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Publication Date: July 19, 2005
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Volume: 101 No.194 TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2005 PRICE 500

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John Morley

dies aged 72

SUCCESSFUL real estate
pioneer, John Morley of Brown,
Morley and Smith Real Estate,
surrounded by his family, died
peacefully at his Ryswick, Mon-
tagu foreshore home at 10.35pm
Mr Morley, who had suffered
for some time with a brain
tumour, was 72 years old.
Sir Geoffrey Jpihnstone, a life-
time friend described Mr Mor-
ley as a "lover of his country."
And, said Sir Geoffrey, "if any-
one ever had any doubts about
his credentials as a Bahamian
let it be said that he was one of
the finest fishermen ever pro-
duced in the Bahamas and
loved it with a passion."
Free National Movement
Leader Tommy Turnquest,
speaking on behalf of his party,
yesterday also conveyed his
condolences to the Morley fam-
"We trust that his wife and
family will find comfort in
knowing that John Morley was
a, life which made a difference in
the lives of others, and which, in
his way, contributed to the cre-

In a front page article in The
Tribune on the murder trial
of Henry Hugh Smith on Fri-
day July 15, it was incorrectly
reported that police officer
Ezra Maycock told the court
that gunpowder residue,
shards of glass, soil and dirt
were found on the clothing of
the accused.
Officer Maycock did not tes-

* JOHN Morley
ation of a better Bahamas," he
Mr Morley, who was voted
"Business Person of the Year"
by the Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce in 1999, devoted his
time and energies to the
Bahamas Real Estate Associa-
tion from 1962. Even as a child
SEE page 11

tify that these substances were
found on the clothing, but that
he took Mr Smith's Polo outfit
and Versace shoes from his
Millar's Height's home, in
order to test them for the pres-
ence of these substances.
(See page 3 for the testimo-
ny of Dennis Fernander, who
told the court he witnessed the
double murder).

Appeal is planned after US
extradition case decision,

SAMUEL "Ninety"
Knowles' Bahamian counsel
plans to appeal to the Privy
Council on a decision by the
Court of Appeal.
The decision in question
overturned Justice Hugh
Small's ruling that Knowles
could no longer be detained
pending extradition to the
United States.

Knowles was not present in
court yesterday. However,
according to his lawyer Roger
Minnis. he had consented to
the hearing.
Mr Minnis applied for con-
ditional leave to appeal to the
Privy Council in London on
the decision which the Court
of Appeal handed down in
May. The decision overturned
SEE page 11

Two men are found drowned

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE bodies of two men
were discovered during an
extensive manhunt for sus-
pected illegal immigrants on
Exuma this weekend.
The hunt followed reports
of a group of more than 40
Haitian immigrants landing on
the island.
Police and Defence Force
officers entered into a joint
search for the 43 immigrants

(42 males, one female) most
of whom reportedly aban-
doned their vessel and fled
into nearby bushes.
Officers were successful in
apprehending most of the
immigrants, however they say
several are reportedly still at
The two drowning victims
are believed to be Haitian
nationals and members of the
"illegal cartel." According to
SEE page 11

,THE Central Bank of the
Bahamas yesterday suspended
the licence of Leadenhall Bank
and Trust Company, effective
The suspension is intended for
a period of 90 days "or such short-
er period as shall be determined,"
SEE page 11

Tribune Staff Reporter
TRADE and Industry Minis-
ter Leslie Miller has failed to dis-
pel concerns about signing the
PetroCaribe agreement, former
economic development minister
Zhivargo Laing said yesterday.
SEE page 11

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Lawyer is
reported to
Bar Council
Tribune Staff Reporter
double murder trial of Hen-
ry Hugh Smith were chas-
tised by Chief Justice Sir
Burton Hall yesterday,
resulting in his decision to
report senior lawyer
Albertha Bartlett to the Bar
As proceedings got under-
way on Monday, Kalen
Ward was called to the wit-
ness stand.
She was arrested by the
police on Saturday after fail-
ing to attend court last week.
Miss Ward explained to
Chief Justice Hall that she
was at court last Tuesday,
but when she was not called
to testify she went home
where she waited to be
called by the prosecution to
return to court.
SEE page 11

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is dialogue, not bombs

T IS essential for a multitude of
reasons that the terrorism now
plaguing the world be stopped, or at least
prevented from spreading. It is especial-
ly important for the Bahamas since our
chief trade is tourism.
We cater to millions of tourists every
year, most of whom come from the Unit-
ed States.
As dramatic economic development
occurs elsewhere in the world, we will
no doubt be casting our tourism net ever
Terrorism is bad for business except
for those businesses which profit from
wars and other armed conflicts.
It is particularly bad for the travel
industry since airplanes, ships and trains
make very attractive targets for the ter-
The most spectacular act of terrorism
in the current wave was, of course, the
attack on the twin towers of the World
Trade Centre in New York using com-
mercial aircraft loaded with fuel as the
The cost of that diabolical act to Amer-
ica and the world is incalculable.
Billions of dollars are still being poured
into sophisticated security apparatus
around the globe, governments have cur-
tailed the liberties of their citizens and
travel is no longer as enjoyable as it used
to be.
Even if terrorism did not pose such a
direct threat to our own economic well-
being the Bahamas would still be duty-
bound as a member of the international
community to play whatever part it can in
this struggle.
After all, the greatest scandal of ter-
rorism, as with other forms of conflict, is
not the danger to commerce and the
waste of material resources but the
killing of human beings and the agony
of those who survive but have to live the
rest of their lives with the scars of brutal
Another awful dimension of terrorism
is the tragedy of the terrorists them-
Civilized people recoil in horror at the
.distortion of humanity the hatred, the
anger, the pain which leads them indis-
criminately to slaughter innocent peo-
As if to spit in the face of humanity
and to scoff at all that is sacred, some
depraved purveyors of terror manipulate
impressionable children and young peo-
ple to carry out evil schemes at the
expense of their young lives.
The challenge facing the world is mon-

T he first lines of defence against
the terrorists must be vigilance
on the part of the public, heightened
'security measures and specially-trained


In the long run, the so-called "war
on terror" can only be won if it is
seen aiid understood in the context of
the human propensity for war and vio-
lence. More of the same is not a solu-

together before trying to satisfy the insa-
tiable appetite of the gods for blood.
The problems facing the world are
complex and there is no area on the
globe with more complexities than the
Middle East.
There are in this predominantly Mus-
lim region the usual tribal and ethnic
enmities as well as intense doctrinal rival-

"The use of terror is as old as human
conflict, and recorded history is replete
with examples. It has been used by
regular armies, revolutionaries,
insurgents and guerrillas of all stripes."

law enforcement officers.
The next line of defence is for the big
powers, and that is to divert some of the
billions of dollars being spent on great
naval ships and sophisticated bombers
to more traditional methods such
as old-fashion.ed. epionage, and infiltra-
tion. -
The big bombers can shock and awe,
and pulverize cities but that will never
stop terrorism.
In fact, that only creates more fertile
grounds for the recruitment of a new gen-
eration of terrorists.
Western democracies must resist the
temptation to curtail the freedoms which
made them great in the first place,
including freedom of religion, but they
should not tolerate the use of
religious freedom to incite hatred and
French Interior Minister- Nicolas
Sarkozy was on the right track last week
when he announced that France would
expel radical Muslim preachers who
abuse the freedom of their host country
by inciting violence.
France, said the Minister, "is not a
weak regime and it does not have to
accept speech which, on the pretext that
it is happening in a place of worship,
calls for hate and murder."

Some voices have been trying to point
out amidst the din that "the war on ter-
ror" is really a misnomer. Terror is not a
cause. It is not an objective. It is a
method, a means of pursuing a cause or
an objective.
The use of terror is as old as human
conflict, and recorded history is replete
with examples.
It has been used by regular armies, rev-
olutionaries, insurgents and guerrillas of
all stripes.
It was used by the Romans and by
Genghis Khan, Adolf Hitler and Joseph
Stalin, and by the Allies as well in World
War II.
The fire-bombing of the German city of
Dresden and the nuclear bombing of the
Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasa-
ki are examples of the latter.
The Spanish used it in their infamous
Inquisition and the French used it in their
In America the Ku Klux Klan and oth-
er 1facists used it against Africanf Anmefi-
In the late 19th and early 20th cen-
turies four thousand African Americans
were lynched in sustained terror cam-
During the Irish struggle for indepen-
dence from Britain, Michael Collins
decided it was foolhardy to fight con-
ventional pitched battles and get slaugh-
tered by superior British forces so he
switched to guerrilla warfare, subversion
and terror tactics. Ireland got its inde-
pendence but only after the shedding of
more blood.
The continuing struggle over the final
status of the Irish province of Ulster took
yet more lives. Eventually sane people
on both sides came. to the conclusion that
the only way to achieve justice and.peace
was through dialogue.
There is a lesson in this for the rest of
the world.
What a wonderful thing it would be if
humans would only learn how to reason

ries and power struggles within Islam
On top of all this is a deep sense of
resentment against the West going back
to the Crusades and fuelled over the cen-
turies by western interference, domina-
tion and exploitation.
For half a century the Muslim world
has been traumatised by the humiliation
and suffering inflicted on the Palestin-
ian people by Israel.
The West, especially the United States,
has done little to curb the excesses of its
Israeli ally as Palestinians have been dri-
ven into exile or forced to live in refugee
camps while, piece by piece, their home-
land has been taken away from them.
Who can blame the Muslims for being
angry as the cameras of the western
media linger sympathetically over the
tragedy of an Israeli family whose child
has been killed by Palestinians while the
death of a Palestinian child at the hands
of the Israeli army is reported as amere
'statistic? .
After the Londlon bombings, Priime
Minister Tony Blair said that the. West'
must deal with the roots of radical Islam-
ic terrorism. This imbalance in the value'
placed on human lives is one of those
In Iraq, for instance, the loss of each
American life is meticulously recorded
and added to the total. But when it
comes to Iraqi lives it is as US General
Tommy Franks said: "We don't do body
The leaders of the West must dialogue
with Muslim leaders in a genuine search
for justice and peace. They must togeth-
er put down a foundation upon which
mutual respect can be built, and create a
framework in which all human life is
equally valued.
Failing that, the world will risk the rad-
icalisation of entire Muslim nations and
communities, including those in the West.
The problem cannot be solved by bomb-
ing Leeds, nor any other city.


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Family upset

over investigation

into disappearance
and death of
Romanda Curtis

THE family of Romanda
Curtis is upset about how the
authorities have been
handling the investigation
into her disappearance and
S In an interview with The
Tribune, Mrs Curtis' mother,
Wescola Larrimore, and step-
father Douglas Larrimore said
that they are disappointed
that an autopsy on their
daughter's body was not car-
ried out yesterday as sched-
The parents say they are
also concerned because they
believe the investigation is
moving to too slowly.
Romanda, 20, was discov-
ered in bushes on Sands Lane
behind the Love 97 building
on Thursday night.

She was reported missing
early Saturday morning when
she didn't show up for work at
the Atlantis parking lot where
she is a security guard.
Her husband Ricardo Cur-
tis reported his wife missing
when he arrived at their
Thompson Lane home
around 5am to take her to
The Larrimores said that as
time progresses "everybody
is coming to grips with
Romanda's death and look-
ing for answers."
"It is devastating," said Mrs
Larrimore. "I urge the police
to move quickly and conduct
a conclusive investigation."
Assistant Commissioner of
Police in charge of crime
Reginald Ferguson said:
"There is no new information
out of the ordinary regarding
this case and the investigation
is being conducted as rigor-
ously as possible."

experts has been appoint-
ed to "expeditiously"
complete the contract
negotiations between
government and the
Bahamas Public Service
The committee
includes representatives
from the ministries of the
Public Service, Finance,
National Security and
Education, together with
industrial consultants
Keith Archer and Frank
"I have met this morn-
ing with representatives
of the Union," said Public
Service Minister Fred
Mitchell. "My meeting
took place following a
meeting of the inter-min-
isterial task force made
up of myself for the Pub-
lic Service, the Minister
of Education and the
Minister responsible for
Finance who all met with
our officials on Friday
"It is our hope and
intention that the parties
will in good time be able
bring the outstanding
issues of salaries and ben-
efits to a successful con-
clusion in the form of
firm and agreed recom-
mendations to the Min-
istry without artificial
deadlines, but clearly as
expeditiously as possible.
"After the committee
completes its work, I will
review its recommenda-
tions and present them to
the government for its
approval," Mr Mitchell

A spokesman for the
Ministry noted that the
terms and conditions
agreed by the new con-
tract would be reflected
for public servants once
the negotiations are com-
plete and the recommen-
dations of the committee
are approved by the Min-
istry and the government.
While the results of the
negotiations will not be
reflected in the July pay
packet, any settlement
will be backdated to the
first of July, 2005, the
Ministry said.

Workmen claim BTC contributing

to Harrold Road project 'delay'

Minister has

'no knowledge'

of 'hold-up'

Tribune Staff Reporter
WORK on the Harrold Road project
has been at a "standstill" for more than
two weeks, as workmen wait for the
Bahamas Telecommunications Compa-
ny (BTC) to address concerns relating to
underground wiring, it was claimed yes-
When contacted about the delay,
Works and Utilities Minister Bradley
Roberts said he had "no knowledge" of
there being a hold-up.
But the small group of workmen at
the site on Monday claimed otherwise.

The workmen pointed to traffic cones,
barricades and heavy machinery used
for tarring and other road works, piled
alongside the street, explaining that
"there is very little that can be done
now" without BTC first coming to
address some issues concerning under-
ground utilities.
According to the men, there are two
wire boxes that must be located in order
for them to properly "lift one end of the
highway to meet the other."
They claim BTC was supposed to send
engineers to the site to address the prob-
lem two weeks before the Colinalmper-
ial CAC Games, two weeks ago, "but
no one ever showed up."
However Khader Alikhan, deputy
director at the Ministry of Works with

responsibility for the special project exe- Mr Alikhan said workers have com-
cution unit, told The Tribune yesterday pleted 75 to 80 per cent of the landscap-
that the only suspension the Harrold ing, and that the curbing bed and side-
Road project has encountered was dur- walks will be completed as planned in
ing the CAC Games, which he said had the next two to three weeks, and the,
to do with applying the final coat of tar. final layer of asphalt will be applied
"We had to hold off from putting the shortly thereafter.
final layer of asphalt on the road because Once the road is paved, Mr Alikhan
of the CAC Games, but other than that, said, it will be at least 28 days before
we have been going about business as street lighting is installed and road lines
usual," he said. are drawn.

At present, he said, street signs are
being positioned along the highway.
He estimated that there are
between 170 and 180 signs still to be
Mr Alikhan said that despite the
claims, his ministry "has been working
collaboratively with all the other utili-
ties companies" from the outset to
ensure the smooth operation of the Har-
rold Road project.

Grandson testifies that he

witnessed double murder

Tribune Staff Reporter
DENNIS Fernander told the
Supreme Court that he wit-
nessed the murder of his grand-
father Larry Fernander and
Terah Smith.
Testifying in the case of Hen-
ry Hugh Smith, who stands
accused of murdering the pair
on July 21, 2000 Dennis said he
was at home in Love Beach and
saw the pair shot and killed by a
The witness, who is now 15
years-old, told the court that he
heard glass shatter.
He said the sound was loud,
but that he did not get up to see
what it was because he assumed
"something dropped in the
kitchen like a glass, cup or
Dennis testified that Terah
Smith and Larry Fernander
came out of the bedroom.

He admitted that while he did
not see Ms Smith, but said she
was living at the house and that
he heard footsteps.
After hearing the sound,
Dennis said he got up, but did
not come out of bed.
He told the court that his
room door was slightly open,
and said he saw a man in the
house that he had seen there
earlier that day.
"I saw the gentleman and my
grandfather and Terah," he told
the court.

"My grandfather was arguing
with the gentleman. The gen-
tleman shot my grandfather.
Terah screamed out, 'Larry',
and she was stamping the floor
Dennis said the killer turned
to Terah and told her: "Terah, I
love you".
The witness said the gunman
then shot Terah Smith.

On the day before the mur-
ders, the witness said he was at
home with Terah when she was
having a telephone conversa-
tion with someone and
appeared "angry".
"The telephone had rung
once again and I picked up the
telephone and there was a male
voice asking to speak to Ter-
ah," he said.
He said Terah told him to tell
the man something.
He continued: "The tele-
phone had rung, I answered it
and I had told the gentleman
that it was the wrong number
and I hung up the telephone.
And the calls came continuous-
ly that I became familiar with
the gentleman's voice."
Dennis said Terah was "high-
ly upset after she had spoke

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with the gentleman on the tele-

"After the telephone calls,
there was a gentleman came to
the house asking to speak to
Terah, and Terah came out and
the gentleman was on the other
side of the sliding glass door.
Terah cracked it and Terah was
inside the house and they were

speaking for like two to five
minutes and I was standing
there. They were talking and I
was on my way to the bed-
Dennis described the man as
"a little taller than Terah; light-
skinned; thick eyebrows; and a
scar on his forehead.
The witness was not led.
'to give a dock identification of
the accused, Henry Hugh





closes case
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE prosecution closed its
case against double murder-
accused Henry Hugh Smith on
Smith, a former police offi-
cer, stands accused of murder-
ing his estranged wife Terah
Smith and Larry Fernander at
a home in Love Beach.
Pathologist Govinda Raju
gave testimony, saying that
Larry Fernander died as a
result of a fractured skull and a
laceration to the brain, which
were the result of a gunshot
wound to the head.
Terah Smith, he said, was
wearing light-colored lingerie,
which was blood-stained and
punctured by three gunshot
Dr Raju said she was shot in
the upper right chest, the left
side of her body and the left
Her tongue, he added, was
protruding and was bitten.
Dr Raju said there was a
bullet lodged in Terafi's right
temple, which caused a frac-
ture to her skull.
He said the victims did not
show signs of being shot at
close range.

Alexander William Grant
of the police internal security
division also testified Monday.
He said that he was at the
international departures sec-
tion at the airport when he saw
Smith, whom he had worked
with in the past.
He said Smith greeted him,
and that he went over to talk
to the accused.
The officer testified that said
Smith told him he was headed
to the United States to pay for
an abortion for his girlfriend.
The Supreme Court also
heard from detective Sergeant
Lennox Coleby, who said he
found a shotgun in the bed-
room of Larry Fernander.
The weapon, registration
number K608885, could not
have been the murder weapon
because it was faulty, he testi-
Sgt Coleby said on March
14, 2001, he traveled to
Atlanta Georgia, where he
talked to Rick Gainey, a US
Mr Gainey, he told the
court, gave him extradition
papers for Smith.
He and other officers
arrived in New Providence
with the accused that evening,
and upon arrival at the airport,
placed him under arrest for
the murders.

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Problem of

getting a

free lunch

EDITOR, The Tribune

When CSME was the big
issue in May, The Tribune intro-
duced an editorial with Mary
Howitts' poem "Will you .walk .
-infto my parlour said the spider
to the fly? T'is the prettiest little
parlour you ever did espy."
Well, that fly got away, at
least for the time being.
Simultaneously two good
buddies Hugo and Fidel were
weaving a different web.
To catch a few flies, they
cobbled together a deal to
entice small Caribbean coun-
tries into their net and named it
PetroCaribe. The sign out front
read "Oil for Bananas" (or
something exchangeable) and
"Prices you can't resist".
The objective? One hundred
per cent 100 per cent of the
Caribbean market.
Some analysts have ques-
tioned the lengths to which
Hugo Chavez will go to estab-
lish Venezuela as a "political
leader in the region". If that
seems outrageous, never under-
-estimate a communist. They like
a lot of power, and in these
times of high oil prices, oil is
the means to power.
The rout of Fred and
com[any and defeat of the
CSME agenda succeeded
because Bahamians value inde-
pendence and national sover-
eignty, and they made that very
clear. But behind their backs
Leslie Miller was busy arranging
to sign an agreement with.a.dic-.....
S..tatoial rler whio does not
respect the property rights of
his own subjects. Should
Bahamians be concerned about
property rights too? That ques-
tion is now open for d scussion.
If the deal with Chavez suc-
ceeds in forcing the withdrawal
of the current suppliers due
either through government coer-
cion or undercutting prices, and
the country is left dependent on
a single supplier there is no guar-
antee that the good times of the
initial lower prices will last. In
fact they won't last, count on it.
The government of the
Bahamas has for some time
been much involved in the mar-
ket for fuel. Price Controls, lim-
iting the number of suppliers,
taxation and other regulations
have been factors in the price at
the pumps.
Government through-the -
-newly created National Energy
Council has expanded its role
and the outcome based on past
history of government manage-
ment in other areas of the econ-
omy is predictable.
A brutal fact of life is the
record of Government misman-

agement that demands a free
market solution to the problem
of high fuel prices rather than
a government monopoly solu-
tion that diminishes market
forces even further.
Leslie Miller was lured into
the PetroCaribe Agreement
with the promise of lower
prices. He succumbed to the

proverbial "free lunch" princi-
ple. The Chavez agenda for
"regional energy integration"
ought to be a wake-up call for
the defenders of economic free-
dom in the Bahamas. What else
could be "integrated" into the
Chavez agenda for the
Time will tell who becomes
the lunch and who gets to eat it.

July 12 2005

Mystery of national flag

EDITOR, The Tribune

AS we celebrate our coun-
try's thirty-second Indepen-
dence, once again, I am curi-
ous as to why we seem to
know so little about the his-
tory of our national flag, par-
ticularly in comparison to that
of our other national symbols.
On the one hand, our
national flag is heralded as
"the result of a compilation
of ideas from a large and var-
ied creative pool made up
entirely of Bahamians." On
the other hand, it is said to
be the result of a competition
held in November, 1971.

It would appear that since
this group is too large to
recognise (as they would
have us believe), they shall
forever remain incognito. I
would have thought that such
a valuable contribution to our
nationhood deserved at least
"a clear and present"
acknowledgment of all the
relevant contributors.
Perhaps it is left to those
who are guilty of this crime to
come forward to receive pun-

July 8 2005

EDITOR, The Tribune

IT SEEMS the full moon
brings out the strangest in us;
certainly the season of politi-
cal brashness and stupidity
seems to be amongst us now
over 24 months away from
the earliest possible time we
are asked to cast our "X".
Andrew Allen's column of
today certainly is one of these
things that possibly the size
of the moon has brought forth
- Bernard J Nottage failed
when he was called upon after
the enormous defeat in 1992
of the PLP, even with Sir Lyn-
den at the helm. It was BJ
that was put to the task to
reform the party what did
he do? Nothing.
... The PLP under the leader-
ship subsequent of Perry
Christie pulled the party
together, gathered funds to
renovate the party headquar-
ters to sustain the party into
2002 and we all know the out-
come the PLP won.

Exceptional Education
Outreach is a non-profit
special education and
literacy project that
operates in Eleuthera and
Harbour Island. Founded
in 1998, EEO aims to
ensure that special needs
children have access to the
latest equipment and tools
to help them reach their
"full personal and
academic potential."

The list of accomplish-
ments of this young
organization is an
impressive read. More
than 1,200 youngsters
from all Districts of
Eleuthera have been
given hearing tests. A
further 2oo have also had
their vision screened.
Individually tailored
"remediation strategies"
have been developed for
every child in need. EEO
has established and
equipped 7 resource
rooms across the length of

The imaging of the CDR -
a market driven political par-
ty failed to even save one
electoral deposit in 2002 and
that says a lot.
Many commentators sug-
gest that BJ has something to
offer like Sir Cecil Wallace
Whitfield, BJ aspired but nev-
er got close, that will be writ-
ten on his political memori-
al, if it has not already been so
Why are the commentators
disregarding Perry Christie?
Total political speculation as
there is plenty of time
between now and when the
campaign will start and always
remember an incumbent has
the advantage to stage the
best time to throw. Prime
Minister has plenty of time to
gain his old strength and I sus-
pect Christie will have a new
focus on the end game.

