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Title: The Tribune
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Publication Date: September 6, 2005
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Airport Authority

opened 14/32

to accommodate

Virgin Atlantic flight

RUNWAY completion plans
for Nassau International Air-
port's newly renovated runway,
14/32, were "rescheduled"' to
accommodate Virgin Atlantic
Airways flights, said Joseph
Reckley, deputy general
manager at the Airport Author-
Speaking to The Tribune yes-
terday, Mr Reckley said: "We
do this all the time for airlines
with special needs. It is our job
to cater to airlines with special
According to Mr Reckley, the
runway has been and will con-
tinue to be closed periodically
to complete additional work in
the area.
Yesterday it was alleged by
an unnamed source that the

runway's constant closure is in
large part due to the rushing of
airport officials to complete the
job to accommodate Virgin
Atlantic Airways flights.
According to the source, in
August the runway in question
had been closed to add lighting
to the area.
In late August it was reported
that, despite the $35.5 million
paid to Lagan Holdings Inter-
national for the renovations,
crews had already dug up three
areas of the runway to resur-
face them.
In July, airport personnel
claimed the newly refurbished
runway was "still faulty" and
that there were cracks in the
asphalt. However, Works and
SEE page 11

Cruise ship hurricane relief
will not affect Bahamas
THE Bahamas cruise ship industry will not be affected by Carnival's
decision to make three vessels available to hurricane relief efforts in the
Carnival Cruise Lines announced on Saturday that three of its ships
that service Caribbean ports have been chartered to the Federal
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to transport or house vic-
tims of Hurricane Katrina.
The three ships: The Ecstasy, the Holiday and the Sensation, will all
have been pulled from normal duty by Thursday.
The vessels all sail to the western Caribbean, however none service
ports in the Bahamas.
Carnival has announced that all affected guests are eligible for a
refund and will have the chance to reschedule on another Carnival ship.

Students are all on the same page

* ON THE first day back at school, Miss Reckley makes sure these Temple Christian
Primary students get straight to work with a lesson in reading,
(Photo: Felipi Major/Tribune staff)

'may come
to a halt'
.Tribune Staff Reporter
MAILBOAT captains are
warning that, due to high fuel
costs and lack of government
action, the entire mailboat oper-
ation may soon come to a halt.
At a press conference yester-
day, the president of the Mail-
boat Association (MBA)
Raphael Moxey said almost
every mailboat is operating in
arrears, a practice that cannot
continue much longer.
"The nature of the industry
is one where we cannot insti-
tute cost-saving options. The
route is the same, the distance is
the same, but the cost of fuel
today is $3.09 a gallon.
"BEC is able to pass on these
SEE page 11

Sears: Ministry
of Works 'lacks
capacity' to address
education needs
Tribune Staff Reporter
MINISTER of Education
Alfred Sears said it is clear that
the Ministry of Works "lacks
the capacity" to address his
ministry's needs in providing
timely school repairs.
This comes after C C Sweet-
ing Junior High School was not
able to open its doors to stu-
dents yesterday for the start of
the 2005-2006 school year, due
to it being in a state of disre-
"The current system is not
serving education well. I have
had an experience now for
three years working with this
system. It is clear to me that
the Ministry of Works lacks the
capacity to address the needs
of education on a timely basis,"
said Mr Sears.
Despite the Ministry of
Works' limited resources, Mr
Sears did commend that min-
istry for having made an extra-
ordinary effort on behalf of the
Ministry of Education. Howev-
er, he pointed out that there is a
SEE page six

Hung jury in Carey murder trial

Tribune Staff Reporter
A HUNG jury has left the
fate of Arthur Carey, charged
with murder, dangling indefi-
After two weeks of trial, the
seven-man, five-woman jury
deliberated for more than
three hours, but were left with-
out a unanimous verdict.
Eight persons found him
guilty, while four said he was
not guilty.
He was charged with deliv-
ering a fatal head shot to
Desmond Storr on the night of
September 17,2004.
Justice Anita Allen asked
the jury whether or not they
thought more time would help
them reach a unanimous ver-
dict. Once the foreman replied,
"No", Justice Allen discharged
the jury from the case.
Carey, 24, will continue to
be subject to bail conditions
until a new trial date is set.
As he walked out of the

Supreme Court on Monday
afternoon, his family cheered
for him while his stepfather
held him with one hand and

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* FAMILY members greet Arthur Carey
outside of court yesterday.
(Photo: Felip Major/Tribune staff)

raised the other shouting,
"Praise God".
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The tragedy of New Orleans,

a city stricken and neglected

CITIES die. Some from old age
and abandonment, some at the
hands of nature and some by war.
Archaeologists have not yet been able
to explain why the Mayans a thousand
years ago abandoned Chichen Itza and
other cities in what is now Mexico. Was
it disease, political upheaval or super-
stitious anticipation of impending disas-
In August, AD79, the volcano Vesu-
vius erupted and buried the Italian city of
Pompeii. It remained embalmed in mud
and ash for 1,500 years and is now
regarded as one of the most important
archaeological sites in the world.
In August 1945, hell descended on
Hiroshima and Nagasaki as a fearsome
new weapon incinerated both Japanese
cities in seconds. Those who were con-
sumed along with the cities were con-
sidered more fortunate than those who
survived only to endure horrible afflic-
In August 2005, tropical hurricane
Katrina roared in from the Gulf of Mex-
ico wreaking havoc on the littoral states.
Katrina's most notable victim was New
Orleans, one of the most interesting cities
in America.
Modem technology made it possible
for the tragedy of Hiroshima and
Nagasaki to be recorded, in mostly black
and white, a dubious contribution to pos-
terity except perhaps as a warning
against future folly.
Improved technology now makes it
possible for the world to observe in living
colour the death of the city of New
Orleans. It is a shattering experience.
. The city has played a central role in
'human progress. Without the city great
civilisations and high cultures would not
'have been possible.
Only the city allows for the develop-
ment and refinement of the art of politics
and government. Only from the city can
the state, the nation and great empires be
Only the city can provide the market-
place where the goods and services of
"the world can be efficiently traded. The
port city offers the additional dimension
of a sophisticated trading post where the
products of the world enter and from
which they are distributed to millions.
Only the city can accommodate great
temples to religion and culture: cathe-
drals, museums, art galleries, music halls,
sports stadiums and huge markets we
call shopping malls.
But the very complexities of the city


It is clear that those in charge of the
homeland security of the United States
are not ready for a major catastrophe
caused by nature or terrorism. No
doubt an intense political debate will
now ensue and hopefully America will
do some serious soul-searching.

make it especially vulnerable to all sorts
of threats and challenges.
Elaborate transportation networks;
distribution systems for electricity, water
and communications; and the whole
apparatus necessary for governing and
keeping order, are all susceptible to
breakdowns and assaults which can bring
a city to its knees in short order.

Some cities must make special
arrangements for protection
against the excesses of nature. In addi-
tion to the usual drainage systems they
must build embankments sea walls,,
dykes, levees to guard against the angry
ocean and swelling rivers and lakes.
New Orleans had just about every-
thing it needed to qualify for the status of
a great city. Its rich history and culture
made it a tourist mecca for Americans
and many visitors from abroad.

Only the city can provide the
marketplace where the goods and
services of the world can be efficiently
traded. The port city offers the
additional dimension of a sophisticated
trading post where the products of the
world enter and from which they are
distributed to millions.

The legacy of the white slave masters
and their black slaves was there, togeth-
er with traces of the nearly-exterminated
Native Americans. All of this was cross-
pollinated by Spanish and French influ-
The strong French influence was bol-
stered in the mid-eighteenth century with
the British ethnic cleansing of a French
enclave in Canada.
From what is now Nova Scotia the
people of Acadia were taken and scat-
tered along the North American coast by
the British, but some made their way
down to Louisiana and gave their name
Cajun to its unique culture.

t is said that suffering gives birth to
great art, especially literature and
music. A hundred years after the Aca-
dian diaspora, the American poet Hen-
ry Wadsworth Longfellow immortalised
the tragedy in his epic poem Evange-
Evangeline is the story of a young
woman who was separated from her
lover when the British destroyed their
village, Grand-Pre. She spends the rest of
her life searching for him, from Acadia
to Louisiana and all over:
"Thus did the long sad years glide on,
and in seasons and places
Divers and distant far was seen the
wandering maiden;
SNow. n the tents of grace of the meek
.,Moravian Missions,
Now in the noisy camps and the battle-
fields of the army,
Now in secluded hamlet, in towns and
populous cities,
Like a phantom she came, and passed
away unremembered"
The tortured souls and repressed intel-
lects of black Americans gave birth to
wondrous music spirituals, blues and
jazz, with New Orleans being the capital
of the latter and, when they were
allowed to write, great literature as well.
This is from a poem, The Negro
Speaks of Rivers, Langston Hughes
wrote in tribute to WEB DuBois:
"I bathed in the Euphrates when dawns
were young
I built my hut near the Congo and it
lulled me to sleep
I looked upon the Nile and raised the
pyramids above it,
I heard the singing of the Mississippi
when Abe Lincoln
went down to New Orleans, and I've

seen its muddy
bosom turn all golden in the sunset."
(A good introduction to black poetry
is The Black Poets, an anthology edited
by Dudley Randall and published by
Bantam Books).

t seems that New Orleans had
every vulnerability a city could
have. Its inadequate defences were
smashed by Katrina; all its systems failed
in the flooding; law and order broke
down, and the afflicted citizens were
woefully neglected for many days by a
paralysed and uncomprehending feder-
al government.
It was predictable. In fact, it was pre-
dicted by a newspaper, The Times-
Picayune, in precise and chilling detail
almost exactly as it happened. But, as
often happens, power did not listen.
There is no trace of the proverbial sil-
ver lining in all this but there are many
lessons to be learned, again.
It is clear that those in charge of the
homeland security of the United States
are not ready for a major catastrophe
caused by nature or terrorism. No doubt
an intense political debate will now ensue
and hopefully America will do some seri-
ous soul-searching.
As for New Orleans, perhaps it will
rise out of the mud in which it is has
drowned and be "all golden in the sun-
set'" once again. To do that it must lihave,
in the words of Langston Hughes, a soul
"grown deep like the rivers".


Franklyn Wilson is a highly gifted
Bahamian, talented and astute,
and a fast learner if ever there was one.
So why was Mr Wilson so slow to see
the picture with regard to Dr Rodney
Was it that in the first instance he dis-
counted the message because of who the
messengers were? One should examine
criticisms even when they come from
avowed opponents.
Now, at last, Mr Wilson is having his
eyes fully opened to reality by no less a
person than Dr Smith himself. So sad,
the whole thing, from beginning to end.
Let us hope for the sake of the College
of The Bahamas that this is indeed the
end of the matter.

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Lecturer has 'cordial'

meeting with minister

lege of the Bahamas senior lec-
turer Felix Bethel emerged
from a "cordial" meeting with
Education Minister Alfred
Sears yesterday and said a solu-
tion to his problems was in
The man who has spent 22
months off campus following a
bitter row with senior adminis-
trator Dr Linda Davis said his
attorney would now discuss his
future with the college coun-
"A solution is on the hori-
zon," he said. "The minister and
I had a cordial discussion."
Mr Bethel, 55, a COB lectur-
er for 28 years, defied instruc-

Bethel solution 'on the horizon'

tions from acting president Dr
Rhonda Chipman-Johnson this
week by not returning to the
college for the start of the new
school year.
He said new duties outlined
by Dr Chipman-Johnson were
not acceptable and that her uni-
lateral variation of his contract
amounted to constructive dis-
In a letter to Mr Bethel last
week, the acting president said
his presence on campus was
"mandatory" following the con-
clusion of court action against
him in respect of the Dr Davis
However, Mr Bethel said his
life could be in danger if he

returned to COB, where he
believes there are hostile ele-
ments as a result of his call for
the resignation of former presi-
dent Dr Rodney Smith.
In May this year, the prose-
cution decided not to pursue its
action against Mr Bethel, who
was accused of issuing threats
to Dr Davis during a furious
argument in the college car
Yesterday's discussions with
Mr Sears clears the way for Mr
Bethel's lawyer, Wayne
Munroe, to work out details of
his future with the college coun-
Mr Bethel told The Tribune:
"I will be sending a letter

requesting paid leave for this
semester during which time Mr
Munroe and the council will
work towards resolving any out-
standing issues."
He said salary owing from his
extended suspension on half-
pay would also be paid.
The veteran academic, who
said he used his long lay-off to
acquire knowledge and spend
more time with his children,
was the only person to official-
ly call for Dr Smith's resigna-
tion during the plagiarism scan-
When Dr Smith eventually
resigned his position under
pressure, he blamed the media
and Mr Bethel for his decision.

THE Ministry of Works has
announced its intention to
rechristen Harrold Road as
Tonique Williams-Darling
A public notice issued by
the ministry announces the
intention to change the name
of the road which runs from
the Baillou Hill Road round-
about to the JF Kennedy Dri-

ve intersection as the Tonique
Williams-Darling Highway.
Any persons objecting to
the proposed renaming of the
should write to: The perma-
nent secretary, Ministry of
Works and Utilities, PO Box
N-8156, Nassau, the Bahamas,
giving the reason for their
objections, within 30 days of
the date of the of this notice.


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Tribune Staff Reporter
GRAND Bahama is set to
receive a brand new investment
worth $220 to $250 million as
that island continues to rebuild
exactly one year after the havoc
wreaked by hurricanes Frances
and Jeanne.
Prime Minister Perry Christie
and Tourism Minister Obie
Wilchcombe joined Eric Chris-
tiansen, the chairman of the
board of New Hope Holding
Company and co-investor Jim
Goodrum, president of Lucayan
Marina Village, to make the
announcement at a press con-
ference yesterday.
The project is expected to
include a new financial services

center, a 120 room-condo hotel
and a number of high-end
Mr Christiansen, whose com-
pany built and formerly owned
the Pelican Bay Hotel, said his
latest venture should expedite
.further development on Grand
Work is expected to begin in'
earnest in the next few months.
He said the plan is to develop
the canal-front property over
the next five years. By that time,
he said, the investment should
be worth $220 to $250.
Speaking of the proposed
style of the development, Mr
Christiansen said: "We want
people to feel like they have
been abroad, not like they are
in downtown Miami."

He said the company is also
committed to ensuring that their
projects are staffed and built by
Bahamians, and that his com-
pany has requested only one
work permit.
Mr Wilchcombe said the
announcement could not come
at a better time, considering that
yesterday marked the first
anniversary of Hurricane
Frances making landfall on
Grand Bahama.
"We have to be aggressive
and let the world know that
Grand Bahama is alive and
well," he said.
The recent closure of the
Royal Oasis Hotel has left
Grand Bahama with a severe
hotel room shortage.
With the island receiving

more airlift and becoming a
leading destination for film mak-
ers, Mr Wilchcombe said that it
is essential that more properties
are built to meet demand.,
Mr Christie said the project
has the potential to increase vis-
itor arrivals, particularly from
Europe, and create hundreds of
jobs for Bahamians.
Although the closure of Roy-
al Oasis injured the island's
economy, particularly for work-
ers in the International Bazzar,
Mr Christie and Mr Wilch-
combe both expressed confi-
dence that the island would
rebound and promised that the
government would step in and
take charge if necessary to pur-
chase that hotel.


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M JIM Goodrum and Eric Christiansen look on as Perry Christie speaks

Family try to cope

with missing man

THE prominent family of a
missing businessman is strug-
gling to come to terms with a
double disappearance.
For the father of Dwight
Johnson, the hotelier who van-
ished in Eleuthera last week,
also went missing some years
ago and has not been seen since.
An islander told The Tribune:
"This is quite a mystery. It is
tragic that two men from the
same family should disappear
in suspicious circumstances.
"The father, Baldwin John-
son, also seemed to vanish into
thin air. Everyone in Eleuthera
is wondering what lies behind
this disturbing affair."
Dwight Johnson, a 44-year-
old father of three young chil-
dren, was reported missing last
Friday morning after dropping
his wife Michelle at home the
night before.
Mr Johnson had gone to lock
up his office at the Quality Inn
Cigatoo in Governor's Harbour,
a business he bought recently.
However, he has not been
seen since, though his truck was
found abandoned up a side road
with smears of blood on its
Police have since been con-

ducting an island-wide investi-
Yesterday, island sources
were worried about the where-
abouts of Dwight described
as popular and friendly and
feared for his safety.
One said: "He was well-
known and very likeable, but
it's very strange that he should
vanish like his father."
Dwight's brother, Lloyd John-
son, is an attorney in Governor's
Harbour. Their mother, Bren-
da, runs a gift shop nearby. The
family also owns the Buccaneer
Club and a restaurant.
Michelle, Dwight's wife, was
described as "a popular woman
who is very charitable and gen-
erous and always on fund-rais-
ing committees."
In fact, said a resident, "the
Johnsons can be described as a
prominent Eleuthera family,
known throughout the island."
Meanwhile, police have sub-
mitted blood samples found on
Dwight's truck for forensic tests.
They are still waiting for the
Asst Supt Wendall Deveaux,
Eleuthera's police chief, said
there were no new develop-
ments in their inquiries.

Change of

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A CHANGE of venue has
been granted by Justice
Stephen Isaacs for the trial of
Cordell Farrington, the man
charged with murdering four
juveniles and one adult in
Grand Bahama.
The trial is now set to
move from Grand Bahama
to New Providence.
Farrington's attorney,
Ramona Farquharson,
claimed to be in fear for her
life because she has been
threatened by members of
the public. She also claimed
her client would not be able
to have a fair hearing in
Grand Bahama.
Farrington is charged with
killing four boys: Mackinson
Colas, Junior Reme, Dean-
gelo McKenzie and Des-
mond Rolle. He is also
charged with killing the adult
Jamal Kareem Robbins.

