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Search for suspect


after stabbing death


* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
FREEPORT Grand
Bahama Police are investigat-
ing its fifth murder and traffic
fatality for the year when a
22-year-old Haitian Bahamian
was stabbed to death and 31 .
year-ol- maifdied injuries
suffered in a car accident over
the weekend.
Supt Basil Rahming report-
ed that police are searching
for a Haitian man in connec-
tion with the stabbing death
of Wisco Jean Baptiste fol-
lowing a domestic dispute Fri-
day evening at Pinedale, Eight
Mile Rock.
Ms Clarice Mack, 22, told
police that her boyfriend, Wis-
co, and another man were
involved in an argument at her
home around 10.45pm. Dur-
ing the course of the argument
her boyfriend was stabbed
several times with a knife.
Supt Rahming said when
police arrived at the scene to
investigate they found the vic-
tim lying on the ground. He
was dead. There were four
stab wounds in his body -
three in his chest and one in
the lower abdomen.
Baptiste's body was taken
to Rand Memorial Hospital,
where doctors officially pro-.
nounced him dead at 11.25pm.
His death is the fifth homicide
for the year.
Mr Rahming said a search is
underway for the suspect, who


is known by the nickname
"Q". He is described as being
about 5 feet, eight inches tall,
of slim build, and dark com-
' pixion with an Afro hairstyle.
'RAFFIC ACCIDENT.
A TRAFFIC accident Sat-
urday evening at Eight Mile
Rock claind the life of 31-
year-old Trino Hepiurn,'who
died of his injuries at Rand
Memorial Hospital. His death
is the fifth traffic fatality for
the year on Grand Bahama
streets.
According to reports, the
accident, occurred around
7.30pm on Queens Highway
when a Honda Accord licence
22221, driven by Cornell
Forbes, skidded off theroad
and crashed into a concrete
wall.
Hepburn, a passenger in the
vehicle, suffered serious inter-
nal injuries.
He was taken to hospital,
but died around 10pm.
According to preliminary
investigations; the vehicle was
travelling fast going west on
Queen's Highway when it
went out of control. Supt Basil
Rahming said the car, which is
owned by Willis Henfield, was
not licensed, inspected or
insured.
Investigations are continu-
ing..
SNORKELLING DEATH
AN ELDERLY passenger
on the Disney Magic Cruise
SEE page 14


* By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
POLICE are investigating
the crash of a Flamingo Air
plane that went down in the
bushes at Exuma yesterday
afternoon.
Although the aircraft sus-
tained extensive damage,
the pilot and the planes' two
passengers were unharmed.
At 12.25pm yesterday the
police from the George
Town station received
reports that a twin-engine
aircraft, registered to
Flamingo Air, had crashed
SEE page 14


Favourable

weather 'could

bring influx of

Haitian migrants'
* By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter
AS SUMMER brings more
favourable weather, analysts
warn that the Bahamas could
see an influx of Haitian
migrants.
Illegal migration tends to
slow down after January
because of the rough seas, but
as summer's southeastern trade
Winds strengthen and become
more reliable, officials usually
SEE page 14


Hurricane season

to be more active
than last year's
* By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
WITH 'the official hurricane
forecast for 2005 predicting this
year's hurricane season to be
even more active than last
year's, the National Emergency
Management Agency has
announced that it will intensify
its efforts.
In its 2005 forecast, the
National Oceanic and Atmos-
pheric Administration (NOAA)
predicted another above-nor-
mal hurricane season, with at
least three category three or
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$350,000
worth of

drugs seized
* By RUPERT
MISSICK JR
Chief Reporter
OFFICERS of the Drug
Enforcement Unit seized
$350,000 worth of narcotics
following a number of
arrests over the weekend.
Police are also investigat-
ing the suspicious death of a
39-year-old woman and a
suspected incident of arson
at a New Providence High
School.
On Saturday at 8.15 pm
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THE TRIBUNE


Opponents of LNG should





get equal time in debate .


AT first it appeared
that only Minister of
Trade and Industry Leslie
Miller was unalterably and pas-
sionately committed to the idea
of setting up a plant in The
Bahamas to import, regasify
and pipe LNG to Florida.
But then it started to look as
if it may have had the approval
of others in the cabinet. So in
this column in May 2003 I
wrote:
"Minister of Trade and
Industry Leslie Miller, who is
apparently without any con-
straints in his reckless rush to
open up the country to oil inter-
est, seems to have a problem
with our number one industry.
"He thinks tourism is fickle, a
claim we have heard before
even from some academics who
ought to know better. Any busi-
ness will fail if you do not take
care of it, and all international-
ly traded goods and services are
subject to the vicissitudes of the
market-place, including wars
and epidemics.
"Ask some of our sister states
in the Caribbean how fickle
sugar and rum can be. And
bananas. Even oil and gas. Ask
the British about the fickleness
of beef. Zaire about copper.
And South Africa about that
most prized of commodities:
gold!
"Then compare their answers
with the experience we have
had with tourism decade after
d',cade, in and out of recessions.
"Not only has tourism rated
highest on the scale of sustain-
ability and recovery but it is dif-
ficult to find another industry
from which the economic bene-
fits are so readily and directly
spread through the population.
"Prime .Minister Perry
Christie should do something
before his Minister of Trade
and Industry sacrifices it all on
the altar of the oil industry with
little or no consultation with the
Bahamian people: Not even a
commission!
"On second thought, Mr
Miller might not be alone in
this. Maybe, as in the case of
the bleachers, they will say they
are all in it together!"


o wonder Mr Miller
has been able to get
away with his outrageous
behaviour as a minister in this
matter. And no wonder Mr
Christie has done nothing to dis-
cipline or even restrain his min-
ister. They are all in it together!
Mr Christie himself indicat-
ed in a radio interview in Janu-
ary this year that two of the
LNG proposals would be
approved.
"Everything is in place," he
said, "except I have to look a


(The Ramnfinly Heame story its a
hlovely 'cne. Nfiify fifty yeams
eago Liady fRenaiiwme Randfly,
,wiAfe 'of the them GovennorT
General, galivaia9urdiia~ l id
international supparlt and
esdluJiibed'a hore for esp" a
Babalian dhiTdlirea.

Sinee q 19516 Ranifkiwy Ho me has
been v hsafe kavean for Ut osas
'Af Bakamism youth, providing
iprofon'dly ,ore tthan a roof
vertheiorbheada. WIiieRanfidly
is vey prou&dl ofits ffacilihies, its
dAeepesr t pride is in al that it
acocplishes to milture those in
0Is care, provWiding tdem with
hope, ,happimess. and a bright,
prmising future.

l.u'der the adminiistrative
leadership of Violetta Gardiner
,and volunteer President
* acqeline Bain, Raafnly Hone
woiks tirelessly to ensure a rich
irand vaT d program of lessons
aand extra-cumnicularactiviLes are
available to its youngsters.
Remakcably, Ranfifily kids can
participate in art and crafts,
kal'rate, gardening, piano,
vccnmputer, bask etfal9, and dhess
1o naae aa few.. These after-
chcx'S 'and weekend activities
i


little closer at a couple of figures
to see if the Bahamas is goig'to
Benefit significantly fron4it. "'
He was all on boatfd xcept
he wanted to look closer'to see
if the country he governs was
going to benefit significantly
from it!
For one brief hopeful
moment it looked as if those
who wanted to protect the
Bahamas from this sell-out had
one champion on the inside:
Ambassador for the Environ-
ment and chairman of the
BEST Commission, Keod
Smith.
But now all the relevant
departments and agencies of the
government, including BEST,
have teamed up with the LNG
industry in a massive co-ordi-
nated public relations campaign
to stuff this deal down the
throats of the Bahamian peo-
ple.
Mr Miller, more outrageous


are headed up by Ranfrly
caretakers and generous
v0e teens whose "'rewards are
mieasured iin smiles and small


Ith is always uimmnsetling to learn of
the circumstances that bring
about the need for Homes to
exist in the first place, yet
Ranfirily rises impressively
above a child's beginnings. Its
s nileTon, T"Love thatCahild",
is evident in all that Ranfirly
srives to do. Biological parents
amiight nt be present in the lives
of the kids, but an extended
fanfily of administrators,
caretakers, volunteers and
generous supporters provide a
hnmeoaMpteewihlove,support
gadloipMtanity.

Ironically, Ranfurly Home's
biggest chaMlenge is not its kids-
it is simply generating more
financial support for its work.

The Father Pat Fund is pleased
to donate $2,000 to the Ranfuily
Home. Please visit their website
(www.ranflusdiomes.org) or call
Voletta Gamdiner1(393-3115) for
more information on how you
can support their vital mission.


than ever, has introduced race
into the debate.' He c~b3ls
'that Mrs Samk DuiicoMnejiis
attracting atteritiofn in her'4ih-
paign because she is white; ''


M r Miller is deluding
himself. Mrs Dun-
combe's colour has nothing to
do with it.
The media and the public are
paying attention because they
know it is an important issue.
If we allow the gas and oil
industry to ruin the Bahamas
then all of us will suffer, includ-
ing future generations of
Bahamians, black and white.
Mrs Duncombe and her
organisation, ReEarth, are
doing a fine job focusing the


attention of the Bahamian peo-
ple and trying to stop Mr Miller
and the government from
pulling the wool over their eyes.
The nation owes her and her
colleagues a debt of gratitude.


W hat Mr Miller
should do now is to
accede to Mrs Duncombe's
demand for equal time at that
heavily-promoted town meet-
ing.
Mr Miller himself has chal-
lenged Mrs Duncombe and Tim
Riley to refute any of the facts
in "our advertisement". Mrs
Duncombe and Mr Riley have
accepted the challenge. It is in
the interest of the Bahamian
people that they be given equal
time.
Mrs Duncombe has already
effectively disposed of the
industry's fallacious claim that
there is no land in Florida to
build an LNG plant to serve the
people of Florida.
The truth is that the LNG
plant would pose serious risks
and Bahamians should only be
having this debate if it was
about taking risks for ourselves,
not for those who do not want
to accept the risks for their own
benefit.
Ever since 1967 some people
have looked on these islands as
a.convenient dumping ground
for their waste, including nerve
gas, garbage and sewage. Loftus
Roker recently referred to one
such case. Now this LNG crowd
wants us to be Florida's gas sta-
tion.
We should let the world
know that we have a different
vision for our Bahamas. We
must take care of this blessed
environment and share it with
the millions who come to our
shores every year seeking
respite from a polluted and
troubled world.
In the words of Prime Minis-
ter ttf`istioehimslf: '"We are
dot just another country looking
for revenue opportunities. We
are another country Whose pri-
mary industry is tourism and
therefore we cannot afford to
mistakenly and inappropriately
agree to developments and
industries that are inimical or
inconsistent with the best inter-
est of our tourism industry."
* *

OVERBLOWN RESPONSE


It is not a new thing that
some people who are
inclined to be quite liberal with


personal abuse still manage to
resent it when the favour is
returned.
The people at Bahamas
Uncensored (formerly Fred
Mitchell Uncensored) are a
good example of the phenome-
non.
A few weeks ago, Tribune
columnist Andrew Allen com-
mented that Foreign Minister
Fred Mitchell likes the sound
of his own voice.
Most people would regard
that as being among the mildest
of rebukes and a very familiar
one. After all, those who do not
love the sound of their own
voices are perhaps in the minor-
ity.
So Mr Allen was not exactly
breaking new ground in the
abuse genre. But the people at
BU Russell Dames and Claire
Booth are overly sensitive to
the slightest criticism of their
favourite minister.


Ar response to Mr Allen
was hardly necessary
but if they felt they had to rush
to the aid of the minister an
adequate retort would have
been, "Well, his is not an
unpleasant voice."
But no. The BU people flew
into a rage.
"What an utterly stupid com-
ment," they protested. "Silly! ...
But that is the level to which
this has all now sunk. They can-
not win on the rationality of the
argument (CSME) so they
resort to name-calling."
What an exaggerated and
overblown response to such a
small slight! What Mr Allen
said was not stupid, nor silly.
Nor was it name-calling. And
Mr Allen was certainly not irra-
tional.
If someone really went after
Mr Mitchell, the world-wide
web would not be able to con-
taifi Mr Dames and Ms Booth.
Bit they have several lessons.
to learn, the first being that
When you get a reputation for
stretching the language it is like-
ly to fail you when you need it
most.
The next is that when you
indulge in the abuse of others
who are not likely to respond
in kind, that is nevertheless a
temptation for friends to go
after you and yours.
For weeks the uncensored
ones have hurled personal
insults at Zhivargo Laing
and have themselves done
exactly what they falsely accuse
Mr Allen of: lowering the level
of the debate. Mr Mitchell
should tell his young friends to
stop it.


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Letter to minister

over two of the

Bahamas reservations


* By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter
CARICOM Secretary Gener-
al Edwin Carrington in a letter
to Foreign Affairs Minister Fred
Mitchell assured him that two of
the Bahamas' reservations to the
Caribbean Single Market and
Economy have already been
agreed.
Mr Carrington was qualifying
certain remarks attributed to an
official of CARICOM by
Bahamas Chamber of Commerce
president Winston Rolle.
Mr Rolle quoted the official as
saying that the CSME, "did not
allow for reservations but rather
for the delayed implementation
of various aspects of the treaty"
and "though the time frame for
implementation would be deter-
mined by the CARICOM body,
compliance was inevitable."
Mr Carrington said that obvi-
ously there must have been some
misunderstanding as the Revised
Treaty establishing the Caribbean
Community, including the
CARICOM Single Market and
Economy, provides for reserva-
tions that may be entered into
this treaty with the consent of the
signatory state, as is the case with
The Bahamas.
"In the event; therefore, that
The Bahamas determines that
participation by that Member
State in the Revised Treaty
should necessarily be circum-
scribed by certain stated reser-


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vations it would be for those
States signatory to the Revised
Treaty to determine whether
those reservations would be
acceptable, in light of the object
and purpose of the Revised
Treaty," said Mr Carrington.
Mr Carrington's letter makes it
clear that at least two reserva-
tions to the CSME treaty have
already been agreed the free..i
movement of people .a.rd4.he
monetary union.
It also confirms the absolute
right of the sovereignty for the
Bahamas.
The Government of The
Bahamas has repeatedly
expressed its reservations to the
Community about monetary
union and the free movement of
persons under the CSME, as, it
affects the Bahamas; a position
accepted by the Member States
of the Community.
"I wish to assure you that noth-
ing has changed in relation to the
Community's acceptance at the
level of Heads of Government
of the rights of States under the
Treaty. The Bahamas remains a
valued member of the Commu-
nity with the complete assurance
of respect for its sovereignty,"
said Mr Carrington
Mr Mitchell welcomedlthe.,
clarification and added that 'tlih'te
Caribbean Court of Justice posi-
tion has also been agreed.
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to society


EDITOR, The Tribune

LET me state upfront and
emphatically that, shockingly,
there are far too many illiter-
ate people, especially adults,
who simply cannot read. This
is alarming and downright dan-
gerous. This kind of handicap
contributes to a wayward soci-
ety, and could even be respon-
sible for the high rate of indis-
cretions.
Before I go into .the benefits
of learning to read, let me show-
case the negative fallout of not
being able to read. First of all it
could be fatal, because not
being able to determine what is
poison and what is not, could
be the difference of someone
swallowing something that
could end their lives, because
of their ignorance.
Every day one can encounter
the lack of reasoning from oth-
ers, just because they cannot
read, so they have a difficulty
comprehending, therefore lack
the ability to analyse informa-
tion that can help them to arrive
at sensible opinions. They, most
times, have an inferiority com-
plex. They behave as if the
whole world owes them some-
thing, and that they are being
ostracised. Of course this is all
in the mind of an illiterate per-
son.
The alarming behaviour of
our youth is a clear indication
how high the level of illiteracy is
in the Bahamas. Our school sys-
tem is just a big old babysitting
exercise. Students in, the
eleventh grade cannot read at
the level of a grade one student.
This is the norm, although the
exception is a bright child who
comes from an atmosphere at
home, conducive to learning.
This is, of course, where the
parent has a special interest in
their child and sacrifices all to
make sure that the child stays
focused. I must not pretend that
statistics show that the trouble-
makers are usually students
who are "illiterate". Intelligent
students do not act like fools.
Simple road signs could not
be comprehended to avoid the
dangers that may be ahead
because an individual cannot
spell this could be the differ-
ence of a motorist going in a
deep ditch or going overboard.
There are many examples
that would shout out: "We need
to address this seriously unfor-
tunate situation." I can say with
some sense of certainty that
Project Read Bahamas is a pro-
gramme that is fully committed
to helping to eradicate illiteracy
in the Bahamas.
This lack of reading skills


takes total dedication on the
part of the volunteer, to be able
to cope with, for example, a
grandfather who finally decides
to do better. It takes a special
person who really has the inter-
est of humankind to be suc-
cessful in reaching such a per-
son.
Project Read Bahamas has
the right tools and the right pro-
gramme, not only to help
increase the awareness, but the
kind of participation needed, if
we as a people are to advance.
Not enough emphasis is placed
on the importance of reading.
I am certain Project Read
Bahamas can use all of the vol-
unteers they can get, to help
spread the good news that
"reading is fundamental", and
will be the difference between if
you succeed in life or not.
I must hasten to say that I
was not fortunate to have a high


school or college education, nei-
ther did I obtain the BJC, GCE
or XYZ, but through learning
how to read, I am able to
express myself and I hope oth-
ers can understand, at least
some of what I try to say from
time to time. But had it not
been for my constant reading, I
may have not been able to
explain, or reason as I should.
Learning to read is an asset, a
great asset. It changes the per-
son's confidence, it lifts your
spirits, it helps in conversation,
it increases your level of under-
standing and it raises your self
esteem to heights unknown.
I implore everyone who could
to read more, and those who
cannot read to learn now and
experience the joy of having
done so.
I hope I was able to shine a
searchlight on a problem that
is and has been ignored for far
too long.

