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The Tribune

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The Tribune
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Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
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Tribune
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2008
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English
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v. : ill. ; 58 cm.

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Man shot dead in
home invasion

@ By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

A HOME invasion left a young
father dead after gunmen kicked
in his front door early yesterday
morning and riddled him with
bullets as his four young children
watched in terror.

‘Around 5am several gunmen
entered the front door of Marvin
Seymour’s home on East Street
South. They fired multiple shots
which hit the victim about the
body before he collapsed in a
bedroom, police'said.

He was pronounced dead on
the scene when emergency med-
ical services responded. The cul-
prits reportedly left the area in
an unknown direction.

Although the children were not
injured in the attack, police say
there is little doubt they will be
emotionally scarred by the ordeal
of seeing their 39-year-old father
killed in front of them.

“The children were trauma-

tised. They need counselling after
witnessing (their father being
killed),” Asst Supt Walter Evans
told The Tribune last night.
. ASP Evans could not say if
anything was stolen from the
home during the incident but
investigations are underway.

Reports indicate that the inci-
dent occurred shortly after the
victim’s fiance left their home for
work.

The incident left residents of
the area noticeably enraged. They
described Seymour as a calm indi-
vidual. One neighbour, who
asked to have her name withheld,
told The Tribune that a few days
before Seymour’s brutal murder
she witnessed a suspicious man
loitering in the victim’s yard.

She alerted her family of the
man’s presence and then made a
call to the nearby South Eastern
police station. However, a patrol
car never arrived, she claimed.

“IT saw a man hanging around
in their yard last week Thursday
or Friday, so L called down to the
police and | tell them someone
need to come check it out. I sat by
my window from three (am) ‘til
six in the mornin’ and no-one
show up,” the neighbour claimed.

Another resident told The Tri-
bune that south-eastern patrol
units rarely respond to calls in

_the area.

Attempts were made to reach
the officer-in-charge of the south-
eastern division, Chief Supt
Stephen Dean, for comment. But
up to press time these were
unsuccessful.

However, a Corporal Johnson
told The Tribune that, as far as
that station was concerned, no
report was ever made about sus-
picious characters loitering near
the victim’s home before his
death.

Seymour’s homicide pushes the
murder count to five this year.

FNM to hold rally

_ THE FNM will hold.a mass rally at R M Bailey Park on Thurs- |

day night starting as 7.30pm.

One day after Byran Woodside emerged as official winner of the
Pinewood constituency following a recount of votes, the FNM is
inviting its supporters to come together. for a rally.

Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham is expected to address the
crowd. with important information regarding his government’s
achievements during the last seven months in government.

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' @ By NATARIO McKENZIE

POLICE had their hands full yesterday
afternoon as they tried to restrain an angry
mob outside the Magistrate’s Court complex
while two young men accused of the day-
light shooting death of C R Walker student
Deangelo Cargill Fowler were being
arraigned in court.

Even before Troy Jamaal Smith and
Strauss Edwards Jr., both aged 20, were
brought to be arraigned, police were forced
to quell an angry group of relatives of the



time.

& TUNE SMITH (left) and Strauss Edwards in both aged 20, outside Seat yesterday.



PROBLEMS in the electoral
system leading to the PLP’s court
challenges were yesterday blamed
firmly on former Prime Minister
Perry Christie.

Noting polling irregularities
highlighted by the election court,
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham
said there was nothing wrong with
the electoral process itself - only
that the Bahamas had an “incom-
petent prime minister”



accused as well as the victim who were
engaged in a vicious war of words that con-
tinued even after both men had been
arraigned.

Troy Jamaal Smith, alias Jamaal Penn,
of Kelly Lane, Fox Hill, and Strauss
Edwards Jr., of Quail Roost Trail, were

arraigned before Chief Magistrate Roger
Gomez at Court One, Bank Lane. Smith is
represented by attorney Murrio Ducille and
Edwards by attorney Dion Smith.

SEE page seven

Felipé Major/Tribune staff

PM blames Perry Christie for
problems in electoral system

lm By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnquest@tribunemedia.net

Prime Minister Ingraham said
that PLP leader Perry Christie
should be “ashamed of himself”.

Pulling no punches, Mr Ingra-
ham said there is no need for a
Commission of Inquiry into irreg-
ularities highlighted in the court’s
recent ruling.

All that is needed, he said, is a
competent prime minister who
could do his job, * ‘and do it ina

timely manner”.
“That’s all you need, It didn’t

happen in 92, it didn’t happen in
97, and it didn’t happen in 2002,
and it didn’t have to happen in
2007. Mr Christie should be

at the



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Maynard-Gibson:
Election Court
challenge was
about protecting
parliamentary
democracy

@ By BRENT DEAN
Tribune Staff Reporter
bdean@tribunemedia.net

ALLYSON Maynard-Gibson
has declared that her election
court challenge was about “pro-
tecting parliamentary democra-
cy” through a constitutional
process via the courts.

Mrs Maynard-Gibson
addressed the media yesterday
in her law office on Shirley
Street, one day after the elec-
tion court ruled Byran Wood-
side the winner of the Pinewood
constituency by 49 votes.

She said that in a small coun-
try such as the Bahamas, “we
have to recognise that wherever
egregious failures are pointed
out by a court, it’s important
for us, rather than pointing fin-
gers at each other, to get on
immediately with dealing with

those failures.”

SEE page seven

Election Court
justices criticise
Parliamentary
Commissioner

@ By BRENT DEAN
Tribune Staff Reporter
bdean@tribunemedia.net

THE Parliamentary Com-
missioner has failed to ensure
the integrity of the registration
process in Pinewood, the jus-
tices of the election court have
declared.

Senior Justice Anita Allen
and Justice Jon Isaacs issued
their written ruling in the
Pinewood case late Monday
night after the 12-hour recount
in which Byran Woodside was
declared winner of the seat by
49 votes.

“This case exposed the most
egregious failures in the parlia-
mentary registration system,
said the justices.

“The parliamentary commis-
sioner failed, for whatever rea-
son, to ensure the integrity of
the registration process in
Pinewood. It was indeed star-
tling to the court that counsel

ashamed of himself.

SEE page seven

Fielding questions from
reporters on the FNM’s win in
the Pinewood election challenge,

SEE page seven

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This tax ‘is unconscionable’

© In brief

Programmes
at the National
Art Gallery

THE National Art Gallery of

the Bahamas announced that
the gallery, which closed on
Monday, January 14, will
remain closed through Friday,
January 25, for the de-installa-
tion and installation of a new
exhibition.

Also the Art Teachers’

Workshop, which had been
scheduled for January 19, was
postponed to a later date. Those
already signed up for this work-
shop will be notified shortly by
the Gallery as to the new date
this will be héld. Those inter-
ested in participating in the Art
Teachers’ Workshop should
contact the Gallery as soon as
possible to reserve space as
ie are only eight openings
eft. ‘
The NAGB Global Cinema
feature film, "Water", sched-
uled to be screened on Thurs-
day, January 24, at 6.30pm is
still on.

The Kids and Family Art
Workshop on "Creative Por-
traiture", scheduled for Satur-
day, January 26, at 10am is still
scheduled for the time being. If
any changes occur, the Gallery
will notify the public.

The Tribune wants to hear
from people who are
making news in their
neighbourhoods. Perhaps
you are raising funds for a
good cause, campaigning
for improvements in the
area or have won an
award.

If so, call us on 322-1986
and share your story.



Grand Bahama contractor

concerned about decision

not to extend tax relief to
first time homeowners

@ BY DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedial.net

FREEPORT - A Grand
Bahama contractor expressed
strong concerns yesterday about
government’s decision not to
extend a tax exemption to first
time homeowners, especially on
Grand Bahama. ‘

Michael Edwards, president
and director of Island Chain Ltd,
stressed that it is “uncon-
scionable” to levy the a tax at this
time, despite the continued eco-
nomic downturn in Grand
Bahama.

“The eight per cent being
levied on first time homeowners
is onerous, burdensome, and
unconscionable and results in fur-
ther monetary, and emotional
trauma visited upon families of
Grand Bahama, and does not
help the economy of Grand

Bahama which is in dire straits,”

he said at a press conference.

Mr Edwards, who is a building
contractor in Freeport, said that
the economy is the worst he has
seen it in years in Grand Bahama.

“The economy of Grand
Bahama has been in the econom-
ic doldrums for the last four years.
Ihave never seen it this bad since
being in business in Grand
Bahama, he said.

“T respectfully ask the govern-
ment to reconsider this tax con-
cession granted to first time
homeowners that it met in place
upon their return to office, until
the economy of Grand Bahama is
healthy, dynamic and vibrant
again.”

On Monday, the PLP criticised
the FNM government for refusing
to extend the tax exemption for
first time homeowners on houses
under $250,000.

Mr Edwards believes that gov-
ernment’s decision not to contin-
ue with the tax concession was
reactionarfy‘and nof Wwéll' thought
out. He noted that foreign
investors continue to enjoy many

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“The economy
of Grand
Bahama has
been in the
economic dol-
drums for the
last four years.”



Michael Edwards

tax concessions even though they
are better off financially than the
average Bahamian.

“The elimination of this
exemption has now increased the
cost of home ownership for a sec-
tor of the community that needed
it most, because it has increased
the required down payment for
owning a home.

“This will result in many per-
sons delaying home ownership as
well as many persons reducing
the size of the homes that they
can acquire, hence diminishing
the intrinsic quality of life for
them and their families,” Mr
Edwards said.

Mr Edwards stressed that it is
the government’s responsibility
to ensure that the Bahamian peo-
ple, and the people of Grand
Bahama can own a piece of land
through responsible policy mak-
ing.

This is a slap in the face to
Bahamians as a whole, to now
require first time homeowners to

ay a tax of eight per cent up to
250,000,” he said.

Mr Edwards estimated that the
476 new homes started in 2006
would now require an additional
combined investment of
$4,760,000, based on the new
eight per cent tax requirement

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Housing Minister Kenneth Rus-
sell in the press on January 16.
According to Mr Edwards, the
minister said: “I think that if you
could bring down the cost of
housing, you could increase the
possibility of home ownership by
leaps and bounds.” .

Mr Edwards said the eight per
cent now required to be paid by

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first time homeowners is an
inctease in cost, not a reduction,
and contradicts Mr Russell's
statement.

Pointing out that the current
government was elected on a plat-
form of restoring trust in govern-
ment, Mr Edwards said:'“The
government ought to be remind-
ed that one of. the main objec-

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Edwards. president and director of Beat etme R

tives of the Bahamas Mortgage
Corporation, established under
an act of parliament in August of
1983, is to stimulate, encourage,
and promote home ownership by
making mortgage financing avail-
able. “All of this would be use-
less, if the Cost of homes is out of
reach to.the average Bahamian,”
he said.

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THE Department of Culture has
announced that the E Clement Bethel
National Arts Festival is now underway
and released a schedule of dates for adju-
dication.

In New Providence, dance adjudication is
slated for February 11 to 14, with the clos-
ing date for all dance entries on January 25.

Drama adjudication is slated for Febru-
ary 26 to 29 and March 3 to 7. Music adju-
dication is slated from February 27 to 29
and March 3 and 7. The closing date for
both drama and music is February 1.

Arts and crafts adjudication is slated to
begin March 14, with the closing date also
on February 1.

Late entries will be received for music
and drama no later than February 26, the
Department said.

In Grand Bahama, dance adjudication
is slated for February 15, with the closing
date for all dance entries on January 25.

Drama adjudication is slated for Febru-
ary 18 to 21 and music adjudication is slat-
ed for February 18 to 26. The closing date
for music and drama is slated for February
1. Arts and crafts adjudication is slated for
March 20, with a closing date of March 14,

Late entries will be received no later than
February 26 for music and drama in Grand
Bahama.

Contact persons in Grand Bahama are
Monique Leary — 351-1933 (work), 352-
7167 (fax) and

Juliemae Johnson — 373-8750 (work),
373-8740 (fax).

The adjudication dates for all Family
Islands are slated for March 12 and May 3.
The closing date for Family Islands is slat-
ed for February 29,

Interested persons were asked to con-
tact organising secretary Keva Cartwright
at 326-0152, 326-0167 or on her private line
326-0143.



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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2008, PAGE 3



rae OL
omobrey Election court result throws PLP

Man in court
in connection
with case of

kidnapping

A 20-YEAR-OLD man
was arraigned in Magis-
trates Court yesterday,
charged in connection
with a case of kidnapping
and causing harm to a 30-
year-old woman.

Jeffrey Blanc was
arraigned before Magis-
trate Carolita Bethel at
court eight in Bank Lane,
charged with kidnapping
and causing unlawful
harm to Estinfort Charli-
ton on Saturday, January
19, 2008.

Blanc pleaded not guilty
to the charges and elected
for a summary trial.

He was granted bail in
the sum of $10,000 with
two sureties. The case was
adjourned to September
4.

e An Exuma man was
arraigned in Magistrate’s
Court yesterday, charged
with the rape of a 30-year-
old woman.

According to court
dockets, Arlington
Lawrence Butler, 38, of
Farmer’s Hill, Exuma,
committed the offence on
Friday, August 31 2007.

Butler, who was
arraigned before Magis-
trate Carolita Bethel at
court eight in Bank Lane,
was not required to enter
a plea to the rape charge.

He was granted bail in
the sum of $15,000 and
the case was adjourned to
June 16.

island School
offers five
scholarships

THE Island School is
offering five scholar-
ships for motivated
Bahamian students who
are curious about the
ocean and conservation.

The winners will par-
ticipate in the Bahamas
Environmental Steward
Scholars Programme,
beginning in the fall
semester of 2008.

“This rewarding pro-
gramme for college-
bound high school grad-
uates is focused on
environmental studies
and conservation,”
explained the school in
a statement.

It said the students
will have a unique
opportunity to learn
about our natural envi-
ronment through:

e first hand experi-
ence

¢ outdoor education

¢ interdisciplinary
study

° active participation
in the learning process

¢ understanding and
application of ideas

* community out-
reach

e authentic research

The Island School,
located in Eleuthera,
takes students away
from traditional high
school curriculum and
according to its website,
“forces them to con-
front authentic chal-
lenges”.

Organisers say the
classes were designed
to allow first-hand
engagement with the
people and environ-
ment of the Bahamas.

English, math, envi-
ronmental art, history,
and marine ecology are
offered, and each
course focuses on the
application of knowl-
edge to real-world
problems.

“SCUBA diving,
island exploration, and
two short kayaking
expeditions comple-
ment daily morning
exercise, science
research projects, and
campus work that
encourages each stu-
dent to develop leader-
ship and teamwork
skills,” said the
website.











m@ By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnquest@tribunemedia.net

THE leadership of the PLP
was once again thrown into the
spotlight on Monday night with
the party’s failure to recapture
the Pinewood seat in Election
Court.

With a convention only a few
weeks away, PLP leader Perry
Christie is still not expected to

be challenged
for the leadership of the
party.

However, the party’s loss in
the Pinewood challenge has
greatly diminished Mr Christie’s
power within the party, sup-

’ porters said.

With official confirmation of
the loss of the Pinewood seat,
the PLP sits with only 17 mem-
bers of parliament.

If the party is successful in its
remaining two election chal-
lenges, the party would only
have 19 seats, and be unable to
regain the government.

On Monday night, Mr
Christie issued a statement call-
ing for PLPs everywhere to con-
tinue to hold their heads high
despite the loss in the courts.

“To PLPs everywhere, I say
that this day in the Election
Court is but a skirmish along
the way in the continuing battle
to win the hearts and minds of
the Bahamian people. PLPs can
hold their heads high for having

brought the judicial spotlight to.

bear upon the parliamentary
registration process in the inter-
ests of our democracy.

“The party will now study
carefully the judgment of the
court in this matter, particular-
ly as it relates to the number of
election irregularities to which it
refers and what this means for
the integrity of our electoral
process,” he said.

Mr Christie commend Sena-

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for a full investigation into the par-
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PLP leader Perry Christie

tor Allyson Maynard-Gibson
on a hard fought and an “hon-
orable battle” in the Election
Court.

With Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham almést totally dis-
missing the idea at this point of
calling an early election, PLP
supporters — inside and out of
the House of Assembly — are
whispering that the time has
come for Mr Christie to go, and
for a new leader to take over
the reins of the party.

Still with what is seen to be
tremendous support amongst
PLP delegates, Mr Christie is
not expected to face any sub-
stantial, if any challenge at all,



following the Pinewood election court battle.
“We should not just let it go,” he told The Tribune yesterday.

“Heads should roll.”

He said a 10 or 15 vote discrepancy would have been understandable,
but the disqualification of 110 voters was unacceptable.

“The parliamentary registration department should be fully inves-
tigated, then let the chips fall where they may,” said Bishop Hall,
who is chairman of the Crime Commission.

“Someone should be punished for disenfranchising so many people.

“Tf this can happen in Pinewood, it’s likely it happened somewhere
else. Bahamians have a way of just letting things go.

“But, speaking as a member of the Crime Commission, I think what

happened here is really criminal.”

Grand Bahamians speak
out on Election Court

@ By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - The 110 illegal
votes cast in the Pinewood con-
stituency and thrown out by the
Election Court have exposed a
parliamentary election system
“that is broken and in need of fix-
ing,” according to people in Grand
Bahama.

“It does not matter who wins —
the important thing is that irregu-
larities in the parliamentary elec-
tion system have been exposed,”
said Elvis Hepburn of Eight Mile
Rock.

Freeport resident Brian Sey-
mour believes that someone has
to be held accountable for what
took place in the Pinewood con-
stituency.

“It is very unlikely that it is
going to be a change in govern-
ment...but definitely there have to
be some changes in the (election)
system.

“No other election court in the
country’s history has thrown out as
much as 110 votes, and that tells us
that the system is broken and def-
initely in need of fixing.”

Newcomer Byran Woodside
was declared by the Election
Court as winner of the Pinewood
seat by 49 votes.

Even though 110 illegal votes
were thrown out, former MP
Allyson Maynard-Gibson was not
successful following the recount
late Monday evening.

The Pinewood seat, which was
initially won by the FNM by some
64 votes, is one of three seats being
contested by the PLP.

Two other seats — Marco City
and Baillou Hills — are also expect-

ed to be challenged in the Elec-
tion Court.

Mr Seymour, a PLP member,
said even though the outcome of
the Election Court was a disap-
pointment, it would be very unfor-
tunate if nothing is done to address
the irregularities exposed.

“If we do nothing this would be
a dangerous trend because of what
has gone wrong...and if we do not
rectify it our democracy could be
under serious threat,” he said.

Mr Hepburn said: “If no one is
prosecuted then everything is for
naught. It has always been sus-
pected that there were irregulari-
ties and that persons have been
voting improperly for years.”

Mr Seymour believes that an
independent committee or com-
mission should to be appointed to
investigate the matter.

“We cannot expect the parlia-
mentary commissioner to go and
investigate himself.

“T would think he would have to
be put on administrative leave, but
someone would have to be held
accountable for the debacle that
took place there (in Pinewood),”
he said. ;

Mr Seymour said the fact that so
many persons were found to have
voted illegally in the Pinewood
constituency exposed the risk that
general clections could be manip-
ulated by external forces.

“The election was very close
and if external or foreign forces
outside the Bahamas decided to
plant 50 persons in cach con
stituency, then they could choose
who the government of the day
would be, and that would be a sad
indictment for us as a people who
have a rich political history,” he
said.

Da ets ela Nene

to his leadership at the upcom-
ing convention.

What will be highly contest-
ed, supporters believe, is the
deputy leadership position,
which is currently held by PLP
MP for St Cecila Cynthia Pratt.

Mrs Pratt has said in the past
that she will make a decision as
to whether or not she will be
running again for the deputy
leader position at the conven-
tion.

If not, it is expected that Bain
and Grants Town MP Dr
Bernard Nottage would vie for
this position.

It is said that Dr Nottage and
PLP MP for West End and
Bimini Obie Wilchcombe both
have aspirations of leading the
party one day.

However, only Mr Wilch-
combe has voiced so far that he
will not be running for the lead-

Suspected
illegal Haitian
immigrants
are captured

POLICE captured 90 sus-
pected illegal Haitian immi-
grants in the Kemp’s Bay
area of South Andros on
Monday night.

The immigrants, 11
females and 79 males, were
all picked up within an eight
mile radius, police said.

On Tuesday afternoon
the immigrants were en
route for processing to the
capital, Assistant Superin-
tendent of Police Walter
Evans said.

A search is underway in
the area for any remaining
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ership of the party at the
upcoming convention.

The position of national
chairman is expected to be a
highly contested race at the par-
ty’s convention.

PLP MP for Englerston
Glenys Hanna-Martin, along
with PLP members Omar

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Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

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The people’s money frivolously wasted

IN THE HOUSE of Assembly on December
3, 2007, during the debate on the PLP’s sup-
plemental borrowings outside of the approved
budget, Minister of State for Finance Zhivargo
Laing questioned why, after boasting that it
had more than $20 billion of foreign invest-
ment already “in the pipeline”, the Christie
government would spend almost $1 million just
before the May 2007 election on a promotional
publication to bring in more investment.

After all, it was reported in February last
year that the multi-billion dollar Mayaguana
project had already exhausted the available
labour on that island. How was the Bahamas’
relatively small labour pool going to service
these investments — if in fact the PLP had actu-
ally secured them?

Yet just before the election Mr Christie’s
government spent £440,000 — almost a million
dollars of taxpayers’ money— to have 10,000
copies of “The Bahamas 2007 Special Report”
printed to promote the Bahamas to investors.

Almost $1 million was the price of the 10,000
print order, but costs probably went over the
million mark after the magazines were landed in
Nassau and all extra charges were paid.

But there was a major hitch. The delivery was
obviously late. We are not blaming the pub-
lishers for this. Having worked with govern-
ment agents for so many years on various pub-
lications, we have discovered that they neither
know the meaning nor importance of a “dead-
line.” And, of course, not meeting deadlines
invariably means publication dates can’t be met.

From the way in which “The Bahamas 2007
Special Report” is written, it is obvious that it
was intended for pre-election distribution. For
example, in an interview with Lady Pindling,
accompanied by a full page colour photograph
of her, she is reported as having said that “the
man who has taken on the baton from her hus-
band is now seeking a second term as prime
minister and Dame Marguerite is confident that
Perry Christie will win the forthcoming general
election and another five years of PLP govern-
ment.”

And in a write-up on Sir Lynden — “Father
of the Nation” — again illustrated by a full
page colour photograph of Sir Lynden it says:

“As Mr Christie prepares to go to the
Bahamian people to ask them to return him
for a second term of office, parallels are begin-
ning to be drawn between him and Sir Lynden.
One thing is becoming clear: Perry Christie is a
product of the mainstream of PLP philosophy
and is very much a protégé of an independent
Bahamas’ first leader.”

In the 2002 election, Mr Christie promised
Bahamians a “new” PLP. However, his gov-
ernment was not in power very long when it
was discovered that we had indeed “turned

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back” to Sir Lynden’s first PLP and were now
getting much of the “same old, same old.”

Throughout the book there are such com-
ments as that by Rev John Rolle: “He is doing
a very good job. Without a shadow of a doubt,
I firmly believe that he will be elected for a
second term of office. If he is elected this time,
I believe the PLP will govern for a very long
time.”

And so there is no question that this publi-
cation was slated for pre-election distribution.
However, arriving in April shortly before the
May 2 election, there was neither time, nor
point in delivering the book, and so all 10,000
copies and their £440,000 bill (almost $1 million)
awaited the FNM government.

Although this book features investors, and is
a pitch to investors, the theme throughout is
that those investment opportunities would only
be secure and grow if Mr Christie were returned
to power.

“I believe the accomplishments of my gov-
ernment in one term of office,” he is quoted as
saying, “are without precedent in our history,
and it is my unwavering conviction that the
good sense of the Bahamian people in which I
have great faith, will ensure we are re-elected to
continue our work.”

If the magazine had featured the Bahamas
and all that its government offered in stability,
communications and infrastructure, the maga-
zine could have been distributed by the new
government. But because, as Mr Laing told the

‘Weuse, it was predominantly a book whose

theme was to “Hail the Chief”, it was out of date
almost before it could be delivered to the cabi-
net office. It cannot be used for anything. The
people’s money has been frivolously wasted.

But the question is what was its purpose in
the first place? By its content and its 10,000
print order it was obviously not intended for
local consumption. It was targeted to foreign
investors to convince them that their future
investments depended on the election of Mr
Christie. But, as they could not vote did even
this make sense? Would a prudent government
have taken so much of the taxpayers’ money to
gamble on such a scheme? And would a prudent
Prime Minister if this were his own money —
coming from his own pocket and not from the
Public Treasury — have spent it in such an
imprudent manner?

Again why would the Christie government
have placed its order in the UK where, because
of the weak dollar and the strong pound sterling,
the cost was more than doubled? Wouldn't it
have been cheaper to have kept the order on
this side of the Atlantic?

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Dealing
with traffic
problems

EDITOR, The Tribune.

IN A previous letter I looked
at the problem issue of down-
town traffic patterns and the
negative affect on our primary
industry, tourism. We need jit-
neys and taxis there but per-
haps utilised ‘differently. The
issue of cars in the core is
spread between those of down-
town workers (parking) and
those passing through.

I propose to retain the NT-DB
idea of a depot but for local
workers rather than tourists. A
large protected parking lot is
provided. Workers would dri-
ve to the parking lot or take the
bus to work. A shuttle bus run-
ning-all day would do a circle
route from the lot to along Bay
Street and back. But how could
this work in rush periods, before
the tourists come and after they
go when the workers come and
go? If some of the #10 jitney
drivers assisted in this rush time,
they could be paid for this task
before and after their tourist
period. Any downtown worker
could have access to their car if
the need comes up at any time
during the day. A van or car
could be the 6ff-rush vehicle
passing every point on the route
every 10 or 15 minutes.

By far the majority of cars in
the core are just passing
through. I propose to do what
they do in London, charge pri-
vate cars to use the downtown
portion of the street between
8am and 8pm. Toll booths
would back up traffic more so
you use a system similar to that
used on some toll roads in
Canada and the US, as you dri-
ve by an image is taken of the
back of your car. Your license
plate is logged and you are sent
a bill at the end of the month.
Jitneys and taxis travel free.

Some vehicles are making
necessary deliveries in the core.
There should be no cost for
them if they are in the area for
less than an hour. A family car
can freely make a delivery to
the straw market or elsewhere
but they couldn't stay as a
parked car. This would really
reduce core traffic patterns or
provide a lot of cash to help the

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downtown development. Deliv-
eries could be made more easi-
ly, thus good for business. Few-
er cars would pass through the
core. Might Shirley Street and

perhaps even Bay Street revert .

back to two ways near the
downtown, perhaps. Through
trucks make up another portion
of the core traffic. The other
through trucks are delivering
goods, but not downtown. Like
the private vehicles passing
through they should be charged
for the passage but at an even
higher rate (their footprint is
higher). These trucks could
avoid the core area with a bit
more planning, so lessening
their costs. Trucks going to and
from the port of Nassau are big
and often have difficulty navi-
gating the corners. We need
these and adding cost to them
will just be added cost to every-
thing. The Prime Minister's
directive to change these move-
ments to off hours is a step in
the right direction for traffic. It
is realised that this is a stop gap
since the ugly daytime storage
remains. Moving the port else-
where is going to be expensive
to do and even more to main-
tain. Dredging will be a con-
stant need. Ask the defense
forces why HMBS Nassau and
HMBS Bahamas are not sta-
tioned in the south. Practically,
geomorphologically and eco-
nomically this is not going to
happen. However there are still
other ways to make the port
work. If space can be provided
elsewhere for the shipping com-
panies to store sort and process
the bulk and container traffic
with more efficiency than is pos-
sible in the cramped existing
locations, perhaps they will find
it more acceptable. Having
them move

only to discover they are also
left with hidden costs like con-
tinuous dredging and are both-
ered by new complaints from
the resorts in the south, will

make them think twice about
moving. My suggestion would
be to leave the port in place,
perhaps there is a way to reduce
the space needed by the ship-
ping companies, and solve a lot
of the eyesore issues. We could
also solve the issue of trucks.
In other words, if the ship load-
ing and unloading operation is
separated from the storage and
distribution centre, to be placed
in the “south”; dock side space
would be reduced.

The need is to provide north-
south access links to move
materials and containers from
the port to the southern stor-
age and distribution depot. It
does not have to be by road. A
rail link might be more efficient.
Ships would unload directly to
rail cars for movement south.
While rails can co-exist on
roads, a tunnel through the hill
to a point south of COB could
also work.

Similarly a rail link south
from Arawak might use a tun-
nel to good use. Expensive?
Yes, but still undoubtedly
cheaper than reconstruction of a
complete port. Electric loco-
motives run from a wind farm at
the storage/distribution site
would make this self sufficient
while reducing both pollution
and the need for diesel fuel.

The NTDB wants to improve
the core and help business. Fix-
ing the traffic is good. Elimi-
nating the port of Nassau traffic
is good one way or another.
Eliminating taxis and jitneys
from the core is not. Traffic can
be reduced by making it expen-
sive to use the core area. The
user tax could be put to use
funding parts of these concepts.
Provision can be made to
improve conditions for those
who need to work there. The
core needs to look better and
be more tourist friendly. Pro-
viding more, not less mobility
for them will help all business
ventures. Tourism is not sus-
tainable if we shoot ourselves
in the foot.

CABLE BEACH
Nassau,
January, 2008.

Kenyatta Gibson
is one of few true
leaders we have

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I WATCHED and listened with great interest
to the comments made on Mr Kenyatta Gibson’s
resignation. The views are mixed and very strong
on both sides as to the position that should be tak-
en. I will give my “five cents” on this matter.

He did the right thing as to what he felt he
should do to give his area the level of represen-
tation that they deserve. That is why he was elect-
ed, to look at what is going on and give the best
representation to his area.

He is one of the few true leaders that we have
in this country. Look back at our history and you
will see that this has happened in the past to all of
the parties.

The problem with our country in the political
area is that we do not have persons who would
stand for their beliefs. They are “band wagonest”™”
not leaders who can take and make a position.
Whatever the party says is the position that they
defend.

We put persons in these seats to represent the
people. They choose the party that is more in
line with their view as we are like most countries
and do not have a very strong independent and
free thinking system. It is a party system.

What is one to do when one gets elected by the
people and the workings of the party are not in
line with the views that you have for the peo-
ple? If you are a true leader who have the best
interest of the people, you do what Mr Gibson
did. We all know that trying to change the views
in a party is like trying to move a mountain with
a spoon.

If he has to come back to the people on all
matters, then he is not managing the business of
the people. He was put there for just that, to
manage the affairs of his area and not by com,
mittee. We have too many “management by com-

mittee” functions in our country.

We still have not grown up as a nation in the
political area: We still expect to see the MP at all
the death, house burnings, fairs and whatever
happens in the area. We, as a country, need to get
a life. These persons have lives also. They should
have persons in place at a headquarters who can
have town meetings and give the concerns to the
MP. The MP is not in a position where they sit in
an office waiting to.see who is going to come
with a concern. They have many Government,
family, business interests and many other areas
that they need to divide their time to.

Mr Gibson took a position that is in general
considered to be unfair to the people and to the
party due to the fact that he did not consult with
them. Is he a man who thinks or one who has to
be led? There are some positions in life where one
has to look at the picture that one sees. If that pic-
ture is not right in that petson’s eyes, then you
have to choose what is best for all. We have too
many who just sit and wait to see what is going to
happen in this country with the attitude that —
well the party or this groups says that this is the
view and they take it. They are followers, lambs
to be slaughtered at some future point.

He has done the country a service that others
should consider — “You rut on a party ticket,
respect is due but you are there to handle the
business of the people.” Be you aa man or woman
stand up for what you believe and others will
learn to live with it.

To Mr Gibson: I will say, give the people and
country the best representation that you can at all
times and let the “chips” fall where they may.

SIGMUND WILLIS
Freeport,

Grand Bahama,
January 16, 2008.



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PM to open —
2008 CBA
Conference —
in Nassau

PRIME MINISTER and
minister with seo onbine
for broadcasting Hubert
Ingraham will attend and
bring opening remarks at
the 2008 Commonwealth
Broadcasting Association
Conference.

This year’s conference,
hosted by the Broadcast-
ing Corporation of the
Bahamas, will be held at
the Wyndham Nassau
Resort under the theme,
“Empowering the People”
on Wednesday, January 23
at 6pm.

Official funeral
service for
Joseph Ford
set for Friday

THE official funeral ser-
vice for Joseph Russell
Ford, former member of
parliament for Inagua and
Mayaguana, will be held at
2pm on Friday, January 25
at Christ'Church Cathedral,
the Cabinet Office
announced yesterday.

Mr Ford died at his Nas-
sau-East Boulevard home
last Saturday afternoon fol-
lowing a year-long battle
with prostate cancer. He
was 82.

The Cabinet Office said
Mr Ford will lay in state in
the foyer of the House of
Assembly on Thursday
from 9am to 6.30pm.

Following the service at
the cathedral, he will be
taken by procession to
Woodlawn Gardens on Sol-
dier Road, where he will be
interred.

When members of the
House meet on Wednesday,
tributes are expected to be
paid to Mr Ford, who was
the Progressive Liberal Par-
ty’s representative for the
southernmost islands of
Inagua and Mayaguana
from April 1968 to June
1982.

Members are also expect-
ed to observe a minute’s
silence in Mr Ford’s memo-

ry.

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Bahamians ‘must not
panic in face of crime’

@ By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

DESPITE the alarmingly high
crime rate and an increasing
number of violent murders
Bahamians must not panic in the
face of crime, a religious leader
advised.

The Tribune spoke with Rev-
erend Dr C B Moss, executive
director of Bahamas Against
Crime, shortly after news broke
of the brutal murder of Marvin
Seymour, a father of four who
was gunned down by three men
in his East Street South home
early on Tuesday morning.

Reports indicate that Sey-
mout’s four children watched the
incident in horror as three gun-
men kicked in the front door and
shot their father multiple times.

Seymour collapsed in a bed-
room and was pronounced dead
on the scene when EMS arrived,
police said.

Rev Moss noted the signifi-
cance of the country’s most
recent homicide, particuldrly the
fragile mental state of the vic-
tim’s young children who report-
edly witnessed the whole attack.

His ministry’s Spiritual Devel-
opment Committee was dis-

patched to counsel the family on
iesday, he said.

Rev Moss also said that while
the publicised reports of violent
crimes are unsettling, right-think-
ing Bahamians should not
become discouraged because the
crime problem cannot be
assuaged overnight.

“The fact that crime is contin-
uing should not be seen as our
inability to overcome the prob-
lem, it should give us more
resolve to come together as a
community and address the
problem. We are not saying that
our efforts will bring forth an
immediate (crime) reduction but
we have to continue to do the
right things,” Rev Moss said.

“We should not become over-
alarmed because we did not
reach this stage overnight and it
will not change overnight”.

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leaders on the nation’s crime
issue, saying that the crisis is a
spiritual problem.

In accordance with Bahamas
Against Crime’s civic mission, a
motorcade is scheduled on Sat-
urday January 26 leaving the
Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre
at 2pm.

This initiative aims to give per-
sons an opportunity to stand
against crime, Rev Moss said.

Interested persons can join the
motorcade and can create plac-
ards to send a message to would-
be criminals that the nation is
against crime.

In conjunction with Bahamas
Christian Council, BAC has
scheduled a service of confes-
sion, repentance and reconcilia-
tion on January 27 at the Church
of God of Prophecy on East
Street at 3pm. ,

The organisation has also
deemed Monday. January 28 a
“Crime Free Day”.

“All of us in some way or
another has contributed to the
state of affairs as it relates to
crime. We are encouraging every
member of this country to
(refrain) from facilitating or con-
doning any crimes that day.
Don’t run the red light, don’t
carry | home any of your employ-
er’s supplies and if you are dri-
ving an unlicensed car, park your
car.

“Don’t evade customs duties
or gamble — we must recognise
that these are crimes. That will
give us the moral authority to
challenge those professional
criminals,” Rev Moss said.

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PLP newcomer speaks out on importance of the
Bahamas promoting alternative energy systems



THE Bahamas could be
the “Saudi Arabia of the
Caribbean” by mass-pro-
ducing the ingredient for
the alternative fuel ethanol,
according to PLP newcom-
er Omar Archer.

In his platform, would-
be party chairman Mr
Archer highlighted the
importance of the Bahamas
promoting alternative ener-
gy systems to reduce costs.

“Solar, bio-gas, and wind
energy are things we need
to encourage through duty
free concessions and duty
credits,” he said.

As it concerns ethanol
fuel and bio-diesel, Mr
Archer said the Bahamas
is in a prime position to
lead the charge through introducing proac-
tive measures.

“Corn is the main ingredient needed to pro-
duce ethanol. Andros is perfect in regards of
the mass allocation of land to facilitate this
project which has the potential to dwarf pro-
ceeds generated from tourism. BEC should be
restructured to provide reliable power at a
reasonable cost,” he said.

Mr Archer, a former member of the

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Acting as the





Bahamas Democratic Move-
ment (BDM), also suggested
that competition in the produc-
tion of power should be intro-
duced.

“Privatisation of the produc-
tion of power should be estab-
lished immediately so that con-
sumers are not held hostage and
forced to pay huge surcharges
due to rising crude oil prices
around the world,” he said.

Addressing the-country’s
immigration problem in his
platform, Mr Archer claimed
that 25 per cent of the
Bahamas’ population consists
of Haitian nationals, with only
5,000 of those registered legally
as workers.

He further claimed that the
Bahamas has a fast and quietly
growing Chinese population, “which threatens
to dominate the local fishing industry as they
have done the small business market sector.”

“It is important that our government secure
our boarders before engaging in any debate
about immigration reform.

“Tf you are here illegally you must go. We
need to get rid of all illegal immigrants and
find new and better ways to recruit labour.
The cost of work permits in needed areas

should be moderate and should be
processed on a more timely basis,” Mr Archer
said.

