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Volume: 101 No.189 TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2005


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Off-duty officer

is gunned down

Tribune Staff Reporter
AN off-duty strike force
police officer became the coun-
try's twenty-second murder vic-
tim after he was shot repeated-
ly outside a local bar on Satur-
day morning.
Henry Curry III was attached
to the Drug Enforcement Unit's
strike force for the last three
According to police reports,
the 29-year-old officer was
standing outside the OK Bar on
East Street north when a person
or persons opened fire on him,
striking him multiple times in
the back and neck.
Mr Curry died at the scene.
Chief Superintendent Hulan
Hanna expressed deepest con-
dolences to Mr Curry's family
on behalf of Police Commis-
sioner Paul Farquharson and
the entire Royal Bahamas
Police Force.
He said that although Mr
Curry had only been on the
force for three years, he had
already made his mark and
would be greatly missed.
Mr Hanna said that while
they have not conclusively iden-
tified a motive, police have sev-
eral young men in custody.
"We expect to close this
investigation fairly soon," said
Mr Hanna.
Meanwhile, Mr Curry's par-
ents fondly remembered their
eldest child.
Speaking with The Tribune
on Monday, Lorriane Curry
said her son, who once had
dreams of becoming an NBA
star, was always very active

* HENRY Curry m

enjoying all types of sports, but
especially, basketball.
Once he was graduated, she
said he decided to enter the
force so that he could make a
difference in the world.
"Once he started with the
drug force, he loved it with a
passion. He loved action, loved
to accomplish things and to be
in charge. He knew what he
wanted and was always very
Mrs Curry said that on that
last evening, Henry asked to
borrow her car, saying that he
would be back very soon. She
said that after he did not return,
she became worried and very
soon realized that her biggest
fear was in fact reality..
"I still can't believe it, I still
keep hoping that it isn't true.
Even though I touched him and
SEE page 10

Tribune Staff Reporter
A 22-YEAR-OLD visitor
to Nassau has become the
country's thirty-first traffic
fatality after being hitby:
a truck early on Monday
reports, Eric Chan, from
Hicksville, New York, was a
passenger in a 1998 Chevy
Astro van taxi cab, registra-
tion number, NP786 which
was heading south on West
Bay Street near Coral Dri-
ve shortly after I am.
While reports are sketchy,
police say that Mr Chan had
got out of the taxi, possibly
to dispute the fare. While
outside the vehicle, MrChan
was struck by a 1993 Ford S-
360 truck, number M2485,
registered in the name of
Ricardo Johnson, which was
headed south on West Bay
Mr Chan Was taken by
ambulance to hospital, where
he died shortly after 5 am.
Investigations into the
matter continue.

was lifted from its hinges to
allow a large truck, crane
and six men onto the field to
load 10 bleachers onto a flat
bed. Asked what they
thought they were doing, the
terse reply was: "Govern-
ment orders!"
A complaint has been
filed with the police.
Rugby members are upset
at the damage that has been
done, especially to the field
and sprinkler, system, on
which the club recently spent
SEE page 10

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New storm system heading for Bahamas
Tribune Staff Reporter U THE projected path "O..!Z.
of the depression m,
THE fifth tropical depression of the 0," "
year is brewing off the Lesser Antilles :""\,
as Hurricane Dennis is downgraded to ,.
a tropical depression and continues to '""'"
lose strength as it treks through Missis-
This new storm system is currently spin-
ning with winds of 35 miles per hour (50
km/h) but is expected to intensify as it
moves westwards towards the Caribbean
and through the Bahamas.
Current projections would take the
SEE page 10

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Some questions for the cabinet

about oil deal with Venezuela

BEFORE we get too excited
about the prospect of cheap
oil from Venezuela promised by Trade
and Industry Minister Leslie Miller, we
had better demand from the PLP gov-
ernment prompt answers to some ques-
For starters:
1) Did the cabinet give prior approval
to Mr Miller to sign the PetroCaribe
Energy Co-Operation Agreement on
behalf of the government and the
Bahamian people?
2) Did the cabinet study the agree-
ment to determine whether signing on
to it commits the Bahamas to a process
of regional integration of Latin Ameri-
ca and the Caribbean?
3) Did the cabinet consider all the
implications of integration based on
the Bolivarian Alternative for the
Americas (ALBA) and specifically how
this will affect our relationship with the
4) Did the cabinet consider all the
implications of involvement in the ide-
ological conflict which this particular
integration movement is already gen-
5) Did the cabinet consider what the
position of the Bahamas would be vis-h-
vis its energy needs if the present regime
in Venezuela is changed and the Petro-
Caribe Agreement is repudiated?

The Bahamian people are
already deeply disturbed over
the perception of confusion, disjoint-
edness and drift which has come to char-
acterise the present administration.
The government's attempt to sell
CSME to the Bahamian people ended
in an embarrassing and less than grace-
ful retreat. It became abundantly clear
that the government had not given suf-
ficient consideration to all the implica-
tions of the agreement including the
highly controversial right of establish-
That particular exercise was spear-
headed by one of the more highly
regarded ministersof-the government,
Frted Mitche'1 Minisiter of Foreign
Affairs and the Public Service.; '
This new deal has been signed on our
behalf by a minister who has con-
tributed significantly to the negative
perception many people have of the

The government's attempt to sell
CSME to the Bahamian people ended in
an embarrassing and less than graceful
retreat. It became abundantly clear
that the government had not given
sufficient consideration to all the
implications of the agreement
including the highly controversial
right of establishment.

PLP government.
Mr Miller has become notorious for
his determined efforts to ram the LNG
projects down the throats of his col-
leagues and the Bahamian people and
for his insulting and offensive language
in the process.
Just recently he managed to insult
the majority of the population by sug-
gesting that black Bahamians do not
have any brains in their heads.
So it does not exactly inspire confi-
dence and comfort to know that he was
the one entrusted with taking the
Bahamas into the PetroCaribe agree-
ment and ALBA.

T he PetroCaribe agreement
states clearly in its preamble
that it is about "the sovereign use of
energy resources based entirely on the
principles of integration referred to as
the Bolivarian Alternative for the
Americas (ALBA)."

There is one thing that should come
out of all this and it is the realisation
that, having regard to what is
happening in today's world, the
minister responsible for foreign affairs
should also have responsibility for
external trade.

Someone should stop this minister
and since Prime Minister Perry Christie
does not have the nerve to take the ini-
tiative, perhaps other members of the
cabinet will demand that something be
If they cannot convince Mr Miller
that they have brains in their heads at
least they can show him that they have
bone in their backs, not to take this
anatomical analogy any further.
There is one thing that should come
out of all this and it is the realisation
that, having regard to what is happening
in today's world, the minister responsi-
ble for foreign affairs should also have
responsibility for external trade.
* *

he big multinational oil com-
panies have not been ideal cor-
porate citizens of the world. In their
relentless pursuit of bigger and bigger
profits they have in many cases unfair-
ly arrogated to themselves sovereignty
over resources which belong to others.
In some cases the native peoples who
live literally on top of these resources
are left in abject poverty. They have
also done untold damage to the univer-
sal natural heritage out of callous dis-
regard for the environment.
Here in the Bahamas they have been
allowed, against the express policy of
both governments, to be involved in the
retail business with very little of the
associated risks.
Their Bahamian managers take all
the risk, make little or no profit, and
are kept on a very short contractual
leash. (I have a little direct knowledge of
this because of a family involvement).
With all that, however, the govern-
ment of the Bahamas must always do
what is in the best interest of the
Bahamian people.
In this matter, that means taking the
course that will ensure the energy needs
of Bahamians now and for the future. It
would be better down the road to have
to pay more for oil than to have no oil at
* *

U nlike the English-speaking
Caribbean, South America is

not noted for its political stability, and
Venezuela is no exception.
If the Venezuelan people want to
have a socialist government, that is their
business and no outsider should inter-
We should wish them well whatever
form of government they choose, once
they honour international standards of
human rights.
But we must be realistic. The rise of
Hugo Chavez to power in Venezuela
has not been exactly smooth. He was
forced out of office for 48 hours by a
military coup in April, 2002.
In 2003 a general strike closed down
Venezuela's oil industry for weeks, and
in August, 2004, Mr Chavez had to
submit to a referendum on his presi-
So while we wish the Venezuelan
people peace and prosperity, it does
not make sense for us to riskthe wel-
fare of the Bahamas on the chance
that a stubborn history will not repeat
Whatever happens, Venezuelan
oil will be on the market for every-
body. Under Mr Chavez they are
selling to the US, China, India and
others. Under another president that
will still be the case. The multinationals
will always have access to Venezuelan

B ack in July, 2003, The Wash-
ington Post exposed a contro-
versial deal in which the leftist govern-
ment of Venezuela did a deal to sell oil
to a US company with strong neocon-
servative connections.
American neocon Jack Kemp was
involved and the deal was that the
Venezuelans would sell his company
50,000 barrels a day for three years.
The company in turn was to have sold
the oil to the US Strategic Petroleum
The Post explained that the Reserve
does not purchase oil directly but
receives in-kind royalty payments from
US domestic oil producers. Instead of
giving the government their own oil,
the companies would buy oil for the
Reserve from brokers. So oil from
socialist Venezuela would wind up in
the strategic reserves of the US gov-
ernment. Such are the ways of the

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

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
should be 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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All Saints Camp director

Rev Nottage dies aged

Tribune Staff Reporter
Winston Nottage, director
since 1990 of the All Saints
Camp of John the Divine that
provides shelter and support
for AIDS victims, has died at
the age of 55.
Rev Nottage has been in the
intensive care unit of the
Princess Margaret Hospital
since June. He died .at
10.30am Sunday.

Officials from the AIDS
Foundation have expressed
their sorrow in the passing of
Rev Nottage, noting that he
has played a major role in the
fight against HIV!AIDS in the

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT A 46-year-old female
resident of West End died Saturday after
being struck by a vehicle and left along
the roadside on Queen's Highway.
Estelle Mae Vincent was discovered
critically injured around 6.40am Satur-
day. She was lying near Tracey Rolle's
Apartments when a motorist spotted
what appeared to be a person on the
Chief Superintendent Basil Rahming
said the motorist reported the incident to
the police.
A team of officers and an ambulance
was dispatched to the scene. Ms Vincent
was lying on the northern side of the
road with visible bodily injuries.
She was taken to the Rand Memorial
After being airlifted to New Provi-
dence, she was pronounced dead on

Glenroy Winston Nottage

Rev Nottage moved his
drug and AIDS recovery pro-
gramme from the Old St

Johns College campus on
Market Street following argu-
ments with the Anglican
Church over the way he oper-
ated the programme at the
Because of accusations of
abuses at the camp, the Min-
istry of Health in 1995 threat-
ened to take over the opera-
tion of the camp and evict per-
sons from the institution.
However the camp has been
a place of refuge for many
who suffered from the virus
who had no family members
willing, or capable of caring
for them.
Health Minister Dr Marcus
Bethel said the entire ministry
of health services was deeply
saddened by the loss of Rev
"We are all saddened by the
death of Rev Nottage. He
played an integral role in the

arrival at the Princess Margaret Hospital.
While police were conducting inquiries
into the matter, Mr Rahming said West
End resident Hencil Miller, 50, went to
the West End Police Station around 7am
and reported hitting an unknown object.
Mr Miller told police that the incident
occurred around 2am while he was dri-
ving his Toyota Corolla licence 17804
east on Queen's Highway in the vicinity
.of Tracey Rolle's Apartments.
When officers examined the vehicle,
the front windshield and bumper were
damaged on the left side.
Ms Vincent's death is the ninth traffic
fatality for the year. Police are awaiting
the results of an autopsy to determine
the cause of death.
ONE of three persons injured in a
three-car collision early Sunday morn-
ing on East Sunrise Highway has been

treatment of AIDS patients,
especially dispossessed
patients," he said.

The All Saints Camp is a
non-government agency fund-
ed predominantly by dona-
tions from charitable organi-
zations, groups and individu-
als. Dr Bethel said he hoped
the work of the camp would
continue, despite Rev Not-
tage's death.
"His (Rev Nottage's) All
Saints Camp played a very
important role in our care and
treatment programme so we
are very saddened by the loss.
I know he, through his vision
had many plans to expand and
enhance the centre, and we
would like to know the ser-
vice there would continue,"
he said.

detained in hospital in stable
The accident occurred after midnight
in the vicinity of Waterworld when,
according to police, a Toyota Tercel
licence 35787, driven by 23-year-old Ray-
mond Brown of Hanna Hill, Eight Mile
Rock, tried to squeeze between two vehi-
cles while travelling west on the high-
Mr Brown collided with a Toyota
Yaris licence 31057, driven by Leeman
Pearson, 17, of Juniper Lane, and a Ford
truck, licence M2636, driven by Gerald
Albury, 26, of Fedora Key Villas. They
were also travelling west.
The vehicles went out of control and
crashed into a tree in the centre median.
The drivers were injured and taken by
ambulance to the hospital.
Pearson and Brown were treated and
later discharged.
Albury was seriously injured and was
detained in stable condition.

ity PM and husband

back home today

* DEPUTY PM Cynthia Pratt


"I WALKED into the hospi-
tal and I walked out Sunday
morning," said a jubilant Joseph
Pratt in announcing that he and
his wife, Deputy Prime Minister
Cynthia Pratt, would arrive
home by Bahamasair this morn-
Mr Pratt underwent angio-
plasty at the Cleveland Clinic
in Fort Lauderdale last week to
open a blocked heart artery. He
was discharged from the hospi-
tal Sunday morning.

Mr Pratt, who has suffered
from diabetes for a number of
years, had complications of the
kidney. Doctors in both Nassau
and at the Cleveland said he
would have to be put on dialy-
"The kidney doctor was
there," said Mr Pratt, "and they
had my arm strapped up for
dialysis. Then they said I did-
n't need it anymore, my kidneys
were all right."
"They told us," laughed his
happy wife, "that they were 99
per cent sure that he would
have to go on dialysis. That one



per cent was left to God, and
that's when God took over."
The Pratts expect to arrive in
Nassau at 11am today by


Death of Father Silvan

Bromenshenkel OSB

FATHER Silvan Bromen-
shenkel, OSB, who served the
Catholic Church in the
Bahamas for more than 45
years, died at 2.30am Satur-
day at St John's Abbey, Min-
nesota. He was 90.
After his ordination at the
Abbey in 1947, the Bahamas

was Father Silvan's first and
only posting. He returned to
the Abbey about three years
ago because of ill health.
While here he served in
numerous parishes through-
out the Bahamas. He was also
prior of St Augustine's Col-
lege for a number of years.

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What an admission from Minister Gibson

IT'S NOT kosher for a parliamentarian to
shred the reputation of a member of the pub-
lic from the floor of the House, mainly
because the victim cannot mount a defence
from. the same privileged platform.
However, it is even more reprehensible
to destroy the reputation of a civil servant,
who, because of the rules of their employ-
ment, cannot defend themselves from any
But that is not the subject of this article.
Rather it is the criteria used by Financial
Services and Investment Minister Allyson
Maynard-Gibson for hiring, and then
attempting to recycle someone who she even-
tually concluded should not have been hired
in the first place.
A certain post had been advertised in her
ministry, said Mrs Gibson, and a certain per-
son called her "over and repeatedly wanting
to get the job."
"I gave her a chance in spite of her poor
record of four jobs in four years," she told the
House. "Rather than judging a book by its
cover, I decided to give her another chance in
large measure because of my respect for her
mother. As has repeatedly been said this is a
government of a second, third, fourth and
fifth chances. Unfortunately she did not mea-
sure up to what is required by the Bahamian
people ... and she squandered that chance."
That sounds all very nice and charitable,
but if this had been Mrs Gibson's private
business and if the facts were as she outlined
them to the House would she have hired this
person? If so would she have hired her for
such a high position of responsibility in def-
erence to her mother, or would she have
started her at the lower end of the ladder
and, depending upon her ability, let her mer-
it her climb to the top? It is easier to rectify a
mistake if a probationary period is tested
When it comes to managing other people's
affairs a prudent manager cannot afford to
take one chance, let alone five. And defer-
ence to parents should not be a job criteria.
There is only one basis for employment: Can
the applicant do the job, and do it well?
Job applicants should not be able to use
mothers or fathers to short circuit the sys-
tem to unlock locked doors. This is the con-
stant complaint of young Bahamians, who
deserve opportunities it's who you know,
not what you know, they complain.
But as though this admission of how per-

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sons are hired in the public service was not
bad enough, Mrs Gibson told the House:
"When it was clear that something had to
be done because she could not measure up to
the standard required ... and that she intend-
ed to obstruct rather than cooperate with the
government's mission of transformation for
the Bahamian people she was offered anoth-
er similarly high paying government job. She
was not victimised. She was offered another
similarly high paying government job with
all the perks."
How shocking! If this were Mrs Gibson's
business and her finances would she have
been so generous?
If what Mrs Gibson says is an accurate
account of the situation, then the person that
she now wants to shunt into another depart-
ment to relieve herself of a problem is not
being victimised but the Bahamian public
certainly is. Is this the way the public's
finances are handled?
In the private sector if a person proves
incapable, they are not shunted off into
another department of the organization, they
are thanked for their services, paid what is
owed them and dismissed.
This method of hiring and then recircu-
lating personnel who don't measure up, is a
gene deeply embedded in the PLP party.
In an interview with The Miami Herald in
1974, Sir Lynden made it clear that if two
bids came in for a government project, and
one bid was from a PLP, who had never had
a chance to bid before, the job went to the
PLP. Not because he was qualified to do the
job, but solely to give him a chance. Some-
time they succeeded, often they failed, Sir
Lynden said. But it was the people's money
the PLP were playing with and so they could
afford to take chances to cater to their sup-
Of course, we all remember how "Bro"
(Philip) Bethel, former chairman of Bahama-
sair, turned Bahamasair into "almost a social
service" (his own words) of over staffing to
create jobs for his own constituents most of
them unqualified for their positions.
We thought that government had moved
away from those days. But with this latest
admission from Mrs Gibson the Bahamas is
back where it started. No wonder the civil
service is over staffed and in many areas inca-
pable of providing efficient service.
Only Bahamians demanding more
accountability can change this state of affairs.


must support


EDITOR, The Tribune
I ASK the people of the
Bahamas and the Members of
Parliament: who is supporting
Bahamian entrepreneurship?
Recently, the Minister of
Tourism made his Budget con-
tribution and as usual he was
long-winded, blowing his own
horn. But what irritates me is
when these people begin to say
things like: Mr Speaker I don't
see why fruits and vegetables
and other items cannot find
their way into our hotels and
tourism market, I don't see why
Mr Speaker. Bahamians must
take advantage of these oppor-
The Minister of Financial Ser-
vices gets up and says the same
thing: "Bahamians must take
advantage of these opportuni-
The Prime Minister gets up
and says the same thing with a
little different emphasis of
course, "We are creating jobs
for Bahamians, there are two
billion dollars of investment just
waiting to come into the
Bahamas, especially in the
tourism market. Bahamians
must be prepared to take
advantage of these opportuni-
My God what is it that they
want the Bahamian to do? If a
Government wants these things
to happen they must put in
place the infrastructure for the
Bahamian to get prepared. Also
they must tell the people what
to prepare for: They are the
If you go to an island and you
want to get to see the other side
of the island and there are no
roads, do we stand there and
keep saying we have to get to
the other side of the island? No!
We start making roads and lay-
ing down other infrastructure so
that we can reach the other side.
So, Editor, I ask you and the
politicians: Where are the roads
to these wonderful opportuni-
ties? Where is the support for
If I go to Jamaica everything
is Jamaican as far as possible;
the same in the other CSME
countries. If Kentucky Chick-
en goes there they must buy
chicken produced there, etc.
Sandals of Jamaica in the
Bahamas refused to buy my cof-
fee and instead is importing
Jamaican coffee. Their staff uni-
forms are being made in
Kingston: Now I hear Sandals
will build another hotel in Exu-
ma. In other words the investor is
stimulating his own country's eco-
nomics and not the Bahamian's.
Ya get it Bulla?
It is supposed to be a new
wind: I say it is not a new wind
but the same old wind.blowing

from a different direction.
As the only and first Bahami-
an coffee roaster expertly
trained, I have been struggling
since 1985 to obtain business
from the hotels and banks and
restaurants, foreign companies.
You name it bulla, these people,
we Bahamian government, let
into our country come to para-
sitise our little country and not
to support us. They support
their countries in the Bahamas
by importing goods from their
countries to the Bahamas.
Let me tell you a little story,
bulla: An Italian chef decided to
start his own Italian fast food
shop. I asked him if he would
patronise a Bahamian coffee
product. He said in his Italian
way, "Oh no, I bring in my own
Italian coffee". And so I wanted
to tell him where to go and sell
his spaghetti, ya' know, bulla:
but I restrained myself and said,
ya know, bulla, 'dis is Bahamas!
And Bahamas has allowed you
to keep your tail in this country,
you should go back to Italy and
hold the Pope's hand.
Man I have come across so
many discrepancies in this coun-
try it is amazing! Everybody
importing their country's goods
and ignoring the Bahamian
goods! How then, bulla, can the
Bahamian prepare? And pre-
pare for what? I can tell you
plenty more about what goes
on in this country.
Since I started this business
so many people have tried to
copy me and have failed
because they thought I was
making plenty money. Well they
soon found out that I was not.
Even Island Radio has copied
me with its Cuban connections.
Now it's Starbucks time.
Of all the thqusands of busi-
nesses in the world these mil-
lionaire John Bull people had
to copy me. And to top it off,
they have applied for a licence
which would allow them to do

any form of trading in this coun-
try including supplying the
hotels, which I have been trying
to do for years and they proba-
bly will succeed because of two
1) They have the Govern-
ment's support;
2) They are white people.
And did you read the busi-
ness Editor's article June 29,
Mr Hartnell says: "Bahamians
and tourists who are highly
familiar with and loyal to Star-
bucks will welcome its presence
here in the Bahamas".
I wonder then why do we
spend hundreds of millions of
dollars to attract tourists to the
Bahamas? Is it to come and see
that we have Starbucks or is it
Wendy's or maybe McDonald's
or is it Dunkin Donuts? Or
Kentucky Fried Chicken?
Well it seems that our taxes
are being misspent. I see written
on the buses Bahamian
Experience. I thought that is
what all the expenditure and
hard work was all about, not
Starbucks or any other fran-
chise. And their coffee is terri-
ble compared to my Bahamian
I ask you, Editor, how is the
Bahamian going to prepare for
the opportunities when the for-
eign companies can come here
and be in direct competition
with Bahamians? And even put
them out of business?
The Prime Minister must act
immediately to stop Mr Miller,
Minister of Trade allowing
these Coffee Cay People from
becoming a Bahamian licensee.
Already they have their coffee
in the City Markets. Do they
have a licence yet?
We, the Bahamian people
might as well join CSME
because slowly but surely for-
eign investment will be the
death of the Bahamian. We will
not own a single thing in our
own homeland. At least we
stand a chance with our brother
West Indians.

