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appears in court
* By NATARIO McKENZIE
A 31-YEAR-OLD Garden
Hills man, who pleaded guilty,
was convicted of breaking and
entering as well as stealing from
a number of churches and busi-
nesses, particularly in the south-
ern district of New Providence.
Keith Nixon, a father of two,
appeared in Court 1, Bank
r 4aAebefore-niagistrate. Linda
Virgill to plead to over 50
charges against him. The
charges included possession of
dangerous drugs, shopbreaking,
attempted housebreaking, as
well as armed robbery. Accord-
ing to court dockets these
offences took place between
December 30, 2004, and May
19 this year.
Nixon pleaded guilty to steal-
ing money as well as appliances
from over 20 churches, particu-
larly in the southern district of
New Providence. Among the
churches Nixon admitted to
stealing from were the Golden
Gates Assembly Church, the
New Covenant Baptist Church,
South West Cathedral, Good
Samaritan Kingdom Ministries,
Trinity Baptist Church and
Bahamas Christian Fellowship
Ministries. Nixon admitted to
stealing money and items such
as microphones, DVD players
and radios, valued at more than
Nixon was also charged with
breaking and entering and steal-
ing over $10,000 in monies and
goods from several residences
as well as nursery homes and
businesses. Nixon admitted to
KEITH NIXON outside
of court yesterday.
(Photo: Felipi Major/
breaking into the Adventure
Learning Centre on Marshall
Road and stealing more than
$800 worth of tools from the
Cement Depot on Soldier Road
as well as $3,000 cash from Doz-
SEE page 10
PUTTING their political dif-
ferences aside, Biminites came
out and demonstrated Monday
for several hours blocking the
entrance to the Bimini. Bay
development, where the devel-
opers are constructing a wall
that would deny residents
access to Crown Land.
A tractor was parked across
the entrance from 8am to noonf
as more than 150 residents
gathered under a tent erected
in the middle of the road lead-
ing into the 700-acre property
being developed at North
Bimini by wealthy Cuban-
American Gerardo Capo.
Several uniformed police
officers were on site to ensure
that peace and order was main-
tained during the demonstra-
There was no sign of any
work or construction activities
taking place while protesters
expressed their disapproval of
the proposed $75-million Bimi-
ni Bay resort project.
SEE page 10
woman's son is
* By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE 17-year-old son of a Bahamian,
woman has been charged with attempted
murder after an 8-year old girl was found
buried alive under rocks and concrete blocks
in a trash bin at a landfill.
The boy is a resident of Florida, but his
mother lives in the Bahamas. His identity
cannot be released as he is a minor.
According to media reports, the 17-year-
old was living with the godmother of the lit-
SEE page 10
m By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
HUNDREDS of Abaconians and Florid-
ians came together on the weekend to cele-
brate their shared heritage and culture.
Paying tribute to the long-standing cul-
tural connection between the Florida city
of Key West and the community of Green
Turtle Cay, Abaco, locals and visitors alike
gathered on the small Cay to celebrate the
second annual Island Roots Festival.
The festival, with emphasis on food, fun
and the revitalisation of the sister city rela-
tionship between Green Turtle Cay and Key
West, was officially opened on Friday
evening by Minister of Sports, Youth and
Culture Neville Wisdom.
"The people of Green Turtle Cay are
proud of their heritage, they celebrate who
SEE page 10
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Culture of persecution
did not end after
WHETHER he planned to do so
or got carried away by enthusi-
astic supporters, it was wrong for Brent
Symonette to weave into his rally speech
two weeks ago those particular references
to the illness and hospitalisation of Prime
Minister Perry Christie.
There are unwritten rules in the political
game which dictate that one must not make
light of nor ridicule an opponent's illness,
physical defects and features. Those rules
do not preclude occasional good-natured
mocking among parliamentary colleagues
and certainly do not deter sober discus-
sion of a political leader's illness and its
constitutional and political implications.
But great care must be taken that the
boundary of the acceptable is not crossed
over into the territory of the unacceptable.
Mr Symonette took a step over that line
because what he said and the way he said it
was insensitive. He was wise to apologise.
An apology should also be forthcoming
from PLP chairman Raynard Rigby for
suggesting that Mr Symonette's remarks
amounted to a wish that Mr Christie should
die. That was a gross and wicked exagger-
ation on Mr Rigby's part but it is the kind
of thing the Bahamian public has come to
expect from him.
I commented in this column last week
on the tendency of some political
advocates to indulge occasionally in exces-
sive language. In Mr Rigby's case it seems
to be a stubborn addiction. His published
criticisms of the opposition are almost
always excessively embellished with adjec-
tives such as "heinous", "barbaric" and
His response to Mr Symonette's com-
ments was as low as one could get. Only in
the ranks of the criminal class are you like-
ly to find those who would wish the death
of any human being. Few will believe that
among the political class in The Bahamas
there are those who would entertain such ill
will towards others in the arena.
Among mature politicians there is recog-
nition of a subtle but real bond of empathy
as might have existed between gladiator
friends who had to do battle in the arenas
of ancient Rome.
This is not always discernible to the casu-
al spectator who is likely to perceive only
hypocrisy when, for instance, a politician
pays tribute to a fallen adversary.
I believe that up and down the length
and breadth of this country it would be
impossible to find anyone who would wish
anything but good health and long life to
Perry Christie. I believe Mr Rigby knows
Mr Christie has been roundly criticised
for being what many regard as an ineffec-
tual leader. But he is nevertheless well-
liked by Bahamians of all political stripes,
especially those who have had the privi-
lege to know him personally.
n The Nassau: Guardian last week
Wednesday the PLP followed up Mr
Rigby's comments with an article that reads
much like it might also have been written
by the chairman. It started off by referring
to "an uncharacteristic degree of insensi-
tivity and heartlessness that many thought
had disappeared from the local"political
genre with the defeat of the United
Bahamian Party on January 10, 1967."
It is true that prior to 1967 there was
much political heartlessness. As Sir Cecil
Wallace Whitfield noted: "Each of us old
timers was victimised, cussed, shunned and
avoided and in some quarters hated, made
fun of and reviled, because we dared to
say what we believed."
It is not true, however, that that foul cul-
ture came to an end in 1967. When the
Dissident Eight parted company with the
PLP leadership three years after 1967 they
were subjected to vile abuse and publicly
branded as traitors to their country.
Some were physically assaulted in broad
"Mr Christie has
criticised for being
what many regard as
an ineffectual leader.
But he is nevertheless
Bahamians of all
who have had the
privilege to know
daylight and in the dark of night and were
for years persecuted along with their fam-
ilies. Others who later stood up to the dic-
tatorship of the old PLP were similarly
In his dramatic speech at the PLP con-
vention in 1970 Sir Cecil, minutes before he
resigned as the PLP Minister of Education
and Culture, referred to the poisonous
atmosphere which had developed in the
party as he lamented the culture of
"ridicule, reprisals and false accusations".
Sir Cecil did not know it then but the
worst was yet to come. More grievous false
accusations were to be made against him by
former comrades in the struggle for major-
ity rule. This caused him and his family
great distress for many years.
After Carlton Francis, former PLP Min-
ister of Finance, also joined the ranks of the
dissidents he, too, was heartlessly and pub-
licly ridiculed for taking part in a demon-
By that time serious illness had taken its
toll on his physical appearance.
Sir Kendal Isaacs was also mercilessly
ridiculed when he developed a throat ail-
ment which friends and family feared might
have turned into something more serious.
Not only did the culture of persecution
continue, it was extended to others who
managed, wittingly or unwittingly, to offend
the PLP dictatorship. One such was
Leonard "Boston Blackie" Miller, the great
Bahamian athlete who was publicly derid-
ed when he dared to participate in a public
protest with the Teachers Union of which
he was a member.
Mr Miller was not only a great athlete
like acting Prime Minister Cynthia Pratt; he
was also, like Mrs Pratt, "a mere physical.
education teacher" and not considered high
and mighty enough to challenge the great
ones of his day. Shades!
After the 1992 election the FNM Gov-
ernment, under the leadership of Hubert
Ingraham, introduced a new political cul-
ture to The Bahamas.
t was a culture in which heartless
political victimisation and intimida-
tion were replaced by unprecedented free
speech and in which those who criticised
the powerful no longer feared physical
abuse, ridicule and persecution sanctioned
by the nation's political leadership.
Unfortunately, after the election of 2002,
some in the new PLP quickly reverted to
the nasty habits of the old and made their
government a launching pad for serial
abusers, arrogant violators and unabashed
Mr Rigby should save his revisions of
history until the memory of Cecil Wallace
Whitfield, Carlton Francis and the others
has quite faded away, or at least until all of
their contemporaries who are still alive
have passed on and are unable to hear or
respond to them.
The illness of Prime Minister Perry
Christie has imposed a crisis of leadership
on the country and particularly on the rul-
ing party. Mr Christie is no doubt giving
serious thought to this while he is recuper-
ating. The other leaders of the PLP would
be irresponsible if they did not do like-
Mr Christie, with the advice of his doc-
tors and his family, will decide when he
has recovered enough to return to full-time
It is possible that they will advise him in
the interest of his health not to continue in
That would be quite alarming since there
are some out-of-control characters in the
government who not only frighten the day-
lights out of the general public but the rank
and file of the PLP as well.
The question is whether they would have
the balance of power in the selection of a
new leader, should that become necessary,
and whether that leader would have any
greater success than Mr Christie in curbing
The best outcome would be Mr Christie's
quick and full recovery and return to duty.
Then, of course, he would have to decide if
he wants to lead his party into a rigorous
general election campaign.
Postscript: If Mr Christie should step
aside, the PLP politicians who have had
three years of poking fun and laughing at
the leadership predicament of the FNM
might find themselves laughing on the oth-
er side of their faces.
Grond- S kind
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pleased to donate $2,000 to
Last week Ranfurly proudly
broke ground on its new
transitional home. Yet, the
truth of the matter is that
breaking ground is a trade-
mark of this 50 year old
Ranfurly has been a safe
haven for thousands of
Bahamian youth since 1956,
providing much more than a
roof over their heads. An
extended family of
volunteers and generous
supporters provide a real
home complete with love,
support and great opportunity.
Yet, for a long while Ranfurly
has been aware that the
teenagers in its care needed
specialized support and a
structured program that
guides their entry into the
adult world. In ground-
breaking fashion, Ranfurly set
out on an ambitious program
to create a transitional home
where those coming of age
can learn the ropes of adult
independence and responsi-
bility in a supportive, guiding
The 15 room transitional home
will make this happen,
ensuring that the nuturing
Ranfurly provides to those in
its care continues seamlessly
into young adult years.
Each boarder will have his/
her own room and bath and
share a living room and
kitchen with the others. Many
have jobs and are beginning
to earn money, others are
finishing up studies at COB.
Through it all a house mother
will encourage and cultivate
independence with care.
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New system is tackling E
* By A FELICITY INGRAHAM
Tribune Staff Reporter
SIXTY-FIVE inmates have been incorporat-
ed into Fox Hill Prison's new classification
scheme as authorities attempt to alleviate over-
After launching the classification scheme just
over a week ago, prison officials are confident
that the scheme will help alleviate crowding
until a new maximum security unit is built.
An additional 39 inmates are expected to be
assessed by the classification board, headed by
Mr Don Cleare, this week.
Through the scheme, only one new inmate
has entered maximum security in three weeks,
and Mr Cleare plans for others to be eventually
funneled out of the congested unit.
Officials want to group the inmates by specif-
ic crime, so as not to "poison" offenders con-
victed of lesser crimes.
Mr Cleare, along with Prison Superintendent
Dr Elliston Rahming, Deputy Superintendent
Charles Rolle, and Sophie Alcine, co-ordinator
of the inmate pre-release programme, were
guests on Island FM's show Parliament Street.
Dr Rahming said when inmates now comes to
the prison, they are subjected to an intense men-
tal and physical health evaluation, an educa-
tional background assessment, and other tests.
From the beginning of their stay, they will
also undergo a mandatory sentence plan.
According to Mrs Alcine, the plan will cover
areas such as anger management, substance
abuse, and parenting skills.
Between a year and six months before release,
inmates will attend sessions with social workers
and their families, to prepare them for family life
and encourage leadership skills.
The prison will assist the inmates after release,
in everything from finding jobs for inmates to
securing somewhere to stay.
The programmes will also focus on reducing
recidivism, which is presently around 70 per
Once an inmate leaves the prison, there will be
At the end of three years, prison officials plan
to evaluate how well inmates have adapted to
society, if their job worked out and if they solid-
ified family ties.
* PRISON Superintendent Dr Elliston Rahming
Hurricane symposium opened
* By DANIELLE STUBBS
Tribune Staff Reporter
DEPUTY Prime Minister
Cynthia Pratt opened a major
conference on what can be done
for countries hit by hurricanes
The CARILEC CEO sym-
posium has attracted represen-
tatives from 32 countries
The symposium began yes-
terday under the theme: "Busi-
ness continuity: An imperative
for Caribbean electric utilities,"
at the Atlantis Resort Coral
"The government," Mrs Pratt
said, "is happy to officially open
the gathering of those men and
women who are responsible for
supporting the quality of life we
enjoy, here in the Bahamas and
throughout the Caribbean."
At a time when the regional
imperative seems to be leaning
toward the sharing of conrmmon
markets and currencies, Mrs
Pratt told visitors in attendance
that CARILEC "provides an
enduring and shining example
of regional co-operation in the
most stressful times."
Over the years, Mrs Pratt
said, transmission and distribu-
tion systems in the "far-flung"
Bahamian archipelago have
been adversely impacted by
hurricanes, and CARILEC with
its diversity of peoples, has
always been there to assist with
the manpower and expertise
that provide for a speedy recov-
ery once the storm has passed.
"CARILEC serves as an
example for all other utility
companies, clearly showing how
working together benefits
nations," said Mrs Pratt.,
CARILEC, an association of
electrical utilities, was estab-
lished in 1989.
College lecturer buried
A COLLEGE of the
Bahamas lecturer who died sud-
denly earlier this month was
buried on Saturday after a well-
attended funeral service at St
Joseph's Roman Catholic
Genevie Eloise Bastian, 57,
taught in COB's business divi-
sion and was due to complete a
law degree later this year. She
had already been accepted into
bar school in England.
