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Title: The Tribune
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Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau Bahamas
Publication Date: July 26, 2005
Copyright Date: 2005
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Volume: 101 No.200 TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2005 PRICE 500

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Mother condemns

Ministry of Health

version of events

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE mother of the 20-year-
old man who died at San
Andros airport Thursday morn-
ing denied government's ver-
sion of the circumstances of his
death. "It's all lies," she told
The Tribune.
A press release from the Min-
istry of Health was issued on
July 22 after an article appeared
in The Tribune that morning
reporting the airport death.
According to the Ministry of
Health Rufus Knowles Jr, 20,
was seen at the Nichol's Town
Clinic at 9.45am, where he
received emergency medical
services such as "intravenous
fluids, analgesics, and oxygen".
However, Mrs Normajane
Knowles, Rufus' mother said
her son received no medical
treatment other than oxygen.
Continuing, the press release
stated that at 11.30am the fam-
ily informed the medical staff
that a chartered plane was
about to land. However, the
ministry's release did not say
on which airport it was to land.
According to the Ministry of
Health's release the young man
was then taken to "the airport"
where his condition became
unstable. He was taken back to
the clinic, said the release,
where he died. He was pro-
nounced dead at noon by the
clinic's district medical officer.
Mrs Knowles dismissed this
statement as another fabrica-
"Lies, all lies," she said. "My
son died in my arms with his
father at the wheel on the way

to the airport. We were almost
at the San Andros airport. I
wasn't keeping tabs on the time
but it was after 9am when I got
to the clinic and it was from
then that we were trying to get a
"We called around and
around and finally one of the
pilots (Warren Munnings) in
Fresh Creek said he would risk
it and come. I know he (Rufus
Jr) would have died anyhow,
but the way they are saying it..
. it didn't go like that, because I
was there. But they are going
to try and cover their tracks as
much as possible," she said.
She confirmed the reason
they were having difficulty get-
ting anyone to fly her son to
Nassau Thursday morning was
because the San Andros airport
was still closed.
Last week, The Tribune
reported that Rufus Jr died
while his parents tried to get a
flight out of the recently closed
San Andros airport to take him
to Nassau.
The airport was closed earlier
this month after it was com-
pletely destroyed by fire. How-
ever, it was reopened to accom-
modate those flying to the All
Regatta weekend, but closed
again Monday night -July 18.
According to the Ministry of
Transport and Aviation it was
reopened again Thursday morn-
ing -July 21.
However, residents of North
Andros claim that no physical
improvements had been made
to the airport in the two days
that it was closed to justify it
SEE page 11

Ambassador praises Coast Guard rescue

THE US Coast Guard has been
praised for saving a jet ski operator
lost at sea for two days.
After all local search resources
had been exhausted, 24-year-old
Sean Brown of San Salvador was
found alive on Saturday by the Coast
Guard and rescued by a cruise ship.

US Ambassador John D.Rood
greeted the Coast Guard crew upon
their arrival ipassau as they refu-
eled for the return trip to Miami.
"Search and rescue is a valuable
part of the Coast Guard's mission.
These guys do amazing work and,
in this case, probably saved a man's
life," Ambassador Rood said.
Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Associ-
ation (BASRA) operations manag-

Austrians' deaths
'could devastate
tourist industry'
Tribune Staff Report
THE shooting death of two Austrians at a
Bimini hotel over the weekend will have neg-
ative fall-out for the Bahamas.
The bodies of Bernhard Bolzano, 34, and
Barbara Frelin von Perfall, 32, who arrived
on Bimini on Thursday for a short visit, were
discovered around 12.36 pm in room 6 at the
Blue Water Resort and Marina in Alice Town,
Ms von Perfall was found lying in one of
the two beds with a gunshot wound to the
right side of her stomach. While Mr von
Bolzano was found face down on the floor.
Bound and gagged, he had been shot in the
middle of his back.
Assistant Commissioner Reginald Ferguson,
in charge of crime, at a press conference yes-
terday morning referred to the case of Natalee
Holloway, the 18-year-old American college
SEE page three

er Chris Lloyd said Mr.Brown was
very lucky to be alive, considering
the adverse weather conditions on
Saturday and the fact that he did
not have a signalling device or life
Brown, an employee of the Hol-
land America Cruise Ship Line, suf-
fered dehydration and sun burn and
SEE page 11

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cancer' near US
Navy facility
. THERE were no previous reports
of cancer concerns near US Navy
installations in the Bahamas, according
to a Navy spokesman in Washington.
Kevin Sykes, of the Naval Sea Sys-
tems Command (NSSC), said that
before the issue was raised in The Tri-
bune last week, he had not been aware
that Andros and Eleuthera locals
thought an increase in the number of
cancer cases in certain communities
might be related to the proximity of
US naval facilities.
NSSC is charged with operating the
Atlantic Undersea Testing and Evalu-
ation Centre (AUTEC) in Andros -
one of two sites used by the Navy that
Bahamian officials announced they
would be investigating last week.
SEE page 11

Warning for

boaters to

be cautious
BOATERS are being warned to exer-
cise extreme caution this crawfish season.
According to Bahamas Air Sea Res-
cue Association (BASRA) operations
manager Chris Lloyd, boaters should
carefully examine their vessels before
venturing out to sea.
"Since some boaters don't use their
boats for several months, they must be
reminded not to take chances as engines
need servicing and water could get into
their tanks," he said.
"Boaters must make sure their boats
are seaworthy as securing life is more
important than anything else."
Mr Lloyd said because some fisher-
men only think about catching crawfish,
SEE page 11






New book



by Tribune contributor

SIR Ronald Sanders is a well-known
Caribbean diplomat and author who
twice represented Antigua and Barbuda as
High Commissioner to the United King-
dom and who also served as his country's
Permanent Representative to the World
Trade Organisation headquartered in Gene-
Sir Ronald caused quite a stir in diplo-
matic and trade circles in 2004 when he led
the first successful trade challenge by a
small country against the United States.
The dispute (details of which are available
on the internet) was about US efforts to
ban internet gambling and to prohibit its
citizens from gambling on offshore on-line
casinos, one of which operates out of
Antigua and Barbuda went to the WTO
with a complaint alleging that the US, in
attempting to enforce a ban, was in violation
of WTO rules on free trade and services
and that the ban was injurious to the eco-
nomic welfare of Antigua and Barbuda.
Sir Ronald led the Caribbean state's case
before a WTO dispute settlement panel and
argued that the US ban on internet gam-
bling violated US services commitments
under the Uruguay Round of the General
Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT).
In March 2004 the WTO panel ruled in
favour of Antigua and Barbuda. The case
proved that a rules-based system of trade
can provide protection for small countries as
well as the economic giants. It also under-
lined the importance of small states' mem-
bership and participation in the WTO and
other international organisations.
Sir Ronald, whose column on small states
in international affairs is published in The
Tribune every week, has now written a book
about the Commonwealth Caribbean in
world politics.
Crumbled Small, published by Hansib
Publications of the UK, is, as the subtitle
suggests, a study of challenges facing the
small states of the Caribbean. It is essential

"Sir Ronald describes
the OECD's Harmful
Tax Competiton
Initiative as
nothing less than a
determined attempt
by the world's
wealthiest economies
to bend powerless,
countries to
their wilL"

reading for all who are interested in these
issues, including politicians, foreign service
professionals, journalists, business persons,
trade union leaders and students.

It is also useful reading for those who
mistakenly believe that diplomatic repre-
sentation is only about endless dinners and
cocktail parties and picking up visiting min-
isters from the airport.
If our diplomats are doing what they are
supposed to be doing they will find that the
work is demanding but-can be quite reward-
ing for their country. .

G reat care should be taken in the
selection of ambassadors and oth-
er diplomats. The receiving country will
judge from the calibre of an ambassador
the importance the sending state attaches to
the relationship and the esteem in which
the receiving state is held.
Fortunately, at the moment, the Bahamas
has well-qualified high commissioners and
ambassadors heading its missions abroad
and some very competent officials as well.
There has been the odd occasion when
an envoy from the Caribbean caused raised
eyebrows in the receiving capital, but gen-
erally the region can be proud of its high
quality of representation in foreign capi-
tals and in international institutions.
Incidentally, it is a little embarrassing
that Prime Minister Perry Christie has not
seen fit to appoint a Bahamas ambassador
to China since the post became vacant in
December 2002. The Chinese obviously
take our relationship seriously. He should

"Sir Ronald led the
Caribbean state's
case before a WTO
dispute settlement
panel and argued
that the US ban on
internet gambling
violated US services
commitments under
the Uruguay Round
of the General
Agreement on Tariffs
and Trade (GATT)."

reciprocate by making a suitable appoint-
A small country like the Bahamas cannot
afford to have missions in as many places as
it might like but there are some places we
cannot afford not to be. I believe, for exam-
ple, that our relationship with the Euro-
pean Union can continue to be managed
out of London and that we do not need a
permanent presence in Brussels. However,
it is essential that we now have a permanent
presence in Geneva with strong technical
capability. We should also have a'mission in
* *

B ut back to Crumbled Small. Tri-
bune readers will be aware of the
importance Sir Ronald attaches to the Com-
monwealth. He elaborates in his book point-
-ing out that 32,of the 54 states of the Com-
nionwealth are small states, 12 being from
the Caribbean. There is no other multina-
tional organisation in which small states
predominate in this way, he says.
"Through Britain, Commonwealth small
states have the opportunity to have their
concerns raised in the councils of the Euro-
pean Union (EU). Britain, Australia, Cana-
da and New Zealand can advance the inter-
ests of small states in the Organisation for
Economic Co-operation and Development
(OECD) and the Financial Action Task
Force (FATF).
"By apprising Commonwealth African
and Asian countries of their challenges,
small states issues can be raised in the
Organisation of African Unity, and in the
ASEAN group. Similarly, Commonwealth
countries which have representatives on the
Boards of the IMF and World Bank could
be asked to speak up for small states."
I was particularly interested in one chap-
ter in which Sir Ronald describes the intense
diplomatic activity that took place in Lon-
don in advance of the 1997 Commonwealth

Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM)
in Edinburgh. I was privileged to work with
Sir Ronald as High Commissioner for the
Bahamas and Dean of the Caribbean diplo-
matic corps at the time.
"Since January 1996, Commonwealth
Caribbean High Commissioners in London
had met on at least a monthly basis to co-
ordinate their positions in relation to bilat-
eral issues with the United Kingdom and on
multilateral issues in the Commonwealth
and other agencies with which they interface
in Britain.
"This process of 'associative diplomacy'
helped to strengthen the positions of small
Caribbean states. High Commissioners were
able to draw on each other's strengths and
benefit from debate on a range of issues
which affect their countries individually and
collectively. Where it was appropriate, they
adopted a common stance, including on
matters related to the Commonwealth."

ir Ronald goes on to describe how
the representatives of small coun-
tries were suspicious of a theme paper pre-
pared for Edinburgh and how they went
about garnering the support of African and
Asian countries to include issues of con-
cern to small states, including the updating
of a vulnerability report.
"It subsequently came to light that the
Secretariat was in possession of a draft Dec-
laration of Economic Principles which,
while helpful in parts, contained many ele-
ments that were unacceptable to Caribbean
small states and to other developing coun-
tries in Africa....
"The African and Caribbean groups
therefore submitted their draft to the Sec-
retariat with the request that its contents be
taken into account in any draft declaration,
'so as to ensure consensus in Edinburgh'.'
"At the summit itself," Sir Ronald says,
"the leaders of small states were strength-
ened by the thoroughness of the new study
of small states.
"They argued a case for special attention
that was difficult to resist. The Edinburgh
CHOGM. was, therefore, a beneficial
encounter for small states, but it was not
achieved without careful diplomatic work
prior to the conference."
Another chapter in Crumbled Small deals
with the struggle between the OECD and
small states. Sir Ronald describes the
OECD's Harmful Tax Competition Initia-
tive as nothing less than a determined
attempt by the world's wealthiest economies
to bend powerless countries to their will.
"It is a form of neocolonialism in which
the OECD attempts to dictate the tax sys-
tems and structures of other nations for the
benefit of its member states.".
It is, says Sir Ronald, a massive blow
against the principle of multilateralism and
the rule of international law. I can only add
that in the end it is the rule of internation-
"al law.which alone can guarantee justice
for all states, especially small ones. It is in
the interest of the Bahamas to collaborate
closely with all those forces working
towards that end.

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Because of their work,
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1998 EEO aims to ensure
that these 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-
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Eleuthera and Harbour
Island, more than 1,200
youngsters have had
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further 200 have also had
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every child in need,

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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
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increasing literacy and
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Tourists' death could have negative impact on Bahamas

FROM page one
student who disappeared on the island
of Aruba. He said how that case was
having a negative impact on the whole
Americans have called for a boycott
of travel to Aruba, he said.
"If you look at the matter in Aruba
that is having a regional negative
impact and certainly this type of thing
in the Bahamas will have that kind of
fall-out," said Mr Ferguson.
"Being in contact with the crime
people in Aruba, on that issue, I have
had an opportunity to talk with my
counterparts down there. We have had
people from Europe calling the

Bahamas asking: 'What are you all
doing down there in the Caribbean'.
So, you get an idea of how people out-
side are looking at us," said Mr Fergu-
Now that such a gruesome crime has
hit home, Mr Ferguson said he will
have to the tell the callers: "Unfortu-
nately it has happened to us. It is not
the Caribbean, but certainly it will
impact the whole Caribbean."
Police still have not determined the
motive for the deaths, however they
do not suspect the incident to be drug
An Austrian authority believed the
social standing of the two victims in
Bimini both from old aristocratic

Salzburg families could make the
situation even more difficult for the
Mr Ferguson said there is no evi-
dence of any drug-related activities
surrounding the case.
"We do not have an up surge of
drugs on Bimini. Certainly at this time,
it is nof determined that any drug activ-
ity having any impact on what has hap-
pened, in terms of this tragic situation
that we have," said Mr Ferguson.
Police could not determine the exact
time of death. However, police evi-
dence shows that the pair were at cer-
tain locations at Bimini around 2.30am
to 3am on Saturday.
There was no evidence of forced

entry into the room, however a western
sliding door was found closed, but not
locked. Mr Ferguson said police did
not know what was in the room. How-
ever, from their investigations it did
not appear that the contents of the
room were disturbed.
Police have not apprehended any
suspects in the case, said Mr Fergu-
"In a course of an investigation of
this nature, the police seek informa-
tion from whatever source we can get it
from. In that process we have talked
with a number of persons, so far we
have spoken with several persons down
there in an effort to try and unravel
what has happened," said Mr Fergu-

Police said they have spoken to th
occupants in the nearby hotel rooms.
However, the room adjacent to the
crime scene was not occupied at th4
time of the incident.
Mr Ferguson was asked by a
reporter if the police were looking a
Bahamians or non-Bahamians on th
island in connection with the incident.
"We are looking at any and every"
thing," he replied.
A team of officers from Nassau ani
Grand Bahama were sent to Bimini.
Mr Ferguson disclosed that the police
have already had the assistance of othL
er law enforcement agencies, but diq
not reveal where they were from. i

THE couple murdered in Bimini over
the weekend had left Austria for a few
days swim with the dolphins in Bimini.
"It was an anniversary of being 10
years together," said Dr Helmut Leuke
from his home in Austria about the trip
that ended in death for his nephew,
Bernhard von Bolzano, 34, and his
nephew's fiancee, Barbara Frelin von
Perfall, 32. "It was her gift to him," said
his uncle.
The two had gone to Madrid and from
there flew to Fort Lauderdale, where
they overnighted before flying on to
Bimini on Thursday for the dolphin swim.
They were to return to Vienna on Satur-
day the morning they were found shot
to death in their room at the Blue Waters
resort and marina in Alice Town.