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BAHAMIANS live in fear that the new
Bahamian in years to come will be more Hait-
ian than Bahamian and that the "true"
Bahamian might have to learn Creole as a
second language to exist.
As a child we often heard adults moaning
about how the influx of other nationalities,
particularly Jamaicans, was producing a new
Bahamian the kind of Bahamian that that
generation did not think bode well for the
Bahamas' future. As we heard it explained
- Bahamians were a gentle, courteous folk,
while Jamaicans were more aggressive, there-
fore, in the eyes of a "true" Bahamian "more
obnoxious" and difficult to deal with.
But who is the "true" Bahamian? What
distinguishes this special breed from all the
rest? It certainly isn't colour. Someone recent-
ly described a real Bahamian as one who was
culturally Bahamian and completely commit-
ted to the Bahamas. That person comes in all
colours, sizes and nationalities. They have set-
tled here, put down roots and would die for
this country their country. They have come
from Europe, Canada, the US, Asia, the
Caribbean, including Haiti, and made great
contributions to this country. They call them-
selves Bahamian and over the generations
they have become the real Bahamians.
It was not until 1973 in an independent
Bahamas that questions about who was and
who was not a true Bahamian became an
issue. After Independence many "real"
Bahamians found to their horror that under
the Bahamas Independence Order 1973 they
were no longer Bahamian. A one-time united
Bahamas was no longer united.
This led to much heartbreak, and open
political victimisation. Many in the Pindling
government were themselves first generation
Bahamians on their father's side. Sir Lynden
himself, son of a Jamaican policeman brought
to the Bahamas on contract to serve in the
local police force, was himself a first genera-
tion Bahamian.
The late Sinclair Outten, PLP MP for St
Barnabas, had to vacate his House of Assem-
bly seat, because, brought up to believe he
was Bahamian, he discovered he was born in
the Turks and Caicos Islands and therefore did
not qualify to sit in parliament. Culturally a
Bahamian, it is a question whether he knew
the Bahamas was not the land of his birth.
His parents had brought him here when he
w ts a babe in arms.
But as he did not qualify as a Bahamian by
irth, he had to resign from the House. The

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Pindling government quickly made him wh t
Bahamians like to snearingly call a "pap r
Bahamian." He offered as a candidate for t
Barnabas in the by-election that was call
to replace him, and was reinstated as MP for t
However, there were those, like the la e
Horace Wright, an outstanding teacher, w o
with his family had made a great contributi
to the Bahamas and was even more Bahami
than Sinclair Outten, if that were possible
However, he was victimised because he d d
not march under the PLP banner. That po r
man was run from pillar to post, and died wit -
out being granted Bahamian citizenship. s
death was such an embarrassment to the P
government that it tried to make the pub c
believe that Mr Wright had been granted ci -
zenship before his death. However, if he ha ,
no one had bothered to tell him about it. e
know this for a fact because only a few da s
before his death, a heartbroken Horace Wri t
told us the story of how badly he had be n
used and abused by the Pindling governme t.
He wept for a country that he had served wi h
such love and devotion.
During "Papa Doc" Duvalier's dictatorsh p
in Haiti many highly qualified Haitian do -
tors, lawyers and teachers quietly settled in t e
Bahamas. They Were- fpllowedl'by'H'aitit s
from the north, poodfihaidWdrkiiig e ,6p
who were welcomed in the Bahamas becau e
they did the menial labour that Bahamia s
refused to do. They all settled quietly into t e
community, causing no disruption. But th n
came the deluge, which threw the country in o
a state of social confusion.
We are told that more recently the Haitia s
now sneaking into the Bahamas are from Po -
au-Prince, persons that even Port-au-Prince s
glad to be rid of. Many are described as gan -
ster-types, troublemakers, men who will d -
rupt any community to which they a e
Over the years the problem has got out f
hand. Aliens who have been here for yea ,
have a job, and qualify for citizenship shou d
be regularised. Those who are illegal and ha e
no claim to any status in the country, wheth r
it be citizenship, residence or a work perm t,
should be given a reasonable time to set e
their affairs, pack their bags and return ho
The Bahamas cannot be a haven for all t e
world's homeless, nevertheless the illeg 1
amongst us must be treated with compassi n
and understanding until their future can e

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Who is a true Bahamian?

EDITOR, The Tribune
IN SOME ways our Bahami-
an society is still charmingly old-
fashioned. For example, when I
walk down the street, I can still
often hear "Good morning" or
"Good afternoon" from
passers-by. This is so refresh-
ing in a world where strangers
no longer acknowledge each
other. I love this country.
In other ways, being old-fash-
ioned is not such a good thing.
For example, many restaurants
and other places of business still
allow non-segregated smoking,
even though it is overwhelm-
ingly clear that this is usually
an offensive experience for non-
smokers, and more importantly,
second-hand smoke causes can-
cer and other illnesses.
On New Year's Eve 2004, my
family and I decided to cele-
brate the occasion at a restau-
rant on East Bay Street which
promised a delightful menu and
fireworks. As we excitedly
arrived, we were seated indoors.
This was our pre-arranged pref-
erence and initially, proved to
be wise because the weather
outside was too chilly for some
members of our party.
It all started so well. The food
was excellent, conversation was
good and all were in the best

spirits, enjoyir
Bahamian family
Suddenly, abo
through our mai
older man and
their cigarette and
away non-stop l
dragons in the ro
dows or doors w
allow the egress
from the room.
One of our par
asthmatic quietly e
cern to the waite
him whether p
allowed to smoke
whether he could d
stop it. We were b
ple were being
smoke in the room
New Year's Eve
wondering exac
restaurant's n
thought that this
Needless to say
was ruined for us
through the rest
and left the restate
waiting for the fire
we had earlier so
ipated. Frankly,

Sto our stomachs from inhaling
the putrid smoke which had
become thicker as the evening
wore on, courtesy of the same
two culprits at the table next to
us. Surely, at nearly $200 per
ng a warm plate this was unconscionable!
ly gathering. (However, I've learned the les-
)ut halfway son. In future, I will make care-
in course, an ful enquiries before embarking
woman lit up on making restaurant reserva-
I began to puff tions).
ike a pair of The point is that awareness
:om. No win- in our beautiful country must
Nere open to be raised about the dangers of
of the smoke exposing people to second-hand
smoke. Businesses can still
rty who is an make money, sensibly accom-
expressed con- modating both smokers and
er. She asked non-smokers, if they simply sep-
ieople were arate the two groups.
e indoors and In the case of the restaurant
do anything to we attended perhaps the smok-
told that peo- ers should have been seated
allowed to outside where their deadly and
n "because it's odious emissions would not
e." I am still harm or repel other patrons.
ctly why the In some ways it is wonderful
management to be old-fashioned, but not
s was a good when it comes to permitting sec-
ond-hand smoke to be thrust
, the occasion upon the innocent bystander!
as we gagged We now know the danger. Let's
of our meal get with the times and stop it.
urant without
works, which CHOKED UP
eagerly antic- Nassau
we were sick August 19 2005

Trouble with banking

industry in Bahamas

. EDITOR, The Tribune ,,.
PLEASE allow me to express
my dissatisfaction with the
banking industry in the
Today I took my eight-year-
old son Jason to the Finco
Branch on Robinson Road; his
grandma had set up a 'savings'
account for him in 1999, starting
him off with $50, and I thought
it about time he took interest
in this account with the inten-
tion of depositing any funds he
has and teaching him the impor-
tance of saving his money.
But on enquiry as to the
account we found it had been
closed out after two years of 'no
activity' and a charge of $5
imposed on the account every
quarter there after; thus no
account and no $50. Some "sav-
ings" account, I must say.
This upset my son and myself.
"Why did they take my money
daddy?" he asked, and after an


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son but it doesn't seem so".
In this day and age, should-
n't our banking institutions be
encouraging our young to save,
and feel safe in the fact that they
can do so without losing their
money for a simple option of
having somewhere safe to keep
what little money they have?
All this has done for me and
my son is prove that these cor-

porations will willingly take
your money, use it for their o6n
gain, and charge you if you
don't give them more.
If this letter can save one
child from losing their money
to these large corporations that
only look at making money
from petty charges, it will have
been worth it.
We thank you for your time.
August 31 2005

At last the PLP has

made a decision

EDITOR, The Tribune
THE last government had
so many referendums we were
in a spin, but this government
have not had any referendums
on things that should be taken
to the people. They obviously
need some help in the deci-
sion-making area!
But, at last the PLP have
made a decision!
They have spent time and
money to remove the image
of Sir Stafford Sands, founder
of tourism in the Bahamas
from the $10 note. WLy?
Not the fact that Sir

Stafford was seen as racist, buf
their own lack of investigation
into the deeds of a man who
we now all benefit from,
because he was born from, a
certain family. The very prin-
ciple that Sir Lynden Pindling
fought against! Sad. Not a par-
ty I can look up to.
Counting the days until the
next election so we can elect
someone fair, who can make
an informed decision. I hope it
is a woman!
August 2005

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Criticism after

calls for a week

of prayer for

Katrina victims

Tribune Staff Reporter
PAST Bahamas Christian
Council (BCC) president Bish-
op Simeon Hall lashed out at
the body after its call for a week
of prayer for the victims of Hur-
ricane Katrina.
Bishop Hall said: "Let's do
more than pray" and said that if
the BCC could only offer
prayers for the victims, then it
would reflect very poorly on the
Bahamas as a Christian nation.
"This is a marvellous oppor-
tunity for the Bahamian church
!to collectively join the rest of
.he Christian secular world in
concrete social action. The
council seems content to remain
in a ceremonial and perfuncto-
ry mode rather than participate

in old, creative concrete out-


"Our theology must influence
our sociology," he added. "The
fact that the majority of the
churches destroyed in the Gulf
states are in fact Baptist church-
es makes Dr William Thomp-
son's statements even more
interesting," he said.
Dr Thompson, the president
of the BCC, called for a week of
prayers for the victims of Hur-
ricane Katrina, asking for all
churches and Christians
throughout the Bahamas to set
aside September 4 to 10 as
"Pray for America" week. Dr
Thompson also commended the

government for donating
$50,000 to the American Red
"The BCC announcement
commending the government
for donating $50,000 should
have had the concomitant state-
ment that the Bahamian
churches will match what the
government has done.
"There are some 4,000
churches in the Bahamas. A
mere $100 from each church
would raise $400,000 and that
would stand us in good stead as
serious church leaders with a
global vision.
"God forbid, but if the situa-
tion were reversed the BCC
would be requesting our US
counterparts to do much more
that offer sympathies and
prayers," he said.

Fire Service to get boost

THE Fire Services branch of
the Royal Bahamas Police Force
is set to get a boost from new
equipment and manpower.
Speaking at the official open-
inig of the fourth annual Fire
Safety Awareness Week yester-
day, Deputy Prime Minister
Cynthia Pratt said fire services
will be receiving three new fully
equipped fire trucks, additional
staff, new bunker gear, protec-.
iye.breatwhing masks, face-shield
helmets, fire-fighter work gloves
and appropriate footwear.
The Family Islands will
receive fire pumps in areas that
have easy access to wells and
'.tie sea.
The annual event began in
2002, one year after the Straw
market fire on September 4,

"On that dreadful afternoon,
the world famous straw market
was destroyed by an incendiary
fire and a number of nearby
businesses severely affected.
The Fire Services will assist
in the training of volunteers
within the selected communi-
ties on basic fire fighting strate-
.gies, to ensure that persons are
trained and equipped to min-
imise damage.
Fire services director Jeffrey
Deleveaux said that in the past
year, the department has
recorded a slight increase in the
number of incidents reported.
"Therefore we have re-com-
mitted ourselves to the task of
bringing about a deeper aware-
ness, hence the need for greater
educational efforts within the
wider community."

New emergency vehicles

for container port

FREEPORT The Freeport
Container Port now has an
ambulance and fire pump truck
stationed at its transshipment
terminal in Lucayan Harbour.
" Public relations director Sher-
ry Rodgers said that an on-site
ambulance and fire truck would
'greatly improve the company's
capability to handle emergency
situations that might arise.
She added that all first
responders on the property
have gone through hands-on
local and international training
in methods of effecting com-
prehensive medical attention.
The container port also par-
ticipates in an annual emer-
gency response drill with the
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Rand Memorial Hospital and
the Royal Bahamas Police.
As a result of mutual
response drill, Ms Rodgers said
it was determined that the
acquisition of the vehicles
would assist the company in
becoming more self reliant in
handling emergency situations.
The Freeport Container Port,
which opened in July 1997, con-
tinues to expand its operations.
In February, the port completed
its $75 million Phase Four
The port, which is privately
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Holdings, is capable of handling
the largest container vessels in
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Teen held

in $3,000

drug claim

FREEPORT A 19-year-old
Raleigh Drive man was caught
allegedly trying to smuggle
$30,000 worth of drugs at
Lucayan Harbour on Sunday
According to police reports, a
security officer at the Discov-
ery Sun terminal was screening
passengers embarking on the
cruise around 3.50pm when he
noticed a young man acting in a
suspicious manner at the secu-
rity checkpoint.
The officer selected the man
for a secondary search in a pri-
vate room.
During the search police and
security officers allegedly found
more than two pounds of
cocaine hidden in his under-
pants and tennis shoes.
The teen was arrested and
taken into custody by the Drug
Enforcement Unit (DEU).

There have been five deaths
in fires so far this year 60 per
cent them children.
"Recognising this, we have
re-energised our efforts to edu-
cate school aged children to the
hazardous conditions associated
with fire," he said
Today, members of the Fire
Service will celebrate Smoke
Detector Distribution Day by
distributing and installing free
smoke detectors to the less for-
tunate in the community.
On Wednesday, a series of
evacuation drills will be held at
various locations including
hotels, schools, and government
The week will end on Satur-
day with a 'Fun, Run, Walk'
event beginning at 6am at police
headquarters on East Street.

Tribune Staff Reporter
MANY Bahamian women
shy away from the thought of
having a yearly mammogram
because they fear it is a
painful process or because
they consider breast cancer
too terrifying a prospect to
However, for the thousands
of women worldwide who
have beaten the deadly dis-
ease because of early detec-
tion through a mammogram,
having the process may have
been the best thing they have
ever done.
Statistics show that the ear-
lier breast cancer is caught
and treated, the greater the
chance of a full and complete
With this in mind and given
the hesitant nature of many
women to be tested, the Walk
In Medical Clinic yesterday
launched a month-long cam-
paign called 'Get in the Pink'
to encourage more women to
get mammograms.
For the month of Septem-
ber, the clinic has reduced its
prices from $110 to $55. The
hope is that more women will
make appointments and
encourage their friends to do
so as well.
Although the recommend-
ed age for a yearly mammo-
gram is 40 or older, younger
women with a strong family
history of breast cancer or
cancer in general should also
be tested.
Radiographer Patrona
Robinson said the Collins
Avenue facility may conduct
20 tests a month.
"That is less than one a day
per month," she said, "and
most of them are referred
from our doctors". The rea-
son for this, she thinks is that
women hear stories about
how painful it is from other
women or simply because
they fear a positive test result.
The mammogram process
is relatively simple: Four x-
rays are taken; one of the font
of each breast and one of each
side. There is some pressure
when the breast is pushed into
the machine, tp, tten and,
spread the breast tissue., but,
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do their self breast exam, b.ut
remember that by the time
you feel a lump, it may
already be an advanced can-
cer and your fingers cannot
always detect lumps," she
That she said is why a mam-
mogram is so important. More
and more women are being
diagnosed with breast cancer
and at younger ages. There is
also a smaller percentages of
men who are diagnosed.
Appointments for dis-
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* PATRONA Robinson a radiologist, tests a patient for
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Minister of


FROM page one

need for more engineers,
architects and surveyors.
With there being a great
need for preventative
maintenance within the
schools, Mr Sears said he
will be presenting to
Cabinet a proposal to
establish a national pre-
ventative maintenance pro-
--gramme.- .....
This programme will
seek to engage mainte-
nance workers such as
masons, carpenters and
electricians permanently in
the public schools, along
with contractors to service
school districts.
"It is my belief, based on
the advice I have received,
that if we put more
resources into the mainte-
nance of the school we will
have less of a bill in terms
of structural repairs," said
Mr Sears.
"I have also consulted
with the deputy prime min-
ister for the u-se of prison-
ers in the maintenance
and landscaping," he
Permanent secretary in
the Ministry of Education
Creswell Sturrup said that
at A F Adderley Junior
High there were some con-
cerns about safety.
However, an indepen-
dent expert and Ministry
of Works engineer had giv-
en an assurance that the
building is now structural-
ly sound based on remedi-
al action taken, said Mr
While work is being
completed at Carlton Fran-
cis Primary School, grades
four to six will be relocated
to the Greater Bethel
church, the Southland
Church of God and
Carmichael Primary
On the Family Islands,
Mr Sturrup said there
would have been slight
delays at N G M Major
High School and thdeMan-
grove Bush Primary School
in Long Island.
Additionally, he said
that on San Salvador trail-
ers are being installed to
accommodate the primary
school children of the
United Estates Primary
School destroyed by hurri-
canes last year.
The installations-of- the
trailers should be complet-
ed in a week and a half,
said Mr Sturrup. School
will open on the island this
Thursday and the primary
school children will be
accommodated at other
a 1 1 o c a t e d

N LOOSE masonry around one of the pillar supports at AF Adderley
Junior High School, described by the group as 'harrowing'


after touring public schools

A GROUP of concerned
women has taken an in-depth
look at the state of government
schools as public concern
mounts about the situation.
Teachers staged a sit-out last
week, even as government min-
isters assured the public that
ongoing works were nearly
Yesterday, Education Minis-
ter Alfred Sears admitted that
the Ministry of Works lacks the
capacity to affect school repairs
in a timely fashion.
But starting on Friday, sev-
eral officers from the FNM
Women's Association decided
to see the situation for them-
The group included former

registrar general Elizabeth
Thompson, FNM Senator
Gladys Johnson Sands, former
speaker of the House of Assem-
bly Italia Johnson and associa-
tion president Caron Shepherd.
Members claimed the tour
had nothing to do with politics
and that they iall had the inter-
ests of the students in mind.
When The Tribune caught up
with the group, the women had
just finished touring the AF
Adderley junior high school.
Senator Sands said: "We have
seen areas in the school where it
is evident that the school is not
ready to be opened on Mon-
day. Students have to use these
schools, they have to be safe,
accommodating and wholesome
with some level of ambiance
and stability."