Mrs Bastian, a mother of
three, was the wife of business-
man Wesley Bastian, a fran-
chisee of Subway. They had
been married for 31 years.
Saturday's service was con-
ducted by Father Martin
Gomes. Burial followed at
Lakeview Memorial Gardens.
It is comprised of members
and associates in 32 countries
that have been charged with the
responsibility of sending teams
to assist Caribbean countries
adversely impacted .by hurri-
Mrs Pratt offered special
thanks to Belco and the gov-
ernment of Bermuda for the
assistance they offered in the
aftermath of Hurricane Frances
She added that CARILEC
also shows how the sharing of
resources can empower elec-
tricity companies of the region.
"Their emphasis on training
Holowesko says he will seek
approval for a controversial
Inagua fish farm project as
soon as Prime Minister Per-
ry Christie reassumes partial
Mr Holowesko said that,
just before Mr Christie suf-
fered a stroke earlier this
month, the country's leader
gave the fish farm project
favorable feedback in a tele-
George Lockwood, the
investor behind the project,
wants to build a $15 to $20
million plant on 300 acres,
serving North American and
Initially, the farm could
hire 200 people, with the aim
of becoming a billion-dollar
business within ten years,
and employing more than
continues to inspire an even
greater proficiency in the men
and women in this industry; the
networking within CARILEC
members and associates has
provided new tools for the com-
panies and their employees to
utilise to take their service to
the next level again and again,"
said Mrs Pratt.
In closing, Mrs Pratt said the
Bahamas is proud to be a part
of CARILEC, a dynamic organ-
isation that works to create a
stronger and more prosperous
region where power is the very
keystone of its economic suc-
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EIOIA*ULETES TOTH EDTO
ST MARGARET MP Pierre Dupuch
believes he has a long-term cure for the atti-
tude of many Bahamians that the world owes
them a free lunch as they sit on the sidelines of
life, hands outstretched, and "gimme" not far
from their lips. He plans to put his theory to
the test next year at Uriah McPhee Primary
School in Kemp Road.
Already, as we told you in this column yes-
terday, Uriah McPhee introduced an after
school programme on January 24 to tutor
backward students. Twenty-one teachers give
up. their afternoons free of charge to
help about 300 students from grades three to
six. The students from grade three remain
behind on Mondays and Wednesdays while
students of grades four through six remain
behind on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It is
reported that the improvements in the chil-
dren's grades have been remarkable. They
receive instructions in Mathematics and Lan-
guage Arts, inclusive of oral reading, reading
comprehension and grammar. Mr Dupuch is a
sponsor of the pilot programme.
He now wants the children, who are growing
up in an age of instant gratification, to under-
stand that life is a series of slow steps to the
top. Today's generation wants to jump to the
top rung of the ladder, expecting high salaries
and offering no experience in return. Mr
Dupuch hopes to show them how to start at
the bottom and climb up, step by slow step, so
that when they do arrive at the top, they do so
with confidence, knowing that through their
own efforts they have earned their rewards.
To do this he plans to take a leaf out of his
father's book of life and work through agricul-
ture. Sir Etienne was a great believer in teach-
ing his children through the mysteries of nature.
Agriculture was his favourite teaching tool.
Mr Dupuch says his intent is not to turn
the students into farmers, but to show them
that from a seed, through daily nurturing a
tree can be grown. And from this tree they can
turn a legitimate profit. It is not accomplished
overnight, but takes time, patience and daily
work as with everything in life that is worth-
"I want to them to plant a seed, and by fer-
tilising and daily watering watch it sprout and
grow. In six months they will have a plant that
they can sell to the public for $3 or $5. With this
they can buy their own books, instead of going
around begging for handouts. We've got to
stop this gimme nonsense," he said.
"It's basic mental discipline that they must
learn," he said. In other words, through the
daily discipline of work, duty, patience and
care one can achieve rewards the greatest
being self-esteem and independence.
"Also we wish to include photography and
desktop publishing to enhance projects that
could be used for in house fund raising," said
Mrs Sharmaine Sinclair, one of the teachers. In
other words students are learning that there is
nothing more rewarding than self-help.
The teachers participating in the programme
are Mrs J Poitier, Mrs M Dean, Mrs J Saun-
ders, Mrs L Williams-Smith, Mrs M Smith,
Ms J Cooper, Ms R King, Mrs C Braynen,
Mrs V Micklewhyte, Mrs J Hanna, Mrs N
Ramsey, Mrs C Strachan, Ms S Deal, Ms S
Robinson, Mr Jevon Williams, Mrs S Rolle,
Ms S Lewis, Ms J Roberts, Mrs E Young, Mrs
S Timothy, and Mrs S Sinclair.
We know. how after school projects can
transform young people. The Tribune and
the Bahamas lost a gem when Juanita
Wells, one of our Bahamian editors, married
a foreigner and had to leave the Bahamas
because her husband could not work here.
They made their home in Alabama.
Juanita created and produced The Tribune's
Yeah! magazine -- a magazine produced for
young people and by young people in the fea-
tures department of The Tribune. Juanita
worked with Ministry of Education teachers,
and young students would pour into The Tri-
bune after school to write their stories and
help produce their tabloid newspaper. At
times there were more students in The Tribune
than there were staff members.
Juanita was so dedicated that she would
come in on Saturdays and, with chalk and
blackboard, teach her young "staff".
When those youngsters first started their
"job" they were giggling children. Their trans-
formation was remarkable. They left sensi-
ble, confident young men and women who
could conduct an intelligent interview, use the
telephone with confidence, and type their arti-
cles into a computer. Some were even learning
how to design and lay out pages. Their class-
room teachers were amazed in the improve-
ment in their grades.
Unfortunately, when Juanita married and
left, no one was available to continue Yeah!
But while it lasted it was one of the best pro-
grammes ever organised at The Tribune for
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in black and white what we will
be giving up if we join?
15. Putting all political cor-
rectness aside, do you honestly
trust the Jamaicans, the Haitians,
the Trinidadians, etc. to run our
economy on our behalf?
16. If they decide to "har-
monize" taxes for the region,
what guarantees are there that
we will forever control Bahami-
an tax policy?
17. People need to feel a part
of the institutions to which they
elect representatives. 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 therefore
explain why the following coun-
tries, over the last 100 years or
so have broken away from larg-
er units to get their indepen-
dence: Ireland, Norway, Fin-
land, Czech Republic, Croatia,
Hungary, Slovenia, Slovakia,
Bosnia, Cyprus, Ukraine, Esto-
nia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus,
Georgia, Iceland, Pakistan,
Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka,
Australia, Malta, Panama, vir-
tually the whole of Africa,
Kuwait, Iraq, Syria, and others
too numerous to mention?
21. Do you agree that any
powerful body not elected by
us will always put Bahamian
interests above 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
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 Government if they
start doing things we don't like?
25. How would we deal with
fraud and corruption typical of
26. How would you feel if
your local MP wrote to tell you
after we join the CSME that in
future people who you do not
elect and cannot remove will
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
29. Which flag will be on top
- the CSME Flag or the
THE NASSAU INSTITUTE
May. 14 2005
EDITOR, The Tribune
The government has
promised a White Paper for dis-
cussion on the Bahamas becom-
ing a part of the Caribbean Sin-
gle Market Economy.
Here are 29 questions to help
you decide which side you are
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 "rene-
gotiate" 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 Unit-
ed States of the Caribbean and
an end of the Bahamas as an
3. How can we be sure that
sometime in the future we will
not be 'forced' to adopt a com-
mon Caribbean currency?
4. If a common currency is
adopted will it be a floating cur-
rency, or pegged to the US dol-
lar as the Bahamian dollar is
5. Will a Central Bank of the
Caribbean make economic deci-
sions and monetary policy for
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 exam-
ple of a single currency any-
where in the world without 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-Amer-
ican how does that affect our
number one product Ameri-
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 professional advan-
tage to some individuals. who
may hot even support the
12. Is it worth risking a com-
promise of our democratic sys-
tem for one that is untried and
13. What are the advantages
in being part of a "supranation-
al" state that we do not already
enjoy as a separate country?
14. There's no such thing as a
EDITOR, The Tribune
I AM writing in reference
to a letter from Dr Keith Rus-
sell in the May 17 issue of the
Freeport News. I am appalled
by the position taken by Dr
Keith Russell, who I under-
stand is a reverend.
As a religious Catholic, I
am surprised that a man of
- God would preach racial divi-
sion and encourage Bahami-
ans to judge a man such as
Brent Symonette based on the
colour of his skin and not by
his actions, track record and
As religious leaders we
have the responsibility to
preach the teachings of the
Bible. Prejudice and discrim-
ination are far from the Chris-
tian way. The fortunate thing
is that prejudice and discrim-
ination is something that we
are not born with. They are
My dear Reverend, your
words are influencing your
flock. Do you want to be
responsible for the next gen-
eration of prejudiced
In the Catholic faith, we are
taught not to judge others.
We are taught to forgive, but
not to forget. Yes we must
acknowledge the injustice
committed against black
Bahamians in the past, but
does it make it right to com-
mit the same injustice to a
white person who was not
party to the injustice commit-
ted in the past? Do we want
to become the same oppressor
that we hated in the past?
For the Bahamas to
progress, it must be able to
utilise all its resources its
people, regardless of their
Prejudice is counter-pro-
ductive. If you were dying and
a white doctor was present
ready to save you, would you
hesitate to get treatment
because he was white?
As rational human beings
we must go beyond our fears,
rationalise and judge each
individual as an individual.
We are all children of God.
If we are to follow his exam-
ple, we should learn to turn
the other cheek and love our
neighbours regardless of their
race and treat them as we
would like to be treated.
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TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2005, PAGE 5
Reports of gunshot spark
Clifton Cay security concern
* By KILAH ROLLE
Tribune Staff Reporter
A SUSPECTED gunshot
fired in the middle of a large
crowd at Jaws Beach has raised
public concerns about security
measures in the Clifton Cay
House opposition leader
Alvin Smith was one of around
100 people in the area on Sun-
He said he arrived with two
friends around 7pm, just in time
to hear what sounded like a
Mr Smith said he and his
friends were preparing to go
fishing when they pulled up to
the dirt road which leads to
Jaws Dock, but when they
arrived, the short narrow road
was filled with cars.
While they attempted to find
a way to get their truck
and boat to the water, Mr
Smith said he was told by
people in the area that there
had been an argument earlier
and a man had fired his gun
He said he did not know if
the argument and the suspected
gunshot were connected.
Commander Charlton, of
Lyford Cay Security, said he
was aware of the incident, but
said that no injuries had been
Mr Charlton said that his
security team is responsible for
securing the Lyford Cay area
only, but added that he works
very closely with the police in
the western area.
He said the Cable Beach
police station ensures that offi-
cers patrol the area of Jaws
"There are parties there
every other weekend," said Mr
Charlton, "and we occasionally
hear some gunshots."
Mr Charlton said that
-officers from the Criminal
Detective Unit (CDU) had
responded to the gunshot
report on Sunday night and
found no evidence of criminal
However Mr Smith said he
remains worried about the
availability of guns and the
threat these weapons pose at
He said that many of the
people gathered at the beach
that night were children.
"If there was an argument,
and someone was carrying a
gun and shot if off... can you
imagine how many people
could have been hurt?" he
Mr Smith said he saw a small
Lyford Cay patrol car show up
at Jaws Dock about 40 minutes
after the incident, and that an
hour later, a larger police vehi-
Stamps celebrate Florida relationship
* By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
A SPECIAL series of stamps has
been issued in commemoration of the
historical ties between the Bahamas and
The four 65 cent stamps depict Key
West landmarks and early Bahamian
settlers, as illustrated by renowned local
artist Alton Lowe.
Under the theme of "kinship redis-
covered", Mr Lowe, a seventh-genera-
tion Bahamian and native of Green Tur-
tle Cay, Abaco, together with Minister
of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe and Post-
master General Godfrey Clarke, pre-
sented the stamps at the second annual
Island Roots Festival, held in Green
Turtle Cay at the weekend.
Recognising the shared heritage of
Key West and Green Turtle Cay, Mr
Lowe and Key West historians devel-
oped the Island Roots Festival to cele-
brate the ties between the two island
First held in the 1970s, the festival
was discontinued after three years,
but was revived in 2004.
Two of the new stamps bear Mr
Lowe's portraits of Bahamians who set-
tled in Key West in the mid-1800s.
The first shows William Curry, Flori-
da's first self-made millionaire, who was
born on Green Turtle Cay and moved to
Key West in 1847.
The owner of William Curry and Sons
ship's chandlery, he was made mayor
of Key West, built the first marine rail-
way in Key West capable of hauling
large craft and co-founded the newspa-
per The Democrat.
Mr Curry died in 1896 as Florida's
The Curry Mansion, built on the
homestead site of William Curry in 1899,
still stands today and serves as a museum.
The second stamp depicts Captain
John Bartlum, master ship builder who
disassembled his Green Turtle Cay
home and rebuilt it in Key West after an
The Captain John Bartlum House is
also shown on the third stamp in the
The subject of the fourth stamp is
shipbuilder Richard 'Tuggy' Roberts'
home, which was also originally built in
Green Turtle Cay and relocated to Key
West in 1847.
Airman's mission for Bahamas youth
* By A FELICITY INGRAHAM
Tribune Staff Reporter
IT was not so much the con-
stant sounds of hovering aircraft
or gunfire which kept Omar
Butler awake at night in Iraq,
but the thought that the morals
of Bahamian youth are contin-
uing to deteriorate.
The rise in criminal, activity
and lack of inspiration for
young people has inspired this
US Air Force engineer to one
day return home and "make
Mr Butler, a 27-year-old
Senior Airman who has served
in the US military for three
years, is home for a brief stay to
support his family, who buried
their patriarch Rev Dr Eugene
Butler this weekend.
He is a civil engineer who has
constructed, maintained, and
dismantled US Air Force bases
He left St Anne's High
School at 16 and went to Mass-
achusetts to be with his father.
He joined the army there and
eventually was sent to serve in
"Operation Iraqi Freedom".
