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ion centre rules review
Plans made by
new head of facility
* By PACO NUNEZ
Tribune Staff Reporter
-,THE rules governing the
Carmichael Road Detention Cen-
tre should be reviewed in light of
the repeated abuse claims lev-
elled by detainees said Edwin
Culmer, the newly appointed
head of the facility.-
* At the announcement of his
appointment on Sunday, Mr Cul-
mer said the first thing he would
do on assuming the position
would be to look at the rules gov-
erning the facility and "see if they
correspond with Amnesty and
other human rights laws."
Yesterday Mr Culmer said he
thought the review was necessary
because of the recent and repeat-
ed claims of physical abuse by
guards at the centre.
The claims first surfaced in
October 2004, when the human
rights group Amnesty Interna-
tional condemned the centre and
called for a full investigation of
The Amnesty statement
alleged that detainees were sub-
jected to beatings and torture at
the hands of Defence Force offi-
cers. The claims by the London-
based human rights organisation
were reported exclusively by The
On December 9, one day after
Immigration Minister Vincent
Peet announced that his investi-
gation found no evidence of
abuse, Cuban detainees rioted
and set fire to the Detention CeA-
"The riot wasquelled by guards
using rubber bullets. A number
of Defence Force officials and
detainees were injured during the
"The riot was followed by a
number of demonstrations by
Cuban Americans outside the
Bahamas Consulate in Miami.
The demonstrators called for
a boycott of the Bahamas
for alleged human rights viola-
Last month, a report in The
Miami Herald revealed more
claims of physical and psycholog-
ical abuse of Cuban detainees at
both the Detention Centre and
Fox Hill Prison.
Mr Culmer, who is presently
the Superintendent of Prisons,
said last week that Cuban
detainees at Fox Hill had been
the responsibility of Immigration
and Defence Force officers at the
time the latest claims were made.
He said yesterday that his
planned review of operations at
the centre should not be taken to
mean that he necessarily believes
the claims to be true.
"Some people will just com-
plain. They will come into your
country illegally and want to do as
they please," he pointed out.
Mr Culmer said that he was not
yet in a position to form an opin-
ion on whether there is any truth
to the claims, as he has not yet
had a chance to look into the mat-
He said he would work closely
with Immigration Minister Vin-
cent Peet to see that the operat-
ing procedures at the centre con-
form to accepted human rights
Mr Culmer said that one area
in particular he wants to look at
closely is the issue of medical care
"Many of the immigrants, espe-
cially Haitians come in relatively
sick. I would like to see them get
the appropriate attention," he
* By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
EQUIPMENT for the multi-million
dollar "Megaports" nuclear security ini-
tiative in Grand Bahama is due to arrive
in the next 30 to 60 days, United States
Embassy officials told The Tribune yes-
This announcement comes as the US
Department of Homeland Security yes-
terday released its proposal for the 2006
budget, listing an increase of $5.4 million
over last year's budget for the new Con-
tainer Security Initiative (CSI), also
known as "Megaports," bringing the bud-
get request for the programme to a total
of $138.8 million.
Michael Taylor, Chief Political, Eco-
nomics and Public Relations Officer in
the US Embassy, explained that Freeport
SEE page 11
* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT The Supreme Court on
Monday dismissed an action brought by
chief councillor Marva Moxey against five
councillors of the City of Freeport Council
regarding seat vacancies and several relat-
In his judgment, Justice Stephen Isaacs
ruled that Ms Moxey was not entitled to a
declaration, which sought to vacate the seats
of deputy chief councillor April Crowther-
Gow and four other council members.
In a summons filed with the court last
April, Ms Moxey through her attorney
Rawle Maynard, sought determination from
the courts regarding the seat vacancy of
deputy chief councillor Gow, Wayne Smith,
Angela Sands, Harold Williams, and Jason
Thompson in accordance with Section 26 of
the Local Government Act.
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Infected Abaco land
'will never again be
used for citrus crops'
* By PACO NUNEZ
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE land in Abaco affected by citrus
canker will probably "never again" be
used for citrus crops, according to FNM
MP Robert Sweeting.
Mr Sweeting revealed that the farm in
question had been "struggling" long
before the infection, and would proba-
bly have closed its doors anyway.
In the wake of a government announce-
ment that a $720,000 contract has been
signed for the destruction of the infected
crops, Mr Sweeting said that the canker is
the last of several difficulties that have
beset the Bahamas Star Farm.
"That farm probably will never be used
for citrus again," he said.
Mr Sweeting said he is pleased govern-
ment has signed the contract for the
SEE page 11
Airport incident symptomatic
of tendency to abandon rules
ON ONE occasion when Sir Win-
ston Churchill was on the oppo-
sition benches in Britain's House of Com-
mons, he listened intently as a govern-
ment minister admitted to shortcomings
but made no announcement of resigna-
The great one sniffed: "After confes-
sion comes penance, not power!"
In Britain where the political ethics bar
is high, there is not always agreement
about the circumstances under which a
minister ought to resign.
There are clear-cut cases like that of
War Minister John Profumo who lied to
parliament in 1962 about his dalliance
with a courtesan who was simultaneously
entertaining a Russian military attache.
That dealt a fatal blow to Mr Profumo's
political career, badly damaged Prime
Minister Harold MacMillan and con-
tributed to the eventual defeat of the Con-
servative government. Lying to parlia-
ment, especially in a matter involving the
security of the state, was the unforgivable
In more recent times in Britain there
was the case of Peter Mandelson, Prime
Minister Tony Blair's brilliant New
Labour architect, who resigned not once
but twice from the cabinet in what some
people believe were borderline trans-
gressions. Mr Mandelson is now a Euro-
The latest resignation in Britain was
that of powerful Home Secretary David
Blunkett. Mr Blunkett stepped down after
a visa application was fast-tracked through
a department under him. The visa was for
the nanny of his married former mistress.
It remains to be seen whether Mr Blun-
kett's ouster is permanent as Prime Min-
ister Blair reportedly wants him back.
In countries practising parliamentary
"Too many members
- including the
Speaker, sad to say -
seem not to know the
rules or not to care.
After three years they
still cannot tell the
an intervention and a
point of order."
democracy ministers and prime ministers
resign for different reasons. In Japan in
2001 Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori
resigned not because of malfeasance but
in the wake of a series of mistakes and
ill-advised statements. He had been in
power only a year.
In India in 2000 Railways Minister
Mamata Banerjee resigned after a rail-
road accident took the lives of 40 persons
even though there was no culpability on
her part. She simply took responsibility.
Perhaps in a country as small as The
Bahamas, a minister should not be
required to resign under circumstances
similar to that of the Indian minister.
But certainly in a clear case of deliber,
ate conflict of interest a minister ought.
to resign, especially when conflict of inter-
est is frowned upon in the Prime Minis-
ter's Code of Ethics.
There have been several such cases in
the administration of Prime Minister Per-
ry Christie and there have been neither
resignations, nor adequate exculpatory
This is wrong. It discredits the adminis-
tration, it makes a laughing-stock of the
prime minister and his Code of Ethics and
it brings the whole system into disrepute
in the eyes of the public. The smashing
of rules and conventions at the highest
levels tends to reverberate throughout
Parliamentary Secretary Ron Pin-
der made a serious mistake when
he boarded that aircraft for a flight to
"Ministers would do
well to listen to the
advice of their
Relying on crony
keeping their own
arrogant counsel is
bound to cause them
and the country
Washington without being properly
checked in and without security clearance.
It would have been a foolish thing to
do under ordinary circumstances; all the
more so these days when the world and
especially the United States is so acute-
.ly security conscious.
After initial efforts to brush it off as
"no big deal," Mr Pinder came to his sens-
es, admitted his error and apologised to
I have referred before in this column
to the tendency of some politicians to let
the rarefied atmosphere of the cabinet
room go to their heads.
Mr Pinder is not a cabinet minister so it
must be that the mere thought of his'
elevation affected him, if only temporar-
Many PLP supporters, and some oppo-
sition ones as well, have been observing
Mr Pinder's performance and have con-
cluded that he wouiild, make adbetter min-
ister than some now sitting in cabinet.
That is perhaps why there has been no
clamour for his resignation as parliamen-
tary secretary, especially after his apolo-
He is not off the hook, though. The
country was exposed by this incident and
may have to pay a price.
Mr Pinder may also have to pay a price
at the polls.
R on Pinder's decision to take mat-
ters into his own hands and
board himself through the diplomatic
lounge is symptomatic of a tendency in
this administration to ignore the rules.
Persons arriving or departing by way of
the lounge are supposed to put themselves
in the hands of the protocol officers of
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Prime ministers, ministers and ambas-
sadors must allow these professionals to
process their travel documents and tell
them when to move and where to go.
Deciding policy is different, but still
ministers would do well to listen to the
advice of their qualified and experienced
public servants before making judgments.
Relying on crony consultants or keeping
their own arrogant counsel is bound to
cause them and the country unnecessary
On the other hand, ministers should not
use civil servants as scapegoats and should
not hide behind them when it is conve-
Good ministers listen to all the advice
available to them and make judgements.
Then they take responsibility for their
decisions, not pass the buck to their advis-
One of the places where the rules
and conventions have been reg-
ularly abused in full public view over the
last three years is parliament itself.
Too many members including the
Speaker, sad to say seem not to know
the rules or pot to care.
After three years they still cannot tell
the difference between an intervention
and a point of order.
Some habitually abuse the point of
order rule to make interventions and
the Speaker allows them to get away with
When a member has the floor no other
member should be allowed to intervene
unless the member speaking agrees to
If he does yield to another he can take
back the floor at any point.
But Speaker James Oswald Ingraham
has repeatedly allowed certain members
to take and hold the floor on false
points of order. !
-A point of order is justified when,:a
memberffeels that the member speaking
has broken a rule of the House or
when the House is about to take a course
of action that would be against the
The member raising a point of order is
not allowed to make an intervention in
He is only allowed to say why he
believes a rule has been broken or is
about to be broken.
The Speaker then makes his ruling one
way or another and then the business of
the House proceeds.
At least that is what should happen.
It is "a big thing" that,political leaders
are seen to be playing by the rules, all of
which are there for a purpose.
The nation and especially the younger
generation will look at them with con-
tempt when they complain about the
breakdown of discipline and law and
order in the country while in the very act
of breaking their own rules.
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Harold reflects 0
on his 104 years
E By CARA BRENNEN to become a fruit picker in
Tribune Staff Reporter Maryland on "The Contract"
arm s during World War 2. He picked
HAROLD Miller's memory tomatoes, onions and can-
is not quite as good as it used to /taloupes.
* By TIFFANY GRANT
Tribune Staff Reporter
A 36-YEAR-OLD resident
of Howard Street pleaded not
guilty to unlawfully carrying
arms, resisting arrest and
assaulting a police officer.
Court records allege that
Lambert Bethell on February
4, at about 2am, while at
McQuay Street carried about
his person a screw driver.
At the same time, date and
place it was alleged that he
resisted lawful arrest made by
Pc 868 Higgs and Pc 2829
He was also alleged to have
unlawfully assaulted Pc Higgs.
Bail was set at $1,500 with
one surety and the case was
adjourned to August 10.
George Bethel Fisher, 28,
of McCullough Corner plead-
ed guilty to unlawfully carry-
ing arms. It was alleged that
Fisher on February 5 while at
Sherwood Drive carried
about his person a hand-saw.
He faced a fine of $150 or
three months imprisonment.
Two individuals faced
charges of possession of dan-
gerous drugs with the intent
It was alleged that Christo-
pher Mortimer, 34, and Alre-
na Mortimer, 68, both of Han-
na Road, on February 6 were
found in possession of a quan-
tity of Indian Hemp with the
intent to supply. Both the
accused pleaded not guilty to
Christopher Mortimer was
remanded to Her Majesty's
Prison until February 11 while
Alrena Mortimer was granted
bail in the sum of $50,000 with
two sureties and was request-
ed to surrender her travel
The case was adjourned to
Brunnel Miller, 44, pleaded'
guilty to possession of'
cocaine. He was fined $150 or
three months imprisonment.
A Haitian national, Gilbert
Octellus, 33, pleaded not
guilty to possession of Indian
Hemp. It was alleged that on
January 23, he was found in
possession of the dangerous
Octellus was remanded to
Her Majesty's Prison until
February 11 a for bail hearing.
Samuel Stubbs, 45, pleaded
guilty to possession of
He was fined $150 or three
be, but at 104 having seen the
arrival of the automobile, the
airplane, two world wars and
Bahamian Independence, no
one can fault him.
Mr Miller was born on Feb-
ruary 5, 1901 in Conch Sound,
Andros to the late Matilda and
James Miller, and was educated
at the All Age school there.
He spent his early years
sponging, crawfishing and scale
fishing to earn money. His spare
time was spent "going out with
plenty girls" until he meet and
fell in love with his wife Marion.
They were married for just
under 70 years before her death
in 1990. They had five children.
To support his young family,
Mr Miller like hundreds of
Bahamian men at the time, left
Upon his return he sold coal
and made lime for a living.
"I would burn the wood on
the bottom and used the conch
shell to make the lime. The
conch shell was better than any-
thing and we would use the
white sand from the bay to mix
with the conch shell," he
When The Tribune attend-
ed Mr Miller's 102nd birthday
party Mr Miller explained that
to make the coal, he would
have to "cut down the pine,
junk up the pine, carry the pine
to the kiln, make the kiln, brush
the kiln and then light it and
burn the coal."
Then he explained he and his
wife would have to pack up the
sacks and Mr Miller would sell
up to 50 to 60 sacks a day, mak-
ing a shilling for each sack he
In those days a shilling
amount to about twenty five
Despite some hearing loss
and the amputation of one leg,
since his last Tribune interview,
Mr Miller remains alert and
enjoys the frequent visits by his
extended family including two
sons, one daughter (two daugh-
ters are deceased), 11 grand-
children, 18 great grandchildren
and three great, great grand-
Yesterday at a belated birth-
day party at the Geriatric Hlos-
pital Ward in Nassau, he shared
cake and ice cream with his fel-
low ward mates and wished the
crowd of family and friends well
wishers, "many more birth-
A ward favourite, he also
spent the day accepting the7
greetings from the hospital,
nurses, whom his family jokes
are all of Daddy's girlfriends."