June 27 2005

the Island and since its
inception EEO has hosted
30 workshops for parents
and 22 seminars for more
than 150 teachers. The
Eleuthera Education
District has even
mandated that teachers
attend certain EEO
seminars so that all
teachers may "learn
valuable new skills about
increasing literacy and
special education strat-
egies." Rather than falling
through the cracks,
youngsters full of potential
but hampered by special
needs are now being
reached by a truly
exceptional outreach

The Father Pat Fund is
pleased to donate $2,000
to Exceptional Education
Outreach. For more
information on their great
work please contact Lang
Fincher at EEOBahamas

Perry Christie will have

a new focus for election

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*Former Registrar General hopes

ordeal can serve as eye opener

Tribune Staff

THE contract signed
between Bimini Bay and
a luxury brand hotel
chain represents the suc-
cess of the government's
philosophy to diversify
and improve the coun-
try's tourism product,
Tourism Minister Obie
Wilchcombe said yester-
Conrad Hotels, the
luxury brand of the
Hilton franchise, last
week signed a manage-
ment agreement with
RAV Bahamas, a sub-
sidiary of the Capo
Group, developers of
Bimini Bay.
This agreement makes
the Bahamas the first
country in the Caribbean
region to be home to one
of the high-end Conrad
luxury hotels.
The chain will operate
and manage the hotel
component of the Bimini
Bay Resort and Casino
following the construc-
tion of a 250-room hotel,
spa and casino.
Mr Wilchcombe said
the partnership of an
anchor project with a
second company is the
kind "linkage" between
developments which
Prime Minister Perry
Christie "envisaged for
the future of the tourism

The minister added
that this development,
together with projects
such as the Four Sea-
son's Resort in Exuma
and Club Abaco in
Winding Bay, Abaco, has
revitalised and "brought
the tourism project to
another, a higher level."
"This is also what you
call 'OPM'- other peo-
ple's money. With the
help of money invested
by developers we build
our country," he said.
Clem Barter, president
of Conrad Hotels said:
"We are honoured to
have been selected for
this exclusive project in
one of the most presti-
gious locations in the
Bahamas. This will be an
extraordinary property
and it will fit our plan to
expand in the Americas,
as well as in other
strategic parts of the
Gerardo Capo, chair-
man of the Capo Group,
added that he is .pleased
that "one of the world's
finest hotel brands is
joining us to operate the
hotel component of our
Bimini Bay Resort."
"Our luxurious devel-
opment, coupled with
Conrad Hotels' experi-
ence, sets the stage for a
success story in the
Bahamas," he said.

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Tribune Staff Reporter
FORMER Registrar General
Elizabeth Thompson would like
her ordeal to serve as an eye-
opener for persons entering into
contractual agreements with
"My advice to anyone would
be to review the contract and
seek legal advice before sign-
ing any contract," Ms Thomp-
son said.
Her statement follows
months of legal wrangling and
repeated confrontations with
former staff after she was dis-
missed from her post in Janu-
Ms Thompson, who original-
ly had a three-year contract,
said her case should highlight
the need to revisit the laws
applying to constitutionally
appointed positions.
She said that contract work-
ers have less protection than
high level government employ-
ees such as permanent secre-
taries, and asked if contracts for
government posts like Regis-
trar General are even neces-
Ms Thompson said she hopes
she can serve as a role model
for other persons facing similar
She was fired from her post
by the Judicial and Legal Ser-
vices (JLSC) after serving only
11 months of her contract.

However, this decision was
overturned by Supreme Court
Justice Hugh Small who deter-
mined that Ms Thompson was
wrongfully terminated.
He later upheld the decision
when government applied for a
stay of the ruling.
The court ordered that Ms
Thompson should be awarded
damages and other costs.
Following the ruling, Ms
Thompson repeatedly attempt-
ed to report to work despite the
fact that she was locked out of
her office and Shane Miller had
been appointed acting registrar
general in her place.
She resigned on July 14 after
her lawyer Milton Evans came
to an agreement with govern-
ment for an undisclosed finan-
cial settlement.
In an interview with The Tri-
bune yesterday, Ms Thompson
said she is feeling wonderful"
and is busy taking over the reins
of her law firm, Elizabeth
Thompson and Co.
Ms Thompson added that she.
is very relaxed, is glad that the
ordeal is behind her, and regrets
"I realised the implication
when I set out to do this," she
When asked if she plans to
take further legal action on the
matter, she said, "I am consid-
ering all my options."
"I am grateful for the oppor-
tunity to have served the public

* FORMER Registrar
General Elizabeth

for eleven months. The experi-
ence has been emotionally and
physically challenging but I was
strengthened by God."
Ms Thompson said her four
little boys inspired her to go the
distance to seek justice.
"So many of us are afraid to
speak, afraid or unable to
express ourselves and unable to
lift ourselves up.
"I pray that my experience
encourages you to make a dif-
ference," she said to others who
might find themselves in a sim-
ilar situation.
Ms Thompson encouraged
her former staff at the Register
General's Office "to continue
to provide excellent service and
stand up for their constitutional
"Continue to stand; in the
words of the late great Martin
Luther King Jr: 'Injustice any-
where is a threat to justice
Ms Thompson said she is
especially grateful to her family
and to the many persons who
stood with her and voiced their
She said that at some point,
she intends to give the public a
full account of her ordeal.
"I believe that in telling my
story, I will find healing and
perhaps I can help someone
"I pray that my ordeal will
encourage us all to operate
effectively in the Bahamas and
indeed in the world," Ms
Thompson said.


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Down To! lwn! Nassau.]

No return to front-line

politics for McWeeney

FORMER Senator Cypri-
anna McWeeney has stated.
that she will never return to
front-line politics.
In an interview with The Tri-
bune, Mrs McWeeney said she
has no ambition to take anoth-
er government post, although
she "will continue to work 110
per cent for the PLP party and
support all Bahamians".
Speaking about her future,
Mrs McWeeney said: "I have
just partnered with Debbie
Bartlett of the CEO Network
and formerly Bartlett Com-
munications, that is now
Bartlett McWeeney Commu-
"We are focusing on public
relations, marketing, events
planning and productions".
The former senator also
spoke of the pair's recent
acquisition as the Bahamian
franchise of the popular Dud-

ley's HairProducts.
Mrs McWeeney said she and
Mrs Bartlett have several more
projects on the drawing board.
"With the PM's blessing, I
had to leave the Senate as we
are vying for several public
relations and marketing con-
tracts involving government
agencies, and this could have
been construed as a conflict of
interest. And this was an
opportunity I could not pass
on" she explained.
Mrs McWeeney is optimistic
that she "could better help the
Bahamian people" in her new
"I am one who forgets about
our country's political divide
and will work with anyone as
long as they want to positively
move the Bahamas forward"
she explained.
She said that although she
heard many rumours she has
no idea who will take her place
in the Senate.

Harbour Island locals hit

out over power problems

Tribune Staff Reporter
AFTER more than seven months of unreliable
power supply, residents of quaint and beautiful
Harbour Island are fed up and demanding answers
from the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC).
Locals say the island, which has been declared
the world's best island by Travel and Leisure mag-
azine, has been plagued by frequent power cuts
since January.
Almost everyday, and sometimes up to three
times a day the poiwer'on'Harbour Island has been
interrupted, they say.
The outages have been the cause of much
expense to the locals who have had to replace a
number of appliances due to the electrical surges.

"We have complained about the deplorable ser-
vice of electricity over here for sometime now.
Right now the power is off, and it goes out at all
hours of the day and night," said one resident.
"We can't get any answers. I have spoken to Mr
Rolle the local manager, who is now on vacation,
so while he is vacationing we are suffering," said
another resident.
Locals complain that their most basic of ameni-
ties, such as running water, are being affected by
the lack of proper, reliable electricity.
"I assure you this is really getting out of hand.
We can't even get water, but right now the island

has a lot of tourists, and we have to go through
these inhumane conditions, and calling BEC does
"If BEC would have the common decency to
call a town meeting to let us know what the prob-
lem is, and what they are trying to do to correct it;
instead of being left to assume what is going on.
They need to inform persons because this is ridicu-
lous," a local council member said.
The Minister of Works and Utilities Bradley
Roberts assured the locals that BEC is working
very hard to try and solve the problem. Echoing
these same sentiments, BEC general manager
Kevin Basden said that they have been aware for
some time of the difficulties that the residents of
Harbour Island are facing.
Mr Basden said that he could not confirm if
the outages were a result of the existing generators
being over worked to accommodate the new
resorts and marinas on the island.
He did state however that the outages are an old
problem and admitted that the corporation needs
to improve its service on the island.
"Yes we are aware that there has been
some challenges in regard to Harbour Island, and
we are taking some steps to alleviating that prob-
"A team of officers will heading down to Har-
bour Island this week to try and bring some relief
to the residents there.
"To us this is something that we definitely need
to address .. and we do need to improve our
service in that area," he said.


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TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2005 PAU L o

P 6T D J 125E B

Man pleads guilty

to possessing an

unlicenced firearm,


and marijuana

A TWENTY two-year-
old Deans Lane man
appeared in Magistrate's
Court yesterday to plead
guilty to weapons and drugs
Frederick Sawyer was
charged with possession of
an unlicenced firearm and
ammunition, as well as a
quantity of marijuana.
On Thursday July 14,
Sawyer was found in pos-
session of an unlicenced 12-
gauge Maverick shotgun
serial number MV 91286H
and five 12-gauge shotgun
shells, without being the
holder of a licence for
Sawyer was also in pos-
session of one gram of mar-
ijuana according to the pros-

Magistrate Carolita
Bethel sentenced Sawyer to
pay a $1,000 fine or serve
six months in prison for the
unlicenced firearm and
ammunition charges.
He was also ordered to
pay a $250 fine for the
drugs, or face A three-month..
prison sentence.
A 60-year-old man
pleaded not guilty to drug
charges yesterday.
Kenneth Roscoe Taylor
of Paradise Island was
allegedly found on July 16
in possession of seven grams
of marijuana with the intent
to supply it to another.
He was granted $5,000
bail with two sureties.

FIREFIGHTERS and volunteers
across the nation have been invited to
participate in a fire safety training camp in
New Providence this week.
The five-day training programme
kicked off yesterday, as fire officials from
the Family Islands arrived and got set-
tled in.
The National Emergency Management
Agency (NEMA) along with the US
Embassy have joined to sponsor this
In the opening ceremonies at the Police
... .Headquarters yesterday, US Embassy
Navy Liaison Zane Thomas said the
Bahamas' Fire Services are a model of
excellence in the region, and pledged his
government's commitment to help them
retain that position.
The disaster preparedness training com-
pany G and G Fire Protection Consul-
tants has been contracted to direct the
training courses.
Trainers George Florence, Karren Flo-
rence and Gerald McKellar expressed
their joy at being invited back to the
Bahamas, saying that it is a beautiful place

to work.
They were here in 2002 for Emergency
Medical Service (EMS) training.

"Some of the'
Family Islands aren't
equipped with the
necessary equipment
so we want them
to have enough
knowledge, in case
of an emergency,
they'd know how
to deal with it."
Carl Smith

The sessions will consist of: Basic fire
training, fire inspections and prevention,
hands-on fire fighting, evacuation, how

to use a fire extinguisher and hose and
an introduction to EMS.
NEMA National disaster co-ordinator
Carl Smith said after the training, a core
group will be established to train others.
"Some of the Family Islands aren't
equipped with the necessary equipment so
we want them to have enough knowledge,
in case of an emergency, they'd know how
to deal with it," Mr Smith explained.
"Some of the communities on the
islands are so small they don't need the
big trucks and equipment, but as they
grow and develop the fire service available
has to also develop with them."
Director of Fire Services Jeffrey Dele-
veaux said he is very concerned about the
lack of fire services on the Family Islands,
particularly in North and South Andros,
because of the recent fires on that Island.
Mr Deleveaux said fire trucks will be
dispatched to those communities as soon
as possible.
"You can never get too much training,"
Mr Deleveaux said. "We will always seize
the opportunity to get added knowledge."
The US Embassy covered the expenses
for flights, hotel arrangements, food and
transportation for participants.

Andros taxi drivers finding fares hard to come by

* By KRISTINA McNEIL vice the airport are now being
forced to drive to Central
TAXI drivers in Andros are Andros to find business.
finding fares increasingly hard "It's a pretty long way to
to come by after the San drive and that costs gas," said
Andros airport burned down. Carlos Saunders, who has his
The Tribune received infor- own taxi service in Andros.
mation yesterday morning that "Some drivers don't even
taxi drivers in North Andros bother coming down here
are suffering because of the because it's too far,",he said,
lack of visitor traffic after their referring to the Andros Town
airport was completely area.
destroyed by a fire, which Because drivers are being
police suspect was set inten- forced to work at otfer'air-.:.
tionally.por..,. ts to find business, pirob-
Taxi drivers that used toser "'lem arise when drivers arein

competition with each other
as to who should get which
fares first, said Mr Saunders.
Temporary facilities were
erected at the San Andros site
in time for the All Island
Andros Regatta over the
weekend, but only to receive
small charters.
The regatta was initially
postponed after the fire, but
it was decided that it should
go forward in an attempt to
boost the island's economy.
'"A lt of people came on
StIe bo ts andjthe, boats dock

at the harbour where the peo-
ple need to be, so there is no
business for taxi drivers there,"
Mr Saunders said. "People
don't like to fly the charters."
Mr Saunders informed The
Tribune that the temporary
airport was scheduled to cldse
yesterday afternoon "until. I
don't know when."
Minister of Labour and
Immigration Vincent Peet,
said he expects that taxi dri-
vers in the area will suffer as,
long as the airport remains

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Ministry has not discussed

relocation of students

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Ministry of Education
has not discussed relocating
North Eleuthera High School
students to another school,
despite ongoing complaints.
In an article appearing in
Monday's Tribune, several par-
ents said they are concerned
that their children will be at "a
severe disadvantage" by the end
of the school year because of
the weather conditions brought
on by hurricane season, which
makes travelling across the glass
windo, bridge impossible.

The parents said their chil-
dren have missed out on "weeks
of school at a time" in the past.
They are asking that the 16
Gregory Town students be
transferred from North
Eleuthera High to Lower
Bogue to attend Central
Eleuthera High School in Pal-
metto Point.

Diane Thompson, the
spokesperson for the parents,
had complained that the stu-
dents could not be expected to
function reasonably when their

attendance is unpredictable
because of circumstance beyond
their control.

Yesterday, Iris Pinder the
Director of Education told The
Tribune that she has not been
involved in any discussions at
the ministry regarding the issue.
She noted that the problem
that is an "old story" beginning
with Hurricane Michelle in
According to Mrs Pinder
when the ministry wanted to
relocate the students at that

time, some of the parents did
not agree with the decision.
She said that she was only
aware of the current situation
when she saw The Tribune's
story on Monday.
Mrs Pinder added that she is

unaware of any complaints
lodged by the local Parent-
Teacher Association regarding
the situation or the class-time
that the students may have
In this year's budget, govern-

menrt hs set aside $8.5 million
for the construction of a cause-
way to replace the Glass Win-
dow Bridge, which connects
North and South Eleuthera.
The bridge has been in a state
of disrepair for years.

Local government

workshop expanded

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE induction workshop for local government
officials held every year in New Providence is
being expanded.
. Minister of Local Government Alfred Gray
announced that over the next year, the ministry
will work carry a version of the training exercise
to the Family Islands.
Speaking at this year's workshop, Mr Gray
encouraged local officials to incorporate the val-
ue of integrity into the conduct of the people's
He told them that as they serve the people,
dignity, integrity, equity, transparency and effi-
ciency should always be the "hallmarks" of their
every undertaking.
The workshop is being held at the Wyndham
Beach Resort hotel, under the theme: "Compe-
tence, integrity, commitment prerequisites for
"The legislative framework under which you

operate has delegated to you some responsibility
for governance in your local communities. The
central government expects, and rightly so,that
you do so, without unreasonable compromise,"
said Mr Gray.

Mr Gray told the participants of the four day
workshop when it is over they ought to be able to
deal more effectively with the many tasks that
confront them.
He added that the skills they learn
should fundamentally strengthen local govern-
ment, to the benefit of all the communities it
"I hold firmly the view that the central gov-
ernment agencies have a responsibility to include
administrators, family island councils and com-
mittee members, in discussions, which could lead
to the establishment of programmes and small
scale developments in the various districts," said
Mr Gray.

Tribune Freeport
Mile Rock man facing
firearm and ammunition
possession charges was
granted $10,000 bail fol-
lowing his arraignment in
Freeport Magistrate's
Court on Monday.
Elvardo Russell, 26, of
Russell Town, appeared
before Magistrate Subu
LaSalle in Court Two.
He pleaded not guilty
to possession of a 9mm
Smith and Wesson pistol
and eight live rounds of
9mm ammunition on July
17 at Club Amnesia.
Russell, who was
released on $10,000
bail with one surety, is
expected to return to
court on December 12 for
In other court mat-
ters, four persons were
also charged with posses-

sion of firearm an.d
Jason Martin, 22, Ervin
Russell, 22, and Shonique
Knowles, 20, of Freeport,
and Jayve Martin, 20, of
Eight Mile Rock, were
charged with possession
of a .380 pistol with 11
rounds of .380 ammuni-
It is alleged that on July
14, police on mobile
patrol at Pinder's Point
discovered the pistol and
a clip of ammunition dur-
ing a search of a 1996
Buick Century vehicle
occupied by the four
accused persons.
K Brian Hanna repre-
sented Martin, Russell
and Knowles. Kwasi
Thompson and Edwin
Knowles represented
They all pleaded not
guilty to the charges and
were each granted $7,000
bail with one surety. The
matter was adjourned to
November 9 for trial.

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repaired Grand Bahama sooner'

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT A Human Rights
activist believes that a NEMA branch
with its own financial resources in
Grand Bahama could have effected
repairs on the island in a quicker time
than central government.
Joseph Darville, vice-president of
the Grand Bahama Human Rights
Association, is very concerned that a
repeat of last year could spell doom
and gloom again for thousands on
Grand Bahama.
And wth an active hurricane season

threatening the region again, he said
that there is a major amount of work
still to be completed on the island.
Last September, Grand Bahama
was struck by two devastating hurri-
canes which caused major destruction
to homes and.businesses.
The National Emergency Manage-
ment Agency (NEMA), which deals
with events of natural disaster in the
Bahamas, has collected millions in
donations from the private sector and
the international community to assist
with hurricane relief and restoration.
Over the past nine months, NEMA
has spent $7.8 million on restoration in

Grand Bahama. An additional $4 mil-
lion is earmarked to complete the
work remaining, particularly at West


Mr Darville noted that almost a year
later and in another hurricane season,
there is yet to be any public accounting
for money collected.
"Even banks which deal with bil-
lion-dollar accounting can provide cor-
rect accounting to thousands of the
individual customers on a daily basis.

Why, then, should it take government,
with a multitude of personnel and
resources at hand, a year to account
for a few million dollars?" he asked.
Mr Darville said Grand Bahama and
most of the major islands where local
government agencies exist, can run
their own affairs.
"Currently, due to the inability or
ineptitude of central government,
there is still a major amount of work
yet to be done and hurricanes are
again threatening," he said.
He added that a Grand Bahama
branch of the NEMA, once given its
fair share of restoration funds, could

have effected total repairs on Grand
Bahama in five months or less.
Minister of National Insurance and
Housing Shane Gibson said the gov-
ernment was in the process of prepar-
ing legislation to take the parliament
which would properly constitute
NEMA into a self-sufficient agency.
"Hopely during the next legislative
session of parliament you should see a
bill tailored in parliament that would
really give NEMA the kind of
resources that it needs to make it effec-
tive in times of these types of events,
such as hurricanes or any sort of
national disaster," he said. i

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nessman from Fox Hill. He ran
a restaurant and tavern, known
simply as 'Ed White's Bar' on
Step Street, Fox Hill.
Before his death, he made it
known that he wished for his
remains to be committed to the
waters off his native Exuma.
On Saturday his wife and
family were joined for the
committal ceremony by the MP
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THE Ministry of Social Ser-
vices yesterday announced a
partnership with the Disabled
Persons Organisation to
address the protection of dis-
abled persons' rights.
At a press conference yes-
terday morning, Social Ser-
vices Minister Melanie Grif-
fin said the partnership
address would seek to address
issues related to the United
Nations Convention on the
Protection and Promotion of
the Rights and Dignity of Per-
sons with Disabilities.
A roundtable discussion will
take place, that will require a
"dramatic shift in the attitudes
and thinking of persons local-
ly, regionally and internation-
ally," Mrs Griffin said.
"Therefore the Bahamas
must embrace the opportunity
to make their views known on
the development of this new
UN convention."
The Bahamas Permanent
Mission to the UN will pre-
sent information at the UN
Ad Hoc Meeting scheduled
for August 1-12, 2005.
Just last month a working
group began reviewing draft
legislation prepared by the
Attorney General's office for
persons with disabilities.


0 By Bahamas Information Services
OFFICIALS from the local and inter-
national chapters of the Girls' Brigade
movement on Thursday paid a courtesy
call on Ann Percentie-Russell, Parlia-
mentary Secretary in the Office of the
Prime Minister in Grand Bahama.
Visiting official Verna Wright was
accompanied by Minette Cooper, presi-
dent of the Grand Bahama Council of
the Girls' Brigade; Yvonne McDonald,
acting commandant of the Girls' Brigade
on Grand Bahama; Keishanne Moss of
the Coral Road St John's 7th Company,
and Zhane McDonald, of the 7th Com-
pany of the Girls' Brigade, St John's
Native Baptist Church, Coral Road.
Mrs Wright is the chairperson of the
Caribbean Fellowship of Girls' Brigade
and the international vice president of

* SOCIAL Services Minister Melanie Griffin (centre) speaks to press members Monday.
(BIS Photo)

The draft was based on
information gathered at sym-
posiums of persons with dis-
abilities, their families and
caregivers in New Providence
and Grand Bahama, said Ms
Floyd Morris, the Minister
of State in the Ministry of

Labour and Social Security in
Jamaica, will be the principle
presenter at the roundtable
Ms Griffin met with Mr
Morris at a ministerial confer-

ence in Jamaica in May 2004
and was "impressed by his
wealth of knowledge and
devotion to the needs of per-
sons with disabilities.
"Senator Morris was indeed
a gracious host," said Ms Grif-

Brigade officials visit

Girls' Brigades for the Caribbean and
the Americas.
Mrs Percentie-Russell spoke about the
history and aims of the Girls' Brigade,
which, she said, "calls upon girls to
become followers of the Lord Jesus Christ
and, through self-control, reverence and
a sense of responsibility, and to find true
enrichment in life", which she said was
especially important to girls.
She welcomed Mrs Wright, who is from
Mrs Wright, the international vice pres-
ident of the Girls' Brigade movement,
said: "I would like to thank you Madam
Parliamentary Secretary for welcoming
us to your office," and thanked president
Minette Cooper, acting commandant
McDonald for welcoming her to Grand
She said that she is in the Bahamas to

chair the fellowship meeting of the
Caribbean and Americas Girls' Brigade
which is comprised of 22 countries.
"This is our annual meeting and the
Bahamas has kindly consented to host
us. So I am visiting the Bahamas for that
purpose, and of course, embracing the
opportunity to visit Grand Bahama to
see how Girls' Brigade is progressing here
and, to encourage the officers and the
girls here.
"As you have said, our aim is to help
girls to become christians, and we want to
empower our girls to be successful young
women, to lead useful lives, as we work
through our four-part programme spir-
itual, educational, service and physical.
"We believe in a sound mind and a
sound body, and teaching good morals
to our girls to bring them up to be good
women," said Mrs Wright.

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Winchester Street, Palmdale
on Tuesday will be held at
Calvary Bible Church, Collins
Ave on Tuesday July 19th, 2005
at 2:30 pm. Burial will be in
Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier
Road. Pastor Tommy Albury,
Pastor Allen Lee, Brother Alec Pinder will officiate.
Memories will forever linger in the hearts of his loving wife,
Ivy Carey; two daughters, Jenyne Roberts and Olivia Carey;
parents, Edward and Virginia Carey; two sisters, Valerie
Cosh and Renee Pinder; one son-in-law, Anthony G
Roberts; brothers-in-law, Fred Cosh, Derek Pinder, Telford
Roberts, Junior Roberts, Billy Roberts;Philip Roberts,
Michael Roberts, Christopber RQberts, LaryLowe,. Laveme
Bethel; sisters-in-law, Ivamae Roberts, Esther Bethel, Mary
Newbold, Helen Tynes, Una Lowe, Judy Roberts, Lisa
Roberts (wife of Billy), Lisa Roberts (wife of Michael),
Pamela Roberts; one uncle, Godfrey Pinder; four aunts,
Viola Thorpe, Adell Pinder, Belle Lowe, Lurie Albury; nine
cousins, 11 nephews, nine nieces, eight grand nephews,
two grandnieces and many other relatives and friends.
Friends may pay their last respects at Pinders Funeral
Home, Palmdale Ave, Palmdale on Monday, July 18th,
2005 from 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm.
The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to
the many relatives, friends and colleagues for their ceaseless
love and support. Your telephone calls, visits, expressions
of kindness and prayers have been greatly appreciated.

