox and Roberts will be work-
ing in marble, a new medium
for both artists.
While Roberts is well-
,known for his elegant and
organic pieces carved from
;local wood, he told The Arts
that he is excited by the chal-
lenge that working in marble
will present.

"It's all about problem solv-
ing, and this experience will
open new doors and allow for
the exploration of new possi-
bilities," he says.
For Cox, who is well known
for his mixed-media assem-
blage creations, sculpting and
marble are going to present
for him a completely differ-
ent experience.
"I am curious about the
medium," he told The Arts.

"It's an
opportunity to
work and to
see more, but I
want to go
beyond tiat,
and look at
how it will
influence my
work in the
long term."

John Cox
"My relationship with materi-
al has always been non-tradi-
tional, so I know I'll find a
way to use (marble)."
The first half of the sympo-
sium took place in New Prov-
idence between early October
and November of 2004. Three
international artists (Canadi-
an, Swiss and Haitian) worked
alongside Cox and Roberts for
one month in a large studio
space provided by the College
of the Bahamas.
The working period ended
with a successful exhibition
at the New Providence Com-

munity Centre.
Eleanor Whitely, the
woman behind IPASE, is very
excited that her vision to pro-

will open new
doors and
allow for the
of new

Antonius Roberts

vide Bahamian artists with the
opportunity to work abroad
and expose their work to a
wider audience, is about to
take its final lap.
To pull off this expensive
and large task of bring three
international artists to the
Bahamas and sending two
local artists abroad, Mrs
Whitely had the help of a
committee and support from
various corporate and private
sponsors, including the
Endowment for the Arts.
While she was disappointed
that she was not able to secure
sufficient sponsorship for the
symposium, she hopes to host
another IPASE next year, and
provide more Bahamian

artists with the opportunity to
work abroad.
Both Roberts and Cox are
very hopeful and are tmbrac-

ing the experience with an
open mind.
"I just want to take it all in,
like sponge," says Roberts,
who is looking forward to
working in a different envi-
ronment and being among
other artists who frequent the
historic Italian village.

For Cox, who works full
time at the National Art
Gallery of the Bahamas as an
education officer, lectures part
time at the College of the
Bahamas and is trying to get
his own Popopstudios Gallery
off the ground, the opportu-
nity to concentrate on creating
for a solid month is a very wel-
come one.
"It's an opportunity to work
and to see more, but I want
to go beyond that, and look
at how it will influence my
work in the long term," says
Cox. "I am looking forward
to being there, experiencing
the environment and other
artists, and then coming back
for the summer and bringing
that experience into my
The artists return home in
late May.
Look for reports from
Pietrasanta, Italy in The Arts
over the next four weeks.

Visual stimulation with Talking Canvases

ART'S paradox isn't that a work is original or
novel, but that having being said before it is nev-
ertheless unique.
Talking Canvases, the title given by Marlon
Hunt to his 38-piece exhibition at the Central
Bank, is a case in point.
- WhatS'rti hi4gI about ft'-exhibition is the
insight he briiigs to hist' ffections. In "Artist
Thoughts", the brochure~ genobut at the open-
ing on April 8,'Mr states: "I always ask
myself the question: 'what is going through the
mind of an individual at a specific moment in
Except for, My Cup of Tea and Bahamian
Banana Blues, the remaining pieces are an explo-
ration of the journey through individual minds.
Talking Canvases is a welcome, reinterpreta-
tion of the dominant force in Bahamian art -
In the single explicitly Junkanoo painting, at
least in name, Mr Hunt presents a unique image
of Junkanoo. Whether representational or
impressionistic, Bahamian artists have generally
been reverential in their approach and faithful in
their depiction.
Mr Hunt's relatively small painting split's the
image vertically into two portions.
On the left is an abstract depiction of the
Junkanoo idiom geometric shapes with sharp
angles, some colour, predominantly yellow for
the costume. A glaring eye, intoxicated with the
spirit and the joy of Junkanoo atop a bulging
cheek, dominates the headpiece or more specif-