Mr von Bolzano and Ms von Perfall,
both of old Salzburg aristocracy, had
made their home in Vienna where he
was a business consultant and she ran
her own wellness centre.
Dr Leuke, who says the family is dev-
astated by the news, has been delegated
to deal with Bahamian police and make
the necessary arrangements for the bod-
ies to be returned to Austria.
The rumour in Austria is that the
murder must have been a case of "mis-
taken identity" as robbery did not
appear to be the motive. Dr Leuke said
he was told that all the couple's jew-
ellery and other valuables were undis-
turbed. According to police a "nice
watch" was still on the bureau in the
hotel room.

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE lawyer for the owners
of Western Air has been
instructed to file a writ against
a local newspaper for pub-
lishing a quarter-page adver-
tisement in which they allege
their credibility was under-
Desmond Bannister said his
clients, Rex and Shandrice
Rolle, who own the charter
company which is stationed in
Andros, have instructed him
to take legal action against
The Nassau Guardian when
the newspaper refused to
apologise or retract the article
in question. The article was
published several days ago.
Mr Bannister said the text
appeared to be an advertise-
ment, as it did not have a
byline and was not attributed
to a source.
He said he was instructed
by his clients to contact the
newspaper and demand a
retraction and apology.
"We wrote The Guardian,

but they did not respond," he
said. Mr Bannister expects to
file the writ before the end of
the week.
Western Air made head-
lines last month after it was
forced to downsize when the
Department of Immigration
refused to grant work permits
for six pilots.
Mrs Rolle said the decision
crippled the company as there
were no Bahamians qualified
to fly the company's Fairchild
Metro Aircraft.
Western Air is the only air-
line in the Bahamas which flies
this type of aircraft.
* Labour and Immigration
Minister Vincent Peet defend-
ed the department's action
saying that the pilots had been
working in the country with-
out a licence.
He said officials were only
acting in accordance with the
However, the Rolles main-
tained that the pilots had been
employed with the company
for several months with valid


Haitian is charged with

shooting of countryman

A 24-YEAR-OLD Haitian.
man of Podoleo Street has been
charged with the 2004 murder
of another Haitian national.
It is alleged that on October 4
2004 Rony Vassat, alias Esteve
Moise, shot and killed Elcius
On the same morning police
discovered Joseph's body lying
at the corner of Sunrise Road
off Bailliou Hill Road.
Police reported that Joseph,
who was 54 at the time, had
multiple gunshot wounds to his
upper body.
, Rony Vassat appeared before
Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez
at Court Two, Victoria Gar-
However the matter had to

be postponed as Vassat can not
speak English and no inter-
preter was present to translate
the proceedings for him.
The matter is set to resume
An American visitor arrest-
ed for marijuana possession
over the weekend appeared in
the Magistrate's Court yester-
Mark Dwayne Smith, 48, pf
Deerbrook, California was
arrested at the Nassau Interna-
tional Airport on Saturday
while checking in for a flight
back to California.
He pleaded guilty to the
charge of drug possession. Mag-
istrate Carolita Bethel ruled
that Smith be fined $250 or
serve a three month prison sen-

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According to the prosecutor,
the drugs weighed two grams.
A 25-year-old Virginia
Street man was fined $1,000
after pleading guilty to drug
charges yesterday.
According to court dockets,
on Monday July 18, while in the
area of the Sea Side Bar and
Grill on West Bay Street police
found 25-year-old Tyrone Hen-
field in possession of quantity of
marijuana which they believed
he intended to supply to anoth-.
Henfield pleaded guilty to
possession of 8 grams marijuana
however denied that he intend-
ed to supply the drugs.
Henfield was given the option

of a $1,000 fine or a six month
prison sentence.
A 27-year-old man of
Hampster Road off Faith
Avenue pleaded not guilty to
charges of breaking and enter-
ing, causing harm, and stealing.
It is alleged that Hubel4
David Duncombe broke and
entered the home of Shemona
Johnson on Bullen Terrace at
around 3am on Sunday, July
He allegedly caused harm to
Johnson, stole her $18,000 black
Ford Explorer and caused
$3,463 in damages to her home;.
Duncombe was granted
$3,500 bail. The matter was
adjourned to December 5.

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I write as a young Bahamian
who has recently moved back
home from the United States,
where I decided to stay after
....univer.sity-.-- ..- ......-Bahamians with the required
My reason for staying at the qualifications to fly their
time was because of the lack of Fairchild aircraft? Remember
opportunity in my own home in the airline business, it is the
for Bahamians who wanted to duty of the owners to put only
make a contribution, the best in the cockpit because
Recently in the papers and lives are at stake. No one is -
on some talk shows I have been or should be- hired because
hearing about this Western Air of nationality or skin colour.
issue and the Minister of They should be hired because of
Labour and Immigration. Polit- expertise. We are certain that
ical or not, PLP or FNM, I real- Mr Johnson would not fly
ly don't care. Western Air if he knew that the
.. The fact that there are quali- pilot was not among the best in
fied Bahamians, and a Bahami- the business, but was only sitting
an company wants to bring in in the cockpit fiddling with the
foreign workers is wrong and I dials because his major qualifi-
am sure many young Bahami- cation was that he was a
ans like myself do not support Bahamian. The Bahamas has
this. In fact I encourage the excellent pilots among the
minister and ministry to crack best but, according to West-
down more on this type of hir- ern Air's owners, they have
Let's remember, yes this is a C
PLP Minister and FNM's, N eed for trL
CDR's and whoever else works
a-t'ths istiesut first and e eCti 0 n
foremost we are all Bahamians.
Hats off to the Ministry of
Immigration. It's also funny that EDITOR, The Tribune.
after three years, this company
is now asking for monies owed, KINDLY allow me some
sounds a bit bitter and petty to space in your publication to
me. attempt to set the record

July 19 2005
(Is Mr Johnson qualified to
fly a Fairchild aircraft?
(In his letter he says he
remained in the United States
because, although a Bahamian
presumably he was qualified ,,.
in something -- he could not
find employment at home. The
situation must have changed,
either because he could not suc-
ceed in the US, or because he
found employment at home in
whatever he was qualified to
(We presume that he is not a
pilot and certainly not one qual-
ified to fly a Fairchild, the only
aircraft flown by Western Air, a
Bahamian owned company.
Therefore, whether a work per-
mit was withheld from Western
Air or not, would not help Mr
Johnson, unless he was quali-
fied for the position and was
..being-denied-it-only because--
Western Air preferred a for-
eigner over a Bahamian.
(Is Western Air or any
Bahamian company for that
matter to be held back
because its owners cannot find


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ness and accuracy on a mat-
ter of grave concern.
At the outset, I would wish
to state that the appearance
of John Pinder, president of
the Bahamas Public Services
Union on Issues of the Day
on Thursday, July 14 2005
amounted to an opportunity
at campaigning and an attack
on the duly elected Secretary
General who is on record as
decrying his style and lack of
appreciation of team play.
It should be noted that
while there is a tendency and
some leeway is expected dur-
ing an election campaign, it is
unacceptable to be untruth-
ful. Any attempt to create mis-
chief as it relates to the nego-
tiation of a new contract, can
be seen for what it is, when
the true facts are known.
1) No amount of dancing
around and skirting the issue
can change the fact that
members of the executive
- (especially the- secretary gen-
eral) were not involved and
did not see the draft propos-
al before it was submitted to
the government.
No amount of smart talk
can change that fact.

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been unable to employ any with
Fairchild experience.
(If Bahamians want these
jobs, they will have to qualify.
According to Western Air's
owners, as they could find no
Qualified Bahamian, they asked
the ministry to send them those
it seemed to think existed with
the proper qualifications. Of
course, the ministry didn't,
because it couldn't. There was
no one with the qualifications. It
is, therefore, the duty of Immi-
gration to grant the necessary
permits so that the owners can
continue their business, which
has created employment for.
many other Bahamians.
(Government's Bahamiani-
sation policy was created to pro-
tect not victimise enter-
prising Bahamians. In this
instance, if all the information
that we have been given is cor-
rect, it appears that the enter-
prising owner of Western Air
is being victimised. Ed).

uth in union

2) The government has just
invited and proposed a datb'
to begin talks on the pro-
posed contract. This is an
easily verifiable fact and any
attempt at political mischief
to blame any member for this
timing is untrue.
3) President John Pinder
remains adamant and unre-
pentant about not consulting
duly elected members of the
executive board. --
4) It is tantamount to raw-
arrogance for the president.,
to say "1I cannot agree to it".1
John ,Pinder must come to I
thle realisationi thaf the 'PSU
is not a family-run busifiess':
that was willed to him' a9sa T
part of the Pinder estate.
5) It is a tragedy that the
president unashamedly
speaks as if he were elected ;
as an absolute ruler, answer-
able to no-one, with no
appreciation of the principles '
of collective responsibility,
nor transparency nor.;
accountability. ; ..
Fortunately, in our system
the members still have their
say, but let us be truthful and
not loose with the facts.
Bahamas Public Services
July 14,2005

Bahamas Bus & Truck

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Minister of Health:

we can roll back

* MINISTER of Health Dr Marcus Bethel

the HIV

IT IS time for the Caribbean to turn the
"tide on HIV/AIDS" according to Minister of
Health Dr Marcus Bethel. that at the end
Speaking at a Caribbean Council of Church- people were li
es (CCC) workshop yesterday, Dr Bethel said: the Caribbean.
"Today, the Caribbean stands second only to He added th<
sub-Sahara Africa in terms of the prevalence newly infected
of HIV infection per capita, but with new pre- "It is impossi
vention and treatment initiatives we can roll and church co
back the epidemic." enduring pillar
The workshop, held at the British Colonial generations. We
Hilton Hotel under the theme: "Building a he said.
faith-based response to HIV/AIDS", is a joint
effort between the CCC and the Bahamas
Christian Council.
The CCC, which is a regional ecumenical
organisation, is comprised of 34 member "Religious fa
churches, and aims to spread awareness about of character and
HIV/AIDS. brothers and sis
In her opening remarks, Rev Emily the Caribbean:
Demeritte, chairman of the seminar, explained Dr Bethel sti
that basic information, statistics, challenges, ber of HIV infi
personal perspectives and best practices in exceeded 10,00
relation to HIV/AIDS will be discussed. "Approxima
"I invite each of us to share ideas on how all oped AIDS, an
of us as strategic partners can co-operate to died," he said.
combat the spread of this menace in a way that ."Perhaps ev
is pleasing to God," she said. figures of those
During his speech, Minister Bethel stated over half of th


ean Council of Churches workshop

of 2003, an estimated 430,000
ving with HIV and AIDS in
at 52,000 of these persons were
during that year.
ible to deny that religious faith
ngregations have formed an
of Bahamian civil society for
e are not alone in this respect,"

aith is but one of many aspects
J culture that we share with our
sters on many islands that form
ated that the cumulative num-
ected persons in the Bahamas
00 in December 2004.
ately half that number devel-
nd 70 per cent of those have
en more important than the
who have died is the fact that
hose infected came from the

most productive demographic of the Bahami-
an population, youth and young adults, aged
15 to 44."
According to Dr Bethel, the Bahamas is to
launch a massive media campaign called
"Know your status", which will be an appeal
to all Bahamians to ask about HIV
testing and, also for HIV positive Bahamians
to find out about the best possible treat-
He said that by implementing such work-
shops throughout the Caribbean, the CCC "is
adding a formidable weapon to our arsenal in
the fight against HIV/AIDS."
"For a long time in the Bahamas, the hous-
es of faith have opened their doors and
allowed the message of HIV prevention to
be heard by congregants. But through the
vision of the CCC, individual congregations
can become messengers of awareness and pre-,
vention," he said.
"Perhaps the most exciting aspect of the,
CCC vision for the communities of faith in
the Caribbean is the focus placed on creating,
new initiatives in the areas of HIV prevention,
and the care and support of those living with:
and affected by HIV and AIDS."

Officers testify in Coroner's

Court traffic death inquiry

THE Coroner's Court
inquiry into the 2002 traffic
death of 60-year-old Basil
Daryil,'e continued yester-
|day,'.s, the court heard tes-
'timQ iiy from officers who
inspected the vehicle and
scene of the crime.
During the second day of
'the inquiry, the five-
woman, two-man jury
heard the testimony of
Sergeant 1484 Symonette,
.who was working at the
police garage when the
accident took place.
Mr Symonette told the
court that on October 21,
2002 one day after Mr
Darville died he inspected
the vehicle involved in the
accident at the garage
around 10.50am.
The vehicle, a white 1997
Honda Accord Station
Wagon, was in "good
operational condition"
according to Mr Symon-

During a driving test per-
formed on the car, Mr
Symonette said he could
find no fault in the han-
dling or steering of the
While testing the car
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good operational condition

35mph, Mr Symonette said
he found them to be intact
and not in need of a
Mr Symonette testified
that the horn on the car
was fully functional.
Only the hood and wind-
shield of the car were dam-
aged, he said.
The court also heard
from Constable 2191
Sherry, who was working
at the traffic police at the
time and was dispatched
to the scene of the acci-
The constable said he
arrived at the scene at
around 7.45am, and
learned from the first offi-
cer on the scene that the
accident had taken place 15
minutes earlier.
Mr Sherry testified that
the driver of the Station
Wagon, Christopher Hall,
was still in the immediate
vicinity when he arrived,
and that he gave a state-
ment to police.
According to Mr Sherry,
Mr Hall told police that he
had been traveling south
on Soldier Road when he
,saw a person attempting to
cross the road.
The officer testified that
Mr Hall said the person
then turned back into the
road, causing him to apply

Mr Sherry told the court
that Mr Hall said the poor
lighting at that early hour
hindered his visibility and
made him unable to see the
person clearly.
The officer said after he
spoke with Mr Hall, his
superior officers arrived on
the scene and Mr Darville
was transported by ambu-
lance to the Princess Mar-
garet Hospital where he
was pronounced dead on
Detective Constable
Noel addressed the court
next, to present photo-
graphic evidence he col-
lected at the scene of the
According to Mr Noel, at

around 9am on October 20,
2002, while on duty at the
criminal records office, he
learned of a traffic accident
and possible fatality in the
Soldier Road area near the
Kelly's Home Centre
Mr Noel said he took
photographs of the scene,
including shots of the dam-
aged windshield and the
surrounding area.
The next day, Mr Noel

said, he went to the
morgue at Princess Mar-
garet Hospital and took
facial photographs of Mr
The photographs were
developed at the criminal
records office and
presented to the court yes-
Further evidence will be
presented today as the
Coroner's Court continues
its inquiry.

A 15-YEAR-OLD of the Willamae Pratt Centre for girls
had to be taken to hospital yesterday after being stabbed about
the body by another 15-year-old.
According to Sharon Farquharson of the Ministry of Social
Services, the incident happened shortly after nine am.
The victim was taken to hospital where her condition is notS
said to be life threatening.
The matter was turned over to police, who took the other girl
into custody to be questioned and are conducting an investiga-i
Police say a motive for the incident has not been established,!
and added that it is believed the victim was stabbed with a"
Mrs Farquharson said the other girls at the centre seem to,
have taken the incident well, and a counsellor is available to any
girl who wishes to talk.
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don was heard in the Court
of Appeal on Monday.

