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Title: The Tribune
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Publication Date: August 16, 2005
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Volume: 101 No.216J

Arthur Foulkes

gets to the point




TUESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2005 PRICE- 500"

'The best time

of my career'

ernmens power is cuo

Outstanding bill leads Residents' anger over persistent dumping

to Inagua 'standstill' RESIDENTSofannaRoad

INAGUA reportedly came to
a standstill yesterday when the
power was cut to all government
According to sources in Inagua,
Morton Salt, the only employer
on the island, cut government's
power because of a large, out-
standing bill.
It was claimed that the sum
owed by government to Morton
was as high as $100,000. However
this could not be confirmed up to
press time.
Late yesterday afternoon, gov-
ernment officials in Nassau were
scrambling to secure a cheque
from the Treasury to pay the bill.
Details were sketchy up to
press time; however sources said
that the power did come back on
sometime yesterday evening.
Government facilities in Inagua
include the schools, the post
office, the police station, the
Defence Force facility, the admin-
istrator's office, the Ministry of
Health facility, the Water and
Sewerage facility and the gov-
ernment clinic.

The clinic was reportedly the
only facility not to lose power
during the cut.
It was claimed yesterday that
the bill was the result of the con-
tinuing mismanagement of funds
at Inagua and across the rest of
the southern Bahamas.
Former administrator and
FNM candidate for the MICAL
constituency Johnley Ferguson
said that the issue of governmen-
t's management of its finances on
Inagua was "expected to blow
He said yesterday's blackout
was the result of "bad manage-
ment and lack of funds" across
the southern Bahamas over the
last three years.
Mr Ferguson said the southern
Bahamas has been treated in a
"careless fashion" by the present
He called on the MP for
MICAL, Minister of Agriculture
and Fisheries Alfred Gray, to
conduct a full investigation into
the allocation and spending of
funds in the area.

BAIC ordered to pay

its former manager
Tribune Staff Reporter
SUPREME Court Justice Vera Watkins has ordered that the
Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation pay former general
manager Troi Ferguson $31,500 of his $63,000 annual salary.
In her judgment, which was handed down yesterday, BAIC was
also ordered to pay Mr Ferguson $3,500 of his $7,000 duty free
allowance, and all entitlement to vacation pay that he may have
accrued since his dismissal on August 30,2004.
Counsel for BAIC conceded that Mr Ferguson had been wrongful-
ly dismissed.
Lawyer Obie Ferguson represented Mr Ferguson, and lawyer Mil-
ton Evans and Tamika Lockhart-Sawyer represented BAIC.

HANNA Road residents
are extremely angry and dis-
turbed by the persistent
indiscriminate dumping in
their neighbourhood.
The Tribune visited the
area yesterday afternoon
and was greeted by an ugly
sight piles of garbage
scattered all over vacant
lots. Among the stacks were
discarded appliances.
There was one corner lot
in particular where the trash
was piled in many heaps.
Residents said that some-
times dead animals are also
dumped in the area.
Dolores Treco-Wells, who
has been living in the area
for 33 years, said she has
been dealing with the vexing
problem since 1997.
"When I go in the front
room in the evenings, I have
to bolt up my windows
because of the stench of
dead dogs and cats," said
Mrs Wells.
She said it was either in
2001 or 2002 that personnel
from Environmental Health,
and the Ministry of Works
visited her at her home. She
said they told her they were
going to look into the mat-
ter. However, Mrs Wells
said, nothing was ever done.
! Sonja Darville, a land
owner on Hanna Road,
wants the dumping to stop.
SEE page 10

Immigration officers sick-out

IMMIGRATION officers in Grand Bahama
conducted a massive sick-out yesterday to
protest not being paid their overtime.
A spokesman for the group said that 95 per
cent of the officers called in sick because their
overtime had not been paid from May.
He said that until the group received
their pay, the sick-out was going to
John Pinder, President of the Bahamas Pub-
lic Services Union, told The Tribune that he
was informed of the sick-out yesterday morning

and therefore had not "authorised it or encour-
aged" it'
"Officers have been having a problem with
their overtime payments for over a year. They
are now stressed out over their overtime pay-
ments," he said.
Mr Pinder pointed out that many of the immi-
gration officers at Grand Bahama became dis-
enchanted after not receiving their overtime
payments while knowing that their immigra-
tion counterparts in Nassau and customs officers
in Grand Bahama had been paid.
SEE page 10

Man shot dead outside of club

A MAN believed to be in
his early twenties was shot and
killed outside a local club ear-
ly Monday morning.
Police said residents report-
ed hearing gunshots from near
the Fifty Yard Line Club on
Ragged Island Street.
Shortly afterwards a man
was seen running from the
back to the front on the south-
ern side of a building.
It was reported that on
reaching the area of the park-
ing lot he collapsed and died.
The man had been shot sev-

eral times in the right side of
his chest. He was dressed in a
white T-shirt, long blue jeans
and white tennis shoes.
This incident pushes the
number of murders for the
year to 27.
Police have not yet con-
firmed the identity of the man
as investigations into his death
Police also reported that a
stabbing outside a bar shortly
after midnight on Monday has
sent a man to hospital in seri-
ous condition.
According to liaison officer
Inspector Walter Evans, it was

while at Larry's Pub in
Cordeaux Avenue, East and
Key West Streets, that Michael
Bain was involved in an argu-
ment with another male.
Bain was stabbed in the
neck with an unknown object
during the scuffle. He was tak-
en to Princess Margaret Hos-
Police say a man is assisting
them in their investigations
into the armed robbery of
three women tourists early
Sunday at Paradise Island.
Inspector Evans said the
SEE page 10



Humans seem intent on

creating hell on earth

SOMETIMES we humans will lis-
ten to credible warnings of
impending disaster and sometimes we
will not. Even in the face of advice from
our wisest leaders and mountains of evi-
dence, we will walk away and pretend
that everything will work out in the end.
When Winston Churchill warned
Britain and the world about the gather-
ing storm of Nazism on the continent
and the need to prepare for a con-
frontation with Adolf Hitler, his con-
temporaries looked the other way.
The result was that the dictator grew
stronger and more aggressive, convinced
that Europe and America were too weak
to challenge him until the world was
plunged into the worst conflict in human
The black American writer James
Baldwin fared a little better after he
wrote a book in 1963 challenging Amer-
ica to end its racial nightmare. He bor-
rowed from the biblical warning to name
his book The Fire Next Time.
The Saturday Review said of Bald-
win's book: "Would that his compelling
words might be generally accepted
before the fire of racial conflict is allowed
to destroy the unfinished business of
Emancipation's second century!"
That business remains unfinished in
Emancipation's third century, but Mar-
tin Luther King Jr answered the call and
forced America to make a giant step in
the right direction. It cost Dr King his life
but his non-violent crusade saved Amer-
ica from what could have been a bloody
confrontation with its oppressed minor-

T oday the whole world devel-
oped and developing, rich and
poor is facing its greatest danger ever
but it is by no means clear that those
who hold the reins of power are really lis-
The voices of warning have multiplied
many times over since Edwin Way Teale
in 1945 warned of the danger of the new
pesticide DDT to ecological balance:
"A spray as indiscriminate as DDT
can upset the economy of nature as much
as a volution upsets social economy.
Ninety rperentof all insects are' god,
and if they are killed, things go out of kil-
ter right away."
Rachael Carson took up the theme in
her 1958 seminal work about the envi-
ronment, Silent Spring. Many more,
including some of the world's most emi-

To be up to date and equipped with
the new information and
communications technology is not a
matter of choice. It is an absolute
necessity if the Bahamas is going to
compete in the world of electronic

nent scientists have since joined the cho-
rus of warning voices.
But over these same years we have
intensified our assault on the natural
environment: dumping poisons into
oceans, rivers and lakes; destroying
forests and coral reefs, and pumping
millions of tons of soot into the atmos-
The earth is beginning to react to the
abuse and that reaction, we are told, is
likely to intensify. The scientists tell us
that we can expect: more global warning,
melting glaciers and rising sea levels;
more extremes of weather such as violent
hurricanes, floods and droughts; famines
and shortages of potable water, and the
spread of more virulent diseases .across
the globe.

L ast week a British newspaper,
The Guardian, in an article by
Ian Sample, reported that a frozen Siber-
ian peat bog the size of France and Ger-
many containing billions of tons of green-

Over these same years we have
intensified our assault on the natural
environment: dumping poisons into
oceans, rivers and lakes; destroying
forests and coral reefs, and pumping
millions of tons of soot into the

house gas was melting for 'the first time
since it was formed 11,000 years ago.
The great fear, says The Guardian, is
that this melting will release billions of
tons of methane into, the atmosphere.
Methane is a greenhouse gas 20 times
more potent than carbon dioxide and
could precipitate a dramatic increase in
global temperatures.
The Guardian quotes David Viner, a
senior scientist at the Climatic Research
Unit at the University of East Anglia:
"When you start messing around with
these natural systems, you can end up
in situations where it's unstoppable.
There are no brakes you can apply. This
is a big deal because you can't put the
permafrost back once it's gone. The
causal effect is human activity and it will
ramp up temperatures even more than
our emissions are doing."
It seems that humans cannot wait for
the biblical fire next time, hopefully a
thousand ages away. We are intent on
creating our own Hell right here on plan-
et Earth.
* *


A n announcement from the
PLP government promises
some real progress in a neglected area of
national development. The FNM started
to take the Bahamas into the cyberspace
age of digital technology but since then
progress has been painfully slow.
To be up to date and equipped with
the new information and communica-
tions technology is not a matter of
choice. It is an absolute necessity if the
Bahamas is going to compete in the
world of electronic commerce and if the
government is going to provide the
Bahamian people and the world with
electronic government services.
A visit to the Bahamas Government's
website, for instance, reveals a few bright
spots such as the Ministry of Tourism's
site which is professionally done and full
of useful information.
The offering of the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs is also stocked with good infor-
mation and up-to-date news, even if it is
not as attractively formatted.
It is obvious that the government's
official website needs to be linked with
every ministry and department of the
Bahamas Government and that some
kind of uniformity is needed to pull it all
Some of the language and lack of

attention to detail also needs to be
addressed since the world should be able
to look confidently to the government's
website as an impeccable source of infor-
mation about the country.

M istakes in small things such
as the spelling for Mathew
Town and the Eleutherian Adventurers
do not exactly inspire confidence in the
editorial integrity of the different sites.
The most disappointing section is the
Legislature. In fact it is quite disgraceful
and should be closed down until it can be
properly mounted.
The piece on the House of Assembly
starts off with "The House. of Assembly
consist of thirty-eight..."' and does not
get any better.
It is true that our parliament can trace
its history back to 1729 but that does
not mean the institution should not today
be internally modern with an attractive
and informative presentation to the
world. Recent and pending legislation
should be posted for the information of
the public.
What has happened to Hansard? This
is the daily verbatim report of debates
in parliament'and there is no reason
why, with the modern technology now
available, there should be any more
than a 24 hours delay before it is post-
ed online..
But I am informed that the Hansard is
never available in its entirety to members
of parliament, much less the public, and.
that members must make special
requests to obtain sections of it. In this
fifth year of the twenty-first century that
is simply not good enough for a pros-
perous and supposedly progressive coun-
try like the Bahamas.

o the announcement that the gov-
ernments of the Bahamas and
Canada have signed an agreement to
provide consulting services for the accel-
eration of our electronic government
services is most welcome.
This is especially important in an arch-
ipelagic country like the Bahamas where
more government services should be
available on the internet in remote cor-
ners of the country. For instance, there
should be no government form that is
not available online.
Bahamas High Commissioner Philip
Smith and others who negotiated the
agreement are to be congratulated.
. Everybody else involved should now
concentrate on the word accelerated.

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Graduate prison

officers get

straight to work


FIFTY graduate prison officers hit the ground
running last week, four days after completing a
vigorous 14-week training programme and partic-
ipating in the largest graduation exercise in the
history of Her Majesty's Prisons.
The 50 officers, who represent a 20 per cent
increase in the law enforcement population at the
penal institution, were assigned to various tours of
duty at the prison in Fox Hill.
Seventy per cent of the 50 officers were assigned
to some form of security/surveillance operations
while the remaining 30 percent were assigned to
specialised areas such as Case Management, Cen-
tral Intake, Information Technology and Pre-
Release Services.
Twenty-two per cent of the officers were
assigned to the Maximum Security Housing Unit,
while 10 per cent were assigned to the Medium
Security Housing Unit and an additional 10 per
cent to the Minimum Security Unit.
Five per cent of the officers were assigned to
the Case Management Unit, the Central Intake
Facility, Female Housing Unit, Remand Housing
Unit and the Pre-Release Services Unit.

Strategy paper

for 'National



Tribune Staff

AS PART of the con-
tinuing efforts to
improve productivity in
the Bahamas, a strategy
paper for the establish-
ment of a "National Pro-
ductivity Centre" was
presented yesterday.
At a meeting at the
Hilton British Colonial
Hotel, government offi-
cials, union representa-
tives and local employers
were introduced to the
contents of the paper
during a slide presenta-


Dr Andre Vincent
Henry, director of the
Promotion of Manage-
ment-Labour Co-opera-
tion (PROMALCO),
which developed the
paper, said: "People
know there are issues in
productivity that need to
be addressed. The big
challenge is how do you
move from this head
space knowledge to some
actual concrete thing that
can be done to address
the issues."
Colin-Dale Marcelle,
development training
specialist of PROMAL-
CO and primary consul-
tant in producing the
paper, said that work on
the document took six to
eight weeks.
A part of the process,
Bahamian public and pri-
vate sector stakeholders
were consulted on what
they considered to be the
critical issues for devel-
The paper noted that
"almost unanimously"
the respondents agreed
that in helping to
improve productivity
there needs to be ade-
quate and appropriate
training, increased tech-
nology, an increase in
monetary rewards and
more recognition of


The paper also stated
that "serious considera-
tion" ought be given to
creating "a sustained
national awareness cam-
paign to sensitise all
sectors of the importance
of productivity
improvement to the
Labour Minister Vin-
cent Peet said that a
"passion" for productivi-
ty is shared by both
union bosses and
"This will be some-
thing that will allow
for a major national
debate, and positive
debate on where do we
go as a country," he

DEPUTY Superintendent of Prison Charles Rolle (second left) accompanies Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Security Cynthia
Pratt during her inspection of members of the graduating class of Recruit Squad A on Thursday, August 4, 2005, at Her Majesty's Prison, Fox Hill. The
new officers have been assigned to various tours of duty at the penal institution. At left is Principal Officer Noel Russell, Chief Drill Instructor.
(BIS photo: Derek Smith)

'Miracle water' profits 'going to poor'

Tribune Staff Reporter

BISHOP Lawrence Rolle
announced that all the profits
from the sale of his "miracle
water" are going directly to the
poor in his ministry.
In an interview with The Tri-
bune yesterday the "singing
prophet" as he is widely known,
said he does not benefit from
the profits generated by the
remarkable product, which was
sold to the public in special ser-
vices over the weekend.
Bishop Rolle's "miracle
water" first created a stir three
weeks ago when he announced
that he had been instructed by
God in a vision to bless bottles
of normal water in order to
bring "blessings to his people."
Hundreds of people flocked
to his "God Working Through
the Water" church services over
the weekend in search of their
own special blessings.
It has been claimed that the
water has cured AIDS, healed
the blind and deaf and miracu-

Bishop Lawrence Rolle

speaks to The Tribune

lously brought about the pay-
ment of overdue mortgages.
Yesterday, Bishop Rolle took
the time to discuss one of the
more extraordinary claims
about his water.


In a statement released on
August 9, Ros Davis, senior
pastor of Golden Gates Assem-
bly, claimed that the water
revived a man after he was pro-
nounced dead and had been
transported to a mortuary.
Bishop Rolle explained that
he had never met the man, but
was told that he had been in a
traffic accident and was pre-
sumed dead.
A hearse was apparently

called, however while still at the
scene, the man showed signs of
life and then rushed to ICU, the
Bishop said.
Bishop Rolle said that after
the family realised' that there
was still hope, they prayed over
the man in the hospital and
sprinkled the water on him.
Soon after, the man made a
full recovery, the Bishop said.
Speaking about the weekend
services, Bishop Rolle explained
that, his church spent more than
$3,000 purchasing bottled water
to bless.
A 12-ounce sold for $1.00 and
a five gallon bottle for $5.00.
After taking out a small per-
centage to pay the staff who
actually sold the water and to
cover the cost of the bottles, all
of the profits were donated to

charity, Bishop Rolle said.
The cost to put on the four-
night event was $6,500, which
his church absorbed, he said.
Bishop Rolle explained that
during the church services, he
gave away thousands of dollars
to needy parishioners.
On the first night, one mem-
ber was given a cheque for $500,.
and another a cheque for $1,000
on the second night.
Although he had planned to
give away a $3,000 cheque to
be used as a down payment for
a home on the last night, it was
decided that the church would
bless ten young people with gifts
of $300 each, to help them pre-
pare for the upcoming school
year, he said.
Bishop Rolle said that if per-
sons wish to receive blessings
but do not want to buy the
water, they are more than wel-
come to bring their own water
for him to bless, free of charge.
"My ministry is to help the

poor people, that is my ministry.
I do not want a dime, people
will tell you that from the time I
started my ministry, I cater to
the poor and less fortunate."
Bishop Rolle said that there
will always be skeptics and non-
believers, and to them it will
just be water.
However, he said that thou-
sands of persons throughout the
country have been able to claim
healing and blessings because
they believe.
"Don't listen to me, listen to
the people whose lives were
touched. I don't have to tell
you, their testimonies speak for


AN UNIDENTIFIED man has died after battling for his life for several days in
being struck by a car on Sunday night. hospital.
Police Inspector Walter Evans told The Tri- Herby Severe had to be extracted from his
bune yesterday that the incident occurred short- wrecked 2003 Ford Explorer by the "Jaws ol
ly after 9 pm at Robinson Road near Lincoln Life" after he lost control and collided with a
Boulevard. Chevy Lumina near Lake Killarney on the
Reports indicate that a red Honda Accord Emancipation Day holiday.
travelling east on Robinson Road struck the
pedestrian as he attempted to cross the street E POLICE also confirmed that a robbery
from the southern side. and shooting occurred at the Buy For Less
The man was taken to the hospital where foodstore on Mackey and Madeira Streets ear-
he died shortly before lam on Monday. ly yesterday morning.
Police have not been able to identify the Police say details surrounding the incident
man, but believe he is in his 60s and of Haitian are still sketchy but that they are following
descent. several leads into the matter.