July 6 2005


our heritage

EDITOR, The Tribune

AS WE celebrate our 32nd
anniversary of Independence,
one would have thought that
after 32 years someone
would know the protocols of'
how our National Flag can be
flown and also the much
abused playing of the Nation-
al Anthem, but it seems even
high Government officials
ain't got a clue.
None other than the Co-
Chair of our National Inde-
pendence Committee and
also Director of Culture, Dr.
Nicolette Bethel appearing
on a ZNS programme this
past week gave the incorrect
response as to the only
melody/tune of our National
Anthem that may be played.
The official version and the
only one that may be played
as the National Anthem is the
score of Timothy Gibson, full
stop the Americanisation
of descanting are all incorrect
and in fact breaking the reg-
It really would be appreci-
ated if Cable Bahamas, Chan-
nel 12 would comply with the
correct protocol and only

play the correct anthem
rather than the one they use
which incredibly is performed
by none other than The
-Bahamas National Youth
Choir you see if entities like
the National Youth Choir
haven't got a clue as to the
protocols who else will?
Flags are to lowered at sun-
set unless they are floodlit -
flags are not to fly if they are
faded or torn|- flags are to
be shown at all times appro-
priate protocol.
Thirty-two years after
Independence you see ongo-
ing abuse of this national
symbol, as well as a total mis-
understanding as to what is
the only melody of the
Bahamian National Anthem.
Surely it is a sad reflection on
us all?
Hoping someone at For-
eign Affairs or National Secu-
rity will send out an advisory
to everyone as to what are
the correct rules and proto-
cols as we continue to abuse
our national symbols.
June 26 2005

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SFREEPORT A 38-year-
old Grand Bahama woman
who, with several children,
was a passenger on the back
iff a 'truck was seriously
tInjurdd in Grand Bahama
:"over the Independence holi-
:day weekend.
Marilyn Smith of McCleans
Town sustained multiple
Injuries and was airlifted ear-
ly Sunday morning to Doc-
tor's Hospital in New Provi-
Her condition was not
known up to press time Mon-
According to Chief Super-
"intendent Basil Rahming six
other passengers in the back
of the truck, including one-
year-old Mateo Smith, Nick-
eya Leathen, 11, Deashanae
McBridge, 6, of McCleans
Town, and Nassau residents,
Christie Major, 15, and Cur-
lene Williams, 16, are
detained in hospital in stable

The accident occurred
around 12.20am Sunday when
driver Alvin Lightbourne, 41,
of Freeport, was driving his
Pontiac Bonneville licence
9292 east along West Sunrise
In the vicinity of Ellis
Lightfoot Drive, Lightbourne
swerved into the westbound
lane. He collided with a gold
Ford Taurus licence 33483
driven by Clinton Grant, 37,
of Hawksbill, and a Chevy Sil-
verado Truck, driven by
Floyd Smith, 38, of McCleans
Grant, and his passengers,
Golden Grant, 41, Malcolm
Grant, 19, Clinique Grant,
17, and Ashley Seymour, 6,
of 148 Inagua Place, were also
injured in the crash. Mr
Smith, the driver of the truck,
and Mr Lightbourne were
also injured.
They were all treated and
later discharged from:hospital.
Supt Rahming is appealing
to motorists to be consider-
ate of other road users.

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to turn a blind eye to the vex-
ing illegal immigration prob-
lem, they could soon find
themselves celebrating the
country's Independence in
Creole, said Bishop Neil C
Ellis on Sunday.
Bishop Ellis, senior pastor
of Mount Tabor Full Gospel
Baptist Church, in a fiery ser-
mon, took "Freedom" in the
Bahamian context as his topic.
The text was taken from Luke
13, verses 10-17. The nation
also celebrated Independence
on Sunday, July 10.
The prominent Baptist
preacher also condemned any
move by government to pres-
sure Bahamian teachers into
teaching children, born in the
Bahamas of Haitian parents,
in Creole.
Bishop Ellis warned
Bahamians that if something is
not done with the illegal immi-
gration problem, especially the
large numbers of Haitians liv-
ing in the country, then future
generations of Bahamians
may find themselves fighting
for freedom in their own
Said Bishop Ellis:
"If you'll continue to sit
down here, you talk about
Independence, if you continue
to sit down here and let all
these illegal immigrants come
into our country and take
over, one time we are going
to be celebrating Indepen-
dence on Clifford Park and
the bulk of the stuff will be in

"If you stay here and just
let everybody come in, every-
body come in, nobody is say-
ing nothing, this one running
to the Bahamas...
"That's why CSME was not
good for us. We can't handle
freedom of people moving up
and down to work in the
Bahamas from other
Caribbean countries. We can't
handle it. We are overloaded
The audience clapped its
Turning to the issue of gov-
ernment officials pressuring
Bahamian teachers to learn
Creole in order to teach chil-
dren of Haitian parentage in
Creole, Bishop Ellis said:
"If I go to a school in Haiti,
they will not make the teach-
ers learn English to teach me.
If I want to stay in Haiti in the
school system, I better hurry
up and learn Creole.
"Well now they want to put
pressure on our teachers to
learn Creole so you could
teach... Listen, if you are grow-
ing up in the Bahamas, the
national language is English.
Learn it or go where they
speak Creole.
"And how is it, you could


"If you continue to sit down
here and let all these illegal
immigrants come into our
country and take over, one
time we are going to be
celebrating Independence on
Clifford Park and the bulk of
the stuff will be in Creole."

Bishop Neil Ellis

be born in the Bahamas,
growing up in the Bahamas,
going to school in the
Bahamas, and you speaking
Creole better than English
and you were born here? You
born here.
"How come you can't speak
English better than Creole,
"We have to be careful how
we subtly allow things to hap-
pen that could snatch away
our freedom."

Turning to the practice of
witchcraft worship in Haiti,
Bishop Ellis said that in the
Bahamas, while some may
practise witchcraft, "we as a
people do not corporately
endorse witchcraft."
Those who speak Creole, he
said, the country from which
they have come, have legally
endorsed it.
'"They say witchcraft is a
part of their Jifestyle," Bish-
op 'Ellis said, "so, we should
just open up the floodgates
and let (these) people who
come from a nation practising
witchcraft, where it ain't noth-
ing wrong with it, so they
come here, practise it, and
assume there is nothing wrong
with it, and your weak hus-
band and your weak wife are
getting caught up in the traps.
Those of us who are saved, we
know for sure, it can't work
on us. But, we have other
brothers and sisters who are
not yet of our fold."
Bishop Ellis said some
members of the audience had
an expression on their faces
as much as to ask: "What he
dealing with all of this for?"
"To keep your freedom,"
he retorted.
"See, some of you'll all right
because your children done

grow up," said Bishop Ellis.
"I have a three-year-old son
and a 13-year-old daughter
who ain't grow up yet. I have
to make sure it is better in the
Bahamas for them than it was
for me.
"I have to fight to make
sure when Jonathan marries,
he has land he could build on.
I have to fight to make sure
Reneshay could live with a
man in this country without
feeling threatened that they
are going to be overtaken by
people of another nation.
Freedom, and it's not as casu-
al as it looks."
Bishop Ellis said some peo-
ple may be of the view that
the Bahamas should let ille-
gal immigrants come into the
country unhindered.
"We cannot just let them
come and it's worse when you
come and you are biggety,"
he said.
"At least if you come,
behave. Don't burn up none
of our police cars."
Turning to the discussion of
removing the term "Christian
values" from the Bahamas
Constitution's preamble, Bish-
op Ellis said as far as he is con-
cerned, this question should
not arise.

He said the framers of the
Bahamas' Constitution knew
where God brought the
Bahamas from from a fish-
ing village to a country built
up on two important indus-
tries, tourism and banking -
and therefore enshrined the
term "Christian values" to
reflect the goodness of God
to the Bahamas.
Bishop Ellis said if individ-
ual Bahamians want to move
away from their Christian val-
ues and adopt other religions
like Islam and become Mus-
lims, that is their right.
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Bishop Ellis pointed oult
that the Bahamas is the only
country in the Caribbean
region whose dollar is on par
with the powerful United
States of America and has
$800 million in foreign
He said it is only because of
the goodness of God to the
Bahamas that the two indus-
tries -tourism and banking,
which are fickle in nature and
on which the Bahamas
depends act as the fuel to
run the engine of the
Bahamas' economy.
Bishop Ellis encouraged all
Bahamians to go out and sup-
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BAHAMIANS ushered in
the country's thirty-second
birthday to the sounds of
Junkanoo as a blaze of fire-
works lit up Clifford Park.
Thousands of Bahamians
flocked to Clifford Park to wel-
come Independence 2005 on
Saturday evening.
Instead of the usual police
tattoo, there was an ecumenical
service that featured gospel
performances, a march past
and an inspection .of govern-
ment uniformed agencies by
Governor General Dame Ivy
Catholic Archbishop Patrick
Pinder reminded Bahamians
that they have much to be
thankful for, particularly as we
live in a time of terrorist activ-
ity. He said that in times of
trouble, God has always been
faithful and showered blessings
on the country.
At midnight, the Bahamian
flag was raised as the night sky
was ablaze with fireworks,
much to the enjoyment of the
large crowd.
For the entertainment of the
audience, the National Litur-
gical Dancers performed.
There was an explosion of
many youth bands, and
Prophet Lawrence Rolle also
However some people felt
that the Independence cele-
bration lacked the excitement
of the police tattoo and may
have been the reason that the
crowd was smaller than last
"There was nothing wrong
with the service, but I think
that it would have been more
appropriate to hold it in the
afternoon, like they usually do.
My kids weren't that interested
in the service and they kept

asking me where the castle and
the dogs were. I think every-
one loves the dogs and the
motorbike officers," said Tara
Cartwright of the night's activ-
"It was definitely less peo-
ple than in previous years. For
the first time, I was able to sit
down and see everything and
without all that big crowd it
was more comfortable," said
Tanya Brown. "But the fire-
works were wonderful as usu-
Other independence activi-

ties included the opening of the
Colinialmperial CAC games
on Friday night, and a youth
cultural explosion on Sunday.
More Junkanoo filled the
streets as hundreds of Bahami-
ans took part in the People's
Rush parade, through the
streets of the city.
The holiday also saw the usu-
al beach picnics and barbecues.
On Monday, as The Tribune
prepared to go to press, digni-
taries and other invited guests
were on their way to Govern-
ment House for a state recep-
tion. The CAC closing cere-
monies were also expected to
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FROM page one
$75,000 to prepare the complex
for the June Northern
Caribbean World Cup 2007
qualifying match. The Bahamas,
which hosted the games, won
the tournament.
A member of the New Prov-
idence Rugby Football associa-
tion said that no one made any
arrangements to borrow its
bleachers, three of which did
not belong to them.
A rugby member said that
two Sundays ago he went to the
Winton pitch to mow the field.
When he arrived he found the
gate off its hinges and saw a
large articulated vehicle with a
flatbed on the field with a crane
truck loading the club's bleach-
ers onto the flatbed.
He asked the men what they
were doing. They told him they
had been sent by government
to get the bleachers. Although
he did not know who the men
were or who had sent them,
another player said that they
were from the Ministry of
Sports and Culture.
"I asked them to please not
drive onto the field," said the
rugby member. "I then started
to mow."
Next he saw the truck pulling
the flatbed across the club's
field on which so much money
had been spent to get it up to
international standards.
"At that point I wasn't very
polite," said the rugby member,
admitting he used some robust
"Anglo-Saxon words."
"One of the men on the truck

said: 'If you use those words
again we'll slap you around the
head'." .
The rugby member said he
jumped onto the truck's run-
ning board to prevent it being
driven over the field. "They
drove off with all of our bleach-
ers and we haven't seen them
since," he said.


Another angry player said
that $600 had been spent to put
up new gates; $25,000 went on
wells and a sprinkler system.
Altogether $75,000 had been
spent to upgrade the whole
complex to accommodate inter-
national matches fertilizing
and grassing the field, putting
up new posts, score board and
enlarging the pavilion. Part of
the field and sprinkler system
has been damaged.
"Not a penny came from
government. They never even
offered to help us," he said.
Another player said that gov-
ernment promised to lend them
some of its bleachers for the
important June qualifying
match. Despite the promise,
however, the bleachers never
"And now without our per-
mission they have come onto
our private property, taken 10
bleachers seven were ours,
and the others were loaned to
us by the Hockey Association
- and gone. No explanation,
or by your leave."
One frustrated player said

that although they have worked
hard to bring the game of rugby
to Bahamians, government has
never acknowledged their
"Thirty years ago," he said,
"this was an expatriates' game."
However, when the World Cup
qualifying match was played on
the Winton pitch this year, 75
per cent of the players on the
Bahamian team were Bahami-
"The two power houses of
the game Cayman and
Bermuda both came with
expatriate teams. We Bahami-
ans blew them off the field!"
He recalled that when team
members went to government
about 25 years ago for some
land for a pitch, they were
refused. Yet the soccer team
was given land in the Oakes
Field area. New Providence
Rugby Football Ltd then spent
$100,000 for land in Winton.
Today the association owns
eight and a half acres, and has
big plans for the promotion of
"But I suppose we're not
high profile enough for govern-
ment recognition," said the play-
er, "even though we have the
game in 10 schools and are now
sending an under nine squad -
30 members to Jamaica to
play a championship match
there. They will be up against
teams from the US, Canada,
Mexico and the Caribbean."
Youth and Culture Minister
Neville Wisdom, who is busy
with the CAC games, could not
be contacted for comment.

New storm system

expected to worsen

FROM page one
potential new hurricane over
Puerto Rico, the Dominican
Republic, Haiti and the the weekend.
The storm is expected to
reach hurricane winds by 8am
on Friday, and is expected to
be threatening the southern
Bahamas by Saturday morning.
The National Weather Ser-
vice forecasters expect the
winds of this storm to reach 100
miles per hour over the next
five days, making it a category
two hurricane by the time it
reaches the Bahamas.
Once it reaches hurricane

strength, the storm will be
named Emily, the second hur-
ricane of the season.
Forecaster Wayne Neely 'at
the meteorological department
said that although it is early,
residents should still start look-
ing for their hurricane shutters
and making sure that all their
preparations are in order.
"The depression is about
1,120 miles east of the Wind-
ward Islands and is moving to
the west at 12 miles per hour
and we expect that to continue
for the next 24 hours," he said.
"We expect it to become a
Tropical Storm in the next 24
hours and a hurricane subse-

quently after that," he said.
Mr Neely cautioned that
although the storm is almost a
week away, residents should
already have completed their
hurricane shopping for batter-
ies, canned foods, candles, etc,
to avoid any last minute rush.
"To be honest, shoppers
should have started long ago
looking for supplies to avoid
that grid lock in the food stores.
That should have. been com-
pleted from last year. Right now
it's too early to say if this is
going to be a wet storm or not.
We will know that once it
morphs into a hurricane," he

Family's sorrow as

police officer is shot

FROM page one
know that he's dead, I still can't
think it's real."
Mrs Curry said the level of
violence in the country is fright-
Her husband, Henry Curry
II, added that the country's
young men are in trouble.
As a boys brigade leader, Mr

Curry said he knows how
important it is that young men
have someone who can listen
to them.
Mr Curry said males today
have trouble being leaders
because of a lack of dedicated
fathers in the country.
"If we could have real men,
mentor one boy from junior high
to grade 12, we could turn this

country. But we have to start."
The Currys say the ordeal has
been rough, but they have no
choice but to endure. His three-
year-old daughter, Aaliyah,
knows her father is dead, but
does not understand what that
means, said her grandmother.
Henry also leaves behind
four brothers and a sister. A full
military funeral is planned.


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General Manager of
One&Only Ocean Club, the
award-winning Bahamian resort
that is part of One&Only
Resorts collection.
Mr Boersma replaces former
One&Only Ocean Club Vice
President and General Manag-
er, Mr Russell Miller, who has
been appointed Senior Vice
President and General Manag-
er of the riew Condo-Hotel
being constructed at Atlantis,
Paradise Island resort.

Mr Boersma's new position
at One&Only Ocean Club will
begin on August 15. He comes
to the resort after a successful
two-year tenure as Resident
.Manager of the highly-
acclaimed One&Only Palmilla
in Los Cabos, Mexico.
"Andre's unwavering dedi-
cation to service and quality
proved evident at One&Only
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see his passionate commitment
and wealth of experience One&Only Ocean
Club," said JT Kuhlman, Presi-
dent of One&Only Resorts.
Before joining One&Only
Palmilla, Mr Boersma was the
Resident Manager of Esperan-
za Resort and Las Ventanas al
Paraiso, both located in Los
Cabos, Mexico. Mr Boersma
has more than 15 years of expe-
rience in the international lux-
ury resort industry. In addition
to his experience in Mexico, he
has worked in'destinations such
as Mallorca, Spain; the People's
Republic of China, and
Mr Boersma studied Hotel
and Restaurant Management at
the British Columbia Institute
of Technology in Vancouver,
Mr Boersma was an integral
part of the One&Only Palmilla
pre-opening team that devel-
oped the 172-room property
into the premier luxury resort in
Los Cabos. Mr Boersma helped
to establish One&Only Palmil-
la's unparalleled reputation for
luxury and impeccable service.

NEWLY appointed Senior
Vice President and General
Manager of One & Only
Ocean Club
Andre Boersma.

SCOTIABANK Bahamas has helped the Salvation Army to bring relief to people in need
Sof food, shelter, clothing and disaster relief.
For almost 75 years, the, Salvation Army has offered its assistance programme to the com-
munity. The Salvation Army is a non-profit organisation that is supported by voluntary con-
Scotiabank's Assistant Manager, Marketing & Public Relations, Arementha Curry pre-
senting a cheque to The Salvation Army's Commanding Office and Divisional Secretary,
Major Serge Sain Aime.

"After the successful opening
of One&Only Palmilla, I look
forward to bringing my experi-
ences to One&Only Ocean
Club and am delighted to be a
part of this legendary resort,"
Mr Boersma said.

Created exclusively for the
luxury resort market, Kerzner
International's One&Only
Resorts are conceived as hall-
marks of excellence. Set in some
of the most beautiful locales in
the world, each award-winning
resort offers guests a distinctive
style and personality borne of
its local culture, a genuine hos-
pitality and a lively energy that
is unrivalled. These properties
include the spectacular new
One&Only Reethi Rah in the
Maldives; One&Only Kanuhu-
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One&Only Le Saint Geran, and
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Dubai; One&Only Ocean Club
in The Bahamas and
One&Only Palmilla in Los
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A further One&Only is
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TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2005, PAGE 13

Couple wed on a whim in Nassau

THE romance of the Bahamas
charmed a US couple into a spur-of-the-
moment wedding last week on a beauti-
ful beach in Nassau.
Brandon and Lisa Schmidt held their
impulsive wedding ceremony at Guana-
hani Village on Cable Beach in front of
family and friends. The couple from Mil-
waukee, Wisconsin said they could not
pass up the opportunity to have a wed-
ding in such a serene setting.
"We were actually supposed to get
married in Milwaukee, but seeing that
we were already here on vacation, we
just decided to take advantage of that
opportunity," said Mr Schmidt. "This is a
place where people dream of getting mar-
Mr Schmidt, who has been a regular
visitor to the Bahamas for more than 25
years, said his experiences here have
made him begin to see this as more than
a vacation destination. Now, he sees the
Bahamas as a second home.
David Kupsak, Brandon's grandfather,

has been visiting Nassau since 1961. He
said he is very impressed with the
progress the country has made econom-
ically, and the significant emphasis that
has been placed on tourism.
"I think there has been a big improve-
ment in customer service and the tourism
industry," Mr Kupsack said. "One of the
things that has kept me coming back all
these years is the Bahamas' continual
effort to advance tourism."
Priscilla Williams, manager of the wed-
dings unit for the Ministry of
Tourism, said the promotion-of the
Bahamas as a wedding destination
encourages return visitors.
"We feel that weddings are a big busi-
ness, and the promotion of the Bahamas
as a wedding destination provides people
with an opportunity to host their wedding
in a tropical location," she said. "Once
this is accomplished, we know we can
expect to see them as return visitors
based on the unique experience the
Bahamas has to offer."

