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Publication Date: September 13, 2005
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Volume: 101 No.240




Officer frustration

at progress of

promised review

SERIOUS unrest is brewing
in the Royal Bahamas Defence
Force, The Tribune has learned.
According to sources from
within the RBDF, the future of
the institution will soon be
under threat if the concerns of
officers are not addressed.
Several Defence Force offi-
cers have revealed to The Tri-
. p.4thajtthe morale at the.
Coral Harbour base is "at an
all time low" and that officers
and marines are becoming
angry and frustrated.
This, they say, could be con-
nected to the "lack of progress"
being made by the recently
appointed review board.
According to the officers,
they were never told anything
about the board from officials
and whatever information they
had received was gathered from
the media.
In July, Deputy Prime Minis-
ter and Minister of National
Security Cynthia Pratt had
announced that the RBDF
would undergo a review con-
sisting of four stages beginning
from July and ending in Decem-
Speaking to the press at that
time, Mrs Pratt said that pur-
pose of the review would be "to
determine how the organisation
can optimise its functioning."
However, according to three
RBDF officers, "nothing visi-
ble is being done."
One officer said: "My main
concern is that nothing is hap-
pening. Many marines are
under this impression that we
were reviewed under the FMN
government, but I think in my

opinion that they got side-
tracked with the blacklisting, so
that never happened."
"It was reported in the news
that we were finally going to be
reviewed by an appointed team.
However, we were never
informed of this by any officials
and we have seen nothing being
done," he said.
When discussing some of the
"problems" surrounding the
Defence force, two officerssaid.
that over the years "no
improvements or changing in
the force have occurred."
"In reference to education
and equipment and the other
problems that existed then, they
still exist today,"
"When the police force was
reviewed all those dead weights
were given packages and walk-
ing papers, and the whole force
was changed around with new
commissioner and restructur-
"They had experts come in
to make the police force more
modernised and the police have
benefited from that, they even
got benefits and salary increas-
es," said another.
"I think a lieutenant on the
Defence Force makes less than a
sergeant on the police force,
which is ridiculous," the officer
said. "There are some really seri-
ous salary problems, and not
only that but our insurance
needs to be reviewed. We should
have better rates than this.
"It's a really sad thing that
the minister is treating us, the
people who are risking their
lives every day out at sea, in ref-
erence to salaries and health
SEE page 11

A TINY walkway connects several buildings, believed to be the home of a
number of illegal immigrants in Nassau Village. See page six for the story
(Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune Staff)

East Street legend's

son is found dead

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE son of popular East
Street barkeeper Audley
Kemp has been found dead.
The decomposing .body of
Phillip Anthony Kemp was
found early yesterday morn-.
ing. Kemp, 57, had report-
edly been ill for some time.
Police press liaison officer
Walter Evans said sometime
before 8am on Monday offi-
cers received information of
a body lying in a house near
East and Hay Streets.
Police found the body

THE. of in a hearseearfly
* THE body of Phillip Kemp is placed in a hearse early
yesterday morning

SEE page 11 (Phloto: Felipe Major/Tribune Staff

Cab driver

claims to be


because of


A TAXI-DRIVER claims he is being
persecuted by police because of his lone
campaign against Haitian "hackers" at
Nassau Internatibnal Airport.
Perry Gilbert, who has been driving
cabs since 1988, believes he is being tar-
geted for trying to put unlicensed foreign
cabbies out :of business.
Mr Gilbert says Haitians who tout for
trade at the airport are depriving Bahami-
an taxi-drivers of tens of thousands of
dollars every week.
"They openly boast of making $150 a
day from the airport," he told The Tri-
bune. "There are an average of 20 of
them working. from there at any one time,
so you can see how much money legiti-
mate drivers lose over the course of a
Mr Gilbert, himself a former police
officer, now claims he is being systemat-
ically targeted by police and he
believes their actions are linked to his
anti-Haitian crusade.
He says a succession of incidents,
includinigfalse arrest and unjustified with-
drawal of his driver's badge, have led him
SEE page 11

Man charged

with trying

to break into

MP's home
A NASSAU man was charged yester-
day with attempting to break into St
Thomas More MP Frank Smith's Eastern
Road home.
Appearing before Magistrate Maryiln
Meers in court five, Bank Lane, Oscar
Ingraham, 21, of Edward Street, was
charged with attempted housebreaking,
burglary, robbery and assault with intent
to commit rape.
It was alleged that on May 26, Ingraham
attempted to break into the home of
Frank Smith on Eastern Road.
The magistrate told the defendant that
he had the right to have his case heard
before Magistrate's Court or the Supreme
Court. Ingraham chose the Magistrate's
SEE page 11

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THE picture has become much
clearer now since Trade and
Industry Minister Leslie Mille.r came
back from a June meeting in Venezuela
and announced that cheaper gasoline
was on the way because of an agreement
he had just signed.
The PetroCaribe agreement was "a
dream come true", the minister gushed.
It was an extraordinary achievement he
had been working on for two and a half
years and now the cheap oil could begin
to flow because the agreement would
take immediate effect.
In his inimitable fashion, Mr Miller
went about proclaiming deliverance from
expensive gasoline and getting many
Bahamians understandably excited in
the process. With the same kind of dem-
agoguery he indulged in over the LNG
pipeline proposals, Mr Miller with rash
abandon put his cabinet colleagues on
another hot spot.
Some people thought it was too good
to be true (and it was) and waited in
vain as weeks went by and there was no
word of either confirmation or caution
from the head of the government, Prime
Minister Perry Christie.
As Mr Miller's propaganda came
under closer scrutiny several important
facts emerged. One was that the Petro-
Caribe agreement had not been
approved by the government.
He had only signed a "framework",
but now his colleagues had the full pro-
posal in front of them and it would come
into effect when it was signed by Minis-
ter of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell.
Immediate effect evaporated into thin
Then Mr Mitchell made a statement
that was in direct contradiction to what
his colleague had been saying with such
persistence and certainty.
The agreement was not about cheap
oil. That was impossible. It was about
the partial financing of oil purchases
from Venezuela when the world market
price went above a certain point.

A frightening aspect of this affair
is that the Bahamas was rep-
resented by a minister who, after two
and a half years, either did not under-
stand what was being negotiated or else
was prepared to misrepresent the facts to
the Bahamian people. In either case,
that is a very dangerous thing for the

The Bahamas was i
minister who, after
years, either did not
was being negotiate
prepared to misrepi
the Bahamian peop]

The next thing is that there was no
clear statement from the PLP govern-
ment as the issue wis hotly debated for
weeks. The details came out in dribs and
The Bahamian people deserve hard
information about important issues, not
a barrage of useless propaganda. Mr
Christie is an exceptionally articulate
politician, so why did he allow the
Bahamian public to, be so badly misled
for the want of a clear statement of the

work of OPEC, Venezuela is not per-
mitted to sell below world market price.
"We have to buy the oil from
Venezuela at prevailing world market
price. We must therefore sell the. oil to
the retail trade to recover the full price.
However, instead of paying the full
amount to Venezuela, up front, only a
part is remitted immediately in cash.
"The rest of the payment is convertible
by our governments as a concessionary
loan at one per cent over 25 years. In
keeping with the philosophy of
Venezuela, this loan is available to fund
social and economic development pro-
grammes and to improve our physical
infrastructure in order to improve the
quality of life of the poor. What are the
immediate substantial benefits we will
"1. Averting a severe reduction of our
foreign exchange reserves and thereby
easing the pressure for currency devalu-
ation which would trigger inflation and
consequently increase the plight of the
"2. The accumulation of loan funds at
concessionary rates which cannot be
secured either from the international
lending agencies or capital markets and
without any conditionalities attached.
"3. The ability to repay portions of
the loan by way of goods and services,
including commodities such as sugar,
bananas and rice, which have suffered
from adverse rulings of the WTO."

Why could not Mr Christieeex iqei T
the whole thing as Jamaican Prinme M i takes sense for the small states
ister P J Patterson did at the P6ffCiAbi'':": o Ith:'(Caribbean to 'work closely
meeting in Kingston last week? This is together in the international arena to
what Mr Patterson said in part (and the protect the interests of the region and the
first sentences are crystal clear): interests of individual states.
"Under the PetroCaribe agreement, But the circumstances of one state
beneficiaries will not be receiving oil at may not always be the same as others, so
concessionary prices. Within the frame- there will be times when one will have to
take a different position in its own inter-
With regard to the PetroCaribe agree-
ment the circumstances of Jamaica are
represented by a vastly different from ours and while it
may be a good thing for Jamaica to enter
two and a half into the arrangement, the same is not
necessarily so for the Bahamas.
t understand what For one thing; ever since the Bahamas
decimalised its currency in 1965 we have
d or else ^waS never had occasion to consider devalua-
tion because of serious depletion of our
resent the facts to' foreign reserves.
We have been able to maintain the
le stability of the Bahamian dollar for 40
years and today we do not have to bor-
row hard currency to shore up its value.
yven if we had to on a temporary basis
__ we are able to make good.

L ong before 1965 the Bahamas
was a good dollar-earner. Dur-
ing the war years the newspapers used
to record regularly the amount of dol-
lars we were able to sell to Great
Jamaica's economic and monetary his-
tory -has been quite different and so Mr
Patterson and his colleagues must take
that into account.
Jamaica is also in a position to barter
for Venezuelan oil with agricultural and
other commodities. The Bahamas is not.
Neither can we easily barter, say, finan-
cial services since that sector of our econ-
omy is privately owned and operated
and because of the nature of the busi-
Borrowing money at one per cent may
seem very attractive but the government
of the Bahamas ought to weigh careful-
ly whether it is worth it, having regard to
other considerations.
A few weeks ago a Barbadian minister
of government was quoted saying "there
is no opportunity for a reduction of pric-
ing" in the PetroCaribe agreement. Mr
Patterson says the same thing.
Unfazed by all this, Mr Miller is still
pressuring his colleagues: "I look for-
ward to us being fully on board with

A t last week's meeting in.
:, ,, Jamaica the Bahamas was rep-_
resented by three cabinet ministers.
Apparently Mr Christie wanted to make
sure that no one minister was tempted to
do foolishness.
If the Prime Minister does not get a
grip on his government soon he may
have to consider taking his whole cabinet
to important international conferences.

Every now and then there are
persistent rumours that Mr
Christie is about to shuffle his cabinet,
but nothing happens. The best time for a
cabinet shuffle is around the midway
point in an administration.
Still, it can come at any time and it
seems Mr Christie should really make a
For one thing, he should without delay
transfer responsibility for external trade
to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before
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Roberts gives BEC officials two-week

deadline for power grid information

Tribune Staff Reporter
MINISTER of Works and Utilities
Bradley Roberts has announced that
following the island-wide blackout over
the weekend, BEC officials have a two-
week deadline to provide him with
information on how to limit the effect
of lightning storms on the power grid.
Yesterday, officials from BEC
announced that during the severe elec-
trical storm on Saturday, a number of
lines and transformers were hit by
A number of generators and over-
head lines were also damaged as a
result of the lightening strike, but offi-
cials stated that the restoration of sup-
plies began immediately and supplies
to most customers were restored by
late evening.
However the following day (Sun-
day) another lightening storm caused
further outages while repairs to gen-
erators already damaged by the previ-
ous lightning storm were still under-
Kevin Basden, the general manager
of BEC, admitted that a number of
customers were still without electricity
yesterday evening, but added that they
have teams out in the field attempt-
ing to rectify those problems.
Power to the entire island was
expected to be on by late yesterday
evening, he said.
"It should be noted that while we
are aware of the inclement weather
based on reports from the MET office

Bid to limit the problems

caused by lightning storms

and put contingency plans in place to
address any possible outages, the cor-
poration was limited .in its response
due to the extent of the lightening that
"The lightening hit a number of our
structures and surges from the light-
ening affected the generators as well.
We do have systems in place to iso-
late the fault and not impact the entire
system but due to the intensity of the
storm that was not the case over the
"We have very good technology in
terms of the breakers and we are con-
stantly looking at what we can
improve," he said.
Minister Roberts mentioned that the
corporation is currently looking at a
new power breaker system that
should limit such power outages in the
"I have asked them (BEC) to-
check with Florida Power and Light
to see what new technology is out, but
as I watched MSNBC they were recall-
ing their accounts of th9 same light-
ening storm, and how it stuck a pole
straight in half.
"The power of that storm was just

amazing. So right now we are looking
at a new breaker system and I told
them I want a report in 14 days," he
Mr Basden added that the corpora-
tion currently has a power breaker sys-
tem in place, but are still looking at
upgrading their system.
Currently, the corporation is work-
ing at running all new 33,000 volt lines
that supply major sub-stations under-
Although the process is three to four
times more expensive than the run-
ning of conventional lines, Mr Basden
admitted that it would be much more
effective at deterring possible inter-
ruptions in terms of electrical storms.
"If all of our lines were underground
it may have made a difference. We
have some underground now and the
new 33,000 volt ones will go under-
ground as well. It's more costly, I can
tell you that.
"Underground lines are not neces-
sarily fool-proof as you could have tree
roots ripping them up but you would
definitely would not have as much
impact in terms of lightening," he

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Man critical

after shooting
By DENISE the bar and asked for drinks, but
MAYCOCK were told by Bernard that the bar
Tribune Freeport Reporter was closed.
The men appeared to be angry
FREEPORT A 36-year-old and left the area.
man is in critical condition at However, shortly afterwards a
Rand Memorial Hospital after man approached the bar and
being shot multiple times about pulled out a handgun, shooting
the body on Sunday evening. Bernard multiple times. The gun-
Michael Bernard was at a beach man was wearing a mask, blue
party at Taino Beach around shirt and pants.
8.15pm when the shooting Investigations into the matter
occurred, are continuing.
He was shot about nine times 0 A MAN is recovering in hos-
by a masked gunman who fled the pital after being shot in the leg by
scene on foot into nearby bush- a gunman on Sunday night.
es. According to police, the victim
Three men are in custody and was sitting on the wall in the back
assisting police with the investi- of a Faith Avenue home just
gation into the shooting. before 11pm when he was
Police superintendent Basil approached by a man who was
Rahming reported that Mr holding a gun and dressed con-
Bernard, of 13 Abaco Drive in pletely in white.
Hawksbill, sustained six entry and The man reportedly ordered
exit wounds. the victim inside the home, and
He said the victim is presently. shot him in the left leg.
listed in serious condition with The victim is still in hospital
three bullets lodged inside his where he is listed in stable condi-
body. tion.
According to police reports, Mr Press Liaison officer Walter
Bernard was tending the bar at Evans said policed are withholding
the beach party at the time of the the identity of the victim because
shooting. of the nature of the ongoing inves-
A group of men approached tigation.

Garbage truck accident
A SANITATION worker yesterday was driving this
garbage truck when it veered into a wall near Doctor's Hos-
pital. The driver managed to escape without injury, but a
crane had to be called to lift the truck back onto the street.

