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Volume: 101 No.246





Airport shuts

down operations

as storm

gathers strength

Tribune Staff Reporters
HAVING so far escaped
the repercussions of the very
active 2005 hurricane season,
Bahamians yesterday hun-
kered-downrand hoped for the-
best as tropical storm Rita
passed through the southern
With United States author-
ities 'calling for emergency
evacuations of the Florida
Keys and parts of South Flori-
da, in the Bahamas the
National Emergency Man-
agement Agency (NEMA)
also made hurricane prepara-
tions and partially activated
its Emergency Operation Cen-
At press time last night,
Rita was expected to reach
hurricane strength in the
evening hours.
The storm was located
about 130 miles southeast of
Nassau, travelling west-north-
west at 14mph with maximum
sustained winds near 70 mph.
A hurricane watch
remained in effect for Andros
and Exuma.
Earlier in the day as the
weather deteriorated with
winds reaching up to 40mph
in New Providence schools
were closed as a precautionary
Bahamasair cancelled all
flights to the southern

Bahamas and Nassau Inter-
national Airport shut down its
entire operation 'at 5pm in
preparation for the passing
While Nassau residents
were merely cautioned to stay
off the streets as much as pos-
'qsible, people in Andros and
Exuma were urged to com-
plete their hurricane prepara-
tions early in the day.
Androsians living in low-
lying areas such as Driggs Hill
were evacuted by bus in case
of severe flooding.
NEMA co-ordinator Carl
Smith, at a special press con-
ference yesterday morning,
advised that initially the dis-
aster centre will be activated
for a 24-hour period, starting
at 1pm on Monday.
Bahamas Defence Force
officers along with meteoro-
logical personnel joined
NEMA staff in monitoring the
Mr Smith said that, in
preparation, NEMA had been
in contact with Family Island
administrators for updates on
conditions throughout the
islands. Additionally, a com-
munications test with police
systems proved successful.
"I want to emphasise that
statistically this is the most
active period of the hurricane
season. The public is advised
not to let their guard down,"
SEE page eight

ZNS official: state-run organ ation

cannot work in public's best interests

ZNS cannot act in the best
interest of the public as long it
is operated by government,
according to Carlton Smith,
deputy general manager for
news at the Broadcasting Cor-
poration of the Bahamas.
Addressing members of the
press at a special media semi-
nar held over the weekend at

the British Colonial Hilton,
Mr Smith said that a media
entity cannot fulfil its role as
"a watchdog in a democratic
society" as long it is under the
control of government.
"It can only happen in a free
market," he said.
Mr Smith explained that the
link between ZNS and the

government has always called
into question the integrity of
that station's news pro-
"Like the major newspapers
the public has always linked
ZNS News to a political pprty,
more specifically the govern-
SEE page 8


set for


ever gas

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Bahamas faces its
highest-ever increase in gaso-
line prices.
Calling it a record even in
the world markets, Minister
of Trade and Industry Leslie
Miller signed off on Shell's
$0.76 cent increase.
Yesterday the price was
$4.01 at Shell, $3.95 at Texa-
co, and $4.03 at Esso.
Today motorists can
expect to pay $4.77 a gallon
at Shell, and rumours in the
industry claim that Texaco is
bargaining with the govern-
ment for a $1.00 increase.
"As of tomorrow Bahami-
ans will be paying Shell $4.77
a gallon," said Mr Miller.
"Fuel just went down by
$0.06 cents over the week-
end in the US and this is a
$0.76 cent increase they are
SEE page nine

Police tipped
off to alleged
fraud scheme
POLICE have been tipped
off to a fingerprint fraud
scheme that is allegedly
being run by Criminal
Records Department
Yesterday department
officials announced that a
number of these reports have
come in over the past two
Supt Delmeta Turnquest,
officer in charge of criminal
records, said the problem is
According to Mrs Turn-
quest, persons have been
posing as immigration con-
sultants and charging foreign
nationals a fee to receive fin-
SEE page nine

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Yes, what if a category five

should hit the Bahamas?


IT is not unreasonable to assume
that the website Bahamas Uncen-
,sored would reflect to a large degree the
,views of Fred Mitchell, Minister of For-
eign Affairs and the Public Service. It
used to be Fred Mitchell Uncensored
before Mr Mitchell became a minister
in the PLP government.
SIf that is true, then at least one minis-
.ter in Prime Minister Perry Christie's
cabinet is thinking seriously about the
lessons the Bahamas can learn from the
destruction of the city of New Orleans
and the devastation of the Gulf Coast
states by hurricane Katrina.
The September 11 edition of the site
said: "...What are the lessons that can be
learned for the Bahamas, with a public
administration that is broke and incom-
petent? What'lessons is the National
Emergency Management Agency learn-
ing from this? Where is the legislation
that was promised to put NEMA on a
legal footing, promised after last year's
ruinous storms? What happens if a cate-
gory five storm hits New Providence?
"Does the Bahamas have the ability to
evacuate its population from New Prov-
idence to some other safe haven in a
short time? Can we make such arrange-
ments with the United States? With
some other neighbour? Will it be neces-
sary ever to move all of our people out,
just like the city of New Orleans?..."

Leaving aside for the moment the
comment about "a public
administration that is broke and incom-
,petent," these are indeed timely ques-
tions that will have occurred to other
thoughtful people.
Hurricane Katrina has dramatically
demonstrated that without a sustainable
environment human beings have little
else for their security and survival, not to
mention prosperity.
Yet the ideological neoconservatives
of the present US administration seem
oblivious to this fact of life as they refuse
to take America into the international
'consensus that radical steps need to be
taken to save the global environment.
At the same time there are ministers in
the.PLP government who are prepared
to put at risk the invaluable environ-
mental heritage of these islands and
waters for the sake of the very same
greedy industries that are causing so
much ruin and degradation around the
Those responsible for protecting the
unique and vulnerable environment of

Instead of learning how to be
ministers, not how to push chairs and
desks, Mr Mitchell and his colleagues
have appointed unqualified crony
consultants and then they blame the
civil servants for their own appalling
lack of leadership and their

New Orleans were utterly negligent and
callous in the face of many warnings that
something needed to be done, that ignor-
ing the danger would invite disaster. So
disaster came and wiped out a city,
killing at least hundreds if not thousands
and reducing tens of thousands to the
status of forlorn refugees.
No-one knows as yet whether New
Orleans will ever be fully reconstructed
and restored to the survivors. Some say
that land developers are already thinking
of the profits that would accrue if the
city and its environs can be developed to
attract upscale residents, while leaving
the survivors to wander across the states.
Others say that the city may never be
habitable again, at least not for some
time to come. The British newspaper,
The Independent, on .September 11
reported that the city may be unsafe for
full human habitation for a decade. It
attributed this view to Hugh Kaufman,
an expert with the US Environmental

Hurricane Katrina has dramatically
demonstrated that without a
sustainable environment human
beings have little else for their security
and survival, not to mention

There were 66 chemical plants, refiner-
ies and petroleum storage depots in the
area, known locally as "Cancer Alley",
and no one knows how much pollution
has escaped through damaged plants and
leaking pipes and, says Mr Kaufman, no
one is trying to find out.

J--aving regard to the 'special cir-
..L cumstances of New Orleans,
it is not likely that the Bahamas will
experience that same kind of catastrophe
if a category four or five hurricane
should descend upon us. But we can be
devastated nevertheless.
Many of our Family Islands are
extremely vulnerable and New Provi-
dence, where half our population lives,
can indeed be the site of a great human
catastrophe. Others have already
referred to the vulnerability of the
island's low-lying southern coast.
Former PLP cabinet minister George
Smith pointed out on a recent radio talk
show that the government has not pro-
ceeded with the defensive work.started
along the western foreshore. This area is
quite vulnerable, even in a strong north-
Then there is Over-the-Hill, the basin
formed by two ridges where the majori-
ty of this island's population lives. A
very wet hurricane could dump flood
waters into this trap, some parts of which
are already a problem after heavy rains.

t is distressing to hear some reli-
gious leaders using the Bible to
claim that New Orleans was punished
by God for its wickedness, especially its
floating casinos.
Inspired men wrote the scriptures
which are today so callously misinter-
preted by uninspired men. But God him-
self wrote the universe and the.
immutable laws which govern it.
The same God gave us the intelligence
to study the laws of the universe "to
search the stars for glory" and to have
dominion over, not to destroy, the earth.
He also invites us to see in each human
eye a reflection of ourselves and an
imperfect reflection of his own counte-
But his greatest gift the one that
does not judge and does not move us to
glory foolishly in the suffering of others
- is the redeeming gift of love.

