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Volume: 101 No.178

TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2005



Sir Jack's anger

at NEMA silence

Chief Reporter
I* N WHAT he describes as an
"absolute scandal," Sir Jack
Hayward, co-chairman of the
Grand Bahama Port Authori-.
ty, says he has been unable to
get an accounting of $1 million
he and the late Edward St
George donated to the Nation-
al Emergency Management
The funds, he told The Tri-
bune in an exclusive interview
yesterday, were to be used
exclusively for Grand Bahama.
Sir Jack said he has not seen
any evidence that they have
been used for the purposes for
which they were intended.
In addition, Sir Jack said his
inquiries have met a wall of
stony silence by NEMA.

Chief Reporter
MOUNT Moriah MP Keod
Smith remained adamant yes-
terday that neither he nor
Holy Cross MP Sidney Stubbs
Owed thousands of dollars in

"I think this is one of the
biggest scandals the Bahamas
had in years. I cannot get any-
thing out of Mr Carl Smith who
is supposed to be in charge of
NEMA," he said.
Sir Jack said that he and Mr
St George wrote the prime min-
ister on October 12, 2004 high-
lighting their decision to make a
personal contribution to
NEMA of $1 million dollars.
They specifically stated that
the funds were to be earmarked
for Grand Bahama, with 50 per
cent to be spent in Freeport and
50 per cent in the communities
of east and west Grand
"We would also like to
express our wish that these
funds go toward restoring the
educational facilities on Grand
Bahama. We trust that this con-
tribution will accelerate the
recovery efforts undertaken by
the government in Grand
Bahama," the letter read.
SEE page eight

court fees to Wayne Munroe
and his law firm.
Speaking with The Tribune
yesterday, Mr Smith said that
despite reports to the media
by Bar Association president
SEE page eight

* By RUPERT MISSICK Jr their frustration by throwing stones at reclaim Crown land currently occupied
Chief Reporter reporters and some ministry officials. by squatters.
By the end of the exercise, due to "When the land was first granted to
EMOTIONS ran high yesterday be completed by the end of today, us the entire area was occupied by
when the Ministry of Housing bull- more than 100 persons will have been mostly illegal immigrants, and this sec-
dozed homes in a Haitian shanty town displaced. tion was being leased out by a Bahami-
off Carmichael Road to make way for Government granted the Ministry of an to mostly illegal immigrants and he
a new housing development. Housing 60 acres of land in the himself did not have legal occupation of
Some residents expressed hopeless- Carmichael area when the ministry was the land to be here," Minister of Housing
ness at not knowing where they were challenged to find land to build afford-
going to live and others demonstrated able housing, and decided that it would SEE page eleven

Tribune Staff Reporter
LESLIE Miller, Minister of Trade
and Industry, is heading to Venezuela
today to continue intense negotiations
with Venezuelan president Hugo
Chavez for the formation of Petro-
This will be done during the first
Energy Summit of Heads of State and
or Government of the Caribbean on
PetroCaribe in Puerto La Cruz.
The minister has promised that with
SEE page eight

Five-year contract

for Shell retailers
Tribune Staff Reporter
LOCAL Shell fuel retailers are being required
to sign five-year contracts to purchase fuel from
Shell Bahamas, reportedly as the company
attempts to make itself more attractive as it
accepts bids for sale of its interests in the
The Tribune confirmed late last night with a
local retailer that this latest contract between
Shell and its retailers is by far the longest one
they have ever had to sign.
Noting that he has not been oblivious to the
sale, Trade and Industry Minister Leslie Miller
yesterday expressed his disappointment in the
fuel company for trying to sell without the gov-
ernment's involvement.
According to Mr Miller, the bidding process
ended on June 10, with numerous conglomer-
ates, some including MPs in New Providence and
prominent businessmen, bidding to purchase the
petroleum company's interests in the country,
SEE page eight

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Butterfly girls

are charged
Tribune Staff Reporter
DANCERS and employees of the
Butterfly Club yesterday pleaded not
guilty in the Magistrate's Court to
charges of indecent behaviour.
Eight Russian women dancers
appeared before Magistrate Linda Vir-
gill on the charge of indecent behav-
iour in a public place.
According to court records, Anna
Dicun, Ina Carson, Angela Oglesnlev,
Luminita Guzum, Daniela Mosac,
Aurica Capeliushina, Svetlana Efros
and Ina Pascalov on June 25, while at
the Butterfly Club, conducted them-
selves in an indecent and insulting
Inspector Dorsette, prosecutor for
the case, said that the Russians have
work permits. On their permits each is
SEE page eight

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Bahamian teachers are

still building the future

C OUNTLESS times we have
heard the judgment by some
supposedly wise old head that this next
generation is "going to hell". We have
been told that the earliest record of this
dire pronouncement was some four thou-
sand years ago in Egypt.
We hear it frequently in today's
Bahamas as our youth are buffeted by
the rapid changes of the technological
age, crass consumerism, crude pop cul-
ture, obvious structural weaknesses in
our Bahamian society and, of course,
the familiar demons which have pursued
humans since they first left the biblical
It is difficult to say which generation of
young people has faced the greater chal-
lenges. Is it this generation? Or was it the
many generations of the dark ages who
had to wallow in ignorance, superstition,
plagues and wars?
Many of them no doubt did live and
die in the proverbial hell. But humans
emerged out of the darkness into the
glorious ages of renaissance, enlighten-
ment and high culture.
Or was it the generations of later cen-
turies who were afflicted in the hell of
slavery, colonialism, tribal wars and
world wars?
Here, too, some who were well on the
road to hell shook off their debilitating
legacies and offered the world the shin-
ing possibility of equality, democracy
and justice through the universal rule of

o it is not true that every succes-
sive generation has taken human-
ity deeper into hell. In fact, it seems that
in spite of the low points on the graph of
human progress there is a line, fuzzy to
be sure, but still moving relentlessly
It did not take humanity centuries to
emerge from the unspeakable savagery
and degradation of 20th century wars.
The line on the graph did dip precipi-
tously but the civilisation movement sur-
vived, quickly adopted new strategies
and created new institutions for progress.
So yes, in those famous words of
Alexander Pope, hope indeed "springs
eternal in the human breast"!

D uring this season of school
graduations I was afforded a
few glimpses of the next generation of
Bahamians and, if what I saw is repre-

The teachers of today have the added
responsibility of making up for the
neglect of homes and community.
They have always been second parents
but today some are called upon to be
something akin to first parents.

sentative of the bigger picture, then I
can say with assurance that the next gen-
eration of Bahamians is not going to
Perhaps too many will be lost through
no fault of their own but the majority
will be equipped to build a better
Bahamas and a better world, thanks to
their teachers.
At one public school (H 0 Nash
Junior High) and two private church
schools (St John's College and Xavier's
Lower School) I saw children and young
adults progressing through the educa-
tion system with the support of proud
parents, relatives and friends.
I remember the admonition of the old
folks not to "put mouth" on anyone but
I have to say the some, like Francis Poiti-
er of H 0 Nash, show signs of positive
Much of the credit for this progress
must go to the parents and guardians of
these youngsters. We know that there
are far too many who are not doing what
they are supposed to do for their off-

The entire society should express its
gratitude more frequently to the
nation's teachers and needs to be more
aware of the challenges they face in
today's classrooms.

Some are busy trying to make a living,
some do not know any better and a few
simply do not. care. But most are trying
hard within the limitations of their cir-
cumstances and resources.

It is, however, to the teachers that
parents and guardians and the
whole nation owe a debt of gratitude
that can never be fully repaid.
It was always so but it is more so in
today's society where, for one reason or
another, the socialisation process in the
home is not as effective as it used to be
and the idea of the-community's respon-
sibility for the rearing of children is also
not as strong as it used to be.
So the teachers of today have the
added responsibility of making up for
the neglect of homes and community.
They have always been second parents
but today some are called upon to be
something akin to first parents.
As they go about moulding young
hearts and minds and honing talents and
character, today's teachers have to con-
tend with a multitude of negative influ-
ences that easily penetrate the walls and
fences around the schools.
But they bravely carry on building the
future of the nation at its very foundation
- the children of today.
The entire society should express its
gratitude more frequently to the nation's
teachers and needs to be more aware of
the challenges they face in today's class-
What is more important, perhaps, is
for the nation to give them the tools they
need, the support mechanisms and, in
some cases, protection.

No doubt the young graduates
of today will carry throughout
their lives fond memories of schooldays
and gratitude for their teachers.
One of my earliest memories of school
days was the visit to the public school at
Inagua by Inspector Wilton G Albury. I
was then on "the gallery", a sort of pre-
school class so named because of its seat-
ing. We were all quite nervous having
been admonished to be of our best
behaviour in the presence of the great
Imagine my horror when Mr Albury
chose me for the first question: how to

spell the word "example". I did it cor-
rectly and earned an approving smile.
Horror turned to pride.
SIn later years after he retired, Mr-
Albury took up residence on the second
floor of the old building at West and
Virginia Streets, now occupied by the
Law Partnership.
Many afternoons on the way home
from work I had the privilege of stopping
for chats with this outstanding Bahami-
an. I had a thousand questions for him,
all of which he answered to my satisfac-
tion as he continued my education.
Then there was Mrs Espie, who pre-
pared me for the transition from the
Inagua school to the Western Junior in
Nassau. It was there on Hospital Lane
that I came under the influence of anoth-
er great Bahamian.
I remember the morning at assembly
when the man who was later to write
our national anthem, Timothy Gibson,
introduced himself as the new headmas-
ter. He held the ends of a cane in both
hands and ominously tested the tension
in what we regarded as an instrument
of torture.
But behind that authoritative voice
and inside that barrel chest was a gentle
heart. I discovered this when he pre-
pared me to sing and perform the title
role in Arthur Novello's operetta, The
Knave of Hearts.
Glorious days were to follow at West-
ern Senior with Headmaster C I Gibson
who always wanted us at assembly to
sing his favourite hymn, God of Our
Then there was Carlton Francis, a
young soldier recently returned home
to teach, frustrated by my arithmetic but
having more success teaching me about
the structure and times of the poem, The
Lay of the Last Minstrel, and coaching
me patiently in its recitation.
I was later to sit in the cabinet as an
equal colleague of Mr Francis. He was
not that much older but I still felt a little
uncomfortable at first calling him by his
first name.
There were others, of course, including
Ted Glover, Kenneth Huyler, Molly
Albury and Miriam Dean. All the boys
were in love with Mrs Dean, a stunning-
ly beautiful woman and sister of Gerald
Cash who was to become a Governor
General of the Bahamas.
Thank God for all of them and for
those who are in the classrooms today
building the men and women of the
future and, along with them, the nation.

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MP calls for an end to payment

'for former PM's private staff

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Member of Parliament for
Bamboo Town Tennyson Wells
called on the government to stop
the "illegal" annual payment of
$45,400 to former prime minister
Hubert Ingraham for his private
As the heated debate over the
1997 Prime Minister's Pension Act
continued in the House of Assembly
yesterday, Mr Wells pointed out that
government is currently paying for
Mr Ingraham's personal staff,
including a private secretary and a
Mr Wells said that the Act does
not provide for the payment of staff
for former prime ministers.
"It is wrong, it is illegal. There is
no justification in law for it," he said.
UAder the Act, he said, "there
are no regulations for paying for a
maid or a gardener, there is nothing
in there for paying for a personal
assistant or secretary."
"I am calling on the present gov-
ernment to deal with this," he said.

M1 Wells further commented on
the remarks made by Mr Ingraham
last week.
He said the former prime minister
had told parliament he had been
unable. to get Cabinet to agree to
pay Sir Lynden Pindling's pension
before he resigned from parliament.
"The member for North Abaco
told! this parliament that he could
not 'get his Cabinet colleagues to
agree to pay the late Sir Lynden
Pindling the pension due to him
under the Parliamentary Pension
Act or the Prime Minister's Act,
while Sir Lynden Pindling was still a
member of the parliament.
"That statement is certainly not
true in respect of the member for
Bamboo Town, ie, myself and I
understand at least two other mem-
bers of the Cabinet at that time,"
he said.

Tribune Freeport

man brandishing a hand-
gun in a threatening man-
ner was shot by police ear-
ly Monday morning follow-
ing a shooting incident at
West End.
According to reports,
the 19-year-old North.
Bahamia man was at the
Star Hotel Club around
3am when police officers
gaw him firing several
shots into the air sending
patrons at the establish-
ment scrambling for
No one was injured in
this incident.
1 But as police officers
tnoved in to arrest the
man, he ran to the rear of
4lub and allegedly pointed
is weapon at the officers
In a-threatening manner.
He was shot in the left
The suspect was taken to
Rand Memorial Hospital,
where he was treated and
Detained in satisfactory
q He is expected to be
released sometime Tues-
day and charged in connec-
4ion with the incident.

Wells says $45,400 is 'illegal'

The Bamboo Town MP, who was
the attorney general in 1997, also
said that he was not involved in the
drafting process of the Prime Min-
ister's Pension Act, and was in fact
absent when the Bill for the Act was
"I had nothing to do with the
Prime Minister's Pension Act, I did-
n't agree with it then and I don't
agree with it now. I was not asked or
instructed to have it drafted," he
Mr Wells said he regrets that he
did not speak out against the Act
at the time.
"Not speaking on it at Cabinet
or in Parliament was a mistake on
my part. I should have spoken
against it and I now apologise to the
Bahamian people for not speaking
out at the time," he said.
Last week the question of
whether Mr Ingraham is receiving
an MP's salary as well as his prime
minister's pension became a topic
of controversy.
Yesterday, the North Abaco MP
tabled comments made by him in
the House of Assembly when the
issue first arose.
Reading from the comments, Mr
Ingraham that he is paid as a quali-
fying retired prime minister, and


general case
Tribune Staff Reporter

JUSTICE Hugh Small has
heard applications regard-
ing an appeal in the case of
Registrar General Elizabeth
The government is trying
to stay the Supreme Court
ruling that Ms Thompson
was unfairly terminated
from -her post earlier this
Yesterday, Ms Thomp-
son's attorney Milton Evans
and Leif Farquharson of the
attorney's general office
made their cases before Jus-
tice Small, who is expected
to give his ruling on
Wednesday afternoon.
Presently, Ms Thompson
is reporting to work under
police escort and has not
been granted entry to her
The Bahamas Bar Coun-
cil President Wayne Munroe
said the organisation is
seeking to have a declara-
tion made that would pre-
vent Acting Registrar Gen-
eral Shane Miller from sign-
ing any licences or other
documents, pending the out-
come of government's
In a story regarding Ms
Thompson which appeared
in The Tribune on Monday,
the assistant registrar gen-
eral was incorrectly identi-
fied as Lucinda Bethel.
Her name is Jacinda But-
ler and anyone who has con-
cerns regarding Ms Thomp-
son's current status may
wish to take their matters to
Ms Butler.


also receives the emolument payable
to members of parliament.
"Now as a member of parliament,
I am also entitled, under present
legislation, to receive a salary of
$28,000 per annum. Clearly, since I
am already in receipt of the salary
payable to a member of parliament
as a pension, I should not now also
receive this sum again. To do so
would be double dipping," he said.

Mr Ingraham further produced a
letter from the Treasurer of the
Bahamas, which states that within
the time period of May 2002 to May
2005, the North Abaco MP only
received his parliamentary salary
for the month of May 2002.
Member of Parliament for Fox
Hill and Minister of Foreign Affairs
Fred Mitchell confirmed that Mr
Ingraham had indeed not been the
recipient of an MP's salary, but
added that a voucher was being
made up for the outstanding sum
due to the former prime minister.
He explained that every MP is
entitled a salary and that under law,
the payment of this salary cannot
be stopped.
Mr Mitchell said that the matter is
currently under investigation.

AFTER months of reconstruction, runway 1432 was yesterday opened on schedule with
the projection made by contractors Lagan Holdings.
The runway, which is the main international runway at Nassau International Airport
(NIA), is being opened in time for the arrival of the inaugural flight of Virgin Atlantic Air-
ways' Nassau to London (Gatwick) service today.
This new service will be operated by a Boeing 747-400, which has a total capacity of 451
Prime Minister Perry Christie attended the opening and was accompanied by Transport
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Failure of the 'red carpet' treatment

ON MAY 30 The Tribune published an
announcement by Financial Services and
Investment Minister Allyson Maynard Gib-
son that the Bahamas was expected to benefit
from more than $4 billion in foreign invest-
ment, excluding the recently signed Baha Mar
Beach redevelopment project at Cable Beach.
Mrs Gibson, who was being interviewed
by a radio talk show host, said that the
"unprecedented" development, coupled with
growing trends in the financial services sec-
tor, will give the Bahamas a much needed
financial boost and provide funding for
employment for Bahamians.
She talked of government's plan a con-
tinuation of the FNM's initiative during its
administration to have an anchor property
on each Family Island to provide local employ-
She referred to projects already in the works,
two "very significant" projects in Grand
Bahama, and one in Andros. She did not elab-
orate, or name the projects, other than to say
they were tourist related.
Mrs Gibson seems to have a penchant for
announcing billion dollar projects, which is all
good news for the Bahamas. But invariably a
sour note follows.
Something must need urgent repair on the
"red carpet" that the new PLP promised
investors on regaining the government in May,
2002, because too often Mrs Gibson's
announcements produce major hiccups.
For example, the day after she made the
$4 billion announcement The Tribune report-
ed that the $2.5 billion Ginn Corporation
investment on Grand Bahama was hanging in
the balance because negotiations between gov-
ernment and investors had "stalled". It is
understood that discussions between govern-
ment and the Orlando-based Ginn Corporation
had broken down after months of what insiders
described as a "bureaucratic bogdown".
Ginn was obviously one of the projects
included in Mrs Gibson's projected $4 billion
investment package for the Bahamas.
It was reported that Ginn had given gov-
ernment 48 hours to close the deal or it would
tear up its calling card, and walk away from the
project. It is understood that West End, almOst
flattened by last year's hurricanes, was count-
ing on the residential development planned
for its area. Since then it has been all quiet on
the West End front.
In April 2003 government signed the Heads
of Agreement for a $70 million movie and TV
contract projected to turn Grand Bahama into
a motion picture centre. The Gold Rock Creek
agreement was approved in principle in May

2001 by the FNM government, but-that prover-
bial "red carpet" was so slow in moving the
project to the forefront that it took another
two years before the Heads of Agreement
could be signed by the PLP government. Even
then the project could not get off the ground.
The word was that the lease was lying unsigned
on the "prime minister's desk". As a result
the project did not get underway until this
year "the only new project in Grand
Bahama as Ginn has pulled out," we were
told last night. According to a Freeporter
"Ginn told their man in Grand Bahama not to
call again about the Bahamas, they didn't even
want to hear the name." It is understood that
government is trying to entice them back. It
remains to be seen whether Ginn will bite. If
they don't this means that $2.5 billion of Mrs
Gibson's projected $4 billion has disappeared
down the tube of indecision.
In April 2003, Mrs Gibson announced that
there had been an 83 per cent increase from
the previous year in applications to the Invest-
ment Board some $880.209 millions worth.
According to the official policy of government
posted on the web, "foreign nationals are
encouraged to acquire residential properties in
the Bahamas." It says that the replacing of
the Immovable Property Act, 1981 with the
International Persons Landholding Act, 1994,
"considerably eases the process of foreign
ownership of homes and real estate. It has
begun to fuel the revival of the second home
market in the Bahamas and makes the assets
of the Bahamas more accessibleto to those who
enjoy living or doing business in paradise".
The same year that Mrs Gibson made her
announcement about second home owners,
we asked a real estate agent how the "red car-
pet" treatment was assisting these potential
investors. This was the reply:
"In terms of non-Bahamians buying prop-
erty as it affects theindustry, it takes forever to
get approvals. In our experience, non-Bahami-
ans apply for permission to purchase real
estate. Two or three months may pass without
a reply. When the applicant finally gets a
response, the excuse is they didn't complete
the application forms properly and they need
to provide additional information.
"This is ridiculous. If it's the case, they
should be told immediately, not months later.
The process drags on and on, and investors
are frustrated and annoyed. There are many
other places they can go where they feel more
So much for the much needed investor to
provide employment, and the exaggerated
"red carpet" treatment.