Caron Shepherd said the
safety of returning students is
a major concern.
"We don't want them return-
ing to an environment that is
not conducive of them learn-
ing," she said.
The group then toured CC
Sweeting Junior High School,
where workers were seen con-
tinuing repairs to several class-
On Friday officials at the
school said only 23 classrooms
were ready for the new school
year although they expected
1,300 students.
Further inspection revealed
that the library had been closed
to students for the past year and
converted to a staff faculty
One teacher told the group

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that she had been without a per-
manent classroom for a year.
After the officers completed
their tours, Ms Shepherd
released a statement to the
She described the visit to AF
Adderley as "a harrowing expe-


"As we moved around the
facility we became appalled by
what we saw. Ceilings falling
down in classrooms, cracks in
the courtyard, leaks in bal-
conies, concrete balconies sup-
ported by wooden structures,
graffiti on the walls and lou-
vered windows out of place.
Ms Shepherd claimed that the
group saw downed power lines
and spoke to workmen who
were repairing existing struc-
tures, renovating and adding 18
new classrooms.
"We moved toward the con-
struction area and were advised
that we were entering there at
our own risks..What about the
students who would also have
access to the area come Mon-
day morning?" she asked.
At CC Sweeting, the officers
came upon "an equally dismal
scene" according to Ms Shep-
herd, who claimed that educa-
tors at that school were "grave-
ly concerned".

She said that based on its con-
dition, the school "could have
easily existed in a war zone."
There were classrooms with-
out windows, broken staircas-
es, "dilapidated bathrooms" and
"a library that was being used as
a staff room, a storage area for
a stove, washing machine and
musical instruments," said the
"There were reports that
drains are clogged, that there is
broken glass in the fixtures, that
the auditorium and the foyer
leak, that there is no security
fence in some areas, that there
is a shortage of furniture for the
school, and that the school is
too small for the number of stu-
dents who are to be housed
"How could any children be
expected to perform at an opti-
mum level in a substandard
environment? The safety, health
and wellbeing of our nation's
teachers and youth are under
siege and are being ignored,"
said Ms Shepherd.
The association's final inspec-
tion stop was at the Carlton
Francis primary school. ..........
Although it was found to be
in a better condition than the
other two schools, the officers
"were advised and noted that
repairs had commenced just last
week on a school that needed
those repairs since April 2005!"
Ms Shepherd said.

Parents' anger at state

of children's school

Tribune Staff Reporter
PARENTS and teachers of
CC Sweeting expressed their
frustration and annoyance over
the state of disrepair at the
junior high school.
On Monday morning, CC
Sweeting students did not start
school as scheduled because of
what parents said are unaccept-
able conditions.
Instead, teachers and parents
gathered in the school's audi-
torium to air their concerns to
Minister of Education Alfred
During the meeting, one par-
ent told the minister that there
is no running water at the
"My concerns are that they
do not have persons working
here on a day-to-day basis to
properly maintain the bath-
rooms. Also the Ministry of
Works is lax on fixing the water
pumps and having clean, puri-
fied water available for the stu-
dents to drink," said the par-
"In the past, school has been
out early because there was no
water or plumbing. Most par-
ents work, therefore the kids
have been sent home and there
is no parent there to receive
them," the parent said.
Another parent was con-
cerned about safety at the
school, in light of what he said
appeared to be unstable infra-
structure .

Classes delayed because of

'unacceptable conditions'

Mr Sears said in response:
"We are dependent on the tech-
nical advisors. The visionaries
and the architects came to this
school, they did a survey of the
"Based on their survey, they
would have prepared a scope
of work. In other words, the
contract that Mr Petty has is
based on engineers and archi-
tects having been here to look
at the building and scope out
the works that are necessary to
The Tribune interviewed two
concerned teachers who wished
to remain anonymous.
One teacher, who has been
at the school for seven years,
said that teachers began being
hindered when construction
work started on the campus last
She claimed that because of
the dust from the construction,
she experienced sinus problems.
She added that last week, the
female bathroom in the admin-
istration block was not work-
ing, which forced male and
female teachers to use the same
The other teacher claimed
that one day last year she found
faeces on a stairwell, which she
said was probably due to the

bathrooms being out of service.
Parent Teacher Association
(PTA) president Dwight Rolle
said that there have been many
promises handed down about
school repair, but that he is now
looking for results.
Mr Rolle said that on Satur-
day, an urgent meeting by the
PTA was held at the school.
He said the parents decided
that they would not allow their
children to come to the school
under the present conditions.
"No electricity in the eastern
classrooms, where construction
is now going on. Also, the water
supply is being fixed at present.
The plumbing conditions inside
the bathroom are deplorable,"
said Mr Rolle.
Creswell Sturrup, permanent
secretary in the Ministry of
Education, said the floor in the
first block has been re-tiled.
Mr Sturrup said that present-
ly, fans and light fixtures are
being installed, adding that this
work is expected to be complete
by the end of the week.
He said that the plumbing sit-
uation in the school's western
block is also being looked into.
School will begin for seventh
graders on Thursday and Fri-
day and all the students will
return on Monday.




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for the ceremony and picked up a
bill running close to a million dollars.
TV host Oprah, whose phenomenal
success has made her a billionaire, also
treated her loved ones to a four-day
luxury get-together at the One and
Only Ocean Club on Paradise Island.
Guests gathered in the club's Medi-
tation Gardens as bride Chrishaunda

Lee wed Jason Perez in what one
described as "a fantastic ceremony."


Oprah, 51, who was accompanied
at the wedding by long-term partner
Stedman Graham and her best friend
Gayle King, wanted to do something
special for a niece she adores.
So she treated her to a dream wed-
ding in the ultimate setting the fab-

ulous Paradise Island resort, where
celebrities are assured privacy and
Oprah is a Paradise Island regular
along with celebrities like Michael Jor-
dan, Barry Bonds and 0 J Simpson.
News of her wedding treat broke on
a celebrity website.
The Ocean Club, meanwhile, main-
tained its policy of total silence.
Oprah is renowned for wanting pri-
vacy and is apparently quite aggres-
sive in assuring she gets it.

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Bahamas Information
FREEPORT Ministry of
Tourism director of business
development and public rela-
tions for Grand Bahama Ter-
rance Roberts has called on
educators to adjust their cur-
riculum to focus on tourism-
related subjects.
Mr Roberts comments was
addressing more than 300 edu-
cators from the Grand
Bahama at a two-day Teachers
Professional Day seminar, held
last week at the Our Lucaya
He pointed out that in the
the Bahamas, everyone is
impacted economically by
tourism, and that tourism
expenditures comprise some
50 per cent of the country's
gross domestic product.
Mr Roberts said that in his
opinion, a significant number
of Bahamian children who
have attended high school are
approaching the world of work
without the skills necessary to
sustain themselves economi-
He told teachers that the
Ministry of Tourism and the
Ministry of Education, in part-
nership with the Bahamas
Hotel Association, have been
working very closely to
address the school-workplace
"Our representatives have
increased the frequency of
planning sessions to partner

'Learning experience must

be relevant to economy,

on these important nation-
building issues," he said.
Mr Roberts highlighed one
major effort; the Tourism Task
Force on Education.
This, he said, led to the
development of a recommen-
dation as to how best to shape
an education and training sys-
tem for the country.
"We look forward to the
time when our students in
grades seven through 12 will
be exposed to an infusion of
hospitality and tourism appli-
cations in core academics,
whereby areas in mathemat-
ics, science and language arts
are identified, where modifi-
cations can be made to instruc-
tional materials to make the
learning experience more rel-
evant to the Bahamian econo-
my," he said.


He pointed out that 27 years
ago, the Ministry of Tourism
established the industry-train-
ing unit, and implemented the
now popular Bahama-host
"Today, there are over
23,000 graduates of that pro-
gramme who are among the
ranks of many front-line

tourism industry associates.
"Over the years, in order to
prepare our people, we have
developed TEAM, or Tourism
Education Awareness Mod-
ules, for students in grades 7 to
9; SMART, a Sales, Market-
ing and Royal Treatment pro-
gramme, and an information
database called THINK, or
Tourism and Hospitality Infor-
mation Network, at HYPER-
LINK "http://www.tourismba-," he said.
Mr Roberts went on to tell
educators that as they begin
the new school year "with a
mind to transform Bahamian
Education for the 21st Cen-
tury, perhaps as summarised
in a workforce plan for the
Bahamas Hospitality Indus-
try, the time'has come to ini-
tiate a three or four-year
course of study with the core
academic curriculum, that
would prepare high school
students to either enter the
industry upon graduation
with a high degree of aware-
ness and preparation; or pur-
sue an industry-related certi-
fication or degreed pro-
gramme at the Bah.amas
Technical Vocational Insti-.
tute, the College of the
Bahamas or some other post-
secondary institution."

* VALENTINO Johnson, nine, gets a "back to school" haircut courtesy of Elite's Haircuts at
the Englerston Back to School Fun Da
(Photo: BIS: Tim Aylen)

Inaugural triathlon is

held on Grand Bahama

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Ness was one of the top junior soccer players in the Bahamas and played for
the Texaco Shooting Stars in the New Providence Football League, St.
Andrew's Hurricanes and as a women's national soccer team forward.

Ness, who was always the smallest player on the field, will be remembered
for her tenacious, all-out play and ability to get the job done despite not having
the physical presence of the opposing players.

GRAND Bahama premiered
an international sporting event
this past weekend with the
advent of the Family Fitness
Weekend Triathlon.
Don Cornish, district manag-
er of special markets with the
Ministry of Tourism, said that
the ministry partnered with
Exclusive Sports Marketing
(ESM) to promote the event.
"We wanted to get into a
market where there was a pro-
ducer available who already had

an audience participating in a
series, and who would find it
easy to come into the Bahamas
to gain points.
"Because Grand Bahama was
a logical location, as in proxim-
ity, they would find it attractive
enough to come here on an
annual basis," Mr Cornish said.
"This inaugural event came
off okay considering that we
had some challenges. Over 100
persons signed up but because
of the hurricane, some can-

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celled," he explained.
"So we know that on the US
Labour Day each year we will
have on Grand Bahama a
triathlon event, or beach vol-
leyball or golf or tennis or bas-
ketball, something that will pro-
vide us the opportunity for pro-
motions," said Cornish.
The winners in the inaugural
event were Robert Skaggs from
Tampa, Florida in the Male
Elite Division and in the Ladies
Elite Division, Lottie Branigan,
of Vero Beach, Florida.
Mr Skaggs said that every
time there is a race in the
Bahamas he tries to make it,
calling it a great place to com-
Ms Branigan said she has
been to the Bahamas several
times. "If there is a triathlon
here it is worth coming over for;
it makes it fun to get some vaca-
tion in along with the families
that also came over," she said.
On October 21 to 24, Grand
Bahama will be hosting a major
beach volleyball series featur-
ing 150 teams.
Also down the road, another
new brand of triathlon is set for
Grand Bahama in November.
Genesis Adventures has
added a half-EnduraSport
triathlon to its first-ever
EnduraSport event set for
November 19 in Grand Bahama.
Triathletes now have the
option of entering a 75-mile
Half-EnduraSport or the full,
150-mile EnduraSport Triathlon.
Both races stretch the limits
of the sport; the 150-mile
EnduraSport is longer than the
traditional, 140.6-mile Iron-man
The Half EnduraSport con-
sists of a 1.2-mile swim, a 60.7-
mile bike race and a 13.1-mile
run; while the full EnduraSport
combines a 2.8-mile swim, a 121
mile bike race and a 26.2-mile
Also in November, the
Junkanoo Jam Basketball Jam-
boree returns featuring ranked
ladies college teams from Divi-
sion I of the NCAA, and the
first National Workers Co-oper-
ative Credit Union Golf Classic
featuring teams from the US
and the Caribbean.


Youngsters get ready for school

* ELLEN McCartney hands out hot dogs to excited youngsters enjoying themselves at the
Englerston Back to School Fun Day on Saturday at Englerston Park. Dozens of children of all
ages jumped around on the bouncy castle and played basketball. Back to School supplies were
also handed out to the youngsters.



3,173 illegal imigrants caught this year

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE government has spent nearly
$500,000 in the past eight months on
ridding the Bahamas of illegal immi-
From the beginning of the year up to
the end of August a total of 3,173 ille-
gal immigrants have been apprehend-

ed, processed and repatriated back to
their respective homelands.
Of this number, the three largest
groups were 2,585 Haitians, 343
Jamaicans and 154 Cubans.
According to the ministry's report,
the cost to the government of the
Bahamas to repatriate these persons
is over $477,108.
Of special mention was the period

between August 21 and 31 when a total
of 187 illegal immigrants were appre-
hended. Of this figure, there was 162
Haitians, 21 Jamaicans, three Peru-
vians, and one Israeli, all found inNew
At the Detention Centre on
Carmicheal Road, there are 159 per-
sons awaiting repatriation: 114 Cubans,
23 Haitians, 12 Jamaicans, five Domini-

cans, two British, pne Madagascar
national, one Nigerian and one Hon-


Minister of Labour and Immigration
Vincent Peet said that these individuals
are expected to be repatriated in the

very near future.
"The Department of Immigration
pledges to reduce the influx of illegal
immigrants in the Bahamas, and is
determined to expeditiously repatri-
ate those found living and working
here illegally.
"We invite all concerned Bahami-
ans to join hands in this worthwhile
undertaking," he said.

Hundreds fly to Nassau for Semester at Sea

* CARISSA Hoover, student, Semester at Sea; Julian Asenjo, associate director of enrolment;
and Freida Hour, student, Semester at Sea

* THE MV Explorer, which will be home to 684 students as they travel the world

SCORES of students from
universities across the United
States and the world arrived in
Nassau last week to board the
MV Explorer cruise ship for the
beginning of a 'Semester at Sea'.
Some of the 684 students
were accompanied by friends
and relatives who travelled with
them to bid farewell.
Sponsored by the University
of Pittsburgh, the Semester at
Sea has been going for over 10
years, -with the winter/spring
semester typically beginning in
Julian Asenjo, associate direc-

tor of enrollment, said: "The
main reason for choosing the
port of Nassau is that the port is
familiar to everyone when it
comes to dealing with visitors
and it's easier for students to
get to."
The programme provides stu-
dents with the "opportunity for
comparative study of diverse
cultures, combining ship-board
classroom experience with on-
land field study."
It is intended for students to
"receive a cross-cultural per-
spective on the world that they
could never receive on their

home campuses," he said.
Asenjo said: "We get itiner-
ary that exposes students to
developing countries and take
them to places where they
wouldn't normally travel -
places that are not normally
sightseeing places."


This year, Semester at Sea
will visit La Guardia,
Venezuela; Salvador, Brazil;
Cape Town, South Africa;
Mobassa, Kenya; Chennai,

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Hung jury

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murder trial

FROM page one

Carey was all smiles as he
embraced his family.
None of the victim's family
appeared to be present.
During her summary of the
case, Justice Allen told the
jury that the crux of the pros-
ecution's case lay with the
-testimony of Andrew Sid.
He was the chief witness in
the case, called by prosecutor
Jillian Williams.
Sid told the court that he
knew the accused from pri-
mary school and from the
basketball court on Rupert
Dean Lane. He said his
friend, Storr, was towing him
on a bicycle and they had
gone to purchase a marijuana
While riding along West
Street, Sid said the accused
approached them on a bicy-
cle with "something in his
hand". He said Storr fell on
the bicycle, and he dived for
cover in a nearby yard.
Sid told the court he heard
a struggle going on followed
by gunshots, and he emerged
to see the same man follow-
ing them standing over his
*friend. The man, he said, told
his victim, "Y'all n***as
jokin", after which more
shots were fired.
Sid admitted that he only
saw the assailant from the
back, along with a side
glimpse. However, said the
witness, he was wearing the
same clothes as the man who
was following them, whom he
referred to as "AJ".
Justice Allen warned the
jurors that even close family
members and friends can be
mistaken with an identity.
Defence counsel Jerone
Roberts argued during his
submissions that Sid had just
consumed marijuana, and
therefore he could have easi-
ly been mistaken..
During the trial, police
admitted that another person
was also being investigated
for the crime, and that inves-
tigations were conducted
both in Bain Town and Black
While on the witness stand,
Carey told the court that
police asked him to switch
places with the man also
being accused of the crime.
: Whether or not this
claimed incident had any
bearing on the case is a mat-
ter entirely for the jury, said
Justice Allen.
While looking at Sid's testi-
mony, Justice Allen directed
them to look at how long the
eyewitness said he saw the
accused, how far away he
was, what kind of lighting
was in the area, was there
anything impeding his view,
how often did he see the
accused and under what cir-
cumstances, and how quickly
did he identify the man to
Sid told police from the
beginning that he saw a man
known to him as "AJ", while
Arthur "AJ" Carey told
police from the beginning
that he was asleep at his
"baby's mother's house".
His stepfather and girl-
friend took the witness stand
to attest to his claim. Both he
and his family told the court
that police never assisted
them although they tried to
let them know where he was
when the murder occurred,
around 11.30pm.
No murder weapon was
produced in the case. Howev-
er, four spent shells' and one
damaged bullet from a .40
calibre pistol were found at
the West Street scene.
Justice Allen told jurors
before they deliberated that
if there was any reasonable
doubt, they must acquit the
While not getting the
acquittal, Carey and his fami-
ly are today breathing a tem-
porary sigh of relief.

