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Title: The Tribune
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Publication Date: February 22, 2005
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Volume: 101 No.76 ISDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2005




Former Attorney

General speaks out on

illegal immigration

Tribune Staff Reporter
INEFFICIENT law enforce-
ipent ii' the past is in part
responsible for the extensive
ilftgal immigration problem the
Btahimias faces today, it was
claimed yesterday by a former
Attorney General.
, Speaking on what he sees as
the inability of authorities to
capture illegal immigrants with-
in a short time after they arrive
in the Bahamas, Paul Adder-
ley, chairman of the Bahamas
Constitution Commission,
called the country's law enforce-
Mient "atrocious and abom-
,,Mr Adderley, while address-
iig the question of Bahamian
citizenship for Haitians,
explained that according to
Bahamian law, an individual
born in the Bahamas to a Hait-
ian/Bahamian couple or to two
Haitian parents, has the right
t6 apply for Bahamian citizen-
sTip after he or she has lived in
e country for 18 years.
He said that it has been a fail-
e on the part of police and
gration officers not to find
d repatriate illegal immi-
ants before they start their
es, or their children reach
As a guest on yesterday's
ues of the Day radio talk
ow, Mr Adderley said that
current situation shows that
'yw enforcement is poor."
.'It should be. more efficient in

collecting'(the parents), and you
have plenty years between birth
and 18 to do that. If they have
been here illegally for 18 years,
something is wrong with your
law enforcement, it's atrocious,
it's abominable, it should not
happen. The country is big in
many respects, but in terms of
pure numbers it's not that
"If you can't deal with it in
one, two, in five years, then
there is something wrong with
law enforcement, police and
immigration," he said.
Speaking with The Tribune
yesterday, Assistant Director of
Immigration William McDon-
ald conceded that the Depart-
ment of Immigration needs
more manpower to increase
their efficiency, but said that in
his view the problem of illegal
immigrants is not an insur-
mountable one.
The former Attorney Gener-
al emphasised that the problem
of illegal immigrants is "100 per
cent" the responsibility of the
He explained that when the
Constitution of the Bahamas
was written more than three
decades ago with the provision
to give Bahamian-born individ-
uals citizenship after 18 years,
authorities had been aware of
the problem of illegal immigra-
tion, but could not have fore-
seen that the problem would
achieve the level it has today.
SEE page 11



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Man charged with attempted armed robbery

* CYSHAE STRACHAN outside of court yesterday.
(Photo: Mario Duncanson)

A 20-YEAR-OLD man was charged in
Magistrate's Court yesterday in connec-
tion with the robbery of a Village Road
store where the owner turned a shotgun on
one of three men attempting to rob his
premises and shot him in the neck.
American/Bahamian Cyshae Strachan,
of 11 Montagu Avenue, appeared in Mag-
istrate Maralyn Meers's court yesterday
in connection with last Friday's raid.
Strachan was charged with one count
of attempted armed robbery, one count
of possession of an unlicenced shotgun
and one count of conspiracy to commit
armed robbery while concerned with oth-
He was not required to enter a plea and

was remanded to Her Majesty's Prison
until his preliminary inquiry on May 23.
Strachan was not entitled to bail, but
his lawyer Adrian White appealed to Mag-
istrate Meers that his client be remanded
to Sandilands Rehabilitation Hospital.
Magistrate Meers informed Mr White
that she did not have the power to remand
Strachan to Sandilands but said that she
would make a strong recommendation to
the doctors at Her Majesty's Prison who
will then make the decision whether to
have Strachan remanded to Sandilands.
The man who was injured during the
raid is still being treated for his wounds at
the Princess Margaret Hospital. Police say
they will not release his identity until he is
charged with an offence.
Another man believed to have been
involved in the raid is still on the run.

m imi

Tribune Staff Reporter
AT LEAST thirty traders
have been removed from
-the Straw Market in the past
week for being illegal immi-
grants or failing to have
proper documentation, it
was revealed yesterday.
Inspections for proper
documentation started last
week with Ministry of Trade
and Industry officials requir-
ing vendors to produce a
national insurance card, a
Bahamian passport, birth
certificate, and an up-to-date
business licence.
A number of stalls have
been closed since the checks
for failing to have the cor-
rect documentation to trade
or live in the Bahamas.
Ministry officials say that
SEE page 11

$8,4n redundancy

for affected Royal

Oasis workers
GOVERNMENT has agreed
to pay $8.4 million in redun-
dancy to affected workers of the
Royal Oasis Resort in Freeport,
Minister of Works Bradley
Roberts, Chairman of the Cab-
inet select sub-committee has
announced in response to the
concerns of the redundant
This will happen on the con-
dition that employees assign
their redundancy benefits to
government as it waits for the
outcome of the final decision as
to what will happen with the
"Upon agreeing to assign
your redundancy benefits, the
Government proposes to pay
immediately as all parties agree
as to what that number is for
each individual employee, 25
per cent of whatis. due to you,
immediately; in 90 days another
25 per cent, and the remainder
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Government sat on its



water crisis

AFTER the air we breathe,
water and food are the next
two absolute essentials to sustain human
life. Not only do we need water to drink
at least eight times a day every day, we
also need it for a host of other things
including sanitation, agriculture and
The residents of New Providence have
had a problem with their potable water
supply for decades and as development
has progressed it has got worse.
As far back as the Fifties it was recog-
nised that the well fields on this island
could not meet the demands of its grow-
ing population.
The UBP government constructed a
desalination plant at Clifton which,
together with the wells, was expected to
take care of the island's water needs for
the then foreseeable future.
It was a grand experiment but it did
not work for long, even though a similar
system in Aruba was reported to be suc-
Some people said the problem was
with the high salinity of our seawater
and others claimed the technical specifi-
cations were not met.
So it was back to the wells, reverse
osmosis and barging water from Andros.
Now New Providence cannot do with-
out Andros water for long and even with
the new reverse osmosis plant that is still
likely to be the case.
In a matter as serious as the supply of
water, citizens have a right to expect that
the government would have adequate
arrangements in place to ensure the sup-
Nobody can control hurricanes and no
government can guarantee that whatev-
er system is in place will not break down
from time to time.
But a prudent government would have

"In a matter as
serious as the supply
of water, citizens have
a right to expect that
the government
would have adequate
arrangements in place
to ensure the supply."

in place contingency plans so that in the
event of a breakdown the public would
not have to suffer for too long. Further-
more, just as there are back-up plants
for electricity at certain places, there
should be similar arrangements for water
supply when emergencies loom.
Hospitals, clinics, essential government
ministries and departments including

prisons and police headquarters must
remain in operation at all times, includ-
ing times of emergency.
It is terrible that the children in our
public schools are exposed to serious
health risks because of water shortages
but at least the schools can be closed.
Other essential services cannot be shut
down even for a day.
Prime Minister Perry Christie and his
ministers know all this but it appears
that in typical fashion they have sat on
their hands for months while the water
situation worsened.
No wonder an official of the Water and
Sewerage Corporation has admitted that
the public has been let down.
It is unthinkable that the minister
responsible, Water and Utilities Minister
Bradley Roberts, was not kept constant-
ly informed as the crisis developed. Per-
haps he was preoccupied with other mat-
ters and therefore unable to respond
* *

A story on the front page of The
Tribune's business section last
week reported that the government had
turned down a proposal for a pipeline

"It is terrible that the
children in our public
schools are exposed
to serious health risks
because of water
shortages but at least
the schools can be
closed. Other
essential services
cannot be shut down
even for a day."

to bring water from Andros to New
Minister Roberts was quoted as say-
ing that the risks involved in this pro-
ject would be "too high" and then he
made the extraordinary statement that
the proposal was considered "ahead of
its time".
Mr Roberts owes the Bahamian people
better than that.
If The Tribune's report is accurate, the
government was not asked to take any
The project would be financed by pri-
vate capital and the water sold to the
government at a rate below what it is
paying now for reverse osmosis water.
Where's the risk?
This is the same government that is
threatening to allow really high-risk pro-
jects for the regasification and piping of
liquified natural gas to Florida.
These projects would expose The
Bahamas to unprecedented security
They would, also.expose our delicate
environment to huge, risks that would
come with dredging up the ocean floor
and laying LNG pipelines around,
through or under coral reefs.
What does Mr Roberts mean by
"ahead of its time"?
This is not some new philosophy that is
being proposed to a bunch of backward
people. We are talking here about tech-
nology, and Mr Roberts ought to know
that in that area what seems ahead of
its time today will be commonplace

Also in The Tribune's business
section last week was a story
calling for a review of the government's
decision to enter into a contract with
Consolidated Water for a new reverse
osmosis plant.
According to the report, a proposal

from Biwater International had been rec-
ommended by the Water and Sewerage
Corporation and its consultants as "rep-
resenting the best value" for the country.
Adrian White of Biwater is quoted as
writing to Prime Minister Christie, "We
feel that the full and huge guaranteed
financial benefits to your government of
our bid cannot have been put fully to
you and your Cabinet."
Maybe that is nothing more than dis-
appointment on the part of the unsuc-
cessful bidder.
Then again, there could be more to it
than that. Opposition members of par-
liament should look into this.
* *

L ast week I referred to negative
comments, some from pulpits,
made in connection with the illegal
immigration crisis.
I was plefised to see in The Tribune of
February 14 some enlightened remarks
by Pastor Cedric Moss.
While advocating stiff penalties for
those who hire illegal aliens, Pastor Moss
condemned incitement and called for
"natural justice, mercy and grace"
towards deportees.
I do not always agree with Pastor
Moss, but in this case I have to say:
There is a balm in Gilead!


Russell James and Claire Booth,
the persons responsible for the
website Bahamas Uncensored, formerly
Fred Mitchell Uncensored, are under-
standably sensitive about certain things
and certain people:
But they should not let their loyalties
so blind them that they are unable to
read. They say that in this column of
February 8 I claimed that Ron Pinder
should have resigned after his airport
faux pas. I made no such claim.
In fact, I said some people have con-
cluded that Mr Pinder would make a bet-
ter minister than some now sitting in
cabinet and perhaps that is why there
has been no clamour for his resignation.
As for Mr Pinder's apology, Mr
Mitchell could have told his friends that
there is no such thing as closure in poli-
tics and precious few horses so dead that
they cannot take a little more.whipping.
One might be forgiven for a transgres-
sion but one should not think that it will
be forgotten and never mentioned again.
Just imagine if an FNM politician had
done what Mr Pinder did. Notwith-
standing abject apologies, PLPs would
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Tribune Staff Reporter
THE attorney for murder
accused Andrew McKinney
attempted to convince a jury that
his client is no threat to society
and should be acquitted as he
gave his closing arguments yes-
Dorsey McPhee said this case,
in which his client allegedly
stabbed his life-long friend to
death with a kitchen knife, is not
one about crime or violence on
the streets. He tried to paint a
picture of McKinney not as a
criminal, but as a man who was
provoked to the point of deadly
"Don't punish him for some-
thing you would do... and it was
lawful," he told the five-man, sev-
en-woman jury.
"The situation here is not that
someone died and someone must
pay no. He (the victim) died
for his own stupidity."
McKinney told the court in an
unsworn statement from the pris-
oner's dock that he and his friend,
Dominique St Louis, were drink-
ing and gambling in his yard on
July 26,2002.
St Louis, according to McKin-
ney and three witnesses called by
the prosecution and the defence,
got into an argument with McK-
inney over the game.
The witnesses said after he lost
his money and was not allowed
back in the game, he became
enraged and shouted obscenities
at the group of men still partici-
McKinney told the Supreme
Court that he asked everyone to
leave his yard, but St Louis taunt-
ed him, telling him that he should
try and take him out of the yard.
Witness Damion Bullard said
St Louis started poking McKin-
ney in the face, and telling him
that he would kill him. The wit-
nesses said they encouraged
McKinney to go into his house
to "avoid problems" and he did.
But St Louis followed him into
the house and closed the door.
Shortly afterward, McKinney
came running outside and went
across the street where he asked
Constable 1477 McKinney to call
the police and ambulance ser-
vices, as he had just stabbed his
"His actions that night caused
his death," attorney McPhee
"You cross the line when you
enter a man's home. There is
much doubt that he intentionally
killed him. They were friends."
He said fhe jury, being
presided over by Justice Anita
Allen, could "feel good" about
acquitting McKinney by saying
to themselves: "I understand what
happened. (St Louis) just crossed
the line. The fact that he knew
'Do' (St Louis) doesn't take away
the protection the law gives him."
He said he felt strongly that
the jury would be directed to con-
sider the issue of self-defence, and
be asked to put themselves in
McKinney's position to think
about what they might have done.
"It was the heat of battle and
you must defend yourself. You
can't weigh how much force to
use. It was in his house, and that
goes to his credit."
In closing he told the jurors:
"This is the land of the living;
think about life."
Prosecuting attorneys are San-
dradee Gardiner and Sherita
The jury is expected to deliver
a verdict today after Justice Allen
gives her summary of the case.

Tribune Freeport
Bahama Police have launched
intense investigations into a
murder, suspicious death and
traffic fatality that occurred
over the weekend on the island.
The Central Detective Unit is
actively investigating the mur-
der of 48-year-old Charles
"Charlie" Martin, a car washer,
who was discovered lying in a
pool of blood in front of the
Salvation Army Building
around 9.45pm on Saturday.
Chief Supt Hendrick Nairn
reported that an anonymous
male caller alerted the police,
who went to the scene on West
Mall Drive to investigate.
When officers arrived, the vic-
tim had already been taken by
ambulance to the Rand Memo-
rial Hospital.
At the hospital, officers saw a
man they knew as Charles Mar-
tin of Kings Inn Staff Quarters
on West Mall Drive, being
treated by the emergency team.
Martin, who was in an uncon-
scious state, had sustained deep
wounds to both eyes and a
wound to the back of the head.
X-ray revealed that his skull
had been cracked.
He was admitted to the hos-
pital's Male Surgical Ward,
where at about 6.55am Sunday
he died of his injuries.
Supt Nairn said the matter is
under active investigation by
officers of the Central Detec-
tive Unit. Mr Martin is the
ninth murder victim of the year
in the country.
Police are also investigating
the suspicious death of a man,
who was found by maintenance
workers in Blair Circle, Satur-
day afternoon.
According to police reports,
at about 1.45pm Godfrey Pin-
der ofBahamia Services Com-
pany, contacted the Police Con-
trol Room and reported that he
and a work team had found the
lifeless body of a black male in
the road.
Officers of the Central
Detective Unit were dispatched
to the scene, where they found
a black man wearing a red,
white, and blue T-shirt, gray-
ish coloured jeans with white
socks and red and white tennis.
Police searched the body, but
found no identification. The
man's face was unrecognisable
due to decomposition.
Mr Nairn said that prelimi-
nary examination on the scene
showed no signs of physical
injuries. The body was taken to
Rand Memorial Hospital,
where an autopsy will be per-
formed to determine the exact
cause of death.
Grand Bahama recorded its
fourth traffic fatality for the
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young man in his mid 20's
crashed into a utility pole on
East Sunrise Highway.
Chief Supt Hendrick Nairn
said the accident occurred at
about 11.20pm on Sunday. The
young man was driving a green
Chevrolet Lumina car licence
12186 west on East Sunrise
Highway when he lost control
of the vehicle and collided with
a utility pole.
The concrete utility pole,
which is situated in the median
of the highway in the vicinity
of Freeport Anglican High
School and the old Captain's
Charthouse, collapsed onto the
The victim, who sustained
serious head injuries and mul-
tiple bodily injuries, was rushed
by ambulance to the Rand
Memorial Hospital. Dr Fermo
pronounced him dead at 2am.
The matter is under investi-
gation by officers of Traffic
A tip by the public has led
officers of the Central Detec-
tive Unit to the whereabouts of
13-year-old Melissa Jennings,
who was found at a house on
Lawrence Close on Saturday.
Jennings, a student of St
Georges' High, who left home
on February 9 with a friend,
was reported missing by her
mother Anastacia Watkins of
West Atlantic Drive when she
did not return home for almost
a week.
According to reports, this
was the second time that the
teen had left home.
Last week, police issued an
All Points Bulletin for Jen-
nings, and 19-year-old Nakaya
Stuart, who was suspected of
harbouring, a minor.
As a result of the tip from an
anonymous caller, police suc-
cessfully located Jennings, who

