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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
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Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau Bahamas
Publication Date: December 15, 2005
Copyright Date: 2005
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Volume: 102 No.22





declaration and

condemns US


THE Bahamas, with other
CARICOM countries and
Cuban President Fidel Castro,
have agreed to give Cuba access
to free trade in the region.
The..,. Declaration of
Bridgetown was signed at the
close of the one-day CARI-
COM-Cuba summit in Barba-
dos on December 7.
President Castro, who arrived
in Barbados the previous day
under heavy security, restated a
political commitment to
strengthening cooperation with
Caribbean nations.
He cited the 10,502
Caribbean citizens who have
had free medical eye treatment,
as part of the Operation Miracle
ophthalmic programme; the fact
that about 1,142 Cubans are
performing voluntary service to
other CARICOM counties;
Cuba's offer to educate nearly
2,000 young Caribbean people;
and that 3,318 older Caribbean
students are studying in Cuba's
,During his visit to Barbados,
President Castro also joined
other heads of state.
In a joint declaration, the
countries affirmed, among oth-
er things, their shared convic-
tion that global and national
development efforts must be
"people-centred" and that con-
cern for sustainable human
development is at the heart of
their relations and of the

regional cooperation effort.
They also agreed that pover-
ty and social exclusion are
underlying factors that hamper
the well-being and development
of the human person and. mili--
tate against efforts to fulfil the
goals of the international com-
munity in mitigating the effects
of natural disasters, the fight
against inter alia, HIV/AIDS
and other pandemics, cultural
penetration, illiteracy, food inse-
curity, knowledge asymmetries,
crime and violence.
It also noted "with concern"
that despite the countries col-
lective and individual efforts in
the fight against illicit trafficking
in narcotic drugs and psy-
chotropic substances through
the Caribbean and all other
activities that constitute the
regional and international drug
problem, the threat persists.
"We renew our commitment
to cooperate in the struggle
against this scourge in accor-
dance with the principles adopt-
ed by the UN General Assem-
bly to guide international coop-
eration in this matter," the dec-
laration said.
It also condemned the US
imposed sanctions against Cuba
and called upon the interna-
tional community to acknowl-
edge the need for a greater bal-
ance between the promotion
SEE page 10

Preparing the ground for Straw Market

* GOVERNMENT workers prepare the ground for the long-awaited construction of the new
Straw Market yesterday
(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune staff)

Cuban offer 'will
not affect doctors'
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE offer from the Cuban government to
assist Bahamians in receiving ophthalmology is
not designed to take business away from qual-
ified Bahamian doctors, according to Health
Minister Dr Marcus Bethel.
Under the plan, Bahamians with surgically
correctable eye disorders who wish to avail
themselves of the offer, can travel to Cuba and
have work done free.
Dr Bethel, speaking at a press conference
held yesterday at the ministry, said that the

No research on stem

cells in Bahamas
Tribune Staff Reporter
GOVERNMENT will not allow the
Bahamas to be used for stem cell research at
this time, Minister of Health Dr Marcus
Bethel said yesterday.
Addressing the development of an ethics
committee for the Bahamas with assis-
tance of McGill University Health Centre
(MUHC) in Montreal Dr Bethel said the
Ministry of Health will first have to address a
number of ethical concerns surrounding the
highly controversial issue of stem cell research

SEE page 10 SEE page 11


to receive



Tribune Staff Reporter
ATLANTIS is set to receive
17 dolphins which were dis-
placed by Hurricane Katrina for
their new aquatic facility.
The Paradise Island resort
will take on the dolphins from
the Marine Life Oceanarium in
Gulfport, Mississippi, which was
destroyed by the hurricane in
Kerzner International yester-
day entered into an agreement
with Marine Animal Produc-
tions (MAP), the owners of the
dolphins, whereby Kerzner has
agreed to acquire MAP.
MAP has in the past been
responsible for training dolphins
and sea lions for exhibits in the
US and around the world.
SEE page 11

angry at
sentence for
road death

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT After their
devastating loss nearly two
years ago; Americans Charles
Powell and Kelly Hill were
"outraged" that no prison time
was imposed on a Bahamian
woman who slammed into a
taxibus nearly two years ago
killing Ohio resident Dottie
Mr Powell, and his wife, Dot-
tie, 54, of Pickering, Ohio, were
on vacation in Grand Bahama
on January 23 when the acci-
dent occurred. Mrs Powell, who
was impaled on an iron-railing
after being thrown from the
vehicle, was killed instantly.
Cheryl Cooper, 39, was found
guilty last November in the
Freeport Magistrate's Court of
SEE page 10

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Complaints against police 'are

being thoroughly investigated'

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He said that the public will
be given an account of all
investigations including cases
in which disciplinary action
was taken against officers -
when Commissioner of Police
Paul Farquharson makes his
official report at the end of the
According to Superinten-
dent Ferguson, headway is
being made in the effort to
eliminate police corruption.
"We have put officers before
the court for corruption relat-

ed activities; so far for the year
we may have put four or five
officers before the court," he
Superintendent Ferguson
advised the public to report
any instance of police brutality
to his branch before informing
the local media.
"We cannot stop a person
from going to the press that's
their freedom and sometimes
we learn of complaints when
we read it in the press," he

ADDRESSING several alle-
gations of police brutality that
have come up in recent weeks,
Superintendent John Ferguson
yesterday assured the public
that all complaints are being
thoroughly investigated.
Mr Ferguson, who is the
officer in charge of the police
Complaints and Corruptions
branch, said that once the
investigations are complete,
justice will be served.
He estimated that while only
five or six brutality claims have
been reported, around 200 oth-
er complaints have been filed
against police officers in 2005.
Most of these, he said, are
alleged procedure or discipline
infractions, and involve "front
line officers" or officers who
interact with the public on a
daily basis.
Superintendent Ferguson
noted that some of the brutal-
ity allegations are presently
before the courts.

o In brief

Second man

charged in


with murder

A SECOND man has been
charged in connection with the
murder of a store employee
who tried to foil an armed
robbery attempt last month.
Sterling Eugene, 49, an
employee of the Quality Dis-
count Mart on Robinson
Road, was reportedly shot
while he and another male
employee tried to disarm a
robber who entered the store.
Reports stated that as the
two men struggled with the
robber, an accomplice
appeared and opened fire on
both Eugene and the other
The two men were taken to
the Princess Margaret Hospi-
tal, however Eugene later
Godfrey Sawyer, 26 of Nas-
sau Village was arraigned in
Magistrate's Court yesterday
in connection with the mur-
It was alleged that on
Wednesday, November 23
Sawyer, being concerned with
another, caused the death of
It was also alleged that on
the same day Sawyer, being
armed with a handgun, robbed
Jennelle Cumberbatch and
Natasha Pinder of $417, the
property of Quality Discount
Sawyer, who was not repre-
sented by an attorney, was
told by Chief Magistrate
Roger Gomez that he would
not be required to enter a plea
to the charges.
Sawyer was remanded to
Her Majesty's Prison, Fox Hill
and the matter was adjourned
to March 8, 2006.


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Bishop Simeon Hall: 'drop

non-academic activities from

poorly performing schools'

Tribune Staff Reporter
WARNING that the Bahamas is slowly becoming an "anti-
intellectual Junkanoo society", Bishop Simeon Hall is calling for the
removal of all non-academic activities from the curriculum of
poorly performing schools.
Bishop Hall, former president of the Bahamas Christian Coun-
cil, highlighted how other countries in the region that are faced with
"acute economic challenges" are doing far better in their quest for
education than the Bahamas, which is "swimming in oceans of
"The crisis has become so far reaching that it might be wise to
introduce draconian measures. I am not sure such things as Junior
Junkanoo is helping the situation. Cultural expressions should
enhance academic pursuits, and not deter it.
"It might be that we should remove all non-academic activities
from poor scoring schools until the crisis abates. Sports, Junkanoo,
and Music are proving to be major negative distractions in the
lives of too many of our nation's youth," he said.
Bishop Hall's remarks come only days after The Tribune revealed
that the national average on BGCSE results in 2004 was a F+ in
government high schools.
The average for private high schools was D+.
Bishop Hall admitted that "the lion's share" of the blame must
be placed on parents who continue to either show a lack of inter-,
est or who simply place "too low a premium" on education.
"The aversion scores of young people have for education is
exacerbated by the faulty national conclusion that you can get by
without having proper qualifications.
"No conscientious Bahamian should be comfortable with our
national grade being as it is the spin educational officials put on
it, notwithstanding. The Bahamian tax payer is not getting a fair
return on the monies spent in education this is a crisis," he
Bishop Hall said it seems that Minister of Youth, Sports, and Cul-
ture Neville Wisdom is having more success "promoting sports
and Junkanoo" than Minister of Education Alfred Sears is having
"selling the importance of education".
"Not until parents place more emphasis on education as they
do on proms, clothing, cell phones ... will we see a turn around,"
he said.




0 In brief


and drugs

seized in


POLICE have retrieved a
considerable number of
weapons, drugs and other para-
phernalia while executing raids
on some of the local nightclubs
here in New Providence in the
past few weeks.
Yesterday officers involved
in a special police operation
called Quiet Storm displayed
an assortment of knives, cut-
lasses, drugs and other items
they say were retrieved in raids
on nightclubs here in New Prov-
idence since October.
According to inspector Oscar
Sands, head of the Quiet Storm
unit, the operation had been
sparked by the rise in violent
activity in local nightclubs.
"Seeing the number of mur-
ders we have had happening in
night clubs, we decided to real-
ly go and see what's happening
in them," Mr Sands said.
Many of the weapons confis-
cated were retrieved from night-
club floors and other various
places throughout those estab-
lishments. Police say Operation
Quiet Storm is just one of sev-
eral police special operations
aimed at retrieving dangerous
weapons in an effort to reduce
the number of crimes commit-
ted in New Providence.
Inspector Sands said that
nearly 200 persons have been
arrested in connection to the
weapons finds. He added that
alcohol was also confiscated in
several raids where it was dis-
covered that some establish-
ments did not have an up-to-
date liquor licence.
Among the items exhibited
were a machete, one of 30 oth-
er knives confiscated, 25 cut-
lasses, several box cutters, two
imitation firearms, 18 boxes of
assorted beer and a total of 26
1/2 pounds of marijuana.
Police press liaison officers
Walter Evans said that the
operation was a proactive mea-
sure :being carried out by police
to help-eliminate the number
of Weapons on the streets.
"We know that if these
weapons are left on the streets
these injuries would increase,"
Mr Evans said.
Mr Evans noted that public
assistance has helped in numer-
ous weapons and drug finds and
urged the general public yes-
terday to continue to assist the
police in that regard.
With so many weapons being
found in nightclubs, police are
also asking that security per-
sonnel be more vigilant in their
checks of persons entering their

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200 doctors to

get pay rises

Tribune Staff Reporter
A NEW industrial agree-
ment between the Bahamas
Doctors Union and the Pub-
lic Hospital Authority will
mean an increase in salaries
for about 200 physicians.
After six months of negotia-
tions, health officers and union
officials signed a five-year con-
tract at the Ministry of Labour
and Immigration yesterday.
Union president Dr Francis
Williams said the negotiations
were conducted in an atmos-
phere of "professionalism and
respect which facilitated frank
discussion, open communica-
tion and a better understand-
ing of the concerns and posi-
tions of each side."
The agreement spans the
period from July 1, 2005 to
June 30, 2010 and includes an
increase to base salary, risk
allowance and paternity leave.

Minister of Labour and
Immigration Vincent Peet said
the agreement can be seen as a
model for others to follow.


In the first year of the agree-
ment, all doctors will get a four
per cent increase in base
salary. In addition, all interns
will receive an $1,800 base
salary increase.
During year two, there will
be a four per cent general
increase across the board on
base salary, and incremental
increases will continue to be
applied on individual anniver-
sary dates.
There will be no wage rate
increases in year three, but
incremental increases will con-
tinue to be applied.
In years four and five of the
contract, there will be an across
the board 1.5 per cent general

increase, and incremental
increases will continue to be
applied on anniversary dates.
Taking effect from July 1 of
this year, on-call allowances
for interns shall be increased
by $100 per month.
It was also agreed that risk
allowance for physicians be
made commensurate with the
existing nurses risk allowance
provision of $500 per year,
until a universal Public Hos-
pital Authority medical plan
is agreed and implemented.
Every male employee that
has fulfilled at least one year of
continuous service will be
granted paternity leave with
full pay upon the delivery of a
child by his wife. The leave will
not exceed five working days
Dr Williams said that the
matter of health insurance has
not been completely resolved,
but it is expected to become
"a reality" at some point with-
in the five-year agreement.

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(Photo: Mario Duncanson/ Tribune Staff)

19,000 flu shots still to be used

Tribune Staff Reporter
NEARLY two-thirds of the
free flu shots which the gov-
ernment ordered have yet to
be administered
Health Minister Dr Marcus
Bethel said of the 30,000-plus
vaccines ordered to be given
out at government clinics
around the country,19,000
have yet to be used.
"This programme targets
high-risk populations such as
the elderly, children six to 23
months, and all persons with
heart and or lung conditions
and patients receiving dialysis.
Persons who have not taken
advantage of this opportunity
are encouraged to visit or con-
tact the nearest public health

clinic as soon as possible," said
Dr Bethel.
His comments came at a
press conference yesterday to
discuss, among other things,
the ministry's response to
worldwide avian influenza or
bird flu concerns.
Dr Bethel stressed that there
is not a worldwide pandemic of
the disease.
"New cases continue to be
identified in poultry and it has
now been confirmed in 14 coun-
tries in Eastern Europe and
Asia, as well as Turkey," he said.
However, he stressed that no
human-to-human transmissions
have been identified to date.
"There have been a total of
137 human cases in five coun-:
tries resulting in 70 deaths.
These cases have been con-

fined to the Far East, including
Cambodia, China, Indonesia,
Thailand and Vietnam."
Dr Bethel said that the
Bahamas has a contingency
plan centred on a response to
pandemic influenza. "It incor-
porates a component relating
to avian flu, but is much more
comprehensive than a
response to just one strain of
human influenza.
He added that the ministry
is working to develop and
amend the response through
infection control, surveillance,
contact investigation and man-
agement, treatment and care
of persons with influenza, use
of vaccines, and anti-viral
agents, and public health mea-
sures to prevent transmission
among the general public.


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EDITOR, The Tribune
ONCE again in' the Bahamas,
with all the talk of politics in the
air, silly season is upon us. And
once again for the PLP, it is busi-
ness as usual as they try to pro-
mote the evil and ugly face of
racism to divide decent Bahami-
ans. As is the tradition of the
PLP, whenever there is a con-
vention or nearing a general
election, they must for whatever
reason use the race card. I
noticed this many years ago
where the cry was that anyone
who opposed the PLP were anti-
black or an "Uncle Tom!"
In 1987, at a mini-convention
held at the Camelot Room here
in Freeport, I was stunned to
hear the Attorney General of the
Bahamas, the Honourable Paul
Adderley pontificate to the effect
that the findings of the 1984
Commission of Inquiry investi-
gating corruption and drug smug-
gling in the Bahamas was simply
a white man's plot to discredit a
black government! Can you
believe such nonsense from-the.
man who was responsible for law
and order at a time when there
was clearly a break down of law
and order? To the contrary, the
National Security Minister, the
Honourable Loftus Roker indi-
cated that "corruption was rock-
ing the very foundation of the
PLP." This was also a time when
the sociologist had analysed that
the Bahamas had lost a genera-
tion of its young people. Rather
than deal with this crisis head-
on, the PLP government of the
day ignored the developing
tragedy by playing the race card
to influence the 1987 general
election. Today, the Bahamas is
paying a terrible price for such
ignorance as far too many chil-
dren of that lost generation are
now developing into social misfits
that even their parents never
imagined. We now have places
in the Bahamas referred too as
"Beirut, West Bank, etc", where
just like in the Middle East, ter-
ror-and violence has paralysed
the communities and a peaceful,
relaxing way of Bahamian
lifestyle may be lost forever.
At the FNM Convention in
November, Hubert Ingraham
and Brent Symonette were elect-
ed Leader and Deputy Leader
respectively. This black/white
Bahamian combination reflects
the maturity and unity of the
Bahamas as a nation. Being
introduced with the song "Ebony
and Ivory" which refers to piano
keys, they should have also
- played the song "The ink is
black, the page is white, togeth-
er we learn to read and write!"
to demonstrate the positive
aspect of racial harmony in the
Bahamas. Disappointedly, the

