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Publication Date: June 7, 2005
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Volume: 101 No.160 TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2005 PRICE- 500




Calls for the COB

president to resign

THE College of the Bahamas
was in turmoil last night as the
future of its president, Dr Rod-
ney Smith, hung in the balance
in the wake of his "plagiarism"
A senior academic called on
Dr Smith to resign immediately.
Meanwhile, the lecturers' union
was expected to echo, his
demand at an emergency exec-
utive meeting last night. -
The college council the
governing body was also
reported to be in crisis talks yes-
terday to decide on Dr Smith's
The call for his resignation
came from Mr Felix Bethel,
who said the president's posi-
tion was untenable after he
admitted using another acade-
mic's material in a speech he
delivered to students last week
without attribution.
Ironically, according to col-
lege sources, the speech was
about honesty and integrity on
the campus and came after
widespread discussion about
plagiarism among students.
Mr Bethel said: "I call on the
president of COB to resign if
what I have read in the press is
correct. The public must also
call on him to tender his resig-
"The college rules make a
point of saying that any student
'caught doing this can be sus-
pended or expelled from COB."
Mr Bethel said he was "sad
and disappointed" when he
read Dr Smith's statements in
The Tribune. But he said the
,president could not possibly car-
ry on after admitting he had
breached plagiarism rules.
The controversy plunges

COB into its biggest-ever crisis
only a year after Dr Smith a
Harvard graduate was
appointed president with a fan-
fare from college council chair-
man Franklyn Wilson.
Mr Wilson was the main dri-
ving force in easing out former
president Dr Leon Higgs and
bringing in Dr Smith at a.salary-
of $120,000 a year twice Dr
Higgs' salary.
Dr Smith was also provided
with luxurious rent-free accom-
-modation 'on the Eastern Road
and provided with other perks
because of his high academic
But Dr Smith's public apolo-
gy last week for failing to name
one of three writers whose work
he used in a convocation
address sent shock waves
through the Oakes Field cam-
In his statement, Dr Smith
admitted using a portion of a
speech sent to him in 2002 by
his colleague, John Sexton, the
president of New York Univer-
He said any behaviour sug-
gestive of plagiarism was a very
serious offence in academia and
should never be tolerated "par-
ticularly as it impinges on intel-
lectual property rights which lie
at the very core of the mission
and business of education."
Dr Smith said he deeply
regretted his error and apolo-
gised to the college council, all
faculty, students and staff "and
anyone who may have heard or
read my convocation remarks."
As the implications of Dr
Smith's confession sank in yes-
terday, the campus was abuzz
with speculation about the pres-
ident's future.
SEE page five

Former Registrar General wins court case

Tribune Staff Reporter

DISMISSED Registrar General Elis-
abeth Thompson has won her Supreme
Court case against the Governor Gen-

eral and the Judicial and Legal Service
Justice Hugh Small on Monday ruled
that her right to be treated fairly was
breached, and that she should be award-
ed damages and other costs.

In reading his judgment, Justice Small
called for the maintenance of the high-
est standards of public administration,
because he was "left to doubt whether
SEE page eight

Stab victim in cream dispute

Tribune Staff Reporter
A VIOLENT dispute over a
can of cream has sent a
Carmichael Road resident to hos-
pital nursing "severe stab

The 28-year-old resident of Allan
Drive was reportedly ganged by
two men on Sunday evening over
ownership of the can of cream.
He was stabbed several times
in the body and head, and is in
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Woman and
stepson are
found dead
Tribune Staff Reporter
and her stepson were found
dead in their Florida home at
the weekend, following what
US authorities believe was a
domestic dispute that led to a
double homicide.
According to the Florida
SEE page eight

'Enough help
was given' in
Al-Qaida case
Chief Reporter
THE Bahamas is satisfied
that it gave adequate assistance
in the three-and-a-half-year-
old case against top officials of
Al Taqwa bank, Attorney
General Alfred Sears told The
Tribune yesterday.
Last week the Bahamian
SEE page eight


The deserted village and

the earth village ranch
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'Amidst thy bowers the tyrant's hand is seen,
TAnd desolation saddens all thy green...
'No more thy glassy brooks reflect the day,
But, choked with sedges, works its weedy way ...
Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey,
Where wealth accumulates and men decay.

T he human race can be justly proud of the mag-
J nificent achievements it has made in science
and technology. Those advances have brought us many
wonderful things including television, air travel, mass
production and medical marvels.
: But justifiable pride has turned to overweening hubris
with a dangerous alienation from nature and values
which have served humanity well for centuries. Moder-
nity has within it seeds of destruction as well as great
opportunities for growth and development.
< Change in some cases (but not all) is desirable, but
care must be taken that we do not pursue change for the
s,hke of change and thereby bring about a disconnect
with continuity and sustainability.
: The lines above are from Oliver Goldsmith's aching-
IV nostalgic poem, The Deserted Village. It was written
in the 18th century, when Britain was in the throes of
the agricultural revolution which eventually wiped out
the system of peasant farming and introduced large-
spale intensive agriculture to feed a burgeoning popu-
t Goldsmith was Irish and some say his poetic "Sweet
Auburn" was really an invented composite of an Irish
1nd an English village. Nevertheless, the poem's mes-
sage is clear. It is a lament for a way of life under attack
land things of beauty degraded.
Fortunately for us, there is now amidst all the won-
ers of technology and development a growing desire to
ne-examine some old values we might have lost and
b protect what is left of our natural heritagePerhaps
iis not too late.

I experienced an inkling of Goldsmith's nostalgia
I recently when I took a walk with my friend Ter-
ry Miller through the Earth Village Ranch, a nature trail
just west of Chippingham.
i Mr Miller's story will be told one day but suffice it to
ay for now that, having faced'a personal crisis in his life
tnd having survived with the assistance of others, he is
flow sharing his redemptive experience by helping oth-
ers to climb out of4heir own hell holes.
Mr Milleris .theAriving force behind' the Bahamas
Association for Social Health (BASH) which seeks to
assist with recovery from drug and alcohol abuse,
domestic conflict and other addictions.
I An integral part of the BASH project is the operation
bf the nature trail which covers some 150 acres of
unspoiled native flora. Bahamians and tourists alike
pan enjoy walks as well as horseback rides through
Earth Village.,
BASH receives a small grant from the government
but could do with more help from the public and private
,sectors. Mr Miller's vision is for an eventually self-sus-
itaining operation. It is well worth a visit.

y visit reminded me of childhood at Inagua
.and in Chippingham when young people
were free to explore the seashore and ramble in the
At Inagua, and later in Chippingham, which was
mostly bush, we feasted on succulent top heart (hearts
of palm in fancy restaurants), thatch berry, pigeon
plum and red prickly pear (cactus), not to mention
tamarind and guinep.
We sometimes travelled with limes in our pockets to

season the kerbs we prised off the rocks along the
shore sea and ate uncooked.
There was no television so we had to use our imagi-
nation to entertain ourselves.
There were times for old stories and riddles in the
evenings around aromatic burning busl, to keep the
mosquitoes away. Then there were seasons for boats,
kites, marbles and tops.
The -older men taught us how to carve tops out of
gum-elemi and other wood. Our excitement was over-
whelming when they deemed us old enough to go duck-
Some children still experience such joys but the citi-
fied generation which believes berries come from the
supermarket has missed out, as they say, big time.

When Goldsmith wrote The Deserted Vil-
lage the industrial revolution had not yet
reached full steam and the assault on the planet's nat-
ural resources had barely begun.
In the New World, rapacious Europeans were
destroying cultures that were in some ways superior to
their own, while conquering the land and brutally
exploiting its resources.
In some so-called primitive societies the idea of land
ownership had not occurred. People belonged to the
land and in.some cases it was an almost mystical rela-

"Fortunately for us, there
is now amidst all the
wonders of technology and
development a growing
desire to re-examine some
old values we might have
lost and to protect what is
left of our natural heritage.
Perhaps it is not too late."

Native Americans wept as they watched the new-
comers slaughter the buffalo for its hide and left the car-
cass to rot in the sun.
In his book, Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee, a
history of the Native American tragedy, Dee Brown
says that from 1872 through 1874, Europeans slaugh-
tered 3,700,000 buffalo while the Native Americans
killed only 150,000.
The Natives, says Brown, "killed only enough animals
to supply their needs for winter stripping the meat
carefully to dry in the sun, storing marrow and fat in
skins, treating the sinews for bowstrings and thread,
making spoons and cups of the horns,; weaving the hair
into ropes and belts, curing the hides for tepee covers,
clothing and moccasins."
When a group of concerned Texans asked
General Philip Sheridan to stop the wholesale
slaughter of buffalo, he replied: "Let them kill, skin,
and sell until the buffalo is exterminated, as it is the only
way to bring lasting peace and allow civilisation to
The Natives, says Brown, wanted no part of a
civilisation that advanced by exterminating useful ani-
But the buffalo was just about exterminated along
with the greater part of the Native American popula-
The struggle to conserve what remains of the native
culture and natural heritage of the New World contin-
ues up to this day. In Ecuador the Huaorani are locked
in a battle to save some of their homelands from the oil
According to Environment New Service, these lands
contain some of the highest records of biodiversity.
ever documented for trees, amphibians, birds, insects
and other wildlife including the scarlet macaw, the
ocelot and.the blue-headed parrot. We wish the Huao-
rani luck.

hanks to the visionary work of the Audubon
Society, the Bahamas National Trust and the
Nixon brothers Sam and Jimmy, the endangered flamin-
go which was down to several thousands a few decades
ago, is now flourishing in the tens of thousands at
Inagua and migrating to other islands.
The Inagua parrot is also doing well and is confi-
dent enough to visit Mathew Town these days.
As we become more environmentally conscious, and
if we keep the grubby hands of the oil and gas industry
out of our clear blue waters and away from our coral
reefs, we may avoid Goldsmith's desolation and has-
tening ills.
Perhaps the grouper, the conch and the turtle can sur-
vive and flourish like the magnificent flamingo and
our lives can be enriched if only by occasional com-
muning with nature.

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"If you build it, they will
come." Founded 16 seasons
ago by a few parents with the
dream of starting a baseball
program, the Junior Baseball
League of Nassau has proven
the saying and become a
model athletic program for
Bahamian youth from all
walks of life.
In 1990 some 40 youngsters
took to rocky "fields" and
began playing ball. Today,
JBLN's nearly 300 young
players take to major league
quality fields, complete with
baby bermuda grass and clay
Obviously the transformation
has not occured over-night.
Several years ago JBLN made
a commitment to take the
program to a higher level.
Long on community support
and enthusiasm but short on
quality playing fields and the
infra-structure needed to
support annual growth, an
ambitious program was
begun to build the JBLN
"Field of Dreams"- an
impressive complex of fields,

batting cages, restrooms,
concession stand, and score-
keeper quarters to support
serious development of the
game from t-ball (5 years old)
through juniors (16 years old).
Annual maintenance and
program costs are met largely
through the support of
parents and sponsors. But
with the contruction cost of a
single field running as high
as $100,000 the dream has
had to be accomplished in
phases. Infrastructural
development of this
magnitude always depends
on wide community support
for success and JBLN
President Charles Kemp
could not be more proud of
what has been achieved to
date. Considered one of the
untiring drivers behind
JBLN's growth, Kemp knows
first hand what has gone into
making the "Field of Dreams"
come true. The Father Pat
Fund is pleased to support the
JBLN Field of Dreams..For
more information on JBLN
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Appeal could result in

'milestone decision'

for Bahamian law

Tribune Staff Reporter
AN appeal set to be heard by
the Privy Council today could
result in a "milestone decision"
for Bahamian law.
In what has been described as
a landmark case, the London-
based Privy Council is expected
to hear an application from the
Bahamas Court of Appeal in the
case of Tamara Merson, who
was falsely imprisoned and
assaulted in a Freeport prison in
Ms Merson, represented by
lawyer Fred Smith, is seeking to
be awarded damages for the
breach of her constitutional
Past counsel for Ms Merson,
Pleasant Bridgewater, MP for
Marco City, told The Tribune
yesterday that if the Privy Coun-
cil rules in favour of her former

client, "this could be a milestone
for the Bahamian courts."
"In the-past there have been
numerous claims of constitu-
tional breaches in the Bahamas,
and as is the case with Ms Mer-
son's situation, the police are
often those accused of these
breaches, including claims of
brutality and inhumane treat-
ment," she said.
Ms Bridgewater said a deci-
sion to award damages for the
breach of constitutional rights
could lead to "people taking
these rights more seriously."
"I believe that if people could
be held liable for infringing and
breaching these rights, it would
support and augment the funda-
mental philosophy that a per-
son's constitutional rights are
inalienable," she said.
Ms Merson, an American
teacher, then 29-years-old, was
visiting her paraplegic and dia-

betic father in Freeport in 1987,
when Sergeant Drexel
Cartwright, (later promoted to
Inspector), executed a search
warrant at the residence of her
The father, who was away at
the time, was suspected of con-
ducting an illegal banking oper-
After the search, police arrest-
ed Ms Merson and held her in
custody her for three days.
In 1994, then Chief Justice
Dame Joan Sawyer found the
following facts proven and there-
fore ruled that Ms Merson had
been treated in an inhumane and
degrading fashion:
Ms Merson was not allowed
to change her clothing or to call
anyone for assistance after her
She was taunted and teamed
by the police, who used racial
slurs such as "white honky."

She was initially locked up at
the Freeport Central Police Sta-
tion with another female and two
male prisoners who were not
separated from the men in any
She was not permitted to use
the bathroom for some time.
Ms Merson was also not
allowed to take her medication
and during the first night at the
jail and had to share the cell with
two men who threatened to rape
Ms Merson described the cell
as "the black hole of Calcutta"
and said that the jail was so busy
that day prisoners could not be
let out to use the toilet and pris-
oners defecated and vomited in
the cell area.
One of the inmates mastur-
bated in front of Ms Merson and
there was general mayhem and
confusion throughout the day.
She was denied her right to

see her counsel, Harvey Tynes,
until later that evening.
She was eventually transferred
to the airport police station.
Ms Merson was kept in cus-
tody well over the allowed 48
hours and unlawfully denied bail.
Those were the facts upon
which the Chief Justice awarded
her $100,000 for constitutional
The Supreme Court further
awarded Ms Merson $90,000 for
damages for assault, battery and
false imprisonment are and
$90,000 for malicious prosecu-
In October 2001, however, the
Court of Appeal overturned the
ruling on the basis that there
seemed to have been a duplica-
tion in damages and that there
was no right to separate consti-
tutional relief.

Foreign ministers

meet with Rice

CARIBBEAN foreign min-
isters under the chairmanship
of Fred Mitchell, Bahamas
Minister of Foreign Affairs and
Public Service, met with US
Secretary of State Condoleezza
Rice Monday in Fort Laud-
erdale, Florida.
Mr Mitchell leads Caricom's
Council on Foreign and Com-
munity Relations (COFCOR).
The meeting was a "get

'acquainted session" and last-
ed for almost an hour.
The issues discussed included
Haiti, its electoral process and
the deteriorating security situ-
ation there in the light of
shared US/Caricom commit-
ments to a successful return to
democracy in that country.

FPL halts requests for long-term

liquified natural gas proposals

Tribune Staff Reporter
ronmentalists who oppose the
establishment of a liquefied nat-
ural gas (LNG) facility in the
Bahamas are claiming a small
victory after Florida Power and
Light (FPL) halted requests for.
long-term LNG proposals.
SThe utilities company FPL
issued a news release stating that
none of the request for proposals
(RFP) received so far presented.
sufficiently compelling reasons
for the company to proceed with
its bidding process.
Anti-LNG activists Tim and
4Hayden Riley said the
announcement is a small victory
in their "David versus Goliath"
battle, and that they will contin-
ue to petition against the instal-
lation of LNG facilities in the
Bahamas and the United States.
"We recognise that we are up
against some very wealthy and
influential energy companies
who want to profit at the
Bahamian peoples' expense. At
this stage of the Bahamian LNG
battle, we will accept a slight pat'
on the back, but no hugs or
champagne yet," said Mr Riley.
The Rileys were quick to add
that they will not be fooled or
lulled into complacency by ener-
gy company-generated press
releases, and will continue to be
a source of unbiased truth about

"The actual risks and dangers
of LNG which are routinely min-
imised by Minister Miller and
the BEST Commission in sup-
port of the energy companies.
We continue to help coastal
communities throughout Amer-
ica who are fighting to stop
LNG, and we don't believe dan-
gerous LNG facilities and
pipelines are in the BEST inter-
est of the Bahamian people
. either," he said.
Paula Rockstroh the
spokesperson for Tractebel, an
affiliate of FPL who along with
the El Paso company, were seek-
ing approval for an LNG facility
in Grand Bahama, said that the
announcement came as quite a
shock to them.
"We are certainly surprised.
We did not expect this at all, and
right now we are trying to see
what our next step is going to
be, to see if we are going to con-
tinue with the project. We don't
know what's going to happen
next to be honest. This decision
came up very unexpectedly," she



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On May 5, 2005, May McCorquodale died peace-
fully in Glasgow, Scotland. A long-time resident
of Nassau, May made her home in Nassau in the
1960's, founding the Blueberry Hill School,
where she taught pre-school children for more
than twenty years.

She returned to Scotland in 1997 to be closer to
her family. She was pre-deceased by her brother,
Alex McCorquodale. May is survived by her
three nieces, Mary Foglia of Florida, Jane
Johnstone and Julie Morrison, both of Scotland,
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"crack down" on business
owners who continue to
deduct national insurance con-
tributions out of employees'
pay, but refuse to turn funds
over to the board.
"Let me remind employers
that this is illegal and the
National Insurance Board
(NIB) will not tolerate this any
longer. We intend to collect,
and collect we will," said Min-
ister of Housing and National
Insurance Shane Gibson in his
contribution to the budget
debate on Thursday.
To date, Mr Gibson said,
it is estimated that "millions
of dollars in uncollected con-
tributions are owed to NIB."
NIB's budget for 2005 is
$137 million, and according to
Mr Gibson, so far this year
$46 million has been collected.
This, he said, "tells us that
NIB is right on target for this
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Licence plate names should be published

ACCORDING to Public Transportation
Association president Reuben Rahming, the
association can stop bus drivers' madness on
the roads within two weeks presumably if
government adopts the association's "Oper-
ation Slow Down" proposal and hands out
$50,000 to subsidise public transport.
"We can, within two weeks, cause every
bus to proceed on their routes without ever
exceeding the speed limit," Mr Rahming
"This may not answer all questions, but it
will definitely put a good dent into some of
the problems going on today," he said.
As we said in this column yesterday the
only way to solve this problem is to enforce
the law. The present loopholes that allow one
person to hold a licence plate without a car,
while another has a car without a licence
plate, must be plugged. In permitting this
practice government has created its own prob-
lems and opened the door to corruption.
As we explained in this column yester-
day, persons not in the public transportation
business, but with "friends" in the right
places, are granted a public transport fran-
chise a licence plate by government.
Mr A, who has another job either as a
lawyer, doctor, civil servant, or tradesman
"with friends" must now find someone
who is willing to hire his licence plate from
him. He finds Mr B who wants to get into the
transportation business, but whose efforts
are being thwarted'ibecause, with the present
moratorium, no licence plates are available.
Also he lacks that one important ingredient
he has no "special friends" in high places.
We explained in this column yesterday
how, with a guarantee Mr A would rent Mr B
his licence plate, and how with that guarantee
Mr B would get bank financing to purchase
his vehicle.
But to get the duty free concession on the
importation of jitneys into the Bahamas,
Mr B needs a letter from the Ministry of
Finance. However, he cannot do this without
putting his bus in the name of Mr A as the
owner licence plate and bus must have
the same owner. And so Mr B, to get into
business participates in the charade, gets his
letter, presents it to Customs and collects his
vehicle without'paying duty. To all intents
and purposes Mr B, when he clears Customs,
is acting as an agent for Mr A. This keeps
government's books tidy and the law intact
with Mr A appearing as the true owner of the
vehicle. Although everyone knows what's
going on, there are smiles all round, and the

transaction is completed without a hitch.
By now Mr B is heavily in debt. He has to
pay the bank for his new vehicle and he has to
pay Mr A $400 a month to rent his licence
plate. Apparently, there is no paper trail on
the transaction between A and B. This busi-
ness is done on the old fashioned handshake.
In fact this kind of business could turn out for
Mr B to be a dangerous game of Russian
It's now important for Mr B to get out on
the road and find as many fares as he can to
meet his debts.
However, if Mr B decides that he is going
to have someone else drive his jitney, anoth-
er expensive deal has to be forged. Mr B
hires a driver who will drive for him for five
days. The driver's only pay will be the remain-
ing two days when he drives for himself. We
are told that the fees for this range from $180
to $250 a day with $200 being the average
charge. This means that assuming that
$200 is the charge in five days the driver
has to earn $1,000 for Mr B. If he doesn't
make his quota, he then has to make up the
difference from his own two days.
It is obvious why so many safety laws are
being broken by the jitneys as the drivers
rush to get their fares to make their quotas.
Of course, government could change this
system it doesn't need Mr Rahming and
the PTA to do it for them if it would only
crack down on this iniquitous practice going
on between franchise holder and bus owner.
It is understood that many of these fran-
chises are not being used either because
the franchise holder cannot afford to put a
vehicle on the road, or cannot find anyone to
do a deal with him. And so while there are
Bahamians anxious to get into the business,
there are other Bahamians, not in the busi-
ness, who are hoarding unused franchises.
Government should immediately give an
accounting of all franchises issued to date
and publish the names of all franchise hold-
ers. These should then be investigated. Fran-
chises that are not being used other than
those being held by persons trying to put a
business together -or those that are held by
persons who are not in the business, should
be recalled. They should then be reissued to
persons who are genuinely in the trans-
portation business.
If the middle man were cut out of this
business, a major part of the corruption would
be eliminated. The traffic authorities could
then concentrate on enforcing the laws of
the road.