Opening the


of education

EDITOR, The Tribune
WHOEVER is responsible
for releasing such persons, I
mean graduating illiterates,
seem to imagine them innocu-
ous imagine they're getting
rid of a problem. That ends that.
It ends there. But it doesn't. It is
here or there where the prob-
lem begins.
What choices are these per-
sons going to make? Certainly
not educated choices. They
couldn't. They have but little
education. Though without edu-
cation, they are graduating.
-Like prisoners finished their
sentences, they're being
released upon/within society
with all the rights of any other
Every year, with so many of
our schools producing them,
their number with each gradua-
tion increases.
Allow our picture to include,
not just uneducated males but
as many or more or half as
many females. All of these mak-
ing choices as well as reproduc-
ing, parenting.
My fear is of this number, like
a tide, swelling and swelling and
coming at us faster and faster.
My fear is of the impact of these
persons upon society upon the
rest of us.
Education brings with it rea-
son and is therefore disarming.
These others, their numbers

increasing by hundreds, by
thousands each season of grad-
uation, are not armed with rea-
son. They are armed with igno-
rance and are therefore dan-
gerous choosing, snatching
and unpredictable.
These persons are creating
the culture, the milieu in which
we all must live. They are
choosing the station and we all
must listen.
If they haven't yet, next they
will be choosing our politicians.
Are we going forward from
darkness, from jungle or are we
going back to these, away from
These persons are providing.
our entertainment. Such per-
sons are purchasing it and are
listening to it, amplified exces-
sively. These persons are our
policemen and are not offended
by it and would not order them
therefore to turn it off.
Thus the society around us is
being created. I'm intimidated
by it. I find it painful.
The educated among us,
more and more are allowing
control of all the switches, all
the wheels to be taken from us.
The milieu we must live in
therefore, is being created and,

in my opinion, is being decid-
ed by lunatics. Sense is being
replaced by nonsense.
We must insist that heads are
held under until they're edu-
cated until they are thor-
oughly baptised in it. We fail at
this, our heads will be held
under, as is being attempted at
present, until we are stupid.
Writing this letter along with
poems I write and publish, are
my own desperate attempts to
To graduate uneducated per-
sons, must be considered a
crime. It must make us tremble
as we tremble when a criminal
escapes prison. But imagine all
the prison bars being flung
open. Imagine its entire popu-
lation being released among us.
What happens at graduation
each June is more akin to such
an unimaginable occurrence.
Thus the unimaginable is actu-
ally occurring and is considered
Whether it produces or
whether it doesn't, the budget
for education is paid out, is
spent and this is all that mat-
ters as if the established mis-
sion has been/is being entirely
accomplished when what our
mission should be/must be has
not even been addressed.
June 7 2005

Ministry 'was aware of college'

EDITOR, The Tribune
I REFER to an article, which
appeared in The Tribune of May
26 2005 under the heading "Col-
lege not recognised by the Min-
istry". Continuing the article
read "Education Chiefs say that
qualifications offered by a new
private college will not be recog-
nised by the Bahamas Govern-
ment." "Ministry of Education
officer's stated that Excelsior
College which is due to begin
teaching courses in September
has not applied to become a
recognised institution of the
Bahamas and that as such any
certificates it offers will be use-
less as official qualifications."
I see this as a veiled attempt
on their part to ensure that
Excelsior dies in the mother's
Already The Tribune and the
Ministry of Education officials
have done a great disservice to
the stakeholders of Excelsior
College and indeed to the wider
Bahamian student population.

Excelsior College is not a new
kid on the block. Formerly Suc-
cess Training College Freeport
Limited, it was incorporated on
May 19 1998. The implication
of the Ministry of Education
officials' assertion is that the
degrees issued by Success Train-
ing College Freeport Limited
now SC (Freeport) Limited
trading as Excelsior College
over the past seven years of the
company's existence as a whol-
ly independent legal entity have
been useless.
The Ministry of Education
was notified of the company's
name change some five months
ago. Excelsior College is mere-
ly the registered trade name of
SC (Freeport) Limited which
has replaced the name Success
Training College Freeport Lim-
ited on the list of Registered
companies of the Bahamas. In
other words Success Training
College (Freeport) Limited
ceased be a legal entity on
November 4 2004.
Moreover, the new name as

entered in the existing Register
of companies was certified by
Mr Shane Miller, the current
Registrar General on April 28.
Instead of attempting to
apply the principle of restraint
of trade to prevent me and oth-
er Bahamian citizens from earn-
ing an honest livelihood by
offering badly needed services,
Ministry of Education officials
should be equally zealous in
ensuring that existing recog-
nised tertiary level educational
institutions are all fully compli-
ant with legal and other statu-
tory requirements.
By pursuing a vendetta
against Excelsior College is to
uncover a can of rotten worms.
Both The Tribune and the
Ministry of Education officials
owe Excelsior College an apol-
ogy for defaming SC Freeport
Limited a corporate legal
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TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2005, PAGE 5

Tribune Staff Reporter
AFTER more than sev-
en years of living in fear
for her own life and the
lives of her loved ones, a
member of one Nassau
community is hoping
police will recommit a for-
mer prisoner and Sandi-
lands patient living next
The woman describes
her neighbour as "a men-
ace to society" who often
sets fires in the community.
The woman said she
fears he might set her
home ablaze with her
grandchildren inside.
She contends that the
man "has a very dangerous
presence" because he
walks the neighbourhood
naked, damages houses
and vehicles by throwing
stones, and screams
obscenities and threats at
all hours of the night.
On hearing about the
problem yesterday, Police
Commissioner Paul Far-
quiharson arranged an
urgent 'meeting with the
woman at his office for
11am today.
According to the
woman, the neighbour
lives with his elderly moth-
er who, it is alleged, he has
assaulted with a weapon in
the past.
"He terrorizes his own
mother on a daily basis.
There is not much she can
do to protect herself from
his rampages.
"He has destroyed her
home, and the yard is in an
unhealthy state of disrepair
and littered with garbage,"
she said.

The matter has got so far
out of control, the resident
claims, that a dead cat has
been hanging on the fence
between the two properties
for some time.
The woman claimed that
complaints made by the
man's mother in an
attempt to have him
removed have ended in
"She has tried to have
him removed from her res-
idence, but he escapes cus-
tody and comes back, ter-
rorizing her and attacking
her. Every day that passes
brings more serious con-
cerns for my family, my
community and me," said
the woman.
Assistant Commissioner
of Police Reginald Fergu-
son told The Tribune yes-
terday that he will do all in
his power to ensure that
the resident's plight is
Said Mr Ferguson: "Let
me say that I don't know
why this matter hasn't
been investigated or
resolved, but what I can
tell you is that I will have
something done about it

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marine mammals legislation

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE new legislation for the pro-
tection of marine mammals, which
prohibits the capture of dolphins
from Bahamian waters, came
under fire yesterday in parliament.
Some MPs raised concerns that
the issue is being approached in
the wrong manner.
Presenting the legislation in the
House of Assembly yesterday,
Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries,
and Local Government Alfred
Gray said that in addition to ensur-
ing the highest operation standards
for captive dolphin facilities, the
Bill for an Act to make Provisions
for the Protection of Marine Mam-
mals also allows people to apply
for licences for such facilities and
import dolphins from other coun-
However, in light of Kerzner
International's application for a
captive dolphin facility for the
Atlantis resort's Phase III devel-
opment, independent South
Andros MP Whitney Bastian said
the legislation "is not a marine
mammals protection act, rather this
is a Kerzner dolphin exploitation
Mr Bastian said the legislation
in its current state prevents the
country from becoming the leader
in the field of proper dolphin facil-

* MINISTER of Agriculture,
Fisheries, and Local
Government Alfred Gray
presented the legislation.
ity operations.
He said the Act is being "thwart-
ed by corporate power" and does
not take the long-term impact on
dolphin populations into consider-
MP for North Abaco Hubert
Ingraham said he was told that a
licence to operate a new dolphin
facility "is a critical pre-condition
for the start of Kerzner's Phase III
expansion, a project the Bahamas
needs badly."
"It is understandable that Kerzn-
er would bring the facility into

Not guilty plea to drugs charge
Tribune Staff Reporter
A GRAND Bahama woman accused of possessing $120,000
worth of cocaine with the intent to supply pleaded not guilty in Mag-
istrate's Court yesterday. ,
It was alleged that Dedree Reoka Bannister, 34, of Megallin
Crest, was found in possession of more than 10 pounds of cocaine.
Bannister was allegedly found with the drugs on June 24 in
The defendant also pleaded not guilty to taking preparatory
steps to export dangerous drugs.
It was alleged that on June 24, Bannister took steps to export.
from the Bahamas a quantity of cocaine.
Bail was set at $60,000 with two sureties.
The court also ordered Bannister to surrender her travel docu-
ments and to report to the central police station in Freeport every
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday before 6pm.
IN OTHER drugs court news, Teshon Cartwright, 21, of
Podoleo Street pleaded not guilty to possession of dangerous drugs
with the intent to supply.
It was alleged that on June 21, the defendant was found in pos-
session of a quantity of Indian Hemp with the intent to supply.
Cartwright was remanded in custody, and will return to court on
June 30 for bail consideration.

LOCAL government funds went missing in Mayaguana a year
ago said Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Local Government
Alfred Gray.
A guest on the Love 97 talk show "Jones and Company" on Sun-
day, Mr Gray said "the funds went missing during the hand-over
from one administrator to another a year ago".
He said that the police convened an investigation of the internal
auditor, the incoming administrator and the outgoing administra-
tor but so far the investigation has been inconclusive as to how the
money went missing.
"Of the three, each deny any involvement and the police found
no evidence to bring criminal charges against any", Mr Gray said.
Asked to speak to the checks and balances related to local gov-
ernment finances, Mr Gray says he is "confident that there are
checks and balances and that every system has loopholes".
"I am not happy with the money missing and no one taking
responsibility for it. If taken as a group I could fire all, but the police
report' points to no one and I could fire an innocent man", he
Further, Mr Gray denied the allegations that a further $200,000
was missing in Inagua.
In parliament last week, House opposition leader Alvin Smith
mentioned this figure.
Mr Gray said that "there is no basis for these allegations".
"My ministry has had the accounts of Inagua dating from 2001 to
October 2004 audited, and there are no missing funds.
Although there are cases of local government corruption, Mr
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operation prior to the completion
of Phase III so as to maximise prof-
its. The matter for consideration,
however, is should Kerzner Inter-
national be licensed to operate a
dolphin facility before completion
of Phase III," he said.
Mr Ingraham said he has con-
cerns that the legislation does not
cover all bases, and that the
Bahamas is not yet fully prepared
to take the responsibility of addi-
tional dolphin facilities.
A main concern of the North
Abaco MP is the fact that the leg-
islation calls for the dolphins to be
imported into the country either
from other captive facilities abroad,
or from the wild, outside of the
"I understand that such impor-
tation could have negative impact
upon resident populations of dol-
phins particularly should any of
these imported dolphins be
released intentionally or otherwise
in the Bahamas," he said.

Mr Ingraham therefore appealed
to the government to allow the dol-
phins intended for such facilities
to be captured in Bahamian waters.
He further raised the concern
that the new legislation does not
provide regulations for dolphins
born into captivity.
"We must assume that the genet-
ic pool of dolphins in captivity will
eventually become diluted. There
will be a need to (refresh) the gene
pool from time to time. How will
this be managed ?"
Mr Ingraham also questioned if
the Bahamas has the needed num-
ber of competent veterinarians to
ensure high standards of health and
welfare for the captive animals.
"I have searched the budget for
evidence of increased funding to
provide for an expanded veteri-
nary staff, but have been unsuc-
cessful in locating such sums," he
Addressing the details of the
new Marine Mammals Act, Mr
Gray said that it specifically pro-
hibits the capture of marine mam-
mals from the waters of the
Bahamas and prohibits the hold-
ing and exporting of marine mam-
mals without a licence or permit

from the minister.
He said the Act provides for the
appointment of marine-mammal
inspectors and for their immunity
from prosecution for acts in
pursuance of their respon
He said it also provides for the
identification and prosecution of
individuals in breach of the Act.

Individuals charged with a vio-
lation under the act are required
to provide proof of recognised legal
authority or permission for the acts
for which they are charged, said
Mr Gray.
The Act further allows for
penalties and the making of
regulations to give effect to the

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THERE needs to be a thor-
ough house-cleaning in the
Department of Immigration
according to Senator Rev CB
While making his contribu-
tion to the 2005/2006 budget
debate in the Senate yester-
day, Rev Moss said that some-
thing is seriously wrong at the
"We have to get to the bot-
tom of it, before it gets to the
bottom of us," he said.
Rev Moss would not elabo-
rate further, adding only said
there are too many rumours
regarding the department
which now appear to be
grounded in fact.
He stressed the seriousness
of the matter, saying that
immigration officers play too
vital a role in protecting the
nation's borders for there. to
be any hint of impropriety.
"We ought to be able to
sleep with a greater degree of
comfort that the borders of
the country are being protect-
ed" he stressed.
Rev Moss said he may
address the issue at a later
The senator also said that
while the Ministry of Housing
has done a tremendous job in
providing affordable homes
for Bahamians, the country
will soon run out of construc-
tion space.
He said that although most
Bahamians dream of owning
their own property, that coun-

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option of increased duplex
and apartment living.
Noting the breakdown of
the family, Rev Moss went on
to discuss the present break-
down of the traditional family
that he currently sees taking
He said that before obvious
societal ills are addressed, the

structure of the family unit has
to be rebuilt.
Mr Moss also added that a
transformation of the
Bain and Grants Town areas
would have a major impact on
urban tourism, providing
a unique experience for visi-
tors wanting an experience
different from sun, sand and
In lending his support to the
budget, Mr Moss described it
as stable and steady.

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Election turnout reported as'

We look at voting day in the local government polls G

rand Bahama

THERE was slow but steady
turnout at the polls for the local
government elections in the
MICAL constituency yesterday.
In Mayaguana, The Tribune
was told that "things look .good,
as everyone is up and ready and
voting started off well".
Eleven candidates were con-
testing the five available seats in
Abraham's Bay(3), Betsy Bay
and Pirates Wells (2). Candi-
dates ranged from a Bahama-
sair agent to a nurse to con-
struction workers.
In Inagua, the turnout began
slowly. Fourteen candidates
were contesting seven seats in
the township of Matthew Town.
Although most of the candidates
work at Morton Salt Company,
a teacher and several business-
men are also seeking election.
Cynthia Ferguson, principal
at Colonel Hill High school,

ALTHOUGH several polling
divisions on the Family Islands
were uncontested, administra-
tors described voter turnout in
yesterday's local government
elections as "sluggish" and
"very secretive."
Despite opening polling sta-
tions at 8am, administrators
claimed that voters were "trick-
ling" in to cast their ballots, and
there was no way of determin-
ing who the favorites were
among candidates vying for the
top post of chief councillor.,
"There is no way to predict
who will come out on top,
because everyone is coming in
bit by bit, and most of the peo-
ple are so secretive about who
they are casting their ballots
for," said Radio Abaco news-
caster Silbert Mills.
Elections were held in the set-
tlements of Murphy Town,
Moore's Island, Cassarina Point,
Green Turtle Cay, Grand and
Guana Cays. In some settle-

said the process was "pro-
gressing slowly but surely, as
even the lame and crippled are
coming out".
Ten candidates were contest-
ing seven available seats. In the
settlements of Moss Town(l),
Cabbage Hill(2), Majors Cay(l)
and Long Cay(1), the incum-
bent candidates returned with-
out contest.
Dorcas Moss and Sandra
Williams were contesting the
one seat in Colonel Hill. In
Landrail Point, a single seat was
being contested by former Chief
Councilor Kirkwood McKin-
ney, Andrew Gibson and Elli-
son Moss.
"Its going to be a dog fight
in Colonel Hill and Landrail
Point", Mrs Ferguson said.
In Acklins, Pastor Mario
Deveaux told The Tribune that
"there is a steady flow of voters.

Family Islands

ments, there were as many as
11 candidates competing for
chief councillor.
However, up to lunchtime,
Mr Mills said there were no
obvious favourites among the
candidates, and voters remained
Administrator for South
Eleuthera, Theophilus Cox told
The Tribune yesterday that vot-
ers in the contested polling divi-
sions of Tapum Bay, Rock
Sound, Green Castle, and
Wemyss Bight were turning out
"slowly but surely."
He confirmed that the settle-
ments of Deep Creek, Water
Ford, and Banman Town were
not contested and evaded the
electoral proceedings.
In regard to who the popular
candidates were in South
Eleuthera, Mr Cox also said,
"Everyone here is keeping their
vote hush hush. No one is say-
ing who they will cast their bal-
lot for."