PLP appears to be disturbed
with this harmonious racial co-
existence and have a vendetta
out to discredit it. For months,
even prior to the convention, an
unprovoked, savage, vicious and
racist campaign has been waged
throughout the country against
Brent Symonette to prevent him
being elected to the leadership of
the FNM. The fact that his father
was the leader of the discrimi-
nating UBP government forty
years ago, some PLPs are wrong-
ly convinced that he will be rein-
carnated in Brent Symonette
should Brent Symonette be duly
elected. This, of course, is pure
hogwash as there is no scientific
evidence anywhere that suggests
that political belief could be
genetically inherited. Those who
make such a suggestion are sim-
ply up to political mischief.
Furthermore, those at the PLP
convention who had the most to
say about the country returning
to the days of the UBP, notably
Kenyatta Gibson, V Alfred Gray
and PLP Chairman Raynard Rig-
by knows better and that such a
thing could not happen in this
day and age. The fact that all
three of these individuals are
lawyers, it is inexcusable that they
are not familiar with provisions of
the Bahamas Constitution that
has been in effect since July 10,
1973 which clearly protects every
person from the.evil of discrimi-
nation. It is, therefore, foolish for
anyone in this time to suggest a
possible return to the age of dis-
crimination under the current
Constitution of the Bahamas.
Chairman Rigby in his hopeless
defense of the PLP in this matter
indicated that they were only dis-
cussing the UBP from an histori-
cal perspective. Whenever I hear
a politician giving a history lesson,
I always get suspicious as such a
lesson is more likely to-be biased-
and incomplete. Chairman Rig-
by's presentation is no exception.
He failed to mention that it was a
UBP, (Sir) Alvin Braynen rep-
resenting St John's and St
George's constituency who
almost single handedly had
brought the PLP to power on
January 10, 1967 by being the tie-
breaker when he went along with
the PLP.
Other members of the public
have stepped forward and put in
their two cents into this race card
debate. One such person was a
Reverend Dr Keith Russell
whose letter was published in
the Freeport News under the
title "The Race Card"! As-usual,
Reverend Russell presents a
very myopic and unobjective
view of racism in the Bahamas.
His dislike and unforgiving
unchristian attitude towards
Brent Symonette has already
been previously documented. He
incorrectly blames Europeans
for this situation and accuses oth-
ers of "historical amnesia" with-
out giving any explanation as to
the shortcomings of his account
of events. Either Rev Russell
doesn't conceptually understand
the concept of slavery or his
knowledge of the slave trade is
rather limited. Slavery was a



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business that was determined by
supply and demand. Black
Africans had the supply and the
west had the demand. Without
the full participation of black
Africans, there would have been
no African slavery. Condemna-
tion of the slave trade cannot
be just against Europeans, but
black Africans were just as cul-
pable as well. Sadly, today slay-
ery still exists mostly in African
countries such as the Sudan with-
no protest or outrage from per-
sons such as Rev Russell.
Another surprising outburst
about race came from Errington
"Bumpy" Watkins as he made,
reference about Brent Symop-
ette taking the Bahamas back to
the 1950's. He claims that his
remarks were not racist but
"realistic". What makes Mr
Watkins comments so interesting
is the fact that he was a former
chairman of the UBP and also
a UBP Member of Parliament.
But, he was not just a UBP, but
a UBP fanatic and extremist who
was one of the leaders in tlie
Abaco secession movement for
Independence. He now has a
position in the PLP government.
Has he abandoned his old UBP
ways and is reformed? Why carft
others such as Brent Symonette
change as well? Or is this just
another attempt for the PLP to
play the race card?
Persons like Reverend Rus-
sell, Errington Watkins and those
PLPs with immature racial
understanding who have aban-
doned Dr Martin Luther King's
dream of "judging a man by the
content of his character and not
the colour of his skin" should.
take a chapter out of the life of
former US President, Jimmy
Carter. Never have I seen a Pres-
ident (other than Bill Clinton)
so loved by the American Negro.
His commitment to helping
minorities, the poor, the down-
trodden, the hopeless and vic-
tims of injustice is legendary.
Even in retirement at almost
eighty years of age, he works tire,'-'
- lessly around the world encour-;
aging democracy and observance
for basic human rights for which'
he has won the Nobel Peace
Prize. Recently, he has been tb&
Haiti, the Bahamas' troubled and"
poor neighbour to the south. If
he ran for President again, an'
educated guess would be that h&
would get virtually one hundred
percent of the black vote. On the
other hand, any Republican Pre-
ident whose party is responsible
for emancipation of slavery
would be challenged to get ten'
percent of the black vote. How-
ever, using the PLP's logic, Jim-:
my Carter should have never run'
for President. You see, Jimmy
Carter still lives on the farm in
Plains, Georgia, that was started
by his slave-owner great-grand-
father. In "cracker" Georgia,.
many a black men were lynched
and Georgia was one of the
strongest supporters of the Con-,
federacy. Out of this racist atmos-
phere came a man who refusd6t
to live in a racist past and becanim
one of the most decent leaders 4f
our time.
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Man arrested

after police

raid on house

Tribune Freeport
Bahama police seized $60,000
worth of suspected cocaine
and a firearm at a house in the
Chesapeake Subdivision.
The raid resulted in the
arrest of a 33-year-old
Bahamian man.
According to police reports,
at about 4am on Tuesday,
officers executed a search
warrant on a house suspected
of containing dangerous drugs
and firearms.
Police discovered and
seized two kilos of cocaine, a
black and chrome Smith and
Wesson handgun containing
10 live rounds of ammunition,
two bullet-proof vests and
three empty gun cases.
The occupant of the house
was arrested and taken into
The suspect and the drugs
were flown to New Provi-
dence aboard an OPBAT
The man will be arraigned
before Magistrate Carolita
Bethel in the Drug Court
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Chief of Protocol appointment

Tribune Staff Reporter
AN EMOTIONAL Andrew McKinney was offi-
cially appointed Chief of Protocol at the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs in a small ceremony with family and
friends yesterday.
Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell praised
Mr McKinney for having "written the script" on
how stage events should be organised and run.
"Wherever I have gone in the world, you'll hear
people say, 'How is Mr Andrew McKinney',
because he is the first official that they meet when
they land in the Bahamas, and often the last when
they leave.
"And he leaves a lasting impression of our coun-
try, and he is a good example of what our public
services is and ought to be. The public service
would do well to emulate his work ethic, and his life
and times," the minister said.
Visibly moved, Mr McKinney thanked Mr
Mitchell and Prime Minister Perry Christie for the

He said that he is especially thankful to his fam-
ily for their constant and continued support.
"As promised, I would always do my best to be
that perfect officer within the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs for the Bahamas government.
"I couldn't have done it on my own if I didn't
have the assistance of the staff members of the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs but more important-
ly my family," he said.
"I remember my sister and my brother that
passed but if it wasn't for my brothers and sisters
who have always been there for me, and they have
always been kind with money I wouldn't have
made it.
"And for the other sister that isn't here, I thank
them and I love them dearly."

U ANDREW MCKINNEY speaks yesterday as
Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell looks on.
(Photo: Felipg Major/Tribune staff)


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home into a

Tribune Staff Reporter
AN INNER city taxi driver
who has converted her home
into a soup kitchen says she will
provide a place of refuge for
the neglected this holiday sea-
On Christmas day and New
Year's day, Theadora Sargeant
will host an open house where
needy persons can get a holi-
day dinner, clothing, shoes and
Ms Sergeant's three bedroom
home on Smith Street in Chip-
pingham is not just the place
where her family resides, but a
place where the less fortunate
find comfort on a daily basis.
A year ago, Ms Sargeant left
her taxi job and began work-
ing full-time in her Jehovah
Jirah ministry, which seeks to
care for the poor and down-
Ms Sargeant said that she
grew up in a giving family.
After she rededicated herself
to God nine years ago, she said
it became clear that her pur-
pose in life was to help "to res-
cue the perishing and care for
the suffering."
"You meet people and the
Lord just presses you to help.
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overnight at your house, to pay
the extra on their ticket for
them to get back home, or just
someone that you met and they
found themselves in a difficult
situation and stayed at your
house for a couple of months,
until they got sorted out," said
Ms Sargeant.

She began helping the less
fortunate nine years ago, by
waking up very early in the
morning to cook pots of food
and then drive her taxi around
New Providence in search of
homeless persons to feed before
beginning her work day.
"I would get up at 3am and
prepare the food. I would take
it out on the road at 6am to
catch all of the persons sleeping

:e of refuge

on the park benches, along the
waterfront, the downtown area
and then end up at Retirement
Park and under the bridge. I
would take care of them six
days a week with a hot meal
and a can of juice," she said.
Although Ms Sargeant now
only provides food on Satur-
days and Mondays, she main-
tains that no one will ever be
turned away from her door
Ms Sargeant said that per-
sons come to her for assistance
every day.
She said that a number of
years ago, a vision from God
led her to contemplate con-
structing a multi-purpose shel-
ter to host single men, single
women, children and families
in need.
Ms Sargeant said that she
continues to pray that the pro-

ject becomes a reality and has
now has taken some steps
towards applying for Crown

For the most part, Ms
Sargeant has funded her efforts
out of her own pocket, but has
received some help from com-
panies such as Holiday Ice,
Original Patties, Jumper Broth-
ers Bakery, and from her pas-
tor, Bishop Neil Ellis.
She said that the project con-
tinues to suffer from a severe
need for funding and donations,
as she aims not merely to feed
and cloth persons, but to "get
them psychologically and spiri-
tually ready to face whatever
had them on the streets, and to
move on."

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Sister Eileen Storey, a Sis-
ter of Charity of New York
(SCNY), who taught in Nas-
sau 50 years ago, died on
Wednesday, December 7, in
Yonkers, New York.
She was 80 years old.
Sister Eileen, or Sister
Marie Joseph as she was
known then, served two
stints in Nassau.
She taught history, math
and religion at St Francis
Xavier College from 1949
to 1952 and again from 1954
to 1958.
Between 1944 and 1965,
when she was not serving in
the Bahamas, Sister Eileen
taught at five Catholic ele-
mentary schools in the New
York City metropolitan

Also in New York, Sister
Eileen taught French at the
College of Mount Saint Vincent
in the Bronx, was a theology
professor at St John's Universi-
ty in Queens and served as
Chaplain and director of Cam-
pus Ministry at Marymount
Manhattan College.
While she was campus minis-
ter of the Catholic Center at
New York University in Man-
hattan, Sister Eileen co-ordi-
nated the lunch programme that
fed 300 people a day.
Sister was born in County
Wicklow, Ireland, "in a village
so small it doesn't even show
on a map," she once remi-
Her family immigrated to
Manhattan when she was three
years old. Sister Eileen attend-
ed local schools through col-
Over the years, Sister Eileen
won many education awards
including a Fulbright scholar-
ship which enabled her to com-
plete her doctoral studies in
French language and literature
at the Sorbonne in Paris (1967-

* SISTER Eileen Storey

She became a Sister of Char-
ity of New York in 1942, served
as chairperson of the congrega-
tion's Spiritual Life Committee
at one point, and made signifi-
cant contribution to the spiri-
tual renewal of the SCNY.
Between 1969 and 1972, she
served as the director of novices
for her congregation.
From the early 70's onward,
Sister's ministry was prayer. She
opened houses of prayer
through the New York Arch-
diocese. In 1975, she undertook
a nine and a half month spiritu-
al journey that took her to
Japan, Taiwan, Korea, India,
Italy and Israel.
She studied and experienced
eastern spirituality as a pilgrim,
not as a scholar. She underwent
the strict disciplines of Zen,
Zagen, Yoga and Christian con-
templation and brought them
back with her to enrich the
houses of prayer with the teach-
ings of eastern spirituality.
Sister Eileen not only prayed
for peace, she worked for it as
an activist.

On April 30, 1972, sbe
was one of seven Sisters o61
Charity of New York who
protested with a group
against the Vietnam War
at St Patrick's Cathedral.
In March 1986, The vi'
ed and reported on the d
tressful conditions of Pali6
tinians and Israel. .
She was a member of the
Gulf Peace Team, an inter-
national group of peace
activists that was formed in
late 1990 to provide a ion-
violent presence between
the Iraqi army and the US
led multinational forces
Sister Eileen traveledto
Iraq five times before and
after the Persian Gulf War
of 1990-91. Her persoil ,
witness and those of many
Iraqis who spoke with l.h,
peace team are in her boqk,
The Victory of Grass: Amerir
can Salaam Iraqi. : ,
She was deeply disturbed by,
the lack of basis medical.sup-
plies and school material in,
Iraq. Her congregation, the Sis-
ters of Charity of New York,-
donated funds to help alleviate
the shortages. ..., -
Sister Eileen once wrote that'
she "always had an underdog'
complex which kept me'on the
side of the victimised. Political-'
ly, I feel like a citizen of 'f1i
world, but religiously, I also,
have a deep respect for every
human experience of the holy."
In the 1990s, Sister was,'the.
recipient of many peacemaker
awards. .
Sister Eileen's life was dedi-,
cated to improving communi-
cations between individuals. She
studied and taught foreign lar-
guages, showed others how to
talk to God, and tried to turn
armed conflicts into peace talks.-
Of herself, Sister said;
"Essentially, I'm a teacher 'by'
profession and, I think, by call-'
ing... As a linguist, 'political' is
a grace-filled word for me. It
means people care about their
city, their state, their nation,
their word ... Each of us must
be true to whatever faith, vision:
empowers us, inspires us, guides'
us ... The classroom is where I;
share best. That is where I cans
educate ihe visions not yet for-,
mulated of a world where jus-4
tice and peace are both matter
and form of a vision."
Her funeral was held at the.
Convent of Mary the Queen im
Yonkers, NY on Sunday,.-
December 11. The Mass of.!
Christian Burial was held Mon-i
day, December 12 in the Chapele
of the Immaculate Conception,
at Mount Saint Vincent in thee
Bronx, NY, where the Sisters"
of Charity are headquartered

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Former Francis

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SNew partnership to benefit Ministry of Health

Tribune Staff Reporter
A NEW partnership with the
McGill University Health Centre of
Montreal, is set to reduce the
necessity of travel for medical rea-
sons for Family Islanders, Minister
of Health Dr Marcus Bethel
Described as an "historic occasion",
the Ministry of Health yesterday
signed a memorandum of
understanding with Montreal
Medical International (MMI), the uni-
versity's international activities
The collaboration is designed to

offer an extensive exchange of med-
ical information and training between
the two parties.
"The Ministry of I health will be the
beneficiary of the wealth of health-
care management, experience and the
many health professionals with the
necessary skills and knowledge at
McGill University Health Centre,
which can assist the Ministry
of Health with its strategic develop-
"It is expected that MMI will pro-
vide a comprehensive package of
healthcare consulting services which
will emanate from a needs assessment
and scope evaluation of both the aca-
demic and health management

requirements of our national health-
care system and any other emerging
needs designated as priority," Dr
Bethel said.

Although the details of the part-
nership are still evolving, the minister
said that about half a dozen areas in
which the MMI will assist the
Bahamas have already been identi-
fied, including the establishment of
an ethics committee and an electron-
ic medicine (e-medicine) network for
all the islands.
E-medicine, said Dr Bethel, will

enable doctors and nurses in the Fam-
ily Islands to have access to specialists
in New Providence through' a new
computer network.
"(Persons) will have the back-up of
a major healthcare system in Canada.
So it means the people in the Family
Islands may not have to travel to Nas-
sau for a lot of services, reducing the
cost of travel and the need to travel at
the both patient level and at the
provider level," said Dr Bethel.
This future online exchange of med-
ical information will be facilitated by
the fibre optic cable system that
is currently being constructed
throughout the Bahamas, the minister

Lion's Club donates

to hurricane relief

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT The Freeport
Li6n's Club made a donation to
the-Red Cross and Salvation Army
yesterday to help with continuing
hurricane relief on Grand Bahama.
Club president Charles Saun-
ders said the organisation, in con-
junction with the Florida Lion's
Eye Bank, will also make Christ-
mas brighter for a four-year-old
Grand Bahama student who is in
need of surgery on both eyes.
.Although the organisation has
had to cancel some of its fundrais-
ing events due to last year's hurri-
canes, Mr Saunders said that "in
the spirit of being our brothers
keeper, the club wanted to make a
donation toward the feeding and
clothing of those persons left dis-
placed by Hurricane Wilma."
He said that the Red Cross and
Salvation Army were selected
because both organisations have
been on the frontline of relief
efforts, providing hot meals, boxed
lunches, clothing and bedding to
Grand Bahamians affected by the
Mr Saunders said that Tawaro
Bain, who has cataracts in both
eyes, is scheduled to undergo cor-
rective eye surgery on Friday.
"It is hoped that after his recov-
ery period, Tawaro will once again
be able to enjoy the use of both
eyes which will enable him to be a

LION'S Club president Charles
Saunders (centre) is seen presenting
a cheque donation to Red Cross and
Salvation Army representatives. Seen
from left are Bethlyn Culmer of the
Red Cross, Lorenzo Johnson of the
Lion's Club, Sam Cooper of the Red
Cross, Mr Saunders, Captain Rhonda
Mathias of the Salvation Army, Renee
Hall of the Lion's Club, Jumaine Bern-
abe of the Salvation Army, and
Michael Albury of the Lion's Club.
(Photo: Denise Maycock)

productive student and have a bet-
ter overall enjoyment of life," he
The main focus of the Lion's
Club is sight preservation. For
many years, the organisation has
provided eye exams, eyeglasses
and corrective surgery for students
on Grand Bahama.
Mr Saunders said the group has
spent $11,000 this year.
"When we get calls and refer-
rals from the schools about kids
needing glasses we send them to
20/20 and they are provide with
glasses free of charge," he said.
Mr Saunders thanked the Grand
Bahama community for its sup-
port of the organisation over the
past 40 years. He urged the public

to support functions for the dis-
Sam Cooper of Red Cross and
Captain Rhonda Mathias of the
Salvation Army said the donation
was very timely as the organisa-
tions are very busy providing assis-
tance to the elderly and others
affected by the storm.
Mrs Mathias said there is still a
great need for aid, because many
continue to suffer.
"This donation has come in time
because we are presently begin-
ning our distribution of building
materials, and we also want to look
at the distribution of mattresses,
bedding and food items. We want
to commend and thank the Lion's
Club for their donation," she said.



