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Title: The Tribune
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Place of Publication: Nassau Bahamas
Publication Date: August 23, 2005
Copyright Date: 2005
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UN warns of Si

pollution impact

on region's


dive industry


torm clouds gather over New Providence

Tribune Staff Reporter
lion-dollar dive tourism industry
is under serious threat from
coastal and marine pollution,
latest reports from the United
Nations Environment Pro-
gramme have revealed.
In its Caribbean Environment
Outlook 2005 report, UNEP
said that the continuing destruc-
tion of healthy coral reefs, the
main attraction of the region's
dive tourism, will have a direct
impact on the region's tourism
UNEP estimated that the
Caribbean currently attracts
approximately 5.7 million of the
world's 10 million scuba divers.
Studies have shown that
marine tourism generates rev-
enue in excess of $385 billion
worldwide and is credited with
earning nearly half of the
Caribbean's gross national.
The UNEP organisation has
now expressed concern that this
branch of tourism could be
threatened if the respective
Caribbean nations do not make
reef conservation a high priori-
ty and let reefs be destroyed
through coral bleaching and

other man-made damaging fac-
Although the Bahamas is still
considered to have one of the
healthier coral reef eco-systems
in the region, marine biologists
warn that action must be taken
soon to avoid conditions such
as in Jamaica where reef
destruction has led to the ero-
sion of beaches.
In an interview with The Tri-
bune earlier this year, leading
marine biologist Dr Brian
Lapointe said that Bahamian
waters have not yet reached the
'tipping point' the threshold
where an excess of nutrients in
the water leads to the collapse
of coralreef eco-systems.
However, he pointed out that
low phosphorous levels is all
That is keeping the Bahamian
waters from reaching that
threshold, and advised that the
country should ban phosphorus
detergents and introduce
advance waste treatment to
avoid irreparable damage to the
coral reefs.
UNEP in its report appealed
to Caribbean governments "to
chart courses that maximise
social and economic benefits,
maintain or improve environ-
SEE page 11

Man's body

found in

waters off

Arawak Cay
THE lifeless body of a
black male was pulled from
waters off Arawak Cay ear-
ly yesterday morning.
It is believed that the
man drowned, although
police have not yet con-
firmed his identity or how
the incident happened.
Police could not confirm
if the body was that of a
young man reported miss-
ing while on a boat cruise
at the weekend.
Vendors near the scene
of the incident, said they
were alerted to the scene
after police arrived in the
area and cordoned it off,
however they said police
would not let spectators
close to the scene.

'Secret Bahamas
bank account'
claim in Brazil
corruption scandal
THE Brazilian politician
involved in an ongoing corrup-
tion scandal has admitted to
having used a "secret bank
account" in the Bahamas,
according to reports in the US
The "nioney-for-votes" scan-
dal in Brazil intensified last
week after Duda Mendonca,
campaign manager to Brazil's
president Luiz Indcio Lula da
Silva, admitted that he failed to
declare political funding from
According to the US news-
paper The San Jose Mercury
News, Mendonca said the mon-
ey had come from Marcos Vale-
rio, the man at the centre of the
corruption scandal, which is
now tainting Lula da Silva's
Workers' Party.
SEE page 11

Airport runway reopened
. By PAUL G tural instability, or sinks in the
TURNQUEST strip, but rather it was closed
Tribune Staff Reporter to install the new "runway
lighting system" in its perma-
AFTER being closed for a nent position.
week, Runway 14/32 at Nas- However, a.knowledgeable
sau International Airport was source at NIA claimed that a
reopened yesterday, the Air- section of the runway had
port Authority stated in a gov- sunk under the weight of a 767
ernment press release. when it was making a 180

It denied that the runway
was closed because of struc-

SEE page 11

Charter operators hit out over
'competition from foreign business'
Chief Reporter
FOREIGN-owned charter boats are threatening local excur-
sion businesses, charter operators claimed yesterday.
Charter boat fishing captains are questioning why four boats
are operating offshore charters from the Nassau Harbour Club
on East Bay Street.
While the boats have been registered and allowed to operate
by the Port Department, the boat operators are complaining that
the competition is a threat to their operations.
The captains said that it is not fair for local charter operators
SEE page 11

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U EXHAUST smoke from a truck crossing the Paradise Island Bridge gets lost in.the storm clouds above New Providence
yesterday afternoon. The darkened skies eventually gave way to heavy rain that lasted well into the evening.
(Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune staff)

What is behind Leslie Miller's

PetroCaribe about-face?

CONFIDENCE in the govern-
ment of Prime Minister Perry
Christie is running out not like the sands
in an hourglass but like water through a
sieve. Waffling, drifting, vacillating and
indecisive are only some of the adjec-
tives being openly used by friends as
well as opponents to describe the present
Yet the leadership seems to be in a
state of paralysis undisturbed even by
frequent ministerial paroxysms. It seems
unable to come to grips with the realities
of governance and that is having a debil-
itating effect on the whole country.
Agreements with developers are half-
baked, with important terms kept hidden
from the-public. The uproar over Guana
Cay is symptomatic of this and probably
only a mild taste of what the govern-
ment can expect when the full extent of
the Cable Beach deal finally explodes
onto the public's consciousness.

M inister of Trade and Industry
Leslie Miller has been
responsible for more than his share of
the paroxysms. He seems to be having a
hard time learning how the system of
cabinet government is supposed to work
and what is the role of an individual min-
ister within that system.
Nobody has bothered to educate him
and apparently he has not read the gov-
ernment's manual which sets out the
principles in fairly simple language.
His handling of the LNG affair was
quite unseemly, to say the least, and
there has been no final word from the
government to put the public's mind at
When Foreign Affairs Minister Fred
Mitchell realised that the debate on
CSME had been lost, he at least had the
good sense to acknowledge that fact and
to assure the public that the government
will proceed no further with it at this
Mr Christie and his cabinet would be
making a huge miscalculation if they
think they can do otherwise with LNG. It
would be better to state clearly now what
the government's position is rather than
allowing it to peter out or, worse, to
spring a nasty surprise later on.
The country has been presented with
another confusing and worrisome issue
by the Minister of Trade and Industry.
Last Juine Mr Miller returned from a
meeting in Venezuela and announced
that he had signed an agreement which
would make oil available to the Bahamas
at well below the market price.

The Bahamian people are obviously
not being well-served by this
government and have every reason to
be uneasy about how their affairs are
being conducted. It is past time for the
Prime Minister to make a full and clear
statement in this matter.

The Bahamas Electricity Corporation
alone would save up to $15 million in
fuel costs and the Bahamian consumer
would be able to buy cheaper gasoline,
he said.

Once again it looked as if Mr
Miller was trying to push his
colleagues into something they had not
properly considered. In fact, it looked
as if he has succeeded. Cheaper oil was
on the way.
In typical fashion the government has
explained very little to the Bahamian
public about the details of the Petro-
Caribe oil deal apart from Mr Miller's
(also typical) exuberant promotion of it.
But there were questions, some of which
were posed in this column on July 12.
One important question was whether
the signing of PetroCaribe had commit-
ted the Bahamas to a process of region-
al integration under the Bolivarian Alter-
native for the Americas which Venezue-
lan President Hugo Chavez is promoting
as a counter to FTAA.

In typical fashion the government has
explained very little to the Bahamian
public about the details of the
PetroCaribe oil deal apart from Mr
Miller's (also typical) exuberant
promotion of it.

There are other questions such as: Will
the PetroCaribe agreement survive a
change of government in Venezuela?
Since we do not have an operating oil
refinery, where will our share of the oil
be refined? How is it to be shipped?
And is the government convinced that
this arrangement is better than what we
now have to secure for the long run the
energy needs of the Bahamas?
There have been no answers and Mr
Miller has added to the confusion with
the stunning announcement that the
PetroCaribe agreement has not really
been signed. This important piece of
news was revealed in a news story in this
newspaper last week Tuesday.
The Tribune quotes Mr Miller: "The
agreement that has to be signed by Min-
ister Mitchell is what will bring it in to
being. What I signed was the framework
for PetroCaribe. We now have in our
possession the full framework and if he
(Minister Mitchell) signs it then Petro-
Caribe would be in effect."

Mr Miller has certainly been
giving the clear impression
that the Bahamas had signed on to
PetroCaribe. Now he is saying the agree-
ment will come into effect "if" Mr
Mitchell signs. What is going on here?
Did his cabinet colleagues approve of
Mr Miller's signing the agreement with-
out first having considered all the impli-
cations and are now having second
Or did Mr Miller take it upon himself
to sign without the prior approval of his
Either way the Bahamian people are
obviously not being well-served by this
government and have every reason to
be uneasy about how their affairs are
being conducted. It is past time for the
Prime Minister to make a full and clear
statement in this matter.

t is bad enough to have to live with
ill-considered agreements at home.
It would be disastrous if our trade rela-'
tions with the outside world are being so
badly bungled that we will have to suffer
negative consequences for years to come.
An overriding reality of diplomacy is
that every country does what is in its
best interest but, of course, within the
constraints of morality, legality and comi-
The PetroCaribe agreement was
signed by most of the Caribbean states

with the notable exception of Barbados
and Trinidad and Tobago and it is being
hotly debated in the region.
Both Barbados and Trinidad are in
the oil business and it has been suggest-
ed that this may have influenced their
decision not to join PetroCaribe.
Trinidad produces, refines and exports a
considerable amount of oil as well as
natural gas. Barbados produces a rela-
tively small amount of oil, which is
refined in Trinidad.
Trinidad stands to lose some of its
Caribbean market share if the Petro-
Caribe arrangement works out, but that
should not be a big worry in today's mar-
ket where the demand and prices are so
What Trinidad should look at seri-
ously is the resentment caused by its
charging sister Caribbean states more
for oil than it charges others. Perhaps
Trinidad can now be persuaded to give
concessionary rates to its sister
Caribbean states in the spirit of regional
The point was raised in a debate in
the Barbados House of Assembly recent-
ly. The Barbadian newspaper The Nation
quotes Attorney General Mia Mottley:
"We believe that in circumstances
where there is sale of products to extra-
regional territories at prices cheaper than
that afforded to members of the
Caribbean Community, that this is an
issue which stands now to be fully
addressed whether by diplomatic pro-
ceddirs or ultimately legal processes."
Ms Mottley has concluded that "there
is no opportunity for a reduction of pric-
ing in petroleum products used by Bar-
bados in the PetroCaribe agreement."
She added that Barbados had to look at
security of supply. That is what the
Bahamas has to do as well.

T here is something else the Bar-
badian Attorney General said
that Bahamian Prime Minister Christie
should take note of. According to
The Nation, Ms Mottley said it would
have been irresponsible and could have
led to a disciplinary measure if "any Cab-
inet minister felt they could go to a con-
ference and sign an agreement binding
the Government of Barbados and the
people of Barbados without reference
to that agency that, under our Consti-
tution, has collective responsibility for
the settlement of policy".
Well, Mr Christie?

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Bacik toSchool

It is that time of year
when families are busy
with back to school
preparations. Around
town stores are bursting
with activity. Shoes and
uniforms need buying.
School supplies are
descended upon and
lunch boxes, pencil
cases, pens, binders,
rulers, back packs and
much more virtually fly
off of the shelves.

There is, naturally, much
excitement in this for the
children. For many
parents and guardians,
however, the financial
implications of getting
children ready to go back
to school prove to be
stressful. No where is this
stress felt more in our
community than in
special homes for
children. At the Bilney
Lane Children's Home

her care, ranging from 12
to 15 years of age. She is
very busy these days
getting all of them ready
for the new school year.
That's ten sets of
uniforms, shoes, and
lunch boxes. Ten sets of
pencils, pens, books and
school bags.

Mrs. Brown has a quiet
sense of confidence about
her as she describes the
children's needs. She
operates, successfully, on
one part community
support and three parts

The Father Pat Fund is
pleased to donate $2,000
to the Bilney Lane
Children's Home for their
back to school needs.
Throughout our com-
munity children's homes
are all now feeling the
pressures of getting their

Administrator Janet kids ready for back to
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Safety campaign

on roads before

start of school

Tribune Staff Reporter
WITH more than 60,000 stu-
dents expected to take to the
streets for the start of the
2005/2006 school year, the Road
Traffic Department has
launched a massive road safety

The campaign is aimed at
ensuring that the upcoming
school year is fatality-free.
At a press conference yester-
day Traffic Controller Jack
Thompson announced that the
National Road Safety Commit-
tee will be distributing more than
. 50,000 flyers to road users before
school starts in September.
Mr Thompson said that the
committee has been disturbed
by the amount of young people
killed on the roads this year.
Since the beginning of 2005,
39 persons have died in traffic
accidents in the Bahamas.
The committee will be hand-
ing out fliers at shopping cen-
ters and malls, at the Nassaur
International Airport to persons
returning from holidays and in
the downtown area. The fliers
feature safety tips for parents,

students and the general public.
Mr Thompson said the fliers
encourage students to use side-
walks, to walk facing traffic, to
hold hands while on pedestri-
an crossings and to wait until
oncoming vehicles come to a
complete stop before attempt-
ing to cross the street.


Mr Thompson said that most
important suggestion for adults
is that they leave home on time.
"We have a new slogan we
call 'ready, set, go': 'Ready'
means you leave on time,
'steady' means you take your
time as you drive and 'go'
means you get there on time."
He said that one of the
biggest problems for road safe-
ty organisation.
"You know what happens the
first week of school everyone
has their new school bags and
books and uniforms ready and
then by that second week, no
body is ready on time."
He cautioned however that
accidents are bound to happen
if people leave home late or are

driving while upset.
Programme co-ordinator
Michael Hudson reminded dri-
vers that children often cannot
make sound decisions, and said
it is important that drivers to
take this into account.
Among the other safety con-
cerns is the use of buses by stu-
dents. Mr Thompson said the
department will continue to
crack down on bus drivers who
stop anywhere but at official
bus stops.
,He also urged persons to be
careful when entering and exit-
ing buses.
Mr Thompson added that too
many people have no regard for
the speed limits in school zones.
Howard Newbold, a district
superintendent at the Ministry
of Health, said motorists drive
at "the speed of light" instead of
driving at "the speed of life."
The committee also
announced its song contest,
which is open to all Bahamians.
They said lyrics should be
about road safety and in a
Bahamian genre.
Entries should be submitted
to the Department of Road
Traffic by October 31.

Union boss appeals for public's

understanding for strike threat

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE acting president of the
Bahamas Electrical Utility
Managerial Union asked for the
public's understanding as BEC
workers agitate for better work-
ing conditionig.
Ronnie Stevenson told The
Tribune yesterday that neither
the BEUMU or its sister union,
the Bahamas Electrical Work-
ers Union (BEWU) are trying
to hold consumers hostage.
The threat of a possible strike
has loomed since BEWU union

president Dennis Williams
announced at a press confer-
ence last week that BEC had
until August 30 to resolve a
number of issues regarding its
Mr Williams said that if the
'issues are not i.esolved the'
'union would be forced to take
"the most aggressive form of
industrial action ever seen."
On Sunday, Mr Stevenson's
union added its voice to the call,
saying that Labour Minister
Vincent Peet needs to address
the workers' concerns expedi-
tiously so as to "avoid any pos-

THE Progressive Liberal
Party yesterday expressed its
well wishes to Minister of State
for Finance James Smith on
the news of his successful
surgery in the US.
In a statement released yes-
terday, the party said it "eager -
ly awaits his return to the busi-
ness of government."
"Meanwhile, the chairman,
executives, the full National
General Council and all rank
and file members of the party
join in prayers for the minis-
ter's speedy recovery," the
statement said.
Mr Smith travelled to Wash-
ington on Thursday and under-
went surgery to remove a
legion from his large intestine.
He is expected to return to
the Bahamas within one week
to continue his convalescence.

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sible industrial reaction which
will affect the quality of service
currently being enjoyed by all of
us during these hot summer
Yesterday, Mr Stevenson told
The Tribune that the unions
Shpe they will not have to make
gopql their threats.
"He reminded consumers that
he is also a paying customer and
when BEC service is disrupted,
he is inconvenienced as well.
"We are disappointed that it
has come to this, and we urge
management to get this situa-
tion sorted out so that we can all
move forward."
While the BEWU is negoti-
ating the terms of its contract,
Mr Stevenson said the BEU-
MU is still trying to get a con-
Hn qnid the nni nho -nt h ond

The 110 managers in the
union have grown frustrated,
he added.
Both unions have described
present relations between the
unions and executive manage-
ment as the worst in BEC's his-
Members of the BEWU are
expected to return to the bar-
gaining table tomorrow.
A spokesman for BEC's
executive management told The
Tribune yesterday that it is
shocked and dismayed that the
BEUMU would make the
claims in its press release.
According to Management, a
tentative agreement was
reached regarding the new con-
tract last month.
In fact, management claimed
that yesterday, the union com-
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a contract with BEC for three responsible for BEC, to say that
years and has been in negotiat- they wished to change some of
ing for one for the past nine the terms they had previously
months to no avail, negotiated for.