Past time to

put racism

behind us

EDITOR, The Tribune
ONCE again, the words of
wisdom emphasised by my
grandmother echoes in my
head. "Where ignorance is a
bliss, 'tis folly to be wise!" This
profound thought came about
after reading a response to one
of my recent editorials entitled
"Dr Percentie taken to task" by
one Dr Keith Russell. I assume
that he is one of those Rev-
erend Doctors as I am unaware
of any Keith Russell in the med-
ical field.
Dr Russell's presentation
contains a number of assertions
and' assumptions that, because
of their inaccuracy, have led
him to some illogical conclu-
sions. The issue that I presented
was the irrelevancy of race in
the Bahamas today, particular-
ly as it relates to politics or even
becoming Prime Minister.
Regrettably, it appears that
Dr Russell is trapped in a time
capsule in the past where he is
quite contented to reside.
Should he check his calendar,
he would discover that the
Berlin Wall has fallen, Nelson
Mandela has been freed and
man has landed on the moon. It
is now time for him to look up
and move on with the times.
Just for the record, my father-
in-law here in Boston is one of
the world's leading retina (the
area of the eye that sees colour)
specialists. Myopic or tunnel
vision persons like yourself who
can only see things in black and
white could certainly benefit
from his services. Why on earth
do you suggest that being colour
blind "is a dangerous malady
for black people to contract?"
Dr Russell then went on to
suggest that "many Bahamians
consider Mr Symonette's white-
ness a problem... not because
they are racist, but because of
historical experiences past and
present." This statement is both
contradictory and ridiculous as
Dr Russell is suggesting that the
Symonettes are still practising
racism today.
My position on the past is
quite straightforward as I indi-
cated that there were some
injustices in the past as it relates
to the majority of Bahamians.
-However, we run a risk of
improper conclusions when we
try to analyse 1950s problems
with 2000 and beyond specta-
cles. What Dr Russell and oth-
ers like him do not understand
was the fact that, prior to July
10 1973, there was no law pro-
hibiting the evil act of discrimi-
nation. It was possible to dis-
criminate without any legal con-

sequence, except that of moral
convictions. That all changed
when the Constitution of the
Bahamas, the Bahamas' high-
est legal authority, came into
Embedded in the Bahamian
Constitution is a provision guar-
anteeing protection from dis-
crimination based on race, place
of national origin, creed and
religion. The British were quite
clever to insert that clause in all
post colonial constitutions to
prevent one group out of spite,
hate and revenge denying
another group.
Dr Russell then went on to
suggest that somehow whatever
negative values possessed by
the UBP were genetically inher-
ited by Brent Symonette, who
was d mere boy at the time. This
is pure nonsense as there is no
scientific proof that social values
are predetermined. For God's
sake man, the UBP has been
out of power for almost 40
years, that is almost two gener-
ations of Bahamians ago. Why
is it that when Marvin Pinder,
an admitted UBP in his youth
with a desire to be a UBP Pre-
mier, was not challenged by
people like Dr Russell even
when he became a PLP Cabinet
Minister and could have possi-
bly become Prime Minister?
Of course, the PLP has
exploited the racial issue for its
benefit. By unconstitutionally
referring to the Bahamas as a
black country, it was suggest-
ing that there was an advantage
to being "black'" .in. the ,
Bahamas. Remember when the
Honourable Paul Adderley in
his capacity as Minister of
Finance suggested the possibil-
ity of denying or limiting busi-
ness licences to persons in a par-
ticular class? This is the same
Paul Adderley who, along with
AD Hanna and Sir Clement
Maynard, some 30 years after
the introduction of the
Bahamas flag appeared on the
Darold Miller show to explain
the colours of the flag. The pre-
vailing view at the time was that
the black on the flag represent-
ed the people of the Bahamas.
This of course was a bold-
faced lie but it served the polit-
ical agenda of the PLP, that was
to divide the Bahamian people.
Iti any adversity with human
conflict, according to Louis Far-
rakhan, for healing to occur,
there must be atonement, that
is, recognising the wrong and
then trying to correct it. For the
Bahamas, this should have been
an easy task as our Constitu-
tion describes the Bahamas as a
nation with Christian values.
The whole concept of Chris-
tianity is based on forgiveness.

The Bahamas, unfortunately, is
noted for its hypocrisy of Chris-
tian principles.
How can anyone condemn
the UBP racist policy as wrong
and evil and turn around and
do the same thing? There are
so many examples of where the
victims of racism have turned
that negative energy into a pos-
itive force of unity for a' divided
people for example, Nelson
Mandela of South Africa.
This man spent 27 years in a
prison under conditions that
none of us can imagine because
of racism. Upon his release
from prison, his first statement
was: "I don't want to live in a
country run by blacks....or
whites. I want to live in a coun-
try where the government is
democratically elected." In oth-
er words, judge a man by the
content of his character and not
the colour of his skin.
A few days later, Nelson
Mandela was at the home of the
widow of Pieter Botha, the
Prime Minister of South Africa,
who had imprisoned him, dis-
cussing the future of race rela-
tions in a South Africa. Because
of this racial unity, South Africa
continues to be a prosperous
country. Compare South Africa
with the economically disastrous
situation in Zimbabwe, where
President Mugabe is ruling the
country along racial and tribal
Dr Russell, it's obvious that
you do not know me at all. I
have been fighting social injus-
tice, racial or otherwise, all of
my life; not just in the Bahamas,
but around the world. I risked
being expelled from university
demonstrating for the freedom
of Nelson Mandela. I 'have been
tear-gassed in a counter demon-
stration against the Klu Klux
Klan in front of the White
House. Just this past Mother's
Day I once again battled the
forces of ignorance here in
Boston when some "bald head"
White Revolutionists attempted
to spread their campaign of hate.
The pathetic attempt by Dr
Russell to insult my heritage
shows his ignorance of Bahami-
an genealogy. Obviously he
doesn't know his facts. As a
guideline, a US Supreme Court
had defined a racial descendent.
It ruled that if a person is 1/32 of
a race, then you are a descen-
dent of that race. That is, if one
of your great grandparents was
of a particular race even if you
don't display the physical char-
acteristic of that race, you are a
descendent of that race. Dr
Russell, to help educate you, I
will invite you to the Hanna,
Tynes and Heastie family
reunion in July 2006. Thanks to
Gavin Tynes.
May 26 2005.

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College president blunder

prompts call for review

AS the College of the
Bahamas last night found itself
in the centre of another major
storm, calls went out for a
"complete review" of its future
"It is a disaster, it is a sham-
bles, it is an embarrassment," a
lecturer stormed after president
Dr Rodney Smith admitted
"plagiarism" in a convocation
speech last week.
With the president's future in
the balance, and three official
statements promised today on
the latest crisis, faculty mem-
bers said the time was right for
a re-examination of COB's
"There is a clear analogy
between COB and Bahamasair,"
said one lecturer, "The college
has been working under the
radar for three decades and tens
of millions of dollars have been
pumped into the institution with
very little to show for it."
It was now time, he said, for
the college's role and relevance
to be reassessed. It needed to
be re-fashioned to fit the needs
of Bahamian society. In the
past, it had been "a gift to the
middle class."
With Harvard graduate Dr
Smith mired in controversy, the
time was right to review COB's
ambitions of university status
by 2007, he said.

"You can hang up a sign
tomorrow saying 'University of
the Bahamas' but that doesn't
make it a university," said the
"You have to dig deep to
build high. This business about
having university status is a
dodo it isn't going to fly.
"Smith may survive this crisis
if no-one demands action, but if
he stays in place COB will con-
tinue to drift. We have to step
back and look again at what we'
want from education in the
The lecturer said "franchis-
ing degrees for US hucksters"
was not the way forward. A
review was needed with a wider
spectrum of people taking part.
"It has to be brought forward
in public forums," he said.
The removal of Dr Leon Hig-
gs as president last year was
meant to signal COB's final run
towards university status.
Dr Smith, with his Harvard
credentials, was seen by college
council chairman Franklyn Wil-
son as the man to take the col-
lege forward.
But his plagiarism confession
has and plunged the accident-
prone college into arguably its
biggest crisis.
One college source told The
Tribune: "Things were bad when
Wilson turned up. Now they

have gone from bad to worse.
"Under Dr Higgs, things were
inching ahead. Now we have
gone miles behind."
The latest controversy is one
of many in COB's history.
During Dr Higgs' six-year
reign, there were constant
reports of management infight-
ing and intrigue.
Early in his tenure, it was dis-
closed by The Tribune that a
senior foreign academic at the
college was facing serious
assault charges in his homeland.
The college has also come in
for savage criticism from for-
eign staff who say its inexplica-
ble "revolving door" recruit-
ment policy is hurting students.
But the Dr Smith wrangle is
seen by faculty as the most
embarrassing crisis to date,
undermining COB's standing in
the academic world.
Last August, The Tribune's
INSIGHT section featured Dr
Smith under the headline "Col-
lege of the Bahamas' troubles
aren't over yet."
It described Dr Smith as the
embodiment of Mr Wilson's
dreams for the college, but
added: "Whether those dreams
turn into recurrent nightmares
remains to be seen."
Last night, faculty members
claimed the nightmares had
arrived earlier than expected.

COB left in turmoil

FROM Page one
A meeting of the Union of
Tertiary Educators of the
Bahamas (UTEB), the lecturers'
bargaining body, was due to be
held last night and a statement is
expected today.
Meanwhile, college executives
were in a meeting to decide their
next move and an official state-
ment is also expected today.
Dr Smith himself was said to
be "off sick" yesterday and
unavailable, for comment.
One lecturer said: "Dr Smith
was Mr Wilson's hand-picked
choice. We therefore have to
wonder at Mr Wilson's judgment.
"The big question we are ask-
ing is this: how do you end up
paying $120,000 a year to a col-
lege president who can do some-
thing like this?
"When he arrived, Dr Smith
said he was keeping a low pro-
file for his first year. Well, he has
been here for a year now and he's
back in the limelight big-time."
Campus sources said the col-
lege council was told by Minister
of Education Mr Alfred Sears
to address Dr Smith's confession
A lecturer told The Tribune:
"There is no such thing as 'sorry'
in this situation. If a student does
it, he gets expelled. A number
of students have been accused
of plagiarism, but generally it's
because they don't know the dif-

ference because they haven't
been told.
"But here we have a man who
has a Harvard doctorate. I gath-
er the college council latched on
to the plagiarism immediately
and did their research.
"Last week's press conference
was the result, but of course it
took place just before the holi-
day weekend when The Tribune
was off the streets. Maybe it was
hoped that the whole thing
would blow over."
Another college source said
there was no way Dr Smith
could effectively represent aca-
demic integrity after being asso-
ciated with such an offence.
"There is no excuse. He of all
people should know how seri-
ous this allegation is and no mat-
ter that he has apologised, the'
damage has been done and it is
It was the opinion of the
source that "he has made a
mockery of our education sys-
tem and has stained the reputa-
tion of the institution."
UTEB president Jennifer
Dobson said she was not pre-
pared to make an official state-
ment until after last night's exec-
utive meeting.
But other faculty sources were
accusing Dr Smith of violating
one of the basic codes of any
academic institution.
"He obviously broke the rules
and the consequences are just as

obvious -he has toresign"said
one lecturer.
Mr Wilson was unwilling to
comment on the matter imme-
diately, but promised a state-
ment today.
He told The Tribune: "I am
prepared to comment on it
because it is important, but not
at this time because I have three
huge matters that are occupying
my time right now.
"I will be willing to give you
an official response tomorrow.
You can quote me on that!"
COB's latest crisis comes only
a year after serious misgivings
were expressed over Dr Smith's
appointment, with the FNM
Action Group calling on the col-
lege council to re-examine the
president's background.
At the time, Mr Wilson
defended his choice, saying Dr
Smith was "the best man" to
lead the college towards univer-
sity status.
He said implications in the
action group's statement were
"despicable" and nothing in Dr
Smith's file supported its claims.
Mr Wilson also defended Dr
Smith's $120,000 a year salary
and his luxury residence. Asked
if COB could afford such
expense, he said: "We cannot
afford to do otherwise."
He said Dr Smith's appoint,
ment was a major step towards
COB becoming the University
of the Bahamas in 2007.

M COB president Dr Rodney Smith

Tribune Staff Reporter

FORMER residents of
Cheshire home say they are
still "committed" to the
establishment of a residen-
tial facility for the physically
disabled, despite the home's
closure last week.
Jerome Thompson told
The Tribune yesterday that
all four of the former resi-
dents are "determined" to
ensure that a facility is set
up for the .physically disabled
in the Bahamas sooner
rather than later.
"The need for an inde-
pendent residential group
facility for physically dis-
abled adults in the country
did not go way last week
Wednesday, because we
were forced out of that facil-
ity," he said.
Mr Thompson, Jervaisian
Stuart, Kenneth Storr and
Shawn Flowers have been
temporarily relocated to the
Nassau Beach Hotel, follow-
ing the disconnection of util-
ities at the home last week
On Wednesday evening
they accepted the offer from
the Ministry of Social Ser-
vices to be relocated; how-
ever, they chose to remain
at Cheshire for the night,
because they were waiting
for information on the
home's trust deed.
"If we had left the premis-
es we were running the risk
of forfeiting those benefits,"
Mr Thompson said.
Yesterday-;-the-four -men
met with officials from the
Ministry of Social Services
for an update on.the efforts
to relocate them from the
hotel to more suitable
The residents and thanked
the Ministry of Social Ser-
vices for helping them and
the public for their support.

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courts yesterday.
Appearing before Magistrate
Roger Gomez were Jason Cur-
tis, 26, of Swaziland Street;
Dwayne Swaby, 27, of Watlins
Street; Tavarus Paul, 26, of
Amos Ferguson Street; and
Tevaz Johnson-Hanna, 22, of
Homestead Street.
The four men are accused of
killing Verdin Pierre on Friday

September 7 2001.
They were also charged with
conspiracy to commit armed
Curtis was represented in
court yesterday by lawyer Ian
Cargill, Swaby by Anthony
Delany and Paul by Eliezer
Hanna was not represented.
The four men were not
required to enter a plea and
were remanded to Fox Hill
Prison until July 27 when a pre-
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Website analyses the

faults of CSME issue

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Bahamas is among ten
states which would be at the
mercy of Trinidad and Tobago,
Jamaica, Guyana and Suri-
name if it were to join the
Caribbean Single Market and
Economy (CSME), the Nas-
sau Institute claims.
On its website, the non-prof-
it organisation that "promotes
economic growth, employ-
ment, and entrepreneurial
activity in the Bahamas" fea-
tures Caribbean statistics
which show that while the
Bahamas is outnumbered in
terms of population, it has the
largest gross domestic product
(GDP) of the group.
"Of the 14 members, the
Bahamas represents only 4.68
per cent of the group's total

population which is a statis-
tically insignificant propor-
tion," states the institute.
"The populations of the four
largest members include
5,023,903 citizens, or 78 per
cent of the total proposed
CSME's population. Even if
voting as a block, the ten
smallest members including
the Bahamas comprise only
22.1 per cent of the popula-
tion, which is less than a quar-
ter of the CSME's population.
Not enough to swing a major-
ity vote."
The four largest states are
also significantly poorer, the
website adds.
An average income of
$5,675 per capita amounts to
less than one-third of the eco-
nomic productivity attained by
Trinidad and Tobago alone

shows more economic prospect
through its oil and gas-driven
In noting the country's geo-
graphical aspect, the website
states that the Bahamas is
"physically removed" from
The Nassau Institute argues:
"The Bahamas contrasts as
vastly wealthier and signifi-
cantly smaller as compared
with the CSME's proposed
"The statistics show that the
Bahamas is a blessed nation.
The benefits of joining can
only dilute Bahamian's many
wonderful national accom-
plishments. As such, the
Bahamas shouldn't sacrifice or
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BARF anger at


Tribune Freeport Reporter
sentaties have reacted angrily
after they were barred from a
meeting of CARICOM foreign
ministers by police and security
Nassau lawyers Paul Moss
and Fayne Thompson, of
Bahamians Agitating for a Ref-
erendum on the Free Trade
Area of the Americas (BARF)
and several members in
Freeport had attempted to hold
a press conference at the Manor
House at 11am last Thursday
at the Westin Our Lucaya
But just as they arrived at the
resort, they were met in the
parking lot by a number of-
police and security officers and
'prohibited from entering the

BARF has been campaign-
ing against the Bahamas sign-
ing onto several trade treaties,
including the WTO, FTAA and
Mr Mitchell and 13 CARI-
COM ministers were in
Freeport for the eighth meet-
ing of the, Council for Foreign
and Community Relations,
which ended on Thursday.
Mr Thompson said: "We
want to state our opposition to
any attempts by Fred Mitchell
to give the wrongful impression
that we in the Bahamas support
the CSME," he said,
He reported that 95. per cent
of Bahamians are opposed to
"We want to let Edwin Car-
rington (secretary-general of
,"CARICOM). to know' that he
has no. right to comeneto this
country to bargain anything on
behalf of the Bahamianrpeople

without first Bahamians being
consulted on the question as to
whether or not we want to join
CSME," he said.
Mr Moss said that reserva-
tions as indicated by Minister
Mitchell would not stand as
they go against the very heart
and soul of the treaty, which is
to establish a single economy
Freeporter Philippa Russell, a
member of BARF, said no min-
ister of foreign affairs and no
ambassador to, a foreign
Caribbean country have a right
to make such a commitment on
behalf of the nation.
"We are no longer content to
sit back and allow politicians to
.make decisions for us. Prime
Minister Perry Christie has not
spoken,'but if' he allows. !Mr,
Mitchell'to .make this decisions,
for his government, they shall!
all be fired simultaneously."

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Symonette causes a stir

with website reference

Symonette caused a stir in the
House of Assembly by asking-
Foreign Affairs Minister Fred
Mitchell to tell the House
whether he has made any con-
tribution to the website
"I attribute nothing by that,
just to say if he can come at his
appropriate time and say
whether he has made any direct
or indirect contribution to influ-
ence any publication on that
website," said Mr Symonette in
the House on June 1.
The issue arose when Mr
Symonette, displaying The Tri-
bune of May 28, drew members'
attention to a statement made
by Mr Mitchell that "he has
asked the Bahamas Trade Com-
mission to review the 'specific
language of reservations (in the
CSME revised treaty) and the
explanation to the public' and to
report back to the government".
The question arose when Mr
Symonette asked: "Has there
been a cabinet conclusion on
the CSME and if there has been
a cabinet conclusion on CSME
what has been the gist of that
Mr Symonette said Mr
Mitchell was. quoted in the
newspaper as asking the com-
mission to review the specific
language of the reservation and
the explanation to the public.
"The Minister of Foreign
Affairs," he said, "has never
had any difficulty reporting to
the public. You see him all over

the newspapers, sometimes
behind the website whatever -
has the cat got his tongue?
"I note that the commission is
only to report on the language
of the reservation. Does that
mean that the government has
already agreed to membership
in 'the best interest of the coun-
try'? A straight answer in plain
English that every Bahamian
can understand would be appre-
ciated by the Bahamian pub-


Attorney General Alfred
Sears rose to object to Mr
Symonette's reference "about
behind the website."
Mr Sears found it "offen-
sive... imputing an improper
motive" to Mr Mitchell who
was not in the chamber.
He said it was against House
rules to be "attributing an
improper motive against a
member under the guise of rais-
ing a question raise your ques-
tion, but why attribute an
improper motive about websites
and being behind wesbsites?"
Before Mr Mitchell became
a government minister he
operated the website
When the PLP became the gov-
ernment and Mr Mitchell
entered the cabinet, the name of
the website was changed to and
continued to operate.

E MONTAGU MP Brent Symonette

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE PLP has built more
than 850 homes for low
income families in three years,
according to new government
Shane Gibson, Minister of
Housing and National Insur-
ance, has compared the figure
to the FNM administration,
"who built 778 homes in their
entire 10 years in office".
"(This) is a national record
of which all Bahamians can be
proud," said Mr Gibson in his
contribution to the Budget
Debate in the House of
"Even our hardest critics
would have to admit that this
government has launched a
dynamic and highly effective,
housing programme," he told
The Ministry of Housing,
with the help of the private
sector, is aiming to build 1,000-
plus homes this year alone in
order to meet the rising
demand for affordable hous-
These homes, he said, will
be built at an estimated cost of
$108 million.
"We believe that decent,
hard-working families should
have a home to call their own.
Children deserve to grow up
in an environment where they
can reach their full potential,

because we believe that sta-
ble families are important to
fighting illiteracy, drug and
alcohol abuse, teenage preg-
nancy and other social ills,"
said Mr Gibson.


The Ministry of Housing
will also be watching for "slop-
py and tardy contractors", he
"We insist that contractors
live up to the high standards
demanded by the building
codes. We refuse to accept
short cuts.
"Single mothers and single
fathers can count on us to
ensure that if they qualify for a
home they will get the best
quality that money can buy,"
he said;
Mr Gibson also warned con-
tractors that the ministry
should not be seen as a "get-
rich-quick pot designed to line
their pocket books at the
expense of single parents, the
elderly or other hard working
He said: "We have heard
the cries of single mothers
who are constantly bilked by
unscrupulous contractors who
think they can charge an arm
and a leg for poor quality
work. That slackness and dis-
honesty will not be tolerated
under our watch."