(Photo: Felipg Major/Tribune staff)

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"HOW CAN Bermuda, an island the size of
Manhattan, with just 65,000 people, have a con-
sistently more vibrant insurance industry than
the US or London, the other market leaders?"
asks a BusinessWeek article, entitled "Insur-
ing the global economy: the Bermuda model".
And the answer?
Bermuda, in addition to its "dynamic and
compact marketplace offers new companies
the opportunity to start business almost as soon
as their doors are open. In 2004, in just their
third year of operations, the eight major
Bermuda insurers and reinsurers formed in
response to 9/11 earned among them premium
income of $9.5 billion."
"We chose Bermuda," explained the president
and CEO of Allied World Assurance Holdings,
one of the eight companies, "because, although
the scrutiny was rigorous, we were able to incor-
porate quickly, at a time when demand for capac-
ity was at a very high level. Bermuda has proved
to be the right place for us."
Shortly after the UBP lost the 1967 election
to the PLP under Sir Lynden Pindling, we recall
the reassuring words of the Bahamas' outgoing
architect of financial services and tourism to a
concerned investor. In effect he said: "If they
(the new PLP government) are smart enough to
sit on their hands and do nothing for the next
five years everything will be fine."
The late Sir Stafford Sands was a five-year
planner. He was confident that without politi-'
cal interference from the new government,
Cabinet Secretary Sir Foley Newns could keep
the country on even keel by following the plans
he had already left in place.
But before the five years were up the inex-
perienced Pindling government started to tin-
ker. The world would today be talking about
the Bahamas as the world's financial leader in
insurance not Bermuda if it weren't for
that fatal tinkering. Bermuda has slipped into
the place that Sir Stafford was carving out for
the Bahamas.
In June,1991 the late Sir Lynden, then prime
minister and tourism minister, gave one of his
condescending speeches the late Sir Cecil
Wallace Whitfield often referred to him as
"sweet-talking Willie" in which he invited
captive insurers to leave Bermuda and return
to the Bahamas. He gave his talk at a breakfast
meeting in New Orleans to managers of captive
insurance companies. His talk was on the captive
insurance industry and his government's plans for
the resurgence of that business in the Bahamas.
Sir Lynden told the businessmen that the old
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and modernised to make the Bahamas as
attractive as it once was.
At that time Coca Cola had brought out a
new brand, which had not really captured the
imagination of the market.
Sir Lynden decided to compare what the
PLP had done to the insurance industry with
what Coca-Cola had done to its favourite drink.
Americans, he told his audience as he tried to
sweet-talk his way back into their confidence,
were happy with the old Coca-Cola. They
found that the new Coca-Cola left a bit of a fun-
ny taste in their mouths.
The Bahamas, he said, had had the same
experience with the captive insurance industry.
"A lot of captives," he said, "liked the old
formula better than the new one and never
realised at all that the new formula was devel-
oped for domestic consumption, for a different
market, with different tastes.
"We knew that, but it didn't matter because
you didn't know it. Just like the people at Coca-
Cola, we simply didn't make our intentions
As a result, he said, some captive insurance
businesses set out to find the old product in a
new place and went in search of the "real thing"
somewhere else.
"Everybody knows by now, though, that you
can't beat the real thing," he assured them,
"Coca-Cola is it. So I have come to tell you that,
in much the same way, the Bahamas has gone
back to the old formula and with much the
same result."
Old Willie was at it again, talking a lot of dri-
vel to hard-nosed businessmen who had had
enough of his slick promises. He almost sound-
ed that morning as though he were telling a
bedtime story to a group of small children.
Sir William Allen, who was Central Bank
Governor for a part of the first PLP adminis-
tration, recalls how hard the bank tried to woo
back the captive insurers. But, no matter what
the Bahamas did, or how hard it tried, it never
got the business back.
Sir William will tell you today that the Pin-
dling government lacked credibility. On gaining
independence in 1973, he said, the insurers
believe I that government would act "precipi-
tously". The PLP had "messed up the invest-
ment climate and they were suspicious of us,"
he said.
Thanks to that "&ness ugi" Bermuda not
the Bahanas is "now an integral plank in
the global insurance structure, complementary
to, rather than an enemy of, existing markets."

Sad case of

bigotry in

the Bahamas

The Tribune Limited
Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

Publisher/Editor 1972-

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In a democracy, law-abiding
citizens have the inherent right
to participate in all manner of
civic and social activities in the
community. Homosexuality, to
my knowledge is no longer -
and in my opinion never should
have been a crime in the
Bahamas. Therefore, the exclu-
sion of Ms. McDonald, overtly
or covertly, because of her sex-
ual orientation, is an affront to
the democratic ideals by which
this country is supposedly gov-
Lest we forget, not too long
ago, blacks were a minority
power group in this
country. Then, we the numerical
niajority, were subject to the
will of those with power. It is

an affront to the ideals that
brought about majority rule and
the generation of the modern
independent Bahamas, that
many in this nation would sub-
ject homosexuals to the same
discrimination that we, the
black majority, were once sub-
Respect for difference is a
hallmark of a just and progres-
sive society. A brave young per-
son like Ms. McDonald should
be applauded for having the
courage to defend her dignity
by no longer hiding who she
is. To her I would say: Stay
strong. No group has ever won
their rights without strug-
gle. And with struggle, bravery
is required. Bahamians must be
confronted with the contradic-
tions of their bigotry.
September 2005

The true reasons

that Haitians

love our country

EDITOR, The Tribune
THE first part of what will
be a threp-part series of my
opinions on illegal immigration
has already been published.
This second part will deal with
the reasons that we have such a
problem with illegal pre-
dominiantly Haitian immi-
gration to this country.
A friend of mine, one who is
"older and wiser" than I, said
that long letters to the editor
tend to be boring, and there-
fore a lot of people will not read
them. Thus the trilogy, so to
.speak. Thank you for your
, Tbe.Rev Carlton Dorsett is
an acquaintance of mine, and
we have had a few discussions
on various matters affecting this
country. He is a passionate man,
like myself, and claims to be a
compassionate man just as I do.

However, I beg to differ with a
couple of opinions he expressed
in the print media recently, as to
why the Haitians come here,
and how badly some of them
are treated.
There is no doubt that
Haitians living here, both legal-
ly and illegally, are looked down
upon by some Bahamians, both
black and white. Some of them
are even seen as being less
human than us, apparently.
These are things that trouble
me as a person who completely
believes in and accepts the
promise of Jesus Christ, imper-
fect as I am.
That being said, I believe that
the Rev Dorsett nonetheless,
became a victim of sensation-
alism when he likened the treat-
ment of some Haitians by some
Bahamians to the very ugly
spectre of apartheid in South
Africa. I was offended for those
black South. Africans who suf-
fered under this very evil sys-
tem. No Haitian in the
Bahamas, or any Bahamian that
I am aware of, has any inclina-
tion whatsoever as to the reali-
ties of such a terrible and terri-
fying system as apartheid.
I realize, and accept that
when one feels so passionately
about any given topic, one
might tend to exaggerate one's
opinion on that topic because
of the emotions involved. I
applaud Rev Dorsett for his
attempts to champion the cause
of the less fortunate, and I agree
with him that we must be very
diligent not to abuse these peo-
ple, as they are human, and just
as important to God as I am, in
my opinion.
Secondly, the reason that
Haitians are coming to the
Bahamas is not to find God, as
the good reverend suggests. My
reasoning? There is no religious
persecution in Haiti to speak
The real reason is very sim-
ple, and I don't mean to be silly,
but "it's better in the Bahamas"
for Haitians.
The promise of living in an
economically and politically sta-
ble country, with relative
impunity, is very enticing to
those who do not. And they
know these basic decencies to
exist in the Bahamas because it
has been communicated to
them by their friends and fami-
ly who have made it to the
Compared to the US, the
Bahamas is a little better than a
third world country in my opin-
ion. But compared to Haiti, the
Bahamas is the land of milk and
So why can't the illegal immi-

grants just be left alone to live
their lives out here in the
Bahamas? Because the strain
on our economy, by way of hav-
ing to continuously provide
resources like medical attention
to the perpetual stream of
babies being born here illegally,
is overwhelming. Plus, it is not
fair to Bahamians who need
these resources badly, although
they themselves need to check
the uncontrolled rate of unwed
child birth. Also, the living con-
ditions under which many ille-
gals live, is not safe or healthy,
to them or to anybody living
And finally, these immigrants
are starting to wear out their
welcome by way of their
increasingly nasty attitudes, and
their readiness to settle their
differences with violence. It's
bad enough to have to deal with
your own increasingly violent
citizenry, but it is unacceptable
to have immigrants come to this
country and basically take over.
Enough is enough.
Will this government act
soon, positively, and drastically
on this matter? The last one did
not, so I have my doubts. All a
dem jus alike. While cheaper
gas prices is a very attractive
promise, it is just a promise
nonetheless, and "a promise is
comfort to a fool". I would pre-
fer to postpone the cheaper gas,
and have some order estab-
lished in this country, not only
with the illegals, but with our
own as well.
One can only hope I suppose.
And pray. Lord help us, and
forgive us for being such poor
stewards of that which you have
blessed us exceedingly with -
our homeland. We have opened
. our arms to the less fortunate,
and the less fortunate have tak-
en it for granted. Grant to us,
dear Lord, the strength and
courage to do that which is in
the best interest of all Bahami-
ans to reclaim our authority
in our own land, and to exert
that authority in a humane, but
decisive manner. Amen.
In my third chapter, I would
like to suggest a number of poli-
cies that I think can and should
be used to gain control on this
very vexing problem of illegal
immigration. Criticism is fine as
long as it is constructive. Con-
structive criticism is that which
offers an alternative to the rea-
son that we were criticised in
the first place. Still with me?
September 2005

EDITOR, The Tribune
The recent removal of Miss
Teen Bahamas, Gari McDon-
ald, reveals a disturbing aspect
of our society. Hatred of, and
discrimination against homo-
sexuals, is commonplace in the
Bahamas. The disgraceful
protest held a while back
against the so-called 'gay cruise'
was a sad example of the extent
to which many in our society
would extend their bigotry. The
recent removal of Ms McDon-
ald is another example of the
same obscene behaviour.
The democratic process is not
merely about the will of the
majority. Rather, a vibrant and
just democracy measures itself
by the manner in which it treats
and regards those minority
power groups that reside within
the community, be these ethnic
or racial minorities, women, the
handicapped or the poor.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

"The Role of Bahamian Engineers in the
Cable Beach Re-development Plan"

Mr. Robert Sands


(West Hill Street)
TIME: 12:00 noon





Criticism of



Ministry 'should

have used small

contractors for

school repairs'

Chief Reporter
THE committee to elect Dion
Foulkes as leader of the FNM
has called for the decentralisa-
tion of the public education sys-
The committee issued
a press release yester-
day saying that the "vast
school system in today's
Bahamas can no longer
be micro-managed from
the Ministry of Educa-
The statement
claimed that by aban-
doning the policies
established by Mr
Foulkes during his brief
tenure as minister of
Education, the current
minister Alfred Sears
has prevented schools
from being opened on
time and with few dis-
The committee said it
believes the ministry
should have used small
contractors to begin
repairs on campuses as
soon as school closed,
rather than approach-
ing the work "haphaz- FNM
ardly in a rush job to
save face for a politi-
"He (Mr Foulkes) solved the
perennial problem (of school
repairs) by giving work to
dozens of small contractors
regardless of political persua-
sion, in sufficient time to meet
school opening deadlines.
"It was a win-win situation

for Bahamian families. A wel-
come spin-off from this policy
was that many small Bahami-
an contractors FNM and PLP
- were given the opportunity
to earn a living for their fami-

[ leadership hopeful Dion Foulkes

were owned by FNM support-
The committee claims, how-
ever, that Mr Foulkes was
unjustly exposed to ridicule and
abuse through false charges
concerning his management of
the ministry's school
opening process.
Mr Sears, the commit-
tee said, has gone down
a new path that has
"placed the smooth tran-
sition of many students
and the entrance of
thousands into school in
Nevertheless, the com-
mittee said it feels that
the frustrations which
now afflict Mr Sears
could have been avoid-
ed if he followed the
"proven methods" that
were left in place.
"Political dishonesty,
desperate promises and
incompetence will
always wreak havoc on
the unsuspecting public.
"The fact that Mr
Sears must now revert to
the plan which Mr
Foulkes left in place, vin-
dicates Mr Foulkes in an
almost laughable man-
ner," said the commit-

"They also got the experience
to develop their expertise and
grow their businesses," said the
committee. lz ,
Near the end of Mr Foulkes' U
stint as minister he was
embroiled in a scandal related _in [lEtliiI is
to thle awarding y oo 'dfhcis to ,,
fi'rh's"Whichit"wias' claimed eC

THREE men have been
charged with the murder of
Eric Rolle.
John Thelus, 25, Lavardo
Simms, 23, and Christian
Johnson, 30, were all charged
with the August 20 murder.
It was alleged that the
accused met with the intent
to commit unlawful harm to
Mr Rolle, resulting in his
The three men were not
required to enter a plea and
were denied bail.
They will remain in police
custody until December 5,
2005, when they are to reap-
pear in court.

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Government is set to step up

action on illegal immigration

Tribune Staff Reporter,

THE Bahamian government
plans to take aggressive action
against the illegal immigration
problem by increasing the
penalty for Bahamians who har-
bour illegal immigrants and by
continuing round-up exercises.
Immigration Minister Vin-
cent Peet urged all Bahamians
to join his ministry in the fight
against "the most critical prob-
lem in the country,"
Yesterday, Mr Peet and
senior officials from the Depart-
ment of Immigration toured
Nassau Village, the site of a riot
last year which according to
sources quoted in the press, was
partially fueled by tensions
between Haitians and Bahami-
The tour was conducted in an
attempt to hear from residents
about the extent of the illegal
immigration problem in the
Mr Peet said the government
takes its obligation to control
the immigration problem very
However, he stressed that it is
a national problem which all
Bahamians must deal with.
He pointed out that the prob-
lem was not born overnight and
as such, would not be dealt with
With this in mind, a commit-
tee representing a cross section
of society is addressing the best
way to tackle the problem, he
He added that the govern-

Minister listens

to residents in

Nassau Village

ment plans to take a no toler-
ance approach to Bahamians
who knowingly harbour illegal
"We intend to increase the
penalty for harbouring illegal
immigrants by imposing heavy
fines so that persons know that
they cannot breach the law
without a price."


He added that merchants and
business owners will not be
exempted from this crackdown.
Mr Peet noted that the Nas-
sau Village walk about is only
one in a series of initiatives,
being planned by the depart-
ment to get a feel of what each
community experiences in terms
of the impact of illegal immi-
As news spread that Immi-
gration officers were in the area
yesterday, it was claimed that a
large number of illegals fled
their homes and ran into nearby
Joseph Taylor, who has a
rental property in the area, told
the officials that the lot next to

him was filled with shacks occu-
pied by "at least twenty
Haitians including a number of
The residents use two out-
door toilets which are located
at the extreme edge of the area.
The Tribune reporter noticed a
dead rat laying next to the out-
door toilet.
"The scent could kill you,"
Mr Taylor claimed.
According to another resi-
dent, the main issue in the area
is crime, not illegal immigra-
Linda Smith, a mother of two
who lives in the area, said that
she has been the victim
of numerous attempted break-
However, she noted that her
area does have its share of ille-
gal immigrants.
When asked by Mr Peet what
should be done to alleviate the
problem, Ms Smith said that the
illegal immigrants definitely
need to be sent home.
Ms Smith said persons har-
bouring illegal immigrants
need to wake up and see the
damage they are doing to their

SINSIDE one of the tiny homes believed to
be a residence for a number of Haitians in Nassau Village.
(Photo Felipe Major/Tribune staff)

LOT NO. 122 Crowh Allotment LOT NO. 65 Crown Allotment
PROPERTY SIZE: Apartment Complex PROPERTY SIZE: 10,000 sq. ft.
(0.000 sq. ft.) LOCATION: Front St., Murphy Town
LOCATION: Bay St., Murphy Town APPRAISED VALUE: $97,450
BAHAMA REEF FREEPORT LOT NO. 27 Section 21 Block 'D'
LOT NO. 44 & 45 Section 2 Block 10 PROPERTY SIZEz Single Storey Residence
PROPERTY SIZE: Condo (714 sq. ft.) (10,446 sq. ft.)
LOCATION: Darshana Apartment #9 LOCATION: Linday Drive


LOT NO. 26 Block 9
PROPERTY SIZE: 12,100 sq. ft.
LOCATION: Montrose Way & Montrose PI.
.OT NO. 26 Block 293 Unit 27
PROPERTY SIZE: 47,916 sq. ft.
OCATION: Ivegill Mews
LOT NO. 29 Block 32
PROPERTY SIZE: 12,197 sq. ft.
LOCATION: Hampshire Dr.
LOT NO. 655 Block C Section 2
PROPERTY SIZE: 10,000 sq. ft.
LOCATION: Wakefield Ave-Holmes Rock
LOT NO. 7 Block 26
PROPERTY SIZEs 18,750 sq. ft.
LOCATION: Oahu Ave. Section 'B"
LOT NO. 138
PROPERTY SIZE: 15,650 sq. ft.
LOCATION: Bessemer Rd.
LOT NO. 10 Block 37 Section 9
PROPERTY SIZE: 19,500 sq. ft.
LOT NO. 11 Block 20
PROPERTY SIZE: 10,000 sq. ft.
LOT NO. 10 Block 7
PROPERTY SIZE: 11,000 sq. ft.
LOCATION: Montrose Ln.

LOT NO. 10 Block 36
PROPERTY SIZE: 12,500 sq. ft.
LOCATION: Notely Dr.
LOT NO. 5 Block 25
PROPERTY SIZE, 19,322 sq. ft.
LOCATION: Treasure Trove Ave.

LOT NO. 31 Block 6
PROPERTY SIZE: 13,370 sq. ft.
LOCATION: Montrose Dr.
LOT NO. 11 Block 1 Unit 1
PROPERTY SIZE: 13,800 sq. ft.
LOCATION: Ludford Dr.
LOT NO. 9 Block 50 Unit 2
PROPERTY SIZE: 8,000 sq. ft.
LOT NO. 33 & 34 Block E
PROPERTY SIZE: 33,000 sq. ft.
LOCATION: Increase Way Section 1
APPRAISED VALUE: $24,700 each
LOT NO. 9 Block 2
PROPERTY SIZE: Single Family
(17,844 sq. ft.)
LOCATION: Harrow Place (Unit 1)
LOT NO. 7 Block SN Unit 2
PROPERTY SIZE: Multi-Family (17,424 sq. ft.)
LOCATION: Ellis Lightfoot Ave.