Fishery expands staff for the summer

DESPITE the off season for
lobster, Performance Fisheries
in Alligator Bay, south of
Simms, Long Island expanded
its staff to include students on
vacation for the summer.
The company hired nine stu-
dents as additional staff allow-
ing them not only to earn
income during their vacation,
but to learn modem fishery pro-
cessing techniques.
"The youth of Long Island
are our business' future," said
Charles Crissey, president of
Performance. "Aside from the
young people we have hired for
the summer to learn our trade
in the processing of seafood, we
also support numerous local
fishermen who also hire addi-
tional employees. for the sum-

mer. Our increase in produc-
tion staff for this summer rep-
resents an increase of 43 per
cent during this time of year
and we view this as an invest-
ment in our company's and

Long Island's future."
Performance Fisheries is a
HACCP certified seafood pro-
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The Central Bank of The Bahamas is proud to announce its Twenty Second Annual
Art Competition and Exhibition to be held from Wednesday, 9th November, 2005 to Friday,
2nd December, 2005.
The objectives of the competition are to identify, recognize and encourage young
Bahamians who demonstrate talent in the visual arts.
To qualify, participants must be citizens of The Bahamas age 26 and under, who are
not involved in commercial sales of artwork.
There are no restrictions as to the theme of works to be entered in the competition,
however, works reflecting aspects of Bahamian culture and of an experimental nature are
Each artist must submit only three works in any of the following media: drawing,
painting, print, collage or other pictorial presentation. Failure to present the required number
of works may result in disqualification from the competition and exhibition.
The entries must meet the following requirements:-
(a) Each entry must be the authentic work of the participating artist.
(b) Repeat entries will not be accepted and artists are encouraged to submit
original works completed within the last year.
(c) Artists must demonstrate imagination in concept and in skillful use of
(d Paintings and drawings must be properly presented and should be framed unless
artist chooses to omit it as part of creative process. All works must have screw
eyes and hanging wire attached to rear.
(e) Two-dimensional art works should be no larger than 30" by 40".
(a) All art works selected for exhibition shall remain in the custody of the Bank for
the entire period of the exhibition.
(b Artists are requested to indicate whether they wish to sell their work and to
submit a reasonable suggested price for each piece. All sales by the Bank, on
behalf of artists, will be considered binding.
A panel of judges will select the award winning entries which will be eligible to
receive cash prizes.
Scholarships will be awarded to deserving artists based on their overall presentation
and the assessment by the judges. The scholarships will be tenable at the College of The
Bahamas or any accredited College outside The Bahamas for the study of art.
Governor's Choice Award
This will be presented to the artist selected by the Governor as having the most
outstanding display of artwork in the Competition and Exhibition.
Qualities such as originality of expression, creative use of materials and presentation
are among some of the criteria considered. The judges reserve the right to disqualified any
entry where there is doubt as to authenticity.
The Central Bank stipulates that award winning entries will become the property of
the Bank. Participants therefore enter this competition in agreement that the Central Bank
be allowed to display winning pieces in any forum including but not limited to the Central
Bank's website. All other entries will be offered for sale during the exhibition.
Entry Forms may be obtained from the CENTRAL BANK OF THE BAHAMAS
and in the Family Islands at the ADMINISTRATOR'S OFFICE of the MINISTRY OF
EDUCATION. One 5" by 7" black and white photograph of one of the entries must be
submitted with the Entry Form by FRIDAY, 9TH SEPTEMBER, 2005.
All entries must be delivered to the Central Bank of the Bahamas no later than
FRIDAY, 21st OCTOBER. 2005.
NB: All entries submitted will be judged, however, only works of the highest
quality and presented in accordance with the guidelines will be exhibited.
Works not exhibited will be stored only for 60 days after opening of
exhibition. The Central Bank of The Bahamas will not be responsible for
the works left beyond this period.

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Miami Herald Business, Stocks, Analysis, Wall Street

Bidder in diligence

as government

plans privatisation

Tribune Business Editor
A MYSTERY potential buyer for the
Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC)
is about to embark on a more detailed stage of
due diligence at the incumbent monopoly, with
the Government having altered the process
through which it hopes to privatise the carrier.
James Smith, minister of state for finance, told
The Tribune that the Government, in its efforts to
re-start the BTC privatisation process, had
switched from an open 'beauty contest' to one
where it selected appropriate bidders and invit-
ed them to enter a due diligence and bidding
The first privatisation effort, which would have
seen the successful bidder acquire a 49 per cent
stake in BTC and run its operations, leaving the
Government with the remaining 51 per cent,
used an open bidding process, with candidates
invited to submit tender offers by the adminis-
tration. JAMES Smith
SEE page 4B

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Tribune Business Editor
THE International Mone-
tary Fund (IMF) has warned
that the "high level of excess
reserves" in the Bahamian
commercial banking system
"poses risks" of an over-

Net international reserves stand
at 117% of monetary base

expanded credit boom, and has
signalled to the Central Bank
of the Bahamas it should start

"mopping up" operations.
SEE page 4B

'Jury is still out' on IMF

customs duty exemption

Tribune Business Editor
JAMES Smith, minister of
state for finance, said "the jury
is still out" on whether the
Bahamas is giving too many
tax and duty breaks to foreign
investors, after the Interna-
tional Monetary Fund (IMF)
expressed concern that a sum
equivalent to 3-4 per cent of

Fund pressed for new and
increased taxes, as Bahamas gave
up 3-4% of GDP in tax breaks

GDP had been given up
between 2000 and 2004.
In its new Article IV consul-
tation on the Bahamas, the

IMF said that while it support-
ed the Government's efforts
SEE page 3B

Tourist spending goes

up by six per cent

Tribune Business Editor
TOURIST spending in the
Bahamas increased by more
than 6 per cent in real terms
during 2004, despite Hurricanes
Frances and Jeanne lowering
gross domestic product (GDP)
by 1 per cent through their
impact on tourism.
However, the International
Monetary Fund's (IMF) Arti-.

cle IV report found that tourist
spending was boosted by a rapid
increase in cruise ship passen-
gers, while the Bahamas' share
of Caribbean stopover tourists -
those who spend the most mon-
ey on a vacation in this nation -
declined, indicating the
Bahamas might be losing com-
Yet the IMF report pointed
SEE page 4B

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customers throughout Harbour Island and North Eleuthera.
Residents readily accepted the goodwill gesture and enjoyed the
service offered to them by staff members. The two fun-day events
were supported by Scotiabankers and enjoyed by the young and
old. Scotiabank is a premier financial institution that has been in
The Bahamas for almost 50 years. The organization operates
nineteen branches throughout The Bahamas and provides products
and services that are designed to suit individual, corporate and
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[011]DELIii~iTY ARKET WRi1 ~AP

TRADING activity in the
Bahamian market simmered
down this week as just over
26,000 shares changed hands.
The market saw seven out of
the 19 listed stocks trade, of
which two advanced, two
declined and three remained
Volume leader for the week,
with 10,170 shares trading and
accounting for 38 per cent of
total shares traded, was Com-
monwealth Bank (CBL).
The big advancer for the
week was Bank of the Bahamas
(BOB), whose share price rose
by $0.09 to close at its new 52-
week high of $6.44. On the
down side, Commonwealth
Bank (CBL) declined by $0.23
to end the week at $8.85.
Bahamas Property Fund
(BPF) -
In the 2005 first quarter, BPF
posted net income of $569,000,
up 2.95 per cent or $16,000 over
the equivalent period in 2004.
Total income rose by $34,000
to total $1.04 million, while
operating expenses increased
by $16,000 to total $473,000.
Funds from operation stood at
$572,000 as at March 31, 2005,
compared to $555,000 for the
same period last year.
The Net Asset Value (NAV)
of the fund rose by $1.13 year-
over-year to total $10.18. At its
present price of $8.70, BPF is;
trading at a discount of $1.48 or
17 per cent to its NAV.
Investors Tip of the Week
Energy Saving Tips We are
now well into those lazy days
of summer. With these long hot
days usually comes higher water
and electricity bills.
Over the next few weeks, we
will offer some practical tips on
reducing your bills and help you
save money at the same time.
Use a ceiling or room fan
along with your central air con-
ditioning to help cool the house.
Do your laundry efficiently
by using the warm or cold water
setting for washing your clothes.

Always use cold water to rinse
Line dry clothes whenever

you can.
When you need to use the
dryer, run full loads.

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.


Kingsway Academy High School invites qualified
applicants for the following positions for September,
Information Technology
Art and Design
Auto Mechanics with Woodwork
Mathematics and Physics to AP Level
Business Studies
Physical Education with Track and Field
Librarian/Media Specialist
Experienced Administrative Assistant

Successful applicants must:
Be a practicing, committed born-again
Have minimum qualifications of a
Bachelor's Degree in the appropriate subject
areas or higher from a recognized college
or university
Have a valid teacher's certificate or diploma
where appropriate
Be willing to participate in extra curricular
activities, etc.

Applications must be made in writing together with
a full curriculum vitae, a recent color photograph
and names of at least three references, one being that
of your Church Pastor to:
Ms Kelcine Hamilton
Academy Affairs Manager
P.O. Box N-4378
Nassau, Bahamas

For further information, please contact the
Business Office at telephone numbers
324-6269 or 324-6887.

Deadline for applications is
Thursday, July 14, 2005

The Local Stock Market

FINDEX 435.63 YTD 1.321%
AML $0.89 $- -19.09%
BAB $1.05 $- 0 9.38%
BBL $0.70 .$- 2000 -17.65%
BOB $6.44 $0.09 8400 12.00%
BPF $8.70 $- 68 8.75%
BSL $12.25 $- 0 -5.77%
BWL $1.40 $- 0 -22.22%
CAB $8.00 $- 0 12.68%
CBL $8.85 $-0.23 10170 24.65%
CHL $2.20 $- 0 0.00%
CIB $8.75 $- 600 16.82%
DHS $2.50 $- 0 66.67%
FAM $4.12 $- 0 4.04%
FCC $1.15 $-0.12 4000 -42.21%
FCL $8.46 $- 0 5.75%
FIN $10.50 $- 0 8.25%
ICD $9.60 $- 0 -2.93%
JSJ $8.30 $- 0 0.97%
KZLB $5.89 $0.20 1275 -2.81%
PRE $10.00 $ 0 0.00%
* Benchmark (Bahamas) (BBL) has declared a dividend of
$0.01 per share payable on July 29,2005, to all common share-
holders as at record date July 15, 2005.
* Commonwealth Bank (CBL) will hold an Extraordinary
General Meeting on July 12, 2005, at 5pm at SuperClubs
Breezes, West Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas, for both com-
mon and preferred shareholders.
* Kerzner International (KZL) will hold its Annual General
Meeting on July 19,2005, at 10am at Atlantis, Paradise Island,
Coral Towers, New Providence Room, Nassau, Bahamas.




Tourism seeks point

man for cruise industry

Senior Business Reporter
VERNICE Walkine, newly-appointed
director general of tourism, said her min-
istry is planning to hire an independent par-
ty to spearhead initiatives involving the
cruise lines
Word of the Ministry's decision to involve
an outside source in the negotiations comes
as the Bahamas continues to operate with-
out a rer "wal or alternative replacement
for the Cruise Overnight Incentive Act,

which expired at the beginning of last year.
There is also speculation, however, that
the Government may look to negotiate with
each individual cruise line.
Speaking with The Tribune, Ms Walkine
explained that there were no updates in
regard to the cruise ship situation. She
added that officials had been distracted as
the ministry underwent the final stages of a
restructuring exercise.
Meanwhile, tour operators, Bay Street
retailers, excursion and attraction providers
are all increasingly concerned at the cruise

ship industry's increasing use of private
islands such as Coco Cay and Half Moon
The Tribune understands that the rate of
growth in cruise visitor numbers to these
destinations has dwarfed the rate of increase
in arrivals to Nassau and Grand Bahama,
limiting the 'trickle down' effect of spending
by these passengers in the Bahamian econ-
On the private islands, all excursions,
tours and activities are effectively run by the
cruise lines.

Dennis no menace to tourism

Senior Business Reporter
HOTELIERS were this
weekend playing down the
potential impact on vacationers
from the close presence of Hur-
ricane Dennis, with officials
pointing to a number of initia-
tives that were expected to have
educated tourists about the
region and any fears over hur-
In an interview with The Tri-
bune, executive vice-president
of the Bahamas Hotel Associa-
tion (BHA), Frank Comito, said
the organisation had worked
hard, through the hosting of
international weather confer-
ences, to differentiate the geog-
raphy of the Caribbean.
Mr Comito said a greater
awareness of the region was
already being reflected in a
number of reports, adding that

it was extending from the
weather media to the public.
Even with Dennis pounding
Jamaica, Cuba and the US,
there had been no word of can-
cellations from Bahamas hotels
as a result of the storm.
In terms of helping to pre-
pare member hotels, Mr Comi-
to said, the BHA had done
quite a bit to help prepare for
the possibility of hurricanes.
A series of disaster readiness
workshops were conducted in
May and a fact sheet, along with
a number of documents, have
been circulated to members
outlining steps and procedures
they are being encouraged to
undertake in preparation for
the season.
.BHA is in the process of
updating its emergency contact
information for members, and is
also reminding them of BHA's
policy as it relates to guest

NOTICE is hereby given that NOELLA DUROSIER, BIBINI,
P.O.BOX CR 54802, 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 12TH day of JULY,
2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.




Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 of the
International Business Companies Act 2000 CANDIA
INTERNATIONAL LTD. is in Dissolution.
The Date of the Commencement of dissolution was 7th July 2005.
David Thain of Arner Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Ltd., 308 East Bay
Street, P.O. Box N-3917 is the Liquidator of CANDIA
INTERNATIONAL LTD. All persons having claims against the
above-named company are required to send their address and particulars
of their debts to the Liquidator before the 8th August 2005.


GN 241

Court of Appeal


The General Public is hereby advised

that effective 18th July, 2005, the Court

of Appeal Rules, 2005 will come into

force and all documents filed as of

that date shall be subject to the

increased fees and new procedures


The General Public is also advised

that the new opening hours of the

Court's Registry will be 9:30 am -

4:00 pm as of that date.

Mr Comito said: "We've tak-
en a number of steps in the
unfortunate event of a hurri-
cane, and we stand ready to
work with the Ministry of
Tourism, which would expedite
a tourism emergency response
group that is ready to wait out
the storm and return to normal
as quickly as possible."
Vernice, Walkine, director-
general of the Ministry of
Tourism, said she was unaware
of any increases in cancellations

due to the hurricane.
With a hugely active season
in 2004, tourists are generally a
lot smarter about what to
expect and are paying closer
attention to where the storms
are and the direction in which
they are heading, are adjusting
their plans accordingly.
With no reports of hurricane
Dennis being a threat to the
Bahamas, Ms Walkine said it
was unlikely that vacationers
would change their plans.

Deat onquntty

FROM page one
to generate increased revenue
through better collection and
enforcement, "additional mea-
sures" in the form of new and
increased taxes were necessary.
The IMF said: "There is
scope for reducing customs duty
exemptions, which have become
more extensive since 2001 and
do not appear to have been
acipo"panied by commensurate
benefits in terms of increased
investment and private sector
The Article IV report said
customs dyty exemptions grant-
ed between 2000-2001 and 2003-
2004 were equivalent to 3-4 per
cent of the Bahamas' gross
domestic product (GDP).
Among the fees identified by
the IMF as "long unchanged"
and which "could be adjusted"
to raise revenue were business
licence fees paid by financial
services institutions, road user
fees and business licence fees
"for all but the smallest
[Bahamian] firms]".
Further revenue could be gen-
erated through excise and liquor
taxes, the Fund said, plus the
"updating" of property tax rolls
and collection of property taxes.
However, Mr Smith said: "I
think the jury is still out on that
because while there is a feeling
we may have gone overboard
on investment concessions, the
difficulty is: where do you draw
the line in the sand?"
The minister explained that
it was difficult to analyse
whether investment projects
had produced a net benefit -
their economic impact out-
weighing costs such as tax incen-
tives until they had been in
operation for a period of time,
such as five or 10 years.
Using Eleuthera and the
recently-unveiled investment
projects for that island, Mr
Smith said their benefits had to
be looked at over a 10-year
period, analysing factors such
as whether they had reversed,
for example, a 2 per cent per
year population decline and
reduced the pressures on an
overcrowded New Providence.
Exuma was the only island
for which a study on whether
the benefits of investment pro-
jects outweighed tax breaks had
been done.
Mr Smith said that "although
we have given increased con-
cessions to Exuma, revenue
realised from Exuma has gone
up way beyond what it was in
the past".
Apart from major resorts
such as the Four Seasons Emer-
ald Bay, the extra employment
and entrepreneurial spin-offs
created meant that both com-
panies and island residents were
importing more goods, increas-
ing customs duty intake.
On the IMF concerns on cus-
toms duty exemptions, Mr
Smith said: "They may be right,
but until it's subjected to a more
rigorous analysis and we decide
upon the timeframes, their
guess is as good as our own."

The minister, though, dislikes
the current system of upfront
"giveaways" and the extent to
which they were granted to
He would prefer an invest-
ment incentive system where
investors paid taxes up front,
and then received those monies
"back later". This would give
the Government "better con-
trol" over the revenue and
'administra:tiQ~ process."

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Tourist spending up

despite hurricanes

FROM page one
out that the Bahamas' share of
Caribbean tourism spending
had steadily increased between
1998-2002, ending the latter
year at just short of 9.5 per
It added that the Bahamian
tourism industry was predicted
to grow by 3 per cent in real
terms between 2007 and 2010,
compared with 2 per cent per
annum growth over the past
decade, on the basis that "for-
eign investment eases capacity
constraints" and that the indus-
try grew in line with rates of US
private consumption, estimat-
ed at 3-3.5 per cent per year.
The IMF study also record-
ed that a study had found
between 1970-2002, cumula-
tive damage from hurricanes
was 13 per cent of annual GDP
for the Bahamas, comparedLto__
37 per cent for the Caribbean
Maintaining low inflation

was cited by the Fund as key to
maintaining the tourism indus-
try's competitiveness, and
warned that the Bahamas'
reduced share of stopover vis-
itors to the Caribbean could
be a sign that it was becoming
less competitive because of its
relatively high costs.
The Fund also encouraged
the Government to continue
integrating the Bahamian
economy through multilateral
trade agreements.
It said: "Remaining outside
the multilateral system would
deprive the Bahamas of for-
mal mechanisms to resolve dif-
ferences with other countries
and make it more vulnerable
to unilateral pressures because
of its reduced bargaining pow-
"The mission understands
that accession to the WTO is
likely- to-be-drawn out over an-
extended period of time, as it
would need to be linked to a
plan for reducing trade taxes."

IMF warning on reserves

FROM page one
In its Article IV consultation
on the Bahamas, the IMF said
this nation's net international
reserves had reached 117 per
cent of the monetary base at
the end of March 2005, with
credit growing only moderately.
While acknowledging that the
"risks inherent" in the high lev-
els of excess liquidity in the
Bahamian banking system had
been contained to date, the
Fund warned that it had the
potential to create an out-of-
control credit boom.
It said: "With the expected
pick-up in economic activity, the
apparent liquidity overhang could
stimulate a sharp increase in bank
credit and a rapid loss in net inter-
national reserves, and it would
seem prudent to begin mopping
up excess bank reserves."
The IMF added that while
. the Bahamian-government and
Central Bank said it external
reserves, currently standing at
about $800 million, at "at least"


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the equivalent" of base mon-
ey, they were more relaxed on
the excess liquidity. Commer-
cial banks' excess reserves
were expected to remain high
for some time, and did not
pose a major risk.
James Smith, minister of
state for finance, told The Tri-
bune: "The IMF is basically
suggesting to the Central
Bank to keep an eye on that
and find ways of lowering liq-
uidity without destabilising the
He suggested the Central
Bank was likely to use mar-
ket instruments such as short-
term notes to attract some of
the excess liquidity, preventing
this from being used for risky
loans that would create credit
One tool mooted in the
Article IV report were 'repos'
or repurchase agreements.
...The IMF report said that in
response to the Fund's con-
cerns, the Central Bank had
postponed plans to adopt a
"targeting framework" for the
external reserves.
It added that parts of the
reserve targeting framework
had not been properly defined
and "there did not seem to be
any obvious merits to this
The IMF said the Govern-
ment was planning to devel-
op a secondary market for

public sector securities, gov-
ernment-registered stock and
Treasury Bills, as this would
help create a yield curve for
the pricing and issuance of pri-
vate debt, such as bonds.
The IMF also backed the
Central Bank's proposed
exchange control regulation
amendments, which have been
approved in principle by the
Government and now need to
just be kicked into gear.
The Fund said such moves
would help deepen the
Bahamian capital markets,
and boost financial sector
competition. But it warned:
"The pace and extent of eas-
ing controls should depend on
the authorities' ability to
maintain adequate interna-
tional reserves and a strong
fiscal ,position, and to devel-
op effective indirect instru-
ments of credit control."
The proposed exchange con-
trol amendments would halve
the 25 per cent investment pre-
mium Bahamians have to cur-
rently pay on purchases of for-
eign securities; expand listings
of foreign securities on the
Bahamas International Secu-
rities Exchange (BISX); per-
mit cross-listings of Bahamian
and Caribbean companies on
BISX and regional exchanges;
and allow the National Insur-
ance Board (NIB) to make
"limited investments" abroad.




at BTC

FROM page one
However, following its fail-
ure, Mr Smith said the Govern-
ment had opted for "a more
selective bidding process".
This had involved the Gov-
ernment examining a number
of contenders who had contin-
ued to express an interest in
BTC, assessing their financing,
principals and business plans.
Mr Smith said they had
allowed one candidate, who he
declined to identify, to "come in
and take a look at BTC", and
they had now reached the sec-
ond stage where more detailed
due diligence on the state-owned
carrier's books could take place.
From there, the mystery buy-
er would have to decide
whether to make an initial offer
for BTC to the Government. If
the offer is up to the mark,
more detailed negotiations with
the administration will follow.
Mr Smith said: "If we are
impressed with the initial offer,
then we go into detailed nego-
tiations. To show they really
want to play and they are com-
mitted, they must pay a bind-
ing, non-refundable deposit:."
The Government is widely
thought to have missed a golden
opportunity to privatise BTC
when it rejected the offers from
preferred bidder, BahamaTel,
the combination of Citigroup
and JP Morgan's private equity
groups, and runner-up Blue
Legal competition from Indi-
GO Networks, plus illegal rivals
call-back and Voice over Inter-
net Protocol (VoIP), have
steadily eroded BTC's long-dis-
tance revenues, which fell by 13
per cent to $65.018 million in
2003 the last year for which
accounts were available. Cable
Bahamas is also dominating the
Internet market.
BTC has migrated from a car-
rier dependent on long-distance
revenues to one which is reliant
on its cellular monopoly to
maintain revenues and profits.
The carrier is in danger of
becoming a heavily-bloated cel-
lular company with more than
1100 employees, as its value
diminishes daily.
It is now questionable
whether a private sector buyer
will be able to restore and main-
tain BTC's value.
The International Monetary
Fund (IMF), in its Article IV
consultation on othe Bahamas,
urged the Government to
"overcome the inertia" that had
marked the failed BTC privati-
sation through "clear support"
of such initiatives.

