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* By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
AFTER missing for almost
three weeks at sea, the families
of two fishermen have no%%
received confirmation that their
loved ones hate been found
alive in Cuba.
Captain Wade Riley, 39, and
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survived eight das on the high
seas in a 13-foot Boston Whaler,
dititing more than 200 miles
from Exuma to Havana, Cuba..
Supt Willard Cunningham, in
charge of the George Town
police division in Exuma, who
had joined in the search for the
two men, said: "It is a miracle."
Bahamas Air Sea Rescue
Association (BASRA) Opera-
tions Manager Chris Lloyd told
The Tribune yesterday that the
two men, after disappearing on
January 3 off the coast of
George Town, drifted for eight
days before they made landfall
in Cuba.
"What probably happened is
that they drifted into deep water
where they couldn't anchor.
"They were extremely lucky-
and very fortunate, we would
have never have searched for
them in Cuba," said the BAS-
RA operations manager.
Mr Lloyd explained that the
men were held in Cuba for ten
days without being allowed to
communicate with their fami-
lies.
The two men were finally
able to contact their family
members in the Bahamas on
Saturday.
Captain Wade's wife Mar-


garet said that she received the
telephone call from her hus-
band on Saturday afternoon.
"We were overjoyed and very
excited," she said.'
Mrs Wade said that although
BASRA, the US Coast Guard
and OPBAT (Operation
Bahamas, Turks and Caicos)
had given up the active search
for h;-r husband and h;- ship-
mate, she never gave up hope
that they would be found alive.
"I always knew that he was
safe somewhere out there. You
can't give up hope, hope was
the only thing that kept me
going every day," she said.
Mrs Wade said that her hus-
band did not comment on the
condition of his health, but said
that he "sounded fine" on the
telephone.
"He only said 'please get me
home, I don't want to stay here
any longer'," she recalled.
Mrs Wade said that her hus-
band's five children were espe-
cially anticipating their father's
return.
Jackie Pinder, sister of Mr
Hinsey, said that she, like Mrs
Wade, never stopped believing
in her brother's safe return.
"We were never without
hope," she said.
Ms Pinder said that she was
only able to talk to her brother
for a very short time on the tele-
phone, and that they used the
time to talk about plans for his
release from Cuba.
Mrs Wade said that she met
with the Under-secretary in the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Marco Rolle yesterday morn-
SEE page 11


* DEPUTY Prime Minister Cynthia Pratt made a new friend at yesterday's tour of the Earth
Village Ranch. The ranch, on the premises of the Bahamas Association for Social Health,
offers Bahamians and visitors alike a unique nature experience. See page 12.
(Photo: Felipd Major/Tribune staff)


AquaPure fire 'could

affect contractual talks'


* By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Bahamas Electrical
Workers Union hopes that the
death of a BEC employee will
result in more comprehensive
safety measures being imple-
mented at BEC plants
throughout the country.
The union is waiting for the
results of the investigation
into Cecil Ingraham's death
to determine what measures
should be implemented or
improved upon.
Mr Ingraham, who was an


electrical fitter, died from his
injuries following an explo-
sion on January 11, while he
was working at the East Street
South sub-station.
His co-worker Ian Pratt
extinguished the fire.
Yesterday, Patricia John-
son, the General Secretary of
the union told The Tribune
that BEC's investigation into
the matter has not been com-
pleted. She said the union is
hopeful that once the conclu-
SEE page 11


* By PAUL G. TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
A FIRE on Friday night at
AquaPure's pumping facility on
Gladstone Road could have far
reaching and damaging effects
on the contractual negotiations
between the water company
and its ex-employees vying for
their reinstatement, said an offi-
cial for AquaPure yesterday.
According to officials at the
Fire and Investigation Unit,
investigations are continuing
but the fire appears to be "sus-
picious in nature". There is evi-
dence that an inflammatory
cocktail was thrown through a
window of the building.
Maryan McSweeney, a direc-
tor at AquaPure said that after


the very "volatile" negotiations
on Friday evening with the
Bahamas Beverage Water Dis-
tributors Union (BBWDU), she
was called to the scene to find
one of the water company's
buildings burning.
"We are trying to handle
things amicably and follow the
law. It's an unfortunate incident
that happened and we are trying
to move on, but we will help
the police and bring those
responsible to justice," she
vowed.
"The building is still salvage-
able even though the roof was
damaged. The plant could pos-
sibly be restored in two weeks,"
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W HEN members of the opposi-
tion make noisy demands of
the government and proffer unwelcome
advice, the ruling party is likely to
remind them that in our parliamentary
democracy "the opposition has its say
and the government has its way."
Sometimes opposition politicians are
tempted to pass on the same reminder
to the public. When a government stum-
bles as the PLP government is now doing,
the public is likely not only to berate
them but also turn to the opposition and
ask, "And what are you doing?"
As a matter of fact, even when the gov-
ernment is not in any serious difficulty,
some supporters look to the opposition
to stir up the political pot.
The opposition has some clearly
defined roles to play. It must constantly
examine the policies and actions of the
government and, where necessary, offer
vigorous criticism and alternatives for
public consideration.
As the country gets closer to election
time, the opposition is expected to quick-
en the tempo and hope to peak just at the
right moment. It could be risky to peak
too early, get the troops all fired up and
then fizzle out.
How far to go and what kind of action
to take at any particular point are judg-
ments opposition leaders must make.
As history recedes, it tends to contract
in the rear view mirror and events in the
past seem closer together than they real-
ly were. Prejudices and impressions also
play a part in this process.
So it would appear to some people that
prior to 1967 the Progressive Liberal Par-

"The issue that
needsto be addressed
has to do with
constitutional
governance and the
:right of the people in
the Holy Cross
Constituency to be
represented in
parliament by
someone qualified
according to the laws
of The Bahamas."

ty was in a mode of perpetual motion.
That was not the case. Even in those days.
when the opposition had intensely emo-
tional issues, there were still times when
it drifted in the doldrums.
One summer when things were quite
slow and the government was not up to
any particular piece of mischief, Cyril St
John Stevenson, then one of the MPs for


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Andros, decided to do something. He
went to the House of Assembly and
tabled a motion calling for the re-opening
of the Sir Harry Oakes murder investi-
gation.
It worked. The international press took
note and that added to the local excite-
ment. Time magazine picked up the sto-
ry and ran a piece accompanied by a pic-
ture of Mr Stevenson. Nothing happened
though.
-By, contrast,, one of the most intense
periods of opposition activity was
between 1982 and 1987 when the Free
National Movement was under the lead-
ership of Sir Kendal Isaacs.

I believe there were more demon-
strations then than in any other
comparable period and Sir Kendal, a gen-
tleman who did not like politics, was at
the head of nearly all of them. A partic-
ularly notable turn-Out was on the Par-
adise Island Bridge.
The opposition has many forums and
methods at its disposal to get its mes-
sage out to the public and to fight against
wrongdoing.
The first, and by far the most impor-
tant, is parliament. This is the very heart
of the political drama where opposition
and government meet face to face, where
proposed legislation is debated, and
where ministers are called to account in
full public view.


"Mr Stubbs cannot
claim to be the victim
of political vendettas.
His problems have
been clearly all of his
own making. His term
as chairman of the,
Bahamas Agricultural
and Industrial
Corporation was a
huge embarrassment
to the government
before it was
belatedly terminated."

One difficulty for the opposition in a
country as small as The Bahamas is that
it can wind up with only a few of its
potential front bench members in par-
liament. In that respect we are different
from Westminster. The FNM is now
down to seven in a 40-member House.
The PLP was even worse off with only
five in the last House.
The present opposition has been doing
quite well, all things considered, both in
the House and the .Senate, except that
from time to time its members seem not
to be in tune with each other.

E effective opposition in parliament
requires long hours of research,
co-ordination and planning, not an hour
or two to scan the agenda just before a
meeting.
Outside parliament, the opposition
must also make measured use of all the
avenues available to it, including the
media and direct contact with the public
through speeches before special audi-
ences, and public meetings.
Experience indicates, however, that
unless it is near an election, it is not so
easy to get the crowds out. The same
applies to demonstrations. Nevertheless,
small, focused demonstrations can be
effective if not overdone.
The opposition is expected also, in
appropriate cases, to take the fight
against wrongdoing and abuse of the sys-
tem to the courts.,
It seems that the Sidney Stubbs bank-
ruptcy case is one such issue crying for
appeal to the courts. But while the FNM
has indicated that it has been thinking
about this, nothing has been done.
In the meantime there has been a lot of
talk about giving Mr Stubbs the benefit
of due process in his bankruptcy matter.
But that is not the issue. Mr Stubbs is
getting due process before the courts and
at a personal level people of goodwill
would wish him well.


The issue that.needs to be addressed
has to do with constitutional governance
and the right of the people in the Holy
Cross Constituency to be represented in
parliament by someone qualified accord-
ing to the laws of The Bahamas.
Mr Stubbs was declared bankrupt by a
high court judge in March of last year, 10
months ago, and since then he has stub-
bornly refused to resign from parliament.
Mr Stubbs cannot claim to be the vic-
tim of political vendettas. His problems
have been clearly all of his own mak-
ing. His term as chairman of the Bahamas
Agricultural and Industrial Corporation
was a huge embarrassment to the gov-
ernment before it was belatedly termi-
,nated.
There have been half-hearted attempts
to blame the PLP for Mr Stubbs' finan-
cial predicament but his colleagues have
not rushed to acknowledge that or to pay
off his debts. So it looks as if Mr Stubbs
is also solely responsible for his finan-
cial difficulties.

he issue at stake here is whether
Mr.Stubbs was qualified to sit in
parliament after he was declared a bank-
rupt and after the Court of Appeal ruled
that he had no right of appeal. There is
also the question as to whether Mr
Stubbs was qualified in the first place to
be nominated and elected to parliament.
The constitution allows' for the Speak-
er, in the first instance, and the House of
Assembly to grant a member who is
declared a bankrupt extensions to pursue
an appeal against the decision before he
is required to vacate his seat..
The constitution does not say that a
bankrupt member can be given exten-
sions While he attempts to come to terms
with his creditors and work his was out of
bankruptcy. That may qualify him to run
again but not to hold on to his seat in
parliament.
What is going on now before the courts
is not an appeal against Justice Jeanne
Thompson's original order of bankrupt-
cy. So the question is whether Mr Stubbs
should.have vacated his seat in March of
last year or at least after the Court of
Appeal ruled that he had no appeal.
There is also the question as to
whether, since there is no provision for
appeal against a bankruptcy order, the
Speaker and the House acted in accor-
dance with the constitution in granting
Mr Stubbs the extensions.
It seems that the official opposition
has a duty to the Bahamian people to
seek-answers to these questions from a
competent court.
Charles Dickens put those infamous
words into the mouth of Mr Bumble
about the law's being "a ass a idiot."
He was probably aware that George
Chapman put it more grammatically
almost two centuries earlier: "I am
ashamed the law is such an ass."
Even if there is some truth in what
these good gentlemen say, we still
have a duty t6 put the law to the test
and, if necessary, bring enlightenment to
it.


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TUESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2005, PAGE 3


THE TRIBUNE


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* By PAUL G.
TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff
Reporter

AN INTERNATION-
AL port security team
will be in New Provi-
dence today to review
and discuss International
Shipping and Port Secu-
rity issues with the
Port Authority of Nas-
sau.
The announcement
was made by US Coast
Guard Lieutenant Terry
Johns who said that this
team has already visited
15 other ports through-
out the world as it shares
and exchanges informa-
tion to improve the secu-
rity and efficiency of the
various ports.
"This information
sharing realm is used to
see how well the
Bahamas is doing and
maintaining the ISPS
requirements.
"The Bahamas may be
doing something that
other ports could use to
make them more effi-
cient," he said.

System
According to Lt Johns,
there are about 150 ports
involved throughout the
word that use the same
system especially in
larger ports such as
Hong Kong and
China.
"They will be here all
week and begin visiting
the ports today and
'move on tomorrow to
Grand Bahama to visit, '
Freeport," he said.
Also tomorrow the
180-foot Coast Guard
Cutter Gentian, which
officially is a Caribbean
Support Tender, will vis-
it New Providence to
provide training with
Royal Bahamas Defence
Force (RBDF) officers.
The vessel is used as a
platform that provides
training in law enforce-
ment and small boat
operations.
According to Lt Johns,
the majority of the crew
are from the Caribbean
and three Defence Force
officers are already
onboard participating in
a one to two year on-
hand training pro-
gramme.

Programme
Lieutenant Darren
Henfield, press liaison
for the RBDF said that
the Defence Force has
been a part of the pro-
gramme for more than
five years and that they
look forward to the
opportunity to interact
and train with the offi-
cers.
"We are very pleased
with.our partnership,
and with the co-opera-
tion and assistance of the
US Coast Guard who
have over the years
made our job easier by
lessening the burden.
"They have helped us
tremendously in fulfill-
ing our mandate by help-
ing us with their substan-
tial resources. We have
the same goals and the
same mission, so at every
opportunity we look to
positively enhance
our partnership," he
said.
The Gentian will be
docked at the Prince
George Wharf during
her short stay in the cap-
ital, and a formal recep-
tion is planned for
Thursday evening
onboard the ship.


ister of Education Alfred
Sears for agreeing to help
Trinidadians with tuition fees
at the Eugene Dupuch Law
School.
His decision, they say, has
come in spite of Bahamian
trainee teachers having their
financial assistance cut off -
and a Haitian-Bahamian law
student being forced to pay
double the normal tuition rate
because of his parentage.
One student has called on
others to join forces in case it
is necessary to fight this
"insane" proposition. "His
actions will affect every
Bahamian child and parent
whose child's dream is to
become a lawyer or other pro-
fessional in this country," said
the source.

Outcry
The outcry follows Mr
Sears' comment last week that
the Bahamas government was
prepared to meet "partial pay-
ment" of tuition fees for eight
out of ten Trinidadian stu-
dents at the Nassau law
school.
This was because Trinida-
dians found living costs in the
Bahamas too high, threatening
the school's Caribbean intake.
But his views were lambast-
ed as "a ridiculous proposi-
tion" which had widespread
implications for Bahamian stu-
dents everywhere.
"I call on Prime Minister
Perry Christie to instruct Min-
ister Sears to recant his com-
ments, apologise to the
Bahamas and Bahamian stu-
dents at large, and right what-
ever wrong he has done to the
future of his country,"'said the.
student in a letter.to The Tri-
bune.
Mr Sears was described as
"misguided" in a policy which


West Indies, whether in
Jamaica, Barbados or
Trinidad and Tobago have to
pay school fees in US curren-
cy?
"So how do you, Minister
Sears, explain this obvious
anomalous situation to the
Bahamian people?"
The student asked how Mr
Sears could cut off teacher
training assistance in favour
of Trinidadians "some of
whom curse the Bahamas'
name every day, not behind
the Bahamian students' backs
but in front of our faces, curse
our way of life and the people
of the Bahamas."

Afford
While some Bahamian par-
ents worked at two or three
jobs to pay for their children's
education, the government
was ready to help Trinidadians
"who can afford to go shop-
ping in the United States."
On Monday Mr Sears said:
"What happened is that I got
a letter from the chairman of
the legal education board
informing me that the law
school in Trinidad and Toba-
go had an overflow of students
and if we would agree to
accommodate eight students'
at the Eugene Dupuch Law
School," said the minister.
Mr Sears said that these stu-
dents, because they are not
being counted at the law
school as attending the insti-
tution, are paying the Trinida-
dian rate and are not being
accommodated at any finan-
cial cost to the Bahamas gov-
ernment.


could open the floodgates for
foreign lawyers wanting to
work in the Bahamas. He was
apparently oblivious to the
apparent agenda of the Coun-
cil of Legal Education in the
Caribbean to achieve this end,
the student said.
This would sabotage the
Bahamas legal profession and
allow free movement of
labour into this country.
"Minister Sears, I want you
and the government of the
Bahamas to know that the
Bahamas is for Bahamians
first and you have no right to
commit the Bahamian tax-
.payers' dollars to foreign stu-
dents while Bahamian stu-
dents and their parents are
struggling to educate them."
The student added: "I feel
like a second-class citizen in
my own Bahamas."
The row erupted after the
Trinidad government
announced that it would in
future fund only two of the 10
Trinidadians at Eugene
Dupuch Law School.
Mr Sears said because some
students in the region found
the Bahamas expensive, enrol-
ment at the school could be
affected.
As a result, Trinidadian stu-
dents would pay the fees in
their own dollar currency and
the Bahamas government
would make up the difference.
The student said: "Are you
aware of the fact that Bahami-
an .medical, students in
. Trinidad and Tobago have to
pay their school fees in US
currency? Further, all
Bahamian students who
attend the University of the


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ciation last night made a con-
tribution to the family of
Richard Petty, the Wilmac
Pharmacy security officer who
was shot to death earlier this
year.
Mr Petty was shot dead dur-
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'Pirates' blamed



for lobster thefts


FISHERMEN claim their industry is again
under threat from 'pirates' who are plunder-
ing their lobster traps off Andros.
Nearly $90,000 of lobster has gone missing
from traps positioned near South Riding Rocks.
And Andros "pirates" are being blamed for
the thefts.
Fishing boat operator Collingwood Turn-
quest told The Tribune yesterday: "This sea-
son I have barely broken even. It is hardly
worth going back out there. These pirates are
posing a threat to the whole industry."

Affected
Boats belonging to Shawn Turnquest of Car-
ol Harbour and three Freeport operators -
Andrew Knowles, Curtis Major and Eric Turn-
quest have been affected by the latest theft
spree.
The pirates have opened traps and made off
with the contents, leaving fishermen to face
heavy overheads with no revenue.
Divers are adding to the problems by raiding
traps instead of spearing their own catch.
Mr Turnquest said: "The bad weather has
not helped matters. Bad visibility underwater
makes it difficult for spear fishermen. So they
take the easy way by finding traps and following
the lines."


Last year, the fishermen complained to both
the Defence Force and the Department of Fish-
eries about the Andros "pirates", who
are believed to be young unemployed men
who regard all water round Andros as their
own.
Meetings were arranged with government
officials, but the problem continues.
Now a new complaint has been lodged with
the Defence Force in the hope that the thieves
can be brought to heel.

Persistent
"You have to be really persistent to keep this
up year after year," said Mr Turnquest.
"As things stand, it's hardly worth us meeting
all the expenses on our boats only to see our
traps robbed by people who have invested noth-
ing.
"Something must be done about it, but it
seems the only response we get is when The
Tribune takes up our cause."
The thefts take place over a 60-mile stretch of
sea south of South Riding Rocks, which lie off
north-west Andros.
When the story first broke in 2004, an Andros
pastor condemned the robbers, saying it was
"immoral" for them to take bread from the
mouths of others.


there have been several hit-
and-run accidents involving
motorbikes. Additionally, last
week seven-year-old Nakito
Rahming was fatally struck by
a motorcyclist in an accident.
He said often motorcyclists
are perceived as menaces on
the road, or that they use the
bikes for the sole purpose of
committing crime. However,
he said the 1,500 bikers in the
association are only into
enjoying the sport of the bike
and do not wish to cause any
trouble. He said they all obey
the traffic laws and ride sensi-
bly and safely.
"We want to send this very
strong message to the public


that not everyone who rides
a bike is a bad person.
"We are very discriminated
against, people go out of their
way to try and knock us
down."
The association said they
thought the best way to do this
would be to make a group
contribution to the Mr Petty's
family and personally offer
their condolences.
"A group of about 85 of us
will go and present a cheque
to the family and give sympa-
thy cards.
"We just want to let them
know that we are thinking of
them and are sorry for their
loss."


to 'meet partial payment'


Bikers make a contribution to family



of security officer killed in robbery


Law students slam Sears over





Trinidadian tuition fees help


IRATE Bahamian lawyer stovenmnt1 agrees
dents have condemned Min- '--er afterLA vernmen agrees






THE TRIBUNE


PAGE 4. TUESDAY. JANUARY 25, 2005


ITSOR'AUETTS WS T I SH EIO


IN THIS column yesterday we discussed the
breach of airport security by a government
MP. It's probably ill-mannered of us to refer to
the incident as a "security breach". In govern-
ment circles it's now official that it was a "mis-
communication."
But, as the old bard once said "a rose of any
other name would smell as sweet", and so we
prefer to call it "a security breach" as that
would be nearer the truth.
An interesting side-bar to this incident is
that Ministry of Works Parliamentary Secretary
John Carey was supposed to have been with
Health Parliamentary Secretary Ron Pinder
on the trip to Washington. The two junior min-
isters were selected by the Prime Minister to
represent the Bahamas government at the
inauguration of President George Bush.
We presume that they both took the same
US Air flight to Washington. One got there
quietly without honourable mention, the oth-
er brought the aircraft to a standstill because he
boarded himself without going through the
required security checks.
If in fact the two MPs were travelling togeth-
er, why did one think it more prudent to go
through the required security checks while the
other obviously believed that his lofty posi-
tion gave him some special perks? They are
both MPs, they are both parliamentary secre-
taries, in the ordinary pecking order they are
both junior politicians, what would make one
believe that he had more rights than the other?
Anyway if he didn't know his place before,
Mr Ron Pinder certainly knows it now all
rules and regulations also apply to him.
Remember the- good book says: "But many
that are first shall be last; and the last shall be
first".
We understand that Mr Pinder went to the
VIP lounge to await his flight, then without
his passport being stamped and without being
checked by Bahamian or US Immigration and
Customs, or going through any of the metal
detectors, he coolly went out onto the tarmac
- he says he did not drive, so we presume he
must have walked because we have not yet
heard that he sprouted wings and boarded
the aircraft. It was when the flight attendant
started to check her manifest against the num-
ber of seated passengers that she found that she
had one too many. Did she have a stowaway on
board? She quickly discovered Mr Pinder, the
aircraft was stopped and taxied back to the
terminal. Mr Pinder was ejected and had to
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craft's captain refused to have him back on
board.
When we 'were making inquiries on Sunday
about the incident, an angry airline source
made an interesting comment: "This crew has
put the clock back more than 10 years. When
Mr Ingraham was prime minister, he always
went through the normal channels, he wanted
to be near the people not aloof sitting up in
the VIP lounge like this other gang with their
new chauffeur-driven cars. There's a big dif-
ference now."
To confirm this statement we telephoned
Mr Ingraham. He agreed that the only time he
ever went to the VIP lounge was to greet an
arriving dignitary or hold a press conference on
return from a mission abroad. FNM MPs also
confirmed that they could not use the VIP
lounge unless their presence was expected on
the arrival of a special group from abroad.
Mr Ingraham said he always went through
Immigration and Customs when he was trav-
elling, and as for cars on the tarmac why that
was out of the question. Even more out of the
question since 9/11.
In his opinion this government is abusing the
use of the airport's VIP lounge. The presence
that day of Mr Pinder, a junior MP, seems to
confirm this.
Our source also commented that if Mr Ingra-
ham were ever subjected to a search there was
never an argument.
He recalls the hassle they always had with
PLP Ministers before 1992.
"Our security would be very upset if they
,had to deal with them. The Ministers would say
that they could not be touched and they would
be rude about it.
"There was always an argument, especially
when it came to the then prime minister's
bodyguard. They never wanted to go through,
the proper procedures to register the weapon
the guard was carrying. The guard could not
carry it on his person without State Depart-
ment permission, and then it had to be put
away in a special box during the flight."
In his opinion the old days have returned.
"They don't care about the little man, they
have their new cars, and their chauffeurs. Mr
Christie can't rein them in. We should let them
continue because they are only destroying
themselves. But, the bottomline is that we still
have a country to run."
And it is because the future of the country is
at stake that Mr Christie has to take charge of
his team.