Steady income growth

for Customs Department

Tribune Staff Reporter
DESPITE the fact that the
Bahamas had to deal with two major
hurricanes, the Customs Department
experienced steady income growth
over the last fiscal year..
Customs collected $627 million
between June 2004 and June 2005, or
$20 million more than in the previ-
ous fiscal year, Customs Controller
John Rolle told The Tribune yester-
While there was a greater rate of
increase between 2003 and 2004,
when revenue increased by $47 mil-
lion, Mr Rolle said he considers last
year's growth impressive considering
the national disasters in the wake of
hurricanes Frances and Jeanne.

He said a "robust economy" is to
thank for the growth, coupled with
the fact that Bahamians took the
opportunity to make repairs to their
homes and purchase relief supplies
such as food, clothes, and genera-
However, the $27 million dollar
difference in collection increases.
shows that Customs revenue could
have been much better had it not
been for the hurricanes, he said.
During the disaster period, a sig-

nificant volume of bottled water was
imported, making it one of the main
items brought through Customs last
Transportation, fuel, medicines
and clothing were also high on the
list of regular imports.
During the last fiscal year, Minis-
ter of Trade and Industry Leslie
Miller told the public about his min-
istry's plans to ban the importation of
damaged vehicles.
However to date, pre-owned vehi-
cles which have suffered some
damage are still allowed into the
Without proper legislation, it has
not been possible to enforce the ban,
Mr Rolle said.
The controller said he recently
wrote to the minister explaining that
"certain things must happen by law"
in order for a ban on wrecked vehi-
cles to be enforced.
He pointed out that the duty rate
on pre-owned vehicles remains much
lower than the rate on a new vehicle.
If a vehicle is purchased from
abroad for under $10,000, the buyer
must pay 52 per cent duty.
If the vehicle costs more than
$10,000 but less than $20,000, the
buyer must pay 57 per cent duty.
A vehicle costing $25,000 or more
costs 82 per cent in duty taxes.
While the ban would affect cus-
toms earnings, Mr Rolle said his
department would have no problem
enforcing any legislation passed by

He noted that in the Bahamas,
customs duty is much lower than it is
in many other countries in the
In Jamaica, for example, duty on.
vehicles can be up to 160 per cent,
while only vehicles under four years
old can be brought into the coun-
In Barbados, duty taxes on cloth-
ing can be as high as 80 per cent, he

Mr Rolle told The Tribune that
the government of the Bahamas has
been making a conscious effort to
reduce duty rates.
Nevertheless, with improved
administration, he said that he is con-
fident there could be higher revenue
collection in the future.
Last fiscal year, the Customs
Department suffered the loss of two
buildings one in Andros and one in
This year, it is arranging tempo-
rary trailer-style accommodations
until new offices can be built.
While an electrical shortage was
to blame in Exuma, the loss of the
Andros office was the work of an
arsonist, Mr Rolle said.
To date, no one has been charged
with the destruction of that Customs

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FIFTY YEARS ago a document was signed
that turned a large, flat scrubland into a "mag-
ic city".
Unfortunately as the Grand Bahama Port
Authority celebrates the anniversary of the
August 1955 signing of the Hawksbill Creek
Agreement, the island of Grand Bahama is
struggling to recover from the devastation of
last summer's two major hurricanes, followed
shortly after by the death of a man who was
responsible in large measure for the second
city's phenomenal growth.
"Freeport had really started to take off when
the hurricanes knocked us for six, and the
death of Mr (Edward) St George finished us,"
said a young Freeport resident recently.
However, last week the Port Authority
pulled out all the stops to celebrate in grand
style the signing of the charter that made it
all possible. The object of the Hawksbill Creek
agreement was to turn Grand Bahama into
an industrial community with Freeport as its
Sir Jack Hayward, whose father, Sir Charles;
was Freeport founder Wallace Groves' partner,
recalled how primitive Freeport was in the
early days.
We also recall the days when Grand Bahama
was only a pine forest with Mr Grove's lumber
mill. A crude railway system transported the port. Wooden seats were thrown across
these wheels to accommodate a few passengers
who were bumped from one point to the oth-
er over the scrubland. To take this ride in this
open wagon in a thunderstorm with lightening
.streaking the sky and sonic booms sounding
from behind black clouds was an experience we
shall never forget.
When Sir Jack was a young man in Freeport,
representing his father's interest, the tiny Car-
avel Inn was the centre' of all activity. This
was long before the arrival of Mr St George,
who first came to the Bahamas in the post of a
Nassau magistrate.
Once a month we lugged our portable type-
writer to Freeport, holed up in the Caravel
Inn for a long weekend, went out with note
book and pad to dusty job sites, and trailed
behind potential investors who were flown in
for the grand tour that ended with a presenta-
tion of Wallace Grove's dream for the island
and an invitation to become pioneers in that
dream. When we returned to Nassau we had
written enough articles to fill Freeport's month-
ly edition, which was included in The Tribune.
It gave the most up-to-date news on the devel-
opment of Freeport. Step by step we watched
a city being carved out of barren land. We
recorded that creation.
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20,000 non-Bahamian shareholders.
In 1976 Sir Jack and Mr St George acquired
Mr Grove's interests and took over the Grand
Bahama Port Authority. In 1981 the two part-
ners acquired the remaining shares and pri-
vatised the company.
Freeport has had its ups and downs, going
through a particularly rough passage when in
the famous "bend or break speech", former
prime minister Sir Lynden Pindling broke the
spirit of Freeport.
However, an anniversary is not the time to
dwell on such trying times.
Instead we prefer to record what the Grand
Bahama Port Authority has given to Freeport
over the years.
A $3 million Justice Centre built on 2.5
acres of land, valued at $500,000 and donated
by the Port.
$7 million contributed to the construction
of two new Government high schools, com-
pleted in 1995 at a total value of $9.5 million.
Sir Jack Hayward High School on 25 acres
of land at a total value of $4.750 million.
St Georges' High School on 26 acres. of
land at a total value of $4.8 million.
St George's Gymnasium, $820,000. Sir
Jack Gymnasium, $820,000.
Eight Mile Rock Gymnasium, $902,000
and Vocational Block, $1 million (a personal
contribution by Mr St George).
An annual payment for five years end-
ing in 1998 of $500,000 to assist in the estab-
lishment of local government. The total con-
tribution will be $2.5 million..
The constriction of a children's library -
the Sir Charles Hayward library which it
maintains at an annual cost of $200,000.
A modern multi-purpose sports track and
field facility with a regulated athletic track on
80 acres of land donated by the Port a total
value of $6.5 million.
And the list goes on -fish vendors complex,
fruit market, assuming responsibility of exist-
ing potable water distribution and reducing
the rates to settlements outside of Freeport;
contributing to the erection of 1,000 street
lights, creating public parks, bus shelters, side-
walks, police headquarters, donating 30 acres
of land worth $6 million for the construction of
a new hospital, and extensive road paving, not
to mention scholarships, hurricane rebuilding
assistance, and the many other personal dona-
tions to help improve the quality of life in
Sir Jack Hayward, Lady Henrietta St
George, who has now stepped into her hus-
band's large shoes, Sir Albert Miller and the
staff of the Port have reason to be proud, and
the people of Freeport reason to celebrate.

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From pine barren to 'magic city9

EDITOR, The Tribune.
OFFICIALS promoting the
Urban Renewal Programme
want us to believe that the pro-
gramme is indigenous to the
Bahamas and is designed to dis-
tribute government resources
to the have-nots. Sad to say, the
core principles of the pro-
gramme are similar to that of
We should now wonder why
our leaders are pursuing out-
dated socialist principles,
instead of enhancing existing
avenues to empower Bahami-
ans, such as improving the aca-
demic performance of our stu-
y One need only look at the
negative effects socialism has
on Cuba and, even in a mild
form, the lasting impact Man-
ley's Democratic Socialism con-
tinues to have on Jamaica.
My feeling is that the Urban
Renewal Programme is creat-
ing a culture of dependency in
areas where it has been imple-
mented and at the same time
eroding the culture of wanting
to control one's own destiny.
At its core, the programme is
designed to satisfy the immedi-
ate needs of individuals and not
provide the recipients with the
resources needed for a produc-
tive future.
In the same token, politicians
are using the Urban Renewal
Programme as a campaign plat-
form. Any announcement relat-
ing to the programme usually
involves an entourage of politi-
cians pontificating and using the
unsuspecting beneficiaries of
the programme as a pawn in'
their political game.
Our fear should be that this
blatant abuse of authority could
eventually give rise to political
tribalism. Historically, benefi-
ciaries of political patronage
become dependent on handouts
and to ensure its continuity,
they would defend it by any
means necessary.
Now, not to be misunder-
stood, I unequivocally accept
and support the notion that gov-
ernment must take care of the
less fortunate among us. How-
ever, the Christie administra-
tion's desire to have a coordi-
nated system in hopes of
improving the social status of
the disenfranchised and down-
trodden does not warrant the
creation of a Department of
Urban Renewal.
Instead, the funds being allo-
cated for this department could
be better used in established
departments and ministries.
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hoods the. government could
simply empower the Ministry
of Works. Yes, we all want our
elderly living in habitable
homes the government could
simply empower the Ministry
of Social Services. Yes, we all
want a reduction in crime -
the government could simply
empower our law enforcement
On the eve of general elec-
tions, let's think about it, the
Department of Urban Renewal
will require staffing. The ques-
tion is, will this Department be

used as a place to employ polit-
ical supporters while our edu-
cation and health systems con-
tinue to deteriorate?
In light of .government
already spending millions of
dollars a year paying the salaries
and expenses of consultants, we
need to wonder what our lead-
ers will think of next to waste
our money increase the 40
seats in parliament in hopes of
improving the chances of win-
ning the next election?
In the final analysis, any last-
ing social change that takes
place in our country can only
occur with qualified, compas-
sionate and visionary leadership
in place.

August 2 2005

EDITOR, The Tribune

THIS evening ZNS's Sun-
day Report revisited the issue
of standards of service in The
Bahamas. The segment rekin-
died memories of my recent
experiences on Bay Street
when I had strolled the tourist
route to pick up souvenir
items for family and friends
in Europe.
I returned home grateful
that I had, after several hours,
found Bahamian items which
were neither T-shirts nor trin-
kets made in China and that I
only have to embark on this
mission once per year.
The standard of service of
the salespersons in the stores
I visited, bar one charming
lady in Festival Place, was an
exercise in "How not to
impress the customer". To
spare any public embarrass-
ment I will refrain from nam-
ing business houses. My brief
account may jog the memo-
ries of those I encountered.
At a large souvenir store
two attendants were deep in
conversation at the cash reg-
ister. My approach bearing
three purchases did not inter-
rupt this exchange at all. Not
only was there no acknowl-
edgement of my "Good after-
noon", with absolutely no eye
contact the items were taken
from me, rung up and
wrapped. Money was
received and change given
without the remotest indica-
tion of "Thank you". My own
"Goodbye" apparently fell on
deaf ears. I left store number
one feeling like an ABM
(Automated Banking
Machine) on legs.
Round two took place in a
small establishment down a
shopping arcade. The lone
sales staff here was in earnest


conversation on the phone
with her partner. Not her
business partner I stress, as
the content was along the
lines of "Honey do youi still
love me". The rest of it I was
mercifully spared as her voice
was lowered on my entry,
more I feel for her benefit
than mine. I was assisted by
her younger relative, who' I
presume she was babysitting.
I did at least get a cheery
"Come again" here from'both
parties as I departed. The
telephone conversation was
seemingly still running red
Finally the jewellery store.
On dear, it alternated here
from being shadowed as if I
was America's Most Wanted
to half-hearted "Can I help
you?" the latter comments
thrown my way in-between a
free-for-all discussion of the
upcoming holiday weekend's
concerts and who was going
to which event.
Believe me, in my time I
have worked behind bars,
waited tables and worked
sales in stores and flea mar-
kets. I have witnessed on
occasion retail staff and cater-
ing workers being unfairly
abused and berated by' cus-
tomers, Bahamianiand visitor
alike, arid I have let it *be
known to the staff on these
occasions that I do not eon-
done such poor consumer
attitudes. "
Yes, I know the customer is
not always right, and may not
always be our mich lauded
"High Ender" ,or "Big
Spender" but they should at
the very least be made to feel
other than an intrusion.
August 2 2005


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TWO wormn were
arraigned inMagis-
trate's Cour' yesterday
on cocaine possession
Valetta Fiazier, 43, of
Virginia St:eet and 38-
year-old Caarmaine
Collie of Yamacraw
Shores both pleaded
not guilty before Mag-
istrate Carolita Bethel.
It is alleged that on
Saturday, Aigust 13
while at Virginia
Street, the vomen were
found in possession of
the drugs which author-
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intended to supply to
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prosecution, the drugs
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Frazierwas remanded
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tus will bi checked to
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granted )ail today.

BAL was denied
for two nen who were
chargedwith robbing a
man at gunpoint of
$100 cash.
It wasalleged that on
Monday, August 8
Marchelow Higgs of
Roselaid Street and
Jermaile Harris of
Prison Lane, being con-
cerned together and
armed with a handgun,
robbed Elkin Johnson
of $100, the property of
the Grand Central
The men were
remanded urttil Octo'-
ber 28 when a trial date
will be considered.

boy was arraigned in
juvenile court yester-
day on an attempted
housebreaking charge.
It is alleged that on
Saturday August 13,
the boy, being con-
cerned with others,
attempted to break into
the home of Gerad
Cash off of Wulff
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pleaded not guilty to
the charge and as
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Tribune Staff Reporter
WITH US crude oil at almost
$67 a barrel on the international
market, local consumers are feel-
ing the pinch at the pumps as gaso-
line prices are poised to rise once
Last month, Trade and Industry
Minister Leslie Miller signed the
historic PetroCaribe Accord in
Puerto La Cruz with Venezuelan
President Hugo ChAvd&1'id i
other Caribbean countries,
cementing a deal for "cheaper oil"
with the petroleum-rich country.
However, the accord has come
under constant fire from critics
questioning the intentions of Pres-
ident Chavez, his affiliation with
Cuban President Fidel Castro, and
the resulting international reper-
cussions for the Bahamas.
Estimating that international oil
prices could easily reach $70 and
possibly exceed $80 a barrel before
the end of September, Mr Miller
said that Bahamians should put
aside their petty political disputes
and embrace the "once in a life-
time" opportunity of PetroCaribe.
At $80 a barrel, local gasoline

TRADE and Industry
Minister Leslie Miller

prices could easily exceed $4.71,
granted that the margins and
mark-ups currently in place with
the three local oil companies
(Esso, Shell, and Texaco) and gov-
ernment remain the same.
On the international market, oil
prices have risen recently due to a
shortage of refining capacity and
fears over Iran's nuclear inten-

Boaters' concerns over

abandoned drill barge

Tribune Staff Reporter
ALMOST eight months after it was discovered abandoned in
waters off Conception Island, local boaters are concerned that if
struck by a hurricane, the Louis J Goulett drill barge could cause
severe damage to the surrounding area.
The 220-foot vessel appears to have been dumped 15 miles off
Long Island, dangerously close to Conception Island in one of the
country's national parks.
It was first discovered early this year, and has yet to be claimed
or removed despite assurances from the Port Department in March
that arrangements had been made for its removal.
Yesterday, yachter Bailey Smith told The Tribune that when
he was in the area recently, the barge was still there, but this time
accompanied by 6 oi 7 men in a very rusty old and battered tugboat.
He said thatwhen he asked them,jfthey were there to remove the
boat and when they were to leave, they replied: "Someday".

Mr Smith said the fear among boaters is that if a strong storm
were to hit the area, it could toss the boat ashore and cause severe
damage to the coast.
In June, Port Controller Anthony Allens said an investigation led
to the tracking down of the owner, who is from Texas and had
redesigned the vessel for oil exploration.
Captain Allens said the owner told the Port Authority that the
vessel had been moored in the area of Walkers Cay until strong
winds caused it to break free and drift unattended for hundreds of
miles before finally stopping near Conception Island.'
At that time, Captain Allens said, the owner had been ordered
to find a way to remove it. The owner, he said, had promised to
place someone aboard until a tug boat was located to assist in the
Mr Smith said he did not know if the condition of the tug boat
caused a delay in the plan to move the vessel.
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As a result, Mr Miller said that
the Fuel Usage Committee will be
having a "high powered" meeting
tomorrow with the three oil com-
panies to "set the record straight"
on PetroCaribe.
"They know what's going on,
but they are using Paul against
Peter, and using politics. We are
meeting with them on Wednes-
day and talking about PetroCaribe
and how we can bring the fuel in
through the National Energy Cor-
poration and lift this burden off
the backs of all of us.