appeared to be in good health.
Mr Nairn said detectives are
continuing inquiries into the
Police are also investigating
an armed robbery by three men
at Weddell Avenue, Saturday
Samuel Rolle, 30, of 15 Fer-
ryhorse Lane, Freeport, report-
ed to police that at about
7.30am Saturday while at Wed-
dell Avenue, he was
approached by three men, who
were armed with a handgun
and ice picks.
He said the culprits demand-
ed cash and robbed him of an
undetermined amount of mon-
ey. During the ordeal, he also
received a small laceration to
the left leg from being stuck
with an ice pick by one of the
Rolle was treated for his
injuries and discharged. The
matter is under investigation
by police.
Police arrested two men over
the weekend after they were
allegedly found in possession
of 95 live rounds of .45 ammu-
nition in a vehicle.
At about 3pm Friday officers
of the Mobile Patrol Division
stopped two occupants of a
1997 Silver Buick car 23339 in
the area of Butler's Specialty
on Yellow Pine Street.
During a search of the vehi-
cle, ammunition was allegedly
discovered under the seat of
the vehicle. A 24-year-old male
resident of 108 Acklins Place
and an 18-year-old male resi-
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IN DEBATING the Rent Control Bill in
the House of Assembly last week, House
Opposition Leader Alvin Smith called,gov-
ernment a negligent landlord. He complained
about the deplorable conditions of govern-
ment schools, and pointed an accusing finger
at the landlord.
Government admitted to the deficiencies in
the schools, blaming the two back-to-back
hurricanes for slowing repairs. Education
Minister Alfred Sears, who is also Attorney
General, told the House that the hurricanes
presented his Ministry with a "unique chal-
lenge". They also challenged the Ministry of
Works, which was stretched to the limit in try-
ing to repair docks, clinics and all of the coun-
try's public utilities, in addition to the schools.
Extraordinary measures had to be taken, he
As a result the Education Ministry has
appointed a special action group in Nassau,
which will. focus exclusively on repairs and
construction of government schools. All con-
tractors, he said, in Grand Bahama, Abaco,
San Salvador, Grand Cay, Eleuthera, and
other islands also have been'mobilised to
take care of the public schools on their
Mr Smith told the House that a few weeks
ago he visited the Eight Mile Rock Secondary
School where-he.inspected that school's sci-
ence laboratory.
"Upon entering those labs, those class-
rooms," said Mr Smith, "you want to runj
right out, you don't want to spend three sec-I
onds in those classrooms because of the
odour that emanates from them." He was
told that the offensive odour came from bats
that live in the roof, pigeons that nest nearby,
and rats.
"So the entire science lab was shut down,"
he said. "The ceiling has been ripped out,
but when I was there no work was being
He thought conditions were such that the
matter should have been addressed "rather
He said he was told that the Ministry of
Works gave someone "a contract a long time
ago, but for some reason work was suspend-
ed and nothing happened." He now under-
stood that someone else was given the con-
tract to complete the work.
However, the day he visited the school
no classes were being taught. The children
were sitting in the auditorium, because teach-

ers had finally taken a stand. "Enough is
enough," they had said.
Having just come out of a hurricane he
thought government's priorities would have
been health care and the schools. However,
he did not see that priority being given to
the schools.
Because their science lab was closed Eight
Mile Rock students could not do course work
for their BJC exams.
In Lewis Yard, there were not sufficient
barriers to prevent students entering a "very,
very dangerous area." The bathrooms of that
school were in such a state that the adminis-
tration would not let the students use them,
he said.
At Martin Town Primary, he continued,
probably six classrooms had been con-
He also saw a "stand-alone" building on
the school grounds. He did not know if that
had also been condemned, but by its appear-
ance it should have been. He reminded the
Minister of his statement that "no student
would be allowed to sit in any condemned
building once it has been brought to their
He pointed out that the condition of the
Martin Town Primary School had been
brgiift6 thbieittefhion of the principal and
it-was a matterthat the Ministry had to take
are of "rather quickly."
4"'And so he went on with his litany of com-
plaints of the needs of the nation's many
All of these major repairs take money -
money that this country, with all the other
demands on the Treasury to maintain infra-
structure, will be hard pressed to find.
It is, therefore, ironic that any ministry
would float the idea of increasing our for-
eign embassies, especially when larger and
wealthier countries are shrinking, theirs to
cut costs.
It would be nice to be able to afford to
have a Bahamian luxuriate in China at the
taxpayer's expense, but the cost of this pipe
dream far outweighs the returns. Rather than
spend money extending embassies to remote
comers of the world, it would be far better to
repair the schools, improve health service,
water and sewerage, resurface the roads and
lessen the pollution that daily belches from
the smokestacks of BEC.
Forget an embassy in China. Focus on the
immediate needs of the Bahamas.

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cannot be tolerated

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I WISH to support the
writer "Concerned Citizen" in
your column on Tuesday, Feb-
ruary 15, 2005. I am pleased
that Bahamians are finally
speaking out and seeking
action regarding the vexing
problem of illegal immigration
which, believe it or not, threat-
ens not only our national secu-
rity, but also the survival of
the race of people called
In addition to the points
addressed by "Concerned Cit-
izen", I wish to highlight cer-
tain other comments attrib-
uted to Mr Elizier Regnier in
your paper's February 11, 2005
article, which in my view,
should cause all Bahamians
great concern. Firstly, let me
say that the illegal Haitian
community should be in
"fear", as should anyone who
breaks the law should be in
fear that the law will catch up
with them and deal with them.
Make no mistake, to enter a
country illegally is a crime,
which makes these Haitians
immigrants criminals just like
any other criminal, this is an
incontrovertible fact. No doubt
there will be persons who will
claim that I am trying to incite
or inflame emotions I am
not, I am stating an incontro-
vertible fact, and I invite them
to show otherwise.
Now to Mr Regnier. Mr
Regnier claims that the immi-
gration department's aggres-
sive round up of illegal immi-
grants, (which, by the way they
are mandated to do), was cre-
ating a "pre-genocidal state".
Why do you think he is using
such highly emotionally
charged language? Could it be
that he is attempting to gain
"human rights" sympathy for
his position? Does he even
know what "genocide" means?
According to The American
Heritage@ Dictionary of the
English Language, genocide is
"the deliberate and systematic
destruction of a racial, politi-
cal, or cultural group,. Haiti
is a country of approximately
eight-nine million people. The
Bahamas is a country of
approximately 300,000 people,
plus 50,000 to 100,000 illegal
Haitians. Haiti has more than
25 to 30 times the number of
people that are in the
Bahamas. Only about one per
cent of the Haitian population
is in the Bahamas, but this one
per cent is equal to about 33
per cent (one third) of the
Bahamian population! It's
more likely that Haitians are
attempting genocide (exter-
mination) of the Bahamian

people! If we fail to act, more
particularly ifthe immigration
department fails to act,
Bahamians (as we know them
today) will literally no longer
Mr Regnier also talks about
Mr Miller's "aggressive ver-
balism" and "scare tactics",
words all very deliberately
chosen to evoke strong emo-
tional reaction against Mr
Miller. Was not Mr Miller
elected, and as such responsi-
ble, to aggressively represent
the concerns of the Bahamian
people? Are we not in the
Bahamas? Should he instead
represent the concerns of ille-
gal Haitians in the Bahamas?
What is Mr Regnier talking
about? Are we again to place
the interest of foreigners above
that of Bahamians, the only
legitimate people with a
birthright to this country? We
have no place else to go, Mr
Regnier, the illegal Haitians
and every other illegal immi-
grant have at least one other
alternative place to live. We
will not be overrun in our own
country. We will not become
second class citizens in our
own country.
Further, Mr Regnier, states
that "leaders have a responsi-
bility to be sensitive to the
social health of a country". For
your information, Mr Miller is
doing exactly that, he is look-
ing after the social health of
this Bahamian country. I sup-
port Mr Miller 100 per cent. I
am very grateful that he has
the strength of character to
stand up for his people, regret-
tably, very few of our other
B ahamiaf politicians have the
guts or backbone to do and
.say what is right for our peo-
ple, for our survival.
Finally, Mr Regnier claims
that Mr Miller and Bishop Neil
Ellis are attempting to "create
a Roker type environment in
the country". What is wrong
with that? Mr Roker commit-
ted no crime, indeed he was
effectively dealing with crime,
that is, the crime of illegal
immigration. As I recall, when
Mr Loftus Roker was the Min-
ister of Immigration the num-
ber of illegal Haitians in the
country was much lower and
at a level the country could
tolerate. Today it is not-if we
ever needed Mr Roker before,
we sure do need him now. So I
say, "Mr Roker, come on
In closing, why must
Bahamians explain or justify

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our country's attempts to pro-
tect its people from the never
ending onslaught of illegal
immigrants? These illegal
immigrants do not come to the
Bahamas because they love
our people or our country;
indeed, they often despise us
and our country. These per-
sons come here illegally for
one reason: MONEY, "a bet-
ter way of life". Imagine a
judge that asks a robbery sus-
pect "Why did you break into
the store and steal the mon-
ey?" and he replies, "I wanted
a better way of life". Is there a
difference? Is any one more
of a criminal than the other?
Indeed the offence committed
by the robbery suspect is one-
time offence, the illegal immi-
grant's offence is ongoing.
Illegal immigrants are crim-
inals. Criminals cannot be tol-
erated, illegal immigrants can-
not be tolerated. Every effort
must be made to rid our coun-
try of illegal immigrants in
the case of illegal Haitians, it is
a matter of national security
- a matter of survival of the
Bahamian people.

February 15, 2005.

EDITOR, The Tribune.
GEORGE Carlin, the,-
American comic, last year
distributed by e-mail some
trenchant comments on
modern life that began:
"the paradox. of our time in
history is that we have
taller buildings but shorter
tempers..." It went on for a
three though-provoking
paragraphs, and near the
end there is the phrase"..
there is much in the show-
room window and nothing
in the stockroom."
If you turn to W W
Thompson's letter to the
editor (A spoiled, ungrate-
ful generation) on Febru-
ary 11, you will find a pas-
sage and it's the greater
part of his letter which
begins: "we have taller
buildings but shorter tem-
pers..." and continues,
repeating Carlin's e-mail,
ending with"...nothing in
the stockropm." There's
no attribution:
I guarantee Carlin won't
sue. It's not his style.
Besides, he invites readers
to pass along his ideas; sort
of. "If you don't pass this
to at least eight people...
who cares?" says the e-
mail. But it would be only
polite for Mr Thompson to
mention that the ideas he
puts forward, and the
expression of them, are
Carlin's, not his.
Mr Thompson uses Car-
lin's thoughts to make the
case that "we have no time
for God" and that we
merely make a show of
being faithful Christians

low ebb, Mr Thompson
seems to have forgotten
the eighth commandment,
which says "Thou shalt not
Also, readers should
know that Carin is not
someone you would quote
when you are calling on
people to spend "more
quality time with God."
Carlin, whatever his pri-
vate beliefs, is a profes-
sional atheist. In one hilari-
ous skit he says: "When it
comes to BS, big-time,
major-league BS, you have
to stand in awe of the all-
time champion of false
promises and exaggerated
claims, religion. No con-


February 11,2005.



Turnquest slams government over water crisis

* By CARA BRENNEN plant, to be built next to the company presently owns the ment's delay in awarding the an underwater line from Cen-
Tribune Staff Reporter BEC power station on Blue two million gallon a day reverse contract was for reasons other tral Andros to New Providence,
Hills, has been awarded to Con- osmosis plant at Windsor Field, than the bid evaluation process which promised 10 million gal-
THE FNM recently weighed solidated Water Company Lim- and has similar operations in itself. lons of fresh water a day from
in on the current water crisis ited under a build, own, operate Barbados, Belize, and the He mentioned that the gov- that island but added that there
claiming that it is just another (boo) agreement. British Virgin Islands. ernment had also taken special were a number of technical dif-

Tribune Staff Reporter

A 20-YEAR-OLD man
was sentenced to nine months
imprisonment yesterday after
pleading guilty to possession
of marijuana with intent to
Deop Clarke, a resident of
East Street, was arrested on
Sunday after being found by
police with 67 foil wraps con-
taining marijuana.
He was arrested with 18-
year-old Lakera Burrows.
The two appeared in court
eight before Magistrate Car-
olita Bethel Monday morn-
ing to answer to the charges.
During her morning sitting,
the two pleaded not guilty.
Magistrate Bethel ordered
that Clarke be remanded, as
he had other cases pending
in the drug court. Burrows
was granted $10,000 bail with
a surety, and was to report to
the Wulff Road police station
every Monday, Wednesday
and Friday.
However, by the afternoon
session, the two asked to be
brought back into court,
where they changed their
The guilty plea landed
Clarke in prison for nine
months automatically, with-
out the chance to pay a fine
for the crime.
The prosecutor then decid-
ed to withdraw the case
against the 18-year-old

In other news from the
drug court Monday:
Warren Johnson, a 37-year-
old resident of Key West
Street, pleaded guilty to pos-
session of cocaine. Police
arrested him on February 18
after he was found with two
grams of the drug..
He was remanded to Sandi-
land's Rehabilitation Centre
for drug treatment. An eval-
uation report will be provided
when he returns to court on
March 7.
Peter McKenzie also
pleaded guilty before Magis-
trate Carolita Bethel. He paid
a $250 fine for possession of
two grams of marijuana.
Martin Luther King, a
31-year-old sailor, pleaded
not guilty to possession of
cocaine. He was granted
$1,000 bail and will return to
court on October 13.
Harrison Williams, a 39-
year-old resident of Jumbey
Street, pleaded not guilty to
possession of an ounce and a
half of marijuana.
Police allege that he was
peddling marijuana from
Blue Hill Road, next to Sid's
They charged him with
possession of dangerous
drugs with the intent to sup-
ply. He pleaded not guilty to
the charge, but was nonethe-
less remanded to Her
Majesty's Fox Hill Prison
until February 28 for a bail

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example of government's
The party's leader Senator
Tommy Tumquest claimed that
the shortage which has plagued
homes and affected businesses
throughout New Providence has
forced Bahamians to a lower
standard of living by a "gov-
ernment without vision or capa-
Mr Turnquest maintained
that the situation is a recurrence
of the old days of the first PLP
administration when Bahami-
ans had to endure relentless
water shortages or water sup-
plies which were salty, rusty,
smelly or unhealthy.
He said as a result a number
of persons dug their own pri-
vate wells out of frustration.

According to Mr Turnquest,
when the FNM became the gov-
ernment in 1992 they made the
water situation a priority by
partnering with the private sec-
tor in the production of water in
the case of Waterfields Limited,
spearheaded by the Barcardi
However he said that the cur-
rent government's recent
announcement that a private
sector organisation has been
selected to produce water and
sell it to the Water and Sewer-
age Corporation has been
plagued with controversy.
"We hope that the PLP gov-
ernment finds a sustainable
solution to this problem forth-
with as water is a fundamental-
ly important utility which can-
not and must not be denied, and
any government that does not
appreciate this fundamental
need, does not deserve the sup-
port of the Bahamian people.
The Bahamian people need
Minister of Works Bradley
Roberts last week apologised
for the inconvenience that the
water shortage has caused over
the past few months, and said
that he hopes residents will see
some immediate relief in their
current water shortages. He
asked that they take some
solace in knowing that the per-
manent solution is in the mak-
Mr Roberts said that con-
sumers throughout New Provi-
dence will recognise a distinct
improvement in their water sup-
ply as the week progresses, as
both barges, the Titas and the
Dolphin, and a third contracted
vessel the Clipper Legend, are
all working around the clock to
supply the island with water.
Mr Roberts has also said that
the contract for a five million
gallon a day water production

This Cayman Islands based

Mr Roberts said that govern-

notice of a proposal to install

ficulties with that proposal.

Deputy PM encourages D W Davis students

Tribune Staff Reporter .....

STUDENTS of D W Davis School expe-
rienced powerful words from Deputy Prime
Minister Cynthia Pratt yesterday, encourag-
ing them to make a difference in the com-
munity and not let peer pressure influence
their choices in life.
During the school's assembly yesterday
morning Mrs Pratt said: "You can make a
difference. You don't have to be a part of a
gang in order to be respected. You don't
have to be a part of the boys or girls who are
into negative things in order to be respected.
Make a difference wherever you are."
She reminded them that they are ambas-
sadors of their school and the importance
of displaying a courteous demeanour, no
matter their current status in life.
"It does not matter that you don't have a
fancy house, or that your parents are proba-
bly not making the big dollars, that is not
important. What is important is that manners
and respect will take you through the world."
She added: "It is still good to say good
morning, excuse me, thank you, please.
Young men it is still a good thing to open the
door and let a young lady walk through. But,
young ladies respect is something that you
earn. You have to show respect in order to
get respect."
To emphasise the right path that they must
take in life, the Deputy Prime Minister read
the Safe Bahamas, Zero Tolerance pledge
which the children repeated.