Remembering





Edward St George


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EDITOR, The Tribune.
IN THE Shakespearean
murder tragedy of Julius
Ceasar, the mourners were
reminded that "we are not
here to praise him, but to bury
him!" With the recent and sud-
den passing of Mr Edward St
George, the avalanche of per-
sons both locally and abroad
who flocked to Grand Bahama
to pay their final respects, one
must wonder "what manner of
a man is this?"
How is it possible that some-
one from humble beginnings
in a distant land has had such a
profound influence on the
Bahamas, and in particular
Grand Bahama? Edward St
George possessed a unique
and rare ability to communi-
cate effectively with a com-
plete cross section of society.
Whether it was a fisherman in
West End, a Haitian in Pin-
der's Point or a bus driver
from High Rock, Edward St
George operated and commu-
nicated wi them in the same
respectful manner as he did
with Prime Minister Margaret
Thatcher or one of his rich
CEO executive friends from a
Fortune 500 company.
It seems that everyone had
an opinion of him, whether
favourably or unfavourably to
the extent that the mere men-
tion of. his name was often suf-
ficient to draw a strong opin-
ion. Was he a hero or villain?
To many, he was simply a
Robin Hood where his main
agenda was to provide and
help the poor. For others, he
was God sent as for almost two
decades, I have been informing
the public that Edward St
George and his wife Lady
Henrietta defined social ser-
vices on Grand Bahama.
Oftentimes, it appeared as if
they were doing more for the
poor and disadvantaged on
Grand Bahama than the politi-
cians wh.p at every opportuni-
. \Y ,yol;,b6t to how much
they aret*ming o
Ho-weu\e'r. EdJard St
George's generosity did not
stop at social services, but it
penetrated every facet of
Grand Bahama life. From the
construction of the best sports
complex in the Bahamas to an
educational institution that
bears his name that also boasts
an indoor high tech floor that
is said to be the envy of the
other schools in the Bahamas.
I often met him at regatta sail
boat racing competitions, being
heavily involved in the
Bahamian favourite pastime.
At one time he was the spon-
sor of the Class A boat "the
Lucaya Lady." In the world of
Juunkanoo, the national cul-
ture of the Bahamas, it was
Edward St Geogre's participa-
tion at times that determined
whether or not your group
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broad smile on their faces.
Later he informed me that
this is something he does ori a
regular basis. He also indicated
that as he is not a politician,
he doesn't seek any publicity
me, I know what I am talking for much of his charity work.
about! That's why last summer Of course, there were many
when the Swingers were doing with a sharp dislike for Edward
a street performance in front St George and often criticised
of "Our Lucaya", Edward St his motives. Too often, I heard
George came and asked me to silly and stupid criticism of
do him a special favour and Edward St George by persons
perform at a wedding that was with sometimes racist and
going on at Our Lucaya. extreme anti-foreign rhetoric.
Immediately, without hesita- Yes, he was a shrewd busi-
tion, we complied knowing nessman with a Master of Law
that such a small favour was degree from Oxford that he
only a token to our indebted- prudently exercised at times.
ness to Edward St George. His dedication was to the
According to Sir Albert development of Grand
Miller, when Edward St Bahama. If there was one fault
George got hold of an idea, he that he had, it was that he
wouldn't let it go until it was couldn't say "no!" even at the
implemented. The very last height of the Commission of
two private meetings that I had Inquiry scandal in 1984 when
with Edward St George cen- his long time friend Sir Lyn-
tred around the construction den Pindling had some diffi-
of an additional tourist attrac- culties, he didn't hesitate and
tion at the harbour for the forked over a gift of over one
cruise ship passengers. Along million dollars. But, Edward
with junkanoo veteran Antho- St George who was often
ny "Huck" Williams, prelimi- accused of political interfer-
nary drawings were made for ence, was a practical person
the establishment of such a who would work with the gov-
facility. Our next meet ing ernment of the day. He had no
would have been when he difficulty attending an FNM
returned from Orlando after rally one night praising Hubert
consulting with the experts at Ingraham and the very next
Disney on our recommenda- night attend a PLP rally prais-
tions. Regrettably our final ing Perry Christie. It seems as:
meeting never took place. I if Edward St George would cut
sincerely hope that the new a deal with the devil if Grand
powers to be at the Grand Bahama would benefit. .
Bahama Port Authority would As an historical footnote, I
give to the Bahamas' national would like to go way back to.
culture the same enthusiastic the General Strike of 1958
attention, when Edward St George was
I first met Edward St the Magistrate. Labour leader
George and his family shortly (Sir) Randol Fawkes was the
after coming to Grand defendant, being charge with
Bahama. Certainly, itwas des- the offence of "sedition" or
tiny that brought us together as inciting a rebellion against the
it was at a Red Cross Charity government. Fortunately, with-
event where he had donated a in the public interest, charges
much need bus to assist with were dropped and the case was
the "meals-on-wheels" pro-._,-dismissed.,,,. ,
gramme- ,, , ... however since that day,
;Frpmhiere it was on; to the Ed, ard St George and: Sir
Children's Home,.Harmony Randol Fawkes had not seen
House for Girls, the Disable each other face to face. It was-
Council where a monthly n't until just a few months
stipend was provided for us to before his passing when Sir
take basic grocery items to the RandolFawkes was my Rotary
elderly and needy on Grand guest that their paths crossed
Bahama. at the entrance of the Princess
There appeared to be no Hotel.
limit to Edward St George's After I introduced them, I
act of kindness. I often will always remember that
referred to him as "a good both of these great men had
Samaritan", who literally nothing but respect and pleas-
would meet a complete antries for each other.
stranger on the streets need- Finally, it is a fair statement
ing medical assistance. With- to say that Edward St George
out inquiring even their name will be sadly missed. Can' any-
or political party affiliation, he one replace him? Will others
would direct them to a med- who are able to now step for-
ical facility with the'simple ward to safeguard'the social
instructions "tell the doctor to services on Grand Bahama?
send me the bill". Thanks to What will happen to the Grand
Edward St George, the vision Bahama Port Authority? That
of many people were saved as is the million dollar question.
he had sponsored a glaucoma Undoubtedly, it was Edward
prevention programme. On at St George's personal business
least one occasion, Edward St connections and style that was
George and myself toured a the driving force behind the
ghetto area of Freeport called development of Grand
"Daylight" (now demolished). Bahama. Some referred tohim
Ordinarily, I would not visit as the king of Freeport. i"Yes
this area on my own for fear of the king is dead, but long live
being a crime victim. Edward the king!"
St George walked through the
area as if the welcome mat was DR LEATENDORE
put out for him. In each house PERCENTIE, DDS
he put his hands in his pocket Boston,
and gave the inhabitant some Massachusetts,
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TUESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2005, PAGE 5


Free DNtesting for paternity





issues available in the Bahamas


* By TIFFANY GRANT
AFTER living for 25 years
and not knowing who his father
was, a Bahamian businessman
has set up free DNA testing for
a month in the Bahamas to help
R.Sa.lianii; \vilh p.iieniii. i:-,ucs
Garvmin Gtl',so of Masterscan
L*N.-\ testing, which op'nc d in
October of last year, is working
in collaboration with Common-
wealth BLt chnol, ,cks in Rlt,ih.
mond, \ir~'nu.i tO' oI tr the ser-
vice.
He noted that the testing facil-
.' has been certified by the
American Association of Blood
Banks (AABB) and the doctor
which oversees the testing,


Businessman sets up


month long service


Charles M Kelly, has worked for
14 years in genetic testing.
"I am giving free DNA testing
for one month because I truly
believe that it is time that some-
one did. I am also trying to help
people help themselves," he
told The Tribune.
Mr Gibson has his own life
story of how DNA testing


helped him to discover who his
family are. He said that all of
his life he grew up as an only
child, but at 15 heard rumours
that he had a sister. His mother
was not sure who his father was
and could not afford a paternity
test. Additionally, the man who
he suspected was his father had
already died and was unable to


do a paternity test. Instead he
had a sibling test done last year
which positively identified the
woman as his sister.

Sponsors
Mr Gibson has designated the
month of February to perform
free DNA testing for private use.
At the end of the month he will
continue the service for a charge,
however he would like to con-
tinue giving free DNA if he can
find sponsors in the communi-
ty.
At Masterscan a sample of
saliva is taken and securely
placed in a specimen bag and
shipped to the company for test-


ing. It would approximately
take two to four weeks before
the results are revealed.
"Since I have started this busi-
ness I have found that there are
a lot of fathers in the Bahamas
that are being accused of being a
father when they are not," he
said.
He added: "I believe in order
to help grow a stronger society
there must be a stronger foun-
dation when it comes to parent-
ing. What we work for everyday
is usually our kids and when you
are not sure if it is not your kid
or not, it lessens the amount of
work you do for that kid. In
many ways a lot of people don't
do as much because they are not


sure who their children are. As
long as you have that doubt in
your mind and in your heart
there can never be a strong com-
munity," he said.
Benefit
People who will benefit from
this initiative are fathers who
have doubts if their children are
legitimately theirs and mothers
who want fathers to have a role
in bringing up their children, but
can't convince the father that it
is indeed his child.
Mr Gibson said that he has
successfully completed DNA
testing for 30 families and has
10 cases outstanding.


IH, I I,


* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT A 27-year-old male resident of Pineridge
Estates was arrested by police over the weekend for question-
ing in connection with the armed robbery of Grand Bahama
Food Company.
Supt Basil Rahming said that following intensive investiga-
tions by officers of the Central Detective Unit, a suspect was tak-
en into custody over the weekend. Police also seized a weapon.
A gunman wearing a black ski mask and clothing entered the
Grand Bahama Food on Grand Bahama Highway around 4pm
on Tuesday. He held up the store manager and several other
employees with an assault rifle.
After robbing the establishment of an undetermined amount
of money, the culprit got into a vehicle and sped off east on
Grand Bahama Highway.
The suspect was expected to be arraigned on Monday in
Magistrate's Court.
* MOTORIST CRASHES
A young motorist escaped serious injuries at the weekend
when the vehicle he was driving crashed into a utility pole on
Royal Palm Way.
According to,reports, the accident occurred around 1.15am
Saturday in the vicinity of Darshana Apartments, involving a
Toyota Tercel licence 27929 driven by Jeremy Green.
Green, a 23-year-old resident of 47 Wisteria Avenue, Gam-
bier Loop, lost control of tihe vehicle, ivhich skidded off the road
and crashed into utility pole, which fell to ground.
He sustained injuries to his right shoulder and was taken to
the Rand Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and later
discharged.
Police are investigating the accident.


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Relief for student

loan recipients

* By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Senior Staff Reporter
STUDENTS in Grand
Bahama, Abaco and San Sal-
vador, who are recipients of the
Government Educational Loan
Programme will be getting some
relief as the Ministry of Educa-
tion has decided to decrease
loan interests.
The Education Committee in
its last scheduled meeting
passed a resolution to bring
interest relief from guaranteed
loans, which can be as high as
$50,000, to those residents of
Grand Bahama, Abaco and San
Salvador, who were affected by
hurricanes Frances and Jeanne.
The economic fall out from
the two hurricanes has affect-
ed the 276 loan recipients, plac-
ing their payments currently 30-
90 days in arrears.
The Ministry of Education
said that it will pay back the
interest from September 1, 2004
and end the payment on
December 30,2004.
Minister of Education Alfred
Sears expressed full support for
the decision and said he hoped
the measure would provide
relief to those who suffered
deprivation in the wake of the
hurricanes.
Mr Sears said that the deci-
sion to bring interest relief from
loan guarantees is consistent
with the government's effort to
assist the people of the North-
ern Bahamas in their recovery
from last year's hurricane sea-
son.
"It is part of the plan to help
those who were affected," he
said.
The minister explained that
just like the exigency orders that
were issued for those islands,
which allowed people to bring
in necessary items duty-free and
without obtaining the permis-
sion from the Customs Con-
troller first, this interest relief
is designed to lend as much help
as possible.
"Several hundred teachers in
Grand Bahama, Abaco and San
Salvador have also received
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Bahamas chosen for three year




education research project


* By GLADSTONE
THURSTON
Bahamas Information
Services
THE Bahamas is among
three countries chosen by the
International Institute for Edu-
cational Planning (IIEP) par-
ticipating in research that inves-
tigates the financing and bud-
geting of education.
The five-day workshop which
began in Nassau on Monday
includes delegates from Jamaica
and Suriname. The IIEP is an
institute of UNESCO.
Igor Kitaev and Dramane
Oulai are the programme spe-
cialists from the IIEP. Dr
Davidson Hepburn the chair-


Nassau hosting


five-day workshop


man of the Bahamas National
Commission for UNESCO;
Haldane Chase is secretary gen-
eral.
This three-year research pro-
ject will provide the ministries
of education in the Bahamas,
Jamaica and Suriname with the
opportunity to assess their pre-
sent systems in relation to edu-
cational financing and budget-
ing.


* NEWARK, New Jersey
A POTENTIAL HIV/AIDS vaccine developed
by Merck & Co. that uses synthetic genes to pre-
pare cells to fight the deadly virus is moving into
the second stage of testing, according to Associat-
ed Press.
An approved vaccine would be about a decade
away if the trial and a third study are successful,
said officials with the international coalition that is
collaborating on the work.
"It is the most promising candidate that we've
seen so far," said Sarah B. Alexander, associate
director of the coalition, known as the HIV Vac-
cine Trials Network, or HVTN. She cautioned,
however, "something better could come along
tomorrow."
Volunteers began enrolling last month for the
Phase II study, which will eventually give the
potential vaccine's three doses to 1,500 people in
North and South America, the Caribbean and
Australia, the network and New Jersey-based drug
maker announced Monday.
The study is using male and female volunteers
aged 18 to 45 of diverse racial groups who are at
high risk for contracting HIV.
Participants will receive counseling about how to
reduce their risk of HIV infection, Alexander
said.
About a dozen companies and organizations
worldwide are attempting to develop an AIDS
vaccine. -
Of the 10 associated with HVTN, the Merck


At this workshop, country
papers will be presented for
each participating country with
the central focus being to
describe that country's financing
and budgeting systems relating
to education.
"The assessment of educa-.
tional financing and budgetary
allocation is pivotal in preparing
us to address new demands and
to capitalise on emerging oppor-


candidate is the first to reach Phase II testing,
Alexander said.
Of the two that reached Phase III, the final
stage before certification is sought, one was
deemed unsuccessful in 2000, and another, led by
the U.S. Department of Defense, is enrolling vol-
unteers, she said.
The Merck candidate the MRKAd5 HIV-1
gag/pol/nef, or trivalent, vaccine is designed to
persuade the defenders of each cell, called "killer
T cells," to attack HIV when the virus enters the
cell. Other vaccines generate an antibody response.

Cold
The potential vaccine uses the virus of a com-
mon cold, modified so it cannot reproduce or
cause people to catch a cold, to transport three syn-
thetically produced HIV genes to the cells.
"We give the body enough of the virus so it can
recognize it and create an -immune response,"
but not enough to infect a person, Alexander
said.
The Phase I study of the possible vaccine, involv-
ing about 1,000 people, "generated strong and
durable cellular immune responses against HIV,"
Merck spokeswoman Janet Skidmore said.
Seattle-based HVTN is funded by the National
Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the
National Institutes of Health, an agency of the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,
and comprises more than 25 research institutions
worldwide. "


SIVACANCY NOTICE


A manufacturing entity located on the western tip of New Providence, is
presently seeking the following:


tunities," said Veronica Owens,
Parliamentary Secretary in the
Ministry of Education.
"The Caribbean shares with
the rest of the world the com-
mon goals of reforming our
educational system to equip
Caribbean people for produc-
tivity, wealth creation and social
and personal development."
In this regard, said Miss
Owens, the IIEP's three-year
research will provide the
Bahamas, Jamaica and Suri-
name with consultancy services
and allow for the transfer and
sharing of knowledge between
the Bahamas and the region.
"This is an important issue as
the cost of education continues
to rise," she added Miss Owens,
the Member of Parliament for
Garden Hills.

Transform
The government, she said, is
grateful to the IIEP "as we
anticipate that your research
will transform the efficiency and
effectiveness of educational
financing in the Bahamas and
throughout the region.
"We are cognisant that with
financial management training,
staff at school, district and min-
istry levels will understand more
fully the financial implication
of education, the importance of
accountability and the need to
introduce more competitive
procurement practices for
sourcing technical services,
goods and supplies."
There are just under 50,000
students and about 3,350 teach-
ers in the Bahamas' 165 schools.
"We are faced with steady
school repairs, an expanding
school population, the need for
new schools and the urgent


need for national school com-
puterisation and technical ser-
vices to allow for effective dis-
tant education," she said.
"Our task, though challeng-
ing, must be to educate students
to respond to an increasingly
complex society and a rapidly
changing knowledge-based
economy to provide friendly
comfortable and supportive
learning environment where our
students can grow and learn and
where our teachers are inspired
to teach and motivate our stu-
dents to excellence.
"Across the board, from pre-
school and primary to sec-
ondary and special education,
our education budget must
deliver our desired results.
"Education constitutes an
important part of the govern-
ment's expenditure in the
national budget. In saying this, I,
am accepting that we will raise
the right issue in education -
accountability.
"Is the money being spent in
the ways intended? Is the mon-
ey causing good results for our
children?
"We have considerable
resource constraints human and
financial. We cannot have a
'don't ask just spend approach'.
Let us remember the simple fact
that the key to improving edu-
cation is not how much money
is spent but how it is-spent."
It underscores the need for
stock taking at the national and
regional levels to determine the
areas of convergence with
respect to objectives and reform
activities, Miss Owens
explained.
"It also advocates that each
country thoroughly review, con-
solidate and accelerate bud-
getary reform as appropriate to


the respective national circum-
stances and research," she
said.
"The IIEP's three-year pro-
ject is another opportunity for
us to help our students to meet
higher standards, to provide
support for our principals and
teachers as they maintain
successful schools, and to pro-
vide the necessary resources
to enable schools to focus
on academic achievement for
all.
Budgetary
"With regional co-operation
and sound financial manage-
ment and budgetary allotment,
based on practical research, we
will better develop our educa-
tional system locally and region-
ally."
Representing Jamaica are
Barbara Allen, Director of
Planning and Development,
Ministry of Education, Youth
and culture (MEYC); Dwight
Hamilton, Senior planner,
MEYC; Lorris Jarrett, Direc-
tor of Cash management, Min-
istry of Finance and Planning.
Representing Suriname are
Henry Dielingen, Head, Finan-
cial Budget Unit, Ministry of
Education and Community
Development; Gregory
Corinder, Treasury Inspector,
Ministry of finance; and Koes-
mawatie Manbodh-Odit, Audit-
ing Manager, University of Suri-
name.
Representing the Bahamas
are Kendly Darling, CEO,
Accounts Section, Ministry of
Education; William Fielding,
Director of Planning, College
of the Bahamas; Marcellus Tay-
lor, Acting Director of Plan-
ning, Ministry of Education.


Canada wants





part in tsunami





warning program


Position:


Brewer


Duties Include:

Manage the brewing process from start to finish:
Identify deviations from standard;
Beer filtration.
Perform quality control analysis as required.
Clean and sanitize all equipment.
Work with various types of chemicals;

Minimum Requirements:

Associates Degree: Biology, Chemistry or Technical area;
Three years experience in a technical environment;
Strong communication, administrative, time management skills and
reporting skills;
Excel spreadsheet usage at an intermediate level a must;
Proficiency in Word applications required;
Must be a team player with a professional attitude, strong commitment
to detail and good analytical skills.

The Ideal Candidate:

Must be a team player that is willing to support the efforts of the
team or any team member.
The successful applicant should be able to act on his or her own
initiative with little supervision.
Must have good communication skills.
Must be able to function in a shift system.

A competitive salary, performance related compensation, career related
training and a competitive employee benefits package are all available to the
successful candidate.

Interested persons should submit a current resume and cover letter to the
address below no later than January 31st, 2005.

Human Resources Manager
Commonwealth Brewery Limited
P.O. Box N-4936
Nassau, Bahamas

or

Fax: 1-242-362-4793


* OTTAWA

CANADA wants to take part in a multi-
million-dollar program the United States is
undertaking to expand a tsunami warning
system to the Atlantic Ocean, the federal
minister responsible for emergency pre-
paredness said Monday, according to Asso-
ciated Press.
"They will extend that system into the
Atlantic and quite clearly we are very inter-
ested in that and will take part in whatever
way is appropriate," said Anne McLellan,
who is also deputy prime minister.
Figures
McLellan had no figures on how much
Canada's participation would cost when she
addressed a news conference after meeting
provincial and territorial ministers responsi-
ble for emergency response.
Washington recently unveiled a US$37.5
million plan to erect a tsunami warning sys-
tem designed to protect both the Pacific and
Atlantic coasts by mid-2007.
The plan would quadruple the size of the
warning network in the Pacific and erect sim-


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ilar safeguards for the Atlantic, Caribbean
and Gulf coasts, officials of the White House
science office said.
Operating it would cost about US$24.5 mil-
lion a year.

