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Title: The Tribune
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Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau Bahamas
Publication Date: June 14, 2005
Copyright Date: 2005
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Volume: 101 No.166


SSDAY, JUNE 14, 2005

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FREEPORT A 26-year-
old Abaco man was
stabbed to death last
evening at Eight Mile
..According to reports, the
s abbing occurred around
9.58pm Sunday at Jack
Smith Corner at Hanna
, ;T!. ..,:Bobb.yb Pen.
was found dead with stab
wounds to the chest and
lower abdomen.
Reports are sketchy.
Penn, who lived in Aba-
co,. had arrived on the
island sometime over the
weekend and was visiting
with a brother at Hanna
,His death is the third
murder in Eight Mile Rock
within the past month and
pushes Grand Bahama's
murder count to nine for
the year.
Police are searching for
the suspect.
; In other news, a 38-year-
old man wanted for ques-
tioning in connection with
the seizure of 546 pounds
Of marijuana surrendered
over the weekend to
The man, a resident of
Lindsell Drive, Freeport
a"d Fox Town, Abaco, was
accompanied by his lawyer
Rufus Allen'
Jtis alleged that on May
2-%olice found drugs with

Search for suspect

after body found

an estimated street value of is expected to be arraigned
more than $500,000 aboard in Drug Court Wednesday
.a go-fan speedboat a' before Magistrate Carolita
Grand Lucayan water- Bethel on conspiracy to
way. possess a quantity of dan-
The accused was flown to gerous drugs with intent to
New Providence, where he supply.

Show of support for
under-fire COB president
Tribune Staff Reporter
MORE than 100 of the College of the Bahamas' combined
500-member staff and faculty rallied yesterday in support of
their president who has come under scrutiny after admitting
to an act of plagiarism.
Words like "envy", "scandal", "political ambitions" circu-
lated the crowd, and were said by some to be the reason why
some people are calling for Dr Rodney Smith's resignation.
While his supporters were rooting for him at the front
entrance of the college, Dr Smith was seen leaving the cam-
pus and has since refused to comment to The Tribune about
his reaction to the demonstration.
Dr Ian Strachan, chairperson of the School of English
Studies, said the staff and faculty have accepted the public
apology given by Dr Smith, and declared "nothing more
SEE page 11
E SUPPORT was shown for Dr Rodney Smith in front
of the College of the Bahamas yesterday.
(Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune staff)

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Bahamas government
has not signed the Caribbean
Single Market Economy and
does not propose to sign it
before the next general elec-
The government has pro-
posed to refer the matter of
CSME and the signing of the
revised Treaty of Chaguara-
mas to the Bahamas Commis-
sion on trade for further
Foreign Affairs Minister
Fred Mitchell during his con-

Mitchell: no decision

in this present term

tribution to the 2005/2006 bud-
get debate said: "I should wish
to clarify another bit of misin-
formation with regard to the
existingg policy of the govern-
ment. It is clear that this mat-
ter of our participation in. the
revised treaty of Chaguaramas
will not be decided within this

present term. There is too
much misinformation, disin-
'formation, and emotion; too
much' political dishonesty.
There is s`imply-too much pol-
"I hope this is clear,*concise
SEE page 11 '

AIDS camp director 'on

the mend' from illness

Chief Reporter
DIRECTOR of the All
Saints Camp of John the
Divine, which provides shelter
and support for AIDS victims,
Rev Glenroy Nottage, is recu-
perating from an illness at the
Princess Margaret Hospital.
His brother, Rev Kendal Not-
tage, said the camp director was
"on the mend" in the hospital's

intensive care unit.
"He is just very exhausted
he does a lot of work down
there and I guess he is very
stretched," he said.
However, Rev Nottage would
not specify what ailment his
brother is suffering from.
Glenroy Nottage has been
operating the All Saints camp
since 1990 when he moved his
SEE page 11

Baseball coach allegedly

attacks opposing player
* By KARIN HERIG Tribune that Mike Dorsett,
Tribune Staff Reporter president of the Eleuthera
Amateur Baseball Associa-
PANDEMONIUM broke tion (EABA) and coach of
out at a Governor's Harbour the Rock Sound team, "The
Little League baseball game Teenagers", shoved Jonathan
on Saturday when a coach Groezinger up against a fence
allegedly attacked a 13-year- and then punched the coach
old player of the opposing df the boy's team, Jerold New-
team. bold, when he tried to inter-

Witnesses, including the
mother of the boy, told The

SEE page 11

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COB affairs need investigating

by an independent panel

PRIME Minister Perry Christie's
penchant for appointing com-
missions and committees has met with a
certain amount of derision and so he
might be somewhat reluctant to appoint
another one.
However, it would appear that the
appointment of a committee to look into
the affairs of the College of the Bahamas
is exactly the right thing to do at this
It should be a committee of persons
unconnected with the college, and its
remit should include an examination of
the process by which Dr Rodney Smith
was recruited to fill the post of presi-
dent, and the terms and conditions of
'his employment.
Any institution populated with human
beings and concerned with power,
resources, influence or philosophy is like-
ly to have its share of internal tension in
addition to the almost inevitable per-
sonality conflicts.
Political parties are most noted for
this because of the intensely competi-
tive and public nature of politics. But it
exists in just about every other institution
as well, including corporate, social and
In words Dr Martin Luther King used
in another context, this can be a creative
tension. It can also be disruptive and
even destructive if it is not properly
managed and controlled.
It seems from acknowledged events,
;press reports and the rumour mill that
tensions at the college have gone beyond
,creative and pose a real danger to the
; health and reputation of this important
* national institution.

A bout 18 months ago the popu-
lar Bahamian lecturer Felix
,Bethel was suspended from his post on
half pay and faced prosecution for intem-
perate remarks made to another member
-of the faculty.
It looked as if Mr Bethel would lose
his position altogether.
Some say that when Dr Leon
'Higgs became president in 1998, the
,state of affairs at the college had
already deteriorated because of intrigue
and infighting and he was not universal-
ly welcomed. Mr Bethel worked with
and supported Dr Higgs, which report-
edly made him unpopular in some cir-
', The punishment for Mr Bethel for
something he said in a moment of heat

It seems from acknowledged events,
press reports and the rumour mill that
tensions at the college have gone
beyond creative and pose a real danger
to the health and reputation of this
important national institution.

and for which he apologised might be
regarded as rather extreme. Mr Bethel
had made the college and teaching his
life's work, having joined the institution
on January 10, 1977 nearly 30 years
A week ago it was announced that
Attorney General Alfred Sears had
decided not to continue with the prose-
cution of Mr Bethel.
I prefer to believe that Mr Sears made
his decision based on the circumstances
of the case and in the best interest of
the public.
Others have suggested that Mr Sears
was influenced by the fact that in a heat
he, too, had recently made some intem-
perate remarks to a senior lawyer in his
We have been told that that matter
has been amicably settled. It is.a pity
that Mr Bethel's matter was not also set-
tled amicably, and earlier.

These two women, both lawyers, have
; demonstrated to Bahamians that the
'rule of law prevails within our borders
,,and that it is alright to test the power
and conduct of authority when one
Feels aggrieved.

Many Bahamians felt a great
deal of pride when it was
announced just over a year ago that a
distinguished Bahamian academic work-
ing abroad had been recruited to suc-
ceed Dr Higgs.
That pride was not diminished
even when it was revealed that the
total benefits for the new man would
be in excess of $200,000 a year a very
generous package compared with what
previous occupants of the post had
What did disturb a lot of people were
the allegations by the Action Group of
the FNM that Dr Smith's background
had not been properly checked and that
he was not a suitable person to head the
College of the Bahamas.
Now it appears that the Action
Group may have been vindicated, as
Dr Smith has admitted to plagiarism
in an honours convocation address at
the college.
Plagiarism, that is the taking of the
work of another especially literary -
and passing it off as one's own, is con-
sidered to be one of the worst offences
that can be committed in academia.
Students caught plagiarising the
work of others are severely punished
by institutions of higher learning even
to the point of expulsion in egregious

What Dr Smith did amounted
to an egregious example of
At the beginning of his speech he did
indeed refer to the work of two sources,
which he named. They were compara-
tively brief references.
If he had made a third such brief ref-
erence and had omitted to name the
source, that might have been under-
standable, and forgivable.
Dr Smith, however, took the speech of
another academic and in paragraph after
paragraph used more than two dozen
lines and passed them off as if they were
his own. At one point Dr Smith repeat-
ed a phase saying "I did not say... I
It is sad to say, but Dr Smith has done
irreparable damage to his credibility,
and the credibility of the college at home
and abroad.
It would haunt him and the institu-
tion since it would be difficult, if not

impossible, for him to demand the high-
est standards from fellow academics and
from students, and to retain the respect
of international institutions with which
the college must be associated.
Dr Smith must now do the right thing
to preserve the integrity of the institution
and save everybody further embarrass-


O0ne of the many poems my gen-
eration had to memorise and
be able to recite was Henry Wadsworth
Longfellow's A Psalm of Life. An exhor-
tation in the poem goes like this: "Be
not like dumb driven cattle! Be a hero in
the strife!"
Not all elected to be heroes in the
strife. Some found the price too high
and settled for something less, if not
quite the status of dumb driven cattle.
Two professional Bahamian women
recently demonstrated to the nation a
kind of courage that is not found in
abundance these days.
Elizabeth Thompson is fully aware
that there are checks and balances in
our system of government and that the
power of the civil authorities is not
When she felt that she was improper-
ly dismissed from a government post she
held on contract, Ms Thompson took
the relevant authorities to court.

C heryl Grant-Bethel also felt
aggrieved by the conduct of her
minister and also bravely complained to
the relevant authorities.
These two women, both lawyers, have
demonstrated to Bahamians that the rule
of law prevails within our borders and
that it is alright to test the power and
conduct of authority when one feels
The ruling PLP cannot, having regard
to the history and background of both
women, attribute their actions to partisan
political motivations.
Leaders of the party would do well to
resist any temptation to teach Ms
Thompson and Mrs Grant-Bethel a les-
They know that victimisation is uncon-
stitutional in the Bahamas.


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from people who are
making news in their
neighbourhoods. Perhaps
you are raising funds for a
good cause, campaigning
for improvements in the
area or have won an
If so, call us on 322-1986
and share your story.

S -

Inspirational writer Maureen
Hawkins writes, "Before you
were conceived I wanted you.
Before you were born I loved
you. Before you were here for
an hour I would die for you."
Not only do Hawkins' words
capture what she calls "the
miracle of life" they speak
powerfully to the unique love
and bond between a mother
and her child.

Octavia Thurston is such a
mother. Her young daughter,
Tyiece, was born with spinal
bifida and suffers from a
related debilitating condition
that affects her bladder and
bowels, making a normal
childhood virtually impossible
and a healthy future uncertain.
Octavia has worked tirelessly
to get the medical attention
Tyiece needs and raise the
substantial funds required for
surgery at Miami Children's
Hospital-- all the while holding
down a full-time job and
meeting the demands and
responsibilities of raising a

Although her efforts have been
heroic, Octavia has yet to raise
all the monies needed. Like
many mothers Octavia would
lay down her life for her child
and it is more than ironic to
know that that would not be
good enough. What Octavia
and her daughter truly need is

Tyiece is only 4 years old, yet
already she has gone through
more challenges than most of
us face in a lifetime. Her
condition recently became
more dire, making the
operation urgent. Without all
the funds in place, Octavia has
moved forward on faith that
somehow she will be able to
make ends meet.

The Father Pat Fund is happy
to donate $2,000 to Tyiece's
medical fund and urges
Tribune readers to help. If
each reader sent in even $1 the
combined donation would be
more than $15,000. Send
donations to Acct # 7021785
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Deadline for RG to return

to office expires today

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE deadline set by Registrar Gener-
al Elizabeth Thompson for the govern-
ment to return her office and grant her
remuneration runs out today.
Ms Thompson's legal counsel, Milton
Evans ,told The Tribune yesterday that
his client had not yet heard from the gov-
ernment about her employment situation.
Mr Evans said-his client is prepared to
take action in the courts if an effort to
resolve the matter is not made by the end
of today.
He added that although rumours have
suggested the government may appeal the
ruling that Ms Thompson was wrongfully
dismissed, he has heard nothing concrete.
Last week, Supreme Court Justice Hugh
Small quashed the decision by the Judicial
and Legal Service Commission (JLSC) to
fire Ms Thompson, on the grounds that
her right to be treated fairly was breached.
However the registrar says she has not
been able to return to her office, despite
having made several attempts.
Ms Thompson said that she was told
that her office was still being occupied by
the acting registrar-general Shane Miller,
who was appointed after she was termi-
nated in January.
Ms Thompson last week said that she is
eager to return to work either as regis-
. trar-general of the Bahamas, or if that
proves for some reason impossible, to a
job in the private sector.
However, until the matter is fully
resolved she is "forced to stay at home," as
she is barred from working in the private
field because she is still a government
"The court left it open to the parties to
resolve the specifics, and we gave them
(the government) such a short time
because Ms Thompson needs to return
to work and be paid her salary.
"Right now she is sitting on her couch
and unable to work," Mr Evans said.

$50,000 bail

for Cay Mills

CENTRAL Abaco Chief
Councillor Cay Mills was grant-
ed $50,000 conditional bail yes-
Mills is charged with assault-
ing Island Administrator
Reeves Rolle during an alleged
heated altercation between the
two men in Abaco on Tuesday
last week.
He is also charged with caus-
ing harm and damage to Mr
Mills made his initial court
appearance before Magistrate
Linda Virgill last Friday.
At that time however, the
magistrate had not yet consid-
ered bail.
The conditions attached to
Mills' bail are that he is not to
go to any meetings where
Administrator Rolle will be in
attendance and that he is not
be found in the vicinity of the
Abaco local government admin-
istrative complex.
Mills is to send a representa-
tive to any meetings requiring
his attendance and is to have
no contact with any of the wit-
nesses in his case.
The matter has been
adjourned to July 1 for a pre-
liminary inquiry.
Two men charged with,
robbing three persons at the
Medi Centre on Collins Avenue
last week appeared in the Mag-
istrate's Court yesterday.
Ricardo Green, 25, of Kemp
Road and 20-year-old Mel-
bourne Bain of Durham Street
were charged with three counts
of armed robbery.
According to court dockets, it

A 20-YEAR-OLD man
pleaded not guilty to more than
20 counts of stealing from hotels.
Jeffrey Ettiene of Okra Hill
appeared before Magistrate
Susan Sylvester at the Nassau
Street courts yesterday.
Police allege that Ettiene stole
from the Radisson Crystal
Palace and Nassau Beach hotel.
Ettiene was charged with
stealing over $20,000 in cash,
electronics and jewellery from
more than 20 persons between
April 14 and May 22.
On Tuesday May 5, Ettiene
allegedly stole jewellery and
cash worth $4,270, the property
of Derek Dobson.
On May 8, Ettiene allegedly
stole cash and jewellery valued
at $3,700, the property of
Yvonne Gilbert, as well as
$2,000 cash from Carole Vastin.
On May 17, Ettiene allegedly
stole $2,700 in cash and valu-
ables from David Yarussi.
On May 18, Ettiene allegedly
stole $1,900 in cash and jew-
ellery from Ashley Peere, and
$1,505 in cash from Michael
Amorisi on May 22.
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The two men allegedly also
robbed Nicholas Fox of $1,000
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Appearing before Magistrate
Marilyn Meers, the men were
not required to enter a a plea to
the charges and were remanded
to Fox Hill Prison.
The matter was adjourned to
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EDITOR, The Tribune
A COLUMNIST of a tabloid
suggested that Bahamians were
becoming militant in positioning
themselves on various issues
and that was a positive devel-
However regrettably the
columnist forgot to suggest that
it is also imperative that where
a group opposes a project, or
like in the case of Clifton Cay,
persuades government to
acquire the property for nation-
al inventory, that there must be
an inherent civic responsibility
beyond the protests, signatures
and talk show appearances
where the body that opposed
-or proposed an idea will take
on the responsibility to main-
tain, retain clean and embellish
what they fought to secure.
I am honestly tired of the
public posturing in front of the
cameras of these people, whilst
what they fought for lies in
mountains of trash or is over-
Yesterday I had the oppor-
tunity to drive past The Whylly
Estate Slave dwellings, even dri-
ving slow I almost missed them
as the ruins are again over-
grown with trees, bushes, etc.
The ruins on the western side of
the road back towards South
Ocean cannot be seen at all.
There are trees growing in the
few remaining walls of these
Unfortunately the columnist
and the environmentalists seem
to think that words not actions
will maintain these heritage sites
and then complain when gov-
ernment is the sole body that
tries to my. suggestion is roll
up your sleeves.
On my return heading back
to Lyford Cay I turned off
towards Jaws Beach where the
front-line in the Clifton battle
was drawn and was shocked at
the garbage litter that was all
over the beach and off the
-. -Over the--past weekend I
walked Cabbage Beach and
commented to my friends that
although we might protest that
access might be restricted, at
least Kerzner International is
keeping the beach clean and
you do not see the litter we see
at every other public beach.
There are garbage bins which
are emptied daily and enough.
This long weekend we will
see the litter, bottles, fast-food
plates and containers, food con-
tainers all over the public
beaches and no one will care.
The various promotion boards
seem to think that somehow lit-

The Public is hereby advised that I, LUREENS TELFORT,
of Nassau, Bahamas, intend to change my name to
LUREENS JOSEPH. If there are any objections to this
change of name by Deed Poll, you may write such
objections to the Chief Passport Officer, PO.Box N-742,
Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after the
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beach if you don't provide
appropriate garbage bins and
enough to cover the potential
capacity of a few hundreds
beach-goers and you know how
we travel to the beach every-
thing but the kitchen sink.
If we are to take these do-
gooders seriously, I for one sug-
gest that they had better con-
vert their anti-everything into
positive actions of maintenance
of the beaches, historic sites, or
we should not take them seri-
There must further be seri-
ous caution, and I duly warn
these do-gooders that much of
our media is now on the inter-
net, so potential investors, yes
foreign, who we rely on to make
employment for our Bahamian
children (4,000 a year graduat-
ing from school) will read these
militant statements, positions,.
etc. I seriously fear what the
protesters might think is fan-
tastic could be the final nail in
our potential economic well-
The government must put in
place a system, expedient and
disciplined which might require

on receipt of a project applica-
tion publication of a site plan
and a precise detail as to the
proposal, giving the public 30
days to send in their opinion,
only in writing to the govern-
ment. At the discretion of the
Minister of Health, he will
decide whether there is cause
for a public meeting which
would be held under the Con-
stitution where the proposal was
It is imperative and accepted
that our good stewardship must
occur, however we are blessed
with some of the more beautiful
natural inventory of assets,
which were not given to us to
remain fallow but we must pass
what we inherited, I suggest, in
a better state and maintain it
constantly to abide with that all-
important stewardship.
The government is contem-
plating new environmental pol-,
icy and even a new Ministry,
may I suggest to the govern-
ment that whatever board. or
policy-deciding authority one is
to create, that the composition
of boards, committees commis-
sions must have a broad cross-
section of members and must
never be composed exclusively
of environmentalists.
June 1 2005

