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Volume: 101 No.184



Fireworks were

planned for US

Embassy party

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE explosion at Paradise
Island on Sunday was caused
by fireworks intended to put on
a spectacular display at the US
Embassy's 4th of July celebra-
tions last night.
This was confirmed yesterday
by US Embassy spokesman
Mike Taylor.
"The embassy hired an out-
side contractor to put on a fire-
works show tonight at the
ambassador's residence as a
part of our 4th of July indepen-
dence day celebrations."
The explosion shook Paradise
Island and parts of downtown
Nassau, sending up a huge
cloud of smoke.
It occurred near the site of
the now closed Club Med,
where Atlantis is currently stor-
ing numerous containers of
material for its Phase III devel-
Atlantis officials said on Sun-
day that no tourists were hurt in
the incident and that the matter
was under investigation by the
Fire Branch. The resort yester-
day said it had no further infor-
mation to report.
"It is my understanding that
the contractor and the fireworks
planned to display at the
Ambassador's residence were
involved in the fire at Paradise

Island," said Mr Taylor yester-
Mr Taylor said he did not
know whether Atlantis Resort
-officials ,were.aware that the
fireworks were being kept on
Sthe island.
"Our involvement was to put
out a contract, so we can have a
fireworks display at the Ambas-
sador's residence tonight (Mon-
day). Beyond that I do not
know the level of our involve-
ment in the process," he said.
Although US officials could
say no more, it was understood
that the embassy had hired a
local fireworks contractor to put
on the show.
The contractor would have
been responsible for the pur-
chase, importation, and storing
of the fireworks until it was time
for the display.
Press liaison officer Walter
Evans told The Tribune yester-
day: "It's believed that the
explosion took place when the
fireworks were being offloaded
from one container to anoth-
Fire director Jeffery Dele-
veaux told members of the press
at the scene of the fire on Sun-
day that 18 trailers were dam-
aged in the blaze, some con-
taining furniture, others roof-
ing materials.'
He said six trailers contained

Tribune Staff Reporter
INTERNATIONAL analysts have raised
concerns that the establishment of the Petro-
Caribe Alliance, which the Bahamas signed
last week, may have far-reaching implications
by being the first step to an alternative to
Free Trade Agreement of the Americas
At the signing of the PetroCaribe agree-
ment, which will supply the Latin American
and Caribbean member nations with cheaper
oil, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Ali
Rodriguez said that PetroCaribe was part of a
"long-term vision, aimed at creating the Boli-
varian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA),
in opposition to the Free Trade of the Amer-
During the meeting, Venezuelan Prime
SEE page ten

Western Air hits

back at work

permit claims

Tribune Staff Reporter
WESTERN Air has presented documents
that it claims refutes Labour Minister Vincent
Peet's assertion that six of the airline's pilots had
never been granted work permits and were in
the Bahamas illegally.
The pilots' work permits were denied last
month and the Department of Immigration
subsequently ordered them to leave the country
claiming that they had arrived in the Bahamas
on tourist visas and were working illegally.
According to Mr Peet, who called a press
conference on Thursday, the pilots never had
work permits.
Mr Peet added that while he was aware that
the men were in the country, he had no knowl-
edge they were working.
However, at their own press conference yes-
terday, Western Air vice president Shandrice
Rolle and her lawyer, Desmond Bannister, pre-
sented what they say are Immigration docu-
ments proving that all of the foreign pilots had
SEE page ten

A MAN drowned yesterday
evening after experiencing diffi-
culty swimming off Goodman's
Phillip Pinder, 32, had just had
something to eat before swim-
ming when he began to experi-
ence difficulty.
Around 4.30pm Pinder, a res-
ident of Penny Bank Savings
Lane off Wulff Road, was pulled
from the water by a concerned
male. Attempts were made to
revive him.
Pinder was eventually taken
to the Princess Margaret Hos-
pital where he was pronounced
dead shortly after arrival.
Foul play is not suspected, but
police investigations are contin-
uing and an autopsy will be per-
formed to determine the cause
of death.


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Chair's rulings provoke

misconduct in the House

THE low esteem in which some
people hold the Bahamian polit-
ical class is pushed even lower
by the all-too-frequent eruptions of row-
dy behaviour in the House of Assem-
Not all members of parliament behave
badly, of course, but the cynics are more
than willing to dismiss the whole lot of
them as incorrigible boors. The ugly per-
formance during the recent Budget
debate elicited exactly that kind of
In every parliament there are at least
a few members who are inclined to be
more exuberant than others, but a word
or a glance from the chair should be
enough to keep them under control. Par-
liament is meant to be a place of lively
debate, the more important the issue the
more lively the debate.
The big problem with today's parlia-
ment is that the occupier of. the chair
has failed to earn the confidence of
members of the opposition and many
members of the public. Perhaps some
of the ruling party are also embarrassed
but will not say so.
The office of Speaker of the House
of Assembly is one of the highest in the
land and should be held in great regard
and honoured by all citizens.
There have been many speakers since
the establishment of our ancient parlia-
ment in 1729. Some were quite colourful
characters and some succeeded in carv-
ing out notable places in our history.
Perhaps the most distinguished speak-
er of the last century was Harcourt Mal-
colm, from all accounts a princely man.
Speaker Malcolm wrote a history of
the Bahamas House of Assembly which
was published in 1921. In 1934 he revised
the House Manual of Procedure which
remained in use until the 1964 revision
by Speaker R H (Bobby) Symonette.

peaker Symonette was preceded
by Speaker Asa H Pritchard who
presided during some tumultuous times
in the Assembly, including Sir Etienne
Dupuch's 1956 anti-discrimination reso-
lution. His tenure also saw the transi-
tion to party politics in the Bahamas.
Speaker Pritchard.was a stern disci-
plinarian and he was quite annoyed
when Sir Etienne's son, Etienne Jr, car-
icatured him in a cartoon as a tyrant
cracking the whip over members of the
Speaker Symonette was of a more
amiable disposition but he delighted in
enforcing the 15-minute rule which sev-

What should the opposition and
independents do when obviously
biased and provocative decisions are
constantly being handed down from
the chair? Which is worse? The
provocation or the protest?

eral times resulted in the forcible
removal from the House of Milo Butler
and A D Hanna.
The normally astute and alert Speak-
er Symonette seemed mesmerised when,
in April, 1965, L 0 Pindling, with great
deliberation removed the speaker's mace
from the table and hurled it out of a win-
dow. The window had been opened in
anticipation by Sir Milo who also threw
out the hated hour-glasses with which
Mr Symonette had so often taunted him.
Alvin Braynen made history when he
agreed to accept the position of speaker
in January, 1967, giving the first black
majority a margin of one on the floor of
the House.
The speaker of the House of Assembly
is, or ought to be, a symbol of fairplay
and impartiality and also of parliament's
independence from the executive branch
of government.
Speaker Arlington Butler in August of
1976 courageously demonstrated this
independence when, against the wishes
of Prime Minister Sir Lynden Pindling,

The big problem with today's
parliament is that the occupier of the
chair has failed to earn the confidence
of members of the opposition and
many members of the public.

Stigmas fears

he allowed a motion by Carlton Francis
to send a government bill to a commit-
Sir Lynden was furious. He accused
Sir Arlington of embarrassing him and
invited him to come to the Prime Minis-
ter's office, presumably for a dressing
But from the chair Sir Arlington dra-
matically told Sir Lynden that no prime
minister can summon the speaker to his
office. If the prime minister wanted to
draw his blood, figuratively speaking, he
would have to do it in public.

That important lesson is forgotten
today as the present occupier of
the office of speaker seems to think he is
there to do what pleases the govern-
ment. The speaker has a duty to protect
the rights and privileges of parliament
and of each and every member of par-
He is expected to be especially pro-
tective of the rights of the minority in
parliament and should not allow those
rights to be trampled by a powerful
Speaker James Oswald Ingraham
seems not to understand this. In fact,
after three years in the chair, he seems to
understand not much more about par-
liamentary procedure than he did on his
first day.
It is sad to have to say this because
from all accounts Mr Ingraham has been
a highly-respected gentleman in his com-
munity and a good citizen. But he is
clearly not suited to the office of speak-
Just recently, for example, Speaker
Ingraham refused to acknowledge that a
government backbencher had said some-
thing offensive about former Prime Min-
ister Hubert Ingraham. Even after the
member admitted what he said and apol-
ogised, the Speaker still insisted that he
would have to check the Hansard!

Prime Minister Perry Christie and
his parliamentary colleagues are
to blame for this situation. They have
done a disservice to the House and to the
country, and also to Mr Ingraham, by
putting him in this embarrassing posi-
There are other members of the
majority party who are far better suited
for the office of speaker. I believe, for

example, that Malcolm Adderley has the
qualifications to be a good speaker.
It is not likely that the PLP will do
anything about this state of affairs so
more rocky days seem to be on the cal-
endar of the House and that is regret-
What should the opposition and inde-
pendents do when obviously biased and
provocative decisions are constantly
being handed down from the chair?
Which is worse? The provocation or the
By way of illustration there is an anec-
dote from the Vietnam War about a
strait-laced officer who complained to a
pilot about some obscene words painted
on the fuselage of his aircraft.
The pilot responded by asking the offi-
cer what was more obscene: the words he
had written or his dropping of napalm
bombs on Vietnamese villages.
Nevertheless, there is a course that
aggrieved members of the opposition
can pursue. They can draft resolutions of
censure against the speaker and force
the House to debate, and the majority to
defend, every one of his bad rulings.
Unless, of course, Speaker Ingraham
decides to rule this out of order!
* *


t has been suggested that in addi-
tion to a parliamentary complex
on the Royal Victoria property, the
Office of the Prime Minister should also
be constructed on the same property.
That is a very bad idea. We need to
have a parliamentary complex separate
and apart from the executive branch. It is
parliament that gives legitimacy and
authority to the executive, not the other
way round.
An ideal site for the Cabinet Office
and Office of the Prime Minister is the
Collins property on Shirley Street. The
Churchill Building was never the right
place and is less so today for obvious
There is space at the Collins property
for parking, for expansion and to ensure
security. Furthermore, the building itself
has been abused with ugly'additions and
partitions. It would add to our architec-
tural heritage if it could be restored to its
former glory, like the magnificent Villa


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Autism is among the least
understood disorders in our
society and at every angle there
are stigmas attached to it.
Parents often feel they are
somehow at fault, while wider
family members may feel both
embarrassed and protective. And
like people the world over, the
Bahamian general public shies
away from or ridules those who
are different. In each of these
behaviors fear is a common
denominator. More often than
not fear stems from a lack of
In 2003, when their son, Patrick,
was diagnosed with Autism,
Rodney and Anna Maria
Knowles determined they would
not succumb to their fears. They
tackled Patrick's situation head-
on and their proactive attitude
may have made all the
difference. Autism is a
developmental disorder that
affects a person's ability to
communicate. Experts agree
that the earlier treatment is
started the better. In recent years
some children have recovered
from autism and function in
society indistin-guisable from
their peers.

With this knowledge in hand,
the Knowles' completely re-
arranged their lives. Anna Maria
moved to the States with Patrick
to enroll him in a highly
structured Autism Therapy
Program. There he receives
professional therapy in sign
language and other
communication skills and in
social interaction. With
extraordinary medical bills to
pay Rodney stays home and works
long hours.
Speaking with quiet confidence,
Rodhey says simply that people
shouldbe more aware of illnesses
like autism and the fact that there
are programs that can help.
Rodney is also living proof that
with knowledge there is less fear
and more hope. Patrick has
improved in a number of areas
and the Knowles are hopeful that
he will be home later this year -
and with the aid of professional
assistant be able to attend school.
The Father Pat Fund is pleased
to donate $2,000 to Patrick's
expenses If you would also like
to help, please contact Rodney
Knowles in the evenings at 393-
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Opposition leaders are to be

included in CARICOM process

* By RUPERT MISSICK Jr The summit opened on Sunday play during this meeting is as Chair-
Chief Reporter with a formal ceremony and so far man of the Council of Foreign and

LEADERS of Opposition from
CARICOM member-states will from
now on be included in all of the
bloc's future processes.
This decision to include the oppo-
sition leaders in the consultative
process was made yesterday as a
result of a historic meeting of CARI-
COM Heads of Government with the
Leaders of Opposition during the
organisation's 26th Summit in St

Prime Minister Perry Christie
called for such a process when he
attended his first Heads of Govern-
ment meeting in Guyana in 2002.

the main action uy tue guvernmentL
heads has been to listen to an update
on the regional preparedness for the
Caribbean Single Market and Econ-
omy (CSME).
The Bahamas will formally convey
its decision on CSME tomorrow in a
It will be stated that the Bahamas is
unable to sign the Revised Treaty of
Chaguaramas, effectively ending all
participation in the arrangements for
the CSME.
Foreign Affairs Minister Mitchell
is expected to announce that the
Bahamas has abandoned plans to sign
on to CSME due to widespread oppo-
sition to the agreement in the coun-
The main role the Bahamas will

oUimmunity Rxelatiuions U rUir).
Mr Mitchell was appointed to the
position earlier this year.

The Bahamas is expected to brief
the Heads of Government on the sta-
tus of the United Nations reform
effort, especially on the question of
Security Council reform.
Bahamian Ambassador to the UN
Paulette Bethel is expected to join
Mr Mitchell in this briefing.

PRIME Minister Perry Christie
had called for a process
which included opposition leaders.

Deputy PM to take

three days off for her

husband's surgery


DEPUTY Prime Minister
Cynthia Pratt plans to take the
next three days off to prepare
for her husband's surgery,
which is scheduled for tomor-
row morning at Doctor's Hos-
Joseph Benjamin Pratt, 66,
was admitted to the intensive
care unit (ICU) of Princess
Margaret Hospital Saturday
evening. He was complaining
-of dizziness and shortness of
breath, which doctors have said
is connected to his diabetic con-
In an interview with The Tri-
bune, Mrs Pratt said that doc-
tors are currently running vari-
ous test on her husband.
Mr Pratt is in a stable condi-
tion and under the care of a
team of doctors headed by Dr
Conville Brown and Dr Adri-
an Sawyer.

"It hurts but it won't get me
down," said Mrs Pratt. "There is
no need to worry when I can
pray. When the doctors say they
can't do no more, God says it's
either the end or it's not."
With a 17 year history of dia-
betes, Mr Pratt, currently has a
blockage to his heart and anoth-
er in the back of his legs.
'The surgery will relieve the
pressure in his heart," said Mrs
Pratt. "However, the diabetes
has depleted his kidneys and if
the kidneys were to collapse he
will have to go on dialysis."

Asked if her husband's illness
is affecting her job, Mrs Pratt
said, "Not at all I worked up
to yesterday and then I decided
to take the next three Uays off."
"His illness is not affecting
me to a point were I am totally
shut in. I am a very strong per-
son, both physically and men-
tally. I look at life as challenges
and hurdles, this is just another
hurdle," she said.
After his surgery, Mr Pratt
will have to remain in the ICU
for observation.
Mrs Pratt stated that the sud-
den string of health problems
surrounding both her family life

and career has caused her to
realize that she is "not invinci-
"I was in hospital as of two
years ago in October, and it has
made me wiser. I did not know
what had happened to me and I
thought it was gas, but the doc-
tors said that my cholesterol was
high. I wouldn't have known
that unless I went to get a
check-up," she said.
"I had to change my diet and
include exercise into my daily
lifestyle," she said. "I also made
the decision to change a lot of
things, like losing weight."
She said that when the Prime
Minster was in the hospital she
was not overly concerned
because she knew God was on
his side.
"The average Bahamian eats
whatever they want and then
they suddenly realize that they
have high cholesterol or heart
problems," said Mrs Pratt.
"People need to take better
care of themselves."

Tribune Staff Reporteri
DWIGHT and Keva Major were visibly frus-
trated in the Supreme Court yesterday after it was
announced that their case would be adjourned
and they would be remanded back into custody.
The husband and wife, who have been incar-
cerated at Her Majesty's Prison for more than
two years, are wanted by the United States to
'stand trial for the importation and intent to supply
dangerous drugs.
Their case has been adjourned a number of
times, and on this occasion, they will have to wait
more than a month before the case is heard
J Almitra Jones spoke for the Crown as the
case was set to continue Monday morning.
She informed the court that the prosecutor
responsible for the case, Garvin Gaskin, suffered
a loss in his family and'would be unable to deal
with the case at that time.
Justice Jon Isaacs informed the couple that due
to the tragic loss of Mr Gaskin's mother late last
week, the case would have to be adjourned.
Mrs Major expressed condolences to the prose-
cutor, but also expressed frustration of having the
long, drawn-out case being put off once again.
"I have already been incarcerated for two years,

Man apprehended

after eluding police
Tribune Freeport
AN EIGHT Mile Rock man
wanted for questioning in con-
nection with a murder was
apprehended in the Freeport
area on Friday.
.The man has eluded police
for almost three weeks.
A team of officers went to
an abandoned house on
McGellan Crescent, where
they found a 22-year-old male
of Hanna Hill in hiding.
He is wanted for questioning
in the stabbing death of Bobby
Penn on June 13.
The incident occurred at
Jack Smith Corner at Hanna
Penn, 36, of Abaco, was
stabbed in the chest and
abdomen and died at the hos-


I am suffering, your honour. To me this is unfair,"
she said.
"I don't have a fan in my cell, your honour. I am
living in hell every day of my life. I am a compas-
sionate mother; I have children. But to me, this is
unfair," she said.
Mrs Major pointed out that at first, Francis
Cumberbatch was prosecuting the case, and
also that Sandradee Gardiner was assisting Mr
Mrs Jones informed the court that Mr Cumber-
batch is out of office, as is chief of prosecutions
Bernard Turner.
Ms Gardiner, she said, is appearing before Jus-
tice Anita Allen on another matter.
The case is therefore now set to proceed on
August 2.
The Major's attorneys, Michael Kemp and Don-
na Major, will at that time seek to proceed with a
habeas corpus application.
They will attempt to have their clients freed
from jail.
Meanwhile, the Crown will attempt to have
them extradited.
After the Court of Appeal overturned the deci-
sion of Justice Isaacs that the Bahamian Extradi-
tion Treaty is unenforceable because it was not
properly laid before Parliament, extradition mat-
ters are now set to move quickly.