Waves
To help monitor for waves from a tsunami,
the plan envisions a network of 38 high-tech
buoys attached to pressure recorders on the
ocean floor. Twenty-five buoys would be
added to the six now in the Pacific, including
two as back-ups to existing ones off the coast
of Alaska.
Five new ones would be installed in the
Atlantic Ocean, and two in the Caribbean
Sea to provide coverage also for the Gulf of
Mexico.
None now exist in those areas.
The decision came after a tsunami roared
across the Indian Ocean on Dec. 26 without
warning, killing well over 160,000 people in
southern Asia.
In 1929, an earthquake beneath the Grand
Banks caused a tsunami that wreaked havoc
on Newfoundland's Burin Peninsula, killing
28 people.


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THE TRIBUNE


Obie Wilchcombe gives assurances to





displaced workers of Royal Oasis Resort
By SIMON LEWIS on H I i- Bahamas is prepared to
Bahamas Information bring them the relief they
Services are looking for.


FREEPORT Tourism
Minister Obie Wilchcombe
met with the displaced work-
ers of the troubled Royal
Oasis Resort at mid-day
Monday assuring them that
the Government will in a
matter of days bring satis-
faction to their current sit-
uation.
More than 1200 workers at
the Royal Oasis Resort and
Casino lost their jobs when
the hotel closed for major
renovations following the
passing of two hurricanes
back in September of last
year.
Since then, the Driftwood
group, which operates the
1,000 room resort, and a
casino, have announced two
re-opening dates, the first
being February and the oth-
er for April of this year.
Workers fear the hotel will
not open any time soon since
renovation at the resort have
come to a standstill, and
they are demanding monies
owed them.

Dollars
The hotel owes millions of
dollars., to the workers, hotel
union, Bahamas Govern-
ment, Grand Bahama Port
Authority and other agen-
cies and companies. The
Tourism Minister drew
attention to the company's
financial problems during a
recent sitting of the House
of Assembly.
On Monday morning, Mr
Wilchcombe, along with
Pineridge's Member of Par-
liament, Ms Ann Percentie;
and Marco City MP Ms
Pleasant Bridgewater, met
with the leadership of the
i workers, which have been
staging protest daily for
about two weeks demanding"
resolution to their problems.
Monday's gathering at the
Prime Minister's Freeport
office, marked the second
meeting with Mr Wilch-
combe and the workers.


W TOURISM Minister Obie Wilchcombe is pictured addressing displaced workers of
the Royal Oasis Resort, outside of the Government Complex on the Mall on Monday.


He had only ten days prior
joined Immigration and
Labour Minister Vincent
Peet in a late night meeting
with employee at the same
site.
While Minister Wilch-
combe and the MPs met with
a delegation in the confer-
ence room of the Prime Min-
ister's office, both he and
the leadership of the protest-
ing workers, Mr Kendal Pin-
der, addressed the protest-
ers outside of the Govern-
ment Complex on the Mall,
Following the meeting.
'-Firil con L'jill.iling the-
le.der.hiip or the workers,
the Tourism chief told them
that they have been fighting
for what they believe in and
"you have been fighting for
your dignity and respect, and
you have been seeking to
secure the future of your-


selves and your family.
"That is fully understood
and well respected," he told
the more than 200 workers
assembled.
Continuing Mr Wilch-
combe assured them that
Government "have not tak-
en the matter lightly. We
want things to happen more
quickly that it can at times.

Privilege
"I would like to say that I
can make the announce-
ients today, but I don't
h e iha.i pri- ilege. Tlhe
privilege that I do have
though as your Minister of
Tourism, is to inform you
that I have come to tell your
leadership the following:
"That one we have had an
extensive meeting with Mr


(David) Buddemayer.
"We nmet with him over
the weekend in Jupiter,
Florida. We believe that we
have arrived at the agree-
ment we needed to arrive at.
"We today have a team in
Jupiter, Florida meeting with
Mr Buddemayer. We have'
others who are coming to
Grand Bahama tonight to
take a look at the property,"
he told workers.
He gave further assurance
that a large segment of gov-
ernment leaders, including
the Prime Ministe are meet-
ing, today., to ,put- inplace-,
what the Prime Minister will
be discussing on Wednesday


with the leadership of the
workers.
Mr Wilchcombe informed
that the Prime Minister had
asked him to invite the
workers leader, Mr Kendal
Pinder and a seven-member
delegation to New Provi-
dence on Wednesday for a
6pm meeting, at which time
they are expected to discuss
in detail all concerns, includ-
ing severance pay, the future
of Driftwood,.mortgages,
school fees, and social ser-
vices assistance among other
mn atlters.. i ,.. : ,
;.- .Cb.ntin.uing Mr Wilch-
combeuassured workers that
the Government of the


"It is in our interest and
we are not going' to allow
any single soul or organisa-
tion to mistreat, to misrep-
resent, to pay no attention
to the human dignity of the
people of the Bahamas.
"I assure you that we have
been working and today I
am smiling a bit more
because I believe that we are
going to arrive at the con-
clusion you want and at. the
end of day, it is my view that
we are going to appreciate
that things happen for # pur-
pose, and it could be even
better as a result of the cir-
cumstances we have. had to
deal with. But we must have
a bit more patience, about
two more days," he told
workers.

Opportunity
Also, Mr Wilchcombe
took the opportunity to
inform workers that Prime
Minister Perry Christie is
due in Grand Bahama Sat-
urday, where he will make a
nationally televised address
detailing all that will happen
for the Royal Oasis and all
of Grand Bahama, noting
that a "major plan" is-under-
way.
Again he assured protest-
ing workers that the Gov-
ernment has no difficulties
with their stance, adding
that "you have been fighting
for what you believe in and
we stand with you, and we
support you.
"When you believe in
something you have to be
prepared to die for what you
believe in. You stood up and
we respect that. Now we will
all look to the future, a
brighter future, a better
future, not only for you, but
for the entire Grand
Bahama," he stated.


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Moved' Global '




Village gives to




tsunami relief


GLOBAL Village Christian
Methodist Church made a
donation to the "Tsunami
Relief for Sri Lanka" fund.
Chris Dorsett, Treasurer of
Global Village, presented the
cheque to Mr Ravi Jesubatham
who accepted it on behalf of the
fund.
During the presentation, Mr
Dorsett stated: "When we at
Global Village heard about the
devastation experienced in the
far eastern countries, we were
moved to assist in any way that
we could. That is why we took
the decision to make the con-
tribution to the Sri Lankan
tsunami relief effort. The vic-
tims and their families continue
to be in our prayers daily. We
would encourage all corporate
citizens and civic organizations
to contribute in some form, to


help those affected, either
through specific relief funds or
through an organisation of their
choice, be it the Red Cross,
UNICEF, or whomever".
Global Village Christian Cen-
tre is a contemporary Methodist
church and is a part of the
Bahamas Methodist Confer-
ence. Global Village meets
every Sunday at 9.30am on the
Queen's College Grounds.

Thanks
Mr Jesubatham expressed his
sincere thanks to Global Vil-
lage on behalf of the Sri Lankan
community in the Bahamas
which launched this appeal. All
contributions made to the fund
will be remitted to the Red
Cross in Sri Lanka for utilisa-
tion in, specifically identified


projects. The Asian tsunami
killed over 225,000 persons in
11 countries on Boxing Day,
2004. In Sri Lanka, over 30,000
are confirmed dead with sever-
al thousand still unaccounted
for. Approximately 800,000 per-
sons lost their homes in the
coastal areas of Sri Lanka.
Donations can be made to
the 'Tsunami Relief for Sri Lan-
ka' account at the Bank of
The Bahamas, (account
#5265970).

N MR CHRIS DORSETT
(left), Treasurer of Global
Village Methodist Church,
presents the donation to Mr.
Ravi Jesubatham (right)
who accepted it on behalf of
the 'Tsunami Relief for Sri
Lanka' fund.


BAHAMAS NATIONAL TRUST

The RETREAT

GARDEN Manager
Primary Responsibility: To manage and maintain The
Retreat Garden, on Village Road in Nassau. This
property is owned by the Bahamas National Trust and
contains one of the largest private collections of palms
in the world.
Reports to: Director of Education and Communications
Primary Tasks:
Develop and oversee the maintenance and expansion
of the Garden following the directions of The Retreat
Committee
Coordinate volunteer activities in the garden
Supervise staff working in the garden
Organize logistics and preparation of the Garden for
special events and parties
. Assist in developing short and long-term straregies
for the Garden maintenance and expansion
S .. Write letters and reports
Primary Skills Required:
Enthusiasm for gardens and working with people of
all ages
Demonstrated knowledge of horticulture, palms and
native vegetation
Minimum five years work experience
Exceptional interpersonal communications skills
Demonstrated ability to organize time, manage diverse
activities, meet deadlines and pay attention to details
Proven administrative skills
Willingness to organize and motivate volunteers.
Demonstrated commitment to natural resource
conservation in the Bahamas
Willingness to occasionally work long hours including
some weekends
Positive attitude
Desire to do hands on work
Mechanical ability, including working with water
systems, pumps and chippers as necessary
To apply for the position, email or send cover letter,
resume, three references including telephone numbers
and email addresses by Wednesday, February 9, 2005
to:
Bahamas National Trust,
P.O. Box N-4105 Nassau, Bahamas
Email: bnt@batelnet.bs


Bahamian music hits the world wide web


* By KILAH ROLLE
Tribune Staff Reporter
A UNIQUE selection of
Bahamian music is now
available for the world to lis-


ten to on a popular music
download site that recently
partnered with a company
dedicated to preserving cul-
tural diversity through
sound.


MSN Music and Smithson-
ian Folkways Recordings
announced last week that
together they will provide a
collection of historic and
*world music to be made


Deadline extended




for Golden Heart




nominations


THE deadline for submission of nom-
inations for the Lady Sassoon Golden
Heart Award has been extended to Fri-
day, February 4, 2005.
Nominations, accompanied by reasons
for them, should be submitted in writ-
ing to the Golden Heart Award P 0 Box
N-8189, or delivered to Eves, Cable
Beach (opposite Swiss Pastry Shop) to
reach there by the new deadline.

Deserving
The Lady Sassoon Golden Heart
Award is presented at the Annual Heart
Ball to a deserving individual in recog-
nition of stellar and selfless community
service.
People who know of someone who has
gone "above and beyond" the call of
duty in helping others and who they feel


deserve the prestigious award are asked
to nominate that person.,

Winner
Past winners have included the late
Archdeacon William Thompson, Dr I
Earle Farrington, Mrs Patricia Jervis,
and last year's winner Mrs Susan Roberts
who was honoured for her compassion
and service with the Cancer Society
and the Bilney Lane Children's
Home, among other civic and church
groups.
The identity of the winner of the Gold-
en Heart Award is kept secret until the
night of the Ball, when it is officially
announced.
The 41st Annual Heart Ball is slated
for Saturday, February 19 in the Crown
Ballroom, Atlantis, Paradise Island.


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available online for the first
time.
Smithsonian Folkways
Recordings has a catalogue
of nearly 35,000 tracks, now
available for download
through MSN Music, includ-
ing tracks from four albums
that exclusively offer
Bahamian music.
The collection also
includes non musical tracks
including speeches, poetry
and natural sounds from
around the world.
Bahamian artists featured
.: on MSN'.s music sit e are
from older Bahamian singers.
Slik'.Joseph Spence. Edith
Pinder, Sam Green. Bruce
Green, the Pinder Family
and Frederick McQueen,
who made most of their
recordings in the 1960s. The
tracks featured in the collec-
tion are mostly spirituals,
anthems, rhyming songs and
ballads, and were recorded
when the artists were in the
height of their profession.
Senior Director of MSN
Entertainment said that the
music offered by Smithson-
ian Folkways, although
inspiring, had been "almost
impossible to find" but he
was glad that it could now
be made available to a larger
audience.
Dan Sheehy, director of
Smithsonian Folkways, said:
"The problem is that people
can't always find this music.
It's not on the radio, and
many retailers don't carry
it."
Mr Sheehy added that the
online exposure will give
people an easy way to hear
music by artists they may
have only read about, or may
never have even heard of
before.

Exposure
With a global market of
more than 360 million users
worldwide per month and
versions available in 40 mar-
kets and 20 languages,
Bahamian entertainer/pro-
ducer Kirkland Bodie, or
"KB" as he is known, said
the increased exposure is an
excellent opportunity for the
world to become acquainted
with Bahamian music.
KB, who is well known for
his break out songs in the
1980's "Jus Cause She Fat",
and "All Da Meat" has over
his career released several
popular Bahamian songs,
and prides himself on incor-
porating the Bahamian
sound of Junkanoo, Goom-
bay and Rake & Scrape into
his music.
He also prides himself on
being a Bahamian ambas-
sador and said that he hopes
in the future that music fans
around the world will also
tap into Bahamian contem-
porary music.
"Our culture has a lot to
offer," KB said, "and as the
world becomes more techno-
logically advanced, it should
also have easier access to the
Bahamas.
"I love my people, I love
my culture, and the world is
just beginning to see all we
are all about."


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TUESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2005 PAGE 9


STAFF VACANCIES

Applicants are invited to join a dynamic team in building the College of The
Bahamas into a University System. The College seeks to employ the
following:

CAMPUS ARCHITECT

A Campus Architect is required to meet the challenge of coordinating
the initial designing of new buildings and the renovation projects for
existing buildings and facilities as the College expands. The successful
individual will work with the Special Assistant to the President and the
President on overall policies concerning architectural design and
construction of the new and existing campuses. Other duties will be
assigned.

Qualifications:

The successful candidate must have a Bachelor's degree in Architecture
from an accredited college or university and a professional license with
the Bahamas Architects Board; at least 10 years of supervisory professional
work experience particularly with institutional projects; good
communication skills; thorough knowledge of programming, design,
construction, budgeting and scheduling of projects. A basic knowledge
of contracts, purchasing and bidding requirements, codes and statutes
relative to construction and design is required. Must be skilled in both
manual and computer aided drafting. Competence in Microsoft Word
and Excel is also required; Knowledge of Microsoft Project and PowerPoint
are desired.

Assistant Director, Benefits

The Human Resources Department seeks applicants who will be responsible
for the maintenance and administration of the College benefit programs.
This individual will act as a liaison between employee/insurance providers;
provide administrative support to human resources function as needed; and
ensure that programs are administered in accordance with policy and procedure
guidelines.

The successful candidate must have a strong customer focus; be able to work
in a dynamic, highly sensitive environment; possess excellent oral, written
and interpersonal communication skills. Good organizational skills and
attention to detail are necessary and proven ability to set work priorities is
expected.

A Bachelor's Degree preferably in Human Resources Management or a
related area is required and at least 5 years of progressively responsible
human resource management experience that include administration of
benefit programs including Group Health and Life Insurance and Pension.
This position requires a discreet, mature and tactful individual. Must be able
to use the Microsoft Office Suite.'

Salary Scale: AS-2 $23,380 $35,980

Interested candidates should complete a COB Application Form, available
on the website www.cob.edu.bs ; along with a detailed curriculum vitae with
a cover letter of interest, giving full particulars of qualifications and experience
and three work references no later than February 25, 2005 to:

Mail:
The Director
Human Resources
The College of The Bahamas
P. O. Box N-4912
Nassau, Bahamas

Email: hrapply@ cob.edu.bs
Facsimile: (242) 302-4539


SIXTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE

OF COLJNSELLJORS

Hosted by COB's Counselling & Health Services
Department
February 24 & 25, 2005
British Colonial Hilton
THEME: "ONE VISION, ONE VOICE"
Early Bird Special: $110.00 (by Monday, January 31)

Fees include lunch, coffee breaks, conference
material and parking
WHO SHOULD ATTEND? School counsellors, church
counsellors, grief counsellors, community counsellors, social
workers, nurses, police officers and persons who counsel
during times of disasters and crisis.

For more information, please contact Teorah Ferguson,
conference chairperson
Phone: 302 -4449 Fax: 302-4448
Email: tferguson@cob.edu.bs


CENTRE FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION

& EXTENSION SERVICES

Personal Development Spring Semester

COMPUTER OFFERINGS

COMPUTER APPLICATIONS I
Course Description:This course is for the beginner who knows very little about computers and does not
understand how it works. This course covers the major computer concepts with extensive hands on practice
of various software using: (I) Microsoft Office Word Processing (ii) Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet (iii)
Microsoft Access Database Management.


Pre-requisite: None
Begins: Monday, 7 February 2005 6:00pm 9:00pm
Saturday, 12 February 2005 10:00am 1:00pm
Duration: 12 weeks Venue: CEES Computer Lab


Section 01 (CEES)
Section 02 (CEES)
Tuition: $450.00


COMPUTER APPLICATIONS II
Course Description:This course covers the major advanced concepts with extensive hands on practice of various
software using: (I) Microsoft Office Word Processing (ii) Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet (iii) Microsoft
Access Database Management.
Pre-requisite: Computer Applications I Begins:Thursday, 10 February 2005
Time: 6:00pm 9:00pm Duration: 12 weeks Venue: CEES Computer Lab Fees: $550.00

EFFECTIVE POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS
This workshop is designed to provide participants with an overview of the fundamentals of Microsoft PowerPoint.
It focuses on developing effective and dynamic PowerPoint presentations.


Pre-requisite:None
Time:9:30am -4:30pm


Begins:Thursday, 3 March 2005
Duration:1 day Venue:CEES Computer Lab Fees:$160.00


INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY I
Course Description:This course covers basic concepts of Information Technology. The course provides training
in the following areas; Basic Hardware Proficiency, Application Features Proficiency, Operating System
Proficiency, Internet and Email Proficiency.


Pre-requisite:None
Time:6:00pm 9:00pm


Begins:Wedhesday, 9 February 2005
Duration:12 weeks Venue:CEES Computer Lab Fees:$450.00


PC UPGRADE AND REPAIR
Course Description: This course is a hands-on introduction to technology systems for use in information
environments. The course will cover the following topics: Basic Hardware, Operating Systems, Troubleshooting
and Repairs.
Pre-requisite: None Begins: Tuesday, 8 February 2005 Time: 6:00pm 7:30pm
Tuesday and Thursdays Duration: 12 weeks Venue: BHTC Computer Lab Fees:$500.00

QUICKBOOKS
Course Description: This course is designed to train' new and existing small business entrepreneurs (less that
20 employees) how to organize and manage their accounting activities using QuickBooks Pro software. Students
will learn how to set-up their company files, chart of accounts, budget, customers, vendors and employees.


Pre-requisite; None
Duration: 6 weeks


Begins: Tuesday, 1 March 2005
Venue: CEES Computer.Lab


Time: 6:00pm 9:00pm
Fees: $330.00 -


WEBPAGE DESIGN WORKSHOP
Course Description: This course, which targets persons who would like to create their personal web pages will
cover Web page creation, Web site management, and HTML. Specific topics will include Formatting, Graphics,
Multimedia, Forms'and Tables and hosting ofweb agess;
Pre-requisite: Participants must be computer, iterate and have a basic knowledge of word-processing
Begins: Thursday, 24 February 2005 Time: 9:30am 4:30pm Duration: 2 days
Venue: CEES Computer Lab Fees: $550.00,
ENQUIRIES: Contact the Co-ordinator at Tel: (242) 325-5714 / (242) 328-0093/ 328-1936 or e-mail
nlacroix@cob.edu.bs
All fees are included with the exception of the application fee of $40.00 (one time payment).
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PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
COURSE NO. SEC. NO. COURSE NAME TIME DAY START DURATION FEE
ACCOUNTING
ACCA900 01 ACCA FOR BEGINNERS I 6-00-8-00pm Mon/Wed 14-Feb 10 weeks $250
ACCA901 01 ACCA FOR BEGINNERS II 6-00-8-00pm Tue/Thur 15-Feb 10 weeks $275
ACCA902 01 ACCA FOR BEGINNERS III 6:00-8:00pm Tue/Thur 15-Feb 10 weeks $300
ANIMAL CARE
ANIM800 01 DOG GROOMING 6:00-9:00pm Tue 1-Mar 10 weeks $355
BUSINESS
BUSI900 01 CREDIT & COLLECTIONS I 6:00-9:00pm Tue 1-Mar 8 weeks $225
BUSI904 01 INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS I 6:00-9:00pm Tue 1-Mar 8 weeks $225
MKTH900 01 MARKETING 6:00-9:00pm Thur 28-Feb 10 weeks $225
CUST900 01 SUPERIOR CUST. SERVICE W/S 9:30am-4:30pm Thur 24-Feb 1 day $170
COMPUTERS
COMP901 01 COMPUTER APPLICATIONS I 6:00-9:00pm Mon 7-Feb 12 weeks 650
COMP901 02 COMPUTER APPLICATIONS I 10:00-1:00pm Sat 12-Feb 12 weeks 450
COMP902 01' COMPUTER APPLICATIONS II 6:00-9:00pm Thur 10-Feb 12 weeks 550
COMP903 01 INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY I 6:00-9:00pm Wed 9-Feb 12weeks 450
COMP960 01 EFFECTIVE POWERPOINT W/S 9:30am-4:30pm Thur 3-Mar 1day &160
COMP953 01 PC UPGRADE AND REPAIR 6:00-7:30pm Tue/Thurs 8-Feb 12 weeks &500
COMP 941 01 QUICKBOOKS 6:00-9:00pm Tue 1-Mar 6 weeks 6330
COMP930 01 WEB PAGE DESIGN WORKSHOP 9:30am-4:30pm Thurs&Fd 24-Feb 2 days b550
COSMETOLOGY
COSM802' 01 MAKE-UP APPLICATION I 6:00-9:00pm Mon 28-Feb 8 weeks $225
COSM804 01 MANICURE & PEDICURE I 6:00-9:00pm Tues 1-Mar 8 weeks $225
COSM807 01 NAILARTTECHNICIAN I 6:00-9:00pm Mon/Thurs 28-Feb weeks $500
COSM805 01 SCULPTURED NAILS I 6:00-9:00pm Wed 2-Mar 6 weeks $250
DECORATING
FLOR800 01 FLORAL DESIGN I 6:00-9:00pm Tue 1-Mar 10 weeks $225
FLOR801 01 FLORAL DESIGN II 6:00-9:00pm Mon 28-Feb 10 weeks $250
FLOR802 01 FLORAL DESIGN II 6:00-9:00pm Thur 3-Mar 10 weeks $275
DEC0800 01 INTERIOR DECORATING I 6:00-9:00pm Wed 2-Mar 8 weeks $225
DECO801 01 INTERIOR DECORATING II 6:00-9:00pm Tue 1-Mar 8 weeks $250
ENGLISH
ENG 900 01 EFFECTIVE WRITING SKILLS I 6:00-9:00pm Tue 1-Mar 8 weeks $225
ESL 900 01 ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE I 6:00-7:30pm Mon/Fri 28-Feb 10 weeks $250
ENG 803 01 WRITING & PUBLISHING WORKSHO > 930am-3:30pm Sat 5-Mar 1 day $155
HEALTH & FITNESS :
MASG900 01 MASSAGE THERAPY ESSENTIALS I 6:00-9:00pm Thur 3-Mar 10 weeks $465
MASG901 01 MASSAGE THERAPY ESSENTIALS II 6:00-9:00pm Tue 1-Mar 10 weeks $620
LANGUAGES
CRE 900 01 CONVERSATIONAL CREOLE I 6:00-7:30pm Tue/Thur 1-Mar 10 weeks S225
CRE 901 01 CONVERSATIONAL CREOLE II 6:00-7:30pm Mon/Wed 28-Feb 10 weeks S250
SPA 900 01 CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH I 6:00-7:30pm Tueffhur 1-Mar 10 weeks S225
SPA 901 01 CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH II 6:00-7:30pm Mon/Wed 28-Feb 10 weeks b250
SPE900 01 PUBLIC SPEAKING I 6:00-9-00pm Mon 28-Feb 10 weeks S250
LANG900 01 SIGN LANGUAGE I 6:00-9:00pm Mon 28-Feb 10 weeks S250
MANAGEMENT
MGMT900 01 HUMAN RESOURCE MGMT I 6:00-9:30pm Thur 10-Feb 12 weeks $250
MGMT901 01 HUMAN RESOURCE MGMT II 6:00-9:30pm Mon 7-Feb 12 weeks $300
MGMT902 '01 HUMAN RESOURCE MGMT W/S 10am-4pm Thurs&Fri 3-Mar 2 days $350
MEDICAL
MEDT900 01 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY I 6:00-9:00pm Thurs 24-Feb 10 weeks $225
SEWING
SEW 800 01 BASIC OF FREEHAND CUTTING I 6:00-9:00pm Mon 28-Feb 10 weeks $225
SEW 802 01 BASIC OF FREEHAND CUTTING II 6:00-9:00pm Thurs 3-Mar 10 weeks $250
SEW 805 01 DRAPERY MAKING I 6:00-9:00pm Tue 1-Mar 10 weeks $225
ENQUIRIES: Contact the Co-ordinator at Tel: (242) 325-5714 / (242) 328-0093/328-1936 or email nlacrolx@cob.edu.bs All fees are
included wIth the exception of the application fee of $40.00 (one time).
CEES reserves the right to change Tuition, Fees, Course Content, Course Schedule and Course Materials.