IVOINE W INGRAHAM
Nassau
May 6 2005


EDITOR, The Tribune

WITH the negative com-
ments and responses from
recent visitor surveys as to
how to treat our visitors, may
I list what is suggested to be
the majority of considerations
that a visitor would be requir-
ing, for them to have a great
vacation experience mind
you, this is not an exclusive
precondition for our visitors,
but the way we should treat
everyone 365 days a year.
I want.....
(1) To be taken seriously
2) Competent, efficient
service
(3) Anticipation of my
needs
(4) Explanations in my
terms
(5) Basic courtesy
(6) To be informed of
options
(7) Not to be passed around
with no positive response or
correction
(8) To be listened to, and
heard
(9) Dedicated and person-
alized


(10) Friendliness and cour-
tesy
(11) Honesty
(12) Follow through within
a reasonable time frame.
If we do not satisfy at least
nine of these points, we are
not a good ambassador of this
country,, nor of the person
who pays you to be of their
business.
Take my experience yester-
day at a government ministry
where the telephone has not
been operating for six days -
an abrupt questioning by the
receptionist as to why I want-
ed to speak to the permanent
secretary, on what matter -
you know the usual CID
approach of most of the gov-
ernment receptionists.
If we nationally do not
adopt these 12 points, we will
kill the billions of investment
heading our way as no devel-
opment will ever be able to
make a profit. We will simply
be running visitors off!

MARSHALL FORBES
Nassau
May 6 2005


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Harbour Island




makes call to




govern itself


* By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
HARBOUR Island should
be given the authority to pass
by-laws to govern its own
affairs.
This call went out yesterday
from Save Harbour Island
Association (SHIA).
Fred Smith, counsel for the
association, told The Tribune
that the members of SHIA
have written to Prime Minister
Perry Christie asking for the
implementation of a Harbour
Island By-laws Act, similar to
the Freeport By-laws Act.
The request for the Act has
come as. a result of Harbour
Islanders' concerns about the
proposed Romora Bay devel-
opment, which is considered
unsuitable and too large for the
small Family Island.
The association, comprised
of more than 150 residents and
property owners of Harbour
Island, both Bahamian and for-'
eign, was formed in an effort to
stop the Parmenter Reality's
Romora Bay development
going ahead in its present form
or to have it significantly down-
sized.
SHIA members believe that
the approval process for devel-
opments of this size on Harbour
Islandis seriously flawed. They
are now asking government to
give the locals the right to
decide for themselves which
developments should take place
on their island, and in what
manner.
"If the PLP truly wants to
empower the Bahamian people
as they have previously
promised, then give us the Har-
bour Island By-laws Act. This
Act would allow the island's
District Council to pass the nec-
essary by-laws to regulate all


Association believes


that development


approval does not


benefit community


sanitary and environmental
facilities, as well as docking
facilities. This would mean that
the people themselves could
pass building and construction
regulations suited to Harbour
Island," said Mr Smith.
He added that as the "coun-
try's oldest country and once
the capital of the Bahamas, we
feel that Harbour Island has the
economic and social maturity
to regulate its developments."
"This concept has worked
for the past 50 years in
Freeport, there is no reason why
it should not work in Harbour
Island," he said.

Request

Mr Smith said that the asso-
ciation has also written to Min-
ister of Works Bradley Roberts
requesting to see all proposed
plans for the Romora Bay
development.
The residents of Harbour
Island fear that expansion of
Romora Bay, which is expected
to include 40 condominiums
and a 50 slip marina when com-
pleted as planned,. will double-
the current market and would
add serious strain on already


overburdened services such as
water, electricity, garbage col-
lection and liquid waste dispos-
al.
The association said that they
wish to ensure that any devel-
opment taking place on Har-
bour Island "proceeds in a man-
ner which is environmentally
sensitive and which preserves
the unique heritage of the island
as reflected in its architecture
and quality of life."
Mr Smith yesterday also
appealed to Ambassador for the
Environment, BEST Commis-
sion chairman Keod Smith to
"step up and.defend the envi-
ronment."
"The Minister of Financial
Services and Investments seems
to be giving away land left and
right, we need some sort of bal-
ance. We do need jobs and we
do need development, but
please let's not have develop-
ment only for development's
sake, let's have development
which suits our islands and pre-
serves our environment and our
heritage," he said.
The Association is also
expected to issue a court appli-
cationl for a judicial review to
protest the Romora Bay devel-
.opment.


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MP 'Martial arts may



have saved my life''


* By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter
ST Thomas More MP Frank
Smith told.The Tribune yes-
terday that his training in mar-
tial arts may have saved his life
last Thursday when he was
attacked by two men in front
of his home.
The MP, who was released
from hospital on Friday, said
that he did not feel the knife
attack was motivated by rob-
bery as his assailants at no
point demanded money or any
other valuables.
When asked how he was
able to respond so quickly to
an attack from behind by an
attacker who was attempting
to cut his throat, Mr Smith said
he was not completely sure but
certainly believed that his mar-
tial arts training helped him.


"That is something I'm try-
ing to think about myself. I
think a lot had to do with
instinct and then emotion after
that," said Mr Smith
Mr Smith, who was feeling
"quite better," said that his fam-
ily is now trying to cope with
the aftermathof the incident.
"We have to re-evaluate a
number of things and we are
doing a number of additional
things trying to cope and eval-
uating how we conduct our
everyday life," he said.
Chief Supt Hulan Hanna
said yesterday that while police
have not yet determined a
motive or have any major sus-
pects in the case, they are still
working in earnest to catch the
culprits.. .
Police officers were able to
retrieve the knife and one of
the men's, mask from the scene'


to assist them in their forensic
investigation.
The St Thomas More MP was
attacked in front of his Eastern
Road home last Thursday.
According to reports, Mr
Smith was just returning home
from his constituency office
shortly before 9pm, when two
masked men, one armed with a
knife, attacked him from
behind.
Being trained in marital arts,
Mr Smith was able to fend off
the attack and as result was
only superficially wounded.
He was stabbed twice in his
back. He was rushed to the
Princess Margaret Hospital.
Mr Smith's wife and daugh-
ter, who were inside the house
at the time, were unharmed.
Following treatment for his
injuries,.the, P was released
from hospital on Friday.


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THE United States govern-
ment has granted an extension
for persons to submit their con-
cerns about the implementation
of the "Western Hemisphere
Travel Initiative" a US embassy
official said yesterday.
Public comment on the plans,
which many Bahamians fear
will affect tourism began on
April 5 and was due to last for
60 days once the proposed new
rules are published in the US
Government's Federal Regis-
ter, which has not yet happened.
"So interested parties have at
least 60 more days to express
their concerns," Mr Taylor said.
He noted, however, that in
general, most observers seem
to understand the need for a
secure travel document and
want to see the process advance
as smoothly and efficiently as
possible.
On April 5 the US Depart-
ment of Homeland Security and
the Department of. State
announced that, from January 1
2006 all US citizens and foreign
nationals travelling to the Unit-
ed States from the Bahamas,
the Caribbean, Bermuda, Cen-
tral America and South Amer-
ica, will be required to present a
valid passport or another
secure, accepted document to
enter or re-enter the United
States.
"Our goal is to strengthen
border security and expedite
entry into the United States for
US citizens and legitimate for-
eign visitors," Homeland Secu-
rity Acting Under Secretary for
Border Transportation Security,
Randy Beardsworth, said.
"By ensuring that travellers
possess secure documents, such
as the passport, our immigra-
tion inspectors will be able to
conduct more effective and effi-
cient interviews," he added.
The Ministry of Tourism is
planning an education campaign
aimed at alerting current visi-
tors to the islands of the
impending change, to minimise

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Bahamas will be negligible.
Currently, US citizens, and
some citizens of other countries
in the western hemisphere, are
not re _uired to present a pass-
port to enter or re-enter the US
when travelling within the
Western Hemisphere.
However, legislation passed
by the US Congress in 2004 -
The Intelligence Reform and
Terrorism Prevention Act -
meant that US citizens and for-


eign nationals must present a
passport or other secure docu-
ment when entering the US.
"We recognise the implica-
tions this might have for indus-
try, business and the general
public," said Assistant Secre-
tary of State for Consular
Affairs, Maura Harty. "The
overarching need is to imple-
ment this legal requirement in a
way that strengthens security
while facilitating the movement
of persons and goods."


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(The writer is a former
Caribbean diplomat, now cor-
porate executive, who publishes
widely on small states in the
global community).
WHEN Heads of Govern-
ment of the Organisation of
Eastern Caribbean States
(OECS) meet on May 26 and
27, they are scheduled to
receive a study of the impact
on their countries of participa-
tion in the much vaunted
Caribbean Single Market and
Economy (CSME).
The content of this study and
their reaction to it will have a
profound effect on the estab-
lishment and effectiveness of
the CSME to whose formation
they have already given a com-
mitment.
The OECS comprises six
independent countries of the
Leeward and Windward Islands
(Antigua and Barbuda; St
Kitts-Nevis; Dominica; St
Lucia; St Vincent and the
Grenadines; Grenada) and the
British Overseas Territory,
Montserrat.

Business
Worry has always existed
within the OECS at the levels
of both the business communi-
ty and the trade unions that the
CSME would create dislocation
in their economies. Many had
envisaged the collapse of busi-
nesses and a loss of jobs
through competition in their
local economies from larger
companies in the Caribbean
Community (CARICOM).
Recently, this worry has
intensified within the OECS. A
member of parliament of the
ruling United Progressive Par-
ty, Mr Chanlah Codrington, is
reported in the local Antigua
media as expressing concern in


the national assembly that
"small islands like Antigua
would become the dumping
grounds for goods from larger
territories".
At another level, Sir Dwight
Venner, the experienced Gov-
ernor of the Eastern Caribbean
Central Bank (ECCB) which
governs the single OECS cur-
rency, has argued that the coun-
tries of the OECS should create
an Economic Union "as the
only viable option that we have
at this time as we advance
towards the CSME".
This obvious disquiet within
the OECS should not be
ignored by the larger countries
which make up the remaining
eight .member states of CARI-
COM. The concerns are legiti-
mate and should be addressed
now, lest the CSME ends up
being still born.
Sir Dwight has made the
telling point that "unlike the
European Union, there is no
compensating mechanism for
redistribution to support the
development efforts of the
OECS countries, and to bal-
ance the trade inequalities in
the region". By this, it is
assumed he means that the
CSME has no Regional Devel-
opment Fund and does not
envisage the free movement of
labour.
In the European Single
Market and Economy, disad-
vantaged countries benefit from
a fund which provides for their
development, and labour is free
to move across the member
states. Both of these mecha-
nisms allow for adjustment in


* RONALD SANDERS


less developed countries that
suffer from the joining-up of
their economies with more
developed ones into a single
space.
I have long argued that both
a Regional Development Fund
and the free movement of
labour are essential to the
acceptance and success of the
CSME.
This is not to say that I have
not recognised the difficulties
associated with these
notions. In the case of the
Fund, resources would have to
be invested by larger and more
developed countries within
CARICOM and this would
cause both political and finan-
cial problems for them. It
would be well nigh impossible
for Jamaica, for instance, to
explain to its population why it
is providing taxpayers' money
to compensate for economic
losses in the smaller territo-
ries. The wounds of the failed
West Indian Federation would
be re-opened all over again.

Contributions
But, if the.international com-
munity could see a seriousness
and determination by CARI-
COM countries to create "the
CSME, they could be persuad-
ed to make substantial contri-
butions to a Regional Devel-
opment Fund as part of the
process of helping these small,
vulnerable states to adjust to a
world in which they no longer
enjoy trade preferences for
their principal exports.
Similarly, while it is acknowl-
edged that agreeing to the free
movement of labour poses
problems for governing political
parties who fear that opposi-
tion parties would whip up
nationalist sentiment to unseat
them from government, the
CSME is simply not a practical
idea without the free move-
ment of labour. The Europeans
recognised this basic reality
which is why they developed
the notion of 'European Citi-
zenship' a Union of sovereign


states with common citizenship.
CARICOM countries can-
not afford to put off con-
fronting the necessity for
'CARICOM Citizenship' and
the free movement of labour,
however politically frightening
it might be. A single market
and economy, in which all oth-
er factors of production are free
to move, simply cannot exist
without it.
The public education pro-
gramme on this issue should
begin now while the formation
of the CSME is still in its very
early stage.
When the OECS Heads of
Government meet later this
month to consider the study of
the impact on their countries
of participation in the CSME,
they are expected to pay close
attention to Chapter Seven of
the CARICOM Treaty which
provides a Special Regime for
Less Developed Countries. This
Regime was intended to pro-
vide special treatment for what
are now the OECS countries
and Belize by "taking their spe-
cial needs into account'.

Income
Times and circumstances
have changed, however. Many
OECS countries have a higher
per capita income and enjoy.
higher ratings on the UN's
Human Development Index
than some larger countries in
CARICOM. In this context, it
is difficult to see what major
concessions could be made to
OECS countries and Belize by
any other CARICOM country
except oil and gas rich Trinidad
and Tobago.
A more workable proposal
has been made by the ECCB
Governor, Sir Dwight Venner,
and that is the creation by the
OECS countries of a single
Economic Union. This is not
the first time that an Economic
Union of the OECS has been
proposed, but Sir Dwight has
put flesh to the bare bones of
the idea, and, in doing so, he
has given it real credibility.
The OECS countries are
"alfady far advanced 6n he
road. .:to : ah, Economic
Union. They have a common
currency, one central bank, a
regional stock exchange, virtu-
ally free movement of goods
and capital. In addition, they
have a common judiciary and a
range of other institutions such
as the Civil Aviation Authority
which are endowed with supra-
national authority.

Rights
The creation of an Econom-
ic Union by OECS states who
will still remain 'sovereign' and
which would cede some of their
individual sovereign rights for
their common good, would
strengthen them significantly,
making them a larger collective
market, and giving theni
enhanced negotiating capacity.
The seven member states of
the OECS, acting as one, could
then jointly participate in a
CSME of nine countries, rather
than fifteen. As Sir Dwight puts
it, "the new OECS bloc would
be large enough to command
some leverage over the
(CSME) process".
Undoubtedly, fears will be
thrown-up by the proposition
of an OECS Economic
Union. There will be those in
the OECS who will regard the
ceding to the Union of national
sovereignty over some domestic
economic policies as unaccept-
able. But this is the least
unpalatable of the choices open
to OECS countries which can-
not expect to maintain their
.quality of life in today's world
of reduced aid, very limited
trade preferences and stiff com-
petition for exports (including
tourism) and investment.
Fears may also arise
amongst some in larger CARI-
COM countries who migh
characterise an OECS Eco-
nomic Union as weakening the
CSME. Such fears would, be ill-
founded. The participation of
the OECS as a single entity in
the CSME could do nothing
but bring greater coherence to
the CSME project.
At the bottom line, the
CSME is not widely understood
within CARICOM countries
and is certainly not universally
accepted. Legitimate concerns
exist and are surfacing every-


day. These concerns have to be
addressed boldly if the embry-
onic CSME is to be taken to
full term and delivered suc-
cessfully.
(responses to: ronald-
sanders29@hotmail. comn)


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SECOND CALL NOTICE OF THE
ANNUAL
GENERAL MEETING

TO: All Members of Teachers and Salaried Workers
Co-operative Credit Union Limited
East Street South and Independence Drive.


Notice is hereby given that the Twenty-Eight (28th)
Annual Meeting of Teachers & Salaried Workers Co-
operative Credit Union Limited will be held at the British
Colonial Hilton Hotel located on Bay Street, on Saturday
May 21, 2005 commencing at 8:00 am for the following
purposes:

To receive the Report of the Board of Directors for
2004.
To receive the Audited Accounts for 2004.
To elect members of the Board of Directors.
To discuss and approve the Budget for 2005.
To take action on such matters as may come before
the meeting.

Cheryl Bowe-Moss
Secretary

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to Benedictine

Sisters at mass

of thanksgiving

THE Archdiocese of Nassau
yesterday morning paid special
tribute to five Benedictine Sis-
ters of St Martin Monastery,
four of whom were celebrating
their golden jubilee of profes-
sion and one her silver jubilee,
during a well-attended mass of
thanksgiving at St Francis
Xavier's Cathedral.
Shown here are Sister Annie
Thompson (far left) and Arch- *,
bishop Partick Pinder with the
celebrants (1-r) Sister Cecilia
Albury, Sister Agatha Hunt,
Sister Ena Albury, celebrating
50 years, and Sister Marva
Coakley, 25 years.
(Photo byFran klyn
G Ferguson) .


Dandy Lion's students tour Government House

S STUDENTS of Dandy Lion's Pre and Primary School,
accompanied by four of its teachers, toured Government House .i... ^
on Thursday, May 5. The third, fourth, fifth and sixth grade stu-
dents were also given a brief history of Government House..The
teachers are from left Mrs Anastacia Campbell, Ms Sanya John-
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Tips on bush fre protection


THE bush fire that raged near
Coral Harbour last Wednesday
threatened several homes in the
area, according to fire officials.
The following are some tips
on bush fire prevention, survival
and protection.
* PREPARATION FOR A
BUSH FIRE
If possible, make a firebreak
around your home, trim branch-
es clear of the house.
Store wood, fuel, paints, etc,


well clear of the house.
Remove rubbish, leaf litter
and native shrubs close to the
house.
Have a household plan in case
a bush fire threatens your home.
Check out insurance cover-
age.
If a bush fire approaches
phone the Fire Services Depart-
ment at 911.
Fill baths, sinks, buckets with
reserve water and turn off gas
and power.