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* DEPUTY PM Cynthia Pratt gets a warm welcome at D W Davis School yesterday.
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To inspire them even more before they
went to their various classes, Mrs Pratt recit-
ed the famous poem "Strike the Nail Aright"
which speaks of never giving up, while on
your journey to success.
When The Tribune spoke with Mrs Pratt
she said she will continue to tour the schools
to promote her message.
"When you look at the faces of some of

these children, they believe that nobody
understands. However, I do understand I
feel their hurt, I know some of the conditions
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Mr. Desmond Overd
Ferguson-Wilson Sr., 60
of West End Avenue, off Market
Street and formerly of Market
Street South the Grove, will be
held on Wednesday, February 23,
2005 at 2pm at Christ The King
Anglican Church, Ridgeland Park
West. Rev. Beryl Higgs assisted
by Rev. Mr. Donald Kerr will

The Radiance of this "Pearl of a Gem" will always glow in the
hearts of his:
six sons: Desmond Jr., Deangelo, Elroy, Jermaine Sr., Robert
Sr. and Christopher;
daughter: Desiree;
seven grand children: Kendra, Gary, Demetria, Jermaine Jr.,
Jameika, Robert Jr., and Jahmaine;
three brothers: Henry, Carnell and Elroy Ferguson;
seven sisters: Sandra Woodside, Janet Allen, Norma Rolle,
Ethel, Patrice and Wendy Ferguson and Curlie;
grand aunt: Keva Armbrister;
two aunts: Dorothy Clarke and Cynthia Paul;
eleven nephews: Police Constable 1810 Roosevelt Rolle, Samuel
Jr., Police Constable 2427 Jason Allen, Desmond, Donovan,
Jameko, Aikino, Henry Jr., Elroy Jr., D. K. Colbey and Leighton
Eighteen Nieces: Roslyn, Maxine, Maureen, Jacqueline, Jasmine,
Jewel, Kenyatta, Shakera, Sheniqua, Elindera, Giovann, Seri,
Lauryn, Ashley, Carla, Louise, Helen and Yvttee;
twenty two: grand nephews and nieces;
three brothers-in-law: Samuel Woodside Sr., Deacon Jack Allen
and Shih-an Alfred Rolle;
three sisters-in-law: Paula, Edrine and Nurse Daphne Ferguson;
god children: Portia Rolle and Earthmae Burrows;
other relatives and friends including: Mary and Arabella
Armbrister, Dora Dean, Rev. Julia Pratt, David Jones, Florine "Ma
Flo" Wilson, Martha Higgs, Simon and Elvin Bridgewater, Rev.
Aristacus Wilson, Remona McClain, Verva Wallace, Mrs. Estella
Hanna and their families, Ms. Emily, the Munroe, Lockhart, Hart,
Miller, Mackey, McPhee, Allen, Oveta Strachan, Vera and Mr..
George Turnquest and their families, Judymae Rolle, Hetra Tucker,
Co-workers Rudolph Kerr and Darren Clarke, Susan Joseph,
Euelese Butler, the entire Market Street, West End Avenue, Plantol
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.:. ........... .

- The Humidor
Restaurant on West
Hill Street opened in
grand style Sunday
when guests were
served an abundance
of food and wine.

THE country's oldest edifice
was spared from extensive
damage due to the early dis-
covery of a fire and the imme-
diate response from police and
fire officials to the scene over
the weekend.
"We have to thank God, it
could have been a lot worse,
but we don't want to alarm our
members into thinking that
their church has burned down,"
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noon, was confined to the sac-
risty, a small room at the back
of the church. He noted that it
was the assistant priest Father
Don Haynes who discovered
the fire.
"If he were not here we
would not have known, the
church was already locked up,"
Father Moultrie said.
"We have no idea what
caused it," he said. However
he noted that the damage was
minimal and was mainly due
to the result of smoke.
"It's really just confined to
this small area," he pointed out.
He noted that the church's
windows were to be left open
throughout the day in an effort
to remove the smell of smoke
from the building.
He added that the church's
activities would not be changed
by the fire.
"We have almost 1,000 mem-
bers in this church, there will be
no cancellation of services," he
Father Moultrie praised the
quick response and profession-
alism of police and fire officials.
"We were fortunate that they
came right away, they could
have come in here and sprayed
water all over the place and
caused more damage but they
were very professional in con-
taining the fire."
Police and fire officials are
still trying to determniine the
cause of the blaze.

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Final farewell to Geraldine

'Jerry' Clothilda Huyler
FAMILY and friends gathered at the Antioch Baptist Church on Saturday
to bid their final farewells to the late Geraldine "Jerry" Clothilda Huyler,
who died last week at the age of 83.
Joining in the "Home Going Celebration" for the deceased were (in the first
row from l-r) Joan Coakley; Bradley Crawley; Stephen Crawley; Marie Jo
Ceasar; Deanne Crawley; Leslie Crawley; Beverley Nairn; and in the second row
l-r, Allyson Crawley; Betty Fox; Jenny Joseph; Vincent Crawley; Antonette
Rutherford; Anthony Rutherford; Nicola Fox; Edward Fox.
Giving remarks during the service, Dr Bernard Nottage, leader of the Coali-
tion for Democratic Reform expressed his condolences on the passing of "a
beautiful matriarch of an accomplished family and of a strong community."
(Photo by Franklyn G Ferguson)
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Young Bahamians' lemonade stand

proceeds go towards tsunami relief

UPON learning of the dev-
astating Tsunami, which killed
hundreds of thousands in Asia,
a group of young Bahamian
friends came up with a plan to
help. They set up a neighbour-
hood lemonade stand and
donated all proceeds to help
the victims of the natural dis-
The idea came from 10-year-
old Shelby Rexroth, who along
with friends Grace Disston,
Raquel de Cardenas, Shelley,
Spencer and Jennifer Andrews
raised more than $30 for the
Red Cross their first morning
selling cups of lemonade.
They realised they were on
to something and the follow-
ing weekend added cookies to
the menu. This time their effort
raised $150, which was given
to the local Tsunami Relief for
Sri Lanka fund.
"We have had a lot of posi-
tive response to our drive, from
both individuals and institu-
tions, but I have to say it was
extremely touching to' ee a
group of young children react

* PICTURED (1-r) are Grace Disston, Raquel de Cardenas, Shelley Andrews, Shelby Rexroth,
Spencer Andrews and Jennifer Andrews.

to the devastation in such a
way. I think it's an important
lesson, to us all that no matter
how big or small, every dona-
tion makes a difference in the
lives of the victims," said Ravi
Jesubatham, co-organiser for
the tsunami relief for Sri Lan-
1'The Asian tsunami killed
over 298,000 people in 11 coun-

tries on Boxing Day, 2004. In
Sri Lanka, over 43,000 are con-
firmed dead or are reported
missing, and approximately half
a million people lost their
homes in the coastal areas of
Sri Lanka.
Donations can bedeposited
into the 'Tsunami Relief for Sri
Lanka' account at any branch
of Bank of The Bahamas,

(account #5265970).
Alternatively, cheques made
payable to 'Tsunami Relief for
Sri Lanka' can be mailed to P
0 Box CB- 11665, Nassau,
Bahamas. ,
All contributions made to
the fund will be remitted to the
Red Cross in Sri Lanka for util-
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Fidelity group joins race to

aid survivors of tsunami

FIDELITY, the Bahamas-
based regional financial ser-
vices and products provider
has joined what the UN has
called the biggest global relief
effort in history the race to
aid the Tsunami survivors.
Fidelity and British Ameri-
can Bank staff in the
Bahamas, Cayman Islands and
Turks and Caicos Islands,
together raised $13,500 which
the company matched dollar
for dollar bringing the final
total to $27,000. As registered
agents for the leading global
money transfer company
Western Union, Fidelity was
able to get this sum doubled,
as a part of that company's

Tsunami fund raising efforts.
The FirstData Western Union
Foundation distributed the
Fidelity generated $54,000 and
other monies raised from
their agents around the world,
to the relief agencies assisting
the survivors of the

"Pooling our money with
other funds raised, quadru-
pled and stretched our dona-
tion further than we could
have done alone," said
Malvern Bain, vice president
of British American

Gregory Bethel, Fidelity
vice president said the staff
response was immediate and
"We had all seen the tele-
vised horror and human suf-
fering this immense tragedy
brought down on those peo-
ple, how could we not
empathise having witnessed
our own destruction and loss
from recent Hurricane sea-
sons? Everyone who gave,
gave generously and with
good heart," he said.
The chairman, Anwer Sun-
derji, said that Fidelity
matched staff donations and
then had the total amount
doubled by Western Union,

so that each dollar donated or
pledged resulted in four dol-
lars of aid to the stricken

"Fidelity and British Amer-
ican Bank staff and manage-
ment responded in true
humanitarian spirit," said Mr.

Sunderji, "They can feel
proud that they did their part
in aiding their fellow man in a
time of very real crisis."

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hope and provide training for young males that are at risk in
society. The programme has had a very impressive success rate
since its inception. The YE,.A.S. l, model Isused for the
Government's youth project in North Andros.

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Y.EA.ST, receiving a contribution from Yvette Bethel, manager,
Human Resources, RBC Royal Bank of Canada.

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Market yesterday, The Tri-
bune spoke with numerous
vendors to get their opinions
on the recent actions of the
Henrietta Maycock has
been a straw vendor for over
25 years, and said that in her
experience this is the first time
she has seen the market inun-
dated with "foreigners".
"These foreigners are going
to put this little Bahamaland
under the water. From 1971 I
was in here with my ID and
work permit, but of late this
market has been flooded with
foreigners. You know how
many times we sit in here and
don't make a dollar? But we
still have to pay national
insurance, and pay at the hos-
pital when we go there. If riot
happenin' now, what's going


for affected

resort workers

FROM page one
within 120 days," said Mr Roberts.
Workers were told that the government is doing this out of the
generosity of its heart.
"The Government is not obligated to do so. This is unprece-
dented in the history of our Bahamaland where your govern-
ment has stepped in," said Mr Roberts.
Minister Roberts told the workers as the lawyers of both
parties work hand in hand to try and resolve this complex
issue, the matter should be resolved "tomorrow or the next
day, the payment will be made in totality, immediately."
According to the Minister of Works, there are less than 1,000
employees who appear to be eligible for these benefits.
Mr Roberts then told workers that in his earlier meeting
with their committee he reminded them of what he remembers
happened with other workers in their position receiving a lot of
funds when made redundant.
"Sadly to say many of those workers no longer have any of
those funds today," Mr Roberts noted.
"One of the reasons governments around the world put in
place redundancy clauses is so that employees could be provided
with funds until they find another job. I say to your leaders,
please, the government needs your assistance in communicating
to the employees that we will provide people who will be able
to serve as advisers to advise people on how best to spend
their money," Mr Roberts said.
The minister told the workers that the government does not
wish to see the example of former BEC and Batelco workers
repeated, and urged them to spend their money wisely.
He also informed the workers that the sub-committee of
Cabinet has advised their leaders that it was to approach
employers on Grand Bahama, Nassau and Exuma to assist
those persons who were willing to make a transfer, if only on a
part-time basis, to be engaged in employment elsewhere in the
He noted that some progress was made in that regard, and
there has been some progress here on the island of Grand
Bahama as well.




FROM page one

Mr Adderley said that
there has been movement
of people between Haiti and
the Bahamas since
the 1950s, "and even
before then, in the 19th cen-
"A huge number of
Bahamians are descendants
of Haitians. Today there are
many people working in the
public service, the police
and Defence Force who are
of Haitian descent," he not-
He pointed out that
Haitians have been hired
for manual work for more
than 50 years now and that
today there exists in the
Bahamas a category of work
that only Haitians will per-
Giving the construction
business as an example, Mr
Adderley said that the
industry "could virtually not
survive without them."
"That's why we as
Bahamians have to be real-
istic, honest and unemo-

tional about this," he said.
Regarding people born to
Haitian parents in the
Bahamas who have not yet
reached the legal age of 18,
Mr Adderley said that these
individuals are stateless and
that the Bahamian govern-
ment under international
conventions and treaties is
obligated to address their
"We are supposed to deal
with them, we have to give
them some kind of status.
We just can't send them
back, they have never seen
Haiti and don't speak the
"It's no use sticking our
head in the sand and ignor-
ing it," he said.
Mr Adderley said that
Bahamians now have to
take steps towards deter-
mining which people of
Haitian descent qualify for
Bahamian citizenship under
the constitution.
"It ought to be dealt with
It will take a long time,
but we have to start," he

to happen next? Perry
Christie need to step up, take
charge, and move fast,
because he sittin' on a time
bomb," she said.
Another vendor, Ann
Adderley shouted out: "If ya'
ma is a Haitian, and ya pa is a
Haitian, what that make you?
There's no such thing as Hait-
ian-Bahamian. This the only
country I know. This is my
Some vendors admitted that
they have had to hire Haitian
workers as helpers, claiming
that their fellow Bahamians
are lazy and untrustworthy.
One fiery vendor tried to
keep her composure as she
came to the defence of young
Bahamians, refuting the
claims made against them.
"They say that Bahamians
don't want to work but they
ain't even give them the
chance. A thief is a thief, be
them Bahamian or Haitian, so
don't come around here with
that. What happen to those
days when Loftus Roker was
in power? One day they
would be here, and the next
one they gone. They would
run right over this country,
and we lettin' them do it," she
For the year, more than 670
illegal immigrants have been
apprehended in the country,
and many immigration offi-
cials caution that this number
could possibly exceed last
year's 3,050 as the department
continues its raids throughout
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often return to continue to sell
their products.
Many vendors praised the
Minister of Trade for his
work, and encouraged him to
"not let up".
Speaking on the issue, the
Minister of Trade and Indus-
try Leslie Miller said that his
ministry is doing its best for
the people of the Straw Mar-.
"They have been a pillar of
the economy for as long as we
can remember, and that mar-
ket is called the Bahamian
Straw Market for a reason.
"We want to ensure that
that market is for Bahami-
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Tribune Business Reporter
A senior tourism
official yester-
day said the
sheer number
of arrivals to
ports in the Bahamas reflected
surging growth in the worldwide
cruise and boating industry,
rather than a doWnward trend

'Shock' on

Royal Oasis

Tribune Business Editor .
ALTHOUGH expressing
deep sympathy for the
plight of the 1300 employ-
ees, several business execu-
tives yesterday told The Tri-
bune they were "shocked"
that the Government had
agreed to pay $8.4 million in
severance monies to the
Royal Oasis Crowne Plaza
and Golf Resort's employ-
ees, warning that it set a
"dangerous precedent".
Several employers and
executives, most of whom
did not wish to be identi-
fied, said that by paying the
Royal Oasis workers what
was owed to them by their
employer, the Government
was effectively establishing
a precedent whereby it
would give severance pay
to the employees of other
companies that went bank-
rupt or fled this nation.
Rick Lowe, a director of
the Nassau Institute, said
he felt "really sorry" for the
Royal Oasis staff, who had
been out of work since the
resort closed after Hurri-
cane Frances struck in Sep-
tember 2004, acknowledg-
ing their "suffering".
While understanding why
the Government might feel
compelled to ease the per-
See PAY, Page 3B

in air arrivals or overnight visi-
tor stays
In an interview with The Tri-
bune, Tyrone Sawyer, director
of Airlift Development for the
Ministry of Tourism, said strong
cruise arrival numbers, with 71
per cent of visitors to the
Bahamas in 2004 coming by sea,
was not a position the industry
wants to throw away.
"It's a good thing and we
don't want to discourage that,

Tribune Business Reporter
Bahamas Supermarkets saw
its second quarter sales increase
by 11.1 per cent or $4.1 million
to $41.3 million for the 16 weeks
to January 12, with net income
ahead by 35 per cent at $2.7 mil-
Bryan Knowles, the compa-
ny's vice-president, attributed
the increase in second quarter
and first half sales to the impact
of Hurricane Jeanne, and the
extended closure of competing
supermarkets on Grand
Bahama, which sustained exten-
sive storm-related damages.
For the 28 weeks ended on
January 12, 2005, sales were
$69.3 million, an increase of $5
million or 7.8 per cent com-
pared to the same period in
Mr Knowles said Christmas
sales for the quarter were
favourably affected by a change
in the company's coupon pro-
gramme, which allowed
redemption for a wider range
of in-store products.
Sales were also favourably

but we also want to make sure
to have a balance between the
amount of airlift coming in and
the amount of rooms we can
accommodate," he added.
Mr Sawyer said it was the
global travel and vacation mar-
ket, to a large extent, which had
dictated the percentage of air
arrivals versus sea arrivals. The
Ministry of Tourism, along with
See DATA, Page 4B

affected during the quarter by
additional customer traffic gen-
erated from an increase in
Christmas gift certificate sales
compared to the same quarter
last year.
Meanwhile, net second quar-
ter earnings for Bahamas
Supermarkets totalled $2.7 mil-
lion or $0.60 per share, com-
pared to net earnings of $2 mil-
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Tribune Business Editor