Murder victim identified

THE country's 28th murder
victim has been identified as 34- I
year-old Mauriceo Davis, a res-
ident of Harrold Road. i-I .O ,
Davis was found dead in his P C
car late Friday night, with gun- -
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their investigations.


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Glover to play


in US movie

Bahamas are to see their most
revered national figure
become the subject of an
American movie.
Toussaint L'Ouverture,
famous for leading the 19th
century Haitian slave revolt
against the French, is to
become a film hero thanks to
US actor Danny Glover.
He plans to tell the story of
L'Ouverture's rise from slave
camp to glory as a military
commander when he swept
aside the armies of Napoleon
It is not the first time L'Ou-
verture has been lionised. The
English poet William
Wordsworth was first to heap
praise on the Haitian revolu-
But Toussaint's movie
stardom will raise his name
in the public consciousness

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to another level.
Meanwhile, researchers in
Liverpool, England, are scour-
ing archives for a study aimed
at showing how the former
slave became a modern icon.
Dr Charles Forsdick, head
of modern languages at Liv-
erpool University, has focused
on Toussaint because of the
city's role in the slave trade.
More than 5,000 slave ships
left Liverpool, carrying more
than one million Africans to
the Americas.
Toussaint was tricked by the
French into leaving Haiti in
1802 and died in a cold prison
on the Swiss border.
The Haitian revolt eventu-
ally gained success under
Jean-Jacques Dessalines, who
was murdered in 1806.
The Liverpool research
study is due for publication in

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Better tools to help prevent crime

NO ONE likes the idea of "Big Brother"
breathing down their necks, but they must
admit that the importance of surveillance
cameras as a tool in the police officer's crime-
solving arsenal has been most impressive in
recent weeks.
Shortly after the July 7 bombing of three of
London's tube stations and a double-decker
bus in Tavistock Square, London's Metro-
politan police released all four of the bombers
caught on a surveillance camera as they
entered an Underground railway station to go
their separate ways in the execution of their
evil mission. A week later two were identified
and behind bars, a third was traced to Italy
and identification papers were all that was
left of the fourth who was blown to bits when
his bomb went off in the bus.
Without the cameras it is questionable
whether police would have picked up their
trail so quickly.
Two of the 9/11 terrorists were also caught
on camera as they boarded a plane to take off
on their own death-wish mission in 2001. A
total of 2,986 innocent lives perished with
them as the terrorists commandeered three
commercial aircraft and crashed them into
the twin towers of the World Trade Centre in
New York, the Pentagon in Washington and
an open field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
In the past few weeks cameras have picked
up a serial rapist and his child victim before he
had time to kill her as he had done her two
brothers, her mother and her mother's

A deterrent to
The International Labour Organisation
has made a startling discovery: Bahamians
would prefer to remain at a lower employ-
ment level with their generous tips rather
than climb the promotional ladder to a high-
er-based salary and more responsibilities.
Tribune Business Editor Neil Hartnell
reported on August 12 that "tipping in many
tourism industry jobs has 'inadvertently
fuelled a resistance to promotion' to execu-
tive jobs within the sector that have a higher
base salary but no tips, a strategy paper on
establishing a national Productivity Centre in
the Bahamas has revealed".
Not only does tipping dampen down ambi-
tion, but because it is guaranteed there is no
built-in incentive to offer the best service
Last month Frank Comito, Bahamas Hotel
Association's executive director, raised the
warning flag: Current visitor exit surveys
indicate that the Bahamas could lose 4.5 mil-

boyfriend. Robberies of every description are
flashed across the television screens in the
United States as law enforcement recruits the
public to assist them in their search for the
Here in Nassau the first surveillance camera
shot was sent to The Tribune for publication
last week. It was of a man, stripped to his
waist, with a chain around his neck, entering
a building. The police declined to identify the
building, but asked the public to help them
find the man who is wanted for questioning in
a rape investigation.
When the question came up some time
ago of locating cameras in strategic areas to
help patrol our streets and rid them of lawless
motorists, also to remove criminals from pub-
lic places, "Big Brother" invading the privacy
of the citizen was the cry raised against their
With the criminal violence and other behav-
ioural problems in our schools, parents should
welcome security cameras strategically placed
to help monitor their children. It would cer-
tainly help the school's security guards and the
police, and, if the criminal knew a "secret
eye" was watching him, he might have second
thoughts about committing his crime.
These cameras would certainly be a good
investment in tourist areas, and if govern-
ment considered the investment too much
for it, then each business person should con-
sider installing the cameras for their own pro-
tection and that of their premises.

good service'
lion tourists over the next 10 years, he said.
Why? High prices, "poor value for their
dollar", "poor attitudes, poor service and
low quality."
All incentive has been removed to encour-
age persons in the service industry to give
of their best. If the mandatory 15 per cent tip
were removed, employees would earn their
tips by better service. It is believed that the
very best and there are many of them in
fine establishments, starting with Atlantis on
Paradise Island and crossing the bridge to
Nassau would earn even more if the tips
were open-ended. Persons satisfied with ser-
vice are usually very generous with their
Those persons who are content to give
indifferent service would be forced to
smarten up or seek employment elsewhere.
So, not only is tipping a deterrent to
upward motion, the mandatory 15 per cent
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Sir Stafford




EDITOR, The Tribune
SOMETIMES I am tempted
to abandon my mission to be a
voice for the frightened, the
weak, the disposed and the
proud people of Bain and
Grants Town.
After receiving the over-
whelming encouragement from
so many Bahamians from all
walks of life, all political per-
suasions and more consistently
the white Bahamian communi-
ty, I am forced to re-commit
myself to call it as it is, not as I
want it to be.
I do not wish to make this a
black versus white or an "us
against them" issue, but racism
exists and most certainly the
hatred of whites by blacks is
also a known fact. This hatred
of whites has nothing to do with
a people's personal experiences,
but from the stories passed
down through the generations.
Racism is not good and the
hatred of whites is equally not
I do not intend to play the
race card, but I must "talk
straight" or risk being called a
hypocrite, just like plenty PLP,
the same ones who "kiss up" to
the white merchants, begging
for things they don't even need.
I risk being called ungrateful,
just like the PLP who "brown
nose" the white businessman to
help them in their business ven-
Sir Stafford Sands, regardless
of what his personal views were
and regardless of what his short-
comings were, almost single-
handedly exposed the Bahamas
to a better way of life. Through
his genius, the Bahamas was
catapulted ahead of all other
'Carjibbean countries &n d
became the envy qf countries
much bigger than we were then.
I stand to be corrected, but
Sir Stafford's efforts changed
the Bahamas from a fishing vil-
lage to a tourist destination
experiencing high employment.
To my best recollection,
investors respected and trusted
the Bahamian government then.
It was only after the PLP
became the government did
drugs become so prevalent and
the outside world lost trust in
the Bahamas because some in
the PLP administration, accord-
ing to the Commission of
Inquiry, was associated with
"big time" drug traffickers.
Sir Stafford skilfully oversaw
the transition from pound ster-
ling to dollars and cents, equal
to the US dollar. Again, it was
only after the PLP became the
government did the dollar show
signs of possible devaluation.


lete 9 tibu e- ,

I must hasten to say that no
human being, before or present
can be given the accolades for
transforming the Bahamian
economy than Sir Stafford
Sands. Therefore no one else
more deserves to be on any
bank notes than Sir Stafford.
Especially since there has been
much talk about moving away
from this colonial, how could
his likeness be replaced with the
queen. This is another sign of
confused leadership.
On another note, I hope'
white Bahamians now fully
understand how foolish they
were to have presided over the
re-emergence of the PLP as the
I cannot forget while making
my rounds on election day, how
many hundreds of white
Bahamians in Delaporte, Fox
Hill, Yamacraw, Montagu, and
a few other constituencies,
"dress right down to dog stool"
in the "eye-popping" canary
yellow PLP shirts.
The PLP used the Bahamian
whites. The PLP are thanking
the whites by "spitting in their
faces". They are showing the
whites how much they appreci-
ate their support by moving a
"giant white Bahamian" Sir
Stafford Sands from the $10
note. This shows how much the
PLP hate our white brothers
and sisters. Both black and
white Bahamians are disgusted
with the high level of pettiness,
vindictiveness, and callous
behaviour of the PLP.
.1 can think nifi, "'PLP who
did serious damage to this coun-
try by their association with
some of the world's most ques-
tionable characters. I can think
of many PLP who, through their
actions, brought this Bahamas
much negative reaction and
much "bad international press",'
yet these people are treated like
"gods". We are a country full
of hypocrites, nothing less.
I confess my mission must
continue to speak for the vic-
timised, the fearful, the dis-
posed, the people of Bain and
Grants Town and now the white'
Bahamians who are just as
much Bahamian as any PLP.
We must kill the spirit of divi-
sion. All Bahamians must
"work together for good". The
Christian community's collec-
tive voices, with a great crescen-
do, must be heard objecting to
"utter foolishness" that only
causes bad blood between

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exposed, period.
August 12 2005


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EDITOR, The Tribune
THE rainfall measure-
ments monthly in central
large Blair, where I live, for
the seven months ended
July 31 2005 and compara-
ble measurements for 2004
were as follows:
2005 2004
January .88 2.16
February .27 1.20
March 1.19 .30
April 3.23 .40
May 7.63 .85
June 6.80 1.10
July 2.42. 5.51
22.42 11.52
Rainfall in other, sections
of New Providence, espe-
cially in the west and in the
south may have been more
for these months than I have
There was not much rain-
fall from June 1 to 17, as I
only recorded .48 for this
period, but from June 18 to
the end 6.32 was recorded,
giving a total of 6.80 inches
for the month of June.
Rainfall totals in June for
the four years ended 2000 to
2003 were 9.58, 16.82, 3.75
and 11.25 inches respective-
June has the record for the
highest ever rainfall recorded
by me since 1962, which was
in the year 1988 and totalled
28.75 inches.
Perhaps the Met Office in
Nassau will consider putting
the monthly rainfall totals at
the airport in their reports
on The Weather Channel so
amateurs can compare with
their records.
We have had our wet and
dry cycles over the years, but
certainly weather patterns
have changed since I was a
young boy and teenager as
the squalls and build up of
clouds in the summer and
the cold fronts in the winter
do not bring the abundance
of rain; which was hereto-
fore usually the case.
The causes for the changes
are probably due to pollu-
tion from jet aircraft, motor
cars, industry, destruction of
trees by fire and hurricanes
and cutting down of trees
(particularly pine trees) to
provide for housing and oth-
er factors.
Mother Earth is feeling
the effects as well as we
human beings as a result of
the environmental changes
which have and are taking
place on this planet.
We are certainly better off
this year so far as compared
to 2004 when one of the
worst droughts was experi-
enced in the Bahamas as
many trees died and many
were frustrated in their
growth and which are now
making recovery.
It is hoped that the trend
will continue for a more than
average-rainfall (which I
understand is about 48.00
inches per annum) for this
August 8 2005



Tourist revived

after collapsing

in medical centre

Tribune Staff Reporter
THIS time around it was not
"miracle water", but modern
medicine that brought a man
back from the brink of death.
A British tourist visiting the
Bahamas yesterday morning
collapsed with a stopped pulse
at the walk-in Medical Clinic
on Collins Avenue and was suc-
cessfully revived by the clinic's
Speaking with The Tribune
yesterday, managing nurse
Janet McQueen said that the
58-year-old man had just
entered the clinic at 7.50 am
yesterday when he suffered car-
diac arrest.
"The gentleman came in to
register and was just attempt-
ing to sit down in one of the
chairs when he collapsed," she
Doctors and nurses immedi-

ately rushed to his assistance
and found that the man was not
breathing and did not have a
"We followed the standard
procedures, gave him CPR,
chest compressions and oxy-
gen," she said.


Mrs McQueen explained that
when these resuscitation
attempts failed, the medical
staff used a defibrillator to
shock the man's heart back into
a regular pattern.
"After we shocked him the
first time he had a pulse, which
then failed again and we had to
shock him one more time," she
After more than 10 minutes
of resuscitation and a second
shock with the defibrillator,
the British tourist regained

"He came to and was fully
conscious. We then found out
that he had a history of chest
pains," Mrs McQueen said.
The man, who had a steady
pulse and was breathing nor-
mally, was then transported to
Princess Margaret Hospital in
a Doctor's Hospital ambulance.
"We later heard that he is sta-
ble condition," Mrs McQueen
The managing nurse said that
she feels very fortunate to have
been part of the team that was
able to save the man's life.
She, however, advised the
public that the Walk in Med-
ical Clinic is not the right place
for people experiencing chest
"We would like to encourage
people to go to the emergency
at the hospitals if they're expe-
riencing any sort of pains in the
chest," she said.

Claim that all is well at College of

the Bahamas despite resignation

STUDENTS can rest assured
that all is well at the College of
the Bahamas according to one
young academic and college
council member.
Donald Saunders, a lawyer
and the youngest member of the
COB council, told The Tribune
that despite the recent upheaval
caused by former president Dr
Rodney Srmith's plagiarism
admission, parents and students
have nothing to worry about as
all operations at the college are
going smoothly.
Mr Saunders' assurances fol-
low expressions of concern by
members of the public, who feel
that Dr Smith's public apology
in June and resignation this
month may have negatively
impacted the college.
Saunders, who is also presi-
dent of COB's Alumni Associ-
ation, said: "I would like to wel-
come all students to the college
and advocate that they become
involved in student activities on
the campus and in events
involving the alumni.
"Recently, I made two trips
to Freeport as I was a part of a
team in an attempt to establish
a charter association of the
Alumni Association in
Freeport and Exuma. We also
discussed with the college offi-
cials our preparation of a hall
of fame."
Mr Saunders urged former
students to nominate them-
selves or others they feel have
made valiant contributions to
society for induction into the
Hall of Fame.
He said that the association is



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FOUR men who guilty to the charge and
allegedly broke into a were granted $2,500
local sporting goods bail.
store and stole more The matter was
than $60,000 in brand- adjourned to October
name sneakers, watch- 21. The men appeared
es and athletic gear before Acting Magis-
were arraigned in the trate Ruth Bowe
Magistrate's Court yes- Darville.
terday. A 27-year-old man
It was alleged that of Cockburn Street was
between Wednesday, arraigned in Magis-
August 17 and Thurs- trate's Court on two
day August 18, 28-year- armed robbery charges
old Sergio McCoy of yesterday.
Wulff Road, 22-year-old It is alleged that on
Ramon Jones of Monday, August 1,
Wellington Street, Ser- while armed with a
go Pierre, 19, of Balfour handgun, Tyrone Rah-
Avenue and Marcus ming and another per-
Pierre Horton, 19, of son robbed Sandra Rus-
Key West Street, broke sell of nearly $3,000 in
into Quick Kicks Sport- cash and cell phone
ing Goods Store on cards.
East Street. It was also alleged
There, the men that Rahming robbed
allegedly stole more Dave Brown of his wal-
than 300 pairs of Nike let, valued at $30.
"Air Jordan" sneakers Rahming, who
and 90 other pairs of appeared before Mag-
Nike shoes along with istrate Marilyn Meers,
an assortment of T- was not required to plea
shirts, jerseys, hats and to the charges and was
watches with a total val- remanded to Fox Hill
ue of $61,085. Prison. The matter was
McCoy, Pierre and adjourned to November
Jones pleaded guilty to 16.
the charges. A 37-year-old McK-
They were sentenced inney Drive man and
to two years in prison his 26-year-old wife
and fined $5,000 or an were arraigned in Mag-
additional three months istrate's Court on drug
in prison, charges yesterday.
Horton pleaded not It was alleged that on
guilty to the charge and Friday, August 19 while
was granted bail in the at George Street, Jer-
sum of $2,500. rod Albury and Simone
The four men were Albury were found in
also charged with possession of four
housebreaking. grams of cocaine which
It was alleged that authorities believed
between Tuesday, June they intended to supply
28 and Wednesday, to others.
August 29 the men, Simone Albury
being concerned togeth- pleaded guilty to pos-
er, broke into the home session of the drugs
of Joan Pinder. and was ordered to
They were further pay a $700 fine or
charged with stealing serve two months in
from a home. It was prison.
alleged that the men Jerrod Albury plead-
stole two shotguns with ed not guilty and the
a total valuep-o M,00 charge wasdismiss d.