ically the mask. And here the colour is a bluish
The mask however is incomplete. Mr Hunt, as
no one before, has taken a scalpel to that mask,
cutting it cleanly, straight down the middle to
reveal what's aback of the joy and celebration.
Mr Hunt's stylised Giacommetti-like elongat-
ed neck and heavily hooded eye closed in this,
as in many of the 36 pieces poignantly cap-
tures Junkanoo's paradox; the pain, the sorrow,
the bitter beneath the mask.
The cocoa hued skin and the single grey
stream of a tear coursing from the eye's corner to
just above the closed mouth shows the bitter
sadnesses, disappointments and sorrows that for
two days each year we hide beneath music,
dance, costumes and masks the catharsis.
Those who take the time to visit this exhibition
will also see the evolution of Mr Hunt's discov-
ery the palette knife. As with all new discov-
eries, there are moments when exuberance over-
whelms Reflective Son, I Dream of Sunflowers,
Just Between Us and the Mother Series, six con-
templations of Bahamian Motherhood.
Island Baptism is the most harmonious expres-
sion of Mr Hunt's new discoveat Black outlined
twp-dimensional figures appear to float on a
brilliant orangey red silky smooth background
and all of which float above a stylised sea.
Mr Hunt's brush and palette knife in Island
Baptism create pleasing blends of textures, forms

and an eye-catching combination of colours.
The human form, as interpreted by Mr Hunt,
dominates this exhibition. The figure combines
the aforementioned Giacommetti-like elongated
neck and small head while the rest of the figure,
particularly the hips and thighs are pure gussi-
Few artists have been able to evoke as broad
a range of emotions from closed or heavily hood-
ed eyes as Mr Hunt, which is why Family Cov-
ering is startling.
Nothing, no.teven Bahamian Time, ,a painting
in which you can feel the woman's eyes laughing
at you from behind closed lids, prepares you for
the implacable defiance that dares you to uncov-
er the family's protection.
The three pairs of eyes belong to three women
committed to the single task of protecting a fam-
ily member, a woman, from all and sundry. The
protected woman, kneeling on all fours in a
womb-like space, knows that the weight of those
three pairs of hands is her assurance that she is
And for interlopers, of whatever stripe, the
implacable barrier of three pairs of eyes hold
out nothing but frustration and defeat of every
query bent on uncovering the family.
Take a portion of your lunch break, walk
across to the Central Bank and treat yourself to
a half hour of visual stimulation. Your soul will
bless you, and your stomach will thank you.
Talking Canvases runs through April 28 at
the Central Bank Art Gallery, Market St.
C E Huggins is a freelance writer. Ques-
tions and comments can be addressed to chaz-

* REFLECTIVE SON by Marion Hunt.

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cals, a series of paintings by
local artist John Thompson.
The exhibition features
true-to-life paintings of
more than 40 coastal plants.
It opens Friday, April 22,
5pm 9pm at the Kennedy
Gallery in the Bayparl
Building, Parliament
*Dr Rosalyn W Floyd, a
prominent African-Ameri-
can pianist, will perform at
Government House on Fri-
day, April 22, 8pm. For
more information contact
Artists Guild International
at 326-3608 or 558-7570.
ETalking Canvases, a
solo exhibition by artist
Marion Hunt @ the Central
Bank Art Gallery through
April 28.

The National Collection
@ the National Art Gallery of
the Bahamas, an exhibition
that takes the viewer on a
journey through the history
of fine art in the Bahamas.
It features signature pieces
from the national collection,
including recent acquisitions
by Blue Curry, Antonius
Roberts and Dionne Ben-
jamin-Smith. Gallery hours,
11am-4pm. Call 328-5800 to
book tours.
M Past, Present and Per-
sonal: The Dawn Davies Col-
lection @ 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, Tues-
day-Saturday, llam-4pm.
Call 328-5800 to book tours.

see the full line of all your favourite FORDS at

THOMPSON BOULEVARD TEL: 356-7100 FAX: 328-6094






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il Parties, Nightclubs
& Restaurants

Sigma Stomp Fest 2K5, hosted by the Bahamas Alum-
ni Ahapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc on Friday,
April 22 @ the Wyndham Nassau Resort. Featuring:
international step teams, the Destructive Sigmas, and
the Battle of the Champions Step Show Competition.
Showtime: 7:30pm. Tickets: $15.00, available at the Juke
Box. Official After Party, hosted by popular local DJs:
$10 will step show ticket, $25 w/o.