* MINISTER of Health
Dr Marcus Bethel

Serving The Bahamian Community
Since 1978

PHONE: 322-8160 OR 322-8219






Different views on foreign investment

C LEARLY foreign
investment will play a
central role in the upcoming
general election just as it did in
the last general election but
with a slightly different twist.
Last election, the FNM argued
that its performance in attract-
ing more than $4 billion in
investments fuelled close to a
decade of sustained economic
growth and development in the
country and was good for the
On the other hand, last elec-
tion, the PLP argued that the
FNM was too foreign-investor
friendly and that its investment
policy amounted to "selling the
country out". This election, the
FNM seems poised to continue
touting its record on foreign
investment as having been good
for the country while the PLP
will change its message some-
what to suggest that it has done
a much better job at attracting


GuZman(i/, dAech

foreign investment than the
FNM, with some $10 billion in
approvals in hand. The debate
will be an interesting one
From this writer's point of
view, it appears obvious that
Ingraham and Christie define
and measure foreign investment
differently. Ingraham tends to
define investment by the
amount of money the investor
puts in the ground directly while
Christie tends to define invest-
ment by the amount of money
that an investment project
might generate directly and
indirectly over time.
Take for example, when
Ingraham announced Sun Inter-
national's first phase on Par-
adise Island, he announced that
it would be an $800 million
investment, an amount that only
included what Kerzner would
spend directly on the venture.
On the other hand, when PM
Christie recently announced the

Ginn project in Grand Bahama,
he used the "build out" figure
over twenty years of $3.7 bil-
lion, a figure that is much high-
er than the amount that the
Ginn Corporation will directly
invest. The Ginn Corporation
will not directly invest half a bil-
lion dollars in Grand Bahama, if
it is successful it could gener-
ate economic value in the bil-
lions of dollars.
If Ingraham looked at Sun
International's development
twenty years from the day it was
first announced, counting all of
the value it would have created
over at Paradise Island in that
time, he could have announced
to the Bahamas an agreement
valuing multiple billions of dol-
lars, for that is certainly the kind
of value Sun has and will gen-
erate over two decades.
Just as an example, Ingraham
did not include in his $800 mil-
lion investment figure the hun-
dreds of millions of dollars in



value generated when Sun
closed the Paradise Island Air-
port, upgraded the golf course
and sold the land for the devel-
opment of the many multi-mil-
lion-dollar homes being built.
In fact, if one takes the
approach of valuing an invest-
ment in terms of "build out"
figure, the single largest pri-
vate investor in the Bahamas
now and perhaps for ever
more would be the Grand
Bahama Port Authority, which
has generated value in
Freeport in the multiple bil-
lions over its 50-year history
and will generate even billions
more over the remaining life
of its agreement with the gov-
ernment. The "Bay Street
Boys", later the UBP, then
would have to take credit for
such an unmatchable invest-
ment having presided over the
signing of the agreement in

By extension, Ingraham,
while he was Prime
Minister, tended to take a more
concrete view of investments,
preferring to speak to invest-
ments he knew would get up
and running almost immediate-
ly following his approval. PM
Christie on the other hand,
tends to take a more specula-
tive approach to foreign invest-
ments, announcing investments
that will not come on stream in
short order and the value of
which depended on many fac-
tors far into the future.
Perhaps Ingraham's approach
resulted from his early experi-
ence with the Cape Eleuthera
and Ocean Bight Exuma pro-
jects, which were announced
shortly after he came to office
but never materialised. Since
then, Ipgraham went to the
public only with investments he
believed were doable and-,
doable in short order. Mr
.Christie on the other hand has
/ .I

announced m
early in his
lately, some
yet materialis
by their ow:
take years to
As an exa

Mr In
get an
the gr(
to viev
as one
a balai
sheet 1
out ag

incentives as necessary to get
|ALK an investment in the ground
TA LK while Mr Christie seems to iew
mM. them as one side of a balance
sheet that he needs to nettout
A I N G against another side.
For Mr.Ingraham, if an
iany projects, some investor did not make his invest-
tenure and some meant in the country, the country
of which have not would not get anything, not cap-
3ed and others that, ital injection; not the capita for-
n admission, will mation; not the jobs; not, the
come on stream. business spin offs; and certainly
ample, notwith- not the government revenue,
discounted as they might have
In his figuring, nothing om
graham nothing leaves nothing, sorhat
grahIa I talking about concessions giv-
I to view en up was somewhat idleltalk
if one would not get the benefits
m enr t in the first place if the invest-
ment was not made. Hav ng,
-ives as however, blasted the FNI1for
giving up too much in coices-
3aryV to sions to Kerzner Internatignal
J and other investors,-PM
Christie is careful to give the
appearance that he is not giving
m eC t 111 up too much or that he wiAl get
back all or much of whI he
Ound1 gives away.
So for Mr Christie, t is
Mr important to say that he will get
back some "$200 million" 61 his
iCe seems estimated "$313 million" :on-
w them cessions, even though the math
on all of this is highly specula-
side of tive, since one is trying to fore-
cast decades into a much urgcer-
nce tain future. For Mr Christie the
investor seems to be willing to
that he make the investment even-f he
does not give him the-coWies-
to net sions. If this is the case, n1 oti-
ating concessions migV be
ainSt unnecessary altogether, s, e-
thing the IMF has been putting
er side. forward to the Bahamasifor
years now. -

standing that PM Christie told
the country that he could hear
the bulldozers starting up, Bob-
by Ginn said that he would
need some six months to get
started in West End and Mr
Izmaraeli of BahaMar said that
he oould no t get tarted for at
least two years.

i r Ingraham tended
L to view investment

M r Ingraham ,also
tended to Vew
investment results more. ag-
matically than it seemiMr
Christie does. For Iingrallm,
investment only mattered tq the
extent that it generated Sme
40,000 jobs over a nine year
period, driving down uniem-
ployment from 14.8 per cent in
1992 to under seven per cent in
2001 and substantially increas-
ing personal and household
Mr Christie, on the other
hand, seems content to take
pride in approving more than
$10 billion in investments even
though unemployment
remains at a stubborn double-
digit rate of more than 10 per
cent and personal and house-
hold incomes are similarly
Whatever ones position is on
foreign investment in the
Bahamas, this much has ieen
settled by the behaviour of the
FNM and PLP, they
both agree that it is the central
component of economic dqvel-
opment and the PLP, at last
now, concedes that it no longer
amounts to "selling the coun-
try out".
So the debate will ragd on
with each party holding high
their trophies of foreign iest-
ment for the voting pubH* to
gaze upon and judge. Fq the
FNM, its trophies will be most-
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Good reception for Onion Soup

'Youth bands and performers
'from the Exumas and Ragged
'Iland wowed a jubilant audi-
ence during their special Christ-
mas concert on Saturday.
" Dubbed Onion Soup, the
show featured musical selec-
tions, skits, dances, and a ren-
'dition of the Christmas story
from a Bahamian perspective.
'" The event kept the audience
7~which packed the local Angli-
'Can church hall on the edge of
their seats with admiration.
1 "Awesome! Awesome!" was
how senior administrator for
Exuma and Ragged Island
Everette Hart, put it. "I am very
"They really outdid them-
Velves tonight," he said of band
director Corporal Perry Brice
'And his deputy, Constable
Sarlton Smith, who put the

concert together.
The formation of youth bands
along the lines of the Royal
Bahamas Police Force Band
was the idea of the police's
Community Relations Unit.
The concert was held under
the patronage of the officer in
charge of the Exuma and
Ragged Island district, Super-
intendent Willard Cunningham
and Mrs Cunningham.
"It was fantastic," said chief
councillor Franklyn McKenzie.
"It shows us exactly what our
young people can do and what
they will do in the future.
"If their performance this
evening is an indication of any-
thing, then we can be assured
that we are passing the future of
our country into good hands."
The youth group programme
was started in Exuma in 2001
by Sergeant Perry Williams,

head of the local police's com-
munity relations section.
Corporal Brice joined the fol-
lowing year, and then came
Constable Carlton Smith.
The Exuma group was
reportedly so impressive that it
inspired the formation of other
bands in Ragged Island and
Black Point. Next year Farmer's
Cay and Staniel Cay will be
added to the list.

For Corporal Brice and Con-
stable Smith, the task is made
easier because of the enthusi-
asm of the children.
"The children love it," Brice
said. "They look forward to
playing. They love to learn -
whether it is an instrument,
dance or drill. They take time
out to attend practice every
time a session is called."
Reading music is a must. "If

they have a talent for ear I
would help them to develop it,"
Brice said, "but I don't believe
that any musician should be
without the ability to read
"Moreover, music helps a lot
with their discipline and it
teaches them patience," he said.
"They tend to realise that by
keeping on working at things,
they achieve greatness rather

than getting frustrated and quit-
The Exuma youth band has
110 members, Black Point has
45, and Ragged Island, 18.
Co-operation from parents is
always forthcoming, said Cor-
poral Brice. "Most parents back
us. They make sure their chil-
dren attend practice and help
them develop on their instru-


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FROM page one
and protection of political
and civil rights on the one hand,
and the economic, social and
cultural rights on the other, and
to give effective recognition to
collective rights such as the right
to development, the right of
peoples to peace and self deter-
mination, as well as the right to
enhanced and sustainable eco-
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Health Minister says Cuban eye offer will not affect doctors

FROM page one
Bahamas accepted the offer which
Cuba extended to all regional govern-
ments after consultation with the rel-
evant government entities: the Ministry
of Health, Department of Public Health,
Chief of Opthomalogy at the Princess
Margaret Hospital and the President of
Optometry Association.
Several local doctors had expressed
their displeasure with the programme,
saying that it implied that Bahamian
physicians were not qualified to per-
form the surgeries.
They also said that there were enough
Bahamian doctors in the country to
facilitate local need and that the pro-

gramme would have a detrimental
impact on their business.
Dr Bethel stressed that the pro-
gramme is entirely optional for patients.
"This is an humanitarian gesture
designed particularly to target those
people who cannot afford to access rel-
atively expensive health services for sur-
gically corrected eye disorders. It is a
voluntary system in that individuals who
wish to go, will go and those who wish to
stay will stay.
He added that there are many
Bahamians who opt to travel to the
United States or Canada for medical
"Let's put it into perspective," he said.
"The government is not forcing any-

one to go to Cuba, it is a service that
Cuba has offered the whole region and
that includes Latin America and South
America and the Caribbean, not specif-
ically the Bahamas.
Dr Bethel added that he has spoken
with other Caribbean health ministers
whose governments have used the ser-
"They have found it has a dramatic
affect on their people," he said.
"It is a facilitator for the people, gov-
ernments are about looking after the
needs of the people."
Dr Bethel added that he made the
official announcement to senior physi-
cians of the Public Hospitals Authority
at a meeting held on October 28,2005 to

ensure that medical professionals were
aware of the initiative
The Prime Minister, he said, also
announced the project in Parliament on
November 2.
"These eye screenings started in pub-
lic facilities on November 1, 2005 and to
date 1,256 persons have been screened.
Out of this number, 312 are considered
eligible for surgery, including cataracts
and other eye disorders. It is anticipat-
ed that persons wishing to participate
will begin travel to Cuba early in the
New Year.
According to Dr Baldwin Carey,
director of Public Health, 15,000 surg-
eries have already been done in the
Caribbean as a part of the programme.

Family's anger at sentence for

woman who caused road death

FROM page one
killing Mrs Powell in the course
dangerous driving.
During sentencing on
Wednesday in Court One, Mag-
istrate Franklin Williams
ordered Ms Cooper to pay a
$5,000 fine or one year impris-
onment for failure to pay.
"I am outraged and I feel the
court has failed to prosecute
what was really done here," said
Kelly Hill, the daughter of Mrs
She felt that $5,000 is a very
"small price" to pay for some-
one's life.
"I think there should be
time spent for such a crime. I
understand it was an accident
but some time behind bars is
what is fair and I think the
court has failed us me, my





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figure out what she needs to do
to help prevent this from ever
happening again."
Mr Powell was deeply dis-
turbed that the police had not
conducted a DUI test on Ms
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"The fact they didn't test her
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know. If it is not, it needs to be
made mandatory anytime some-

body is killed that all parties are
tested," he said.
Mr Powell will never vaca-
tion in Grand Bahama again.
"The only reason why I come
back here is for what is going on
here today. I don't think I could
ever vacation here again. There
are so many bad memories," he
The family has not indicated
whether they will pursue any
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mother, and family."
Mrs Hill and her stepfather,
Charles, have travelled back
and forth to Grand Bahama
over the past two years to be
present at the trial. Ms Cooper,
she said, has never apologised
to the family for what has hap-
According to the court pros-
ecutor, police investigations
revealed that Ms Cooper was
speeding and was to blame for
the accident.
Ms Cooper, who was a pizza
delivery driver for Domino's
Pizza at the time, was headed
west on Shearwater Drive when
she pulled onto the main high-
way and collided with the taxi
bus on Sea Horse Road.
The taxi-bus overturned sev-
eral times. The Powell's and
four other friends from Ohio
were passengers in the vehicle.
Mr Powell, and the other pas-
sengers, also sustained injuries
in the accident.
In January, he and his step-
daughter, Kelly, along with their
friends, laid a wreath on the
spot that Mrs Powell lost her
"It was a very rough day
when we laid the wreath,"
recalled Mr Powell.
"I think that she (Ms Cooper)
should have spent some time so
that she could think, reflect and


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Government will not allow

stem cell research in Bahamas

FROM page one
before deciding if the
Bahamas will allow research in
that field to go ahead.
Until recently the Bahamas
was one of six countries being
looked at by ITO Laboratories
as the location for a "research
invite" in the emerging stem cell
research industry.
According to ITO's business
proposal, major advances in
"health care treatments will
result from this initiative and
the overall benefits to the host
country would be "immeasur-
Earlier this year,,Minister
Bethel said the primary ques-
tion in respect to stem cell

research is the morality of the
research. Potential economic
benefits, he said, are a sec-
ondary consideration.
Stem cell research has
become a controversial issue in
the US and Europe, as the nec-
essary specimens can be derived
from human embryos.
Detractors also fear the
research represents the first step
toward human cloning.
Speaking yesterday at the
signing of the memorandum of
understanding between the min-
istry of health and Montreal
Medical International, Dr
Bethel said:
"The ministry has main-
tained a steadfast, conserva-
tive approach to (stem cell

research), which means the
ministry has determined we
will not allow the Bahamas to
be used at this time as a cutting
edge research centre for cell
stem research until a number
of issues have been sorted
He further said that the
Canadian medical centre will
be an ideal partner to help the
Bahamas in establishing laws to
address ethical questions in
"With the experience McGill
brings and a strong, well estab-
lished ethics department, it will
help us in formulating policies
and eventually legislation con-
cerning medical ethical issues,"
he said.

Dolphins to come from US

FROM page one
Just last month Kerzner
became embroiled in a contro-
versy involving the alleged ille-
gal import of dolphins.
The World Society for the
Protection of Animals (WSPA)
claimed that 40 dolphins were
to be exported from the
Solomon Islands to the
A ban is in place on the
export of live dolphins.
However, Kerzner Interna-
tional said that allegations
claiming that their company was
attempting to purchase these 40
dolphins were "grossly inaccu-
rate," and that Atlantis' dolphin
lagoons were only in the plan-
ning stages and not yet ready
to receive any animals.
Pending approval by the US
courts, Kerzner will now take
over MAP and become the
owner of the 17 dolphins from
Following the devastation of
Hurricane Katrina, the animals
were spread out and temporar-
ily placed in the Gulfarium in
Fort Walton Beach, Florida, the
Seabees base in Mississippi, the
national aquarium in Baltimore

and at a Six Flags theme park in
New Jersey.
"After searching for the finest
home for these animals since
the aftermath of Hurricane Kat-
rina, and noting that the tem-
porary residences we found for
them were no longer optimal,
we feel that the best solution
for the animals is to reunite
them collectively in a new habi-
tat," said Don Jacobs, Chair-
man, Marine Animal Produc-
Mr Jacobs further said that
Atlantis will establish a "Katri-
na Kids" programme which will
sponsor trips for Mississippi
Gulf Coast school children to
visit the resort and the dolphins.
"A research programme will
also be established with region-
al universities to enable ongoing
collaboration with the Atlantis
veterinary medical and research
teams," he said.
Chief marine officer for
Kerzner International, Frank
Murru, said that once the dol-
phins arrive in the Bahamas
"they will be given complete
medical evaluations, husbandry
training, and ongoing behav-
ioural evaluations."
He added that the animals

will be cared for in "an accli-
matation/training habitat on
Atlantis property where all
pools and operational areas
such as a state-of-the-art med-
ical laboratory and food prepa-
ration facilities have been
designed for the dolphins' com-
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TORCHBEARERSwith Torchbearers gifts to youngsters
their gifts outside the hospital gifts: t:y .ou g t e

THE Torchbearers FNM
youth association presented
boxes of toys, teddy bearers,
and activity books to youngsters
( i the children's ward at the
Princes Margaret Hospital on
December 4.
The gifts were appreciated by
both the care givers and the
young patients some of whom
have not been visited by family
members for quite some time.