So let us do what we have to do, and
that is to reach out generously to our
suffering brothers and sisters in Ameri-
ca. Then we must take sensible precau-
tions to protect ourselves when nature
lashes out against us with increasing
ferocity. And yes, we must talk to our
neighbours including the US, CARI-
COM and Cuba to arrange for mutual
assistance-in times of peril.
* *


Fred Mitchell assumed office with
an antagonistic attitude towards
the civil service and what appeared to be
a serious inability to work with people
outside his immediate comfort zone. This
piece from Bahamas Uncensored o16oks
as if it could have been written by him:
"You have a system of public admin-
istration that is so broke that the only
time it acts is when there is a crisis. There
is no forward planning. Ministers have to
do the work of permanent secretaries.
Imagine a Minister of Education having
to actually see to working with a con-
tractor and helping to move desks and
chairs. The answer to every request,
demand or programme of a minister is a
firm "no" from the government officials,
one.,thousand reasons why it can't: be
It was a mistake for the Prime Minis-
ter to entrust the public service to Fred
Mitchell. The service is in need of reform
but Mr Mitchell has done nothing in this
Instead of learning how to be minis-
ters, not how to push chairs and desks,
Mr Mitchell and his colleagues have
appointed unqualified crony consultants
and then they blame the civil servants for
their own appalling lack of leadership
and their incompetence.
It was a crony appointment by US
President George Bush that has caused
the administration so much embarrass-
ment over New Orleans. Michael Brown
was obviously never qualified to be head
of the Federal Emergency Management
A part of the problem in the clean-up
operations in New Orleans, says Hugh
Kaufman, is that "inept political hacks
have been put in key positions". He
could have made the same general com-
ment about the PLP government in the

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Contract announced for Baha Mar golf course

Tribune Staff Reporter
BAHA MAR has announced
the signing of a contract for a
world-class golf course.
The deal, the company said, is
the first of many partnerships
it expects to enter into as part of
the establishment of the $1.2
billion Baha Mar mega-resort.
The new golf course will be
designed by Nicklaus Designs,
Baha Mar officials announced
yesterday in a statement to the

Speaking with The Tribune
yesterday, Baha Mar's vice-
president of administration and
external affairs Robert Sands
said that the company is hop-
ing to also announce its hotel
and casino partner in the very
near future.
"We are expecting to proba-
bly announce our casino partner
before the end of the month,
and our hotel partner shortly
thereafter," he said.
Nicklaus Design founded
by legendary golfer Jack Nick-
laus will create a new 18-hole

signature golf course, the high-
est tier of the company's design
The champion-quality course,
an integral part of the multi-bil-
lion-dollar redevelopment of
Cable Beach project, will be
also be the only one of its kind
in New Providence.
"We are honoured and excit-
ed that Nicklaus Design has
been asked to create the golf
amenity for a project of this
scope and magnitude.
"The owner's commitment to
bringing the highest-quality

resort to Nassau is impressive,
and I know that commitment
extends to the golf course, as
well," said Jack Nicklaus, who is
expected to have extensive per-
sonal involvement in the cre-
ation of the Bahamas' newest
golf course.
Mr Sands said yesterday that
as provided for in the Heads of
Agreement, Baha Mar is con-
sidering the development of a
second golf course.
He said that there is a possi-
bility of the second course also
.being a Jack Nicklaus creation.

"At the moment we are look-
ing at property between Blake
Road and Lake Kilarney, some
300 acres," he said.


Earlier this year The Tribune
was able to confirm that Baha
Mar had been turned down by
government in its bid for an
extra 80 acres of land along JFK
Drive for the development of a
second golf course.
The government was said to

have denied the request, saying
that the land was reserved for
possible future airport devel-
Baha Mar recently acquired
the three Cable Beach hotels
Wyndham Nassau Resort,
Radisson Cable Beach and Goll
Resort, ahd the Nassau Beach
Since the signing of the
Heads of Agreement in April
the three resorts have been
operated as one, with Baha Mar
investing $15 million in cross-
property renovations.

BEC: Union dispute 'will

affect supply problems'

* PRESIDENT of the Bahamas Electrical workers union Dennis Williams speaks to the press
outside BEC yesterday
(Photo: Felip6 Major/Tribune Staff)

Union: workers

will step in to

repair damage

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Bahamas Electrical
Workers Union maintained
that its decision to work to rule
is not denying Bahamians an
essential service in a time of
As Rita approached hurri-
cane status yesterday, the
union said that if the storm
causes catastrophic damage,
BEC workers will step in to
restore service.
However, Works and Utili-
ties Minister Bradley Roberts
said that the case is an "inter-
esting" one, and that the gov-
ernment is seeking legal advice
on the matter.
According to a local attor-
ney, under Bahamian law the
minister of Labour can inter-
vene in a particular situation, if
he thinks an essential service is
being denied to the public, and
take the matter to the Indus-
trial Tribunal.
However, legal sources said
yesterday that it is not clear
whether this applies to BEC.
Attorney General Alfred
Sears said he doubts whether
strictly speaking, a work to rule
stance is legal in the first place,
and said an official opinion is
being drafted by his office.
BEC management an-
nounced yesterday that the
repairs to equipment damaged
during Saturday's lighting
storm may have been delayed
due to industrial action.
However, BEWU president
Dennis Williams said that the
union is "sensible." and will not
leave the country stranded.
He said the union would
examine individual situations

on a case-to-case basis.
He justified the work to rule
stance by saying that it is not
the union who is making the
Bahamian people suffer but
rather BEC management.
He said his union went to
the bargaining table with $3.5
million worth of concessions
to the industrial agreement,
which he says management
turned down.
Mr Williams claimed that
the offer was proof of the
union's desire to negotiate in
good faith, and said the cosces-
sions were an unprecedented


He added that although
employees are not working
overtime shift workers remain
on shift so workers are in
place to tackle anything that
might happen to the power
The union leader told the
press yesterday that he is sure
the Bahamian people under-
stand the challenges the union
faces and that is not the inten-
tion or desire of the workers to
inconvenience the public.
He also addressed BEC gen-
eral manager Kevin Basden's
comments about the dispute
on Friday which led to Clifton
Pier power plant employees
walking off the job claiming
the facility is a hazard to their
health and safety.
Mr Basden said yesterday
morning that upon hearing
the complaints BEC manage-
ment immediately called in
investigators from the Min-
istry of Health to conduct

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According to Mr Basden,
the report indicated "no acute
risk that would warrant staff
being removed from their sta-
tions." He said the walk-off
was illegal and a case of pre-
mature industrial action..
Mr Williams yesterday chal-
lenged those findings, calling
for an independent investiga-
tion sanctioned by the Inter-
national Labour Organisation.
In addition, he claimed that
management had failed to ful-
fill a promise to purchase gas
masksfor Clifton workers.
"We hereby demand they
purchase them or we will be
forced to eliminate our ser-
vices," he said.




* BEC General Manager Kevin Basden speaks to the press yesterday at BEC headquaters
(Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune Staff)

Tribune Staff Reporter
BEC management is con-
cerned that the current labour
dispute at the corporation will
interfere with the swift resolu-
tion of any power supply prob-
lems resulting from Tropical
Storm Rita.
BEC general manager Kevin
Basden made thr announce-
ment yesterdaym morning, as
the potential category one hur-
ricane barrelled towards the
Over the past several weeks,
tensions have risen between the
BEC management and employ-
ees over a number of issues
including pay rise, and over-
On Friday the matter was
brought to a head when the
employees of the (BEC) Clifton
Pier power plant walked off the
job, claiming the facility is a haz-
ard to their health and safety. In
addition, union leaders ordered
their members to operate on a
work-to- rule.


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At a press conference yester-
day, Mr Basden claimed that
the restoration of supplies fol-
lowing Saturday's lightening
storm may have been impact-
ed by the union's work to rule.
Mr Basden said the corpora-
tion regards these actions on
the part of the union "as an
attempt at an intimidating tactic
to keep us from discussing the
matters at hand reasonably and
Mr Basden said that as soon
as .the cooperation was made
aware of the employees claims
on Friday, it immediately con-
tacted the Ministry of Health
and a specialist team was dis-
patched to conduct an investi-
"The team found, and I
quote, 'no acute risk that would
warranted staff being removed
from their stations'," he said.
The overall situation with
BEWU stemmed from the fact

that management and the union
signed a four year, $16.5 mil-
lion dollar industrial agreement
that was retroactive to 2003 and
which expires in 2007.
Mr Basden said that the
agreement took over a year to
negotiate, during which time all
points were negotiated fully and
extensively before being agreed
to and signed by both sides.
"In spite of this existing con-
tract, however, the union is now
making additional demands
over and beyond what was
already agreed upon," he said.
Mr Basden added that under
the existing agreement there is a
process for dealing with dis-
agreements and disputes which
the union is ignoring.
He claimed that management
cannot give into the union's
demands, because the cost of
doing business could increase
particularly as the price of fuel
sky rockets.

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needed for

our schools

EDITOR, The Tribune
I must admit that I had
respect for Alfred Sears' ability
to not only talk but execute
whatever he set out to do.
Knowing his background, I gave
him the benefit of the doubt. I
thought he was a good choice
for Minister of Education.
Every year there is always a
concern if the schools would be.
ready for the beginning of the
school year. It always seems
that the authorities in the miih-
istry either do not have any
sense or are too busy with "cat
fights", bickering about child-
ish things while jockeying for
position. There is never a dull
moment at the ministry. The
level of management skills
needed simply does not exist in
the Ministry of Education; it is
no wonder that the level of illit-
eracy in the public schools is so
The ministry does not see the
urgency to make sure school
repairs start early enough so
that the work would be com-
pleted at least two weeks before
school opens, so that an inspec-
tion team could physically go
from school to school on every
island and see for themselves if
the work is done. This kind of

common-sense approach seems
simply too complex for the Min-
istry of Education, which
includes the Minister of Edu-
cation Alfred Sears and the
entire top brass at the ministry.
To easily determine how
drastic the situation is, one has
only to compare the openings
while the FNM was the govern-
ment, with the then-minister
Dion Foulkes and the present
catastrophe with Alfred Sears,
the difference is light years
Former minister Dion
Foulkes was ridiculed for giv-
ing out contracts to small-time
contractors so that the schools
would be-ready intimunrDior
Foulkes did the right thing by
issuing contracts to outside
independent contractors,
because the Ministry of Works
simply cannot handle the work-
There has been much public
debate as to the validity of the
contracts issued, but this pre-
sent administration's behaviour
has vindicated Dion Foulkes.