Remove curtains and move
furniture away from windows.
Wear long woollen or heavy
cotton clothes and solid boots
or shoes, a hat or woollen bala-
clava and gloves.
Hose down walls, garden, fac-
ing the 'fire-front' and watch for
spot-fires.
Close'all windows, doors and
block crevices and gaps.
If the house is alight and can-
not be extinguished, move away
to safe burnt ground.
IF CAUGHT IN A BUSH
FIRE ON FOOT
Don't panic cover all
exposed skin.
Move across-slope, away from
the fire-front, then down-slope
towards the rear of the main
fire.
Find open, or already burnt
ground,
Do not try to out-run the fire
or run uphill or go through even
low flames unless you can clear-
ly see a safe area close-by.
If you can't avoid the fire,
protect yourself from heat radi-
ation by lying face down under
an embankment, rock, loose
earth, or in a hollow, or if possi-
ble get into a pond, dam or
stream but not into a water
tank.
VITAL POINTS TO
REMEMBER
If you are in a house or car
you will be safer than in the
open while the fire passes. Stay
there, unless advised to leave by
emergency authorities. If caught
in the open you must protect
yourself from the radiant heat of
flames by every possible means.
Note: A heavy, pure wool
blanket (to wrap around you)
and a flask of water (to drink
and to moisten a corner of the
blanket as a smoke mask) are
basic requirements for bush fire
survival and will give protection
against radiant heat, dehydra-
tion and asphyxiation even in
intense fires.
Clear the perimeter of prop-
erties, and refrain from burning
rubbish without special permis-
sion, which is both illegal, and a
threat to the environment.
Approved burning of unhaz-
ardous materials should be car-
ried out during the, cooler.sea-


* A FIREMAN tackles last week's
bush fire near Coral Harbour.


sons since bush fires normally ignition.
occur during the dry season, fre- In countries where more
quenting areas where there is a resources are available, small
lot of bush. bush fires are battled with crop-
Fires can begin when sunlight dusting aircraft or water or
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accurate weather information is of fire-fronts.
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teams, requires local government in
According to the government some communities to regulate
of Australia's website, large and control home-siting, design
bush fires will burn until stopped and building materials in bush-
naturally by rain or lack of fire-prone areas, and enforce
fuel, which may be wegeks, at, tatwide firebreaks along prop-


erty boundaries be maintained.
* QUESTIONS:
What is the difference
between a "backburn", "hazard
reduction" and "prescribed
burn"?
A "backburn" is conducted
by trained firefighters as a
means of containing bush fires
to a predetermined area. For
safety reasons, "backburns" are
always conducted with the
approval of the incident con-
troller (the person in charge of
fire operations). "Backburns"
are implemented in order to,
remove fuel from an advancing
fire front (ie fighting fire with
fire). "Backburns" are mostly
conducted in wildfire suppres-
sion exercises.
"Hazard reduction" is one
purpose for which a "prescribed
burn" may be conducted. "Pre-
scribed burns" are fires lit
according to a prescription (ie
in accordance with certain
weather parameters) in order to
achieve an acceptable rate of
spread, intensity and coverage
for a fire in order to meet man-
agement objectives for that area.
"Hazard reduction" burns are
conducted for the purpose of
removing or reducing fuel from
an area. Most prescribed burns
are multi-purpose (ie for a com-
bination of hazard reduction,
wildlife management, experi-
mental or agricultural purpos-
es).
DOES WILDLIFE
SURVIVE AND RETURN
AFTER A BUSH FIRE?
Usually. Most wildlife have
developed measures which assist
in the survival of wildfire events.
The most vulnerable animals are
those which are arboreal (tree
dwelling) and which rely on
nests or tree limbs for shelter
from wildfires. However if local
populations of a species are
greatly reduced by a bush fire
event, then migration from sur-
rounding areas usually occurs
over time. This is why wildlife
corridors are so important.
(Information provided by the
Australian Government, Attor-
ney-General's Department and
Bahamian Chief Fire Officer
Walter Evans).


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Queen's College and was employed by the
Ro y a 1 Bank of Canada where she met her husband,
Earle P Cline, a Canadian also in the employ of the Bank. They
were first transferred to Jamaica and subsequently to Toronto,
Canada in 1940. They returned to Nassau yearly to visit her
large extended family as long as she was able. Maude died
peacefully at her home in Toronto on Good Friday, March
25th, 2005 in her ninety-eight year.

She is survived by her brother Eric Albury and his
wife, Thelma, of Vancouver, British Colombia; niece Patsy
and her husband. John Wynne of Richmbnd Hill; their foui
children Kathleen, Eva, Ann and Marie. In Nassau her surviving
nieces are Judith Higgs, Wendy Sawyer and Patricia Gape
and surviving nephews Peter Albury. "Auntie Maudie" will
be sadly missed by her numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces
and grandnephews in Canada, the US 'and the Bahamas.
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Government pledges commitment to



improving inner city communities


* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Acting Prime
Minister Cynthia Pratt said gov-
ernment is committed to the
ongoing transformation of
deprived inner city communi-
ties in the Bahamas and has
now made the Urban Renewal
Programme an official govern-
ment department.
She said that the programme
has had a profound impact on
the lives of many underprivi-
leged children and families in
New Providence and Grand
Bahama, where an office has
now been established within the
six constituencies on the island.
"The urban renewal pro-
gramme has taken off. It is a
lifesaver to many and will touch
the lives of millions," Mrs Pratt
said on Friday at the opening
of the urban renewal commu-
nity centre in Freeport.
The centre, which was built
at Weddell Avenue in the heart
of Freeport's inner city by the
Grand Bahama Port Authori-
ty, was officially handed over
to the government by co-chair-
man Lady Henrietta St George.
Mrs Pratt commended Lady
Henrietta and her late husband
chairman Edward St George for
their tremendous support and
commitment to the urban
renewal programme.
Before his death Mr St
George had pledged his com-
mitment to cleaning up "The
Ghetto" in 2003 during a can-
dlelight vigil held at Weddell
Avenue for the five boys who
went missing. A tree was plant-
ed at the centre in his memory.
Like the Good Samaritan in
Bible, Minister Pratt said the St
Georges did not turn their
backs on those most in need.
As the minister of national
security, she also praised the
police, particularly Inspector
Noel Curry, who heads the
Urban Renewal Programme,
and his team of officers on
Grand Bahama for their dedi-
cation to youth in the area.


"The urban renewal programme
has taken off. It is a lifesaver and
will touch the life of millions"

SCynthia Pratt


* THE Deputy Prime Minister said that the government is committed to urban renewal


Mrs Pratt said that the police
are now guardians, counsellors,
advisers, teachers, parents, and
in some cases big brothers and
big sisters.
"Policing today has taken
another twist. It's about reach-
ing the boys and girls, and men
and women who are caught
between the cracks," she said.
Lady Henrietta said that she


and her husband had been
deeply touched by the tragedy
of the five. missing boys.
"It was not until the boys
went missing that we realized
that while we were not looking,
this area, which was where most
of the boys came from, was slip-
ping further and further away
from the way it used to be the
way it ought to be," she said.


"While we were not looking
this area... was slipping
further and further away
from the way it used to be."

Lady Henrietta St Georg e


She said that the Port '
Authority has removed more
than 200 derelict vehicles from Yale '-
the area, demolished 12 dilapi- |mw.a.iA
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tracts of land, and removed
thousands of tons of debris.
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* EXUMA Chamber of Commerce president Reg Smith and Exuma and Ragged Island
Administrator Everette Hart.
(BIS photo: Gladstone Thurston)





'Exumians,





come home'


* By Gladstone Thurston
Bahamas Information
Services

George Town, Exuma. -
"Exumians, come home." That
is the message of the new Exu-
ma Chamber of Commerce,
headed by former radio per-
sonality and businessman Reg
Smith.
Mr Smith recently returned
home after nearly 40 years,
spent mostly in Grand
Bahama, to take on a new post
at the Four Seasons/Emerald
Bay Holdings resort.
The Chamber of Commerce
has been eagerly received. One
business is constructing an
office for the Chamber to use
rent free for a year.
S"The business community is
saying the time is now," said
Mr Smith, formerly with the
Grand Bahama Port Authori-
ty, the Promotion Board, and
the.Broadcasting Corporation
of the Bahamas. "The busi-
nesses want to unite. The
Chamber is the vehicle."
The Chamber has the sup-
port of Exuma and Ragged
Island Administrator Everette
Hart, The Ministry of Touris-
m's Exuma Office manager
Charity Armbrister, Chief
Councilor Franklyn McKenzie,
and local government officials.
"I have been trying to get
home for 40 years," said Mr
Smith, 62. "What brought me
back was the advent of Four
Seasons and Emerald Bay
Holdings. I had five offers at


the same time. I chose Exuma
because I wanted to come
home.
"I spent a lot of time in
Grand Bahama and had a
great time. I thank the people
there, and the companies that I
worked for that allowed me to
be a part of that community.
But, the opportunity to return
home was just too great."
It was veteran businessman
Vernon Curtis who planted the
idea that he spearhead the new
Chamber. A previous one
closed more than a decade ago.

Officers


to come home to people these
organizations, to direct the
growth of Exuma. A new town
is going to be built here.
"By coming home I hope I
can inspire Exumians to return
and help develop the islands.
The people who stayed here
have done a tremendous job.
"Now it falls to those of us
who got the chance to get out
and get a little education, get
some expertise, to come home
and put it back in your island.
Go home and be a part of this
country's development. We
have to get our house in
order."
Mr Smith said Exumians are


Floyd Armbrister was well received on their return
naged vice president, Wendy home..
we,the; secretary, andChar-. : '.Th.e welcome .has been
sty rbrister, public relations incredible, he said. 'Every
offi cer Installation of officersis' Exumian I have spoken to said
set for June. 'I am glad you are home.' Exu-
"It is exciting as we put the mians do love Exumians and
organization together and they do have the most beautiful
focus on the development of island in the country and they
Exuma," said Mr Smith. "A lot know it."
of things are happening here In June, the Chamber starts
now. its "library of Exumians".
"Exuma needs to gear itself "We want to know your cur-
up to meet this new challenge. riculum vitae, who you are,
When the Prime Minister was what you are capable of, no
here (recently) most of his matter where you are, because
speech was about Exumians we want to develop a labour
getting themselves ready to base," Mr Smith said.
take up the challenge. "We expect people to come
"We need personnel here, so to us as the Chamber of Com-
we need Exumians to come merce for assistance. We want
home. Through the Chamber to be able to call on these peo-
of Commerce, we are going to ple when Exuma needs per-
mount a campaign to do just sonnel. The business commu-
that, to find the people that we nity is supporting us 100 per
need, Exumians first of course, cent."


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praises Northeastern

recently completed

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* By ZANDRA
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Bahamas Information
Services
MRS IRIS PINDER, Direc-
tor of Education, praised the
Ministry of Education's North-
eastern District schools for using
"exciting and productive strate-
gies" to help students reach
their full potential.
Mrs Pinder's remarks were
made at the third annual thanks-
giving and recognition service
of the Northeastern District
schools at Annex Baptist
Church, Wulff Road recently
"I must commend you for the
high expectations you have set
for your District and for the
many success stories of which
you and your schools can
boast," said Mrs Pinder.
Mrs Pinder said the Depart-
ment of Education realises that
the Northeastern District has
always been progressive.

Passionate
"It was created through the
dedication of persons like you
who are passionate about stu-
dent success, who pay attention
to time-on-task, and who are
willing to work together as part-
ners in preparing our students
for further education and the
world of work," said Mrs Pin-
'der.
She noted that administrators,
teachers, students and parents
have been focusing on providing
a foundation in basic skills,
which include challenging
opportunities for exploration
and hands on experiences;
teacher collaboration and
administration support; teach-
ers, administrators and parents
motivating students; and teach-
ers and the school community
continuing to strive towards
excellence.
Mrs Pinder urged the North-
eastern District Superintendent
and her team to stay together


"I must commend you for the
high expectations you have set
for your District and for the
many success stories of which
you and your schools can
boast."

Director of Education Iris Pinder


to ensure that quality education
is being provided for students
in the District.
She said that secondary and
primary schools have been
excelling in all subject areas,
including mathematics, language
arts, reading competence at all
levels and national examina-
tions.
Mrs Pinder noted that Cen-
treville Primary School has
experience an improvement in
the Grade Level Assessment
Test (GLAT) examinations.
She also commended the
schools in the Northeastern Dis-
trict for winning many champi-
onships in sports and debates,
particularly C I Gibson Sec-
ondary School, which won a bas-
ketball championship.
'"Northeastern, you are cer-
tainly using exciting and pro-
ductive strategies to help your
students reach their full poten-
tial," said Mrs Pinder.

Schedule
Mrs Pinder said the North-
eastern District successfully
implemented the 60/40 lan-
guage/mathematics ratio sched-
ule for all the first graders.
Most of the Northeastern Dis-
trict schools, she said, have
Internet access and some have
developed personal websites.
Mrs Pinder urged the schools
to continue to improve on past


performances and "create a bold
new vision for your school, your
classes and yourselves."
"Parents, support staff and
teachers, commit to raising the
goals of all students not only top
achievers, but especially those
in danger of dropping out. Chal-
lenge the students to aim higher,
to achieve more, and to be
proud of his or her achieve-
ments," said Mrs Pinder.

Students
"Parents commit to spending
quality time with the children,"
she added. "Students, commu-
nity, parents and support staff,
continue to improve. Win more
awards for clean campuses,
school beautification and other
national competitions. Your dis-
trict could well serve as a model
for schools throughout The
Bahamas."
Mrs Pinder said the students
must prepare themselves for the
roles they must play in making
The Bahamas the "greatest little
country" in the world.
"Remember that education is
at the heart of all we stand for
as schools and as a district, and
it is at the heart of everything
we are doing .and still need to
do," she added.
"Exceptional leadership, qual-
ity teachinggand.creative team-
work will lead to conifinued suc-
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Favourable weather 'could bring




an influx of Haitian migrants'


FROM page one
see an increase in migrant activ-
ity.
Last year immigration
officials said that the intense
hurricane activity in the
Bahamas caused a drop in
the number of illegal immi-
grants entering this country.
Lieutenant Darren Hen-
field said that the Defence
Force is expecting the sum-
mer season to have the usu-
al flow and plans to "strate-
gically place our assets to


deal with any eventuality we
may encounter."
"We will concentrate on
placing our assets in areas
where they are always active
as relates to illegal immi-
gration. As you know our
partnership with the US
Coast Guard has giving us
an added advantage. The
ability to place a few riders
on their vessels has given us
the ability to extend our
reach," said Mr Henfield.
Last month an Immigra-
tion Department official


told The Tribune that he was
concerned about the extent
that illegal Haitian sloops
are allowed to penetrate this
country's maritime board-
ers.
In April two Haitian ves-
sels, carrying almost 200
Haitian migrants, were cap-
tured on the same day in the
Exumas.
An estimate of the num-
ber of Haitian migrants
entering the Bahamas is
purely speculative, but offi-
. cials look at the current


political situation in Haiti
which has worsened since
former president Jean-
Bertrand Aristide left the
country in February 2004,
and expect an increase.
The Immigration Depart-
ment has been cracking
down on more than just
Haitian migration.
Over the weekend a week
ago a night club was raided,
netting 30 Puerto Rican and
Cuban nationals, all report-
ed to be in the Bahamas
without permits.


Plane crash


in Exuma


FROM page one
in the bushes near Roker's
Point, Exuma.
Police and emergency med-
ical personnel were immedi-
ately dispatched and were
able to assist the passengers
in leaving the aircraft safely.
The pilot, 38-year-old Ray-'
mond Meadows, and the male
and female passengers, all of
Grand Bahama, were then
taken to the Steventon clinic
in Exuma where they were
examined for internal injuries.
Later yesterday the three peo-
ple were flown to Nassau.
"They didn't have any visi-
ble injuries, however the male.
passenger complained about
some chest pains," Supt
Willard Cunningham, in


charge of the Exuma police
division, told The Tribune.
Mr Cunningham said that
initial findings indicate that
the crash was the result of
engine failure.
"There was no explosion
and no structures on the
ground were damaged," he
added.
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FROM page one
ship suffered a massive heart attack and died Sunday after-
noon while snorkeling at Castaway Cay, Abaco.
Leonard Kasper, 68, of Kissimmee, Florida, and his wife,
Sheila, 66, went on a snorkeling expedition with a group of
other passengers around 12.45pm following their arrival at
the cay. While wading in shallow waters, her husband sud-
denly collapsed into the sea.
A lifeguard immediately responded to assist Mr Kasper,
who was lying face down in the water. He was taken ashore,
where CPR and other emergency medical procedures were
performed.
When there was no response, Mr Kasper was taken by
speedboat to Sandy Point Clinic, where he was pronounced
dead by Dr Constulter at 1pm.
According to the ship's doctor, Mr Kasper has had a his-
tory of heart related problems. His body was flown to New
Providence aboard a Paradise Island helicopter around
6.50pm Sunday. An autopsy will be performed to deter-
mine the cause of death.