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Investigations into 'polygraph

testing' on store employees

Chief Reporter
INVESTIGATIONS are continuing into the use of poly-
graph testing on employees at a popular retail store.
"Obviously it is against the law of the Bahamas, it is a ques-
tion that is being looked into by investigators," Minister of
Immigration and Labour Vincent Peet told The Tribune yes-
However, he was unable to say whether the fact that the
store made its employees sign waivers before the testing could
have countered any illegalities.
"I cannot comment on these things. The Department of
Labour will give me the facts so that we can make intelligent
decisions. Anything I say from this point will be speculation,"
said Mr Peet.
Employees were reportedly asked to agree to the tests and to
sign documents to the effect that they were willing participants
in the exercise.
The business allegedly flew in American experts and their
equipment for the sole purpose of sniffing out dishonest work-
"They had a lot of break-ins and they thought that the
employees were doing it so they had a meeting and asked who
wanted to take the lie detector test and who did not want to take
it," said one worker who asked not to be named.
Two female employees reportedly would not take the test, and
while they were told that they would not be fired if they refused,
management pleaded with them to take it.
In the end one of the women gave in, the source said.
This was reportedly the second time employees of this retail-
er were made to take such tests so that the business could iden-
tify "pilferers".
The testing was reportedly to take place over two days;
Thursday and Friday.
"The Labour Board came down there on Thursday and said
that it was illegal and told them to stop it but I don't know if they
continued today," said the employee.

iuwight and Keva Major case adjourned

TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2005, P-, 3



The Tribune Limited
Being Bound to Siwear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEON E. H. D UPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

Publisher/Editor 1972-

Published Daily Monday to Saturday

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Oil pact needs careful scrutiny

ALMOST FROM the day he entered the
House Trade and Industry Minister Leslie
Miller has railed against high fuel prices and
greedy foreign oil companies, which he accus-
es of keeping prices high. He has been strange-
ly mute on the fact that the greatest contribu-
tor to those high prices has been government
itself with its fuel import tax.
With fuel costs rising all around him, main-
ly due to the OPEC countries of the troubled
Middle East, Mr Miller has promised almost
singled-handedly to reverse the trend for
So it is no surprise that having signed onto
Hugo Chavez's energy cooperation pact that
promises lower fuel prices, Mr Miller was elat-
ed on his return home, patting himself on the
back for "mission accomplished".
"What we got from the Venezuelans is a
dream come true," he told reporters. "This is
an extraordinary achievement, one that I have
been behind for the past two and a half years."
However, Mr Miller was reluctant to discuss
this extraordinary achievement with reporters
because he had yet to inform his Cabinet col-
leagues of the details.
It is hoped that every member of the Cab-
inet saw the agreement before Mr Miller
signed it. It is also hoped that they fully under-
stand the power politics of the Chavez-Castro
Caribbean dream, and the dangerous vortex
into which the Bahamas is wittingly or unwit-
tingly being sucked. We hope we are wrong,
but we foresee more than cheap oil at the end
of the. tunnel.
"Oil exporter Venezuela signed an enierg-y
cooperation pack on Wednesday with 13
Caribbean states, including Cuba, in a move
that strengthened Venezuelan President Hugo
Chavez's political challenge to US influence in
the region,": reported 'Reuters frdm Puerto
La 'CruzVIen'ezuela on'the dayof the signing.
The agreement, signed by Mr Miller, is
based on politics, and one Latin strongman's
- or strongmen if Castro is thrown into the
mix f -ambition to gain control of the
Caribbean region through cheap oil. Market
forces will not be allowed to operate as Chavez
will refuse to sell to private oil companies.
All new business, he says, must be between
Angered by a letter he claims the US sent
to Caribbean leaders trying to interfere with
his PetroCaribe alliance, Chavez said he would
"have reason to break relations with this (US)
government, out of dignity." He said the letter
outlined Washington's concerns over "threats
to Venezuela's democracy'.' under his leader-
ship, and accused him of using Venezuela's oil
to try to destabilize countries like Bolivia and
Ecuador by supporting radical groups.
According to a Reuters report US officials
have portrayed Chavez and Castro as trou-
blemakers bent on stirring up left-wing revo-

lution and anti-US sentiment in Latin Amer-
ican and the world.
"The initiative is part of Chavez's effort to
bolster Caribbean and Latin American eco-
nomic unity to counter what he calls 'imperial-
ist' US free-trade policies," Reuters reported.
"It gets Venezuela more votes in the Organ-
isation of American States and consolidates
Chavez politically," Michael Shifter of Inter-
American Dialogue, a Washington-based
think tank, told Reuters.
Let the day come after Mr Miller and Mr
Chavez have driven all the private oil compa-
nies out of the Bahamas, leaving this country
completely dependent on state-controlled
Venezuelan oil that Mr Chavez needs the
Bahamas to toe the voting line with himself
and Mr Castro in the QAS against the United
States, what then? Has Mr Miller planned
an escape route for this country that is almost
completely dependent on the good old USA
for all its supplies, assistance and tourists?
The situation reminds us of Hong Kong
and mainland China before Britain handed
Hong Kong over to China.
A narrow estuary separates Hong Kong
from mainland China. On the Chinese side
machine guns could be seen trained on Hong
Kong. When the Chinese killed a few police-
men who at that time guarded the Hong Kong
border on the other side ,of the river, the
British moved in a feared Gurkha regiment -
Queen Elizabeth's Own 6th regiment, in which
Mr Roger Carron of The Tribune once served
as an officer- .----- --..
All Hong Kong's water comes from China.
And all China had to do was turn off the taps
to bring a thirsty Hong Kong to its knees.
However, China never turned off the faucets
because it needed a free market Hong Kong to
sell its goods to the free world.
In those days world markets were shut to
Chinese goods. Hong Kong was the conduit
that kept mainland China in business. It also
provided an outlet for Chinese labour that
daily crossed the estuary to work in Hong
Kong. And so the water flowed from the main-
land, although the two sides kept their guns
trained on each other. They existed because of
mutual needs. China needed the foreign trade,
and Hong Kong needed the water.
Has the Bahamas cabinet considered what
would happen should Venezuela call on it to
vote on an issue that would not be in this
country's best interest?
This will be the day when cheap oil will be
weighed in the balance against our only indus-
try tourism;
That will be the day when Venezuela -
like mainland China with its water- could
shut down its oil supply, and the Bahamas
would sink into darkness.
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Why the PLP

now has

my support

EDITOR, The Tribune
I WAS privileged to be in the
House of Assembly when the
Acting Prime Minister, the Hon
Cynthia-'Mother'-Pratt, intro-
duced the national budget for
2005-2006. I was also there
when she opened members
debate on the same a week later.
The performance by Mother
Pratt, on both occasion, and
having studied the proposed
budget, have convinced me,
Ortland H Bodie Jr, one of the
new PLP's harshest critics, that
the Christie administration is,
indeed, the 'best' choice for the
small man and woman.
-Yes, some mistakes and
omissions were made early in
their mandate and there are at
least four current ministers who
are "dead wood". Over all,
however, the 'new' PLP has
demonstrated its compassion
and concern for the average
person. This budget is a people
friendly one. There is something
for everyone and major con-
_cems such as health care, pen-
sions, salaries, crime abatement,
infrastructure and the environ-
ment are addressed.
The defunct FNM and its
juvenile leadership may as well
get used to being in opposition
because, barring an act of God,
this is where they will be at least
until 2012. Alvin Smith is a hap-
less leader of the Opposition in
the House. Turnquest is a lost
man constantly looking over his
shoulders. Brent is a white man
without a cause or an agenda....
- that-is apparent
Opposition members are
already attempting to ridicule
the thrust and intentions of the
same. Laing, 'a seat less won-
der', spoke disparagingly about
the 'true' level of unemploy-
ment. Who cares whether or not
it is at 7 per cent or 10 per cent?
The fact of the matter is that
unemployment is definitely
down. Too many Bahamians,
however, still think that they
must have a government job.
No wonder I did not vote for
or support Laing.
Alvin Smith called it a 'stingy'
budget. Mind you, this is the
same Alvin Smith whose con-
stituency is now bursting wide
open with new and enhanced
jobs along with massive infra-
structural work,.Carl Bethel in.
my view is an ineffectual nation-
al chairman. In fact, his style
-and attitude-is the single rea-
son why'there are no up and
running branches in the bulk of
New Providence-based con-
Effective immediately all

umbrella organisations which I
lead (Common Cause; The
National Republican Alliance;
Daily Bread and Men In Cri-
sis) will make application to
rejoin the Progressive Liberal

Party. Our first choice would,
have been the Rt Hon Hubert
A Ingraham, MP, PC,'but it is
now doubtful that he will return
to high office anytime in the,
near future.
To God then, in all of these
things, be the glory.
June 2005





A LETTER was written
to The Tribune on May 17
from Ms Marilyn McLounder
for publication in this column.
Ms McLounder needs help to
recover funds from a lawyer
who, she claims, never gave
her the service for which she
Unfortunately her letter
cannot be published in the
form in which it was sent to
The Tribune.
Although, she says she has
taken the matter to the Bar
Association, it is a matter that
the Bar Council should be
duty bound to investigate. It is
--a complaint that-is heard too
often about the legal frater-
nity. Ms McLounder should
address her complaint to Mr
Wayne Munroe, president of
the Bahamas Bar Council ...
The following is the gist of
her complaint.
Ms McLounder says that
she retained a certain lawyer
for her son, who needed rep-
resentation before the courts.
She was referred to a lawyer.
However, the first day that
her son had to appear in
court, the lawyer did not show
up. Instead, he sent another
lawyer to represent her son.
She said she asked him not to
send another lawyer as she
needed him to represent her
The court gave them
another date for the prelimi-
nary hearing, which was put
off several times because of
the retained lawyer's absence.
Eventually the magistrate said
that the case must go on with
or without the lawyer.
"Finally," wrote Ms
McLounder "at the end of the
preliminary hearing he resur-
faced and the case was sub-
sequently sent to the Supreme
She said her lawyer often

said he visited her son in
prison to prepare for the case.
However, her son said he
never saw him. As a result she
had to find another lawyer to
represent her son.
"I had spoken to him,"
wrote Ms McLounder, "about
refunding my legal fees. He
agreed to pay me a portion
of the $10,000 paid to him.
On numerous occasions he
told me to come to his office
and he would either not be
there or he would give me
another day to come back.
"After being turned around
so many times, I went to the
Bar Association." -
She said she informed the
lawyer by letter that she
intended to put her case
before the Bar Association.
Although she is still paying
the bank loan for the legal
fees paid the lawyer, shesays
she. has "yet to receive a
refund or any portion there-
of." She has had to get anoth-
er lawyer and another loan.
"All I am asking," she
writes, "is for someone to
assist me in getting my money
back. I do not have the funds
to go ahead and retain anoth-
er lawyer to get the money
back. When would there be
something done about these,
lawyers taking our money and
us not having any represen-
tation? Who do we go to?
Who is listening to us? Who is
going to help us? Where
would the line be drawn?
"Just to sit in a lawyer's
office, you have to have 'no'
less than $500 before they will.
listen to your problem. You
pay it, and end up with anoth-
er problem," she wrote.
This is a case for the Bar
Council. Ms McLounder.carin
let The Tribune know..i.sae:
gets no action frTomi*the only
source that can now help'her'.


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Tribune Staff
the executive vice
president of the
Bahamas Public Ser-
vices Union, has
announced that he will
run for the presidency
in the next election.
Mr Stubbs said he
decided to run as he
has become disillu-
sioned with the current
president John Pinder.

Speaking with The
Tribune yesterday, Mr
Stubbs explained that
he decided to run for
the position in the
wake of a number of
internal conflicts at the
Mr Stubbs said many
"irksome" things have
taken place within the
Mr Stubbs said that
while he agreed with
most of the terms put
forth by Mr Pinder
during contract negoti-
ations with the govern-
ment, he was disap-
pointed tha tthe union
president did not con-
sult with him and five
members of the execu-
tive board before sub-
mitting them to the

"There has to be
integrity, honesty and
accountability within
unions," he said.
Mr Stubbs said high
on his agenda are the
concerns of prison
workers, Customs and
Immigration workers,
and the needs of Grand
Bahamians, which he
feels are not addressed
in current labour pro-.
"As we move into
this era of great public
debate, the union
requires a level of
commitment to the
interests of the worker
that must rise above
existing standards.
"CSME, WTO and
CCJ, to mention a few
all issues of globalisa-
tion demand that the
workers' interests are
best served. The work-
ers of this country
must never feel threat-
ened by any future
advancement," he said.

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MINISTER of Education and Attor-
ney General Alfred Sears has admitted
that the late payment of teacher
salaries and payment of rent for teach-
ers on the family islands has become a
personal embarrassment for him and
needs to be addressed.
Speaking at the National Education
Conference yesterday, Mr Sears was
outlining the state of the present edu-
cation system.
He told educators that they were of
"critical" importance to the national
education system but admitted that
the government must also reform itself,
saying: "As we transform our educa-
tional system we must also transform

Mr Sears said that there were sever-
al challenges facing the education sys-
tem, including the fact that female stu-
dents are performing better than males
on the national examinations and that
tertiary level females make up 75 per
cent of the student population.
He added that the drop-out rate of
students in the public school sector
was also an issue of great concern.
Mr Sears also said that there was

also a shortage of male teachers, espe-
cially at the primary level, and also
said that fewer teachers were willing to
take up posts at family island schools.
Keeping teachers within the educa-

Tribune Staff Reporter
POLICE are investigating
"a major act of vandalism" at
a local church over the week-
end, which the pastor believes
is "the demonic manifesta-
tion" of a recent churchgoer.
Bishop Sifneon Hall of the
New Covenant Baptist
Church said he believes the
sanctuary he presides over
was the target of "a drug
addicted and demented van-
According to Bishop Hall,
the church has offered assis-
tance to the alleged culprit
through its various outreach
programmes in the past.

"We have an idea of who
did it. We believe it is some-
one the church has been try-
ing to help through the prison
ministry," said Bishop Hall.
When he and members of
his congregation arrived at the
church on Independence Dri-
ve for early morning prayers
on Saturday, Bishop Hall said
they met a "devastating
Eight of the church's large
windows four of which were
stained glass and cost $4,500
each were shattered, along
with a double-door and sev-
eral smaller window panes.
Bishop Hall said the small-
er windows have already been

repaired, but it will be a while
before they can have the more
expensive stained glass
There was no security guard
at the church during the inci-.
dent, and Bishop Hall
vowed that "security will def-
initely be beefed up in the
future" to avoid similar occur-

"The devil is busy, and peo-
ple are just demented. When
you minister to folk that are
deranged and have issues, its a
serious risk," he said.
Although Bishop Hall
admitted that the person he
believes to be responsible for
the offence needs help, he said
"there should still be some
sort of penalty or reprimand-
ing, because he must always
understand that there are con-
sequences for committing a
Since he does not operate a
church that only opens on
Sunday, Bishop Hall said
activities will affected by the
incident to some extent, but
added that "this does not
mean that the church will dis-
continue its work."
"We cannot stop, we are
not deterred in the least bit,
and this incident has not
dampened the spirits of the
congregation, because the
church thrives in the face of

al embarrassment

tion system is also a major challenge, as
many often seek more attractive posts
in tourism and other areas.
The Ministry of Education has
undertaken two major objectives to

tackle teacher shortages: as well as the
Teacher Cadet program, the ministry is
also considering the use of retired edu-
cators as part-time teachers and men-
tors for the younger teachers. The min-
istry has now also imposed an aver-
age class size policy for each grade lev-
el, aimed at reducing overcrowding in
the classroom.

Sears said that in order to help stu-
dents of Haitian decent who make up
the largest number of non-English
speaking students in public schools,
the English as a second language
program has been implemented
and the pilot has already proven suc-
SSears praised the Extended Learn-
ing Program, in which students at the
primary and junior high school level
who are not performing at an accept-
able standard are required to attend
summer school, saying it has already
proven successful.
The minister claimed that in the past
three years the Ministry of Education
has opened 17 pre-school units in pri-
mary schools in New Providence and
other islands and planned to add an
additional 19 in the upcoming acade-
mic year.

Husband and wife allegedly try

to smuggle drugs on cruise ship
A MARRIED couple was the cocaine was $90,000. was charged with possession of
caught allegedly trying to smug- The couple are due to be $120,000 worth of cocaine at
gle three kilos of cocaine onto a charged at 10am today at the Lucayan Harbour. She is on
cruise ship on Sunday. Drug Court in New Providence $60,000 bail with two sureties.
The 33-year-old man and his On Friday, a 21-year-old Joshua Hepburn was grant-
29-year-old.wife of Hanna Hill, Freeport man was arrested at ed $10,000 bail with surety after
Eight Mile Rock, were discov- Lucayan Harbour after he was pleading not guilty to charges
ered at around 2.30pm at the allegedly caught with one kilo of of possession of dangerous
Discovery Cruise terminal in cocaine worth $30,000. drugs with intent to supply and
Grand Bahama. On June 28, 34-year-old taking preparatory steps to
The cruise ship, the MV Dis- Dedree Bannister of Freeport export dangerous drugs.
covery Sun, was boarding pas-
sengers heading for For Fort Laud-
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noticed the pair acting suspi-
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Miami police bring gifts

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THE children of the
Marathon constituency had
much to celebrate yester-
day as they received gifts
from the Miami Police
About 35 underprivi-
leged children from the
area received bicycles,
clothes and back-packs
from Miami police officer
Willard Delancy, who
received an award himself
from the Royal Bahamas
Police Force earlier that
morning in recognition of
his efforts to help the
youth of the Bahamas.