Mailboat operation

'may come to a halt'

FROM page one

costs to their clients in terms of
fuel surcharges, as well as air-
lines. However, up to now the
expense of fuel has been
absorbed by the operators," he
Mr Moxey said the associa-
tion had met with the Ministry
of Transport and Aviation in
May to discuss increasing tar-
iffs and government subsidies
on the boats.
However, Mr Moxey said
that since then the ministry had
only stated that it had hired a
consultancy firm to review the
increment increase.
Confirming this report, Min-

ister of Transport and Aviation
Glenys Hanna-Martin said this
review is being done in con-
junction with the Ministry of
Finance to assess the effective-
ness of the current route struc-
ture, tariffs and subsidies.
"The mailboats are a critical
lifeline of the 32 populated
islands, so the mailboat system
is an essential service that is
critical to the life of these peo-
ple. We have in conjunction
with the Ministry of Finance put
out a request for proposals to
give us an analysis on the effi-
ciency of our present route
structure, the tariffs and subsi-
"Give us quality assurance on
quality service because from

time to time there are com-
plaints that the quality of service
in a few incidents is not where it
should be.
"But we want to make sure
that our people get the highest
standard of service, and based
on that we will make the appro-
priate adjustments required,"
she said.
Captain Bill Williams said it
costs him easily $12,000 per trip
on the Lady Emerald to service
Cat Island, Rum Cay and San
"The average mailboat burns
60 gallons of fuel per hour. So
for me I burn about 2,200 gal-
lons. You multiply that by $3.09
a gallon and then add in food,
wages, oil, insurance and all that

and it could easily go over
$12,000 a week," he said.
The consensus of members
present was that the southern
routes would be the ones that
would be affected first as natu-
rally they are more expensive
to operate.
The boats that would there-
fore stop operation would be
the Captain C, the United Star,
Lady Matilda, Lady Francis,
Sherice M, and the Captain
"The reality is that a dead-
line is coming, and at the rate
things are going it will come
soon," added Captain Elvin
Taylor, public relations officer
for the association.
"We have read how Mr

Miller (Minister of Trade and
Industry) has been lobbying in
Venezuela for PetroCaribe so
it's not that the government
isn't aware of the prices. We
don't think that BEC are
crooks, neither Bahamasair.
That's practical business prac-
"So if it applies to them, why
doesn't it apply to us as well?"
he asked.
The single largest cost to
mailboat operators is fuel,
which in February, 2000, cost
$1.38 a gallon. Yesterday the
cost of diesel averaged $3.09 a
gallon at the pumps in New
Providence, a jump of over 124
per cent against the 2000 fig-

Airport Authority opened 14/32 to

accommodate Virgin Atlantic flight

FROM page one

Utilities Minister Bradley
Roberts stated that "whatever
deficiencies there were at the
airport have been corrected".
Minister of Transport and
Aviation Glenys Hanna-
Martin also denied these
allegations, saying the run-
way was not closed due to
structural instability, or sinks
in the strip, but to install the
new "runway lighting sys-
tem" in its permanent posi-
Mr Reckley also said in
August that for the contrac-
tors (Lagan Holdings Inter-
national) to have the runway
operational for the inaugural
flight of Virgin Atlantic Air-
ways to the Bahamas, the
contractor had to reschedule

a number of "key associated
Therefore, Mr Reckley
claimed, these projects are
now being addressed in a
"systematic fashion", thus
the reasoning behind the
temporary closure.
Yesterday Mrs, Hanna-
Martin admitted that the
runway is closed again.
"No work is being done to
the runway itself," she said.
"The contractors are simply
completing additional tasks."
According to Mr Reckley
"based on international stan-
dards the runway must be
closed for workers to com-
plete such projects in that
He said these works
included the installation of
lighting, lightning rods and

"The runway will be open
on Monday in order to
accommodate Virgin's
flight," he said. "And this
will continue to happen until
we have competed work near
that runway."
Mr Reckley said that if
there had been no resched-
uling of the completion
plans, the runway would

have been completed by
"One of the points that we
thought to have made clear
is that we wanted to accom-
modate the said flight and
that's what the rescheduling
of the plans are all about,"
he said.
"The plans were originally
set to have the runway com-

pleted by now, but due to the
accommodations made for
the flights the completion
date had to be pushed back.
There is no doubt that we
did rush a bit, but the
runway is functional and
According to Mr Reckley,
no specific date has been set
for the completion.

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* A ONCE distressed loggerhead turtle swims peacefully in waters of Atlantis' fish hospital in the M DAVE Wert, aquarium director in the water features department at right along with Marcus
water features department Marshall, scuba diver manager, water features department at left monitor a turtle which was
(Photos: Anastasia Stubbs) handed over to Atlantis for safekeeping until it can survive on its own in the wild

Turtle finds refuge at Atlantis

A 300 pound loggerhead turtle has found its
way to Atlantis and is recuperating thanks to
the help of some concerned citizens who sought
out the assistant of Atlantis' Water Features
After learning about, an incident in which a
group of local fishermen threatened the well-
being of the loggerhead and left it languishing
in the hot sun, brothers Johnny and Robert

Brown of Brown's Boat Basin on East Bay Street,
along with Sabrina Lightbourn and her father,
attorney Richard Lightbourn, and several other
individuals pooled funds and purchased the ani-
mal for $400.
Afterwards, the Browns turned the turtle over
to Atlantis for safe keeping.
Almost three weeks later the Loggerhead,
which still bears scars from the attack, has made

Atlantis its temporary home until it is determined
that it can survive on its own in the wild.
"The turtle is doing fine now," said Crispin
Smith, senior aquarist at Atlantis' water features
department. "When it first arrived it had a wound
in the neck, it was dehydrated... so we re-hydrat-
ed it and placed it in quarantine where it is being
observed. It started eating squid about a week ago
and is presently doing well."

The loggerhead, named for its large head, has
been listed as an endangered species by the US
federal government. In the Bahamas it can'be
harvested except during the closed season from
April 1 to July 31.
An adult Loggerhead can weigh up to 200 to
350 pounds. Loggerheads live in the waters
around the Bahamas, Florida, the northern Gulf
Coast and the Antilles.

PLP recognises its Stalwart Councillors

* FORMER deputy PLP leader and deputy prime minister Arthur D Hanna (second from left) N PRIME Minister Perry Christie and Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell share a laugh during
stands with newly invested PLP Stalwart Councillors Sean McWeeney, the former Attorney Gen- a break in the Progressive Liberal Party's Stalwart Councillor Banquet. The prime minister was .,
eral (left) Deputy Prime Minister Cynthia Pratt and Prime Minister Perry Christie. The investiture among those invested with the party's highest honour of Stalwart Councillor. Mr Mitchell and Mr,
took place at a Stalwart Councillors Banquet held Saturday at the Crystal Palace Hotel. The gala Christie share a neighbourhood background, both having been born and raised in the old
banquet was organised by a committee of party members, headed by Ms Pat Mortimer. Centreville area of New Providence, colloquially known as "the Valley".
(Photo: Peter Ramsay)
PRIME Minister Perry
Christie warned PLPs not to
become "lazy or slack" as new
political obstacles lay ahead for
the party.
Speaking at the PLP Stalwart
Councillor banquet on Satur-
day, Mr Christie 'told party
members and honourees that H oe
the time "is not too far off when
we shall once again have to
come together to march on ..
another range of mountains
looming up before us."
"There is still much groundA
to be covered. Our work is not
yet done. Our struggle is far
from over," he said.
Mr Christie said party mem-
bers must make sure they are
in "fighting form" and ready to
approach the "challenges of the*
The prime minister called the
banquet, "an occasion for cele-
bration and rejoicing; an occa- T0
sion for praise and appreciationA
of the many stalwart men and
women of our party who have
contributed so much for so long iA
to this great party that binds us I .Orr W ith
together as one."


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Miami Herald Business, Stocks, Analysis, Wall Street

'New' Strategic

Plan is set for

January release

Tribune Business Editor
he Cabinet is
expected to this
week "finalise"
plans for a study
that will enable
the Bahamian financial ser-
vices industry to assess its posi-
tioning and marketing strate-
gies through hard empirical
data. The move will ultimately
lead to the creation of a
"Bahamas brand" and new
Strategic Plan for the sector in
January 2006.
Allyson Maynard-Gibson,
minister of financial services
and investments, yesterday
said the Government planned
to hire PricewaterhouseCoop-
ers (PwC), the international
accounting and professional
services firm, to undertake the
study. The completed docu-
ment will be first presented at
the Bahamian financial ser-
vices industry's annual Exuma
Retreat in January 2006.
The findings would also lead
to a review and unveiling of a
revised Strategic Plan for the.
financial'srtvices industry, Mrs
Maynard-Gibson said, moving
the sector forward by another
five years.

Cabinet to 'finalise' this week

study intended to help create

financial 'Bahamas brand'


She added that .the PwC
study Would develop hard

empirical, 'data and statistics,
allowing the Bahamian finan-
cial services industry to base
its forward planning on facts
and "say: 'These are the sta-
"This will enable us in our
financial sector to position our-
selves and market ourselves,"
Mrs Maynard-Gibson said.
"It's a branding of the
Bahamas. It's supported by
PwC data and that lends a cer-
tain amount of credibility to

SEE:page 2B

$250m project

boost for Grand

Bahama economy

Senior Business
GRAND Bahama's econ-
omy yesterday received a
much-needed boost after the
former owner of the Pelican
Bay at Lucaya resort
unveiled plans for another
tourism-related development
for the island, a $250 million
project that will include a
120-room condo hotel and a
financial services centre.
Eric Christiansen, chair-
man of European-based
New Hope Holding Compa-
ny, said that over the next
five years the company
would look to invest between
$220-$250 million in the
Lucaya area, where it owns a
significant amount of prop-

erty along the canalfront.
The development, which
is scheduled to begin in
earnest in eight weeks, is also
expected to include a marina
and a number of high-end
second homes.
Given the expansion of the
Bahamian economy and
strides made in
Freeport/Grand Bahama to
build the tourism industry,
the multi-faceted project will
further enhance the ongoing
development of the Lucaya

Government ready to take

ownership stake in Royal Oasis

Senior Business Reporter
PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday said
the Government was prepared to take an own-
ership stake in the still-closed Royal Oasis Resort
and Casino to ensure the property re-opened
and that thousands of Bahamians were re-
employed, in a bid to ease rsiing discontent on
ths island.
Mr Christie said the Government was willing
to provide the necessary incentives to ensure
the level of unemployment in Grand Bahama
was reduced, and that the Royal Oasis hotel
and casino re-opened shortly.
The Prime Minister's remarks came during
the announcement of a $250 million resort devel-
opment by New Hope HoQding Company for
Grand Bahama.

Following meetings with Jay Flannery, man-
aging director of Lehman Brothers, Mr Christie
said the two parties agreed that the Govern-
ment should partner with the private equity firm
to ensure that a purchaser was found quickly
for the Royal Oasis.
Mr Christie said Lehman Brothers had a sig-
nificant interest in finalising a sale, based on the
fact that both they and the Government were
owed large sums of money by the Royal Oasis.
He said that even if it meant becoming part-
owners, the Government must provide a guar-
antee that the hotel and casino will re-open in
the shortest possible time.
It was also demonstrated to Lehman Brothers,
Mr Christie said, that a government with licens-
ing rights to a casino could not allow the prop-
SEE page 5B

area, Mr Christiansen said,
something he was pleased
to be apart of.
He added that the kind of
development New Hope was
looking to create would be
different from the tradition-
al tourism model.
Explaining that he does
not believe in constructing
tall buildings and high-rises
in environments such as the
Bahamas, Mr Christiansen
said the new development
would instead focus on repli-

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What would happen if

Category 5

hit Nassau

When I wrote
this column
last week,
Katrina was
on its way to New Orleans. We
now know the extent of the
damages caused and sufferings
inflicted. This week's article
will examine some of the likely
implications of the landfall of a
major hurricane in New Provi-

Katrina's aftermath
The most pressing short-term
challenge is to find ways of
delivering critical supplies to
those stranded in flooded areas
and evacuating those remaining
in New Orleans to safety.
Watching TV one night last
week, I recall the sobering
words of a TV reporter when
he lamented "... In less than
three days, New Orleans went
from first world to third world

- all happening on US soil."
Who could ever have imagined
that the suffering, hurt and
hardship that we witnessed dai-
ly on television could have hap-
pened in the most affluent
country on earth?
For a while, it seemed as
though several US agencies
had to be shamed into action
by desperate and very public
pleas by local officials on
national television. It was just
As I sat in front of my TV
night after night, many times
absolutely numbed by the
images flashing across the
screen, I couldn't help but to
ask myself the question: "What
would happen if we suffered a
Category 5 direct hit?"
The Great Hurricane of 1929
was a category 5 storm; Hurri-
cane Andrew (1992) was a cat-
egory 4 when it passed through
the Bahamas (although it later

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grew to category 5); and finally,
Hurricane Frances which dev-
astated Grand Bahama last
year was a category 3.
There are several factors
which will influence the degree
of damage that we could poten-
tially suffer.

Angle of Landfall
I contacted my friend Arthur
Rolle, director of the Depart-
ment of Meteorology, to learn
more about how hurricanes
work. Mr Rolle summed it up
succinctly by saying: "Hurri-
canes are geometrical rather
than incremental." While this
may seem incredibly compli-
cated, it is rather easy to under-
stand. The angle at which a
hurricane hits land can be more
devastating than that its actual
strength (wind speed).
The north-east quadrant of
a hurricane is the most dan-
gerous part because there is
less shearing of the wind speed
and the rotation of the storm is
at its maximum. Because of
this, the strongest winds and
heaviest thunderstorms are
located there.
Therefore, a Category 2 hur-
,ricane hitting land from its
north-east .quadrant can actu-
ally be more devastating than a
Category 5 hurricane making
landfall from its south-western

FROM page 1B

The study will assess how
intermediaries, institutions
and clients who use the
Bahamian financial services
industry see the Bahamas
now, its respective strengths
and Weaknesses, and where it
should go from here.
"We do expect Cabinet to
finalise its decision on that
this week," the minister said
of the PwC study. PwC exec-
utive Bruce Weatherill gave
one of the main presentations
to the financial services indus-
try Retreat last January, pre-
senting a report that analysed
all international financial cen-
"We expect to have it ready
for the January Retreat," Mrs
Maynard-Gibson said of the
PwC study.
She added that the gather-

Storm Surge
Generally speaking, our
greatest damage from a Cate-
gory 5 hurricane will result
from the sea surge that will
result. In the case of New
Orleans, they experienced
surges of up to 30 feet, which
resulted in significant flooding.
Studies have indicated that
a 25-foot surge coming ashore
on the south coast of New
Providence would cause mas-
sive flooding all the way to the
Baillou Hill ridge. Further, our
soil is very porous and the land
is relatively flat which means
that the water will settle. Our
problems will be compounded
by the fact that throughout the
island, many of our subdivi-
sions are built on low-lying
lands and reclaimed wetlands.
I am told that historically,
the majority of hurricane-relat-
ed deaths are caused by sea
surge-related conditions, such
as flooding.
Last year, it was estimated
that the Cayman Islands lost
about 40 per cent of its auto
fleet due to flooding in the
aftermath of Hurricane Ivan.
Just imagine, this would equate
to about 48,000 vehicles in New
Providence alone.

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The Bahamas was the first
Commonwealth Caribbean

ing would also see the "new"
Strategic Plan, explaining that
this needed to "remain cur-
rent and relevant", and
required fine tuning.
Financial services industry
executives have previously
expressed concern to The Tri-
bune that the Bahamas has
not developed a clearly iden-
tifiable 'brand' in financial ser-
vices that gives clients and
intermediaries a compelling
reason to do business here. In
contrast, the Cayman Islands
and Bermuda are well known
for investment funds and
insurance respectively.
Mrs Maynard-Gibson reit-
erated that point yesterday,
describing Singapore as "Sin-
gapore Inc", while Ireland
had also used studies to deter-
mine its marketing position in
financial services.

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10.61 9.25 Flnco 10.60 10.60 0.00 0.695 0.510 15.3 4.81%
9.50 7.00 FirstCaribbean 9.50 9.50 0.00 0.695 0.380 13.7 4.00%
9.05 8.31 Focol 9.00 9.05 0.05 1,000 0.675 0.500 13.4 5.52%
1.99 1.27 Freeport Concrete 1.15 1.15 0.00 0.022 0.000 52.3 0.00%
10.20 9.50 ICD Utilities 9.60 9.94 0.34 8,630 0.526 0.405 18.9 4.07%
8.50 8.20 J.S. Johnson 8.50 8.50 0.00 0.561 0.560 15.2 6.59%
6.69 4.36 Kerzner International BDRs 5.72 5.72 0.00 0.122 0.000 46.9 0.00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 2.036 0.760 4.9 7.60%
I2Sk-H S .kow Symbol -A" k L e W Vol. EPS $ iv $ PA Yield
1300 12.50 Bahamas Supermarkets 12.2513.25 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%
.60 0.40 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.00 -0.044 0.000 NM 0.00%
00 28.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 41.00 2.220 0.000 19.4 0.00%
1. 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 13.00 14.00 13.00 1.105 0.810 14.6 6.93%
6.0 0.35 RND Holdil -0.29 0.54 0.35 -0.103 0.000 N/M 0.00%
2wk-Hil U -Lew OFund Name NAV YTD% Last 12 Months Dv S Yield %
J51.2496 1.12 Colina Money Market Fund 1.249581'
2.3810 2.0131 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.381-
10.4855 10.0000 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 10.4855"*-
2.2838 2.1330 Collna MSI Preferred Fund 2.263627"
1.1273 1.0576 Colina Bond Fund 1.127305"."