Addressing the issue of the Bahamas’ trade
partners, Mr Archer said that he wants the
Bahamas to agitate for China to assert its
influence to bring an end to the genocide in
the Dafur region of Sudan.

“Tens of thousands have died and millions
displaced in neighboring countries like Chad |
and Ethiopia. Sudan is the largest recipient of
Chinese aide, therefore China must do more
to stop the mass killings by the Janjaweed
militia (funded by the Sudanese government)
and help bring stability to that region,” he
said.

China in 2006 entered into bilateral trade
agreements with the Bahamas.

The dollar value of this partnership repre-
sents two per cent of the Bahamas’ GDP, Mr
Archer said.

“China has assisted the Bahamas in Edu-
cation and employment via multi-million dol-
lar investments. In return the Chinese gov-
ernment is seeking to position the Bahamas in
the global economic infrastructure.

“The Chinese are competing with the USA,
Canada and Europe. China has great influence
in the UN and serves on its Security Council
and will be the voice for the Bahamas on
important geo-political issues,” Mr ‘Archer
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Byran Woodside was
declared the winner of
the Pinewood seat,
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Youngsters get first hand experience

t the Grand Bahama Power Plant

A GROUP. of excited
youngsters from Lucaya Inter-
national School’s year four
class visited the Grand
Bahama Power Generating
Plant for an informative tour
through the giant turbines and
the computerised monitoring
system.

Their visit was a part of their
unit of Inquiry on power
sources and, in particular, elec-
trical power. Their tour guide
allowed the students to look
at a power generator which
had been dismantled for
repairs.

The students spent most of
the morning touring through
the plant and were very
impressed at the breadth of
information they received dur-
ing their tour :

The trip was said to be a
fascinating experience for the
students and directly related
to their studies on electricity.

Their teacher Samantha
Fern said, “It was a tremen-
dous opportunity for these
eight and nine year old chil-
dren to take what they had
learned about electrical circuits
in the classroom, and relate
their learning to real life as
they saw the power plant in
action. We want to thank all
those at Grand Bahama Power
for welcoming us while we vis-
ited their busy place of work.”

Vaughan Cartwright, shift



and were able to ask questions
about most of the parts.

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FOURTH GRADE students
of Lucaya International

supervisor at Grand Bahama
Power Company and one of
the tour guides, said that the
students were shown numer-
ous control rooms which high-
light the company’s Digital
Control Monitoring (DCM)
system.

During the tour, the budding
electrical minds were shown a
damaged diesel gas turbine

“The children were very
ecstatic about just being at the
plant.

“We were glad to take them
over to our New diesel plant,
which is the newest unit since
1997,

“The kids took a number of
pictures and even took notes
for future reference which was
great,” said Mr Cartwright.

School toured the generating
plant at the Grand Bahama
Power Company.

The supervised tour helped
them with their study of elec-
tricity and helped them relat-
ing their learning to real life
experience.





uring his schools tour.



Ministry of Education aiming to create
standardised tests for every grade level

THE Ministry of Education is looking to create
standardised tests for every grade level through-
out the public school system.

This was announced by Minister of Education
Carl Bethel yesterday, after his whirlwind tour of
schools in Grand Bahama last week.

He also announced that changes will be made
to the high school diploma so that it reflects a stu-
dent’s accomplishments both in academics and
practical areas.

Accompanied by acting director of education
Lionel Sands, Mr Bethel undertook the tour in an
effort to address the concerns of principals and
teachers.

He also viewed the progress of repairs, refur-
bishment and the construction of new school
buildings on the island. .

One of the issues raised by teachers and edu-
cation officials on Grand Bahama was the need
for a new preschool to be built by the govern-
ment.

A statement issued by the ministry yesterday
said Mr Bethel had the opportunity to meet and
speak with many educators as he visited schools
sin both East and West End, including:

¢ St George’s High School

e Walter Parker Primary School

¢ Freeport Primary School

e Jack Hayward High School

¢ Maurice Moore Primary School

¢ The Beacon School

¢ Hugh Campbell Primary School

¢ Genesis Academy

e The PACE Centre

e Lewis Yard Primary School

e Eight Mile Rock High School

e Martin Town Primary School

¢ Holmes’ Rock Primary School

¢ West End Primary School

¢ Freetown Primary School

e High Rock Primary School

© McClean’s Primary School

The minister also held special meetings for
Ministry of Education officers and all educators.

“During these meetings he outlined his vision
and upcoming initiatives for the 2008 year and
beyond,” the statement said.

When giving remarks during his tour, Mr
Bethel began by assuring those present that he
appreciated all of them and would support them
in their efforts to advance education.

“He indicated that he was working diligently
with the Department of Education in the refor-
mation of education through the development
of a National Strategic Plan for Education,” the
statement said. “The minister explained that past,
present and future initiatives were being exam-
ined with a view to relevance.”

In addition to the creation of standardised tests
for all students, Mr Bethel explained that some
adjustments and additions will be made to the
following areas:

e the four core subjects (English kanguage,
mathematics, science and social science)

* optional subjects (art, music, physical educa-
tion and languages amongst others)

¢ magnet programmes/academies of excellence
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and marketing, building trades/architectural
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Election Court justices criticis



Parliamentary Commissioner

FROM page one

respondent were forced to con-
cede that 85 of 183 votes chal-
lenged were unlawful votes,”
said the justices.

They continued: “Perhaps
the time is appropriate for the
parliamentary commissioner to
comprehensively examine the
practices and procedures of the
parliamentary registration
department with a view to
ensuring that what we saw in
Pinewood does not re-occur
because it threatens to under-
mine the fundamental basis of
our parliamentary democracy.”

The election court threw out

a record 110 votes from the:

Pinewood constituency, paving
the way for the recount which
reduced Mr Woodside’s May 2
margin of victory by 15 votes,

from 64 to 49.

During the case, it was estab-
lished that Jamaican Manani
Taylor obtained at least one
Bahamian voter’s card. Steve
Mallon, an American investiga-
tor hired by Mrs Maynard-Gib-
son who interviewed Taylor,
testified that Taylor told him
he paid a man called ‘Keith’ in
Pinewood $1,000 for a voter’s
card. ‘

Taylor was then reportedly
told to go to the parliamentary
registration department on Far-
rington Road to pick up the
document which, according to

this account, he did without any .

identification.

Mr Mallon said that ‘Keith’
also told Taylor to ask for a
‘Trix’ or ‘Trace’.

The woman who registered
Taylor, Isabel Miller, said in
court that she did so based on

an affidavit, the birth certificate
of his mother and a school let-
ter. .

However, she admitted that
there was no photograph with
these documents to confirm his
identity, and in spite of this, she
was Satisfied with his docu-
ments. Ms Miller also denied
that she received any money
from Taylor, and that she
knows anyone in her depart-
ment by that name.

In their written ruling the jus-
tices took strong issue with the
Taylor affair.

“One particular case which
illustrates how the system of
registration can be abused and
corrupted is that of Manani
Kijana Taylor. We saw a dis-
turbing trend of the ease with
which persons who are non-
Bahamians are able to register
and vote in the Bahamas,” said







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the justices.

When The Tribune attempted
to reach parliamentary com-
missioner Errol Bethel to dis-
cuss the ruling of the justices,
staff from his office said that he
was on vacation.

And deputy permanent sec-
retary in the department Sher-
lyn Hall did not comment on
the ruling in Mr Bethel’s
absence.

With 110 votes in the
Pinewood constituency thrown
out by the election court, ques-
tions now arise surrounding the
number of illegitimate votes
that exist in other uncontested
seats. Consequently, questions
now also arise surrounding the
capability of Mr Bethel to con-
tinue in his post.

Senator Allyson Maynard-
Gibson said yesterday that
despite the criticism of the par-
liamentary commissioner, she
has not, and will not, call for his
resignation.

“At no time have I pointed
any fingers at anybody,” said
Mrs Maynard-Gibson. “At no
time have I called for anybody’s
resignation, and I don’t do so
now.”

Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham weighed into the debate
yesterday, blaming former
Prime Minister Perry Christie
for the mix-ups during the last
election while talking to
reporters at the Cabinet Office.

All that is needed, he said, is
a competent prime minister
who could do his job, “and do it
in a timely manner”, said Mr
Ingraham.

“That’s all you need. It didn’t
happen in 92, it didn’t happen in
97, and it didn’t happen in 2002,
and it didn’t have to happen in
2007. Mr Christie should be
ashamed of himself.

“One of the fundamental
duties of a prime minister is to
ensure the elections are con-
ducted fairly and honestly; that
all of the requirements for the
conduct of an’ election are in
place; that the boundary
changes that are to be made are
made well in advance; that the
parliamentary registrar is able
to confirm to the PM ‘Yes sir, I
am ready for an election when-
ever you Call it’.

“Not to wait for last minute
whether he is ready or not. You
have to make ready. You don’t
just wake up one day and say
I’m going to do this. There’s
nothing wrong with the system.
It’s a very good system. We just
had an incompetent prime min-
ister,” he said.

Along with criticism of the
registration process, the justices
have also reserved the right to

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refer some who came under
scrutiny during the case to
police for making untrue state-
ments.

“This case also revealed that
far too many Bahamians are
willing to take an oath without

regard to truth and their
promise before almighty God.
This court will be considering
whether any person ought to:be
referred to the police authorities
for appropriate action,” they
said.

Pair accused of student's death

FROM page one

According to court dockets, the two men on Monday, January 7,

_ intentionally and unlawful caused the death of Deangelo Cargill

Fowler, 18, who was gunned down in broad daylight on Bay Street

during a drive-by shooting.

Fowler, the country’s second murder victim for the year, was
reportedly on the northern side of Bay Street, near Frederick Streét,
when he was shot. He was taken to hospital where he later died. -

Smith and Edwards have also been charged with the attempted

murder of Jeremy Adderley. The accused were not required ‘t

plead to the murder and attempted murder charges. ~
The men have also been charged with possession of a firearm
with intent to endanger the life of Brendan Russell. Smith pleaded

guilty to the charge while Edwards pleaded not guilty. Both men have
also been charged with the attempted murder of Troy Webb and
Clyde McKenzie. The accused pleaded not guilty to those charges.
After the charges were read, attorney Dion Smith indicated that
he wanted prison officials to be made aware that his client - Edwards
Jr - suffers from asthma. -
Both men have been remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison. The
case has been adjourned to March 10 and transferred to Court 11,

Nassau Street.
FROM page one

“One of the fundamental
duties of a prime minister is to
ensure the elections are conduct-
ed fairly and honestly; that all of
the requirements for the conduct
of an election are in place; that
the boundary changes that are to
be made are made well in
advance; that the Parliamentary
Registrar is able to confirm to the
PM ‘Yes sir, I am ready for an
election whenever you call it’.

“Not to wait for last minute
whether he is ready or not. You
have to make ready. You don’t
just wake up one day and say I’m
going to do this. There’s nothing
wrong with the system. It’s a very
good system. We just had an
incompetent prime minister,” he
said.

Late Monday night, Senior Jus-
tice Anita Allen along with Jus-
tice Jon Isaacs ruled that, after
the recount, FNM candidate
Byran Woodside remained win-
ner of the Pinewood constituency
over PLP Allyson Maynard-Gib-
son.

After the May 2, 2007, general
election, Mrs Maynard-Gibson
was said to have lost the seat by
64 votes. After the recount on
Monday night, this margin had
been reduced to 49 votes.

PM blames Christi

“Every dummy knows that if

‘you cut a polling division in two

you are likely to have problems,”
Mr Ingraham continued. “You
have to go and walk it and deter-
mine who is on what side etc. ©
“You don’t have to be a genits
to know that. They set up a sys-
tem that was bound to have con-
fusion. And they didn’t even
know who voted for them,
because 46 or so of the votes that
they claim people were not enti-
tled to vote, voted PLP.” t
During the recount, some PLP
supporters speculated that there
had been tampering with the eleé-
toral process by the FNM
despite the fact that the PLP was
the government at the time of the
election. Answering this, and oth-
er reports of voter irregularities,
Mr Ingraham said the PLP simply
cannot accept that they were
beaten at the polls on May 2.
“No matter what they tell you,

‘they believe that they are invin-

cible - that they have a right to be
in the government of the
Bahamas. That people don’t
know what they are doing if they
vote against them. But they have
a long time to wait, because there
ain’t ga’ be no election until an
election is due,” he said.

Maynard-Gibson: Election Court
challenge was about protecting
parliamentary democracy

FROM page one

“If we are to protect parliamentary democracy,” added Mrs
Maynard-Gibson, “we have to protect the processes that undergird
it. And so that is what this past eight, almost ten weeks was all

about.”

The election court threw out a record 110 votes, as those people
were not ordinary residents of the Pinewood constituency.

The case also revealed that one Jamaican, Manani Taylor, reg-
istered to vote, and numerous others who lived outside of the
Pinewood boundaries were wrongfully registered in the con-
stituency by the parliamentary registration department.

“First of all, it had never been exposed before. No Bahamian I
think would have ever imagined that there could exist in our coun-
try a constituency — not a whole country — where 110 votes would
be disallowed,” said Mrs Maynard-Gibson.

“And so we are really talking about a time in our history when we
all as citizens must be concerned about the process; about Haitians,
Jamaicans, any non-national exercising, or being able to exercise the
right that is only afforded to us citizens. There is no way that a non-
Bahamian ought to be able to buy a voter’s card, and we have to
deal with that,” she added.

Mrs Maynard-Gibson called for a bipartisan commission to look
into the issues raised in the election court challenge surrounding the
Bahamians electoral system.

She also responded to regular criticisms by Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham and others that the PLP cannot accept the results
of the last election, and are subsequently counting and recounting
the votes.

Mr Ingraham at one point last week referred to the efforts to chal-
lenge some of the results of the last election as “a game.”

In a response to a question about the prime minister's state-
ments, she said:

“IT want to say that I am really disturbed that senior officials
and people who ought to know better continue to disrespect not
only the processes as provided for in our constitution, but the
judicial system and the judiciary as well — both.”

Mrs Maynard-Gibson also said that the secret ballot was main-
tained throughout the recount. The justices, who she praised for
their fairness and hard work, ensured through the process that
neither of the parties, nor anyone present in the court room at any
point, knew which party a person voted for.

“I would like to also say I am deeply disturbed by any suggestion
~ let me say the irresponsible suggestion — that the ballot is not
secret. The ballot is secret. It is mandated by our law to be secret,
and let me say as someone who was in the process from the begin-
ning to the end, that not only do I not know how the people that I
challenged voted, but no-one else who was in that room knows how
those people voted,” she said.

“The court was meticulous...in ensuring that the law was upheld,
and that every step along the way, processes were in place to
ensure that there was no way, no way, that it could be discovered
how any of those challenged voters voted,” added Mrs Maynard-
Gibson.

~_—



THE TRIBUNE

~«

ith all the
shock-horror
at our sky-
rocketing
crime raté, you would never
‘believe that the causes and
_lprogress of the country's social
.2breakdown have been fully doc-
.umented over the past 20-odd
. years by a series of special
-Feports.
They were produced by the
1984 commission of inquiry into
drug smuggling and the task force
drug abuse, the 1994 task force
on education and the consulta-
tive committee on youth devel-
opment, and the 1998 national
crime commission.
.\ What did that last report con-
‘elude?
io: Well, the commissioners (a
judge, a psychiatrist, a criminolo-
egist, social workers and clergy-
amen) warned that Bahamian soci-
ety was threatened by "a perva-
»,Sive culture of dishonesty, greed
-and a casual disregard for social
norms and regulation."
, Four years earlier, the educa-
,tion task force had pointed to a
“deterioration of traditional val-
ues and accepted standards of
behaviour", which had produced
“the scourge of teenage pregnan-
‘cy and substance abuse." And
“previous reports had detailed the
rise of lawlessness caused by nar-
Cotics trafficking.
The 1994 national youth report
- chaired by Anglican prelate
Drexel Gomez along with other
lergymen, police officers and
South leaders (including a much
‘younger Zhivargo Laing) - said
:indiscipline, materialism and low
Self-esteem among young
‘Bahamians had the potential to
,cause a social "catastrophe".
,. The Gomez report listed high
population densities in Nassau,
too many bars and liquor stores,
squalid neighbourhoods, limited
recreational opportunities, edu-
cation failures and the fact that
single girls were having too many
\babies as among the chief factors
shaping the behaviour of our
young people.

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<_ According to the experts, these

factors had contributed to a rise in
domestic violence, a decline in
social responsibility and work eth-
ac, a lack of national pride, more
Jifestyle diseases like alcoholism,
-AIDS and obesity, and rising lev-
els of criminality. Incother words,




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“It could be that the only way
to achieve social reform and a
civil society is by enforcing the

law.”



a culture of raging self-indul-
gence. "Roaming youth, espe-
cially on New Providence, went
on rampages, damaging property
and inflicting harm. There was a
growing tendency to use guns or
knives to settle scores and access
to guns was increasingly easy,"
the report said.

"Failure to educate students
about life issues including the nat-
ural environment, social respon-
sibility, moral duty and cultural
heritage was seen as contributing
to the aimlessness of youth and
their uncertainty about identi-
ty...An entrenched class of under-
achievers existed...A government
job was preferred."

Dysfunctions

The 1994 report concluded
that crime and violence had their
roots in social dysfunctions, psy-
chological burdens and economic
disadvantage. Fundamental social

_ reforms were needed, as well as

more public education, youth
training and job programmes.

Stamping out gang warfare in
the schools and providing more
extra-curricular activities for
bored students were considered
vital. Alcohol and drug abuse
were acknowledged as major con-
tributors to school underachieve-
ment, and the Broadcasting Cor-
poration was urged to focus on
more appropriate youth pro-
gramming.

The report added that young
people were also products of their
physical environment, and called
for proper'#dning and urban plan-
ning to avoid the decay of neigh-
bourhoods: throughout the

earn similar results,

Bahamas by creeping commer-
cialisation. And politicians were
urged to provide "visionary lead-
ership" based on personal integri-
ty and public accountability.

That was 14 years ago. Four
years after that, the national
crime commission was appoint-
ed.amid growing fears that New
Providence was on the verge of
"social collapse". Led by Chief
Justice Sir Burton Hall, this pan-
el found that the Bahamian fam-
ily was fast disintegrating into.a
pit of domestic violence and sex-
ual abuse.

"We are reaping the rewards
of our own inabilities, inatten-
tiveness, incompetence and indis-
cipline," the report said, "the
seeds of which were sown many
years ago...Commissioners are left
with the impression that most

crimes, of all types, are the prod-

uct of greed, not need."

Az there were stri-
dent calls for the media

to re-examine their perceived role
as purveyors of gratuitous vio-
lence, promiscuous sex and dou-
ble standards. Commissioners
strongly supported the transfor-
mation of ZNS into a socially
responsible public broadcaster
along the lines of the CBC or
BBC.

Gang activities had become
more of a problem in the four
years that had elapsed since the
youth report was published.

In 1998 the commissioners
referred to the deployment of
gang members by political par-
ties to disrupt the activities of
opponents. And, there were fresh
allegations of this sort of dark

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alliance during last year's hotly
contested poll.

The commissioners agreed
that there was a direct link
between the physical squalor of
our communities and other forms
of anti-social behaviour. They
called for an environmental court
to deal with illegal dumping and
littering, as well as the regulation
of roadside garages and street
vendors - considered destinations
for stolen vehicles and produce.

The report also urged a larger
role for the churches and a "back
to the sabbath" drive as a means
of restoring traditional values.
But recent research has suggested
that the more religious a society
is, the more violent and dysfunc-
tional it is. :

These unexpected correlations
are, discussed in the Journal of
Religion and Society
(http://moses.creighton.edu/JRS/2
005/2005-11.html) where they are
summarised like this:

"No democracy is known to
have combined strong religiosity
and popular denial of evolution
with high rates of societal health.
Higher rates of non-theism and
acceptance of human evolution
usually correlate with lower rates
of dysfunction, and the least the-
istic nations are usually the least
dysfunctional."

Well, that is really a subject
for another time, but so much for
candlelight prayer vigils to stop
crime. However, the 1998 report
did expose some of the other bla-
tant hypocrisies of Bahamian life,
pointing out a few "striking exam-
ples of how the public gets agi-
tated about certain types of crime
while many of that same public
are complicit in other crimes."

Those examples included the
high level of theft among hotel
employees; the money lost by
businesses at the hands of cus-
tomers, employees and suppliers
- which paled in comparison to

armed robbery; the theft of funds

by charity and church workers;
and the damage done to our pri-
mary producers by the wide-
spread stealing of produce and
livestock as well as fishing boats
and gear.

There were also the now famil-
iar calls to fix our judicial system
- by providing new court facili-
ties and administrative improve-
ments - and for even and consis-
tent law enforcement, with more
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roots of crime

like Bay Street. Bahamians tol-
erated a culture of lawlessness,
the report said, as demonstrated
by the popular numbers racket
and the wholesale flouting of traf-
fic, environmental and street
vending regulations.

Oversight

One key recommendation was
the formation of a permanent
non-political advisory body to act
as the ultimate oversight author-
ity on critical social issues.

This citizens’ council was final-
ly appointed last year to offer
practical proposals for crime con-
trol. Members include clergymen,
social workers, policemen, and
business representatives.

tate Finance Minister
Zhivargo Laing told

Tough Call recently that the gov- .

ernment had responded to all this
advice in an ad hoc way over the
years, setting up projects like
Operation Redemption, provid-
ing better funding for youth
groups, and making a few
attempts at community centres.

"The leadership in govern-
ment to effect change is clear, but
among parents, churches, civic
groups, businesses and others it is
not so clear.

“We need a strategically organ-
ised response to pursue the advice
contained in these reports," he
said.

So what should that strategic
response be?

Well, the conventional wisdom

is that in the data l97Usethe gor

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the country on a downward spiia!
of easy money, drug abuse and
political gangsterism. This con
tributed to the destruction of our
traditional values and produced
gencrations of amoral space
cadets.

But Pindling was a product 01
his, society, and that socicty
hardly a model of rectitude pie
majority rule.

While it is true that there was
very little violence, despite thc
social exclusion and economic
deprivation faced by most of the
population at the time, our his
tory books are full of references
to the Bahamian penchant !o1
ignoring the law - from piracy to
wrecking to blockade running to
bootlegging to tax evasion and so
on.
So perhaps we should go back
to our roots to learn how to deal
with the present crime problem
As early as the 1700s “the
Bahamian tradition of sailing
close to the wind was well-cstab
lished," historians Gail Saunders
and Michael Craton wrote in thei
book, Islanders in the Stream
"Behind. a comparatively
respectable facade, shore-based
individuals were able to profit
from piracy without direct
involvement in its brutality and
bloodshed."

But in 1718 the British sent
Governor Woodes Rogers with
ships and troops to establish the
first effective Bahamian govern
ment.

Rogers declared martial law.
reorganised the militia and
launched a programme of public
works so that "Nassau began to
have the appearance of a civilised
place".

He also cracked down on pira

cy.
And perhaps that's what we
need to do today.
* But, you say, to do that we
need a new prison, as well as
more courts, judges and prosecu
tors. Well, those are finite
requirements and if we don't gc!
them we may as well give up now
and welcome Blackbeard back.

It could be that the only way to
achieve social reform and a ci!
society is by enforcing the law

e What do you think? Send
comments to larry@tribuneme-
dia.net

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Park-West. Officiating will be
| Father Rodney Burrows and
Interment will follow in
| Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier
Road.





He is survived by his Mother-
Rosalee Butler, his step mother-Lilly Burrows, his mother-in-lLaw,
Arabella Roberts; one daughter, Teresitta Butler, two adopted daughters,
Darnette Roberts and Arnette Rahming; six sisters, Linda Rolle,
Helen Johnson, Jacqueline Morris, Karen Morley, Lenor Woodside
and Tamika Burrows; six brothers, Kendal, P.C. 992 Rudolph, Prince,
Kelvin, Joey and Lunning Burrows; four grandchildren, Petra, P'eash,
Pedro and Terran Knowles, numerous nieces and nephews including
Latcisha and Antonia Rolle, Janice Scars, Janet Ferguson, Vandaso
Ferguson, Zhivargo, Corey and Creswell Rolle; three aunts, Estella
Butler, Fairmena Adderley and Isamae Morley; five uncles, Jerome
and Carrington Butler, Erskene and Usene Butler and Arthur Whylly;
four grand aunts, Victoria Smith, Marion Butler, Viola Rolle and
Mabell Butler of Green Castle, Eleuthera, god children including,
Mazoie Morley, W.P.C. 2892 Glendena Dean and Charrson Williams;
five brothers-in-law, Charles Rolle, Henry Johnson, Melvin Morris,
Shamial Woodside and P.C. 1150 Philip Roberts; two sisters in law,
Patsy and Geneva Burrows; and other relatives including, Edwin,
Veron, Earl, Donna, P.C.770 Elvis Butler, Zilpha, Theresa, Sherry,
Beverley, Wayne, Dale, Eva, Christina, Tracey, Don, Theophilus,
Clint, Timothy, Max, Edney, Issac, Sharon, Melvern, Anastacia,
Rochelle, Alphonso, Devin, Valencia, Caritta, Shavonne, Tamika,
Carrington-Junior, Josephene, Joan, Janet, Gerard, Audley, Holid
Smith, Sargent Maurice and Keith Arthur, Marjorie Morley, Virginia
and Perrilyn Butler, Zenia and Jen Rolle, Debra, Diane, Sharon
Anderson, Debra Brennen, Bill and Pauline Williams, Judson Newton,
Aranese L Rolle, Paulette Glinton, Ethnie Stubbs, Elvis, Bertram,
Kenhue and Curling Rolle, Jacky Bonaby, ASP Nelson Burrows,
Francis Bullard and Family, ASP Hosea Douglas and family, The
Green Castle Community, Bimini Avenue Crew, Flamingo Gardens
Family, The Members of the Royal Bahamas Police Force and Other
Well Wishers and Friends.



Friends may pay their last Respects at Riverside Funeral
Chapel, Market Street and Bimini Avenue, on Wednesday from 10

a.m. To 7 p.m. and at the church from 8.30 a.m. on Thursday until
service time.







seniors from three New Provi-
dence high schools embarked
upon their technical and voca-
tional career this week.

Prior to the launch of the
Bahamas Technical and Voca-
tional Institute’s (BT VI) Strate-
gic Technical Educational
Preparation (STEP) pro-
gramme for 2008, students and
parents from Government High
School, C I Gibson and CR
Walker attended an orientation.

At the meeting, students
received information on their
future studies and parents had
the opportunity to ask questions
and learn about the STEP Pro-
gramme and the institute’s role
in preparing students for the
changing workplace.

“Tam really excited about this
programme.

‘We have tremendous sup-
port from parents and BTVI
administration to provide the
students with a real learning
challenge, as they engage in
doing technical work”, said
Godfrey Mackey, principal at
Government High School.
“This programme is an impor-
tant step for our students
toward increasing the interest
and understanding of technical
training for those whg have not
yet realised their potential for
academic success.”





THE REEF at Atlantis Starbucks manager, Enith McKinney, along
with assistant manager, Lisa Andrews.

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formerly of
Cambridge, England
will be held at Annunciation Greek
Orthodox Church, West Hill Street, Nassau
on Friday, 25th January, 2008 at 11:00am.



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Mr. Wilson is predeceased by his wife,
Lilian Ada; his brother, Reginald and his
sister, Joyce and is survived by a son,
Richard; daughter-in-law, .Maria;
grandsons, Mark and Scott; grand
daughters-in-law, Paula and Anna; grand
daughters, Leah and Kelly; great
grandsons, Rafe, Thomas and Gabriel;
great grand daughter, Bella; numerous
friends in England and The Bahamas.



Instead of flowers the family request that
donations be sent to the Annunciation
Greek Orthodox Church, P.O. Box N.823,
Nassau, in memory of Thomas L. Wilson.

Arrangements by Kemp’s Funeral Home
Limited.





HELPING OUT: From left to right: Andra Brown, Cl Gibson counsellor}
Ralph Williams, BTVI instructor; Cleomie Woods, BTVI academic dean;
Patronella Rolle, Cl Gibson vice-principal; Shawn Gibson, BTVI instructor;
Andrea Eve, Cl Gibson counsellor. Al
offering practical and theoreti
cal know-how about: masonry}
carpentry, air conditioning!
refrigeration and drywall instal/
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Students will attend classe
three times a week at the cam,
pus. fs

The STEP Programme’s
main objectives are to: strength-
en the academic and technica}
skills of participants; improve
student motivation and ability
to attain a technical degree
increase student awareness of
entry-level qualification requiré!
ments for skilled workers. ‘”





MEETING: Sean Adderley, BTVI
public relations and Cleomie
- Woods, BTVI academic dean, meet-
ing with parents and students of
the STEP Programme.

The programme provides an
effective framework to strength-
en academic performance by

Pair learn about growing and:
harvesting of coffee beans -“

iJ

Manager Enith McKinney and assistant manager Lisa Andrew&.
of Starbucks in The Reef, Atlantis were sent on a five day training
exercise at Starbucks Headquarters in Seattle, Washington.

Atlantis’ Food and Beverage Department said it organised thé
trip to ensure that all team members adhere to Starbuck’s standards?

“Since opening its doors last year, the restaurant, which employs
some 17 Bahamians and features chic furniture including trendy
oversized sofas along with state-of-the-art large flat screen LG
televisions,-has experienced tremendous success,” said Atlantis in
a statement.

“Key to its success has been the. ‘ft
warm welcoming atmosphere provided ~, -.SS
by its knowledgeable well trained asso- “I felt fi
ciates.” 19

The managers began their training honoured to

with a visit to a local Starbucks in Nas- have been

sau, after which they ventured off to :

Seattle for more in depth training. given the
Both managers had an opportunity .

to learn in detail about the operations opportunity

of Starbucks, including how the cof-

fee beans are grown and harvested. to tr avel to »
They were fascinated to witness cof-- Seattle.” >

fee beans being roasted, a process
which they saw during a visit to the
company’s processing plant.

Ms McKinney and Ms Andrews also had an opportunity to taste.
the various types of coffee sold under the Starbucks brand.

The managers received first hand information on how the coffee
is packaged and marketed, and also received extensive training 0
how to prepare the various meals and delicacies served in the
restaurant.

“I felt honoured to have been given the opportunity to travel t&
Seattle. We learnt a great deal of information. 16

“The management team over there really treated us great, the?
did not leave anything out and gave us all the experience that w®
needed to actually come back here and put all of the information
which we learned into play,” said Ms McKinney whose career iti!
Atlantis’ Food and Beverage Department dates back to 2001.

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2008, PAGE 11

wou

Major Red Cross _ Ministry welcomes Black Pilots of America —
event to honour — uf ae SC
Mrs Marina Glinton

| ‘THE Bahamas Red Cross has
announced that the 36th annual
Red Cross Ball will honour
pert Glinton, the organisa-
tion’s local director general.
| The event will take place on
Saturday, January 26 at 7pm at
the Crystal Ballroom at the
Wyndham Nassau Resort.
jglt will be held under the
patronage of Governor Gener-
marie Hanna, Mrs Hanna,
ime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham and Mrs Ingraham.
i “This black tie event will fea-
ture an evening of exquisite din-
ing, and dancing to the sounds
’ of the Lou Adams Orchestra;
the Royal Bahamas Police
Force Pop Band, Visage and
Jerry “The Iceman’ Butler,” said
the Red Cross in a statement.

It said patrons will have the
chance to win tickets to Europe,
Carnival cruises, Royal
Caribbean cruises and many
other exciting prizes donated
by various sponsors.
“Platinum sponsors of the
event include: the Central Bank
of the Bahamas, Burns House
Ltd, Bahamas First, Common-
wealth Bank, Kerzner Interna-
tional, Pictet Bank, FML, Cable
Bahamas, La Rose Boutique
and American Airlines.

An award winning performer,

oducer, and composer and

e of the architects of Rhythm

d Blues, Jerry ‘The Iceman’

utler has enjoyed a career

anning 49 years, which began
when he and Curtis Mayfield
formed The Impressions.

‘For Your Precious Love’,
written by Mr Butler and hailed
as a “landmark recording’ by
the Rolling Stones Magazine, is
just one of the numerous songs
he has written and performed.

Other hits include ‘He Will
Break Your Heart’; ‘Moon Riv-
er’; ‘Never Gonna Give You
Up’; ‘Hey Western Union Man’;
‘Brand New Me’; ‘Only the
Strong Survive’; and ‘Ain’t
Understanding Mellow’.

Nominated for three Gram-
mys for singing and composing,
Mr Butler is the recipient of
numerous awards including sev-
eral from the American Soci-

International
artist and local
entertainment
to be featured

ety of Composers Authors and
Publishers (ASCAP) and
Broadcast Music Inc (BMI) for
his song writing and publishing,
two Billboard Magazine
Awards as a writer and artist;
a CLIO Award for writing and
producing a commercial for
Johnson Products Co and two
Humanitarian Awards.

He was inducted into the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as
“one of the architects of
Rhythm and Blues” in 1991.

In 1994 he was the recipient
of a Rhythm and Blues Foun-
dation’s ‘Pioneer Award’; in
1995 he was a co-host. of the
Rhythm and Blues Foundation
Award ceremony and is now an
emeritus chairman of
the Rhythm and Blues Foun-
dation.

To this long list of achieve-
ments by Mr Butler we can also
add the title of Cook County
‘Commissioner, where he is
responsible, along with others,
for making laws, establishing
rules and setting policy compli-

ant with state and federal laws.

“I was first elected to public
office in 1985 and entered poli-
‘tics because of a strong inter-
est in the Civil Rights Move-
ment,” Mr Butler said.

The members of the Ball
Committee said they are also
very proud to feature the
Bahamas’ very own Royal
Bahamas Police Force Pop
Band, The Lou Adams Orches-
tra, and Visage.

‘The M C for the evening will
be the broadcaster Jerome
Sawyer.

The committee said tickets
are available at the Red Cross
Society’s Headquarters on JFK
Drive.







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THE MINISTRY of Tourism hosted a
reception to welcome members of the
Black Pilots of America to Grand
Bahama on Friday, January 18. The
reception was held at the Viva Wynd-
ham Fortuna Beach Resort. The group
was entertained by the Swingers
Junkanoo Group.

ABOVE: Members of the Black Pilots
of America enjoy the sound of the goat
skin drum and cow bell with group
president Palmer Sullins and national
secretary, Theresa White.

LEFT: Pictured from left are Theresa
L White BPA, Inc nationa! secretary;
Col (ret) Palmer Sullins, Jr, president,
BPA and Jeritzan Outten, senior direc-
tor in the Ministry of Tourism.



Mexico captures 11
alleged hit men from
. Sinaloa drug cartel

li MEXICO CITY

ELEVEN ALLEGED hit men for a powerful drug cartel were
captured Tuesday at Mexico ‘City mansions stocked with grenades
and automatic weapons — a day after Mexican authorities report-
ed nabbing one of the cartel’s reputed leaders, according to Asso-
ciated Press.

; Police said it was the first time they have found a safe house
linked to the cartel in the capital city.

“Yes, the cartel is operating here in Mexico City,” said Edgar Mil-
lan, top commander of Mexico’s national federal police, at a news

nference following pre-dawn raids on two houses in southern -

exico City. Eight men were arrested in one raid and three in the
her.

* Milan said the men, whose identities were not released, were part

af three cartel “commando” groups that may have been preparing
attacks in response to a federal crackdown on drug trafficking.

| The suspects were lined up in the homes’ spacious living rooms

nd presented to reporters alongside caches of seized weapons,
including 20 fragmentation grenades, automatic weapons, rifles, and
materials presumably intended for constructing a drug lab.

' Police also found 40 bulletproof vests, eight of which bore the ini-
tials FEDA, which Millan said was likely a Spanish acronym for
“‘Arturo’s Special Forces.” Authorities also found an unspecified
amount of cash in one of the homes.

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Culiacan with two suitcases containing $900,000, an assault rifle, a
luxury SUV and 11 expensive watches, the army said.

_ The U.S. ambassador to Mexico, Tony Garza, praised Mon-

ay’s arrest as “a significant victory.”

| Army Gen. Luis Arturo Oliver Cen said the arrested Beltran Ley-
Ya commanded two groups of hit men for the cartel, whose reach
éxtends from the northwestern state of Sonora to the southern
state of Oaxaca. He was allegedly in charge of transporting drugs,
bribing officials and laundering money for the cartel, which is led
by Mexico’s most-wanted drug lord, Joaquin Guzman.

; Guzman escaped from federal prison in 2001 in a laundry cart
after bribing guards.

; Alfredo Beltran Leyva’s arrest follows two weeks of bloody
confrontations along the U.S.-Mexico border between federal
agents and gunmen suspected of working for the Arellano Felix and

ulf cartels, rivals of the Sinaloa.

| In the border state of Tamaulipas, across from Texas, dozens of
soldiers in armored cars surrounded the police stations in Nuevo
Laredo, Matamoros and Reynosa on Tuesday to check whether the
police officers’ weapons, radios and phones were connected to
crimes.

| No arrests were reported and officers were allowed back on the
streets.

_ In San Nicolas, a suburb of Monterrey, gunmen firing from a car
shot and killed Judge Ernesto Palacios, police said.

| He had been overseeing the trial of two alleged hit men arrest-
éd in 2005.

| On Monday, a high-ranking local police official in the border city
of Ciudad Juarez, across from El Paso, Texas, was shot to death out-
side his home by unidentified gunmen — the day after a Juarez
police captain was shot to death in his patrol car.

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FUNERAL OF CURTIS MCMILLAN



The funeral of former
parliamentarian and member of
the first PLP Cabinet, Dr. Curtis

McMillan, took place at
Hillview Seventh Day Adventist
Church. He was laid to rest on
Monday in Lakeview Cemetery.