"The bikes," De"lancy.
explained, "were all con-'
fiscated from various.
crimes scenes."
Normally when bicycles
are confiscated, he
explained, they are either
destroyed orauctioned off.
When officer belancy.
found .out that some :bicy-
c dles were being destroyed, .
:he deCided. tfGilput:.the to;
good use, so ,he brought
them to the Bahama's.
:4-"The.. bikes "a'l:ll. need ,

Bicycles, clothes and back-packs

brought over to the Bahamas

minor repairs," he said,
"but after the children fix
them up, they will appreci-

ate them a whole lot more.
And cherish them a little
bit longer."

Officer Delancy, a crime
scene investigator who was
born in Florida, but has a

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Bahamian wife, said it is
very important to him to
do this for the youth of the
"If I'm going to do any-
thing to help South Florida,
I'm going to also try to
help the Bahamas. I'm not
doing it because my family
is here," he said, "but
because I am a Bahamian
and I want to protect the
Bahamas and to protect the

"We are right next door,"
riders Mr Delancy said referring
proximity between the
Bahamas and Florida.
"Whatever we have to
offer, it can be given to
This was the fifth or six
presentation of this kind,
SMr Delancy said. While it
was the first in Nassau,

about five presentations
were held in Freeport.
So far, 200 to 300 bicy-
cles have been presented
to the children in Grand
Bahama and Nassau.
This programme was
sponsored in part by Wal-
mart and Office Depot.



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Tribune Freeport
ership hopeful Dion Foulkes
.,said he hopes the next few
months of campaigning will
be about ideas and visions'for
the country, and not about
Mr Foulkes has offered
himself as a carldidate for the
top party post and will vie for
the position with present
leader Tommy Turnquest.
There has been some spec-
ulation that former prime
minister Hubert Ingraham
may also enter the leadership
While in Freeport on Sun-
day, Mr Foulkes said the par-
ty has matured into a stable
political institution.
"This campaign is not

Party has 'matured'

about personalities. It is
about the future of the
Bahamian people. It is about
the economic opportunities,
the environment, healthcare,
education, culture and sports
- about our place in the
"I think we are at the point
where we could have civilised
and democratic process for
leadership without having
rancour and division after a
leadership race," he said.
Mr Foulkes said he and Mr
Turnquest are friends. He
praised Mr Ingraham for his
contribution to the nation as
a politician and former prime
"I had the good fortune to

have served in Mr Ingraham's
cabinet and learned a lot
from him. I think that I can
use that knowledge to build
on his accomplishment and
to move the Bahamas for-
ward," he said.
When asked if he would be
a more viable leader than Mr
Ingraham he said:
If he decides to run I would
be happy to answer the ques-
tion at the time. But it is very
hypothetical right now.
"I don't want to prejudge
what he may decide to do. He
has not said anything to me
about running and he has not

said publicly anything about
running. I know that there is
some speculation," he said.
After serving 30 years in
the FNM, Mr Foulkes
believes he still has a lot to
offer the party and the coun-
He said he was inspired to
run for the leadership after
reading a speech by Sir Cecil
Wallace-Whitfield when he
left the PLP.
"I am prepared to lead. I
have listened and I have
learned. I have listened to the
people of Grand Bahama. I
have listened to working fam-
ilies, and I have listened to
the struggling families. I have
listened to broken families,
and they all want the same
thing . a Bahamas with
opportunities for all, where
the rising tide floats all boats"
he said.

PHA starts Healthy Lifestyles

Programme for staff

RESPONDING to the health challenge
issued by Governor-general Dame Ivy
Dumont last year in Freeport, the Public
Hospital Authority (PHA) has established
a Healthy Lifestyles Programme for staff
According to Dr Catherine Conliffe,
PHA programme clinical director: "The
governor-general has mandated that the
PHA set an example on the importance of
.health by ensuring that we ourselves are

Yesterday, the staff at Government
House, including Dame Ivy, were screened
by the Princess Marget Hospital Employ-
ee Health Service. The employees had
their blood sugar and blood cholesterol
tested, along with their weight and height.
They also received tips on how to live
healthier lifestyles. The PHA plans to
screen all the employees at their seven
agencies in both Nassau and Freeport.
"This week is been considered the PHA

health week," said Dr Conliffe.
She said that the purpose of the screen-
ing is to "help our staff to achieve the high-
est level of health."
Dame Ivy said: "I think this screening is
completely necessary, and may very well be
the best thing that the PHA has done.
"In the past I have noticed that care
givers themselves are obese and were not
setting a good example. It is critical that
health and obesity becomes a national con-
Four media houses have also agreed to
be screened by the PHA this week.

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The Bahamas'

ability to be

economically independent

being hampered, says Smith

* By Bahamas Information,
THE Bahamas' ability to be
economically independent is
being hampered by rules which
govern the world economy,
according to Minister for
Finance James Smith.
At the UN Dialogue on
Financing for Development
meeting last week in New
York, Mr Smith told delegates
that the manner in which inter-
national economic decisions
are made must be reformed to
strengthen the participation of
developing countries
The meeting was held to dis-
cuss the implementation of the
Monterrey Consensus, within
which heads of state and gov-
ernments "resolved to address
the challenges of financing for
development around the world,

particularly in developing coun-
Mr Smith noted that the
Bahamas has continually
shown its commitment to meet-
ing the challenges of financing
for development.
"Over the past few years, we
have made a concerted effort
to enhance our economic and
social infrastructure, improv-
ing our strategic policy frame-
works and national accounting
systems, enabling the creation
of innovative structures in sup-
port of entrepreneurship and
private sector development, as
well as bolstering our legisla-
tive frameworks in the fight
against corruption and money
laundering," he said.
Mr Smith said the Bahamas

has also embraced the oppor-
tunities presented by globali-
sation, making the necessary
investments in human and


puysicai tcaptai LtoU eutue ne
economy to be innovative and
However, he said, the

Bahamas continues to face
"daunting challenges" posed
by its size and the attendant
Mr Smith said the Bahamas
reiterates the need for further
consideration of such issues for
all developing countries.
"The issue of reform of glob-
al economic governance to
strengthen the voice and par-
ticipation of developing coun-
tries in international economic
decision-making and norm set-
ting is of critical importance to
the Bahamas," he said.
"There is a definite need for
concrete, realistic proposals to
ensure the effective, permanent
representation of developing
countries, particularly small
developing countries, in inter-
national economic trade and
financial institutions," Mr
Smith added.

Minister: Marine Mammal Protection Act could

broaden Bahamas" investment landscape

ACCORDING to Minister of
Financial Services and Investments
Allyson Maynard-Gibson, the Marine
Mammal Protection Act is a major
* step forward in the governments pol-
icy on direct foreign investment and
could broaden the country's invest-
ment landscape even further.
Mrs Maynard-Gibson said there has
been "strong investment interest in

captive dolphin facilities by current
and possible investors" since her gov-
ernment was elected in May, 2002.
She said that the new legislation
would increase awareness of the
importance of protecting the marine
environment, create specialised jobs
and training opportunities for Bahami-
ans and place the Bahamas on par
with regional and global competitors
in terms of tourist experiences and
investor confidence.
She added that it would fuel "future
professional and career aspirations of
Bahamian children in the fields of

marine biology, zoology, veterinary
science, and so on".'
"The captive marine mammal field
has progressed to a point where it now
provides vital information to the sci-
entific community and forms co-oper-
ative partnerships with government
agencies, researchers and the local
community", she said.
Responding to the minister's com-
ments, environmentalist Sam Dun-
combe said that "nothing about the

Marine Mammals Act is responsible
and it doesn't address the 22 species of-
mammals in the water".
"It just allows Kerzner Internation-
al and others to open dolphin facili-
ties", she said .
Ms Duncombe said that "imprison-
ing dolphins for the rest of their nat-
ural lives is essentially killing them".
"Dolphins in captivity are under
constant stress due to commands, and
suffer from immune deficiencies".
"Are we going to continue teach-
ing our kids that its responsible to
take animals out of the wild? This is

not about education, this is not about
conservation," she said.
"This is a disgusting legislation that
doesn't protect the dolphin's habitats,
prohibit fishing, nor address human-
made noise such as sonar", 'she said.
"This is completely and morally
She said that when the government
promotes the Bahamas as an envi-
ronmentally conscious country, "we
are lying to people."



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for Plumbing Services.

Interested companies may collect a specification
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5:00pm Monday to Friday.

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Minister's pledge to

reward youth saving
:? ,

THE Minister for Youth, Sports and Cul-
ture has promised to reward young people
who are able to show they have saved mon-
ey during the summer
Neville Wisdom was speaking at the
opening of the 14th annual Royal Bahamas
Police Force summer youth programme.
"There's nothing that prevents you from
being great at whatever you want to do,
just make the right choices, Mr Wisdom
told the children.
This year, the governnfient decided to
increase funding for summer programmes
by over 800 per cent, allowing 65,000 chil-
dren in camps throughout-the country..
"The Bahamas has given you the gift of
independence, now you must do something
for your country. Opportunities abound for
you whether you are at risk, average or a
high achiever there are programmes for all
of you," he said.
"Once the police, government, the church
and schools provide opportunities you must
avail yourself of those opportunities," said
Mr Wisdom.
"You know the difference between right
and wrong. Don't be a statistic. If the trend
continues, one out of every ten young men
will be in prison before age 21. Seven out of
ten young ladies will have a baby without a
husband before age 21," he said.
The minister encouraged children, par-
ticularly the young men, to save money in
any way possible.
At the end of the summer, if able to
show evidence of saving, Mr Wisdom
promised that the children would be
rewarded by his ministry.
"It was discovered that people in this
country, because they do not start early in
life, they do not know how to save money.
"People with money in the bank don't
rob it, they don't have to steal," he said.
Gregory Bethel, junior minister at Salem
Baptist Church, which hosted the open-
ing ceremony yesterday morning, gave the
children six tips for becoming successful in
"First you must go to school to gain
knowledge, then sell it to make money. The E MINISTER of Youth, Sports and Culture Neville Wisdom
-more knowledge you have, the more mon-
ey you will get paid. You throw away mon-
ey every time you play hooky. sexuality. Some people use sexuality to get Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture,
"You must also be careful who you chose attention if they are not the smartest in Neville Wisdom reminded the children that
as friends," he continued. "Every friend their class or the best athlete. Do not do it," they must make the right choices in life.
you have is like a button on an elevator he added. "Some mistakes come without conse-
they either take you up or down. "Make intelligent choices with your mon- querfces while some will cost you your life,"
"Make good choices in the area of your ey and save it." said Mr Wisdom.

MINISTER for Financial
Services and Investments
Allyson Maynard-Gibson
claimed that the Supreme
Court has not questioned the
validity of Shane Miller's
appointment as Acting Reg-
istrar General.
Appearing on the Love 97
talk show Jones and Company
on Sunday, Mrs Gibson called
for the question of the confu-
sion around the question of
who is registrar to be clarified,
"as quickly as possible".
When asked if she fired Ms
Thompson", she said that she
"doesn't hire and doesn't fire".
"If any recommendation is
to be had about engagement

or termination, it does not
come from ministers", she said.
About harsh comments
made about the Ms Thomp-
son in parliament, Mrs Gib-
son said: "I will defend my
integrity, I owe it to my con-
Mrs Gibson admitted that
she would "have her head in
the sand if she claimed that
the government didn't have
inefficiencies". She said that
there "must be public sector
reform" and that "the red tape
must be cut".
"The government must
keep working at reform, but
it takes time as Rome wasn't
built in a day," she said.

Plea to new doctors

NEW doctors have been
urged to make sure that quality
healthcare is made available to
During the second induction
and awards ceremony of the
University of the West Indies
(UWI) clinical programme on.
Wednesday, Dr Bhoendradatt
Tewarie addressed the new
generation of doctors on the
responsibilities and challenges
that they would face while
pursuing their careers in med-
He said: "Your oath places
an obligation on you to work

for the betterment of the entire
He appealed to the new gen-
eration of doctors to "take the
lead in ensuring that quality
health care is available to all,
regardless of their economic or
social circumstances, and that
equitable access must indeed be
available as a basic right."
He closed by reminding the
graduates of their "awesome
responsibility of looking after
human life and welfare..." and
to make his hopes for a more
altruistic breed of doctors a real-


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Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT- A number of
festivities have been planned
by Grand Bahamians to cele-.
brate the Bahamas' 32nd
Independence, including a flag-
raising ceremony, a fireworks
display, a cultural extravagan- -
za and junkanoo rushout.
The weekend of activities
will'start on Friday July 8, with
a National Pride Day when all

Bahamians are being asked to
wear something Bahamian.
On Saturday, July 8, the
Independence Park on Coral
Road will become a hive of
activity starting at 5pm with
games for children.
At 7pm, there the cultural
extravaganza will take place,.
featuring performances from
bands, choirs, dance and dra-
ma groups.
. Between llpm and 12pm
there will be a flag-raising cer-

emony by the Grand Bahama
Christian Council and Royal
Bahamas Police Force.
A spectacular firework dis-
play will climax at midnight,
followed immediately by a
junkanoo rush-out and concert
by Visage.
An ecumenical service of
thanksgiving will be held at
Universal Household of Faith
between 3 and 5pm. Activities
are also planned for West End
and East End on July 11.



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Ltd. (BTC) is pleased to invite Tenders to provide
the Company with General Insurance.

Interested companies/firms may collect a Tender
Specification from BTC's security desk located
in its Administrative building on John F Kennedy
Drive, between the hours of 9:00am and 5:00pm
Monday through Friday.

Tenders should be sealed and marked "TENDER
be delivered to the attention of:

Mr Michael J. Symonette
President and CEO
The Bahamas Telecommunications Co. Ltd.

Tenders should reach the
administrative office by 5:00pm
Monday, July 18, 2005.

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in fact been granted work per-
Mr Bannister explained that
Western Air had to apply for
the work permits every 60 days
at considerable expense in what
he described as an "administra-
tive nightmare" for Western
Since the company's incep-
tion in 2001 the Immigration
Department has always granted
the temporary permits.
According to the company's
immigration documents, the six
pilots in question were last
granted a 60-day work permit
on April 12 this year.
Mr Bannister said that the
company reapplied as usual for
a new 60-day licence, but in a
letter dated June 27, 2005,
signed by Lambert Campbell
for the director of immigration,
Western Air was informed that
the work permits had been
refused and that the pilots were
to leave the country immedi-
"It is therefore disingenuous
to say that these persons were in
the Bahamas illegally when they

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applied for work permits," said
Mr Bannister. "It is also disin-
genuous to allege that Western
Air broke the law when the'
approval process at the Depart-
ment of Immigration is so slow
and cumbersome that these per-
sons were very often in limbo
while they waited for the latest
approval every 60 days."
Mr Bannister said it took
immigration two months to con-
sider the applications sent in on
April 2 before the request was
"Of course during the inter-
im, the previous 60-day permits
would have lapsed; but can
Western Air, be legitimately

blamed for the inefficiencies of
the immigration department,
when they applied for renewal
of permits prior to them laps-


Mrs Rolle's husband, Rex
Rolle, wrote the department on
June 28, 2005 asking that it
reconsider the applications as
there were no suitably qualified
Bahamian pilots to fly the
Mr Bannister said no busi-
ness can exist in such a regula-
tory environment.