Unions must

be realistic

EDITOR, The Tribune
On Friday, June 3, 2005,
we, that is the unions, had a
day off from work and we
talked a lot and marched and
felt great..
I listened to much of the
strong talk about how bad
labour relations are with the
Minister of Labour. A very
well known fact is that our
current minister, Vincent
Peet, is most sympathetic to
the labour movement and out
of office has acted many times
for unions. Who do we
believe then?
As we passed by this day,
we certainly must recognize
that in certain sectors the
numbers in the union are
reducing and reducing fast. If
the Bahamas Hotel Associa-
tion was to challenge union
certification, the Bahamas
Hotel and Caterers Workers
Union would be out of busi-
ness, locked Rit. From a high
in 1992 of over 16,000 mem-
bers to a meagre 6,000 mem-
bers in 2005 this converts

to a loss of union dues of over
$5.2 million a year or in the
time span from 1992-2005 of
a whooping $67.6 million lost
in union dues.
Are the days of unions
numbered? In the real world
I think so unfortunately
they, the unions, wish to live
in the past and refuse to be
futuristic and focused on the
real elements that the mem-
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which is no different from
anyone else who isn't a union
Productivity and efficiency
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basic survival of the fittest and
unless the unions awake, their
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SNew prison pre-release programme launched
inves Itigaed U0 By TIFFANY GRANT year, some 184 persons were sent to 84 per cent did not learn a trade

Tribune Freeport
Bahama Police are investi-
gating the deaths of two mid-
dle-aged men who suddenly
collapsed in separate inci-
dents over the weekend.
A fishing trip ended in
tragedy for 52-year-old Her-
bert McPhee of Grand
Bahama on Friday, when he
suffered what is suspected to
have been a severe stroke at
Walker's Cay, Abaco.
McPhee, of Cornwallis
Place, was airlifted to
Freeport and died in hospital
around 8.30am Saturday.
Chief Superintendent Basil
Rahming said McPhee and
his fishing partner Lennox
Burrows, 38, of Lucaya,
arrived around midday
Thursday at Walker's Cay.
Sometime around 4pm Fri-
day while they were moored
at the dock, Burrows told
police that McPhee suffered
a severe stroke and collapsed
onboard the vessel.
McPhee never regained
Police do not suspect foul
play as McPhee had a history
of hypertension.
They are awaiting an
autopsy report on the cause
Freeport businessman
Noel Thompson collapsed
and died early while out
dancing with friends at Port
Lucaya Marketplace.
Mr Thompson, 63 and
owner of Grand Bahama
Construction Company, was
at Count Basie Square
around 11.45pm Saturday
when he suddenly fell to the
Paramedics worked fever-
ishly to revive Mr Thomp-
son, but were unsuccessful.
He was taken to hospital
and pronounced dead on
arrival at 12.05am Sunday.
Police believe Mr Thomp-
son may have suffered a
stroke or massive heart
attack and do not suspect
foul play.
An autopsy will be per-
formed to determine the
cause of death.
boy airlifted Saturday to New
Providence is fighting for his
life in the intensive care unit
at the Princess Margaret
Hospital following a traffic
accident in Freeport.
Delon Thompson of John
Wentworth Drive sustained
severe head injuries when he
and another boy, 12-year-old
Tameko Sawyer of Coral
Courts, were struck while
walking in the Caravel Beach
According to reports, the
accident occurred around
6.45pm Friday at the inter-
section of Drumfish and
Dolphin Streets, where two
vehicles collided.
Jason Grant, 21, of Gilbert
Crescent, was driving his grey
Chevy Lumina east along
Dolphin Street.
Upon reaching the inter-
section, he failed to stop and
collided into a blue Mercury
Sable driven by Jean Gen-
tile, 65, of Tasman Close.
The impact sent the vehi-
cles spinning out of control,
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A COMBINATION of progressive
prison initiatives will contribute to a
"heightened" level of rehabilitation,
said Prison Superintendent Dr Elliston
At the official launching of the new
pre-release programme at Fox Hill
Prison, Dr Rahming said: "It is our
view that sentence-planning and
inmate classification, combined with
a robust, varied educational thrust and
structured pre-release services, will
contribute to a heightened level of
Dr Rahming said these initiatives
will lead to reduced repeat offences,
reduced recidivism and lead to a safer
There are nearly 1,500 inmates in
the Bahamian prison system; 98 per
cent of whom will be eventually
released back into society, he pointed
Dr Rahming noted that the majori-
ty of inmates who leave the prison are
not dangerous or violent.

shows the new inmate release assess-
ment certificate yesterday at a press
conference at the prison.
(Photo: Felipg Major/
Tribune staff)
A recent prison study indicated that
between May 23 and June 9 of this

Regional economist warns

CARICOM governments

governments have been warned that a polit-
ical union was inevitable if they were serious
about sharing their economic space.
Leading regional economist Professor
Clive Thomas said that while it was possible
for the members in the 15-country bloc to
hold on to their sovereignty under the single
market arrangement, a single economy
required a deeper level of consensus. .
Professor Thomas was delivering the 6th
William G Demas Memorial Lecture, spon-
sored by the Caribbean Development Bank

"To my mind, it does not require great
jurisprudence to recognise that 14 sovereign
states cannot create a single economic space
a single market perhaps, but never a single
economic space in any meaningful way,"
Thomas, director of the Institute of Devel-
opment Studies at the University of Guyana,
told his audience of national, regional and
international personalities.
"Political union is the inescapable logic of
.a single economic space, 'given the world

we inhabit."
Thomas is an expert on regionalism, co-
authoring with Dr Havelock Brewster, The
Dynamics of West Indian Economic Inte-
gration published before the official launch
of Caricom in 1973. He is also author of The
Poor and Powerless: Economic Policy and
Change in the Caribbean.
The economist further said that to ignore
the issue of a political union was to practice
"To the extent that the issue of political
union remains off Caricom's agenda, to that
extent, we are engaged in make-believe and
self-deception. We merely dream dreams of
a Caribbean Single Market and Economy,
but do not intend realistically to implement
Further, he suggested, labour should be
viewed as more than "a productive asset of
the region", saying the personal element
defines what the region is really about.
"Ultimately, what we seek to integrate is
the peoples of the region," Thomas said.
The true test of integration, as the CSME
envisions it, he said, "is the extent to which
the peqples of this region are integrated and
free to move in the single economy".

prison as either sentenced or remand-
ed inmates, he said.
Out of that number, 25 per cent, or
one in four persons were admitted for
violent or dangerous offences.
The others, Dr Rahming said, were
admitted for "relatively minor crimes"
including obscene language, disorder-
ly behaviour, vagrancy, hawking, loi-
tering, causing obstruction, receiving,
and possession of small quantities of
dangerous drugs.
Another study, conducted on 100
inmates with a minimum of a year to
six months remaining, indicated that
there was a need for the establishment
of a pre-release unit, said co-ordinator
for the new pre-release programme
Corporal Sophia Alcime.

According to the study:

48 per cent of the participating
inmates did not have a job upon

58 per cent were second-time or
more frequent offenders.

while in prison.

50 per cent have a substance
abuse problem.

22 per cent have no where to live
upon release.

The pre-release programme
launched yesterday is designed to pre-
pare inmates for "successful reinte-
gration into society as productive citi-
zens, and to decrease recidivism rate,"
said Ms Alcime.
Dr Rahming showed members of
the press a sample Inmate Release
Assessment Certificate.
The certificate, which
will be launched in September, will
"hopefully" serve as a counter-
balance to the police certificate, he
Dr Rahming said that with the cer-
tificate, employers may weigh the
inmate's "past deeds against his pre-
sent attitude and behavioral assess-

Percy 'Vola' Francis denies

'resignation' rumours

Tribune Staff Reporter
LEADER of the Shell Saxon
Superstars, Percy "Vola" Francis "is
on the verge of resignation," according
to rumours circulating in the
Junkanoo community.
According to a well-placed source,
the leader of the Saxons for more than
30 years was "ready to throw in the
towel" following a major confronta-
tion with at least two group members
in the past week.
Despite the ongoing speculation,
Mr Francis told The Tribune yesterday
that he has no intention on resigning
and that the public and Junkanoo
community should have "no cause for
However, persons involved inti-
mately with the group have confirmed
that "there is a bitter dispute mount-
ing in the land of the superstars."
It is believed that rumours of Mr
Francis' resignation stemmed from an
argument with members of the group
concerning the design of costumes for
an upcoming rush-out in Freeport.
The group members, according to

the source, "felt the costumes
designed by the boss (Mr Francis)
were too big and lacked the neces-
sary flare."
Mr Francis reportedly stated that
"some people in the group are not
giving him the respect that is due."
The source also claimed that Mr
Francis issued an ultimatum to those
present during the confrontation, and
questioned where their allegiance lies.
Group members speaking to The
Tribune on condition of anonymity
also confirmed that the tension with-
in the group had grown so to such an
extent following the incident, that the
usual Thursday practice session held
on the Masons Addition park was a
"flop" last week.
"The group wasn't together like we
usually are. We had too many egos
involved, and all that brought the
music and performance down," said a
The rush-out in Freeport was
arranged by C-CUBE the company
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approached by a group of six men
around 6.30pm. One of them
demanded money and when
Major refused, one man shot him
several times.
Major was wounded in the
head but is now in stable condi-
tion at the hospital.
A 15-year-old.boy was
stabbed in the neck Sunday night
after an argument.
Kevin Williams-Whyms was in
the Watlins Street area when he
was approached by a man who
police suspect he knew. The man
then produced a knife and
stabbed Williams-Whyms in the
The injury is not life-threaten-
In other crime news, a 29-
year-old male is now assisting
police in the investigation of an
accidental shootingin the South

Beach area on Sunday evening.
Nineteen-year-old Brooks
Lockhart was walking around the
South Beach canal around 7pm
Sunday when he was accidentally
shot by a person out shooting
Lockhart received pellet
wounds to the chest and hands,
but is now in stable condition.
An armed robbery took
place shortly after 4am yesterday
morning in Garden Hills #2.
Shortly after arriving at Orange
Blossom and Poppy Avenue in
Garden Hills #2, Atwater Major
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WOMEN are moving to the
forefront of decision making
in the Bahamas said Acting
Prime Minister Cynthia Pratt.
Mrs Pratt was commenting
on the appointment of Ver-
nice Walkine as director-gen-
eral of tourism.
Mrs Walkine is the first
woman to hold this position
in the Bahamas.
The announcement that she
would replace outgoing direc-
tor-general Vincent Vander-
pool-Wallace was made by
Tourism Minister Obie Wilch-
combe on Sunday.

Last month, Wendy Craig
was named the first female
governor of Central Bank, and
Mrs Pratt made history her-
self on May 25, when she
became the first woman to
read the national budget in
"Things are changing," said
Mrs Pratt. "And we women
are apart of that change."
Speaking to The Tribune
yesterday, Mrs Pratt said that
she wanted to take the oppor-
tunity to congratulate
both Mrs Walkine and Mrs
"They are both qualified
and intelligent women, who
are contributing to the growth
of the Bahamas," she

said. "And I wish them the
The acting prime minister
also mentioned Ida Poitier,
who was unofficially elected
president of the Bahamas
Union of Teachers (BUT) last
"Women are no longer
working in the background,
but are now taking a stand
and I am proud that I am a
.part of it," she said.
"When you look at our
nation you can see the
"You now have the first
female governor of Central
Bank, the first female presi-
dent of the Teachers Union

after over 30 years, the first
female director general of
tourism and also myself. "
Mrs Pratt is also the first
woman to hold the position of
acting prime minister, which
she assumed after Prime Min-
ister Christie suffered a stroke
last month, and the first
female Deputy Prime Minis-

"I want to encourage more
persons to take a stand, not
only the women," she said.
"And again I want to con-
gratulate both women on their

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Several threaten to cancel

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Cable Bahamas fails to air

pay-per-view fight on time

Tribune Staff Reporter
SEVERAL boxing fans in
New Providence are outraged
and have threatened to cancel
their subscriptions to Cable
Bahamas after the service
provider failed to air a pay-per-
view fight on time over the
The much anticipated heavy-
weight boxing match between
ex-world champion Mike
Tyson and Irish heavyweight
Kevin McBride on Saturday
night was being offered on
Cable Bahamas' pay-to-order
channel 85 for $44.95.
However, the match was not
aired as planned, and ended
up being shown 45 minutes
According to David Bur-
rows, the director of market-
ing and pay-per-view at Cable

Bahamas, the delay was the
result of a feed malfunction.
He said such problems are
not uncommon, and that the
malfunction that occurred on
Saturday can occur because of
where a particular satellite feed
is coming from.
"The event came about a
half-hour late but prior to any
of the fights. Not one minute of
the fight was lost.
"There was some pre-fight
stuff that we didn't get but the
main events came in. However
those customers probably did-
n't stick around," he said.
Mr Burrows added that in
spite' of the late showing, the
company would not be reim-
bursing customers for the fight,
as the main event was still tele-

However one furious cus-
tomer said that reimbursement
was the last thing on his mind.
"The fight was to start at
9pm. You call them and call,
and no answer, to find out
what in the world is going on.
"You see, there is absolutely
no difference in service with
Cable Bahamas and any of
these government corpora-
tions. All of the services are
pretty much the same.
"I had guests by to watch the
fight and after half-an-hour
waiting it never came on. So
we all had to go to a local bir
and watch the fight. After all
my planning had gone to
"How can I depend on cable
again? I can't. I'd go somneplac'
else or get a satellite dish. In
fact, if I had a choice I wouldn't
use Cable Bahamas at all," said
Steven Johnson.

Missing men rescued

TWO American men who
went missing at sea after win-
ning a fishing tournament in the
Bahamas have been rescued by
US authorities.
According to Florida's Sun-
Sentinel newspaper, the US
coast guard located Roger
Montz and Rob Perdigan cling-
ing to Montz's 34 boat about 40
miles off Merritt Island near the
Florida coast.
The men were on their way
back to Florida from the fishing
tournament when the 34-foot-

boat the Extractor capsized
after being hit by two rogue
The trophy and the prize
money from the tournament
was in the boat and was lost in
the turmoil.
Two helicopters, a jet, a C-
130 plane and two Coast Guard
cutters searched for the men for
18 hours before they were spot-
ted around 4.15pm Saturday
clinging to their overturned ves-
sel and waving. A radio beacon
helped lead rescuers to the boat.

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Churches involved in

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CHURCHES are to "adopt' students from
40 schools across New Providence in an ini-
tiative to mentor, counsel and tutor them.
The National Committee for Youth
Renewal and Revival (NCYRR), in co-
operation with the Ministry of Tourism, is to
launch the first phase of Project Renewal at
the start of the new school term in Sep-
Phase one of the project, also known as
the "National Church Adopt-a-School pro-
gramme" (CAAS), will involve an estimat-
ed 200 churches, which will adopt students
between three and 9pm.
"The time will be used for the students
to complete homework. Additionally, the
church can also host students who will be
suspended, during the day, providing
mentorship and counseling," said Ali

McIntosh, president of NCYRR.
"This programme will allow students to
become involved in positive after-school
activities," Mr McIntosh added.
"The hours of three to nine are the most
critical, because its the times when the par-
ents aren't home to supervise their chil-
dren. Children can get into a lot of mis-.
chief in these hours," explained Clinton
Minnis, NCYRR vice president of public
relations and marketing.
He added: "This is not a babysitting job -
we've come to give them some positive


Students of CR Walker, where this sys-
tem has been in place since 1991, have
praised this programme.

Alcutt Forbes 17, was a part of the pro-
gramme for three months.
He said he used to be trouble at school on
a regular basis before he was sent to Bethel
Baptist Church, one of the sponsoring
The student said his life was altered by
the advice shared by the participating pas-
tors. "I am a changed man," he declared.
Ashley Gibson, 15, said she was very
"troublesome" in school. But after she
was sent to Bethel Baptist, she learned that
it was better to be a leader than a follower.
She was there for three weeks.
"It was time for a change" she said.
"We want to make a positive impact on
the young people while they're here," said
Mr McIntosh.
Initiatives in the Family Islands will be
launched during phase two, which is
planned for the near future.

Craftsman's training plan

to get youth off the street

Tribune Staff Reporter
launched a training camp in an
effort to rescue at least 10 boys
a year from the street.
In July Admiral Forbes will
host the first Admiral's Minia-
ture Bahamian Boat Building
Mr Forbes has over the years
sold much of his miniature
boats as souvenirs to tourists,
but claims he does "not consid-
er this venture a profitable one,
but instead one that will benefit
the youth of the country".
The initiative "is geared
toward relinquishing the nega-
tive stereotypes about Bahami-
an men, and to instil in them
the importance of character,
skill, and the preservation of

* ADMIRAL Forbes
the Bahamian heritage," said
Mr Forbes.
"If I can save at least 10
boys a year, if I can ensure
that they are productive and
they are engaging in whole-
some activities, I will be satis-

fied," said Mr Forbes.
The camp is expected to cater
to up to 150 boys each summer
between the ages of 10 and 18.
This year's session will be
held on the grounds of the
Breath of Life Seventh Day
Adventist Church from July 4 to
29, starting at 9am from Mon-
day to Thursday.
Some of the country's leg-
endary boat-builders and
sailors, including Edmond Mox-
ey, Rev Philip McPhee, Barber
J and Sir Durward Knowles are
expected to impart their knowl-
edge and skill to campers.
Each child will be required
to pay a $75 donation that will
go toward materials and field
For more information about
the camp, call Admiral Forbes
on 364-1613.

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Archbishop's gratitude for honour

CATHOLIC Archbishop
Patrick Pinder yesterday
expressed his appreciation for
the distinction he was awarded
as part of the Queen's Birthday
The Archbishop said the
award "is a profound expres-
sion of confidence in my ability
to lead the Roman Catholic
community." .......
Archbishop Pinder was
among three Bahamians award-
ed the Most Distinguished

Order of St Michael and St
He told The Tribune yester-
day that he looks at the award
in the context of his leadership
of the Catholic community in
the Bahamas.
The Queen's Birthday Hon-
ours 2005 were announced last
Along with Archbishop Pin-
der, Baptist Bishop Neil Ellis
and Winston Saunders were
named Companions of the Most

Distinguished Order of St
Michael and St George (CMG).
Four persons were named
Officers of the Most Excellent
Order of the British Empire
Reverend Dr Lavania
Stewart, for her steadfast dedi-
cation to the spiritual upliftment
of women in the Bahamas.
0 Reno Brown, for his con-
tribution to the economic devel-
opment of the Bahamas in the
area of banking.

* 0 Thomas Albert Sands, for
outstanding service to the
Bahamas in the spheres of pol-
itics and community service.
Pastor Thomas Roberts,
for his dedication and exem-
plary service to the religious
development in the Bahamas.


Seven Bahamians were
named Members of the Most

Excellent Order of the British
Empire (MBE):
Mrs Ruby Percentie, for
outstanding and dedicated ser-
vice to the community over
many years.
Helen Annie Russell, for
her outstanding and dedicated
service to the educational sys-
tem of the Bahamas.
Theresa Clara Huyler, for
outstanding contribution to the
nursing profession and to the

Jane Fitzroy Bethel, for
her outstanding dedication to
the community.
* Franklyn Ellis, for his
outstanding contribution to
the music industry of the
Reverend Harvard Samuel
Cooper, for his dedication to
the development of the
Bahamas in the area of religion.
Samuel Stubbs, for his con-
tribution to the political devel-
opment of the Bahamas.