SADLY MISSED: In a dignified procession, the casket containing Dr. Curtis McMillan is taken to Lakeview Ceme-
tery. Wife Thelma McMillan and his children were among mourners to hear tributes paid to a man described
as a visionary and dreamer who made a significant contribution to the Bahamas during the 1960s and 70s. Dr.
McMillan, a dentist by training, was the first health professional to serve as minister of health in the Bahamas.






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700m developer:
We’re not leaving

@ By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL :
Tribune Business
Reporter

THE developer behind the
$700 million Rum Cay Resort
Marina project yesterday said
it was not pulling out, despite
concerns expressed by islanders
that all construction work on
the development had halted,
with most workmen having left
the island.

Michael Farrant, a senior
executive with Montana Hold-
ings, said the developer was still
committed to Rum Cay, telling
Tribune Business that just
because there was no vertical
construction happening did not
mean that the project was in
jeopardy.

“I think that people need to
have some patience. We have
no intention of pulling out and
we are still committed. Just
because at the moment you may
not see a backhoe or vertical
construction does not mean that
the project has stopped. We are
just at another stage,” Mr Far-
rant said.

He was speaking in response
to reports reaching The Tribune

Rum Cay residents concerned all
construction work on Montana
Holdings project stopped, with all
workmen bar two having left island

trom residents on Rum Cay,
who said Montana Holdings
had only two employees left on
the island - just watching over
the work site and its Sumner
Point Marina - and that work
had come to a standstill.

Mr Farrant said that when-
ever a company is building a
project with the scope and
dimension of Rum Cay, many
facets were involved.

“I think that when construc-
tion work stops then people
automatically think that’s the
end of the project because they
do not understand how devel-
opment works,” he added.

Speaking with The Tribune
yesterday, Delores Wilson, a
business owner on Rum Cay,
confirmed what The Tribune
had been told. She said Mon-
tana Holdings staff on the island
had been reduced to two gar-
deners, and that construction

work had come to a standstill.

Ms Wilson said very few of
the employees engaged on the
project had been Rum Cay res-
idents, which meant that the
island’s employment situation
had not been impacted.

Mr Farrant was also asked
about reports that the Carlton
Group was helping Montana
with a $80 million line of credit,
which he refused to comment
on. He would only say that
financing is one aspect of the
project.

A November 21, 2007, press
release issued by the Carlton
Group, a real estate and loan
sale investment banking firm,
with offices in New York, Palm
Beach and Tel Aviv, described
making an $80 million line of
debt financing available to the

SEE page 3B

SECTION B ¢ business@tribunemedia.net



@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business
Editor =
SIX out of 10 Bahamian

hotels sustained a net loss in

2007, a statistic that Bahamas

Hotel Association (BHA)

executives yesterday said was

“significant” and troubling

for the industry’s future sus-

tainability and profitability.
Unveiling the findings of a

BHA survey, Russell Miller,

the Association’s president,

said that while Bahamian



hoteliers were more opti- .

mistic for the sector’s
| prospects in 2008, the indus-
try continued to be chal-
lenged by prolonged struc-
tural weaknesses such as
workforce productivity and
quality, plus the relatively
high cost of doing business
in the Bahamas.

Mr Miller said: “The cost
of doing business continues
to be an issue. We've talked
about it with successive gov-
ernments. We need to get the
cost of doing business in the
Bahamas down to a level



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¢ Industry’s sustainability,
profitability and competitiveness
threatened by high cost base

where it makes sense and
people can recover their
investment.

“The cost of doing busi-
ness in the Bahamas is very,
very expensive. A lot of our
hotels are the smaller hotels,
and if they do not have a suc-
cessful first and second quar-
ter to sustain them through
the rest of the year, it
becomes very difficult to
make a profit.”

Mr Miller later told The
Tribune that while larger
Bahamas-based resort prop-
erties were better-placed to
absorb the higher costs of
doing business “and deal with
it”, they eroded profitability

_for smaller resorts and
“handicaps” them from
investing in upgrades and.
expansion to their properties.

The main culprits behind
the relatively high cost base

Babak received ‘no salary, gain’ as GBPA chair

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor —

ATTORNEYS for the late
Edward St George’s estate have
argued that the Grand Bahama
Port Authority’s (GBPA)

immediate holding company.

does not have any liability to
ousted chairman Hannes
Babak, alleging that the Immi-
gration Department was told he
would not receive “any salary,
reward, profit or gain” within
the Immigration Act’s mean-
ing.

Lindsay Luttermann, an
attorney with the estate’s Cay-
man Islands-based counsel,
Walkers, disputed in an affidavit
filed with the Supreme Court



Hannes Babak

Hotels ‘optimistic’
on solution to $2.5m
airport overtime woe

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Bahamian hotel indus-
try is “optimistic” that the Gov-
ernment will soon address the
millions of dollars airlines are
being forced to pay the Cus-
toms and Immigration Depart-
ments in per annum overtime
fees, yesterday arguing that this
was impacting tourist arrivals
by discouraging evening flights.

In a response to Tribune
Business’s question on the issue,
which has cost airlines an addi-
tional $2.5 million, Russell

Miller, the Bahamas Hotel.

Association’s (BHA) president,
said: “That’s something we’ve
addressed very strongly with
government, and we are opti-
mistic that very soon we will get
some comments back on how
that is going to be handled.”

He added that the issue was
being dealt with at “the high-
est level of government”, given
its potential negative impact on
airlift into the Bahamas, and
the knock-on effects for the
tourism industry and wider
Bahamian economy.

Currently, airlines with flights
landing at Lynden Pindling
International Airport (LPIA)
in the evening after normal
working hours are required to
cover the overtime costs that
Customs and Immigration incur
in deploying personnel to deal
with these arrivals.

This has discouraged carriers,
such as American Eagle and
Continental Connection, from
flying into Nassau during the
evening hours.

Frank Comito, the BHA’s
executive vice-president, said
both airlines had indicated that
servicing New Providence with
evening flights would be “eco-
nomically to their advantage”,
and the tourism industry was
“certain” they would come if
not faced with having to pay
$2.5 million per annum in over-
time costs.

Mr Comito said such a devel-
opment, if it happened, would
result in a “net revenue gain”
for both the Government and
the hotel industry.

“This is an issue that has con-
sequences for the economy and
for us all, so it’s important it’s
resolved as quickly as possible,”
Mr Comito said. It is under-
stood that a major stumbling
block may involve the terms of
the industrial agreement that
immigration and customs offi-
cers have secured.

Meanwhile, Mr Miller said
there had been discussions with
the new US Ambassador, Ned
Siegel, on the potential threat to
the Bahamian hotel and tourism
industry - especially in the Fam-
ily Islands - from Washington’s
proposals on passenger lists for
private aircraft,

“I know we have had some
discussions with the new US
Ambassador, and he is in agree-
ment with it and advanced it to
the government agencies,” Mr
Miller said.

More than $120 million in

~ potential tourist spending in the

Bahamas could be negatively

SEE page 5B

assertions made by lan Boxall,
an Intercontinental Diversified
Corporation (IDC) director,
that the company “may have a
significant liability to pay” to Mr
Babak, possibly totalling as
much as $65 million.

Ms Luttermann alleged: “The
plaintiffs do not believe that
IDC has any possible liability
to Mr Babak, still less that any
such liability is in the order of
$65 million as Mr Boxall sug-
gests.” /

To back up this allegation,
attached as exhibits were copies
of correspondence between the
GBPA and the Immigration

Department in June 2006 relat-
ing to Mr Babak’s status, and
ultimate work permit applica-
tion, for the GBPA and Port
Group Ltd chairmanship role.

A June 12, 2006, letter, signed
by Sir Jack Hayward, said he
and Lady Henrietta St George
had decided to appoint Mr
Babak as chairman and the
shareholders’ representative at
the GBPA and Port Group Ltd.

“Mr Babak is a permanent
resident of the Bahamas, with-
out the right to work ‘save in
his own business’. Upon con-
sultation with our legal depart-
ment, it is believed that a work

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permit is not necessary, as Mr
Babak is not employed by
GBPA or Port Group Ltd, and
does not receive a salary from
either of these companies,” Sir
Jack allegedly wrote.

James Rolle, assistant direc-

tor of immigration, replied two
days later, stating that because
Mr Babak’s status only permit-
ted him to work in his own busi-
ness, and he had not been
issued with a work permit for
the GBPA post, “he should
cease forthwith from work with

SEE page 4B

facing Bahamian hotels, Mr
Miller said, were labour pro-
ductivity and payroll expens-
es, plus utility costs.

This was especially the
case when it came to elec-
tricity. Michael Hooper, a
BHA vice-president and
senior executive at Baha
Mar’s Cable Beach Resorts,
said given that all Bahamian
households had felt the
impact of the fuel surcharge
increase, it was not hard to
imagine the effect this had
on a large Bahamian hotel
coping with six-figure per
month BEC bills already.,

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try would not only encour-
age existing resort owners to
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‘Terrible fall out’
from Stamp Tax
exemption’s end |

@ By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter

BAHAMIAN realtors are
already experiencing a “terrible
fall out” as a result of the Gov-
ernment’s decision not to renew
the Stamp Tax exemption for
first-time buyers of real estate
with an appraisal value of
$250,000 or less.

Bishop Walter Hanchell, of
PGF Realty, told Tribune Busi-
ness yesterday that real estate
brokers were losing business as a
result of the policy, which he

said was imposing economic:

hardship on many middle and
lower income Bahamians.

“This decision does not affect
persons who can afford a home
over $250,000 and who can
afford to pay the tax. Rather, it is
affecting those persons who are
struggling to buy a home,” he
said,

“My recommendation is that
they reverse the decision and
give back the exemption. They
can afford to do it, just like they
can afford to everything else. It
was a very bad move. This is
something that I feel strongly
about because it is causing a
hardship on Bahamians.”

Paul Moss, of Dominion
Management Services, agreed,
saying the Government must
reverse its decision or it will
force tremendous economic
hardship on the mast:
tor of .octety, shattenmg dreams
of honie ownership.

“The FNM has promised to
be build 3,00 \ > this

vdh Pel.

edly sec-

~ wl be x vot Lomes
under the $250,000 threshold, it
means that there are 3,000 fam-
ilies who will suffer,” Mr Moss
said. He added that this also
depended on families being able
to qualify for mortgages.
Mr Moss added that he did
not buy. into the FNM’s argu-
ment that it was necessary not to



renew the Stamp Tax exemption
because it was causing too great
a drain on the Government’s tax
revenues, impacting the public
finances and Budgetary position.

He explained that while the
Government would lose the rev-
enue on real estate transactions,
it was sure to have gained that
money back in other areas.

“For example, homeowners
would have been paying for util-
ities, landscaping, furniture, all of
which would have had revenue
attached to it for the Govern-
ment. Is just bad economics,”
Mr Moss said.

He warned that it was deci-
sions such as that which high-
lighted the need for the country
to have a finance minister with
the background to operate the
country from a business per-
spective.

Mr Moss said that in the for-
mer FNM administration, the
country benefited from Sir
William Allen, and in the for-
mer PLP administration, the
country benefited from James
Smith.

The former PLP government
extended the Stamp Tax exemp-
tion to first-time home buyers
for properties with an appraisal
value of up to $250,000, believ-
ing the move would make home
ownership more affordable for
middle and low-income Bahami-
ans. The exemption, though,
expired on January 8, 2008.

Apart from stimulating the
housing market and enabling
more Bahamians to fulfill their
dream to ‘own a piece of the
rock’, the Christie government

alo believed there vould be a
nefit pro ‘uce °
Suv clus given io the construc:

tion and real estate industries —

‘despite the tax revenue given

up.
Homes priced between

~ $50,000-$100,000 are taxed at 6

per cent stamp tax, homes
between $100,000 and $250,000
are taxed at 8 per cent, "ind
homes above $250,000 are taxed

“OTL.

at 10 per cent.

Homes valued at between
$100,000 to $250,000 were pre-
viously subject to Stamp Tax
equivalent to 8 per cent of the
purchase price. This was usually
split 50/50 between the purchas-
er and vendor, meaning each
paid 4 per cent, or paid in full by
the buyer depending on the
nature of the sales agreement.

For example, on a property
appraised at $230,000, if a first-
time buyer was paying the full 8
per cent Stamp Tax, they would
have to pay $18,400 in tax to the
Treasury as a one-time lump
sum up front to close the trans-
action. Even at 4 per cent, that is
some $9,200.

This was what the exemption
removed, and in an economy
with a relatively low savings rate,
many Bahamians living from pay
cheque to pay cheque, that is a
significant sum that most would
be unable to finance from their
own resources.

Stamp Tax is a major upfront
cost for Bahamians, especially
given the low savings rate in this
country.

The Stamp Tax also com-
pounded the other closing costs,
which include legal fees - usual-
ly 2.5 per cent of the purchase
price; 6 per cent realtor com-
mission; 7 per cent architects’
fees on new buildings; and bank
closing costs. .

Realtors, though, had previ-
ously complained that there
were problems with how the
increase in the Stamp Tax
exemption to properties valued
at $250,000 or below worked in
pte tice, some saying that unless

: --aisal was for $200,000
o. .. . the Ministry of Finance
was reluctant to grant the
exemption.

The exemption was based on
the appraisal value of the prop-
erty conducted by a realtor,
rather than the purchase price, in
order to prevent any Stamp
Duty evasion by the under-
reporting of transaction values.

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Six per cent of hoteliers say tourism ‘strong’

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

WHILE Bahamian hoteliers
anticipate a moderate improve-
ment in the industry’s perfor-
mance in 2008, just 6 per cent
rate this nation’s tourism econ-
omy as being “strong”, with the
industry facing continued chal-
lenges over worker perfor-
mance and productivity.

Drawing on the findings from
a survey of 21 Bahamian hotels
by his organisation, Russell
Miller, the Bahamas Hotel
Association’s (BHA) president,
said some 38 per cent of respon-
dents felt the tourism econo-

my’s strength today was.

“weak”, and another 56 per
cent felt it was “strong”.

Assessing the outlook for the
Bahamian hotel industry in
2008, the BHA survey found
that 81 per cent of resorts had a
‘fair’ outlook, another 13 per
cent were viewing the year ‘pos-
itively’, and 6 per cent had a
“negative” view on the year
ahead.

Mr Miller said 2007 had been
a “difficult” year for the hotel
industry, and while “some
improvement” was anticipated
for 2008, continued uncertainty
over the US economy and
whether it would plunge into
recession - despite yesterday’s
0.75 per cent interest rate cut
by the Federal Reserve - were
casting a shadow over the sec-
tor.

$700m developer: We're

FROM page 1B

Rum Cay Resort Marina pro-
ject.

The release described the
Carlton Group as the “exclu-
sive advisor for the develop-
ment of a mixed-use resort, to
include a hotel, marina, condo-
miniums, fractional ownership,
an equestrian centre and an
airstrip as the only resort com-
munity on a unique island in
the Bahamas”.

Other sources of financing for
the Rum Cay project have come
from a “$20 million-plus con-
struction line of credit” that
Montana Holdings obtained
from Matrix Group, a UK real
estate and private equity
investor, and Halifax/Bank of
Scotland, a UK financial insti-
- tution.

Source

Another source is Integrat-
ed Data Corp, a Delaware-
based telecommunications
holding company, which is list-
ed on the Nasdaq pink sheets.

In its filings with the Securi-
ties & Exchange Commission
(SEC), Integrated Data Corp
said it had taken a 20 per cent

The BHA president said the
Bahamian hotel industry con-
tinued “to be presented with
challenges which affect our abil-

ity to compete successfully and"

experience growth in keeping
with the global trends”.

Apart from the relatively high
cost of doing business in the
Bahamas, which were related
to payroll, utility, insurance and
customs duties issues, the hotel
industry’s main concerns includ-
ed workforce quality and pro-
ductivity, and airlift and issues
at Lynden Pindling Interna-
tional Airport.

“Their second top concern
was tied to workforce availabil-
ity and workforce quality,” Mr
Miller said. “Employers are dis-
appointed with the limited pool
of qualified entry-level employ-
ees and the inconsistency in per-
formance of too many existing
employees. ,

“The growing shortage of
skilled labour at all levels and
inconsistencies in productivity
with some members of our
existing workforce” continued
to challenge Bahamian hotels,
which had identified poor edu-
cation quality and its increas-
ing drag on workforce produc-
tivity as the main factor inhibit-
ing the industry’s global com-
petitiveness.

The industry’s other major
concerns, Mr Miller added,
were increasing global compe-
tition, high air transportation
costs, the absence of tourist

stake in Montana Holdings for
$13 million, acquiring 1,120 of
its 5,600 outstanding shares, in
addition to providing the com-
pany with an unsecured $7 mil-
lion revolving credit facility.

Resort

The Rum Cay Resort-Mari-
na had at that point been val-
ued at $65 million, with the

urchase price coming from

3.88 million in cash; $6.12 mil-
lion via the sale of 3,060,000
Integrated Data Corp shares;
and $3 million via an unse-
cured loan from Mr Mittens,
Montana Holdings’ chairman
and majority shareholder.

Integrated Data Corp repaid
$1 million to Mr Mittens on
April 3, 2007, leaving a $2.047
million balance as at Novem-
ber 1.

The SEC filings added: “We
also entered into an agreement
to provide Montana Holdings
an ongoing loan facility of up
to $6 million to be utilised in
defraying the general costs of
Montana Holdings' Rum Cay
development programme in
the Bahamas during the whole
of 2007.

“In addition, we agreed to
provide up to $1 million in

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attractions and activities in the
Bahamas, and crime and the
perception of high levels of
criminal activity.

The BHA president said
hoteliers were seeing “a huge
deficiency” in the educational
system “at the entry level across
the board”, especially with grad-
uates coming fresh out of high
school and presenting them-
selves for work.

Beverley Saunders, Kerzner
International’s head of human
resources, who also heads the
BHA committee dealing with
education and training, said one
of the decisive factors that will
determine whether the
Bahamas stays in tourism and
remains competitive is “the
quality of service we provide to
our customers”.

She pointed out that
“whether we like it or not” one-
third of all jobs in the Bahamas
depended on or were created
by the tourism and hospitality
industry, and said the industry
“offers more viable career
choices than at any time in the
Bahamas’ history”.

Failing to invest in and devel-
op the Bahamian workforce
would spell disaster, Ms Saun-
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critically important” to ensure
children in high schools were
aware of all the career oppor-
tunities available in tourism,
including engineering, market-
ing and human resources, and
did not see it as a choice of last

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loan facility from $7 million to
$5 million. The current loan
balance under this loan facility
as of November 1, 2007,
including interest, is approxi-
mately $4.030 million.”

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“Parents can no longer say:
‘I don’t want you making up a
bed’,” she said. The BHA

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Bahamas with its tourism-relat-
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Mr Miller said that while
most hoteliers had moved
“from the pessimistic leanings”
of 2007 to more optimism for
2008, this appeared to be dri-
ven by the fact that additional
room inventory and refurbished
room product would come on
stream.

Some 37 per cent of hotels
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employment levels would
increase in 2008, up from the
25 per cent who said staffing
levels rose in 2007. Half of
respondents anticipated an
increase in employment in 2008,
with 13 per cent predicting a
decline.

Some 82 per cent of hoteliers
expected revenues and sales to
be up in 2008, with 13 per cent
forecasting a decline, the
improved outlook largely being
driven by expected rises in
room prices. Some 75 per cent
of hotels expect to increase
prices in 2008.

On profitability, some 56 per
cent are looking at an improve-
ment, with only 13 per cent
forecasting a slight decline and

6 per cent a major decline.
Some 57 per cent of hotels
are anticipating increasing cap-
ital spending in 2008, with 69
per cent forecasting a rise in
room occupancy levels.
Mr Miller said Bahamians

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assume that visitors will just
come to the Bahamas”. All
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FROM page 1B

Mr Miller said, but attract new
investors into the Bahamas and
the industry.

The result, he explained,
would be increased employ-
ment for Bahamians and eco-
nomic growth, plus a sustain-
able, profitable and vibrant
hotel industry - the country’s
main private employer.

Frank Comito, the BHA’s
executive vice-president, said
many Bahamians fell into the
trap of believing resort proper-
ties would be around for ever,
regardless of whether they were
profitable or delivered a return
to their owners.

“The fact that six out of 10
hotels surveyed reported a net
loss in 2007 is very significant,”
Mr Comito said. “When you
look at our competitiveness,
there is no guarantee that hotels

Babak received

FROM page 1B

the Grand Bahama Port
Authority”.

However, the GBPA was
invited to apply for a work per-
mit for Mr Babak.

Ms Luttermann alleged in her

will stay open in the Bahamas.

“It’s a business. It requires a
return on investment. The key
to a successful investment is the
cost of doing business.”

The BHA survey, based on
responses from 21 hotels,
including both large and mid-
sized properties from Nassau-
Paradise Island, Grand Bahama
and the Family Islands, found
that 57 per cent of resort prop-
erties surveyed saw profits
decline in 2007. Only 37 per
cent reported a profits increase
over 2006.

While hotel industry employ-
ment was stable, as job losses
were offset by the opening of
new and refurbished room
inventory, the BHA survey indi-
cated that declining resort occu-
pancy rates were also compen-
sated for - this time by increased
average daily room rates
(ADRs).

The BHA survey found that
most hotels reported rising rev-

affidavit that the June 16, 2006,
response to Mr Rolle by Sir
Albert Miller, the GBPA’s chief
executive, stated that Mr Babak
would not be engaged in any
gainful occupation as chairman,
and would not receive “any
salary, reward, profit or gain
within the meaning of the Immi-

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enues, driven largely by the
room rate rises. Yet 60 per cent
of those surveyed also reported
falls in room occupancies, with
only 7 per cent reporting that
occupancy rates were up “sig-
nificantly” over 2006 levels.

Yet despite the relative lack
of profitability, Bahamas-based
hotels continued to invest in
capital improvements to their
properties. Some 57 per cent of
resorts surveyed by the BHA
said they increased capital
expenditure in 2007, with 19 per
cent raising this “significantly”.

In analysing the industry’s
2007 performance, none of the
hotels surveyed said they
reduced employment “signifi-
cantly”. Some 25 per cent said
staffing levels had been reduced
slightly in 2007, while another
50 per cent said employee num-
bers remained the same.

Yet only 19 per cent of resort
properties said employment lev-
els had been increased, and only

6 per cent said staff number had
been increased “significantly”.

On profitability, some 13 per
cent of resorts surveyed by the
BHA said income was “down
significantly” in 2007, while
another 44 per cent experienced
some decline.

Some 6 per cent of hotels said
profitability was flat, while
another 31 per cent saw an
income increase. Yet only 6 per
cent saw a “significant” increase
in profits.

When it came to sales/rev-
enues, some 19 per cent of
resorts surveyed by the BHA
reported a “significant” decline,
while 31 per cent saw a minor
drop. Around 38 per cent of
resorts saw revenues rise mod-
erately, and another 13 per cent
saw them grow significantly.

On room occupancy, 60 per
cent of hotels said this
decreased either significantly or
moderately in 2007, while just
34 per cent saw some sort of

increase.

Some 19 per cent of hotels
covered in the BHA survey
added that they had dropped
their prices in 2007; a further
19 per cent had kept them in
line with 2006 levels; and 62 per
cent had increased them.

The major factors impacting
the Bahamian hotel industry’s
performance in 2007 are not
new. They were the US pass-
port requirements of the West-
ern Hemisphere Travel Initia-
tive (WHTI); increased compe-
tition and its aggressive mar-
keting compared to the
Bahamas; the US economic
slowdown; and less room inven-
tory due to refurbishments.

The fact that the BHA sur-
vey revealed that 60 per cent of
Bahamian hotels made a net
loss in 2007 is likely to surprise
few in the industry, as many
resort owners - apart from
Kerzner International with its
Atlantis and One & Only

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Ocean Club properties - have
been struggling to make a prof-
it for years.

Management/operating
brands, though, have fared bet-
ter because their profits are cal-
culated as a percentage of the
gross revenues Or operating
profits, not the net.

The Bahamas’ relatively high
operating costs mean that
resorts have to provide an expe-
rience that exceeds all customer
expectations, in order to justify
the high room rates charged.
Only Kerzner International’s
properties, plus some niche
hotels in the Family Islands,
have managed to do this to
date.

The need for high room rates
to cover operating costs has also
meant the Bahamas has a
dearth of mid-priced resort
properties, leading to fears this
nation’s hotel industry is being
forced to price itself out of the
market.

‘no salary, gain’ as GBPA chair

gration Act”.

“This representation was
repeated by Mr Babak in his
application form, signed by him
under oath,” Ms Luttermann
alleged. “At paragraph 24 of
that form, which required him
to set out ‘particulars of salary,
commissions etc or other bene-
fits to be received in relation to
this application’, he provided
no such particulars.

“I do not understand on what
basis it is now therefore being
suggested that he is owed $65
million for his role as chairman,
when both GBPA and Mr

Babak represented that he
would receive no award, salary
or other benefit in such role.”

Ms Luttermann alleged that
neither Mr Boxall not any oth-
er IDC director had discussed
the issue of Mr Babak’s poten-
tial liability with Lady Henriet-
ta, who is herself an IDC direc-
tor, or the St George estate.

“Not has the advice taken by
IDC on this issue or the assess-
ment of potential damages of
$65 million been provided to
Lady Henrietta St George or
any representative of the
estate,” she alleged.

The general public is advised that
the mid-day Prayer Meeting for
BETHESDA FAITH MINISTRIES
has now been relocated to the

West wing of the Bahamas Faith
Ministries Int’! Carmichael Road.
Service time for mid-day prayer

12 noon - 2p.m.
For further info please contact:
392-3278



Established Bahamian Company in
Construction, Service and Retail

Is looking to hire an energetic and ambitous
Bahamian person as

MANAGER

Salary plus incentive scheme.
Also possible share puchase option.

Replies in writing with Resume to
“MANAGER”, P.O. Box CB-11541

MARLEY
Resort @ She

Cable Beach, Naseau Bahamas



N Be a M ystic Spa

“Applications are invited to fill the positions of
SJ oy-] UU SAI e alae

An exclusive Boutique Resort is seeking fully qualified Spa
_ Therapist/Technicians who are experienced in Massage &

Holistic. therapies and passionate about “Spa”.
We are looking for brillant, well-rounded Spa Therapists

knowledgeable in Massage, Facials and Body Treatments.
Expereince in Manicures and Pedicures will be an asset.
Successful candidates must be self motivated, mature, well

groomed and willing to work as a team member.

Please email resume to:
spa@marleyresort.com or fax resume to; 242-327-4393
or py fend at the Resort located on West Bay Street,
| Nassau, Bahamas

Legal Notice

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES
/ ACT
(No.45 of 2000)

LAPIS INVESTMENTS LTD.

In Voluntary liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (4)

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

LAPIS INVESTMENTS LTD. has been dissolved and struck off
the Register according to the Certificate of Dissolution issued by the
Registrar General on the 31st day of December, 2007.

Fides Liquidators Inc.
Arango-Orillac Building
54th Street, Panama
Republic of Panama
Liquidator



Mr Boxall, in an affidavit
sworn in support of IDC’s appli-
cation to block a $12.1 million
dividend payment by the Port
Authority and Port Group Ltd
receivers, alleged that the com-
panies “may have a significant
liability to pay” Mr Babak.

Mr Boxall alleged that Mr
Babak’s Cayman-based attor-
neys, Maples & Calder, had
already written to IDC’s attor-
neys, Bodden & Bodden, on
December 12, 2007, in relation
to their client’s contract to act as
GBPA chairman.

While IDC was preparing to
respond to that letter, Mr Box-
all alleged: “IDC considers that
it may have a significant’ liabili-
ty to pay Mr Hannes Babak his
remuneration for 2006-2007,
and will require funds to secure
payment of that contin-
gemcy....... a

He then added: “Further-
more, IDC has now had Mr

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Babak’s contractual entitlement
assessed. Subject to caveats by
the valuers, it appears that if it
were to be terminated, the pay-
out value would be in excess of
some $65 million, which IDC
and/or the GBPA and/or Port
Group Ltd would be liable to
pay.”

A letter written on January
7, 2008, by Andre Feldman, Mr
Babak’s attorney, to Sir Orville
Turnquest, the attorney for

‘ IDC, said that under his con-

tract, Mr Babak became enti-
tled on April 15, 2007, to pay-
ment of 25 per cent of the Port
companies’ profits over $7 mil-
lion.

‘As the receivers stated that
the profit was $34 million (plus
the previously paid dividend
amount of $6 million), this
means that Mr Babak is now
entitled to payment of $8.25
million (being 25 per cent of
$40 million minus $7 million)
together with interest, amount-
ing to no less than $275,000 (5
per cent per annum for eight
months), Mr Feldman wrote.

“On behalf of Mr Babak,
therefore, I hereby make a
claim for his overdue compen-
sation and request payment of
at least this figure, or in the
alternative an undertaking that
an amount no less than this sum
is being held to the order of Mr
Babak, and will not be paid out
of IDC until such clarification of
the financial figures takes
place.”

Mr Feldman added that fur-
ther alleged remuneration of |
Mr Babak was due to occur on
April 15, 2008.

Legal Notice

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES
ACT
(No.45 of 2000)

HERRINGBONE INVESTMENTS LTD.

In Voluntary liquidation

Notice. is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (4)
of the International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000),
HERRINGBONE INVESTMENTS LTD. has been dissolved and
struck off the Register according to the Certificate of Dissolution

issued by the Registrar General on the 31st day of December, 2007.

Fides Liquidators Inc.
Arango-Orillac Building
54th Street, Panama
Republic of Panama
Liquidator

NOTICE

The following practices located at #36 Collins
Avenue, Nassau, will be closed permanently on 22
February, 2008, at the latest:

° KENNETH W. KNOWLES, M.D.
¢ BAHAMAS OPTICAL CENTRE, LTD.

Patients who wish to obtain records are asked to
mail a written request, containing clear patient ID

information elc.,

to Box N-8322, Nassau. Following

that, specific arrangements may then be made by

telephone at 325-4754, 322-

4940. Regretfully, no

further letters can be written.





THE TRIBUNE

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2008, PAGE 5B



Hotels ‘optimistic’ on solution
to $2.5m airport overtime woe

FROM page IB

impacted if the US goes through
with existing proposals on pas-
senger lists for private aircraft,
with support services and gov-
ernment revenues also hit.

Mr Comito previously told
The Tribune that Ministry of
Tourism data had shown that
some 73,000 stopover visitors
to the Bahamas in 2006 had
arrived by private aircraft, a seg-
ment of the tourism industry
that was rapidly expanding.

He added that although he
had not seen the.documents,
the Bahamas Out Island Pro-
motions Board had told the
BHA that research done a few
years ago indicated that private
plane tourists spent 40 per cent
more than the average stopover
visitor.

Given that stopover visitors
to the Bahamas spent $1200 per
capita on average, this 40 per
cent increase translated into an
increased $480 spend per pri-
vate plane tourist, meaning that

their average per capita spend
was $1680 per head.
Multiplying this figure by the
number of 2006 private plane
visitors gives a total spending
figure of $122.64 million for this
tourist segment, showing just
how the Bahamas might be
impacted by the US Customs
and Border (BCP) proposals.
Washington is proposing that
all general aviation (private air-
craft) passenger manifests be
filed electronically with its secu-
rity agencies, chiefly Customs
and Border Protection (CBP),
and within 24 hours of depar-
ture or arrival from the US.
Mr Comito yesterday
expressed concerns that the
Economic Partnership Agree-
ment (EPA) this nation was set
to sign with the European
Union (EU) could expose
tourism sectors normally
reserved for Bahamian owner-
ship only, such as ground trans-
portation, tour and excursion
providers, to direct competition
from European-owned firms.
The BHA’s executive com-
mittee, Mr Comito said, had
only just begun to discuss the

Pan de GL
CHAMBERS

- Counsel-and-Attorney-at-Law
Halsbury Chambers is seeking to employ two

ualified Attorneys-At-Law

ollowing criteria:

who _ satisfy the

COMMERCIAL LAW - specializing in
conveyancing and real property with a
minimum of three to five years practical
and professional experience.

LITIGATION - specializin

g in litigious

work, personal injury, family law and
probate with a minimum of three to five
years practical and professional experience.

arma

Applicants should be organized, diligent, a team
player and have the ability to work. with minimum

supervision.

Successful applicants

will be

eligible to

participate in the company’s medical insurance plan,
pension plan and profit-sharing scheme. Salary will
commensurate with experience.

Interested applicants should deliver their curriculum
vitas to our office situate on Village Road North,
Nassau, The Bahamas.

ROYAL BANK OF CANADA WEALTH MANAGEMENT
is considering applications for

Senior Trust |
Professional/ Technical
Fiduciary Counsel

rovide in house
technical fiduciary guidance to the trust team and
manage a book of complex fiduciary structures for our
High Net Worth clients.

The successful candidate will

The successful candidate should possess the following:

¢ A university degree in Law

° Professional designation, such as TEP, which is
related to the provision of fiduciary services

° Knowledge of trust and estate planning
techniques for North American, Latin and
European high net worth individuals

¢ Excellent knowledge of international fiduciary law

¢ Minimum of 3 years experience servicing hig
net worth clients in the offshore financial services
industry

¢ Proven ability to deliver the highest quality of
service to high net worth individuals

e Excellent communication skills

Interested persons should apply by
Monday, January 28, 2008.

Royal Bank of Canada Trust Company
(Bahamas) Limited

PO Box N-3024

Nassau, NP, Bahamas

Attention: Fiona Sirra

Via Email: fiona.sirra@rbc.com

Only applications from suitably qualified candidates
will be acknowledged.

RBC
Royal Bank
RBC) of Canada

www.rbcroyalbank.com/caribbean/bahamas

NOU neuen oon akon



EPA’s implications for the
industry and the feedback they
would present to the Govern-
ment, which has six months to
submit an offer on investments
and services.

Praising

Praising the Government for
ensuring there was a “grace
period on services”, Mr Comi-
to said that among the sectors
where the Caribbean nations
had sought to secure reserva-
tions and exemptions on the
EPA were legal services,
tourism and financial services.

Mr Comito said there had to

. be “a bit of a balancing act”

between the benefits Bahami-
an consumers could obtain from
allowing EU firms into this mar-
ket, and encouraging Bahamian
ownership of their own econo-
my.

“There are concerns in
ground transportation, publish-
ing, advertising and in other
areas where we have a strong
Bahamian base of businesses,
as to whether we open up the
doors to businesses from the

EU,” Mr Comito said.

Gershan Major, the private
sector representative on the
BHA executive committee, who
is also head of the Chamber of
Commerce’s trade liberalisation
committee, said the EPA was
based on reciprocity.

The private sector was look-
ing to re-engage with the Gov-

ernment on the EPA, which. °

would provide both opportuni-
ties and challenges.

“The EPA will have an
impact across the board. It will
not be limited to goods and
manufacturing,” Mr Major said.

The Tribune understands that
while the Bahamas initially
committed to a ‘goods-only’
offer on the EPA, much work
remains to be done on ensur-
ing this country’s regulatory and
economic regime conforms with
the treaty’s requirements.

For example, this nation has
no competition regulator or

competition policy; no stan- +

dards bureau; no anti-dumping
legislation; no health or sani-
tary safeguards regime; no rules
or origin regime; and no coun-
tervailing duties regime.

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BRADFIELD INVESTMENTS LTD.
In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (4) of the International Business Companies Act,
2000, BRADFIELD INVESTMENTS LTD. is in
dissolution as of January 18, 2008.

International Liquidator Services Inc. situated as 35A

Regent Street, PO. Box 1777, Belize City, Belize is the
Liquidator.

LIQUIDATOR



FINANCIAL
CONTROLLER

A well established manufacturing
company with two locations in Nassau is
seeking a financial controller.

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e Bachelors degree in accounting from an
accredited university.

e Preferably a chartered accountant with
current membership in BICA.

e A thorough knowledge of Peachtree and
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e A thorough knowledge of Microsoft Word
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¢ A minimum of 5 years experience in a
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¢ Strong leadership skills

e Strong communication skills.

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¢ Reconciliation of bank accounts, supplier's
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e Preparation of monthly financial statements.

¢ Communication with auditors and
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e Review and maintain a strong system of
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a ae eee of those cards for his open- . AQUARIUS — Jan 21/Feb 18
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Don’t be shy when you meet some-
one interesting while out with
friends late in the week, Aries. Show
off that magnetic personality and
you'll be sure to catch his or her eye.
TAURUS - April 21/May 21

Keep your temper under contrcl
when you run into a former adver-
sary late in the week, Taurus.

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A cursory glance at today’s deal diamond, ruffed by East with the
might easily lead one to conclude — eight. Declarer could now choose his
that South is certain to make four own poison, as either East’s eight or :
spades. With the opposing trumps West’s nine would score the setting

C2007 by Herts Americs Bynticta, i. World rights revered.

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more than the ace of spades and two Of course, had West adopted a } There’s no need to relive the past. A
diamonds. more passive approach by returning | loved one needs financial help.

GEMINI - May 22/June 21

A close friend asks you to lie for him
or her and you don’t feel comfortable
doing it. Go with your instincts and



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declarer failed to make the contract. declarer would have made his game
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While you want to see the best in
people, don’t be taken in by an
acquaintance’s act early in the
week. This person is trying to
pull the wool over your eyes.
Scorpio plays a key role.

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one you have an instant attraction to.
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same spark. You won't be disap-
pointed, Libra, so don’t worry.
SCORPIO — Ogt.24/Nov 22
You have an impoftant decision to
make on Thursday, Scorpio, and
there’s no putting it off any longer. If
you need advice, turn to Cancer, this
steady sign won't steer you wrong.
SAGITTARIUS — Nov 23/Dec 21
While you would prefer to be alone
this week, Sagittarius, you won’t get
your wish. Several people need your
help with personal problems. Do
what you can for them. Your efforts
will be greatly appreciated.
CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20
Have you been thinking about making
a major investment, Capricorn? It’s

at least one nine-letter word. No

plurals.