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concern about clean-ups

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE increasing number of
marina facilities throughout the
Bahamas may have a very cost-
ly effect on local taxpayers if
marine legislation is not tight-
ened, a transport official has
Worldwide, about two-thirds
of oil spilled by vessels comes
from ships discharging waste
oils during tank cleanup, while
the other third is from acciden-
tal spills.
Archie Nairn, permanent sec-
retary in the Ministry of Trans-
port and Aviation, said oil spills,
particularly phantom oil spills,
continile to plague Bahamian
waters. And in most cases the
clean-up efforts are billed
straight to the public treasury.
Oil on the water is not subject
to boundaries or conventions,
and Mr Nairn agreed that it is
extremely difficult for govern-
ments of any country to impose
national standards on interna-
tional commerce.
"We want to ensure, before
any construction begins, that
the principals of those compa-
nies.understand that there is a
responsibility to them to have
on hand minimum equipment
and supplies as it relates to oil
spills," said Mr Nairn.
Sam Duncombe of the envi-
ronmental organsation Re-
Earth, said that this require-
ment is a step in the right direc-
tion, but she is not convinced
that it is enough.
"In particular with marinas,
where there are always oppor-
tunities for spills. If oil is being
spilled at a dock while a vessel is
loading up with fuel, the opera-
tor of that marina should be
held responsible, similarly here
with BEC, Texaco, Esso and
Shell at Clifton Pier."
"We are trying to run before
we have learned how to crawl. I
am not anti-development but
we have to be careful when we
open up the door, not to let
everyone walk all over us."
Port Controller Captain
Anthony Aliens explained that
any marina being constructed
in the country must have "tier

one" clean up capabilities.-
Oil spills are divided into
three categories tier one, tier
two, and tier three with tier
three being the most severe.
Captain Aliens admitted that
tier one spills occur quite fre-
quently, but these types of spills,
mostly diesel, usually evaporate
before affecting marine life in
an adverse way.
The Bahamas experienced a
tier three oil spill when 2,000
gallons of diesel fuel spilled from
the mv Legacy into the sea while
moored at the government dock
in Marsh Harbour.
Grand Bahama seems to
have the most problems with
oil spills, as it has the most mari-


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Along with assistance from
members of the public, clean-
up efforts rely on the work of
the National Oil Spill Commit-
tee, made up of representatives
from Ministry of Health and the
Ministry of Transport and Avi-
ation as well as other relevant
organisations, including the
Royal Bahamas Defence Force.
The committee works along
with the Clean Caribbean
Cooperative (CCC), a non-prof-
it corporation based in Fort
Lauderdale that provides equip-
ment and supplies capable of
responding to major oil spills
.anywhere in the Caribbean or
Latin America.

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'Double homicide'

FROM page one
Sheriff's Office, Renay Daniel,
49, was discovered in her bed-
room around 1.30 pm Friday by
a worried sister who showed up
after Daniel did not return calls
for two days.
The 17-year-old stepson,
Sebree Daniel, was found dead
in the bathroom.
Renay Daniel, who was born
in the Bahamas and is part of a
large family, spoke with her sis-
ters every day. When no one

had heard from her since Tues-
day, one of the sisters drove up
from Miami and unlocked the
front door with a spare key,
according to The Palm Beach
The sister found Daniel's
body when she arrived at her
home in the gated community
of Black Diamond. The door
was locked and there were no
signs of forced entry.
According to The Post,
deputies in Florida said Daniel's
husband Jamie Daniel Jr-

is a "person of interest" in the
apparent double homicide, but
he is not in custody and has not
been charged.
The Post said, the husband
worked road patrol as a sherif-
f's deputy in Louisa County,
Virgina for about a year in 2000.
He most recently worked at a
car dealership.
According to Florida reports
Jamie Daniel went to the Roy-
al Palm Beach police station in
the early morning hours on Fri-
day before the bodies were
found and talked about
killing himself, and was sent to a
nearby mental institution as. a
precaution under the Baker's
Act. -
The act allows authorities to
hold people in protective cus-
tody for mental evaluations if
they are deemed a danger to
themselves or others.
According to The Post, rela-
tives said the Daniels appeared
to have a good relationship.
They married in November
2003, and a year later bought
the home in which the bodies
were found.
The Tribune made several
unsuccessful attempts to con-
tact relatives of Renay Daniel.


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Authorities claim

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enough assistance

authorities were blamed for being partly responsible for "dealing a blow to US efforts to choke
off terror financing."
Swiss authorities said last Wednesday that they had halted the investigation into the now-
defunct Muslim firm, which is suspected by the United States of having Al-Qaida links.
However, Mr Sears said that a report given to him by the Director of Legal Affairs indicated that
the US made a request in 2002 and that the requested information was freely given.
"Under the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty we have with the US, our officers handed them the
information they needed on the bank and we co-operated fully with their request," he said.
Mr Sears pointed out that the Bahamas and Switzerland have no MLAT treaty.
The Swiss say that the Bahamas never gave "a usable response" to their requests for judicial assis-
Authorities had to drop the case against top officials of the Al Taqwa Management Organisa-
tion because authorities in the Bahamas failed to provide essential bank records by a court dead-
line, Claude Nicati, Swiss deputy federal prosecutor told the Associated Press.
Despite this, Mr Sears said that Switzerland made no formal complaint to the Bahamas on this
US officials accuse Al Taqwa of sending Al-Qaida money through Malta and Switzerland to bank
branches in the Bahamas.
The US government accused Al Taqwa, which was renamed Nada Management Organisation,
of helping to fund Osama bin Laden's terrorist network. The Swiss began investigating the com-
pany shortly after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on Washington and New York.
But authorities in the Bahamas failed to co-operate, Mr Nicati said. "The Bahamas never gave
a usable response to Swiss requests for judicial assistance."
Since late 2001 the company has been listed by the US as an organisation accused of helping to
fund terrorism.

Thompson wins court case


Mr Godfrey M Kenny

and Mrs Brenda D Kenny

Last known address:

Yamacraw Beach Estates

P.O. Box GT 2505

Nassau, Bahamas

Kindly contact

Mrs Franchelle Dorsett

or Mr Philip Rolle

at 502-5170,

502-5180 or 502-5173

Ms Thompson also objected
to "the manner in which she
was spoken to by the minister".
Long delays, deferment and
cancellation of scheduled meet-
ings, she said, also contributed
to the deterioration of their
However, Minister Gibson's
parliamentary secretary, Sheila
Carey, said in an affidavit: "The
Ministry received reports that
the applicant was sending out
correspondence that could dam-
age the integrity and credibility
of the registrar general's depart-
ment and that the applicant was
taking punitive action against
staff members who she per-
ceived did not support her.
"As a result of these devel-'
opments the Ministry wrotelthe-:
letter of January 7, 2005 and the
minister also terminated the

applicant's appointment as
inspector of financial and cor-
porate service providers."
Ms Thompson was hired in
August last year on a three-year
contract to serve as registrar
general and inspector of finan-
cial and corporate providers on
a salary of $51,200 per annum.
She received copies of her
contract on October 18, 2004,
and signed and dated them
before returning them to Ms
Carey by November 24.
Ms Thompson returned the
documents without getting con-
firmation from the government
on her request for a government
vehicle and duty-free allowance.
In his judgment Justice Small
pointed out that Ms Carey's
s.request to the Judicial Legal
Service Commission (JLSC) for
the termination of Ms Thomp-

son's contract was on Novem-
ber 23, 2004.
By January 10, 2005, Ms
Thompson received a letter of
termination. During the hear-
ing Justice Small questioned the
process by which Ms Thomp-
son was terminated.
He wanted to know if the
JLSC allowed the termination
without Ms Thompson receiv-
ing sufficient communication as
to the reason for her termina-
tion or without giving an audi-
ence to Ms Thompson to chal-
lenge the termination.
Ms Thompson's lawyer, Mil-
ton Evans, argued that the
entire process was done through
the secretary to the ministry of
financial services rather than
the Department of Public Ser-

Man stabbed over can

FROM page one
"serious condition" at the
Princess Margaret Hospital.
The stabbing followed a heat-
ed verbal exchange between the
victim and the men, according
to Insp Walter Evans.
The identities of the stab vic-
tim and his attackers were not
released up to press time yes-
However, police say two men
are assisting them in their inves-
In other crime news, police

are investigating two separate
armed robberies that occurred
at a local laundromat and
Bahamian eatery at the week-
The Midway Laundromat on
Farrington Road and The
Conch' Hill Eatery on East
Street south were both robbed
of an undetermined amount of
cash Sunday night.
According to police, a dark
male entered the laundromat
around 10.30pm, and held up
an employee with a chrome

The employee was forced to
turn over the store's deposit
The thief fled the area on
foot, heading towards the Rock
Crusher Road area.
Less than two hours later,
The Conch Hill Eatery was
robbed by two armed men. One
of the culprits wore a mask.
Police say the pair demanded
cash and fled in a southerly
direction with the establish-
ment's cash register
They were driving a white
Nissan Sentra.


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Friday June 10th

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SATURDAY JUNE 11TH 2005 at 9:00am
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FROM page one
there was full disclosure with
all the cards face up on the
Court documents show that
Ms Thompson admitted that
"there was an issue of confi-
dence" between herself and
Minister of Financial Services
and Investments Allyson May-
nard Gibson.
In an affidavit, dated April
12,2005, Ms Thompson told the
court that Minister Gibson
interfered with her functions as
registrar general by directing
her to incorporate companies
for a customer who owed tile
government fees of approxi-
mately $6,000.


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New passport

office to be

established in

Grand Bahama

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT While in Grand
'Bahama, Minister of Foreign Affairs
and Public Service Fred Mitchell
-announced that a new $300,00 pass-
port office will be established in
Freeport to replace the current facil-
ity in the National Insurance Build-
Mr Mitchell said the state of the
current facility is totally unaccept-
able to both the public and staff in
Grand Bahama.
"I believe an apology is owed to
the people of Grand Bahama for the
state of that office. It is really unac-
~eptable," said the minister, who
took time out to view the facility
-while in Freeport for the eighth
meeting of COFCOR.
In addition to the poor state, he
nofed that the office is insufficiently,

staffed to handle the increased
demands on passport services.
Residents have often complained
about the very poor and slow ser-
vices rendered at the Freeport office.
Customers say they must sit and
wait for hours to be served.
"The staff and the manager are
trying their best in very difficult cir-
cumstances. In the meantime, we are
trying to take some short term mea-
sures, and I have asked the chief
passport officer in Nassau to see
what he can do to manage the situa-
"We have a cabinet paper before
the government now for moving the
office to a new space. The cost is
estimated at $300,000 and so we try-
ing to move that along.
"I am hoping in the short term that
something can be done to make sit-
uation better for customers and
staff," he said.

* Minister of Foreign Affairs and Public Service Fred Mitchell

Lack of accounts 'impeding democracy'

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE government has impeded
democracy by failing to provide audited
Accounts for the past three years to its
'own financial watchdog.
-' This is the opinion of Montagu MP
"'Brent Symonette, who is the chairman of
-the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).
Mr Symonette said the accounts would
-'have been a vital component of the
2005/2006 budget debate.
-1, Mr Symonette said that the debate
Swas redundant because the PAC has not
been granted access to the accounts.
As the head of the PAC, Mr Symon-
-ette said the accounts are essential if the
*government is to have mechanisms in

place for reviewing its own procedures
and controls.
Despite the PAC having made rec-
ommendations for reform to the present
process of auditing the government,
changes have been slow to come, he
During his contribution to the Bud-
get debate on Wednesday, Mr Symon-
ette said when he asked Prime Minister
Perry Christie when the accounts for
2001-2004 would be tabled, House
Speaker Oswald Ingraham disallowed
the question on the grounds that there
was an inference that government was
holding up the delivery of the accounts.
"If you do not have audited accounts,
one cannot ascertain whether there has
beei any overexpenditure;, unauthorised ,

expenditure and not to mention any
hands in the cookie jar," Mr Symonette
Mr Symonette also expressed his dis-
pleasure that despite the recent imple-
mentation of new House rules which
allow for the appointment of a finance
committee to review the budget for sev-
en days before the budget debate, none
was appointed.
Mr Symonette said that before the
adjournment on May 4, he asked gov-
ernment House leader Vincent Peet
about the composition of the finance
committee, the details of its sitting and
the fact that the Labour Day holiday
may have fallen in the middle of the sev-
en days of review.
"The government leader, in his usual

fashion, advised that he would get back
to me," said Mr Symonette.
He said he was informed that the com-
mittee would not be appointed just min-
utes before Acting Prime Minister Cyn-
thia Pratt read the budget communica-
tion on May 27.
"I was not surprised because such
actions are typical of this administration,
but the Budget communication and
debate is the sole reason that a govern-
ment has to come to parliament.
"They can theoretically govern with-
out any new laws, but under the Consti-
tution, the government of the day has
to come to parliament at least every year
to submit and seek parliament's approval
for the passage of the budget," he

Tribune Staff Reporter

THE $17 million provided
by the 2005/2006 Budget for
the Her Majesty's Prison will
fund the construction of a
new maximum security facil-
Acting Prime Minister
Cynthia Pratt said during the
Budget debate that the funds
will also be used to trans-
forming the prison from a
punitive to a rehabilitative
"About 90 per cent of the
mostly young men who go to
prison will end up back on
the streets at some point in
the future. It makes sense,
then, to try to change their
behaviour while they are in
prison," she said.
Addressing the House of
Assembly on Wednesday, the
acting prime minister further
announced that draft legisla-
tion is currently under review
that would establish a new
Department of Corrections.
Mrs Pratt said that because
many prison inmates are per-
sons who have been let down
by the educational system,
the new prison model pro-
poses to ensure that they are
exposed to basic academic
instruction as well a trade and
vocational skills.
"We are also looking at the
possibility of providing the
means for inmates to com-
plete the equivalent of their
secondary school syllabus
and earn an appropriate cer-
tificate upon graduation," she
Mrs Pratt added that the
Ministry of National Security
is looking at the possibility
introducing of faith-based ini-
tiatives to the prison similar
to those in place in Jack-
sonville, Florida.

The public 'must do

more on mos

THE public is still not dong
enough to help keep the mos-
quito population in check, the
Department of Environmental
_Health has announced as the
'first phase of mosquito vector
control comes to an end.
Health Parliamentary Secre-
tary Ron Pinder told The Tri-
.bunethat Bahamians are still
'engaging in practices that are
,cxounter-productive to the min-
istry's efforts to control the
-mosquito population.
, "There are too many

-Bahamians with-old tires, buck-
ets, derelict vehicles and con-
tainers in their yards," said Mr.


He explained that these items
collect stagnant water and are
ideal for mosquito breeding.
Malfunctioning septic tanks
also present a problem, as do
man-made ponds.
Mr Pinder said ponds need
to be specially treated by home
owners or by the department

so they do not become mosqui-
to breeding grounds.
The mosquito fogging pro-
gramme in New Providence,
which is continuing this week,
targets adult mosquito popula-
Fogging will be repeated
when and if the need arises, said
Mr Pinder.
At a press conference last
week, Mr Pinder introduced the
vector control plans for 2005,
which utilise methods such as
mosquito trapping, larvaciding
and fogging, as well as education
and prevention programmes.



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2) Completion of reconciled ledger account balances to support the
Financial Statements.
3) Review of the Appointed Actuary's Report by the external
4) The new Finance Team's involvement in the production of the
Financial Statements.

The Annual Report will be published in at least two (2) newspapers
generally circulating within the Bahamas on or before June 30th, 2005.
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to the BISX Listing Committee to file a formal complaint for violation
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Bahama workers took to the
streets of Freeport on Friday in
a Labour Day march from the
Bahamas Public Services Union
toIndependence Park on Coral
Foreign Affairs and Public
Service Minister Fred Mitchell,
who was in Grand Bahama all
week to attend the eighth meet-
ing of the Council of Foreign
ard Community Relations
(COFCOR), joined workers on
the march.
.Mr Mitchell paid tribute to
the workers who first brought
social justice to the Bahamas
when they rose up in a sponta-
neous demonstration on June 1
aidd 2, 1942 at Nassau Interna-
tional Airport.
'He reminded workers that it
isibecause of the sacrifice made
id 1942 that the social order
bgan changing, leading to
majority rule in 1967 and inde-
pendence in 1973.
'"Today, we march in a free
and sovereign nation because
of what they did in 1942. And it
is! important that we pay trib-
ute to them by always continu-
ing to march because we are
free and can do so," he said.


Grand Bahama is presently
toe scene of many pressing
labour issues, including the
ongoing plight of the displaced
!Royal Oasis hotel workers.
Although the government has
paid out $5 million of the $6.2
million owed in severance pay-
nents to the 900 hotel workers,
more than 300 are still await-
iig for parliament to approve
the payment of the $1.2 million
' Following extensive damage
caused by the hurricanes last
September, the resort was
forced to close and lay off work-
ers with out pay.
, As the workers struggled to
lieet their financial obligations,
they staged demonstrations in
an effort to draw attention to
their plight and demanded assis-
tance from the government.



r .Bahamian Forum joins CSME debate

THE government may have
already signed on to the
Caribbean Single Market and
Economy according to
Bahamas Public Services Union
president John Pinder.
At a Bahamian forum meet-
ing last week, Mr Pinder said
he has received credible infor-
mation that the government
may have signed on to the

CSME on December 21,2004.
Foreign Affairs Minister Fred
Mitchell has already denied sim-
ilar suggestions.
Pinder told the forum he
would hate to believe that the
government would commit to
the CSME without consultation.
The forum attracted several
.concerned citizens who spoke
out on the CSME, including

members of Bahamians Agitat-
ing a Referendum for Free
Trade (BARF), former gover-
nor of the Central Bank Sir
William Allen, former politi-
cian Dr Elwood Donaldson,
past president of the Chamber
of Commerce Winston Rolle
and one of the leaders in the
Bahamian-Greek community,
Pericles Maillis.

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Miami Herald Business, Stocks, Analysis, Wall Street

Fired Registrar

General triumphs

in legal battle

Senior Business Reporter
,-SUPREME Court Justice
Hugh Small yesterday quashed
a, decision by the Judicial and
Legal Services Commission to
1ire Elizabeth Thompson as
Registrar General, opening the
door for either her reinstate-
ment or an appropriate financial
settlement with the Govern-
, Justice Small said he assumed
the judgment of the courts
would be executed in good faith
arid that the other branches of
government would respect the
,'He added that he found no
evidence on which he could
liase an order prohibiting the
Judicial and Legal Services from
withholding Ms Thompson's
emoluments, such as her salary,
benefits and gratuities, under
her contract. Justice Small also
ruled that Ms Thompson was
entitled to costs.
Calling it an historic ruling
and a fight similar to that of
'David and Goliath', Ms

Alleged minister ordered her

to incorporate companies for

customer who owed $6,000

Thompson said she felt vindi-
cated by the verdict. Pointing
out the irony of the court ruling
coming at the beginning of Reg-
istrar General's Week, Ms
Thompson said: "From the
beginning of Registrar Gener-
al's Week, this ruling came
down quashing the decision and
reaffirming that I am the Reg-
istrar General. As my uncle
said, all others are holding my
post for me."
Ms Thompson said with the
favourable conclusion of the
matter, she kias still likely to
continue in her own practice
rather than return to her for-
mer post, but would discuss the
matter with her attorneys to
determine, based on the ruling,
what her options going forward

The ruling detailed the com-
plete breakdown in the rela-
tionship between Ms Thomp-
son and Allyson Maynard-Gib-
son, minister of financial ser-
vices and investments, who was
ultimately responsible for the
Registrar-General's Depart-
In an affidavit submitted to
the court in April, Ms Thomp-
son alleged that Mrs Maynard-
Gibson had interfered with her
functions by issuing a directive
that she incorporate companies
for a customer who owned the
government fees of about
She also objected to the man-
ner in which she was allegedly
spoken to by the minister and
SEE page five

Phase III costs

rise to $725m

* KERZNER International's f
Tribune Business Editor
KERZNER International
yesterday announced that it
had increased the budget for
work on Paradise Island's
Phase III expansion by about
$75 million to $725 million, an

flagship development Atlantis
increase slightly higher than
previous estimates it had
unveiled to Wall Street.
The rise is an 11:5 per cent
increase upon the original
$650 million Budget, and is
higher than the maximum 10
per cent increase the company
previously said it might incur.