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higher hurricanes,
"NOAA's prediction for the
2005 Atlantic hurricane season
is for 12 to 15 tropical storms,
with seven to nine becoming
hurricanes, of which three to
five could become major hurri-
canes," said NOAA adminis-
trator Conrad Lautenbach in a
press release yesterday.
NOAA's predictions for last
year were exceeded in almost
all categories.
The agency had predicted 12
to 15 tropical storms, six to eight
hurricanes and 2-4 major hurri-
canes, category three and over.
In actual fact the region expe-
rienced 15 tropical storms, nine
hurricanes and six major hurri-
canes.
NOAA's Atlantic hurricane
forecast once again reflects an
expected continuation of above-
normal activity which began.in
1995.
Since 1995 all but two hurri-
cane seasons have been above-'
average.
Although it's too soon to pre-
dict where and when a storm
may hit land, NOAA has
already cautioned the public to
be prepared.
"Forecaster confidence that
this will be an active hurricane
season is very high," said Mr
Lautenbach.
In 'the Bahamas, National
Emergency Management
Agency (NEMA) has also start-
ed its preparations for this
year's hurricane season.
NEMA deputy coordinator


Lieutenant Commander Her-
bert Bain told The Tribune that
NEMA representatives attend-
ed a regional conference in
Jamaica last week, where
experts reviewed last year's hur-
ricane season and discussed first
preparations for the coming sea-
son.
NEMA will follow the same
procedures as last year, howev-
er efforts will be intensified, the
deputy coordinator said.
"We have also already started
our regional educational pro-
gramme, we're in the process
of going to all the Family
Islands to ensure that emer-
gency plans are in place and
that at a local level people are
prepared. We are further
rebuilding some of the shelters
which did not hold up last year
and will be adding some new
ones," he said.
Lt Commander Bain
explained that many Bahami-
ans were caught off guard last
year because the country had
not experienced any major hur-
ricanes for many years, prior to
Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne,
which left parts of Abaco and
Grand Bahama devastated.
"I think last season was a big
wake-up call for many and they
now have a better idea how to
be prepared," he added.
NEMA will follow the same
procedures as last year, howev-
er efforts will be intensified, said
Lt Commander Bain.
An update to NOAA's
Atlantic hurricane outlook will
be issued in early August, just
prior to the season's peak from
late August through October.


family guardian's 40th anniversary

calendar p oto contest a celebration of nature
14 winning entries will appear in Family Guardian's 2006 calendar. Winning entries receive a gift certificate valued at $400 each. Entry deadline is May 31, 2005
RULES
1 Family Guardian's 40th Anniversary Calendar Photo Contest is open to all photographers. The title for the company's 2006 calendar will
be "A CELEBRATION OF NATURE". Photographs may be of any subject (animate or inanimate) or a scene which is a striking example of nature
as found in The Bahama Islands. All photographs must be taken in The Bahamas.
2 DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS MAY 31, 2005.
3 All entries are to be delivered to Family Guardian's Corporate Centre,Village and Eastern Road Roundabout, Nassau, between 9:00am and
5:00pm weekdays only. Envelopes should be marked "Calendar Contest".
4 All entries must be accompanied by an official entry form, available at any Family Guardian office or when published in the newspapers.
5 Only colour images in horizontal format will be considered. Images can be provided as 35mm film or digital images on CD. 35mm film can be
positive (slides) or colour negatives. Digital images must be of high quality (2700 x 2100 pixels or larger). Digital images showing signs
of photo manipulation or compression will be rejected. To ensure the best colour reproduction, digital images should be supplied in RAW, TIFF
or high quality JPEG and in the original colour format the camera uses (LAB or RGB). All entries must be supplied with prints which will be
used in the judging process. The photographer's name and photo subject should be written on the reverse of the print.
6 Judging of entries will be based on beauty, interest, composition, colour, originality and quality of photograph. Preference will be given to fauna
photographed in its natural state, rather than in captivity. The photographs selected will appear in Family Guardian's 2006 calendar. The
denlslonofthe judges will be final.
SAl e tnae submitted at the owner's risk. It is the company's intention to return all entries in their original condition. However, Family Guardian
,ue n(: abl~ihty for anyloss, damage or deterioration.
ie valued at $400 will be presented for each of the photographs used. More than one entry from a single photographer
od aphic credits will be given in the calendar. The number of entries per photographer is limited to a maximum of 5 photos.
og aph ng with all publication and reproduction rights attached thereto, become the property of Family Guardian and
V io a t o use suchin the future.
affiliated companies or family members are not eligible.

2006 CALENDAR PHOTO CONTEST ENTRY FORM
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ne 0 Family Guardian Calendar Photo Contest it will become the property of Family
atiian insurance Con Ltd ,and I assign to Family Guardian all rights pertaining to its use
way whatsoever I also confirm that the photos entered in this contest were taken in
si s by the undersigned

S.......... NUMBER OF PHOTOS ENTERED................
(maximum of 5)
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$350,000 worth of drugs seized

FROM page one.
the DEU executed a search warrant at a location on Deans Lane
vherffe'fiyr rethieved 78 'p6us'id df( affijuanaiialiidA $150,000,
two rifles and a Mac 10.
In addition 15 Haitian nationals were taken into custody,
however, police have not yet confirmed the immigration status
of 'the men.
*, At 2.30 pm on Saturday the DEU executed a warrant on a
residence where they confiscated two bags of marijuana weigh-
ing 75 pounds and valued at $135,000.
; They arrested a 41-year-old male resident who is expected to
appear before court today.
*.At.,10 pm on Thursday officers from the DEU and US
Coast Guard off Exuma were alerted to a white and blue go fast
boat travelling at high speed.
The officers observed two men onboard throwing packages
overboard.
The boat ran aground off Highbourne Cay and the two men
jumped off the boat and'ran.
The officials arrested a 32-year-old male of Pinewood Gar-
dens and a 33-year-old male also of Pinewood Gardens.
ff estiinatea $35,000 worth of marijuana was retrieved.
6 At 7.50 pm 'on Saturday police were called to Shrimp Road,
north of Southwestern Christian Academy, where the body of
a woman.was fund lying on her back 100 feet from the street.
Thwvomninn yas wearing a pair of white Caprice slacks, and
a blackflral top. A silver bracelet was on one of her wrists.
Police suspect that the woman, later identified as Clem-
inteena Meadows, had been lying there for two days.
SiMs Meadows was last seen by her family on Friday night
when she-left her house around 9 o'clock.
While police do not suspect foul play, they are listing Ms
Meadows' death as suspicious until the completion of an autop-
sy;
At 3.50 pm on Saturday fire officials were called to the CC
Sweeting High School.
; Officers found that the school had been broken into and the
principal's office set on fire.
There are no clear suspects at this time.


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FINANCIAL INFORMATION

BORROWFR: ,The funds, revenues and resources of The Clifton Heritage Authority shall consist of:


any funds as from time to time are provided by Parliament,
any funds as from time to time accrue to The Clifton Heritage Authority from the
management of Clifton Heritage,
- ny funds as from time to time are borrowed by The Clifton Heritage Authority or
raised by The Clifton Heritage Authority, pursuant to Section 10 of The Clifton
Heritage Autholty Act, 2004, a .
- any fundsas from time to time are advanced to The Clifton Heritage Authority
to Secti10ofThe Clifton HeritageAuthority Act, 2004.

The Bonds, which Lre the subject of this prospectus, are issued in acc ance with Section
10 f The Clifton Hitage A y Act 2004.


RAR iAND TRNSFERAGENT-
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FREDERICK STREET
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R ecurrnt Expenditure (exc
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INTERNATI-ONALNEWS


APPLICATION FORM

THE CLIFTON HERITAGE AUTHORITY BONDS DUE 2025 2030. AND 2035
GUARANTEED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS


APPLICATION NO.
ALLOTMENT NO.________
DATE:


The Registrar
c/o The Central Bank of The Bahamas
P.O. Box N-4868
Nassau, Bahamas
Sir:
I/We hereby apply for the following amount of The Clifton Heritage Authority Bonds:

Insert below the amount applied for
in units of B$100


1/2 % Above Prime Rate
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and undertake to accept any less amount which may be allotted to me/us.

I/We enclose B$ in payment for the Bonds applied for. In the event of the full
amount of Bonds applied for above is/are not allotted to me/us, I/we request that the sum refundable to me/us be
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with Abaco resort


* By YOLANDA DELEVEAUX
Senior Business Reporter
THE Bahamas Real Estate
Association (BREA) has writ-
ten to the multi-million dollar
Abaco Club at Winding Bay
resort to complain about the
property's advertisements for
real estate salesmen.
Pat Strachan, the BREA's
president, told The Tribune that
the development, the brainchild
of entrepreneur Peter de
Savary, had advertised for real
estate sales executives for the
sale of sites ranging from $1.5
million to $4 million.
The advertisement says a real
estate licence is "preferred", but
does not stipulate that it is
required, and also promises a
handsome commission for the
successful candidate.
But Mr Strachan said that
under the Real Estate Act, only
a licensed agents can receive a
commission from the sale of
Bahamian real estate. He added
that BREA had written to the
Abaco Club about this, but had


not yet received a response.
Mr Strachan alleged that oth-
er resorts had allowed foreign-
er realtors to sell real estate,
while BREA members "can't
get a piece of the action".
With.millions of dollars hang-
ing in the balance, BREA is
working on legislation that
should stem the flow of foreign
realtors selling Bahamian land.
Mr Strachan, who was re-
elected for a second term during
the Association's Annual Gen-
eral Meeting (AGM), said
BREA remains concerned that
its members are being snubbed
and Bahamian law broken when
foreign real estate agents work
directly with multi-million dollar
developers for the sale of land or
condominiums in the Bahamas.

Concern

"Our major concern is the
invasion of foreign agents and
the fact that we are not getting
what we deserve in our
Bahamas. We've met with an


* By NEIL HARTNELL described how testimony filed
Tribune Business Editor in the Bahamian courts
alleged that almost $8 million
A SCHEME involving false to hide the phoney losses was
foreign exchange trading loss.,, diverted to a Bahamian com-
es was, allegedly used to pany, Killingtoni Holdings,
siphon off some $7.8 million which was controlled by
out of $122 million that a Cinar's founders, Ronald
Canadian animation compa- Weinverg and Micheline
ny invested with two Charest.
Bahamas-based investment The allegation came in
funds in the late 1990s. court-ordered testimony by
Reports in the Montreal
Gazette and Toronto Post SEE page four


Imperial Life sale makes

$9.4m for Canada parent


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE sale of Imperial Life
Financial (Bahamas) division to
Colina Insurance Company
gave its Canadian parent a $9.4
million book value gain, helping
Desjardins Financial Security


to produce a 55.2 per cent or
more than $14 million increase
in 2005 first quarter earnings.
The Desjardins Group's
financial results for the three
months to March 31 2005
revealed that its Desjardins
SEE page five


attorney who is drafting changes
to the [Real Estate Brokers and
Salesman Act 1995]. We've also
met with the Minister of Finan-
cial Services and Investments,
Allyson Maynard-Gibson, and
she assured us that as quickly as
we can get the amendments to
her, she would push it through
Parliament for us. She realises
that despite these huge devel-
opments, the money is not trick-
ling down," Mr Strachan said.
Meanwhile, BREA's discipli-
nary committee, which was
recently appointed by the
Attorney's General Office for
a two-year term, is set to deal
with complaints in regard to
members. With the committee
in place; Mr Strachan said,
BREA was now in position to
suspend and or revoke licences.
The Association is also look-
ing to expand its membership
with a new chapter being
formed in Eleuthera, and anoth-
er is likely to be established in
Harbour Island. Agents in
Grand Bahama, however, con-
tinue to face an uphill battle.
Mr Strachan told the AGM:
"I'm told that unlicensed agents
outnumber our members three
to one. I believe that the Port
Authority ought to share some
of the blame for creating this
mess, but we've stood up to the
challenge and we're taking steps
to correct this problem. The
Freeport chapter is just about
ready to take off. Lee Van
Lew is chairman of that com-
mittee."
BREA has also adopted a
policy that real estate licences
will only be awarded to those
in the industry full-time.


Underground
cables 'cost
10 to 20 per
cent more'

By YOLANDA DELEVEAUX
Senior Business Reporter
THE Bahamas Electricity
Corporation (BEC) has
revealed that it costs 10 to 20
per cent more to lay under-
ground power lines compared
to those overhead, which it
does not lay more where they
are protected from hurricanes.
lan Pratt, an assistant engi-
neer in the distribution/main-
tenance department at BEC,
revealed this at a Business Con-
tinuity Planning (BCP) Forum
on Disaster Recovery methods
held by the Bahamas Financial
Services Board (BFSB).
Mr Pratt said BEC, with
some 91,958 customers and rev-
enues of some $266.283 million,
had to maintain service to key
areas such as hospitals, down-
town Nassau and Paradise
Island during hurricanes.
He said these critical areas
were fed completely through
underground power links,
which increased the level of
protection.
Questioned why more of the
Bahamas did not obtain its
power through underground
links, he said it costs some 10 to
20 per cent more than overhead
lines.
Mr Pratt added, that it was
easier to restore service to
affected areas because the pow-
er lines were able to service cus-
tomers through both ends of
the loop.
Both BTC and Cable Ba-
hamas also have similar proce-
dures for continuity'of service.
Explaining BEC's recovery
plan, Mr Pratt said that previ-
ously departments within the
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* By FIDELITY CAPITAL
MARKETS

MODERATE trading took
place last week in the Bahamian
market as just over 30,000
shares changed hands.
For the week, the market
saw nine out of its 19 listed
stocks trade, of which three
advanced and six remained
unchanged.
The big advancer and volume


leader during the week was
Doctors Hospital Health Sys-
tems (DHS), whose share price
rose by $0.15 to close at its new
52-week high of $1.79.
Seven thousands shares of
DHS traded to account for
23 per cent of total shares trad-
ed.
Also advancing last week by
$0.06 to post a new 52-high of
$6.32 was Bank of the Bahamas
International (BOB).


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* COMPANY NEWS

Doctors Hospital Health
Systems (DHS)
DHS first quarter 2005 results
far surpassed analysts' expecta-
tions, and it appears the com-
pany is in true turnaround
mode. For the quarter ending
April 30, 2005, DHS posted a
net income of $2.1 million com-
pared to $191,000 for the same
period last year.
Total revenues increased by
$2.5 million or 39 per cent to
total $9 million, while total
expenses grew by $854,000 or
15 per cent to total $6.4 million.
Income from continuing opera-.
tions was $2.3 million, up from
the $641,000 recorded in.the
2004 first quarter. Earnings per
share (EPS) increased by $0.19
to total $0.21 as at April 30,
2005.
Although the overhead costs
associated with the Western
Medical Plaza continue to "dig"
into DHS bottom line, company
officials have confirmed that
negotiations for the sale of the


building are on-going. DHS
officials have said they do not
anticipate paying out a dividend
this year as the company would
like to further strengthen its bal-
ance sheet before considering
a dividend payment to share-
holders.

The Clifton Heritage
Authority Bond Issue
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3pm on May 17, 2005. Bonds
can be purchased in units of
$100.

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Although the Internet has made
it easier for people to plan and
book vacations on' their own,
using a trusted travel agent may
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that you might never think of.


Should Bahamas join CSME?


FROM page one
External Tariff (CET) and "a
possible carve-out" on the
Right of Establishment.
The formal reservations
request to CARICOM was said
last week to be "almost ready",
and the Government close to
completing its 'White Paper' on
the CSME.
Mr Mitchell acknowledged
that the review of the Right of
Establishment the right of


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Financial Advisors Ltd.


suitably qualified CARICOM
nationals to establish business-
es in this nation in areas that
were previously reserved for
Bahamians had come follow-
ing pressure from Bahamian
pharmacists.
The latter fear they would be
unable to compete with other
nationals, and are also con-
cerned that a draft Bill to regu-
late the sector prompted by
the CSME's attempts to har-
monise standards across the


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52wk-HI 52wk-Low Symbol Previous Close Today's Close Change Daily Vol. EPS $PIE Yield
1.20 0.95 Abaco Markets 0.95 0.95 0 .00 -0.208 0.000 N/M 0.00%
8.50 8.00 Bahamas Property Fund 8.50 8.50 0.00 1.328 0.320 6.4 3.76%
6.32 5.55 Bank of Bahamas 6.31 6.32 0.01 1,520 0.152 0.330 11.6 5.23%
0.85 0.82 Benchmark 0.85 0.85 0.00 -0.057 0.000 N/M 0.00%
1.80 1.40 Bahamas Waste 1.50 1.50 0.00 000 0.12257 0.000 N/M 0.00
1.05 0.87 Fidelity Bank 1,05 5 00 000 0.122 0.000 12.3 0.00%
1.05 0.87 Fidelity Bank 1.05 1.05 0.00 0.007 0.040 14.2 3.81%
8.32 6.76 Cable Bahamas 8.32 8.32 0.00 0.589 0.240 14.1 2.88%
2.20 1.52 Colina Holdings 2.20 2.20 0.00 0.259 0.06240 4 8.51 2.73%
8.49 6.75 Commonwealth Bank 8.49 28.4920 0.00 0.259 0.060 12.6 4 2.73%
1.79 0.36 Doctor's Hospital 1.79 .79 0.00 0.673 0.410 12.6 40 0.00%
4.02 3.13 Fmguard 4.02 4.02 0.00 0.406 0.240 9.9 5.97%
10.46 8.39 Finco 10.46 10.46 0.00 0.662 0.490 15.8 4.68%
8.46 6.60 FirstCaribbean 8.46 .46 0.00 0.59662 033490 154.38 4.68%
8.60 8.31 Focol 8.35 8.35 0.00 0.591 0.330 141.73 3.90%
1.99 1.27 Freeport Concrete 1.27 1.27 0.00 0.0710 0.0500 15.5 0.00%
10.38. 9.50 ICD Utilities 9.66 9.60 0.00 5,000 0.818 0.405 11.7 4.20%
8.25 8.10 J.S. Johnson 8.22 6.22 0.00 500 0.818 0.405 11.7 4.20%
6.69 4.36 Kerzner International BDRs 5.86 2 500 .561 050 147
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 00 0. 35 30%
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Symbol BId $ Ask $ Last Price Weekly Vol. EPS $ DIv $ PIE Yield
13.00 12.50 Bahamas Supermarkets 12.25 13.25 1.c00 W1.488 0.960 9.1 7.25%
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 10.00 10.35 10.00 0.000 0.800 NM 7.80%
0.60 0.40 RNO Holdings 0.29,0.54 0.00 -0.103 0.000 NM 000%
43.00 28.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 41.00 2.220 0.000 19.4 0.00%
.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 13.00 14.00 1300 1.105 0.810 14. 6.93%
0.0 0.35 RD Holdings 0.29 054 0.35-0.103 0.000 N/M 0.00%
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low F N am eXod
1.2164 1.109 C olinaMhsoDiv $ Yield %6402 -
2.2420 1.9423 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.2420
10.3539 10.0000 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 10.3539.""*
2.2214 2.0941 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.221401"*
1.0931 1.0320 Colina Bond Fund 1 093141 -

