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* By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
A RENEWED outbreak of
citrus canker is now threaten-
ing to wipe out Abaco's entire
fruit industry.
Government officials yes-
terday confirmed that cases of
citrus canker have been found
at the organic BG Harmon
Farms, located 10 miles south
of Marsh Harbour.
Following the detection of
the highly contagious disease
in January of this year, which
led to the closure of the 3,700-
acre Bahama Star Farm at
Treasure Cay, residents of
Abaco now fear that the
canker will spread to all cit-
rus plants throughout the
island.
Speaking with The Tribune,
South Abaco MP Robert
Sweeting said that although
this latest outbreak is not as
extensive as the one at the
Bahama Star Farm, he is espe-
cially concerned because the
disease has now infected citrus
plants in central Abaco.
When the disease was first
detected at the Bahama Star
Farm, agriculture officials
hoped that the canker had
been contained and isolated
to the northern part of the
island.
However, with the citrus
disease now having spread to
central Abaco, locals are con-
cerned that the island's econ-
omy will be further strained.
"Financially, citrus canker
has had a tremendous nega-
tive impact on Abaco, and


although many citrus groves
were destroyed during the
hurricanes we were still
expecting a harvest.
"This will have an impact,
not only locally, but also on
the export market," he said.
Mr Sweeting said there is
now only one citrus farm left
in Abaco, which has not been
infected with the incurable
bacterial disease.
"We are concerned because
this farm is also close to the
BG Harmon Farms. We are
also concerned about the pri-
vate homes with citrus plants
in their yards and in small
groves transferring the dis-
ease. We must monitor this
situation very carefully," he
said.
The outbreak of citrus
canker in Abaco was first con-
firmed on January 7, 2005,
when the Ministry of Agricul-
ture announced that the
Bahama Star Farm had been
closed due to the detection of
the disease on plant samples
tested by the United States
Department of Agriculture.
All shipments of citrus to
the US from Abaco were
immediately suspended, and
an emergency order was
issued by the Ministry of Agri-
culture declaring that no citrus
plants or parts of the plants
are to be removed from Aba-
co.
As the disease spreads easi-
ly and rapidly by wind, rain,
animals and even humans, the
farm and all its trees were put
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N By KILAH ROLLE
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE ongoing debate between an environ-
mental activist and a government minister with
opposing views on the proposed Liquefied Nat-
ural Gas projects has attracted political and
international media attention with reports stat-
ing the debate is "rearing its ugly head" after the
minister made a racial comment about the
activist on national radio.
Trade and Industry Minister Leslie Miller
declared that ReEarth's Sam Duncombe has
"a little extra incentive to push and be listened
to," and according to Mr Miller, that incentive is
the shade of Mrs Duncombe's skin.
"Had this been a regular Bahamian of a hue
like you and I," said Mr Miller on Sunday, "it
would not have been tolerated or she would
not have gotten the coverage that she has cer-
tainly gotten."
The FNM issued a statement yesterday in
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'Infamous' prisoner

in suicide attempt
N By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter
A MAN who may be one of the country's
most infamous prisoners, convicted rapist and
armed robber Barry Parcoi is now under psy-
chological evaluation after attempting suicide.
According to Permanent Secretary in the
Ministry of National Security Mark Wilson,
Parcoi, who is serving a life sentence, was
found after apparently trying to hang himself
with plastic stripped from the covering of the
mattress in his cell.
Mr Wilson said that Parcoi did not suffer any
injuries in the attempt last Tuesday to war-
rant him needing hospital care.
While he could not divulge the nature of
the psychological evaluation Pacoi would
undergo, Mr Wilson said it was not a matter
that would necessitate Pacoi's transfer to
Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre.
"It is not a matter where he is in custody in
Sandilands although the care is being delivered
by Sandilands," Mr Wilson said.
After an escape from prison through a bath-
room wall earlier this year, the 43-year-old
Parcoi was recaptured on March 10 at Fresh
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Investigation

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row at resort
E By KILAH ROLLE
and PAUL G
TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff
Reporters
AN INTERNAL inves-
tigation is currently under-
way into the argument
between the Minister of
Sports and Culture Neville
Wisdom and a foreign
executive of the Four Sea-
sons in Emerald Bay, Exu-
ma, resort officials con-
firmed, as Mr Wisdom
explains his side of the sto-
ry.
General Manager of the
resort, Antoine Chahwan,
did not specifically address
the argument but reiterat-
ed again yesterday that his
company is committed to
treating persons in a man-
ner they themselves would
want to be treated and that
anything that falls below
their world-class standard
of respect, would be "dealt
with."
FNM leader Tommy
Turnquest said he had
heard of the argument first
hand from a worker while
in Exuma over the week-
end and offered his .posi-
tion on the issue.
"I think Mr Wisdom.as a
public official should
explain his side to the pub-
lic, but this kind of thing
should not be happening.
The part I don't like, and
what I never liked, is when
persons in position of
authority use the phrase,
'Don't you know who I
am?' Whether the general
manager gave him permis-
sion for a round of golf I
don't know. But I'm sure it
could have been dealt with
in a better manner," he
said.
Mr Wisdom explained to
The Tribune yesterday that
he and his wife arrived at
the resort on Saturday and
had been interested in
playing nine holes of golf.
"I have never and will
never flaunt my position,


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PAGE 2, TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2005 THE TRIBUNE


As


Baha Mar man speaks


the PM still holds out


P RIME Minister Perry Christie
and his government are in deep
trouble over a number of burning issues.
Some, like CSME and LNG, have been in
ferment for quite some time and are now
coming to maturity. Others, like the
Cable Beach deal, are of more recent
vintage and threatening to blow at any
moment.
Mr Christie announced the redevelop-
ment agreement with a flourish four
weeks ago but has refused to make pub-
lic the heads of agreement and has
refused to answer questions about the
deal with the excuse that there is a "sen-
sitive process" surrounding the agree-
ment.
The government has agreed to sell and
Mr Phil Ruffin has agreed to sell, says
Mr Christie. "Until such time as that is
done, I would not encourage any debate
or discussion over the issue."
The trouble is that the Bahamian peo-
ple want a discussion and they want
answers to questions. The most impor-
tant question is: Exactly what has the
government agreed to sell for $45 mil-
lion?
In the absence of a straightforward
answer people are drawing conclusions
from what Mr Christie did say and from
comments made by representatives of
the developers.
Mr Christie says the concessions being
given to Baha Mar parallel the conces-
sions given to the Kerzner group for the
third phase of the Atlantis development
on Paradise Island. These would amount
to about $240 million, including casino
tax concessions for 21 years, exemption
from stamp tax on construction materials
and joint marketing contributions for
eight years.

"Mr Christie announced
the redevelopment
agreement with a
flourish four weeks ago
but has refused to make
public the heads of
agreement and has
refused to answer
questions about the deal
with the excuse that
there is a "sensitive
process" surrounding
the agreement."

This was an acknowledgement by 'Mr
Christie that the government of The
Bahamas must give tax and other con-
cessions to investors if the country is to
continue to develop. Before the last elec-
tion some of Mr Christie's colleagues


railed against the FNM for similarly
acknowledging this fact. They cam-
paigned heavily with the misleading pro-
paganda that the previous administra-
tion was selling the country to foreigners.
At his joint press conference announc-
ing the signing of the Baha Mar heads
of agreement, Mr Christie said simply:
"The consideration for the Hotel Cor-
poration and Government Cable Beach
assets is $45 million."
It was clear that the government's hotel
and other developed properties on Cable
Beach were part of the deal. He made
mention of some of them. The initial
reaction was that the developers were
being given a very generous deal since
the hotel alone was worth more than $45
million.
Then it was reported that the package
was much bigger than that, and that Mr
Christie was talking about all or nearly
all of the government's.Cable Beach
assets, including hundreds of acres of
prime real estate!
Now it would appear from an interview
of Baha Mar representative Michael
Sansbury published in The Tribune that
that is indeed the case. At least there
was no denial.
The developers are not just getting gov-
ernment land at a good price for resort
development; they are getting govern-
ment land for residential development


"The Bahamian
people want a
discussion and they
want answers to
questions. The most
important question is:
Exactly what has the
government agreed to
sell for $45 million?"

which could net them profits to the tune
of many millions.
Mr Christie was disappointed when
negotiations between the Izmirlian group
and Mr Ruffin broke down. Now he
should hope and pray that this whole
deal collapses and saves him and his gov-
ernment from a monumental piece of fol-
ly and the righteous anger of a betrayed
people.



GOODMAN'S BAY

"4 W e recognise how impor-
tant it (Goodman's Bay)
is to the public and therefore it is going
to remain a public park and beach for-
ever."
Those reassuring words came from the
Prime Minister of The Bahamas. Yes?
No. They came from a representative
of the foreign developers of Cable Beach
in an interview with this newspaper. He
spoke as one having authority.
We must therefore be very grateful to
these foreigners for their understanding
and generosity' t~The Bahamian people in
this matter.
We must also wonder why Mr Christie
could not have given such an assurance
to his people.
We must hope, too, that when the
heads of agreement is finally made pub-
lic it will be an unexpurgated version of
the document signed a month ago.

* *

SECOND HOMES

Wealthy second-home-owners
years ago discovered the
peace and tranquility of these beautiful
islands. They have made an invaluable
contribution to our economic develop-
ment and they have contributed gener-
ously to our social development as well.
Some fell in love and stayed, making
their second homes first homes and The
Bahamas their adopted country.
We knew or should have known -


that after September 11 more wealthy
people would be looking to The Bahamas
not only for salubrity but safety as well,
away from polluted cities and potential
terrorist targets.
The trouble is that some of the new-
comers are not like the originals. They
see the opportunity to build homes they
will live in for three or four weeks and
then for the rest of the year make a bun-
dle by renting these homes on the inter-
net.

T hat is perhaps why there are no
proposals these days for strictly
resort development. All the investors say
they want a resort but they also want a
piece of The Bahamas for residential
development.
A way must be found to come to terms
with people who are making big money
from our tourist trade by renting homes
and competing especially with
small hotels and resorts in the Family
Islands.
In the meantime, the government must
not under any circumstances extend
resort development concessions to resi-
dential developments in New Providence
or the Family Islands and it must make
sure that duty-free construction material
and equipment are not diverted to resi-
dential developments.



DIRTY AND DANGEROUS
At a time when safe and secure envi-
ronments are more than ever at a pre-
mium in the world, you would have
thought that people who live in such
places would be passionately determined
not to spoil them with dirty and danger-
ous industries.
Yet the government of this a beauty
spot on the globe is teaming up with the
captains of the LNG industry to sell a
bill of goods to the people before they
announce approval of a deal we will live
to regret.
We are witnessing now a massive pub-
lic relations campaign to convince the
Bahamian people that it is a good thing
to establish a regasification plant in The
Bahamas and dig up the sea bed to pipe
natural gas to Florida.
While accusing opponents of lying,
some of the supporters of this scheme
are busy selling the biggest lies of all:
that it is safe, and that it poses no danger
to the environment.
Whenever LNG tankers enter Boston
Harbour, this is what happens (described
by The Associated Press): "The Coast
Guard co-ordinates an armada of pro-
tection for each trip a helicopter, police
divers, marine patrol, environmental
police, fire-fighting tugs, city police boats
and Coast Guard vessels...and the Tobin
Bridge is closed."
Silly people, not to know the stuff is so
safe.


I DONATION TO [ TH[ EPOOR OFOXlILL


Just below the surface of day-
to-day community life in Fox Hill
is a quiet, charitable society
working tirelessly to make a
difference.
They get little publicity, but they
do not actually seek it either.
Their focus is honorably myopic:
the community's many people in
need. Whether it's through bags
of groceries being bought and
delivered, medical expenses and
school fees being covered, or
simply assisting with basic costs
of getting through the day, the
dedicated volunteers go about
their mission: engaging
themselves in a systematic
manner to help the poor.
The group is the St. Vincent de
Paul Society Fox Hill
Conference, established nearly
4 decades ago, largely through
the efforts of Father Patrick
Holmes. It is one of eight
Conferences in the Bahamas
and one of thousands in the
world. The St. Vincent de Paul
Society was established nearly
two hundred years ago as the
social arm of the Roman
Catholic Church. With nearly one
million members in 130 countries
the Society is responsible for a
staggering level of aid to the
world's poor.


It is impressive and humbling at
the same time to know that the
Fox Hill Conference's source of
income begins with its own
members who take a "secret
collection" after each meeting.
Friends and benefactors, some
of whom eventually will gifts to
the Society, help throughout the
year. And fundraising events like
cook-outs and fairs also add to
the coffers.
Every dollar raised is spent on
programs. As an example of one,
on-going need the Conference
delivers an average of 65 bags
of groceries each month in Fox
Hill alone.
The Father.Pat Fund is pleased
to donate $2000 to the St Vincent
de Paul Society Fox Hill
Conference. Please consider
supporting their work as well.
Contact Mrs. Valgo Shannon,
National President of the Society
in the Bahamas (324-1721).
Also, the St. Vincent de Paul
Society National Council of the
Bahamas will be holding a fund-
raising mini fair at Holy Family
Parish grounds on Saturday,
April 9. Attending can be a fun
way to contribute to the great
work done by the Society at a
national level.


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Survey to assess




the labour force


* By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter
OFFICERS from the Depart-
ment of Statistics will be can-
vassing random homes this
month in a $100,000 operation
to determine the state of the
labour force in the Bahamas.
The annual Labour Force
and Household Survey, which
began yesterday, will seek to
obtain statistics on labour force
households and household
income information which is
vital for government and inter-
national organisations for deci-
sion making.
Data to be collected from
individuals includes employ-
ment status, occupation, indus-
try, number of work hours and
educational background, age,
sex and marital status.
For the unemployed, infor-
mation on demographic char-
acteristics, educational back-
ground, the length of time they
have been unemployed, reasons
for leaving their last job, their
current means of support and
other pertinent information will
be collected.
Newly added to the ques-
tionnaire is a question aimed at


determining nationality.
However, the legality of a
person's status in the country
will be inconsequential.
"We are interested in the res-
ident population whether they
are here legally or illegally, that
is not our concern," said
Charles Stuart, director of sta-
tistics.

Technology

This year, the questionnaire
has also updated to include
questions about the availability
of technology in the household,
including computers, telephones
and cellular phones/.
About 90 field workers will
collecting data.
Unlike the census of popula-
tion that is conducted every 10
years, where every household
is visited, the labour force sur-
vey will cover approximately
3,500 households in New Prov-
idence, Grand Bahama, Long
Island and Exuma.
These households have been
randomly selected to ensure the
validity of the survey.
Around four per cent of the
households in the country will


be canvassed, giving the depart-
ment enough information to
make an adequate assessment.

Census

"Because of financial and
manpower constraints, it is
impossible for us to visit all of
the islands. That is done every
10 years when we conduct a
census. From the census we got
that some 85 per cent of the
population lives between New
Providence and Grand Bahama,
and therefore New Providence
and Grand Bahama is can-
vassed with certainty every year
and the other islands are rotat-
ed," said statistician Cyprean-
na Winters.
Enumerators will have offi-
cial identification and letters
signed by the director to pre-
sent each householder indicat-
ing the purpose of their visit. In
the event that the householder
is not at home a call-back note
will be left.
This note provides the date
and time the enumerators will
return. If the householder feels
the time is not appropriate, they
can reschedule.


THE public will be
charged for access to several
of the nation's most historic
monuments from July 1.
The Ministry of Youth,
Sports and Culture
announced yesterday that
the National Antiquities and
Museums Corporation is in
the process of establishing
an entrance fee for Fort
Charlotte, Fort Fincastle, the
Pompey Museum, the Long
Island Museum and the San
Salvador Museum.
Through consultation with
several stockholders in this
venture, including taxi dri-
vers, tour operators, hotels
and cruise lines, the corpo-
ration has structured the fol-
lowing fees:
Adult tourists will be
charged $5 and children will
be charged $3.
Bahamian adults will be
charged $3, while school stu-
dents will be required to pay
$1.
Revenue that is collected
will assist with the mainte-
nance of the sites and will
fund improvement and con-
servation projects.


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Stubbs case to



Privy Council


* By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Privy Council is expect-
ed to hear the bankruptcy
appeal of Holy Cross MP Sid-
ney Stubbs today.
Both the FNM and the PLP
are expected to follow the hear-
ings very closely.
Party leader Tommy Turn-
quest has stated that the FNM
will immediately call for a by-
election in Holy Cross if Mr
Stubbs loses the Privy Council
appeal.
According to Attorney Gen-
eral Alfred Sears, Dr Lloyd
Barnett, the Queen's Counsel
in Jamaica is in London to act
on the government's behalf in
the case.
Mr Sears said that his office
made an intervention in the
case "because of the public
issues involved."
PLP chairman Raynard Rig-
by told The Tribune on Sunday
that the party is pleased that
Mr Stubbs has been given due
process.
He also expressed satisfac-
tion with how quickly the court
has reviewed and analysed the
matter and with the decision of
chief justice Sir Burton Hall to
annul the bankruptcy ruling
against Mr Stubbs.
"The decision is one on the

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* SIDNEY Stubbs


basis of the law and the provi-
sion of the bankruptcy act. We
are reviewing very carefully the
constitutional provision and we
will continue to watch very care-
fully the appeal before the Privy
Council.
"We believe that once the
appeal is successfully heard and
determined, Mr Stubbs will
resume his seat in the House of
Assembly," he said.
FNM leader Tommy Turn-
quest said party members are
currently speaking with legal
advisers in order to determine
their next step.