In a May 3 conference call
to discuss Kerzner Interna-
tional's first quarter results,
the company's chief executive,
Butch Kerzner, acknowledged
that Phase III costs could be
"slightly ahead" of the $650
SEE page five

Officials downplay passport impact

Senior Business Reporter


Bahaas igntur

Tribune Business Editor
--SOME Bahamian business
executives believe the revised
Treaty of Chaguaramas that
will create the Caribbean Sin-
gle Market and Economy
(CSME) will be "dead" if this
nation refuses to sign on, a
notion that CARICOM's sec-
retary-general did.not com-
pletely dispel at a Grand
Bahama Civil Society meet-
ing at the weekend.
Winston Rolle, the former
Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce president, asked Edwin
Carrington and his technical
team Whether Article 234 of
the revised Treaty, which stip-
ulates that it will only "enter
into force on the deposit of
the last instrument of ratifica-
tion" from each of the 15
states, meant that the CSME
would not take effect if the
Bahamas failed to sign up.
Mr Rolle yesterday told The
Tribune that Mr Carrington
"indicated that was a very
interesting point", and if the,
Bahamas did not sign then

what would be left was a pro-
visional treaty.
The former Chamber presi-
dent said this raised questions
about how the CSME's stipu-
lations could be enforced in
all states, but he took a less
emotive view than others who
attended the meeting.
One business source, who
requested anonymity, said:
"Given that the agreementhas
to be signed by all the Heads
of Government, and at the
Heads of Government level
decisions must be unanimous,
if the Bahamas does not sign
on the revised Treaty of
Chaguaramas is dead."
The source added that if the
Bahamas did not sign on to
the revised treaty and the
CSME, the status quo where
the Bahamas enjoys the polit-
ical benefits of CARICOM
membership and is not part of
the economic side would be
maintained, much to this
nation's advantage.
This dilemma explained why
CARICOM was so desperate
SEE page five

Bahamian tourism officials yesterday
downplayed the impact of the US State
Department's proposed requirement that
American travellers to the Bahamas will
require a passport as of January 1, 2006,
saying that while the destination's "fran-
chise" as a quick getaway spot might be
impacted in the short-term, its geographic
position would likely mean that it would
retain that brand over the long-term.
In an interview with The Tribune, Ver-
nice Walkine, deputy director-general at
the Ministry of Tourism, said the Bahamas
was trying to mitigate any significant impact
from the requirement that Americans vis-

iting the Caribbea must have a passport to
return home by advising travellers. of what
they can expect from 2006 onwards.
She said the Bahamas had joined with
other Caribbean nations, all impacted by
the US proposals, and were lobbying the
State Department in the hope of having
the deadline pushed back, a position that
was afforded to both Mexico and Canada.
Ms Walkine said: "For the Bahamas there
will be some impact, particularly on our
franchise position that has been that of a
quick getaway, which meant that a person
could leave the office and come here.
"Some of that will slip, but we hope to
recover quickly because we are close geo-
graphically. We will still have that fran-
chise, although Americariswill be required
to have passports. We're trying to be proac-

tive and right now the best we can hope
for is to let them know what's going on."
Saying that the passport requirement was
not unique to the Bahamas, Ms Walkine
added that although some destinations in
the Caribbean are not as reliant on US trav-
ellers, all countries will be impacted to some
degree and have been put in a position by
the US State Department where they are all
requesting more time.
A report issued by the World Travel and
Tourism Council (WTTC) showed that at
least 25 per cent of all US visitors with
industry officials saying it is likely to be
even higher than that arriving in the
Bahamas currently travel without a pass-
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Government approval to boost

confidence in our stock market

Senior Business

debt securities
could be listed
on the
Bahamas Inter-
national Securities Exchange
(BISX) in months rather than
years, its chief executive told

The Tribune, due to its high
degree of efficiency, trans-
parency and accessibilit.
Keith Davies said the Gov-
ernment's decision to accept
the recommendations for revi-
talising BISX had opened the
door for deeper capital mar-
kets development, due to the
confidence provided to inter-
national investors through the
listing of government debt and
the adoption of a public sector

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policy statement.
Sources told The Tribune
that it has been estimated that
the listing of government-reg-
istered stock (bonds) and Trea-
sury Bills could generate an
extra $290,000 in listing and
transaction fees per annum for
BISX in the first few years, sig-
nificantly boosting its current
revenues. Bonds issued by
agencies such as the Paradise
Island Bridge Authority and
Bahamas Education Authoity
could also be listed on BISX.
Changes in the exchange's
infrastructure and trading tech-
nologies means that it can now
accommodate the trading of
government securities very
quickly, and is likely to exceed
any timelines indicated in the
The Tribune understands
that listing of government debt
would happen once a market-
based system for distributing
and marketing these securities
is in place, and the private sec-
tor became responsible for
underwriting and placing these
In an interview with The Tri-
bune, Mr Davies, said that with
the Government approval, one
of the first initiatives Board.
members would seek to incor-
porate is the Government's
policy statement.
.Following that measure,
board members and share-
holders are likely to meet to
begin the process of comply-
ing with the report's recom-
"As long as those persons in
decision-making positions
address the issue of the
Bahamian capital market in
general, then BISX, as an
extension of that, will do well
andifine;'" Mr Davies said.
"People talk about this being
a B repot ad that's not

the case. It's a capital markets
report and BISX and the capi-
tal markets go hand in glove..
The development of the capital
markets invariably will lead to
the development of BISX."
Mr Davies said he had not
received a formal notification
from the Government in
regard to its decision to act on
the recommendations.
The minister of state for
finance, James Smith, disclosed
the Government's position dur-
ing a farewell reception for out-
going Central Bank governor
Julian Francis. Mr Francis
headed the committee respon-
sible for compiling the recom-
BISX has already made a
number.of changes prior to the
report's publication.
"Since that time we've made
significant strides to address
many of the concerns put in
the report. The board has been
amended, the trading infra-
structure upgraded, our
expenses have been cut dra-
matically and we're virtually at
a point of break-even; The one
thing that BISX needs now is
business and we would be
more than fine," Mr Davies
Ian Fair, BISX's chairman,.
said that with the Cabinet's
acceptance of the report, the
exchange would at last be get-
ting to the point of a joint ven-
ture approach to the develop-
ment of the capital markets in
the Bahamas, something the
Board and shareholders had
planned for from BISX's birth.
"To my mind and the board
of BISX, the most important
(recommendation) is the pro-
nouncement of a policy state-
. ment by the government," Mr
Fair said.
"That sets the scene for
everything else. It doesn't pro-


duce revenue-enhancing prod- be a good place to start, as sta-
ucts for business, but it clearly tistics pointed out that the
sends a strong message to the amount of money invested in
world that the Bahamas is seri- the Bahamas long-term is
ous about the development of miniscule compared to what
its capital markets." happens with social security
In regard to the listing of systems in Jamaica and other
government debt securities, Mr Caribbean islands.
Fair said Mr Smith had indi- Such a move would see more
cated earlier that the process liquidity in the market, he said.
might take a while as there During its first three years
were a number of logistical in existence, 2000-2003,'BISX's
issues to be considered. operating losses exceeded pro-
jections by 49.7 per cent or $1.6
Resources million, with revenues some
$2.35 million below forecasts.
He added that allowing the The exchange had banked
National Insurance Board to on support from the previous
invest more resources in .the '. FNM administration which had
Bahamia n stock market might niot beei fbrthcom ing.

(iii) Increase the Bank's caoability to devise

(iv) Through the Bank's existing Business Advisory Unit established last year, to increase the range and scope of the accounting and business advisory services already
rendered to SMEs by the Bank

This move is part of the ongoing strategic plan of the Bank to improve its performance.

It marks the culmination of a joint Memorandum of Understanding Summit Meeting held in April between the two entities which sought to identify ways and means of
cooperation to better fulfill BDB'si mandate to Bahamians of promoting and enhancing the greater participation by Bahamians in agricutural, industrial and commercial
development of The Bahamas through their ownership and participation in sustainable SMEs which provide linkages into other economic sectors of The Bahamas.

It also comes at a time when the government who is the sole shareholder of the Bank is providing other avenues for small businesses which are not
permitted to be funded under the BDB Act by providing a separate Venture Capital Fund and by other programs.

Bahamas Development Bank

Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation

May 27th 2005




TUtIbUAY, JUNE /, 2UUO, I-'AUt- to

Francis: Bahamas must 'et

on with it'

on LNG projects

Although speak-
ing before
Florida Power
& Light's
(FPL) decision
to temporarily terminate its
search for a liquefied natural
gas (LNG) supplier, the for-
mer Central Bank of the
Bahamas governor said this
nation should "get on with it"
in regarding to approving an
LNG terminal and pipeline in
this nation.
Julian Francis said he was
"very surprised" at the amount
of time that had been spent dis-
cussing the two proposed LNG
projects the AES Corpora-
tion's Ocean Express plan and
the Grand Bahama terminal
that the consortium of FPL
Group Resources, Suez Energy
North America and El Paso
Corporation were backing.
Speaking on the You and
Your Money programme, Mr

Francis said: "We are wasting
time here. This [environmen-
tal concerns] can be managed
and it has to be done in a
responsible way. I think we
should get on with it, get it
done and stop talking."
The newly appointed co-
chairman of the Grand
Bahama Port Authority, Mr
Francis said oil refining has
been going on in the Bahamas
for the better part of 35 years,
and the industry functioned
"quite well" for some 20 years.
Countries such in the Mid-
dle East, Abu Dhabi, Algeria,
and Trinidad and Tobago, one
of the large producers of LNG,
export billions of tons of LNG
on an annual basis, and have
never recorded any significant
accident involving LNG.
Saying that he has never
heard of any major environ-
mental challenges that could
not be managed in LNG, Mr

Francis said that what has hap-
pened is that the debate has
been captured by some parties
who are really only focused on
some "narrow issues".
"They do not have the broad
picture at all; they don't really
care about the broad picture
and certain economic necessi-
ties; they are really only
focused on certain personal
interests they have in environ-
mental matters and forget that,
in fact, we still have to live in
this environment and the envi-
ronment has to serve us also,"
Mr Francis added.
Mr Francis said that by no
means is he suggesting aban-
doning environmental consid-
erations. However, he added
that it should not be the only
issue which is of any impor-
tance when looking at choices
for the diversification and eco-
nomic development of the

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Consolidated Water unveils 4.3 per cent

rise in second quarter cash dividend

CONSOLIDATED Water, the compa-
ny that has won the $22 million contract to
build and operate the Blue Hills reverse
osmosis plant, yesterrday declared a second
quarter cash dividend of $0.12 per share, a
4.3 per cent rise on that presented to share-
holders in the first quarter.

The dividend is payable on July 31,
2005, to shareholders of record at the close
of business June 30, 2005.
"We are pleased to announce the fifth,
increase in our cash dividend payout
since the company began paying quar-
terly dividends in June 1999," said Jef-

frey Parker, Consolidated Water's chair-
"The company has paid cash dividends
to shareholders every year since 1985, and
the annual rate of dividend payment has
never been reduced during this 20-year
period," Mr Parker added.

US policy change played down

FROM page one
The Bahamas, which was said
to be the Caribbean nation most
dependent on US tourists, earn-
ing an annual $2.061 billion in
visitor export earnings, could
suffer asignificant loss of earn-
ings and employment.
Frank Comito, executive vice-
president at the Bahamas Hotel
Association (BHA), said earlier
reports had implied that some
$446 million was in jeopardy of
being lost, along with some
13,000 Bahamian tourism jobs.
He added while the impact
of the passport requirement
would be significant, it could
not be assumed that the
Bahamas would lose that much
if the US passport policy goes
into effect as scheduled. He
said to make that assumption

makes the data appear incor-
Mr Comito said that while the
impact would be significant ear-
ly on, it could not be assumed
that a full degree of loss would
be experienced. However, he
noted that the data does serve a

very useful purpose in showing
the full range of economic and
employment impact.
Mr Comito said what the data
showed is that, in making a real-
istic assumption of as little as a
'5 per cent impact, there would
be a considerable effect. In that

Our client, a bank and trust company, is seeking applications for the position of Financial Controller.

Position reports directly to the President of Company. The Financial Controller will have responsibility
for the coordination and execution of all financial related activities in the business in order to assist
in the proper financial management of the principal company and its related group of companies.

This position involves management and reporting of the Company's financial affairs with responsibility
for the supervision of the financial controller functions, which includes monthly management, accounts
preparation, budgetary controls and reporting to both local management and Head Office.
The position will also be responsible for managing specific projects, developing effective Management
Information Systems, and liaising with third parties and regulatory bodies including The Central
Bank of the Bahamas and external auditors. The candidate should possess a proven working knowledge
in the area of compliance requirements, should have experience in managing and empowering people
and should not be adverse to the hands-on approach required in a small office environment.


Candidates must meet the following criteria:
* Professional Accounting Qualification recognized by the Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants
* Five to seven years or more experience in an accounting capacity
* Minimum of five years experience in an offshore bank and trust environment, preferably at
a management level with significant exposure to operations
* Proficient in the use of the Microsoft range of applications
* QuickBooks accounting software experience
* Accounting Software migration experience
* Expertise in current banking legislation and regulations
* Excellent written and oral skills
* Excellent organizational, time management and communication skills
* Team Player with the ability to add value and strength to the team and team goals
* Honest, hardworking and ability to meet deadlines
The position offers an attractive salary and benefits package, reflecting the successful applicant's
experience and qualifications, including a performance bonus, pension, medical, life & dental
insurance coverage.
Qualified individuals should submit complete resumes including references before June 9, 2005 to:

Mark E. Munnings
Deloitte & Touche
P. 0. Box N-7120
Nassau, Bahamas

. Deloitte.

context, the data presented in
the WTTC report should be
very instructive and require seri-
ous consideration of the
region's request to be on par
with Mekxidbatid CA ta.da

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Core Functions:
" Ensure the protection of life, property, confidential documents and
other information and the safety and well-being of employees and
* Perform supervisory duties and assist with administrative matters.
Education and Other requirements:
* Three (3) BGCSE/GCE passes with 'C' grades or above or
equivalent/high school diploma plus six (6) years relevant experience.
* Good communication skills
* Sound human relations skills
* Computer skills and knowledge of surveillance systems are assets
* Knowledge of policing principles
* Punctual, reliable, alert and physically fit
* Clean Police record
* Good character
Interested persons should submit a resume, documentary proof of their
qualifications including copies of certificates and three character references
The Human Resources Manager
DA # 20562
c/o The Tribune
P.O. Box N-3207
Nassau, Bahamas
by June 15,2005

The Public is hereby advised that I, ROCHELLE
ADDERLEY, of Calvin Street, Marathon, P.O.Box EE-
16205, Nassau, Bahamas, intend to change my name to
ROCHELLE DAMES. If there are any objections to this
change of name by Deed Poll, you may write such
objections to the Chief Passport Officer, RO.Box N-742,
Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after the
date of publication of this notice.

A No#4 Patton & Rosetta Sts, Palmdale
(Next to City Market Food Store)
Nassau, Bahamas
Email: salIes@detpec .

TECHNOLOGY Tel: 242-328-0048
COMPANY LIMITED Fax: 242-328-0049

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Gibson returns to Bank's Board

L arry Gibson, vice-
president of
Atlantic Pension
Services, a Nas-
sau-based interna-
tional pension fund manage-
ment firm, has been unani-
mously elected to Common-
wealth Bank's Board of Direc-
Mr Gibson was elected at the
bank's annual general meeting
on May 18 at SuperClubs
Breezes, Nassau.
A former managing director
of Colina Financial Advisors,
Mr Gibson served on Com-
monwealth Bank's board in
1997-1998 and is returning after
an absence of some seven years.
Educated at Notre Dame De
Namur University in Belmont,
California, Mr Gibson earned
his Chartered Financial Ana-
lyst (CFA) certification from
the Institute of Chartered
Financial Analysts in Char-
lottesville, Virginia.
His career in finance has
spanned more than 20 years and
includes capital markets, wealth
management and intensive
involvement in legislation and
policy affecting national eco-
nomic issues.
"We are pleased to welcome
Larry Gibson back to our
Board of Directors," said TB
Donaldson, the bank's chair-
man, following the meeting
attended by more than 400 of
the bank's 7,000-plus share-

"Larry brings a wealth of
experience in the financial
"He was of invaluable assis-
tance to us in 2000 when we had
our initial public offering and
we have always enjoyed and
appreciated his energy and
Mr Gibson was a founding
member of the Bahamas Finan-
cial Services Board (BFSB), the
former chairman of the Securi-
ties Market Task Force, a
founding board member of the
Bahamas International Securi-
ties Exchange (BISX) and the
second inductee into the Col-
lege of The Bahamas Hall of
He has served as chairman
and board member of the

Bahamas Development Bank
and his interest in education has
led him to board positions at,-
both the Hopedale Centre fdor
students with special needs and'-
gifts and St Andrew's Schools
where he continues to serve on
the board. .
Prior to and after becoming a
founding partner of Colina.
Financial Advisors in 1999, he,
was president of First Bahamas
Capital, a post he retained
through 2004.
From 1997 to 1999, he was
managing director of Coutts
Corporate Services (Bahamas).
He was with McDermott Inter-
national Investments, first as an
investment officer, later as vice-
president and treasurer, from
1983 to 1997.

Camperdown Riding Club

Weekly camps running July and August.
9am 3pm, Mon Fri
Cost: $170.00/Week
Ages: 6+

Please contact Judy Finder at 324-2065 between
the hours of &am 12pm & 2pm 6pm to reserve
your spot. The camp only has 20 spots per week
and it is on a first come, first serve basis. There
is a deposit of $50.00 non-refundable to reserve
a spot.,

9 Learn to ride English style.
* Swim with the horses.
* Grooming & tacking up.
* Basic care of horses.
* and lots more


Pricing Information As Of:
6 June 2005

Financial Advisors Ltd.

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 1.445 0.320 5.9 3.76%
6.35 5.55 Bank of Bahamas 6.35 6.35 0.00 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%
1.06 0.87 Fidelity Bank 1.06 1.06 0.00 0.007 0.040 14.3 3.77%
8.65 6.76 Cable Bahamas 8.65 8.65 0.00 0.589 0.240 14.7 2.77%
2.20 1.54 Colina Holdings 2.20 2.20 0.00 0.259 .0.060 8.5 2.73%
9.p0 6.75 Commonwealth Bank 9.00 9.00 0.00 0.673 0.410 13.4 4.56%
2.24 0.46 Doctor's Hospital 2.24 2.24 0.00 0.452 0.000 5.0 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 0.662 0.500 15.8 4.78%
8.51 6.69 FirstCaribbean 8.51 8.51 0.00 0.591 0.330 14.4 3.88%
8.60 8.31 Focol 8.41 8.41 0.00 0.708 0.500 11.9 5.95%
1.99 1.27 Freeport Concrete 1.27 1.27 0.00 0.082 0.000 15.5 0.00%
10.16 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 8.30 8.30 0.00 0.561 0.550 14.8 6.75%
6.69 4.3e Kerzner International BDRs 6.02 5.97 -0.05 0.184 0.000 33.4 0.00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 2.010 0 565 5.0 5.65%
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 Crossinrgs (Pref) -1.0.0P 10.35 10.00 0.000 0.800 NM 7.80/
0.60 0.40 RND Holdings 0.29~" ---- .... 0.54 0 00 -0.103 0.000 NM 0.00%
43.00 28.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 41.00 2.220 0.000 19.4 0.00%
16.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 13.00 14.00 13.00 1.105 0.810 14.6 6.93%
0.60 0.35 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.35 -0.103 0.000 N/M 0.00%
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Fund Name 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****

BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00 YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price
52wk-HI Highest closing price In last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelit)
52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week
Change Change In closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
Daily Vol. -Number of total shares traded today NA Net Asset Value
SDIV $ -: Dividends per share paid In the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful
PIE- Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100
" AS AT MAR. 31, 20051/ "" AS AT FEB. 28, 2005
* AS AT MAR. 24, 2005/ ** AS AT APR. 30, 2005/**"* AS AT APR. 30, 2005


A private Wealth Management Company and medium-sized Family Office
has an opening for a

Applicants must:
Be a qualified attorney, however, LLB or other law degree
holders will also be considered.
Have approximately 5 years experience in financial services in any
of the areas of trust, banking or investments.
Have the ability to draft or review sometimes complex legal -
documents relating to special projects and to confidently
communicate with overseas legal and tax advisors on the same.
Be aseasoned professional who is capable of leading a project,
coordinating its various parts-and managing the team associated

Be capable of understanding and administering complex fiduciary

Be comfortable in review financial statements, and have a basic
understanding of investment and financial transactions.

Have the ability to work under pressure and without constant
Have uncompromising personal and business ethics.
Successful candidate will work directly with the President of Tradelnvest
in the management of complex private fiduciary arrangements.
Responsibilities includerTegular contact with overseas affiliates, associated
trust, banking and investment professionals, as well as legal counsel and
Applications may be delivered by hand and'
marked Private and Confidential to:
The President
Tradelnvest Asset Management Ltd.
West Building,
Lyford Manor, Lyford Cay, -.
P.O. Box N-7776, Lyford Cay,
P.O. Box N-7776 (Slot 193)
New Providence, Bahamas
Applications must be received by 10th June, 2005.


Dealerships are available in certain areas.
Preference will be given to existing Dealers of
OUTBOARD MOTORS who are willing to become
exclusively Johnson/Evinrude

Applicants must demonstrate their ability to
stock such engines as their area requires and to support
these engines with parts and competent service.

Send full details of current business to -

The Outboard Shop, Marsh Harbour.

242 367 2703 'phone

242 367 3709 'fax


Caribbea FrBanc Ho ldIngs td.-1

Invites qualified applicants for the position:


Responsibilities to include:

Financial management of company
Preparation of financial statements and other reports
as required
Monitor and implement new control procedures

Annual budget preparation

Daily inventory control

Reconciliation of General Ledger Accounts
Focus on internal audit
Management of accounting team

Qualifications to include:

CPA or CA qualifications
Minimum of three years working experience in same
or similar position

To apply for this position please e-mail your
resume' to:

, IZ


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CSME 'could

be doomed5

FROM page one
to get the Bahamas to sign up to
the CSME, the source said,
adding that it was unfair that
this nation should have been
put in this position..
While the Bahamas might not
need and be disadvantaged -
by the CSME, states in the
southern Caribbean would
probably benefit from it, the
source explained, making it
unfair for all parties that this
nation could hold up or block its
"A lot of pressure is being
put on the Bahamas to sign this
thing, and we shouldn't be put
in this position," the source said.
He suggested that the Bahamas
should ask for the revised treaty
to be amended to allow those
states that wanted to to move
ahead with creating the CSME,
while this nation stood aside.
Several sources have indicat-
ed to The Tribune that the
Bahamian government gave a
commitment to CARICOM
and its members that it would
inform them at next month's
Heads of Government meeting
whether it would sign the
revised Treaty or not.
However, Mr Rolle yester-
day said he did not feel that
CARICOM was pressurising
the Bahamas to sign on to the
CSME as much as it was back in
He, though, was critical of
this nation's failure to do any-
thing to evaluate and prepare
for the CSME's economic impli-
cations since Barbadian prime
minister, Owen Arthur, visited
this nation that year.
The former Chamber ques-
tioned, in relation to services,
what modes were in operation
and what approach the
Bahamas was adopting -
whether all service sectors were
off limits to CARICOM nation-
als, or whether 10 areas would
remain protected and the rest
opened up under the CSME.
"It's a lot of these detailed
and technical discussions that
need to be held," Mr Rolle said.
"There are some benefits
from it [the CSME], but do the
benefits outweigh the negatives
or vice versa? No Bahamian can
look you in the eye and tell you
Mr Rolle. said the best solu-
tion for the Bahamas was to
defer a decision on signing up to.
the CSME until it knew it was
something it wanted to do, and
had the terms and conditions it
On the issue of the reserva-
tidx.s-the Bahamas was seeking,
Mr Rolle said that in response
to is question, Mr Carrington
said at the meeting that since
these had to be agreed by the
Heads,-'of Government, once
approved they could not be
challenged in the Caribbean
Court of Justice.