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He said his clients have
instructed him to reapply for
work permits for four of the six
pilots, to ask Mr Peet to assist
them in identifying Bahamian
pilots who can be trained to
work at Western Air, and to
partner with Western Air to
develop an apprenticeship and
training programme so that ade-
quate numbers of Bahamians
can fly the Fairchild Metro 3
aircraft, and for the minister to
settle his own travel bill with
the company.
Yesterday, Mrs Rolle said the
departure of the pilots has crip-
pled the airline.
"As a result of this, we have
had to immediately downsize
the company by 70 per cent,
resulting in a lay-off of about
70 employees."
She added that 1,100 West-
ern Air passengers were incon-
venienced last weekend alone,
90 Bahamian jobs were threat-
ened and Andros and Bimini
air travel is in limbo.
Mrs Rolle said that while the
company would love to hire
Bahamians, the fact is that
because Western Air is the only
airline in the country to operate
Fairchild Metro 3 aircraft, the
pilot pool for this aircraft in the
Bahamas is practically non-exis-
tent. In addition, she added,
Bahamian pilots are often
unwilling to relocate to Andros,
where the company is based.
"Nevertheless, that has not.
stopped us from wanting to
train Bahamians. As a matter
of fact, since its inception West-
ern Air has spent over half a
million dollars to train 15
Bahamian pilots."
Mrs Rolle said that if the min-
ister's claims are correct that
there are available Bahamian
pilots, the company would be
happy to hire them and facili-
tate training programmes.
Mrs Rolle said the company
continues to operate on a daily
basis. However, because of the
additional threats from the
Immigration Minister to remove
the remainder of the non-
Bahamian workers from the
country, the chances of West-
ern Air remaining open are slim.
She said this is an interesting
paradigm shift considering that
the country needs foreign
investors and tourists but wants
to discriminate against foreign
workers when there are insignif-
icant qualified Bahamian work-
ers available.
She added that "we appear
to be unwilling to grant incen-
tives to pioneering Bahamian-
owned business at a lime when
we are granting excessive finan-
cial incentives to foreign busi-

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Chinese team get to

work on proposed

site of new stadium

Drilling and soil-sampling begins

Tribune Staff Reporter
IN THE most critical phase
of the new state-of-the-art ath-
letic stadium, a six-man geo-.
tech team from China yester-
day conducted drilling and
soil-sampling at the proposed
The results of these exercis-
es, according to members of
the technical team, "will deter-
mine not only the site's via-
bility in terms of its geological
characteristics, but more
importantly, provide vital
information necessary to plan-
ning and designing of the sta-
dium's foundation and the
building's overall structural
This is the third visit to New

Providence for the Chinese
team conducting preparatory
work for the new National

Chairman of the National
Stadium Development Com-
mittee Thomas A Robinson,
in whose honour the
Bahamas' existing national
stadium was named, told the
press-that-"the -drilling and
sampling process will have a
major impact on what the final
drawings of the new complex
will look like."
Once the samples are
approved, Mr Robinson said,
there is expected to be a three
month period before prelimi-
nary drawings of the stadium

are released.
Following this, Mr Robin-
son said, "the drawings will go
to the Ministry of Works for a
preliminary report to confirm
whether the project is head-
ed a satisfactory direction."
Once the plans are
approved by the Ministry of
Works, Mr Robinson said,
"the mobilisation of the plan
will be .administered, and six
months later the committee
anticipates there will be a
ground breaking for the new
Mr Robinson said the Chi-
nese are estimating it will take
20 months to complete the
project once everything is
approved, but he prefers to be
modest and project a time
frame of two years.

SWORK begins on drilling and soil-sampling exercises at the proposed site of the new
National stadium.
(Photo: Mario B. Duncanson/Tribune staff)
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on national venue


by vandalism

Tribune Staff Reporter
ACTS of vandalism have
impeded the progress of renova-
tions at the Thomas A Robinson
Stadium, according to Minister
of Youth, Sports and Culture
Neville Wisdom.
While he is "extremely
pleased" about the aesthetic and
infrastructural improvements
being made to the complex for
the upcoming Colina Imperial
CAC Games, Mr Wisdom said
he is "confused as to why
persons would seek to vandalise
the outside walls when so much
is being done to better the facili-
"It is truly beyond me. I mean
I don't understand why they
would want to do such a thing,"
said Mr Wisdomn.
Although an official figure has
not been confirmed, Mr Wisdom
said renovations to the stadium
will cost in excess of $1.3 million.

According to the Minister, graf-
fiti plastered on the outside of
the stadium's walls was recently
painted over by workman, but
only days later vandals returned
with spray-cans and paint.
Mr Wisdom said his ministry
intends to repaint the walls once
again and erect pictures of
Bahamian athletes and other pro-
gressive youths, but said these
cosmetic changes will take place
on the day of the event to avoid
further vandalism.
"At this point we simply cannot
afford to place security on guard
24-7, so we will leave those last-
minute touches for the final hours
leading up to the festivities," he
In addition to issues of vandal-
ism, Mr Wisdom admitted'that
there were also some minor set-
backs as it relates to importing
supplies and equipment and
determining whether the overall
restorative process was feasible.
Mr Wisdom said the Colina
Imperial CAC Games started out
with an initial request for a grant
of $65,000.
As progress was made howev-
er, he claims the government, his
ministry, the BAAA and the
press are all guilty of underesti-
mating what it really requires to
take the facility from its former
state of disrepair.
When considering cost, Mr
Wisdom said there were also
questions raised about the feasi-
bility of investing in renovations,
since a new stadium is slated to be
built in the near future.
However, Mr Wisdom said, his
Ministry along with the CAC
Organising Committee and the
BAAA joined hands to ensure

that the games can be a success
locally, "because the Bahamas
had already made the obligation
and.we thought there would be
further recognition and invalu-
able opportunities for the country
With its new renovations, the
Thomas A Robinson Stadium
now qualifies for a level II certi-
fication, which the IAAF is
expected to present to the gov-
ernment today.

Mr Wisdom says he knows that
this investment will be a "win,
win" situation for the Bahamas,
because "the facility will now be
used as a training and competi-
tion center for less important
events, such as school sanctioned
track meets."
Said Mr Wisdom: "We are not
going to over-use the national sta-
dium for every little primary
school meet, so this renovated
facility will accommodate all of
"We figure this is certainly a
worthwhile investment."

p THE new and improved Thomas A Robinson Stadium was inspected yesterday.
(Photo: Mario B Duncanson/Tribune staff)

TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2005, PAGE 11


Ball committee makes a $100,000

donation to College of the Bahamas

A SAINT Anne's student
gets a chance to develop her
leadership skills at the Glob-
al Youth Leadership Con-
ference (GYLC) held in
Washington, DC and New
York in July.
From July 10 to July 21,
Ana-Alicia Burrows has
been selected to participate
among 400 other secondary
school students from around
the world in the GYLC lead-
ership development pro-
The theme of the confer-
ence is "The Leaders of
Tomorrow: Preparing for the
Global Challenges and
Responsibilites of the
The students will be treat-
ed to a carefully designed
curriculum, giving them the
chance to interact with lead-
ers and newsmakers with
influences over politics,
finance, culture and diplo-
Students learn how to
debate, negotiate and build
relationships throughout the
conference, culminating in a
global summit where foreign
aid, global warming, cooper-
ative efforts in space, terror-
ism and human rights issues
are brought to the table.
In the past, students have
had the chance to visit the
US Department of State, the
United Nations Headquar-
ters and financial institutions
on Wall Street.

Officer finishes

naval training

course in US

SENIOR Lieutenant Grego-
ry Brown of the Royal Bahamas
Defence Force has now
returned to The Bahamas after
completing a five and a half
month course, at the Naval Staff
College in Newport, Rhode
The Naval Staff College mis-
sion is primarily
to assist specially selected inter-
national naval officers in devel-
oping their professional and
managerial skills, as a means of
preparing them for command
and staff positions within their
own navies.
The graduate level curricu-
lum consisted of four academic
courses national ssecurity
decision making (NSDM),
operational law, joint maritime
operations and strategy and pol-
icy which emphasised naval
planning and decisi0o-making,
with particular attention to
broadening the officers' under-
standing of the importance and
role of sea power in interna-
tional affairs.
The NSDM curriculum pro-
vided students with tools for
effective decision making and
leadership on security issues by
lecturing on topics as security,
strategy and forces, decision
making and implementation
and policy making and process.
The operational law course
had for its main focus, interna-
tional law, the. law of the sea,
laws governing armed conflict
and rules of engagement. Joint
maritime operations, the third
course of study, required stu-
dents to begin thinking at the
operational and theatre strate-
gic level of war, i'lpig them
to develop an understanding of
how naval forces are employed
in the littorals in joint environ-
ments. The strategy and policy
course reviewed theories of war

* SENIOR Lieutenant Gregory Brown

and historical cases to encour-
age students to think strategi-
Another important facet of
the Naval Staff College cur-
riculum were the informational
programme visits (IPVs), which
provided students with a bal-
anced perspective of US soci-
ety and government system, its
institutions and culture. This
offered the students the oppor-
tunity to meet and discuss issues
with distinguished leaders from
both military and civilian seg-
ments of American society. A
few of the places visited includ-

ed the Microsoft Company,
Kennedy Space Centre, the
Pentagon, the New Hampshire
Institute of Politics, United
Nations Headquarters and the
New York Board of Trade.
Senior Lieutenant Brown
joined the RBDF in 1985 as a
Marine Seaman, and then stud-
ied at the Britannia Royal
Naval College in Dartmouth,
England, a year later becoming
a Naval Officer. He is married
to the former Demethria
Williams, and currently holds
the post as operations officer at
HMBS Coral Harbour.


PAGE 12, TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2005




Miami Herald Business, Stocks, Analysis, Wall Street

Two franchises

earmarked for

Marina Village
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Tribune Business Editor
TWO more American fran-
chises, Jamba Juice and Johnny
Rockets Restaurant, are being
lined. up for spots at the
Atlantis Marina Village on Par-
adise Island, The Tribune has
A group of Bahamian
investors is understood to be
behind the move to bring.the
two formats to Nassau, with
both deals still "subject to the
required licensing approvals"
'from the. respective US parent
The Myers Group, headed by
George Myers, will be operating
both franchises if approval from
the two franchisors is obtained,
sources said.
Mr Myers and his company
have recently been freed from

their responsibility of manag-
ing the Radisson Cable Beach
Resort after the Government
sold the hotel to Baha Mar
Development Company as part
of the latter's $1.2 billion invest-
ment project to redevelop the
Cable Beach strip.
This has left Mr Myers free to
concentrate on his franchise
operations, which already
include Kentucky Fried Chick-
en, Quiznos and East Bay
Street restaurant, Lucianos.
Of the two potential Marina
Village franchises, Johnny
Rockets. Restaurant is a ham-
burger chain, operating through
company-owned locations and
franchisees, serving some 22
million hamburgers per year to
its guests.
Headquartered in California,
the company's other menu sta-
ples are American fries, sand-

wiches, apple pie, shakes and
And Jamba Juice specialises
in "fresh fruit smoothies", hot
vegetable soups and highly
nutritious breads.
If they get the final go-ahead,
both franchises would join Star-
bucks Coffee at the Marina Vil-
lage, which according to a
Kerzner International press
release is likely to be opened in
August as part of the $1 billion
Phase III expansion on Paradise
The Tribune revealed last
week how Starbucks Interna-
tional was in negotiations with
Coffee Cay Ltd, a Bahamian
company, about the latter
becoming the official licensee
for the company in this nation.
Coffee Cay is connected to
John Bull, the Bahamian luxury
goods retailer.

PetroCaribe 'more

than just an oil deal'

Tribune Business Editor
WHILE Venezuela is offer-
ing to help the Bahamas cre-
ate its National Energy Cor-
poration (NEC) and provide
further savings through ship-
ping oil to it at "cost price",
questions were being asked
last night as to whether this
nation and other Caribbean
governments had signed on
to a 'left-wing revolution' like-
ly to infuriate the US.
Leslie Miller, minister of
trade and industry, yesterday
told The Tribune that Petro-
Caribe was purely an agree-
ment to provide the Bahamas
with a cheaper supply of oil
that would reduce electricity
and gas prices in this nation,
nothing more.
Yet the draft agreement
signed by Mr Miller and oth-
er Caribbean nations, a copy
of which has been seen by
The Tribune, clearly shows
that Venezuela's populist
president, Hugo Chavez,
views PetroCaribe as a critical
piece in a wider jigsaw puz-
zle designed to act as a buffer
between his government and
the Bush administration.
In particular, the first clause
of the nine-page draft docu-
ment binds PetroCaribe,
which is intended to con-
tribute to "energy security,

* LESLIE Miller

Caribbean social and eco-
nomic development and
regional integration, to what is
termed as the "Bolivarian
Alternative for the Americ-
as" (ALBA).
This is Mr Chavez's counter
to the US-sponsored Free
Trade Area of the Americas
(FTAA), and the sight of the
Bahamas and Caribbean
countries signing up to an ini-
tiative promoted by a leader
who is 'persona non grata' in
Washington is unlikely to go
down well with the Bush
SEE page 5B

Tribune Business Editor
THE four per cent stamp
duty that will now be levied
on the assets of all Bahamian
businesses being sold was yes-
terday criticised for being
"unfair" through failing to
account for the financial
health of those companies.
Alison Treco; a qualified
chartered accountant who
runs her own business, ATS
Advisory Services, said the
vague and general wording
of the Stamp Tax amend-
ments gave rise to "various
-interpretations" of what the
four per cent levy meant and


says 4% levy

unfair by not




how it would be applied.
But she told The Tribune
SEE page 5B

Appeal Court to

hear Guana Cay

matter on July 21

Tribune Business Editor
THE Save Guana Cay Reef
Association will go before the
Court of Appeal on July 21 to
ensure both sides have "all
their papers in order" before it
gets a final date to bring its
appeal over the $175 million
Baker's Bay Golf and Ocean
Club development.
Fred Smith, attorney for the
Association, confirmed to The
Tribune that the July 21 date
would be used to "settle the

record" and ensure both the
appellant and respondents, in
this case various government
officials and their legal repre-
sentatives, had their papers in
Mr Smith filed an appeal on
the Association's behalf against
the May 26 Supreme Court rul-
ing by Justice Stephen Isaacs,
which turned down their appli-
cation for an injunction to pre-
vent Discdvery Land Compa-
ny, developers of the Baker's
SEE page 5B


"Surf Song" Clear aqua ocean and 125 feet
of white powder sand beach to be enjoyed at
this 3 bedroom 2.5 bath beach house.
Located at the north end of Elbow Cay in
Hope Town Point Subdivision. Spacious
kitchen and open living room, dining rooms.
Tropical landscaped grounds, central A/C,
back up generator, garage and more.
Offered at US$1,500,000. Ref. #2785
Jane Patterson: (242) 366-0569 -

"Las Olas" is an intimate and charming
Island Beach House on the ocean near the
Sea Spray Resort. This very attractive and
cozy 2 bedroom 1 bath bungalow features
warm terracotta tiles, cypress wood interior
and sliding glass doors opening to the wrap
around deck. Enjoy the natural beauty and
sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean at this
peaceful location. $875,000. Ref. #2871
Jane Patterson: (242) 366-0569 -

Offered Exclusively by:
Damianos Realty Company
Tel: (242) 322-2305 { amaf oS


Tel: (242) 356-7764

Tel: (242) 351-3010

- I-`--~-- I--^

'Duty on business

,.",assets 'inequitablel



'super regulator's'





ver the years,
many practi-
tioners. have
argued that
the Bahamas
s ould move to consolidate
t!;e regulatory regime provid-
iug supervision over the finan-
cal services sector. As a con-

dition for being removed from
the Financial Action Task
Force's blacklist in 2000, the
Bahamas moved quickly to
improve the level and quality.
of regulation over this impor-
tant sector of our economy.
In the new environment,
financial services entities

Common Law and Equity Division


Parcel or Lot of Land being Lots Numbered.
6, 7 and Commercial Land in Block 2 on
the Northern Side of Worchester Road and
Westwards of Woodstock Road in Blue Hill
Estates in the Southern District of the Island
of New Providence.


IN THE MATTER OF the Quieting Title Act,


IN THE MATTER of the Petition of Levite


ALL THAT Piece Parcel or Lot of Land
being Lots Numbered 6,7 and Commercial'
Land in Block 2 on the Northern Side of
Worhester^l Roadd and' Westwards of
Woodstock Road in Blue Hill Estates in the
Southern District of the Island of New
S Providence.

Levite Hanna claims to be the owner in fee simple in
possession of the following land and has made
application to the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas under Section Three (3) of the Quieting
Act, 1959 to have his title to the said land investigated
V and the nature and extent thereof determined and
| declared in a Certificate of Title to be granted by the
^ Court in accordance with the provisions of the said
r Act.

Copies of the Petition and Plan of the said land may
be inspected during normal office hours in the following

1. The Registry of the Supreme Court, East Street in
the City of Nassau, Bahamas; and

2. The Chambers of Obie Ferguson & Co., Snug Haven,
Elizabeth Avenue South, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is herebygien that any person.having dower
or right to dower or an Adverse Claim or a claim not
recognized in the Petition shall on or before the 5th
day of August, A.D., 2005 file in the Supreme Court
and serve on the Petitioner or the undersigned a
Statement of the claim in the prescribed form verified
by an affidavit to be filed therewith.

Failure of any such person to file and served a Statement
of his Claim on or before the. 5th day of August, A.D.,
2005 will operate as bar to such claim.

Obie Ferguson & Co.
Snug Haven,
Elizabeth Avenue South,
Nassau, Bahamas

Attorneys for the Petitioner

found themselves being sub-
jected to enhanced know-
your-customer (KYC) and
anti-money laundering
(AML) procedures, on-site
inspections and the like. While
the sector had no problem
with the new regulatory
regime, what became frustrat-
ing for many institutions was
the fact that certain parts of
their business activity fell
under the ambit of different
regulators, who requested the
same or very similar informa-
tion at different times.

This inefficiency led to lost
productivity and higher costs
for firms being regulated.
Also, in the early days, many
of the field inspectors lacked
the requisite experience and
skills for the task at hand, and
most were on a steep learn-
ing curve.
I have supported the call for
a 'super regulator' for the
financial services sector on the
basis that it would streamline
the process, eliminate dupli-
cation of requested informa-
tion, provide consistency in
how the overall sector is reg-
ulated, rationalise the cost of
regulation and, most impor-
tantly, allow the country's lim-
ited resources to be deployed
more efficiently. I have recent-

ly experienced, first hand, the
improved coordination efforts
between regulatory bodies
comprising the informal
'Group of Regulators'. I was
most encouraged by my per-
sonal results.
During the recent Budget
Communication, Cynthia
Pratt, Acting Prime Minister
and Acting Minister of
Finance, announced that "...
the Government is establish-
ing a committee that is repre-
sentative of all regulatory.
institutions, namely the Min-
istry of Finance, the Central
Bank, the Registrar of Insur-
ance, the Securities Commis-
sion and the Registrar Gen-
eral, to consider options for
consolidating these agencies
into one or more regulatory
And she added: "The heads
of each regulatory institution



...o .45of 200) ..