"It's the same fuel ... we are
just cutting out the middlemen. It
does not effect the local industry
here in the Bahamas and we
expect the three major oil compa-
nies to take the oil when it comes
here at the cheaper price. We are
still going to engage them in
regard'to the margins which I have
always said are too high," he said.
Leading by example, Mr Miller
said that he is currently looking
at lowering the government tax
on fuel which has been a topic of
'much debate and dialogue.
"We are going to ask the gov-
ernment to lower the duty on fuel
from $1.06 to $0.90 cents.
"Likewise we are looking to
decrease the margins for whole-
salers by $0.16 cents.
. "With the savings from the
direct shipments through Petro-
Caribe, the driving public could
then expect about $0.65 cents sav-
ings on their fuel if all these things
we are foreshadowing are imple-
mented. BEC could look at any-
wherefrom $10 to $15 million. So
their fuel surcharge could be
expected to decrease as well," he
Stating that the accord he signed
was basically the framework for
PetroCaribe, Mr Miller said the
government is currently in pos-
session of the PetroCaribe agree,-
ment which now only has to be
signed by the Minister of Foreign
Affairs Fred Mitchell.
"The agreement that has to be
signed by Minister Mitchell is what
will bring it in to being. What I
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Caribe would be in

, the Bahamas Elec-
Lny (BEC) could begin
rom Venezuela by as
ptember, even if the
has not been signed.
Miller said, is because

unlike the gas companies,
BEC is a government-run organi-
"This burden has to be lifted by
any means possible. This is not a
new concept. This has been done
throughout the Caribbean region
for many, many years. This is a
basic operation for the Bahamian
people to get the benefits," he
Mr Miller said that if everything
goes as scheduled, he the full
implementation of PetroCaribe to
take place no later than Septem-

Turnquest praises

silver medallists

FREE National Movement
leader Tommy Turnquest hailed
the Bahamas' silver medallists
as an inspiration for Bahamian
men everywhere.
Senator Turnquest said that
in taking second place in the 4 x t
400 metre relay at the IAAF
track and field World Champi-
onships in Helsinki, Finland, on
Sunday, Nathaniel McKinney,
Andrae Williams, Avard Mon-
cur and Chris Brown, along with
Troy McIntosh, who ran in the
earlier round,-joined gold
medallist Tonique Williams-
Darling in bringing sporting U FNMLeader
prestige and honour to the Tommy Turnquest
"Even more than that, the brilliant performance and achieve-
ment of the five male silver medallists newly inspires other young
Bahamian males at a time in our country when there
is an urgent need for males to 'be motivated," said the FNM
"As we did when Tonique captured the gold in the 400-metre
race last week, the official opposition proudly and happily joins
with the rest of the country in applauding and celebrating our
male medallists, each of whom, by his performance in Finland, will
continue to star and to be a part of the Bahamas' sporting galaxy,"
Senator Turnquest said.
"Once again we take this opportunity to express support and
appreciation for all our Bahamian athletes who so proudly rep-
resented this country at the Championships, and we will contin-
ue, along with the rest of our grateful nation, to applaud their
efforts and encourage them to aspire to sporting greatness," he

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Bahamas Information
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Canard Bethel has recom-
mended the establishment of
"specialised buildings" for
NEMA's disaster prepared-
ness, relief and aid pro-
These buildings would serve
as control centres for rescue
and transportation efforts dur-
ing hurricanes, storms, floods
and other disasters, he said.
Mr Bethel made the sugges-
tion last Thursday as he
addressed the closing ceremo-
ny of a three-day Damage and
Needs Assessment (DANA)
workshop held in the Caraway
Building in Grand Bahama.
The workshop was held in
collaboration with the
USAID/Office of Foreign Dis-
aster Assistance (OFDA).
Addressing the workshop,
Mr Bethel said: "The word has

come down that we are not
going to have any devastation
in the form of tropical cyclones
this year, but when we consid-
er how very busy the month
of July was, the busiest I can
remember in my lifetime, and
the fact that we have continu-
ing ozone depletion and glob-
al warming, I think we are
doing well to be prepared."


He said that to this end, spe-
cialised buildings should be
constructed on Grand
Bahama, Abaco, Andros,
Eleuthera, Exuma, as well as
"semi-specialised buildings on
remote islands of the
In smaller communities, he
recommended the use of
abandoned primary schools
that could be modified to
house a fire engine and a
truck with high undercar-
riage able to travel through
water and make deliveries

quickly after disasters.
In the larger communities,
he said, there should be spe-
cially designed buildings able
to store fire engines, heavy
trucks, vans or even trailers
with refrigeration facilities.
"The equipment that the
government can well put into
these buildings, or these cen-
tres, will cost much less than
what it cost us between Sep-
tember and October (after the
hurricanes last year) hiring the
same type of vehicles to go out
and do our jobs."
Mr Bethel added that there
should a stock of food in a
storage, which could be kept
starting in May or June each
"And when the government
decides, if it does in October
when the next session of par-
liament begins, and is success-
ful in making NEMA a full-
fledged government agency
and it has a director general,
then these buildings, these
complexes, can come under
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* LEONARD "Brave" Stuart of the Ministry of Tourism is pictured left with the recipients aid
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Photo: BIS/Simon Lewis

THE Bahamas Mihistry 'of
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Club took time out during the

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Don't move Sir Stafford not yet

IN myvery first column,
written in January 1999, I
took the oPportunity to advise
the previous administration not
to go aheac with their plans to
place the vsage of Sir Stafford
Sands on tie $10 note.
My feelhg then, as now, was
that the national currency
should be ibove politics. Placing
politician (especially recent,
controversial or divisive ones)
on the money would serve only
to devalue if (metaphorically,
of course)..
Rather, we should, as other
countries wita similar constitu-
tional histories have done, look
to historical figures in whose
legacy a broad national consen-
sus existed. rhese are unlikely
to be politicians.
Thus, in'Britain, inventor

dos, George William Gordon
and Samuel Jackman Prescod,
respectively, both non-politi-
cal figures, feature on the
national currency.

As might have been
expected at the time,
my advice was neither sought
nor taken. The FNM politicians
simply moved ahead as if the
idea of the then-opposition ever
taking power and playing the
same game of political football
with the currency was unthink-
Now, predictably, the
unthinkable is happening. The
PLP has now wrested control
of the football and is continuing
play with vigour. They intend
to remove Sir Stafford as being
an inappropriate figure on the

While there is nothing wrong
with objecting to Sir Stafford
being on the money, it is the
politicisation of the matter (as
demonstrated by the
government's failure to adopt

standard criteria for these
decisions in the future) that is
the problem

George Stephenson and nov-
elist Charles Dickens appear
on the currency, rather than
Winston Churchill, Clement
Attlee or even William Glad-
stone. In Jamaica and Barba-

Bahamian currency and to
replace him with an English
Many critics of the move have
predictably advanced a shallow
argument about "reverse

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1 of Canada-




racism" being at the bottom of
the decision (I had hitherto not
realised that racism had a
reverse gear, nor that Elizabeth
Windsor was a black woman).
These arguments miss the
point entirely.
While there is nothing wrong
with objecting to Sir Stafford
being on the money, it is the
politicisation of the matter (as
demonstrated by the govern-
ment's failure to adopt stan-
dard criteria for these decisions
in the future) that is the prob-
So dramatic defences and
flowery praises of the man are
not only unconvincing, but seem
simply to reflect the opposite
side of the over-politicised

As for Sir Stafford
Sands himself, there
are indeed good reasons why
he should never have been on
our money in the first place, and
ignoring these reasons is frankly
No right-thinking Bahamian
would ever deny a Geoffrey
Johnstone, a John Morley or a
Godfrey or Basil Kelly the hon-
ours that have rightly been
bestowed upon them in their
lives by this country. These are
all men who contributed to
national development in the
only way that members of their
socio-economic class could in
the 1960s Bahamas through
the machine created by Sir

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So yes, there are good rea-
sons that have nothing to do
with "reverse racism" why Sir
Stafford Sands is not the best

T hat is why the mature
and sensible thing for
the present administration to


Stafford and others.
Their contribution must be
seen in its own light, just like
that of Lynden Pindling or
Arthur Hanna, who played out
their own roles within the cir-
cumstances of their particular
social backgrounds.
But Stafford was different.
Contribute he certainly did:
whatever later generations did
to augment it, he clearly had a
lot to do with the tremendous
growth of tourism in the 1950s
and financial services in the
1960s. Then there is also the lit-
tle matter of Freeport.

But he has, with good
reason, come to rep-
resent not only the narrow
developmental agenda that
still plagues the Bahamas
(leaving us just keeping up
with Barbados in terms of
social development, although
we have far more money), but
also the culture of political and
financial gluttony that culmi-
nated in the 1984 commission
of inquiry.

The real tragedy in all this is
that we seem doomed to have
these debates over and over
again, as each successive
government moves to install
its political icons on our
currency and the opposition
cries foul.

choice to adorn out money.
Besides possibly offending the
many Bahamians who view him
as the figurehead of a largely
awful establishment, it could
even be argued that it compro-
mises the image of the country
But the real tragedy in all
this is that we seem doomed
to have these debates over and
over again, as each successive
government moves to install
its political icons on our cur-
rency and the opposition cries

have done would be to leave Sir
Stafford where he is until such
time as a non-political and sen-
sible process is devised -for
selecting figures to go on the
Until then, many Bahamians
will doubtless continue to look
askance at the portly, aloof
countenance staring from their
ten dollar notes. But in the
meantime, it is a considerably
less disagreeable notion than
the out-of-place gaze of an Eng-
lish monarch.


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oulkes' vision for the future

of education in the Bahamas

a DION Foulkes speaking at the Kiwanis Club

RECALLING a proposal by
the late Sir Randol Fawkes for
an international university,
FNM leadership candidate
Dion Foulkes said the Bahamas
should take a good look at edu-
cation as a potential pillar of
the services industry.
Mr Foulkes said that more
than 30 years ago, Sir Randol col-
laborated with the Lutheran
Church of America in an effort to
establish a university in Freeport,
Grand Bahama, but for various
reasons the idea was not sup-
ported by the PLP government.
Speaking at a Kiwanis Club
AM meeting at the Wyndham
Crystal Palace, Mr Foulkes sup-
ported the idea of diversifica-
tion of the economy and point-
ed out that there were oppor-
tunities for diversification with-
in the services sector.
He said that an international
university for the Bahamas may
not be feasible today but he sug-
gested that the government
look at first-class finishing
schools, or university schools,
language institutes and other
specialist institutions.
Mr Foulkes anticipated con-
trary arguments such as: "If we
can't educate our own, how are
we going to educate others,"
but pointed out that both
tourism and financial services
are essentially off-shore indus-
tries, and asked the same could
not be the. case for education.
Switzerland has created an
industry out of these kinds of
institutions, Mr Foulkes said,
while people seeking education
outside their own country have
created a multi-billion dollar
worldwide industry.
Mr Foulkes said he feels that
well-off parents would welcome
the opportunity to have their
children educated in top-notch
institutions in a superb envi-
ronment like the Bahamas.
He asked:'"Are these not
,.vrt ::;entI.opportunities for

Leadership challenger speaks out

Bahamians joint-venturing or
otherwise collaborating with
reputable foreign institutions of


Mr Foulkes went on to say
he supports the proposal to take
the College of the Bahamas to
university status. "If we do it
properly, if we create a first-
class institution, we will cer-
tainly attract paying students

from other countries."
He said that for practical rea-
sons, he did not agree with the
suggestion that the university
should be moved to Andros.
However, he suggested that a
university school for agriculture,
mariculture, oceanography and
related disciplines be located
on that island.
"We could then invite other
institutions of learning and inter-
ested individuals and corpora-
tions to help us build this into an
outstanding research centre. It

seems to me that Androcis ide-
ally suited to something like
that," said Mr Foulkes.
He also spoke of his support
for a suggestion by Balamian
attorney Brian Moree, hat in
the financial services sector, the
Bahamas could be estallished
as an arbitration centre.
"Why can't we crete the
legal framework for the)rderly
development of this spedalised
process and get a head Sart on
other financial services juris-
dictions?" Mr Foulkes a'ked.

KERZNER International is providing
opportunities for Bahamians through its intern-
ship programme this summer, with the enrol-
ment of six students from local and interna-
tional tertiary institutions.
Kerzner says the programme serves a two-
fold purpose to assist Bahamian students
from abroad, and locally, to gain practical
training for college credits while also attracting,
developing and preparing those students for
potential leadership positions in the organisa-
The students must submit an application
along with a resume in addition to being inter-
viewed, to determine whether they are "a good
fit" for the organisation.
Once the applicant is successful, they are
placed in an area either mandated by their
school's programme or on rotation through
the various departments of the resort.
"This is certainly an opportunity for stu-
dents to practice and get a real life look at
what goes on in this organisation and with the
hope that once,,they graduate this might be
something that they are, interested in career-
wise," said Karen Sutherland,director of train-
ing for Kerzner International.
Sutherland said she found it interesting that
the profiles of the interns were not only con-
fined to the culinary and hospitality manage-
ment majors this year, but also included stu-
dents whose majors were recreational man-
agement, international business and even his-
Some of the departments that the interns
got to matriculate in were the front office,
accounts, guest services, guest activities, resort

call centre, human resources, sales anc mar-
keting and public relations.
..Bahamian student Eric Schneider, who is
studying business administration at Iseg Uni-
versity in France, said that his internship at
the resort was a great and rewarding one.
The highlight of Eric's experience was vork-
ing in the information technology department.
"I love computers, so I thoroughly enjoyed
working in the IT department and it was amaz-
ing to realise how important that department is
to the hotel...the whole experience has been so
College of the Bahamas intern Andrea
Rutherford expressed her delight in having
the opportunity to complete her internship
experience at Atlantis. "I chose Atlantis
because I believe that they provide the best
training in the hospitality industry. I am also an
employee here and so the transition was much
The highlight of Andrea's internship was
working in the pastry shop, where she feels
S.that she benefited the most, as it is her desire
to become a pastry chef.
I-: Kerzner director of, training Ian Ferguson
said he was very pleased with the performance
of the interns.
He said: "All of the operators have, given
high marks to our interns, saying that they are
warm, positive, engaging, astute and techno-
logically prepared for the work environment.
"They all possess the engaging behaviour
that hospitality calls for, and that was very
encouraging to hear," he said.
The interns will have completed their intern-
ship within the next two weeks.



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Established 1950
P.O. Box N-1222, 22 Palmdale Avenue, Palmdale
Nassau, N.P., The Bahamas


of Dick's Point, Nassau, The Bahamas,
will be held at Trinity Methodist Church,
Frederick Street and Trinity Place,
Nassau on Wednesday, 17th August,
2005 at 6:00 p.m.

Rev. Bill Higgs will officiate and interment
will follow in Ebenezer Methodist
Cemetery, Shirley Street, Nassau.

Mrs. Roberts is survived by her husband,
Mr. Gary W. K. Roberts; her sister, Mrs.
Hazel V. Pinder; her brother-in-law, Mr.
Richard C. Roberts; her sister-in-law,
Mrs. Susan K. Roberts; nephews, Jack
D. Pinder and L. Ross Pinder; nieces,
Clare Sands, Lucy Ward, Shevaun
Davies and Noelle Roberts and many
other relatives and many friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be
made to the Cancer Society of The
Bahamas, P.O. Box SS 6539, Nassau
in memory of Mrs. Yolanda M. Roberts.

Arrangements by Kemp's Funeral Home
Limited, 22 Palmdale Avenue, Nassau,
N.P., The Bahamas.

Cebar Cre at funeral nome

Robinson Road and First Street P.O.Box N-603 Nassau, N.P., Bahamas
Telephone: 1-242-325-5168/328-1944/393-1352


a resident of Simms,
Long Island will be
held 11am, Thursday,
18th August, 2005 at
St. Peter's Anglican
Church, Simms,
L.on g Island.
Officiating, Rev'd Fr. Mark Lindsay Fox.
Interment, St. Peter's Church Cemetery,
Simms, Long Island.

Cherished memories are held by her two
sons, Livingstone and Berkley Smith; three
daughters, Audrey Thomas Barnett, Verdell
Lockhart and Rosemary Adderley; thirty-
one grandchildren, Andrew Thomas,
Michelle Butler, Karin Rolle, Sherlock and
Khalil Lockhart, Sharnique Bartosh, Prescott,
Marissa, and Kristin Adderley, Ramona
Moxey, Vandette, Phillipa, Daniel, Barbara,
Lavisha, Austine, Steven, Karen, Antoinette,
Howard, Ulric, Nikita, Gurth, Chet and C.C.
Smith, Chanelle Green, Deidre and
Desmond Taylor, Dashelle Freeman, Janice
Brown and Denver Johnson; three sons-in-
law, Emmanuel Barnett, Anthony Lockhart
and Christopher Adderley; three daughters-
in-law, Lena, Vanrea and Beckey Smith;
one brother-in-law, Edward Gibson; two

sisters-in-law, LaGloria Smith and LaNora
Gibson; numerous great-grandchildren,
nephews, nieces and a host of other
relatives and friends.

Relatives and friends may pay their respects
at Cedar Crest Funeral Home, Robinson
Road and First Street on Wednesday from
10am until 5pm, at the church in Simms,
Long Island on Thursday from 9:30am until
service time.


officers stage

mass sick-out

FROM page one
"We tried to speak to Vernon
Burrows (Director of Immigra-
tion) long ago who said he
would speak to the immigration
accounts department. We
assumed that this would have
been sorted out on Friday of last
week, but apparently there is
still not anything," he said.
The union president went on:
"I hope the director of immi-
gration would now find it impor-
tant enough to resolve. It would
have only taken a call between
him and his treasurer to resolve
this situation. He needs to pay
more attention to what has hap-
pened in Grand Bahama. There
are a lot more issues that immi-
gration officers face there and
Burrows needs to pay more
attention 'cause it look like he
aint checking for the officers in
Grand Bahama."
Vice-president of Northern
Bahamas' arm of the BPSU,
Rudolph Sands, a customs offi-
cer, said that currently "officers
are conducting a sick-out due
to financial hardship resulting
from the lack of overtime pay-

According to Mr Sands, "offi-
cers are so stressed and
depressed that it has affected
their abilities to function men-
tally and physically they are
incapacitated to do their duties."
He questioned why immigra-
tion officers are not paid when
they are the ones who send
"huge chunks of monies" to the
public treasury. "They render
services to the general public
and private entities who pay, so
why is it that when they send in
their overtime bills they are not
paid?" he wondered.
He said they had had a meet-
ing with Minister of Immigra-
tion Vincent Peet, Immigration
Director Vernon Burrows,
Assistant Director James Rolle
and officers in April to solve the
problem of stalled payments.
"We asked if immigration
officers in Nassau get paid in a
timely manner, why not here?
Obviously our meeting was inef-
fective. Grand Bahama is a
hardship island and the officers
have financial obligations -
that's why they do overtime -
to compensate their salary. They
have to work for up to 16 hours
a day sometimes and then come

Man is shot

dead outside

of local club

FROM page one
man is not being called a suspect but is being questioned in relation
to the incident.
According to police reports, it was shortly before 3am on
Sunday when three visitors from New Jersey were held up by
two men, one armed with a handgun and the other with a
razor blade.
The women were walking on Paradise Beach Road on their
way back to their hotel. The armed men robbed the visitors of
cash and other personal items which were later recovered.
A woman identified as the driver of the men's getaway vehi-
cle, a self-drive grey 1994 Toyota Corolla, is still in police cus-

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back the next morning, man -
and they are not being paid. The
officers are suffering from stress
because they cannot pay regis-
tration and school fees for their
children in the upcoming semes-
ter and they can't even take a
vacation due to this."
The vice president said he
did not know how long the sick-
out would last. "It is not delib-
erate and will continue for as
long as necessary," he said.
He said that the officers are
now acting on their behalf to
ensure that their financial oblig-
ations are met. "It is very simple,
only the powers in Nassau can
correct this," he said.
Mr Pinder noted that because
of these "adverse" conditions,
the public is now being "held at
bay." He said that his union
wants to ensure a productive
public service, not one that
demoralises officers.
Immigration officers are par-
ticularly vital to Grand Bahama
as they ensure that the port con-
tainers are secure and are on
the front-line in the fight against
illegal immigration. They are
also necessary for the processing
of tourists entering the country
whose travel documents need
to be reviewed. Yesterday, ques-
tions, were raised about the
effect it may have on efficiency
at Grand Bahama's ports of
entry if the action were to con-
Government spokesman Al
Dillette said he was unaware of
the sick-out. "If the need for a
statement arises we will make a
statement at the appropriate
time," he said.
Immigration Minister Vincent
Peet and Minister for the Public
Service Fred Mitchell were both
unavailable for comment.