Phase III cost

is up by $75m

FROM page one
estimate it had previously giv-
en, although the final figure
would be "not more than 10
per cent of that number".
The company indicated
then that the Budget increase
would result from the finalis-
ing of its Phase III plans, in
particular the proposed 600-
room all-suite hotel.
In yesterday's filing with the
Securities and Exchange
Commission (SEC), Kerzner
International said: "Phase III
includes a significant expan-
sion of the convention facili-
ties and water attractions of
Atlantis, Paradise Island.
Having further advanced its
design process, the company
has increased the Budget for
Phase III from approximately
$650 million to $750 million."
The revised $750 million
budget does not include the
costs of the second phase at
the Harborside timeshare
complex, the 500-room con-
do hotel that is a joint ven-
ture with Turnberry Associ-
ates, the Athol Island Golf
Course and Ocean Club Res-
idences and Marina.
Kerzner International said
pre-sales of the 500-room con-
do-hotel would begin this
month, with construction of
the property being financed
through the pre-sale of units.
The same ploy is being used
at both Harborside and the
Ocean Club Residences &
Marina, which are both joint
ventures. The two projects are
expected to cost $60 million
and $130 million respectively,
and construction on the latter
project recently commenced.

Cost overruns and revised
budgets on projects are not
confined to Paradise Island.
The company announced
yesterday that its joint ven-
ture with two Moroccan gov-
ernment-owned entities to
construct a hotel and casino
complex in that nation would
now cost $300 million, instead
of the projected $230 million.
As a result, Kerzner and its
partners needed to arrange
additional equity and debt
financing, while extra design
work meant that the $300 mil-
lion figure was not definitive.
Kerzner International said:
"The company expects that
there will be material amend-
ments of the project agree-
ments and a postponement of
the anticipated project sched-
ule, so that construction is
unlikely to commence in 2005
and the project will not be
completed until 2008.
"No assurances can be giv-
en at this time that either the
additional financing will be
obtained or the likely materi-
al amendments to project doc-
uments will be agreed."
As for the Atlantis, The
Palm resort in Dubai, Kerzn-
er International said the bud-
get had been revised upwards
by $100 million to $1.2 billion.
"Construction is now antic-
ipated to commence in the
fourth quarter of 2005 with
completion scheduled for the
end of 2008, subject to delays
if certain infrastructure pro-
jects on The Palm, Jumeirah,
over which the company and
Kerzner Istithmar have no
control, are not completed on
schedule by the local devel-
oper," Kerzner said.

NOTICE is hereby given that DONALD NAPOLEAN, P.O.BOX
54802, NASSAU, N.P. BAHAMAS, BAHAMAS, is applying to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that
any person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 31st day of MAY,
2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,:
RO.,Box,,N.7147,4,,Nassau, Bahamas.

Captains must have 'Class A' Licence
Captains must have 'STCW 95'
Crew/Deckhands must have 'STCW 95'
Jobs based in Great Harbour Cay
All Applicants need resume, references, Medical certificate, police
certificate and copies of licences.
Salaries based on certification and experience
Contact: 242-427-5385, P.O. Box SS-19343 Nassau

Thompson's victory

FROM page one
the provocative comments
made about her mother.
Ms Thompson also alleged
that there were long delays,
deferments and cancellation of
scheduled meetings between
the minister and herself.
In an affidavit to the court
on April 1,2005, Sheila Carey,
permanent secretary for the
Ministry of Financial Services
and Investments, said Mrs
Maynard-Gibson had lost con-
fidence and trust in Ms
Thompson's ability to imple-
ment the policy decisions of
the government, causing the
relationship between the two
to deteriorate.
The affidavit stated further
that by the end of October
2004, the relationship had
deteriorated to the point that
Ms Thompson no longer
attended weekly meetings with
the minister.
On December 2004, Ms
Carey informed Ms Thomp-
son that the government
intended to remove her from
her post and was considering
an alternative position. How-
ever, in the absence of a formal
letter she was still the registrar
general and should continue
to perform those functions.
In his ruling, Justice Small
said he agreed with the sub-
mission that although it is not
stated that the government be

required to hear a response
from a contract employee
upon termination, "it is antici-
pated that there would be pro-
cedural fairness" because the
Public Service Commission
must be provided with a rea-
son for the termination, exam-
ine the reason and decide
whether the course of action
recommended by the Perma-
nent Secretary at the Public
Service Ministry should be tak-
He said: "It is difficult to see
how her [Ms Thompson's] fail-
ure up to November 23 to sign
(the contract) constituted suf-
ficient cause to terminate her
On the other hand, if that
was the reason, it begs the
question, why didn't the Per-
manent Secretary inform the
Commission and the Director
of Legal Affairs that subse-
quent to her letter of Novem-
ber 23, the Applicant signed
and returned the documents
to her?"
Justice Small said: "It seems
to me to be inherently unfair
for the Commission to take the
advice of a lawyer who is a part
of the executive branch of gov-
ernment, with regard to the
termination of the applicant's
appointment, and not afford
the applicant an opportunity
to be heard."
It was determined that on
January 10, 2005, Irene Stubbs,

permanent secretary for the
Ministry of Public Service,
advised Ms Thompson that her
contract with the government
was terminated. She was not
given reasons for the decision.
At a press conference fol-
lowing the ruling, Ms Thomp-
son's attorney, Milton Evans
of Evans and Co, said he found
it troubling that, as registrar
general, Ms Thompson was
told that the government was
under no obligation to tell her
why she had been fired.
"My position is that what-
ever the outcome of the case, a
process is needed for persons
to be heard," he said.
Mr Evans said further that
the ball is now in the Govern-
ment's court, and it would be
hard to determine how they
intend on handling the matter
going forward.
Ms Thompson said she ini-
tially had issues with the con-
tract and sent questions into
the relevant authorities, but
never received any answers.
She said the permanent sec-
retary of the Public Service
Commission advised her to
sign the contract and then wait
for the answers to come, which
she did on November 25,2004.
However, the reasons listed
for her termination during the
case was that she did not sign a
contract and that the relation-
ship between the minister and
herself had deteriorated.




Date: Saturday, July 2, 2005
Time: 6:00a.m.
Route: Main Central's Bank's entrance, north on Frederick
Street, East on Bay Street, over the new PIBridge, over the
old PI Bridge, south on Mackey Street, west on Shirley Street
and back to Central Bank's parking Lot.

Entry Fee: $15.00 (T-shirt and visor included)
Entry Deadline: Friday, June 17th, 2005
For Registration, Please contact:
Ms. Cynara Johnson 302-9851 or Mrs. Bridget Roker 302-
9875 Fax: 356-4324

Trophies are awarded to Winners in the Following Categories:
(Please Tick the appropriate box):

O 18 & under


o 31-45

E 46-59

an /sickness cause ~ia r lt of the fun, r 's
pj Persons with any meqdi c~ntions should refra

signing up for the walk ancase necessary, p
should consult their physician before participation in the above

Signature of Participant:.


Payment Method:

Cash: l

Cheque: O

Available Sizes: 3x-Large, 2x-Large, X-Large, Large,
Medium, Small


Ansbacher in the Bahamas invites applications from qualified individuals
for a

Salary + Banking Benefits + Performance Based Incentive Scheme

The Client Accounting Manager reports to the Director of Fiduciary
and is responsible for the overseeing of a profitable Client Accounting
Department in the preparation of financial statements for clients. He/she
is also responsible for maintaining accounting records for Trust and
Companies while complying with ABL's Systems of Internal Control
and liason with Internal and External Auditors.

Candidates should have a minimum of 5 years experience in a senior
management position with proven ability to achieve objectives and
meet deadlines.

Education should be to a degree level with a relevant professional
qualification such as CPA. It is also important that candidates satisfy
the regulatory requirements. The successful candidate must be able
to demonstrate solid team work, communication skills and a practical
"can do" attitude.

In addition to basic salary, benefits include life and medical insurance,
income protection and membership in a personal pension plan.

Written applications with current C.V. should be submitted to:

The Human Resource Manager,
Ansbacher (Bahamas) Limited,
P.O. Box N-7768,
Nassau, Bahamas
Fax 242-326-5020



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KPMG Telephone 242 393 2007
PO Box N123 Fax 2423931772
Montague Sterling Centre Internet
.. East Bay Street
Nassau, Bahamas


We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheet of Credit Suisse (Bahamas) Limited as
of December 31, 2004. This consolidated balance sheet is the responsibility of the Bank's management.
Our responsibility is to express an opinion on this consolidated balance sheet based on our audit.

We conducted our audit in accordance with International Standards on Auditing as promulgated by the
International Federation of Accountants. Those Standards require that we plan and perform the audit to
obtain reasonable assurance as to whether the balance sheet is free of material misstatement. An audit
includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the balance
sheet. An audit also includes assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made
by management, as well as evaluating the overall balance sheet presentation. We believe that our audit
provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.

In our opinion, the consolidated balance sheet presents fairly, in all material respects, the financial
position of the Bank .as of December 31, 2004 in accordance with International Financial Reporting
Standards as promulgated by the International Accounting Standards Board.


Nassau, Bahamas
June 1, 2005

Consolidated Balance Sheet

December 31, 2004, with corresponding figures for 2003
(Expressed in United States dollars)

2004 2003

Cash and due from banks:
Cash and demand deposits:
Affiliates $ 35,502,305 51,078,793
Other 3,062,650 1,303,558
38,564,955 52,382,351

Time deposits (note 3):
Affiliates 1,759,221,818 320,913,623
1,797,786,773 373,295,974

Loans and advances (note 4) 91,093,087 89,432,799

Securities purchased under agreements to resell (notes 6 and 9) 92,879,884 -

Accrued interest and other assets:
Affiliates 1,766,045 1,459,493
Other 1,823,023 1,148,463
3,589,068 2,607,956

TOTAL ASSETS $ 1,985,348,812 465,336,729

Due to banks:
Demand deposits:

Time deposits (note 3):

Customers' deposits (note 5):
Demand deposits:

$ 2,830,944






222,568,590 112,968,288



1,066,450,992 39,750,598
Time deposits:
Affiliates 20,568,700
Other 475,832,505 238,577,068
1,562,852,197 278,327,666

Securities sold under agreements to repurchase (notes 6 and 9)

Accrued interest and other liabilities (note 9):




9,023,815 2,617,974
TOTAL LIABILITIES 1,904,313,946 393,913,928

Shareholder's Equity
Share capital:
Authorized, issued and fully paid:
12,000,000 shares of $1.00 each ,12,000,000 12,000,000
General reserve 20,000,000 20,000,000
Retained earnings 49,034,866 39,422,801

TOTAL SHAREHOLDER'S EQUITY 81,034,866 71,422,801


Commitments (notes 6,7 and 8)

See accompanying notes to consolidated balance sheet.

This consolidated balance sheet is approved on behalf of the Board of Directors on June 1, 2005 by the

Martin Sutter Director

Nikhil Borcar


Notes to Consolidated Balance Sheet

December 31, 2004
(Expressed in United States dollars)

1. General Information
Credit Suisse (Bahamas) Limited ("the Bank"), which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Credit
Suisse, Zurich, Switzerland (the "Parent"), is incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas and is licensed under the Banks and Trust Companies Regulation Act, 2000 to
conduct international banking and trust services. The Parent and its branches and subsidiaries are
referred to in these consolidated financial statements as "Affiliates".

The registered office of the Company is located in the Bahamas Financial Centre, Shirley and
Charlotte Streets, Nassau, Bahamas. At December 31, 2004 the Company employed 52 (2003 42)
2. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies
(a) Statement of compliance
The Bank's consolidated balance sheet has been prepared in accordance with International
Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") as promulgated by the International Accounting
Standards Board.
(b) Basis of preparation
This consolidated balance sheet has been prepared under the historical cost convention and
the accounting policies have been consistently applied.

(c) Basis of consolidation

This consolidated balance sheet includes the accounts of the Bank and its wholly-owned
subsidiaries CB Administration Limited, CR Administration Limited and Credit Suisse
Wealth Management Limited ("CSWM"), all of which were incorporated under the laws of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. CB Administration Limited and CR Administration
Limited were incorporated on August 31, 1995 to serve as corporate officers and directors
of ~pmpanies managed by the Bank. CSWM was incorporated on September 5, 2003 to
provide private banking services to clients of the Bank and its affiliates.
All intercompany balances and transactions have been eliminated on consolidation.

(d) Foreign currency translation
The reporting currency of the Bank is United States dollars, as a significant amount of the
Bank's transactions are carried out in United States dollars and the majority of the Bank's
assets are held in this currency.
Assets and liabilities maintained in foreign currencies are translated into United States
dollars at the rates of exchange prevailing at the consolidated balance sheet date.
(e) Financial instruments
Cash and cash equivalents are short term "highly liquid investments" which are readily
convertible into known amounts of cash without notice or within three (3) months of
maturity when acquired.
Originated loans and advances are loans and advances created by the Bank providing
money to its customers other than those created with the intention of short term profit
taking. Originated loans and advances comprise loans and advances to customers other than
purchased loans.

Held-to-maturity financial instruments are financial assets and liabilities with fixed or
determinable payments and fixed maturity that the Bank has the intent and ability to hold to
maturity. These include cash and cash equivalents (except deposits on demand), deposits
with banks, deposits from banks, deposits from customers, securities purchased under
agreements to resell and securities sold under agreements to repurchase.
The Bank recognizes held-to-maturity assets and liabilities and originated loans and
advances on the day that funds are disbursed or received as applicable.
Financial instruments are measured initially at cost, including transaction costs.
Subsequent to initial recognition all non-trading financial liabilities, originated loans and
advances and held-to-maturity assets and liabilities are measured at amortized cost less
impairment losses. Amortized cost is calculated on the effective interest rate method.
A financial asset is derecognised when the Bank loses control over the contractual rights
that comprise that asset. This occurs when the rights are realized, expire or are
surrendered. A financial liability is derecognised when it is extinguished.

09 Assets under management
The Bank is engaged in the provision of asset management services involving a large
number of clients with substantial funds under administration.
Property held by the Bank in a fiduciary or agency capacity for its customers has not been
included in this consolidated balance sheet since such items are not assets of the Bank.

(g) Other assets
Other assets include accounts receivable for fees billed to clients. The Company's policy is
not to make a general provision for bad debts. However, all amounts receivable are
written-off after a defined period of time has elapsed.
(h) Securities financing arrangements
The Bank enters into purchases (sales) of investments under agreements to resell
(repurchase) substantially identical investments at a certain date in the future at a fixed
price. Investments purchased subject to commitments to resell them at future dates are not
recognized. The Bank, under the terms of these agreements, has the right to pledge or sell
the assets received. The amounts paid are recognized in securities purchased under
agreements to resell. The receivables are shown as collateralized by the underlying
security. Investments sold under repurchase agreements continue to be recognized in the
balance sheet and are measured in accordance with the accounting policy for either assets
held for trading or available-for-sale as appropriate. The proceeds from the sale of the
investments are reported as liabilities to either banks or customers.
The difference between the sale and repurchase considerations is recognized on an accrual
basis over the period of the transaction.
The Bank may pledge securities received as collateral to secure borrowings under
repurchase agreements. As these securities received and subsequently repledged are not
owned or sold short by the Bank, these securities are not recognized.
(i) Loans and advances to customers
Loans and advances are reported het of allowances to reflect the estimated recoverable

(j) Impairment-
Financial assets are reviewed at each balance sheet date to determine whether there is
objective evidence of impairment. If any such indication exists, the asset's recoverable
amount is .estimated. Provisions are established by charges against income and are
maintained at a level considered by the directors to be adequate to provide 'for potential
(k) Use of estimates
The preparation of a consolidated balance sheet in accordance with IFRS requires
management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the amounts reported in the
consolidated balance sheet and the accompanying notes. These estimates are based on
relevant information available at the balance sheet date and, as such, actual results could
differ from those estimates.
3. Due from/to Banks Time Deposits
Due from banks time deposits earned interest at annual rates ranging from 0.60% to 6.17% at
December 31, 2004 (2003 1% to 5.04%).

Due from Bank 2004 2003

CAD 2.16-2.58 2.60-3.23
EUR 2.02-2.15 2.05-2.66
GBP 4.71 4.84 3.73
NOK 1.75 2.30
NZD 6.17 5.04
USD 0.9-4.18 1.00 -4.18
CHF 0.6 0.67 -

Interest was paid on balances due to banks time deposits at annual rates ranging from 0.10% to
2.25% at December 31, 2Q04 (2003 -0.08% to 2.13%).

Due from Bank 2004 2003

EUR 1.76 2.13
USD 1.41-2.25 0.08- 1.55
JPY 0.1 0.1

4. Loans and Advances
Loans and advances are comprised of secured loans and overdrafts. Secured loans are those which
are either guaranteed by first class financial institutions and companies or are adequately
collateralized. Annual interest rates ranged from 0.89% to 4.82% at December 31, 2004 (2003 -
0.75% to 3.63%).

Due from Bank 2004 2003

CAD 3.16 3.29
EUR 3.63
JPY 0.89 0.9

USD 2.07 4.82 1.67 3.22
CHF 1.21 0.75

5. Customers' Deposits

Interest was paid on customers' deposits balances at annual rates ranging from 0.19% to 5.25% at
December 31, 2004 (2003 0.13% to 4.19%).

Due from Bank 2004 2003

CAD 1.38-2.18 1.5-2.61
EUR 1.13- 2.08 1.06- 1.99
GBP 3.94-4.52 2.94
NOK 1.06 1.69
USD 0.55 -4.28 0.13 -4.1
CHF 0.19-0.57 0.75
NZD 5.25 4.19

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6. Securities financing arrangements
The Bank purchases financial instruments under agreements to resell them at future dates. The
seller commits to repurchase the same or similar instruments at an agreed future date. The securities
purchased under agreements to resell are entered into as a facility to provide funds to customers. At
December 31, 2004 securities purchased under agreements to resell were as follows:

Fair value of Carrying
- .. assets held as amounts of
collateral receivable

Government bills and bonds $ 117,103,562 92,796,824
Corporate bonds. 983,628 83,060
$ 118,087,190 92,879,884

The-Bank has pledged securities with a fair value of $101,192,577 from those received as collateral
for repurchase agreements with a fair value of $118,087,190 as noted below.
Securities purchased under agreements to resell earned interest at annual rates ranging from 0.55%
to 2.35% at December 31, 2004.

2004 2003

Bank 1.25-2.35
Client 0.55 1.63

The Bank also raises funds by selling or pledging financial instruments under agreements to repay
the funds by repurchasing the instruments at future dates at the same price plus interest at a
predetermined rate. The securities sold under agreements to repurchase are'commonly used as a
tool for short-term financing of interest-bearing assets, depending on the prevailing interest rates.
At December 31, 2004 assets sold/pledged under agreements to repurchase were as follows:

Fair value amount of
of underlying corresponding
assets liabilities

Government bills and bonds $ 101,192,577 109,869,344

Securities sold under agreements to repurchase bore interest at annual rates ranging from 0.85% to
3.45% at December 31, 2004.

2004 2003

Bank 0.85 1.65
Client 1.45 -3.45 -

7. Financial Instruments
The Bank is party to financial instruments with off-balance sheet risk and other derivative financial
instruments in the normal course of business to meet the financing needs of its customers.
Financial instruments include commitments to extend credit at fixed and floating rates, standby
letters of credit and currency swap agreements. These instruments involve, to varying degrees,
- - eleeiiits ofcredit and interest rate risk in excess of the amount recognized in the consolidated
balance sheet. However, the Bank's credit risk is minimal, since most of the instruments have been
entered into on behalf of clients.
The contract or notional amounts of financial instruments reflect the extent of the Bank's
involvement in particular classes of financial instruments and do not measure the Bank's exposure
to credit or market risks and do not necessarily represent the amounts exchanged by the parties to
the instruments. The amounts exchanged are based on the contractual notional amounts and the
other terms of the instruments. Notional amounts are not included in the balance sheet and
generally exceed the future cash requirements relating to the instruments.
Interest rate, liquidity and currency risks
The Bank manages its exposure to interest rate changes, liquidity and currency risk related to its
portfolio of loans, asset and liability deposits by maintaining a matched book of assets and
liabilities by currency and maturity. Its objective is to manage the impact of interest rate changes
on earnings. The notional amount of derivative financial instruments used by the Bank to manage
interest rate and currency risks for clients accounts, forward contracts, at the balance sheet date was
approximately $15.74 million (2003 $23.60 million), comprised of $7.87 million (2003 $11.80
million) of purchase commitments, and $7.87 million (2003 $11.80 million) of sale commitments.
Credit commitments
The Bank has outstanding in the normal course of business, payment obligations and guarantees of
$6,210,805 (2003 $3,319,110). The Bank's maximum potential exposure to credit loss in the
event of non-performance by the other parties to the financial instrument for commitments to
extend credit is represented by the contractual notional amount of those instruments. The Bank
uses the same credit policies in making commitments and conditional obligations as it does for on-
balance-sheet instruments. Management does not anticipate any material loss as a result of these
Fair value
Management estimates that the total fair value of loans and deposit assets and liabilities do not
differ materially from their carrying values given that average effective interest rates approximate
the current interest rafes available to the Bank for loans and placements and offered by the Bank for
deposit liabilities with similar maturities.
8. Commitments
In 1998 the Bank entered into an agreement with Bahamas Financial Centre Limited to lease office
space for its operations. The lease commenced July 1, 1998 for an initial term of fiV years and
was renewed on July 1, 2003 for a further term of five years. The annual lease rental cost is
$710,620 plus service charges.
The Bank has entered into sub-lease agreements with one non-related party and four Affiliates to
sub-lease portions of the leased premises. The sub-lease agreements are for initial periods of 12
months to 60 months, with options for renewal.
Assuming that options under lease and sub-lease agreements are exercised future minimum lease
payments, net of sub-lease payments to be received, for premises are as follows:

SNot more than one year $ 517,317
Between one and five years 1,810,610

9. Related party transactions
The Bank entered into various transactions with the Parent and other parties related by virtue of
common control. Transactions with related parties are entered into on commercial terms except as
noted below.
The consolidated balance sheet includes the following related party balances and transactions not
separately classified as affiliates on the consolidated balance sheet:

Securities purchased under agreements to resell 54,303,317

Liabilities-- -
Securities sold under agreement to repurchase 20,358,700
Investment management fee payable 1,874,447
Other liabilities 3,805,333

The Bank has a compensation arrangement in place for employees of CSWM wherein .a part is
dependent on the performance of the subsidiary. The performance accrual for the period is included
in other liabilities in the consolidated balance sheet.