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E KIRK Griffin, BTC senior vice president in Freeport, (centre) announces launch of new call cen-
tre in Grand Bahama at the BTC office on Pioneer's Way
(Photo: Denise Maycock)

Tribune Freeport
FREEPORT The Bahamas
Telecommunication Company
last week officially launched its
new virtual call centre in Grand
Kirk Griffin, senior vice pres-
ident of BTC, said the new ser-
vice is in keeping with global
trends and minimizes response
time for customers needing any
form of support.
Persons may now dial C-A-
L-L B- -C (225-5282). A voice
prompt comes on and cus-
tomers may select by touch
point a specific area of interest.
They are then automatically
connected to a customer care
Mr Griffin said the new sys-

tern would revolutionize its ser-
vices to customers and allow
BTC to gather statistical feed-
back, including the total num-
ber of calls accepted, call dura-
tion, overall success and satis-
faction of the caller's experience.
Customers seeking assistance
and making queries for areas of
interest such as home phone
services, wireless service, bill
queries or even technical sup-
port is automatically connect-
ed to a customer care represen-
tative in that particular area.
"BTC has been steadily
focusing and directing its
efforts towards providing con-
sumers with more advanced
and dedicated customer touch
point that offers real time
access to the company's prod-
ucts and services in order to
significantly impact customer

satisfaction," Mr Griffin said.
In addition to improved cus-
tomer service, Mr Griffin said
the new system also serves as a
management tool and allows
BTC to track what each CSR
representative is doing with
regards to hold time for calls,
abandoned calls, calls dealt
with, and calls dropped after
the result of no response.
Customers in Abaco can
expect the new call centre with-
in the next six weeks.
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CHILDREN enjoyed a fun
day on Saturday organised by
the Kiwanis Club of Harbour
Moe than 300 youngsters
came to the three-hour event
on the Ball Field on Barracks
Hill, and were given treats of
cotton candy, pop corn, cookies,
ballons, hotdogs, and drinks
As apart of an incentive for
the children to continue striv-
ing for excellence, trophies and
medals were given out to the
various winners of the sack
races, two legged races, and the
tug-a-war. The children were
also entertained with music by a
DJ who played a variety of
musical selection which were
enjoyed by the children.
The day was also sponsored
by the Kiwanis Club of Over
the Hill. Winners of the vari-
ous categories included Blair
Percentie, Blair Black, Christoff
Roberts, Rocky Cleare, Edwar
Davis, Christain Francis,
Shadish Sinclair.
The Kiwanis Club of Harbour
Island meets every first and
third Friday at the Catholic Hall
at 7:30pm. Anyone interested
in becoming a member should
contact president Nora Albury
or president-elect Patrice Davis"

Avenue, Nassau
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Nassau, The Bahamas
who died at her
residence on Friday,
10th June, 2005, will
be held at Calvary
Bible Church, Collins
on Friday, 17th June,

Pastor Allan R. Lee will officiate and
interment will be in Ebenezer Methodist
Cemetery, East Shirley Steet, Nassau.

Mrs. Malone was predeceased by her
husband, William Berlin Malone and her
grandson,. Bronson Malone. She is
survived by a son, William Don Malone, a
daughter, Laura Thelma Lowe, a son-in-
law, Paul Lowe, grandchildren, Madonna
Glatz, Merinda Leach and AmyBeth Lowe,
grandsons-in-law, Christopher Glatz and
Gregory Leach, great grandchildren,
Bronson and Madison Glatz, a sister, Enid
Sands of Man-O-War Cay, Abaco and
many other relatives and friends.

Instead of flowers the family request that
donations be sent to The Christian
Counselling Centre, Collins Avenue,
P.O.Box S.S.6106, Nassau in memory of
Mrs. Rena Malone.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2005, PAGE 11


FROM page one

need be done, nothing more
need be said."
"Let the scandal seekers look
elsewhere," he added.
, Long-standing employee
-Gwendolyn Charlow, secretary
:for the School of English Stud-
ies, said if Dr Smith were asked to
resign because of his act of pla-
:giarism, the college would never
;realise its vision of becoming a


FROM page one

and direct," he said regard-
ing the hotly debated
He added that it was not
necessary to take the mat-
ter to referendum because
from the word on the
street, it is evident that
Bahamians do not want to
Mr Mitchell, who is also
the minister with responsi-
bility for the public service,
used his entire two hour
time limit to address the
Bahamas' relationship with
According to Mr
Mitchell there is a clear dis-
connect between the gov-
ernment and the wider
public on the issue.
"We are in the midst of a
spirited exercise in public
information and education
on this matter, but there
are many who genuinely
disagree. Some don't want
to hear the message, some
who have personal animus
toward the messenger are
preventing others from
hearing the message."
Mr Mitchell reiterated
government's position that
if the country does sign the
revised treaty of Chaguara-
mas, they will enter with
the already approved reser-
vations regarding the ques-
tion of free movement, pro-
visions on monetary union
and will not participate in
the appellate side of the
Court of Justice. He added
that government has sig-
naled that it will enter
reservations on the provi-
sions of the Common
External Tariff.
Mr Mitchell stressed that
once agreed upon, reserva-
tions cannot be changed
unless the country wished
them to be.
The minister also dis-
missed claims that signing
the revised treaty and the
idea of a single market
economy would be anti-
American. He pointed out
that the US government
has pledged $62.5 million
in funds to help with the
creation of a single market
and economy. He said
America and Canada
would stand to gain from a
stable region and Ameri-
can and Canadian politi-
cians who support the
CSME would receive the
support of voters with
Caribbean connections.
Mr Mitchell warned that
without regional co-opera-
tion, the Bahamas is in for
a much rougher time. He
reminded Bahamians that
when the country was in
need in the aftermath of
hurricanes Francis and
Jeanne, it was the
Caribbean community who
were among the first to
respond. Mr Mitchell
added that Jamaican capital
saved Cable Beach when
no one else would invest.
"And yet we have peo-
ple saying why should we
be saddled with these
worthless, broke people
from down south, that can-
not be right."
Mr Mitchell said the
Bahamas of today was cre-
ated in significant part by
West Indian immigrations.
He urged Bahamians to
study all the facts as the
Commission reviews the
issue. He said the commis-
sion's co-chairman, Ray-
mond Winder, has indicat-
ed by letter that subject to
certain clarifications, they
are ready to work on the
"The Ministry's work,
however then is largely in a
supporting role after this,

should the reference be
made. The politics will
hopefully then be out of the
matter, the Commission
will be free to review all
the issues arising from the
current debate, without a
deadline and the Ministry
can continue with other
valuable projects in our
Foreign Affairs. It is only
left for the Government to
provide a formal remit. It is
my hope that this effec-
tively brings an end to this


"If Dr Smith leaves he takes
his vision with him," she said, "he
takes all of his ideas with him and
he will also take his financial con-
tacts with him. All of the univer-
sity contacts who promised to
contribute to the development of
this university may withdraw their
She said there were at least two
council members who are so
opposed to Dr Smith's blunder
that they have threatened to
resign if Dr Smith does not resign.
She then appealed to an absent
Franklyn Wilson, chairman of the
college's council: "If you need to
reprimand Dr Smith for what he
has done, by all means do so, sir,
but to ask him to resign is too
extreme. Please, Mr Chairman,
Dr Smith is a good man, don't
throw him away."
Others calling for Dr Smith's
resignation did not escape Ms
Charlow's notice.

She said the FNM action
group, which opposed the
appointment of Dr Smith, and
former minister of education,
Dion Foulkes, have never to her
knowledge ever visited the cam-
"When was the last time Felix
Bethel came on campus. In fact,
who has caused more problems
than Felix Bethel on this cam-
pus?" she asked. "The former
presidents and administrators
were afraid to touch him, but one
person was able to stand up to
him. We had a former VP who
was terrorising this campus left
right and centre, for over a year,
but when Dr Smith came in, he
put her in check. Dr Smith has
made a difference."
She added: "He is an effective
leader and he keeps those women
in check."
An independent observer who
attended the rally said most of
those taking part appeared to be
clerical and technical workers.
"There were not many students
and I got the feeling that those

who were there were mobilised,"
he said. "I felt it was sparsely
attended and there was no over-
whelming support for the presi-
Dr Earle Mclain Johnson, a
member of the college council
and former president of the
Union of Tertiary Educators of
the Bahamas (UTEB), said the
press release from the union,
which calls for Dr Smith to do
"the honourable thing," does not
represent the view of the majori-
ty of faculty at the college.
"Mr Smith did the honourable
thing, which most of us fail to do
sometimes, by going public and
apologising for his mistake," he
said. "He is a visionary leader
who is more than capable to take
the College of the Bahamas to
university status and beyond by
2007, despite the rhetoric of his
critics who try to use cheap polit-
ical shots to gain political
Dr Johnson noted the many
achievements of the president.
He especially praised Dr Smith's
philosophy of shared governance,
which he said increased the fac-
ulty's morale, encouraged views
to be heard and increased the
number of faculty members
appointed to leadership positions
within the institution.
He added that through the
efforts of Dr Smith, a campus
enhancement programme has
been launched, a model of the
future University of the Bahamas

has been composed, a steering
committee has been established, a
marine institution launched, a
director of industrial relations
appointed, 15 per cent gratuity
of all contract workers reinstated,
a faculty member reinstated and
dialogue between the University
of Kent and the college may lead
to the establishment of a bachelor
of law programme.
"We know our president is a
visionary leader, fair, decent, and
credible, with integrity and intel-
lect," he said. "We know the
oppression we have experienced;
that victimisation was a common
practice, and there were constant
violations of the collective bar-
gaining agreement.
"We as a community were in
bondage and we cried to God for
help. God pitied our oppression
and sent Dr Rodney Smith to
deliver us from the hands of
Pharaoh into academic freedom."
Linda Johnson, who wore a
sign canvassing Dr Smith's face
above the statement, "Linda sup-
ports her president," waved a
card spotted with signatures.
She said she had two cards to
express support for Dr Smith and
they would be signed by many of
the 53 members of the Quarter
Century Club, a club for employ-
ees who had been at the college
25 years or more.
"It's our time to speak now,"
she said in response to Dr Smith's
absence. "He has apologised, that
was all he had to say.'"

Baseball row

FROM page one

vene. Mr Dorsett denied the allegations. He said the teenager
pushed him first and what followed with Mr Newbold was the
result of him acting in self defence.
As a result of the scuffle, the Spanish Wells Little League
team "The Divers" and "The Wildcats", a 13-20 age group
team, have resigned from the EABA and are calling for the
resignation of Mr Dorsett.
Mr Newbold and Jonathan's mother, Mary Groezinger,
also filed complaints with police at Governor's Harbour.
Coaches of both teams said they cannot risk having their
players come in contact with someone who has a temper like
Mr Dorsett.
Responding to the allegations, Mr Dorsett explained that
he had been continuously provoked by the boy and was only
defending himself in the fight with Mr Newbold.
He further alleged that persons present at the game taunt-
ed him in an effort to follow their own agendas of destroying
his team, "The Teenagers".
"They want to destroy our team because we are not part of
the Bahamas Baseball Federation.
"If we're gone then they think they can form a new team in
our place," he claimed.
According to Ross Albury, coach of the Divers, Mr New-
bold, coach of the Wildcats, and Mrs Groezinger, the incident
occurred right after the game on Saturday when the
Teenagers beat the Wildcats, 13 to 11.
"Jonathan is the pitcher of the Wildcats and for some rea-
son after the game was done and his team had already won,
he (Mr Dorsett) decided to taunt my son, saying things like
'even on a good day you can't beat us'," said Mrs Groezinger.
She explained that a jeering match began between her
son and the EABA president at the end of which her son
turned around and started packing his bag. Suddenly, she
said, Mr Dorsett entered the Wildcats' dug-out and pushed
Jorrathan up against a fence.
Mrs Groezinger said that her 19-year-old son, Joshua,
then tried to come to the rescue of his brother and was also
attacked by Mr Dorsett.
"He swung at him and ripped the collar of his shirt," she
At this point, according to reports, Mr Newbold attempt-
ed to break up the fight when he was punched twice in the
face by the EABA president.
"I tried to stop further violence from occurring, and he
punched me, my face was swollen afterwards," said Mr New-
Mr Dorsett said that Jonathan pushed him several times,
and that he ignored those pushes until he finally pushed
"I just shoved him a little and when Joshua and Jerold
Newbold started swinging punches at me, I simply defended
myself. I am sorry now that I lost my cool," he said.
However, parents and coaches are now asking that Mr
Dorsett suffer the consequences of his actions and resign
from his post.
"He has no business being president of the EABA, nor
should he be a coach of young people, I am very disap-
pointed and frustrated," said Mr Newbold.
"I feel that this reflects very badly on Mr Dorsett's father-
in-law, the Speaker of the House Oswald Ingraham, who
has only shown exemplary behaviour so far. Mr Dorsett
should have taken time to think before he acted," said Mr
Albury, coach of the Divers, who was a spectator at Satur-
day's game.
In Mrs Groezinger's opinion Mr Dorsett failed to show
"any kind of sportsmanship and showed the children that if
you don't agree with something, then use violence."

AIDS camp

FROM page one
drug and AIDS recovery pro-
gramme from the old St
John's College campus on
Market Street following argu-
ments with the Anglican
Church on the operation of
his programme at that prop-
Because of accusations of
abuses at the camp, the Min-
istry of Health in 1995 threat-
ened to take over the opera-
tion of the camp and evict
persons from the institution.
The camp has been the
place of refuge for many who
suffered from the virus and
had no family members will-
ing or able to care for them.
Once in 1999 there was a
waiting list for admission into
the camp.
By the end of 1997 there
were more men at the camp
than women. By Christmas
of 1998 there were more
As a part of his philoso-
phy, Rev Nottage has encour-
aged a regimen of activity for
residents at the camp, not
allowing them to dwell on
their illness.

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A LEADING Nassau Angli-
can has been appointed to a
special panel set up by the
Archbishop of Canterbury.
Rubie Nottage is to join the
Panel of Reference, which was
created in response to a request
by the Primates Meeting in Feb-
The panel will help overcome
problems arising from some
parishes refusing to accept over-
sight of their diocesan bishops
or provincial authorities.
The panel, which has been set
up for five years, will have nine
qualified clerical and lay mem-
The panel is chaired by the
Most Rev Dr Peter Carnley,
retiring primate of the Angli-
can Church of Australia. Other
members are Michael Evans
QC, chairman of the standing
committee of the governing
body of the church in Wales;
Rev Dr Joseph Galgalo, lectur-
er in systematic and contextual
theologies, St Paul's United
Theological College, Limuru,
Kenya; Mr Bernard Georges,
chancellor of the province of
the Indian Ocean; Rt Rev Khot-
so Makhulu, CMG, former pri-
mate of Central Africa; Rev
Canon John Moore, former

international director of the-:-
Intercontinental Church Soci-1
ety; Rubie Nottage, chancellor
of the province of the West
Indies; Rt Rev Claude Payne,
former Bishop of Texas; Rt Rev
Dr John Sentamu, Bishop of
Birmingham; Rt Rev Maurice..
Sinclair, former primate of the
Southern Cone; Robert Tong,
member of the Church Law
Commission, Anglican Church
of Australia, and chairman of
the Council of the Anglican
Church League, Australia; Rev
Stephen Trott, church commis-
sioner, the Church of England;
and Ms Fung Yi Wong, Hong
Kong Sheng Kung Hui, mem-
ber of the standing committee -
of the Anglican Consultative
The panel will be supported
by Canon Gregory Cameron.
(deputy secretary general,
Anglican Communion Office)
as secretary, and Canon John
Rees (legal adviser, Anglican
Consultative Council). as legal
adviser, assisted by a senior
member of Lambeth Palace
staff in a liaison role for the,
Archbishop of Canterbury,
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Miami Herald Business, Stocks, Analysis, Wall Street

RoyalStar removed

from rating watch

Tribune Business Editor
ROYALSTAR Assurance,
the Bahamian general insurer,
has had its financial strength
rating reaffirmed after it raised
$5 million through a preference
share offering, with an interna-
tional rating agency removing
the threat of a possible down-
A.M. Best, the international
insurance rating agency, in
maintaining RoyalStar's A-
(Excellent) financial rating, yes-
terday said it had removed the
company "from being under
review with negative implica-
tions". Instead, the Bahamian
insurer was given a stable out-
RoyalStar had been placed
under review on October 1,
2004, in the wake of the Sep-
tember 2004 hurricanes. Apart
from Hurricanes Frances and
Jeanne in the Bahamas, the
company was also exposed to
Hurricane Ivan through its Cay-
man Islands operations, suffer-

Bahamian general insurer

has financial strength

reaffirmed after completing

$5m preference share offering

that will be listed on BISX

ing a triple hit from damages
The Tribune understands that
the hurricane claims drove Roy-
alStar to a $4-$5 million loss in
its 2004 financial year, but the
company bolstered its $12.9 mil-
lion capital base to $17.9 mil-
lion through the recently-com-
pleted $5 million preference
share issue.
The issue, which was con-
ducted as a private placement,

$7.8 billion worth of

investment in pipeline

ALLYSON MAYNARD-GIBSON, minister of financial ser-
vices and investments, yesterday said her ministry could approve
some $7.8 billion worth of foreign direct investment projects cre-
ating some 23,000 j6bs.
In her contribution to the Budget debate, Mrs Maynard-Gib-
son said some $2.8,billion in foreign direct investment projects
had been. approved to date.
--'Ouf 9,000 promiised jobs from these projects;, some 3,000-had-
already been created, with Bahamian contractors gaining $384
million worth of contracts.
On New Providence, investment projects approved and in
the pipeline were expected to create a capital expenditure of $2.3
billion, with a direct economic impact of $780 million and indi-
rect impact of $1.5 billion.

Financial executives

hit out at 'bullying'

tactics of the FATF

Tribune Business Editor
FINANCIAL services exec-
utives yesterday hit out at the
Financial Action Task Force's
(FATF) decision to continue
monitoring the Bahamas,
accusing it of "bullying" this
jurisdiction and singling it out
as needing to be held to a
higher standard than rivals.
Reacting to the FATF's
decision to continue monitor-
ing the Bahamas for compli-
ance with international assis-
tance requests, former FNM
MP Lester Turnquest said:
"It's clear that whenever the
Bahamas does what they
want, they start the [blacklist-

ing] process all over again.
"I think there are certain
indicators, in the case of the
Bahamas, they may feel that
by continuing to probe they
are able to bully the Bahamas
into doing certain things.
That's why they keep doing
it. Other countries have
refused to be bullied, but the
Bahamas doesn't fit into that
Mr Turnquest, who is man-
aging director of financial ser-
vices consultancy, the Britan-
nia Consulting Group,
accused the FATF of "exploit-
ing" the fact that the Bahamas
was one of the world's most
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Fidelity Capital Markets.
RoyalStar will be listing the
preference shares a form of
debt instrument on the
Bahamas International Securi-
ties Exchange (BISX), the first
such listing of its kind in the
Bahamas. If carried out, the list-
ing would be a further major
boost for BISX and the
Bahamian capital markets.

A.M. Best said yesterday:
"The recapitalisation plan
included raising $5 million in
preference shares through a pri-
vate placement.
"The transaction was recent-
ly completed with RoyalStar in
receipt of the funds at the end
of May 2005. The recapitalisa-
tion plan presented to A.M.
Best following the impact of the
hurricane losses met A.M.
Best's capital strengthening
expectationss and fully-supports
the current financial strength
The rating agency added that
it had placed RoyalStar's finan-
cial strength rating under review
dur to uncertainty surrounding
the ultimate loss exposures from
the hurricanes, and their impact
on the company's risk-based
RoyalStar Assurance is the
former Royal & Sun Alliance,
and was purchased in October
2002 by a consortium featuring
Franklyn Wilson's Sunshine
Insurance, Star General Insur-
ance, Nemwit Insurance Com-
pany from Trinidad and British
American Insurance.

Senior Tribune Reporter
BUSINESS leaders yester-
day backed the Government
announcement that it "cannot"
sign on to the Revised Treaty
of Chagauramas "within this
present term", which brings to
an end, for the immediate
future, an intense national
Foreign affairs minister Fred
Mitchell told the House of
Assembly that the Bahamas
has not and cannot sign up to

the Caribbean Single Market
& Economy (CSME) before
the next general election under
the "current circumstances",
in-a tacit admission that he and
the Government had lost the
public relations battle.