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ilWkW LoMest losing price in last 52 weeks Ask $- Selling price of Colina and fidelit)
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Te' is*.-Current day's weighted price for daily volurn Weekly Vol.- Trading volume of the prior week
1 6S1B1- Chan9 In closing price from day to da> EPS S A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mthE
PW VOiL-NumberOf ,total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
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country to have a mandatory
building code incorporating
modern standards. The
Bahamas Building Code was
implemented in the early 1970s,
and its use is mandatory for the
design and construction of all
buildings. For many years
buildings had to be able to
withstand 125 mph winds, but a
few years back, this standard
was raised to 140 mph.
Excluding inner-city areas,
where clapboard housing is
prevalent, it would probably
be fair to say that the quality of
our housing stock should
enable us to better withstand
the degree of wind-related
damage that we are seeing on
television nightly.
However, for inner-city
areas, we must have compre-
hensive evacuation plans in

Financial Impact
It would be an interesting
exercise to model the level of
total damages that would arise
from a major storm hitting
New Providence. When Hur-
ricane Ivan hit Grand Cayman
last year, I saw estimates of
about $1.3 billion in total loss-
Given the amount of devel-
opment and infrastructure in
New Providence versus Grand
Cayman, it is probably safe to
say that total damages for a
storm of similar intensity could
easily reach a higher. amount
One cannot forecast dam-
ages caused by a storm that has
not happened, but for illustra-
tion purposes let us assume
that we had total insured risks
of $3 billion. I'm told that as a
rule of thumb, it is assumed
that maximum losses would be
30 per cent to 40 per cent on
The question then

becomes... what percentage of
that will be reimbursed by
insurance? We know that most
government assets are self-
insured. To what degree build-
ings are under-insured and
therefore subject to pro-rata
reimbursement I do not know.
Because of these factors, from
a total perspective all losses will
not be reimbursed.
How will this shortfall be
covered and over what period?
What would be the implica-
tions for the national budget
going forward, and the coun-
try's credit rating? How long
will it take our tourism industry
to recover?
Hopefully, some of my col-
leagues in the insurance indus-
try can shed more light on this.

Bahamas Disaster
I originally intended to cover
this in today's article, but after
speaking to a few persons
involved and the length of this
article so far, I have decided to
visit this topic in a subsequent
Until next week...

NB: Larry R. Gibson, a
Chartered Financial Analyst,
is vice-president pensions,
Colonial Pensions Services
(Bahamas), a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Colonial Group
International, which owns
Atlantic Medical Insurance and
is a major shareholder of Secu-
rity & General Insurance Com-
pany in the Bahamas.

The views expressed are those
of the author and do not neces-
sarily represent those of Colo-
nial Group International or any
of its subsidiary and/or affiliat-
ed companies. Please direct any
questions or comments to rlgib- bs


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Abaco Markets
Bahamas Property Fund

SBS S"tW = = Bahamas Limited

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er-t -to hel reduce water

loss b 65M gallons

Water, winner of
the $23 million
contract to build
and operate the
Blue Hills reverse osmosis
plant, yesterday said two water
industry experts had linked up
with it and the Water & Sew-
erage Corporation to address
the long-standing leakage prob-
lems in New Providence's
water distribution system.
Consolidated Water said Julian
Thornton and Paul Fanner
would head up a team that will
help meet its contractual oblig-
ations to the Government.
Part of the Blue Hills plant
deal called for Consolidated
Water to help the Water &
Sewerage Corporation reduce
water 'lost' from its distribu-
tion system non-revenue
water by 356 million imperial
gallons within 12 months.
Corporation team members
will receive full on-the-job
training to ensure ongoing
equipment maintenance and
prevention measures.
Mr Thornton, of Thornton
International, is a non-revenue
water specialist with 25 years'
experience in 15 countries. He
is the author of the Water Loss
Control Manual, published by
McGraw Hill of New York.
In addition to water audit
and intervention experience,
Mr Thornton is specialised in
pressure management, which
will be one of the key tools
responsible for reducing water
loss on New Providence.
He chairs the American
Water Works Association
(AWWA) committee, which is
re writing the M36 Manual for
Water Audits and Leak Detec-
tion, and is also the Interna-
tional Water Association
(IWA) Water Loss Task Force
Pressure Management Team
Mr Fanner, of Fanner &
Associates, has spent 28 years
in the industry, working for
both Thames Water and Bristol
Water in a variety of technical,
operational and managerial
roles, both in the UK and over-
He is experienced in manag-
ing all aspects of non-revenue
water reduction work to meet
regulatory targets and the
determination of the economic
level of leakage, having been
responsible for this work over
several years at Bristol Water.

M JULIAN Thornton (left) and Paul Fanner are specialists in
non-revenue water (NRW) audit and intervention manage-
ment, with 50 years' international experience between them.
Non-revenue water is the term used for water that is 'lost' in var-
ious ways in a commercial water company's distribution system,
as experienced with the Water and Sewerage Corporation. The
pair are retained by Consolidated Water Company (CWCO) to
tackle the task of reducing WSC's non-revenue water by 365 mil-
lion imperial gallons within a 12-month period.

(Photo: Tim Aylen)

When built, Consolidated
Water's Blue Hills reverse
osmosis plant will produce six
million gallons of water per

day, and is intended to relieve
the reliance on water currently
barged to New Providence
from Andros.

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set to focus on




THE second Abaco
Business Outlook Con-
ference, which will focus
on the challenges the
island faces to manage
economic growth, will be
held on September 29 at
the Abaco Beach Resort.
Under the theme, Man-
aging the Challenges of
Growth, presenters at the
conference will examine
Abaco's growing popula-
tion, business and entre-
preneurial opportunities
and best ways to manage
this growth.
An unnamed foreign
investor and developer
will make a presentation,
while other speakers will
look at issues including
finance, tourism, fisheries,
agriculture and education.

The Abaco Business
Outlook brand was
launched in 2003 as an
initiative of The Counsel-
lors, and the marketing
agency will work closely
with the Abaco Chamber
of Commerce.
The 2004 conference
was cancelled due to the
effects of Hurricanes
Frances and Jeanne.
Interested persons can
register online at:; by
calling Eileen Fielder at
The Counsellors Ltd; or
e-mailing her at efield-
; and by calling the Abaco
Chamber of Commerce
at 242-367-5822.

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Abaco unveils three-

month Bahamian

tourism promotion

THE Abaco Tourist Office has created
a three-month 'Domestic Travel Promo-
tion', offering discounted rate packages,
in a bid to encourage Bahamians to trav-
el to that island during the traditionally
slow part of the tourism season.
Discounted packages from September
1-November 30 will include hotel accom-
modations, vehicles, boats cart
rentals, plus discounts at participating
restaurants and gift shops.
The autumn also traditionally sees a
series of sporting and cultural events
staged in the Abacos, which have the
highest visitor satisfaction rating of all
Bahamian islands at about 80 per cent.
Among the events to be held during the

FROM page 1B
the financial services industry,.
out of a total Bahamian work-
force numbering 165,000,
would be impacted by the
changes required by,the FATF
She said: "While the relative
1999 numbers show that finan-
cial services professionals
make up about 2.5 per cent of
*the overall workforce, in real
terms when we add lawyers,
accountants, commercial
bankers, real estate agents and

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P.O. Box SS-6159

promotional period are:
Abaco's 4.1 mile Swim-a-thon (Octo-
ber 8 or 9)
Abaco's Country and Western Festi-
val (October 29)
Abaco's Bridal Extravaganza
(November 17- 19)
Abaco Christmas Festival and Boat
Parade (December 10)
"The Abaco Tourist Office and the
business community are really 'waking
up' the fall," throughout the entire desti-
nation, said Jeritzan Outten, the island's
director of tourism.
She enouraged all Bahamian residents
to make plans to have a great time "hang-
ing,out in Abaco", with entertainers such
as Stone McEwan, the Gully Roosters,

the service industries, such as
education, healthcare, regula-
tory agencies, transportation
and food services, etc, the
numbers are likely to suggest
that more than 20 per cent of
the total workforce, accounting
for nearly 48 per cent to 51 per
cent of total incomes, are
affected by any decision which
alters the income streams from
financial services."
The Bahamas spent
"upwards" of $40 million to
implement its new regulatory
regime, Mrs Maynard-Gibson
said, funds that had to be
"redirected to save the second
pillar of our economy". As a
result, resources were taken
away from building or improv-
ing services and infrastructure
on the inhabited Bahamian
Describing the FATF,
Organisation for Economic
Co-Operation and Develop-
ment (OECD) and Financial
Stability Forum (FSF) initia-
tives as "naming and shaming
exercises", the minister added
that the opinion that these
were launched to limit the
competitiveness of interna-
tional financial centres and
'control' them was "given cre-
dence by the lack of consis-
tency in each initiative".
Mrs Maynard-Gibson said:
"The rules being imposed on
non-members of the group
were far in excess of those
practiced or even expected
from members of the group,

the authors of the
"We were and are espe-
cially disappointed that the
process which led to the 'list-
ing' of The Bahamas took
place without the knowledge
of, nor in consultation with,
CFATF, the agency estab-
lished by the FATF to co-ordi-
-nate the adherence of its prin-
ciples in the Caribbean."
Mrs Maynard-Gibson said
the 11 pieces of legislation
passed to ensure the Bahamas
was removed from the FATF
blacklist, which were encour-
aged by the International
Monetary Fund (IMF), were
enacted in "record timee"'
"The Bahamas went further
than most other jurisdictions
to the point of imposing not a
few practical difficulties on our
financial services sector. These
difficulties resulted in the
amendment of some of the
aforesaid legislation," she
Apart from legislation, Mrs
Maynard-Gibson said the
Bahamas's Financial Intelli-
gence Unit (FIU) was a mem-
ber of the Egmont Group and
had Memorandums of Under-
standing (MOU) with six oth-
er FIUs in Belgium,
Guatemala, Australia, Pana-
ma, South Korea and Andorra.
This nation was also com-
plying with the Basle Commit-
tee on Banking Supervision,
was in dialogue with IOSCO,
the body of international secu-

Impact Band, Chris 'de burner' Russell
and the Music Man, himself Estin Sawyer.
Bahamian residents are being encour-
aged to enjoy the natural beauty of the
Abaco mainland and its string of native
settlements found in north, central and
south Abaco.
There will be scenic island-hopping
adventures to the many nearby cays such
as Hope Town, Elbow Cay, Man-O-War
Cay, Great Guana Cay, Green Turtle,
Spanish Cay, Walker's Cay Scotland Cay,
Lubber's Cay, Tiloo Cay or Moore's
Island. They are all linked by water fer-
Other attractions include Bahamian
Parrots, wild Boars or Abaco's very own
'Spanish Barbs' Wild Horses tours.

rities regulators, for an MOU,
had an MOU with the US
Securities and Exchange Com-
mission (SEC) and a Tax
Information Exchange Agree-
ment (TIEA) with Washing-
The Central Bank of the
Bahamas had published a
book on the processes involved
in information sharing with
foreign regulators, and Mutual
Legal Assistance Treaties
(MLATs) with the US, UK
and Canada.
All this, Mrs Maynard-Gib-
son said, demonstrated the
Bahamas' commitment to fight
financial crime.
Referring to the $40 million
spent to upgrade the Bahamas'
regulatory regime, Mrs May-
,nard-Gibson said. -4If you con-
sider this against the back-
ground of the points I made
earlier concerning the effects
across our economy, on jobs,
training and the general eco-
nomic well-being of our peo-
ple, the net-effect of our efforts
enacting the legislation, the
time and effort importing and
implementing new regulatory
procedures, undertaking con-
sultations, and adding to the
costs and time cycle of doing
business in The Bahamas,
these altogether are demon-
strable evidence of our good
faith and commitment.
"I emphasise good faith, the
challenge to -our economies
and the effect on our people.
Too often I read in the inter-
national papers and journals
remarks that show a casual
attitude concerning the seis-
mic changes that have been
implemented by International
Financial Centres like the
"I invite you to continue to
compare reports (or lack
thereof) on onshore centres.
Many of them have continued
the business practices and the
use of products and structures
that offshore centres were
challenged to abandon as
being a threat to the global
financial system or in-fair in
their promotion of tax arbi-



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It is hereby notified that the Ind r-etioned Iem has been forfeited to
the Crown following breaches of the Lws ofThe BIhamas, and will be
sold by tender:-

32 ft.Speed Beot- NI'eNSr06"

This vendssel may be inspected by euMea tA On m-e large
Internal Security Division, Thompsn| IIdsse, bemoo Oe hotn of
2:00 pm and 4:00 pm Monday to FriMy.

Tender forms for submission m e almele ftm *eim eof the
Miniry of Finance, 3' Floor, Cael Wdaew WhblM Coenr, Cable
Beach Nassau.

Tenders should be submitted on the correct form ti SEALED
ENVELOPES to the office of the Financial Secretary, Ministry of
Finance, Nassau Behamas. The face of the envelope should bear the


Tenders submitted with the foregoing should be received by 12:00
noon 8ts September, 2005.

The right is reserved to reject any or all tenders and the vessel is being
sold "as is where is".

The successful bidder will, on making full payment, assume all
risk for the item sold and for making arrangements for its removal
within fifteen (15) days after payment.

For vessels that are not registered in the Bahamas, no guarantee is
given to their eligibility for registration elsewhere.
Ruth Millar (Mrs.)
Financial Secretary

GN 260


Pursuant to Section 3 of the Public Works
Act, Notice is hereby given that the Minister
responsible for Public Works intends to
rename Harrold Road, which runs in an east/
west direction, commencing at the Baillou
Hill Road round-about and ending at the J.F.
Kennedy Drive intersection as the Tonique
Williams Darling Highway.

Any person objection to the proposal
renaming of the said roadway may give
Notice, in writing, of the objection and the
reason(s) therefor to the Minister within 30
days of the date of the first publication of
this Notice by letter addressed to:

The Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Works & Utilities
P.O.Box N-8156
Nassau, The Bahamas


Permanent Secretary



Maynard-Gibson in call for

'universal' financial standards

Tribune Business Editor
financial crime will only suc-
ceed when "universal stan-
dards" for regulation and devel-
oped and enacted by all, with
no inconsistencies, the Bahamas
minister of financial services
and investments said yesterday.
Addressing the 23rd Interna-

tional Crime Symposium in
Cambridge, in the UK, Allyson
Maynard-Gibson made a thinly-
veiled reference to the per-
ceived unfairness of the initia-
tives launched by the OECD
and its affiliates against inter-
national financial centres, and
the fact they attempted to force
the Bahamas and others to go
much further on financial
regulations than their own

She said: "Inconsistencies in
standards between large and
small nations, OECD and non-
OECD, can only be avoided
where we sit at the same table,
evaluated by the same measures
and penalties are consistently
"Quite apart from the desire
to avoid any appearance of vio-
lation of international princi-

ples of sovereign equality and
non-discrimination, we who
take seriously the imperative of
protecting the international
financial system want to avoid
the inevitable result of exploita-
tion of inconsistencies in sys-
She added: "The Bahamas
fully supports international.ini-
tiatives to stem abuse and
undermining of the interna-

Government ready to take ownership stake in Royal Oasis

FROM page one
erty to remain.unpqened. a
Saying that the economyof the Bahamas
was at an all-time high, Mr Christie said the
Government was very bullish on Grand
Speaking about new investment projects
forthat island, the Prime Minister said that
given the revival of the Ginn Develop-
ment Corporation's relationship with the
Government, the company had purchased
all the property that will be involved, in
the multi-billion dollar project.
He said the land developer was current-

ly engaged in a study to show the impact
the project will have on Grand Bahama's
gross domestic product (GDP) and
employment. The study is also expected
to justify the incentives Ginn is asking for.
Looking forward, a number of additional
tourism-based projects are either underway
or expected to come on stream shortly.
Among those mentioned by the Prime
Minister were a small hotel to be built by
Old Bahama Bay, the Bootle Bay condo-
minium project, and a project in Dead-
man's Reef.
Mr Christie said the Government has
done its part to facilitate Marriott's inter-

est in a mixed development in Freeport,
and had cleared the way for the land that
will be used in the development. He said it
was now only for Marriott and its part-
ners to go forward.
Beyond the tourism industry, Mr
Christie said that a major expansion of the
ship repair facility was expected to take
place in Grand Bahama.
At its current level of output, the Ship
Yard can handle some 25 per cent of the
work done on cruise ships. With the expan-
sion, however, the facility is expected to be
able to handle some 75 per cent of the
work done on cruise ships.

$250m project boost for Grand Bahama economy

FROM page one
eating an authentic Bahamian
feel through the architecture,
so that the visitor felt they were
in the Bahamas as opposed to a
non-descript resort in Miami.
Touching on the impact the
development is likely to have
on Grand Bahama, Mr Chris-
tiansen said that initially,
some 70 to 100 Bahamian
workers will be hired during
the construction phase.
He said that in publicising
"an investment project, there
was usually too great a focus
,placed on the investor and
not enough on thb' Bahami-
:-an labour that helped bring
.the plan to fruition.
New Hope has obtained
only one work permit, Mr.
Christiansen said, explaining
,that it made good business
*,sense to utilise Bahamian
'expertise instead of bringing
in foreign workers. He fur-
'ther credited Bahamian
,workers with doing first class,
quality work.
Meanwhile, Mr Chris-

tiansen said he had turned
the Pelican Bay Resort over
to European developers, in
an attempt to bring in greater
numbers of European tourists
to Grand Bahama.
As soon as the winter sea-
son comes on stream, Mr
Christiansen said, he expects
that there will be an even
larger percentage of Euro-
pean tourists coming to the
shores of Grand Bahama.
Pelican Bay was purchased
in March this year by Sundt
AS, a Norwegian-based pri-
vate investment company.
The property is now managed
by Pandox., .a-Stockholm-
based -hotel operator.
Heartened by the infusion
of new capital into Grand
Bahama, an area still recov-
ering from the devastating
effects of Hurricanes Frances
and Jeanne, Prime Minister
Perry Christie said New Hope
Holding, with its planned
120-room condo hotel, would
bring a timely intervention
into the Freeport economy.
He described the second




In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company
is in dissolution, which commenced on the 26th day of
August 2005. The liquidator is SEBASTIAN E. PANIZA
P., with address at Elvira Mendez Street, Vallarino Building,
Floor 6th, Panama, Republic of Panama.


ROAD, P.O. CR-54942, 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 6TH day of SEPTEMBER, 2005 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.