Attorney makes arguments on behalf of Basil Fitzgerald Gordon

Dame Justice Joan
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attorney Basil Pyfrom on
behalf of Gordon.
Cheryl Grant-Bethel and
Antoinette Woodside of the
Attorney General's office
are representing the Crown.
On March 22, Gordon
was sentenced to death by
Justice Anita Allen.
---A four-man, eight-woman
jury found him guilty of
stabbing Rosnell Newbold
and Kevin Wilson to death
on June 16, 2002.
During the trial, a DNA
expert from the United
States said tests revealed
that a blood sample taken
from the crime scene
matched Gordon's blood.
Mr Pyfrom told the court
that Gordon said he never
gave consent for officers to
take a sample of his blood.


He said this raised the
question of whether the
DNA expert's testimony
should have been allowed.
Jurors were also provid-
ed with photos of Gordon's
hand which was injured.
The photos were said to
.have been taken just after
police found out about the
A doctor taking the stand
during the trial said Gor-
don had a laceration to his
hand, which is normally
caused by a blunt instru-
Gordon said he received
the injuries playing basket-
ball and on his job at
Bahamas Waste Manage-
Justice Sawyer said there
was a 'Oquegt'i'bn '"as to
whether Gordon was 'left-'
handed, and she also ques-

tioned whether the prose-
cution tried to link his
injury to the crime by pro-
viding evidence of how it
could have been caused by
the broken knife found at
the murder scene.
Justice Ganpatsingh not-
ed that of all the pictures
taken in and around the
crime scene, none were tak-
en of the crucial drop of
blood found at a flowerpot
outside the Pinewood gar-
dens home.
Justice Osadebay
observed that testimonies
about this drop of blood
conflict, in that one account
said it was found on the
flowerpot, while another
said the sample was found
near it.
Mrs Grant-Bethel
explained that an officer
was directed to take the
photograph, but didn't, but
added that there was a
"clear chain of custody" in
place which would not have
allowed the officers to con-
coct DNA evidence.
But justice Ganpatsingh
wasn't satisfied, noting that
officer Deleveaux original-
ly told the court that the
samples she sent were
labelled JC 18 and 19, but
later said she made a mis-
take, and,that they were in
fact JC 19 and 21.
Mr Pyfrom also turned
the court's attention to the
fact that the DNA expert
said the likelihood of find-
ing another match between
the blood found on the
flowerpotGordon's blood
was one in 3.4 trillion.
He said that never in all
his studies, in reading any
literature, or even in watch-
ing television, has he ever
heard such a figure being
called a probability.
"It boggles the mind," he
said, adding that there are

not that many people in the
In looking at the summa-
ry provided by Justice Ani-
ta Allen, the court consid-
ered her wording regarding
Gordon's injuries.
Despite the fact that the
doctor said the injuries
were not incise wounds, like
those made by a knife, she
told the jury that the doc-
tor's evidence "does not
exclude" the possibility of
a knife having caused the


The justices asked for fin-
gerprint evidence from the
knife handle, but no such
evidence was produced dur-
ing the trial.
They also noted that the
trail of blood near the
adjoining lot, along with
bloody papers found in
bushes, were not subjected
to DNA testing.
Mr Pyfrom asserted that
"the learned judge erred"
in shifting the burden of the
DNA evidence to the
He closed by asking for
an acquittal for his 27 year-
old client.
Mrs Grant-Bethel
brought the justices' atten-
tion to the fact that Gor-
don's former girlfriend, who
is the granddaughter and
sister of the victims, said he
had made threats after she
left him.
She added that police had
to escort Gordon from
the home about a week ear-
She argued that a co-
wrQker told the court he
saw no injuries to Gordon's
hand when he dropped him
home on the date in ques-

POLICE are investigat-
ing a number of armed rob-
beries that occurred over
the weekend.
A 59-year-old Haitian
man was reportedly robbed
of $5,120 cash on Friday
According to Glen
Miller, the officer-in-charge
of the Central Detective
'Unit, Dan Darbeau was on
Lincoln Boulevard in the
area of the Excellers furni-
ture refurbishment compa-,
ny at around 5pm on Fri-
day, when he was
approached by a dark man.
He said the man was
joined by a second man,
who pointed a handgun at
Mr Darbeau and robbed
him of the cash.
Winless Pierre, another
Haitian national, was on
Minnie Street on Saturday
when he was robbed by a
group of men and a woman.
He was reportedly
attacked with rocks and
bottles and robbed of $300,
Police said that the
woman struck the victim in
the head with a bottle.
He reportedly suffered
slight injuries and was
treated at the Princess Mar-
garet Hospital and. dis-
Doreus Paulius was
robbed by two men in the
area of Frank Hanna clean-
ing company on Collins
One of the men was
armed with a handgun and
Paulius was robbed of a
$100 cash.
A Dorsett Street, Bam-
boo Town man was at
home just before 11pm
when a masked and armed
man entered his house.
Two other men joined
the intruder, one armed
with a knife and the other
with a crow bar.
They robbed Louima
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Minister expects new dock to

'ireatlv enhance' Cat Island

* MINISTER of Works and Utilities Bradley Roberts

A PUBLIC exhibition of the 50 year his-
tory of Freeport will open on Friday, July
29, at Sir Charles Hayward Library, offi-
cially launching the 50th anniversary cele-
The exhibit chronologically lists the major
events of Freeport over the past 50 years,
giving details on the significant growth and
development that has taken place.
"We were fortunate enough to secure
documents, photographs and artifacts giving

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE signing of a contract
to build the new Bennetts
Harbour dock in Cat Island
was announced yesterday.
Knowles Construction and
Development Company Lim-
ited was awarded the contract
for their $1.17 million bid,
which specified a construction
time of around 120 days.
Emile Knowles, son of the
former MP for Cat Island
Ervin Knowles, was hailed by
the Minister of Works and
Utilities Bradley Roberts for
his impressive record with the
Mr Roberts challenged Mr
Knowles to continue his tra-
dition of superior work and
build a dock that all Cat
Islanders "could be proud of".
"When completed I expect
that this new facility will great-
ly enhance the development
of this community and the
lives of the residents of Cat
Island as it will be able to
accommodate major shipping
service to this island," he said.

life to the story we are telling," said event
co-coordinator Barry Malcolm, executive
vice president at the Grand Bahama Port
Following the official opening, the
exhibit will be on display for at least three
months so that the community might view
The 50th Anniversary Exhibition will be
open to the public Monday through Friday
from 9:00am to 5:30pm.

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Contract signing

is announced

"This proposed new facility.
comprises some 230 feet of
new steel sheet pile bulkhead
with concrete coping beam,
new concrete sidewalks, new
concrete roll on/roll off ramp
at loading area.
"New bollards for shipping
berthing and dredging of the
existing harbour to accommo-
date the new larger vessels
with new cluster piles posi-
tioned in the turning basin,"
he said.

TAINO BEACH will come
alive on August Monday with
a gala beach party in celebra-
tion of the 50th anniversary
of the signing of the Hawks-
bill Creek Agreement.
According to event orga-
nizers, "The beach party is for
residents of Grand Bahama
to come out and enjoy all that
our island has to offer, as we
celebrate the birth and growth
of Freeport. There are events
for children and adults. It has
been designed so that every-
one will find at least one event
The fun-filled day begins at
noon, with games, a variety
of activities, and live enter-
tainment from 12 noon well
into the evening.
The live entertainment will
include popular acts such as
Ophie & the Boys providing
rack n scrape, Alexis Pele-
canos, Lil Joe Cartwright and
Island Boys and the Ultra
Vibes Band.
There will also be a perfor-
mance by the crowd pleasing,
Royal Bahamas Police Force
Marching Band.
This will be followed by
Matrixx, Terez Hepburn and
the Police Pop Band,
along with the ever-popular

During his speech, Mr
Roberts also mentioned that
Knowles Construction Com-
pany would be awarded the
contract for 12 sites through-
out Cat Island in need of
shoulder and road surface
work, at a total of more than
Mr Roberts also announced
that the Inter-American
Development Bank hurricane
fund has allocated $1 million
dollars for the construction

of seawalls on Cat
Invitations for bids for the
construction of these seawalls
will be made before the end of
the year, he said.
"Perry Christie's govern-
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By John Tomerlin
Illustrated by Michael Lacapa

HAVASU CANYON, an Arizona branch of the
Grand Canyon, is famed for its natural beauty.
However, it is less well-known that floods occasionally
rampage through the valley on their way to the Colorado
Two young people set out one afternoon in the autumn
of 1909 to visit "Dead Man's.Falls," north of the Supai Vil-
lage. A prank played on them by a young member of the
Havasupais Indian tribe becomes potentially lethal when a
flash flood cuts off their return.
For the next several days the pair must endure cold and
hunger while attempting to make their way to safety; the
situation grows yet more deadly when they discover they
are being stalked by a hungry mountain lion.
This is a story of two young people from diverse back-
grounds -- one, the son of a mining engineer, the other, a
daughter of the tribal chief whose people are threatened
with exile from their ancestral land, and of the lessons
learned as they struggle for survival.

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Team completes couselling course

The Farm Road Urban
Renewal Project, in its
continued quest to develop
programs aimed at enhancing
their community-based

activities, recently hosted a
basic skills counseling course
for workers from the various
project offices. Participants
included police officers,

social workers; case aides and
coordinators from Fort
Charlotte, Bain Town,
Grants Town and Farm Road

Government's airport

explanation rejected

FROM page one
being opened again on Thurs-
day. Rufus Knowles died of
cancer Thursday morning.
"That man died at the San
Andros airport and other per-
sons can verify that. What their
investigation is saying is strictly
rubbish," another source on the
island said. He maintained that
the airport was still closed
Thursday morning when the
family was trying to get an
emergency flight out.
"If we are going to say that
because we didn't have a Cus-
toms building that the airport
should be closed, then they
should have closed down half
of the airports in this country.
But how come it was conve-
nient to open it for the ministers

to come down for the regatta?
You don't need a terminal for
domestic flights. So why close
the airport?" he asked.
In an telephone interview
with The Tribune, Mrs Knowles
said that although her son may
still have died, if the airport had
been opened and domestic
flights were allowed to fly, her
son would have had the oppor-
tunity to die in New Providence.
"From around 9am that
morning I was trying to get a
flight out of San Andros but
apparently 'the airport down
here was closed. I was calling
around on my cell and I spoke
to a few pilots and finally one of
them said they would come up
from Fresh Creek if I couldn't
get anything else worked out.
"If that airport was opened

he would have made it to Nas-
sau. That's not to say he would-
n't have died... but he would
have died in Nassau," she said.
"It's all over now," Mrs
Knowles said. "He's in the
morgue now. I can't bring him
back. But the medical attention
wasn't there.
"He was in my arms," she
said, "I was in the back seat
holding his head up with the
nurse when he stopped breath-
ing. We were almost by the San
Andros airport. The nurse
checked him and said yes he
was dead. When I took him
back to the clinic it wasn't him -
it was his body."
The Tribune was unable to
reach officials at the Ministry
of Transport and Aviation for

Navy to investigate

cancer cases claim

FROM page one
Mr Sykes said that since The
Tribune reports, he has been
made aware of the concerns
and the local investigation.
He said that the Navy is
"checking into these incidents"
and would formulate a
response "immediately.
Local residents of Andros
and Eleuthera say they have
noticed a disproportionate
number of cancer cases among
Bahamians who live near or
worked at either the AUTEC
base or a Navy facility in
Eleuthera, which was closed
in the 1980s.
On Friday, Environmental
Health parliamentary secre-
tary Ron Pinder said he had
spoken to Ambassador for the
Environment and Bahamas
Environment, Science and
Technology Commission
(BEST) chairman Keod Smith
about the matter.
Mr Pinder said he and Mr
Smith decided to launch a full
investigation into the claims.
He said that if they proved to
be true, government would
attempt to discover what
caused the cancer cases.
According to Mr Pinder, the
BEST commission, Depart-

ment of Environmental
Health, Department of Public
Health and the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs have joined
together take part in the inves-
tigation and that the sites in
question would be visited.
"We are going to interview
persons to substantiate their
claims, to know whether they
have cancer, how long they
have had it, whether they
worked on the properties
and/or lived near them," Mr
Pinder said.
On Wednesday, The Tribune
received a. call from Eleuthera
lawyer Lloyd Johnson, in
response to an article about
concerns at the AUTEC base.
He said that for more than
10 years he has raised ques-
tions about the high incidence
of cancer deaths in James Cis-
tern and Palmetto Point,
He said that many workers
from the closed US naval facil-
ity at Governor's Harbour
were recruited years ago from
these areas and had subse-
quently contracted cancer.
Mr Johnson claimed that
two years ago, a private study
conducted at the site discov-
ered the presence of cancer-
ous agents.

North Eleuthera MP Alvin
Smith agreed that there have
been a "significant number of
cancer related deaths in
Eleuthera since the 1980s."
Mr Smith said some
Eleutherans have raised ques-
tions about the US facility at
Governor's Harbour since its
closure in 1980.
"Although I know of no sci-
entific evidence yet, many peo-
ple are concerned. Some of the
residents wonder whether
things got in the water lens,"
he said.
.Mr Smith said he knows that
"some equipment and appara-
tus have been left on the site."
He said he questions whether
cancer causing materials may
have been buried in the
SLast week Keod Smith said
that concerns of an increase in
cancer cases have been raised
since AUTEC was established.
"It does concern me and par-
ticularly the government," he
Last week Tuesday Mr
Smith said that the BEST
Commission was currently in
discussions with AUTEC
through the Ministry of For-
eign Affairs about researching
the cases.