He also rarely complains as
his daughter Millicent Miller
said: "I asked daddy after they
cut off his leg if he had any pain
and he said 'a lil bit' and so the
nurses said 'well Mr Miller why
you never told us that you had
pain' and daddy said 'why I
have to tell you who Jesus told
when he was on the cross?"
Mr Miller said the secret to
his long life was simple, "I
always listened to my mommy
and daddy and God bless me
He said he has one message
to pass on to the younger gen-
eration: "Behave yourself and
have good manners.
"God will bless you. Be duti-
ful to your parents and always
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Call for 'realistic' attitude
towards foreign workers
THE Bahamas is doomed unless it adopts a "realistic" attitude towards
allowing foreign workers into the country, a recruitment agency boss said
With globalisation a reality, it did not make sense to see "total Bahamian-
isation" as the way forward, said Ella Walkine, who also specialises in personal
and professional development.
Ms Walkine believes the government needs to accept that the Bahamas econ-
omy can only progress if foreign workers are accepted as part of the process.
And she condemned those politicians who acknowledge the reality, but
refuse to confront it because they sense it will prove unpopular among voters.
Ms Walkine, chief executive of Image Improvement (Bahamas) Ltd., said
foreign investors were being thwarted in their business ambitions by the gov-
ernment's attitude towards foreign workers.
Yet, she added, it was clear that Bahamians were unable or unwilling to fill
many of the country's jobs.
"Employers should have the right to hire who they want to hire," she told
The Tribune yesterday, "I think you should have the freedom to employ who
She said Haitians were needed at the lower levels of Bahamian society
because they were ready to do the kind of work Bahamians didn't want.
And she said there was also a shortfall of local professionals in many white-
collar occupations. '- .'n i." ...
"The PLE has in the past led iay, ,bluephllar workers to beli y they
can do high-level executive jobs when they don't have the. qualifications or expe-.
rience," she said.
"They have also encouraged people to believe that, just because they wear
a shirt and tie, they are qualified to sit in the boss's chair and do the job. If this
kind of thinking goes on, this country is in trouble."
Ms Walkine has been trying to form a foreign workers "community" on
which local business could draw for help. In the case of Haitians, they would
be taught English and generally be prepared for the work market.
"The Bahamas needs to view incoming foreigners in a different way," she
said, "There should be no more kickbacks, people should be allowed in as they
She said most politicians understood this, "but they know if they don't sat-
isfy certain people, they will not win an election."
Ms Walkine said the FNM lost the 2002 election because a lot of Bahami-
ans felt the party was not taking care of their basis needs.
"But I think the FNM did a good job. They recognised that, although we
have some very qualified Bahamians, they are often qualified only in certain
"In any country which expects to grow, you have to have people who are
trained in the jobs you want to fill."
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Oversee the gift acknowledgement process.
Organize and coordinate committees charged with fundraising.
Organize and carry-out special events and parties.
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EIOIAU*k S T HEEITOR
The Tribune Limited
NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI
Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master
LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914
SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G.,
(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.
Contributing Editor 1972-1991
EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B.
Published Daily Monday to Saturday
Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas
Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama
Nassau publishers stopped at airport
IN THIS column on Monday we described
the personal experience we had in jumping
through all the security hoops to board an air-
craft for Miami at Nassau International Air-
port last week.
The departure process is certainly not user
friendly, as visitors are herded through a nar-
row corridor to have themselves and their
baggage checked by an electronic device. It
reminds us of scenes we have seen in Aus-
tralia of sheep being herded for shearing.
Nassau hoteliers are at their wits end to find
a solution to the Airport Authority's problem
of how to improve airport service. They ful-
ly understand that the way their valued guests
are being processed for departure at the air-
port could seriously affect their hotels' return
visitor count. And if that count is seriously
affected, the whole country stands to lose as
tourism is our number one industry.
In this column yesterday we told how the
publishers of The Tribune, Mr and Mrs Roger
Carron, after arriving at the airport at 2.35pm
for a 4.30 pm flight to Miami, took 65 minutes
standing in line to go through the initial secu-
rity check before being called to the counter
of a US Department of Security official to
have their passports checked and stamped.
The US official behind the counter was pleas-
ant. She scrutinised both passports, but
seemed more concerned with Mr Carron's
British passport he carries a current pass-
port, and an expired passport because it is in
the latter that he has his American visa. This
was nothing new. This is the way he has
The US Immigration official asked no
questions, other than the purpose of their
visit and the intended length of stay, as she
leafed through the passports. Then another
woman immigration officer quietly entered
the booth. The seated officer, without speak-
ing a word, passed her Mr Carron's passport.
The second officer and the passport disap-
peared to a back room.
Mrs Carron broke the silence by asking if
Homeland Security had now dispensed with
fingerprinting. From the disturbed look on
the officer's face, she had obviously forgotten.
"Please put your index finger-there," she said
pointing to the gadget in front of the Carrons.
The index finger of each of Mrs Carron's
hands was fingerprinted and she was invited
to peer into the peep hole of the camera.
Mr Carron was not fingerprinted. Instead
they were told to take a seat "over there"
- just outside the door of the office into
which Mr Carron's passport had disappeared.
Of all the many persons being checked.
through the lines at that time, the Carrons
were the only ones asked to wait.
No explanation was given as to why they
were to wait. An Immigration officer passed,
but said nothing; he did not even look in
their direction. It was as though they were
non-persons. They did not exist.
As 4pm approached and still no explana-
tion, they became concerned about making
their flight. When another US officer passed
them, they were determined not to be
ignored. He was reminded that they had a
flight to catch and that they wanted to know
how much longer they had to wait.
He said nothing. However, he walked to
the officer in the booth who had processed
the Carrons, said something to her, and Mr
Carron was beckoned back to her booth
where he was fingerprinted and he too peered
into the camera's peep-hole.
Then it was back to sitting outside the
office still without an explanation. Even-
tually at 4.10pm a young officer came out of
the backroom, Mr Carron's passport in hand.
He had a smile on his face the first they
had seen that afternoon so far the other
officials looked as though their faces had
been chiseled out of the granite of Mount
Did they know so-and-so, he asked. The
name he called was that of their son. Sud-
denly, there was recognition. They were again
a part of the human race, again they were
persons who could be spoken to.
They asked him what had gone wrong,
why was the passport held up. He said he
could not tell them any more than they had
been told which was nothing.
The other officials seemed loath to even
speak to them.
The young official then gave them infor-
mation, that no one else had.
He told them that if they wanted informa-
tion, they should write the Interagency Bor-
der Inspection System (IBIS). He gave the
Carrons a form to fill out. According to the
fact sheet enclosed:
"IBIS keeps track of information on sus-
pect individuals, businesses, vehicles, aircraft,
and vessels. IBIS terminals can also be used
to access NCIC records on wanted persons,
stolen vehicles, vessels or firearms, licence
information, criminal histories, and previous
Federal inspections. The information is used
to assist law enforcement and regulatory per-
The Carrons are now going to write to
IBIS to find out what category they are sus-
pected of falling into.
We suggest that if any of our readers have
the same experience, they should ask for this
form so that they too can discover what the
computer is saying about them.
Recently Senator Ted Kennedy had a sim-
ilar experience and so our publishers are
probably in very good company.
After being at the airport for two hours -
just short of five minutes by the time they
had gone through the clearance process, they
had only 15 minutes to spare to departure
EDITOR, The Tribune.
IT WOULD be the wish
of any government around
the world (including The
Bahamas) to have as its
civil servants people who
are of high moral charac-
ter, inordinately ethical,
satisfyingly competent, and
committed to excellence.
Fortunately, it is my firmly
held belief that that caliber
of people are sprinkle.d
throughout the Bahamas
public service and certain-
ly throughout the private
However, only dotting
the governmental land-
scape with these types of
people will not suffice. I
look forward to the day
when these examples will
become the norm in our
civil service. Wishful think-
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never. But I have been
told, and I believe that if
you shoot for the stars, and
don't reach, maybe you will
land on the moon.
To me, the stars repre-
sent a government filled to
capacity with Jehovah's
Witnesses. I know more
than a few members of that
organisation, and in my
humble opinion the
description of the ideal civ-
il servant would be that of
a Witness. It is a colossal
pity that Jehovah's Wit-
nesses choose not to par-
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country at any meaningful
level (because of their reli-
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less, they are not totally
averse to working for the
government. You'll excuse
me for saying so, but I find
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governmental function just
like everyone else. And it
is unfortunate that their
religion does not permit
them to reach for the stars
(in any endeavour), includ-
ing governing the country
(at any level), so that their
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Jehovah's Witnesses. Oth-
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the private sector display
these characteristics as
well. But Jehovah's Wit-
nesses have been relatively
successful in ingraining
these traits in their mem-
bers in a well-run, world-
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collective and individual
potential, then governance
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world would be redefined
(including The Bahamas).
January 30, 2005.
cling to 'Us vs
EDITOR, The Tribune.
HAVING just read Mr Ortland Bodie Jr's letter, "No
White PM in Our Time Soon," I am compelled to respond.
For a supposedly well-educated man, Mr Bodie has adopt-
ed a particularly ignorant and myopic stance.
"I am not a racist," he cries, while uttering the catch-
phrase of the confirmed racist. "Some of my best friends are
I personally subscribe to the view that educated Bahami-
ans, both black and white, have moved beyond the racist
injustices of the 60s and the colonial era. Are white Bahami-
ans to be castigated in perpetuity for the sins of a few of their
forefathers? Not a very Christian attitude.
Mr Bodie mentions that white Bahamians such as Brent
Symonette and Rick Lowe are perceived by blacks in this
country as, greedy businessmen who do not mix socially
with or chat with the grassroots folk or boys on the blocks.
I wonder how many of our black politicians, aside from at
election time, do the same.
With regard to his comment about white-owned busi-
nesses not extending into inner city reas and funding edu-
cational and technical scholarships, Mr Bodie should take a
careful look around
Two white organisations that come immediately to mind
are Kelly's Home Centre and the Lyford Cay Foundation;
however, there are many businesspersons both black and
white who very quietly support needy causes and charities in
our community without the need to be publicly recognised.
Are you one of them, Mr Bodie?
I am also sure Mr Bodie needs no reminding that we have
been governed by a black government now for well over 30
Therefore, to continue to cling to the worm-eaten crutch
of Us versus Them, as a reason or denying Bahamian whites
a rightful place in politics in their country, is as pathetic as it
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SConcerns voiced over fumes
From asphalt processing plant
E By NATARIO MCKENZIE
* By PAUL G.
Tribune Staff Reporter
AS A mark of respect
and to share their sympa-
thy with the family of Naki-
to Rahming, the seven-
year-old boy who was
killed in a motorcycle acci-
dent, 29 bikers of the
Bahamas Motorcycle Asso-
ciation visited the family's
home over the weekend.
"Everything went well.
Some of the bikers were a
little apprehensive, but
they received us very well.
We knew it was going to be
a 'touchy' atmosphere, but
a necessary step to showing
our sympathy," said Jer-
maine Davis, the president
of the association.
According to police
reports Nakito, who was
riding his bicycle with his
seven-year-old cousin Ken-
tosh Rahming, died after
he was struck by a motor-
cyclist on West Street on
January 20. Both boys were
rushed to the Princess Mar-
garet Hospital, where
Nakito died sometime lat-
The executive committee
of the Motorcycle Associa-
tion, consisting of Julius
Rahming, Trevor Johnson,
Shelton Culmer, vice presi-
dent Donald Duck, and Mr
Davis presented the Rah-
ming family with a wreath,
a fruit basket, and an
undisclosed amount of
"She wasn't angry, she
was quite touched and sur-
prised that so many bikers
turned out to pay their
respects," said Mr Davis of
his visit with Nakito's
mother. "We comforted
her as best we could and
ended our visit with a
;According to Mr Davis,
more stringent procedures
need to be in place, before
allowing persons to operate
motorcycles. In fact Mr
Davis states that separate
licences should be issued
for persons riding motorcy-
Currently anyone pass-
ing an ordinary driving test
for a car is allowed to drive
motorcycles. Normally they
don't know the ability, or
how to properly handle
these machines, and end up
crashing and laying up in
the hospital. Next year
hopefully the Bahamas
will offer training courses
for those who are willing to
learn how to properly ride
these bikes," he said.
Mr Davis urged motorcy-
clists to put on their safety
gear and drive with cau-
tion, to prevent fatal acci-
dents from happening
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RESIDENTS and businesses
along West Bay Street are voicing
their concerns over the emission
of fumes from an asphalt pro-
cessing plant on Arawak Cay.
They are calling for the gov-
ernment to be more vigilant in
addressing what they consider a
recurring problem at the govern-
ment owned Bahamix company.
"Bahamix asphalt plant,
Arawak Cay, please stop pollut-
ing our air" read a sign placed in
front of the home of a West Bay
Fed up with the fumes and
smoke being emitted from the
plant, Rosanne Pyfrom decided
to place signs outside her home in
an effort to draw the public's
attention to the matter. Ms
Pyfrom claimed that she had
already began organising a peti-
tion which would be sent to the
government and had obtained
several signatures from other con-
cerned residents and business
owners in the area.
"We are just hoping that they
can relocate or do something,"
Ms Pyfrom stated. She noted that
there had been no emission of
fumes from the plant in the past
several months, but in recent
weeks it had started again and
become worse than it had in the
past. Ms Pyfrom indicated that
throughout the day and particu-
larly during the early morning
hours, residents like herself were
discomforted by an obnoxious
chemical smell and they were
often blanketed by smoke.
She observed that prevailing
winds blew the fumes across the
narrow channel and inland into
nearby residential areas.
The Tribune was able to speak
with a few of the residents and
workers in the West Bay Street
district who expressed their con-
cern over the fumes coming from
the plant. According to an
employee of a nearby gas station
he along with fellow workers had
to cope with the fumes during the
"It was terrible man, all day.
They really need to do something
about that," the worker said.
An employee of another local
establishment in the area indicat-
ed that they too had suffered
from the fumes during the day.
He also indicated that he was cer-
tain his management was poised
to make a formal complaint to
the government to bring about a
solution to the situation.
"We are trying to solve this
* A FED-UP resident on West Bay Street spells out the message to the Bahamix Asphalt Plant.