There needs to be a change of
candidates as some representa-
tives in certain areas are not
doing a good job", he said.
Thirteen candidates were
contesting nine seats in Acklins.
In Lovely Bay, Claudine Vir-
gill and Tyrone Deleveaux were
competing for the single seat.
Henry Rolle, Howard Kemp
and Curlina Cox were seeking
the two seats in Snug Corner.
In Spring Point Lawrence McK-
inney, Marvin Campbell and
Terrence Bullard were contest-
ing for the two seats in Spring
Point, whilst Steven Rolle,
Cyrill Ferguson and Jeffrey
Forbes were seeking the two
seats in Salina Point. Bradley
Moss and Roston Cox return
uncontested in Chesters.

LOCAL government admin-
istrators in Grand Bahama
reported poor voter turnouts at
polling stations during local gov-
ernment elections yesterday.
Shortly before polling stations
in Grand Bahama closed yes-
terday evening, local adminis-
trators reported turnout as
"anything but overwhelming".
While voting picked up dur-
ing lunch hours, Alexander
Williams, local government
administrator of Freeport, told
The Tribune that less voters
than expected were turning out.
"There has been a constant
trickle of voters and hopefully
more will turn out after 6pm.
"The candidates went all-out
with their campaigns this year.
Some had billboards, television
spots and radio ads," said Mr

There was an expectation
that the enthusiasm expressed
by candidates would have car-
ried over to the voters in the
three local government districts
and six constituencies in Grand
Before unofficial counts came
in, the race was too close in
some constituencies to see any
voting.trends. In Marco City
there were as many as eight can-
didates running for two seats.
Local administrator for East
Grand Bahama, Gloria Bain,
told The Tribune yesterday that
there was a good voter turnout,

at the one.polling station in
McClean's Town.
"According to the number of
voters on the register, there has
been a good turnout. We are
expecting more people before
the polls close, as a number of
people have to come from work
in Deep Water Cay," she said.
In Exuma and Ragged Island
the voter turnout was also mov-
ing slowly in mid-afternoon.
Administrators were expect-
ing more than 600 people to
vote before the four polling sta-
tions closed. Results were due
in by 8pm last night.

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Keod Smith

denies owing

court fees

FROM page one
Mr Munroe that he and Mr
Stubbs owed $6,600 and $30,000
in court fees respectively, the
payment order by the Court of
Appeal was never certified.
Therefore, he said, he is not
obliged to pay the fee.
However, Mr Munroe yes-
terday said that his law firm will
be seeking to enforce the pay-
ment of the court costs by the
two members of parliament.
He could not say when the
applications would be filed.
"I know that up until Friday
of last week they had begun
drawing up what are called the
debtor summons to serve on
them," he said.
When Chief Justice Sir Bur-
ton Hall annulled the order of
bankruptcy against Mr Stubbs,
Mr Munroe said his firm
extended 21 days to0Mr Stubbs,.
a period which would have.
expired sometime in May.

"We have communicated
with his attorneys and we have
given them all of June and they
have not done anything yet. We
try not to act precipitously but
after a while when a person
does not comply then we have
to seek enforcement," said Mr
Mr Munroe was the attorney
for Gina Gonzales, whose case
against Mr Stubbs brought
about the bankruptcy proceed-
ings against him.
Mr Smith, who served as Mr
Stubbs' lawyer, made an appli-
cation for an appeal to the
Court of Appeal.
As the application was dis-
missed, costs should have been
ordered against Mr Smith.
"I have not been shown Mr
Smith's declaration but if he, in
his declaration, shows that there
Share assets valued at $6,600 we
can bring execution directly
against that and we- will do
that," said Mr Munroe.

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FROM page one
Sir Jack said that a similar
letter was sent a few days later
when the cheque was present-
ed to government.
"The YMCA was devastat-
ed by the hurricane and we
appealed for funds from Mr
Conrad Bethel (the person in
charge of NEMA's efforts in
Grand Bahama) months ago
and he said he had no money
- it was all in Nassau.
"I phoned him, he said:
'Best of luck, Sir Jack, I can-
not get anything out of Nas-
sau'. I spoke to Carl Smith
and asked could we have
some accounting, could we
see.what money was received
by him in Nassau from Grand
Bahama and what has been
Since then, Sir Jack says, he
has heard nothing from
"We had an appeal the oth-

er day from our donations
committee to give some mon-
ey to the Water Parker School,
a government school on Coral
Road to repair their toilets
and, of course, our reaction
was get it from NEMA.


"Sir Albert Miller said to us
last October, 'Gentleman you
were very silly to give that
money to the government, you
should have earmarked it for
what you said and spent it
yourselves see that it gets
there yourselves.
"We were stupid, Mr St
George and I, we did not fol-
low his advice and as far as I
know I do not know what
has been spent," said Sir
Mr Smith, said Sir Jack,
should feel obligated to pro-
duce some accounts not just

for him, "but for the whole
Grand Bahama community
and the whole Bahamas."
"Where has this money
gone? New Providence was
not affected, mainly Out
Islands, and Grand Bahama
worse than any, because one
sat there for several days. I'd
liked YMCA to get something,
they wrote a detailed letter,
we put in 40, or 50 thousand so
they could at least get a roof,
so they could at least get elec-
trical connections, but they
need a pool and gym and all
this money is there. I can't get
over that he won't return
phones or get accounts," he
The Tribune was unable to
contact Carl Smith yesterday.
However, Sir Jack's concerns
were put to Herbert Bain,
deputy co-ordinator for
NEMA, who said he was
unable to comment on the

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"What I don't understand is
why the country chairman of
Shell Bahamas (Luis Curti) has
not informed my ministry that;
they are accepting bids by per-
sons for sale of Shell by numer-
ous persons.
"They need government
approval for this and we are
getting our information from
second sources that are very
credible. My ministry is still
waiting on the country manag-
er to inform us officially of this
because I feel that the people
of the Bahamas have a right
to know if Shell is being sold,
and who it is being sold to,"
he said.
Mr Curti, the country chair-
man of Shell, confirmed late
last night that Shell Bahamas
has received expressions of
interest for the purchase of its
businesses in the Bahamas.
As a result Shell has decided

to review whether these'
expressions of interest will add
additional value to their share-
holders, therefore they have
entered into a "due diligence"
process with selected parties.
"This does not mean that a
deal has been agreed or a final
divestment decision has been
taken. We have an active port-
folio management programme,
which includes Latin America
and the Caribbean and is in
line with Shell's policy for this
business sector.
"At this stage, the only deci-
sions to sell that have been tak-
en in the region are the
announced sale of the fuels
marketing businesses in Haiti,
Venezuela, Peru and part of
the Eastern Caribbean (Bar-
bados, St Lucia, Netherlands
Antilles, St Kitts & Nevis,
British Virgin Islands, Antigua,
Dominica, Anguilla, Grenada
and St Vincent, plus Belize,
Guyana and Surinam)," Mr
Curti said.
MP for Bamboo Town Ten-

nyson Wells, who reportedly
is one of the bidders in one of
a group of Bahamian investors,
said he was not in a position
to comment on his possible
involvement in the bidding
process of Shell Bahamas Lim-
However, he mentioned that
if Shell is being sold, he would
hope that Bahamians would be
given first preference to pur-
chase the company.
Echoing Mr Wells' senti-
ments, Mr Miller said if Shell is
being sold, he thinks it would
be "a slap in the face" to
Bahamians and local retailers
alike if it is not sold to Bahami-
"Bahamians should be given
the first option to buy it,
because they have recouped
all their initial investment and
made a ton of money from the
"Also I am told that in their
proposed contract with who-
ever wins' the bid, that they
must sign a 10-year contract

with Shell West, who would be
responsible for selling fuel to
the local Shell company," he
Mr Miller said his biggest
argument is that Shell West
goes to Venezuela, buys fuel,
marks it up, and then resells it
to the local company, continu-
ing to force Bahamians to pay
exorbitant prices on fuel.
"Ironically they are not sell-
ing Shell West because it is the
money making arm of their
business as it makes a premium
on the gas, and if I can I will
put a stop on that."
Mr Miller said this further
rings home the need for a
national energy corporation.
He announced he will leave
for Venezuela today to con-
tinue talks to form PetroCaribe
in order to bargain directly
with Venezuela for cheaper
fossil fuels.
"You have to set up that
umbrella if the Bahamian peo-
ple are ever going to get relief
from the price of fuel," he said.

Miller campaign for

new petrol cororation

FROM page one
the formation of this national energy corporation, the Bahamas
will be able to bargain and purchase fossil fuels at a more com-
petitive price.
In order to achieve its objectives and the effective use of
the energy resources, PetroCaribe will have a ministerial coun-
cil responsible for its decision making processes and be com-
posed of the relative energy ministers from each country.
This council will meet once a year on a regular basis. Extra-
ordinary meetings will be held at the request of the council's
presidents or on the decision of the ministers of the offered host
Also in these cases, the minister of the elected country to host
the meeting will be designated council president in charge of the
administration and all related matters to the council until the
next ministerial meeting.
The host country will rotate in alphabetical order after this
first meeting on Wednesday, where it is believed that Mr Miller
will sign the first of numerous energy accords between the
Bahamas and the visiting countries.








FROM page one
described as a "dancer at
Bahamas Cabaret".
Other employees of the
cabaret were charged with
abetment to indecent behav-
iour in a public place.
It was also alleged that on
June 24, Margaret Grant,
Antonice Bethel, Yasmine
McPhee, McClaude Cooper,
Douglas Burns, Titos Davis,
Lavaughn Burns and Vianna
Howith, at the Butterfly Club
promoted and facilitated inde-
cent behaviour.
Vianna Howith, a waitress
at the club, was not in court.
She was said to be ill in hospi-
tal and is expected to be
arraigned at a later date.
Igos Krivoruchko, a US citi-
zen, was also charged with
abetment to indecent behav-
iour in a public place.
All of the accused faced
$15,000 bail with two sureties
each and ordered to surrender
travel documents.
The dancers are required to
report to the Elizabeth Estates
police station at noon every-
day until the end of the case.
The other employees were
also required to report to the
Wulff Road police station until
the end of the case.
The case was adjourned to
July 4.


KPMG is currently accepting applications for its 2005 scholarship programme.
This programme provides financial support to North American college students
with the career goal of becoming Certified Public Accountants.

The scholarship will be awarded to a deserving Bahamian student with outstanding
scholastic achievement. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter,
resume, school transcripts and at least two recommendations to KPMG, Human
Resources Manager, P.O. Box N 123, Nassau, Bahamas.


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Defence Force

detains Haitians

* HAITIAN immigrants disembarking from Defence Force vessel P-43 at the Defence Force
Base, prior to being transported to the Carmichael Road Detention Centre

E HAITIAN immigrants being detained at theDefence Force's Coral Harbour Base, after being
picked up off Highbourn Cay in the Exuma Chains

immigrants were apprehended
this morning by the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force while
trying to make landfall in the.
The latest apprehension was
made at 7am, when the Defence
Force patrol craft, HMBS P-43,

intercepted a 45ft Haitian sloop
three miles west of Highbourne
Cay in the Exuma Chains.
A search of the vessel uncov-
ered the 25 Haitian immigrants
(20 males, five females) who did
not have the proper documents
needed to enter the country.
They were then brought to

the Defence Force's Coral Har-
bour Base and turned over to
immigration authorities for fur-
ther processing.
This brings the total to more
than 500 Haitian. immigrants
apprehended in Bahamian
waters so far this year by the
Defence Force.

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Minister pledges Crown land for school

FREEPORT Minister of
Tourisni Obie Wilchcombe has
promised to secure a grant of
crown land for the expansion
of the Martin Town Communi-
ty Holiness Church pre-school
in Eight Mile Rock.
Mr Wilchcombe made the
pledge while addressing teach-
ers and children at the pre-
school's eighth graduation exer-
"I salute the guardians and I
wish them well but their future
will be determined by what we
do. And I pledge to this church,
I pledge to this school and I
pledge to Pastor Gardiner for
whom I have tremendous
respect, that I will ensure that
you will receive that Crown
land for the school," the minis-
ter said
Mr Wilchcombe praised the
teachers for their dedication,
noting further that "the prepa-
ration of children for the start of
their education had to be
entrusted to persons who gave

much of themselves, served with
a big heart and didn't make that
much money".
"Because in our country," he
said, "there are many parents
who have left their responsibil-
ities to others; and there are
some parents who attend school
only to pick up the children or
to pay their school fees, but they
are not there with their chil-
He added: "I know full well
that from Inagua to Bimini in
The Bahamas there are many
women in this country who sac-
rifice, who struggle, to give their
children an opportunity and
many times they do not have
any support from any man
Mr Wilchcombe said his job
as a policy-maker is to create
and give people opportunities
that they thought they could
never have. But as he looks
around this community, he is
always surprised that it has not
been given the same opportu-

nities as was given to Freeport,
or as was given to Nassau and to
some other islands of the
He said: "When I return to
Nassau I am going to speak to
the Prime Minister about this
Crown land, because this is
what you need to help to pro-
vide opportunities for our
young people, and this makes
me feel so good because I see
the Eight Mile Rock and the
West End of the future.


"I see a future where we have
a community that has econom-
ic opportunities; where people
can work in the community,
earn good living, go to a bank in
their community, go to the hos-
pital in the community these
are things that you have to go to
Freeport to do now."
Mr Wilchcombe added that
they would see a new commu-

nity built with people who were
strongly family-oriented in the
tradition of West End and West
Grand Bahama, which have one
of the lowest crime rates in the
Mr Wilchcombe said: "In
spite of the fact that you have
not had the same opportunities
you have been able to build edi-

fices of which you can be very
proud. Look at what the church
is producing.
"I take it very seriously that
in our country we have been
able to produce two Rhodes
scholars, two NBA basketball
players, and won gold medals
at the Olympics.
"And I am told just recently

that we have two of the top 2
top tennis players in the entire
world that we will soon hear
about. We are a small country
and we do so much.
"We have the largest per
capita income of any Caribbean
country, third only to the Unit-
ed States, Canada, then there
is the Bahamas."


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Pure Coconut Water.... Taste the Difference!!

e is

destroyed to

make room

for housing

FROM page one
Shane Gibson yesterday told
the media at a press conference
held at the site.
The minister said that the
exercise was primarily con-
cerned with reclaiming the land
owned by the Bahamian peo-
Mr Gibson was not too con-
cerned with the fact that many
of the persons would be dis-
placed with no place to go. He
said that the majority living in
the village would have had sub-
stantial savings due to the fact
that many were employed and
living illegally on government
However, some of the area's
former residents did not share
this view with The Tribune.
Ghislain Daniel, a 49-year-
old Haitian woman who lived
in her house with her four
daughters, two sons and three
grandchildren, said she had
been living on the land since
2002 and has been in New Prov-
idence since 1981.
Ms Daniel paid the Bahamian
who claimed ownership of the
land $300 a year for its lease.
Despite the minister's asser-
tions, like many of the squat-
ters, she says she cannot afford
regular housing and plans to
move not too far from the cur-
tent, site where she will lease
the property there for $600. She
has already started building on
the'land but has not finished.
/"I can't feel anything right
now. I did not buy (the land), so
I do not feel anything," she said.
However, in other areas of
the village some persons were
not so composed.
Some of the women there
pladed with Mr Gibson to give
t hem one more day to clear out
their belongings.
However, with the realisation
that there were not many places
they could go, hearts sank.
Inene Pierre, a mother with
,si children, a husband in jail
and a job that only provides her
with $60 for a two-day work
week, said she now has no place
to live and hopes that a family
she knows will take her in.
The land she lived on was
leased to her also by a Bahami-
an for $700 a year.
The condition of the homes
and the surrounding property
were indicative of the desper-
ate situation in which many of
the island's illegal immigrant
population live, but the most

Family Guardian congratulates Harold Antor,
Agency Manager, Financial Services Division,
on being named Area Chair (2004-2005) of the
International Membership Communications Committee
(IMCC)-of the Million Dollar Roi6d TableI(MDRT).
The "Premier Association of Financial Professionals,"
MDRT is composed of members from 70 nations
and territories representing the top 1% of life insurance
and financial services professionals worldwide. As an
organization, MDRT promotes and represents a tradition
of outstanding performance, sound business practices,
continuous self-improvement and service excellence.
Harold Antor is a nine-year consecutive qualifying
memberof MDRT.
The IMCC is a network of committed Round Table
members who provide a wide range of public relations
and information services to MDRT. IMCC members
discuss vital subjects concerning membership,
recruiting and retention, mentoring, MDRT qualification
arold Antor criteria and the MDRT Annual Meeting as they relate
to non-U.S. members.


disturbing was a family who
appeared to be living in a home
that was filled with chickens.
This fact raised concern
among Housing officials over
the sanitation problems creat-
ed by the squatters.
"We are working with envi-
ronmental health and the BEST
commission. We will have a
sewerage treatment system and
we will not be using septic
tanks, but there will be chal-
lenges based on how they have
been dumping waste," said Mr
Phase one of the subdivision
is expected to be completed by
the end of the year and by the
middle of next year the minister
should be well into phase two.
"We already'started to put
down some of the infrastruc-
ture and we have given notice
that everyone should be off the
land by the 24th," said Mr Gib-


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Grounded in gospel

* WINNERS of the speech contest, left to right: Rokell Major (sec-
ond place); Andra Sutherland, Miss Gospel Bahamas; Lavette
McFall chairwoman of the contest committee; Candera Gilbert
(first place); and Moeka Rolle (third place)

A FIELD of hopefuls
are preparing for the
Miss Gospel Bahamas
2005 pageant on July 31.
The pageant is open to
young ladies between the
ages of 18 to 25. The
reigning queen is Andra
Sutherland, of Golden
Gates Assembly World
Outreach Ministries.
Contestants have been
taking part in a number
of activities before the
actual pageant, including
a speech workshop.
Other sessions were
held to educate the con-
testants on etiquette,
health issues, and per-
sonal grooming. A two-
day retreat was also held
for the young ladies at
Guanahani Village.
Other events included
a courtesy call to the
Governor General and
an island tour, that end-
ed with a and a lunch at
Johnny Canoe.