Mr Foulkes did a tremendous
job. All Bahamians wish they
had Dion Foulkes right now as
Minister of Education, espe-
cially to clean up this mess with
the repairing of schools.
Having said all of that, Min-
ister Sears cannot escape behind
another press conference to
help explain away or "spin" the
fact that he cannot and did not
do his job as minister. The buck
stops with Alfred Sears. He is
ultimately responsible for the
mess. I join others in asking for
his immediate resignation.
Anyone who disagrees with
the call for his resignation only
need to drive to RM Bailey, D
W Davis, A F Adderley, C C
Sweeting, Carlton Francis and
others, and see for yourself if
these properties are where you
would send your children.
The so-called Christians in
-the PLP must now decide if
they will serve the party with
lies or speak out against it. They
know that the handling of the
schools is a disgrace. Not speak-
ing out means that they agree
with the neglect, nothing more,
nothing less.
September 2005

BEC must work harder

to stop power outages

EDITOR, The Tribune
KINDLY permit me a little
space to comment on the recent
blackouts which have affected'
New Providence residents.
The islands of the Bahamas,
in common with south Florida,
Jamaica etc, are located in a
zone where lightning intensity
tends to be quite intense.
Notwithstanding .the above,
New Providence consumers are
being subjected to far too many
"lightning related" outages.
The large numbers of out-
ages, and particularly the island
wide blackouts, point to system
shortcomings; deficient system
grounding; inadequate numbers
of lightning arresters/defective
arrester; improper relay coor-
dination/deficient relaying.
Effective relaying, combined
with ample numbers of system
lightning arresters and proper
grounding should contain light-
ning strikes on the transmission

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and distribution systems to
within those systems. Presently,
lightning strikes appear to not
'be dissipated through proper
arresters/proper grounding.
Moreover, on the rare occa-
sion when a strike might exceed
the capacity of arresters/ground-
ing, relaying should promptly
clear the transmission line/feed-
er from the generating units,
and under frequency relaying
should operate to maintain bal-
ance between available genera-
tion and load, avoiding island
wide outages.
BEC must ensure that its sys-

tem grounding, lightning
arrester protection and relay
coordination are at acceptable
levels so that service to its cus-
tomers can be delivered at a
consistently acceptable standard.
A major benefit of this effort
will be reduced damage to BEC
equipment and the equipment
of its customers. Customers are
also urged to ensure that
grounding at their individual
premises is at acceptable level.
September 13 2005

How Andros

has been


EDITOR, The Tribune
PLEASE allow me space
in your valued column to
voice my concern at the
speedy manner in which the
image of Sir Stafford Sa,cds
was removed from our ti n
dollar note.
I thought there would have
been some consultations, or
a referendum before the final
decision was made. I exam-
ined the first new note I
received, one side, a likeness
of Her Majesty the Queen,
on the other side a scenery of
Hope Town. Abaco.
While I have no problem
with the Abaco scenery, I
believe that if Sir Lynden
were alive, he would have
advised against it getting into
trouble now, "deliberately"
Sir Lynden may have remind-
ed us how Abaco, in the early
seventies, opposed Indepen-
dence. He would have also
reminded us of the three let-
ters "A I M". Why not use

scenery of Andros? The
bedrock of P L P-ism! I'm
sure the powers that be knew
the history.
The PLP was formed in
1953, three years later in 1956
Andros rejected the two Bay
street Boys, Basil McKinney
and Philip Bethel, and elected
two PLPs, Clarence A Bain
and. Cyril Stevenson, New
Providence elected four, the
other Family Islands elected
Forty nine years later,
Andros, particularly South
Andros, is still in need of
proper representation. That
is why more than 60 per cent
of Androsians reside in New
Providence and Grand
I don't have to remind the
young Androsians, they know
who represented them from
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Resident's concern for the

Grand Bahama shoreline

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT A concerned
Grand Bahama resident claims
that the southern shoreline is
being destroyed by the major
excavation projects being car-
ried out by developers.
-Cyril "Drybread" Ferguson, a
native of William's Town,
believes that dredging projects
that have been carried out over
the past several years have con-
tributed to the rapid deteriora-
tion of beaches on the south-
ern shoreline.
,"They have been digging up
this island for years. I am now
concerned that these actions are
destroying the beauty and
superstructure of this island,"
Mr Ferguson told The Tribune.
,He referred to major excava-
tion projects such as the con-
struction of the Lucayan Water-
way, the vast canal systems and
marinas that criss-cross the
island, the dredging of Freeport
Harbour and the mining pro-
jects at Bahama Rock.
S"Initially, all of these projects
WYere done to provide economic
opportunities for investors, and
to create jobs for residents of
this island. But we cannot allow
another excavator or ditcher to
dig the shoreline of the southern
side of this island," warned Mr
During a recent address to
the Toastmasters Club, Mr Fer-
guson claims that half a billion
dollars is needed for the restora-
tion of affected beaches on the
southern shore.
He stressed that the tourism
industry cannot survive if the
beaches are destroyed and unat-

Mr Ferguson pointed out that
there are no other physical fea-
tures such as hills, rivers, or
lakes to attract visitors.
"Grand Bahama's tourism
industry is slowing dying and
statistics show that less persons
are coming here," he said.
"We all know that tourism
has been the number one indus-
try in the Bahamas and that has
not changed. But the action of
digging the shoreline is causing
beaches to disappear," he said.
He noted that the last strip
of beach between Freeport and
High Rock is being dredged for
Disney's Pirates of the
Caribbean movies.
The Bahamas Film Studios at
East Grand Bahama has car-
ried out major dredging at Gold
Rock Creek Beach for the con-
struction of a state-of-the-art
water tank for filming the
movie's water scenes.
Mr Ferguson claims that at
one time, there were many
beautiful beaches on the south-
ern side and an abundance of
fresh water.
"All of this have changed.
Today, where there used to be
mounds of white sand is now
Mr Ferguson is calling on the
government and the Grand
Bahama Port Authority to
come together to address the
On Grand Bahama last week,
Prime Minister Perry Christie
stressed that while his govern-
ment is committed to investors,
it has a "sacred responsibility"
to protect the environment.
He further noted that author-
ities must ensure that any pro-
posed development is consis-
tent with the environmental

M CONCERNED Grand Bahama resident Cyril Ferguson

practices of the Bahamas Envi-
ronmental, Science and Tech-
nology (BEST) commission.
"My concern today is not
about whether or not the
investors will come my'Con-
cern is that the investors under-
stand their duty to protect the
environment," said Mr Christie
at West End during the ground-
breaking for the $585 million
Phase HIII expansion at Old
Bahama Bay Resort.
Mr Ferguson said: "It was
never the intention to,allow
large industries to snuff the
island's number one industry.
The intention was for them to
co-exist in harmony.

"Whenever large industries
cast a frightening shadow on
tourism, we the people have a
right to protect it."
He said that industries should
offer support and think of ways
to help curtail the depletion of
sand from the beaches.
"I am not suggesting we stop
the growth of industry on
Grand Bahama, but only to
cause industry to support the
growth of tourism by restoring
the beaches to its natural state,"
Mr Ferguson said.
"We have sat, we have
prayed and we have watched,
the time has come for us on
Grand Bahama to pose the

Scholarship fund restarted
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; Tribune Staff Reporter
; A SCHOLARSHIP fund for students is
being restarted by the Ministry of Tourism.
:, Minstry officials made the announcement
yesterday as part of plans for the upcoming
National Tourism Conference and Cacique
;Awards, to be held from January 8 to 13.
The theme for next year's tourism con-
ference is "My Bahamas To Common
Loftier Goal."
The week will include a church services
throughout the Bahamas, town meetings,
tourism careers fair, and a three-day tourism
The week will culminate with the 10th

Annual Cacique ,ward~, n January 13 at
the Rainforest Theatre, which will recognise
outstanding individuals in the tourism field.
Past winners will be highlighted in the
media, with a "very exciting awards show"
planned which will reflect on the 10 years of
the Cacique and the development of
tourism industry over that period.
Individuals can be nominated for human
resources development, creative arts, hand-
icraft, transportation, sustainable tourism,
sports leisure and events, the minister's
Award for hospitality and the Clement T
Maynard Lifetime Achievement award.
"Think about people in you community
that have done outstanding things in the
furtherance of tourism. However, do not

just write their names. If you feel that ,hafsie
body is a deserving candidate, justify the,,
reason why you feel that way, "said direc-
tor of events strategy and special projects
Janet Johnson.
Ms Johnson also said that this year the
Cacique Award Scholarship Fund will be
reactivated for studies within the tourism
"We have to constantly try and groom
our youth. Also to educate them and to
give them the opportunities to go out there
into the world," she said.
The criteria for the selection of students
include demonstration of leadership capa-
bilities in academics and involvement in
extra curricular activities.

Bahamian girl in finals for

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Tribune Freeport
ery Cruise Lines ship depart-
ed Grand Bahama earlier
than usual on Monday due
to the impending threat of
Tropical Storm Rita.
All flights out of Freeport
to New Providence were also
cancelled yesterday evening.
The cruise ship, which usu-
ally departs Freeport Har-
bour at 5pm daily, left at
3.30pm because of the clo-
sure of Port Everglades in
Fort Lauderdale at 8pr..
The storm is expected to
strengthen to hurricane sta-
tus sometime on Wednesday
as it passes through the Flori-
da Straights.
A hurricane watch was
yesterday issued for the
north-west Bahamas, includ-
ing Grand Bahama, the Aba-
cos, Bimini; and the Berry
Flights out of Freeport to
New Providence were can-
celled Monday evening due
to the closure of the Nassau
International Airport at
According to reports, the
Airport Authority closed the
runway in Nassau, in antici-
pation of the approach of
Tropical Storm Rita.
The airport is expected to
reopen at 7am on Tuesday,
subject to Weather condi-

The Government High School
80th Annla versary
Celebrations Committee

Excellent oral and written communiicntionalse
Symonetty, O.R E d

Teacher for 48 years and one o
the first students of The
Government High School.ntain

h aeturday, 22nd cdober, 2005

Thcompany stalndards andha procedNassauesort

Junior Accounting

Data PClerk (Male)

Computer skills must include Microsoft Excel
and Microsoft aWord.
MusExcellent oral and written communicational
Ability to work on own initiative
Interpersonal skills
* Ability to work with cash
* Must be able to implement and maintain
company standards and procedures

Data Processing Clerk

* The successful applicant must possess strong
computer skills. Experience or knowledge of
the As/400 is an asset.
* Must possess good leadership and interpersonal
* Must be able to implement and maintain
company standards and procedures
* Applicants must be between the ages of 20-30

Please send or hand deliver resume to:
Shirley Street (Standard Services Building)
Nassau, Bahamas

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All persons interested in attending The College of
The Bahamas beginning January 2006 semester,
are reminded that the application deadline is Friday,
23rd September at 4:00 pm. Applications should
be forwarded to the Office of Admissions which is
located in the Portia Smith Student Services Building,"
Oakes Field Campus.

For more information, please call 302-4499.