(Photo Mario Duncanson)
problem, the emissions from our
plant are being dealt with," Ryan
Rhamming, the general manag-
er at the Bahamix plant told the
Tribune on Monday.
"The wind has not been in our
favour." Mr Rhamming stated.
He said that he was aware of what
was happening with the emission
from the company's asphalt stack.
Mr Rhamming however reas-
sured that the government was
trying to resolve the issue.
"This is our problem and we
are trying to solve our problem,"
Dwayne Curtis, chief public
analyst at The Department of
Environmental Health, told the
Tribune on Monday that he had
recently visited the company and
was aware of the challenges that
the workers faced.
"We are aware of the problem,
I have made my recommenda-
"However at this point in time
I am not in a position to say what
exactly will be done," Mr Curtis
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BOOA president claims PTA
is operating 'against the law
* By A FELICITY the PTA could be fined $50 and Mr Jacques noted that the
INGRAHAM $10 for every day they partici- PTA really only has a smal
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tion (PTA) is operating against
the law, president of the
Bahamas Omnibus Owvners
Association (BOOA) Nicholas
Jacques asserted yesterday.
The newly-formed PTA,
headed by Reuben Rahming,
claims to have about 100 bus
franchise owners and drivers in
its steadily-growing organisation
which has created a rival to the
"The BOOA is the only asso-
ciation for bits drivers that is
recognised by the government
with the stamp of approval of
the director of labour," Mr
Jacques told The Tribune yes-
He said the PTA is not regis-
tered and its constitution has not
been scrutinised by the Direc-
tor of Labour Mr Harcourt
Brown or by the Attorney Gen-
Furthermore, said Mr
Jacques, those participating in
Mr Rahming said the PTA
was formed last November after
Mr Jacques failed to hold a gen-
eral election and meetings were
few and far apart. He also said
there was a lack of unification
and inspiration in the field.
"It may be best that Mr Rah-
ming forms the PTA," Mr
"Where I was unable to unify
the bus drivers, he might."
Mr Jacques explained that he
has had a tough task of unify-
ing drivers and getting officers to
perform their duties.
Elections have not been held,
he said, because there is a $3,000
debt that must be paid to the
association's accountant in order
to present the books to the
director. Once that is done, a
general meeting can be held and
an election date can be set.
1,500 persons in the field and
much needs to be done to unify
the large body. The ministry
issued about 500 franchise
licenses, and there are at least
another 200 persons leasing, he
On January 24 at 7.30pm, he
will hold a meeting for all stake-
holders in the public trans-
portation business to brief them
on the work being done by the
steering committee, of which he
is a part.
The steering committee was
organised by the Ministry of
Transport and Aviation to cre-
ate a unified busing system for
Mr Jacques said he took
exception to the comment made
by Mr Rahming that his union
does not exist, and said he will
continue working with the
BOOA "as long as there is
breath" in his body or until he is
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PAGE 6, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2005
PM set for CARICOM Heads
of Government meeting
* By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Senior Staff Reporter
PRIME Minister Perry Christie
is preparing to travel to the CARI-
COM Heads of Government meet-
ing at which issues such as Haiti's
ongoing problems, the election of
the chairman of the Qrganisation of
American States (OAS) and new
Caribbean ties with India, will be
The conference is scheduled to
be held from February 16 to 17 in
Regarding the issue of Haiti's
return to CARICOM, some
Caribbean commentators said that it
is a dead issue until free and fair
elections are held, while Foreign
Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell
emphasised that at the moment
CARICOM is looking at what
progress the country has made.
"There is a special envoy which
has been appointed to Haiti and that
envoy will report when the meeting
takes place," Mr Mitchell told The
On February 1, nearly one year
after the coup against Haiti's demo-
.cratically elected president, Jean
Bertrand Aristide, the Associated
Press reported that the Lavalas par-
ty, the party of Mr Aristide, will not
participate in the local and municipal
elections scheduled for October, or
the legislative and presidential elec-
tions scheduled for November.
Lavalas' decision to not partici-
pate is a direct result of the alleged
suppression carried out against par-
ty supporters by para-military fac-
tions and gang leaders, who Lavalas
claimed, get their orders from the
current government led by Gerard
India's Minister of State for Exter-
nal Affairs Rao Inderjit Singh is also
expected to pay a nine-day visit to
Honduras, Suriname and Mexico
In Suriname, Mr Singh will meet
the 15 foreign ministers of CARI-
This will be first such meeting
between India and CARICOM. The
meeting will be used to discuss a
strengthening of bilateral relations
and co-operation and support of
CARICOM for India's candidature
to the UN Security Council perma-
Tourism Minister Obie Wil-
chombe said that he planned to
make a trip to India in March and
the Foreign Affairs Ministry is plan-
ning a major visit there in the near
Mr Singh is expected to announce
a $1.3 million investment which will
be used to assist in the computerisa-
tion of the CARICOM secretariat
in Georgetown, Guyana.
He will also attend the CARI-
COM Summit on February 16 and
deliver a message from the Indian
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to
the chairman of CARICOM.
India's exports to Caribbean
countries in 2004 were around $60
million and both sides want to push
that figure up to $300 million in the
next four years.
The president of Brazil will also
be meeting with CARICOM. One of
the major points of consideration
for the body is the South American
country's opinion on Haiti as well
as Brazil's part in the Free Trade
Agreement of the Americas
The CARICOM heads are also
expected to make a decision on
which candidate up for the chair-
manship of the Organisation of
American States (OAS) it will sup-
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vador's former President Francisco
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Concerning Kerzner Devel-
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employing Bahamians, Mr
Boocher said: "It was a plea-
sure to have the students from
BTVI tour the site. Our com-
mitment is clear; a majority
of the welding being done on
site is being performed by
local tradesmen, some of
which have been trained by
BTVI Instructors Kim
Riedel and Nathanial Adams
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of BTVI's Welding Depart- their skills can be put into use, scores of other Bahamian con-,
ment concur that Kerzner so this is excellent." struction workers who are
Development has been very Standing out from the employed by Kerzner Devel-
"open and accommodating" group of men was Isha Mack- opment. "I hope to put the
to BTVI. ey, the only female in the skills into practice for Atlantis.4
Pleased by the outcome of welding class. Mackey enjoys That's the practice that 1
the tour Riedel stated: "Any welding as an art form. Her want!" said Mr Pratt.
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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2005, PAGE 9
Developer in talks with Wisdom
over Charlotteville community
* By TIFFANY GRANT
Tribune Staff Reporter
DEVELOPER Dale Bron-
stein has discussed with the
representative for Delaporte
Neville Wisdom the develop-
ient of the upcoming Char-
The community will be situ-
Ved in Mr Wisdom's con-
tituency on prime land
between Nassau International
Airport and the Old Fort Bay
"I thought that it was impor-
tnt for me to find out from
im what the development
was about. To express the con-
cerns of myself on behalf of
the constituents of this area.
"I wanted to be sure that
the green spaces that were
proposed were in fact going
to be put in place and that
there will be proper infra-
structure including the provi-
sion of street lights and utili-
"The fact that even before
the first home has been
approved the infrastructure is
already going in, demonstrates
the seriousness of the project,"
said Mr Wisdom.
He added: "It will offer
another community where
positive thinking Bahamians
and Bahamians who are expe-
riencing upward mobility will
be to correlate, associate, and
to be able to bring up their
families in a spirit of safety
The upcoming development
will feature 24-hour security
and has plans approved for a
community centre club house,
swimming pool, floodlit ten-
nis courts and spacious land-
THE community will be
situated in Mr Wisdom's
Mr Bronstein noted that the
development programme is
well on track.
"We have almost completed
the rough-in of the roads and
were hoping next month to
start with our sewer and water
He also said that Mr
Wisdom seemed "quite
happy" with the develop-
"I think he is pleased with
our method of development,
the fact that we are keeping
the trees and we are trying to
bring a community centre in,"
said Mr Bronstein.
The ground breaking cere-
mony for the community was
held in early January
where Prime Minister Perry
Christie and Minister of
Housing and National Insur-
ance Shane Gibson were pred
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Nuclear security equipment
FROM page one
had been chosen as a pilot for
the new programme because it
is among the 20 busiest ports in
"Simply due to the amount
of traffic that passes through
that port on a daily basis has
land 'will not
be used for
FROM page one
destruction of the more than
3,000 acres before the dis-
ease has a chance to spread.
He explained that prob-
lems began for the farm just
prior to Hurricane Floyd in
1999 when its crops became
infected with a disease
known as White Fly, which
covers foliage and fruit with
a black film.
Mr Sweeting said that this,
compounded with the dam-
age done by Hurricane
Floyd, had crippled the farm
to such an extent that it was
not operating very well even
before Hurricanes Jeanne
and Frances and the discov-
ery of the canker infection.
"They were about ready
to fold before the canker,"
On Sunday, Minister of
Agriculture Alfred Gray
said that government had
signed a $720,000 contract
with Abaco heavy equip-
ment company Big Cat
Bahamas for the destruction
of the infected crops.
Mr Sweeting yesterday
said he was pleased that the
government managed to
negotiate such a reasonable
He said that the original
bids were more in the region
of $1 million.
Minister Gray said that
it could take as long as six
months for the company to
remove all of the infected
trees. He spoke of the
importance of making cer-
tain that the disease does
not spread to other citrus
farms in Abaco.
Mr Sweeting said that ini-
tial indications from the
owners of Bahamas Star
Farm were that the infec-
tion had spread from cen-
tral Abaco to the farm on
* By DENISE MAYCOCK
FREEPORT The prelimi-
nary inquiry for the five minors
charged with the manslaughter
of 12-year-old Jake Grant end-
ed on Monday with summations
by defence counsel in Freeport
Defence lawyers Carlson
Shurland, Paul Wallace-Whit-
field, and Kwasi Thompson
have made "no case" summa-
tions in Court One before Mag-
istrate Franklyn Williams.
Jake Grant was the first of
five schoolboys that mysteri-
ously disappeared on May 9,
2003. In October 2003, police
arrested and charged the five
children, aged 10 to 14-years-
old at the time, with Grant's
death even though his body has
not been found.
The boys, who were previ-
ously remanded in custody at
the Simpson C Centre of Boys
in New Providence; are released
Magistrate Williams is expect-
ed to deliver his judgement on
May 5, 2004 as to whether the
minors will stand trial for
manslaughter in the Supreme
led to Freeport being select-
ed," he said.
The Bahamas will be the
first country in the Caribbean
to use the new equipment for
the detection of nuclear mate-
In addition to the Bahamas,
Egypt, Chile, India, the Philip-
pines, Venezuela, and Hon-
duras have also been identi-
fied as pilot ports for the pro-
The initiative was created
by the US Department of
Energy's National Nuclear
(NNSA) and is aimed at stop-
ping illicit shipments of
nuclear and other radioactive
Radiation detection equip-
ment is set to be installed at
the seven major seaports to
focus on pre-screening cargo
before it reaches the shore and
it is hoped to have a "preven-
tative and deterrence effect on
the use of global containerised
shipping of Weapons of Mass
Destruction and other terrorist
equipment," the Homeland
Security Department stated.
After the installation is com-
plete, law enforcement offi-
cers will be trained on site in
the operation of the new
The joint US/Bahamian
effort to detect illegal nuclear
material was initiated on
December 30, 2004.
Robert Witajewski, Charg6
d'Affaires at the US Embassy,
and Ruth Millar, Financial
Secretary at the US Ministry
of Finance, signed the co-oper-
ative agreement on behalf of
their respective governments.
US Secretary of Energy
Spencer Abraham said: "Help-
ing better protect the world's
maritime shipping network
from nuclear smuggling is an
important objective we are
working to achieve. Co-oper-
ating with the Bahamian gov-
ernment will enable our coun-
tries to further international
non-proliferation efforts and
better protect the citizens of
the Bahamas, the United
States and other countries
against nuclear terrorism."
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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2005, PAUi- 11
Supreme Court dismisses
action brought by Moxey
FROM page one
The chief councillor alleged
that the council members
missed the regular meetings
of September 9 and 23 and
October 14, 2003 without the
consent of council.
She refused to recognise the
five councillors as members,
of the council by referring to
them as "former members"
and changing the council's
locks to deny them access.
Jennifer Mangra and Ms
Deidre Clarke of the Attor-
ney General's Office
appeared on behalf of the five
Justice Isaacs, who
reviewed evidence given by
sworn affidavits, said by the
plaintiff's own evidence there
was no quorum and therefore
no meeting on September 9.
He also noted that the
court took judicial notice that
councillor Rondi Tener-
Knowles was not present at
the meeting of October 14 as
he swore in an affidavit filed
on January 18, 2005 in action
No 13 of 2005 on the Com-
mon Law and Equity Side.
This, he said, would mean
that there was also no meeting
on October 14 because of a
lack of quorum due to Mr
Of the nine council mem-
bers, four must be present for
a quorum according to Sec-
tion 10 (4) of the Act.
Mr Isaacs further noted
that nowhere in the Act is the
chief councillor vested with
the power to exercise by
proxy, the vote of any mem-
ber not in attendance.
According to s11(1) of the
Act, the chief councillor rep-
resents the position of the
Council, not her own position.
"It is therefore the conclu-
sion of this court that the first
through fifth defendants could
not have been absent from
three consecutive regular
meetings, and as such
remain duly elected members
of the City of Freeport Coun-
cil," he said.
In conclusion, Justice
Isaacs said the chief councillor
and chairman of City of
Freeport Council did not act
lawfully when she refused to
recognise the five defendants
In addition to seat vacancy,
Ms Moxey also did not suc-
ceed in seeking determination
on the other five matters in
With regards to whether the
administrator Rufus Johnson
(sixth defendant) on March
10, 2004 unlawfully broke and
entered the City of Freeport
Council's premises and
changed the locks without
permission of the council, Jus-
tice Isaacs said that an alle-
gation of breaking and enter-
ing cannot be adjudicated in a
civil court and noted that
there is nothing before the
court that can support such
an allegation against the
He further noted that there
is no evidence presented to
establish that the council suf-
fered any damage by the
actions of the administrator.