NOTICE is hereby given that KENDORA NELSON, PINEDALE E.M.R.,
GRAND BAHAMA, 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 30TH day. of AUGUST, 2005 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, RO.Box F-41085, Grand Bahama, Bahamas.

homes as first class, five star
and intended for the Euro-
pean market, where visitors
tended to travel longer dis-
tances and have longer vaca-
tions. Mr Christie said the
development was expected to
have a positive impact on
employment on Grand
In regard to Pelican Bay,
Mr Christie said the intro-
duction of the new develop-
ers would serve to place a
new focus on the resort.
Foreshadowing additional
projects, Mr Christie indicat-
ed that New Hope Holding
was not, quite, ready tp., n ke
further announcements in
regard to additional invest-
ment projects.
Saying he recognised the
importance of the announce-
ment, tourism minister Obie
Wilchcombe said it was exact-
ly one year ago that Frances
devastated Grand Bahama,
impacting the island's econo-
my and its tourism industry.
As the island struggled to
regain its footing, the first

property to be up and run-
ning was Pelican Bay,
because Mr Christiansen
wanted the world to know
that Freeport and Grand
Bahama were up and run-
ning, the minister said.
Mr Wilchcombe said he
appreciated that the level of
tourism in Grand Bahama
could be better, particularly
in terms of additional rev-
As it stood, the island only
had 2,400 hotel rooms, aver-
age occupancy levels in the
high 70' per cents and strong
.fa~ties.,4 p hpj.,"redited
, b itheii ift.camiag ipt6 the
d i ofb te fi m
industry through Pirates of
the Caribbean II and III.
He pointed out, however,
that the Royal Oasis, with
some 1300 rooms, remained
out of operation, but said the
Government is hoping the
hotel will see better days.
Mr Wilchcombe said the
New Hope Holding develop-
ment was likely to serve as a
step forward economically.

tional financial system. The
Bahamas, then and now, has no
interest in facilitating, aiding or
abetting unlawful acts, nor will
it be associated with rogue
action of individuals, countries
or groupings.
"We believe that these initia-
tives have their best chance of
success in circumstances where
there is universal development
of, acceptance of, adherence to,
and enforcement of those ini-
tiatives or standards."
Mrs Maynard-Gibson also
emphasised the legitimate role
played by the Bahamas and oth-
er international financial cen-

tres in the global financial sys-
tem, drawing on a recent US
Treasury report, which showed
that Caribbean centres were
responsible for $1.2 trillion of
the $3 trillion moved around
the world in June 2005.
"The economic system in
which these legitimate financial
services are structured affects
the lives of millions of people
"I would like to leave this
meeting today emphasising the
legitimate and important role
of International Financial Cen-
tres, like the Bahamas," Mrs
Maynard-Gibson said.

Real Estate Operations Project Officer
Bahamas Regional Office
The successful candidates should possess the
following qualifications:
* College Degree in Architectural Technology
required as to be able to read drawings and be
familiar with building construction techniques in
order to diagnose problems and supervise
* Previous banking experience would be an asset
* Demonstrated ability in the area of Real Estate
Operations and Supervision would be an asset
* Strong communication and interpersonal skills
* Strong leadership, problem solving,
confidentiality and negotiating skills
* Microsoft Office skills (Word, Excel, Power Point)
Responsibilities include:
* Providing support to the Manager for Corporate
Real Estate in The Bahamas by focusing on
quality, security and cost effectiveness. This
includes project accounts covering new locations,
renovations, extensions and installation of
automated banking equipment
* Ensuring that security procedures are in place
to protect RBC premises and it's employees
* Negotiating new/renewal lease contracts as per
Folio instructions
* Ensuring that adequate insurance is in place for
all units
* Initiating orders for security equipment and
following for receipt of same
* Ensuring maintenance of the generator operations
for Royal Bank House
A competitive compensation package (base salary &
bonus) will commensurate with relevant experience
and qualifications.
Please apply before September 9, 2005 to:
The Manager
Human Resources
Bahamas & Caribbean
Royal Bank of Canada
Bahamas Regional Office
P.O. Box N-7549, Nassau, N.P, Bahamas
Via fax: (242)328-7145
Via email:
* Remglted d. rk* of Royal eank of Conda
S The Uon & Globe symbol a nd RBC .re telde-mae of
Royal Bank of Canada

l Royal Bank
Sof Canada-

UBS (Bahamas) Ltd., a leading global wealth manager, is
seeking an experienced professional to join their team as


In order to meet our requirements all applicants must

Bachelors of Science degree in Finance, Economics
or equivalent;

Series 7 qualifications is a plus;

CFA, CPA or the equivalent is a plus;

Minimum of five years working in the financial

Sound knowledge of international market and
financial instruments;

Extensive knowledge of processing Corporate
Actions, Income, Securities Trade, Free Deliveries
& Receives;

Solid knowledge of MS Office and related software;

Strong leadership skills;

Written applications by Bahamian nationals only should
be addressed to:

UBS (Bahamas) Ltd
Human Resources
P.O. Box N-7757
Nassau, Bahamas


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.
367-2930, Attn: Sales & Marketing.





US coaches

give verdict

on Bahamas'


Junior Sports
the Bahamas is ready,
but fundamentally is
where they fall short in
the sport of basketball",
was the general consen-
sus of several of the US
college coaches at the
exhibition games hosted
by the Bahamas Basket-
ball Federation (BBF).-
The BBF invited three
of the leading teams in
the National Collegiate
Athletic Association
(NCAA) down for two
days of competitive bas-
ketball, which was
expected to raise the lev-
el of play in the
"We have to devise a
way to develop the ath-
lete fundamentally as
well," said David Morley,
president of the BBF.
"The Bahamas can get
to a higher level in the
sport because of the
many athletic talents we
have, but we just can't
base our winnings and
match-ups on athleticism.


"We need to have the
fundamental skills and, in
order to obtain these
skills, we will have to
start from the bottom.
"I had coaches come to
me and say how well we
matched-up with the col-
lege teams and how ath-
letically inclined our
players are, but their
downfall is fundamentals.
"This has to be correct-
ed in order to excel."
The BBF designed the
two day exhibition tour-
nament to expose the
local junior players hop-
ing to secure athletic
scholarships to top col-
leges and as a fundraising
Part of the BBF's plan
is to bring in three top
rated collegiate teams
every year to the
Bahamas, just before the
teams kick-off their regu-
lar season play.
Morley said events like
these are important in
developing coaches.
"We have to teach the
teachers in order to send
them out to teach our
players," he added.
"If the teachers aren't
aware and aren't knowl-
edgeable about the game,
how can they teach a
"Firstly the coaches
have to posses the basic
fundamental skills in
order to showcase it to
the players.


"It is the federation's
fault, not having these
persons in place, I blame
us for that. We have to
go in and nurture coach-
es, coaching clinics are a
Although Morley
admitted to the lack of
fundamental knowledge
being the federation's
fault, he said that the
federation does every-
thing in their power to
host clinics, but some
aren't well attended.
"We need to find a way
to teach the coaches. The
federation hosts clinics
but we don't attract per-
sons who we want.
"But mainly we try to
attract primary schools,
junior schools and mini

league coaches to the
clinics. The high school
coaches, they are some-
what aware.
"It's in the mindset of
the Bahamian people to
only attend clinics when
they are being conducted
by international coaches
or officials, this is wrong.
"We have persons who
are capable of hosting
"The main goal of the
clinic is to try and
improve the status of the

NORTH Carolina's Bobby Frasor tries to dribble arround Jeremey Hutchinson over the weekend at the Sir Kendal Isaacs Gym.
(Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune staff)

Bahamian teams shown

a clean pair of Tarheels

Junior Sports Reporter
THE top ranked college
team in the National Collegiate
Athletic Association (NCAA)
showed Bahamian basketball
enthusiasts why the 2003-2004
title is in North Carolina.
The University of North Car-
olina Tarheels displayed great
basketball skills over the week-
end at the exhibition games
hosted by the Bahamas Bas-
ketball Federation (BBF), tak-
ing on top rated teams in the
New Providence Basketball
Association (NPBA).
Also bringing intense bas-
ketball competition to the Sir
Kendal Isaacs gym were Mar-
shall University The Herd and
Troy University Trojans.
The closest game played
against the top rated Tarheels
was with the Y-Care Wreckers.
Tarheels defeated the
Wreckers 106-85, a 21 point
deficit. In their game played
against the Real Deal Shock-
ers, the Tarheels won 100-66.
But those scores.don't reflect
how well the local teams played
in the opening quarters, before
losing the games in the second
The teams were also defeated
by the Tarheels in rebounding
and from the free throw line.
In their game against the
Tarheels, played on Saturday,
the Shockers saw themselves
down by four points heading
into the second, a score reading
off 27-23.
But the Shockers weren't
able to respond to the early
surge by the Tarheels in the
second quarter.
The Tarheels went on a 12-2
run, ending the quarter with
more than a 13 point lead.
Shockers tried to bounce
back, launching from behind
the arch, hoping to score three
quick points.
Of the ten attempts by the
Shockers, only two fell.
By this time they were down
by more 15 points and two
players were now sitting on the
bench, fouled out of the game.
Sitting in the cheering spots

NORTH Carolina's
David Noel dunks during play
at the Sir Kendal lassacs Gym
over the weekend.
(Photo:Felipd Major/
Tribune staff)

for the Shockers were Lasario
Burrows and Tony Ferguson.
Before leaving, Burrows con-
tributed nine points, but made
five turnovers. Ferguson didn't
Leading the way for the
Tarheels was Wes Miller, scor-
ing 21 points, two steals and
assists; teammate Terry
Reyshawn chipped in with 20
points, two blocks and five
Shockers' top scorer was
Cory Williams, with 20 points,
one assist and block.
Besides missing their free
throws, not being able to
rebound the ball over the much
taller Tarheels brought on frus-
tration and the Shockers found
themselves in foul trouble ear-
ly in the third.
Midway in the third quarter
the Shockers had more than
four players in foul trouble,
with three on the verge of being
fouled out.
Sending the Tarheels to the
line wasn't a good idea, they
knocked down 22 of their 37
attempts, having a game per-
centage of 59.5.
The Tarheels also out
rebounded the Wreckers in
their game, ending the first
three quarters with a 9-3 run.
Tarheels' rebounds in that
game averaged out to 41.7 per
cent, snatching down 17 defen-
sive boards to the Wreckers'



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*PAGE 60


Wiliams pmus

wait for clas


Senior Sports Reporter
SHERMAN 'the Tank' Will
have to wait a little longer to
Nigeria to fight Friday 'the 13
nanya for the vacant British C
wealth title.
Originally, the fight was sched
September 30, but Williams si
they reached the deadline, the
ers didn't have the purse in ai
account as agreed on their contr
Williams, speaking to The Trib
Stuttgart, Germany on Mond
because of the "contractual differ
and his management team ha
pushed to put the fight on hold.
. "They decided to change the
November, which will give them
time to have the money in escr
agreed," Williams stressed.
In the meantime, Williams wil
attention to prepare for another
October 28 after he signed a d
Silver Hawk Promotions.
U.,nder the two-year deal, Wi
guaranteed to fight at least four

g eria

the first year and two more in the second
year with the hopes of getting close to
securing a world title fight.
"They're vey.optimistic, they're a new
iams will promotiriaFl company with 20 years in
travel to the business," said Williams, of the Casino
th' Ahu- company that managed Virgil Hill, for-
,ommon- mer world cruiserweight and light-heavy-
weight champion.
duled for
aid, once Trainer
n escrow
ract. Through his new management,
une from Williams said the deal fits him perfectly
lay, said because they both realise that he needs to
ence," he step up his appearances in the ring and
ave been they have added Buddy McGrit as his
trainer again.
e date to While he was disappointed after get-
sufficient ting to Germany only to have the fight
ow as we postponed, Williams said he's now more
excited because Silver Hawk have also
1 shift his expressed an interest in hosting the fight.
r fight on If they succeed in their bid, Williams
leal with said the fight could be moved to his native
island of Grand Bahama where he will
illiams is feel more comfortable fighting than in
Times in NSigeria, the birthplace of Ahunanya.


Additionally, Williams said Silver
Hawks have at least five live television
fights lined up for him and, if they are
successful in obtaining the rights for the
title fight to go to Grand Bahama, they
will carry it live on TV.
Although he now won't fight until Octo-
ber, Williams said he and his entourage
will remain in Stuttgart as he continue to
work out with Luan Krasniqi..
Krasniqi, a two-time Olympian and
European champion, is preparing to fight
Lamon Brewster on Wednesday, Sep-
tember 28 at the Color Line Arena in
Hamburg, Germany for the World Boxing
Organisation heavyweight title.

man 'The Tank'Williams. -
"What I do like about cominig'to
Europe is that they always have good
heavyweights that I can spar with."
Williams reflected. "I don't normally get
that in the Upited States.
"So anytime I come here, I try to take
advantage of it because it gives me an
opportunity to put in some quality work
and it also prepares me mentally.
"Today, we had a good workout anid
that was good because if I can push him to
the limit as he prepares for the world title
fight, it makes my manager feel good
about his investment and it
makes me feel good about what I'm
doing." .

Ray Minus r: Mackey must

take 'Marvellous' seriously

events go, they don't get
much bigger than this. Aus-"
tralia, having dominated
England on the cricket field
for the best part of two .',
decades, is locked in a tense
battle to hold onto the Ash
es- and its reputation.

SeniorSports Reporter
rAS teY prepare for the
rematchfoIr the Bahamas super
middleweight championship
belt, Ray Minus Jr. is cautioning
his champion Jermaine 'Choo-
Choo' Mackey not to take for-
mer champion 'Marvelous' Mar-
vin Smith lightly.
"He's too good a fighter to
count out," said Minus Jr. as the
advanced billing for the Satur-
day, September 17 rematch con-
tinues. "He's too resilient of a
fighter to take.for granted."
When the show is staged in
the ballroom of the Wyndham
Nassau Resort & Crystal Casi-
no, three fighters from Jamaica
will travel here to compete on
the undercard against Meacher

Marvin Smith 'too resilient a

fighter to take for granted'

'Pain' Major, Jerry 'Big Daddy'
Butler and Elkino Saunders.
There will also be another
three fights, including Ivan 'the
Terrible' Moxey taking on Kato
'Red-Lion' Ferguson and
Richard 'the Hammer' Pitt
against David Wallace.
During the show, Minus Jr.,
who, along with his wife
Michelle, serves as the promot-
er, indicated that they will recog-
nise three former referees, Cyril
Smith, George Wilmott and
George 'Chippie' Chipman.

"We want to recognise them
for their contribution to box-
ing," Minus Jr. summed up.
The highlight of the show -
dubbed "Redemption" will no
doubt be the 12-round main
event bout that will see Mackey
put the title he won earlier this
year on the line against Smith,
the fighter he took it from.
Minus Jr., the trainer for
Mackey, said Smith is probably
one of the "greatest Bahamian
comeback fighters," so he
warned his prot6g6 to be aware.

"Marvin wants to knock out
Jermaine," Minus Jr. stressed.
"But I know Jermaine wants to
get on the inside and fight Mar-
vin, which is a real dangerous
. strategy.
"Marvin could easily turn this"
fight around with his power, but
Jermaine insists that he want to
prove to the Bahamian people
that he's more than just a boxer
and he wants to prove that he
can knock Marvin out."
While Minus Jr. views it as a
risky situation, he noted that

Mackey has assured him that he
have nothing to lose, so he will
be going out to "lay it all on the
"He has promised to knock
Marvin Smith out in four
rounds. But, as his coach, I
would like for him to take the
challenge and go for the knock-
out and try to end it early."
Having seen the determina-
tion and resilience from Smith in
the past, Minus Jr. said he's con-
fident that Mackey can prove
once again that he is the superi-
or boxer.
The fighters, according to
Minus Jr., are vigorously train-
ing in the gym. While Mackey is
posted at the National Gymna-
sium at the Baillou.Hills Sport-
ing Complex, Smith works out
at the Nassau Stadium, Fowler


B ~ ~ -~A N


I i'

ACCORDING to members
of the Rainbow Alliance of the
Bahamas, a support and advo-
cacy group for homosexuals,
parents must first be educated
in order to accept their gay
"You will also have
teenagers afraid to come out
and accept who they are (as
homosexuals) if parents don't
educate themselves. Homo-
sexuality is not a sickness. It's
not a disease. It's not some-
thing that makes your teenag-
er a misfit," says Erin Greene,
spokesperson for the
In the case of families
where an adolescent's sexual
identity becomes an issue or
cause for concern, it can cause
tremendous tension in the
home, Ms Greene admits.
Various questions are
raised: Is my son really gay?
Is my daughter a bisexual?
Can I, as a parent, find it
within myself to accept my
child's sexual identity? Or
should I try to dissuade my
child of his or her feelings?
These can be very difficult
questions for parents to
answer honestly. But a good
place to start might be to
offer love and acceptance,
rather than judgement.
And according to Ms
Greene, it will help to under-
stand that a teenager, though
young and inexperienced as
he/she may appear, is capable
of making a "mature" choice
about sexuality.

"People say that a teenag-
er can't decide to be gay, but
if you use that argument how
can a teenager decide that
she's going to be straight?"
Ms Greene asks.
"It's the same thing.
Understand that your child
has the ability, the maturity to
make an intelligent decision
about who she is going to
love. It doesn't make sense to
think that this is only a phase
that she is going through," she
Acknowledging that one's
child has sexual feelings at all
is difficult for many parents.
But realising that a child may
not be following the tradition-
al, or expected, path, in terms
of sex and relationships, can
cause parents even more dis-
Ms Greene feels that when
parents understand that
homosexuality is not "some-
thing to fear", and that it is
simply a choice that the child
has made, they will be able to
accept their homosexual
"But we live'in a society
where we do not want to talk
about sex. We are acting like
our young people don't have
to make choices about their
sexuality, so we just cover up
that topic and live in igno-
rance, instead of educating
ourselves on homosexuality.
The problem with how the
world views homosexuality,
says Ms Greene, is that living
a homosexual lifestyle means
illicit sexual bahaviour. And
as a result, parents who hear
that their child is a homosexu-
al automatically feel as if their
child is "out their being irre-
sponsible with sex".
"But that's where parents
need to realise that homosex-
uality is about your sexuality,
as part of who that child is,"
she tells Tribune Woman.
"It doesn't have to do with
only sex."