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Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G.,
(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

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The sports minister and his golf


HAS ANYONE ever heard of a person
going on to another man's property, and
because something displeases him, threaten-
ing to fire a member of that man's staff?
Or has anyone ever heard of someone
going to a public recreational area and
demeaning his position as a government min-
ister by asking for a discount to use the facil-
ities?
According to eyewitnesses that is what is
supposed to have happened at Four Seasons
resort in the Exumas on Saturday when
Youth Minister Neville Wisdom and his wife
decided on an afternoon game of golf.
We only have eyewitness reports to go
by, as neither Mr Wisdom nor Four Seasons'
golf director Kipp Bates has been available
for comment on the alleged altercation.
Eyewitnesses thought that Mr Wisdom
had received "harsh and unfair" treatment by
the golf director when his request was
refused, but have they stopped long enough
to think that Mr Wisdom, a Cabinet minister
if in fact the eyewitnesses' accounts are
true should never have put himself in such
a degrading position? Imagine a minister of
the Bahamas Cabinet suggesting obviously
only because of his elevated position that he
was entitled to a financial "break" on a game
of golf.
Such breaks are obviously not given in the
course of business at Four Seasons, despite
the resort's hospitality motto that all guests
should be treated above and beyond the call
of duty. When Mr Wisdom is alleged to have
asked the attendant if he could have a dis-
count, she said she had to check with her
boss, who in turn had to check with General
Manager Antoine Chahwan.
Mr Chahwan was happy to oblige how
could he be otherwise when one considers
all the work permits needed, including his
own, from the Bahamas government? How
could he afford to have a sour note directed
against his famed hospitality resort around
the Cabinet table?
However, eyewitnesses alleged that Mr
Bates reversed the general manager's con-
sent and ordered his staff not to give Mr Wis-
dom a discount.
Although, they said Mr Wisdom was will-
ing to pay the full fee, he was alleged to
have made the noxious comment: "Don't
you know who I am? I am the Minister of
Youth, Sports and Culture, the Honourable
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on any golf course in the country."
As the argument got more heated the wit-
nesses claim that Mr Wisdom said to the golf
director: "You have one week to pack your
stuff."
Late this afternoon Mr Wisdom returned
several calls made by a reporter from The
Tribune over the last two days in an attempt
to give him an opportunity to tell his side of
the story.
Mr Wisdom maintains that the golf course
"altercation" did not happen as recounted
by the eyewitnesses. However, the eyewit-
nesses are standing by their version of the
incident as reported in The Tribune on Mon-
day; Mr Bates is saying nothing, and general
manager Chahwan is conducting an internal
enquiry to make certain that the resort's
world-class standard of respect has not been
breached.
We would like to believe Mr Wisdom's
version of the dispute read his statement on
today's front page. And normally, we would
have hit the delete button on the comments in
the first few paragraphs of this article, had it
not been for a comment that Mr Wisdom
himself made by way of explanation in yes-
terday's interview.
"I was a guest at that facility," said Mr
Wisdom. "I could have asked for a compli-
mentary round, but I didn't."
That is our very point. Mr Wisdom: a Cab-
inet minister, could not, should not if only
because of his elevated position ask for, or
expect a complimentary round of golf on any
golf course.
No minister of government should put
anyone, especially a foreign investor, in a
position where he can't refuse a request for
fear of the political fall-out. And no minister
of government should put himself in a posi-
tion where, when it comes time to make a
decision on a matter concerning the Bahami-
an people, he might possibly have to com-
promise that decision because he remembers
that someone treated him to a free game of
golf while he was a minister.
It might seem a simple matter, but it is the
very essence of the meaning of conflict of
interest.
One of the persons who told The Tribune
about the exchange between the minister and
the golf director claimed that the golf direc-
tor's permit had just been renewed for two
more years. We shall watch his case with
interest.


An open mind




on Guana Cay


EDITOR, The Tribune
THIS letter is to all Abaconi-
ans and especially those in Gua-
na Cay:
There has in recent times
been much controversy over the
proposed development in The
Bakers Bay area. I would like to
add my two cents worth.
I am 62 years old and have
lived all of my life in Abaco. I
remember when all of our
towns were small. Some of our
people were forced to leave
here and seek employment in
other places. Those who stayed
and eked out a living, as did my
parents were poor.
We were grateful for the first
developer James Crocket, who
began the first commercial farm
and shipyard. This was a bless-
ing as many of our parents for
the first time were able to bring
home a regular weekly pay
cheque. Marsh Harbour forever
changed for the better after this.
The same type of things hap-
pened in all of our towns over
the years. We were glad when
the second homeowners came
and fueled our economy and
today we are one of the most
prosperous islands in our
Bahamaland.
Some of the people today
who are complaining about the
soon-to-be successful develop-
ment on Bakers Bay were
nowhere to be found when
Guana Cay's economy was non-
existent.
They came here in the last
few yez rs and are successfully
reaping the benefits. Can't you
see that for future generations,
the economy of all our islands
needs to grow, otherwise your
kids will have to go in search of
employment, as many others
had to do?
In their latest edition of The
Abaconian, there was a letter
from some visitors who were
complaining about what this
new development would do to
Guana Cay and how they would
not enjoy coming here any-
more.
The interesting thing is they
are still hard working people
who put in their 40 hours a
week. Nothing wrong with this,
I am happy to see working peo-
ple come to Abaco.
How many of this type will it
take to spend the kind of mon-
ey one homeowner/boat own-
er or club member in the Bak-
ers Bay Golf Club would
spend?
I have looked at and dis-
cussed the proposed project in
detail with the principals in the
development and from what I
have heard I am convinced that
this will be one of the finest of
its kind anywhere in the world.
The concerns of the good
people of Guana Cay would be
non-existent if they would allow
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enced by some expatriates who
wish our islands to remain as
they were when they first came
however many years ago.
The developers are just as
much, if not more concerned as
you are about the environment.
They are going to be bringing in
a far higher upscale clientele
than we are presently getting.
Do you believe these people
want to see a dead reef? Did
any of you ever anchor your
boat on a reef? Did any of you
ever squeeze detergent or gaso-
line under a shoal to get craw-
fish out?
I was recently in Guana and
was pleased to see the size of
yacht boats tied to the Orchid
Bay Marina. I'll bet those guests
drop a few coins in your settle-
ment.
I recall how much opposition
there was about this develop-
ment, I also recall the opposi-
tion to Nippers, and Guana
Beach Resort.


Yet the world has not ended
and your economy continues to
thrive.
You leading citizens of Gua-
na Cay, I challenge you to get
involved in a constructive way
and learn what is going to hap-
pen, be a part of it.
Don't be unduly influenced
by those who have made and
continue to make their money
in some other place and are not
concerned about a thriving
economy for you and your chil-
dren. Become members of The
Bahamas National Trust and
have input as to what happens
to "Joe Creek and the Wet-
lands."
I repeat here what was told to
me some years ago regarding
growth of a business which
directly relates to the economy
of any island, town or country,
"If it does not grow, it will die!"
The Bakers Bay project will
go forward and some day you
will acknowledge the short-term
as well as the long-term benefits
to our island.
JACK ALBURY
Abaco
March 30 2005


Thanking the sponsors


EDITOR, The Tribune
ON April 29, The Tribune
carried a report about the
exhibition entitled Aspects of
The Bahamas: Sustaining
Nature's Treasures at the Roy-
al Commonwealth Society in
London which closed on
March 31 after a 6-week run.
Your report attributed to
me remarks made during an
interview with one of your
staff. Unfortunately, several
significant points I made were
omitted.
In particular, I expressed
thanks, to the sponsors who
made cash donations to help
defray the costs of setting up._:
the exhibition Ansbacher
(Bahamas) Limited and the
Ansbacher Group, Family
Guardian Insurance Company
Limited, Oceanic Bank and
Trust Limited, The TK Foun-
dation and Comfort Suites -
and to Majestic Tours who
provided air tickets for
Christopher Hamilton, execu-
tive director of the Bahamas
National Trust, and me to
travel to London to help put
the finishing touches to the
exhibition and to attend the
official opening and private
viewing. All concerned much
appreciated this generous
assistance from the sponsors.
It is worth noting that while
in London we also had meet-
ings with various relevant
organizations, including the


National Trust (of England,
Wales and Northern Ireland),
in an effort to develop wider
relationships as well as to
investigate the possibility of
securing funding for the
Bahamas National Trust from
international sources.
In addition to the sponsors,
I told your reporter that I
wanted specifically to thank
Lynn Parotti, a Bahamian
artist who now lives in Lon-
don, and representatives of
The Friends of The Bahamas,
David Barron and Richard
Moir, for all the work they did
- and for the time and help
hey :gave to ensure that the
exhibition took place and
turned out to be a success.
Lastly, I mentioned that on
March 3 the Bahamas Finan-
cial Services Board held an
effective promotional event
against the backdrop of the
exhibition which attracted 60
participants, including lawyers
from the 'City of London' (the
financial heart of London),
representatives of financial
institutions with a branch or
subsidiary in the Bahamas and
others interested in doing
business here.
I should be grateful if,
through publication of this let-
ter, these omissions could be
put right.

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PLP's performance since




2002 is 'disappointing'


By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Staff Reporter Bonefish Foley gets new home
THE PLP's performance over the past three
years has been disappointing.
That is the verdict the Free National Move-
ment intends to hand down at a report card rally
to be held tonight. Yesterday marked the third
anniversary of the PLP's 2002 election win. fen sae R e
However, according to party leader Tommy t
Turnquest, it is clear that the PLP has disap-
pointed the Bahamian people. He said tonight's
rally will address many of the major concerns on
the minds of Bahamians .AA
"In the past three years, they have been rocked
by numerous scandals including the Korean Boat
fiasco, the rental of the Junkanoo bleachers and
the continued victimisation of Bahamians."
Mr Turnquest said there is far too much blatant
abuse of position by party members and said that
the PLP's code of ethics "is not worth the paper it
is printed on."
He added that the conduct of certain party
members has brought the PLP to a moral and
ethical low point.
"I think Bahamians are looking forward to get-
ting rid of them," he said when asked about the
government's chances in the 2007 election.
On Sunday, PLP chairman Raynard Rigby said
that since the 2002 election, Bahamians have ben-
efited from the tremendous number of homes
and clinics that have been constructed.
He added that more than 10,000 jobs will be cre-
ated through investment projects at Kerzner Inter-
national, Cable Beach and other family islands, all
of which are happening under the PLP.
Mr Turnquest called Mr Rigby's claims "public
relations propaganda".
"I do not think that the Bahamian people agree GRAND BAHAMA US Ambassador Rood family, who got to know Mr Rolle
with that, so he can say what he likes," he said. John Rood and his family were in West many years ago on vacations to West End.
Tonight's rally will address many of the major End on Monday to visit longtime family The house, which is built 8ft off the
concerns on the minds of Bahamians, including: friend Israel Rolle, also known as the leg- ground on concrete columns, was con-
the recent Cable Beach development deal, LNG, endary 'bonefish foley', to celebrate the structed at a cost of a $100,000, paid for
CSME, and the controversy around the bank- completion of a new home they built for by the Rood family. Mr Rood and his wife,
ruptcy ruling which was handed down to PLP MP him after Hurricane Frances. Jaime, are seen presenting Mr Rolle with
Sidney Stubbs. It was a sentimental moment for the the certificate of occupancy.
The meeting will take place at 7.30pm in the
Prince Charles Shopping Centre.


Policies being


developed to


cut congestion

By TIFFANY GRANT
Tribune Staff Reporter
A NUMBER of policy recommendations have
been developed in a bid to alleviate traffic cony
gestion and some are ready for implementation.
Ministry of Transport policy and planning
co-ordinator Errol McPhee said the recomn-
mendations call for the licensing of all driving
schools and the regulated qualification of instruct
tors.
"These developments and others are contained
in the ministry's transport development plan for
New Providence, which contains 39 initiative
aimed at improving transport planning capabil-
ity, reduce traffic congestion, improve road safe-
ty and traffic efficiency," he explained.
According to Mr McPhee, there are many
interrelated factors that contribute to traffic co4-
gestion.
These include the rate of growth of vehicle
ownership, the inadequacy of land use planning
and the lack of public investment in public trani-
port.
He suggested that the public assist in reducing
traffic by avoiding unnecessary car trips, espe-
cially during peak hours.
He said persons could opt to walk for short
trips, use public transportation, or car pool.
Mr Mcphee said that improving school trans-
portation is a major objective of the develop-
ment plan. He added that more than 60 per cent
of children are transported to school by private
vehicles.
The government is currently drawing up popi-
cies which are aimed at minimising unnecessary
use of private vehicles, especially at peak hours.
Mr McPhee admitted that it would be costly to
run a separate school busing system. I
However, by using the public bus system add
developing new routes, rerouting existing routes
and improving bus scheduling, a more cost-
effective solution can implemented, he said. 3
"There is no one solution that fits all circu i-
stances.
"However, the overall objective should be to
provide and facilitate safer routes to and frodp
school, to enable pupils to make all, a substantial
part of their journey by bicycle, on foot, public
transport or car-pooling," Mr McPhee said.


* By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
A 20-YEAR-OLD man was
charged with having unlawful
sexual intercourse with a 13-
year-old girl.
Samuel Lewis, of McKinney
Drive off Carmichael Road,
appeared before Magistrate
Linda Virgill yesterday morn-
ing to face the charge.
It is alleged that he com-
mitted the offence on between
April 29 or 30.
Lewis, an air-conditioning
and refrigerator technician,
was not to required to enter
a plea.
Bail was set at $15,000, with
two sureties.
The magistrate advised
Lewis that he is to report to
the Carmichael Road police
station every Monday,
Wednesday and Saturday at


7pm and not to have contact
with any of the witnesses in
the case.
Failure to comply with
either stipulation will result in
bail being revoked, Magistrate
Virgill warned.
The date for the preliminary
inquiry was set for June 10.
Also appearing before Mag-
istrate Virgill yesterday was
25-year-old Marco Antons
Smith, who was charged with
attempting to have unlawful
intercourse with a 13-year-old
girl.
According to court records,
Smith, who is of Brougham
Street, committed the offence
on April 28.
He was not required to
enter a plea and bail was set at
$15,000, with two sureties.
Smith is set to return to
court on June 10 for a prelim-
inary inquiry.


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pect in last week's shooting
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* PAMELA Armaly presents Dame Ivy Dumont,
Governor General of the Bahamas. with a copy of
her book Beyond The Sunset during a visit to
Government House


Father's shock at system



in his quest for custody


* By A FELICITY INGRAHAM
Tribune Staff Reporter
A FATHER is expressing his
disappointment with the courts
and the government after his
ongoing fight to be a part of his
daughter's life suffered yet
another setback on Friday.
For six years, since his daugh-
ter was a baby, Clever Dun-
combe has been in and out of
court and now feels the justice
system is not supportive of
fathers trying to make a posi-
tive impact on their children's
lives.
He told The Tribune yester-
day that after applying for joint


custody of his daughter Ebony,
experiencing postponements,
testifying, and bringing wit-
nesses, he was told that no pro-
visions existed in Bahamian law
to allow joint custody of a child
born out of wedlock.
Mr Duncombe asked why he
was not told this when he first
made his application.
He will now have to apply for
access to his daughter all over
again, he said.
Mr Duncombe is the presi-
dent of Bahamian Fathers
for Children Everywhere a
group campaigning for legisla-
tion which would give more
rights to fathers of children


born out of wedlock.
After a more than a year of
campaigning, Mr Duncombe
says he has found himself being
a "victim" of "antiquated laws".

Rights

The Affiliations and Pro-
ceedings Act, Mr Duncombe
contends, does not comply with
the United Nations Conven-
tions on the Rights of the Child,
although the Bahamas "signed
on" to the document.
"I am still disappointed in the
fact that in lieu of what is hap-
pening in this country with our


children, a child can still be
denied access to a father who
cares about her," said the 39-
year-old dad.
"The statistics are alarming.
Last year there were 520 vari-
ous cases of abuse reported to
social services. That depart-
ment, along with the attorney
general's office, still continues
to drag their feet to address
these antiquated, colonialistic
laws as it relates to children
born of wedlock," he said.
Mr Duncombe said that for
the sake of both his daughter
and his activist group, he would
continue to work through the
courts.


Number of paramedics to rise


* By KILAH ROLLE
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE number of Bahamian paramedics is
to double in the next year
According to organisers, Bahamian para-
medics were all that was missing from the
successful international paramedics com-
petition, hosted by the Bahamas Emer-
gency Medical Services Association
(BESMA) in the Bahamas on Saturday.
There are currently about six paramedics
in the Bahamas, and although a team had
planned to compete in the first interna-
tional Advanced Life Support competition,
they backed out at the last minute when
they realised the competition was so intense.
Eighteen paramedics were judged in their
application of emergency skills during a
competition that required each team to
treat five patients in 12 minutes during a
mock emergency crisis.