The Torchbearers said they
realise that although the ward
is government-regulated, and to
a large extent financed by public
funds, "there are some things in
life that governmental and polit-
ical institutions seldom provide".
Throughout this year, the
Torchbearers have made numer-
ous donations to youth related
initiatives, but members said the
visit to the children's ward was

their most touching experience
The association said it is gear-
ing up for a full year of activities
beginning January 2006, when
they will address issues, includ-
ing the academic needs of inner
city children, the need for assis-
tance with homework and other
classroom challenges, and the
need for controlled environ-
ments for children to play and
socialise in.

* PICTURED, front row from left, at the menu sampling are Phillip Hillier; co-chairman,
Rowena Finlayson, chairwoman, and Lydia Mills, catering and convention services manager at the
Wyndham Nassau Resort. Back row, from left: committee members Nikki Boeuf, Sharon Cleare
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IN the midst of the hustle
and bustle of the Christmas

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final preparations for the first
major social event of 2006 -
the 34th annual Red Cross
Members recently joined
chairwoman Rowena Finlayson
for a taste testing at the Wynd-
ham Nassau Resort the venue
for the January 28 affair.
After much deliberation and
sampling, the committee decid-
ed upon a main course offering
of tamarind glazed rack of lamb
tenderloin and grouper fillet
drizzled with a lemon butter
Tickets for the 2006 Red
Cross Ball are available at the
Bahamas Red Cross Head-
quarters on John F Kennedy
Drive, telephone 323-7370.


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Monday, December 1'th, 2005
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Friday, December 23rd, 2005 OFfICES CLOSE at 12 noon

Wednesday, December 28th, 2005
Offices eopen -regular hours

Friday, December 30th, 2005 OFFICES CLOSED

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006
Offices reopen re.gutar hours

Bahama Old Bahama Bay
Resort andYacht Harbour has
announced "great progress" in
the recovery efforts after Hur-
ricane Wilma.
The resort is now scheduled
to re-open on December 23,
just in time to celebrate the
"We are pleased with the
progress of our recovery and
we are eager to open on
December 23," said Bob
Kramm, chief operating offi-
cer of Old Bahama Bay. "Our
team is filled with great enthu-
siasm and our business fore-
cast looks favourable."
"The yacht harbour is now
open and accepting overnight
guests at a dollar-per-foot with
only limited services available,"
said Harbour Master Peter
Watson. "When all the hotel
amenities are fully operational,


)ntinues at

marina dockage fees will return
to full rates," he said.
The Old Bahama Bay team
say they are excited about
opening in time for the holi-
day season and the planned
"Christmas affair" celebration
at Aqua, the resort's fine din-
ing restaurant.
This special Christmas din-
ner will feature an all you can
eat buffet and will begin at
11.30am and will continue until
4pm on Christmas day.
An added feature will be
entertainment by the Old
Bahama Bay Staff Choir,
which will perform Bahamian
and traditional Christmas Car-
The menu for the event can
be found on the hotel's web-
The resort said that for those
who want a truly unique New
Years experience, Old Bahama

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New Year's dinner will have
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per person and a second seat-
ing at 8.30pm which includes
an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, a
bottle of champagne per cou-
ple, party favours and a mid-
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glorious meal Old Bahama fty
will feature a live Junkanao
performance, entertainment i
the West End Love Train and
fireworks for all its guests," the
resort said in a release.
Old Bahama Bay is also
offering a great West End hol-
iday break package featuring
reduced room rates over the
long holiday.
The resort also announced
that the popular "Gospel Sun-
day brunch" will return wfih
re-opening of the resort.
"Held at the Dockside Grille
restaurant, the brunch offer
delicious food, a complim,
tary glass of champagne a.d
great entertainment which
tures a live gospel performaf
by the employee choir, ,
West End Gospel RevivA
Singers," the release said.
The resort said it is hopdffil
that locals will return t6,th
property when it re-opens 'aid
continue to patronise the pop-
ular West End resort.
For more information about
the holiday festivities or to
make a reservation call 350-
6500 or log.on to www.oldba-

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Bay Street's

bleacher woe

is 'mitigated'

Bahamian LNG

Tribune Business Editor
I improved co-operation
with the Government,
police and Junkanoo
Corporation appears
to have "mitigated the
serious problems" previously
created by the erection of
Junkanoo bleachers on Bay
Street, the Nassau Tourism and
Development Board's chair-
man told The Tribune yester-
Charles Klonaris acknowl-
edged that while an adverse
economic impact on Bay Street
merchants and retailers
remained as a result of the
bleachers' presence, this effect

had been lessened "as best we
Mr Klonaris said of the situ-
ation going into the 2005
parades, with Junior Junkanoo
scheduled for tonight: "It is a
great improvement. We con-
tinue to learn from our past
mistakes, both from their point
of view and ours........
"There's no question that it
does have an impact, [but]
we've mitigated as best we can
the problems that stop people
from shopping. It's the best of
all possible worlds right now."
Executives from the NTDB
had walked the parade route

two night ago, accompanied by
officials from the Ministry of
Youth, Sports and Culture and
the Junkanoo Corporation, to
assess whether any problems
Mr Klonaris praised the
"partnership approach" that
included all parties impacted
by the Junkanoo parades and
erection of the bleacher seats,
which in the past have been
blamed for making downtown
Nassau an unfriendly Christ-
mas shopping environment by
removing the already-limited
parking spaces, increasing con-
gestion for pedestrians and

SEE page 8B

project embroiled

in FERC dispute

Tribune Business Editor
THE multi-million dollar liq-
uefied natural gas (LNG) pro-
ject proposed for Ocean Cay
in the Bahamas has become
embroiled in a regulatory dis-
pute in the US over an inter-
connection agreement with the
Florida Gas Transmission
Company (FGTC), the firm
that would distribute the gas
pumped by pipeline from the
Bahamas to power producers

AES Ocean Express in

battle over gas quality and
interconnection deal

in Florida.
Documents seen by The Tri-
bune show that the crux of the
dispute between the $650 mil-
lion AES Ocean Express pro-
ject and FGTC is what are "the

appropriate gas quality require-
ments" set out in FTC's tariff.
Several hearings on the dis-

SEE page 7B

Hotels see 9% room

revenue rise to $302m

Tribune Business Editor
BAHAMIAN hotels have experienced a 9
per cent increase in total room revenues for the
first 10 months in 2005 compared to last year,
increasing their total take from $277.284 mil-
lion to $302.328 million.
Ministry of Tourism data released yester-
day revealed that room revenues for New
Providence hotels had increased by 9.2 per
cent for the year to October, growing from
$227.136 million in the 2004 comparative peri-
od to $247.962 million this year.
Elsewhere, in the Family Islands, room rev-
enues for the first .10 months increased by 14.3
per cent to $15.117 million at the properties
surveyed, compared to $13.228 million earned
last year.

And on Grand Bahama, year-to-date room
revenues were also ahead, albeit more mod-
estly, at $39.249 million compared to $36.920
million, a growth of 6.3 per cent.
The growth in Grand Bahama is likely to
appear surprising, given that the Royal Oasis
Crowne Plaza & Golf resort has been closed
for more than a year following Hurricane
Frances in September 2004, reducing the
island's available room inventory by one third
and throwing Freeport's economy into a year-
long tailspin.
The Ministry of Tourism data acknowledges
that, saying the Royal Oasis closure reduced
Grand Bahama's room inventory by about
830-845 rooms per night, so two other hotel

SEE page 8B

Commission warns on

new Bahamas company

THE Securities Commission
has warned that another
Bahamas-based company may
be violating the Securities
Industry Act, having been
unable to locate the company
at its purported address.
In a warning notice pub-
lished today, the Bahamian
capital markets and investment
funds regulator said Williams
Matthey Ltd, operating under
the initials WMAM, was not
registered with it.
In addition, the company, its
agents and consultants had
made no application for regis-
tration with the Securities
Commission, even though they

Regulator unable
to locate firm at
advertised address

"appear" to be providing
investment advice to the
Bahamian public.
"Therefore, any activity by
this company, its agents or con-
sultants in this regard is a vio-
lation of the Act," the warning
notice said.
Although WMAM was

SEE page 4B

Kerzner to purchase

Oceanarium owner

KERZNER International,
owner of Paradise Island's
Atlantis and One & Only
Ocean (Club resorts, has
entered into an agreement
"subject to certain conditions"
to acquire Marine Animal Pro-
ductions (MAP), owner of a
storm-rav i ged aquarium in
Gulilport. Mississippi.
IVIAP owned thc Marine Life
Oceanarium that was totally
damaged by tHurricane Katri-
na, and its 17 dolphins have
now found a home at Atlantis.
The acquisition will dovetail
perfectly with Kerzner Inter-
national's plans for a dolphin
encounter at Atlantis, part of
its $730 million Ph;isc II1

Deal will bring 17
dolphins to Atlantis

expansion. "We are all very
proud to be bringing these dol-
phins to Atlantis," said Frank
Murru, chief marine officer for
Kerzner International, in a
statement. Once they arrive at
their new home, they will be
given complete medical evalu-
ations. husbandry training, and
ongoing behavioural evalua-
tions, and will be cared for in
an acclimation/training habitat

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Should the story of
Christmas be retold
in a modern setting,
the Three Wise
Men would be
swapping the frankincense and
myrrh for an iPod, a tablet PC
and a top-of-the-line cell
The trio of sages would
ignore that wandering star and
find their way to the manger
with a GPS navigation unit and
write a blog on the whole fan-
tastic adventure.
Such is our love of gadgets.
However, it can be very hard to
buy a present for someone who
loves gadgets. Gadget-lovers
usually know the best of the
best to buy, and it is all too easy
to disappoint them.
So, to assist with the Christ-
mas gift-giving process, we
have hand-picked a few of the
best devices. Of course, we at
Providence would also like to

receive any or all of them!
Nikon D50
A Digital SLR camera is
essential for someone who is
looking to be much more cre-
ative than the standard digital
camera allows. An SLR camera
enables you to move away
from the point, click approach
and become a Picasso.
The Nikon D50 has been rat-
ed by PC Magazine as the best
Digital SLR camera in the mar-
ket in terms of value for money
and performance. It is a 6.1
megapixel camera with an 18
to 55 mm zoom range, which
translates to a 27 to 82.5mm
zoom (35 mm equivalent) due
to the 1.5x magnification factor.
It has all the elements that a
novice SLR user requires: easy
Help menu and user-friendly
features, as well as offering
excellent resolution and colour

Adobe Photoshop
Elements 4
Any amateur photographer
who is keen for better results
would love a copy of Adobe
Photoshop Elements 4, the best
software available for editing
and managing photos. It
enables you to fix red eyes,
adjust lighting and contrast,
and even remove whole objects
(such as people) from your
Where Photoshop Elements
also shines is the simplicity it
brings to organising your digital
shoebox of photos, and shar-
ing them as multimedia
slideshows (complete with
music and narration) to e-mail

to friends or burn on to CD or
Apple iPod nano
Generic MP3 players are no
match for the much sleeker,
eminently more exciting Apple
iPod nano.
The iPod nano looks great, is
very easy to use and has excel-
lent sound quality. In addition,
it has a huge amount of fea-
tures, such as its ability to sync
with Microsoft Outlook and
Outlook Express contacts and
calendars. It is also great for
exercising, as it has both a stop-
watch and a lap recorder. Final-
ly, it supports photos and
slideshows with music accom-

Nokia 7280
Most women would only
need to see a Nokia 7280 to
know they need one. It is by
far the coolest cell phone in the
market. When closed, it looks
like an art-deco lipstick case
with a tiny, 1.5 inch mirror.
When it rings, it glows bright
The Nokia 7280 also has
some great features such as
Bluetooth, speakerphone and
an FM radio.
The phone is not intended
to be a primary phone. It has a
tiny screen and it can be diffi-
cult to dial. Its intention is to be
a night-time fashion accessory
and for this it is absolutely per-
Microsoft Office Live
If you are feeling generous
and you would like to buy your
office a present, Microsoft
Office Live Meeting is what to
buy. This is a hosted Web con-
ferencing service that makes
meeting with staff, customers
and partners in remote areas
so very easy.
With Live Meeting, groups
of people can view and change
files, collaborate with white-

boards and demonstrate prod-
ucts, using only a PC with
Internet connection and #
phone. It has teleconferencing;
capabilities as well.
Given the cost and time
involved with travel in NeW
Providence, let alone the rest of
the Bahamas and the world, it
is an excellent product as it will
significantly reduce the need
for face-to-face meetings.
As this is our last column for'
2005, all of the team at Provi-
dence Technology Group
would like to wish you a Merry.
Christmas and a successful and
prosperous 2006.
, To provide feedback on this.
column, please e-mail Makin- -
About the Author:
Caroline Moncur is manag-
er, business development, at
Providence Technology Group.,
Ms Moncur has over 10 years:
business development experi-
ence, primarily within the
Information Technology
industry. Providence Tech,-
nology Group is one of the
Bahamas' leading IT firms,
specialising in networking
solutions, consulting and advi-
sory services and software

Computer Sales & Servici

Store Hours

Monday Friday: 9a.m. 6p.m.
December 24th, 10a.m. 6p.m.

(for stock taking)
December 28th, 29th, 30th

January 3rd 2006
Normal Business Hours

Butterfield and friends

enhance Ranfurly Home

computer laboratory

* PICTURED here are representatives from Butterfield Bank, the Ranfurly Home for Children,
KPMG, Custom Computers and The Flameless Group.

BUTTERFIELD Bank (Bahamas),
along with other community members,
has embarked on a project to rehabilitate
the computer laboratory at the Ranfurly
Home for Children.
The laboratory was originally set up to
provide the children with exposure to
the world of computers, but had in
recent times fallen into disrepair.
The laboratory has now been trans-
formed into a state-of-the-art computer
centre with a total of 10 new desktop
computers, along with fully updated soft-

"This is a wonderful occasion. Being
able to help the children in this way has
been extremely rewarding" noted
Robert Lotmore, head of Butterfield
Bank in Nassau.
"I sincerely thank all those who made
contributions to ensure this project was
a success."
The new computer laboratory will

assist the children at Ranfurly on many
levels, helping them with their school-
work and ongoing education. It will
allow them to gather the necessary com-
puter knowledge.
Other organisations that helped on
the project were the Rotary Club of East
Nassau, KPMG, Summit Insurance, The
Flameless Group, The Plus Centre, Cus-
tom Computers and two personal con-
tributors, who along with Butterfield
Bank helped make this project possible.

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TAKE NOTICE that all persons having claims
against Globe-X Management Limited, whether as creditors,
shareholders, contributories, debenture holders, assignees or
any other capacity, must, before Friday the 6th January, 2006,
send to the Joint Official Liquidators at the address shown
below, by letter or facsimile, full particulars of the amount
and nature of their claim together with invoices, receipts,
certificates or any other documents evidencing the same.

TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that the Joint Official
Liquidators may require any claimant to verify their claim
by Affidavit as prescribed by the Winding Up Rules.

Dated this 28th day of November A.D., 2005

Clifford A. Johnson and Wayne J. Aranha
Joint Official Liquidators
Globe-X Management Limited
(In Compulsory Liquidation)
C/o PricewaterhouseCoopers
Providence House
East Hill Street
P.O. Box N-3910
Nassau, Bahamas
Telephone: (242) 302-5300
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will be distributed effective Tuesday November 1, 2005 during the
hours of 11:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. as follows:

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A CUSTOMER service and
operations officer at Fidelity
Bank & Trust, Jevon Massam
(pictured at right), has passed
the Series 7 examination after
studying with the Nassau-based
Securities Training Institute


The STI offers courses for the
Series 7, Series 6 and the Cana-
dian Securities Course, along
with one-day workshops for
financial services executives.

Kingsway Academy
invites qualified
teachers for the
following positions for V
January, 2006.

* Auto Mechanics and Woodwork
* Biology
* Librarian/Media Supervisor

Successful applicants must:

* Be a practicing, committed born-again Christian
* Have a minimum qualification of a Bachelor's
Degree in the appropriate subject areas or higher
from a recognized college or university
Have a valid teacher's certificate or diploma
where appropriate
Be willing to participate in extra curricular
activities, etc.

Application must be made in writing together
with a full curriculum vitae, a recent color
photograph and names of at least three references,
one being that of your Church pastor to:


The Clifton Heritage Authority is pleased to invite
tenders from suitably qualified companies to supply
the Authority with Security Services for the following

Interested companies can collect a specification
document from the Authority's administration building
,cated in the Collins House Complex, Shirley Street
Sand Collins Avenue, with entrance on Collins Avenue,
between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday
through Friday.