FROM page one
"When I walk the dogs early
in the morning down Hanna
Road and out to the canal, I
see nothing but garbage," she
Mrs Darville said that who-
ever is dumping the trash.
should be "thoroughly ashamed
of themselves."
A resident, who wished to
remain anonymous, said that
about four weeks ago, two sofas
and a dead dog were dumped
in the area.
To prevent the smell, the dog
had to be burned.
The individual said govern-
ment should find out who owns
the land and have the owner
start maintaining it.

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The City Lumber Yard will

CLOSE on Wednesday

August 17, 2005 at 1:00pmn.

We will re-topen at 7:30 amn
Onz TIhursday August 18, 2005




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Parlour workers are cream of the crop

TWO employees of
the popular Lickety Split
ice cream parlour chain
were recognised for their
hard work and dedica-
Agnes Barton and
Kendra Poitier were
congratulated and pre-
.sented plaques of recog-
nition to commemorate
the fifth anniversary of
their employment with
the company.
Managing director
Llewellyn Burrows said
....77''/ thatht over the years, both
had proven that they are, ,f.
hard-working, reliable
and dedicated.
...She said they always
make the extra effort
needed to ensure that
,"P ,3 Lickety Split customers
.receive excellent service.
Pictured are: Store
manager Sherry Curry
presenting the employ- '
ees with.anniversary

Safe Bahamas' donation to Junkanoo

SAFE Bahamas has provided
a grant to the One Family
junkanoo and community
organisation to assist with the
purchase of materials for, its
eighth annual Summer Camp.
The camp runs for two weeks
and targets 90 children in the
Grants Town community.

"While learning the cultural
form of junkanoo, the children
are taught life lessons such as
teamwork, time management,
sportsmanship and care for their
fellow man," said Safe Bahamas
in a statement.
Since its launch in 2001, Safe
Bahamas has continued to sup-

port projects that foster posi-
tive youth development in the
Pictured are Cheryl Ford,
camp organiser for the One
Family junkanoo and commu-
nity organisation, and Marlon
Johnson, Safe Bahamas execu-
tive director.

Children's organisation

presented with cheque

YNN Holowesko, CBE, pre-
sented a cheque to the Crippled
Children's Committee member
Rose Thompson on behalf of
the late Mr Patrick and Mrs
Emily Erskine-Lindop, who
have supported the committee
generously over the years.
Mr Erskine-Lindop served as
chairman of the committee
from 1988 to 1991.
He always encouraged oth-
ers to give generously to the
children, who are so much in
need of help..

Do what taste right.


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,usiness@t Miami Herald Business, Stocks, Analysis, Wall Street

Ansbacher loses its 'strike

out' in alleged $150m fraud

Tribune Business Editor
Ansbacher (Bahamas) has lost its
appeal to strike out a case being
brought against it in relation to its
alleged role in a $150 million fraud,
the Court of Appeal ruling that its
arguments had "no merit".
In striking out the appeal by Ans-
bacher (Bahamas) and another
Bahamas-registered company, Lex
Holdings, the Court of Appeal said the

Bahamian bank and trust company
"may or may not have been mere
pawns in the scheme of things".
In its judgement, the court added of
Ansbacher (Bahamas) and Lex Hold-
ings: "Whether they were aware of the
fraudulent scheme alleged would prob-
ably turn on discovery."
Ansbacher (Bahamas) and Lex
Holdings had appealed the Supreme
Court's rejection of their attempt to
gain on order striking out an action
being brought against them by the

Central Bank of Ecuador and a finan-
cial institution the latter took over
when it was insolvent.
Ansbacher (Bahamas) had attempt-
ed to have the claim against it thrown
out "on the' ground of inordinate and
inexcusable delay, and for contume-
lious default in not taking out a sum-
mons for direction". Its appeal was
bound up with two other cases involv-
ing the Central Bank of Ecuador and
the entities that regulator took over.
The litigation has its origins in 1994,

when regulators in the Netherlands
Antilles became concerned at "the
scale of insider lending" involving Ban-
co Continental Overseas (Curacao),
the subsidiary of Ecuador's then fifth
largest commercial bank, Banco Con-
tinental. BCO Curacao was lending to
Conticorp, an entity controlled by Luis
and Jamie Ortega, who also owned
Banco Continental.
The Court of Appeal judgement
said: "There followed a series of trans-
actions, which the plaintiffs [the Cen-

tral Bank of Ecuador] say were fraud-
ulent, to get the loans off the books of
BCO Curacao.
"The loans were assigned firstly to a
company called BCO Bahamas, a
Bahamian licensed bank owned by the
Ortega group. The consideration was
ostensibly 'obligation, certificates' in
BCO Bahamas. There was then a fur-
ther assignment of the loans to the
fourth plaintiff [IAMF] in exchange
SEE page 6B

BREA to complain to

Florida regulator

over PI condo sales

Senior Business Reporter
THE Bahamas Real Estate
Association (BREA) will be

making a formal complaint
against Turnberry Associates
to the Department of Profes-
sional Regulations, the licensing
body responsible for issuing
real estate licences in Florida,

for alleged breaches of Bahami-
an law relating to sales for its
Phase III joint venture $250
million, 400-unit condo hotel,
with Kerzner International.
BREA president Patrick
Strachan dismissed statements
by Kerzner International
spokesman, Ed Fields, that the
developers were entitled to sell
the units because of something
called the "Paradise Island
Limited Developers" licence,
which had been in existence for
the past three to four years.
Mr Strachan said he had nev-
er heard of such a provision and
maintained that Turnberry
Associates' activities, selling
real estate in the Bahamas with-
out possessing a Bahamian real-
tor's licence, was illegal.
Mr Fields, though, had pre-
viously told The Tribune that
since Kerzner International and
Turnberry Associates were the
developers, they had the right
to sell their own property with-
out needing tq use a licensed
SEE page 4B

Tribune Business Editor
ALTHOUGH downgrad-
ing full-year earnings per
share (EPS) and operating
income estimates, a Wall
Street analyst has increased
its stock price target for
Kerzner International to $81,
with third quarter 2005 trends
at Atlantis "looking extreme-

ly positive".
A report by Lawrence
Klatzkin of Jefferies & Com-
pany, issued in the wake of
iKerzner International's sec-
ond quarter results release
last Week, said call volumes
into the Atlantis booking cen-
tre were up by more than 20
per cent for the first five
SEE page 4B

Venture Capital Fund

approves just 10 out

of 70 applications

Senior Business Reporter
THE administrator for the
Government-funded Venture
Capital Fund yesterday called
for a higher quality of business
proposals, saying that since the
official launch in July, only 10
out of 70 applications had.
received approval for loans
ranging from $30,000 to
"We would like to see a
higher quality of proposals in
terms of business ideas and
plans. We're not getting any
real creative and. innovative
ideas; everything coming in is
just regular, there are no new
twists, no new way of doing
ideas," said Jerome Gomez,
fund administrator and a part-
ner in Gomez Partners & Co.
"The fund wants people to
take the old ideas and give
them a new twist. Whether it's
e-commerce or a new market-
ing strategy, we want to see

something that differentiates
them from their competitors."


Earlier this year; the Gov-
ernment announced the cre-
ation of the $2 million Venture
Capital Fund to assist small
businesses and Bahamian
entrepreneurs, responding to
complaints that the commer-
cial banking sector was unwill-
ing to take a risk through lend-
ing to the sector.
The fund has both a lending
and ownership facility, where if
the fund decides to finance a
business through a loan
arrangement, the maximum
that can be given is $50,000. If
the fund takes on equity own-
ership, then the fund can invest
up to $100,000 in the project.
According to Mr Gomez,
out of the 70 applications
received to date, only about
half were presented to the
board because the others failed

to meet any of the criteria set.
Of those that were submitted
to the board, approval was giv-
en to 10 projects.
Mr Gomez declined to go
into detail about the types of
business ventures that have
been approved for financing,
saying the transactions were
Pot finished and they were still
in: the process of putting
together a formal arrangement
and legally finalising it. He said
the fund was looking to have
most of the agreements
finalised and the monies dis-
bursed by Friday.
"To date we have received
over 70 applications from per-
sons applying to the venture
capital fund. What we're find-
ing, perhaps in 50 per cent of
the cases, is that persons do
,have a well thought-out busi-
ness plan," Mr Gomez said.
"In the other cases we found
that we had to conduct per-
sonal interviews to complete
SEE page 5B

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Third quarter 'looking

good' for Atlantis

* ATLANTIS' performance is good for Kerzner




Bahamas must be serious

on corporate governance

Over the years I have writ-
ten on the topic of corporate
governance and the importance
of proper conduct by corporate
leaders. Global events have
shown it cannot be assumed
that corporate leadership wil
take the 'high road' in the way
they run their businesses. Self-
regulation by itself has not
proven to be adequate and must
be supported by appropriate
In the aftermath of the well-
documented scandals such as
Enron, WorldCom and Arthui
Andersen, many countries
enacted legislation to prevent
the occurrence of such or simi-
lar abuses going forward.
This was further augmented
by the .creation of 'Schools o:
Corporate Governance' or
'Corpbrate Governance Insti-
tutes' within many of the
world's most prestigious busi-
ness schools.
These actions provided hope
and expectation that there wil

Applications are invited from suitably qualified individuals for the following position:

Accounts Clerk IV (Northern Bahamas Campus)

The successful candidate will report to the Assistant Vice President, Northern
Bahamas and to the Supervisor, Accounts Receivable, Oakes Field Campus and be
responsible for the following duties:

* Daily collection and daily banking of all monies in accordance with Accounting
Department Procedures.
* Receiving, recording and receipting cash and receivables from tuition, fees,
grants, rents, ancillary enterprises, etc. Issuing official receipts for all income.
* biacingcdaily end-of-day batheb t romren o .
* Analyzing & Reporting all daily revenue arid collections by bank account,
mode of payment and receipt category.
* Proper and timely reporting and documenting of all overages and/or shortages
to the supervisor.
* Keying in all transactions into the Management Information System.
* Disbursing petty cash
* Any other related duties as required.

Qualifications/Experience/Personality Traits

An Associate Degree in Accounting or Business.
Minimum of two (2) years experience in a similar position
Experience with automated financial application is an advantage
Trustworthy and of good character
Meticulous and ability to work under pressure

Salary Scale: $16,900 x $500- $25,900

Interested candidates should submit a resume with supporting documents through
their Head of Department by Wednesday, August'31, 2005, to:

The Director
Human Resources Department
Oakes Field Campus
Nassau, Bahamas

be a systematic global resolve
to put the necessary checks and
balances in place to prevent
future abuses.
The US responded to the 'cri-
sis of confidence' created by
these scandals by passing the
Sarbanes-Oxley Act in July
2002. The Act was passed in
response to a number of major
corporate and accounting scan-
dals that eroded investor confi-
dence in modern capitalism.
These scandals resulted in a loss
of public trust and confidence in
the accounting, reporting and
management practices of public
companies. Among its various
objectives, the Act:
Established new standards
for Corporate Boards and
Audit Committees,
Established new account-
ability standards and criminal
penalties for Corporate Man-

ance and the Compliance Com-
About 18 months ago, a
prominent business leader held
several meetings with a cross-
section of executives with a view
to forming a local branch of the
Institute of Directors (IOD).
IOD chapters have the follow-
ing broad objectives:



(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company
is in dissolution, which commenced on the 12th day of
August, 2005. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc., of P.O.
Box N-7757, Nassau, Bahamas.



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Colina -rWE"CaO
Of11 Financial Advisors Ltd.
Pricing Information As Of: nd o
ust 200o

62wk-HI 2wk-Low Symbol Previouss Close Today's Close CIhange Daily Vol. EPS $ DLiv $ PIE Yieldi
1.10 0.60 Abaco Markets 0.80 0.80 0.00 -0.207 0.000 N/M 0.00%
9.25 8.00 Bahamas Property Fund 9.25 9.25 0.00 1.452 0.340 ,6.4 3.68%
6.50 5.55 Bank of Bahamas 6.50 6.50 0.00 0.561 0.330 11.6 5.08%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.70 0.70 0.00 0.187 0.010 3,7 1.43%
1.80 1.40 Bahamas Waste 1.40 1.40 0.00 0.126 0.060 11.1 4.29%
1.15 0.87 Fidelity Bank 1.15 1.15 0.00 0.062 0.040 18.5 3.48%
8.73 6.76 Cable Bahamas 8.73 8.73 0.00 0.618 0.240 14.1 2.75%
2.20 1.87 Colina Holdings 1.99 1.99 0.00 0.004 0.000 NM 0.00%
9.08 6.75 Commonwealth Bank 8.62 8.82 0.00 50 0.705 0.410 12.2 4.76%
2.50 0.67 Doctor's Hospital 2,24 2.24 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. 9.19 Finco 10.49 10.49 0.00 250 0.670 0.500 15.7 4.77%
9.30 7.00 FirstCaribbean 9.30 9.30 0.00 0,695 0.380 13.4 4.09%
8.98 8.31 Focol 8.91 8.91 0.00 0.675 0.500 13.2 5.61%
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 0.526 0.405 18.3 4.22%
8.30 8.25 J. S. Johnson 8.27 8.27 0.00 0.561 0.560 14.7 6.77%
6.69 4.36 Kerzner International BDRs 5.94 5.93 -0.01 0.122 0.000 48.7 0.00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 2.010 0.760 5.0 7.60%
52wk-HI 82wk-Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Weekly Vol. EPS $ Div $ PIE Yield
13.00 12.50 Bahamas Supermarkets 12-25 13.25 11.00 1.488 0.960 9.1 7.25%
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 10.00 10.35 10.00 0.000 0.800 NM 7.80%
0.60 0.40 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.00 -0.066 0.000 NM 0.00%
43.00 28.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 41.00 2.220 0.000 19.4 0.00%
16.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 13.00 14.00 13.00 1.105 0.810 14.6 6.93%
0.60 0.35 RND Holdings 0029 054 35 0.103 0000 N/M 0.00%
52wk-HI SZwk-Low Fund Name NAV YTD% Last 12 Months Div $ Yield %
1.2454 1.1798 Colina Money Market Fund d .245429*
2.3810 2.0058 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.381**
10.4855 10.0000 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 10.4855**..*
2.2636 2.1330 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.263627"
1.1246 1.0544 Colina Bond Fund 1.124578****

BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00 YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price
62wk-HI Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity
62wk-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
Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful
PIE Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100
S- AS AT JUL. 31, 20061*. AS AT JUN 30, 2008
-.AS AT JULY 2, 20051 -AS AT JULY 31, 20061*** -AS AT JULY 31, 2006

Legal Notice



(a) TWIN PEAKS LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution under
the provisions of Section 137 (4) of the International Business
Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on the August 15,
2005 when the Articles of Dissolution were submitted to and
registered by the Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Mr. Paul Evans of Helvetia
Court, South Esplanade, St. Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands,
Dated this 16th day of August, A.D. 2005.

Paul Evans

Legal Notice



(a) MALVERN LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution under the
provisions of Section 137 (4) of the International Business Companies
Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on August 15,
2005 when the Articles of Dissolution were submitted to and
registered by the Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Lesley Millar of Helvetia
Court, South Esplanade, St. Peter Port, Guernsey GY1 4EE.
Dated this 16th day of August, A.D. 2005.

Lesley Millar

Established new indepen- To promote and enhance
dence standards for External the reputation, influence and
1 Auditors. position of the IOD as the
Established a Public Com- authoritative body represent-
pany Accounting Oversight ing, protecting and developing
Board (PCAOB) under the the interests of company direc-
Securities and Exchange Cornm- tors.
mission (SEC) to oversee public To ensure the role and con-
accounting firms and issue tribution of company directors
accounting standards. is understood and recognised
by the public, the media, the
Standards Government and opinion for-
To assist members and their
In the Bahamas, the Central boards towards achieving the
Bank has been extremely active highest standards of profes-
in driving its licensees to adopt sionalism and excellence in cor-
and implement modern corpo- porate governance through the
rate governance standards. The provision of relevant up-to-date
former governor, Julian Fran- information and the facilitation
cis, was a staunch supporter of of education and training.
this initiative and he prevailed, To provide a forum for
at times coming under intense members to exchange ideas on
criticism for his rigid commit- matters of mutual interest.
':i'ent to prihipTo'providemembers with -
C The Cefitial Bahka i ie "thrh'servieeswhichmeet'their,
among our regulators in that it business and professional
is the most independent, it has requirements.
history, it has resources and, To support free enterprise
most importantly, it is quite and wealth creation, thereby
profitable. facilitating the creation of
Therefore, it is not dependent employment and improvement
upon central government for in living standards generally..
annual subventions for its mere
existence. This gives it the abil- Develo nm ent,
ity to hire key consultants in
critical areas.
However, this is not the case I am not sure of the current
of the other regulators in the status of the IOD initiative, but
financial services sector. We this is the type of development
must find a way to provide that is essential for the deepen-
more financial resources to oth- ing of our financial sector.
er critical regulators such as the I believe it is fair to say that
Securities Commission, the corporate governance legisla-
Office of the.Registrar of Insur- tion currently does not seem to

be a high priority item for the
Bahamas, which in many
respects is disappointing.
I hope that we do not get tar-
nished by a scandal involving
any of our international or
domestic companies.
In recent weeks, no matter
where you turn, the hot topic
seems to be increasing concern
about corporate governance
issues involving one of our
largest financial sector opera-
tors, the Colina Financial
Group and some of its affiliates.
The type of assertions being
made, whether right or wrong,
have enormous implications, for
the reputation of the industry
and the security of policyhold-
ers and employees.
Our financial system is big-
ger than any individual compa-
ny, and the financial communi-
ty is waiting to evaluate the
response of the government
(from a policy perspective in
light of the 21 conditions it
imposed in return for approving
Colina's acquisition of Imperial
Life Financial), the regulators
(who are responsible for over-
sight) and the underlying com-
pany itself (which has public
Until next week...... .