The head of a US broker-dealer firm has
been indicted by a Grand Jury for attempting to
defraud the US tax authorities through using
credit cards issued by a Bahamas-based bank to
access the proceeds from a $16.8 million fraud
and market manipulation scheme.
The indictment, handed down in the US Dis-
trict Court in New Jersey, alleges that Tonino
Labella, chief executive of Bryn Mawr Invest-
ments, also known as Valley Forge Securities,
worked with unnamed co-conspirators in a
'pump and dump' scheme to use credit cards
issued by Nassau-based Leadenhall Bank &
Trust to access income from kickbacks.
The lawsuit, in charging Labella with con-
spiracy to impede and impair the Internal Rev-
enue Service, said: "It was the object of the
conspiracy for the conspirators to obtain income
from the use of Axxess International credit
cards and conceal this income from the Internal
Revenue Service."
Axxess International is the now defunct com-
pany that was hired by Leadenhall Bank &

Trust to provide administration and transac-
tion processing services for its credit card port-
folio. The bank's MasterCard issuing licence
was withdrawn by the IRS on July 29,2003, in
turn removing Axxess International's reason
for existing.
There is nothing to suggest that Leadenhall
and Axxess, or their directors, officers and
shareholders, did anything wrong in relation to
the Labella situation. They are not charged in
the indictment.
The lawsuit alleged that Labella directed sev-
eral brokers, who received kickbacks in return
for promoting the shares of Eagletech Com-
munications and Select Media Communications,
"to use Axxess International ATM/credit cards
to obtain the proceeds of the stock manipulation
It further alleged that Labella told several
unnamed co-conspirators the indictment only
provides their initials "that the use of Axxess
cards would enable the conspirators to avoid
payment of income taxes on the income they
derived from the Axxess cards".
See CARDS, Page 4B

'Optimism' remains

on $1.2bn proposal

Tribune Business Editor
The investment consortium
behind the $1.2 billion Cable
Beach project were yesterday
said to be "optimistic" that a
deal could still be salvaged and
were proceeding as best they
could with their plans, although
there was no word on whether
Philip Ruffin would return to
the negotiating table.
The Baha Mar group, which
has as its lead investor Lyford
Cay billionaire Dikran Izmir-
lian, was yesterday locked in
further talks with the Govern-
ment as they attempted to make
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BUTLER late of Soldier Road West, N.P., Bahamas,

Notice is hereby given that all persons having any
claim or demand against the above Estate are required to send
their names, addresses and the particulars of their debts or
claims duly certified to the undersigned on or before the 14th
day of March, A.D., 2005, and if so required, to prove such
debts or claims or in default thereof they will be excluded from
the benefit of any distribution made before such debts or claims.
are proved; after the above date the Personal Representative
will proceed to distribute the assets having regard only to the
proved ddebts or claims of which they shall then have had

And Notice is hereby given that all persons indebted
to the said Estate are requested to make full settlement on or
before the date herein before mentioned.

Dated this 14th day of February, A.D., 2005.

Attorney for the Personal Representative
No. 90, Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-4283
Nassau, Bahamas

UBS (Bahamas) Limited is seeking a suitably qualified
individual to join their team as

Head Controlling & Accounting

In order to satisfy our requirements all applicants must

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understanding of Financial Instruments and extensive
knowledge of MS Office and related Application
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Written applications by Bahamian nationals only should
be addressed to:

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Tribune Business Editor
The proposal to build a mul-
ti-million dollar pipeline from
Andros to ease New Provi-
dence's water shortage has been
abandoned due to the Govern-
ment's decision to award the
contract for the Blue Hills
reverse osmosis plant to Con-
solidated Water.
The Hydro Bahamas
pipeline, which would have
delivered a minimum 10 million
gallons of fresh water per day to
New Providence, and had built-
in redundancy capacity to sup-
ply a further five million, has
had its viability taken away by
the Government's decision to
proceed with the reverse osmo-
sis option.
The Blue Hills plant will
eventually have the capacity to
produce 7.2 million gallons per

day, and this means that private
investors who would finance
construction of the Hydro
Bahamas pipeline will be
unable earn the necessary
return on their investment.
Bradley Roberts, minister of
public works and utilities, said
the Government rejected the
Hydro Bahamas project
because "the risks are too high",
adding that the pipeline was
"ahead of its time for now",
although it had not been "total-
ly eliminated".
However, the Blue Hills plant
has eliminated Hydro Bahamas
from the equation, with the man
behind it describing Mr Robert-
s's claim that the project car-
ried too much risk as "strange",
since all the financing and risk
would be borne by the private
Hannes Babak, who is also
chairman of BISX-listed

Freeport Concrete, told The
Tribune: "I think our project
was the right one or else I
would not have fought for it so
"It's the Water & Sewerage
Corporation that makes the
decisions and if the Water &
Sewerage Corporation decided
to go with the desalination plant
rather than our project, the only
thing we can do is accept it."
Hydro Bahamas would have
financed the development of a
new 26-million gallon wellfield
in Andros as part of its project.
Hydro Bahamas also said its
pipeline would be laid at a
depth of 6,500 feet, using tech-
nology that had helped lay deep
water pipelines at 10,000 feet in
the Gulf of Mexico, allaying
fears on the engineering and
technical aspects.
If it failed to deliver the
promised 10 million gallons of

freshwater to New Providence
per day, Hydro Bahamas sug-
gested it be penalised at an
amount that was double the
throughput fee it would charge
the Water & Sewerage Corpo-
Hydro Bahamas proposed
that it would charge $4.85 per
1,000 gallons, below the $6.30
the Water & Sewerage Corpo-
ration currently pays. The water
became cheaper the more the
Corporation purchased, with
the pipeline having built-in
redundancy capacity for an
extra five million gallons per
As a result, Hydro Bahamas
was saying its water prices
would be almost 23 per cent
cheaper than what the Water
& Sewerage Corporation cur-
rently pays or could be deliv-
ered by a reverse osmosis plant.

Final downtown regeneration

plan set for March release

Tribune Business Editor
The final report on downtown Nassau's regeneration is set to
be released in mid to late March, The Tribune was told yesterday,
with all stakeholders set to have an opportunity for more input

Sale (From page 1

lion or $0.44 per share achieved
in the same quarter in 2004.
For the year-to-date, net
earnings were $3.6 million or
$0.79 per share, compared to
$3.3 million,or $0.73 per share
achieved in the same period the
previous year.
Company officials also report-
ed that gross profit for the sec-
ond quarter increased by 13 per
cent bVer results for the same
period in 2004, while gross prof-
it year-to-date was up 5.8 per
cent, both increases driven pri-
marily by the sales increase.
These results, however, were


offset during the quarter by
increases in inventory shrink,
promotion costs and net distri-
bution costs.
During the period, operating
and administrative expenses
increased by $0.6 million or 7.1
per cent when compared to the
same period in 2004. For the
year, the same expenses, oper-
ating and administrative,
increased $0.7 million or 4.9 per
cent, with both due primarily to
increases in payroll, utility and
supply costs.
Addressing the impact of the
hurricanes in its condensed con-

The Public is hereby advised that I, MACKENSON LUTUS,
of Minnis Subdivision, off Golden Isles, P.O. Box N-1000,
Nassau, Bahamas, intend to change my name to.KENN
MACKENSON LUTUS. If there are any objections to this
change of name by Deed Poll, you may write such
objections to the Chief Passport Officer, RO.Box N-742,
Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after the
date of publication of this notice.

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 22nd day of FEBRUARY, 2005
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

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Pricing Information As Of: l
21 Februs 2005I

52wk-HI 52wk-Low Symbol Previou Close Today's Close Change Daly Vol. EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield
1.26 0.95 Abaco Markets 0.95 0.95 0.00 0.197 0.000 N/IM 0.00%
8.40 8.00 Bahamas Property Fund 8.00 8.00 0.00 1.328 0.320 6.0 4.00%
6.25 5.55 Bank of Bahamas 6.00 6.00 0.00 0.152 0.330 11.0 5.50%
0.85 0.75 Benchmark 0.85 0.85 0.00 -0.057 0.000 N/M 0.00%
1.95 1.45 Bahamas Waste 1.45 1.45 0.00 0.101 0.000 14.2 0.00%
1.00 0.87 British American Bank 0.95 0.95 0.00 0.007 0.040 12.8 4.21%
7.47 6.75 Cable Bahamas 7.40 7.40 0.00 500 0.510 0.240 14.5 3.24%
2.20 1.39 Colina Holdings 2.20 2.20 0.00 0.259 0.060 8.5 2.73%
7.80 6.75 Commonwealth Bank 7.64 7.80 0.16 3,200 0.632 0.390 12.1 5.00%
1.50 0.35 Doctor's Hospital 1.50 4 1.50 0.00 0.228 0.000 6.6 0.00%
4.02 3.13 Famguard 4.02 4.02 0.00 0.406 0.230 9.9 5.72%
10.25 8.21 Flnco 10.25 10.25 0.00 0.649 0.480 15.8 4.68%
7.67 6.45 FirstCaribbean 7.67 7.67 0.00 0.513 0.330 15.0 4.30%
8.60 8.31 Focol 7.95 7.95 0.00 0.710 0.500 11.1 6.29%
1.99 1.40 Freeport Concrete 1.40 1.40 0.00 0.025 0.000 56.0 0.00%
10.38 9.50 ICD Utilities 9.50 9.50 0.00 0.818 0.405 11.6 4.26%
8.25 8.10 J. S. Johnson 8.22 8.22 0.00 0.785 0.550 10.5 6.81%
6.69 4.36 Kerzner Internmational BDRs 6.44 6.44 0.00 0.201 0.000 32.0 0.00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 0.694 0.350 14.4 3.50%
52wk 52wk-Low mbol Bd $ Ask $ Last Price Weekly Vol. PS Div S PIE Yield
13.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 13.00 14.00 16.00 1.328 0.720 10.5 5.14%
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 Holding 0.29 0.54 0.00 -0.103 0.000 NM 0.06/
43.00 28.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 41.00 2.220 0.000 1949 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 Holdin -0.29 0.54 0.35 -0.103 0.000 N/M 0100%
52wk-HI S2wk*-Low Fund Name NAV YTD% Last 12 Months DIv $ YIeld %
1.2095 1.1529 Colina Money Market Fund 1.209527*
2.1191 1.8944 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.1105 **
10.2648 10.0000 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 10.2602*""
2.1746 2.0524 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.166020"*
1.0894 1.0276 Collna Bond Fund 1.089371** .
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 Fidelit
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 S A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid In the last 12 months NIM Not Meaningful
P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month eamlingl FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100
- AS AT JAN. 31, 2005/ - AS AT DEC. 31, 2004
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before it is finalised.
A series of meetings in November-December 2004 also allowed'
some 200 Bahamian stakeholders to give their views on theA
development plans. The plan will incorporate many of the ideas;
submitted in the report drawn up by interns working for Atlanta-
based EDAW, the design and urban planning company.

solidated financial statements,
company officials said the com-
pany sustained equipment and
retail inventory damage and
store closings as a result of hur-
ricane Jeanne. Losses related to
equipment and retail inventory
damage of $0.5 million were
recorded at cost during the
quarter as insurance claims.
It was further stated that
year-to-date storm related loss-
es recorded as insurance claims
amounted to $0.8 million and
are reflected in accounts receiv-
able. Retail inventory losses
are said to be covered by the
company's windstorm insurance
at retail selling price. Officials
report that there have been no

insurance recoveries.
While other businesses were
significantly impacted by the
hurricanes, Bahamas Super-
markets reported that store
closings occurred only in Grand
Bahama during the quarter due
to weather conditions.
All stores were reopened fol-
lowing the storm except the
store located at the Freepori
Downtown Shopping Centre,
which sustained extensive rool
damage. Costs relating to
repairs of the roof were said to
,be the responsibility of the land-
lord. It is also expected that all
other storm related losses will
be covered by the company's
windstorm insurance.

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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/
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and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
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Pay (From page 1B)

sonal, social and economic con-
sequences of the resort's clo-
sure on Grand Bahama, Mr
Lowe said: "I'm shocked and
very, very surprised. It sets a
precedent that the country will
rue for the rest of its existence.
"What happens when other
'companies go bankrupt or out
of business? Do you take mon-
fey from other taxpayers to give
'to the employees?"
'- Bradley Roberts, the minis-
-ter heading the Cabinet sub-
committee responsible for deal-
ling with the Royal Oasis situa-
`tion, said the Government had
Committed to paying the $8.4
.million on condition that the
-:workers assigned their redun-
:dancy benefits to the Govern-
,mnent as a final decision on the
.resort's future was awaited.
"Upon agreeing to assign
..your redundancy benefits, the
Government proposes to pay
.immediately as all parties agree
as to what that number is for
each individual employee, 25
per cent of what is due to you,
"immediately; in 90 days another
25 per cent, and the remainder
within 120 days," said Mr
Mr Lowe, though, questioned
whether the Government would
recover that money from the
Royal Oasis's owner, Driftwood
Freeport, and that company's
largest shareholder and finan-
cial backer, Lehman Brothers'
private equity arm.
The resort's owAers are hop-
ing to use the proceeds from
the hurricane insurance settle-
ment to pay off its debts, includ-
ing severance pay, but no solu-
tion has been forthcoming yet.
Other business executives
also told The Tribune there

were questions over whether
the Government could afford
the unplanned $8.4 million
expenditure given the current
fiscal deficit and state of the
public finances, even though
revenue collections are improv-
An unplanned expenditure of
$24 million in fiscal 2003-2004 to
the civil servants' union threw
the Government's Budgetary
calculations for that year off
There are also concerns that
the Government's decision to
pay severance pay to the Royal
Oasis workers could send the
wrong message to Lehman
Brothers' private equity arm
and be interpreted as a sign of
weakness in New York.
Knowing the Government
will be desperate to resolve the
unemployment of Royal Oasis
staff, especially with a general
election just over two years
away, Lehman Brothers will
feel it is in a strong negotiating
position. As Pat Bain, the hotel
union president said of Lehman
Brothers: "They hold the trump
The Royal Oasis owes
between $20-$30 million to var-
ious creditors, including $13 mil-
lion in casino taxes and $2.5 mil-
lion in National Insurance
Board (NIB) contributions. Sev-
eral sources have told The Tri-
bune that the Government, as
an unsecured creditor, ought to
play "hardball" and apply to the
Supreme Court to have Drift-
wood Freeport placed into
However, the Government is
unlikely to do this because of
concerns that there might be
repercussions for the other
Bahamas properties Lehman
Brothers owns and Driftwood
These are he two Holiday Inn
properties in Nassau one on
West Bay Street and the other
on Paradise Island and the
Hurricane Hole marina.
Lehman Brothers also holds
further aces because, as The
Tribune previously revealed,
of the financing structure cre-
ated when the Royal Oasis was
acquired for $25 million by
Driftwood Freeport back in
To acquire the resort,
Lehman Brothers set up a lim-
ited partnership that would act
as a holding company for the
property, along with other part-

ners. The private equity firm
then advanced a substantial sum
to the partnership to meet the
acquisition price, meaning that
the resort was highly leveraged
- had taken on a great deal of
debt from the outset.
The terms of the debt repay-
ment were also said by sources
to have been particularly oner-
Although the set interest rate
attached to the payments was
2-3 per cent above the London
Inter-Bank Offering Rate
(LIBOR), it is understood that
for as long as the debt was out-
standing an extra 1.5 per cent
in interest per month was to be
paid. This effectively added a
further 18 per cent in interest
payments per annum at a com-
pounded annual rate.
Several tourism industry
sources said the high debt levels,
in a Bahamian hotel industry
that produces a relatively low
rate of return on investment
due to its operating costs, stored
up problems for the Royal
Oasis from the word go. They
suggested that the former FNM
administration should never
have approved the financing
structure, but this was ignored
due to the need to revitalise
Grand Bahama's tourism struc-
And apart from being the
main lender, Lehman Brothers
is also understood to have a 50
per cent stake in Driftwood
Hospitality, and since it is the
largest shareholder, Driftwood
- the Royal Oasis operator is
effectively the private equity
arm's "alter ego".
Under the financial structure,
Lehman Brothers, which grad-
ually took over sole control of
the partnership that directly
owned Royal Oasis, had first
call on any cash flow and funds
the resort generated. Driftwood,
as managing partner, had sec-
ond call, with everyone else
having third call on whatever
was left.
Effectively, Lehman Broth-
ers' private equity arm has posi-
tioned itself as the Royal Oasis'
owner, operator and, as its main
financial backer, the leading
secured creditor. This means
that if the property is sold,
Lehman Brothers will have first
call on the funds raised from' a
buyer, enabling it to recover its
minimal-equity investment and
leaving everyone else to fight
over the scraps.