Lesbian teenagers

'fear discrimination'

Tribune Feature Writer
MANY lesbian teenagers in
the Bahamas are afraid to
"come out of the closet" for fear
of discrimination, say some
members of the local lesbian
The recent controversy
involving the reigning Miss
Teen Bahamas, who has
accused the pageant committee
of stripping her of the crown
because she is a lesbian, has
sparked a heated debate.
Young Bahamian lesbians say
it is "unfair" to be chastised and
embarrassed because of one's
sexual orientation, and this is
what forces many young peo-
ped to stay "in the closet".
"With things like this hap-
pening in our country, no won-
der we are so afraid to come
out of the closet. No wonder
why lesbians, young lesbians
and older lesbians, can't come.
out and say, 'guess what, I am
g4y and I'm okay with it'," says
a very frustrated Bahamian les-
bian who asked not to be
'"This is my lifestyle and why
should I be ashamed or afraid
to come out and be proud of
who I am as a person,"

The 21-year-old college stu-
dent studying in the United
States told Tribune Woman that
"lesbians are also people" and
should not be treated a certain
way based upon their sexual
preferences. "Human beings
should not be categorised by
our sexuality. We cannot be cat-
egorised as sexuality, but rather
by our individuality and char-
She says that many lesbians
enter local beauty pageants
(even in previous Miss Teen
Bahamas pageants), but they
have remained "in the closet"
throughout their reign, for fear
that their crowns would be
But this, she adds, should not
be a fear in a "civilized" nation,
since sexuality does not inter-
fere with everyday life. "We as
human beings should have the
right to have a personal life."
According to 18-year-old,
Gari McDonald, the former
Miss Teen Bahamas who at a
press conference last week
revealed that she is a lesbian,
her seclusion from major
pageant activities, including an
international pageant, was noth-

ing short of discrimination.
"I don't represent just straight
teens, that is being biased and
discriminative. I feel that
whether you are straight, gay,
male, female, lesbian, hetero-
sexual, transgender, whatever
it is, I feel that I'm a
spokesmodel for teens, period,"
said Ms McDonald during a
press conference at Zemi
House, headquarters of the
Rainbow Alliance Committee.
During a press conference
held the following day, the Miss
Teen Bahamas pageant com-
mittee refuted Ms McDonald's
claims. According to Richa
Sands, assistant director of the
pageant, MS McDonald did not
compete in the international
pageant because investigations
into her conduct were ongoing.
And she reportedly missed
pageant activities because she
failed to collect her itinerary.

However, the committee did
announce that having a lesbian
queen, or contestant for that
matter, was not something that
would be condoned in its
For the Alliance, a support
and advocacy group for persons
in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and
transgender communities which
helped Ms McDonald to retain
a lawyer in the event that legal
action should be taken against
the committee, Ms McDonald's
press conference is another step
in the fight to end discrimina-
tion against homosexuality in
the Bahamas.
Erin Greene, a spokesperson
for the group, says that lesbians,
gay men, bisexuals, transgen-
dered individuals and anyone
else who chooses to live an
"alternative" lifestyle, are often
made to feel as if they are
"invisible" in their own coun-
try. This, she says, is because
society does not "recognise"
their lifestyle, though it knows
that these lifestyles do exist.
But Ms Greene feels that the
issue of discrimination should
not only be a concern of the
homosexual community. Dis-
crimination on the basis of sex,
she adds, should not be toler-
ated by any woman, since the
oppression of lesbians and the
human rights of a woman coin-
cide, even if it is only to a small
"If lesbians are being dis-
criminated against it is not long
before the rights that all women
have fought so hard to obtain,

YOUNG Bahamian
lesbians say it is 'unfair' to be
chastised and embarrassed
because of one's sexual orien-
tation, and this is what forces
many young people to stay "in
the closet".
(Posed by model)
and maintain, are challenged...
We have to look at the fact that
this is a challenge to all of us as
women, whether you are gay or
straight or bisexual," she tells
Tribune Woman.
Ms Greene, as well as many
members of the lesbian com-
munity, feel as if their sexual
orientation is not a choice, but
something that they were born
with. And as a result, society
should not "look down" on it.
The 21-year-old student feels
that in the majority of cases les-
bians are born homosexual,
though she suspects that many
young women in Bahamian
society today are bisexual or
lesbian only to promote "a fash-
ion statement". She says it is
"in style" to be bisexual these
"In most instances you are
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* KIM RIEDEL 'a forward thinking designer and fashionista'.



LIVING Fashion has now
embarked on the last leg of it
three-part series highlighting three
remarkable Bahamian women. We
have already featured our 60+ mav
erick, Pepper Johnson; our 40s an
50s fashion designer and boutique
owner, Deidre Turnquest; and nov
we are focusing on Kim Riedel, Liv
ing Fashion's choice for "The Tria
and Error Years", better known a
the 20s and 30s.
Kim Riedel is a forward thinking
designer and fashionista with unde-
niable charm and an eclectic sense
of style. Kim is widely known fo
her exquisite line of jewellery
forged from copper, brass, bronze
gold-plate and silver. When i
comes to her pieces she is definite
ly in a league of her own.
Living Fashion: It's always a
pleasure to see you Kim, how have
you been?


Just the way you want it

woo3E. WO OD

Ws Kim Riedel: Very well, and
e thank you so much for choosing me
,e to speak on this time in a woman's
- life.
LF: What road led you to
w become a jewellery designer? Was
that always a dream of yours or
l were you involved in other things to
s reach this point?
KR: I didn't always dream of
g being a jewellery designer, I dis-
covered it later in life. I studied
fashion design for a little while but
r I wanted to be an architect. That
y path led me to being a jewellery
Designer. I have always been attract-
t ed to industrial materials; that love
led me to jewellery design and I
find that itis more of an immediate
art, unlike architecture whose struc-
a tures take months to realise.
LF:, You have an amazing fol-
lowing for your jewellery, can you
tell us about your collections. What
first attracted you to the mediums
that you use and what are your
sources of inspiration?
KR: My sources of inspiration
are often historical references. I
love culture, particularly ancient
cultures. I love modem and new
materials, so I tend to fuse the two.
I also love working with metal, it's
definitely my medium. I love the
texture and the journey that the
jewellery takes me on. At this stage
in my life I am enjoying the process
of creating my jewellery 'so much
more. Before it was more arduous
for me, and I just wanted to get to
the finished product. Now I am at
peace with the process.
LF: Two installments ago our
60+ candidate stated that "at 40
nobody can fool you and at 50 you
are mellowing out, at 60 you are
really feeling and acknowledging
your power." In our last installment,
our 40-50's candidate stated "that
she was just getting to know herself
better" at this stage in her life. Does
the phrase "the Trial and Error
Years" linked to the 20s and 30s
ring true for you?
KR: Definitely, I would classify
these years as the building years.
This is when the groundwork is
going on. Coming out of college
and university, you have a lot of
ideas, this is the time when they are
built and implemented. I now find
myself working harder than I ever
have. I feel more comfortable in
my skin than I did before. I am
looking forward to the 40s and 50s
when I can enjoy the work that has
gone into these years.
LFI You have a very acute and
eclectic sense of style. What would
be a typical ensemble for you for,
day and evening?
KR: My style now is very practi-
cal, more than I have ever been.
Everyday I multitask, I am produc-

N KIM is widely known for
her exquisite line of jewellery
forged from copper, brass,
bronze, gold-plate and silver.

ing jewellery and running my busi-
ness, dealing with my kids, running
errands, so I try to consider what I
have to do for the day then I choose
an ensemble that is functional but
still maintains my style. My
wardrobe is more about great
pieces. I wear a lot of jeans and
trousers with soft jackets and blous-
es that drape; simple things that I
can also complete with my jew-
ellery. For an ideal evening out for
dinner with my husband I would
wear a strapless or spaghetti strap
dress paired with flats or strappy
shoes and my jewellery.
LF: How has your sense of style
changed, from the teen years and
early 20s to now? Can you for see
how your wardrobe choices may
change in the future?
KR: My style now is softer than it
was in my teens and early 20s.
When I look back I realise that my
style was a little more austere, more
daring. But now I find that I am a
little more feminine, more subtle. I
will no longer suffer for fashion.
Even shortly after I had my boys I
would still be uncomfortable to
achieve the look I wanted. I am
now wearing some things that I saw
older women wear when I was
younger. Some of my silhouettes
are more voluminous for comfort
(kaftans, tunics). As I get older, I
can see myself moving once more
towards daring looks but this time
with more sophistication and age
appropriateness. For my future
wardrobe, I look forward to a mind-
set more than a particular look that
will allow me to be true to myself. I
want to be in the position physical-
ly, mentally and spiritually to be
free at that time.
LF: We know that you have offi-
cially studied architecture and fash-
ion design, you have expanded your
collection to include handbags and
* other accessories, you've had a
major hand in running a successful
restaurant, and you teach at BTVI;
can you tell us what's next on your

FROM page one

born with your sexuality. You had to be either
straight or homosexual," she believes.
"Now the choice is, do you act upon it, that's
where the choice of that person comes into play.
But the fact remains is that even if you don't act
on it, that still doesn't make you not a lesbian."
She also believes that many young women who
are lesbian deny their sexual orientation and are
on a crusade to deny who they really are. "You
can't fool yourself."
The student feels that some women may "turn"
to lesbianism because they've had a bad experi-
ence with a man.
Responding to the belief that being a homo-
sexual is "abnormal", the student argues: "How
can what I'm doing be wrong when this is who I
am born as. In the same way that you can be
born cripple, (mentally disabled) or any other
thing that society sees as a disability or deem as
abnormal, you can be born gay. Being gay is not
considered abnormal because it is not your emo-

to-do list, or are you content for
right now?
KR: Next on my list is to incor-,
porate the metal that I use in larger
scale work for a furniture and home
ware line, creating items like tables,
chairs, picture frames, etc. I am nev-
er content with where I am. I always
want to expand. As I acquire new
skills and perfect old ones, I will-
continue the evolution process
whilst always perfecting my point of jewellery!
LF: Thank you for spending time
with us and opening up your world.
It is full of vitality and integrity and
the levels of creativity are bound-
less, we like it over there.... We
wish you all the best with all youth
future endeavors!
KR: Thank you so much and all
the best to you!
You can reach Kim via e-mail
at: or
visit her website at
Apryl Weech is a fashion
designer, stylist and photographer.
You can contact her via e-mail at or visit her
website at ,

'Out of the closet'
tional status, but rather your biological status."
In her case, this student claims that she has
been battling with realising her sexuality for years.
She has always been a homosexual, she adds, but
it took some time for her to accept it. "I liked^
females all my life but I was afraid to act on it
until I realised that only me can make myself,
happy. Until I realised that I, only I can do it. I
have one life to live as myself...being a lesbian is
not a cult or a movement. It's a part of who you
are. It is a sexual orientation."
She admits that she does not "go around broad-
casting (her) sexuality", nor does she try to hide
it. But if persons find out, she does not care.
Many people still don't know her sexual orienta--
tion, even members of her family. Some see the
"signs", she says,. but choose to ignore them.
But the student feels that there will come a
time, maybe not in the near future, when per-'
sons will be accepted "for who they are, not who
they are attracted to".




Exercise regularly

This column is provided by
Adelma Penn, Camelta Barnes LIGHTEN UP & LIVE HEALTHY
and Shandera Smith, nutrition-
ists from the Ministry of guardian have them participate by drinking water before, dur-
Health/Department of Public in these activities with your ing and after you exercise. As
Health children. a benefit of exercise is helping
Establish a regular sched- us to sleep better, ensure you
et's face it. Many ule for exercise and physical get plenty of sleep, so your
,of us lead a very activity so that it fits with you body has enough time to rest
busy lifestyle. We and your children's schedule, and recover between workouts.
have a hard timune Encourage children to par-'
balancing our ticipate in exercise and physical What happens if children do
work, school, home and social activity. Help them find activi- not exercise?
lives. Some of us have a hard ties they enjoy doing. It is likely that they will
time making exercise and phys- Choose family outings that become overweight, which puts
ical activity part of our daily them at risk for premature
lifestyle. But why should we? death, chronic disease and dis-
Is it really important? Well, ability. They may not achieve
yes! Absolutely! Our bodies optimal growth and develop-
were made for movement. We Research ment. It will cost our country
without ld no enjoy optimal health millions of dollars for health
without it. h h care as a result of developing
In an effort to lighten up and has shown lifestyle diseases such as chron-
promote healthy -lifestyles in ic illnesses and disabilities.
children and adolescents, we that when ic illnesses and disabilities.
will continue our focus on exer- Before you begin...
cise and physical activity. we exercise If exercise is new to you or
Iiv-u your children, before you begin
ityIs exercise importand physical activ- regularly, any exercise activity ask your
ity really important for c.hil- .. doctor if it is okay.
dren and adolescell it helps us Start with 10 15 minutes a
Oh, yeah! Children are still sh day and gradually increase the
growing and therefore exercise 0to live lon er amount of time until you reach
is of paramount importance to la the recommended time.
them. Exercise helps in every a nd ijth eps
aspect physically, mentally, a p All things in moderation
psychologically, socially. There protect While exercise and physical
are numerous health benefits t ; op...ot ti. activity do the anybody good, it's
of exercise and physical activi- a. extremely important that we
ty from walking easier to liv- us from do it in moderation. When chil-
ing longer. *1. 1*1 dren (and adults) exercise too
Research has shown that ilnesseCS lkIe much and use too much calo-
when we exercise regularly, it ries, the body will not function
helps usto live longer and it hypertension properly.
helps to protectyus from aill- ITherefore, it is important to
nesses2 iehypertension and and type note that as children are grow-
type 2 diabetes. ing they need sufficient energy
Yes, even children need to S SicSS hv
befit and in shape. The kind of diabetes.i (calories) to facilitate healthy
e itan shape. Thei a ctie or growth and development.
lifestyle, whether active or Once you have laid this
inactive, lays the foundation foundation of incorporating
for their future lifestyle. That's exercise and physical activity
why it is so important to lay
the right foundation right from involve activity such as visits as part of your family's
thd start. to the beach, park, canoeing, lifestyle, your children will tend
The benefits of exercise and nature walks and horseback to remain active throughout
physical activity are numerous.,riding. their lives.
SCphsicalhoose presents for chil- By understanding the impor-
Here are some of the physi- dren that encourage them to tance of being physically active,
cal benefits: be active such as frisbees, kites, you can instill fun and healthy
Healthy growth and devel- balls or active outdoor play habits that will last a lifetime.
opment; 'equipment such as swings. Think of exercise as a protec-
build strong bones and Limit the amount of time tive and an enjoyable function
muscles; your children spend watching of their health.
increased energy; TV, using the computer, talk- So, get your children mov-
weight loss and/or mainte- ing on the phone and "texting". ing! Their lives literally
nance of healthy weight; Help your child participate depend on it.
help to prevent certain dis- in a variety of activities that
eases in the future, such as are right for his or her age and
heart disease and type 2 dia- ability.
betes; Keep yourself and your
improve flexibility; children motivated by making
help to reduce high blood exercise and physical activity
pressure and blood sugar levels fun.
and maintain normal levels;
raise HDL ("good") cho- Here are some activities you
lesterol; and your family/friends can
help to develop good co- participate in:
ordination and balance; Hopscotch
increase stamina; Playing Frisbee
stress reduction; Jump rope/skipping
increase strength and Swimming ,
endurance; Karate
promotes better sleep and; Tag
helps you look better. Dancing
Here are some of the psy- Basketball
chological benefits: Volleyball
Feel good about oneself; Soccer With M attr
promotes self esteem; Tennis
lessens depression and anx- Net ball t M
iety and; Football set- urchas
gain more self-confidence. Track and field activities Be
"Bat and ball" DC d Oo m S
Mental benefits: Shooting marbles
Increased learning ability; Skating/rollerblading Limited time offer.
improve alertness and; Ring games
builds confidence. Gymnastics
Social benefits: Canoeing
Provide opportunities for Walking
social interaction and; Jogging
offer opportunities to have Running
fun. Kite flying
Strategies and tips to help Exercise prescription (not
get your children active: only for children!)
The first thing you can do The Dietary Guidelines for
is set an example of being the Bahamas recommend we
active. Make it part of your get at least one hour of exercise
family's lifestyle, for example, and physical activity at least
go for a walk or bike ride after four times a week. We should
dinner instead of watching TV aim to make it an enjoyable .
or surfing the 'net. Play bas- activity. .
ketball, volleyball, bat and ball, Try to do aerobic exercises ;
hopscotch or jump rope with (activity that gets the heart I
your children. If you are pumping!) and vary your exer- .
unable to do this and you have cises.
a child care provider or Remember to keep hydrated

WE'RE all aware that the
earth's atmosphere is suf-
fering from an ozone short-
age, as evidenced by a tear
in the ozone layer over the
South Pole. So why all the
recent warnings about ozone
in our cities and towns?
More is better, right? Per-
haps not.
The ozone found natural-
ly way up in the stratosphere
creates a protective umbrel-
la against short wave UV
light, which is poisonous to
all forms of life. (The reduc-
tion in stratosphere, ozone
protection has been directly
linked to an increase in skin
cancer, so be sure to use you
sun block!) In the stratos-
phere, ozone is vital to sur-
vival, but, at ground-level,
where it is produced as a by-
product of pollution, ozone
is one of the most poisonous
and oxidizing agents known
to man. It damages trees
and costs billions in crop
damage every year imag-
ine what it's doing to your
skin! Oxidizing ozone loves
to eat the naturally-antioxi-
dant Vitamin E right off
your skin, damages the lin-
ing of your lungs and eyes,
and generally leaves you
with no protection against
further environment assault.
(Ever wonder why a visit to
New York City or Toronto
leaves your skin a red, itchy,
hypersensitized mess?) Pro-
longed exposure has even
been shown to accelerate
premature aging.
So what can be done?
Research has shown that
certain botanicals Lemon,
Fumitory and Fumaric Acid
to be precise create and
Anti-Oxonate shield on the

skin when complexed in the
correct proportions, coun-
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before it can cause harm.
This revolutionary technol-
ogy provides unsurpassed
protection against reactive
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future attacks.
Call your skin care thera-
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about products that can help
sensitized skin conditions.
Trigger factors to avoid:
Sudden changes in tem-
perature or humidity;
cosmetics containing
lanolin, mineral oil, SD
Alcohol, artificial fragrances
or D&C colours;

constant stress or hor-
monal imbalance;
environmental pollution,
including ozone exposure;
unprotected sun expo-
over-processed food
with synthetic ingredients;
reduction in the Stratum
Corneum from harsh
cleansers or excess exfolia-
tion and;
internal and external
Sarah Simpson is a med-
ical skin care specialist at
the Dermal Clinic at the
Walk In Medical Clinic
Sandyport. This information
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Tribune Feature Writer
response to
public appeals
for much-
needed dona-
tions to local blood banks has
sparked a renewed call from
health officials who are already
facing "drastic" supply levels
at some facilities.
At Doctors Hospital the sup-
ply has fallen significantly
below its quota and the
Princess Margaret Hospital
faces an ongoing challenge of
maintaining its supply.
:Harriet D Lundy, assistant
coordinator of laboratory ser-
vices at Doctors Hospital says
that the hospital needs all
bto6d types A, B, AB and
especially 0, the most common
blood type.
hPeople should understand
that when you give blood you life," Ms Lundy told
Tribune Health. "You are mak-
ing'sure that someone lives
whio needs to have the blood
that you are giving them when
you come in today."
&She said recent blood drives
conducted by Doctors Hospital
have not been well received.
For example, a recent drive
held at a major hotel in New