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Society's plan

to equip a

studio for

young talent

Tribune Staff Reporter
EVERY young person who dreamed
of becoming a music superstar knows that
adults are quick to warn that recording
music is expensive and achieving real
heights in the field is very difficult.
Today however, the Young Bahamian
Music Society is in the business of making
children's dreams cometrue.
Youth with the real raw talent, deter-
mination and big dreams can realise them
through this group, according to director
Dwight Jones.
"Our current initiative is to equip and
man a free professional recording studio
for young aspiring recording artists, song-
writers and future audio technicians who
could not afford to follow their dreams
and realise their full potential through
successful careers in the entertainment
industry, tourism, and in any.other way,"
he said.
"Think about it; could you name one
young person who has been prepared to
walk in the footsteps of any well-known
Bahamian recording artist of the 20th cen-
tury? That's why this programme is so
important for future Bahamian tourism."
This week, the society (TYBMS)
announced the official start of its com-
munity-based CD production and pro-
motion programmes.
Said Mr Jones: "To expand the scope
and to enhance the success of our existing.
initiatives that currently assist Bahami-
ans with their aspirations in the music
industry TYBMS, with the assistance of
the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Cul-
ture, will be developing, recording and
releasing three separate full-length com-
pilation CDs."
There will be at least 15 slots available
for each of the projects. This will allow for
a minimum of 45 musical works to be
recorded, he. explained.
Each of the 60 or more acceptable song
concepts will be granted a limited devel-
opment, production and recording budget
that will be subject to approval.
Youth organisations, public and private
schools and young individuals are invited
to freely participate as featured perform-
ers, songwriters, and studio musicians by
auditioning and/or as associate producers
by submitting completed recorded musical
works for review and possible release.
The TYMBS plans to commence its
ambitious programme on September 5.
Interested persons can call Mr Jones at
267-l r' ^

Comparing the lives of

two tourism


W HILE we Bahami-
ans engage our-
selves in a government-pro-
voked tug-of-war over the
legacy of Sir Stafford Sands, it
is interesting to note the pass-
ing earlier this month of Peter
Morgan, Barbados' former
Minister of Tourism, who
played a large role (if not
quite so large as that of Sir
Stafford) in the development
of Barbados' own tourism-
fuelled success story.
Both these men were white,
both were tourism pioneers,
and both died as 6migr6s from
the land of their births. But
here the similarities end.

While Sands was a born
Bahamian with long-standing
roots in these islands, Morgan
was a born Englishman, whose
first visit to Barbados, in 1951,
was the unwitting beginning
of a most unexpected course
in life. He fell in love with the
island, soon involving himself
on the progressive side of the
political foment then engulfing
Barbados, and many
Caribbean societies.
While Sands' relationship
with the colonial order that
prevailed in, his, lifetime was,
clearly one of complacency, if
not complicity, Morgan was,
from his arrival, instinctively
appalled by the primitive colo-
nialism inhibiting the progress
of Caribbean societies in the
Joining the anti-colonialist
Democratic Labour Party in
1956, Mr Morgan remained
one of its luminaries through-



out a pioneering career in the
Barbadian tourist industry.
His involvement in Barbadi-
an tourism was first as a lead-
ing investor/hotelier and, for
five years in the early 1970s, as
a minister.
Sir Stafford Sands, as we
know, died in London, where
he had been staying in a plush
Park Lane penthouse, after
initially locating to Madrid.
His final departure from the


having been good for the
However, in the long term,
Sir Stafford's leaving, like
everything else about him, has
generated niore controversy
than relief. In fact, it was still
fuelling debate and a hint of
rancour as late as a few weeks
ago, with his most senior
remaining adversary, A D
Hanna, suggesting (plausibly)
that his departure may not
have been unrelated to wide-
spread speculation of an
impending prosecution.
Whether or not he did
indeed die with this spectre
hanging over him, the man-
ner of Sir Stafford's death
could not have been more dif-
ferent from that of his erst-
while Barbadian counterpart.

T wo Fridays ago, Mr
Morgan died proudly
and contentedly in his adop-
tive Barbadian home, where
he received a state funeral and
burial in the military ceme-
tery, and where the papers
were peppered with accolades
from Barbadians of all kinds,
including many of his old cab-
inet colleagues from the days
of Errol Barrow's 1971-76
Far from disengaging from"
the affairs of his adoptive
home now that it is in the
hands of a party that he
opposed, his was, in recent
years, often the lone audible
voice of the DLP old guard,
gently hebtdring the present
authorities in his weekly col-
umn (not only for allegedly
failing to live up to his own
legacy in the tourism indus-
try, but, more importantly, for
alleged offences against the
progressive, anti-colonialist
legacy of his friend and men-
tor, Errol Barrow).
Mr Morgan seems to have
deplored more than anything

country he impacted so pro-
foundly and controversially
was itself an act of the pro-
foundest controversy.
Following his party's failure
to secure an outright majority
in the 1967 general election,
Sir Stafford seems to have
decided that this country
could no longer provide an
environment in which he was
prepared to spend the balance
of his life.
While we may argue ad
nauseum about what blemehnt
'; of the new 'environment' he
found so distasteful, his depar-
ture at least had the positive, if
shbrt-lived, advantage of
allowing politicians from both
sides to exorcise some of the
ill racial feeling with which he
more than anyone else was
associated. His nominal
leader, Sir Roland Symonette,
later described his leaving as

else the prospect that Barba-
dos' place as a top-class resort
and second home destination
should be maintained at the
cost of ordinary Barbadians'
right to own a fair share of
their very finite allotment of
the world's dominion. It is a
sentiment to which the philo-

sophical heirs of Stafford
Sands, black and white, seem
strangely (and perhaps self-
destructively) impervious in
the Bahamas.
Peter Morgan remained in
the game literally up to the
last minute. His last column, in
which he held the BLP gov-

erxmnent to account for the
growing gap between its
rhetoric and new figures com-
ing from the ratings agency
Standard and Poors, and from
the Caribbean Hotel Associa-
tion, was published in The
Nation newspaper just 24
hours before his death.


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FOREIGN boaters are threatening to boy-
cott the Bahamas after learning about a colony
of abandoned cats left to fend for themselves
on a deserted island.
Chief Inspector at the Bahamas Humane
Society Stephen Turnquest said that since
March, the society has been receiving com-
plaints about six cats that were reportedly
abandoned on Great Major Cay in Exuma.
Speaking to The Tribune yesterday, Inspec-
tor Turnquest said that the cats were
abandoned by a resident of nearby Staniel
"Apparently, there is a major cat problem on
the cay and the resident felt as though this
would be a good way of dealing with them," he
Inspector Turnquest added that according
to locals on nearby islands, there are hundreds
of wild cats living on Staniel Cay, and the res-
idents are now trying to deal with them.
This he said, is what led to the abandonment
of the six cats on Great Major Cay.

"The island were the cats were put has noth-
ing on it, but has still become more of a tourist
attraction because there are some pigs on the
island that swim out to yachts for food. Because
the island is a popular place, the residents fig-
ured that the cats would add to the attractions.
However, they turned out to be a distraction."
During an investigation of the complaints,
four of the six cats were found along with a sign
saying: "Please feed cats."
Inspector Turnquest said that the Ministry of
Tourism and the local council of Staniel Cay
have worked with BHS in order to deal with
the problem.
"They have paid to have officials go there
and talk to the people about having their cats
neutered or to send them to Nassau to be put to
sleep or be adopted," said Inspector Turn-
When asked why it took so long to deal with
the problem, Inspector Turnquest said Humane
Society officers were initially unsure of which
Cay the cats where on.


IN AN investigation, four of the six cats
were found along with a sign saying: 'Please
feed cats.'

"Even though people where complaining
they were not giving us mucih i-iformation to go
on," he said. "We have had about 10 com-
plaints from places such as Canada, Califor-
nia, and New York.
"The people that called seemed to be very
concerned about the fact that the cats were
"Our goal now is to find good homes for the
cats," he said.
"We have already gotten a donation from
two American visitors who were concerned
about the cats, and that money will go towards
getting them neutered and healthy."

"While Sands was a born
Bahamian with long-standing
roots in these Islands, Morgan
was a born Englishman, whose
first visit to Barbados, In 1951,
was the unwitting beginning of
a most unexpected course in









Breathing life into '

a Bahamas legend i

ONE of the most infamous
characters in Bahamas history is
to become the subject of a
major BBC television drama-
The pirate Blackbeard, oth-
erwise known as Edward Teach,
used Nassau as a base during
his two-year reign of terror in
the 18th century.
Now he is to gain television
"stardom" in a lavish $5 million
production starring actor James
An independent production
company, Dangerous Films,
plans a historical two-part fac-
tual drama backed up with com-
It opens with Blackbeard's
rise to power and describes the
British Royal Navy's deter-
mined campaign to hunt him
Purefoy, whose credits
include the hit movies Vanity
Fair and A Knight's Tale, will
head a 15-strong cast. Director
and executive producer is
Richard Dale.
Unfortunately, the drama is
being shot in Malta, but it was
the Bahamas where Blackbeard
earned his reputation as a ruth-
less predator of the high seas.
For two years between 1716
and 1718, the English bucca-
neer plundered shipping in the
-Caribbean-and4-he Carolinas, to
become the most wanted pirate
in the New World.
At one point, he laid siege to
Charleston before settling in
Carolina under the protection
of the state governor.
However, Blackbeard met his
match when the governor of
neighbouring Virginia sent
Lieutenant Robert Maynard of
the Royal Navy to bring him to
In fact, Maynard went further
than that. He engaged him in a
battle which cost Blackbeard
his life. His severed head was

mounted on the bow of May-
nard's ship as a trophy.
Today, the only reminder of
Blackbeard's reign in Nassau is
the tower bearing his name
which underwent extensive ren-
ovation and beautification in
the late 1970s.
But his aura continues to
attract interest in both the
Bahamas and Carolinas. And
no wonder.


When Blackbeard set off
from his home port, Bristol, to
attack passenger and cargo
ships in the Atlantic and
Caribbean, he became more
than a pirate he was also a ter-
rorist in the true meaning of the
He struck fear into his vic-
tims by hissing through his
teeth, wearing burning rope in
his hair, and tying black ribbons
into his braided beard.
The tall, lean Blackbeard,
with pistols and daggers stuck
into sashes across his chest, was
a fearsome sight as he sprang
on to the decks of the vessels
he pillaged.
His speciality was to attack
a't dawn and dusk when his ship
was hard to see. In the dim light,
he hoisted the same national
flag of the target ship until close
by, then he would run up his
own flag at the last moment,
striking terror into their crews.
Merchantmen surrendered
immediately when they knew it
was him. His crew then took
passengers hostage and ran-
sacked cabins for coins, gold
and jewellery.
He was one of several pirates
who set up headquarters in the
Bahamas. But his sheer ferocity,
gained him a level of infamy
unmatched anywhere in the

Once, when a passenger
refused to hand over a diamond
ring, Blackbeard sliced off/his
finger, ring and all.
In Charleston, he once took a
cargo ship and its passengers,
including children, hostage and
threatened to kill them all
unless the town produced a
medicine chest for his crew. ;
His pirates were preparing
the hostages for hanging when
the ransom was met with min-
utes to spare.
Blackbeard's downfall came
when he and his mAen hosted a
massive beach patty for fellow
buccaneers. Alexander Spots-
wood, governor of Virginia,
devised a plan for the pirate's
Lieutenant Maynali trapped
Blackbeard at Ocrcoke, his
island hideaway,,when the
pirate's fleeing sh6i got stuck
on a sandbar.
During a bitter tattle, Black-
beard and Mayng'd came face-
to-face, each firirg their pistols.
The pirate rmisse/, but Maynard
found his target '
Severely wounded, Black-
beard still managed to snap
Maynard's svord and raise his
cutlass in,an ,tempt to kill him.
But byfor/ he could do so, a
Britislysenfan approached
from behind and slit Black-
beard's that. To warn others,
Maynardhad the pirate's head
mountecon his bowsprit.
To ths day, there is a mys-
tery over Blackbeard's treasure.
Major expeditions have been
organised over a wreck believed
to be Blackbeard's flagship,
Queen Anne's Revenge, which
sank at Beaufort Inlet, North
Carolina, in 1718.
Now the adventures of Teach
known as "a swaggering and
merciless brute" are to be doc-
umented in what its producers
hope will be a colourful depic-
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High-level UN delegation to examine

HIV/AIDS programme in Bahamas

A SMALL high-level delega-
tion from the United Nations
UNAIDS organisation will
meet with local health officials
this week to examine the
Bahamas' HIV/AIDS pro-
The visit comes as the
Bahamas efforts to fight the dis-
ease are being praised as a mod-
el for the Caribbean.
"Over the years the Bahamas
has made great progress in the
fight against AIDS," said
UNAIDS regional director Fritz
L'Herrison at a press confer-
ence yesterday.
"The number of new HIV
infections in the world has
increased; in the Bahamas it has
"The number of deaths due
to the virus and number of chil-
dren infected with HIV has also
decreased. Those are great
achievements and the question
is how the Bahamas has done
it," hesaid.
Mr L'Herrison, along with

Mirian Maluwa, the newly
appointed country representa-
tive for the regional UNAIDS
office, will meet with local
health officials this week in a
special forum to examine the
Bahamas' HIV/AIDS pro-
gramme and document its suc-


"We are now working with
the Bahamas and documenting
the achievement made so that it
can be shared with and prac-
ticed in other countries not only
in the region but also outside
of the region," Mr L'Herrison
According to Minister of
Health Dr Marcus Bethel, the
forum will give the delegates a
better understanding of the pro-
gramme and serve as an occa-
sion not only to illustrate prac-
tices but to also ensure that the
Bahamas attains the interna-
tional funding required to sus-
tain its efforts.

"The fight against AIDS is
not a short term fight, it is a
long term effort for every coun-
try and a costly one," said Dr
He said that the cost of run-
ning the AIDS programme in
the Bahamas is estimated to be
in excess of $6 million annualP
Dr Bethel added that cost to.
sustain the effort will soon
exceed that amount. It is pro-
jected that the government will
need $24 million to sustain the
programme over the next three
years, he said.
According to Dr Perry
Gomez, director of the coun-
try's national AIDS pro-
gramme, the Bahamas does not
receive substantial funding from
UNAIDS, but rather gets small-
er amounts due to its high living
Dr Bethel said that health
officials are looking forward to
increased donations from
UNAIDS to help sustain the
country's HIV/AIDS pro-
gramme in the future.

* FRITZ L'Herrison, regional director for the UNAIDS office in the Caribbean, listens to Dr Per-
ry Gomez director of the country's national Aids program along with Minister of Health Dr Mar-
cus Bethel at a press conference yesterday at the Ministry of Health.
(Photo: Felipg Major/tribune Staff)

Meridian School at

the head of the class

I FORMER Meridian student Leah Anderson concentrates during a biology class.

STUDEI'TS of The Meridi-
an School a Unicorn Village
are receiving: praise after the
results of ther 2005 Iowa Basic
Skills Tests (I3ST):,
According tC the school, stu-
dents in the 5t1 grade are per-
forming on an 8h grade level in
language arts, wile 6th graders
scored at a 10th yrade level in
other tests.
"As a whole, tiese shining
star students of th school in
West Nassau consi '&ijcore
higher4thank the A"ii and-
Bahamian averages ad n."mal
student percentile,7':aid the
school in a statement. '
"As for the core subjkcts,the
6th grade results show tint tteey

Street, on Tuesday,

are nearly ready to tackle 8th
grade math and 9th grade lan-
"Their overall core average
nearly hit grade 9 level. Grade
5's math performance was on
par with students who had been
in the 6th grade for at least a
term. Overall, their core sub-
ject performance was at a 7th
grade level.
The Meridian School's head-
teacher, Lisa Goudie, expressed
delight when the results were
"It is a wonderful feeling to
know that what we are doing
here at the Meridian School is
fostering a high standard of edu-'
cation and a genuine love of


of Lyford Cay,
Nassau, will be
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ChalPel of Love,
at Kemp's
Funerg Home on
Pal mdAe Avenue
and Eradley
August 23roat 3:00

He is survived by his parents, Noaman
and Helene Hoffer; his brothers, Atron
and Carl; grandparents, Mr. Harold Hcffer
and Noella and Marcel Nadeau of
Quebec, Canada; aunts, Carolire
Beaudet and her husband, Miche,
Martine Therien and her husband Francis,
Aileen Hoffer, Dr. Diane Hoffer and her
husband, Joseph Hawlik; uncles, Steven
Hoffer and his wife, Julie, Edward Hoffer
and his wife Deborah, Marcel Nadeau
Jr.; cousins, Elizabeth, Matthew, Michael,
Kevin, Carson of the United States of
America, and Emily, Joshua, Justin, Ben,
Sam, Eli, of the Bahamas and Katherine,
Marie-Michele, Stephanie, Lyne,
Veronique, Gabriel, Marie-Eve, Felix-
Antoine, Elyse of Quebec, Canada.

Instead of flowers the family request that
donations be sent to the: Randy Hoffer
Educational Fund (for the learning
disabled) to: P.O. Box CB 11002, in
memory of Randy Hoffer.

learning amongst our students,"
she said. "I am so proud of each
and every one of them and
praise them all for their contin-
uing hard work, passion, and
dedication to school and their
The Meridian School imple-
mented the time-tested Calvert
curriculum guided by the
Calvert's Academic Coordina-
tors and School Services Depart-
ment in the 2003-2004 school
year. Most students scored with-
in the above average zone for
language arts while students in
the middle grades scored well
above the American national
average with problem-solving
and data interpretation.