Grand Cay families

given new homes

Bahamas Information
GRAND CAY, Abaco four
more residents became the
proud recipients of new homes
on Thursday.
This well populated fishing at
the northern tip of Grand
Bahama and Abaco was severe-
ly affected by Hurricanes Fran-
cis and Jeanne in September
The government, through the
National Emergency Manage-
ment Agency (NEMA), has
spent more than $500,000 on
rebuilds, repairs and in provid-
ing building materials for resi-
dents at Grand Cay.
Thursday's presentation of
keys to four new homeowners,
brings the number of persons
receiving new homes on the
Cay because of the destruction

caused by the storms to eight. Bimini and Grand Cay.
Receiving stylish two bed- Mr Seymour was especially
room/two bath homes, courtesy pleased with the high quality of
of NEMA were: Kermit and workmanship displayed in the
Sabrina Russell, the parents of construction of the new homes
four children; Audra Higgs, a and in repair work.
mother of seven children; and New home owner, Sabrina
senior citizens Rene Rolle and Russell, who along with her hus-
Maud Cooper, who also have band, Kermit and four children
family staying with them. lost everything in their spacious
The government' through three-bedroom during the two
-NEMA, is constructing another hurricanes, described her new
home for a 29-year-old single home as the "castle of the hill."
mother of three who also lost The home, painted in white
her home during the storm. with the front portion on stilts,
"What I like about this place sits on a hill overlooking the
is the fact that despite whatev- ocean.
er differences they may have "I have looked forward to
with each other, in times of this day, and I want to thank
trouble, like the passing of the everyone who made it possi-
storm, they came together and ble," Mrs Russell said.
tried to assist each other," said Sixty-four-year-old Maud
Melvin Seymour, under-secre- Cooper said she "thanked God"
tary in the Ministry of Hous- for it and that getting a new
ing, a head of the restoration house was something she did
programme for Grand Bahama, not think would happen.

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Swimming Nationals Take Place

June 30 through July 3

The RBC Royal Bank of Can-
ada 2005 Swimming Nation-
als begin on June 30 and
run though July 3, 2005, at
the Betty Kelly Kenning Na-
tional Swim Complex. Run
by the Bahamas Swimming
Federation (BSF), the event
features six swim clubs and
249 athletes. The Swimming
Nationals begin at 5:30 p.m.
on June 30. Sessions on the
following days begin at 9
"This year's Swimming
Nationals feature a highly
talented pool of athletes,"
said Algernon Mashiel
Cargill, President of the Ba-
hamas Swimming Federa-
tion. "We are anticipating a
highly competitive meet and
are pleased that RBC Royal
Bank of Canada is again
partnering with us as the
main sponsor of this event."
2005 marks RBC's 22nd
year of sponsoring this
event. "At RBC Royal Bank
of Canada we have a tradi-
tion of giving back to the
communities we serve," said
Ross McDonald, Senior Vice
President, RBC Bahamas
and Caribbean region. "Our
ongoing sponsorship of the
Bahamas Swimming Feder-
ation is one way we can sup-
port the youth and aspiring
athletes in our community."
Tickets to each day's
events can be purchased at
the door. The Betty Kelly
Kenning National Swim
Complex is located at the
Queen Elizabeth Sports Cen-
About the Bahamas
Swimming Federation
The Bahamas Swimming
Federation (BSF) is respon-
sible for the development,
promotion and control of
Swimming, Diving, Synchro-

Schedule of Events THURSDAY & FRIDAY

Pictured from left are: Ross McDonald, Senior Vice President,
RBC Bahamas and Caribbean, Bruce Knowles, Treasurer, Bahamas
Swimming Federation and Al Dillette, secretary, Bahamas
Swimming Federation.

nized Swimming, Water Po-
lo, Open Water Swimming
and Masters Swimming in
the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas. The BSF is a
member of Federation Inter-
nationale de Natation (FI-
NA); the Amateur Swim-
ming Union of the Americas
(ASUA); the Confederation
de Centro Americana y del
Caribe della Aficionados de
Natacion (CCCAN); and the
Bahamas Olympic Associa-
tion (BOA). For more infor-
mation, please visit
About RBC Royal Bank
of Canada
RBC Royal Bank of Canada
opened its first branch in
1908 on Bay Street in Nas-
sau. It acquired the assets
of its only competitor, a lo-
cally owned bank, in 1917.
From then until 1947, it was
the only bank in the Baha-
mas, growing with the coun-
try and providing the ex-

panding economy and pop-
-ulation with a stable and
internationally recognized
banking foundation. RBC
Royal Bank of Canada offers
a full range of commercial
and consumer lending and
deposit services to domestic
and international clients
through a branch network
of 21 units spread through-
out the major islands of the
Bahamas. Royal Bank also
has branches in Antigua,
Barbados, Dominica, St. Lu-
cia, St. Kitts & Montserrat
and employs more than 1200
persons throughout The Ba-
hamas & Caribbean.

Algernon Cargill President:
557-2711 or 422-4083 Cell
* 364-1672 Fax
Kathryn Dillette Public
Relations Director: 423-5575
Cell 364-7047 Fax

Meet Program-Session 1 -Thur June 30
1 Girls 8 & Under 200 LC Meter IM
2 Boys 8 & Under 200 LC Meter IM
3 Girls 9-10 200 LC Meter IM
4 Boys 9-10 200 LC Meter IM
5 Girls 11-12 200 LC Meter IM
6 Boys 11-12 200 LC Meter IM
7 Girls 13-14 200 LC Meter IM
8 Boys 13-14 200 LC Meter IM
9 Girls 15 & Over200 LC Meter IM
10 Boys 15 & Over 200 LC Meter IM
11 Girls 9-10 400 LC Meter Freestyle
12 Boys 9-10 LC Meter Freestyle.
13 Girls 11 & Over 800 LC Meter Freestyle
14 Boys 11-12 800 LC Meter Freestyle
15 Boys 13 & Over 1500 LC Meter Freestyle
16 Girls 8 & Under 200 LC Meter Freestyle Relay
17 Boys 8 & Under 200 LC Meter Freestyle Relay
18 Girls 9-10 200 LC Meter Freestyle Relay
19 Boys 9-10 200 LC Meter Freestyle Relay
20 Girls 11-12 200 LC Meter Freestyle Relay
21 Boys 11-12 200 LC Meter Freestyle Relay
22 Girls 13-14 200 LC Meter Freestyle Relay
23 Boys 13-14200 LC Meter Freestyle Relay
24 Girls 15 & Over 200 LC Meter Freestyle Relay
25 Boys 15 & Over 200 LC Meter Freestyle Relay

Meet Program-Session 2 Fri July 1
26 Girls 8 & Under 200 LC Meter Freestyle
27 Boys 8 & Under 200 LC Meter Freestyle
28 Girls 9-10 200 LC Meter Freestyle
29 Boys 9-10 200 LC Meter Freestyle
30 Girls 11-12 200 LC Meter Freestyle
31 Boys 11-12 200 LC Meter Freestyle
32 Girls 13-14 200 LC Meter Freestyle

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and RBC are trademarks of Royal Bank of Canada

33 Boys 13-14 200 LC Meter Freestyle
34 Girls 15 & Over 200 Meter Freestyle
35 Boys 15 & Over 200 LC Meter Freestyle
36 Girls 8 & Under 50 LC Meter Backstroke
37 Boys 8 & Under 50 LC Meter Backstroke
38 Girls 9-10 50 LC Meter Breaststroke
39 Boys 9-10 50 LC Meter Breaststroke
40 Girls 11-12 50 LC Meter Breaststroke
41 Boys 11-12 50 LC Meter Breaststroke
42 Girls 13-14 50 LC Meter Breaststroke
43 Boys 13-14 50 LC Meter Breaststroke
44 Girls 15 & Over LC Meter Breaststroke
45 Boys 15 & Over LC Meter Breaststroke
46 Girls 9-10 100 LC Meter Backstroke
47 Boys 9-10 100 LC Meter Backstroke
48 Girls 11-12 100 LC Meter Backstroke
49 Boys 11-12 100 LC Meter Backstroke
50 Girls 13-14 100 LC Meter Backstroke -
51 Boys 13-14 100 LC Meter Backstroke
52 Girls 15 & Over 100 LC Meter Backstroke
53 Boys 15 & Over 100 LC Meter Backstroke
54 Girls 9-10 100 LC Meter Butterfly
55 Boys 9-10 100 LC Meter Butterfly
56 Girls 11-12 100 LC Meter Butterfly
57 Boys 11-12 100 LC Meter Butterfly
58 Girls 13-14 100 LC Meter Butterfly
59 Boys 13-14 100 LC Meter Butterfly
60 Girls 15 & Over 100 LC Meter Butterfly
61 Boys 15 & Over 100 LC Meter Butterfly,
62 Girls 11-12 400 LC Meter Medley Relay
63 Boys 11-12 400 LC Meter Medley Relay
64 Girls 13-14 400 LC Meter Medley Relay
65 Boys 13-14 400 LC Meter Medley Relay
66 Girls 15 & Over 400 LC Meter Medley Relay
67 Boys 15 & Over 400 LC Meter Medley Relay

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TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2005


Miami Herald Business, Stocks, Analysis, Wall Street

Ousted shareholder

strikes back at RND

Tribune Business Editor
RND Holdings' largest share-
holder, who was ousted from the
company in a bitter boardroom
bust-up, yesterday questioned
whether the Board had "something
to hide" after it failed to address his
transparency concerns and instead
launched a personal attack on him in
a letter sent to other investors.
Brent Dean, RND Holdings for-
mer president, who still holds 31.2
per cent of the issued ordinary
shares, described as "disheartening"
a letter sent to the company's other
shareholders that claimed he was
removed because he "was more of a
detriment than an asset".
In a written response sent to The
Tribune, Mr Dean said the letter
sent to shareholders, which was
signed by his former business part-
ner, RND chairman Jerome
Fitzgerald, contained a number of
"distortions" that "do not dignify a
response at this time".
The former RND president said:
"It is distressing to believe that my
request for additional information
was refused and resulted in such a
personal attack. It would appear
that the Board has decided that

shareholders do not deserve access
to information they consider rele-
vant or that they have something to
Mr Dean had used the company's
last AGM, held in February, to call
for an Extraordinary General Meet-
ing (EGM) due to a lack of trans-
parency and timely disclosure of
financial information. RND Hold-
ings turned this down on the
grounds of the costs that would be
incurred in holding it, plus the fact
that the next AGM would be held
four months later.


Among the resolutions Mr Dean
wanted to be debated at the EGM
were the adoption of five of the 10-
point US corporate governance
plans; the separation of RND's
Board from management; a review
of the company's financial projec-
tions for the next two years; the
exclusion of directors from discus-
sions of contracts they may derive a
benefit from; and the election of a
caretaker Board to examine the
entire business.
"Due to the obvious 'exclusion'
of these items, it then begs the ques-

tion of whether all shareholders con-
cerns are important, or whether all
shareholders are being represented
equally," Mr Dean said.
"Representation, or the lack of, is
a pivotal point in the life of RND
Holdings and, as such, all share-
holders with investments are at
Referring to the letter signed by
Mr Fitzgerald, Mr Dean said: "If
this letter is a response to the
requests I made during the last
AGM, listed above, it did not come
close to answering them. In con-
trast, it took a rather personal tone,
which was inappropriate in these
He said Mr Fitzgerald's letter
should have detailed a plan to
address his concerns and a pledge to
take personal responsibility for this,
which "would help to allay any con-
cerns that shareholders currently
have about the fiscal fitness of RND
He described as "unfortunate"
the Board and chairman's contin-
ued focus on the dispute with him-
self, rather then developing a strat-
egy for the company's "positive way
SEE page four

The four trade unions repre-
senting Bahamasair staff have col-
lectively said they do not support
the airline's privitisation process
due to a lack of information on
how it will impact both the carrier
and workers, dealing a potentially
serious blow to government plans.
Exuctives of the Airport, Air-
line and Allied Workers Union,
Bahamas Airline Pilots Asscia-
tion and the Public Managers
Union voiced their objection to
the plan yesterday, questioning
why the Government would con-
sider privatisation when other
options were on the table.
They pointed to alleged confu-

Conference moots

cruise, air concerns

Senior Business Reporter
at the Caribbean Hotel
Industry Conference
in Miami
THE creation of a single
regional airline to service the
entire Caribbean and forming
a more equitable partnership
with the cruise industry were
some of key concerns raised
yesterday during the opening

sessions of the Caribbean Hotel
Industry Conference (CHIC).
"'We must all, with our poli-
cymakers, do everything in our
power to continue to maintain
the image of our region by
stamping out crime and anti
social behaviour. Our roadmap
must also include environmen-
tal management and steward-
ship, and the creation of a viable
Caribbean air transportation
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sion over the size of the stake the
Government would actually
retain when privatisation was
completed, and raised concerns
over the retention of management
consultants McKinsey and Com-
pany on a $1 million contract.
"The reccomendations they
made shouldn't require privitsa-
tion, it's just something that can
be worked out between manage-
mant and employees in relation to
labour productivity," said
Nelerene Harding, president of
the Airport, Airline and Allied
Workers Union (AAWU).
"We gave recommendations to
bridge a $14 million shortfall [last
SEE page three

Regional airline likely to

have lower cost and more

profits than Bahamasair

Senior Business Reporter
ional airline is likely to
have a lower cost structure
than national carriers such

as Bahamasair and present
greater profit potential, a
tourism conference heard
Ian Bertrand, aviation
consultant and principal of
El Perial Management Ser-
vices, said that to succeed,

an essential pre-condition
of a regional airline would
be proper capitalidation.
Pointing out that this was
an area that had led to the
failure of most of the
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Trade negotiations not a part-time job

In the first article of his new weekly column,

Larry Gibson examines the lessons to be

learned from the recent CSME debate

The last several weeks
have been most inter-
esting, as the issue of the
Bahamas signing on to the
Caribbean Single Market and
Economy (CSME) came to the
forefront. The Minister of For-
eign Affairs, Fred Mitchell, and
the Ambassador to CARI-
COM, A Leonard Archer, pre-
sented the case for the Bahamas
joining CSME.

On the other side, we had a
grouping of professionals,
organised and semi-organised
groupings, making a strong
case against the Bahamas join-
ing or, perhaps more accurate-
ly, even contemplating joining
this regional initiative.
To the objective observer, a
most interesting phenomenon
is occurring in our Bahamaland
- the deepening and institution-
alisation of public opinion. The

"The public has a right to be
properly informed of the various
implications, both pros and cons"

existence of a developed system
of mature, open and rational
debate can only make us a bet-
ter society going forward.
However, it also means that
public policymakers will have
to work harder by doing proper
and comprehensive research on
issues, ensuring that the public
has sufficient and balanced
information on initiatives
(whether it be CSME, taxation
or LNG); disseminating suffi-
cient information to the public;
and finally, ensuring that a con-
templated action is truly in the
public's best interest. In more
developed societies, this is all
taken for granted. However, in
less developed societies we are

just transitioning to such state of

What is clear is the
fact that the
Bahamas' deepening involve-
ment with the Caribbean Com-
munity is a highly emotional
issue that no government will
be well advised to take on in
the last 18 months of a parlia-
mentary term. What invariably
happens is that with elections
approaching other considera-
tions could get in the way.
Mr Mitchell succinctly
brought an end to the current
debate by stating in his Budget
Communication: "The govern-
ment has not signed the revised
Treaty of Chaguaramas, does
not propose to sign, and it is
proposed to refer this matter to
the Bahamas Commission or
Trade for their further review. I
hope that this is 'clear, concise
and direct."
In summary, the Bahamian

people objected most strongly
to the following aspects of
i) Free movement of people
(regional college graduates in
the first instance).
ii) Participation in a single
iii) A common external tar-
iff regime.
Siv) Caribbean Court of Jus-
tice as the final court of appeal
These are all significant issues
in their own right, each of which
could significantly change the
Bahamas in most fundamental
ways. The public has a right to
be properly informed of the var-
ious implications, both pros and

O n the face of it, those
who oppose the
CSME can celebrate a victory
for their efforts, at least in the
short term. But the reality is
that the issue of CSME will
come back again and again to
confront successive govern-
ments, not only in the Bahamas
but the entire region.
As far as I am aware, the
Bahamas is still proceeding with
its accession to membership in
the World Trade Organization
(WTO), the governing body for
international trade. The WTO
has far broader implications for
the future of the Bahamas than
the CSME, and this too will pre-
sumably be referred to the
Trade Commission for further
Herein lies the real problem
that the country faces. There is
an urgent need to take this
whole area of trade negotiation
more seriously.
When I first wrote on this
topic a few years -ago I
expressed a profound disap-

pointment in the fact that we
are trying to navigate these
unknown and uncharted waters
with part-time help.

While the Trade Com-
mission consists of
some very competent profes-
sionals, the fact of the matter is
that they all hold very impor-
tant and substantive full-time
positions elsewhere. We hear
stories of government ministers
going to important meetings
alone while the parties across
the table have a whole technical
delegation accompanying them.,
I'm told that, for instance, when
negotiating with the Americans
they will often have a seasoned
specialist on hand to speak only
to a single point, whereas ,our.
part-time folks have to speak to
the entire agreement. .
We simply cannot negotiate
our way through such impor-
tant issues with part-time help.
Until policymakers step up to
the plate and allocate full-timnie
resources to full-time work, we
will be potentially exposing our-
selves to bad and/or unpopular
decision making. It is our call.
Larry R. Gibson, a chartered
financial analyst, is vice-presi-
dent-pensions, Colonial Pen-
sions Services (Bahamas), a
wholly-owned subsidiary of
Colonial Group International,
which also owns Atlantic Med-
ical Insurance.
NB: The views expressed are
those of the author and do not
necessarily represent those of
Colonial Group International
or any of its subsidiary and/or
affiliated companies.
Please direct any questions
or comments to lgibson@coral-

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"Lags" in tax flow recogni-
tion have "over-emphasised"
growth in certain government
revenue categories, the Cen-
tral Bank of the Bahamas' latest
quarterly economic review has
In its assessment of the 2005
first quarter, the Central Bank
said the "lags" were shown by
the fact there had been a $30
million net reduction in the
amount of revenues recorded
as 'other' sources this year com-
pared to last.
The Central Bank attributed
the o.4 per cent revenue growth
to $254.3 million achieved dur-

impact revenue recognition

$30 million reduction from other sources

ing the 2005 first quarter to a
19.1 per cent rise in tax receipts
to $237.5 million, accounting for
93.4 per cent of total revenues.
Non-tax collections fell by 56.9
per cent to $16.8 million.
Improved collection efforts
raised taxes on international
trade and transactions to $167.7
million compared to $94 mil-
lion in the 2004 first quarter.
The Central Bank report said:
"After adjusting for the delayed
recognition of import taxes,
indications are that actual
receipts during the period

remained at least 7 per cent
higher than in 2004."
A one-third increase in Inter-
national Business Company
(IBC) fees helped raise busi-
ness and professional licence
fees by 29.1 per cent to $23 mil-
lion during the 2005 first quar-
Real property taxes collect-
ed increased by 31 per cent to
$13.8 million, with motor vehi-
cle taxes doubling to $5.4 mil-
lion and stamp duty on financial
transactions "rising significant-
ly" to $36.7 million.