* IMMIGRATION Minister Vincent Peet speaks to resident Linda Smith during his walkabout
in the area yesterday.
(Photo by Felipi Major/Tribune staff)

* JOSEPH TAYLOR, who owns rental property in
Nassau Village, points out shacks to Immigration
Minister Vincent Peet, which he claims are occupied
by 'at least twenty Haitians including a number of



Man arrested for allegedly
attacking police officer
Tribune Freeport Reporter
A GRAND CAY, Abaco man was arrested on
Sunday for drug possession and violently attacking a
police officer.
Police say they received a report around 3.15pm
that a man was at Rosie's Bar at the Percy Rolle
Highway trying to sell drugs to the patrons.
Police confronted the suspect, who violently resist-
ed when the officer attempted to search him.
A scuffle ensued and the suspect allegedly attacked
the officer with the pool stick.
After finally being subdued by the officer, the sus-
pect was allegedly found in possession of 13 small
packets of marijuana in his pockets.
The man is expected to be arraigned in the Coop-
er's Town Magistrate's Court at its next sitting:

Man in custody in Bimini
Tribune Freeport Reporter
A 24-YEAR-OLD Nassau man was taken into
custody in Bimini early Sunday morning after
allegedly being found with a handgun and ammu-
Acting on information from a source, police at
Alice Town went to the Sand Bar in North Bimini
around 4.45am on Sunday in search of a man who
they believed to be armed with a handgun.
As officers entered the establishment, they report-
edly spotted a man fitting the description of the
gunman, in the process of attempting to flee.
The man was quickly apprehended and searched.
A .38 special revolver containing three live rounds
was retrieved from the waistband of the man, who
was identified as a crew member of the fishing ves-
sel 'Queen Vashti'.
The man, a resident of Nassau Street, was taken
into custody. He is expected to be formally arraigned
on Tuesday in the Magistrate's Court at Bimini.


on Wednesday

for Old Bahama

Bay Phase Three

Tribune Freeport
Bay Resort and Yacht Har-
bour will break ground on
Wednesday to begin construc-
tion on its $585 million Phase
Three expansion at West End.
Prime Minister Perry
Christie and Minister of
Tourism Obie Wilchcombe will
be on hand for the ground-
breaking, which is scheduled
to take place at 2pm.
Old Bahama Bay has
received government approval
to expand the size and scope of
its development, which
includes the construction of a
new 150 200 room luxury
hotel, 450 multi-family condo-
minium units, and the expan-
sion of the marina facility to
180 slips.

As part of the development,
45 to 50 additional single fam-
ily home sites have been allo-
cated on additional land.
Plans also call for additional
amenities such as meeting
rooms, restaurants, a marina-
village, a private pool and spa,
a golf course, a private resi-
dent's club, and more.
Over the past five years. the
development of Old Bahama'
Bay has included the construc-
tion of a 150-acre resort and
residential community com-
prised of 82 home sites, 72
dock slips, a 49-room luxury
hotel, and three restaurants

$585m expansion

to get underway

among other amenities.
The new development occu-'
pies the addition of 78 acres of
land, bringing the overall pro-
ject to 228 acres at West End.
The proposed marina village
area will include the Customs
House Restaurant, beachside
pool and retail shops along a
brick paved promenade next
to the main marina.
The marina would be
expanded to include new
mega-yacht slips, new Customs
and Immigration Center, dive
shop, charter fishing center and
related facilities.
There will be a full service
Spa equipped with over-water
treatment rooms that feature
clear acrylic floors to view
underwater reefs and sea life.
The development will also
include two beautiful parks -
one at Settlement Point, which
will include a lighthouse and
wedding chapel and stairways
to the Settlement Point snor-
keling reefs.
The second will be situated
on the north jetty featuring a
jogging trail, exercise stations,
fishing platforms and an all-
weather Pavilion for group
There will also be a lighted,
fully landscaped 18-hole
putting course, a tennis center.

Blowout Saie

and a bicycle, electric car and
golf cart, rental transportation
Around 45 50 additional
single family home-sites would
be situated along a new Settle-
ment Point and along a new
waterway to the east of the
existing waterways.

A variety of multi-family
condominiums totaling an esti-
mated 450 to 500 units would
be built adjacent to the main
marina, along the new water-
way, and facing both the north
and south beachfront areas.
"We are pleased to receive
government approval for this
$585 million expansion plan at
Old Bahama Bay, and look
forward to implementing it
over the next several years"
said Allen G Ten Broek, Pres-
ident of West End Resort, Ltd,
the developer of Old Bahama
"This project, which began
in 1998 and is separate and dis-
tinct from the planned Ginn
Company project at West End,
has already provided almost
150 new jobs at the property
and will add many more as it is
developed going forward," he





Prejudice, public service and the

unavoidable problem of petrol

LAST Friday's Tribune
carried a troubling
report of a group of female stu-
dents that were reportedly
made to stand in the sun by
teachers who deemed their
shoes to be of a kind worn by
If these reports are indeed
true, then the incident does not
call for yet another bout of back
and forth arguments about pub-
lic morality and private free-
dom. While these issues do
indeed need to be faced, the
real question here is one of pub-
lic service, and the attitudes of
those who are charged with pro-
viding it.
In this case, there should be
an immediate investigation of
the facts, and those found to
have used their power arbitrar-
ily and outside of their authori-
ty should be punished. No pub-
licly paid teacher has the right
to give vent to their personal
prejudices in the way suggested
by that report.
The simple fact is that atti-
tudes in some areas of the
Bahamian public service range
from bad to downright 'stink'.
As an example of the latter,
your columnist had the recent
double misfortune of requiring
late-night medical attention and
of choosing the tax-funded ser-
vices of PMH to receive it.
Aside from being shuffled
into a room with moaning peo-
ple (whose moans drew harsh
comments and tooth-sucking
from the nursing staff), your
columnist found out .afterwards
that he was charged as a for-
eign "non-resident" on the basis
of his being born outside the
The situation descended into
a virtual shouting match
between this columnist (a prac-
titioner of Bahamian law) and
various members of PMH staff

as to whether Bahamian citi-
zenship can be acquired
through parentage, or (as is
their "policy") only through
After completing treatment
(at Doctor's Hospital), your
columnist was compelled to
return to the hospital later that
day with his passport and a copy
of the Bahamian constitution in

order to get satisfaction -
though he has yet to collect his
Anecdotal evidence suggests
that such biggety and unprofes-
sional behaviour occurs all over
the public sector (though by no
means among all public ser-
vants). It needs to be stamped
out fast.

Before even discussing
the real pros and cons
of our joining the PetroCaribe
initiative, we need to first lay
to rest forever the silly idea that
doing so would be an unbear-
able affront to US regional pol-
The suggestion that the US


is watching and poised to punish
us should we 'get too close' with
Mr Chavez should insult more
Bahamians than it convinces.


Bahamas ever have and yet
have suffered absolutely no
damage to their bipartisan rela-
tionships with the US as a
Intelligent American officials
(and there are still plenty of
those around) know all too well
that a US that required agree-
ment on all foreign policy issues
as a prerequisite for its friend-
ship would probably be the
loneliest country in history.

B ack in the mid-1990s,
economists talked of
the $30 barrel of oil like the
doomsday scenario, the ultimate
test of the 'bubble' economies
of the US, UK and other indus-
trial countries. The $30 barrel
came and went, as the world
economy, buoyed by China's
decade-long spending spree,

Sovereign countries, by their
definition, need not vet their
associations with any master.
Our smallness or nearness to
the US does nothing to dis-
qualify the Bahamas from the
same privilege.
Moreover, the very premise
of .this argument is in stark con-
tradiction to all of the evidence.
The United States, whatever its
(often wrong-headed) foreign
policy obsessions, is a suffi-
ciently grown-up country not to
go about penalising friendly
nations for maintaining their
neutrality in most matters.
Regional countries like Bar-
bados, Jamaica and the OECS
states (not to mention Britain,
Japan, France or Germany)
enjoy closer working relation-
ships with Cuba and 'Bolivari-
an' Venezuela than we in the

Even after the 'correction' of
the beginning of the present
decade, Chinese (and to a less-
er extent, Indian) demand for
everything from agricultural
products to industrial parts con-
tinued to disguise the basic
unsustainability of a world
economy that is based on the
exploitation of irreplaceable
natural energy.
Last week, in the wake of
hurricane Katrina, the price of a
barrel of oil breached the $70
mark for the first time in histo-
But what Iraq, China and
now Katrina have apparently
all failed to show economic pol-
icymakers is that, until an entire
economic culture based upon
the unsustainable exploitation
of resources is addressed and
reversed, we will only be delay-
ing catastrophe.
If Leslie Miller, and the gov-
ernment of which he is a part,
really wanted to look after the
long-term interests of Bahami-
ans, then instead of promising
to keep finding them ways to
access cheap oil, they would be
trying to wean them off of the
oil diet altogether.
While it would be silly to sug-

Until an entire economic cul-
ture based upon the unsustain-
able exploitation of resources
is addressed and reversed, we
will only be delaying catastro-

continued to expand remark-

gest that we alone could change
the direction of the world econ-

omy of which we are a part,
there are things we could do to
lessen the excessive use of
petroleum products which mod-
ern Bahamian lifestyles have
come to demand.

mart small countries are
already taking such mea-
sures. In Iceland, the entire pub-
lic transport sector is now fueled
by natural, thermal gas, which
the country has in abundance.
A fleet of quiet, cheap and effi-
cient buses now bustles about
Reykjavik's streets, while (free)
thermal power heats all Ice-
landic homes through a miser-
able, ten month winter.
Here in the Bahamas, it is
simply ludicrous that we have
not ever initiated an energy pol-
icy that takes advantage of the
copious amounts of sunshine
for power generation. In Japan,
with far fewer hours of sun-
shine, many new homes have
built-in solar cells, which meet
most household energy needs.
But we in the Bahamas, as
usual, wait until the whole sys-
tem cracks before we even con-
sider simple, practical solutions.
Or we wait until some clever
foreigner comes in with an idea
and let him sell it to us.
However cheaply Mr Chavez
may give us his oil, we would
be doing ourselves a huge dis-
service to take this opportunity
to deepen a destructive addic-
tion to an unsustainable source
of energy.
Whatever the wholesomeness
of his motivations, Mr Miller
comes across as a man scream-
ing at the first mate of the
Titanic to adjust course. It is
simply way too little, way too
late for the gas economy. Those
countries that choose this
moment in history to increase
their addiction to it are in for a
rough ride.

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school jamboree

* CHAPLAIN of the Defence Force, Pastor Prince Bodie, volunteering his services as he blows
up balloons for the children

E WOMAN Marine Omanique Seymour painting youngsters' faces

Foreign Affairs

Minister praises

Venezuela for


THE Bahamas agrees with
the fraternal sentiments that
inspired the PetroCaribe ini-
tiative, Foreign Affairs Minis-
ter Fred Mitchell told region-
al delegates in Jamaica.
Speaking as the
head of the Bahamas
delegation to the
PetroCaribe summit
in Montego Bay last
week, Mr Mitchell
Venezuela for what
he called a "gesture
of humanity" and a
"real attempt to lend
a helping hand to
those in the region
who are less fortu-
"The PetroCaribe
Initiative is clearly
part of the process of
the sovereign nations
of the region seeking
to chart their own
course. It is an exten-
sion of that new gen-
eration of leaders in
the region bordered
by the Caribbean sea
that believes that we
must all share in the MIN3
resources of the
region and we have
a responsibility to
protect them; that it is impor-
tant for those who are blessed
in one way to share that bless-
ing with others, and that those
who have must share with
those who do not have," Mr
Mitchell said.
He said these motives may

be "inexplicable to some, but
the spirit of altruism and
man's obligation of humanity
to other human beings must
triumph over the spirit of per-
sonal and national gain to the

ISTER of Foreign Affairs Fred Mi

exclusion and at the expense
of other peoples and nations."
Mr Mitchell said the
Bahamas "is at one with that
sentiment, both that of indi-
vidual nation states charting
their own courses given their
individual geographies and

histories as well as the spirit of
humanity and generosity
which has brought us all
"We are all a transplanted
people, who have forged a liv-
ing and civilisation
out of the hard
knocks of slavery and
oppression. Yet
today, it can be said
that we have over-
come all of that to the
point where we are all
able to chart are own
Mr Mitchell said
the Bahamas is
presently studying
"the full parameters"
of the PetroCaribe
initiative, "and will in
due course determine
what steps it will take
in this matter."
He said the
Bahamas' policy on
the issue is driven "by
the need to contain
the prices of fuel for
the ground trans-
portation and the
development needs of
tchell the country and to
contain the price of
electrical power
which is a significant
factor in the production of our
gross domestic product."
"There is no question that
the Bahamas believes that this
is a serious initiative and we
will proceed give it our most
serious consideration," he told
the summit.

* DEFENCE Force Commodore Davy Rolle encourages the youngsters to continue to excel in

IN an effort to help prepare
for the new school year, the
children of Royal Bahamas
Defence Force officers and
marines were hosted to a "fam-
ily back-to-school jamboree" at
the Coral Harbour Base.
A number of senior officers,
:including Defence Force Corn-

modore Davy Rolle attended
the event.,
Food and drinks were avail-
able throughout the day. The
children took part in an assort-
ment of games and other diver-
sions, including a bouncing cas-
tle, a mini-obstacle course, face
painting, treasure hunts, tug-of-

war competitions, egg and
spoon races and musical chairs
Young men were given hair-
cuts by Defence Force barbers,
and each student in attendance
received a bag of supplies to
aid them in their school prepa-

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Bishop's stinging

criticism of Bush

administration in

wake of Katrina

THE former preisdnet of the
Bahamas Christian Council has
condemned the failure of Pres-
ident Bush to handle the "cata-
strophic disaster" in the gulf
states and warned Bahami-
ans about the pitfalls of being
too dependent on America.
Bishop Simeon Hall, of the
New Covenant Baptist Church,
called the US administration's
response to Katrina, "disgrace-
ful and a damn shame".
"The fact that most of the cit-
izens of Louisiana, Mississippi
and Alabama happen to be
'black and poor' is not the point
I wish to give emphasis to.
However, my point is this;
regardless of their race or status
- they were human beings. They
were Americans.
"People should have more
value than policies or ideolo-
gies," Bishop Hall said.
He went on to point out that
the Bahamian economy is
"inextricably linked" to Amer-
"All things considered, it will
be that way for sometime. How-
ever, Katrina's devastation and
Mr Bush's slow response to it
should make all Bahamians and
indeed, the rest of the
Caribbean quicken our stride
towards greater economic diver-
sification and independence,"
the Bishop said.
"It should be perfectly clear
to our political leadership, that
it is in our long term interest,
to depend less on President
Bush and America; and diver-
sify and mature ourselves eco-
nomically and socially."
Bishop Hall said the-
Bahamas' "geographical prox-
imity and our psychological.
dependence on America will
always prove a mammoth hin-
drance to the high and lofty goal,
of true independence."
He said it should be clear to
everyone, however, "that
America's preoccupation with
terrorists has diminished its
moral obligation to care for her
own and her neighbors."
"America's response to her

* BISHOP Simeon Hall

people's pain is patently
pathetic in this instance. There-
fore all persons outside Amer-
ica must learn from it and learn
"The world community has
not been slow to point our Mr
Bush's lack of leadership in this
catastrophe, particularly in con-
trast to his 'quick draw'
approach to the situation in
"By extrapolation, the lesson
to be learnt is clear. Only as
each citizen of the Bahamas,
and in this region see his or her
performance as indispensable
for nation building and begin
to act accordingly, will we free.
ourselves from dependence on

foreign self-interest and influ-
"Many Bahamians, who
watched the destruction stood
amazed at Mr Bush's slow
response, might miss the under-
lying message which speaks in
.glaring toppes. Our. dependence
on outside help leaves us as
pawns in their whimsical and
sometimes immoral behavior,"
Bishop Hall said.
"Beyond and above our con-
tributions we should all do our
best to engage in the building of
our nation so that, if not us,
then certainly our children will
never have to call on Mr Bush
or those of his ilk," the Bishop

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


of Camperdown Heights,
Nassau, The Bahamas will be
held at Ebenezer Methodist
Church, East Shirley Street,
Nassau, on Thursday, 15th
September, 2005 at 3:00p.m.
Reverend Charles A. Sweeting
will officiate and interment will be in Ebenezer
Methodist Cemetery, East Shirley Street, Nassau.