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The Bahamas For America's Hurricane Katrina
Relief Fund Committee

Cordially Invites You To Attend

A Special National Ecumenical


Service Of Prayer

Mount Tabor Full Gospel Baptist Church,
Pinewood Gardens, 7:30 p.m.

This message is sponsored by The
Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund.

Bahamas For America's
All proceeds collected

through this initiative will be forwarded to the
Red Cross with the assistance of the American


For more information visit our website at

September 22n", 2005







Marsh Harbour man

charged with obtaining

shipments by fraud

Tribune Freeport Reporter
SFREEPORT A 63-year-old Abaco man
has been arraigned on fraud charges in
Magistrate's Court at Marsh Harbour.
Neil Felton of Joe Creek, Marsh Har-
bour, appeared before Magistrate Craw-
ford McGee on the charge of obtaining
credit by false pretences.
It is alleged that in July 2005, Felton col-
lected a freight shipment consisting of a 21-

foot glass-bottom boat and trailer, which
he said belonged to him.
Felton allegedly collected the relevant
documents from the Frederick Agency
along with the vessel and trailer and left to
get a cheque in. the amount of $2,980.70,
but never returned.
On August 16, two additional shipments
of goods together valued at $13,257.32
arrived on the island for Felton.
When the accused came to collect the
items from the Frederick Agency on August

22, he was told that he would first have to
pay a total of $16,328.50 for the unpaid
Felton allegedly paid with a cheque in
the name of Elite Securities at Washing-
ton Mutual Bank, Deerfield Beach, Florida.
However, the brokerage firm was alleged-
ly unable to cash the cheque.
Felton pleaded not guilty to the charges
and was granted $5,000 bail.
The matter was adjourned to October

College of the Bahamas puts

out new creative journal

A NEW journal from the
'College of the Bahamas is now
.being published featuring the
(writings of students and alumni
of the institution.
A production of the School
,of English Studies, Tamarind
,contains short stories and
With nineteen contributing
writers, the publication contains
thirty pieces divided into five
,main categories: reflections;
faith, death and loss; relation-
ships; passion and pain; and
i Tamarind is edited by a com-
:mittee of English Studies fac-
;Yulty and bachelor degree stu-
dents,Jed-byDr Ian Strachan,
chairman of the School of Eng-
lish Studies.
Dr Strachan describes the
new journal as a "love affair
with language...". A playwright,
,poet and actor, Dr Strachan
believes that creating a climate
conducive to writing is the key
to getting young people inter-
Sested in the art.
"We are trying to create a dif-
ferent climate on campus," said
'Dr Strachan. "We want to get
students excited about being
here (at COB). We want to help
them create good memories of
COB and we want to start a fire
in them. We want to pass on
the same passion we possess: a
passion for learning, for ideas,
for books and for artistry."
f Dr Strachan believes readers
of Tamarind will find a refresh-
ing variety of pieces that evoke
a range of emotions. The jour-
nal hopes to show that there are
young men and women in The
Bahamas who possess remark-
able wit and depth.


Tamarind also features illus-
trations. These colourful pan-
els are reproductions of some
of the most memorable submis-
sions to the School of Commu-
nication and Creative Arts' 2005
Colour of Harmony Art Exhi-
bition. The featured artists are
Zyndaric Jones (cover illustra-
tion), Jackson Petit-Homme,
Damaso Grey, Matthew Wild-
goose and Jonathan Murray.
Commenting on the illustra-
tions, Ian Strachan said, "COB
has long been the training
ground for the nation's finest
visual artists and the work
included in. this volume attests
to the fact that the over twenty-
year tradition of mentoring
imaginative young artists is still
going strong."
While Tamarind is not the
first publication of student writ-
ings in COB's history, Dr Stra-
chan believes the journal is here
to stay. He speaks highly of the
faculty and students, who came
together, despite demanding

work schedules, to make the
first issue a success.
The School of English Studies

is now accepting submissions
from enrolled students or alum-
ni for next Fall's 2006 volume.

* THE cover Screaming Art is the work of COB student
Zyndaric Jones.
(Photo: Andrew Seymour)


IN her poem "From Eden
to Gethsemane", Mycquel
Glinton, a Bachelor of Eng-
lish student, shares her con-
cern about the negative effects
of tourism on national devel-
opment in the Bahamas, an
increasingly common lament
among Bahamian writers:
Paradise was lost from
Adam and Eve
Creation corrupted and
man deceived
Building a nation on the
sands of a beach
We relive the story to recre-
ate the fantasy.
Natasha Rufin offers the
poignant piece Ten Thou-
sand Promises, which
addresses the painful conse-
quences of broken promises

and broken families:
"Shh Baby, it's okay! Dad-
dy still loves you. He'll never
leave you, Baby. He's only a
phone call away," she
responded, crying herself, as
she tried frantically to aid an
eight-year-old to grasp the
concept of her parents' split
being final.
"But he's my daddy; he
should be here with me.
Shouldn't he? Will he ever be
back?" she asked her mother
with imploring eyes that
begged to hear a "yes" answer.
"Maybe, Sweetheart,
maybe," her mother respond-
ed, yet Leanna knew instinc-
tively that maybe was just a
kind way of saying no. Her
father had left them, breaking
her heart and her spirit.

The journal is soon expected
to hit shelves in local book-
stores, including Chapter One,
COB's new bookstore, and will
cost $10.


The Government High School
80th Anniversary
Celebrations Committee

Pev. Dr. Robert
M. Bailey (deceaed)
A master plumber and one of
the first students of The
Government High School.

pleased to

announce that

a US Board Certified Ophthalmologist,

has recently joined our staff

Dr Dean Zanetta served as
Chief of Ophthalmology at Nashville Metro
General Hospital at Meharry and an Assistant
Professor of Ophthalmology at Vanderbilt

Dr. Dean Zanetta specializes
in Small-Incision Cataract Surgery using the
latest Ultrasound Techniques
Diabetic Eye Disease

For Appointments call 393-8222

EYE WORLD is located on Soldier Road 1/4mile
south of the Village Road Round-A-Bout.

Share your news

The Tribune wants to hear
from people who are
making news in their
neighbourhoods. Perhaps
you are raising funds for a
good cause, campaigning
for improvements in the
area or have won an
If so, call us on 322-1986
and share your story.

80th Anniversary Gala Banquet
Saturday, 22nd October, 2005
The Crystal Ballroom, Wyndham Nassau Resort
Cocktails at 7:00 pm Dinner at 8:00 pm
for information call: 362-2922/424-2744 or 356-5460


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Rita hits Bahamas

FROM page one

said Mr Smith.
If the need arises for the assistance of other agencies, Mr Smith said that NEMA is "on guard."
"We have been in communication with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency.
It has a team that will come in the event that we would have a level three event, meaning that our
systems are overwhelmed," he said.
NEMA has also been in contact with the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) and the
Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), Mr Smith said.
NEMA co-ordinator Carl Smith speaks yesterday.


Thursday, September 29, 2005
Abaco Beach Resort

Welcome Address
Abaco Chamber of Commerce

Silbert Mills
Jack Thompson



Hon Bradley B. Roberts
Minister of Works & Utilities

Panel of Government Corporations Officials
Anthony Ferguson
Colina Financial Advisors
Don Cornish
Ministry of Tourism
Dale McHardy
Bahamas Development Bank
Michael Braynen
Director of Fisheries
Errol W. Berkeley
Inter-American Institute
for Cooperation on Agriculture
Lenora J. Black
Ministry of Education
Doug Shipman
Livingston Marshall, Ph D
Baker's Bay Golf & Ocean Club

SManaging the Challenges of Growth

* Planning Financial Growth

* Maximizing Tourism Growth While Managing Its Challenges

* Small Business Development and Expansion

* Growing the Returns: Appreciating the Stock

* Agribusiness A Growth industry

* Abaco's Future Workforce What Are They Learning?
What Should They Be Learning?
* Baker's Bay: A Model for Bahamian Development


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ABACO: 1 242 300-0649 (TOLL FREE )

ZNS official: state-run

organisation cannot work

in public's best interests

FROM page one

ment of the day. That in itself
has compromised the integrity
of the organisation and in cer-
tain cases journalists. It makes
it very difficult for the public
to. believe that the Corpora-
tion can be impartial, particu-
larly on political issues," he
Mr Smith, who described

himself as a strong advocate
for a change in the operation
of the BCB, said that with
the dawn of private broad-
casting more than a decade
ago it was hoped that signifi-
cant changes would take
place at ZNS.
"Many felt that with the
coming of private broadcast-
ing, breaking the monopoly
of the Corporation, it would
be forced to change its oper-

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd is pleased to invite tenders
from suitably qualified companies to supply the company with Vehicle
Cleaning Services.

Interested companies can pick up a specification document from BTC's
administration building on John F. Kennedy Drive, between the hours of
9:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday.

Tender must be sealed in an envelope marked "TENDER FOR VEHICLE
CLEANING SERVICES" and delivered to the attention of:

Mr Michael J. Symonette
President & CEO
The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd.
P.O. Box N-3048
Nassau, Bahamas

Bids should reach the company's administrative office on John F. Kennedy
Drive by 5:00pm on Thursday, September 29, 2005.

Companies submitting bids are invited to attend a bid opening on Friday,
September 30, 2005 at 10:00am at BTC's Perpall's Tract Drive location.