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 137 (8) of the
International Business Companies Act, No.45 of 2000, DORION
BUSINESS LTD. is in dissolution. PanAmerican Management
Services (Bahamas) Ltd of Winterbotham Place, Marlborough &
Queen Streets, Nassau, Bahamas is the liquidator. All persons
having claims against the above-named company are required to
send their address and particulars of their debts or claims to the
Liquidator before 23rd day of July, 2005.

Pan American Management Services (Bahamas) Ltd

Lagan Holdings Limited is engaged extensively in major civil engineering
and construction projects worldwide.
We now require the following to join our current team based at Nassau
International Airport.
Job Ref: ACTBAH/1/14
The applicant will be responsible for various accounts functions including
preparing and the completing of general journals entries, data input and
other general ledger account reconciliations and also assist in the general
accounts department duties as and when necessary.
The above tasks are to be carried out in regard to our Bahamas contract.
Candidates should have experience in a similar role. You should be
highly motivated and be able to work under your own initiative.
Please contact our site office on 377 0094 thru 98 quoting job reference
number ACTBAH/1/14
Only suitably experienced and qualified applicants need apply
Clean police record required.
Honesty and reliability essential

will serve on the committee
under the chairmanship of the
Minister of State for Finance.
I am pleased to announce that
the former minister of finance,
Sir William Allen, has agreed
to be available to participate
in the work of the committee.
This gesture is a demonstra-
tion of the non-partisan
approach to dealing with a
sector, the financial services
sector, which is of such impor-
tance to our economy. "
There are two issues arising
out of this announcement that
I wish to comment on.
Firstly, I believe that the
creation of a 'super regulator'
will be well received by the
industry. The past two admin-
istrations have made signifi-
cant efforts to reach out and
work closely with the sector.
The previous administration
made effective use of private
sector advisory committees,
while the current administra-
tion went further and created
a Ministry of Financial Ser-
vices and Investments. The
fact that this private sector

I N H' J -

For the stre
behndth 0 ws

makes recommendations and
policy makers embrace them
is an excellent sign. This spir-
it of cooperation should play
an important part in helping!
the Bahamas to regain its
competitiveness in financial
The second issue that I wish
to comment on is the issue of
bipartisan cooperation. The
fact that the current Minister
of State for Finance and for-
mer finance minister have
agreed to work together on
such an important initiative is
most encouraging. In a small
country such as ours, with its
limited technical resources, it
is noteworthy that we are at
the point in our political devel-
opment where this could hap-
In the past, we were able tod
transcend this barrier on a lin-
ited basis with certain appoint-
ments to Public Boards and
Advisory Comnmittees. I sin-
cerely hope this trend confin.
ues for the benefit of the"
country. In this vein, it should,
be noted that CARICOM hhas
for the first time invited.4
regional opposition leaders to.
its Heads of Governmenti'
Meetings in St Lucia this
Until next week... .,

NB: Larry R. Gibson,
Chartered Financial Analyst
is vice-president pensions
Colonial Pensions Services,
(Bahamas) Ltd, a wholly-
owned subsidiary of Colonial
Group International, which
owns Atlantic Medical Insur-
ance and is a major share-
holder .of;Security & Generals
Insurance Company in theo
The views expressed are
those of the author and do not
necessarily represent those of
Colonial Group Internation-
al or any of its subsidiary
and/or affiliated companies.
Please direct any questions or
comments to rlgibson@atlanti-

P.O. Box AaZOa192
MARs1t HAuaoua, ABACO,

Looking for lady accountant for office position.
Computer literacy and knowledge of microsoft office programs
a must. Must be able to work on own initiative. Minimum of
five years accounting experience required. Wanted Monday
through Friday, working hours negotiable.
All applicants please send resume to:
Fax: (242) 367-3469, Email
P.O. BOX AB-20192

:AGE 2B, TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2005



Grand Bahama's

economy at a

15-year low'

NOTICE is hereby given that SILIANA DUROLIN, MARKET%
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 5TH day of JULY,
2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Tribune Business Editor
A GRAND Bahama-based
attorney has described the
island's current economic sit-
uation as "the worst it has been
in the last 15 years" following
the blows inflicted by the Sep-
tember 2004 hurricanes.
Fred Smith, an attorney with
Callenders and Co, said the
continued closure of the Royal
Oasis resort and its casino had

shrunk available room inven-
tory on the island by one third,
dealing a huge blow to Grand
Bahama's tourism situation.
This effect had been magni-
fied by the impact on the Inter-
national Bazaar, which had
relied heavily in the past on
patronage from the Roayl
Oasis's guests. As a result, the
Bazaar's retailers, restaurants
and bars were either closed or
had laid off staff.
As a result, Mr Smith said

the spillover effect had extend-
ed to customs .brokers, taxi dri-
vers and tour operators every
sector that was reliant in some
form on tourism.
Mr Smith told The Tribune:
"Grand Bahama is worse than
it has been at any time in the
last 15 years. It's terrible."
Apart from "small scale con-
struction activity by Devco",
the Grand Bahama Port
Authority's (GBPA) real estate
arm, at Lincoln Park and Her-
itage Park, little new economic
activity was being seen,

although the September return
of Disney to film Pirates of the
Caribbean II and III at the
Gold Rock Creek Enterprises
studio promised a boost.
In a previous speech to the
FNM's Grand Bahama Woman
Conference, Mr Smith said the
island was being impacted by
the absence of new investors,
with the Tractebel and El Paso
liquefied natural gas (LNG)
projects having "ended in frus-
tration" and the $2.5 billion
Ginn project hanging on by its

BEC sells off shares

FROM page one
Cable Bahamas shares' is
expected to help it further
diversify its portfolio, building
up long-term investments and
potentially generating higher
In looking to secure the
future of the Bahamian social
security programme, one of the
recommendations made by the
Government-appointed Social
Security Reform Commission
was that NIB look to build up
its portfolio, diversify and
increase its total number of
investments, and generate
greater returns.
BEC recently underwent a
financial restructuring exercise
in a move to help it focus more
on its core business of electrici-
ty generation.
A number of long term loans
with the Inter-American Devel-
opment Bank (IDB), totalling
around $125 million, which were
regarded as costly, were ended

and BEC repaid them and refi-
nanced itself through several
shorter-term loans from Bahami-
an commercial banks. Those
loans are expected to be con-
verted to longer-term vehicles.
To raise the money to pay off
the IDB, a situation that could
have produced some cash flow
problems, Mr Smith said BEC is
was to participate in several
bond issues.
However, in the interim the
sale of its shares was also seen
as a way to generate the needed
cash and refocus BEC's efforts
on its core business:
"They got rid of what is not
their core business" and were
able to raise some $8 million to
help satisfy their loan obliga-
tions," Mr Smith said.
He added that BEC had ini-
tially been persuaded by the
Government to pick up. the
shares and now, once they
began looking over their invest-
ment portfolio, determine it was
a good time to get offload them.




Expanding Media Company is
seeking an energetic experienced
sales representative. Excellent
Commissions Structure. Must
have own transportation and be
able to work flexible hours.

Fax Resume to 502-2388:
Attn: Sales Manager

1,036,890 1,005,974
8,301 5,996
1,045,191 1,011,970

Operating Expenses

Bank Interest
Preference Share Dividends
Other Expenses

220,820 252,617
137,500 137,500
11 66,147
47J 456,264

Funds From Operation (FFO) 572,026 5
Gain / (Loss) On Revaluation
Amortisation Of Deferred Expenses (2,828)
Net Income 569,198 5.

FFO Per Share $0.24

Earrings Per Share $0.24

Net Asset Value Per Share. $10.18

A full set of the financial statements is available from Fidelity Share Registrars & Transfer Agents Ltd.
51 Frederick Street, Nassau, Bahamas






)Marcl-On an4 section

b al Government U iioinmea kteeies

>Prayer tor Tie Nafin a4A Moment 0o ilente


The Law Firm of
Harry B. Sands, Lobosky & Company
will be closed on

Friday, July 8, 2005

of the Firm's
Annual Fun Day






o ,

promotes.:..: ...





The Government of The Bahamas is seeking bids
from prospective consultant firms to conduct a
review of mailboat operations in The Bahamas.

Prospective firms may obtain the Terms of
Reference in this regard from the Ministry of
Transport and Aviation, East Bay Street, Nassau,

Bids should be addressed to:

Tenders Board
Ministry of Finance
Cecil Wallace Whitefield Centre
West Bay Street
P.O. Box N-3017
Nassau, The Bahamas

Deadline for submission of bids is Monday 7tht.
July, 2005 at 5:00 p.m.

Opening of bids will be held on Tuesday 12th July,
2005 at 10:00 a.m. at the Ministry of Finance.

The Terms of Reference are set out below.

Re: Review of Mail Boat Operations

The Mail Boat service plays an integral part in
networking the islands of The Bahamas. Presently,
there are twenty (20) contracted mail boats
operating out of New Providence and connecting
New Providence with the Family Islands, and one
mail boat operating out of Grand Bahama
connecting Grand Bahama with Grand Cay.

The Government is presently considering the
renewal of the Inter-Insular Mail Boat Contracts
with a view to adjusting mail boat routes and
subsidies. During deliberations in this regard, it
was determined that a review of the mail boat
system is necessary in order to properly guide
Government's decision as to the restructuring of.,
the service.

Services Sought

The Government is seeking the services of a firm
to review the present mail boat system, including
but not limited to:

1. Existing routes and their relevance.

2. The formula for calculation of subsides. In
this regard, the firm should determine the
assessment tool that may be used in
determining increases in mail boat subsidies.

3. Cost structure faced by mail boat operators.
In this regard, the firm should generate a
report on the operational cost of each mail
boat, including documented frequency of
scheduled places, passenger manifest and
freight lot. These reports should be
independently verified.

4. Economic viability of each route without a
Government subsidy.

In executing its duties, the firm will liaise with the .
Ministry of Transport and Aviation and submit
their findings to the Ministries of Transport and
Aviation and The Ministry of Finance. The expected
duration of the project is 6 weeks.

I APPROVED Lending Services, the Bahamian mortgage
brokerage and financial adviser, has promoted Renea Burrows
to the position of mortgage broker/manager. Ms Burrows
has been with ihe company for two-and-a-half years.



3 Bedroom/2 Bath Single Stbrey Residence Situated at Lot
#1, Block 20, Westward Villas, Just west of Ruby Avenue.

3 Bedroom/2 Bathroom Single Storey Residence Situated at
Lot #12, Block 20, Westward Villas, Just eat of Harrow Avenue.

The Hotel Corporation of the Bahamas
P.O. Box N-9520
Nassau, N.P. Bahamas
Submit offers to Corporate Secretary by 8th July, 2005
The Corporation has the right to reject any or all offers.

Pricing Information As Of:
04 Julyv2005

Responsibilities to include:

Clearing of shipments
Customs Processing
Manage logistics

Qualifications to include:

Good communication (both written and oral) and
interpersonal skills
Strong computer skills with various types of
software including Microsoft Word & Excel
Excellent Organizational skills:
Minimum of three years experience in sameor
similar position

Position is available immediately salary and benefits will
be commensurate with experience.

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

.Financial Advisors Ltd.


52wk-HI 52wk-Low Symbol Previous Close Today's Close Change Daily Vol. EPS $ Div $ PIE Yield
1.10 0.89 Abaco Markets 0.89 0.89 0.00 -0.208 0.000 N/M 0.00%
8.70 8.00 Bahamas Property Fund 8.70 8.70 0.00 1.445 0.340 6.0 3.91%
6.40 5.55 Bank of Bahamas 6.35 6.35 0.00 0.561 0.330 11.3 5.20%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.70 0.70 0.00 2,000 0.187 0.000 3.7 0.00%
1.80 1.40 Bahamas Waste 1.40 1.40 0.00 0.122 0.000 11.5 4.29%
1.06 0.87 Fidelity Bank 1.05 1.05 0.00 0.062 0.050 16.9 4.76%
8.65 6.76 Cable Bahamas 8.00 8.00 0.00 0.589 0.240 13.6 3.00%
2.20 1.72 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 3.85 Famguard 4.12 4.12 0.00 0.428 0.240 9.6 5.83%
10.50 9.12 Finco 10.50 10.50 0.00 0.662 0.500 15.7 4.76%
8.75 6.86 FirstCaribbean 8.75 8.75 0.00 0.591 0.380 12.6 4.34%
8.60 8.31 Focol 8.46 8.46 0.00 0.708 0.500 11.9 5.91%
1.99 1.27 Freeport Concrete 1.27 1.15 -0.12 3,000 0.082 0.000 14.0 0.00%
10.20 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 5.78 5.78 0.00 1,275 0.184 0.000 31.4 0.00%
10.00 10.00 PremiBr 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 WeeklyVol. 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 Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.35 -0.103 0.000 N/M 0.00%
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Fund Name NAV YTD% Last 12 Months Div $ Yield %
1.2339 1.1710 Colina Money Market Fund 1.233938*
2.3329 2.0018 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.3329 ***
10.3837 10.0000 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 10.3837*****
2.2487 2.0985 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.248725**
1.1200 1.0510 Colina Bond Fund 1.120044****'
FINDEX..CLOSE 435.63I YTD 1,321% 2003 14,88",',
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 Fldelity
52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week
Change Change in closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
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
* AS AT MAY. 31, 2005/ .... AS AT MAY. 31, 2005
" AS AT MAY 27, 2005/*** AS AT MAY. 31, 2005/ ***** AS AT MAY. 31, 2005
to amammarammarmm rfpptLamt agm


Concern on relationship

with US after agreement

FROM page one
The US is the Bahamas' main
economic and trading partner,
providing more than 86 per cent
of the tourists who visit this
nation on an annual basis, which
means this nation has to walk a
tightrope between looking after
its own interests and not upset-
ting the US.
While the PetroCaribe agree-
ment appears to promise cheap-
er oil on the face of it, and.Mr
Miller said ALBA was never
part of the discussions, it is like-
ly that by signing on to an ini-
tiative promoted by Mr Chavez,
largely for geopolitical gain, the
Bahamas may have angered
some in Washington, making it
harder to achieve the desired
result on the US passport situa-
tion, for instance.
The draft PetroCaribe agree-
ment also criticises "global eco-
nomic trends" and "policies and
practices which now prevail in
industrialised countries", say-
ing these are increasingly mar-
ginalising smaller states.
At one point, the draft moves
into an anti-capitalist and anti-
US rant likely to have been
written by Mr Chavez or his

partner, Fidel Castro, railing at
"an unfair economic order
inherited from colonialism and
imperialism, and imposed by
the wealthy developed coun-
tries". For the latter, read the
While there may be some
truth in those assertions, they
are likely to please Washington
even less, especially after the
US State Department wrote to
several Caribbean nations
- attending the PetroCaribe sum-
mit, criticising Mr Chavez's
record on democracy and accus-
ing him of meddling in other
South American countries.
A further irony of the Petro-
Caribe draft document is that
it repeatedly refers to regional
integration, something the
Bahamian people generally
rejected through their opposi-
tion to the Caribbean Single.
Market & Economy (CSME).
The document also ties the
PetroCaribe fund for social and
economic devel9pment through-
out the Caribbean, created
through a $50 million injection
from Venezuela, to Mr.Chavez's
plans simply through its name,
the ALBA-Caribe fund.
*The draft treaty states that

PetroCaribe's objective is "to.
help in the transformation of
Latin American and Caribbean
societies by making them fairer,
more educated, participatory
and harmonious nations.
"For this reason, PetroCaribe
has been conceived as an inte-
gral process intended to pro-
mote the eradication of social
inequalities, and to foster
improved living standards and
more effective participation by
nations in their efforts to shape
their own destiny."
The PetroCaribe accord thus
seems to be a key plank in Mr
Chavez's plans to extend his
influence in the region and
reduce that of Washington's,
with reliance on oil likely to win
him Caribbean votes in forums
such as the United Nations and
Organisation of American
States (OAS).
In the meantime, Bahamas-
based oil companies have.
renewed their calls for Leslie .
Miller, minister of trade and
industry, to explain how the
PetroCaribe; agreement and
proposed National Energy Cor-
poration (NEC) will work, with
some expressing concerns about;
supply reliability and security.

PetroCaribe proposes to cut
out the oil company intermedi-
aries involved in the supply
process at present, dealing on
a government-to-government
basis. It will be responsible for
organising shipping, storage
facilities and terminals, which
will include "whenever possi-
ble", refining and distribution
facilities for fuels and products.
Priority shall be given to coun-
tries in greatest need".
If an NEC is formed, it is
unclear whether the three pri-
vate oil companies will have to
buy from it, or whether they
will still be able to seek their
own supply sources, which
would effectively make the gov-
ernment body a 'white ele-
: All independent gas station
dealers, whether they own or
rent their premises, are fran-'
chisees of either Shell, Texaco
or Esso, and therefore must buy
their gas from them, unless the.
Government breaks up the.
industry structure and allows
dealers to buy direct from the -
Such :amove would probably*
cause the three oil companies
to exit the Bahamas.