Nicloe is lovingly survived by her mother Deborah
Ranson; father, Thomas Ranson; sisters, Kimberly
and Michelle; grandparents, Cedric and Mary Lou
Saunders, Robert Ranson and Betty Ranson; great-
grandmother, Edna Albury; uncles and aunts, Andrew
and Ingrid Saunders, John and Patti Ranson, Micheal
and Kathy Ranson, Peter and Linda Carey, Chris
and Wendy Learn, cousins, Chelsea, Alex and
Madison Saunders, Jill, Brook and Jade Ranson,
Crystal Miller, Brandon, Jason and Samantha Carey,
Caterina Learn, half brothers, David and Geoffrey
Ranson and many other relatives and friends
including, Gary and Teddy Albury, Dawn Walkine
and family, Val Albury, Hope Albury and family, Lester
and Patricia Albury and family, Stephen and Patrice
Lieida and family, Sidney and Norma Albury, Audrey
Semon and beloved best friends, Matt Carey, Chris
Nottage and Raquel Pinder and many other friends.

Instead of Flowers the family requests that donations
be sent to The Cancer Society of The Bahamas,
P.O.Box S.S. 6539, Nassau, The Bahamas or The
Bahamas Humane Society, ROBox N-242, Nassau,
The Bahamas in Memory of Miss Nicole G. Ranson.


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

(nee Williams)

who passed away
peacefully at her home
"Lismore", Nassau, The
Bahamas on 6th
September, 2005, will be
held at The Chapel of Love,
Kemp's Funeral Home
Limited, Palmdale Avenue and and Bradley
Street on Tuesday, 13th September, 2005 at
11:00a.m. Rev. Fr. Crosley Walkine will officiate.

Mrs. Spencer-Harty was born in Ottawa, Canada
in 1919. She attended Ottawa Ladies College,
she graduated in 1941 as a Registered Nurse
from the Ottawa Civic Hospital School of Nursing
She moved to Nassau in 1946. She was
predeceased by her loving husband, Edward
Fitzgerald Spencer-Harty (Sparty) in 1987 and
her parents the late R. Rowland and Gladys
Williams, brother P.O.Thomas Williams RAF,
sister Jaqueline Dinunzio. She is survived by-
her sister, Elaine Hamon (Doug), nieces, Debra
Gindis and Karen Newman all of British
Goloumbia, Canada; brother Hugh R. Williams
(Beverley) and nephew David Williams, nieces
Traci Barber, Vicki Morfino and Lisa Williams all
of Ottawa and nephew Thom Wolf of Michigan.

Instead of flowers, donations may be made to
The Bahamas Humane Society, P.O.Box N-242,
Nassau, The Bahamas in Memory of G. Ruth
Spencer Harty.

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


native of Griffin Georgia, died
Thursday September 8, 2005 as a
result of an airplane accident.
Stephen graduated from Monroe
Academy in Forsyth, GA, then from
Embry Riddle Aeronautical
University in Daytona Beach, FL,
Class of 1984. He was an avid fan
of general aviation and was taught
to fly by his father when he was 16. Stephen was a member
of the 165th Airlift Wing, Georgia Air National Guard,
Sayannah, Georgia from 1988-2000. As a C-130 Aircraft
Commander, Stephen was involved in many military
operations to include Desert Storm. His flying career also
included piloting the B-727 for FedEx and later the F-100
and B-737 for USAirways. Stephen was currently, employed
by a hotel resort company to help manage and develop a
World Class Resort on Norman's Cay in the Bahamas and
was the company's pilot. Stephen is survived by his four
children, 9 year olds, Jesse, Natalie, Stephanie and Zachary,
his "Mama and Daddy", retired Northwest Airlines pilot
Ramon Carey Fenner and Margaret Montgomery Fenner, he
also leaves behind his three sisters, Durae, Carey, and Jan.
Stephen's passing is a great loss to his family and to those
he touched with his immeasurable zest for life and it's many
challenges. The family welcomes donations to BASRA.
Contract Conner-Westbury Funeral Home in Griffin, GA for
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Minister donates supplies

on tour of schools in

west Grand Bahama

I AS the re-opening of schools throughout the Bahamas got into full swing last week,
Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe' was in west Grand Bahama handing out text books and
upplies for teachers, and school books, back packs and related items to students.
Above, students at Martin Town primary school in West Grand Bahama step up to receive
chool supplies being distributed by the MP for West End, above right, being assisted by the
rincipal of Martin Town primary Victoria Wright. Mr Wilchconibe distributed school sup-
lies to more than 300 students at the school.

* OBIE Wilchcombe distributes school books and educational supplies to 131 students who
attend Holmes Rock Primary School in his constituency. Mr Wilchcombe is pictured above
centre with Holmes Rock principal Gia Walker, left, who assisted with the distribution of the
school supplies to the students.
(BIS photos:Vandyke Hepburn)




Delegation addresses sanitation in Andros

* NICHOLL'S TOWN, Andros The project director for the Department of Environmental
Health Services' project execution unit, Henry Moxey, (right) making a presentation on landfills at
a town meeting in Nicholl's Town, Andros. Minister of Labour and Immigration and MP for North
Andros and the Berry Islands Vincent Peet (left) and Minister of Health and Environmental Ser-
vices Dr Marcus Bethel look on. Director of Public Health Dr Baldwin Carey was also part of the
delegation. Dr Bethel addressed health services-related questions from residents and told them
about initiatives, including the nearby North Andros sanitary landfill and upgrades to clinics

* SAN ANDROS, Andros Henry Moxey (in left foreground, pointing) showing the various
dumping zones at the North Andros sanitary landfill in San Andros, Andros, on September 7. Pic-
tured behind him, from left, are supervisor at the site Marshon Smith, district administrator for
North Andros Dr Huntley Christie, Director of Public Health Dr Baldwin Carey, Vincent Peet
and Dr Marcus Bethel
(BIS photos: Eric Rose)

Taxi driver claims he is targeted by

police because of Haitian campaign

FROM page one
to believe that there is a concerted
effort to get him.
He says he has now lodged a formal
complaint with police, claiming they
are abusing his rights.
With $300 a week to pay to his
employer for use of his cab, he now
faces real hardship unless his badge is
returned, he says.
"When I was struck in the face by a
Haitian hacker, police at Cable Beach
refused to take my complaint," said Mr
"By law, they have no right to do

that. I am perhaps the only person who
stands up to these people at the air-
port. The authorities there do absolute-
ly nothing to stop them."
Mr Gilbert says he is well-known
among Haitian hackers as "the man
who tries to stop them" and feels they
have police friends who are protecting
"There are 30 to 35 hackers alto-
gether, but probably only 15 to 20 at
any one time," he said. "You see them
there breakfast, lunch and dinner.
"They park on the general meters at
the airport and go into the arrivals area
to find business, leading passengers out

to their cars.
"They are unlicensed, uninsured and
openly boast of earning up to $150 a
day. That is money being denied
Bahamian drivers, many of whom are
finding it hard to make ends meet."
Mr Gilbert says the Haitians drive
dilapidated vehicles with no insurance
cover for unsuspecting passengers.
"There are people who, for whatever
reason, are encouraging these people to
break the law and therefore don't like
what I am doing."
Mr Gilbert says he has also made
enemies by trying to form a taxi-dri-
vers association outside of the existing

Bahamas Taxicab Union.
"There have been a long line of inci-
dents where police have caused me
problems," he said.
"I believe this is somehow connected
to what I am trying to do. There are
people out there who are trying to harm
He said the loss of his badge had put
him out of business and deprived him of
his livelihood.
Assistant Commissioner of police in
charge of crime, Reginald Ferguson,
saidrhe had not heard of the alleg-ation
and was nt in a position to comment
on it.




FROM page one
Court and pleaded not guilty.
He was then denied bail.
It was also alleged that
around 2am on August 20,
Ingraham broke into the home
of Tonya Clarke, where he
allegedly assaulted her with the
intent to commit rape and also
robbed her of $40.
Ingraham was not required
to enter a plea to these charges.
He was remanded to Fox Hill
Prison until his preliminary
" inquiry, which WillFbe held onr
December 7.

Officers complain at

lack of progress with

review of military

FROM page one
insurance so poorly.
"We have go much interfer-
ence from politicians that our
standards, those high standards
that we once had, have
dropped," the officer continued.
"We need to stop this foolish-
ness and stop appointing people
in high positions that are not
educated enough to do it. That's
just holding the entire force
All of the officers agreed that
lack of education is a problem
for the force.
"One of the biggest problems
down here is that there seems to
be no career path for our offi-
cers or marines," said one.
"We have some good marines
down here, but we have a prob-
lem with our leadership and
training, and also a problem
with a lack of equipment and
supplies needed to carry out our
"If you come down here on

any given day you will see a
number of craft just lying off.
Our maintenance programme
has deteriorated. You need a
scheduled maintenance pro-
gramme to enable this to work.
We have an aircraft that was
purchased, that was not
designed for the type of work
that we do, and that's ridicu-
In reference to the review,
one officer said that "like any
other company or programme
you need a proper review to
look at your goals for the future
and to see what needs to be
changed, so this is expected and
"However, the problem lies
within the fact that we know
nothing about it. It was never
reported to us, so now all we
are left with is a lot of questions
as to what is going on, we need
to know," the officer said.
"It would be nice to be
included in the review. I strong-
ly believe that information from

the officers ourselves will be the
only way to effectively do this
Speaking to The Tribune, the
under secretary of the Ministry
of National Security, Peter
Deveaux-Isaacs, said that yes-
terday the board in fact made its
first appearance at the base.
In reference to the officers'
concerns, Mr Isaacs said: "If
they didn't know anything
about the board they would
have heard by now.
"The purpose of the visit was
to get familiarised with the
base," he said. "As far as I
know the board is on track, and
if there are persons who have a
need to speak to the board they
can do so through the secretary
of the board, Jordan Ritchie."
According to Mr Isaacs, the
board has invited the editors of
the media to a session to get
their views on the Defence
He said that public opinion
is also welcomed.

and Chops!


Decomposing body *

found in house a

FROM page one
lying on a bed in a two-storey
Mr Evans said that Mr Kemp
was living by himself at the time
of his death.
"The last time someone
checked on him was on Satur-
day past. According to our ini-
tial reports, no-one has checked
on him since. We presume with-
in that time-frame he suc-
cumbed," said Mr Evans.
Phillip Kemp's brother Peter
Kemp said the body was dis-
covered by their brother Cypri-
an at around 6am yesterday.

Peter said that Phillip had
been ill for about five years, but
never discussed his illness with
family members.
"We dropped him to the hos-
pital about three times over the
last two months. His death does
not come as a shock because he
has been sick for quite a while,"
said Mr Kemp.
"Some of our family have a
genetic intestinal disorder and
that is usually the cause of most
of the Kemps' deaths. I think
our great-granddaddy died from
it, our granddaddy died from it
and my daddy complained of
it," he said.

. Associate pastor of Mission
Baptist Church Irene Coakley
said that in recent weeks she
had noticed Phillip's condition
"I asked him if he was doing
all right and to take him to the
hospital, but he said he was
okay. He was a quiet person in
the community and never made
any problems," said Ms Coak-
Police launched an investiga-
tion into the cause of death, but
do not suspect foul play.
An autopsy will be per-




* SISTER Mary Benedict Pratt accepts a donation on behalf of the Nazareth Centre from (back
left to right): George Ferguson; Lamont Ellis, first vice basileus; Anthony Bostwick; Kevin
Longley, assistant keeper of records and seal; Curtis Newbold; (middle row): Cornell Mortimer;
Dr Sy Pierre; and Sean Longley, keeper of finance; (front row): Prter Mitchell; Deyvon Jones,
basileus; Duane Ellis, second vice basileus; and Arien Rolle, keeper of records and seal

* CURTIS Newbold; Duane Ellis, second vice basileus; Peter Mitchell; George Ferguson; and
Kevin Longley, assistant keeper of records and seal pose with young Lilly of the Valley Corner

Fraternity's back to school hand-out

MEMBERS of the Omega
Psi Phi Fraternity conducted a
special back-to-school initiative:
Omega By Bus on September 3.
New Providence's Pi Xi chap-
ter traveled the length of the
island by bus distributing school
supplies along the way. After
meeting at the Mall at
Marathon in the. early after-
noon, the Omega men set out
on their adventure of giving.
The first stop was the Ran-
furly Home for Children on
Mackey Street.
The brothers then went to
Lilly of the Valley Corner,
where they distributed more
The next stop was the
Nazareth Centre, a children's
home in the Millenium Gardens
subdivision, where Sister Mary
Benedict Pratt accepted a dona-
tion of school supplies.
The final destination was the
back-to-school jamboree held
at the park at the corner of

Carmichael Road and Bacardi
Road, sponsored by Michael
Halkaitis, MP for the Adelaide
Pi Xi chapter Basileus
Deyvon Jones said that Omega
Psi Phi has a long history of ser-
vice to the Bahamian commu-
nity since its beginnings in 1977.
He said the back-to-school give-
away was another example of
that trend.
The fraternity brothers are
asking concerned citizens to
likewise get involved with activ-
ities at local children's homes,
such as the Children's Emer-
gency Hostel (361-4124), the
Ranfurly Home for Children
(393-3115), the Nazareth Centre
(328-0901), and the Elizabeth
Estates Children's Home (324-
For more information about
Omega Psi Phi fraternity in the
Bahamas, please visit the Pi Xi
chapter website at:

* VIOLETTA Gardiner of the Ranfurly Home accepts a
donation from (back left to right): Lamont Ellis, first vice
basileus and Deyvon Jones, basileus and (front left to right):
Brent Creary; George Ferguson; Dr Sy Pierre; and Kevin Long-
ley, assistant keeper of records and seal.

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Clearing House



rej ected

Tribune Business Editor
T he Clearing
Banks Associa-
tion's chairman
yesterday told
The Tribune that
his members were "fully com-
mitted" to modernising the
Bahamian payments system
through an Automated Clear-
ing House (ACH), although
they had rejected all three bids
to create and run this platform
because they did not bring the
necessary "value" to the
Paul McWeeney acknowl-
edged that the process of estab-
lishing an ACH in the
Bahamas would be "delayed"
by this nation's six commercial

Clearing Banks say three proposals did not deliver enough 'value';

but 'fully committed' to ACH and finee tuning' policy statement

banks bringing the first process
to a close by rejecting all three
However, he said the clear-
ing banks Royal Bank of
Canada, Commonwealth Bank,
Scotiabank, FirstCaribbean
International Bank (Bahamas),
Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) and
his own Bank of the Bahamas
International had now
achieved a "full consensus" on

the ACH they wanted, how it
needed to operate and the ben-
efits the banks would derive.
Mr McWeeney, who is Bank
of the Bahamas International's
managing director, said
tremendous amounts of money
were involved in both setting
up the ACH and the efficien-
cies the Bahamian commercial
banking system gained from it.
As a result, he said it was
SEE page 3B

Scotiabank looks

to bring operations

into the Bahamas

Senior Business
yesterday said it was set to
increase the level of support it
gave to the bank's operations
in other Caribbean jurisdic-
tions, including the Turks and
Caicos Islands and the Cayman
Islands, particularly on pro-
In an interview with The Tri-
bune, Minna Israel, Scotiabank
(Bahamas) managing director,
denied speculation that the
bank was moving its data pro-
cessing centre out of the
She added that the bank
would not be moving any of its
operations to other locations
within the region, but was look-
ing to streamline its entire sys-
tem, increasing the efficiency
of its operations and building
its capabilities.
"We have been investigating
how to move some operations
into the Bahamas," Ms Israel
said. "We are presently sup-
porting Turks and Caicos and

will be doing even more for
them, even on the credit
approval, commercial credit
"We're looking at bringing
other countries' management
of processing into the
Bahamas; we're working on it
right now as we speak. We're
looking at how we can make it
more efficient for the region.
We're discussing it with the
Central Bank and reviewing
the opportunities."
Ms Israel said management
of the day-to-day operations
and processing will be done
from the Bahamas, with a num-
ber Bahamian officials super-
vising the work done in other
Caribbean countries.
She added that the immedi-
ate focus for Scotiabank's oper-
ations in the Caribbean was to
look for ways to become more
efficient through common
management and the sharing
of best practices. "Our main
objective to get as many jobs
into the Bahamas as possible,"
Ms Israel said.
A number of jobs that had
been previously run out of
Canada can now be run from

the Bahamas, she added.
Meanwhile, Ms Israel reiter-
ated Scotiabank's position that
it has no plans currently to list
on the Bahamas International
Securities Exchange (BISX).
She added, however, that this
remained an option for Scotia-
bank going forward, particu-
larly as the Government
looked to amend exchange