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52wk-Hi Highest closing price In last 52 weeks YIELD Blast 12 month divdends.divided by closing price
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Caribbean could negatively
impact up to 80 per cent of the
sector.
Under National Treatment
principles, under the CSME'
other CARICOM nationals
who set up businesses in the
Bahamas are to be treated
exactly the same as rival
Bahamian companies, and can-
not be discriminated against.
In a note sent to Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce mem-
,bers last week, commenting on
Mr Mitchell's speech, Mr Rolle
questioned whether other
CARICOM members would
want the Bahamas as a CSME
member given the seemingly
expanding list of reservations it
was seeking.
He added that the Bahamas
could also open itself up to law-
suits from other CSME nations,
whose nationals are seeking to
enter the Bahamian market.
Mr Rolle wrote: "With all
these reservations it makes you
wonder why the rest of CARI-
COM would want the Bahamas
as a member and it also makes
one wonder what opportunities
for legal action exist against the
Bahamas at a later date>
If other countries take the
liberality and ask for reserva-
tions like the Bahamas, what
then is the need for the Agree-
ment? Additionally, what is the
plan for the Bahamas if -the
reservations are not granted?"
Mr Rolle described Mr
Mitchell's speech as "conde-
scending and dictatorial", on
the grounds that the Govern-
ment was determined to sign on
to the CSME "regardless" of all
concerns raised.
He indicated that there is a
political side and an economic
side to the agreements and all
energies seem to be focused on
the political side and not the
economic side. The tragedy is
that they have not engaged the
business community to provide
input relating to the economic
side," Mr Rolle added.
In his letter to Mr Mitchell,


Mr Carrington said "there must
have been some misunder-
standing" relating to what Mr
Rolle wasjtold by Leela Nari-
nesithghi;ofthe oARICOM Sec-
retariat, on the reservations.
Mr Carrington said states
could make reservations in rela-
tion to the Treaty of Chaguara-
mas, according to Article 237,
"with the consent of the signa-
tory states". This means that all
CSME members to approve the
Bahamas' reservations.
In his report to Chamber of
Commerce members on the
Caribbean Association of
Industry and Commerce meet-
ing, Mr Rolle wrote: "During
the question and answer peri-
od I inquired into the Bahamas'
ability to join CSME with reser-
vation. She [ Ms Narinesingh]
indicated that the revised Treaty
does not allow for reservations
but rather for a delayed imple-
mentation of various aspects of
the Treaty.
"The timeframe for this
implementation will be .deter-
mined by the CARICOM body
but compliance is inevitable."
And Mr Rolle also reported:
"Mrs Narinesingh also spoke to
the fact that a Task Force was
established to expand the cate-
gories of free movement to
include professional qualifica-
tions (for example nurses),
Technical and Vocational Qual-
ifications (IT) and certain
Diplomas. Likewise, the region
is also looking to develop poli-
cies on contingent rights, e-com-
merce and government pro-
curement.
"Member states are expect-
ed to have Accreditation Bodies,
established in conjunction with
the establishment of a regional
body of the same. Likewise,
establishment of national com-
petition policies and the
Regional Competition Com-
mission are expected before
years end with a paper being
presented in May."
See story on Business,
page three


The Local Stock Market

FINDEX 435.63 YTD 1.321%

BISX CLOSING CHANGE VOLUME YTD PRICE
SYMBOL PRICE CHANGE
AML $0.95 $- 0 -13.64%
BAB $1.05 $0.01 3794 9.38%
BBL $0.85 $- 0 0.00%
BOB $6.32 $0.06 4120 9.91%
BPF $8.50 $- 0 6.25%
BSL $12.25 $- 0 -5.77%
BWL $1.50 $- 1000 -16.67%
CAB $8.32 $- 0 17.18%
CBL $8.49 $- 480 19.58%
CHL $2.20 $- 0 0.00%
CIB $8.46 $- 0 12.95%
DHS $1.79 $0.15 7000 19.33%
FAM $4.02 $- 0 1.52%
FCC $1.27 $- 0 -36.18%
FCL $8.35 $- 3300 4.38%
FIN $10.40 $- 5000 7.22%
ICD $9.60 $- 5000 -2.93%
JSJ $8.22 $- 500 0.00%
KZLB $5.86 $0.09 0 -3.30%
PRE $10.00 $- 0 0.00%

Dividend/AGM Notes:
BWL has declared a dividend of $0.06 per share payable
on May 18, 2005, to all common shareholders as at record date
May 13, 2005.

ICD has declared a dividend of $0.135 per share payable on
May 19,2005, to all common shareholders as at record date May
5, 2005.

JSJ has declared a dividend of $0.14 per share payable on
May 25, 2005, to all common shareholders as at record date May
19,2005.

CBL will hold its Annual General Meeting on May 18,2005
at 5pm at SuperClubs Breezes, West Bay Street, Cable Beach,;
Nassau, Bahamas.

DHS will hold its Annual General Meeting on May 19,2005
at 5.30pm at Doctors Hospital Limited, No.1 Collins Avenue
and Shirley Street, Nassau, Bahamas.

CHL will hold an Extraordinary General Meeting on May 20,
2005, at 9am at J. Whitney Pinder Building, Colina Insurancq
Company, Head Office, Collins Avenue, Nassau, Bahamas.

BWL will hold its Annual General Meeting on May 24, 2005.
at 6pm at The National Tennis Centre, Queen Elizabeth Sports
Centre, Oakes Field, Nassau, Bahamas.

. CAB will hold its Annual General Meeting on May 26, 2005
at 6pm at Nassau Beach Hotel, West Bay Street, Cable Beachi,
Nassau, Bahamas.


International Markets

FOREX Rates
Weekly % Change
CAD$ 1.2650 1.85
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Commodities
Weekly % Change
Crude Oil $48.67 -4.49
Gold $420.70 -1.45

International Stock Market Indexes:
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NASDAQ 1,976.80 0.48
Nikkei 11,049.11 -1.28


BUSINESS









THE TIBUN TUEDAYMAY 1, 205SIPGES3


'Don't get on CSME




bus if you don't




want to get there'


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
The Financial Ser-
vices Consultative
Forum's chair-
man has ques-
tioned why the
Bahamas should join the
Caribbean Single Market &
Economy (CSME) when it is
intent on opting out of so many
key provisions, adding that the
Government should clearly
state its position on the vari-
ous reservations it was seek-
ing.
Brian Moree said the Gov-
ernment should make it clear
whether it saw the Bahamas
"ultimately losing" its reserva-
tions on issues such as the free
movement of labour and mon-
etary union, or whether these
were non-negotiable and this
nation would never seek to
adopt them.
Reservations
He added that CARICOM
should also indicate whether it
accepted the Bahamas' reser-
vations or not. The Govern-
ment needed to state its posi-
tion clearly, Mr Moree, said,
"otherwise it leaves a state of
ambivalence where we may be
operating under a false
assumption".
"CARICOM does not see
the Bahamas opting out or
reserving its position on these
matters for a significant peri-
od of time," Mr Moree said.
"They see it as a deferment for
an unspecified time. If you join
the CSME you are fully expect-
ed to comply. You do not have
to get across the finishing line
at the same time, but you're all
expected to get there. It's part


people. The right of establish-
ment is a very significant part
of the CSME which, under the
present circumstances, would
apply from January 2006."
Mr Moree said he was not
setting out a position for or
against the CSME, but said
there had to be a full flow of
information so that the
Bahamian people were "told
the truth" about what its impli-
cations were.
He added that there would
have to be political integration
to achieve the CSME's objec-
tives, adding that it was "unre-
alistic" to suggest otherwise,
and this could not be separated
from the economic aspects.
Mr Moree said that signing
on to the CSME would
inevitably bring about an ero-
sion of Bahamian national sov-
ereignty, and of Parliament's
ability to make laws, "let's be
absolutely forthright about this
and honest about this".
He added that the Bahamas
needed to assess whether it
wanted to meet the CSME's
objectives, and also said it was
not correct that the Caribbean
Court of Justice (CCJ) would
have no jurisdiction over the
Bahamas.
While the CCJ would not
have jurisdiction over appel-
late cases, as the Bahamas had
elected to remain with the
Privy Council, it would have
original jurisdiction over the
nation because it would be
responsible for interpreting all
matters relating to the inter-
pretation of the CSME agree-
ment and Treaty of Chaguara-
mas.
The CCJ's decisioiis'Mr
Moree said, would .be "bind-
ing" on the Bahamas in this
regard.


and parcel of participating in
the CSME."
Mr Moree was responding to
a report by Winston Rolle, the
Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce's president, who report-
ed that at a Caribbean Associ-
ation of Industry and Com-
merce meeting, Leela Nari-
nesingh, of the CARICOM
Secretariat, "indicated that the
revised Treaty does not allow
for reservations but rather for a
delayed implementation of var-
ious aspects of the Treaty".
The Financial Services Con-
sultative Forum's chairman was
commenting before the publi-
cation of a letter by Edwin
Carrington, CARICOM's sec-
retary-general, in response to
Mr Rolle's report.
He said "there must have
been some misunderstanding"
on what Mrs Narinesingh had
said, adding that CARICOM
had accepted the Bahamas'
reservations on monetary
union and the free movement
of labour. The Ministry of For-
eign Affairs also said CARI-
COM had accepted the
Bahamas' position on the
Caribbean Court of Justice


(CCJ), and the only two areas
left to decide were adoption of
the Common External Tariff
(CET) and a possible reserva-
tion on the Right of Establish-
ment.
Mr Carrington added,
though, that all the Bahamas'
reservations would have to be
approved by other CSME
members.
Decision
On the Government's deci-
sion to look at reserving the
Right of Establishment, which
allows CARICOM nationals to
set up businesses in areas pre-
viously reserved for Bahami-
ans and to be treated no less
favourably, with no discrimi-
nation or obstructions, Mr
Moree said: "The more we
have to opt out of, the less
sense it makes to join in the
first place. Why get on the bus
if you do not want to get to the
destination the bus is going?
"That is a very significant
provision that needs to be
properly understood by. the,
Bahamian people. It is differ-
ent from the free movement of


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FROM page one
Robert Daviault, a former exec-
utive for Norshield Interna-
tional, which managed the two
Bahamas-domiciled investment
funds Globe-X Management
and Globe-X Canadiana into
which the $122 million of Cinar
funds was invested.
The Tribune has extensively
covered the long-running saga,
which was sparked in 1999
when Cinar alleged that the
$122 million was invested "with-
out board approval". Cinar is
still alleging it has yet to recOver
$40 million from the two funds.
In his testimony, which was
made last December in Mon-
treal and filed in the Bahamian
Supreme Court as part of a
report made by the liquidators
of the two Globe-X funds,
Daviault alleged that the for-
eign exchange transactions were
fabricated to show losses on
US-Canadian dollar fluctua-
tions in the past.
According to Canadian news-


papers, Daviault alleged that the
phoney transactions could be
justified "from an integrity point
of view" because Cinar's execu-
tives intended to use the $7.8
million and then reimburse the
company by paying a premium.
Daviault alleged that Cinar
was credited with $10 million
on one deal, giving the Cana-
dian company a net benefit.

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Norshield International's par-
ent, the Norshield Financial
'Group, has vehemently denied
the allegations made by Davi-
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ing wrong in relation to Cinar's
Globe-X investments.
Norshield Financial Group's
chair, John Xanthoudakis, tried
to prevent the Canadian press
from publishing Daviault's tes-
timony when it became public
in Canada.
Mr Xanthoudakis and his
company have since filed $20


million worth of lawsuits against
various parties, including Cinar
and the Bahamian liquidators
of the Globe-X funds, who are
Wayne Aranha and Clifford
Johnson at PricewaterhouseC-
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making statements that have
damaged Norshield's business.
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freeze about $375 million in
assets, claiming that a run of
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sparked by bad publicity relat-
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Cinar is already suing Mr
Xanthoudakis and Norshield
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When the incident first
became public, Norshield and
Cinar first attempted to resolve
their differences outside court.
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William Urseth, described the
arrangement between the two
parties as "a very co-operative
situation from both sides" and
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VICE PRINCIPAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Kingsway Academy invites applicants from qualified and experienced candidates for a
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Be a committed Christian
Be able to assist with all aspects of the Administration mainly for Kindergarten
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Be capable of working in an environment with persons from diverse
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2. A full curriculum vitae with supporting documents of qualifications
3. A personal statement detailing your educational philosophy
4. References from three persons, (one must come from your Church Pastor)

TEMPORARY TEACHING POSITION
Kingsway Academy High School is in need of a qualified teacher for a period of twelve
weeks beginning in September 2005 for the following subjects:
Religious Studies
Christian Values

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Be born again Christians, with minimum qualifications of a Bachelor's Degree
in the appropriate subject areas
Have a valid Teacher's Certificate
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Academy Affairs Manager
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Bernard Road
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Deadline for the above applications is Friday, May 20, 2005.


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THE TIBUN TUEDAYMAY 1, 205,IPGESS


The critical


questions


to ask about the CSME


* By the Nassau Institute
The Government
has promised a
'White Paper' for
discussion on the
Bahamas becom-
ing a part of the Caribbean
Single Market & Economy
(CSME).
These are, 29 questions to
help you decide which side
you are on.

1. What happens if we go
into the CSME and it is not
right for us? We can't leave,
we have lost control of our
currency and interest rates, we
can't "renegotiate' the entry
agreement and will have one
vote out of 15 when the others
join, so then what do we do?
2. What guarantee do we
have that there won't be a
United States of the
Caribbean and end of the
Bahamas as an independent
country?
3. How can we be sure that
sometime in the future we will
not be 'forced' to adopt a
common Caribbean currency?
4. If a common currency is
adopted will it be a floating


currency, or pegged to the US
dollar like the Bahamian dol-
lar is now?
5. Will a Central Bank of
the Caribbean make econom-
ic decisions and monetary pol-
icy for the Bahamas?
6. How happy are you that
the Central Bank of Bahamas
would be nothing more than a
branch satellite of the
Caribbean Central Bank
based in Jamaica or Trinidad
- or wherever they set it up?
7. Can you give me an
example of a single currency
anywhere in the world with-
out a single taxation rate
behind it?
8. How much, exactly, will it
cost us to convert all our sys-
tems and so on? If you don't
know, why not?
9. How will the United
States view us? If the CSME
countries become even more
anti-American how does
that affect our number one
product American tourists?
10. How many of our laws
will be subordinated to their
laws in the future that we have
not been told about yet?


11. Is this really not all
about personal or profession-
al advantage to some individ-
uals who may not even sup-
port the CSME?
12. Is it worth risking a com-
promise of our democratic sys-
tem for one that is untried and
unproven?
13. What are the advantages
in being part of a 'suprana-
tional' state that we do not
already enjoy as a separate
country?
14. There's no such thing as
a free lunch. Where can we
read in black and white what
we will be giving up if we join?
15. Putting all political cor-
rectness aside, do you honest-
li trust the Jamaicans, the
Haitians, the Trinidadians, etc.
to run our economy on our
behalf?
16.. If they decide to 'har-
monise' taxes for the region,
what guarantees are there that
we will forever control
Bahamian tax policy?
17. People need to feel a
part of the institutions to
which they elect representa-
tives. How do we know we


will ever feel part of the
Caribbean institutions? If yes,
why?
18. Will we get more or less
bureaucracy from CSME
should we join?
19. Who will control future
budgets; that is, our ability to
tax and spend them or us?
What guarantees do we have
in writing that it will always
be us who decide our budgets?
20. You say that the 'days
of the independent nation-
state are gone'. Can you there-
fore explain why the follow-
ing countries, over the last 100
years or so, have broken away
from larger units to get their
independence: Ireland, Nor-
way, Finland, Czech Repub-
lic, Croatia, Hungary, Slove-
nia, Slovakia, Bosnia, Cyprus,
Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia,
Lithuania, Belarus, Georgia,
Iceland, Pakistan, Bangladesh,
India, Sri Lanka, Australia,
Malta, Panama, virtually the
whole of Africa, Kuwait, Iraq,
Syria, and others too numer-
ous too mention?
21. Do you agree that any
powerful body not elected by
us will always put
Bahamian interests above


Imperial Life boost for parent


FROM page one
Financial Security subsidiary
saw its net income rise from
$26.2 millionothe year before to
$40.6 millio thits year.
Desjardins Group said: "This
result, however, includes a $9.4
million gain from the sale of the
Imperial Life division in the
Bahamas, which was finalised
at the beginning of the year."
The $9.4 million gain Des-
jardins Financial Security
enjoyed is likely to be the pre-
mium paid by Colina Insurance
Company over andi.4bove the
book value of ImpriIal Life
Financial (Bahamas) net assets.
Although the full purchase
price has never been made pub-
lic, insurance and capital mar-
kets sources have told The Tri-
bune'that Colina Insurance
Company paid between $22-$25
million for Imperial Life Finan-
cial (Bahamas), clinching what
could well be the most contro-
versial acquisition in Bahami-
an business history.
Meanwhile, the April 26
injunction obtained by Jimmy
Campbell, Colina Insurance


Company's embattled presi-
dent, to prevent his former col-
leagues from calling an Extra-
ordinary General Meeting
(EGM) to oust him before May
12 has been lifted by the
Supreme Court.
The ruling is thus likely to
clear the way for Colina Insur-
ance Company to hold its May
20 EGM, where both Mr
Campbell and Ravi Jesubat-
ham, chief financial officer at
the firm's.parent, the Colina
Financial Group (CFG), are
likely to be removed from the
Board by shareholder vote.
The EGM was called by CFG
chairman Emanuel Alexiou and
fellow director, Anthony Fer-
guson, following a falling-out
between the duo and Mr.Camp-
bell that is understood to relate
to differences over strategy and
how to integrate Colina Insur-
ance and Imperial Life.
Several observers have
expressed surprise at Mr Camp-
bell's continued resistance. CFG,
which is majority controlled by,
Mr Alexiou and Mr Ferguson,
has a 67 per cent holding in Col-
ina Insurance Company's par-


ent, Colina Holdings, and has
the majority required to remove
Mr Campbell.
Industry speculation is that
Mr Campbell's total compen-
sation package could be worth
as much as $11-$12 million, but
The Tribune has been unable
to confirm this.
Colina has to ensure that one
of Mr Alexiou, Mr Campbell or
Mr Ferguson was removed from
the boards of Colina Insurance


Company, Colina Holdings and
Colina Financial Advisors. All
three companies had to have
boards and audit committees
where independent non-execu-
tives were in the majority.
These conditions had to be
fulfilled within 90 days, a dead-
line that has long passed.
What has also disappeared
from sight during the dispute is
that it has not been good for pol-
icyholders, shareholders or staff.


their own?
22. How would you feel if
our laws were to originate in
Jamaica, or Trinidad, or Haiti
- or wherever they decide to
make the capital of the
Caribbean?
23.. Why should we join
when we are not exporters?
24. Do.you believe that only
the Bahamian people should
be allowed to elect those who
make the laws under which
they are governed? This is
called democracy. Can you
explain how we get rid of the
Central Caribbean Govern-
ment if they start doing things
we don't like?