US Coast Guard saves

man lost for two days

FROM page one
was taken to New Providence
for medical observation.
According to BASRA
reports, on Thursday Mr Brown
and four others took jet skis
from the cruise line's private
island, Half Moon Cay, without
It is reported that the group
used the jet skis to travel from
Half Moon Cay, formerly Little
San Salvador, to Cat Island.
Poor weather conditions
forced the group to turn back,
but only four made it to land.
Although Mr Brown went
missing after 9pm on Thursday,

the cruise line employees did
not report his disappearance
until the next day when the four
other jet skiers, who left with
Mr Brown, returned without
him, Mr Lloyd told The Tri-
He said a boat was dispatched
from Half Moon Cay, together
with a helicopter from Paradise
Island, to search for the miss-
ing jet ski operator.
"After we had exhausted all
our resources, we requested
assistance from the Coast
Guard and they sent a jet," Mr
Lloyd said.
The Coast Guard dispatched
a HU-25 Falcon jet from their

air station in Miami to partici-
pate in the search.
The jet's crew searched for
Mr Brown until nightfall on Fri-
day, and after refueling,
returned on Saturday morning
to continue the search.
They finally located Mr
Brown on Saturday morning,
22 miles east of North
The Coast Guard then noti-
fied the nearest passing vessel,
the Royal Caribbean cruise ship
Explorer of the Seas.
The cruise ship, guided by
the Falcon jet, diverted its
course and picked up Mr

Warning to boaters

to exercise caution

FROM page one
they travel without life jackets
:and VHF radios with which to
make distress calls.
"Crawfishermen should
always take a marine VHF radio
Rather than cell phones as these
are not reliable when calling for
* assistance" Mr Lloyd said.
"Boaters should always make
a float plan with family mem-
bers and stick to it. Don't say
you're going to Exuma but then

go to Andros; don't go 40 miles
in a 20-foot boat."
Mr Lloyd urged boat opera-
tors to know the capabilities of
their vessels; "making sure that
it won't sink and has foam."
"If a boat isn't manufactured
with foam in it, foam should
immediately be placed in it, as it
would float if the boat sank or
Further, he recommended
painting boat bottoms and t-
tops red or orange rather than

blue, as these colours are easier
to spot from the air.
"In inclement weather, the
ocean is blue and the waves are
white, thus making it impossible
for a plane flying as low as 500
feet to spot a white and blue
boat, especially, if the occupants
aren't wearing life jackets".
Mr Lloyd also urged all
boaters to pay attention to the
weather this hurricane season
before venturing onto the high




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No 'impending'

AM Best rating

downgrade for


ATribune Business Editor
ar ce does not face an "impend-
ing" rating downgrade by the
leading industry credit rating
agency despite its heavily quali-
fied 2004 financial statements,
The Tribune was told yesterday.
Ricardo Longchallon, the
AM Best analyst who gave Col-
inalmperial its A- (Excellent)

financial strength rating just
after New Year 2005, said a
downgrade was not on the cards
"at this point", although that
stance could change if there
were fresh developments.
"There's no impending rat-
ing action. They've explained
their position to us sufficient-
ly," Mr Longchallon told The
Tribune. "At this point, we have
no concerns."
He added that AM Best had

Bahamasair seeks

$4.lm in wage cuts

N BAHAMASAIR managing director Paul Major

Senior Business
executives yesterday said the
company was seeking $4.1
million in staff pay cuts to
help bridge a $10 million bud-
get shortfall, and claimed
they had been sidelined from
the national flag carrier's pri-
vatisation process.
Union executives said nei-
ther the airline's board nor
the company selected to pre-
pare Bahamasair for privati-
sation on a $1 million con-

tract, McKinsey and Co, had
actively engaged in dialogue
with the employees despite
plans to upgrade Bahama-
sair's fleet with the
Beechcraft model.
In an interview with The
Tribune, Nelerene Harding,
president of the Airport, Air-
line and Allied Workers
Union (AAAWU), said the
union had not heard directly
from airline officials since
May, when the two sides met
to discuss its position going
forward and suggestions to
help cut costs and pave the
SEE page 4B

a b

PEPs definition on

laundering could

catch all Bahamians

recently met with Colinalmpe-
rial executives to discuss the
company's 2004 financial per-
formance, which saw net
income slump by 94 per cent to
just over $313,000 from more
than $5.5 million in 2003. The
rating agency had been satis-
fied with the outcome.
Mr Longchallon said: "We
actually met with the company
recently when they came in to
explain some of the happenings,
and why some of the numbers
were where they were."
The AM Best analyst said he
was aware that Colinalmperial
had received several extensions
from Bahamian regulators,
including BISX and the Secu-
rities Commission of the
Bahamas, for the filing of its
2004 annual results, which were
signed off more than six months
after year-end.
He added that AM Best
"understood" about the quali-
fication from external auditors,
although he admitted he had
not seen a copy of Colinalmpe-
rial's annual report or complete
2004 results.
PricewaterhouseCoopers, as
auditors for Colina Holdings
(Bahamas), the BISX-listed par-
ent for Colinalmperial, said
they "were not able to satisfy"
themselves that all related-par-
ty transactions had been dis-
closed despite there being "sig-
nificant arrangements and trans-
actions" with these entities.
PwC said: ""The company
does not have adequate proce-
dures in place to ensure that
such arrangements and transac-
tions are identified and reported
to the Board of Directors on a
periodic basis. Consequently,
SEE page 4B

Tribune Business Editor
THE Central Bank of the
Bahamas has been asked to
narrow the definition of Polit-
ically Exposed Persons
(PEPs) in its draft guidelines
on how Bahamian financial
institutions should prevent
and detect money laundering,
for fear it could catch all
Bahamians in its net.
PEPs are often defined as
holding important public
positions, such as heads of
state, government ministers
and top civil servants, and are
seen as posing "significant
reputational and legal risk"
for financial institutions due
to their potential exposure to
various forms of corruption,
such as bribery and fraud.
As a result, financial insti-
tutions are told to apply extra
scutiny to business relation-
ships involving PEPs and their
"close family members", but
The Tribune understands that
in its feedback on the Central
Bank's draft guidelines, the.
Bahamas Association of Com-
pliance Officers is questioning
how far Bahamian institutions
should take this definition.

BACO is pointing out that
under the Financial Action
Task Force's (FATF) defini-
tion of a PEP, which is most
commonly used in setting
anti-money laundering stan-
dards and regulations, almost
all Bahamian could be
defined as PEPs due to this
nation's small size and close
family relationships.


The Tribune understands
that various industry profes-
sionals have also expressed
concern on the draft guide-
lines as they relate to con-
ventional family and absolute
trusts, questioning whether a
grant of probate and/or copy
of the will creating the trust is
good enough to confirm that
the source of funds is 'clean'
when the settloris deceased.
In feedback to the Central
bank, concerns have also
been raised about the issue
of Constructive Trustees,
which arises when a Bahami-
an financial institution sus-
pects that the funds in a cus-
tomer's account rightfully
belong to a third party. The

institution then takes on the
obligation of a constructive
trustee for the rightful owner,
but several industry sources
believe the guidelines need
to give more direction on
seeking legal advice and the
help of government agencies.
The draft Central Bank
guidelines also include a num-
ber of new provisions, includ-
ing the requirement that
Bahamian financial institutions
conduct 'Know your Corre-
spondent' due diligence on
their correspondent banks to
ensure they are "regulated for
money laundering prevention"
and whether their customer
verification processes comply
with Bahamian standards.
"Where this is not the case,
additional due diligence
would be required to ascer-
tain and assess the corre-
spondent's internal policy on
anti-money laundering and
KYC procedures," the draft
Central Bank guidelines said.
It is understood that
BACO, for one, in its feed-
back to the Central Bank
pointed out that in some cas-
es the guidelines "exceed the
requirements" of thd relevant

Bahamas hopes for 'two to

three years' use' from

money launder guidelines

Tribune Business Editor
THE Inspector of Banks and Trust Compa-
nies yesterday told The Tribune he hoped the
Bahamian financial services industry would
get "two or three years' use" out of the revised
guidelines on detecting and preventing money
laundering, with the delay in responding to
sector feedbcak caused by the Central Bank's
desire to get it "absolutely right".

Michael Foot said the Central Bank would
respond to the private sector's feedback and
publish revised guidelines "as soon as maybe",
explaining that "two to three years" use
referred to the fact that international anti-
money laundering standards were constantly
evolving and being updated.
As a result, it was likely the Bahamian guide-
lines would need constant revision.
SEE page 3B

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be competitive

W hile trying
to figure
out what
the topic of
my column
would be this week, and surfing
through my cable channels, I
stopped on CNN and paused
to answer the telephone. After

my telephone conversation, I
caught a brief segment that fea-
tured an interview with Geof-
frey Colvin, a regular colum-
nist for Fortune Magazine. He
was being interviewed about
his latest column (which
appeared in the July 25, 2005,
edition) entitled Can America

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Compete?. I found the news
segment so interesting that I
immediately sought a copy of
the full article. Today's column
is largely an assessment of
Colvin's work.
The thrust of the article is
that even though America is
still the world's biggest and
strongest economy by far, long-
term it is loosing this position
of economic dominance to
emerging economies such as
China and India.
Big business is and has been
- borderless for a long time
now, and while globalisation
creates market opportunities
for American companies there
are also negative side effects.
For instance, companies such
as Coca-Cola, Proctor & Gam-
ble and Texas Instruments are
said to "already do most of
their business and employ most
of their workers outside of the
US". If the trend continues
unfettered, clearly it has enor-
mous implications for job cre-
ation and wage levels within
the US.
The author further states:
"For American workers, glob-
alisation is a radically dicier
proposition far more so than
most of them realide. The fast-
changing economy is exposing
vast numbers of them to global
labour competition, and it's a
contest millions of them can't
win right now."

Why can't American work-
ers win?
Three factors are cited for this
state of affairs:
1. First, the world economy is
based increasingly on informa-
tion, bits and bytes that have
to be analysed, processed and
moved around. Examples
include software, financial ser-
- vices, media.

2. Second, the cost of han-
dling those bits and bytes that
is, of computing and telecom-
munications is in freefall.
Wide swathes of economic
activity can be performed
almost anywhere, at least in
3. Finally, low-cost countries
- not just China and India, but
also Mexico, Malaysia, Brazil
and others are turning out
large numbers of well-educated.
young people who are fully
qualified to work in an infor-
mation-based economy. China
will produce about 3.3 million
college graduates this year,
India 3.1 million (all of them
English-speaking), and the US
just 1.3 million. In engineering,
China's graduates will number
over 600,000, India's 350,000,
and America's only about
What can America do?
The author has three princi-
ple recommendations to
reverse America's eroding
competitiveness, which simply
put are:
1. Fix the education system.
2. Reform immigration poli-
cies to favour highly skilled
3. Regain the lead in Internet
access and technology.

Education System
"The No. 1 policy prescrip-
tion, almost regardless of
whom you ask, comes down to
one word: education. In an
economy where technology
leadership determines the win-
ners, education trumps every-
That's a problem for Ameri-
ca. Our fourth-graders are
among the world's best in math
and science, but by ninth grade
they've fallen way behind." As
Bill Gates says: "This isn't an
accident or a flaw in the sys-
tem; it is the system."
The article goes on to make
the point that in many other
nations, education is given a
much higher priority. For
instance "...In China it's com-
mon for middle-school students
to attend school from 7.30am
to noon, then from 2 pm until
5, and again from 7 to 8.30 pm.
Contrast that with a nation
where millions of parents are
happy to let their kids spend
hours hanging out at the mall
or playing Grand Theft Auto
on their Xbox or watching
Pimp My Ride on MTV. For
most in the broad middle class
or below, a top-notch K-12
education is a world away."
Does this, sound familiar

Immigration Reform
"Secondly, a prescription
urged just as widely is'in- iV
gration reform. A ;tililee'
ment of America'se:edomicd
dominance has been its attrac-
tion for the world's brightest,
most ambitious people, but
today's immigration laws
favour family reunification far
above talent, intelligence or
credentials. If Albert Einstein
wanted to move in today but
had no US relatives, he would
have to get in line behind thou-
sands of poorly educated man-
ual labourers who did."
"Thirdly, incredible as it
seems, America's InfoTech
infrastructure is no longer
world-class. America ranks
only 12th globally in the num-
ber of broadband connections
per 100 inhabitants. Looking
more closely, the situation is
even worse. South Korea is not
only more wired (No. 1 global-
ly) but its connections are far
faster and are available not just
through wires but also through
virtually every cell phone."
Implications for the
What does this all have to do
with the Bahamas? Well, it is
often said that when the US
sneezes, the Bahamas gets
pneumonia. This begs the larg-
er question: What happens if
the US gets much sicker?
It is a well-known fact that
our educational system needs
much work. A national aver-
age score of 'D' in our BGCSE
examinations will take us
absolutely nowhere. We must
implement a long-term nation-


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committees have been named by the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce
in a move to make it immediately responsive to business needs by de-
centralising responsibility. Those with new titles are public relations
committee chairman Khaalis Rolle, seated second from left, and in the
back row standing are, from L to R: Globalisation committee chair-
man and immediate past president Winston Rolle; membership com-
mittee chairman Christian Saunders; public policy and legislation
Bryan Knowles. Also, fourth from right are Branville McCartney,
head of the crime prevention committee; third from right, Gail Lock-
hart, head of business education; and second from right, Mark Fin-
layson, chairman of business development. Other committees are
being headed by Chester Cooper, Gershan Major and Barry Williams.
Others pictured are front row seated, executive director Philip Simon;
third from left, president Tanya Wright; and director Dionisio
d'Aguilar. Back row standing, fourth from left, are former president
Judy Munroe, fifth from left, Lewis Butler, and far right, Troy Simms.

in 'dyna

THE Bahamas Chamber of Commerce
has restructured its Board of Directors by
breaking down into working committees,
featuring a mix of both old and new.
The move is aimed at increasing the
Chamber's accessibility and providing clos-
er connections to the business and wider
Bahamian community, improving its
responsiveness through decentralisation.'
"In order to reach our goal of 'Enhancing
Productivity and Service, Creating a Com-
petitive Advantage', the Board of Direc-
tors has broken down into working com-
mittees, each member assuming responsi-

Imic' restructure

bility and promising to be available to rel-
evant business sectors," said Tanya Wright,
who assumed the Chamber presidency in
"Existing committees have been
revamped, new committees formed and
directors will take an ongoing active role in
shaping policy and working with business to
help current members, and appeal to new
business persons to join the Chamber."
The named committees headed by elect-
ed chairpersons and directors consist of
members who are entrepreneurs, attorneys
and business leaders. The Chambei's mem-

bership promotion committee is led by
Christian Saunders of Tillerman Securities,
while business education is chaired by Gib-
son & Company attorney, Gail Lockhart,
along with Clear Channel Communications'
Mark Finlayson, who also heads the business
development committee.
Attorney Branville McCartney heads the
crime prevention committee, while insur-
ance executive Chester Cooper is key
organiser for both Chamber Week and the
group's annual awards. Rounding out the
chairpersons is Cable Bahamas' Barry
Williams, who is responsible for fundraising.

New money laundering guidelines

FROM page one
Mr Foot said any delay in responding to
the "several hundred comments" the Cen-
tral Bank had received from industry asso-
ciations and individual institutions was to
"take on board" everything that had been
He explained that most of the feedback
had involved "specific comments" on areas
of special interest to those replying, or on
places where they felt one part of the draft
7 guidelines conflicted with another.
Mr Foot said: "It's a lengthy process.
There's nothing sinister in the delay, we
just want to get it right. We're spending a
few extra weeks getting it absolutely right

this time around. We're going through it
line by line, comment by comment."
The Central Bank is now redrafting the
guidelines to take into account the com-
ments and feedback it feels are relevant,
and Mr Foot said the regulator hoped to go
straight to the final document and avoid
the need for further consultation with the
financial services sector.
He added: "We got quite a lof of feed-
back from quite a variety of the industry."
Among the associations who responded
were the Bahamas Financial Services Board
(BFSB), which jointly submitted comments ,..,
with the Association of International Banks,
and Trust Companies (AIBT), the Bahamas
Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA)

and the Bahamas Association of Compli-
ance Officers (BACO).
In a statement issued to The Tribune yes-
terday, the BFSB praised the guidelines for
being "comprehensive" and including areas
the industry felt needed addressing, such
as foundations and investment funds.
The BFSB said: "We were pleased to
have received comments from bankers, trust
and estate practitioners, fund administra-
tors, compliance officers and lawyers.
"The comments submitted varied from
matters that were substantive to those that
were focusedpon tcnqture and layout of the
proposed guidelines. The Central Bank have
indicated that they will revert to industry in
short order with a revised draft guideline."