Emergency Medical Services coordina-
tor for Princess Margaret Hospital, Stephen
Brown, said the medics had just recently
graduated and they felt intimidated by the
seasoned American competitors who
arrived in New Providence from New York
and South Florida.
"Although we are improving," said Mr
Brown, "the truth is there just aren't that
many paramedics on the island, and we are
challenged in our organisation to increase
the numbers."
Dr James Iferenta, Clinical Director
Emergency Services of Doctors Hospital
and the programme director for the local
EMS training school, said they had just
completed training the first four locally
trained paramedics, who are all nationally
registered.
Dr Iferenta added that over the past 20
months, 20 people were trained to be Emer-
gency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and


that there are 20 more scheduled to com-
plete the training soon, six of them para-
medics.
"By this time next year we are hoping to
have a total of 12 paramedics in the
Bahamas," he said, "and if there is another
international competition next year, you
can expect a Bahamian team to be a part of
it.
"We need to sensitise the Bahamian pub-
lic to what EMS is all about and how it is
being done. Clearly we are in our embry-
onic stages, and we really appreciate the
chance to see how its done through com-
petitions such as these, we don't have to
reinvent the wheel."
Lt Nicole Van Meter of the Miami-Dade
Fire Rescue team, said: "I wag'hoping to
watch a Bahamian team, but I was told they
were not entering anymore. We can all
learn from each other, and this competi-
tion proves that."


Bahamians



'must do more


for heritage'


By NATARIO McKENZIE
BAHAMIANS should do
more to preserve their heritage
and educate themselves on their
history, says a local historian.
"We need to let tourists know
that we are not only sun, sand
and sea but that we are a his-
torical and cultural communi-
ty," said Andrea Major, educa-
tion officer at the National
Museums and Antiquities Cor-
poration.
Mrs Major pointed out that
although Bahamians have
shown a greater awareness
toward the preservation of
national monuments over the
years, more steps need to be
taken to educate the public on
the importance of these struc-
tures since so little is docu-
mented on them.
The antiquities corporation
was established in 1999 as a gov-
ernment entity with responsi-
bility for the management and
upkeep of historical monuments
is presently devising new ways
to promote Bahamian heritage.
"We need the Bahamian pub-


lic to be our eyes and ears and
alert us when they see a build-
ing that may be of historical sig-
nificance that is being torn
down or find an item that may
be of historical importance,"
said Mrs Major.
The government currently
provides an incentive for per-
sons to restore their old relics
and historic structures. This
facility, provided by the Antiq-
uities, Monuments and Muse-
ums Act 1998, comes in the
form of tax reduction on the
equipment brought in to facili-
tate restoration.
"We need to highlight the
national treasures in each com-
munity and get these commu-
nities to help preserve them,"
said Major who admitted that
the the government does not
have the "manpower" to ensure
the protection of every histori-
cal find throughout the
Bahamas.
"A national treasure is a
national treasure anywhere in
the world," Major said, adding
that the corporation was
becoming more proactive.


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THE College of The
Bahamas is building a "band
shell" to serve as a focal point
for staging a wide spectrum of
performances and large scale
activities,
A band shell is an outdoor
stage with a curved wall at the
rear, which serves to project
sounds to a surrounding audi-
ence. Being built on the east-
ern grounds of the college's
Oakes Field Campus, it is one
of many physical transforma-
tions it will undergo on the jour-
ney to university status,
One of the events it will host
is the college's annual com-
mencement exercises.
COB President Dr Rodney
Smith said that while only four
graduation ceremonies have
been held on campus at the 30-
year-old institution, from 2005
onward, all commencement
exercises will be staged in the
area of the band shell.
"The newly erected band
shell will serve as the staging
area for this year's Commence-
ment activities at which thou-
sands of academically regaled
faculty, students and dignitaries
will create a panoramic view
never before seen on campus,"
said Dr Smith.
Dr Smith also announced
that in September the band
shell will provide the staging
area for the launch of the annu-


* COB managers inspect the stage construction


al University Convocation.
The band shell is also planned
to serve as the ideal site for out-
door summer concerts, where
families can bring blankets or
lounge chairs and enjoy the tal-
ents of students and staff, as
well as Bahamian and interna-
tional performers of poetry, dra-
ma and music, both instrumen-
tal and vocal.
The College will be seeking
to join forces with the Bahamas
Musicians and Entertainers
Union to create opportunities
for more live performances,
while promoting a more multi-
disciplinary approach to cultur-
al enrichment.


When completed this month,
COB's band shell will be a mod-
ern structure featuring such
amenities as dressing rooms for
performers.
The state-of-the-art facility
will be 50ft wide, 40ft deep, with
a ceiling height of 20ft.
The band shell is designed by
Architect Associates and built
by Cavalier Construction Com-
pany.
Recent announcements of the
expansion of COB have includ-
ed the purchase of the com-
mercial property, formerly
known as the Boulevard Build-
ing, and groundbreaking for a
60,000 square foot library.


Senior officers


are urged to


embrace


prison reform


DEPUTY superintendent of
Prisons Charles Rolle has told
senior officers that they must
-be prepared to embrace the
"changing conditions" at Her
Majesty's Fox Hill Prison.
Mr Rolle said the changes are
designed to bring the penal
institution in line with interna-
tionally accepted correctional
practices.
At a senior management sem-
inar on Friday, he said pro-
grammes and policies recently
implemented at the institution
and those scheduled to be
implemented in the future, are
designed to improve perfor-
mance and efficiency in all areas
at the prison.
"As you are aware, it will not
be business as usual at this insti-
tution as we are going through a
total change and readjustment,"
said Mr Rolle. "Therefore we
as leaders must adapt to these
changes and be ready and will-
ing to embrace them."
Mr Rolle said senior officers
would no longer be able to
operate "the way we feel" but
will be required to administer
their duties in line with inter-
nationally accepted standards
of correction, and the Consti-
tution of The Bahamas "which
is the law that governs us from a
secular point.
"It is my belief that events


such as these can help us recog-
nise our strengths and weak-
nesses as leaders and to
improve on those- areas where
there may be weaknesses," Mr
Rolle said.
"I encourage you to embrace
this 21st century leadership
approach as it will allow us to
become positive team players
who are able to work on one
accord," he said.
The seminar, which was held
at the newly constructed Prison
Correctional Vocational Insti-
tute, covered a number of key
management areas.
Presenters included Marissa
Mason-Smith, human resource
director at the Bahamas Elec-
tricity Corporation; Diana
Black Brooks, manager of
industry training at the
Bahamas Ministry of Tourism;
and Cedric Collie of CAC Man-
agement.
The senior officers seminar
is part of Dr Elliston Rahming's
plan to provide a more com-
prehensive educational, techni-
cal and vocational training pro-
gramme for officers and
inmates at Fox Hill.
Dr Rahming said the train-
ing for senior and subordinate
staff would allow them to be
"on the cutting edge of what is
happening elsewhere in the
world in terms of corrections."


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The Government of The Bahamas issues AES an Agreement in
Principle to construct a Liquefied Natural Gas plant on Ocean
Cay in The Bahamas.
AES and BEST meet to discuss the project review process
With participation from BEST staff, AES commences field
surveys, including geophysical, geotechnical, hydrographic,
biological and archaeological surveys.
AES submits Draft EIA scope outline to BEST.
BEST staff submits comments on EIA draft scoping document to
AES.
AES responds to BEST comments on draft EIA scope.


AES submits EIA draft sections to BEST staff for review and
comment.
BEST staff provide comments on draft EIA sections to AES
AES submits completed EIA document to BEST staff.
AES makes presentation of EIA to Ministry of Health, the BEST
Commission, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Department of
Fisheries.

The BEST Commission engages ICF to support the EIA review
process.
BEST staff reviews EIA, section by section, and submit questions to
AES.
AES responds to BEST staff questions and attend multiple working
group meetings to clarify responses and amendments to the EIA.
Minister of Health and the Environment, Dr. Marcus Bethel holds
national press conference to announce public participation
process, including EIA comment period and schedule for Town
Meetings.


The Bahamas Gets:

* More than $20 million revenue
to the Public Treasury per year.

* $9 Million License Fee

* High paying technical jobs

o 400 construction jobs


FROM page one

response to this declaration
which stated that the FNM is
calling upon the Prime Minis-
ter to deal strictly with the
unruly minister for his racial
slur against Bahamian Sam
Duncombe.
"It is extremely sad that Min-
ister Miller would play the race
card when the going gets rough,"
said the FNM. "It is typical of
the Progressive Liberal Party
(PLP) to attack the messenger
and not focus on the issue being
discussed."
Sam Duncombe said that
despite any ignorant remarks,
the issue is the environment and
has been her issue for the past 15
years.
"I don't care who or what is
in the way," she said yesterday,
"that is what my passion is and
that is what I care about. I don't
understand the racial comment
and he should think of engaging
his brain before he opens his
month. Is his argument for LNG
so lame that he has to resort to
insults?"
Mrs Duncombe has advocat-
ed against the LNG facilities by
launching a national petition
advising residents to "Say No to
LNG", and in 10 days has gen-
erated 1500 signatures on-line
and by fax machine.
"We still have not gone out on
the street to collect signatures,"
she added, "which we plan to do.
We are the vehicle for people to
be heard, and we are sick of
being told what is good for us,
we want in on the process. The
reason I took on LNG is because
I knew no one else would. I am
not afraid and I am not going to
resort to Mr Miller's level, I have
done my research, I refuse to
ignore that this project is putting
people in danger."
According to the FNM state-
ment, Mr Miller is resorting to
racial slurs simply because the
whole country will not fall easily
in line behind him and the PLP
government as they try to force
the LNG project on Bahamians.
"Nov along comes Leslie
Miller waving his big racial
stick," continues the FNM state-
ment, "attempting to throw the
Bahamian society back to days
when hatred and bigotry ham-
pered orderly development and
worked against peace and broth-
erhood.
"It was a wicked and evil com-
ment from a cabinet minister and
the FNM calls on the prime min-
ister to fire this minister whose
words and actions'and activities,
especially in recent' times, have
brought shame and embarrass-


LNG debate


ment to right-thinking Bahami-
ans everywhere."
Mrs Duncombe said the com-
ment was completely uncalled
for, and also completely inaccu-
rate.
"So does he mean that I only
protect the environment for
white people?" she asked. "What
does that say to the black people
who have supported me? Why
cloud the issue with something
that we are not talking about?"
Mrs Duncombe warned of the
number of accidents that have
happened in the .LNG industry,
contradictory to Mr Miller's
claims that there have been no
deaths in the past 40 years, and
promised that she will continue
to speak out against it until she
feels the government has suffi-
ciently answered their questions.
"In Florida they will have at
least 12 regulatory agencies that
would have to pass the project,"
she said, "if we have to dredge to
expand Ocean Cay, why don't
they expand one in the Florida
Keys? Why should our environ-
ment suffer for their energy
needs?"
Mrs Duncombe said that
there are a lot of issues that still
need to be discussed and
Bahamians are being short-
changed on every front.
"When every community in
the United States in saying no,"
she continued, "and these are
places that have plants, unlike
the Bahamas which don't even
have any, then we need to start
paying attention. Why should we
become the industrial backyard
for the United States?
She added that she and her
organisation will continue to
encourage people to get
involved, and to educate
Bahamians on the devastating
effects the proposal will bring to
the country. :
"We have to pay attention and
we will question when the gov-
ernment tells the people to be
quiet," she said. "It is not accept-
able to be quiet when funda-
mentally we know when some-
thing is contradictory to what we
have been brought up to believe,
and that is that our country is
beautiful and pristine, why soil
it? If we don't know then we
should err on the side of caution.
People do care, and they under-
stand that it's not about race, it's
about our environment and how
it affects us and will affect our
children."
American energy company
AES is hoping to sign a heads of
agreement with the Bahamas


government for its proposed
$650 million LNG re-gasification
terminal at Ocean Key.
The project would send 842
million cubic feet a day of gas to
Florida and would include a liq-
uefied natural gas import termi-
nal; a liquefied gas removal
plant; a seawater desalination
plant; an undersea pipeline to
supply power from Ocean Cay
to North Bimini as well as hous-
ing facilities on Ocean Cay.



New outbreak

FROM page one

under quarantine and 24-
hour security was assigned
to the area.
In February, the gov-
ernment signed a $720,000
contract with Abaco heavy
equipment company Big
Cat Bahamas for the
destruction of the infected
crops.
The only successful way
to eradicate the disease is
to destroy all infected
trees, plantlets and
seedlets.
Residents and farmers
in Abaco, however, believe
that the ministry's slow
response in dealing with
the matter only increased
the danger of the highly
contagious disease spread-
ing.
Although Mr Sweeting
could not say if govern-
ment's slow response con-
tributed to the spread of
canker to the BG Harmon
Farms, he said: "I always
thought central govern-
ment could have moved
more swiftly with respond-
ing to the situation at the
Bahama Star Farm."
The MP added that he
hopes that the situation at
the BG Harmon Farms
,will be dealt with quickly
and efficiently.
"We have the equip-
ment and they are almost
finished uprooting the
trees at the Bahama Star
Farm so hopefully we will
be able to deal with this in
a timely fashion," he said.


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The Assistant Vice-President for Patient Financial Services (PFS) will be directly
responsible for overseeing patient account services including patient access
(pre-registration, registration, insurance verification, and upfront cash collections),
billing and collection of revenue generated by the Hospital's clinical departments
from patients, insurance companies and other third party payors.

This leader will be responsible for collaborative development of action plans for
monitoring and evaluating all PFS functions. Current initiatives include: a
comprehensive revenue cycle review, implementation of new PFS fully integrated
software, and an extensive chargemaster (pricing) analysis and overhaul.

This leader should have a proven track record of providing innovative ideas and
approaches to achieving and maintaining best practices. at an operational and
financial level. The AVP position is a direct successor to the VP for Patient
Financial Services, and requires a highly refined management and supervisory
style and communication skills that will facilitate timely resolution of sensitive
customer service and collection issues within an environment of favourable public
relations.

This executive will be responsible for driving change with a high degree of
integrity and energy and, therefore, must be self-directed and able to translate
strategic objectives into operational goals. Consensus building among teams and
embracing DH's core values will be essential.

The ideal candidate will have a BS/BA degree in finance, business management or
accounting from a reputable educational institution and have at least seven years
progressive experience in customer service/accounting operations in a
management role. The successful candidate must have demonstrated knowledge
and ability to effectively lead and motivate a staff of professional and clerical
positions. The position requires very strong leadership, problem solving, customer
service, teamwork, quantitative, analytical, and computer skills. Healthcare
experience and familiarity with the MEDITECH patient billing and accounting
systems would be an asset.


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FIDELITY BANK (BAHAMAS) LIMITED

has a vacancy for the position of

FINANCIAL RECOVERY OFFICER


PROFILE:

Nastac Series 7 or the Canadian Securities Course and must
o be familiar with investment products
Four years commercial banking experience, two of which must
have been in collections
Excellent communication skills, including written and oral and
human relations
Excellent attitude, punctuality and attendance records
Associate degree in Business Administration or a related field


RESPONSIBILITIES
INCLUDE:


Performing administrative functions to assist with the recovery
process in accordance with the Bank's policies and
procedures
Making field calls and contacting delinquent customers for the
recovery of funds
Providing financial guidance to delinquent customers
S Preparing reports and court documents to assist with
the recovery process
Attending court on behalf of the bank


Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) Limited offers an excellent remuneration
and benefits package including performance-based incentives,
medical insurance, life and long tern disability insurances and
pension plan.