TODAY'S TARGET

Good 19; very good 29; excellent
38 (or more). Solution tomorrow.

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Entertainers liven up Se
Thang’s Christmas party

@ By THE VENDETTA GROUP

CHANGING the way retailers posi-
tion their brand in the marketplace,
and also as a way to celebrate their
loyal customers, Sexy Thang, a popular
ladies boutique on Robinson Road,
held one of the most talked about par-
ties over the holidays at Club Pure
Nightlife on East Bay Street. The high-
light of the evening was the live enter-
tainment provided by some of the
country's hottest up and coming inde-
pendent artists.

First up on stage was local recording
group G5, who was quickly followed by
reggae artist Bobo Ken, who per-
formed four snippets from his music
collection.

Draped in all-white with a red, gold
and green bandana on his head, Bobo
Ken ran out and gave the audience a
fiery performance just as he usually
does when he performs.

“It's all about the energy and actions
you give to the crowd. I give them
everything I got, and in return they're
entertained and my job has been
achieved,” Bobo Ken said.

Following Bobo Ken's performance,
Munks took to the stage dressed in all
black and carrying a backpack on his
back. He introduced himself to the
crowd as “something new.”

As the beat for his first song began
to play, there were people in the club
that had looks of curiosity on their
faces. A rake and scrape rhythm began
to emerge that was quickly joined by
the unique sounds of Congo snares
and rock guitars. As the song found
its pace, a heavy, pulsating bass kicked
in and that's when Munks let loose.

As a sudden burst of energy flared
from his body, the artist went into a
complete rampage of a performance.
Snatching the undivided attention of
the ladies as they watched, Munks
bounced around the stage gyrating and
shaking his hips, almost like a young
Machel Montano in his prime.

As he went into a second song even
stronger, he called to a,security guard
to hand him his bag from which he

pulled out three handfuls of roses to
give away to all the girls in the club.

Munks then sang “The Art of Woo,”
which was his first 'Junkapop' creation
to be released. The song has a catchy
chorus that had the girls chanting,
“Shake that thing girl,” over and over
again.

Before leaving the stage Munks left

the audience with a final thought.

“In life, you only have one chance,
one shot, and one try. So when you
go, go hard, when you do, do great,
when you try, never stop trying. No
matter what it is, treat it like your last,”
he said.

Making a surprise appearance, two-
time winning champion of the
Heineken Tempo Green Synergy DJ
competition, DJ Fynes, entered the
building, sending the crowd wild with
cheers of support and encouragement
as one of the country's youngest heroes
in the entertainment scene walked
through giving hails and greetings as he
made his way upstairs.

Business woman and the lady in
charge behind such a grand event was
Bridgette Coquillon of Sexy Thang,
who rated the party's turnout an
absolute success.

“We reached the type of crowd we
were aiming for and [that is] what's
most important. We had sophisticat-
ed ladies who came out looking their
sexiest. There was no violence and we
had ballers who were buying drinks by
the bottles,” she said.

Also representing Sexy Thang were
a number of young, beautiful girls
dressed seductively in silky red and
white Christmas lingerie waiting on
party guests.

The upper level of the club was
roped off and reserved for VIP guests
only. And bottles of champagne on ice
was stationed by various sofas for
guests as they mingled with each other.

With music provided by DJ Marvin
A and his team, the party got intense as
the DJ's had people dancing almost as
if they were completely hypnotized by
the selection of music.

And according to Ms Coquillon,
Sexy Thang will definitely be hosting
even better parties as the year goes by
and they will continue to feature live,
local entertainment.

“We are gearing towards promoting
more Bahamian artists at our events.
[We have] nothing against foreign
artists, but we prefer to [utilize]
Bahamian talent first,” Ms Coquillon
said.

¢ To learn more about Munks, inter-
ested persons can check out log onto:
www.ntyspace.com/munks242_ Also,
DVD's of the party are on sale at Sexy
Thang's boutique located on Robinson
Road. Interested persons can contact
the boutique for news of their next bash
@ 325-6837.

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Bahamas’ culinary team to host

cocktail reception and dinner |

WITH the Culinary Olympics just a few
short months away, the Bahamas National
Culinary team will host a cocktail recep-
tion and dinner at the Humidor and Gray-
cliff Restaurant on West Hill Street, Tues-
day, January 29, in the first of a series of
fundraising events.

The evening is expected to be a must for
food and wine enthusiasts as it will pair
uniquely prepared dishes with the best
wines available. The seven-course menu
captures all the nuisances of traditional
Bahamian food, but the flavour profiles
awaken the palate to new and exciting com-
binations.

The highlight of the evening will be the
ultra exclusive chef's table which will be
set up in the kitchen for lucky guests who
will have their meal prepared in front of
them by the culinary team's captain and
Graycliff's executive chef.

This event, like all of the fundraising
efforts by the national culinary team this
year, are to assist the team in their run up to
the International Culinary Olympics in
Erfurt, Germany, from October 18 to 22,
and also the “Taste of the Caribbean” com-
petition in June. This year, the team will
need an estimated $215,000 for competi-
tion.

The Culinary Olympics

The Culinary Olympics is an interna-
tional four-day competition that takes place
every four years and just being invited to
participate is considered the pinnacle of
achievement in this field. The contest is a
true test of culinary skill, determination
and teamwork.

After a gold medal win in 1984, the
Bahamas returned to the competition with
an all-Bahamian team of young chefs and
won the bronze medal in 2004. As the only
Caribbean country represented, the team
wowed the judges with the flavours and
presentation of Bahamian food. Several
judges commented that they had never seen
or tasted the ingredients used and were
blown away by the talent of our chefs.

Team members for the Culinary
Olympics 2008 include; Chef Sheldon
“Tracey” Sweeting, Marley Resorts; Wayne
Moncour, Emmanuel Gibson, Kermit
Mackey; Michael Kerr and Antonio
Williams, Kerzner International; Basil Dean

Jr, Ginn Company; Jason McBride, Wynd-
ham Nassau Resorts; Kishma Smith, Lyford
Cay Club; Antonio Huyler, Abaco Club;
Jamall Petty, Antonio Carey, and Alpheus
Ramsey.

Taste of the Caribbean

Selected from the best of the National
Culinary Classics competition, the Bahamas
National Culinary team members will also
compete in “Taste of the Caribbean”, host-
ed by the Caribbean Hotel Association in
June.

This annual event brings together chefs
across the region to test their skills against
each other. It is a celebration of contem-
porary cuisine and provides a showcase for
the diversity of culinary skills and styles
found throughout the Caribbean.

Due to the fierce competition, many par-
ticipants have dubbed it “the Olympics of
the Caribbean”. Last year the Bahamian

team was able to capture a silver team:

medal as well as top awards in the bar-
tender competition and in the sponsor's
awards. This year the team plans to “go
for the gold”.

Organised by the Bahamas Hotel Asso-
ciation and the Caribbean Hospitality
Industry Promotional Services and Turning
Point Consultants Ltd, the sponsors for the
fundraising event reflect the partnership
of both the local and international food
service and hospitality industry.

The list of sponsors include: the Wine
Institute of California, US Dairy Export
Council, US Meat Export Federation, and
the USA Poultry and Egg Export Coun-
cil. Local sponsors are; Graycliff, Culinary
and Hospitality Management Institute at
COB, Bahamas Culinary Association,
Bahamas Food Services, D'Albenas
Agency, Bristol Cellars, Asa H Pritchard,
Prime Bahamas, Paradise Fisheries, and
Bacardi.

All the funds collected from the cocktail
reception and dinner at the Humidor and
Graycliff Restaurant will go directly to pro-
viding training and meeting competition
expenses for the team.

¢ Please contact the Bahamas Hotel Asso
ciation for additional information about the
seminar, the tradeshow, special VIP tables
and tickets at 322-8381.



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centre stage celebrity personalities
such as Barbra Streisand, Cher,
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Boston Globe, and Los Angeles
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Cable Beach Resorts is com-
prised of the all-new Sheraton
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renovated Wyndham Nassau
Resort, and the Crystal Palace
Casino. Guests of Cable Beach
Resorts can enjoy activities and
amenity entitlements at both
properties, as well as the casino,
no matter where they stay.
Together, the resorts offer 1,544
guest rooms and suites, most with
incredible ocean views; 15 restau-
rants and lounges; a complete ten-
nis facility; an 18-hole golf course:
over a half mile of Nassau’s best
beach; and a variety of water
sport activities.

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through April.

For reservations, performance
schedules and ticket purchases, call

touring throughout the US, from
San Diego and Las Vegas to
Chicago and Florida, since their
last appearance in the Bahamas.
They have been featured on the
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Sammi Starr to launch Make ‘Em Listen

@.By PETURA BURROWS
Tribune Feature Writer
pburrows@tribunemedia.net



I PREDICT that soon, this 21 X 7 rock we live
on will be far too small to accommodate the scores
of talented young Bahamians emerging on the
entertainment scene. In fact, with the likes of
Sammi Starr, who is part of a burgeoning trend of
artists who are not afraid to share their life’s expe-
riences through sound, that day might be here
s@oner than we expect.

Sin fact, that day might be Saturday when the
Make ‘Em Listen Movement launches its first

monthly music showcase at Club Infiniti. Sammi
Starr, an artist who is loosely affiliated with the
Movement, has been hired as the headline act.
And while we know that he can sing - his “Good
To Know You” single is number one on Randy
C’s Bahama Hot Ones show on 100 Jamz, and
‘Ht Will Stay” on the Copy Cat Riddim compila-
tion CD offers proof - performing on stage is
another thing all together.
| Those who have seen this artist perform how-
ever, say that on stage he is able to connect with
his audience in the same way, or on an even deep-
er level, than when his music comes through their
stereo sets. After all, he has years of musical expe-
rience under his belt.
| “T love to perform. When I get on stage, there is
4 totally different person. I forget where I am
and what’s going on. I just want to please my
audience. So it’s like I morph, you know what |
mean,” he said in a recent interview with Tribune
Entertainment.

IT know. His hand gestures start going and his
brows converge into that convincing ripple.

_ “But some of the things I’m going to do, they

' probably won’t be expecting. I think I will leave it
there. But pretty much, they’re gonna be sur-
prised,” he said about his upcoming performance.
Without giving much away, Sammi said that he
loves to get the crowd involved in his perfor-
mances.

_ While Sammi’s two releases can be classified as
Teggae, it’s interesting that reggae music isn’t nec-
essarily his first love. If he was forced to arrange
all of his musical genres, it would go something
like this: R&B/reggae/contemporary pop artist.
He writes his own lyrics, plays all of the instru-
ments on the tracks and manages his own career.

And just to clarify information published in last
week’s Entertainment section, Nikolas Barnes
isn’t Sammi’s manager - though he does assist the
artist with promotion. Sammi actually manages his
own career with the assistance of his publicist,
Heike Wollenweber, head of Access Media based
‘in Jamaica. Heike has worked with artists like
Chuck Fenda, Stone Love, Rolex and other
Jamaican acts. Sammi is her first Bahamian talent.

, Of the artists that Heike has encountered, she
says that Sammi measures up well.

“He is the top talent that I’ve been introduced
to here, that’s why I decided that I wanted to
work with him. I think he has the talent and the
professionalism to take it to the international lev-

Movement’s monthly music showcase



SAMMI STARR has been hired as the headline act for the launch of the Make ‘Em Listen Movement's monthly music
showcase at Club Infiniti.

el, which is, unfortunately, something Bahamian
artists ignore, that there is actually an interna-
tional [arena] out there,” she noted.

Sammi’s music does play in Grenada, but it’s
almost a non event since his.song, “Good To You
Know”, is playing on.a number of stations
throughout the Caribbean and is listed on sever-
al charts - which might explain why there is a
demand for a music video for the song. That video
is in the works and once completed it will be post-
ed on YouTube and MySpace as his exposure
continues to grow.

Apparently, Sammi’s heartfelt lyrics are not
vain words. Sorry ladies, Sammi is taken, and his

-fiancé, or should I say his “empress”, Racine Stu-

art, is the inspiration for much of his music.

“My relationship gives me all of the inspira-
tion. It gives me words to talk about experiences.
You know, you have disagreements, but then it
goes back to, like the song says plainly, being
good to know the person, loving them to death
and wanting a bright future.

“That’s what it’s all about, the heart speaks for
itself and I guess it comes out in the songs,” he
added.

In his writing, Sammi tries to take what’s pop-
ular and combine it with his own experiences to
create a musical experience that everyone can
enjoy. So when he takes the latest reggae sound,
the Guardian Angel Riddim, and puts his inspired
words to it, what’s produced is a universal love
anthem that can be appreciated on an interna-
tional level.

When he speaks of his talent and his artistic
strategy, Sammi presents a poised maturity that
one usually doesn’t see in artists who are just
coming onto the scene.

Though just breaking out into the general pub-

lic’s eye, Sammi has been involved in music all of

his life. As the son of Rev Oswald Poitier who
sang with the Gospel Music Train back in the
day, Sammi comes from a musical background
and he grew up singing in church and playing the

keyboard and drums.

Born in Nassau, Sammi went to school here for
seven years before moving with his family to
Andros where he completed high school. He then
returned to Nassau to attend COB and that’s
when he met Sam Gray and Angelo Martin, oper-
ators of Milky Way Studios on Bernard Road.
The studio was owned by Greg White.

Sammi ended up being accepted as part of their
musical family, “The Funk Squad”, which con-
sisted of several Bahamian hip-hop and rap artists.
Here, Sammi got introduced to producing music.
Later, he joined an R&B quartet called Pure and
Natural, and sang at various venues around town.

In 1999, Sammi went into gospel music where he
met Ray Armbrister, who was in charge of the
Beat Shack. He recorded his first major gospel
release called “Is It Because” and “Stand” which
appeared on the local gospel charts. Though he
completed a gospel album one year later, it was
never released because he separated from the
Beat Shack and was about to go off to school.
The pre-release however, earned Sammi eight
Marlin Award nominations.

While Sammi Starr would have probably made
it as a gospel artist, it appears that whatever he
touches turns into musically gold. He is looking
forward to producing critically-acclaimed albums
and winning Grammy awards in the future.

In the immediate future though, Sammi is look-
ing forward to producing an album and he is excit-
ed about his new position as a lead singer and
keyboard player with Visage. And while Um sure
it’s good for Bahamian groups to open for major
acts, Sammi would like to be the feature per
former on a major show one day.

Real talk though, Sammi noted that Bahamians
don’t really have a history of supporting Bahami-
an artists. Yet, he sees that stance steadily chang-
ing as the popularity of younger artists like himself,
and even the celebration of rake n scrape artists
like Avvy, continues to grow. Like I said, Nassau
is getting too small for all of this talent.

==





American
Idol ‘manages
to compensate
for its obvious

faults’

‘lM By TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER



AS a firm fan of American Idol almost
from the get-go (it’s such a break from
Grace, Abrams, O’Reilly, Hannity etc) |
hesitate to criticise one of the most enter-
taining TV offerings of recent years.

Quiz shows, sit-coms, soaps and reali-
ty television are not my thing, but Idol
somehow manages to compensate for all
its obvious faults to have me transfixed
two hours a night every week when |
ought to be doing something more con-
structive.

Even so, I cringe during the early
stages, when contestants are being audi-
tioned, because of what strikes me as
callous exploitation of life’s inadequates.

There is something undeniably ghoul-
ish and unkind when very sad people are
exposed before millions as the misfits
they obviously are.

And the spectacle is made worse by
the crass remarks of the incredibly smug
- and unbelievably limited - panel judge
Simon Cowell, who has apparently made
tens of millions from the Idol brand.

Last year, I was left feeling uneasy
when two obviously educationally sub-
normal lads were laid bare for peak-hour
ridicule.

Okay, so they enjoyed it (apparently)
and even said they had attracted an agent
and fan club, but there was something
undeniably distasteful about their
involvement.

Dwarfs may well like dwarf-throwing
(I don’t know, I’ve never asked) but that
doesn’t soften the image of a very small,
detormed person being tossed consider-
able distances like a sack of turnips by
bigger men who should know better.

This year, Idol promised to tone down
its exploitation of the afflicted. I’m not
sure it has kept its word.

In last week’s show, a male singer with
what sounded suspiciously like a cleft
palate was made to look a fool by Randy
Jackson and Paula Abdul, Cowell's fel-
low judges, who burst out laughing dur-
ing his audition, leaving him nonplussed
and apparently hurt.

And one ranting woman contestant

. was undoubtedly borderline certifiable,

yelling profanities at the camera after
Cowell has dissed her during her audi-
tion. ‘

Saddest of all, though, were a very
large young lady with no talent at all
(she did, at least, earn the panel’s com-
passion) and a Star Wars groupie who

clearly had a very severe personality dis-

order.

This self-confessed *Dork’ was beside
herself with disappointment and appar-
ent self-loathing after béing given the
panel’s brutal once-over.

She was quite obviously a girl who,
because of shortcomings that are no
fault of her own, has suffered the mock-
ing abuse of others virtually from day
one.

It is beyond belief that such a person -
one of life’s true unfortunates - should be
allowed to expose herself to the often
vile abuse of Cowell in front of millions
of Americans.

Of course, Idol is a natural playground
for eccentrics, exhibitionists, cross-
dressers and the generally outlandish,
most of them only too eager to expose
themselves to ridicule for that elusive 20
seconds of fame.

That's no problem - they Know what
they’re in for, and generally receive it
by the bucketful.

It’s the tormented souls | worry about:
the psychologically and sometimes phys-
ically challenged whose congenital deti
clencies are rated “good television” for
the consumption of the guftawing hordes.

Even worse last Week were the antics
of a very creepy singer-cunvstalker who
used his audition as an excuse for making
deeply disturbing, and very suggestive
remarks to Paula Abdul while being
allowed to get worryingly close to her.

It was one of the most discomfiting
pieces of television | have seen in recent
times. Considering this is a family show,
it was highly inappropriate behaviour
and its screening the product of yet
another gross misjudgment by the pro-
ducers.

Idol has so many plus-points = it is
tremendous entertainment and unearths
some very talented people - that tt does-
n't need to trade on the negatives.

While IT can live with Cowell’s utterly
predictable and tedious facial expres
sions, his leaden delivery and clod-hop
ping crassness, | take issue with making
fools of troubled people.

Not only is it offensive to the sensible
and considerate among, us, if Is a very
poor example for young viewers to fol-
low.



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THE TRIBUNE





Chantal’s ‘Paradise’

PARADISE? Living in the
Bahamas this may seem like a
redundant question; don’t we
know and live with warm skies,
endless golden beaches and the
impossible turquoise of the
ocean? For artist Chantal
Bethel however, this is a valid
question, and one she has
explored in her upcoming exhi-
bition opening Sunday, Janu-
ary 27 at the Freeport Art Cen-
tre in Grand Bahama Island.

On the heels of her piece
“Agonistes” — an emotionally
raw installation describing the
turmoil during and after the last
three hurricanes that hit the
Bahamas, she felt compelled to
balance the angst by exploring
the light after the dark, “the
calm after the storm”, hence her
question.

Posing the question, “What
is Paradise?” to friends and
associates, Bethel was given a
diverse range of answers which
she incorporated into her piece
“Key to Paradise”. Written on
canvas, the hanging piece rep- .
resents the replies she received,
along with the image of a key, a
heart and a face. A box beside
the piece has the “key” to Par-
adise.

For Chantal herself, she also
explores her own value of par-
adise through this rich body of
work. “We need to find that
inner space we call our centre to
give us strength to let go of pain
and fall in love with the story of
life all over again”, she notes.

For Bethel that inner place is
in nature. Using her signature
palette of vibrant, warm and
rich colours “Allis well” and
“Paradise found” explore the
relationship between woman
(self) and nature.

“L’oiseau du Paradis”,
“Serenity” and “Morning Glo-
ry” are worked in softer colours.
Soft sherbet pinks, yellows, vio-
lets and blues - figures shift as
light shadows embedded in the
scene, becoming one with
nature. These paintings carry
an incredible sense of air, space,
movement and light, yet have
a clever sense of depth. They —
are truly magical, captivating
and mesmerizing.

In stark and dark contrast,
referencing the turmoil from
the hurricanes or indeed any
chaos personal or societal, “In
the Darkest Hour” is a heavily
textured piece in a sombre.
palette. The words “In the
Darkest Hour, There is Hope”
are almost etched into the can-
vas. A ghostly figure is bent
within.

In a similar texture is the
sculpture “Open your heart.”
It is a literal interpretation - a
heart shape, skewed open, incit-
ing us to follow Chantal’s pre-
scription to discover paradise
within our hearts — our deeper
self. Other sculptures, “Wel-
come to Paradise” and “Follow

me to Paradise” use the crown
shaft of the Royal Palm to cre-
ate two figures, embracing and
encouraging us to find that
place of sanctuary.

The exhibit will also feature
the Grand Bahama premier of
"Colors of Paradise" - a video
collage of hope with paintings
by Chantal; music and digital
media by Dave Mackey; and
poetry by Marion Bethel. Chan-
tal, in collaboration with Mr
Mackey and Ms Bethel, has cre-
ated a new media exploration
into this theme and she
describes it as “a metaphor
which led me to explore the
idea of paradise.”

The entirety of Chantal’s
work offers a deep and con-
templative review of the diver-
sity of nature. At times nature
can offer us moments to drop
into a sense of ‘paradise’, at oth-
ers she can be the embodiment
of anger, tearing up lives in the
form of a hurricane.

Chantal explores this range
with sensitivity and honesty.
Her work is as diverse as the
moods of nature - exploring
colours, textures and form, to
convey her ultimately positive
view of life. A paradise that
does exist on earth and within
oneself.

e Chantal Bethel’s exhibition
of paintings and sculptures
opens for public viewing on
Sunday, January 27 from 2pm to
Spm at the Freeport Art Centre
in Grand Bahama Island, and
continues until February 3. Art
Centre hours are from Monday
to Saturday Yam to 5pm.





Artist to hold exhibition of paintings
and sculptures at Freeport Art Centre







































L’oiseau du Paradis? - Posing this question, “What is Paradise?” to
friends and associates, Bethel was given a diverse range of answers
which she incorporated into her piece shown here.

hdd

ARTIST CHANTAL BETHEL presents “Paradise?” in her upcoming
exhibition of paintings and sculpture. The exhibition opens January 27
at the Freeport Art Centre in Grand Bahama Island.

GOH!



Dr Bethel bites into writing with ‘Children’s Teeth’

i By ARTHIA A NIXON



ACTRESS, anthropologist and lec-
turer Dr Nicolette Bethel tackles the
complexities of family, prejudice, and
trust in her newest play, “The Chil-
dren’s Teeth”, which opened last
Thursday at the Dundas Centre for
the Performing Arts, and will run until
Saturday, January 26.

Produced by Ringplay Productions,
the play has been selected to officially
launch the Winston V Saunders Reper-
tory Season which begins this month.

“IT am thrilled to be a part of the
Winston V Saunders Repertory Sea-
son,” Dr Bethel said, who recently pub-
lished Essays on Life Volume 1. “Asa
writer, | am proud to see something
I’ve laboured on for over a decade
finally come to fruition, and as the
director of Culture I am elated to be a
part of what will become a new era in
Bahamian theatre.”

The Children’s Teeth centres around
a ghost who is far from resting in peace
as he longs to clear the air on the con-
flicts he created and left. His only
solace comes from his spiritual daugh-
ter, the only one who can see or hear
him. :

The riveting drama takes a look at
his family that includes an ornery, foul
mouthed mother-in-law; his widow,
who has been left with a crumbling
home and the consequences of her
dead husband’s choices; his Haitian-
Bahamian child seeking her place in
the world and in a home where she
can’t fit in as an outside child: a cousin
on the verge of self-destructing, and
his son who is trying to keep the peace
between them all.

“This is not the same play I initially
started out with,” admits Dr Bethel.

“Every time I felt like I was on the -

final version, I went back to edit a little
and came out with whole new scenes.

Dr Nicolette Bethel



Up to last year I was still editing. Even
after I got together groups for read-
ings of the play, I still made one or
two changes and now I finally feel like
it’s where I want it to be.”

Dr Bethel added that her characters
all had a little something from people
she knew personally.

“When people see the play per-
formed live, they will be able to see
something in someone they know. In
Bahamian society, the traits depicted
may be found in nearly every family.
We have the know-it-all nephew, the
long-suffering, but faithful wife and
mother, a prodigal child who annoys
her siblings but still gets away with
everything and of course the nosey



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grandmother who makes it her busi-
ness to get in other people’s business.

“I’m very proud of what I’ve accom-
plished and hope people leave with a
greater appreciation for each other
once they see this production.”

Dr Bethel, who is the daughter of
the man dubbed “the Godfather of
Bahamian Culture”, the late Clement
E Bethel, and noted educator Dr Keva






__. PERFORMANCES for EIGHT NIGHTS ONLY: —
7 thru Saturday, January 19 and Tuesday. January 22 thru Saturday, January 2
: eason's Opening Night Gala with tickets priced at $50. Food & wine will be served afterwards.

Bethel, considers writing one of her
greatest passions. Among her solo
works is “Powercut”, a play turned fea-
ture length film in which she originally
starred, .

Dr Bethel has also had the opportu-
nity to collaborate with some of the
most creative Bahamian writers includ-
ing the late Kayla Lockhart Edwards,
Tinkle Hanna, Charles Huggins, Sam-







as Thahiwil









mie Bethel and David Johnathon Bur-
rows. One of her most successful col-
laborations was Music of the Bahamas,
which she wrote with her husband, vet-
eran director Phillip A Burrows.

¢ Box office is at the Dundas which
opens from 10am to 4pm, Monday thru
Saturday, Telephone 393.3728. Ask
about group and student rates.



WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2008, PAGE 11B

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‘=B y YOLANDA DELEVEAUX
\. Tribune Features Editor
\ ybdeleveaux@tribunemedia.net



© AS the country’s national education sys-
tem struggles to find its footing to raise the
national grade average, one school - in its
‘efforts to create well-rounded students who
fare hungry for knowledge and whose vari-
RO us talents and gifts are explored, shaped
Fand supported within the classroom - has
‘introduced a new measure to help cultivate
Fa sense of accomplishment and personal
[ pride within its student body.
Jordan Prince William School, located
Fon Zion Boulevard, is currently hosting its
2nd Annual Art Exhibition. Highlighting
“the best and the brightest artistic minds in
‘the school, the work reflects the level of
tutelage and mentorship that the young
| artists have been exposed to.
~ Among the more than dozen pieces on
“display in the school’s administrative build-
“ing, most of them were done as part of the
* course work preparation for the Bahamas
-General Certificate of Secondary Educa-
L tion Art exam (BGCSE) this summer. Also,
some of the pieces are from students study-
‘ing to sit the Bahamas Junior Certificate
(BIC) Art exam.
Each of the pieces was created within a
{similar time frame and with the same kind
of focus - in terms of composition and
; accompanying fragments (fragments are
' detailed renderings of specific images with-
in the larger piece : that give defined focus in
terms of colour and texture) - that would be
| expected for the exam.

In the exhibition, the student’s work
focuses on a number of themes and artistic
forms, from mixed media pieces, drawings
of nature which utilize coloured pencils, to
L posters that incorporate calligraphy as the
essential part of the embodying feature, and
| the inclusion of human figures, which,
i talthough difficultito accomplish, is one the
strongest areas of expressions for the stu-
dents, the school’s art master Will Pluck,
told Tribune Arts.

Helping to cultivate the talent of these
| young artists, Mr Pluck, who is joined in
the art department by Mary Kiffin, the Arts
i and Crafts teacher, said that students that
«pass through Prince William’s art depart-

ment are exposed to a diverse curriculum.
And in terms of mediums that they use, Mr
Pluck said that they are encouraged to use
and familiarize themselves with an array of
media, including coloured pencils, oil paint,
drawing pencils, acrylics and pastels.




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Celebrating new artists

According to Mr Pluck, the idea for an
internal art exhibition at Prince William
arose because, as he saw it, an overwhelm-
ing amount of attention has been given to
sports over the years, particularly as Prince
William’s junior and senior basketball teams
have consistently excelled on the national

e level. He felt that other areas in which the

school and: students excelled, namely art,
should also have a place of prominence,
and those students be given sufficient expo-
sure for their efforts.

Along with this internal shift in focus, Mr

;— Pluck also points to the Ministry of Educa-



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tion’s’ Annual Art Exhibition and Compe-
tition, held at the Mall at Marathon, as the
principal motivating factor for the creation
of the school’s own art exhibition.

In the past, Mr Pluck said, Prince William
students have entered the national exhibi-

- tion, but over the years he has become
increasingly dissatisfied with what he saw. “I
thought that sufficient exposure had not
been given to some schools as compared to
others.”

He further questioned whether adequate
preparation had been made by the Ministry
because for the past two years Prince
William has not received an invitation to
participate in the exhibition. “That became
a matter of concern. I thought that suffi-
cient attention was not being paid to private
schools, and last year no private schools
were involved.”

Against this backdrop, Mr Pluck initiated
the school’s art exhibition, believing that
the work completed by his students mea-
sures up to and even surpass, in some cases,
the work on display in the Ministry’s exhi-
bition. He thought it was a dishonour that
the students of Prince William, who are also

Bahamian students, were not allowed to

show their work to the public.

“So I thought since the work has already

, been prepared over the course of the year,
the exhibition would give the children a
sense of pride knowing that their work is
worthwhile to be seeri and is good for pub-
lic consumption, just as the youngsters who
have work at the Mall.”

Calling the school’s exhibition inspiring,
~ Mr Pluck said that when students know that
_ their work will be seen in public - instead of

just being seen by the examiners - they are
happy. Artists, he said, feel a sense of relief
after completing a piece, and then they look

’ forward to the reaction, praise and recog-

nition that will come from viewers.

The art master, however, also has a per-
sonal stake in the exhibition. “I don’t feel
that my function and role [as art master] is
‘ complete just after the work has been exe-

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William hosting
second annual
ibition

Photos: Yolanda Deleveaux/Features Editor



CANDIDATES for the 2008 Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education in Art exam, these
44th and 12th grade students at Jordan Prince William are at the top of their class. Shown (from
top of page to bottom) Tracy Knowles, Giovanna Swaby, Brittney Sherman, D'Andrea Johnson and
‘Leonard Creary.

!

' cuted. Artisa passion that I have embraced
‘over thé years, so there is some measure,
| some pressure beyond the class to show-
| case the work... so J mounted the exhibi-
tion.”
' The exhibition is expected to run through-
‘out the term and can be viewed in the
‘ school’s administrative office. According to

| Mr Pluck, there will be some interchange of

_art pieces at some points to give focus to the
‘work of students who have not had an
opportunity to have their work on display.

“T think their works are substantial
enough in terms of quality because the stu-
dents have spent enough time to construct
them. It is a dishonour to have it up for
only one week and the benefits are even
more than going to Mall which has limited
space, a limited focus and is only up for one
week, plus, the students don’t get anything,
no trophies, medals or certificates. They do
give the schools a certificate of participation,
which I think is misdirected, because it
should go to the students.”














e THE
PUBLIC 1s
invited to
attend the
book launch of
“Life on the
Lumber Farm”
by Cynthia H
Ferguson
Fowler, set for
Saturday, January
26 at 7 pm at the
Nassau Yacht
Club.
































¢e BAHAMIAN

Ceramicist Imogene
Walkine is offering
ceramics classes for
adults in basic hand
building techniques.
The classes will be
held over a period of
six weeks - two hours per week - evening or morning cla 1S5-
es to fit everyone’s schedule.











Classes:

- Wednesday Night's Class is FULL

- Thursday, January 24: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
- Saturday, January 26: 9am to Llam

Venue: New Providence Community Centre, Blake Rd.
Space is limited. Call today at 323-7574 or e-mail
imowalk@gmail.com

e ART INTERNATIONAL is proud to present the
“Creative Ladies” exhibition @ The Guaranty Bank, Lyford
Manor. The exhibition features a number of works by
Susan Cohen, Christa Dunn, Ann Greely, Bo Guirey.
Annabel Hammond, Brooke Laughlin, Sue Katz, Melissa
Maura, Jacline Mazard, Siobhan McClory, Victoria
McGrath, Fleur Melvill-Gardner, Karen Pilkington-Miksa.
Rosemary Rathgeb, Elodie Sandford, Susan Sargent, Anne
Smith and Nora.

This art exhibition will remain hanging until February 26.
It may be viewed on week days, between 9 am-4 pm. Or by
appointment with Princess Guirey, call 362.4506 or
457.4593. The “Art International, 08” exhibition opens
March 7.



e GRAND BAHAMA
ARTIST Del Foxton is on a mis-
sion to expand the ancient art of
hand papermaking in the Bahamas
during her “Coming Out” exhibi-
tion at Sine Qua Non gallery, Eliz-
abeth Street. The art exhibition
will be on view by appointment
until January 28. For more infor-
mation contact Sine Qua Non
Gallery 326 6227/364 8612.



¢ THE NATIONAL ART GALLERY of the Bahamas
(NAGB) wishes to announce to the general public that it
will rémain cldSed through Friday, January 25, for the de-
installation and installation of a new exhibition.

Also the Art Teachers’ Workshop, which had been
scheduled for January 19, has been postponed to a later
date. Those already signed up for this workshop will be
notified shortly by the Gallery as to the new date this will
be held. Those interested in pa:ucipating un the Art Teach-
ers’ Workshop should contact the Gallery as soon as pos-
sible to reserve space as there are only eight openings left.

The NAGB Global Cinema feature film, "Water", sched-
uled to be screened on Thursday, January 24, at 6:30pm is -
still on.

The Kids and Family Art Workshop on "Creative Por-
traiture", scheduled for Saturday, January 26, at 10am is still
scheduled for the time being. If any changes occur. the
Gallery will notify the public.





e Call for Artist Participation - The Conference on
the Abolition of the British Trans Atlantic Slave Trade:
Telling The Story, invites all artists to submit up to three
art works executed in any medium for showing at the
conference on February 21-23. The opening night for the
exhibition will be Friday, Penman 15 at 6: 30pm at the
Performing Arts Centre at the College of the Bahamas.
Oakes Field campus. All artwork should be sent or
brought to the Pro Gallery which is located in the S
Block at the College of the Bahamas, Oakes Field cam-
pus one week prior to the opening of the exhibition.
Please address all art works to Mrs Joann Behagg or M1
John Cox, School of Communication and Creative Arts,
Telephone 302-4650 or 302-4484/5. If 3D pieces ate sub-
mitted, artists must give an indication of how they would
wish their 3D pieces to be displayed. Photographic
images would assist us in determining your display
needs. Foreign artists are welcomed. However, all costs
are the responsibility of the artist (ie packing, shipping.
customs duty) to and from the Bahamas. The final deci-
sion for work submitted and exhibited will be up to con-
ference committee. For more information contact Mrs
Joann Behagg, assistant professor, School of Communt-
cation and Creative Arts @ telephone: 302-4650 or 302-
4484/5 or Mr John Cox, assistant professor, School of
Communication and Creative Arts @ telephone: 302
4484/5,





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@ By PETURA BURROWS
Tribune Feature Writer
pburrows@tribunemedia.net

he art scene in the
Bahamas has
expanded its
boundaries to
make room for
one more art gallery. And see-
ing as how the Bahamas is not
actually bursting at its seams
with showing space, the intro-
duction of Anthaya Art Gallery

on West Bay Street comes as a

welcomed addition - especially

when this gallery’s vision is to
give established and up and
coming Bahamian artists, and

artists th “tthe
Caribbean a: r world,
the opportun ‘ogeth-
er.

Anthaya’s inaugural exhibi-
tion is representative of the
artist heights that the gallery
owners want to attain in this
storefront gallery located at The
Shops at Cable Beach (the for-
mer City Markets location).

And while the storefront
appeal of the gallery is hardly
intimidating, it’s truly an unlike-
ly spot for such an artistic
endeavour - right on the main
thoroughfare and neighbour to
a paint store - but those
involved with Anthaya believe
that its position is strategic in
order to bring fine art to the
masses rather than having it
concealed in some remote loca-
tion for only a few eyes to see.



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Jiirgen Kleinbussink, manag-
er at the gallery, told Tribune
Arts that while he has only vis-
ited one Bahamian gallery thus
far, he believes that any country
can benefit when the public is
exposed to art from around the
world.

“It’s important that we spread
out many views of art, that we
don’t only try to sell local art,
but see it in a different range
and have a wide variety of art
available for the different tastes
we have out there...With our
setup here, people can easily
walk though and personally I
think it’s very good,” he not-
ed.

The gallery was opened to the
public in December 2007 and
the works of several artists cur-
rently hang. Jose Luis Figueroa,
a Cuban artist who later moved
to Florida presents his paint-
ings. Earth tones, symmetry and
distortions are at work here, as
the artist plays with the human
image.

Around the corner (literally,
since partitions separate the
artists), Bahamian brothers
Craig and Cameron Culmer
show vibrant island scenes.
Craig’s three paintings may
bring about a sense of déja vu
for art lovers since they
appeared in the open category
of the 2007 Central Bank of the
Bahamas’ Art Competition and
Exhibition.

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three of his pencil drawings
which appeared in the same
Central Bank show.

Brothers Charlton and
Charlthorn Strachan use bright
colours to show Bahamian
scenery, while just across from
them, Joseph A Betty presents
his abstract pieces. Joseph
attended the Jamaica School of
Art and later moved to the Cay-
man Islands. He is the found-
ing director of “Colours for the
Outreach”, an art programme
that promotes art therapy for
senior citizens and challenged
persons in the Cayman Islands.

Luidine E Bekman, a Dutch
artist, National Watercolour
Society Signature member
(US), and former president of
the Watercolour Society in
Houston, Texas; Nicole Angel-
ica from Grand Bahama; and
Sandra Salangana, who was
born in Croatia and migrated
to the Cayman Islands in 2000,
close out the artists in this inau-
gural show. Sandra’s Serenity
series, which is inspired by the
sea, is on display.