SEE page 4B


Senior Business
parliamentary secretary in
the Ministry of Finance, yes-
terday gave a timetable of
12 and 24 months for the list-
ing of Government debt
securities on the Bahamas
International Securities
"Exchange. (BISX) and for
National Insurance Board
(NIB) market participation,
respectively. This followed
the release of the Govern-
ment's proposed capital
market development policy
Among the recommenda-
tions put forward by BISX
shareholders and the Gov-
ernment-appointed commit-
tee to review the exchange
and establish its sustainabilty
going forward, Mr Halkitis
said technical upgrades to
the exchange's systems were
already underway. Also in the establishment
of a central securities depos-
itory and the creation of an
investor education platform.
Issues relating to exchange
controls, however, will
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What the Bahamas must fix to


oday's column is
based on an arti-
cle called Can
America Com-
pete, by Geoffrey
Colvin, which appeared in the
July 25 edition of Fortune
The thrust of the article is
that even though the US is still

e under globalisation

the world's biggest and
strongest economy by far,
long-term, it is losing this posi-
tion of economic dominance
to emerging economies such
as China and India.
Big business is and has
been borderless for a long
time now, and while globali-
sation creates market oppor-

tunities for American compa-
nies there are also negative
side effects. For instance, com-
panies such as Coca-Cola,
Proctor & Gamble and Texas
Instruments are said to
"already do most of their busi-
ness and employ most of their
workers outside of the US".
If the trend continues unfet-

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tered, clearly it has enormous
implications for job creation
and wage levels within the US.
The author further states:
"For American workers, glob-
alisation is a radically dicier
proposition far more so than
most of them realise. The fast-
changing economy is expos-
ing vast numbers of them to
global labour competition, and
it's a contest millions of them
can't win right now."
Why can't American
workers win?
Three factors are cited for
this state of affairs:
The first, that the world
economy is based increasingly
on information, bits and bytes
that have to be analysed,
processed and moved around.
Examples: software, financial
services and the media.
Second, the cost of handling
those bits and bytes that is, of
computing and telecommuni-
cations -is in freefall. Wide
swathes of economic activity
can be performed almost any-
where, at least in theory; and
Finally, low-cost countries -
not just China and India, but
also Mexico, Malaysia, Brazil
and others are turning out
large numbers of well-educat-
ed young people who are ful-
ly qualified to work in, an
information-based economy.
China will produce about
3.3 million college graduates
this year; India 3.1 million (all
of them English-speaking); the
US just 1.3 million. In engi-
neering, China's graduates will
number over 600,000, India's
350,000, America's only about
What can America do?
The; author has .three,'main.
*recommendations to reverse
America's eroding competi-
tiveness: which simply put are:
1. Fix the education system.
2. Reform immigration poli-
cies to favour highly skilled
3. Regain the lead in internet
access and technology.
Education System
"The No. 1 policy prescrip-
tion, almost regardless of
whom you ask, comes down
to one word: education. In an
economy where technology
leadership determines the win-
ners, education trumps every-
thing. That's a problem for
America. Our fourth-graders
are among the world's best in
math and science, but by ninth
grade they've fallen way
behind." As Bill Gates says:
"This isn't an accident or a
flaw in the system; it is the sys-
For most in the broad mid-
die class or below, a top-notch
K-12 education is a world
away." Does this sound famil-
iar, Bahamas?

Immigration Reform
"Secondly, a prescription
urged just as widely is immi-
gration reform. A critical ele-
ment of America's economic
dominance has been its attrac-
tion for the world's brightest,
most ambitious people, but
today's immigration laws
favour family reunification far
above talent, intelligence or
credentials. If Albert Einstein
wanted to move in today but
had no US relatives, he would
have to get in line behind
thousands of poorly educated
manual labourers who did."
"Thirdly, incredible as it
seems, America's InfoTech
infrastructure is no longer
world-class. America ranks
only 12th globally in the num-
ber of broadband connections
per 100 inhabitants. Looking

"Big business is -

and has been -

borderless for a

long time now,

^and while


creates market


for American

companies there

are also negative

side effects."

more closely, the situation is
even worse. South Korea is
not only more wired (No. 1
globally), but its connections
are far faster and are avail-
able not just through wires but
also through virtually every
cell phone."
Implications for
the Bahamas
What does this all have to
do with the Bahamas? Well, it
is often said that when the US
sneezes, the Bahamas get
pneumonia. This begs the
larger question: What happens
if the US gets much sicker?
It is a well known fact that
our educational system needs
much work. A national aver-
age score of D+ in our
BGCSE examinations will
take us absolutely nowhere.
We cannot even open our
public schools on time because
required repairs haven't been
completed. We must imple-
ment a long-term national
effort to improve our compe-
tencies in English, maths, sci-
ences and foreign languages.
The Bahamas is a service
economy, which is far more
vulnerable to globalisation
because, increasingly, service-
based industries are highly
portable. Our challenge is not
only to fix our educational sys-
tem but to also provide signif-
icant levels of ongoing training

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.50 6.00 Bahamas Property Fund ),s50 9.50 0.00 1.462 0,340 6.5 3;58%
8.10 5.A5 Bank of Bahamas (388 6.88 0.00 0.561 0:330 12.3 4.80%
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1.80 1.40 Bahama.westse 1.40 1.40 0,00 0.126 0.060 11.1 4,29%
1.15 0.81 Fidelity Bank 1.10 1.10 0.00 0.066 0.030 18.7 2.73%
.81 B.;00 Cable Bahamas 8.81 8.81 0.00 0.618 0.240 14.3 2.72%
2.20 10" Coina Holdings 1.69 1.69 0.00 0.004 0.000 NM 0.00%
.10 :.76 Commonwealth Bank .10 9.10 0.00 0.705 0.410 12.9 4.51%
.60 0.67 Doctr'. Hospital 2.46 2.46 0.00 0.429 0.000 5.7 0.00%
4.12 3,85 Famguard 4.12 4.12 0.00 0,428 0.240 9.6 5.83%
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.50 6.09 FirstCaribbeen 9.50 9.50 0.00 600 0.695 0.380 13.7 4.00%
91.21 8.31 Focol 9.21 9.21 0.00 0.675 0,500 13.6 5.43%
1.*9 1.27 Freeport Concrete 1.15 1.15 0.00 0.022 0.000 52.3 0.00%
10.20 0.50 ICD Utilities 9.94 9.94 0.00 0.526 0.405 18.9 4.07%
8.50 8.20 J. S. Johnson 8.50 8.50 0.00 0.526 0.560 16.2 6.59%
6.69 4.38 Kerzner Ifternational BDRs 5.85 5.82 -0.03 0.122 0.000 48.0 0.00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10,00 10.00 0.00 2.036 0.760 4.9 7.60%
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10.14 10;00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 10.00 10.35 10.00 0.000 0.800 NM 7.80%
.60 0.40 RND Holdina 0.29 0.54 0.00 -0.044 0.000 NM 0.00%
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2.4189 2.0131 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.41( 9 .
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to ensure quality and compet-
itive service for the prices
charged, especially in the
tourism and financial services
The whole issue of immi-
gration policy is one that
requires a bipartisan
approach, with clearly defined
and articulated positions. The
US grants Hl-B visas, which
allow highly skilled workers
to work in the US for a period
of six years. While the US has
cut back drastically on the
amount of H1-B visas issued
since the September 11
attacks, it is an approach that
we can look at. However, if
we go this route there must
be the checks and balances to
prevent abuses, such as careful
scrutiny of education and
experience credentials.
Interestingly enough, we
may not be too far off the
mark when it comes to broad-
band access (electronic access
to international communica-
tions). In checking with our
local cable provider, it is esti-
mated that there are roughly
90,000 households in the
Bahamas, of which about 35
per cent have high speed
broadband access. This pene-
Stratiot rate, I am told, is the,
highest in the region, exceed-
ing both Canada and the US,
where it is estimated to be 30
per cent and 25 per cent
respectively. More important-
ly, broadband is available to
more than 92 per cent of
Bahamian households. When
you add the availability of
DSL and other technologies,
you can readily see that we
have something in place that
we can build upon.
However, notwithstanding,
we must continue to expand
this penetration of broadband
access even further and get as
many of our citizens as possi-
ble computer literate and reg-
ular users of the Internet as
an educational and training
9/11 Remembered
Sunday past marked the
fourth 'anniversary of 9/11, a
most tragic event that changed
forever the way we think
about security and introduced
the reality of global terrorism
into our daily lives. Prior to
9/11, terrorism seemingly was
confined to a few areas in dis-
tant lands. Now, its threat is
entrenched into daily lives, no
matter where one lives.
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
Security & General Insurance
Company in the Bahamas.
The views expressed are
those of the author and do not
necessarily represent those of
Colonial Group International
or any of its subsidiary and/or
affiliated companies. Please
direct any questions or com-
ments to rlgibson@atlantic-



Timeframes for NIB, public debt listings on BISX

FROM page one

require legislative amend-
ments, and are likely to require
more time. Mr Halkitis said he
was unsure when the amend-
ments would go before Parlia-
The Central Bank of the
Bahamas was said to be in
the process of reviewing the
possible impact on the econ-
omy from the expected
relaxation of certain parts of
the country's exchange con-
trol legislation.
One of the recommenda-
tions that has already been
fulfilled, however, and what
many see as the most signif-
icant factor, has been the
release of the Governmen-
t's capital market develop-
ment policy statement. A
second recommendation,
involving the management
of BISX, has also been
"The goal to get the rec-
ommendations out would be
in the shortest possible time.
This has been an ongoing
process, but I really don't
know about any specific
amendments. We're looking
at the impact on the econo-

my," Mr Halkitis said.
"The policy statement is
very important. It affirms the
Government's commitment
to a properly functioning
stock exchange. After that
there is an opportunity. I'm
talking about the listing of
Government securities on
the exchange and the contri-
bution to the financial via-
bility of the exchange. Then
there is the broad-based
investor education to
encourage Bahamians to
invest. There are lots of
issues involved with that, so
it has to be reviewed."
The question of the NIB
investing more extensively
in BISX stocks, and the
introduction of private pen-
sion schemes that will also
invest, will take some time
to consider, Mr Halkitis said.
Although he could not say
when legislation would be
forthcoming, he added that
there is a draft bill dealing
with private pension
The Bill's introduction is
expected to have implica-
tions for the labour market,
and thus requires some

"The good news is that the
process has started incre-
mentally with the imple-
mentation of recommenda-
tions and it should continue,
but I don't want to put any
firm timetable on
these things," Mr Halkitis
Within its policy state-
ment, there is a commitment
by the Government and a
recognition that the
Bahamas needs a fully func-
tioning stock exchange for
the country to develop. Mr
Halkitis said the more robust
BISX is, and the more funds
companies are able to access,
the more it translates into a
healthy economy.
A fully functioning stock
exchange, Mr Halkitis said,
will give Bahamians the
opportunity to have invest-
ment alternatives, where
they can raise funds for their
businessesand trade shares.
A newly strengthened
exchange is also expected to
promote proper corporate
governance, and will allow
for a greater level of trans-
parency in terms of the
inner-workings of a compa-
ny, he added.

Kerzner in bond

buy back tender

KERZNER International
yesterday launched a cash
offer to purchase all out-
standing securities from a
bond issue due to mature in
The offer to purchase the
outstanding notes, which car-
ry an interest coupon of 8.875
per cent, will expire at just
after midnight on October 8,
2005, unless the offer is
extended or terminated at an
earlier date.
Kerzner International said
in a statement: "In conjunc-
tion with the tender offer, the
company will be soliciting con-
sents to proposed amend-
ments to the indenture gov-
erning the notes.
"The proposed amend-
ments would eliminate sub-
stantially all of the restrictive
covenants and certain events
of default from the indenture

governing the notes.
"Holders that tender their
notes will be required to con-
sent to the proposed amend-
ments, and holders that con-

sent to the proposed amend-
ments ill be required to ten-
der their notes." .
Payment for each valid note
tendered before September 21
will be $1,082.83 per $1,000 of

principal, plus accrued and
unpaid interest.
The total amount paid to
bondholders includes an early
consent premium of $22.25
per $1,000 of principal,
payable only to those who ten-
dered their notes and did not
withdraw before September
Those who tender their
notes after that date but
before October 8 will receive
$1,060.58 per $1,000 of princi-
pal, plus accrued and unpaid
Kerzner International said
the tender offer was condi-
tional upon satisfying a financ-
ing condition, a consent under
its existing revolving credit
facility, and a minimum tender
Deutsche Bank Securities is
the dealer manager for the
tender offer.

FROM page 1C

important that the Bahamas
got its ACH right the first time,
rather than rush into it. While
declining to name other
nations, Mr McWeeney said
the Bahamas "has to learn
from the examples around us",
as other Caribbean countries,
such as Barbados, were still
experiencing difficulties with
the set-up and operations of
their ACHs.


Mr McWeeney told The Tri-
bune that now the commercial
banks "have full consensus on
what we want to do", they were
"fine tuning" what effectively
amounts to an ACH policy
statement that will be "finalised
in days".
"We clearly know what we
want, and we definitely want
to move forward with the
automation of the clearing sys-
tem in this country," Mr
McWeeney said. "It will bring a
tremendous efficiency to how
we operate, so all the banks are
committed to it.
"The clearing banks are
committed to moving forward
on this, but in a fashion that
gives the most value.
"We have rejected all three
offers. We didn't think they
brought the value to the
automation process that we
The Clearing Banks and
Central Bank of the Bahamas

were talking to three bidders
before they pulled the plug on
the process. One is understood
to have been a Bahamian
majority-owned company, and
another the firm that operates
the Barbados ACH, which is
owned by a consortium that
includes Royal Bank of Cana-
da, Scotiabank and First-
The Tribune also under-
stands that the external con-
sultants to the ACH process
were recently changed, Elec-
tronic Payments and Com-
merce being switched for the
World Bank. The banks also
undertook a study of the Bar-
bados experience, part of their
attempts to ensure they are
doing everything right and
"Yes, there will be delays,
but because so much money is
involved in this we want to get
it right first time," Mr
McWeeney said, adding that
he wanted the Bahamas to "set
our payment system a step
above anyone else".
'We have to do this in a pru-
dent manner, one that is best
suited to our needs, and pro-
vides the best value for mon-
ey," the Clearing Banks chair-
man said.


Sources familiar with the
ACH process had criticised the
Bahamian commercial banks

for holding back banking in the
Bahamas, and disadvantaging
commercial and retail cus-
tomers, by not getting on with
setting up the system, which'
the Central Bank had previ-
ously touted as being estab-
lished in the 2005 second quar-
ter a deadline some privately
view as too ambitious.
One source said that in the
absence of an ACH, which
would reduce the costs
involved in everyday banking
transactions and enhance cus-
tomer convenience, the
Bahamas "was running its
banking system as if it was the


Due to the inefficiencies of
the cheque-reliant and paper
heavy current system, the
sources said the banks were
holding: back the Bahamian
economy and costing this
nation "tens of millions of dol-
lars" by failing to move for-
ward on the ACH.
Apart from reducing the use
of cheques, other electronic
services that could be provided
through an ACH were direct
credits to, and direct debits
from, accounts; debit cards;
shares Automatic Teller
Machine (ATM) networks that
would allow Bahamians to use
their cash cards at any bank
branch; and a central source of
cheque imaging.


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Responding to this, Mr.
McWeeney rejected the criti-
cism as "misleading", saying
the Bahamian commercial
banks fully agreed and were on
board with the benefits an
ACH would provide.


He added that the cen-
tralised imaging of documents
and cheques would make the
banking system "more
resilient", generating "tremen-
dous efficiencies and
economies of scale".
Mr McWeeney said the
ACH could even lead to the
development of a National
Archiving System, and allow
the banks to cross-sale and
develop financial services prod-
ucts that would be distributed
through their branch networks.

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Pursuant to the Provisions of Section 137(8) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000 notice is
hereby given that the above-named Company has been
dissolved and struck off the Register pursuant to a
Certificate of Dissolution issued by the Registrar
General on the 20th July, 2005.

Lynden Maycock

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Tourism training programme

honours founder Sir Clement

region-leading customer service
training programme, is honour-
ing its founder, Sir Clement
Maynard, with a week of activ-
ities that begins on his birthday.
The week began on Sunday and
lasts until September 17.
Sir Clement, the former Min-
ister of Tourism, implemented
Bahamahost in 1978. After
becoming minister, he became
aware during his travels of how.
knowledgeable guides and oth-
er visitor-service personnel were
in other countries. From these
observations, the idea of
Bahamahost took hold and
gradually grew into the cus-

tomer service training pro-
gramme it is today.
Outlining the importance of
Bahamahost to the overall
tourism product, Sir Clement
said: "There are beaches in
many places; God didn't dis-
criminate. We in the Bahamas
could be the best in the world,
and we could then charge what
we want because we are the
best but we must see to it that
the visitors enjoy their holiday
and get the very best attention
and care."
Today, the programme boasts
over 23,000 graduates from all
segments of tourism in the

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(a) SUNCS LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution under the provisions
of Section 137 (4) of the International Business Companies Act
(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on the September
12, 2005 when the Articles of Dissolution were submitted to and
registered by the Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Manex Ltd., The Bahamas
Financial Centre, 4th Floor, Shirley & Charlotte Streets, Nassau,

Dated this 13th day of September, A.D. 2005.

Manex Ltd.

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dissolution under the provisions of Section 137 (4) of the International
Business Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on the September
9, 2005 when the Articles of Dissolution were submitted to and
registered by the Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Verduro Associated Ltd.,
Pasea Estate, Road Town, Tortola BVI.