"As I came home year after
year, I would get frustrated,"
he told The Tribune. "I looked
around at the youth of the
country and even the elders of
the country and I just felt like if
the elders are supposed to lead,
we're missing something.,
"It seemed violence had tak-
en off to another-level and it's
getting very hard for people to
survive," Mr Butler said.
He explained that a "threat"
exists in Iraq at all times. There
were times when his battalion
had to abandon base after
explosives were found there,
and planes and fellow soldiers
were lost during the war.
"For those who think their
life is a struggle, remember it
could always be worse," he said.
Ultimately, Mr Butler wants
to return home and serve the
country, possibly as a teacher, a
minister, or in law enforcement.
However, Mr Butler said
joining the army has been a
great way for him to "gain expe-
rience in diplomacy".
He offered this advice to
young people: "Don't get dis-
couraged because of the envi-
ronment around you. Don't
get discouraged to the point
that it leads you down the
path of no return.
"Believe in yourself enough
and you can do anything that
you put your mind to.
"Understand that nothing
that you truly want will usual-
:ly come easy to you. ,.
"But as long as you are will-
ing to make the sacrifices for
your goals, you will be able to
make those dreams come true.
By KRYSTEL ROLLE
NEWLY appointed road traf-
fic controller Jack Thompson
has a lot in store for tlOe
After the devastating acci-
dent which took the lives bf
three Bahamians on Friday, thie
Bahamas was forced to realize
that a great deal of work that
needs to be done to improve
traffic safety, Mr Thompsqn
He explained that in Nassai,
there are so many cars on the
road that accidents are
inevitable, while in the family
islands, it is the lack of traffic
which causes accidents, as salp-
ty is taken for granted.
During his tenure, Mr
Thompson said he plans to
address all traffic issues incluld-
ing road safety, the proposed
unified bus system and general
The new controller said he
also plans on improving cus-
tomer service at the Road Traf-
Mr Thompson said he plans
to make the department a
"model government agency"
where excellent service is pro-
To this end, he plans on host-
ing seminars and workshops,
and creating brochures.
Another of his goals, he said,
is to inform and educate the
Bahamian people about road
Mr Thompson said that fam-
ily island roads need improve-
ment, particularly in Grand
Bahama, Abaco and Exuma.
"These islands continue to
grow each day. We want to be
proactive, we warh to stay
ahead of the game," he said. i
Mr Thompson said he plahs
to visit each island.
"Everyone wants the govern-
ment to find the answers a#d
figure out the problems, but nrot
only the government drives on
the roads. Together we will
make a difference," said Mr
"If your sister, or cousin or
co-worker is involved in an ac i-
dent, it leaves emotional scaro. I
want to sensitise the communi-
ty. We all have a part to play,"
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WITH the hurricane sea-
son officially opening in a
week, the Bahamas Red
Cross Society is urging all
Red Cross National Inter-
vention Teams (NITS), lead-
ers and volunteers, in the
Family Islands, to ensure that
necessary hurricane planning
and preparation have begun
in earnest and are well into
As forecasters predict this
year's hurricane season to be
even more active than last
year's destructive one, the
Red Cross is also advising the
general public "to take care-
ful note of the apparent early
onset of the 2005 hurricane
season and to ensure that
necessary planning and
preparation are well in
For further assistance peo-
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Red Cross headquarters on
John F Kennedy Drive.
an and wife
face drug charges
* By NATARIO McKENZIE
A 34-YEAR-OLD man and his 29
year-old wife appeared in Magistrates
Court to face drug charges yesterday.
Donovan and Christine Garvey of
Coral Reef Lane were charged with pos-
session of dangerous drugs with the intent
According to court dockets, the cou-
ple were allegedly found in possession of
24 pounds of. cocaine in a white cooler in
Freeport on May 20.
The drugs were estimated to have .a
street value of $250,000.
Donovan Garvey pleaded not guilty to
the charge and was remanded to Fox Hill
Prison until May 30 when a bail hearing
will take place.
Christine Garvey also pleaded not
guilty but was granted bail in the amount
of $100,000 with two sureties.
A 23 -year-old man of Den Gardens
appeared in Magistrate's Court yester-
'day to face charges of stealing by reason
According to court dockets, between
April 5 and May 17 of this year, Lamar
Bullard stole $11,300 in cash.
Bullard pleaded not guilty and Was
granted bail in the amount of $10,000.
A preliminary inquiry was set for Sep-
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"Our officers have trained with them
and we have conducted cross-border col-
laboration in the fight against crime.
"The Gazette is one of the top police
magazines in the world. To be able to get
in there speaks well for the Royal Bahamas
Police Force and the government's urban
Printed in English and French, the mag-
azine shares new policing trends and is
distributed worldwide. The articles are
also featured on the RCMP's website.
The Canadians learned about the urban
renewal project when Commissioner Paul
Farquharson and his team attended the
International Association of Chiefs of
Police Conference in Los Angeles in
The brainchild of Prime Minister Perry
Christie, the Urban Renewal Community
Policing Project is one of the most ambi-
tious crime reduction programmes in the
RBPF's recent history. It was launched in
June, 2002, in Farm Road, Mr Christie's
The Programme has since expanded with
success to other New Providence and six
Grand Bahama communities.
"This community-based partnership and
problem-solving approach developed
between the government, police and com-
,munity," said ASP Dean, "has reduced
historical inequalities and improved the
quality of life in a number of disadvan-
taged urban communities.
"More importantly, this initiative has
developed into one of the hallmarks of the
national offensive against crime and vio-
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Entitled 'Royal Bahamas Police target
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look at the programme, which won the
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For ASP Stephen Dean, co-ordinator of
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Safety and environmental concerns
dismissed in LNG debate'
E By TIFFANY GRANT
Tribune Staff Reporter
SAFETY and environmen-
tal concerns are being dis-
missed in the ongoing debate
on LNG, according to ReEarth
director Sam Duncombe.
This, she said, is why envi-
ronmentalists plan to stage a
demonstration against LNG in
Rawson Square tomorrow.
In an interview with The Tri-
bune yesterday, Mrs Dun-
combe pointed out that accord-
ing to articles on the internet,
several explosions have
occurred at LNG plants in the
past. "We need answers to
that," she said.
The body of water between
the Bahamas and Florida has
the highest concentration of
endemic species in this part of
the world, said Mrs Duncombe.
She said this has to be taken
into consideration with regard
to the proposed laying of an
LNG pipeline on the ocean
floor between Ocean Cay near
Bimini and the potential natur-
al gas market in South Florida.
"We are very concerned
about what the outcome of the
project is going to have on the
environment. If there is an
explosion, how is that going to
"The burning question still
remains, if it is such a great and
safe project why not
do it in the
United States?" she asked.
Mrs Duncombe pointed to
Florida Bay, "where there are
lots of little islands, and where
they can put their LNG plant.
"It is closer to their con-
sumer and it certainly will be
cheaper," she said.
Ms Duncombe claimed that
across the United States, corn-
munities are rejecting LNG
"The Ministry of Trade and
Industry has not had their
meetings and we want to know
what is going on," she said
"We know that the House of
Assembly is going back in ses-
sion on May 25.
"So, we are going to the
street to show them that
we are not happy
- with where
the LNG project is at."
She added: "We need
answers on the questions we
continue to ask."
Members of the public will
be given the opportunity to
sign a petition challenging the
proposed LNG facility at the
Mrs Duncombe said that so
:far, more than 2,000 persons
have signed the petition.
The demonstration will be
held between noon and 4pm.
Demonstration plan 'gibberish'
* By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
ANNOUNCEMENTS by environmen-
talists of a demonstration against LNG have
been described as "gibberish" by Minister of
Trade and Industry Leslie Miller.
He asked persons who oppose the pro-
posal to simply refute the facts listed in full
page LNG advertisements in the newspa-
ReEarth director Sam Duncombe
announced the group's intention to host an
LNG protest in Rawson Square tomorrow.
Mrs Duncombe said that the demonstra-
tion would be a direct response to the con-
tinual postponement of a LNG town meet-
ing by Mr Miller.
"With the greatest respect to Mrs Dun-
combe, she cannot love this country more
than me. They are against these projects
because that is what they do.
"I notice her press comments and all their
gibberish,, but they have still not yet refut-
ed an iota of the full page advertisements in
the newspapers in regard of LNG.
"I've heard what they have to say. I don't
know what kind of background she has in
the environment or education, but they
belittled the BEST Commission and Dr
Cooper," he said.
Dr Ronald Cooper is attached to the,
Bahamas Environment Science and Tech-
nology (BEST) Commission, which has giv-
en a favourable opinion of the plan to build
a LNG plant on Ocean Cay near Bimini.
"That commission is very qualified to
speak on matters of this nature," Mr Miller
The minister went on to compliment the
T-shirt Mrs Duncombe was wearing in
recent media appearances, which read "Say
No to LNG".
"I wouldn't mind one of those. Maybe I
could get one on my way to parliament on
Wednesday," Mr Miller said.
He said .that he would like to remind
"these opponents to LNG" that the town
meeting, which is still being rescheduled,
will be conducted with decorum, and will be
a forum for truth and not emotions.
"This town meeting will be conducted by
the BEST Commission in collaboration
with my ministry, on which a fairly signifi-
cant amount of money was spent.
"In my opinion it is therefore imperative
that the money is well spent and the town
meeting conducted with decorum, allow-
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er into Bahamian heritage'
* By DANIELLE STUBBS
Tribune Staff Reporter
THIS year's annual Junkanoo-in-
June festival "is expected to plunge
deeper into the Bahamian heritage,"
according to organisers.
Bahamians and visitors can look for-
ward to an injection of cultural flavour
that will include performances and
interactive activities never before,
exhibited at the festival.
The cultural phenomenon is set to
begin at its usual location on Arawak
Cay each Saturday for five weeks
between June 4 and July 2.
Although the centerpiece of the fes-
tivities remains the all-star Junkanoo
rushes, Bahamian drama, story telling,
and quadrille dancing are expected to
create an atmosphere of patriotic joy
and invoke memories of the rich her-
itage that organisers say is sometimes
forgotten in the Bahamas.
Audiences will also get a taste of
some of the heritage treats that caused
a sensation when the Bahamas Her-
itage Festival was held at Arawak Cay,
recreating a showing at the Smithson-
ian Institute's Festival of American
Fred Ferguson, entertainment con-
sultant in the Ministry of Tourism said
that festival attendees "can look for-
ward to a more varied schedule of
entertainment and demonstrations."
He added that stage and entertain-
ment co-ordinators and participants
"... You can expect
the popular music
to fashion shows, fire
dancing, limbo and
the list goes on."
"have outdone themselves this year,"
in terms of the quality and variety of
performances to be presented.
"We have run the complete spec-
trum of Bahamian entertainment. You
can expect everything from the popu-
lar music performances to drama pre-
sentations to fashion shows, fire danc-
ing, limbo and the list goes on," said
The talent for these presentations
is expected to come from throughout
The festival will feature rake 'n'
scrape bands from Exuma and
Eleuthera and quadrille dancers from
Christine Ferguson told The Tribune
that the organisers are so adamant
about this year's event being saturated
with the Bahamian heritage, that even
the "children's comer" will adopt more
traditional activities like hop scotch,
miniature scooters, jacks, marbles, and
hopefully even doll-making for girls.
For those less interested in the activ-
ities and more focused on the native
cuisine, the food and bush tea denmon-
strations will be a highly anticipated
feature, to be held at 4.40pm each
Ms Ferguson said provisions hhve
been made to ensure that the festival
remains a family event.
Security, as always, will be a priori-
ty, and several events have been sched-
uled to include children.
Mitchell: COFCOR to meet in Freeport
* By KARAN MINNIS
THE Council for Foreign and
Community Relations of the
Caribbean Community (COF-
COR) will meet in Freeport,
Grand Bahama from May 29 to
June 4, Foreign Affairs Minister
Fred Mitchell announced yes-
During this time there will
also be a meeting of the Com-
munity Council, which is the
second highest body of the
Caribbean Community or
Officials. of CARICOM and
the nations in the region are
scheduled to begin arriving in
Freeport on Saturday, May 28.
Delegates from 14 nations,
each headed by their foreign
ministers will be in Freeport for
the duration of the conference,
which will be held at the West-
in Our Lucaya resort.
Following the meeting, the
ministers will depart for Ft
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will attend the annual general
assembly of the Organisation
of American States (OAS),
which will bring together the 34
foreign ministers in the hemi-
Among the topics to be dis-
cussed at this meeting are Unit-
ed Nations reform, the further
strengthening of relations with
the US and Canada, interna-
tional security issues, the Sum-
mit of the Association of
Caribbean States (ACS) in
Panama in July, the Summit of
the Americas in Argentina in
November, the increasing
importance of the Bahamas'
relations with South American
states; particularly Brazil, the
situation in Haiti, relations with
Japan and relations with the
When the Community Coun-
cil meets, they will set the agen-
da for the Heads of Govern-
ment meeting to be held in St
Lucia in July.
According to Mr Mitchell,
the decision to hold the meeting
in Freeport as opposed to Nas-
sau was made following the two
hurricanes that devastated the
island last year.
"As you know, the cliief
minister of the Turks and
Caicos Islands Michael Missick
and the prime minister of
Trinidad and Tobago came to
Grand Bahama and both coun-
tries made substantial donations
to the hurricane relief effort.
"Both territories are a part
of CARICOM. Therefore, the
government felt that it is impor-
tant for the region to see the
quick pace of recovery in the
island, and that we ought to
showcase Grand Bahama to
engage the citizens outside the
capital in the work of foreign
affairs," said Mr Mitchell.
During this conference,
Bahamians will also have -the
opportunity to meet with 'the
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Motorists' anger at bovine invasion
f1 By KARAN MINNIS their animals. one speeding around that cor- According to Mr Dorsett, found the animals can be auc-
A, Motorists frequently com- ner isn't paying attention, they there is nothing the ministry can tioned off," he said.