Scotiatrust is inviting applications for the position of Portfolio
The primary responsibilites of the position include:-
Placing of security trades.
Producing market valuations for investment
reviews and client reporting,
Administration of Scotiabank Mutual Fund trading
Administration of Investment Management
Provide marketing support to facilitate continued
growth of assets.
Applicants are expected to have:-
Canadian Securities Course, or U.S. equivalent
and University or College Diploma.
Level One CFA
Excellent PC and analytical skills
Familiarity with Trust and Corporate structures.
Interested persons should submit applications by July 15,
2005 to:
Manager Operations,
The Bank of Nova Scotia Trust Company
(Bahamas) Limited
P.O.Box N 3016,
Nassau, Bahamas





The Bahamas Electricity Corporation invites tenders from eligible bidders for
the provision of repairs and replacements to office and power station buildings
' as described above.

- Bidders are required to collect packages from the Administration Office, Blue
Hill & Tucker Roads, by contacting:-

Mrs Delmeta Seymour
Administrative Officer
Blue Hill & Tucker Roads
Nassau, Bahamas
Phone No. 302-1158
Fax No. 323-6852

Tenders are to be hand-delivered on or before 15 July 2005 by 4:30 p.m. and
addressed as follows:

The General Manager
Bahamas Electricity Corporation
Blue Hill & Tucker Roads
Nassau, Bahamas

Attention: Mrs Delmeta Seymour

Marked: Tender No. 587/05





Bahamas rejects IMF suggestion

FROM page one
per cent of GDP, by 2010".
This compared to the Gov-
ernment's objective of getting
the debt-to-GDP ratio down to
30 per cent within five years,
and forecast deficits for the next
two years, which would "sta-
bilise" the debt ratio at just
-under 38 per cent.
The IMF said: "Over the
medium term, an unchanged fis-
cal policy stance would raise the
central government's deficit
considerably, owing to adverse
.-debt dynamics, and its debt
.would increase from 37 per cent
of GDP to 44 per cent of GDP
Lby 2010.
"The domestic borrowing
,requirement would increasingly
crowd out investment by
-Bahamian enterprises and con-
strain economic activity, which
,:the staff estimate would cause
growth to decline gradually to 3
per cent.
"The rest of the public sec-
tor debt is expected to stabilise
.at 11.5 per cent of GDP, fol-
lowing the increase in deficits
:i.6tfthe public utilities to finance
capital expenditures in 2005."
.Soaring debt will also cause
problems for the Bahamas in
-borrowing at good repayment
Rates on the international mar-

The IMF schedule, using
what it called a baseline sce-
nario, envisages government
revenues as a percentage of
GDP increasing steadily from
17.5 per cent in 2005-2006 to
18.5 per cent in 2009-2010.
Spending, though, it sets out
as declining from 19.9 per cent
this fiscal year to 19.1 per cent
in 2009-2010, with recurrent
spending falling from 17.7 per
cent this year to 16.9 per cent at
the end of that period.
The IMF's deficit targets are
2.4 per cent for this fiscal year,
and 0.8 per cent and 0.6 per cent
for 2009 and 2010 respectively.
The IMF said following its
plans would leave this nation in
a better position to absorb
external shocks from hurricanes
and rising oil prices. A further
concern was "large wage settle-
ments" in the hotel industry,
which "could erode competi-
tiveness, especially in the lower
and middle tiers of the Bahami-
an tourism industry".
However, the Fund added
that a lower deficit than the 2.9
per cent projected in the 2005-
2006 Budget was required to
"establish the credibility of the
authorities' objective on lower-
ing the government debt ratio".
This led to the call for the
0.75 per cent of GDP adjust-
ment to the Budget, but James

NOTICE is hereby given that RONY ADELSON, GOLDEN
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 4TH day of JULY,
2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


Equity Side

IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT piece parcel or lot
of land containing an area of 17,634 square feet situate
on the Northern side of Dorsett Street, Fox Hill in the
Eastern District of the Island of New Providence in the
Commonwealth of the Bahamas being bounded
Northeastwardly by land the property of one Rolle and
running thereon One Hundred and Nine and five
Hundredths (109.05) feet Southeastwardly partly by
land reputed to be the property of Eric Davis and partly
by land reputed to be the property of Jasmine Pratt and
running thereon jointly One Hundred and Sixty-one
and Thirty-seven Hundredths (161.37) Feet.
Southwestwardly by Dorsett Street and running thereon
One Hundred and Twelve and Fifty-three Hundredths
(112.53) feet and Northwestwardly by land reputed to
be the property of Melissa Demeritte and running
thereon One Hundred and Fifty-seven and Thirty-four
Hundredths (157.34) Feet.


IN THE MATTER OF the Quieting Titles Act, 1959




ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land containing
17,634 Square Feet situate on the Northern Side of Dorsett
Street, Fox Hill in the Eastern Distrit of the Island of New
Providence one of the Islands in the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas as described on the Plan at Department of Lands and
claims to be the Owner of the fee simple estate in possession of
the said lot of land hereinbefore described and the Petitioner has
made application to the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth
of the Bahamas under Section 3 of the Quieting Titles Act, 1959
to have its Title to the said land investigated 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 Act.
Copies of the field plan may be inspected during normal
office hours at:

a. The Registry of the Supreme Court, Ansbacher Building,
Bank Lane, Nassau Bahamas;

b. The Chambers of E. Verona Douglas-Sands & Co.,
East Shirley Streets, P.O. Box N-8566, Nassau, Bahamas

c. The Attorney General's Office, East Hill Street, Nassau,
The Bahamas.

Notice is hereby given that any person having Dower
or right to dower or any adverse claim not recognized in the
Petition shall before the expiration of Twenty-one (21) days of
the receipt of this Notice file in the Registry of the Supreme
Court and serve on the Petitioner of the undersigned statement
of such claim. Failure of any such person to file and serve a
statement of such claim within Twenty-one (21) days of the
receipt of this Notice will operate as bar to such claim.

2nd Floor, Columbus House,
East and Shirley Streets,
Nassau, Bahamas

Attorney for the Petitioner.

Smith, minister of state for
finance, said the Bahamas had
rejected this and any new or
increased taxes because it was
confident its fiscal performance
would receive a major boost
from the'foreign investment
projects set to come on stream.
Mr Smith said the Govern-
ment and its advisers "had a
better feel" for the impact that
foreign investment would make
on the fiscal performance, given
that they had seen this situation
before, whereas the IMF team
was not constantly in the
Apart from the investment
projects and increased employ-
ment, he said 2,000 new houses
had been built, and imports or
goods such as microwaves and
TVs would be needed to outfit
them, generating more duty rev-
Mr Smith said the Govern-
ment was also engaged in a
major revenue collection exer-
cise under the existing tax struc-
ture to ensure it received all

monies due to it, and there was
"a need to know what the sys-
tem is capable of giving us
before we look at new taxes".
The 2004-2005 Budget was
estimated to have produced a
2.5 per cent deficit, the IMF
said, although Mr Smith yester-
day told The Tribune that it
could have closed the year at
about 2.2 per cent.


The primary deficit had fallen
by 0.6 per cent of GDP in 2004-
2005 compared to the previous
year, although 0.3 per cent of
this came from the settlement of
tax arrears following the sale of
Cable Beach hotel properties,
and a further 0.1 per cent from
grants for hurricane repairs.
Revenue, Mr Smith said, had
come in at about $1.050 billion,
close to the projected $1.052 bil-
The Treasury had been "get-
ting creamed" on some Immi-



RBC/Royal Bank of Canada invites tenders for the purchase
of the following

"ALL THAT pieceparcd.or Lot "5", Block#31, ShirleyHights
situatedin the Southern District of the Island of NewProvidence
one of the Islands of the Commonwalth of the Bahamas.
Situated thereon is a Single family Residence consisting of (2)
bedrooms, (1) bathroom.

This property is being sold under Power of Sale contained in

Property Size: 5,000 sq. ft.
Building Size: 850 sq. ft.

All offers should be forwarded in writing in a sealed envelope,
addressed to the Manager, Royal Bank Loan Collection Centre,
P.O. Box N-7549, Nassau, Bahamas and marked "tender 7927".
All offers must be received by the dose of business 4:00 pm,
Friday 22ndJuly, 2005.



RBC/Royal Bank of Canada invites tenders for the purchase
of the following.

"ALL THAT piece parcel or Lot of Land being No. 23,
Carmichael Road, situated in the Southern District of the
Island of New Providence one of the islands of the
Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Situated thereon is a
Commercial Building.

Property Size: 14,465 sq. ft.
Building Size: 1,200 sq. ft.

This property is being sold under Power of Sale contained in

All offers should be forwarded in witing in a sealed envelope,
addressed to the Manager, Royal Bank Loan Collection Centre,
P.O. Box N-7549, Nassau, Bahamas and marked "tender 07586".
All offers must be received by the dose of business 4:00 pm,
Friday 22ndJuly, 2005.

gration fees, Mr Smith said,
adding that a new computerised
system with receipts was helping
to plug the leakages and reduce
the amount of cash in the sys-
tem. The Government was also
close to completing a process
with Royal Bank of Canada
that would allow the public to
pay taxes and fees using credit
and debit cards.
The minister added: "We can
pretty well see the next four to
five years." He said the Gov-
ernment's plan was to "just hold
the line" and wait for the for-
eign investment projects to take
off, as no major capital projects
were planned with Nassau
International Airport to be
handed over to a private man-
ager and expanded through
measures that would "avoid
government guarantees as well
as direct budgetary support".
Praising the IMF report as
putting the Bahamas among the
"better type", in comparison to
the likes of Portugal and Greece,
Mr Smith said: "They've got

some very good comments, but
we don't regard them as dieties
at this sort of thing.
"We've got.a great deal of
respect for their advice, but
we've got a pretty good feel for
this as well."
The IMF urged the Govern-
ment to broaden its debt man-
agement scope to include all
public sector debt, including
that it had guaranteed and con-
tingent liabilities built up by the
public corporations.
The Fund also called for the
Government to focus spending
restraint efforts on public sector
wages, which had increased in
cumulative real terms by 23 per
cent since 1998-1999 due to
"wage drift".
Containing the civil service
pay rise during the current
round of talks would "reduce
the need for other fiscal mea-
sures in support of the deficit
target, and it would also help
discipline private sector wage
demands and reduce pressures
on cost competitiveness".



RBC/Royal Bank of Canada invites tenders for the purchase
of the following

"ALL THAT piece parel or Lot #12, Elmas Close, Sandilands
Village situated in the Eastern District on one of the islands
of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Situated thereon is a
Duplex Apartment consisting of 1(2) bedrooms, (2) bathroom
and 1 (2) bedrooms, (1) bathroom.

This property is being sold under Power of Sale contained in

Property Size: 5,873 sq. ft.
Building Size:. 1,870 sq. ft.

All offers should be forwarded in writing in a sealed envelope,
addressed to the Manager, Royal Bank Loan Collection Centre,
P.O. Box N-7549, Nassau, Bahamas and marked "tender 0887".
All offers must be received by the dose of business 4:00 pm,
Friday 22ndJuly, 2005.



RBC/Royal Bank of Canada invites tenders for the purchase
of the following

"ALL THAT piece parcel or Lot #15, Malcolm Allotment,
situated on one of the islands of the Commonwealth of the
Bahamas in the Southern District situated thereon is a Single
Familly Residence consisting of (3) bedrooms and (2) two

This property is being sold under Power of Sale contained in

Property Size: 5,000 sq. ft.
Building Size: 950 sq. ft.

All offers should be forwarded in writing in a sealed envdope,
addressed to the Manager, Royal Bank Loan Collection Centre,
P.O. Box N-7549, Nassau, Bahamas and marked "tender. 6306".
All offers must be received by the dose of business 4:00 pm,
Friday 22nd July, 2005.

fii s.Colina
Pricing Information As Of:" FinancialA i
07 July 2005

52wk-HI 52wk-Low Symbol Previous Close Today's Close Change Dally 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 68 1.452 0.340 6.0 3.91%
6.44 5.55 Bank of Bahamas 6.44 6.44 0.00 0.561 0.330 11.5 5.12%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.70 0.70 0.00 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 8.85 -0.23 10,170 0.673 0.410 13.2 4.63%
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 7.00 FirstCaribbean 8.75 8.75 0.00 100 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 1.15 1.15 0.00 0.082 0.000 14.b 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 5.91 5.85 -0.06 0.184 0.000 32.1 0.00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 2.010 0.565 5.0 5.65%
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Weekly Vol. EPS $ Div $ PIE Yield
13.00 12.50 Bahamas Supermarkets 12.25 13.25 11.00 1.488 0.960 9.1 7.25%
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 10.00 10.35 10.00 0.000 0.800 NM 7.80%
0.60 0.40 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.00 -0.066 0.000 NM 0.00%
43.00 28.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 41.00 2.220 0.000 19.4 0.00%
16.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 13.00 14.00 13.00 1.105 0.810 14.6 6.93%
0.60 0.35 RND Holdin s 0.29 0.54 0.35. -0.103 0.000 NIM 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 10.38372***
2.2487 2.0985 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.248725**
1.1200 1.0510 Colina Bond Fund 1.120044****

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 Fidelity
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 N/M Not Meaningful
PIE Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1. 1994 = 100
* AS AT MAY. 31, 20051/* AS AT MAY. 31, 2005
* AS AT MAY 27, 20051 AS AT MAY. 31, 20051 *** AS AT MAY. 31, 2005


Chris Brown loses lead but

finishes with bronze medal

Senior Sports Reporter
CHRIS Brown was 100 metres
away from winning his biggest

international race.
But when he finally saw the
field on the inside of him closing
the gap, he didn't have anything
left to go after them in the men's

Junior Sports Reporter
LEEVAN SANDS and Osbourne Moxey pulled
off the biggest win for the Bahamas, with a clean
sweep in the men's long jump event at the Coli-
nalmperial Central American and Caribbean
games, Sunday evening.
The duo became the stars of the evening, enter-
taining a large Bahamian crowd. The battle, along
with the enthusiastic spectators, led Sands to a
championship record.
Sands won the event in a leap of 8.13m, tying the
championship record of 8.13m set by Jaime Jef-
ferson on June 26th, 1985.
Moxey, who came in second soared to 8.03m, for
the silver on his first attempt.
Finishing in third was Ibrahim Camejo Sava of
Cuba with a leap of 7.88m, Jamaica's Herbert
McGregor was fourth with 7.56m.
Sands was the most consistent jumper on the
night, having a series of jumps all over the 26
point marker.
He said: "Out of all the CAC medals I was able
to win, this is the best one.
"To come home and have a great series in front
of a home crowd feels great.

"I don't remember the last time I've jumped
like this. Most jumps were over 26 so this is a
great series for me.
"I can't complain about the distance, 8.13m is
really good for me, considering that I only did
five meets."
Sands has won several medals at the games, but
with a noisy crowd on hand, he was determined to
claim gold in the long jump.
He opened up the event with a leap of 8.00m,
trying to top Moxey's 8.03m.
Moxey's jump was the leading one heading into
the final round.
By this time, the Bahamian duo were the only
two who had secured jumps over the 8.0m. But
Savas had given them both a little scare, when he
sailed to 7.87m in the second round.
With two fouls under his belt, Sands made his
second biggest jump on his final attempt, one he
thought had surpassed his best marking.
Although Sands got the better of Moxey in his
specialty, he thanked the crowd for the support.
He added: "My main focus is the triple jump.
But I was excited, the crowd really pushed me, it's
because of them I jumped that far.

400 metres final at the Colinalm-
perial Senior Central American
and Caribbean Championships.
Brown struggled coming to the
line down the home stretch and

'"The gold means a lot, this long jump gold
means I am coming around now.
"The competition was really what I expected.
Osbourne beats me, I'll come back and beat him.
That's how it is in track and field."
This is a season's best for Sands, who was under
the impression that his long jumping career had
come to an end.
After an explosive opening jump for Moxey,
the series dipped into the seven point marker.
Moxey walked off the track with disappoint-
ment, but was pleased overall with the sweep.
He said: "I just wanted to go out there and do
my best. I am a little disappointed though. During
the last few weeks it was very difficult for me to
work around the track.
"I am not a sprinter, I am long jumper. Trying to
the run throws on the practice track without a pit
was quite difficult, but I wanted to come out here
and do my best."
Although Moxey's series of jumps had placed
him in the second spot, his approach to the broad
was slow, causing him to break stride.
"I very disappointed," said Moxey. "I didn't
want the silver, I wanted the gold. This is the best
distance I did so far for the year, but I know I
had more in me.
"But, like I was saying, not having a track to
practise on was really rough for me."
The Bahamas had a sole competitor in the wom-
en's triple jump event.
Donavette Martin tried to continue the win-
ning streak for the Bahamas on the field, but was
stopped by Cuba's Yariagna Martinez.
Martinez, who set a new championship record
on her final attempt at the board, soared to 14.18m.
The old record in the event was also held by a
Cuban, Olga Cepero, set in 1995.
Like the Bahamian squad, Cuba swept the event
with Mabel Gay coming in second with 13.97m
and Jennifer Arvelaez of Venezuela in third with
Although Martin wasn't able to medal at her
first senior meet, she established a personal and
season's best record.
She said: "I am pretty happy with the perfor-
mance, I really can't complain after setting a per-
sonal and season's best distance.
"But I still think I could have done a lot better.
My run-up is the problem. I couldn't adjust it fast
"When I adjusted the run-up, something else
went wrong. I am not worried though, this is a
learning experience for me, I'll be back for other

had to settle for the bronze in
45.57. Jamaican Lansford Spence
sneaked in from lane one to
snatch the gold in 45.29 and
Trinidad & Tobago's Ato Modi-
bo also got in for the silver in
The marquee men's race on
day two of the championships
also featured Grand Bahamian
Andrae Williams, who never real-
ly got it going and he had to settle
for a disappointing seventh place
in 46.49.
"I knew I was in the front, basi-
cally as the rabbit," Brown
reflected. "I tried to keep my reg-
ular routine, but I knew every-
body was going to get out and
run. I figured I relaxed too much
on the curve and when I did that,
the guy on the inside just came
in and executed.
"I was relaxed and that caused
me to change my race strategy
and put a -little more ,work into
coming home, which was a little
too late."

Coming'home from a 45.2 sec-
ond place finish in Lausanne after
he lost out down the stretch to
Olympic champion Jeremy
Warmer, Brown admitted that he
was a little bit fatigued and that
may have resulted in him not run-
ning as fast as he wanted before
the home crowd.
"Being home and performing
before the home, I was at least
expecting to run faster than that.
45.5. I could get up out of my bed
and run 45.5," Brown quipped.
"I had a long flight coming home.
I had to put that flight behind me,
but I can't say much."
Brown, who now has his sights
set on the IAAF World Champi-
onships in Helsinki, Finland next
month, pocketed $1,000 for his
efforts. But in winning the race,
Spence collected $2,500, while
Modibo was awarded $1,500.
"I ran about eight (in the pre-
liminary rounds) and I put myself
in lane one," said Spence about
his strategy for the race. "So I
knew if I got out, I could put
myself in the race. When we got
on the home stretch, I saw that I

had a chance to win it. so I just
went for it."
Spence said it was a great field,
so it was good to beat the two
Bahamians along with Modiho
because he knew that they were
all going to go out hard.
He just waited for the right
time to strike.
While Spence stunned the field
in his first appearance in the CAC
Championships. Modibo avenged
his third place finish to Brown in

CAC record set
Junior Sports Reporter

A NATIONAL pole vault record and ;in All-time CA('C
championship record was set by Katiuska l'erez of Cuba.
Perez, the shortest female competing in the event tied the
CAC All-time record of 4.25m, breaking her own champi-
onship record of 3.85m; set in 200 1.
The man field saw Perez out sail Dense Orengo of Puerto
Rico, with a clearance of 4.25m; Orengo was second in 4.1 0)m
and Magyori Sanchez was third in 4.00m.
All markings were above the CAC record, which will be
owned by Perez.

the last Championships in 2003.
Brown also got revenge on
Williams, who beat him out at the
Bahamas Association of Athletic
Associations' National Open
Track and Field Championships
in Grand Bahama last month.
"I don't know. I got out. but
coming off the curve. I really did-
n't attack like I should have," said
Williams. the national champion.
"I tried to catch back up at the
end. but I guess it was just too
'I mcan. I ran from behind, but
\ou can' trun from behind in a
race like this. especially in this
type of competition."
As he reached the 150 mark,
Williams watched as the race
quickly slipped away from him,
but. at that point, there wasn't
anything he could do to surge
back into it.
"It was really too late," he
Despite not getting a medal,
Williams said he can still hold his
head high.
"I gave it my best. That's all I
can do." hlie admitted. "1 mie.nm,
I'm happy. I know it wasi't a
good impression for the suIt-port,
but I "'ave it my best."