(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company is
in dissolution, which commenced on the 22nd day of July,
2005. The Liquidators is Argosa Corp. Inc., of P.O.Box N-
7757 Nassau, Bahamas.


Financial Advisors Ltd.
Pricing Information As Of:
25 July 2005

S2wk-HI 52Wk-Low Symbol Previous Close Today's Close Change Dally Vol. EPS $ Div $ PIE Yield
1.10 0.89 Abaco Markets 0.89 0.89 0.00 -0.208 0.000 N/M 0.00%
8.70 8.00 Bahamas Property Fund 8.70 8:70 0.00 1.452 0.340 6.0 3.91%
6.44 5.55 Bank of Bahamas 6.44 6.44 0.00 0.561 0.330 11.5 5.12%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.80 0.80 0.00 0.187 0.100 4.3 1.25%
1.80 1.40 Bahamas Waste 1.40 1.40 0.00 0.122 0.000 11.5 4.29%
1.15 0.87 Fidelity Bank 1.15 1.15 0.00 0.062 0.050 18.5 4.35%
8.65 6.76 Cable Bahamas 8.50 8.50 0.00 0.589 0.240 14.4 2.82%
2.20 1.87 Colina Holdings 2.20 2.20 0.00 -0.005 0.060 NM 2.73%
9.08 6.75 Commonwealth Bank 8.80 8.80 0.00 0.673 0.410 12.5 4.66%
2.50 0.62 Doctor's Hospital 2.26 2.26 0.00 0.452 0.000 5.0 0.00%
4.12 3.85 Famguard 4.12 4.12 0.00 0.428 0.240 9.6 5.83%
10.50 9.12 FInco 10.49 10.49 0.00 0.662 0.500 15.7 4.77%
9.05 7.00 FirstCaribbean 9.05 9.05 0.00 0.591 0.380 13.0 4.20%
8.98 8.31 Focol 8.98 8.98 0.00 0.708 0.500 12.7 5.57%
1.99 1.27 Freeport Concrete 1.15 1.15 0.00 0.022 0.000 52.3 0.00%
10.20 9.50 ICD Utilities 9.60 9.60 0.00 0.818 0.405 11.7 4.20%
8.25 8.20 J. S. Johnson 8.30 8.30 0.00 0.561 0.550 14.8 6.75%
6.69 4.36 Kerzner International BDRs 6.06 6.02 -0.04 1,129 0.184 0.000 32.9 0.00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 2.010 0.565 5.0 5.65%
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Weekly Vol. EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield
13.00 12.50 Bahamas Supermarkets 12.25 13.25 11.00 1.488 0.960 9.1 7.25%
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 10.00 10.35 10.00 0.000 0.800 NM 7.80%
0.60 0.40 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.00 -0.066 0.000 NM 0.00%
43.00 28.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 41.00 2.220 0.000 19.4 0.00%
16.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 13.00 14.00 13.00 1.105 0.810 14.6 6.93%
0.60 0.35 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.35 -0.103 0.000 N/M 0.00%
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Fund Name NAV YTD% Last 12 Months DIv $ Yield %
1.2402 1.1741 Colina Money Market Fund 1.240183"
2.3657 2.0018 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.3657 *"
10.4330 10.0000 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 10.4330*...
2.2528 2.1164 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.252768"*
1.1200 1.0510 Colina Bond Fund 1.120044""

BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00 YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price
52wk-HI Highest closing price In last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity
52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Today's Close Current day's weighted'price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week
Change Change in closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
Dally Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months NIM Not Meaningful
P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100
- AS AT JUNE. 30, 2005/*** AS AT MAY. 31, 2005
* AS AT JULY 1, 20051 AS AT JUNE. 30, 2005/ 1* AS AT JUNE. 30, 2005



(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company is
in dissolution, which commenced on the 16th day of June,
2005. The Liquidators is Argosa Corp. Inc., of P.O.Box N-
7757 Nassau, Bahamas.



Invites applications from experienced qualified Christian
candidates for the following position for the 2005 2006
school year.

Dean of Students

Applicants must:

A. Be a practicing born-again Christian who is willing to
subscribe to the Statement of Faith of Temple Christian,
B. Have a Bachelor's Degree or higher from a recognized
College or University in the area of specialization.
C. Have a valid Teacher's Certificate or Diploma.
D. Have at least five years teaching experience, three of
which must be at the high school level
E. Possess excellent organizational, inter-personal
communicative skills.
F. Be able to assist with all aspects of the Administration
G. Be able to discipline, counsel students.
H. Have high moral standards.

Application must be picked up at the High School office on
Shirley Street and be returned by August 5th, 2005 a full
curriculum vitae, recent coloured photograph, church
affiliation, pastor's name and three references to:

Mr. Neil Hamilton
The Principal
Temple Christian High School
P.O. Box N-17537
Nassau, Bahamas
Deadline for application is August 5th, 2005

Chamber of Commerce



Invites applications for the position of:

Commercial Attorney

Applicants must have at least three (3) to five
(5) years commercial law experience.
Must possess excellent communication skills,
both written and oral.

Applications should be sent to:
Commercial Practice Group
Halsbury Chambers
P.O. Box N-4589




A vacancy exists at The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited for
one ELECTRICAL CODE OFFICIAL in the Building and
Development Services Department.
Applicants must be at least 21 years old and should have the
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
Minimum of five (5) years relevant engineering experience .
Minimum of three (3) years relevant supervisory experience
Certification as a Master Electrician
The individual will be responsible for:

Enforcing the Canadian Electrical Code
Review/approval of electrical parts
Review/approval of Electrical Permit Application documents
Certification of electrical contractors
Supervision of electrical inspection staff
Engineering support to Port Group capital/repair projects

Applications with supporting documentation should be submitted

The Personnel Department
The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited
P.O. Box F-42888
Freeport, Grand Bahama
on or before August 2, 2005




..sort'Phase ""i i i

The developers of
a $100 million
resort and resi-
dential communi-
ty in Exuma have
appointed a third-generation
Bahamian builder as structural
superintendent with responsi-
bility for building Phase II of
the project.
On behalf of Grand Isle Vil-
las, Andrew Treco, 42, will be
responsible for six, three-storey
buildings with $2 million pent-
houses on the t'op floor ahMd
two-storey resort villas on the
first and second levels.
He will also be responsible
for the construction of a
three-storey building that will
house a reception area, lob-.

by, entertainment centre and
top floor restaurant with
views overlooking the bay
and sea, Greg Norman Golf
Course and marina at Emer-
ald Bay.
Mr Treco was hired by EGI
Ltd, developers of Grand Isle
Villas, and its principals,
Pamela McCullough and James
"We were very fortunate in
Phase I," said Ms McCullough,
senior vice-president of EGI.
- "We *put Out feelers through- -
out the islands to find the best
craftsmen, and we were: able
to import talent from Abaco,
Grand Bahama, Long Islandi
Eleuthera, Exuiia; wherever
the best tile layer was, or

mason or painter.
"Then, as we launched Phase
II, we wanted to bring some-
one on board who could tie
everything together and had an
excellent background in the
structural components of con-
struction, especially with the
demands that being by the sea
The developers first saw Mr
Treco's work on the recently
completed complex of Dilly-
crab Realty, a tropical real
estate office near the airport
outside George Town, Exu-
The building, with high bay
windows allowing natural light
to stream in, deep overhangs
for shade, a wide verandah and

specialised offices, has attract-
ed much attention. "The qual-
ity of the work was incredible,"
said Ms McCulllough.
Over nearly three decades,
Mr Treco's work has taken him
from a private home built into
the rock of Lyford Cay to con-
version of the Flamingo Bay
apartments on Paradise Island;
from steel work at the Coral
Springs water treatment plant
in Exuma to custom residences
at the eastern end of New
A graduate of Aquinas Col-
lege in Nassau, he takes pride
in being hands-on, working in
the sun and learning from oth-
ers. His father, Milton Rupert
Treco was a master carpenter,

his grandfather, Torrington
Milton Treco, a master stone
mason whose legacy lives on
in buildings throughout Long
In his new post, Mr Treco's
responsibilities are broad
scheduling up to 80 construc-
tion workers, making sure the
concrete is the right strength,
the steel the right size, supplies
there when needed and dead-
lines met.
He credits the company.
"They do things the right way,"
he says. "They want quality
and even though there is never
a slack moment in the day, I
love it. The project is going to
be beautiful, and it's a great

Bahamasair seeks cuts

FROM page one "They're looking for $4.1 mil- from the airline's inception,
lion in pay cuts, but the budget they were not 55 years-old. As a
way for a successful privatisa- gap is $10 million and they are result, if these employees left
tion. proposing to bring in the the airline, they would lose their
Ms Harding said, however, Beechcraft to replace the exist- medical coverage. It is under-
that Bahamasair officials had ing inventory. There is no way stood that only persons eligible
admitted the latter process had that they could make up the for retirement and over the age
fallen four to five weeks behind shortfall by replacing a 50 seater of 55 can continue their med-
schedule. with a 19 -seater." ical coverage into retirement.
Ms Harding said that while When asked what the union Joel Moxey, president.of
the Board had issued a response would do if Bahamasair looked Bahamasair's 80-plus Pilot
to the union's suggestion some to force employees out, Ms Union, said he understands that
two to three weeks later, they Harding said that offering pack- only internal meetings, between
were not contacted directlyand. ages may be an option if worK- McKinsey and Co and the air-
have heard nothing from man- ers did not want to take a pay line's board, have been taking
agement. cut. place as they try to figure out
She added: "What they- are She added that previously, what rout to take going for-
proposing is to the detriment of .some 12 Bahamasair staffhad ward on privatisation.
the employees. It looks like the approached her about the pos- He said their lack of discus-
company is going into a state of sibility of taking an early retire- sions with the unions show they
digression and not progression. ment, andwverfe looking for did not have anything concrete
"When I was elected in this some: two years in pay. The to tell them, and that when they
post, for the next three years I board however, rejected the figure out what they want to do,
expected to make life more ben- -proposal. "We've triedtlat they will come back to them.
eficial for miny employees and avenue as well," MIHarding "We're still waiting for them
not disadvantage them in any said. to get back to us with whatever
way. They never stated .[pri- She sadded that while plan they come up with. I think,.
vatistioni had to be doheto Bahamiasair l a l '.ot of they're confused with this whole
the detrint
te detient of loyeeog employe~ thfihaf been there .. process," Mr Moxey said.

Cititrust (Bahamas) limited, a subsidiary of Citigroup, a leading financial
institution with a presence in over 100 countries and over 100 million
customers worldwide, is seeking candidates for the position of Deputy
Document Control Manager.


Global Wealth Structuring forms the Citigroup international offshore
trust companies servicing non U.S. high net worth clients in Bahamas,
Cayman Islands, Switzerland, Jersey Channel Island, New Jersey and
Singapore. Products target wealth preservation around fiduciary


Daily management of Imaging Unit
Deputy Manager, DocumentationMgmt & Control-Unit (Imaging,
Safe Keeping, Dual Control, Warehouse, Records Management.)
Assist with training and administrative functions for the respective
document control units.
Assist in systems enhancements and process re-design
Assist with implementation of global initiatives regarding document
management and control:. ..
MIS reporting.


Historic imaging and records management experience and familiarity
with Trust and Company documentation...
Strong oral and written communications skills.
Interfacing with various business units on a global basis.
Influencing, organizational and adership skills..
Initiative and the ability to think strategically
People Managerment.
Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Scienoe or equivalent experience.

Interested candidates shouldforard acopy of thei resume to:
Operation Controls Head
Cititrust (B&liamas) Limited
P.O0Box N-1576
Nassau, $hamaS


Deadline for application is August 17th, 2005

Company escapes downgrade

FROM page one
the company's records may
not provide sufficient and
appropriate detailed informa-
tion regarding these transac-
tions. Accordingly, we were
not able to satisfy ourselves
that all related party transac-
tions were properly account-
ed for and disclosed."
Colina Holdings paid out
-some $4.431 million to pur-
chase services from related
parties during the financial
year to December 31,2004, an
almost three-fold increase
upon the $1.658 million spent
the year before.
Several sources suggested
that instructions issued by Col-
inalmperial in early July 2005
to both Colina Financial Advi-
sors, the affiliate that acts as its
investment manager, and the
Colina Financial Group, its
parent and majority share-
holder, indicated that the reg-
ulators were try ing to 'ring
' fence' the life and health insur-

er from related companies in
the group.
Colinalmperial asked Coli-
na Financial Advisors to
redeem all shares it held in
investments funds the latter
managed and administered -
worth more than $6 million -
and "a significant portion of
the total value of such related
party investments as at
December 31, 2004".


Colinalmperial also request-
ed repayment of all advances
owing to it by CFG and an
"affiliated borrower", worth
some $2.374 million, as at
December 31, 2004, plus
accrued interest. As at July 18,
this had not been repaid.
Opinion on Colinalmperi-
al's 2004 results has been
divided, with some seizing on
the audit qualification as evi-
dence there are serious corpo-.
rate governance issues to be

dealt with, while the financial
performance proves the inte-
gration of the Imperial Life
portfolio has not been going
However, others point out
that once the dust and excite-
ment settles, and the company
moves on with the integration
process, its size and scale are
likely to generate synergies
and efficiency savings that will
result in improved profitabili-
ty and a better bottom line for
fiscal 2005.
Ultimately, it is too soon to
pass judgement on whether
Colina Holdings' series of
acquisitions has been a success
or failure.
Colina's view is that the
company is engaged in a
'cleaning-up' exercise on its
balance sheet following its
recent acquisition spree, plus
the bloody and bitter feud that
saw Jimmy Campbell removed
from both CFG and his posi-
tion as Colina Holdings' pres-
ident earlier this year.


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

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


Q 2006. KPMG, a Bahamian partnership, the Bahamian member firm of KPMG International, a Swiss cooperative. All rights reserved.



A vacancy exists at The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited for one GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS
(GIS) TECHNICIAN in the Building and Development Services Department.
Applicants must be at least 21 years old and should have the following:
An Associates of Science Degree or equivalent in Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Civil Engineering,
Cartography, Geography, Computer Science.
Knowledge of AutoCAD version 2000 or higher
Knowledge of Microsoft Applications
SKnowledge of GIS software
Two (2) years experience with GIS or related field
Skills to read maps and architectural drawings
Ability to handle internal and external communications effectively
Excellent organizational skills (i.e. the ability to catalog and maintain data entry and map procedures)
Ability to work effectively in a team environment.
The individual will be responsible for:
Performing technical duties in the maintenance, development and operation of geographic information systems.
Ensuring quality an accuracy of a variety of GIS data, including researching arid revising maps and data from other
data systems.
Operating a variety of geographic information system input and output devices, including digitizing boards, scanners,
printer and plotters.
Creating, maintaining and editing departmental spatial databases, including the preparation of data dictionaries and
Assembling, organizing and digitizing information of the GIS database
Preparing and executing queries of individual electronic databases and thematic maps, producing products that
include, but not limited to maps, tables, plots, charts and graphs.
Ensuring the quality and accuracy of a variety of geographic information system data, including researching and
revising maps and data from other data systems.
Applications with supporting documentation should be submitted to:
The Personnel Department
The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited
P.O. Box F-42888
Freeport, Grand Bahama
on or before August 2, 2005





Insight, from Page 2B

al effort to improve our com-
petencies in English, maths, sci-
ences and foreign languages.
The Bahamas is a service econ-
omy, which is far more vulner-
able to globalisation because,
increasingly, service-based
industries are highly portable.
Yes, you do have to come to
the Bahamas if you want to
swim or sun specifically on
Cabbage Beach but remem-
ber Cabbage Beach is not the
only beautiful beach, in the
world with five-star hotels and
excellent service. Our challenge
is not only to fix our educa-
tional system, but to also pro-
vide significant levels of ongo-
ing training to ensure quality
and competitive service for the
prices charged, especially in the
tourism and financial services
The whole issue of immigra-
tion policy is one that requires
a bipartisan approach with
clearly defined and articulated
positions. The US grants Hi-B
visas, which allow highly skilled
workers to work in the US for

a period of six years. While the
US has cut back drastically on
the amount of H1-B visas
issued since September 11, it
is an approach that we can look
at. However, if we go this route

there must be the checks and
balances to prevent abuses,
such as careful scrutiny of edu-
cation and experience creden-
Interestingly enough, we may
not be too far off the mark
when it comes to broadband
access (electronic access to the
international communications

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

Intent To Change Name By Deed Poll
The public is hereby advised that I, LATALCA CLARKE
of Wilson Track, P.O. Box 1168, intend to change my name
to LATALCA SANDS. If there are any objections to this
change of name by deed poll, you may write such objections
to the Chief Passport Officer, P.O. Box N-742, Nassau,
Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after the date of the
publication of this notice.