However, the reduction in
tourism arrivals led to a 21.8
per cent decrease in selected
taxes on tourism services, which
fell to $8.8 million, due chiefly
to a decline in gaming taxes.
Departure taxes, though, were
up 29.8 per cent to $19 million.
The decline in non-tax
receipts was attributed partly
to the $15 million proceeds
realised in the 2004 first quarter
from the Government, via the
Public Treasury, selling part of
its equity stakes in Cable
Bahamas and the Bank of the

Bahamas International. The for-
mer transaction involved the
National Insurance Board as
Fines, forfeitures and admin-
istrative fees fell by 24.2 per
cent to $14.8 million, while the
Government's income from
public enterprises and other
sources fell to $1.7 million from
$19.4 million.
The 2005 first quarter saw a
4.5 per cent increase in recur-
rent expenditure to $260.6 mil-
lion, driven by a 3.4 per cent
rise in personal emoluments to
$113.1 million. Purchases of
goods and services increased by
1.9 per cent to $54.5 million.
Interest payments on gov-
ernment debt increased by 7.1

per cent to $28 million, with
subsidies and grants also higher
at 7.8 per cent at $65.1 million.
Breaking government spend-
ing down by category, the Cen-
tral Bank report found that
spending on general public ser-
vices, which represents the
largest share of public spend-
ing at 29.7 per cent, increased
during the 2005 first quarter by
13.4 per cent to $77.4 million.
Spending on education fell by
2.8 per cent during the first
quarter, while outlays on health
and defence spending grew by 8
per cent and 3.8 per cent respec-
tively. Spending on economic
services fell by 5.1 per cent, led
by an 11.1 per cent reduction
in tourism-related expenses.

Unions against privatisation

FROM page one
year]. We gave reccomenda-
tions of $9 million and S6 mil-
lion came to fruition."
Bradley Roberts, .minister
of public works and utilities,
has repeatedly said that for
Bahamasair's privatisation to
b successfull, the unions
would have to agree to accept
lower salaries and reduce ben-
efits for members.
The unions' opposition to the
privatisation exercise is likely
to be a setback for the Gov-
ernment's efforts in this area.
Union executives yesterday
said the fact that Bahamasair's
charter business increased to
$2 million within 10 months
was proof the airline was
growing. They added that
there was some confusion as
to how large a stake the Gov-
ernment would retain.
"The minister initially said
51 per cent, and then in his
debate in the House of Assem-
bly he alluded to the fact that
the Government would own
25 per cent, so there seeems to
be some conflicting informa-

tion there," said Ms Harding.
Union executives said they
also had reservations over the
McKinsey and Co. They said
the Government should have
given more serious consider-
ation to the two proposals sub-
mitted by Lufthansa, the Ger-
man airline, last year, one of
which included a five-year
business plan and the other a
proposed plan for a new air-
line. The report allegedly cost
$1.3 million.
"One would have to ask
why would the Government
pursue privatisation when
there were two or three other
options on the table," said
Elton Gibson, president of the
Public Managers Union. Mr
Gibson said that with privati-
sation would ultimately come
"Bahamasair's original
objective was to service all of
the islands of the Bahamas. If
you privatise the airline, all of
those non-economical routes
would definitely be cut, which
means that persons in, say
Crooked Island, would suffer
hardships," he added.

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Oil prices

may hit


FROM page one
were starting to offset increased
fuel costs by passing them on
to consumers through higher
fares, so far this did not seem to
have influenced visitor spend-
ing in the Bahamas.
Philip Simon, the Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce's exec-
utive director, yesterday said
volatile oil prices were not unex-
pected in the current market cli-
mate, and it was something the
Bahamas had no control over.
Businesses and consumers
had to be "a little more pru-
dent" in how they used elec-
tricity and fuel, Mr Simon said,
and only increase prices to the
end user as a last resort.
With prices in this nation
already "sky high", Mr Simon
said the Bahamas "can't afford
to become any more expensive
as a destination".
Mr Simon said the only com-
ponents of the oil price that the
Bahamas controlled were the
$0.33 and $0.44 mark-ups for
fuel wholesalers and retailers
respectively, and the $1,06 in
tax, plus 7 per cent stamp duty,
levied by the Government.
The Chamber of Commerce's
executive director said he could
not "foresee" any of those par-
ties agreeing to reduce prices,
as it would eat into the profits of
retailers and wholesalers, while
the government would not want
to reduce its tax take in a cli-
mate where it was already under
pressure to increase revenues.
Leslie Miller, minister of
trade and industry, is still
attempting to move forward
with plans to create Petro-
CARIBE and a National Ener-
gy Corporation (NEC), which
would see the latter purchase
oil from Venezuela on a gov-
ernment-to-government basis.
Mr Miller believes this will
reduce fuel costs in the
Bahamas by cutting out the
middle man in this case the
wholesalers, Esso, Texaco and
Shell and he has also appoint-
ed a Petroleum Usage Review
Committee to assess the whole
pricing structure in the

Financial A visors Ltcit
Pricing Information As Of:
27 June 2005

52wk-HI 52wk-Low Symbol Previous Close Today's Close Change Dally Vol. EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield
1.10 0.95 Abaco Markets 0.95 0.95 0.00 -0.208 0.000 N/M 0.00%
8.70 8.00 Bahamas Property Fund 8.70 8.70 6. 0.00 1.445 0.340 6.0 3.91%
6.40 5.55 Bank of Bahamas .6.40 6.35 -0.05 6,000 0.561 0.330 11.3 5.20%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.77 0.70 W -0.07 3.000 0.187 0.000 3.7 0.00%
1.80 1.40 Bahamas Waste 1.40 1.40. 0.00 1,100 0.122 0.000 11.5 4.29%
1.06 0.87 Fidelity Bank 1.06 1.06 0.00 0.062 0.050 17.1 4.72%
8,65 6.76 Cable Bahamas 8.55 8.55 0.00 0.589 0.240 14.5 2.81%
2.20 1.58 Colina Holdings 2.20 2.20 0.00 0.259 0.060 8.5 2.73%
9.08 6.75 Commonwealth Bank 9.08 9.08 0.00 0.673 0.410 13.5 4.52%
2.50 0.58 Doctor's Hospital 2.50 2.50 0.00 0.452 0.000 5.5 0.00%
4.12 3.80 Famguard 4.12. 4.12 ., 0.00 0.406 0.240 10.1 5.83%
10.45 9.12 Finco 10.45 10.45 F i, 0.00 1,500 0.662 0.500 15.6 4.78%
8.60 6.81 FirstCaribbean 8.60 8.60 ;*' 0.00 0.591 0.380 12.4 4.42%
8.60 8.31 Focol 8.42 8.46 : 0.04 3,650 0.708 0.500 11.9 5.91%
1.99 1.27 Freeport Concrete 1.27 1.27 0.00 0.082 0.000 15.5 0.00%
10.14 9.50 ICD Utilities 9.60 . 9.60 0.00 0.818 0.405 11.7 4,20%
8.25 8.20 J. S. Johnson 8.30 8.30 0.00 0.561 0.550 14.8 6.75%
6.69 4.36 Kerzner International BDRs 5.62 5.58 -0.04 1,441 0.184 0.000 30.5 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 $ P/E 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 Holdin a 0.35 -0.103 0.000 NIM 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 = 1,000.00 YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price
52wk-HI Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidellt
52wk-Low Lowest closing price In last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelit
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
Dally Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid In the last 12 months NIM Not Meaningful
P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 100
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Executive appointed

to exploit tax treaty

The Ministry of Tourism has "stepped
up" initiatives to exploit the impending
Convention Tax treaty with the US by
appointing an executive who will target the
international group travel market.
James Malcolm, a Bahamian whose pre-
vious post was with Maritz Travel in Mis-
souri, will look to bring groups to Family
Island hotels once the treaty with the US
comes into effect in six months' time.
Group bookings are seen as a key factor
in the successful "yield management" of
large hotels, and Mr Malcolm said they
tended to book much further in advance
than individual travellers and have greater
spending power.
Outlining his plans, Mr Malcolm said: "I
really want to get my fingers on the pulse of
what's going on.
"We are going to get the word out that

the Bahamas is really re-dedicated to serv-
ing the groups market and there will be
personnel at the ministry that can serve
their needs. My aim is to work both sides,
the supplier side and with customers with
the aim of doing nothing more than bring
more business to the country."


"In addition to the spending by the group
on activities for the event, there is also inidi-
vidual spending to take into account, which
at times can be significantly higher than
the ordinary traveller given the fact that
everything has already been paid for," Mr
Malcolm said.
"And there is also the added advantage
that group members can be enticed to return

for individual visits."
The Convention Tax break, agreed in,
2002 in return for the Bahamas signing aI
Tax Information Exchange Agreement:
(TIEA) with Washington, will allow US:
taxpayers and corporations to deduct costs.
incurred in attending conventions in the:
Bahamas against their taxes.
Mr Malcolm, the new director of groups,!
plans to spend the next 30 days researching.
the current group industry in the Bahamas,.
with a view to presenting a plan to the new'
director-general, Vernice Walkine, for mov-.
ing this aspect of the tourism industry for-
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worked for previously, has 1600 offices and'
affiliates in over 60 countries worldwide;:
he worked at the Atlanta office as an:
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Mr Dean's response is likely
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He described Mr Dean's
complaints on transparency and
timely disclosure as "somewhat
peculiar", given that Mr Dean
had been responsible for the
financial statements during his
10-year tenure, and the requests
lacked "specificity".
. In response, Mr Dean said he
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Caribbean airline 'cheaper'

FROM page one
region's airlines, Mr Bertrand
said the re-capitalisation of indi-
vidual national carriers, such as
Air Jamaica and British West
Indies Airlines (BWIA), which
continued to struggle for a vari-
ety of reasons, would not lead
to their reinvigoration.
During a panel discussion on
the Proposed Regional Airline
Solution for the Caribbean, the
outcome of which is expected
to be incorporated in a white
paper to be disseminated to
Caribbean governments, Mr
Bertrand said cargo would rep-
resent an ideal starting point for
such an airline.
He added that based on ini-
tial findings, private sector cap-
ital was more assured, with the
airline likely to have lower cost
structures and a greater poten-
tial for increased profits.

Mr Bertrand told delegates
at the Caribbean Hotel Asso-
ciation's Caribbean Hotel
Industry Conference (CHIC),
held in Miami, Florida, that the
region needs effective service,
but that need is not necessarily a national carrier.
He said airlines will fly to any
destination in response to
demand, with Barbados and
Bermuda, two destinations that
do not have national carriers
but strong products, good exam-
ples of such a position. Ssmaller
islands in the eastern Caribbean
had long been dependent on
regional carriers.
It was further noted that the
Caribbean Single Market and
Economy (CSME) would be
dependent on regional service,
if the free movement of people
were widely accepted.
Mr Bertrand said the
Caribbean can not be depen-
dent on international airlines,
as the service during difficult
times, such as the September
11 attacks, underscored the vul-
nerability of the region. A
regional carrier would provide
insurance against those difficult
periods, but that insurance
would come at a high premium.
Mr Bertrand said the
Caribbean tends to look at US
legacy carriers and their posi-
tion whether revenues are up
or down as a reflection of how
the entire airline industry is per-
forming, but he underscored
that those carriers did not
define the industry. Even where
they struggle with profitability
and revenues, other airlines are
seeing record profits.
In terms of low-cost carriers,
Mr Bertrand said that while it
may be debatable whether low
cost carriers are in fact low cost,
with some legacy carriers offer-
ing competitive and even lower
fares, a new trend is emerging
through transatlantic low cost
This sector of the industry is
likely to enter the Caribbean
market, although competitive
carriers such as Virgin Atlantic
have already incorporated sev-
eial Caribbean destinations into
their flight routes.

with Gold's Gym during his final
months with RND Holdings,
meaning he was away from the
company's head office "most of
the time". He added that no spe-
cific job description for the com-
pany's officers existed.
Mr Dean said: "Although my
request for more transparency
lacks specificity, it was detailed
enough to inspire new levels of
disclosure of one related party
transaction. In addition, audits
are performed on a test basis and
opinions based thereon. There-
fore, an unqualified opinion does
not guarantee that relevant mat-
ters will be disclosed in the finan-
cial statements or related notes."

The former president also'
took issue with Mr Fitzgerald's,
claim that he taped a Board:
meeting without the consent of:
fellow directors. He said that'
the, tape recorder was placed in,
full view of all directors before:
the meeting started and it "pro-:
ceeded without objection".
On Mr Fitzgerald's claim that
his decision to take legal action:
seeking two years' salary in lieu:
of notice, was "reprehensible":
for costing more time and mon-:
ey, Mr Dean said the action was:
initiated more than a year after'
he left because he wanted to:
give the board every chance to:
resolve the dispute "amicably".:

CHIC concerns for future!

FROM page one
system," said Berthia Parle,
president of the Caribbean
Hotel Association (CHA)
"This needs urgent attention
by our policymakers because
the reality is, we must manage
our own destiny, because no
one else will do it for us."
Ms Parle told delegates that
despite the emergence of the
Caribbean tourism industry
as the single most important
contributor to the. region's
future development, govern-
ments had fallen short in their
efforts to develop and diver-
sify the product, in order to'
remain globally competitive
and retain the region's attrac-
tion to visitors.
The resurgence that began
in 2003, she said, continued in
2005, with increases seen
across the region in terms of
arrivals, occupancies, average
daily rates, airlift and foreign
direct investment.
With unequivocal optimism
and a positive outlook pre-
dicted for the Caribbean, Ms

Parle stillquestioned whether:
the region was ready fora,
major expansion of an indus-,
try that, for most of the,
Caribbean, serves as one of:
the primary sources of rev-'
enue and. employment.
"Can our current infra-
structure, both public and pri-
vate sector, handle the pro-
posed expansion? What
about our human resources?
Are we going to import'
labour at the expense of our
local workforce to meet:
human resource needs?" Ms:
Parle said.
Ms Parle told delegates that
in designing or establishing a:
road map to the future,:
health, safety, security and the'
protection of natural:
resources must feature promi-
nently, because the concept:
of safety in the mindset of the,
consumer is all encompassing.:
This includes the safety of:
drinking water, food safety, a'
clean, hassle-free environment.
and a clear sense of the preva-
lence of law and order, and a
crime-free environment.

NOTICE is hereby given that ROBBINETTE THOMPSON, P.O.
BOX N-10067, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that
any person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 21ST day of JUNE,
2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
RO.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that MARIA MILLER, ISLES WAY
29, P.O.BOX N3458, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 28TH day of JUNE, 2005 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, RO.Box N- 7147, Nassau,


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Just the way you want it



Junior athletes shine

at BAAA Nationals

Junior Sports

SOME of the coun-
try's best junior players
began their quest yes-
terday to be crowned
champions in the
Bahamas International
Junior Tennis Open.
The Tournament,
hosted at the Bahamas
National Tennis Cen-
tre, is an International
Tennis Federation
(ITF) certified event
and features notewor-
thy international com-
Players from over a
dozen countries are
scheduled to compete
over the course of the
week long tournament.
A number of
Bahamian athletes
advanced to the second
round in both the boys'
and girls' sides of the
main draw.
Matthew Sands, the
top ranked Bahamian
in the tournament, and
ranked number two
overall in the boys'
draw, did as expected -
easily disposing of
American Andrew
Dottino in straight sets,
6-3, 6-1.

Sands started off slow
in the first set, falling
behind three games,
but eventually regained
his composure and
domination of the
He displayed exactly
why he is the tourna-
ment's second seed,
placing a number of
precise drop shots and
forehands that frustrat-
ed Dottino.
Other Bahamian ath-
letes who advanced
included: Crystal John-
son, who defeated
American Mary Bell in
straight sets 6-3,.6-4;
Koeche Smith who
defeated fellow
Bahamian Ceron Rolle
6-3, 6-0. Johnson and
Rolle are seeded 21
and 26 respectively.
Others not faring so
well included: Jonathon
Hanna, who lost to top
seed Bruno Berruti of
Mexico in three hard
fought sets 2-6, 7-6, 6-2.
Hanna, seeded 27,
came just short of a
huge upset. Jamaal
Hepburn, seeded 26,
lost to fourth seeded
Andres Bucaro of
Guatemala in straight
sets, 6-4, 6-1; Chanelle
Cleare lost to Viviana
Stavreva of Bulgaria, 6-
2, 6-1; eleventh seeded
Autise Mortimer lost to
ninth seeded Andrea
Kwong of Canada, 6-3,
6-0; and Tashelle Bur-
rows lost to Alejandra
Rasch of Guatamala, 6-

In the 14 and under
division, Kerrie
Cartwright advanced
by defeating Christina
Bell (USA), 8-5; Elan-
qua Griffin defeated

Renee Henry of
Antigua 8-4; and Justin
Lunn lost to American
Carl Equez, 8-6.
Other Bahamian ath-
letes seeing action on
day one included Jacob
Fountain, Jonothan
Taylor, Alexis Roberts,
Rodney Carey and
Ricardo Demeritte.
Play continues today
at the National Tennis
Centre with many
notable names compet-
ing, including Alana
Rogers, and play begins
in doubles action.

Junior Sports Reporter
ALTHOUGH major empha-
sis was placed on senior com-
petitors during this weekend's
BAAA National meet, junior
athletes were able to feed off
their experiences, which helped
them attain qualification marks
for two international meets.
The Bahamas Association of
Athletic Associations (BAAA)
will field two junior teams to
participate in the World Youth
and Junior Pan American
games set for July 13-17 in Mar-
rakech, Morocco and Windsor,
Canada; July 29-31.
With the senior athletes on
hand to offer that extra push,
15 athletes attained qualifica-
tion standards for the World
Youth, while several topped the
list for the Pan American
Leading the way was sprinter

Qualifying times

for Nivea Smith

Nivea Smith, who was able to
qualify for both teams.
Smith ran in a heated field of
the women's 100m, which was
won by Chandra Sturrup in a
time of 11.12 seconds.