FARMERS have been plain about the cows, who they could crash right into one of do about the problem. "The only way the ministry
blamed for the loose cows that encounter grazing aimlessly on them big beasts," he said. can assist the police is to detain
have become a constant the road without supervision. "This can be very dangerous Capture the animals at the Gladstone
headache to Cowpen Road One motorist said: "I have to some of the people who walk Road Agriculture Research
'motorists. been honking my truck horn at in the area," pointed out anoth- Centre until the matter is set-
' According to Ministry of them for a while and they won't er motorist. "The cows have "It's more of a police matter, tied, but that's only if the ani-
Agriculture deputy director move. calves who are nursing and they If the police catch the animals, mals are caught and brought
Cecil Dorsett, farmers are "The thing is they [are] on a might get scared or feel threat- they can fine the owners. How- in," he added.
"not taking proper care of dangerous corner and if some- ened and attack someone." ever, if the owners are not Crystal Bain, a resident of
Cowpen Road, said: "No one
seems to be taking responsibil-
ity for these animals, and the
government seems to be waiting
until someone gets killed to do
anything about them.
"These animals may be very
dangerous or even have dis-
eases. Someone needs to take
responsibility for them before
its too late," she said.
call on Governor General
, HIS Excellency Roderick Gemmell, British High Commissioner to the Bahamas, and his wife,
'Mrs Janet Gemmell (right), paid a farewell call on Dame Ivy Dumont, Governor General, at
SGovernment House on May 12
LISTED PROPERTIES RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL NASSAU & THE
LOT NO. 0 Block 7
PROPERTY SIZE: 3 Bed, 2 Bath
(10,875 sq. ft.)
LOCATION: East Side of Jean St. off
Prince Charles Dr.
APPRAISED VALUE: $189,000
TOWER ESTATES SUBDIVISION
LOT NO. 47
PROPERTY SIZE: 10,908 sq. ft.
LOCATION: Tower Estates Dr.
APPRAISED VALUE: $195,000
GLADSTONE ROAD ALLOTMENT
LOT NO. Crown Allotment No. 53 Lot D
PROPERTY SIZE: Residential (5,995 sq. ft.)
LOCATION: Bellot Rd. West of Faith Ave.
APPRAISED VALUE: $124,000
LOT NO. 544
PROPERTY SIZE: Single Family Residence
(9,600 sq. ft.)
SITE AREA: 2,457 sq. ft.
LOCATION: 130 ft. North of Spitfire Rd.
APPRAISED VALUE: $224,000
LOT NO. 3
PROPERTY SIZE: Single Storey Residence with
Two Storey Apartment (3,483 sq. ft.)
LOCATION: 200 ft. from Lincoln Blvd./Wulff Rd.
APPRAISED VALUE: $135,000
SEVEN HILLS ESTATES
LOT NO. 15
PROPERTY SIZE: Single Family Residence
(5,000 sq. ft.)
SITE AREA: 1,693 sq. ft.
LOCATION: Blue Hill Rd. South
APPRAISED VALUE: $146,000
SEVEN HILLS ESTATES
LOT NO. 29 & 30
PROPERTY SIZE: Single Family Residence
(10,000 sq. ft.)
LOCATION: Blue Hill Rd. South Comer of
East Hill Dr.
APPRAISED VALUE: $273,00
LOT NO. 1 & 3
PROPERTY SIZE: Commercial Complex
(13,000 sq. ft.)
LOCATION: Sears Rd. Southern Side of Shirley St.
APPRAISED VALUE: $775,000
POLHEMUS GARDENS SUBDIVISION
LOT NO. 17 Block LMNOP
PROPERTY SIZE: 3 Bed, 2 Bath (7,700 sq. ft.)
LOCATION: Nassau Street & Boyd Rd.
APPRAISED VALUE: $150,000
LOT NO. 9
PROPERTY SIZE: 2 Bed, 1 Bath Wooden Structure
(3,600 sq. ft.)
LOCATION: East Side of Andros Ave.
APPRAISED VALUE: $75,000
COWPEN ROAD HOLLYWOOD SUBDIVISION
LOT NO. Crown Grant A-66 (Incomplete Structure)
PROPERTY SIZE: (10,875 sq. ft.)
LOCATION: 350 West of Refuge Court
APPRAISED VALUE: $133,000
JOANS HEIGHTS SUBDIVISION
LOT NO. 1438
PROPERTY SIZE: Split Level Single Family -
Residence (5,000 sq. ft.)
LOCATION: Wild Guava Ave.
APPRAISED VALUE: $200,000
LOT NO. 155 Block 4
PROPERTY SIZE: Residential (5,000 sq. ft.)
LOCATION: Roberts Dr. East of East St. South
APPRAISED VALUE: $75,000
MURPHY TOWN ABACO
LOT NO. 122 Crown Allotment
PROPERTY SIZE: Apartment Complex
(9,000 sq. ft.)
LOCATION: Bay St., Murphy Town
APPRAISED VALUE: $96,940
BAHAMA REEF FREEPORT
LOT NO. 44 & 45 Section 2 Block 10
PROPERTY SIZE: Condo (714 sq. ft.)
LOCATION: Darshana Apartment #9
APPRAISED VALUE: $90,000
SANDILANDS VILLAGE ROAD
PROPERTY SIZE: Residence & Apartment
Complex (11,600 sq. ft.)
LOCATION: 5N Northside of Sandilands Village
APPRAISED VALUE: $386,000
LISTED PROPERTIES VACANT LOTS I NASSAU
BERNARD TERRACE SUBDIVISION
LOT NO. 20 Tract C
PROPERTY SIZE: (5,000 sq. ft.)
LOCATION: Eastern District
APPRAISED VALUE: $75,000
GLADSTONE ROAD ALLOTMENT
LOT NO. 24 Part of Crown Allotment A4-38
PROPERTY SIZE: (5,457 sq. ft.)
LOCATION: 228 ft. South of Fire Trail Rd.
APPRAISED VALUE: $60,000
OLDE TOWN AT SANDYPORT
LOT NO. 14
PROPERTY SIZE: (4,490 sq. ft.)
LOCATION: North of Sandyport Dr.
APPRAISED VALUE: $95,000
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Biminites stage protest
FROM page one
Local government chief
councillor Tasha Bullard-
Rolle stressed that North
Bimini is only seven miles
long. She said the wall would
confine the island's 1,600 res-
idents to 2.2 miles and deny
them access to Crown land
at East Well, located just
north of the Bimini Bay
According to reports, it is
believed that approval for
the wall was sought and
obtained in New Providence
in January by the developers
after local government offi-
cials refused to grant the
"We cannot allow them
(foreigners) to lock us out
from land that is rightfully
ours," said church pastor Rev
"We have to preserve our
birthright for our future gen-
erations. We cannot sell out
our heritage for all (the mil-
lions) of dollars," he said.
The original heads of
agreement was approved and
signed in July 1997 by the
FNM government, but was
amended and signed last
June by the PLP government.
Under the amended heads
of agreement, the project has
been significantly reduced by
50 percent and now provides
for the construction of a 410-
room hotel, 1,080 condos, 440
single-family homes, and an
18-hole golf course.
Former PLP MP for Bimini
George Weech said even
though the project has been
scaled down it is still too
large for the island. He noted
that the mangroves, which
protect the fish and island
during hurricanes, have been
destroyed to build a golf
"They are taking sand from
the sea and covering the
mangroves to build a golf
course, leaving us defense-
less this hurricane season,"
said Mr Weech.
He criticised both the FNM
and PLP governments, accus-
ing them of "deceiving and
lying" to the residents of
As a result of the signifi-
cant destruction to the envi-
ronment by the developers,
he has called for the resigna-
tion of the Ambassador for
Health and Environment and
the BEST Commission.
He also raised concerns
over the selling and leasing
of beachfront land and prop-
erty to foreigners. He was
particularly concerned about
the Crown land at East
Residents are also opposed
to the large employment of
expatriates compared to the
five Biminites employed at
the project. They claim that
200 Mexicans have been
brought in to Bimini to work.
They called on Labour
Minister Vincent Peet to
address the situation regard-
ing work permits to expatri-
Councillor Lloyd "Duda"
FROM page one
they are and so they should be celebrated,"
Mr Wisdom said in his address to the fes-
While the Royal Bahamas Police Force
Marching and Pop bands as well as popu-
lar groups such as the Gully Roosters,
and Geno D and the Spank Band enter-
tained the crowd, visitors from Key West
were given the chance to reconnect with
their Bahamian roots.
Key West native Donald Lowe, a
renowned NASA physicist who con-
tributed to the development of satellite
imaging in the course of his career, said
that through the efforts made to preserve
the ties between Key West and Abaco,
he was able to find members of his extend-
ed family in Green Turtle Cay.
"My grandfather's great-grandfather
came from Green Turtle Cay to Key West
in 1845, and we always knew that we had
roots in the Bahamas, but we did not
come to Green Turtle Cay until eight
years ago," he said.
Mr Lowe's wife Emily said that her hus-
Edgecombe claimed that the
developer has not lived up to
any of his promises to Bimini
"We are aware that Mr
Capo promised all kinds of
jobs for Biminites, but he has
turned around and imported
cheap labour from Mexico,"
Mr Edgecombe said
promises were also made for
the establishment of a suit-
able and acceptable water
supply system for residents.
He noted that the water sup-
ply is often turned off to the
community for the watering
of plants up at the project
The local government
councillor said promises to
provide training for residents
in conjunction with BTVI,
the construction of a new pri-
mary school to accommodate
250 students, and a fire truck
has not yet been fulfilled.
"He promised to deliver
these things when he would
have sold 70 condos. He has
sold more than 100 and he
has done nothing," said Mr
Mr Edgecombe said the
only thing that Mr Capo has
done is destroy a large num-
ber of mangroves, dug up the
sea floor and silted the entire
North Bimini lagoon with
band's family has always been very proud
of their Bahamian lineage.
"And now looking at members of the
Green Turtle Cay Lowe family we can
see a real family resemblance to Donald,
they look more like him than his brothers
do," she said.
During the Loyalist era many Ameri-
can colonists who remained loyal to the
British flag moved to the Bahamas, with
the majority settling in Nassau.
Others however decided to make their
homes in the in the outer islands, includ-
ing the uninhabited islands of Abaco.
Loyalists first settled in Green Turtle
Cay in 1784 and in the ensuing 150 years
many residents relocated to Key West.
Today, remnants of Bahamian heritage
can be found throughout Key West, which
is commonly referred to as the "Conch
The neighbourhood of Bahama Vil-
lage even boasts a Bahamian marketplace
as well as Bahamian-themed shops and
To commemorate the common ties
between the two communities, renowned:
Bahamian artist and Green Turtle Cay
He noted residents look
forward to economic growth
and further development, but
not to the detriment of their
future and their children's
Resident Frank Hinzy
urged residents to continue
to demonstrate and agitate
against the project.
"The people we put in gov-
ernment are not listening to
us. We have sat by too long,
we are not going to take it
any longer. We are here
today to stand up for our
rights. We don't need or
want a gated community in
Bimini," he said.
native Alton Lowe first organised the
Island Roots Festival in 1978. The event
was well-received and was held annually
for the following three years.
Speaking with The Tribune during this
year's festival, Mr Lowe said that after
1980 the decision was made to "skip a
"But even though there was no festi-
val, families still travelled to and fro," he
The Island Roots Festival was not
revived until 2004, when a committee
chaired by Mr Lowe and Karen McIn-
tosh, and assisted by the Ministry of
Tourism, began redeveloping an annual
"I thought it would be a wonderful thing
to bring people who did not know their
Bahamian relatives back to Green Turtle
Cay for them to search out their families,
and it has worked out wonderfully," Mr
Following last year's extremely suc-
cessful event, the Island Roots committee
and its supporters intend to keep the tra-
dition going and host the festival again in
FROM page one
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The child was staying at her
godmother's home while her
mother was out. Police believe
the boy sexually assaulted her in
her bed and then dumped her in
a trash can on Sunday.
Initially, he told police that
the child had been abducted by
five men and that although he
had tried to follow them, he was
beaten up and the men got
However, after speaking with
neighbours, police focused their
attention on him.
After an intense search,
police discovered the girl sev-
en hours after she had been
reported missing. She had been
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bin with rocks and concrete cov-
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there waiting. I knew you were
The boy was arrested and
charged with attempted mur-
der, sexual battery and false
He is being held in a juvenile
detention centre, and a hearing
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charged aswan adult.
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er Heavy Equipment com-
Nixon also stole from a
few beauty supply stores.
He admitted stealing
over $500 worth of goods
from both Zebria's
Beauty Supply Store and
Star Beauty Saloon on
Soldier Road. He also
stole $575 from the
Guiding Hands Nursery
School, as well as $1,585
in monies and goods
from Revere Academy
on Soldier Road. Nixon
was not required to enter.
a plea to the armed rob-
bery charge against him
in which it was alleged
that he robbed a man of
a pair of shades valued at
$100. Inquiries into that
matter was adjourned to
Nixon pleaded guilty
to possession of 1 gram
of cocaine. Magistrate
Virgill said that on that
charge he would be sent
to prison for one year.
Nixon was not repre-
sented by an attorney. In
his defence he admitted
that he was addicted to
cocaine and had not
received any treatment.
Nix~on had been impris-
oned in 2003 for house-
ruled that he be sen-
tenced to 18 months
imprisonment for the
shopbreaking and steal-
ing charges or a $1,000'
fine for each which if not
met would mean an addi-
tional year. The sen-
tences will run concur-
rently and consecutively
to each charge sheet. She
said that he would also
receive counselling for
his drug habit upon
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THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2005, PAGE 11
* LOCAL NEWS I
Don 't let pain
slow you down
THESE are more of the
images which are currently
wowing the crowds at New
York's Grand Central Station.
A revolutionary project, the
Ministry of Tourism has bought
all the advertising space in the
station's Northern Passage -
through which 500,000 to
700,000 people pass every day.
The campaign has cost the
Bahamas about $750,000 a
budget which, according to
advertising agency Fallon
Worldwide, would have reached
far fewer potential tourists if it
had been spent on convention-
al billboard advertising.
According to the agency's sta-
tistics, the campaign is produc-
ing results in April 2005, calls
to 1-800-BAHAMAS were up
61 per cent on April 2004.