Deal (From page 1E

progress on their plans to
acquire the three Cable Beach
strip hotels and turn the desti-
nation into a mega-resort to
rival Atlantis, based on a Las
Vegas-style casino model.
However, even the investors
themselves were said to be
uncertain of Mr Ruffin's inten-
The Wichita-based entrepre-
neur owns two of the three
hotels Baha Mar is seeking to
acquire, the Wyndham Nassau
Resort and Crystal Palace Casi-
no, plus the Nassau Beach
Hotel, but the 120-period in
which the consortium held the
option to complete their pur-
chase expired on February 17.
As a result, Mr Ruffin is no
longer locked into that option
and can walk away from the
potential sale of his hotel prop-
He told The Tribune on Fri-
day that the deal he had with
the Baha Mar investment con-
sortium was "cancelled", and
no extension to the February
17 deadline was being granted.
Mr Ruffin said at the time:
"There is no sale at this point.
The deadline was the 17th and
they didn't come through, so at
this point we don't have a deal.
"At some point you have to
put up hard money and they
didn't. No extension (has been
granted), so the contract is can-
"I gave them four months
and they didn't exercise (the
purchase option). They're
(Baha Mar) nice people, they're
good people, but a lot of things
had to fall into place. They've
run me through the ringer."
Although the $12 billion pro-
ject is not dead, the failure to
close it by February 17 has
essentially left it as an injured
patient in the intensive care
Sources close to Baha Mar
yesterday said the consortium
was "proceeding" with its plans,
focusing on completing talks
with the Government on the
Heads of Agreement and acqui-
sition of the Radisson Cable
Beach Resort.
The investor group remained
hopeful that Mr Ruffin would
return to the negotiating table.
If he does, he is likely -to
demand a, higher price for his
Cable Beach resorts as a result
of Baha Mar not being able to
execute by February 17.

Mr Ruffin had previously said
the proceeds raised from the
sale of both hotels would be
used to part finance his new Las
Vegas venture, The City by the
Bay, on the former New Fron-
tier site. The failure to conclude
a deal with Baha Mar might
mean he has to alter his financ-
ing plans.
But he consequences of Baha
Mar's project not proceeding
could have a major impact on
projected growth for the
Bahamian economy and
employment in this nation.
The investors previously said
the project, which aims to com-
bine Mr Ruffin's properties and
the Government-owned Radis-
son Cable Beach Resort into a
gigantic mega resort complex
along the lines of a Las Vegas
casino model, would inject $450
million in annual gross domestic
product (GDP) into the econo-
One financial source said yes-
terday: "It's a big blow to the
Bahamas if they're not able to
get that done."
Another business executive,
who requested anonymity, said
that a failure to conclude the
Cable Beach deal could present
a "re-election risk" for the
Christie administration, given
that the Bahamas is just over
two years away from an elec-
tion date.
The source said failure would
be "another negative against
the Government in terms of job
creation. Ruffin's put nothing
into the tourism infrastructure
to create any value. We've still
got a lot of unemployment".
About 4,700 full-time jobs for
Bahamians would be created
during the first 12 months of
construction, with annual wages
aid to them estimated to total
25 million.
In its first full-year of opera-
tion, the Baha Mar Cable Beach
project would also provide

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direct employment for an
"additional" 4,500 Bahamians,
with this number expected to
increase by 50 per cent in its
second year.
Phase I of the project will
accommodate 2,500 new or
completely refurbished rooms,
an expanded golf course, a 'Las
Vegas' style casino and 75,000
square feet of convention space.
Prime Minister Christie may
have leverage he can exercise
to ensure an agreement
between Mr Ruffin and Baha
Mar is concluded due to the
personal relationship he built
up with the latter as his attorney
before he took public office.
It is also possible that the
Government could dangle the
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by Mr Ruffin's hotel properties
to various government corpo-
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casino taxes and funds still owed
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Mr Christie is understood to
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Kerzner International's Par-
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The latest developments are
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the California-based hotel
developer, is understood to still
be interested, while the Radis-
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proposal from George Myers,
who currently operates that
resort through the Myers
Group, could also come back
into play.
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to be off the island until
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industry stakeholders, had
always focused on increasing
incrementally air arrivals to the
Bahamas because of the level
of expenditure by visitors who
stay overnight.
The tourism sector is not
faced with an 'either or' propo-
sition, Mr Sawyer said, because
both cruise and airline travel
are a necessary part of a grow-
ing industry.
He added that one of the

things overlooked in the dis-
cussion of visitor arrivals is that
the money cruise passengers
spend is injected directly into
the economy, circulating faster,
even though the amount being
spent, at some $70 a day, is
smaller when compared with
the expenditure seen during an
overnight visitor stay.
There is also an immediate
multiplier effect from the dol-
lars spent by cruise passengers,

as front-line vendors spend
money with retailers. Those
businesses in turn make addi-
tional expenditures and also
deposit monies to the bank that
are lendt out. Mr Sawyer said
that what started out as a $60
purchase by a cruise passenger
could become $300 as it moves
through the local economy.
In terms of airlift, the Min-
istry of Tourism is aggressively
pursuing a balanced airlift strat-
egy as more hotel rooms are
introduced on Nassau/Paradise
Island, Grand Bahama and the



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Family Islands.
- "We're making great strides
and I don't want the number of
cruise passengers to overshad-
ow what we are doing," Mr
Sawyer said.
"An example of that is last
Friday. Continental Connection
began airlift into Fresh Creek,
Andros non-stop from Fort
Lauderdale. We are achieving
our strategy and the Continen-
tal flight gives tourists the
opportunity to fly directly into
Fresh Creek. It helps existing
hotel properties a e devel-
opment of addi deluxe
hotel rooms."
Direct flights l the US
have either begun o6are expect-
ed to begin shortly to George-
town, Exuma; Cat Island,
Marsh Harbour and Treasure
Cay, Abaco; N61ori Eleuthera
and Governor's Harbour,
Director of Sales & Market-
ing for Kerzner International,
Ted Adderley, said that histor-
ically cruise arrivals have always
been higher compared to land
arrivals, and that recent figures
showing a strong growth trend
in cruise arrivals was not sur-
He said that as a company,
Kerzner International competes
against cruise ships, trying to
get passengers to stay on prop-
erty. The resort also tries to
take advantage of the opportu-
nity to advertise to cruise pas-
sengers by getting them to visit
the resort during their stay in
port, encouraging them to come

back for a land-based vacation.
Mr Adderley said: "We have
an excursion, Discover Atlantis,
which was voted by Disney as
its top shore excursion, and has
become a revenue maker for
us. So as a company we have
actually enjoyed the success of
the cruise ships.
"In terms of the airlift, great
strides have been made in the
industry. With Song, Spirit, Jet
Blue and Virgin Holidays, air-
lift has increased. Was there
concern about the cruise indus-
try? Yes, that's why Kerzner
and the [Tourism] Ministry
worked diligently in getting low
cost carriers in and that has
been done."
General manager of the
British Colonial Hilton Nassau,
Michael Hooper, said despite
daf"fliowifig stagnant growth
trends in the number of air
arrivals, most hoteliers saw a
tremendous increase in occu-
pancy levels for 2004.
With resorts filled up there
was likely to have been a result-
ing increase in the use of local
restaurants and attractions he
said. Mr Hooper added that
cruise ships also help land-based
properties because tourists are
able to see the island and then
many decide to return for a
land-based vacation.
Happy with the increase in
airlift over the last few years,
Mr Hooper said industry stake-
holders have worked to encour-
age airlines to make Nassau one
of their destinations. The indus-
try is in good shape, he noted,

with airlines such as Spirit open-
ing up the number of feeder
routes into the destination.
Frank Comito, executive
vice-president of the Bahamas
Hotel Association (BHA), said
the recently released tourism
data on arrival trends in the
Bahamas reflected the growth
seen worldwide in the cruise
industry, with upward trends
outpacing the level of growth
seen in other sectors of the
travel industry.
With the strides seen in the
cruise industry, the Bahamas
tourism industry had been pre-
sented with real challenges, with
stakeholders looking to figure
out how to capture a greater
share of overnight business.
In the short term, the industry
has seen the level of airlift
capacity increase, with expec-
tations of further additions this
year throughout the entire
On the cruise end, plans are
being considered for ways to
more effectively convert cruise
visitors to overnight customers,
Mr Comito said, adding that it
was in the best interests of the
industry to fast track those plans
because it has been proven in
other destinations that such
conversions do take place and,
with target marketing, can be
increased. Another point of
focus is that while there needs
to be an increase in air arrivals,
it also raises the question of
how does the industry extrapo-
late more out of cruise visitors
in terms of spending.

Cards (From page 1B)

Labella met with several col- tors to avoid the payment of
leagues in February 2000 and income taxes on the income
"informed them, in substance, they derived from the Axxess
that they were to use Axxess cards."
International ATM/credit cards The lawsuit claimed Labella
linked to offshore bank himself used the Leadenhall-
accounts to obtain money for issued cards to obtain his ill-
kickback payments". One gotten gains, and caused other
allegedly withdrew $8,160 in cards to be issued to scam par-
undisclosed income on Febru- ticipants.
ary 3,2001, using a Leadenhall- A number of co-conspirators
issued credit card. failed to record the income they
"Defendant Labella stated received through Leadenhall's
that he would cause all future cards for the tax years 1999,
kickback payments to be 2000 and 2001.
deposited into these offshore The indictment alleged: "As a
Bahamian bank accounts, and result of the conspirators' fail-
that the conspirators were to ure to disclose and report the
withdraw or obtain the funds income they received through
through the Axxess ATM the use of their Axxess Inter-
cards," the indictment said. national credit cards, the con-
"Defendant Labella further spirators' tax returns .substann:
stiiteIhW'thEt theiWf'th ~ffdgr"tihillytiiidsgtdtad theilincome.
would reduce their 'paper trail' "The income the co-conspir-
and would enable the conspira- ators failed to report on per-

sonal and business returns for
the years 1999,2000 and 2001."
Two co-conspirators have the
initials A.K and J.F. These are
thought to be Adam Klein and
Joseph Ferragamo, who have
both pleaded guilty in Manhat-
tan to tax evasion and money
laundering involving the
scheme's kickbacks and the
Leadenhall cards.
Labella was also alleged to
be the beneficial owner of a
Bahamian International Busi-
ness Company (IBC), Lloyds
Bahamas Securities, which was
used to disguise his ownership
and the origins of shares
dumped on unsuspecting
The indictment alleged that
kickbacks paid in the stock
manipulation scheme were
worth 25-50 per cent of the rev-
enue raised from selling stock.


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To the Shareholders and Directors of

We have audited the accompanying consolidated statement of assets and liabilities of Premier
Commercial Real Estate Investment Corporation Limited (the Company) as of September 30,
2004 and the related consolidated statements of operations, changes in net assets and cash flows
for the period from September 9, 2003 commencementt of operations) to $Stember 30, 2004.
These consolidated financial statements are the responsibility of the Coli management.
Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these consolidated tinanci cents based on
our audit.

We conducted our audit in accordance with International Standards oW iting. Those
Standards require that we plan and perform the audit to :obtain reasonable assurance about
whether the consolidated financial statements are free .ftor material mtissitenient. An audit
includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures: in the
consolidated financial statements. An audit also includes assessing the accounting principles
used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall
consolidated financial statement presentation. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable
basis-for our opinion.

In our opinion, these consolidated financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the
financial position of the Company as of September 30, 2004, and of the results of its operations,
changes in net assets and its cash flows for the period then ended in accordance with
International Financial Reporting Standards.

November 26, 2004



September 30

Investment properties, at value (cost $17,022,000) (note 3) S 17,620,000
Cash at bank 514,629
Rents and recharges receivable 123,100
Due from property manager (note 4) 140,562
Other receivables 6,956
Other assets 18920
Total assets 18,424,167

Credit facilities (note 5) 5,50,000
Accrued expenses, and other payables 125,545
Dividends payable (note. 6) 189,504
Accrued renovations (note 3) 200,000
Security deposits from tenants (note 7) 159,934
Total liabilities 6.224.983

Net assets $ 12199l,84

NET ASSETS (note 6)
Attributable to pattiipating shliate($11,.26 per shaeo
based on 1,082-885 shares outstanding) : .. :'' $ 1219 84


Approved by The Board:

Hainnes Babak Director Honourable Cornelius A. Smith Director



September 9,2003
S. to September 30

Rental income, net ofowner's portion of
common area mainitenance $ l,643,861
Interest income J0956
Total investmentInepome 1,64881?

Interest andibank charges (note 5)- 18,076
Organizational 41,453
Directors' fees 37,000
Property management fee (note 4) 36,000
Administration fee (note 8) 27,083
Legal fees 20,000
Professional fees 18,141
Appraisal fees 6,400
Printing and reproduction 5,891
Other 5,419-
Total expenses 515,463

Netinvestment income..... ......4..

Gainon acquisition of subsidiaries (note 9) 400,000
Net gain on fair value adjustment ......................... 5 ,98 90
Net gain onInvestments 998,000

O PE R A T IO N S................... ..: ................................ ....... ...... $ 2 128,3S4



September 9,2003
Sto September 30

Net investment income $ 1,130,354
Gain on acquisition of subsidiaries 400,000

Net gain on fair value adjustments 598,000
Net increase In net assetsfrom operations 2,128,354

Proceedstfom isuance of participating sihaes ..10 ,850

Dividends (note 6) (758,020)


Premier s Chairman s Report

Dear Shareholders,

I am delighted to report that our financial expectations for fiscal year 2004 were fully
met. The net investment income of $1,130,354 represents a 10.44% return on invested
capital while increases in net assets from operations stands at $2,128,354. Quarterly
dividend payments of $0.175 per share totaling $758,020, or 7% per annum, as projected
were paid. Especially gratifying is the 12.6% increase in the net asset value from $10.00
to $11.26 per share. Also gratifying is the fact that all properties are fully rented for the
foreseeable future.

During the months of September and October 2004, The Bahamas experienced the
onslaught of Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne but they caused minimal damage to our
properties, and they had no significant effect on the balance sheet.

I wish to express my thanks and appreciation to Messrs. L. Guy M. Hannen, Director and
Stephen Hancock, President, both of whom resigned for personal reasons during the year,
for their efforts on behalf of the company.

I am delighted to report that the Honourable C. A. Smith has accepted the appointment as
President of our company.

I look forward to continued profitability in the year 2005 and I am confident that we shall
meet or exceed our projections.

Interested parties may obtain a complete copy of the audited accounts from SG Hambros Bank
& Trust (Bahamas) Ltd, West Bay Street, P.O. Box N-7788, Nassau, Bahamas.

Pubis yurLegl otce







FEB 24 2005


Whereas LAURA ROLLE, of Faith Avenue,
New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas
for Letters of Administration of the real and
personal estate of LINDA ELIZABETH
ROLLE aka LINDA ROLLE, late of Faith
Avenue, New Providence, one of the Island of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,

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

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

FEB 242005


Morris, Long Island, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas
for Letters of Administration of the real and
personal estate of JEFFREY KNOWLES, late
of Morris, Long Island, one of the Island of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications
will be heard by the said Court at the expiration
of 21 days.from the date thereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

FEB 24 2005


Spanish Wells, St. George's Cay, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
has made application to the Supreme Court of
The Bahamas for Letters of Administration with
the WILL Annexed of the real and personal estate
Spanish Wells St, George's Cay, one of the Island
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,

Notice is hereby given that such applications
will be heard by the said Court at the expiration
of 21 days from the date thereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

FEB 24 2005


of Sandilands Village, New Providence, one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas for Letters of
Administration with the will Annexed of the
real and personal estate of MALCOLM
FLANDERS, late of Tarpum Bay, Eleuthera,
one of the Island of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications
will be heard by the said Court at the expiration
of 21 days from the date thereof.
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

FEB 24 2005


Whereas EARL A. CASH, of Marlin Drive,
New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas
for Letters of Administration with the Will
Annexed of the real and personal estate of
of Cassas International, Apartment H6, Paradise
Island, one of the Island of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, deceased.