Dated this 13th day of September, A.D. 2005.

Verduro Associated Ltd.

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dissolution under the provisions of Section 137 (4) of the International
Business Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on the September
9, 2005 when the Articles of Dissolution were submitted to and
registered by the Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Credit Suisse Trust Ltd.,
Rue de Lausanne 17 bis, 1211 Geneva 70.

Dated this 13th day of September, A.D. 2005.

Credit Suisse Trust Ltd.


* FOUNDER ounder of Bahamahost, Sir Clement Maynard, was honoured in a special church service on Sunday to officially start off
Bahamahost Week. The week of activities started off with a special church service at Christ Church Cathedral. Sir Clement introduced
Bahamahost in 1978, and since this time it has grown to become one of the premier customer service training programme in the region
graduating over 23,000 tourist industry professionals.
(B1S Photo: Derek Smith)

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control regulations'. Scotiabank
employees do participate in a
company share option plan.
Declining to comment on
media reports of Sco-
tiabank's Jamaican insurance
subsidiary plan to purchase a
stake in Colina Holdings
(Bahamas), Ms Israel said Sco-
tiabank (Bahamas" was con-
tinually looking for opportuni-
ties to advance and broaden its
scope of business.
A priority at this time was
its relationship with its cus-
tomer base and the efficient
management of services pro-
vided. Staff training was also a
key focus for the company,
with multiple opportunities
opening up for cross-training
exercises for Bahamians in oth-
er jurisdictions.

Despite its position as the
bank with the largest market
share in terms of customer
deposits in the Bahamas, Ms
Israel said Scotiabank ranks
second in all other areas, such
as retail banking services.
Its goal going forward is to
become number one in terms
of customer service share and
market share. To improve this
position, Ms Israel said one of
the things that has to change
is the ability of staff to spend
more time with customers, edu-
cating them about the various
tools and options available to
them, such as Internet bank-
ing and the products that Sco-
tiabank (Bahamas) has to offer.
In terms of staff, Ms Israel
said Scotiabank was looking to
hire persons that come

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, PO.Box N- 7147,
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equipped with the knowledge
and skills to make a contribu-
tion and immediate impact on
their business.
While there may be a reor-
ganisation exercise in the short-
term, Ms Israel said that as
Scotiabank (Bahamas) sought
to build its staff complement, it
had changed entry level
requirements, focusing instead
on skill sets that incoming
associates have and their abili-
ty to contribute to their depart-
ment quickly.
Looking at the impact of the
reduced prime rate, Ms Israel
said that in terms of growth,
there remains some excess liq-
uidity in the marketplace.
Instead of pushing loans on
customers who may not need
them, Scotiabank officials are
concentrating on trying to find

the right balance for their cus-
tomers, looking to determine
whether the product offering
really meets their needs.
As a result of this position
the bank had not experienced
significant growth in revenue.
A positive impact will likely be
identified in terms of the bank's
bottom line over the next three
to six months.
According to Ms Israel, who
was appointed to the post of
managing director in January,
her initial view of the Bahami-
an financial services industry
was that it was extremely com-
petitive for a small market, and
the jurisdiction was highly reg-
She also questioned whether
many Bahamnas-based institu-
tions would survive in the long-
term without forming cross-sec-
tor strategic alliances, or engag-
ing in mergers with institutions
in complementary sectors, as
is the trend worldwide.
The relaxation of exchange
controls, Ms Israel said, could
mean the introduction of a slew
of brokerage houses and, in the
long term, the construction of
one-stop shops, where clients
are able to conduct all their
financial business at a single
institution, such as insurance,
commercial banking and pri-
vate wealth management.
Amendments to the-
exchange control regulations
are also likely to lead to the
cross-listing of Bahamian secu-
rities on regional and interna-
tional stock exchanges, a move
that would open the door for
Bahamians to invest in stocks
in other countries.
Ms Israel noted that Scotia-
bank customers have identified
the need for investment tools
to he of!cred by the bank,
something that is likely to come
on stream shortly.


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Please send resumes to:
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The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture is now registering for the
fifth (5th) Session of the National Youth Leaders Certification Programme,
schedule to commence on Tuesday 27th September, 2005.

The Ministry invites all interested Youth Leaders or Youth Workers to
pick up application forms from the Ministry's Headquarters on Thompson
Boulevard, Ministry of Education Building, 2nd Floor, West Wing, Monday -
Friday between the hours of 9:00 am 5:00 pm.

For further information please contact Mr. Gregory Butler, Deputy
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Smith out

Senior Sports Reporter

JERMAINE 'Choo-Choo' Mack-
ey said he will definitely stop 'Mar-
velous' Marvin Smith this time
The pair meet on Saturday night
at the Wyndham Nassau Resort and
Crystal Palace Casino's ballroom
when Mackey will put the Bahamas
super middleweight title on the line
that he won from Smith earlier this
At a special photo shoot on Sat-
urday at the National Boxing Gym
at the Baillou Hills Sports Complex,
Mackey said he's "just anxious"
and he can't wait for "fight time" to
take Smith out.
Looking back at their initial
meeting at the same venue, Mackey
said, "I showed him that he can beat
him, now I will show him that I can
knock him out."
Although he's been cautioned by
lis trainer/manager Ray Minus Jr.
not to take the crafty veteran Smith
for granted, Mackey said he will dic-
tate how the 12-round main event
fight will go.
Commenting on his unanimous
12-round decision in their first
encounter, Mackey said, "The fight
went the distance because I allowed
it to go the distance. He was the
champ. I was at a disadvantage."
This time around, however,
Mackey said it will be different.
"I'm the champ and I will go out
there to win every round and come
back out as the champ.
"When you're the champ, you
have an advantage. So if there's any
ifs or buts about it, I can run off my
mouth. He just have to go for the
ride because the train will explode
on him."
Using an effective jab and his
height advantage, Mackey stayed in
control of part one of the showdown
and he insists that he will set the
pace in their rematch.
In preparation for the rematch,
Mackey said, "I've worked harder
than I did for the first fightbecause
Marvin said I caught him when he
wasn't ready.
"He's had a 'couple of months to
get ready for this fight, so there
should be no excuse when I beat
him again. I intend to put a good
beating on him this time around."


time' for Smith
Senior Sports Reporter
IT'S "redemption time" for 'Mar-
velous' Marvin Smith.
Having relinquished his Bahamas
super middleweight title to Jer-
maine 'Choo Choo' Mackey on
May 20 at the Wyndham Nassau
Resort and Crystal Palace Casino,
Smith said this is his time to
"redeem" himself.
"I'm much stronger than I was
the last time," he reflected. "I'm
not trying to make excuses, but I
know what happened and I'm going
to keep it to myself to avoid all that
"I'm a man, this is a game, some-
one has to win and somebody has to
lose, but I know why I lost. I went
back to the drawing board and
those 36 minutes translate in 12
Having lost a 12-round unani-
mous decision to Mackey, Smith
said his opponent's training camp,
headed by Ray Minus Jr., had five
years to study him after he won the
title from Kenny 'Lightning' Minus.
But the game has come full circle
and now the shoe is on the other
"I have photographic memories
of the last 36 minutes and those 36
minutes are all that I have to go
on," Smith reflected. "Believe me, I
know what I have to do and I will
do it."
Unlike Mackey, who has gone on
record saying that he will stop
Smith in four rounds, Smith
declined to make any predictions,
other than to say they have 12
rounds to fight.
"You know and I know that the
young guy is trying to underesti-
mate a veteran like me," Smith stat-
ed. "I'm a dangerous puncher, once
given that chance.
"Once given the chance, I will
create my openings and I will take
full advantage of them.
"The last fight was dubbed
'Nightmare' and believe me, it was

a nightmare for me. They really got
to me. But I'm just waiting for this
"Without a doubt, I will make
him one of the shortest reigning
champions in the history of the
Bahamas. After Saturday night, I
will regain my title.'"
Smith said it seemed as if the
rematch only came about so quickly
because "of the gate" and how
Mackey was "able to beat me so
"His handlers took full advantage
of me when we went into that last
fight. But now I've gotten in 12
rounds of work and I'm ready to get
back in the ring and steamroll to

Cougars aim to roar

with more experience

* OIIVIA CULMER makes a connection for the Cougars in her
first game in the New Providence Volleyball Association league.
(Photo: Felipg Major/Tribune staff)

Junior Sports Reporter

"IT'S not about winning games,
but the experience and exposure,"
said head coach of the Scottsdale
Cougars volleyball team, Ray-
mond Wilson.
The Cougars, the youngest team
in the New Providence Volleyball
Association (NPVA) night league,
entered the league hoping to
improve on their skills through
weekly games.
So far, Cougars have played five
games, losing out on all, however,
they have come close to winning
On Sunday evening, the young
energetic squad took on the
Seashells Conquerors, losing in
three straight sets 25-12, 25-21
and 27-25.
Despite the loss, coach Wilson
believes that, by the second half
of the season, the team should be
able to win at least two games.
He said: "The improvements
this team has made are notice-
able, all thanks to hard work and
consistent playing.


"Although we practise on a con-
sistent basis, the play in the
league has helped improve their
skills tremendously.
"When we first came into the
league, some of the girls that are
playing now weren't able to react
to some situations, they knew the
basics, but you can see that the
little technical things that only
can only be learned in games are
pushing through.
"They might not be the best
team in the league, but they
remain positive and, most impor-
tantly, are hungry for a win.
That's important."
According to Wilson all the girls
on the team realise that it might
take more than practice sessions
to improve their skills, but they
are willing to work towards
Voicing his concern about not
having an active junior league for
such teams as the Cougars, Wilson
said allowing the team to play is
better than having them sit out.
"We desperately need a junior
league, but, until then, we will

continue to enter the team into
the league," said Wilson.
"It's not all about winning, this
team's main focus is not putting a
stroke into the winning section of
the league. Our main goal is to
develop the player.
"We believe in putting the play-
ers into the fire. I know some
might disagree with me on that,
but practice sessions are suffi-
"When we put them in the fire,
or game situations, we are able to
see exactly how they will react to
certain situations.
"A player one way in
practice but when they hit the
court it is different. So inserting
them into live play helps us as
coaches to see exactly what we
need to work on."


Although the win-loss record of
the team might not reflect the sto-
ry being told by their coach, the
improvements on the court
have made their games interest-
In their second game of the sea-
son, the young squad took the
First Caribbean Bank Diggers to
five sets, before the loss.
The age of the Cougars team
members ranges from 15-11.
"I will reassure the public that
each everyone of- the girls play-
ing on the team has gained the
mental toughness for the game,"
Wilson added.
"It was hard for many of them
at first, seeing family members
and other players sitting in the
stands watching them.
"But me and coach Jason Saun-
ders constantly remind them
about improving, going over what
they've done in previous games
making sure to improve on the
"Many of them are scared, and
the little mistakes made by first
time players come out, but they
are now realising that all the com-
ments are making them improve."
The Cougars club enter teams
in the NPVA every year, with
players moving onto play on
junior national teams and other
night league teams.
Their next game is scheduled
for September 19th at the DW
Davis gym.

CALM BEFORE THE STORM: The regatta gets underway.
(Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune staff)

Weather takes its toll on Lady in Red

Junior Sports Reporter
THE weekend weather played a
critical part in the results of the regat-
ta, hosted by the National Sailing
Association (NSA).
Although the storm didn't hit until
after the races were completed, vice
commodore for the association Kurt
Wallace said the calmness that is usu-
ally seen before the storm made a
He said: "The regatta was a suc-
cess, but the weather still made a dif-

"The calmness on the sea made it
difficult for some sailors. The weath-
er switched in the middle of the race,
dropping the speed of some boats."
The boat most affected by the
weather was the Lady in Red.

Sailing out of class A, the Lady
Red took off to a fast start, ahead of
the Anne's Nest, Williams Auto and
Ansbacher Queens.
But with the shift in the wind and
calmness of the sea, she lost the lead
midway through the race.

Then, regaining momentum with
just a few miles to go, the Lady in
Red came storming back in front.
But, as the sailing conditions start-
ed to worsen, the lead was once again
lost by the crew.
Winning the class was Anne's Nest,
Williams Auto coming in second and
Ansbacher Queens finishing up third.
Lady in Red finished fourth.
In the B class, Good News took
the weekend title, with Who Dat in
second, Pieces of Eight in third and
Lucayan Lady in fourth.
Skipper for the Lady in Red Elea-
zor 'the Sailing Barber' Johnson said
his crew had difficulties in the race,

due to the weather, but overall he is
not disappointed.
"Although we had some hard times
in the race I am not to disappointed
in the end results," said Johnson.
"All we have to is work harder
towards the goal. There's still two
more races to go, so all we have to do
is win those two races."
The NSA will host another regatta
on October, 22nd at Montagu.
The decision to host the regatta so
late in the year was made by the NSA
executives, not wanting to interfere in
the two national regattas, which
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rockets up

the rankings
Senior Sports Reporter
RYAN Sweeting said he
feels like he's on cloud nine.
On Sunday, he clinched
his first major junior Grand
Slam singles title at the US
Open in Flushing Meadows,
New York. Then on Mon-
day, he was elevated from
number 21 to No.2 in the
ATP junior rankings.
When contacted yester-
day, Sweeting said, "I slept
like a baby because all of
the adrenaline came out of
my body. I didn't have any-
thing to worry about. Just
enjoy the feeling. It was an
incredible night."

The 18-year-old Davis
Cupper closed out his junior
career by stunning No.3
seed Jeremy Chardy of
France 6-4, 6-4 to clinch the
title, becoming the first
Bahamian to do so.
However, when Sweeting
woke up yesterday morning
and he checked the rank-
ings, he had been promoted
from No.21 all the way up to
No.2 with 1063.75 points,
sitting behind American
Donald Young, who still
leads the way with 1520.
By virtue of finishing as
the runner-up, Chardy will
occupy the third spot with
The rankings combine the
players' singles and doubles
For Sweeting, seeing his
name on the standings has
boosted his confidence.
"I never thought that I
would see my name up
there," he said.
"It's weird when you see
your name for the first time.
But it's good. I'm hoping to
try and get to number one
by the end of the year."

If he does, Sweeting will
definitely add to his creden-
tials as he prepares to enter
the University of Florida on
an athletic scholarship in
But, for now, Sweeting
said, "I just want take it all
in. I don't want to think
about anything. I just want
to enjoy this moment. It's so
much fun."
After his victory he
watched Roger Federer
clinch his sixth men's US
Open title with a four-set
win over Andre Agassi, and
Sweeting said he will contin-
ue to savour the moment,
celebrating with his family
and fans in New York.
But, for the rest of the
year, Sweeting said he will
play a couple of Futures
Tournaments and hopefully
improve on his ranking as
he looks ahead to his enroll-
ment in college next year.



Junior Sports Reporter
caught a 23-yard pass for his
first touchdown in the
National Football League
(NFL) on Sunday.
In his debut game against
the Minnesota Vikings,
Smith, tight end for the
Tampa Bay Buccaneers,
snuggled the 23 yard pass
from quarterback Brian
Griese for the Buccaneers'
first touchdown in the sec-
ond quarter.
The Buccaneers faced-off
with the Vikings, defeating
them with their hard hitting
defence 24-13.
The successful catch by


aiamian mlt

Alex stars for

the Buccaneers

Smith was thrown by Griese
from the Vikings' 23 yard
line, with the Buccaneers
facing a second down and
eight call.

The touchdown by Smith,
which came in the Bucca-
neers eight drive, on which
they were able to gain 71
yards in two minutes 49 sec-

onds, was just the first of two
big plays by Smith for his
With the game tied at 7-
all, Smith received a two
yard pass from Griese for
the Buccaneers second
According to the Bucca--
neers webstie, Smith became
the first rookie to score two
touchdowns in a single

He scored on his first
three NFL receptions,
receiving four passes for 34
yards with two touchdowns.
Smith was drafted this
year into the NFL by the
Buccaneers in the third
round, the 71st pick, after
wrapping up a collegiate
career at Stanford Universi-
The Buccaneers will play
the Buffalo Bills on Sunday,
With the NFL action just
kicking-off, Devard Darling,
the second Bahamian to be
drafted into the NFL to the
Baltimore Ravens, in the
third round as the 82nd pick,
was declared inactive by the
Ravens, with no date given
for his return to the field.