Send resume no later than Friday 13th May 2005 to:


Human Resources Department
Re: Financial Recovery Officer
Head Office, Cable Beach
P.O. Box N-7502
Nassau
Fax 327.5175

e-mail: info@fidelitybahamas.com


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Investigation into Wisdom row


FROM page one

by the same token it was very
embarrassing for young
Bahamians who work at that
facility to see a member of the
Cabinet of their country treat-
ed that way," said Mr Wis-
dom.
"To me it was an embar-
rassing situation but at the
same time I am a Christian
man and I do not want to do
anything to hurt him. He
needs to become familiarized
with the Bahamas and learn
how it is we treat each other
and how we treat a guest. I
paid my money. I was a guest
at that facility. I could have
asked for a complimentary
round, but I didn't."
He explained that after
entering the golf shop of the
resort, he exchanged pleas-
antries with the golf shop
attendants and insisted that
he never requested a dis-
count. He said that the atten-
dants recognised him as a
Minister, and at no point did
he flaunt his position. He did
explain however that he and
his wife had only been inter-
ested in playing nine holes,
and the golf attendant was
kind enough to take it upon
herself to see if Mr Wisdom
could have received a dis-
count.
Mr Wisdom confirmed that
before the attendant had
come back with an answer,
he had already charged the
$387, for the 18-holes on his
credit card.
"When the young lady
came back she seemed dis-
traught," Mr Wisdom
explained, "and she indicated
to me that the Golf Pro
Director told her to charge
me the full price and she indi-
cated to me he was rude and
abrupt to her."
Mr Wisdom said that as he
was walking out towards the
golf cart he saw the Direc-
tor, Mr Kipp Bates, and went
to explain to him that he did
not ask for the discount.
"At that point he asked me
to explain to him what a min-
- ister of the government was
and secondly why I felt I was'


entitled to a discount," said
Mr Wisdom. "It was at that
point I indicated to him that I
did not ask for one but I had
paid the maximum amount
of money that can be charged
to play."
He said that after this first
exchange, he and his wife
went to the driving range and
at this point, Mr Bates
approached them again.
"He indicated to me that
he had been instructed by his
general manager to apologise
to me," he said, "I told him I
accepted his apology and
then he continued to ask me
that I should explain to him
what a minister was and why
I thought I should be enti-
tled to a discount."
Mr Wisdom said he had
not wished to engage in an
argument with the gentlemen
but he did express to Mr
Bates how he felt.
"I did say to him that I did
not have to put up with that,"
Mr Wisdom said, "and that I
thought he was discourteous.
I felt embarrassed and insult-
ed in my own country. At this
point he indicated that I was
speaking loudly and disturb-
ing his guests."
Mr Wisdom refuted the
reports that Mr Bates cursed
at him, and also denied that
he had threatened Mr Bates
in any way.
"I never indicated to him
to leave the country or any-
thing like that, but I did tell
him that I did not have to put
up with that."
Mr Wisdom said that he
and his wife decided to aban-
don the game, feeling
"embarrassed and insulted"
and it was while returning the
golf clubs and cart back to
the golf shop they were
approached by a Mr Smith
who came to apologise for
the incident. "He asked me
if I would be kind enough to
join him to speak with Mr
Clemente, who I think is the
vice president of Four Sea-
sons. I initially told them it
was unnecessary, but at.his
request we went."
,He said: that the-senior
executive apologised' again


and told the couple that he
did not feel the matter should
have been handled the way
it was.
'1When I was leaving Exu-
ma yesterday morning," con-
tinued Mr Wisdom, "the gen-
eral manager came to see me
at the airport to apologise
and indicated he would deal
with the matter. I indicated
to him my concern that he
should carefully look at the
way in which I was treated
because if that was any indi-
cation at the way in which
Bahamian workers and the
guests of the resort would be
treated, it was cause for con-
cern."
"I feel that Mr Bates really
might be a victim of a social
challenge," said Mr Wisdom,
"and in his defence, he may
be unaccustomed to the
Bahamian way of things. He
honestly appeared to me not
to know very much, if any-
thing, about the Bahamas
since he had to ask me what a
minister of the government
was. Not to mention that I
am the Minister of Youth,
Sports and Culture, and he
is a a Golf professional."



Prisoner

in suicide

attempt

FROM page one

Creek, Andros, and was sen-
tenced to two years impris-
onment in addition to his
life sentence.
Parcoi has a long list of
charges against him, includ-
ing possession of an unli-
censed firearm, possession
of ammunition and escape
from lawful custody.
He was moved to the
medium security wing of the
prison two years ago after
serving 19 years in maxi-
mum security,


FIDELITY BANK (BAHAMAS) LIMITED
has a vacancy for the position of
PERSONAL BANKING OFFICER (CREDIT)


PROFILE:
Associate degree in Business Administration, Finance or
a related field
Nastac Series 7 Course or the Canadian Securities Course
(preferred, but not essential, as training will be available as
required)
Four years commercial banking experience with a minimum of 2
years credit experience
Experience managing diverse loan portfolios and assessing
loan quality
Detailed knowledge of retail/commercial lending practices and
credit analysis (to ensure the integrity of the portfolio)
Excellent communication, analytical and reasoning skills
Excellent leadership skills
Strong interpersonal skills (to work effectively with staff
and customers)
S Strong PC skills

RESPONSIBILITIES
INCLUDE:

Solicitation of new customers and managing sales activities
(to enhance the profitability of the unit)
Effectively leadership and support to achieve corporate objectives
Reviewing and implementing new customer, mortgage and
commercial lending activities and organizational strategies
Managing loan portfolios and assessing loan quality
Promoting excellent Service Quality
Adjudicating credit lines within the delegated authority

Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) Limited offers an excellent remuneration
and benefits package including performance-based incentives,
9 medical insurance, life and long tern disability insurances and
*V pension plan.
Send resume no later than Friday 13th May 2005 to:


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PIANO BAR & CAFE



Summer Time at Villaggio

Tuesday Saturday, Lunch 12:30 2:30 W Dinner 6:00 10:00


DINNER MENU


Crostini of garlic & olive oil rubbed Tuscan bread marinated


heirloom tomatoes, basil & Parmigiano Reggiano


Villaggio jumbo lump crab cake nestled over baby spinach, shell-
fish lemon butter & chili

Crispy fried Portobello mushroom Milanese filled with herbed
cream cheese, over Goodfellow greens, hazelnut dressing

Buffalo mozzarella layered on beef steak tomatoes, pesto, micro
salad & aged balsamic dressing

Ribolita Tuscan bean & vegetable soup enhanced by extra
virgin olive oil & Pecorino cheese

Baby spinach salad with pears, walnuts, crumbly blue cheese,
dressed with warm bacon dressing & crispy croutons

Saut6ed garlic shrimp crostini steeped in lobster stock, fresh
tomatoes infused with chili, basil, rucola & pine nuts

Lemongrass poached lobster salad tossed with Flo's sweet mus-
tard dressing, palm hearts, asparagus & micro greens


Trenette pasta tossed with saut6ed organic chicken, Italian sau-
Ssage, escarole, broccoli, garlic & a hint of chili

Orcchiette complimented By sauteed garlic shrimp & calamari
tossed in rich tomato sauce perfumed with lobster stock & fresh basil

Venetian style canaroli seafood risotto perfumed with basil &
fresh asparagus tips

Gnocchi of spinach & fontina cheese, with wild mushroom trifo-
lata,'sage brown butter & shaved Parmigiano Reggiano

Linguine frutti di mare fresh seafood complimented by cherry
tomatoes, zucchini & basil in lobster cream sauce

Spaghetti vongole veraci clams steamed in white wine, garlic,
parsley & a little chili tossed with spaghetti & olive oil

Ravioli of ricotta cheese nestled over fresh wilted spinach with
organic tomato fondue infused with mascarpone cream

Rigatoni pasta tossed with saut6ed organic chicken & broccoli in
a delicate walnut infused cream scented with truffle oil


Seared fillet of Scottish salmon complimented by a medley of
summer vegetables, buttered shellfish broth & snow crab per-
fumed with tarragon

Seared blackened sea bass fillet served over wilted spinach with
brown buttered vegetables & extra virgin olive oil infused with beets

Navaran of best end of lamb braised with Cote Hermitage wine,
root vegetables, oyster mushrooms & fresh rosemary served with
olive oil & parmesean whipped potatoes

Fire grilled scallops, tian of grilled vegetables infused with fresh
pesto, beetroot juice & veal jus reduction

Spiedini of giant Pacific prawns brushed with garlic lemon butter
& flame grilled, served over wilted spinach salad dressed with
sweet tomato salsa perfumed with lemon thyme

Twice roasted crispy duck over garlic fried baby bok choy &
broccoli, complimented by a rich duck & sweet plum sauce


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Frustration grows





over Investments





Board approvals


* By YOLANDA
DELEVEAUX
Tribune Business Reporter
FOREIGN investors
involved in routine land appli-
cations were yesterday said to
be increasingly frustrated by an
inefficient system that pro-
longed the approvals process,
with the problem exacerbated
by the Bahamas Investments
Board's failure to meet during
April.
The Tribune was told yes-
terday that the Investments
Board's last meeting was said
to have been in mid-March.
Speaking on condition of
anonymity, a real estate indus-


try source said the Ministry of
Financial Services' Investments
Board did not meet during
April to approve fairly routine
applications for land purchas-
es, leading to what is being
described as "almost a crisis sit-
uation".

Investors
Industry stakeholders are
calling on the Government to
change an application system
that has foreign investors won-
dering how long it will take to
purchase a piece of property.
With millions of dollars in rev-
enue also accruing to the Gov-
ernment on the line, frustration


BEC 'will have to look

at' fuel price hedging

* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas Electricity Corporation's (BEC) general man-
ager yesterday said it "will have to look at" hedging its fuel pur-
chases in the future, given the impact soaring global oil prices
have had on the Corporation's cost base and the fuel surcharge
portion of customer bills.
Kevin Basden told The Tribune, though, that BEC would
have to justify the practice of hedging purchasing fuel some
months ahead of delivery at an agreed price in the anticipation
that the oil price would rise above that if market forces did not
move in that direction and left BEC facing a loss on the pur-
chase.
He added that BEC's current contracts with the oil companies
also did not allow for hedging.
SEE page two.


Higher EIA standards

for investments in

'disaster-prone" areas


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
INVESTMENT projects
earmarked for areas that the
Government designates as
"specially vulnerable" to nat-
ural disasters such as hurri-
canes could be faced with hav-
ing to meet higher standards
for Environmental Impact
Assessments (EIAs), if a pro-
posed Bill is passed by Parlia-
ment.
The Bill, which aims to give
statutory authority to the
National Emergency Man-
agement Agency (NEMA)
and establish procedures and


policies for combating nation-
al disasters, enables the Prime
Minister to designate "spe-
cially vulnerable areas"
throughout the Bahamas
upon the recommendation of
NEMA's director.
The Bill, a draft copy of
which is now being circulated
to interested groups, proposes
that NEMA's director will
create "special area precau-
tionary plans" for all areas
designated as vulnerable. This
"plan" may include, accord-
ing to the legislation, "stan-
dards for environmental
SEE page five


is growing among not only
investors but Bahamian stake-
holders because of the alleged
delays.
Allyson Maynard-Gibson,
minister of financial services
and investments, could not be
contacted for comment before
press deadline yesterday
evening.
All applications for land pur-
chases from a second home to
multi-million developments
involving foreigners are
processed through the Invest-
ments Board. While real estate
sources say they understand
that a process of due diligence
must be undertaken, particu-
larly in regard to large devel-
opments, in terms of simple
transactions for second homes
or other small projects, the
approval time needed to be
shortened.

Focus
It was been suggested that the
Government delegate respon-
sibility for routine permit trans-
actions to a private/public sector
body to help the system move
along more quickly. Such a
move would also allow the Gov-
ernment to focuson bigger
issues.
It is understood that no meet-
ing has been scheduled by the
Investments Board, although
stakeholders have been hear-
ing talk of one being scheduled
for the past three weeks.
Brent Symonette, FNM MP
for Montagu, said the country
was impacted negatively when
buyers become frustrated
because they are not able to
complete a purchase rapidly.
He said there is a financial
cost when there is a delay in
obtaining approval from the
Ministry of Financial Services
and Investments, and the regis-
tration of documents.


THE Bahamas Electricity
Corporation (BEC) is this year
hoping to raise $100 million
from a bond issue to finance
planned capital projects,
including up to three new tur-
bines. The "ballpark" cost for
the three is $70-$80 million.
Kevin Basden, BEC's gen-
eral manager, said one aim
behind the Corporation's plan
to tap the bond markets was
the "desire" to fund capital
investment itself, rather than
have all loans and finance-rais-
ing guaranteed by the Gov-
ernment, as had been the case
in the past.
"Our business is very capital
intensive," Mr Basden said.
"Power plants do not come
cheap, but they have a very
long life-cycle.
"One of the business initia-
tives we're looking at at the
moment is going to the bond
market to finance such pro-
jects, and our desire to fund
such projects as standalone as
opposed to government-guar-
anteed."
Mr Basden said the bond
issue was likely to be facilitat-
ed by Bahamian-based finan-
cial institutions, and would be
denominated in both Bahami-
an and US dollars. He added


* BRADLEY ROBERTS, minister of public works
and utilities, has responsibility for BEC.


that the debt instrument was
likely to generate an attractive
rate of return for pensions
funds and other institutional
investors, compared to other
investment options.
The BEC general manager
said the Corporation was
awaiting the Government's
approval of the bond issue, but
added: "I would definitely like
to do it this year.


"We are just awaiting cer-
tain approvals to proceed, but
we have taken some steps
internally to proceed with this.
It's at a somewhat advanced
stage in terms of the prepara-
tory work."
BEC, which comes under
the ministerial portfolio of
Bradley Roberts, minister of
SEE page five


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A FORMER Bank of the
Bahamas International chair-
man has been named to the
board of Fidelity Bank &
Trust International's wholly-
owned Cayman subsidiary,
Fidelity Bank (Cayman).
Hugh Sands, the current
chairman of BISX-listed J S
Johnson & Company, the
insurance broker and agent,
was the former Caribbean
director and Bahamas man-
ager for Barclays Bank before
he retired in 1995.
He was then appointed as
Bank of the Bahamas Inter-
national's chairman, retiring
earlier this year. He has held a


variety of leadership positions
in educational associations
and community building
groups in the Bahamas.

Statement
Anwer Sunderji, Fidelity
Bank & Trust International's
chairman and chief executive,
said in a statement: "Hugh
Sands is a distinguished and
highly respected banker with
many years of experience in
the Caribbean. We are indeed
fortunate to have his knowl-
edge and experience to bene-
fit us as we expand our opera-
tions."


FROM page one
However, Mr. Basden
added: "It is something we
will have to consider at some
point in time.
"When it comes to the cost
of fuel, there's not a lot we
can do about it. We're not
buffeted or shielded from
international forces, and as
prices go up we have to pay
for it."
Mr Basden said he did not
have an exact figure on how
the global oil price would
impact BEC's financial pro-
jections for its current fiscal
year, although the Corpora-
tion would be able to recover
some costs directly through
the increased fuel surcharge.
However, Mr Basden
pointed out that this was not
recovered immediately, as
there was a delay between
BEC paying for the fuel and
sending out customer bills. In
addition, fuel purchases were
-also subject to- stamp taxes
and customs duties, with the
Corporation absorbing a pro-
portion of that.
The BEC general manager
pointed out that had not the
Corporation implemented a
rate reduction in October
2003, just before global oil
prices spiked in November-
December of that !year, cus-
tomer bills would currently be


much higher.
Mr Basden said BEC would
continue to reach out to its
customers on energy conser-
vation, with tips such as turn-
ing off lights in rooms that
were not in use, turning off
unused fans, not always run-
ning air conditioning (AC)
units at freezing, cleaning AC
filters to ensure they operated
at maximum efficiency, and
minimising the number of
times the fridge was opened.
He also advised both busi-
ness and residential con-
sumers to ensure their prop-
erties were air-tight, as "large
gaps" around the windows
were often not sealed proper-
ly.
The BEC general manager
said consumer education was
a key "focus", adding: "We
want to let the customer know
that whatever concerns they
have they can come to us. It
may not be a concern, they
may have a recommendation,
and we want to hear from
them and reach out to them.
We don't exist without the
customer we're in this
together."
Other priorities were train-
ing and development of BEC
staff, "coupled with an
upgrade and replacement of
plant to ensure we have good,
efficient reliable plant", and
"to run the organisation like a
business".


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DIVIDEND

NOTICE

TO ALL SHAREHOLDERS

The Board of Directors of
Bahamas Waste Limited has
declared a Dividend for Ordinary
Shares, to all shareholders of
record as at May 13th, 2005 of
60 per share.

The payment will be made on
May 18th, 2005 by Colina
Financial Advisors Ltd., the
Registrar & Transfer Agent, in the
usual Manner.


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LEGAL NOTICE


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

MAGPIE PROPERTY LIMITED
In Voluntary Liquidation
Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
137 (4) of the International Business Companies Act
(No. 45 of 2000). MAGPIE PROPERTY LIMITED,
is in Dissolution.

The date of commencement of dissolution is 18th day
of Api-il, 2005.
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Fiman House, La Houque du Valle,
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Corporate Secretary


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NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that WINSTON GREGORY LANGSTAFF
OF #31 WEST BEACH ROAD, P.O. BOX F-42419, FREEPORT,
GRAND BAHAMA, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible'
for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a
citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason
why registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send
a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 3RD day of MAY, 2005 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box F-41085, Grand Bahama,
Bahamas.



NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that WILLIAM PETIT-HOMME, #32
LINCOLN BLVD., P.O. BOX SB-50571, NASSAU, BAHAMAS,
is applying to the| Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send
a written and sigried statement of the facts within twenty-
eight days from the 3RD day of APRIL, 2005 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.






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NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that LUCKENSON PIERRE, DAVIS
ST., FOX HILL, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 26th day of APRIL, 2005 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147, Nassau,
Bahamas.



NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that MYLANDE ANESTAL OF
JOHNSON ROAD, FOX HILL, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that
any person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 26TH day of APRIL,
2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


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BEC 'will have to look

at'fuel price hedging


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Upgraded land OR SALE


title system vital 1.



for the Bahamas r


M By YOLANDA
DELEVEAUX
Senior Business Reporter
A BAHAMIAN attorney yes-
terday called for a revision of how
land titles are recorded and
processed, since it can be difficult
to determine the precise bound-
aries of a piece of property
because survey plans are not nec-
essarily tied into a national grid
system.
In an interview with The Tri-
bune, Andrew O'Brien, an attor-
ney with Lennox Paton, said that
under the current system in which
title documents are indexed by the
purchaser and the vendor, not by
location, parallel chains of title
over all or a portion of a tract of
land have a greater likelihood of
occurring than when survey plans
are tied into a national grid.
Mr O'Brien said it was not
uncommon to have a title dispute,
but at the same time it was unusu-
al that the issue could not be cor-
rected, sometimes with the assis-
tance of the courts.