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

FEB 24 2005


Whereas EDWARD CURRY aka Ted Curry,
of Queen's Street, New Providence, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
has made application to the Supreme Court of
The Bahamas for Letters of Administration of
the real and personal estate of HAZEL HELENE
CURRY, late of Queen's Street, New Providence,
one of the Island of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, deceased.

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

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

FEB 24 2005

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Dundas St. W., in the City ofMississauga, in the
Providence Ontario, Canada, deceased.

NOTICE, is hereby given that after the expiration
of fourteen days from the date hereof, application
will be made to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas, on its Probate Side by KEVIN M.
RUSSELL of #14 Doubloon Drive in the City
of Freeport on the Island of Grand Bahama, one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, Attorneys-at-Law, is the Authorized
Attorney in The Bahamas, for the Resealed Grant
of the Certificate of Appointment of Estate
Trustee with the Will in the above estate granted
Administratrix by the Ontario Superior Court of
Justice on the 17th day of June, 2002

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

FEB 24 2005


Whereas VANDYKE PRATT, of #93 South
Beach Drive, Southern District, New Providence,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas for Letters of
Administration of the real and personal estate of
Royal Valley Subdivision, Eastern District, New
Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

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

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


FEB 24 2005


of #204 County Club Manor in the City of
Freeport, Grand Bahama, one of the Islands of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas
for Letters of Administration of the real and
personal estate of SIMONE SHERRIE
HAMILTON, late of Columbus Avenue
Chippingham, New Providence, one of the Island
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,

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

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

FEB 24 2005


HOFMANN late of 300.0 Windmill Road,
Sinking Spring Township in the County of Berks
in the State of Pennsylvania, U.S.A., deceased.

NOTICE, is hereby given that after the expiration
of fourteen days from the date hereof, application
will be made to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas, on its Probate Side by ADAM D.R.
CAFFERATA of the City of Freeport on the
Island of Grand Bahama, one of the Islands of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorneys-
at-Law, is the Authorised Attorney in The
Bahamas, for the Resealed Grant of the Certificate
of Letters in the above estate granted to
HOFMANN, the Co-Executors by the Register
of Wills of Berks County in the State of
Pennsylvania, U.S.A., on the 28th day of August,

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

FEB 24 2005


940 Rosewood Street, Pinewood Gardens, New
Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made
application to the SupremeCourt of The Bahamas
for Letters of Administration of the real and
personal estate of CARDOL MCKENZIE, late
of No. 58 Bamboo Boulevard, New Providence,
one of the Island of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, deceased.

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

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

FEB 242005


Bailey Town, Bimini, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas
for Letters of Administration of the real and
personal estate of CORDELL ROLLE, late of
Bailey Town, Bimini, one of the Island of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications
will be heard by the said Court at the expiration
of 21 days from the date thereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

FEB 24 2005




, l


Whereas GILBERTA. THOMPSON, of Suite
One, Chancery House, The Mall, Freeport, Grand
Bahama, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, has made application to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas for Letters of
Administration with the Will Annexed of the real
and personal estate of TIBOR KUTI, late of
Toronto, in the Province of Ontario, in the
Dominion of Canada, deceased.

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

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

FEB 24 2005


Whereas GODFREY ROLLE, SR., of
Seahorse Village, Freeport, Grand Bahama, one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas for Letters of
Administration of the real and personal estate of
JENNIEMAE ROLLE, late of Treasure Cay
on the Island of Abaco, one of the Island of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications
will be heard by the said Court at the expiration
of 21 days from the date thereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

FEB 24 2005


Whereas FLORENCE BUTLER, of Palm
Beach Street, New Providence, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has
made application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas for Letters of Administration of the
real and personal estate of NATHANIEL
SNATHAN KNOWLES, late ofMcKanns, Long'
Island, one of the Island of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications
will be heard by the said Court at the expiration
of 21 days from the date thereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

FEB 24 2005


SMITH, of White's Addition off Kemp Road,
Eastern District, New Providence, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
has made application to the Supreme Court of
The Bahamas for Letters of Administration of
the real and personal estate of JULIA
ELIZABETH SMITH, late of 53 Washington
Street, New Providence, The Bahamas, deceased.

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

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

FEB 242005


Soldier Road, New Providence, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has
made application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas for Letters of Administration of the
real and personal estate of JOHN BROWN aka
JOHN WILFRED BROWN, late of Main Street
Current Island, one of the Island of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas,

Notice is hereby given that such applications
will be heard by the said Court at the expiration

of 21 days from the date thereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

FEB 24 2005


Regency Park, New Providence, The Bahamas,
has made application to the Supreme Court of
The Bahamas for Letters of Administration with
the will annexed of the real and personal estate
of SOLOMON ADDERLEY, late of Regency
Park, New Providence, The Bahamas, deceased.

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

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

FEB 24 2005


Spanish Wells, St. George's Cay, The Bahamas,
has made application to the Supreme Court of
The Bahamas for Letters of Administration with
the of the real and personal estate of ENOS
BENSON ROBERTS late of Spanish Wells, St.
George's Cay, The Bahamas, The Bahamas,

Notice is hereby given that such applications
will be heard by the said Court at the expiration
of 21 days from the date thereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

FEB 24 2005


Whereas YVONNE SAWYER, of Carmichael
Road, New Providence, The Bahamas, and
ELVINE SAWYER of Coopers Town, Abaco,
The Bahamas has made application to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas for Letters of
Administration with the will annexed of the real
and personal estate of DONALD SAWYER,
late of Fire Trail Road, Abaco, The Bahamas,

Notice is hereby given that such applications
will be heard by the said Court at the expiration
of 21 days from the date thereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

FEB 242005


Whereas YVONNE GARDINER, of Golden
Gates Estates, New Providence, The Bahamas,
has made application to the Supreme Court of
The Bahamas for Letters of Administration with
the will annexed of the real and personal estate
of ROBERT GARDINER, late of South Beach
Estates, New Providence, The Bahamas,

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

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

FEB 24 2005


STRACHAN, of King Charles Drive, Great
Harbour Cay, Berry Islands, The Bahamas, has
made application to the Supreme Court of The

Bahamas for Letters of Administration with the
will annexed of the real and personal estate of
JOSEPH STRACHAN, late of King Charles
Drive, Great Harbour Cay, Berry Island, The
Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications
will be heard by the said Court at the expiration
of 21 days from the date thereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

FEB 24 2005


Cambridge Road, Nassau East, New Providence,
The Bahamas, has made application to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas for Letters of
Administration with the will annexed of the real
and personal estate of LEONARD GEORGE
WHITE, late of William Street, New Providence,
The Bahamas, deceased.

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

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

FEB 24 2005


Whereas LENORA MEADOWS, of Ferguson's
Way, Marathon Estates, New Providence, The
Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas for Letters of
Administration with the will annexed of the real
and personal estate of SHAWN SAMUEL
MEADOWS, late of Ferguson's Way, Marathon
Estates, New Providence, The Bahamas,
Notice is hereby given that such applications
will be heard by the said Court at the expiration
of 14 days from the date thereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

FEB 24 2005

Whereas MOSES FERGUSON, of The Bluff,
South Andros, The Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas
for Letters of Administration with the will
annexed of the real and personal estate of ISAAC
FERGUSON, late of The Bluff, South Andros,
The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications
will be heard by the said Court at the expiration
of 21 days from the date thereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

FEB 242005


Dodge Road in the Eastern District of the Island
of New Providence one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas
for Letters of Administration with the will

annexed of the real and personal estate of
Pleasant Village New Providence, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

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

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar






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tennis team

Senior Sports Reporter
COACH Ronni Bernstein
has been more than impressed
with what she's seen so far
from Nikita Fountain with the
Golden Panthers' ladies tennis
team at Florida International
Fountain, who had promis-
ing career as a rising young
star at home, transferred from
Southern Nazerene Universi-
ty to FIU in August and she
has fitted in nicely on the ten-
nis team.
"She's a very good girl,"
Bernstein stated. "I'm really
pleased with the way she's
been performing since she
joined us."
In their first five games so
far, Fountain has made a con-
tribution, playing either num-
ber three or four in singles and
one or two in doubles.
"She has really helped us
well," Bernstein reflected.
"We have her for three years,
so I expect that she will only
get better as she goes along."
The 5-foot-6 sophomore,
who teamed up with Grand
Bahamian Larikah Russell to
win the 2004 NAIA Women's
Doubles Championship with
a 25-1 record, has played well
for FIU as they pushed their
record to 3-2.

"Coming from the NAIA
where he played behind her
countrywoman, I think she has
made the adjustment well to
the D1 level," Bernstein stat-
Over the weekend, the
Golden Panthers slipped their
double header, getting shut
out 7-0 by the No.10 ranked
University of Miami at the
Neil Schiff Tennis Centre in
Coral Gables on Friday.
In-her singles match, Foun-
tain lost in identical set scores
of 6-2, 6-2 to Audrey Banada
of Miami and she and her
partner, Paula Zabala, also
lost 8-2 in doubles.
But on Saturday, the Gold-
en Panthers reversed the deci-
sion as they blanked Stetson 7-
0 in their FIU home opener
at University Park.
In her singles match, Foun-
tain also duplicated her losing
score Friday by knocking off
Marina Levin of Stetson 6-2,
She also teamed up with

Nikita Fountain

Zabala to win their doubles
match 8-5.
"It was an interesting week-
end," Fountain quipped. "We
went out and lost 7-0 to Mia-
mi, a pretty good team, but
we rebounded the next day to
beat Stetson by the same
"I think I went out and
played well. I did my best."
Fountain said when she
came to FIU, she knew she
had the potential to play at
the Dl level.
She said her one year sting
at Southern Nazarene just
reinforced it.
"I had a good time at South-
ern Nazarene, but I really like
where I'm at right now." she
declared. "It's not too far from
home and they have a very
good programme here."
Fountain, who was ranked
No.231 in singles in 2001 and
No.119 in 2002 in the Inter-
national Tennis Federation's
Junior World ranking, said
she's looking forward to the
rest of the season.
"There are some things that
I have to work on," Fountain
noted. "But I think we have
a very good coaching staff that
will really help me to correct
my mistakes."
Coach Bernstein couldn't
agree more.
"We have a long way to
go," she revealed. "So we
expect that as we play tour-
nament for tournament, she
will only improve.
"This was a big adjustment
for her coming from the
NAIA to D1, but she has fit-
ted in very well. I expect that
she will only get better. She's a

very good girl."
Not only has Fountain being
holding her own on the ten-
nis court, but she's made an
impression in the classroom.
The Child Psychology major
produced the best grade point
average of all the tennis play-
ers during the Christmas
semester, which has left her
just as elated about her
"I'm really enjoying it
here," she indicated.
And that's because she can
take a weekend flight back
home and spend some time
with her family and friends.
"It's much easier than being
at Southern Nazarene," Foun-
tain stressed. "But I miss my
family and friends and the
Coach Bernstein, however,
said Fountain has adjusted so
well in her new environment
that one would hardly noticed

The Golden Panthers will
be back on the road this week-
end when they play a three-
game series, starting at Baylor
on Friday, followed by SMU
on Saturday and North Texas
on Sunday.
They will return to FIU for
their second home game on
Friday, March 4 against East-
ern Michigan and will play a
total of 11 games there
through Monday, March 28
against Middle Tennessee,
Boston College, Florida State,
North Carolina, Southern Mis-
sissippi, Texas Tech, Drake,
Pacific, Dartsmouth and
Arkansas-Little Rock respec-
After that, the Golden Pan-
thers will play their final two
games, one at Florida at
Atlantic on April 3 and the
other at home against USF on
April 16.
If they are successful, they
will go on to play in the Sun
Belt Conference Champi-
onships from April 22-24.
"I think she's going to do
very well for us this year,"
coach Bernstein summed up.
Fountain noted: "I'm really
looking forward to the rest of
the season."

in action at Florida
International University.

Technicians take

Tampa by storm

Senior Sports Reporter
THE Twin Brothers Technicians, four-time
New Providence Volleyball Association men's
champions, have once again decided to test
their skills overseas.
In their second trip to Florida in two months,
the Technicians came out victorious in one of
the bi-weekly Florida AA Regional Tourna-
Third in their last appearance in Orlando in
December, the Technicians went to Tampa
over the weekend where they prevailed on Sat-
urday with an impressive 5-1 win-loss record.

After getting off to a sluggish start, when
they lost their opener, the Technicians went
on a roll and won their remaining games includ-
ing the final.
"We had a very good performance," said
Ron 'Box' Demeritte, one of the team lead-
ers, who has taken over in the departure of
head coach Peter Ferguson.
Along with Demeritte, Adalbert Ingraham,
Renaldo Knowles, Patrick Smith, Paul Cash
Jr., Elvis Reckley and Anthony Smith made
up the Technicians' squad this weekend.

Demeritte said because of the success they
achieved in the Florida Region in the past, they
have been invited to return to participate in
the tournaments that are played every other
He further noted that they have decided to
continue to participate in as many of the tour-
naments that are economically feasible. But he
admits that they are missing out on a great
chance to secure sufficient points to be eligible
to compete in the grand finale.
"It's kind of costly for us to go every time
they have one," he stressed.
"So whenever we get to go, we try to make it
a good trip."
Their performance, he noted, speaks for itself.
"We had to drive about 10 miles just to get to
Leo College where the tournament was
played," Demeritte stressed. "So when we got
there, we were a bit jet-lagged.
"That is why we came out so sluggish and lost
our first game. But as the tournament pro-
gressed and we got sufficient rest, we were able
to pick up our intensity and were able to play a
lot better."
Demeritte said the competition was intense
with teams stacked with collegiate, semi-pro-
fessional and beach volleyball players.
"The competition is always good. That is
why we go," he insisted.



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Crusaders to the sword

Junior Sports Reporter
THE Nassau Christian Academy Crusaders suf-
fered a real going over yesterday, falling 68-16 to
the Mt Carmel Cavaliers 68-16.
Cavaliers' 27-2 first quarter lead expanded quick-
ly in the second, embarrassing the Crusaders in their
first game during the Invitational tournament.
It was virtually a practice session for the Cava-
liers, who had a 32 point lead in the second, with 2:05
seconds remaining on the time clock.
Breaking the curse for the Crusaders was Renar-
do Rolle, with a three pointer that circled the rim

three times before dropping.
However, this spell didn't last long for the Cru-
saders, who made five. turnovers in less than 30 sec-
onds of the quarter.
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rienced Cavalier team consolidated victory in a styl-
ish fashion.
Cavaliers will use the win to motivate them for
their next game, which will be played today at 4pm.
Teams coming in from Freeport and the Family
Islands are expected to arrive later on today, with
their play being scheduled for first thing Wednesday
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travel to
Cuba for
plastic and
tive surgery are being advised
by local surgeons to first con-
sider their health and the safe-
ty of these procedures.
Dr Kenneth Dickie, mem-
ber of the Canadian and
American Societies of Plastic
and Reconstructive Surgeons
told Tribune Woman and
Health that since he began his
practice in Grand Bahama
three years ago he has had to



Local surgeons advising women to first consider

their health and the safety of these procedures

correct a number of surgeries
originally performed in Cuba.
Dr Dickie says that his prac-
tice, the Bahamas Institute of
Plastic Surgery, sees approxi-
mately one "botched" case
from Cuba every two to three
Though Dr Dickie admits
that not every case is "bad
surgery", he says there have
been cases where it is "quite
apparent" that a surgical pro-

cedure was performed by two
persons. "If they are having a
bi-lateral breast reduction, for
example, it looks like one sur-
geon did one side and another
surgeon did another side."
Dr Dickie says that he has
seen a variety of procedures,
including liposuction.
He believes that these pro-
cedures that have gone wrong
have to do with the lack of
"quality work" being done in