Effective January 1, 2004, the Bank bought the private client business from Credit Suisse First
Boston Bahamas Limited ("CSFBBL"). Under the sales and purchase agreement entered into
between the Bank and CSFBBL, private client assets and liabilities as of close of business on
December 31, 2003 were transferred at book values. The transfer was made at nil consideration
and generated no gain or loss for the Bank. Pursuant to the sale and purchase agreement the Bank
was assigned access on a continuing basis to a few of CSFBBL's proprietary computer systems for
nil consideration.
10. PenSion
The Bank participates in a group contributory pension plan for local eligible employees and
reimburses Credit Suisse, Zurich for expenses associated with the international contracted
employees' participation in their pension plan. The Bank's liability is restricted to the amount of the
11. Taxation
Under the laws of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, there are presently no income, withholding
or capital gains taxes payable by the Bank.

12. Concentration of Assets and Liabilities
The following is an analysis of selected assets and liabilities by geographical location:

British Virgin Cayman
Europe America Bahamas Britain Islands Panama Islands Other Totals
Due from
banks 347,731,754 1,442,494,789 2.039.931 5,191,412 328,887 1,797,786,773
Loans and
advances 775,961 2,488,336 6,552,743 -7rl7-5,561 762,626 67,775,050 5,562,810 91,093,087
Securities 11.478,239 42,825,078 3,437,488 22,079,922 -Z 13,059,157 92,879,884
receivable 1,032,567 207,586 2,341,611 6,747 -- .. ... 557 3,589,068
361,018,521 1,488,015,789 14,371,773 27,278,081 7,175,561 762,626 67,775,050 18,951,411 1,985,348,12"-

Due to banks 215,697,521 2,067,017 4,804,052 222,568,590
deposits 35,326,946 20,074,715 1,140,254,334 39,166,400 37,041,954 65,758,049 3,705,683 221,524,116 1,562,852,197
Securities 19,368,100 84,828,808 5,672,436 109,869,344
receivable 6,321 1,898,101 6,886,608 232,785 9,023,815
270,398,888 24,039,833 1.236,773,802 39,166,400 37,041,954 65,758,049 3.705,683 227,429,337 1,904,313,946

13. Maturities of Assets and Liabilities
The following is an analysis of assets and liabilities in order of maturity:

On demand Up to I Year 1 to 5 years Total
Due from banks S 1,278,485,916 519,300,857 1,797,786,773
Loans and advances 4,129,762 86,963,325 -91,093,087
Securities 92,879,884 92,879,884
Accrued interest receivable
and other assets 1,430,897 1,558,912 599,259 3,589.068
5 1,376,926,459 607,823,094 599,259 1,985,348,812

Due to banks $ 2,874,340 219,694,250 222,568,590
Customers' deposits 1,229,846,473 333,005,724 1,562,852,197
Securities 109.869,344 109,869,344
Accrued interest payable
and other liabilities 6,101,216 2.922,599 9,023,815
$ 1,348,691,373 555,622,573 -1,904,313,946

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Wins will not be easy after Lance

Armstrong retires, says Bruyneel

Lance Armstrong's teammates may
have to wait a while for a Tour de
France victory when the record-break-
ing champion retires, according to
Associated Press.
Armstrong will quit cycling after
July's Tour, where he aims for a sev-
enth straight win and the first since the
Discovery Channel took over as team
The team's sporting director, Johan

Bruyneel, envisages a lean period after
the Texani's retirement.
"It will. be a-different philosophy
when Lance has gone, everyone knows
that," Bruyneel said. "We have tried to
get better over the last six years, and
when one important element has left
we have always tried to replace him."
Although the Discovery Channel
team boasts talented young riders such
as Benjamin Noval and Yaroslav

Popovych, Bruyneel feels they may not
have enough experience to challenge
immediately for, a Tour win.
"We have a lot of hope for the
future, but not necessarily in the imme-
diate," Bruyneel said. "More in two
or three years time."
Teammate and close friend George
Hincapie is worried that Armstrong
will leave a huge void when he retires.
"I don't know what it's going to be

like to race.without him," Hincapie
said. "As soon as a talented guy comes
along in America, I'm asked if he's
Lance's successor. I'm sorry, but I have
to answer that I don't think that will
happen for a good while."
Asked who will win in Armstrong's
absence, Bruyneel picks one familiar
name and another who made a stun-
ning impact on last year's Tour.
"The logical successors are Jan Ull-

rich or Ivan Basso," Bruyneel said.
"Basso's strength and his spee U`hre
incredible, more than last yearWe
should expect that again in July."
Germany's Ullrich has long been
Armstrong's main rival winning tl
Tour in 1997 and finishing runner-up
five times.
Italy's Basso impressed Armstrpng
in the mountains in last year's To1,,
finishing third overall.

farmer returns to claim

victory at festival after

triumphing in Florida

Junior Sports Reporter
A LOCAL cyclist has returned
home after achieving interna-
tional success to compete and
sharpen his skills against familiar
Just weeks after winning the
Florida State Cycling Champi-
onship last month, Lee Farmer
came first at the 5th annual Gre-
gory Town Pineapple Festival
Cycling Classic in Eleuthera.
The 40-mile road race was

held over the Labor Day week-
end and has become a vital part
of the Pineapple Festival week-
Farmer's closest competitor
was veteran cyclist Barron "Tur-
bo" Musgrove who finished
almost 10 minutes behind
Farmer's pace in a battle with
Basil Goulandris who finished
This year's version of the clas-
sic featured 6 divisions, includ-
ing four youth divisions.
For junior boys there was a 17

years and under, 14 years and
under, and an 11 years and under
division, while for junior girls,
there was a 14 years and under
Farmer, a native of New
Zealand and a member of VMG
racing, is the number one-ranked
cyclist in the Bahamas.
Other members of VMG Rac-
ing, Basil Goulandris and Mark
Holowesko also fared well.
Goulandris finished third overall
and Holowesko finished first in
the Master's division.

OffciaSreI slt

Overall (40 miles)
1st Lee Farmer
2nd Barron Musgrove
3rd Basil Goulandris
4th John Cox
5th Mackey Williams
6th Edward Bethel
7th Kevin Richardson
8th Mark Holowesko
9th Wayne Price
10th Sam Brown
11th Robert Jones
12th Thomas Mackey
13th Emilo Thompson
14th Timothy Sturrup
Elite Women (40 miles)
1st Carmel Stucki
Open Women (20 miles)
1st Julianna Glinton
2nd Christine Jones

1hr 28mins 23s
1hr 37mins 05s
1hr 37mins 26s
1hr 39mins 04s
1hr 39mins
1 hr 43mins 49s
1hr 45mins 42s
1hr 46mins 30s
1hr 55mins 15s
1 hr 55mins 49s
2hr 00mins 26s
2hr 02mins 30s
2hr 08mins 20s

1 hr 44mins 32s

9mins 43s
Ihr 00mins 34s

Master's Division
1st Mark Holowesko
2nd Sam Brown
3rd Robert Jones

Elite Jr Boys 17yrs and under (40 miles)
1st Kevin Richardson
Jr Boys 14yrs and under (20 miles)
1st Yorkell Bain 1hr 00mins 44s
2nd Elijah Knowles 1hr 00mins 52s
3rd D'angelo Sturrup 1hr 07mins 34s
4th Tres Smith lhr 10mins 32s
5th Yelstin Bain lhr 15mins 34s
'Jr Boys 1 lyrs and under (20 miles)
,;1 st Jay Major 1hr 00mins 42s
'2nd Anthony Colebrook 1 hr 15mins 35s
3rd Roy Colebrook Jr 1 hr 20mins 07s
'4t Dereck Bethel Jr 1 hr 21 mins 01s
,Jr Girls 14yrs and under (20 miles)
jist Kashna Williams lhr 23mins 30s

* LEE Farmer racing at the weekend





* BERNARD Nottage thanks Keith Major, Senior VP of Collina Imperial yesterday, after they
donated $100,000.00 to the CAC Championships. See back page for the full story.
(Photo: Felipg Major/Tribune Staff)

Players fail to make the

grade for BGF selection


planning to up

the stakes as she

heads to Mexico

Senior Sports Reporter
TONIQUE Williams-Dar-
ling's blistering world best of
49.95 is just an indication of
what to expect, says the
Olympic and World 400 metre
After out-lasting former
world leader Sanya Richards
to easily win the women's
400m race at the Prefontaine
Track Classic in Eugene, Ore-
gon on Saturday, Williams-
Darling said she had her sights
set on some more lofty goals
this year.
"It was a good race," said
Williams-Darling, who sur-
passed her season-opener of
50.2 last year with her debut
this year.
"I think I got out really
good. I took the lead going
down on the back stretch and I
just kind of led the race. At
some point, I felt Sanya on the
side of me and we both
pressed towards the finish
Williams-Darling ran a
smooth and controlled race as
she held off Richards, who
trailed her through the tape in
It was the first race this year
that more than one competitor
went under the 50-second bar-
But it was a race that had
five of the finalist from last
year's Olympics entered.
Mexican Ana Guevera,
Williams-Darling's new arch-
rival, was also expected to be
in the line-up. But she opted.
not to compete.

Instead, Guevera is waiting
on the much anticipated show-
down this weekend on her
home soil with Williams-Dar-
It will be the first time the
two meet since Guevera
turned the tables on Williams-..
Darling, winning the IAAF
World Finals after the
Olympics was staged.
"I would have liked to race
against her before we went to
Mexico, but I was shocked
because all of the top 10 Nike
athletes had to be in the
meet,'" said Williams-Darling,
who is sponsored on the inter-
national scene by Nike, just as
Guevera is.
"I didn't really know until a
day before the meet that she
wasn't going to run in the race.
But that didn't change any-
thing for me because I still had
to go out and run."
Williams-Darling said the
Prefontaine meet really served
as a gange for her going into
"I really didn't know where
I was, but now, instead of me
having that as my first race and
I'm not sure what I do, I'm
glad this was my first race,"
Williams-Darling stated.
"So I feel pretty confident
where I'm at right now. It will
really help me going into the
meet in Mexico."
To go there with the world's
fastest time takes the pressure
off Williams-Darling and puts
it squarely in the face of Guev-
era, who will now have to
respond before her home
crowd. i ...
But Williams-Darling said

she's not going to let the time
get to her head.
"I wasn't really concerned
about the time. Right now, it's
about the next competition
and just improving," she insist-
ed. "The times are not impor-
-tant. But I'm still keeping it in
After lowering the national
record to 49.1 last year,
Williams-Darling said reach-
ing the 48-second barrier is
another goal of hers.
"I don't know if running 49
so early makes it that much
easier, but I just hope that it
will allow me to run 48 this
year," she said.
And along with her meet-
ing in Mexico against Guev-
era, there are a number of big
meets this year in which
Williams-Darling hope she will
be able to achieve that goal.
After the trip to Mexico,
she will be coming home to
compete in the Bahamas
Association of Athletic Asso-
ciations' National Open
Championships here in two
weeks, a meet in Paris, France
before she return for the
Senior Central American and
Caribbean Championships
here as well.
If she doesn't achieve the either of those meets,
Williams-Darling said she will
certainly put her focus on the
IAAF 10th World Outdoor
Championships in Helsinki,
Finland in August.
"This weekend was a great
time, but hopefully it will just
be a stepping stone to some of
the other goals that I want to
accomplish," she summed up.

Senior Sports Reporter
THE Bahamas Golf Federa-
tion will have to go to the selec-
tion committee to finalise the
team heading to the Caribbean
Amateur Golf Championships
and the World Championships
later this year.
At the final trials held over
the weekend in Grand Bahama,
only four players attained the
qualifying standards which were
initiated by the BGF this year.
Therefore, federation presi-
dent Neville Adderley said a list
of players names had been sub-
mitted by the selection com-
mittee to the general executive
committee for ratification.
The BGF will hold a meet-
ing tonight and will announce
the team on Wednesday.
"We didn't focus on qualify-
ing last year, so I can't base the
performances on last year's tri-
als," Adderley stated. "So I
think the fact that we had the
qualifying trials this year, the
players were focused on trying

to beat the course and not the
Based on the standards set,
only last year's junior national
champion Scott Macdougall was
able to achieve the qualifying
mark for the regulars on the
Hoerman Cup team.
He shot a 298 to surpass the
qualifying standards of 300.
Peter McIntosh was the first
player to make the team when
he earned his spot by winning
the national amateur- champi-
The remaining four players
for the Hoerman Cup team will
be selected tonight after they
failed to achieve the qualifying
The only team that had its
players make the team outright
are the seniors. Both Bobby
Rose and Vernon Wells from
Grand Bahama combined to
shoot a 284, which matched the
qualifying standards.
Rose had also achieved the
qualifying standard when he fin-
ished as the runner-up at the
national championship.

Racquel Riley was the only
other player to achieve the stan-
dard when she shot a 310 to go
well under the ladies' standard
of 320 total.
"We set the standards based
on our analyses of the past
scores, bearing in mind that if
they shot those scores, they
would be in the top three,"
Adderley noted.
"But based on the list that
was submitted by the selection
committee, I feel if we go with
their recommendations, we will
have a good chance of doing
very well in each category at
the championships."
Although he did not stay for
the final day of competition,
Adderley said he was extreme-
ly pleased with the perfor-
mances of all the golfers from
what he had seen from Friday
to Saturday.
"They were focusing on beat-
ing the course, not the individu-
als," he stated. "You always get
better results because of that."
The tournament wrapped up
on Sunday.

Here's a look at the results from the first two days of the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Asso-
ciation's Gatorade Senior National Tennis Tournament, being played at the National

Tennis Centre:

Ladies' division

First round
* Skye Powell (3) def. Elan-
qua Griffin 6-2, 6-1.
* Tanea Miller def. Tashelle
* Kerrie Cartwright (4) def.
Gia Deleveaux 6-0, 6-0.
* Dyphany Mortier def.
Shaneicka Griffin 6-0, 6-1.
* Chanelle Clare (2) def.
Chelsea Powell 6-0, 6-2.
Quarter-final round
* Nikkita Fountain (1) def.
Crystal Johnson 6-0, 6-1.
* Kerrie Cartwright (4) def.
Tanea Miller 6-1, 6-3.
Men's Division
First round
* Perry Attfield def. Tim
Dames 6-1, 6-1.
* Archie Burrows def.

Dominique Teysseyre 6-4, 4-
6, 6-1.
* Ryan Knowles def. Philip
Major 6-2, 7-5.
* Johnathan Taylor def.
Justin Lunn 6-1, 6-0.
* Ralph Cash def. Kermit
Strachan 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.
* Royston Jones def. Van
Wilson 6-2, 6-1.
* Wenzel Cooper def.
Addington Cambridge 6-4, 7-
* Jason Rolle def. Stephen
Gordon 6-1, 5-7, 6-3.
* Marvin Coleby def. Stafford
Armbrister 6-3, 6-2.
Round of 32

* Chris Eldon (1) def. Brent
Johnson 6-1, 6-1.
* Larry Rolle (4) def. Robert
Lightbourn 6-3, 6-1.
* Robert Smith def. Kevin
Major 6-2, 6-1.

* Neil Mactaggart (8) def.
Francis Wilson 6-0, 6-1.
* John Pintard def. Blake
Powell 6-0, 6-0.
* Gerry Kanuka def. Attfiejd
Perry 6-0, 6-1.
* Ceron Rolle (6) def. Archie
Burrows 6-0, 6-0.
* Ryan Knowles def. Paul
Wesley 6-2, 6-2.
* William Fountain def. John-
ny Rodgers 6-1, 6-0.
* Royston Jones def.
Desmond Perigord 6-0, 6-1.
* Jonathan Hanna (7) def.
Javano Thompdon 6-0, 6-1.
* Tony Fisher def. Marvin
Coleby 6-1, 6-2.
* Johnathan Taylor def.
Anthone Williams 6-1, 6-0.
* Matthew Sands (2) def.
Jason Rolle 6-0, 6-0.

Quarterfinal round
* Larry Rolle (4) def. Robert
Smith 6-4, 4-6, 7-5.






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Senior Sports Reporter

NEIL Forsythe pitching a gem of a
game as he fired a three-hitter, striking
out 12 batters to lead Freedom Farm to
a 4-1 triumph over Grand Bahama.
It was a repeal of last year's final in the
-= boys' 16-20 division in the Bahamas
Baseball Federation's 2005 Andre
Rodgers Junior National Championships.
Sunday's victory at the Andre Rodgers
Baseball Stadium enabled Freedom
Farm to become champions again as they
played well defensively behind Forsythe
and produced the runs when they need-
ed it# stay on top.
"I felt really good about my team's
performance because we had the defence
and the offence. They didn't really let
me down," Forsythe said.
"Even if I put runners on base, I knew
all of the players behind me was helping
me out."
Forsythe and Freedom Farm came
close to shutting out Grand Bahama.
But third baseman Brent Sands took
matters into his own hands and made
sure that did not happen.
Down 2-0 going into the fifth, Sands
belted a line drive deep in left centre-
field and advanced all the way to third.
Sands eventually scored with two out
on a sacrifice fly from Culbert Evans Jr.
Forsythe said there was nothing he
-could do about the pitch he threw to
Sands. "He hit that ball very well. I was
surprised that it didn't go out. When he
'lit it, I said 'oh boy, look like they are
'going to get the-run'. They did, so I had
lto go back and pitch."
Grand Bahama's Ramon Grant
pitched a good game, scattering six hits
.with seven strike outs.
"They fight hard to the end," said
:tirant. "He (Forsythe) had his best stuff
tonight, but we fought them hard."
Freedom Farm did not actually knock
6pff Grand Bahama until the fifth inning
wvhen they banged Grant for four runs.
S,,.Sharad Johnson opened the frame
'with a double and caught a ride on a
,round rule double from Forsythe as his
Ssiot to right centre-field bounced over
the fence.
Deashon Smith followed with a sin-
gle and Albert Cartwright got his sec-
,-ohd hit of the night to score Forsythe.
Freedom Farm's manager, Greg Bur-
.ows Jr, said he could not have asked
t a better performance from his play-

"I'm very proud of them because they
actually stepped up to the plate and they
took it all on their shoulders and they got
the job done," he insisted.
His assistant Geron Sands could not
agree more. "From day one when the
team was put together, I said there was
no way that we should lose a game," he
said. "Everyone, including the players
on the bench, are good.
"Tonight, we went with our best nine
and me and Greg just tried to motivate
them by talking to them inning after
inning and allowed them to play."

In the bronze medal game, the
Junior Baseball League of Nassau
knocked off the New Providence All-
Stars 9-5 in eight innings.
Tied at 5-5 going into the extra inning,
JBLN produced four runs, highlighted by
catcher Stenard Duncombe's RBI sin-
gle. They were able to shut out the All-
Stars in the bottom of the frame to
secure the win.
In that eighth inning, Heath Pritchard,
Jason Albury, Matthew, Carey and pinch
runner Rico Nottage all scored, leaving
coach Teran Rodgers sighing with relief.
"Considering that I personally blew
the game last night (Saturday) against
Grand Bahama, allowing the pitcher to
pitch to one batter too many, which
would have put us in the gold medal
game, I think it was good for us to redem
ourselves and get the bronze."
Rodgers, a nephew of the late Andre
Rodgers, whom the tournament was
named after this year, credited his ace
Jamie Collie for pitching a superb game.
Collie went the distance, throwing a
six-hitter, striking out 10 for the win.
Dalyn Williams was tagged with the loss
before he was relieved by Alcott Forbes.
Also on Sunday night, over at the
Churchill Tener Knowles National Soft-
ball Stadium, Freedom Farm clinched
the coach's pitch gold medal with a 13-6
victory overJBLN.
Bryon Harvey got the win, while Leslie
Armbrister, Todd Isascs, Anthony
Romer and Shannon Mackey all scored
Luc Schaefer suffered the loss, while
Brendon Kemp scored two runs for
And in the bronze medal game, Grand
Bahama clobbered their arch rivals Lega-
cy 24-7 behind the stellar pitching from
Antonio Griffin, who also helped his
cause with two hits. and as many runs

-Colinalmperial backs CAC championships

Junior sports reporter

the official sponsor for the Central
American and Caribbean (CAC)
-UChampionships next month with a
'$100,000 donation.
The recently merged insurance com-
pany presented members of the CAC
,committee with a cheque yesterday for
the championship games, which are set
for July 8-11. at the Thomas A Robin-
son stadium.
More than 500 world class athletes
!rom more than 33 countries
thloughoutiil. thIe region are expected

to attend the meet next month
Several other companies have also
stepped forward with donations. So far
the committee has secured partner-
ships from the Ministry of Youth
Sports and Culture, American Airlines,
IAAF sanctioning, Bahamas Associa-
tion of Athletic Associations and Mon-
do company.
However, the committee has divided
the partnership and sponsorship aids in
categories platinum, gold, silver and
bronze all of which have different
price range.
Committee chairman Dr Bernard
Nottage said: "We've been very con-
cerned in having the finances we need-

ed to make this a successful occasion.
"I want from the bottom of my heart
and on behalf of the committee to
thank Colinalmperial for this fine ges-
ture. This company has been a trend-
setter in the insurance and finical ser-
vices industry in our country and we in
the Bahamas believes that we are trend
setters in track and field in the
Caribbean and indeed the world."
This will be is the biggest track and
field meet the Bahamas has hosted
since the construction of the national
track and field stadium.
The country has hosted several
Carifta games in the past, but according
to Nottage, the dedication being dis-

played by the government propels the
committee to keep the great name the
country has established.
"When it comes to hosting champi-
onships in our region, the Bahamas is
known as number one," he said.