One of several resident artists
at / » Sandra’s “Island
fever” and “Lifelong affair with
the islands” brought her to the
Bahamas last October when she
was busy trying to immerse her-
self in the local art scene. This is
her first show in the Bahamas,
and she is impressed with the
layout of the gallery.

“As an artist, the advantage

“Tt’s important that we sek.
out many views of art, that we
don’t only try to sell local art, but
see it in a different range and have
a wide variety of art available for the

different tastes we have out there...’

here is that you have the little
booth which separates each
artist. So when you're viewing
the art, you can sort of almost
throw yourself into the world

of that particular artist,” she
explained.
The galleries setup, she

believes, isolates the viewer's
experience and offers a differ-
ent opportunity for engage-
ment. So it ends up being less
complicated than viewing a
mixed show hung on open walls
where the abstract meeting real-
ism and/or cubism may confuse
the viewer. “You can take your
time and feel real comfortable
and at ease here.”

In the few months that she
has been living in the Bahamas,
Sandra has been visiting exhi-
bitions and galleries and
believes that the Bahamas has a
ways to go in bringing its art to

9

— Jiirgen Kleinbussink

the masses.

One way to achieve this
national artistic appreciation is
by continuing to open more
venues - like Anthaya - where
artists can show their work. And
these venues, she noted, do not
have to be glamourous galleries.

In Cayman, for example,
there are a few “sweet little
cafes” where art hangs on the
walls. These revolving exhibi
tions are held on a consistent
basis and serve as an opportu-
nity for the general public,
whether they are able to buy
the art or not, to familiarize
themselves with the local artists
as they pop into get a cappucci
no,

“That's one of the things
Joseph (Betty) and | were sur-
prised about. We haven't seen
cafes showing art here. But the
art scene is much more for dat-



where you go and the ge
public pays more attention
art in Cayman.

“Then, it’s sort of a mo
art because they have a lo
migrating artists from all over.
Y ou stay there and then mave
on,” Sandra added.

A date for the gallery's ott
dar opening has not be fin
ized, but the way forwards 1s
already set. .

Following the official ol
ing and after this collaborat
exhibition comes down,

Anthaya will show one exhibi-
tion per month. ,

Works from it’s resident
artists however, will be shown
on a regular basis.

Mr Kleinbussink told The
Arts that the gallery is open to
any artist - whether amateur or
professional. Artists are invit-
ed to bring in their portfolios
for evaluation.

Anthaya also offers custom
framing, services and sells jew-
ellery. At first put off by the
sale of jewellery in a gallery
space, I soon forget about the
sparkling trinkets when |
viewed the global art offerings.
In truth, the gallery is not one of
the largest spaces that I've seen
for art, but its classic, regal
charm is truly as enchanting as
its name. (Anthaya is the name
of the director’s daughter.)
Artists and art lovers should be
pleased.



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Man shot dead in
home invasion

@ By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

A HOME invasion left a young
father dead after gunmen kicked
in his front door early yesterday
morning and riddled him with
bullets as his four young children
watched in terror.

‘Around 5am several gunmen
entered the front door of Marvin
Seymour’s home on East Street
South. They fired multiple shots
which hit the victim about the
body before he collapsed in a
bedroom, police'said.

He was pronounced dead on
the scene when emergency med-
ical services responded. The cul-
prits reportedly left the area in
an unknown direction.

Although the children were not
injured in the attack, police say
there is little doubt they will be
emotionally scarred by the ordeal
of seeing their 39-year-old father
killed in front of them.

“The children were trauma-

tised. They need counselling after
witnessing (their father being
killed),” Asst Supt Walter Evans
told The Tribune last night.
. ASP Evans could not say if
anything was stolen from the
home during the incident but
investigations are underway.

Reports indicate that the inci-
dent occurred shortly after the
victim’s fiance left their home for
work.

The incident left residents of
the area noticeably enraged. They
described Seymour as a calm indi-
vidual. One neighbour, who
asked to have her name withheld,
told The Tribune that a few days
before Seymour’s brutal murder
she witnessed a suspicious man
loitering in the victim’s yard.

She alerted her family of the
man’s presence and then made a
call to the nearby South Eastern
police station. However, a patrol
car never arrived, she claimed.

“IT saw a man hanging around
in their yard last week Thursday
or Friday, so L called down to the
police and | tell them someone
need to come check it out. I sat by
my window from three (am) ‘til
six in the mornin’ and no-one
show up,” the neighbour claimed.

Another resident told The Tri-
bune that south-eastern patrol
units rarely respond to calls in

_the area.

Attempts were made to reach
the officer-in-charge of the south-
eastern division, Chief Supt
Stephen Dean, for comment. But
up to press time these were
unsuccessful.

However, a Corporal Johnson
told The Tribune that, as far as
that station was concerned, no
report was ever made about sus-
picious characters loitering near
the victim’s home before his
death.

Seymour’s homicide pushes the
murder count to five this year.

FNM to hold rally

_ THE FNM will hold.a mass rally at R M Bailey Park on Thurs- |

day night starting as 7.30pm.

One day after Byran Woodside emerged as official winner of the
Pinewood constituency following a recount of votes, the FNM is
inviting its supporters to come together. for a rally.

Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham is expected to address the
crowd. with important information regarding his government’s
achievements during the last seven months in government.

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' @ By NATARIO McKENZIE

POLICE had their hands full yesterday
afternoon as they tried to restrain an angry
mob outside the Magistrate’s Court complex
while two young men accused of the day-
light shooting death of C R Walker student
Deangelo Cargill Fowler were being
arraigned in court.

Even before Troy Jamaal Smith and
Strauss Edwards Jr., both aged 20, were
brought to be arraigned, police were forced
to quell an angry group of relatives of the



time.

& TUNE SMITH (left) and Strauss Edwards in both aged 20, outside Seat yesterday.



PROBLEMS in the electoral
system leading to the PLP’s court
challenges were yesterday blamed
firmly on former Prime Minister
Perry Christie.

Noting polling irregularities
highlighted by the election court,
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham
said there was nothing wrong with
the electoral process itself - only
that the Bahamas had an “incom-
petent prime minister”



accused as well as the victim who were
engaged in a vicious war of words that con-
tinued even after both men had been
arraigned.

Troy Jamaal Smith, alias Jamaal Penn,
of Kelly Lane, Fox Hill, and Strauss
Edwards Jr., of Quail Roost Trail, were

arraigned before Chief Magistrate Roger
Gomez at Court One, Bank Lane. Smith is
represented by attorney Murrio Ducille and
Edwards by attorney Dion Smith.

SEE page seven

Felipé Major/Tribune staff

PM blames Perry Christie for
problems in electoral system

lm By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnquest@tribunemedia.net

Prime Minister Ingraham said
that PLP leader Perry Christie
should be “ashamed of himself”.

Pulling no punches, Mr Ingra-
ham said there is no need for a
Commission of Inquiry into irreg-
ularities highlighted in the court’s
recent ruling.

All that is needed, he said, is a
competent prime minister who
could do his job, * ‘and do it ina

timely manner”.
“That’s all you need, It didn’t

happen in 92, it didn’t happen in
97, and it didn’t happen in 2002,
and it didn’t have to happen in
2007. Mr Christie should be

at the



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Maynard-Gibson:
Election Court
challenge was
about protecting
parliamentary
democracy

@ By BRENT DEAN
Tribune Staff Reporter
bdean@tribunemedia.net

ALLYSON Maynard-Gibson
has declared that her election
court challenge was about “pro-
tecting parliamentary democra-
cy” through a constitutional
process via the courts.

Mrs Maynard-Gibson
addressed the media yesterday
in her law office on Shirley
Street, one day after the elec-
tion court ruled Byran Wood-
side the winner of the Pinewood
constituency by 49 votes.

She said that in a small coun-
try such as the Bahamas, “we
have to recognise that wherever
egregious failures are pointed
out by a court, it’s important
for us, rather than pointing fin-
gers at each other, to get on
immediately with dealing with

those failures.”

SEE page seven

Election Court
justices criticise
Parliamentary
Commissioner

@ By BRENT DEAN
Tribune Staff Reporter
bdean@tribunemedia.net

THE Parliamentary Com-
missioner has failed to ensure
the integrity of the registration
process in Pinewood, the jus-
tices of the election court have
declared.

Senior Justice Anita Allen
and Justice Jon Isaacs issued
their written ruling in the
Pinewood case late Monday
night after the 12-hour recount
in which Byran Woodside was
declared winner of the seat by
49 votes.

“This case exposed the most
egregious failures in the parlia-
mentary registration system,
said the justices.

“The parliamentary commis-
sioner failed, for whatever rea-
son, to ensure the integrity of
the registration process in
Pinewood. It was indeed star-
tling to the court that counsel

ashamed of himself.

SEE page seven

Fielding questions from
reporters on the FNM’s win in
the Pinewood election challenge,

SEE page seven

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This tax ‘is unconscionable’

© In brief

Programmes
at the National
Art Gallery

THE National Art Gallery of

the Bahamas announced that
the gallery, which closed on
Monday, January 14, will
remain closed through Friday,
January 25, for the de-installa-
tion and installation of a new
exhibition.

Also the Art Teachers’

Workshop, which had been
scheduled for January 19, was
postponed to a later date. Those
already signed up for this work-
shop will be notified shortly by
the Gallery as to the new date
this will be héld. Those inter-
ested in participating in the Art
Teachers’ Workshop should
contact the Gallery as soon as
possible to reserve space as
ie are only eight openings
eft. ‘
The NAGB Global Cinema
feature film, "Water", sched-
uled to be screened on Thurs-
day, January 24, at 6.30pm is
still on.

The Kids and Family Art
Workshop on "Creative Por-
traiture", scheduled for Satur-
day, January 26, at 10am is still
scheduled for the time being. If
any changes occur, the Gallery
will notify the public.

The Tribune wants to hear
from people who are
making news in their
neighbourhoods. Perhaps
you are raising funds for a
good cause, campaigning
for improvements in the
area or have won an
award.

If so, call us on 322-1986
and share your story.



Grand Bahama contractor

concerned about decision

not to extend tax relief to
first time homeowners

@ BY DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedial.net

FREEPORT - A Grand
Bahama contractor expressed
strong concerns yesterday about
government’s decision not to
extend a tax exemption to first
time homeowners, especially on
Grand Bahama. ‘

Michael Edwards, president
and director of Island Chain Ltd,
stressed that it is “uncon-
scionable” to levy the a tax at this
time, despite the continued eco-
nomic downturn in Grand
Bahama.

“The eight per cent being
levied on first time homeowners
is onerous, burdensome, and
unconscionable and results in fur-
ther monetary, and emotional
trauma visited upon families of
Grand Bahama, and does not
help the economy of Grand

Bahama which is in dire straits,”

he said at a press conference.

Mr Edwards, who is a building
contractor in Freeport, said that
the economy is the worst he has
seen it in years in Grand Bahama.

“The economy of Grand
Bahama has been in the econom-
ic doldrums for the last four years.
Ihave never seen it this bad since
being in business in Grand
Bahama, he said.

“T respectfully ask the govern-
ment to reconsider this tax con-
cession granted to first time
homeowners that it met in place
upon their return to office, until
the economy of Grand Bahama is
healthy, dynamic and vibrant
again.”

On Monday, the PLP criticised
the FNM government for refusing
to extend the tax exemption for
first time homeowners on houses
under $250,000.

Mr Edwards believes that gov-
ernment’s decision not to contin-
ue with the tax concession was
reactionarfy‘and nof Wwéll' thought
out. He noted that foreign
investors continue to enjoy many

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“The economy
of Grand
Bahama has
been in the
economic dol-
drums for the
last four years.”



Michael Edwards

tax concessions even though they
are better off financially than the
average Bahamian.

“The elimination of this
exemption has now increased the
cost of home ownership for a sec-
tor of the community that needed
it most, because it has increased
the required down payment for
owning a home.

“This will result in many per-
sons delaying home ownership as
well as many persons reducing
the size of the homes that they
can acquire, hence diminishing
the intrinsic quality of life for
them and their families,” Mr
Edwards said.

Mr Edwards stressed that it is
the government’s responsibility
to ensure that the Bahamian peo-
ple, and the people of Grand
Bahama can own a piece of land
through responsible policy mak-
ing.

This is a slap in the face to
Bahamians as a whole, to now
require first time homeowners to

ay a tax of eight per cent up to
250,000,” he said.

Mr Edwards estimated that the
476 new homes started in 2006
would now require an additional
combined investment of
$4,760,000, based on the new
eight per cent tax requirement

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CONCERNED: Grand Deen contractor rere

Housing Minister Kenneth Rus-
sell in the press on January 16.
According to Mr Edwards, the
minister said: “I think that if you
could bring down the cost of
housing, you could increase the
possibility of home ownership by
leaps and bounds.” .

Mr Edwards said the eight per
cent now required to be paid by

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first time homeowners is an
inctease in cost, not a reduction,
and contradicts Mr Russell's
statement.

Pointing out that the current
government was elected on a plat-
form of restoring trust in govern-
ment, Mr Edwards said:'“The
government ought to be remind-
ed that one of. the main objec-

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Edwards. president and director of Beat etme R

tives of the Bahamas Mortgage
Corporation, established under
an act of parliament in August of
1983, is to stimulate, encourage,
and promote home ownership by
making mortgage financing avail-
able. “All of this would be use-
less, if the Cost of homes is out of
reach to.the average Bahamian,”
he said.

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THE Department of Culture has
announced that the E Clement Bethel
National Arts Festival is now underway
and released a schedule of dates for adju-
dication.

In New Providence, dance adjudication is
slated for February 11 to 14, with the clos-
ing date for all dance entries on January 25.

Drama adjudication is slated for Febru-
ary 26 to 29 and March 3 to 7. Music adju-
dication is slated from February 27 to 29
and March 3 and 7. The closing date for
both drama and music is February 1.

Arts and crafts adjudication is slated to
begin March 14, with the closing date also
on February 1.

Late entries will be received for music
and drama no later than February 26, the
Department said.

In Grand Bahama, dance adjudication
is slated for February 15, with the closing
date for all dance entries on January 25.

Drama adjudication is slated for Febru-
ary 18 to 21 and music adjudication is slat-
ed for February 18 to 26. The closing date
for music and drama is slated for February
1. Arts and crafts adjudication is slated for
March 20, with a closing date of March 14,

Late entries will be received no later than
February 26 for music and drama in Grand
Bahama.

Contact persons in Grand Bahama are
Monique Leary — 351-1933 (work), 352-
7167 (fax) and

Juliemae Johnson — 373-8750 (work),
373-8740 (fax).

The adjudication dates for all Family
Islands are slated for March 12 and May 3.
The closing date for Family Islands is slat-
ed for February 29,

Interested persons were asked to con-
tact organising secretary Keva Cartwright
at 326-0152, 326-0167 or on her private line
326-0143.



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rae OL
omobrey Election court result throws PLP

Man in court
in connection
with case of

kidnapping

A 20-YEAR-OLD man
was arraigned in Magis-
trates Court yesterday,
charged in connection
with a case of kidnapping
and causing harm to a 30-
year-old woman.

Jeffrey Blanc was
arraigned before Magis-
trate Carolita Bethel at
court eight in Bank Lane,
charged with kidnapping
and causing unlawful
harm to Estinfort Charli-
ton on Saturday, January
19, 2008.

Blanc pleaded not guilty
to the charges and elected
for a summary trial.

He was granted bail in
the sum of $10,000 with
two sureties. The case was
adjourned to September
4.

e An Exuma man was
arraigned in Magistrate’s
Court yesterday, charged
with the rape of a 30-year-
old woman.

According to court
dockets, Arlington
Lawrence Butler, 38, of
Farmer’s Hill, Exuma,
committed the offence on
Friday, August 31 2007.

Butler, who was
arraigned before Magis-
trate Carolita Bethel at
court eight in Bank Lane,
was not required to enter
a plea to the rape charge.

He was granted bail in
the sum of $15,000 and
the case was adjourned to
June 16.

island School
offers five
scholarships

THE Island School is
offering five scholar-
ships for motivated
Bahamian students who
are curious about the
ocean and conservation.

The winners will par-
ticipate in the Bahamas
Environmental Steward
Scholars Programme,
beginning in the fall
semester of 2008.

“This rewarding pro-
gramme for college-
bound high school grad-
uates is focused on
environmental studies
and conservation,”
explained the school in
a statement.

It said the students
will have a unique
opportunity to learn
about our natural envi-
ronment through:

e first hand experi-
ence

¢ outdoor education

¢ interdisciplinary
study

° active participation
in the learning process

¢ understanding and
application of ideas

* community out-
reach

e authentic research

The Island School,
located in Eleuthera,
takes students away
from traditional high
school curriculum and
according to its website,
“forces them to con-
front authentic chal-
lenges”.

Organisers say the
classes were designed
to allow first-hand
engagement with the
people and environ-
ment of the Bahamas.

English, math, envi-
ronmental art, history,
and marine ecology are
offered, and each
course focuses on the
application of knowl-
edge to real-world
problems.

“SCUBA diving,
island exploration, and
two short kayaking
expeditions comple-
ment daily morning
exercise, science
research projects, and
campus work that
encourages each stu-
dent to develop leader-
ship and teamwork
skills,” said the
website.











m@ By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnquest@tribunemedia.net

THE leadership of the PLP
was once again thrown into the
spotlight on Monday night with
the party’s failure to recapture
the Pinewood seat in Election
Court.

With a convention only a few
weeks away, PLP leader Perry
Christie is still not expected to

be challenged
for the leadership of the
party.

However, the party’s loss in
the Pinewood challenge has
greatly diminished Mr Christie’s
power within the party, sup-

’ porters said.

With official confirmation of
the loss of the Pinewood seat,
the PLP sits with only 17 mem-
bers of parliament.

If the party is successful in its
remaining two election chal-
lenges, the party would only
have 19 seats, and be unable to
regain the government.

On Monday night, Mr
Christie issued a statement call-
ing for PLPs everywhere to con-
tinue to hold their heads high
despite the loss in the courts.

“To PLPs everywhere, I say
that this day in the Election
Court is but a skirmish along
the way in the continuing battle
to win the hearts and minds of
the Bahamian people. PLPs can
hold their heads high for having

brought the judicial spotlight to.

bear upon the parliamentary
registration process in the inter-
ests of our democracy.

“The party will now study
carefully the judgment of the
court in this matter, particular-
ly as it relates to the number of
election irregularities to which it
refers and what this means for
the integrity of our electoral
process,” he said.

Mr Christie commend Sena-

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BISHOP Simeon Hall has called
for a full investigation into the par-
liamentary registration department

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PLP leader Perry Christie

tor Allyson Maynard-Gibson
on a hard fought and an “hon-
orable battle” in the Election
Court.

With Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham almést totally dis-
missing the idea at this point of
calling an early election, PLP
supporters — inside and out of
the House of Assembly — are
whispering that the time has
come for Mr Christie to go, and
for a new leader to take over
the reins of the party.

Still with what is seen to be
tremendous support amongst
PLP delegates, Mr Christie is
not expected to face any sub-
stantial, if any challenge at all,



following the Pinewood election court battle.
“We should not just let it go,” he told The Tribune yesterday.

“Heads should roll.”

He said a 10 or 15 vote discrepancy would have been understandable,
but the disqualification of 110 voters was unacceptable.

“The parliamentary registration department should be fully inves-
tigated, then let the chips fall where they may,” said Bishop Hall,
who is chairman of the Crime Commission.

“Someone should be punished for disenfranchising so many people.

“Tf this can happen in Pinewood, it’s likely it happened somewhere
else. Bahamians have a way of just letting things go.

“But, speaking as a member of the Crime Commission, I think what

happened here is really criminal.”

Grand Bahamians speak
out on Election Court

@ By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - The 110 illegal
votes cast in the Pinewood con-
stituency and thrown out by the
Election Court have exposed a
parliamentary election system
“that is broken and in need of fix-
ing,” according to people in Grand
Bahama.

“It does not matter who wins —
the important thing is that irregu-
larities in the parliamentary elec-
tion system have been exposed,”
said Elvis Hepburn of Eight Mile
Rock.

Freeport resident Brian Sey-
mour believes that someone has
to be held accountable for what
took place in the Pinewood con-
stituency.

“It is very unlikely that it is
going to be a change in govern-
ment...but definitely there have to
be some changes in the (election)
system.

“No other election court in the
country’s history has thrown out as
much as 110 votes, and that tells us
that the system is broken and def-
initely in need of fixing.”

Newcomer Byran Woodside
was declared by the Election
Court as winner of the Pinewood
seat by 49 votes.

Even though 110 illegal votes
were thrown out, former MP
Allyson Maynard-Gibson was not
successful following the recount
late Monday evening.

The Pinewood seat, which was
initially won by the FNM by some
64 votes, is one of three seats being
contested by the PLP.

Two other seats — Marco City
and Baillou Hills — are also expect-

ed to be challenged in the Elec-
tion Court.

Mr Seymour, a PLP member,
said even though the outcome of
the Election Court was a disap-
pointment, it would be very unfor-
tunate if nothing is done to address
the irregularities exposed.

“If we do nothing this would be
a dangerous trend because of what
has gone wrong...and if we do not
rectify it our democracy could be
under serious threat,” he said.

Mr Hepburn said: “If no one is
prosecuted then everything is for
naught. It has always been sus-
pected that there were irregulari-
ties and that persons have been
voting improperly for years.”

Mr Seymour believes that an
independent committee or com-
mission should to be appointed to
investigate the matter.

“We cannot expect the parlia-
mentary commissioner to go and
investigate himself.

“T would think he would have to
be put on administrative leave, but
someone would have to be held
accountable for the debacle that
took place there (in Pinewood),”
he said. ;

Mr Seymour said the fact that so
many persons were found to have
voted illegally in the Pinewood
constituency exposed the risk that
general clections could be manip-
ulated by external forces.

“The election was very close
and if external or foreign forces
outside the Bahamas decided to
plant 50 persons in cach con
stituency, then they could choose
who the government of the day
would be, and that would be a sad
indictment for us as a people who
have a rich political history,” he
said.

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to his leadership at the upcom-
ing convention.

What will be highly contest-
ed, supporters believe, is the
deputy leadership position,
which is currently held by PLP
MP for St Cecila Cynthia Pratt.

Mrs Pratt has said in the past
that she will make a decision as
to whether or not she will be
running again for the deputy
leader position at the conven-
tion.

If not, it is expected that Bain
and Grants Town MP Dr
Bernard Nottage would vie for
this position.

It is said that Dr Nottage and
PLP MP for West End and
Bimini Obie Wilchcombe both
have aspirations of leading the
party one day.

However, only Mr Wilch-
combe has voiced so far that he
will not be running for the lead-

Suspected
illegal Haitian
immigrants
are captured

POLICE captured 90 sus-
pected illegal Haitian immi-
grants in the Kemp’s Bay
area of South Andros on
Monday night.

The immigrants, 11
females and 79 males, were
all picked up within an eight
mile radius, police said.

On Tuesday afternoon
the immigrants were en
route for processing to the
capital, Assistant Superin-
tendent of Police Walter
Evans said.

A search is underway in
the area for any remaining
immigrants.

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The people’s money frivolously wasted

IN THE HOUSE of Assembly on December
3, 2007, during the debate on the PLP’s sup-
plemental borrowings outside of the approved
budget, Minister of State for Finance Zhivargo
Laing questioned why, after boasting that it
had more than $20 billion of foreign invest-
ment already “in the pipeline”, the Christie
government would spend almost $1 million just
before the May 2007 election on a promotional
publication to bring in more investment.

After all, it was reported in February last
year that the multi-billion dollar Mayaguana
project had already exhausted the available
labour on that island. How was the Bahamas’
relatively small labour pool going to service
these investments — if in fact the PLP had actu-
ally secured them?

Yet just before the election Mr Christie’s
government spent £440,000 — almost a million
dollars of taxpayers’ money— to have 10,000
copies of “The Bahamas 2007 Special Report”
printed to promote the Bahamas to investors.

Almost $1 million was the price of the 10,000
print order, but costs probably went over the
million mark after the magazines were landed in
Nassau and all extra charges were paid.

But there was a major hitch. The delivery was
obviously late. We are not blaming the pub-
lishers for this. Having worked with govern-
ment agents for so many years on various pub-
lications, we have discovered that they neither
know the meaning nor importance of a “dead-
line.” And, of course, not meeting deadlines
invariably means publication dates can’t be met.

From the way in which “The Bahamas 2007
Special Report” is written, it is obvious that it
was intended for pre-election distribution. For
example, in an interview with Lady Pindling,
accompanied by a full page colour photograph
of her, she is reported as having said that “the
man who has taken on the baton from her hus-
band is now seeking a second term as prime
minister and Dame Marguerite is confident that
Perry Christie will win the forthcoming general
election and another five years of PLP govern-
ment.”

And in a write-up on Sir Lynden — “Father
of the Nation” — again illustrated by a full
page colour photograph of Sir Lynden it says:

“As Mr Christie prepares to go to the
Bahamian people to ask them to return him
for a second term of office, parallels are begin-
ning to be drawn between him and Sir Lynden.
One thing is becoming clear: Perry Christie is a
product of the mainstream of PLP philosophy
and is very much a protégé of an independent
Bahamas’ first leader.”

In the 2002 election, Mr Christie promised
Bahamians a “new” PLP. However, his gov-
ernment was not in power very long when it
was discovered that we had indeed “turned

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back” to Sir Lynden’s first PLP and were now
getting much of the “same old, same old.”

Throughout the book there are such com-
ments as that by Rev John Rolle: “He is doing
a very good job. Without a shadow of a doubt,
I firmly believe that he will be elected for a
second term of office. If he is elected this time,
I believe the PLP will govern for a very long
time.”

And so there is no question that this publi-
cation was slated for pre-election distribution.
However, arriving in April shortly before the
May 2 election, there was neither time, nor
point in delivering the book, and so all 10,000
copies and their £440,000 bill (almost $1 million)
awaited the FNM government.

Although this book features investors, and is
a pitch to investors, the theme throughout is
that those investment opportunities would only
be secure and grow if Mr Christie were returned
to power.

“I believe the accomplishments of my gov-
ernment in one term of office,” he is quoted as
saying, “are without precedent in our history,
and it is my unwavering conviction that the
good sense of the Bahamian people in which I
have great faith, will ensure we are re-elected to
continue our work.”

If the magazine had featured the Bahamas
and all that its government offered in stability,
communications and infrastructure, the maga-
zine could have been distributed by the new
government. But because, as Mr Laing told the

‘Weuse, it was predominantly a book whose

theme was to “Hail the Chief”, it was out of date
almost before it could be delivered to the cabi-
net office. It cannot be used for anything. The
people’s money has been frivolously wasted.

But the question is what was its purpose in
the first place? By its content and its 10,000
print order it was obviously not intended for
local consumption. It was targeted to foreign
investors to convince them that their future
investments depended on the election of Mr
Christie. But, as they could not vote did even
this make sense? Would a prudent government
have taken so much of the taxpayers’ money to
gamble on such a scheme? And would a prudent
Prime Minister if this were his own money —
coming from his own pocket and not from the
Public Treasury — have spent it in such an
imprudent manner?

Again why would the Christie government
have placed its order in the UK where, because
of the weak dollar and the strong pound sterling,
the cost was more than doubled? Wouldn't it
have been cheaper to have kept the order on
this side of the Atlantic?

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Dealing
with traffic
problems

EDITOR, The Tribune.

IN A previous letter I looked
at the problem issue of down-
town traffic patterns and the
negative affect on our primary
industry, tourism. We need jit-
neys and taxis there but per-
haps utilised ‘differently. The
issue of cars in the core is
spread between those of down-
town workers (parking) and
those passing through.

I propose to retain the NT-DB
idea of a depot but for local
workers rather than tourists. A
large protected parking lot is
provided. Workers would dri-
ve to the parking lot or take the
bus to work. A shuttle bus run-
ning-all day would do a circle
route from the lot to along Bay
Street and back. But how could
this work in rush periods, before
the tourists come and after they
go when the workers come and
go? If some of the #10 jitney
drivers assisted in this rush time,
they could be paid for this task
before and after their tourist
period. Any downtown worker
could have access to their car if
the need comes up at any time
during the day. A van or car
could be the 6ff-rush vehicle
passing every point on the route
every 10 or 15 minutes.

By far the majority of cars in
the core are just passing
through. I propose to do what
they do in London, charge pri-
vate cars to use the downtown
portion of the street between
8am and 8pm. Toll booths
would back up traffic more so
you use a system similar to that
used on some toll roads in
Canada and the US, as you dri-
ve by an image is taken of the
back of your car. Your license
plate is logged and you are sent
a bill at the end of the month.
Jitneys and taxis travel free.

Some vehicles are making
necessary deliveries in the core.
There should be no cost for
them if they are in the area for
less than an hour. A family car
can freely make a delivery to
the straw market or elsewhere
but they couldn't stay as a
parked car. This would really
reduce core traffic patterns or
provide a lot of cash to help the

LETTERS

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downtown development. Deliv-
eries could be made more easi-
ly, thus good for business. Few-
er cars would pass through the
core. Might Shirley Street and

perhaps even Bay Street revert .

back to two ways near the
downtown, perhaps. Through
trucks make up another portion
of the core traffic. The other
through trucks are delivering
goods, but not downtown. Like
the private vehicles passing
through they should be charged
for the passage but at an even
higher rate (their footprint is
higher). These trucks could
avoid the core area with a bit
more planning, so lessening
their costs. Trucks going to and
from the port of Nassau are big
and often have difficulty navi-
gating the corners. We need
these and adding cost to them
will just be added cost to every-
thing. The Prime Minister's
directive to change these move-
ments to off hours is a step in
the right direction for traffic. It
is realised that this is a stop gap
since the ugly daytime storage
remains. Moving the port else-
where is going to be expensive
to do and even more to main-
tain. Dredging will be a con-
stant need. Ask the defense
forces why HMBS Nassau and
HMBS Bahamas are not sta-
tioned in the south. Practically,
geomorphologically and eco-
nomically this is not going to
happen. However there are still
other ways to make the port
work. If space can be provided
elsewhere for the shipping com-
panies to store sort and process
the bulk and container traffic
with more efficiency than is pos-
sible in the cramped existing
locations, perhaps they will find
it more acceptable. Having
them move

only to discover they are also
left with hidden costs like con-
tinuous dredging and are both-
ered by new complaints from
the resorts in the south, will

make them think twice about
moving. My suggestion would
be to leave the port in place,
perhaps there is a way to reduce
the space needed by the ship-
ping companies, and solve a lot
of the eyesore issues. We could
also solve the issue of trucks.
In other words, if the ship load-
ing and unloading operation is
separated from the storage and
distribution centre, to be placed
in the “south”; dock side space
would be reduced.

The need is to provide north-
south access links to move
materials and containers from
the port to the southern stor-
age and distribution depot. It
does not have to be by road. A
rail link might be more efficient.
Ships would unload directly to
rail cars for movement south.
While rails can co-exist on
roads, a tunnel through the hill
to a point south of COB could
also work.

Similarly a rail link south
from Arawak might use a tun-
nel to good use. Expensive?
Yes, but still undoubtedly
cheaper than reconstruction of a
complete port. Electric loco-
motives run from a wind farm at
the storage/distribution site
would make this self sufficient
while reducing both pollution
and the need for diesel fuel.

The NTDB wants to improve
the core and help business. Fix-
ing the traffic is good. Elimi-
nating the port of Nassau traffic
is good one way or another.
Eliminating taxis and jitneys
from the core is not. Traffic can
be reduced by making it expen-
sive to use the core area. The
user tax could be put to use
funding parts of these concepts.
Provision can be made to
improve conditions for those
who need to work there. The
core needs to look better and
be more tourist friendly. Pro-
viding more, not less mobility
for them will help all business
ventures. Tourism is not sus-
tainable if we shoot ourselves
in the foot.

CABLE BEACH
Nassau,
January, 2008.

Kenyatta Gibson
is one of few true
leaders we have

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I WATCHED and listened with great interest
to the comments made on Mr Kenyatta Gibson’s
resignation. The views are mixed and very strong
on both sides as to the position that should be tak-
en. I will give my “five cents” on this matter.

He did the right thing as to what he felt he
should do to give his area the level of represen-
tation that they deserve. That is why he was elect-
ed, to look at what is going on and give the best
representation to his area.

He is one of the few true leaders that we have
in this country. Look back at our history and you
will see that this has happened in the past to all of
the parties.

The problem with our country in the political
area is that we do not have persons who would
stand for their beliefs. They are “band wagonest”™”
not leaders who can take and make a position.
Whatever the party says is the position that they
defend.

We put persons in these seats to represent the
people. They choose the party that is more in
line with their view as we are like most countries
and do not have a very strong independent and
free thinking system. It is a party system.

What is one to do when one gets elected by the
people and the workings of the party are not in
line with the views that you have for the peo-
ple? If you are a true leader who have the best
interest of the people, you do what Mr Gibson
did. We all know that trying to change the views
in a party is like trying to move a mountain with
a spoon.

If he has to come back to the people on all
matters, then he is not managing the business of
the people. He was put there for just that, to
manage the affairs of his area and not by com,
mittee. We have too many “management by com-

mittee” functions in our country.

We still have not grown up as a nation in the
political area: We still expect to see the MP at all
the death, house burnings, fairs and whatever
happens in the area. We, as a country, need to get
a life. These persons have lives also. They should
have persons in place at a headquarters who can
have town meetings and give the concerns to the
MP. The MP is not in a position where they sit in
an office waiting to.see who is going to come
with a concern. They have many Government,
family, business interests and many other areas
that they need to divide their time to.

Mr Gibson took a position that is in general
considered to be unfair to the people and to the
party due to the fact that he did not consult with
them. Is he a man who thinks or one who has to
be led? There are some positions in life where one
has to look at the picture that one sees. If that pic-
ture is not right in that petson’s eyes, then you
have to choose what is best for all. We have too
many who just sit and wait to see what is going to
happen in this country with the attitude that —
well the party or this groups says that this is the
view and they take it. They are followers, lambs
to be slaughtered at some future point.

He has done the country a service that others
should consider — “You rut on a party ticket,
respect is due but you are there to handle the
business of the people.” Be you aa man or woman
stand up for what you believe and others will
learn to live with it.

To Mr Gibson: I will say, give the people and
country the best representation that you can at all
times and let the “chips” fall where they may.

SIGMUND WILLIS
Freeport,

Grand Bahama,
January 16, 2008.
THE TRIBUNE



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PM to open —
2008 CBA
Conference —
in Nassau

PRIME MINISTER and
minister with seo onbine
for broadcasting Hubert
Ingraham will attend and
bring opening remarks at
the 2008 Commonwealth
Broadcasting Association
Conference.

This year’s conference,
hosted by the Broadcast-
ing Corporation of the
Bahamas, will be held at
the Wyndham Nassau
Resort under the theme,
“Empowering the People”
on Wednesday, January 23
at 6pm.

Official funeral
service for
Joseph Ford
set for Friday

THE official funeral ser-
vice for Joseph Russell
Ford, former member of
parliament for Inagua and
Mayaguana, will be held at
2pm on Friday, January 25
at Christ'Church Cathedral,
the Cabinet Office
announced yesterday.

Mr Ford died at his Nas-
sau-East Boulevard home
last Saturday afternoon fol-
lowing a year-long battle
with prostate cancer. He
was 82.

The Cabinet Office said
Mr Ford will lay in state in
the foyer of the House of
Assembly on Thursday
from 9am to 6.30pm.

Following the service at
the cathedral, he will be
taken by procession to
Woodlawn Gardens on Sol-
dier Road, where he will be
interred.

When members of the
House meet on Wednesday,
tributes are expected to be
paid to Mr Ford, who was
the Progressive Liberal Par-
ty’s representative for the
southernmost islands of
Inagua and Mayaguana
from April 1968 to June
1982.

Members are also expect-
ed to observe a minute’s
silence in Mr Ford’s memo-

ry.

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Bahamians ‘must not
panic in face of crime’

@ By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

DESPITE the alarmingly high
crime rate and an increasing
number of violent murders
Bahamians must not panic in the
face of crime, a religious leader
advised.

The Tribune spoke with Rev-
erend Dr C B Moss, executive
director of Bahamas Against
Crime, shortly after news broke
of the brutal murder of Marvin
Seymour, a father of four who
was gunned down by three men
in his East Street South home
early on Tuesday morning.

Reports indicate that Sey-
mout’s four children watched the
incident in horror as three gun-
men kicked in the front door and
shot their father multiple times.

Seymour collapsed in a bed-
room and was pronounced dead
on the scene when EMS arrived,
police said.

Rev Moss noted the signifi-
cance of the country’s most
recent homicide, particuldrly the
fragile mental state of the vic-
tim’s young children who report-
edly witnessed the whole attack.

His ministry’s Spiritual Devel-
opment Committee was dis-

patched to counsel the family on
iesday, he said.

Rev Moss also said that while
the publicised reports of violent
crimes are unsettling, right-think-
ing Bahamians should not
become discouraged because the
crime problem cannot be
assuaged overnight.

“The fact that crime is contin-
uing should not be seen as our
inability to overcome the prob-
lem, it should give us more
resolve to come together as a
community and address the
problem. We are not saying that
our efforts will bring forth an
immediate (crime) reduction but
we have to continue to do the
right things,” Rev Moss said.

“We should not become over-
alarmed because we did not
reach this stage overnight and it
will not change overnight”.

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leaders on the nation’s crime
issue, saying that the crisis is a
spiritual problem.

In accordance with Bahamas
Against Crime’s civic mission, a
motorcade is scheduled on Sat-
urday January 26 leaving the
Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre
at 2pm.

This initiative aims to give per-
sons an opportunity to stand
against crime, Rev Moss said.

Interested persons can join the
motorcade and can create plac-
ards to send a message to would-
be criminals that the nation is
against crime.

In conjunction with Bahamas
Christian Council, BAC has
scheduled a service of confes-
sion, repentance and reconcilia-
tion on January 27 at the Church
of God of Prophecy on East
Street at 3pm. ,

The organisation has also
deemed Monday. January 28 a
“Crime Free Day”.