Sands and Moxey

leap for joy in

the: long jump



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FROM page one

stands of the crowd down the
100 metre stretch.
"I had people emailing me,
telling me they were coming
to Nassau from all over the
Family Islands just to see me
run the quarter. You know,
with that kind of support, or
whatever, I hate to disappoint
the crowd. So I came out heie
to run the 400 to give them a
chance to see me."
While many spectators were
disappointed that her arch-
rivals, Mexican Ana Guevara
and Bahamian Christine
Amertil, didn't participate in
the race, Williams-Darling
said she still had a quality field
to deal with.
"Some of the young ladies,
I've raced them before in
Europe and in the Olympics
and World Championships, so
it was good what the Bahamas
was doing this year with the

prize money because that has
inspired a lot of elite athletes
to come here," she noted. "If
we can continue doing that, it
would be good."
While there's been a lot of
pressure on her to maintain
her top ranking in the world,
Williams-Darling said she has
a great support team, includ-
ing her coach, Steve Riddick,
her husband, Dennis Darling,
and her family.

Now that she's accom-
plished this goal, Williams-
Darling said her aim now is
to go to the IAAF World
Championships in Helsinki,'
Finland where she will have
to contend with Guevara,
Amertil and Richards for the
gold medal.
She said the victory after
being named the CAC Female
Athlete of the Year will give
her the motivation to go on.

Chandra Sturrup

takes the gold

FROM page one

Merilene Ottey of Jamaica in 1985 when
the Bahamas first hosted the champi-
onships, and collected another $2,500
for the gold.
But Sturrup, wh6 ran the second fastest
qualifying time of 11.37, was hoping that
she would have run a little faster after she
lowered her national record of 10.84 in
Lausanne just before she came home.
"I felt pretty good. I'm a little bit tired
from all the travelling, I was hoping to go
under 11 seconds today, but I'm pleased
with winning the race," said Sturrup.
With some of the top sprinters opting
not to compete in the championships,
Sturrup out-distanced the field that includ-
ed second place finisher Tahesia Harrigan,
the silver medalist in a national British
Virgin Islands' national record of 11.29,
and defending champion Fana Ashby
from Trinidad & Tobago, who had to set-
tle for the bronze in 11.40.
While Harrigan, the fastest qualifier,
was awarded $1,500, Ashby got $1,000.
Sturrup, competing in the CAC Cham-
pionships for the first time, got out of the
blocks so quickly that by the time she got
into her acceleration phrase, the race was
already over.

Afterwards, Sturrup admitted that she
was pleased, but knew there's still a lot
more for her to achieve.
"I could be a lot more taller, as they
say, and stronger at the finish," she insist-
ed. "But I'm working on it."
Unlike past appearances here at home,
Sturrup said the crowd really made her
feel nervous, but she tried to work through

"It's a great crowd out here and I'm
loving it," said Sturrup, who blew kisses
after her race. "I'm just glad to be home to
compete and I hope that there are many
other meets at home so the athletes can
come home and compete."
Another Bahamian in the race was
Timicka Clarke, who came in sixth in
"It felt good, way better than the heat.
Overall, it was a good race," Clarke said.
"I think I could have been better at the
end, but I'm happy with it."
Clarke, a graduate of St John's College
and Auburn University, said the crowd
really supported her well, calling out her
name and she tried to stay iocussed by
not looking into the stands.

Tavania breaks 18-year record

Senior Sports Reporter

TAVANIA Thompson
couldn't find a better place to
break Dianne Woodside's 18-
year-old national 100 metre
record than at home at the
Colinalmperial Senior Cen-
tral American and Caribbean

Junior Sports Reporter
CHAFREE BAIN captured the Bahamas'
first medal at the Colinalmperial Central
American and Caribbean games this week-
Bain, who had a tough time in the hammer
throw came back to win the bronze medal
with a throw of 47.36m.
Winning the event was Yarelis Castaneda
of Cuba with a throw of 56.59m, coming in
second was Lisandra AlvArez with 53.07m.
Bain's winning throw came on her first
attempt, having fouled the last two throws in
the first round of competition.
Coming back strong in the second round,
however, Bain threw 44.39m.
The sole competitor for the Bahamas in
the event, Bain had to ward off Trinidad
and Tobago's Annie Alexander for the
Alexander had produced a throw of
47.23m in the first round.
Bain said: "It went pretty well today in
the discus, but in the hammer this morning,
I got sixth place, not too far off my personal
best record.
"Today in the discus it wasn't a season's

Denied the record after she
ran a wind-aided 13.57 sec-
onds for second place at the
National Junior College Ath-
letic Association's last month,
Thompson came to town and
ran 13.78 to erase Woodside's
previous mark of 13.81 that
she set in Carbondale in 1989.

"It feels great, but I feel
extra pleased because, a
month ago, I broke the
record, but the wind wasn't
legal," said Thompson, who
ran behind freshman Keisha
Brown from Barton County,
who won the national title in
On Independence Day Sun-

best but enough to come off with a medal.
"It feels great knowing that I did win the
medal at home, the crowd cheered so that
helped me along."
In the historic hammer throw, which saw
Candice Scott of Trinidad and Tobago break
the Colinalmperial championships record
three times, featured Bain and Aymara

Scott, who established a new championship
record on her first throw of 62.91m, erased
the old marking of 58.68m,. set by Yunaika
Crawford of Cuba in 2001.
Scott said: "I wasn't having a good day
today, so I had to get everything together
and just put it out. I just let everything hang
out on that last one.
"It's a stepping stone to the Worlds. I've
seen what I can do on an off-day, so when I
go back to Florida and start training with
my teammates, we'll see what happens."
Although Bain and Albury didn't fare to
well in the event, both were able to leave
with season best markings.
Albury added: "I am not disappointed at

day, the Deloitte sponsored
race at the championships was
won by Nadine Faustin of
Haiti in 12.83 and she collect-
ed $1,500 for her efforts.
Jamaican Andrea Bliss got
second in 12.86 for $900 and
Yahumara Neyra of Cuba got
the bronze in 13.09 for $600.
In clinching the national

all with my performance, it was nice to actu-
ally compete in the front of my family and
friends. This is something I haven't done in a
long time.
"This is the first time the hammer has
been done in the Bahamas, so to give the
Bahamian public view of the event was
"In the event I wasn't able to get my feet
"I tried to correct the movements as the
event went on but it didn't work."
Bain finished in sixth with a best throw
of 54.70m with Albury following with 53.51m.
Reginald Sands had to get the job done in
the men's discus all by himself on Sunday
evening for the Bahamas.
Sands, who also was able to set a
personal and season's best record for
himself, thanked the crowd for the
In the women's high jump Kirshanda
Campbell cleared 1.70m before being elimi-
nated from the competition.
Winning the event was Leverne Spencer
from St Lucia with a jump of 1.94m, a CAC
championship record.
The old record was set in 1985 by Silvia
Costa of Cuba.

record, Thompson was award-
ed $5,000. When asked how
she would celebrate her feat,
Thompson said she intends to
"get some sleep. I haven't had
any rest in a long time. So I'm
going to go home and sleep."
Thompson, a sophomore at
South Plains College in Level-
land, West Texas, said it was a
race for her to remember.

"It was fast. It was real fast,
but I felt confident from the
start that I would have a good
race," said Thompson, who
ran from the inside lane.
"This morning (in the heats),
I didn't have a good
"But I got it together and
that was the outcome. I saw
the girl from Cuba on the side
of me, but it was a good race
for me. I was just to be able to
run with some of the nation's
best hurdlers."
Thompson, 22, turned in
the seventh fastest qualifying
time of 14.15 after she came in
fourth in her heat.
In the men's 110 hurdles,
Christopher Bethel got fourth
in the second of two heats in
14.41, but he failed to advance
to the final.
He ended up 10th overall.
The top eight finishers

i I

Farrington said: "I am
disappointed with my
throws. I wanted to medal,
although this is my first
senior meet, I wanted to get
a medal.
"What really happened
was the javelin I was throw-
ing with was too heavy, I
wasn't used to them.
"So I had to change the
javelin to make sure I quali-
fied for the second round. If
I had started off the event
with the lighter javelin I
know I would have gotten a

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I Chafree Bain recovers, to take bronze I

FROM page one

Just shy of a Colinalmpe-
rial Central American and
Caribbean championship
record, Eve heaved the
javelin 61.11m, for the win.
The record in the event is
set at 61.61m, done by Gra-
cia Magalys of Cuba in
With an opening throw,
of 56.53m, Eve had to come
from behind to claim the
title, after McKoy threw
60.58m, on her second
Eve ended up scratching
her third attempt, as she
tried to top McKoy's throw.
But the distance of the
foul throw added a little
more pressure to McKoy,
who in turn fouled.
With the heat of the com-
petition between the two
athletes, Eve opened up the
second round with a 60.52m
Although this was her
first throw over the 60
marker, she remained in her
second place. But not for
Eve came back with a
monstrous throw on her
fourth attempt, that left
McKoy scrambling for com-
It would take the last
throw for McKoy to come
close the Bahamian nation-
al record holder in the
Eve said: "That was a
season's best, although I
had a very slow start. I just
couldn't get any feeling for
the javelin.
"Technically, it wasn't as
sound as I wanted it to be
but I am grateful for the
Eve, who admitted that
she stopped counting after
the third or fourth CAC
medal, said that the gold
medal basically means that
there is no age limit.
"People might think that
I am old, but I am not," said
Eve. "This is a great accom-
plishment for me.

"Most likely this will be
my last meet here, I don't
think that the Bahamas will
hold another meet of this
calibre, so winning the gold
at home feels great."
Also representing the
Bahamas in the event was
17-year-old Tracey Morri-
Morrison, who is compet-
ing in her first senior meet
finished off in the sixth spot
with a throw of 44.90m.
A timid Morrison stated
that she soaked in the
atmosphere of the profes-
sional athletes, explaining
that she was a little too
intimidated to ask Eve for
Morrison said: "I was
really scared. I went out
there and I tried to focus on
the event, but it was hard.
"They are great athletes,
and watching and throwing
with them was an experi-
ence I won't forget.
"I wanted to ask her
(Eve) for help, but I sat on
the side and watched. I'll
ask her now, since the com-
petition is over, but not dur-
ing the event."
Rounding out the field of
top finishers were Cuba's
Norayda Bicet, who record-
ed a best throw of 59.05m;
Mexico's Erika Gutierrez,
54.35m; and Jamaica's
Kateema Riettie, with
In the men's javelin,
Ramon Farrington and
Henry Butler finished off
fourth and fifth, respective-
ly, with throws of 61.66m
and 52.11m.
Sweeping the event was
Cuba, with Glez Silva's with
76.44 throw and Moreno
Hernandez 73.95m. Justin
Cummins of Barbados took
the bronze in 61.92m.


TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2005


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DARLING reflects after winning
the women's 400m.
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Senior Sports
TWO days after being
named the Female Ath-
lete of the Year in the Cen-
tral American and Caribbean
region, Olympic champion
Tonique Williams-Darling
showed her appreciation by win-
Sning the women's 400 metres.
Awarded the plaque during the offi-
cial opening ceremonies of the Coli-
naImperial Senior Central American and
Caribbean Championships on Friday
night, Williams-Darling came back on Sat-
urday before a boisterous crowd at the Thomas
A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium and ran 50.97
for the gold medal.

"I was just happy to perform at home, to win at
home and to let everybody who was waiting to see
me perform internationally to see me perform
here," said Williams-Darling, who won her third
championship title, completing the cycle after
winning the bronze in 1997 and the silver in
Williams-Darling, who opted out of running
in the Bahamas Association of Athletic Asso-
ciation's National Open Track and Field
Championships in Grand Bahama last month,
easily beat out silver medallist Tianadra Pon-
teen of St. Kitts & Nevis (51.41) and bronze
medalist Lisabania Martinez of Cuba (51.53).

Tonique shines in

women's 400m

It was a race that the Bahamian national record
holder led from start to finish as she. cruised to an
easy victory.
"I just wanted to get out hard and really tried to
get everybody on the backstretch. Those girls took
me for a run for my money on the back there. I
couldn't remember running that hard down the back
stretch, not even in Europe.
"So I think it was good. The time was good. So I'm
Coming right from Lausanne where she lost her
first race for the year last week to American Sanya
Richards, Williams-Darling picked up a $2,500 check.
for her efforts, but fell short of adding another $2,000
when she missed erasing Cuban Ana Quirot's chain-
pionship record of 50.63 that was set in 1989.
Williams-Darling, however, wasn't concerned.
Her main goal was to delight the crowd in winning
the gold.
"Man, they've been inspiring me from before I
even got here," said Williams-Darling, who was
draped with the Batelco-sponsored flag, in addition
to the Bahamian flag, as she saluted the jam-packed
SEE page 7B

Laverne Eve

throws the

Junior Sports Reporter
IN WHAT might be her last
competition on Bahamian soil,
Laverne Eve ensured that she
ended it in style
Eve closed out the second
day of competition with a gold
medal in the women's javelin,
just pipping Jamaica's Olivia
SEE page 7B



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tradition as waning

Tribune Feature Writer

ed themselves to the spiritual life as nuns. But for
those who have been in the sisterhood for decades
many see the tradition as waning.
According to Sister Annie Thompson, Prioress of St Martin's
Monastery, Nassau Street, who has been a nun for 45 years,
there is currently 14 nuns at the monastery. This is a small num-
ber for a convent intended to accommodate 35 women.
A study done by the Catholic Archdiocese some years ago,
predicted that New Providence's Benedictine monastery would
not get many members for another 20 years because of the
"trend of the times" an attitude of selfishness.
"When women can come out of high school, go and get a job,
get $300 a week, get an apartment and get a car. How do you
give this up?" Sister Annie asked.
When a woman joins a convent, she is allowed to bring mon-
ey and material possessions with her, but they must all be
turned in for the "common good". They become the property
of the monastery.
She explains: "See When you come here, if you have a car
youp cabring thecar, but it's no longer your car where you can
jump in any time you want to go. You'd have to sign it out like
everybody else. That's the common life."
And this is the life, she says, that is difficult for young people
to live today.
"So when I listen to these talk shows and I listen to the self-
ishness of these people coming across the air, I know why we
can't get membership because they are not ready to give it up.
And they are not ready to share. But to live the common life
with other persons who you don't choose to live with, you just
come and meet them and you have to deal with it," she says.
But there are Bahamian women who have become comfort-
able with living a life of sharing, of having all things in com-
mon. And in fact have made the decision at an early age to do
At the tender age of 18, Annie Thompson decided that she
would become a nun. It was her pastor, Fr Silvan Bromenshen-
kle at St Francis Xavier Cathedral, who was instrumental in
steering her towards her vocation.
"After I completed Xavier's High school he put the question
to me: 'What are you going to do now with your life?'" she
(Fr Silvan died at 2.30am Friday, July 8, in the infirmary at St
John's Abbey, Minnesota, after spending most of his priestly
life in the Bahamas).
"I read some literature that Fr Silvan had given on the con-
vent in Minnesota, St Benedicts. Then I thought, okay that is
something that I'd want to do because they (nuns) seem to be
working and caring for children and for adults.
"But I was mainly interested in caring for children and liked
to take care of deprived children," she told Tribune Woman.
In 1960 she went to St Benedict's convent in Minnesota for
her training, spending nine years teaching primary school, first
in Albany and then in St Cloud, followed by two years doing
ministry work among college students at public universities in
New Orleans. In 1970 she returned to Nassau where she was
principal for four years of St Bede's school on Sutton Street. It
was then back to the convent in Minnesota to study for her
Masters degree. Altogether Sister Annie spent 15 years in Min-
She finally returned to Nassau in 1979 as acting Superinten-
dent of Catholic Education and director of the St Benedicts/St
John's College programme in the Bahamas. For 12 years she
was the principal of St Francis/St Joseph's School until her'elec-
tion in 1998 as prioress of St Martin's Benedictine Monastery.
Her eventual goal was to open an orphanage, but to date,
that has not been realized.
Sister Annie is certain that if she had not made the decision
to become a nun, she would have pursued a career as a lawyer
or police officer. She recalls that at the time, there were no
women on the police force. And she wanted to make history by
being the first.

SISTER ANNIE, Prioress of St Martin's Monastery,
has been a nun for 45 years.
(The Tribune archive photo)

There were three other Bahamians being trained at the Min-
nesota Benedictine convent when she was a student, and from
that experience, Sister Annie says she has a new appreciation
for culture.
"Like I heard on a talk show, Bahamians need to include
others in our culture and stop being exclusive because I was
accepted (in Minnesota) without limitations," she said.
"You know, I was still a Bahamian. I never gave that up, but
I was included in theirs. And I would not exchange that experi-
ence for anything in the world because it taught me a lot about
another culture. How people did things, the different foods
they eat."
"Something like apple strudel I would have never heard
about it if I had never been to Minnesota. I would not know
exactly what that was and appreciate what that was if I didn't
go there. So my experience was invaluable."
Though Sister Annie knew that the decision to become a nun
meant forfeiting two female rights of passage marriage and
having her own children- 45 years later, she has come to real-
ize that none of this was really forfeited, depending on how one
looks at it.
She has always worked closely with children, and says that
while she has never experienced labour, she has been a mother
to many.
Sister Annie was also instrumental in getting the Lyford Cay
Foundation "on its feet" with the late Mr Harry Moore. To
date the impact of this scholarship fund has reached hundreds
of students. And on several occasions, she made contacts with
other scholarship agencies to fund the education of talented
young Bahamian musicians.
Herself a talented musician she is accomplished on the
guitar, but says she "plays with the organ". She directed St
Joseph's senior choir for a number of years and was in charge
of Catholic schools folk choirs.
When asked if there was ever a feeling that she was missing
something, the Prioress told Tribune Woman: "Is there any

wheat in Russia? Indeed, as long you are human and going
through all the human experiences, you'd desire these things.
"And I had boyfriends before I left so a lot of people said,
'where you t'ink you going. You gon' be right back here, you
love fun too much!'"
But even her love of fun, evident in the many jokes she
shared, was not silenced by her position as a nun. She says she
still loves dancing, and enjoys being a "party person".
Though she has found joy in being a nun, she admits that it
requires much discipline. Like any other nun, her responsibility
to prayer is an important part of her spiritual life.
Prayer at the convent is conducted on two levels public
prayer to which the public is invited, and private time that is in
a sense a meditation between the nun and her God.
The nuns come together for prayers at 6.30am, at noon and
finally in the evening hours. But, in between each, a nun is
responsible for participating in "Sacred Reading".
Prayer is vital, but nuns are not women who sit around pray-
ing all day. They have a mandate to serve the wider communi-
As Mother Superior, Sister Annie is the spiritual leader in
the monastery, or the one who "takes the place of Christ" in
that community. And while she is the spiritual leader she also
has other chores that include taking on various roles. When we
arrived for this interview she was in the kitchen baking tarts
and cookies to help fill outside orders placed with the convent.
"To keep the economic aspect of the place going," she
Following the religious order to be in the world, but not
of it community involvement is a major part of life at St
Martin's Monastery.
She explains: "The thing about being a religious, in the old
days in particular, is that you would be in the world, but not of
the world. So when you have one foot in here (convent), and
one foot out there (doing community work), if you can balance
that you would be just okay. Because you are out there taking
care of the sick, and you are out there taking care of the chil-
dren, you have to mix with all different types of people and
She views the convent as somewhat of a "respite" where
nuns can go out into the community then return to the security
of "their real world" the convent.
She admits that for some, finding that balance of having one
foot in the convent and the other in service to the world is
tough, as women have been known to come to the monastery
and leave after some time. But she says that dependence on
God has seen her through.
"Well it was not easy, but if you make the promise and you
depend totally upon God's will being with you, you are going to
be able to fight it as best you can," she adds.
When a woman chooses to join the convent, she must take
the vow of obedience and conversion of morals, as she pledges
obedience to her fellow sisters, to the Superior, and to God.
Sister Annie notes that through the conversion of morals, the
woman seeks to continuously change her lifestyle a feat that
is not achieved overnight.
Says the mother superior: "Everyday circumstances change.
Life changes. Things come in front of you that you have to
make decisions about, and so you are constantly changing. The
only thing in life that is constant is change. We are always in a
continuous state of conversion.
"Mind you, you can be touched overnight. You can be con-
verted overnight, but the continuous conversion goes on and on
because the minute you say 'I am saved, I made the decision to
become a nun', the devil will appear as fast as you can say one,
two, three."
It may be that humourously acknowledging human desires,
and not pretending that they should not be felt, is also a way to
help nuns to remain faithful to their vows. At least, it has
worked for Sister Annie.
Humour, she says, helps human beings get through life.
Acknowledging the reality that men are everywhere in soci-
ety, Sister Annie says that she tells people that she does
observe handsome men. "Not because you are on a diet, does-
n't mean you cannot look at the menu," she chuckles.