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AquaPure


fire


affect talks'


FROM page one

she said.
Officials at AquaPure
who surveyed the proper-
ty estimate that the dam-
age to the plant could eas-
ily be between $10,000 and
$20,000, but said it could
have been much higher had
it not been for the quick
response of the Fire
Department.

Expensive
"The whole unit is very
expensive but thankfully
members of the public who
saw the blaze called the
Fire Department who acted
expeditiously in putting out
the fire. We are very
thankful to them for that,"
Ms McSweeney said.
On January 5, eleven
workers were fired by
AquaPure for allegedly
participating in an illegal
strike outside the water
company's headquarters.


BBWDU officials insist
that it was not a strike, but
merely a press conference
that the workers were par-
ticipating in to bring atten-
tion to the fact that they
were denied Christmas
bonuses last year.
Huedley Moss, the chief
adviser for the BBWDU,-
said he could not comment
on the issue of the fire at
the AquaPure facility.
He said his focus is
still to get the 11 fired
workers of AquaPure rein-
stated.
Ms McSweeney assured
the public that the water
company is operating as
normal by utilising its
back-up systems.
"We have back up and
contingency systems in
place but it is a little bit of
a setback. We are trying to
solve our issues, but if we
have to, we will go to
court. If worst comes to
worst we'll go to the tri-
bunal," she said.


Speaking with The Tri
bune, Vincent Peet th
Minister of Labour an
Immigration, said hi
department has been mon
itoring the situation
between the- union an
AquaPure for some tim
now and hopes that bot
parties can resolve the mat
ter before it reaches
strike.

Lawyer
According to M
McSweeney, the concilia
tor from the Labour Boar
has advised that Mr Mos
and 'AquaPure's lawye
should not be present a
the contractual meeting
scheduled for today.
"He said that we should
see if we can make som
headway like that. The
are tryingto plead thei
case for reinstatement, bu
the company's position i
that we are not reinstatin
them," she said.


Kiwanis Club of Nassau



AM's new president"


MR CHARLES FARQUHARSON, Presi-
dent of the Kiwanis Club of Nassau AM, took
great pride in accepting ibis leadership of the
great Kiwanis Club in recently.
Mr Farquharson is a 1974 graduate and for-
mer head boy of Queen's College. He attended
the University of Ottawa in 1980 and graduated
with a BSc in Chemical Engineering and Man-
agement. Then he went on to attended Darden
Graduate School of Business Administration,
University of Virginia'1993-1995.
He began his employment at Bacardi & Com-
pany Limited upon graduation in 1980. He cur-
rently holds the position of Assistant Vice Pres-
ident of Operations. He has attended numerous
job-related courses and seminars throughout
the America's ant the Caribbean.
In 1999 Mr Farquharson joined the Kiwanis
Club of Nassau AM where he served as Chair-
man of many Community Services as well as
director before being nominated and elected
as President. Although this great man is the
President of the Kiwanis Club of Nassau AM
and it keeps him very busy, he still finds time for
other clubs that he's involved in such as the
American Society of Safety Engineers, the
Canadian Men's Club he is also the Past Pres-
ident of Top Quality Toastmasters Club.
The President's Goals for this Administra-
tive year are:
1) To promote Kiwanis Education and to
amend the Club's By-laws.
2) To establish a new K-kids Builders Key
Club.
3) To focus on the Club's Membership,
Growth and Retention.


* CHARLES FARQUHARSON


4) To adopt the Gambier Community.
5) To have a major, hands-on project each
quarter, (emphasis on the environment) from
the four of the critical committees.
6) To provide, a positive image and aware-
ness, and to promote the AM Club in our Com-
munity and in the Commonwealth of the
Bahamas.
Mr Farquharson is married to the former
Sandra Richardson, and is the proud father of
two daughters Charla and Chara. Is an active
member of St Francis Xavier Catholic Church.


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Two fishermen are found


FROM page one

ing and that efforts were now
underway to arrange passage
for the two men back to the
Bahamas.
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Fred Mitchell said that his min-
istry was working on facilitating
the speedy return of Captain
Riley and Mr Hinsey.
"It is now a question of the
necessary travel documents,"
he said.
Mr Mitchell explained that
as the two men were without
travelling documents when they
arrived in Cuba the proper
paperwork has to first be sup-
plied in order for them to be
able to leave the country.
Captain Riley and Mr Hinsey
went missing in the Exumas on
January 3, but the incident was
not reported until six days later.
According to reports the
four-man crew of the 59-foot


Lady Una were fishing in the
waters between North Ragged
Island and Exuma when their
vessel was disabled close to a
small cay known as Water Cay.
As their boat was not
equipped with a communica-
tions system, Captain Riley and
Mr Hinsey then boarded a
Boston Whaler to make their
way to George Town, Exuma,
to buy the necessary supplies
to repair the Lady Una.
After having heard nothing
from his captain after five days,
one of the two remaining crew
members on the Lady Una on
January 8 caught transport to
George Town aboard another
vessel that was fishing in the
area.
Having arrived on the island,
the crewman inquired after his
two shipmates only to be told
that they had left five days
before.
The crewman then immedi-
ately alerted the authorities.


a Safety

measures
s
d FROM page one
SS
r sions have been drawn, man-
it agement will make them public.
g "We are awaiting to hear
what their findings are and then
d if they are not satisfactory then
e we will launch our own investi-
y gation."
ir However, she said that pre-
it liminary details surrounding the
is explosion suggest that it was
g nothing more than a tragic acci-
g dent.
"I don't think that anything
else will come out of it."
However, she said she hopes
that BEC will use the explo-
sion as a catalyst to conduct
comprehensive safety inspec-
tions at all of its plants.
"Once they have done the
report, I hope they will make it
public because I think there are
people out there who would like
to know what happened."
She said that once BEC
informs the union of what
occurred, they will do every-
thing they can to help bring
about any improvements which
may be needed.


On January 9 BASRA con-
ducted an aircraft search, the
US Coast and OBPAT did a
search of the waters by heli-
copter.
The US Coast Guard heli-
copter was able to locate the
Lady Una, now run aground
on the cay, and observed four
men sitting on the beach
"knocking out conchs."
The men declined the assis-
tance of the US Coast Guard
and the officers assumed that
the two missing men had
returned to the boat, it was not
until January 13 that it was dis-
covered that two of the four
men were residents of George
Town. The two had made their
way out to the Lady Una to
assist the remaining crewmen.
The search parameter for the
two men was then expanded to
include the entire western
Bahamas as well as the Gulf
Stream, the active search, how,
ever, was suspended.


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DPM gets


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* By NATARIO McKENZIE
BOASTING of a 155 acre
"natural forest" Terry Miller
Executive Director of the
Bahamas Association For
Social Health (BASH) provid-
ed Deputy Prime Minister Cyn-
thia "Mother" Pratt with a tour
of the organisation's facilities
on Monday.
The Earth Village Ranch,
unveiled as the organisation's
latest initiative to help generate
revenue, was hailed by Mr
Miller as a natural ecosystem.
Since its discovery in 2003
patients at the centre made the
area accessible by clearing
paths and removing fallen trees
and debris. The ranch which
has now been open for some
three months offers a horse
ride or walk through the nature
trail.
During her tour Deputy
Prime Minister Pratt was
thrilled to note the large variety
of indigenous plant life and
observed that the ranch would
be ideal for students to come
and view. Apart from the
enjoyment of the nature trail
Mr Miller also pointed out that
water wells extending over six
hundred feet were left as mon-
uments of the Water Works
company which had once
occupied the property.
Mr I -d'lted that ever
since.itws.eY 1epmept.in 1990.
BASH's goal has always been
to promote the well-being of
its patients through its sub-
stance abuse programmes. Mr
Miller stated that the discov-
ery of the forest had "opened
up a whole new set of visions,"
for himself and the organisa-,
tion. He also noted that like
the BASH carwash the intro-
duction of the nature .trail
would hopefully provide some
income for the organisation cit-
ing the expenses to maintain
the facilities.
He further described Earth"
Village as a "natural ecosys-
tem" noting that he preferred
to leave it as natural as pos-
sible." He also noted that he
wanted students, youth groups
and youth organizations to
come in and view the village.
Mrs Pratt applauded the
BASH organisation noting that
far too many young Bahami-
ans were falling "between the
cracks." She further stated that
she was essentially there in an
effort to "encourage and moti-
vate persons who (like Mr
Miller) continue to give of
themselves."
She added that the govern-
ment would explore ways in
which the to assist the organ-
sation. Mrs Pratt admitted that
she had found the tour inter-
esting and like Mr Miller also
agreed that schools should be
brought in so that the students
could gain a "respectful appre-
ciation "for the natural envi-
ronment.


tour of 155


'natural forest'


Earth Village Ranch unveiled as BASH's 'latest initiative to help generate revenue'


* THIS bird enjoyed the attention from media members and
Deputy Prime Minister Cynthia Pratt during yesterday's
tour of the Earth Village Ranch.


* DEPUTY Prime Minister Cynthia Pratt inspects one of
the water wells at the Earth Village Ranch.


* THIS horse pranced excitedly as Deputy Prime Minister Cynthia Pratt and members of the
media toured the Earth Village Ranch yesterday. It is one of the horses used for rides on the
ranch's nature trail.


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reduce insurance fraud


By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
he Ministry of
Finance is prepar-
ing to put out to
tender bids for an
integrated soft-
ware system that will permit
"electronic processing" of all
Road Traffic Department Ser-
vices, enhancing revenue col-
lection and reducing the high
level of insurance fraud.
According to confidential
documents obtained by The Tri-
bune, the Ministry of Finance
'is seeking software that will
allow for "inventory tracking,
revenue collection and report-
ing". It would interface with
government agencies such as
the police and Customs Depart-
ment, plus insurance companies


and their agents and authorised
car dealers.
The documents, issued for
discussion purposes, said: "The
system is to interface with the
General Ledger (GIL) of the
Government's Financial
Accounting System and should
be able to interface with the
Cash Receipting Sys-
tem ...........
"Further, Road Traffic
Department would like to inter-
face with non-governmental
organizations that provide third
party information relevant to
its services. For example, com-
panies that insure vehicles can
provide notification of policy
cancellations, those that are
unpaid, expired or fraudulent."
The proposed software sys-
tem would enhance the Gov-
ernment's drive to place its ser-


Ministry of Finance set to seek new software

that will enhance revenue collection and

give insurance status details for Road Traffic


vices and functions online, part
of an e-government drive, elim-
inating current electronic appli-
cations and the need for manu-
al filing.
One source involved in the.
process yesterday told The Tri-
bune: "It's a huge proposal. It
appears to make sense and be
logical.,
However, the interface with
insurance companies and their
agents allowing them to access
the system via an Intranet pass-
word is regarded as a "medi-
um priority", with the police


being a "high priority".
The consultation document
said: "Insurance companies
should'have an interface to
record the status of vehicle
insurance certificates (new, can-
'celled, renewed; lapsed, fraud-
ulent), as well as to record vehi-
cles that have been deemed a
'write-off' or uninsurable.
"The Road Traffic Depart-
ment can verify that applicants
have valid certificates of insur-
ance and that vehicles are insur-
able. Insurance companies can
also confirm the registration of


a vehicle.
"Due to the level of insur-
ance fraud, this interface would
be very valuable. However, it
should be considered as a nice-
to-have feature and is therefore
of medium priority."
The planned system would
allow insurance companies and
their agents to submit data on
the status of insurance policies
and report fraudulent certifi-
cates, in addition to opening up
communications with the Road
Traffic Department.
The interaction with autho-


raised car dealers is regarded as
"low priority", with the inten-
tion being to enhance efficiency
and control of the vehicle reg-
istration process.
Dealers would submit vehi-
cle model information, includ-
ing manufacturer, model, size
and engine capacity, "alleviating
discrepancies during the vehi-
cle inspection process where an
accurate description is
required".
Sources told The Tribune that
the Government wants to
implement a car titling system in
the Bahamas, similar to the sys-
tem operating in the US. which
should protect consumers from
being sold rebuilt wrecks. Car
dealers are also understood to
be pressing for damage worth
more than $2,500 in repairs to
be recorded on a car's title.


Disappointment


over trade union


exclusion from


Insurance Bill


By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
The BAHAMAS-INSUR-
ANCE BROKERS ASSOCI-
ATION's (BIBA) vice-presi-
dent yesterday told The Tribune
that the organisation was "dis-
appointed" that the Domestic
Insurance Bill now being debat-
ed by Parliament did not allow
for the regulation of trade
unions, who were running "sub-
stantial" insurance schemes for
both their members and the
generalpublic.
Bruce Ferguson, who was on
the insurance industry Work-
ing Group that played a key
role in the drafting and wording
of the Bill, said he had raised
the issue of trade unions sell-
ing pensions, life and health
insurance during the group's
meetings, but no action had
been taken.
He said: "We're kind of dis-
appointed that trade unions
were not brought under the leg-
islation.
"At one of the Working
Group meetings I did specifi-
cally mention that trade unions
were advertising in the Yellow
Pages as insurers, selling insur-
ance to their members and the
general public, and were not
regulated."
Although no hard data exist-
ed on the amount of insurance


business conducted by Bahami-
an trade unions, Mr Ferguson
said: "I think their business is
huge. They advertise in the
press, have huge buildings with
signage up and operate just like
an insurance company."
He added that the Registrar
of Insurance had not conducted
any benchmarking study or
analysis of the insurance busi-
ness conducted by trade unions,
citing this as a key reason why
they were not covered by the
draft Bill.
In her address to the House
of Assembly. A.UIson Maynard-
Gibson, minister of financial
services and investments, said
there would be "ongoing dis-
cussions" with the insurance
industry regarding the regula-
tion of trade union-adminis-
tered insurance schemes.
She added: "I have been
advised that towards the end of
the drafting by the Working
Group, it was also agreed that
health and pension schemes
operated by trade unions and
friendly societies should also be
regulated under the Act.
"However, as such schemes
are specifically excluded from
regulation in the existing Insur-
ance Act, and as no discussions
were ever held with the trade
unions and friendly societies
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hurricane, 2005 should be a ban-
ner year for the industry."
Industry gains were also
made as the number of trav-
ellers increased, and the
Bahamas saw a substantial rise
in the amount of airlift into the
destination through low cost
carriers JetBlue, Song and Spir-
it adding the Bahamas as a pre-
mium route.
Family Island destinations
were also benefiting from the
increased airlift, with islands
such as Exuma seeing US Air-
ways add a direct flight. The
new low fare carriers provided
easier access to the Bahamas
and cheaper fares for travellers.
Coming out of a recent
retreat where industry stake-
holders and BHA members set
goals and objectives for the
year, the main thrust for 2005
will be on education and trying
to better prepare Bahamian stu-
dents to understand that this is a
tourist destination that depends Rot
greatly on the industry for its
continued survival and devel-
opment. to Octo
The group met with Iris Pin- First Ch
der from the Ministry of Edu- Look
cation, Linda Davis from the her, M
College of the Bahamas and hotel's
Conrad Fernander from the despite
Bahamas Technical Vocation- and thi
al Institute (BTVI) to put Boxing
together an educational struc- which
. ture for the industry and see guests.
what initiatives could be under- For tl
taken to steer students in the Inn Sun
direction of tourism. occupal
Retreat participants are also rate of s
expected to look at a number improve
of advocacy issues, chiefly the over 201
security features adopted by cy.
Family Island airports. BHA Janus
members are deeply concerned end at 5
that security measures must be dip in r
brought up to and maintain Kappele
Federal Aviation Administra- tell how
tion (FAA) standards, Mr ofthew
Bethell said. form, bi
Water sports legislation that booking
would cover jet ski and boat ish-own
operators was said to be anoth- Resort I
er issue the industry needs competi
addressed in 2005. Additional try prov
areas of focus include environ- forecast
mental issues, such as recycling improve
and garbage collection, at least
Stephen Kappeler, regional Accoi
director of operations for Holi- most ho
day Inns in the Bahamas, said are shove
the Holiday Inn All Inclusive ter as ot
Sunspree Resort on Paradise Grand
Island was forecasting a strong Islands a
second quarter, based on book- to rebui]
ings from one of the larger char- asters.]
ter operations in Europe, First helping
Choice. for the f
Beginning in May, every two Genen
weeks an anticipated 279 pas- iday Inn
sengers will be flown to the ry Willis
Bahamas and Sunspree is one of is set to u
the few hotels that will have the ovation.
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2003.
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cent high


ber, based solely on the
choice charter business.
ing back over Decem-
r Kappeler said the
performance was good
bad weather conditions
e rescheduling of the
Day Junkanoo parade,
disappointed a lot of

he period, the Holiday
spree had a 59 per cent
ncy level with a room
some $212 per night, an
ement of some 20 points
03 in terms of occupan-

iry was also expected to
59 per cent with a slight
oom rates to $200. Mr
;r said it was too early to
' the remaining months
inter period would per-
ut based on advance
gs, and with the Span-
ned Riu All Inclusive
bringing a new level of
tion for mid-level indus-
iders, management was
sting a 5 per cent
ement in revenue rates,
for January.
rding to Mr Kappeler,
hotels in the destination
wing a positive first quar-
her island vacation spots
d Bahama, the Cayman
md Indonesia continue
Id following natural dis-
Redirected business is
to improve the outlook
first quarter.
ral manager for the Hol-
m Junkanoo Beach, Lar-
ams, said the property
undergo a $500,000 ren-
, which is expected, to
improvements to the
, painting the exterior
building, completing hur-
repairs and refurbish-
guest rooms..He said
ers were in discussions
name change for the

ms of performance for
her, Mr Williams said
perty outperformed
ions, coming in at a 68
average occupancy and
g rate improvements
13 by some 5 per cent.
january occupancy lev-
fallen off slightly. Fol-
a strong start in the first
ks, occupancy levels fell
with the hotel expect-
ad the month at 58 per
points less than expect-

on forward bookings,
dcies at the Holiday Inn
oo Beach should
for February, which is
ated to meet expecta-
loving forward, March
lightly better, seeing an
meant of some 5 per cent
same period in 2004.
rt Sands, general man-
he Nassau Beach Hotel,
Christmas period, with
mcy in the high 90 per
as stronger when com-
o the same period in
or the entire month, the
ished at 12 percentage
higher than 2003, with
ning in at roughly the
el when compared with

nuary, occupancy pro-
see levels jumping 3 per
her than 2004, notwith-


standing the loss of significant
film business where, for much of
January 2004, the hotel housed
the cast and crew of Into The
Blue.
Current figures show the
hotel will also be ahead of last
year's levels in regard to room
rates, with a $2 to $3 rise in the
average daily room rate.
On projections for the high
season, which goes through Jan-
uary to the week after Easter,
Mr Sands said he expected the
hotel to come out ahead by
about 5 per cent over 2004. He
noted that while last year was
fairly strong, both the rate and
occupancy levels were expected
to see improvements during the
period.
"We're basically middle mar-
ket, but once the larger, more
exclusive hotels do well it tends
to work in favour of the smaller,
middle market properties,
which is positive for us as a
niche. I wish all the major
hotels continued success
because that plays in our favour
as well," Mr Sands said.
"The Bahamas as a destina-
tion overall continues to be top
most in the minds of tavellers.
Access to the island and air
transport have been pivotal to
the growth in occupancy levels.
Secondly, the aggressiveness of
leading resorts in the market
place raised the profile of the
industry. Thirdly, the Ministry
of Tourism's very aggressive
advertising campaign, and the
also extreme weather conditions
in some parts of the United
States worked in our favour."
General manager of the Wyn-
dham Nassau Resort and Crys-
tal Palace Casino, Najam Khan,
said the first quarter looked
very good, with management
forecasting almost 74 per cent
occupancy for the period or 8
points higher than last year. Ini-
tial bookings also indicates an
improved average daily room
rate, going from $94 in 2004 to
$105 in 2005.
For December, occupancy
levels fell flat, but rate levels
improved significantly by $10
to $12. For January, occupancy
levels have been up about one
point over last year, with the
month expected to end in the
same position when compared
to 2004. .
Despite the modest growth,
Mr Khan was pleased with the
January performance, saying
that in 2004 all the players com-
peting in the US National Foot-
ball League (NFL) Super Bowl
game were guests of the Wynd-
ham days before the event.
With no infusion of guests this
year, Mr Khan said the average
daily rate for the month will still
end $12 to $14 up over 2004 lev-
els.
The first quarter for 2005 con-.
tinues to look strong, with Feb-
ruary rates expected to increase,
by $10 to $11 over 2004.
A substantial number of casi-,
no events, along with concerts,
by American singers Louw
Rawls, Roberta Flac and Con-;
nie Stevens, are expected to'
boost revenue intake for the
period. March is also expected:
to be a strong period as the,
Wyndham is expected to be,
packed with spring breakers.