2nd Annual Amistad Mini Hispanic. Fair @ the
Bahamas Tourism Training Centre (COB), Saturday 12
6pm. Enjoy indigenous food and drinks from Latin
America and The Bahamas. Also featuring a cultural
show with sensational band, Los Cairianos, as well as
Latin and Spanish dancers. Showtime: 2-4pm. Admission
for the fair and show: $1 (in advance), $2 (at the gate).
For more information call, 325-4463/ 328-6276.

Rise to the Occasion: The Return of Sizzla Kalonji,
featuring performances by culture music artists, Sizzla and
Jah Mali @ the Wyndham Nassau Resort, Saturday,
April 23. Admission: $40 (general), $60 (VIP) Ticket
locations: The Juke Box, Mall at Marathon and The
Marley boutique, Cable Beach.

Bahama Praise Party: Album Release Concert, Sun-
day, April 24 @ The National Centre for the Performing
Arts. Featuring new music from DAFAM, Tamika Smith,
The Cooling Waters, Kenyatta Taylor, Mother Rachel
Mackey, Christian Massive, Kingdom Kids and more!
Doors open at 7pm, concert begins @ 8pm. Tickets: $15,
available at Forsythes Communications, Bucks Gospel
and 100% Bible Book Store. $20 at the door (adults), $10
at the door (children).

Exotic Saturdays @ Fridays Soon Come starts with 3
for $10 drink specials. Admission: $10 before midnight'
and $15 after. Ladies free before llpm.

Rave Saturdays @ Club Eclipse. DJ Scoobz spinning
the best in Old Skool. Admission $35, all inclusive food
and drink.

Fever @ Bahama Boom, Elizabeth St, downtown,
every Friday night. Admission $10 before midnight. First
50 women get free champagne. First 50 men get a free
Greycliff cigar. Dress to impress. For VIP reservations
call 356-4612.

Cool Runnings is back with a Conscious Party @ Hard
Rock Cafe, Charlotte St North every Friday. Classic reg-
gae style music. Admission $10.

Mellow Moods every Sunday @ Fluid Lounge and
Nightclub, Bay St, featuring hits from yesterday old
school reggae and rockers downstairs, and golden oldies
upstairs. Admission: Free. Doors open 9pm.

Karaoke Music Mondaze @ Topshotters Sports Bar.
Drink specials all night long, including karaoke warm-up
drink to get you started. Party from 8pm-until.

Karaoke Nights @ Fluid Lounge and Nightclub. Begins
10pm every Tuesday. Weekly winners selected as Vocal-
ist of the Week $250 cash prize. Winner selected at end
of month from finalists cash prize $1,000. Admission $10
with one free drink.

Reggae Tuesdays @ Bahama Boom. Cover charge
includes a free Guinness and there should be lots of
prizes and surprises. Admission: Ladies $10 and Men

'Evening of

piano music'

The Artist Guild International (AGI) promises an
exciting evening of "glorious" piano music as they host a
recital by renowed concert pianist, Dr Rosalyn Floyd of
Augusta, Georgia. The recital is part of the AGI's 2004-
2005 repertory season.
Dr Floyd is a professor of fine arts at the University of
Augusta, where she teaches music theory, piano and
humanities. She is renowed for her renditions by African-
American composers, and has been a mentor and pro-
fessor to many Bahamian students.
She is an accomplished pianist, holding the Doctor of
Musical Arts degrees in Piano Performance and Pedagogy
from the University of South Carolina. Along with serv-
ing as a rehearsal accompanist and board member of the
Augusta Choral Society, Dr Floyd is also a former board
member of the Augusta Symphony. She has recently
completed a term as music evaluator for the Georgia
Council for the Arts.
In her tenure as faculty member at Benedict College
(Columbia SC), Dr Floyd accompanied the Concert Choir
and renowned singers Martina Arroyo and Myrtle Hall in
their performance for the late Pope John Paul H. She was
also one of 12 performers at the inaugural Elizabeth Buc-
chieri Master Class in Accompanying, at Northwestern
Tickets for this recital are being sold at $25, and can
be purchased at the College of the Bahamas' Music
Department. (see Out There listings for more information)