Efficiency
The Government announced
earlier this year that it would part-
ner with the Inter-American
Development Bank (IDB) on a
$5 million land use policy and
administration project in the
Bahamas, which is expected to
improve the efficiency of land
administration and land informa-
tion management for New Provi-
dence and Grand Bahama.
"The Bahamas has lacked a
base of clear and readily accessible
information on land use and own-
ership for many years. This is
becoming, ahurdle to our contin-
ued rapid economic development
and therefore must be removed
with as much urgency as possible.
"Without such information
being readily available, protracted
title research is essential and,
indeed, even worse, disputes over
ownership are inevitable," said
minister of state for finance, James
Smith.
The lack of a clear land use pol-
icy and administration system had
impacted the general economy,


Mr O'Brien said, noting that inef-
ficiencies in the system lead to a
slowing down of transactions that
directly affects commerce.
He added that the situation cre-
ates a level of uncertainty such
that foreign banks, which are sup-
porting foreign purchasers, are less
likely to lend or will build in a
greater cost of lending since the
risk is higher.
In its proposal document for the
$3.5 million loan, the IDB report-
ed that more than 15 per cent of
all land parcels in the Bahamas
are currently "in dispute" in the
courts. The report also acknowl-
edged that its estimate was prob-
ably low due to the absence of a
comprehensive land mapping sys-
tem.
Brent Symonette, principal of
Brent Symonette's Real Estate,
said the IDB-funded land admin-
istration scheme was a good idea.
Without the registration of land
and the difficulty in conveyanc-
ing, the land title issue had been
very complicated. He added that
in other jurisdictions, land trans-
actions can be completed within
a matter of days.
Mr Symonette said the other
slow down in the process is a court
system that does not react quickly,
adding that he has been involved
in a matter where the parties have
been waiting for almost nine
months for a new court date. "You
can't settle land disputes without a
prompt system," he added.
The IDB project is expected to
solve a lot of the problems sur-
rounding registration of title
deeds, and will also help expedite
court matters.
Wayne Munroe, president of
the Bahamas Bar Association and
a partner in the firm of Lockhart
& Munroe, said it would be diffi-
cult to comment on the IDB's
findings because there were a
number of situations where par-
ties would go to court over a land
dispute.
He said the IDB report did not
specify whether the land disputes
involved property in the Family
Islands or New Piovidende. Mr
Symonette also -questioned-
whether the land involved in the
disputes was developed land, and


whether the court cases were stop-
ping or impeding development,
saying these details were of greater
importance than the statistic itself.
According to Mr Munroe, land
disputes have become one of the
consequences of development. He
gave the example of persons on
Family Islands who live in settle-
ments on land that was sold or
even given to the "cronies" of
political persons years ago.
These individuals never lived in
the Bahamas, never visited or
attempted to develop the land, but
still held title to it. Under the Lim-
itations Act, the Bahamians liv-
ing on the land, in some cases for
generations, have the right to peti-
tion the court for a title deed to the
land.

Disputes
Mr Munroe pointed out, how-
ever, that even in the UK where
there is a system of registered land,
there are still numerous disputes
over ownership..
In terms of the impact of land
disputes on investors and the econ-
omy, the row surrounding Clifton
Cay was a clear example, Mr
Munroe said, as investors came
into the Bahamas thinking there
was a clear title. It turned out,
however, that there was not a clear
title.
Brian Moree, an attorney with
McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes,
said the IDB's statistics high-
lighted the importance of a court
system that was able to deliver
efficient and high standard judi-
cial services in regard to all dis-
putes.
He noted, however, that he did
not think that disputes happened
frequently in regard to major
investments in the jurisdiction.
Generational property in the
Family Islands continued to pre-
sent problems in terms of clear
land title because, in many cases,
there may not be perfect docu-
mentation, making it difficult to
sort out ownership.
Mr Moree said: "It is a very
serious problem. At times it is
extremely difficult to get good title
to property that has been in a fam-
ily for many generations."


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has a vacancy for the position of

BRANCH MANAGER

PROFILE:
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* 10 years commercial banking experience with a minimum of
3 years managerial experience
* Experience managing diverse loan portfolios and
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* Detailed knowledge of retail/commercial lending practices
and credit analysis to ensure the integrity of the portfolio
* Excellent communication, analytical and reasoning skills
* Excellent leadership and coaching skills
* Strong interpersonal skills to work effectively with staff and
customers
* Strong PC skills


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activities to enhance the profitability of the unit
* Effectively leading, supporting and coaching personnel
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* Reviewing and implementing new customer, mortgage
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strategies
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* Managing credit lines within the delegated authority

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pension plan.
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Higher


EIA standards


FROM page one

impact assessments for con-
templated development in the
specially vulnerable areas".
In addition, the "plan" could
also involve "strategies, poli-
cies and standards for devel-
opment and maintenance of
structures" in specially vulner-
able areas.
The lack of specific details
on the EIA standards that will
be required under this Bill,
plus the absence of a criteria
for how an area is defined as
"specially vulnerable", are
likely to concern potential
investors and the Bahamian
business community.
The Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce and other private
sector bodies, in their review
of the draft Environmental
Impact Assessment (EIA) reg-
ulations attached to the pro-
posed Environmental Planning
and Protection Act, have
already warned that the Gov-
ernment's plans on this issue
could harm investment and
economic growth.
In their review of the draft
EIA regulations, revealed
exclusively by The Tribune on
Friday, the Chamber of Com-
merce and fellow private sec-
tor bodies wrote: "Our over-
arching concern with these
[EIA] regulations is that there
will be a deleterious effect on
investments either foreign or
Bahamian, because of all the
possible delays that will be
encountered.
"One example in this regard
is the many timelines that seem
to add weeks and months to
the process. We highly recom-
mend a chart to detail these
timelines. We believe it might
surprise even the drafters of
these regulations."
Now, seemingly adding to
the EIA burden, the draft Bill
for mitigating and recovering
from natural disasters
describes all powers and laws
requiring an EIA as "a disaster
preparedness and response-
related power".
Other areas of the latest Bill
likely to concern the business
community are the proposed
National Disaster Response
Plan, drafted by NEMA's
director for the Prime Minis-
ter's approval, which will detail
"procedures to apply in' the
event that the requisitioning
of private property is consid-
ered to be desirable in the
event of a disaster emergency,
including procedures for
assessing and paying compen-
sation".
NEMA's director will also
maintain, a list of shelters,
according to the draft Bill, con-
tainaing both government-
owned and private buildings.
The Bill promises that the
appointment of shelter man-
agers for privately-owned
premises will be done in con-
sultation with the owners, who
will also be involved in setting
up the regulations that govern
their operations.
The private owners are also
immune from liability result-
ing from injuries or loss of
property suffered by someone
who uses the shelter.
Another area that is likely
to concern the business com-
munity, The Tribune under-
stands, is the role played by


so-called 'hazard inspectors'
under the proposed Bill, who
will all be public officers.
Although the Bill does not
stipulate they will have any
engineering or construction
qualifications, the hazard
inspectors are empowered,
where a building "is reason-
ably suspected of posing a dan-
ger of serious injury to persons


on the outside of the premises
in the event of a disaster",
upon obtaining a court order
to inspect the relevant prop-
erty.
If the hazard inspector "is -
of the opinion" that a danger is
posed, the property owner will
be given three weeks, upon
receipt of a written notice, to
rectify the defects. Failure to


comply could result in penal-
ties being levied, plus the pay-
ment of any costs NEMA
incurs to rectify the so-called
defects.
Again, the absence of set
standards, guidelines and cri-
teria, and the heavy reliance
on "opinion" and subjectivity,
is likely to cause disquiet in
the business community.


BEC hopes to raise $100m


FROM page one

works and utilities, has been increasingly incor-
porating private sector techniques to operate
more as a business than a traditional govern-
ment corporation.
Leading BEC's planned capital expenditure is
the replacement of a gas turbine at the Blue
Hills power station in November this year, fol-
lowed by the arrival of a combined cycle, steam-
operated turbine at the same location. It is
scheduled to come into service in March 2006.
Mr Basden yesterday explained that the
steam to power the new 20 megwatt (MW) tur-
bine would come from the waste heat generat-
ed by the two existing gas turbines at the Blue
Hills plant.
As it was operated by steam, the new tur-
bine would not come with the added burden
of the high fuel costs caused by current global oil
prices (see other story on Page 1B).
Mr Basden said this was part of BEC's strat-
egy to replace its older plant and machinery,
enhancing reliability and efficiency while simul-
taneously combating the higher fuel prices.
He added that the Corporation "was in dis-
cussions right now" over the potential installa-
tion of an 18 MW diesel turbine at Clifton Pier,
which would produce further cost savings due to
the type of fuel used. Bunkering costs for diesel
are lower than for gas-driven turbines.
Mr Basden said the capital investment was
not only being undertaken to meet the needs of
recently-announced investment projects in New
Providence and the Family Islands, but also to


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improve the "overall delivery of service".
"As the Government continues to sign off
on Heads of Agreement, it means increased
foreign direct investment is coming into the
country, and we are vital to the economy and
impact each and every sector," Mr Basden said.
He added that BEC was "able to stay ahead"
of the "additional challenge" caused by the
electricity demands of new investment projects
through close consultation and co-operation
involving its own technical planning unit with
the relevant planners and government agen-
cies.
BEC had been ahead of schedule on Kerz9-
er International's Phase I and Phase II expan-
sions at Atlantis, and met the needs of the
Emerald Bay resort in Exuma.
Mr Basden added that BEC did not see itself
, as a monopoly, but rather an organisation that
helped the Bahamian private sector compete
with the rest of the world, as all businesses were
impacted by electrictity service quality and
price.
The BEC general manager said the role the
Corporation played in the nation's recovery
from the September 2004 hurricanes, and the
need to prepare business continuity and disaster
recovery plans, showed the need for all eco-
nomic stakeholders to pull together. BEC had
met with the Bahamas Financial Services Board
(BFSB) to discuss disaster recovery within the
last few weeks, he added.
Mr Basden said: "This shows the pivotal role
we mustn play. We're not in this in isolation,
we're all in it together. All stakeholders need to
be a part of it."


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Report of Independent Auditors
Board of Directors
Mizuho Corporate Bank (USA)
New York, New York

We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of Mizuho Corporate
Bank (USA) (the "Bank") as of December 31, 2004 and 2003, and the related
consolidate statements of income, stockholder's equity, and cash flows for the years
then ended. These financial statements are the responsibility of the Bank's management.
Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our
audits.

We conducted our audits in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the
United States. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain
reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material
misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the
amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. An audit also includes assessing the
accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as
evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our audits provide
a reasonable basis for our opinion.

In our opinion, the financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material
respects, the consolidated financial position of Mizuho Corporate Bank (USA) at
December 31, 2004 and 2003, and the consolidated results of its operations and its cash
flows for the years then ended in conformity with accounting principles generally
accepted in the United States.


'tAP


March 16, 2005


Mizuho Corporate Bank (USA)

Consolidated Balance Sheets


(In thousands, except share amounts)
Assets
Cash and due from banks (Note 3)
Interest-bearing deposits with banks
Federal funds sold and securities purchased under agreements to resell
Securities (Note 4)
Available-for-sale
Held-to-maturity
Loans (Note 5)
Allowance for loan losses (Note 6)
Net loans
Accrued interest receivable and other assets
Total assets
Liabilities
Noninterest-bearing deposits
Interest-bearing deposits (Note 10)
Total deposits
Federal funds purchased and securities sold under agreements
to repurchase
Other borrowings (Note 1i)
Accrued taxes, interest payable and other liabilities
Capital notes (Note 12)
Total liabilities
Stockholder's equity (Note 15)
Common Stock-S 100 par value; (authorized, issued and outstanding
984,742 shares in 2004 and 2003)
Capital surplus
Retained deficit
Accumulated other comprehensive (loss)uincome
Total stockholder's equity
Total liabilities and stockholder's equity


DecmNri31
2084 2083
S 66.93 S 140,510
1.020.000

209.228 172,820
559,250 208,704
1,973,917 1,513,124
(23,287) (36,842)
1,950,630 1,476,282
46,351 78.385
$2,911,041 S3,097.469

S 123,798 $ 205.102
1,184553 1.506.288
1,308351 1.711,390

360.000
37,442 83.711
143,271 148.807
135,000 252,000
1,984.064 2,195.908


98.474 98.474
1,222,036 1.222,036
(392.883) (420.017) .
(650) 1,068
926977 901.561
52,911,041 S3,097.469


See accompanying notes to consothdated financial statements.
Interested persons may obtain a complete copy of the Audited
Accounts from SG Hambros Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Limited
P.O. Box N-7788, West Bay Street, Nassau Bahamas.


LLUBS

UBS is the, leading global wealth manager. UBS (Bahamas) Ltd.
our subsidiary in Nassau, has an opening for the position of a

Manager
Information Technology Services

The IT Services Team provides smooth daily processing of all IT
and telecommunication systems to UBS in the Bahamas. Our main
technological environment consists of a W2K Network with about
130 users, Netscreen Firewalls, MS-Exchange, Meridian PBX,
Sybase, MS SQL and Oracle database systems, IBM WebSphere
and Veritas NetBackup.

In this challenging position you will be responsible for:

* Leading the local IT Team (five professionals);
* Ensuring an ongoing high quality of all Information Technology
services provided;
* Budgeting, planning and coordinating all changes to the existing
IT environment;
* Reporting to local and global Management on a regular basis;
* Coordinating with local, regional and global Providers all
planned changes;
* Participating in local Management and Risk Committees

The successful candidate meets the following requirements:

* Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or Information Technology;
* At least 5 years of work experience in a similar position and
environment (proven track record);
* Expert knowledge of most of the above mentioned technologies;
* Several years of experience in managing a team of IT professionals;
* Strong Project Management, Leadership and Communication
skills;
* Banking knowledge desirable.

Interested candidates who meet the above criteria are asked to
apply in writing, enclosing a full resume with cover letter to:

UBS (Bahamas) Ltd.
Human Resources
P.O.Box N-7757
Nassau, Bahamas


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THE growth of business
coming from the internet in
the travel and tourism
industry is matched by an
equally growing trend -
savvier, more demanding
customers.
To help Caribbean hote-
liers stay on top of the
game, Global Booking Solu-
tions and the Caribbean
Hotel Association (CHA)
have signed a strategic
alliance that will enable
CHA member hotels to
offer clients the ability to
book hotel, air, and land, in
real time, through the
hotel's own website.
"Global Booking Solu-
tions enables Caribbean
small, medium, and large


hotels to provide customers
the ability to buy their com-
plete vacation package with-
out ever leaving the hotel's
website during the booking
process. In this day and age,
this can mean the difference
between just looking and an
actual booking," explained
CHA director-general Alec
Sanguinetti.

Packaging
"What is more, because
Global Booking Solutions
has secured contract bulk
fares from numerous carri-
ers serving the Caribbean
region for packaging with
land, customers have access
to exclusive low airfares."


An important feature of
the service is the control it
gives hoteliers to manage
their room rates and inven-
tory, with no room
allotments, in order to max-
imise their yield and mar-
gins.
"This is a significant step
in CHA's mission to
advance Caribbean tourism,
by helping the hotel sector
to regain some measure of
control in the distribution
of the Caribbean tourism
product," added Mr San-
guinetti.
Another benefit of the
Global Booking Solutions
program is that there are no
cooperative advertising fees
or tour operator fees; the


hotel pays an annual mem-
bership fee based on hotel
size and a booking transac-
tion fee on the hotel com-
ponent.
The fee is only 11% for
CHA hotels, an exclusive
treatment which emphasizes
the value of membership in
CHA.
The fee for non-CHA
members goes up to 15%.

Veteran
Global Booking Solutions
is a division of the Troni
Marketing Group. It is led
by President Bob Troni, a
veteran airline executive,
former Managing Director
International Sales & Mar-


keting of American Air-
lines.
"For the past 5 years, I've
been hearing from numer-
ous Caribbean hoteliers of
the need for a system to off-
set the pressure and high
cost of working with third
parties to offer customers a
vacation package. at their
hotels," explained Mr
Troni.
"The major obstacle was
the inability to offer the air
component to those cus-
tomers visiting the hotel's
website. Global Booking
Solutions was established to
meet these needs, so that
hotels may 'Take Back Con-
trol' of their rooms and
rates at a much lower cost."