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BUSNES





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US


partner 'jumped


the gun'


on Bahamas


Wi-Fi announcement


By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
T he director of a
Bahamian Inter-
net Service
Provider (ISP)
yesterday told The
Tribune that his potential US
partner had "jumped the gun"
in announcing their Wi-Fi ven-
ture, adding that a press release
was "very wrong" in saying the
tie-up would seek to provide
'voice services.
Pedro Rolle, director of
'KBMP Communications, said
his company had only agreed
S"in principle" to the Wi-Fi ven-
ture with California-based Y-
Tel, and the only service offered
would be wireless Internet con-


nectivity targeted chiefly at
tourists and cruise ship passen-
gers in downtown Nassau and
Paradise Island.
However, Wi-Fi last week
announced that the "exclusive
marketing agreement" with
KBMP Communications would
see the installation of a Wi-Fi
network in Nassau that would
"offer the ability to make inter-
national calls using Wi-Fi
phones".
To provide Voice over Inter-
net Protocol (VoIP) services,
the joint venture would first
have to seek permission from
and be licensed by the Public,
Utilities Commission (PUC).
Without receiving this licence
they would be operating ille-
gally in the Bahamas. Current-


Bahamas company says no plan to
offer voice and VoIP services, just
Internet; says American firm's
press statement was incorrect


ly, only the Bahamas Telecom-
munications Company (BTC)
and Systems Resource Group
(SRG) are licensed to provide
VoIP services in the Bahamas.
Mr Rolle yesterday told The
Tribune that KBMP had "never
applied" to the PUC for a VolP
licence, adding that the compa-
' ny was unlikely to be approved
for one.
He added of the Y-Tel


release: "That was very, very
wrong and I'm going to have to
ask them to correct that release.
"It was never intended to be
or voice. We were willing to
provide them with wireless ISP,
not voice. We entered into dis-
cussions with them with a view
to offering wireless ISP. That's
our business plan."
The Wi-Fi network would
allow tourists and cruise ship


passengers to use their laptop
computers and connect to the
Internet via a wireless network,
enabling them to stay in touch
with home and business via e-
mail while on holiday.
Y-Tel's release said the Wi-Fi
network would stretch from
Arawak Cay to Heritage Vil-
lage, and to the Water Tower
and Fort Fincastle. It would
then extend to Paradise Island.
Y-Tel said: "This will cover
a major portion of the tourist
area, which accounts for
approximately 150,000 passen-
gers from the cruise lines each
month and 100,000 hotel guests,
totalling around two million vis-
itors each year."
However, Mr Rolle told The
Tribune that the joint venture,


which would see Y-Tel and
KBMP split the network's roll-
out costs evenly and give both
companies a 50 per cent stake in
the business, had not moved
past the cost analysis and
research phase. As a result, it
was still some way from com-
ing to fruition.,
Mr Rolle said: "We'll give it
a shot. I've seen it work else-
where, but whether it will work
in the Bahamas is another mat-
ter."
He added: "They've [Y-Tel]
jumped the gun. We've agreed
in principle this is what we will
partner to do. I don't know why
Y-Tel went ahead and pub-
lished it. I have to discuss it with
them. It's not the way I wanted
it to come out at all."


Lyford Cay-based


billionaire gains 10m


despite aborting bid


By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
Lyford Cay-based billionaire
Joe Lewis and his partners have
made a 10 million ($18.8 mil-
lion) profit from building a large
stake in a publiclyquoted UK
company, despite dropping
plans to launch a counter-
takeover bid. .
Mr Lewis and his associates
*amassed a 13.5 per cent stake
in Countryside Properties, the
UK house builder and develop-
er, initially with the intention
of blocking a management buy-
out of the company.
Their bid vehicle, Rock Pacif-
ic, built up its stake after Coun-
tryside Properties' executives
tabled a recommended 2.75-
a-share offer to take the conm-
pany private in November.
Mr Lewis and his colleagues,
who included property devel-
oper Paul Kemsley and Daniel
Levy, who runs the Lyford Cay
billionaire's Enic investment
vehicle, had planned to make a
rival bid, believing the manage-
ment buyout undervalued the
company and that their offer
was better.
However, according to UK
newspaper reports, Rock Pacif-
ic decided against going ahead
with its counter-bid after due
diligence revealed that Coun-
tryside Properties was not as
attractive an investment as its
believed.
Instead, Copthorn, the bid
vehicle formed by the compa-
ny's management, tabled a new
offer of 2.80 per share that was
recommended by Countryside
Properties' independent direc-
tors.
A Countryside Properties
release said: "Rock Pacific has
confirmed that it will not be
making an offer for Country-
side, and has irrevocably under-
taken to accept the increased
offer in respect of its entire ben-
eficial holding of 10.73 million
Countryside shares, represent-
ing 13.5 per cent of the issued
share capital of Countryside.
"Rock Pacific has also under-
taken to accept the increased
offer in respect of any further
Countryside shares it may sub-
sequently acquire. This under-
taking remains binding in the
event of a higher competing
offer being made for Country-
side."
Mr Lewis, who made his for-
tune from currency speculation,
is a shrewd value buyer, and his
decision to not bid for Coun-
tryside Properties is likely to
have been reached after he dis-
cerned the company ws unlike-
ly to generate the targeted
returns on his investment.
The Lyford Cay-based bil-
lionaire has investments
throughout the world in more
than 100 companies, and
through his Enic holding vehicle
has large stakes in various Euro-
pean soccer clubs, including
Tottenham Hotspur, Glasgow
Rangers, Vicenza, AEK Athens


and Slavia Prague.
Mr Lewis is also the driving
force behind New Providence
Development Company, which
is responsible for Old Fort Bay
and the new Charlotteville res-
idential community planned for
western New Providence.


New Providence Develop-
ment Company has substantial
landholdings in western New
Providence and is understood
to have further plans to develop
that part of the island through
residential communities.


VACANCY NOTICE"

BAHAMASAIR EMPLOYEES
PROVIDENT FUND

Is seeking' candidates for the position of
Receptionist

The successful candidate should have:-

* A high school diploma or equivalent, with
a focus on business and three (3) years
related work experience.
* Effective communication skills, and the
ability to work comfortably and successfully
with the public
* Proficiency in using Microsoft Office.

Please forward resumes to:

Fund Administrator
P.O.Box N-4050
Nassau, Bahamas
Or e-mail to: providentfund(a)coralwave.com

---------


ICD UTILITIES LIMITED
Notice To Shareholders


The Board of Directors of

ICD Utilities Limited is

pleased to advise that a

dividend of 13.5 cents per

share has been declared to all

Shareholders of record as at

3rd February, 2005 and

payable on 17th February,

2005


WANTED

A well establish Media Company is looking for a hatd workiro
Sale to work Pressroom Assistant. Qualfied applicants should
be able to w -iight's between the hours of 7pm to 4am, be pr
pared to submit job references and a clean police record.
I !I
Interested persons should sent resume to: j
Sc/o DA 13465
P.O. Box N-3207 |
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CONTRACTOR

PRE-QUALIFICATION

College of The Bahamas Performing Arts Centre


Building Contractors are invited to PRE-QUALIFY for the
Modification of The College of The Bahamas Auditorium, and
its conversion to The Performing Arts Centre, to be situated
at Thompson Boulevard, New Providence, Bahamas.

The Project will comprise part demolition and modification
of the Existing 2 storey Auditorium approximately six
thousand two hundred square feet in area (6,200 sq. ft.), and
the construction of some twelve thousand square feet (12,000
sq. ft) on new space incorporating a fifty-six feet (56 ft.) high
Stage House, Dressing Rooms, Workshops, Foyer and
Entrance Walkways, Toilets and Administration space.

Interested contractors may collect pre-qualification documents
at:

Office of the Vice President, Research, Planning &
Development
The College of The Bahamas
Thompson Boulevard
Nassau, Bahamas
Telephone: (242) 302-4308

There will be a non-refundable Fee of $100 for each document,
(cash or certified cheque made payable to The College of
The Bahamas.)

Sealed pre-qualification submissions will be received until
4:00 p.m., Thursday 27th January 2005 at the office of the
Estates Manager, 2nd Floor Portia M. Smith Student Services
Centre, The College of the Bahamas, Poinciana Drive.


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PAGE4BTUESAYJANARY 5, 005THE RIBNI'


IBS S1


Cabinet to review




on Bahamian-on1


of insuran4


By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
The Cabinet is reviewing the
policy that restricts ownership
of insurance agencies and bro-
kerages to Bahamians-only,
with this stipulation viewed as
making life even more difficult
for the only general insurance
carrier presently engaged in
direct selling to policyholders.
Under the new Domestic
Insurance Bill, all general insur-
ance carriers must sell policies
through agents or brokers.
Although Allyson Maynard-
Gibson, the minister of finan-
cial services and investments,
did not name the firm involved
during her House of Assembly,
it is Security & General, which
had heavily lobbied the Gov-
ernment to permit direct sell-
ing in the Bill.
Mrs Maynard-Gibson said:
"Those companies that present-
ly sell direct will have to dis-
continue the practice and make
the necessary arrangements to
distribute their products'
through a registered insurance
intermediary. Such companies
will have three options: they
could sell their portfolios to an
established agency; establish a
new agency; or purchase an
established agency."
However, the minister said
the options open to Security &
General were limited because


it was 51 per cent majority
owned by the Bermuda-based
Colonial Group, and ownership
of Bahamas-based insurance
agencies and brokerages was
restricted to Bahamians.
She added: "That company
will, unfortunately, also be
caught by the policy that
restricts retail business (the
ownership of agencies) to
Bahamians only. This national
policy restricting ownership of
agencies to Bahamians is long-
standing and is presently being
reviewed by Cabinet with spe-
cial consideration being given
to the Bahamas' obligations if it
signs treaties of trading groups
such as the WTO and the
CSME. There will also be wide
public consultation on this issue.
"Countries such as Jamaica,
Barbados, and Trinidad have
already opened up some of their
retail trade to other Caribbean
nationals. We in the Bahamas
might have to do likewise, and
this is one of the issues for
ongoing discussions with the
industry."
And she added: "It should
also be noted that in the region
only the Bahamas and the
Turks & Caicos Islands have
this restriction on insurers, and
also that such restrictions do
not exist in the US, Canada or
the United Kingdom. We
should note that this restriction
may be challenged in the new


A leading boutique Law Firm with
operations in two cities in The Bahamas
is looking for a suitably qualified
Attorney-at-Law.


The successful applicant should have
already completed pupilage.


Interested applicants are asked to
forward their detailed Resume' s to the
following address:


Managing Partner
P.O.Box SS-6836
Nassau, N.P. The Bahamas


LEGAL NOTICE


NOTICE


Pursuant to the provisions of SECTION 138 (8) of The
International Business Companies Act 2000, notice is
hereby given that AMEDO SEWING MACHINES
(JORDAN) LIMITED has been dissolved and struck
off the Register as of the 18th day of January A.D.,
2005.

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John Cannon
Liquidator
For the above-named Company



LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:
a) PHILONELA LTD. is in dissolution under the provisions of the
International Business Companies Act 2000.
b) The Dissolution of the said Company commenced on January
24,2005 when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and
registered by the Registrar General.
c) The Liquidator of the said company is Alisa Richardson of Shirley
House, 50 Shirley Street, Nassau, Bahamas.
d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company is
required on or before the 24th day of February, 2005 to send their
names and addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the
Liquidator of the company or, in default thereof, they may be
excluded from the benefit of any distribution made before such
debts are proved.
January 24, 2005
ALISA RICHARDSON
LIQUIDATOR OF THE ABOVE-NAMED COMPANY


marketplace that will result
from the WTO, FTAA, or
CSME."
The Tribune understands,
though, that Security & Gener-
al had made plans in anticipa-
tion of direct selling being pro-
hibited, and the Domestic
Insurance Bill is unlikely to
pose as great a problem for the
company as the minister said.
About 35 per cent of Security
& General's current portfolio
is written direct, and the,com-
pany also works with 24 inter-
mediaries who write policies
and collect premiums for it.
Marc Shirra, Security & Gen-
eral's general manager, told The
Tribune last year that permit-
ting direct selling would
enhance consumer choice and
market competition. 1
He also said that many insur-
ance agencies were effectively
'tied agencies', and either
through a strategic alliance or
because a general insurance car-
rier had a stake in their busi-
ness of vice versa, wrote busi-
ness for just one company.
Mr Shirra said this was a form
of direct selling without the
agencies involved taking on any
risk, and added: "The phrase
that describes this is *substance
over form'. In other words,
except for the fact that the
agent doesn't take any risk,
these entities are effectively
writing direct." '


ce ag

Mrs Maynard-Gibson
detailed the 'tied agency' con-
nections in her presentation to
the House of Assembly: Nas-
sau Underwriters Cole Albury
(NUCA) and Moseley Burn-
side, both owned by Bahamas
First; Summit Insurance and
Insurance Management; Insur-
ance Company of the Bahamas.
and JS Johnson; Common-
wealth General and Carib
Insurance; and RoyalStar
Assurance and Sunshine Insur-
ance and Star General.
Among the arguments in
favour of direct selling were that
operational costs for general
carriers would be reduced.
while insurance companies
would be able to build up their
capital bases, something that
would enable them to rely less
on reinsurers and take on more
risk.
Other arguments in favour
were that.in the US, Canada
and Europe, some 80 per cent
of all motor and property insur-
ance was purchased directly.
over the Internet or telephone
call stations. Mrs Maynard-Gib-
son said that opposing these
were arguments that many
agents and brokers could be,
forced out of business if direct
selling was allowed, as there
were 54 registered agents and
brokers and 1250 licensed insur-
ance salespersons currently
operating in the Bahamas.


LEGAL NOTICE,

NOTICE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:
a) ALEXINA INVESTMENT LTD. is in dissolution under the
provisions of the International Business Companies Act 2000.
b) The Dissolution of the said Company commenced on January
24, 2005 .when its Articles of Dissolution.were submitted and
registered by the Registrar General.
c) The Liquidator of the said company is Alisa Richardson of Shirley
House, 50 Shirley Street, Nassau, Bahamas.
d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company is
required on or before the 24th day of February, 2005 to send their
names and addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the
Liquidator of the company or, in default thereof, they may be
excluded from the benefit of any distribution made before such
debts are proved.
January 24, 2005
ALISA RICHARDSON
LIQUIDATOR OF THE ABOVE-NAMED COMPANY



LEGAL NOTICE


NOTICE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:
(a). ESOP FUND LTD., is in dissolution under the provisions of the
International Business Companies Act 2000.
(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on the 24th day of January,
2005 when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by the
Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Shakira Burrows of Shirley Street,
Nassau, Bahamas.
(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are required
on or before the 4th day of March, 2005 to send their names and addresses
and particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator of the company
or, in default thereof, they may be excluded from the benefit of any distnbution
made before such debts are proved.
January 24,2005

SHAKIRA BURROWS
LIQUIDATOR OF THE ABOVE-NAMED COMPANY


LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:
a) TOCCARA INTERNATIONAL LTD. is in dissolution under the
provisions of the International Business Companies Act 2000.
b) The Dissolution of the said Company commenced: on January 24,
2005 when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and
registered by the Registrar General.
c) The Liquidator of the said company is Alisa Richardson of Shirley
House, 50 Shirley Street, Nassau, Bahamas.
d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company is
required on or before the 24th day of February, 2005 to send their
names and addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the
Liquidator of the company or, in default thereof, they may be
excluded from the benefit of any distribution made before such
debts are proved.
January 24, 2005
ALISA RICHARDSON
LIQUIDATOR OF THE ABOVE-NAMED COMPANY


policy




Scontroll




encies I


Insure (From page 1B)
about the matter, you will note that Section 3. (6) of the Bill still
excludes trade unions and friendly societies. 0
"Mr Speaker, while it is argued that certain of our trade unions%
now operate health and pension schemes that rival many of the0
licensed insurers in size, with millions of dollars and thousands of%
participants, and that such schemes should now be regulated and fall.
under the purview of this Bill, such a change cannot be made
without full discussions with the entities to be impacted., -
"I have therefore directed, Mr Speaker, that the Registrar ofe
Insurance should, as soon as is possible, initiate discussions with thea
trade unions about this matter. If any changes are to be made fol-3
lowing the consultations, they will be made via amendments to thed
new Act." '
And Mr Ferguson yesterday said that BIBA members and oth-0
er sectors of the insurance sector were also bewildered about Mrs'*
Ma.nard-Gibson's announcement that insurers would have toj
obtain regulatory approval in future for any changes to policy
wording and premium rates.
In her House of Assembly address, the minister said: "Insurersd
will have to obtain approval from the [Insurance] Commission%
for new forms and rates. It will not be possible in the future for%
insurers to make changes in policy wordings or premium rates%
without having to justify proposed changes to the Commission."
Mr Ferguson said there was no reference to this in the Domestic'4
Insurance Bill's wording as far as he could tell, adding: "As far as"
we're concerned this is a total surprise."
He expressed concern that this could allow the Government,.
and Insurance Commission, the body that will replace the Registrarm
of Insurance, to interfere with market forces in the insurance,
industry as they applied to premium rates, causing delays that%
could affect business plans and profitability.
However, Mr Ferguson said that generally BIBA was pleased'
with the Bill and the minister's speech, citing areas such as minimum
qualifications for senior executives and management, plus contin-
ued professional development.
In her address, Mrs Maynard-Gibson said she hoped the indus-N
try working group and Registrar of Insurance would finish work onr
the Bill's accompanying regulations in three to six months. ,
Under the Bill's provisions, medical services schemes such as MedI
Plans and Dent Plans would be covered by the new legislation.'
Insurance companies will also have to transfer over all unclaimed'*
funds to the Insurance Commission, rather than keep and usei
such funds for their benefit. 4
To protect consumers, insurance companies will be required to,
establish statutory funds.


NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that RONELL AUGUSTIN OF IDA .
STREET, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister :
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for 'i
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and .i
that any person who knows any reason why registration/ .
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written %
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 25TH day of JANUARY, 2005 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.


LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE


FOUFI LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:
(a) FOUFI LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution under the provisions g
of Section 137 (4) of the International Business Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on the 20th
January, 2005 when the Articles of Dissolution were submitted
to and registered by the Registrar General. ..
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Credit Suisse Trust of Geneva, '
rue de Lausanne 17bis, 1211 Geneva 70, Switzerland. .
,
Dated this 25th day of January, A.D. 2005. '


Credit Suisse Trust of Geneva
: ,Liquidator



(^^ GN 156

MINISTRY OF FINANCE
^" CENTRAL BANK OF THE BAHAMAS '


NOTICE
THE BANKS AND TRUST COMPANIES
REGULATION ACT, 2000

Notice is hereby given that the Government, t
pursuant to Section 18 (1)(a)(ii) of The Banks and Trust 4


Companies Regulation Act, 2000, has revoked by Order i
dated the 13th January, 2005, the branch banking licence 4
granted on 4th February, 1985 and amended on 6th June, a
2002, to The Commercial Bank of Kuwait S.A.K., on
the grounds that the company ceased to carry on banking
business.

Signed
Julian Francis



Governor
The Central Bank of The Bahamas I


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SUPREME COURT


THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE SIDE,
JAN. 27, 2005


No. 10/2005


Whereas DORIS KNOWLES of Rupert Dean Lane,
on the Island of New Providence, one of the Island
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas
for Letters of Administration of the Real and Personal
Estate of MELVERN STURRUP late of Rupert Dean
Lane, on the Island of New Providence, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days
from the date hereof.
Signed
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar



SUPREME COURT
PROBATE REGISTRY
P.O. BOX N-167
NASSAU, THE BAHAMAS
JAN. 27, 2005

PROBATE SIDE
No. 11/2005

In the estate of HORST BAUER, late of the City of
Toronto, Province of Canada, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen days from the date hereof, application will
be made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas on
its Probate Side by HARTIS EUGENE PINDER of
Mareva House, No. 4 George Street, New Providence,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, Attorney-at-Law, is the Authorized Attorney
in The Bahamas for Resealing of a Grant of Certificate
of Appointment of Estate Trustee with the Will in the
above estate granted to WAYNE G. TRAINER, sole
Executor, by The Superior Court of Justice in the,
City, of Toronto in the Province of Ontario, Canada,
on the 7th day of April, A.D., 2003.

Signed
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar



SUPREME COURT,
PROBATE REGISTRY
P.O. BOX N-167
NASSAU, THE BAHAMAS
JAN. 27, 2005
PROBATE SIDE
No. 12/2005

In the estate of DOLORES BOUCHARD BARKEY
aka DOLORES BARKEY aka DELORES BARKEY
aka ANNE-MARIE DOULDA DOLORES
BOUCHARD, late of Bridgepoint Medical Centre,
14th Street, Matthew's Road in the City of Toronto
in the Province of Ontario, Canada, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen days from the date hereof, application will
be made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas on
its Probate Side by STEPHEN J. MELVIN of No. 1
Ashf6rd Villas, Chaplin Road, Cable Beach in the
Western District of the Island of New Providence,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, Attorney-at-Law, is the Authorized Attorney
in The Bahamas for Resealing of a Grant of Probate
in the above estate granted to MICHELINE
LEFEBVRE, Estate Trustee by The Superior Court
of Justice in the City of Toronto in the Province of
Ontario, Canada, on the 9th day of February, A.D.,
2004.