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Turnquest call for more

interest in politics

PERSONS who do not feel
concerned about the present
state affairs in the Bahamas are
"not paying attention", accord-
ing to FNM leader Senator
Tommy Turnquest.
Speaking at the FNM's 13th
annual election victory church
service held at Kingdom Life
World Outreach Ministries, Mr
Turnquest said that "a few years
ago, when speaking about the
state of affairs of our country, I
said that anyone who was not
concerned was not paying atten-
"Tonight, I declare that the
state affairs of our country is so
dire that many well thinking
Bahamians, young and not so
young alike are troubled, grave-
ly troubled."
Mr Turnquest called on the
government to follow what he
called "the proven policies that

the FNM implemented which
allowed the Bahamas to achieve
prosperity during its tenure in
"The Free National Move-
ment when we became the gov-
ernment in 1992, realised that
there were a number of things
fundamentally wrong in the
Bahamas and it became our
sacred and relentless mission to
set them right," he said.
Mr Turnquest reminded
FNMs that as their leader, his
purpose and resolve remain
He said that as the country
moves towards the next general
election, he remains focused
and strengthened by the faith-
fulness of the thousands of
Bahamians that have stayed the
course with the party.
"For the past three and a
quarter years we in the opposi-

tion have watched with con-
sternation as all around us we
have seen the Bahamas deteri-
orate at an alarming rate from
the lofty and noble heights to
which the FNM had brought
this country between 1992 and
2002," Mr Turnquest said.


Promising that a future FNM
government would again pro-
vide for the needs of Bahami-
ans, Mr Turnquest promised a
marked reduction in crime, reli-
able health care, smooth roads,
solutions to the problem of ille-
gal immigration that work and
reliable and affordable electric-
ity and phone services. .
"This is what the Bahamas
wants," he said. "This is,what
the Bahamas needs, and this is

what we in the FNM will pro-
vide. This is the Bahamas we
must create. We must pool our
collective energy and intelli-
gence. Tonight I ask each of you
to carry the message of real
hope of a brighter Bahamas to
all within your reach."
"I would like to take this
opportunity to remind those of
you here tonight, and those
under the sound of my voice,
about the big tent of the FNM
which welcomes all. Many of
you who left us over three years
ago have returned," he said.
"For those on the .outside
looking in, I invite you to join
our movement towards a bet-
ter Bahamas for all Bahamians.
And those unwavering FNMs
who stuck with our party in
times of trouble we will never
forget your faithfulness," said
the party leader.

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finished by 2007

Geographic information conference

set for Cable Beach in November

tion systems users from
throughout the Bahamas, the
region and the international
community will gather in New
Providence from November
16 to 18 for the first Bahamas
National Geographic Infor-
mation Systems Centre
(BNGISC) conference.
The conference will be held
at the Nassau Beach Hotel on
Cable Beach under the theme:
"GIS Technology in and
around the Bahamas."
It will be one of several
events planned to commemo-
rate National GIS Day on
.November 16.
GIS stands for geographic
information systems and refers
to ". . a technology that is
used to view and analyse data
from a geographic perspective.
"GIS links location to infor-
mation (such as people to

addresses, buildings to parcels,
or streets within a network)
and layers that information to
give you a better understand-
ing of how it all interrelates."
Bahamas National Geo-
graphic Information Systems
Centre director Carolann
Albury said the primary objec-
tive of the conference is to
provide GIS-related informa-
tion and educational opportu-
nities for persons in various
sectors of society, including
government, business, and
academia, who are "interested
in the use of GIS technology."
".GIS is the perfect planning
tool to improve our steward-
ship of the country's natural
resources," said Ms Albury.
"It helps planners, engineers,
policy makers, and many oth-
er professionals to analyse
issues such as transportation,
housing, recreation and open

spaces, natural and.cultural
resources, infrastructure, com-
munity services, economic
development, population and
so much more."
Presentation papers should
address broad subjects that
relate to geographic informa-
tion topic areas such as infra-
structure, the environment,
land administration, GPS, GIS
policy and enterprise GIS.
All presentations, she said,
should be non-commercial,
should be submitted by Sep-
tember 9 and must include
titles, the author and presen-
ter's name, biography, com-
pany name, address and tele-
phone and facsimile number
and abstracts (150-300 words).
Persons selected to present
at the conference will be con-
tacted by the programme com-
mittee. Presenters will be allot-
ted 40 minutes.

* KENNY Deveaux, member of the fundraiser committee and former student, speaks about the
new school along with Dr Leonard Johnson President of the Bahamas Mission of Seventh-day
Adventists church .(Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune Staff)


menced on the new home for
the Bahamas Academy sec-
ondary school is expected to be
completed by 2007.
Building work on the $6.2
-million project on Marshall
Road began about two months
ago. Once it is completed, the
construction of the new prima-
ry school will also begin
Bahamas Mission of Seventh-
day Adventists president Dr
Leonard Johnson made the
announcement at a press con-
ference yesterday.
Planning to accommodate
about 600 to 700 students upon
completion, the new Bahamas
Academy is expected to be "on
the cutting edge of technology
and science" with more class-
rooms, a wireless campus, sev-
eral computer and science labs,
a tennis court, a basketball
court, and a swimming pool,
said Dr Johnson.
"For some time now, it has
been the dream of so many indi-
viduals associated with
Bahamas Academy, to have a
new and modern building that
will be the cutting edge of tech-
nology and science," he said.
"We know that with the con-
tinuing blessing of our God and
with all persons associated with
Bahamas Academy in anyway
over the many years doing their
little part, we will accomplish
the completion of this project
in short order."
In a continuing effort to raise
money for the construction of
the schools, the fundraising
committee will be holding a
reunion banquet on October 23
at Sandals Royal Bahamian
According to Kenny
Deveaux, member of the
fundraiser committee and for-
mer student, the banquet should
be an exciting event.
"The night of October 23,
2005, promises to be very
colourful, entertaining and
memorable," he said. "At the
banquet, we plan to revisit each

of the nine decades in the life of
Bahamas Academy and take a
trip down memory lane."


"We also have a few surpris-
es that we are keeping close to
our chest, which past students
will not want to miss," he
Tickets for this event are
available at the present school
site on Wulff Road, the
Bahamas Conference head-

quarters on Harrold Road or
from any committee member.
According to Dr Johnson, the
Bahamas Academy, which has
been in operation for almost a
century, will continue to be ded-
icated to the improvement of
its education system.
"We will be adding more
classes and expanding some of
the old ones such as music," he
said. "Bahamas Academy is
dedicated to providing a first
class Christian education and
which we will continue to
improve in the years to come."

e-^,?andy, beloved sixteen-year-old
son of Norman and Helene Hoffer, of
Lyford Cay, Nassau, Bahamas, passed
away in a tragic car accident, August
18th, 2005. He is survived by his
parents; his younger brothers, Aaron
and Carl; his grandfather, Harold
Hoffer, of Nassau; his grandparents,
Mr. and Mrs. Marcel Nadeau of
Quebec, Canada as well many aunts,
uncles and cousins.

Randy was born May 26th, 1989 and
attended the Lyford Cay School in
Nassau until grade seven. He was
currently attending the Gow School
in Buffalo, New York, where he was
to return this fall as a resident assistant
(prefect). He was headed towards a
bright future and had hoped to become
an engineer one day. Randy was an
honour roll student and worked
extremely hard to excel scholastically
much to the delight and pride of his

At school in Buffalo, Randy became a star athlete who lettered in varsity sports, including
soccer, lacrosse and swimming. In the winter months he also loved to snowboard. He
was liked and respected by his peers as well as teachers at Gow, who awarded him the
"Outstanding Sophomore" Award last year.

At home in Nassau, Randy's zest for life extended to water sports including water skiing,
diving and fishing. He cherished time at home playing with his two much loved little
brothers Aaron and Carl, and with other Nassau family and friends. He always looked
forward to wakeboarding with his cousins Justin and Ben whom he loved dearly. He
had most recently returned from a trip to his mother's family in Canada, where he had
spent time with his cousins riding his four-wheeler and enjoying the beautiful Quebec
countryside. During the long, cold Buffalo winters he often said he dreamed of the drive
to his home in Lyford Cay where the Poinciana trees would be in bloom.

Randy Hoffer was a boy who lived life to the fullest. When he was not excelling in a
sport, or simply enjoying time with his many friends and beloved family, he might be
found quietly listening to music or watching a movie. He additionally shared a passion
for cars with his father. The two of them often surfed the internet together looking at
various models with Randy fantasizing about the one he might actually own one day.

Randy was a shining star, one who lit up the lives of those around him. He had a bright
smile, and a kind manner. His gentle and friendly manner will be sorely missed by all
those who were close to him. Randy loved to please; nothing made him happier than
to "do well" and surprise his dad with yet another achievement.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, 23rd August at Kemp's Funeral Home, on
Palmdale Avenue at 3:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made by check to the
"Randy Hoffer Educational Fund", P.O. Box CB-11002, a special fund established by
his parents for children with learning disabilities in honor of their dearly-loved son,


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infrastructure and properties.

To provide support for the maintenance of:

Communication Written and verbal.
Personal Computer skills would be an asset
(for report writing).

General maintenance

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Deadline for application: Friday, August 30, 2005

Addressed to: Maintenance Officer
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FROM page one
to have to compete with a
foreign business for their
"What happened to gov-
ernment's policy of small
businesses, especially char-
ter fishing businesses in the
Bahamas, being just for
Bahamians? If this is no
longer:the policy then did it
change and who changed
it?" they asked.
The boat captains say
that several young Bahami-
ans who worked their way,
up with various charter
fishing companies from
mates to captains have pur-
chased their own sport fish-
ing boats and entered the
charter fishing business as
owners and operators.
"Their livelihood as well
as those that have been in
business for many years are
being jeopardize if foreign
boats are allowed to come
in and compete on a daily
basis. Foreign registered
boats on a cruising permit
are allowed to bring in
parts and equipment duty
free while Bahamian regis-
tered boats have to pay
duty and stamp tax," they
The operators pointed
out that there is no way a
Bahamian charter operator
would be allowed to go to
Florida or any US state and
operate charters out of a
marina there.
"KYou would be locked
up :or deported and your
boat confiscated the first
charter you tried to run.
"Why is it that persons
such as this think they can
come to the Bahamas and
operate as they please in
direct competition with
Bahamians struggling to
make ends meet and sup-
port their families? During
our slow period we cannot
go to Florida and operate
charters and return to Nas-
sau during the busy sea-
son," said the boat opera-
The Tribune made calls
to the office of Port Con-
troller Anthony Allens who
was not expected to be in
office until today.

Airport Runwa'

14/32 is

FROM page one
degree turn at the northernmost
section of runway 14/32, and
that numerous taxiways were
closed due to structural dam-
According to Joseph Reck-
ley, deputy general manager at
the Airport Authority, in order
for the contractors (Lagan
Holdings International) to have
the runway 14/32 operational
for the inaugural flight of Virgin
Atlantic Airways to the

Bahamas, the contractor had to
reschedule a number of "key
associated works".
Therefore, Mr Reckley
claimed, these projects are now
being addressed in a "system-
atic fashion", thus the reasoning
behind the temporary closure.
"In some instances due to
proximity of such works to the
runway, there will be a minimal
number of projected closures
of the runway for periods spec-
ified and planned for in


"The closure of runway 14/32
between August 15 and August
21 was just such an event," he
According to Mr Reckley, the
new runway lighting system
along with "a number of 'Punch
List' items" were also conduct-
ed during this closure period.
"Additionally, core samples
were taken from strategic loca-
tions on the Runway for test-
ing purposes. The samples will
be forwarded to a lab and
results are expected to confirm

'Secret Bahamas bank

account' claim in Brazil

corruption scandal

FROM page one

Valerio is an advertising executive with
federal government contracts.
Mendonca further claimed that the pay-
ments had been channelled through the
Bahamas by Valerio, who has reportedly
loaned millions of Brazilian Reais to the
Worker's Party during the election cam-
Mendoca, however, insisted the money
had not been used to fund the president's
Valerio on the other hand claims that
he paid Mendoca US$6.6 million, but nev-
er opened an account in the Bahamas.
High-ranking figures close to President
Lula da Silva have since been forced to
resign, including his chief of staff and his
party's president, treasurer and secretary-
As result of the scandal, 22 federal leg-
islators declared their independence from
the party and some politicians have been
arrested at the airport attempting to leave
Brazil with suitcases full of cash.
Now, an imprisoned foreign-currency

dealer is threatening to speak out on even
more explosive revelations.
The Tribune was unable to contact
Bahamian financial services regulatory
officials for'comment on the alleged exis-
tence of the Bahamas bank account.
According to an August 19 Miami Her-
ald report, the Workers' Party was found-
ed in 1980 "as a bastion of political integri-
However on June 6 of this year, it was
alleged that the. party bought votes and
support from legislators for about $13,000
per month.
"Last week, the president apologised on
behalf of his government and party in a
nationally televised speech after a close
ally told a congressional hearing that Lula
da Silva's 2002 campaign had.been funded
in part from a hidden account in the
"The president said he hadn't known
about the secret account," the Herald
report said.
It said that some lawmakers have con-
sidered bringiging impeachment proceed-
ings against Lula da Silva.

the pavement classification pub-
"We also take this opportu-
nity to remind the public that
the project is not yet completed
and it is anticipated that run-
way 14/32 will be closed peri-
odically in the future to accom-
modate landscaping, installa-
tion of additional 'signage' and
other such works," he said.
Yesterday The Tribune
reported that only Runway 09
was operational at NIA, with
Runway 14/32 and taxiways
Alpha, Lima, Bravo, Delta,
Echo, and Hotel north west of
Apron two being closed. The
only taxiways that were opera-
tional were Foxtrot, Kilo,
and India (or commonly

termed 5/23).
All planes were forced to use
taxiway Foxtrot at the south-
ernmost exit of Runway 09, and
taxi along the Hotel strip (the
strip running horizontal to Run-
way 14/32) to taxiway India at
the northern most exit to gain
access to Runway 09. In other
words, this meant that the
planes had to taxi an additional
1,500 feet to allow other aircraft
access to Runway 09.
However, according to the
release, with exception of
American Eagle, which attrib-
uted a delay to the taxiing of
one flight, none of the other
"carriers consulted" attributed
any delays of their flights to the
closure of the runway.

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Dear Friends,

The Artie Johnson All Eleuthera Youth Tennis Camp would like to take this opportunity to thank all our supporter
for helping make this our Fifth year one of the most successful. Through your support we were able once again
to provide two weeks of free tennis instruction to the 80 Eleuthera youths. Additionally, we were able to provide
free tennis racquets to camp participants as well as balls and supplies for year round play.

It is especially gratifying to see Tennis alive on Eleuthera with the reformation of the Eleuthera Tennis Association,
who have pledged to further the junior tennis program year round for Eleutheran youth. Congratulations to the
organization's new officers and members. We look forward to seeing great things from the organization.

The Artie Johnson All Eleuthera Youth Tennis Camp would like to recognize some of our sponsors and supporters
of this summer's tennis camp. Aspecial Thank You to:

Bahamas Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture
Mr. Rupert "Satana" Bethel, Eleuthera
Mrs. Ethel Cartwright & Grand Bahama Tiles
Mr. Stu Morrison, Eleuthera
Quality Inn, Eleuthera
Ms. Rhonda Warner, Andros
Jarred Turnquist, Lyford Cay Tennis
The Blue Room Restaurant, Eleuthera
Mr. Larry Rolle, Tennis Pro, Ocean Club, P..L
Mr. Kevin Cooper, Eleuthera
Mrs. Tracey Knowles, Eleuthera
Ms. Kayla Culmer, Eleuthera

Mrs. Kim Arahna, Lyford Cay
Mr. Austin Knowles, Eleuthera
Mr. Hilton Johnson, Eleuthera
Kamalame Cay Resort
Ms. Crystal Johnson, Nassau
Mr. John Antonis, Lyford Cay Tennis Mr.
Snack Food, Eleuthera
Vita Malt c/o Butler and Sands
Mr. Kit Spencer, Eleuthera
Mr. Kingsly Bethel, Eluthera
Ms. Roxanne Rolle, Eleuthera
Mr. Elgin Johnson, Andros

Your support is appreciated and we hope to see you on the tennis courts
in Eleuthera next year!