Minister of Tourism Obie
Wilchcombe said the project was
part of attempts to make the
Bahamas "among the best in the
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Miami Herald Business, Stocks, Analysis, Wall Street
'Special concern' over Hilton
and South Ocean investments
Almost $20m advanced to two
Bahamas resorts in 18-month period,
as Canadian regulators slam pension
fund backer for non-compliance
'opt out' only
1 By YOLANDA
A CARICOM official
yesterday told The Tribune
that if the Bahamas chose
to 'opt out' of the Right of
Establishment in relation to
the Caribbean Single Mar-
ket & Economy (CSME), it
would only be able to do so
for a certain period of time
for specific industries, after
which these reservations
would be removed.
In an interview with The
Tribune, Steven MacAn-
drew, a specialist in the,
movement of skills/labour
under the CSME, based in
the Barbados regional unit,
said the removal of eco-
nomic restrictions refers to
two points the granting of
market access and that
nationals from member
states must be treated the
same as nationals from the
Bahamas, for the purpose
of the treaty's implementa-
Mr MacAndrew said fur-
ther that the programme for
the removal of restrictions
will have to be approved by
the conference of heads of
government before they can
SEE page two
since December 2000 are
The Commission's report, a
copy of which has been seen by
The Tribune, details that over
an 18-month period between
June 14, 2001, and December
22, 2003, CCWIPP advanced a
total of almost $20 million to
the British Colonial Hilton and
South Ocean resorts.
Over that period some
$11.638 million was sent to
South Ocean's holding compa-
ny, the South Ocean Develop-
ment Corporation, through
Propco 34, the investment vehi-
cle which acts as the 'in' com-
pany for CCWIPP to funnel
funds to that property.
Similarly, some $8.304 mil-
lion was channelled to the
British Colonial Hilton through
Propco 39, which acts as the 'in'
company for that resort. Lend-
ing to the resorts has continued-
through 2004, the report added.
And one of the biggest
advances made by CCWIPP
during that 18-month period
was a sum of $1.855 million paid
to the Bahamian law firm,
There are few details in the
Commission's report as to what
all the CCWIPP advances were
used for, although some-were
used for "working capital" at
South Ocean, and others to ser-
vice both interest and principal
payments to Scotiabank.
The Commission's examina-
tion of CCWIPP blasted the
pension fund for poor record
keeping and the absence of
financial statements in relation
to companies through which
investments in the British Colo-
nial Hilton and South Ocean
The regulator was especially
SEE page two
* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
OVER-HEAVY investments in the British
Colonial Hilton, South Ocean Golf & Beach
Resort and other Caribbean hotel properties
have left a Canadian pension fund in non-com-
pliance with its home-country regulations that
prevent funds from investing more than 10 per
cent of plan assets with one company.
The Ontario Financial Services Commission's
-March 2005 examination of the Canadian-Com='
mercial Workers Industry Pension Plan
(CCWIPP), the main financial backer for the
British Colonial Hilton and South Ocean,
reported that at year-end 2003 the pension fund
had' invested 15.68 per cent of its assets in the
two Bahamian resorts and other Canadian hotel
Some $166.988 million had been invested
through companies known as Propcos, the enti-
ties that act as the 'in' companies for CCWIPP
to flow money to its Caribbean resorts, at year-
end 2003, when total plan assets had been $1.065
All the $166.988 million had been lent to
RHK Capital, a company headed by entrepre-
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* HOW the Canadian pension fund flows
money into the British Colonial Hilton and
South Ocean resorts.
neur Ron Kelly, that had then purchased the
two Bahamian properties.
The Ontario regulator said there had
appeared to be an "Ongoing contravention" of
the 10 per cent investment limit in relation
CCWIPP's dealings with RHK Capital between
1998 and 2003.
The Commission said it was concerned that
"quantitative limits" had been "violated",
SEE page two
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REGULATORS have a
"special concern" about the
investments made in the British
Colonial Hilton and South
Ocean Golf & Beach Resort by
the properties' main financial
backer, a Canadian pension
fund that has been slammed for
breaching federal regulations in
its homeland through its
involvement with Caribbean
resorts developed by Ron Kelly.
The Financial Services Com-
mission of Ontario, in an exam-
ination of the ,Canadian Com-
mercial Workers Industry Pen-
sion Plan that was conducted in
March 2005, has demanded that
the fund's Board of Trustees
conduct "a complete indepen-
dent due diligence review" of
their investments in the British
Colonial Hilton and South
Ocean resorts to determine,
among other issues, whether all
funds advanced to the resorts
Trade expert questions
CSME benefits for
WTO trade negotiations
0 By YOLANDA DELEVEAUX
Senior Business Reporter
THE Bahamian chair of a Free Trade Area of the Americas
(FTAA) negotiating group has questioned the argument that
joining the Caribbean Single Market & Economy (CSME) first
will benefit the Bahamas as it seeks membership in other trade
Hillary Deveaux, who is also acting executive director for the
Securities Commission of the Bahamas, told a Bahamas Insti-
tute of Financial Services seminar that whild much had been said
about the benefits provided to the Bahamas through CSME
membership as it looked to sign on to the World Trade Organ-
isation (WTO), in the case of services, which is the largest por-
tion of the Bahamas' economy, the country will still have to pre-
sent offers that will be scrutinised by WTO members that wish
to trade with this nation.
This appears to partly counter arguments advanced by
Leonard Archer, the Bahamas' High Commissioner to CARI-
COM, who has repeatedly said that one benefit of signing on to
the CSME is that the Bahamas will be treated on the same
basis as lower per capita Caribbean nations, rather than as a high
per capita nation, enabling it to access the trade benefits those
states have received and thus gain a better deal than if it went
SEE page three
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,Bahamian hotel investments.
,exceed, Canadian regulations,
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and South Ocean investments
FROM page one
concerned at the absence of
financial statements for two
companies, PRK Holdings, a
Bahamian entity, and RHK
Capital, firms through which the
Propco entities send money to
the Bahamian resorts. This, it
added, made the pension fund
non-compliant with Canadian
PRK Holdings has as its pres-
ident Eugene Fraser, who is also
vice-president of the firm that
has responsibility for in-house
management of CCWIPP's
investments, and the Ontario
regulator said financial state-
ments were needed "in relation
to the investment provided to
RHK Capital, meanwhile,
was the investment vehicle
established by Mr Kelly to
acquire and refurbish the
British Colonial Hilton, South
Ocean and other Caribbean
properties. Control of RHK was
effectively assumed by
CCWIPP in mid to late 2000,
when the company defaulted on
its loan repayments.
The Commission said: "With
respect to the request for finan-
cial statements for RHK, an
Ontario company, [the regula-
tor] was advised that the com-
pany 'had gone bankrupt'.
However, a bankruptcy search
failed to find an assignment into
bankruptcy as at March 30,
"Certain inconsistencies arose
in the process of examination
and the financial statements of
RHK were being requested in
order to clarify the matters.
These inconsistencies involve
the apparent unaccounted for
sums related to two transactions
whereby CCWIPP advanced
funds for certain investments
through RHK Capital."
The absence of financial
statements for RHK Capital
had created problems relating
to the British Colonial Hilton,
the Ontario regulator said, since
RHK was the guarantor for the
mortgage on the property. It
was "normal practice" for
lenders to insist on ongoing
audited financial statements, but
these had not been provided.
The Commission said that
since assuming RHK's obliga-
tions in 2000, CCWIPP had
advanced $32.285 million to the
resort properties in the
Bahamas and Jamaica, "but
there is no documentation to
indicate to whom these
advances were made".
In relation to the two Propcos
lending funds to the British
Colonial Hilton and South
Ocean and other Caribbean
investments, "there were no
signed debt agreements cover-
ing these advances indicating
the lender, borrower, interest
rate and repayment schedule.
"There was no documenta-
tion to indicate whether an
analysis of the pension fund's
security in respect of these
advances had been performed,
or alternately, remains in place
and continues to secure obliga-
tions under the guarantees."
The Commission said
CCWIPP had provided infor-
mation stating the advances to
the various Propcos were
repayable on demand and were
secured by promissory notes.
However, in a reference to
the currently-closed South
Ocean resort, the regualtor said:
"There is nothin on file to indi-
cate that the Board [of
CCWIPP trustees] has given
consideration to the exposure
of the pension fund in respect of
these investments nor taken
steps to secure the assets for the
The regulatory review called
for "full appraisals" of the
Bahamian properties to be per-
formed by "arm's length
FROM page one
adding: "The Financial Services
Commission of Ontario under-
stands that the .Caribbean.
Development [the investments
in the two New Providence
hotels and properties in
Jamaica] has not been prof-
itable but that the trustees con-
tinue to invest additional
amounts in the venture.
"To date, [the regulator] has
not been provided with docu-
mentation demonstrating that
the Board of Trustees has taken
adequate steps in respect of the
Caribbean Development to
meet the fiduciary obligations
as set out in section 22 of the
And the Commission's report
said the response from
CCWIPP, which recalculated
the percentage of plan assets
invested in the Caribbean at
appraisers" to determine what
could be raised through their
"forced sales", either as going
concerns or closed properties.
In addition to demanding full
financial statements for PRK
Holdings and RHk Capital, the
regulator also called for "full
disclosure" on how all advances
from CCWIPP had been used,
confirmation that the pension
fund was in a legal position to
sell the properties, and legal
opinions to confirm" there was
lower percentages, "seems to
imply that the assets were over-
stated in the prior financial
The report explained that the
loans made by CCWIPP
through its Propco entities a
different Propco standing for
each hotel investment made by
Ron Kelly were restructured
in 2000 to convert the debt
owed by RHK into preference
shares in a Bahamian holding
company, PRK Holdings, after
RHK defaulted on its loan and
mortgage obligations on July
Mr Kelly and his business
associate, Tobias Rowe, main-
tained ownership of RHK's
common shares, according to
the regulator's report, but as
part of a restructuring agree-
ment following the default
assigned their voting rights over
to the Propco companies lend-
ing to RHK until December 31,
At the time of the restructur-
ing, on December 28, 2000,
CCWIPP's various Propcos and
proper documentation in place
to "recover all funds" that had
The report said CCWIPP had
advised the regulator that its
"Caribbean counsel" had given
a legal opinion that "they were
not aware of any impediment"
to the pension fund from start-
ing collection procedures or
enforcing its mortgage rights in
relation to the two Bahamian
and other Caribbean proper-
CSME specialist indicates Right of
Establishment 'opt out' only temporary
FROM page one
Under the revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, he
added that the Bahamas will have to allow
CARICOM nationals to set up businesses for
the production or supply of goods in this nation,
with the Government having to identify existing
restrictions or barriers to entry that will have to
be removed over a certain period of time, under
the Right of Establishment article.
Mr MacAndrew's remarks appear to back
up what the former Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce president, Winston Rolle, was told by a
CARICOM official in Trinidad last month,
namely that the Bahamas' reservations would be
viewed as a deferral rather than an opt out,
and this nation would eventually have to come
into compliance with all aspects of the CSME.
Mr MacAndrew seems to also contradict the
line being pushed by Fred Mitchell, minister
of foreign affairs, and Edwin Carrington, CARI-
COM's secretary-general, who have stated that
the Bahamas' reservations, once approved by
other CARICOM states, would last for as long
as this nation wanted.
Mr MacAndrew yesterday explained that the
Right of Establishment refers to any non-wage
earning activity of a commercial, industrial,
agricultural, professional or artistic nature,
which means the complete opening of the mar-
ket and that a business can be opened in virtu-
ally any sector of the economy.
Mr MacAndrew said the Bahamas will be
able to indicate what areas it would like to open
up at this time, in accordance with the provisions
of the revised treaty.
The ultimate goal for the CSME is that all
sectors should be open to nationals from mem-
ber states, but much depends on how a country
negotiates its entrance into the CSME, he
At this time, the treaty states that where there
is a contractual monopoly, such as in the pro-
vision of water, electricity and other public util-
ities, member states will not have to open up
these areas. Provisions are also made under
article 48, which outlines the'existence of a
waiver of obligation to grant rights. The
Bahamas is able to request a waiver from the
community counsel to the granting of rights in
Earlier this month, Mr Mitchell, during an
address to the Abaco Chamber of Commerce,
said the revised Treaty provides for the Right of
Establishment principally in areas that earn
foreign exchange,., such as hotels, export manu-
facturing and even ethnic and specialty restau-
rants, all areas already open to foreign investors
under the Bahamas' current National Invest-
Mr Mitchell told Chamber officials that in
essence, what this position means is that no
retail, or wholesale operation in the Bahamas
will be threatened by the country joining the
He added that the Bahamas proposes to
exempt itself by entering reservations against
those provisions that deal with the free move-
ment of people, the monetary union, the
Caribbean Court of Justice on its appellate side
and the Common External Tariff.
Looking at the regional treaty from a broad
perspective, Mr MacAndrew said the main pur-
pose for the creation of the CSME is to put the
region in a better position to compete in a glob-
alised world, with the aim of stimulating busi-
ness development to increase foreign exchange
In the end, the ultimate goal is to grow CARI-
COM businesses to the point where. they are;
better able to compete with international com-
panies outside the region.
The other side of this scenario is that nation-
als from the Bahamas will, in a similar fashion,
be able to go out and have the same right to
establish businesses in other CSME member
another company jointly owned
by CCWIPP and other Canadi-
an pension funds, which also
advanced funds to the British
Colonial Hilton and South
Ocean through their respective
holding companies, were col-
lectively owed $115.099 million.
A $10 million loan made by
CCWIPP in March 1997 to
enable RHK Capital to acquire
the British Colonial Hilton, was
to accumulate interest at 11 per
cent over a 36-month period.
The outstanding balance at
the time of the December 2000
restructure was $43.554 million,
including principal and interest.
And a $15.4 million loan was
.made in April 1998 to RHK to
help it acquire South Ocean,
with the outstanding value at
the time of the restructuring
being $20.876 million.
The Ontario regulator's
report said CCWIPP's involve-
ment in Caribbean hotel financ-
ing was a "high risk" venture.
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Bahamian hotel investments
exceed Canadian regulations
PAGE 2B, TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2005
Psychologist says respect
is key to management
BAHAMIAN financial ser-
vices executives have been
told that to effectively man-
age in a culturally diverse
industry, they must simulta-
neously reach out to different
groups of people while treat-
ing each individual with
respect and dignity.