The Public is hereby advised that I, EDDY JEUDI -
HONORE, of George Town, Exuma,P.O.Box 29113,
Nassau, Bahamas, intend to change my name to EDDY
JUDE NIXON If there are any objections to this change
of name by Deed Poll, you may write such objections to
the Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-742, Nassau,
Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after the date of
publication of this notice.


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 bd 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 land 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 Sale in a Mortgage

All forwarded a sealed envelope,
addressed to the Manager, Royal Bank Loan Collection Centre,
P.O. Box N-7549, Nassau, Bahamas and marked "tender 1294"
All offers must be received by the closed of business 4:00 pm,
Friday 29th, July 2005.

highway). In checking with our
local cable provider, it is esti-
mated that there are roughly
90,000 households in the
Bahamas, of which about 35
per cent have high speed

broadband access.
This penetration rate, I am
told, is the highest in the
region, exceeding both Canada
and America, which are esti-
mated to be 30 per cent and 25

per cent respectively. More
importantly, broadband is
available to more than 92 per
cent of Bahamian households.
When you add the availability
of DSL and other technologies,
you can readily see that we
have something in place that
we can easily build upon.
However, notwithstanding,
we must continue to expand
this penetration of broadband
access even further and make
as many of our citizens as pos-
sible computer literate and reg-
ular users, from an educational
and training standpoint.
Until next week...

NB: Larry R. Gibson, a
Chartered Financial Analyst,
is vice-president pensions,
Colonial Pensions Services
(Bahamas), a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Colonial Group


Register for the Nastac Group Limited's

Series 7 August 4th, 2005
(Tuesdays & Thursdays) sessions

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(Mondays & Wednesdays)

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CALL (242) 326-7314 OR FAX (242) 326-7317



RBC/ROYAL BANK OF CANADA invites tenders for the
purchase of the following:

"ALL THAT piece parcel of land being Lot No. 19, Block #4,
Coral Lakes 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 Single family Residence consisting
of (3) bedrooms, (2) bathrooms.

Property Size: 8,880 sq. ft.
Building: 2,651 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 0421"
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 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,
P.O. Box N-7549, Nassau, Bahamas and marked "tender 2748"
All offers must be received by the closed of business 4:00 pm,
Friday 29th, July 2005.

International, which owns
Atlantic Medical Insurance and*
is a major shareholder of Secu-
rity & General Insurance Com-,
pany in the Bahamas.
The views expressed are..
those of the author and do not

necessarily represent those of
Colonial Group International
or any of its subsidiary and/or
affiliated companies. Please
direct any questions or com-
ments; to rlgibson@atlantic-




A vacancy exists at The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited for
one LEGAL SECRETARY in the Legal Department.
Applicants must be at least 21 years old and should have the
BGCSE English Grade C or higher, or GCE "0" Level English
Grade C or higher
Proficiency in Microsoft Word and WordPerfect
Knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Access
Strong Organizational Skills
Good Computer Skills
Clean Police Certificate
The individual will be responsible for.
Preparation of Legal Documents and managing transactions
Assist Counsel in the drafting of letters and memos.
Typing correspondence'
Answering enquires
Management of Counsel's Diary
Photocopying, Faxing and Emailing
Applications with supporting documentation should be submitted
The Personnel Department
The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited
P.O. Box F-42888
Freeport, Grand Bahama
on or before August 2, 2005



Inspiration Road, Imperial Park, Eastern District, New
Providence, Bahamas, in respect of:-

ALL THAT piece or parcel or land containing by
admeasurement 35,162SquarFeet situate
approximately 20 :eet South of Bernard Road
and WVestof Fodale Subdivision, Fox Hill in the
Eastern District of the Island of New Providence
aforesaid bounded on the NORTH partly by land
the property of Coke Methodist Church and partly
by land formerly the property of Reve Fox but
now the property of the said Coke Methodist Church
and running thereon jointly Three hundred and
Three and Seventeen One-hundredths (303.17)
Feet on the EAST by land said to be the property
of Paul Davis and running thereon Eighty-four and
Seventy One-hundredths (84.70) Feet on the
SOUTH by land said to be the property of Early
Deveaux and running thereon Two hundred and
Eighty (280) Feet and on the WEST by land now
or formerly the property of David Lafour and
running thereon One hundred and Thirty-three and
Ninety-seven One-hundredths (133.97) Feet which
said piece or parcel of land has such position shape
marks boundaries and dimensions as are shown on
the diagram or plan filed herein and edged in

Reve Rodriguez Fox claims to be the owner of the
unincumbered fee simple estate in possession of the said
land and has made application to the Supreme court of the
Commonwealth of the Bahamais under Section 3 of the
Quieting Titles Act, 1959 to have his title to the land
investigated and the nature and extent thereof determined
and declared in a Certificate of Title to be granted by the
Court in accordance with the Provisions of the said Act.

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

1. The Registry of the Supreme Court, East Street
in the City of Nassau, N.P., Bahamas

2. The Chambers of Mr James M. Thompson,
Terrace House, First Terrace, Centreville, Collins
Avenue, Nassau, N.P., Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that any person having Dower
or a right to Dower or an Adverse Claim or a Claim not
recognised in the Petition shall on or before the 30th day
of August, A.D., 2005, file in the Supreme Court and serve
-on the Petitioner or the undersigned a Statement of his
Claim in the prescribed form verified by an Affidavit to be
filed therewith.

Failure of any such person to file and serve a Statement of
his claim on or before the30th day of August, A.D., 2005,
will operate as a bar to such claim.







Consolidated financial statements

Consolidated balance sheets
for the years ended 31 December 2003, 31 December 2003 pro forma and 31 December

Notes 3M2oo 31117J2003 31112z003
0 l to m e rof ) Pro form i

Cash, due from central banks and French postalsystem 19,674 11,377 6,121
Treasury bitk and smilar tems 5,5.1,5.2,5.3 43864 58,514 30,382
Due from banks 3,4.1,4.2,4. 67,580 75,346 37,318

Bonds and other fixed- ncome securities ,5.15 3 2, 37709 21,491
Shares and other varable-income securities 5.1 3380 18,861 8,192

Particpatinnterests, investments In non-consolidated associates and other
ong-term investments 6,6.1, 9 924 873 505
Partcipating interests, Investments In equity associates accounted for at equity 7 4379 379
Property, plant and equipment and Intanlgble aets, 882 977 699

Prepaymt and accrued income 128 8,415 3,844

Notes 31/1212004 31112/2003 31/112003
1n mwilonw CoeuroS) Pro formal

Due to central banks and current accounts with French postalsystem 470 398 8
Due to banks 13 107005 120,228 44,818

Special savlng schemes 114,1,14.2 2,050 1422 890
Other accounts. 14.2 69,557 69,258 4,696

Sundry labl ties, 16 48,M I 56,144 33,796
Accruals and differed income 1 12,839 11,143 5,726 '

General reserveorrisks and expenses 17 226 2,745 1225
Subordinated debt 19 3,178 3,390 3,218

In reserves 258 369 257
Preference shares 20.1 463 499 499

Consolidated reserves and retained earnings 2,293 2,069 1,137
Net income for the year 6i3 758 552

Consolidated statements of off-balance sheet items
for the years ended 31 December 2003, 31ber 2003, 31 December 2003 pro formaand31 Deceer

31/12/2004 31/12/2003 31/11/21 3
(in milions of euros) Pro form '

Banks and financlat institutions 648 6,664 4,330
Customers 68,493 63,081 30,433

Banks and financiatinstitutions 9,757 11,162 47
Customers 24,039 17068 8,531

Other commitments ,746 3358 149

Banks and financialtinstitutions 14X6 7,088 5330. ;
Customers -m .71'a il

Banks and financial institutions 5,643 5,629 1,72l ).:
Customers 1,74 21,157 ."9,62.' ".,

Securities sold with repurchase option 15 ,. 15
Other commitments 4;507 5,468 3,91

Off-balance sheet commitments: oiler Information
Details of off-balance sheet commitments: note 23
Foreign exchange transactions and amounts payable in foreign currencies: notes 23.1, 24, 24.1, 24.2

Statutory auditors' report on the consolidated fi ianci

(Year ended 31 December 2004)

To the Shareholders,

In compliance with the assignment entrusted'to us by your Shareholders' Meeting, we
have audited the accompanying consolidated financial statements of Calyon for the year
ended 31'December 2004.

The consolidated financial statements have been approved by the Board of Directors.
Our role is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audit.


We conducted our audit in accordance with professional standards applicable in France.
Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable
assurance about whether the consolidated financial statements are free of material
misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the
amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. An audit also includes assessing the. .
accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as
evaluating the overall financial statements presentation. We believe that our audit
provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.

In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements give a true and fair view of the
assets, liabilities, financial position and results of the consolidated group of companies ]
in accordance with the accounting rules and principles applicable in France.

Without qualifying our opinion expressed above, we draw your attention to i) note 2.5
to the financial statements describing the treatment adopted for the transfer of Credit
Lyonnais's corporate banking operations to Calyon and the assumptions used to prepare
pro forma financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2003, given that these
figures are not necessarily representative of the financial position or performance that,
would have been observed if the transaction had in fact occurred at a date prior to the
actual date, and ii) the impact of changes in accounting method described in note 2.4
to the financial statements that occurred during the year as a result of :

application of recommendation 2003-R.01 of 1 April 2003 issued by the Conseil
National de ta Comptabilit& on rules for accounting for and valuing pension
obligations and other post-retirement benefits;
early application from 1 January 2004 of the CRC regulation .2002-10 of 12
December 2002 (as amended by CRC Regulation 2003-07 of 12 December 2003)
on asset depreciation and impairment;
application of CRC regulations 2004-16 and 2004-17 of 23 November 2004. obn .
disclosure requirements regarding the fair value of financial instruments.


In accordance with the requirements of Article L. 225-235 of the French Commercial
.Code (Code de commerce) relating to the justification of our assessments, we bring to
your attention the following matters :

1. Change in accounting methods

As part of our assessment of the accounting policies and rules applied by the Group, we
ensured that the changes in accounting methods mentioned above were appropriate and
property presented.

2. Accounting estimates

As indicated in note 2 to the consolidated financial statements, the Group establishes
provisions to cover the credit risks inherent in its business. We reviewed the processes
put in place by management to identify and assess these risks and determine the
necessary amount of provisions.

The Group uses internal models to value financial instruments that are not traded on
organised markets. As part of our assessments of these estimates, we reviewed the
valuation procedures used to determine the parameters of these models and to reflect
the risks associated with such instruments. We checked that these accounting estimates
were based on documented methods that conform to the principles described in note 2
to the consolidated financial statements.

As a customary part of the process of preparing financial statements, the Group made a
number of significant accounting estimates, notably on the valuation of non-
consolidated participating interests, the recoverability of deferred tax assets and the
valuation of goodwill and pension obligations appearing on the balance sheet. We
reviewed the assumptions used and verified that these accounting estimates are based
on documented methods that conform to the principles set forth in note 2 to the
consolidated financial statements.

We assessed whether these estimates were reasonable. .

The assessments were thus made in the context of our audit of the consolidated
financial statements taken as a whole and therefore contributed to the formation of our
unqualified opinion expressed in the first part of this report.


We.have also verified information given in the group management report. We have no
matters to report regarding its fair presentation and conformity with the consolidated
financial statements.

18 April 2005

Gerard Hautefeuille Benoit Catherine
PricewaterhouseCoopers Audit
32, rue Guersant
75017 Paris

Valerie Meeus
Barbier Frinault & Autres
41, rue Ybry.
92576 Neuilly sur Seine Cedex..

Interested parties may obtain a complete copy of the Audited
Accounts from:
Credit Agricole Suisse (Bahamas) Ltd.
P.O. Box AP59237
Nassau, Bahamas

A Leading Courier Company seeks to fill the following position

Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

* Directing and coordinating the activities of the company Operations
in The Bahamas, Bermuda, Grand Cayman, Curacao, Martinique,
St. Marteen, Tortola, Guadeloupe and Haiti in accordance with
established policies, goals and objectives of the Company.
Ensuring the achievement of short and long term goals for operations,
administration, financial performance and growth.
Ensuring that the workflow is completed successfully, based on:
knowledge of the business operations.
Ensuring proper management of the day to day activities of one
or more line operations.

Applicants must possess the following:

* Bachelor's degree in Operations, Business Administration or related
Three to five years of work experience directly related to the duties
and responsibilities specified
Working knowledge of computer capabilities and related informati n
systems (excel, power point, outlook)
A valid:HA Driver's Licence
An acceptablTepolice record
Strong interpersonal skills

Qualified persons please reply to:

The Legal Department !
P.O.Box N-3247
Nassau, Bahamas

Deadline to respond 10th August 2005.




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YOUNG enthusiastic volleyball
players are receiving the opportunity of
a lifetime to learn the game from some
of the best volleyball coaches in the
United States.
The Jackie Conyers Back-to-Basics
Volleyball Clinic features a number of
highly regarded international coaches
including, Del Hughes from the
Atlanta Boom Volleyball Club, Eric
Harris and Vanessa Johnson from the
Vertical One Volleyball Club and oth-
ers scheduled to make appearances
throughout the week.
Hughes, one of the most successful
volleyball coaches in the United States
was selected as one of the coaches for
the U.S. Olympic Pipeline High Per-
formance, Youth & Junior National
Teams tryouts.
His Atlanta Boom Club has won a
number of national tournaments
including two consecutive national

Jackie Conyers Back-to-Basics event

He said the coaches at the clinic want
are primarily concerned with teaching
young volleyball players how to play
the game the right way.