Larry R Gibson, a Char-
tered Financial Analyst, is vice-:
president pensions, Colonial
Pensions Services (Bahamas), a:
wholly-owned subsidiary of
Colonial Group International,
which owns Atlantic Medical
Insurance and is a major share-
holder of Security & General
Insurance Company in the
The views expressed are those
of the author and do not neces-
sarily represent those of Colo-
nial Group International or any
of its subsidiary and/or affiliated
companies. Please direct any
questions or comments to rlgib-

BTC to gain $16m per year from increases

Tribune Business Editor
The Bahamas Telecommuni-
cations Company (BTC)
believes that the proposed line
rental rate increases for resi-
dential and business customers
will generate an extra $16.159
million in annual revenues, as it
continues to fight a losing battle
to hang on to dwindling inter-
national fixed-line monies.
A letter sent to the Public
Utilities Commission (PUC) by
Felicity Johnson, BTC's vice-
president of legal and regulato-
ry affairs, said the incumbent
monopoly's April 2005 corpo-
rate performance report had
found that turnover from its
international long-distance busi-
ness was down by $10.1 million
against 20o4 for the year to that
International revenues were
at $9.6 million, which Ms John-
son attributed to "the signifi-
cant reduction in international
long distance charges" made
to enable BTC to compete
with its first legal competitor,
IndiGo Networks. There was
also a decline in outgoing min-
Ms Johnson wrote: "BTC
noted that the outgoing for-
warded revenue was $8.7 mil-
lion below the prior year due
to the effects of the rate reduc-
tions in October 2004 and of
"BTC can, however, arrest
this decline in its total revenue"
by increasing line rental rates
for its 74,515 residential cus-
tomer from $9.50 to $15 per
month, and business rates from
$20 to $36 per month.
This, Ms Johnson said, was
expected to generate an extra
$16.159 million per year in rev-
enues, and some $8 million for
the balance of 2005.


However, there is likely to be
resistance to the proposed
changes from some residential
and business customers, who
believe they are being forced to
prop up an inefficient BTC.

Line rental boost to arrest decline

Many analysts believe the
action is coming too late, with
BTC already being hit by com-
petition from IndiGo Networks
and illegal callback and Voice
over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
operators that regulators can
do little about.
The Public Utilities Commis-
sion (PUC), the telecommuni-
cations sector regulator, which
said it was minded to approve
the rental rate increases,
acknowledged that BTC's
"falling market share" in inter-
national long distance had seen
its revenues for that category
fall by 37.09 per cent between
December 2000 and December
2003, going from $103.357 mil-
lion to $65.018 million, a decline
of $38.339 million.
The PUC said BTC's move
to reduce long distance rates
and align prices with costs had
"further eroded the level of
cross-subsidy between long dis-.
tance services and access and
local usage, thereby putting the
company's existing rate/price
structure at risk".
The 57.89 per cent and 80 per
cent residential and business
rental rate increases respectively
were initially set to be increased
in a phased 12-month process,
but is now set to be carried out
in one swift swoop if the PUC
Ms Johnson said in her letter
to the PUC that BTC had not
been allowed to raise local
access rates for 20 years, adding

that the increases were reason-
able when benchmarked against
other CARICOM nations and
the US.
The BTC executive said the
rate increases would benefit
both consumers and competi-
tors by correcting "distorted
market signals".


Ms Johnson said: "The exist-
ing 'below cost rates' for the
local residential services, which
were appropriate in the monop-
oly era, are inconsistent with
the development of competi-
tion. and the maximising of
social welfare. As a result, the
existing below cost rates inhib-
it market entry, distort compe-
tition and harm subscribers.
"Below cost basic local access
rates inhibit market entry and
distort competition because
they create false price signals
that exclude providers that
would enter the market if prices
were set at efficient levels.
"Distorted price signals
exclude efficient providers from
the market because economi-
cally rational firms will only
enter the market if they can
produce services at a lower
price than the incumbent local
operator and still remain prof-
And Ms Johnson added:
"When the average monthly
cost of local service usage is

added to the monthly line
access line rental, the total
monthly cost of local service is
slightly above $48.
"So, it is clear that even with
the proposed rate increase, res-
idential customers will only pay
31 per cent of the cost of local
service. Business customers will
still pay only 75 per cent of the
monthly average cost of local
BTC, Ms Johnson said, would
need to increase line rental rates
by 400 per cent to "recover the
full cost of local access", some-
thing subscribers would not
accept and could "significantly
disrupt" the Bahamian telecoms
Ms Johnson said that cur-
rently, BTC subscribers were

having to pay a 'tax' on inter-
national calls to subsidise free
local calls, while the below-cost
line access rate was also inhibit-
ing consumer choice by dis-
couraging the entry of new com-
The PUC said the new rates
would reduce the level of cross-
subsidisation identified by Ms
Johnson, which prevented mar-
ket entry and discouraged infra-
structure investment by opera-
tors, denting service quality.
The regulator added that free
local calls also discouraged BTC
from investing in its network,
even though there was "insuffi-
cient capacity" during some
peak hours.
The 238.35 per cent rise in
the Consumer Price Index over
the last 30 years, the PUC said,
implied that rental rates for
business and residential lines
should be $67.60 and $32.11
respectively, but BTC was seek-

ing rates considerably lower
than this.
In assessing the impact of the
proposed rate increases on low
income groups, the PUC said
that persons on a $150 mini-
mum weekly wage would spend
2.5 per cent of their average
monthly income on line rental,
at "the lower end" of world-
wide average telecoms spend-
ing of 2.5-6 per cent of income.
The $15 charge would be equiv-
alent to about 1.1 per cent of
per capita monthly income,
assuming no international calls
were made.
The PUC is also proposing
that senior Bahamian citizens
aged over 65, who account for
6.2 per cent of the population or
18,600 people, gain a 20 per cent
or $3 discount on residential
rental costs. They have to meet
a qualifying criteria, though,
that includes being eligible for a
National Insurance pension.




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One of a team of managers responsible for carrying out retail Credit Risk
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(No. 45 of 2000)

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (8)
of the International Business Companies Act, No. 45 of 2000,
the Dissolution of DORION BUSINESS LTD. has been
completed, a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the
Company has therefore been struck off the Register. The date
of completion of the dissolution was the 2nd day of August,

Pan American Management Services (Bahamas) Ltd.

Wall Street analyst raises

Kerzner share price target

FROM page one
weeks of the 2005 third quar-
ter compared to last year.
Room bookings, according to
Jefferies & Co, were "up even
higher", with Atlantis achiev-
ing its highest ever occupancy
levels for weekends' at 96 per
Describing Kerzner Interna-
tional's stock as a 'Strong Buy',
Mr Klatzkin raised his share
rice target for the company to
$81 from $76.50, adding: "We
continue to believe the compa-
ny has much potential for
growth not reflected in the com-
pany's stock price."
This is likely to provide fur-
ther encouragement for
Bahamian retail and institu-
tional investors who bought into
Kerzner International's
Bahamian Depository Receipt
(BDR) issue, as it indicates the
company's Wall Street stock
price and that of their BDRs -
has the potential to appreciate

considerably beyond the $59.4
close in New York yesterday.
However, Mr Klatzkin and
Jefferies & Company have been
the most bullish on Kerzner
International and its growth
prospects, with other Wall
Street analysts more cautious.
Some are taking a 'wait and see'
approach, wanting to assess how
the company's expansion pro-
jects fare before buying the
Mr Klatzkin said Kerzner
International's second quarter
adjusted EPS of $0.98 beat his
$0.97 estimate, and the Wall
Street consensus of $0.95.
Yet he lowered his 2005 full-
year EPS and operating income
estimates from $3.01 and $212
million to $2.83 and $208 mil-
lion respectively, after Kerzner
International said net losses
from its newly-opened Reethi
Rai property in the Maldives
were set to continue into the
third quarter.
But Mr Klatzkin said the

company's expectations that the
Maldives property woiuld even-
tually fare as well as its Mexico-
based One & Only Palmilla
resort had prompted him to
increase 2006 EPS and operat-
ing income predictions from
$3.25 and $223 million to $3.32
and $238 million. The increase
in 2006 forecasts was also
responsible for Jefferies &
Company raising its share price
target for Kerzner Internation-
Mr Klatzkin said Kerzner
International expected to open
its 600-room luxury all-suite
hotel, west of the Royal Towers,
in April 2007.
Construction work had
begun, and the company also
hoped to start work on the $250
million 500-unit joint venture
condo hotel, a partnership with
Turnberry Associates, "in the
next few months" once suffi-
cient pre-sales were secured.
Deposits on 20 per cent of
the condo hotel units had

already been received, despite
. -no marketing push having start-
ed, generating $90 million in
Kerzner International's net
investment in the Phase III
project was pegged by M1
Klatzkin at $610 million, strip;,
ping out,the $120 million in
investment incentives it had
received from the Bahamian
government. The first figiur
did not include the costs asso-
ciated with the condo hotel,
Harborside timeshare project,
marina or Athol Island golf
The Jefferies & Company
report said: "Management con-
tinues to expect to be able to
generate $100 million of oper-
ating income from the Phase III
expansion in its first full year
of operations."
Both the Marina Village and
Phase II of the Harborside
timeshare development bhad
been completed on schedule
and on budget.

BREA to complain about PI condo sales

FROM page one
Bahamian realtor.
Mr Fields said: "Everything
we have done has been in full
compliance [with the law], and
that has been done for all pre-
vious developments."
But Mr Strachan also ques-
tioned how Kerzner Interna-
tional could qualify for incen-
tives under the Hotel Encour-
agement Act in regard to the
condo hotel, as they were selling
the units and not running the
property as a hotel.

He also questioned how the
Ministry of Finance could pro-
vide Turnberry Associates with
a business licence without first
having to produce a real estate
"How is it that when I come
to get a business licence I have
to produce my real estate
licence, and how is that an unli-
censed real estate company can.
be issued a business licence to
operate an office in Atlantis?
Bahamians. are being treated as
second class citizens in their
own country," the BREA pres-
ident said.
Mr Strachan said that prior
to putting the development on
the market, Turnberry Associ-
ates had sold 20 per cent of the
units in the condo hotel through
its office in Florida.
He referred. t9,.theR l
Estate Broker a nal ig: i
Act, which stipiilat6slh6 iit ws0
illegal for unlicenced persons

to sell, list and collect commis-
sion on real estate in the
Turnberry, Associates, he
said, confirmed to him that
they had sold some 75 units in
the development. With the
units are priced between
$675,000 and $2 million, the
Florida-based company is
believed to have received hefty

commissions on each sale. "
Mr Strachan said also that the
BREA and its attorney's are
currently working on proposed
amendments to the Real Estat6
Broker and Salesman Act,
which they are hoping to pre-
sent to the Minister of Finati-
cial Services and Investments,
Allyspn Maynard-Gibson,

Indigo Networks is a growing telecommunications company based in Nassau,
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develop these and future service offerings. Successful candidates will be highly
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commensurate with qualifications.

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SIntegration of corporate telephony systems, most specifically circuit-switched
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-Knowledge of the fundamentals of NLOS MMDS wireless systems and
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-Broad and extensive knowledge of IP telephony (VolPNoN), soft-switches,
PSTN gateways, SS7, QoS, SIP, H.323, and MGCP, over a range of
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Submit your resume private & confidential in WRITING ONLY before August 31
2005 to:

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Human Resources Assistant .
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Colina 'in 80% compliance with conditions'

THE Colina Financial Group
(CFG) has said it is in compli-
ance with 80 per cent of the 21
conditions imposed upon it by
the Government in return for
approving its purchase of Impe-
rial Life Financial (Bahamas).
: Colina was hitting back at the
criticism it has received from its
rivals, ever since The Tribune
revealed that its insurance sub-
sidiary, Colinalmperial Insur-
ance, had its 2004 annual finan-
dial statements heavily qualified
by external auditor, Pricewater-
houseCoopers (PwC), on the
grounds that they were unable
to satisfy themselves about
whether all related party trans-
actions had been disclosed and
accounted for.
Colina's assertion that it is in
80 per cent compliance with the
Government's 21 conditions is
likely to be scrutinised further,
given that outside consultants in
the form of KPMG are current-

ly assessing whether the compa-
ny has achieved this. The Tri-
bune was also first to reveal
KPMG's role.
In its statement, Colina said
its insurance subsidiary was
"financially and operationally
strong", with assets of $400 mil-
lion, including$53 million in cash
and $75 million in Bahamas gov-
ernment-registered stock.
Emanuel Alexiou, Colina
Holdings (Bahamas) chairman,
pointed to the 83 per cent
increase in 2005 first quarter rev-
enues to $37 million and A-
(Excellent) financial strength rat-
ing from A.M. Best as signs that
the company was in rude finan-
cial health.
However, that did little to
address the' corporate gover-
nance concerns swirling around
Colina ever since The Tribune
reported that more than $12 mil-
lion had flowed out of BISX-list-
ed Colina Holdings (Bahamas)

in the form of dividends and ser-
vice fees to related parties over
the past two-and-a-half years.
Anthony Ferguson, a CFG
principal and head of Colina
Financial Advisors, moved to
blame some of the problems on
former Colina Holdings
(Bahamas) chairman Jimmy
Campbell, saying: "Colina's
board of directors is well aware
of what is needed to move the
company forward.
"We recently emerged from a
highly publicised shareholder dis-
pute and are moving to correct
all shortcomings, many of which
were inherited from managerial
personnel no longer associated
with the company."
Colina Holdings (Bahamas)
had also hired a chief internal
auditor, who will advise on for-
mulating procedures to guide
policies and procedures. The
internal auditor will report
directly to the chairman of the

'Better proposals needed'

FROM page one It is expected that guidelin
will be put in place to allow ti
the applications. What we're fund administrator to rate a pr
trying to do is find applications ject based on the board's crit
that fit the.three criteria: inno- ria. That rating, Mr Gomez sai
vation, viability and that con- will determine whether the pr
forms to government policy." ject goes before the board. TI
Mr Gomez explained, how- move is expected to decrea
ever, that even though an appli- the time it takes to approve
cation may not meet any or all project, brining it within tl
of the criteria set by the Board, 30-day period.
this does not limit its ability to A significant number of app
approve a project.
Meanwhile, the board's ini-
tial attempt to respond to com-
pleted applicants within a 30-
day period has also been pushed
back, with decisions now being
made in about 45 days.
Mr Gomez said that when
the fund,was initially launched
they thought that 30 days would
be the maximum time taken -
f'm accepting the application S L
t"6a decision on approval.
FHe said, however, that they
are finding it is taking up to 45
days because the board has
b.en reviewing every project
ad has had to spend consider- l
tble time sorting through the
applications to find those that *
a 'a11 attractive for bui- -
ness?^.-',. .,..' ..... .



cants have been for 'traditional'
small businesses, such as a con-
venience store, car wash, land-
scaping all areas that already
have a surplus of businesses.
The fund administrator is cur-
rently receiving about two
applications a week, Mr Gomez
said, adding that the low num-
ber may be the result of the low
visibility of the fund and the
lack of publicity since its launch.


belrsosil. o
vetr Odrn
. BILtrLtrt

audit committee and the board.
Deloitte & Touche had been
retained to bolster this internal
audit function and review inter-
nal controls.
Colinalmperial has also hired
CGl. a Canadian technology
firm. to develop an information
technology platform, and Toron-
to law firm Goodman's is set to

report shortly to the Colina
Holdings Board on corporate
governance issues.
Colina Holdings paid out some
$4.431 million to purchase ser-
vices 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.

Out of this sum, some $900,000
in management fees and
$921,000 in brokerage fees went
to the company's parent, CFG,
whose shareholders at that time
were Colina Holdings' chairman,
Emanuel Alexiou; Colina Hold-
ings president, Jimmy Campbell;
and fellow principal Anthony



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The College of The Bahamas wishes to inform the public of
the following arrangements for parking at Oakes Field Campus,
day and evening, on Tuesday, August 16 and Wednesday,
August 17 in relation to Freshman Week Activities.

All those doing business in the Portia M Smith Student
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The Bahamas Telecommunications Company
Limited Application to increase its Monthly
Rates/Prices For Telephone Lines

The PUC will hold a PUBLIC MEETING on the Bahamas

Telecommunications Company's application to increase the

monthly rates/prices for telephone lines on Thursday 18 August,

2005 from 6-8 pm in FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA at PRO-


Pioneers Way.

The purpose of the public meeting will be to afford

consumers and interested parties the opportunity to ask questions

or make oral comments on the application.