Tender must be sealed in an envelope marked
delivered for the attention of:

Dr. Keith L. Tinker
The Clifton Heritage Authority
P.O. Box EE-15082
Nassau, Bahamas
Telephone: 325-1505
Bids should reach the Authority's Administrative
Office by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 21st,

Companies submitting bids are inrivited to attend a bid
opening on Thursday, 22nd December 2005 at 10:00
a.m. at the Administrative Office, Shirley Street and
Collins Avenue.

The Clifton Heritage Authority reserves the right to
reject any or all tenders.

Kerzner to purchase Oceanarium owner

FROM page 1B

on Atlantis property where all
pools and operational areas
such as a state-of-the-art med-
ical laboratory and food prepa-
ration facilities have been
designed for the dolphins' com-
fort and complete care."
Don Jacobs, MAP's chair-
man and majority sharehold-
er, said: "Atlantis has estab-

wished empathy for our animals,
our people and efforts to
rebuild the community. They
are committed to participating
in these efforts by establishing
a 'Katrina Kids' programme
with us which will sponsor trips
for Mississippi Gulf Coast
school children to visit the
resort and the dolphins.
"A research programme will
also be established with region-

al universities to enable ongo-
ing collaboration with the
Atlantis veterinary medical and
research teams. We feel their
heritage in building and oper-
ating the largest outdoor man-
made marine animal exhibit in
the world, their facilities, main-
tenance and husbandry stan-
dards make this the best home
in the world for our 17 dol-
phins. "

The dolphins' new home wilt
be the 11-acre lagoon at
Atlantis, which will serve as the
first marine mammal rescue
and rehabilitation facilities ir(
the Bahamas. Some 250,000
gallons of water is being pro-
vided for each dolphin, 10
times the amount required by
US regulations.
The dolphins will be attend-
ed to by a 45-person staff.

Commission warns on new Bahamas company

FROM page 1B

alleged to have premises on the
second floor of the Cafe Skans
Building on Bay Street, down-
town Nassau, the Securities
Commission said that despite
visiting this address, it was
unable to locate the company.

Bahamas Property Fund Limited hereby notifies
all its shareholders that the Board of Directors
has declared a dividend of eighteen cents (189)
per Class A Ordinary Share to be paid December
30, 2005, to all shareholders of record as of
December 22, 2005.


Core Functions:
Coordinate the functions of the Administration Department to ensure
the effective delivery of support services to all departments within
the Organization, including procurement, property management,
logistics and other office services.
Education and Knowledge Requirements:
Master's Degree in Business Administration or equivalent
qualification from a recognized tertiary institution and seven (7)
years managerial experience in office administration or a related
Demonstrated team building and project management skills
Sound analytical, decision making and problem solving skills
Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
Working knowledge of word processing and spreadsheet applications.
Interested persons should provide copy(ies) of their degree(s) and
transcript(s) to:
The Human Resources Manager
DA #1703
c/o: The Tribune
P.O. Box N-3207
Deadline: Friday, December 23th, 2005

WMAM was alleged to be
offering Bahamians the oppor-
tunity to purchase shares in two
entities, called TriClean Enter-
prises and National Detection
Clinics, companies the Securi-
ties Commission said it had no
knowledge of.
The regulator added that it
had "no knowledge" of

WMAM, its business practices
or its officers or directors.
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urged persons doing business

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Lot #44, Block 5, Section A. The
lot is on a hill overlooking the
Atlantic Ocean. Area is
approximately 10,800 sq. ft. This
site encompasses a two storey
apartment block of two..
apartments. One upstairs and
one downstairs. Each comprising
one bedroom one bathroom,
front room, dining, kitchen. There
is a wooden porch approximately
8 6 feet wide on the upper level secured with a wooden handrail. The garage
area has been converted into a efficiency apartment and now houses one
bedroom/frontroom in one and one bathroom. Age: is 7 years old. The apartments
could be rented at $700 per month partly furnished. The efficiency rented at
$400 per month.


3 two bed, 1 bath triplex 9,000
sq. ft., lot no. 18b with an area
for a small shop. Age 12 years
. ~the land is a portion of one of
the Dundas Town Crown
Allotment parcels stretching from
Forest Drive to Front Street,
being just under a quarter acre
in size and on the lowside. A
concrete block structure, with
asphalt shingle roof and L-shape
in design with a total length of
70x26 ft, plus 50 x 22 ft., 2,920 sq. ft., the interior walls are concrete blocks,
ceiling is sheet rock and the floors of vinyl tiles.

Appraisal: $220,500.00

Appraisal: $308,402.00


Lot #54, land size 42,130 sq. ft.
with a masonry building with
eight inch concrete block walls.
The front 2 units are 95%

Appraisal: $206,766.00

H Heading west on Blue Hill Road,
.wago pass the intersection of
Cowpen and Blue Hill Road, turn
right onto Marshall Road
(Adventure Learning Center Road), follow road to the final curve before the
beach. The subject property is about 100 feet on the right side, grey trimmed
white with unfinished building attached.


All that piece parcel or lot of land
having an area of 7,752 sq. ft.
(77.5 x 100) situated in the
southern district of New
Providence being lot No. 3 in an
area known as Richville of
Malcolm Road west. This
property is spacious and can
probably accommodate another
house at the rear. It is
landscaped and enclosed by a
wall in front with fence on the
side. The property consist of a single story, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, living
room and dining rooms, combined, family room and kitchen, enclosed carport
and a roQf covered front porch (indented) with floor area of 1,374 sq. ft.

Appraisal: $123,000.00

Heading south on East Street turn right onto Malcolm Road, then third corner
on the right, the house is the 4th on the left painted white trimmed green with
wall in front.


All that lot of land having an area
of 6,400 sq. ft. being lot no 194
4 of the subdivision known as
Boyd Subdivision, situated in the
central district of New
Providence this property is
comprised of a 35 year old single
family, single story residence
encompassing approximately
1,278 sq. ft. of enclosed living
area and inclusive of separate
living and dining rooms, and an average size kitchen, three bedrooms, two
bathrooms and an entry porch, of approximately 88 sq. ft. ventilation is by 2
wall unit air conditioners. The property is at grade and level with good drainage,
landscaping is minimal, consisting of lawns and shrubs in the front, the subject
is enclosed with stone walls mounted with wrought iron and chain link fencing
and a wrought iron gate in front there is a 208 sq. ft. cement driveway leading
to a single covered carport of 250 sq. ft. the subject site also has a concrete
block storage shed measuring of approximately 143 sq. ft.

Appraisal: $126,000.00

Traveling west on Boyd Road, turn left onto Foster Street, continue on Foster
Street to the 4th corner right, (Roland Ave.) the subject property is the 5th
property on the left side painted orange with red/white trim.



Lot no. 21 all utilities available
10 year old single story house,
3 bedroom 2 bathroom, living
room, dining area, family room,
kitchen, study, laundry and an
entry porch.

Appraisal: $175,350.00
Heading west along Soldier
Road take main entrance to Kennedy Subdivision on the left, then take the 1st
corner on the left then 1st right, house is second on your right with garage.


1 Lot #60 with a structure, lot size
60 x 115 ft., 6,900 sq. ft., 10 ft.,
above sea level but below road
S-.. level and would flood in a severe
hurricane the duplex has
dimensions of 60 ft by 30 ft
partly of wood and partly of
cement blocks with one section
S virtually finished and occupied
With blocks up to window level
il .I and floor ready to be poured.
The roof is asphalt shingles, the
interior walls and ceiling are of
1x6 pine and the floor of
ceramic tiles. The finished work is average/below, 2 bedrooms, one bath,
living/dining. The occupied portion of the structure is not complete. Age: 10
years old.

Appraisal: $80,498.00

efficency apartments, land size 7,500 sq. ft.
and not subject to flooding.


Lot #2 contains a 19 year old 1
1/2 storey four plex with a floor
area of 3,621 sq. ft. The two
storey section consist of a
master bedroom, bathroom and
sitting area upstairs and two
bedrooms, one bath, living,
dining, family room and kitchen
downstairs. The single storey
consist of one two bedroom, one
bath apartment and two
Multi-Family zoning on flat land

Appraisal: $347,006.00

The subject property is located on the western side of Valentine's Extension
Road, just over one hundred feet north of the roadway known as Johnson
Terrace. Travel east on Bernard Road, turn left onto Adderley Street which is
opposite SAC, continue left at the deep bend, take first right into Johnson
Terrace, go to T-junction and turn left, then first right. Property is second building
on right, white trimmed brown.

JOHNSON'S HARBOUR VIEW ESTATES SUBDIVISION (ELEUTHERA), All that vacant lot of land having an area of approximately 4,500 sq ft being lots
12E and 13W and is situated in JOhnson Harbour View Estates Subdivision situated on the island of Eleuthera, Bahamas. Measuring and bounded as follows, northwardly
by 20' wide road reservation and running there on for a distance of 50 ft eastwardly by lot 13E and running thereon for a distance of 90 ft southwardly by lot 30, and running
thereon for a distance of 25 ft and continuing on lot 31 and running thereon a distance of 25 ft westwardly by lot 12W of the said subdivision and running thereon for a distance
of 90 ft. This property is well lanscaped and fenced in. This area is quiet and peaceful with all utilities and services available.
Appraisal: $47,250.00
The said pieces parcels or lot of land is situated in Johnson's Harbour View Estates Subdivision, Harbour Island, Eleuthera.





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Pricing Information As Of:
14 December 2005

52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Symbol Previous Close Today's Close Change Daily Vol. EPS $ Div $ PIE Yield
1.10 0.73 Abaco Markets 0.73 0.73 0.00 -0.169 0.000 N/M 0.00%
10.25 8.00 Bahamas Property Fund 10.25 10.25 0.00 1.456 0.340 7.0 3.32%
7.24 5.55 Bank of Bahamas 6.90 6.90 0.00 500 0.587 0.330 11.5 4.78%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.70 0.70 0.00 0.175 0.020 4.0 2.86%
1.80 1.27 Bahamas Waste 1.27 1.27 0.00 0.112 0.060 11.3 4.72%
1.20 0.87 Fidelity Bank 1.10 1.10 0.00 0.070 0.040 15.7 3.64%
9.60 7.05 Cable Bahamas 9.60 9.54 -0.06 10,000 0.689 0.240 13.9 2.50%
2.20 2.03 Colina Holdings 1.64 1.64 0.00 -0.046 0.000 NM 0.00%
9.17 7.05 Commonwealth Bank 9.10 9.10 0.00 0.791 0.450 11.5 4.95%
2.50 1.31 Doctor's Hospital 2.17 2.17 0.00 0.429 0.000 5.1 0.00%
6.05 3.90 Famguard 6.05 6.05 0.00 0.428 0.240 12.7 3.97%
10.90 9.70 Finco 10.90 10.90 0.00 0.717 0.530 15.2 4.86%
10.05 7.45 FirstCaribbean 10.05 10.05 0.00 0.695 0.380 13.9 3.78%
10.00 8.00 Focol 10.00 10.00 0.00 0.833 0.500 12.0 5.00%
1.99 1.27 Freeport Concrete 1.15 1.15 0.00 0.022 0.000 52.3 0.00%
10.20 9.50 ICD Utilities 9.95 9.95 0.00 0.526 0.405 15.1 5.43%
9.00 8.22 J. S. Johnson 8.98 9.00 0.02 1,900 0.572 0.560 15.7 6.24%
6.98 4.36 Kerzner International BDRs 6.96 6.98 0.02 0.138 0.000 50.0 0.00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 2.036 0.760 4.9 7.60%
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Weekly Vol EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield
13.00 12.50 Bahamas Supermarkets 12.75 13.75 11.00 1.768 0.960 7.5 6.98%
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 -0.044 0.000 NM 0.00%
43.00 28.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 41.00 2.220 0.000 19.4 0.00%
16.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 12.33 13.33 12.50 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 NA V YTD% Last 12 Months Div $ Yield %
1.2593 1.1913 Colina Money Market Fund 1.259334*
2.4766 2.0704 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.4766 ***
10.6711 10.0000 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 10.6711*..
2.2754 2.1675 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.275422**
1.1406 1.0755 Colina Bond Fund 1.140599****
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 Fidelity
52wk-Low Lowest closing price In last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Today's 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
Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid In the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful
P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1. 1994 = 100

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NOTICE is hereby given that KENYA PATRICIA HUME,
OF 670 NW 194, TERRANCE, MIAMI, FL 33169, is applying
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahama ,
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 8TH day of DECEMBER, 2005 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, RO.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.




FROM page 1B

tute were held last week
before an administrative judge
at the Federal Energy Regula-
"'(ry Commission (FERC), the
VUS energy sector regulator.
''The outcome and verdict are
unknownn at present, although
there is no indication yet that it
pould impact AES's ability to
move forward with the Ocean
Express LNG regasification
terminal and pipeline between
,the Bahamas and Florida.
AES has also been awaiting
,fhenial approval for its project
frt9mi; the Bahamian govern-
'ment and Prime Minister Perry
,-Chi'stie. The wait for the go-
,Ahead has lasted some two
years, although the Govern-
ment is thought to be inching
closer to a decision.
c Its.main concerns are under-
*stood to be the potential
impact on the Bahamas' tourist
,reputation as a result of hosting
an LNG terminal, and whether
this nation has the resources
and expertise to monitor and
enforce an environmental man-

agement plan in connection to
AES Ocean Express.
Back in the US, testimony
from Aaron Samson, AES's
project manager for Ocean
Express, said the company had
first started negotiations for an
interconnection agreement
with FGTC in February 2002,
but they had "ultimately failed
to reach a reasonable...... agree-
As a result, AES Ocean
Express filed its.complaint
against FGTC on April 5,2004,
arguing that the "unreasonable
conditions" the latter was seek-
ing "imposed unwarranted
risks and unnecessary costs on
Ocean Express that had no
basis in FGTC's tariff or its
operating conditions".
Mr Samson said that in
response to the AES Ocean
Express complaint, FGTC had
argued that it needed flexibili-
ty to seek different terms and
conditions "because the intro-
duction of LNG into its system
raised concerns not adequately



(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
13th day of December, 2005. The Liquidator 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
13th day of December, 2005. The Liquidator is Argosa
Corp. Inc., of P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.





Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
137 (4) of the International Business Companies Act
has been dissolved and struck off the Register according
to the Certificate of Dissolution issued by the Registrar
,General on the 5th day of December, 2005.

Mr. Kevin Murphy,
of 1 Ballagarey Crescent,
Glen Vine, Isle of Man

addressed in FGTC's tariff".
The FERC ruled against
FGTC on June 18, 2004, Mr
Samson said, but then filed
revised tariff sheets "setting
forth gas composition and heat-
ing value requirements" for the
re-gasified LNG that would be
supplied by AES Ocean
The gas quality issue was
central to the dispute, Mr Sam-
son said, alleging that FGTC
and its witness had not provid-
ed any facts to support its posi-
tion that a different set of stan-
dards be applied to AES
Ocean Express than its other
The AES Ocean Express
project manager alleged that
in modifying FGTC's facilities
to accommodate re-gasified
LNG, the latter had said in its
testimony that the FERC had
to decide who was responsible
for costs incurred.
Mr Samson said it would cost
$264.2 million to construct the
pipeline and facilities required
to transport the re-gasified
LNG from the Exclusive Eco-
nomic Zone between the

Bahamas and Florida to
FGTC's facilities.
Mr Samson said: "Ocean
Express has incurred, and will
continue to incur, significant
costs to design, seek approvals
for and build the necessary
facilities to introduce re-gasi-
fied LNG into the FGTC sys-
"Since the entire FGTC sys-
tem will benefit from the intro-
duction of that LNG made pos-
sible by projects such as Ocean
Express, it would be patently
unjust for shippers on Ocean
Express to bear the Ocean
Express system costs in addi-
tion to the costs of the facility
upgrades that some FGTC cus-
tomers may require to accom-
modate re-gasified LNG.
"The entire FGTC system
will benefit from the introduc-
tion of re-gasified LNG, and
thus the costs associated with
any facility upgrades that are
needed to accommodate re-
gasified LNG should be spread
system-wide...... It is appropri-
ate that all users of the FGTC
system share those costs."
Mr Samson said in his testi-



No.45 of 2000


Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 138 (4) of the
International Business Companies Act, No. 45 of 2000. the Dissolution
of BREMPER OVERSEAS LIMITED has been completed, a
Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the Company has
therefore been struck off the Registrar. The date of completion of the
dissolution was November 25, 2005.

3 Foster
For: Continental Liquidators, Inc.




Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
137 (4) of the International Business Companies Act
has been dissolved and struck off the Register according
to the Certificate of Dissolution issued by the Registrar
General on the 5th day of December, 2005.

Stephen Whale,
15 Union Street,
Malzard House, St. Helier, Jersey,
Channel Islands



(Company number 53,169B)
An International Business Company
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Pursuant to Section 137(4) of the International Business Companies
Act, 2000 notice is hereby given that the voluntary winding-up and
dissolution of the Company commenced on the 15th day of December,
2005 and that Michel Delauzun of Societe De Gestion Privde, 4 Rue
des Orchid6es, MC 98000, Monaco has been appointed Liquidator.