BTC reserves the right to reject any or all tenders.


ation. More than 12 years lat-
er it has not happened. ZNS
remains a state-run organli-
sation that despite the inten-
tions of any government cani-
not work in the public inter-
est," he said.
However, he said that .the
free market concept'appears
to be working well in the ai&a
of private broadcasting." '
"And even though many of
the journalists are relatively
young, they appear to be
working with a degree of
freedom. And while that may
seem like an ideal situation, I
believe there is a need fdr
freedom with responsibility,"
he said.
To foster such a culture responsibility, Mr Smiti
called for the establishment
of a regulatory framework
which would be responsible
for the regulation of the
media, the licensing of prfi
vate broadcasting, and the
monitoring of the industry. .
He pointed out,.however;
that such a framework must
be the responsibility of a norin
government agency and must
not be answerable to the goyv,
Emphasising that media
independence is extremely
important if it is going to act
as the Fourth Estate in the
Bahamas, Mr Smith said that
Bahamian journalists nov^
need "to work to restore the
integrity of the profession."'
"We cannot be in bed with
politicians, corporate execui
tives and other individuals
and get the respect and con-
fidence of the public who
depend on us to provide
accurate information to help
in their decision making
"We cannot demonstrate
partisanship in the execution
of our duties if we are going
to help improve democracy
in our country," he said.
Mr Smith said that in his
opinion a long-standing chal*
lenge facing the media indus4
try has been the inability td
separate our profession frorq
our political convictions. -
"Journalists in both the
print and electronic medii
have historically been very
vocal about their support fot
a particular political party
and that has and continues
to undermine the integrity of
the profession," he said. :..
Mr Smith said that thd
media is too vital a sector "tn
continue to be used as a tranm4
sient stepping stone for thosb
with personal agendas anq4
other aspirations."
"It must be seen as t0
most important entity to pir
moting democracy white
defending the rights i
Bahamians," he said.

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

KEMP, 73

of Little Blair, Nassau, The
Bahamas, who died at her
residence on Thursday, 15th
September, 2005 will be held
at Evangelistic Temple, Collins
Avenue, Nassau on Wednesday
21st September, 2005 at 4:30

Pastor Gary Curry assisted by Pastor Vaughn Cash will
officiate and interment will follow in Ebenezer Methodist
Cemetery, East Shirley Street, Nassau.

Mrs. Kemp is survived by one daughter, Sharon Kemp; two
sons, Tommy and Steve Kemp; one son-in-law, Donald
Kemp; two daughters-in-law, Candy Kemp and Bridget
Kemp; seven granddaughters, Kimberley Sweeting, Stacey
Albury, Shannon, Courtney, Nikki, Kaitlyn and Kacey Kemp;
one grandson, Tyler Kemp; two grandsons-in-law, Richard
Sweeting and Nathan Albury; one great grandson, Evan
Sweeting; four brothers, Donald, Wayde, Billy and Robert
Sands; one sister, Enis Albury; four sisters-in-law, Marguerite
and Vadie Sands, Agnes Roberts and Joey Kemp; three
brothers-in-law, Allan Albury, Jude Kemp and Billy Kemp;
cousin and best friend, Anthea Russell and many other
relatives and special friends, including Dottie Lawrence,
Betty Russell, Mary Harding, Sylvia Russell and Joan Stone.

The family would like to extend special thanks to the doctors
and nurses caring for Faye in her last weeks, including Dr.
Todd Pinder, Dr. Christine Chin, Dr. Kevin Moss, nurse Dee
Chea and the Wholistic Care Nursing Agency, including
nurses Jolly, Rigby and Campbell.

Instead of flowers the family request that donations be sent
to the Cancer Society of The Bahamas, P.O. Box S.S. 6539,
Nassau, The Bahamas in memory of Faye Florrie Kemp.

Friends may pay their respects at Kemp's Funeral Home
Limited, 22 Palmdale Avenue, Plamdale, Nassau on Tuesday,
20th September, 2005 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.


Bahamas set

for highest

ever gas


FROM page one

asking for?
"This is the highest
increase in the history of the
Bahamas. This is unbear-
able. I want to know how
they expect the Bahamian
people to carry this burden.
And while they row about
PetroCaribe they keep push-
ing the price of fuel higher
than the average man in this
country can handle," Mr
Miller warned.
Obviously agitated, Mr
Miller outlined how the cur-
rent increase, and future
ones, will continue to hike
the cost of living to new
"unbearable" heights.
"Texaco on their diesel oil
went up by $0.41 cents a gal-
lon. That affects the heavy
truckers in this country, it
affects the jitney drivers,
tour operators, and the
heavy equipment operators,
which means that will go
through this entire country.
"It's interesting what's
happening in this country,
you know," Mr Miller
added, "Love 97 did a sur-
vey on PetroCaribe on Sep-
tember 18, and the 'yes'
votes were 811, 'no' votes
were 24, and the undecided
were 10.
"That's 96 per cent of the
voters saying that we should
sign on to PetroCaribe, and
yet you have the soothsayers
saying don't assist the poor
people with their fuel costs.
But I say continue to listen
to those with vested inter-
ests, because as we continue
to just listen, the oil compa-
nies are still raising prices,"
he said.
PetroCaribe is a govern-
ment-to- 'government accord
between Venezuela and sev-
eral countries throughout
the Caribbean proposed by
Venezuelan President Hugo
Under the accord,
Venezuela will supply mem-
ber countries with oil at
preferential rates with the

aim of cutting out "middle-
men" to lower escalating
fuel prices.
The accord, however, has
come under fire with oppo-
nents warning that such a
deal could affect the
Bahamas' US and interna-
tional relations as President
Chavez has openly criticised
US President George Bush
on numerous occasions.
However, the US
Embassy has stated that they
have no official position on
the matter and that it is a
matter for Bahamians to
decide on their own.
Mr Miller said: "I'd expect
that on their next shipment
the other oil companies will
follow suit and we expect
those increases very short-
"I wonder if we are in
touch with reality and how
much more the Bahamian
people will continue to bear
this burden? That is the
highest jump I believe any-
where in the world on a gal-
lon of gas. Anywhere.
"Pretty soon everyone is
going to come around and
take heed of the escalating
costs of fuel, and see what
the Fuel Usage Committee
is trying to accomplish in this
country," he said.
The world price for oil
jumped by more than $3 yes-
terday due to industry con-
cerns over Tropical Storm
Crude oil prices soared
back to above $66 a barrel
on Monday over industry
worries that the storm could
hit the Gulf of Mexico's oil
production and refining
Oil prices had just
decreased from the all-time
high of $70.85, reached
briefly on August 30 in the
wake Hurricane Katrina,
when they drastically
rebounded as the 17th
named storm of the season
threatened the region.

Police tipped off to

alleged fingerprint

fraud scheme

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gerprinting services at the
records department.
"I would like to assure the
public that never has this
department collected any fees
for the recording of fingerprints
from any individual," she said.
"The only fees collected from
members of the public at this
office are for police character
certificates and firearms licens-
ing," she said.
Mrs Turnquest stated that so
far, the department does not
have any information on the
"There are people coming in
here to be fingerprinted who
have spoken to the persons fin-
gerprinting them and said that
they paid $100 or $150 to have
their fingerprints taken at this
office," she said.
"The persons behind this
aren't coming in with them and
no-one is giving us any infor-
mation, so we're asking the
public to assist us,"'
According to Mrs Turnquest,
the impostors are collecting the
money from persons and then
sending them to the depart-
"They tell the persons that
they already have someone
lined up in here to assist them,"
she said. "They will not bring
the person in but they will send
them in to have their finger-
prints done."
According to Mrs Turnquest,
casino workers and foreign
nationals are the main cate-
gories that require or obtain
"If anyone wants their fin-
gerprints taken and is told by
any member of the public.thiat
there's 'a fee, there is none.Thei
cost is free," she said.
Mrs Turnquest confirmed
that the problem is only occur-
ring with foreign nationals.
"Those are the persons who
want their fingerprints taken to
send back to their country so
they can be processed to get


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immigration status here in the
Bahamas," she said.
She explained that finger-
prints are also sometimes
requested by a foreign country.
"If they are doing a search
on them in their country they
would want to have a set of
their fingerprints along with
other relevant information that
is on this form (fingerprinting
Mrs Turnquest explained that
to have their fingerprints taken,
persons would have to come
into the office with their pass-
port information and fill out a
fingerprinting form, which can
only be obtained at the depart-
SWhen asked what the penal-
ty would be for a crime of this
sort, Mrs Turnquest said: "I
don't know what the penalty is,
it all just depends on the mag-
istrate, but there is a charge
against fraud in this matter."
Mrs Turnquest also denied
there had been any recent
fraudulent activities in connec-
tion with police character
She said she only knows of
one case of that sort.
"However, that occurred sev-
eral years ago, 2002 I think it
was, and that person was
charged and I think it is still
before the court."
She said the department is
requesting that anyone with
information on the matter
should contact the department
or the corruption unit immedi-

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Minister addresses

congregation on

immunisation week

* UNDER secretary in the Ministry of Health Michael Turner attends the Special Commissioning.
Service at Mount Tabor Full Gospel Baptist Church on Sunday. Mr. Turner spoke about the
Department of Public Health's Immunization Awareness Week, which runs September 18-25.
(BIS Photo: Tim Aylen)

New ambassador to



of Appointment

* HER Excellency Dame Ivy Dumont, Governor-General, presents Carlton Leroy Wright
with his Letters of Appointment as Bahamian Ambassador Designate Extraordinary and
Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Cuba during a courtesy call at Government House last
Wednesday. Observing are, from right, his son, Carlton Wright Jr, his wife, Audrey Dean-
Wright and Andrew McKinney, Acting Chief of Protocol, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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* HIS Excellency John Rood, United States Ambassador to the Bahamas, addressed the media on
a variety of topics including US relations with the Bahamas, and the role of the media

Journalists from a variety of media agencies
in the Bahamas attended a media day at the
British Colonial Hilton on Saturday sponsored by
the US Embassy.
As well as a leture on investigative reporting

and newsgathering techniques techniques by Karl
Idsvoog, a lecturer in journalism at Kent State
University in Ohio, the day also featured a Q&A
session with US ambassador John Rood and a
seminar with a panel of veteran journalists.