Providence attracted only five
units of blood. More of a
response came from the Fami-
ly Islands, where a recent drive
in Abaco yielded some 30
Michelle Horton, medical
technologist at Doctors Hospi-
tal's blood laboratory, believes
many people fail to give blood
because of a fear that they will
contract diseases.
Ms Horton assures the public
that this will not happen. "They
come in and say, 'oh, I might
catch something', but the col-
lection tubes are sterile, the
materials are discarded after
use and everything is com-
pletely disposable. So there is
no risk of contamination."
There is also a fear among
many individuals that they
could faint or become dizzy
while giving blood, but Ms
Horton emphasises that there
are trained and qualified tech-
nologists on hand to deal with
any complications that may
come up while giving blood..
And though there is no mon-
etary incentive to being a blood
donor, Ms Horton says the
benefit comes in the fact that
prospective donors receive free
screening for various diseases.
But ultimately, she adds, the
incentive is the ability to save a
life. "Giving blood is impor-
tant because you never know
how important it is, you are
saving a life, giving life to that
,,person and that's reason.
enough to give blood."
Coralie Adderley, chief hos-
pital administrator at Princess
Margaret Hospital says that the
public hospital is not in "crisis
mode" when it comes to its
blood supply but there is
always a need for more blood.
"There have always been,
and continues to be, challenges
with blood levels but we are
not in a crisis mode at the hos-
pital. But persons coming and
donating blood can raise our
comfort level. So we are very
open to blood donations."
Technologists at the PMH
blood bank say they have made
several public appeals for blood
donations in recent months but
the public is barely respond-
ing. The most recent was an
announcement over the radio
last week.
Said Ms Adderley: "I feel
that many persons are not con-
cerned until it happens to them
or until it happens to family
members. But it's important to
give blood because you never
know when you will need it.
You never know when some-
thing will happen to you and
you need that blood right away.
We say it all the time, the life
that you are saving could be
your or your loved
one may not always have the
time to wait for that blood to
come in an emergency."
Princess Margaret Hospital,
says Ms Adderley, has a num-
ber of regular blood donors but
those numbers are still not
She encourages those who
can give blood to do so, since
some persons are unable to for
medical reasons.
Ms Lundy at Doctors Hos-
pital says they also have a small
group of regular donors who
give blood every two months.
"And I am grateful to these
persons because they do it on a
regular basis, but we still need
more persons to give."
Both hospital officials agree
that it's important to have
blood reserves already in place,
rather than family members
giving blood when a family
emergency presents itself.
Says Ms Adderley: "We con-
tinue to work with the media to
sensitise the public on the
importance of giving blood
because many patients may not
have the luxury of waiting for
hours for family members to
come and help out. That's why
the blood needs to be in the

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* A NURSE prepares to take blood from a donor at Doctors Hospital.

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Coffee does the body good?

Tribune Feature Writer

Coffee, the popu-
lar pick-me-up
may be good for
you, according to
a new study
showing that it is number one
in antioxidants. And though it
may be, some doctors are still
According to Devroy
Williams, store manager at
Starbucks, Marina Village, Par-
adise Island, it is surprising that
coffee and coffee-based drinks
which some studies say are
healthy and others claim are
not have become so popular
over a short period of time.
"I recently went to Seattle
for training and I'm surprised
how prevalent coffee has
become in such a short period
of time. When Starbucks first
started out, between 1972 and
1987, they had 10 stores, now
they are closing in on 5,000
stores worldwide," says the
manager. "So it's really not as

'demonised' as it use to be in
the past."
Though fruits and vegetables
are generally promoted as good
sources of antioxidants, the
new study marks the first time
that coffee has been shown to
be the primary source from
which most Americans get
their antioxidants, says Joe
Vinson, PhD, a chemistry pro-
fessor at the University of
Scranton (Pennsylvania), who
led the study, in an online


But a local general practi-
tioner who asked not to be
named, finds this discovery to
be "very surprising", since she
has always discouraged the
consumption of coffee for
health reasons.
She tells Tribune Health:
"It's interesting because we tell.
people not to drink coffee for
the fact that it has high levels of
caffeine, which leads to caffeine
headaches, nervousness, hyper-

tension, and feelings of tirde-
ness after you drink it.
"You get a quick high from
the coffee, followed by a quick
low some time later, so I find a
relationship between coffee
and antioxidants that help the
body to be surprising."
Researchers analysed the
antioxidant content of more
than 100 different food items,
including vegetables, fruits,
nuts, spices, oils and common
beverages. The data was com-
pared to an existing US
Department of Agriculture
database on the contribution
of each type of food item to
the average estimated US per
capita consumption.
Coffee came out on top, on
the combined basis of both
antioxidants per serving size
and frequency of consumption.
Surprisingly, java outranked
such popular antioxidant
sources as tea, milk, chocolate
and cranberries. Of all the
foods and beverages studied,
dates had the most antioxidants
based solely on serving size.
But since dates are not con-
sumed at anywhere near the
level of coffee, it becomes the
number one source of antioxi-
dants consumed, says the study.
Antioxidants, in general,
have been linked to a number
of potential health benefits,
including protection against
heart disease and cancer.
And these latest findings fol-
low a growing number of
reports touting the potential
health benefits of drinking cof-
fee. Other than keeping one

* ACCORDING to a new study, coffee may be good for you.

awake and alert, coffee has
been linked to an increasing
number of potential health
benefits, including protection
against liver and colon cancer,
type 2 diabetes, and Parkin-
son's disease, according to
some recently published stud-
It also comes at an appropri-
ate time since the National
Coffee Association has report-
ed that coffee consumption is
on the rise in the United States
and over half of Americans
drink it everyday.
While it really can't be said

(The Tribune archive photo)

just how much coffee Bahami-
ans consume, Mr Williams
notes that business at Starbucks
has been "extremely well"
since it was opened last month.
Because of its location, though,
tourists who are familiar with
the "name recognition" are the
bulk of its patrons.
The findings of this study,
says the doctor, shouldn't
entice coffee lovers to drink
even more though. There's also
a downside to the pick-me-up.
Java can make you jittery and
cause stomach pains, while
some studies have tied it to ele-

vated blood pressure and heart
The doctor believes that indi-
viduals should focus more on.
the consumption of fruits and
vegetables which provide more
antioxidants overall, rather
than taking coffee as a good
source of antioxidants.
Says the doctor: "This study -
is not saying that coffee is so
good. But I think that what
they are trying to say is that
there are some good effects,-
and some bad effects, and they
are just focusing on the good
effects right now. But let's not
forget the bad effects because
these are the ones that really
take a toll on the body.
"Regardless of this study,- I
am still sticking to the advice
we give our patients: Drink a
minimal amount of coffee,
that's one cup a day. Drink tea
instead. And you can turn io
herbal tea which has no caf-
feine, or green tea that is rich. in
The researchers described-
their findings at the 230th
national meeting of the Amer-
ican Chemical Society in
The American Chemichl-
Society is a non-profit organi-.
sation, chartered by the US,
Congress, with a membership
of more than 158,000 chemists
and chemical engineers. It pub-
lishes numerous scientific jour--
nals and databases, convenies
major research conferences and
provides educational, science.
policy and career programmes
in chemistry.

When it comes to shedding
pounds, everyone wants to
be a big loser. Fitness expert
Jillian Michaels, who
coached a team of six to
weight-loss victory on
NBC's reality show "The
Biggest Loser," has
authored "Winning by Los-
ing", a three-pronged
approach to eating and
exercise to help real people
lose weight. The program
focuses on self, science and
sweat to show readers how
to get in the correct weight-
loss mind-set and sort out
the confusing health infor-
mation out there and pro-
vides tools to start and com-
plete a personalised 12-
week fitness regimen. The
book includes quizzes,
checklists, charts and easy-
to-understand explanations,
as well as recipes to keep
healthy eating on track.
Available Tuesday.

STRETCH: Bob Cooley,
author and developer of
Resistance Flexibility and
Strength Training, has writ-
ten "The Genius of Flexi-
bility: The Smart Way to
Stretch and Strengthen
Your Body", a new system
created to improve physical
fitness, take the pain out of
stretching and protect you
from injury by over-stretch-
ing. The book features 16

steps that combine resis-
tance stretching with yoga
and Pilates-style postures to
give greater freedom of
movement. The book
explains how continuously
contracting and lengthen-
ing instead of just stretch-
ing a muscle increases flex-
ibility'. The book also fea-
tures charts comparing and
contrasting the relationship
between exercise and.flexi-
bility, your state of mental
health and the effect they
have to organs in the body.

TELETHON: The 40th
annual Jerry Lewis Labor
Day Telethon will not only
benefit the Muscular Dys-
trophy Association this
year, it also has designated
an 800 number that viewers
can call to donate money
for victims of Hurricane
Katrina. Those proceeds
will go to the Salvation
Army, which will use that
money for relief in the Gulf
states. During the telethon,
Jerry Lewis will be joined
by Ed McMahan and co-
hosts Jann Carl, Cynthia
Garrett and Norm Crosby.
Scheduled performers
include Celine Dion, Elton
John and Barry Manilow.
For more information visit
c. 2005 Los Angeles
Daily News

All about Parentcraft Education Project

THE Parentcraft Education Project
is a programme within the Department
of Public Health that is responsible for
coordinating Parentcraft Education. It
aims to help clients receive a basic
understanding of reproduction, foetal
development and caring for themselves
during pregnancy.
The major goal in maternal and child
health, which the Parentcraft Education
Project falls under, is to reduce infant
and maternal morbidity and mortality
in the Bahamas. The programme is
mainly for antenatal and postnatal clients
and their spouses/partners. All pregnant
women, their spouses and partners are
eligible to participate in the programme.
Parentcraft Education Classes are
available in New Providence at all gov-
ernment clinics providing antenatal care.
The topics are covered in eight lessons.
One lesson is presented each week over
eight consecutive weeks.
It has been noted that there are more
than 5,000 births recorded in the
Bahamas each year. The number of par-
ticipants attending the classes has been
very small and is but a fraction of the
number of parents that can attend these
sessions. Expecting and potential par-
ents are all invited to the classes. Special
fliers and invitations to fathers have been
developed to encourage parents, espe-
cially the fathers to attend and complete
the classes. The radio, television, print
media and word-of-mouth have all been
embraced as communication channels.

Does the project extend to the entire
It is envisioned that the project will
be established in all areas of the
Bahamas where clients receive antenatal
We have already visited some of our
Family Islands to train the nursing staff
in the revised programme. Training will
be scheduled for staff in the remaining

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bank already."
Ms Lundy says that while
most of the incidences where
blood is needed at PMH are
not on an emergency basis, it is
better to have that blood in
place. "I would say that it is
selfish to just give blood when
your family member needs it,
but many persons are not
thinking like that. The blood
should already be there
because you never can tell
when a emergency will come
up an accident victim comes
in and needs lots of blood, a
stab victim these people
need blood right away and we
should have it there for them."


For years, Princess Margaret
Hospital and Doctors Hospi-
tal have been exchanging units
of blood when one institution is
short, which, says Ms Adder-
ley, is a common practice of

tal are open Monday- Fridac,
8.30am 6.30pm. And Sathr-
days from 9am 3pm. .,
Lia Head, who came-fo;
donate blood at the time of nj-:
bune Health's interview Wvthh
Doctors Hospital, said t14
many Bahamians don't gtve
blood because they are nkt,
aware of the need for it. It is'-up
to local health facilities and the.
media, she says, to educate the.
Ms Head admits that she"is'
not a regular donor but came-at'
the request of two friends wyho'
are being treated at the hospi-.
tal. "People don't really know:
that they can give blood,:
because I am not even sure that.
I can but they give you such a"
detailed screening here," she:
"And think about it, you can:
come in and do this for some-
one who will later be able to-
do it for you, who knows how
many lives you are saving."

Family Islands.

Who teaches the sessions?
Qualified nurses who have been
trained to provide the classes teach the
sessions to clients. By virtue of their
training the nurses have the knowledge
regarding the topics included in the pro-

Are expectant fathers encouraged to
take part in the classes?
Most definitely! We would wish for o
expectant fathers to be involved in the
whole process of pregnancy from the
very beginning. This starts before con-
ception, in what is referred to as pre-
conception planning. It includes plan-
ning to have a child when both persons
(the man and the woman) are truly ready
to become parents.
Attention is paid to good nutrition,
exercise, finances and physical and men-
tal well-being, etc.

. How do clients respond to invitations
to take part in the classes?
Some clients express interest in the
classes but are unable to attend because
of their work schedule. However, the
number of persons enrolling in evening
classes at one of the New Providence
clinics was still small in comparison with
the number of persons attending the
antenatal clinic.
We continue to look for additional
ways to encourage expectant parents to
become involved, so that they are in a
better position to make informed deci-
sions regarding their health. Most impor-
tantly, to change thinking to prevention,
rather than only seeking a cure after ill-
ness has already occurred. Parent edu-
cation is not only beneficial during preg-
nancy but throughout life.

blood centres around the
But both health professionals
say that the establishment of a
National Blood Bank would be
more beneficial to the country.
And that could soon be a
reality as the Ministry of
Health seeks to establish such a
facility in the near future.
Ms Lundy thinks the Nation-
al Blood Bank is an "excellent
She says it will not remove
any competition between the
hospitals regarding where the
donor is going to give blood,
but also makes the "flow of
blood" in the country more
She explains: "You have
(blood) right there in one
place, it's available. It benefits
everybody because there will
be no competition between the
hospitals and all the blood that
is being given will be subject
to the same testing procedures.

So everything is the same
across the board."
Representatives of the Min-
istry of Health could not be
reached to comment on plans
to establish a national blood
centre, but according to Ms
Adderley, the ministry has "sig-
nificant work already com-
plete" towards the initiative.


In the meantime, persons
between the ages of 17 and 65
(and in some instances over
65), are eligible to donate
blood at local hospitals, pro-
vided they complete a ques-
tionnaire about their health
and their blood pasts all tests.
Both hospitals request that
donors eat a full meal at least
30 minutes before giving blood.
Individuals can give blood
every two months. The blood
banks at Princess Margaret
Hospital and Doctors Hospi-

What are the expected outcomes of
the project?
That the majority of our antenatal
clients, and their spouses/partners will
participate :in the programnri Those
clients will assist us by suggesting areas
where changes should be made in the'.
programme to better meet their needs.
That Parentcraft Support Groups will'E
be established out of the Parentcraft'
Education Project, where parents can
be further assisted with their childcare
and child rearing needs.
The importance of the following
should be noted:
Attendance expectant mother,
spouse/partner. All expectant mothers
and their spouses/partners are wel-
comed and encouraged to attend at
whatever stage of pregnancy.
Completing all lessons in each course
- the lessons, are not only be education-
al but are also a lot of fun.
Parents are encouraged to attend these.
classes. It would not only prepare them
for infancy but also for early childhood-.
development and other growth and
development milestones. Both parents
and their offspring will benefit from
these classes.
For more information on the Parent-
craft Education Project please call the
Parentcraft department at 502-4782 or
the Health Education Division at 502-
This column was prepared in collab-
oration with Angela Archer,, coordina-
tor, Parentcraft Education Project Mater-
nal & Child Health Family Planning Sec-
retariat, Department of Public Health;
Cheryl Kenny, Registered Nurse Mid-.
wife, South Beach Health Centre; and
Pamela Bowe, Senior Health Education
Officer for the Health Education Divi-
sion, Ministry of Health.




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* ONCE Heliconias have flowed the oage willdie and this is a good time to cut them back.

N IMPATIENS makes a wonderful cool season display, like these with some petunia pals, and can be sown now for a Christmas shg.

doing so you may prune away
some of the flowering material
and reduce your Christmas
The most popular winter
bedding flower is Impatiens
and they can be started from
,seed during September. By
October virtually any floedr
can be planted. There are o t-
ous exceptions: snowdri9s,
tulips, daffodils, bluebellsad
such. But when it comesb
summer annuals from else,-
where in the world, you'd be
surprised how well they do diur-
ing our mild and accommodat-
ing winter season.
There are many bulbs aid
rhizomes that can be set. ouit
now to give springtime bqau-
ty. The list is enormous ;afd
includes Heliconias, Am'"I-
lis, Hippeastrum, Gingers'mant
Lilies. Once established, the,9
do not have to be dug up aId
stored as is usual in cooler peats
of the world.
Make sure each bulb or rhi-
zome is planted at the correct
depth as some require to be
buried five inches deep in order
to remain upright during flow-
ering. Others just need to be
barely covered. Gladiolus flow-
ers during our summer months
so is best put in during early
In many ways a new year
starts more obviously in Sep-
tember in the Bahamas than in
does in January.








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