UN warns

of pollution

impact on


billion dollar

dive industry

FROM page one

mental quality and ecosystem resilience, and minimise social,
economic and environmental vulnerability in the face of serious
uncertainties about the future."
The organisation's report further said that development
issues that affect the environment often do not play a large
part in local and national-~leteo g.-,gndas,. -,
In the absence a heightlhed awareness, effective envirni
mental management remains far from the mainstream of the
development agenda, the report said.
A study conducted by 240 scientists from 96 countries late
last year found that only about 30 per cent of the world's coral
reefs are healthy.
Their findings indicated that one-fifth of the world's coral
reefs have been destroyed.
Another half are damaged, but could recover, the study


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Dark skies brewing

over New Providence

THIS was the scene in New providence late yesterday after-
noon as storm clouds gathered over the island.
Heavy rain was to follow and lasted into the evening. More
thundershowers are expected today.
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Government told to

make investors pay

on environment

Tribune Business Editor
THE Government has been
urged to enact legislation mak-
ing it mandatory for multi-mil-
lion dollar investment projects
in the Bahamas to at least part-
ly fund costs associated with
ensuring the development is in
compliance with environmen-
tal regulations and management
The recommendation is con-
tained in a draft National Envi-
ronmental Management Action
Plan, prepared for the Govern-
ment by its foreign advisers,
Ontario-based SENES Consul-
tants. The consultants proposed
enacting legislation as part of
plans to ensure there was "sta-
ble funding" for environmental

Call for new draft EIA guides

on extractive processing,

energy, industry and

manufacturing investments

management in the Bahamas.
The consultants' report said:
"Taking into consideration the
uniqueness of the Bahamas, the
fragility of its environment, its
limited natural resources and
the ever-increasing develop-
ment pressures, it is recom-

mended that the Government
of the Bahamas enact legisla-
tion to institute a funding mech-
anism whereby developers con-
tribute to the cost of environ-
mental management, including
SEE page 3B

Forum chair calls for

two regulator bodies

Senior Business Reporter
BRIAN Moree, chairman of the Finan-
cial Services Consultative Forum, yester-
dayadvocated ,thI'at .,the-Bahamas.finan-
cial services regulatory regime be reduced
to no more than two agencies, as there W'
was a compelling need to rationalise the
supervisory environment.
Mr Moree told The Tribune that along
with the introduction of a streamlined
regulatory regime, the Government need-
ed to make a commitment to supply the
supervisory bodies with significantly more
resources, including human, financial,
technical and technological capabilities,
than they currently have available to
During the 2005/2006 Budget debate, it
was announced that a Government-
appointed committee would be put
together to review the question of
SEE page 5B BRIAN Moree

a a

Tribune Business Editor
TERED investment fund,
placed in voluntary liquida-
tion earlier this year after
receiving $200 million in
investor redemption requests,
was breaking regulations by
operating without a Bahamas-
based fund administrator,
while its auditors had failed
to sign off on the 2004
The details regarding the
$375 million Olympus Uni-
vest Fund were contained in a
report to investors by its liq-
uidator, BDO Mann Judd's
Clifford Culmer, who warned
that he had "been unable to
protect" the fund's interests
in a New York court action,
leaving it exposed to "adverse
Mr Culmer added that- he
had also been unable to
develop a liquidation strategy
for the Olympus Univest
Fund as at July 27, 2005, due
its "complex, layered struc-
ture", having been designed
as a fund-of-funds. He said he
intended to seek a Supreme
Court order that the Olym-
pus Univest fund liquidation
proceed under court supervi-
The liquidator's report
detailed the history of the
Olympus Univest Fund,
which had been established
under a different name as a
Bahamian International Busi-
ness Company (IBC) on
April 20, 1990, a common
vehicle for investment funds.
The last administrator, reg-
istrar, transfer and escrow
agent was Cardinal Interna-

-tional Fund Services, which
terminated the administration
agreement with the Olympus
Univest Fund on December
31, 2004, after taking a deci-
sion to withdraw from the
Bahamas and shut all its oper-
ations in this nation.


Mr Culmer's report record-
ed that the Olympus Univest
Fund, which had as its invest-
ment manager the Canadian-
based Norshield Asset Man-
agement, signed an adminis-
tration agreement with anoth-
er Canadian company,
Unisen, to take effect from
March 1, 2005.
The fund was due to
redomicile to the Cayman
Islands to allow Unisen, as a
non-Bahamian administrator,
to take over from Cardinal
International, but this never
Mr Culmer's report said:
"The liquidator is advised that
they never officially took over
administration, as the re-
domiciling of Olympus Uni-
vest to Cayman was never
completed. Effectively, there-
fore, from January 1, 2005,
Olympus Univest was 'self-
administered' until the date
of liquidation" on May 19,
In addition, Mr Culmer
reported that the fund's audi-
tors, Grant Thornton, which is
really Gomez Partners & Co,
told him "it will not be in a
position to issue any report"
on the Olympus Univest
Fund's 2004 accounts because
it was unable to complete the
audit of a counterparty entity,

Mosaic Composite Ltd. The
auditors resigned from their
position after the fund was
placed in liquidation.
The draft 2004 accounts
for the year to September
30, 2004, which are signed
by Stephen Hancock, Car-
dinal International's man-
aging director, showed that
the Olympus Univest Fund
had generated net income
for the year of $16.996 mil-
lion, an almost threefold
drop on the previous year's
$45.272 million. The fund's
net assets stood at almost
$430 million.
Olympus Univest's direc-
tors placed the fund into vol-
untary liquidation after nega-
tive press surrounding its
investment manager, the Nor-
shield Group of Companies,
appeared to spark a flurry of
redemption requests from
investors in late 2004 and ear-
ly 2005.
Although Norshield and
the fund's marketing team
were still hopeful that the
Olympus Univest Fund's liq-
uidity would return to normal
through a combination of new
subscriptions and-some of the
larger investors agreeing to
defer redemption requests,
this never happened, and all
redemption.payments were
suspended to prevent fund
shareholders from being dis-
Mr Culmer wrote: "As a
result of the continued stream
of redemption requests, it was
finally decided in May 2005
that Olympus Univest be
placed in voluntary liquida-
tion to ensure an orderly
SEE page 4B

Venture Capital

Fund approvals

beat world ratios

Tribune. Business Editor
A SMALL Business Associ-
ation executive yesterday said
the organisation was pleased
with the Venture Capital Fund's
early work, with the number of

approved business proposals "in
excess" of comparative rates
elsewhere in the world.
Marion Johnson, the ass6cia-
tion's vice-president, told The
Tribune that by approving 10
SEE page 4B

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Oil price increases demonstrate

the need for energy options

In New Providence, the price
of gasoline is projected to go
over the $4 per gallon mark for
the first time ever when the next
shipment arrives towards the
end of this month.
While there is a great hue and
cry over the rising price of gaso-
line in the capital, we should be
mindful that our Family Island
residents pay even more for a
gallon of gasoline. In some of
our more remote islands, gas
will go to $5 per gallon, which is
even more punitive for those
The American Petroleum
Institute (API) reported that in
the US, the national average
rice on August 17 was about
2.55 per gallon for regular
gasoline, up 18 cents or 7.7 per
cent for the week. This was the
largest weekly increase since
the Energy Information Admin-
istration (EIA) started report-
ing this data in 1990.

What is driving oil prices up?
While the price of crude oil is
an important determinant of the
price of gasoline, it is not the
only factor. In 2002, when gaso-
line was about $1.35 per gallon,
the US Department of Energy
estimated that the components
of the costs of gasoline were as
shown in the diagram on the
While the percentages among
the various categories will have
changed somewhat in the past
three years, they are still indica-
tive for the purpose of today's

Crude Oil
Gasoline is one of the many
by-products of crude oil, which
has increased in price by over 50
per cent so far this year. Oil
Prices have already gone over
67 per barrel this year, and are

currently trading around $63
per barrel. .
There are numerous factors
that are driving up the cost of
crude oil. According to the
International Energy Agency
(IEA), global economic expan-
sion is driving the biggest
increase in oil demand in 24
There is higher than expected
demand in industrialised coun-
tries, with China's rapidly
expanding economy creating a
huge demand boost. In the US,
the popularity of fuel-hungry
SUVs and other full-sized auto-
mobiles has also contributed to
this growing demand.
Finally, oil inventories have
been run down and the Organ-
isation of Petroleum Exporting

SG Hambros, part of the Socidt6 G6ndrale Group, is a private
bank providing a comprehensive wealth management service.
SG Hambros is currently looking to recruit a Human Resources
Manager to ensure the effective management of the HR
Department on a daily basis and to effectively manage the
recruitment, development and retention of good quality
employees throughout the organization.
Key responsibilities for this role are:
* Recruitment of good quality employees
* Coordination of employee secondments to/from the
* Contributing to the development and maintenance of a
competitive compensation and benefits plan for
employees.(includihng Group Insurances, Pension, etc) both
Internally and externally making recommendations to the
management team for changes as necessary
* Actively contributing to the development/
implementation/revision of HR policies and procedures
* Coordination of the company's training initiatives

higher taxes flow in almost
While taxes work out to
about 31 per cent in the US, in
the United Kingdom total taxes
are estimated to be about 78
per cent.
In the Bahamas, government
taxes are about $1.17 per gal-
lon. On a base price of $3.72
per gallon, that represents an
effective tax rate of 31 per cent
at current levels (the same as
the US).

Refining costs
The refining of crude oil
makes up about 13 per cent of
the price of gasoline. Refining is
the process of processing crude
oil to produce various oil-based
fuels, including gasoline.

Components of US gas prices

& Marketing
Crude Oil Refining
43% o13%


Countries (Opec) seems con-
tent to hold the lines on prices.

Gasoline seems to be one of
the favourite areas for taxation
by governments around the
world. Gasoline taxes are easy
to impose and administer, and
the extra revenue streams from

It is interesting to note that
up until the 1980s we had an
active refinery in Freeport at
the Bahamas Oil Refinery
Company (BORCO). This facil-
ity has since closed and BOR-
CO is only a storage facility

Distribution and marketing

Crude oil is transported to
refineries, and gasoline is
shipped from the refineries to
distribution points and then to
gas stations. The price of trans-
portation is passed along to the
consumer. Marketing the brand
of the oil company is also added
into the cost of the gasoline you
purchase. Together, these two
factors account for about 13 per
cent of the price of gasoline.

Bahamian gas prices
The formula for Bahamian
gas prices are estimated as
shown below:

Venezuela to offset high oil
prices by distributing crude and
refined oil products to the
Caribbean at lower prices than
other dealers in the area.
"But few details emerged
from the conference, including a
date for when the company
might take shape or how much
the region might save. Officials
agreed to create a commission
led by Venezuela to study the
plan, and said there would be
a follow-up meeting.
"PetroCaribe should be a cat-
alyst for the introduction of
alternative approaches to mar-

cost pergaon $1.78 48%
Stamp ax %o land cost) $0.12 3%
GovernmentTax* .$1.05 28%
Wholesaler's margin* $0.33 9%
retailer's margin $0.44 12%
Price at thePump $3.72** 100%

* Fixem argns

- Shell priceon Augus 21,2005

In recent times, there has
been great anticipation of lower
oil prices as a result of our par-
ticipation (or proposed partici-
pation) in the PetroCaribe ini-
According to an Associated
Press release last year: "The
new company, called Petro-
Caribe, was proposed by


* Coordination of the annual performance and
compensation process
* Providing guidance for HR staff
* Generally ensuring the efficient day-to-day running of the
HR Department
You must hold a Bachelor's degree in Human Resources
Development /Management or other equivalent relevant,
qualifications, have strong PC skills and a minimum of 5 years
experience in a similar function.
The position offers, in addition to the salary, a benefits package
including group Insurances, pension and a discretionary bonus
Applications should be submitted to the following address, to
arrive on or before Tuesday 6th September 2005:
Head of Human Resources
SG Hambros Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Limited
PO Box N7789

AI.`MM1wFinancial Advisors Ltd.
Pricing Information As Of

I2wkyHI 2wk-Low Symbol Previous Close Today's Close Change aly Vol PS Div S P YIeld
1.10 0.80 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%
..60 6.55 Bank of Bahamas 6.60 6.60 0.00 1,000 0.561 0.330 11.8 6.00%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.79 0.79 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 1.05 1.05 0.00 0.080 0.040 14.4 3.48%
8.81 6.76 Cable Bahamas 8.80 8.80 0.00 0.618 0.240 14.2 2,73%
2.20 1.94 Colina Holdings 1.80 1.80 0.00 0.004 0.000 NM 0.00%
9.08 6.75 Commonwealth Bank 8.57 8-57 0.00 0.705 0.410 12.2 4.78%
2.50 0.67 Doctor's Hospital 2.24 2.24 0.00 0.429 0.000 6:2 0.00%
.12 3.85 Famguard 4.12 4.12 0.00 0.428 0.240 9.6 5.83%
10.61 9.19 Finco 10.81 10.61 0.00 0.670 0.500 15.8 4.71%
9.30 7.00 FirstCaribbean 9.30, 9.30 0.00 0.695 0.380 13.4 4.09%
9.00 8.31 Focol 9.00 9.00 0.00 0.675 0.500 13.3 5.56%
1.99 1.27 Freeport Concrete 1.15 1.15 0.00 0.022 0.000 62.3 0.00%
10.20 950 ICD Utilities 9.80 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 BORe 5.81 5.83 0.02 0.122 0.000 47.6 0.00i%
10,00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 2.010 0.760 8.0 7.00%
82wk-Hi 52wk-Low Symbol Bid I Ask $ Last Price Weekly Vol. EP $ DyvI$ Pip YII
13.00 12.50 Bahamas Supermarkets 12.26 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%
0.35 RNID Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.35 -0.103 0.000 N/M 0.00%
62wk-HI 52wk-Low Fund Name NAV YTD% Last 12 Months DIv $ Yield %
1.2454 1.1798 i Colina Money Market Fund 1.245429"
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
52wk-HI Highest closing price In last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidellti
82wk-Low Lowest closing price In last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelit)
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for dally 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 dae EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
Dally Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months NIM Not Meaningful
PIE- Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 10(
S- AS AT JUL. 31, 20081/ **" AS AT JUN 30, 2008
* AS AT JULY 29, 20051 AS AT JULY 31. 2001 "** AS AT JULY 31, 200

ket access and correction of the
various pricing inequities that
prevail in some markets."
Beyond the public announce-
ments, made mostly by the Min-
ister of Trade and Industry, very
few persons seem to have a full
understanding of exactly how it
will work. Also, the major oil
companies have been conspicu-
ously silent thus far on the issue.
Another interesting develop-
mentis the pending sale of Shel-
Ss'distblibtiMi i'n't 8r&'iithe B
Bahamas. According to pub-
lished reports, Shell is looking
to exit the retail business in the
Bahamas, as it has already done
in several Caribbean countries
and Haiti. It is also rumoured
that Esso and Texaco may be
considering similar action.
In the short term, the-outlook
for the Bahamian economy
appears positive in light of the
significant amount of expected
foreign investment.
However, we caution that if
oil remains at current levels for
too long, it is only a matter of
time before it becomes a drag
on our economy through higher
domestic prices (inflation)

and/or reduced tourist travel.
For instance, the fuel sur-
charge on our BEC bill is a
mechanism that allows an
immediate pass through of high-
er oil prices. The transportation
sector, which includes shipping
and ground transportation such
as taxis and buses, will be agi-
tating to increase prices, and do
not forget that oil is a critical
cost component of most manu-
factured goods.
As a nation we need to start
considering initiatives to
encourage greater use of alter-
native energy sources. I am told
that in the most recent Budget,
customs duty on solar panels
was eliminated (or greatly
If this is so, it is certainly a.
step in the right direction, but
let's go further and reduce cus-
toms duty on hybrid cars, wind-
turbines, industrial recharge-
able batteries and the like. We
need to start thinking about
these things now and not when
oil reaches $100 per barrel.
Until next week...

NB: 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 Ltd and is a major
shareholder of Security and
General Insurance Company in
yhe Bahamas.
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-



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private banking
human resources manager




Ansbacher (Bahamas) Limited is part of the
Ansbacher Group of private banking and wealth
management specialists, providing tailored financial
solutions to an international client base.
The company seeks to recruit a Senior Client
Accountant. The successful applicant will report to
the Client Accounting Manager and will be
responsible for:
Ensuring that the client's ledger is complete
and accurate and posting relevant adjusting
Ensuring that financial statements are
prepared in an accurate and timely manner
and in accordance with International
Accounting Standards.
Ensuring that Company policies and
procedures relating to client accounting
are being adhered to.
CPA or equivalent with at least three years'
practical accounting experience gained
within the financial services industry/public
Excellent written and oral communication
skills and a practical knowledge of
computer applications.
High energy levels, proactive and
Interested persons who meet the above requirements
should, along with an attached resume, apply in
writing to:-
Human Resources Manager
Ansbacher (Bahamas) Limited
P.O. Box N-7768
Nassau, Bahamas



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Call for companies to

pay environment cost

FROM page one
review of the Environmental
Impact Assessment (EIA) doc-
uments, environmental moni-
toring, environmental investi-
SENES Consulting's report
said such a "cost-recovery
mechanism" would provide the
Government and its environ-
mental agencies with funds-
"capable of responding to
changes in development activi-
ty, such as a lengthy public
review process".
The report suggested several
models for implementing such a
funding mechanism. One was
to implement an "environmen-
tal levy", applicable to all
investment projects requiring
an EIA, equivalent to 1 per cent
of the capital invested in the
An annual environmental
charge could be levied based on
the type and size of commer-
cial and industrial facilities, the
report suggested, while an
"emission discharge levy" could
be imposed on all projects
where air and water emissions
were higher than a statutory
Another possible revenue
raising mechanism was to apply
a permit review charge to all
new investment projects based
on the number of "emission
sources" that have to be
approved during the process of
granting the necessary invest-
ment proposals.
The SENES Consulting
report said: "For example, there
will be a single charge for
reviewing a noise impact study,
a separate charge for reviewing
studies relating to water dis-
charge sources, and separate
charges for review of studies on
air emissions sources."
The report pointed out that
previously, on an ad-hoc basis,
the Government had negotiated
financial agreements wit some
investors and developers of
large projects, particularly those
of an industrial nature, in rela-
tion to the hiring of interna-
tional experts to assist the
Bahamas Environment, Science
and Technology (BEST) Com-
This is likely to refer to pro-
jects such as the proposed liq-
uefied natural gas (LNG) ter-
minals for Ocean Cay and
Grand Bahama, where experts
were brought in to assist BEST
with evaluating EIAs and draw-
ing up Environmental Manage-
ment Plans.