The Bahamas would instead
focus on public education, with
the Bahamas Trade Commis-
sion given the opportunity -
free from deadline to review
both the Government's pro-
posed position, the reserva-

tions and any emerging issues.
Mr Mitchell added that the
Trade Commission's co-chair-
man, Ray Winder, had written
in a letter to the Government
that the body was prepared to
work on the issues surrounding
the CSME, "subject to certain
Taking on the position of a
martyr, Mr Mitchell, defend-
ed his record on the CSME
during the budget debate in
the House of Assembly, saying
critics had used the opportu-
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Legal challenge to regulatory
regunime behind FATF's tance

Senior Business Reporter
JAMES SMITH, minister of state for finance,
said yesterday that the legal challenge by attor-
neys Maurice Glinton and Leandra Esfakis that
seeks to overturn the financial services regula-
tory regime is having a significant influence on
the Financial Action Task Force's (FATE) deci-
sion to continue monitoring the Bahamas.
In an interview with The Tribune, Mr Smith
said the Bahamas had made numerous com-
plaints that the FATF not use monitoring going
forward, as this is the only country in its cate-
gory still subject to such treatment.
He added, however, that the Bahamas is the
only country whose financial services laws are
being challenged on constitutional grounds.
Because of this, it was likely that the FATF is
watching the case to see whether the outcome
might have an impact on this nation's anti-mon-
ey laundering regime.
Mr Smith said it was likely the FATF will
agree to formally stop the monitoring the
Bahamas during at its October meeting. This
SEE page four MINISTER of State for
Finance James Smith


,Busi*ness behind



decision to back

down from CSMEi.



CSME reservations must be made

'clear and binding in treaty

Attorney describes


decision to back

off on CSME as

'the right result'

Tribune Business Editor

ernment's decision not to sign
up to the Caribbean Single
Market & Economy (CSME)
as "the right result", an FNM
senator and attorney yester-
day said the Bahamas should
only feel comfortable about
its four reservations if they
were stated in the revised
Treaty "in clear words in bind-
ing arrangements".
John Delaney was respond-
ing to comments made in the
House of Assembly by foreign
affairs minister Fred Mitchell,
who in attacking critics of the
Government's position on the
CSME, said the four reserva-
tions the Bahamas was seek-
ing could not be challenged
by other states through the
Caribbean Court of Justice

Mr Mitchell said the CCJ
would have "no jurisdiction"
to challenge the Bahamas'
reservations on the free move-
ment of people, monetary
union, the CCJ on the appel-
late side and the Common
External Tariff (CET).
This challenged Mr
Delaney's argument, report-
ed in this newspaper two
weeks ago. The Higgs & John-
son partner had warned that
the CCJ could overturn the
Bahamas reservations if they

were challenged by another
CARICOM member, espe-
cially if they conflicted with
the treaty's objects and pur-
Mr Delaney said yesterday:
"If that were to be stated in
clear words in a binding
arrangement between the
Bahamas and CARICOM or
CARICOM members, that is
something upon which people
may rely.
"But] there's nothing in the
treaty that states the duration
of the reservations and their
binding effect on the core pro-
visions of the treaty. People
cannot rely on statements that
are ambiguous or disputed
from various perspectives."
Mr Mitchell used his House
of Assembly address to clarify
the status of the Bahamas'
reservations on the CSME,
saying that they would be
negotiated before this nation
signed on to the revised
Treaty of Chaguaramas.
He added that they "cannot
be disturbed unless the
Bahamas unilaterally with-
draws" them, and they were
"without end".
Mr Delaney yesterday said
of the Government's decision
not to sign up to the CSME
for at least the lifetime of this
administration: "It's the right
result at this time on the
CSME as it is presently pro-
He urged that any future
decisions on the Bahamas
joining the CSME be put to

given to proceed in a fashion
that the Bahamas would exer-
cise its right to sign up to the
CSME's revised Treaty pro-
vided it obtained the four
reservations it wanted.

A white paper was to have
been prepared to inform the
' Bahamiari -public ab6ut the
Government's ideas, with
an inter-ministerial task force
assigned to work on the
Mr Mitchell said the
Bahamas funds 9.8 per cent
of CARICOM's costs, plus
$9.8 million of the $100 mil-
lion trust fund established to
pay for the CCJ.


the Bahamian people in either
a referendum or general elec-
tion, adding: "The nature and
form of the Bahamas' partici-
pation in the CSME will need
to be clearly delineated and
fully discussed with the
Bahamian public."

Mr Delaney described the
Government's decision as a
triumph for the Bahamian
people, who had "defended
their own interests by regis-
tering dissent and have been
Meanwhile, Mr Mitchell
said the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs' trade and economic
unit was continuing to study
the CSME's Right of Estab-
lishment, which allows CARI-
COM nationals to set up busi-
nesses in this nation in eco-
nomic sectors that were pre-

viously reserved for Bahami-
The Government's atten-
tion was only drawn to the
issue when the Bahamas Phar-
macists Association protested
about it, but Mr Mitchell said
initial studies of the Right of
Establishment's wording and
'opt out' provisions indicated
it had no implications for the
retail and wholesale industry.
However, as The Tribune
has previously pointed out,
waivers from the Right of
Establishment only last for a
period of five years.
Mr Mitchell also appeared
to indicate that the Govern-
ment had taken a decision on
December 21,2004, to sign up
to the CSME if they could
take the Bahamian people
with them.
He said that a paper was
presented to the Cabinet on
that day, and approval was

He also described as "a bla-
tant untruth" statements that
the Bahamas might have to
pay $25 million to a CARI-
COM development fund to
aid less well-off Caribbean
The foreign minister used
the remainder of his speech
to hit out at critics of the Gov-
ernment's CSME policy, sin-
gling out two former FNM
ministers, Zhivargo Laing and
Sir William Allen, for engag-
ing in "fudging, half truths and
shades of deception".
Also targeted were attorney
Brian Moree, the Nassau
Institute, attorney Fred Smith
and Bahamians Agitating for
a Referendum on Free Trade

FROM page one

nity to attack him and call his integrity into question.
He said certain partisans had. sought to make it a 'Fred
Mitchell issue', and that as the debate unfolded critics would not
allow the truth to emerge. The policies of the present govern-
ment, he said, had been no different from that of the FNM
administration and the former PLP government.
f public sentiment.
Meanwhile, Winston Rolle, past-president of the Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce, said several questions now needed to
be addressed following Mr Mitchell's remarks.
He questioned whether the Trade Commission was being
asked to look at the implications of whether or not the Bahamas
signed on to the Revised Treaty, or if it was only be asked to
consider the four reservations, on the free movement of peo-
ple, membership in the Caribbean Court of Justice at the appel-
late level, the Common External Tariff and the use of a single
currency and monetary union.
Mr Rolle added that since the Trade Commission was first
appointed, the group had been on an extended hiatus since
delivering its initial report in 2003. He questioned what.their
renewed mandate was as it relates specifically to theCSME.
A third area of concernrfor the Chamber's past president 'as
the question of resources. Based on budgetary figures, the
Trade Commission had been allocated some $50,000 for the
year, down some 40 per cent from the 2004/2005 budget at
$85,000. Mr Rolle said the $50,000 was nowhere near the cap-
ital resources required to fulfill the Trade Commission's man-
Looking at the issue of human resources, Mr Rolle further
pointed out that Wendy Craigg, co-chairman of the Commission,
now had increased responsibilities at the Central Bank
of the Bahamas, following her recent appointment as
"It would not serve the country any justice if the persons
charged with taking a look at the Bahamas membership are
part-time. We need a dedicated Trade Commission that is ade-
quately staffed with full-time personnel and, of course, they have
to have the necessary resources to do what needs to be done,"
Mr Rolle said.
"The World Trade Organization (WTO) has similar impli-
cations. The Bahamas needs a dedicated Trade Commission that
is given the necessary resources so proper reporting can be
done.'.. ....
Philip Simon, executive director of the Chamber of Com-
merce, described the Government's decision to defer any deci-
sion regarding the country joining the CSME as wise, given the
amount of discussion that still needs to be held.
The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce, he said, continued
to engage its members in the business community in the CSME
dialogue to try and determine, from their perspective, what
the pros and cons of joining are.
From a national perspective, Mr Simon said the debate on the
Bahamas' position in a globalised trade regime should have been
an ongoing process over the last two years, although it was
not too late to begin.
He said there needed to be more dialogue, more information
and more feedback from stake-holders, because whether or
not an individual is right or wrong in their assertion, it was
difficult to see what position should be put forward right now
without the required research and feedback from all parties
Mr Simon said he welcomed the announcement that the
Trade Commission would seek to further the debate, and the
Chamber was willing to assist in whatever way it could. He
noted, however, that even in discussions related to how the
Bahamas should join, which was the initial mandate of the
Trade Commission, he still believes there has been a fair
amount of "in-conclusion" related to 'if' the Bahamas should
Mr Simon said: "It appears we aren't quite settled on the ques-
tion of if we should join rather than how. We still haven't
developed a comprehensive strategy that would make most of
these discussions easier to make. If we had a strategy, a nation-
al development plan, and this is the perfect opportunity to get
into discussions for that, it would be easy to say 'this doesn't fit
into our 20 year plan'.

Financial Advisors Ltd.
Pricing Information As Of:
13 June 2005 -

52wk-HI 52wk-Low Symbol Previous Close Today's Close Change Dally Vol. EPS $ Div $ PIE Yield
1.10 0.95 Abaco Markets 0.95 0.95 0.00 -0.208 0.000 N/M 0.00%
8.50 8.00 Bahamas Property Fund 8.50 8.50 0.00 1.445 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 0.77 Benchmark 0.77 0.77 0.00 0.187 0.000 4.1 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 0.00 500 0.007 0.040 14.3 3.77%
8.65 6.76 Cable Bahamas 8.55 8.55 0.00 0.589 0.240 14.5 2.81%
2.20 1.54 Colina Holdings 2.20 2.20 0.00 2,296 0.259 0.060 8.5 2.73%
9.00 6.75 Commonwealth Bank 9.00 9.00 0.00 0.673 0.410 13.4 4.56%
2.50 0.54 Doctor's Hospital 2.40 2.50 0.10 2,000 0.452 0.000 5.5 0.00%
4.02 3.66 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 8.42 0.01 1,800 0.708 0.500 11.9 5.94%
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 4.36 Kerzner International BDRs 5.83 5.81 -0.02 0.184 0.000 31.7 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 Crossings (Pref) 10.00 10.35 10.00 0.000 0.800 NM 7.80%
0.60 0.40 RND Holdings 0.29 0 54 0.00 -0.066 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 %
1.2323 1.1703 Colina Money Market Fund 1.232656*
2.3329 1.9423 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.3329*"
10.3837 10.0000 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 10.3837..**
2.2072 2.0985 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.207174**
1.1080 1.0435 Colina Bond Fund 1.107989****

BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1.00000 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 NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful
P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100
* AS AT MAR. 31, 2005/** AS AT APR. 29, 2005
- AS AT MAY 20, 2005/ - AS AT MAY. 31, 2006/*** AS AT MAY. 31, 2005
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Ocean Club Estates

continues to boom

* BAHAMAS Realty managing director and partner Mario Carey
has made 15 sales in recent months in the exclusive community of
Ocean Club Estates.

SOME 33 houses are under
construction on Kerzner Inter-
national's Paradise Island-
based Ocean Club Estates, with
average house prices starting
at $3 million and some larger
properties valued at more than
$25 million.

All 121 lots were sold on the
first day they went on the mar-
ket in 2000. Those that sold for
$500,000-$600,000 when they
first came on the market are
now being sold for close to $1
million in re-sales.
Mario Carey, Bahamas Real-
ty's managing director, said
that in terms of contribution to
the Bahamian economy, prop-
erty taxes from a million-dollar
lot were close to $10,000 per
annum, in addition to creating
construction jobs, building
material sales and above aver-
age household expenditure.
"The Bahamas should be
extremely thankful to Kerzn-

er for this and what they have
done," said Mr Carey, who has
made 15 sales on the Ocean
Club Estates over the past few
"I hear people say: 'The
bubble is going to burst. It has
to, $3 million is just too much
money for an oceanfront lot',"
Mr Carey said.
"And I think to myself: 'Five
years from now when prices
could be twice as high, some-
one else will be saying those
same words.' There is nowhere
else in the Western Hemi-
sphere where you can be so
close to so much in a stable,
democratic, secure environ-
ment and still have such priva-
cy and privilege."
He added: "Being in Ocean
Club Estates is like living in
the midst of a very exclusive


"You are surrounded by
friends and the finest in every-
thing for the good life, espe-
cially for the active or sports-
minded a world-renowned
golf course designed by Tom
Weiskopf outside your door;
the Atlantic Ocean is only steps
away for boating, swimming,
diving; a marina and private
dockage; the lights of Nassau
harbour; tennis; world-class
spas at the One & Only Ocean
Club and Atlantis and even a
personal concierge service.
"You're in your own home
and all you do is pick up the
phone and you can request but-
ler service. You can do as much
or as little as you want days
on the private beach, nights at
the casino, luxury shopping and
more than 35 restaurants with-
out ever leaving Paradise
Island. The views are breath-
taking, the weather warm year-
round and you're only 30 min-
utes from a major internation-
al airport or two executive
fixed-base facilities for those
with private planes.",


Holdings Limited



(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Corhpany is in dissolution, which commenced on the
10th day of June, 2005. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp.
Inc., of P.O. Box N-7757, Nassau, Bahamas.

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Bank's assets grow

to just under $400m

A young aggressive company with a solid track record
is expanding and requires an

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BANK of the Bahamas International
said its total assets grow to just under $400
million and the end of the 2004 third quar-
ter, with net income for the period to
March 31, 2005, up 13 per cent over last
The bank said it had experienced a
major surge in the demand for home mort-
gages, fuelled by the strong economy, drop
of 0.5 per cent in the prime lending rate last
year, and removal of the lending cap that
was imposed in September 2001.
Paul McWeeney, Bank of the Bahamas
International's managing director, said:
"The bank's recent mortgage campaigns
have yielded strong and encouraging
results and in anticipation of the imminent
opening of the Exuma branch, the bank
has already commenced servicing that
"Further improvements in are forecast-
ed as the bank unveils and promotes new
products designed to enhance customer

quality and fulfil its goal to become a one-
stop financial institution."
Earnings per share for the 9 months end-
ing March 31 were $0.48, a jump from
$0.42 last year.
Mr McWeeney added: "I am pleased to
report significant achievements in key
areas of growth, particularly in non-inter-
est revenue.
"Introduction of online banking has
been very well-received and each quarter
we see a substantial increase in its usage,
which tells us that customers are pleased
with its convenience. Remittances through
Moneygram .continue to grow, and our
affiliation with American Express is show-
ing excellent results."
Growing reliance on after-hours banking
through ATMs, expansion of institutional,
personal and corporate trust services and
expansion, including a new bank branch
opening in Exuma, augers well for the
company, Mr McWeeney said.

and needs graduating and college students, plus schools, to send in as much
information as possible on academic and other achievements. Students should
send in a photograph of themselves, and we need schools to supply information
on plans for the new academic year, plus any appropriate photos.

This development in Ocean Club is comprised of
88 residences and a marina.


All interested parties, please complete a
Contractor's Prequalification Statement on their company
letterhead and forward to:

mail: Paradise Blue Water Ltd.,
P.O. Box SS-6386,
Nassau, Bahamas

Thank You.


FROM page one c I an officials responsible for the
"eer S h s e ew v regulatory regime with having
will allow it time to examine the a done a tremendous job and
level of sustainability in the many countries have made all making it difficult for the FATF
Bahamas' international co- along, that once you'rein their to continue chiding the
operation, with a number of radar they want to keep you Bahamareques for information.
information requests said to be there regardless of how you wnit requests iw formation.
in the pipeline, comply." In its June review, the,
"We're satisfied that we've Mr Smith said there was very pledged to stop moito t
dpne all that is legally and little left for the Bahamas to do Bahamas for compliance wif
humanly possible. But the in terms of regulatory and international anti-money laun-
FATF has acknowledged this supervisory implementation, dering standards "in the near
in a grudging way," Mr Smith having met all international future but ony thisnali
said. standards in terms of informa- t to requests i
"They continue to move the tion exchange and transparency quately" to requests forassis-
After ongoing, complaries
from the FATUFthat L al,,
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Smith said this nation replied
ll_____ be cled oned that the requests were, either
incomplete or had to go. through
F another established process ,
H. A NI E S such as the Mutual Legal Assis-
tance Treaty (MLAT). (
The speed at which complet-
will be closed on ed and appropriate requests
were responded to improved,
Friday, 17tb June, 2005 however, following the Central
SBank of the Bahamas signing a
due to the observance of tbe firms memorandum of understanding
with the US Securities and
S. Ann ual, :'- ' Exchange Commission (SEC),
p,;, .. ., .which outlines the moddlities
Sfor information exchange how
FP nisf D p information is to be requested,
uny request and what is needed for
The office will re-open on a complete application.
SMr Smith said: "Once they
Monday, 20th June, 2005 cleared up the process, then
they were able to hammer out
We regret any inconvenience caused. an agreement, so both sides
know what process is to be

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THE Bahamian sub-
sidiary of the Society of
Trust and Estate Practi-
tioners (STEP) has elected
its new Board for the finan-
cial year 2005-2006. They
are pictured here with the
Bahamas Financial Services
Board's (BFSB) chief exec-
utive and executive direc-
tor, Wendy Warren. All are
STEP directors except
Wendy Warren.

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er; John Lawrence; Tanya
Hanna; Heather Thomp-
son; Wendy Warren, exec-
utive director of BFSB;
Alyson Yule, chairman;
Don Stubbs; Karen Haven;
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Dear Shareholder,

This year's financial performance is indicative of the challenges involved in the
restructuring process of the company.

In the previous reporting year it was indicated that this restructuring process had
begun with a substantive downsizing of the managerial staff and containment of
other operating costs with the view of continuously improving the company's
operating efficiencies. Consequently the company's financial performance from
normal operations improved significantly in 2004. This improving trend is also
evident in the company's financial performance for the year ended February 28th,
2005 as the company's loss from continuing operations was reduced by $901,540
from $1,429,940 to $528,400. This improvement was driven by a modest increase
in gross margin of $6,913 coupled with a $146,583 improvement in operating
expenses and a $748,044 improvement in other expenses.The latter improvement
was driven by the decision taken in the previous financial period to completely write
down all remaining goodwill, franchise rights and losses from associates agthst the
proceeds earned from the sale of the cinema assets.

The company ended its 2005 financial year with a net loss from continuing
operations of $528,400 which compares with a net loss from continuing operations
of $1,429,940 for 2004 financial period. After adjusting for discontinued operations
the company recorded a net loss of $588,782 for 2005 which compared with a net
income figure of $1,257,286 for the prior year.The prior year's net income position
came as a result of recognizing the $2,622,205 gain on the sale of the company's
cinema assets.

In terms of the company's balance sheet as at February 28th, 2005 total assets
declined by $2,263,081 to $12,831,316 while liabilities declined by $1,674,299 to
$5,639,062. This movement primarily reflected the receipt and utilization of the
cinema sales proceeds to pay down on outstanding bank debt and other trade

The foregoing resulted in Shareholders equity declining by $588,782 which mirrored
the net loss the company recorded for the financial year ending February 28th, 2005.

Looking ahead we are confident that the improving trend in the company's financial
performance will continue fueled primarily by a successful launch and expansion of
the company's TicketXpress business segment.With regard toTicketXpress it should
be noted that this business was launched in March 2005 and to date we have
begun the installation of our air reservation system with one of the country's largest
domestic charter services.The total installation is expected to be completed by the
end of June 2005, at which time we will begin to install other local air charter
services.We already have in hand a contract with another popular air charter service
and we will be moving to secure others in the near future.

Additionally TicketXpress has been awarded the contract to provide call center
services for the Bahamas Out Island Promotion Board and its member hotel
properties. Through this contract TicketXpress will have an exclusive arrangement
to answer all calls coming into The Bahamas Out Island Promotio oard's
1-800-BAHAMAS and 1-800-OUTISLANDS telephone numbers as the te to
Family Island air and hotel reservations.Through this service TicketXpress arn a
commission on all hotel packages booked by its call center.This service is scheduled
to begin in August 2005.