“All of us in some way or
another has contributed to the
state of affairs as it relates to
crime. We are encouraging every
member of this country to
(refrain) from facilitating or con-
doning any crimes that day.
Don’t run the red light, don’t
carry | home any of your employ-
er’s supplies and if you are dri-
ving an unlicensed car, park your
car.

“Don’t evade customs duties
or gamble — we must recognise
that these are crimes. That will
give us the moral authority to
challenge those professional
criminals,” Rev Moss said.

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PLP newcomer speaks out on importance of the
Bahamas promoting alternative energy systems



THE Bahamas could be
the “Saudi Arabia of the
Caribbean” by mass-pro-
ducing the ingredient for
the alternative fuel ethanol,
according to PLP newcom-
er Omar Archer.

In his platform, would-
be party chairman Mr
Archer highlighted the
importance of the Bahamas
promoting alternative ener-
gy systems to reduce costs.

“Solar, bio-gas, and wind
energy are things we need
to encourage through duty
free concessions and duty
credits,” he said.

As it concerns ethanol
fuel and bio-diesel, Mr
Archer said the Bahamas
is in a prime position to
lead the charge through introducing proac-
tive measures.

“Corn is the main ingredient needed to pro-
duce ethanol. Andros is perfect in regards of
the mass allocation of land to facilitate this
project which has the potential to dwarf pro-
ceeds generated from tourism. BEC should be
restructured to provide reliable power at a
reasonable cost,” he said.

Mr Archer, a former member of the

Omar Archer








Acting as the





Bahamas Democratic Move-
ment (BDM), also suggested
that competition in the produc-
tion of power should be intro-
duced.

“Privatisation of the produc-
tion of power should be estab-
lished immediately so that con-
sumers are not held hostage and
forced to pay huge surcharges
due to rising crude oil prices
around the world,” he said.

Addressing the-country’s
immigration problem in his
platform, Mr Archer claimed
that 25 per cent of the
Bahamas’ population consists
of Haitian nationals, with only
5,000 of those registered legally
as workers.

He further claimed that the
Bahamas has a fast and quietly
growing Chinese population, “which threatens
to dominate the local fishing industry as they
have done the small business market sector.”

“It is important that our government secure
our boarders before engaging in any debate
about immigration reform.

“Tf you are here illegally you must go. We
need to get rid of all illegal immigrants and
find new and better ways to recruit labour.
The cost of work permits in needed areas

should be moderate and should be
processed on a more timely basis,” Mr Archer
said.

Addressing the issue of the Bahamas’ trade
partners, Mr Archer said that he wants the
Bahamas to agitate for China to assert its
influence to bring an end to the genocide in
the Dafur region of Sudan.

“Tens of thousands have died and millions
displaced in neighboring countries like Chad |
and Ethiopia. Sudan is the largest recipient of
Chinese aide, therefore China must do more
to stop the mass killings by the Janjaweed
militia (funded by the Sudanese government)
and help bring stability to that region,” he
said.

China in 2006 entered into bilateral trade
agreements with the Bahamas.

The dollar value of this partnership repre-
sents two per cent of the Bahamas’ GDP, Mr
Archer said.

“China has assisted the Bahamas in Edu-
cation and employment via multi-million dol-
lar investments. In return the Chinese gov-
ernment is seeking to position the Bahamas in
the global economic infrastructure.

“The Chinese are competing with the USA,
Canada and Europe. China has great influence
in the UN and serves on its Security Council
and will be the voice for the Bahamas on
important geo-political issues,” Mr ‘Archer
said. neat \



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LECTION COURT: PINEWOOD RECOUNT



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A GROUP. of excited
youngsters from Lucaya Inter-
national School’s year four
class visited the Grand
Bahama Power Generating
Plant for an informative tour
through the giant turbines and
the computerised monitoring
system.

Their visit was a part of their
unit of Inquiry on power
sources and, in particular, elec-
trical power. Their tour guide
allowed the students to look
at a power generator which
had been dismantled for
repairs.

The students spent most of
the morning touring through
the plant and were very
impressed at the breadth of
information they received dur-
ing their tour :

The trip was said to be a
fascinating experience for the
students and directly related
to their studies on electricity.

Their teacher Samantha
Fern said, “It was a tremen-
dous opportunity for these
eight and nine year old chil-
dren to take what they had
learned about electrical circuits
in the classroom, and relate
their learning to real life as
they saw the power plant in
action. We want to thank all
those at Grand Bahama Power
for welcoming us while we vis-
ited their busy place of work.”

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about most of the parts.

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of Lucaya International

supervisor at Grand Bahama
Power Company and one of
the tour guides, said that the
students were shown numer-
ous control rooms which high-
light the company’s Digital
Control Monitoring (DCM)
system.

During the tour, the budding
electrical minds were shown a
damaged diesel gas turbine

“The children were very
ecstatic about just being at the
plant.

“We were glad to take them
over to our New diesel plant,
which is the newest unit since
1997,

“The kids took a number of
pictures and even took notes
for future reference which was
great,” said Mr Cartwright.

School toured the generating
plant at the Grand Bahama
Power Company.

The supervised tour helped
them with their study of elec-
tricity and helped them relat-
ing their learning to real life
experience.





uring his schools tour.



Ministry of Education aiming to create
standardised tests for every grade level

THE Ministry of Education is looking to create
standardised tests for every grade level through-
out the public school system.

This was announced by Minister of Education
Carl Bethel yesterday, after his whirlwind tour of
schools in Grand Bahama last week.

He also announced that changes will be made
to the high school diploma so that it reflects a stu-
dent’s accomplishments both in academics and
practical areas.

Accompanied by acting director of education
Lionel Sands, Mr Bethel undertook the tour in an
effort to address the concerns of principals and
teachers.

He also viewed the progress of repairs, refur-
bishment and the construction of new school
buildings on the island. .

One of the issues raised by teachers and edu-
cation officials on Grand Bahama was the need
for a new preschool to be built by the govern-
ment.

A statement issued by the ministry yesterday
said Mr Bethel had the opportunity to meet and
speak with many educators as he visited schools
sin both East and West End, including:

¢ St George’s High School

e Walter Parker Primary School

¢ Freeport Primary School

e Jack Hayward High School

¢ Maurice Moore Primary School

¢ The Beacon School

¢ Hugh Campbell Primary School

¢ Genesis Academy

e The PACE Centre

e Lewis Yard Primary School

e Eight Mile Rock High School

e Martin Town Primary School

¢ Holmes’ Rock Primary School

¢ West End Primary School

¢ Freetown Primary School

e High Rock Primary School

© McClean’s Primary School

The minister also held special meetings for
Ministry of Education officers and all educators.

“During these meetings he outlined his vision
and upcoming initiatives for the 2008 year and
beyond,” the statement said.

When giving remarks during his tour, Mr
Bethel began by assuring those present that he
appreciated all of them and would support them
in their efforts to advance education.

“He indicated that he was working diligently
with the Department of Education in the refor-
mation of education through the development
of a National Strategic Plan for Education,” the
statement said. “The minister explained that past,
present and future initiatives were being exam-
ined with a view to relevance.”

In addition to the creation of standardised tests
for all students, Mr Bethel explained that some
adjustments and additions will be made to the
following areas:

e the four core subjects (English kanguage,
mathematics, science and social science)

* optional subjects (art, music, physical educa-
tion and languages amongst others)

¢ magnet programmes/academies of excellence
which will focus on subject areas such as business
and marketing, building trades/architectural
design and information technologies

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Election Court justices criticis



Parliamentary Commissioner

FROM page one

respondent were forced to con-
cede that 85 of 183 votes chal-
lenged were unlawful votes,”
said the justices.

They continued: “Perhaps
the time is appropriate for the
parliamentary commissioner to
comprehensively examine the
practices and procedures of the
parliamentary registration
department with a view to
ensuring that what we saw in
Pinewood does not re-occur
because it threatens to under-
mine the fundamental basis of
our parliamentary democracy.”

The election court threw out

a record 110 votes from the:

Pinewood constituency, paving
the way for the recount which
reduced Mr Woodside’s May 2
margin of victory by 15 votes,

from 64 to 49.

During the case, it was estab-
lished that Jamaican Manani
Taylor obtained at least one
Bahamian voter’s card. Steve
Mallon, an American investiga-
tor hired by Mrs Maynard-Gib-
son who interviewed Taylor,
testified that Taylor told him
he paid a man called ‘Keith’ in
Pinewood $1,000 for a voter’s
card. ‘

Taylor was then reportedly
told to go to the parliamentary
registration department on Far-
rington Road to pick up the
document which, according to

this account, he did without any .

identification.

Mr Mallon said that ‘Keith’
also told Taylor to ask for a
‘Trix’ or ‘Trace’.

The woman who registered
Taylor, Isabel Miller, said in
court that she did so based on

an affidavit, the birth certificate
of his mother and a school let-
ter. .

However, she admitted that
there was no photograph with
these documents to confirm his
identity, and in spite of this, she
was Satisfied with his docu-
ments. Ms Miller also denied
that she received any money
from Taylor, and that she
knows anyone in her depart-
ment by that name.

In their written ruling the jus-
tices took strong issue with the
Taylor affair.

“One particular case which
illustrates how the system of
registration can be abused and
corrupted is that of Manani
Kijana Taylor. We saw a dis-
turbing trend of the ease with
which persons who are non-
Bahamians are able to register
and vote in the Bahamas,” said







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the justices.

When The Tribune attempted
to reach parliamentary com-
missioner Errol Bethel to dis-
cuss the ruling of the justices,
staff from his office said that he
was on vacation.

And deputy permanent sec-
retary in the department Sher-
lyn Hall did not comment on
the ruling in Mr Bethel’s
absence.

With 110 votes in the
Pinewood constituency thrown
out by the election court, ques-
tions now arise surrounding the
number of illegitimate votes
that exist in other uncontested
seats. Consequently, questions
now also arise surrounding the
capability of Mr Bethel to con-
tinue in his post.

Senator Allyson Maynard-
Gibson said yesterday that
despite the criticism of the par-
liamentary commissioner, she
has not, and will not, call for his
resignation.

“At no time have I pointed
any fingers at anybody,” said
Mrs Maynard-Gibson. “At no
time have I called for anybody’s
resignation, and I don’t do so
now.”

Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham weighed into the debate
yesterday, blaming former
Prime Minister Perry Christie
for the mix-ups during the last
election while talking to
reporters at the Cabinet Office.

All that is needed, he said, is
a competent prime minister
who could do his job, “and do it
in a timely manner”, said Mr
Ingraham.

“That’s all you need. It didn’t
happen in 92, it didn’t happen in
97, and it didn’t happen in 2002,
and it didn’t have to happen in
2007. Mr Christie should be
ashamed of himself.

“One of the fundamental
duties of a prime minister is to
ensure the elections are con-
ducted fairly and honestly; that
all of the requirements for the
conduct of an’ election are in
place; that the boundary
changes that are to be made are
made well in advance; that the
parliamentary registrar is able
to confirm to the PM ‘Yes sir, I
am ready for an election when-
ever you Call it’.

“Not to wait for last minute
whether he is ready or not. You
have to make ready. You don’t
just wake up one day and say
I’m going to do this. There’s
nothing wrong with the system.
It’s a very good system. We just
had an incompetent prime min-
ister,” he said.

Along with criticism of the
registration process, the justices
have also reserved the right to

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refer some who came under
scrutiny during the case to
police for making untrue state-
ments.

“This case also revealed that
far too many Bahamians are
willing to take an oath without

regard to truth and their
promise before almighty God.
This court will be considering
whether any person ought to:be
referred to the police authorities
for appropriate action,” they
said.

Pair accused of student's death

FROM page one

According to court dockets, the two men on Monday, January 7,

_ intentionally and unlawful caused the death of Deangelo Cargill

Fowler, 18, who was gunned down in broad daylight on Bay Street

during a drive-by shooting.

Fowler, the country’s second murder victim for the year, was
reportedly on the northern side of Bay Street, near Frederick Streét,
when he was shot. He was taken to hospital where he later died. -

Smith and Edwards have also been charged with the attempted

murder of Jeremy Adderley. The accused were not required ‘t

plead to the murder and attempted murder charges. ~
The men have also been charged with possession of a firearm
with intent to endanger the life of Brendan Russell. Smith pleaded

guilty to the charge while Edwards pleaded not guilty. Both men have
also been charged with the attempted murder of Troy Webb and
Clyde McKenzie. The accused pleaded not guilty to those charges.
After the charges were read, attorney Dion Smith indicated that
he wanted prison officials to be made aware that his client - Edwards
Jr - suffers from asthma. -
Both men have been remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison. The
case has been adjourned to March 10 and transferred to Court 11,

Nassau Street.
FROM page one

“One of the fundamental
duties of a prime minister is to
ensure the elections are conduct-
ed fairly and honestly; that all of
the requirements for the conduct
of an election are in place; that
the boundary changes that are to
be made are made well in
advance; that the Parliamentary
Registrar is able to confirm to the
PM ‘Yes sir, I am ready for an
election whenever you call it’.

“Not to wait for last minute
whether he is ready or not. You
have to make ready. You don’t
just wake up one day and say I’m
going to do this. There’s nothing
wrong with the system. It’s a very
good system. We just had an
incompetent prime minister,” he
said.

Late Monday night, Senior Jus-
tice Anita Allen along with Jus-
tice Jon Isaacs ruled that, after
the recount, FNM candidate
Byran Woodside remained win-
ner of the Pinewood constituency
over PLP Allyson Maynard-Gib-
son.

After the May 2, 2007, general
election, Mrs Maynard-Gibson
was said to have lost the seat by
64 votes. After the recount on
Monday night, this margin had
been reduced to 49 votes.

PM blames Christi

“Every dummy knows that if

‘you cut a polling division in two

you are likely to have problems,”
Mr Ingraham continued. “You
have to go and walk it and deter-
mine who is on what side etc. ©
“You don’t have to be a genits
to know that. They set up a sys-
tem that was bound to have con-
fusion. And they didn’t even
know who voted for them,
because 46 or so of the votes that
they claim people were not enti-
tled to vote, voted PLP.” t
During the recount, some PLP
supporters speculated that there
had been tampering with the eleé-
toral process by the FNM
despite the fact that the PLP was
the government at the time of the
election. Answering this, and oth-
er reports of voter irregularities,
Mr Ingraham said the PLP simply
cannot accept that they were
beaten at the polls on May 2.
“No matter what they tell you,

‘they believe that they are invin-

cible - that they have a right to be
in the government of the
Bahamas. That people don’t
know what they are doing if they
vote against them. But they have
a long time to wait, because there
ain’t ga’ be no election until an
election is due,” he said.

Maynard-Gibson: Election Court
challenge was about protecting
parliamentary democracy

FROM page one

“If we are to protect parliamentary democracy,” added Mrs
Maynard-Gibson, “we have to protect the processes that undergird
it. And so that is what this past eight, almost ten weeks was all

about.”

The election court threw out a record 110 votes, as those people
were not ordinary residents of the Pinewood constituency.

The case also revealed that one Jamaican, Manani Taylor, reg-
istered to vote, and numerous others who lived outside of the
Pinewood boundaries were wrongfully registered in the con-
stituency by the parliamentary registration department.

“First of all, it had never been exposed before. No Bahamian I
think would have ever imagined that there could exist in our coun-
try a constituency — not a whole country — where 110 votes would
be disallowed,” said Mrs Maynard-Gibson.

“And so we are really talking about a time in our history when we
all as citizens must be concerned about the process; about Haitians,
Jamaicans, any non-national exercising, or being able to exercise the
right that is only afforded to us citizens. There is no way that a non-
Bahamian ought to be able to buy a voter’s card, and we have to
deal with that,” she added.

Mrs Maynard-Gibson called for a bipartisan commission to look
into the issues raised in the election court challenge surrounding the
Bahamians electoral system.

She also responded to regular criticisms by Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham and others that the PLP cannot accept the results
of the last election, and are subsequently counting and recounting
the votes.

Mr Ingraham at one point last week referred to the efforts to chal-
lenge some of the results of the last election as “a game.”

In a response to a question about the prime minister's state-
ments, she said:

“IT want to say that I am really disturbed that senior officials
and people who ought to know better continue to disrespect not
only the processes as provided for in our constitution, but the
judicial system and the judiciary as well — both.”

Mrs Maynard-Gibson also said that the secret ballot was main-
tained throughout the recount. The justices, who she praised for
their fairness and hard work, ensured through the process that
neither of the parties, nor anyone present in the court room at any
point, knew which party a person voted for.

“I would like to also say I am deeply disturbed by any suggestion
~ let me say the irresponsible suggestion — that the ballot is not
secret. The ballot is secret. It is mandated by our law to be secret,
and let me say as someone who was in the process from the begin-
ning to the end, that not only do I not know how the people that I
challenged voted, but no-one else who was in that room knows how
those people voted,” she said.

“The court was meticulous...in ensuring that the law was upheld,
and that every step along the way, processes were in place to
ensure that there was no way, no way, that it could be discovered
how any of those challenged voters voted,” added Mrs Maynard-
Gibson.

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THE TRIBUNE

~«

ith all the
shock-horror
at our sky-
rocketing
crime raté, you would never
‘believe that the causes and
_lprogress of the country's social
.2breakdown have been fully doc-
.umented over the past 20-odd
. years by a series of special
-Feports.
They were produced by the
1984 commission of inquiry into
drug smuggling and the task force
drug abuse, the 1994 task force
on education and the consulta-
tive committee on youth devel-
opment, and the 1998 national
crime commission.
.\ What did that last report con-
‘elude?
io: Well, the commissioners (a
judge, a psychiatrist, a criminolo-
egist, social workers and clergy-
amen) warned that Bahamian soci-
ety was threatened by "a perva-
»,Sive culture of dishonesty, greed
-and a casual disregard for social
norms and regulation."
, Four years earlier, the educa-
,tion task force had pointed to a
“deterioration of traditional val-
ues and accepted standards of
behaviour", which had produced
“the scourge of teenage pregnan-
‘cy and substance abuse." And
“previous reports had detailed the
rise of lawlessness caused by nar-
Cotics trafficking.
The 1994 national youth report
- chaired by Anglican prelate
Drexel Gomez along with other
lergymen, police officers and
South leaders (including a much
‘younger Zhivargo Laing) - said
:indiscipline, materialism and low
Self-esteem among young
‘Bahamians had the potential to
,cause a social "catastrophe".
,. The Gomez report listed high
population densities in Nassau,
too many bars and liquor stores,
squalid neighbourhoods, limited
recreational opportunities, edu-
cation failures and the fact that
single girls were having too many
\babies as among the chief factors
shaping the behaviour of our
young people.

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factors had contributed to a rise in
domestic violence, a decline in
social responsibility and work eth-
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a culture of raging self-indul-
gence. "Roaming youth, espe-
cially on New Providence, went
on rampages, damaging property
and inflicting harm. There was a
growing tendency to use guns or
knives to settle scores and access
to guns was increasingly easy,"
the report said.

"Failure to educate students
about life issues including the nat-
ural environment, social respon-
sibility, moral duty and cultural
heritage was seen as contributing
to the aimlessness of youth and
their uncertainty about identi-
ty...An entrenched class of under-
achievers existed...A government
job was preferred."

Dysfunctions

The 1994 report concluded
that crime and violence had their
roots in social dysfunctions, psy-
chological burdens and economic
disadvantage. Fundamental social

_ reforms were needed, as well as

more public education, youth
training and job programmes.

Stamping out gang warfare in
the schools and providing more
extra-curricular activities for
bored students were considered
vital. Alcohol and drug abuse
were acknowledged as major con-
tributors to school underachieve-
ment, and the Broadcasting Cor-
poration was urged to focus on
more appropriate youth pro-
gramming.

The report added that young
people were also products of their
physical environment, and called
for proper'#dning and urban plan-
ning to avoid the decay of neigh-
bourhoods: throughout the

earn similar results,

Bahamas by creeping commer-
cialisation. And politicians were
urged to provide "visionary lead-
ership" based on personal integri-
ty and public accountability.

That was 14 years ago. Four
years after that, the national
crime commission was appoint-
ed.amid growing fears that New
Providence was on the verge of
"social collapse". Led by Chief
Justice Sir Burton Hall, this pan-
el found that the Bahamian fam-
ily was fast disintegrating into.a
pit of domestic violence and sex-
ual abuse.

"We are reaping the rewards
of our own inabilities, inatten-
tiveness, incompetence and indis-
cipline," the report said, "the
seeds of which were sown many
years ago...Commissioners are left
with the impression that most

crimes, of all types, are the prod-

uct of greed, not need."

Az there were stri-
dent calls for the media

to re-examine their perceived role
as purveyors of gratuitous vio-
lence, promiscuous sex and dou-
ble standards. Commissioners
strongly supported the transfor-
mation of ZNS into a socially
responsible public broadcaster
along the lines of the CBC or
BBC.

Gang activities had become
more of a problem in the four
years that had elapsed since the
youth report was published.

In 1998 the commissioners
referred to the deployment of
gang members by political par-
ties to disrupt the activities of
opponents. And, there were fresh
allegations of this sort of dark

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Net income was $3.84! million, compared
to $3.321 million last year This represents
an increase of 15.6 %. The steady increase
in earnings has shown that our recent
acquisitions have produced in excess of

expectations and we expect to continue to



alliance during last year's hotly
contested poll.

The commissioners agreed
that there was a direct link
between the physical squalor of
our communities and other forms
of anti-social behaviour. They
called for an environmental court
to deal with illegal dumping and
littering, as well as the regulation
of roadside garages and street
vendors - considered destinations
for stolen vehicles and produce.

The report also urged a larger
role for the churches and a "back
to the sabbath" drive as a means
of restoring traditional values.
But recent research has suggested
that the more religious a society
is, the more violent and dysfunc-
tional it is. :

These unexpected correlations
are, discussed in the Journal of
Religion and Society
(http://moses.creighton.edu/JRS/2
005/2005-11.html) where they are
summarised like this:

"No democracy is known to
have combined strong religiosity
and popular denial of evolution
with high rates of societal health.
Higher rates of non-theism and
acceptance of human evolution
usually correlate with lower rates
of dysfunction, and the least the-
istic nations are usually the least
dysfunctional."

Well, that is really a subject
for another time, but so much for
candlelight prayer vigils to stop
crime. However, the 1998 report
did expose some of the other bla-
tant hypocrisies of Bahamian life,
pointing out a few "striking exam-
ples of how the public gets agi-
tated about certain types of crime
while many of that same public
are complicit in other crimes."

Those examples included the
high level of theft among hotel
employees; the money lost by
businesses at the hands of cus-
tomers, employees and suppliers
- which paled in comparison to

armed robbery; the theft of funds

by charity and church workers;
and the damage done to our pri-
mary producers by the wide-
spread stealing of produce and
livestock as well as fishing boats
and gear.

There were also the now famil-
iar calls to fix our judicial system
- by providing new court facili-
ties and administrative improve-
ments - and for even and consis-
tent law enforcement, with more
police presence in critical areas

















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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2008, PAGE 9

roots of crime

like Bay Street. Bahamians tol-
erated a culture of lawlessness,
the report said, as demonstrated
by the popular numbers racket
and the wholesale flouting of traf-
fic, environmental and street
vending regulations.

Oversight

One key recommendation was
the formation of a permanent
non-political advisory body to act
as the ultimate oversight author-
ity on critical social issues.

This citizens’ council was final-
ly appointed last year to offer
practical proposals for crime con-
trol. Members include clergymen,
social workers, policemen, and
business representatives.

tate Finance Minister
Zhivargo Laing told

Tough Call recently that the gov- .

ernment had responded to all this
advice in an ad hoc way over the
years, setting up projects like
Operation Redemption, provid-
ing better funding for youth
groups, and making a few
attempts at community centres.

"The leadership in govern-
ment to effect change is clear, but
among parents, churches, civic
groups, businesses and others it is
not so clear.

“We need a strategically organ-
ised response to pursue the advice
contained in these reports," he
said.

So what should that strategic
response be?

Well, the conventional wisdom

is that in the data l97Usethe gor

rupt Pindling ‘tegime colludéd
with the Colombian cartel to 6€t







the country on a downward spiia!
of easy money, drug abuse and
political gangsterism. This con
tributed to the destruction of our
traditional values and produced
gencrations of amoral space
cadets.

But Pindling was a product 01
his, society, and that socicty
hardly a model of rectitude pie
majority rule.

While it is true that there was
very little violence, despite thc
social exclusion and economic
deprivation faced by most of the
population at the time, our his
tory books are full of references
to the Bahamian penchant !o1
ignoring the law - from piracy to
wrecking to blockade running to
bootlegging to tax evasion and so
on.
So perhaps we should go back
to our roots to learn how to deal
with the present crime problem
As early as the 1700s “the
Bahamian tradition of sailing
close to the wind was well-cstab
lished," historians Gail Saunders
and Michael Craton wrote in thei
book, Islanders in the Stream
"Behind. a comparatively
respectable facade, shore-based
individuals were able to profit
from piracy without direct
involvement in its brutality and
bloodshed."

But in 1718 the British sent
Governor Woodes Rogers with
ships and troops to establish the
first effective Bahamian govern
ment.

Rogers declared martial law.
reorganised the militia and
launched a programme of public
works so that "Nassau began to
have the appearance of a civilised
place".

He also cracked down on pira

cy.
And perhaps that's what we
need to do today.
* But, you say, to do that we
need a new prison, as well as
more courts, judges and prosecu
tors. Well, those are finite
requirements and if we don't gc!
them we may as well give up now
and welcome Blackbeard back.

It could be that the only way to
achieve social reform and a ci!
society is by enforcing the law

e What do you think? Send
comments to larry@tribuneme-
dia.net

Or visit:

www.bahamapundit.com







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opportunities for improvement and expect
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years.

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o'clock, at Christ The King
Anglican Church, Ridgeland
Park-West. Officiating will be
| Father Rodney Burrows and
Interment will follow in
| Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier
Road.





He is survived by his Mother-
Rosalee Butler, his step mother-Lilly Burrows, his mother-in-lLaw,
Arabella Roberts; one daughter, Teresitta Butler, two adopted daughters,
Darnette Roberts and Arnette Rahming; six sisters, Linda Rolle,
Helen Johnson, Jacqueline Morris, Karen Morley, Lenor Woodside
and Tamika Burrows; six brothers, Kendal, P.C. 992 Rudolph, Prince,
Kelvin, Joey and Lunning Burrows; four grandchildren, Petra, P'eash,
Pedro and Terran Knowles, numerous nieces and nephews including
Latcisha and Antonia Rolle, Janice Scars, Janet Ferguson, Vandaso
Ferguson, Zhivargo, Corey and Creswell Rolle; three aunts, Estella
Butler, Fairmena Adderley and Isamae Morley; five uncles, Jerome
and Carrington Butler, Erskene and Usene Butler and Arthur Whylly;
four grand aunts, Victoria Smith, Marion Butler, Viola Rolle and
Mabell Butler of Green Castle, Eleuthera, god children including,
Mazoie Morley, W.P.C. 2892 Glendena Dean and Charrson Williams;
five brothers-in-law, Charles Rolle, Henry Johnson, Melvin Morris,
Shamial Woodside and P.C. 1150 Philip Roberts; two sisters in law,
Patsy and Geneva Burrows; and other relatives including, Edwin,
Veron, Earl, Donna, P.C.770 Elvis Butler, Zilpha, Theresa, Sherry,
Beverley, Wayne, Dale, Eva, Christina, Tracey, Don, Theophilus,
Clint, Timothy, Max, Edney, Issac, Sharon, Melvern, Anastacia,
Rochelle, Alphonso, Devin, Valencia, Caritta, Shavonne, Tamika,
Carrington-Junior, Josephene, Joan, Janet, Gerard, Audley, Holid
Smith, Sargent Maurice and Keith Arthur, Marjorie Morley, Virginia
and Perrilyn Butler, Zenia and Jen Rolle, Debra, Diane, Sharon
Anderson, Debra Brennen, Bill and Pauline Williams, Judson Newton,
Aranese L Rolle, Paulette Glinton, Ethnie Stubbs, Elvis, Bertram,
Kenhue and Curling Rolle, Jacky Bonaby, ASP Nelson Burrows,
Francis Bullard and Family, ASP Hosea Douglas and family, The
Green Castle Community, Bimini Avenue Crew, Flamingo Gardens
Family, The Members of the Royal Bahamas Police Force and Other
Well Wishers and Friends.



Friends may pay their last Respects at Riverside Funeral
Chapel, Market Street and Bimini Avenue, on Wednesday from 10

a.m. To 7 p.m. and at the church from 8.30 a.m. on Thursday until
service time.







seniors from three New Provi-
dence high schools embarked
upon their technical and voca-
tional career this week.

Prior to the launch of the
Bahamas Technical and Voca-
tional Institute’s (BT VI) Strate-
gic Technical Educational
Preparation (STEP) pro-
gramme for 2008, students and
parents from Government High
School, C I Gibson and CR
Walker attended an orientation.

At the meeting, students
received information on their
future studies and parents had
the opportunity to ask questions
and learn about the STEP Pro-
gramme and the institute’s role
in preparing students for the
changing workplace.

“Tam really excited about this
programme.

‘We have tremendous sup-
port from parents and BTVI
administration to provide the
students with a real learning
challenge, as they engage in
doing technical work”, said
Godfrey Mackey, principal at
Government High School.
“This programme is an impor-
tant step for our students
toward increasing the interest
and understanding of technical
training for those whg have not
yet realised their potential for
academic success.”





THE REEF at Atlantis Starbucks manager, Enith McKinney, along
with assistant manager, Lisa Andrews.

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of Nassau,
Bahamas’ and
formerly of
Cambridge, England
will be held at Annunciation Greek
Orthodox Church, West Hill Street, Nassau
on Friday, 25th January, 2008 at 11:00am.



Father Teodor Bita will officiate.












Mr. Wilson is predeceased by his wife,
Lilian Ada; his brother, Reginald and his
sister, Joyce and is survived by a son,
Richard; daughter-in-law, .Maria;
grandsons, Mark and Scott; grand
daughters-in-law, Paula and Anna; grand
daughters, Leah and Kelly; great
grandsons, Rafe, Thomas and Gabriel;
great grand daughter, Bella; numerous
friends in England and The Bahamas.



Instead of flowers the family request that
donations be sent to the Annunciation
Greek Orthodox Church, P.O. Box N.823,
Nassau, in memory of Thomas L. Wilson.

Arrangements by Kemp’s Funeral Home
Limited.





HELPING OUT: From left to right: Andra Brown, Cl Gibson counsellor}
Ralph Williams, BTVI instructor; Cleomie Woods, BTVI academic dean;
Patronella Rolle, Cl Gibson vice-principal; Shawn Gibson, BTVI instructor;
Andrea Eve, Cl Gibson counsellor. Al
offering practical and theoreti
cal know-how about: masonry}
carpentry, air conditioning!
refrigeration and drywall instal/
lation. A

Students will attend classe
three times a week at the cam,
pus. fs

The STEP Programme’s
main objectives are to: strength-
en the academic and technica}
skills of participants; improve
student motivation and ability
to attain a technical degree
increase student awareness of
entry-level qualification requiré!
ments for skilled workers. ‘”





MEETING: Sean Adderley, BTVI
public relations and Cleomie
- Woods, BTVI academic dean, meet-
ing with parents and students of
the STEP Programme.

The programme provides an
effective framework to strength-
en academic performance by

Pair learn about growing and:
harvesting of coffee beans -“

iJ

Manager Enith McKinney and assistant manager Lisa Andrew&.
of Starbucks in The Reef, Atlantis were sent on a five day training
exercise at Starbucks Headquarters in Seattle, Washington.

Atlantis’ Food and Beverage Department said it organised thé
trip to ensure that all team members adhere to Starbuck’s standards?

“Since opening its doors last year, the restaurant, which employs
some 17 Bahamians and features chic furniture including trendy
oversized sofas along with state-of-the-art large flat screen LG
televisions,-has experienced tremendous success,” said Atlantis in
a statement.

“Key to its success has been the. ‘ft
warm welcoming atmosphere provided ~, -.SS
by its knowledgeable well trained asso- “I felt fi
ciates.” 19

The managers began their training honoured to

with a visit to a local Starbucks in Nas- have been

sau, after which they ventured off to :

Seattle for more in depth training. given the
Both managers had an opportunity .

to learn in detail about the operations opportunity

of Starbucks, including how the cof-

fee beans are grown and harvested. to tr avel to »
They were fascinated to witness cof-- Seattle.” >

fee beans being roasted, a process
which they saw during a visit to the
company’s processing plant.

Ms McKinney and Ms Andrews also had an opportunity to taste.
the various types of coffee sold under the Starbucks brand.

The managers received first hand information on how the coffee
is packaged and marketed, and also received extensive training 0
how to prepare the various meals and delicacies served in the
restaurant.

“I felt honoured to have been given the opportunity to travel t&
Seattle. We learnt a great deal of information. 16

“The management team over there really treated us great, the?
did not leave anything out and gave us all the experience that w®
needed to actually come back here and put all of the information
which we learned into play,” said Ms McKinney whose career iti!
Atlantis’ Food and Beverage Department dates back to 2001.

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wou

Major Red Cross _ Ministry welcomes Black Pilots of America —
event to honour — uf ae SC
Mrs Marina Glinton

| ‘THE Bahamas Red Cross has
announced that the 36th annual
Red Cross Ball will honour
pert Glinton, the organisa-
tion’s local director general.
| The event will take place on
Saturday, January 26 at 7pm at
the Crystal Ballroom at the
Wyndham Nassau Resort.
jglt will be held under the
patronage of Governor Gener-
marie Hanna, Mrs Hanna,
ime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham and Mrs Ingraham.
i “This black tie event will fea-
ture an evening of exquisite din-
ing, and dancing to the sounds
’ of the Lou Adams Orchestra;
the Royal Bahamas Police
Force Pop Band, Visage and
Jerry “The Iceman’ Butler,” said
the Red Cross in a statement.

It said patrons will have the
chance to win tickets to Europe,
Carnival cruises, Royal
Caribbean cruises and many
other exciting prizes donated
by various sponsors.
“Platinum sponsors of the
event include: the Central Bank
of the Bahamas, Burns House
Ltd, Bahamas First, Common-
wealth Bank, Kerzner Interna-
tional, Pictet Bank, FML, Cable
Bahamas, La Rose Boutique
and American Airlines.

An award winning performer,

oducer, and composer and

e of the architects of Rhythm

d Blues, Jerry ‘The Iceman’

utler has enjoyed a career

anning 49 years, which began
when he and Curtis Mayfield
formed The Impressions.

‘For Your Precious Love’,
written by Mr Butler and hailed
as a “landmark recording’ by
the Rolling Stones Magazine, is
just one of the numerous songs
he has written and performed.

Other hits include ‘He Will
Break Your Heart’; ‘Moon Riv-
er’; ‘Never Gonna Give You
Up’; ‘Hey Western Union Man’;
‘Brand New Me’; ‘Only the
Strong Survive’; and ‘Ain’t
Understanding Mellow’.

Nominated for three Gram-
mys for singing and composing,
Mr Butler is the recipient of
numerous awards including sev-
eral from the American Soci-

International
artist and local
entertainment
to be featured

ety of Composers Authors and
Publishers (ASCAP) and
Broadcast Music Inc (BMI) for
his song writing and publishing,
two Billboard Magazine
Awards as a writer and artist;
a CLIO Award for writing and
producing a commercial for
Johnson Products Co and two
Humanitarian Awards.

He was inducted into the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as
“one of the architects of
Rhythm and Blues” in 1991.

In 1994 he was the recipient
of a Rhythm and Blues Foun-
dation’s ‘Pioneer Award’; in
1995 he was a co-host. of the
Rhythm and Blues Foundation
Award ceremony and is now an
emeritus chairman of
the Rhythm and Blues Foun-
dation.

To this long list of achieve-
ments by Mr Butler we can also
add the title of Cook County
‘Commissioner, where he is
responsible, along with others,
for making laws, establishing
rules and setting policy compli-

ant with state and federal laws.

“I was first elected to public
office in 1985 and entered poli-
‘tics because of a strong inter-
est in the Civil Rights Move-
ment,” Mr Butler said.

The members of the Ball
Committee said they are also
very proud to feature the
Bahamas’ very own Royal
Bahamas Police Force Pop
Band, The Lou Adams Orches-
tra, and Visage.

‘The M C for the evening will
be the broadcaster Jerome
Sawyer.

The committee said tickets
are available at the Red Cross
Society’s Headquarters on JFK
Drive.







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THE MINISTRY of Tourism hosted a
reception to welcome members of the
Black Pilots of America to Grand
Bahama on Friday, January 18. The
reception was held at the Viva Wynd-
ham Fortuna Beach Resort. The group
was entertained by the Swingers
Junkanoo Group.

ABOVE: Members of the Black Pilots
of America enjoy the sound of the goat
skin drum and cow bell with group
president Palmer Sullins and national
secretary, Theresa White.

LEFT: Pictured from left are Theresa
L White BPA, Inc nationa! secretary;
Col (ret) Palmer Sullins, Jr, president,
BPA and Jeritzan Outten, senior direc-
tor in the Ministry of Tourism.



Mexico captures 11
alleged hit men from
. Sinaloa drug cartel

li MEXICO CITY

ELEVEN ALLEGED hit men for a powerful drug cartel were
captured Tuesday at Mexico ‘City mansions stocked with grenades
and automatic weapons — a day after Mexican authorities report-
ed nabbing one of the cartel’s reputed leaders, according to Asso-
ciated Press.

; Police said it was the first time they have found a safe house
linked to the cartel in the capital city.

“Yes, the cartel is operating here in Mexico City,” said Edgar Mil-
lan, top commander of Mexico’s national federal police, at a news

nference following pre-dawn raids on two houses in southern -

exico City. Eight men were arrested in one raid and three in the
her.