Justice Isaacs, however,
noted that the premises are
not the personal property of
chief councillor Moxey and
are therefore not within the
power of the chief councillor
to decide in conjunction with
two other councillors to
change the locks and thereby
allowing access to some coun-
cil members while excluding
Justice Isaacs said the
administrator as Secretary to
the Council and the agent of
the Council's benefactor, the
government, must have access
to the council's office, as well
as all other council members.
He noted that there was no
consent of the Council for Ms
Moxey to change the locks
originally, so making access
the equal is essential.
With regards to funds with-
drawn and expended by the
first and sixth defendants, he
held that there is no evidence
to suggest that their actions
were unlawful. He indicated
that had the plaintiff shown
that the funds were expended
on something other than
Council obligations, then
there may arguably have been
some merit in the allegation.
Justice Isaac said there is
insufficient evidence before
the court to order the first and
sixth defendants to personal-
ly repay the City of Freeport
Council the funds withdrawn
from its account.
Mr Maynard felt the judg-
ment was "erroneous". He
said he would await the direc-
tion of his client as to whether
she intends to file an appeal.
deputy chief councillor, felt
that the judgment was fair and
hopes that Ms Moxey can
now rejoin them at the coun-
cil at their meeting on Tues-
Mrs Gow, who has been
chairing all the meetings in
the absence of the chief coun-
cillor, said the council has put
forward a fantastic plan into
"I am very relieved that
this is all over because it has
been a very turbulent two and
a half years," she said.
"We hope now that our
colleague and fellow council
member can rejoin us at the
table. A lot has happened
since this all started and she
has to reacquaint herself with
the business of council and
council members," Mrs Gow
She further reiterated that
the City of Freeport Council
belongs to the people, who
elected nine representatives
to the council. She also noted
that despite the dilemma, the
council remained focused on
carrying out the people's busi-
Councillor Angela Sands
hopes that despite the out-
come the councillors can bond
together and get on with the
work of the people.
Williams said the judgment
has brought closure to a long
and vexing episode that has
been existing and done much
to thwart the council's busi-
"I think that it set a prece-
dent to all other things that
we are now guided by. I think
all and sundry should be glad
that this chapter has come to
closure and we can work
together and do the work that
we are mandated to do," he
As a result of the contro-
versy at the City of Freeport
Council, Mr Williams said a
Bill is being considered for
the amendment of the Local
Government Act to address
some of those grey areas that
were mentioned by Justice
He said one of the areas
was the council's inability to
change its chief councillor.
"That is being addressed and
several other areas, but par-
ticularly that one," he said.
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By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
Directive will give
trmn the Bahamas "a
tremendous opportunity" to
reposition and grow its finan-
cial services industry through
deposit and debt business from
European retail clients, an inter-
Snational tax planning expert
Richard Hay, who is head of
the London Private Capital
Group, told the Nassau Con-
ference on financial services
that the Bahamas was not
impacted by the EU initiative,
unlike traditional competitors
such as the Cayman Islands and
' British Virgin Islands, which as
UK Overseas Territories would
feel its effects when it came into
effect on July 1 this year.
Because the Bahamas was an
independent sovereign nation,
Mr Hay said it had a "unique
advantage" compared to its tra-
ditional Caribbean offshore cen-
tre rivals, since it would not be
forced into automatic cross-bor-
der exchanges of tax informa-
tion on non-resident accounts.
The EU Savings Tax Direc-
tive commits all EU member
countries to exchange informa-
tion on all non-resident savings
accounts with their owners'
home tax authorities. Howev-
er, Switzerland (a non-EU
member), Luxembourg, Aus-
tria and Belgium secured an
exemption from exchanging
information, and will instead
impose a withholding tax on
non-resident savings account.
Not only did this bringing the
Organisation for.Economic Co-
Operation and Development's
Global tax planning expert says Savings Tax
Directive gives financial services sector
'tremendous opportunity' to capture deposit
and debt business, plus paying agency role
(OECD) 'harmful tax practices'
initiative to a grinding halt, as it
undermined its 'level playing
field' concept but, according to
Mr Hay, it has provided the
Bahamas with a chance to dif-
ferentiate and redefine its finan-
cial services industry.
Mr Hay told the Nassau Con-
ference it would be able to
attract deposit and debt busi-
ness from high net worth Euro-
pean individuals, in addition to
capturing paying agency busi-
ness from European banks.
However, given the initiatives
that were launched against the
Bahamas and other offshore
centres in 2000 by, the Euro-
pean-based OECD and its affil-
iates, which were largely
sparked by "jealousy" at low-
tax jurisdictions' ability to
attract business away from high
tax European countries, Mr
Hay warned the Bahamas about
pursuing this business too
aggressively and overtly.
Mr Hay, who advised the for-
mer FNM administration on its
response to the OECD initia-
tives, said: "You need to be a
little bit careful about how you
exploit this, but certainly there
is a very big opportunity for you
Yet Mr Hay warned that the
key to the Bahamas' future'
growth was securing access to
the major onshore banking and
capital markets, through most
of Bahamian institutions' trans-
actions took place and were
cleared, and high net worth
clients in OECD and other
He added: "The key deter-
minant of your success in going
forward is to secure and main-
tain market access."
Although tax neutral plat-
forms such as the Bahamas
were "an essential lubricant in
the global economy", OECD
states could hamper their mar-
ket access through tighter
reporting and regulatory
requirements, plus use of Con-
trolled Foreign Companies
Mr Hay suggested that with
the OECD "on the back foot"
over its 'harmful tax practices'
initiative, now was the time for
the Bahamas and other offshore
centres to strike a deal. In
return for agreeing to negoti-
ate tax information exchanges, a
demand he said would not go
away, Mr Hay said the
Bahamas should seek "the roll
back of obstacles" to continued
See TAXING, Page 3B
By 1JEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
The man behind the $4.5 bil-
lion MOON Bahamas resort
project told The Tribune it was
"100 per cent on track" to
complete feasibility studies and
hand them into the Govern-
ment by the end of 2005.
Michael Henderson, chair-
man of RJH Holdings, said:
"Everything is on track. You'd
appreciate that there's a lot of
work to do, but we're going
through the process and we're
100 per cent on track."
Work on the feasibility stud-
ies began in December 2004,
after MOON Bahamas gained
a Memorandum of Under-
standing with the Government
allowing it to proceed with its
work, and these are expected
to take eight to 12 months to
Mr Henderson said: "By the
end of 2005 we want to have it
[the feasibility studies] 100 per
cent finished and into govern-
He added that the MOON
Bahamas project was "work-
ing out better :than anticipat-
ed", as his company and its
variety of consultants started
to "put down" the details and
work out numbers. ;'
Mr Henderson said tlhefr
were 15 different elements to
the feasibility studies for the
resort project, which consists
of five man-made islands off
Grand Bahama's northern
coast, near Queen's Cove and
within 15 minutes of Grand
Bahama International Airport.
Apart from examining the
economic, social and environ-
mental impacts from the pro-
posed resort, Mr Henderson
said other studies would also
focus on elements such as
cruise ships and the airport.
"Each one will be quite in
depth; it's not just a couple of
lines," Mr Henderson said.
"We're in the middle of putting
it all together. We will have all
the answers, not just some of
He explained that Grand
Bahama International Airport
would require an extra termi-,
nal to service the aircraft type
and frequency of international
flights that would bring tourists
to MOON Bahamas.
Mr Henderson said British
Airways and Virgin, the two
See HOTEL, Page 2B
Tribune Business Editor
*Securitisation legislation and
completing the review of the
,External Insurance Act are at
the forefront of the Govern-
ment's legislative agenda for
financial services in 2005, the
minister of financial services
and investments said yesterday.
told delegates to the Nassau
Conference that apart from
those two initiatives, the Gov-
ernment was also focusing on
enacting regulations to support
the Domestic Insurance Bill, a
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10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 10.00 10.35 10.00 0.000 0.800 NM 7.80%
0.60 0.40 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.00 -0.103 0.000 NM 0.00%
43.00 28.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 41.00 2.220 0.000 19.4 0.00%
16.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 13.00 14.00 13.00 1.105 0.810 14.6 6.93%
0.60 0.35 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.35 -0.103 0.000 N/M 0.00%
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Fund Name NAVY YTD% Last 12 Months DIv $ YIeld %
1.2060 1.1509 Colina Money Market Fund 1.205953'
2.1191 1.8944 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.1191 ***
10.2648 10.0000 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 10.2648"*-.
2.1746 2.0012 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.174583**
1.0848 1.0823 Colina Bond Fund 1.084821""
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00 YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price
52wk-HI Highest closing price In last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidellit
52wk-Low Lowest closing price In last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week
Change Change In closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported eamings per share for the last 12 mths
Dally Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid In the last 12 months NIM Not Meaningful
PIE Closing price divided by the last 12 month eamings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100
AS AT DEC. 31, 2004/* AS AT DEC. 31, 2004
AS AT JAN. 14, 20051** AS AT DEC. 31.,20041 AS AT DEC. 31, 2004
Private Trust Comp
finalising the regim
the operations of a
tional Arbitration C
the Bahamas, and fi
review of the Financ
porate Services Pro
Together with pre
Bahamas to stay at t
of private wealth m
in the financial servi
The minister add
Bahamas needed "to
its competitors, and
"a clear definiti
Bahamas brand", tt
meant had partners
Board (BFSB) and
sector research to r
former's five-year st
for growing the indi
to make clear "w
should be doing bus
initial research had
private wealth ma
the foundation upo
industry was built -
business held contii
tial to grow the Bahb
The North Ameri
continued to remai
tive market, with
growth" in high net
viduals and ultra hig
next five years.
South America and
private wealth ma
markets that the Ba
needed to target, giv
were also likely to
growth. However, sl
markets needed to
e to govern
ial and Cor-
on said the
led that the
o define and
I to develop
on of the
ed with the
d a private
ustry. It had
siness in the
n whicn the stood and any move into them
al services had to fit in with national objec-
showed this tives.
nued poten- Bahamian banks and trust
amian econ- companies, the minister added,
had told her that their head
ican region offices viewed this nation as the
n an attrac- leading private wealth manage-
"significant ment centre in the region, and
worth indi- the branches and subsidiaries
gh net worth here would be responsible for
ed over the growing the business.
Mrs Maynard-Gibson said
libson said the need to differentiate the
China were Bahamas form rival onshore
anagement and offshore centres was critical
ahamas also due to the different areas that
yen that they financial institutions saw growth
enjoy major coming from.
he said these She said research had shown
) be under- that more than 30 per cent of
companies in financial services
expected growth to come organ-
ically from their existing busi-
ness; more than 20 per cent
expected to grow by winning
clients from competitors; about
17 per cent expected growth to
come from new private wealth
management clients; and about
11 per cent expected growth to
come from greater use of inter-
Mrs Maynard-Gibson said
the Governmebnt also recog-
nised that new products had to
work in conjunction with ser-
vice delivery to make the
Bahamian financial service
Hotel (From page
industry more competitive.
The key, she added, was to
deliver financial services in "an
affordable, convenient and effi-
cient manner", which would
involve streamlining the
Bahamian regulatory regime
and wide consultation on train-
ing and development. Expertise
also needed to be developed to
help clients who wanted to use
the new product lines.
"It is important that persons
employed in the sector be pro-
vided with the necessary skills,
including career development
courses and training both in the
Bahamas and in company
offices abroad, to meet the
changing needs of potential
clients. Only in this way will
we achieve excellence in wealth
management," Mrs Maynard-
Efficiency and service deliv-
ery at the Registrar General's
Department was also set to
improve through the comput-
erisation and digitisation pro-
gramme, with the Central Bank
of the Bahamas "in the process
of finalising the platform" by
which payments can be made
over Internet for its services.
SShe promised that deeds and
documents deposited with the
Registrar General's Depart-
ment would be returned within
a week of their arrival.
UK-based airlines, had already expressed interest in adding direct
flights to Freeport if MOON Bahamas ever became reality, but
there was currently not enough room at the existing terminal to
RJH Holdings had also contracted Arup, a UK company, to
work with the Bahamas Environment, Science and Technology
(BEST) Commission on the environmental impact assessment
Mr Henderson also said his company was in the process of setting,
up an office on Grand Bahama.
The MOON Bahamas project is set to be financed from the
cash flow generated by $33 million of real estate sales, with four of
the five man-made islands set aside for condominium sales.
This has generated criticism in some quarters that Mr Henderson
is aiming to finance the project from land speculation involving
islands that have yet to be built, with others regarding the project
as too large, grandiose and too good to be true.
However, the RJH Holdings chairman is pressing ahead with his
venture. Apart from the real estate component, MOON Bahamas
will include a 12,000 suite hotel, casino, entertainment, restaurant,
convention and sports facilities, plus docking terminals for a max-
imum of 10 cruise ships.
P.O. Box N-4378
TEMPORARY POSITION AT
Kingsway Academy High School is in need of a qualified
teacher immediately until the end of the Easter Term
for the following subjects:
* Art and Crafts
* Food & Nutrition
* Needlework Sewing
Successful applicants must:
Be born again Christians, with minimum
qualifications of a Bachelor's Degree in the
appropriate subject areas
Have a valid Teacher's Certificate
Be familiar with the B.J.C. and B.G.C.S.E.
s Have excellent communication Skills
Have high standards of morality
Have a love for children and learning
Be willing to participate in extra curricular
Applications can be collected from
Ms. Kelcine Hamilton
Academy Affairs Manager
The Business Office, Bernard Road
T -i 34-630
Prime Minister. Perry Christie's government
is committed to financial services
I BUSINESS I
THE TIBUN I U~~LJA, r~fIIUBUSINESS3
No 'alarm' on
Ad" -i -a.~ w 0m A
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By NEIL HARTNELL Western Hemisphere, Mr Tariff (CET) all CSME mem-
Tribune Business Editor Archer said CARICOM com- bers would be obliged to enact.
panies would be more likely to The CET is to apply to all
Opening up target Bahamian industries that imports that originate from out-
Bahamian served the international com- side the CSME.
industries to munity, as there was less risk The CET's tariff rates range
firms from oth- and larger profits to be had. from 0-40 per cent, with the
er member And Mr Archer pointed out average being around 17 per
states in the Caribbean Single that Article 33 worked both cent, with the Bahamas' tariff
Market and Economy (CSME) ways, giving Bahamian-owned rates currently lying between 0-
could enhance their competi- companies, whose size had been 210 per cent, with an average
tiveness and generate increased, "circumscribed" by the size of of around 25 per cent. As a
investment, the Bahamas' the domestic market, access to a result, Mr Archer said that
Ambassador to CARICOM is six-million strong consumer adopting the CET would result
arguing, in addition to providing base in the CSME rising to 14 in lower government revenues.
overseas opportunities for million if Haiti joined. In addition, under the CET
Bahamian companies. And Mr Archer said: "There tariff rates applied to different
Leonard Archer, writing in a is another reality that Bahami- goods were different from those
paper on the CSME and this ans must face. It is a fact that in the Bahamas.
nation's international trade rela- the sectors in the economy that In this nation, while agricul-
tions, said that even if the are reserved for Bahamians tural products had a zero to low
Bahamas adopted Article 33, only have not performed as well tariff rate imposed upon them,
which requires it to remove all as even the Bahamians would they suffer the highest rates
restrictions on CSME-based have liked, under the CET.
companies establishing them- "It is therefore possible that if However, Mr Archer reas-
selves in this nation, it should some of these sectors were sured that the Bahamas would
be no cause for "alarm" and opened to foreign investment be able to negotiate tariff reduc-
should benefit the Bahamian and competition, not only tions to bring it in line with the
economy. would the sectors expand, but CET over time.