Signed
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


SUPREME COURT
PROBATE REGISTRY
RO. BOX N-167
NASSAU, THE BAHAMAS
JAN. 27, 2005

PROBATE SIDE
No. 13/2005

In the estate of JACKIE AIKEN, late of the County
of Kershaw in the State of South Carolina, USA,
deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen days from the date hereof, application will
be made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas on
its Probate Side by C. YVETTE McCARTNEY of
Skyline Drive in the Western District of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth-
of The Bahamas, Attorney-at-Law, is the Authorized
Attorney in The Bahamas for Resealing of a Grant of
Probate in the above estate granted to FLOSSIE
BREWSTER and HORTENSE EDWARDS, Personal
Representatives, by The Circuit Court for Kershaw
Coun ty, South Carolina Probate Division, on the 17th
day of October, A.D., 2001.

Signed
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE SIDE
JAN. 27, 2005

No. 14/2005

Whereas ISELIN MARINA LINDEN AND RUDOLPH
LINDEN both respectively of Parker Street on the
Island of New Providence, one of the Island of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas
for Letters of Administration the Real and Personal
Estate of OSWALD ALEXANDER FOSTER late of
Parker Street, on the Island of New Providence, one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days
from the date hereof.
Signed'
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


SUPREME COURT
PROBATE REGISTRY
RO. BOX N-167
NASSAU, THE BAHAMAS
JAN. 27, 2005

PROBATE SIDE
No. 15/2005

In the estate of DERRICK ERNEST GLADWIN, late
of 22 White Walk, Kirkella East Yorkshire, England in
the United Kingdom, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen days from the date hereof, application will
be made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas on
its Probate Side by JAMES LENNOX MOXEY of the
Eastern District of the Island of New Providence, one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
Attorney-at-Law, is the Authorized Attorney in The
Bahamas for Resealing of a Grant of Probate in the
above estate granted to BABARA BECK, Executrix,
by The High Court of Justice, The District Probate
Registry at New Castle Upon Tyne and Administration
on the 12th day of May, A.D., 2002.

Signed
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


SUPREME COURT
PROBATE REGISTRY
RO. BOX N-167
NASSAU, THE BAHAMAS
JAN. 27, 2005

PROBATE SIDE
No. 16A/2005

In the estate of THOMAS DOBBINS KENDRICK,
late of 1920 Ebenezer Road, York County in the City
of Rock Hill, in the State of South Carolina, USA,
deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen days from the date hereof, application will
be made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas on
its Probate Side by HAL OSCAR TYNES of The City
of Freeport on the Island of Grand Bahama, one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
Attorney-at-Law, is the Authorized Attorney in The
Bahamas for Resealing of a Grant of Certificate of
Appointment of Personal Appointment in the above
estate granted to WILLIAM SAMUEL KENDRICK,
Executor, by The York County Probate at South
Carolina,. USA on the 28th day of February, A.D.,


2003.


Signed
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


SUPREME COURT
PROBATE REGISTRY
RO. BOX N-167
NASSAU, THE BAHAMAS
JAN. 27,2005

PROBATE SIDE
No. 16B/2005

In the estate of JAMES MUIRHEAD, late of Palm
Beach County in the State of Florida, one of the
States of the United States of America, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen days from the date hereof, application will
be made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas on
its Probate Side by ARLEAN P. HORTON-
STRACHAN of Cateret Street in the Southern District
on the Island of New Providence, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney-
at-Law, is the Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas
for Resealing of a Grant of an Order of Summary
Administration in the above estate granted to ELAINE
R. COLE, by The Circuit Court for Palm Beach County,
Florida, Probate Division, on the 4th day of March,
A.D., 2004.

Signed
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE SIDE
JAN. 27, 2005

No. 17/2005

Whereas ROLAND LAMBERT ALBURY of
Carmichael Road, New Providence, The Bahamas,
has made application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas for Letters of Administration of the Real
and Personal Estate of LAURA AGNES ALBURY
late of Carmichael Road, New Providence, The
Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days
from thetdate hereof.
Signed
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar,

SUPREME COURT
PROBATE REGISTRY
RO. BOX N-167
NASSAU, THE BAHAMAS
JAN. 27, 2005

PROBATE SIDE
No. 18/2004

In the estate of STASIA HARRIS, late of Norfolk
County in the State of Massachusetts one of the
State of the United States of America, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen days from the date hereof, application will
be made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas on
its Probate Side by PERICLES ALEXANDER
MAILLIS of Fort Nassau House, Marlborough Street
in the City of Nassau, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of.The Bahamas, Attorney-at-Law,
is the Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas for
Resealed Grant of Probate of Will/Without Sureties
in the above estate granted to MIRIAM HARRIS, the
Executrix by The Trail Court, Probate and Family
Court Department, Commonwealth of Massachusetts,
Norfolk Division on the 25th day of June, 2002.
Signed
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE SIDE
JAN. 27, 2005

No. 19/2005

Whereas JOHN CASH of Spice Street, Pinewood
Gardens, New Providence, The Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas
for Letters of Administration of the Real and Personal
Estate of GEORGIANA CASH late of Pinewood
Gardens, New Providence, The Bahamas, deceased.

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

Signed
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


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* By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports
Reporter

IT'S still early for the
start of spring training,
but local baseball players
will have an opportunity
to play in two pre-season
games this week at the
Andre Rodgers Baseball
Stadium.
The Frostburg State
University Bobcats are
coming to town today to
play the Delsol Sharks on
Tuesday at 7pm and an
All-Star team on Thurs-
day at the same time.
The Bahamas Baseball
Federation is hosting the
Bobcats but, while vice
president Teddy Sweeting
admits that they are not
quite ready, they will still
try to entertain the visit-
ing team.

Season
"They are prepared for
their season and this is
the time for them to trav-
el. They can't travel in
February when we are
getting ready for baseball
because their season
would have started,"
Sweeting declared.
"This is their time to
prepare for baseball and
they're doing it with a
tour here and play some
games at the same time."
Bobcats' head coach
Chris McKnight said they
are looking forward to
making the trip to the
Bahamas this week,
"The players and staff
are very excited about the
opportunity to compete
and represent Frostburg
State internationally," he
stressed. "We plan on try-
ing to do this every four
years and offer our play-
ers the unique experience
during their collegiate
careers."

History
Frostburg State finished
the season last year with a
26-18 win-loss record,
winning their third
Allegheny Mountain Col-
legiate Conference tour-
nament championship in
school history.
Sweeting said it would
have been good to show-
case some of the Bahami-
an collegiate players
against the visitors, but he
indicated that they have
all returned to school.
"All of the teams aren't
prepared to play, but
some were given the go
ahead to play," Sweeting
noted. "A lot of the guys
have had a chance to pre-
pare for their season so
far, so they are prepared
to play."
With teams not yet in
spring training, Sweeting
said he has no expecta-
tions for the series of
games, except that they
will put together a couple
teams to play the visitors.

Training
"There isn't too much
that we can expect
because the teams won't
start spring training until
the end of January,"
Sweeting disclosed.
"But the opportunity to
good for us to link up
with the colleges abroad


and this will give us the
opportunity to try and get
more of the players off to
school."
Despite not being
ready, Sweeting said there
was no way that they
could turn the team away
because of the economic
benefits that derive from
their visit here.
"We just have to see
what teams we can put
together to play them," he
said. "Hopefully it will be
competitive enough for
them to make the trip
here worthwhile."


It's all academic for





Nathaniel McKinnev


* By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
QUARTER-MILER
Nathaniel McKinney is head-
ing back to school.
The lead runner on the
men's 4 x 400 metre relay team
that finished sixth at the
Olympic Games in Athens,
Greece last year, returned to
Raleigh, North Carolina where
he will continue his studies at
St. Augustine's College.
McKinney, who celebrated
his 23rd birthday on January
19, said he's slightly injured,
but he's eagerly looking for-
ward to wrapping up his indoor
season.
He was in St. Augustine',s
colours on January 15 when he
ran a 46 second split in the mile
relay at the Tar Heel Classic
at the University of North Car-
olina at Chapel Hill.
"Right now, coach is having
me run the 200 and some
400s," said McKinney, who
returned home for a couple
days to get some documents
sorted out.
"As soon as my injury go, I
will be prepared to go. So you
can expect some big things. If it
isn't indoors, then look for it
outdoors."
McKinney missed St
Augustine's appearance in a
meet last weekend, but he
expects to be back on the track
when they compete again on
January 29 at the Patriot
Games at the George Mason
University.

Qualify
"I hope to run in at least four
meets so that I can qualify for
nationals," said McKinney, of
the NCAA Championships
that will be held from March
11-12 in Boston. "I hope to
qualify in my first meet."
Before he'returned to
school, McKinney said he was
able to take advantage of the
cool weather here to train.
But he said when he got
back to Raleigh, he found it
extremely cold, especially since
they don't have an indoor facil-
ity to train or compete in.
"I just want to put it down.
Once I run fast indoors, I know
I will run fast outdoors,"
stressed McKinney.
"The game plan is just to run
fast."
Without the facilities to train
at school, McKinney said he
has to work harder and stay
healthy to survive the torrid
indoor season.
However, he said he's com-
ing along well and he's excited
about the rest of the season.
McKinney said right now,
he's just trying to complete his
academic eligibility so that he
can concentrate on running
track as a professional in the
future.
"This is my last year indoors
and outdoors, so you know I
really want to go out with a


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bang," he insisted.
"Even though I'm slightly
injured, I know I can do
it."
McKinney, while home,
stopped at the Albury


Sayle/BAAA's annual Primary
. Schools Cross Country Cham-
pionships at Fort Charlotte on
Saturday to cheer on his
younger relatives who attend
Albury Sayle.


He also attended the
BAAA's National High School
Relays, that were held at the
Thomas A Robinson Track
.and Field Stadium that evening
to support his alma mater, CR


Walker Secondary High.,
He wished all of the local
athletics every success and
encouraged them to listen out
for his name as he competes
for St. Augustine's.


Albury Sayle dominate annual


Cross Country Champi


* By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
ALBURY Sayle didn't have any individual
champions, but they did manage to get
enough competitors to score high enough to
five of the six divisional titles to dominate
their annual Primary Schools Cross Country
Championships on Saturday.
Defending champion, Sir Gerald Cash,
however, walked away with the only other
divisional title, winning the girls' 9-10, to avoid
a complete sweep by Albury Sayle.
While Albury Sayle regained the title they
relinquished last year, Alexander Williams
of Mable Walker and Chardeeka Bethel of Sir
Gerald Cash were back-to-back individual
champions.
Williams, a nine-year-old fourth grader,
held off a late surge by Laquan Nairn of
Albury Sayle to retain his crown in the one
and a half mile one-lap course in eight minutes
and 3.11 seconds.
"I ran it slow, then I picked up speed,"
said Williams, who was encouraged by his
relative Anthony 'Marathon Man' Williams,
against Nairn, who had the support from
Olympic quarter-miler Nathaniel McKinney.
"I knew he was coming for me, but I knew
he wouldn't catch me. I was way out front."
Noted Nairn, : "I knew I couldn't catch
the guy in front of me, so I sprinted out so the


guy behind me couldn't catch me. He was
my guide."
Chardeeka Bethel, on the other hand, did-
n't have as much competition as Williams.
She got away from the pack from the break
and wasn't challenged at all, finishing in
10:19.30 in the girls 11-12 race.
"I started off very fast and so I knew they
wouldn't catch me," said Bethel, an 11-year-
old sixth grader. "It was hard, but I knew I had
to run strong."
Phylicia Romer of Temple Christian was
the closest to Bethel in 10:31.39.

Energy
The boys' 11-12 two mile, two lap race was
probably the stiffest. But in the end, Lopez
LaFleur from Gerald Cash had more than
enough energy in his tank to pull away from
Patrick Dean from Gambier.
"It was good, but it was hard," said LaFleur,
an 11-year-old fifth grader, who clocked
12:45.06 for the win, compared to Dean's
12:47.16 for second.
Dean, 11, noted: "It was okay. I took
advantage on the hill, but he got away from
me on the flat ground. That's okay because I
won before, so it was good that he won this
time."
Angelo Lockhart of Woodcock Primary
was able to out power Lourawls Nairn from


Albury Sayle in another close battle for third.
"It was good, but I was tired," said Lock-
hart, who ran 13:18.62 with Nairn following
him closely behind in 13:19.50.
Nairn came in fourth in 13:19.50, but he
said he's better as a sprinter.
"I know I will be better than my
uncle," said Nairn, referring to Nathaniel
McKinney.
Cadejah Dean of Mable Walker held off
Kryshati Beckford from Sir Gerald Cash to
win the girls 9-10 race in 11:20.13. Beckford
had to settle for second in 11:43.62.
"I felt good. We used to practice, so I knew
I could come first," said Dean, a nine-year-old
fourth grader who improved from a fifth place
to win her second consecutive title. "I started
off running slow and when I was coming to
the end, I started speeding."
In the eight-and-under age group category,
the boys and girls ran together.
As Julius Nottage was leading the pack,
some of the parents and coaches on the
sidelines complained that coach Keno
Demeritte should not have been running with
him.
However, it was explained by the meet
director that Demeritte was running as an
official with a flag guiding the lead runner so
that everybody else could easily follow the
course.
Nottage went on to out-distance the rest of


onships

the field to win the race in 7:29.03. His nearest
rival was Whitney Albury from Mable Walk-
er in 8:18.86.
"It was hard, but I knew they would not
catch me," said Nottage, a six-year-old grade
one student.
Shenika Jean-Charles from Mable Walker
left the rest of the field behind as she came
across the line in 7:19.03 for snatch the girls'
eight-and-under title.
"It was long, but I just went out to try and
catch the boys," said Jean-Charles, an eight-
year-old third grader.

Pleased
Meet director Shirley Mireault said she
was pleased with the amount of participants,
152 in total. The numbers were higher than
last year's total, which was just over 130.
"This is our ninth annual and I'm very
pleased with amount of runners," she stressed,
especially,with the turnout in the younger
age group.
"We had to run the 9-10 and 11-12 age
groups in the boys and girls separately because
their numbers were bigger. We were very
happy with the turnout."
Proceeds from the event will go to Albury
Sayle's graduating track athletes to help them
in their club sponsorship when they move
into the high schools.


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* By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
IT WASN'T one of their better
performances, but the Bahamas
Academy Stars still managed to
out-shine the St Anne's Bluewaves
57-40.
In the chilly weather yesterday
at St Anne's, Bahamas Academy
slowly got into a groove and they
were able to hold off the late
charge by the Bluewaves to push
their third place record to 7-2.
The Bluewaves dropped t > 7-6
and are out of contention fo the
playoffs. Coach Godfrey NI Juay
says this is a transitional eriod
for St Anne's.
"We have a bunch of young
guys and some newcomers to bas-
ketball this year." said McQuav of
the former once dominant Blue-
waves.
"We lost everybody last year. so
we are still working on certain
things. What you see us working
out there is to get the new guys
ready for the Hugh Campbell and
hopefully they will get better for
next year."
Despite coming out cold.
Bahamas Academy were still able
to snatch an early 4-0 lead.

Battle
But Selwyn M Kenzie and
Toreen Forbes h r consecutive
three-pointers and St Anne's were
able to battle back to an 8-8 tie.
However. Cordero Heastie hit
a jumper and Trevino Carey con-
verted one of his two free throws
and the Stars were able to surge
ahead 11-8 at the end of the peri-
od.
St Anne's came out smoking in
the second quarter as Doug Gar-
diner and Forbes scored on
back-to-back lay-ups for a 12-11
lead.
But they were held scoreless the
rest of the period as Bahamas
Academy went on a 13-0 spurt,
crushing the boards and running
the fast break with Neco Scavalla
and Trevino Carey leading the
charge.
The Stars continued where they
left off, openir he third period
with a 10-0 rou David Fox and
Clyde Beckfor- wounded the ball
on the inside fi easy lay-ups and
a 34-14 advantt ,e.
Behind the 1-2 punch from
Banygh Wilson and Forbes, the
Bluewaves made it a contest as
they took the ball to the Stars and


Bahamas

Academy

improve


to


7-2


was able to trim the deficit to 44-30
at the break.
Both teams started trading bas-
kets in the fourth, but the Stars
got the better of the battle as Fox
and Beckford were once again
unstoppable in the paint.
Fox and Scavalla led the scor-
ing attack for the Stars with 12
apiece; Beckford had 10 and
Demetrius Key added eight.
Forbes and Wilson paced the
losers with 11 and 10 respectively.
Although he wasn't quite
pleased with the way they played,
Bahamas Academy's coach Win-
ston Symoneite said he will settle
for the victory.
"We didn't have a good start. It
was kind of cold. Historically we
don't play well in the cold, but as
the game progressed, we slowly
pulled away from them," Symon-
ette stressed.
"With the exception of
Demetrius, I don't think we hit
any outside shots. Elen the home
team only hit one outside shot. I
think the cold had a lot to do with
it. It wasn't one of our better
games, not by far."
Symonette. however, is hoping
that his Stars "will come around
and shine when it matters most -
in the postseason. For the past two
years, they won the pennant and
got into the final., only to lose to
the Jordan Prince William Falcons.
Having already lost to the unde-
feated St Augustine's College Big
Red Machines and the second
place Falcons, Symonette feels that
they might be out of contention
for the pennant this year.
But he sees no reason why they
can't get back into the finals and
hopefully win the big one this time
around.
"Our quest is to do it every year.
but sometimes it's not as easy as it
seems," he stressed. "Nothing is
automatic. You have to go out and
earn it."


I NECO SCAVALLA in
action for the Bahamas Academy
Stars yesterday.
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By PETURA BURROWS
Tribune Feature Writer
here are women-
under the radar a

who let their voi
heard and are not afraid to voic
opinion women like Supreme
Justice Jeanne Thompson.
She was the third woman
called to the bar of the Bahan
1965, and the second woman
country to practice law. Sixteen
later, she was also one of th
women to have her own priva
practice. Among numerous
accolades, she was one of a numn
prominent women hailed as a ]
Legend by the Zonta Club in 1
No doubt a considerable vi
confidence, Ms Thompson ta
very humbly.
In a recent interview, Tri
Women asked Ms Thompson
considers herself a living legend
"That's a difficult question, be
when the Zonta Club had their I
Legends they honoured me as
So it's bad of me to say, no I
consider myself that, since othe
ple do. I suppose if you look a
'the extent that you know I w-
second woman to practice law
and we had some hurdles to go
I guess you can say I consider r
to be a leader among women,"
modest Ms Thompson.-
One ofTh significant struggT
and other women in the legal p
sion had to overcome was to ga
same respect and confidence
field as their male colleagues..
In one of her experiences, sh
informed by a male client that
didn't like the way she perform
court she would be fired on the
Ms Thompson won that case.
And in another incident, which
now laughs about, the issue was n
much respect, but the lack of
dence the client had in a fe
lawyer. "I was representing this
It was a magistrate's court case
thought I had done so well. We
the case, charges against him
dismissed. We came out of court
he put his hand in his pocket
showed me some obeah thing. A
said, 'you know, this was my 1
up'. I was so upset. They nevi
you get big-headed. And we
always had to remain humble."
But fortunately, times .
changed and women are now e
ing equal respect as their male c
terparts in the legal field, say
Supreme Court Justice.
Ms Thompson has risen to th
of a profession that she admit
never had a passion to pursue. I
profession that she stumbled
when she was on the verge of dec
what she would do for the rest o
life.
"One of my good friends in sc
in Jamaica was doing law, so I
okay. It sounded interesting whe.
was talking about it. So I said,
I'll try the law. And I must say
the law really gives you good I
ground for writing too, especially
native writing, because a lot of the
es you come across, and a lot o
circumstances you come across,
you good dramatic feedback, a
did quite a few plays based u
those experiences."
Though her passion was to ma
career in writing, it was not a pop
choice, she recalls. "When I mad
decision as to what I was goir


living


study, that would have been the late
1950s and at that time to be a writer,
people would look at you and ask you S
who fly if you wanted a bed in Sandilands or
nd live something because they didn't con-
public sider that was a true profession and e
others something that you could make a liv-
ces be ing by."
:e their But even while making strides in
Court herlaw practice, the passion for writ-
ing did not die. Ms Thompson is a
to be former columnist for the Nassau
nas, in Guardian's "Satirically Speaking",
in the and an accomplished playwright who .
years was authored eight stage plays and
e first three radio series, including The Fer- .. ,
te law gusons of Farm Road, a popular soap
other opera in Bahamian dialect, which she.
iberof co-authored for the Ministry of ,
Living Tourism from 1970-1972.
L998. Her writing is now at a temporary '
ote of stand still, but there is a play that she
ikes it began years ago, which she hopesto
finish and bring to the stage.
ibune "It's about us (her and her siblings)
if she growing up over the hill in the for-
d: ties, fifties and sixties, with all the
because things that go with it racial preju-
Living dice, all that type of thing because I
s one. think it would probably be a sort of
don't dramatic history of the Bahamas to a
r peo- certain extent. We lived just down
it it to
as the
here,
) over, f
myse "One of my good
myself
says a friends in school
Fshe 1 in Jamaica was
rofes-
in the doing law, so I said
in the
ewas okay. It sounded
if he interesting when she
ied in
spot. was talking about it.
chshe So I said, okay
not so
Sonfi- I'll try the law ..."
male Justice Jeanne
man. Thompson
and I
e won
were
rt and
t and Farm Road, which was why I did the
nd he Fergusons of Farm Road thing.. And
back- this comer where we lived, we used to
er let call it "back of the moon", so that is
have the name of the play".
Though she can't remember exact-
have ly when she started writing, she recalls
njoy- telling stories to her sisters as a young
coun- girl.
s the Her storytelling would come in
episodes. Every night she would give.
e top them a chapter, which they would
tedly look forward to. Then she began writ-
It is a ing plays for the music teacher at
upon Wesley Methodist Church. And short
iding skits when she attended Government
f her High School.
A woman who has been outspoken.
school about social issues throughout her
said life, addressing various topics like the
n she need for women to speak out and
okay detailing the rights of handicapped
that children, among others, Ms Thomp-
back- son says that she was "extremely" shy*
y cre- as a child.
e cas- It was not until she was 16 years
f the old, and went to school in Jamaica
give that she began developing into the
and I outspoken person she is today. At
upon that time, she says, her classmates
were very outspoken, and the
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* By NICOLA PACIOTTA
What could
19 women
all have in
common?
Other than
the fact that they are all mem-
bers of the same service organ-
isation, they have all been hon-
oured for their work and con-
tributions to the advancement
of women in the Bahamas.
For their "honesty and trust-
worthiness", the portraits of 19
Bahamian women were dis-
played on the walls of the Cen-
tral Bank of the Bahamas, for
one week, as part of the Zonta
Club of Nassau's customary
recognition of women who
have positively contributed to
society. They are: Muriel Fra-
zier Eneas; Wealthy Gomez;
Cecile Aleith Knowles; Dr
Yvonne Elaine Saffras; Tela-
tor Cumi Strachan; Pamela
Richardson; Barbara Jane
Brooks; Juanita Estella Cole-
brooke; Della Louise Thomp-
son; Carmita Eloise Francis;
Lillie Elizabeth Hanna; Persis
Hildred Rodgers; Floricka Vir-
ginia Emmanuel-Davis; Diane
Elaine Claridge; Sharon
Brown; Patricia Margaret
Bazard; Mabel Alean Bost-
wick; Juliette Juanita Barnwell;
and Michaela Mae Virgil.
Although the exhibition has
ended, their work continues


Portraits of 19 Bahamians displayed at Central Bank as

part of Zonta Club of Nassau's customary recognition

of women who have positively contributed to society


and for the honourees it's just
a natural progression in their
daily lives.
Zonta International, found-
ed in 1919 by Marion de For-
est, is a global and local ser-
vice group of women. With
1,200 clubs worldwide in 67
countries, and a total of almost
33,000 members, its mission is
to improve the status of
women with respect to law,
politics, economics, education,
health and business. 'Zonta' is
a Sioux Indian word meaning
"honest and trustworthy".
With 26 members, the Zon-
ta Club of Nassau has hon-
oured women since 1988.
Members, often in their pro-
fessional capacities, volunteer
their time, service, talents and
finances to sponsor assistance
programmes and scholarship
to needy and worthy candi-
dates. Nina Maynard, presi-
dent of the club said that the
exhibition "is a project that
happens every other year; we
select persons from the com-
munity, ordinary people mak-
ing a big difference in their
ordianry lives. We write


biographies and have a show-
ing at the Central Bank, usu-
ally after our ball. From the
biographies, we will publish a
book, for the last two or three
sets of legends for Bahamians


of the Bahamas.
The organization has
worked along with the Ran-
furly Home for Children, the
College of the Bahamas, the
Bahamas Red Cross, the elder-


"... We write biographies and
have a showing at the Central
Bank, usually after our ball. From
the biographies, we will publish a
book, for the last two or three sets
of legends for Bahamians to benefit
from in years to come."