However, SENES Consult-
ing's draft report pointed out
that these arrangements "are
an exception, rather than the
rule, and thus do not ensure
stable funding".


The consultants' report
seems to make sense on this
issue, and given the environ-
ment's importance to the
Bahamas' number one indus-
try, tourism, it is unlikely that
many investors will object to
paying some sort of environ-
mental management charge,
provided it is reasonable.
SENES Consulting also
urged that new draft EIA
guidelines be drawn up to cov-
er investment projects in sec-
tors such as extractive process-
ing, energy industries, indus-
trial operations and manufac-
The costs involved in prepar-
ing regulations in each of these
industries were pegged at
$14,650 per regulation for
extractive processing; $18,960
per energy regulation; $13,010
per industrial regulation; and
$16,440 per manufacturing reg-

The report also called for
draft guidelines for EIAs be
"finalised and formalised", not-
ing that these had been drawn
up for projects in areas such as
agriculture, mariculture, aqua-
culture and housing develop-
Meanwhile, the consultants
also urged the Government to
move immediately on bringing
the draft Bill of Environmental
Planning and Protection
through the regulatory process,
acknowledging that the
Bahamas lacked the laws nec-
essary to implement the inter-
national environmental treaties
it has signed on to.
SENES Consulting's draft
report said: "A high perform-
ing environmental regulatory
system will enable the
Bahamas to ensure that the
environment is protected while
balancing the interests of busi-
ness to compete and innovate;
meeting the needs of con-
sumers for a wide variety of
goods and services; and pro-
viding the general public with
an opportunity to contribute
to a healthy and productive
The draft Bill had initially
looked at creating a Ministry
of Environmental Planning and

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.
* Balancing daily end-of-day batches from revenue collections.
* Analyzing & Reporting all daily revenue and 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


Protection, but the Govern-
ment has currently shelved this
idea on the grounds of cost.
However, SENES Consulting
recommended that ministry
status be viewed as a long-term
The draft Bill was prepared
for the former FNM adminis-
tration back in 2000 by anoth-
er group of foreign consultants,
Washington-based ICF. It esti-
mated that a Department of
Environmental Planning and
Protection would have 230
staff and a budget for staff
salaries and wages of about
$5.324 million per annum.
If it became a ministry, the
staff complement would rise
to 275, with wages and salaries
costing $6.232 million.
However, these estimates
did not include costs such as
rents, personal emoluments
and allowances, utilities and
capital acquisition.

The Public is hereby advised that I, CAMILLE I. BURROWS,
of Paige Drive, Winton, Nassau, Bahamas, intend to change
my name to CAMILLE I. ROBERTS. If there are any
objections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you may
write such objections to the Chief Passport Officer, RO.Box
N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days
after the date of publication of this notice.

Requires: (1) Full Time Registered Nurse
(2) Part Time Registered Nurses to work
in Primary/Urgent Care Facility
Current Bahamian licence
Must have at least three (3) years experience in the
Must have current ACLS Certificate
Must demonstrate strong public relations,
communication skills
Must be responsible, dedicated, competent and
Attractive Benefit Package
Please send resume to:
The Mediclinic
P.O. Box N-4302
Nassau, Bahamas

A well established Bahamian-owned business is looking for a Financial Controller.
Applicants must demonstrate their ability to handle the entire accounting cycle including
the preparation of monthly financial statements. Applicants must possess a Bachelor's
degree in Accounting and a professional designation or at least five years of experience
as a financial controller. Salary commensurate with experience.

Send a cover letter explaining in detail why you would be right for the position. Please
forward your resume with professional references and phone numbers to:

DA 15662
c/o The Tribune
P.O. Box N-3207
Nassau, Bahamas


Caribbean Pride. International Strength. Your Finandal Partner





* 3 5 years proven experience in retail credit risk
* Bachelors Degree preferred
* Knowledge of regional property market, economic situation and other influences
* Extensive knowledge of Retail Credit Risk Management with working knowledge
of securities

General Requirements/Responsibilities:

Ensure implementation of and adherence to the Bank's retail credit and
International Banking policy guidelines
One of a team of managers responsible for carrying out retail Credit Risk
conformance through Risk visits and sampling
To identify issues which may have a negative impact on the quality of the
lending book as well as making recommendations for changes to ineffective
or inefficient processor procedures.
Carry out sampling of retail and international lendings to ensure compliance
with policy, delegated authorities and terms of CRMD agreement
Involves travel

Submit your resume private & confidential in WRITING ONLY before August 29
2005 to:

Jamise Sturrup
Human Resources Assistant
FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) Limited
RO. Box N-7125
Nassau, Bahamas

Or email:

FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) Limited thanks all applicant for
the interest, however only those under consideration will be contacted.

Vacancies are open to Bahamian residents only



The Abaco Club on Winding Bay, a spectacular 520 acre
International Members Golf & Sporting Estate on Abaco,
is seeking a senior-level REAL ESTATE SALES
REPRESENTATIVE. Candidates must have a minimum
of 5 years experience in luxury market sales. Real Estate
license is preferred. Successful candidate must have
exceptional communication skills, both verbal and written.
Must be personable, professional and willing to commute
or relocate to Abaco. The Abaco Club's estate lots range
from $875,000 to more then $4 million. Please email cover
letter and resume to or fax to 242-
367-2930, Attn: Sales & Marketing.

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Olympus Univest Fund 'breaking regulations'

FROM page one
repayment of monies due to all
creditors and shareholders.
"Legal advice is being sought
as to the proper treatment of
the various categories of
redemption creditors and
remaining shareholders as at
the date of liquidation."
Mr Culmer said he had been
informed by an Olympus Uni-
vest director, Dale Smith, who
headed the fund's Barbados-
based investment manager,
Olympus Bank & Trust, that
redemption requests totalled
$200 million out of a total $375
million invested with the fund.
Norshield has suffered a run
of bad publicity in.relation to
investments made by Cinar, a
Canadian animation company,
in two other Bahamian-regis-
tered investment funds with
which it was affiliated.
The lawsuits in the Cinar
affair are continuing to fly in

Canada, with the dispute
sparked by $122 million worth
of investments made in two
Bahamas-based funds Globe-
X Management and Globe-X
Canadiana by the Canadian
animation company, which
were allegedly carried out with-
out board approval.


Cinar, which is still seeking
to recover $40 million of the
sum it allegedly invested in the
Globe-X funds, has relied upon
reports filed with the Bahamas
Supreme Court by their liq-
uidators, PricewaterhouseC-
oopers accountants Wayne
Aranha and Clifford Johnson.
Mr Culmer's report notes
that the Globe-X Management
liquidation is impacting Olym-
pus Univest, with the PwC liq-
uidators having obtained a
March 11 Supreme Court order

Legal Notice




(a) KIDET (BAHAMAS) SHIPPING LIMITED is in dissolution
under the provisions of the International Business Companies
Act 2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said Company commenced on the 19th
day of August, 2005 when its Articles of Dissolution were
submitted to and registered by the Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said Company is Dr. Jochen Korber of
Grunwald, Germany..
Dated the 19th day of August, A.D. 2005.

Attorneys for the above-named Company

Legal Notice



Creditors having debts or claims against the above-named
Company are required to send particulars thereof to the
undersigned c/o P.O.Box N-624, Nassau, Bahamas on or
before 21st September, A.D., 2005. In default thereof they
will be excluded from the benefit of any distribution made
by the Liquidator.

Dated the 19th day of August, A.D., 2005

Dr. Jochen Krober
Grunwald, Germany

Legal Notice



Creditors having debts or claims against the above-named
Company are required to send particulars to the undersigned
c/o P.O.Box N-624, Nassau, Bahamas on or before 21st
September, A.D., 2005. In default thereof they will be
excluded from the benefit of any distribution made by the

Dated the 19th day of August, A.D., 2005

Dr. Jochen Krober
Grunwald, Germany

Legal Notice



Creditors having debts or claims against the above-named
Company are required to send particulars thereof to the
undersigned c/o P.O.Box N-624, Nassau, Bahamas on or
before 21st September, A.D., 2005. In default thereof they
will be excluded from the benefit of any distribution made
by the Liquidator.

Dated the 19th day of August, A.D., 2005

Dr. Jochen Krober
Grunwald, Germany

requiring the latter to redeem
its investment in Globe-X as
requested on September 30,
2004, and pay the proceeds into
an account in Globe-X's name.
Mr Culmer said he had
"accelerated" the redemption
process "as best he can", but
pointed out that the PwC liq-
uidators had also filed a
Supreme Court action claiming
that Globe-X was the "rightful
owner" of 5,100 common shares
in Olympus, Univest and wanted
those transferred by the current
registered owners to them.
And Mr Johnson and Mr
Aranha, in their capacities as
liquidators for both Globe-X
entities, had obtained a "tem-
porary restraining order" from
the southern district of New
York bankruptcy court in June
2005 against Royal Bank of.
The order and preliminary
injunction involved a Cash-Set-
tled Index Call Option, which

they claimed Globe-X had an
interest in, but Mr Culmer said
Olympus Univest had an inter-
est in this instrument through
its investment with a Cayman
Islands entity.
, The liquidator warned helhad
been unable to protect the
fund's interests in this action,
and added that no "temporary
funding" for his efforts had
come despite discussions with
creditor groups.
Mr Culmer added that the
counterparty to the funds in
which Olympus Univest invest-
ed, Mosaic Composite Ltd
(MCL) and the reason why the
2004 financial statements had
not been approved, had moved
from the Bahamas in January
2005 to Anguilla, and was now
domiciled in Minnesota, where it
had mergedintoa-US-eempany.
MCL's records were "not cur-
rent" at the date of the Olym-
pus Univest liquidation, accord-
ing to Mr Culmer.

Businesses pleased with

Venture Capital Fund

FROM page one
out of the 70 proposals it had
received so far for loans and
equity investments, the Fund's
Board was helping the initia-
tive to "progress pretty well".
Mr Johnson said of the ratio
of approved projects to propos-
als submitted: "It's in excess of
what the normal ratios are
around the world 1 out of 10,
and one out of 20 in some places,
so they're slightly ahead of that."
He explained that the Fund
was looking for proposals sub-
mitted by persons of good char-
acter who were bringing "inno-
vation" and new ideas to doing
business in the Bahamas.
Mr Johnson said: "I under-
stand they've had some very
solid proposals so far, and are

looking to complete them very
quickly. We've been very
pleased that the Board has been
allowed to operate indepen-
dently and make its own deter-
The Small Business Associa-
tion's vice-president said the
organisation hoped-the Fund
could grow to a size of between
$5-$10 million through govern-
ment contributions of $1 mil-
lion every Budgetary year,
while private investors would
also be attracted in if it was suc-
Mr Johnson renewed calls for
the Bahamas Development
Bank as it now existed to be
abolished and transformed into
a Bahamas Small Business
Administration with a new

Legal Notice




(a) KUTUB (BAHAMAS) SHIPPING LIMITED is in dissolution
under the provisions of the International Business Companies
Act 2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said Company commenced on the 19th
day of August, 2005 when its Articles of Dissolution were
submitted to and registered by the Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said Company is Dr. Jochen Korber of
Grunwald, Germany.

Dated the 19th day of August, A.D. 2005.

Attorneys for the above-named Company

Legal Notice




in dissolution under the provisions of the International Business
Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said Company commenced on the 19th
day of August, 2005 when its Articles of Dissolution were
submitted to and registered by the Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said Company is Dr. Jochen Korber of
Grunwald, Germany..

Dated the 19th day of August, A.D. 2005.

Attorneys for the above-named Company

Legal Notice




in dissolution under the provisions of the International Business
Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said Company commenced on the 19th
day of August, 2005 when its Articles of Dissolution were
submitted to and registered by the Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said Company is Dr. Jochen Korber of
Grunwald, Germany.
Dated the 19th day of August, A.D. 2005.
Attorneys for the above-named Company



BFSB names finalists for student award

The Bahamas Financial
Services Board (BFSB) has
named the four finalists for
its annual Financial Services
Student of the Year award.
They are:
Shaniska Adderley, BBA
Tanya M. Bevans, BBA
Christine Leo, BBA
Irvin Lightbourne II,
BBA Accounting
The student award is spon-
sored in collaboration with
the College of the Bahamas
and the Professional Industry
Association Working Group,
with the support of the Cen-
The programme is part of
the BFSB's ongoing Financial
Centre Focus initiative, which
also includes the annual
Industry Excellence Awards,
and the School Outreach
incorporating a Careers Fest
and Essay/Speech Competi-
The Financial Services Stu-
dent Award, sponsored by
Colina Financial Advisors and
SG Hambros Bank -& Trust,
will be presented at the BFS-
B's annual Awards Banquet
on October 8.

* SHANISKA Adderley

0 TANYA Bevans

......... NOTICE

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.

Legal Notice



Creditors having debts or claims against the above-named
Company are required to send particulars to the undersigned
c/o P.O.Box N-624, Nassau, Bahamas on or before 21st
September, A.D., 2005. In default thereof they will be
excluded from the benefit of any distribution made by the

Dated the 19th day of August, A.D., 2005

Dr. Jochen Krober
Grunwald, Germany

* IRVIN Lightbourne

Regulation 'should be two bodies'

FROM page one
whether a streamlined regula-
tory regime was necessary. The
committee is headed by minis-
ter of state for finance, James
Smith, and includes a number of
ministry personnel and repre-
sentatives from sector regula-
tors, including the Central Bank
of the Bahamas, the Securities
Commission and the Office of
the Registrar of Insurance.
Meanwhile, Mr Moree said
the Forum expects to continue
work on its latest recommen-
dations to a Private Trust Com-
panies Act.
Once the recommendations
have been completed,they will
be forwarded to the minister of
financial services and invest-
ments, Allyson Maynard-Gib-
Other initiatives the Forum
expects to review are amend-
ments to the Financial and Cor-
porate Service Providers Act,
and the possibility o f establish-
ing the Bahamas as an Interna-
tional Arbitration Centre.
The Forum will continue its

work on an initial feasibility
study, in regard to the arbitra-
tion centre, which will go before
the minister before the end of
the year.
Mr Moree said the Forum
also intended to submit a report
to Mrs Maynard-Gibson that
deals with strategic initiatives.
The issues are expected to
relate to the future develop-
ment and expansion of the
financial services industry in the
More specifically, the strategy
paper will deal with a range of
issues that Forum members
believe either directly or indi-

rectly impact on the viability of
the industry and how it is devel-
It is intended that the paper
will deal with areas such as leg-
islation, technology, infrastruc-
ture, immigration, product
development and the regulato-
ry environment.
"It's a pretty major under-
taking that will bring together
our three years. It's a summary
of the collective views of the
members of the Forum based
on the diverse experience in
dealing with all the major sec-
tors with in the financial ser-
vices industry.," Mr Moree said.

Requires: (1) Full Time Registered Nurse
(2) Part Time Registered Nurses to work
in Primary/Urgent Care Facility
Current Bahamian licence
Must have at least three (3) years experience in the
Must have current ACLS Certificate
Must demonstrate strong public relations,
communication skills
Must be responsible, dedicated, competent and
Attractive Benefit Package
Please send resume to:
The Mediclinic
P.O. Box N-4302
Nassau, Bahamas



Notice is hereby given that in accordance with
Section 137(8) of the international Business Companies
Act, 2000, the dissolution of PAVLOVA HOLDINGS
LTD., has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution
has been issued and the Company has therefore been
struck off the Register.




Notice is hereby given that in accordance with
Section 137(8) of the international Business Companies
Act, 2000, the dissolution of HCM INVESTMENTS
LTD., has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution
has been issued and the Company has therefore been
struck off the Register.



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 23RD day of AUGUST,
2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box F-41085, Grand Bahama, Bahamas.



Notice is hereby given that in accordance vitl4
Section 137(8) of the international Business Companiei
Act, 2000, the dissolution of BLOOMFIELD
DEVELOPMENT INC., has been completed; a
Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the
Company has therefore been struck off the Register.




Notice is hereby,.gien that in accordance wiitl
Section 137(8))ofthe international'Business Companies
Act, 2000, the dissolution of FALLON HOLDINGS
LIMITED, has been completed; a Certificate ol
Dissolution has been issued and the Company has:
therefore been struck off the Register.