Dated this 15th day of December, 2005.
Michel Delauzun

mony that the AES Ocean
Express pipeline would trans-
port 842,000 dekatherms of
LNG per day to Florida, satis-
fying growing demand for nat-
ural gas, diversifying supply
sources and increasing compe-
tition among existing pipelines.
He added that the two exist-
ing LNG pipelines to Florida
served the peninsular, whereas
AES Ocean Express proposed
to focus on southeast Florida.

"In sum, Ocean Express's
project will provide FGTC cus-
tomers with increased access
to new gas supplies, reliability
and flexibility," Mr Samson
"More broadly, Ocean
Express's project is in step with
the goals of the current admin-
istration that the country diver-
sify and increase its access to
energy supply, particularly
through the use of LNG."

As part. of our commitment to employ 200 Bahamians on our
project we are seeking qualified Bahamians to apply for the
position of:



Responsibilities will include:
+* Setting up the accounts, including accounts payable, bank
accounts and general ledgers.
.*: Producing monthly reports in a timely manner.
Ability to work on own initiative is important. Experience
with Jonas would be an advantage. Qualified CPA is a
Salary and benefits will be in based on experience and will
include health benefits.

Applications can be directed to:
Indira Edwards
Director, Human Resource and Training
P.O. Box AB20766
Marsh Harbour, Abaco

Common Law Side





TAKE NOTICE that all persons having claims
against Globe-X Canadiana Limited, whether as creditors,
shareholders, contributories, debenture holders, assignees or
any other capacity, must, before Friday the 6th January, 2006,
send to the Joint Official Liquidators at the address shown
below, by letter or facsimile, full particulars of the amount
and nature of their claim together with invoices, receipts,
certificates or any other documents evidencing the same.

TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that the Joint Official
Liquidators may require any claimant to verify their claim
by Affidavit as prescribed by the Winding Up Rules.
Dated this 28th day of November A.D., 2005
Clifford A. Johnson and Wayne J. Aranha
Joint Official Liquidators
Globe-X Canadiana Limited
(In Compulsory Liquidation)
C/o PricewaterhouseCoopers
Providence House
East Hill Street
P.O. Box N-3910
Nassau, Bahamas
Telephone: (242) 302-5300
Facsimile: (242) 302-5350




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FROM page 1B

blocking stores from the sight
of potential customers.
Mr Klonaris said the various
parties had attempted to
ensure downtown Nassau was
"consumer friendly" over the
Christmas period, a time when
some retailers generate as
much as 40-50 per cent of their
annual sales turnover.
Once Junior Junkanoo is
completed, the bleachers will
be dismantled, re-erected on
Christmas Eve in time for the

Boxing Day Junkanoo parade.
"This is very important for
shopping and we have mitigat-
ed the serious problems we
have had in the past," Mr
Klonaris said.
To further improve the situ-
ation for downtown shoppers
this year, the width of access
gates has been increased to
prevent pedestrian bottlenecks
occurring, while Woodes
Rodgers Walk will also be

opened for public access.
The impact from problems
with the Junkanoo bleachers
in past years has been felt by
both Bay Street merchants and
the wider Bahamian economy.
An NTDB study estimated
that in 2002, retailers lost a
combined $7.5 million in sales
due to the two-week placement
of bleachers.
Retailers estimated they lost
between 10-25 per cent of
Christmas sales depending on
where their businesses were sit-
uated in relation to the bleach-

ers, with the Public Treasury
losing $1 million in customs
and stamp duties.
For 2003, the year in which
the study was released, the
NTDB had estimated that
retailers could lose $5-$10 mil-
lion in sales that Christmas,
with the Government losing $1-
$2 million in revenues.
The NTDB also predicted
that employees could have lost
$200,000 in sales commission
revenues something that was
averted by better planning at
the last minute with the Taxi

Cab Union estimating that
parking and traffic congestion
issues could have cost mem-
bers $150,000.
Mr Klonaris told The Tri-
bune that the partnership
approach to tackling these
issues showed that the Gov-
ernment and wider Bahamian
public were increasingly real-
ising the importance of down-
town Nassau to the wider
Bahamian economy and

employment, and its impact on
government revenues.
"It's the most important
shopping two weeks for retail-
ers, but I think we've done a
pretty good job in trying to
resolve the problems," Mr
Klonaris said.
"We're hopihg for a good
Christmas. I've talked to a few
merchants and they seem to be
optimistic. The tourist trade
seems to be doing well and we
will have a lot of cruise ships in
during Christmas week, so
hopefully we'll do well."

Hotels see 9% room

revenue rise to $302m

FROM page 1B

properties were added in to
replace it in the sample.
The statistics, though, indi-
cate that apart from the Royal
Oasis and Grand Bahama, the
Bahamian tourism industry is
more than holding its own, hav-
ing gained some pricing power
as evidenced by the increase in
average daily room rates

The overall ADR for the
Bahamas increased by 6.1 per
cent upon last year for the first
10 months in 2005, moving up
from $149.37 in 2004 to $158.41
this time around.
The gain was more modest
in Nassau/Paradise Island,
where the majority of the coun-
try's hotel product is located,
ADRs jumping by 1.1 per cent
from $166.88 to $168.69.
In the Family Islands, ADRs

increased on average by 13 per
cent, jumping from $169.45 a
year ago to $191.44 this time
around. Grand Bahama's
ADR increased by 23.4 per
cent, having grown largely as
a result of the room shortage,
rising from $88.48 to $109.15.
Nationally, average hotel
room occupancy increased by
3.9 per cent in the 10 months to
September, rising from 67.4 per
cent in 2004 to 71.3 per cent
this time around.
In Nassau/Paradise Island,
average occupancy rates rose
by 4.1 per cent to 76.4 per cent
compared to 72.3 per cent a
year ago, while occupancy rates
in Grand Bahama and the
Family Islands each increased
by 2 per cent, reaching 64.2 per
cent and 41 per cent respec-
Nationwide, occupied room
nights grew by 2.8 per cent to
1.909 million, compared to
1.856 million last year. In Nas-
sau/Paradise Island, the growth
was 8 per cent to 1.47 million,
although this was somewhat
cancelled out by the 13.8 per
cent decline in Grand Bahama.
Occupied room nights in the
Family Islands increased to 1.1
per cent.
Available room nights in the
Bahamas fell by 2.8 per cent to
2.676 million, a 2.2 per cent rise
in Nassau/Paradise Island out-
weighed by declines in both
Grand Bahama and the Family

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is pleased to announce that on the 8th day of December, 2005 it received
Central Bank approval for the completion of a previously executed
Agreement dated the 31st day of August, 2005 which was subject to
such Central Bank approval for the sale of its 90% shareholding (4,500
shares) in Robin Hood Enterprises Limited.

The sale was completed on the 8th day of December, 2005 with effect
from the 31st day of August, 2005 with 3,500 shares being sold to
executive employees of Robin Hood Enterprises Limited and 1,000
shares being sold to a Bahamian businessman for a total of $571,500.00.

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Our client, a trust company, is seeking applications for a Trust Manager.
The Trust Manager will have responsibility for a small portfolio of complex trust clients
and will provide trust advice to trust officers/administrators.
Candidates should meet the following criteria:

ACIB &/or STEP Qualifications
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Minimum of five years experience in a bank and trust environment, preferably
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medical, dental & life insurance coverage.
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now have a cyclist join-
ing the professional ranks.
Jonathan Massie made his-
tory this past weekend when
he signed on the dotted line
for the VMG Racing Team in
Gainesville, Florida. It's a big
move for the talented young
With- the many prospects
that we have had in the past,
it's good to know that we have
finally broken another barrier
on the international scene.
Hopefully, the other young
cyclists can now aspire to fol-
low in his footsteps.
Massie is also one of the
athletes and the first cyclist -
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sons who will be receiving sub-
ventions from the Bahamas
Government to assist in their
- training.
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Minister of Youth, Sports and
Culture Neville Wisdom at the
recent Sports Leaders Con-
clave, has also seen the inclu-
sion of tennis players and
swimmers, who have joined a
longer list of track and field
SThis weekend, at least three
of those tennis players Mar-
vin Rolle, Devin Mullings and
Ryan Sweeting will be home
to compete for their spots on
the team that will travel to
Colombia for the American
Zone III Davis Cup competi-
Sweeting, I might point out,
should draw a lot of interest at
the trials this weekend as
Bahamians will get a chance
to see one of the top ranked
junior players in the world.
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Knowles has been overlooked
since the incentive scheme was
introduced, especially when
one considers his success.
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lot of money should not be an
issue, because some of the
track athletes are now climb-
ing up the financial ladder.
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his second international title
at the weekend when he won
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vacant Caribbean Continent
heavyweight title, adding to
his FEDERCARIBE crown.
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Major and

Pitt prepare

for weekend

title fight
Junior Sports Reporter
THE final professional
boxing match-up for the year
is set with the Bahamas Light-
weight title up for grabs.
A confident Meacher 'Pain'
Major will put his title on the
line once again, giving
Richard 'Hammer' Pitt a sec-
ond shot at the title.
Major and Pitt will lock
gloves on Saturday Decem-
ber 17th at the CI Gibson
gymnasium in the First Class
Promotions Fists of Fury
show. The title fight is the
main event on the card and is
scheduled for 12 rounds.
Major said: "I am not too
worried about the fight, I am
heading to practice right now
but that's just to fine tune
what I have already been
doing in the past few months.
"Richard is scared he
knows what's coming to him
on Saturday, I just hope he
has prepared himself physi-
cally for the beat down he is
going to get. Mentally I know
he is aware of what is going to
happen so physically he just
needs to be ready."
The last time the two met
Major stopped Pitt in the sec-
ond round. The combination,
which was polished off with
an upper cut, sent Pitt flying.
This time Major declared
that the beat down delivered
in the last fight will be three
times worse in this one.

He added: "I am real pre-
pared for this fight, I know I
had a lot of fights that never
took place but I don't allow
those things to set me back. I
try to continue on with my
hard workouts. If a fight does-
n't happen I don't worry too
much about that, the work-
out is all I am focusing on,
knowing that I am readyto
"But I know that this fight
is going to take place and I
am more than ready. Right
now I don't have a fight plan
as yet, but I know for sure
that Richard isn't ready to
defend whatever I bring to
the ring.
"I watched him in his last
fight against the Jamaican
boxer and he had looked slug-
gish from that point. I'm
ready for anything."
After putting his title on
the line twice before, Jermain
'Choo Choo' Mackey will
face-off with Jamaican native
Patrick Miller in an eight
round co-main event.
This will be Mackey's first
fight since his title fight show
with Marvin 'Marvelous'
Opening the last show will
be Elkena 'Ali' Saunders and
Jamaican native Patrick Tay-
lor in a tour round battle.
Also fighting a four round
battle will be Anthony Woods
taking on Dereck Sawyer and
Ricardo Bethel going up
against Alpachino Allen.

* CRICKET in the Bahamas is set for a major cash boost.
(FILE Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune staff)

fa or cash oost for

cricket in Bahameas

Junior Sports Reporter
THE Bahamas Cricket
Association (BCA) is set to
get a major financial boost
after being named among 17
Caribbean nations to com-
pete in the first ever Stanford
Twenty-20 tournament.
The tournament's winners
will receive $1 million dol-
lars with the runners-up cash-
ing in with half of a million
Each country that is set to
take part in this historical
cricket event will be awarded
cash prizes in the amount of
From that total, $100,000
will go towards the develop-
ment of new cricket fields,
and practice facilities. Sport-
ing equipment will also be
purchased with these funds.
The tournament, which is

Nation to receive $280,000

for competing in tournament

being named after Texas bil-
lionaire Allen Stanford, is
designed to improve the
sport in the West Indies. It
will assist in the development
of junior programmes and
the growth of the sports on
every island. It is set for
August 2006.
Stanford is set to invest
more than $28 million dol-
lars in his Twenty-20 compe-
Each association will also
receive $10,000 a month for a
year for the development of
players and $5,000 for the up
keep of all facilities built.
The Stanford Twenty-20

tournament comes on the eve
of the Bahamas seeking qual-
ification for the Internation-
al Cricket Council (ICC)
Americas division I.
Currently, the Bahamas is
preparing to compete in the
ICC America's tournament,
division II. This tournament
is set to take place in
Argentina, April 2nd-9th.
If the Bahamas is success-
ful in the tournament, which
is at the division II level, it
will qualify them for play in
division I.
According to the ICC,
associations at the division II
level are regarded as affili-

ates'- to be considered as an
association member in the
ICC, the country must quali-
fy to play at the division I
The BCA has already set
in place a training schedule
for a squad of more than 26
players who are vying for a
14 man squad. The training
squad was set in place for the
ICC America's tournament.
According to Greg Taylor,
assistant secretary and trea-
surer in the BCA, the four
days of practice for this tour-
nament will help the team
ahead of the Stanford Twen-
ty-20 tournament.,

"The Bahamas Cricket
Association was happy to be
named a part of the Stanford
Twenty-20 programme," said
"This is a great opportuni-
ty for the Bahamas to
improve the sport of cricket
in the Bahamas.
"The funds being awarded
will assist us in developing a
junior team and also an inter-
national coach to assist with
their development.
"We have a lot of young
interested persons in'the
Bahamas but unfortunately
the persons who are playing
the game aren't able to assist
them because of the other
arrangements. Bringing in a
coach will assist in this case
and with our national teams.
"The funding will also help
us build the much needed
fields. More fields means
more play and that's what we
really need."

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'Celebrate this

event as an integral

element of the

Christian story'

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Archbishop of the West Indies
AS we in the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands pre-
pare for another observance of the birth of Our Lord and Sav-
iour Jesus Christ, I invite you to celebrate this event as an inte-
gral element of the Christian story.
The principal character in this Christian story is the one, true
and living God who came to us at the first Christmas to restore
meaning and purpose to humankind and to the entire created
cosmos alienated from God as a direct consequence of our
choosing to pursue a path to life separate and apart from the
one ordered by the Creator. The Christian story is centered
around God and His saving initiative motivated at every point
by God's amazing love for us and His entire creation. John
3:16, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son,
so that everyone who believes in Him may not perish but may
have eternal life."
According to the Christian story, God is at work in Jesus
effecting a new creation as part of the establishment of God's
Kingdom culminating in a new heaven and a new earth under
obedience to God and His sovereign will. The mission of the
church is to both tell and live the Christian story so that
humankind will find in Jesus, "The way, the truth and the life."
As members of the church seek to participate in this mission,
they are duty bound to reject other stories that have a negative
impact on the celebration of Christmas reducing it to just
another holiday within a secular framework motivated by com-
mercial greed and unbridled hedonism.
All of these stories devalue the human person and exclude
God as the basic term of reference for meaningful human exis-
tence. Dr Kenneth Hamilton summarizes our situation "The
Word that came down from heaven reveals the nature of earth-
. ly good and how it may be found. When we love this earth as
God's handiwork, living and working upon earth is viewed as
both a duty and a joy.. .we can seek to make human communi-
ties resemble more nearly the spheres of mutual love which
God intended them to be" (Earthly Good, page xi).
As we participate in the celebration of yet another Christ-
mas, I pray that we all will appreciate the true place of Christ-
'mas in the wider Christian story of God's loving outreach to
humankind and the entire created cosmos.
May the love that motivated God to meet us in Jesus be root-
.ed and grounded in our hearts that we may be encouraged to
'tell.and live the Christian story so that human beings in every
'culture may discover their true meaning and purpose in Jesus,
the word made flesh. May you and all the members of your
*family, as you celebrate Christmas, discover afresh the true
meaning and purpose for your life given by God in Jesus Christ
our Lord, the babe of Bethlehem and the King of Kings. Every

The 'three

wise women'

Tribune Feature Writer
No Christmas
story would be
complete unless
we talk about
the magi from
the east. The three wise men
who brought gifts of gold,
frankincense and myrrh unto
Jesus they were exotic figures,
rich men that Christians know
so little about except for their
encounter with King Herod
and the Christ child. Yet these
regal characters, imagined to
be dressed in colourful robes,
riding on camels through the
desert, hold much significance
in the Christmas story.
Today, while the wise men
will be present in most repli-
cas of the nativity scene, while
they will have leading roles in
most Christmas plays, and
while they will be considered
three of the most prominent
Christmas figures, the role of
the three wise women in the
Christmas story is also worthy
of mention.
Yes, there were three wise
women. The contribution of
Elizabeth, the mother of John
the Baptist; her cousin and
mother of Jesus, the Virgin
Mary;. and the prophetess
Anna cannot be denied, say
"Try as you might, you can-
not underestimate the signifi-
cant role that women played
in the unfolding of this Christ-
mas story, in the story of sal-
vation," Rev Monsignor Alfred
C Culmer, told Tribune Reli-
gion. Monsignor Culmer, chan-
cellor of the Catholic Archdio-
cese and pastor of the Church
of the Resurrection, East Street
south, believes that the Christ-
mas story just wouldn't be the
Christmas story without these
influential women.
He also believes that while
society does esteem the role of