25. How would we deal with
fraud and corruption typi-
cal of large bureaucracies?
26. How would you feel if
your local MP writes to tell
you after we join the CSME
that in future people who you
do not elect and cannot
remove will govern you?
27. What will happen if we
do not join? Will CSME put
trade sanctions on us?
28. Can the CSME guaran-
tee economic freedoms for all
Bahamians?
29. Which flag will be oh top
- the CSME flag or the
Bahamian?


Financial Services Firm seeking
applicants for the position of


Accounts


minimum


requirements include:


Associates Degree in Accounting
NASD Series 7 Qualification or
Canadian Securities Qualification


Please fax Resume to:


(242) 327-4476


eecommsicat ns & ComterNetwo ei n


TeiedomMtuhications.& Computer NetWork Design
& Infrastructure Specialist
I4mnies Offices e Subdiv1siot s
Call Us Today!
Tel: 393-7733


The recently established Tourism Development Company (TDC), with responsibility
for the development of all aspects of the Tourism Sector of Trinidad and Tobago
including marketing, product development and tourism investment promotion, invites
applications from interested candidates for the following key position:

Director of Tourism
The job:
Overall responsibility for tourism development, management, marketing and
promotion
Builds relationships with all tourism stakeholders in Trinidad and Tobago
Develops strong ties with all relevant components in the international market place
Identifies appropriate representatives in all key markets
Ensures that standards for tourism products are established and enforced
Negotiates with international airlines for expanded service in existing and new
source markets
Sources the highest quality of Advertising and Public Relations Agencies
The Director of Tourism reports to the company's President


I


Officer


I


BERKELEY (BAHAMAS) LIMITED


COMMODITIES / DERIVATIVES

Do you have any experience in trading or sales
in commodities and / or derivatives ?

Our company is seeking a suitable candidate
for immediate employment.

Please send or fax resume to:

P O Box N-3927

394-6841

REGULATED BY THE SECURITIES COMMISSION OF
THE BAHAMAS


TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2005, PAGE 5B


THE TRIBUNE







PAGE 6B, TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2005


In observance of

Adult Education Awareness

Week 2005
The Centre for Continuing Education & Extension Services
Presents

A Distinguished Lecture Luncheon
Thursday, June 2 @ 12:30 pm
TOPIC:
"The Philosophical and Sociological Aspects of Ethics in Business
and Religion and Its Effect on Globalisation"


SPEAKERS:
The Hon. Allyson
Maynard-Gibson, MP
Minister of Financial Services
& Investments


Bishop B. Wenith Davis,
Senior Pastor, Zion South Beach Baptist Church
& Bishop of Global Affairs, Full Gospel International


Governor's Ballroom, The British Colonial Hilton
Tickets: $40.00
Part Proceeds: Harry C. Moore Library & Information Centre
Reserve your ticket(s) by calling 325-5714.


UNIVERSITY OF
SOUTH FLORIDA


The College of The Bahamas
Graduate Programmes Office

in collaboration with

The University of South Florida

School of Library and Information Science

will offer the

MASTER OF ARTS DEGREE
IN LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE

Applications for the programme are now available at
The College of The Bahamas Graduate Programmes Office,
The School of Hospitality & Tourism Studies,
Thompson Blvd.

Application Deadline extended to May 27, 2005

Please direct enquiries to:
Mrs. Sonya Wisdom
Graduate Programmes Officer
Fax: 325-8175 Phone: 323-5804, 323-6804 or 325-0271
Ext. 6604
E-mail: swisdom@cob.edu.bs

or

Ms. Juliet Collie
Secretary, Graduate Programmes Office
Fax: 325-8175 Phone: 323-5804, 323-6804 or 325-0271
Ext. 6607
E-mail: jcollie@cob.edu.bs


CENTRE FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION &
EXTENSION SERVICES
Personal Development Summer 022005


COURSE SEC COURSE
NO. NO. DESCRIPTION
CUST900 01 SUPERIOR CUSTOMER
SERVICE W/S
COMPUTERS
COMP 941 01 QUICKBOOKS
COMP960 01 MICROSOFT
POWERPOINT W/S


COMP930 01
ENGLISH
ESL 900 01

HEALTH
& FITNESS


TIME


START
DATE


9:30am-4:30pm Thur


2 June 1day $170


6:00-9:30pm Tue 24 May 6 weeks $330


9:30am-4:30pm Thur


WEB PAGE DESIGN W/S 9:30am-4:30pm Thur/Fri


ENGLISH AS A
SECOND LANGUAGE


MASG900 01 MASSAGE THERAPY
ESSENTIALS I
MASG901 01 MASSAGE THERAPY
ESSENTIALS II


MANAGEMENT
MGMT902 01


HUMAN RESOURCE
MANAG. WORKSHOP


2-Jun 1 day $160

19 May 2 days $550


6:00-7:30pm Mon/Fri 23-May 8 weeks $250


6:00-9:00pm Mon


6:00-9:00pm


9:30am-4:30pm Thur/Fri


23-May 10 weeks $465
19-May 10 weeks $620


9 June


2 days $350


Personal Development Workshops
SUPERIOR CUSTOMER SERVICE
This workshop is designed to provide participants with an overview of the fundamentals
of superior customer service. It focuses on customer value, retention and relationship
building and employee motivation.


Date:
Time:
Venue:
Tuition:


2 June 2005
9:30am 4:30pm
Choices Restaurant, Bahamas Tourism and Training Centre
$170.00


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


Date:
Time:
Venue:
Tuition:


2 June 2005
9:30am 4:30pm
CEES Computer Lab, Moss Road
$160.00


WEB PAGE DESIGN
This course will cover Web Page Creation, Web Site Management and HTML. Persons
who enjoy fiddling with computers and would like to create their own web pages are
encouraged to attend. Specific topics will include Formatting, Graphics, Multimedia,
Forms and Tables and hosting of web pages.


Date:
Time:
Venue:
Tuition:


Thursday, 19h & Friday 20th May, 2005
9:30am 4:30pm
CEES Computer Lab, Moss Road
$550.00


HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP
This two-day workshop is designed to equip managers and leaders in organizations
and enhance the skills, ofcurrent Human Resource professionals with the theory, tools
and techniques required for effective human resource management practices in today's
workplace.


Date:
Time:
Venue:
Tuition:


June 9th & 10th 2005
9:30am 4:30pm
Choices Restaurant, Bahamas Tourism and Training Centre
$350.00


ENQUIRIES: Contact the Co-ordinator at Tel: (242) 325-5714 / (242) 328-0093/ 328-
1936 or email nlacroix@cob.edu.bs All fees are included with the exception of the
application fee of $40.00 (one time). When submitting application, kindly provide copies
of the first four pages of your passport. CEES reserves the right to change Tuition, Fees,
Course Content, Course Schedule and Course Materials.





Assistant Director, Physical Plant
The Physical Plant Department seeks applicants who will be responsible for the aspects
of Technical Services in the Physical Plant and will act at all times to ensure the highest
level of professionalism and performance possible in the execution of duties and will
work enthusiastically to meet all goals set by the College. This individual must be goal
oriented, organized and a team player. Specific responsibilities include but are not
limited to:
* Managing all tools, parts, general equipment and supplies designated for the
technical maintenance of all College properties.
* Periodically carrying out inventory checks.
* Maintaining accurate records of the Plant's monthly maintenance costs and assets
recommending cost reductions where possible.
* Developing preventive maintenance programmes for all technical personnel.
* Developing General Maintenance Schedules ensuring that all College equipments
are kept in sound condition and ensuring that all planned repairs and maintenance
are carried out efficiently and effectively and in a timely manner.
* Enforcing strict safety practices in accordance with the College's safety standards.
* Assisting with the preparation of the annual budget.
* Supervising all technicaLstaff-assigned to the portfolio.
A Bachelor's Degree preferably in Management or a related area or an equivalent
professional qualification is required and at least 8 -10 years experience with at least
5 years of supervisory responsibility. Additionally, the successful candidate should
possess the following:
* Strong Supervisory skills
* Ability to work unsupervised
* Excellent oral and written communication skills.
* Proficiency in Microsoft Word Excel
This position requires a discreet, mature and tactful individual with excellent oral and
written communication skills who is able to work with minimum supervision.
Salary Scale: TS-6 $23,380 $34,580
Interested candidates should submit a COB Application Form, a detailed curriculum
vitae and a cover letter of interest, giving full particulars of qualifications and experience
along with three work references no later than May 31, 2005 to:
The Director
Human Resources
The College of The Bahamas
P. O. Box N-4912
Nassau, Bahamas


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Visit our website at www.cob.edu.bs


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TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2005, PAGE 7B


AmliI il.


Saturday, Mat 28, 2005 from 8pm until
Courptard, COB's School of Hospitality & Toupism Studies


ENTERTAINMENT:
The Xtra Band, Dr. Lutz and all the 70's hits, 70's alumni fashion show, Karaoke & much more...

Vcww and aee #e/ace4 a yv ai"w tUdeew 0n ia m".


Tickets $35.00, includes hors d'oeuvres
Box Offices: COB's Business Office & Prescription Parlour Pharmacy
Dress: Smart Casual
For more information, please call 302-4365/6 or 326-8905


GRADUATION/

2005

THEME:
Overcoming Obstacles, Rising to the Challenge"

The public's participation is invited during The College's week
of graduation activities.
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TIME VENUE


Sunday, May 22


Tuesday, May 24


EVENT


3:00 pm


trails through
litment"


CONTACT

Dr.Shane
Neely-Smith
325-5551


I Camille Smith
3024309
Karen Lockhart
302-4424


Thursday, Mai 26 7:00 pm


Friday May 27


Sunday, May 29


6:30 pm Saidals Royal
Bahamian Resort
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3:00 pm Eastern Grounds,
Oakes Fie Canps S


%e Lionel Johnson
30 -4333

& Cheryl Carey
302-4368
Claire Patton
302-4381


Graduation Exercise


Colyn Major
302-4342


Other Graduation Notes:
* My 17 27 Collection of graduation packages from the Student
Activities Department; 9:00 am 5:00 pm
* My 25 @ 6:30 pm Graduation Rehearsal and final meeting,
Eastefi Grounds, Oakes Field Campus. All participants in the ceremon
are expected to attend the rehearsal in graduation attire.
All persons participating in the graduation exercise must attend the
meetings and rehearsal. Please call Student Activities at 302-4525/4591
concerning any graduation matters.


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Under the patronage of
Drs. Rodney & Christina Smith
The College of The Bahamas
will host

A CHORAL CONCERT

Featuring the works ofAudrey Dean-Wright


Saturday, May 21 at 8:00 pm
The National Centre for the Performing Arts
Six Choral Directors will be honoured
for distinguished service.


Hilda Barrett


Kayla Lockhard-
Edwards


Pauline Glasby


Andrew Curry


ENTERTAINMENT INCLUDES:
Allison Mason (soloist), Joanne Callender (soloist)
Kayla Lockhart-Edwards (storytelling)
Ann Peterson-Higgins (Lithurgical Dance)
Tickets $20 (adults); $10 (children under 12 years)
Box Office: COB's Office of Research,
Planning & Development
For more information, please call 302-4303 or 302-4308
Proceeds will aid COB's Theatre for the Performing Arts


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PAGE 8B, TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2005


THE TRIBUNE .


Chamber elects its youngest president


he Bahamas
Chamber of
Commerce has
elected the
youngest presi-
dent in its 200-year history by
choosing Tanya Wright, man-
ager of Bank of the Bahamas
Trust, to replace Winston
Rolle.
An attorney, Mrs Wright is
the third woman to hold the
post, and sees multilateral trade
agreements, such as the
Caribbean Single Market &
Economy (CSME) and'Free
Trade Area of the Americas
(FTAA), as the most impor-
tant issues facing the Bahamian
business community.
She said: "The Chamber of
Commerce is the appropriate
voice for the business commu-
nity, and as such must address.


the single most critical issue of
how we as a nation do business
with other nations and
economies.
"It was only a few years ago
that the CSME and FTAA
seemed remote and distant,
matters to be considered down
the road. Now that the pace of
the agreements has been accel-
erated, the Chamber must cre-
ate opportunities to address the
issues.
Consensus
"There is no consensus on
single market theories. Most
opinion is driven largely by
emotion and it will be the
Chamber's role and responsi-
bility to take it out of the realm
of emotion and look at the
business of single markets, the


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NOTICE

ROYAL BANK INVITES TENDERS


Royal Bank of Canada invites tenders for the purchase of the following:

"ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land being Lot #802, Golden Gates
#2, situated in the Southern Districtof the Island of New Providence
one of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Situated thereon is a Single
Family Residence consisting of (3) Bedrooms, (2) Bathrooms.

Property size: 6,000 sq. ft.
Building size: 1,136 sq. ft

This property is being sold under our Power Of Sale contained in a
Mortgage to FINANCE CORPORATION OF BAHAMAS
LIMITED.

All offers should be forwarded in writing in a sealed envelope, addressed
to the Manager, Royal Bank Loans Collection Centre, Prince Charles
Shopping Centre, P.O. Box N-7549, Nassau, Bahamas and marked
"tender 1482". All offers must be received by the close of business
4:00pm, Friday 20th May, 2004.



NOTICE

ROYAL BANK INVITES TENDERS


Royal Bank of Canada invites tenders for the purchase of the following:

"ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land being Lot #2, Halls Close
Gladstone Road situated in the Western District of the Island of New
Providence on one of the islands of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.
Situated thereon is a Single Family Residence (2) Bedrooms, (2)
Bathroom with a Duplex Apartment consisting of (2) Bedrooms, (1)
Bathroom in each unit.
Property size: 7,661 sq. ft.
Building size: 3,168 sq. ft
This property is being sold under our Power Of Sale contained in a
Mortgage to FINANCE CORPORATION OF BAHAMAS
LIMITED.

All offers should be forwarded in writing in a sealed envelope, addressed
to the Manager, Royal Bank Collection Centre, P.O. Box N-7549,
Nassau, Bahamas and marked "tender 1758". All offers must be
received by the close of business 4:00pm, Friday 20th May, 2004.


serious issues of labour costs,
exchange control, taxation, jobs
and other matters that.could
affect us dramatically."
Mrs Wright became the first
manager of Bank of the
Bahamas Trust in 2000, where
she helped to design and intro-
duce the concepts of personal,
real estate, insurance and pen-
sion benefits and trusts to the
Bahamian public.
Three years later; while
maintaining the leadership of
the trust company, Mrs Wriglht
became Bank of the Bahamas
International's first manager of
business development and pub-
lic relations.
Prior to joining Bank of
The Bahamas Trust, Mrs
Wright was a partner in a
Bahamian law firm for several
years, during which time she
was appointed Acting Magis-
trate.
She serves on the Prime Min-
ister's Blue Ribbon Social;
Security Reform Connmissionf
on National Insurance.:
Other officersuelected at the
Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce are Dionisio D'Aguilar,
Super Wash, first vice-presi-.
dent; Khaalis Rolle, Bahamas
Ferries, second vice-president;
Barry Williams, Cable


! INCOMING Bahamas Chamber of Commerce president Tanya Wright is pictured above
with outgoing president Winston Rolle upon her assuming office.


Bahamas, treasurer; and Bryan
Knowles, Bahamas Supermar-
kets, secretary.
Directors: elected include
Louis Butler, Butler & Taylor;


NOTICE

ROYAL BANK INVITES TENDERS


Royal Bank of Canada invites tenders for the purchase of the following:.

"ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land being Lot#32,Block #2,
Nassau East, situated on one of the islands of the Commonwealth of
the Bahamas Situatedthereoh is Vacant Land.

Property size: 8,961 sq ft.


This property is being sold under our Power Of Sale contained in a
Mortgage to FINANCE CORPORATION OF BAHAMAS
LIMITED.

All offers should be forwarded in writing in a sealed envelope, addressed
to the Manager, Royal Bank Collections Centre, P.O. Box N-7549,
Nassau, Bahamas iand marked "tender1515"7 All offers must be
received by the close of business 4:00pm, Friday 20th May, 2004.




NOTICE

ROYAL BANK INVITES TENDERS


Royal Bank of Canada invites tenders for the purchase of the following:

"ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land being Lot #1181, Pinewood
Gardens situated in the Southern District of the Island of New Providence
one of the islands of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Situated
thereon is a Single Family Residence consisting of (3) Bedrooms, (2)
Bathrooms.

Property size: 5,000 sq. ft.
Building size: 1,413.4 sq. ft

This property is being sold under our Power Of Sale contained in a
Mortgage to FINANCE CORPORATION OF BAHAMAS
LIMITED.

All offers should be forwarded in writing in a sealed envelope, addressed
to the Manager, Royal Bank Collections Centre, P.O. Box N-7549,
Nassau, Bahact seafdmiarked itende r 0814". All offeFrs must be
received by the close of business 4:00pm, Friday 20th May, 2004.


Chester Cooper, British Amer-
ican Insurance; Mark Fin-
layson, Clear Channel; Gail
Lockhart, Gibson & Compa-
ny; Gershan Major, Mail Box-


es Etc; Branville McCartney,
Halsbury Chambers; H. Chris-
tian Saunders, Alliance/More
FM; Troy Simms, Esso Stan-
dard Oil.