The company is also looking to liquidate its holding in Golds Gym, and whilst we
have had several inquiries on the operation, none have materialized into a sales
agreement to date. It should also be noted that because of our desire to sell this
business The Board of Directors took the decision not to re-open the gym in Grand
Cayman after it was destroyed by hurricane Ivan in September 2004.

Our commercial real estate holdings continue to perform well with an overall
average occupancy level of 92%.

The Board of Directors have also mandated that during 2005 the company must
meet all of its reporting requirements on a timely basis. Consequently we will be
having our Annual General Meeting of Shareholders on June 29th, 2005 which is
some 30 days ahead of the reporting guidelines established by Securities
Commission. We will also distribute quarterly reports henceforth at minimum within
the reporting guidelines.

In closing we would like to thank you for your continued support and to advise
that the company remains committed to an objective of attaining a break even
position in terms of cashflow and income within the forthcoming 18 months,with an
eventual goal of being able to pay dividends on an ongoing basis within the next 24

(Expressed in Bahamian dollars)

Accounts receivable
Current portion of note receivable
Prepayments and deposits
Other receivables
Total current assets


Bank overdrafts
Accounts payable and accrued expenses
Current portion of long-term debt
Other liabilities
Total current liabilities


Total liabilities

Share capital
Share premium
Contributed capital
Accumulated deficit
Total shareholders'equity



$ 11,225


- 12,831,316

$ 204,815





$ 1,851,480

S 222,335
$ 15,094,397

$ 256,538



88,562 88,562
5,934,987 5,934,987
3,175,087 3,175,087
(2,006,382) (1,417,600)
7,192,254 7,781,036

12,831,316 $ 15,094,397

(Expressed in Bahamian dollars)

Gross margin

$ 1,521,614

Other operating
Total operating expenses


Loss from associate
Finance costs
Goodwill written-off or amortized
Franchise rights written-off or amortized
Loss from continuing operations.

Gain on sale of cinema assets
Income from cinema assets
Repairs at Prince Charles Drive Cinema location
Gain (loss) from discontinued operations


$ 1,514,984

927,709 972,730
166,042 351,479
347,609 269,862
14,804 8,676
1,456,164 1,602,747

(117,376) (270,872)

(411,024) (477,998)
(528,400) (1,429,940)

12,576 65,021
(60,382) 2,687,226

(588,782) $ 1,257,286

The above is an excerpt of RND Holdings Limited 2005 Financial Report. A complete set of
audited financials are available in the Company's published 2005 Annual Report. A copy of this
report may be obtained from Colina Financial Advisors Ltd., Goodman's Bay Corporate Centre,
West Bay Street or RND Holdings Limited, RND Plaza West, John F. Kennedy Drive.

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Jerome K. Fitzgerald

Kenneth M. Donathan
Managing Director

C 2005 Creative Relations

a multi-national company resident in Nassau, Bahamas
is currently accepting applications for the position of
Tank Truck Driver.

* High School Diploma
* Minimum of 2 years driving tractor trailers
* Previous experience driving tank trucks
(petroleum products) preferred

* Ability to interact with others in a professional manner
* Ability to learn new tasks quickly
* Excellent work attitude, punctuality and attendance

Salary will be commensurate with experience and
qualifications. Excellent benefits offered.

Only Bahamian citizens need apply and interested persons
should submit applications to arrive no later than Friday,
June 17th, 2005. Only suitable applications will be

The Advertiser
DA #20660
c/o The Tribune
P.O. Box N-3207
Nassau, Bahamas

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In The Tribune's

Kerzner appoints an

independent director

KERZNER International has
named Stephen Ross, chairman
and chief executive of a com-
pany whose portfolio includes
$15 billion worth of develop-
ments, to its Board of Directors
as an independent.
Mr Ross is the founder of
The Related Companies, a
developer, financier and man-
ager of real estate properties,
including the Time Warner
Centre in New York.
Mr Ross is also chairman and
founder of CharterMac, a com-
pany listed on the American
Stock Exchange, in which the
Related Companies owns an 18
per cent stake.
In announcing the appoint-
ment, Sol Kerzner, Kerzner
International's chairman, said:
"As someone who understands
the entrepreneurial spirit that
drives this company and has
experience developing extraor-

dinary properties, Steve repre-
sents an invaluable independent
voice and is a great fit with our
business and culture.

"As we advance into the con-
struction process of such pro-
jects as Phase III on Paradise
Island and Atlantis, The Palm in
Dubai, we are very fortunate to
gain the insight of one of the
great real estate developers for
this next phase of the Compa-
ny's growth."
Mr Ross added: "I am very
excited to join the Board of
Kerzner. Theirs is a fascinating
industry and the company is
going through, a very dynamic
phase of growth. I am looking
forward to being a part of it all
and hope to be able to make a
contribution to its future suc-

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
14TH day of JUNE, 2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Sbarro the Italian Eatery has a position open
for a Restaurant Manager.
The candidate has the opportunity to work in a high
energy, exciting, and quick service environment.
They must have the aptitude to direct and manage a
a team of workers, while maintaining excellent
customer relations.
The applicant must possess a secondary education
They must also possess atleast five years
experience in a quick service restaurant environment.
The position offers the prospect of advancement.
Transportation essential.
Please forward your resume to The Operations Director
e-mail address:
Facsimile 356-0333

Employment Opportunity
A business establishment is seeking to fill a senior
management position.
Role and Primary Responsibilities
The officer will form a part of the establishment's senior
management team and will report to the Chief Executive
Officer. The individual will also be responsible for:
providing leadership and technical expertise to
operational departments of the establishment
contributing to the formulation and implementation
of policies
participating in the establishment's strategic planning
and translating plans into goal-directed work
providing guidance for continuous improvement of
work processes
ensuring the effective management and development
of the establishment's human resources.
Education, Knowledge, Skills and Experience
Master's degree in finance, business administration,
accounting or related field
Knowledge of financial sector trends
Leadership skills proven record of success in leading
teams through coaching/mentoring and managing
Proven ability to think strategically
Critical thinking and analytical skills proven ability
to assess, evaluate data and formulate opinions and
Proven project management skills
Sound interpersonal, oral and written communication
Fifteen (15) years managerial experience
The appointment is being offered on a contractual basis
and carries attractive benefits.
Applications should be made in writing to:
The Manager, Human Resources
DA #4584
c/o The Tribune
P.O. Box N-3207
Nassau, Bahamas


FROM page one

co-operative international
financial centres, saying this
nation had "bent over back-
wards" to its demands on
passing and implementing
an entirely new anti-money
laundering regime.
Mr Turnquest said the
FATF's continuing actions
amounted to a "persecution
of the Bahamas financial
Meanwhile, FNM senator
John Delaney, who in 2000
advised the Government on
the legislation that formed
the new regulatory regime,
said the FATF's latest
assessment of the Bahamas
"serves as an unpleasant
reminder" that this nation
is being subjected to scrutiny
by a body of which it is not a
Mr Delaney said co-oper-
ation with international reg-
ulators had always been an
issue for the Bahamas and
was a major factor in this
nation's initial blacklisting
in 2000, but he acknowl-
edged that the FATF's latest
missive still acknowledged
this nation was making
But noting that the likes
of Bermuda and the Cay-
man Islands were not sub-
ject to ongoing FATF scruti-
ny, Mr Delaney said: "To
the extent that the Bahamas
is treated differently from
the likes of Cayman, this is
both curious and concern-
ing. It seems we are being
treated differently to our
disadvantage by the FATF."
He called on the Govern-
ment to seek an explanation
as to why the Bahamas was
being treated differently and
inform the Bahamian peo-
One financial services
industry source, who
requested anonymity,
described the FATF's con-
tinued monitoring of the
Bahamas as "patently
unfair", and accused it of
"holding us up to a differ-
ent standard".
He described the
Bahamas' as having a
"bloody good" record in
being able to respond to 20
out of 27 international
requests for assistance in a
three-month period between
February and May 2005,
adding that it would be
interesting to see the
response rates of the UK
and US.
The source said it was
"disingenuous" of the FATF
to continue monitoring the
Bahamas given the substan-
tial level of compliance indi-
cated by the statistics it cited
in its report.
Adding that the Bahamas
was "not strong enough to
advance our position" in
international forums such as
the FATF, the source said:
"We need to be much more
savvy in the way we deal
with these organisations."

0Bank of The_.Bahamas


"A growing and dynamic Bahamian institution"

Core responsibilities:

* Analyze and investigate financial and non-financial information with a
view to assessing the viability of business proposals. Assess loan
applications and interview potential candidates.

* Prepare credit proposals for existing and potential clients.

* Manage effectively, a portfolio of corporate relationships and act as
'Relationship Manager' for assigned accounts.

* Increase consistently, the value of accounts through personal marketing efforts.

* Conduct consistent follow-up on delinquent accounts and institute measures
for the collection of bad accounts.

* Conduct field inspections.

* Assess the local industries and make recommendations for areas of exploration
by the Corporate Credit Division.

* Recommend annual performance objectives and action plans that will help
to increase the Bank's profitability. (Ability to successfully implement plans
to completion is critical.)

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

* Bachelors Degree in Economics/Finance/Business Administration

* Five years experience in the Financial Services Industry

* Strong analytical and organizational skills

* Being a team player is essential; must have excellent interpersonal and
communication skills.

Benefits include: Competitive compensation (commensurate with qualifications);
group medical, vision, and life insurance; and a pension scheme.

Send resume to: The Manager, Human Resources and Training
Bank of The Bahamas Interinational
P.O. Box N-7118
Shirley Street
Nassau, Bahamas



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Providence House
East Hill Street
P.O.Box N-3910
Nassau, The Balamas
Telephone (242) 302-5300
Facsimile (242) 302-5350


To the Shareholders of Insurance Company of The Bahamas Limited

We have audited the accompanying balance sheet of Insurance Company of The Bahamas Limited
(the Company) as of 31 December 2004, and the related statements of income, changes in
shareholders' equity and cash flows for the year then ended. These financial statements are the
responsibility of the Company's management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these
financial statements based on our audit.

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

In our opinion, the financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position
of Insurance Company of The Bahamas Limited as of 31 December 2004, and the results of its
operations and its cash flows for the year then ended in accordance with International Financial
Reporting Standards.

Chartered Accountants
9 March 2005

Insurance Company of The Bahamas Limited
(Incorporated under the laws of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas)

Balance Sheet
As of 31 December 2004
(Amounts expressed in Bahamian dollars)

Cash and bank balances
Term deposits
Due from reinsurers
Due from agent (Note 5)
Deferred commission reserve
Interest and other receivables and prepayments (Note 6)
Available-for-sale securities (Note 7)
Held-to-maturity securities (Note 7)
Other assets (Note 8).
Property, plant and equipment, net (Note 9)
Total assets
General Insurance funds:
Unearned premium reserve
Outstanding claims (Note. 10)

Other liabilities:
Bank overdraft (Note 1.1)
Unearned commission reserve
Due to reinsurers
Accounts payable and accruals
Total liabilities

... Represented-by:
Share capital
Authorized, issued and fully paid:-
3,000,000 ordinary shares of$Sl.00 each
General reserve (Note 13)
Retained earnings


Director /














Insurance Company of The Bahamas Limited

Statement of Income
For the Year Ended 31 December 2004
(Amounts expressed in Bahamian dollars)


Gross written premiums (Note 5)
Less: Premium tax
Gross retained premiums

Less: Ceded to reinsurers
Net retained premiums
Decrease (increase) in unearned premium reserve
Portfolio transfer, net (Note 12)
Net premiums earned


Net claims incurred (Note 10)
Net commissions incurred (Note 5)
Excess of loss reinsurance

9,136,040 6,227.985

Underwriting (loss) gain


Interest income
Treaty, profit and loyalty commissions, net (Note 5)
Dividend and other income
Change in net unrealized gains (losses) on investments in
securities (Note 7)

Personnel expenses (Note 5)
Depreciation (Note 9)
General and administrative expenses (Note 5)
Income before adjustment of fundamental item

Adjustment of fundamental item (Note 4)


The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

Insurance Company of The Bahamas Limited

Statement of Cash Flows
For the Year Ended 31 December 2004
(Amounts expressed in Bahamian dollars)

Cash flows from operating activities
Net income
Adjustments for:
Profit on disposal of property, plant and equipment
Change in net unrealized (gains) losses on investments in securities
Interest income
Dividend and other income
(Increase) decrease in current assets:
Due from reinsurers
Due from agent
Deferred commission reserve
Other receivables and prepayments
Increase (decrease) in current liabilities:
Unearned premium reserve
Outstanding claims
Unearned commission reserve
Due to reinsurers
Accounts payable and accruals
Net cash used in operating activities
Cash flows from investing activities
Maturity/(placement) of term deposits
Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment
Purchase of property, plant and equipment
Purchase of available-for-sale and held-to-maturity securities
Interest received
Dividends received
Net cash used in investing activities
Cash flows from financing activities
Dividends paid
Net cash used in financing activities
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year
Cash and cash equivalents at end of year
Cash and cash equivalents are represented by:
Cash and bank balances
Bank overdraft

Noitcash activities
See Note 8.

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

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PAUL. 81E, I U-iUAY, JUNI 14, 2005





JUNE 16,2005


IN THE ESTATE OF Marjorie Grace Jedny, late of the
County of Hunterdon, in the State of New Jersey, one of
the States of the United States of America.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourteen days
from the date hereof, application will be made to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas on its Probate Side by SANDRENA C.
BENJAMIN of East Bay Street, in the Eastern District on the
Island of New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, Attorney-at-Law, is the Authorized Attorney in
The Bahamas for the Resealing of a Grant of Letters of
Administration in the above estate granted to SUSAN J. BROCK,
the administratrix by the Surrogate of the County of Hunterdon,
in the State of New Jersey, United States of America on the 24th
day of February A.D. 2004.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

JUNE 16,2005


IN THE ESTATE OF Malissa Williamson Roos, late of
the County of Riverside, in the State of California, one
of the States of the United States of America,

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourteen days
from the date hereof, application will be made to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas on its Probate Side by LOUREY C. SMITH
of No. 44 George Street in the City of Nassau on the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, Attorney-at-Law, is the Authorized Attorney in The
Bahamas for the Resealing of a Grant of Letters of Testamentary
in the above estate granted to MICHEAEL Y. ROOS, the Executor
by the Superior Court of California County, Riverside, one of the
state of the United States of America on the 22nd day of August
A.D. 2002.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar
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JUNE 16,2005


Whereas JONATHAN FORBES of Chippingham, Western District,
New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas for letters of administration of the real and personal estate
of THOMAS FORBES, late, of the City of Nassau, in the Island
of New Providence, one of the Island of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, deceased.

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

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

JUNE 16, 2005


Whereas LOWELL J. MORTIMER of the Eastern District, in
the Island of New Providence, one of the Island of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney by Deed of Power of
Attorney for RUTH SWEETING WALKES has made application
to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas for Letters of Administration
of the real and personal estate of OSWALD ATHELSON
WALKES, late of 3373 Thomas Avenue, Miami, Florida, one of
the States of the United States of America, deceased.

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

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

JUNE 16,2005


Whereas ANDREW P. BOWE, of New Providence, one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney
by Deed of Power of Attorney, has made applications to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas for letters of Administration of the real and
personal estate of ELVINA DEAN late, of Fifth Street and Poinciana
Avenue, of the Island of New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

JUNE 16,2005

IN THE ESTATE OF Lucy Sermarini, late of 432 Melrose
Avenue, Maple Shade in the State of New Jersey one of
the United States of America,

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourteen days
from the date hereof, application will be made to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas on its Probate Side by HARRY BRACTON
SANDS of Skyline Drive, in the Western District of the Island of
New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, Attorney-at-Law, is the Authorized Attorney in The
Bahamas for the Resealing of a Grant of Letters of Testamentary
in the above estate granted to DENISE M. CZYZEWICZ, the
Executor by the Burlington County Surrogate's Court in the State
of New Jersey, one of the states of the United States of America
on the 1st day of Novembr A.D. 2004.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar
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JUNE 16,2005


Mareva House, No. 4 George Street, on the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, Attorney by Deed of Power of Attorney for Mallory Vail
Weymann has made application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas for Letters of Administration with the Will Annexed of
the real and personal estate of DOLORES LUTTERBACH VAIL,
late of apartment 2206, 122 Palmers Hill Road, in the City of
Stanford, in the County of Fairfield, in the State of Connecticut
06902, one of the United States of America, deceased.

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

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar
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JUNE 16,2005.


IN THE ESTATE OF Sofia L. Dobell a.k.a. SOFIA
LOPEZ DOBELL late of the Town of Baraboo, in Sauk
County, in the State of Wisconsin, U.S.A.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourteen days
from the date hereof, application will be made to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas, on its Probate Side by LORI ELIZABETH
LOWE of Lakeview Road, Eastern District on the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, Attorney-at-Law, is the Authorized Attorney in The
Bahamas for the Resealing of a Grant of Domiciliary Letters in
the above estate granted to PAUL BEAGAN, the Personal
Representative by the Circuit Court of Sauk County, in the State
of Wisconsin, US.A., on the 25th day of April, 2002

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

JUNE 16,2005


Whereas RONALD MISSICK of Lango Place, in the City of
Freeport, on the Island of Grand Bahama, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made application to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas for Letters of Administration as
Creditor of the real and personal estate of JOSEPH BERTRAM
City of the City of Freeport, on the Island of Grand Bahama, one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, deceased.

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

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar
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JUNE 16,2005


NATHANIEL MUSGROVE ofAdderley Street, Fox Hill, Eastern
District, New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, the lawful son has made application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas for Letters of Administration of the real
and personal Estate of ORELIA ANTHA MUSGROVE, late, of
49 Victoria Boulevard, Joan's Heights, Southern District, New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, deceased.

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

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


JUNE 16,2005


Whereas DARNELL HANNA, of Golden Gates, and STEPHANIE
HANNA-BOWE both of New Providence, one of the Islands of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made application to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas for Letters of Administration of
the real arid personal estate of MABLE HANNA aka MABEL
HANNA, late, of Lewis Street, Nassau Village, New Providence
one of the Island of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard

by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

JUNE 16,2005


Whereas BERNARD A. MILLER, of Harold Road, New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, Attorney by Deed of Power of Attorney for SAMUEL
ROSS, has made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas
for Letters of Administration with the Will Annexed of the real
and personal estate of ELSIE AGALLA FRANKS, late, of the
city of West Palm Beach, Florida, USA, deceased.

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

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

JUNE 16,2005


County in the State of Florida, one of the States of the
United States of America,

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourteen days
from the date hereof, application will be made to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas on its Probate Side by SIDNEY
ALEXABDER CAMBRIDGE, JR., of No. 9 Chancery Lane,
Winton Estates, Eastern District, New Providence, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, BERYLANDREA
WILLIAMS of No. 8 Benson Road in Dannottage Estates, Eastern
District, New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, Attorney-at-Law, is the Authorized Attorney in
The Bahamas for the Resealing of a Grant of Letters of
Administration in the above estate LINDA DIANE
STEINLAGE, the Personal Representative by the Circuit Court
for Broward County, Florida, US.A., on the 6th day of November,

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar
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JUNE 16, 2005


Whittaker Road, County of Washtenaw, Ypsilanti, in the
State of Michigan one of the States of the United States
of America.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourteen days
from the date hereof, application will be made to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas on its Probate Side by VANRIA M.
LIGHTBOURN of Stratton Drive, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney-
at-Law, is the Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas for the Resealing
of a Grant of Letters of Authority for Personal Representative in
the above estate granted to MARION BEVIER, the Personal
Representative by Washtenaw Courty Court, Probate Division in
the State of Michigan, U.S.A., on the 15th day of March, 2002

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

JUNE 16,2005


of Cuyahoga County, in the State of Ohio, one of the
States of the United States of America.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourteen days
from the date hereof, application will be made to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas on its Probate Side by RICHARD RAWLE
MAYNARD of the 3rd Floor Millennium House, The Mall Drive,
in the City of Freeport, on the Island of Grand Bahama, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney-at-Law,
is the Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas for the Resealed Grant
of Entry Appointing Fiduciary Letters of Authority in the above
estate granted to GWEN ANGELONE, the Executrix by the
Probate Court of Cuyahoga County, in the Sate of Ohio, U.S.A.
on the 30th day of April, 2002

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

JUNE 16,2005


Whereas ROSALIE LIGHTFOOT of East Storr Court, Yellow
Elder Gardens, New Providence, The Bahamas, has made application
to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas for letters of administration
of the real and personal estate of ANTHONY LIGHTFOOT, late
of the East Storr Court, Yellow Elder Gardens, New Providence,
The Bahamas, deceased.