We would especially like to thank Dr John Lunn and Staff,
Nurse Butler at PMH Oncology Dept, the Staff at the
Radiation Center, Doctors and Nurses at Doctor's Hospital,
Dr Ian Kelly and Nurses, Gibson, Curry, Cooper, Miller,
Russell, Bethel, Cox and Pinder and the Cancer Society
of the Bahamas.
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THE historic $1.7 million industrial
agreement signed between the gov-
ernment and the Bahamas Air Traffic
Controllers Union signals the first step
towards the formation of a Civil Avi-
ation Authority, said Minister of
Transport and Aviation Glenys Han-
The minister's announcement was
made at the contract signing ceremony
at the Ministry of Labour and Immi-
It was also the 42nd industrial con-
tract signed by Minister of Labour and
Immigration Vincent Peet in three
The agreement, the first for Bahami-
an air traffic controllers and which
took 10 years to conclude, also signals
the beginning of the overhaul of the
Civil Aviation Department, Minister
Hanna-Martin said.
"We are now looking at the forma-
tion of a Civil Aviation Authority and
improving the working conditions for
air traffic controllers.
"Also budgeted is the creation of a
recreation room for staff who work
very long hours," Mrs Hanna-Martin
said. "So we have struck new ground."
The Ministry of Transport and Avi-
ation was supported, by Minister of
Labour and Immigration Vincent Peet
and Minister of Foreign Affairs and
the Public Service Fred Mitchell,
whose ministries provided technical
advice during the negotiations.
Also present were Roscoe Perpall,
president of the Air Traffic Controllers
Union and his executives, and officials

from the Department of Labour.
"I am grateful to the union for the
show of good faith that has been con-
sistently shown throughout the entire
process," Mrs Hanna-Martin said.
"This is one that begins the process
of recognition of the conditions and
standards of work of a category of per-
sonnel in our country who are engaged
in the control of air traffic services,
who I have come to truly admire and
respect in terms of the kind of hours
they put in and the kind of complexi-
ty involved in their work, and indeed
the very stressful conditions they work
The minister said the agreement
moves the Bahamas forward in the
area of civil aviation. She commended
the union for its co-operation and
goodwill shown during the process and
the collaboration on other matters that
have impacted civil aviation.
"I believe it begins a partnership
that will be enduring, that will be pro-
gressive, and which will endure to the
overall development and advancement
of civil aviation in this country," Mrs
Hanna-Martin said.
About 70 air traffic controllers
would benefit from the five-year
agreement, which is retroactive to
The industrial agreement also pro-
vides for a salary package for con-
trollers, including a 20-plus per cent
increase, new salary scales for major-
ity staff, and. some of the long-term
procedures and practices unique to
the air traffic environment.

* VINCENT Peet, Glenys Hanna-Martin and Fred Mitchell at the signing last week

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Inmates celebrate

day with families

FAMILY and friends of
inmates at Her Majesty's
Prison, Fox Hill, got a chance
to celebrate the Indepen-
dence holiday with their
loved ones "even if just for a
few hours" when the prison
hosted its first National Pride
Day at the comr ound.,I
The festivities were part of
national celebrations
throughout The Bahamas
leading up to Independence
Day, which was observed on
Monday, July 11.
Inmates from the male
Minimum and Medium Secu-
rity sections and the Female
Prison sang and danced to
applause and cheers from the
visitors, administrators and
staff members of the prison.
The inmates also partici-
pated in an intense and high-
ly competitive speech com-
petition held under the
theme: "Of thee Bahamas,
nevertheless I sing," and end-
ed the day with a junkanoo
rush-out much to the delight
of their guests.
Superintendent of Prisons
Dr Elliston Rahming said the
celebrations were held to
help instill a sense of nation-
al pride in the inmates. He
said while the administration
will be criticised for "making
the prison fun" as a result of
the celebrations, the criticism
"will come from people with
small minds."
. "The fact of the matter is
that if I have pride in myself
and my country, that ought
to contribute to me being a
peace-loving, law-abiding cit-

izen and that's the point,"
said Dr Rahming.
"If we can get every inmate
in here to find a greater rea-
son to be; a reason to feel
good about themselves, then
we would have done our jobs
bcbeause if they feel good
about themselves, then they,
ought to feel good about oth-
ers and if they respect them-
selves, then they ought to
respect others," he said.
The day began with flag
raising ceremonies that were
performed by the Prison
Honour Guard. Guests were
then welcomed to the festivi-
ties by the Prison Cheerlead-
ing Squad comprising inmates
of the female prison, before
being treated to an exciting
series of performances by the
combined Prison Mass Choir.
The choir members were
outfitted in the colours of the
Bahamian flag, courtesy of
the officers and inmates of
the prison tailor shop, who
used the opportunity to show-
case their sewing and design
Other inmates performed
skits, participated in a
quadrille and recited poetry,
among other events.
"A lot of people on both
ends really put in a lot of
effort to ensure that today
was perfect and the families
and friends of the inmates
had a lot of fun and so I
would say that it was very,
very successful," said
Sergeant Samuel Duvalier,
chairman of the Special
Events Committee at the

Prison, which organised the
"There were many long
days and nights rehearsing-
the choir and the dancers and,.
getting the cultural aspect of ,
it together, including the past",
ing of the costumes for the
junkanoo rush out, but with
the help of Principal Officer
Sarah Gardiner, members of
the committee and the
inmates themselves, we were
able to get it done," Sgt
Duvalier added.
He said the day proved
that there are many talented
and highly skilled individuals
incarcerated at the prison,
and shows that the prison
administration is on the right
track with its new focus on
"It is very, very important
that we continue upon the
path we have embarked upon
with regards to rehabilitation
because we have very talent-
dd, skillful and some highly
intelligent people incarcerat-
ed here, and so there is a
need to get them involved in
positive activities so that they
can channel all that intelli-
gence and skill into positive
areas and not negative ones
such as crime," Sgt Duvalier
"It is important for people
to realise that many of these
persons will return to society,
and so it is our duty to do
what we can to turn them
around so that they can be
better husbands, better fami-
ly members when they return
to society," he added.

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PAGE 10, TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2005

John Morley passes away at 72

FROM page one
Mr Morley possessed a keen sense for
business, working in his family's Har-
bour View Guest House on West Bay
Street before launching out on his
In 1965 he formed a real estate part-
nership, Morley and O'Brien, special-
ising in residential and commercial
sales throughout the Bahamas. Later
the firm was merged with McPherson
and Brown, the leading Bahamian real
estate company, to form Real Estates
Sales and Rentals (Bahamas) Limit-
ed, a complete brokerage and proper-
ty management company.
Together the partners contributed
substantially to real estate develop-
ment in the Bahamas.
They invested in New Providence
and the Family Islands, particularly in
Harbour Island, Long Island and

Rose Island, off Paradise Island.
Mr Morley continued on his entre-
preneurial journey as he and his two
partners formed Brown, Morley and
Smith Real Estate in the 1980's.
Together they concentrated on the
development of two subdivisions,
Westridge Estates and South
Westridge. The partners were particu-
larly proud of this development as
almost every lot was sold to Bahamians.
Mr Morley developed several com-
mercial properties, including Norfolk
House, Independence Shopping Centre
and Green Shutters in New Providence.
His spirit for adventure soon led
him to commercial property manage-
ment. His latest achievement came
through his partnership in the Mall of
Mr Morley will be remembered for
many things, including his involvement
in the Bahamas Chamber of Com-

merce. He was a contributing member
of the Chamber from 1969, serving as
president from 1975 to 1977 and con-
tinuing on the Board of Directors from
1975 to 1991.
Described as a compassionate per-
son, Mr Morley was an "outstanding"
Rotarian and a supporter of many local
groups, including the Salvation Army,
BASRA, the Bahamas National Trust
and the Bahamas Historical Society.
He was a past commodore of the Roy-
al Nassau Sailing Club, past president
of The Nassau Rotary Club, past pres-
ident of St Andrews Society and past
president of the Bahamas Angling
Mr Turnquest also praised Mr Mor-
ley, who for many years served on the
FNM's Finance Committee, as a "faith-
ful and devoted FNM who worked at
all levels to assist the party, both as
government and opposition, in its

efforts to achieve a better Bahamas."
"On a personal basis, Mr Morley
took a keen interest in my political
development over the past 24 years,
and he has been a strong and generous
"He was always sincere and he
spoke with the conviction of his beliefs.
I will dearly miss him," Mr Turnquest
Mr Morley was the younger of two
sons of Mr and Mrs George Morley.
His elder brother, Peter, predeceased
him when still a child. His father,
George S Morley was a former Chief
Executive Officer for Pan American
World Airways and before that an Out
Island Commissioner. His mother, Mrs
Madge Saunders Morley owned and
operated Harbour View Guest House.
His grandfather, Rev Saunders, was
the rector of St Matthew's Anglican

Mr Morley was a graduate with a
BA degree from Trinity College in
Hartford, Connecticut.
Mr Morley is survived by his wife,
Diane Cole Morley, his daughters, Ann
Morley Carmel, Janet Morley Lovely
and Tara and Sarah Morley and his
son, David Morley. He was prede-
ceased by his daughter, Deborah Mor-
ley. He is also survived by his sons-in-
law, Jeffrey Carmel and Rod Lovely,
daughter-in-law, Susan Morley, and
grandchildren, Alexandra Carmel, Jay
and Chase Carmel, Morgan Lovely,
Emily, Laura and Peter Morley, his
mother-in-law, Mrs Marion Cole, and
his in-laws, Hugh and Linda Pritchard,
Denis and Nikki Cole, Peter and
Phillippa Cole, Brock and Annabel
Cole, James Cole and numerous
nephews and nieces.
Funeral services will be announced

Two men found dead during manhunt

FROM page one
police, both bodies were
found floating on the Exuma'
shoreline one day apart.
The first discovery was made
sometime on Saturday when
officers found a male of dark
complexion dressed in short
pants and a T-shirt without foot
A second and similar discov-
ery was made by police at the
same location sometime on
Sunday. The dark skinned male
was also clad in short pants, a T-

shirt and was barefoot.
Vernon Burrows, Director of
Immigration, told The Tribune
yesterday that most of the
immigrants found in Exuma are
now being processed along with
104 additional Haitian nationals
- 30 on Inagua and 74 at the
Carmichael Road Detention
The entire lot are expected
to be repatriated later this week.
Responding to the pressures
of consistently repatriating large
numbers of immigrants flock-
ing to the Bahamas, Mr Bur-

rows said: "It is very taxing for
our Immigration system, but we
no longer treat it as a crisis,
because this is something we
have been dealing with for more
than forty years."
Mr Burrows said that "as long
as the situation in Haiti remains
the same, we will continue to
be faced with immigration prob-
lems in the Bahamas."
The two bodies were flown
to Nassau on Monday for an
Investigations into both
drownings are continuing.

CBB suspends bank and

trust licence of Leadenhall

FROM page one
a statement on the Central
Bank's website read Monday.
The release said: "The Cen-
tral Bank of the Bahamas has
suspended the bank and trust
licence of its licensee Leaden-
hall Bank and Trust Company
Limited pursuant to section
18(2) and 18(4) of the Banks
and Trust Companies Regula-

tion Act, 2000, with effect from
the 18th July 2005, for a period
of ninety days or such shorter
period as shall be determined.
"The Central Bank of the
Bahamas has appointed Mr
Craig A Gomez as Receiver of
Leadenhall Bank and Trust
Company Limited pursuant to
section 18(1)(f) of the Banks
and Trust. Companies Regula-
tion Act, 2000 with effect from

18th July 2005. Mr Gomez is
authorised to assume control of
Leadenhall's affairs in the inter-
est of its creditors and to exer-
cise all the powers of a Receiv-
er under the Companies Act,
"The Central Bank has taken
these actions to protect the
interests of depositors of this
licensee," the release said.
See Business.

Judge's criticism of

lawyer's behviour in

double murder trial

FROM page one
Chief Justice Hall pointed out that her sub-
poena said she should be available to the court
throughout the case until excused by the judge.
As Miss Ward began to give testimony, she
told the court that her six-year-old daughter,
Kenya, is the daughter of the accused, Smith.
However, as prosecutor Jacqueline Forbes-
Foster tried to put more questions to the wit-
ness, Chief Justice Hall asked: "How is any of
this admissible?"
Failing to give the judge a satisfactory
answer, Mrs Forbes-Foster was severely crit-
icised by him.
He expressed concern that evidence that
was "irrelevant and inadmissible was sought to
be led, but more importantly on the applica-
tion of the Crown, this young lady had spent
the weekend in custody.
"That is an abuse of your authority as an
officer in the office of the Attorney General
and an officer of the court and I intend to
make a report to the Bar Council. This is

inexcusable, inexcusable," he said.
After the mid-morning break, Chief Justice
Hall had checked his records and told the
court that it was Mrs Forbes-Foster's senior,
Albertha Bartlett, who had signed the appli-
cation for Miss Ward's arrest and that she
would be the one he would report to the Bar
Ms Bartlett is sharing the brief in this case
and appears with Mrs Forbes-Foster.
Chief Justice Hall told the prosecutors that
he had warned them on several occasions
about the relevance of the testimonies of their
witnesses. He adjourned early last week, advis-
ing counsel to review their case after he had to
question the relevance and admissibility of
several witnesses called by the Crown.
He apologised to the witness on behalf of
the State as she was "detained unnecessarily"
for three days.
Miss Ward was told that she may wish to
seek counsel in view of the situation. He
expressed regret at having signed the warrant
for her arrest.

Lawyer asks leave to appeal

in Samuel Knowles case

FROM page one
a ruling made by Justice Hugh
Small in June, 2004 that
Knowles was being unlawfully
detained. A writ of habeas cor-
pus had been issued on the
grounds that Knowles' case had
been prejudiced.
US president George Bush
had designated Knowles a "for-

eign narcotics kingpin." Justice
Small saw this as "substantial
grounds" for concluding that
Knowles would not receive a
fair trial if extradited to the
United States. If allowed to
stand, Justice Small's ruling
would have meant that the
authorities would have had to
have released Knowles from

In May of this year, however
Appeal Court Justices Joan
Sawyer, Maurice Churaman
and Milton Ganpatsingh over-
turned Justice Small's decision
after ruling that hedid not have
jurisdiction to hear the matter.
Mr Minnis, one of Knowles'
lawyers, now intends to appeal
the Appeal Courts decision to
the Privy Council.

Minister 'has not given

us enough evidence'

FROM page one
Despite Mr Miller's assur-
ances that he signed the oil
agreement with Venezuela with
the support of the Cabinet, Mr
Laing claimed that in his opin-
ion the minister has not been
able to produce sufficient proof
to back this up.
"Nothing in Minister Miller's
statements supports the fact
that he had Cabinet approval
and was authorised to sign the
PetroCaribe agreement. What
he should have done was to
refer to the date of the specific
Cabinet meeting and the con-
clusion that of that meeting. He
did not do that," he said.
Mr Laing further criticised
the fact that no other Cabinet
minister has spoken up to con-
firm Mr Miller's comments.
"Perhaps he could have had
the prime minister comment on
the issue, or a least one of his
fellow Cabinet ministers," he
Mr Laing also said he found it
strange that Foreign Affairs
Minister Fred Mitchell last
week said that it would be inap-
propriate for him to comment
on the issue as PetroCaribe is in
the purview of Mr Miller.
"No international agreement
is under the purview of a sin-
gle minister, except for maybe
the prime minister. There has
to be Cabinet approval. Why
did Mr Mitchell not just have

given a straight answer and sim-
ply said that that Mr Miller had
the approval of the Cabinet,"
he said.
The comments by the foreign
affairs minister, said Mr Laing,
leads people to believe that Mr
Miller could have entered into
the agreement without approval.
If so, he said, "this creates a
troubling scenario for the coun-
The Bahamas last month
signed on to the PetroCaribe
agreement, the brainchild of
Venezuelan president of Hugo
The agreement is designed to
reduce the effects of high oil
prices in the region by enabling
Venezuela to sell crude oil and
petroleum products to
Caribbean countries at conces-
sionary rates.
However, following the sign-
ing, analysts raised concerns
that the agreement, with not
only populist Chavez, but also
Cuba's Fidel Castro as signato-
ries, may damage the Bahamas'
relationship with the United
International analysts further
pointed out that the language
contained within the agreement
suggests that PetroCaribe is
only the first step towards the
creation of the Bolivarian Alter-
native for the Americas
(ALBA), an alternative to the
US-supported Free Trade Area
of the Americas (FTAA).

Addressing the statement
made by Mr Miller to The Tri-
bune on Sunday that the United
States also obtains 40 per cent
its fuel from Venezuela, Mr
Laing said that the minister fails
to understand the criticism lev-
elled at PetroCaribe.
"Mr Miller absolutely misses
the point, if the Bahamas simply
purchases oil from Venezuela
for a cheaper price, just like the
United States does, then that
would not be an issue. The
problem is when the Bahamas
signs an agreement which has
as its basis a regional agreement
which undermines an alterna-
tive agreement supported by
our major ally. Thisis what
expresses antagonism and sig-
nals a shift in our foreign poli-'
cy," he said.
Mr Laing said that in his
opinion Mr Miller does not
understand the broader context
of the agreement and its poten-
tial effects on the Bahamas' for-
eign policy.
"It seems like he doesn't read
what he signs," he remarked.
Regarding the trade and
industry minister's statement
that the PetroCaribe critics are
attempting to drive a wedge
between the Bahamas and the
US, Mr Laing said:
"Critics can't drive a wedge,
the only thing which can do that
is the Bahamas' foreign policy
and the critics are simply raising

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Rose the manta

ray is released

into the wild

ROSE, a long-term Atlantis resident who
weighs in at more than a thousand pounds, has
left the resort after a two-year stay.
But it has not been a case of serious overeating.
Rose is .the resort's prizewd manta ray, and is
being released into the Atlantic Ocean.
Last Friday morning Rose was carefully placed
in a secured harness, then hoisted into the air by

a helicopter and lowered into the ocean. Atlantis
team members stationed nearby in boats in the
ocean assisted in her release from the harness.
Michelle Liu, Vice President of Water Fea-
tures said, "It was critical that our team acquire a
new manta because we knew that we had to
release Rose as she had out grown her exhibit in
the Ruins Lagoon. The manta ray is a signature

animal for Atlantis, in that so many visitors come
back year after year to view this magnificent crea-
Fortunately, the Water Features staff was able
to find a replacement for Rose earlier this week.
Discovered off the coast of Rose Island on
Wednesday afternoon, Zeus weighs 256 pounds
and is seven feet and seven and a half inches

long. Zeus will be prominently displayed in the
Ruins Lagoon, where he will be viewed by mil-2
lions of visitors to Atlantis.
Atlantis is the only facility in the western hemi-
sphere to successfully feature a manta ray. Once
the habitat becomes too small for ever-growing.
species, animals like the manta ray and tiger
shark are released back into the wild.

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Fiscal deficit may be just 2.2-2.3%

Tribune Business Editor
THE Government has com-
pleted a project with Royal
Bank of Canada that will allow
taxpayers to use debit and cred-
it cards to pay taxes at a number
* of agencies, cutting down on
potential fraud and wastage
through minimising the amount
of cash in the system.
The disclosure came as James

Smith, minister of state for
finance, said yesterday that the
GFS fiscal deficit measure for
2004-2005 was likely to have
dropped to around 2.2-2.3 per
cent of GDP, due largely to bet-
ter than anticipated revenue
collection and administration.
This was a major improve-
ment on the 2004-2005 Budget's
projection of a 2.8 per cent or
$163 million fiscal deficit, and
upon the revised 2.4 per cent

S* FRED Mitchell addressing the Exuma Chamber of Commerce


abounds for Exuma


Migration and infrastructure two key

challenges to manage, says minister,

as FffouSeasons and possible Ritz-

Carlton drive economy

Tribune Business Editor
BUDDING Bahamian entre-
preneurs "must" exploit Exu-
ma's growing economy to pro-
vide social and night-time activ-
ities for both tourists and locals,
the minister of foreign affairs
said. He added that the island's
challenge was to maximise the
benefits while managing change.
Addressing the inauguration
of the Exuma Chamber. of
Commerce, Fred Mitchell said
the Government was interest-
ed in ensuring that "the tradi-
tional Exumian" benefited from
the economic benefits generat-
ed by the Four Seasons Emer-
ald Bay Resort and other major
investment projects that were
taking place.
The Tribune understands that
a resort branded under the Ritz-
Carlton brand name is planned
for Exuma, while other invest-
ments already underway include
Grand Isle Villas and the Crab
bay resort.
Mr Mitchell said native Exu-
mians should be able to share in
the economic growth as both
employees and employers,
pointing out that "there must

be opportunity" in the demand
of Four Seasons guests for more
nighttime and social activities.
Mr Mitchell told the Exuma
Chamber of Commerce: "The
new growth Will demand better
service in restaurants and other
points of the distribution of
goods and services. New banks
are coming to cope with the
increasing demands and invest-
ment opportunities.
"At Emerald Bay, which has.
been the catalyst for much of the
growth, one of those observa-
tions made is that there is a need
for a greater variety of social
activities on the island so that
guests will feel that once they
had a good time during the day,
that there is some variety of oth-
er things to do at night. The need
for a wider variety of social activ-
ities must also apply to the local
population as well. There must
be movie houses, nightspots, the-
atres and social clubs."
To help Bahamian companies
and entrepreneurs access capi-
tal, the foreign minister said the
Bank of the Bahamas Interna-
tional was establishing a branch
in Exuma, while the Bahamas
SEE page 7B

or $142 million deficit forecast
in the 2005-2006 Budget.
Mr Smith said he could not
give a certain figure for the fis-
cal deficit or how government
expenditure had fared in com-

'Protracted trial'

Tribune Business Editor
THE Supreme Court yester-
day said the .18-month injunqj-
tion placed on the credit card
deposits of Leadenhall Bank
and Trust's former MasterCard
clients was to protect them, not
prevent their return, and said a
"protracted trial" in the dis-
pute involving an estimated $33
million in funds "may very well
be avoided".
In response to several
reports carried by Tribune
Business on the case, presiding
Supreme Court Justice, Faisool
Mohammed, yesterday gave
this newspaper a press release
agreed by both parties involved
in the litigation to clarify sev-
eral aspects of the case and
deal with concerns raised by
The parties involved in the
litigation are Bahamas-based
Leadenhall Bank and Trust,
and FirstFinancial Caribbean
Trust Company, which is locat-

Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas Employers
Confederation's (BECon)
president yesterday said the
Employment Act, which
restricts Bahamian workers
aged between 14-18 to just

parison to Budget projections,
as his Ministry of Finance team
was currently engaged on an
expenditure assessment project.
However, he said total rev-
enues for 2004-2005 had come

in at $1.050 billion, just off on
Budget forecasts of $1.052 bil-
Mr Smith indicated that rev-
enue collections could have
exceeded projections if it had

not been for the "worse-than-
expected" September and Octo-
ber performances due to Hurri-
canes Frances and Jeanne. This,
SEE page 3B

may be avoidedst Faa ribbon Trust Co.and

it has come to the courts attention that certain si
ed in Turks and Caicos, as. in the press inrespect of the case i Certolv inrin n fomani C ibhasbcn T ppr ng
aintifinvolving First anaCaribbean Trust Co. and
plaintiff. Leadenhall Bank an Trust Co. which do not reflect a ue picture of the proceedings thus
In the release, Justice far, have therefore invited the Business Editor of theTribune newspaper in which such
sion given" that id the 'injmpres- rpos were appearing not to lay blame on anyone but in order to correct such
sion given" that the injunc- insinfoar aion.
tion issued by the court was
hindering cardholders from
receiving refunds of their Firstlytheimpressionhasbeengiventhataninjunction hasbeenissuedbytheourt
deposits was "totally untrue". herebyhinderingcardholders fromreceivingrefunds oftheirdeposits. 11sisistotallyuntrue.
The statement said: "If the If te pa s to the action were so minded they could settle their dispute and refund
parties to the action were SO cardhdes' deposits immediately, without recourse to a trial In the meantime, the
minded they could settle their injunction is in place to protect cardholders' deposits, not to prevent their refnid.
dispute and refund cardholders'
deposits immediately, without Secondly,ithasbeenreportedthatthecourttista rdina ngoft to
recourse to a trial. In the mean- render judgment. This again is unte since there has yet to be a trial. ll prelimna
time, the injunction is in place to matters so far have taken place in chambers. Since the parties ra unale to agree as to who
protect cardholders' deposits, presently holds these deposits expert accountaint' evidence wll berequired to determine
not to prevent their refund." this isSue. The courthas beenif dthtacountnts haveeene benged in this eerne
The release handed to Tri- nthe outcomesaprotracted trial m ay veeeegagedithiexercie
bune Business by Justice aprot a verywellbe aoided.
Mohammed said statements Lasatn tn
Mohammed said statements Lastly, it hasbeen reported that the courthasmadeitdiffscuhtoobtain infoonaticn
that the court was taking "an onthepfrogressoftieaininfornation
inordinate length of timofe to e thSinceall proceedingsofarhave been in Chamberswhichisnot
inordinate length of time to Open to the public it was decided by the lawyers and the cort that all infornatiom to bc-
render a judgment" were again ydepublic must be agreed to by the parties in order to prevent isi atinbe-
untrue because no trial had yet
taken place. s no gagoninformaton ". Teor
The statement, said: "All pre-
liminary matters so far have I trust that in future lawyers and litigants who give out information to
court proceedings will ensure that an accurate and fair account of such proceedings aress on
SEE page 3B given." proceeds e
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working in five job categories
during night-time hours, could
be responsible for the relative-
ly high youth unemployment
level uncovered by a govern-
ment survey.
Brian Nutt said the Act,
passed in 2001 by the former
FNM administration in its

efforts to comply with the
International Labour Organi-
sation's (ILO) convention on a
minimum age for workers,
restricted those aged between
14-18 to only working during
the night house in hotels,
restaurants, food stores, gen-
eral merchandise stores and

gas stations. They are also
unable to work overtime.
Mr Nutt said this made it
"very difficult" for teenagers
in that age group, who had just
graduated from high school and
were looking for employment
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Reform urgently needed on

social security 'time-bomb"

I noted with much inter-
est the comments of a
newspaper columnist
last week. She said the
Government seemed to
not see the importance of hav-
ing modem pension legislation
on the books to govern and reg-
ulate private pension schemes
until mismanagement has been
proven. I have much difficulty
in believing this to be the offi-
cial position.
In 2004, the UK passed a new
Pensions Act, which among oth-
er things created a new regula-
tory body called The Pensions
Regulator, which commenced
business on April 6, 2005. The
UK Act has the following broad
To protect the benefits of
pension schemes.
To reduce the risk of situa-
tions arising that may lead to
claims for compensation under
the Pension Protection Fund.
To promote good adminis-
tration of pension schemes.