* TRIBUNE columnist Sir Arthur Foulkes; Oswald Brown, managing editor, Freeport News; aidk
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and the fourth estate. Pictured from left are Oswald Brown, Managing Editor, Freeport News;
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Higher cruise licence fees

may earn Bahamas millions

Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas has been urged to
charge "much higher" licence fees from
the cruise lines in permitting them to
open'on-board shops, casinos and bars
while in Bahamian ports, a move that if
implemented could earn this nation
between $6.6-$16.5 million in revenues
based on 2003 passenger arrivals fig-
The recommendation is contained
in a secret report on Cruise Industry
Policies that was prepared for the Min-
istry of Tourism by the Florida-based
Management Resource Group
(MRG), which assessed how the
Bahamas could maximise the economic
benefits and revenues from the cruise
slips without alienating the industry.
MRG pointed out that taking back
the concession included in the 1995
Cruise Overnight Incentive Act, which
allowed the cruise ships to open their

Revenues from on-board

casino, shop and bar

opening could have netted

from $14.2 million to

$35.5 million in 2003

bars, shops and casinos while in port
provided they made an 18-hour call in
Nassau, would be "very unpopular".
However, it suggested that the
Bahamas increase the licence fees
charged for each of the three cate-
gories, and that on-board ships, bars
and casinos possibly not be allowed to
open before 4pm each day.
Instead, the MRG consultants pro-

posed that the Bahamas charge a fee of
1 per passenger for opening each of
the three activities when a ship was
berthed in Nassau or Grand Bahama,
between the hours of 4pm and 7am.
The report added: "If these facili-
ties will be allowed to open earlier than
4pm (meaning upon arrival), there
should be an additional charge of $1.50
per berth for each activity.

"These fees in 2003 would have pro-
duced from $6.6 million (2.2 million
visitors to Nassau and Grand Bahama
at $3 each) to $16.5 million at $7.50
To deal with increasing cruise line
use of their own private islands, which
the report said allowed "Bahamian
businesses to derive little or no rev-
enue", MRG suggested "doubling" the
licence fees if the ships did not include
a minimum eight-hour stop in Nassau
or Grand Bahama in their itinerary.
In particular, such a strategy needed to
be considered if there was no increase
in the departure tax or facilities fee for
private island visits.
MRG said: "These fees in 2003
would have been applicable to 795,000
visitors to private islands only, pro-
ducing fee revenue of $4.8 million at $6
each or $11.9 million at $15 each, plus
943,000 visitors that also visited Nassau
or Grand Bahama, producing fee rev-
enue of $2.8 million at $3 each or $7.1

million at $7.5 each.
"Total revenue from these fees relat-
ed to the private islands would thus
have ranged from $7.6 million to $19
million. With the fees for Nassa': and
Grand Bahama above, the total rev-
enue from fees would range from $14.2
million to $35.5 million."
The report added: "The cruise lines
will resist this perceived 'intrusion' into
their business, but this represents little
more than a modified return to the
'rules' which once applied in all ports.
"At $3, or $7.50 for a full day, per
passenger while in Nassau or- Grand
Bahama, the fees are modest compared
to the profit of $40 or more that the
cruise lines are earning in onboard rev-
enue. The fees of $6, or $15 for a full
day, for the private islands may seem a
bit high, but they compensate for the
lack of earnings available to Bahamian
businesses and citizens."
SEE page 3B

Court revokes

$68k award to

ex-South Ocean

general manager

THE Court of Appeal has.
revoked the $67,925 awarded
by the Industrial Tribunal to a
former general manager at
New Providence's South Ocean
resort, who was dismissed from
her post for "poor or substan-
dard performance".
The Court's judgement said
Eltha Deleveaux, who earned
$170,000 per annum in salary
and fringe benefits, was "sum-
marily dismissed" by her
employer, the South Ocean
Development Company the
holding company for the resort
- for "substandard work or per-

formance" on July 17, 2001.
In its letter terminating Ms
Deleveaux's services, South
Ocean Development Compa-
ny said: "Unfortunately, you
have not leveraged the
improved product into
increased sales. In fact, the
2001 results to date are inferior
to those achieved in 2000, prior
to the implementation of the
capital work.
"Additionally, you have not
taken sufficient measures to
reduce operating overhead
SEE page 5B

Bar's president dismisses

foreign attorney concerns

Senior Business Reporter
THE Bahamas Bar Association's pres-
ident yesterday dismissed concerns that
the group was impeding the ability of
foreign lawyers to work in the Bahamas,
saying permission to do so was deter-
mined solely by the Department of
In an interview with The Tribune,
Wayne Munroe also charged that a type
of oligarchy existed where financial ser-
vices institutions chose to do business
with only a few legal service providers, a
situation that served to maintain set
prices and fees.
He added that the Bar Council had
nothing to do with the entry of foreign
lawyers into the Bahamas, except their
appearance in court. He said it was sad
that lawyers did not take time to read the

* WAYNE MUNROE, president
of the Baihamas Bar Association
(FILE photo)

Legal Profession Act,.which demon-
strates the role of Bar Council.
Michael Paton, a Lennox Paton part-
ner, had told Ernst & Young's third
annual Investment Funds Symposium
that the Bahamas Bar Association hlad
effectively stymied changes to this
nation's immigration policy in regard to
foreign lawyers working in the Bahamas.
As a result, this was inhibiting the finan-
cial services industry's ability to provide
adequate expertise for its clients.
Mr Paton estimated that there were
between 12 and 15 Bahamian lawyers
that did significant business in the finan-
cial services industry. He said a strong
domestic market, which covered areas
such as real estate, meant that Bahamian
lawyers did not have to turn to the finan-
cial services sector for business.
SEE page 5B

BFSB says Brazil

trip was 'fruitful'

Senior Business
WENDY Warren, the
Bahamas Financial Services
Board's (BFSB) executive
director, yesterday described
meetings the organisation held
last week with Brazilian insti-

tutions and intermediaries as
fruitful, with the Bahamas'
extensive financial services
product range well-received.
She added that Brazilian
intermediaries, such as attor-
neys and accountants, were
able to,identify Bahamas-based
structures that would meet the
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The Bahamas deserves an

Automated Clearing House

Last week, I took
great interest in
reading The Tri-
bune's story about
the much-awaited
Automated Clearing House
(ACH) system for the
Bahamas. However, I quickly
realised that outside of persons
in the commercial banking sec-
tor and international persons
living in the Bahamas (who are
accustomed to such services),
very few persons had any idea
whatsoever of what this ACH
talk is all about.
Today, I will attempt to
examine how an ACH system
works and the benefits it can
bring to our domestic financial
ACH systems started devel-
oping in the US in the early
1970s in response to the need
to find a more efficient means
of processing the growing vol-
umes of paper cheques that
were being used to settle trans-
actions. The amount of paper
cheques circulating within the
financial system were threat-
ening its capacity to process
ACH payment systems were
designed to allow businesses
and consumers to make rou-
tine payments to vendors and
service providers electronically,
taking the funds directly from
their bank account and paying
it directly into the bank account
of the recipient with a proper
means of both the payer and
payee identifying the transac-
tion. This means a complete
audit trail.
Just think of the efficiency
to be derived from the imple-
mentation of such a system. Let
us follow a hypothetical exam-
ple. Corporation X is invoiced
by a supplier for goods

FROM page 1B

needs of their clients.
Ms Warren, who also
serves as the BFSB's chief
executive, said the follow-up
visit to Brazil allowed the
group to meet with industry
participants they were not
able to see during their April
The trip also allowed -the
BFSB and its members to fol-
low up with institutions con-
sidering an expanded pres-
ence in the Bahamas.
Ms Warren said financial
institutions with connections
to the Bahamas were gener-
ally pleased with the envi-
ronment provided by this
jurisdiction, while some
advisers who had limited
experience with the Bahamas
undertook to carefully study
this nation and see how it
could benefit them and their
The timing of the trip also

received. The invoice goes
through an internal approval
process and a cheque is made
for payment. That cheque then
goes through another process
to have the requisite signatures
attached (even though the sig-
natures are added electroni-
cally). Finally, the cheque is
either delivered by messenger
or mailed.
Within an ACH payment
system, once the payment is
approved, an electronic pay-
ment is made that results in the
funds leaving Corporation X's
bank account and being
received into the payee's bank
account almost instantaneous-
ly. The payee has his money
sooner and the payer has one
less account payable to track.
Users would still have to go
through their banks, as only
banks and depository institu-
tions can be members of an
ACH system. However, the
efficiency of the system lies in
the fact that all member banks
are effectively linked. The US
has an umbrella organisation
called the National Automated
Clearing House Association
(NACHA), which consists of
40 ACH systems whose collec-
tive membership is more than
25,000 banks, depository insti-
tutions and credit unions.
Therefore, you can make elec-
tronic payments to, or receive
electronic payments from, any
customer of the 25,000 mem-
ber organisations. In other
words, you are now able to
effectively link all the cus-
tomers of the member organi-
Typical ACH payments
include salaries, utility bill pay-
ments, mortgage payments,
insurance premium payments,
social security payments and

proved useful, as a number
of advisers and institutions
had very specific questions
and concerns that the team
was able to address. In some
cases, she said, persons were
exploring and comparing
jurisdictions with the view of
establishing or increasing
their use of the Bahamas'
financial services platform.
Michael Paton, a partner
with Lennox Paton, who also
travelled with the BFSB
team, described Brazil as a
sophisticated market that
could hold its own in the
global marketplace.


He said that unlike North
America, where it was a
tough sell to encourage
clients to set up a business in
the Bahamas, Brazil and oth-
er emerging markets may

bank loans.
In the US, Federal Agencies
and Governmental Depart-
ments are among the biggest
users of ACH systems. Could
you imagine the tremendous
potential alone of getting the
Bahamas Government on an
ACH system? Taxpayers
would be able to make pay-
ments for customs duties, real
property taxes, stamp taxes and
so on directly to the relevant
department and, more impor-
tantly, Government depart-
ments could make their pay-
ments in a more efficient man-
ner (with appropriate checks
and balances).
In 2000, it was estimated the
US ACH system processed
over 4.8 billion transactions
with a total value of $12 tril-
lion. Two years later, over eight
billion transactions for a total
value of $24.4 trillion were

How are cheques cleared in
the Bahamas?
Weekly, the Clearing Banks
(Royal Bank, First Caribbean,
Scotiabank, Commonwealth
Bank, Bank of the Bahamas
and Fidelity Bank) meet at the
Central Bank and physically
exchange the cheques they

would have received from their
counterparts. For instance,
Bank A would have 'a stack of
Bank B's cheques that it had
received and vice versa. The
two banks would then. net out
the cheques owed to each oth-
er and agree to a net settle-
ment amount.
We need to move with haste
to not only put our ACH sys-
tem in place, but to also link
up with other global clearing
systems. What I find ironic is
that the majority of our Clear-
ing Bank Association members
are international banks, who
in turn are members of multi-
ple clearing systems worldwide.
The presumption is that they
bring some degree of experi-
ence and expertise to the
process (or, at a minimum,
someone in their respective
organisations somewhere in the
An ACH system would pro-
vide the platform to enable us
to greatly reduce the problem
of bounced cheques in our sys-
tem, as it would allow for
immediate verification of suf-
ficient funds before delivery of
a service.
Last week, Paul McWeeney,
chairman of the Clearing Bank
Association, was quoted as say-

ing: "... it is important that the
Bahamas get its ACH right the
first time rather than rush into
it" when he announced that all
three bidders for the Bahamian
ACH project were rejected.
I couldn't agree more with
my friend, and while I am cer-
tainly not qualified to comment
on the selection process thus
far, I do know that Bahamian
consumers deserve first world
banking services such as same
day funds, electronic transfers,
a common ATM platform, a
true debit card system, and a
reduction in transaction costs.
Until next week...