Mr Archer argued that firms the expansion would also He said that if the Bahamas
from other CARICOM states induce more Bahamians to was required to adopt the CET
would be unlikely to be inter- invest in those sectors of the immediately upon joining the
ested in industries that served economy." CSME, it would lose between 8-
the domestic Bahamian econo- Mr Archer added that the 10 per cent of the revenues cur-
my, due to the relatively small "most important" economic rently generated by customs
size of its 307,000 population. impact from the Bahamas join- duties, which in 2002 would
Although this ignores the fact ing the CSME would be on its have amounted to a $60 million
that the Bahamas has the third import duties taxation regime, hole.
highest per capita income in the due to the Common External But Mr Archer alo pointedd
Taxing (From page 1B)
market and client access. He explained that the reason look straight through the firm
He added that information the Bahamas appeared on so- and the income generated from
exchange was "inevitable", the called individual country black- it, attributing this to the tax-
only unknowns being when this lists produced by the likes of payer as an individual on a cur-
would happen and how it would Venezuela was because this rent basis.
be shaped. However, the nation simply offered a more The Mexican legislation was
Bahamas' fiscal neutrality and competitive tax system for designed to force its citizens to
"fiscal clarity" were its great investors.
"value propositions" to clients. Among the initiatives Latin
Mr Hay explained that American nations with these l k JPMOR(
although onshore states, such blacklists had undertaken to B AUA
as the US, had created tax neu- make offshore centres less (0ArlV
tral platforms and concessions attractive were withholding tax-
involving certain products, there es on payments going to these
were "lots of traps at the edges" nations, plus tighter regulatory
surrounding them that made and audit scrutiny.
these nations unattractive for Mexico was one country that
international tax planners such had introduced CFC legislation
as himself. There was also the in 1997 to make the Bahamas J.P. Morgan Trust Con
possibility that tax rules in off- and other offshore centres less
shore centres could change. attractive, something Mr Hay assistance towards the
Mr Hay added: "My reflex is said was likely to have hit this degree program at an
to go for the offshore centre nation "like a ton of bricks",
where you don't have those CFC legislation was applied Studies must be in the
traps at the edges. That is your to Mexicans who- controlled a Management or Busi
, weapon to fight against tax neu- foreign company, and enabled
,; tral platforms onshore." that country's tax authorities to
25ft. WhiteWater W/Twin 2003
Yamaha 150HSP, Engines
i:200 Gallon Fuel Holding Tank
All new guages, -c
Moving Map System
Outriggers (Not Shown)
Overall Boat and Engines are A 10
New Bottom Paint
Brand New Trailer
Price $45,000.00 All offers considered.
Tel: (242) 363-1270 or 457-0852
As a corporate citizen
Bahamian local econc
to assist in the further
J.P. Morgan Trust Coi
Bank, is an offshore f
Criteria & Condition
1. The candidate music
be verified by emp]
2. Candidate must haN
3. A high school gradi
4. The candidate to ob
to the Human Resoi
5. Candidate must ma
6. A copy of the colleq
three to five weeks ,
7. The candidate cann
8. The candidate must
9. The candidate to be
pursuing full time s
10. Only Bahamian ci
11. Application may t
out that under the Free Trade
Area of the Americas (FTAA),
which the Bahamas is also nego-
tiating to join, all tariffs will be
abolished, meaning that the
Government would need to find
an alternative taxation regime
to replace the $600 million gen-
erated annually by customs
Mr Archer said that even
without the pressures imposed
by free trade talks, the Bahamas
would need to find an alterna-
tive to customs duties as the
chief means to finance the Gov-
ernment, as figures for the peri-
od 1995-2000 showed the
national debt increasing despite
rises in customs duties and rev-
He added: "There is yet
another reason for the Bahamas
to consider an alternative tax
Manufactured goods consti-
tute approximately one third of
the Bahamian economy, with
services being the other two
"It is somewhat irrational (in
economic terms) to tax only a
third of your economy, while
leaving the most prosperous
two thirds untaxed. A sales or
value added tax would have the
advantage of having the taxes
spread over the entire econo-
create companies in onshore
centres, but Mr Hay said recent
changes to the CFC legislation
"provides an opportunity for
the Bahamas" provided that the
company to be taxed does not
GRIMER INTERNATIONAL LTD.
In Voluntary Liquidation
Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (4)
of the International Business Companies Act, 2000, GRIMER
INTERNATIONAL LTD., is in dissolution, as of February 4th,
International Liquidator Services Inc. situated at 35A Regent Street,
P.O. Box 1777, Belize City, Belize is. the Liquidator.
TEMPLE CHRISTIAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
1 Spanish Teacher (Grades 1-6)
1 Teacher's Aide
A. Be a born-again practicing Christian who is
willing to subscribe to the Statement of Faith
of Temple Christian Schools.
B. Have an Associates and or Bachelor's Degree
in Education from a recognized College or
University in the area of specialization.
C. Have a valid Teacher's Certificate or Diploma.
D. Be willing to contribute to the school's extra
Application must be made in writing with a full
Curriculum Vitae, a recent coloured photograph and
thr efereces should be sent to
Temple Christian Schools
GAN TRUST COMPANY
mpany (Bahamas) Limited seeks to offer a four (4) year scholarship
e tuition of a Bahamian student, who has been accepted in a Bachelor's
international accredited institution or at The College of The Bahamas.
e related business fields of Accounting, Finance, Corporate Law,
, J.P. Morgan Trust Company's goal is to make a positive impact on the
omy through contributing by means of offering this scholarship award
development of a young Bahamian pursuing a career path in the financial
mpany (Bahamas) Limited, a subsidiary of J.P. Morgan Chase Private
inancial institution with over 30 years of combined operations in the
t be from a family of combined financial income of $50,000 or less (to
ve passed at least 5 BGCSEs with grade passing of C and above.
eating grade point average of 3.0 or above.
tain a copy of high school transcript from the school, sealed and address
urces Manager at J.P. Morgan Trust Company.
intain a college grade point average of 3.0 or above.
ge transcript must be submitted to Human Resources Manager within
at the end of each school year.
lot be an immediate family member of J.P. Morgan Trust Company.
t be "drug free" throughout the entire enrollment period.
offered summer employment with the bank (June-August) whilst
citizens are eligible to apply.
be obtained from the office of J.P. Morgan Trust Company, 2nd Floor,
I Center, Shirley & Charlotte Sts. Deadline is March 31st, 2005.
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PAGE 4B, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2005
ESTATE OF IRENE MAYCOCK
a.k.a IRENE MAJOR MAYCOCK
NOTICE is hereby given that all persons having
claims or demands against the above-named Estate are
requested to send the same duly certified to the undersigned
on or before the 4th day of March, 2005.
AND NOTICE is hereby also given that at the
expiration of the time mentioned above, the assets of the
late IRENE MAYCOCK a.k.a IRENE MAJOR
MAYCOCK will be distributed among the persons entitled
thereto having regard only to the claims of which the
Executors shall then have had notice.
MICHAEL W. HORTON
Attorney for the Executors,
The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture
is now registering for the fourth (4th)
Session of the National Youth Leaders
Certification Programme, schedule to
commence on Tuesday 22nd February,
The Ministry invites all interested Youth
Leaders or Youth Workers to pick up
application forms from the Ministry's
Headquarters on Thompson Boulevard,
Ministry of Education Building 2nd Floor,
West Wing, Monday Friday between the
hours of 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
For further information please contact Mr.
Gregory Butler, Assistant Director of Youth
at telephone numbers 502-0600-5.
, .5 .'.
Hotelier of the Year Paul D. Thompson, C.H.A., proudly displays his Cacique Award with Raquel Horton, Miss Bahamas. The Bahamas Hotel
Association Award was presented at the Ministry of Tourism's recent 9th Annual Cacique Awards ceremony in Grand Bahama.
Lyford Cay Club chief
is Hotelier of the Year
The Bahamas Hotel Associa-
tion (BHA) has toasted Paul D.'
Thompson, CHA, who serves
as managing director for -iWf6 'w&e'hnd.
Lyford Cay Club, as its Hotelier Mr Thompson joins a list of
of the Year at the ninth Annu- outstanding hoteliers selected
al Cacique Awards ceremony by their peers to receive this
held in Grand Bahama this past national annual honor since it
NOTICE is hereby given that FREDRICK LAZARRE,
CARMICHAEL ROAD, P.O. BOX CB-12277, NASSAU,
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send
a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight
days from the 8TH day of FEBRUARY, 2005 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
EXXONMOVIL CHINA TARIM BASIN
Creditors having debts or claims against the above-named
Company are required to send particulars thereof to the
undersigned c/o P.O. Box N-624, Nassau, Bahamas on or
before 25th February, 2005. In default thereof they will be
excluded from the benefit of any distribution made by the
Dated the 7th day of February, A.D., 2005.
16945 Northchase Drive
Houston, Texas 77060
EXXONMOBIL CHINA TARIM BASIN
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:
(a) EXXONMOBIL CHINA TARIM BASIN GAS LIMITED is
in dissolution under the provisions of the International Business
Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said Company commenced on the 4th
day of February, 2005 when its Articles of Dissolution were
submitted to and registered by the Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said Company is Ms. Gail Huff, of 16945
Northchase, Houston, Texas 77060, U.S.A.
Dated the 7th day of February, A.D. 2005. ... .
HARRY B. SANDS, LOBOSKY MANAGEMENT CO. LTD.
Attorneys for the above-named Company
was established by BHAAn:
"We are pleased to present
Paul with this well-earned dis-
tinction" stated BHA president
Earle Bethell. "His commit-
ment to operational excellence
is a benchmark for all of us in
the industry. He has served the
industry and the broader com-
munity well, recognising that
important link between the suc-
cess of his hotel, and his con-
nectivity to the community. For'
that we are most appreciative."
Mr Thompson has held the
position of Managing Director
for the Lyford Cay Club since
1983, having brought with him
extensive experience in hotel
management at properties in his
native Canada, as well as in
In 1990 he became a Certi-
fied Hotel Administrator
(CHA), a credential awarded
by the American Hotel & Motel
Association to those with the
experience and proven ability
to excel at the senior manage-
Commenting on his long-
standing love of the industry,
Mr. Thompson said: "Ever since'
I entered the hotel business 35
years ago I have loved it with a
passion, hospitality is in the very
core of my being. I believe the
enjoyment of this business is in
my blood because my grandfa-
ther's family owned and oper-
ated an Inn in England which
was built in 1734 and it is still
operating, so I suspect it is just a
part of me.
."The most exciting part of the
industry is the people the team
you get to work with, the lead-
ers and guests you meet from
throughout the world, and the
interaction you get with your
colleagues and the communi-
As managing director for the
exclusive Lyford Cay Club, Mr
Thompson oversees an 88-room
property with cottages that
includes 16 food and beverage
outlets, an 18-hole golf course,
tennis operation, yacht Harbour
and facilities, a beauty salon and
spa, fitness centre, IT depart-
ment and the Club has its own
reverse osmosis, sewage treat-
ment plants and Irrigation Sys-
Strong emphasis is placed on
providing guests at the mem-
bers-only facility with the high-
est standards of service.
During his tenure Mr Thomp-
son introduced Total Quality
Management to all depart-
ments, trained staff in each area
to offer the highest level of
benchmarked international ser-
vice, and in the process moved
the property to a top five-star
Cititrust (Bahamas) limited, a subsidiary of Citigroup, a
leading financial institution with a presence in over 100 countries and
over 100 million customers worldwide,
is seeking candidates for the position of
Global Wealth Structuring forms the Citigroup international offshore
trust companies servicing non U.S. high net worth clients in Bahamas,
Cayman Islands, Switzerland, Jersey Channel Islands, New Jersey and
Singapore. Products target wealth preservation around fiduciary structure.
The Technology Department supports all locations and local applications
of the business.
Production support of software for key application.
Provide application support technically to the business which
includes the detection and resolution of issues.
Assist application support Project Managers where
Interfacing with the information security management
Management of risk and assist in coordination of audit.
SQL and Oracle programming and/or DBA experience, Visual
Basic, Citrix, Crystal Reports, Net, Win2K, Web technologies,
MS Office applications, DBMS knowledge, programming skills
in a windows environment.
Strong oral and written communications skills.
Interfacing with the business, internal and external vendor
management, and bug tracking.
Influencing and leadership skills.
Historic programming experience with languages and web
2-4 years DBA hands-on programming experience.
Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science or equivalent experience.
Interested candidates should forward a copy of their resume to:
Technology Unit Head
Cititrust (Bahamas) Limited
P.O. Box N-1576,
Fax: (242) 302-8732 OR
Deadline for application is February 6, 2005.
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Financial Service Company
Accounting Experience or
Associates Degree Required.
Send resume to:
Human Resources Dept.
P.O. Box SS-19051
Legal Notice ..