By invitation from the
Bahamas Institute of Finan-
cial Services, (BIFS) Dr David
Allen told a group of bankers
that managers should allow
diversity within organisations
to develop, but yet, out of the
many different types of peo-
ple, seek to create one com-
Alluding to principles from
the biblical 'Last Supper', Dr
Allen s outlined the principles
FROM page one
Touching on whether the Bahamas should have a referen-
dum, Mr Deveaux said he was unsure, but added that if the
country had to amend its constitution to meet the conditions
necessary for membership in the CSME, then a referendum was
Signing on to the CSME, Mr Deveaux said, would allow for
mergers and acquisitions and impact those business sectors that
have long enjoyed protection in the Bahamian economy.
With the signing of the treaty, the Caribbean would essential-
ly become one economic space and, with the implementation of
cross border trade and the establishment of a services regime
involving the commercial or physical presence mode, it could
reduce the market share for Bahamian businesses and lead to a
marginalsation of Bahamians, he warned.
Questioning whether the Bahamas could compete in such an
environment, Mr Deveaux said he did not know the answer
because no studies have been undertaken to determine how
competitive the Bahamas really is.
Mr Deveaux said that under the revised CSME treaty, the
issue of a single currency is not being considered for the near
He added that there will not be a general free movement of
people, except for certain categories of professionals. Mr Deveaux
warned that the Government might want to rethink its position
concerning the movement of people on a permanent basis.
College of the Bahamas lecturer, Dr Olivia Saunders, said
that unlike the majority of Bahamians, she has no objections to
the Bahamas signing on to the CSME, saying that many of the
objections were based on hubris. She further accused some of
those against the CSME of fearmongering.
The economics professor introduced a number of statistics,
from gross domestic product to the human development index, to
show the Bahamas was actually very similar to its neighbours in
the south and that in time some of those countries, notably Bar-
bados, was likely to catch the Bahamas up.
She said Bahamians had nothing to fear from the CSME and
the issue of free movement of people, perhaps the biggest concern
for most, would actually benefit the country through profes-
sionals bringing the capital with them.
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The Public is hereby advised that I, ERIKA NICHOLE
BENEBY, of Tropical Gardens Subdivision, P.O. Box CB-
12177, Nassau, Bahamas, intend to change my name to
ERIKA NICHOLE COLLIE. If there are any objections to
this change of name by Deed Poll, you may write such
objections to the Chief Passport Officer, RO.Box N-742,
Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after the
INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL
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BENEBY, of Tropical Gardens Subdivision, RO. Box CB-
12177, Nassau, Bahamas, intend to change my name to
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this change of name by Deed Poll, you may write such
objections to the Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-742,
Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after the
NOTICE is hereby given that ROBERTA LUBRUN JUSTE OF
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Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that
any person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 24TH day of MAY,
2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
RO.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.
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* DR DAVID ALLEN said that managing diversity in the workplace involves change and mutual respect for each other.
Respect, he said, means taking another look at ourselves and others. Pictured I to r are: Chairman of the Bahamas Institute of
Financial Services (BIFS) Education Committee, William Delancey, Dr Allen, and BIFS secretary, Kim Bodie.
(TCL Photo by Andrea M. Myers)
of love, communion, resis-
tance, humility, simplicity, ser-
vice and transcendence as use-
ful principles that could help
managers negotiate their way
in the new culturally diverse
Dr Allen told the audience
that despite resistance expe-
rienced in different countries
and populations, the world is
continuing on its rapid move
towards globalisation, and as a
result, businesses will become
more culturally diverse in rela-
tion to internal and external
customers. And managing in
a diverse environment would
require enthusiasm or "the
burning fire within".
"This means making the
effort to get to know each oth-
Ser beyond the superficial," Dr
Allen added. "Additionally,
diversity in the global village
calls for affective training,
training and more training."
Just as life consist of con-
stant change, so too, Dr Allen
said, diversity involves change.
And for many who have not
learnt to adapt, it can lead to
loss and pain.
Identifying one element of,
diversity as service, Dr Allen
said that some view it as servi-
tude and others as servant-
hood. "Those involved in
servitude have low self-esteem
which creates and attitude of
subservience and inferiority,
while persons who see service
as servant-hood have high
self-esteem which creates an
attitude of reciprocity, that is,
they treat or serve others as
they would like to be served
Dr Allen reminded the
bankers that culturally diverse
environments have problems
including poor and ineffective
communication, values clari-
fication, differing biases or
prejudices, more need for con-
flict resolution, and difficult
team formation and function.
Conversely, there are
advantages to such environ-
ments, including a more
diverse pool of talent from
which to choose. This wider
pool leads to greater creativi-
ty, more resources and uni-
versal environments. Such
environments mean more
diverse clientele, more peo-
ple, more profit and interna-
tional outreach, Dr Allen
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52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Symbol Previous Close Today's Close Change Dally Vol. EPS $ Div $ PIE Yield
1.10 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%
6.35 5.55 Bank of Bahamas 6.32 6.35 0.03 3.000 0.561 0.330 11.3 5.20%
0.85 0.82 Benchmark 0.85 0.85 0.00 0.187 0.000 4.5 0.00%
1.80 1.40 Bahamas Waste 1.50 1.50 0.00 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%
8.50 6.76 Cable Bahamas 8.50 8.50 0.00 0.589 0.240 14.4 2.82%
2.20 1.54 Colina Holdings 2.20 2.20 0.00 0.259 0.060 8.5 2.73%
8.60 6.75 Commonwealth Bank 8.60 8.60 0.00 0.673 0.410 12.8 4.77%
1.79 0.39 Doctor's Hospital 1.79 1.79 0.00 0.452 0.000 4.0 0.00%
4.02 3.40 Famguard 4.02 4.02 0.00 0.406 0.240 9.9 5.97%
10.46 8.55 Finco 10.46 10.46 0.00 500 0.662 0.490 15.8 4.68%
8.46 6.60 FirstCaribbean 8.46 8.46 0.00 0.591 0.330 14.3 3.90%
8.60 8.31 Focol 8.35 8.35 0.00 0.710 0.500 11.7 5.99%
1.99 1.27 Freeport Concrete 1.27 1.27 0.00 0.082 0.000 15.5 0.00%
10.38 9.50 ICD Utilities 9.60 9.60 0.00 0.818 0.405 11.7 4.20%
8.25 8.10 J. S. Johnson 8.22 8.22 0.00 0.561 0.550 14.7 6.81%
6.69 4.36 Kerzner International BDRs 6.14 6.11 -0.03 0.184 0.000 33.3 0.00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 1.979 0.350 5.1 3.50%
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. 11.00 1.488 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%
0160 0.40 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.0 -0.103 0.000 NM 0.00%
43.00 28.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 41.00 2.220 0.000 19.4 0.00%
16.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 13.00 14.00 13.00 1.105 0.810 14.6 6.93%
0.60 0.35 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.35 -0.103 0.000 N/M 0.00%
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Fund Name NAV YTD% Last 12 Months Div $ Yield %
1.2164 1.1609 Colina Money Market Fund 1.216402*
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 .* 0
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00 YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price
52wk-HI Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidellit
52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week
Change Change In closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful
P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1. 1994 = 100
* AS AT MAR. 31, 2005/ **** AS AT FEB. 28, 2005
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Doctors inspect treatment
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SBAHAMAS Waste medical waste facili-
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Smanaging Director of the Public Hospital
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part of the loan proceeds to the construction of:
ical waste facility manager, Fred
1. an Evaporation/Recycling Pond; Donathan, explains the process
2. a Leachate Re-Circula'tion System; and to Herbert Brown, managing
3. a Storm Water Management System director of the Public Hospital
Authority; andNDr Cyril Van- T
derpool, as Buzz Wallace ofSO
The Project Execution Unit, under the auspices of Wallace MedWaste Systems lis-
the Department of Environmental Health Services tens intently to the discussion.
(DEHS) and The Ministry of Health, now invites
local firms and joint ventures to participate in this
bidding process by presenting sealed bids for LEGALNOTICE
construction of the captioned system, at the New
providence Sanitary Landfill. The procedures for the
contracting for the provisions of service, financed
by this program, will be subject to the provisioris.of -NOTICE
this loan Contract. Bahama NOIC.IN THE ESTATE OF LIONEL A S OR INC
Interested parties may obtain further information, ALEXANDER BROWN late of
including eligibility toparticipate, andmay :collect Palm Beach Streqet in the Southern
t h: i District of the Island of New Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
SProvidence one of the Islands of the 137(8) of the International Business Companies Act, 2000,
hune ( Prsteh ExecutiocnUnit ebthe dissolution of SAFESTAYS HOLDINGS LTD., has been
SDEPARTMENT OENVIRONMENTAL Commonwealth of The Bahamas, completed; a Certificated of dissolution has been issued and
SHEALTH SfRVICES MINISTRY OF HEALTH deceased the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.
Farrington R uad
Nassau, The Bahamas NOTICE is hereby given that all persons
Evaporation/Recycling Pond, Leachate Re-Circulation AND NOTICE is hereby also given that
System and a Storm Water Management System at all persons indebted to the said Estate are
the New Providence Sanitary Landfill", and sent to: requested to make full settlement on or REMAT HOLDING INVESTMENT LTD.
The Tenders Board before the date hereinbefore mentioned.
c/o The Financial Secretary Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
Ministry of Finance 137(8) of the International Business Companies Act, 2000,
P.O. Box N-3017 the dissolution of REMAT HOLDING INVESTMENT
Nassau, The Bahamas HIGGS & JOHNSON LTD. has been completed; a Certificated of dissolution has
All tenders must reach the ender's Boardno later ltec House been issued and the Company has therefore been struck off
All tenders must reach the Tender's Board no later ~Deltec House the Register.
than 4:00pm on July 25th, 2005. All tenders must be Lyford Cay
submitted in triplicate. Tenders will be opened at
10:00am, on Tuesday, July 26th, 2005, at the office P.O. Box N-3247 ARGOSA CORP. INC.
of the Tenders Board, Ministry of Finance. The Nassau, Bahamas (Liquidator)
Attorneys for the Executor
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,,econd Tloor of
Farmer and Faust triumph at
start of the cycling season
* By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
VMG team-mates Lee
Farmer and Rolphe Faust
waited for the right time to
strike. When they did, there
was nothing the rest of the
field could do to stop them.
Farmer and Faust, who
were coming off a six-hour
training session on Saturday,
came from behind in the
open division of the 40-mile
cycling race on Sunday at the
start of New Providence
Cycling Association's road
"We wanted a good work-
out and we did get a good
workout," said Farmer as
they slowly reeled in the front
pack of Tracy Sweeting, Bar-
ron 'Turbo' Musgrove and
Eddie Bethel to secure the
"When we decided it was
time to catch them, it was
time for us to decide who will
win the race."
Once they caught the pack
at Clifton Pier, heading back
on the last of the two 20-mile
lap around the western end
of the island to and from the
round-a-round at Coral Har-
bour, Farmer made one last
surge at Adelaide Village.
Sweeting tried to go with
Farmer, but he got dropped
before they reached the
round-a-round. Farmer went
solo through the final stretch
to the round-a-bout at Nas-
sau's International Airport
Farmer, a 33-year-old New
Zealander, was clocked in
one hour, 52 minutes and 44
seconds to easily win the
overall title as well as the
senior one category.
Once he crossed the line,
there was a battle for second,
but Faust was able to outlast
Sweeting in a showdown of
two master competitors. -
Faust, the 46-year-old
Swede, was timed in
1:53.12.14, compared to
"Lee was faster, so he got
away eventually," Faust
admitted. "But once he got
away, it was up to the other
three to work together to
"I wasn't going to do any
more to try and catch my
team-mate. They left Barron
to do all the way. Their rota-
tion couldn't work together,
so when they couldn't work
together, it was all over."
Next weekend, Farmer will
be returning to the United
States to test his skills when
he compete in the Florida
State Championships, before
coming back for the Pineap-
ple Festival in Gregory
Town, Eleuthera over the
Labour Day holiday week-
Having resided in the
Bahamas for the past four
years, Farmer is hoping to be
included on the Bahamas
Olympic Association's team
that will travel to the Com-
monwealth Games in March
in Melbourne, Australia.
. Musgrove, a member of
the team that competed at
the Commonwealth Games
in Edmonton, Canada four
years ago, is gearing up for
He didn't have enough sta-
mina to stay with the lead-
ers, but he was able to get
past Bethel for fourth place
in 1:53.21 and second in
Bethel faded into fifth in
1:53.25 to win the senior II
Other senior competitors
that competed were: Larry
Glinton in 2:08.41; Daryl
Munnings 2:11.22; Robert
Jones 2:19.06 and Charles
McKinney, no time available.
The first female finisher
was Carmel Stuckie, who
rode well with the men. Her
time was 2:08.10. Christine
Jones was the only other
female to complete the full
course, coming in 2:31.15 as
she took the women's II cat-
"It was tough because I ran
out of water," Stuckie
stressed. "It was hard at the
start. But after there was a
crash on the way, I just con-
Only one senior boy com-
pleted the full course, with
Kevin Richardson clocking
However, there was a
junior race that covered 20
miles or one full lap. That
also came down to a sprint.
... In that race, which almost
resulted in an accident, 10-
year-old Jay Major did
57.51.28 to pull off the win
over arch-rival Tres Smith,
who did 57.51.86.
"We rode with a man
named Robert (Jones). He
carried us the whole way
until we started to attack at
the end," said Major. "I think
Tres is catching me up, but I
just need to keep riding
strong, drinking protein and
Anthony Colebrooke, the
only under 11 competitor,
was third in 1:02.41, while
Yelstin Bain got fourth in
1:06.27; Elijah Knowles fifth
in 1:06.28 and Roy Cole-
brooke Jr. was sixth in
Brent Stubbs Jr experi-
enced a flat going into the
Lyford Cay round-a-bout and
was unable to finish.
(Photo: Felipi Major/
PAGE 6B, TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2005
. TRIBUNE SPORTS
TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2005, PAGE 7B
* By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
SIX of the top C Class boats
will compete in the Sandy Point
.Regatta and Homecoming over
the Labour Day holiday week-
end in Abaco.