Cables 'cost more'l


FROM page one
corporation had formulated
individual disaster plans, but
BEC officials are currently in
the process of combining all
these into a single structure for
greater efficiency..
Financial services executives
were given an explanation of
the disaster recovery plans of
key industry sectors, and were
assured that essential. redun-
dancies were in place to main-
tain optimal operations under
even the most difficult circum-
stances.
Wendy Warren, the BFSB's
executive director, said the idea
4. frthe. business continuity sem-
mar was, driven by the atten-
tion given to the difficulties


experienced by other
Caribbean jurisdictions follow-
ing 2004's devastating hurri-
canes, and the deadly Tsunami
that struck southeast Asia.
She said the BFSB felt that
financial services providers
needed to understand the capa-
bilities of the sector, and how
public and other utility compa-.
nies would function not only in
the face of disaster but during
the recovery period, focusing
on how great an interruption
of service would be.
Ms Warren said sector par-
ticipants would be able to plan
appropriately if they knew what
agencies, such as the National
Emergency Agency (NEMA),
were suggesting and incorpo-
rating as a plan of action.


NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that MAGALIE ST. JULIEN OF
HIBISCUS STREET, 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 10TH day of MAY, 2005 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,
Bahamas.



NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that WILDA PIERRE OF TREASURE
CAY, ABACO, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 10TH day of MAY, 2005 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,
Bahamas.



NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that ELSA WILSON, P.O.BOX N
4375, TOWER ESTATES DR, 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 10TH day of MAY, 2005 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.


LEGAL NOTICE


NOTICE


EQUITABLE HOLDINGS INC.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with
Section 137(8) of the International Business Companies Act,
2000, the dissolution of EQUITABLE HOLDINGS INC.,
has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been
issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the
Register.


ARGOSA CORP. INC.
Liquidator


PROGRESSIVE SERVICE ORIENTED
COMPANY LOOKING FOR A FEW
GOOD PEOPLE

DIESEL MECHANICS


Prior experience on repairs to heavy
trucks advantageous. Top wages and
incentive program. Uniforms furnished
after probationary period.

Please come by and fill out an application,
or give us a call at:


328-2463

Bahamas Mack Truck Sales Ltd.


P.O.Box N-44
Nassau, Bahamas


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THE TRIBUNE


TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2005, PAGE 9B


Family Guardian's




agents 'exceed the




industry norm'


amily Guardian
said it had "far
exceeded the
industry norm"
through 32 per
cent of its financial services
agents qualify for the Million
Dollar Round Table
(MDRT).

Qualified

Ten of the company's 31
agents have qualified for
membership in the 28,000-


strong MDRT association,
prompting the company's
president, Patricia Hermanns,
to state: "Family Guardian far
exceeds the industry norm for
the percentage of an agency
force typically attaining mem-
bership."
The 10 MDRT qualifiers,
pictured (top right) at Family
Guardian's annual awards
day, include Ann Marie
major, agency manager; Ingrid
Cambridge and Julie Smith,
CLU, sales representatives;


John Hepburn, Harold Antor,
Julie Adderley-McIntosh and
Corinna Neely, agency man-
agers; Anna Wilson Smith,
sales representative; Dwayne
Pearce and Mary Laurenceau,
agency managers.

Committee

Mr Antor has been named
as the 2005 Area Chair for
MDRT's international mem-
bership communications com-
mittee.


And Ms Adderley-McIn-
tosh has gained Court of
Table status at MDRT.
Ms Hermanns said: "Julie's
accomplishment is a feat that
only a few Bahamians have
achieved, added to which she
is a life member of MDRT
and has been selected to serve
in numerous capacities within
the organisation over the past


several years."

Executives

Founded in 1927, the
MDRT association is an inter-
national association of sales
executives in the life insurance
sector, and represents 76
nations and 470 companies.
To attain membership


requires achievement of spe-
cific sales criteria that involves
"ethics, knowledge, service
and productivity".
Family Guardian's financial
services division markets the
company's life insurance,
group and individual major
medical plans and annuities.

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ITEM 8 FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND
SUPPLEMENTARY DATA

REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC
ACCOUNTING FIRM

To the Board of Directors and Shareholders of
The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheet
of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. and subsidiaries
("the Company") as of December 31, 2004 and 2003, and the
related consolidated statements of income, shareholders'
equity, and cash flows for each of the three years in the period
ended December 31,.2004. These financial statements are the
responsibility of the Company's management. Our
responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial
statements based on our audits.

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of
the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (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
S--" iiehludes .asseSing th6 accunting principles used and
significant estimates made 'byinanagement, as well as
evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We
believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our
opinion.

In our opinion, such consolidated financial statements present
fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of The
PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. and subsidiaries as of
December 31, 2004 and 2003, and the results of their
operations and their cash flows for each of the three years in
the period ended December 31, 2004, in conformity with
accounting principles generally accepted in the United States
of America.

We have also audited, in accordance with the standards of-the
Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States),
the effectiveness of the Confpany's internal control over
financial reporting as of December 31, 2004, based on the
criteria established in"Internal Control-Integrated Framework"
issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the
Treadway Commission and our report dated February 28, 2005
expressed an unqualified opinion on management's assessment
of the effectiveness of the Company's internal control over
financial reporting and an unqualified opinion on the
effectiveness of the Company's internal control over financial
reporting.


/s/Deloitte and Touche LLP
February 28, 2005

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET
THE PNC FNANCIAL SERVICES GiOUP, INC.
December 31
In mHoilli .except p "IM 20v4. 2003

Cash and due from banks $3,230 $2,968
Federal funds sold and resale agreements 1,635 1,876
Other short-term investments, including trading securities 1,84S 720
Loans held for sale 1,670 1,400
Securities available for sale and held to maturity 16,761 15,690
Loans, net ofunearned income of $902 and $1,009 43,495 36,303
Allowance for loan and lease losses (607) (632)
GoNet loall 42,888 35,671
Other intangible sets 354 2317
Other 3 ,36.7 3
To talassets $723 $168
4 lnn r~ve S9,72


Deposits
'toninterest-bearing $12,915
Interest-bearing 40,3S4
Total deposits 53,269
Borrowed funds
Federal funds purchased 219
Repurchase agreements 1,376
Bank notes and senior debt 2,383
Subordinated debt 4,050
Commercial paper 2,251
Other borrowed funds 1,685
Total borrowed funds 11,964
Allowancefor unfunded loan commitments and letters of credit 75
Accrued expenses 2,406
Other 4A032
Total liabilities 71,746
Minority and noncontrolling interest; in consolidated entities 504
SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Preferred stock (a)
Common stock $5 par value
Authorized 800 shares
Issued 353 shares 1,764
Capital surplus 1,265
Retained earnings 8,273
Deferred compensation expense (51)
Accumulated othercomprehensive (loss) income (54)
Common stock held in treasury at cost: 70 and 76 shares (3,724)
Total shareholders' equity 7,473
Total liabilities, minority and ~oncontrolling interests, and shareholders' equity $79,723
(s) Lesu th $.5 million at each date,.
See wccompanying Noes To ComolidatejRFimcial Statemeols.


$11,505
33,736
45,241
169
1,081
2,823
3,729
2,226
1,425
11,453
91
2,275
2001
61,061
462



1,764
1,108
7,642
(29)
60
(3,900)
6.645
$68.168


NOTE 3 ACQUISITIONS

SSRM HOLDINGS INC.
Effective January 31, 2005, BlackRock acquired SSRM
Holdings, Inc. ("SSRM"), the holding company of State
Street Research & Management Company and SSR Realty
Advisors Inc., from MetLife, Inc. SSRM, through its
subsidiaries, actively manages stock, bond, balanced and real
estate portfolios for both institutional and individual investors
with approximately $55 billion in assets under management
at December 31, 2004. At closing, MetLife, Inc. received
approximately $285 million in cash and approximately
550,000 shares of BlackRock restricted class A common
stock. Additional cash consideration, which could increase
the purchase price by up to 25%, may be paid over five years
contingent oh certain measures.

In January 2005, BlackRock issued a bridge promissory note
for $150 million, using the proceeds to facilitate the SSRM
acquisition. Interest on this note was payable at maturity at an
annual rate of 2.875%. In February 2005, BlackRock issued
$250 million aggregate principal amount of convertible
debentures. BlackRock used a portion of the net proceeds
from this issuance to retire the bridge promissory note.

See Note 31 Subsequent Events for further'nformation
regarding the February 2005 convertible debenture issuance
and the January 2005 transfer of BlackRock from PNC Bank,
N.A. to PNC Bancorp, Inc. and the related impact on our first
quarter 2005 earnings.


RIGGS NATIONAL CORPORATION
On February 10, 2005, we entered into an amended and
restated agreement to acquire Riggs National Corporation
("Riggs"), a Washington, D.C. based banking company,
replacing the original acquisition agreement entered into July
16, 2004. Riggs has assets ofapproximately $5.9 billion and
provides commercial and retail banking services through 51
branches in the metropolitan Washingtor, D.C. area. The
transaction will give us a substantial presence on which to
build a market leading franchise in the affluent Washington
metropolitan area. The total consideration under the amended
and restated agreement is comprised of a fixed number of
approximately 6.4 million shares of PNC common stock and
$286 million in cash, subject to adjustment. The merger is
subject to closing conditions including, among.others, receip
of regulatory approvals and waivers and approval of the Rigs
shareholders. Our Current Reports on Form 8-K dated July 1t
2004, July 22, 2004 and February 10, 2005 provide additiona
information on this pending acquisition. The Amended and
Restated Agreement and Planof Merger for this transaction
included as Exhibit 10.31 to this Report.

AVIATION FINANCE GROUP
On September 1, 2004, we acquired the business of the
Aviation Finance Group, LLC ("AFG"), an Idaho-based
company that specializes in loans to finance private aircraft.
The purchase agreement calls for a contingent payment at th
end of the fifth anniversary date that may be due if certain lc
balances and profitability targets are exceeded on a cumulati
five-year basis.

UNITED NATIONAL BANCORP
We completed our acquisition of United National Bancorp,
Inc. ("United National") on January 1, 2004 by merging
United National with and into our subsidiary, PNC Bancorp.
Inc. United National shareholders received an aggregate of
approximately $321 million in cash and 6.6 million shares c
our common stock valued at $360 million. As a result of th(
acquisition, we added $3.7 billion of assets, including $.6
billion of goodwill, $2.3 billion of deposits, $1.0 billion of
borrowed funds and $.4 billion of shareholders' equity to o0
Average Consolidated Balance Sheet for the quarter ended
March 31, 2004.












A copy of the Annual Report & Audited Accounts may be obtained from Ansbacher (Bahamas)
Limited, Ansbacher House, Bank Lane, Nassau, Bahamas.


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Shockers take home title




from Grand Bahama


* BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
THE Real Deal Shockers
made sure that the Bahamas
Basketball Federation's two
national men's basketball titles
didn't stay in Grand Bahama.
After watching the ERA
Wolverines get swept in three
straight games in the men's
division I series, the Shockers
held onto their men's division
II title as they knocked off the
Grand Bahama team.
It came down to a three-way
tie for first place with the Real
Deal from New Providence,
Grand Bahama and Exuma
after they all finished with 2-1
record in the Bunny Levarity
round.robin tournament.
But on the point spread,
Grand Bahama came out on
top, while the Real Deal fin-
ished second to secure their
showdown in the champi-
onship game. Exuma had to
settle for third with Cat Island
rounding out the field at 0-3.
In the championship game


Three way battle


for division II


on Sunday at the Eight Mile
Rock Gymnasium, Corey
Williams lit up the nets for a
game high 29 points to cart of
the most valuable player
award as the Shockers
retained their title with a 110-
96 victory.

Bounce
"It wasn't even close," said
Shockers' coach James Price
as he watched his team
bounced back from a dismal
showing in the first game of
the tournament as they fell
victim to Grand Bahama.
"We had a 27 point lead
going into the last two min-
utes. We only eased up at the
end because we knew that the


game was already over."
Price said they expected
Grand Bahama to be tough,
but they were more surprised
at the way the team from Exu-
ma performed.
And he said they felt that
Exuma should have been in
the championship and not
Grand Bahama. He said the
games they played against Cat
Island should not have count-
ed in the point spread and it
should have remained
between the three teams that
finished tied at the top.
"It wasn't fair to Exuma
because when Grand Bahama
played Cat Island, they told
them that they had to win or
they would be out," Price
stressed.


"Cat Island weren't up to
par with any of us and Grand
Bahama took advantage, scor-
ing a lot of three-pointers to
build up their point spread."
Regardless of who they met
in the final, Price said they
were not only prepared to
avenge their only loss, but
they also wanted to make sure
that they took the title back
home.
"Everybody in Grand
Bahama was saying that the
two titles were going to stay in
Grand Bahama," Price said.
"But we knew that we were
the better team and we proved
that.

Sluggish
"They 'just got us off guard
when we got there the first
day. We came out sluggish
and their team was running
the ball. There was no way
that we could come back after
playing as sluggish as we did."
Price, however, said his
team, led by Hillary Jackson,


Anwar Ferguson and Corey
Williams, pulled together and
they got the job done after the
opening game lost.
Throughout the weekend
play, Price said they had to
deal with one obstacle after
the other, they managed to
prevail.
The same couldn't said of
the Wolverines. They lost the
first game of their best-of-
three championships and nev-
er really got back on track.
The Grand Bahama team,
coached by Terry Wildgoose,
got a solid performance from
Marvin Gray, who earned the
MVP award after he came
through with 23 points in the
clincher.
The Wolverines, coached by
Sean Deveaux, didn't have the
service of Vincent 'Six'
Knowles.. They relied on
Ricardo Pierre, Javian Good-
man and Stephen 'Stretch'
Culmer, but they couldn't
slow down the younger Grand
Bahamian team.
Federation first vice presi-


dent Larry Wilson said they
were quite pleased with the
way the tournament turned
out, but they were
disappointed in the fan sup-
port.
"The Grand Bahama asso-
ciation told us that they could
draw the crowd in Eight Mile
Rock, but that wasn't so," Wil-
son stated. "They didn't have
the fan support.

Competitive
"But the tournament was a
real competitive one. We did-
n't expect the Wolverines to
get a sweep in division I and
although we expected the
Shockers to win division II,
the Exuma team really sur-
prised us. They played very
well."
The Shockers joined the
Esso on the Run Angels, who
brought the ladies' title back
to New Providence last week-
end with a sweep over
their Grand Bahama counter-
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0 By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports Reporter
FREEPORT native Magnum
Rolle, ranked among the top ten
basketball seniors in the United
States, has signed a four year
contract with the Louisiana State
University Tigers (LSU).
Rolle, who stands at six-feet-
nine-inches and weighs in at 200
pounds, is a power forward
attending the Laurinburg Insti-
tute in Laurinburg, North Car-
olina.
The Tigers have recruited five
players from the division I rank-
ings, with Rolle being the third
pick.
He is rated the number six
player in the nation at his posi-
tion, small forward and centre,
by the scouts on the Rival-
shoops.com website; which fea-
tures the top 150 players.
This weekend, Rolle attended
the Nike All-American Camp in
Indianapolis, Indiana, which fea-
tured the top players in all posi-
tions from around the country.
In 2003 Rolle also participated
in the Nike All-American camp,
b, t his performance at this time
wasn't impressive enough to get
him on the rankings.
After attending the weekend
camp, Rolle was ranked 35 out of
50 players in the overall posi-
tioning and eight among the cen-
tres.
Rolle helped the Laurinburg
Institute to a perfect 40 win-loss
record and a national prep school
championship.
This season Rolle averaged
10.1 points per game, 10.2
rebounds and 4,5,,blocked shots.
According to the school's statis-
tics, Rolle shot 64 per cent from
the field and 76 per cent from
the free throw line. He was
among the top nine players from
that conference whose scoring
average was in double digits.
Rolle, signed with LSU in last
year and has been scouted by
several coaches from the Nation-
al Basketball Association
(NBA).
The Laurinburg roster includ-
ed 14 division I signings, who
went onto play in the NBA.
On the school's website, Rolle
has been praised by his coach,
Chris Chaney, for his improve-
ment in the game.
"We had pro scouts around
us at almost every game, and a
bunch of them told me that they
thought Magnum was the best
NBA prospect we had, and that's
saying a lot," Chaney said.
"He's very gifted and athletic,
he runs like a deer and he makes
plays that the average high
school player just doesn't make.
The sky is the limit for Magnum
if he works as hard to get better
at LSU as he did this year."
Rolle is described as an inside-
outside player who can run and
excels in an open court game.
Being considered as the sleeper
of the 2005 class, he is being com-
pared to Tiger Regis Koundija, a
former top centre playing in the
division.
Rolle had a tough decision to
make before signing with the
LSU Tigers. He was in discus-
sions with eight top colleges, hav-
ing final verbal conversations
with LSU and Florida State.
At first Rolle had committed
to Florida State, two weeks later,
Rolle decided to refuse the offers
by Florida State, signing with the
Tigers.
Among the colleges after
Rolle were Arizona, Kansas
State, Kentucky, North Caroli-
na, South Florida, South Caroli-
na, South California and Vil-
lanova.


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Senior Sports Reporter
GRAND Bahamian quarter-
milers Andrae Williams and
Michael Mathieu helped Texas
Tech win their first ever Big 12
men's title over the weekend.


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State University in Manhattan, host c
Texas Tech collected a total of in a nm
149.50 points to dethrone In t
Nebraska, who had to settle.for was se
second place with 136. while
Williams, however, turned in in 46.2
the best performance of the two Baylo


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mian team-mates to lead a
if athletes that competed
umber of other meets.
their speciality, Williams
second in the 400 in 45.90,
Mathieu came in fourth
24. Darold Williamson of
r won in 45.33.


Both Williams and Mathiue
also competed in the 200.
Williams got second in his
heat for fourth overall in 20.66
in the preliminaries and Math-
ieu followed him fifth overall
in 20.97 as he also was second
in his heat.