Darling, who is in his sec-
ond season with the Ravens,
has only been declared inac-
tive for the team's first
game, played on Sunday
against the Indianapolis
The Ravens lost their sea-
son opener to the Colts 24-
Darling went down in last
year with a right quadriceps
Before the injury, Darling
played in three games.
During the off-season
Darling was seen practising
and working out with the
The Raven's next game
will be played on Sunday
against the Tennessee

1. The Tribune I



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detection of breast cancer

How to


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Difficulty: Average
Time Required:
10 minutes
1. Stand in front of a mirror.
Look for any changes such as
puckering, changes in size or
shape, dimpling, or changes in
your skin texture.
2. Look for changes tothe
shape or texture of your nip-
ples. Gently squeeze each nip-
ple andlook for discharge .
3. Repeat these steps with
your hands on your hips, over
your head, and at your side.
4. Raise your right arm and
examine every part of your left
breast. Move in increasingly
smaller circles, from the out-
side in, using the pads of your
index and middle fingers.
5. Gently press and feel for
lumps or thickenings.
6. Using body cream, if nec-
essary, continue to circle and
gently massage the area out-
side your breast and under
your arm.
7. Repeat with your left arm
and right breast.
8. Lay down. Put a pillow.
under your right shoulder, and
your right hand behind your
head. Again gently massage
and feel your breast for lumps
or other changes.
9. Repeat with towel under
left shoulder with left hand A
behindhead.A life-saving co
1. Menstruating women
should do breast self-exam a 0 By PETURA BURROWS But
few days after their periods Tribune Feature Writer mamm
end. Women who use oral con- fectly r
traceptives should do breast MAMMOGRAMS and ultrasounds are "Eig
self exam on the first day of a being used together in the fight against breast it's not
new pill pack. cancer. And this method is saving many lives, the dia
2. Post-menopausal non- according to one loctaldoctor. dense :
menstruating women should According to Dr James Constantakis, inter- not re;
pick a day and do breast self nal medicine specialist at The Walk In lMed- we'll di
exam on the same day each ical Clinic, Collins Aenue. 15- 30 per cent of is some
month. Notify your physician all regular mammograms performed at the says th
immediately if you notice any clinic have been followed by an ultrasound, If th<
changes or lumps. due to a "shadow" on the mammogram. And further
3. Breast self exams should one out of 10 women sent for an ultrasound "But
be a routine part of every because of thisvshadow would probably have little shl
woman's life. Talk to your a malignancy. tive ofC
daughters about the impor- Dr Constantakis says that some institutions clarify
tance of breast self exam so it in the United States are performing, mami- is unde
will become a routine part of mograms and ultrasounds together routinely, you wo
their lives. And the reason they do that is because mainm- you del

womenshealth. about., corn

in diagnosing breast cancer, says the doctor. SEE page 5C

Tribune Feature Writer
W hile women
over the age
of 40 aire
told to have
a n n u 1
mammograms to screen fir
breast cancer, younger
Bahamian women find that self
breast examinations are still
the gold standard in the early
detection of breast cancer.
Patrice Adderley-Watsoin,
37, who has been ee
for seven years, says that tlhe
monthly self-examinations that
many young Bahamian women
ignore, saved her lived.
"It was how I found my can-
cer when it was very small(,"
she tells Tribune Woman ajnd
Health in an interview. "And I
think that if I didn't detect it
back then I probably wouldn't
be a breast cancer survivor
At 27-years-old, studying
Business Administration with
an emphasis in Management,
.-with,a young1baby,,and .jiapc6
also pursuing higher education
in Florida, Ms Adderley dis-
covered a pea-sized bump in
her right breast.
"I was in the shower exam-
ining myself. One of the best
methods is to soap up your
hands and use the fleshy sur-
face of your fingers in a circular
motion around the breast, So
that's what I was doing," she
shares. "So when I felt this'
lump that wasn't there before,
and it was moving around as I
moved my fingers, I was like

gee, what's happening here."
Because she knew that she
had fibrocystic tissues, which
often feel like tiny beads scat-
tered throughout the breast,
and since she had no family his-
tory of breast cancer, it never
crossed her mind that she could
be developing the cancer. This
was further confirmed after
physicians in Florida, using an
ultrasound, diagnosed the
problem as merely lymph
She didn't think about it
after that point, since there was
no pain. But as the lump began
to grow "rapidly and became
stationary", she called her doc-
tor again.
A Fine Needle Aspiration
(FNA) procedure, which uses a
very thin needle and a syringe
to withdraw a small amount of
fluid and very small pieces of
tissue from the tumor mass,
was unsuccessful. And doctors,
deciding to take no risks,
referred the patient to a cancer-
specific Florida institute for fur-
ther testing.
She didn't get an appoint-
ment until two months later.
By that time the tumor had
"quadrupled in size".
. At that institute, the patient
was examined by six physicians,
who all thought that she was
too young to have cancer and
that the tumor was probably
benign. They did another FNA
procedure and got a specimen
this time.
And on August 17, 1998, she

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Protect your baby from the sun I

Did you know that 80
per cent of your
overall sun exposure
happens during
childhood. And just
one blistering sunburn during child-
hood can double your chances of
getting skin cancer as an adult.
Astonishing isn't it. Especially
when you consider that we live in a
sunny environment almost 365 days
of the year. Because infants' skin
tends to be thinner, and therefore
less resilient to the effects of the sun,
it can take just 10 15 minutes of
direct sunlight to cause your baby a
sunburn, even darker skinned chil-
dren need to beware.
This is why the American Cancer
Society awareness campaign for skin
cancer prevention promotes the slo-
gan Slip! Slop! Slap! The slogan
translates to Slip on a shirt, Slop on
sunscreen, and Slap on a hat when-
ever outdoors.

With this in mind its imperative
that we consider sun protection as
an everyday safety precaution for
our children in the Bahamas and
take seriously the risks they are
exposed to every time they step out
into our beautiful sunshine.

See our helpful tips and learn how
to protect your little bundles from the
effects of sun damage:
Stroller sunshades get a good
stroller sunshade (right) and don't
be fooled into thinking that your
stroller canopy can protect baby
from the sun. The "Protect a Bub"
stroller sunshade is Sarah Jessica
Parker's favourite stroller accesso-
ry and is available at Kelly's and
Bahama Republic on Paradise

Sunscreen your doctor has
probably told you that infants under
six months old cannot wear typical

sunscreens, but those over six
months can use the special baby
lotions that are on the market today.
Panama Jack has a line especially
produced for babies that are water
proof and gentle on sensitive skin.

Swimwear UV protective
swimwear is the best protection you
can give your baby when at the
beach or the pool...especially those
under six months old and unable to
wear sunscreen. They come in a vari-
ety of styles from surfy type zip ups,
to two-piece lycra sets and Will usu-
ally cover all parts of the body.

Sunhats baby sunhats are avail-
able at stores throughout New Prov-
idence, including Kelly's and Sand-
castle, and come in a variety of styles
and colours. Keep in mind that those
with a wider brim will offer your
baby more shade and get a good fit
to the head, chin straps tend to be a

no no with real little ones as they
can get wrapped around your baby's

Sunglasses scientists have dis-
covered that exposure to the sun
increases a person's chances of devel-
oping eye cataracts later in life. Dra-
matically reduce your baby's chances
of getting cataracts by getting them
used to wearing sunglasses at an ear-
ly age. Choose sunglasses that block
99 per cent of UV light.

*Sensible exposure limits create
shady areas in your garden for your
children to play in, limit their direct
exposure to the mid-day sun. Teach
your children the American Acade-
my of Dermatology Shadow Rule:
Because your shadow is an indicator
of the sun's intensity your children
should seek shade if their shadow is
shorter than themselves.

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for 'darlings

of the nation'

Provided by Adelma Penn,
Camelta Barnes and Shandera
Smith, nutritionists at the
Department of Public Health/
Ministry of Health

why for the
past weeks
we've been
putting so
much emphasis on children and
adolescents? Well, not just
because school has re-opened
but we're realising more and
more the importance of them
having a solid nutritional foun-
dation, which is a major part
of a healthy lifestyle.
Nutrition plays a significant
role in our lives and it is time
we recognise that. We want
parents/guardians and teachers
(others too!) to create an envi-
ronment that will facilitate
healthy living. We want to help
you build this firm nutritional
foundation so that we all can
assist in building a country that
is healthy.
Today, we continue our
focus on healthy lifestyles for
the "darlings of the nation",
summarising and solidifying the
information we've given you
The European Food Infor-
mation Council suggests 10
dietary tips that are essential
and beneficial for children and
1. Enjoy food. Make meal
times an exciting activity. Make
it pleasurable. Eat a variety of
foods. And remember, food is
the fuel for our bodies and we
need to eat the right types and
amounts for our bodies to work
Instead of eating by yourself,
share meal times with family
or friends. This usually makes
the meal more enjoyable.
2. Ensure that your children
have breakfast everyday. After
a long night of fasting, your
body needs sufficient energy
for a good start. This is where
breakfast comes in. It is a vital
meal. Good foods for break-
fast are bread, grits, pancakes,
cereal, eggs, tuna fish, sardines
and fruit.
When children skip break-
fast it causes them to overeat
and lack concentration for
schoolwork. Therefore, given
the implications of these, we
don't want anyone to skip
3. Provide and encourage
your children to eat lots of dif-
ferent foods. Eating lots of dif-
ferent foods every day helps us
to be healthy. The body car-
ries out numerous functions
that need many different types
of nutrients. We get these
nutrients by eating a variety of
foods, especially whole grains
(whole wheat bread, oats,
brown rice, rye, barley), fruits,
vegetables and nuts.
4. Make carbohydrates
(bread, cereal, rice, pasta, pota-
to, fruits) the major part (about
50 per cent 65 per cent) of
your children's diet. These
foods provide the main fuel or
energy we need, as well as they
provide vitamins, minerals and
fibre. In fact, the brain runs pri-'
marily on glucose, which we
get mainly from carbohydrates.
So have some of these foods at
every meal (about six to eleven
servings) and be sure to eat
more of the complex carbohy-
drates like whole wheat prod-
ucts and brown rice, instead of
white bread and white rice.
5. Make fruits and vegeta-
bles a part of your diet. They
provide vitamins, minerals and
fibre. They also contain antiox-
idants and phytochemicals that
are believed to help us from
getting illnesses such as cancer
and to live longer. Make fruits
and vegetables a part of every
meal. They also make delicious
and tasty snacks. Be sure to get
your five to nine servings of
fruits and vegetables every day.
6. Watch out for too much
fat in your children's diet.
While fat is a necessary nutri-
ent for energy, too much can
be bad for their health (in fact
everyone's health). SELDOM


offer or serve foods such as fat-
ty meats, sausages, whole milk,
pies, pastries and fried food.
Choose foods with vegetable
fats as opposed to animal fats.
7. Give them some snacks.
Snacks are good as long as they
are nutritious. They help to
provide energy and nutrients.
However, we advise you to
choose and serve a variety of
snacks such as fruits, sand-
wiches, biscuits, nuts, popcorn.
Choose and serve less chips,
sweet biscuits/cookies, sweet
drinks, sodas.
8. Ensure they drink lots of

water. To remain hydrated and
healthy, children (everyone)
need to drink plenty of liquids
everyday. We get most liquids
from foods such as soups, fruits,
vegetables and of course milk,
juice, tea, as well as other
foods. But water should be the
primary source of fluid. It is
essential for every function in
the body. In fact, our bodies
are made up of up to about 65
per cent of water. Ensure, as
far as possible, or encourage
them to drink water when they
are. playingsports and exercis-
ing. We recommend that every-
one drink about six to eight,

eight ounce glasses of water
every day. How to know if you
are getting enough water?
Check the colour of your urine.
Under normal circumstances,
if you are getting enough fluids
your urine will have a pale
colour, and if you are not get-
ting enough, your urine will be
golden. Water does the body
good, so drink up.
9. Encourage your children
to care for their teeth. This
becomes especially important
after they have their perma-
nent teeth. We need our teeth
to eat and for a more beautiful
smile. There are some foods
that are high in starch or sugar
which can cause tooth decay.
Therefore, after eating these
foods we want you to advise
them to brush their teeth. For
general hygienic purposes and
care, teach them how to prop-
erly brush and floss their teeth
and take them to a dentist for
professional cleaning every six
10. Exercise and physical
activity are essential to health.
Being fit is important for
healthy hearts and strong
bones. Remember, your chil-
dren are still growing therefore
they need to be active to facil-
itate optimal growth and devel-
opment. So have your children
exercise every day and make
sure it's something they enjoy.
Remember also that too
much food and not enough
activity can result in excessive
weight gain, something we
should try to avoid.
To add to this list, we
encourage you to ensure that
your children get sufficient
sleep and rest each night. Hav-
ing adequate rest is an impor-
tant part of a healthy lifestyle.
Have a regular schedule and
as far as possible, stick to it.
Teach your children or pro-
vide information about the
dangers of smoking and drink-
ing alcoholic beverages. These
have serious health implica-
tions for them, especially at this
stage in their lives.
We always say that children
are our future and rightly so.
However, if we don't provide a
healthy lifestyle and environ-
ment for them, given the health
trend today, we may not have
such a bright future after all.
Therefore we urge you to cre-
ate this environment, develop
and practice healthy lifestyles
in your homes or wherever you
be so that we can have a
healthy Bahamas.


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4 /* GET in the Pink".
It's the call of
healthcare officials
plastered on bumper
stickers and posters
all over town to encourage
more women over the age of
40 to get their annual mammo-
Mammograms are probably
the most important tool doc-
tors have to help them diag-
nose, evaluate and follow
women who've had breast can-
cer. Safe and highly accurate, a
mammogram is an X-ray pho-
tograph of the breast, a tech-
nique that has been in use for
about 30 years. And while
mammograms don't prevent
breast cancer, they can save
lives by finding breast cancer
as early as possible.
"There's breast awareness
every year but I don't see more
people having mammograms
in this country," said Dr James
Constantakis, of the Walk In
Medical Clinic. "There are not
as many (women getting)
mammograms in this country
as other countries, yet we are at
a higher risk I think because
obesity is-high jin this popula-
tion. I think there is more
breast cancer here, honestly.
Dr Constantakis hopes that
the campaign by his clinic on
Collins Avenue and the one at
Sandyport will push the idea
of mammography.
"Maybe we'll make a dent,"
said the doctor. "I don't know
yet, but that's what we are try-
ing to achieve higher num-
bers of people having mam-

mograms, saving lots and lots
of lives."
October is officially Breast
Cancer Awareness Month, but
the clinic has started its own
campaign early, in an effort to
make a significant impact.
"Why not jump-start that
because we think that four
weeks is good but six or seven
weeks would be better because
this is something that is going
to take a while to get into peo-
ple's heads," Dr Constantakis
told Tribune Woman and
Since September 5, women
aged 40 years and older have
been receiving mammograms
at the Collins Avenue clinic at
$55, half the regular price. The
initiative ends on October 10.
Women can call 328-0783 to
schedule an appointment. The
offer good to cash paying cus-
tomers only. Women under 40
years old pay the regular price,
But a mammogram at a
reduced cost is not all there is
to this programme. Free edu-
cational sessions will be held
every Wednesday in the month
of September at the Sandyport
clinic. Women will learn how to
perform a self breast examina-
tion, learn the risk factors for
breast cancer, learn about
healthy living tips basically
everything to do with breast
cancer awareness. Sessions will
be held on Wednesdays at
5.30pm. Call 327-5483 for more
According to Dr Carnille
Farquharson, one of the doc-
tors who will conduct these ses-
sions, women will also learn
how to detect nipple discharge,

about non-cancerous lesions,
and how to respond in the
event that they find a lump in
their breast.
Healthcare officials are hop-
ing that the "Get in the Pink"
programme will create excite,
ment among women, who for
various reasons don't have reg-
ular annual mammograms.
Dr Constantakis believes
that as these women have
mammograms, they will realise
that it's not as bad as it seems.
"It's like when people go for a

have been coming in steadily.
"...Since we are offering it at
such a low cost, we are totally
booked. We can only take so
many a day. So can cost be
playing a factor?" he asks. "I
was hoping not. I was hoping
that (an extra) $55 would not
get in the way of saving some-
one's life, because $55 you can
spend one night in a restaurant.
Or on a hairdo."
Whether cost has played a
factor or not, Dr Constantakis
feels that many women do not

"There's breast awareness every year
but I don't see more people having
mammograms in this country. There
are not as many (women getting)
mammograms in this country-Vs other
countries, yet we are at a highei-, risk
I think because obesity is high in this
population. I think there is more
breast cancer here, honestly."

Dr James Constantakis

root canal. You hear horrible
stories about a root canal, but
then you have one and you
realise that it's not that bad.
"So by just exposure to the
machine and the process (of
mammography), they should
tell their.friends and so, on and
.so forth," he said., ,
And while the doctor doesn't
know if the $110 regular cost of
a mammogram was keeping
women away, he says that since
prices were slashed women

have regular mammograms
simply because they believe
that they are "immune" to
breast cancer.
"Most people think that the
other person is going to get it.
Most people think, 'it's not
going to be me it's going to be
someone else'," he explains.
"And maybe they're thinking,
'I'm too young or I'm too old.
You don't get it in your 20s and
30s. 'You are going get it when
you're fifty'."