'When it comes to hair,


all like the living to be easy'

It's summertime, and
we'd all like the living
to be easy, particularly
when it comes to hair.
Sticky humid days, energy-
draining hot sun, never-ending
sweat and bouts on the beach
all seem to conspire to make it
seem like the only two ways to
approach hair in the summer
are utter neglect or hours spent
combing out sand and trying
to rejuvenate sun and water-
damaged strands.
"Bahamians have a tendency
to become lazy during the sum-
mer," says hair stylist Novia
Percentie, of Beauty By Ilissa
Low-maintenance styles -
like braids that are put in and
left in for two months are
often popular in the hotter
months, but they may not be
the most healthy. An inside-
and-out approach to protect-
ing and nourishing hair, how-
ever, can keep those strands
strong against seasonal odds.
1. Treatments
Summer elements like
stronger sun rays, chlorinated
pool water and salty ocean
water all justify regular stops
at the salon (as if anyone need-
ed an excuse). To combat the
drying effect that these ele-
ments can have, treat your hair

every two weeks, says Ms Per-
centie. Be sure to vary treat-
ments; alternate protein, mois-
turising, and oil treatments.
Before treating hair, prepare
it with a purifying or cleansing
shampoo, says Ms Percentie;
they deep-clean hair, allowing
treatments to work more effi-
2. Moisturize
In between salon treatments,
keep hair healthy on a daily
basis with adequate moisturis-
ing. While your skin may not
want as heavy a moisturiser as
during the dryer winter
months, combat hair's sum-
mertime dryness with oils that
contain vitamins A, D and E.
3. Diet
Drinking adequate water can
also contribute to a healthy
head of hair. "Just like the
body needs water, the hair
needs water as well," says Ms
Percentie, who also recom-
mends keeping hair lush by
including a high intake of fruits
and vegetables in your diet.
4. Style
While hair in any state needs

* ACCORDING to hair stylist Novia Percentie (not pictured),
Bahamians have a tendency to become lazy during the summer.

(Posed by model)

to be treated and loved, Ms
Percentie points out that hair
that's closer to its natural state
has a head start.
"Natural hair is the most
healthy state of hair, because it
contains all of the protein,
which is keratin the relaxer
takes it out," she says, adding
that hair that has been
coloured and relaxed is doubly
Hair that's in braids can be
treated while braids are in, but
the treatment will be less pen-
Leaving braids in for extend-
ed periods up to two months
- can also strain hair. Instead,
consider taking braids out and
treating hair before putting
them back in.
While wigs may be low-
maintenance, they may prove
more uncomfortable than con-
"Now, you know that's a
lazy-boy hairstyle, right? That's
gonna itch like crazy, because
you're sweating. Weave during
that time? I don't know," says
Ms Percentie, who points out
that while wigs may be provide
cover from the strong'summer
sun, they're also likely to be

hot and uncomfortable when
the humidity and heat are in
full swing.
5. Water
A dip in the pool or sea are
cause to pull out post-chlorine
treatment shampoos like one
produced by Paul Mitchell.
Wetting hair before going into
chlorinated or salty water can
also reduce the effects of chlo-
rine and salt. Ms Percentie
compares the effect to a
sponge; an already wet sponge
won't draw up as much liquid
as a dry one.
6. Sunscreen
For your hair? Yes indeed!
While many Bahamians still-
cling to the myth that Black
people can't burn, let alone get
skin cancer, others are getting
hip to sunscreen and not just
for the skin.
According to hair-, it's a good idea
to use a leave-in conditioner
that contains sunscreen before
spending extended periods of
time in the. sun.
7. Cover up
Grab a hat when you've got
a long day at the beach ahead
of you. It's a simple way to
keep the sun's rays off your
strands and scalp and might
help keep the sand out of there,

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Applying vitamin

complexes topically

can make up for lack

of skin nourishment

As far as your body is
concerned, your skin
is the last in line
when it comes to getting its
share of nutrients.
Over time, fewer of your
ingested vitamins ever make it
to the skin because they are
diverted to the internal organs,
leaving the skin starved. Apply-
ing potent vitamin complexes
topically can make up for this
lack of nourishment, helping
to address the signs of prema-
ture aging on the cellular level
and neutralise dangerous free
radical activity.
Technically speaking, getting
those vitamins where they need
to go is a huge challenge.
Extremely reactive, vitamin
complexes are generally very
unstable, which means you
should never use a product that
comes in a jar, where it would
become contaminated after the
first use.

What vitamins are
most effective?
Vitamin A (Retinol,
Retinyl Palmitate) Essen-
tial for normal skin develop-
ment, Vitamin A regulates skin
growth and cell division. Not
only does it help improve mois-
ture content, it actually pro-
motes cell renewal and can


help reverse a the signs of pre-
mature aging. A powerful
antioxidant, it also scavenges
free radicals.
Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid,
Ascorbyl Palmitate) Also
an antioxidant, Vitamin C is a
key component in collagen

production, and also strength-
ens capillary walls, for a more
firm skin tone. It has also been
shown to help regulate hyper-
pigmentation and boost the
skin's immune system.
Vitamin E (Tocopherol,
Tocopheryl Acetate Power-
fully antioxidant, Vitamin E
also helps to protect the skin's
moisture barrier, smooth the
skin, reduce inflammation and
promote healing.
Pro-Vitamin B5 (Pan-
thenol) A powerful vitamin
that encourages cell regenera-
tion, which stimulates the heal-
ing process.

Sarah Simpson is a med-
ical skincare specialist at the
Dermal Clinic at, the Walk In
Medical Clinic Sandyport. This
information was taken from the
Dermalogica website. For more
information log on to www.der-

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DEAR Dr Carey,

I have been
with stress
for the last few
years and am
getting very
frustrated. Being
an attorney and
having two
children does
not leave a lot
of time to
deal with this
problem. I
have not been
successful with
the nonsurgical
methods I have
tried, what
else can I do to
eliminate this
Urinary incontinence is the
inability to control urination.
It is classified depending on
the symptoms or circum-
stances leading to the urine
leakage. The most common
is that, due to an overactive
bladder (OAB) leakage is
accompanied with frequent
urinary episodes and a sud-
den urge to urinate. The
afflicted person is usually
unable to make to the toilet
in time before the urine leak-

* Dr Reginald Carey

age occurs.
This is caused by bladder
contractions before a person
is ready for it to contract. It is
sometimes due to infection
which irritates the bladder
and must be ruled out. More
after nerves to the bladder
become very sensitive for
reasons unknown, producing
an overactive bladder.
Stress urinary incontinence
(SUI) may be due to an
anatomical derangement
such as a defect in'the sup-
ports of her bladder or prob-
lems with the sphincter. In
this condition urine leaks
when stress is placed on the
bladder such as coughing,
sneezing and laughing. The
amount that leaks depends
on the severity of the
anatomical defect.
The first step in evaluating
a person with incontinence
is to determine what type of
incontinence they have. Most
times it is obvious from the
This is important as the
treatments are very different

depending on the type of
incontinence. Occasionally
you can have a mixed picture
with elements of both types
*Behavioural therapy
involves special exercises and
training programmes to
improve bladder control and
strengthen the bladder
sphincter muscles.
Bladder retraining involves
gradually prolonging trips to
the toilet with a reasonable
fluid intake.
Medications are available
that can relax the bladder or
tighten the sphincter muscles.
They are especially helpful
in the treatment of the over
active bladder (OAB). If the
symptoms appeared around
the time of menopause, then
hormone replacement ther-
apy may be useful in some
Surgery is mainly reserved
for genuine stress inconti-
nence that has not responded
to conservative measures.
This usually involves restor-
ing the pelvic floor muscles
support or to reconstruct or
compress the sphincter of the
Discuss with your physi-
cian the treatment options.
You may be referred to a
specialist for further evalua-
tion and treatment.

This informative weekly
column provided by Doctors
Hospital is intended to edu-
cate women about important
issues regarding their health
and is not intended as a sub-
stitute for consultation with
an obstetrician/gynaecologist.
Please send questions via e-
mail to tribune@tribuneme- or mrassin@doctorsh- For more infor-
mation call 302-4707.

EATEN around the world
for more than 10,000 years,
legumes are a popular, health-
.ful and versatile food.
The most common legume
crop in the world is the soy-
bean. The most common in the
Caribbean is the pigeon pea.
Other legumes include black-
eyed peas, spilt peas, chickpeas,
lima beans and red, white, navy
and kidney beans.

History of the pigeon pea
The pigeon pea or Cajanus
Cajan (scientific name), is a
valuable drought-resistant trop-
ical food crop. It is a woody all
year round shrub. Flowering
occurs mostly between Decem-
ber and February, and fruiting
between December and March.
Pigeon peas are probably
native to Africa and are now
widely grown in the tropical
and sub-tropical countries, par-
ticularly India, equatorial
Africa, the East Indies and the
West Indies.
African slaves took it to the
Caribbean where it was readily
cultivated and it became a com-
mon home grown food for all
Caribbean people.
Part of a healthy diet
The legume family, which is
part of the Caribbean food
groups, can be added to your
healthy eating plan. Legumes
are also part of the Food Guide
Drum (National Dietary
.Guidelines for the Bahamas),
they fit in the meat, poultry,
fish dry beans, nuts and eggs
group. Two-three servings a
day of nutrient rich foods from
this group are recommended.
Generally, a half-cup of
cooked, dry beans counts as
one ounce of meat. One-half
cup of legumes can also count
as a serving of vegetables.
Legumes rank second only to
cereals in supplying calories
and protein for the world's
population. They supply about
the same number of calories
per unit weight as cereals (eg
rice, flours) but they contain
two-four times more protein.

Legumes are nutrient rich
Legumes provide many of
the nutrients your body needs,
such as protein, fat and carbo-
,",These foods serve as the best
qnt source of protein. The
sybean is the only legume that
contains all the building blocks
of protein necessary for good
health. The iron, folic acid, cal-
cium, magnesium, potassium

and B vitamins in these foods
help meet vitamin and mineral
requirements. Legumes are
high in dietary fiber, low in sat-
urated fat and cholesterol free.
Similarly as part of the legume
family, the pigeon pea is an
excellent source of carbohy-
drates, protein, B vitamins, cal-
cium and iron.

Ways to serve and enjoy
Legumes are easy to prepare
and versatile. They can be eat-
en alone, combined with other
foods or enjoyed as snacks.
Because they can pick up the
taste of food and spices they
are cooked with, legumes are
great "flavour sponges".

The traditional and basic way
for cooking dry beans is to soak
them in water overnight and
cook them two to three hours.
Lentils, however cook quickly
and do not require soaking.
Like rice, these foods increase
in volume when cooked. One
pound of dry legumes measures
about two cups dry or five to
six cups cooked. Legumescan
be the main ingredient in a dish
or liven up dishes like soups
and casseroles.

Traditionally here in the
Bahamas legumes are used in
rice and soup dishes such as
peas-n-rice and peas soup and
dumplings. In other places,
chickpeas are enjoyed as a
roasted snack or used in salads
and dips. Soybean curd, known
as tofu, can be enjoyed in
smoothie beverages, stir-fry
dishes and soups, and in burg-
ers. For those with a cow's milk
allergy, soymilk can serve as a
substitute. Soybean oil can be
used in baked products and'in "
stir-frying. Textured soy pro-
tein is used as a meat substi-
tute, extender and flavour
The Lighten Up & Live
Healthy team encourages you
to make legumes or dried
beans and peas (as they are
also known as), a regular part
of your meals. Although peas-
n-rice has received a bad name
it can actually be a pretty
healthy dish, however the
ingredients used and the
method of preparation deter-
mines how healthy it will be.

This article is provided by
Adelma Penn and Camelta
Barnes, nutritionists from the
Department of Health/Ministry
of Health.

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ing as Maureen sat in her
office preparing for a long day
of meetings. Suddenly, she
became very ill and fell out
of her chair.
One of her colleagues saw her on
the floor and shouted, "Somebody call
David, director of Security at the
company, heard the cry for help and
came running to assist. He found
Maureen on the floor, unconscious
and not breathing.
Every year, this type of situation is
played out more times than you can
Without rapid medical intervention,
the prognosis is grim.
;Sudden cardiopulmonary arrest is
one of theleading causes of death for
all ad ilts, male or female.
'Properly administering CPR within
the first 5 minutes of a cardiac arrest
provides a 50 per cent chance of sav-
idig thevictim's life.
Corporate citizen, IBM, recently
addressed this safety concern by
Se-rollinfg their employees in a CPR
Class designed to prepare them to han-
dle a crisis situation until medical per-
sonnel can arrive at the scene. A key
element pf IBM's education and train-
ing worldwide is employee involve-
mentftablishiring employee "owner-
ship" *#%f(,hafety andhealth of their
group 1i vironment and include
proactive approaches to injury pre-
|The First Aid/CPR instruction
S curse, which took place at the com-
pany's office on Collins Avenue was
taught by trained personnel of Doc-
tors Hospital and included hands-on,
mouth to mask procedure, Automat-
ic External Defibrillator (AED) use,
and infant, child and adult CPR. The
course instruction which follows the
teaching guidelines from the Ameri-
can Heart Association (AHA) uses
videos, discussions, printed materials,
and demonstrations on mannequins
representing infants, children, and
adults to teach proper techniques for-
performing CPR.
The IBM employees had opportu-

* IBM employees take part in the First Aid/CPR insruction course. Participants: Wellington Chea, Tiana Robinson, Sandy Watkins, Anita Symonette, Jason Rolle,
Shernell Gardiner, Marie Andrews, Jennifer Moss and Marcia Darling. Instructors: Debbie D McKenzie & Dorcena Nixon, VP Patient Care, Doctors Hospital.

nities to ask questions and receive
individualized instruction.
Doctors Hospital, a licensed AHA
Training Center in The Region, offers

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the month from 9am to 1.30pm (CPR)

and 9am to 5pm (combination of CPR
and First Aid). For information on
available classes or to register your
company for on-site training, call Doc-

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Summer safety tips

concern for parents,
especially during the
summer months when
their children are out of school.
There are a number of factors
that threaten the health and
safety of children during this
time of the year, many of which
never occur to most parents.
Although these concerns
exist through the course of
childhood, the potential for
them to occurr seems to height-
en during the summer months,
due to the amount of free time
children have on their hands,
and given that they are often in
a less structured and less super-
vised environment.
This article is the first of two
parts that seeks to provide
some useful tips intended to
assist parents in securing the
safety of their children during
the summer months.
This section of the article
focuses on the prevention of
abuse, with emphasis on sexu-
al abuse.
Next week, part two will
address general safety tips.

What can parents/guardians
do to ensure the safety of
their children?
Parents need to know the
answers to the three "W ques-
tions". These are:
Where? Know where your
children are at ALL times.
Teach your child to check in
whenever they are away from
home and to telephone if they
are going to be late. Ensure
that your children know where
you are and where you can be
Who? Know with whom
your children are with at all
times. Get to know your chil-
dren's friends. Make sure chil-
dren know their full nhme,
address and telephone number,
as well as your (parents') full
name, telephone number and
place of employment.
When? Know when your
children are expected to return
Additionally, parents are
advised not to drop their chil-
dren at the mall, movies, video
arcade or parks without the
supervision of a responsible

Secret weapon

against bad breath

BAD breath is a social
concern. It can also be a
health issue.
A sweet fruity odor can
indicate undiagnosed dia-
betes, for example. An
ammonia-like scent may sig-
nal kidney failure. Mouth
sores, the flu, indigestion
and illnesses like lung infec-
tions, can also resllt in bad
breath. Diet, of course, is a
fat~tmreiHn6oh and less
seti o'Cas8 i 'b ad breath.
arliic aiid onions have
bad reputations and rightly
so. Pungent foods contain
volatile oils that eventually
reach the lungs (and the air
you exhale) via tjie blood-
stream. But few people real-
ize that a high-pr6tein diet
(like the Atkins'or South
Beach Diet) "an induce bad
breath, too. The most fre-
quent causes of bad breath,
though, are either gum dis-
ease or poor oral hygiene.
Here is why: Gum disease
permits odor-causing bacte-
ria to collect in the spaces
between your teeth. With
gum disease, the gums bleed
and are usually swollen.
Poor oral hygiene means
you have not been brushing,

flossing, and visiting the den-
tist as often as you should.
Food particles allowed to
remain in the mouth decay
and give off a strong odor.
Since mouth odor could
be a symptom of a health
problem, do not try to rinse
it away. See your doctor to
uncover the real cause.
If bad breath is not due to
anything serious, take the
following steps to remedy it:
Brush your teeth more
Floss your teeth after
meals to clean spaces your
toothbrush can't reach.
(New handheld flosses make
flossing quick and easy.)
Gently brush your
tongue to rid the surface of a
stagnant coating of bacteria
or food that can build up
and give off, unpleasant
odors, or use a tongue
Do not smoke.
Use a mouthwash, or
rinse until bad breath gets
under control.
Visit your dentist to
have your teeth profession-
ally cleaned every six
Source: Doctors Hospital

adult. These areas are not con-
sidered safe places for children.
to be alone. Recent trends
from police report show that
malls 'and like venues attract
groups of young persons that
are less inclined to behave in a
responsible manner.
It is also very important that
parents know what their chil-
dren are doing always; and
teach children what is "appro-
priate (good) and inappropri-
ate touching". Advise and
encourage children to always
tell someone if anyone, includ-
ing a relative or friend, is
behaving in a way that worries
them or makes them feel

What can children do to pre-
vent abuse?
Children have a role to play
in securing their safety. They
PROTECT their own bod-
ies with out fear of anyone;
SAY, "NO" to everyone
who tries to violate their rights.
TELL someone if an adult
(or anyone) does something
that maked them feel uncom-
REFUSE BAD touches;
NEVER play in deserted
or dark places;
REFUSE bribes;
REFUSE to keep secrets
about child abuse;
NOT talk to strangers;
NOT accept rides from
NOT hitchhike or go in a
car with anyone without get-
ting permission from parents;
TRUST their own judge-
ment if things don't seem right;
SEEK help and;
KEEP doors locked and
NOT to open the door to talk
to ANYONE who comes to
the door when they are home

What steps should parents
take to ensure that safety of
the various summer activities
beign offered?

Before enrolling or register-
ing the child/children take time
to investigate all the facts about
. ,. .,

the program. Speak to the per-
sons who will have direct con-
tact with the child(ren). Take
every measure to ensure that
they will be in a safe (physical
and emotional) and well super-
vised environment.
Try and choose activities that
will have a positive impact on
your school, for example,
Vacation Bible School, the
Police Summer Youth Pro-
gramme, summer school at var-
ious public and private schools,
and summer camps sponsored
by private and government
Check the number of per-
sons providing supervision. Pay
attention to the number of chil-
dren in relation to the space
available and know the types
of activities that the children
will be allowed to participate.
Inform the organisers about
any concern you many have
about the safety of the child,
especially any illnesses or dis-
abilities or challenges your
child might have.
Visit the site where your
child is camping, etc, unan-
nounced and see what is hap-
pening, it will give you an idea
of what takes place through-
out the course of the day.
Assess the environment for
danger signs. Inform the rele-
vant authority if you recognise
potential danger. If they act to
improve the situation then you
child is safe, if not, MOVE ON
to another site and take your
child with you.

How can parents protect their
children from abuse within
the family?
Parents often teach their chil-
dren about "stranger danger".
While this is important, par-
ents also need to realize that
most times the abuser or per-
petrator is someone that the
child knows and trusts. There-
fore, the danger to children is
much greater from someone
known to the family than from
a stranger.
Teach your children the dif-
ference between "good" and
"bad" secrets in the family. Tell
your child it's OK to have a::

secret about a surprise birth-
day party. But NOT about any-
thing which makes them feel
Remember child abuse
thrives on secrecy, so build and
open communication with your
child so that they will be com-
fortable in telling you whenev-
er anything happens that
makes them feel uncomfort-

Television and the Internet
The television and the Inter-
net can be sources of learning
and entertainment but they can
also prove to be sources of dan-
ger for children. Whilst parents
should not forbid their chil-
dren's use of both of these
devises, they (parents) are
encouraged to monitor their
use. The use of parental con-
trols (an access control service
that is available to persons who
subscribe to Cable networks
and some internet providers)
to prevent access to inappro-
priate web pages and television
channels is recommended to
help to reduce or prevent chil-
dren gaining access to sites and
channels that could negatively
influence children or expose
the to undue, and unforeseen
Where parental control
devices are not available or
accessible, parents are encour-
aged to teach the child(ren)
simple (Television/Internet)
safety rules, such as, not to give
out personal information and
to, report any messages
received that make them feel
Further, to decrease the use
of search engines where chil-
dren might find inappropriate
sites, parents are encouraged
to Bookmark web sites that
have educational information.
In addition to this parents
should MONITOR their
child's/children's activities
while they are online.

Protecting disabled children
from abuse
Disabled children are more
vulnerable to abuse and may!

Disabled children have th'
same right to be protected frol
abuse as any child. Experts sug-
gest the following steps to help
parents/guardians protect their
disabled child(ren) from abuse:
Ensure that the childs
activities and whereabouts aie
closely supervised;
Carefully scrutinise the
background and references of
all cafe providers;
Teach the child the diffe-
ence between being polite ver-
sus a compliant; .,
Tell the child that he/sf
has the right to say "No" to
touches or behaviour that
makes them uncomfortable
(good touch/bad touch); ,
Let your child know th'kt
they should always tell somrn-
one when another person trits
to hurt them in anyway;
BE AWARE of changes
in the child's behaviour and
attitude often this is the only
means of knowing that some-
thing might be wrong.
Encourage the full inclusion
in families, school and cony-
munity in a safe and meaning-
ful environment. STOP IS;-
LATION of these children and
It is impossible for par-
ents/guardians to be with thefr
children 24 hours each day.
possible, however, for parent
to protect their children by
ensuring that they are in a safe
environment at all times. The
prevention of Child abuse IS
Everyone's Responsibility!
Therefore everyone (Parents
and Guardians) especially, are
admonished to: "MAKE
For additional information
of child safety please contact
the SCAN Unit of the Depart-
ment of Public Health at tele-
phone numbers 322-5823
and/or 323-8438, The Hot line
at 326-5560, The Crisis Center
at 328-0922 or the Sexual
Offences Section of the Royal
Bahamas Police Force at Tele-
phone numbers 502-9143
and/or 322-2561 or 2.