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

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


JUNE. 13,14,15

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Event organised to honour

Olympian Lavern Eve

M LAVERN Eve competes with the javelin at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece

, BAHAMIAN Olympian Lavern Eve
,will be honored by her Church, friends
Iand acquaintances on Sunday June 26
Sat a special testimonial lunch at the Roy-
al Bahamian Resort & Spa, beginning
at 2 p.m.
The luncheon is being coordinated by
Macedonia Baptist Church, Bernard
,,Road under the patronage of its pastor,
'!Rev Dr David Johnson and Selina John-
Eve, the national javelin, discus and
hammer record holder, is a long-time
member of Macedonia Baptist Church.
Various dignitaries, athletes and rep-
resentatives of sporting bodies are due to
'attend the event, which comes on the
heel of the Bahamas Association of Ath-
; letic Associations' National Open Track
,and Field Championships and the eve
!of the hosting of the XX Central Amer-
' ican and Caribbean Championships.
: Rev Johnson said: "Lavern's prowess
'has propelled her to the highest eche-
;on in the world of track and field where
she performed consistently through the
"years," he said.
"We admire her courage and stami-
na. At the same time, we encourage her,

to continue to maintain a spirit of excel-
"Lavern has made us all proud as
Bahamians," he added.
Tickets can be secured by contacting
Macedonia Baptist Church weekdays
from 9am to 4.30pm or Brent Stubbs,
chairman of the organizing committee.
Stubbs indicated that the luncheon is
in no way intended to supplant or pre-
empt likely future national recognition
for Eve, which is widely felt to be over-
"We believe the big speeches, acco-
lades and awards will justly come later,
like it has for other outstanding athletes
who have proudly borne the colors of
the Bahamas flag with great effort and
great honour for many years."
Eve is a four-time Olympian and
among the very best in the world in the
javelin throw for many years in fact
for two decades.
She was born in Fox Hill on June 16,
1965, the daughter of James Eve and
Albertha Allen. She attended Sandilands
Primary School, LW Young Junior High
School and St. Augustine's College the
latter on an athletic scholarship.

At SAC, Eve participated in basket-
ball, softball, volleyball and netball.


Her early successes in track and field
was in 1982 and 1983, when she repre-
sented the Bahamas at the Carifta
She earned, not one, but three gold
medals in the shot putt, discus and javelin
and was honored with the 'distinguished
Austin Sealy award for the Most Out-
standing Athlete for both years.
In 1984, Eve won a gold medal in the
shot putt and a silver in the javelin at
the Junior Pan American Games. The
following year she won the Most Out-
standing Athlete award at the National
Junior College Athletic Association
She was also ten times All-American.
Eve accepted a scholarship to East-
ern Oklahoma State Junior College in
1984, where she obtained an associate
degree in arts and science with a con-
centration in psychology.
At Louisiana State University, she

became the Southeastern Conference
champion and record holder in the
javelin in 1987 and the NCAA All-
American in the shot put and javelin.
In 1990, she graduated with a bache-
lor's degree with concentration in psy-
Her prowess as an elite athlete has
grown substantially over the years. In
2002, she won a gold medal at the Com-
monwealth Games in Manchester, Eng-
She has also participated in seven
World Championships with her best
results coming in 2003 in Paris, France
when she finished eighth.
Additionally, Eve has taken part in
five Pan American Games, winning a
bronze and two silver medals. She has
also participated in numerous CAC
Games and Championships.
Incredibly, Eve is a four-time
Olympian, an awesome accomplishment.
Her best results came in the last
Olympics in Athens, Greece in 2004,
where she finished sixth.
What's next for Lavern? Who knows?
Like the Duracell bunny, she just keeps

Junior sports reporter

A TEAM of eight will rep-
resent the Bahamas at this
year's Youth Central Amer-
ican and Caribbean (YCAC)
games, set for Dominican
Republic on July 8 and 9.
The games, which are for
ages 10-13, will host teams
from throughout the
Caribbean and Central
American in a decathlon-
style event.
Representing the
Bahamas will be Shanae
Miller and Jonquel Jones in
the 10-12 girls division;,
Biaolonna Robinson and
Zinia Miller in the girls' 12-
13 division; 10-12 boys divi-
sion, Junior Cooper and Gio-
vannia Culmer; and Devon
Creary and Gino Jones in
the 12-13 boys division.
The team was selected
after the Bahamas Associa-
tion of Athletic Association,
(BAAA) hosted a joint trial
for athletes wishing to make
the YCAC team, World
Youth championships and
the Pan American junior
The BAAA recorded an
increase in participation at
the weekend by athletes who
usually ended their season
with the Carifta games.
According to public rela-
tions officer Ralph McKin-
ney, the trials were well
attended by many of the col-
lege athletes who did not
have the opportunity to
attend the Carifta trials.
McKinney said: "We were
a little concerned about the
weather, but everything
worked out for the persons
who were hoping to make
the youth CAC team.
"Persons who wanted to
make the other two teams
had a difficult time compet-
ing. Persons like Tracy Mor-
rison, who wanted to make
the junior Pan American
games team, had to compete
in the rain.
"This was a little difficult
for them, trying to achieve
qualifying standards, so all
of this will be taken into con-
The eight-member squad
will compete in ten events.
Team Bahamas has won the
meet three consecutive
Events in this year's games
are softball throw, long
jump, high jump, shot putt,
80m hurdles, 60m, 80m,
800m, 1,200 and 1,000m -
five events for each age

Team Bahamas:
Girls 10-12 .
Shanae Miller
Jonquel Miller
Girls 12-13
Bialonna Robinson
Zinia Miller
Boys 10-12
Juino Cooper
Giovannia Culmer
Boys 12-13
Devon Creary
Gino Jones
Head coach and Manager
Dexter Bodie
Daphne Saunders
Keno Demeritte

Coach's dreams of furthering education

by putting basketball and books together

Junior Sports Reporter
A LOCAL basketball enthusiast is
focusing his energies on helping ath-
letes to use basketball as a vehicle to
pursue higher education.
Cardinal Moncur, former coach
of Westminster College and Queen's
College, has aided a number of local
high school basketball players to
receive scholarships at American col-
Moncur, who currently teaches at
Yellow Elder Primary, has conducted a
number of workshops for both prima-
ry and high school players.
His network of coaches has allowed
him to grant a number of basketball

Moncur began his programme while
at Westminster College (formerly
Respect Academy) in 1999.
"The main reason I am doing it
is to give back to the community,"
he said, "Because of Cynthia
'Mother' Pratt, I was fortunate enough
to receive a scholarship and now I want
to do the same for other young ath-
Moncur said a number of elements
must be in place for an athlete to suc-
ceed at the next level.
"I believe for a student-athlete to
be successful they must possess what I
like to call the three As and the D,
which are academics, attitude, athleti-
cisin and desire," he said.
Moncur is interested in creating a
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himself more accessible, and opening
up a much wider range of communica-
tion between him and the athletes.
He plans to include other sports, like
volleyball, into his portfolio.
Moncur said many players have their
eyes on the ultimate prize of Division
One college basketball and the Nation-
al Basketball Association (NBA), but
many are not aware of other options
such as Division Two and Three or
NAIA schools.
He said his main focus is to ensure
that these athletes use basketball as a
vehicle for higher education.
"The odds of becoming a doctor or a
lawyer are higher than the odds of
becoming an NBA player," he said.
"There are only about 500 NBA play-
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sands of doctors and lawyers."
He said it is not always the most tal-
ented players who can receive schol-
arship opportunities.
"Many kids may not have been the
best players on their high school team,
but they have the all-round character
and desire to be successful on another
level of basketball."
Some of the players that Moncur has
helped to pursue their hoop dreams
include Levar Gilbert, who currently
attends Lindsey Wilson College, Taige
Adderley, who attends Roane State
Community College, and David Fox
and Isheiko Cleare, who will both
attend Iowa Lakes Community Col-
lege this fall.
Rather than the talent levels of his
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has won, Moncur said his proudest
accomplishment as a coach has been
the fact that most of the players under
his tutelage improve at least one letter
"Success on the court is indeed very
important, but more important in life is
the ability to do well in the classroom,"
he said.
While he has had offers to coach
basketball at the high school and junior
high levels, Moncur said his efforts are
currently being concentrated on scout-
ing these athletes.
"The more athletes that we are able
to help, the better," he said, "It is not
about me or any other coach receiving
publicity, it's about helping these young
men use basketball as a vehicle to high-
P?- td~5it/!(nn "

PAGE 10B, TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2005


Major sparring with Quiles as he

prepares for return to the ring

Senior Sports Reporter

MEACHER "Pain" Major
returned to Florida to contin-
ue his training at the Warriors
Boxing Club as he waits to get
back in the ring.
In the past couple of days, he
has had the opportunity to spar
with the International Boxing
Federation's number two con-
tender, Ricky Quiles, as he gets
set to fight for the vacant title.
"I want to thank God for the
opportunity to spar with the
number two lightweight con-
tender in the world," said
Major, who worked out with
Quiles for a week and a half.
"It was a tremendous opportu-
nity for me, especially coming
from an island like the
Bahamas. I just went out there
and tried to make the best of
The duo wrapped up their
sparring sessions on Saturday
as Quiles started to go through
light workouts before his fight
on Thursday against former
two-time world champion Javier
Juaregi, who is ranked number
Quiles and Juaregi will be
fighting for the number one
spot as they prepare for a shot
at the vacant IBF title.
"A lot people who never got
to see me before got to see me
in the gym and they're now call-
ing me the 'Bahamas Drama',"
Major said. "A lot of people
have been encouraging me to
continue to work hard. They
feel that as long as I stick with it,
I could become a world cham-
pion one day."
Major even got the opportu-
nity to autograph with Quiles
after the sparring sessions.
Their trainer, Anthony
"Chills" Wilson, said Major per-
formed exceptionally well dur-
ing the sparring sessions.
"Meacher has great speed
and that was what we wanted
to use him for," Wilson noted,
"He can punch also, but I want-
ed him to use his jab because
the guy Ricky is fighting is a
former two-time world cham-
"I think Meacher did very
well. But like I told you, his
time is coming. He will become

* MEACHER 'Pain' Major connects to the head of American Ali Mohammed during a match in May

(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune Sports):

a world champion."
Major is now working
towards his next match. There is
no specific date, but Major said
that after the sparring sessions
he is convinced that he will be
"If I don't fight home next
month, then I will definitely get

to fight here in July or August
when they open the new facility
at the Hard Rock Casino,"
Major said.
Wilson is now making sure
that Major stays in fine tone for
his next fight.
"He was over there and so
we wanted to see where he's

at," Wilson said. "He's still on
points, but hopefully we will get
something for him in July or
August to keep him busy.
"He should be having more
fights than he's fighting right
now. He just sparred with the
number two contender in the
world and he gave him all the

trouble in the world. So you can
look for some big things from
Having dominated his last
couple of fights at home, Major
is quite pleased with his perfor-
mances, but is also eager to go
further in his career.
"I'm not rushing to climb to

the top. Ive been offered some
big fights, but it ain't all about
the money," he insisted. "I
know that one day I will get
"As long as I take my time,
get the right match-ups, every-
thing will work out well and I
will become a world champion."

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Senior Sports Reporter
WHILE she was pleased with her winning per-
formance, Tonique Williams-Darling admits that
her victory over her Mexican quarter-mile rival
Ana Guevara is no cause for any big celebrations
just yet.
"It's not the World Championships or the
Olympics," she stressed in an interview with The
Tribune on Monday from Virginia after her return
from Monterrey, Mexico on Sunday.
Williams-Darling went head-to-head with Gue-
vara in a rematch of their rivalry from last year on
Saturday. At the end of the one-lapper, Williams-
Darling posted the world's fastest time in winning
the highly publicized race in 49.85 seconds, leaving
Guevara behind in 50.05.
"I think you can't really compare it to the
Olympics, but it was right up there," Williams-
Darling said. "It was something different, going in
her home town to race against her.
"But I wasn't really concerned about racing
there because I know when you get there, there is
a lot of emotion and hype behind it. It made the
race a little more intense than it would have been
if it was not held in Mexico."
Having to overcome more nervousness than
anything else, Williams-Darling said she went out
and concentrated on what she had to do.
"It went exactly how I thought it would go,"
she stated. "Because of the intensity of the race, I
knew she would go out real hard.
"I didn't pick her up until the back stretch. But
when I passed her, she decided to go with me and
not let me get too far ahead of her."
From the final 150m mark the two ran neck-
and-neck, and while Guevara didn't have the speed
left to continue her acceleration, Williams-Dar-
ling broke into another gear to pull off the victory.
Although she ended up producing the world's
fastest time, improving on her previous mark of
49.95 that she set at the Prefontaine Track Classic
in Eugene, Oregon the weekend before, Williams-
Darling said she felt they both could have ran
"I think it was a pressure race, so we didn't run
our best race," she reflected. "Coming in, it was
like I was watching and thinking more than run-
"It could have been faster, it could have been
slower, but when you get in races that is more of a
dual meet between us, you don't tend to run like
you should."
Like she did at Prefontaine, Guevara has already
informed the organizing committee for the XX
Central American and Caribbean Championships
that she will not be in Nassau for the champi-
onships over the Independence holiday weekend in
"I know Rome is a big meet but CAC is not, so
what they are paying for the world record at CAC
is just what they are paying for her appearance fee
in Rome," Williams-Darling said. "So can you
blame her for not coming here? I guess when you
look at the business side of it, you have to go
where it is more profitable."
For Williams-Darling, however, she wants to
show her allegiance to the Bahamian public, so
she is going to come home to compete at CAC.
Does it matter than Guevara will not be making
the trip here? Williams-Darling thinks riot, con-
sidering the fact that Guevara -pulled out of Pre-
fontaine at the last minute.
"It's just about me taking care of me and trying
to obtain those goals that I haye set for myself,"
she said. "I can't worry about what my competitors
are doing and what they are not doing."
Williams-Darling is planning to come home and
represent the Bahamas as best as she can at CAC
before she hooks up with Guevara again at the
10th World Championships in Helsinki, Finland in
"I've only had two meets and a lot of people
haven't opened up as yet, so I can't get too excit-
ed," she added. "It's not the Olympics or the
World Championships, so I can't get too excited
just yet."

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Ju ror sports reporter
EIGHTEEN athletes obtained qual-
ifying standards at the World Youth
Championships at the weekend in
Freeport, Grand Bahama.
The Bahamas Association of Ath-
letic Association (BAAA) held a triad
meet at the Grand Bahama Sporting
Complex, hoping to secure competi-
tors for this year's World Youth cham-
pions, Junior Pan American games and
the Youth Central American and
Caribbean games.
However, no athlete was aple to
qualify for the Junior Pan American
games, set for July 29-31 in Windsor,
BAAA, which usually take the stan-
dards from the last games' third-place
finishers when looking to field a team

for international competition, will
reveal the names for the two other
teams on Wednesday.
Four athletes in the under-18 divi-
sion dipped under the qualifying mark
in the 200m.
Nivea Smith, who was unable to pull
off a sprinting double, led the pack,
running a time of 24.70 seconds. The
qualifying mark in the event was 25.90
Coming in second was.Sheniqua
Ferguson in 25.05 seconds, with Cache
Armbrister and Ishea White finishing
third and fourth respectively, with
times of 25.47 seconds and 25.59 sec-
In the 100m, Ferguson edged out
Smith for the win in a time of 12.15
seconds; Smith finished in 12.20 sec-
onds, with Eugena Patton coming in
with a time of 12.21 seconds.

This event saw five athletes run
under the set marking by the BAAA.
White and Kellie Rolle rounded off
the number with times of 12.70 sec-
onds and 12.74 seconds.
Ralph McKinney, from the BAAA,
said: "This meet were more for those
athletes who were closer to obtaining
qualification marks from the hosting
of the Carifta games.
"Many of the athletes were not able
to compete to their best of their abili-
ties because of the weather conditions,
but we were able to get some of the
races off.
"We're not too sure who qualified
for the junior games; we only were able
to reveal the names for the youth CAC
Deandra Knowles was the only ath-
lete to run under the qualifying time in
the women's 400m.

Her time of 57.78 seconds gave her
the edge and win over former Carifta
teammate Taneil Poitier, who ran 58.05
for second, and Bianca Strachan's 58.63
for third.
Both Krstyal Bodie and Shannise
Wright-Rolle surpassed the qualifying
standards in the 100m hurdles, run-
ning 14.27 seconds and 14.56 seconds,
for a first and second finishing.
In the boys' under-18 division, Larry
Pinder led all qualifiers with a double
victory in the half lap and lap.
Pinder's time of 22.42 seconds not
only helped him claim top prize in the
200m, but propelled him as top quali-
fier for that division.
Coming in second was Ryan
Penn in 22.43 seconds. Third was Karl-
ton Rolle on 22.45 seconds, while
Deangelo Sands came in on 22.66 sec-

In the 400m, Pinder ran to a time of
49.04 seconds, defeating Sands and
Jamaal Butler, who came in second
and third with times of 49.89 seconds
and 50.50 seconds.
The qualifying time in .that event is
50.50 seconds, and 23.10 seconds in the
Competing for the first time at home
since leaving for college, Jacobi
Mitchell ran in the men's 200m, hoping
to qualify for the junior Pan Ameii-
can games.
Just shy of the marker set by the
BAAA, Mitchell ran 21.39 seconds for
the win over Jamal Moss with 21.75
Mitchell chose not to compete in his
specialty, the 400m, which was won by
Ramon Miller in 47.76 seconds, with
Moss pulling in another silver with
47.85 seconds.

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chance for fathers to

rise to

the challenge

MAKING a baby with someone doesn't
guarantee that a romance will last but hope-
fully, a civil duel-parenting relationship can.
Parents who no longer love and live with each
other can help their children have positive rela-
tionships later by practising patience and
respect towards each other.
According to Wayne Turnquest, organiser
for the "Refathering Our Nation" Dads Coach-
ing Clinic this weekend, single parents need
to be able to put aside any strong feelings for
the child's other parent, so as not to jade their
children's view of the opposite gender, since
relationship examples children see growing up
can affect their own love lives as adults.