In addition to the above, a
fundamental social philosophy

of policymakers should be to
expand the national coverage
rates in pension programmes.
The seventh Actuarial Report
of the Bahamas' National Insur-
ance Fund, which was released
in February 2003, revealed sig-
nificant challenges ahead for
the National Insurance Fund if
major changes were not made
to its structure. This in turn led
to the appointment of a Social
Security Reform Commission
to study the implications of the
actuarial report and make rec-
ommendations regarding its sus-
tainability. The Commission,
through its chairman, has called
for pension legislation among
its various recommendations.
The most recent study con-
ducted by the Central Bank sug-
gests that private pension funds
in the Bahamas are fast
approaching the $1 billion mark
in terms of assets. Looking at
this another way, the size of
these private pension funds rep-
resent almost 20 per cent of
gross domestic product (GDP).
When you add the value of the
National Insurance Fund, which

has slightly over $1 billion in
assets, these two sources of
long-term pension savings now
soar to 40 per cent of GDP.
What is most incredible is that,
while industry participants have.
called on successive govern-
ments to implement pension
legislation, nothing seems to
have been done.
We have a great social time
bomb in-the-making, growing
daily while our policymakers
seem to lack the resolve to
address it. The reality is that
less than 25 per cent of our
workforce is covered by any
pension scheme whatsoever,
while the Social Security

Reform Commission clearly
recognises the shortfall in the
design of the National Insur-
ance scheme as it relates to
retirement income.
The NIB Commission states:
"The Social Security Reform
Commission recognises that the
National Insurance Retirement
pension was not designed to
provide sufficient income in old
age for all retirees. And
although many workers are
members of employer pension
plans and/or have their own
personal savings, a great num-
ber of Bahamians retire with-
out a secure income."
The above statement is in

BECon fears about Employment Act

FROM page one
without going on to higher education,'to
obtain a job.
He added: "With the new Employment
Act, a young person is ariyone under 18,
and they are very limited in the kind of
work they can do.
"I feel bad for the persons aged between
14-18 who have just graduated from high
school and are trying to get started on the
career path, as there are things that prevent
them from being properly employed. It
makes it very difficult for that age group."
While the 34.6 per cent youth unem-
ployment rate revealed by the Depart-
ment of Statistics 2004 Labour Force and
Household Income survey "grabs you by
the throat", Mr Nutt said there needed to
be a better understanding of the statistical
basis used by the Department in arriving at
that conclusion.
He said the 34.6 percent figure needed to

be compared with previous years to see if
there had been any major increase, while the
definition of 'youth', and whether it applied
to just teenagers aged up to 19 or those in
their early 20s needed to be clarified.
The Department of Statistics survey said
40 per cent of those unemployed in the
Bahamas were aged under 25, and Mr Nutt
acknowledged that these statistic revealed
"a very serious social problem".
He added that the fact high school grad-
uates were averaging a 'D' in their BGC-
SEs indicated there were problems with
the educational system in the Bahamas.
"The child is not being taught, is not
being given a good education," Mr Nutt
However, the BECon president said
there was often a major disconnect
between high. school graduates' qualifica-
tions and the jobs they thought they were,
qualified for, with many trying to go after
jobs they did not havE'the skills for. As a

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result, they were not being hired by
Mr Nutt identified a further group of
high school graduates who, if they were
living at home and had parents financially
able to support them, did not work or go
looking for employment, instead prefer-
ring to spend their time socialising and
doing other things.
The BECon president said the survey's
findings also had implications for the wider
Bahamian economy. The economy had
contracted post-September 11, and Mr
Nutt said: "Although things have been
improving, there are still questions about
how far along we are and how much recov-
ery has taken place."
Freeport was still suffering in the after-
math of Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne,
Mr Nutt added, with many workers having
left that island in search of work In Nassau.
Illegal migration provided a further
employment challenge.

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stark contrast to the perception
of the average man on the
street, who believes that the
National Insurance Fund will
.provide for their full pension
How are future retirees going
to be provided for? Do we just
ignore the situation and face the
consequences later on some-,
body else's watch, or do we plan
for the inevitable?
We need to bear in mind that
our population demographics
are highly skewed. Currently,
we have about 60 per cent of
our population under the age of
35. Given the current birth
trends among our legal popula-
tion, who are having fewer chil-
dren and therefore fewer long
term contributors to National
Insurance, in another 30-40
years we will have a large retired
population trying to survive on
insufficient retirement incomes:
Currently, our annual national
budgets are perennially chal-
lenged. What should we do?
The answer is not "nothing".
One option under considera-
tion by the Commission is the
introduction of mandatory pen-
sions, which they see working
as follows. "Through legislation,
require all employers in the
Bahamas to establish a pension
plan for their employees that
provide certain basic minimum
benefits, contributions and oth-
er requirements. These contri-
butions and pension payments
will complement NIB's pension
to meet the overall income
objective. Where an employer
already has a pension plan
whose terms are more gener-
ous than the minimum stan-
dard, the employer may choose

to continue that plan."
Australia and Switzerland are
examples of developed coun-
tries that have successfully
implemented mandatory pen-
sion laws, while Bermuda and
the Cayman Islands are region-
al examples.
Further, Jamaica, Barbados
and Trinidad have recently
passed pension legislation or are
in advanced stages of doing so.
The intention of pension leg-
islation is not only to regulate
pension funds but to encourage
employers/employees to work
together to provide a social safe-
ty net for the long-term benefit of
workers, while relieving central
government of this sole burden.
Progressive governments have
understood this and are doing it.
In.a future article, I will
examine the various approach-
es to pension legislation adopt-
ed by countries around the
Until next week...

Larry R. Gibson, a Chartered
Financial Analyst, is vice presi-
dent-pensions, Colonial Pen-
sions Services (Bahamas), a
wholly-owned subsidiary of
Colonial Group International,
which owns Atlantic Medical
Insurance and is a major share-
holder of Security & General
Insurance Company in;the
The views expressed are those
of the author and do not neces-
sarily represent those of Colo-
nial Group International or any
of its subsidiary and/or affiliated
companies. Please direct any
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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 0421"
All offers must be received by the closed of business 4:00 pm,
Friday 29th, July 2005.

"TeachMe Olatw( Thy sti, .Psalm 119:33
Shirley Street


Invites applications from qualified Christian teachers
for the following positions for the 2005-2006 school

Health Science (Gr. 7-9)
General Science (Gr.7-9)

Applicants must:
A. Be a practicing born-again Christian who is willing
to subscribe to the Statement of Faith of Temple
Christian School.
B. Have a Bachelor's Degree in Education or higher
from a recognized College or University in the area
of specialization.
C. Have a valid Teacher's Certificate or Diploma.
QD. Have at least two year teaching experience in the
relevant subject area with excellent communication
E. Applicants must have the ability to prepare students
for all examinations to the BJC/BGCSE levels.
F. Be willing to participate in the high school's extra
curricular programmes.

Application must be picked up at the high school office
on Shirley Street and be returned with a full curriculum
vitae, recent coloured photograph and three references

Mr Neil Hamilton
The Principal
Temple Christian High School
P.O. Box N-1566
Nassau, Bahamas
Deadline for application is August 1 st 2005

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 19TH
day of JULY, 2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, RPO.IBox N- 7147, Nassau,' Bahamas.


BFSB's annual Financial Ser-
vices Industry Excellence
Awards are designed to recog-
nise role models in the financial
services industry for their out-
standing performance and con-
tribution to the growth and
development of the industry in
the Bahamas.
BFSB's chief executive and
executive director, Wendy C.
Warren, said: "These awards
recognise the importance of
quality human resources for
the success of the industry."
Each year awardees are cho-
sen in three categories: Execu-
tive of the Year chief execu-
tive level; Professional of the
Year any level, of manage-
ment or supervision and;
Achiever of the Year Junior
and Support levels.
Nominations are open to the
entire financial services indus-
try, including industry regula-
tory and supervisory agencies
and government institutions
inriolved with financial services
William B Sands Jr, presi-
dent and chief executive of

Commonwealth Bank, the 2004
Executive of the Year, said:
"Being named Executive of the

* Three year previous experience in Travel Agencies management
* Fully trained in Tour Tek Computer System
* Experience organizing team work
* Analytical skills for direction.
* Strong Accounting knowledge.
* Speak Spanish fluently.
* Wide Knowledge of the Cuban Tourist products

Applicant shall send the resume to
P.O. Box EE-16319 before July 25.
Only the successful applicants will be contacted.
I i! '! .

Year by my peers and col-
leagues, members of the
Bahamas Financial Services
Board, was one of the greatest
honours and highlights of my
Commenting further on the
importance of service within
the financial services industry,

Mr Sands added: "BFSB is to
be commended for its efforts
to encourage and reward excel-
lence in the financial services
industry, the second most
important footing of the foun-
dation of our economy.
"It is only through service
that the Bahamas distinguishes
itself and competes in a global
market and only through
excellent service that one insti-
tution is selected over another
for personal banking. While
this honour was bestowed upon
me, it really belongs to all the
family at Commonwealth
Bank, the little bank that
'proved it could' by believing in
Since 2002, Allyson May-
nard-Gibson, minister of finan-
cial services and investments,
has presented a special 'Min-
ister's Award' as an integral
part of the annual initiative.
Selection is based on excellence
in financial services,, and Mrs
Maynard-Gibson says
awardees "exemplify excel-
lence in all of its aspects and
go above and beyond the call
of duty."
The 2005 Awards Banquet
will be held on October 8, at
Sandals Royal Bahamian Hotel
and Spa.

Award~~~~s hnu inni

setor' tproe odl

FROM page one
though, had been balanced
by the "inflows" from selling
the Radisson Cable Beach
Resort and associated land-
holdings to Baha Mar as part
of the $1.2 billion Cable
Beach redevelopment, plus
an estimated $10-$12 million
gained from casino taxes
owed by Philip Ruffin's com-
panies, which were also paid
following completion of that
"It was a fairly good year
in terms of realising the pro-
jections, on so far as the
downside was pretty much
compensated for by a posi-
tive inflow," Mr Smith said.
"I suppose even the unfore-
seen things [hurricanes] are
part of any Budget. It could
have been worse, especially
with the hurricanes, but there
were benefits from unfore-
seen things."
However, the minister of
state for finance said he
would be keeping a close eye
on government spending, as
periods of increasing revenue
collections often coincided

with "deferrals" such as wage
settlements being brought
forward and government
ministries' "pet projects com-
ing back to the table".
"We require continued
vigilance on our part on
expenditure restraint," Mr
Smith said. However, he
added that the current gov-
ernment had traditionally
come in below Budget on
Going forward, govern-
ment revenues were highly
dependent on two key vari-
ables hurricanes and the
rate at which capital invest-
ment projects came on
stream in both New Provi-
dence and the Family Islands.
Mr Smith said: "I think
we're making fairly good
progress in revenue collec-
tion. One objective is to see
to what extent [we can get
more out of the current sys-
tem] without any major
changes in the rates.
"We're getting some fairly
good results from the rev-
enue agencies. We're getting
a better feel for the collec-
tion methodologies."

Supreme Court clarifies purpose

of injunction on card deposits

FROM page one deposits, expert accountants' there was "no gag on info
evidence will be required to tion" relating to the
taken place in chambers. Sin '"d'eter-tiine thiiissuie.'The'6urt' t responding to claims carri
the parties are unable to agree has been informed that accoun- The Tribune from former I
as to who presently fiolds the tants have been engaged in this '"'enhal MasterCard clients
exercise, and depending on tl d had been difficult to obtain
outcome a protracted trial may mation on progress in the'
very well be avoided." It added: "Since all pro
Finally, the statement said ings have so far been in C



Seeks the following professionals to join our team. Must be self motivated and
willing to be flexible and work various assigned work shifts and have good
communication skills. In our employees, we look for a passion to anticipate and
meet our guests needs and an insatiable desire to attain the highest levels of quality
and guest service. All applicants in the first instant are asked to forward their
application letter with resume, photo and two previous employment references to: or mail to: Private Destinations, P.O. Box
Must possess a very good knowledge of the science of growing and maintaining
flowers, plants, shrubs, trees and lawns. Minimum three-years experience arid /or
training in related field. Good understanding of landscape planning. Ability to read
and interpret English. Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out
written or oral instructions. Responsibilities including watering, planting and
maintaining plants, flowers, shrubs, trees and lawns.'A knowledge of the use of
chemicals and pesticides would be an advantage.
Responsible for the maids'and houseman assigned to Housekeeping and Laundry
duties.' Works closely with the Resort manager to coordinate all Housekeeping and
Laundry cleaning tasks and assignments. This includes but is not limited to:
Purchasing of cleaning and Laundry materials, monitoring all inventories, cleanliness
of all interior and public spaces, setting up appropriate task lists, inspecting guest
rooms and'provide on the Job training where and whenever needed. This is a very
hand's on position. Minimum of 1-year hotel experience in a similar position and
excellent communication skills.
Reporting to the Property Manager we seek a general maintenance individual who
will check and makes repairs to heating, ventilation and air condition systems as
needed. Checks and makes repairs to heating, ventilation and air conditioning
systems as needed. Checks and makes repairs to plumbing systems and fixtures
such as pipe lines, toilets and sinks, kitchen and laundry equipment. Checks and
makes repairs to electrical systems such as lighting systems, television sets and
kitchen equipment. Performs repairs to building, furniture, bathrooms, guest rooms
etc., as needed; may perform painting tasks. Ensures that all equipment is functioning
properly and that preventive maintenance measures are performed to preserve the
resort and keep product quality to standard.
Young professional required. Must have proven experience and certification. Must
be willing to work a very flexible schedule.
Assist in coordinating special events on site. This will involve event planning and
program design, communication with guests and preparation of all communication
associated with events. You will also be expected to be on-site on the day of each
event and coordinate throughout the duration of the event to ensure that the program
runs smoothly from beginning to end. Superior written communication and
interpersonal skills required. Promptly prepare responses to incoming requests.
Must be proficient in MS Office. Capable of coordinating several projects and
responsibilities with ease. Must have good typing skills: able to type at least 45
w.p.m. accurately. Able to work well independently and as part of a team. Must
be well organized and detail-oriented. Experience in general office duties such as
filling, correspondence, mail, faxing, etc.
Duties include but not limited to: Monitor and execute evening entertainment,
security of the property and closing procedures. Should possess basic knowledge
of audio and home theatre systems and proven experience within the hospitality
industry. This is a hand's on multi task position.
Required to undertake a multitude of tasks to maintain and upkeep all exterior
areas of the resort.
Superior written and oral communication and interpersonal skills required. Excellent
telephone etiquette required. Promptly prepare responses to incoming requests.
Must be proficient in MS Office. Capable of coordinating several projects and
responsibilities with ease. Must have good typing skills: able to type at least 45
w.p.m. accurately. Able to work well independently and as part of a team. Must
be well organized and detail-oriented. Experience in general office duties such as
filing, correspondence, mail, faxing, etc.

la- bers, which is not open to the
se, public, it was decided by the
in -lawyers and the court that all
ad- information must be agreed to
t it by the partiesiin'orde r to pre-
or vent misinformaitioin"
e. The Tribune previously
ed- revealed that Leadenhall had
m- hired BDO Mann Judd to per-
form a forensic accounting of
the security deposits. The lat-
ter was analysing "a sample" of
the former credit card portfo-
lio, seeking information from
these clients on the amount they
believed was due to them from
the security deposit refund.
The clients were due to be
asked to confirm whether Lead-
enhall's records matched theirs,
and if not to provide documen-
tary evidence to back up their
claims that the amount they are
owed is different.
The case, which began in
October 2003, a few months after
MasterCard withdrew Leaden-
hall's issuing licence, revolves
around a Deed of Retirement,
Appointment and Indemnity
that Leadenhall allegedly exe-
cuted in 2002, appointing First
Financial as the new trustee for
the security deposits.
First Financial is alleging that
Leadenhall only transferred to
it $14.25 million of the $33 mil-
lion in total deposits held in
trust, forcing it to take out the
injunction to protect and secure
the remainder.
A number of former execu-
tives and directors of Axxess
International, the now-closed
Bahamian company that admin-
istered the MasterCard portfo-
lio on Leadenhall's behalf, are
involved with First Financial
and want to secure the deposits
so they can issue new cards to
customers that want them.
However, Leadenhall is alleg-
ing that it transferred at least
$19.7 million in security deposits
to First Financial. It alleged that
it had provideddocuments show-
ing that the remaining balance
had been refunded against debts
owed to Leadenhall by card-
holders, and had been effecting
refunds from its own assets.
Leadenhall needs the
deposits to settle outstanding
balances left by cardholders
after the bank lost its Master-
Card licence in summer 2003.
It has applied for a Court Order
that would see an independent
receiver appointed to refund
the security deposits, and had
previously called upon external
auditors to confirm it had trans-
ferred $19.7 million in security
deposits to First Financial, hav-
ing refunded some $11 million.
Brian Moree, senior partner
at McKinney, Bancroft &
Hughes, now represents Lead-
enhall. Raynard Rigby, the PLP
chairman and attorney with
Gibson, Rigby & Company, is
acting for First Financial.



RBC Royal Bank

Of Canada

Car Campaign Winner

When Howard Bethel needed a new vehicle for his business, he took
advantage of the special car promotion RBC Royal Bank of Canada
i 'offered diring the month of April, 2005. In addition to the special rate
, pnt.04 r;,i he also won himself two roundtrip tickets to Florida along
with car rental. Customers who purchased a, car during the period
were automatically entered into a draw for prizes which included gas
coupons and car accessories.

Presenting Mr. Bethel with his prize is Stephanie Saunders, manager,
Personal Financial Services, Main Branch, RBC Royal Bank of Canada. B

Royal Bank
Registered trade-mark of Royal Bank of Canadaof Canada"
." The Lion & Globe symbol and RBC are trademarks of Royal Bank of Canada oRylak... Cn' * O Ca


completes its

card project

with RBC

TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2001', PijE 3B


Prvt Reor Lcae(

In The Bahamas




"-- "O e~e |t ...... ........ ...... ......... ........... --
Raimundo Fdezr: Villaverde, 65
lD^ witt ~28003 Madrid

Tel.: +34 9,15 14 50 00
Fax: +34 915 14 5S180
+34 915 56 74 30

Translation of a report originally issued in Spanish based on our work performed in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards in
Spain. In the event of discrepancy, the Spanish-language version prevails.
To theSh~iare iblders of ......... .
Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A.:

1. We have audited the consolidated financial statements of BANCO BILBAO VIZCAYA ARGENTARIA. S.A. and COMPANIES
composing the BANCO BILBAO VIZCAYA ARGENTARIA Group ("the Group" Note.4), which consist of the consolidated
balance sheet as of December 31, 2004, and the related consolidated statement of income and notes to consolidated financial
statements for the year then ended. The preparation of these consolidated financial statements is the responsibility of the directors
of the Bank as the Parent Company. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the consolidated financial statements taken as
,a whole based on our audit work performed in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards, which require examination,
by means of selective tests, of the documentation supporting the consolidated financial statements and evaluation of their
presentation, of the accounting principles applied and of the estimates made.

2. For comparison purposes the Bank's directors present, in addition to the 2004 figures for each item in the consolidated balance
sheet and consolidated statements of income and of changes in financial position, the figures for 2003 and 2002. Our opinion
refers only to the 2004 consolidated financial statements. Our auditors' reports dated February 3, 2004 and February 10, 2003. on
the 2003 and 2002 consolidated financial statements, respectively, contained an unqualified opinion. ..

3. As indicated in Note 2-g, in 2003 and 2002 the Group charged to reserves the estimated cost of the indemnity payments, deferred
compensation and future contributions to external pension funds arising from the early retirement of certain employees who
effectively formalized their early retirement in those years, for an amount, net of the related tax effect, of C520 million and 6324
million, respectively, for which it had the express authorization of the Bank of Spain, pursuant to Rule 13 of Bank of Spain
Circular 4/1991, and of the related Shareholders' Meetings. In 2004 the Bank of Spain did not generally grant this authorization;
accordingly, pursuant to the aforementioned Rule of Bank of Spain Circular 4/1991, the Bank recorded net provisions of E372
million with a charge to the consolidated statement of income to meet its commitments to the employees who took early
retirement in that year (6572 million were charged to the "Extraordinary Losses" caption in the consolidated statement of income
for 2004 referred to above and, at the same time, the related deferred tax asset was recorded for E200 million).

4.' In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements for 2004 referred to above present, in all material respects, a true and fair
view of the consolidated net worth and financial position of the Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria Group as of December 31.
2004, and of the consolidated results of its operations and of the consolidated funds obtained and applied by it in the year then
ended, and contain the required information, sufficient for their proper interpretation and comprehension, in conformity with
generally accepted accounting principles and standards which, except for the matters described in paragraph 3 above, with which
we concur, are consistent with those applied in the preceding year.

5. The accompanying consolidated management report for 2004 contains the explanations which the directors of the Parent
Company consider appropriate about the Group's situation, the evolution of jts business and other matters, but is not an integral
part of the consolidated financial statements. We.be9eWchecked that the accdsnting information in the consolidated management
-report is consistent with that contained in the consolidated financial statements for 2004. Our work as auditors was confined to
checking the consolidated management report with the aforementioned scope, and did not include a review of any information
other than that drawn from the accounting records of the consolidated companies.