(Company number 47,895B)
An International Business Company
(In Voluntary Liquidation)
Pursuant to Section 137(4) of the International Business
Companies Act, 2000 notice is hereby given that the voluntary
winding-up and dissolution of the Company commenced on
the 7th day of February, 2005 and that Pine Limited of
Devonshire House, Queen Street, P.O. Box N-8176, Nassau,
Bahamas has been appointed Liquidator.
Dated this 7th day of February, 2005
FIDELITY CAPITAL MARKETS LIMITED
A MEMBER OF THE FIDELITY GROUP OF COMPANIES
Fidelity is seeking to employ an
ASSISTANT SECURITIES TRADER
3 years experience in the financial service industry
Bachelors Degree, preferably in Finance, Banking or Accounting.
Canadian Securities, Series 7 or International Capital Markets
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Excellent analytical skills
Proficient in the use of spreadsheet and database software
Primary Job functions
Provide market quotes and market information to clients.
Execute security trades
Manage client relationships
Conduct research on companies
Active monitoring and reporting of capital market developments
Remuneration & Benefits
Attractive salary and performance bonus
Group medical and pension plan
Interest subsidies on employee loans
Please forward cover letter and resume to;
Fidelity Group of Companies
P.O. Box N-4853, Nassau, Bahamas
Attention; Human Resources Manager
Deadline: February 15, 2005.
f 1 BAIC Building National Insurance Board Bldg. Administration Bldg. Marsh HarbourAbaco:
i East Bay Street Freeport, Grand Bahama Hatchet Bay, Eleuthera Domestic Inveslment
P.O.Box N-4940 P.O.Box F-42672 Telephone: 335-0416 Officer Enar Cornish
I Telephone: 322-374013 Telephone: 352-1888 Fax: 335-0420 Telephone: 367-066
Fax: 322-2123 Fax: 351-2235 Fax: 367-0067
Nichols Town, Andros: Domestic Investment Officer: Alphonso Smith: Telephone: 329-2833: Fax: 329-2207
New Entrepreneurs: Big Dreams
Small Business Management Seminar
Dear Business Owner/ Entrepreneur: Ger Ready! Get Ready! Get Ready!
Now is the time to invest in your dreams! The Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial
Corporation, (BAIC), will conduct a three day Small Business Management
Seminar in the Staff Development Room at The Bahamas Technical and
Vocational Institute Tuesday February 22 through Thurday February 24,
2005 in the evening 6:00p.m. to 9:00p.m.
The seminar will teach you how to establish and successfully operate a small
business. Learn how to keep the business going and the money flowing. The
seminar will cover the following areas:
* The Mechanics of Operating a Small Business in the Bahamas, including
Accounting and Record Keeping.
* Selecting a Legal Entity for your Business or Organization.
* Insurance Protection for the Small Business.
* How to construct a Viable Business Plan.
* Marketing and Priomotion Strategies to Build a Business Based on
Invest in your future. This is your opportunity knocking! Reach for your share
of the economic pie. Investment: $85.00.
NAME OF BUSINESS_
TELEPHONE FAX_ P.O.BOX_
NO. OF EMPLOYEES PRODUCT/SERVICE
PLEASE INDICATE THE METHOD OF PAYMENT:
Please contact BAIC's head office (242) 322-3740-3 to confirm your
attendance or fax the completed application as soon as possible to Mrs.
Jodine Brown at (242) 328-6542 by Friday, February 18th, 2005. Persons
can deliver the application together with the payment.
Crop and Livestock Farmer's Market
Bacardi and Carmichael Road
Friday, February 11th and Saturday,
February 12th, 2005.
Please contact Mr. Arnold Dorsett, or
Miss .Lynette Forbes at BAIC's head
office (242) 322-3740-3
Look for our upcoming:
Agribusiness Forum and Trade
Dates and Times will be advertised
This Three Day Event is Designed to:
Showcase the Success Stories of
Businesses in the Industry: Increase
Public Awareness of the Opportunities
available in the Sector: Capture the
Interest of Potential Entrepreneurs.
NOTICE is hereby given that NELSON JOSEPH OF
TREASURE CAY, ABACO, BAHAMAS, is applying to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 1ST day of FEBRUARY, 2005 to the Minister
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Twins are making double
time in new environment
tory over the Star Trackers
Track Club at the 2nd annual
Star Trackers-Star Perform-
ers Track Classic on Satur-
Club Monica Athletics,
preparing to host their own
meet this weekend at the
Thomas A Robinson Track
and Field Stadium, accumu-
lated a total of 530.50 points,
compared to the Star Track-
The Road Runners Track
Club came in a distant third
with 339.50. A total of nine
clubs and five schools partici-
pated in the one-day meet.
There was a real battle
between Club Monica and
Star Trackers as they split the
six divisional titles in the boys
and girls combined team scor-
Individual winners in the
various age group divisions
were spread around. Here's
a look at the most outstanding
1-8 Bria Sands (Striders) -
18 points. Sands was second
in the 100 (16.14) and won the
9-10 Rachel Knowles
(Striders) 22 points.
11-12 Sparkyl Cash (Spir-
it of Excellence) 28 points.
She won the 100 (12.33) and
13-14 V'Alonee Robinson
(Club Monica) 28 points.
She was second in the 100
(12.52) and won the 200
(26.02) ,and long jump (1.52
jump (4.74 metres).
17-20 Euna6 Wright (Spir-
it of Excellence) 21 points.
Won the long jump (5.06
metres) and was fourth in the
triple jump (10.46 metres).
1-8 years Darius Major
(Road Runners) 20 points.
Won the 200 (33.71).
9-10 Jenero Knowlesl
(Road Runners) 26 points.
Won the 200 (31.17) and 400
11-12 Devaughn Fraser
(Striders) 28 points. Won
the 200 (27.56).
13-14 Derek Wong (Club
Monica) 24 points. Won the
high jump (1.47 metres); got
second in the 100 (12.40) and
third in the 200 (25.54).
15-16 Arthur Gregory
(Unattached) 20 points.
Won the shot put (10.95
metres) and discus (28.25
17-50 Ramon Miller (CR
Walker) 20 points. Won the
800 (2:00.76) and 1,500
Other outstanding athletes
at the meet were:
Kellie Rolle from Star
Trackers, winner of the girls'
13-15 100 (12.42) and second
in the 200 (26.32).
Christina Badmus from
Bahamas Speed Dynamics,
winner of the under-17 girls'
800 (2:28.82) and 1,500
T'Shonda Webb, Speed
Dynamics, won the open
women's 100 (11.71); Tyrice
Curry, CR Walker, won the
open women's 200 (25.70)
and Lashea Rolle, CR Walk-
er, won the open women's 400
Alexandria Oembler, Club
Monica, won the open wom-
en's 100 hurdles (15.05) and
Michelle Cumberbatch (Club
Monica), won the open wom-
en's 400 hurdles (1:05.00).
Tracy Morrison, Club Mon-
ica, doubled up in the open
women's shot put (12.74
metres) and javelin (38.04
metres), while Sasha Fergu-
son, Club Monica, won the
open women's discus (36.03
Lavardo Smith, Ambas-
sadors, won the open men's
100 (10.20); Von Wilson,
Speed Dynamics, won the
open men's 200 (21.92) and
Jamaal Moss, Ambassador,
won the men's open 400
Kenton Taylor, Club Mon-
ica, won the open men's 110
hurdles (15.51) and Ednal
Rolle, Speed Dynamics, won
the men's 400 hurdles (53.48).
Jamahl Strachan, Club
Monica, won the men's high
jump (1.95) and Durrel
Williams, Ambassadors, won
the men's triple jump (14.15).
Renaldo Clarke, Speed
Dynamics, won the men's
shot put (11.68); Rashan
Forbes (Unattached), won the
men's discus (32.19) and
Ricardo Symonette, unat-
tached, won the men's javelin
* By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
TWIN sisters Crista and
Crystal Strachan are making
their adjustments at Long Island
The 400 and 800 metres spe-
cialists respectively have had to
endure the "chilly" weather and
the adjustments to the "bank"
track, but the 18-year-old fresh-
men have been holding their
own for the Blackbirds.
Assistant coach Simon Hod-
nett, who is responsible for the
sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers,
noted that the Grand Bahamian
duo are coming along very well
in their new environment.
"Indoor season is totally new
to both of them because they
have never ran indoors before,"
Hodnett stressed. "So as long
as we can keep them healthy
and positive, the outdoor season
should be particularly strong for
"They have gotten a lot
faster, but I think they are
becoming a little frustrated with
indoors because they haven't
seen the results they want. But I
think they will do very well for
Hodnett, who assists head
coach Julie Sandiford at LIU in
Brooklyn, New York, said
adjusting to the cold weather
and the training facilities has
taken its toll on the freshman
"It's not just them. Most of
my freshmen that I've had, have
had to deal with the same prob-
lem," Hodnett stated. "But I
think they will do well."
This weekend at the New
Balance Collegiate Invitation-
al in New York, Crystal won
her heat of the women's 500
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BAIN WIN AGAIN
Quarter-miler Andretti Bain, who is attending Oral Roberts
University, won another 400 metre race over the weekend.
Bain, a graduate of St John's College, clocked 49.26 seconds to
win the race at the JD Martin Invitational in Norman, Okla-
* DUO AT HUSKER INVITATIONAL
Chafree Bain, a student at the University of Alabama, threw
the women's shot put 45-feet, 1/2-inches for ninth place at the
Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational at the Bob Devaney Sports
Centre in Lincoln, Nebraska.
At the same meet, Donnavette Martin, competing for South-
west Missouri, cleared 35-feet, 83/4-inches for 12th place in
the women's triple jump.
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metres in one minute and 17.83
seconds. That put her in fourth
place overall. A total of 18 com-
But when she competed in
the 200, Crystal suffered a ham-
"It ain't as bad as when I tore
the other one before we had the
break," said Crystal, who was
competing in her first 200 on
Saturday. "It's feeling a lot bet-
ter since I pulled it. I could
stand up and I don't feel it."
Despite the injury, Crystal
said she's feeling very good.
"That was the first time that I
got some results," she noted.
"Before the break, I had
sprained my left hamstring
because I wasn't used to run-
ning indoors. But the meet
before this one, I ran 58.53 and
I felt I could have ran faster."
Crista, on the other hand,
competed in the 400. She was
third in heat 12 in 59.27 for 55th
overall in a field of 84 competi-
Although she didn't have a
good weekend, Crista said she's
had to get used to the change in
weather and the early classes.
"Everything else is nice. My
coaches are nice. We go to a lot
of meets, so that's good," she
Crista admitted that running
indoors for the first time, she
noticed that the air inside is
completely different, but she's
making the best of it.
"I stick with my sister a lot.
She's my best friend right now,"
For. Crystal, making the
switch from training outdoors
to indoors was mind boggling
because of how she had to plan
her race from start to finish.
"It's a total mind game
because the 400 is two laps and
not just one indoors, so at first I
felt like I was running the 800,"
she revealed. "But now it feel
like I'm running the 400. So I'm
really trying to position myself
properly on the inner side of
While they have been mak-
ing an adjustment on the track,
the twin sisters have also been
performing exceptionally well
in the classroom. Crystal had a
3.0 grade point average, while
Crista was 3.4.
This weekend, the Blackbirds
will be back in action as they
compete in the Northeast Con-
ference Championships in Lan-
If all goes well, Crystal is
scheduled to compete in the
500, while Crista is entered in
the 400. They are also expected
to compete on the Blackbirds' 4
x 400 relay teams as they try to
improve on their second place
finish last year.
"We have three more
indoors, excluding the indoor
nationals in March, if they qual-
ify," Hodnett noted. "We're
very pleased with the way they
are performing right now.
"We just have to make sure
that they stay strong and
healthy because they are com-
ing into a new programme and
it's totally something different
from what they are used too."
Jeremy is raising
the Barr in Texas
* By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
JEREMY BARR, who went to the United
States three years ago having never played
organised basketball, is now one of the most
highly rated high school players in the state of
Through the Frank Rutherford Foundation,
Barr has emerged as the player to watch with
the defending TAPPS 5A champions West-
bury Christian Academy where he starts at
He has already been bombarded by more
than 30 colleges trying to lure him into their
NCAA programme on an athletic scholarship.
His guardian in the US, Frank Rutherford,
said they are going to take their time before a
final decision is made on where the 6 foot 8,
260-pounder will end up in August.
"When he came here, the goal was to get
him to become a skilled basketball player as
well as to get him academically acclimated for
one of those major basketball scholarships."
As Barr winds down his high school tenure,
Rutherford said he is now proficient to gradu-
ate from, what he calls, his "Jackson Five"
programme with honours.
Last week, Barr, a native from Andros,
received his results, which showed that he
scored a 930 on his SAT exam, well above the
780 he needed because of his 2.7 grade point
"Every single one of those objectives that I
set out for Jeremy, have been met," Rutherford
Already, schools like Oklahoma State, the
University of Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Texas
A&M, University of Colorado, Nebraska, Uni-
versity of Arizona, Arizona State, University of
South Carolina, Marquette, North Carolina,
Kentucky, Ohio State, Purdue, Maryland,
Wake Forest, Auburn, Cincinnati, Iowa State,
St John's, Georgetown, Virginia Tech and
Florida State have put in their bid for Barr to
"When Jeremy first came into my pro-
gramme, he was a 1.6 GPA and he never
played any type of basketball," reflected
Rutherford, indicating that within the next two '
weeks or so, they intend to trim down the list of
"Today, he's one of the top high school bas-
ketball players in the country. He's even been
scouted by three NBA teams Charlotte Bob-
cats, Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks -
with the view of being drafted."
Barr is just one of three Bahamians that are
currently involved in Rutherford's programme.
Ian Symonette is making his mark in football
and Dwight Miller just recently joined in to
"For the three of these young men, they
have made the adjustments," Rutherford
declared. "Everybody gets home sick, but the
adjustments for these kids, as far as changing
environment, has been a pleasant one.
"I think the biggest adjustments for all of
them was coming into the US system and learn-
ing the way how they do their academics. They
have adjusted very well."
And Rutherford said they have been a nov-
elty wherever they go.
"Everybody loves their accent and their man-
nerisms," he stated. "I think the Bahamian
discipline has worn off very well on them.