The committee is still inviting com-
panies to join in, with the cost of the
event expected to reach a little over $1
million a hefty cost which includes
the assistance and services of the games.
Senior vice president and general
manager Keith Major said: "We are

extremely proud to be associated with
an event of this magnitude and pres-
"We believe that our athletes should
be given every opportunity to compete
without the worry of sponsorship, so it
is our hope that by taking the lead in
partnering with the senior. CAC com-
mittee that others in the community
will lend their support."
Five Bahamians took top prizes at
the last champions, which were held
in Grenada in 2003.
Forty Bahamians have reached the
medal podium at the games, since the
games' irception in 1967 in Jalapa,

_ ~ ~II~






And they look great


Buckled or jeweled,
studded or beaded,
flats are back in
fashion, with a
vengeance. And, as it turns out,
not only do those new ballet-
inspired slip-ons, minuscule
Mary Janes, or modest mules
look great, they can be better
for you than certain higher
shoe styles.

Flats are
... better ..

"By andlarge, low shoes are
better for you, unless you'll be
turbo-shopping," says foot and
ankle specialist Dr Deborah
Raine, of Bahamas Foot Cen-
Actually, tennis shoes or
styles as near them as possible,
are best, according to Dr
That's because they don't tilt
the body as high shoes do, and
offer arch support, a downfall
for certain ultra-low styles. But
since constantly wearing ten-
nis isn't practical or desirable
- for many women, flat styles
are a welcome alternative to
higher styles, which can wreak
havoc on toes, toenails and pos-
The higher a heel, the fur-
ther down into the shoe the
foot falls. This strains the
metatarsal bones, which are

found in the forefoot, and
which bear the body's entire
weight. The strain high heels
pose can lead to corns, ham-
mer toes, mallet toes and toe-
nails that, being constantly
banged and under pressure,
become blackened.
Flats are especially impor-
tant in childhood and teenage
Understandably, high school
girls have followed high-heeled
shoe fashions in the past.
Unfortunately, their feet are
still growing and bones have
. not fully-set until age-18 or .19.
That, Dr Raine explains, means
teenagers have been causing
permanent damage to their feet
by cramming them into shoes
that are too tight or too high.
The problem is compounded
since their bones are still softer,
which means this can be done
without experiencing much
pain yet.
As a result of higher styles
that have been popular in the
past, bunions, not normally an
issue for teenagers, have been
showing up in girls who are far
too young for the problem.
And disfigured toes continue
to cause embarrassment later.
"You have girls who come
in here and say, 'there ain't no
way I'm gonna get married
with my toes like this'...that's
how embarrassing it is, that's
how disfigured some people
get, without you knowing this is
what you're. doing, because it
doesn't always hurt it hurts

Four things to look

outforin a shoe

MOST of us don't really want to throw
our spine out of alignment hard-wearing
killer heels for hours a day, all week, year
after year or come home with feet so
frowsy and malformed we're shamed to
take those shoes off.
Here are four tips to help you strike a
balance that will help care for your feet's
26 bones and numerous joints while pro-
viding comfort and a manageable degree.
of style.
1. Heel and sole thickness
Dr Raine recommends a one-and-a-half,
inch heel, which provides the arch sup-
port, which some flat shoes don't. Heels
higher than that, she warns, can cause the
body to tilt at an unnatural angle.
2. Activity-appropriate shoes
Before you throw out all your stilettos,
platforms and ultra-thin thins, bear in

later... you can get all the way
through adolescence without
having any problems."
Although an inch-and-a-half
is a good heel height once feet
have finished growing, that
incline is still too much before
feet have finished growing, par-
ticularly for school shoes that
are worn hard, and worn often.
Girls with longer, thinner
toes are more at risk than those

mind that less than ideal shoes for short maybe necessary.
periods of time may be all right. A pair of
shoes that seem to be killing your feet 4. Materials
after a day of work could be fine for two Feet tend to perspire more in manmade
hours of sitting at church. leather shoes, which also don't absorb per-
Even for all-day wear on the job, what spiration. Dr Raine says that sweat then
may work for a banker who spends much decomposes in the shoe, creating prime
time sitting could be agony for a hotel fungus-growth conditions. That can be a
hostess. es ...r. .a..... ac.....ari oneer.nifor those who work
'outside, and spend a lot of time on the
3. Size move. For work shoes, go for at least one
Have your feet measured, and buy shoes pair of good leather shoes, which allow
appropriately. "It doesn't matter what you perspiring feet to breath, and which stretch
wear, if it's too'small it's going to be bad to accommodate foot shape. This applies
for you," says Dr Deborah Raine, of not just to women, but also men, particu-
Bahamas Foot Centre. She explains that larly those who have very active jobs that
wearing lower-heeled shoes can still be require a lot of running around or time
harmful to toes if the foot is crammed into spent outside.
it. As well as considering length, many "What you play in is not that impor-
Bahamians have spent a lot of time bare- tant,'" says Dr Raine. "For work, that
foot or in sandals, which can contribute to repetitive stuff, you want something that's
foot spreading, which means wider shoes doing your feet good."

with less flexible, short, stub-
by toes.
Instead of higher shoes for
schoolgirls, Mary Janes, buck-
led shoes, loafers, and others
with three quarter inch heels
are the wisest choice.

Keeping your
flat shoes
Even amongst all flats, all
shoes are not created equal.
Super-thin-soled styles made
only of leather, with no rubber
sole and thus no cushioning -
can trigger pinched nerves, and
may be best reserved for situa-
tions that require minimal
walking from the house to
car, car to restaurant, and
Flat shoes may require
insoles for arch support, so that
the ligaments that stretch from
the toes to the heels aren't
over-stretched, leaving feet
sore and bruised. Those whose
jobs require a lot of time spent
standing up, like hotel maids

See SHOES, Page 2C

* FLAT shoes (pictured) are back in fashion.
(Photo: Felip6 Major/Tribune Staff)




drink 'makes you

feel happier


Tribune Feature Writer
In the fast-growing
functional nutritional
beverage industry,
every once in a while a
self-proclaimed "mir-
acle drink" grabs the spotlight.
Case in point, Noni Juice.
But a fairly new drink on the
market, Himalayan Goji Juice,
which claims to make you feel
happier for longer, is quickly
gaining popularity locally.
Last week, Dr Earl Mindell,
who manufactures this juice,
and his associates, visited the
Bahamas to give a lecture on
the product. Dozens of healthy-
minded individuals turned out
to the Holy Trinity Activity
Centre last Monday night to
hear about the benefits of Goji
Juice. Dr Mindell was sched-
uled to give the same presen-
tation in Freeport the following
day. He is the author of the
"Vitamin Bible" and over 50
books on nutrition.
Aptly named, his goji juice

is produced from goji berries
grown in the Himalayan moun-
In an interview following the
presentation, Dr Mindell told
Tribune Woman and Health: "I
wouldn't call (the goji berry) a
miracle plant, but it helps the
body to produce optimal
health. But the biggest thing
that I could say is that it helps
your mood."
According to the nutrition
expert, the word gofi in man-
odarin means happy.
"So it changes people's
demeanor. They sleep better.
They wake up more refreshed,
more energetic," he. claims.
And in China goji is revered
for improving poor night
vision, according to the doctor.
"The Chinese have poor eye-
sight so people have said that
they notice the difference in
their night vision after taking
goji juice. They can start to
read things that they couldn't

Himalayan Goji Juice gaining

popularity on local market

before, and-of course the
longer you drink the juice the
better the results."
But there are always two
sides to any story even in a
case like this, when testimonials
from around the world about
the benefits of Goji Juice are
readily available.
According to a local dieti-
cian, who preferred not to be
named, persons should not
generally accept anecdotal (tes-
timonials from others) reports'
when deciding what to con-
"Anecdotal reports are not
considered scientific evidence.
They should look for articles
in peer-reviewed scientific jour-
nals, not just any magazine,"

the dietician suggests.
Dr Mindell came across the
goji berry almost 11 years ago
when a researcher from China
told him about the berry, which
grows primarily in the
Himalayan mountains.
These whole dried berries
are burnt-red in colour and
about the size of a raisin.
They're vaguely sweet but also
a bit tart. .
Definitely a new taste sen-
sation, but most people like
them on the first bite. Imagine
a taste that is somewhere
between a cherry, a cranberry
and a raisin.:.
These berries are gathered
wild, then shade-dried. They
are not fumigated, processed
or artificially sweetened in any:
way. It is said in Tibet (where it
grows wild) that "eating goji
berries in the morning will
make you happy the entire day
- with such a practice, eventu-
ally you can't stop smiling".
When Dr Mindell became
interested in closely research-
ing the berries, they could only
be exported to the US in a
dried berry form.
"It was not standardised, so it
wasn't the same from batch to
batch. So it took four to five
years of pretty intense research
to isolate the active ingredients
so that it would be exactly the
same each time that you drank
it, so that it is exactly the same
as if you were to go to the
Himalayas and pick a berry off
the vine and eat it," Dr Mindell
The active ingredients of goji
are lycium barbarum polysac-
charides 1, 2, 3 and 4..
And according to Dr Min-

dell, there are no contraindi-
cations, no toxicity and no side
effects that have been discov-
ered. The only side effect is
that the individual smiles a lot,
which Dr Mindell adds, is not a
bad thing.
The juice has already been
introduced to 14 countries and
Dr Mindell says that the
response has been "phenome-

ounces daily.
The local dietician says that
while he is not aware of any
scientific negative effects to
consuming goji juice, he is nqt
aware of any scientific benefits
"But I will say that these
things (nutritional juices) come
and go. If somebody is saying
that it helped them, I can't say

"I wouldn't call (thegoji berry)
a miracle plant, but it helps the
body to produce optimal health.
But the biggest thing that I could
say is that it helps your mood...
So it changes people's demeanor.
They sleep better. They wakeup
more refreshed, more energetic.'"
Dr Earl Mi,4*ll

Apparently, his 98 per cent
goji juice has been spectrum
analysed for purity. Manufac-
turers say that the juice has a
lot of independent research
behind it, as being a powerful
immune supplement. Suggest-
ed use is one to three ounces
per day. But for therapeutic
use, between four and eight

that it didn't. But we have to be
careful about how we measure
the association between the
feeling good, and the source of
that feeling," the dietician adds.
Causality has to be shown
scientifically in well-controlled
studies, so that the results that
are claimed actually come from
the reason that it suggests, the
dietician warns.

Shoes (From page 1C)

or bartenders, can be prone to
this problem.
Dr Raine also warns against
styles with a toe that comes to
an extreme point.
"They're the worst. Where
are those toes going if they're
not slapping on top of each
"If you take your foot and
put it on top of one of these
shoes, (you'll see that) a lot has
to go on to get that (foot) in,"
says Dr Raine, who explains
that wearing such shoes for a
short stint to church might not

"They're the
worst. Where
are those toes
going if they're
not slapping
on top of
each other?

Dr Deborah Raine

cause problems, while all-day,
all-week wear to work is much
more likely to wreak havoc on
But even short-term wear
doesn't change the fact that, as
she says, "They're just not
designed with any foot in
"You think women designed
shoes for women? No ma'am,"
she says. "You ever seen a man
in high heeled shoes? They'd
only have to wear them one
day, and the design would





your health questions answered

Dear Doctor Carey, sweats, bladder and urinary
tract problems, mood
hfiI am a woman changes with general irri-
.. . tability and difficulty sleeping
in her fifty-fourth (insomnia). Talk to your doc-

In this 21st Century,
women's health has
emerged as a major
health issue, especially
since for many fami-
lies, women head the house-
Women are also primary
contributors to the household
income, in addition to main-
raining their traditional roles
as caregivers and food and
nutrition gatekeepers.
Women therefore have a
great influence on family health
and eating habits that will last
for generations. Good health
for women means good health
for the society.
I As in other countries of the
Western Hemisphere, women
are living longer in the
Bahamas. The-average woman
;today canexpect to live up to
:73.8 years of age, according to
:the Pan American Health
:Organization's Basic Health
'Indicators 2001 for the
It is also recognised that with
|the longevity of women in soci-
!ety comes a greater suscepti-
ibility to disease and disability
,as they age.
The greatest challenge to
women's health in the
13ahamas may be attributed to
improper lifestyle practices of
some women, including poor
dietary practices, resulting in
'conditions/diseases such as
heart disease, hypertension,
'diabetes mellitus, cerebrovas-
cular disease and cancer. Some-
times these diseases are termed
'"nutrition-related because in
,many instances they have
developed as a result poor eat-
ing habits over an extended
The challenge for many
women is even worse if there is
a genetic predisposition (inher-
ited teadeincy) for the devel-
opment of these diseases.
Added to this is the fact that
many women are far too busy
taking care of their families and
working (which is good), and
pay little attention to their own
health until, in many cases, it is
too late.

health and
Heart disease

Most women do not recog-
nise heart disease as a leading
Telfli problem and cause of
,death for women in the
.,Bahamas today.
ci"In fact, among the 10 leading
,causes of death in the female
population for all ages for 2000,
heart disease is ranked a close
.second behind HIV disease
Although Lighten Up & Live
.flealthy is not aware of any
study conducted in the
Bahamas on women's aware-
ness of and attitudes towards
heart disease and stroke, we
have seen from our general
practice that more women are
concerned about getting can-
cer and HIV/AIDS.
While it is acknowledged
,that awareness of these dis-
eases is critical to women's
health, we wish to remind
women to look at all health
problems that present chal-
lenges to their general health
and well being. More impor-
tantly, Lighten Up & Live
Healthy would like for women.
to become aware of risk fac-
tors that are within their pow-
ers to modify, as well as those
that are not.

Heart disease
risks that


According to the American
Heart Association, there are
risk factors that place certain
women in a higher risk catego-
ry of developing heart disease,
more than the ordinary
women. These include:
Increasing age compared
to men, many women before
the age of menopause seem to
be partly protected from heart
disease, heart attack and


stroke. Why this difference
exists is not quite clear, accord-
ing to scientists. The incidence
of heart disease increases with
age in women and is believed
to be attributed to the loss of
natural estrogen as women
approach and go through
Women, who have reached
this stage in life because of age
or surgery, should contact their
doctors for advice on how to
reduce their risk of heart dis-
ease at this stage of their life.
Sex/Gender men have a
greater risk of heart attack than
women do, and they have
attacks earlier in life.
A woman's risk rises after
menopause but never reaches a
man's risk level.
Heredity children of par-
ents with heart disease are
more likely to develop it them-

Health risks
women can
treat and
Just as women can't control
their age or sex, women can't
control their family history.
It becomes more important
for women to treat and control
the other risk factors they may
The American Heart Asso-
ciation notes that the follow-
ing risk factors are within the
power of women to change.
Cigarette smoking -
smoker's risk of heart attack is
more than twice that 'of non-
smokers. Cigarette smoking is
the biggest.riskifactor.for sud-
den cardiac death; smokers
have two to four times the risk.
of non-smokers.
Smokers who have heart
attacks are more likely to die
and to die suddenly (within an
hour) than are nonsmokers.
High blood cholesterol lev-
els the risk of coronary heart
disease rises as blood choles-
terol levels increase. When
other risk factors (high blood
pressure and.cigarette smoke)
are present, the risk increases
even more. Age, sex, heredity
and diet also affect a person's
cholesterol level.
High blood pressure high
blood pressure increases the
heart's workload, causing the
heart to enlarge and weaken
over time. It also increases the
risk of stroke, heart attack, kid-
ney failure and congestive
heart failure.
When high blood pressure
exists with obesity, smoking,
high blood cholesterol levels
or diabetes, the risk of heart
attack or stroke increases sev-
eral times.
Physical inactivity lack of
physical exercise is a risk factor
for coronary heart disease.
Regular, moderate-to-vigorous
exercise plays a significant role
in preventing heart and blood
vessel disease.
Even modest levels of low-
intensity physical exercise are
beneficial if done regularly and
long term. Exercise can help
control blood cholesterol, dia-
betes and obesity as well as
help to lower blood pressure
in some women.
Obesity and overweight -
in the Bahamas it has been well
established and scientifically
documented that more than 50
per cent of adult women are

overweight and/or obese.
Women who have excess
body fat (people in general for
that matter) are more likely to
develop heart disease and
stroke even if they have no oth-
er risk factors.
Obesity is unhealthy because
excess weight increases the
strain on the heart. It is direct-
ly linked to heart disease
because it influences blood
pressure, blood cholesterol and
triglyeride (lipid/fat) levels, and
makes diabetes more likely to
If women (as well as men)
can lose as little as 10 to 20
pounds you can help lower
your heart disease risk.
Diabetes mellitus dia-
betes seriously increases the
risk of developing heart dis-
Even when glucose levels are
under control, diabetes seri-
ously increases the risk of heart
disease and stroke.
More than 80 per cent of
people with diabetes die of
some form of heart or blood
vessel disease.
If you are a woman and have
diabetes it's critically impor-
tant for you to monitor and
control any other risk factors
you can.
The Dietary Guidelines of
the Bahamas advises:
Use our drum to help you
choose a variety of foods daily.
Eating healthy keeps you

Obesity is
the strain
on the heart

healthy. Choosing a variety of
foods every day in moderation
will balance your diet and keep
you feeling good.
As often as possible, limit
the amount of high fat and
greasy foods you eat everyday.
Trim off fat. Remove skin.
"Ease-up" on the greasy
foods..." go for leaner cuts of
meat and poultry.
As often as possible,
choose foods with less sugar
and less salt. Eating too much
"high seasoned" and sweet
foods increases your risk of
developing heart disease, high
blood pressure and Type II
Diabetes or "sugar'.
Choose a variety of fruits
and vegetables everyday.
Make physical activity and
exercise a part of your lifestyle.
It can be fun and beneficial to
your body, mind and soul. Aim
for enjoyable exercise at least
four times each week.
Women, if you desire further
information on heart health
and nutrition or want a copy
of these guidelines, feel free to
contact the Nutrition Unit,
Department of Public Health,
Ministry at no cost to you. The
Dietary Guidelines are avail-
able free of charge. Pick up one
at any time.
This article is provided by
nutritionists Adelma Penn and
Camelta Barnes of the Nutri-
tion Unit, Department of Public
Health, Ministry of Health.

year. I think I am
going through
that stage of
menopause. I am
having problems
with having sex.
I have no feeling
for men at this
time, what can
I do to help
myself? Thanks
for your answer.
Dear Sheila,
What you appear to be
experiencing is not uncom-
mon in women as they enter
the menopause era of their
Menopause signals the loss
of reproduction, not the loss
of a woman's sex life.
The majority of women 50-
60 years of age admit to a
healthy sexual appetite. -
In some it is increased as

* Dr Reginald Carey

they embark on the second
phase of their life, free from
the worry of pregnancy. By
now, for many women, the
child rearing has been com-
pleted so they have more
money to spend on them-
selves. For many, life has
reached somewhat of a bal-
ance where the mortgage is
paid, a pension is secured
and some investment(s) have
been made:
Loss of interest in sex may
occur for several different
reasons. One of the obvious
is that declining hormone lev-.n.
els causes physical changes"
such as hot flashes, night *

tor about available medical
help for your concern, such
as vaginal lubricants, adjust-
ing any medication that is
being taken and whether hor-
mone replacement therapy is
appropriate for you.
Attitude is most important
and you must maintain a
good self esteem.
Do not yield to the temp-
tation to "just let yourself
go". You want to know you
look beautiful and feel beau-
tiful and desirable. Regular
exercise, getting sufficient
sleep, a well balanced diet
and avoiding excessive stress-
es, (or bringing them to quick
resolution when they arise),
engender a boost in self con-
fidence and improve sexual
This informative weekly
column provided by Doctors
Hospital is intended to edu-
cate women about important
issues regarding their health
and is not intended as a sub-
stitute for consultation with
an obstetrician/gynaecologist.
Please send questions via e-
mail to tribune@tribuneme-
' or mrassin@doctorsh- For more infor-
mation call 302-4707.