* Milan said the men, whose identities were not released, were part

af three cartel “commando” groups that may have been preparing
attacks in response to a federal crackdown on drug trafficking.

| The suspects were lined up in the homes’ spacious living rooms

nd presented to reporters alongside caches of seized weapons,
including 20 fragmentation grenades, automatic weapons, rifles, and
materials presumably intended for constructing a drug lab.

' Police also found 40 bulletproof vests, eight of which bore the ini-
tials FEDA, which Millan said was likely a Spanish acronym for
“‘Arturo’s Special Forces.” Authorities also found an unspecified
amount of cash in one of the homes.

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Culiacan with two suitcases containing $900,000, an assault rifle, a
luxury SUV and 11 expensive watches, the army said.

_ The U.S. ambassador to Mexico, Tony Garza, praised Mon-

ay’s arrest as “a significant victory.”

| Army Gen. Luis Arturo Oliver Cen said the arrested Beltran Ley-
Ya commanded two groups of hit men for the cartel, whose reach
éxtends from the northwestern state of Sonora to the southern
state of Oaxaca. He was allegedly in charge of transporting drugs,
bribing officials and laundering money for the cartel, which is led
by Mexico’s most-wanted drug lord, Joaquin Guzman.

; Guzman escaped from federal prison in 2001 in a laundry cart
after bribing guards.

; Alfredo Beltran Leyva’s arrest follows two weeks of bloody
confrontations along the U.S.-Mexico border between federal
agents and gunmen suspected of working for the Arellano Felix and

ulf cartels, rivals of the Sinaloa.

| In the border state of Tamaulipas, across from Texas, dozens of
soldiers in armored cars surrounded the police stations in Nuevo
Laredo, Matamoros and Reynosa on Tuesday to check whether the
police officers’ weapons, radios and phones were connected to
crimes.

| No arrests were reported and officers were allowed back on the
streets.

_ In San Nicolas, a suburb of Monterrey, gunmen firing from a car
shot and killed Judge Ernesto Palacios, police said.

| He had been overseeing the trial of two alleged hit men arrest-
éd in 2005.

| On Monday, a high-ranking local police official in the border city
of Ciudad Juarez, across from El Paso, Texas, was shot to death out-
side his home by unidentified gunmen — the day after a Juarez
police captain was shot to death in his patrol car.

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FUNERAL OF CURTIS MCMILLAN



The funeral of former
parliamentarian and member of
the first PLP Cabinet, Dr. Curtis

McMillan, took place at
Hillview Seventh Day Adventist
Church. He was laid to rest on
Monday in Lakeview Cemetery.



SADLY MISSED: In a dignified procession, the casket containing Dr. Curtis McMillan is taken to Lakeview Ceme-
tery. Wife Thelma McMillan and his children were among mourners to hear tributes paid to a man described
as a visionary and dreamer who made a significant contribution to the Bahamas during the 1960s and 70s. Dr.
McMillan, a dentist by training, was the first health professional to serve as minister of health in the Bahamas.






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@ By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL :
Tribune Business
Reporter

THE developer behind the
$700 million Rum Cay Resort
Marina project yesterday said
it was not pulling out, despite
concerns expressed by islanders
that all construction work on
the development had halted,
with most workmen having left
the island.

Michael Farrant, a senior
executive with Montana Hold-
ings, said the developer was still
committed to Rum Cay, telling
Tribune Business that just
because there was no vertical
construction happening did not
mean that the project was in
jeopardy.

“I think that people need to
have some patience. We have
no intention of pulling out and
we are still committed. Just
because at the moment you may
not see a backhoe or vertical
construction does not mean that
the project has stopped. We are
just at another stage,” Mr Far-
rant said.

He was speaking in response
to reports reaching The Tribune

Rum Cay residents concerned all
construction work on Montana
Holdings project stopped, with all
workmen bar two having left island

trom residents on Rum Cay,
who said Montana Holdings
had only two employees left on
the island - just watching over
the work site and its Sumner
Point Marina - and that work
had come to a standstill.

Mr Farrant said that when-
ever a company is building a
project with the scope and
dimension of Rum Cay, many
facets were involved.

“I think that when construc-
tion work stops then people
automatically think that’s the
end of the project because they
do not understand how devel-
opment works,” he added.

Speaking with The Tribune
yesterday, Delores Wilson, a
business owner on Rum Cay,
confirmed what The Tribune
had been told. She said Mon-
tana Holdings staff on the island
had been reduced to two gar-
deners, and that construction

work had come to a standstill.

Ms Wilson said very few of
the employees engaged on the
project had been Rum Cay res-
idents, which meant that the
island’s employment situation
had not been impacted.

Mr Farrant was also asked
about reports that the Carlton
Group was helping Montana
with a $80 million line of credit,
which he refused to comment
on. He would only say that
financing is one aspect of the
project.

A November 21, 2007, press
release issued by the Carlton
Group, a real estate and loan
sale investment banking firm,
with offices in New York, Palm
Beach and Tel Aviv, described
making an $80 million line of
debt financing available to the

SEE page 3B

SECTION B ¢ business@tribunemedia.net



@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business
Editor =
SIX out of 10 Bahamian

hotels sustained a net loss in

2007, a statistic that Bahamas

Hotel Association (BHA)

executives yesterday said was

“significant” and troubling

for the industry’s future sus-

tainability and profitability.
Unveiling the findings of a

BHA survey, Russell Miller,

the Association’s president,

said that while Bahamian



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quality, plus the relatively
high cost of doing business
in the Bahamas.

Mr Miller said: “The cost
of doing business continues
to be an issue. We've talked
about it with successive gov-
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investment.

“The cost of doing busi-
ness in the Bahamas is very,
very expensive. A lot of our
hotels are the smaller hotels,
and if they do not have a suc-
cessful first and second quar-
ter to sustain them through
the rest of the year, it
becomes very difficult to
make a profit.”

Mr Miller later told The
Tribune that while larger
Bahamas-based resort prop-
erties were better-placed to
absorb the higher costs of
doing business “and deal with
it”, they eroded profitability

_for smaller resorts and
“handicaps” them from
investing in upgrades and.
expansion to their properties.

The main culprits behind
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Babak received ‘no salary, gain’ as GBPA chair

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor —

ATTORNEYS for the late
Edward St George’s estate have
argued that the Grand Bahama
Port Authority’s (GBPA)

immediate holding company.

does not have any liability to
ousted chairman Hannes
Babak, alleging that the Immi-
gration Department was told he
would not receive “any salary,
reward, profit or gain” within
the Immigration Act’s mean-
ing.

Lindsay Luttermann, an
attorney with the estate’s Cay-
man Islands-based counsel,
Walkers, disputed in an affidavit
filed with the Supreme Court



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Hotels ‘optimistic’
on solution to $2.5m
airport overtime woe

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Bahamian hotel indus-
try is “optimistic” that the Gov-
ernment will soon address the
millions of dollars airlines are
being forced to pay the Cus-
toms and Immigration Depart-
ments in per annum overtime
fees, yesterday arguing that this
was impacting tourist arrivals
by discouraging evening flights.

In a response to Tribune
Business’s question on the issue,
which has cost airlines an addi-
tional $2.5 million, Russell

Miller, the Bahamas Hotel.

Association’s (BHA) president,
said: “That’s something we’ve
addressed very strongly with
government, and we are opti-
mistic that very soon we will get
some comments back on how
that is going to be handled.”

He added that the issue was
being dealt with at “the high-
est level of government”, given
its potential negative impact on
airlift into the Bahamas, and
the knock-on effects for the
tourism industry and wider
Bahamian economy.

Currently, airlines with flights
landing at Lynden Pindling
International Airport (LPIA)
in the evening after normal
working hours are required to
cover the overtime costs that
Customs and Immigration incur
in deploying personnel to deal
with these arrivals.

This has discouraged carriers,
such as American Eagle and
Continental Connection, from
flying into Nassau during the
evening hours.

Frank Comito, the BHA’s
executive vice-president, said
both airlines had indicated that
servicing New Providence with
evening flights would be “eco-
nomically to their advantage”,
and the tourism industry was
“certain” they would come if
not faced with having to pay
$2.5 million per annum in over-
time costs.

Mr Comito said such a devel-
opment, if it happened, would
result in a “net revenue gain”
for both the Government and
the hotel industry.

“This is an issue that has con-
sequences for the economy and
for us all, so it’s important it’s
resolved as quickly as possible,”
Mr Comito said. It is under-
stood that a major stumbling
block may involve the terms of
the industrial agreement that
immigration and customs offi-
cers have secured.

Meanwhile, Mr Miller said
there had been discussions with
the new US Ambassador, Ned
Siegel, on the potential threat to
the Bahamian hotel and tourism
industry - especially in the Fam-
ily Islands - from Washington’s
proposals on passenger lists for
private aircraft,

“I know we have had some
discussions with the new US
Ambassador, and he is in agree-
ment with it and advanced it to
the government agencies,” Mr
Miller said.

More than $120 million in

~ potential tourist spending in the

Bahamas could be negatively

SEE page 5B

assertions made by lan Boxall,
an Intercontinental Diversified
Corporation (IDC) director,
that the company “may have a
significant liability to pay” to Mr
Babak, possibly totalling as
much as $65 million.

Ms Luttermann alleged: “The
plaintiffs do not believe that
IDC has any possible liability
to Mr Babak, still less that any
such liability is in the order of
$65 million as Mr Boxall sug-
gests.” /

To back up this allegation,
attached as exhibits were copies
of correspondence between the
GBPA and the Immigration

Department in June 2006 relat-
ing to Mr Babak’s status, and
ultimate work permit applica-
tion, for the GBPA and Port
Group Ltd chairmanship role.

A June 12, 2006, letter, signed
by Sir Jack Hayward, said he
and Lady Henrietta St George
had decided to appoint Mr
Babak as chairman and the
shareholders’ representative at
the GBPA and Port Group Ltd.

“Mr Babak is a permanent
resident of the Bahamas, with-
out the right to work ‘save in
his own business’. Upon con-
sultation with our legal depart-
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permit is not necessary, as Mr
Babak is not employed by
GBPA or Port Group Ltd, and
does not receive a salary from
either of these companies,” Sir
Jack allegedly wrote.

James Rolle, assistant direc-

tor of immigration, replied two
days later, stating that because
Mr Babak’s status only permit-
ted him to work in his own busi-
ness, and he had not been
issued with a work permit for
the GBPA post, “he should
cease forthwith from work with

SEE page 4B

facing Bahamian hotels, Mr
Miller said, were labour pro-
ductivity and payroll expens-
es, plus utility costs.

This was especially the
case when it came to elec-
tricity. Michael Hooper, a
BHA vice-president and
senior executive at Baha
Mar’s Cable Beach Resorts,
said given that all Bahamian
households had felt the
impact of the fuel surcharge
increase, it was not hard to
imagine the effect this had
on a large Bahamian hotel
coping with six-figure per
month BEC bills already.,

A profitable hotel indus-
try would not only encour-
age existing resort owners to
reinvest in their existing
properties and expand them,

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from Stamp Tax
exemption’s end |

@ By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter

BAHAMIAN realtors are
already experiencing a “terrible
fall out” as a result of the Gov-
ernment’s decision not to renew
the Stamp Tax exemption for
first-time buyers of real estate
with an appraisal value of
$250,000 or less.

Bishop Walter Hanchell, of
PGF Realty, told Tribune Busi-
ness yesterday that real estate
brokers were losing business as a
result of the policy, which he

said was imposing economic:

hardship on many middle and
lower income Bahamians.

“This decision does not affect
persons who can afford a home
over $250,000 and who can
afford to pay the tax. Rather, it is
affecting those persons who are
struggling to buy a home,” he
said,

“My recommendation is that
they reverse the decision and
give back the exemption. They
can afford to do it, just like they
can afford to everything else. It
was a very bad move. This is
something that I feel strongly
about because it is causing a
hardship on Bahamians.”

Paul Moss, of Dominion
Management Services, agreed,
saying the Government must
reverse its decision or it will
force tremendous economic
hardship on the mast:
tor of .octety, shattenmg dreams
of honie ownership.

“The FNM has promised to
be build 3,00 \ > this

vdh Pel.

edly sec-

~ wl be x vot Lomes
under the $250,000 threshold, it
means that there are 3,000 fam-
ilies who will suffer,” Mr Moss
said. He added that this also
depended on families being able
to qualify for mortgages.
Mr Moss added that he did
not buy. into the FNM’s argu-
ment that it was necessary not to



renew the Stamp Tax exemption
because it was causing too great
a drain on the Government’s tax
revenues, impacting the public
finances and Budgetary position.

He explained that while the
Government would lose the rev-
enue on real estate transactions,
it was sure to have gained that
money back in other areas.

“For example, homeowners
would have been paying for util-
ities, landscaping, furniture, all of
which would have had revenue
attached to it for the Govern-
ment. Is just bad economics,”
Mr Moss said.

He warned that it was deci-
sions such as that which high-
lighted the need for the country
to have a finance minister with
the background to operate the
country from a business per-
spective.

Mr Moss said that in the for-
mer FNM administration, the
country benefited from Sir
William Allen, and in the for-
mer PLP administration, the
country benefited from James
Smith.

The former PLP government
extended the Stamp Tax exemp-
tion to first-time home buyers
for properties with an appraisal
value of up to $250,000, believ-
ing the move would make home
ownership more affordable for
middle and low-income Bahami-
ans. The exemption, though,
expired on January 8, 2008.

Apart from stimulating the
housing market and enabling
more Bahamians to fulfill their
dream to ‘own a piece of the
rock’, the Christie government

alo believed there vould be a
nefit pro ‘uce °
Suv clus given io the construc:

tion and real estate industries —

‘despite the tax revenue given

up.
Homes priced between

~ $50,000-$100,000 are taxed at 6

per cent stamp tax, homes
between $100,000 and $250,000
are taxed at 8 per cent, "ind
homes above $250,000 are taxed

“OTL.

at 10 per cent.

Homes valued at between
$100,000 to $250,000 were pre-
viously subject to Stamp Tax
equivalent to 8 per cent of the
purchase price. This was usually
split 50/50 between the purchas-
er and vendor, meaning each
paid 4 per cent, or paid in full by
the buyer depending on the
nature of the sales agreement.

For example, on a property
appraised at $230,000, if a first-
time buyer was paying the full 8
per cent Stamp Tax, they would
have to pay $18,400 in tax to the
Treasury as a one-time lump
sum up front to close the trans-
action. Even at 4 per cent, that is
some $9,200.

This was what the exemption
removed, and in an economy
with a relatively low savings rate,
many Bahamians living from pay
cheque to pay cheque, that is a
significant sum that most would
be unable to finance from their
own resources.

Stamp Tax is a major upfront
cost for Bahamians, especially
given the low savings rate in this
country.

The Stamp Tax also com-
pounded the other closing costs,
which include legal fees - usual-
ly 2.5 per cent of the purchase
price; 6 per cent realtor com-
mission; 7 per cent architects’
fees on new buildings; and bank
closing costs. .

Realtors, though, had previ-
ously complained that there
were problems with how the
increase in the Stamp Tax
exemption to properties valued
at $250,000 or below worked in
pte tice, some saying that unless

: --aisal was for $200,000
o. .. . the Ministry of Finance
was reluctant to grant the
exemption.

The exemption was based on
the appraisal value of the prop-
erty conducted by a realtor,
rather than the purchase price, in
order to prevent any Stamp
Duty evasion by the under-
reporting of transaction values.

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Six per cent of hoteliers say tourism ‘strong’

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

WHILE Bahamian hoteliers
anticipate a moderate improve-
ment in the industry’s perfor-
mance in 2008, just 6 per cent
rate this nation’s tourism econ-
omy as being “strong”, with the
industry facing continued chal-
lenges over worker perfor-
mance and productivity.

Drawing on the findings from
a survey of 21 Bahamian hotels
by his organisation, Russell
Miller, the Bahamas Hotel
Association’s (BHA) president,
said some 38 per cent of respon-
dents felt the tourism econo-

my’s strength today was.

“weak”, and another 56 per
cent felt it was “strong”.

Assessing the outlook for the
Bahamian hotel industry in
2008, the BHA survey found
that 81 per cent of resorts had a
‘fair’ outlook, another 13 per
cent were viewing the year ‘pos-
itively’, and 6 per cent had a
“negative” view on the year
ahead.

Mr Miller said 2007 had been
a “difficult” year for the hotel
industry, and while “some
improvement” was anticipated
for 2008, continued uncertainty
over the US economy and
whether it would plunge into
recession - despite yesterday’s
0.75 per cent interest rate cut
by the Federal Reserve - were
casting a shadow over the sec-
tor.

$700m developer: We're

FROM page 1B

Rum Cay Resort Marina pro-
ject.

The release described the
Carlton Group as the “exclu-
sive advisor for the develop-
ment of a mixed-use resort, to
include a hotel, marina, condo-
miniums, fractional ownership,
an equestrian centre and an
airstrip as the only resort com-
munity on a unique island in
the Bahamas”.

Other sources of financing for
the Rum Cay project have come
from a “$20 million-plus con-
struction line of credit” that
Montana Holdings obtained
from Matrix Group, a UK real
estate and private equity
investor, and Halifax/Bank of
Scotland, a UK financial insti-
- tution.

Source

Another source is Integrat-
ed Data Corp, a Delaware-
based telecommunications
holding company, which is list-
ed on the Nasdaq pink sheets.

In its filings with the Securi-
ties & Exchange Commission
(SEC), Integrated Data Corp
said it had taken a 20 per cent

The BHA president said the
Bahamian hotel industry con-
tinued “to be presented with
challenges which affect our abil-

ity to compete successfully and"

experience growth in keeping
with the global trends”.

Apart from the relatively high
cost of doing business in the
Bahamas, which were related
to payroll, utility, insurance and
customs duties issues, the hotel
industry’s main concerns includ-
ed workforce quality and pro-
ductivity, and airlift and issues
at Lynden Pindling Interna-
tional Airport.

“Their second top concern
was tied to workforce availabil-
ity and workforce quality,” Mr
Miller said. “Employers are dis-
appointed with the limited pool
of qualified entry-level employ-
ees and the inconsistency in per-
formance of too many existing
employees. ,

“The growing shortage of
skilled labour at all levels and
inconsistencies in productivity
with some members of our
existing workforce” continued
to challenge Bahamian hotels,
which had identified poor edu-
cation quality and its increas-
ing drag on workforce produc-
tivity as the main factor inhibit-
ing the industry’s global com-
petitiveness.

The industry’s other major
concerns, Mr Miller added,
were increasing global compe-
tition, high air transportation
costs, the absence of tourist

stake in Montana Holdings for
$13 million, acquiring 1,120 of
its 5,600 outstanding shares, in
addition to providing the com-
pany with an unsecured $7 mil-
lion revolving credit facility.

Resort

The Rum Cay Resort-Mari-
na had at that point been val-
ued at $65 million, with the

urchase price coming from

3.88 million in cash; $6.12 mil-
lion via the sale of 3,060,000
Integrated Data Corp shares;
and $3 million via an unse-
cured loan from Mr Mittens,
Montana Holdings’ chairman
and majority shareholder.

Integrated Data Corp repaid
$1 million to Mr Mittens on
April 3, 2007, leaving a $2.047
million balance as at Novem-
ber 1.

The SEC filings added: “We
also entered into an agreement
to provide Montana Holdings
an ongoing loan facility of up
to $6 million to be utilised in
defraying the general costs of
Montana Holdings' Rum Cay
development programme in
the Bahamas during the whole
of 2007.

“In addition, we agreed to
provide up to $1 million in

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Bahamas, and crime and the
perception of high levels of
criminal activity.

The BHA president said
hoteliers were seeing “a huge
deficiency” in the educational
system “at the entry level across
the board”, especially with grad-
uates coming fresh out of high
school and presenting them-
selves for work.

Beverley Saunders, Kerzner
International’s head of human
resources, who also heads the
BHA committee dealing with
education and training, said one
of the decisive factors that will
determine whether the
Bahamas stays in tourism and
remains competitive is “the
quality of service we provide to
our customers”.

She pointed out that
“whether we like it or not” one-
third of all jobs in the Bahamas
depended on or were created
by the tourism and hospitality
industry, and said the industry
“offers more viable career
choices than at any time in the
Bahamas’ history”.

Failing to invest in and devel-
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children in high schools were
aware of all the career oppor-
tunities available in tourism,
including engineering, market-
ing and human resources, and
did not see it as a choice of last

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“On July 30, 2007, both par-
ties agreed to reduce the max-
imum loan amount under this
loan facility from $7 million to
$5 million. The current loan
balance under this loan facility
as of November 1, 2007,
including interest, is approxi-
mately $4.030 million.”

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It will also feature an 80-slip
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out of up to 200 slips, a Marina
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“Parents can no longer say:
‘I don’t want you making up a
bed’,” she said. The BHA

‘donates some $250,000 annual-

ly to assist the College of the
Bahamas with its tourism-relat-
ed courses.

Mr Miller said that while
most hoteliers had moved
“from the pessimistic leanings”
of 2007 to more optimism for
2008, this appeared to be dri-
ven by the fact that additional
room inventory and refurbished
room product would come on
stream.

Some 37 per cent of hotels
surveyed by the BHA said
employment levels would
increase in 2008, up from the
25 per cent who said staffing
levels rose in 2007. Half of
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decline.

Some 82 per cent of hoteliers
expected revenues and sales to
be up in 2008, with 13 per cent
forecasting a decline, the
improved outlook largely being
driven by expected rises in
room prices. Some 75 per cent
of hotels expect to increase
prices in 2008.

On profitability, some 56 per
cent are looking at an improve-
ment, with only 13 per cent
forecasting a slight decline and

6 per cent a major decline.
Some 57 per cent of hotels
are anticipating increasing cap-
ital spending in 2008, with 69
per cent forecasting a rise in
room occupancy levels.
Mr Miller said Bahamians

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competitive world, and “cannot
assume that visitors will just
come to the Bahamas”. All
Bahamians had a role to play
in sustaining the tourism indus-

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60 per cent of hotels in Bahamas make net loss

FROM page 1B

Mr Miller said, but attract new
investors into the Bahamas and
the industry.

The result, he explained,
would be increased employ-
ment for Bahamians and eco-
nomic growth, plus a sustain-
able, profitable and vibrant
hotel industry - the country’s
main private employer.

Frank Comito, the BHA’s
executive vice-president, said
many Bahamians fell into the
trap of believing resort proper-
ties would be around for ever,
regardless of whether they were
profitable or delivered a return
to their owners.

“The fact that six out of 10
hotels surveyed reported a net
loss in 2007 is very significant,”
Mr Comito said. “When you
look at our competitiveness,
there is no guarantee that hotels

Babak received

FROM page 1B

the Grand Bahama Port
Authority”.

However, the GBPA was
invited to apply for a work per-
mit for Mr Babak.

Ms Luttermann alleged in her

will stay open in the Bahamas.

“It’s a business. It requires a
return on investment. The key
to a successful investment is the
cost of doing business.”

The BHA survey, based on
responses from 21 hotels,
including both large and mid-
sized properties from Nassau-
Paradise Island, Grand Bahama
and the Family Islands, found
that 57 per cent of resort prop-
erties surveyed saw profits
decline in 2007. Only 37 per
cent reported a profits increase
over 2006.

While hotel industry employ-
ment was stable, as job losses
were offset by the opening of
new and refurbished room
inventory, the BHA survey indi-
cated that declining resort occu-
pancy rates were also compen-
sated for - this time by increased
average daily room rates
(ADRs).

The BHA survey found that
most hotels reported rising rev-

affidavit that the June 16, 2006,
response to Mr Rolle by Sir
Albert Miller, the GBPA’s chief
executive, stated that Mr Babak
would not be engaged in any
gainful occupation as chairman,
and would not receive “any
salary, reward, profit or gain
within the meaning of the Immi-

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that the

winding up

and dissolution of ULTRA WHITNEY FUND
LIMITED has been completed in accordance

with the Articles of Dissolution and that the
Company has been struck from the Register of
Companies on the 7th day of December, 2007.

Maria Férére
Liquidator



LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No.45 of 2000)

CHROME HOLDNGS LIMITED

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section

137 (8) of the International Business Companies Act,
(No.45 of 2000), the Dissolution of CHROME HOLD-
INGS LIMITED has been completed, a Certificate of
Dissolution has been issued and the Company has there-

fore been struck off the Register. The date of completion
of the dissolution was the 20th Day of December, 2007.

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enues, driven largely by the
room rate rises. Yet 60 per cent
of those surveyed also reported
falls in room occupancies, with
only 7 per cent reporting that
occupancy rates were up “sig-
nificantly” over 2006 levels.

Yet despite the relative lack
of profitability, Bahamas-based
hotels continued to invest in
capital improvements to their
properties. Some 57 per cent of
resorts surveyed by the BHA
said they increased capital
expenditure in 2007, with 19 per
cent raising this “significantly”.

In analysing the industry’s
2007 performance, none of the
hotels surveyed said they
reduced employment “signifi-
cantly”. Some 25 per cent said
staffing levels had been reduced
slightly in 2007, while another
50 per cent said employee num-
bers remained the same.

Yet only 19 per cent of resort
properties said employment lev-
els had been increased, and only

6 per cent said staff number had
been increased “significantly”.

On profitability, some 13 per
cent of resorts surveyed by the
BHA said income was “down
significantly” in 2007, while
another 44 per cent experienced
some decline.

Some 6 per cent of hotels said
profitability was flat, while
another 31 per cent saw an
income increase. Yet only 6 per
cent saw a “significant” increase
in profits.

When it came to sales/rev-
enues, some 19 per cent of
resorts surveyed by the BHA
reported a “significant” decline,
while 31 per cent saw a minor
drop. Around 38 per cent of
resorts saw revenues rise mod-
erately, and another 13 per cent
saw them grow significantly.

On room occupancy, 60 per
cent of hotels said this
decreased either significantly or
moderately in 2007, while just
34 per cent saw some sort of

increase.

Some 19 per cent of hotels
covered in the BHA survey
added that they had dropped
their prices in 2007; a further
19 per cent had kept them in
line with 2006 levels; and 62 per
cent had increased them.

The major factors impacting
the Bahamian hotel industry’s
performance in 2007 are not
new. They were the US pass-
port requirements of the West-
ern Hemisphere Travel Initia-
tive (WHTI); increased compe-
tition and its aggressive mar-
keting compared to the
Bahamas; the US economic
slowdown; and less room inven-
tory due to refurbishments.

The fact that the BHA sur-
vey revealed that 60 per cent of
Bahamian hotels made a net
loss in 2007 is likely to surprise
few in the industry, as many
resort owners - apart from
Kerzner International with its
Atlantis and One & Only

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Ocean Club properties - have
been struggling to make a prof-
it for years.

Management/operating
brands, though, have fared bet-
ter because their profits are cal-
culated as a percentage of the
gross revenues Or operating
profits, not the net.

The Bahamas’ relatively high
operating costs mean that
resorts have to provide an expe-
rience that exceeds all customer
expectations, in order to justify
the high room rates charged.
Only Kerzner International’s
properties, plus some niche
hotels in the Family Islands,
have managed to do this to
date.

The need for high room rates
to cover operating costs has also
meant the Bahamas has a
dearth of mid-priced resort
properties, leading to fears this
nation’s hotel industry is being
forced to price itself out of the
market.

‘no salary, gain’ as GBPA chair

gration Act”.

“This representation was
repeated by Mr Babak in his
application form, signed by him
under oath,” Ms Luttermann
alleged. “At paragraph 24 of
that form, which required him
to set out ‘particulars of salary,
commissions etc or other bene-
fits to be received in relation to
this application’, he provided
no such particulars.

“I do not understand on what
basis it is now therefore being
suggested that he is owed $65
million for his role as chairman,
when both GBPA and Mr

Babak represented that he
would receive no award, salary
or other benefit in such role.”

Ms Luttermann alleged that
neither Mr Boxall not any oth-
er IDC director had discussed
the issue of Mr Babak’s poten-
tial liability with Lady Henriet-
ta, who is herself an IDC direc-
tor, or the St George estate.

“Not has the advice taken by
IDC on this issue or the assess-
ment of potential damages of
$65 million been provided to
Lady Henrietta St George or
any representative of the
estate,” she alleged.

The general public is advised that
the mid-day Prayer Meeting for
BETHESDA FAITH MINISTRIES
has now been relocated to the

West wing of the Bahamas Faith
Ministries Int’! Carmichael Road.
Service time for mid-day prayer

12 noon - 2p.m.
For further info please contact:
392-3278



Established Bahamian Company in
Construction, Service and Retail

Is looking to hire an energetic and ambitous
Bahamian person as

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Also possible share puchase option.

Replies in writing with Resume to
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Legal Notice

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES
/ ACT
(No.45 of 2000)

LAPIS INVESTMENTS LTD.

In Voluntary liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (4)

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

LAPIS INVESTMENTS LTD. has been dissolved and struck off
the Register according to the Certificate of Dissolution issued by the
Registrar General on the 31st day of December, 2007.

Fides Liquidators Inc.
Arango-Orillac Building
54th Street, Panama
Republic of Panama
Liquidator



Mr Boxall, in an affidavit
sworn in support of IDC’s appli-
cation to block a $12.1 million
dividend payment by the Port
Authority and Port Group Ltd
receivers, alleged that the com-
panies “may have a significant
liability to pay” Mr Babak.

Mr Boxall alleged that Mr
Babak’s Cayman-based attor-
neys, Maples & Calder, had
already written to IDC’s attor-
neys, Bodden & Bodden, on
December 12, 2007, in relation
to their client’s contract to act as
GBPA chairman.

While IDC was preparing to
respond to that letter, Mr Box-
all alleged: “IDC considers that
it may have a significant’ liabili-
ty to pay Mr Hannes Babak his
remuneration for 2006-2007,
and will require funds to secure
payment of that contin-
gemcy....... a

He then added: “Further-
more, IDC has now had Mr

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Babak’s contractual entitlement
assessed. Subject to caveats by
the valuers, it appears that if it
were to be terminated, the pay-
out value would be in excess of
some $65 million, which IDC
and/or the GBPA and/or Port
Group Ltd would be liable to
pay.”

A letter written on January
7, 2008, by Andre Feldman, Mr
Babak’s attorney, to Sir Orville
Turnquest, the attorney for

‘ IDC, said that under his con-

tract, Mr Babak became enti-
tled on April 15, 2007, to pay-
ment of 25 per cent of the Port
companies’ profits over $7 mil-
lion.

‘As the receivers stated that
the profit was $34 million (plus
the previously paid dividend
amount of $6 million), this
means that Mr Babak is now
entitled to payment of $8.25
million (being 25 per cent of
$40 million minus $7 million)
together with interest, amount-
ing to no less than $275,000 (5
per cent per annum for eight
months), Mr Feldman wrote.

“On behalf of Mr Babak,
therefore, I hereby make a
claim for his overdue compen-
sation and request payment of
at least this figure, or in the
alternative an undertaking that
an amount no less than this sum
is being held to the order of Mr
Babak, and will not be paid out
of IDC until such clarification of
the financial figures takes
place.”

Mr Feldman added that fur-
ther alleged remuneration of |
Mr Babak was due to occur on
April 15, 2008.

Legal Notice

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES
ACT
(No.45 of 2000)

HERRINGBONE INVESTMENTS LTD.

In Voluntary liquidation

Notice. is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (4)
of the International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000),
HERRINGBONE INVESTMENTS LTD. has been dissolved and
struck off the Register according to the Certificate of Dissolution

issued by the Registrar General on the 31st day of December, 2007.

Fides Liquidators Inc.
Arango-Orillac Building
54th Street, Panama
Republic of Panama
Liquidator

NOTICE

The following practices located at #36 Collins
Avenue, Nassau, will be closed permanently on 22
February, 2008, at the latest:

° KENNETH W. KNOWLES, M.D.
¢ BAHAMAS OPTICAL CENTRE, LTD.

Patients who wish to obtain records are asked to
mail a written request, containing clear patient ID

information elc.,

to Box N-8322, Nassau. Following

that, specific arrangements may then be made by

telephone at 325-4754, 322-

4940. Regretfully, no

further letters can be written.


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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2008, PAGE 5B



Hotels ‘optimistic’ on solution
to $2.5m airport overtime woe

FROM page IB

impacted if the US goes through
with existing proposals on pas-
senger lists for private aircraft,
with support services and gov-
ernment revenues also hit.

Mr Comito previously told
The Tribune that Ministry of
Tourism data had shown that
some 73,000 stopover visitors
to the Bahamas in 2006 had
arrived by private aircraft, a seg-
ment of the tourism industry
that was rapidly expanding.

He added that although he
had not seen the.documents,
the Bahamas Out Island Pro-
motions Board had told the
BHA that research done a few
years ago indicated that private
plane tourists spent 40 per cent
more than the average stopover
visitor.

Given that stopover visitors
to the Bahamas spent $1200 per
capita on average, this 40 per
cent increase translated into an
increased $480 spend per pri-
vate plane tourist, meaning that

their average per capita spend
was $1680 per head.
Multiplying this figure by the
number of 2006 private plane
visitors gives a total spending
figure of $122.64 million for this
tourist segment, showing just
how the Bahamas might be
impacted by the US Customs
and Border (BCP) proposals.
Washington is proposing that
all general aviation (private air-
craft) passenger manifests be
filed electronically with its secu-
rity agencies, chiefly Customs
and Border Protection (CBP),
and within 24 hours of depar-
ture or arrival from the US.
Mr Comito yesterday
expressed concerns that the
Economic Partnership Agree-
ment (EPA) this nation was set
to sign with the European
Union (EU) could expose
tourism sectors normally
reserved for Bahamian owner-
ship only, such as ground trans-
portation, tour and excursion
providers, to direct competition
from European-owned firms.
The BHA’s executive com-
mittee, Mr Comito said, had
only just begun to discuss the

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Halsbury Chambers is seeking to employ two

ualified Attorneys-At-Law

ollowing criteria:

who _ satisfy the

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conveyancing and real property with a
minimum of three to five years practical
and professional experience.

LITIGATION - specializin

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work, personal injury, family law and
probate with a minimum of three to five
years practical and professional experience.

arma

Applicants should be organized, diligent, a team
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supervision.

Successful applicants

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pension plan and profit-sharing scheme. Salary will
commensurate with experience.

Interested applicants should deliver their curriculum
vitas to our office situate on Village Road North,
Nassau, The Bahamas.

ROYAL BANK OF CANADA WEALTH MANAGEMENT
is considering applications for

Senior Trust |
Professional/ Technical
Fiduciary Counsel

rovide in house
technical fiduciary guidance to the trust team and
manage a book of complex fiduciary structures for our
High Net Worth clients.

The successful candidate will

The successful candidate should possess the following:

¢ A university degree in Law

° Professional designation, such as TEP, which is
related to the provision of fiduciary services

° Knowledge of trust and estate planning
techniques for North American, Latin and
European high net worth individuals

¢ Excellent knowledge of international fiduciary law

¢ Minimum of 3 years experience servicing hig
net worth clients in the offshore financial services
industry

¢ Proven ability to deliver the highest quality of
service to high net worth individuals

e Excellent communication skills

Interested persons should apply by
Monday, January 28, 2008.

Royal Bank of Canada Trust Company
(Bahamas) Limited

PO Box N-3024

Nassau, NP, Bahamas

Attention: Fiona Sirra

Via Email: fiona.sirra@rbc.com

Only applications from suitably qualified candidates
will be acknowledged.

RBC
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RBC) of Canada

www.rbcroyalbank.com/caribbean/bahamas

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EPA’s implications for the
industry and the feedback they
would present to the Govern-
ment, which has six months to
submit an offer on investments
and services.

Praising

Praising the Government for
ensuring there was a “grace
period on services”, Mr Comi-
to said that among the sectors
where the Caribbean nations
had sought to secure reserva-
tions and exemptions on the
EPA were legal services,
tourism and financial services.

Mr Comito said there had to

. be “a bit of a balancing act”

between the benefits Bahami-
an consumers could obtain from
allowing EU firms into this mar-
ket, and encouraging Bahamian
ownership of their own econo-
my.

“There are concerns in
ground transportation, publish-
ing, advertising and in other
areas where we have a strong
Bahamian base of businesses,
as to whether we open up the
doors to businesses from the

EU,” Mr Comito said.

Gershan Major, the private
sector representative on the
BHA executive committee, who
is also head of the Chamber of
Commerce’s trade liberalisation
committee, said the EPA was
based on reciprocity.

The private sector was look-
ing to re-engage with the Gov-

ernment on the EPA, which. °

would provide both opportuni-
ties and challenges.

“The EPA will have an
impact across the board. It will
not be limited to goods and
manufacturing,” Mr Major said.

The Tribune understands that
while the Bahamas initially
committed to a ‘goods-only’
offer on the EPA, much work
remains to be done on ensur-
ing this country’s regulatory and
economic regime conforms with
the treaty’s requirements.

For example, this nation has
no competition regulator or

competition policy; no stan- +

dards bureau; no anti-dumping
legislation; no health or sani-
tary safeguards regime; no rules
or origin regime; and no coun-
tervailing duties regime.

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BRADFIELD INVESTMENTS LTD.
In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (4) of the International Business Companies Act,
2000, BRADFIELD INVESTMENTS LTD. is in
dissolution as of January 18, 2008.

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acquaintance’s act early in the
week. This person is trying to
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pointed, Libra, so don’t worry.
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make on Thursday, Scorpio, and
there’s no putting it off any longer. If
you need advice, turn to Cancer, this
steady sign won't steer you wrong.
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this week, Sagittarius, you won’t get
your wish. Several people need your
help with personal problems. Do
what you can for them. Your efforts
will be greatly appreciated.
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Entertainers liven up Se
Thang’s Christmas party

@ By THE VENDETTA GROUP

CHANGING the way retailers posi-
tion their brand in the marketplace,
and also as a way to celebrate their
loyal customers, Sexy Thang, a popular
ladies boutique on Robinson Road,
held one of the most talked about par-
ties over the holidays at Club Pure
Nightlife on East Bay Street. The high-
light of the evening was the live enter-
tainment provided by some of the
country's hottest up and coming inde-
pendent artists.