Accountant condemns new

Stamp Duty on business

FROM page one
that taxation based on a company's assets
alone was "inequitable", as it failed to
account for the financial health and per-
formance of Bahamian companies that were
being acquired through mergers and acqui-
The amendment to the Second Schedule
of the Stamp Tax, which became law last
month when it was laid in Parliament, reads:
"Every transaction comprising the sale of a
business insofar as it consists of personalty
(save for cash and accounts deposit
accounts)", and the stamp duty attribut-
able to these transactions, is "4 per cent of
the consideration attributable to such per-
Ms Treco, a former partner and head of
corporate finance for KPMG (Bahamas),
said: "The Bill does not define 'personalty',
but combined with the reference to 'prop-
erty' it seems to imply that the duty relates
solely to assets.
"Taxation of a company based on assets
alone is to me inequitable. It ignores the liq-
uidity and performance of the business'
being sold. There seems to be a general

misconception that large companies make
large profits."
She added that the 4 per cent duty, which
is a new tax and effectively extends the
Bahamian taxation base, would be levied on
net assets alone, with no discounting for a
company's liabilities.
Ms Treco said that if the 4 per cent stamp
duty had been levied net of liabilities, "this
would be a step closer to making it more
She added: "But if there has to be a 'tax',
would it not be better to have a tax/duty on
the gain to the vendor rather than on the
net assets of the underlying business?
"It will be interesting to see how many
ingenious ways will be found to compute the
'consideration attributable to such person-
"It is very unlikely that they will be con-
sistent, as the wording is subject to inter-
pretation. I am sure, however, that they
will all be within the definition of the Act. I
will then await the amendment to block
this loophole."
Ms Treco said that from the amendment,
it appeared that the 4 per cent duty rate
applied "to the sale of any part of a busi-

ness, irrespective of the size of the portion
sold", and could include inventory.
She added: "Does this mean that the sale
of a fixed asset is subject to this duty or, tak-
en a step further, the sale of inventory?"
"I am not advocating income tax or cap-
ital gains tax, but if there has to be a
tax/duty at least make it fairer than a tax on
the size of a Company's assets," Ms Treco
said. '
"Is it in an effort to avoid the word 'tax'
that the Government is proposing a duty on
the sale of assets of a company? Duty is
only another name for tax, and fear of
income tax is driving the Bahamas to a far
more inequitable tax; a tax on assets."
James Smith, minister of state for finance,
previously told The Tribune that the 4 per
cent stamp duty rate would not apply to
publicly-quoted companies or firms with
an annual turnover of less than $500,000.
Yet this would still mean that a substantial
number of Bahamian companies could
potentially fall under the new tax if they
were sold.
The minister responsible for the Act also
has the power to waive the payment of
Stamp Duty in specific cases.

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, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,



In accordance with the rules of the Bahamas
International Stock Exchange (BISX), Colina Holdings
Bahamas Limited has applied for and was granted a
final extension to July 21, 2005 for the filing of its Annual
Report for the year ended December 31, 2004.

This extension was granted to allow more time for the
completion of: (a) Ledger account reconcilements
relating to suspense and bank accounts; (b) The
annual audits of investment funds in which the
company has invested.

The Annual Report is expected to be published in a
newspaper generally circulating within The
Bahamas on or before July 21, 2005.

In addition, as a consequence of the foregoing, the
company has been granted an extension to July 30,
2005 for the filing and publication of its first quarter
interim financial report.



By the Mortgagee pursuant to the power of sale
contained in an Indenture of Mortgage dated 15th
August, 1996 and recorded in the Registry of
Records in Volume 6834 at pages 321 to 339.

ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land being Lot
No. 10 in Block 21 Section 3 in the Sea Breeze
Estates Subdivision situate on the Eastern side of
Golf Course Boulevard TOGETHER WITH the
dwelling house thereon.

Offers should be submitted in writing to the
following address:

Surplus Investments Limited
P.O. Box N-3937
Nassau, Bahamas

The Mortgagee reserves the right to
reject any offer received.

Legal Notice




Notice is hereby given that liquidation of the above company
commenced on the 30th day of June, 2005 and that Credit
Suisse Trust Limited of Bahamas Financial Centre, Shirley
and Charlotte Streets, Nassau, Bahamas has been appointed
Liquidator of the Company.

Credit Suisse Trust Limited

Legal Notice


(a) KARIDIA LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution under the provisions -
of Section 137 (4) of'the International Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on July 1, 2005
when the Articles of Dissolution were submitted to and registered by
the Registrar General.

(p) The Liquidator of the said company is Credit Suisse Trust Ltd., nue
de Lausanne 17 bis, 1211 Geneva 70, Switzerland

Dated this 5th day of July, A.D., 2005.

Credit Suisse Trust Ltd.

Guana ay


FROM page one
Bay project, from proceeding
with construction work until the
substantive issues of the case had
been heard.
An affidavit submitted by
Joseph Arenson, ac Discovery
Land Company executive dutr-
ing the Supreme Court trial, tes-
tified that the firni was incurl-
ring monthly expenditures .of
$750,000 per month just on
preparatory work;
Justice Isaacs also revoked
the Association's leave to seek a
Judicial Review of the Govern-
ment's decision to enter into the
Heads of Agreement with Dis-
covery Land Company.
Among the issues being chal-
lenged in the appeal is the
Judge's ruling that the Associa-
tion did not have sufficient
interest in the Great Guana Cay
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and the finding that the Nation-
al Economic Council (NEC)
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Atkins and Cleare s



Junior Sports Reporter

AS THE Bahamas junior
boys' team celebrate a two-
straight victory in the
Caribbean Basketball Con-
federation Championships
(CBC), the female squad
suffered their first loss.
The junior boys, the
tournament's defending
champions, made a huge
bounce to the pool champi-
onships with a win over the
St Kitts and Nevis team 73-
The girls, who were easi-
ly putting away their coun-
terparts, ran into a brick
wall against the Puerto
Rico team. Puerto Rico
defeated the Bahamas
squad 88-51.
It is unknown if the loss
will affect their standings,
since the tournament is
designed as a round robin
for the females each team
having to face off at least
On the boys' end, a pool
championship format was
used, since more than eight
teams signed on.

The boys' pool champi-
onship appearance has
sealed their faith of quali-
fying for the CentroBasket-
ball tournament, with Puer-
to Rico qualifying at an
earlier tournament.
Because Puerto Rico had
already qualified for the
second leg of tournament
play, the fourth-placed
team in the tournament
will advance.
Playing in the semi-final
rounds will be Bahamas
against US Virgin Islands
and Puerto Rico against
Although yesterday's win
moves the team one step
closer to the four-leg quali-
fication process set by
FIBA, getting past the US
Virgin Islands is head
coach Mario Bowleg's
biggest concern.
Still believing that the
team's best game was
against Puerto Rico, Bow-
leg thinks the team will
have to produce a better
percentage game from the
free throw line to pull off
the win.
"We are the worst free
throw shooting team in the
whole tournament," said
"This team can defend
with any of the other teams
in this tournament in fact,
our best game was against
Puerto Rico. I am sure that
if the guys bring their A
game we can move onto
the championships.
"We are ready for US
Virgin Islands. This team is
so well-rounded that the
same player don't domi-
nate every night. On any
given night we have players
who can step up big for the
team, this makes it very
difficult for the other teams
to scout."

Bowleg feels as though
their boy's inside game will
set them apart in the game
against US Virgin Islands.
Admitting to not utilising
their big men, Bowleg said
that they will have to rely
more on them as the tour-
nament progresses.
"We have to work the
ball down in the post, this
will set us a part. But even
when we do this, we will
have to make free throws
when we are sent to the
line," Bowleg added.
"We are shooting very
well from the perimeter I
am not too sure but I
believe we are among the
top two teams on field goal!
"The one thing that the
other teams can't stop is
our press, so we will have
to use the press a little
The 38-point deficit
which was handed down to
the females squad by Puer-
to Rico was blamed on the
team's low shooting per-
centage from the free
throw line.
As a team the Bahamas
shot 26 per cent, with Puer-
to Rico at 55 per cent.
A total of 80 fouls were
called, with 54 going
against the Bahamas.
But according to Larry
Wilson, vice-president of
the Bahamas Basketball
Federation, the Puerto
Rican team was fundamen-

tally sound.

Senior Sports Reporter

WITH the Thomas A Robinson
Track and Field Stadium closed for
renovations, NAIA champions Der-
rick Atkins and Aaron Cleare
stayed in Grand Bahama to train
for the Colinalmperial Senior Cen-
tral American and Caribbean
The two were among the list of
athletes who had to travel to Grand
Bahama last weekend to compete
in the Bahamas Association of Ath-
letic Associations' National Open
Track and Field Championships.
But instead of going back to the
United States, Atkins and Cleare
remained in Grand Bahama where
they trained this past week under
the watchful eyes of Bahamian.
coach Mark Humes.
"It was quite different, but it good
that we were able to stay here and
train," said Atkins, the winner of
the men's 100 and runner-up in the
200 at the Nationals.

Cleare, the third place finisher in
the 400 at the Nationals, said: "We
were able to stay here and get a lot
done. I'm really glad that we did it."
The duo's stay in Grand Bahama
was made possible through coach
Humes, who thanked the Ministry
of Youth, Sports and Culture for
providing the assistance needed to
keep the athletes in Grand Bahama.
Humes, who is currently studying
and teaching in Puerto Rico, has
been a long-time friend of Cleare.
So when he was asked to assist with
his training after Cleare competed in
last year's Olympic Games, he did-
n't turn down the offer.
As team-mates at Dickinson
State University, Humes said Cleare
invited Atkins to join him and also
accepted the offer to coach him.
."I couldn't find two nicer guys to
train," said Humes, who has sent
workouts to both athletes while they
were at Dickinson State.
"They are always eager to go out

there and do what you ask of them
and they never complain. I think
their work ethic will enable them to
compete very well this year."
For Atkins, the reigning NAIA
double sprint champion, this is
expected to be his big moment inter-
national level.
He will be representing the
Bahamas at the Colinalmperial Sr
CAC Championships this weekend
and he is also expected to travel to
the IAAF World Championships in
Helsinki, Finland in August.
"I'm really looking forward to
competing at CAC," he stated. "I
really want to go out there and
prove that I can run with the best
athletes in the region.
"I think it will be a very good
meet and I'm looking forward to
running with these guys coming in.
I'm not predicting any times, but I
know it will be fast."
Cleare, a member of last year's
Olympic Games' 4 x 400 relay team,
will be making his second appear-
ance on the senior national team.
And after what he called a "dis-
mal" showing in Athens, Greece,
Cleare is confident that he will be
able to perform at a very high stan-
dard this year.
"I'm much more focussed and
prepared than I was last year," he
said. "I wish I could run in the 400,
but I will just have to do my thing in
the relay."
Humes, who wrapped up the
duo's training at the Grand Bahama
Sports Complex on Saturday, said
he's convinced that Atkins and
Cleare will be ready for the chal-
lenge ahead of them.
"They will be ready to compete,"
he stated. "I'm really excited about
how they both will do. I hope the
Bahamian people will come and
watch them perform with the rest
of the team."

NAIA double sprint
champion Derrick Atkins and
400 metre champion Aaron
Cleare take time out after a
workout session at the Grand
Bahama Sports Complex.

Racing against seniors:

keeps Kevin at his best-

Senior Sports Reporter
GRAND Bahama By far the ..
best junior cyclist in the country
today, Kevin Richardson finds
himself race after race having to AA
compete with the seniors.
That's because there are no

competitors for him to compete
against in his own age group.
But does it matter to the third-
year cyclist?
No. He feels it has given him
the incentive to go out and ride
even harder.
"I'm used to it now because
every race that I ride, they put
me to ride with the seniors,"
Richardson said. "So I'm not con-
cerned about it. I just go out and

At the Bahamas Cycling Fed-
eration's National Independence
Cycling Championships which
were held on Saturday in Grand
Bahama, Richardson came in
13th overall.
He was clocked in three hours,
42 minutes and 32 seconds in the
80-mile road race from the Grand
Bahama Sports Complex to West
End and back.
Richardson, 16, was the last
competitor to complete the
course as he trailed Carmel
Stuckie, the only female to ride
the entire course.
"It was hard, but it was pretty
good," he said. "I just tried to get
across the finish line. The course
was a hard one, but I just had to
do what I had to do."

Whether females are entered
in the race or not, Stuckie still
takse up the challenge and rides
with the men. She did the 80-
mile course as usual, coming in
12th on 3:25.49.
"I stayed with them before the
turnaround at West End. After
that, I was all by myself," she said.
"I just couldn't keep it up. I think
I pushed a little too hard at the
Stuckie turned around and
looked at the few women present.

JUNIOR sensation Kevin Richardson competed with the
seniors at the Bahamas Cycling Federation's Independence Cycling
Championships on Saturday in Grand Bahama.

But they were all there as sup-
porters and spectators.
Stuckie said: "Where are all the
There were only two competi-
tors, but they competed in the
junior division: Deanna Mor-
timer, a 16-year-old Grand
Bahama native, was the second
finisher in a 12-mile race for the
juniors behind winner Yorkel
"It wasn't too impressive. It

was annoying and I had a hard
time because a lot of the riders
were drafting off me," she said.
"But I pulled away from them
and just rode.
"I couldn't catch the guy (Bain)
out front."
Nina Williams, the only other
girl entered, competed in the
under-14 division. She was out of
contention for any of the top
spots, but won her category.
Bain pulled away from the field

YORKEL BAIN won the junior division of the Bahamas
Cycling Federation's Independence National Cycling Champi-
onships on Saturday in Grand Bahama.

of 12 other competitors and was-
n't challenged at all as he headed
to the finish line in an easy victo-

"When I was going, I broke
away and it was easy, but when I
was coming back, it was hard
because there was too much
headwind," he stated.
"Elisha and the girl (Mortimer)

started to catch me up coming
back, so I had to really push a lit-
tie harder to stay out front."
After Mortimer, the rest of the'
competitors came through in 'i
closer finish as Elisha
Knowles held off Deangelo Stur-'
Rounding out the field in order
were Tres Smith, Hoe Nixon,'
Yeltsin Bain, Roy Colebrooke Jr',
Dereck Bethel, Anthony Cole-
brooke and Justin Minnins.

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THE Auburn Elite First
Family, featuring a Bahamian
connection, are the first group
of athletes to arrive here for
the Colinalmperial Senior
Central American and
Caribbean Championships.
Led by Henry Rolle, an
assistant coach with the
Auburn University Tigers,
the group of Bahamians,
Trinidadians and Caymans
arrived in town on Sunday.
However, on Monday, they
had to travel from one site to
the other before they ended
up at Fort Charlotte where
they went through a light
workout in preparation for
the championships this week-
end at the Thomas A. Robin-
son Track and Field Stadium.

"We're all prepared and
we're in support of any cham-
pionships in the region. That
is why we pushed back our
dates to go into. Europe,
especially (Trinidadian sprint-
ers) Marc (Bums) and Darrel
(Brown)," Rolle stressed.
"They were in high demand
for the Golden League (in
Paris last Friday and in Rome
this Friday), along with
(Bahamian long/triple
jumper) Leevan (Sands) and
(Cayman Islands' sprinter)
Cydonie (Mothersill), but we
decided that CAC was more
of an important meet that we
couldn't miss."
Out of the Auburn Elite,
all but one of the athletes of

THE Auburn Elite first Family, led by coach Henry Rolle, arrived in town on Sunday for the Colinalmperial Senior Central American and Caribbean Cham-
pionships. Pictured from left in front row are Fana Ashby, Timicka Clarke, Cydonie Mothersill, Marc Bums and Josanne Lucius. In back row are Ato Modibo,
coach Rolle, Leevan Sands, Shamar Sands, Darrel Brown and Dominic Demeritte.
(Photo: Mario B. Duncanson/Tribune staff)

the group have medalled at
the last championships held
in St. George's, Grenada in
The athletes, the majority
of whom had an opportunity
to compete here before, are
excited about the champi-
Fana Ashby, defending 100
metre champion from
Trinidad, who has a personal
best of 11.12 seconds and a
season's best of 11.29, will be

making her debut here.
"I think it's going to be a
great meet. I'm hoping that
one of the days of the track
competition, I will be at my
best," she stated.
"I hope the fans will have a
great show. I'm looking for-
ward to the challenge from
everyone, but defending the
title will be a challenge with-
in itself."
Marc Burns, the bronze
medallist in the 100, who has

ran a personal record and
season's best of 9.96 for
Trinidad, is back after run-
ning in the 2002 Carifta
"I'm looking forward to
running a very fast race and
being consistent with my
time," he stressed. "We're
just trying to come in here
and run a very technical race.
Once we do that, you can
expect a very fast race.
"But it will be very com-

petitive and I'm looking for-
ward to some good competi-
tion. I just want to put on a
good show for the Bahamian
Cydonie Mothersill, the
Cayman speedster, who will
be out for her third straight
200 title, comes in with a PB
of 22.40 and a.SR of 22.71.
"I haven't been running a
lot of 200s. I've just been
working on my speed so that
I can run a complete race,"
she noted. "I'm not sure who
will be here and who will run,
but all seven other girls
should put on a good show."
Darrel Brown, the Trinida-
dian former Carifta star, is
back, having ran a PR and SB
of 9.99.

"I'm expecting a good per-
formance. I hope to come out
in the top three," he project-
ed. "I'm looking forward to
a lot of the sprinters. Every-
body's been running very
Ato Modibo, the Trinida-
dian quarter-miler, who won
the bronze in 2003 comes
here for the first time with a
PR of 44.87 in the 400 and a
SB of 45.02.
"I just want to go out there
and run a complete race and
run as best as I can," he insist-
ed. "We have Bahamas with
Chris Brown, Jamaica with
Lanceford Spence, so I just
want to go out there and
enjoy it and have fun. I want
to make this the best 400 in
Leevan 'Superman' Sands,
the Baharhian long jump sil-
ver medallist in 2001 and the
defending triple jump cham-
pion, will be back to improve
on his PR of 8.27 metres and
SB of 8.05 in the long and PR

of 57-5 and SB of 56-3 in the
triple jump.
"I've been jumping consis-
tently over 26 feet and I did
17.16 in my first meet. In
practice, I've been feeling
good," he indicated. "So
there's no telling what I will
do. I'm looking forward to do
my PR in both events."
As a member of the
Auburn connection, Sands
said they didn't perform as
well as anticipated in the
Olympic Games in Athens,
Greece as none of their mem-
bers made it to the final.
"We didn't have a good fin-
ish at the end of the season,
but this year, it's going to be a
turnaround because every-
body is doing what they are
supposed to do," he declared.
Timicka Clarke, the
Bahamian sprinter, who won
the silver in the 100 at the last
championships, comes back
home with a SB of 11.4,
which is not too far off her
PR of 11.3.