Notice is hereby given that in accordance with
Section 137(8) of the international Business Companies
Act, 2000, the dissolution of JONQUIERE LTD.,
has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has
been issued and the-Company has therefore been
struck off the Register.




Notice is hereby given that in accordance with
Section 137(8) of the international Business Companies
Act, 2000, the dissolution of BUNDOORA
INVESTMENTS PTE. LTD., has been completed;
a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the
Company has therefore been struck off the Register.




Notice is hereby given that in accordance with
Section 137(8) of the international Business Companies
Act, 2000, the dissolution of GOLDEN MAPLE
CORP., has been completed; a Certificate of
Dissolution has been issued and the Company has
therefore been struck off the Register.




Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
19th day of August, 2005. The Liquidator is Argosa
Corp. Inc., of P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.




1, Men's softball team hoping


to follow women's lead

Senior Sports Reporter
TWO weeks after the wom-
en's softball national team
returned home with their
qualifying berth in the Cen-
tral American and Caribbean
Games next year, the men's
team is hoping to follow suit.
The men's team will leave
town on Wednesday for
Cartegena, Colombia where
they will have to finish in the
top eight in order to advance
to the CAC Games as well.

Burnside said the expecta-
tion for the team is normally
high, but "sometimes we fall
short of our expectations
because we are not commit-
ted and focussed to what we
are doing."
But, based on the make-up

National side aiming for

CAC Games qualification

of the team, Burnside said
offensively alone, he likes
what he sees.
"We have a lot more left
hand batters than we've had in
the past and which is an asset
to softball, based on the dis-
tance from the batter's box to
the pitcher's mound," he said.
"Left hand batters have the
ability to slap the ball and the
ability to hit and run, which is
something that we haven't had
in a long time."
Burnside added, "Most of
the guys are basically good
contact hitters, which is anoth-
er essential part of the team
that we didn't have in the past.
"Normally, we had good
players, but they are basically

not good contact hitters. So
this year, I think we have a
much better team. It's one of
the best we've had in a long
Burnside said he perfers to
have a "contact team" as
opposed to a "power team".

"We can utilise our speed
now," he said. "That makes it
easier for us to play much bet-
ter this year."
While the ladies team, man-
aged by Ali Culmer, qualified
with a 3-6 win-loss record,
Burnside said he anticipates
that the men's team will do

much better.
"Although the competition
will be a little greater than the
ladies, I expect the men's team
to qualify," Burnside stated.
"We're even going to try and
"That is something that we
need to do to really make peo-
ple take softball more seri-
ously. This team needs to
medal so that we can take
softball back to the forefront."
The team will be minus a
couple of pitchers, who played
on previous national teams
but opted not to travel with
the team this year.
Antoan Gibson and Cardi-
nal Gilbert have been added
to replace Pedro Marcellus.

from Long Island and Fred-
erick Cornish from Abaco.
They will join the brothers'
tandem of Edney 'the Heat'
and Edmund 'Binks' Bethel.
The duo have combined to
wreck havoc in the New
Providence Softball Associa-
tion with the front-running
Electro Telecom Dorcy Park
Catching for the pitchers are
Grand Bahamian Lynden
Richardson and Philip Cul-
The infielders are Jamal
Johnson, Marvin 'Tugie'
Wood, Rico Wood, Grand
Bahamian Renaldo Rolle,
Greg Gardiner from Exuma
and Julian Pratt from Long
The outfielders are Tyrone
Knowles from Eleuthera, Van
'Lil Joe' Johnson and Charles
Perry Seymour and Crest-
well 'the Bomber' Pratt wll
assist Burnside on the coach-
ing staff.

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ALTHOUGH they lost the
two matches they have played
since the return of Canadian
Daniel Nestor from injury,
Mark Knowles said he's con-
fident that their doubles team
will put it together at the US
The world's number four
ranked team is already in New
York preparing for the fourth
and final Grand Slam Tour-
nament for the year, which
starts next week in Flushing
In an interview with The
Tribune, Knowles said, "After
losing 7-6 in the third in Mon-
treal, where we had a couple
match points against the team
that went to the finals, we
went to Cincinnati and played
well there too, losing in, the
semis to a team that won it."
The Tribune apologises for
reporting, yesterday that
Knowles and Nestor won the
Western & Southern Finan-
cial Group Masters an.
archive story used for refer-
ence was printed by mistake -
when in fact, the number three
seeded team was eliminated
in the semifinal by the No.2
team of Jonas Bjorkman and
Max Mirnyi, 6-3, 6-4.
Bjorkman and Mirnyi went
on to win the title.
"Once again, it was disap-
pointing that we didn't get the
win. But from the bigger
scheme of things, with Dan
coming back from the injury,
things are going pretty good.
With the, US Open one week
away, Dan is getting healthy,
so we are confident going in."
Knowles and Nestor, who
compliment each other very
well with their right/left hand
combo, will take the week off
to ensure that they are prop-
erly prepared to defend their
title in the biggest tournament
to be staged in the United
Knowles said the biggest
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Nestor to get back in shape.
"There's certain areas of his
game that he has to improve,"
Knowles said. "Coming back
from a major injury like his
left wrist.

"Even for myself, I'm not
hitting the ball as well as I
should, so there are a couple
things I need to tighten up on
and hopefully play a little bet-
ter. Other than that, I'm hit-
ting the ball great and I'm
playing great."
Once they can get through
the week injury free, Knowles
said he's convinced that they
will be able to put up a good
show in New York as the
defending champions.
Despite what he called "a
tricky year where we had a lot
of curve balls thrown at us,"

Knowles said they started off
very slow, but have now
gained a lot of momentum.
"We put ourselves right
there in position at the French
Open. Unfortunately, we got
thrown with an injury on
Dan's side and we missed
Wimbledon. We didn't get a
chance to finish a Grand Slam.
this year, so we wish we would
have had one or two more
titles coming in to defend our
Having won just two titles
this year with Nestor the
ATP Masters Series in Indi-
an Wells, California and
Houston, Texas Knowles
said they are going to go after
their third title in New York.
"It's good to come back at
the defending champions," he
insisted. "The only good thing
is to be able to go there and
win it again."

Misfortune haunts Bahamian boxers

Junior Sports Reporter
IT WAS a disappointing Common-
wealth Boxing Championships (CBC)
for*the three member Bahamian team.
The squad had experienced trouble
from the first day after the Bahamas
Boxing Federation (BBF) released
the names of persons on this year's
Days before the team was set to
depart for Glasgow, Scotland, head
coach Andre Seymour learned that
heavyweight boxer James McKenzie
would not be able to travel with the

McKenzie, who had work obliga-
tions, was replaced at the last minute
by Carl Heild, a boxer who was set to
fight in the light-welterweight.
Even though the BBF was able to
find a replacement boxer for McKen-
zie, trouble continued to plague the
team, as they made their way to the

"It was an unfortunate case for the
Bahamas, this time around. Things
didn't go too well, but there's
nothing you can do. We had big goals
for the three boxers, but there wasn't
too much we could have done when
the mishaps started to come."

Head coach Andre Seymour

The flight landed them in Scotland
an hour before the weigh-ins.
Having to rush to the weigh-ins and
draw process, the team realised that
they only had a half an hour to register
and weigh-in.
Lavar Stuart tipped the scale a few
pounds heavier than the- required
weight for the lightweight division.
Stuart wasn't able to lose the

pounds, so he was forced to sit out.
The insufficient time resulted in one
of the boxers having to sit out the
entire tournament.
Head coach Seymour said: "It was
an unfortunate case for the Bahamas,
this time around. Things didn't go too
well, but there's nothing you can do.
"We had big goals for the three box-
ers, but there wasn't too much we
could have done when the mishaps

started to come.
"Our first misfortune came when
we lost Lavar, he wasn't able to lose
the pounds at the weigh-ins. This came
has a little blow to us because we were
expecting him to medal.
"Then we had Carl, who fought an
excellent match, but lost the four
round fight by the judges' decision.
"All the boxers fought very well,
they had a great tournament despite
the problems we faced."
Seymour said that this year's cham-
pionships wasn't easy.
"This wasn't an easy tournament,
but I am not going to make any excuse
for the team," said Seymour.
"As head coach I would like to take
full responsibility for the performances
of all the boxers at the tournament.
"But looking at the results I will
have to sum it up as a good tourna-
ment. Sometimes things don't go the
way you want them to go.
"We did our best and now we have
to go back to the drawing board and
see exactly how we can correct things.
"But overall the Bahamas needs
help, we need to regroup and re-eval-

uate our standings if we want to go
Johnson, who was hoping to better
his performance at the championships,
suffered a devastating loss.
Johnson was injured early in the
first round of his semifinal match, and
risked damaging his right hand during
the course of the fight.
"I think we fell down a lot in the
tournament at the technical side," said
"The guy from India who Taure-
ano fought was coached by the same
coach who is helping Taureano in
"So there wasn't much we can do,
the coach knew his strengths and
weaknesses, but we didn't know to
much about the fighter from India.
"But Taureano went in there as.a
true champion, he fought a great fight
and, I believe, if he didn't receive that
injury we would have medal."
Overall Seymour explained that the
team is still confident that they will
be able to bounce back and do their
best at their next upcoming tourna-
ment in Brazil in November.

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the right ingredients

IF YOU'RE one of the
many people who is too tired
or busy to cook a healthy
home-cooked meal, the
answer to your problem may
be closer than you think.
Chef Denaldo Bain, a 1997
graduate of the School of Hos-
pitality and Tourism Studies,
has started an in-home cook-
ing service. He purchases all
the ingredients and prepares
a customised meal (or meals)
for the family right in your
own home.
"What it is exactly that I've
started, I have some clients
who are like business people,
mother and father who go to
work and they have kids. They
needed an alternative means
of food being brought to their
lives, so I prepare customised
meals for specific persons or
people," Mr Bain explains.
He tailors the meal to suit
the needs of each person in
the family, but a healthy meal
is his benchmark.

"Some people may be aller-
gic to ham or cheese, so I
would design menus based on
their preference, and if it's
their whole family I'll be doing
the menu by interviewing each
person and get their prefer-
ences and dislikes and likes,
so when I design their menus
it's basically based around
their likes," says Mr Bain.

"And I'll make it healthy for
them. I don't cook too much
with cholesterol or fats
because I'm a vegetarian. But
if I have to cook meat for
somebody, I'm going to cook
it as healthy as I can."
He says that his vegetarian
influence comes across strong-
ly in whatever meal he pre-
pares. But he doesn't "push"
his way of life onto his clients.
In his fairly newly-estab-
lished business, Mr Bain says
that he has already provided
services to a number of fami-
According to the chef, when
it comes to food prepared in
the typical Bahamian home, it
is often laden with fats and
carbohydrates. But he wants
to change that in as many
homes as possible.
What one typically finds is
that Bahamian families "sac-
rifice health for tradition", Mr
Bain believes.
The typical Sunday meal
usually consists of peas and
rice, macaroni and cheese (a
Bahamian favourite) and pota-
to salad, which he believes is
not a healthy way to eat since
it is an "unbalanced meal full
of carbohydrates".
According to Mr Bain, the
children in these homes grow
up with these poor eating
habits, and what makes the sit-
uation worse is that they
receive the same foods at
school for lunch. They even-
tually grow up to cook the
same way.
Because Mr Bain wants this
home cooking experience to

be interactive, families also
have the option to watch as
the chef prepares his healthy
meals. "It can be a demon-
stration if you wish, just to see
how things are done in the
kitchen," he adds.
And the price of this chef
on demand?

Mr Bain says it all depends
on the individual's taste, and
the ingredients that it
demands. He admits though
that this in-home healthy
cooking service may not be for
everyone's pocketbook.
That's why his consultancy
is free.
Mr Bain discusses what the
family wants to be cooked and
the cost of preparing that
meal, at no charge.
But even if his skills are not
what you want, Mr Bain rec-
ommends that families cook
at home rather than eating
out. "You know exactly what
you are getting in your meals.
And it's all fresh ingredients,
rather than something that
took thousands of miles to get

Vegetable stir-fry with tofu
8oz broccoli
8oz cauliflower
6oz tofu
Italian herbs (optional)
ltsp garlic
16oz water
salt (Kosher) to taste
Season All
garlic powder
curry powder
lib cooked pasta
Dice broccoli and cauli-
flower into small flowers, set
aside. Dice tofu, season
with garlic powder, season
all and soy sauce. Saut6 the
seasoned tofu and set aside.
In a large skillet or wok, add
vegetables, curry powder,
herbs, 8oz water and salt to
taste. Bring to a quick sim-
mer on high heat. Add
cooked pasta and remaining
water with 1/2 teaspoon of
corn starch. Re-season with
curry powder and soy sauce,
add tofu.
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NOTE: Boneless/skinless
chicken breast can be used
instead of tofu.


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This article is provided by
Adelma Penn, Camelta Barnes
and Shandera Smith, nutri-
tionists from the Department
of Public Health/Ministry of
GOOD nutrition is the
basis for good health. We
enjoy and lead healthier lives
when we learn and practice
healthy eating and a healthy
It is even more beneficial
when w.e begin laying the
foundation early in our lives.
Last week we urged parents
to take charge of their chil-
dren's eating habits.
"What children learn at
home about meal times and
eating is important in how
they feel about food for the
rest of their lives. Children
need to see that eating good
food is an enjoyable part of
It will be to their advantage
if they have learned about the
importance of buying, prepar-
ing and cooking healthy food
before they leave home.
We advise and encourage
you to prepare three balanced
meals for your child/children
everyday at regular times, but
just what are balanced meals?
A balanced meal is one that
has food from each food
group provided in the right
This means it must include
adequate carbohydrates, pro-
tein, fat, vitamins and miner-
als, fibre and water.
Children and adolescents
are in a growing phase and it
is essential that they receive
adequate nutrition ,to facili-
tate and maintain healthy

Ensure your child/children
are getting the right amount
and types of foods.
Younger children (under
10) need lesser servings of
food while the adolescents
(10-19) need more.
These servings should be
spread throughout the day
during regular meal times.
Additionally, males usually
need more food than females.
Their energy intake will also
vary based on their activity
The more active they are,
the more energy they need.
Please note that toddlers/
preschoolers would need
about half the amount of serv-'
ings of foods of that needed
for children under 10 years.
Here are some general:

(bread, rice, cereal, pasta,
potato, cassava, crackers, etc)
this group should form the
basis of our diet. They pro-
vide energy, fibre, vitamins
and minerals. Try to include
more whole grains like oats,
whole wheat bread and brown
rice. Children need about four
five servings while adoles-
cents need about five seven
servings daily. A serving is:
1 slice of bread
hot-dog, hamburger bun,
English muffin
8 animal crackers
3 graham crackers
3 cream crackers (2 inch
1 biscuit
1 small piece of cornbread,
banana bread
1/2 cup of .cooked cereal,
rice, grits, pasta, macaroni,
spaghetti, sweet potato,
corn, mashed potato, plan-
3oz potatoes
loz of ready-to-eat cereal
(this is 1/2 cup to 1 cup)

Vegetables and fruits -
these contain vitamins, min-
erals and fiber. Children need
about two three servings of

vegetables and one two serv-
ings of fruit daily. On the oth-
er hand, adolescents need
about three four servings of
vegetables and two three
servings of fruit daily. They
need to eat a variety of fruits
and vegetables. Try to include
a vegetable or fruit with vita-
mins C and A like oranges
and carrots. A serving is:
1 cup carrots
1 medium orange, apple or
banana (size of a tennis
1 cup of juice
1 cup vegetable juice
1 cup raw leafy vegetables
1 cup raisins
17 small grapes
1 cup, 1 slice cubed melons
(cantaloupe, watermelon)

Meat, poultry, fish, eggs,
beans, peas and meat alter-
natives these foods provide
a significant amount of pro-
teins needed for energy,
building muscle mass and
bones and for protecting
against disease. These foods
also have iron and lots of oth-
er important nutrients. Eat
more poultry and fish rather
than red meats. Children need
three four servings daily and
adolescents need five six
servings daily.
A serving is:
1 ounce of lean cooked
meat, poultry, or fish
(weight without the bone)
I medium egg
1 cup of cooked dry beans
or peas
1 tablespoon of peanut
A small handful of nuts

Dairy products these are
filled with calcium, Vitamin
A, riboflavin and protein.
Choose' low fat milk and
yogurt. Children need at least
two servings of milk and
.cheese every day while ado-
lescents need about three
servings daily.
A serving is:
1 cup of buttermilk or

1 cup of dry milk
1 ounce of cheese
1 cup of yogurt
1 cup of ice cream

Water children and ado-
lescents need to be well
hydrated, especially if they
are very active. It also keeps
their immune system healthy.
Ensure that they have about
five eight, eight-ounce cups

Fat (butter, margarine,
mayo, cooking oil), salt (table
salt, salted foods) and sugar
(candies, cookies) We
encourage you to choose and
teach your children to choose
and eat foods that are low in
fat, salt and sugar. Try to
include more plant oils (corn,
olive, canola, etc) in your diet.
Use cooking methods that
require little or no fat such as
baking and steaming. Use
more herbs as seasonings and
satisfy your sweet tooth with
dried fruits and limit your
intake of foods like candies,
sweet cookies and biscuits.