Telephone 242 393 2007
Faxe 242 3931772
Internet www.kcpmg.com.bs


AUDITORS' REPORT TO THE SHAREHOLDER


We have audited the accompanying balance sheet of HSBC Bank Bahamas Limited ("the Bank")
as of December 31, 2004. The balance sheet is the responsibility of the Bank's management. Our
responsibility is to express an opinion on this balance sheet based on our audit.
We conducted our audit in accordance with International Standards on Auditing as promulgated
by the International Federation of Accountants. Those Standards require that we plan and
perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance as to whether the balance sheet is free of
material misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the
amounts and disclosures in the balance sheet. An audit also includes assessing the accounting
principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall
balance sheet presentation. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.
In our opinion, the balance sheet presents fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of
the Bank as of December 31, 2004 in accordance with International Financial Reporting
Standards as promulgated by the International Accounting Standards Board.




Chartered Accountants

Nassau, Bahamas
April 28, 2005


HSBC BANK BAHAMAS LIMITED
Balance Sheet
December 31, 2004, with corresponding figures for 2003
(Expressed in United States dollars)

Note 2004 2003

Assets
Cash at bank group companies 3 S 22,485,525 21,409,281
Due from group company 3 65,758,691
Advances to customers 4 228,054 -
Loans and advances te group companies 3,5 399,410,943 415,818,954
Interest receivable group companies 3 65,576 157,729
Interest receivable other 244 -
Investment in group companies 1 I

$ 422,190,343 503,144,656
Liabilities and Shareholder's Equity
Liabilities
Due to group company 3 $ 65,758,691
Loans from group companies 3, 6 399,110,943 415,668,954
Interest payable group companies 3 38,762 126,227
Other liabilities 1,000 3,000

399,150,705 481,556,872
Shareholder's Equity
Share capital:
Authorised, issued and fully paid:
1,000,000 shares of US$1 each 1,000,000 1,000,000
Retained earnings 22,039,638 20,587,784

23,039,638 21,587,784
$ 422,190,343 503,144,656

See accompanying notes to balance sheet.
This balance sheet was approved on behalf of the Board on April'28, 2005 by:

Director


C Director


Notes to Balance Sheet
December 31, 2004
(Expressed in United States dollars)


1. General Information
HSBC Bank Bahamas Limited ("the Bank"), formerly Hong Kong Bank (Bahamas) Limited,
is incorporated under the laws of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas and carries on
banking business pursuant to the terms of a license granted by the Bahamas Ministry of
Finance on December 11, 1984 and reissued on April 27, 1999 as a result of the name
change. The Bank's parent is-The HongKong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited,
("the parent") which is incorporated in Hong Kong The ultimate holding company is HSBC
Holdings plc, which is incorporated in England. The address of the registered office of the
Bank is Mareva House, 4 George Street, Nassau, Bahamas and its principal place of business
is One Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas.
The Bank has no direct employees as it is managed by the parent.


2. Significant accounting policies
The following is a summary of the significant accounting policies adopted by the Bank in
presenting the balance sheet.
(a) Statement of compliance
This balance sheet is prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting
Standards as promulgated by the International Accounting Standards Board.
(b) Basis ofpreparation
This balance sheet is presented in United States dollars, the Bank's measurement and
reporting currency.
The accounting policies have been consistently applied by the Bank and are
consistent with those used in the previous year.
(c) Use of estimates
The preparation of financial statements requires management to make estimates and
assumptions that affect the amounts reported in this balance sheet and the
accompanying notes. These estimates are based on relevant information available at
the balance sheet date and, as such, actual results could differ from those estimates.
(d) Loans and advances to/from group company
Loans and advances are classified as originated loans and are stated at amortized
cost.
(e) Advances to customers
Advances to customers are stated at amortized cost less any provision for doubtful
debts. At December 31, 2004 and 2003 the provision for doubtful debts is Snil.
() Related party balances
Balances with the Bank's parent and with group companies, which are companies
wholly-owned directly or indirectly by the Bank's ultimate parent, are disclosed in
this balance sheet as balances with "group companies".

(g) Foreign currency translation
Foreign currency monetary assets and liabilities at the balance sheet date are
translated into United States dollars at the approximate rates of exchange ruling at
that date.
3. Related party balances
A number of transactions are entered into with related parties in the normal course of
business. These transactions were carried out on an arms length basis. Balances described as
related party relate to balances with the parent company and its subsidiaries and affiliates by
virtue of common ownership by the parent company.

(a) Cash balances
The current accounts of the Bank are kept with The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking
Corporation, Nassau Branch ("Nassau Branch") and HSBC Bank USA in the amount
of $22,480,803 (2003 $21,406,739) and $4,722 (2003 $2,542), respectively.
(b) Due from/to group companies
In accordance with a Dealership Agreement with a group company the Bank
purchased and sold to another group company equity linked and index linked notes
amounting to $255,819,174 (2003 $980,039,140) and $254,659,232 (2003 Snil)
respectively. At December 31, 2004 unsettled transactions were Snil (2003 -
$65,758,691).
(c) Loans and advances to group companies and interest receivable
The Bank has loans and advances to group companies totalling $399,410,943 (2003 -
$415,818,954) and related accrued interest of $65,576 (2003 $157,729).

(d) Loans from group companies and interest payable
At December 31, 2004, the Bank's loans payable to group companies totalled
$399,110,943 (2003 $415,668,955) and related accrued interest of $38,762 (2003 -
$126,227).
4. Advances to customers
At December 31, 2004 advances to customers represent two staff loans totaling $228,054
maturing February 2014 and November 2019, with a contracted interest rate of one month
Libor (repricing monthly). Both loans are fully secured.
5. Loans and advances to group companies
These comprise unsecured interest bearing loans and advances, which are substantially to
group companies in The Bahamas and an overseas branch of the parent, and are repayable in
full on or before December 31, 2005. At December 31, 2004 loans and advances to group
companies earn interest in the range of 2.40% to'2.93%.
6. Loans from group companies
These comprise loans that are substantially from group companies in The Bahamas, are
repayable in full on or before December 31, 2005 and bear interest in the range of 2.39% to
2.80%.
7. Dividends paid
On December 16, 2004, the board of directors declared and approved the payment of a
dividend of $7,500,000. The dividend was paid on December 22, 2004 to the parent.
8. Financial instruments
Management estimates that the fair values of "cash at bank group companies" and
"advances to customers" do not differ materially from their carrying values, given that their
average effective interest rates approximate the current interest rates available to the Bank for
similar facilities with similar maturities.
The fair value of due to/from group companies approximates carrying value due to their
short-term nature.
Loans and advances to gropp, companies are matched in currency, terms and interest rates,
except for a fixed interest rate margin, to loans from group companies.

9. Risk
The Bank is exposed to credit risk, which is the risk that one party to a financial instrument
will fail to discharge on obligation and cause the other party to incur a financial loss. As
substantially all of the Bank's assets and liabilities are with group companies, the risk of
financial loss is considered low.
10. Corresponding figures
Certain corresponding figures have been restated to conform to the current year presentation.


KPMG
PO Box N 123
Montague Sterling Centre
East Bay Street
Nassau. Bahamas


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STHE TRIBUNE


LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

International Business Companies Act
(No. 45 of 2000)

MCNAUGHTANS LIMITED

Liquidator's Notice
Pursuant To Section 137 (6) Of,
The Intmational Business Company Act.
We, Sovereign Managers Limited, Liquidator of MCNAUGHTANS
LIMITED, hereby certify that the winding-up and dissolution of
MCNAUGHTANS LIMITED, has been completed in accordance with
the Articles of Dissolution.
Dated this 4th day of March 2005.
SIGNED (
For & OnB

Sov LimitedC



'COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS

IN THE SUPREME COURT


;Equity Division


2004/CLE/equ/00981


IN THE MATTER all that pieces parcel or Tracts of land
,being parcel "B", "C" and "D" on plan No.: 394 EX and
:being a portion of the Cottage AND situated on the North
'Eastern side of Queens Highway and approximately one
,mile Southwest of the Settlement of George Town in the
SIsland of Great Exuma one of the Islands of the
"Commonwealth of The Bahamas

e AND

IN THE MATTER OF the Quieting of Titles Act, 1959
(Chapter 93 Statute Law of the Bahamas revised edition
!2001)

AND

IN THE MATTER OF the Petition of Holmes Company
Limited

NOTICE

The Petition of Holmes Company Limited a
company incorporated pursuant to the laws of The
Commonwealth of The Bahamas in respect of ALL those
pieces parcel or Tracts of Land being parcel "B", "C" and.
"D" on plan No: 394 EX and being a portion of the Cottage
AND situated on the North Eastern side of Queens
Highway and approximately one mile Southwest of the
Settlement of George Town in the Island of Great Exuma
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas
and which said pieces parcels or lots of land have such
positions shape marks boundaries and dimensions are are
shown on plan filed herein and thereon coloured Pink.

Holmes Company Limited claims to be the owner
in fee simple in possession of the said land free from
encumbrances and has made application to the Supreme
Court of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas under
Section 3 of the Quieting Title Act 1959 to have its title
to the said land investigation and the nature and extent
thereof determined and declared in a Certificate of Title
to be granted by the Court in accordance with the
provisions of the said act. A plan of the said land may be
inspected during normal business hours at the following
places:-

1. The Registry of the Supreme Court, Ansbacher
Building, Easter Street, Nassau Bahamas; and

2. The Office of the Administrator, Local
Government, George Town, Great Exuma,
Bahamas.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that any person
having dower or right to dower or an adverse claim or a
claim not recognized in the Petition shall on or before 30
days after the final publication in the news papers of this
Notice dated of this publication file in the Supreme Court
and serve on the Petitioner or the undersigned a Statement
of his claim in the prescribed form verified by an Affidavit
to be filed therewith. Failure of any person to file and
serve a Statement of his claim within the time prescribed
will operate as a bar to such claim


Dated the 4th day of January 2005
Davis & Co.
Chambers,
Del-Bern House,
11 Victoria Avenue


Cititrust executive


passes Series


A MANAGER and
-fund administrator at
Cititrust (Bahamas) has
passed the Series 7 bro-
ker/dealer examination
after training with the
Nassau-based Nastac
Group.
Sherry Glinton-Mor-
ris, who already held a
Series 7 representative
-itence, passed the
exam administered by
the New York Stock
Exchange (NYSE) and
National Association of
.Securities Dealers
(NASD).
* SHERRY Glinton-
Morris is pictured at left
with Reece Chipman,
the Nastac Group's
managing director.


ANNOUNCEMENT
BAHAMAS PLASTIC SURGERY
Gregory C. Neil, M.D.
Board certified
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon
Surgery of the Hand
The regularly scheduled Plastic Surgery Clinic will be held in FREEPORT
on Saturday May 21st, 2005, 9:00am until ll:00am
at Quantum-Physicians Plus
West Atlantic & Poinciana Dr.
12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Sunrise Medical Center
East Sunrise Highway.
Please Call (242) 356-3189 or (242) 322-5766 to schedule
or confirm appointmentss.








Bahamas Supermarkets Limited, operators of City Markets, Nassau has
openings for the position of Management Trainee.
The successful applicant will have at least 2 yeast 2 years experience in retail
management and 2 years experience in nerchandising,,buying or marketing.
The applicant will have strong inter-personal skills, is a self-motivator, and
has effective supervisory skills. The completion of secondary school with
a minimum of 3 BGCSE and some computer literacy is required. The position
requires the ability to work a flexible schedule including weekends and
holidays.
Salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Please send a covering letter and resume together with references from past
employers, a picture and police background check to the Human Resources
Manager, P.O. Box N-3738, Nassau, Bahamas.
NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE
Only qualified applicants will be contacted.


DIESS
Pricing Information As Of:
2 May 2005


PUBLIC NOTICE
INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL
The Public is hereby advised that I, JACQUELYN
LAUREEN ROLLE of Lake Cunningham Estates, PO. Box
N-9739, Nassau, Bahamas, intend to change my name to
JACQUELINE LAUREENROLLE. 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.










REAL ESTATE SALES REPRESENTATIVE

The Abaco Club on Winding Bay a spectacular 520 acre
International Members Golf & Sportig Estate onAbaco,
is seeking a senior-level REAL ESTATE SALES
REPRSENTA E. Cndidates must have a minimum
of 2 years sales experience with alack record of success.
Real estate license is preferred. Successful candidate
must have exceptional communication skills, both verbal
and written. Must be personable, rbfessional and willing
to commute or relocate to baco. The Abaco Club's
estate lots range from $875,00 to over$4 million. A
handsome package is available. Please email cover letter
and resume to info@theabacocib.com or fax to 242-
367-2930, Attn.: Sales & Marketing.


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Financial Advisors Ltd.


52wk-HI 52wk-Low Symbol Previous Close Todays Close Change Daly Vol. GPS$ Div S PIE Yield
1.20 0.95 Abaco Markets 0.95 0.95 0 .0 -.0.219 0..000 N/M 0.00%
8.40 8.00 Bahamas Property Fund 8.00 8.00 0.00 1.328 0.30320 6.0 4.00%
6.26 5.55 Bank of Bahamas 6.26 6.26 80.00 0.152 0.330 11.5 5.27%
0.85 0.82 Benchmark 0.85 0.85 0.00 -,057 0.000 NHIM 0.00%
1.80 1.40 Bahamas Waste 1.45 1.45 0.0O .122 0.000 11.9 0.00%
1.04 0.87 Fidelity Bank 1.04 1.04 0.0 : 00 0.07. 0.040 14.1 3.85%
8.32 6.76 Cable Bahamas 8.32 8.32 0.00 0.556 0.240 15.0 2.88%
2.20 1.52 Colina Holdings 2.20 2.20 0.00 0.259 0.060 8.5 2.73%
8.35 6.75 Commonwealth Bank 8.34 8.34 0.00 0.673 0.410 12.4 4.92%
1.64 0.36 Doctor's Hospital 1.64 1.64 0.00 0.i268 0.000 6.4 0.00%
4.02 3.13 Famguard 4.02 4.02 0.00. 040: 0.230 9.9 5.72%
10.40 8.39 Finco 10.40 10.40 0.00 0.662 0.490 15.7 4.71%
8.01 6.60 FirstCaribbean 8.01 8.01 0.00 0.691 0.330 13.6 4.12%
8.60 8.31 Focol 8.35 8.35 0.00 0.710 0.500 11.7 5.99%
1.99 1.27 Freeport Concrete 1.27 1.27 .0.00* 0.082 0.000 15.5 0.00%
10.38 9.50 ICD Utilities 9.60 9.60 0.00 0 .818 0 6.405 11.7 4.20%
8.25 8.10 J.S. Johnson 8.22 8.22 0.00 0785i 0.550 10.5 6.81%
6.69 4.36 Kerzner International BDRs 5.50 5.52 0.02 0.201 0.000 27.4 0.00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00. .0.00 ,1. .79. ,0.350 5.1 3.50%
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Weky Vol. Dv PIE Yield
13.00 12.50 Bahamas Supermarkets 12.25 13.25 .11.00' 1.4 0.960 9.1 7.25
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 10.00 10.35 1.00 0i,.0006 6.a00 NM 7.80%
0.60 0.40 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.00 0103 0.00 NM 0.00%
43.00 28.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 41.00 2220 0.000 19.4 0.00%
16.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 13.00 14.00 13.00 .105 0.810 14.6 6.93%
0.60 0.35 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.35 -0.103 0.000 NIM 0.00%
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Fund Name NAV YTD% Last 12 Months Div Yed%
1.2164 1.1609 Colina Money Market Fund 1.216402*
2.2268 1.9423 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.2268 **
10.3112 10.0000 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 10.3112"***
2.2214 2.0941 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.221401*
1,0931 1.0320 Colina Bond Fund 1.093141**
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00 YIELD last 12 monthdI vidends divided by closing price
52wk-HI Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and FIdelitl
52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colinaaind fldei ,.
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 Vdolume f the prior weak
Change Change In closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's report earnings per share for the last 12 mths
Dally Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months NIM.- Not Meaningful
P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 100
- AS AT MAR. 31, 2005/**" AS AT FEB. 28, 2005
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'C'


class makes a splash at


the Family Island Regatta


* By GLADSTONE
THURSTON
Bahamas Information
Services
GEORGE Town, Exuma If
competition at the 52nd run-
ning of the National Family
Island Regatta here is indica-
tive of anything, then the spirit-
ed 'C' class has emerged as the
darling of Bahamian sloop rac-
ing.
Not only did it have the most
competitors, 20, from as far
away as Acklins, it was the cat-
egory that provided the fiercest
competition.
It attracted the most specta-
tor boats, a virtual armada, and
kept fans onshore in a tizzy of
heated debate.
The 17-foot 'C' class is also
the area of the most creativity
with new boats being launched
every year. Moreover, it is a
favourite of the juniors.
Really, the high cost of con-
structing and maintaining 'A'
and 'B' classes $50,000 to
$100,000 has made 'C' the
most attractive entry point for
builders, sponsors and com-
petitors.