"I think if I just go out
there and run a good race,
the time will come," Clarke
mentioned. "I hurt my ham-
string before my first meet,
but I just started running. I
had about two meets for the
nationals. So I feel like I'm
just getting back."
Clarke anticipates that the
competition will be fierce, but
she's convinced that she and
the Bahamian team will do
very well, especially the wom-
en's 4 x 100 relay team -
despite being without Deb-
bie Ferguson."Debbie will be
missed, but I still think we
have a good group of girls,"
she summed up. "Once we
can practise on our exchanges,
I think we will okay."

I MR. THOMAS A. ROBINSON is seen inspecting the work that was done to track at the Thomas A Robinson Stadium.
The last minute work is coming t4 a end and the track will be ready for the upcoming CAC games.
(Photo: Mario B. Duncanson/ Tribune staff)





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Could the pill possibl be

failing heavier women?

HEAVIER women may need
to take greater care in using oral
A study published earlier this
year in the journal Obstetrics and
Gynecology which examined
Body Mass Index (BMI), weight,
and Oral Contraceptive (OC) fail-
ure found that heavier women
were 60 70 per cent more likely
to get pregnant while using OCs
than their slimmer counterparts.
What does this mean for heavy
or, in the Bahamas, average -
women using the pill?
Before panic sets in (and pills
get thrown out), bear in mind that
accurate timing of when birth
control pills are taken, and an
OC's hormonal strength also
influence effectiveness.
According to Dr Mildred Hall-
Watson, local obstetrician and
gynaecologist, extra weight need
l not be a major concern in OC
use; heavier women simply need
to be sure to take birth control
pills on time, at a set time, each

"As long as (women are) time-
ly with using it, then even if
(their) risk is increased, it's mini-
mal," says Dr Hall-Watson. That,
she explains, is because many
OCs today contain lower hor-
mone doses than earlier versions.
Overweight and obese women
have a higher Basal Metabolic
Rate, which means the body's
products including hormones
from OCs are absorbed faster
than in slimmer women. For thin-
ner women, there's more time to.
allow the hormones to dissipate,
while BMR of heavier patients
left only 24 hours or less for the
same amount of hormones to dis-
sipate. The hormones dissipate
faster in heavier women.
"Whereas someone who's thin
(Posed by model) ... may get that 24-30 hour span


WOMEN who weigh.more may be
more likely to get pregnant while on
oral contraceptives. But, for many
women, the concern may not be con-
traceptive effectiveness, but not using
protection at all.
Dr Mildred Hall-Watson, obstetri-
cian-gynaecologist, says it's hard to
make conclusions about the state of
contraceptive use locally, since no
statistics exist, but based on obser-
vation of private and public health
patients, many women aren't weigh-
ing the patch against Mirena (a new
hormone-releasing Intrauterine
Device), or the diaphragm against
condoms; they're simply doing noth-
"Based on my experience in pri-
vate practice, and based on patients
who I see through the hospital, a sig-
nificant portion of our population
probably uses no contraception. A
large percentage use nothing at all,"
says Dr Hall-Watson.
And, according to the family plan-
ning specialist, while fertility rates
based on the birth rate appear to be

declining, it may not be indicative of
actual conceptions. "Although our
fertility rate, based on our birth rate,
seems to be going down, I don't think
that we truly look at the number of
pregnancies in our community that
do not go to term, for one reason or
That suggests, she says, that a
number of pregnancies are not going
to.full term. Trouble is,-this is diffi-
cult to measure, since voluntarily ter-
mninated pregnancies are a contro-
versial and illegal issue. Ending a
pregnancy is against Bahamian law
if it is done for reasons other than
the mother's health interests.

"'You simply don't know how many
pregnancies actually occur that don't
continue because nobody can keep
the statistics of something that is not
done where it's recorded," says Dr
Hall-Watson. "It's essentially against
the law."
; Estimating that 15 per cent of preg-
nancies come from teen mothers, she
says that many young people "may

become pregnant, but it goes
With a number of couples appar-
ently approaching birth control after,
rather than before, pregnancy occurs,
Dr Hall-Watson points out that bar-:
rier contraceptive methods like the
condom are also apparently not being
used in many cases.
"I think that is reflective of the
rates of heterosexual HIV infections
that we're seeing in our younger pop-
ulation, which seems to be a grouping
of people in which we are now seeing
the fastest increase in positive infec-
tions," she says.
Part of the reason for not using
contraceptives she says, may be a
continuing feeling that diseases can't
happen along with ignorance about
or distrust of methods like the pill.
That ignorance spills over into mis-
understandings about the safety of
hormone-regulating contraceptives;
myths have included that it will cause
cancer or permanently affect fertility.
Dr Hall-Watson, though, says that
while any pharmaceutical will have
side effects, building a relationship
with a healthcare provider can help

to play with, the obese patient
has that 24 hours or less," Dr
Hall-Watson explains. "Their
hormonal level from the pill,
which is what is supposed to be
protecting them, drops faster,
leaving them more susceptible to
ovulation, and therefore more
susceptible to pregnancy."
The study, she points out, does-

pounds or 74.8 kg are 60 per
cent more likely to experience
OC failure, and obese women -
190 pounds or 86.2 kg face a 70
per cent chance of getting preg-
nant. Based on observing the
population, and patients in her
private practice and in the public
health system, Dr Hall-Watson
estimates that a majority about

"As long as (women are)

timely with using it, then

even if (their) risk is

increased, it's minimal."

Dr Mildred Hall-Watson

n't specify whether the pills used
are low-dose hormone pills, which
produce less side effects such as
weight gain but demand more
accuracy, especially in women
with a higher Body Mass Index,
or older versions, which contain
higher hormone levels, but-
require less accuracy.
"In the very low-dose pills, it's
important that you're fairly con-
sistent timewise with taking the
pills . .You will have break-
through bleeding a little bit more
frequently, if. you're taking it 36
hours apart as opposed to 24
(hours)," she explains. "If you're
scheduled to take it in the morn-
ing of one day, and you don't take
it until the evening of the follow-
ing day, you haven't missed a day,
but you've missed the 24 hour
grace period."
For heavier women, that means
it's important to consistently take
the pill at a particular time of day;
while slimmer women may be
able to vary that time slightly
with less risk. According to the
study, overweight women 164.9

these effects to be minimal or nonex-
istent, and increase chances of any
serious side effects being diagnosed
sooner rather than later.
Many older women are afraid of
using Hormone Replacement Thera-
py, because of similar concerns;
increased chances of breast and uter-
ine cancer. But, she reasons, because
the treatment demands regular vis-
its to the doctor, women using it are
likely to be tested and diagnosed for
these illnesses much sooner than
those who don't use it but also make
medical visits rarely.

"The patients who take it stay with-
in the healthcare system, because
they must see their physician regu-
larly, and get the appropriate test-
ing, so if something does come up,
we're talking about a much earlier
diagnosis than someone who is not
taking it, not in the healthcare sys-
tem, and not being routinely moni-
tored," she says. "The same applies
to side effects of the birth control

60 per cent .- of Bahamian
women are overweight, and as
much as a third are obese.
The idea that weight can affect
OC effectiveness isn't new, says
Dr Hall-Watson; previous arti-
cles have mentioned the idea.
Traditionally, though, the weight-
pill association has'been the oth-
er way around, with some women
fearing weight gain as a side effect
of using the contraceptive. That,
says Dr Hall-Watson, is less of an
issue now; most contemporary
pills contain on smaller quanti-
ties of hormones than earlier ver-
sions, which translates into
reduced side effects.

While proper time manage-
ment should eliminate OC's high-
er failure weight in those carrying
extra pounds, heavy women have
other options. One is to combine
birth control pills with barrier
methods, like condoms, which are
recommended anyway for those
not in a monogamous relation-
ship. The other is to make achiev-
ing a healthier weight range a
long-term goal through balanced
diet and exercise, which, as Dr
Hall-Watson admits, continues to
be a challenge of both habits and
of cultural expectations of attrac-
"Improving one's health gen-
erally and putting that into a
weight perspective is one thing
that we really, really try to push.
The difficulty is," she says, "it is
so hard for a significant number
of people. Difficulty is also want-
ing an instant fix. It's difficult to
get on a regime to get to the ide-
al body weight with the lifestyle.
Initially, it takes quite a bit of dis-
It can take a different sort of-
discipline to attempt healthy
weight loss if a curvy, voluptuous,
solid frame is preferred.
"There is some overlying infer-
ence for a good number of
women, and as a consequence a
good number of men, who feel
that they prefer a heavier
woman," says Dr Hall-Watson.
"Now, whether that is some-
thing that is offset by the fact that
these heavier women are suscep-
tible to a lot of other illnesses,
that's a paradigm that we have
to look at and do on a one-to-
one individual basis as to
how that impacts her health, com-
pared to someone else's satisfac-




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promoting and

supporting breastfeeding

FOR mothers and their
babies, breastfeeding is more
than just another life style
choice. Breast milk is best. It is
the "ultimate" gift a mother
can give to her newborn child.
and AAP have all lined up in
protecting, promoting and sup-
porting breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding is an
unequalled way of providing
optimal nutrition while at the
same time providing the emo-
tional needs of the newborn,
and it has many benefits.
At the household level, there
is less wastage and more avail-
able 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 ben-
efits include significant
improvement in IQ, reduced
incidence of diarrhea and res-
piratory infections, better pro-
tection against allergies (such
as asthma and eczema), obesi-
ty and diabetes in later life and
a reduced risk of pre-
menopausal breast cancer and
ovarian cancer.
. Doctors Hospital has start-
ed a series of lactation man-
agement workshops for its
health care team.
The purpose is to ensure that
all health care workers with
whom expectant and new
mothers come into contact will
be committed to promoting
breastfeeding, and be able to
provide appropriate informa-
tion as well as demonstrate
a thorough practical know-
ledge of breastfeeding man-
The 18-hour lactation man-
agement course is certified by
WHO/UNICEF and is taught
by Carlotta Klass RN, RM, lac-

OUR photo shows, from, left: Front row- Charles Sealy,
COO; Carlotta Klass, programme instructor and National
Breastfeeding Coordinator; Rosalie Gardiner, PCT; Shavon
Lockhart, PCT; Stacey Dorsette, Unit Clerk; Dr Carlos Thomas,
neonatologist; Maureen Ferguson, unit secretary; Anna Forbes,
RN, RM, Maternity Department coordinator; Thomasina Dean,
RN; Back row: Adenike Odumade, RN; Carol Bethel, RN;
Eileen McClain, RN; Suzette Wright, RN; Claudia Seymour,
PCT; Stephanie Reid, PCT; and Judith McSweeney, RN.

tation specialist and the first tors' Hospital is committed to
National Breastfeeding Coor- being partners in reestablish-
dinator for the Bahamas. ing and sustaining "a breast-
The workshops will provide feeding culture" in the
a course on current breast- Bahamas.
feeding information, effective Breastfeeding is promoted
breastfeeding counselling skills by WHO as one of the most
and the skills and tools needed important contributors to
to assist breastfeeding mothers neonatal, infant and child
pre and postnatal. health growth and develop-
The maternity unit at Doc- ment.

SINGLE parents can now get
encouragement and spiritual advice
through a DVD series that targets
stresses and concerns they and their
children face.
The "God's Sovereign Will"
series, now in mainstream and
Christian bookstores, takes a Bib-
lically focused but down-to-earth
look at both being a single parent,
and being a child raised by one.
"We're not just giving an opin-
ion, we're actually sharing experi-
ences," says Frank Penn, series
Mr Penn, a familiar face from
his TV ministry "The Happy Hour
Experience", says he was inspired
to send an easily accessible, uplift-
ing message to women raising their
kids solo.
Part church service and part wor-
ship session, the DVDs also fea-
ture interviews with women and
men who've dealt with being a
single parent or being raised by
one. The series focuses heavily on
the female side of solo parenting,
but, it can be argued, is just as sig-
nificant for men as for women.
Volume one discusses three cat-
egories of single mothers: divorcees,
widows, and those never married,
but also speaks with fathers who

rear little ones on their own.
In the second volume, Kember-
ley Knowles, raised by her mother,
speaks about the strengths and
challenges of being raised only by
her mother.
In her interview, Ms Knowles,
now in her 20s, points out that girls
who grew up with absent fathers
may find it harder to trust men in
relationships later, and suggests that
older men need to teach younger
men not simply how to be men, but
how to be gentlemen.


these children, so we're able to
share with her some biblical prin-
ciples, and we're also able to share
with her in a real way, some expe-
riences from persons who have
gone through or are going through
what she's going through," Mr
Penn explains. "That is a way of
encouraging her and gives her
hope, and I think at the same time
say 'I'm not in this alone'."
According to Mr Penn, the idea
for the video was divinely inspired,
and since it required him to reas-
sure single parents that they need
not be embarrassed or .ashamed
about the circumstances of their
children's birth, it also went against
his instincts.
"What I was told, really, was that
I must:ifid a way to communicate
that'single'ti6thers need i6ot feel'
ashamed or embarrassed by the cir-
cumstances that led to the birth of
their children, and to be complete-
ly honest with you, I rejected that
initially, because it didn't seem
right," he explains. "The truth is,
regardless of the circumstances that
a child happened to come into the
world, at the end of the day it's
only through God's sovereign will
that it happened at all."
Volume three, the last in the
series, is expected to be released
this August.

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Go for the 'six pack'

it's a health thing

zMEN, did you know that organs. And this might be ardous to health, it's not few months. Of course,
he size of your waist could the most dangerous fat and the only fat of concern; decreasing your intake of
help determine your risk could also increase a per- overall fat known as sub- high fat greasy foods as
for diabetes? Yes, research son's risk of heart disease, cutaneous fat, the kind well as sweet and sugary
is telling us that a man's stroke and some types of right under the skin, also foods is a plus.
waistline seems to be a cancer. This kind of fat is is a factor. Both visceral Watch out for the

strong factor o ndiaoetes
risk; in. fact it may be a
stronger factor than the
body mass index (BMI).
Obesity has long been
linked to increased risk for
type two diabetes howev-
er; a recent study conduct-
ed by John Hopkins
Bloomberg School of Pub-
lic Health, USA, found that
abdominal obesity or bel-
ly fat alone is also a strong
risk factor for type II dia-

This research followed
27,270 men for 13 years.
During this time 884 men
developed type II diabetes
compared to men with
smaller waistlines of 29 to
34 inches. Men with waist
size of 40 inches or greater
were 12 times more likely
to develop diabetes. Inter-
estingly this study also
found that men who had
waist measurements of less
thanf 40 inches but greater
than 34 inches were at least
twice as likely to developed
type II diabetes.
According to the study,
"belly" fat measured by
waist circumference is
strongly linked to diabetes
whether or not a man is
considered overweight or
But guess what? It is not
only linked to diabetes.
Research has also found
that people with large waist
size are more likely to have
large amounts of deep hid-
den belly fat around their

called visceral or intra-
abdominal fat and is also

and subcutaneous fat con-
tribute to health problems,

"A recent study conducted
by John Hopkins Bloomberg
School of Public Health, USA,
found that abdominal obesity
or belly fat alone is also a
strong risk factor for type II

strongly linked to high cho-
lesterol, high insulin, high
triglycerides, high blood
pressure and other prob-
lems. It is now being called
the "killer fat".
A resent survey found
that 65 per cent of Bahami-
an adults weigh too much
and many carry extra
weight in the belly. That
means that 65 per cent of
the adult population is at
risk for developing serious
health problems.

Even though we are
focusing on men, women
whose waists are wider
than 35 inches are also at
risk. Bear in mind however,
although people who are
overweight or obese are
more likely to have large
amounts of visceral fat,
normal-weight people can
also have too much.
Although belly fat seems
to be particularly haz-

but it would appear that
visceral contributes more.
Here are some risk fac-
tors associated with belly
Lack of exercise causes
excess fat to accumulate in
your belly.
High fat diet The
more saturated fats such as
butter and lard and cream
consumed, the higher the
amount of visceral fat sur-
rounding their internal
High fat and sugar
Smoking was positively
related to abdominal obe-
sity after accounting for

What can you do
about "Belly Fat"?