A special word on "junk"
foods while these foods
don't contribute a lot of nutri-
ents, they are a favourite for
many children and adults too!
You don't have to completely
eliminate them from your
child/children's diet but don't
make it an everyday part of
their diet, maybe once or.
twice per week. Children who
consume foods such as chips,
cheese doodles, sodas and
sweet drinks, cakes, candies,
and cookies may not be get-
ting enough nutritious foods
such as fruit, vegetables and
dairy foods. They are also
loaded with calories. If junk
foods are eaten frequently,
their health can be affected.

Physical activity and exer-
cise these should be a part of
our daily lifestyle. We recom-
mend that children and ado-
lescents get at least an hour of
physical activity and exercise
daily. F'lifa'i'd participate in

fun activities for your family
that involve movement like
walking, swimming; soccer,
football, softball, basketball,
skipping, hopscotch and
jumping jacks. Participating
in physical activity and exer-
cise is a great way to stay
healthy and fit as well as a
great opportunity to spend
quality time with your
Here are some additional
tips or ways to involve your
child/children in developing
healthy eating habits and

As they get older involve
them more in shopping for
food. Teach them how to
select, more nutritious foods
by reading labels, how to
choose fresh foods by check-
ing for expiry dates and exam-
ining fruits and vegetables as
well as food packages.

Involve them in meal
planning and food prepara-
tion. Let them choose a recipe
for a meal two or more times
a week.

Don't use food as a
reward or punishment.

Show your children that
you enjoy eating fruit and
vegetables. They learn more
from what you do rather than
what you say.

Have as many meals
together in a relaxed setting
as much as possible.

Don't .allow your
child/children to spend too
much time watching TV.or
using the computer leisurely.
Take them to the beach, park,
gym or the: backyard to par-
ticipate in regular physical
activity and exercise.
We really want our children
to grow up to be intelligent,
strong and healthy adults. The
foundation we lay for them
now determines whether we
will have a healthy generation
or a sickly one ...

Skin care

RUN your finger down the
ingredient labels of many skin care
products and ybu're bound to come
across something called "Specially
Denatured Alcohol", also listed as
SD alcohol or SDA.
It is often the culprit behind dry
skin and is often disguised as "eth-
yl alcohol" or "grain alcohol".
This product is often used in,
products for oily or acne prone skin,
and consumers tend to like the ini-
tial "drying" feeling.
While SDA does dry skin, it
eventually causes an oil overflow
because skin overcompensates for
the loss of oil. (It is a vicious cycle.)
Not all alcohol in skin care prod-
ucts are bad for example, cetyl
alcohol and cetearly alcohol aren't,
alcohols like ethyle, grain or rub-
bing alcohol. They both actually
resemble a component of sebum
(oil) produced by the skin. But
here's the skinny the word "Dena-
tured" in Specially Denatured
Alcohol is just a fancy name mean-.
ing the alcohol has been rendered
"unfit to drink" by the distillery.
So it is not safe enough to drink
but you can put it on your skin.
Does that seem odd to you?
Why is this ingredient in your
skin care products?
SDA is used as a solvent and'
astringent in toners, deodorants and'
mouthwashes (hmmm, we can
swish it around our teeth but we
can't drink it?)
Some cosmetics and skin care
lines use SDA because it is the only
type of ethyl alcohol that's allowed
to be used in skin care products.,
And it's the cheaper form of alco-
hol...are you mad yet?
Put the breaks on your freak ses-.
sion, because there are products'
out there that don't use SDA. You-
can have the fresh "cleanse" feeling
that SDA provides without the
harsh drying effects.
Speak to your skin care thera-
pist he or she can point you in.
the right direction towards kinder,;
gentler, SDA-free products.
*Sarah Simpson is a medical skin'
care specialist at the Dermal Clinic at'-
the Walk In Medical Clinic Sandy-"
port. This information was taken
from the Dermalogica website. For,
more .information .'log on to'

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VISION has been closely
linked to the learning process
in children and is a guiding
mechanism in the visual to ver-
bal fundamental process related
to reading; thus the vital impor-
tance of a child is needed to
have comprehensive eye exam-
ination routinely.
Throughout the first years of
life a o4's so will
the fI'o -abies usu-
ally see 'overmnifirst; and
should be able to sf e 'facial
expression within several weeks
of birth. Colour vision, depth
perception and eyd muscle
coordination come a little lat-
er. Therefore it is normal to see
a baby with an eye turned in or

out or not working together as a
team. If this problem doesn't
resolve itself by age four
months, parents should see an
eye care professional to rule out
an eye condition called strabis-
In the next stage of visual
development, which is seen at
age four-six months, you should
see your baby reaching for or
hitting at any object that is
placed in front of him. During
the crawling stage; age eight-12
months, babies start develop-
ing hand-eye coordination.
The preschool years will show
the development of fine motor
skills in your child which pro-
vides them with the skills such

as being able to write their
names. Common problems seen
in this stage is farsightedness
and strabismus. Some of the
warning signs of vision prob-
lems are squinting, head tilting,
rubbing eye, and holding a book
too close or sitting close to the
TV for watching. Your child
should have a comprehensive
eye exam before entering
school wiht'or without symp-
toms of visual problem by an
eye care professional and regu-
larly thereafter to correct any
problems while the visual sys-
tem is still flexible and, thus not
hamper your child's ability to
A vision screening done by a

paediatrician or a school nurse
is not considered and should
not be substituted for a com-
plete eye exam by an eye care
Those screenings are
designed to alert parents, .but
according to the American
Foundation for Vision Aware-
ness only five per cent of vision
problems are identified through
vision screenings.


About 80 per cent of what is
.learned in a child's first 12 years
comes through the eyes or
vision. We use our eyes more
than any other sense to learn
about the world we live in. It
has been said that one in four
children have an undetected
vision problem that can inter-
fere with learning. ,
Students who have vision dif-
ficulties will most likely have
problems reading. Some chil-
dren are labeled as "learning
disabled" or "trouble maker"
when all they need is a good
comprehensive eye exam and
appropriate vision correction.
A comprehensive eye exam
measures a number of visual
skills that are critical to a child's
vision such as using both eyes as
a team and the ability of the
eyes to focus properly when
reading a book. Many children
will not complain of vision prob-
lems, simply because they don't
know what "normal" vision
looks like.
Making a child's first test a
vision test will prepare a child to
enter school ready to gain the
knowledge and, skills that will
remain with them for their
entire life. How well a child can
see will have a great impact on
how much and how quickly they
will learn. Comprehensive eye

exams should be done every


Now again, here is a list of
some signs that you can look
out for in children with poor
squinting, closing or cover-
ing on eye, excessive blinking
or rubbing of the eyes;
dislike and/or avoidance of
close work, short attention span,
frequent daydreaming;-
sitting too close to TV, plac-
ing the head too close to a book
while reading, losing place while
complaints of headaches,
nausea and dizziness excessive
clumsiness; and
turning or tilting the head to
one side.
If you notice any of these
signs, please make an appoint-
ment today to an eye doctor for

a comprehensive eye exam.
Also, here is a list of some ways
you can enhance good vision in
make sure children are
working with proper lighting;
make sure that children
take periodic breaks to rest
their eyes during long periods of
reading or writing;
make sure that children
who have glasses wear their
glasses for the reasons pre-
make sure children that are
active in sports or recreational
activities using balls, rockets or
rough contact with other players
wear protective eyewear (sport-
ing goggles) to prevent eye
to teachers; if you do sus-
pect vision problems in a child
seeing the blackboard, have the
child sit up front in the class-
room until the child can obtain
professional eye care.
Source: MJB Optical

The importance of child

and adult immunisation

Communicable diseases
A communicable disease is a
catching or an infectious illness.
They spread from an infected
person to a susceptible person,
and from animals and the envi-
The transference of commu-
nicable diseases occurs when
specific organisms/ germs enter
the body. Once the germs enter
the body, it stops its normal
functions and begins to mal-
function, resulting in illness/sick-
The person's immune system
becomes weak and cannot build
up a resistance to fight the
germs. Therefore, infected per-
sons come into contact with well
persons and spread the illness.
Bacteria, viruses and para-
sites are some of the organisms
that cause the communicable
diseases. These organisms enter
the body through direct or indi-
rect contact with persons. The
exchange of body fluids plays a
very important role in the
spread of communicable dis-
eases. Some examples direct
contact are:
Through the skin (cuts or
open wounds);
through the mouth (kissing,
eating, ingestion of dirty water,
milk and/or food) and;
through the respiratory sys-
tem via inhalation (breathing in
droplets from infected persons
coughing or sneezing).
Contact with contaminated
objects allows for indirect con-
tact with the germs that cause
the diseases. Some examples of
items that are commonly not-
ed as objects used in indirect
contact are:
Dirty toys, towels, bed
sheets, and/or injection needles;
dirty hands;
dirty pets;
germ-carrying animals, also
called Vectors (mosquitoes,

rats, flies, dogs). These carry
germs on their feet and other
parts of their body. Germs are
also carried in the soil, as a
result of human and animal dis-
charges that could be found in

Examples of preventable
communicable diseases
'Some infectious diseases are:
Hepatitis B

We can promote resistance
to communicable diseases
There is natural and artificial
immunisation that could occur
in the human body that would
promote resistance to commu-
nicable diseases. Persons
exposed to these diseases build
up a resistance to the germs that
fight against future exposures.
This occurs naturally (in some
cases) with direct contact with
the infected person. The artifi-
cial immunisation occurs when
small portions of the weakened
down germ in introduced into
the body by injection.

Who needs immunization?
All persons are required to
be completely immunised. Vac-
cines are given at any session
of the government clinic. Well
or sick baby clinic immunisa-
tions are also given. Vaccines
are necessary for both children
and adults and should not be
taken for. granted. Adults, espe-
cially those of childbearing age,
are cautioned to get their
tetanus every 10 years and their
three doses of both the
Measles, Mumps and Rubella
(MMR) and the Hepatitis -B.

It has been noted that there is
about an eight per cent immu-
nisation defaulters found in the
government clinics. Persons
who miss their clinic appoint-
ments are either called or con-
tacted at home when possible.
Parents/Caregivers are encour-
aged to provide the clinics with
updates in cases of change of
Too often nurses are unable
to locate the children needing
vaccinations; and they are left
with the last resort of making a-
radio announcement. The
Department of Public Health is
grateful to the countless
reminders from family and
friends who contact the default-
ers. for them. Persons are also
reminded to secure the immu-
nisation records because they
are also legal documents chil-
dren need to demonstrate proof
of immunisation to gain regis-
tration into schools (govern-
ment and private, and universi-
Immunisations are FREE
and are available at all major
government clinics found with-
in many of our residential areas.
Persons are encouraged to use
the health services that are
made available to them to
improve or maintain their

The dangers of not receiving
If the general public has been
vaccinated, they are protected
but if they are not they can
catch any of the communicable
diseases they become exposed
to. Failure to become immu-
nized leads'to illnesses (cancer
of the liver, cirrhosis), sterility,
brain damage, pneumonia, dis-
abilities (deafness, paralysis)
and even death. We are also a
tourist destination, and with the
constant coming and going of

persons, we increase the possi-
bilities of diseases outbreak on
the part of residents and visi-
tors alike.

Health promotion for an
immunized Bahamas
Here are some things you can
do to promote resistance to
communicable diseases:
Eat three balanced meals a
exercise, sleep and rest ade-
wash your hands before
meals and after using the toi-
stay away from others when
you have an infectious disease
be faithful to one sexual
have physical examinations
once a year and go to a clinic if
you are sick;
have a dental check ups
twice a year;
prevent diseases through
learn about your body and
your health and;
keep your environment
For more information on the
importance of child and adult
immunisation in observance of
International Immunization
Month and the up coming
National Immunisation Week
(third week in September),
please call the Department of
Public Health at 502-4737 or the
Health Education Division at
telephone 502-4848 at the Min-
istry of Health.
This column was prepared
in collaboration with Deborah
Fox, Senior Nursing Officer for
the Expanded Programme on
Immunisation with the Depart-
ment of Public Health along
with Pamela Bowe, Senior
Health Education Officer,
Health Education Division,
Ministry of Health.

What you don't know

about asthma can hurt

ASTHMA is a disease that
affects the air passages in the
With asthma, the muscles
within the small air passages
of the lungs go into spasm
and narrow the airways caus-'
ing coughing, wheezing,
breathing difficulties and
chest tightness.
Asthma is a physical prob-
lem, not an emotional one
(although stress, anxiety or
frustration can cause asthma
to worsen). A variety of trig-
gers can set off asthma
attacks: having a respiratory
tract infection (cold, flu, bron-
chitis, or sinus infection);
breathing an allergen like
pollen, mold, animal dander,
or dust or smoke; taking cer-
tain medicines; showing strong
feelings including laughing
and crying; exercising; chang-
ing temperatures and humid-
ity levels; or having sulfites
(additives found in wine and
some processed foods).
Asthma attacks range from
mild to severe and treatment
varies. Asthmatics can do a

number of things to help
Don't smoke;
stay away from smoke
and air pollution;
drink plenty of liquids
(two to three quarts a day) to
keep secretions loose;
figure out what triggers
your asthma and eliminate
allergens or irritants at home
and at work;
Keep your bedroom
allergen-free (use an aller-
gen-free cover on your mat-
tress and pillow);
discontinue vigorous
exercise immediately if you
start to wheeze;
avoid foods that contain
sulfites used as preservatives
and found in shellfish and
sit up during an asthma
attack and;
always keep your med-
ication handy. Take it as
soon as you feel an attack.
An annual flu vaccine is also
recommended for people
with asthma.
Source: Doctors Hospital



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Anthuriums, pony

tails and Cape


I HAVE been writing for
The Tribune for 17 years and
have covered lots of plants in
that time. Even so, there are
some plants I have in my own
yard that I have never men-
tioned. Time to make

Anthuriums are really
striking when they are in
bloom and the types in my
yard are called Flamingo
Flower. I have both pink and
red flowering varieties. I pre-
fer the red but the pink is a
better bloomer.
The leaves are shaped
much like Caladium leaves
(they are close relatives) but
somewhat smaller and solid
green. The flowers are really
glossy spathes with distinct
spadices. The overall effect
is rather sexy.
Anthuriums are native to
the American tropics so
endure summer heat well.
They cannot take full sun,
however, and must be grown
in shaded areas. The leaf and,
flower stems come straight
out of the ground without any
branching, a single stem for
each leaf or flower, just like
Anthuriums are perennials
that flower best in the
warmer months of the year
but provide attractive foliage
when not flowering. They
make wonderful subjects for
containers on a shaded patio.
The Pony Tail (sometimes
called, erroneously, Pony Tail
Palm) is very easy to identify.
It has a large, almost spheri-
cal base and a palm-like stem.
The leaves are long, slim and
recurved. Pony Tail is an
attractive plant that will grow
well in containers, the size it
reaches dependent on the
size of the container. If plant-
ed in the ground a Pony Tail
can reach 15 feet.

* CAPE Honeysuckle can be trained as a small tree or
allowed to spread along the ground to form a hedge

Here's the amazing thing:
the Pony Tail is a member of
the Liliaceae family: a lily not
a palm. It takes full sun and
prefers sandy, well-drained
soil. It is fairly salt tolerant if
planted well back from the
It would be nice to have a
house the size of Tara with a
driveway lined with Emperor
or Alexandria palms. For
those of us with more modest
houses an equally entrancing
effect can be achieved, at far
less expense, by planting
Pony Tails every 10 feet or
so on both sides of a drive-
Cape Honeysuckle is only
technically a member of my
garden. When the Abaco
Central High School admin-
istration block burned down
earlier this year the Cape
Honeysuckle I had planted
around the south side of the
block survived. I took some
cuttings and these have put
out new leaves and look as
thought they are doing very

'Cape Honeysuckle can be
a shrub, a vine or a tree -
depending on how you treat
it. The plant at the high
school send out runners
above ground level and root-
ed itself every few feet or so,
forming a running hedge. The
orange-red upright flower
clusters reached above win-
dow shelf level and were
attractive from both inside
the staff room and outside.
Trained in a similar way
the Cape Honeysuckle can
make a striking hedge. There
are several in Hope Town
that reach to about five feet
tall and never seem to need
any pruning. The folage con-
sists of attractive compound
leaves with nine leaflets that
much resemble bramble
leaves. Some plants have five
or seven leaflets.
Native to Cape Province in
South Africa, Cape Honey-
suckle can be trained into a
shrub or tree by preventing
adventitious runners from
taking root. This way it can
reach ten feet or more.

* THE 18-inch Pony Tail you may have in a container could become a 15-foot specimen if planted in
the ground, like this one in Marsh Harbour belonging to Silbert and Esther Sawyer








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