Cuba. Dr Dickie admits that
he cannot confirm it, but says
he still has some suspicions.
Said the surgeon: "I think
what happens in Cuba, it
appears that they put a larger
number of patients through
their surgical centres in a short
period of time. They probably
have a whole team of doctors,
and doctors who are in training
who are doing some of the
surgery. But when we see sur-

gical cases where one side
seems to have a different type
of skin closure than the other
side, it usually means that there
is a staff doctor and perhaps a
resident surgeon working
The general problem, says
Dr Dickie, is that there is a
"high volume of patients and
fast surgery", which he adds
"is much like what (one Flori-
da cosmetic surgery centre)
was doing in their type of
The repair of surgical jobs
seen at the Bahamas Institute
of Plastic Surgery varies, says
Dr Dickie.
For instance, a patient may
visit his office with all of the
stitches still in place.
Dr Dickie explains: "(These
are) stitches would have to be
removed, since they are not
absorbable. And obviously
these patients have not been
advised that they are going to
have to have stitches removed
at some later date. And the
patients may not want to fly
back to Cuba to do that.
"And I'm not particularly
interested in seeing a patient
that has gone to Cuba, had
their surgery done, paid for
their surgery, then comes back
to my office and expects me to
do the follow up and all the
suture removal and dressings."
Dr Dickie says that while he

does not know of the quality
control measures in Cuba, he
knows that he, and Dr Grego-
ry Neil in Nassau, are both
board-certified surgeons and
are both members of the
American Society of Plastic
To maintain those kinds of
credentials, says the doctor,
one has to achieve and main-
tain certain standards in his
"I can't say that those stan-
dards aremet by the doctors in
Cuba. The only way I can
assume that they are met is if
they are board-certified plastic
surgeons, and have met the
same standards that are
required by the American
Society of Plastic Surgery,"
notes Dr Dickie, who is also a
member of the Canadian Soci-
ety of Plastic Surgery.
He says he has seen cases
out of Cuba where there have
been wound healing problems,
or infections, which can occur
periodically in any situation.
That is just one of the risks of
plastic surgery, he notes.
"I don't think that every case
that comes out Cuba is a night-
mare. I wouldn't even suggest
that. But there are situations
where I do not feel that the
standards and the methods of
follow up that they are going
through are what I consider
to be acceptable," says Dr
"Certainly, if a patient has a
complication that needs to
have closer follow up, it makes

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it extremely difficult if they
are having to fly back to
Cuba," he adds.
In a letter to the editor
printed in The Tribune in Sep-
tember 2003, a Bahamian
woman who simply identified
herself as "Know What Can
Happen", shared her "bad
experience"; with a surgery in
She travelled to Cuba on the
advice of "doctor friends" who
told'her that Cuba had some
of the best surgeons.
Her doctors had concluded
that the breast reduction
surgery was "medically neces-
sary", so she ended up spend-
ing $1,850 to have the surgery
done in Cuba. The tests and
other associated surgical costs
came up to $3,000. She also
spent $500 for travq which
she said was "much more"
than she "bargained" for.
After surgery, she stayed in
the Cuban hospital for four
days and was told to return in
two weeks to get the stitches
removed. "I got back to Nas-
sau and I first noticed a prob-
lem with the breasts after a
day when some stitches burst,"
she recalled. "I went to my
regular doctor who said that
he couldn't stitch it, because
it would get infected. He
cleaned and dressed it. I went
back to Cuba and they stitched
it again, and when I came back
home the stitches burst again.
"I saw another doctor who
sewed my breasts up for the
third time and then it drained
pus and the stitches burst
again. I went back to my reg-
ular doctor who insisted I see
the plastic surgeon. That was
four times they stitched me
up," said the letter writer.
Dr Dickie says that like

most plastic surgeons, he feels
the person who performs the
initial surgery should conduct
the follow up procedures.
However, this is only "gener-
ally speaking".
There are situations where
there may be another surgeon
"covering" for the surgeon
that did the operation, but
these are usually surgeons of
"equal calibre who share the
same credentials", says Dr
"For instance, if Dr Neil
phoned me and said, 'I have
a patient that I'd like you to
see who I operated on a
month ago', well, Dr Neil
knows basically what my qual-
ifications are and my experi-
ence, and similarly, I know
what Dr Neil's qualifications
and experience are. So, there
are certain cases where follow
up can be arranged, but there
is never an attempt from any
doctor in Cuba to contact any
of us here. And that's not
According to Dr Dickie,
when people go to Cuba there
is "no question" that they are
looking at the cost factor.
The costs are significantly
different, he adds, because the
cost of operating hospitals and
the payments to the residents
in training (who may be
involved in some of these
operations) would be "a frac-
tion" of the cost of doing the
same thing in the Bahamas.
Since the cost of living and
medical costs in Cuba are low-
er, according to Dr Dickie, the
Bahamas is not competing in
the same "economic climate".
But if you are considering
having plastic surgery done
anywhere, locally, in Cuba or
any other foreign country, Dr

Dickie says that caution should
be taken.
Firstly, the surgeon that is
doing the procedure must be a
board-certified professional,
which means that he or she
has passed a "credentialing"
exam required by the country
in which he or she is practic-
"And I have to stress that I
am not aware of the level or
calibre of credentialing that
exists in Cuba. I know what
exists in Canada. I know what.
exists in the United States -
those standards are set by a
board of examiners and must
be maintained. In Cuba, I'm
not sure that they actually
meet those standards," the sur-
geon warns.
Assuming that Cuban stan-
dards are parallel to those in
the countries mentioned, and
that practicing surgeons there
are board-certified, Dr Dickie
says that the next thing you
would want to know is if the
actual surgery is being done
in a certified medical facility.
"The worst thing to do is to
end up going into somebody's
office, into a back room and
having some surgery done by
somebody that doesn't even
comply to the standards
required of out-patient surgical
centres," he warns.
The standard consultation
process, which includes pre-
operative assessment and
examination, the surgical pro-
cedure and the appropriate
follow up, should be carried
out in all cases, says Dr Dick-
"And I think (that) to short
circuit that process is basically
short circuiting the quality of
care that a patient is receiv-

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blood vessels. Your blood
pressure is at it greatest when
your heart squeezes and is
pumping blood. This is known
as systolic pressure (120).
When your heart rests
between beats, your blood
pressure falls. This is known
as diastolic pressure (80).
Blood pressure is always given
as two numbers with the sys-
tolic first.
Check below to see where
you fit:
Systolic (mm/Hg) Normal,
130 or less; High Normal, 130-
139; High Blood Pressure, 140
or more.
Diastolic (mm/Hg) Nor-
mal, 85 or less; High Normal,
85-89; High Blood Pressure,
90 or more.
Strive for an ideal blood
pressure of 120/80 or less.
Prevent High Blood
Prevention is key to the
door of a healthy life. So if
your blood pressure is not
high, now is the time to take
steps to prevent if from
becoming high.
Fortunately, what we are

about to share with you is
nothing new and nothing too
complicated. You have heard
it all before and by now many
of you have already put some
of these measures into daily
Healthy eating applies all
aspects of wellness. Here are
some ways that you can safe-
guard yourself from getting
high blood pressure:
Aim for a healthy weight
Choose foods lower in fat
Eat smaller portions.
Try not to gain extra
Lose weight if you are
overweight. Try losing weight
slowly, about one pound each
week until you reach a healthy
Be physically active every

Eat less salt and sodium
Read the food label.
Choose foods with less salt and
Prepare meals with less
It is better to prepare
foods from scratch instead of
using convenience foods that
tend to be highly seasoned.
Use spices that are not salt
based, such as garlic powder,
onion powder.
Use fresh herbs and lime
juice instead of salt.
Avoid using cured meats
or smoked meats such salt
pork and smoked turkey.
Do not add salt at the
Add spice to your life
Poultry ginger, rosemary,
thyme, curry powder, dill,
sage, tarragon, oregano,
cloves, orange rind.
Fish curry powder, pepper,

lemon juice, ginger, marjoram,
onion, paprika.
Pork garlic (fresh or pow-
dered), sage, ginger, curry,
cloves, bay leaf, oregano.
Vegetables and greens -
thyme, ginger, onion, dill, gar-
Potatoes garlic, pepper,
paprika, Jyme, onion, sage.
Beansj|fthyme, oniion, dill,
cumin, oregano, garlic, tar-
ragon, rosemary.
Okra garlic pepper,
thyme, onion. "
Eat more fruits and
Eat more fruits and veg-
etables in meals and snacks.
Add more vegetables to
stews and casseroles.
Serve fruit as a dessert
more often.
Be active every day
Walk a little farther each
Dance, skip, jump or run,
take every opportunity to
move your body.
Use the stairs instead of
the elevator.
Cut back on alcoholic
Alcohol raises blood pres-
Alcohol adds calories and
makes it harder to lose weight.
Lower your high blood
pressure -
If you have high blood pres-
sure already, work on lowering
you pressure.
Put into practice the same
steps mentioned above. You
may also need medicine to
help lower your pressure.
Also, empower yourself by
keeping recordd of your blood
Checlk'hat you will do to
prevent or lower high blood
A Maintain a healthy weight.
A Be re active every day.
A Ea ss high seasoned
foods. T
A Eat more fruits and veg-
A Cut back on the number
of alcoholic beverages, if you
A Have your blood pressure
A Take medicine according
to you doctor's instructions.
This article was provided
by Adelma Penn, Camelta
Barnes, and Melissa Under-
wood, nutritionists from the
Ministry of Health/Department
of Public Health.



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There's a fineinene between

healthy and risky drinking

Tribune Feature Writer
There is a fine line
between healthy
drinking and risky
drinking. And
though many stud-
ies are being done on the possi-
ble benefits alcohol, particular-
ly red wine, may have on heart
disease, it is still a.very contro-
versial topic.
However there is some evi-
dence from population-based
studies which indicate that peo-
ple who drink moderately may
be less likely to develop heart
disease than non-drinkers. But
drinking alcohol has also been
linked to high blood pressure,
heart failure and irregular heart
rhythms in other studies.
And, although some studies
suggest that alcohol may raise
HDLs (good cholesterol), it also
raises triglycerides (a type of fat
in the blood).
Because of all of the varying
viewpoints, the jury is still out
on whether alcohol consump-
tion actually protects against
heart disease.
Dr Patrick Cargill, cardiolo-
gist at the Cardiovascular Care
Center at Doctors Hospital says
that. it is true that the "small"
,consumption of alcohol has
Seen shown to protect against
heart disease. But his advice is,
"if you don't drink don't start".
"There is a tendency to abuse
alcohol. And especially if there
is a family. history of alcohol
abuse, I tell people not to drink.
Now, you have to give them the
information as to the benefits
of alcohol, but what they do
with that information is up to
the patient," the doctor adds.
The benefits suggested by
some of the studies on alcohol
are likely due to antioxidants
found in red wine called
flavonoids, more physical activ-
ity in countries that drink wine
regularly and a diet high in fruits
and vegetables. There is also a
substance in alcohol known as
resveratrol which may reduce
blood clot formation.
However, taking aspirin in
accordance with your doctor's
instructions is a more standard
method of lowering your
chances of developing a blood
clot if you are at risk for heart
disease or stroke, experts say.

Evidence from population-based studiesindicatethat people who drink

moderately may be less likely to develop heart disease than non-drinkers

Drinking alcohol, if you take
aspirin regularly is noted as a
serious health risk.
The cardiologist says that red
wine seems to be the main alco-
holic beverage that is associated
with heart health, though he
notes that any alcoholic bever-
age can have heart health bene-
A new study published in the
March 2005 issue of the journal
Heart, suggests that red wine
may have more of a heart health
quality than other forms of alco-
hol. It was concluded from that
study that women who drink
small amounts of wine daily had
healthier hearts than those who
did not drink, but the same was
not true of those who drank
beer or liquor.
"There is a
tendency to
abuse alcohol.
And especially
if there is a family
history of alcohol
abuse, I tell
people not
to drink."
Dr Patrick Cargill
Researchers from Sweden's
Karolinska Institute studied 102
women who had survived a
heart attack or surgery for
blocked arteries. All partici-
pants were asked to record their
alcohol intake for one week
after a year.
And after at least a year, a
heart tracing (ECG) was taken
over 24 hours during routine
activities in all the participants,
to test Heart Rate Variability.
(HRV measures the changes in
time intervals between the beats
of the heart. Decreased vari-
ability has been associated with
an increased risk of heart dis-
ease and death).
The HRV was highest in
women who drank five or more

grams of alcohol a day, equiva-
lent to more than half a stan-
dard unit, and lowest in those
who drank no alcohol at all.
HRV was highest among
women who drank wine, even
after taking account of other
influential factors, such as age,
weight and smoking habit. Beer
and spirits had little impact on
The favourable effects on
HRV may be one of the rea-
sons why wine protects heart
health, suggest the authors in
Heart. It was concluded that
wine drinking is associated with
the increased heart rate vari-
ability in women with coronary
heart disease.
One of the researchers,
Staffan Ahnve said that wine
may calm the nervous system,
in turn helping maintain a
healthy heart rhythm.
"This research suggests that
the type of drink may be impor-
tant and adds to the evidence
that red wine may have specific
benefits over and above other
alcoholic drinks. In the short
term, the good news is that we
can all enjoy alcohol ifi moder-
ation. However, drinking too
much can have an adverse effect
on health. It can damage the
heart muscle, increase blood
pressure and lead to weight
gain," Charmaine Griffiths of
the British Heart Foundation,
was quoted as saying in an
online article (www.jointogeth-
But the main argument con-
tinues to be that the same ben-
efits that are derived from red
wine can also be had from
grapes which Dr Cargill
admits is "very true".
He explains: "Red wine has
the flavonoids that has an effect
on blood thinning and increas-
ing good cholesterol, but you
can have the same benefits of
flavonoids without the buzz -
if you eat grapes. The darker
the grapes the better."
And while alcohol consump-
tion is good for heart health, Dr
Cargill says that he agrees with
the American Heart Associa-

* ALTHOUGH some studies
suggest that alcohol (pic-
tured) may raise HDLs (good
cholesterol), it also raises
triglycerides (a type of fat in
the blood).
(The Tribune
archive photo)

tion and other experts who:
emphasise that there are much
more effective ways to prevent
heart disease. Controlling blood
pressure and cholesterol, exer-
cising and following a low-fat
healthy diet, not smoking and
maintaining a normal weight
may be most effective.
"I prefer to stress much more
of a lifestyle change that is,
exercise, weight reduction, eat-
ing healthier, like having the.
unfermented grapes (not wine).
"The flavonoids that people
get from red wine come from
the skins in the fermentation.
process. And if you know about
the wine process, they take off
the skins from the grapes to
make white wine. That's why
you get the same benefits if you
eat the dark grapes with the skin
on them," he told Tribune
The cardiologist says that it

is difficult to assess just how
many grapes would have to be
consumed to equal the amount
of flavonoids.found in one glass.
of wine. But he says that the
tried and true methods of pro-
tecting against heart disease
have much more scientific proof
than drinking moderate
amounts of alcohol.
Julia Lee, dietician at Doc-
tors Hospital says that although
there is some benefit to alcohol
consumption, these may be
"very short-lived".
"In other words, if you drink
wine when you are a teenager,
for example, it doesn't reduce
your heart health risk. And a
low risk of heart disease is not a
reason to drink lots of alcohol,"
she warns.
According to the dietician, for
young persons those 40 years
and under- the risks of drinking
alcohol are far higher than the

benefits to heart health.
"But the risk-to-benefit equa-
tion becomes more complicated
in people who are older, (40
years and above). Still, you have
to think about your individual
health because alcohol should
never be considered to be the
main or only strategy for reduc-
ing your risk of heart disease,"
says the dietician.
Women who drink should
limit alcohol consumption to no
more than one drink per day,
men to no more than two drinks
per day, says Mrs Lee.
A 'drink' is defined as 12
ounces of beer, 4 ounces of
wine, or 1.5 ounces of liquor of
80-proof spirits.
It is important to note that
even light drinking can lead to
addiction, and pregnant women
should avoid alcohol consump-
tion altogether, because it can
cause serious birth defects.