Losing weight and
increasing exercise appear
to be key to decreasing this
Vigorous exercise can
reduce belly fat in just a

amount of fried foods
you eat through out the

Although fast foods may
seem convenient, the choic-
es you make can accumu-
late to a dangerous kind of
fat. Try making these choic-
es on a regular basis:

Increase your intake of
vegetables and fruits by
getting at least five serv-
ings of fruits and vegeta-
bles every day.
Decide to drink water
instead of sodas and fruit
drinks and sweetened
flavoured water.
Choose fruit over a
high fat sweetened dessert.
Make your portion
sizes smaller.
Decide to make exer-
cise a daily routine -
engage in vigorous exercise
(moving as if you were late
for the bus).
Use the New National
Dietary Guidelines to help
you plan healthy meals.
To the men, is your waist
size greater than 40 inch-
es? And to the women is
your waist size greater than
35 inches? If it is, you are
carrying a belly full of dan-
ger and you need to reduce
your waist size immediate-
This article is provided
by Adelma Penn and
Camelta Barnes, nutrition-
ists at the Department of
Public Health/Ministry of


The sun and my
skin...are they really
such enemies?
IT'S no exaggeration to
say that the sun is potential-
ly your skin's worst enemy.
In fact, skin cancer, large-
ly caused by unpro ted
exposure to the sun's dam-
aging UV rays, is the most
prevalent form of:cancer in
the world, affecting one in
five people. And it's on the
rise. Recent studies suggest
that depletion of tihe earth's
ozone layer makes shielding
the skin more important,
than ever.
Not a sunbather, you say?
Well, unless you only go out
at night, your skin is still
bombarded on a daily basis.
Driving to work. Walking
the dog. Even sitting under
indoor lighting. The bottom
line if the sun is in the sky,
sun protection should be on
your skin!
Who is at greatest risk
from sun-related skin
Unfortunately, no one is
safe from sun-induced skin
cancer, but there are several
factors that dramatically
increase the risk.
Anyone who has been
sunburned even once before
the age of 18 has a dramati-
cally increased risk up to
50 per cent! Fair-skinned
individuals are the most
prone to sun damage, as are
people taking medications


that contradict sun exposure.
Speak to a dermatologist
immediately if you have a
skin lesion that appears sud-
denly, with asymmetrical
appearance, darker edges
than centre, that changed
colour, or becomes larger
than 1/4 inch (6 mm).
Sarah Simpson is a med-
ical skin care specialist at the
Dermal Clinic at the Walk In
Medical Clinic Sandyport.
This information was taken
from the Dermalogica web-
site. For more information
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popularity international

The boss seems to think
your middle name is
'beast of burden'. The
computer crashes every
half hour. And the per-
son two desks away is on the phone,
talking loud enough to resurrect the
Arawaks. It's official; time to take a
According to fitness researchers,
the best sanity-saving time-out may
not be a walk to the water cooler (or
reaching for a shot of something
strong), but a short workout, which
can boost energy, lower stress and
increase productivity.
Corporate fitness is gaining popu-
larity internationally. Some large US
companies are catching on to the idea
that workers who stretch, walk, curl
and bend during the workday can see
boosts in mood and work quality, and
are providing on-site fitness pro-
grammes. Findings from a study pre-
sented earlier this month at a meeting
of the American College of Sports
Medicine suggest that professionals
who get physical during the workday
may be more productive, and less
cranky and fatigued.
That, says personal trainer Carlos
Albury, of Bally Total Fitness, is
because exercise releases mood-boost-
ing endorphins, can clear the mind,
raise energy levels and improve pro-
ductivity "over 100 per cent".
Trouble is, on-site exercise is sel-
dom if at all available in Bahamian
workplaces, and the average worker
doesn't have time to battle traffic,
change, exercise, freshen up and
return to work in just one hour. The
answer, he says, is to follow the inter-
national trend of providing fitness
facilities, which can be as fancy as
building a company gym, or as simple
as bringing in a fitness specialist for
half an hour of stretching with the

Companies have plenty to gain from
promoting fitness; employees who are
taking care of their bodies are in bet-
ter shape, and more likely to regular-
ly show up.
"You cut down on medical costs,
you cut down on medical bills, the
company doesn't have to take care of
certain things, (there's) less absentees
as far as employees are concerned,
and less sicknesses," says Mr Albury,
who believes that facilitating on-site
fitness helps employees feel more
devoted; they're more likely to care
for a company that cares for them.

"It's amazing when you can actually
feel like the company that you work
for truly has your interest at heart," he
points out. "You tend to give a lot
more than if you feel that you're ...
just a body there."
At the same time, though, employ-
ees shouldn't feel like the proverbial
calf, simply being plumped for the
slaughter, made healthy so they can be
worked twice as hard.
"If they (employees) are healthy
and they're happy, then they'll enjoy

going to work every day, they give
you 110 per cent, and you're showing
them that you're interested, not only
by giving them a paycheque, but say-
ing 'we're bringing someone to stretch
you guys out, we're bringing in some-
one to do some exercises with you
'cause in the past two, three months
the morale of the company has been
going down, everyone's been drag-
ging, everybody's been calling in
sick'," says Mr Albury.
Another benefit for employers?
Seeing how employees respond to the
challenge of another sit-up can tell a
lot about how they might react to their


what cc

IT'D be nice if your job offered treadmills, spin-
ning classes, weights and free personal trainers.
That may seem unlikely in the real world (or this
part of it, anyway). But, if you'd like to bring the pro-
ductivity-boosting, teamwork-enhancing benefits of
working out to your workplace, get started organising
one yourself.
Try approaching your company and suggest they
offer workers discounted or full' gym membership.
Another option: divide coworkers into two or three
teams and allot points to the team that gets the most
participation in fitness initiatives, like taking a walk
together after work. Up the ante by graduating from
walking to jogging, as time passes, and offer. rewards to
the most active team..
"Even if you don't win, you still win," says Bally
Total Fitness personal trainer Carlos Albury. "Even if
you don't win something, you lost 10 pounds, 15
There's another benefit; healthy rivalry between
coworkers, which can create camaraderie outside the

daily tasks.
Company exercise can show up
which workers have the character it
takes to do those last few reps are
what it takes to stay and finish a task
at work and which ones don't.
"You do learn about who is the per-
son who's gonna quit easy ... who is
the one who's gonna dig deep and
push? That tells a lot about their per-
sonality, that tells a lot about the indi-
vidual, if you're in a work situation,
this person's caught in a bind, arc they
gonna say, 'I throw the towel in?'" he
expkiins. "Or are they gonna say, 'I'm
gouni, sit here and I'm gonna figure
this out, I'm not gonna let it beat
Improving corporate fitness can,
says Mr Albury, also be a way to moti-
vate and encourage workers.
"A lot of companies are stagnant
now, and they have no idea vhy.
'What are we gonna do, give them
more money?' All you do is, you get
more money, you spend more .... my
stress is still gonna be there," lie says.
"A healthier mind is a much more
productive mind, a healthy body is a
much more productive body."
And while that more productive
body will translate into a more effi-
cient, upbeat. working environment,
its benefits clearly aren't restricted to
a company's walls. Pointing that out to
employees is vital.
"You've gotta give a person the
benefits; why are you doing it? It's
not only to be productive towards us
(the employers) but hey, (you can) be
productive towards your family, be
productive towards your kids, be able
to do more things with your kids...
(you can) have an opportunity to be
more involved with civic groups
because your energy level is up and
you wanna. be continuously doing
something," says Mr Albury. "This
does a world of wonders in the real

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One might ask
what is drug
abuse? We
know that drug
abuse is the
total misuse of a particular drug
to the point that it presents a
problem for the individual tak-
ing or using a particular drug.
It seems to be second nature
for human beings to be curi-
ous and investigate the
unknown. Experimentation is
the actual premonition or
thought of what will happen.
Should I do this drug or take
this pill and wondering what
would be the expected result.
Everyone is affected directly
or indirectly by drug abuse.
The family, the community, the
workplace and loved ones of a
drug abuser are affected by
drug abuse.
As the drug abuser struggles
through the drug abuse, the
family members can assist a
family member on drugs by
encouraging that particular
member to seek help, and be
there for them throughout this
There is much that can been

done for drug abusers who
want help. This can be in the
form of detoxification therapy,
counselling (group or individ-
ual) and follow up.
It is important that we look
at some of the factors that
cause or lead many persons
into drug abuse.
Many things contribute to
d abuse: personal problems,
f cial, social, environmen-
tal roblems and the list can
go on and on.
One may say that the avail-
ability of drugs, the influx of
drugs in the country cannot be
readily assessed by any one
particular individual, agency or
government. As long as there is
a demand for drugs, traffick-
ers will find a way to import
their product.
One might ask what is the
solution to this challenge. The
solution to this drug epidemic
could be superficial. It seems
as though, no matter what one
might say, individuals are still
going to use drugs and that's a
person's choice. However,
health officials continue to
deliver the drug prevention

messages to individuals and to
provide "how to quit" steps for
those who are drug abusers and
also tips on "how to remain
drug free for recovering
The agencies that provide
services for drug abuse pre-
vention, recovery and support
systems are: the Ministry of
Health, Community Counsel-
ing Assessment Centre
(CCAC), Sandilands Rehabili-
tation Centre (Lignum Vitae
& Detox Units), Department
of Social Services, Department
of Labour, Ministry of Housing
and many others. There are a
number of residential pro-
grammes such as The Haven;
Teen Challenge (Bahamas);
The Dean William Granger
Centre; Bahamas Association
for Social Health also non-prof-
it organisations that assist in
the reduction of risk experi-
mentation with any and all
drugs, prevention of drug abuse
and the support for recovering
It has been noted that some
of the services provided are
effective, whereas others are
superficial. It takes constant
follow up to ensure that
abusers are not using. This task

or service alone requires a large
number of human resource and
time. It should be noted that
the council simply just does not
have sufficient resources.
Therefore, persons in our
community that can help are
encouraged to volunteer their
The officials of the Bahamas
National Council joined hands
with all of our community vol-
unteers, non-profit organisa-
tions, other departments with-
in the Ministry of Health and
other government agencies as
they salute those recovering
abusers. One could say that the
best satisfaction that one can
receive is seeing an individual
who is on or was on drugs
recover and live an industri-
ous, prosperous life.
The International Day
Against Drugs Abuse and Illic-
it Trafficking by the Untied
Nations General Assembly is
set aside as a reminder for all
Untied Nations (UN) member
states of their formal agree-
ments to create an internation-
al society free of drug abuse.
Each year the United
National Office on Drugs and
Crime (UNODC) selects a
theme for the International

Day Against Drugs Abuse and
Illicit Trafficking and launch-
es a year-long campaign to
raise awareness about the glob-
al drug problem. The theme
this year was, "value yourself...
make healthy choices".
The 2005 anti-drugs cam-
paign targets teenagers and
young adults, a group that is
particularly vulnerable to drug
abuse. At this age, peer pres-
sure to try illicit drugs can be
strong and self-esteem is often
low. Moreover, those who take
drugs tend to be either misin-
formed or insufficiently aware
about the health risks involved.
Therefore, persons are encour-
aged to value themselves. Per-
sons are encouraged to make
healthy choices by leading a
healthy lifestyle. Persons
should make choices that are
respectful of their body and
mind. Persons are asked to
seek help from guidance coun-
selors, parents, teachers, and
other role models who should
not only persuade them to stay
away from illegal drugs but also
encourage them to engage in
healthy activities.
The recent Hobbies Fair
hosted by the Bahamas Nation-
al Drug Council and sporting
activities are the type of posi-
tive activities that would deter
persons from the risk of drug

The laws are adequate
enough to deter persons from
drug trafficking and abuse;
however, the need to distin-
guish between misdemeanors
and other felonies is very
important. The law books have
one blanket statement for all
drugs, whereas, the name and
charges that should accompany
each drug should be clearly
written to avoid any and all dis-
crepancies. However, drug pre-
vention education is the main
way to avoid experimentation.
Constant reinforcement of
what drugs can and will do to
you should continue to .be
For more information on
"Risk Experimentation and
Family Drug Abuse and the
observance of the Internation-
al Day Against Drug
Abuse/Trafficking" please call
The Bahamas National Drug
Council at 325-4633/4 and the
Health Education Division at
telephone 502-4848.

This column was prepared
in collaboration with Marvin
Hepburn, health education offi-
cer; the Bahamas National
Drug Council; Ministry of
Health and Pamela Bowe,
health education officer, Health
Education Division of the Min-
istry of Health.

Going through

menopause? Take

steps to stay healthy

THERE are a number of
steps women going through
menopause can take to stay
healthy and feel better.
It's as easy as remember-
ing your ABCs, and D, E, F
and H.
A. Avoid smoking, caf-
feine, alcohol, excess salt
and sugar.
B. Balanced diet nutri-
tionists recommend grains,
cold pressed oils, leafy veg-
etables and nuts for relief of
hot flashes. Soy has also
been shown to ease mild hot
C. Calcium and minerals.
D. D vitamin, also Vita-

min C, B5, and E.
E. Exercise daily, 45 to 55
minutes. '
F. Fat Choose foods that
are low in saturated fat and
H. Herbal medicines and
teas, including cranberry
juice for urinary tract infec-
tion; passion flower, valer-
ian, and black cohosh for hot
flashes and irritability.
Other tips for easing hot
flashes: avoid eating hot and
spicy foods, do not drink
alcohol as it can trigger hot
flashes, and reduce stress.
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Insurance company hosts

health fair for clients

THROUGH early detection, work-site
health screenings can save your employees
and company the emotional and financial
costs of medical conditions that have
advanced because they went undetected.
Even employees with health insurance
rarely make a visit to their primary care
physician for preventive screenings.
Aware of these facts, Lampkin & Com-
pany Insurers and Brokers recently hosted
a health fair for their clients, Citibank and
KPMG. With the help of Doctors Hospital
and the hospital's Corporate Wellness Pro-

gram, Lampkin & Company arranged for
the hospital to conduct a screening pro-
gramme at both companies, saving them
both time and money.
Doctors Hospital's Health and Wellness
Services are far-reaching in the scope of'
unique offerings they provide to compa-
The 'services focus on education, self-
care, behavioral changes, disease preven-

tion, and can include lifestyle modifica-
tion advice and intervention.
The health fairs, which took place at
Citibank's offices on Thompson Boule-
vard and KPMG's offices at One Mon-
taguc Place, East Bay Street, provided
blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol
testing for all employees, with' results in
just a few minutes.
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tional materials were presented with guide-
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on gardening

T he best part of
our vegetable
growing season is
over 'and any
effort to keep
.veggies going will involve hard
work during hot and humid
weather. The vegetables which
are candidates for summer cul-
tivation are cow peas, black eye
peas, black beans, watermel-
ons, cantaloupes, cucumbers,
okra, cherry and paste (or sum-
mer) tomatoes, hot peppers,
sweet potatoes and a number
of other native field crops. Not
a particularly eddo-fying selec-
tion compared to the amount
of effort which is required to
keep the vegetables fed,
watered and weeded and kept
clear of bugs. And in summer


If you do have summer vari-
eties of tomato I would recom-
mend you put some energy into
them because the tomatoes we
are getting from the food stores
these days are corky and taste-
less. Cherry tomatoes serve as
a reminder of how tomatoes
should taste.
Many gardeners will be giv-
ing up for the summer and
pulling their old vegetables.
When you pull your tomatoes,
inspect the roots. If they are
knotted and gnarled, make a
note of the area where you
pulled them from. You have
an infestation of nematodes.
You cannot plant tomatoes in
that area next year. Members
of the cabbage family will be
unaffected by these tomato
nematodes (and vice versa), so
plant your favourite cabbage,
broccoli, cauliflower or Chi-
nese cabbage next season.
Those tomato nematodes will
die out or emigrate without a
suitable host root. Try to burn
the infested plants you pull up.
What if you want to give up
vegetable gardening during the
next couple of months? Mere-
ly turning your back on the
veggie plot will bring happiness
to your local weeds. You will
be abandoning the most fertile
part of your garden for them
to enjoy.
Wouldn't it be nice if, when
September or October comes,
all you have to do is go out to
your vegetable plot and start
your new season without any
weeding. That is possible if you
you do a good weeding and
watering right now and then
cover the ground with clear
The principal is this: the clear
plastic allows sunlight to pass
through and sola rise the soil.
Although black plastic will pre-
vent new weeds growing,there
will be less solarising effect.
Solarisation will kill off weeds

seeds and pest larvae to a
depth of several inches. It will
also kill nematodes, mole crick-
ets and cutworms. Your soil
will be sanitized and allowed a
rest before the next season's
rigours. And you'll be getting a
rest too.


To do the job properly, use a
thick gauge of clear plastic or
vinyl sheeting as the thin stuff is
easily torn. Weed your garden
plot making sure there are no
woody stalks sticking up that
may pierce the covering. You
don't have to worry about
small weeds under an inch or
so tall. Rake over the ground
so that it is even as possible,
removing surface rocks. Then
soak the ground thoroughly.
You won't have to water it
again for a couple of months,
so do a good job.
Lay your sheeting on a calm

"If you do have summer

varieties of tomato I would

recommend you put some

energy into them because

the tomatoes we are getting

from the food stores these

days are corky and

tasteless. Cherry tomatoes

serve as a reminder of how

tomatoes should taste."

day and hose the surface to pin
it to the ground:. Now you have
a choice. The best way to keep
the sheeting in place is to dig a
trench all the way around and
bury the edges. When you refill
the trench there will be nothing
for wind to grab hold of until
we get up to hurricane strength.
This is a lot of work and
most gardeners might prefer
laying lengths of 2"x4" lumber
along the edges to contain
them. A few concrete blocks
at strategic points along the
lumber will help everything
stay together. You now have a
vegetable garden plot that will
have a new lease on life when
you start the new season.


If you grow your vegetables
- G Jack in containers you can also
solarise your soil by placing a
container of sodden soil within
a plastic sack and exposing it to

full sun. I doubt if you would'
be able to find clear sacks, butf"
white garbage bags and even>
black trash bags will do the job.;
You can either put the whole,
pot in or tip just the soil into!
the sack. The latter is prefer-'
able as you can turn them over.
every week or so.

When the solarisation days
are over you can revive the
beneficial microorganisms in
your soil by applying commer-
cial cow manure.
You may not have to weed
the vegetable plot but you will
have to weed the rest of the
garden. Try weeding after
heavy rainfall when roots can:
be most easily removed. And,
you will also have to mow that;
lawn, so early morning and late;
evening hours become pre-^

Green Scene by Gardener Jack

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