Although Smith brought up
the rear of the event, her per-
formance left a lasting impres-
sion on the crowd at hand.
Also running in the event was
Eugena Patton, finishing sixth in
a time of 11.91 seconds. Smith
was eighth in a time of 12.24

seconds. In the preliminary
rounds, she ran 12.12 seconds,
while Patton clocked 11.93 sec-
The qualifying time in the
event for both junior champi-
onships are 12.75 seconds for
the World Youth and 11.72 sec-
onds for the Junior Pan Amer-
Smith and Patton qualified
for the World Youth, surpassing
the marker for Junior Pan
American games at a previous
track meets.
In the 200m, Smith ran a time
of 24.60 seconds for a fourth

place finish. Winning the event
was Tonique Williams-Darling
in 23.03 seconds.
Qualifying times were 12.75
seconds and 11.72 seconds for
the World Youth and
Pan American games, respec-

Not too many of the junior
athletes were able to qualify for
both events on the field, but
taking charge were Sasha Fer-
guson, Tracy Morrison Ramond
Farrington and Gerard Brown.
With only two competitors in
the women's discus throw, Fer-
guson battled the marker for
top performances.
She finished in second behind
collegiate Chafree Bain, who
won the event with a throw of
Ferguson's throw was mea-
sured at the 40.84m marker, sur-

passing the qualification mark
of 40.50m.
With no training under his
belt for the past two months,
Farrington stepped on the
javelin stretch, heaving his way
to gold and World Youth qual-

Farrington threw 60.17m for
the win, and became the only
competitor in the field to throw
over the 60 marker. The quali-
fication mark was set at 58.0m.
Under pressure from the start
gun in the junior men's 100m,
Carl Stuart sealed his name in
the World Youth team by
clocking 10.75 seconds for the
Stuart finished just ahead of
Tryone Sawyer, who ran 10.81
seconds; Ryan Penn, 10.82 sec-
onds and Wendell Collie's,
10.92 seconds.

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Renovation prompts training concerns

Junior Sports Reporter
the XX Colinalmperial Cen-
tral American and Caribbean
(CAC) games continue at the
Thomas A Robinson stadium,
some athletes are claiming they
have no access to proper train-
ing facilities.
The track, which was closed
to all athletes in late May, was
scheduled to re-open on
Wednesday, June 22, for the
hosting of the Bahamas Asso-
ciation of Athletic Association
(BAAA) national champi-
onships, Friday and Saturday.
But, due to the late start on
renovations, the national cham-
pionships had to be moved to
Freeport, Grand Bahama.
Last week Wednesday,
workers were working fever-
ishly to meet the end of the
month deadline, a week later
than originally slated.
The Tribune spoke with Har-
rison Thompson, permanent
secretary at the Ministry of
Youth, Sports and Culture, yes-
terday, for an update on the
He said: "The working
process is coming along, I am

Work continues on Thomas A Robinson stadium

told that the stadium will be
completed at the end of the
month, which is Thursday.
"I haven't visited the track
to see what else needs to be
done, but I am told that the
new surface is down and only
the lining needs to be complet-
ed for the lanes. This shouldn't
take them that long.

"We will have to look into
having the stadium ready for
the athletes to train on before
the games, but when this would
be scheduled I am not too sure.
"I can confirm that the sta-
dium will be ready in time for
the games."
Although Thompson's com-
ments may bring some relief to
the athletes, the training saga
was going on for weeks, as
home-based athletes were
forced to look for other train-
ing grounds.
With the countdown on for
the championships and nation-
als, athletes wishing to make

the Colinalmperial CAC
championships team stormed
to the track only to find out
that the only space to train was
the warm-up stretch.
The warm-up track directly
outside of the stadium, mea-
sures up to 100 yards, a perfect
strip for athletes wishing to
work on speed.
The strip has approximately
five lanes, which are shared by
all athletes training for the Col-
inalmperial CAC, Junior Pan
American games, World
Championships and
Junior World Youth Champi-
Mike Sands, BAAA presi-
dent said: "The training facili-
ties still remain a problem. Sev-
eral of the athletes have indi-
cated that they will return to
their respective universities or
training camps to try and get
in their last few days of specif-
ic training.
"A few have indicated their
intentions to remain in Grand
Bahama, and a few have indi-
cated their intentions to stay

in New Providence.
"Hopefully after the next
day or two we will be able to
put the pieces together and
bring some structure to those
that are in New Providence and
Grand Bahama."
Although the strip is open
to all athletes, the closure of
the track affects mostly throw-
ers, jumpers and hurdlers, who
have to workout on their tech-
Without a training circle,
throwers are forced to hit the
weightlifting room, while
jumpers resort to bounding for
a work-out.

The workout for hurdlers is
not that difficult, if the hurdles
are brought onto the strip, but
the limited lanes force them to
the grass.
Sands added: "The only
mondo surface we have is the
warm-up strip, adjacent to the
track. I don't envision that even
if the facilities are available that

they will be opened for train-
ing, prior to the games.
"As indicated, it does pre-
sent some difficulty for the ath-
letes because there's really no
place to train. And this is why
we are hoping that the athletes
rest up after the meet, which
was only a few days ago. Most
athletes take a few days off
before heading back to train-
"Hopefully in a day or so,
we will be able to make some
ultimate arrangements to assist
those athletes that have quali-
fied for the team."
The BAAA is expected to
release the names of all the ath-
letes that made the four teams.
So far, over ten athletes have
surpassed the A or B standards
for the Colinalmperial CAC
The World Youth team will
travel July 10 for the competi-
tion in Marrakech, Morocco.
The Junior Pan American
championships will be
held in Windsor, Canada; July

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for Olympian Lavern

Senior Sports

FOUR-time Olympian
Lavern Eve was honored in
what she called a "price-
less" moment Sunday by
her Church at Sandals Roy-
al Bahamian Resort & Spa.
Under the patronage of
her pastor, the Rev. Dr.
David S. Johnson and his
wife, Selina, Macedonia
Baptist Church honoured
Eve and her sister, Beryl
Eve, for their stellar per-
formances over the years
in athletics and more
specifically the women's
field events.
A full cross section of
athletes, track officials,
Church members and resi-
dents of Fox Hill, where
they both reside, attended
the event.
Minister of Youth, Sports
and Culture Neville Wis-
dom; Bahamas Olympic
Association president
Arlington Butler and
Bahamas Association of
Athletic Associations'
president Mike Sands,
headed the list of digni-
taries in attendance.

Lavern Eve, who was
presented with a "Lifetime
Achievement" by her
Church, said it was a won-
derful experience that she
will cherish for the rest of
her life.
"This is better than the
celebrations that we usual-
ly have, knowing that this
is personal," said Eve, who
returned from Grand
Bahama where she
remained undefeated in the
women's javelin at the
BAAA's National Open
Track and Field Champi-
onships the day before.
"To have my Church, the
community and friends
come together and honour
me for my accomplish-
ments, for me, this is a
priceless moment."
Eve, who is nearing the
end of her 25-year career
on the international scene,
said she was surprised to
see so many people attend
the event, especially from
the Fox Hill community.
With the support she

received, the 40-year-old,
who resides in Atlanta,
Georgia, said she's not cer-
tain now when she will
"They're just looking for
me to do something," said
Eve, who had a best show-
ing in the 2004 Olympics
when she was sixth in the
final. "But when I feel it,
everybody will know. But
I really enjoyed the day. It
was awesome."
In her acceptance speech,
Eve thanked everybody
who made it possible for
her longevity. She espe-
cially singled out coach
Ronald Cartwright and the
legendary Thomas A.
Robinson for the roles they
played as a mentor and
financial confidant before
and as she headed off to
Beryl Eve,
the first
of the
sib -

"It was quite a surprise
being here, but I've always
been a supporter of Lav-
ern because when she
shined, I shined also," said
Beryl, who is currently
residing in Houston, Texas.
"Although I may not
have advanced like Lavern
has, it doesn't matter
because it's all still in the
So that made me proud.
It was truly a pleasure to
be joining Lavern.
"I felt like I was
^ receiving an Oscar.
So it was worth the
trip and I want to
thank all who
made it possi-

Senior Sports Reporter
MINISTER of Youth, Sports
and Culture, Neville Wisdom said
as soon as Olympian Lavern Eve
retires, there will be a job waiting
for her in his ministry.
"I want her to help us to contin-
ue to develop our athletes and to
serve as an inspiration to the
younger athletes," said Wisdom,
who noted that he would like to
employ the four-time Olympian on
his staff to work with the female
throwers as Ronald Cartwright cur-
rently does, allowing Cartwright to
work with-the men.
"I believe she has superior tal-
ents in the events that we are not
noted for and that is the throwing
events. But she can also share her
expertise in sports like basketball,
volleyball, softball and netball that
she excelled in too."
Wisdom, speaking at the testi-
monial luncheon that was held for
Eve on Sunday by her Church,
Macedonia Baptist, at Sandals Roy-
al Bahamian Resort & Spa, said
she's a very special person and ath-

"When one look at her longevi-
ty in athletics, her record is spotless.
So the Bahamas should be very
proud of her," Wisdom declared.
"I know I'm proud of her and
I'm happy to be associated with
Retired discus/shot put thrower
Bradley Cooper said a lot more
should be done to recognise Eve.
"I'd like to see how picture hang
up on the wall at Nassau's Inter-
national Airport and I'd also like to
see her given a shot at becoming a
Member of the British Empire,"
he stressed.
Cooper, who joined retired long
jumper Shonell Ferguson,, long-
time national coach Keith Parker,
long jumper Jackie Edwards and
close friend Mynez Cargill-Sher-
man in paying special tribute to
Eve, said more accolades must be
given to the older athletes and
not just the ones who are excelling
Also present was Bahamas
Olympic Association president,
Arlington Butler, who was partic-
ularly pleased to see that, after 20-
plus years on the circuit, Eve is get-
ting some of her just rewards.
Butler noted that it would

Minister wants her

to 'develop athletes'

appear that Eve is just getting "bet-
ter and better" as she gets "older
and older," so he's expecting great
things from her in the future.
BAAA's president Mike Sands
said it was a fitting belated birthday
present for Eve, who turned 40 on
June 16.
"Often times we look at some-
thing like this and it's an obituary
where we're reading a tribute to
someone after they're gone," Sands
"But it's good that we are saying
all the nice things to her while she's
alive. I know I certainly enjoyed
the evening."
Long-time national team coach
Keith Parker said everybody only
had good things to say about Eve.
"She's a wonderful person and a
hard worker," said Parker, who was
first introduced to Lavern by her
sister, Beryl. "I still think she has
quite a few more years ahead of
Retired national long jump
record holder Shonell Ferguson
said when she first heard about the
ceremony, she didn't expect to be
asked to speak. But being a Fox
Hillian too, she was delighted to
share her thoughts.
"They just go about doing their
business. It was good that their
Church decided to do it for them
now," Ferguson said. "We only
heard excellent things about them,
so I'm very happy for them."
Sharing some of the personal
moments that they enjoyed togeth-
er as room-mates, Edwards said it
was fitting that Eve got her acco-
lades before she retired.
"It was definitely something that
was overdue and I'm glad that it
happened before her career is end-
ed," she stressed. "At least she's
been honoured at the height of her
Long-time personal friend
Mynez Cargill-Sherman said she's
happy to know that her Church put
on such an event and she really
enjoyed sharing some of her expe-
riences she shared with her in the
Cargill-Sherman talked about

her relationship with Lavern Eve
from the time she transferred from
LW Young to St. Augustine's Col-
lege and how they played together
in all of the sports.
In her comments, Edwards said
she will forever be grateful to Eve
because she remembered how on
one of their trips, she was able to
wake up just in time to save their
lives from the driver of the car who
had fallen asleep.
National 100 metre record hold-
er Chandra Sturrup, who also
attended the event, said now
is the best time to pay tribute to
"It's coming up soon for her to
retire, so it's good that she's being
honoured now," Sturrup stated.

Retired Golden Girl Eldece
Clarke-Lewis, who first met Eve
in 1980 when they travelled to
Carifta in Bermuda, said the hon-
our couldn't have gone to a nicer
"It's well deserved and I'm glad
that she's been-honoured today,"
she stated.
Quarter-miler Carl Oliver, who
first met Eve when they travelled to
the Commonwealth Games in
1994, said: "I think the Bahamas
should really be proud of her,"
Oliver reflected. "She's a beauti-
ful person inside and out and I'm
just glad to be here to help her cel-
Former BAAA's president and
IAAF Council Member, Alpheus
'Hawk' Finlayson, said what stuck
out in his mind was the fact that
Eve actually had a lot to say in her
acceptance speech.
"I knew her from going to St.
Augustine's College, but I never
really heard her speak so well and
so much," Finlayson stated. "It was
good to be here."
Randolph Swaby, a former bas-
ketball coach of both Beryl and
Lavern in basketball, said it was a
well put together event and he cer-
tainly didn't want to miss being a
part of it.


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Words of Wi*sdom

for Lavern Eve

TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2005


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Knowles and

their mark on

Senior Sports Reporter
MARK Knowles and French-
man Michael Llodra were able
to continue their winning streak
in the men's doubles at Wimble-
don 2005.
And yesterday, Knowles and
American Venus Williams
teamed up to play their first
mixed doubles match, coming
from behind for a 6-7 (6), 6-4,6-4
triumph over Todd Perry from
Australia and Els Callens from
"We played very well, but the
team we played just played
incredible," said Knowles last
night. "We were concerned after
we lost the first set.
"We thought we were playing

I Co. make


Bahamas star continues winning streak

very well, but the other team was
playing darn well too. We were
not expecting them to play as well
as we did. We were out there
really late. They made us work
three sets for it. But it was a
It was a combination that
Knowles.tried to put together
from last year, but it didn't mat-
eralise as Williams was -slightly
injured. This year, she's healthy
and Knowles said when he asked,
she didn't refuse.
"It's a great opportunity for us

to play together," said Knowles,
who is hoping that Williams will
come here for his annual Celebri-
ty Tournament in December at
Knowles and Williams will play
again in mixed doubles today
against Oliver Rochus and Kim
Cljisters of Belgium in the third
round of the mixed doubles.
Playing in the third round of
the men's doubles, Knowles and
Llodra rallied for a 6-4,6-4,5-7,6-
4 decision over Ivo Karlovic of
Croatia and Rogier Wassen of
the Netherlands,
Knowles said it was a tough
team, but after going up two

straight, they had to dig down
deep to win the fourth set to
avoid having to go the full five
"We're playing well, especially
playing together for the first
time," Knowles said. "He's a
great player. He's very similar to
the guys I like to play. He's left
handed, so it's very nice.
"He's also younger than I am,
so he's keeping me young. So it's
working out very well. I had a
good feeling about it going in and
I still feel good about it now."

They will now have to play the
team of Stephen Huss of Aus-
tralia and Wesley Moodie of the
Republic of South Africa in the
quarter-final today.
It's a match that Knowles said
they will certainly have to up their
game another notch.
"We're getting to the stage
where we are in good form and
focussed," Knowles stressed. "So
we're going to take it one match
at a time and be ready."
In the junior segment of the
tournament, Ryan Sweeting and
Timothy Neilly both advanced to
the second round of the boys' sin-

But things didn't work out for
Jessica Sweeting.
The first Bahamian female
player to play in the tournament,
was ousted in the first round 7-6
(4), 6-3 by Astrid Besser from
Number 15th seeded Neilly,
playing from the bottom half of
the drawn, knocked off Kei
Nishiko of Japan in three tough
sets, 6-1, 1-6 and 6-4.
Unseeded Ryan Sweeting, who
was coming off a pretty good
week, needed just two sets to
eliminate Australian Patrick
Jessica Sweeting, the lone
Bahamian female playing in the
tournament, was ousted in two
straight sets 7-6 (4), 6-3 by the
team of Astrid Besser.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2005

'I am a Grown Woman

and I am Enjoying Life'

LIVING Fashion is doing a three-part
series on three remarkable women in the
Bahamas. This series will celebrate their per-
sonas as they progress through the stages of
life "Who Am I? The Trial and Error
Years", better known as the 20s and 30s; the
"I Now Know Myself Years", better known

as the 40s and 50s; and the "I am a Grown
Woman and I am Enjoying Life", better
known as 60+! We start our profile series
with the wisest of the bunch, our 60+ Fash-
ionista Pepper Johnson (pictured).
See full story and more pictures on Page 2C

Lots of vitamin

D, calcium may

reduce risk of

developing PMS


PMS can be the
bane of a woman's
life (or at least of
those around her),
but avoiding it
may be as easy as pouring a
glass of orange juice or opening
a carton of yogurt, according
to a new study.
A study released this month
suggests that high dietary
intake of calcium and vitamin
D may reduce the risk of devel-
oping PMS premenstrual syn-
drome which has symptoms
ranging from fatigue, bloating
and breast tenderness to mood
swings and depression. The
research, part of the Nurses'
Health Study, tracked 6,000
women, initially 27 to 44 years
old, for 10 years.
According to the study's
authors, while most women
experience only filid PMS,
eight to 20 per cent of women
experience symptoms that con-
siderably impact normal life
and relationships. Women may
be at "significantly lower" risk
for experiencing those symp-
toms, the study suggests, by
getting four servings of skim
or low-fat milk, fortified orange
juice, yogurt, or other low-fat
dairy foods that are rich in vit-
amin D and in calcium.
The study was published in

the June 13 issue of the
Archives of Internal Medicine,
and found that getting four dai-
ly helpings of fortified milk -
with 300 mg of calcium, and
100 IU of vitamin D provides
enough of the mineral and vit-
amin to significantly lower the
chances of suffering from PMS.
Women wanting to reduce
PMS may want to choose skim
or low-fat milk, rather than
whole milk. Full-fat milk
appeared to reduce the risk of
PMS, but that was significantly
lower with less rich options.
The study also sugested that
higher fat diets may make PMS
more likely.
Before reaching for milk or
juice to quell crankiness and
that unpleasant bloated feel-
ing, women should consider
that while the large-scale study
seems reputable, others are
needed to confirm the findings,
says local dietitian Julia Lee.
She points out, though, that
while women may want to wait
to hear more about calcium
and vitamin D intake before
expecting it to work miracles
on PMS, they should already
be aiming for calcium and vit-
amin D-rich diets for other
health purposes.
"As far as directly being

related to PMS I don't know,
but definitely having a good
intake of calcium and vitamin
D has been good for other rea-
sons such as bone develop-
ment," she told Tribune
The study's suggestion that
getting dairy could ease pre-
period angst is still a relatively
new one.
Mrs Lee pointed out that she
hadn't heard of a relationship
between dairy and PMS prior
to this; as of August 2004, the
American Dietetic Association
maintained that "no evidence
exists to show that diet can
eliminate PMS symptoms",
although it suggested avoiding
overeating, including more
complex carbs, having low-fat
foods, and reducing salt to
reduce bloating, and reduce
caffeine to lower irritability.
The study's .findings go
against what some women's
magazines on beating PMS
have suggested in the past;
while many magazines and
sources are now suggesting to
get dairy to reduce PMS, others
in the past have listed dairy,
along with sugar and caffeine,
on the pre-period no-no list.
The study did not evaluate
how effective high doses of cal-
cium supplements may be in
reducing the risk of develop-
ing PMS.