'A Great Smile Is Always In Style'

THE Bahamas Dental Association is recognising the'
month of February as Children's Dental Health
Month, under the theme "A Great Smile Is Always In
Style!", as part of our year-long initiative entitled
"Bahamas Oral Health Awareness Campaign 2005".
It is important that children be educated about the
importance of healthy teeth and gums. Too many in
our society believe that it is natural to lose our teeth,
and that this is a normal part of aging. This thinking is
absolutely not true.
Tooth decay and gum disease, the primary causes of 0 DR AND
dental loss, are absolutely preventable by practicing
good oral hygiene (flossing once and brushing three
times a day), and seeing the dentist every six months for preventative
treatment. For our children to have better dental health that will
promote the long term health of their teeth and gums, requires the sup-
port of parents to see to it that their children are practicing proper oral
hygiene at home, and being seen twice a year by their dentist.
Teeth are important for two primary reasons, esthetics and function.
Esthetics, or that which is beautiful, in dentistry relates to the
beauty of a smile. This is important as healthy teeth are the building
blocks of a healthy smile, and a healthy smile is very important in
building self esteem, particularly in young children.
Unhealthy teeth not only send a message about personal hygiene,
but they also result in the decay and loss of teeth that is unesthetic, and
can undermine one's self confidence. Functionally, teeth are impor-
tant for chewing and the formation of sounds during speech. Loss of
teeth (particularly those at the back) reduces chewing efficiency,
which impairs proper digestion of food. The teeth, lips and tongue
work in concert to allow us to form the "s", "v", "f" and "th" sounds
in words. When our teeth are lost (particularly those at the front) this
significantly changes our speech. Children are smart enough to under-
stand these two reasons, but need the reinforcement of their parents
for emphasis.
If children are introduced to the dentist by their parents from an ear-
ly age as early as one year old the oral health of the child can be
monitored, and the child can develop a healthy familiarity with the


dentist. The more a child receives positive reinforce-
ment from their dentist that their oral health is excel-
lent, the more likely they are to continue practicing
excellent oral hygiene at home, as they have been
taught by their parents and dentist about the value of
healthy teeth and gums. For parents this means cheap-
er dental visits that are entirely preventative (dental

exams and cleanings) and not corrective (fillings, root
canals, crowns, etc.) in nature. For children it means expecting to keep
their own teeth for a lifetime!
A few dental health tip reminders for your children:
Do not let your baby fall asleep with a bottle of juice or formula
in their mouth, as this can easily cause cavities;
See your dentist about fluoride treatments or the placement of
sealants to protect against dental decay;
Discourage your child from sucking fingers, as this causes changes
in tooth position that can negatively change their facial appearance;
Have them floss once and brush at least three times each day;
Have your child seen by the dentist every six months, as they can
identify cavities that will preserve the baby teeth until it is time for
them to be lost;
Premature loss of baby teeth contributes to dental crowding of the
permanent teeth, that so many seek correction for with braces;
Limit your child's between-meal snacks as these increase the
risk for dental decay and;
If your child has a tooth knocked out, rinse the tooth with room
temperature water, and try to replace the tooth in the socket, or
bring both child and tooth (in milk) to the dentist within two hours of
the accident.
Dr Rollins is the president of The Bahamas Dental Association, and
is an orthodontist- a dentist who specialises in the movement of the teeth
and jaws.


c alendar

The Cancer Society of the
Bahamas meets at 5.30pm
on the second Tuesday of
each month at their Head-
quarters at East Terrace,
Centreville. Call 323-4482
for more info.

REACH Resources &
Education for Autism and
related Challenges meets
frmn 7pm 9pm the second
Thursday of each month in
the cafeteria of the BEC
building, Blue Hill Road.

MS (Multiple Sclerosis)
Bahamas meets the third
Monday every month, 6pm.
@ Doctors Hospital confer-
ence room.

The Bahamas Diabetic
Association meets every
third Saturday, 2.30pmr
(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
and children.
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

Alcoholics Anonymous
meets @ 16 Rosetta St,
Monday-Friday and Sun-
day, 6pm-7pm & 8.30pm-
9.30pm, and on Saturday,
10am-1am & 6pm-7pm &
8.30pm-9.30pm; @ Sacred
Heart Catholic Church,
Shirley St, on Friday at



What is stress?

Stress is defined as "the
adverse reaction people
have to excessive pressure
or other types of demand
placed on them".
Pressure is part and parcel of all
work and helps to keep us motivated.
But, excessive pressure can lead to
stress, which undermines perfor-
mance, is costly to employers and can
make people ill.

Why do we need to tackle stress?
Research has indicated that:
People who experience high levels
of work-related stress believe that it
makes them ill;
A large percentage of the work-
force globally feel "very" or
"extremely" stressed by their work;
Work-related stress costs soci-
eties billion of dollars every year.
Work-related stress is a serious
problem. Tackling it effectively can
result in significant benefits for organ-
There are practical things organi-
sations can do to prevent and control

work-related stress these include:
Improving the workplace design
and environmental conditions.
Setting/establishing clearly
defined workers' roles and responsi-
Ensuring that the workload meets
workers' capabilities and resources.
Designing jobs to provide mean-
ing, stimulation and opportunities for
workers to use their skills.
Giving staff opportunities to par-
ticipate in decisions affecting their
Making sure there are good com-
munications between all sectors of
the workplace.
Putting clear career development
plans into place and address any
uncertainties about future employ-

ment prospects.
Implementing flexi-hours and oth-
er strategies that will help workers
balance work and home life.
The above listed tips have been
found to reduce stress among work-
ers, in organisations that have adopt-
ed/implemented them as a part of the
company's operational policy.
In addition to an organisation tak-
ing appropriate measures to reduce
stress among employees, it is (equal-
ly) important that employees take
steps or implement measures that will
aid them in their attempt to reduce
and/or cope with work-related stress.
Many people who feel stressed at
work also feel powerless to do any-
thing about it often they persuade
themselves that it's just part of the

DI"ctors Hospital proud

of Kishon's achievement

DR James Iferenta (left), Clinical Director Emer-
gency Services, and Dr Colin Bullard (right), Clinical
Director Emergency Transport Services at Doctors
Hospital congratulate Kishon Turner on becoming a
Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Techni-
cian Paramedic.
National Registration signifies that the recipient
has been measured by a valid and uniform process,
and possesses the knowledge and skills necessary,
for competent practice. Turner received his training

at the Florida Medical Training Institute during a
three-week intensive course review, which involved
ambulance. ride time and experience in a US trauma
centers. "Doctors Hospital is proud of Kishon's
achievement of this nationally recognised standard
of competence, as it shows his commitment to
meeting the demands of the hospital's Emergency
Medical Department and providing quality services
in the Bahamas," according to a statement released
by the hospital.

job that they should be able to cope
with. This is not altogether true.

What can one do?
Sometimes people fear that if they
complain or try to change things they
will lose their job. So people strug-
gle on while their health and family
life suffers.
But there's plenty that one can do
to bring work-related stress down to
manageable levels, although help and
support might be necessary in order
to put changes into place.
The Health and Safety general
advice that is available for addressing
and managing work-related stress has
been placed into three key areas:
Changing one's thinking
Change one's behaviour
Change one's lifestyle
In targeting the cause of the stress,
the first step to coping with stress is
identifying what stresses you. The fol-
lowing are a few.of the common caus-
es of work related stress:
Having too much or too little
Lack of control over issues that
are important to you;
Deadlines and other time pres-
Feeling bored in your job;
Demands from clients;
Frustration at routines or rules
in the workplace;
Feeling underpaid or underval-
Problems getting on with col-
Illness or unpleasant working con-
Problems balancing work and
home life;
Once you have identified the cause,
the next essential step in the battle
against stress at work is to stop behav-
ing as a helpless victim and start doing
something positive. Useful strategies
Build a support network of co-
workers who you can talk with and
off-load your worries to, and who
might help you take action;
Talk to your manager. He or she
may be able to help you make
changes to your work;
Get informed about stress in the
work place there's lots of good
information available at the library,
health resource centers and the Inter-
Put into place effective time man-
agement strategies;
Learn physical techniques that
can help you to control the symptoms
of stress, such as imagery combined
with relaxation methods, e.g. self-hyp-
nosis or meditation;
Change the culture, environment
or behaviour of the organisation. This
is far too huge a task for any one indi-
vidual, especially one who is feeling

Sometimes we forget to address the emotional side of things
in the workplace, yet when one is under stress at work it can
affect his or her performance, and confidence levels can suffer
as a result. This article provides useful tips for employers and
employees that can help to reduce work related stress.

Chiropractic education

Need help for

'computer eyes'?

OFFICE workers have
their share of occupational
hazards. People who fre-
quently use Video Display
Terminals (VDTs) or com-
puter monitors often com-
plain of eye strain, pain and
stiffness i-' their backs and
Prolonged use, improper
positioning, improper light-
ing and poor posture are
responsible foi discomfort
associated with using them.
By making some simple
adjustments you can protect
yourself from eye strain.
To reduce glare, keep
the monitor. away from a
window, shield overhead
light and use aglare-reduc-
ing filter over the screen.
Place your paperwork
close so that you do not have
to keep refocusing from the
screen to the paper. You

may want to use a paper
holder. Place the screen so
that your line of sight is 10-
15 degrees below horizontal.
Clean dust off the screen
Blink often to keep your
eyes from getting dry.
If the image on the screen
is blurred, dull or flickers,
have it serviced right away.
To prevent muscle ten-
sion, use an adjustable chair
that supports your back. Get
up every one to two hours.
Periodically throughout
the day, perform stretching
exercises of the neck, shoul-
der and lower back.
To have your office evalu-
ated for potential hazards,
call Doctors Hospital's Cer-
tified Ergonomic specialist
Erica Rolle at 302-4644.

Source: Doctors Hospital


MANY times I have patients who ask
me about the educational requirements
to become a chiropractor.
Is it more or less than it takes to become
a medical doctor? Are you considered a
real doctor?
These are very good questions because
there's a great deal of misconception
regarding a chiropractor's education.
In order to be accepted into a chiro-
practic college you must attend an under-
graduate school to take a number of pre-
requisite courses. The prerequisites are
very similar to those required to get into
medical or dental school. A minimum of
two years of undergraduate work with
credits in biology, chemistry, anatomy and
other pre-med subjects are required,
although most chiropractors have four
years of undergraduate education.
Once in chiropractic college, the first
two years are very similar to medical
school. In fact, chiropractors receive more
hours in subjects like anatomy and physi-
ology than medical doctors do. The second
two years of the four years are specialised
in the chiropractic field. While medical
doctors study drugs and surgery, chiro-
practors study the various techniques of
adjusting the spine, diagnosis, case man-
agement, nutrition and x-ray analysis. The
average chiropractic college requires more
than 4,000 hours of study over four years,
just as much a medical doctor gets.



A graduate must pass the rigorous
national board and then the exams for
each state or country they plan to practice
in to receive their licence.
Ofnce they receive their licence the chi-
ropractor must take 12 hours minimum
of additional training each year. Many
chiropractors continue their education
with postgraduate courses such as sports

injuries, treatment of auto and work relat-
ed injuries, soft tissue therapies, advance
degrees in x-ray radiology and neurology
and advanced adjustment techniques.
As to the other question are chiro-
practors considered real doctors? Yes we
A real doctor is a teacher, someone Who
helps educate patients on ways to improve

"These are very
good questions
because there's
a great deal of
regarding a
-S Donald

their health and that of their families using
a non-invasive, low risk, holistic approach.
So if you are seeking health and well-
ness care your first choice should be chi-

For more information contact Dr Don-
ald at Life Chiropractic Centre.

particularly stressed, but you might
want to contribute, for example, by
doing a survey of stress among your
colleagues. You can also encourage
your employers, union or profession-
al organisation to try to make
changes. You, or they, can get help
and information (including legislation
regarding stress, health and safety)
and assess them for its suitability for
use in your work place.
Top tips for (individual) employ-
ees that reduce work-related stress
include the following:
Plan and prioritise your work a
little time spent planning will save a
lot of time in the end;
Use your team to the maximum;
Delegate tasks to others, share
the load;
Communicate effectively what is
needed and how it can be achieved
(when necessary);
Keep good records of all activi-
Recognise your failings and learn
from your mistakes;
Finally, changing one's lifestyle
also contributes to minimising stress.
An unhealthy lifestyle aggravates
stress. Think about your diet, habits
and work environment.
Do you start the day well rested? If
not, work out ways to improve your
sleeping habits or get more good qual-
ity sleep.
Do you have a nutritious breakfast
to get your energy levels up? Do not
skip breakfast. Starting one's day
without breakfast leads to diminished
physical and mental performance.
Do you regularly dash into work
late, or stressed by the journey? Why
not rearrange your morning habits to
get to work in a more relaxed way.
Lay out work things the night before,
leave earlier or find an alternative
way to get to work.
Do conditions at work add to your
stress overcrowding, lack of person-
al space, too much noise, dirt or mess?
Work with your employers and/or co-
workers to find a solution.
Do.yopneed caffeine, cigarettes or
alcohVl to 1,get you throug' the day?
Thesd&stimulants may;seem to, help
but usually only leave people feeling
less healthy. Switch to decaffeinated
beverages and take steps to reduce
smoking or alcohol use.
Is your diet healthy? A balanced,
healthy diet is vital in beating stress.
Big lunches can cause an afternoon
dip in performance why not get out
for a lunch time walk or workout
instead of heading for the canteen or
a fast food restaurant.
Do you have time scheduled each
week for proper relaxation? Sport,
hobbies or just crashing in front of a
good movie. All work and no play
makes stress a definite. Take time to
relax. It helps to reduce stress.

For additional information on
health and safety in the workplace con-
tact Dr Evaneth McPhee at telephone
502-4733, call or visit the Resource
Center at the Health Education Divi-
sion of the Ministry of Health Head-
quarters, Meeting Street. Telephone
contacts are: 502-4763 or 502 2839.






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on gardening

A GOOD crop of vegetables (pictured)
is always rewarding and may be
increased if you observe the phases of the
moon, plus common sense to listento..MM-"-
the weather reports. W O A

I am often asked if I believe in
planting by the moon. No, I
do not plant by the moon. I
tend to plant when I get the
time and when weather con-
ditions are propitious.
But that is not to say that I totally
discredit the moon's influence on
plants. After all, the moon moves the
mighty ocean. I remember reading
years ago that USSR scientists inves-
tigated planting by the moon and
came to the conclusion that the tech-
nique improved crop returns consid-
What puts me off planting by the
moon is the fact that you have to take
note of the signs of the zodiac, and
that immediately strikes me as pseu-
do. I know most of us glance at our
horoscopes in The Tribune but very
few of us place any credence in these
daily forecasts.
It has been said that you learn more
about a religion from a non-believer
than from a devotee, so here we go
with Planting by the Moon 101.
Early astronomers noted that stars
were fairly equally scattered through-
out the firmament and divided the
sky into 30 degree slices, called signs.
These 12 signs, with the exception of

Libra, are named after living crea-
tures and the term zodiac zone of
animals is used to describe them
collectively. Each sign dominates a
30 day period but these zodiac months
do not correspond with our calendar
months. More about the zodiac later.
The moon passes through four
phases, or quarters, during each lunar
month. The moon is said to be waxing
as it heads from a new moon (no
moon visible) to a full moon. A wax-
ing moon is light on its right hand
side, forming a D at the end of the
first quarter. After the full moon the
moon is said to be waning and is light
on is left hand side. At the three-quar-
ter mark the moon resembles a C.
Annuals and plants that produce
above ground should be sown during
a waxing moon; root crops, bulbs,
biennials and perennials should be
sown during a waning moon.
The first quarter of the moon is
good for planting vegetables that pro-
duce their seeds outside of the main
plant. Examples are asparagus, cab-
bage, celery, endive, lettuce and
spinach. An exception is cucumber

that bears its seeds with the fruit but The third quarter is best for the
does well when planted in the first planting of potatoes, eddoes, cassa-
quarter. va, ginger, biennials, perennials and
The second quarter is best for sow- all kinds of crops that grow from
roots, bulbs and rhizomes.
The fourth quarter is a barren time
and nothing should be planted. Your
"... I know most of time is better employed by weeding.
So far, planting by the moon is sim-
US glance at our ple and most people only observe the
rules of the moon's quarters, but to
horoscopes in The truly plant by the moon you must take
into account the zodiac signs. These
Tribune but very pass through each lunar month like
the succession of kings before Mac-
feW Of US place any beth and each has its own influence
on plants for...12 into 30...roughly
credence in these two-and-a-half days.
In order to keep up to date with
daily forecasts." each ruling sign you need an almanac
specially designed to aid farmers and
G Jack gardeners. These almanacs usually
include weather forecasts as well.
Here are the general influences of
the ruling signs:

ing vegetables that contain their seeds
within the fruit. Examples are toma-
toes, peppers, eggplants, beans, peas,
squash and melons.

Aries Good for fast growth. Bit-
terness and bolting are promoted in
green crops.

Taurus Good for potatoes, root
crops, kohlrabi and leaf crops.
Gemini Good for melons.
Cancer The most productive sign,
good for everything including cuttings
and grafts.
Leo The most barren sign.
Virgo Good for blooming vines.
Do not transplant under Virgo.
Libra Good for flowers and flow-
ering vegetables such as broccoli and
Scorpio The second most fruitful
sign. Good for setting fruits. Do not
harvest root crops under Scorpio.
Sagittarius Good for fruit, onions
and cucumber. Bad for leeks, garlic
and peppers.
Capricorn Good for root crops.
Aquarius Good for onions.
Pisces Good for everything, espe-
cially root crops.

So you see, what started off as
being simple becomes rather compli-
cated. Too much so for me. I'll con-
tinue to do my planting by the weath-



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