"The teachers and the students go the extra
mile in helping them because of their man-
Symonette is ranked as the number one
offensive tackle in the state of Texas and num-
ber two in the United States, based on the lat-
est Pre-Season All-American rankings for the
"His recruiting is going crazy," said Ruther-
ford of Symonette, who has already been
offered a scholarship from USC, Oklahoma,
LSU, Texas, Miami, Arknasas, Tennessee,
Michigan and Texas.
When Symonette went to Houston last year,
he weighed 389 pounds and couldn't bench
press 135 lbs or squat 225 lbs. But six months
later, Rutherford said Symonette has slimmed
down to 339 lbs, benches 300 and squats 600.
Miller, on the other hand, is a 6 foot 7, 14-
year-old who just joined Rutherford's pro-
gramme in January.
"He's only been here a month, having never
played any type of organised basketball,"
Rutherford noted. "But he can do everything
that Kobe Bryant and Tracy McGrady can do
with the basketball.
"He has a very nice shooting touch. In less
than a month, he's learned so much and he's
now the star of the junior varsity team. Jeremy
is the star of the varsity team."
Miller, according to Rutherford, is now the
buzz in Houston, averaging 16 points, 23
rebounds and eight block shots per game.
On Sunday, after he watched the Los Ange-
les Lakers play the Houston Rockets, Ruther-
ford said Miller got a chance to meet his
Bahamian idol, Mychal 'Sweet Bells' Thomp-
son, a commentator for the Lakers.
Rutherford said Miller was also amazed that
he was taller than Bryant and just as tall as
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Junior Sports Reporter
THE Prince William Falcons flew away with the
first game in the Bahamas Association of Indepen-
dent Secondary Schools (BAISS) junior girls best out
of three championship series yesterday.
Falcons defeated defending champions St Andrews
This is the third time the two teams have met
each other in the championship round for the title
the Hurricanes blowing past the Falcons for the
crown in the previous two.
For coach Hattie Moxey, securing the first win in
the series was important, something she preached
iQto players before the game.
She said: "Yes it is very- important to win the
game, especially after the performances last year.
'N"We played this team last year for the title,
coming in with a blemish free win-loss record and
lost two straight games to the Hurricanes, we can't
afford to do the same thing this time around. Once
bitten twice shy.
"Our team is much better man-to-man, I can put in
any five players and we can beat them."
The win brought them a step closer to their first
championship title, after coming into the previous
Series with perfect win-loss records.
The Falcons trio of Shantara Brown, Aneissa Light-
A bourne and Alexis Maycock were on fire oi their
team, having a combined score of 51 points.
Brown, who is usually the leading scorer for the
Falcons, banged in 14 points, 12 of which came in the
final five minutes of the game.
The game's top scorer was Lightbourne, having
scored 23 points, eight steals and three assists May-
4 fcock chipped in with 14 points, eight rebounds and five
After falling to the Hurricanes last year for the
championship, the Falcons had vowed that they would
win game one.
Brown said: "Our coach told us to keep playing
defence and press the ball, making sure that they don't
"I think I played pretty good, I am expecting to
bring my 'A' game to the gym to ensure that we do seal
this championship title."
....The Falcons outscored the Hurricanes 17-3 in the
first quarter and 19-6 in the third quarter.
By this time the scoreboard read 45-18, but the
....... Hurricanes weren't about to give up.
.. Lead by their key player Kristian Rolle, the Hurri-
canes came fighting back, slowly chipping away at the
427 point lead.
.....Rolle had added three more steals to her total of ten
A4 4 in the third, swiping the ball away from Maycock. The
Steals were converted into six points for the Hurri-
Acanes, the only points they scored in that quarter.
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4.Atheir overall third quarter score, but missed each
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Jade Strachan and Jacqueline Carey's lay-up
A A: ...attempts rimmed out of the basket.
According to head coach Herman Maycock, jitters
....- got the better of his team.
."The girls came in and played a little scared today,
......4A;7...A.' we only have one player returning to the champi-
onships, so all of this played a big factor," said May-
........"Knowing the team, we are going to try our best, we
are the defending champions and we still have to
defend a title. The game isn't over until the last second
is off the clock."
The best of three series will continue on Wednesday
at Sir Kendal Isaacs gym.
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'The perfect wedding ring'
*,By NICOLA PACIOTTA
he perfect wed-
ding ring is
there such a
to Tarek Vander-
pool, jewellery supervisor at
John Bull, "yes, but it's based
on the person who has to wear
it:and the circumstances sur-
rounding the purchase. You
give it value."
The perfect wedding ring is
all of four things: durable,
beautiful, affordable and sym-
bolic. The ring a perfect cir-
cle still symbolises unending
love and a marriage lasting for
an eternity; the engagement
ring represents the promise to
commit to the marriage.
Jeff Cooper, A Jaffe, Tacori,
Cartier, Oliva, and Tiffany are
names which represent some
of the most stylish and popular
fashions in jewellery for brides
For the ladies, new, ornate
rings with details at every
angle, 'tremendous filigree'
and romantic designs are grow-
Is there such a thing?
ing-in popularity. Rings are
being designed to become heir-
looms, and in the process no
part of the ring is left unfin-
Trends for women's wedding
rings have more or less
remained the same, with per-
haps a few more diamonds in
the band of the ring. If a cou-
ple cannot afford a band of
diamonds, they may purchase
an eternity ring later on to
mark a milestone in the mar-
riage or to reaffirm the com-
Says Ms Vanderpool: "In the
'bling era', a lot of people are
going for eternity bands (more
diamonds); and for the very
rich, coloured diamonds, par-
ticularly yellow diamonds"
may occasionally be seen in an
engagement ring or wedding
Naturally coloured dia-
monds are a very rare com-
modity and it shows in their
price. A fancy yellow diamond
ring could cost as much as
On the other hand, Ms
Susan Millar of Solomon's
Mines notes that "as a catego-
ry, men's jewellery is growing;
men want to be modern, adorn
themselves, show their per-
sonalities, more so today than
They tend to like plain
bands, with simple designs or a
few diamonds on the ring.
They want bands with very
architectural designs; not
trendy; very classic, that will
stand the test of time and be
wearable every day, so they
may turn to a brushed finish
with a polished edge or unusu-
ally cut and placed diamonds
for uniqueness and timeless-
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PAGE60, UESAY, EBRARY 205 TE TRBUN
* By NICOLA PACIOTTA
There is a bleach-
ing culture in
ety, so much so
that US distribu-
tors now advertise in the beau-
ty section of the Bahamas' yel-
It used to be Palmer's, Eso-
terica, Symba, Ambi, Artra,
Nadinola, Topiclear and
Topgel. Now, add to that list
Movate, Metasol, Dermovate,
Black Opal, Dermclair, Fair
and White, African Beauty,
Venus de Millo, 55H+, Ger-
micida Roldan, Idole, Body-
clear, Lexus, Tropesone, Black
and White, SkinLite, B-Lite,
DermaFade, Crusader, Neo-
prosone, Lemonvate, Mercury,
Omic, etc., etc., etc.
These brands represent only
a small portion of the more
than 50 skin bleaching and
fade creams available at cor-
ner drugstores, beauty salons,
wholesale suppliers and even
Dr Herbert Orlander, a local
dermatologist, says: "Hundreds
of Bahamian women, g9yer the
years especially, within, the
last 10 years- suffer from the
fallout of these particular
bleaching creams. It sends the
physician 'up the wall'." He
warns: "These young people
need to realise that severe
injury to;the skin and body sys-
tem is an outcome."
Once begun as a simple way
to fade or brighten uneven skin
tones, discolorations, scars or
marks on the face, bleaching
creams are no longer used .to
fade the occasional dark spots,
but 'darkness' or pigmentation
altogether. And they are being
abused 'on a regular' in com-
munities of black/ Caribbean
women, including in the
Bahamas. Accessibility is not
an issue, as many of the creams
are affordable at less than $10
But having to purchase them
is not a deterrent. Today,
women create their own
'batch' a reportedly fatal
combination of steroid bleach-
ing creams, household bleach,
hair relaxer and toothpaste.
Speaking of a diabetic lady
-who bathed herself in this
'batch' every day, from head
to toe, Dr Orlander says: "I
can't even tell you what hap-
pened to her, it was just
Steroid facial bleaching
creams risen to popularity
since the 1980s are used
Caribbean-wide and are pro-
duced in diverse countries,
including Belgiuni England,
JanamaieaF,-ce, Cge d'Ivoire,
Nigeria, Stzerlai aiti and
the Dominican Republic.
Mostly distributed out of
Europe and North America
(South Florida) and the
Caribbean islands, these
bleaching products are being
manufactured by. companies
who, many times, have no
In an article by Merrick A.
Andrews, a Jamaican journal-
ist in Montserrat, a Ministry of
Health spokesperson in
Jamaica noted that the com-
panies manufacturing the
products often change product
names, make more than one
product and distribute directly
to small or street vendors. This
makes them hard to locate and
people have no recourse when
the damage is done.
Dr Orlander believes the
root of the bleaching problem
is a serious lack of self-worth in
"Rarely would you find a
person who started this acci-
dentally, and usually the
women say they do it because
of the skin, they are absorbed
with the same effect as oral
steroids into the bloodstream."
Once a person starts bleach-
ing the skin, unless they dis-
continue early on, they will
find themselves in a vicious
cycle of reapplication.
"At the beginning is an
extreme loss of pigment. But
when the pigmentation in the
skin returns, it comes back
with a vengeance and the skin
is discoloured to very, very
black," says Dr Orlander.
"These young people
need to realise that severe
injury to the skin and body
system is an outcome."
-Dr Herbert Or
'they can't get the job they want This,it would'appear
or the man they want and that total opposite of the
'mango skin' women get all the intention and is what le
attention or look better." an unending cycle of ab
Apart from self-esteem The destruction of me
issues, it is simply reported as which gives skin its colo
'the in thing to do' and often it protects it from ultraviol
is begun because 'it's the style.' of the sun leads to cell
"And in this age of 'metro- tion and bodily changes
sexuality', you find that even of which result further i
the men are using it," he adds. ous types of cancers in t]
The active ingredients in and other parts of the b
steroidal face creams include According to Dr Or
a potent corticosteroid. "the side effects of ble
Dr Orlander explains: the skin are not just
"When applied to wide areas they're systemic, meaning
, is the
withdrawal, decreased self-
esteem, anxiety and depres-
"Not only does it cause seri-
ous bodily damage, but women
reported that prior to use, they
once had clear skin and sub-
tinued use over the large sur- sequently ended up with resis-
face areas of the body limbs, tant, steroid-induced acne," he
trunk, face, upper body can said.
cause cardiovascular problems, "Many of them had flawless,
for example, high blood pres- beautiful, black, ebony skin,"
sure; exacerbated or provoked says Dr Orlander.
diabetes; peptic ulcers; mood Steroidal bleaching creams
alteration; psychosis; pancre- can cause acne in people who
atitis; trunkal obesity (waist never had it. The creams con-
and below) and the develop- tain a steroidal compound
ment of facial hair in a woman which multiplies the problem.
who never had it before." "And acne is a problem that's
He says other side effects hormone-driven...the treat-
occur with sun exposure, like ment should not be cosmetic,"
phototoxic dermatitis, or emphasises Dr Orlander.
extreme redness and irritation Unfortunately, women apply
resulting in scarring and per- the creams, acne occurs, and
manent papules on the face, they try to conceal it with pore-
neck and lower body. The skin .clogging make-up, thereby
is easily burnt and bruised tripling the damage.
because it becomes atrophic An important question
and is extremely thin; it takes lingers: how will the public
much longer to heal even a gain control of this far-gone
scratch. problem? Perhaps to outlaw
"A great number of the products is the first thing.
men," .Dr Oela!er t5ld Ti- Inspite of previous warnings
bun health, "report uInpig tly bt. Bahamas Ministry of
'S iiarks wbitodiscontmue thepa
hei iti di1ay peopl still ub-
thing that is a new occurrence scribe to it. Demand really dri-
even to the dermatologist." ves supply in this case and sup-
Existing fungal infections, pliers perpetuate the 'addic-
including ringworm, are tion'.
masked and then violently What can the average,
appear at a later date. Occur- informed person do to help?
rences of cataracts in the eye "Pass on the message of the
and glaucoma have been damage being done" to those
linked to the abuse of bleach- who do abuse it. And if you're
ing creams. not sure if they are, Dr Orlan-
In his practice, Dr Orlander der says "one can always tell
has observed that the end from the back of the hands,
result of topical bleaching where skin tends not to
preparations being applied bleach...they will have very
excessively over time is social dark knuckles."
The sweet life can make you fat
THERE has been a lot of
talk to remove sodas and
sweet drinks out of the school
Although selling sodas and
sweet drinks can be good rev-
enue for tuck shops, lunch and
street vendors these kinds of
beverages can also be detri-
mental to the health and well
being of our children and
According to research pub-
lished in the United States,
those who drank just one serv-
ing of soda or fruit punch a
day gained weight more
quickly than those who drank
less than one soda or fruit
punch a month.
Those who drank more
sweetened drinks i.e. drinks
sweetened either with sugar
or high-fructose corn syrup
also had an 80 per cent
increased risk of developing
type 2 diabetes. Along with
decreases in physical activity
and increases in consumption
of other high calorie foods,
high intakes of sodas and oth-
er sweetened drinks are con-
tributing to the rapidly rising
rates of obesity in children.
Obesity increases the risk
of serious disorders, including
diabetes and heart
disease. The sugar contained
in sodas is carcinogenic, and
the acidity can erode
teeth. Additionally, the caf-
feine content of some bever-
ages can contribute to behav-
ioral problems in children at
school as well as in other set-
Remember the old saying,
"an apple a day helps keep
the doctor away", well it
seems that "a soda a day or
other sweetened drinks pro-
motes diabetes and weight
gain". Diabetes and obesity
represents twin epidemics and
is on an alarming incline here
in the Bahamas.
What is high-fructose corn
High fructose corn syrup
(HFCS) is a variety of corn
syrup found in many foods
and beverages on the grocery
store shelves. HFCS is pri-
marily found in two ways
HFCS 55 which is 55 per
cent fructose and is used to
sweetened beverages and
HFCS 42, which is 42 per cent
fructose and is used to sweet-
en mostly baked goods.