Copies of the Commission's Public consultation document on

BTC's applications can be obtained from the PUC's office

located in the Agape House, 4th Terrace East, Collins Avenue

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Judge rules that Ansbacher's

arguments have 'no merit'

FROM page one
for shares in that entity."
IAMF was a mutual fund
established by the Ortegas in
the Bahamas in April 1995, and
was administered and had its
registered office at Ansbacher
(Bahamas). The shares in
IAMF were issued to BCO
Bahamas and then transferred
to BCO Curacao for "invest-
ment loans".
Ansbacher (Bahamas),
according to the Court of
Appeal judgement, also acted
as trustee for the Conticorp
Bahamas Trust, "allegedly set

up by the Ortegas as a sham to
facilitate the fraudulent
And Lex Holdings, the other
appellant, was another Bahami-
an company controlled by the
Ortegas, which the Central
Bank of Ecuador had alleged
was "used as the vehicle for
channelling the proceeds of
loans from IAMF to the Conti-
corp group".
The Central Bank of Ecuador
had alleged that BCO Curacao
directors breached their fidu-
ciary duty by using $160 million
in depositors' money to make
loans to Conticorp, acquire

NOTICE is hereby given that NESLY DOR OF KEY WEST
STREET, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that
any person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight.days from the 9TH day of
AUGUST, 2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


IN THE MATTER OF Property comprised in a Mortgage
dated the 17th February A.D., 1999 between Yvette Sherice
Burrows and CIBC Bahamas Limited and of record in the
Registry of Records in the City of Nassau in the Island of New
Providence in Volume 7498 at pages 464 to 473.
AND IN THE MATTER of a Mortgage Action pursuant to
Order 77 of the Rules of the Supreme Court 1978


TO: YVETTE S. BURROWS her servants and/or agents or otherwise
any other person in the occupation of the premises situate on Lot
Number Fourteen (14) of a subdivision called and known as "Bethell's
Terrace" in the Southern District of the Island of New Providence.

LET THE DEFENDANT within fourteen (14) days after service of
this Summons on them, inclusive of the service cause an Appearance to
be entered on this Summons which is issued on the application of First
Caribbean International Bank (Bahamas) Limited.

THIS SUMMONS is issued on behalf of the Plaintiff, First Caribbean
International Bank (Bahamas) Limited, a company duly organized and
existing under the Laws of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas to carry
on banking business within the Commonwealth of The Bahamas aforesaid
and who claims to be a Mortgagee under a Mortgage dated the 17th day
of February A.D., 1999 and duly lodged for record on the 18th day of
May A.D., 1999 and recorded in the Registry of Records in Volume
Number 7498 at pages 464 to 473.

BY THIS SUMMONS the Plaintiff claims against the Defendant
pursuant to Order 77 of the Rules of the Supreme Court 1978:-

1. Delivery of possession to First Caribbean International Bank
(Bahamas) Limited all that piece or parcel of land referred to in
the said Mortgage.

2. The said Mortgage be enforced by sale.
3. Further and other relief.

4. Costs.

If the Defendant does not enter an Appearance such Judgment may be
given or Order made against or in relation to them as the Court may think
just and expedient.

Dated the 2nd day of July A.D., 2004


This Summons was taken out by Halsbury Chambers, Chambers, Halsbury
Commercial Centre, Village Road North, P.O. Box N-979, Nassau, The
Bahamas, Attorneys for the Plaintiff.
This Summons is to be served within twelve (12) calendar months from
the date hereof, or if renewed, within six (6) calendar months from the
date of the last renewal including the date of such date and not afterwards.

The Defendant may appear hereto by entering an Appearance either
personally or by Attorney at the Registry of the Supreme Court in the
City of Nassau in the Island of New Providence one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas.


obligation certificates from
BCO Bahamas that were
exchanges for "so-called partic-
ipating shares" in IAMF and to
invest directly in that Bahamian
mutual fund.
The Court of Appeal judge-
ment said: "Ansbacher, as man-
agers of IAMF, then channelled
the funds from BCO Bahamas
and BCO Curacao to various
Conticorp companies, including
the Conticorp Bahamas Trust,
by way of loans or, purchased at
par, loans extended to members
of the Conticorp group by BCO
Curacao or BCO Bahamas.
These various loans amounted
to some $150 million.
"The loans were, the plain-
tiffs say, fraudulently exchanged
by IAMF for stock in Grupo
Financiero Conticorp, an
Ecuadorian holding company
owned and controlled by the
The stock in the Grupo enti-
ty turned out to be worthless,
and Banco Continental went on
to become insolvent.
"The result of it all was that

IAMF was unable to make pay-
ments on its participating shares
held by BCO Curacao," the
Court of Appeal judgement
said. Banco Continental had to
seek emergency funding of $150
million from the Central Bank
of Ecuador, which eventually
took ownership and control of
The Central Bank of Ecuador
issued its writ and statement of
claim against Ansbacher
(Bahamas) and Lex Holdings
on June 21, 1996, and February
1997 respectively. Ansbacher
(Bahamas) and Lex Holdings
filed defences by August 1997,
but were unsuccessful with their
previous summons of June 7,
1999, which sought to strike out
the action "on the ground that if
failed to disclose a reasonable
cause of action".
Both the Supreme Court and
Court of Appeal found there
was "sufficiency of material" to
allow the Central Bank of
Ecuador to pursue the allega-
tions raised, but the case it
brought against Ansbacher

(Bahamas) had already suffered
an 18-month delay.
Further delays were caused
by summonses filed by the
Ortegas connected to related
cases, and they also initiated
proceedings against the Central
Bank of Ecuador in the Florida
Ansbacher (Bahamas) then
filed its November 18, 2002,
summons to have the claim
against it thrown out "on the
ground of inordinate and inex-
cusable delay, and for contu-
melious default in not taking
out a summons for direction".
While conceding that there
had been "undue delay" in
bringing the action against Ans-
bacher (Bahamas) to trial, the
Court of Appeal said the case

could not be viewed in isolation
because of the other proceed-
The Court of Appeal found
"it would be neither practica-
ble or just to isolate the claims
against the Ansbacher defen-
dants for the purposes of this
application", and there was no
evidence to suggest the Central
Bank of Ecuador had sought to
"warehouse" the action.
The court found that Ans-
bacher (Bahamas) would not
be "unfairly prejudiced by the
passage of time", nor was there
"disobedience of the rules" by
the Central Bank of Ecuador
plaintiffs in failing to take out a
summons for direction between
'November 2000 and November

HILLS, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that
any person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 16TH day of
AUGUST, 2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


OF SPIRIT CAY, EXUMA, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that
any person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 16TH day of AUGUST,
2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

The Public is hereby advised that I, LORICIA SAINT-JULIS
RENNA, of Churchill Subdivision, Nassau, Bahamas, mother
and legal guardians of the infant MONA RENARD intend
to change her name to MONA RENNA. 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.


IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT piece parcel or tract
of land containing Seven thousand Seven hundred and
=Eighty-six square feet (7,786.00) being Lot Number 37
Block 3 of "Westward Villas Subdivision" sitfiiate on the
Northern side of Hampshire Street on the Island of New
Providence one of the Islands of Commonwealth of The
Bahamas bounded on the North by a 20 foot wide road
reservation and running thereon Fifty-nine and Ninety
hundredths fees (59.90) on the East by Lot Number 36
and running thereon One hundredd and Thirty feet (130.00)
on the South by a Public Road known as Hampshire Street
and running thereon Fifty-nine and Ninety hundredths fees
(59.90) and on the West by Lot Number 38 and running
thereon One hundred and.Thirty feet (130.00) wich said
piece parcel or lot of land has such position shape
boundaries marks and dimensions as are shown on a plan
filed herein and thereon coloured yellow

AND IN THE MATTER of the Quieting Titles Act, 1959

AND IN THE MATTER of the Petition of Mildred S.


The Quieting Titles Act 1959

The Petition of Mildred S. Marra of the Island of New
Providence one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
in respect of: ALL THAT piece parcel or tract of land containing
Seven thousand Seven hundred and Eighty-six square feet (7,786.00)
being Lot Number 37 Block 3 of "Westward Villas Subdivision"
situate on the Northern side of Hampshire Stree on the Island of
New Providence one of the Islands of Commonwealth of The
Bahamas bounded on the North by a 20 foot wide road reservation
and running thereon Fifty-nine and Ninety hundredths fees (59.90)
on the East by Lot Number 36 and running thereon One hundred
and Thrity feet (130.00) on the South of a Public Road known as
Hampshire Street and running thereon Fifty-nine and Ninety
hundredths fees (59.90) and on the West by Lot Number 38 and
running thereon One hundred and Thirty feet (130.00) which said
piece parcel or lot of land has such position shape boundaries marks
and dimensions as are shown on a plan filed herein and thereon
coloured yellow

Mildred S. Marra claims to be the owner of the fee simple
estate in possession of the tract of land hereinbefore described free
from encumbrances.
AND the Petitioner has made application to the Supreme
Court of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas under Section 3 of
The Quieting Titles act 1959 to have her title to the said tract of
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.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that any persons having
Dower or a Right to Dower or an Adverse Claim or a claim not
recognized in the petition shall on or before the 11th of October
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 the
11th day of October A.D., 2005 will operate as a bar to such claim.

Copies of the Filed Plan may be inspected at"

1. The Registry of the Supreme Court; and

2. The Chambers of Graham, Thompson & Co., attorneys
for the Petitioner, Sassoon House, Shirley Street & Victoria Avenue,
Nassau, N.P., Bahamas.
Dated the 19th day of July A.D., 2005
Sassoon House,
Shirley Street & Victoria Avenue,
Nassau, Bahamas.
Attorneys for the Petitioner

Personal Financial

Services Officer


The successful candidates should possess the following

* Bachelor's Degree in Banking, AICB or ABIFS Diploma
(or a related field)
* At least 3 or more years banking experience. Previous
experience in portfolio and liability administration
would be an asset.
* Strong Negotiating/Selling skills
* Strong problem solving, leadership and coaching skills
* Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills
* Microsoft Office skills (Word, Excel, Power Point)
Responsibilities include:
* Leading the establishment and achievement of team
sales objectives, and related activities to achieve a
high standard of customer care, optimal business
retention, profitable growth and productivity.
* Developing relationships with service partners to
ensure customer satisfaction and efficient operations
of the branch/unit.
* Providing ongoing coaching and development of staff,
ensuring a fiigh level of employee capability and
engagement through focused sales management

A competitive compensation package (base salary &
bonus) will be commensurate with relevant experience
and qualifications. Persons who applied previously need
not to re-apply.
Please apply before August 22, 2005 to:
The Manager
Human Resources
Bahamas & Caribbean
Royal Bank of Canada
Bahamas Regional Office
P.O. Box N-7549
Nassau, N.P, Bahamas
Via fax: (242)328-7145
Via email: RBC
Royal Bank
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Office Of The Deputy Prime Minister And Ministr Of National Security

Police Department,


Owners of the Motorbikes and Bicycles listed below
are requested tocail-if-the Royal Bahamas Police
ForcetIntertal Security Divisnio aesnfeTd-ciaif
their properties. Proof of ownership must be presented.

1 Red 100 Yamaha
2 Red/Black Honda
3 White/Blue Yamaha ....._______
4 Red/Black/White XT-600 Yamaha
5 Blue/White175cc Yamaha Trail Motor
bike _,: .
6 Red/White Yamaha 600 Trail
7 Red/Black/White Kawasaki L/P #993
8 Red/White Suzuki 750cc' H702116045
9 White/Blue Yamaha 600 L/P #557
10 Red/White/Blue Honda L/P. #10
11 Purple Honda 600cc L/P #1158 .............
12 Blue/Silver Trail Bike
13 Blue/Black/Red Yamaha #70cc. ,_-" _,_".. ...
14 Black Yamaha 70cc "
T15 BIa" f-Y b aOc -.........- --.......-- ---- -.: -- ....... ........-...
16 Red Yamaha ROZZ Moped
17 Blue/White Yamaha 70cc L/U #347
18 Black Yamaha 70cc L/P #930
19 Black-Yamaha L/P #271 _.''_ '""_______
20 Blue/White Yamaha 70cc: .',______
21 Red/Yellow/Green Honda 70cc L/P
#864 __._ ."-.___
22 Blue/Black Yamaha 70cc
7 0 c c : : ... ... '
23 Blue/Silver Yamaha RXZ 100 L/P
#1002 '. ______
24 Purple/Blue/Yellow/Red Yamaha L/P
# 7 2 3 :; _' ....... .....
25 Black Yamaha Sigma L/P #1425 _______
26 Red/White/Blue Honda 100 L/P #1235 5 _____
27 Maroon Yamaha Motorcycle ..... .__... .
28 Black Honda CBR L/P #968 .. : ...
29 Blue/White Yamaha .'".'::'" :____
30 Purple/Red/Yellow 1998 Yamaha L/P
#469 .
31 Blue/Yellow/Black Fancy Met-in L/P
___ #623 _"__"_'* ,' ;. .
32 Red/Black Honda Lead-LP-#380 _____

"-3- --- -te/White-Henda--Elite-Mopei

34 Yellow/Black Sym 100 Moped SD 330 '
35 Blue/Black Suzuki Qinqg 100cc L/P
#2019 '
36 Yellow/Black Sym Moped L/P #315 RFGG100P94 5005938
37 Blue/Black 70cc Yamaha Motorbike ______
38 White/Black Yamaha 70cc Motorbike
L/P#238 ::: "__
39 Black/Red Yamaha 70cc '._:".:________
40 Black Yamaha 70cc L/P #401. ____
41 Red/Green/Black Yamaha Sigma L/P
#1568 :"::"______ _
42 Black Honda CN-250 L/P #969 ": .___
43 BK/White Yamaha Riva JYA3EKCO7T
__A036378 :
44 Red/Black Honda XR 650 Trail JH2RD0608WM

45 Black Sym Moped SD-376 ____
46 Red/Black Yamaha. Moped .. ...
4.7 ...... White/PurplefYellow Suzuki Trail 650
"_ ..L/P .. # 1 2 7 7'. *."'.. . .. .............. ...... *. .,- ,.-.-*.** ... -... _,..;.- -*.- .--"* -" .
L/P. #1277
48 Red/White/BK. Honda XR650 Trail
49 Red 1992 Honda 90cc L/P. #22673 ' :
50 Red/Black Yumbo C-1 100 ELX' ':
51 Red/Black/White 2000 XR 650 Honda JH2RD0605YK 800903
1 Green Lady's Bike Sun Cruiser JY99114690
2 Pink Lady's Bike Royal Enfield 961001398
3 Men Spot 5X Road Master R3563WWM
4 Black Dyno Hex AX237125
5 Lack Specialized Rock Hopper GY811918
6 Blue 10 speed. .
7 Blue Mountain Terrain 507A74130
8 Black Sun Retro Cruiser K011000193
9 Dark Purple 18 Speed Alpine Eagle DOTO145322

10 Green/White L A Classique 480

11 Silver Bicycle

14 Black MTB Super Crown
15 Rusty Yellow & Blue Bicyble

16 Blue Kent (ID) Speed 09422
17 Black/Pink SADJG26136

BK. Royal Enfield 10 Speed

Silver Micargi U.S.A



20 Blue with colorful seats
21 BK. Mountain Bicycle : 810MA46638
22 DK Green Bicycle HG0807717
23 Green/Blue Royal Enfield
24 Small BK Bicycle. K980715482
25 Silver Bicycle : HH0409027
26 Blue Bike
27 Green/White Cruiser-way Huffy Bike- 56597-916781-H9009
Brown seat
28 Green Kenton Shimano Index 17 speed K980716386
29 White/Red Magna 18 speed 75206221
30 Green/Red male bicycle T591-17-8311
31 Red/Beige Bicycle 2213
32- Bk./Grey BMX Good Wheel .
33 Brown Race Bike. 0010030297
34 Silver/Red Pacific Carnivore HI033948
35 Red Hampton Cruiser HH1022917
36"" Grberi:Piirpl.e/Blc .-- --- C-- 90400802 .....
37 Blue/Purple Magna Ninja 99TD373492
38 Yellow/Red Royal Enfield Rex-505 JF99D022499
39 BK. Mountain Bike . 05090-183
40 Red/Black Hampton Cruiser HJ03903870
41 Lavender Wasp Road Runner C90400727
42 Orange Western Flyer 13772
43 Green/Yellow/Pink MTB 400-18 speed, WF911141027
.well keen bike .. ____
44 Orange Rophy 10 speed Royal Enfield
45 :Blue Yuan-Feyl10 speed. J_.
46 Red Bicycle
47 Bk. Sun Devil XR 1200 F01014610
48 Red/Black Kent 10 Speed A8209132.79
49 Black Cignal Montero" .IG2K1529
50 White Bicycle Shimano 15 Speed C99T9753
Mountain bicycle.
.51 Bk./Green Magna Shamino 10 Speed 96TD575050
52 Bk:/Purple Bicycle M---- M93071920
53 Burgundy Pacific Legend 507A74130
54 Black Bicycle G114387

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56 Blue Road Master A8K004770
57 Small Blue pioneer Bike
58 Red Rex 505 Bicycle JF99D02317
59 Red Bicycle
60 Black Magna Frame 97TD21842
61 Black/ Green/Orange __
62 Black Bicycle __
63 White Kent W8080033
64 Green/Yellow/Red Little Tiger J980600598
65 Red/Blue Bicycle ______".
66 Black Bicycle
67 Silver/Black bicycle 9ML0300939
68 Red Huffy Bicycle
69 Black/Red/Blue Planet Earth 9ML030097
70 Chrome/Yellow ________.

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Junior Sports
WITH just three Regat-
tas left before the Boat of
the Year title is awarded,
sailors are dashing to be a
part of the Freeport Regat-
The annual Freeport
Regatta is set to take place
this Thursday at Latino
Beach, Freeport, Grand
Bahama, and is said to be
the sealing race for boats
vying for the title.
The Freeport Regatta
and the Harbour Island
Regatta are the only two
regattas left where points
are awarded.
Although the Abaco
Regatta splits the two, no
points will be awarded for
that event.
The Abaco Regatta is
scheduled for September
23rd, with the Harbour
Island Regatta set for the
Discovery Day Holiday
So far, 19 boats have
confirmed their participa-
tion in the four day
Freeport Regatta, which is
set to host three classes.
In the A class, the top
four boats, New Coura-
geous, Southern Cross,
Red Stripe and Lucayan
Lady, will take to the
waters in the 10-miles
Only two points separate
the number one boat in
this division from the rest
of the field.
Commodore for the
Bahamas Boat Owners
Association Phillip
McPhee is expecting a
tight race, with perfect
weather conditions.