Recently, I was in Grand
Cayman and I couldn't help
but notice that along the fabled
Seven Mile Beach, every cou-
ple of hundred yards there are
well marked public right-of-
way paths to the beach. What is
even more impressive is that
most hotel and condominium
projects have incorporated
these right-of-ways into their
overall landscape design.
In Cayman, the rule applies
to everybody and there is even
a pathway along the eastern
boundary of the Governor's
I mention this because I
could not help but feel cheated
and betrayed.every time I
passed a public'beach access
sign, because New Providence
was laid out in exactly the same
manner with public access
paths every couple hundred
yards. But unlike Cayman, pri-
vate owners have taken it upon
themselves to enclose the pub-
lic right-of-ways within their
properties effectively elimi-
nating the public's birthright.
We are now in the mode of

offer a better fit for
Bahamas-based businesses.


Mr Paton added that stake-
holders in Brazil did not appear
to have the same preconceived
notions about the Bahamas' reg-
ulatory regime as other jurisdic-
tions might. He said that in that
environment, Bahamas-based
businesses would find a level
playing field.
During its three day trip, the
BFSB team held about 15 to 18
meetings. Historically, Brazil's
economy has experienced a
tremendous amount of flight
capital, with corrupt politicians
and other leaders using offshore
centres to hide millions of dol-
The challenge now faced by
financial institutions and off-

diverting two additional major
stretches of coastal. road to
accommodate exclusive devel-
opment. What will happen to
Little Johnny's (who lives in
Bain Town and Farm Road)
right to see the ocean (never
mind use it)?
The overwhelming success
of the Urban Renewal Project
is giving him expectations that
he has rights like everybody
else, and that includes the right
to use and enjoy the beautiful
beaches of the Bahamas.
Our neighbours in Florida
have successfully dealt with this
issue, and I cite Naples and
Melbourne on Florida's west
coast and east coast respec-
tively as examples. Regional-
ly, Bermuda, Cayman, Barba-
dos, Jamaica and Trinidad have
all dealt with this issue.
Clearly, there is a Govern-
ment agency responsible for
such matters. Could the rele-
vant agency please do its job?
We owe it to Little Johnny!

NB: Larry R. Gibson, a
Chartered Financial Analyst,
is vice-president pensions,
Colonial Pensions Services
(Bahamas), a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Colonial Group
International, which owns
Atlantic Medical Insurance and
is a major shareholder of Secu-
rity & General Insurance Com-
pany in the Bahamas.
The views expressed are
those of the author and do not
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-

shore jurisdictions is to show a
level of transparency in con-
ducting transactions, setting up
structures that are legitimate and
building trust.
Another important factor in
the ability of Bahamas-based
institutions to expand their inter-
ests in Brazil is a recent trend
where a growing number of
family-controlled businesses are
being sold, as owners look to
turn their corporate wealth into
liquid assets. Many of these indi-
viduals want to put the money in
managed investment schemes.


According to Mr Paton, the
Brazilian economy is looking for
foreign capital to invest inside
the country, a scenario that
could provide significant oppor-
tunities for Bahamians.

Financial Advisors Ltd.

52wk-HI 52wk.-Low Symbol Previous Close Today's Close Change Dally Vol. EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield
1.10 0.80 Abaco Markets 0.80 0.80 0.00 -0.207 0.000 NIM 0.00%
10.00 8.00 Bahamas Property Fund 10.00 10.00 0.00 1.452 0.340 6.9 3.40%
6.90 5.55 Bank of Bahamas 6.88 6.88 0.00 0.561 0.330 12.3 4.80%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.80 0.80 0.00 0.204 0.010 3.9 1.25%
1.80 1.40 Bahamas Waste 1.40 1.40 0.00 0.126 0.060 11.1 4.29%
1.15 0.87 Fidelity Bank 1.10 1.10 0.00 0.066 0.030 16.7 2.73%
8.86 6.90 Cable Bahamas 8.81 8.86 0.05 1,000 0.618 0.240 14.3 2.71%
2.20 1.69 Colina Holdings 1.69 1.69 0.00' 0.004 0.000 NM 0.00%
9.10 6.75 Commonwealth Bank 9.09 9.09 0.00 0.705 0.410 12.9 4.51%
2.50 0.67 Doctor's Hospital 2.40 2.40 0.00 0.429 0.000 5.6 0.00%
4.20 3.85 Famguard 4.20 4.20 0.00 0.428 0.240 9.8 5.71%
10.70 9.25 Finco 10.70 10.70 0.00 1,500 0.695 0.510 15.4 4.77%
9,.50 6.99 FirstCaribbean 9.50 9.50 0.00 0.695 0.380 13.7 4.00%
9.21 8.31 Focol 9.21 9.21 0.00 0.675 0.500 13.6 5.43%
1.99 1.27 Freeport Concrete 1.15 1.15 0.00 0.022 0.000 52.3 0.00%
10.20 9.50 ICD Utilities 9.90 9.90 0.00 0.526 0.405 18.8 4.09%
8.50 8.20 J. S. Johnson 8.50 8.50 0.00 400 0.526 0.560 16.2 6.59%
6.69 4.36 Kerzner International BDRs 5.76 5.76 0.00 0.122 0.000 47.2 0.00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 2.036 0.760 4.9 7.60%
52wk.t-Hi 2wk-Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Weekly Vol. EPS $ Div $ PIE Yield
13.00 12.50 Bahamas Supermarkets 12.25 13.25 11.00 1.488 0.960 9.1 7.25%
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 10.00 10.35 10.00 0.000 0.800 NM 7.80%
0.600.40 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.00 -0.044 0000 NM 0.00%
43.00 28.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 41.00 2.220 0.000 19.4 000%
16.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 12.33 13.33 12.50 1.105 0.810 14.6 6.93%
0.60 0.35 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.35 -0.103 0.000 N/M 0.00%
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Fund Name NAV ,YTD% Last 12 Months Div $ Yield %
1.2521 1.1846 Colina Money Market Fund 1.252089'
2.4169 2.0131 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.4169 -**
10.5576 10.0000 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 10.5576"-*
2.2560 2.1491 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.255981**
1.1273 1.0576 .Colina Bond Fund 1.127305*""

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Change Change in closing price from day to da) EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
Dally Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid In the last 12 month NIM Not Meaningful
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(In Voluntary Liquidation)

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


Pricing Information As Of:
18 September 2005


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Higher cruise

licence fees

may earn

the Bahamas


FROM page one

Carnival, the world's
largest cruise line operator
with about 47 per cent of
the total world market
(Royal Caribbean has 35
per cent), yesterday said
profits rose 12 per cent in
its fiscal third quarter as
higher ticket prices and
increased onboard sales
drove growth.
For the three months
ended August 31, the Mia-
mi-based company earned
$1.15 billion, or $1.36 per
share, up from $1.03 billion,
or $1.22 per share, a year
ago. Excluding one-time
charges, the company said it
would have earned $1.41 a
share in the latest quarter.
Revenue rose 11 per cent
to $3.61 billion from $3.25
billion as cruise capacity
rose 5.2 per cent and ticket
prices and onboard sales
also increased. Net revenue
yields rose 6.2 per cent.
Another option MRG
suggested that the Bahamas
look at in relation to the
private islands was applying
a larger departure tax or a
special administrative/secu-
rity fee if the Government
incurred extra expenses for
those destinations. In addi-
tion, the recommended that
there be no waiver of
departure tax for travel
MRG added that there
was also "general agree-
ment" that a passenger
facility/security charge of $6
per visitor be introduced, to
help finance the mainte-
nance and upgrade to cruise
ports in the Bahamas and
areas around them.
It is understood that the
private sector has warned
that any funds raised from
this charge be directed to
an entity such as a Port
Corporation, rather than
the consolidated fund. And
MRG warned: "There
should be no attempt to jus-
tify this fee on the basis of
facilities/services which the
cruise lines would perceive
to be an expected part of
providing a pleasant visitor
The cruise lines are a
powerful lobby group that
will mount strong opposi-
tion to any initiatives they
perceive as being against
their business interests, and
this has managed to derail a
number of Caribbean-wide
initiatives to maximise rev-
enues from the industry.
The MRG report warns
that before implementing
an incentive and licensing
regime, the Bahamas
should assess its competi-
tiveness against other desti-
nations, particularly the
likes of Cozumel, Haiti, the
Dominican Republic and
Turks & Caicos, particular-
ly on departure and port
taxes, dockage and related
fees, and the costs of fuel
and water.
The MRG report also
noted that there was agree-
ment that the cruise lines be
required to show a Ministry
of Tourism promotional
film on Bahamian ports and
islands they are visiting
before docking. The consul-
tants said that although the
cruise lines were unlikely to
object, monitoring and
enforcing this might be dif-
Enforcement was also a
concern in regard to cruise
line sales to Bahamian tour
MRG said: "There is gen-
eral agreement that the
cruise ships should provide
a guaranteed minimum lev-
el of tour sales for Bahami-

an companies at each port,
including the private
islands. There is some inter-
est in also assuring the
cruise lines allow fair mark-
up/fees for port agents and
tour operators.
"MRG believes these
policies would be difficult
to monitor and enforce,
especially on the private
islands, and would be per-
ceived by the cruise lines as
an unreasonable intrusion
into normal business prac-

Baha Mar signs deal for

Jack Nicklaus course

Jack Nicklaus is set to pay sev-
eral visits to Nassau after his
company, Nicklaus Design,
partnered with Baha Mar
Development Company to cre-
ate a new 18-hole, Jack Nick-
laus Signature Course, the high-
est tier of the company's design
offerings, for the $1.6 billion
Cable Beach development.
The championship-quality
course, the only one of its kind
in Nassau, will be an integral
part of Baha Mar's phase one
development of its planned
Under the agreement, Baha
Mar may commission Mr Nick-
laus to create additional Signa-
ture Courses either on-site or
at a convenient off-site location.
Baha Mar, a 1,000-acre,
mixed-use destination resort
complex is the single, largest
resort investment in the
Bahamas' history.