The Bahamas Boat Owners
and Sailors Association will join
forces with the Commonwealth
Sailing Association to put on
what is being dubbed as the
"championship of champi-
onships for the C Class" regatta.
At a press conference last
week at the Big 10 on Arawak
*Cay, BBOSA's commodore,
Rev Dr Philip McPhee, said he
:and CSA's commodore, Tony
:Knowles have forged a cordial
"We don't go to any regattas
,without each other," Dr.
"This is the first time that we
have had this type of relation-
ship and we want to make sure
that it continues."
Knowles said that since the
inception of the regatta two
'years ago, there has been an
Increase of boats participating
'from four to six this year.
"The Sany Point Regatta has
truly been the championship of
championships regatta for the
C Class boats, because of the
boats that participate," Knowles
He also praised the commit-
tee, headed by Val Lightbourn,
for hosting a regatta that all of
the C Class boats are eager to
Six boats set to
compete in Abaco
participate in. He hopes that as
the regatta continues to grow,
the number of boats entered
will also increase.
The regatta will be named in
honor of Abaconian Ivan Stu-
art, a skipper who has devoted
his life to sloop sailing.
Stuart, considered to be the
jockey of the sport, will be sail-
ing the Char's Thunderbird dur-
ing the regatta, which is owned
by Dr McPhee.
Dr McPhee said with the
addition of the Sacrifice, the
Bulla Reg and the Barbarian
II, the BBOSA will be well rep-
resented at the regatta.
The CSA is expected to make
a choice of the final two boats,
which will probably be the Irene
Goodnight and the Legal
The boats will compete in
three races on Labour Day and
the final two will be staged on
Saturday. No racing is planned
for Sunday as the spectators
prepare to travel back home.
While there will only be six
boats participating, Dr McPhee
said they would be competing
for the biggest cash prize ever
given to C Class boats. Howev-
er, he refused to disclose the
Lightbourn said they are
planning to host another suc-
cessful regatta with lots of activ-
ities for the entire family on the
sea and on and the shore.
There will be a junkanoo
rush-out, a local marching band
performing and a number of
water sports activities.
All proceeds from the regat-
ta, are expected to go towards
the completion of the Hurri-
cane Relief Centre in Sandy
Port. According to Lightbourn,
it will be the first of its kind in
Burns House, with the intro-
duction of Vitamalt as a sponsor
for children and non-alcohol
drinkers, will join Campari as
a sponsor for the regatta.
Bahamas Fast Ferries will be
providing special charter fares
to persons interested in travel-
ing to and from Abaco for the
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Godfrey Ellis hard at work as he prepares
for start of Stampeders training camp
* By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior sports reporter
THE count down has started for
Godfrey Ellis with less than three days
before training starts.
Although the training camp does
not officially start until June 8, Ellis
and the other draftees are to expected
to report no later than Friday after-
Ellis became the first Bahamian to
be drafted into the Canadian Football
League (CFL) on Thursday April 28,
as the 10th pick in the second round to
the Calgary Stampeders.
Ellis, who stands at 6ft 2in weighs
in at 300 pounds and is a recent grad-
uate of the Acadia University.
His recruitment to the CFL makes
him the third Bahamian to drafted into
the professional ranks in two years.
Three weeks has passed and the
thrill of being drafted into the CFL
has not settled in.
An excited Ellis claims that his emo-
tions are rising and he is expecting it to
build as the days approaches.
He said: "Things haven't settled in as
yet, I am still in a daze about the whole
thing. I am excited about being select-
ed, but it don't stop here.I still have to
work hard, train on my own to ensure
that I am amongst the top players. If
you want to be among the best in this
league, you have to work hard for it.
"I am willing to do what it takes to
go to the top I know I will have to
step my game up in order to be among
the top players."
Two days after being drafted, Ellis
returned to his regular workout sched-
ule, working feverishly to prepare him-
self for training day.
Ellis declared that his workout ses-
sions haven't been easy, and have
changed in many ways.
Although he is still going to the
weight room and doing a little speed
work, Ellis intends to add several oth-
er drills, which should propel him.
He added: "Work out is going good.
There are some things I needed to add
to make sure I excel when I get to
camp. I am doing some new drills,
drills I think I will have to do when I
get to camp.,
"I am trying to get a jump start on
things, so when I do get there I won't
be behind. I will at least have some
knowledge on the drills."
Ellis will move halfway across the
country for training camp, a move he
looking forward too.
"The move is all a part of the deal,"
said Ellis. "You will have to adapt
when you move places, so I am looking
forward to the move and the changes I
will have to make.
"I am really excited about playing, I
know I will have to take things one
step at a time, but my excitement lev-
el is rising and I am really looking for-
ward to playing this season.
"I don't know what type of work-
out they will have at the camp, but I
am going in there with an open mind,
ready to get things started."
The CFL league will open in August,
with pre-season set for July.
C Class boats to -_0-m
compete for.------ 4
biggest ever prize
TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2005
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MIAMI HERALD SPORTS
0 By BRENT STUBBS
THE Bahamas Associa-
tion of Athletic Associations
has delayed its National
Open Track and Field
Championships by one
weekend to ensure that the
necessary repairs are done
to the Thomas A Robinson
Track and Field Stadium.
Public relations officer
Ralph McKinney confirmed
on Monday that instead of
hosting the nationals from
June 17-18, the meet will
now take place from June
24-25 at the stadium.
A press conference is
scheduled for Wednesday at
the Colony Club when fur-
ther details in the changes
to the remainder of the cal-
endar will be revealed
by new president Mike
The nationals are manda-
tory for all athletes who wish
to compete in the Senior
Central American and
at the stadium over the
weekend in July and at the
IAAF World Outdoor
Championships in Helsinki,
Finland in August.
"The senior nationals will
serve as our trials for both
the Sr. CAC and the World
"But we had to change
the date to allow the com-
pletion of the renovations
to the track."
The stadium was closed
officially to public use from
last week. As a result, ath-
letes have had to go to alter-
nate sites to continue their
"We're hoping that the
track will be completed by
June 16, but we need to
allow for a period to have it
dried before we actually go
in to start competing at the
nationals on June 24."
As a result of the closure
of the track, the BAAA's
CAC Youth trials, sched-
uled for June 3-4 and the Jr.
Nationals, set for June 10-
11, have been switched to
the Grand Bahama Sports
Additionally, the Prima-
ry Schools Track and Field
Championships have been
moved from May 18-20 to
June 29-July 1 and the Bap-
tist Sports Council's Track
and Field Classic have
dropped from May 21 to
While the change in the
Sr. Nationals is necessary,
McKinney said all of the
athletes have been notified
and are currently making
the relevant changes to their
schedules to be here.
"Every country's nation-
als are important. If you
don't go to the nationals,
you won't be appointed to
the team going to the World
"School will be closed so
we don't expect any athletes
to have the excuse that they
couldn't compete because
of school commitments."
McKinney said the only
exemption they had antici-
pated was for sprinter Deb-
bie Ferguson. The Olympic
200 metre bronze medallist
has canned her season after
she was advised by the doc-
tor to take three months off
to recuperate from surgery
to remove her appendix.
Ferguson, however, is
expected to assist the
BAAA with the promotion
of the Sr CAC Champi-
onships and she's also sched-
uled to travel to Helsinki for
the World Championships.
If she's not added to the
Bahamas team, she will be
travelling as an IAAF Ath-
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play, the Bahamas Football Associa-
tion (BFA) and the New Providence
Football Association finished their
intermediate and senior leagues this
The BFA has reported an increase
in all divisions in the intermediate
league, as they continue to develop
their youth programme.
The youth programme was a major
concern of the federation, but, since
the introduction of several weekend
projects, there has been a great
The New Providence Football
League (NPFL) played their final
two matches this weekend, with the
Kickers Football Club and Caledo-
nia Thistle playing to a 2-2 draw,
although the game didn't affect the
league's final standings.
The second match was also a draw
between the RCA and Peter Kemp
Strikers, finishing 1-1. For the first
time in a few years, the champi-
onships have been determined
before the final weekend.
In the division II action the Gunite
Pool Sharks faced their nearest
rivals Grizzlies, and claimed a 1-0
The Sharks finished as champions
of the league and earned promotion
to next season's division 1.
This year's champions in the inter-
mediate junior boys division were
the Virgo Angels, who defeated the
Bears Football Club for the win.
The Bears headed into the cham-
pionship match with three losses on
the year, all against the Virgos.
However, the Bears got revenge in
the junior girls division, trouncing
the BF Strikers for the title. The club
also walked away undefeated with
the senior girls championship title.
The runners-up in this division
were the CV Bethel Stingrays, who's
only two defeats were to the Bears.
It was tworpeat victory for the
Doris Johnson Marlins, who crushed
the Bears. The Marlins are also Gov-
ernment Secondary School Sporting
Association (GSSSA) winners.
With two successful seasons
behind them, the BFA and the
NPFL are looking forward to anoth-
er exciting season, which will include
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B A H A M I A N
Nicole makes her mark
on the international scene
* By PETURA BURROWS
Tribune Feature Writer
WHILE women like the
Golden Girls and Tonique
Williams-Darling have been
putting the Bahamas on the map
with respect to sports, others like
oil painter Nicole Angelica have
been silently bringing attention
to this country through artwork.
Earlier this year, Nicole's
work was selected as the Best in
Show at a Museum of Americas'
juried exhibition, beating an ini-
tial 2,835 submissions from
artists in various continents and
other islands throughout the
world to earn that title. The
exhibition (Women of the Arts
2005) ran from March 11 to
April 3 at the museum in Miami,
The Museum of Americas
(MoA) is one of the few art
institutions in Florida to foster
and promote both established
and emerging contemporary
artists of every origin. Located in
the heart of Miami, MoA serves
as a significant cultural arts cen-
tre for the region and an impor-
tant resource for artists, educa-
tors and the public.
Nicole says that she has been
an artist all her life. But it was
after visiting various art galleries
around the world, and speaking
with several masters, that she
decided to embark on getting
international exposure for her
So, with no idea of the
"scope" of the MoA exhibition,
and with a view that she was
"just from the Bahamas", Nicole
submitted her work admittedly,
not expecting much.
However, her thoughts at the
time were still somewhat opti-
mistic: "How doI get myself
beyond just an artist in the
Bahamas, which I believe limits
the expectation of people as to
what you can do, as well as it
limits me as a person in terms
of development and growth."
Nicole was chosen among the
top 48 artists, and MoA request-
ed permission to publicly display
her work in an exhibition,
Women of the Arts 2005. It was
after this exhibition closed in
April that the artist got word
that she had won best in show.
No doubt, Nicole's rising to
the top at such a global level is a
vicarious accomplishment for all
Bahamians, since a product of
this soil has in some way let the
world know that the Bahamas is
an art force to be reckoned with.
"And one of the things the
directors said to me," Nicole
said, "was that we are so excited
that you are from the Bahamas.
We have not had a women from
that region, from that part of the
world, excel to this level ever
Moreover, Nicole believes -
and justifiably so that this
award represents the abilities of
the Bahamian woman, who she
says may be living below her
Maybe the shrinking violent
mentality of past decades is to
blame. And the artist admits that
she is guilty of this perception,
'A GLIMPSE OF OUR HEAVEN explores the nuances of human interaction with nature in a
harmonious environment The painting depicts an abstract version of the beauty the Bahamas has to
offer, comprising of our natural food source: conch.'
not even attending the art show
in Miami because she felt as if
there was "no chance" that she
would be considered on such a
"But when I do meet Bahami-
an women that see my work for
the first time, the first thing they
do is give me a hug and extend
their hands because they say that
they are happy to see a 'Bahami-
an woman' doing this," she tells
Though art recognition may
not seem as exciting as a sports
or political achievement to many
persons in Bahamian society,
Nicole says that her award is so
much more than just an artistic
Said an excited Nicole in a
Tribune Woman interview:
"They said of all the entrants,
of all the participants, my work
was the best. See, this museum
represents artists from Europe,
Asia, Africa, Haiti, all over the
Caribbean, all over the world.
So of all the pieces in the show,
all of them, the jurors selected
work from the Bahamas. My
piece was the most well-
received, well-liked, well-pre-
The artist, who has received
such a notable accomplishment
having only been working with
oils for three years, says she has
found her "masterpiece" in this
best of show painting. It may
have come a little earlier than
she expected, but the artist is
humbled by this fact.
"You know, you are always
asking yourself 'what do I
.choose as my masterpiece?'
What can I brag about? What'
could I show the world, show
people what my strength is? And
this is the highest acclaim I have
ever received in anything to do
with art," she notes.
Though she hopes that it is
not the "ultimate" achievement
in her career, a best in show in
any exhibition, especially in one
that received over 2,000 submis-
sions, it is an achievement worth
And it is even more impor-
tant for a woman whose artistic
journey was not always one of
smooth, even strokes. After dab-
bling in various careers, which
included graphic design for a
number of years, and later work-
ing with other art mediums all
of which did not present enough
of a challenge Nicole Angelica
has finally found her artistic
niche in creating colourful oil on
She describes herself as a
"Bahamian artist with an inter-
"The few colleauges that I
have that are artists look at me
like 'wow, I've been an artist all
this time'. They are like, 'how
did you get to this point?' And I
said ya' know, it's just a matter
of expanding your horizons.
"We as women can say that
we are artists from the Bahamas,
but we don't have to limit our-
selves to being artists that only
represent themselves within the
Bahamas," she suggests.