He said: "Competition in
the A class is going to be
very stiff, there's only four
boats. These four boats are
the top class boats all who'
are vying for points for the
Boat of the Year title. This
is one class that should be
very competitive.
"This is the race before
the final Regatta which
will determine the Boat of
the Year. We are looking
for good competition in
the other two classes as
well. There are boats in
this division who are look-
ing for top honours."
Seven boats will line-up
in this class, which is
expected to sail between
five and eight miles.
Leading the way for
Boat of the year in the B
Class is the Campari Lady
Sailing in this class at the
Regatta is Barbarian,
Heathcliff, Eudeva, Ants
Nest Cobra and Passion.
In the C class, Bulla Reg
has opted not sail, but their
sister boat Fugitive, which
claims the island of Exuma
will take its place.
McPhee's boat, the Vita
Malt Thunderbird will also
be sailing out of the C
class, a class and race he
claims won't be easy to
"This is a real sensitive
Regatta, my boat is sailing
very well, I have an excep-
tional boat crew that will
handle the boat very well
in Freeport," added
"I believe that my boat
has now proven that it is
probably the top class boat
in the entire fleet.
"She is a brand new boat

and we are just getting her
in swing now. She certainly
is the boat to watch in
Freeport, in fact the boat
to watch next year as
In this class the Barbar-
ian, Vita Malt Thunder-
bird, Fugitive, Crazy Pan-
ther, lady Eunice, Sacri-
fice, Mustache and Ruth-
There will be three cup
races in each class.
The Regatta is being
sponsored by Burns House

Coach on sprinter's success



'fuel added

to her fire'

* By BRENT STUBBS final, I think she.would have been able to
Senior Sports Reporter run even faster, probably at least 48 high."
Now that she's secured her place in
HELSINKI, Finland: Looking back at sports history, Riddick, an Olympic medal-
Williams-Darling's historic back-to-back ist for the United States, said Williams-
Olympic and World Championship win- Darling have a couple more chapters to
ning feat, her coach Steve Riddick said it write before she closes her stellar career.
was a "really good performance, it was a "She wants to win the Commonwealth
challenging performance because she had Games, the World Indoor, the World Cup
to get motivated from last year, come and then go to China and win the World
down off the high and prepare for the Championship twice and the Olympics
World Championships. .twice. That would be great for her and for
"I think she had a lot of fuel added to the Bahamas," he stressed.
her fire by the American athlete (Sanya Like he did in Athens, Riddick said he
Richards), who ran very well and probably stayed away from the. stadium here
believed what she was reading after the because once again, he wanted to make
semifinal that the gold medal wvas hers. sure that Williams-Darling enjoyed her
That kind of caused Tonique to go out moment of glory. His work had already
and say, 'hey, we're going to have a race in been done long before she got here.
the final.'" "I just called my wife and said 'hey, she
In the final, Riddick said Williams-Dar- did it', which was absolutely great," Rid-
ling came off the curve right where she dick added with a bigger smile on his face.
needed to be and that enabled her to run "For me, I was sick all week, but as soon
even faster than she did at that point in as the race was over, I got better. That
the Olympics last year. must have been the stress.
"I think it was a fantastic run, consider- "But I just like to see them develop.
ing that it was cold and raining. If it was Being an athlete myself, that's all I could
like the night that they had the guys 400 ask for."

Tonique Williams-Darling

Junior Sports Reporter
MARK Knowles and dou-
bles partner Daniel Nestor
lost in the Rogers Cup quar-
ter-finals on Saturday, but
are using the tournament as
preparation for the Western
and Southern Financial
Group Masters.
Knowles and Nestor, who
recently returned to the ten-
nis courts as doubles partners
following Nestor's four
month lay-off due to a wrist
injury sustained at this year's
French Open, were defeated
by Jonathan Erlich and Andy
Ram of Israel, 4-6, 7-6 (8)
and 7-4 (4).
The duo were seeded num-
ber three in the tournament,
taking a bye on the firs.t
round. Erlich and Ram went
on to play in the finals,
becoming the tournament's
The Rogers Cup was the
first tournament Knowles
and Nestor have played
together since Nestor's
Despite the loss, Knowles
was pleased with their per-
formance at the tournament,
especially with Nestor's

Knowles said: "We played
pretty hard in the quarter-
finals, we actually only need-
ed two points, in the third to
win, but unfortunately it
slipped out of our hands.
"Losing by this margin is
always tough, but the most
important thing is that Daniel
is back and he is feeling pret-
ty strong. Obviously he is not
100 per cent yet, but he is
working towards it and we
are looking forward to this
week to play some more
"I was a little disappoint-
ed with the results, I mean
every time I take the court I
want to win, we fell a little
short, nothing we can't over-
come. We can't be too dis-
appointed with the results,
especially with Danny com-
ing back from his injury."
Knowles and Nestor are
preparing to play in the
Western and Southern Finan-
cial Group Masters, an ATP

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Masters series, which got
underway yesterday in
Cincinnati and will wrap-up
on August 21st.
The tournament's defend-
ing champions advanced to
the second of .play because
of the bye. They will await
the winners of Cyril Suk and
Pivel Vizner; Mario Ancic
and Ivan LJubicic.
"We are hoping to do well
at this tournament, win a few
matches here and even
defend the title," Knowles
"It is always tough when
you've been off for a long
time, no matter how good
you are. It will take a while to
get into the swing of things,
so you can build your confi-
"It is very important to
play a few matches up here,
the more matches we've got
under our belt the better it
will be. Hopefully we can
challenge for the title in the
"No matter how confident
you're feeling, you should
always have the results to

back it up. We are going to
take one match at a time and
try and make it through to
the weekend, hopefully doing
After the Western and
Southern Financial Group
Masters, Knowles and Nestor
will once again take to the
courts, this time in the US

The US Open, which will
be played in Flushing Mead-
ows, New York, is set for
August 29th-September 11th.
Defending champions
Knowles and Nestor will
await the draw, which will
take place on August 24th.
Knowles said: "Everyone
has a great chance to win the
US Open and with us being
the defending champions
everyone will be gunning for
"Preparation will be key in
this tournament, we will just
have to take it one step at a
time try and play our best
tennis and defend our title."

Boxers to show plenty

of punch in Scotland

Junior Sports Reporter
THE Bahamas' two member boxing team took centre stage at the
Commonwealth Boxing Championships (CBC), in Glasgow, Scot-
land last night.
The team of Taureano Johnson and Lavar Stuart began their
quest for gold medals at this year's games, which are being held at
the Kelvin Hall.
The draw, which was held early Monday morning, lined one of
the-two boxers up in the ring last night.
Stuart was set to fight in the fifth match on the evening, the
opening night of the tournament had eight fights scheduled.
Johnson is expected to fight today at 12noon, the name of his
opponent was not revealed.
The eight divisional, six day competition tournament, as attract-
ed more than 120 boxers from more than 20 countries taking part.
These games are being used by the boxers as a guide for the Com-
monwealth Games set to take place in Melbourne, Atstralia, next
year with fierce boxers vying for title shots.
The CBC's are the only major competition prior to next year's
Johnson will be fighting out of the welterweight division, with Stu-
art in the lightweight..
The Bahamas originally selected a three member squad to com-
pete in the games, but James McKenzie wasn't able to travel due
to work engagements.
All semi-finals in the CBC will start on August 19th and 20th,
with the championship matches set for the 21st.

Knowles and Nestor

work towards fitness






A night to

remember for

the Bahamas
* ABOVE: Members of the men's 4 x 400 relay team celebrate their silver
medal winning performance (right) with Minister of Youth Sports and Culture
Neville Wisdom.
* BELOW: The closing ceremonies at the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki, Finland,
following the Bahamas' incredible second place finish in the relay.
(Photos: Felipe Major/Tribune staff)



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after luncheon

honour in Finland

* MOMENT OF GLORY: Tonique after her 400m success
(Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune staff)

Senior Sports Reporter
HELSINKI, Finland: Back-
to-back titles at the Olympic
Games and IAAF World
Championships put Tonique
Williams-Darling in an elite
field of world-class athletes.
And, on Saturday, she was
one honoured by the Laureus
World Sports Awards during a
special luncheon held at the
10th IAAF World Champi-
Williams-Darling, the only
quarter-miler honoured along
with a group of long and triple
jumpers, pole vaulters and 800
metres runners, said she was
just delighted to be appreci-
ated the way she was, espe-
cially receiving her pen in a
case from Laureus Academy
chairman the legendary Edwin
"I just met him in Paris ear-
lier this year, but he's a good
personal friend of my coach
Steve Riddick and so he was
able to share with me his vic-
tories and what he's been able.
to do in his career," said
Williams-Darling, of the for-
mer 400-metre record holder
from the United States.
"It's just motivational and
inspirational to have some-
body like that around to ask
Since winning the title here
on Wednesday, Williams-Dar-
ling said her life has been in a
spin. But, just as she did after
coming off the podium in
Athens, Greece, last year
when she captured the
Olympic gold, Williams-Dar-
ling said she's really trying to
soak up the experience.
"I really wanted the double,
to win the Olympic and World
Champion back-to-back,
whatever," she reflected.
"This is probably the best time
in my career. I'm in the best
shape of my life, my race strat-
egy is working, so I figure it's
now or never.
"So to be able to accomplish
that is a great feeling. I don't
think it's better than the
Olympics, but I am very proud
of my performance."
When she crossed the fin-
ish line in her season's best of
49.55 seconds after storming
back to out-sprint American
favourite Sanya Richards, who
did 49.74, Williams-Darling
dropped to her knees, the rain
mixing with tears and yelled,
"Thank God!"
When asked if she was sur-
prised that she won, Williams-
Darling said she was more
"I figured that I could win. I
felt I had the best chance to
win. But I wasn't surprised
that I was trailing coming
down the stretch.
"I'm used to them running
on the outside of me, but I
didn't have the luxury of pick-
ing my lane, so I knew she

(Richards) was in lane, three,
she was fast and Ishe was
good," Williams-Darling said.
"I knew she would have less
curve to run than me, but I
didn't expect to be too far out
of range. So I just kept within
myself and do what I do in the
last 100 metres.". '
From here, she will go to
Zurich, Switzerland, to run on
Friday and then the World
Athletics Final in Monaco in
September before a meet in
Japan to eid her season.
She already knows that the
Bahamas government will
have something special for her
when she finally returns home
and, after experiencing some
adverse weather conditions in
the championships, she said it
will be good to be back in the
'sunshine in the Bahamas
Williams-Darling felt her
"intestinal fortitude" separat-
ed her from her rivals.
"Right now, I think I'm on
target with my race being real-
ly in sync with what I'm doing
out there," she said. "I'm
training hard and mentally,
I'm sound.
"You just have to have a
combination of those things.
You have to haveall of those
things on a given day. All of
the girls have been training
hard, everybody has some
degree of mental toughness
and at this level, everybody is
doing what they have to do.
It's basically who is holding it
together the best on that day."
Two days after her success,
Williams-Darling watched as
her training partner Chris
Brown just missed out of join-
ing her on the medal podium
with his personal best of 44.48
for fourth place in the men's
final, running out of lane eight.
Williams-Darling would
have loved to see Brown come
back as well and pass Cana-
dian Christopher Tyler for the
bronze. But Tyler was a little
too strong in the winding
metres to hold on to third with
a national record of 44.44.
"I think he would have
medalled if he had a better
lane," Williams-Darling not-
ed. "But this is the best he's
ever done in a major compe-
tition like this. He ran a PR, so
I told him, I know it's hard
because you feel like you won
the battle, but lost the war.
"But he doesn't have to
frown or cry.
"He just has to take the neg-
ative out of this and turn it
into the positive for the next
Tonique hopes that her per-
formance will serve as an
inspiration to the many ath-
letes in the Bahamas who look
up to her as a role model.
"That's why I wanted to pull
off the double here because I
didn't just want people to
think that I was ucky: at the
Olympics," she said.



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Police giving a helping hand

to parents in the Bahamas

Tribune Feature Writer
PARENTS in the Bahamas
now have access to one more
resource to help them raise
their children.
The Police Staff Associa-
tion has released a Parenting
According to Bradley
Sands, association chairman,
this newly released book is
the sixth edition of helpful
handbooks that are released
every year.
The first handbook dealt
with child-abuse, which he
says was chosen because
abuse was "high and out of
control" at the time. The fol-
lowing year the handbook
dealt with domestic violence,
which Mr Sands says was
responsible for roughly 60
per cent of murders in that

Educating the individual
on constitutional rights, dis-
aster preparedness and emer-
gency services were the top-
ics of other handbooks.
But this year, organisers
saw fit to provide resource
material for parents that
would help them to properly
take care of their children,
from infancy to adolescence.
The paperback book cov-
ers eight basic chapters: Child

Development:,Babies; Child
Development: Toddlers.;
Child Development:
Preschoolers; Preschool and
Kindergarten; Reading; Play-
time; Watching Television;

Family Issues, and various
sub-topics are discussed in
each chapter.
"We chose to discuss par-
enting this year. And we can
see that it's a topic that needs
to be dealt with in this society
when you look at (recent
events)," says Mr Sands. "We
want to help young, women
who go and have these babies
at a young age. We want to
give them guidelines for how
they can properly rear these

According to Peter Isaacs
Deveaux, under secretary at
the Ministry of National
Security, who spoke at the
launch of the parenting hand-
book last week, research has

shown that many adults go
into parenting unprepared.
"Parenting is perhaps the
most important duty and
responsibility we have as
adults," he told the audience.
"But research, has shown that
most of us arrive at parenting
ill-prepared, ill-advised and
hopelessly ill-informed. The
result is quite obvious..."
But it is those who are not
prepared to "lead by exam-
ple" who see the result of
their "handiwork" played out
in the streets, in the courts
and in jails, Mr Deveaux
The 168-paged book is
written primarily in point
form and offers advice about
how a parent should safe-
guard against spoiling their
children, the benefits of
breastfeeding and how to
deal with tantrums and cry-
ing, among other issues.

And as the child continues
to grow and parents meet dif-
ferent challenges, the Par-
enting Handbook is right
there to help them face some
of the most common issues.
The book offers innovative
reading activities for parents
and children, tips on how
parents should choose toys,
not only for entertainment
but as tools for learning, and
how to take charge of what
children watch on television.
In its final chapter, "Fami-
ly Issues", readers learn what
it means to be a mother and
.father, the importance of
communication, how to help
children cope with divorce
and separation, and how to
make joint custody work.

Mr Sands feels that
because this book exhausts
all aspects of parenting for
the most part it will "go a
long way" in helping unpre-
pared parents be better
equipped to raise children
who will be assets, and not
liabilities, to their communi-

It is the training of the par-
ents, he says, that will deter-
mine if another "generation
is lost".
Says Mr Sands: "I am a
firm believer, if we train
these young parents on their
roles it will be much better

because they will not be
allowing other institutions to
bring up these children.
"The biblical foundation is
to 'train up a child in the way
he/she should go and they
will not depart" (Proverbs'
"Teen pregnancy is a seri-
ous thing. We' have already
lost a generation to it. I don't,
feel that we have to lose
another generation just
because these mothers don't
know how to bring up their
'children. It's our job to train
In his address, Mr Deveaux
noted that statistics show that
there are "several" 12-year-
old mothers in this country.

And while he noted that this
is not the norm, the statistics
do suggest that babies are
being born to younger moth-
ers at an "increasing" rate.

"In many cases, our young
people are having children
when they themselves are
growing up. And the safety
net we had in the past. with
grandparents, well those
grandparents are getting
younger themselves," he
"So this is not even an
assault on young people,
most of whom follow the bad
example that we have set."

b ieS often,

"Parenting is perhaps the
most important duty and
responsibility we have as
adults. But research has
shown that most of us arrive
at parenting ll-prepared,
ill-advised and hopelessly
Ill-informed. The result is
quite obvious..."

Peter Isaacs Deveaux, under secretary at
the Ministry of National Security

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WHAT are my treat-
ment options for hyper-
When it comes to
(when pigment-produc-
ing cells are damaged
and produce too much
colour), there are two
possible treatment
approaches botanical
and chemical.
Chemical lighteners,
predominantly those con-
:aining Hydroquinone,
are the only approach
officially recognised by
the US Food and Drug
Administration as effec-
tive skin lighteners.


However, Hydro-
quinone has been linked
with many negative side
effects and can cause
severe skin allergies and
worsening of the pigmen-
tation condition. (This is
why Hydroquinone is
now actually banned in
much of Asia and
Botanical skin bright-
eners are a much safer
approach for brightening
the skin,, and are as effec-
tive when used consis-
tently in a professional
brightening regimen.
Brightening agents to
look for include Licorice,
Bearberry, Rice, Kiwi
and Mulberry, coupled
with Lactic Acid and Vit-
amin C.
How much you can
reduce the appearance of
depends largely on what
is causing the problem in
the first place, as well as
how deeply into the skin
the pigmentation


Generally speaking,
most people see results
within eight to ten weeks
of beginning a treatment
programme. Keep in
mind, however, that all
sun exposure must be
avoided during this time
- even one unprotected
day in the sun can com-
pletely reverse all posi-
tive treatment results.
Talk with you skin care
therapist about treatment
options for your individ-
ual skin concerns and
about getting on a skin
care routine appropriate
for you.

Sarah Simpson is a
medical skin care special-
ist at the Dermal Clinic at
the Walk In Medical Clin-
ic Sandyport. This infor-
mation was taken from
the Dermalogica website.
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Take charge of

child's eating h

Tips to help parents

be more responsible

AS OUR children get ready
for back to school, the Lighten
Up & Live Healthy team turns
the focus of this column towards
healthy eating habits for children.
You are probably aware that
Bahamians are facing an obesity
epidemic. Sixty-five per cent of
the adult population is over-
weight and many of our children
are at an unhealthy weight as
Unfortunately, as this school
year begins there will probably
be more children than ever who
are overweight and out of shape.
This concerns us because being
overweight or obese means hav-
ing too much body fat, and too
much body fat over time results
in illnesses such as diabetes, heart
disease, high blood pressure and
some cancers.
For the most part, the primary
reason for this excess accumula-
tion of body fat is that children
are eating too many high calo-
rie, high fat and high sugar foods
and beverages along with imbal-
anced and limited physical activ-
If your child is not overweight
and your family eats a significant
amount of foods and beverages
high in calorie, fat and sugar, this
message is for you too, especial-
ly if there is any history of early
heart disease, stroke or diabetes
in your immediate family.
We can blame the schools, the
fast food franchises and super-
markets for easy access to
unhealthy foods but ultimately
parents, you are most responsible
for ensuring a healthy diet and
weight for your child.