Shine
Moreover, the stars that
made the 'A' class shine Rol-
lie 'The Grandmaster' Gray and
Tida Wave, Ed Moxey and the
Good News, Clement Fox and
the Southern Cross and Ragged
Island's Hezron Moxey are
fast fading.
Long Island's Mark Knowles
in the Legend, Emmet Munroe
in the New Courageous out of
Ragged Island, Lundy Robin-
son in Black Point's Redstripe
and Lee Armbrister in the
Good News also out of Ragged
Island have moved to fill the
void.
"We have the stiffest compe-
tition out there," said Ralph
Kemp, skipper of this year's 'C'
class champion LegalWeapon
out of Black Point. "On any giv-
en day any boat could Win, but
you could bet Legal Weapon
will be up there."
He dethroned George


* 'C' CLASS has very good competition. Pictured from left, skippers Marty Bullard (Andros), Buzzy Rolle (Exuma), and Nassau's Larry Bastian.
(BIS photo: Gladstone Thurston)


Town's Buzzy Rolle and Bull
Reg who had to settle for sec-
ond place. Wendell McKenzie
skippered Warrior out of Bar-
raterre to third with Cedric Fer-
guson and Smashie out of Black
Point were in fourth;
The 'C' class presently is
dominated by Black Point and
Barraterre boats and skippers
with George Town, Long
Island, New Providence and
Andros showing solid form.
"Class 'C' is definitely the
most popular of all the classes,"
said Berkie Wright, CEO of the
Lady Eunice out of Black Point.
"They are easier to maintain,
you can always find sufficient
crew to sail them and there is
greater rivalry than in the other


classes.
"Lady Eunice is just a year
old. Everybody is aiming to beat
her because once you beat her,
you know that your boat is sail-
ing."

Features
One of the features of the 'C'
class this year was the intro-
duction of the latest in the
Thunderbird series the WG
Thunderbird, named in honour
of the late Rev Dr W G
McPhee, creator of the original
Thunderbird. It was constructed
by Buzzy Rolle of George
Town.
"I wanted to do something
different when I built the W G


Thunderbird," said Rev Dr.
Philip McPhee, his late father's
successor. "I wanted to make it
in a memorial to by dad.
"I believe Buzzy would have
given me a good boat. I believe
that it is a good boat and as we
get it settled down, I believe she
is going to be a boat to reck-
oned with. Certainly she has the
lines and the speed. It's just a
matter of getting sails and prop-
er riggings."
With Andros' Joshua Greene
at the tiller, she was competi-
tive, but sailed out of the mon-
ey when faced with Ivan Stuar-
t's Unknown out of Barraterre;
Sacrifice, skippered by Colin
Cartwright of Cartwright's,
Long Island; Lundy Robinson's


Crazy Partner out of Nassau;
and Lady Ruthnell with
Andros' Marty Bullard at the
tiller.
The original Thunderbird was
an 'A' class. McPhee's gradua-
tio6rto the 'C' class, he admit-
ted, was the impact on his pock-
et.
"It seems more sensible
because building, preparing and
maintaining boats is not getting
any cheaper. The average
Bahamian can't afford an 'A'
or 'B' class boat anymore. It's
too expensive.
"Sloop racing has the poten-
tial of going a long way," he
added. "We need to have a bet-'
ter understanding and respect
from the government and those


who are in charge of racing.
They need to be more compas-
sionate towards boats builders
and owners."
Les McKenzie, owner of
%Unknown out of Barraterre
agreed. "The C class competi-
tion is very attractive for me
because when you go into big-
ger things you need bigger mon-
ey. My pocket could only fit for
the 'C' class. That is my
favourite.
"I like it because nobody
could predict a 'C' class race off
the top because there are so
many very good boats.
"It's a war in the 'C' class.
When the gun says bam! if
you're not good enough you will
get left."


Exua




JUNIOR cyclists took
to the streets of Exuma
this weekend, adding a
little flavour to the 52nd
annual Exuma Regatta.
The Bahamas Cycling
Association (BCA) used
the Regatta to showcase
some of the top junior
cyclists.
The event is part of a
growing relationship
between the Ministry of
Youth Sports and Cul-
ture, the Regatta commit-
tee and the BCA.

17 AND UNDER
BOYS
Kevin Biscuit Richardson
1st place
Theo Ferguson
2nd place
Terrel Colebrooke
3rd place
UNDER 14 BOYS
Yorkell Bain
1st place
Elisha Knowles
2nd place
Trey Smith
3rd place
Enson Bain
4th place
Deangelo Sturrup
5th place
UNDER 14 GIRLS
Nina Williams
1st place
Coreen Sweeting
2nd place

11 AND BOYS
Jay Major
1st place
Roy Colebrooke Jr
2nd place
Adrain Colebrooke
3rd place


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M By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports Reporter
THE Bahamas will have a
tough time defending its title
at the 10th annual Caribbean
Golf Association Classic
(CGAC), with ten other coun-
tries competing for honours.
The tournament, which teed-
off yesterday, attracted more
than 200 golfers from the
Caribbean and the United
States.
This is the first time the tour-
nament, which is running for
three days in Freeport, Grand
Bahama, has been held in the
Bahamas.
There is no limit to how
many players a team can enter
in the tournament, but the slat-
ing will be based on the play-
er's handicap score.
Golfers will have their hands
full playing 54 holes on three
golf courses the Lucayan Golf
Course, The Reef Golf Club
and the Ruby Golf Course at
the Royal Oasis.
The courses are expected to
test the golfers' precision rather
than distance, with doglegs, ele-
vated greens and thick stands
of tropical foliage.

Format
Although each course has its
own scoring sheet, the CGAC
committee has also imple-
mented a score sheet to fit the
tournament's format.
Playing the handicap style,
the tournament is divided into
three divisions and seven
flights, with the golfers being
placed into the specific
division based on their handi-
cap.
The range of handicap in
each flight is five strokes. With-
in each flight all competitors
will play at scratch, using a
modified Stableford system
with points being awarded on a
gross basis only.
Stableford points will be
awarded as follows, with a dou-
ble bogey being equivalent to
one point; bogey, two points;
par, three points and birdie,
four points.
President of the Bahamas
Golf Federation Neville
Adderley is also expecting to
tee-up, this time in the senior
handicap division.
He is under the impression
that the task will be a little eas-
ier for the Bahamas team,
especially since they will
have the home green advan-
tage.
"We are really looking for-
ward to some great perfor-
mances from all of the-golfers,"
said Adderley. "We have
golfers in all of the flights so
this is also an advantage, some
countries don't have this upper
hand.
"If we all'play the game we
are used to, we will come out
on top. Big plays are expected
from Shane Gibson, he is one
of the defending individual
golfers."

Best
Team scoring will be done
in two categories, the best indi-
vidual score per country, per
round in each flight, which will
also count toward the team and
country total.
Adderley added: "The
Bahamas can defend their title
and we will be looking forward
in winning it all. Any interested
golfer would have been able to
play. There is no limited num-
ber, we didn't have any trials, it
was based on a voluntary work.
"The turn out shows that
golf is growing in the Bahamas,
there's a lot of golfers out want-
ing to play, so this is encour-
aging.
"This time around we don't
have any junior players on the
team because of the hefty price
package the tournament
required but we are still confi-
dent."
Last year's individual title
went to Shane Gibson, who
competed without handicap in
the top flight.
This year Gibson will try his
hand once again at an individ-
ual prize also trying to help
team Bahamas win the overall


championship.
The tournament will wrap-
up on Wednesday with an
awards banquet.


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* By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports Reporter
THE wheels are in motion for
the 18th annual Jeff Rodgers bas-
ketball camp, with the event
expecting to attract more than
1,000 enthused basketball play-
ers.
Jeff Rodgers, camp manager,
got the ball rolling for the camp
early this year to ensure a
"smooth sailing".

Gymnasium
The camp is scheduled for June
27th-July 22nd, at the Bahamas
Academy gymnasium for campers
between the ages of 5-18. Camp
starts at 8am until 1lpm.
Rodgers said: "It is really
important to get the word out


Event expected to attract


more than 1,000 players


there early, sometimes parents
aren't too sure what the dates are
and many of them plan their chil-
dren's vacation around the camp.
"I didn't want to be rushing
around trying to figure out what
to do in terms of making sure that
everything is in place.
"Every year we have players
from the NBA come to the camp,
so setting the date also assist with
their plans."
This year the camp is expecting


to bring in some new faces from
the National Basketball Associa-
tion (NBA).

Return
Brendan Hayward and Jarius
Jefferies of the Washington Wiz-
ards have confirmed their return
to the camp, this time pledging
to bring in two of their team-
mates.
Last year's camp appearance


was the first for the two rookies in
the NBA, and according to
Rodgers they are excited and
ready to come.
"Last year we brought in Bren-
dan Hayward and Jarius Jefferies
to the camp, this was their first
time visiting the Bahamas and
they really enjoyed their stay,
added Rodgers, camp manager.
"We don't have a problem
bringing in the players, the thing
is establishing great relationships
that will last. For the past 17 years
we were able to bring in top rated
players from the NBA, some of
them are retired and they are still
interested in coming to assist with'
the camp."
Returning to the camp are
Greg Anthony of ESPN, Coach
Byron Scott of the New Orleans
Hornet, Tyrone Muggsy Bogus,


Travis Knight, Scott Burrell, with
a few surprises.
Rodgers added: "Our main
goal right now with the camp is to
ensure that every camper who
walks through the doors are fun-
damentally sound.

Develop
"Sometimes the parents com-
plain about the kids not playing
enough, but we are there to
develop the whole child.
The camp is not just about bas-
ketball but to build character, dis-
cipline and teach proper work
ethics."
The big finale will be the annu-
al fun night, where the campers
will demonstrate to their
parents their newly-acquired
ski'ls.


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place on Chinese




Basic Four Diet Plan


(The following column is pro-
vided by Adelma Penn, Camelta
Barnes and Melissa Underwood,
nutritionists in the Department
of Public Health/Ministry of
Health)
The Goodness Of Soybeans
S oybeans have been
around for hun-
dreds of years, and
its many health ben-
efits have earned it
a place on the Chinese Basic
Four Diet Plan. The Chinese
approach is of particular inter-
est because China has a lower
incidence of cancer, heart dis-
ease, diabetes and many other
digestive diseases common to
not only The Bahamas but also
to other part of the Western
world.
What's "Soy" Good About
Soybeans?
Compared with other
legumes (peas and beans), soy-
beans have more proteins. Pro-
tein, which comes from the
Greek word meaning, "I am
first", is one of our body's main
nutrients. Proteins are respon-
sible for our growth and devel-
opment, repair and mainte-
nance of our body, and also
serve as a secondary source of
energy. In addition to these
functions, protein also forms
part of our hormones, anti-
bodies and enzymes. In a nut-
shell it is a very necessary nutri-
ent!
Proteins are made up of
small units called amino acids,
some of the amino acids can
be made in our body from the
foods we eat, while the other
amino acids cannot be manu-
factured in our body, thus these
amino acids must be acquired
from the food we eat.


LIGHTEN UP & LIVE HEALTHY


The amino acids we need
from foods are called essential
amino acids and can be found
in the quantity and quality
needed (complete proteins)
mainly in animal foods. How-
ever, even though soybeans is a
member of the plant kingdom,
it has all the essential amino
acids we need which makes it
comparable to proteins in ani-
mal foods.
This is good news for those


group.
Although variety and mod-
eration are the key watchwords
to guide food choices, most of
.us eat a diet too high in meat
and dairy. Soybean products
can be good sources of nutri-
ents in any eating style not just
persons choosing a vegetarian-
eating pattern.
Soybeans are very versatile
and nutritious and can be made
into many food products; the


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seeking an alternative source
of complete protein. Soybeans
and its many by-products can
be a substitute for meat when
the high fat and cholesterol
content of animal foods
become a health concern (not
to mention the antibiotics, hor-
mones and other chemicals
used in the rearing of these
commercial cattle and dairy
farmers.) Soybeans also con-
tain calcium, complex carbo-
hydrates, and vitamin E and B


following are some common
soy products that are available
on the market today:
Miso (MEE-soh): ferment-
ed soybean paste, most com-
monly used as a flavouring in
Japanese cooking. With a con-
sistency like peanut butter,
miso can be used as a condi-
ment.
Soymilk: non-dairy bever-
ages made from crushed,
cooked soybeans. Soymilk is a


matters
S t [ie..... ..... ...... .. .. ......answev re.


What are
the general
symptoms
of sexually


transmitted
diseases, and
is there birth
control that
offers better
protection?
THE most common symp-
toms of a sexually transmit-
ted disease in females is a
vaginal discharge and or
abdominal pain. This may be
associated with vulva and or
vaginal burning and itching.
Additional symptoms may
be soreness on the outer
vagina.
Pain in the lower
abdomen may be a late
symptom of an STD and is
usually preceded by the dis-
charge. Painful urination
can be a symptom of an STD
or a urinary tract infection.
Unfortunately, some
STDs are "silent" and may
be far advanced before they
are recognised and others
may not be recognised at all.
All should be aggressively
treated when diagnosed.
The only birth control


good source of protein and like
cow's milk may be fortified
with Vitamin A and D. How-
ever, soymilk does not have
calcium so check the label for
calcium fortification.
Soy flour: flour that's much
higher in protein but lower in
carbohydrate than wheat flour.
In baking, it's usually mixed
with other types of flour.
Tempeh (TEHM-peh) soy-
bean, mixed with rice, millet
or other grain then fermented
into a rich soy cake. Tempeh
has a smoky or nutty taste that
adds hearty flavour to soups,
casserole, sauces, stews, or
spaghetti. It can be a good pro-
tein source, but it has less cal-
cium.
Textured Soy Protein or
TSP: soy flour that's high in
protein and often sold as gran-
ules. You can use TSP to
replace or extend meat or
chicken. Vegetable (bean/peas)
burgers and veggie-links are
usually made with TSP too.
Tofu: (TOH-foo), or soybean
curd: a cheese-like curd, made
from curdled soybean milk and
pressed into soft cakes. Tofu
easily takes up the flavour of
other ingredients in a dish. You
can also buy seasoned tofu such
as smoked or teriyaki, tofu can
be found in the chilled veg-
etable section of our super-
markets.
Whole soybeans: purchased
dry or fresh, soybeans can be
cooked for soups, stews or even
with rice as in beans and rice.
Roasted soybeans can be also
used as a snack.
We have all heard the com-
pelling results of soy, especial-
ly its positive effects in cancer
research. Both men and
women health issues are linked
to soy as potential therapy. In


* Dr Mildred Hall-
Watson
Obstetrician/
Gynaecologist


method that protects against
STDs is the condom -
whether it is the male or
female condom although
the latter is very uncommon
and rarely used.

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


Lighten Up and Live
Healthy is pleased to help you
make gradual health changes to
your diet. Remember, what you
eat on a daily basis is what mat-
ters in the long run, so like the
Chinese, stock up your plate
with green leafy vegetables, soy-
bean products, and root crops
(yam, cassava, eddie, sweet
potato) and enjoy the benefits of
healthy eating.


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menopause and for men soy-
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role in prostate cancer preven-
tion and reduction. Yes Soy is
good for us no matter our age
or sex or race or level of health,
so be adventurous and at the
same time do something good
for your health. Go ahead and
begin incorporating soybeans
and its products in your eating
habit.


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Trouble taking tablets?


M By PETURA BURROWS
* Tribune Feature Writer


Downing a simple, tiny
pill, is a monumental
hurdle to overcome
for some Bahamians.
Bruce Lowe, head pharmacist at
Lowe's Pharmacy, told Tribune
Health that while he does not have
an exact figure, a "fair" number of
people find difficulty taking tablets.
And this is mainly because they
don't take the tablets correctly, he
adds.
According to him, tablets (medici-
nal or other active substances mixed
.,with binder powders and pressed into
a solid form), generally sink, while
.capsules (medicinal properties
enclosed in soft shells) usually float at
the back of the throat.
"So, what you are supposed to do
with the tablets is hold the head back
'before you take them. And when
.you're taking capsules, you should


hold the head down, so that the
tablets or capsules will go down
smoothly and without the gag effect,"
he notes.
For those who have difficulty taking
pills, there is the option to take vita-
mins in liquefied forms, but this is not
something that Mr Lowe recommends
for adults. He says liguefied medica-
tions are usually formulated for chil-
dren, and therefore adults, would have
to take a "massive amount" to get
much benefit from it.
His advice is to simply not make
"such an issue" of taking tablets. He
also noted that there is no real physi-
cal concern to consuming pills, as most


"So, what you
are supposed to
do with the tablets
is hold the head
back before you
take them..."
Bruce Lowe


of the difficulty is psychological.
Said Mr Lowe: "It's like Bahami-
ans' fear of needles. The needle does-
n't really hurt, but it's just the idea
of it."
While some persons feel as if cer-
tain tablets are enormous and cannot
be swallowed without incident, the
pharmacist noted that in comparison
to the food that is swallowed at any
given time, tablets are rather small.
"Really, when you're chewing steak
or chicken, the portion of food that we
swallow at any time is larger than the
bolus (single dose of drug). But it's
because the tablet is so hard that peo-
ple think that it's so big," Mr Lowe


noted.
One thing that makes taking pills
seem so difficult, says the pharmacist,
is that persons don't use sufficient
water.
He explains: "What you are really
doing is not swallowing the tablet (and
here he means capsules as well), but
you are swallowing the water. The
tablet will go down with the water, so
you don't have to focus on the tablet
in your mouth."
The pharmacist suggests that per-
sons use a full mouthful of water, so
that when the tablet is swallowed it
has something to dissolve in.
According to Mr Lowe, holding any
tablet in the mouth for any length of
time makes it even more uncomfort-
able for persons to take pills, since
they usually dissolve, leaving a bitter
taste in the mouth. So he advises per-
sons to swallow right away.
Yet, for those who feel like they
will still have difficulty taking pills,
Mr Lowe suggests they take the tablet
along with a teaspoon of jam.