11pm, $15 after; Guys $20 all night.

Dicky Mo's Fridays@ 'Cable B h:' Hap"yur 33
for $10 mixed drinks and $1 shots.

Twisted Boodah Lounge @ Cafe Segafredo, Charlotte
St kicks off early this Friday at 6pm with deep house to
hard house music, featuring CraigBOO. Unkle Funky and
Sworl'wide on the decks.

Chill Out Sundays @ Coco Loco, Sandyport, from
4pm-until, playing deep, funky chill moods with world

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

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

Carib Scene @ Club Fluid every Sunday. A night of
Caribbean, Latin and Reggae flavours for all audiences.
Latin Flair in the VIP Lounge; Old School Reggae and
Soca in the Main Lounge. Ladies in free before 11pm. $10
after 11pm. Men, $15 cover charge.

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

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

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

Hump Day Happy Hour @ Topshotters Sports Bar
every Wednesday 5pm-8pm. Free appetizers and numer- Sunday Night Interlude @ Britelcy's Restaurant &
ous drink specials. Lounge, Eneas St off Poinciana Drive. Featuring Frankie
Victory at the key board in the After Dark Room every
Flash Nights @ Club Fluid every Thursday. The ulti- Sunday, 8.30pm to midnight. Fine food and drinks.
mate Ladies Night. Join Nassau's and Miami Beach's
finest men. Ladies only before 11.30pm with free cham- Paul Hanna, Tabatha and Gernie, and the Caribbean
pagne. Guys allowed after 11.30pm with $20 cover. Express perform at Traveller's Rest, West Bay St, every
Sunday, 6.30pm-9.30pm.
The Pit @ Bahama Boom, every Thursday. Doors
open at 9pm, showtime 11.30pm. Cover charge $15. $10 The Arts
with flyer.
Renowed concert pianist, Dr Rosalyn Floyd, will
Fantasy Fridays @ Fluid Lounge, featuring late '80s give a recital on Friday, April 22 @ Government
music in the VIP Lounge, Top of the Charts in the Main House Ballroom. Dr Floyd is also a fine arts professor
Lounge, neon lights and Go Go dancers. Glow sticks at Augusta State University in Augusta, Georgia,
for all in before midnight. Admission: Ladies free before where she teaches piano, music theory and humanities.
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She is a former member of the Augusta Symphony and
has completed a term as a music evaluator for the
Georgia Council for the Arts. Dr Floyd is a regular
accompanist for bass-baritone Oral Moses. The pair
recently presented a recital in honour of African-
American historian John Hope Franklin at the 25 th
Anniversary of Black Issues in Higher Education.
Tickets @ $25, can be purchased from The College of
the Bahamas' Music Department. Time: Telephone:
302-4512 or 558-7570. Dr Floyd will also conduct a
FREE masters class/lecture on Saturday, April 23
from 12 2pm at the Government House Ballroom.

Bond, an exhibition of recent works by mother
and son artists Sue Bennett-Williams and Jason
Bennett will run this month at Popostudios
Gallery in Chippingham. The exhibition features
paintings, mixed media and ceramics.

Talking Canvases, a solo exhibition by artist
Marlon Hunt at the Central Bank Art Gallery,
Market St. The show runs through April 28.

The National Collection @ the National Art Gallery
of the Bahamas, an exhibition that takes the viewer on
a journey through the history of fine art in the
Bahamas. It features signature pieces from the nation-
al collection, including recent acquisitions by Blue
Curry, Antonius Roberts and Dionne Benjamin-Smith.
Gallery hours, Tuesday-Saturday, llam-4pm. Call
328-5800 to book tours.