Registered in ROAC under no. S0692

Francisco Celma
February 3, 2005
Deloitt,. S L. Insrit nlReistro Mercantil de Madrid, romo 13.650. fli, W scCi6n 3 i. ht., M.5,414.
inisrip6ion 96. -79104469. Douicilio Social: Raimundo Feri.edis V,l4verde. 65 T28,,3 M ,d.ikt

Moritbeo of
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu

Translation of consolidated financial statements originally issued in Spanish and prepared in accordance with generally accepted
accounting principles in Spain (Note 33). In the event of a discrepancy, the Spanish-language version prevails.
7'- _- .- '
(Notes 1 to 5)
Thousands ofEuros -


2004 2003 (*)

Bank of Spain
Other central banks

Current accounts

Incorporation and start-up expenses
Other deferred charges

2002 (*)

1,790,353 1,767,580 1,868,358
!, I3.9(19V I ll 301 1,614.684
5,12 066' 4,20,994. 5,100,86;
19.122,~a, 8,109,875 8,050,328
18,370,252 18,945,003 19,767,776

737,947 643,987 1,328,749
15,437,708 20,263,142 20,147,530
16,175,655 20,907,129 21,476,279
170,248,440 148,827,274 141,315,012
52,588,529 52,935,966 49,133,179
6,265;504 3,092,064 3,007,492
5,302,371 5,593,224 6,024,175
1,05-1,90f 1,054,869 1,039,688


Fully and proportionally consolidated companies
Companies accounted for by the equity method

Land and buildings for own use
Other property
Furniture, fixtures and other


19,537 20,946
342,491 377,691
362,028 398,637

4,435,851 2,650,889 2,871,545
792,805 1,055,524 1,385,801
5,228,656 3,706,413 4,257,346

2,170,985 2,100,359 1,938,287
256,231 309,607 908,073
1,355,461 1,380,272 1,787,605
3,782,677 3,790,238 4,633,965

18,370 66,059 97,671
14,673,625 13,171,480 12,298,880
3,052,380 2,977,437 4,391,562
3,820,719 3,610,764 3,650,208
311,072,283 287,149,823 279,542,198
85,627,988 72,549,918 69,776,213

Thousands ofEuros -
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY 2004 2003 (*) 2002(*)

Current accounts 1,070,474 1,542,432 1,537,357
Other 64,265,442 60,027,356 54,581,691
65,335,916 61,569,788 56,119,048
DEPOSITS (Note 18):
Savings accounts-
Current 69,453,645 65,024,971 63,723,745
Tume 60,128,101 55,487,784 57,436,352
Other deposits-
Tune 17,469,111. 20,536,152 25,400,268
S 147,050,857 141,048,907 146,560,365
Bonds and debentures outstanding 38,036,761 28,258,973 22,393,876
Promissory notes and other securities 6,289,947. .6,123,679 5,129,396
44,326,708 34,382,652 27,523,272
S.OHER LIABILITES (Note 15) ... -..- 11,755,53.1- 10,764,-14- 9735,905 -
ACCRUAL ACCOUNTS (Note 16) 3,419,552 3,318,727 4,593,777
Pension provision 3,275,995 3,031,913 2,621,907
Provision for taxes 55,243 --
Other provisions 1,989,857 2,187,672 2,221,411
5,321,095 5,219,585 4,843,318
NEGATIVE CONSOLIDATION DIFFERENCE (Note 13) 37,238 38,712 47,554
...... Group 2,801,904 2,226,701 1,719,129
Minority interests (Note 22) 390,564 670,463 746,919
3,192,468 2,897,164 2,466,048
SUBORDINATED DEBT (Note 21) 8,107,752 7,399,613 6,486,942
MINORITY INTERESTS (Note 22) 4,434,829 5,425,918 5,674,163
CAPITAL STOCK (Note 23) 1,661,518 1,565,968 1,565.968
ADDITIONAL PAID-IN CAPITAL (Note 24) 8,177,101 6,273,901 6,512,797
RESERVES (Note 24) 1,682,947 971,477 771,484
REVALUATION RESERVES (Note 24) 176,281 176,281 176,281
RESERVES AT CONSOLIDATED COMPANIES (Note 24) 6,392,490 6,096,616 6,465,276
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY 311,072,283 287,149,823 279,542,198
(*) Presented for comparison purposes only.
The accompanying Notes 1 to 33 and Exhibits I to IV are an integral part of the consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2004.


g) Comparative information

Early retirements-

In 2004,2003 and 2002 the Group offered certain
employees the possibility of raking early retirement before the
retirement age stipulated in the current collective labor agreement

(Note 3-j). The total cost of the early retrements includes
indemnities, deferred compensation and future contributions to
external pension funds. To meet this commitment, the related
provisions were recorded, in accordance with Rule 13.13 of Bank
of Spain Circular 4/1991.

In 2004 the Group charged the total cost arising from the
early retirement, amounting to 571,628 thousand (1371,558
thousand net of the related tax effect) to the "Extraordinary
Losses" caption in the accompanying consolidated statement of
income (Notes 20 and 28).

In 2003 and 2002, as permitted by the last paragraph of
Rule 13.13 of Bank of Spain Circular 4/1991, the Group
recorded these provisions with a charge to the "Additional Paid-
in Capital" and "Reserves" captions in the accompanying
cons olidated balance hieets as of December 31, 2003 and 2002
(Notes 3-j, 20 and 24), amounting to 519,620 thousand and
324,465 thousand, respectively, net of the related tax effect
(which is estimated at 279,796 thousand and e174,712
thousand, respectively) and with a charge to the "Extraordinary
Losses" caption in the accompanying 2003 and 2002
consolidated statements of income (Note 28), amounting to
4410 thousand and E76,729 thousand, respectively. These
transactions were authorized by the Shareholders' Meeting of the
Bank and by the Bank of Spain.


The economic crisis showed in 2002, has affected to the
solvency and liquidity situation of Argentinian entities. Until
2003, the Group kept the accounting policy, established in 2001,
which consisted in cancelling the theoretical accounting value of
the Banco Frances Group in the consolidated balance sheet.
When in 2003, the socioeconomic environment showed an
improvement and the law environmental has showed a stability,
the Group has decided to carry out a homogenization of the
Banco Frances Group entities, showing the contribution to the
Group statement of income and balance sheet as.of December 31,
2004, according to the Bank of Spain Circular 4/91. In this
homogenization process the Group has valued the assets
according to the criterion established in that Circular, allocating
the funds that the Group had constituted to cover the the
investment theoretical accounting value when it is necessary
(Note 20). It has not been necessary to constitue additional funds.

BBVA BrasilGroup.-

The 2002 consolidated financial statements included the
contribution of the BBVA Brasil Group, although the effects of
the sale had been recorded as of December 31, 2002 (Note 4). In
the 2003 consolidated financial statements, the BBVA Group
recorded the earnings generated by the BBVA Brasil Group
through the actual date of sale as earnings generated companies
accounted for by the equity method, and, accordingly,
comparison with the earnings of 2002, shows significant
decreases in most captions of.the consolidated statement of
Depredation of the Latin American currencies

- The macroectroniic developments ifi 2002,2003 and 2004
in most Latin-American countries affected, among other
variables, their currencies, which experienced a sharp devaluation
against the euro. This devaluation particularly affected the
consolidated balance sheets as of December 31, 2004,2003 and
2002, since the year-end exchange rates were used, and the 2002,
2003 and 2004 consolidated statements of income, since average
exchange rates were applied (Note 3-b).

For the purpose of facilitating comprehension of the
Group's performance in 2004, the accompanying Management
Report includes comparative information which takes into
account the iforementiofied effect.


Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A. (BBVA) is the
Group's parent company. Its individual financial statements are
prepared on the basis of the accounting principles and methods.
described in Note 3, except for the valuation of the Bank's direct
holdings of 20% or more in unlisted companies and of 3% or
more in listed companies, which, pursuant to Bank of Spain
Circular 4/1991, are recorded at the lower of cost, revalued
where appropriate, or market. The market value is deemed to be
the underlying book value of these holdings, adjusted by the
amount of the unrealized gains disclosed at the time of
acquisition and still existing at the valuation date.

The Bank represented approximately 65.21% of the
Group's assets and 29.08% of pre-tax profits as of December 31,
2004 (63.94% and 49.5%, respectively, as of December 31,2003
and 58.96% and 49.39%, respectively, as of December 31,
2002), after the related consolidation adjustments and

Summarized below are the balance sheets of Banco Bilbao
Vizcaya Argentaria, SA. as of December 31, 2004, 2003 and
2002 and the statements of income for the years ended December
31,2004,2003 and 2002.

Thousands of euros -


2004 2003(')

SECURITIES 18,319,532
INSTmmITUTIONS 19,067,414
SECURITIES ... 5,473,562
COMPANIES 11,272,789




2,359,883 1,671,111

18,796,673 19,091,299

19,562,686 19,662,904
110,880,263 100,687,471

24,416,412 17,131,192

2,428,316 2,071,348

3,583,687 4,357,296





,TOTAL ASSETS 228,642,114 204314,657 188,160,254
MEMORANDUM ACCOUNTS 86.329,713 8184,665 78,116,151
(') Presenfed for comparison purposes only.




2003 (*) 2002()

60,345,111 53,929,32 47,029,366

100,880,240 101,419,493 98,472,990

26,628,649 13,630,214
11,266,115 9,539,682


1,860,366 1,654.299 3,768,498

4,109,774 3,736,487 3,064,754









228,642,114 204.314.657 188.160.254

2004,2003 AND 2002 (SUMMARIZED)
Thousands of euros -

(*) Presented for comparison purposes only.

2004 2003 (*) 2002 (')
6,484,739 6551,366 7531,595
(3,712,911) (3.602152) (4,627.304)
1,091,478 667,465 1,283,859
3,863306 3.616.679 4.188.150
1,699,305 1,509,043 1,532.072
(361,869) (275,990) (275.284)
388,339 366,454 362.923
53589,081 5.216.186 5.807.861
3,004 2,127 14.673
(2,707,390) (2.675,825) (2,625.233)
(229,347) (247,544) (257.964)
(56,649) (73,379) (87,795)
L598.699 2.221.565 2.851.542
(649.258) (548.266) (631,928)
(258,655) (369,942) (1.181.581)

639,191 825,743 582.816
(596,019) (366,754) (389,544)
1,733,958 1.762.346 1.231.305
(128,363) (302,009) (24,209)
1,605.,95 1.460,337 1.207.096

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Thousands of ecros -


2004 2003 ) 2002 ()


1,352,353 1,112,156 1,255,970 FROM OPERATIONS:
Net income

2004 2003 0021

1,605,595 1,460,337 1,207,096

Depreciation and amortizanon 337,205 344,338 329,335
Net provision for asset

writedown and other speci
Losses on sales of investmnc-:s
and fixed assets
Gains on sales of investments
and fixed assets .

Purchase of investments in
Group and associated
companies 12,03
Additions to property and
equipment and intangible
assets 40

"i Presented for comparison purposes onlY







7,181 324,153 62,550

2,950 5,474,267 6,311,401

7,732 355,522 399,968
0,682 5,829,789 6,711,369

9,402 25,000,455 19,035,000


Sale of investments
in Group and associated

Sale of property
and equipment



1,182,798 2,404,260

8,863 12,758 62,475

(464,672) (668,477) (390,505)
3,136,630 2,331,754 3,612,661
1,998,750 136,880

47,571 41,484
787,600 706,503




12,998,435 4,916,064 2,640,330

8,514,525 7,056,294 4,807,104

128,839 114,968 305,184
8,643,364 7,171,262 5,112,288

697,197 482,489 155,832
34,119,402 25,000,455 19,035,000

S The total assets and financial income of the most
i; subsidiaries of the Group as of December 31, 2004, 2003 and
2002 are as follows:


Thousands of Euros


Total Financial Total Financial Total Financial

COUNTRY Assets Income Assets Income Assets Income.

BBVA Bancomer Group
BBVA Chile Group
BBVA Puerto Rico
BBVA Banco Francis Group
BBVA Banco Provincial Group
BBVA Banco Continental Group
BBVA Colombia Group
BBV Brasil Group

Puerto Rico


The subsidiaries fully consolidated as of December 31,
2004, 2003 and 2002 which, based on the information available,
were more than 5% owned by non-Group shareholders, were as

As of December 31, 2004:

Banc Internacional D'Andorra, S.A.
Holding Continental, S.A.
Banco Provincial, S.A.
Inversiones BanPro International Inc., N.V.
BBVA Horizonte Pensiones y Cesantias, S.A.
S -BBVA Chile, S.A.
-Administradora de Fondos de Pensiones Provida, S.A.
-Uno-e Bank, S.A.
-BI-BM Gestio D'Actius, S.A.
BBVA & Partners Alternative Invest, A.V., S.A.

As of December 31, 2003:

Grupo Financiero BBVA Bancomer, S.A.
Banc Internacional D'Andorra, S.A.
Holding Continental, S.A.
Banco Provincial, S.A.
-Inversiones BanPro International Inc., N.V.
BBVA Horizonte Pensiones y Cesantias, S.A.
BBVA Chile, S.A.
Administradora de Fondos de Pensiones Provida, S.A.
Uno-e Bank, S.A,
BI-BM Gestio D'Actius, S.A.
-A.EP. Crecer, S.A.
BBVA & Partners Alternative Invest, A.V., S.A.

In the first half of 2000, it was resolved to merge Grupo
Financiero BBV-Probursa, S.A. de C.V. and Grupo Financiero
BBVA Bancomer, S.A. de C.V. (the holdings of which include
most notably 100% of BBVA Bancomer, S.A. and 51% of
Adminisrradora de Fondos para el Retiro Bancomer, S.A. de C.V.
(AFORE Bancomer). This merger was carried our in July 2000,
after the.Group subscribed in June to a capital increase of US$
1,400 million at Grupo Financiero BBV-Probursa, S.A. de C.V.

The Group's holding in Grupo Financiero
BBVA Bancomer, S.A. de C.V. resulting from the merger,
following open-market acquisitions of shares amounting
to approximately USS 325 million,
stood at 36.6% as of December 31, 2000.
At the end of the year 2000 an agreement was reached with
-Bank of Montreal to acquire an additional 2.2% of Grupo
SFinanciero BBVA Bancomer, S.A. de C.V. for approximately US$
125 million, in a transaction which was performed in 2001. Also;
i on April 4, 2001, the Group reached an agreement with Bank of
; Montreal to purchase 9% of irs holding in Grupo Financiero
BBVA Bancomer, S.A. de C.V. (812 million shares) which
p signified an investment of US$ 558 million. The transaction was
i performed in two branches: the first consisting of 500 million
shares on April 5,2001, raised the holding to 45%, and the
second, consisting of 312 million shares, raised the holding in
' Grupo Financiero BBVA Bancomer, S.A. de C.V. to 48%. Also, in
2001 other acquisitions amounting to US$ 140 million were
made, leaving the total'holding in Grupo Financiero BBVA
Bancomer S.A. de C.V. at 48.76% as of December 31,2001. The
Increase inthe total goodwill recorded in relation to Grupo
3; Financiero BBVA Bancomer S.A. de C.V. in 2001 amounted to
4739 million.
S As part of the placement of Grupo Financiero BBVA
SBancomer S.A. de C.V. shares by the Government of Mexico in
0 2002, BBVA acquired approximately 276 million shares
representihg % of the entity's capital stock-for 240 million.
Additionally in November 2002 the Group acquired a further
2.5% hdiing:in the capital stock of BBVA Bancomer for 175,
million, thus raising the Bank's ownership interest to 54.67% as
of December 31, 2002. The increase in goodwill recorded in
S2002 was 338 millon.

Lastly, in 2003 the Group made additional purchases of
4.76% of the capital stock of BBVA Bancomer for a total of
S 304 million, leaving the Bank's holding at 59.43% as of
December 31, 2003. The increase in goodwill recorded in 2003
was 161 millon (Note 13).
On March 20, 2004, the BBVA Group completed the
tender offer on 40.6% of the capital stock of Grupo Financiero
BBVA Bancomer, S.A. de C.V. The final number of shares
presented in the'offer and accepted by BBVA was
3,660,295,210, which represent 39.45% of the capital stock of
the Mexican entity. Following the acquisition of these shares
through the tender offer, the ownership interest held by BBVA in
the capital of Grupo Financiero BBVA Bancomer, S.A. de C.V.






As of December 31, 2002:

Grupo Financiero BBVA Bancomer, S.A.
Banc Internacional D'Andorra, S.A.
Holding Continental, S.A.
Banco Provincial, S.A.
PSA Finance Argentina Compaiiia Financiera, S.A.
-Inversiones BanPro International Inc., NV.
BBVA Horizonte Pensiones y Cesantias, S.A.
BBVA Chile, S.A. Fondos de:Pensiolnes Provida, S.A.
Uno-e Bank, S.A.
BI-BM Gestio D'Actius, S.A.
A.EP. Crecer, S.A.
BBVA & Partners Alternative Invest, A.V., S.A.

As of December 31, 2002, there were no Spanish or foreign
credit institutions outside the Group with significant holdings in
fully consolidated companies.

Based on the information available as of December 341
2004 and 2003, foreign credit institutions outside the Group held,
significant investments in the following fully consolidated

AFP Provida, a Bank of New York investee.

The main changes in the consolidated Group and the
situation as of December 31, 2004, were as follows:

BBVA-Bancomer Group (Mexico)-

Grupo Financiero BBV-Probursa, S.A. de C.V. and the
companies in its group, including most notably Banco Bilbao
Vizcaya Mexico, S.A., joined the Group in July 1995.

was 98.88%. Lastly, as of December 31, 2004, as a result of the
purchase of shares subsisting in the market, BBVA's holding in,
Grupo Financiero BBVA Bancomer, S.A. de C.V increased to
99.70%. The increase in goodwill recorded in 2004 was
2,116.7 millon (Note 13).

BBVA Banco Fmncis (Argentina)-

In December 1996, the Group acquired 30% of BBVA
Banco Francis, S.A. (formerly Banco Francis Rio de la
Plata, S.A.) and took on its management. From that date through
December 31, 2001, additional acquisitions were made to
increase the Group's holding in this entity to the 68.25% as of
December 31, 2001. The total cost of this holding was US$ 1,179
million. As of December 31,2001, the Group amortized the
unamorrized goodwill as of that date relating to BBVA Banco
Francis, which amounted to 13,998 thousand (Note 3-g).

On May 30, 2002, BBVA Banco Francis reached an
agreement with the Argentine authorities to increase capital, for
which BBVA would contribute the subordinated marketable
debentures of BBVA Banco Francis held by it amounting to US$
130 million and a financial loan granted to BBVA Banco Francis
amounting to US$ 79 million. The preemptive subscription
period ended on December 26, 2002. In accordance with the
issue terms, a total of 158.4 million new shares were issued,
which increased the Bank's capital stock to 368.1 million shares.
The Group, as the majority shareholder, increased its ownership
interest in the capital of BBVA Banco Francs, S.A. from 68.25%
to 79.6% as a result of this capital increase. The resulting
goodwill amounted to E34,786 thousand and was written off
with a charge to the 2002 consolidated statement of income
(Note 13).
As of December 31, 2003, the holding was 79.6%.

As of January 21,2004, BBVA Banco Francs, S.A.
presented the new formulation of the regularization and
reorganization plan, which begun in 2002, requested by the
authorities. The new plan considered, mainly, the sale of its
subsidiary BBVA Banco Francis (Cayman) Ltd. to BBVA, S.A.,
carried out the last March 18, and the capitalization of a 78
million loan granted by BBVA, S.A. to BBVA Banco Francis, S.A.

In compliance with the commitment thus assumed, on April
22, 2004, the Shareholders' Meeting of BBVA Banco Francis. S.A.
authorized a capital increase with a par value of ARP 385 million,
which has been formally executed on October 2004.
The Bank subscribed to, and paid, the capital increase carried out
at BBVA Banco Frances, S.A. through the conversion into equity
of a $78 million loan it had granted to this invested.

Consolidar Group (Argentina)-

The Consolidar Group joined the Group in October 1997,
when a 63.33% ownership interest was reached through BBVA
Banco Francis.

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As of December 31, 2002,2003 and 2004, the Group held
all the capital stock of Consolidar Administradora de Fondos de
Jubilaci6n y Pensiones (AFJP), S.A., Consolidar Cia de Seguros de
Vida, S.A. and Consolidar Seguros de Retiro, S.A. (through
Banco Frances, in percentages of between 53.89%, 65,96% and
66.67%, respectively).

Banco Bilbao VizcayaArgentaria Puerto Rico, S.A..-

In July 1998 BBV Puerto Rico absorbed PonceBank, an
entity with total assets of US$ 1,095 million, through a capital
increase of US$ 166 million. Also in 1998, BBV Puerto Rico
acquired the assets and liabilities of Chase Manhattan Bank in
Puerto Rico for a disbursement of US$ 50 million.

In March 2000, Citibank's automobile loan portfolio in
Puerto Rico was acquired for a disbursement of US$ 31 million
additional to the adjusted net value of the loans.

As of December 31, 2003 and 2004, the holding was 100%.

BBVA Group (Chile)-

In September 1998, the Group acquired a 44% holding in
Banco BHIF, S.A., currently BBVA Chile, S.A., and assumed the
management of the group headed by this Chilean financial
institution. In 1999 additional shares were acquired, bringing the
Group's total holding in this entity to 53.3% as of December 31,
1999. In September 2000 the Group completed the contribution
of the capital subscribed in September 1998, with an amount of
US$ 108 million, which brought the Group's holding to 62.6% as
of December 2000. As of December 2002,2003 and 2004, the
Group's holding in BBVA Chile, S.A. was 66.098%, 66.27% and
66.26%, respectively.

AFPProuida, S.A. (Chile)-

On July 1,1999, the Group acquired a 41.17% holding in,
and assumed the management of, Administradora de Fondos de
Pensiones Provida, S.A. This acquisition was undertaken through
the issue of 19,780,108 new shares resolved by the Special
Shareholders' Meeting on June 30,1999. These new shares were
exchanged for all the shares of the companies that owned the
aforementioned holding in AFP Provida, S.A. (Corp Group
Pensions Ltd. and Brookline Investment Ltd.). Also, the Group
made further investments in AFP Provida, mainly through the
majority subscription to a capital increase carried out by
this company in October 1999, and open-market
acquisitions in 2001 and 2000. The Group's holding as
of December 31, 2004,2003 and 2002, to 64.32%.

BBVA Banco Provincial Group (Venezuela)-

In March 1997, the Group acquired 40% of the capital
stock of Banco Provincial, S.A. and higher holdings in the other
Provincial Group companies, therebyassuming management of
the group. Additional acquisitions were made in subsequent years
which raised the Bank's holding in the Provincial Group to

Integration of the banking and insurance business of BBVA
in Brazil, carried on by BBV Brasil and its subsidiaries, into
Banco Bradesco, S.A. through the transfer of all the shares
of BBV Brasil owned by BBVA to Banco Bradesco, S.A.
As a consideration for the transfer of shares, BBVA will
receive newly-issued common shares and preferred shares
of Banco Bradesco, S.A. representing 4.44% of its capital
stock and, additionally, will receive cash amounting to
1,864 million Brazilian reals.

Once the related "Due Diligence" reviews were completed
and the necessary regulators' approval had been obtained, the
agreement was executed on June 9, 2003.

Variations in the Group in 2004-

The most noteworthy transactions in 2004, as of the date of
publication of these notes to consolidated financial statements,
were as follows:

On March 31, 2004 Finanzia Renting, S.A. was merged
into BBVA Renting, S.A., effective for accounting purposes
from January 1, 2004. These two companies were wholly-
owned subsidiaries of BBVA.
On July 21, 2004 the deed was executed for the merger of
Corporaci6n Area Inmobiliaria, S.L. into BBVA Area -
Inmobiliaia;' .L' through the transfer en bloof the assets
and liabilities of the former to the latter, andhe dissolution
of the former. On this same dare the deed was executed
whereby BBVA Area Inmobiliaria, S.L. changed its
corporate namb to Anida Grupo Inmobiliario, S.L.,

On September 20, 2004, an agreement was entered into for
the acquisition of all the shares of Laredo National
Bancshares Inc., a finance group in Texas (USA) for US$
850 million. Effective validity of the agreement is
conditional upon the prior obtainment of the administrative
authorizations from the related regulatory bodies.