A 2004 graduate of Macalister College in
St Paul, Minnesota has been selected the
recipient of financial assistance from Doc-
tors Hospital's Dr Meyer Rassin Founda-
tion to be used toward his pursuit of a
medical degree. Mikhail Higgins, described
as an "outstanding, hardworking and high-
ly motivated student...who is never satis-
fied with mediocrity", will begin his first

year at Wake Forest University School of
Medicine, North Carolina in September
2005, specialising in Infectious Diseases.
Dedicated to positively affecting the
community, the Doctors Hospital Dr Mey-
er Rassin Foundation exists to encourage,
motivate and assist qualified healthcare
professionals such as medical technicians,
pharmacists and nurses to realise their

dreams. The foundation was created in
1999 in honor of the late Dr Meyer Rassin,
who serviced the healthcare neds of the
Bahamian community since T1,42.

* BARRY Rassin (left), CE0, Doctors
Hospital, and Mikhail Higgins, foundation



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Green Scene by

Gardener Jack

I am happy to say that
towards the end of
June I spotted a Royal
Poinciana tree blos-
soming in Dundas Town,
Abaco. I am so glad we are
not going to have a complete-
ly Poinciana-less summer.
One plant that is doing very
well, both for me and for oth-
er gardeners, is papaya. The
papaya is an attractive and
productive plant that is easy
to grow. So easy, in fact, that
those I have approaching
maturity now were broadcast
several years ago and sprung
up following hurricanes
Frances and Jeanne last year.
The storms cleared out the
area and allowed sunshine to
reach the ground. Up sprung
cherry tomatoes, cantaloupes
and papayas-all of them vol-
Were I to grow papaya
properly instead of leaving
matters up to providence I
would choose a fertile area
with well-drained soil.
Although papaya can grow in
fairly hostile conditions I've
never seen a township dump-
site without them it benefits
from good treatment.
Papaya is a herb that grows
like a single-stemmed tree. Its
leaves are most attractive with
their intricate shapes and large
size and would be worth a
place in the garden even if it
did not bear fruit.
Papayas can be male (boar)
or female (sow) or bear per-
fect flowers that are both male
and female. The male flowers
are borne in elongated sprays
while the female and perfect
flowers are formed on the
trunk at a leaf axis. You have
to let the papayas grow to
flowering stage before you can
determine what you have. I
pulled up all of my boar plants
except for one. I can identify
some of the papayas as being
Hawaiian Solo because of
their almost spherical shape.
Small as papayas go, the
Hawaiian Solo is amongst the
sweetest and usually has a red-
dish-orange flesh and few
seeds. Actually, the Hawaiian
Solo originated in Barbados
and was taken to Hawaii in
1911 to be developed.
Papayas are native to Cen-
tral America and were cer-
tainly in the Bahamas at the
time of Columbus. Our local
papayas can grow to over 10
pounds and have heavy har-
vests. Unfortunately, they are
not very sweet. When they are
full but still green they can be
peeled, cut into cubes and

added to salted boiling water
for a few minutes to make a
good substitute for squash.
One good aspect of the local
papaya is its thick skin that
helps protect it from the
papaya fruit fly. This creature
looks mighty like a wasp and
trails a long ovipositor behind
it, where wasps carry their
stings. When the time is ripe
the papaya fruit fly uses the
ovipositor to introduce eggs
into the juvenile fruit. You can
see where a fruit has been
attacked because there is a lit-
tle seepage of sap like a worm
cast. When the fruit approach-
es maturity the eggs turn into
larvae and gorge themselves
on the ripening fruit, which is
no longer fit for human con-
There's always a silver lining
to any catastrophe and the sil-
ver lining to hurricanes is that
many pests are blown away,
including the papaya fruit fly.
None of the fruit on my new
plants has been attacked by
pests and I should have a 100
per cent harvest.
One other problem that
might occur with papayas is
frizzle-top. This is easily iden-
tified by the failure of young
leaves to fully open. The only
thing you can do with papaya
frizzle-top is cut the top of the
tree away. Place a plastic bag
over the hollow trunk to stop
water getting in and secure it
with a rubber band or tape.
You can also cut a papaya tree
if it gets too tall for you to
comfortably harvest the fruits..
I have heard I've never
experienced it that if a boar
papaya is cut it can come back
as a sow sometimes.
Most papayas are grown
commercially not for their
sweetness as a fruit but for the
papain that comes from their
sap. Papain is a meat tender-
izer and you can tenderize a
cut of meat by wrapping it in
papaya leaves. Papaya is an
excellent aid to digestion and
is the perfect dessert for those
with digestive problems.
Papaya seeds have a lovely
peppery taste and can be dried
and used in a black pepper
grinder to liven up all sorts of
Papayas take 12 to 18
months from seed to ripe fruit.
When taken from a ripe fruit
the seeds are covered with a
gelatinous aril that makes
them look a little like frog
spawn. If allowed to dry the
aril will seal the seeds just like
a plastic shrink wrap. In this
state the seeds will remain

viable for many years. If you
want to plant a seed it is best
to run the aril off by using a
sieve or similar device. The

seed will then be able to
absorb moisture and start
Papayas do not take up

much room because they tend
to grow above most other gar-
den vegetation. Plant a few
seeds now and enjoy the fruit

this time next year( or a little

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Senior Sports.
Andrae Williams,
Nathaniel McKinney
and Chris Brown made
sure the Colinalmperial
Senior Central Ameri-
can and Caribbean
Championships finished
on a high note for the
Bahamas last night.
They brought the cur-
tain down on the three-
day meet at the Thomas
A Robinson Track and
Field Stadium with vic-
tory in the final event on
the track, pushing the
Bahamas' gold medal
rush to five.
Their time of three
minutes and 1.08 seconds
earned them a total of
$3,000 to share in:the
prize money as they
repeated repeated as
champions, winning the
title three out of the last
four years.

The Bahamas held off
a strong challenge from
Trinidad & Tobago, who
clinched the silver in
3:01.43 and Cuba, the
bronze medallist, in
3:02.33 as they shut out
Jamaica, the fourth place
finishers in 3:03.51.
Each member of the
Bahamian team was
more than thrilled with
their overall perfor-
mances after they went
under the qualifying time
of 3:04.00 for the IAAF
World Championships in
Helsinki, Finland.
In fact, it was recorded
as the third fastest time
in the world this year
behind the United States
and Great Britain.
"I just wanted to give
my partner something to
work with," said Cleare
of his first leg. "That's
what I had to come out
and do. But I knew it
was fast. I made up the
stagger and I didn't want
them to get too far
ahead of me because I
knew we could bring it
Cleare, the NAIA 400
champion, said they def-
initely have the poten-
tial to run even faster
when they get to Helsin-
Williams, the NCAA
third place finisher and

SEE page two

Hosts impress

medal total

Senior Sports
COLOURS junkanoo
group brought the fans on
the track in celebration of
the Bahamas' successful
hosting of the Colinalmpe-
rial Senior Central Ameri-
can and Caribbean Cham-
pionships last night at the
Thomas A. Robinson
Track and Field Stadium.
The Bahamas also put
the finishing touches on a
fantastic performance over
the past three days of com-
petition with third place
and a total of, 15 medals -
five gold, four silver and
six bronze.
The highlight of the meet
came last night in the final
two events on the track as
the Bahamas fielded a
women's 4 x 400 relay team

* GOLD: Laverne

for the first time in more
than a decade.
It was only fitting that

HERE'S a look at the Bahamas' medal winners at the
Colinalmperial Senior Central American and Caribbean
Championships, held this
weekend at the Thomas A Robinson Track and Field
Chandra Sturrup, women's 100 metres, 11.02
(championship record).
Tonique Williams-Darling, women's 400 metres, 50.97.
Laverne Eve, women's javelin, 61.11 metres.
Leevan Sands, men's long jump, 8.13 metres (tied
championship record).
Men's 4 x 400 metre relay (Aaron Cleare, Andrae
Williams, Nathaniel McKinney, Chris Brown), 3:01.08.
Chafree Bain, women's discus, 47.36 metres.
Osbourne Moxey, men's long jump, 8.03 metres.
Women's 4 x 100 relay team (Timicka Clarke, Phillippa
Arnett-Willie, Sevatheda Fynes and Chandra Sturrup),
Chris Brown, men's 400 metres, 45.57.
Dominic Demeritte, men's 200 metres, 20.47.
Jackie Edwards, women's, long jump, 22- 1/4.
Leevan Sands, men's triple jump, 56-3.
Men's 4 x 100 relay team (Jamial Rolle, Grafton Ifill
III, Derrick Atkins and Dominic Demeritte), 39.08.
Women's 4 x 400 relay (Sasha Rolle, Christine
Amertil, Shekethia Henfield, Tonique
Williams-Darling), 3:33.85.

Olympic gold medallist
Tonique Williams-Darling
was able to complete a fab-
ulous showing here on the
anchor leg as the team of
Sasha Rolle, Christine
Amertil and Shaquita Hen-
field ran a national record
of three minutes and 33.14
seconds behind Jamaica,
who secured the gold in

And in the grand finale,
the team of Aaron Cleare,
Andrae Williams,
Nathaniel McKinney and
Chris Brown ran the
world's third fastest time
of 3:01.08 to repeat as
It was a day of perfor-
mances that left team man-
ager Ralph McKinney
singing the praises of the
43-member team.
"This has been a long
time coming. I think this is
the highest we've finished
in a long time," said McK-
inney, who managed his
first World Championship
team, but has been at the
helm of both the World
Championships and
Olympic Games in the past
four years.



* GOLD: Leevan

"At the initial press con-
ference Kelsie (Johnson -
Tribune sports reporter)
questioned why the size of
the team was only in the
range of 40.
"But as Mr. (Mike)
Sands (the Bahamas Asso-
ciation of Athletic Associ-
ations' president) has said,
the team would be a quali-
ty one and we will go out
there and win medals and
not put athletes who will
go out there and not be
competitive in their respec-
tive events."
The Bahamas finished
third behind Cuba, who
repeated as champions
with a dominating perfor-
mance, collecting a total of
49 medals 18 gold, 14 sil-
ver and 17 bronze.
Jamaica, who may have
matched the Bahamas or.
even surpassed them with
the fans in the stands
throughout the competi-
tion, came in second with
nine gold, six silver and
five bronze for a total of
20 medals.
More than 40 teams par-
ticipated, but only 19
McKinney said the wom-
en's 4 x 4 team really
inspired the crowd with the

national record perfor-
mance that was just shy of
qualifying for the
World Championships in
Helsinki, Finland last
But on the whole, he
admitted that the Bahami-
an public couldn't ask for
anything more from the
team as most of the ath-
letes now prepare for the
trip to Helsinki.

"Our main concern is the
men's 4 x 1, the closeness
to them qualifying and
every single member of the
mere's 4 x 4 being healthy,"
stressed McKinney, who
will also manage that
team for the third straight
As for the competition at
the meet, McKinney said it
was really competitive and
that bodes well for the fans
who showed up to see
some of the best in the
"The way the meet pro-
moters promoted it, it
turned out that way,"
McKinney insisted. "I'm
just happy that our team
performed as well as they




Senior Sports Reporter
SASHA Rolle, Christine Amertil, Shaqui-
ta Henfield and Tonique Williams-Darling,
representing a combination of the old and
the new, established a new national record in
securing the silver medal at the Colinalm-
perial Senior Central American and
Caribbean Championships.
Competing in the Batelco-sponsored
event last night at the Thomas A Robinson
Track and Field Stadium, the team ran three
minutes and 33.14 seconds behind the
Jamaicans' winning time of 3:30.63 to share
$1,800 of the prize money.
They will also split $5,000 for erasing the
national record of 3:36.56 that was set by
Williams-Darling, Sevatheda Fynes, Amer-
til and Tamar Cherebin as a junior team
back in 1994 in Bridgetown, Barbados.
It was the first time since then that the
Bahamas has fielded a women's team and,
although they fell short of the gold, they left
an impression on the crowd who stood on
their feet throughout the stadium as they
went neck-and-neck with the Jamaicans.
"It was fun. I always watched the men's 4
x 4 and I just kind of missed being out on
that fun." said Williams-Darling, who
clinched her second gold of the champi-
onships on the anchor leg. "It's just good to
be out there with these ladies and 1 look

* ON THE WAY TO A RECORD: The Bahamas women's 4x400 team

forward to more 4 x 4 relays in the future."
The future came last night as the Bahamas
Association of Athletic Associations finally
put a competitive women's team on the track
and Williams-Darling said she couldn't ask
for a better crew of ladies to run with.
"They were really pumped. They were
really excited," Williams-Darling charged.
"It's like making NCAA, the first time you
make it, you want to make it every year
after this. This is the first time for them, but
I know we will see them again next year."
They may have to wait until next year to
run again as the team fell short of the qual-
ifying standard of 3:31.00 for the IAAF

World Championships in Helsinki, Finland.
The time was good for 14th on the IAAF
performance list, just behind Spain and
ahead of Italy.
But while they didn't qualify, all the girls
were just delighted to be on the team run-
ning in front of the Bahamian crowd.
"Pressure," was how Rolle summed up
her first leg. "I just wanted to go out there
and run my race, run it smart and finish
strong. I was a little bit tight out there, but it
was a good experience."
The 23-year-old from Grand Bahama said
she could really get used to running on the
-team again.

Amertil, who ran a superb second leg to
bring the Bahamas from third into a close
battle at the line, noted that she definitely
want to do it again.
"I had to go out there and really win,"
Amertil stated. "I know this was our first 4 x
4 in a long time, so I just wanted to go out
there and give it my best. I didn't realise
that I was coming up so close on the girls, but
I went out there and did it."
Amertil, who was more than thrilled with
her performance, got the baton to Henfield
right in the mix at the exchange. Henfield,
the 22-year-old Grand Bahamian, managed
to stay right in the pack.

(ALL photos in'this section by Felipe Major and Mario B Duncanson)

FROM page one

national champion, said,
once he got the baton in
third place, he knew he had
a chance to keep the
Bahamas in contention.
"Second leg was a good
leg for me," he said. "I could
have been a little stronger,
but I think next time I could
do better. It was a good
young team and we will def-
initely be competitive at the
World Championships.
"Don't count us out. We
will be back to redeem
ourselves from the
Back in action after a two
week break for rehabilia-
tion, McKinney said he was
fresh and it showed as he
accelerated around the
track, taking the lead on the
back stretch and maintain-
ing it coming home to
"You always have a game
plan when you step on the
track and if you lose your
game plan, you won't exe-
cute," he proclaimed. "I just
wanted to execute my game
"I wasn't able to train in
the last two weeks for the
meet, so I-just wanted to-run
my race. I just wanted them
to get in the front of me and
I would still catch them. I
just wanted to run my race
and put on the juice."
McKinney said they have
a young team, but if they are
all healthy, they can put on a
solid performance in Helsin-
"Every race is important.
It's not just about running
at the World Games or the
Olympics," he said. "It's just
putting down the best time
you can every time you step
on the track."
Brown, the 400 bronze
medalist, said he knew that
once the guys kept it close,
he knew they would prevail.
"We just had to take the
last race," he admitted.
"That made up for the dif-
ference in the 400."
Caught down the home
stretch in the 400 the night
before, Brown said he want-
ed to make sure that history
didn't repeat itself and he
held his own on the final leg.
"This is the first time for
the year that we performed
and we didn't have a chance
to practise our exchanges,"
he said. "But the guys have
to realise that they are no
more rookies. They have to
step up as veterans because
they are now in the big








Junior Sports Reporter
THE Bahamas closed out with
'a strong performance on the field
Iat the XX Colinalmperial Cen-
;tral American and Caribbean
(CAC) championships, last night.
Leevan Sands and Jackie
Edwards brought home the hard-
ware for the Bahamas in the
men's triple jump and long jump,
clinching.two bronzes.
Edwards, who took to the
straight way first in front of large
Bahamian crowd, soared to 6.71
meters for the bronze, with Sands
climbing at 17.14m.

Winning the women's long
'jump event was Yargerys Savign
'Herrera in a leap of 6.88m and
Elva Goulbourne coming in sec-
ond with a series best jump of
In the men's triple jump, Sands
had to ward off a tough field,
Which four competitors sailing
over the 17 meter marker.
Sands, the defending champion
'in the event was beaten out by
Yoandris Betanzos of Cuba, who
,had a best performance of 17.33m
.and Allen Simms with 17.19m.
-: The leap by Betanzos would
have erased the old CAC cham-
pionship record of 17.24m, but
the wind reading was cleared at
The final competitor soaring
over the 17 meter marker was

Alexis Sanchez of Cuba, with a
best of 17.09m.
For Sands, defending a cham-
pionship title in front of a home
crowd was no easy task, although
he had the support of the fans.
He said: "I am pleased, like I
said earlier anyone can win on
any given day.
"The field was not an easy one,
from the beginning they came out
jumping, setting high marks.
"I really didn't want them to
get the best of me in front of a
home crowd but, some of phases
were a bit shakey.
"At one point I had surpassed
the entire field, but, like I said,
they wanted to do the job in front
of my home crowd. I tried to con-
tend but when I came back it was
to late."
Sandsihad to fight his way out
of a tough field from the first
jump, hitting 16.83m, while his
rivals leapt to 17.33m.
His second attempt wasn't as
successful, striding down the run-
way to snitch the foul board with
a sprint's peg.
Trying to pull a come-from-
behind victory, Sands let loose
the final attempt, after finding
out that he was in the fourth posi-
Sands' speed took him well
over the 17 metre marker, the
only 17 jump in his series.
"I was really trying to get a
sound jump of the board, but I
wobbled," said Sands.
"I am still pleased though,
Betanzos is an excellent jumper

so hats off to him."
Also in the event for the
Bahamas was Antoino Saunders,
who finished up seventh. Saun-
ders had a best jump of 15.87m.
It was pleasing performance for
him, although he didn't medal.
The bronze performance will
be cherished by Edwards, who is
performing without a coach.
The crowning leap came on her
second attempt, after a 6.56m

She said: "I am pleased with
the bronze medal for the
Bahamas, I just wish I was able to
jump a little bit further. At least
one of the fouls were way out
there, which might have given me
the gold but you can't count on
that after looking back at the
whole ordeal.
"I am satisfied with where I am
at, physically I jumped a season's.
best, with the help of the crowd.
which pushed me. It was a good
experience for me having their
"I can see where I am at and
exactly what needs to be done
before World Championships,
but, overall, I think that I am on
In the women's shot putt,
national record holder Aymara
Albury finished up in the sixth
position, just shy of a personal
best performance.
Albury heaved the shot putt
16.03m. Winning the event was

Yumiledy Cumba Gay of Cuba
in a championship record perfor-
mance of 18.98m. Finishing in sec-
ond was Cleopatra Borel with
18.05m and Kimberly Barret of
Jamaica with 18.03m.
The men's high jump Trevor

Barry and James Rolle of the
Bahamas finished fourth and
ninth respectively.
Barry, who failed to clear the
2.26m marker came out at 2.20m;
while Rolle was stopped at 2.05m.
Winning the event was Victor

Junior Sports Reporter
THE Bahamas top men's half lap spe-
cialist, used the Colinalmperial CAC games
to exhibit what Bahamian track and field
fans can come to expect of him for the
remainder of the season.
Dominic Demeritte, former World Indoor
Champion in the 200m, captured the bronze
medal in his signature event with a time of
20.47s on the final day of competition.
In a particularly strong field stacked with
internationally experienced athletes,
Demeritte did not disappoint the home
crowd and pushed himself towards the
medal stand.
One of Jamaica's most popular track sen-
sations, Usain Bolt, captured the gold medal
and set a new CAC championship record
in a time of 20.03s.
Aaron Armstrong of Trinidad and Toba-
go was second also, breaking the previous
CAC championship record with his time of
Perennial Olympian Obadele Thompson
of Barbados was fourth in a time of 20.53s.
Demeritte recovered after a slow start
coming off the curve.
"I was trying to stay down in my drive

Carvajal of Cuba on knock
downs, with a clearance of 2.26m,
in second was Lisvany Perez
Rodriguez of Cuba, who also
cleared 2.26m. Mexico's Gerar-
do Martinez was third in a clear-
ance of 2.23m.

phase and when I looked up the whole field
was gone," he said, "I guess I panicked a lit-
tle bit too much and I didn't transition off
the curve like I should."
With continued improvement, Demeritte
said he should be ready to make an impact
on this summer's World Championships.

"This race really got me up, going for-
ward, looking ahead. As opposed to other
years I'm actually dropping my times later
in the season rather than in the beginning of
the season," he said, "All in all, it was a
good race, every week I'm getting my times
down and hopefully I'll be ready for Helsin-
Despite the bronze medal finish,
Demeritte said there are still a few flaws
in his technique that need improvement.
"My coach and I have to go back through
some things technically but we have three
and a half weeks until the opening rounds of
the 200m in Helsinki."
For the next few days Demeritte said he
will be training at home before travelling to
Europe to compete in a few warm-up meets
for the World Championships.