Past, Present and Personal: The Dawn Davies Col-
lection @ 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, llam-4pm. Call 328-5800 to book


tinguished physician Dr Judson Eneas will discuss
"Hypertension, the Silent Killer Exposed" on Thurs-
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educate persons about how to prevent, treat, and
manage high blood pressure as well as the related
cardiovascular diseases. The lecture is free to the gen-
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more info.

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Concert headlined by

'royal son

Tribune Feature Writer
t's been quite a while since
Sizzla Kalonji performed on
Bahamian soil. But that's
about to change with "Rise
to the Occasion: The Return
of Sizzla Kalonji", a concert headlined
by the "royal son of Ethiopia" himself.
Sizzla is expected to arrive in Nas-
sau today and will make several
appearances here before leaving for
Freeport on Friday, where he will host
a concert. Sizzla will return to Nas- i
sau the following day.
On Saturday night, the Wyndham
Nassau Resort is expected to be the
meeting place for hundreds of culture
music fans. Not only will Sizzla be
appearing, but underrated vocalist Jah
No doubt, a special treat for cul- '
ture music fans in Nassau, who haven't .
seen Sizzla in concert for about three
years. He hasn't performed in
Freeport since the Stop the Violence
fete two years ago. This will be Jah
Mali's first performance in the
Bahamas, according to concert pro-
moters Tuff Gong International of the
Reggae All-stars and Reggae Christ-
mas concerts.
Ali, head of Tuff Gong told Tri-
bune Entertainment that flyers have
already been posted throughout Nas-
sau, and he's expecting a huge turnout. :
"Sizzla Kalonji. It's the prophecy of .
reggae music. He is one of the .
prophets and he has like six hits on the .
radio now. Nassau loves Sizzla. We .
have the flyers all about on COB and
other places, so we gonna have both
young and old out there. We are
gonna have a nice mature crowd too."
Sizzla began his journey as Miguel '
Collins, who grew up in August Town
in Kingston, Jamaica. Jump-starting E PICTURED above is a port

of Ethiopia'

his recording career with a release
through the Zagalou label, Sizzla then
teamed up with Bobby 'Digital' Dixon
for a series of singles. Extensive tour-
ing with fellow roots and culture artist
Luciano followed, earning Sizzla much
critical acclaim.
He teamed up with producer Phillip
'Fatis' Burrell, and released several
other singles. But his big break came
with the release of "Black Woman
and Child" in 1997. The evocative title
track, issued as a single, rapidly
became an anthem for reggae fans,
and remains so today.
Along with what could be consid-
ered universal praise, was Sizzla's first
nomination for Best International
Reggae Artist of the Year at the 1998
MOBO Awards, as well as a place in
various magazines' top 100 albums of
the year.
Still, this devout rastafarian remains
S humble and tries to avoid the media
spotlight. Not wanting to be seen to
endorse the industry, he is wary of
any involvement with press and pro-
motion and has granted only a few
interviews to date.
His rare live appearances are often
sold-out events.
RThe artist has managed to enjoy
.popularity, though he is arguably one
of the most controversial Jamaican
under fire for swearing at a concert
in Jamaica, for his suspected involve-
ment in inciting violence and gun-run-
ning and for his "homophobic" lyrics.

:ioh of the flyer f r'Saturday night's concert.