First up on stage was local recording
group G5, who was quickly followed by
reggae artist Bobo Ken, who per-
formed four snippets from his music
collection.

Draped in all-white with a red, gold
and green bandana on his head, Bobo
Ken ran out and gave the audience a
fiery performance just as he usually
does when he performs.

“It's all about the energy and actions
you give to the crowd. I give them
everything I got, and in return they're
entertained and my job has been
achieved,” Bobo Ken said.

Following Bobo Ken's performance,
Munks took to the stage dressed in all
black and carrying a backpack on his
back. He introduced himself to the
crowd as “something new.”

As the beat for his first song began
to play, there were people in the club
that had looks of curiosity on their
faces. A rake and scrape rhythm began
to emerge that was quickly joined by
the unique sounds of Congo snares
and rock guitars. As the song found
its pace, a heavy, pulsating bass kicked
in and that's when Munks let loose.

As a sudden burst of energy flared
from his body, the artist went into a
complete rampage of a performance.
Snatching the undivided attention of
the ladies as they watched, Munks
bounced around the stage gyrating and
shaking his hips, almost like a young
Machel Montano in his prime.

As he went into a second song even
stronger, he called to a,security guard
to hand him his bag from which he

pulled out three handfuls of roses to
give away to all the girls in the club.

Munks then sang “The Art of Woo,”
which was his first 'Junkapop' creation
to be released. The song has a catchy
chorus that had the girls chanting,
“Shake that thing girl,” over and over
again.

Before leaving the stage Munks left

the audience with a final thought.

“In life, you only have one chance,
one shot, and one try. So when you
go, go hard, when you do, do great,
when you try, never stop trying. No
matter what it is, treat it like your last,”
he said.

Making a surprise appearance, two-
time winning champion of the
Heineken Tempo Green Synergy DJ
competition, DJ Fynes, entered the
building, sending the crowd wild with
cheers of support and encouragement
as one of the country's youngest heroes
in the entertainment scene walked
through giving hails and greetings as he
made his way upstairs.

Business woman and the lady in
charge behind such a grand event was
Bridgette Coquillon of Sexy Thang,
who rated the party's turnout an
absolute success.

“We reached the type of crowd we
were aiming for and [that is] what's
most important. We had sophisticat-
ed ladies who came out looking their
sexiest. There was no violence and we
had ballers who were buying drinks by
the bottles,” she said.

Also representing Sexy Thang were
a number of young, beautiful girls
dressed seductively in silky red and
white Christmas lingerie waiting on
party guests.

The upper level of the club was
roped off and reserved for VIP guests
only. And bottles of champagne on ice
was stationed by various sofas for
guests as they mingled with each other.

With music provided by DJ Marvin
A and his team, the party got intense as
the DJ's had people dancing almost as
if they were completely hypnotized by
the selection of music.

And according to Ms Coquillon,
Sexy Thang will definitely be hosting
even better parties as the year goes by
and they will continue to feature live,
local entertainment.

“We are gearing towards promoting
more Bahamian artists at our events.
[We have] nothing against foreign
artists, but we prefer to [utilize]
Bahamian talent first,” Ms Coquillon
said.

¢ To learn more about Munks, inter-
ested persons can check out log onto:
www.ntyspace.com/munks242_ Also,
DVD's of the party are on sale at Sexy
Thang's boutique located on Robinson
Road. Interested persons can contact
the boutique for news of their next bash
@ 325-6837.

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Bahamas’ culinary team to host

cocktail reception and dinner |

WITH the Culinary Olympics just a few
short months away, the Bahamas National
Culinary team will host a cocktail recep-
tion and dinner at the Humidor and Gray-
cliff Restaurant on West Hill Street, Tues-
day, January 29, in the first of a series of
fundraising events.

The evening is expected to be a must for
food and wine enthusiasts as it will pair
uniquely prepared dishes with the best
wines available. The seven-course menu
captures all the nuisances of traditional
Bahamian food, but the flavour profiles
awaken the palate to new and exciting com-
binations.

The highlight of the evening will be the
ultra exclusive chef's table which will be
set up in the kitchen for lucky guests who
will have their meal prepared in front of
them by the culinary team's captain and
Graycliff's executive chef.

This event, like all of the fundraising
efforts by the national culinary team this
year, are to assist the team in their run up to
the International Culinary Olympics in
Erfurt, Germany, from October 18 to 22,
and also the “Taste of the Caribbean” com-
petition in June. This year, the team will
need an estimated $215,000 for competi-
tion.

The Culinary Olympics

The Culinary Olympics is an interna-
tional four-day competition that takes place
every four years and just being invited to
participate is considered the pinnacle of
achievement in this field. The contest is a
true test of culinary skill, determination
and teamwork.

After a gold medal win in 1984, the
Bahamas returned to the competition with
an all-Bahamian team of young chefs and
won the bronze medal in 2004. As the only
Caribbean country represented, the team
wowed the judges with the flavours and
presentation of Bahamian food. Several
judges commented that they had never seen
or tasted the ingredients used and were
blown away by the talent of our chefs.

Team members for the Culinary
Olympics 2008 include; Chef Sheldon
“Tracey” Sweeting, Marley Resorts; Wayne
Moncour, Emmanuel Gibson, Kermit
Mackey; Michael Kerr and Antonio
Williams, Kerzner International; Basil Dean

Jr, Ginn Company; Jason McBride, Wynd-
ham Nassau Resorts; Kishma Smith, Lyford
Cay Club; Antonio Huyler, Abaco Club;
Jamall Petty, Antonio Carey, and Alpheus
Ramsey.

Taste of the Caribbean

Selected from the best of the National
Culinary Classics competition, the Bahamas
National Culinary team members will also
compete in “Taste of the Caribbean”, host-
ed by the Caribbean Hotel Association in
June.

This annual event brings together chefs
across the region to test their skills against
each other. It is a celebration of contem-
porary cuisine and provides a showcase for
the diversity of culinary skills and styles
found throughout the Caribbean.

Due to the fierce competition, many par-
ticipants have dubbed it “the Olympics of
the Caribbean”. Last year the Bahamian

team was able to capture a silver team:

medal as well as top awards in the bar-
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Sammi Starr to launch Make ‘Em Listen

@.By PETURA BURROWS
Tribune Feature Writer
pburrows@tribunemedia.net



I PREDICT that soon, this 21 X 7 rock we live
on will be far too small to accommodate the scores
of talented young Bahamians emerging on the
entertainment scene. In fact, with the likes of
Sammi Starr, who is part of a burgeoning trend of
artists who are not afraid to share their life’s expe-
riences through sound, that day might be here
s@oner than we expect.

Sin fact, that day might be Saturday when the
Make ‘Em Listen Movement launches its first

monthly music showcase at Club Infiniti. Sammi
Starr, an artist who is loosely affiliated with the
Movement, has been hired as the headline act.
And while we know that he can sing - his “Good
To Know You” single is number one on Randy
C’s Bahama Hot Ones show on 100 Jamz, and
‘Ht Will Stay” on the Copy Cat Riddim compila-
tion CD offers proof - performing on stage is
another thing all together.
| Those who have seen this artist perform how-
ever, say that on stage he is able to connect with
his audience in the same way, or on an even deep-
er level, than when his music comes through their
stereo sets. After all, he has years of musical expe-
rience under his belt.
| “T love to perform. When I get on stage, there is
4 totally different person. I forget where I am
and what’s going on. I just want to please my
audience. So it’s like I morph, you know what |
mean,” he said in a recent interview with Tribune
Entertainment.

IT know. His hand gestures start going and his
brows converge into that convincing ripple.

_ “But some of the things I’m going to do, they

' probably won’t be expecting. I think I will leave it
there. But pretty much, they’re gonna be sur-
prised,” he said about his upcoming performance.
Without giving much away, Sammi said that he
loves to get the crowd involved in his perfor-
mances.

_ While Sammi’s two releases can be classified as
Teggae, it’s interesting that reggae music isn’t nec-
essarily his first love. If he was forced to arrange
all of his musical genres, it would go something
like this: R&B/reggae/contemporary pop artist.
He writes his own lyrics, plays all of the instru-
ments on the tracks and manages his own career.

And just to clarify information published in last
week’s Entertainment section, Nikolas Barnes
isn’t Sammi’s manager - though he does assist the
artist with promotion. Sammi actually manages his
own career with the assistance of his publicist,
Heike Wollenweber, head of Access Media based
‘in Jamaica. Heike has worked with artists like
Chuck Fenda, Stone Love, Rolex and other
Jamaican acts. Sammi is her first Bahamian talent.

, Of the artists that Heike has encountered, she
says that Sammi measures up well.

“He is the top talent that I’ve been introduced
to here, that’s why I decided that I wanted to
work with him. I think he has the talent and the
professionalism to take it to the international lev-

Movement’s monthly music showcase



SAMMI STARR has been hired as the headline act for the launch of the Make ‘Em Listen Movement's monthly music
showcase at Club Infiniti.

el, which is, unfortunately, something Bahamian
artists ignore, that there is actually an interna-
tional [arena] out there,” she noted.

Sammi’s music does play in Grenada, but it’s
almost a non event since his.song, “Good To You
Know”, is playing on.a number of stations
throughout the Caribbean and is listed on sever-
al charts - which might explain why there is a
demand for a music video for the song. That video
is in the works and once completed it will be post-
ed on YouTube and MySpace as his exposure
continues to grow.

Apparently, Sammi’s heartfelt lyrics are not
vain words. Sorry ladies, Sammi is taken, and his

-fiancé, or should I say his “empress”, Racine Stu-

art, is the inspiration for much of his music.

“My relationship gives me all of the inspira-
tion. It gives me words to talk about experiences.
You know, you have disagreements, but then it
goes back to, like the song says plainly, being
good to know the person, loving them to death
and wanting a bright future.

“That’s what it’s all about, the heart speaks for
itself and I guess it comes out in the songs,” he
added.

In his writing, Sammi tries to take what’s pop-
ular and combine it with his own experiences to
create a musical experience that everyone can
enjoy. So when he takes the latest reggae sound,
the Guardian Angel Riddim, and puts his inspired
words to it, what’s produced is a universal love
anthem that can be appreciated on an interna-
tional level.

When he speaks of his talent and his artistic
strategy, Sammi presents a poised maturity that
one usually doesn’t see in artists who are just
coming onto the scene.

Though just breaking out into the general pub-

lic’s eye, Sammi has been involved in music all of

his life. As the son of Rev Oswald Poitier who
sang with the Gospel Music Train back in the
day, Sammi comes from a musical background
and he grew up singing in church and playing the

keyboard and drums.

Born in Nassau, Sammi went to school here for
seven years before moving with his family to
Andros where he completed high school. He then
returned to Nassau to attend COB and that’s
when he met Sam Gray and Angelo Martin, oper-
ators of Milky Way Studios on Bernard Road.
The studio was owned by Greg White.

Sammi ended up being accepted as part of their
musical family, “The Funk Squad”, which con-
sisted of several Bahamian hip-hop and rap artists.
Here, Sammi got introduced to producing music.
Later, he joined an R&B quartet called Pure and
Natural, and sang at various venues around town.

In 1999, Sammi went into gospel music where he
met Ray Armbrister, who was in charge of the
Beat Shack. He recorded his first major gospel
release called “Is It Because” and “Stand” which
appeared on the local gospel charts. Though he
completed a gospel album one year later, it was
never released because he separated from the
Beat Shack and was about to go off to school.
The pre-release however, earned Sammi eight
Marlin Award nominations.

While Sammi Starr would have probably made
it as a gospel artist, it appears that whatever he
touches turns into musically gold. He is looking
forward to producing critically-acclaimed albums
and winning Grammy awards in the future.

In the immediate future though, Sammi is look-
ing forward to producing an album and he is excit-
ed about his new position as a lead singer and
keyboard player with Visage. And while Um sure
it’s good for Bahamian groups to open for major
acts, Sammi would like to be the feature per
former on a major show one day.

Real talk though, Sammi noted that Bahamians
don’t really have a history of supporting Bahami-
an artists. Yet, he sees that stance steadily chang-
ing as the popularity of younger artists like himself,
and even the celebration of rake n scrape artists
like Avvy, continues to grow. Like I said, Nassau
is getting too small for all of this talent.

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American
Idol ‘manages
to compensate
for its obvious

faults’

‘lM By TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER



AS a firm fan of American Idol almost
from the get-go (it’s such a break from
Grace, Abrams, O’Reilly, Hannity etc) |
hesitate to criticise one of the most enter-
taining TV offerings of recent years.

Quiz shows, sit-coms, soaps and reali-
ty television are not my thing, but Idol
somehow manages to compensate for all
its obvious faults to have me transfixed
two hours a night every week when |
ought to be doing something more con-
structive.

Even so, I cringe during the early
stages, when contestants are being audi-
tioned, because of what strikes me as
callous exploitation of life’s inadequates.

There is something undeniably ghoul-
ish and unkind when very sad people are
exposed before millions as the misfits
they obviously are.

And the spectacle is made worse by
the crass remarks of the incredibly smug
- and unbelievably limited - panel judge
Simon Cowell, who has apparently made
tens of millions from the Idol brand.

Last year, I was left feeling uneasy
when two obviously educationally sub-
normal lads were laid bare for peak-hour
ridicule.

Okay, so they enjoyed it (apparently)
and even said they had attracted an agent
and fan club, but there was something
undeniably distasteful about their
involvement.

Dwarfs may well like dwarf-throwing
(I don’t know, I’ve never asked) but that
doesn’t soften the image of a very small,
detormed person being tossed consider-
able distances like a sack of turnips by
bigger men who should know better.

This year, Idol promised to tone down
its exploitation of the afflicted. I’m not
sure it has kept its word.

In last week’s show, a male singer with
what sounded suspiciously like a cleft
palate was made to look a fool by Randy
Jackson and Paula Abdul, Cowell's fel-
low judges, who burst out laughing dur-
ing his audition, leaving him nonplussed
and apparently hurt.

And one ranting woman contestant

. was undoubtedly borderline certifiable,

yelling profanities at the camera after
Cowell has dissed her during her audi-
tion. ‘

Saddest of all, though, were a very
large young lady with no talent at all
(she did, at least, earn the panel’s com-
passion) and a Star Wars groupie who

clearly had a very severe personality dis-

order.

This self-confessed *Dork’ was beside
herself with disappointment and appar-
ent self-loathing after béing given the
panel’s brutal once-over.

She was quite obviously a girl who,
because of shortcomings that are no
fault of her own, has suffered the mock-
ing abuse of others virtually from day
one.

It is beyond belief that such a person -
one of life’s true unfortunates - should be
allowed to expose herself to the often
vile abuse of Cowell in front of millions
of Americans.

Of course, Idol is a natural playground
for eccentrics, exhibitionists, cross-
dressers and the generally outlandish,
most of them only too eager to expose
themselves to ridicule for that elusive 20
seconds of fame.

That's no problem - they Know what
they’re in for, and generally receive it
by the bucketful.

It’s the tormented souls | worry about:
the psychologically and sometimes phys-
ically challenged whose congenital deti
clencies are rated “good television” for
the consumption of the guftawing hordes.

Even worse last Week were the antics
of a very creepy singer-cunvstalker who
used his audition as an excuse for making
deeply disturbing, and very suggestive
remarks to Paula Abdul while being
allowed to get worryingly close to her.

It was one of the most discomfiting
pieces of television | have seen in recent
times. Considering this is a family show,
it was highly inappropriate behaviour
and its screening the product of yet
another gross misjudgment by the pro-
ducers.

Idol has so many plus-points = it is
tremendous entertainment and unearths
some very talented people - that tt does-
n't need to trade on the negatives.

While IT can live with Cowell’s utterly
predictable and tedious facial expres
sions, his leaden delivery and clod-hop
ping crassness, | take issue with making
fools of troubled people.

Not only is it offensive to the sensible
and considerate among, us, if Is a very
poor example for young viewers to fol-
low.
PAGE 10B, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2008

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Chantal’s ‘Paradise’

PARADISE? Living in the
Bahamas this may seem like a
redundant question; don’t we
know and live with warm skies,
endless golden beaches and the
impossible turquoise of the
ocean? For artist Chantal
Bethel however, this is a valid
question, and one she has
explored in her upcoming exhi-
bition opening Sunday, Janu-
ary 27 at the Freeport Art Cen-
tre in Grand Bahama Island.

On the heels of her piece
“Agonistes” — an emotionally
raw installation describing the
turmoil during and after the last
three hurricanes that hit the
Bahamas, she felt compelled to
balance the angst by exploring
the light after the dark, “the
calm after the storm”, hence her
question.

Posing the question, “What
is Paradise?” to friends and
associates, Bethel was given a
diverse range of answers which
she incorporated into her piece
“Key to Paradise”. Written on
canvas, the hanging piece rep- .
resents the replies she received,
along with the image of a key, a
heart and a face. A box beside
the piece has the “key” to Par-
adise.

For Chantal herself, she also
explores her own value of par-
adise through this rich body of
work. “We need to find that
inner space we call our centre to
give us strength to let go of pain
and fall in love with the story of
life all over again”, she notes.

For Bethel that inner place is
in nature. Using her signature
palette of vibrant, warm and
rich colours “Allis well” and
“Paradise found” explore the
relationship between woman
(self) and nature.

“L’oiseau du Paradis”,
“Serenity” and “Morning Glo-
ry” are worked in softer colours.
Soft sherbet pinks, yellows, vio-
lets and blues - figures shift as
light shadows embedded in the
scene, becoming one with
nature. These paintings carry
an incredible sense of air, space,
movement and light, yet have
a clever sense of depth. They —
are truly magical, captivating
and mesmerizing.

In stark and dark contrast,
referencing the turmoil from
the hurricanes or indeed any
chaos personal or societal, “In
the Darkest Hour” is a heavily
textured piece in a sombre.
palette. The words “In the
Darkest Hour, There is Hope”
are almost etched into the can-
vas. A ghostly figure is bent
within.

In a similar texture is the
sculpture “Open your heart.”
It is a literal interpretation - a
heart shape, skewed open, incit-
ing us to follow Chantal’s pre-
scription to discover paradise
within our hearts — our deeper
self. Other sculptures, “Wel-
come to Paradise” and “Follow

me to Paradise” use the crown
shaft of the Royal Palm to cre-
ate two figures, embracing and
encouraging us to find that
place of sanctuary.

The exhibit will also feature
the Grand Bahama premier of
"Colors of Paradise" - a video
collage of hope with paintings
by Chantal; music and digital
media by Dave Mackey; and
poetry by Marion Bethel. Chan-
tal, in collaboration with Mr
Mackey and Ms Bethel, has cre-
ated a new media exploration
into this theme and she
describes it as “a metaphor
which led me to explore the
idea of paradise.”

The entirety of Chantal’s
work offers a deep and con-
templative review of the diver-
sity of nature. At times nature
can offer us moments to drop
into a sense of ‘paradise’, at oth-
ers she can be the embodiment
of anger, tearing up lives in the
form of a hurricane.

Chantal explores this range
with sensitivity and honesty.
Her work is as diverse as the
moods of nature - exploring
colours, textures and form, to
convey her ultimately positive
view of life. A paradise that
does exist on earth and within
oneself.

e Chantal Bethel’s exhibition
of paintings and sculptures
opens for public viewing on
Sunday, January 27 from 2pm to
Spm at the Freeport Art Centre
in Grand Bahama Island, and
continues until February 3. Art
Centre hours are from Monday
to Saturday Yam to 5pm.





Artist to hold exhibition of paintings
and sculptures at Freeport Art Centre







































L’oiseau du Paradis? - Posing this question, “What is Paradise?” to
friends and associates, Bethel was given a diverse range of answers
which she incorporated into her piece shown here.

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ARTIST CHANTAL BETHEL presents “Paradise?” in her upcoming
exhibition of paintings and sculpture. The exhibition opens January 27
at the Freeport Art Centre in Grand Bahama Island.

GOH!



Dr Bethel bites into writing with ‘Children’s Teeth’

i By ARTHIA A NIXON



ACTRESS, anthropologist and lec-
turer Dr Nicolette Bethel tackles the
complexities of family, prejudice, and
trust in her newest play, “The Chil-
dren’s Teeth”, which opened last
Thursday at the Dundas Centre for
the Performing Arts, and will run until
Saturday, January 26.

Produced by Ringplay Productions,
the play has been selected to officially
launch the Winston V Saunders Reper-
tory Season which begins this month.

“IT am thrilled to be a part of the
Winston V Saunders Repertory Sea-
son,” Dr Bethel said, who recently pub-
lished Essays on Life Volume 1. “Asa
writer, | am proud to see something
I’ve laboured on for over a decade
finally come to fruition, and as the
director of Culture I am elated to be a
part of what will become a new era in
Bahamian theatre.”

The Children’s Teeth centres around
a ghost who is far from resting in peace
as he longs to clear the air on the con-
flicts he created and left. His only
solace comes from his spiritual daugh-
ter, the only one who can see or hear
him. :

The riveting drama takes a look at
his family that includes an ornery, foul
mouthed mother-in-law; his widow,
who has been left with a crumbling
home and the consequences of her
dead husband’s choices; his Haitian-
Bahamian child seeking her place in
the world and in a home where she
can’t fit in as an outside child: a cousin
on the verge of self-destructing, and
his son who is trying to keep the peace
between them all.

“This is not the same play I initially
started out with,” admits Dr Bethel.

“Every time I felt like I was on the -

final version, I went back to edit a little
and came out with whole new scenes.

Dr Nicolette Bethel



Up to last year I was still editing. Even
after I got together groups for read-
ings of the play, I still made one or
two changes and now I finally feel like
it’s where I want it to be.”

Dr Bethel added that her characters
all had a little something from people
she knew personally.

“When people see the play per-
formed live, they will be able to see
something in someone they know. In
Bahamian society, the traits depicted
may be found in nearly every family.
We have the know-it-all nephew, the
long-suffering, but faithful wife and
mother, a prodigal child who annoys
her siblings but still gets away with
everything and of course the nosey



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grandmother who makes it her busi-
ness to get in other people’s business.

“I’m very proud of what I’ve accom-
plished and hope people leave with a
greater appreciation for each other
once they see this production.”

Dr Bethel, who is the daughter of
the man dubbed “the Godfather of
Bahamian Culture”, the late Clement
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Bethel, considers writing one of her
greatest passions. Among her solo
works is “Powercut”, a play turned fea-
ture length film in which she originally
starred, .

Dr Bethel has also had the opportu-
nity to collaborate with some of the
most creative Bahamian writers includ-
ing the late Kayla Lockhart Edwards,
Tinkle Hanna, Charles Huggins, Sam-







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mie Bethel and David Johnathon Bur-
rows. One of her most successful col-
laborations was Music of the Bahamas,
which she wrote with her husband, vet-
eran director Phillip A Burrows.

¢ Box office is at the Dundas which
opens from 10am to 4pm, Monday thru
Saturday, Telephone 393.3728. Ask
about group and student rates.
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‘=B y YOLANDA DELEVEAUX
\. Tribune Features Editor
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© AS the country’s national education sys-
tem struggles to find its footing to raise the
national grade average, one school - in its
‘efforts to create well-rounded students who
fare hungry for knowledge and whose vari-
RO us talents and gifts are explored, shaped
Fand supported within the classroom - has
‘introduced a new measure to help cultivate
Fa sense of accomplishment and personal
[ pride within its student body.
Jordan Prince William School, located
Fon Zion Boulevard, is currently hosting its
2nd Annual Art Exhibition. Highlighting
“the best and the brightest artistic minds in
‘the school, the work reflects the level of
tutelage and mentorship that the young
| artists have been exposed to.
~ Among the more than dozen pieces on
“display in the school’s administrative build-
“ing, most of them were done as part of the
* course work preparation for the Bahamas
-General Certificate of Secondary Educa-
L tion Art exam (BGCSE) this summer. Also,
some of the pieces are from students study-
‘ing to sit the Bahamas Junior Certificate
(BIC) Art exam.
Each of the pieces was created within a
{similar time frame and with the same kind
of focus - in terms of composition and
; accompanying fragments (fragments are
' detailed renderings of specific images with-
in the larger piece : that give defined focus in
terms of colour and texture) - that would be
| expected for the exam.

In the exhibition, the student’s work
focuses on a number of themes and artistic
forms, from mixed media pieces, drawings
of nature which utilize coloured pencils, to
L posters that incorporate calligraphy as the
essential part of the embodying feature, and
| the inclusion of human figures, which,
i talthough difficultito accomplish, is one the
strongest areas of expressions for the stu-
dents, the school’s art master Will Pluck,
told Tribune Arts.

Helping to cultivate the talent of these
| young artists, Mr Pluck, who is joined in
the art department by Mary Kiffin, the Arts
i and Crafts teacher, said that students that
«pass through Prince William’s art depart-

ment are exposed to a diverse curriculum.
And in terms of mediums that they use, Mr
Pluck said that they are encouraged to use
and familiarize themselves with an array of
media, including coloured pencils, oil paint,
drawing pencils, acrylics and pastels.




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According to Mr Pluck, the idea for an
internal art exhibition at Prince William
arose because, as he saw it, an overwhelm-
ing amount of attention has been given to
sports over the years, particularly as Prince
William’s junior and senior basketball teams
have consistently excelled on the national

e level. He felt that other areas in which the

school and: students excelled, namely art,
should also have a place of prominence,
and those students be given sufficient expo-
sure for their efforts.

Along with this internal shift in focus, Mr

;— Pluck also points to the Ministry of Educa-



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tion’s’ Annual Art Exhibition and Compe-
tition, held at the Mall at Marathon, as the
principal motivating factor for the creation
of the school’s own art exhibition.

In the past, Mr Pluck said, Prince William
students have entered the national exhibi-

- tion, but over the years he has become
increasingly dissatisfied with what he saw. “I
thought that sufficient exposure had not
been given to some schools as compared to
others.”

He further questioned whether adequate
preparation had been made by the Ministry
because for the past two years Prince
William has not received an invitation to
participate in the exhibition. “That became
a matter of concern. I thought that suffi-
cient attention was not being paid to private
schools, and last year no private schools
were involved.”

Against this backdrop, Mr Pluck initiated
the school’s art exhibition, believing that
the work completed by his students mea-
sures up to and even surpass, in some cases,
the work on display in the Ministry’s exhi-
bition. He thought it was a dishonour that
the students of Prince William, who are also

Bahamian students, were not allowed to

show their work to the public.

“So I thought since the work has already

, been prepared over the course of the year,
the exhibition would give the children a
sense of pride knowing that their work is
worthwhile to be seeri and is good for pub-
lic consumption, just as the youngsters who
have work at the Mall.”

Calling the school’s exhibition inspiring,
~ Mr Pluck said that when students know that
_ their work will be seen in public - instead of

just being seen by the examiners - they are
happy. Artists, he said, feel a sense of relief
after completing a piece, and then they look

’ forward to the reaction, praise and recog-

nition that will come from viewers.

The art master, however, also has a per-
sonal stake in the exhibition. “I don’t feel
that my function and role [as art master] is
‘ complete just after the work has been exe-

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CANDIDATES for the 2008 Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education in Art exam, these
44th and 12th grade students at Jordan Prince William are at the top of their class. Shown (from
top of page to bottom) Tracy Knowles, Giovanna Swaby, Brittney Sherman, D'Andrea Johnson and
‘Leonard Creary.

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' cuted. Artisa passion that I have embraced
‘over thé years, so there is some measure,
| some pressure beyond the class to show-
| case the work... so J mounted the exhibi-
tion.”
' The exhibition is expected to run through-
‘out the term and can be viewed in the
‘ school’s administrative office. According to

| Mr Pluck, there will be some interchange of

_art pieces at some points to give focus to the
‘work of students who have not had an
opportunity to have their work on display.

“T think their works are substantial
enough in terms of quality because the stu-
dents have spent enough time to construct
them. It is a dishonour to have it up for
only one week and the benefits are even
more than going to Mall which has limited
space, a limited focus and is only up for one
week, plus, the students don’t get anything,
no trophies, medals or certificates. They do
give the schools a certificate of participation,
which I think is misdirected, because it
should go to the students.”














e THE
PUBLIC 1s
invited to
attend the
book launch of
“Life on the
Lumber Farm”
by Cynthia H
Ferguson
Fowler, set for
Saturday, January
26 at 7 pm at the
Nassau Yacht
Club.
































¢e BAHAMIAN

Ceramicist Imogene
Walkine is offering
ceramics classes for
adults in basic hand
building techniques.
The classes will be
held over a period of
six weeks - two hours per week - evening or morning cla 1S5-
es to fit everyone’s schedule.











Classes:

- Wednesday Night's Class is FULL

- Thursday, January 24: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
- Saturday, January 26: 9am to Llam

Venue: New Providence Community Centre, Blake Rd.
Space is limited. Call today at 323-7574 or e-mail
imowalk@gmail.com

e ART INTERNATIONAL is proud to present the
“Creative Ladies” exhibition @ The Guaranty Bank, Lyford
Manor. The exhibition features a number of works by
Susan Cohen, Christa Dunn, Ann Greely, Bo Guirey.
Annabel Hammond, Brooke Laughlin, Sue Katz, Melissa
Maura, Jacline Mazard, Siobhan McClory, Victoria
McGrath, Fleur Melvill-Gardner, Karen Pilkington-Miksa.
Rosemary Rathgeb, Elodie Sandford, Susan Sargent, Anne
Smith and Nora.

This art exhibition will remain hanging until February 26.
It may be viewed on week days, between 9 am-4 pm. Or by
appointment with Princess Guirey, call 362.4506 or
457.4593. The “Art International, 08” exhibition opens
March 7.



e GRAND BAHAMA
ARTIST Del Foxton is on a mis-
sion to expand the ancient art of
hand papermaking in the Bahamas
during her “Coming Out” exhibi-
tion at Sine Qua Non gallery, Eliz-
abeth Street. The art exhibition
will be on view by appointment
until January 28. For more infor-
mation contact Sine Qua Non
Gallery 326 6227/364 8612.



¢ THE NATIONAL ART GALLERY of the Bahamas
(NAGB) wishes to announce to the general public that it
will rémain cldSed through Friday, January 25, for the de-
installation and installation of a new exhibition.

Also the Art Teachers’ Workshop, which had been
scheduled for January 19, has been postponed to a later
date. Those already signed up for this workshop will be
notified shortly by the Gallery as to the new date this will
be held. Those interested in pa:ucipating un the Art Teach-
ers’ Workshop should contact the Gallery as soon as pos-
sible to reserve space as there are only eight openings left.

The NAGB Global Cinema feature film, "Water", sched-
uled to be screened on Thursday, January 24, at 6:30pm is -
still on.

The Kids and Family Art Workshop on "Creative Por-
traiture", scheduled for Saturday, January 26, at 10am is still
scheduled for the time being. If any changes occur. the
Gallery will notify the public.





e Call for Artist Participation - The Conference on
the Abolition of the British Trans Atlantic Slave Trade:
Telling The Story, invites all artists to submit up to three
art works executed in any medium for showing at the
conference on February 21-23. The opening night for the
exhibition will be Friday, Penman 15 at 6: 30pm at the
Performing Arts Centre at the College of the Bahamas.
Oakes Field campus. All artwork should be sent or
brought to the Pro Gallery which is located in the S
Block at the College of the Bahamas, Oakes Field cam-
pus one week prior to the opening of the exhibition.
Please address all art works to Mrs Joann Behagg or M1
John Cox, School of Communication and Creative Arts,
Telephone 302-4650 or 302-4484/5. If 3D pieces ate sub-
mitted, artists must give an indication of how they would
wish their 3D pieces to be displayed. Photographic
images would assist us in determining your display
needs. Foreign artists are welcomed. However, all costs
are the responsibility of the artist (ie packing, shipping.
customs duty) to and from the Bahamas. The final deci-
sion for work submitted and exhibited will be up to con-
ference committee. For more information contact Mrs
Joann Behagg, assistant professor, School of Communt-
cation and Creative Arts @ telephone: 302-4650 or 302-
4484/5 or Mr John Cox, assistant professor, School of
Communication and Creative Arts @ telephone: 302
4484/5,





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Anthaya gallery ‘OPENS
new door for artists

@ By PETURA BURROWS
Tribune Feature Writer
pburrows@tribunemedia.net

he art scene in the
Bahamas has
expanded its
boundaries to
make room for
one more art gallery. And see-
ing as how the Bahamas is not
actually bursting at its seams
with showing space, the intro-
duction of Anthaya Art Gallery

on West Bay Street comes as a

welcomed addition - especially

when this gallery’s vision is to
give established and up and
coming Bahamian artists, and

artists th “tthe
Caribbean a: r world,
the opportun ‘ogeth-
er.

Anthaya’s inaugural exhibi-
tion is representative of the
artist heights that the gallery
owners want to attain in this
storefront gallery located at The
Shops at Cable Beach (the for-
mer City Markets location).

And while the storefront
appeal of the gallery is hardly
intimidating, it’s truly an unlike-
ly spot for such an artistic
endeavour - right on the main
thoroughfare and neighbour to
a paint store - but those
involved with Anthaya believe
that its position is strategic in
order to bring fine art to the
masses rather than having it
concealed in some remote loca-
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Jiirgen Kleinbussink, manag-
er at the gallery, told Tribune
Arts that while he has only vis-
ited one Bahamian gallery thus
far, he believes that any country
can benefit when the public is
exposed to art from around the
world.

“It’s important that we spread
out many views of art, that we
don’t only try to sell local art,
but see it in a different range
and have a wide variety of art
available for the different tastes
we have out there...With our
setup here, people can easily
walk though and personally I
think it’s very good,” he not-
ed.

The gallery was opened to the
public in December 2007 and
the works of several artists cur-
rently hang. Jose Luis Figueroa,
a Cuban artist who later moved
to Florida presents his paint-
ings. Earth tones, symmetry and
distortions are at work here, as
the artist plays with the human
image.

Around the corner (literally,
since partitions separate the
artists), Bahamian brothers
Craig and Cameron Culmer
show vibrant island scenes.
Craig’s three paintings may
bring about a sense of déja vu
for art lovers since they
appeared in the open category
of the 2007 Central Bank of the
Bahamas’ Art Competition and
Exhibition.

David Edwards, a student at
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three of his pencil drawings
which appeared in the same
Central Bank show.

Brothers Charlton and
Charlthorn Strachan use bright
colours to show Bahamian
scenery, while just across from
them, Joseph A Betty presents
his abstract pieces. Joseph
attended the Jamaica School of
Art and later moved to the Cay-
man Islands. He is the found-
ing director of “Colours for the
Outreach”, an art programme
that promotes art therapy for
senior citizens and challenged
persons in the Cayman Islands.

Luidine E Bekman, a Dutch
artist, National Watercolour
Society Signature member
(US), and former president of
the Watercolour Society in
Houston, Texas; Nicole Angel-
ica from Grand Bahama; and
Sandra Salangana, who was
born in Croatia and migrated
to the Cayman Islands in 2000,
close out the artists in this inau-
gural show. Sandra’s Serenity
series, which is inspired by the
sea, is on display.

One of several resident artists
at / » Sandra’s “Island
fever” and “Lifelong affair with
the islands” brought her to the
Bahamas last October when she
was busy trying to immerse her-
self in the local art scene. This is
her first show in the Bahamas,
and she is impressed with the
layout of the gallery.

“As an artist, the advantage

“Tt’s important that we sek.
out many views of art, that we
don’t only try to sell local art, but
see it in a different range and have
a wide variety of art available for the

different tastes we have out there...’

here is that you have the little
booth which separates each
artist. So when you're viewing
the art, you can sort of almost
throw yourself into the world

of that particular artist,” she
explained.
The galleries setup, she

believes, isolates the viewer's
experience and offers a differ-
ent opportunity for engage-
ment. So it ends up being less
complicated than viewing a
mixed show hung on open walls
where the abstract meeting real-
ism and/or cubism may confuse
the viewer. “You can take your
time and feel real comfortable
and at ease here.”

In the few months that she
has been living in the Bahamas,
Sandra has been visiting exhi-
bitions and galleries and
believes that the Bahamas has a
ways to go in bringing its art to

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— Jiirgen Kleinbussink

the masses.

One way to achieve this
national artistic appreciation is
by continuing to open more
venues - like Anthaya - where
artists can show their work. And
these venues, she noted, do not
have to be glamourous galleries.

In Cayman, for example,
there are a few “sweet little
cafes” where art hangs on the
walls. These revolving exhibi
tions are held on a consistent
basis and serve as an opportu-
nity for the general public,
whether they are able to buy
the art or not, to familiarize
themselves with the local artists
as they pop into get a cappucci
no,

“That's one of the things
Joseph (Betty) and | were sur-
prised about. We haven't seen
cafes showing art here. But the
art scene is much more for dat-



where you go and the ge
public pays more attention
art in Cayman.

“Then, it’s sort of a mo
art because they have a lo
migrating artists from all over.
Y ou stay there and then mave
on,” Sandra added.

A date for the gallery's ott
dar opening has not be fin
ized, but the way forwards 1s
already set. .

Following the official ol
ing and after this collaborat
exhibition comes down,

Anthaya will show one exhibi-
tion per month. ,

Works from it’s resident
artists however, will be shown
on a regular basis.

Mr Kleinbussink told The
Arts that the gallery is open to
any artist - whether amateur or
professional. Artists are invit-
ed to bring in their portfolios
for evaluation.

Anthaya also offers custom
framing, services and sells jew-
ellery. At first put off by the
sale of jewellery in a gallery
space, I soon forget about the
sparkling trinkets when |
viewed the global art offerings.
In truth, the gallery is not one of
the largest spaces that I've seen
for art, but its classic, regal
charm is truly as enchanting as
its name. (Anthaya is the name
of the director’s daughter.)
Artists and art lovers should be
pleased.