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Practising meditation

'easier said



n theory, meditation
sounds simple; sit com-
pletely still, with a
focused, relaxed mind.
In practice, of course,
that's easier said than done.
Yoga teacher Margaret
Evans and Gulshan Noorani,
meditation instructor, who both
hold lessons at Trinity
Methodist Church, provide
advice on how long to medi-
tate, what to look at or not
look at and how to maintain
concentration when learning to
Starting a routine
Both instructors agree that
it's important to start small.
Ms Evans suggests an 8-10
minute routine, increased to
15-20 minutes after about a
month, gradually working
towards half an hour to and an
hour, every morning. But if
that's not feasible, then con-
tinue the routine in whatever
time increment you can main-
"The idea is that you do' it
every day;" says Ms Evans. "If
10 minutes is all you can fit into
the schedule before you have
to get up and.get the kids ready
or whatever, then that's what
you focus on."
According to Ms Noorani,
three five-minute sessions a day
is a good starting point. She,
however, suggests increasing
meditation time without hav-
ing goals in mind. Goals that
aren't reached, she says, can
become a deterrent to com-
;When starting a routine, she
explains, "beginning small is
best since shorter times are. eas-
ier to master, which means

researchers have found that
more than three quarters of
heart attack patients have been
infected with chlamydia pneu-
moniae, a bacteria found in
arteries of heart attack patients,
and multiple studies have
found this can double the risk
of developing subsequent heart
Initial studies suggested that
an antibiotic regimen to treat
the chlamydia pneumoniae
could reduce the risk of coro-
nary events, Cox News Service
has reported.
However, researchers from
the TIMI Study Group at
Brigham and Women's Hospi-
tal, in an international clinical
trial, found that despite long-
term treatment with gati-
floxacin, an antibiotic often
prescribed to successfully treat
chlamydia pneumoniae,
patients did not experience a
reduction in recurrent cardiac
events. These findings were
published in the April 21 issue
of the New England Journal of

your experience will become
positive sooner, motivating you
to continue".
For a more visual experi-
ence, Ms Evans suggests using
inspirational images a piece
of artwork, pictures of spiritu-
al teachers or family members,
even a calendar of beautiful
flowers as focal points for
meditation. Having something
to focus on can, she explains,
help in focus and concentra-
Ms Noorani prefers medita-
tion without images, since, she
says, one can become reliant
on them for concentration.
Instead, she suggests keeping
the eyes slightly open, which
allows you to remain aware of
your surroundings, without
being distracted by them. Clos-
ing them could make it easier
for imagination and fantasy to
take over.
Breath is the most basic non-
visual focus tool. By focusing
on deep, rhythmic breathing,
the heart rate slows, helping
calm muscles and mind, and
allowing both to work more
"If you were in a fearful sort
of situation, your heart rate
might increase, you might stop
breathing, you might panic.
The idea is, by focusing on the
breath in that sort of situation,
you are allowing your brain to
get the oxygen it needs to fig-
ure out what you need to do
to get away from whatever it
is that's causing this reaction,"
says Ms Evans, who explains
that this can come in handy in.
various scenarios, from prePar-

According to study principal
investigator Dr Christopher P
Cannon, although chlamydia
pneumoniae may have played a
role in starting the process of
arterosclerosis, once patients
have .documented heart dis-
ease, it appears to be too late to
treat the infection.
"Instead, we need to focus
on reducing the cholesterol
build-up and inflammation in
the arteries, using high-dose
statins and other treatments,"
he said.
Cannon noted that while'
there are many identifiable risk
factors for arteriosclerosis,
many patients do not exhibit
these risk factors. This has
prompted ongoing research to
find additional markers that
will help clinicians identify and
then stop progression of car-
diovascular disease. Chlamy-
dia pneumoniae, one of these
new, non-traditional risk fac-
tors, has been associated with
the development of arte-
riosclerosis and heart attacks.

ing to write a test to dealing
with a snake that's found its
way into the house.
Mantras are words or phras-
es repeated, allowing you to
focus without getting caught up
in thoughts.
"Thoughts, when you're
thinking about daily life, build
on each other. So you start off
with, 'oh I gotta have a cup of
tea, oh I shouldn't have any
more sugar, oh no, niy diet is
going crazy, oh Ishould do this,
do that'," says Ms Noorani.
"You can lead yourself into all
kinds of negativity and inflated

THE Bahamas Cancer Society
received a much-needed donation that
will help the organisation complete the
second phase of its Cancer Caring Cen-
tre, a hospice for cancer patients.
Doctors Hospital made the donation
during the society's major fundraiser,
the annual Gala Ball.
"We are so appreciative of generous
sponsors such as Doctors Hospital;
because of their continuous commitment
and the support of others like them, by
mid-summer the building will be com-
"The driveways will be paved, the gar-
dens planted and the staff will be ready
for patients to come and visit and stay at
their 'home away from home'," said

"The idea
is that you
do it every
Margaret Evans

scenarios that are nonexistent,
that were created based on the
original thought that you had,
that you wanna have a cup of
tea," she says. "When you say
a mantra, it leads you back to
the mantra it keeps you on the

spot... The more you stay on
the spot without the mind run-
ning around, then the mind
begins to settle."
Using an uplifting, inspira-
tional word like "hallelujah"
- as your mantra can help set a
day on the right track, says Ms
Evans, so that when a stress-
ful scenario arises, you might
take it not as a reason to upset
yourself, but as a chance to
take time to be quiet again.
Tackling meditation on your
own is feasible, but joining a
group can make it easier to
break into a routine, accord-
ing to Ms Noorani.
. "It is much easier to quit
when you're alone," she says.
"When you're in a class setting,
the desire to run away and quit

Susan Roberts, treasurer of thE Bahamas
Cancer Society.
However, there is still a lot to be done
- a task eagerly undertaken by the Can-
cer Society but they will need more
assistance from the community and oth-
er corporate partners.
Doctors Hospital has been a benefac-
tor of the Cancer Society for a number of
years, beginning with a legacy left behind
by Norma Gaitor, a biomedical techni-
cian and coordinator for the Facilities
Management Department at Doctors
Ms Gaitor was one of the chief dream

is challenged by your need to
stay and participate. If you do
it on your own at home, it's
much easier not to go through
with the whole process."
Whether you decide to med-
itate alone or in a group, with
only a mantra, or with a focal
image as well, there are bound
to be days when it's difficult to
concentrate. When that time
comes, Ms Evans says, "It's not
about engaging the thoughts
*that you're having, but watch-
ing them arrive, then gently
coming back to the focus of
mantra and breath."
Even long-time meditation
practitioners still, she says,
experience "monkey mind". If
you find yourself, daydreaming,
don't beat yourself up just
gently regain your focus and

weavers of the Cancer Society's Cancer
Caring Centre and founder of the soci-
ety's Thrift Shop.
Funds from Doctors Hospital will help
with the mounting construction costs
associated with completing the building.
Charles Sealy, chief operating officer
of Doctors Hospital, and Michele Rassin,
assistant vice-president operations, were
on hand for the cheque presentation.
"It is our pleasure to support the Can-
cer Society as they continue to make
such a lasting difference in the lives of
patients with cancer and their families
and friends," said Mr Sealy.
"The Cancer Caring Centre is a won-
derful project to share the Cancer Soci-
ety's message of hope."


Bacteria can

double risk

of another

heart attack

Bahamas Cancer Society

receives donation from

Doctors Hospital

Pictured, from left: Lovern Wildgoose, board member, the Bahamas Cancer Society; Charles Sealy,
chief operations officer, Doctors Hospital; Terry Fountain, vice-president, the Cancer Society; Susan Roberts,
treasurer, the Cancer Society; and Michele Rassin, assistant vice-president operations, Doctors Hospital.



Closer look at health and

fitness for older persons'

In the Caribbean
region, the term elder-
ly often refers to per-
sons age 60 years and
over. However, the
American Geriatric Society
classifies older persons into
three groupings:
young-old persons aged
between 65-74 years;
middle-aged old persons
aged between 75 and 84 years;
old-old persons aged 85
years and older.
In the Bahamas, for the var-
ied reasons, the term elderly
or older persons refers to indi-
viduals aged 65 years and over.
Within the context of the
Bahamian Health Care System,
when one speaks about health
and fitness among older per-
sons, recommendations are
broken down to account for the
three groups in accordance
with the American Geriatric
Society mentioned above (the

young-old, middle-aged and
old-old). Each grouping has
different health and fitness
requirements; hence different
recommendations are made for
each grouping as they relate,
specifically, to activities and
dietary recommendations.
As for health and fitness in
the 'young-old' group, it is
important that persons
between 65 and 74 years of age
maintain a health routine that
is similar to that recommended
for persons between 20 and 40
years. Such individuals should
strive to prevent ill health and
disease through maintaining his
or her aerobic capacity and
strength; which is essential for
both physical and psychological
well being.
Recommendations for the
middle aged-old and old-old
persons are modified to suit
their individual needs. Despite
the tendency to be frail and
fragile in nature, older persons

Symptoms of an

enlarged prostate

IF they live long enough,
most men will eventually suf-
fer from an enlarged
prostate gland.
An enlarged prostate is
troulibeline but not usually
life threatening The symp-
toms are:
increased urge and fre-
quency to urinate, especially
during the night;
flow problems (delay in
onset or decreased or slow
stream) or;
not emptying the blad-
der all the way.
These symptoms indicate
that your prostate gland has
enlarged enough to partially
obstruct the flow. Treatment
for an enlarged prostate
includes medication to relax
the bladder neck muscle or
to cause the prostate to
shrink or surgery, if needed.
No treatment is needed if
symptoms are mild, but reg-
ular exams should be done
to see if symptoms worsen.
Because an enlarged

prostate can lead to kidney
problems, contact your doc-
tor immediately if you expe-
a burning sensation
when you urinate;
paii in the lower back,
groin or testicles;
fever and chills.
An enlarged prostate does
not necessarily indicate the
presence of prostate cancer.
A digital rectal exam can be
done in your doctor's office
to screen for prostate cancer
and a blood test called a
Prostate Specific Antigen
(PSA) should also be per-
For more information on
men's health, Dr Robin
Roberts will be the speaker
at Doctor's Hospital Distin-
guished Lecture Series,
Thursday June 16 at 6pm to
discus "The Male
Menopause, Fact, Fiction or
Source: Doctors Hospital

health r


Doctors Hospital Distin-
guished Lecture Series: Dr
Robin Roberts will speak on
the topic "Male Menopause,
Fact, Fiction or Reality" on
Thursday, June 16, 6pm in
the hospital's conference
The Cancer Society of the
Bahamas meets at 5.30pm
on the second Tuesday of
each month at their Head-
quarters at East Terrace,
Centreville. Call 323-4482
for more info.
REACH Resources &
Education for Autism and
related Challenges meets
from 7pm 9pm the second
Thursday of each month in
the cafeteria of the BEC
building, Blue Hill Road.

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

The Bahamas Diabetic
Association meets every
third Saturday, 2.30pm
(except August and Decem-
ber) @ the Nursing School,

Grosvenor Close, Shirley
Doctors Hospital, the offi-
cial training centre of the
American Heart Associa-
tion offers CPR Classes cer-
tified by the AHA.
The course defines the
warning signs of respirat'o-
ry arrest and gives preven-
tion strategies to avoid sud-
den death syndrome and the
most common serious
injuries and choking that can
occur in adults, infants and
CPR and First Aid classes
are offered every third Sat-
urday of the month from
9am-lpm. Contact a Doc-
tors Hospital Community
Training Representative at
302-4732 for more informa-
tion and learn to save a life

Alcoholics Anonymous
meets @ 16 Rosetta St,
Monday-Friday and Sunday,
6pm-7pm & 8.30pm-9.30pm,
and on Saturday, 10am-
11am & 6pm-7pm &
8.30pm-9.30pm; @ Sacred
Heart Catholic Church,
Shirley St, on Friday at 6pm.

can benefit from exercise.
Exercise is (still) the main
preventive measure for reduc-
ing risk for the onset of chron-
ic illness in older persons as it is
for younger persons. In the old-
er population, exercise is also
used for rehabilitation purpos-
es within this population, as
many older persons tend to
have multiple chronic illness-
es, such as arthritis and heart
A well-balanced appropri-
ately prepared diet in the right
proportion at suitable times, is
also necessary to maintaining
the health and well being of
this population.
It is very important for older
persons to remain both fit and
healthy because it contributes
to a state of'equilibrium (bal-

A health and
fitness plan
for older

Primarily it is very important
that older persons have a com-
plete physical exam to rule out
any active disease. It is not in
their best interest for older per-
sons to undertake a fitness pro-
gramme or engage in any form
of physical activity if their
hypertension or diabetes is not
controlled. However, exercise
is one of the key aspects of
hypertension and diabetes
Increased physical activities
(exercise, walking, swimming,
jogging and dancing) have been
proven to improve and stabilise
conditions such as diabetes and
hypertension to the point
where drug therapy was .dis-.
conti4nued. Moreover, these
activities help to prevent such
conditions from developing in
some persons. It is important to
note that many persons have
been found to suffer from
hypertension and diabetes for
many years without being
aware of it; discovering it only
when going to see the doctor
for some other complaint. This
is why a physical exam by a
health care practitioner is rec-
ommended prior to starting a
fitness programme.

A physical

As a part of the physical
assessment to determine the
health status of older persons
wishing to embark on a fitness
programme, the doctor will
conduct a number of simple
tests. These may include,
checking the blood pressure
and blood sugar levels, sound-
ing the chest and heart and in
some cases requesting an X-
ray of the chest and a heart test
(Electro Cardiac Gram (ECG).
These will help to assess the

state of the heart and lung.and
find out whether the person
has a heart condition, diabetes
or high blood pressure, and
whether there is a need to
delay starting or changing the
plans a bit until their condition
is stable enough for them to
start the programme.
Arthritis is one of the major
complaints in older persons
and often hinders free move-
ment in affected persons
because of the pain, stiffness
and inflammation in one or
more of the joints. It is often
perceived that because a per-
son has arthritis it is not sensi-
ble to exercise because it caus-
es a worsening of the condi-
Contrary to common beliefs
concerning the relationship
between exercise and arthritis,
it is proven that exercise can
relieve symptoms of arthritis.
Regular, gentle exercise can
have many benefits for people
with arthritis.
Exercise can:
facilitate joint nourishment;
ease pain and joint stiff-
improve flexibility;
build muscular strength
and improve balance;
reduce joint deformity and
improve posture;
reduce the effects of osteo-
porosis (thinning of the bones)
by maintaining bone density;
improve overall health and
fitness and lower stress levels
maintain a healthy body

types of

An inflamed, liot or painful
joint needs rest. However, too
little exercise can cause mus-
cle weakness, pain and stiff-
ness. People with arthritis
should do some form of physi-
cal activity every day, such as:
Mobility exercises to
maintain or improve the joint's
range of motion and flexibility,
such as stretching.
Strength exercises to
build muscle strength and pro-
vide stability to the joints, and
improves your ability to per-
form daily tasks.
Aerobic exercises to
improve cardiovascular fitness,
such as walking or cycling.


Many different types of exer-
cise are suitable for people with
arthritis, including:
Warm water exercise

Chair exercises
Low impact aerobics and
strength training
Tai Chi
Here in the Bahamas, for-
mal groups exist that seek to
address the holistic need of old-
er persons. These include, the
Bahamas Association of
Retired Persons and the Urban
Renewal Projects senior citi-
zens groups.
According to Nurse Justina
Knowles, there is a great need
in the Bahamian society to dis-
pel the myth that older persons
need only to rest each day.
This, she says, is based on the
perception that such persons
have worked hard all their lives
and there is a need to reward
them by allowing them to
become inactive. This involves
allowing them to sit day and
night in the confines of their
home, watching television or
simply resting in a bed or
Often family members think
that all older persons need is
to be taken for extended week-
end and holiday rides, rather
than being encouraged to take
walks in their neighbourhood
park or on the beach, and/or
assist with household chores or
keep a garden; all of which are
forms of remaining physically
The appeal by both Dr Agre-
ta Eneas-Carey and Nurse
Knowles to all Bahamian fam-
ilies that have older persons in
their network is to encourage
older members of their family
to. become and remain physi-
^ ly active as this helps t&
Spinintain their physical, ant[
X emotional state of well beings.
Another important aspect
relevant to the health and fit-
ness of older persons is that of
adequate nutrition. A well bal-
anced diet is essential for all
humans irrespective of age.
Therefore, the dietary require-
ment and recommendation for
older persons is the same as for
all persons across the life cycle.
It is important to remember,
however, that often many old-
er persons in our society suf-
fer from one or more chronic
illnesses in many instance it is
diabetes, hypertension or both.
The diet must therefore be tai-
lored to whatever state the
individual is in, in the absence
or presence of an illness. Nev-
ertheless, a healthy balance of
a variety of foods should be
incorporated into the daily
meal selection. It is important
for older persons as with every
other age group across the life
cycle to:
use the new dietary guide-
lines for the Bahamas;
limit the amount of high
fat and greasy foods they eat;
make starch vegetables,
peas and beans a part of their

choose foods with less sug-
ar and salt;
choose a variety of fruits
and vegetables daily;
drink plenty of water every
avoid or limit the use alco-
holic beverages and;
choose foods for their
nutritional value and not for
the name brand or cost.
As persons age, the taste
buds lose their ability to dis-
tinguish the flavours of sweets
and salts. Consequently, there
is the tendency for older per-
sons to add excessive amounts
of sugar. It is known that excess
of both sugar and salt con-
tribute to ill health. Therefore,
to compensate, relatives need
to add spices that will enhance
the flavour of the food with-
out increasing the undesired
health effects.
Dr Carey advises that the
drinking of plenty water be
encouraged. Water is very,
very, important to maintaining
the healthy state of the body.
Often older persons do not
drink sufficient water. In many
instances the underlying cause
is that they pass urine more fre-
quently. Due to decreased
mobility, some persons wet
themselves and are unable to
maintain the level of hygiene
that they or their caregiver
desire, so they reduce the
amount of water consumed.
This is not a good practice
because water serves many
functions that are linked to
maintaining a healthy body.
Replacing water with soda,
diet soda, coffee, tea, or alcohol
does not Work as well as drink-
ing water especially if the bev-
erage produces a diuretic
If the taste of plain water is
the problem, try putting lemon,
lime or an orange slice in the
glass of water.
Finally, with increasing age,
the wall of the stomach loses
elasticity (that is the ability to
open and close or expand and
contract). As a result the stom-
ach gets full very quickly. It is
advised that older persons be
given smaller, frequent meals.
Instead of large servings, divide
the meals into smaller portions
and offer it at two-three hour
intervals so that the. righit
amount of food is consumed
over the course of the day.- ;:

For more information on
health and fitness in older per-
sons contact the gerontology
clinic (clinic for older persons)
at the community clinic nearest
your home or Dr Agreta
Eneas-Carey, Justina Knowles
or the Physical Therapy
Department at the Public Hos-
pitals Authority, Sandilands
Rehabilitation Centre.

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June's chores

une is the month
when we can expect
the rainy season to
start in earnest, with
plenty of afternoon
thundershowers. If we get
enough rain it will cut back on
our need to water with hoses
and sprinklers and allow us
time for other garden chores.
One of them may well be
pruning. Unfortunately, most
flowering shrubs are in full
bloom right now and by prun-
ing we will lose flowers for up
to two months. One way
around this is to prune part of a
shrub a hibiscus, say and
weeks later the remainder.
Even better would be to allow
fairly full growth and only take
out those branches that make
the shrub a little misshapen. It
is important that sunlight
reaches the centre of the shrub
at some time during the day.
Good aeration also helps keep
the plant healthy.

I would suggest that home
gardeners only deal with lower
limbs of trees when it comes to
pruning. A general reshaping
of a mature tree is best left to
professional nurserymen.
June is the beginning of the
hurricane season and we have
had enough experience in
recent years to be fully aware
of what damage they can

Trees that are not bearing at
the moment can be profession-
ally pruned of excess limbs so
they will have a greater chance
to survive a major hurricane.
It's far easier to prune than to
Spring will turn to summer
this month and if you have not
given your citrus and fruit trees
their spring feeding, now is the
time to do it. Fertilise around
the drip line and the trunk of
the trees, then apply a minor
element spray to the foliage.
It's a bit late to be starting
your summer flowers from seed
so you may have to pay a visit
to the nursery for some plants
in small pots. New Guinea
Impatiens takes our summer
heat well but does require
some shade. Another shade

Vincas, Zinnias and Cosmos
can take full summer sun but
you may find that Pentas would
appreciate a little shade dur-
ing the day. If you have them in
pots you can move them
accordingly. Pentas love wet
feet and cannot abide drought
conditions. They come in many
attractive colours but hum-
mingbirds love bright red the
best. The lavender shades
attract bees.
Now is a good time to estab-
lish a new tree in your garden.

* JUNE is the month of Royal Poinciana. Gardener Jack has
seen no Poinciana flowers on Abaco during the first few
days of June and this is probably because of the 2004 hur-

The summer rains will guaran- enough to replant a small tree.
tee good growth and if a hurri- I would suggest a cultivated
cane does come along it's easy Sapodilla as a tree with excel-
lent fruit in season and deep
green foliage all through the
year. If you can forgo fruit, why
not a Lignum Vitae our
national tree. If you really want
fruit then Carambola will like-
ly give you more than you can
handle. A Carambola tree can
be kept pruned to picking
height and does not take up
much space. It grows in fairly
shaded conditions as well as in
full sun.

Towards middle and late
June Scarlet Plums will ripen.
To propagate a new tree you
should break or saw off most of
a branch and plant it solidly
into the ground while it is bear-
ing fruit.
The success rate using this
method is almost 100 per cent.
The same method of propaga-
tion applies to Hog Plums later
in the year.
If you gave me a word asso-
ciation test and said June, I
would respond with one of two
words: Grass or Poinciana.
Once the rains start, mowing
of lawns will be a weekly chore
(weakly, in my case), especial-
ly with St Augustine grass.
Royal Poincianas are trash
trees for most of the year but
really come into their own dur-
ing June. Please do not plant
any Poincianas; the Bahamas
has plenty enough.

* THE end of the school year means Scarlet Plums are ripe. These close relatives of
Hog Plum can be propagated by planting a length of branch with the fruits on.





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