But what the "Get in the
Pink" programme wants to dri-
ve home is though breast can-
cer is most common in women
over the age of 50, younger
women can also develop can-
"Just because it peaks at 50
doesn't mean you wait until
you are 50," the doctor warned.
"You start at 40 to be screened,
but you start self breast exam-
ination even earlier."
Though statistics are not
available in the Bahamas, it is
reported that in the United
States, one in nine women will
develop breast cancer some
time in their lives. But the
Bahamas may not be far off
from these numbers since obe-
sity, which "lends itself" to can-
cer of the breast, is also a
health concern in this country.
Traditional methods of treat-
ing breast cancer are radiation)
therapy or having the infected
breast removed in a mastecto-
my, but many women, still opt
for holistic treatments, which
include herbal options. But Dr
Constantakis encourages
women to seek orthodox med-
ical treatment first.
"Let me warn people about
(holistic treatments). And it is
not James Constantakis' opin-
ion. This is the opinion of
experts in the field, people like
oncologists at the Dana-Farber
Cancer Institute...who deal
with cancer everyday," he
Individuals must riot believe
that doctors somehow have the
cure for cancer but want to
make money from it so they
are keeping it a secret. Nor
should they believe that doc-

tors discourage the use of holis-
tic methods of treatment
because they cannot make
money from these herbal med-
icines, said the doctor.
They should believe that
orthodox treatment is pre-
ferred over holistic methods
because there is scientific proof
behind traditional treatment.
"We know that we are not
going to save everybody but
we have pretty good statistics
to say that we can save X
amount of people with ortho-
dox treatment. Now comple-
mentary medicine, we don't;
have figures. We don't even
know what's given in these bot-
tles. No one knows what they
are even getting, what they
think they're getting, including
the doctor who prescribes it,"
claimed Dr Constantakis.
With regular medicine how-
ever, the FDA has to first
prove that it is safe before it's
released into the market. But
what usually happens with
herbal treatments, says Dr
Constantakis, is that the FDA
begins investigations when peo-
ple start to experience bad
effects from these drugs.
Said the doctor: "It's very
dangerous. I don't suggest peo-
ple doing alternate treatment
unless they are using regular
treatment as well.
"Most people I know that try
it are usually people who are
terminal, they have nothing to
lose. By all means, if you have
nothing to lose then you have
nothing to lose. But don't run
to a holistic person and have
that kind of treatment before
you see experts in the field."

FROM page 1C

was told by one the physicians
that she had breast cancer.
"I fainted when I got the
news. It was traumatic," she
recalls. "My fiance and my sis-
ter were already calling my
Dad who began making
arrangements for me to come
home for a second opinion. So
about two days later I was on
my way home with a cancer
that was almost the size of my
breast and at stage 3."
Stage 3 cancer is the most
extreme stage of breast cancer
and is divided into sub-cate-
gories IIIA and IIIB.


Stage IIIA describes invasive
breast cancer in which the
tumor measures larger than
five centimeters, or the tumor
has spread to lymph nodes, and
nodes are clumping or sticking
to one another or to the sur-
rounding tissue. Stage IIIB
describes invasive breast cancer
in which a tumor of any size
has spread to the breast skin,
chest wall, or internal mam-
mary lymph nodes (located
beneath the breast inside the
chest) and includes inflam-
matory breast cancer.

About facing this ordeal, she
says: "Initially it was terrifying
going through all of this. Here's
a young woman who has a 2-
year-old son, in college trying
to complete a degree, who
wants to do so much in the
future, and then you are hit
with the news that you have
cancer. And the only thing you
know about cancer is that peo-
ple die."
Local doctors recommended
a mastectomy, which Mrs
Adderley-Watson admits was
difficult to accept at first. "But
if it needed to be done, it need-
ed to be done. I did my
research and I made up in my
mind that I'm going to fight
this thing, even though it was a
difficult pill to swallow. And if
that's what my doctors thought
needed to be done so that I
could live my life, then I
accepted that."


On August 31, 1998 she
underwent the mastectomy
procedure and began her first
dose of chemotherapy. Since
then, she has been cancer-free.
Now married to the same
man who supported her

through her ordeal, having
completed her degree pro-
gramme, and back home work-
ing, Mrs Adderley-Watson says
that younger women must be
more aware of their bodies to
be able to detect any difference
in their breasts.


She offers this advice: "The
first thing as young women,,
once you pass your menstrual
cycle, know your body. Go to
your doctors and let them teach
you how to determine normal
lumps that you get at menstru-
"We can combat this with
knowledge because the fact is,
many young women are devel-
oping cancer. Self examination
is very important. Get regular
check-ups. Every month, I
mean, every chance you get,
feel your body, get to know
your breasts. Have a positive
mind, and never crumble."
Though in the end she did
lose her breast, Mrs Adderley-
Watson is thankful that she
detected the cancer when it was
very small. She says that breast
self examinations have been a
habit of hers since she was 23-

According to physicians, 40
per cent of breast cancers are
discovered by women or their
partners. And it's not surpris-
ing, since regular self exams
help women to learn the land-
scape of their own bodies so
that they notice even the slight-
est change.
Unfortunately, mammogra-
phy, which has been the gold-
standard for breast cancer
screening for 50 years, is nei-
ther fail-safe nor risk-free.
Until a safe, fool-proof and
accessible screening method for
breast cancer is developed,
some argue that self-exams are
an irreplaceable element in the
early detection of breast can-
Dr James Constantakis,
internal medicine specialist at
The Walk In Medical Clinic,
Collins Avenue, says that while
a mammogram can pick up a
tumor that is a lot smaller than
a doctor or patient can feel, it is
not usually conducted on
young women because their
breasts are so "dense".


For this reason, he recom-

mends that young women con-
duct self breast examinations.
"What you have to do is
become familiar with the few
lumps that you have on the side
that seem to get larger during
your period and then go away.
So you have to know your
breasts. Know where the lumps
are because anybody can have
lumps in their breasts, and most
lumps are not malignant.


"And once you know your
breast pretty well, you can say
well, wait now this has never
been there before. That's what
you're going to feel; your not
feeling more for lumps, you're
feeling more for a lump that
wasn't there before."
And while self breast exam-
ination is vital for young
women, Dr Constantakis rec-
ommends that women over the
age of 40 also conduct these
monthly exams. He says that
at this age, women have mam-
mograms annually because
physicians know the growth
rate of cancer. But a self breast
examination can prove helpful
as the patient may detect the
cancer earlier on, and in

between mammograms.
He explains: "Every six
months to have a mammo-
gram, that's overkill. So for a
compromise they say a year.
But in between that, what if
you can pick it out before your
next mammogram.
"Say you pick it out in eight
months, well you save yourself
four months already by pick-
ing it up earlier. So always, the
earlier the better, that's why
self breast examination is
While he says that it's diffi-
cult to describe how to conduct
a self examination, without the
use of a model to demonstrate,
these tips may come in handy:
"Conduct the exam between
your periods because when you
are on your period the regular
breast tissue responds to the
hormonal changes and they will
get lumpier.
"So that's not a good time to
do it. A good time to do it also,
is in the shower when you have
soap on the breasts, using the
palm of your hand along the
breast to feel for lumps. The
soap allows the fingers to go
smoothly across the breast and
you can pick up lumps a lot
easier that way."



Doctors Hospital expands

its Telemetry Unit

TODAY'S fast paced criti-
cal care environment places a
high level of demand on med-
ical and nursing staff. And
Doctors Hospital has made a
significant investment to
increase technology and
upgrade by expanding its
Telemetry Unit.
This new technology can
assist nurses to properly assess,
document their patient's con-
dition, as well as monitor
patients 24 hours a day, espe-
cially those who are having or
are at risk for having heart
problems, or who are recover-
ing from a cardiac event open
heart surgery, angioplasty,
pacemaker insertion, a heart
attack or arrhythmia.
Telemetry is a way to send
electronic data from one point
to another. In this instance,
data is sent from patient to

monitor. The patient's heart
rhythm is seen on a central
monitor at the Nurses Station.
The patient can move about
freely and engage in activities
such as sitting in a chair, walk-
ing, and even other types of
activities and exercises without
interrupting the monitoring of
his heart rhythm.
Certain conditions can be
detected even before physical
symptoms occur.
This close monitoring
enhances the quality of care
given to the patient and also
allows the patient not to feel
the restriction of being con-
fined to a hospital bed, accord-
ing to a Doctors Hospital press
The Telemetry Unit was
opened at Doctors Hospital in
1997 and was capable of moni-
toring the heart rhythm of any

Getting your child

to eat right

child to develop good eat-
ing habits can be a challenge
to say the least.
Here are some pointers:
Start your child's day
with a good breakfast. Hot
cereal is an excellent alter-
native, to over-~eqf~ned
breafc ostfds ipar, ,
j Sn liatareilow
in fat, sugar and salt. Fresh
fruit, unbuttered popcorn,
whole-grain muffins, juice,
milk and yogurt are tasty,
nutritious foods. Crackers
with small amounts of
peanut butter or cheese are
also acceptable between-
meal treats.
Limit fast-food meals. A
steady diet of fast-food items
tends to be high in fat and
does not provide the essen-
tial nutrients a child needs.
Do not reward behav-
iour with food. Rewarding
them with food can encour-
age overeating and weight
Set a good example for

your children. For nutrition-
packed school lunches: try
wraps or sandwiches with
whole wheat bread using
turkey, chicken, peanut but-
ter with no added oil or sug-
ar, and low-fat cheese or
tuna fish, instead of
processed lunch meat. 1ack
finger grapes,jcar-
rot sticks, celery stalks 'and
other fruit or crunchy veg-
etables instead of potato
Beware of convenience
foods that claim to be nutri-
tious. Some of the traps to
look out for are fruit drinks
- some contain only a small,
percentage of fruit juice and
considerable amounts of
added sugar; breakfast bars
- these usually contain lots
of sugar and very little in the
way of nutrition.
For more information on
children's health, come to
the free public health lec-
ture at Doctors Hospital on
Thursday at 6pm.
Source: Doctors Hospital

patient within the hospital.,
The monitoring capacity was
eight patients at that time.
Recently, additional telemetry
monitors have been added to
the Intermediate Care Unit.
The Unit can now monitor 16
patients. Now every patient
admitted to the Intermediate
Care Unit will receive this type
of heartmonitoring, improv-
ing the quality of care deliv-
ered to these patients. Because
of the progressive upgrades at
Doctors Hospital, nurses at the
hospital are raising the bar on
what it means to provide tradi-

tional bedside nursing care to
patients, while boasting the
only Telemetry Unit in the
The Intensive Care Unit also
received new cardiac monitors
with the latest technological
capabilities. The ICU monitors
have the capacity of haemody-
namic monitoring swan ganz,
arterial, blood pressure and
Oxygen saturation monitoring.
The technology includes 12
lead EKG capabilities,
advanced EKG monitoring,, to
enhance the quality of care giv-
en to patients with heart con-

ditions, such as Coronary
Artery Disease, requiring .open
heart surgery, heart attacks,
heart failure, strokes, hyper-
tension (high blood pressure)
and diabetes. Deadly heart
rhythms can also be diagnosed
using these monitors, allowing
early treatment and prevent-
ing cardiac arrest or death.
"The focus for all health pro-
fessionals is quality care and
ensuring high levels of patient
satisfaction. We look forward
to the new additions better
serving the needs of our
patients on the Critical Care

Units. Patients, nurses and
physicians are all excited about
this new and advanced system,"
said ICU/IMCU coordinator,
Vernice Knowles.
With its strategic plan
focused heavily on excellence
in quality of patient care and
physician services, this new ini-
tiative also falls in line with the
hospitals vision to be the best
eeaihhcare provider in the
'6egio, while"achieving best
practices as they relate to
patient care standards as
defined by Joint Commission

Ik)ctors rep)rtoing Ccasc of


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Doctors Hospital Distin-
guished Lecture Series: Dis-
tinguished pediatrician Dr
Percival McNeil, will discuss
Children's Health on Thurs-
day, Senptember s15 at 6pm
ference room. The lec-
turewill focus on children's
healthissues and is free to
the general public. Free
blood pressure, cholesterol
andglucose screenings will
be performed between 5pm
and 6pm. To ensure avail-
able seating RSVP 302-4603.
The Cancer Society of the
Bahamas meets at 5.30pm
on the second Tuesday of
each month at their Head-
quarters at East Terrace,
Centreville. Call 323-4482
for more info.

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

MS (Multiple Sclerosis)
Bahamas meets the third
Monday every month, 6pm
@ Doctors Hospital confer-
ence room.
The Bahamas Diabetic

Association meets every
third Saturday, 2.30pm
(except August and Decem-
ber) @ the Nursing School,
Grosvenor Close, Shirley
Doctors Hospital, the offi-
cial training centre of the
Americani'Heart Associa-
tion offers CPR Classes cer-
tified by the AHA.
The course defines the
warning signs of respirato-
ry arrest and gives preven-
tion strategies to avoid sud-
den death syndrome and the
most common serious
injuries and choking that can
occur in adults, infants and
CPR and First Aid classes
are offered every third Sat-
urday of the month from
9am-lpm. Contact a Doc-
tors Hospital Community
Training Representative at
302-4732 for more informa-
tion and learn to save a life

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

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* A SWALLOWTAIL butterfly takes a rest on a bromeliad leaf.

Raising Carambolas

4 ~ i~


ON THE first day of Sep-
tember I gave a presentation to
a Bahamahost group on Flora
of the Bahamas. Towards the
end of my allotted time I found
a Carambola fruit at the bot-
tom of my specimen bag. Hands
shot up; everybody wanted it.
Being a schoolteacher and the
father of many daughters I
solved the problem impartial-
ly: I gave it to the prettiest, most
lissome young lady present.
I was surprised that every-
body seemed to know exactly
what a Carambola was. It is still
very much of a minority fruit
here on Abaco yet it is easy to
grow and produces early and
abundantly. Many people pro-
fess to love it. Most, I believe,
view it as I do: It's better to give
it away than eat it yourself.


There's noting unpleasant
about a Carambola but it is
rather insipid. The taste is sim-
ilar to a perfumed apple, with
far more juiciness. A friend of
mine who is close to me in years
and therefore needful of sever-
al trips to the bathroom during
an average night claims that a
bite from a Carambola fruit
refreshes his mouth wonderful-
ly on such occasions. Without,
as would a juice, adding to his
A Carambola tree can grow
to 20 feet or more in which
case you'd have to invest in a
long fruit picker but can also
be kept pruned to about 10 feet,
much handier for picking. The
compound leaves are evergreen
and attractive and fuchsia-
coloured flowers are produced
in masses along the branches.
Only a few fruits from each
mass reach maturity but that
still amounts to over a hundred
per tree.
Carambola trees grow well in
our limestone soil and are
nowhere near as fussy as citrus
trees. My trees have all survived
three Category 3 hurricanes
without harm, the only side
effect being a delay in fruiting,
the following year. One of my
two biggest trees put out a few
flowers in July and then gave
up. The other came true and
has lots of ripening fruits along
with an abundance of flowers.
HIere on Abaco Carambolas

are produced at the end of
August. Then, in October, there
is another flush of flowers and
the second crop lasts well into
January. This amounts to a
fruiting season of at least five
months. A Carambola tree is a
fine investment and we really
should have more of them in
our yards.
The fruits are expensive to
buy yet easy to grow.
In the middle of August my
wife and I took a much-needed
vacation in Ontario, desperate-
ly missing our daughters and
grandchildren, of course. (I
write this with a smile.)
The grands would have loved
the squirrels and their antics
but we needed a rest from
I was surprised by the num-
ber of flowering plants we are
used to here in the Bahamas
that grew happily during a
Canadian summer. Probably the
most notable was Calla lily that
seemed to be everywhere,
blooming profusely. Coneflow-
ers and poppies grew in abun-
dance and in one garden we
came across a beautiful passion
fruit vine with lovely cerulean
This was in Niagara. The
owner said it died back every
autumn before ever producing
any fruit and came back every
Our trip included a visit to
the Butterfly Conservatory in
Niagara, a place we had often
passed by and finally decided
to take in. Just a few steps into
the humid, steam environs
where the butterflies are
kept made us feel right at
My interest in butterflies is
pretty minimal. To be honest,
I have probably killed thou-
sands at the caterpillar stage
while protecting my vegetable
garden. Although the butter-
flies were fascinating, it was the
plants that I exulted in. There
were heliconias, bromeliad,
orchids, bananas, purple Wan-
dering Jew, lantana and dozens
of other species that are com-
mon in our islands.
The most surprising of this
familiar foliage was Blue
Flower. Although a low-lying
weed in the Bahamas, in the
conservatory it grew to five feet
and flowered most impressively.
It was obviously a great
favourite of the butterflies there
and probably is here, too.

N A COMMON sight in the Bahamas, it was an unexpected pleasure to find this passion fruit flower growing in Ontario.






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