In the finals, Williams came
in fourth in 21.04 and Mathiue
was sixth in 21.73. Their team-
mate, Tyree Gailes won the
race in 20.57.
Williams capped off the meet
by running the third leg on
Texas Tech's second place in
the 4 x 400 relay in 3:07.61.
Baylor won in 3:04.12.
At the SEC Championships,
Shamar Sands was back in
action after he was sidelined
over the last two years because
of a serious of injuries.
Sands, competing for Auburn
University, advanced to the
men's 110 metre hurdles with a
seventh place finish in the pre-
liminaries in a time of 13.91.
Sanfds posted a fourth place
finish in the final with 13.80.
The winning time was 13.38 by
Aries Merritt, a sophomore
from Tennessee.
Event
On the field, junior Aymara
Albury got a second place fin-
ish in the women's shot put
with a heave of 53-feet, 6 1/2-
inches. The event was won by
her American team-mate Beth
Mallory with 54-2. Bahamian
senior Chafree Bain, also at
Alabama, was 11th with 44-3
1/4.
Bain, however, turned in a
ninth place finish in the wom-
en's hammer with a toss of 181
feet, while Albury was 19th
with 161-3.
Sultana-Frizell, a sophomore
from Georgia, won the event
with a best of 213-3.
Bain was also 12th in the dis-
cus with a toss of 147.5.
Mallory won the event.
And University of Georgia
senior Antonio Saunders
cleared 21-7 1/4 for 19th in the
men's long jump.
LaChristopher Lewis, a
senior from Mississippi State,
won with 21-5 1/5.
In the triple jump, Saunders
had a better performance, com-
ing in fourth with a leap of 50-6
1/4. The event was won by
Jaanus Uudmae, a senior from
Arknasas, with 53-41/4.
Saunders also ran the open-
ing leg for the UG's Bulldogs
in the men's 4 x 100 relay.
Their team clocked 40.35 for
eighth place. Florida won in
39.10.
At the 2005 Conference USA
Outdoor Championships at the
University of Houston on the
Lewis/Tellez Track Complex;
Jaydian Miller won the men's
triple jump with a leap of 50-9
1/4 on his fourth attempt.


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The following article is pro-
vided by Adelma Penn,
Camelta Barnes and Melissa
Underwood, of the Department
of Public Health, Ministry of
Health (MOH) Nutrition Unit.
igh blood pres-
sure, or hyper-
tension, is a
major reason
that persons
develop heart disease, kidney
failure or have a stroke.
Though the actual percent-
age of Bahamians with hyper-
tension has not been surveyed
recently, the national death toll
would indicate that it is indeed
a serious concern for us
Bahamians as strokes and heart
disease both rank in the five
leading causes of death.
What is hypertension/
high blood pressure?
Blood pressure is the force
of your blood pressing against
the walls of your arteries as
your heart pumps blood to the
rest of the body.
Hypertension or high blood
pressure is a condition that
causes a raise in this pressure
inside these blood vessels.
" When this pressure is too high
it may cause these pipes to
become damaged.
In some cases this tissue
damage may also cause fat and
cholesterol to build up and
over a time this accumulation
of fat can harden, thus clogging
the arteries. When this hap-
pens, the heart must now work
harder to pump your blood
through the narrowed arteries
and'this causes your blood,
pressure to rise even higher.
Hypertension indicates that
your heart is straining to pump
your blood through your arter-
ies and this is unhealthy
because;
The heart can become
enlarged leading to congestive
heart failure.
The arteries can become
scarred and less elastic (ather-


osclerosis) and this hardening
can reduce the amount of
blood flowing to the body's
organs and tissues.
Blood clots may form or
become lodged in the narrowed
arteries and blood clots are one
of the common causes of heart
attacks and strokes.
Hypertension can cause seri-
ous problems, as highlighted
above. It can lead to harden-
ing of the arteries, strokes,
heart attacks, kidney failure
and other health complications.
What causes
hypertension/high
blood pressure?
A specific cause for hyper-
tension is not always found. In
about 10 per cent of the cases,
high blood pressure is a symp-
tom of another medical prob-
lem. In these cases, if and when
the main problem is corrected,
blood pressure usually returns
to normal. In the other 90 per
cent, the actual reason some-
one becomes hypertensive is
unknown.
However, there are certain
contributing factors. These can
be divided into two: those who
have no control over uncon-
trollable factors and those we
can change controllable factors:
Uncontrollable Factors
AGE: the older a person
gets, the more likely he/she is
to develop high blood pressure.

RACE: Blacks have high
blood pressure more often than
whites. It also occurs earlier
and is more severe in blacks.:

HEREDITY: hypertension
appears to run in families.
However, the gene that causes
high blood pressure has not yet
been found.

SEX: generally men are


more likely to develop it than
women, but in the Bahamas
more women are dying of its
complications


Controllable Factors
OBESITY and hypertension
is a bad combination! By losing
the excess fat you can actually
bring your pressure down.

POOR DIET, particularly
one that is high in animal fat
and fat in general, high in salt
and processed foods and high
in calories.

ALCOHOL and .CAF-
FEINE can raise your pressure
so avoid or limit use of both
and check for them in medi-
cines and drugs.

SMOKING causes your
heart to beat faster and tightens
your blood vessels. It also dam-
ages the lining, causing fat
build-up.

N.B: according to a survey
conducted in the 1900s, Amer-
ican women who take oral con-
traceptives may develop high
blood pressure.
How is Blood Pressure
Measured?
A special instrument called a
sphygmomanometer, or simply
a blood pressure cuff, is used to
measure how hard your blood
is pressing against the walls of
your arteries.
The blood pressure reading
is made up of two numbers, the
top number also called the sys-
tolic blood pressure, measures
the blood in your arteries when


your heart is pumping blood.
The bottom number or dias-
tolic blood pressure, measures
your blood pressure when the
heart is relaxed or at rest, that
is, between your heartbeats.
Your blood pressure is consid-
ered normal when the top
reading is 140 mm Hg or lower
and the bottom number is 90
mm Hg or lower. For persons
with diabetes, kidney failure or
other diseases, the control is
even tighter. Their goal should
be less than 130 on top and less
than 85 on the bottom.
You will only know you have
hypertension by measuring
your blood pressure. Many
people have high blood pres-
sure for years without know-
ing it. This is because high
blood pressure usually has no
symptoms, hence the term the
silent killer.
However, uncontrolled
hypertension can lead to the
serious health problems men-
tioned earlier like stroke, heart
attack and kidney failure.
Sometimes, high blood pres-
sure can cause symptoms like
headaches, chest pains, short-
ness of breath, flushness of the
face and anxiety, but usually
you cannot tell when or if your
blood pressure is high. It is
important that you get your
pressure checked regularly by a
health care provider.
Diets, Lifestyle and
Medication The most
common treatments
for hypertension are:
Weight Loss
It is common for people with.


high blood pressure to be over-
weight. Research suggests that
if you have high blood pres-
sure and are overweight (even
by as little as 10 lbs to 15 lbs)
losing the excess poundage can
help bring your pressure down
and may even reduce your
need for medication.
If you are overweight but
have normal blood pressure,
shedding weight may help to
delay and/or prevent the devel-
opment of high blood pressure
later on because the more you
weigh above your ideal body
weight range, the harder your
heart has to work 'to pump
blood.
A sensible weight reduction
programme that will maintain
your weight loss should include
eating low fat healthy foods
daily and exercising regularly.
Remember, weight manage-
ment and good nutrition helps
control high blood pressure!
Regular Exercise
Exercising at least four times
a week for 30 to 45 minutes
each time is considered regular
physical activity, and this fre-
quency of exercising: can help
you lose weight, reduce stress
and lower your cholesterol.
Regular exercise can also
help lower blood pressure, but
first check with your doctor
before starting an exercise pro-
gramme and talk about the dif-
ferent types of exercise that
may be best for you.
Aerobic exercise, that is,
physical activity that uses large
muscles, like brisk walking, jog-
ging, swimming and cycling are
most beneficial.
Remember, exercising should
be done regularly so choose
th bs4h' h you f.oy-doing.l-


Medication
Changes in diet and lifestyle
may not be enough to lower
high blood pressure to normal
levels, and that is where hyper-
tension medication helps.
Your doctor will prescribe
one that is best for you. How-
ever, medicine only works if
you take it as directed. Unfor-
tunately, many high blood pres-
sure patients, though they are
aware of their condition, do not
follow the proper treatment
plan, be it eating the right foods
and living a healthy lifestyle or
not taking their medication as
directed.
Remember, follow your doc-
tor's instructions and stop only
when he/she tells you to stop!
Diet and Low Salt
Cooking salt is made up of
sodium and chloride, and it is
the sodium in the salt that is
the real cause of your body to
hold fluids. If your blood pres-
sure is sodium-sensitive, mean-
ing that you tend to retain extra
fluids, this will in turn mean
more blood to pump and your
pressure, which is already too
high, may go up even more!
Hence, lowering salt and oth-
er high sodium foods in your
diet can lower your high blood
pressure. Giving up salt does
not mean giving up flavour.
Consider using fresh herbs and
spices such as lemon juice,
fresh garlic, onion, thyme, gin-
ger, pepper, parsley.
Healthy Diet Guidelines
for Hypertensive persons
Limit salt intake on a daily

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The acrylamide scare


hockwaves hit the world in
2004 when it became
apparent that some of the
common foods we eat
might be a cause of great
harm, due to acrylamide.

OTHER SOURCES
OF ACRYLAMIDE

Acrylamides are useful chemicals
in industry, but before April, 2002, it
was not commonly known that acry-
lamides were formed naturally in
foods.
Scientists began to study foods to
determine how much acrylamides they
contained and if the amounts were
harmful to us. The levels found were
always relatively low, though in some
foods they might be higher than the
levels allowed in our drinking water,
paper food packaging and cosmetics.
However, because acrylamides are
known to be toxic to human beings
and animals in large doses, its discov-
ery in foods generated a lot of alarm.
So far it has been determined that
acrylamides are formed naturally in
many foods, particularly starchy foods
like potatoes, pasta, toasted bread and
cereals cooked or processed at a high
temperature (above 120oC).
This includes frying, deep fat fry-
ing, broiling, oven baking and grilling.
The longer the foods are cooked at
these high temperatures the more of
the product is formed. There is great
variability as to how much of the acry-
lamide is formed even in identical
samples of foods. It is also uncertain


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how acrylamide is formed in foods.

ACRYLAMIDE
HAS OTHER USES

As mentioned before, it is used to
make industrial materials called poly-
acrylamides. Taken apart the word
polyacrylamide means many acry-
lamides.
This chemical is used to treat drink-
ing water and waste water. It removes
the chemicals and impurities in the
water and makes it safe enough to
drink. Acrylamides are also used to
make glues, paper and cosmetics.
The foundation of dams and tun-
nels are constructed using acrylamides.
Also, we may be exposed to significant


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amounts of these chemicals through
cigarette smoking.
Acrylamide is known to be toxic to
human beings mainly through its
effects on the nervous system. The
safety of workers exposed to this
chemical through their jobs has always
been a case for concern. Smokers are
also looked at and many countries
seek to determine how much expo-
sure they have to acrylamides through
smoking. These chemicals have also
been shown to cause cancers in ani-
mals.

WHAT SHOULD I DO?

The investigations into acrylamides
in foods are in the early stages. So far


it is not known that the levels of acry-
lamides in foods pose an actual human
health risk.
A recent study has shown that there
is no link between acrylamide expo-
sure in foods and cancer at different
parts of the body (bowel, bladder and
kidney). This is good news, but it is
only one study and more information
needs to be gathered before we can
know for sure.
Around the world, scientists have
stated that there isn't enough infor-
mation to recommend avoiding any
particular foods. However, the World
Health Organisation (WHO) states
that food should not be cooked for
too long or at too high a temperature.
We must still remember to cook our


food thoroughly to kill food poisoning
bacteria, especially in meat and meat
products, but avoid overcooking or
burning foods while frying, deep fry-
ing, broiling or grilling foods.
The table (on the left) shows the
appropriate temperature meats must
be cooked at in order to kill problem-
causing bacteria.
A cooking thermometer is useful in
determining if foods have reached the
appropriate temperature. Also, we
should continue to limit the amount of
fried fatty foods that we eat as is cur-
rently recommended.
One study showed that the amount
of acrylamide in french fries could be
reduced by first soaking the cut fries in
cold water for about 15 minutes so as
to extract some of the reactive sugars
and proteins from the surface.
Care should also be taken to ensure
that the oil used for frying is suffi-
ciently hot; it should be left to heat for
about 2.5 minutes. Also one should
try not to cook too many fries at one
time; about 100g of potatoes should be
added to one litre of oil.
This, of course, does not mean that.
the issue of acrylamides is closed. Far
from it. In the coming years there is
sure to be more information coming
out of the scientific community about
this chemical and how, when and why
we should protect ourselves.
They still need to determine the lev-
els of this chemical in many foods,
and also find out if when we add up
the tiny exposures from all the differ-
ent sources we are placing ourselves at
risk.


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IF you're the primary
caregiver for a spouse, par-
ent, or other relative, you
face a tough challenge.
There are however, some
things you can do to make
the workload easier:
Set up the sickroom on
the first floor, so you don't
have to continually go up
and down stairs.
Purchase or rent equip-
ment that will make care giv-
ing easier. Examples include
an electric hospital bed, an
over-bed table, and a walker
or wheelchair.
Keep clean bed linens,
towels, washcloths, hand
lotion, drinking cups, and
other supplies in or near the
sickroom.
Develop a daily sched-
ule and stick to it. To reduce
the stress of your ongoing
responsibility: Delegate
some tasks to family and


friends. Investigate commu-
nity services that provide
transportation, deliver meals,
and provide other kinds of
help'. ,
Enlist the services of
home health care personnel.
Plan to get out of the house
to shop or socialise at least
one day a week.
Find out if the cost of
hiring help to care from
someone at home is covered
by your medical insurance
provider. If you feel over-
whelmed, enlist support
from friends, your church, or
family members.

For more information on
Senior Health, Dr. Agreta
Eneas Carey will host the
Distinguished Lecture Series
6 pm May 26 at Doctors
Hospital.

Source: Doctors Hospital


health
Ca endar


Seniors Month, Sroke
Awareness Month
Doctors Hospital Distin-
guished Lecture Series on
May 26 will focus on Senior
Health with Dr Agreta
Eneas-Carey.

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-1am & 6pm-7pm &
8.30pm-9.30pm; @ Sacred
Heart Catholic Church,
Shirley St, on Friday at
6pm.


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basis to 2,300 mg of sodium about one
teaspoon (tsp) of table salt per day. This
means that all foods eaten should be equal
to one tsp of salt.
To keep your diet low in sodium do not
add salt to your cooking pot and remove
the salt shaker from the table. Instead of
the salt shaker try this simple alternative
taken from a Parker-Davis high blood
pressure educational handout:

Mix a combination of herbs and spices
and place near your stove or on the dinning
table
1 tsp. garlic powder (not garlic salt) 1
tsp. onion powder (not onion salt)
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. ground basil
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. parsley flakes
1 tsp. thyme
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper

Foods To avoid That
are High in Salt

Cured ham and ham hocks, potato and
corn chips, seasoning salt, luncheon meats
and sausage, salted nuts, soy sauce, smoked
pork parts, dill pickles, jerk seasoning,
bacon and salt pork, pork and beans, hot
dogs and franks, pizza, MSG, corned
beef, canned and dehydrated foods,
processed cheese foods, salted pop-
corn, onion salt etc.

Food Labels

It is important that both as a high blood


pressure individual as well as an aware
consumer you learn to read the food labels.
This nutrition fact list will give you the
amount of sodium contained in one serving
of that particularly food or drink.
Many foods, though they may not taste
salty, do contain sodium as a preservative,
eg sodas, so get into the habit of reading
food labels.
Limit foods that contain hidden sources
of sodium in the ingredients because for
the whole day your sodium intake should
not exceed 2,300 mg. On the same note,
there are food manufactures who prepared
their products with less salt than the orig-
inal food. Here are labels to look for:
"sodium free" = less than five mg of
sodium per serving.
"very low sodium" = 35 mg of sodium
or less per serving.
"low sodium" = 140 mg of sodium or
less per serving.
Once high sodium foods are eliminated
from your diet, here are some suggestions
on how you can make your food taste bet-
ter:
Grate lemon or orange peel, sprinkle
over chicken or beef tor a new zesty
flavour.
A dash of Tabasco sauce is great for
adding taste to meats, soups and vegeta-
bles.
A light jelly glaze or marmalade baste
over pork and other meats adds a sweet
sizzle.
Onion, garlic and peppers are strong
enough in flavour to add taste without
adding salt.
In addition to limiting salt intake, also
limit the amount of fat in your diet, espe-


cially animal sources of fat. Remember
there is a link between hypertension and
high cholesterol level as well as being over-
weight.
By including more vegetables, fruits and
wholegrain products while eating fewer
sweets and sugars and exercising regularly
you will collectively lend towards a health-
ier you. Other lifestyle changes such as
quitting smoking and avoiding or at least
limiting alcohol intake to the equivalent of
one 24oz beer per day if you are a man and
half this for women will also positively
influence your control of high blood pres-
sure.
"The New Dietary Guidelines For The
Bahamas" makes many suggestions on
how to prevent and control high blood
pressure. The following are examples of
the statements which 'speak' to high blood
pressure control:

1 As often as possible, limit the amount
of high fat and 'greasy foods' you eat every
day.
2. Make starchy vegetables, peas and
beans a part of your diet.
3. As often as possible, choose foods
with less sugar and less salt.
4. Choose a variety of fruits and vegeta-
bles every day.
5. Make physical activity and exercise a
part of your lifestyle.
As a high blood pressure patient or fam-
ily member of such, by eating according to
these recommendations, maintaining a
healthy weight, exercising often and work-
ing with your health care providers, you
can go a long way in helping to control
your pressure.


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