"We want to introduce fundamentals
for the beginners," he said. "But if we
end up having some advanced players
come out then we want to work on the
finer points of the game."
Hughes has been to the Bahamas
once before in 1998, invited by the BSF
to help reinvigorate interest in volley-
He said he hopes to do the same
with this year's clinic.
"At that time I was working with

the federation (BVF) and they wanted
to re-invigorate volleyball in the
Bahamas," he said. "Right now we just
want to develop some enthusiasm for
the game, we want to make everybody
happy about volleyball."
Hughes also develops young talent at
his Atlanta Boom Club and said he
would be able to identify with the
youngsters at this clinic.
"I do a lot of work myself with kids
back home in Atlanta who don't have
a lot of resources or a lot of money," he
said. "This is a good opportunity to
give back to a similar community."
Despite the slow turnout on day one,
coaches and camp organisers are opti-
mistic that the numbers will increase as
the week progresses.
With just under a dozen athletes on
hand for day one, Hughes said they

jumped right into basic skills, making
the most of the short week of tutor-

"We wanted to work on hitting right
away, we also worked on passing, set-
ting and some planting, we'll wind up
getting to everything before the week's
out though," he said. "Hopefully at
the end of the week we'll be far along
enough where we can wind up play-
ing some competitive games."
Working with beginners, he said,
takes patience and dedication but it
can produce a satisfying reward.
"We hope to see improvement," he
said. "No matter how slight, we just
expect to have a little more skill that

they came to us with."
The Clinic, sponsored by the
Bahamas Volleyball Federation, runs
until June 29 at the DW Davis Gym-
nasium and is designed to develop the
skills of young volleyball players in the
Harris had been coaching at Vertical
One for a number of years and also
plays A/AA USAV volleyball for Ver-
tical One's Men's Team.
The Atlanta, Georgia resident
played co llegiate v o lle-yb all
for Indiana University of Pennsylva-
The clinic is expected to become
more competitive and cater to more
advanced players when Junior Nation-
al Team players return from the
Caribbean Volleyball Championships
in Trinidad and Tobago.

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made his splash at the XI FINA
World Championships in Mon-
treal, Canada yesterday.
Competing in the men's 100
metre backstroke, Vythouilkas
clocked 58.88 seconds for 36th
overall in a field of 72 competi-
tors. .* :
He competed out of lane, five
in the sixth of 10 heats, coming
in second behind Korkean
Seung-Hyeon Lee, who won the
race in 58.11 from lane one.,
The 21-year-old senior at
Florida State University entered
his first World Championships

Praise from Bahamas Swimming

Federation president Algernon Cargill

with a qualifying time of 58.31.
He touched the wall in 28.70
behind Lee's leading time of
28.05 after the first 50 metres
and was able to make up some
,ground on the home stretch.
The former student of St.
-Andrew's School is one of two
'Bahamians representing the
B3ahamas at the meet, along.
with manager/coach Kefi McK-

Neither Vythoulkas or McK-
innon were available for com-
ment. But Bahamas Swimming
Federation president Algernon
Cargill said it was good too see
Vythoulkas compete after the
Olympic Games in Athens,
Greece last year.
"His performance was pret-
ty good. It was no where near it
was at the Olympic Games,"
Cargill said his office in Coral

Gables, Florida. "Nonetheless,
this has been an off-year for
"After the Olympics, it's dif-
ficult to get motivated again.
But overall, his performance
was pretty good and it shows
he's well on track to make the
cuts for the Olympics next
Cargill said Vythoulkas can
perform even better at the 2008

Olympics in Beijing, Finland.
Also at the championships is
Nikia Deveaux, the first
Bahamian female swimmer to
compete at the Olympic
Deveaux, a 19-year-old junior
at the University of Kentucky,
will have the rest of the week to
continue to prepare for her first
appearance at the World Cham-
pionships as well.

She's entered in her specialty
- the women's 50 metres one
of the events to be contested
on the final day of competition
on Saturday.
"She's going to swim well. In
terms of where she is and where
the final eight swimmers are,
there's a big difference," Cargill
"She's going to swim well, but
it's going to be difficult and it's
going to be a challenge for her
to qualify for the final."
Deveaux, a graduate of
Queen's College, will be swim-
ming out of lane eight in the
sixth of 11 heats.
She has a qualifying time of
27.36 going into the race.

Jackie rests after

successful meets

Senior Sports Reporter

AFTER having to compete in two
meets on back-to-back days, a weary
Jackie Edwards returned to California
to get recharged for the IAAF World
Edwards, 34, had to travel to Europe
to get in a legal jurmp after she had two
wind-aided marks that had her quali-
fying on the Bahamas' team going to
Helsinki, Finland on Sunday in limbo.

At the Norwich Union Grand Prix
meet on Friday in London, Edwards
soared 21-feet, 9-inches for second place
in the women's long jump. On Saturday,
she was in Germany where she won a
smaller meet with a leap of 21-2.
But her performance in London
turned out to be her season's best legal
mark, although she popped a 21-10 to
win the Bahamas Association of Ath-
letic Associations' National Open
Championships in June in Grand

At the BAAA's Colinalmperial
Senior Central American and
Caribbean Championships at the
Thomas A Robinson Track and Field
Stadium, Edwards won the bronze.
"I was feeling really, really good on
that day in London," said Edwards,
about her performance. "I was leading
from one round until the jump before
the last.
"I had a couple of fouls, which were
better than the jump I did, so I'm just
pleased to go to meet of that calibre
and come out wi* q performance like
Now that she's cleared any doubts
about her qualification for World's,
Edwards said she's resting from the hec-
tic travel to Europe and is packing her
bags for the trip to Helsinki.
"I'm very confident. I've said it for
the past couple of years, but every-
thing's coming together," she projected.
"I just have to rest now because I've
been doing a lot of flying and I'm tired.
"But I feel very tired. That's half of
the battle. I'm home in San Jose and
I'm resting and doing a little bit of train-
ing before I travel with the team on

As she looks ahead to Hinsinki,
Edwards said she has her sights set on
not only getting into the final, but also
getting a shot at winning a medal.
"Other than a few jumpers here, like
,the Russian girl, there's nothing too
outstanding in legal jumps this year, so
I think it's going to be a lot more open
this year," said Edwards, about the com-
"I think it will just be a matter of who
executes the best on the day of the


All year long, Edwards has had to
find a way to execute, having departed
from her coach, Edrick Floreal.
While it's been too difficult for her to
make another adjustment this year to a
new coach, Edwards said she's con-
tented with self-coaching
Edwards said she and her training
partner, American record holder Grace
Upshaw, train together, share their
workouts and critique each other.
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you expect.
A typical half-cup serving of regular
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* FITNESS TIP: Ever wonder in
which order you should do your
strength-building exercises? In gen-
eral, exercise larger muscles before
smaller ones. That means work your
back and chest before your shoulders
and arms.
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Smaller muscles assist larger muscles.
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about 40 percent. Combination prod-
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sunscreen are available, but separate
products are better because you can
keep reapplying sunscreen without
having to reapply the DEET.

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patients who do not get fully well with antide- women of all ages who enjoy the sa
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that shows exercise can help.her. Besides, she likes to dance.
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Melanie S. Uribe, 48, used to take Jazzer- Other exercisers including those w
cise, but fell out of the routine when her children ical problems have their own stories
were born. Then her infant daughter was diag- weeks last year dowith back spasimmobilizes.
nosed with brain cancer and was in and out of were eks last year when itback seemed.
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mind and body ... I didn't feel like a woman to the i x.
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swivels of Jazzercise it gave me back the weadows says. "I went from bewalking immnge
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cane, to mild exercise to feeling terrific
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decades. Last year, she signed up for Jazzer- It's a support group for people in.
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those people
who- have
fruits galore in
.,/your backyard
and don't know what to do
with them? You know, those
over flowing cherry or guava
trees, just to name a few.
You have such an abundance
of fruit you get tired of eating
them, tired of picking them and
tired of giving them away so
you jus t them ripen and fall
to the ground, where they lie
and rot. Don't let your fruit to
go to waste "JUICE" them.
Summer is the perfect time
to try cool nutritious drinks
instead of the less-nutritious
drinks like soda, Kool- aide and
fruit drinks. The month of July
also gives us the opportunity
to celebrate our patriotism by.
consuming more of our indige-
nous fruits.
For your July barbecues and
cook outs, blend fresh fruits of
the season with ice and vari-
ous other ingredients. But
before we talk recipes, let's
investigate what nutritional
benefits these fruits have to

The rich variety of our
indigenous fruit

Here in the Bahamas we are
exposed to a wide variety of

imported fruits, many of which
are not even grown here.
Heavy marketing, singing their
nutritious praise precedes these
fruits. This makes it very easy
to over look our very own
locally grown fruits and to
think of them as less nutritious.
You know the saying, "the
grass is greener on the other
side", well, not in this case.
Locally grown fruits provide
high quality nutrients. So when
these fruits are in season you
should certainly take advan-
tage of their nutritional bene-

Fruits rich in Vitamin C

Oranges, grapefruits and
lemons are common sources of
vitamin C. They are available
throughout the year and are
locally grown and imported.
But did you know that one of
the richest sources of vitamin C
is the West Indian cherry (the
red cherries grown in your
backyard), followed by the gua-
Cherries, about 6g, will pro-
vide twice the vitamin C.of an
orange, about 100g, while
guavas, about 70g, have three
times the vitamin C of one
orange. Papaya and mangoes
are also rich sources of vitamin

Fruits rich in Vitamin A.

Vitamin A is found as b-
carotene in plants. It can be
identified by a yellow or deep
orange color.
Ripe mango and papaya
head the list for rich sources of
vitamin A. As mentioned
above, these fruits are also rich
sources of vitamin C and also
noted for the mineral potassi-
um. B-Carotene is considered
important in the prevention of

Fruits rich in Potassium

Fruits are also noted for their
potassium content. Especially
rich sources are the ripe
banana, papaya, soursop,
watermelon, citrus fruits, guava
and mango.
Potassium maintains the
health of membranes in the
body, especially that of nerve
fibers and muscles.

Fruits rich in Iron

While fruits are not general-
ly known for their iron content,
significant amounts can be
found in dried fruits, such as
raisins and prunes not your
typical backyard fruit. How-
ever, significant amounts can
also be found in sugar apple
and mango.
Smaller amounts can be
found in guava, guineps,
sapodilla juju, pomegranate
and others.

Dietary fiber in fruit

Fruits are rich sources of
fiber. The guava is the richest
source of fiber among the
fruits, including the seeds and


iroiU an1U was
told I needed a
hysterectomy. My
second opinion told
me that the fibroids
would subside when
I went through
menopause. Now
what should I do, I
am in a lot of pain
and am so confused?

Leiomyoma, also known as
fibroids, are the most com-
mon solid pelvic neoplasms
that effect women. They are
essentially benign growths
that occur in the uterine mus-
cle. The latest statistics esti-
mate that fibroids will be
clinically present in between
25 50 per cent of women.
Yet for the most part and in
most women they remain
asymptomatic throughout a


The most common clinical
conditions caused by fibroids
that lead women to seek
medical attention are exces-
sive bleeding or pelvic pain,
and in this instance your
fibroids are causing you pain.
You then need to have a con-
sultation with a certified
gynaecologist to give you
advice on current treatment
options that can help to
resolve this painful condition.
Doing a hysterectomy,
although effective, is not
always the answer, but before
I address that let me

does not always necessitate
removing the uterus. For
example, a yes desire to any
of the above eliminates hys-
terectomy as an option and
moves you to a more conser-
vative approach called a
moyomectomy. This is the
removal of the fibroids.


In the hands of a skilled
gynaecologic surgeon
fibroids, depending on their
size, number and location,
can be removed via 'laparo-
tomy' (using a bikini inci-
sion), 'laparoscopically'
(using a telescope type devise
through the belly button
area) or 'hysteroscopically'
(using a special cutting instru-
ment through the vagina).
The latter two are minimally
invasive and lead to quicker
recovery,less pain,and less
down time. However, this
advice is best obtained from
a gynaecologic surgeon
trained in these techniques.
My advice is to ensure that
your gynaecologist is Board
Certified and trained in min-
imally invasive surgery (also
termed 'endoscopy'). Good

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

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skin eaten along with the pulp.
The level of fiber is comparable
to wheat bran.
Jams made with guava and
other fruits will also contribute
some of the fiber but watch
out for the sugar content.

Other properties of fruits

For many years researchers
have recognized that diets high
in fruit, vegetables, grains and
legumes appear to reduce the
risk of a numberofdiseases,
including cancer, heart disease,
diabetes and high blodd pres-
sure, when compared with diets
high in meat.
Most recently, it was discov-
ered that the disease prevent-
ing effects in these foods are
partly due to antioxidants spe-
cific vitamins, minerals and
enzymes that help prevent can-
cer and other disorders by pro-
tecting cells against damage
from oxidation. Vitamins A
and C are among the antioxi-
dant vitamins that help fight
against cancer causing cells.
Now researchers have discov-
ered that fruit as well as veg-
etables, grains and legumes
contain yet another group of
health-promoting nutrients
called phytochemicals.
Phytochemicals are the sub-
stance in plants that are respon-
sible for giving them color, fla-
vor and natural disease resis-
tance. Other phytochemicals
are known to prevent diseases
in other ways.
Flavonoids found in citrus
fruits berries and cherries keep
cancer-causing hormones from
latching on to cells in the first
place. So when it comes to
fighting cancer, fruit may be
the smartest dietary addition
you can make.
Now, consider all of these
nutritional treasurers in a tall
cold glass of fresh fruit juice
right from your very own back-
yard. And create some exotic
mixtures such as "Passion Gua-
va", "Mango Cherry", "Cherry
Passion" or "Soursop".
You may be familiar with
these flavors from canned fruit
juice. However, many of them
are not. the real thing with only
about 10 per cent juice and 90
per cent water, at an average
cost of $2 for a 12-ounce con-
tainer, what a dent you make in
your pocket.
Why not go for the real stuff.
Blend your own exotic flavors,
along with the healthy ingre-
dients; all you need is ice, and a
good blender with about a 48-
ounce capacity with a tight fit-
ting lid.
Keep in mind that fresh fruit
juices taste best and are at their
nutritional peak right out of
the blender (some vitamins can
be lost within a few hours).

.This column was provided
by nutritionists Adelma Penn,
Camelta Barnes and Melissa
Underwood of the Department
of Public Health.

Dr Anthony Carey
acknowledge the advice giv-
en to you by your second
opinion. This information is
true and yes, fibroids for the
most part subside and shrink
in menopause because the
estrogen they "feed" on gets
depleted. Remember that
menopause marks the cessa-
tion of ovarian function and
hence estrogen production.
Without a source of estrogen
fibroids shrink. This then
explains the information you
were given.


Now, armed with that
knowledge, waiting for
menopause is not a good
option for you. Your clinical
symptoms of pain need
addressing and in modern
gynaecology numerous
options are available to treat
fibroids. Before moving to
hysterectomy you need to
address issues related to your
age, to your desire for future
childbearing,and to your
desire to preserve your

* THE month of July gives us the opportunity to
celebrate our patriotism by consuming more of our
indigenous fruits (pictured).