In September 2004 BBVA entered into an agreement to
acquire all the shares of Hipotecaria Nacional de Mexico,
the leading Mexican, mortgage bank. In January 2005
BBVA Bancomer has acquired all the shares of Hiposecaria
Nacional de Mixico, after obtained the related
administrative authorizations, for US$ 356 million.

On October 8, 2004, the Group completed the purchase of
all the shares of Valley Bank, an entity located in
California, for US$ 16.7 million, which constitutes BBVA's
first commercial banking transaction in mainland USA.

On October 12,2004, the Group sold the El Salvador
welfare business comprising BBVA Crecer AFP and BBVA
Seguros, S.A.-Seguros de Personas- in which BBVA had
ownership interests of 62% and 51%, respectively, for US$
42.8 million (C34.76 million), E 12,3 million the earnings

55.53% 55.59% and 55.60% as of December 31, 2002,2003
and 2004, respectively.

BBVA.Banco Continental Group (Peru)-

In April 1995, the Group acquired a 75% holding in the
capital stock of Banco Continental, S.A. through Holding
Continental, S.A.

On November 26, 2002, BBVA, as the owner of 50% of
the capital stock of the Peruvian company Holding
Continental, S.A., subscribed to a capital increase at this entity
amounting to US$ 10 million. This capital increase will be used
to finance the tender offer to acquire the shares of Banco
Continental which are not currently held by it (143,713,997
shares) at 1.59 soles per share. On November 27, 2002, Holding
Continental, S.A. submitted this transaction to the Lima Stock
Exchange and to the related National Companies and Securities
Supervisory Commission. The tender offer resulted in the
acquisition of 8.84% of the capital stock of Banco Continental.
In 2002 Holding Continental and its subsidiaries held 91.51%
of the aforementioned Bank. The holding in this company was
increased to 92.01% and 92,04% in 2003 and 2004,

BBVA Colombia Group -

In August 1996, the Group acquired 40% of the common
stock (equal to 35.1% of the total capital) of Banco
Ganadero, S.A. (currently BBVA Colombia, S.A.). In 2000 this
entity carried out a major financial restructuring and
strengthening process which included a capital increase of
approximately US$ 254 million, substantially all of which was
subscribed by the Group. This capital increase, together with
various additional acquisitions resulting in US$ 14 million of
disbursements, raised the Group's holding in BBVA Banco
Ganadero, S.A. to 85.56% as of December 31, 2000. On
January 23, 2001, the Bank's Board of Directors resolved to
launch a tender offer to purchase all the shares of BBVA Banco
Ganadero, S.A. The tender offer took place on April 9, 2001,
and gave rise to a disbursement of US$ 44.4 million and
increased the Group's holding in BBVA Banco Ganadero, S.A.
to 95.36%. This percentage of ownership was maintained as of
December 31, 2002. As of December 31, 2003 and 2004, the
holding was 95.37%.

BBV Brasil Group-

In August 1998, the Group acquired control of Banco Excel
Econ6mico, S.A. (Banco Bilbao-Vizcaya Argentaria Brasil, S.A.-
BBV Brasil)

In 2002 the Group decided to reconsider the business model
implemented in Brazil. As a result of the new approach, a
strategic agreement was reached in that year with Banco
Bradesco, S.A., which was executed on January 10, 2003. The
main aspects of the agreement were as follows:

Variations in the Group in 2003-

The most significant transactions in 2003 were as follows:

On January 13,2003, the Group reached an agreement
with Banco Bradesco, S.A. whereby the Group sold its
banking subsidiary in Brazil and its Brazilian subsidiaries in
exchange for 4.44% of its capital stock and cash
amounting to 1,864 million Brazilian reasis. Banco
Bradesco, S.A. is accounted for. by hdie equity method.

In 2003 the Group comnpaniesdBBVA Privanza Banco, S.A.
and BBVA Bolsa, S.A. were dissolved without liquidation
and their assets and liabilities were transferred to Banco
Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A.

BBVA, S.A. and Terra Networks, S.A., holders of the
51% and 49% of the share capital of Uno-e Bank, S.A.,
respectively, in an Extraordinary general Shareholders'
Meeting held on April 23, 2003, unanimously approved
an increase of capital in Uno-e Bank, S.A. to be wholly
subscribed by Finanzia Banco de Cridito, S.A. (a
wholly owned subsidiary of BBVA), through the
contribution of its Consumer's Lending Business.
Finanzia Banco de Cridito, S.A. also held in the same
day an Extraordinary General Shareholders' Meeting
approving the mentioned contribution and subscription
of the increase of capital.

The above mentioned increase of capital integrates the
Consumer's Lending Business in Uno-e Bank, S.A. and as a
result of the referred capital increase, BBVA Group and
Terra hold stakes in Uno-e Bank S.A. share capital of 67%
and 33%, respectively.

Variations in the Group in 2002-

The most noteworthy transactions in 2002 were as follows:
In 2002 Brunara, S.A., in.which the Group has a 14.066%
holding, was no longer fully consolidated and was
accounted for by the equity method.

On January 25, 2002, the Group and Grupo Progreso
announced the launch of BBVA Crecer AFP, a new
pension fund manager for the Dominican Republic
market. As of December 31, 2002, BBVA had a 70%
holding in this company and Grupo Progreso had the
remaining 30% holding. The total investment in 2002
was US$ 3.6 million.

The sale of all the shares held by BBVA Banco Francis,
SS.A. in BBVA Uruguay (60.88%) to BBVA for US$ 55
million was formally executed on May 14,2002, after -
obtaining authorization from the Central Bank of
Uruguay. As a result of this transaction, the BBVA
Group's ownership interest in BBVA Uruguay rose from
80.66% to 100%.




JULY 21, 2005
Whereas ANTHONY A. FRANCIS of Flamingo Gardens,
in the Western District of New Providence, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, the Lawful
Widower has made application to the Supreme Court of
The Bahamas for Letters of Administration of the real and
personal Estate of ANGELA FERGUSON-FRANCIS late
of Flamingo Gardens in the Western District of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, deceased.
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from
the date thereof.
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

JULY 21, 2005

on the Island of Eleuthera, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, the Lawful widower has
made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas
for Letters of Administration of the real and personal estate
of KAREN DIANNE PINDER late of Hatchet Bay on the
Island of Eleuthera one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, deceased.
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 21 days from
the date thereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrarm,

PO. BOX N-167
.JULY 21, 2005
In the estate of MILTON M. FISHER, late of 190-E.,72nd
St. Manhattan, New York, New York, one of the States of
the United States of America, deceased.
NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen (14) daysfromthe date hereof, application will be
made to the Supreme Court of TheBahamas, on its Probate
Side by JAN W. BORGHARDT, of Gambier Heights,
Western District, on the Island of New Providence, one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
Attorney-at-Law, is the Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas,
for the Resealed Grant of Letters of Administration in the
above estate granted to IRVING W. BALLEN, the
Administrator by the Surrogate's Court of the County of
New York, U.S.A., on the 27th day of August, 1984.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

JULY 21, 2005
Whereas PAMELA LAVERN KLONARIS of Edgewater-
of Old Fort Bay, Western District of New Providence, one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, The
Attorney by Deed of Power of Attorney for MAUREEN
PATRICIA MURLINE, the sole Executor and Trustee has
made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas
for Letters of Administration with the Will Annexed of the
real and personal estate of GERALD MULRINE late of 183
Sandyport Drive, Sandyport, Western District of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, deceased.
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from
the date thereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

P.O. BOX N-167
JULY 21, 2005
In the estate of JAROSLAV CHARLES PILAR a.k.a


CHARLES PILER, late of The Town of Markham in the
Province of Ontario, Canada, deceased.
NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen (14) days from the date hereof, application will be
made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, on its Probate
Side by LOUREY C. SMITH, of #4 George Street in the
City of Nassau in the Island of New Providence, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney-
at-Law, is the Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas, for the
Resealed Grant of Certificate of Appointment with the Will
in the above estate granted to VIVIAN AVIVA HARRIS, the
Executrix and Trustee by the Supreme Court of Justice of
Ontario, Canada, on the 5th day of February, 2005.
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

JULY 21, 2005
Whereas VIRGINIA BURROWS of Freeport, Grand
Bahama, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, the Lawful Widow has made application to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas for Letters of Administration
of the real and personal Estate of ANDY GLENN
BURROWS late of Matthew Town, on the Island of Inagua,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 21 days from
the date thereof.
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

JULY 21, 2005
Whereas JOSEPHENE ROLLE of Golden Gates
Subdivision No. 2, Carmichael Road, Western District, New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, The Lawful Widow has made application to
the Supreme Court of The Bahamas for Letters of
Administration of the real and personal Estate of
FREDERICK J. ROLLE late of Golden Gates Subdivision
No. 2, Carmichael Road, Western District, New Providence,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from
tte date thereof.

S. D. Robinson
"1 (for) Registrar

P.O. BOX N-167
JULY 21, 2005
In the estate of LASZLO NEMETH, late of 1831 S.W. 9th
Avenue in the City of Fort Lauderdale in the State of Florida,
U.S.A., deceased.
NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen (14) days from the date hereof, application will be,
made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, on its Probate
Side by KEVIN MARTIN RUSSELL, of #14 Doubloon Drive
in the City of Freeport, Grand Bahama, one the Island of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney-at-Law, is
the Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas, for the Resealed
Grant of Letters of Administration in the above estate
granted to JEAN ELIZABETH NEMETH, the Executrix by
the Circuit Court for Broward County, Probate Division in
the State of Florida, U.S.A., on the 26th day of January,
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

P.O. BOX N-167
JULY 21, 2005

In the estate of EVEYLYN STEINHARD a.k.a. EVELYN
TEPPER STEINHARD, late of 18081 Biscayne Boulevard,
#401 in the City of Aventura, in the County of Miami Dade
in the State of Florida, U.S.A., deceased.
NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen (14) days from the date hereof, application will be
made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, on its Probate
Side by KEVIN MARTIN RUSSELL, of #14 Doubloon Drive
in the City of Freeport, Grand Bahama, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney-at-Law,
is the Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas, for the Resealed
Grant of Amended Letters of Administration in the above
estate granted to BEN NATHAN TEPPER, the Personal
Representative by the Circuit Court for Miami Dade County
in the State of Florida, U.S.A., on the 24th day of June
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

JULY 21, 2005

Whereas HELEN I. THOMPSON of Castor Street East,
Highland Park, Western District of New Providence, one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, The
Lawful Widow has made application to the Supreme Court
of The Bahamas, for Letters of Administration of the real
and personal Estate of THOMAS ALVIN THOMPSON late
of Castor Street East, Highland Park, Western District of
New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, deceased.
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from
the date hereof.
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

JULY 21, 2005
Whereas REV. KIRKLEY CALEB SANDS of 135 Yorkshire
Street, Westward Villas, Western District of New Providence,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
the Lawful Widow has made application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas for Letters of Administration of the
real and personal Estate of CONSTANCE MURIEL SANDS
late of 135 Yorkshire Street, Westward Villas, Western
District of New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.
Notice is hereby given that'such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from
the date thereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

RO. BOX N-167
JULY 21, 2005
In the estate of SOLON C. BEXLEY, JR., a.k.a. S.C.
of 6332 Wisteria Loop, Land 0' Lakes, Pasco, Florida,
U.S.A., deceased.
NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen (14) days from the date hereof, application will be
made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, on its Probate
Side by DOLLY P. YOUNG, of Nassau East North in the
Eastern District, New Providence, one the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney-at-Law, is the
SAuthorized Attorney in The Bahamas, for the Resealed
Grant of Letters of Administration in the above estate
granted to CRAIG L. BEXLEY, the Personal Representative
by the Probate Division of the Circuit Court for Pasco
County in the State of Florida, U.S.A., on the 28th day of
October, 2004.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

RO. BOX N-167
JULY 21, 2005
late of Tithe House, The Street, Walberton, West Sussex,
United Kingdom, deceased.
NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen (14) days from the date hereof, application will be
made to the Supreme'Court of The Bahamas, on its Probate
Side by DOLLY P. YOUNG, of. Nassau East North in the
Eastern District, New Providence, one the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney-at-Law, is the
Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas, for the Resealed
Grant of Probate in the above estate granted to LEIGH
SUTCLIFFE HOOD, the Executor by the High Court of
Justice, the District Probate Registry at Winchester, United
Kingdom on the 14th day of November, 1997.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

RO. BOX N-167
JULY 21, 2005
In the estate of PATRICIA JOAN PIRRIE HOOD, late of
Tithe House, The Street, Walberton, West Sussex, United
Kingdom, deceased.
NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen (14) days from the date hereof, application will be
made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, on its Probate
Side by DOLLY P. YOUNG, of Nassau East North in the
Eastern District, New Providence, one the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney-at-Law, is the
Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas, for the Resealed
Grant of Probate in the above estate granted to CAROL
DIANE WEBB, the Executrix by the High Court of Justice,
the District Probate Registry at Brighton, United Kingdom
on the 19th day of November, 2001.
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

JULY 18, 19, 20



GN-243 Cont'd
JULY 21, 2005
Whereas JOHN BRAYNEN of Holiday Drive, South
Beach, Southern District of New Providence, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, The
Attorney by Deed of Power of Attorney for RALPH
MADILL, the sole Executor has made application to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas for Letters of
Administration with the Will Annexed of the real and
personal Estate of MARION MADILL late of No. 8 Breezy
Hill off Village Road, Eastern District of New Providence,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,

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

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

JULY 21, 2005
Whereas GLADSTONE BURROWS of Sun Shine Park,
Southern District of New Providence, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, The brother, has
made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas,
for Letters of Administration of the real and personal
Estate of JONATHAN BURROWS late of West End
Avenue, Coconut Grove, Southern District of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, deceased.

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

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

RO. BOX N-167
JULY 21, 2005

In the estate of DENISE TRAMONTANA, late of 14
Ormond Drive, in the County of Albany, in the State of
New York,, one of the States of the United States of
America, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen (14) days from the date hereof, application will
be made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, on its
Probate Side by ARTHUR SELIGMAN, of the Westerns
District, on the Island of New Providence, one the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney-at-Law,
is the Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas, for the
Resealed Grant of Letters Testamentary in the above
estate granted to AVIS MULHOLLAND, the Executrix
by Albany County Surrogate's Court of the State of New
York, U.S.A., on the 13th day of November, 2003.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

PO. BOX N-167
JULY 21, 2005

In the estate of LIVIAN POWELL HARDING, late of
Harris County, in the State of Texas, one of the States of
the United States of America, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen (14) days from the date hereof, application will
be made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, on its
Probate Side by PHILIP ALEXANDER LUNDY, of the
Priderock Corporate Centre, Suite 200, Bay & East Street,
Nassau, New Providence,, one the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney-at-Law, is
the Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas, for the Resealed
Grant of Letters Testamentary in the above estate granted
Executrix by the Probate Court of Harris County in the
State of Texas, U.S.A., on the 16th day of March, 1988.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

RPO. BOX N-167
JULY 21,2005

In the estate of GEORGE WILLIAM HARDING, late of
Palm Beach County, in the State of Florida, one of the
States of the United States of America, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen (14) days from the date hereof, application will
be made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, on its
Probate Side by PHILIP ALEXANDER LUNDY, of the
Priderock Corporate Centre, Suite 200, Bay & East Street,
Nassau, New Providence, one the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney-at-Law, is
the Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas, for the Resealed
Grant of Letters of Administration in the above estate
granted to BETTY HARDING BERNSTEIN, the Executrix
by the Probate Division of the Circuit Court of Palm
Beach, Florida, U.S.A., on the 11th day of April, 1988.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


Bahamians 'must exploit Exuma's economy'

FROM page one and development to ensure that
islanders could take advantage
Development Bank "will con- of all the opportunities that
tinue to make substantial were presented.
investments in the economy of Both legal and illegal migra-
Exuma". tion to Exuma were one of
"But no matter what we do, those challenges, Mr Mitchell
unless there is an entrepreneur- added, but he warned that
ial class that is willing to commit change and the pace it came at
their own resources and talents could not be slowed down, with
to the success f Exuma, capital communities instead needing to
will go to waste and the oppor- be. prepared to manage it..
tunities will be lost to the natives The foreign minister said: "It
of Exuma. It seems to me that is estimated that the population
the Chamber must be pivotal in of Great Exuma may have
that lobbying effort fBr access increased by 1500 since the year
to capital and .the training an 2002. That is a significant
encouragement of entrepr-. increase in "'mture persons with
neurs," Mr Mitchell urged. substantial incoe and earning
While Exuma was enjoying power.
"bigger and betterglory days", They will therefore not be
Mr Mitchell said challenge lay an inert group. They will have
in managing its rapid growth new choices and bring a culture
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(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company is
in dissolution, which commenced on the 18th dayof July, 2005. The
Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc., of P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,



RBC/ROYAL BANK OF CANADA invites tenders for the
purchase of the following:
"ALL THAT piece parcel of land being Lot No; 22, Bucknoch
Subdivision, situated in the Western District of the Island of New
Providence one of the islands of the Commonwealth of the
Bahamas. Situated thereon is a Vacant Land.

Property Size: 5,917 sq. ft.

This property is being sold under Power of Sale in a Mortgage

All offers should be forwarded in writing in a sealed envelope,
addressed to the Manager, Royal Bank Loan Collection Centre,
RO. Box N-7549, Nassau, Bahamas and market d tender 2748"
All offers must be received by the closed, of business 4:00 pm,
Friday 29th, July 2005. .

and way of life that is different
from the traditional Exuma way
of life. The challenge is how to
integrate these new people in
the society, absorbing from
them the best, and sharing your
own cultural and economic val-
ues with them and they with
you." .
And Mr Mitchell added:
"The legal migration is one
thing but with the legal migra-
tion will come illegal migra-
tion. The Bahamas is a mag-
net for illegal migration
because of the opportunities.
for the labouring classes to get
work, and work that Bahami-
ans are generally unwilling at

the offered price to do."
The minister said the Gov-
ernment had heard of the need
for water to be taken to Little
Exuma and Rolleville, and
Bradley Roberts, minister of
works and public utilities, was
now seeking funding for these
Mr Mitchell said Mr Roberts
had last week authorised chief
councillor Rev Franklin
McKenzie to begin working on
new temporary structures at
Exuma International Airport,
'as infrastructure was the sec-
ond greatest challenge posed by
economic development on that


RBC/ROYAL BANK OF CANADA invites tenders for the
purchase of the following:
"ALL THAT piece parcel of land being Lot #7, Carrolls
Subdivision, situated on one of the islands of the Commonwealth
of the Bahamas in the Western District situated thereon is a Single
Family Residence consisting of (2) Two Bedrooms and (2) Two
Property Size: 5,672 sq. ft.
Building Size: 900 sq. ft.
This property is being sold under Power of Sale in a Mortgage
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 2941"
All offers must be received by the closed of business 4:00 pm,
Friday 29th, July 2005.


RBC/ROYAL BANK OF CANADA invites tenders for the
purchase of the following:
"ALL THAT piece parcel of ld being Lot #7, Citrus Meadows,
situated in the Eastern District of the Island of New Provideence
on one of the islands of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.
Situated thereon is a Single Family Residence consisting of (3)
bedrooms, (2) bathrooms.
Property Size: 5,000 sq. ft.
Building: 1,114 sq. ft.
This property is being sold under Power of Salein a Mortgage
All offers should be forwarded in writing in a sealed envelope,
addressed to the Maager, Royal Bank Loan Collection Centre,
P.O Box N-7549, Nassau, Bahanas anid marked "tender 1294"
All offers must be received by the closed of business 4:00 pm,


Tyiece is a four year

old in need of

medical treatment

at Miami Children's

pital for surgery

pair her bladder

Sand bowels.

S 7 G7 e aOSsisther in having a normal childhood.
Send donations to account #05135-7021785 at The Royal Bank of Canada
Account Name, Octavier Thurston
o rfrter ifration call 327-6746 Cell: 426-2972




JULY 19, 2005

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Penn advanced from the pre-
liminary rounds of the 200
meters, while Sheniqua Fer-
guson and Karlton Rolle were
stopped in the heats at the
World Youth Championships
over the weekend.
Smith and Penn ran times
of 24.50 seconds and 21.53 sec-
onds respectively, for second
place at the event, held in
Marrakech, Morocco.
Although Rolle ran a per-
sonal best time of 21.91 sec-
onds, for a third place finish,
the time wasn't sufficient for
qualifying for the semi-final
David Hernandez won the
heat in 21.48 seconds and Tris-
tan Taylor was second in 21.90.
Ferguson, who also ran a
personal best time of 24.98
seconds, came in third. Win-
ning Ferguson's heat was
Marika Popowics of Poland
in 24.07 seconds, while Japan's
Chisato Fukushima finished
up second in 24.92 seconds', a
season's best.

In the semi-final rounds,
Smith ran out of lane one for
an eight place finish. The time
wasn't enough to advance her
into the final rounds. Penn
was second in his heat, taking
the first place crown was
Jervis Cawayne of Jamaica in
21.40 seconds.
Krystal Bodie never man-
aged to finish in the girls 110m
Bodie ran in heat one of the
rounds, which Natasha
Ruddock won in 13.32 sec-
In the relay medley, the
Bahamas men's team of Penn,
Rolle, Juan Lewis and Antho-
ny Butler was third in the sec-
ond heat in 1:56.43 seconds.
Taking the heat and quali-
fying for the second round was
Trinidad and Tobago in
1:52.95 seconds, finishing sec-
ond was Saudi Arabia in
1:53.78 seconds.
The time ran by the
Bahamas' squad was a sea-
son's best.
A sixth place finish was
awarded to the women's
squad of Bodie, Smith, Fer-
guson and Eugena Patton.
The team ran a time of
2:18.08 seconds. Russia won
the event in 2:08.25 seconds, a
season's best timing. The time
ran by the Bahamas team was
also a season's best.

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LEFT tackle Ian Symon-
ette, who is going through a
long list of college prospects,
has secured a spot on the
pages of the world renowned
Sports Illustrated Magazine.
Although he played spar-
ingly for St. Pius X High
School in Houston, Texas
because of an injury this past
season, Symonette has been
named as a candidate for the
initial Reebok Pre-season
High School All-American
On July 4, Symonette was
featured in SI in a Reebok-
sponsored Special Advertis-
ing Feature as a member of
the Midwest regional team for
offensive players.
And in the July 25 issue,
Symonette will be back in
another edition of SI as a
member of the Reebok
national team that comprises
of players from the six regions.
"Our department produces
editorial specials for the mag-
azine and we produce this All-
American team that is being

Ian features in Reebok

'national team'

sponsored by Reebok," said
Alec Morrison, SI's Editional
Projects Writer.
"We had a researcher who
knows high school and college
football really well and he
scouted the country and came
up with a list for us with fol-
low-ups for each of the coach-
es and just try to find out more
about each of the kids."

Morrison, who is based in
their New York office, said
although Symonette only
played a game and a half
because of his injury, he was
still selected because of his
"He's really unusual in that
regard," said Morrison, of
Symonette, who stands about
6-foot, 10-inches and about

332 pounds. "He's such an
agile guy.
"You could tell by the
schools that made offers to
him that people think very
highly of what he can do in
college and depending on how
that goes and how well he
stays healthy, of what he can
do in the pros."
Symonette, a former student
of St. Augustine's College,
who switched over from play-
ing basketball because of his
size, was one of five offensive
linesman from the Midwest
region and 30 from
throughout the region, select-
This is the first year that SI
and Reebok has teamed up to
produce the All-American
team, but Morrison said they
intend to make it an annual
feature in their magazine.

"Regardless of whether or
not he makes the national
team, he will be on the page,"
Morrison reflected. "We will
list all of the players who have
been named to their regional

Morrison said Symonette's
raw talent is what made him
stood for consideration.
"He's a very, very raw prod-
uct because most guys com-
ing out of high school don't
have his height," he pointed
out, "and they don't have his
"From all reports we've got-
ten, Ian works hard and he's
been a thrill to watch some-
one that big play his position.
And he only seems to get bet-
ter and better."