Tickets for the concert can be pur-
chased at the Juke Box, Marathon
Mall, and the Marley Boutique, Cable
Beach. Admission: $40 (general), $60

'Few Bahamians know actual origin

of the music they are listening to'

Tribune Feature Writer
THE classification of music
has the potential to become
complicated, as individuals try
to figure out what song and
what artist fits where.
It is safe to say that Bahami-
ans love music, but few know
the actual origin and distinc-
tion of what they are singing
or dancing to.
Hip-hop is often labeled rap,
and vice versa; and gospel is
often confused with what is
called contemporary music.
While Trevor Davis of Alpha
Sounds admits that it would
take a long time to break down
each musical group, he is tried
to shed some light on one com-
mon blunder among Bahami-
ans the use of 'dub music'
and 'old school reggae' inter-
"When it comes to the
Bahamas, you really don't find
people who play dub music, or
who know what it is. Back in
the day, we didn't really know
what they were saying when
they said 'dub', so we auto-
matically assumed that dub is
the old school sound. So we
start calling rubba dub, like the
Green Bay Killer, the Murder
and the Friday Evening, we
used to call that rubba dub. But
the real authentic meaning of
dub is different," he tells Tri-
bune Entertainment.
In Nassau, when talking
about the old school dub, says
Davis, what people really mean
is old school reggae. But inter-
nationally, and for persons who
know music, dub is simply a
version of an original sound.
Davis explains: "You have
CDs and they give you the
song, then they give you the
instrumental to that song after
it, that's people, like Pablo
Moses, who specialise in dub
music. That kind of music don't

really even come to the
Bahamas," says Davis.
The true form of dub music
is not popular in the Bahamas,
though there are some music
stores that do sell it, Davis
Some say that dub music was
first developed in Jamaica in
the early 1970s. These "ver-
sions" of songs, which typically
emphasise the drums and bass,
were instrumental tracks also
drenched in sound processing
effects, with most of the lead
,instruments and vocals drop-
ping in and out of the mix. The
music sometimes featured
processed sound effects and
other noises, like animal
sounds, babies crying and pro-
ducers shouting instructions at
the musicians.
But other musical historians
say that the roots of dub can
be traced a decade earlier,
where it was widely accepted
that Osbourne Ruddock, better
known as King Tubby, pio-
neered the musical style.
King Tubby turned the mix-
ing desk into an instrument,
with the DJ or mixer playing
the role of the artist or per-
former. His early dub exam-
ples are often looked upon as
the prelude to many dance and
pop music genres that came in
later years.
When it comes to dub music,
one should also know what a
dub plate is another spin-off
that is often misunderstood,
Davis says.
"Out of the dub comes dub
plates. It's when you get an
original artist like Beres Ham-
mond (for example) and you
get his dub, the instrumental
for one of his songs, and he
sings Warriors Don't Cry (for
example). So he'll say, 'This is
Beres Hammond bigging up

S"... So really, he (Beres Hammond pictured) has changed his song to fit
what I want him to say," says Trevor Davis of Alpha Sounds
(The Tribune archive photo)

everyone in Nassau, King
Alpha Sounds', then the dub
(modified instrumental) will
start. So really, he has changed
his song to fit what I want him
to say," Davis explains.
It's very different however,
from what he calls "jingles" on

the radio, where artists give
shout outs to local DJs and to
the country. "The jingles you
don't pay for, but the dub
plates you have to pay for."
According to the promoter
who is soon to celebrate 20
years in the music business, dub

plates have become more pop-
ular than dub music in recent
years in the Bahamas.
He says that he has been car-
rying dub plates from 1991, and

there is now more demand for
them. "Back then (in 1991), it
was then probably only Alpha
Sounds and Syndicate, but the
younger guys are getting into it
(dub plates), so every now and
then you'll hear Da Butcha
(DJ) playing it on the radio."