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Sexually Transmitted
Infections (STIs)
are infections that
spread from person
to person during
sexual intercourse or intimate
sexual contact whether by
vaginal, anal or oral route.
Some STIs commonly seen
in the Bahamian population
GONORRHEA infection
in the internal sex organs of
both males and females caused
by a bacterium called Neisseira
gonorrhea. It may also occur
in the anus, throat or eyes.
HIV an infection caused
by the virus called Human
Immunodeficiency Virus
(HIV) which may lead to
Acquired Immune Deficiency
Syndrome (AIDS)
CHLAMYDIA infection
in the male and female sex
organs caused by. the bacteria
Chlamydia trachomatis,
sores on the female (internal

and external) and male (exter-
nal) sex organ(s) caused by a
virus called herpes simples
virus (HSV),
tion caused by the virus called
Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
that occurs in the vagina or on
the cervix (opening of the
womb) of females, on the penis
or urethra (passage in the penis
through which urine passes) or
sometime on the scrotum
(balls) or groin of males. It may
also occur in or around the
anus, or more rarely on the lips
or in the mouth.
HEPATITIS B infection
of the liver caused by the Virus
called Hepatitis B Virus,
SYPHILIS an infection
caused by the bacterium Tre-
ponema pallidum, which caus-
es painless sores on the penis in
the vagina or in the rectum or
throat that may take as long a
three months after the infec-
tion to develop, and may be

On injured

list? Apply


*TWISTED anldes, painful
joints :and stiff sore muscles
are some of the injuries most
commonly caused by fitness
Continuing to exercise
when injured can cause fur-
ther damage and leave you
laid up for weeks or months.
At the first sign of serious
discomfort or pain, stop what
you are doing and apply
R.I.C.E. Rest, Ice, Com-
pression and Elevation.
By following this easy-to-
remember formula, you can
avoid further injury and
speed recovery.
Rest the injured area for
24 to 48 hours.
Ice the area as soon as
possible and keep doing so
for 10 minutes every two
hours for the first 48 hours.
Use an ice pack, ice in a

heavy plastic bag with a little
water, a bag of frozen vege
etables etc...
Compress the area.
Wrap it with an elastic ban-
dage. Do not cut off circula-
tion. Remove the bandage
every three to four hours, for
15 to 20 minutes each time.
Elevate the area above
the heart level to reduce
swelling. Prop it up to keep
it elevated while you sleep.
Take an over-the-counter
pain reliever, if necessary.
Contact a physician if the
following signs or symptoms
occur severe pain and
swelling; numbness; blue dis-
coloration of the skin; mis-
alignment of the extremity;
or inability to move the
injured body part.

Source: Doctors Hospital

infection by the protozoan par-
asite called Trichomonas vagi-
nalis, which normally lives in
the vagina in females and ure-
thra in males.
infestation by lice (tiny crab-
like insects) called Phthirus
SCABIES infestation by
mites (tiny parasites) called
Sarcoptes scabies
Pubic/Crab Lice and Scabies
are not as familiar as the others
listed but they are among the
STIs that are seen, screened
and treated by the STI team.

Can STIs be cured?
Treatment is available in the
Bahamas for all of the STIs list-
ed above. However, not all
STIs are curable. Some STIs
that are curable. These include
Chlamydia and gonorrhea.
Viral infections like herpes,
genital warts, HIV, and Hepati-
tis B) are not curable (present-
ly). However, symptomatic/
and supportive therapies are
available that helps infected
individuals to lead a relatively
symptom free life. These per-
sons still carrying the virus are
can spread to others if they fail
to practice safer sex by using a
condom with each encounter.

Who is affected by STIs?
Two thirds of all STIs occur
in persons under the age of 25
years old.
Recent statistic showed that
68 per cent of all persons in the
Bahamas treated for Chlamy-
dia were under the age of 25
years. Noteworthy was the
trend that one in four (1:4)
females seen and treated at the
Adolescent Health Center for
STIs had Chlamydia.

Who is at risk for STIs?
Anyone can be affected by
STIs. Certain types of STIs
(Chlamydia, Hepatitis B and
HIV) have no associated signs
or symptoms in the early stage.
Therefore infected persons are
not aware that they have the
infection and are infecting oth-
ers. However, there are per-
sons who are at greater risk for
contracting STIs than others.
These include:
Sex vendors (prostitutes);
promiscuous individuals
(persons with more than one
sexual partner, or engage in
random (unprotected) sexual
encounters) and;
users and abusers of drugs,
alcohol and other substances.

What are some of the symp-
toms of STIs?
It is important to note that

many STIs (HIV, herpes,
Chlamydia among others) have
no signs and can be transmitted
to others unknowingly.
Some of the signs and symp-
toms that would suggest that
someone has a STI vary from
disease to disease and may
include one ore more of the

unusual vaginal discharge
or odor:
itching, burning when pass-
ing urine,
abnormal or heavy vaginal
bleeding during and after the
bleeding after intercourse:
lower abdominal pain; and
blister or sores on the gen-
itals or surrounding areas.

yellow or white discharge
(drip) from the penis or stained
burning or pain when pass-
ing urine;
passing urine more often;
pain and swelling in the
testes and;
pain on passing urine.

If you suspect that you or
someone you know have a STI
you should:
Go to a healthcare
provider immediately for test-
ing and treatment.
Ask whether your partner
needs to be examined and
treated, in order to avoid re-
Inform all recent sex part-
ners of the possibility of them
being infected and encourage
them to have themselves exam-
ined/screened by a health care
provider for the infection.
Take all medication as pre-
Keep all follow r.p appoint-
ments for retesting, and moni-
toring the progress and effec-
tiveness of treatment.

Is there a link between STIs
and HIV?
YES! Persons infected with
STIs are two to five times more
likely (than uninfected persons)
to acquire HIV if exposed to
the HIV (virus) through sexual
contact. If an HIV infected per-
son has another STI, they are
more likely to transmit the
virus during sexual contact than
other HIV infected persons
who do not have another STI.
Everyone who has ever
been, or will ever be sexually
active is at risk for contracting.
(a) STI(s) and MUST TAKE
tecting themselves against such

Any unprotected sex is high-
risk behavior. Any activity that
puts you in contact with anoth-
er person's semen, vaginal
secretions, anus or blood is
considered high risk.
Activities include unprotect-
ed penetration of the vagina,
anus, fisting and anilingus (rim-
ming). Oral sex is considered
outer-course, but as some
infections may be transmitted
this way, protection is recom-
ABSTINENCE is the only
true form of protection against
these infections. Since absti-
nence (the restriction of all sex-
ual contact with a partner until
a monogamous commitment is
made, usually marriage) is con-
fining for too many people,
other methods of control must
be examined.
Many people see STI pre-
vention as a drag. Men com-
plain that condoms don't feel
good and women say that it
ruins the spontaneity of the
moment. But KEEP IN MIND
that there's a lot more at stake
than just a lost moment; using
prevention can be manipulated
into something erotic. With all
the different types, styles and
colors of barriers, prevention
can be playful. It also gives cou-
ples a chance to grow more
intimate through discussion
and to be more creative in sex
If you are in a sexual rela-
tionship, whether long-term or
one night, you need to com-
municate with your partner. If
you are mature enough to
share your bedroom, be mature
enough to share your thoughts.
Talk about the issues, your con-
cerns and the preventions you
plan on taking together. It is
usually a good idea to discuss
this before engaging in the act,
as communication usually
:becomes less comprehensible
as the moment heats up.
It is imperative and strongly
recommended that everyone
opting to engage in (a) sexual
Make safe choices when
selecting a partner pre-
encounter screening for STIs
and other Disease processes
enhances safety.
Be in a mutually monoga-
mous relationship with an unin-
fected partner. That is, ONLY
have sex with someone who is
having sex ONLY with you.
AND CORRECT use of con-
Have a yearly STI screen
as part of routine physical. This
especially recommended for
persons under 25 years of age.
All government health care

facilities throughout -the
Bahamas provide investigative
services and primary treatment
for STIs. However, once a case
is confirmed as a STI, the
patient and all contacts rele-
vant to his or her case pre
referred to the STI Clinic of
the Department of Public
Health for investigation, treat-
ment and follow-up care. "
The clinic is located on the
grounds of the Public Hospi-
tals Authority, Princess Mar-
garet Hospital at Farrington
House. Services are offered
day to Friday from 9am to
needing the access the services
provided by the clinic are to
report directly to the Clinic. (at
Farrington House) any time
during the hours of operation
(see below). There is no need
for persons to register any-
where other than at the clinic,
unless they have opted to see a
doctor in another area of ;the
The clinic's hours of opera-
tion are 9am 3pm. Monday
to Friday except on holidays.
Registration begins each momrn-
ing at 9 o'clock.
The services offered at the
STI Clinic (commonly known
as the comprehensive clinic)
Free and confidential
screening for sexually trans-
mitted infections;
initiation of treatment for
health education and coun-
contact tracing partners
brought in for screening and
treatment and;
referral to specialist clin-
ics, gynae or HIV clinic.
Some STIs can have long
term complications such as
infertility and cancer and it is
important for persons who are
sexually active, especially per-
sons with more than one sexu-
al partner to practice safer sex
by using a condom each time;
communicate about and agree
to the use of prevention meth-
ods with their partner; and
have annual screening for STIs.

For additional information
on the prevention and treat-
ment of and screening for STIs
contact the staff at the STI
(Comprehensive) Clinic at tele-
phone number 322-2210.,


c~al end,'ar 4.

Free Health Screenings
will be held in the Yellow
Elder community on Satur-
day, August 30, 6pm-8pm.
Call 341-4021 for more

The Cancer Societyofthe
Bahamas meets at 5.30pm
on the second Tuesday of
each month at theirHead-
Squarters atiEast Terraee,t
Centreville. Call 323-4482
for more info.

REACH Resources &
Education for Autism and
related Challenges meets
from 7pm 9pm the second
Thursday of each month in
the cafeteria of the BEC
building, Blue Hill Road.

MS (Multiple Sclerosis)
Bahamas meets the third
Monday every month, 6pm
@ Doctors Hospital confer-
ence room.
The Bahamas Diabetic
Association meets every
third Saturday, 2.30pm
(except August and Decem-
ber) @ the Nursing School,
Grosvenor Close, Shirley


Doctors Hospital, the offi-
cial training centre of the
American Heart Associa-
tion offers CPR Classes cer-
tified by the AHA.
Thebcourse defines the'
warning signs of respirato-
ry arrest and gives preven-y
tion strategies to avoid sud-
den deathsyndromeandsthe
most common serious
injurie and chokingthatcan
occur in adults, infants and
CPR and First Aid classes
are offered every third Sat-
urday of the month from
9am-lpm. Contact a Doc:.
tors Hospital Community
Training Representative at
302-4732 for more informa-
tion and learn to save a life

Alcoholics Anonymous
meets @ 16 Rosetta St,
Monday-Friday and Sunday,
6pm-7pm & 8.30pm-9.30pm,
and on Saturday, 10am-
11am & 6pm-7pm &
8.30pm-9.30pm; @ Sacred
Heart Catholic Church,
Shirley St, on Friday at 6pm.

Elderh should keep exercising.

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of tropical fruits to enjoy'

S ummer is our main
fruiting season and
gives us a wide
range of tropical
fruits to enjoy.
Pineapples, Scarlet Plum June
Plum and Sapodilla have most-
ly passed but there are still
many fruits left to relish.
Soursop (annona muricata)
is a Bahamian favourite that is
often made into a simple freez-
er tray ice cream. The trees are
easily propagated from seed
and are quick growers. The
branches are held upright so
Soursop trees do not require a
great amount of space. The
fruits can grow on any part of
the tree, even the trunk, but
tend to produce more heavily
on new growth. Once the fruit
harvest is over it is a good idea
to prune the tree well.
The Soursop fruit is com-
pound and can grow to over a
foot long. The green skin
appears to have spikes on it but
these are soft. The skin encom-
Spasses a mass of pulp and eas-
ily separated seeds. The pulp
has a distinctive taste that many
cannot tolerate, but for devo-
tees it is delicious with a fresh,
slightly acidic bite.
The fruit can be split open
and eaten with a spoon but is
most often made into ice
cream. To do this you mash the
pulp with a little water and let
it sit for a while before straining
to remove seeds and fibre. Mix
the resultant juice with sweet-
ened condensed milk to taste
and pour into freezer trays. Stir
the mixture several times
before it fully sets. Or, of
course, you can make Soursop
ice cream with a traditional cus-
tard and employ an ice cream
A close relative of the Sour-
sop is the Sugar Apple
(Annona squamosa). The fruit
is very evidently compound
and the segments can be
enjoyed individually out of
hand, squeezing or spitting out
the seeds a, you go. fhe
flavour is sweeter than that of
Soursop but the flesh is gritty
and can be uncomfortable to
denture wearers. The propaga-
tion of Sugar Apple is similar
to that of Soursop. Be advised
that the seeds of both are poi-
Tamarinds are a favourite of
children throughout the

Bahamas. They love to knock
the fruit pods down with sticks
and eat the highly acid pulp on
the spot. From a good harvest
of Tamarinds you can stew the
flesh and seeds with sugar and
water to form a tasty paste. A
refreshing 'switcher' drink is
made by steeping Tamarinds
in water then adding sugar.
The Tamarind tree
(Tamarindus indica) is popu-
lar as a shade tree. It is very
slow growing but the com-
pound leaves are attractive and
provide good protection from
the sun. The Tamarind fruits
resemble brown bean pods that
are brittle when the fruit is'ripe
and can easily be broken off to
reveal the flesh, which is held
together by strands of fibre.
Within the flesh lie the squarish
seeds which are'covered by a
. papery membrane. The flesh is
usually very acid with a touch
of sweetness, refreshing on a
hot day.
Thailand produces some very
sweet varieties of Tamarind. I
have seen them on sale in Nas-
sau in one pound boxes. They
make an interesting compari-
son to the local varieties but I
think I prefer my Tamarinds
to be tart.
Guineps can be very sweet
or very sour, depending on the
tree they came from. Also
called Spanish Lime, Guineps
grow in clusters on female
trees, though there are some
trees that bear perfect flowers.
The fruit of the Guinep (Meil-
coccus bijugatus) has to be
overripe before it can be eaten.
The skin of each roundish to
oval one inch long fruit is easi-
ly pierced with a thumb nail to
reveal the clear, sometimes
pinkish, gelatinous pulp that
surrounds a round seed. The
rather spare flesh is sucked
from the seed with some diffi-
If you wish to grow a Guinep
tree from seed, look for a fruit
that is sweet and has two hemi-
-i, These are more
likely to produce an offspring
with similar properties to the
Barbados Cherry (Malpighia
:glabra) is the sweetest of all
the summer fruits we have
looked at today. It is a great
favourite of my grandchildren
so I have to make sure I get
my share before they arrive on

the scene.
The Barbados Cherry tree is
really a large, many-branched
shrub. The fruits are produced
singly, sometimes in twos and
The bright red cherries con-
tain a sweet, watery pulp that

encloses three fluted seeds that
are easily discarded.
During the 1950s there was
great interest in the Barbados
Cherry as it was discovered
that the fruit was very high in
ascorbic acid-vitamin C. Under
the name Acerola it was plant-

ed commercially in Florida,
Hawaii and other locations
Around the subtropical world.
In the end it was much cheaper
to produce synthetic ascorbic
acid but Acerola is still used in
some baby juices and other
specialty foods.

Propagation of Barbados
Cherry is best done by air lay-
ering from a superior tree.
If you do not grow any of
these fruits in your garden you
can still enjoy them from the
many roadside stalls that spe-
cialise in locally grown fruits.

Green Scee by Gardener Jack

* SUGAR Apple is a close relative of Soursop. Be careful if you wear dentures as the
gritty flesh of Sugar Apple will make you feel you have been chewing sand.





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