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CAC Championships: full results

RESULTS from the Coli-
nalmperial Senior Central
American and Caribbean
Championships, held over the
Independence weekend at the
Thomas A. Robinson Track
and Field Championships.

Men's 20,000 metre walk race'
1. Julio Martinez,
Guatemala, 1:30:38.07; 2.
Gabriel Ortiz, Mexico,
1:32:46.32; 3. Walter Sandoval,
El Salvador, 1:37:38.64. No
Bahamians entered.

Men's 100 heats H1 1. Der-
rick Atkins, Bahamas,
10.55. H3 4. Jamial Rolle,
Bahamas, 10.66.

Men's 400 hurdles heats H1 -
Ednal Rolle, Bahamas, 52.38;
H2 3. Douglas Lynes,
Bahamas, 51.79.

Decathlon men's 100 1. Clas-
ton Bernard, Jamaica, 10.89; 2.
Alberto Juantoreno Jr., 10.95;
Alexis Chivas, Cuba, 11.16; 4.
Adrian Griffith, Bahamas,

Men's 100 semifinal heat 1 -
6. Jamial Rolle, Bahamas,
10.53. Didn't qualify for finals.
Heat 2 2. Derrick Atkins,
Bahamas, 10.39. Qualified for

Men's 10,000 1. Aquelmis
Rojas de Armas, Cuba,
30:14.75; 2. Juan Carlos
Romero, Mexico, 30.41.87; 3.
Henry Ortiz, Cuba, 31:38.63.
-'No Bahamians entered.

Women's 100 semifinal Heat
1 2. Tamicka Clarke,
Bahamas, 11.68. Heat 2 1.
Chandra Sturrup, Bahamas,
11.37. Both advanced to the

Men's 100 semifinal Heat 1 -
6. Jamial Rolle,
Bahamas, 10.53. Did not
advance to final. Heat 2 2.
Derrick Atkins, Bahamas,
10.39. Advanced to final.

; Decathlon men's 400 1.
Alberto Juantoreno Jr; Cuba,
49.59; 2, Steven Marrero,
: Puerto Rico, 49.66; 3.
Claston Bernard, Jamaica,
49.94; 4. Adrian Griffith,
,. Bahamas, 52.19.

Women's 400 hurdles 1.
Debbie Parris-Thymes,
Jamaica, 55.26; 2. Andrea
Blackett, Barbados, 56.47;
3. Shevon Stoddart, Jamaica,
J 56.64. No Bahamians

Men's 400 hurdles 1. Dean
Griffiths, Jamaica,
48.99*; 2. Yacnier, Cuba,
49.12*; 3. Lueroy Colquhoun,
Jamaica, 49.23; 7. Douglas
Lynes, Bahamas, 51.66; 8.
Ednal Rolle, Bahamas, 52.70.
Women's 400 Heat 3 1.
Tonique Williams-Darling,
Bahamas, 52.63. Qualified for

Men's 400 Heat 1 3. Andrea
Williams, Bahamas,
46.20; Heat 2 2. Chris Brown,
Bahamas, 46.94. Both
advanced to the final.

Women's 5,000 Yudelkis
Martine Genaro, Cuba,
17:12.58; Angelica Sanchez,
Mexico, 17:15.00;
Yudisleyvis Castillos, Cuba,

Women's 100 final 1. Chan-
dra Sturrup, Bahamas,
11.02*; 2. Tahesia Harrigan,
' British Virgin Island,
'. 11.29; 3. Fana Ashby, Trinidad
& Tobago, 11.40; 6.
Timicka Clarke, Bahamas,

Men's 100 final Darrel
Brown, Trinidad & Tobago,
10.02*; Marc Burns, Trinidad
& Tobago, 10.02*; 3.
Churandy Martina, Aruba,
10.10; 5. Derrick Atkins,
Bahamas, 10.21.
- Men's 3,000 steplechase -
Alexander Greaux, Puerto
Rico, 8:56.15; 2. Jose A.
Sarnchez Cairo, Cuba,
9:07.44; 3.

SMen's discus 1. Junior
-~Echevarria, Cuba, 197-2; 2.
SLoy M. Martinez Glez, Cuba,
.. 194-8 1/2; Hector Hurtado,
SVenezuela, 180-7 1/2.

Women's pole vault 1.
Katiuska Perz, Cuba, 13-111/4;
2. Denise Orengo, Puerto
Rico, 13-5 1/2; 3. Magyori
Sanchez, Cuba, 13-1 1/2.

Women's hammer throw 1.
Candice Scott, Trinidad,
221-3*; 2. Yunaika Crawford,
1,# Cuba, 218-12*; 3. Natalie

Grant, Jamaica,,201-3*.

Women's discus 1. Yarelis
Castaneda, Cuba, 185-7
3/4; 2. Lisandra Alvarez,
Cuba, 174-1 1/2; 3. Chafree
Bain, Bahamas, 155-4 1/2.

Decathlon men's high jump -
1. Bernard Claston,
Jamaica, 6-11 1/2; 2. Alberto
Juantoreno Jr., Cuba,
6-10 1/4; Octavius Guillespie,
Guatemala, 6-6 3/4.

Decathlon men's long jump -
1. Alberto Juantoreno Jr,
Cuba, 24-1 1/4; 2. Alexis
Chavez, Cuba, 23-9; Claston
Bernard, Jamaica, 23-7 3/4. 4.
Adrian Griffith,
Bahamas, 23-7 2/3.

Men's javelin 1. Emeterio
Silva, Cuba, 250-9; 2.
Yudel Hernandez, Cuba, 242-
7 1/2; 3. Justin Cummins,
Barbados, 193-2; 4.

Decathlon men's shot put 1.
Alexis Chivas, Cuba,
47-4 3/4; 2. Octavius Guille-
spie, Guadeloupe, 45-2; 3.
Claston Bernard, Jamaica, 44-
3 1/2; 7. Adrian
Griffith, Bahamas, 34-8 1/2.

Women's 10,000 walk 1.
Cristina Lopez, El Salvador,
45:52.32; 2. Evelyn Nunez,
Guatemala, 47:23.58; 3.
Yurelis Sanchez Nunez, Cuba,
50:57.73. No Bahamians

Women's 100 hurdles Heat 1
- 4. Tavania Thompson,
Bahamas, 14.15. Didn't quali-
fy for final.

Men's 110 hurdles Heat 1 4.
Christopher Bethel,
Bahamas, 14.41. Didin't quali-
fy for final.

Men's 200 Heat 3 Dominic
Demeritte, Bahamas,
20.84; Heat 2 2. Derrick
Atkins, 21.73. Both
advanced to the final.

Heptathlon women's 100 hur-
dles 1. Yasmiany Pedroso,
Cuba, 14.21; 2. Juana Castillo,
Dominican Republic,
14.17; 3. Cheilyn Garcia,
Cuba, 14.32. No Bahamians

Decathlon men's 110 hurdles -

Claston Bernard,
Jamaica, 14.55; 2. Alexis
Chivas, Cuba, 14.80; 3.
Alberto Juantareno, Cuba,
14.80; Adrian Griffith,
didn't finish.

Heptathlon women's high
jump Yasmiany Pedroso,
Cuba, 5-9; Cheilyn Povea Gar-
cia, Cuba, 5-7 3/4; Juana
Castillo, Dominican Republic,
5-7 3/4.

Decathlon men's discus -
Alexis Chivas, Cuba, 166-9
1/4; Claston Bernard, Jamaica,
155-8; 3. Alan Mitchell,
Trinidad & Tobago, 141-5;
Adrian Griffith, didn't start.

Men's 800 Heat 1 5. Alexis
Roberts, Bahamas,
1:53.69. Qualified for final.
Heat 2 5. Ramon
Miller, Bahamas, 1:55.90. Did-
in't qualify for final.

Men's 4 x 400 relay Heat 1 -
Trinidad & Tobago,
39.04; 2. Bahamas, 39.65.

Men's Hammer 1. Dorian
Scott, Jamaica, 66-3 3/4*;
Alexis Frometa, Cuba, 62-6
1/2; 3. Yioser Astengo,

* HERE'S a look at the final medal count for the
Colinalmperial Senior Central American and
Caribbean Championships.

Gold Silver
Cuba ................................18 14
Jamaica.............................9 6
Bahamas...........................5 4
Trinidad & Tobago ............3 6
Mexico................................ 1 4
Puerto Rico...................1...1 4
Dominican Republic .........1 1
Guatemala ........................1 1
Grenada ..............................1 0
El Salvador.........................1 0
Haiti.................................. 1 0
Cayman Islands.............1...1 0
St. Lucia........................... 1 0
Netherlands Antilles .........0 1
Barbados...........................0 1
Bermuda..................................0 1
St. Kitts & Nevis .......... 0 1
British Virgin Islands.........0 1
Venezuela.............................0 0

Cuba, 59-11 3/4; 6. Reginald
Sands, Bahamas, 49-8.

Heptathlon women's shot put
- Juana Castillo,
Dominican Republic, 42-8 1/4;
Yasmiany Pedroso, Cuba,
41-9 1/2; 3. Coralis Ortiz,
Puerto Rico, 37-2.

Women's 200 Heat 2 Chris-
tine Amertil, Bahamas,
22.58, advanced to the final.
Heat 3 4. Phillipa
Arnett-Willie, 23.63. Didn't
advance to final.

Men's 200 Semifinal Heat 2
- Derrick Atkins, False
Start. Heat 3 1. Dominic
Demeritte, Bahamas, 20.54,
advanced to final.

Women's high jump 1. Lav-
ern Spencer, St. Lucia, 6-4
1/2*; Juana Arrendel, Domini-
can Republic, 6-1; 3.
Karen Beautie, Jamaica, 6-1;
12. Krimanda Campbell,
Bahamas, 5-7.

Heptathlon women's 200 1.
Cheilyn Povea Garcia,
-Cuba, 24.29; 2. Juana Castillo,
Dominican Republic,
25.30; 3. Coralis Ortiz, Puerto
Rico, 25.45.

Decathlon men's javelin 1.
Alexis Chivas, Cuba, 193-
1/2; 2. Claston Bernard,
Jamaica, 177-7 1/2; 3. Steven
Marrero, Puerto Rico, 177-6
Men's 5,000 1. Juan Lewis
Barrios, Mexico, 14:22.57;
2. Juan Carlos Romero, Mexi-
co, 14:36.18; 3. Livan
Luque Reyes, Cuba, 14:38.02.

Men's shot put 1. Dorian
Scott, Jamaica, 66-3 3/4*;
2. Alexis Paumier Frometa,
Cuba, 62-6 1/2; 3. Yioser
Toledo Astengo, Cuba, 59-11
3/4; 6. Reginald Sands,
Bahamas, 49-8.

Women's 1,500 -1. Yadira
Bataille, Cuba, 4:26.43; 2.
Ashley Couper, Bermuda,
4:26.91; 3. Yudisleyvis
Castillos, Cuba, 4:30.83.

Men's long jump 1. Leevan
Sands, Bahamas, 26-8*; 2.
Osbourne Moxey, Bahamas,
26-4 1/4; 3. Ibrahim Savas,
Cuba, 25-101/4.

Men's 1,500 1. Mauris Castil-
lo, Cuba, 3:47.89; 2.
David Freeman, Puerto Rico,



3:48.01; Luis Soto, Puerto
Rico, 3:52.60.7. Oneil
Williams, Bahamas, 3:59.71; 8.
Jason Williams, Bahamas,

Decathlon men's 1,500 -
Steven Marrero, Puerto Rico,
4:34.38; 2. Alberto Juanterena
Jr., 4:45.09; 3.
Claston Bernard, Jamaica,

Women's 100 hurdles 1.
Nadine Faustin, Haiti, 12.83;
2. Andrea Bliuss, Jamaica,
12.86; 3. Yahumara Neyra,
Cuba, 13.09; 5. Tavania
Thompson, Bahamas, 13.78.

Men's 110 hurdles 1. Joel
Reyes, Cuba, 13.32; 2.
.Dayron Roblewws Planes,
Cuba, 13.41; 3. Alleyne Lett,
Grenada, 13.49.

Heptathlon women's 100 hur-
dles 1. Juana Castillo,
Dominican Republic, 14.17; 2.
Yasmiany Pedroso, Cuba,
14.21; 3" Cheilyn Garcia;
Cuba, 14.32.

Women's 400 1. Tonique
Williams, Bahamas, 50.97; 2.
Tiandra Ponteen, St. Kitts &
Nevis, 51.41; 3. Lisbania
Martinez, Cuba, 51.53.

Men's 400 1. Lansford
Spence, Jamaica, 45.29; 2. 2.
Ato Modibo, Trinidad &
Tobago, 45.46; 3. Chris
Brown, Bahamas, 45.57.7.
Andrea Williams, Bahamas,

Women's 3,000 steplechase -
1. Mardea Hyman, Jamaica,
9:54.01; 2. Korene Hines,
Jamaica, 9:58.05.

Women's javelin 1. Lavern
Eve, Bahamas, 200-53/4; 2.
Olivia McKoy, Jamaica, 200-
51/2; 3. Norayda Bicet,
Cuba, 193-8 1/2; 6. Tracy Mor-
rison, Bahamas, 147-4.

Women's 4 x 100 relay final -
1. Jamaica, 43.21; 2.
Bahamas, 43.48; 3. Cuba,

Men's 4 x 100 relay final 1.
Trinidad & Tobago,
38.47*; 2. Netherlands
Antilles, 38.92*; 3. Bahamas,

Heptathlon women's long
jump 1. Yaritza Rivera,

Puerto Rico, 18-10; 2. Yasiany
Pedroso, Cuba, 17-6
3/4; 3. Juana Castillo, Domini-
can Republic, 18-4.

Women's long jump 1.
Yargerys Savign, Cuba, 22-6
3/4; 2. Elva Goulbourne,
Jamaica, 22-3; 3. Jackie
Edwards, Bahamas, 22- 1/4.

Heptathlon women's javelin
throw 1. Juana Castillo,
Dominican Republic, 146-3
1/2; 2. Coralis Ortiz,
Puerto Rico, 145-7 1/2; 3. Yas-
miany Pedroso, Cuba,
137-2 1/2.

Men's high jump 1. Victor
Moya, Cuba, 7-5; 2.
Lisvany Perez Rodriguez,
Cuba, 7-5; 3. Gerardo
Martinez, Mexico, 7-4; 4.
Trevor Barry, Bahamas, 7-2
1/2; 9. James Rolle, Bahamas,
6-8 3/4.

Women's 800 final 1. Neisha
Grenada, 2:01.07; 2. Aneita
Denton, Jamaica, 2:01.66;
3. Yusneysi Santiusti, Cuba,
2:02.38. No Bahamians

Men's 800 final 1. Yeimer
Lopez, Cuba, 1:47.64; 2.
Sherridan Kirk, Trinidad &
Tobago, 1:48.31; Moise
Joseph, Haiti, 1:49.60.

Women's 200 final 1. Cyn-
donie Mothersill, Cayman
Islands, 22.26; 2. Christine
Amertil, Bahmas, 22.64;
3. Peta-Gaye Dowdie,
Jamaica, 22.72.

Men's 200 final 1. Usain
Bolt, Jamaica, 20.03*; 2.
Aaron Armstrong, Trinidad &
Tobago, 20.35*; 3. Dominic
Demeritte, Bahamas, 20.47.

Women's shut put 1.
Yumiledy Cumba Gay, Cuba,
62-3 1/2*; 2. Cleopatra Borel,
Trinidad & Tobago, 59-2 3/4;
3. Kimberly Barrett, Jamaica,
59-1 3/4; 6. Aymara
Albury, Bahamas, 52-7.

Women's 10,000 1. Yudelkis
Genaro, Cuba, 34:53.50;
2. Mariela Gonlalez, Cuba,
35:09.62; 3. Mexico,

Men's pole vault 1. Lazaro
Bores Reid, Cuba, 15-9;
2. Aviexer Vega, Puerto Rico,
15-9; 3. Steven Marrero,
Puerto Rico, 14-5 1.4.

Heptathlon women's 800 1.
Juana Castillo, Dominican
Republic, 2:17.45; 2. Cheilyn
Povea Garcia, Cuba,
2:20.14; 3. Yasmiany Pedroso,
Cuba, 2:32,57.

Men's triple jump 1. Yoan-
dris Betanzos, Cuba, 56-10
1/4; 2. Allen Simms, Puerto.
Rico, 56-4 3/4; 3. Leevan
Sands, Bahamas, 56-3; 7.
Antonio Saunders, Bahamas,

Women's 4 x 400 relay 1.
Jamaica, 3:30.63; 2.
Bahamas (Sasha Rolle, Chris-
tine Amertil, Shekethia
Henfield, Tonique Williams-
Darling), 3:33.85; 3. Cuba,

Men's 4 x 400 relay 1.
Bahamas (Aaron Cleare,
Andrae Williams, Nathaniel
McKinney, Chris Brown),
3:01.08; 2. Trinidad & Tobago,
3:01.43; 3. Cuba, 3:02.33.
*denotes new CAC
Championship records.


Junior Sports
WITHOUT any training
for the year in the event
Alexis Roberts delivered a
gutsy performance before
the home crowd in the
Although his time of
1.52.19s was only enough to
earn a seventh place finish,
Roberts was satisfied with
his performance.
Cuba's Yeimer Lopez
won the gold with a time of
1.47.64s, Sherridan Kirk
from Trinidad and Tobago
took the silver in 1.48.64s
and Joseph Moise of Haiti
took the bronze in 1.49.60.
Primarily a quarter-miler,
Roberts was forced to run
the 800m at the CAC games
because Chris Brown and
'Andre Williams filled both
Roberts, running like he
had nothing to lose, said his
strategy was to be as aggres-
sive as possible.
He pulled to the front of
the pack at the 150m mark
and tried to set a fast pace
for the remainder of the
But Roberts just did not
have enough left to continue
to keep up after leading the
pack for a lap and a half.
"I just wanted to stay out
front with these guys, the
field had a lot of fast run-
ners," he said, "I wanted to
stay with them, kick when
they kicked, and see what
I'd be able to come out
Unable to run the 400m,
Roberts settled for the run-
ning the 800m, and gave it
his all.
"I did no kind of 800
training this year, I was just
gearing for the 400," the
said, "But three weeks ago
prior to nationals I could not
get any training because the
track was closed, so I just
went to the 800."
Roberts ran with the men-
tality of a typical quarter-
miler, but he said a lack of
training prohibited him from
setting a new personal best.
"The first 400 is never too
fast for me, I like to go out
there, run a 51 blow the field
away and come home," he
said, "Unfortunately with no
800m training this year I was
unable to do that."
Along with performing in
front of the home crowd, he
had another goal in mind,
setting a new Bahamian
"I was just coming out
and trying to run after the
national record," he said,
"Hopefully, one day I'll get
The former Southwest
Missouri State Bear said he
plans to change his coach
and training regime in
preparation for next season.

* ALL SMILES for the Bahamas' women's 4 x 400 team last night.

Junior Sports Reporter
IN THE truest display of ath-
leticism at the 2005 Colinalmpe-
rial CAC Games, athletes from
perennial track and field power-
houses proved to be too much for
the Bahamas.
The Decathlon, sponsored by
Britanna Consultants, provided
fans with an exhibition of
strength, speed, and endurance
unlike any other event at the
The Bahamas' Adrian Griffith
was eliminated after six events.
Jamaica's Claston Bernard out-
lasted the competition, winning
the gold medal with a total of
7,977 points.

Griffith posted impressive
numbers on the track in day one,
however he struggled in the field
events and faded by day two.
At the end of day one he sat in
a disappointing sixth position with
a total of 3613 points.
He pulled out of the competi-
tion after a disappointing seventh
place finish in the 110m hurdles.
The student-athlete at Dickin-
son State University finished in
sixth position.
Claston easily captured the
gold medal, beating his nearest
competitor, Alberto Juanorena
Jr of Cuba by 205 points.
Juanorena Jr. finished with
7,672 points, just ahead of fellow
countryman Alexis Chivas with
7,624 points.
Alan Mitchell from Trinidad
and Tobago also withdrew from
the event, after the eighth event,
the pole vault, leaving just five
competitors to finish.

* LEEVAN SANDS makes a mighty leap.

* THE BAHAMAS' Laverne Eve throws her way to gold.

Christine storms to

silver in the 200m

Junior Sports Reporter

ONE of the country's top
quarter-milers, took a break
from her signature event, yet
still managed to capture a
thrilling silver medal in anoth-
Christine Amertill, was
able to win the silver medal in
the 200m, in a time of 22.64s,
finishing just behind defend-

ing champion Cydione Moth-
erstill of the Cayman Islands,
who set a new CAC Champi-
onship record with a time of


Amertill said she was
extremely pleased with her
performance, particularly
because it was in front of the
home crowd.
"I'm really glad to perform

like I did. I got some PB (per-
sonal best) times put of it so
I'm really excited about that."
Amertil said she knew
competing against Mother-
still would be a real challenge,
but she was ready to perform
well in front of the home
"It was a very fast race I
think Cyndionie got a new
CAC record, so I was pretty
happy to put on a good show
for the crowd,'" she said,
"This crowd is wonderful, it

was just electrifying coming
down the straight, even if
you're feeling like you're on
your last breath, this crowd
behind you will push you
towards the line."


She said she wanted to get
out quickly on the curve and
try to hold off Motherstill on
the straight.
This was the second CAC

medal for Amertill and her
first individual one.
Jamaica's Peta-Gaye
Dowdie was third in a time of
22.72s. Amertill stressed that
she did not drop from the
400m and said it is a very good
possibility that she will enter
both the 200m and 400m at
the World Championships.
"I haven't dropped down
from the 400m, this is just a
little break right here. I
haven't left the 400m I'm still


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