Protecting, promoting and

supporting breastfeeding

FOR mothers and their babies, breast-
feeding is more than just another life style
choice. Breast milk is best. It is the "ulti-
mate" gift a mother can give to her new-
born child.
all lined up in protecting, promoting and
supporting breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding is an unequalled way of
providing optimal nutrition while at the
same time providing the emotional needs
of the newborn, and it has many benefits.
At the household level, there is less
wastage and more available income to the
family. It has also been found that at the
health care system level, there are fewer
documented sick babies and on a national
level, less foreign currency spent on
imports of baby formulas.
Other proven scientific benefits include
significant improvement in IQ, reduced
incidence of diarrhea and respiratory infec-
tions, better protection against allergies
(such as asthma and eczema), obesity and
diabetes in later life and a reduced risk of

pre-menopausal breast cancer and ovarian
Doctors Hospital has started a series of

The maternity unit
at Doctors' Hospital
is committed to
being partners in
reestablishing and
sustaining "a
breastfeeding culture"
in the Bahamas

lactation management workshops for its
health care team. The purpose is to ensure
that all health care workers with whom

expectant and new mothers come into con-
tact will be committed to promoting breast-
feeding, and be able to provide appropri-
ate information as well as demonstrate a
thorough practical knowledge of breast-
feeding management.
The 18-hour lactation management
course is certified by WHO/UNICEF and
is taught by Carlotta Klass RN, RM, lac-
tation specialist and the first National
Breastfeeding Coordinator for the
The workshops will provide a course on
current breastfeeding information, effective
breastfeeding counselling skills and the
skills aiid tools needed to assist breast-
feeding mothers pre and postnatal.
The maternity unit at Doctors' Hospital
is committed to being partners in reestab-
lishing and sustaining "a breastfeeding cul-
ture" in the Bahamas.
Breastfeeding is promoted by WHO as
one of the most important contributors to
neonatal, infant and child health growth
and development.


Bahamas Office and School Supplies 1






Up close and

with Pepper



* VINTAGE Pepper Johnson with long black tresses.

Pepper is well-
known locally and
in the internation-
al arena for her
skills as a makeup
artist. Her creativity over the
years has nurtured her passion
for fashion and style, resulting
in the development of The
Look Modeling Agency. Her
excitemefit and energy have
now been channeled into pro-
viding casting services for the
Bahamas' growing film indus-
try, where she combines her
expertise, abundant past expe-
rience and love for beauty,
fashion and cinema.

Living Fashion: Pepper it's
always a pleasure to see you,
we have worked together on
many shoots in the past and.
the end product, as always, is
exemplary. Can you tell us a
little about your start in this
industry, and perhaps how
things were different when you
Pepper Johnson: You know
as I always say, whatever you
do you should be passionate
about it. A long time ago I met
a woman named Flo Miller and
we found out that we had the

same passion for fashion and
where we wanted it to go in the
Bahamas. There was this flat-
ness present; the era was com-
pletely about being a "lady",
wearing your pearls and stock-
ings. There is nothing wrong
with that, but we wanted more.
To be provocative, wearing
bright coloured lipstick, your
hair swinging freely, wasn't
done, but we did it and we
loved it!
Flo had a wonderful idea of
gathering a group of beautiful
women and promoting the
Bahamas through "Goombay
Summer." Every Wednesday
we showed Bahamian Fashion
with music and dance. We had
a fashion show and Junkanoo
Rush Out. It is still alive in
Miami to this day! That's how
it all started for us.
LF: You have remained
vibrant and beautiful over the
years, what types of endeav-
ours are keeping you busy
PJ: One thing that I do every
morning is Tai Chi. This is
where you channel your ener-
gy, you give each muscle, each
cell a wake up call. After Tai
Chi, I meditate on my day.
God and I decide what my day
will be like. I also write in my
journal. He is a part of my jour-
nal. This keeps me vibrant and
alive, my faith, my trust and
my ritual. I am involved in
many things that keep me busy,
I am off doing makeup, semi-
nars for large corporations, I
am a 'Spice Girl' for
McCormick Spices. Being a
casting director for the
Bahamas Film Festival, I am
involved in anything that
comes our (the Bahamas') way,
so I do a lot of image develop-
ment, which basically means
co-ordinating and organising
people's biographies, head-
shots, actor's reels (and a host
more) in order for them to be
prepared for castings and go-
sees. Good presentation is key!
LF: What does it mean to
you to be 60+, grown and fab-
PJ: I remember when I was
29 turning 30, I said to my
friend, "I can't believe that I
am turning 30". At 30 you
know what you want. At 40
nobody can fool you. At 50 you
are mellowing out. You have
done the same thing for 10
years and are ready for what's
next. At 60 you start a new
phase, being a role model for
your grandchildren, so that
they can experience you in a
wonderful way. Being 60, a
woman is just beginning to feel
her wings, her power. When
you stand up in front of a room
of people and you say good
evening people want to hear
what you have to say. Knowing
that you have the wisdom, you
have been there (and every-
where) and people are eager
to share in your learning. They

respect it.
LF: Feeling like an "old
woman" at 60+ is a thing of the
past these days, how would you
describe your fashion sense,
your wardrobe choices now,
and how they have changed or
not over the past four or so
PJ: One thing about grow-
ing older, for most women, we
instinctively know what looks
good on us. The mini skirts
don't look as good as they used
to because the legs are no
longer as attractive as they used
to be! You wear more conser-
vative, but not dowdy clothing.
You are entitled to show cleav-
age and feel feminine and allur-
ing if you wish, especially if
they are still in tact. But there
is nothing more beautiful than
an older woman who looks pol-
ished and refined. 'Simple Ele-
gance' is the phrase for women
over 60. As you get older your
features become more refined
and you don't need as much
makeup. We have all seen
women with the red, red
cheeks and crazy eyelashes,
they begin to look bizarre. You
must come to the point of
knowing that you can't wear
what you used to at 30 or 40. It
is a joy for me being my age
and having people come up to
me and say that "you look
good", and me feeling and
knowing that it's true.
LF: What would be a typical
ensemble for you for day and
PJ: Coco Chanel once said,
"If you want to be known as
glamorous, pick one color and
let it become your signature."
A typical day ensemble would
be something soft because of
the heat, and white which is a
trademark for me. Linen draw-
string pants with a softer,
lighter weight linen 'camu'
underneath. This is topped off
with a lightweight cardigan that

I wrap around my waist when it
really gets warm. Our feet take'
so much over the years, after a,
while we can't wear stilettos
everyday, so I love comfy,.:
unique-looking flats. For an
evening drink at a lounge or
club, I would wear a black slip
dress with something extreme-
ly exotic around my neck and
in my ears. I love to keep the
attention around the face. An
item for drama is a must, espe-,
cially with an all black outfit,
that can be considered unfor-,"
gettable. Adding a splash of
color to punch it up a bit will
always work. I would add a.:
great turquoise pashmina or a
pair of hot red stilettos; your
outfit will be remembered
then! A glammed up evening
calls for something grand and,
opulent, with shoes that you
don't even want to walk in. We
are finally getting back to being
ultra feminine and I look for-
ward to where that is going!

LF: e un piacere (it has been:
a pleasure!). Thank you for let-,
ting us enter your world, and:
reminding us of what we have'
to look forward to. Good luck;
with all your,
endeavours...'..continue the
road that you are on, only fab-
ulousness awaits! Ciao bella!
PJ: Ciao bella, darling!
Thank you for having me. I
have learned that the ultimate
revenge is to look good! No
matter how the world feels
about you. When you step out
there create a positive persona,
so that when they see you they
have to smile and acknowledge
that you are fierce, whether
they love you or not!
Apryl Weech (pictured at
left) is a fashion designer, styl-
ist and photographer. You can
contact her via e-mail at: or visit
her website www.apryl-

* PEPPER Johnson hosts a fashion show.









Do you eat to live

or live to eat?

or live to eat? LIGHTEN UP & LIVE HEALTHY
Whenever this
question is and loses its goes on Finding tasty and new ways to
asked, many will the "bad" tasting list. use fresh produce, herbs and
ponder and reply, "eat to live", spices, or cooking techniques that
Why then if you look around at Taste preferences develop intensify natural flavours and cre-
tie eating habits some Bahami- early ate mouth-watering aromas can
ais practice, it seems as if many Taste preferences and eating help make the difference
o( us "live to eat". patterns start early in life and are between a bland and tasteless
('Enjoying delicious foods is one determined by many factors. meal and one that is bursting
of life's pleasures and there is Childhood feeding practices and with flavour and colour. For
c rtainly no fault in that. It is not experiences including family and example, adding fresh herbs and
sj much what you eat but how peer role modeling are strong spices to sauteed or steamed veg-
often and how much. influences. etables gives an appetising savory
Bear in mind that there are Young children (age three-sev- aroma. A food that smells
s me foods that are everyday en years) will change their pref- appetising and looks good
foods and some foods that are erences to conform to what their becomes more pleasurable and
sometimes foods. Studies show peers are eating. The younger a positive behaviour can be
tlfat most persons have a general the child, the more he or she is accepted.
idea of what it means to eat susceptible to peer influence, and
healthy but they chose to eat oth- the effect is greater if the influ- Healthy eating at the family
e(wise anyway. Studies also show encing child is older. Parents, oth- table
that taste is one of the key deter- er family members and the Children adopt attitudes about
nrinates for the food choices we school environment influence the food first and foremost from the
r4ake. development of children's taste home. Positives attitudes develop
.Along with taste come psy- by specific foods made available, when food preparation and meal-
ciological, social, cultural, eth- the relative importance of food in times are pleasant and fun expe-
nic, economic and emotional family activities, and the degree riences.
influences all of which help shape to which healthy eating and exer- Offer a variety of foods includ-
our food preferences. cise is emphasised. ing fruits and vegetables from a
'Let's take a closer look at Giving food as a reward is not very early age. Make a variety of
taste. always a good idea. It .may be vegetables available at the table
:The foods that are nutrient successful' in the short term in everyday. Familiarity will go a
d~nse are usually associated with getting children to eat foods they long way.
"bad" tasting and foods that are feel "taste bad", but in the long Foods served at the family
high in fat, salt and sugar are usu- term children associate the food table are part of your ethnic and
ally associated with "taste good". that is being offered as the cultural heritage and form the
reward as the more desirable foundation for "food memories"
iWhat is taste? food and given the choice they that children will carry with them
te actually describes four will eat these foods more often all life long.
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Illustrated by Maile Pickett

WELVE-YEAR-OLD Aaron and his father, along

with Lisa and her father (Roger), and Willie and
his 14-year-old son (Cassidy), set off on a white-
water rafting adventure down the Green River, Utah. They
intend to pass through Desolation Canyon, famous for its
difficult rapids.
While the dads have considerable river experience, Aaron
has much to learn. As for young Cassidy, though he has had
some experience with rafting there is much wildness in
him. Worse, his practical jokes and bad attitude are enough
to make a hard trip that much more difficult. This difficulty
comes to a boil in tensions between Aaron's dad and Cas-
sidy. Matters turn critical when a raft is found floating
empty with both he and Cassidy missing. Has Cassidy
turned to violence on the violent river? Even if there has
been no violence, will the expedition ever get to safety?
After all, Desolation Canyoneri-splace that long ago earned
its name.


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For many, snacking between

meals hinders health goals

Tribune Feature Writer
t's not that persons can't eat
i everything on their diet list
or that they fail to exercise
the required three to four
times a week. For many, it's
the snacking between meals that hin-
ders health goals.
Anthony Rolle, personsal trainer at
Bally Total Fitness at Sandyport,
believes that for many Bahamians
punchingg on potato chips or chomp-
.ing on the.nearest chocolate bar is a
"'major downfall".
Many of these Bahamians, he says,
work out in the gyms and eat reason-
"ably healthy meals throughout the
day, but they underestimate the calo-
":hes and fat in many of these attractive
But it's not the snacking that's bad.
,iSnacking will not make an individual
.fat. Only too many calories overall
Swill do that. In fact, a 100-to-200 calo-
-hie snack eaten two to three hours
'before a meal can take the edge off
ypur.hunger and keep you from
fi-, Heexplains: "Snacking is not bad, it
,depends on what you are snacking on.
XWith weight loss, you have to look at
everything that you put into your
mouth, so everything you eat should
,be good for you, snacks too."

One way to avoid snacking on the
first thing that comes to hand, is to
"be prepared. Have on hand in conve-
*.ient places (such as your car, brief-
case, workout bag), whole-grain crack-
ers, juice boxes, fig bars, a whole-grain
Bagel, flavoured rice cakes and dried
'ruit. At home, stock up on fresh
-fruits, vegetables, whole-grain cere-
als, breads and crackers. Nutritionists
say to plan the day's foods around
,approved dietary guidelines to bal-
,ance out snacks and meals. An orange
-.and a couple of graham crackers, for
,example, count towards a daily quota

of fruits and grains.
According to Mr Rolle, when work-
ing towards losing weight, certain
foods must be avoided. That means
avoiding snacks that are high in fats,
sugar and sodium, and choose health-
ier options like eating raisins, peanuts,
fruits, vegetables between meals, he
Mr Rolle recommends eating an
early breakfast, an early lunch (which
should be around 12pm), and an ear-
ly dinner. And all meals should be
small portions.


"Seeing that you're meals are all
small portions," says the trainer, "the
snack in between will cutt down the
hunger cravings that people often
have in between meals which leads
them to eat more. So with snacking,
you don't pig out when you fiially get
to eat the next meal." ," :
Its far better to eat a snack when
slightly hungry than to do so when
the stomach is empty. Try to limit
snacks to between 100 and 200 calo-
The trainer says that a lot of people
also fall short of their eight loss goals
because of snacking, even though they
may be having a "good" snack.
Regardless of how healthy the snack
is, says Mr Rolle, portion control
should always be a consideration.
Says Mr Rolle: "Some people think
that because I'm snacking on good
food now that means I can just go and
eat all these peanuts. But you still
have to think about your serving size.
A snack isn't supposed to be larger
than your meal, because it's a snack."
View snacks as mini-meals; have
them fill in the voids left by what you
didn't eat, or won't be eating, at meal-
time. Think "snacks to fill the cracks".

Note: Even self-proclaimed "low-
fat" snacks will cause you to gain
weight if you overdo it. Low-fat foods
often use extra sugar and calories for

* FOR many, it's the snacking between meals that hinders health goals.

(The Tribune archive photo)

Nutritionists: Consume more


Tribune Feature Writer

cating persons to once again
.return to the consumption of
:vegetables, but not just any
wegetable. They say to consume
-more leafy vegetables.
This advisory comes after
,new FDA Dietary Guidelines
released earlier this year that
'ddress what it calls a "major"
challenge with eating greens.
According to the FDA, the
average adult American needs
to boost his consumption of
dark green vegetables by 200
to 300 per cent.
Julia Lee, dietician at Doc-
tors Hospital tells Tribune
Woman and Health that
Bahamians may also need to
consume more vegetables.
But consuming "200 to 300
per cent more" dark greens?
That seems a bit extreme.
Mrs Lee says that this advi-
sory does not necessarily apply
to everybody. It all depends on
how many dark green vegeta-
bles one already consumes on a
regular basis.
"They are not really saying
well double up or triple up on
the vegetables you are eating, if
you are already eating proper
servings," the dietician
"But it's advice for persons
who already have a deficiency -
those persons need to double
and triple their intake. The
FDA is saying that they should
take more vegetables."
i... t is-recommended that

adults eat three cups of dark
green vegetables each week.
To reach this amount, one can
take a half-cup serving almost
every day, or larger servings
several times a week.
This comes as an interesting
recommendation, and a very
appropriate one at that, since
most persons usually do not eat
vegetables. And if they do, the
.leafy green veggies are usually
neglected in favour of the slice
of tomato and some onions
spread on a cheeseburger.
(That usually eases the guilt of

not having any vegetables at
While all vegetables benefit
the body, it may be that the
leafy green ones are best for
"Colourful vegetables con-
tain more phytonutrients, so
they are preferred. Nutrients,
vitamins and minerals also
become more prevalent as the
colour becomes deeper. So
that's an indication why they
encourage you to eat more
dark greens," Mrs Lee notes.
And while the dark greens

may be more wholesome, it
does not mean that the lighter
coloured veggies are any less
beneficial. Mrs Lee recom-
mends that persons consume a
variety of vegetables, that
include the dark greens.
Romaine lettuce, and even
darker green leafy vegetables
like spinach, Swiss chard, kale,
collard greens, mustard greens
and turnip greens contain beta-
carotene as well as "carotenoid
cousins" called lutein and zeax-
It is believed that beta-

carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin
are all powerful antioxidants
that play a role in blocking ear-
ly stages in the development of
cancer. Some studies even link
them to a lower risk of breast,
lung and skin cancers. In addi-
tion, lutein seems to help slow
the development of age-related
macular degeneration (AMD),
a leading cause of age-related
These darker veggies also
offer a significant amount of
folate, which is a B vitamin that
promotes heart health and


over heat until anchovies are dissolved in
oil. Slice mushrooms thickly and add to
anchovy oil, sauteing till browned. Add
spinach, tossing with oil and anchovies
till just wilted. Spritzwith squeezed
lemon. Only 50 calories per serving.
With this recipe, you 'll get: magne-
sium, phosphorus, potassium, vitamin A,
vitamin E, foliate, vitamin K, beta
carotene, niacin, thiamine, vitamin B6,
vitamin B12, omega 3 fatty acids,
riboflavin, and calcium.