Mary as the-mother of Jesus,
it should not neglect the fact
that God used other women
"But often, Christians follow
the Christmas story as it has
been traditionally told, with-
out expanding it to see how
other people fit significantly
into the whole history of Jesus'
birth," the religious leader not-
ed. "For example, you can't tell
the Christmas story without
including Mary. But part of
Mary's story is also Elizabeth.
"What is happening in these
stories is that the whole history

of salvation is being unfolded in
the lives of these various Bibli-
cal characters. We tend to give
a lot of thought to Mary
because of her relationship to
Jesus. But the birth of John the
Baptist, and the birth of Jesus
were all part of God's plan of
Because John the Baptist
would grow up to become the
'voice crying in the wilderness',
making the path of Jesus
straight, his birth, and his moth-
er, Elizabeth, is also important
to the Christmas story. She
becomes one of our wise

women in the Christmas story.
Elizabeth, an old woman
considered barren, became
pregnant by her husband
Zacharias, who had been visit-
ed by the angel Gabriel, and
given the promise of a son they
would call John. After Mary,
her cousin, was visited by the
angel Gabriel six months later
and told that God had chosen
her to bear Jesus, and that Eliz-
abeth was pregnant, she left
Nazareth for Judea, to visit
According to the gospel of
Luke 1:41, it was the salutation
of Mary that caused the baby
to leap in Elizabeth's womb.
The mother-to-be was then
filled with the spirit and gave a
spontaneous shout, hailing
Mary's arrival.
This visitation, that Catholics
refer to as "the place of
encounter", is also very signif-
icant, said Monsignor Culmer.
"It is significant because Eliza-
beth recognises in Mary that
Jesus is being formed and it
says that already in her own
womb, John the Baptist is
being formed. The baby stirs
in her womb, so already in the
presence of Jesus something is
happening. It's all of this that
makes up the Christmas sto-
It is Elizabeth's spiritual
greeting at the leading of the
Holy Spirit, that prompts
Mary's praise to God, a mono-
logue that theologians call the
Magnificat or the Canticle of
Mary. In it (Luke 1:46 55),
Mary magnifies her Lord, and
tells of how her soul rejoices
in the Lord for this favour that
He has bestowed on her.
When Mary learns that she is
to be the mother of the Sav-
iour of the world, she reminds
herself of God's historic actions
for justice. In her Magnificat,

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POPE Benedict XVI on
Sunday urged Catholics to
avoid the commercialisation
of Christmas and suggested
that assembling the Nativity
scene at home is an effec-
tive way of presenting the
faith to children.
"In today's consumer
society, this time [of the
year] is unfortunately sub-
jected to a sort of commer-
cial 'pollution' that is in dan-
ger of altering its true spirit,
which is characterised by
meditation, sobriety and by
a joy that is not exterior but
intimate," the pope said.
The commercialisation of
the holiday season has been
a concern for Catholics and
Protestants alike, with many
denominations urging mem-
bers to reflect on the suffer-
ing of Christ throughout

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WHILE driving in the Palm-
dale area with a friend on Mon-
day, she remarked about the
traffic, and how one must be
mad to be a part of it. We both
came to the conclusion that it
was due to Christmas shoppers.
She commented about how
we are all busy about the out-
ward preparations for Christ-
mas, but not the internal readi-
ness that is the expected of
Christians. "We are so busy
with the trimmings, but we are
forgetting whose birthday it is:
Jesus Christ, so it's important
we remember that," she said.
After listening to her, I was
reminded of an e-mail sent to
me by Ms. Mitchell, in which
there was a letter about a spe-
cial party in which the birth-

day boy had something to say:
Dear Loved Ones:
As you well know, we are
getting closer to my birthday.
Every year there is a celebra-
tion in my honour and I think
that this year the celebration
will be repeated. During this
time there are many people
shopping for gifts, there are
many radio announcements,
TV commercials, and in every
part of the world everyone is
talking that my birthday is get-
ting closer and closer.
It is really very nice to know,
that at least once a year, some
people think of me. As you
know, the celebration of my
birthday began many years
ago. At first people seemed to
understand and be thankful of
all that I did for them, but in

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these times, no one seems to
know the reason for the cele-
bration. Family and friends get
together and have a lot of fun,
but they don't know the mean-
ing of the celebration.
I remember that last year
there was a great feast in my
honour. The dinner table was
full of delicious foods, pastries,
fruits, assorted nuts and choco-
lates. The decorations were
exquisite and there were many,
many beautifully wrapped gifts.
But, do you want to know
something? I wasn't invited. I
was the guest of honour and
they didn't remember to send
me an invitation. The party was
for me, but when that great day
came, I was left outside, they
closed the door in my face ....
and I wanted to be with them
and share their table.
In truth, that didn't surprise
me because in the last few
years all close their doors to
me. Since I wasn't invited, I
decided to enter the party with-
out making any noise. I went in
and stood in a corner. They
were all drinking; there were

some who were drunk and
telling jokes and laughing at
everything. They were having a
grand time. To top it all, this
big fat man all dressed in red,
wearing a long white beard
entered the room yelling Ho-
Ho-Ho! He seemed drunk. He
sat on the sofa and all the chil-
dren ran to him, saying: "Santa
Claus, Santa Claus" as if the
party were in his honour! -
At 12 midnight all the people
began to hug each other; I
extended my arms waiting for
someone to hug me and ... do
you know ... no one hugged me.
Suddenly they all began to
share gifts. They opened them
one by one with great expecta-
tion. When all had been
opened, I looked to see if,
maybe, there was one for me.
What would you feel if on
your birthday everybody
shared gifts and you did not get
one? I then understood that I
was unwanted at that party and
quietly left.
Every year it gets worse.
People only remember to eat
and drink, the gifts, the parties

and nobody remembers me. I
would like this Christmas that
you allow me to enter into your
life. I would like that you rec-
ognize the fact that almost two
thousand years ago I came to
this world to give my life for
you, on the cross, to save you.
Today, I only want that you
believe this with all your heart.
I want to share something
with you. As many didn't invite
me to their party, I will have
my own celebration, a
grandiose party that no one hs
ever imagined, a spectacular
I'm still making the final
arrangements. Today I am
sending out many invitations
and there is an invitation for
you. I want to know if you wish
to attend and I will make a
reservation for you and write
your name with.golden letters
in my great guest book. Only
those on the guest list will be
invited to the party. Those
who don't answer the invite,
will be left outside.
Be prepared because when
all is ready you will be part of
my great party.
See you soon. I Love you!

'Thank you Lord'

In all things we are to
give thanks the
Psalmist admonish-
es. No matter what
we have been
through or are going through
no matter the circumstance,
the situation or the relation-
ship, give God thanks. Why?
Our lives could have been a
whole lot worse, but whatev-
er it is He allowed it and He
will see you through.
I was listening to a preach-
er recently tell his congrega-
tion about David, that
through a grateful heart he
was able to move God. It
made me-think of all the
things we are to give thanks
for. Yes, you and I, because
God has brought us from a
mighty long way.
Let's go back to the hurri-
cane season, which is only the
tip of the iceberg. When Kat-
rina passed through the
Bahamas she was a tropical
storm and so was Rita. These
hurricanes killed and wipe
out everything that some
people had. I remember
someone complaining about
their house and an onlooker
responded: "At least you
have a home to go to, those
people in the states don't
even have a place to rest their
head." Even though Rita
caused a lot of damage for
our brothers and sisters in
Freeport, nevertheless they
are alive today and rebuilding
their lives.
As a country we do well,
on our worst day we still live
good. Most Bahamians are


"I pray that we
are humble,
that our hearts
may be full of
gratefulness to
God, that He
may continue
to bless us."

A Miller

not poverty stricken where
they don't have food to eat or
water to drink. Yes, some
people live better than oth-

ers, however even the peo-
ple who live in bad conditions
do not live in the worst con-
ditions ever seen or report-
ed. At that disposition we can
say, "thank you Lord."
Growing up I would always
hear my parents say, "when
you think you have it bad just
walk down the road, some-
one have it worse than you."
Which is true. A man was
complaining that his shoes
were old and beat up, when
he turned a corner and saw a
man sitting in a wheel chair
with no legs. We take too
many things for granted that
we ought to be grateful for.
After visiting a friend in
the hospital a gentleman
walking to his car was thank-
ing God for what we may
think of as insignificant. His
words were, "Lord I thank
you that I have arms that
move and legs that walk. I'm
able to breathe, I thank you
that I have eyes that see and
a nose that can smell." He
continued on as his voice
became a echo in the wind.
I thought that was so amaz-
ing and began to think that
was the grateful thing to do.
We don't give much thought
to such small things. Small
things that are a miracle for
others, even those small
things we are to give thanks
I pray that we are humble,
that our hearts may be full
of gratefulness to God, that
He may continue to bless us.
I pray that we may not forget
the many things that He has
done for us and will continue
to do for us.


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'A secular Christmas'

Somewhere in the US this
month, in some city or small
town, someone will petition a
court to have a Christmas
creche removed from state
property. Somewhere a school board will
sanction the rewriting of the "nativity
pageant" as a "seasonal pageant," substi-
tuting Santa and Mrs. Claus for Mary
and Joseph. The changes will be sought
in the name of the separation of Church
and State, or the constitutional ban
against any "establishment of religion."
Such constitutional quarrels are for-
eign to us. The issue arises for us from
another angle. It's the ritual concern that
Christ has been removed from Christ-
mas, and should be put back where he
Religious people in the US will protest
the anti-Christmas sentiment, but will
very likely lose in any court action. Our
concern will last for the season. It will
end on Christmas Day, and be resumed
next year. What neither quarter really
comes to terms with is that Christmas as
observed at present is dominantly a secu-
lar feast. This is the shape of "modern"
Christmas, and it's how Christmas will in
all likelihood foreseeably remain.
The feast, however, that most Chris-
tians celebrate on December 25th is
undeniably religious. It is the celebration
of the birth of Jesus Christ. Although
many Christians traditionally exchanged
token gifts as symbols of joy on the feast,
it was not until the nineteenth century
that Christmas became an occasion of
monumental commerce and gift-giving.
The decision to borrow St. Nicholas
(whose life was not a Christmas story)
and transform him into a red-suited old
man who gives presents to children was a
deliberate marketing decision adopted
by a small group of wealthy Americans,
in league with the writer Washington Irv-
Nicholas lived in the fourth century
and the name Santa Claus is an angliciza-
tion of his Dutch nickname Sinterklaas.
Nicolas had a reputation for being kind
to children, and some Christians gave
gifts to children on his feast day not on
a day celebrating the birth of Christ. The
Oxford Dictionary of Saints summarizes
the further evolution as follows: "[The
tradition] attained its present form in
North America, where the Dutch Protes-
-tants of New Amsterdam (as New York
wa earlier called) united it to Nordic


"Secular Christmas,
fostered by greeting
card makers, toy
companies, and the
shopping mall industry,
thus remains very
different from the
religious holiday
Christians value, but
it is the former that is
now a basic component
of 'civil religion,' and it's
generally what is meant
by 'Christmas' today."
FrH Charles

folkloric legends of a magician who pun-
ished naughty children and rewarded
good ones with presents."
Secular Christmas, fostered by greet-
ing card makers, toy companies, and the
shopping mall industry, thus remains
very different from the religious holiday
Christians value, but it is the former that
is now a basic component of 'civil reli-
gion,' and it's generally what is meant by
"Christmas" today.
Many Christians, one should note, sub-
scribe to the change. There is, as Naipaul
noted many years ago in The Suffrage of

Elvira, a locai twist to all of this. In Elvi-
ra, "Hindus celebrated Christmas and
Easter....some of the Negroes celebrated
the Hindu festival of lights... [and]
Everybody celebrated the Muslim festi-
val of Hosein." As the anthropologist
Sydney Mintz once observed, the
Caribbean was part of the modern world
long before the "Third World" ever
The net result is that while we still
think of Christmas in terms of its origins,
as if it were all religious, it's really now
only marginally so. Christmas has for
some time become a feast transformed.
Indeed, more than that. It's part of the
larger commercial hegemony, simply
another triumph, for the values of the
market over the values of the spirit, and
to this extent a defeat for Christianity.
Not a total defeat, I should add.
Christmas is about the only feast that
Madison Avenue feasts on. You can do a
lot with a mother, a baby, being shut out
of an inn, a night sky with a single star,
and three multicultural kings. Easter,
which in my estimation is more impor-
tant than Christmas, is less amenable to
take-over. There's just so much advertis-
ing traction you can get from an empty
tomb. Easter bunnies and Easter eggs
simply can't cut it.
It's for similar reasons that Thanksgiv-
ing is a more religious occasion than
Christmas, and a much more meaningful
one. Again, there's just so much Madison
Avenue can dowith Indians and Pilgrims
sitting down to a meal of wild turkey.
Secular Christmas is not going away
anytime soon. The President and the
Prime Minster will extend what are
called "Yuletide greetings" to the nation.
Downtown merchants will decorate, and
there will be lights everywhere.
We may have little choice but to make
the most of it; but we should at the same
time be quite deliberate in cultivating
oases of difference. We've been told
before of what happens when salt
becomes tasteless.
Christians should be more wary than
we are of the threat a secular feast poses
to the integrity of Christian faith; more
wary of cooperating with the market's
theft of a holy day and its transformation
into something like a secular holiday. We
should profitably use the anticipation of
the feast to remind children of other
messages: the difference in value
between people and things, the impor-
tance of generosity to others, of doing
the unrequested thing, and of giving
rather than getting all the time.

Loving God and

our neighbours

IN 1979, I had the oppor-
tunity to test my vocation as
a nun for ten days in Port
au Prince and Kenscoff,
Haiti. I have never forgotten
the pain that I witnessed and
the work that went on to
alleviate it. Assistance was
offered by the church in the
form of donations and edu-
cation about simple things:
Relationships, farming, san-
itation, and health, along
with faith in God.
I remember seeing a
woman walking in rags tied
together that barely covered
her body trying to keep up
with a man who was riding a
horse. Beautiful mountains
stood majestically, but total-
ly denuded of trees and the
topsoil needed for farming.
Those near the upper por-
tion of the mountain washed
clothes in the rivers that pro-
vided drinking water for
those living below. There
was so much poverty and
yet I met persons who had
eyes filled with a deep faith
and trust in the Lord. They
could teach us much about
God's grace and the riches
of an intimate relationship
with the Living God.
The Bahamas is so afflu-
ent in comparison. Many
illegal immigrants brave
treacherous seas to land
clandestinely on our shores,.
or furtively sail towards the
United States. We offer
work permits to those with
agricultural and other skills,
but we cannot absorb the
numbers that search for a
better way of life. It is a trag-
ic situation that is best
understood by those who
have the opportunity to vis-
it Haiti for themselves.
Years before, in Montre-
al, I met the Haitian stu-
dents who wore mink coats
and drove expensive cars.



When I put all of these
places and faces together, I
saw a complex and chal-
lenging problem that would
not be easily addressed, with
my people caught in the
middle of strong political
Twenty-seven years later,
we have no clearer picture,
and no simple answers.
Boats capsize and lives are
lost, while some arrive safe-
ly under the cover of dark-
ness. The trafficking of
human cargo continues as
long as there are persons
who dream of a land of milk
and honey and lay their lives
on the line to provide for
their families.
Advent reminds us of an
even greater sacrifice made
by God our father who sent
an only Son to die that we,
the human family, may be
saved. Jesus Christ bore
.humiliation, torture and cru-
cifixion on a cross just for
us, each one of us. What is
our response to such love?
How do we in turn show
love to one another? For
what do we sacrifice every-
thing? For what are we will-
ing to die? Let us remem-
ber that the best gift we can
receive this Christmas is the
gift of eternal life.