Nina Maynard


to benefit from in years to
come."
The Zonta Club in the
Bahamas sponsors the C C
Sweeting club and there is a
Golden Z club at the College


ly, the AIDS Foundation, the
Salvation Army, the National
Youth Choir, Bahamas Family
Planning, Rotary West Nassau,
Women's Bureau for child
abuse and violence against


women, the Bahamas govern-
ment's PACE programme
(Providing Access to Continu-
ing Education and COFTM
(Creating Opportunities for
Teen Mothers).
The equality of women is a
central issue for Zonta. "In
the Bahamas, there are still
challenges with respect to
equal pay. Compared to other
countries, worldwide, our
women are doing very well. In,
some African and Asian coun-
tries their professional women
aren't allowed to speak. But I
believe in our country women
have the opportunity to be
anything they want to be.
Though, they don't necessarily
get open respect if they achieve
their goals."
Ms Maynard observes that
"the family structure has dete-
riorated alot in the last 10
years. Some fathers do want to
be involved in their children's.
lives, but based on our laws it is
difficult."
Violence against women is
a major cause for Zonta. "It is
a big factor, especially with
regard to spiusal abuse."


This weekend, the women's
club will be in San Salvador
hosting a luncheon for senior
citizens affected by the hurri-
canes, as their library was
destroyed. "We're taking
them gift packs and we're also.
giving the Minister of Educa-,
tion's "book of the month".
To receive books from the
public, Ms Maynard says the
club will be more than happy
to collect them.
In late September, Zonta of,
Nassau plans to hold a confer-
ence at the Atlantis Resort, to-
hold discussions on successes'
and difficulties of the district.
To become a member of the,
club, "generally we give invi-
tations to join to business
women in different profes-
sions. But if there is an interest,
in the club, we encourage you
to contact one of the mem-
bers," Ms Maynard said.
Zonta plays a key role by.
organising women in support:
of their own causes. They pro-
vide a united front to accom-
plish goals of female success
that make like for Bahamian,
women easier and filled with
opportunity.

Visit the Zonta Club web-
site: www.zonta.org or
www.zontaclubofnassau.org, or
call 361.7445 for more infor-
mation.


Legend (From page 1C)


that. "The way they taught was
different from the way we were
taught here. We were not
encouraged to speak out when
I was in school here, but they
wanted us to do that when I
was in Jamaica. They made
you think about things instead
:of just learning by-heart, and as,
a result we were constantly
.q'lestioning and debating with'
other students and with the
teachers. And I think that was
probably what caused a lot of


things to happen.
"And in those days we were
a very segregated society,
whereas Jamaica was differ-
ent, and we got a lot of ribbing
because of it. It made me think
about a lot of things that was
happening in my country, and
things that I thought should
probably be changed. And that
made me start todcooie a bit
outspoken," she adds.
When she returned home,
Ms Thompson would use her


voice as a weapon, in a sense.
In 1981, in a heated situation as
a Social Democratic Party Sen-
ator, Ms Thompson boldly
counteracted allegations that
she told then FNM leader
Kendal Isaacs that three of the
most influential members of
her party would have no part
in the proposed amalgamation
, with the FNM.
Even Isaacs, Ms Thompson's
uncle, would not be spared if
'she felt that something was


UWI House restaurant re-opens


"SAIL Away to the Deep
Blue Heart" is the theme for
the opening of UWI House
Restaurant's 2005 spring sea-
son this weekend
Last year patrons dined on
sumptuous Caribbean dish-
es, accompanied by West
Indian music and culture.
And this season promises to
be bigger and better with
international cuisine.
On Friday, staff and facul-
ty are inviting you to sail
away with them to the
Mediterranean to sample the
dishes of this region.

Lunch Menu

Salad
Tossed salad with lemon
vinaigrette

E Enitre I
Mediterranean-style mar-
inated chicken, served with


herbal rice and sautded veg-
etables

Dessert
French: Pear tart.

Dinner Menu

Bread
Garlic and Cheese

Appetizer
White beans with shrimp
soup
or
Lentil soup with spinach'
Salad
Tossed salad with lemon
vinaigrette
Entree i
Mediterranean-style mar-
inated chicken/ fruit stuffed
pork
served with herbal rice


and sautded vegetables
Entree 2
Spanish baked fish
served with roasted pota-
toes and sauteed vegetables

Dessert 1
French pear tart or
tiramisu

The restaurant will serve
lunch from 11am until 2pm,
$12 and $15 per person. Din-
ner is served from 7pm to
10.30pm. $25 per person.
The University of the West
Indies can be contacted 323-,
5714 or 325-2546. The restau-
rant's managers are Nissa
@325-2523, Laurel @325-2548
and Krystal @ 436-8046.
The UWI House Restau-
rant is located on Thompson
Boulevard on the campus ob
the Centre for Tourism and
Hotel Management.


incorrect.
In a Tribune article dated
September 7 of that year, she
was quoted as saying: "Ordi-
narily I would not have
answered the pathetic rum-
blings of Mr Isaacs. But his
remarks have questioned my
credibility and integrity in the
country....I recall telling my
colleagues when Mr Isaacs
joined the FNM that I had
heard of one bad apple spoil-
ing an entire barrel, but I had
never heard where one sup-
posedly good apple Mr Isaacs
- could hop into a barrel full of
already rotten apples and
make them sound again. I now
see that the good apple Mr
Isaacs is showing signs of
spoilage."
Ms Thompson was also the
Justice who declared PLP par-
liamentarian Sidney Stubbs
bankrupt, a decision that the
MP is still fighting.
On what fuels her bold per-
sonality, Ms Thompson says:
"I got it from my father. He
always told me to be true to
myself, and I think that was
something that stayed with me.
He was a civil servant and as a
result, a lot of times, he could-
n't say what he wanted to say
and he always had the dream
that his children would be
independent and would be
able to speak out on issues that
he would not have been able to
because of his circumstances."
Among her strong moral
standards, integrity is at the
top of the list for lawyers. She
believes that as one sees the
society "evolving", it is clear
that integrity is very important.
"You have to make sure that


your reputation, as far as you
can do so, remains in tact and
that you be careful what type
of cases you take because
sometimes the type of case you
take will give you a stigma. Be
true to yourself and don't allow
people to tell you, ,well look



"And I must say that
the law really gives:
you good background
for writing too,
especially creative
writing, because a lot
of the cases you come
across, and a lot of the
circumstances you come
across, give you good
dramatic feedback, and
I did quite a few plays
based upon those
experiences."

Justice Jeanne
Thompson



you know, bend a bit, compro-
mise a little."
In hindsight, Ms Thompson
says that politics encourage
one to compromise standards.
"And that's why I didn't like
politics. I was very glad to get
out of it because you would
have your principles and then


your colleagues would say,
'yeah that's fine, but you know
to win the election you haver
to move away from it'. And I
found that extremely difficult.
"But I don't think I was
made to be a politician at all. I
just thought at the, time that
this was something I should do
for my country. I thought that
was the biggest mistake I ever
made. I think I can do far more
for my country doing what I
am doing, and also with the
writing that I was doing," she
adds.
For those who know her, Ms
Thompson is tough in and out
of the court, but is still person-
able. As a woman who has
risen to the top of her career,
and has accomplished much in
life, Ms Thompson feels that
other women are also busy
doing the same thing. We no
longer have the "shrinking vio-
let women" of the past, she
notes.
"I think women are so con-
cerned with keeping the coun-
try afloat by keeping the fam-
ilies together that they would
have to be super women to do
all of that which they are
doing, and then going out and
speaking out on issues, which I
think they do.
"There is also those various
groupings, like Zonta and all of
that, where I think they do
make their voices heard. I
don't think we have the shrink-
ing violet women anymore in
this country. I think they have
become very outspoken and
have become very active in
doing things for themselves as
well as for their children and
for the country."


THiE TM:UNEE


PA .GE 2C, TUESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2005


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'C-section on steady





incline in Bahamas'


* By NICOLA PACIOTTA

S aid to be the
method of Julius
Caesar's birth, or at
the very least a pro-
cedure performed
in his era, the Caesarean sec-
tion or "C-section" as it is
commonly known has been
on a steady incline in several
countries for the past decade,
including the Bahamas.
"This increase could be due
to the fact that we're bringing
through more people for
example, those with chronic ill-
ness for delivery who may
not have safely delivered with-
out, a C-section," says Dr Julian
Stewart who operates a private
practise in obstetrics and
gynaecology in Nassau.
At the Princess Margaret
Hospital, an estimated 15 to 20
per cent of births are by C-sec-
tion; at Doctor's Hospital, it's
harder to assess, because the
patients are private, but it
could range from 20 to 30 per
cent.
A C-section is an incision
made into the abdomen and
uterus to remove a foetus,
when natural birth or delivery
through the vagina is risky,
complicated or impossible.
"In a lot of countries, espe-
cially Europe, C-sections and
epidurals are planned in
advance. With a vaginal deliv-
ery it's hard to know what the
outcome is, a C-section is much
more predictable. It's a con-
trolled environment for deliv-
ery of a baby. It could afford
the benefit of a healthy baby
without the complications of
vaginal birth," explains Dr
Stewart who delivers 50 to 60
babies every year.
He believes that a physician
can bring into play many fac-
tors that promote natural
delivery. "If a patient is com-
forttable with youi and they
know you are there for them,
t-section rates tend to be low-
er. Patient anxiety and fea r
tend to affect the outcome of
delivery and increase the num-
ber of C-sections."
I His method is to give the
patient reassurance through-
out their pregnancy, and med-
cation in the form of injectable
sedatives when and where nec-
'essary, earlier in the process.
With regard to the availabil-


* DOCTORS warn that a C-section is still


procedure which presents
child (pictured).


ity of an epidural, Dr Stewart
prefers not to call it an 'option'.
He says, "an epidural is avail-
able to all patients. "When
they 'opt' is when I 'opt',
because I know it's not just
them opting. It's what we
decide to do together."
According to Dr Stewart,
"the recommended number of
C-sections is three; a fourth or
fifth is possible, but special con-
sent forms must be signed".
Dr Shureen D Donaldson-
Ramos, a Bahamian obstetri-
cian/ gynaecologist working at
Yale New Haven Hospital in
Connecticut, told Tribune
Woman: "It's not standard in
our practice to offer a C-sec-
tion; the majority of doctors
will put their patients through a
trial of labour:-. it's generally
not just the patient's choice."
Dr Donaldson-Ramos
explains that when a patient
may elect to have a C-section,
"in our hospital, it is usually
for one of two reasons: either a
C-section was previously per-
formed or there is malpresen-
tation of the foetus, for exam-,
ple, the baby is in a non-head-
first position."
Most caesareans are done
when a foetus is breeched,


major risks for r



excessively overs
itally abnormal,
more than one be
or when the mot
or active HSV (
plex Virus).
Working most]
minority mothers
son-Ramos sees
200 patients pe:
clinic.
"The majority
natural births, wi
cations, roughly
she notes.
There is much
cussion as to wh6
ber of C-section
formed are in exc
able totals. The
1970 to 1995 clim
to 20.8 per cent.
1990s,,it has riser
total of 30:petrcei
In her observat
aldson-9Ramos's
Yale New Ha
between 25 and:
all births.
A C-section is
cal operation, wt
past, often result
of the foetus and
er. Modern mn
jumped many hu
past few decades


: cedure has a very high rate of
.. success today.
S"The numbers have been
.- climbing lately, because of ha-.
,, ability ... If there is any prob-
'"-i Klem with a vaginal delivery, a
doctor is far less likely to be
faulted for performing a C-sec-
tion," says Dr Donaldson-
Ramos.
It would seem that the issue
of legality is now another cause
for the choice of a C-section
instead of a natural birth. In i
some instances it may be legal-
ly advisable in many American
hospitals.
But doctors warn it is still an:
invasive procedure which pre-
sents major risks for mother
and child. Dangers to the
mother include uterine infec-
tion (endometritis), excessive
bleeding, anesthesia allergy,
internal organ damage (bowel
I and bladder) and the need for .
subsequent C-sections. To the
an invasive baby. if natural labour is fore-
nother and gone. there are concerns of
delayed breastfeeding. possi-
(AP Photo) ble lacerations by the incisions
to remove the foetus, and most
significantly, respiratory diffi-
sized, congen- cult or TTP transient
where there is tachypnea (fast-breathing).
being delivered TTP is a condition believed to
other has HIV be associated with unemptied
(Herpes Sim- ammotic fluid of the trachea.
which would have occurred
ly with young, when the baby's chest is com-
s, Dr Donald- pressed in the birth canal.
about 150 to "Though not perfectly
r year in her understood, a baby's breath-
ing appears more natural with.
of them have vaginal birth, showing a better '
ith no compli- response to the change in air
80 per cent," pressure; with, a C-section,,
there is no stress response for
i ongoing dis- the child, possibly due to the
their the num- absence of necessary hormones
ns being per- passed from mother to child in
cess of accept- the birth passage, preparing the
US rate from baby for birth," says Dr Don-


ibed from five
Since the mid-
n to a national
nt of allibirths.
ions, D 'Don-
says that thel
ven rate is
27 per cent of

a major surgi-
hich, in times
-d in the death
I/or the moth-
ledicine has
rdles over the
, and the pro-


Balancing food and



physical activity


HEALTHY eating healthy
lifestyle is usually the buzz top-
ic for this time of year. It never
,fails, you find yourself over
'indulging through out the holi-
(days, maybe gaining 10 or more
'pounds and decide ahead of
time to lose the extra weight in
.the New Year. But you will
quickly find putting weight on is
'much easier than taking it ,off.
'Each year the weight adds up
'and you keep getting bigger.
At last count, 65 per cent of
Bahamians were classified as
overweight or obese. There has
been much speculation as to the
:;cause of our weight problem.
-Some are naming too many
'.starches (carbohydrates) as the
:^culprit and some say too much
fatty foods. But whatever hap-
ipened to simply eating too
!.much food and taking in more
calories than is needed?
'; Singling out a specific food
group or type of food will never
,i^solve the weight problem
. because weight gain occurs
,when you eat more calories
; than you bum. Obesity is a dis-
Sease of too much food and too
little exercise. The solution is
:'to balance intake of calories
with calories being burned.
; Even though people do lose
.some weight by limiting carbo-
,'hydrate intake, sustained weight
..lost does not depend 'on
,,. whether calories come from car-
, bohydrates, protein or fat.
:' To lose one pound, you must
eat less calories than your usual
[1 intake and burn more calories
through physical activity, or a
.; combination of both.
in This formula sounds simple
in theory, but difficult for many
people to put into practice. The
!:!i


reason for this is food intake,
activity behaviour and environ-
mental factors all play a signifi-
cant role in tipping the balance
toward weight gain.
For example, people have
more access to food and are eat-
ing larger portions.
According to US research,
modern technology leading to
sedentary lifestyles contributes
to the fact that only about one
in four adults gets even the min-
imum recommended amount of
daily physical activity.
However, all is not lost how-
ever. Calorie intake can be bal-
anced with increased attention
to both food and physical, activ-
ity habits. The following are tips
to help in this process.
Keep a record of food
intake to raise eating awareness.
Be aware of your eating envi-
ronment.
Change food habits. This
does not mean a life sentence of
food scales and measuring cups,
however. Instead, gradually
start trimming foodportions by
skipping second helpings, or fill-
ing your plate less.
Find the healthy balance of
carbohydrates, fat and protein
for your diet.
Increase calorie burning
physical activity.
Research conducted in the
United States shows that people
are becoming more overweight
because of the imbalance of
only 100 extra calories per day.
Eliminating that 100-calorie
imbalance by eating a bit less
and getting a bit more exercise
each day may prevent weight
gain for most people.
You can accomplish this in a
number of ways. Below are sev-


eral ideas on how people can
start to trim and burn 100 calo-
ries a day.
Five ways to trim 100 calo-
ries from food:
Switch an eight-ounce soda.
for water.
Drink fat-free milk instead
of whole milk.
Use one teaspoon of mus-
tard or ketchup or one table-
spoon of fat-free mayonnaise in
place of one tablespoon on
mayonnaise.
Order a side salad instead
of a small order of fries.
Five ways to burn 100 calories
through physical activity (based
on a 150 pound person):
Pedal an exercise bike for
13 minutes.
Practice some fast dance
step for 16 minutes.
Work in the garden for 18
minutes.
Walk briskly for 22 minutes
(3.5 mph).
Clean the house for 25 min-
utes.
Five food and foot power
combos to cut 100 calories:
Eat five fewer chips and
walk six minutes.
Eat one quarter cup less
rice and walk for 11 minutes.
Place one teaspoon of gua-
va jam in your toast instead of
two teaspoons of butter and
walk 11 minutes.
Spoon out three table-
spoons less of grits and walk 13
minutes.
Skip the cream in your tea
or coffee and walk 15 minutes.
This article is provided by
Adelma Penn and Camelta
Barnes, nutritionists from the
Department of Public Health/
Ministry of Health.


See BABY, Page 5C


matters
your health questions answered


Dear Doctor,
I am diabetic,
what are my risks
if I decide to
become pregnant?

WITH modern
medicine, success-
ful uneventful
pregnancies of dia-
betic patients are
indeed very
obtainable. How-
ever, to ensure this,
diabetics who
decide to become


* Dr R
Car
Obste'
Gynae


pregnant must be willing to
do their utmost to keep their
blood sugar or glucose levels
perfectly controlled or as
close to perfect as possible to
avoid an adverse outcome.
High blood glucose can pro-
duce complications in the
mother and her baby.
Firstly, there is a significant
increase in the number of
infants'with birth defects-
associated with high blood
glucose levels that are found
in diabetics who are poorly
controlled. Some of the birth
defects are so severe the
infant cannot survive outside
of the womb when born. To
avoid this, diabetics ideally
should plan their pregnancies
and ensure that their diabetes
is controlled prior to concep-
tion.
During pregnancy, abnor-
mally high sugar levels can
cause the foetus or baby to
gain a lot of weight, making
the baby unusually large for
the period in the womb. This
can cause the baby to die as
the placenta cannot transfer
enough oxygen to the large
foetus to.keep it alive. The
large foetus cannot be born
normally as it may be too big.
for the birth canal and a Cae-
sarian delivery becomes nec-
essary. The operation is risky
for the diabetic mother who
can easily get a bad infection.
Vaginal delivery is preferable.


,Abnormally
high blood sugar
levels can produce
a life-threatening
condition in the
mother called dia-
betic ketoacidosis.
This can lead to
the mother going
unconscious or
into a coma and
inald can also cause the
eginald foetus to die.
'ey To avoid these
triian t adverse outcomes,
coogist pregnant diabetics
must pay strict attention to
their diet, which averages
about 2,000 cal/day as
instructed by a dietician, and
self administrating insulin at
the dose and time prescribed
by their physician.
Self monitoring of blood
glucose levels by diabetic
patients using portable home
glucose measuring machines .
(glucometers) is very impor-
tant. Insulin doses are adjust-
ed according to the levels of
blood glucose obtained on
these machines and occa-
sionally on the levels of glu-
cose from a medical labora-
tory. Usually more and more
insulin is needed as the preg-
nancy advances to keep the
blood sugar in the normal
range. Patients whose dia-
betes is controlled with
tablets are usually converted
to insulin shots prior to con-
ceiving or as soon as they are
found to be pregnant.

This informative weekly
column provided by Doctors
Hospital is intended to edu-
cate women about important
issues regarding their health
and is not intended as a sub-
stitute for consultation with
an obstetrician/gynaecologist.
Please send questions via e-
mail to tribune@tribuneme-
dia.net or mrassin@doctorsh-
soptial.com. For more infor-
mation call 302-4707.


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By PETURA BURROWS
Tribune Feature Writer

Marijuana use

young peo-
ple under
the age of 18
is on the increase, according
to health professionals.
Dr Nelson Clarke, consul-
., tant psychiatrist, and Medical
Chief of Staff at Sandilands
A Rehabilitation Centre, told
Tribune Health: "We are see-
ing at the Community Coun-
selling and Assessment Cen-
tre an increase in the number
'"' of referrals where marijuana
use, aggression and poor aca-
demic performance are identi-
fied as reasons for referral to
the centre, particularly high
school young males."
While Dr Clarke admits that
it is difficult to gauge how
many persons use marijuana,
(since it is an illegal substance),
*.there are indications that it is a
"growing problem".
Some health professionals
believe that marijuana use has
been on the increase for a
. while, though data to support
- these claims is not available.