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The world of


organic


food and farming


Organic foods
are normal
everyday foods
that are not
modified in any
way. They have no additives,
chemicals or genetic modifica-
tion.
Organic plant foods like
fruits and vegetables are grown
on farms that emphasise the
health of the soil and feeding
the soil with organic matter so
as to produce a healthy plant,
as opposed to feeding the plant
as is done in conventional agri-
culture.
The general approach is one
of sustainable agriculture
where renewable resources like
manure are utilised as opposed
to chemical fertilisers, which
are normally made from non-
renewable oil products.
Crops are also rotated, or left
for grazing land at intervals to
allow the land to renew itself
and remain fertile. Instead of
using insecticides, natural pest
control is practised.
In organic meats, animals are
reared according to their own
natural behaviours. They are
allowed to roam and graze
freely, or they are fed organic
feed or grass grown without
toxic and persistent pesticides
or fertilisers that are harmful
to the environment.
Farmers are not allowed to
use growth hormones on
organic livestock nor use
antibiotics in the animals' feed
and animals are reared using
healthy practices designed to
prevent disease.
Processed meat products
from organic animals are made
without the use of synthetic
chemicals or artificial preserv-
atives or potentially harmful
additives such as sodium nitrite.
ADVANTAGES
OF ORGANIC FOODS
The environmental advan-
tages resulting from organic
farming translate into a health-
ier product. Organic foods have
far lower (if any) levels of pes-
ticides and fertilisers when
compared to foods from con-
ventional farming practices.
For example, the US regula-
tions mandate that organic
foods contain less than five per
cent of the levels of pesticides
that are allowed for conven-
tional foods. Pesticides in our
bodies have been linked to a
host of diseases and ailments;
the less we are exposed to
these toxic chemicals the better
it is for our health.
There has been some con-
cern about the levels of hor-
mones in our foods and the
possibility that they might con-
tribute to reproductive prob-
lems and other unforeseen
effects. Also there is fear that
the indiscriminate use of antibi-


otics in animal feeds con-
tributes to the creation of
superbugs and infections in
animals and humans that we
may not be able to cure.
Organic meats are free from
the hormones and antibiotics
used to improve growth in con-
ventional animals.
Organic foods are thought to
be the healthier alternative.
While there are no established
differences in the amounts or
macro-nutrients (protein car-
bohydrates and fats) and
micronutrients (vitamins and
minerals) found in organic ver-
sus conventional plant foods,
there may be differences in the
amounts of phytochemicals,
non-nutrient plant chemicals
that provide a health benefit,
found in organic foods. They
are believed to have higher lev-
els of these healthy compounds
than conventional foods. Some
organic plant foods may also
have higher vitamin C levels
than the same conventional
plant foods.
Organic meats may also be
lower in fats than convention-
ally reared meats. This is
because the animals are
allowed more freedom of
movement and have lifestyles
that mimic their leaner cousins
in the wild. Conventionally
reared animals are usually con-
fined to a small space during
their lifetime; they basically sit
around and get fat. Lower fat
meats would be healthier to
consume that its higher fat
counterpart.
Taste is a subjective experi-
ence but so far organic foods
have come out on top in sever-
al taste tests. Some consumers
find that the food is more
flavourful than its convention-
al counterparts. In some coun-
tries there are restaurants that
serve only organic foods, not
just as an environmental state-
ment, but also because of the
taste.
BENEFITS OF
ORGANIC FARMING
Organic farming which pro-
duces organic foods has many
advantages, the most cited
being that it is environmental-
ly friendly.
There are less energy
inputs required for farming in
this manner, the farms tend to
rely more on manual versus
mechanical labour which
requires fuel to power engines.
There is an absence of pes-
ticides of any kind; it has been
established that pesticides are
damaging to our environment.
They are toxic, they are intend-
ed to kill and in so doing they
kill harmful as well as benefi-
cial species. They can eventu-
ally lose their effectiveness over
time as the pets they were
intended to kill develop resis-


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ta ce. This results in "super-
that are harder to get rid
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Utronger more potentially
damaging toxic chemicals.
There is an absence of/
chemical fertilisers which have/
also been shown to be harm
ful to our environment. Cheni
ical fertilisers leech from the
soil into our rivers and water-
ways and pollute them. Thess
rivers, streams and ponds cal
eventually become so poll u
that nothing can live in thein
The soil is used sustainai
that is it is not drained of
fertility then abandoned as use-
less. In organic farming what
is taken out of the&'il is
replaced through natural mech-
anism so that soil maintains it
fertility. This removes the need
to deforest more land to make
way for farmland. Less defor-
estation is a benefit to the envi-
ronment.
There is less waste created
in organic farming. Products
once considered waste in tra-
ditional farming practices are
utilised rather than dumped in
organic farming. For example,
animal waste is used as manure
for soil rather than as waste to
be dumped.
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; ne way of treating ani-
e premise behind organic
agriculture is that sustainable
agriculture produces a safer,
healthier product and is better
for the environment when com-
pared to conventional agricul-
ture. It is also argued.that it is


the more practical form of agri-
culture for smaller, poorer
countries with a lot of small
farmers. Sustainable agricul-
ture frees these farmers from
dependency on expensive
refined products and allows
them to utilise readily avail-
able, inexpensive and renew-
able resources.
Generally there are strict
guidelines and laws as to which
foods may be labelled organ-
ic. Many countries have strin-
gent guidelines that farmers
must follow before their prod-
uct is certified as organic. To
gain this certification farms
must undergo rigorous inspec-
tion oftheir faring practices.
Soil and water sources are
tested to ensure that they are
free of pesticides and chemical
fertilisers. If there is a sick ani-
mal on a farm and it is treated
with antibiotics, that animal can
no longer be certified as organ-
ic even if the rules were fol-
lowed strictly before that inci-
dent. Some farmers practise
sustainable agriculture but are
not as yet certified as it may
take years to achieve certifica-
tion, especially if conventional
agriculture was practised on
the lands before.
This time is necessary to
allow the pesticides and other
chemicals to disappear from
the soil. These farmers are said
to be in transition. Some farm-
ers choose not to pursue certi-
fication because of the strin-
gent requirements even though
their operation is largely sus-
tainable.


ARE THERE
DISADVANTAGES?
Organic food does have a
downside. Some scientists wor-
ry that if the world's farmers
were all to join the organic
farming movement a food
shortage would be the result.
They argue that conventional
farming through various inputs
from a fertilisers and antibi-
otics to the use of genetic mod-
ification has allowed us to
increase crop yields and grow
bigger animals so as to be able
to feed more people.
A wide-scale shift to organic
farming 'would mean less food
available 6o the6world's popu- "
lationas organic farming does
not produce as high yields as
conventional farming.
At present this is not a prob-
lem requiring too much worry
as only about four per cent of
the world's farmers practise
this type of farming to the
strictest levels. This has created
the problem of availability for
the consumer who would like
to purchase organic foods. A
wide variety of organic foods
are just not available to con-
sumers on a wide scale.
In some parts of the world
specifically marketed organic
foods are only available in spe-
ciality shops if at all. And even
in places where available, the
organic foods are more expen-
sive.
Organic foods also tend not
to be as good looking as their
conventional counterparts.
They are more likely to have


funny shapes and colours and
blemishes.
Some experts argue that this
could actually be an advantage
in that the phytochemicals are
produced in response to stress
so the more stress a plant has
the more phytochemicals it
produces and those funny
colours and blemishes are real-
ly just signs that the plant was
stressed.
There is also the fear that
consuming organic foods while
decreasing your exposure to
artificial toxins may be increas-
ing your exposure to some nat-
ural toxins whici can be equal-
ly dangerous. E coli is a bacte-
ria isuially present in faecal
matter. If ingested it can cause
illness, diarrhoea and even
death. It is though that because
organic farming uses manure
which contains E coli, our
exposure to these dangerous
bacteria could be increased
through these foods.
This assertion has never been
proven and supporters of
organic farming argue that con-
ventional farming practices
increase our exposure to E coli
far more. Therite the dump-
ing of animal Unure by ani-
mal farms and the potential of
this manure to pollute rivers
and streams with E coli.
Overall the consensus seems
to be that individuals should
consume a varied diet that
includes a lot of fruits and veg-
etables and if it is possible to
include some organic foods in
your varied diet, there can be
no harm in that.


health

ca~endr


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
from 7pm 9pm the second
Thursday of each month in.
the cafeteria of the BEC
building, Blue Hill Road.
MS (Multiple Sclerosis)
Bahamas meets the third
Monday every month, 6pm
@ Doctors Hospital confer-
ence room.
The Bahamas Diabetic
Association meets every
third Saturday, 2.30pm
(except August and Decem-
ber) @ the Nursing School,
Grosvenor Close, Shirley
Street.
Doctors Hospital, the
official training centre of


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


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THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2005,GAPAGEI70


on gardening


"Bahamian


by Gardener Jack


There are two
defining months
in our Bahamian
year: October,
when the tem-
perature of the sea cools con-
siderably; and May, when the
sea warms up and changes
our weather pattern consider-
ably. Instead of cool fronts
'from the north and west, we
Sget warm winds from the
south and east. The likeli-
hood of rain increases dra-
matically and thunderstorms
become common.
Heat and humidity causes
most of our winter vegetables
to shrivel up and die. A few
varieties of tomato, cauli-
flower, cucumbers, etc, come


Hot peppers thrive but
sweet peppers become diffi-
cult to cultivate. They need
some light shade to prevent
the sun scalding the fruits.
Cubanelle peppers seem to
do best in warm conditions
and are very sweet.
Now is the time to plant
okra, sweet potatoes, and cow
peas which include black
beans, blackeye peas and red


beans. Black bean soup and
rice with black beans taste far
superior when made with
fresh beans. For the best
yields, use tall varieties of
okra rather than bush vari-
eties.
With the increase in heat
and humidity there is a corre-
sponding increase in insect
activity. Now more than at
any other time of the year we
should try to keep pests
under control.
One proven deterrent is
soap. You can purchase
Safer's Insecticidal Soap from
your local nursery or make
your own soap solution. This
is easily done by using as pure
a soap solution as possible,


* ROSES like this Mr Lincoln are susceptible to black spot and other diseases in warm
weather. They can be treated with a systemic to keep them in good health.


such as Dove. Don't use a
brand which has anti-bacteri-
al additives or promises to do


miracles to your skin. And
don't use a detergent.
To the soap solution add
Cayenne pepper, a good
tablespoonful for a regular
sprayer, and a little garlic
juice. Use a hose end sprayer
to spread your soap solution,
trying to get to the underside
of leaves whenever possible.
.A home made soap solu-
tion does not kill most insects
but tends to send them where
conditions are not so
inclement, perhaps your
neighbour's yard. Keep your
eye on the weather forecast
and spray when a few dry
days are expected. Re-spray
after heavy rain. A soap solu-
tion is especially valuable in
counteracting scale insects.
One word of warning: When
you have finished spraying
you must clean your hose end
sprayer in several changes of
warm water. Soap gums up
the works unless you clean
the sprayer thoroughly.

Disease

Rose bushes are particular-
ly prone to black spot disease
during the warm months. For
them I would recommend
Orthene or an equivalent sys-
temic control. A systemic is
absorbed by the leaves and
roots and provides protection
over several months. Take
great care not to inadvertent-
ly spray any plant which pro-
duces edible fruits while you
are spraying your roses or


other ornamentals.
The rainy season is due to
begin in May but sometimes
waits until June. When the
rains do come they inspire
rapid growth in most shrubs
and trees. Fertilise them
when the ground is soaked,
just a little every month to
keep them productive and
strong. Healthy plants are not
likely to be attacked by
predators.

Season

Before the end of May we
will see Poincianas begin their
glorious flowering season, just
when African Tulips,
Bauhinias and Yellow Elder
begin their summer rest.
Crepe Myrtle and Tabebuia
are also May bloomers. Flow-
ers for your late spring/early
summer beds could include
Transvaal Daisies, New
Guinea Impatiens, Zinnia.
Vincas, Cosmos, Portulaca
and Moss Rose, Gerbera and
Marigolds.
If age ain't nothin' but a
number a season ain't nothin'
but a date. I feel that summer
begins in April when the
clocks change and we can
enjoy long light evenings.
May is considered spring
according to the calendar but
it feels awfully like summer to
me...

gardenerjack@
coconuttelegraphs. net


* A RELIABLE warm weather performer is New Guinea Impatiens. It is best grown in light to medium shade.


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Mr. Andrew Bvers, Black and Beatch Co., Mr Fred Bernard,


Senes, And Mr Paul Schutt, ICF Consulting


THURSDAY, 5TH MAY, 2005 AT BRITISH COLONIAL HILTON,
TIME 8:00PM HOST: DARROLD MILLER "COME AND HEAR ALL THE FACTS"


What is Liquefied Natural Gas? (LNG)1

LNG is natural gas that has been cooled enough (-160C) for it to condense back into a liquid state. LNG is not compressed.
LNG has been used in North America for nearly 40 years, with 113 of the worlds 200 LNG facilities already in the US and 3 more
located in Canada. North america's first LNG plant was built in 1912.
Global annual LNG supply reached 6600 bcf in 2003, 57% of which can be competitively delivered to the east coast of North America
at current natural gas prices.
*Twelve countries imported LNG for domestic use, and fourteerr exported LNG.
*There are 17 LNG export (liquefaction) facilities worldwide and 40 LNG import (regasification) facilities.
*There are 151 LNG tanker ships operating worldwide.... These ships pass through Bahamian waters on a daily basis.
*The safety aspects of LNG are very well understood..... In some respects LNG is a safer form of natural gas since LNG is not a
compresssed gas, just a super cooled liquid.
*LNG will not ignite when exposed to fire.... To burn, LNG must first return to a gaseous state.
The few accidents that have involved LNG over its 40 year history in North America have occured when LNG was allowed to revert
to a gas form without proper controls.


Overview Of Ocean Cay, Bahamas (Arthistic Rendering)
View From 30 Feet M.S.O., North Of Island


Overviw Of Ocean Cay, Bahamas (Arthistic Rendering) Plan View


* Electricity production at combined cycle gas-fired power plants
* Cooking and home heating
* As an alternative fuel source for motor vehicles.
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LNG is simply natural gas. In this regard all of the safety aspects of
LNG are very well understood. As a gas it is the same fuel that is
transported by pipeline across the continent, stored in numerous
storage facilities, and used daily by individual throughout Europe,
North America, Japan, Puerto Rico, Domician Republic, etc. All of this
activity is done under well established safety precautions and protocols
that have made natural gas one of Europe and North America preferred
energy sources. There has been no loss of life at an LNG regasification
facility during the past forty years.


LNG is shipped in double-hulled tankers built using technology that
has been proven for over forty years. They are insulated to keep the
gas at -160 Celsius so that it remains a liquid. This allows LNG to
be transported at very close to atmospheric pressure. There has
been no loss of life on an LNG Ship in its history.


It is a deep water port used to berth and unload LNG tankers. A
terminal has holding tanks specially designed to keep the LNG at
-1600 Celsius. LNG terminals also have equipment to return the LNG
to its gaseous state prior to it being distributed through the existing
natural gas pipeline transportation and distribution network.


* Deep Water Port
* Thermal Exclusion Zone of 1-3/4 miles
* Land Availability (-100 acres...plus)


North America
* Boston, Massachusetts Operational
* Cove Point, Maryland Operational & Expanding
* Elba Island, Georgia Operational & Expanding
* Lake Charles, Louisiana Operational & Expanding
The Caribbean
* Guayanilla, Puerto Rico Operational
* Andres, Dominican Republic Operational
* Trinidad and Tobago Operational


North America
* Freeport, Texas Under Construction
* Sabine, Louisiana Under Construction
* Hackberry, Louisiana Under Construction
* Corpus Christi, Texas Approved
Mexico,
* Altimira, Mexico Under Construction
* Baha, Mexico Under Construction


* Japan 15 operating terminals
* Spain 4 operating terminals
* South Korea-3 operating terminals
* France 2 operating Terminals
* Italy 1 operating terminal
* Portugal 1 operating terminal
* Greece 1 operating terminal
* Belgium -1 operating terminal
* Turkey -1 operating terminal
* Taiwan -1 operating terminal
* Trinidad and Tobago 4 operating terminals
* China
* India
* Australia


Projected Reveinue To The Public Treasury Is Estimated
At $1.2 Billion to $1.5 Billion Over A Twenty-Five Year Period


FERC
Existing, Proposed and
Potential North American
LNG Terminals


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Office of Energy Projects


S THE BAHAMAS ENVIRONMENT SCIENCEAND TECHNOLOGY COMMISSION


(BEST Commission)


Will Be Holding A Town Meeting On Liquified Natural Gas (LNG)


Featuring LNG Consultants:


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