So we challenge you this
school year to consider what can
you do to ensure healthy eating
habits for your children?
How can you be responsible?
There are many ways. To begin
with, you can start with the basics
and ask yourself a few questions:
Are you providing your child
with three well-balanced meals
per day at regular times?
Does your child start the day
with a healthy breakfast?
Are you aware of what they
are eating and how much when
they are at school?
Is your child getting his or
her "Five-A-Day" intake of fruits
and vegetables?
Many parents are quick to
admit that they have no idea
what their children are eating
while at school.
For some parents, their chil-
dren consume two out of three
meals away from home. As a
result of today's working mothers
and both parents leading busy
lives, it seems as if the responsi-
bility of what a child should eat is
being left up to the child.
Know what your children are
eating and take the lead in teach-
ing nutrition education to them
by leading them in the right
direction.with healthy eating
Parents who show a commit-
ment to healthy eating will set
the pace for their children when
they become adults. Arm your-
self with sound nutrition infor-
mation, for this will help you in
making healthy food and lifestyle
Decreasing fat intake is a
healthy lifestyle choice. One that
can be a challenge if you make
frequent visits to the "fast food"
restaurants. You can easily pile
up 60 grams of fat, much of it



YOU can easily pile up 60 grams of fat, much of it saturated fat (the artery clogging type) with
a burger, biggie fries and shake.

saturated fat (the artery clogging
type) with a burger, biggie fries
and shake.
If you must stop at a fast food
restaurant try choosing foods that
are not so laden down with fat
for example a grilled chicken
sandwich, side salads instead of
fries, or maybe a small fries
instead of the biggie fries.
Planning ahead is also a
healthy lifestyle choice. Keep
baggies of raisins (or other dried
fruits) and nuts in the car and
present them to your hungry
child after school.
Animal crackers and graham
crackers as well as fresh fruits
also make great after school
As a mother myself I know
the challenge of preparing dinner
after a long hard day at work.

Ordering pizza may seem as a
lifesaver for you and your family
but did you know that two slices
of pizza add up to at least 20
grams of fat, contributing to the
artery clogging process in chil-
You can create your own very
low fat pizza by using French
bread, reduced fat mozzarella
cheese and tomato sauce.
Kraft dinner is another popu-
lar convenient dinner meal or
even after school snack. But
when prepared as directed, one
serving contains 16.5 grams of
fat. You can lessen this amount
by 14 grams. Use skim milk and
skip the margarine.
What about adding margarine
to grits or toast? One teaspoon of
margarine contains 14 grams of
fat and 114 calories. If you must
add margarine to grits add a tea-
spoon to the family pot and don't
add any at the table. Go "lite" on
the mayonnaise for your tuna
salad. Two tablespoons contains
25 grams of fat. Spread one table-
spoon non-sweetened jelly to
your toast instead or margarine.
It has no fat and about 35 calo-
Save on calories by substitut-
ing unsweetened cereal for sugar
filled cereals. Reduce fat by
adding skim milk to your cereal
instead of whole milk or cream.
Fruits, peanut butter sand-
wiches, cereal with skim milk,
crackers and all fruit jelly and
caramel rice cakes just to name a
few are great for saving on calo-
ries and fat compared to pastries
and chips.
For many parents switching to
more nutritious foods will not be
easy. Be prepared for resistance
from your children, especially if
they are accustomed to eating
high calorie, fat and sugar foods.
Don't allow it to become a bat-
tlefield however, rather gently
switch to more nutritious foods
through guidance and making
these foods more available in the
Careful choices for breakfast,
lunch, dinner and snacks will
make a huge impact on obesity.
We urge parents to make a
commitment this school year to
the ongoing good health of your
children. It is your job to teach
them good habits of healthy eat-
ing and exercise that they will
need in the process of becoming
healthy adults.
This column is provided by
Adelma Penn, Camelta Barnes,
and Shandera Smith, nutrition-
ists of the Department of Public
Health/Ministry of Health.

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Tribune Feature Writer

THE skin is usually the first thing
that people notice on another person-
's body. But for some who are plagued
with acne, and other conditions, it is
not the easiest thing to maintain.
Sarah Simpson, medical skin care
specialist at The Dermal Clinic told
Tribune Health that the treatment of
skin pigmentation is the "number one"
skin issue among Bahamians.
She says that skin pigmentation
issues can also be exasperated as a
result of sun exposure.
Hormonal activity and the practice
of bleaching the skin may also worsen
a skin pigmentation condition, she
Vitiligo, one condition of hypo-pig-
mentation, is often seen locally. But
many Bahamians know little about it.
According to Ms Simpson, vitiligo
is, the skin condition that popstar
Michael Jackson claims to have, which
turned his skin from brown to pale.
But she says that she does not feel that
Jackson has vitiligo, since the condi-
tion usually manifests itself in areas,
not over the entire body.
"I'm not a dermatologist (but a skin

care specialist), so the cases of vitiligo
that we see, I refer it to a dermatolo-
gist. It's not a condition that you usu-
ally get on the entire body, but from
inside out, the pigmentation of your
skin changes in areas," explains Ms
According to The National Institute
of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and
Skin Diseases' (United States) web-
site, vitiligo is a pigmentation disorder
in which melanocytes (the cells that
make pigment) in the skin, the mucous
membranes (tissues that line the inside
of the mouth and nose and genital and
rectal areas), and the retina (inner lay-
er of the eyeball) are destroyed. And as
a result, white patches of skin appear
on different parts of the body. The hair
that grows in areas affected by vitiligo
usually turns white as well.


The cause of vitiligo is not known,
but doctors and researchers have sev-
eral different theories. One theory is
that people develop antibodies that
destroy the melanocytes in their own
bodies. Another theory is that
melanocytes destroy themselves.

Finally, some people have reported
that a single event such as sunburn
or emotional distress triggered vitili-
go; however, these events have not
been scientifically proven to cause
According to Ms Simpson, more per-
sons in the society than we think may
have this skin condition, as it can be
hidden behind make-up. "When peo-
ple come here and you take off the
make-up and you see the condition of
their skin, you would have never
known from the beginning because of
the make-up. So a lot of persons may
have it but you don't know it."
Women like Stephanie (name
changed) have become accustomed to
using make-up to cover her condition.
She is 22 years old and has been living
with vitiligo for the past 14 years.
In Grade five the condition was so
noticeable that she was granted per-
mission by her school to wear make-
"I noticed one morning that on my
forehead between the eyebrow area,
there was a white patch. My mother
and I thought that it was 'shifting
clouds' but after visiting the paediatri-
cian he diagnosed it as vitiligo," she

Stephanie says that there are some
periods when the pigment returns to
the white patch, but over the years her
white patches have come back, and the
condition has worsened. "Now, it's the
worst I've had it. From forehead, it
has gone into my right eyelashes where
I have to wear mascara because the
lashes have turned white," she notes.
She also has patches on her cheek.


Stephanie has visited dermatologists
but says that there is nothing they can
do to eliminate the condition. "He put
me on creams, but after it wasn't work-
ing I just thought look, it's something
that I have to live with. I've accepted it
and moved on.
"It doesn't bother me at all. I'm
more grateful because I met a woman
who had it all over her body. You
imagine having to live with this condi-
tion all over your body?"
About one to two per cent of the
world's population, or 40 to 50 million
people, have vitiligo, it is reported. In
the United States, two to five million
people have the disorder.
Ninety-five per cent of people who

have vitiligo develop it before their
40th birthday. The disorder affects all
races and both sexes equally.
There is no way to predict if vitiligo
will spread. For some people, the
"depigmented patches" do not spread.
The disorder is usually progressive;
however, and over time the white
patches will spread to other areas of
the body.
For some people, vitiligo spreads
slowly, over many years. For others,
spreading occurs rapidly.
Some people have reported addi-
tional depigmentation following peri-
ods of physical or emotional stress.
For Stephanie, living with the dis-
order that she says is not physically
painful, is a burden in other areas of
her life. And though she says it may
sound very superficial to admit it, the
condition has put a damper on her
social life.
"Could you imagine always having
to wear make-up, heavy make-up,
when you don't want to. But it's all
because you have a condition that you
don't want anybody to see. Going out
on a date and having to worry about if
all this makeup is going to smudge. It
does something to you emotionally,"
she says.

Maintaining a healthy

workplace and workers

Seven golden rules of

prescription medicine

OBSERVE these rules for'
safely taking your prescrip-
tion medicine:
1. Report adverse reac-
tions, or side effects to your
2. Tell your doctor if you
are taking more than one
kind of drug. One drug may
slow down or speed up the
effect of the other.
3. Ask your pharmacist
about food and drug interac-
tions. Some foods may affect
the way a medication works
or they can prevent it from
working at all.
4. Do not drink alcohol
while on a medication. Reg-
ular alcohol use can speed
up the metabolism of certain
drugs, reducing their effec-
tiveness. When alcohol is
present in the system, other
drugs such as sedatives can
become deadly.
5. If you are having lab

tests performed, be sure to
inform the physician of all
drugs, including nutritional
supplements, you have been
taking. Certain test results
can be influenced.
6. Always ask your physi-
cian if a generic equivalent
would be okay to use. Gener-
ic drugs are usually less
expensive and Mnay be equal-
ly effective.
7. Tell your doctor if: you
have ever experienced an
allergic reaction, and to what;
if you are pregnant or breast-
feeding; if another doctor is
also treating you; if you have
diabetes or kidney or liver
disease; if you are regularly
taking vitamins, birth control
pills, insulin, or other drugs;
or if you use alcohol or

Source: Doctors Hospi-

What is health?
The World Health Organisation (WHO)
defines health as a state of complete physical,
mental or social well-being and not merely the
absence of disease or infirmity.
Health (wholeness), according to Taber's
Cyclopedia Medical Dictionary (17th edition)
is a condition in which all functions of the
body and mind are normally active.
When considering a healthy workplace,
one 'should think about worker's physical
safety and comfort, the promotion and/or
maintenance of their mental health, which
would increase productivity and appropriate

.What is Ergonomics?
Ergonomics is the science concerned with
how to fit a job to a man's physical structure,
how he is able to move and what he thinks in
his workspace. These special considerations
are highlighted in an effort to enhance human
and hence worker efficiency and well-being.
Furniture such as ergonomic chairs and
desks, equipment such as computer with
adjustable or portable keyboards, appropriate
flooring, lighting (natural and artificial), win-
dows, floor colors, and the use of plants all
combine to improve the workspace for work-
ers which has a very direct positive or negative
impact on the worker's health and ultimately
attendance, efficiency and productivity in the
Persons who work in non-traditional work-
places are also encouraged to use sun blocks,
hats and long sleeve clothing to protect their
skin from overexposure to harmful ultra vio-
let rays. Contrary to what some may believe,
many persons of different genetic background
may develop skin diseases from over exposure
to the sun and every one should take pre-

What is Cumulative Trauma Disorders
Many workers may experience job-related
disorders as a result of simply not being fully
informed about how to avoid these pre-
ventable disorders. These disorders are called
Cumulative Trauma Disorders (CTD) or
Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSI).
Cumulative Trauma Disorders have been
identified with workers in the Bahamas. A
common workplace disorder/ injury of the
wrist is called Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
This disorder is seen mostly among per-
sons who work with computers or perform
repetitive tasks with their hands. Carpal Tun-
nel Syndrome is one of many syndromes that
are grouped together and termed Cumula-
tive Trauma Disorders (CTD) or Repetitive
Stress Injury (RSI). These symptoms arise
from an-accumulation of small injuries or
stressors to the body.
The excessive demands, which we as work-
ers expose our bodies to without giving them
adequate time to recover between tasks may
be one of the initial factors that lead to CTD.
Some common symptoms from these syn-
dromes are pain and tingling or weakness to
the affected or stressed body part. If you can
relate to these symptoms you should consult
with your doctor and adopt the principles we
will outline a little later in this article.

What are some of the common health dis-
orders seen in the workplace?
Falls, sprains, strains and back pain are
some of the more common injuries reported

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in the Bahamas.
Employers are also urged to consider skid-
free tiles or industrial-grade carpet to pre-
vent or minimise falls when they are choosing
floor covering. Employees are also cautioned
to wear practical, sturdy footwear that should
promote balance and enhance foot care.

Health promotion for the work force
In an effort to promote wellness in the
workplace and to enhance productivity,
employers and employees should be aware of
or become better informed about principles
of ergonomics that may be applied to achieve
the goals of a healthy workforce.
Here are some principles one may use:
(according to Dan MacLeod-1999)
Work in Neutral Postures maintain good
posture, which requires you to keep your
back in the normal shape of a "S-Curve" of
the spine when standing, sitting or lifting
Keep your neck aligned prolonged twist-
ed and/or bent posture of the neck would
lead to stress on the neck.
Keep your elbows in and shoulders relaxed
- prolonged twisted and/or bent posture of the
neck would lead to stress on the neck.
Reduce excessive force pulling/pushing
heavy objects can cause injury, lighten your
load, it may take longer to get the job done
but it would be safer.
Keep everything in easy reach avoid
over reaching for work tools in the work-
Work at proper heights do most of your
work at elbow height, which is a way to make
movement easier (please note that some
exceptions do apply).
Reduce excessive motion- especially in
the wrist, elbows, shoulder and lower back.

Minimise fatigue and static load take it
easy however; taking frequent short breaks
rather than fewer long breaks can prevent
this injury.
Minimise pressure points apply gentle
pressure to pressure points of the body.
Provide clearance there should be suffi-
cient space for employees to work freely with-
out accidentally colliding into other objects.
Move, exercise and stretch take exer-
cise breaks to promote circulation to body
parts and to relax the muscles and other soft,
Make displays and control understand-
able ensure that pictures and information.
about ergonomics are made available to work-
ers and provide clear signs of caution (e.g.
wet floor or radioactive) and that they are
easy to read.
Improve work organisation -ensure that
tools and materials that you must work with
are close by which reduces motion and pro-
mote time efficiency.
Ergonomics designs the work place anda
helps the employee to work safely and effit-
ciently. It fits the job to the employee rather'
than the employee to the job. It's working
smarter not harder, using the right tools get
the job done.
For more information on "Maintaining a:
Healthy Workforce", please contact the'
Office of the Medical Officer of Health and,
National Epidemiologist, Ministry of Health'
at 502-4733 and the Health Education Divi-,
sion at 502-4848 Ministry of Health.
This column was prepared in collaboration
with Dr Evaneth McPhee Medical Officer of
Health and National Epidemiologist, Ministry'
of Health and Pamela Bowd- Senior Health
Education Officer for the Health Education:
Division, Ministry of Health'.




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The beauty of

the bromeliad

and how to

care for them

BAHAMIAN Bromeliads
are tough and hardy plants, epi-
phytic and relying on occasion-
al rain to feed thein. The rain
washes detritus from the sur-
face of leaves and trunks of
host trees and provides all the
fertiliser the plants need. The
roots of Bahamian Bromeliads
are for clinging onto branches
only. Nutrition is not taken in
through the roots.
The only problem with our
local Bromeliads is that they
are rather modest when it
comes to blooming. The flowers
are usually quite diminutive
and the colours understated.
This leads many Bahamian gar-
deners to favour exotic
Bromeliads from South Amer-
ica that not only have fine
foliage but also put out extrav-
agant flower spikes. Prime
among these are the Aechmea.
Aechmea fulgens is my
favourite Bromeliad. It blooms
for me in August and lasts into
October. The plant has glossy
strap-like leaves that would
guarantee it a place in the gar-
den without any flowering. But
you'd change your mind when
the flowers do appear, a two to
three foot Christmas tree-
shaped spike of deep coral red
with small blue flowers. I must
have dozens of photos of my
A. fulgens but very time they
bloom I take more. The com-
mon name is Coral Berry.
.Another Aechmea that
blooms two months earlier is
A. fasciata. It bears very broad

silver-green leaves that overlap
to form a cup, giving it the com-
mon name of Silver Chalice
Again;, the flower spike is
dramatic, a spiky pink mace-'
like structure about a foot long
that bears the distinctive blue
flowers dotted here and there.
There is avariegated form that
bears a redflower spike.


Some Aechmeas have spikes
that divide into what look like
bright red ears of wheat. A.
tillandsioides is a fine example
of this growth habit.
After the Aechmea comes
Billbergia. The flowers are sel-.
dom as dramatic as Aechmea
but have a tremendous range
of shapes and colours. The
leaves of Billbergia are often
variegated, making them very
attractive when they are not
Cryptanthus Bromeliads tend
to have diminutive flowers but
make up for that with a won-
derful display of coloured and
patterned leaves. Cryptanthus
tend to be small and stay close
to the ground. They are not epi-
Other branches of the
Bromeliads include-Guzmania,
Neoregelia, Nidularium,
Tillandsia, Vriesia and Ananas.
The last is best known to us as
There are many ornamental

Ananas pineapples that stay
small and provide fascinating
conversation pieces.
How to look after Bromeli-
ads? Unfortunately they have a
wide range of preferences. By
and large they prefer dappled
shade, not complete shade. Epi-
phytic varieties can be wired to
tree crotches with a good
amount of peat moss beneath
Epiphytic varieties can also
be placed in the ground, but
not directly into the soil.
If you inspect the growing
medium you plants came in
from the nursery you will have
an idea of what they prefer.
You can dig a hole and fill it
with leaf mould, a little sphag-
num moss and orchid mix. This
will provide a good growing
medium for most Bromeliads
to grow at ground level.
Bromeliads are rain forest
dwellers so they appreciate
plenty of water, best fed to
them by sprinkling the leaves
of the trees above them.
Those that hold water, like
Silver Chalice, are best hosed
out every week or so to pre-
vent mosquitoes laying and
hatching eggs in the water.
Choose the right place and you
can create your own little piece
of tropical rain forest.
Bromeliads are expensive
plants but they propagate
through 'pups' very readily.
After a few years you may have
to give your offspring away, so
well do they procreate.

* PINEAPPLES are bromeliads as this ornamental pineapple shows.




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