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December 12, 2005 -
OVERCOMING centuries-
old traditions that a Jew can't
even enter a church and the
historical Christian legacy of
trying to convert Jews,
December's Moment maga-
zine reports how Jews and
Christians are sharing worship
space and, in some cases, even
constructing buildings togeth-
Pastors and rabbis from
New York to California inter-
viewed for this cutting-edge
story say the unusual partner-
ships have strengthened faith
in their own religion while
inspiring greater mutual
respect for those of other
"In a world that had expe-
rienced the Holocaust, it was
necessary to show that Jews
and Christians could trust each
other in this profound way,"
says Jewish congregational
member Marilyn Scott, for-
mer president of Temple Beth
Emeth in Ann Arbor, Michi-
gan, which has shared space
with St. Clare of Assisi, an
Episcopal church, since 1969.
With such trust come bene-
fits and logistical constraints.
The 200-family Bethesda Jew-
ish Congregation has cohab-
ited space with Bradley Hills
Presbyterian Church in sub-
urban Washington, DC since
1967. In 2001, they built a new
addition, Covenant Hall,
together. The collaboration
saved costs and freed up 10
percent of building funds
raised for community social
While some congregations
that share space rarely min-
gle, others have created tra-
ditions together: The Church

of St. Paul and St. Andrew
and Congregation B'nai
Jeshurun in Manhattan run a
homeless shelter and offer
joint classes.
Whereas some congrega-
tional partners discourage
interfaith couples from attend-
ing different services, B'nai
Jeshurun accommodates
them, says Rabbi Felicia Sol.
"We actually have some cou-
ples where one is Christian
and one is Jewish," says Sol,
"and they jointly belong to
both congregations."
As in any relationship,
struggles inevitably develop,
but disagreements rarely
involve religious differences.
"Our rubbing shoulders with
them made us more Jewish
and made them more Christ-
ian," says Rabbi Bruce War-
shal, who led Beth Emeth
when it entered into its part-
nership with St. Clare. Still, in
another community two
cohabiting congregations
struggled with the Presbyter-
ian Church decision to divest
from Israel.
The article also features a
church and temple in Water-
loo, Ontario that joined forces
after a serendipitous backyard
conversation between neigh-
bors, as well as other exam-
ples of unique circumstances
that brought members of dif-
ferent faiths into one build-
Writer Lynne Schreiber
penned the story with addi-
tional reporting provided by
Nadine Epstein and Jennie
Rothenberg. Photography by
Daniel Lippitt and Michael
Source: Religious
News Service

'Don't pull me down,

I'm a winner'



Jews and






time of the year, there are
lots of parties, people are
smiling and happy, and
everyone is excited about the
gifts that they will be given, but the Christ-
mas season is really about giving, sharing
and the celebration of the birth of our
Lord Jesus Christ. Christmas depicts the
love of family and togetherness such love
should not be reserved for few days of
the year but should be expressed daily.
In light of this, the dan6e ministry of
Calvary Deliverance Church presents a
dance and drama production; "Don't Pull
Me Down, I'm A Winner", Sunday,
December 18 at the Church on East Street
south. The production, which depicts var-
ious social ills faced by Bahamian Church-
es and the wider society, is not just a
Christmas special, but offers a message to
help persons live a life of success everyday.
The drama, written by Antoinette Lewis,
addresses important issues of relationships
and examines the effect certain decisions
and actions have on Bahamian families.
The production also looks at the decisions
that we make without God's divine help,
thinking in error that we are in a position
to fix any problem or situation that con-
fronts us ourselves. It also speaks to the
lack of encouragement and support given
by our church family.
People may be facing or going through a
number of problems, "but don't pull me
down, please lift me up not only morally
and emotionally, but most of all spiritual-
ly" is the message that the play offers.
The production is made up of 13 cast
members: Trishawn Anderson, Lorenzo
Bain, Jason Curry, Enae and Ebony Gib-
son, Vince Johnson, Tamika Knowles,
Conra Missick, Shanika and Terez Newry,
Flornise Russell, Cheryl Whylly and
Antoinette Lewis.
Every artist has a muse at some point,
someone who inspires them and Antoinet-
te's inspiration came from the passion that
Terez had to bring about an awareness of
the issues that face the church body and the
wider Bahamian public.
Asked what the production meant to
her, Antoinette reflected on the drama

John Paul II among

life the gift of love, togetherness, and
awareness, through drama and dance: "We
are offering a sense of family in this play"'
she says. '1
Lorenzo, one of three young men in the
play, feels that the dance/drama is about
being faithful to God and family and nev-
er forgetting your role in the church or in
God's kingdom. While Jason feels that
hope is the key and that God will give us
the strength to make it through anything.
Enae & Ebony who are sisters, agree
with Jason and Lorenzo that the produc-
tion is about everyday life. They agree that
God is a deliverer if He can bring you to
it, He certainly can bring you through it.
Shanika, who is the comedian of the
whole bunch, expressed her concern about
the back biting and gossiping in the church
as a whole. She hopes by addressing these
issues that it would spark a change and
someone's heart would be touched, and
in doing so she would have accomplished
her goal. .
Terez hopes that the play will show that
there are people willing to be there for
others, to lend a helping hand.
I sat in on one of the practice sessions
and it was appealing and invigorating;
sprinkled with a little comedy, but overall
possessing a serious tone and touching on
situations that are faced everyday, and
exploring topics that are negatively impact?
ing today's society.
Our communities are in need of help'
and this play is just that, a healthy dose of
"Don't Pull Me Down, I'm A Win-
ner" will be held at Calvary Deliverance
Church, East Street south on Sunday,
December 18, at 7pm. Admission isfreel
Come to laugh and cry, but most of all
come to enjoy!


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Advent. The Presbyterian
Church USA and the United
Methodist Church have made

available day-by-day advent
resources online for ministers
to use at church and parents to
use at home.
PCUSA's advent calendar
even includes special sugges-

tions on how to share the
Christmas story with children.
Meanwhile, Pope Benedict had
a different suggestion: "Assem-
bling the Nativity scene... helps
us contemplate the mystery of

the love of God, which is,.
revealed to us in the poverty,
and simplicity of the grotto in
Source The Christian Post

from a writers perspective: "Being able to
put together pertinent issues facing the
society, especially those in the church. I
felt that the timing is ideal for the group to
delineate these issues in drama and dance.
"Once the production has come to an
end, we can say that persons who are going
through the ordeals will be delivered from
financial stress and spiritual manipulation.
We know this cannot happen without the
support of our pastor and being able to
take from the pages of his sermons says a
lot," she said.
According to Antoinette, each one of
the young ladies and gentlemen involved in
the production gave of themselves in order
to produce the end result. There were
many long hours of practice time and fuss-
ing from the director, she said, but due to
their unselfish service, she knew that they
would be able to put on an excellent pro-
duction and execute the message. "We
know God is in the midst of all this and it
is through Him we would be rewarded."
The young director also explained that
initially, it was a difficult challenge to
match each person with their ideal role.
In the end however, each cast member
walked into their character with ease and
made it their own.
Conra, who plays the deacon's wife, was
working a full time job when she was asked
to play the part. Reluctant at first, knowing
full well from experience what strength
and energy it takes to get into character
and pull it off successfully, she accepted the
role and by doing so was propelled to
another plane in ministry.
With the help of Ms Lewis, Conra
became completely focused and prays that
the drama will address some of the issues
that are experienced today, with the help of
God. -
For Flornise, the production brings to


Calvary Deliverance Church's

dance stry to present

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FROM page 1C
shq foretells the reversal of for-
tunie that will soon bring the
mighty to their knees. She iden-
tifies herself with all those who
haye ever been oppressed. She
reveals herself as the mother
of justice. She tells us that the
poor will be lifted high and the
days of their slavery to the high
and mighty are coming to an
end. This is the wise woman of
justice and compassion in the
Christmas story.

What also makes Mary's
presence in Christmas events
so important, said the Catholic
leader, is that through being
used of God to give birth to
Jesus;:Mary becomes the sec-
ond Eve, and in a sense, ushers
in God's new kingdom. "Jesus
is called by Paul, the new
Adam, and Mary is called the
new Eve. Paul sees her as the
bearer of new life. This is why
Paul uses the expression, 'as in
Anam all died, and in Christ is
-althbrought to life'," he
explains. "But how is this all
possible? It is possible through
the use of one woman. When
Gabyiel first came and asked
Mary, she said yes. That yes, is
obedience to God in faith."
Another example of true
faith and obedience to God, is
seen at'John's circumcision. In
Bible days, when custom and
tradition played an important
role, Elizabeth took an uncom-
promising stand for God in
naming her child John.
Elizabeth rejected the expec-
tations coming from her iri-laws
and neighbours who wanted
her to call her son 'Zacharias'
after his father. That was tra-
dition, the norm. That was
what she was supposed to do.
But Elizabeth told them, "Not
so; but he shall be called John."
(Luke 1:60). Here, she is lis-
tening to God's word, a com-
mand delivered by the angel
that her son should be called

When Jesus came to be pre-
sented to the Lord, as it was a
custom of Mosaic law that
every firstborn male "shall be
called holy to the Lord (Luke
2:23)", we meet the third wise
woman in the Christmas story,
who although was not directly
quoted by Luke, lived a life
that should encourage most.
The second chapter of Luke
records that as Simeon blessed
the baby Jesus, and gave God
thanks for allowing him to see
the Saviour of the world before
his death, Anna, a prophetess,
entered. She also began giving
thanks to God for the child.
We know that she has been
alone for almost 70 years. She
was married for seven years
and then widowed. In her day,
Israel was a brutal place for
single women, and women
were forced to practically

attach themselves to men in
order to survive. They had very
few legal rights of their own.

But the fact that Anna gets
by for 70 years alone, shows
that she is a woman of incredi-
ble ingenuity, creativity, and
courage. The scripture also tells
us that Anna spent her life ded-
icated to God, which could be
seen as the key to her survival;
her days and nights are spent in
the temple, fasting and pray-
ing. In other words, Anna faces
her sufferings with an absolute
trust in God, never letting Him
out of her sight.
The most we know about the
wise men, who were given the
names Gaspar, Melchoir and
Balthasar in the 6th century, is
that they brought gifts unto
Jesus. They were recorded in
the Bible, as not saying much,
except to request of King
Herod where they should find
Him that was born "King of
the Jews". After they found
Him, and gave their treasures,
they sort of fade out as myste-
riously as they arrived. Still,
much can be learnt from their
actions: Christians should also
present their gifts to the King.

But the wise women also
teach us of what Jesus Christ
requires of His people in this
Christmas season. Mary
reminds believers to consider
what Christ's presence sym-
bolizes, that God is no respec-
tor of persons, using the lowli-
est of persons to usher in a
world changer whose influence
cannot be matched.
Elizabeth recalls for us that
nothing is impossible with God,
even a barren woman, stricken
in years, is not forsaken. And
Anna, the prophetess, reas-
sures us that the day of our
deliverance will surely come,
Jesus is the redemption of all
Said Monsignor Culmer:
"These are women of faith,
who are a part of that whole
Jewish culture where God is
central to their lives and their
whole belief and trust in God is
very strong."
"These women are all open
to the Spirit, and the spirit gives
instruction and gives utterance

in their lives. These are women
who knew that the term obedi-
ence means to listen. They
were able to listen to what God
was speaking in their lives and
in their story, in their experi-
ence of God and what God is
doing in them."
Every year the Catholic doc-
trine observes "The Feast of
the Immaculate Conception",
and discusses how God's sal-
vation plan was in effect long
before Mary was visited by the
angel Gabriel, and how God
also used Mary's mother, also
called Anna. "God prepares
the womb of Anna for Mary,
that is why we say that Mary is
being prepared by God from
her conception. So we see that
God's plan is unfolding gradu-
ally," he explained.

"Both Elizabeth and Anna
(Mary's mother) were scorned
in the community, considered
barren and useless. But in their
lives, this is how the whole his-
tory of salvation is unfolded -
that God uses what is consid-
erea discarded, those who are
laughed at, these are the ones
that God uses to bring his plan
to fruition," the pastor said.
As the Christian church cel-
ebrates the events of Jesus'
birth the manger where He
lay wrapped in swaddling cloth-
ing, how the eastern star led
the wise men, how the angels in
heaven sang, how shepherds
watching their flock, stopped
to witness the birth of the King
- we should also consider the
significance of the three wise
women at Christmas.

Their presence, said Mon-
signor Culmer, also reminds
persons that gender is no
boundary to God, any willing
heart can be used. "These
(Mary, Elizabeth, Anna, the
prophetess and Anna, Mary's
mother) are all women. For a
story like this to be told in a
predominantly male environ-
ment where women had no
place, is in itself significant. It is
the way in which God is
unfolding his plan for the sal-
vation of the world. And we
see in that plan, both men and
women playing a significant

'In a united

family happiness

springs of itself

"In a united family happiness springs of
itself," and indeed members of Healing
Communicators Toastmasters Club 7178
continue to demonstrate unity through cor-
porate worship. In keeping with this year's
theme of "Realizing Potential....Fulfilling
Dreams", the executives and members
recently held the club's second quarter
church service at Calvary Bible Church on
Collins Avenue. Inspired by Senior Pastor
Allan Lee's message, the group of about
thirty toastmasters were warmly welcomed
by the congregation. During Pastor Lee's

message, toastmasters were encouraged to
foster a relationship with Christ and to dis-
cover the need for personal change. Pastor
Lee is pictured here with the executives and
members of Toastmasters Club 7178. Heal-
ing Communicators Club 7178 meets each
Tuesday at the Cancer Society of the
Bahamas, East Terrace Collins Avenue,
beginning at 6 pm. Meetings are open to
the public.
(Photo: Anthony
Longley DTM)

Schedule of Services For

Christ Church Cathedral

December 18th 2005 -January 8th 2006

i ::i01Saturday December, 24th @ 11:00p.m.
... Carols by the Cathedral Chorale followed by
Procession & Holy Eucharist

Sunday December, 25th
7:30a.m. Holy Eucharist
9:00a.m. Sung Eucharist
11:15a.m. Holy Eucharist

T ,re[ am

Saturday December, 31st 2005 @ 11:00p.m.
IIThis Service leads into the first Mass of
The New Year 2006

Sunday January 1st 2005
7:30a.m. Holy Eucharist
9:00a.m. Family Eucharist
11:15a.m. Holy Eucharist

Sunday January 8th, 2006 @ 6:00p.m.
Cathedral Youth Choir .

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HBO-W Drama) Mel Gibson, Nick Stahl. A disfigured recluse
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HBO-S Martin, Debra Winger. A phony faith healer takes his abelle Huppert, Dustin Hoffman. Two men hire existential detectives to
scheming show to ansas. f 'PG-13' (CC) examine their lives. n 'R' (CC)
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MAX-E Damon. Indebted criminals plan an elaborate heist in Europe. f 'PG-13' (CC) 13 (2005, Action) Ethan Hawke,
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MO MAX Penn, Adrien Brody. Based on James Jones' novel Stiller, Owen, Wilson, Snoop Dogg. Two detectives in- Games: Vegas
about the battle of Guadalcanal. n 'R' (CC) vestigate a cocaine dealer. ft 'PG-13' (CC) n (CC)
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Music Society:

Adrian Archer

chosen as lead

tenor for 71st



The Princeton Pro
Music Society is
pleased to
announce that
a Adrian Archer, a
voice and choral conducting stu-
debt at Westminster Choir Col-
lege and Princeton University,
has been chosen to sing the
tenor lead in its 71st season's
performance of the "Magnifi-
cat" by Dietrich Buxtehude and
the "Missa Brevis in F Major"
by; W A Mozart.
.'Adrian has a most amazing
voice," said Frances Fowler
Slade, guest conductor of
P$MA and director of Prince-
toh Pro Musica. "He has a ter-
rific range and his voice suits
pdrfectly the music being per-
formed by PSMA during the
second session of its 71st Sea-
;PSMA was started in 1935
by professor Roy Dickinson
Welch, chairman of the Prince-
tdn University music depart-
rnent. Professor Welch con-
ducted, and had the assistance
of a piano accompanist. The
popularity and subsequent
growth of the organisation, 175
or so choral members and
eventually orchestra and instru-
nientalists, led to the group's
eventual home on the campus
of Princeton University.
:Certain traditions evolved,
schli as singing Handel's Mes-
siahl or Bach's Christmas Ora-
torio in December or Bach's
Mass in B-Minor in May. Over
the years the repertoire has
been expanded to include 20th
century work, including John
Butter's "Gloria" which will
also be performed by the
PSMA during this session.
"Adrian has been a member
6f Pro Musica just over a year,
and his impressive musical
skills have lead to his appoint-
ment as tenor section leader,
and now one of the musicians
to lead us in the performance
of this work" said Lois Laverty,
president of the Society.
' Archer, a voice student of
famed Hungarian baritone
Julian Rodescu, also studies
liturgy and choral conducting,
ind is the first Bahamian
admitted to Princeton's presti-

"Adrian has a
most amazing
voice... He has
a terrific range
and his voice
suits perfectly
the music being
performed by
PSMA during
the second
session of its
71st Season."

Frances Fowler Slade

gious Westminster Choir Col-
He is a member of the col-
lege's Schola Cantorum, West-
minster Williamson Voices and
recently completed an intern-
ship with Professor Tim Brown
and the college's conducting
faculty in the choral activities
He has also served on the
college's sacred music chapel
committee, public relations and
publications office and the 2008
class communications commit-
- A member of the Bahamian
Diocese of Nassau and the
Bahamas, Archer, a candidate
for ordination to the priest-
hood, also serves as tenor sec-
tion leader at All Saints Epis-
copal Church, Princeton, a
member of that church's serv-
ing guild and liturgical com-
Joining Adrian in these per-
formances are Jennifer Collins
and Mary Trigg, soprano; Mar-
garet Evans, alto and William
Grimmer, bass.

Anglicans to

hold 'Concert

in da yard'

'* ON December 17, the val-
ley will be alive as St George's
Anglican Church is scheduled
to: hold a "Concert in Da yard"
1 pm until 6 pm.
'Bible story telling, caroling
and other fun activities are set
for 1 to 3 pm.
"Santa will make his grand
entrance" from 3 to 4 pm, giv-
ing toys to the kids. And, there
will be an old-fashioned gopsel

concert from 4 to 6 pm.

CALVARY Deliverance
Church proudly presents a dra-
ma and dance production. The
production will be held Sun-
day, December 18, at 7:30pm
@ the Church on East Street
For further information, call
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