Men, he suggests, need to make sure they're
respectful and courteous to their children's
mothers. Even if a father doesn't get on with
the mother of his child, he can grit his teeth, and
make an extra effort to find ways to spend
time with the son or daughter, even if the moth-
er "is not the nicest person to be around".
"He can make sure he has a good relation-
ship with the child's mother, not an adversari-
al one, but a good relationship, respecting the
mother. That shows (a son) how to respect a
woman," he says. "Bite your teeth, smile, bear
it, take the child, and take off. You can be

courteous to the mother, you don't have to be
Single mothers, he says, also have a respon-
sibility; to avoid criticising their children's
fathers to or around their children, which can
leave men humiliated, emasculated and
much less likely to approach the mother to
negotiate ways to spend time with the son or
"I am not saying that men have not fallen
short in their duties and responsibilities. What
I am saying is, what perpetuates the problem is
when men may be put down, because it roots
something inside the children. With a male
child, it doesn't teach him what a man is sup-
posed to be, but causes him to think less of
himself in becoming a man. It causes the girls to
grow up and not have trust and faith in men, (to
have) no respect for men. It does not cause a
man to rise up and do better, it causes a man to
withdraw from the situation.
"Men may want to do better but some
women may just be so antagonistic that they
make it difficult for the man if he comes
around, she's saying something, complaining,
running on with something," he points out.
"It causes him not to want to come around,
because a man will not put himself in a position
where he believes his masculinity's going to
be attacked."

THERE have always been,
and still are, good Dads, but
the reality is that for some
Bahamians, a positive father
figure doesn't get any more tan-
gible than a half hour with a
Cosby Show rerun. This week,
men are being challenged to
do more than just be Dads -
they're being asked to become
the sort of fathers their chil-
dren brag about.
"Refathering Our Nation" is
a two-day coaching clinic that
aims to combat Dad-bashing,
absentee-Dad syndrome, and
provide men with positive par-
enting guidelines that have
often been absent in real-life
The conference, organised
by Wayne Tumquest, leader of
HonourBound Men's Min-
istries leader at Evangelistic
Temple, is church-based, and
will be conducted by Father
James Palacious, Rev Wayne
Thompson, Rev Dr Gary Cur-
ry, and Rev T G Morrison. But
it addresses issues that are far
from church-specific. -
An absence of active fathers
is inherent to the Bahamas' for-
mation, according to Mr Turn-
quest, who traces the culture
of weak paternal ties back to
slavery, when children were
considered the possession of a
slave owner, not the father, and
later, the trend of Dads who
act as lord over their home who
provide material goods, and
who are feared, but who may
not have strong relationships
with their children.
Spiritually speaking, a better
understanding of fathering lies
in a strong relationship with
God, and understanding Bib-
lical expectations of men being
responsible which means
attendees at this weekend's
conferences can expect speak-
ers to address the topics, which
include tips on becoming a
great Dad, and how to either
follow a father's positive exam-
ple, or change a negative fami-
ly pattern already set, from a
Bible-based point of view.
But, says Mr Turnquest,
information like that presented
at the conference actually
needs to be made available out-
side the church setting, and to
men who aren't likely to seek
out a church conference.
"Most of the pregnancies
today are happening to unwed
parents... we're growing up in a
society where a father figure is
not necessarily there, and God
intended for a family to con-
sist of a husband and a wife
rearing their children, who are
basically a gift," he says.

Coaching chliic aims

to 'refather the nation'

The conference confronts the
need to see fathering as more
than just producing a child, or
even taking care of bills, food
and clothes.
"Fathering is being involved
in the child's life it is not just
the mother who goes to the ball
games or to the PTA meetings
to find out how the child is
doing, who spend time with the
kids, take the kids shopping,"
says Mr Turnquest.
"The father is involved inall
these areas, sharing in their
joys, sharing in their sorrows.
It's not the mother's responsi-
bility only, putting the child to
bed. The father is right there
doing that."
While Dads need to spend
time, not just'*oney, on' their
children. Women also have a
role in strengthening men's par-
enting abilities, not pointing out
a father's flaws and weaknesses
in front of, or to, his children,
according to Mr Turnquest.
The ultimate reward for a
father? To have a child stand
up and proudly tell others what
a stellar Dad he or she has.
"To hear someone else say,
your child says that you were a

great Dad my goodness," he
says. "That makes a man feel
like he was superman. I think
there'd be no better feeling a
man could ever have to have
his child say his Dad was the
best dad in the world, and they
cherish him."
Meanwhile, Father's Day is
approaching with much of its
usual-quietness; a few cards in
bookstores, a few ads on the
radio, but not nearly as much
fuss as took place over a month
ago, when it was time to cele-
brate mothers.
Is that likely to change?
Mr Turnquest says his con-
ference won't immediately
cause a big ripple, but the type
of information it's offering ulti-
mat lcan.
"The only thing that will
affect Father's Day is better
fathers. So if through the con-
ference, fathers become better
fathers, or great Dads, then
who knows," he says. "Stores,
when they see people wanting
to buy things for fathers and
stuff like that, or they running
out of father's stuff, they're
gonna have to stock up next
year for it.
"That's the only way to
change that."


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All may not be lost for

those with thinning hair

FOR some men, hair loss is a natural part of life and so they accept it. But for those who are
not taking it as easily, there are options.
(Posed by model)

Tribune Feature Writer
BALD spots and receding
hair lines are common sights
around town. And-for the
most part, Bahamian men
who are losing their hair
appear to be doing so "grace-
fully", since they are not fanat-
ically chasing after every hair
re-growth trend.
For some men, hair loss is a
natural part of life and so they
accept it. But for those who
are not taking it as easily,
there are options.
Laura Pratt-Charlton, head
pharmacist at The Prescrip-
tion Parlour Pharmacy agrees
that most people routinely
lose between 70 and 150 hairs
from their scalp each day,
mainly through washing,
brushing and combing.
But she adds that there is a
"high turnover" as well, which.
means that as soon as one los-
es hair it is usually replaced.
Scalp hair starts to thin
though when more hairs are
lost through normal shedding
than the scalp is able to renew.

According to statistics,
about 40 per cent of the den-
sity of scalp hair has to be lost
before thinning of the hair
actually becomes noticeable.
Mrs Pratt-Charlton says that
there are "quite a bit" of men
who lose their hair, and for
most of them the hair loss is
"Most commonly, you'd see
that the hair loss is from the
forehead going back. Now
most of it is hereditary but
'there are cases where certain
medication causes hair loss as
well," she explains.
"But this hair loss would be
more generalised, as opposed
to in just one particular area.
It's called male pattern bald-
ness (usually follows a typical
pattern of receding hairline
and hair thinning on the
crown, and is caused by hor-
mones and genetic predispo-
There are several options
for men who are losing their

Topical treatments, like
Rogaine, and oral treatments
. like Propecia (by prescription
only) are available.
Both products contain the

who are around 60 and 70
years old, usually "don't wor-
ry" about masking their hair
loss. But younger persons,
(those in their 30s and 40s) try

* Heredity: most balding is caused by a genetic predis-
position in other words, it's part of a person's genetic
makeup. This is called male pattern baldness or heredi-
tary balding or thinning. It is the most common cause of
thinning hair.
* Illness, certain physical conditions or their treatments:
this can include high fever, thyroid disease, childbirth,
inadequate protein in the diet, iron deficiency, cancer
treatments, the use of certain medications, and other
Hair may be lost in two ways:
* In patches: well-defined areas of hair are lost while the
remaining scalp retains a good covering of hair.
* Generalised: there is a uniform thinning over the
entire scalp with no areas of normal hair growth.
* Source:

active ingredient minoxidil,
which stimulates hair growth
'by opening the potassium
channels in the hair follicle.
On the.origin.of.this chemi--
cal compound, Mrs Pratt-
Charlton said: "Minoxidil was
initially marketed as a prepa-
ration for blood pressure. It
was then found that one of the
side effects of the medication
was hair growth. So as a result
of that, then it had a sec-
ondary marketing under the
name of Rogaine, to be-used
for hair growth."
While there are other
options available, like wear-
ing a hair piece, or the more
"sophisticated" (and expen-
sive) transplant surgery, most
Bahamian men simply cover
it: up with a cap, says, the phar-
"I think that the Bahamian
male doesn't appear to be
really into trying to prevent
hair loss or replace it," she
notes. "They pretty much just
go bald gracefully. You find
most of them tend to put a cap
pn as opposed to using any of
'the other methods."
According to Mrs Pratt-
Charlton, older men, those

to cover it up with caps.
At her pharmacy, where
both Rogaine and Propecia
are available, "very few" men
-request such treatments, she
says. But for those who are
interested, Rogaine is at the
top of the list, with the occa-
sionsal one or two men com-
ing to fill a Propecia prescrip-

Though the oral drug may
be more potent, most men still
opt for Rogaine because of its
accessibility, being an over the
counter treatment.
But as with every pharma-
ceutical preparation there is a
The pharmacist warns:. "All
of these preparations (OTC
or prescription) cari"have side
effects, and so they would
want to check with their doc-
tors first, especially if they
have a pre-exisiting condition.
"Even Rogaine, it is a drug
and can affect certain medical
conditions. So you don't want
to just pick it up and just use it
without being sure that it is
going to be safe."

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Whether it has
to do with a
lack of skill
or simply a
lack of
desire, most Bahamian bache-
lors (men for that matter) do
not cook.
The typical bachelor kitchen,
the world over? An empty
refrigerator, a-deserted stove-
top and bare cupboards.
But the fact that he's not
making use of his kitchen appli-
ances is not the real problem.
Nutritionists say that more
often than not, bachelors who
do not cook tend to neglect
their nutritional needs.
Avis Bullard, nutritionist at
Mystical Nutrition Centre in
the Palmdale Shopping Centre
told Tribune Woman & Health
that the majority of bachelors
often "hit the streets for fast
food", as opposed to cooking at
home a much healthier.
The "cry" of many bache-
lors, adds Mrs Bullard, is that
there is not enough time
between their significant oth-
ers, children, jobs and social
lives to think about proper
nutrition. But she offers a sim-
ple solution plan ahead.
"Preparation can be made
while you are doing other
things, sitting down watching
TV or showering.
"Your piece of steak, your

POACHED salmon with
steamed vegetables is about
as easy to make as the quick
fix peanut-butter-and-jelly
sandwich, and it's a fast way
to get protein, creatine, essen-
tial fatty acids, glutamine and
phytonutrients into your diet.
This kind of meal is easy and
offers a nice, balanced nutri-
tional profile. Remember to
keep an eye on your portions,
using your palm as a simple
gauge to measure a single
serving. One palm for pro-
tein, two palms for vegeta-
bles, one palm for a starch,
and you have a nice, balanced

Poached Salmon with
Steamed Vegetables
1 salmon fillet
1 celery stalk, diced
Pinch of lemon pepper
Assorted raw vegetables

piece of chicken breast, or your
fish can be broiling or baking
(and not frying) in the oven.
"And the next day, you can
either get yourself a plain
baked potato to go with it,
which is your carbohydrate,
and a salad. Or get some mixed
vegetables from home," the
nutritionist suggests.
She recommends steaming
vegetables or pouring hot
water over them to wash away
any harmful bacteria without
sacrificing any precious nutri-
Packaged lunches are not
that common among men, but
Mrs Bullard says that taking
your own food to work is a
good idea.
Healthy cooking may be
great, and far better than feast-
ing on fast foods, but the nutri-
tionist says that even this is not
And although nutritional
needs are basically the same
for men and women, each sex
has its specific needs. Men need
to take nutritional supple-
ments, and not just when they
remember, but on a daily, she
And remember, no matter
how healthy you try to eat,
once the food is cooked and
prepared the nutrition level
"And this is the basis for
everybody, male and female,
to supplement the vitamins and
minerals in the body to make

Put the salmon fillet, cel-
ery, and lemon pepper in a
pot filled with just enough
water to cover the fish com-
pletely. (Don't fill the pot
more than you have to.)
Bring the water to a slow boil
and let it continue for about
10 minutes, or until the thick-
est part of the fish is done.
Using a spatula, remove the
salmon, gently turn it over
and scrape the skin from the
underside. At the same time
in a separate pot, steam some
mixed vegetables. Use a met-
al steamer that sits at the bot-
tom of the pot. Just fill it with
about an inch of water, drop
in the vegetables, bring the
water to a boil, and cover the
pot for three to five minutes.

Pan-cooked Pineapple
1/4 cup diced onion

* WHETHER it has to do with a lack of skill or simply a lack of desire,
most Bahamian bachelors (men for that matter) do not cook.

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up your food groups," she
Mrs Bullard says that
whether they are hard-work-
ing or not, in the gym or a
couch potato, men should take

a basic multi-vitamin daily,
since after they reach a certain
age the body starts to "deplete"
of certain nutrients.
"With a lot of the brands you
have around here you have to
make sure that you are getting
a very healthy vitamin. And
there is a difference between
a good multi-vitamin versus
just a popular vitamin that you
buy in the foodstore," Mrs
Bullard warns.
Supplements are very impor-
tant for those persons who do
not generally get the required
nutrients, so a multi-vitamin
should compensate for what

the body is not receiving in reg-
ular food consumption.
For example, the recom-
mended amount of calcium for
an adult body is up to 2,000
mgs per day. But it seems that
most adult males do not drink
milk or consume much dairy,
says the nutritionist.
"So therefore, they are lack-
ing. They need to be taking a
supplement anywhere from
1,000 to 1,200 and whatever lit-
tle you pick up in some cheese
maybe," she adds.

Pinch of black pepper
1 teaspoon olive oil
2 boneless, skinless chicken
breasts, cut into
1-inch cubes
1 tablespoon orange juice
8 oz can diced pineapple
1 banana, sliced
1 teaspoon maple syrup
In a skillet over medium
heat, cook the onion, black
pepper, and olive oil for a
minute, until the onion is
slightly browned. Add the
chicken-breast cubes, orange
juice, and pineapple, stirring
as you do. Once it all comes
to a boil, immediately reduce
the heat to medium and add
the banana and maple syrup.
Reduce the heat, stir, cover,
and simmer for another five
minutes. Serve as is or over a
small bed of rice.

Beer, rather than milk, says
the nutritionist, is the popular
choice among males, although
she notes that there are a few
men out there who make milk
(and dairy) consumption a pri-
When it comes to beer, Mr$
Bullard does not have a hard
and fast rule against it. How-
ever, she says to have beer in
moderation, since most beers
are already high in calories. *
"If you are going to drink,
again, drinking needs to be
done in moderation. But in
order to keep your liver and
your other organs inside of you
healthy, definitely, I would
insist on them taking a very
high potency men's multi-vit-
amin," she suggests.
According to Mrs Bullard,
alcohol intake over a period df
time may also affect a man's
fertility, making his sperm
"weak" and "watery".
"That's why if you are a
heavy drinker you need to take
a male potency formula along
with the multi-vitamin. The
;potency formula is a natural
'alternative to what Viagra can
do, which will cause you to
have longer enjoyment with
your sexual partner, and
enriches your sperm so that
when it is time for production,
you won't be lacking," says the
And a loss of sexual func-
tion, she adds, is a common
complaint among men who vis-
it her office.
The nutritionist explains:
"They are embarrassed
because they can't get excited
quickly. And they wonder what
can they do? But you're drink-
ing these beers, you're doing
this and doing that, you're
working hard (and) running
down your body, eating every-
thing unhealthy, but what are
putting back in?
"So my thing is the healthy
foods can't do it alone. You
have to supplement."


The 'beer' facts

Beer contains no fat.
Counter argument: Beer
contains alcohol, and there are
about seven calories per gram
of alcohol, compared to four
calories for carbohydrates or
protein. Fat has about nine
calories per gram.

Beer is low in sugar.
Counter argument: Alcohol
can cause blood sugar levels to
drop more rapidly. That can
stimulate your appetite, and
disrupt your ability to tell when
you've had enough to eat. This
can also create fatigue and your
energy level will suffer.

Beer is a source of soluble
fiber which is derived from the
cell walls of malted barley. A
liter of beer contains an aver-
age of 20 per cent of the rec-
ommended daily intake of fiber
and some beers can provide up
to 60 per cent. As well as aiding
healthy bowel function, this has
a further benefit by slowing
down the digestion and absorp-
tion of food and reducing cho-
lesterol levels, which may help
to reduce the risk of heart dis-
ease. Beer itself has no choles-
Counter argument: Because
alcohol interferes with the
body's absorption of vitamins
and minerals, it can lessen the
body's ability to burn stored-
fat, Calories from alcohol may
go right to your stomach. Also,
alcohol is detoxified by the liv-
er. In the process of metabolis-

ing excess quantities of alco-
hol, the liver swells and may
itself become filled with fat. All
these factors contribute to what
is known as a "beer belly".

One 12-ounce serving of
"regular" (150 calories) beer
per night adds more than 1,000
calories a week to a diet, and
that works out to an extra 15
pounds per year. One light
beer per night adds 10 pounds.
Counter argument: A 5-foot-
9,160-pound, 30-year-old man
must walk only about 40 min-
utes at three miles per hour.
(moderate pace) to burn 150
Moderate levels of con-
sumption of beer have been
shown to reduce stress and the

chances of heart disease.
Counter argument: Alcohol
can impair your judgment,
causing you to drink more than
you should. To top it off, many
people eat high-calorie, high-
sodium snacks when they

Beer contains significant
amounts of magnesium, sele-
nium, potassium, phosphorus,
biotin, and is chock full of B
Counter argument: Alcohol
destroys Vitamin C and Vita-
min B complex. Drinking beer
that has not filtered out the
Vitamin B will help combat the
effects of alcohol most
notably a hangover.


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W hen it comes to
prescription drugs,
health concerns
are nothing new,
especially after
Merck & Co recalled its pain reliever
Vioxx from the market and Celebrex
came under fire for its potentially fatal
So, it's no surprise that other pre-
scription drugs might find themselves
under the same scrutiny. Now in the
middle of a debate is Viagra, other-
wise known as the "tiny blue pill".
There is speculation in the health
community that the drug, which was
released by Pfizer in 1998, may cause
To date, an estimated 23 million
males worldwide have used the drug
to treat erectile dysfunction.
The United States'-Food and Drug
Administration is still investigating
these claims of blindness, but has no
conclusive evidence that the drug is to
blame for these cases.
The type of blindness is referred to
as NAION, or non-arteritic anterior
ischemic optic neuropathy. It can
occur in men who are diabetic or have
heart disease the same conditions
that can cause impotence and lead to
Viagra use.
And though Viagra is at the fore-
front of recent news reports, users of
other impotence drugs have also
reported blindness. The FDA cur-
rently has 42 reports of the blindness,
38 among users of Viagra and four
among users of Cialis (medication
used to treat erectile dysfunction that
works by increasing the flow of blood
to the penis), according to US news
reports. There were no cases reported
among users of Levitra, another pre-
scription drug used to. treat erictile
Bruce Lowe of Lowe's Pharmacy
told Tribune Health that while the
claims of blindness are not yet sub-
stantiated, it is not unlikely when look-
ing at the nature of the drug.
"They have had 40 or 50 cases
where (blindness) may be related to
Viagra. That isn't definitive yet, but it
may not be unlikely because of how
Viagra works. Viagra opens the blood
vessels, it is a vaso-dilator but it's'
selective. The net (impact) is that you

will take blood from some areas and
put it in others. So it takes blood from
all over the body and puts it in the
abdomem," he explains.
The impact of Viagra on the body,
says Mr Lowe, is similar to what hap-
pens after one eats. "What happens is,
the sympathetic nervous system takes
over and it drawns blood away from
your brain and dilates all the blood
vessels around your gut so that you
can absorb your food. And that's why
you feel luggy after every meal.
"It's similar with Viagra, and this
is why you had some guys getting
light-headed after they take Viagra.
They call that Viagra falls because

some of them actually fall out," says
the pharmacist.
But the controversy centres on the
point that there is no "definitive link"
to establish that Viagra actually
caused the blindness in these cases,
Mr Lowe emphasises.,
And even if it were true, that Viagra
did in fact cause blindness, the drug
could still be considered safe when
looking at it from a statistical point.
The pharmacist explains: "Strictly
speaking, if you have 40 to 50 cases
worldwide and maybe upwards of 20

million people are taking Viagra, sta-
tistically that's not really significant.
Now, it's signifcant to the people it
happened to, but in terms of looking
at the safety of Viagra, once it's pre-
scribed correctly I don't think that
would be a problem."
Mr Lowe says thatOsome ophthal-
mologists have for some time been
"wary" of prescribing Viagra to per-
sons with glaucoma, because it does
seem to affect the cones in the eye,
specifically the blue cones. And per-
sons with glaucoma are normally the
ones already pre-disposed towards
Dr Kenneth J A Rodgers, ophthal-

mologist, told Tribune Health that he
does not see a correlation between
the use of the drug and blindness.
There are many other factors to be
taken into consideration before raising
the alarm that "Viagra is a hazardous
Said Dr Rodgers: "One of the side
effects of Viagra has always .been
minor, eye problems. Some users
reported seeing a whitish hue, but
what they are talking about now is
neuropathy, which is something more
"What that means is that the optic
nerve has a blood supply that allows it
to function. And in some people, in
older people over 65 you can get a
block (and) have a little stroke in that
vessel that supplies the optic nerve
and causes loss of vision."
According to the eye doctor, there
are many people in that age group
(50-69 years old) who are prone to
this type of blockage problem, in the
same way that they are prone to heart
attacks and strokes in the brain.
"Now, whether or not Viagra actu-
ally causes it to occur more frequent-
ly is a different story," he notes.
"You remember now, if you have a
65-year-old and he's making love and
hasn't made love in a long time...that's
unusual activity for him. So that might
bring on the blockage in itself, the
exercise, and not really the drug.
"So, I don't think the real story is in
yet because they have to get all.the
reports together of h.ow many people
had this problem while on Viagra, and
just see if there is more than normal-
ly what would happen in men of that
age group."
Though the FDA has not complet-
ed its investiagation, many persons
are already labelling Viagra as an
unhealthy drug. But Mr Lowe says
that his pharmacy is still filling pre-
scriptions for the drug, despite the
claims of blindness.
"The record of Viagra has been
very good since they brought it on the
market," he reports. "So the key is
really, whatever medication you are
getting, get it from your doctor. Don't
buy it over the Internet because all
drugs have side effects. No drug is
completely safe. They all have listed
side effects, so if you take the wrong
dosage or it has (an) interaction with
other medications you may be taking,
then you have problems."