But it is also important to
note that marijuana use is not
restricted to the young.
"We don't know all of the
facts, but a wide cross-section
of Bahamians use marijuana.
Only those who. encounter
problems come to the atten-
tion of clinicians," says Dr
Clarke.
There are countless street
terms for marijuana, including
pot, herb, weed, grass, widow,
ganja and hash. The dry,
shredded green/brown mix of
flowers, stems, seeds and
leaves of the hemp plant
Cannabis sativa, is usually
smoked as a cigarette (joint,
nail), or in a pipe (bong). Mar-
ijuana is most commonly
smoked in 'blunts', which are
cigars that have been emptied
of tobacco and refilled with
marijuana, often in combina-
tion with another drug.
Though it may not be as
popular in this country, its use
also includes mixing marijuana
in food or brewing it as a tea.
As a more concentrated,
resinous form, it is called
hashish and, as a sticky black
liquid, hash oil. Marijuana
smoke has a pungent and dis-


Adverse effects



of marijuana


WHEN you are chermcal-
ly dependent on marijuana
it means you crave it and
you need to use more and
more to get the same effect.
You may have withdrawal
symptoms, such as
depressed feelings, trouble
sleeping or nausea, when
you stop using it. Because
marijuana is a lot stronger
now than it used to be. peo-
ple are also more likely to
abuse it and become depen-
dent on it than they were in
the past.

What are the common
side effects of marijuana
use?
The following are some of
the common side effects of
using marijuana:
Trouble remembering
things
Sleepiness
Anxiety
Paranoia (feeling that
people are "out to get you")
Altered time perception
Using marijuana for a
long time makes some peo-
ple lose interest in school,
work, relationships and oth-
er activities. It may also


cause legal problems. Using
marijuana can be especial-
ly dangerous in certain situ-
ations, such as when you are
driving.

How can marijuana affect
me physically?
The following are some of
the common physical effects
of marijuana:
Tremors shaking)
Nausea
Headache
Coordination becoming
worse
Breathing problems
Increased appetite
I Reduced blood flow to
the brain
Changes in the repro-
ductive organs
Like tobacco, marijuana
contains many chemicals
that can hurt the lungs and
cause cancer. One marijua-
na cigarette can cause more
damage to the lungs than
many tobacco cigarettes
because manjuana has more
tar in it and is usually
smoked without filters. *

Source:
wiviiw.ftLmnlydoctor.org


tinctive, usually sweet-and-
sour odor.
The main active chemical
in marijuana is THC (delta-9-
tetrahydrocannabinol). The
membranes of certain nerve
cells in the brain contain pro-
tein receptors that bind to
THC. Once securely in place,
THC then kicks off a series of
cellular reactions that ulti-
mately lead to the "high" that
users experience when they
smoke marijuana.
It seems that marijuana use
is glamourised in this society,
especially among young per-
sons who wear it, adorn their
cars with pictures of marijuana
leaves and songs about mari-
juana use have become very
popular.
But how did the use of mar-
ijuana become so popular
among young adults?
According to Dr Clarke, its
increase in popularity is the
result of many factors, but
"availability" is most likely one
of the "key factors".
Though it is an illegal sub-
stance, in reality, marijuana is
still being sold on the streets of
Nassau.
Next to alcohol, marijuana
is the second most popular
recreational drug, says Dr
Clarke. It'produces a number
of psychological and physio-,
logical effects, many of which
may be the reasons why mari-
juana users continue to use the
drug.
"The effects that are sought
after by people who use mari-
juana are the euphoria or
'high', and the feeling of relax-
ation. Many people find that
when they use marijuana it
affects their memory, particu-
larly the short-term memory,
and some people experience
lethargy, not wanting to do
very much, except maybe sit
and listen to music," Dr Clarke
adds.
It's the notion of wanting to
mellow out and be carefree
that may lead young people to
take marijuana. Having friends
or relatives that use marijuana
may pressure persons to try it,
if only once. Others may think
it's cool to use marijuana
because they hear songs about
it, and see it on TV and in
movies in a romanticised fash-
ion. For some teens, marijuana
use may be viewed as a way
to escape from problems at
home, at school, or with
friends.
As in the case of alcohol use,
says Dr Clarke, some people
may be able to limit their mar-
ijuana use to occasional, while
others are not able to do so,
and as a result become "prob-
lem users", going on to devel-
op a marijuana addiction.
"'Some people can develop
toxic psychotic reactions to
marijuana, while others can
become agitated, anxious and


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* IT is important to note that the use of marijuana (above) is not restricted to the young.

(Source: Internet)


panicky. Because marijuana is
usually smoked it causes irri-,
tation to lungs and bronchial
passages," Dr Clarke explains.
Though an individual may
believe that his or her use of
marijuana is controlled, they
may not be aware that they
indeed have an addiction.
According to Dr Clarke,
when an individual develops
an addiction to marijuana
there is "compulsive" use,
which means that the drug
habit interferes with work life,
family life and other interests.
It is a situation where a "con-
siderable" amount of time is
spent searching for and using
marijuana.
Some individuals who have
become addicted to marijua-
na experience withdrawal
effects when they have not
used it for "a couple of days",


and cravings as well. They also
experience difficulty with sleep
and report being irritable and
anxious, says Dr Clarke.
"Stopping marijuana use can
be difficult, particularly if the
individual has been using it for
many years, but it can be done
if the person is highly motivat-
ed. The principles involved are
the same as those involved in
getting over any addiction. Set-
ting a date for stopping, get-
ting social support from friends
and family, avoiding contact
with persons who might
encourage use and developing
an exercise, regime are some
of the things that might help.
For some people, assistance
from a counsellor may be nec-
essary," Dr Clarke adds.
It is when motivation to quit
is high and people are pre-
pared to keep trying that they


eventually succeed in break-
ing the habit, the psychiatrist
adds.
There is currently "quite a
bit" of controversy regarding
the medical marijuana use
worldwide, notes Dr Clarke.
"The fact that marijuana can
relieve nausea and increase
appetite are features that make
it useful to people whose ill-
ness or complications of their
illness have produced these
problems. Some years ago it
was discovered that marijua-
na could lower the pressure
inside the eye, so this was
investigated and eventually eye
drops for the treatment of
glaucoma were produced from
marijuana," says Dr Clarke.
But according to the psychi-
atrist, there is no lobby for
marijuana medical use in the
Bahamas.


Baby (From page 3C)

aldson-Ramos.
"The majority of C-sections here
are done because it was done in the
past," she adds, referencing a selec-
tion of publications by the American
College of Obstetricians and Gyne-
cologists.
"They set the standards of care and
any deviation from them could result
in a lawsuit."
Many women go on to have more
than one C-section. They are, how-
ever, typically discouraged if there has
been a previous vertical incision on
the uterus. Generally, a lower trans-
verse or "bikini cut" for a full-term
baby in normal position (head-down)
is preferred.
In her experience, Dr Donaldson-
Ramos has had a patient with four
previous C-sections who received a
fifth one at age 32. But the mother
a was in good health. With better, more


affordable medical care, women are
more capable of natural birth if they
are in good health, hence the alarm
presented with the rising numbers.
"The problem of C-sections comes
with each successive delivery," Dr
Donaldson-Ramos said. "If there is
abnormal presentation or any other
condition that warrants a C-section,
the procedure becomes riskier to per-
form. If there is a vertical scar, there's
a greater chance of uterine rupture;
if the scar is transverse, the patient
will undergo a trial of labour. The ver-
tical incision would have been made to
provide more space and less risk in
the delivery of a foetus six months or
older. If the placenta covers the cervix
or doesn't detach itself from the
uterus, or if the uterus ruptures, exten-
sive haemorrhaging can occur. A hys-
terectomy is often the result of such
major complications."


Apparently, the area once cut by
vertical incision could be "as thin as
paper", where the baby can be seen
inside the uterus. If surgeons are not
on hand, normal labour could lead to
death of the unborn child or the moth-
er.
From a financial standpoint, a C-
section could result in higher hospital
costs, where the stay from day zero
(day of delivery) to day four,'totals
five days, as compared to a natural
delivery from day zero to day two, a
total of three days.
At home, recovery time from a C-
section is usually six or eight weeks.
For a natural birth, six weeks.
Interestingly, the use of the epidur-
al to relieve the pain of labour is
believed to result in the need for C-
sections. The theory behind this is that
in stage two of delivery, the mother
loses the ability to push and therefore


the physician must help the baby out
of the uterus by sectioning the mother.
The use of the epidural is also said to
be associated with higher rates of vagi-
nal delivery using forceps, vacuum,
etc. The point of intervention affects
the administration of the epidural and
consequently the method of delivery.
The epidural is currently the most
effective method of relieving pain of
labour. It is an analgesic (painkiller)
inserted into the spinal column/canal
to temporarily remove sensitivity to
pain of the lower region.
Dr Donaldson-Ramos says about
50 to 60 per cent of patients will
choose to have it. For the most part,
her young patients, predominantly of
Hispanic (especially non-English
speaking) and African-American/
Black ethnicity will choose to have a
natural birth.
Many other options for pain con-


trol exist, including nubain (an opi-
oid), morphine in early labour or
demoral. Of course, your doctor will
determine what's best for your situa-
tion.
Ideally, physicians are encouraged
to give a thorough "informed consent
process" and request that the patient
consider natural birth.
After attempting to have a normal
course of labour, acceding to thb
request for a subsequent C-section is
considered ethically permissible.
Dr Stewart has practised obstetrics
for 25 years, with training in Kingston,
Jamaica, London, England, Dublin,
Ireland and Stanford, Connecticut. Dr
Donaldson-Ramos is a Bahamian doc-
tor who has practised obstetrics and
gynaecology at Yale New Haven Hos-
pital for four years. She received her
medical training at Harvard Medical
School.


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The following is a checklist
for healthy living year round.
How did you do yesterday?
Did you:
Drink 3-4 glasses of milk
(or 1,200 mg of calcium)?
Eat five servings of fruits
and vegetables?*
Drink six glasses of
water?
Spend 10 minutes with
a friend?


Spend 20 minutes for
yourself?
Exercise for 30 minutes?
Do a brain-boosting
activity such as reading a
book or doing puzzle?
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sleep?
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hospital's new information system. According to the
hospital, the new system will substantially improve the
quality and delivery of patient care and customer service
by providing standarised information from registration
to discharge.
The centralised database will create custom reports,
gather statistics and access patient history and test


results. In preparation for the system, associates are
participating in a series of computer training workshops.
Each employee from every department of the hospital will
participate in at least one computer skills workshop to
help ensure that that the hospital achieves the maxi-
mum return on the investment in the new software. The
new system is part of Doctors Hospital's strategic plan
focusing heavily on excellence in patient care and physi-
cian services.


health


How chiropractic heals


The Cancer Sodety of the
Bahamas meets at 5.30pm
on the second Tuesday of
each month at their Head-
quarters at East Terrace,
Centreville. Call 323-4482
for more info.
REACH Resources &
Education for Autism and
related Challenges meets
from 7pm 9pm the second
Thursday of each month in
the cafeteria of the BEC
building, Blue Hill Road.
MS (Multiple Sclerosis)
Bahamas meets the third
Monday every month, 6pm
@ Doctors Hospital confer-
ence room.
The Bahamas Diabetic
Association meets every
third Saturday, 2.30pm
(except August and Decem-
ber) @ the Nursing School,
Grosvenor Close, Shirley
Street.
Doctors Hospital, the
official training centre of the


American Heart Associa-
tion offers CPR classes cer-
tified by the AHA.
The course defines the
warning signs of respiratory
arrest and gives prevention
strategies to avoid sudden
death syndrome and the
most common serious
injuries and choking that
can occur in adults, infants
and children.
CPR and First Aid classes
are offered every third Sat-
urday of the month from
9am-lpm. Contact a Doc-
tors Hospital Community
Training Representative at
302-4732 for more informa-
tion and learn to save a life
today.
Alcoholics Anonymous
meets @ 16 Rosetta St,
Monday-Friday and Sun-
day, 6pm-7pm & 8.30pm-
9.30pm, and on Saturday,
10am-1am & 6pm-7pm &
8.30pm-9.30pm; @ Sacred
Heart Catholic Church,
Shirley St, on Friday at
6pm.


* By SUSAN DONALD DC
HOW does chiropractic heal me? I'm
asked that question often.
In order to understand how chiropractic
can help a certain condition, it is important
to get a better understanding of how the
body works.
We know that the body's information
and communication system is primarily
the nervous system. It is along the ner-
vous system that the body sends messages
to every cell in the body in regards to nor-
mal function, metabolism, reproduction,
etc. The body has intelligence that is far
beyond any doctor's understanding at this
point. In chiropractic, we call this intelli-
gence "innate intelligence".
It is your innate intelligence which con-
trols your body's normal functions heart
rate, liver function, etc. It. is also your
innate intelligence that developed you
from two cells to the more than four tril-
lion cells you are today.
Chiropractic philosophy is based on the
fact that the innate intelligence that cre-
ates the body has far more knowledge
than any doctor. This wisdom of the
body can and does work wonders if it is
not interfered with.
But there is a condition known as a ver-
tebral subluxation that can interfere with
the body. The subluxation interferes with
normal nerve function which results in
decreased ability for the brain to commu-


* DR SUSAN DONALD


nicate properly with the body. This could
eventually result in some sort of condi-
tion or symptom. When you suffer from a
vertebrall subluxation, your natural healing
ability is lessened, your resistance is low-
ered and you can get sick. A chiropractor's
job is to reduce the interference that is
caused by the subluxation. This is done by
adjusting the swine to return normal func-
tion to the nervous system.
. You cannot be truly healthy, reach your


full potential or achieve your greatest
healing ability if your have pressure on
your nervous system.
There are of course a number of factors
that influence your healing ability diet,
exercise, stress, age, etc. However, if you
have a condition or symptom that has not
responded to traditional or other forms of



"In order to understand
how chiropractic can
help a certain condition,
it is important to get a
better understanding of
how the body works."
-Dr S Donald



treatment, remember that you haven't
tried everything to get better until you
have tried chiropractic.
The job of any doctor should be to raise
the patient's natural innate healing abili-
ty to its highest efficiency.
For more information contact Dr Don-
ald at Life Chiropractic Centre.


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GARDENING


on gardening


The sex life of


The one trait shared by all
living creatures, from
microbes to pachyderms,
is the compulsion to pro-
Screate. So strong is this
'urge that an ephemeral creature like
the mayfly lives for only a few hours
and during that time it does only one
thing: ensures offspring.
Have you noticed that male birds,
by and large, are prettier than female
birds? When it comes to sex, most of
them have to preen and prance and
follow ritualistic patterns to arouse
the female. This said, the female'
:induces the behaviour initially. Ma
,birds do not preen and prance all ye.
long, only when it comes to nesting
:time, only when the females need
Them.
I am. sure male dogs are ready.for
action all year long but it is only when
female dogs come into oestrus that
-they get their chance. It is the female
'of most species that determines pro-
-creation times and circumstances; the
-male is a neutral entity until required
-by the female.
Much the same applies in the plant
kingdom but with more complications.
-Flowers contain the sex organs of
plants and often both male and female
;occur in the same flower, which we
:call perfect or complete. Sf grapes
S and some papayas have fem e flow-
S.ers on one tree and male on another.
:Some trees bear both male and female
:flowers. Some bear flowers that
\- .change from one sex to the other dur-
ing a single day. Some plants, like cer-
tain passion fruit vines, have perfect
; flowers but refuse to be self pollinat-
ed.
Procreation in plants is further com-
plicated by the fact they are stuck in
'one place. Pollen from the male must
:reach a female receptor that maybe
; 'half a mile away. Even in perfect flow-
-'ers the design is such that it is difficult
"for pollen to reach a receptor with-
o ut outside help. This outside help
;we call a vector. Vectors include wind,
birds, insects and bats.
* Wind pollinated plants usually have
,small and insignificant flowers, such as
;corn. These plants tend to grow close
together and can delay the release of
'pollen until circumstan are just
right. This usually means weather
land light breezes.
Many plants produce a 'eet, sticky
*substance within their flowers called
,nectar. The only purpose of nectar is
:to attract birds and insects so they will
:help in the process of pollination.
;Birds such as bananaquits travel from
one flower to another (bananaquits
:love Thunbergia) and transfer pollen
:by shaking the plants, thereby dis-


lodging pollen, or by their fine head
feathers. The birds have no idea they
are assisting in the process of procre-
ation. All they want is a sip or two of
nectar.
Hummingbirds are equipped to
reach into long, tubular flowers that
contain their nectar in deep recesses.
Hummingbirds have relatively long
beaks and long tongues to reach the
nectar and they have learned to hov-
er and fly backwards in order to visit
flower after flower. While they do
this, their wings move so fast that a
camera must have a 1/1000th of a sec-
ond shutter speed to stop the wings
being a blur. The breeze created by


the hummingbird's wings blows pollen
onto the female receptors.
Devil's Potato, a wild Bahamian
vine, must be pollinated in the same
way but hummingbirds do not feed
at night when the Devil's Potato must
be pollinated. Enter the Sphynx moth,
the world's fastest wing beating, that
does the job just fine. With no Sphynx
moth we would not have Devil's Pota-
to. Sphynx moths also pollinate Night
Blooming Jessamine.
Birds and insects do not visit flowers
at random. The plants send out signals
to attract their vectors. Humming-
birds associate nectar with the colour
red and it is mainly red, orange and


yellow flowered plants that attract
their attention.
Bees are attracted by the lower end
of the colour spectrum. They cannot
pollinate a hibiscus because the pollen
source is far from the sexual parts of
the flower. They prefer flowers they
an crawl around upon, thus transfer-
ring pollen by their body bristles to
other similar plants a distance away.
Some flowers use scent instead of
colour to attract vectors, particularly
bats, moths, flies and beetles. Many of
these exude their scent at night when
the vectors are most active. Not all
scents are attractive to human beings.
The Indian Jube-Jube attracts flies by


plants


emitting a smell similar to dog excre-
ment.
Scent can also act as a drug. The
scent of Datura causes insects to get
high and stumble around, thus increas-
ing the likelihood of spreading pollen.
These are the basic facts pertain-:
ing to the sex life of plants but there:
are dozens,more ploys. One orchid
has a lower lip that resembles the
female 'ready' markings of a certain
type of bee. The male is visually
attracted and copulates with the
flower, thereby helping propagate the
orchid rather than his own kind.
Intelligence and sex are rarely men-
tioned in the same sentence.


Green Scene by Gardener Jack


* DEVIL'S Potato vine has creamy pinwheel flowers and depends upon the Sphynx moth to pollinate its flowers.



















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C BY: RENALDO SMITH
College of The Bahamas Journalism Major


L cliche quote echoes, "A picture is
worth a thousand words." For most
people it is a mere quote that symbol-
izes someone's obsession over the art
of photography. However, for David Charlton it is
much more. Presently he is making giant strides in
the business arena, but there were humble begin-
nings.
Born on the rather small island of Mayaguanna
and raised in Freeport, David is the eldest child of
his parents' six kids. As the eldest, he was forced to
take a leadership role at an early age and perhaps
this helped to prepare him for a rather promising


future. After attending Hawksbill Primary School,
David attended the renowned Freeport High. It is
here where he first realized his love of photography.
According to David it was as a member of his high
school's yearbook committee where he first realized
that he enjoyed photography immensely. According
to Mr. Charlton, it was for a school project that he
borrowed his uncle's camera. Naturally, he fell.in,
love with the art of photography and never bothered
to return the camera to his uncle. However, there
was a lack of both revenue and opportunities to pur-
sue the art as a career at the time. Consequently, he
attended Howard University in Washington D.C
where he majored in Mechanical Engineering.
After years at college, he obtained an impressive
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Ok, \'vL make the
world's bc-t buggy.
whips! \\akc up.


3. Your interests and
value are out of sync
with your business.
A formulla for business
disaster and personal
misery. Revisit your
vision and mission and
align them with your
values. Now start
gd in.


4. Your customers are
leaving for your com-
petition.
Either figure out why
and fix it or find
another business


5. You dread going to
work in the morning.
Figure out why. If it
can't be changed, do
something else.

6. You notice your com-
petitors changing.
I lave you noticed that,
like it or not, It's a rat
race? if the Do what it
takes to win or join
another race.


7. Working on the busi-
ness is taking more
time than working in
the business.
If your revenue can't
support more, help
find a way to simplif-
and streamline your
butlSilles (our coIn-
petitors proIbably are).


:S. You're losing key
employees to your
competitors.


A suie sign of "trouble
in River City!
Conduct "exit inte
views" with dqartig
employees. F iArefi
what the eCMpW
got that you


ENTREPRENEURSHIP

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returned to the Bahamas in search of
employment shortly after. His quest led
him to find employment at the Bahamas'
Electricity .Corporation (BEC).
"Working at B.E.C is where I first got the
chance to purchase the equipment neces-
sary for a photo lab, and I wanted to take
advantage of this opportunity to start an
entrepreneurship."
Evidently,' it was at B.E.C where
David first began to explore the profes-
sional world of photography and,
through his explorations, his love for the
art just blossomed. In fact, it blossomed
into an Entrepreneurship and thus
Devin's Photo Lab was created in 1996.
When asked about the major obstacles
he has faced in the competitive business
sector, Mr. Charlton explained, For me
getting into business was natural. With
photography being a disposable income
business, I would say that my biggest
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attacks on the World Trade Buildings.
The event sent much of the business
world in a downward spiral and Devin's
Photo Lab was no exception. According
to Mr. Charlton, he is still trying to
rebuild the revenue base that was present
prior to the terrorist attacks by diversify-
ing the income base.
David Charlton is much more than a
great businessman; he is also a great role
model. As one of the only three level 3
coaches in the Bahamas, the business
tycoon is the Head Coach of the Star
Trackers; a track club that works with
young athletes 5 days -per week from.
4:30 until 6:30 pm. As a youngster, Mr.
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to Mr. Charlton, "Devin's is better than
its competition. due to its exceptional
staff work and studio quality and we will
continue to improve with the digital rev-
olution." With his family and three beau-
tiful daughters as motivation, expect
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