AFTER sinking in last
year's All Andros and
Berry Island regatta, the
International Campari
Lady Natalie came back for
a three-peat in the regatta's
B class at the weekend.
Courageous and Bulla
Reg took top prizes in the
A and C class races, respec-
The regatta, which sails
from the Olympic Village
in Morgan's Bluff, Andros,
was held a week later than
scheduled, due to the dam-
age to the island's airport.
The cancellation had
caused a decline in the
number of boats participat-
ing, but Commodore Phillip
McPhee still believes that
the regatta was a success.
He said: "This is usually
one of the biggest regattas
each year, but it had to be
downsized in numbers due
to the cancellation.
"We had to pull off this
regatta. This regatta meant
a lot to the community and
people in Andros, they look
forward to regattas. Regat-
tas are a boost to the com-
"The weather was great,
great sailing and competi-
tion. We are very pleased
with the turnout. This was
one of the better regattas
because we only had a
week to put everything
This year's regatta saw at
least 20 boats, a drastic
decline in the numbers that
participated. At least seven
boats had pulled out of
Winning each race in it's
class (B class), the Interna-
tional Campari Lady Natal-
ie surged ahead of the com-
petition to lead all boats for
the Boat of the Year title.
The win boosted the spir-
its of skipper and boat own-
er Eleazor 'Barber J' John-
son, who had to settle for
second in two previous
The boat which has four.
skippers, defeated their
closest competition in the
first race by more than five
minutes, the second race in
10 minutes and the third in
a 30 seconds interval.
Johnson said: "The tim-
ing was right, the Lord
knows that this weekend
was the time for me to
shine and I did.
"I did good in Exuma,
Long Island, the New
Year's Day Regatta, and in
the All Exuma regatta. This
is my fifth race and I am
leading the way for the
boat of the year title.
"I am extremely happy
seeing the level of competi-
tion, not too many boats
participated, but the overall
competition was good."
The International Cam-
pari Lady Natalie got the
better part of Eudeva, Pas-
sion, and Pinta, the Barbar-
ian and the Heathcliff.
In the A class division,
the Courageous defeated
the Rupert's Legend, Red
Stripe, Who-Dat, the Sea
and Star and Southern
Taking the crown in the
C class was the Bulla Reg,
followed by the Fugitive,
Barbarian, Vitamalt Thun-
derbird, Hot Flash, Lady
Eunice, Mustache and Two
Johnson added: "It is
amazing to know that a
champion can come back
and take a title. This was a
major comeback for the
boat, crew and sponsors
after last year's perfor-
"I thank God that we
were able to regain form. I
never knew that I would
have been able to take a
three straight victory, but
we did. We have big things
planned for the up coming
"We are looking to take
the Boat of the Year title,
trying to better the points
scored. But in order for us
to do that we will have to
win the rest of the regat-
Johnson's International
Campari Lady Natalie
received the Governors
Cup for his first victory in
B class sailing in 18 years,
last year at the National
Family Island Regatta in
In the hunt for the B
class Boat of the Year title
are the Pinta, from Long
Island, who is currently sit-

ting in second, trailing the
International Campari
Lady Natalie by 13 points.
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the August Monday week-
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TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2005


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Junior girls have high

hopes for championships

Senior Sports

WITH six players return-
ing from the team that fin-
ished fourth two years ago,
the Bahamas junior girls'.
volleyball team are confi-
dent they can win a medal
at this year's Caribbean
Volleyball Championships.
The team, coached by
Jason Saunders, will leave
town today for Trinidad &
Tobago. The championship

Team heads for

Trinidad & Tobago

will run from Thursday to
Their trip comes right on
the heels of the junior boys
team that reliquinshed their
title in Aruba over the
weekend. The two teams

had to split up after Aruba
indicated that they could-
n't host both the boys and
girls divisions at the same
"The team is looking
great," said co-captain

Cheryse Rolle, who is mak-
ing her third trip to the
championships. "So our
best asset will be our
"I anticipate that we
should get a medal. I know
that the competition will be
stiff, mainly from Trinidad,
the reigning champions.
But I think if everyone
pulls together and the team
works as a unit, we should

come back with a medal,
hopefully the gold."
Returning with Rolle, the
outside hitter/power play-
er, for another appearance
in the tournament are
Aniska Rolle, the libero
player; Jewel Smith, off-
set/setter; Camillia Miller,
off-set/setter; Theandra
Thompson, middle player
and Grand Bahamian Whit-
ney Armbrister,
The other members of
the team are: Tia Charlow,

Junior men fail to

finish off opponents

Junior Sports Reporter
RETURNING home from Aru-
ba with a sixth place finish at the
Junior Caribbean Volleyball
Championships (CVC), has set the
;Bahamas back another notch
The junior men will have
'regroup by next year in order to
advance to the next level and
qualify for the junior NORCECA
tournament the highest level of
The Bahamas, who fared well
in all sets, lost momentum after
hitting the 20-point marker.

This earned them the nickname
of "non-finishers" according to
captain Jahmal Ferguson.
Ferguson reflected on the early
-irt I hrv m and his teammates
u, -,iiig Inu tournament and
explained that the careful play by
them forced errors.
"Every game we reached the 20
point maker before the other
teams, but we couldn't finish,"
said Ferguson.
"We made the silliest mistakes
when we hit 20 our main ques-

tion to each other was 'don't we
know how much the game go to?'
"The first time we did this we
pepped each other back up, even
in practice we were that close we
know what to do in the next game.
"That game came, but we didn't
do it. We had the momentum ear-
ly, but it all went flat in the end."
Ferguson, who played his last
year in the junior division,
believes that the team will need a
little more exposure before head-
ing into competitions like CVC.
He revealed that the coaches
from the other squads recognised
the Bahamas as the best team, but

also added that they were the only
team that weren't able to put their
opponents .way.
According to Ferguson, the
team realised their weakness, but
it was unfortunate that they
weren't able to work on it before
the tournament.
He added: "We have a good
team, yes it is a young team, but
that doesn't matter. Our biggest
problem will always be finishing.
"If we know how to finish then
we would have fared better."

middle player; Grand
Bahamian Bianca Fergu-
son; Teriece Clarke, Shatia
Seymour, Tamaz Thomp-
son and Joneafe Saunders.
Cheryse Rolle, a junior
at Benedict College where
Aniska Rolle is also a
member, said they are
more inspired by the boys'
inability to win a medal in
"With the boys not com-
ing back with anything, I
think it makes us want to
go out there and try hard-
er," Sherice Rolle declared.
"We want to make sure
that we bring a medal back
for the Bahamas."
Jason Saunders, who will
be assisted by manager
Yvonne Rolle, admitted
that, while this is the first
opportunity to coach the
junior girls, he's worked
with all but two of the girls
on the team, so he knows
their capabilities.
"I expect the girls to win.
I have not seen the compe-
tition, but, based on what
I was told, in reference to
last time and how they are
performing," Saunders said,
"I think they should win.
"If they don't win, I don't
think it's because they did-
n't play up to par. The
problem with juniors is that
they're juniors and you can
never tell which set of
juniors will'come up and be

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paranoia over giving

birth really justified?

* GIVING birth to a child is supposed to be a joyous time, and for most mothers-to-be it is.

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Tribune Feature Writer
Giving birth to a
child is sup-
posed to be a
joyous time,
and for most
mothers-to-be it is. But there
are some who feel uneasy, if,
not paranoid, about giving
birth and the enormous respon-
sibility that follows.
But is this paranoia justified?
According to Dr Anthony
Carey, gynaecologist at Cen-
treville Medical Centre, it is a
"very common occurrence" to
see pregnant Bahamian women
asking many questions
throughout their pregnancy,
worrying about the growing
fetus and feeling despondent
about caring for the child.
And while for some onlook-
ers there is feeling that these
women may be going a little
overboard with their concerns,
Dr Carey says that some
degree of concern comes along
with every pregnancy.
"I would say that in general,
all pregnant women are going
to have some concerns about
what can happen in the preg-
nancy, so there is always going
to be a sense of some uncer-
tainty and anxiety because they
don't always know what the
outcome will be," Dr Carey
told Tribune Woman.
"Invariably, some women
have had friends and family
members who've had kids or
they would have heard about
cases where persons had a
problem, either with miscar-

riage or a premature baby that
has had complications, or peo-
ple who have had still births.
So they get really anxious in
their own pregnancy," he adds.
For one Bahamian mother,
who three-and-a-half months
ago had her first child, the
greatest concern during her
pregnancy was to have a nat-
ural labour, which she feels is
"practically impossible" in the
Even though her doctor was
supportive of the idea, the hos-
pital where she had the baby
was not.
Another concern she had
was whether she would be a
good mother to her baby, along
with the changes that mother-
hood would bring to her life
and how she would juggle
those challenges on top of her
current responsibilities.
"For a first time pregnancy
one is necessarily more cau-,
tious, given that it is a first-time
experience and one does not
know how the body will react,"
said the young mother who
asked not to be named.
And Dr Carey agrees. "For
one, (first-time mothers) are
not comfortable with what it's
going to take to be a Mom, and
what that really means. And
it's different reading about it
or someone telling you about it,
and actually having to be con-
fronted with the responsibility
of it. So it's a great task when
they look at the whole thing."
Sharon Rolle, 25, who is now

four months pregnant with her
first child, doesn't see her con-
cerns as being unreasonable,
though she admits that her hus-
band feels that she should "just
relax and stop giving the baby
(her) stress".
When she discovered from
an at-home pregnancy test that
she was pregnant, the mother-
to-be recalls being excited but
also worried about the baby's
As the daughter of a woman
who had a miscarriage at a
young age, she was also con-
cerned that she too would mis-
"I can't stop thinking about
that part of it because these
things (miscarriages) do hap-
pen. I know other people who
were having babies and then
they miscarried, so why would-
n't that happen to me," she
shares with Tribune Woman.
"So although you are excited
about this baby and it's healthy
and you can't wait for it to
come, and you're planning
baby clothes and the nursery
and everything like that, you
-really-can't get too excited
because you still have these
things in the' back of your
mind," she adds.
According to Dr Carey, it
does not necessarily mean that
a woman will miscarry because
her relative did. In fact, two
out of every 10 women will
miscarry at no fault of her own.
It is only after a woman has
lost three babies that doctors

See BIRTH, Page 2C

PACE hoping to draw followers with

an easy but adaptable exercise path

NASSAU'S newest health haven is hop-
ing to draw followers with an easy but
adaptable exercise path that's moderate,
flexible and builds positive relationships.
Change of PACE, located in Common-
wealth House on East Avenue North, fea-
tures a circuit resistance training pro-
gramme. But, unlike some circuit-based
gyms, its eight resistance machines which
target thighs, biceps, back, glutes and chest
- can be adjusted to increase or decrease
resistance. With a twirl of a knob, a work-
out can be made easier for a nervous
beginner, or pumped up for a well-toned,
seasoned gym-goer.
With a bright, basic, welcoming atmos-
phere, PACE staff say the gym's simplici-
ty is a big selling point.
"It's not your everyday gym. We don't
have the big weights, we don't have a mul-
titude of machines," says Nikechia Hall-
Dennis, facilitator.
She, along with Niambi Hall-Campbell,
takes members through warm ups, cool-

downs and challenges them on the step
benches and jogging squares that are inter-
spersed between the machines. Measur-
ing, weighing and motivation outside work-
out time are also provided.
The simplified style, she explains, can
make the sometimes-daunting experience
of exercising friendlier and.more fun.
"A lot of times when people go to the
gym, they feel confused and not quite sure
what to do," she explains. "It helps you
feel more personalised and it helps you
feel more motivated to come to the gym
because you're not going to feel out of
And since membership is open only to
women, members shouldn't feel obligated
to come dressed to impress, either.
"A lot of people want to be slim before
they get to the gym," says Ms Hall-Dennis,
explaining that, in mixed settings, some
women feel self-conscious in workout
clothes. "You don't wanna go to the gym,

put on your tight clothes, and then feel
like 'oh this is so not cute, that's not good.'
And in some gyms, you can go in and
everyone in there is looking real great,
and you feel like 'I don't even belong
A typical workout which includes two
rounds on the machines lasts about 35
minutes, but for ambitious days, it can eas-
ily be made longer. While maintaining
good posture and contracting the abs while
on each of the circuit machines helps tone
the midsection, members can give belly
bulge direct attention with the Ab Scis-
sors machine provided.
And for days when a typical workout
just isn't enticing, staff suggest coming any-
way, to work on stretching and toning,
make use of the treadmill and bike, or
work out with the step benches and small
free weights. "If the circuit is not what
you're feeling that day, then don't do it.
Because if you're not into it, then you're

See GYM, Page 3C


Bahamas Top

Model Search



of surprises

Organisers say event 'will be

bigger and better than last year's'

his year's search
for the Bahamas'
Top Model is well
on its way and
promises to be
full of surprises. The Bahamas
Top Model Search is scheduled
for July 29 August 7 and
organisers say that it "will be
bigger and better than last
The search, which will be
aired as a reality series on
Caribbean Flava Television
"wasn't perfect last year",
admits photographer Donald
Knowles, organiser. "The
search was pushed back into
late September because of the
hurricanes, resulting in under
50 participants. It however
turned out to be a success."
Mr Knowles, the creative
director of this year's search,
proudly made note that already
60-70 persons have registered
early online. "We expect a lot
more participants with more
interesting characters this
The panel of judges has not

yet been finalised, but Mr
Knowles promises that it will.
be made up of professionals.
The point system of judging
is hoped to help "level the play-
ing field by providing all mod-
els with a, fair chance to
become the winner of the com-
petition,".said Mr Knowles.
Participants will also take
part in a spokesmodel chal-
lenge, which organisers say will
provide them with travel
opportunities, and "ensure that
participants are well exposed
and ready to handle the pres-
sure of the press".
Kishanna Sands, a finalist
from last year's competition,
described the Bahamas Top
Model Search as a "wonder-
ful" experience.
"It was my first time model-
ling and I got a chance to meet
a lot of new people," she said.
Rukenya Demeritte, last
year's winner of the competi-
tion, -said: "In terms, of work,
things are presently slow. I plan
to travel to New York and

Birth (From page

really start looking for medical
reasons why she would "abort.
Says Dr Carey: "So it is good
to reassure women that mis-
carriages occur because of a
chromosomal anomaly in the
genetic mix."
This anomaly comes into
effect when the genetic mater-
ial exchanges between egg and
sperm, but all of the chromo-
somes do not separate like they
"Nature's buffer is that the
pregnancy tends to stop.
Because it is better to have it
stop now than to have a baby
born with a problem. So nature
has built in that safety net," the
doctor adds.
Dr Carey feels that it is
important for the physician and
nursing teams to make this fact
known to women. "Because
they can go home with a lot of
guilt: Did I do something
wrong? I might have lifted a
suitcase. I was doing something
in the cupboard. My husband
squeezed me too tight. You can
have an endless list'of 'whys',
but the reality of it is that a
miscarriage is a genetic event in
nature," Dr Carey notes.
Most feelings of anxiety that
mothers experience has to do
with a lack of education. But
Dr Carey says that if she is
"well informed" and made
aware of the fact that her body
is designed to carry a baby,
there is a greater chance that
she won't go through the preg-
nancy "with all of these taboos
and alarms of you can't do this
and that".
For the mother of the three-
and-a-half month old, life did
change during her pregnancy.
"I didn't do any high impact
sports like playing tennis, which
I had done before. This was
instructed by the doctor. I did-
n't travel on a plane six weeks
before my due date. This is the
general recommendation and
I believe most airlines won't
allow you on without a note
from the doctor.
"Incidentally, I felt quite con-
fident about going on the Bo
Hengy at seven months; how-
ever, they don't allow women
over six months (pregnant) on
their boats. I think if I were
pregnant again I would not be

Europe very soon, as the mar-
ket in the.Bahamas is very
Rukenya is interested in
lifestyle modelling and will
begin work with Blue Hole
Productions next week on a
"Things were supposed to
happen within the competition
which never did; however, I
hope that this year's winner will
get a lot more out of the com-
petition, which was a great
Bahamas Top Model win-
ners will receive prizes, such as
picture portfolios, trophies,
jewellery and gifts from Hollis
Cosmetics. Some prizes are still
being negotiated.
Open calls will be held at
First Down Lounge, East Bay
Street on July 29,and 30, start-
ing at 7pm. The finale is sched-
uled for August 7 at Caves Vil-
lage Plaza. Check for


so cautious with respect to the
sports I engage in."
In Sharon's case though, the
changes seem extreme, when
compared to her regular rou-
tine. "I go to work and I come
home, that's basically it,
because I read somewhere that
you can over exert yourself and
do harm to the baby if you are
too active. The gym is out.
Walking in the mornings is out.
Standing oyer a hot stove cook-
ing is out. I sleep for most of
the evening. I'm just focused
on keeping my body calm for
this baby."
But Dr Carey encourages
pregnant women to live their
lives as normal as possible, but
with some common sense
"The very high impact exer-
cise, you don't want to be doing
.that. We tend to discourage
(pregnant women) from expos-
ing themselves to extremes of
temperature like saunas and
Jacuzzis, (and) no severe pres-
sure changes like scuba diving.
But for the most part, a healthy
young woman is encouraged to
do exercise like walking, swim-
ming, light floor, exercise with
light weights. That's accept-
able," says the gynaecologist.
It is also important that
women keep scheduled prena-
tal care visits to their doctor,
as it provides an opportunity
for the gynaecologist and the
nursing team to offer ongoing
education, which will help to
alleviate anxiety.
A young woman who has a
non-complicated pregnancy
should be seen by her doctor
by the first trimester (week 12)
of pregnancy because some
very important information can
be gathered about the baby at
this point. Once a woman goes
past the first trimester, she is
generally seen every four
weeks until she comes to her
30th week of pregnancy. She
is seen every two weeks until
the 36th week of pregnancy,
then every week until it's time
to have the baby. "That the
general rule but those numbers
change, depending on the com-
plexity and high risk nature of
the pregnancy," Dr Carey adds.




your health questions answered


What is acne?

ACNE is genetically-inher-
ited, which is the result of sev-
eral factors occurring in the
skin. Aside from excess oil
secreted by the sebaceous
glands, there is a proliferation
of cells that clog the pores,
trapping oil in the follicle.
Bacteria inhabit the follicle
and digest the oils, generating
waste products which then
cause the irritation to the skin.
Oilier skin conditions tend to
experience more acne break-
outs because they provide
more food for the bacteria.
Teenagers' hormonal
changes increase oil produc-
tion, in turn increasing acne
A quick Face Mapping or
Skin Analysis by your skin care
therapist will identify your
acne-prone areas.

What is the difference


between acne vulgaris and
"acne" rosacea?

Acne vulgaris a more com-
mon form of acne and is caused
by clogging and inflammation
of the skin's hair follicles.
Rosacea, on the other hand, is
not actually a form of acne at

all, even though it looks that
way in its early stages. Rosacea
is an inherited vascular disor-
der in which the blood vessels
of the face become swollen
after repeated exposure to cer-
tain triggers such as extreme
temperatures, alcohol, spicy
food, etc. While it starts as a
simple blushing, it advances
into bumps on the face that
look like an acne breakout.
Like common acne, Rosacea
is treatable...but not by the
same regimen. Skin prone to
Rosacea must be treated gently
to avoid triggering redness and
inflammation, and may also
require a dermatologist's pre-
scription for special medication
to control the symptoms.

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-

Gym (From page 1C)

not gonna maximise your
workout but still do some-
thing. Come, we can try and
work with you," says Ms Hall-
Campbell. "Find a programme
that works for you, and hope-
fully what we're trying to do
will be part of that programme.
"You can do other things other
than just going to the gym. If
you find that you just want to
go take a walk on the beach,
walking in sand is great!
There's always things that you
can do to keep you healthy."


Although the circuit is its
specialty, it also features Sat-
urd;ay morning yoga; and is

planning to introduce prenatal
exercise, Pilates classes, and
begin a walking club to help
create community.


"We try to provide you with
an overall health programme,"
says Ms Hall-Dennis, pointing
to a section on the gym's board
reserved for the weekly health
tip, which provides nutritional
advice and encouragement.
"The key to everything is mod-
eration," she says.
That's as true for working
out as it is for picking up with a
healthy plan after splurging on
a double scoop ice cream.
"If you feel like having

chocolate, eat a small piece ...
It's when you deny (yourself)
that you're like, 'oh I'm just
gonna get that huge Hershey's
bar and just eat the whole
thing', and then you feel terri-
ble. We don't want people to
feel that way, so we tell them,
just don't cut things from your
diet... you have to do things in
moderation. Just like your
exercise programme, you
wouldn't just start out by run-
ning a marathon.


"So don't just start changing
the way you (eat) you have to
change the way you eat for a
lifelong goal."

Dear Dr C(arey,
It seems that nowadays girls
at starting menstruation at an
early age. Is there anything that
can be done to delay this occur-
ring? Also, what causes this?
Are there drugs available?