"Getting exposure abroad
expands the abilities of a
Bahamian, of a Bahamian
woman, I believe. It expands and
lets the world know that we have
some talent, we have some
strength here in this little coun-
try...now, they represent me as
Nicole Angelica from the
Bahamas. So we are on the
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Camelta Barnes and Melissa
Underwood, of the Department This information suggests etables and whole grain cereals
of Public Health, Ministry of that women of this nation are like oats; limit your daily
Health (MOH) Nutrition Unit living longer. Perhaps this is intake of fried foods and fats
ay is a due to more educational from animal'sources; use
aionth of opportunities for women, skimmed milk rather than
many health improved living conditions and whole milk and remove the
Smanyhervalh better health provisions tar- skin and fat off chicken before
tions; it is geted to expectant mothers cooking. Limit your use of
te m o tons; it is and infants, processed foods because they
the month of high blood pres- Though we are experiencing tend to be high in salt and calo-
sure education and cancer longer lives than generations ries.
awareness month, too. past, this does not necessarily Exercise regularly to keep
Among all the national and equate to a longer life meaning your body functioning at its
international health awareness a healthy one at that. optimum level. This, coupled
activities one day is always with healthy food choices that
remembered because it is spe- Multiple do not exceed your daily
cial to all of us...the second caloric need, will promote
Sunday this month, May Someone can have multiple .weight loss by burning excess
13...beloved Mother's Day! complications diabetes, on fat, thereby maintaining a
It is indeed a celebration to dialysis with high blood pres- healthy body weight. Remem-
honour motherhood, being sure and heart disease (and ber to drink lots of water
able to bring forth and nurture this is common to many before, during and after any
the lives of others is a super- women) and still live to be physical activity.
natural affair worthy of all the 80...some!
recognition imaginable! However, her quality of life Stresses
Dedicating is compromised because she
D dc n might be bed-ridden due to an Control stresses in your
amputation, thus relying on live. Women are known to car-
In this regard to show another person to perform ry the weight of the world on
appreciation for Bahamian basic everyday activities from their shoulders. We are moth-
women, the Nutrition Unit is spoon feeding to bathing. ers, wives, teachers, nurses,
dedicating its May "Lighten Living a long and healthy counsellors, police, judges and
Up and Live Healthy articles life independent of someone pastors, before we even step
especially to national women's else for simple daily tasks is outside of our homes.
health issues. not beyond your reach. Under- And in the outside world
As such, a good place to standing your risk factors or women in the workplace are
start is by painting the picture things that make you have a subjected to even more stress.
of the current problems afflict- higher chance for getting a cer- This is why it is so important to
ing our female population. tain disease is important take time to take care of your-
According to the latest statis- because some of the risk fac- self, to get enough rest, take a
tics from the Health Informa- tors we can control while oth- moment to relax and nurture
tion and Research Unit ers, like family genes, being renewal-of your spirit. Only
(MOH), the five leading caus- female and of a certain race then can you ably take care of
es of death in Bahamian cannot be changed. everyone else without putting
females are, by rank: In most diseases, being your own health in jeopardy.
Heart disease overweight is a risk factor as is
Malignant neoplasm (aka smoking and not being physi- Clinic
cancer) cally active. By making wise
AIDS health choices such as choosing Visit your doctor or med-
Cerebrovascular disease foods that are low in refined ical clinic regularly for pre-
(aka high blood pressure) sugars, moderate in salt and ventative health care screen-.
Diabetes Mellitus (aka avoidance of fatty foods on a ing. Example: clinical breast
high blood sugar) regular basis is a good place examination by a medical pro-
The above information rep- to start. fessional at least every three
resents all females. However, a Good health includes regu- years beginning at age 20 and
closer look at the death report lar exercise and maintenance then annually after age 40.
for 1998 indicates that between of a healthy weight for your This is in addition to monthly
the ages 25 to 44 our sisters, height and body size, your self-examination three-four
mothers, grandmothers and Body Mass Index (BMI), days after your period begin-
girlfriends are dying primarily though it might be complicated ning age 20.
of AIDS! to fully understand, should Menopause, though it is a
Accidents read between 18-24.9. natural part of a woman's life
Outside this parameter puts cycle, should not end the visits
Syou at increased risk for health to your OBGYN. Pap smears
.Cancer, and then accidents, problems. (eg, a woman above and pelvic examination are
violence and poisonings (the BMI 25 is considered over- more so important to detect
latter three are grouped weight and the association abnormalities early on so that
together) follow behind as sec- between obesity and heart dis- treatment is most effective and
ond and third respectively, ease is not to be ignored. The successful.
Again, if we break down this latest nutrition survey con- If you drink alcohol, do so
information for ages 45-64 the ducted in The Bahamas in moderation. However, it is
trend continues but in this reported that 50 per cent, or best to not drink alcohol at all.
group cancer is now the num-- half of the adult population Red wine with dinner for the
ber one cause of death, but (15-64 yrs) is clinically obese sake of a healthy heart can just
AIDS remains near the top as that is, BMI greater-than 25, as healthfully be replaced with
the second killer of Bahamian furthermore the problem is 100 per cent red grape juice.
women aged 45 to 64. more acute in women than A last tip for getting healthy
Within this age group we men. for life is to quit smoking.
begin to see the consequences Women who smoke are plac-
of the accumulation of ResUlts ing themselves at greater
unhealthy lifestyle choices health risk than men who
creep into the number three A closer look at the results smoke.
spot from where it will become show that actually in the adult
the ultimate cause of death for female population more than
our women, one in every two Bahamian
Heart disease, though it is women is obese and out of
the number one cause of death those that are above the BMI, ^ y
in our men in this age group, 25 more than half are severely ......
and number three for us, by obese.
the end of menopause, age To put it simply, if we have ':
65+, heart disease in women 100 women who weigh too
outranks men to become our much for their height, then .....
leading cause of death, as high- over 50 of them are almost
lighted above. lO01bs over what they should
As a matter of information, weigh.
AIDS is the number one cause Here lies our main problem
of death in Bahamian men, a that ties into the leading caus- .
point all women should be es of death for our women!
aware of because it has the Obesity, a word that Bahami- A4 .
potential to affect and infect ans do not like to hear any *
you! more than they want to be
called fat, is a major risk factor
Brighter for the development of many .... :
of the nutrition-related non- P P
On a brighter note J, the Pan communicable diseases (eg .
American Health Organisa- diabetes, cancer and coronary
tion (PAHO), published their heart disease). |
Health Situation in the Ameri- Being overweight is a seri-
cas Basic Indicators 2000 and ous problem, but one that can 9,ft ba,
the Bahamas life expectancy be overcome by Lightening Up .
at birth was reported to be 74.3 and Living Healthy!
years total. However, Bahami- How? By adopting healthy
an females were listed to live lifestyle choices that will
on average 77.6 years. become a part of your every-
This figure is up from the day functioning. Here are
1950 demographic indicators, some simple and effective tips
which stated that the life to begin:
expectancy for Bahamian Choose foods that are high
females was 61 years. in fibre eg fresh fruits, raw veg-
y, fir e st a s e i r .... d
Doctor, a friend recently
told me she had a visit with
gynaecologist and was told
she had a cyst inside her
womb. She suffers from ter-
rible period pains, heavy
bleeding and painful clotting.
She has had one child by C-
section and the doctor feels
that birth traumatised the
womb. He is now suggesting
she have more children (she
is unmarried) or have a hys-
terectomy. Can you help?
A question immediately
arises in my mind as to
whether you heard your
friend correctly or whether
she fully understood what
her doctor was saying. The
reason that I asked this is
because a cyst, which is a flu-
id-filled growth, usually aris-
es from the ovaries. Fibroid
tumours, solid growths, arise
from the womb (uterus).
Ovarian cysts most times do
not produce heavy painful
bleeding. This is usually
Dr Reginald Carey
found in conjunction with
Having a caesarean sec-
tion does not usually dam-
age the womb producing the
mentioned symptoms. Nei-
ther does having a caesarean
produce uterine fibroids.
Having more children is
an option but usually does
not cure the problem. Con-
ceiving, however, may be
more difficult. Your friend.
may have been advised to
complete her plans for a fam-
ily if possible. Growths in the
womb can produce infertility
and sometimes there is no
option but to remove the
uterus to bring relief from
the painful heavy periods.
Another option would be to
remove the growths from the
More often, in relatively
recent times, we are seeing
more women with
endometriosis involving the
uterine walls (adenomyosis).
This condition produces uter-
ine enlargement associated
with lower abdominal pain,
heavy painful periods and
The treatment of this con-
dition is ultimately hysterec-
tomy for severe symptoms.
In some instances, although a
woman may have growths in
the womb, these may not be
the cause of the bleeding but
they may also be due to an
underlying hormonal imbal-
ance which, when treated
with hormone pills, brings
relief from the adverse symp-
in pretgnancy can
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IT is not always what.you
eatitjdeh e nesI whether
SYIM y Si go weight.
Sometimes, small changes in
the way you eat can help
eliminate those extra
Try these suggestions:
Eat smaller amounts of
food more often, and eat at
least half of your intake ear-
lier in the day (to increase
your metabolism) you will
burn off more calories that
Use small plates, so por-
tions look larger. Put less
food on your fork, and take
smaller bites. Chew slowly,
and pause between mouth-
Wait 10 minutes before
snacking. Don't prepare
snacks for other people. If
you feel like bingeing, put
on tight clothes-it will dis-
Choose more high-fibre
Seniors Month, Sroke
Doctors Hospital Distin-
guished Lecture Series on
May 26 will focus on Senior
Health with Dr Agreta
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-
The Bahamas Diabetic
Association meets every
third Saturday, 2.30pm
(except August and Decem-
ber) @ the Nursing School,
Grosvenor Close, Shirley
and high-water foods like
celery, watermelon, and
plain popcorn. (You get
more to eat without eating"
very many calories.) Men-
tally imagining yourself thin-
ner will keep you going.
Keep low-calorie snacks
easily available. Never skip
Don't eat anything after
.diner. Brush your teeth after
every meal; you will be less
inclined to continue nibbling.
Eat only if you feel relaxed
to avoid "nervous munch-
Drink lots of water'every
day, to suppress appetite.
Never starve yourself all day
in order to eat a special din-
ner. (You'll be more likely
Most importantly, exer-
cise regularly to burn more
calories and increase your
Source: Doctors Hospital
Doctors Hospital, the
official training centre of
the American Heart Asso-
ciation offers CPR classes
certified by the AHA.
The course defines the
warning signs of respiratory
arrest and gives prevention
strategies to avoid sudden
death syndrome and the
most common serious
injuries and choking that
can occur in adults, infants
CPR and First Aid class-
es are offered every third
Saturday of the month from
9am-lpm. Contact a Doc-
tors Hospital Community
Training Representative at
302-4732 for more informa-
tion and learn to save a life
meets @ 16 Rosetta St,
Monday-Friday and Sun-
day, 6pm-7pm & 8.30pm-
9.30pm, and on Saturday,
10am-11am & 6pm-7pm &
8.30pm-9.30pm; @ Sacred
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iime for our readers to share
The e-mail address that fol-
lows each Green Scene article
is an invitation to readers to
share their experiences and
problems. Here is a selection of
messages I have received dur-
ing the past year.
In one of your recent arti-
cles you wrote about plants
that bloom year long, men-
tioning the cordia. I have a
,lovely cordia tree, but it only
stays lovely because I spray it
with a bacterial insecticide
.every two weeks to prevent
bugs from completely destroy-
ing it. If I leave it much longer
without spraying, the leaves,
buds and flowers are merci-
lessly attacked. I can't even
let it grow too tall as I would-
n't be able to reach the highest
branches to spray. Other cor-
dia growers I have spoken to
seem to have the same prob-
lem. Do you have any sugges-
Cordia is a wonderful hairy-
chested tree that puts out such
lovely flowers it seems to epit-
omise the modern male, tough
Here's your problem: Cor-
dia is a natural shoreline tree
that has, because of salt, very
little in the way of predators.
Once you have an inland tree
it is susceptible to mites, scales
As you say you use a bacte-
rial insecticide I assume the
infestation is caterpillar, the
most usual form of attack. It is
messy and temporarily
There are three things you
can do. One of them is noth-
ing. The caterpillar attack is
seasonal and, just as with
BougainvilleCa, will run its
tciourse and go away for a
The other course is to use
a systemic. Orthene is one
choice, an insecticide which
puts a poison into the sap of
the tree and kills any eaters.
The third choice is to buy
(if you don't have one
already) a high pressure win-
dow/car sprayer that blasts
water at high pressure. This is
the most environmentally safe
method of control knock the
pests in their various stages
right out of the scene.
With regard to your recent
article in The Tribune on June
16, we would be much obliged
if you could tell us where we
could locate the seeds men-
tioned in your article. Today
we visited Tropical Nursery in
Village Road but were only
able to find Zinnias and
Marigolds. If your mentioned
seeds are available in Abaco
perhaps you could let us know
and we shall try to obtain
same. We are avid readers of
your column because they
deal with the real experience
of gardening in the Bahamas.
Congratulations on your
achievements. So much time is
wasted locally on gardening
for other environments rather
than the one in which we live.
This is, of course, the result
of plain ignorance. Looking
forward to a favourable reply
Here on Abaco we have
what is probably the best nurs-
ery in The Bahamas. Some of
the plants I mentioned are
available here as potted plants
(I got 3 dozen Moss Roses
from 3 pots) but there is a
large seed selection as well.
I certainly enjoyed your arti-
cle this week about Plumeria
and as I have two coming into
bloom now I have a question.
When is the best time to
prune them...I would imagine
in the fall when they are losing
all the blossoms and
leaves...right??? Let me know
your thoughts...thanks, Helen.
You are spot on, Helen.
Wait till they are bare even
though they won't put out
leaves for many months after
I should first like to say that
I thoroughly enjoy reading
your column, though I'm not a
gardener. You do have a
wicked and delicious sense of
To my question I recall
you writing an article some
time ago about carambola and
that there were two types -
one that consistently (more or
less) gave sweet fruit and the
other a lot more dicey. What
is the name of the sweet one
and where can I get a plant.
Also, would these trees grow
in Long Island?
The sweetest Carambola is
Fuang Tung. Strangely
enough, its spines remain
green even when the fruit is
perfectly ripe. Next in line
would be Arkin, lovely when
orange rather than yellow.
Yes, Carambolas should do
well on Long Island. You
don't get the same intensity
of wind that we get on Abaco.
Carambolas need to be shel-
tered from the wind. With so
many mango trees in Long
Island you may be able to
plant them between mango
trees to protect them.
Can't help you on where to
buy. I received my four trees
from a friend who mossed
them. At our local nursery in
Marsh Harbour they can be
bought for $35-$40. When you
think about the thousands of
fruits they produce, hundreds
at a time, that's a good value.
B PLUMERIA (more often called Frangipani in The Bahamas) is best pruned in the
autumn when it is not flowering and has dropped its leaves.
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