* Source: Chet Day's Health & Beyond
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helps prevent certain birth
defects. Folate is also necessary
*for DNA duplication and
repair. Without repair damaged
cells can develop into cancer.
With all the benefits of veg-
etables, it is a wonder that the
average Bahamian's diet so
often neglects them.
Mrs Lee says that many peo-
ple do not make room for veg-
etables in their meals. "All you
do is think back. Did you eat
vegetables with your last meal?
You'd identify that it is a miss-
ing food groups in many per-
sons meals," she adds.
Other dark green vegetables
like watercress, arugula, bok
choy, and broccoli are all
known to supply phytochemi-
cals (such as indoles) that block
enzymes that activate carcino-
gens and boost enzymes that
detoxify them.
According to Mrs Lee, help-
ful nutrients like potassium and
magnesium are more abundant
in darker vegetables.
She adds: "You need mag-
nesium for many enzymatic
functions in the body, and its
good for a healthy nervous sys-
tem. And potassium, it's good
for fluid balance inside the cell.
Both of them help to maintain
a healthy blood pressure."
So it may be wise to spruce
up salads or sandwiches with
small tender leaves. Add greens
with larger, tougher leaves to
soups. Stir-frying many of these
greens in a dash of healthy
canola or olive oil with some
garlic, onion, or ginger is anoth-
er option.







Fit Father for



Fathers were chal-
lenged to an
obstacle course to
test their fitness
levels and find
out who was the Most Fit
Father for the year 2005 dur-
ing a special celebration at a
local gym.
Many fathers signed up for
the competition at Bally Total
Fitness but only a few were
brave enough to actually par-
ticipate on the evening of the
The fitness obstacle course
included cardiovascular and
strength training exercises
such as: jumping jacks, lunges,
squats, scissor kicks, push ups,
and crunches, all did about
20 times each to challenge the
endurance of the fit fathers.
The gym floor was set up

like an obstacle course with
each exercise at a different
station. Each father had to
complete one exercise station
before he could move on to
The father that completed
all of the exercises and raced
to the finish line in the fastest
time won the fitness challenge
and was named the first Bal-
ly's Most Fit Father 2005.
Errington Russell, a 35-
year-old father of one, and
Bally member since July 2004,
completed the fitness chal-
lenge in two minutes and 14
seconds to capture the title
of Bally's Most Fit Father
Mr Russell received a prize
package that included three
months free membership, a
Bally's T-shirt and cap, 10

guests passes, a Bally's sport
bottle, and a 20 per cent dis-
count card from Nutrition For
Life, a health store located
downstairs in the Bally's
Sandyport sporting complex.
"I only entered for the fun
of it and didn't really think
about winning," said Mr Rus-
sell, who promised to com-
pete again next year, but only
for the fun of it.
Second place father was
Jason Edgecombe, who fin-
ished the fitness challenge in
two minutes and 19 seconds.
In third place was Basil
Sands, who completed the fit-
ness challenge in two minutes
and 26 seconds.
Carlos Albury, one of the
trainers at Bally's who helped
design the fitness obstacle
course, said that the exercises

chosen tested the total physi-
cal fitness of each person par-
The fitness course prepared
for the fathers was demand-
ing but practical, he said.
A similar event was put on
for mothers during the Moth-
er's Day celebrations, said
Bally's general manager Brian
Goudie, who said he wanted
to make sure there was also
an event to encourage and
involve fathers while cele-
brating Father's Day.
"Parents set the example
for children to grow up and
be healthy," Mr Goudie said.
"Fathers like those partici-
pating in the fitness challenge
set a good example for their
children to make fitness a
part of their lifestyle," he

How to decode

Nutrition Facts

on food labels

ALL information on food
labels are based on the serv-
ing size listed.
Similar food products
have, similar serving sizes.
This emak6sit easier to com-
pare foods. Be sure to check
serving sizes to ensure you
are not eating or drinking
more than the recommend-
ed serving size.
Limit total fat, cholesterol,
and sodium. Use per cent
Daily Value to see how a
food fits into your diet.
(Daily Value tells you
whether the nutrient con-
tributes a lot or a little to
your total daily diet: 5 per
cent is low; 20 per cent or
more is high.) Per cent Dai-
ly Value can also help you
compare products. Only Vit-
amin A, Vitamin C, Calci-
um and Iron are required to
be listed on a label. Get
enough of these nutrients.
A food company can list
other vitamins and minerals
if they want to.
Here are some common

label terms and what they
mean: Low calorie has 40
calories or less per serving.
Reduced calorie has 25 per
cent .fewer calories than the
regular or reference prod-
uct. Sugar-free has less than
0.5 grams of sugar per serv-
ing. Sodium-free has less
than 5 milligrams of sodium
per serving. Very low sodi-
um has 35 milligrams or less
of sodium per serving. Low
sodium has 140 milligrams
or less of sodium per serving.
Reduced sodium has 25 per
cent less sodium than the
reference produce. Lean
has less than 10 grants of fat,
less than 2 grams of saturat-
ed fat, and less than95: mil-
ligrams of cholesterol per
serving and per 100 grams.
Low fat has 3 grams or less
of fat per serving. Low cho-
lesterol has 20 milligrams or
less of cholesterol and 2
grams or less of saturated fat
per serving. :
Source: Doctors Hospital

Preventing and controlling the spread

of STIs, HIV/AIDS in the Bahamas


THE overall objective of the Bahamas
National HIV/AIDS Programme is to
reduce the incidence and impact of
HIV/AIDS and other Sexually Trans-
mitted Infections (STIs), providing a
strategic, holistic approach to HIV Pre-
vention Education, clinical management,
care, support and treatment; HIV/AIDS
training; HIV/AIDS Research; Focus on
Ybuth initiatives, HIV laboratory Ser-
vices and Caricom Youth Ambassador
for Positive Living Initiatives.
The main objective is prevention and
control of the spread of STIs, HIV/AIDS
in Commonwealth of the Bahamas. The
Bahamas HIV/AIDS Cumulative Statis-
tics as of August 1985 to December, 2004
are as follows:
In the Bahamas, the National AIDS
Programme has monitored the epidemic
since 1985. As of December 31 2004
there's been a cumulative total of 10,085
total HIV infections, 4,999 cases of AIDS
and 5,086 persons who are non- AIDS
HIV positive. Of the 4,999 cases of AIDS,
3,470 (69.4 per cent) have died. Of the
total 10,085 infections, 5,410 occurred in
young adults between the age group of 15
-44 years. The ratio of male to females
infected with HIV is 1.1:1.
The number of new persons testing
HIV positive decreased from 404 per-
sons in 2000 to 289 persons in 2003 and
currently is recorded as 260 persons as
of December 2004. It is hoped that the
decreases seen in HIV/AIDS infections
and mortality rate will be sustained and
continue to drop. Adolescents and young
people account for the fastest growing
group of new HIV infections.
The prevalence of HIV in antenatal
patients is two per cent whereas the HIV
prevalence rate for the Bahamas is three
per cent. Like other Caribbean countries,
heterosexual transmission is the pre-
dominate mode of transmission of HIV,
with the sexually active age group 15-44
years being mainly affected.
The leading cause of death in the age
group 15 to 29 is AIDS.
What do the statistics /research tell us?
These statistics tells us that the focus
should be on HIV prevention for
Teenagers and Young Adults. This is sup-
ported by:
Antenatal Statistics
STI/HIV Statistics for young girls
(which is the fastest growing group of
persons testing positive for HIV)
The number of teenagers having
babies each year, which are approxi-
mately 600-700.
It has also been noted that little girls as
young as eight-nine years old are giving
birth and therefore the HIV and STIs
prevention education must target chil-
dren in our primary schools in an effort to
encourage them to delay engaging in sex-
ual activities and thus increasing their
chances of contracting HIV and/or STIs.
What are some of the Family Island
Education in the Family Islands is
ongoing with the Community Nurse in
charge of the major clinics, which serve as
the focal point with School Family Life
Education assisting. A range of preven-
tion, support and care activities take place
in different Islands, settlement and com-
munities. Prevention efforts are max-
imised during cultural activities such as
regattas, with involvement of Local Gov-
ernment teams.

Who are the members of the
HIV/AIDS Centre Resource
Committee and what is its roles?
The HIV/AIDS Centre Resource Com-
mittee is a very active and vibrant multi-
sectoral team of persons from the com-
munity, which meets monthly.
The team consists of public health nurs-
es, playwrights/authors; cosmetologists,
educators, youth and drug prevention
officers, infectious disease and STIs con-
sultants. They represent a large cross sec-
tion of the community, including utility
corporations, the Bahamas Family Plan-
ning Association, Ministry of Education
and Youth, community policing, AIDS
Foundation, the religious community, ser-
vice clubs, PAHO/WHO, the legal
department, banks, the Chamber of Com-
merce and other non-government organ-
The members of this committee assist
in the HIV prevention education within
the country.
What does the HIV/AIDS Resource
Centre offer?
The HIV/AIDS Resource Centre
Information dissemination assistance
with school;
networking (Red Cross, Girl Guides,
street Vendors, Narcotics Anonymous,
Cosmetology, Professionals, Churches,
Schools, Bahamas Family Planning Asso-
ciation, Samaritan Ministries;
walk-in counselling;
PLWHA expansion of CRN organi-
sation; and
expansion of National AIDS Pro-
gramme to include an HIV/AIDS Centre
consisting of six (6) units:
i. HIV Prevention Education Unit
ii. Clinical Management, Care Support
and Treatment Unit
iii. Medical Research Unit
iv. Laboratory Diagnosis Unit
v. Regional Training Centre Unit.
vi. Focus on Youth Unit.
The National AIDS Programme is
facing some challenges, they are:
1) Manpower, limited finances and
resources to provide support a
crucial need for volunteers to provide
services (eg: the Direct Observation
Treatment DOTS to promote treatment
/medication success with patients with
2) the level of stigma and discrimination
in our society remain high thus it affects
patients' access to care. Most persons are
afraid to attend clinic, to collect their
medications for fear that persons may

see them and talk about them; and
3) accompanied with the stigma is the
number of infants abandoned in the hosa-
pitals as well.
Again, because of the stigma and dis=
crimination, many persons are afraid to
be tested. They choose not to know their
status rather than to be tested. There-
fore, they may indeed be HIV + and prac-
tice unsafe sex which leads to further
spread of HIV.
The theme for this year's observance of
the Natioial Testing Day (Monday June
27) is, "Knowledge is power".
It is estimated that a quarter of a mil-
lion Americans are infected with HIV
but not aware of it. Knowledge could
save their lives. The same can be said for
the Bahamas. Many persons may be
infected and may not know it and go for
long periods of time without being tested.
They run the risk of increasing the spread
of HIV.
While tremendous strides in diagnosing
and treating HIV disease and related
infections have been accomplished, those
advances mean little to someone who
does not know that they are infected.
Even today, far too many people still
. learn that they have HIV quite late in
their infection once serious illnesses
have already appeared, in the emergency
room or the hospital missing years of
opportunity for early care and treatment.
More than 20 years into the epidemic,
this should not still be happening.
In 1995, the National Association of
people with AIDS (NAPWA) launched
National HIV Testing Day on June 27
as a way to reach millions of those at risk
with a simple message "Take the Test,
Take Control." Since then the campaign
has grown to have a major impact on
public health in America and countries
around the world.
For more information on "The Benefits
of HIV Testing", please contact the
HIV/AIDS Centre at telephone 328-2260.
This column was prepared in collab-
oration with Rosa Mae Bain, director,
HIV/AIDS Centre; Bernadette Saunders,
Sr Nursing Officer Department of Public
Health, Coordinator Caribbean Regional
HIV/AIDS Training (CHART) Unit;
James Catalyn, artist, playwright, poet,
chairman, Resource Committee; Emily
'Small, volunteer, executive of Caribbean
Regional Network (CRN+) of Persons
Living with HIV/AIDS and the Global
Network (GRN+) of Persons Living with
HIV/AIDS; and Pamela Bowe, with ref-
erences made to the National Association
of People with AIDS (NAPWA) litera-




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'looking to be adopted'

A lthou g h
they're some
decades older
than their
potential new
"parents", historic trees around
Nassau are looking to be
:The Adopt-A-Tree pro-

Ms Burrows, who has been giv-
ing lectures to local civic groups
* to spread awareness on the
dangers of the practice.
The first adoptees several
towering Sandbox trees on
Church Street got a boost
earlier this month when the
Nassau Garden Club treated
the trees to a pruning, in prepa-
ration for the upcoming hurri-

gramme, where civic groups cane season.
take on the cost of caring for Club president Carleton
mature, historic trees in pub- Robertson says she knew it was
fic spaces, is the brainchild of. time to help the sandbox trees,
Joy Burrows, owner of A-1 near St Matthew's Church,
Tree Services Ltd, who's hop- when she got tired of seeing
ing to usher in a new era of how badly damaged they were
tree maintenance that replaces after last year's hurricanes.
topping with.selective pruning. "I walk by them every day,"
says Ms Robertson, who's been
Topping enjoying the well-established
trees during walks in the area
Topping when the top of a over the past five yers.
tree is literally cut off.- According to Mr Robert-
removes the canopy, the tree's son, while the trees n'
food supply. The new growth essarily indigent ,to the
that follows grows faster and Bahamas, they are ties of
longer, but is considerably the region, and ma e about
weaker, making a office glori- 100 years old.
ous tree "a liability", Ms Bur- Mature, historical trees in
rows says. Topping was once public places aie just what Ms-,
common worldwide; research Burrows is hopi to get
has now shown that removing groups to adopt. spend-_
the tree's protective crown can ing years trying to convince 0 IN the Adopt-A-Tree pro
affect its manufacture of food, those in authority that tree-top-
leave it more vulnerable to ping is
damage from direct sun rays, leafy giants, she decided to gramme was that we can't just
insects And disease weakenits. offer at-cost pruning services wait for government to do
limbs, and in so casesead to any groupthtecidesto ythg," he says, pointing
to death.It alitakeon carig for a public tree treeithe. Princess Mar-
tree, making ey year ar d huri-garet hospital grounds, and an
yet the practice is still common cane season, Bahamians go on historical ficus tree on Bank
locally, a tree-cutting binge... a lot of Lane, as examples of trees that
"Topping trees is the worst landscape companies still need better care.
thing that anyone can do to employ this tree-topping "Who's not indiscriminately
trees, but we did it because we method. What really spurred felling trees and clear-cutting
didn't know any better," says me on to the adopt-a-tree pro- is topping trees, or (there's)

gramme, civic groups take onthe cost of caring for mature, historic trees in public spaces.

just ignorance or they don't
care," says Ms Burrows.
"I decided with the adopt-a-
tree programme that if I can
get civic-minded people to
adopt trees in public spaces,
we're gonna be saving those
particular trees."

For the Church Street sand-
box trees, storms, disease and
insect attack left the once-glo-
rious grandmother-aged
growths in such a state that
their lives may only be extend-
ed, not saved.
Ms Burrows believes that
destruction of trees is reflec-
tive of destructive social ills,
but healthy, well-tended trees

express tranquility and hope.
They express something else
too lungs full of cleaner air.
"The fact on the top of my
list of why we need to protect
trees is that they help us to
breathe clean," Ms Burrows
says. "There's so many more
facts, but that, in my mind;,
should be enough. They help
us to breathe, period."

on gardening

Summer colour

IT is now officially summer
and the rainy season seems to
have begun in earnest. Any
plants we grow in flower beds
as annuals for a summer show
need to be carefully chosen as
some can survive the heat as
long as they are shaded while
others can fake full sun.
We have already had a week
of summer so it will take a long
time for seeds to germinate,
grow and flower. Your best bet
is to go to your local nursery
and buy small containers of
flowers that are rooted and,
often, flowering. *
Sailor's Button (.Vinca, Peri-
winkle) is the standard destroy-
me-if-you-can type of flower
that seems to thrive anywhere
and under any conditions -
drought or flood. Although
annuals, our native Periwinkles
reseed themselves so well you
could be led into thinking they
are pereniiials. Once estab-
lished, a bed of Periwinkles will
last forever.
Vinca grown from horticul-
tural seed packages are not as
robust and will need more
attention. They can usually
take the heat but should not
be allowed to get into a
. drought situation. Their one
advantage is the range of
colours, far more attractive
than the pinky-mauve of native
Periwinkles. Pinks and reds are
particularly attractive.
Cosmos is another summer
favourite that can take quite a
bit of abuse. It can grow in
poor soil and still flower effec-
tively over a lengthy period of
time. Look for Cosmos that,
grovs to less than two feet as.
the taller varieties tend to grow
very leggy. There is an exten-
sive choice of colours and I rec-
ommend a mixed package, if
you grow from seed. My
favourite Cosmos colours are
red and gold.
You could fill your beds with
Zinnias only and still have an
amazing variety of colours, sin-
gles and doubles, and sizes.
There's even a green flower-
ing Zinnia, as well as just about
any other colour you can men-
tion. They are native to Mexico
so there is no problem with the

* PORTULACA (with Moss Rose at the front) can be
used for bedding or as the subject for a hanging basket.

heat. Zinnias come as lilliputs,
growing close to the ground,
and as four-foot tall giants. An
effective display is to bank the
plants in a large bed backed by,
a wall, small Zinnias at the
front, medium in the middle,
and large ones near the wall.
Plumed Celosias make a very
colourful small bed if planted
quite close together. Their
colours are intense, especially
the reds and golds, and their
feathery blossoms can take full
Marigolds used to be yellow
and that was that. They have,
now been bred to be red, var-
iegated red and orange, and a
delightful lemon yellow. Still,
many people prefer the tradi-
tional dark yellow Marigolds
that can take our summer heat
with equinamity.
Impatiens is the western
world's favourite bedding
flower by number of sales but
does not do well in our sum-
mer conditions. New Guinea
Impatiens, however, loves the
heat. The flowers are similar
to regular Impatiens but the
foliage is usually darker and
often variegated. Although

New Guinea Impatiens can
take the heat they prefer shad-
ed conditions to be at their
best. A location that has a few
hours of direct sun and the rest
of the day in shade is fine.
For ground cover between
taller bedding plants you may
consider Moss Rose, a low-
lying form of Portulaca. The
leaves are succulent, though
very fine, which indicates how
well they can take full sun. The
flowers can be single or dou-
ble and the range of colours is
-immense. The double flowers
in particular look like minia-
ture roses.
For hanging baskets you can
use the full-size Portulaca
which grows from 12-18 inches
in length and has bulbous
leaves. The stems droop over
the edges of the basket and
then lift themselves up again,
displaying their flowers very
For a hanging basket in a
shaded area you might like to
try Geraniums. These old
world favourites now come in
pink, white, salmon and pur-
ple, in addition to the tradi-
tional brick red.

* VINCA, Sailor's Button, Periwinkle call it what you will, it's one
of the toughest of all flowering plants.

0 MARIGOLDS are a traditional favourite for summer flower beds.





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