Devoted soca fans wave

in name of 'Girl

Tribune Feature Writer

After failing to
bring one of its
concerts (Soca
Divas) last
year, Alpha Sounds Promo-
tions redeemed itself and
brought soca back in the name
of the women. The company
successfully pulled off the "Girl
Power" concert on Saturday
Except for the band mem-
bers of Visage who backed the
artists, there were no male per-
formers on the ticket. Vocal
powerhouses Novie of Visage;
Faye Ann, Trini Road March
Queen 2K3; soca queen,
Destra; Bahamian favourite,
Spice; and impressive new-
comer Lady E, provided enter-
tainment for the night.
Trevor Davis, head of Alpha
Sounds, has always managed
to turn out the crowds of
devoted soca fans with Soca
Fest, and his Soca Divas con-
certs over the years, but last
year his company didn't host
the Soca. Divas. Not wanting
to totally ditch the idea, which
has obviously become a staple
among soca fans, Davis decid-
ed to bring the concept back
this year, just in a different
light Girl Power.
He told Tribun'e Entertain-
ment that his. company will
continue to host the concert
under that name.
About the name change,
Davis said: "First, we wanted
to take soca outside. 'Soca
Divas' was more upscale and
for the indoors, but we wanted
to bring it outside. 'Girl Pow-
er', was a concept that I saw
in Trinidad at Carnival, so I
was interested in how we could


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* WAVE YA' RAGS Thousands of soca lovers showed
up for the event.

use that here. It just worked
out, the name for the new idea.
Girl Power worked well with
the new area."
"Girl Power" was held at the
Cable Beach Grounds.
According to Davis, the
crowd was well-behaved. His
only regret was the late start.
"The band didn't get on until
11.30 (pm), and we try to have
the band come on at 11
o'clock. So I want to apologise
for the late start but there was
a traffic fatality in the area."
By his estimatidn, there were
more than 3,000 persons in
attendance, "at any given
time". And it was interesting

N VISAGE'S Sanovia Pierre performs during the concert.

that for a girl power concert,
the male soca lovers came out
in full force.
According to one concert-
goer, for every woman in the
crowd there were two to three
From the top of the hour,
with just tunes being mixed by
Lady Tan (yes, everything was
handled by the women), the
crowd was ready. After a
warm-up session of dancing
instructions and some interac-
tive hosting by JJ of 100
JAMZ, Visage took to the
stage, showcasing their female
members, Novie and Imana.
Spice gave all the guys a spe-
cial treat with her energetic
moves, and tripled the effect
with. two choreographed
dancers by her side.
Said one concert-goer:
"Spice was off da chains! She
gave a hot performance. And I
noticed that when she got up
there all the guys came up to
the front of the stage."
Destra was the final per-
former but she still had the
crowd in check. Nevermind an
unruly male audience member
who spanked her and caused
the artist to cut the music and
lash out, the crowd seemed to
be generally well-behaved.
As a newcomer to the soca
stage, just getting into soca
music five years ago (though
she has been involved in dif-
ferent styles of music includ-
ing R&B, rock and classical),
Lady E (Erica Symonette) says
that she felt privileged to be

on stage with such soca greats.
"It was one of my biggest
dreams to be on stage with
people like Destra, and I hope
to do it again very soon. You
know, going on stage you have
the jitters and everything, but I
was just inspired by the other
artists to go out there and do
my best and be a big woman,"
she says with a laugh.
Being proud to be a big
woman was exactly what Lady
E showed on stage, as she per-
formed "If you Feel It", "Soca
Love". She added a bit of
excitement with her new
dance, which is also the song's
title, "Soca Plane". Forget the
parachute and signal the plane
and all of those other dances.
She closed out her perfor-
mance with "Girl Power", a
song about the struggles of
being a woman, which was also
the theme for the concert.
About being a woman in the
soca business, Lady E told Tri-
bune Entertainment; "I believe
that women are respected
because it's all about what you
have inside coming out in your
presentation. That plays a
major role presentation.
Artists like Destra, regardless
of what she has on, she con-
ducts herself like a lady. So it's
(about) marketing and what

image you want to present."
As she continues towards
releasing her debut soca
album, Lady E says that her
image and her voice will always
be tuned towards proving that
all soca women, regardless of
size, can have that "girl pow-
"As a lady, I want to show
them that, like we saw in this
concert, women of any size, big
sisters, gat just as much love
as the firm, toned ones. I want

to show them that regardless
of nationality, creed, figure, it's
all about what you have to
give," she said.
Throughout the night, per-
formers joked about waking
up Prime Minister Perry
Christie, who lives just minutes
away from the concert site. No
one knows if they were suc-
cessful, but the party didn't
stop until the band shut down,
which was about 3.45 Sunday

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