Milk: Dieter's friend orfoe?

SURE, you can dunk your
Oreos in it, or drink it to
strengthen your bones. But,
although dairy groups say con-
suming three daily servings of
milk or other dairy can help
adults loose weight, a new
study published this month
raises the-question whether
dieters who've got milk are
actually likely to get more slim.
Recent research by Cather-
ine S Berkey, published in this
month's issue of Archives of
Pediatric Adolescent Medicine,
found that children drinking
more than three servings of
milk a day gained more weight
than those consuming less. The
study concluded that large
helpings of milk including low
fat and skim varieties may
give some children more calo-
ries than they need, making
them more likely to be over-
That conflicts with the stance
of groups like the US. National
Dairy Council, which presents
more than 50 studies that find a
link between dairy consump-

tion and healthy weight main-
tenance in all age groups, and
weight loss in adults.
Calcium appears to be at the
heart of the dairy-weight
On one hand, the NDC's 3-
A-Day flier, also available on
its website, claims that high-
calcium diets inhibit produc-
tion of a hormone that causes
more fat to be stored in cells,
and that this weight loss effect
is greater when calcium comes
from dairy foods rather than
On the other hand, Berkey's
new study, which tracked over
12,000 American children aged
9-14 between 1996 and 1999,
found that overall dietary cal-
cium, and not dairy fats, was
the link to weight gain in high-
milk consumption.
Writes Berkey, "...dietary
calcium and skim and one per
cent milk were associated with
weight gain, but dairy fat was
Her findings have raised con-
cerns in the US, where as in
the Bahamas more children
are becoming obese.

* ACCORDING to Avis Bullard, dairy can be a factor in
weight loss for adults, since milk (pictured) can have a
laxative effect on some people. But for others, it can create
the opposite effect bloating.

(The Tribune archive photo)

According to local nutrition
source, Avis Bullard, milk's
role in children's health should
remain what it has been tradi-
tionally to help strengthen
growing bones and teeth.
And Ms Bullard, who works
out of Mystical Nutrition Cen-
tre in Palmdale, advises par-
ents to reassess their children's
dairy intake at age three or
four, and again when they are
heading for adolescence.
She believes that too much
dairy can, in fact, contribute to
childhood chubbiness, and that
when children are around nine
to 12 years, bloating and weight
gain from dairy can be more
likely to occur.
"After a certain age, as a par-
ent you have to alter their diet
away from the ice cream, the
milk, the cheese, the butters,"
she advises.
Dairy can be a factor in
weight loss for adults, accord-
ing to Ms Bullard, since milk
can have a laxative effect on
some people. But for others, it
can create the opposite effect -
That doesn't mean that dairy

should automatically be dis-
carded from every diet, accord-
ing to Ms Bullard. She suggests,
though, that adults whose
bones have finished growing
benefit more from calcium sup-
plements than from calcium in
"Once you're a mature adult,
the dairy products do not assist
you with your bones staying
steady, and you have to sup-
plement calcium into your
body because the bones are
mature at that time and they're
no longer in the development
stage," she explains. "Milk is
good for the bones, but it's for
growing bones."
As far as making sense of
apparently conflicting studies
and information, she suggests
researching health claims per-
sonally before deciding what
to believe.
"Treat information like you
eat bonefish gel the meat and
throw away the bones," she
says. "Everybody's trying to
sell their product or promote
a particular thing, the whole
mass thing is about money

* TO date, an estimated 23 million males worldwide have used Viagra to treat erectile dysfunction.




'Cancer strikes

people of all ages'

Cancer is a disease
where cells multi-
ply without con-
trol, destroying
healthy tissue and
endangering life. Cancer strikes
people of all ages. This disease
can attack any part of the body.
In many cases, cancer can be
prevented if a known agent is
avoided or eliminated. The
elimination of cigarette smok-
ing, for example, would prevent
most cases of lung cancer.
Without proper treatment, all

cancers are fatal.
Today, about a third of all
persons treated for cancer
recover completely or live much
longer than they would have
lived without treatment, there-
by increasing the survival rates
of persons diagnosed with can-

Cancer detection and
Early detection greatly
increases the chances of a cure.
Unfortunately in many cases a

Seven warning

signs of cancer

ONE in three persons will
develop some kind of can-
cer. The most common
forms being cancer of the
skin, prostate, breast, lungs,
colon, urinary tract and
Cancer-free people may
be doing something right -
like not smoking, eating
righf foods, drinking little or
no alcohol or protecting
themselves from workplace
chemicals. Diet is thought to
be a factor in 35 per cent of
all cancers.
Whether or not you prac-
tice preventative measures
against cancer, it is a good
idea to be alert to early pos-
sible signs of the, disease.
Part of taking care of your
g he warn-
I s 1 illnesses.
7 Consult yor ::h althcare
provider if any of the fol-
lowing warning signs for

cancer is present. The sev-
en warning signs of cancer
1. A change in a mole or
2. Any change in bladder
or bowel habits.
3. Unusual bleeding or
discharge from any part of
the body.
4. A lump or thickening
in the breast, testicles, joint
areas or elsewhere.
5. A sore that does not
heal. 6. A persistent hoarse-
ness or nagging cough.
7. Problems with swallow-
ing or indigestion.
If you can detect cancer
early and get proper treat-
ment, your chances for sur-
vival increase considerably.
See your healthcare provider
immediately if you notice
any of these warning signs.-
(Source: Doctors


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

doctor is consulted only after
the disease is far advanced.

Preliminary diagnosis
About half of all the cancers
found in parts of the body are
easily and quickly detected by a
doctor during a routine physical
examine during an office visit.
Doctors rely on various labora-
tory techniques for further
examination of suspected Can-
X-rays are used to detect
many kinds of cancer and is
especially valuable for detec-
tion of lung cancer.
A special x-ray technique
called Mammography, it
enables doctors to detect breast
cancer in its earliest stages.
The Pap Smear has helped
greatly to reduce the death rate
of cancer of the uterus (cervix).
The cells and tissues removed
from the cervix are placed on a
slide and viewed / examined
under a microscope to identify
normal or abnormal cells.

There are three main meth-
ods to treat cancer patients, they
(1) Surgery, (2) Radiation
Therapy, and (3) Drug Therapy
Or Chemotherapy.
In many cases, treatment con-
sists of two or three of these
methods, a procedure called
combination therapy.

Once diagnosis is confirmed
and surgery is the method of
treatment recommended by
your physician, the surgical
removal of lumps, tumors or
other tissues / body parts that
are cancerous are performed
under local or general anes-

The basic principle of radio-
therapy or radiation therapy is
to bombard a cancer with rays
at doses which damage or
destroy the cancer yet produce
only minimum damage to sur-
rounding normal tissues. Radi-
ation therapy is the second most
common method of treating
cancer, either alone or in com-
bination with other methods.
Depending on the type and
location of the tumor, its extent
and the general health of the
patient, radiation therapy may
be used as the primary method
of treatment for a number of
cancers. Radiation therapy may
also be used to reduce the size
of a tumor before surgery, to
prolong life or make the patient
more comfortable by relieving
pain, healing ulceration's and
diminishing persistent bleeding.

Chemotherapy is the use of
chemicals to seek out cancer
cells and destroy them in dif-
ferent parts of the body. It is
used to attack cancer cells still
remaining after these proce-
dures. Since its first use in the
1930s, chemotherapy has pro-
duced considerable improve-
ment in the five-year survival
rate for patients with many
types of cancer. More than 50
different chemotherapeutic
agents now exist, and new drugs
and new uses for them are con-


stantly being discovered.
Here is a brief overview on
Cancer in the Bahamas for a
five -year period, 1994-1998.

Cancer is among the five
leading causes of death in The
Bahamas. During the years
1994 to 1998, it accounted for
13 per cent to 15 per cent of all
deaths occurring in the popula-
tion. In 1998, cancer was the
third leading cause of death in
the population and comprised
15 per cent of all deaths. The
rate of mortality was 90.6 per
100,000 populations. Between
1994 and 1996, the rate declined
from 86.5 to 69.5 per 100,00
population and thereafter
increased to 90.6 per 100,000
population in 1998.

Among adults 25-44 years of
age, malignant neoplasms were
the second leading cause of
death in 1998 with a mortality
rate of 35.5 per 100,000 popula-
tion. It was the second leading
cause among females and fourth
among males in the same age'
group. In persons 45-64 years
of age, malignant neoplasms
were the leading causes of death
with a rate of 220 per 100,000
populations. Females in the
same age group had cancer as
the main cause of death, while
for males it was the second lead-
ing cause of mortality. As for
the elderly of ages 65 years or
older, in 1998, malignant neo-
plasms were the second leading
cause of mortality with a rate
of 920.6 per 100,000 popula-

Both genders
In the general population of
The Bahamas, cancer of the
prostate, breast, and the respi '
ratory tract (trachea, bronchti
and lung) were the three the
three main causes of cancer
mortality in 1998. Between
1994 and 1998, cancer of the
breast and prostate comprised
22 per cent to 25 per cent of all
cancer deaths. Together with
cancer of the
trachea/bronchus/lung, they
accounted for 35 per cent of
deaths due to cancer in 1998.

Among males in 1998, can-
cer was the third leading cause
of death with a rate of 103.6 per
100,000 males sand accounted
for 16 per cent of all defined
causes of death among them.
Prostate cancer was the leading
cause of cancer-related mortal-
ity among men in 1998, with a
rate of 26.1 per 100,000, ales. It
accounted for 25.2 per cent of
male cancer mortality. Over the
five-year period betweeri 1994
and 1998 the prostate cancer
mortality rate increased from
20.0 in 1994 to 26.1 in 1998.

Cancer was the second lead-
ing cause of death among
females in 1998. Its rate of mor-
tality was 77.7 per 100,000
females and accounted for 15
per cent of defined causes of

death among them.
The leading cause of cancer
mortality among females is
breast cancer. In 1998 the rate
of mortality was 20.3 per
100,000 female populations and
this comprised 26.1 per cent of
female cancer mortality. Over
the five-year period between
1994 and 1998 the breast cancer
mortality rate decreased slight-
ly from 18.0 in 1994 to 16.0 in
1996 and rose to 20.3 in 1998.

Cancer of the breast and
prostate were the two leading
causes of cancer admission to
the Princess Margaret Hospital
(PMH) during the years 1994
to 1998. Except during 1994,
breast cancer was the leading
cause of cancer admission to
PMH over the five-year period.
It also accounted for between
'13 per cent and 17 per cent of
total admissions.
In 1994 prostate cancer
admission to PMH exceeded
those for breast cancer and
thereafter became again the sec-
ond leading cause from 1995 to
1998. It comprised about 16 per
cent of total admissions in 1994
and after fluctuations during
1995 and 1996, decreased to sev-
en per cent of all admissions in

Role of Cancer Society
. To prevent the onset of can-
cers by reducing individual risk
through our education and
awareness activities;
To provide emotional, psy-
chological and moral support
to patients and their families;
To serve as patient advocates
ensuring the availability of
appropriate, quality service at
an affordable cost;
Screening; and
In the event we can't prevent
it, by making it possible to have
it diagnosed at its earliest stage,
so as to enhance patient surviv-

How will the Cancer Caring
Center help in the fight
against cancer?

Cancer care in The Bahamas
While there is no compre-
hensive National Programme to
address cancer, many compo-
nents of such a programme are
available. The diagnostic ser-
vices of the local healthcare sec-
tor are excellent, with the vari-
ous Radiology Departments
providing comprehensive diag-
nostic services and Pathology
Departments offering full clini-
cal laboratory and tissue diag-
nostic support services.
With regards to the treatment
of cancer, both Chemotherapy
and surgical therapy are avail-
able by a new Comprehensive
Cancer treatment Center that
is currently being developed by
a group of Private Physicians in
partnership with the Medical
Center of a major US Universi-
ty. That is, once the relevant
authorities put in place the nec-
essary policies, legislations, and
monitoring systems.

What is the Cancer Caring

In addition to the number of
admissions, direct contributors
to the overall economic burden
these conditions place on soci-
ety is the scope of treatment
services and the length of stay
for patients admitted to hospi-
tal. Hospital data for 1999
reveals an average length of stay
for person admitted as a result
of breast cancer of seven days,
and for prostate cancer, 15 days.
As a worse case scenario,
imagine a patient from a Fami-
ly Island who is suspected of
being afflicted with cancer and
who has no known relative in
Nassau with whom they can
reside. In the first instance, the
patient has to travel to seek
confirmatory testing, resulting
in cost for air travel; ground
transportation, food and hous-
ing, in addition to any costs for
the tests. Past experience tells us
that this can take anywhere
from three to seven days,
depending upon the availability
of the required medical profes-
In the event cancer is con-
firmed, the patient will then
have to return to Nassau to
receive treatment, with all of
the attending costs. In the event
the treatment involves surgery,
the patient must receive a blood
workup, during which time they
may be allowed to stay in the
hospital. The patient can check
in on day one, have tests per-
formed on day two; receive the
results on day three, with
surgery scheduled on day five.
Although the patient's housing
need is addressed during this
period,.it is very expensive as
the cost of inpatient stay is
much higher than alternative
sources of housing. In the event
the treatment involves
chemotherapy, then what we
have is care that extended over
a much longer period of time
during which it is best that the
patient be resident here.
The comfort of out-of-town
patients is 'most important to
the volunteers of the Cancer
Caring Center and persons are
encouraged to use the facilities
made available to them. The
promotion of health and the
prevention of diseases is the
concern of the Ministry of
Health. Therefore, in a nutshell,
residents are encouraged to
become better informed of the
importance of early detection
of cancer, which can be per-
formed through a variety of
screening methods. Residents
are encouraged to know more
about the types of cancers that
most affect them as it relates to
their sex, ethnicity and region-
For more information on this
serious threat to the health of
our nation, please contact the
Cancer Society of The Bahamas
at telephone 323-4482 and fax
3213-4475 or the Health Edu-
cation Division of the Ministry
of Health at telephone 502-
This column was prepared
in collaboration with Terry
Fountain, vice-president of the
Cancer Society of The Bahamas
and Pamela Bowe, Health Edu-
cation Officer from the Health
Education Division of the Min-
istry of Health.

It's International Men's Month

JUNE, the month set aside to celebrate
and honour our men, is known as Interna-
tional Men's Month.
Quite frequently men, regardless of what
stage they are at in their lives, tend to push
themselves to work hard and play hard
but rarely take the time to replenish them-
selves nutritionally. A hectic life, stress
and poor eating habits all contribute poor
According to the Health Information
and Research Unit (Ministry of Health)
among the nation's 10 leading causes of
death in males, all ages for 2003, six of
them are nutritionally linked and can be
hypertensive diseases
heart diseases
cerebrovascular disease (stroke)
malignant neoplasm (cancer)
diabetes mellitus
cirrhosis of the liver
Excluding AIDS and accidents, both of
which could be linked to unwise healthy
lifestyle choices, the top killers of Bahami-
an fathers, husbands, sons, brothers and
friends may be largely related to poor
nutritional habits through their life and a
general lack of regular exercise.
Countless research has and continues to


produce evidence that link non-commu-
nicable diseases (heart disease, cancer,
high blood pressure, diabetes) to control-
lable high-risk factors such as overweight,
poor eating, alcohol and tobacco abuse
and sedentary lifestyle.
Men, it is time to take charge of your life,
the medical information out there is send-
ing the message that though a particular
disease may "run" in your family or may be
more predominant or exclusive to men,
basically your health remains in your
hands! And two of the most important and
significant health changes you can make
include watching what you eat and getting
more exercise.
Of course in addition to including and
increasing these plant foods drink more
H20 too.
As a man, caring for your health does
not stop with eating right; it also entails
routine health care check-ups especially
when you are approaching the summer
into the autumn years of your life.
To conclude, practicing healthy habits
may not grantee a long life but by investing

in your health, the quality of your health is
improved, you look well, feel fit and your
general out look on life is positive because
you are in control of you. In addition to the
nutrients mentioned above here are some
health tips for general health and well-
Eat plenty of antioxidant rich foods
and let variety and moderation be your
daily guide.
Exercise four or more times weekly
for at least 30 40 minutes each time.
If you do drink alcohol, either stop or
limit it to no more than one drink each
If you smoke quit as soon as possible,
using tobacco is harmful to your overall
Practice safe sex and seek to nurture a
relationship with one partner.

Provided by Adelma Penn and Canelta
Barnes, nutritionists in the Department of
Health/ Ministry of Health.

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* THE Rostrata Heliconia is strikingly beautiful. A rostrata
is rows of red peppers that have been plaited together for

* THIS Lobster Claw Heliconia stands like a beacon of light amidst the greenery of its fronds.

of Heliconia rostrata. These
Heliconias do not grow as tall
as the lobster claws but pro-
duce even longer aprons of red
bracts with yellow tips. Instead
of standing upright the bracts
hang down from the centre of
the plant in neat rows. Rostra-
ta is the name for red peppers
that have been plaited together
for storage.
Whenever*l visit Cheryl's
garden we make arrangements
for her to have some of my
Heliconias in return for some
of hers. Somehow we never get
around to it. Hurricanes tend to
upset the best laid plans. It
would be best to move them at
the suckering stage but that's
during the hurricane season
and Abaco is like a magnet for
these storms.
There is an interesting fea-
ture of upright flowering Heli-
conias that bears mentioning.
No matter at what angle the
parent plant grows, the bracts
are always perpendicular to the
ground. This allows them to
store the maximum amount of
There's nothing quite as
stunning as a large Heliconia
in full bloom. If you want to
buy some for yourself, be pre-
pared to grow faint when you
hear the price. I've seen a sin-
gle rostrata selling for $200.






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