Even though fructose (sug-
ar that occurs naturally in
fruits) is used to make up
HFCS they are quite differ-
ent in their structure and in
uses in the food supply.
HFCS 42 is popular in
canned fruits, condiments and
other processed foods which
need mild sweetness that
won't mask natural flavours.
Sweeter HFCS 55 can be
found in sodas, fruit drinks,
ice cream and frozen desserts.
HFCS is a processed food
and like any processed foods it
can create problems. When
sugar is consumed in high
quantities as "liquid candy"
(HFCS in processed drinks
and foods), unused amounts
are stored as fat cells. Instead
of burning this energy, seden-
tary children and youth store
more and more of it, and
that's why they're getting fat-
HFCS, also known as added
sugars, is added to foods in
processing or preparation and
is not found naturally.
In summary, intake of a lot
of foods high in added sugars,
like sodas and other sweet
drinks, is of great concern.
Consuming too many calories
from these foods may con-
tribute to weight gain or low-
er consumption of more nutri-
tious foods. Limit your use of
these beverages and foods.
Drink water to quench your
thirst, and offer it to children.
We know that there are
many factors relating to the
increase rates of obesity and
diabetes, ranging from genet-
ics, total food consumption,
social issues and physical
We also know that research
is showing a link between
sodas other high sweetened
drinks and obesity. Therefore
one simple way to address this
serious problem could be to
cut the amount of sodas and
other sweetened drinks and
to ban sodas and other sweet-
ened drinks from the envi-
ronment of all schools in The
Ring (From page 1C)
notced another trend: "Men look for
two-toned bands, like white and yel-
\ low gold, to follow the trend in watch-
's ...they like to match their watches.
And they may do a lot of work with
their hands, so they want something
sturdy and not too fancy."
As for sturdiness, titanium is the
latest, greatest metal for men's rings.
It is very high tech and lightweight, a
durable and resistant metal which
cannot be melted or moulded like
Titanium is rigid and can be treated
with electricity to form other colours
such as a glossy black, blue or yellow
"The ring is extremely sturdy, so it
should be a good fit, not falling off,
but not too tight to be immovable,"
notes Ms Vanderpool.
Mrs Millar says: "The commercial-
isation of jewellery...ard weddings...is
a recent thing, attributable to the
development of society in the last 50
She emphasised how the large
industry of wedding rings has
spawned from this phenomenon;
when jewellery became attainable to
the general public, as opposed to just
the elite of the late 1800s or early
"Getting married is big busi-
ness...unlike when my grandmother
might have worn just a simple silver
band," she says.
For durability, Mrs Millar indicates
that platinum is still the metal of
choice. "Platinum is the Rolls Royce
of noble metals," she said.
Consumers continue to demand it
because "it symbolises the best of the
best and is associated with elite
things." Designer Jeff Cooper has
been quoted as saying "platinum
makes it perfect."
Judging by the demand of this met-
al as wedding ring material, this could
very well be the case. What's more,
platinum lends itself to customisation.
Being three to four times as expen-
sive as gold, its price represents its
longevity. But for those who are
unable to afford it, a look of platinum
without the expense of platinum is
white gold. Yellow gold, 14 or 18
carat, is the more popular selection
for traditional Bahamians.
Says Ms Vanderpool, with regard to
preference, cost and size: "Young
couples (here) will most commonly
choose white or yellow gold. The
industry rule of thumb says three
months' salary, but most of my clients
will spend an average of three to five
thousand." The traditional band size
for men is a 6mm band, and a 4mm
band for women.
"Entry level rings can range any-
where from $90 to $90,000, but the
average price," according to Mrs Mil-
lar, "is $500 to $1,500 for plain yellow
gold bands and $1,500 to $3,000 for a
The typical cut of a diamond in a
wedding ring is a princess (square)
cut, but these jewellery experts have
seen an increase in demand for octag-
onal and emerald cut diamonds. With
the latter, the surface area is larger,
making the stone appear bigger -
often a very appealing feature for the
And for the engagement ring, a
round brilliant cut diamond solitaire
still wins favour with brides-to-be. In
the last few years, there has been
more experimentation with addition-
al precious stones like rubies, sap-
phires and emeralds to accentuate the
diamond centre stone.
By all accounts, traditional and con-
temporary style still fuse at 'platinum
and diamond' rings. Mrs Millar adds:
"The three-stone ring, signifying past,
present and future, has come full cir-
Diamond companies, like De
Beers, have done a good job of
reminding us over the years that 'dia-
monds are forever'. As the gem with
the highest rating of 10 on Mohs scale
of relative mineral hardness, it is the
hardest and most durable precious
stone to date.
This characteristic sells it as the best
choice of gem in a wedding ring. The
diamond, as is hoped the marriage,
will last a lifetime.
LIGHTEN UP & LIVE HEALTHY
PAGE 6C, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2005
But dermatologist warns about
of usin particular bleaching
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Creating a healthy
and safe workplace
The workplace has a powerful influence on the health of workers.
When people feel healthy, they are more satisfied with their work and
more productive. Notably, millions of working days are lost each year
because of ill health. As a result, billions of dollars are lost to employers.
It is therefore particularly important for employers to acknowledge the
need for, and to ensure that a safe and healthy environment is provided
for everyone including visitors to their worksite. This article focuses
on one aspect of the workplace that frequently contributes to poor
health workstation ergonomics. Several tips have been included, to
aid workers in the prevention and resolution of such factors.
Last week's article
tors in the work-
place that must
when employers are seeking
to ensure that the health and
safety of employees are
secured. Among the factors
highlighted were: the use and
handling of equipment and raw
materials, including the con-
trolled use of hazardous sub-
stances, structural safety, first
aid, fire protection and
ergonomics. Also highlighted
was the fact that the physical
and emotional status of work-
ers affects many aspects of
their work, including produc-
made that employers pay
attention to a number of envi-
ronmental factors that affect
the health and safety'of their
workers. Included were tem-
perature, ventilation, noise lev-
els and lighting, dust and
fumes, hygienic sanitation,
washing and rest facilities to
aid in maintaining the health
and safety of their employees.
must bear in mind that, aside
from the general health con-
cerns of the workforce, some
workers are more vulnerable
or prone to suffer ills from
adverse work conditions.
Such persons include the dis-
abled, pregnant women and
those working on construction
WHY manage stress?
Stress may increase your
blood pressure and your
heart rate. This can damage
the artery walls and lead to
plaque build-up. Stress can
also lead you back to bad
habits like smoking and
overeating, The following
Stress-Busters can help you
reduce your stress:
1. If you have something
really important you must
get done, block out time on
your calendar. Try not to
schedule anything else dur-
ing that time.
2. Write down your
thoughts and feelings. 3.
Think of waiting time as free
time. Read a book, write let-
ters, or just relax.
4. Do one thing at a time.
Don't try to eat, watch TV
and talk with your family all
5. Talk out your problems
with a counselor or a trusted
friend. 6. Plan ahead. Buy
before you run out, fill up
the gas tank when you still
have a quarter tank.
7. Remember that some
tasks need to be done per-
fectly, and others just need
to be done.
8. Don't forget to take a
break for yourself each day.
9. Do something you
enjoy every day.
Source: Doctors Hospital
THE Cancer Society of
the Bahamas meets at
5.30pm on the second Tues-
day of each month at their
Headquarters at East Ter-
race, 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-
The Bahamas Diabetic
Association meets every
third Saturday, 2.30pm
(except August and Decem-
ber) @ the Nursing School,
Grosvenor Close, Shirley
Doctors Hospital, the
official training centre of
the American Heart Asso-
ciation offers CPR classes
certified 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
CPR and First Aid class-
es are offered every third
Saturday 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
meets @ 16 Rosetta St,
Monday-Friday and Sun-
day, 6pm-7pm & 8.30pm-
9.30pm, and on Saturday,
10am-llam & 6pm-7pm &
8.30pm-9.30pm; @ Sacred
Heart Catholic Church,
Shirley St, on Friday at
insightful information (tips) on
how to prevent and resolve
work-related injuries associat-
ed with ergonomics to ensure a
Repetitive Strain Injury
(RSI) is becoming increasingly
widespread as persons spend
more time using computers.
The condition affects the hands
and arms resulting from the
use of computer keyboard and
Repetitive strain injuries
occur from repeated physical
movements doing damage to
tendons, nerves, muscles and
other soft body tissues. This
can be a serious and very
painful condition that is far
easier to prevent than to cure
once contracted, and can occur
even in young physically fit
It is not uncommon for peo-
ple to have to leave comput-
er-dependent careers as a
result, or evepnto be, disabled
and unable to perform tasks
such as driving or dressing
themselves. The major con-
tributing factor to this condi-
tion is failure to address
ergonomics issues related rel-
evant to health and safety with-
in the workplace.
The term "ergonomics" is
derived from two Greek
words: "ergon", meaning work
and "nomoi", meaning natural
laws. Ergonomists study
human capabilities in relation-
ship to work demands.
In recent years, ergonomists
have attempted 'to define pos-
tures which minimise unnec-
essary static work and reduce
the forces acting on the body.
All persons could significantly
reduce their risk of injury if
they would adhere to the fol-
lowing ergonomic principles:
All work activities should
permit the worker to adopt
several different but equally
healthy and safe postures
Where muscular force has
to be exerted it should be done
by the largest appropriate mus-
cle groups available.
Work activities should be
performed with the'joints at
about mid-point of their range
of movement. This applies par-
ticularly to the head, trunk,
and upper limbs.
A challenge to conventional
ergonomic thinking is that in
order to put these recommen-
dations into practice, a person
would have to be a skilled
observer of his or her own joint
and muscle functioning and
would have to be able to
change his or her posture to a
healthier one at will.
No-one develops this sort of
highly refined sensory aware-
ness without special training.
Therefore, in order to derive
the benefits of ergonomic
research, we must learn how
to observe our bodies in a new
way. Any attempt to improve
workplace conditions can have
only limited success if this issue
Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
is becoming increasingly
widespread as persons spend
more time using computers.
The condition affects the hands
and arms resulting from the
use of computer keyboard and
mouse. Repetitive strain injuries
occur from repeated physical
movements doing damage to
tendons, nerves, muscles and
other soft body tissues.
Incorrect working posture
can cause musculoskeletal dis-
orders affecting the neck, back,
shoulders, arms and fingers. If
a worker feels any discomfort
whilst working they must ASK
themselves: Am I sitting com-
fortably? A properly adjusted
chair will reduce the strain that
one puts on their back. One
should be able to alter the
height, back position and tilt
of the chair. They must also
ensure that the knees are level
with the hips. In order to pre-
vent back injury, one should
be sitting up straight while at
their desk. If the chair is not
providing enough back sup-
port, try using a rolled-up tow-
el or cushion until a position
that's comfortable is found -
then adjust the chair accord-
Once the chair is correctly
positioned, take a look at the
feet. Are they flat on the floor?
If not, one might want to con-
sider getting a footrest. This
will relieve any pressure on the
joints and muscles. It's impor-
tant that individuals avoid
crossing their legs or sitting
with one (or both) legs twisted
Once a comfortable sitting
position is secured, check the
positioning of the computer.
Guidelines suggest that the
monitor should be positioned
about 12-30 inches away from
your eyes. A good guide to
positioning is to place the mon-
itor about an arm's length
away. The top of the screen
should be roughly at eye level.
In order to achieve this posi-
tion you may need to get a
stand for your monitor. This
does not need to be anything
fancy a pile of books will help
to elevate the screen to the
Ideally your computer
screen should be as glare-free
as possible. This may mean
positioning the monitor so that
overhead lighting and sunlight
are not reflecting on your
screen. Experiment with your
monitor until you find the best
position. You may need to
move your desk slightly or
close the blinds/curtains. If
glare continues to be a prob-
lem, try using an anti-glare
screen. You should also exper-
iment with the screen settings
on your monitor. Adjusting the
brightness or contrast could
make a big difference.
Position frequently used
objects such as your tele-
phone or stapler within reach-
able distance from your body.
It's important to avoid repeat-
edly stretching or twisting to
reach things. Positioning items
within easy reach will help to
avoid overusing your arm,
shoulder and back muscles.
If you spend a lot of time on
the telephone, you may want
to consider exchanging your
handset for a headset. Repeat-
edly cradling the phone
between your ear and shoul-
der can strain the muscles in
Whilst sitting at the key-
board, keep the wrists in a
straight position when using a
keyboard they should not be
bent up, down or to either side.
Your elbows should be posi-
tioned vertically under your
shoulders. Using a wrist rest
may help you to avoid awk-
ward bending of the wrists.
Position and use the mouse
as close to the body as possible.
Aim to have the elbow verti-
cally under your shoulder and
right by your side. A mouse
mat with a wrist pad will help
to keep the wrists straight and
avoid awkward bending. Try
learning some keyboard short-
cuts to cut down on the
amount of time spent using a
TAKE A BREAK! Try to
alter your working day st that
you don't spend all your time
at your computer. If your job is
mainly computer-based be sure
to take regular breaks. For
every hour at the keyboard,
take at least five to ten min-
Rest your eyes look away
from the screen and focus on
something in the distance for a
few seconds. Try doing some
gentle exercise to help relax
the muscles and clear your
mind. If you experience any
pain or discomfort at your
desk, stop what you are doing
and take a break. If you are
regularly experiencing aches
and pains at work, discuss
them with someone who is in a
position to help you resolve
them. If symptoms persist seek
help from a healthcare profes-
For additional information
on health and safety in the
workplace be sure to read part
three of this article in this
newspaper in a few weeks time
when we take a look at
addressing work-related stress.
You may also contact Dr
Evaneth McPhee, at telephone
502-4733 or visit the Resource
Centre at The Health Educa-
tion Division of the Ministry
of Health Headquarters -
Meeting Street or by calling
502-4763 or 502 2839
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As was stated in last week's
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be working on a building site
for his or her job to affect his
or her health; even the more
sedentary occupations can be a
risk. Conditions such as Repet-
itive Strain Injury (RSI),
headaches, carpal tunnel syn-
drome, stress, and back and
.eye problems can affect all
workers in ways of which many
are not aware.
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all be avoided if workers are
aware of the causes and do
their best to minimise them.
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