MENARCHE, the onset of
menses, is one of the physio-
logical cascade of events that
occur in adolescent females as
they go through puberty. The
onset of puberty is an evolving
sequence of maturational steps
that transform a female's body
from an infantile state to even-
tually achieving adult function.
The pubertal sequence of
females has been well docu-
mented and follows a pattern
of accelerated growth, breast
development, pubic hair
growth and then menarche.
This process from onset to com-
pletion generally spans a period
of 4-5 years. Once completed
a female has in essentialy
acquired the ability to repro-
duce and becomes fertile.
Studies done in the USA by
the American Academy of
Pediatrics in the 1990's demon-
strate that black American girls
on average begin puberty
between ages 8 and 9, and
white American girls by age 10.
The normal age range of
menarche in American girls is
9.1 17.7 with a median of 12.8&
years. I don't know of any stud-
ies done in the Bahamas to
evaluate our population but it
can be assumed that because
we enjoy a similar lifestyle the
ages should be comparable.
In the early 1900s the aver-
age age of menarche was 14.5
years. This has steadily declined
and appeared to plateau in the
1960s to reach the age we
appreciate today. The decline
in the age of menarche dis-
played by children in developed
countries undoubtedly reflects
improved nutritional status and
healthier living conditions. It
was first argued that girls had to
achieve a critical body weight

Dr Anthony Carey
of 48Kg (106 lb) for menarche
to occur but later studies
demonstrated that more impor-
tantly than total body weight
was the shift in body composi-
tion to a greater percent of fat
(from 16.0 to 23.5 per cent).
Therefore, because our
lifestyle and nutritional habits
have changed, girls are achiev-
ing this critical body fat com-
position earlier and hence start-
ing menstruation at an earlier
From your questions this
explains what causes this' and
how age is affected.
I must point out though, that
as important as body fat com-
position is we must be mindful
of the genetic factor. There still
remains a fairly good correla-
tion between the time of
menarche of mothers and
daughters and between sisters.
The other question as to
what can be done to delay this
occurring is borne out in why
anorexic or intense exercisers
have delayed menarche up to
14-16 years. Again these
females tend to have low
weight or low percent fat com-
ponent of weight. So by engag-
ing young girls in intense sports
one can delay the onset of men-

Are there drugs available?
My answer to this question,
from a gynecologist's perspec-
tive, comes from the experience
that young girls are often
brought to my practice by their
parents complaining that from
the time their daughter has
started having periods they are
often long/heavy and unpre-
This is a common scenario
for many adolescents and it
occurs because the hormonal
axis, or connection between the
central computer if you will
(called the'pituitary gland) and
the ovaries (containing the eggs
that produce the hormones that
control the menstrual cycle)
remains immature for up to 12
18 months after menarche
begins. So even though men-
struation is occurring, the deli-
cate synchronization of hor-
mones that lead to ovulation
(release of the egg from the
ovary) and in turn a timed reg-
ular menstrual period has not
yet occurred. This type of
bleeding pattern then is
referred to as an anovulatory
menstrual cycle and they can
be alarming. Fortunately there
are readily available medica-
tions that safely help these
young females achieve regular
menstrual cycles until they
become old enough for their
own bodies to regulate their
This type of medical man-
agement and advice is best
obtained in consultation with
a certified gynecologist.
This informative weekly
column provided by Doctors
Hospital is intended to educate
women about important issues
regarding their health andis not
intended as a substitute for con-
sultation with an
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to or
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Asthma specialist: Many

sufferers do not take

condition seriouslv

Tribune Feature Writer
A lthough hundreds
A of Bahamians suf-
fer from asthma
at different levels
of severity, it is an illness that is
not taken seriously by.many.
According to Dr Kevin Moss
of the Pulmonary & Critical
Care Institute, an asthma spe-
cialist, a lot of asthma sufferers
don't take their condition seri-
"But asthma kills," warns Dr
"When you are young, you
feel like you are invincible anid
you can get over this, so a lot of
young people are not compli-
ant. But what happens when
you are having these attacks
over and over again, you have
scaring in the breathing tubes
over and over again. And as
you get older, you really start
to experience more problems.
So asthma is not something you
(should) take lightly."
In fact, asthma predisposes
an individual to respiratory
infections, the doctor notes.
Asthma was first classified
on three levels mild, moder-
ate and severe.- but the classi-
fication has since been changed
to mild intermittent, mild per-
sistent, moderate persistent and
severe persistent.
With mild intermittent asth-
ma, patients have infrequent
symptoms, like coughing and
wheezing, less than twice a
week. The episodes of asthma

are short lived, and the indi-
vidual is well between episodes.
In cases of mild persistent
asthma, patients have symp-
toms of asthma cough,
wheezing and breathlessness -
more than twice a week, but
not daily. The acute episodes
are likely to affect activity, and
night time problems may occur
more than twice a month.
When it comes to moderate
persistent asthma, patients
have symptoms requiring
reliever medication daily, and
have night time symptoms at
least once a week. Their activ-
ity is restricted, and lung func-
tion tests are significantly
abnormal. They also experi-
ence significant airway inflam-
mation, and .need inhaled
steroids on a regular basis to
keep their disease under con-
trol. Untreated, they have fre-
quent exacerbations and their
lung function goes on deterio-
rating. Even when relatively
well, controller therapy must
be continued.
At severe persistent asthma,
symptoms are almost continu-
ous, and these patients have
severely restricted activity, hos-
pital admissions, and find it dif-
ficult to sleep through the
night. Lung function test
reports are grossly abnormal,
and these individuals are
unable to indulge in much
physical activity. They require
vigorous therapy, including
high-dose inhaled steroids.
Most of the patients that Dr
Moss sees fall into the cate-

gories of moderate persistent
and severe persistent asthma,
the two highest levels of asth-
ma in terms of severity.
In the Bahamas, said Dr
Moss, asthma occurs mainly in
children. But there is a "signif-
icant (number)" of children
who progress on through their
adolescent period and adult life
with asthma.
But some children do "out-
grow" the condition, and some

asthma cases develop later on
in life. Also, some children do
not experience asthma symp-
toms as the grow older but the
symptoms return years later.
While there is no specific
asthma season, many asthma
attacks occur in the time of
seaonsal allergies, as they are
triggered mainly by elements
of nature. Particularly in the
case of children, says Dr Moss,
these allergies trigger asthma

"And so you find that when
it comes to more of the rainy
season and also in the spring
and rainy times, you see more
asthma because once the plants
are pollinating, the pollen from
the plants blow more in the air
and so they trigger the children
to have asthma," Dr Moss
"And then the summer is
another period too, because

during that time, when it's dry
and you have more dusty con-
ditions, then that's another big
trigger for asthma," he adds.
There is no cure for asthma,
but certain treatments are
effective to help prevent an /
attack as well as to ease the
breathing tubes on the onset
of an attack.
There are some steroid
inhalers that are anti-inflam-
matory which will address the

"underlying problem" of sore-
ness in the breathing tubes.
These are what doctors call
"controllers", as they prevent
the patient from having an
"So once we can correct the
soreness we can control the
asthma," he adds.
There are other types of
inhalers that help to open up
the breathing tubes. The
"reliever" quickly opens the
breathing tubes at the onset of
an asthma attack.
Glucocorticoids, an oral anti-
inflammatory steroid drug
commonly used to treat asthma
has come under fire for its risk
to heart health. Dr Moss, who
uses the drug "quite a bit" in
his practice, says it is effective
and can be safe once used
appropriately and prescribed
Speaking of Prednisone,
which is the most common of
this drug type, Dr Moss said:
"It is a very effective anti-
inflammatory because it real-
ly addresses the problem of
soreness in the lungs... It is the
best medication that we have to
hSwtreat soreness'but we just have
to use it with caution. Some
patients we can't control with
inhalers alone, we have to leave
them on this medicine for long
periods of time. But we try to
use the smallest amount as pos-
sible to keep them out of trou-
ble, in terms of breathing and
monitoring the patient for side
He does admit though, when

patients have to use the drug
for long periods of time one of
the side effects is that it weak-
ens muscles. And the heart is a
Asthma is an inflammatory
disease, which means that it is
characterised by soreness in the
breathing tubes. Because of
this soreness, the symptoms of
asthma occur, which include
wheezing, shortness of breath,
chest tightness and coughing.
Since asthma for the most
part is triggered by various
stimulants, Dr moss says that
the most effective way to avoid
an attack is to minimise expo-
sure to these triggers.
Dusty environments, ciga-
rette smoke (second-hand
smoke as well), aerosols (insect
repellents and perfumes for
example), pet dander, roach
droppings (which is a very com-
mon allergen) should be avoid-
The precautions that are tak-
en at home, notes Dr Moss,
should be extended to the work
"People need to know that
there is~help for asthma. Even
though we can't cure the dis-
ease, we can control the symp-
toms so that people can live a
normal and productive life,"
Dr Moss adds.

An asthma clinic is cow-
ducted at Princess Margaret
Hospital for children on Mot.
days, and for adults on Thurs-
days. Check-in time is 8am.

Rotary Club of East Nassau lending helping

hand to Bahamas Diabetic Association

THE Rotary Club of East
Nassau is once again lending a
much needed helping hand to
the Bahamas Diabetic Associa-
tion by providing $6,000 to
underwrite the cost of-the
Annual Bahamas Diabetic
Youth Camp for youngsters .'
with diabetes. The camp will 4%
focus on diabetes education as
well as provide activities and
testing equipment to aid in the .
successful maintenance of their

0 PICTURED is Lindsey
Cancino (left), PP Rotary Club
of East Nassau, presenting the
cheque to Bradley Cooper,
president of Bahamas Diabetic





Deserving children treated to

day of food, games and gifts


More than 100 deserv-
ing children from
the Emergency
Hostel, Elizabeth
Estates and Ran-
furly Homes were treated to a fun-
filled day of food, games and gifts by
Doctors Hospital and the South Mia-
mi Baptist Hospital.
The Fun Day, one of several activi-
ties planned to commemorate Doc-
tors Hospital's 50 years of service to
the Bahamian community, included
the presentation of toys, school sup-
plies and clothes, and face painting
and games. A renovation project to
the library room of the Elizabeth
Estates Children's Home will also be
undertaken by the South Miami Bap-

tist Hospital.
Charles Sealey, Doctors Hospital's
chief operating officer, and Karen
Vassell, event coordinator from South
Miami Baptist Hospital, brought the
idea to fruition, and with a hardwork-
ing team made it happen on Thurs-
day, July 14, from llam-4pm at Good-
man's Bay.


"I had the opportunity to work with
South Miami Baptist Hospital for four
months. They (South Miami Baptist
Hospital) joined forces with hospitals
in Jamaica and hosted a similar event.
I asked them to consider bringing the
idea to New Providence and they
immediately embraced the idea," Mr
Sealey told Tribune Health. "This is a

Fun Day was one of several activities to commemorate

Doctors Hospital's 50 years of service to community

great opportunity for the children and
for both Doctors Hospital and South
Miami Baptist Hospital, which is a
non-profit organisation."
Michele Rassin, Doctors Hospital
assistant vice-president of operations
and coordinator of the event said that
South Miami Baptist Hospital pro-
vided the children with many won-
derful activities to take part in.
"They also brought books, school
supplies, toys and clothing for the
kids," said Ms Rassin. "We have many
cultures to celebrate at Doctors Hos-

pital so this is a great way to do so."
Nakita Smith, an assistant at the
Children's Emergency Hostel noted
that the Fun Day also brought togeth-
er siblings who live in separate homes.
An estimated 120 children between
the ages of two and seventeen were
expected to attend the Fun Day, said
Cynthia Cox, chairman of the com-
mittee from Doctors Hospital.
The event took about five months
to plan and was well received by the
community, especially local compa-
nies that donated food and supplies

for the event, she added.
"It is great that South Miami Baptist
Hospital and Doctors Hospital joined
forces to organise this venture. I look
forward to Doctors Hospital going
over to South Miami one day to offer
assistance," said Theus Fountain, Doc-
tors Hospital administrator.
Other events scheduled to celebrate
Doctors Hospital's 50 years of service
include a cocktail party, cultural explo-
sion and a fun run/walk, planned for
October 22.

Summer safety tips

12 ways to help

treat acne

ACNE is a common skin
condition. It occurs most
often in teenagers and young
adults, but can persist or
begin in adulthood.
Acne can develop on the
shoulders, back, neck, and
the ultimate curse the face.
Contrary to myth, acne is
not caused by greasy foods,
chocolate or soda, or a frus-
trated sex drive. Acne
results when oil ducts below
the skin gets clogged. Fac-
tors that can helpcause acne
include hormone changes
durindolece; changes U lsebefore a
' fitiks minisdl period
or during pregijancy; rich
moisturising lotions or
heavy, greasy niakeup; emo-
tional stress; nutritional sup-
plements containing iodine;
exposure to airborne parti-
cles from cooking oils or tar;
taking drugs .
The following measures
can help treat acne:
Gently wash] the skin
where the acne.appears
twice a day; use mild soap
and a clean washcloth;
rinse well;
do not scrub (astrin-
gents, degreasing pads, and
granular face scrubs may
also be beneficial);
use a fresh washcloth
each time you wash your
face (bacteria thrive in a
damp washcloth, re-infect-

ing your pores if you use it
do not squeeze, scratch
or poke at pimples. This can
cause infection or scarring
or both;
use an over-the-counter
benzoyl peroxide;
wash immediately after
you exercise or sweat;
shampoo your hair at
least every other day to
eliminate buildup of oils that
can contribute to acne on
your forehead, neck or
keep your hair off of
your face to keep it free of
-scalp oill
If you are a male, s'fteh~"
your beard with a warm tow-
el before shaving to lessen
skin irritation. Shave along
the natural grain of the
beard, not against it, and use
a new razor each time you
limit the time spent in
the sun;
avoid greasy or oil-based
creams, lotions and make-
Consult a dermatologist if
your skin does not improve
or if you have a severe case
of acne. A doctor can pre-
scribe topical ointments,
Retin A cream or gel, and/or
antibiotics. Microdermabra-
sion and laser treatments
can also help.
Source: Doctors Hospital

LAST week Part 1 of this arti-
cle focused on protecting chil-
dren from abuse. This article
provides tips that can assist par-
ents/guardians in protecting
their children from potential
harm from.physical activities
such as:
Playing out doors for long
periods.of time;
swimming; and
assisting with work around
the yard, such as cutting the
These activities, though enjoy-
able may prove harmful to the
health and well being of chil-
dren in the absence of proper

Fun in the sun
Highlights of summer for
most children is the (seemingly)
endless amount of time they are
able tbqpend doing activities
that they enjoy whether
(ndoors or outdoors.
" Despite advancing technology
that offers a wide array of
indoor, less physical activities
for children, a large percentage
of Bahamian families still
encourage and permit their chil-
dren to engage in outdoor activ-
ities. Even when children are
placed in structured summer
programmes, many of the activ-
ities take place outdoors.,
This is excellent, as it helps
to prevent physical inactivity
and the over consumption of
unhealthy foods, which leads to
obesity and gives rise to a range
of adverse health conditions,
However, here is concern for
the possibility and prevention
of over exposure to sunlight,
which can contribute to a num-
ber of health problems such as
dehydration, exhaustion and
All children are at risk for
experiencing one or more of
these adverse consequences of
over exposure to sunlight.
Parents should take the fol-
lowing steps to prevent these
conditions occurring in their
Ensure that the child/chil-
dren cover up. Encourage the
child to wear a hat with a three-
inch brim or a bill facing for-
ward; sunglasses (that block 99-
100 per cent of ultraviolet rays);
and light-colored cotton clothing
with a tight weave that is light-
weight. Light colors will reflect
away some of the sun's energy.
Clothing should be limited to
one layer of absorbent material
to facilitate evaporation of
sweat. Sweat saturated garments
should be replaced by dry gar-
Stay in the shade whenever
possible, and avoid sun expo-
sure during the peak intensity
hours between 10am and 4pm.
It is also a good idea to use an
Use a sunscreen with an
SPF (sun protection factor) of
15 or greater. Be sure to apply
enough sunscreen about one
ounce. Reapply sunscreen every
two hours, or after swimming
or sweating.
Drink water. Always drink
plenty of water and take fre-
quent breaks when working or
playing in the hot weather.
Ensure that your child/children
carry water or juice with them
and encourage them to drink
continuously, even if they do
not feel thirsty. Try to avoid the
use of drinks containing caf-
feine, which dehydrate the body.
Before prolonged physical activ-
ity, the child should be well
hydrated. During the activity,
periodic drinking should be

enforced. For example, each 20
minutes, 5oz of cold tap water or
a flavoured sports drink should
be given to a child weighing
881bs, and 9oz for an adolescent
weighing 132 lbs, even if the
child does not feel thirsty.
Eat small meals and eat
more often. Avoid foods that
are high in protein, which
increase metabolic heat.
Avoid using salt tablets unless
directed to do so by a physician.
Slow down. Avoid strenu-
ous activity. If children must do
strenuous activity, encourage
them to do it during the coolest
part of the day, which is usually
in the morning, between 4am
and 7am.
Stay indoors when possible.
Take regular breaks when
engaged in physical activity on
warm days. Take time out to
find a cool place, Watch for
signs that tell that someone is
having a heat related illness such
as dizziness, headache, abnor-
mal behaviour, staggering or
excessive sweating. If you rey,,
ognize that someone is showing
the signals of a heat-related ill-
ness, stop activity and find a cool
place. Remember, have fun, but
stay cool!
The intensity of activities that
last 15 minutes or more should
be reduced whenever high heat
and humidity reach critical lev-
At the beginning of a strenu-
ous exercise programme or after
travelling to a warmer climate,
the intensity and duration of
exercise should be limited ini-
tially and then gradually
increased during a period of 10-
14 days to accomplish acclima-
tisation to the heat.

Swimming safety (in pools
and open water)
Drowning and injuries related
to swimming in pools or on the,.
beach is a major safety concern
for parents/guardians of young
children. To minimise the poten-
tial of such accidents,
parents/guardians should:
Never leave children alone
in or near the pool, even for a
Install a fence at least four-
feet high around all four sides of
the pool. The fence should not
have openings or protrusions
that a young child could use to
get over, under, or through.
Make sure pool gates open
out from the pool, and self-close
and self-latch at a height young
children cannot reach.
Keep rescue equipment (a
shepherd's hook a long pole
with a hook on the end) and a
portable telephone near the
swimming site.
** Avoid the use of inflatable
swimming aids such as
"floaters". They are not a sub-
stitute for approved life vests
and can give children a false
sense of security.
Children may not be devel-
opmentally ready for swimming
lessons until after their fourth
birthday. Swim programmes for
children under the age of four
should not be seen as a way to
decrease the risk of drowning.
Whenever infants, toddlers
and young children are in or
around water, an adult should
be within arm's length, provid-
ing "touch supervision" being
in constant contact with the
Make sure your child knows
never to dive into water, except
when permitted by an adult who
knows the depth of the water
and who has checked for under-
water objects.
Never let your child swim
in canals or any fast-moving
Ocean swimming should be


allowed only when a lifeguard is
on duty.
Even good swimmers need
buddies. Make sure your child
knows never to swim alone.
A lifeguard or another adult
(preferably one who knows
about water rescue) needs to be
watching children at all times.

Boating safety
When taking or permitting
children to go on a boat, ensure
Each child wears a life jack-
et at all times when on boats or
near bodies of water.
The life jacket is the right
size for your child. The jacket
should not be loose. It should
always be worn as instructed
with all straps belted.
Blow-up water wings, toys,
rafts and air mattresses are nev-
er used as life jackets or life pre- '
Adults should wear life jack-
ets for their own protection and
set a good example.

Playground safety
Ensure that a shock-absorb-
ing surface is under and around
play equipment (at least 9 inch-
es of wood chips, mulch, sand,
pea gravel or shredded rubber -
for play equipment five feet or
Ensure that all play equip-
ment are properly maintained.
.Open "s" hooks or protruding
bolt ends can be hazardous.
Swing seats should be made
of soft materials such as rubber,
plastic or canvas.
Make sure children cannot
reach any moving parts that
might pinch or trap any body
Never attach or allow chil-
dren to attach-ropes, jump
ropes, leashes or similar items
to play equipment children
can strangle on these.
Make sure metal slides are
cool to prevent children's legs
from getting burned.
Supervise children on play
equipment to make sure they
are safe.

Bicycle safety
Most children enjoy riding
bicycles, however many of them
are not able to recognise poten-
tial dangers associated with the
use of such equipment.
Children should not push to
ride a two-wheeled bike until
he or she is ready, at about age
five or six years of age.
Consider the child's coordi-
nation and desire to learn to
Stick with coaster (foot)
brakes until your child is older
and more experienced for hand
Take the child along when
shopping for the bike, so that
he or she can try it out. The val-
ue of a properly fitting bike far
outweighs the value of surpris-
ing your child with a new bike.
Buy a bike that is the right
size, not one the child has to
"grow into". Oversized bikes
are especially dangerous.
Ensure that the child wears
a helmet on every bike ride, no
matter how short or how close
to home. Many accidents hap-
pen in driveways, on sidewalks
and on bike paths, not just on
Children learn best by
observing you. Whenever you
ride your bike, put on your hel-
When purchasing a helmet,
look for a label or sticker that
says the helmet meets safety
standards. A helmet protects the
child from serious injury and

should always be worn. Wearing
a helmet at all times helps chil-
dren develop the helmet habit.
A helmet should be worn so
that it is level on the head, not
tipped forwards or backwards.
The strap should be securely fas-
tened, and you should not be
able to move the helmet in any
direction. If needed, the hel-
met's sizing pads can help
improve the fit.

Skateboard/scooter safety
Children should never ride
skateboards or scooters in or
near traffic.
All skateboarders and
scooter-riders should wear a hel-
met and other protective gear.
Communities should con-
tinue to develop parks that will
enable the use of skateboards,
which are more likely to be
monitored for safety than ramps
and jumps constructed by chil-
dren at home.

Lawn mower safety
With the summer rain and the
rapid growth of vegetation, par-
ents sometimes make use of
their children's availability in
keeping the home surroundings
clean. The lawn mower is one
of many tools used in the
process. This equipment can
prove extremely dangerous in
unskilled, unsuspecting hands.
Try to use a mower with a
control that stops the mower
from moving forward if the han-
dle is let go.
Ensure that children
younger than 16 years not be
allowed to use ride-on mowers.
Children younger than 12 years
should not be allowed to use
walk-behind mowers.
Make sure that sturdy shoes
(not sandals or sneakers) are
worn while mowing.
Ensure that steps are taken
to prevent injuries from flying
objects, such as stones or toys,
by picking up objects from the
lawn before mowing begins.
Have anyone who uses a mower
wear hearing and eye protec-
Instruct the child not to pull
the mower backward or mow in
reverse unless absolutely neces-
sary, and carefully look for oth-
er children who might be behind
them when they mow in reverse.
Instruct the child to always
turn off the mower and wait for
the blades to stop completely
before removing the grass catch-
er, unclogging the discharge
chute, or crossing gravel paths,
roads, or other areas.
Do not allow other children
to ride as passengers on ride-on

Bug safety
Outdoor play can increase the
risk of children being attacked
by bugs or insects, such as wasps
and bees.
Don't use scented soaps,
perfumes or hair sprays on your
Avoid areas where insects
nest or congregate, such as stag-
nant pools of water, uncovered
foods and gardens where flow-
ers are in bloom.
Avoid dressing your child
in clothing with bright colours or
flowery prints.
To remove a visible stinger
from skin, gently scrape it off
horizontally with a credit card or
your fingernail.
For additional safety for the
summer and generally, contact
the Suspected Child Neglect And
Neglect (SCAN) Unit of the
Department of Public Health at
telephone numbers 322-5823 or
323-8439 or The Health Educa-
tion Division of the Ministry of
Health at telephone numbers
502-4781 or 502-4763.








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* STRAWBERRY guavas grow in
clusters and mature to a distinctive

'Eaten fresh,

guava has

a rather insipid taste'

T o a newcomer to
the tropics, 'I
would imagine
guava would be
one of the more
disappointing of the new fruits
tasted. Many of our tropical
fruits cannot be exported suc-
cessfully and you can only
experience, them at their best
straight from the tree. Among
the new and exciting tastes for
a neophyte I would place sugar
banana, tamarind, pineapple
straight from the plant, sapodil-
la, hog plum, scarlet plum and,
of course, guava.
' Eaten fresh, guava has a
rather insipid taste. This is
strange for the scent of guavas
is very strong. Place a ripe gua-
va in your kitchen and every
time you enter the house you
will immediately detect its pres-
ence. It is when guava is
cooked it develops its
renowned flavour. Made into
jams, jellies and pastes, it real-
ly comes into its own.
In the Bahamas we have a
somewhat unique cooked ver-
sion of guava called guava duff.
It is a most unlikely tropical
dessert being made in the fash-
ion of English steamed pud-
dings, Spotted Dick being the
most notorious. A heavy
steamed pudding is appropri-
ate for the cool, dismal weath-
er in England but seems an
anomaly in the tropics. No
doubt about it, however, it is
the favourite dessert of the
Guava comes to us from
southern Mexico and Central
America. The guava tree (Psid-
ium guajava) usually remains
quite small and has a very wide
tolerance of soil types and
drainage conditions. The
papery bark and heavily veined
leaves are its distinguishing fea-
tures. The native guava tree is
virtually a weed. It springs up
in unguarded areas and devel-
ops into thickets very quickly.
The choice for the back yard
is between native (naturalised)
guava trees and a commercial
cultivar. Native trees produce
fruits which are small, rarely
growing much larger than golf
balls. They are heavily preyed
upon by the Caribbean fruit fly
and are almost always wormy.
Close your eyes when you bite
into one. Cultivated guavas
tend to be much larger and
more resistant to predation. In
some varieties the interior flesh
can be deep red or an almost
lemon yellow. Some are round
while others tend to a pear

shape. For eating out of hand
the. cultivated fruits are defi-
nitely superior but for cooking
purposes the small native
guavas give the most flavour.
The bane of eating guavas is
the number of hard, small,
round seeds contained within
the central pulp. To prepare a
guava for a fruit salad you have
to peel away the thin skin then
cut the fruit in half. Remove
the central pulp and seeds with
a spoon and you are left with
shells of flesh. The pulp can be
heated with sugar then strained
to remove the seeds for a
delightful fruit sauce.
There's another guava which
is becoming popular in the
Bahamas because the tree is
more ornamental and the fruits
somewhat tastier. The Cattley
guava (Psidium cattleianum)
rarely grows beyond 10 feet
and has thick leaves which in
no way shape or form resemble
those of the. common guava.
Cattley guava trees are heavily
branched right down to the
ground and bear masses of
fruit. Like the common guava,
Cattley guava trees are not
demanding and grow virtually
anywhere they can receive full
The common names for Cat-
tley guava include Strawberry
guava and Purple guava. The
fruits tend to be an inch and a
half long and an inch in diame-
ter. They grow in clusters and
tend to ripen very quickly from
green to a purple-red. The taste
is reminiscent of common gua-
va but with a stronger sub-acid
content. Do they taste like
strawberries? Not to me they
don't, despite the common
name. Eaten raw, they are
much. stronger in taste than
common guava but the flavour
is still a little muddy. Adults
tend to eat one or two and call
it a day. Children love them
.and will strip the tree.
Instead ofthe mass of small
seeds of common guavas, Cat-
'tley guavas tend to have three
or four larger seeds, flat and
tending towards triangular in
shape. These are grown easily
tc o)duce new plants.
Because of its diminutive size
and undemanding nature, Cat-
tley guava is a prime candidate
for container growing. A 30
gallon container would be opti-
mum. The tree is attractive all
year round but even more so
when it is bearing fruit, starting
in June. Some trees give fruit in
January and February in addi-
tion to early summer.

* THIS guava is a bit of an oddity with a green fruit growing out of a ripe fruit.

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