Phase one of the Caribbean-
inspired property will include
more than 2,000 guest rooms
across multiple, first-class
branded hotels and the
Caribbean's largest branded Las
Vegas-style casino.
In addition, Baha Mar also
will feature restaurants by some
of the world's best-known chefs,
a wide range of retail outlets, a
spa, a destination water park
attraction, and entertainment
venues for live performances. .
A tropical-inspired land-
scaped waterway system and
wide pedestrian paths will pro-
vide easy access to all of the
property's amenities and facili-
The Jack Nicklaus Signature
Course designed for Baha Mar
will feature extensive personal
involvement by Mr Nicklaus,
who will visit Nassau several
times to oversee all design-relat-
ed concepts and course devel-
The course, which will be
located on the property and be
accessible via a specially-
designed waterway, will feature
a challenging but playable lay-

\,y --------------------;

The Anglican Central Education Authority invites
applications from qualified Teachers for positions
available at St. John's College, St. Anne's School.


Upper Primary
Lower Primary

Only qualified Teachers, with Bachelor or Master
Degrees from an accredited University or College
and Teaching Certificate need apply.

For further details and application forms, please
contact the Anglican Central Education Authority
on Sands Road at telephone (242) 322-3015/6/7.

Letters of application and/or completed application
forms with copies of required documents must be
sent by Friday, September 30, 2005 to the Anglican
Education Dpartment addressed to:-

The Director of Education
Anglican Central Education Authority
P.O.Box N-656
Nassau, Bahamas

out for all skill levels.
The design of the Jack Nick-
laus Signature Course, along
with a new clubhouse and other
facilities, will also involve MHA
Studio, a Baha Mar subsidiary
established and dedicated to the
architectural design and execu-
tion of the mega-resort project.
"We are honoured and excit-
ed that Nicklaus Design has
been asked to create the golf
amenity for a project of this
scope and magnitude," said
Jack Nicklaus.
"The owner's commitment to
bringing the highest-quality
resort to Nassau is impressive,
and I know that commitment
extends to the golf course, as
According to Baha Mar offi-
cials, the Nicklaus deal is one
of many high-profile relation-
ships the company is engaging


In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which Commenced on
the 14th day of September 2005. The liquidator is
SEBASTIAN E. PANIZA P., with address at Elvira
Mendez Street, Vallarino Building, Floor 6th,
Panama, Republic of Panama.

Please find enclosed cheque #092 in the amount of
$96.00 pertaining to a 2 by 4 inch Legal notice in
the classifieds section,


A professional development company has a contract position for
a construction Superintendent. You will assist the Project Team by
taking on project superintendent duties and/or construction
administration tasks for a mid-rise residential condominium complex.
Following are some of the specific responsibilities of the job;
manage all stages and trades for a new mid-rise high end
condominium project, coordinate contractors, material control,
quality control, monitor plans and material take offs for accuracy
and necessary changes, coordinate change orders and schedule;
complete project on time and below budget. Assist in tracking or
Change Orders, Drawings, RFI's, Shop Drawings, and schedule
Applicant should have a minimum of 5 years experience in similar
construction, experience with a major builder, strong organizational
skills, proficiency in Microsoft Office, Word & Excel, outstanding
oral and written communication skills and ability to work
independently and manage multiple projects and priorities.
Reply by fax: to 242-363-1279
Reply by email:
Mail to: Paradise Blue Water Ltd.,
P.O. Box SS-6386
Nassau, Bahamas
Only the short listed candidates will be contacted -Thank You

in as part of its quest to develop
an unprecedented resort prod-
uct in the Caribbean region.
"Our partnership with Jack
Nicklaus and his design team to
create a. Signature Course for
Baha Mar marks the beginning
of a strategy to bring together
the world's most recognised and
respected brands for a 'best of
the best' resort experience,"
said John Forelle, vice-chair-
man and general counsel of
Baha Mar Development.


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SEPT 22,2005


Whereas William Glen Roberts, of St. Matthew's
Parish, in the Eastern District of the Island of New Providence,
one of the Islands of Commonwealth of The Bahamas has
made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas for
letters of Administration of the real and personal estate of
Henry Roberts a.k.a. Henry Isaacs Roberts, late, of St.
Matthew's Parish in the Eastern District of the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, deceased.
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

SEPT 22,2005


Robinson Road, Southern District, New Providence, one of
the Islands of Commonwealth of The Bahamas, the only son,
has made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas
for letters of Administration of the real and personal estate
of MILDRED JOHNSON, late, of Robinson Road, Southern
District of the Island of New Providence, one of the Islands
of Commonwealth of The Bahamnas, deceased.
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date thereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

SEP 22,2005


Whereas ELEAZOR T. ROLLE, JR., of Apt, #2
C an~iaerry DriveV ,armichael Road, Western District, New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The'
Bahamas, the Creditor, has made application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas for Letters of Administration as a
Creditor of the real and personal estate of ELEAZOR ROLLE
SR., late, of Rolle Avenue, off Wuiff Road, Eastern District,
New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, deceased.
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

SEPT 22, 2005


IN THE ESTATE OF Richard L. Anderton, late
of 206 SE East Street, Stuart, in the State of
Florida, one of the United States of America,
deceased. -

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourteen
days from the date hereof, application will be made to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas on its Probate Side by
LOUREY C. SMITH, of No. 4 QGeorge Street ir the City of
Nassau in the Island of New Providence, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney-at-Law, is
the Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas for Resealing a
Grant of Letters of Administration in the above estate granted
to RICHARD L. ANDERTON by The CircuitCourt, Martin
Country in the State of Florida, one of the United States of
America on the 27th day of May A.D. 2003.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

SEPT 22,2005


In the.Estate of JACK V. CROYLE, late of Spring
Hill, Hernando County, United States of America
and formerly of 159 Spring Street, Woonsocket,
United States of America,

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourteen
days from the date hereof, application will be made to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas on its Probate Side by
DONNA M. HARDING-LEE, of Ddwdeswell & Deveaux
Streets, New Providence, The Bahamas, Attorney-at-Law, is
the Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas for obtaining the
Resealed Letters of Administration in the above estate granted
to JOHN C. CROYLE, the Personal Representative, by the
Circuit Court for Hernando County, Florida, Probate Division,
on the 16th day of November, 2004.

T. Cumberbatch
(for) Registrar

SEPT 22, 2005


MICHELLE MARSHALL of Coral Heights, New
Providence, The Bahamas, has made application to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas for Letters of Administration
the real and personal estate of SANDY MARSHALL, late,
of Coral Heights, New Providence, The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date hereof.

T. Cumberbatch
(for) Registrar

SEPT 22, 2005


Vincent Road, New Providence, The Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas for Letters
of Administration the real and personal estate of MUTEL
BUTTLER, late, of Seabreeze Lane, New Providence, The
Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

SEPT 22,2005


Whereas Samuel Arthur, of the Western District of
the Island of New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made application to
the Supreme Court of The Bahamas for Letters of
Administration of the real and personal Estate of Willard
Marcian Johnson-Hall, late, of Martin Street in the Southern
District of the Island ofNeW Proyidence, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth, ,of T'he Bahamas; d.eceased..
Notice is hereby given that such applications ifil be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date thereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

SEPT 22,2005


In the Estate of SEYMOUR S. EPSTEIN, late,
of 119 Carthage Road, Scarsdale in the State of New
York, one of the States of the United States of

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourten
days from the date hereof, application will be made to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas on its Probate Side by
BRUNOA. ROBERTS, of Old Post House, Prospect Ridge
of the Western District, New Providence, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, The Executive
Director of the Private Trust Corporation Limited, is the
Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas, for the Resealed Grant
of Letters of Testamentary in the above estate granted to
Samuel P."Epsteii"now deceased. By the Surrogate's Court
in the State of New York the County of Westchester, U.S.A,
on the 21st day of September, 1996.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

SEP 22,2005


Spanish Wells, St. George's Cay, The Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas for Letters
of Administration with the Will annexed of the real and
personal Estate of CARL STANFORD PINDER, late, of
Spanish Wells, St. George's Cay, The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 21 days from the date

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

SEPT 22, 2005


Whereas Simeon R. Brown, of West End, on the
Island of Grand Bahama, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made application to
the Supreme Court of The Bahamas for Letters of
Administration the real and personal estate of Oglita Brown,
late, of West End in the Island of Grand Bahama, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 21 days from the
date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

SEPT 22,2005


IN THE ESTATE OF Anna S. Phillips aka Anna
R. Philips, late of No. 221 Burgandy E. on the
City of Delray Beach in the County of Palm Beach,
in the State of Florida, one of the States of the
United States of America, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourten
days from the date hereof, application will be made to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas on its Probate Side by
ROLAND J. LOWE of Port New Providence in the City of
Nassau, in the Island of New Providence, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney-at-LaW,- is-
the Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas for Resealing a
Grant of Letters of Administration in the above estate granted
to EDWARD J. ELIN, by The Circuit Court, in and for Palm
Beach County in the State of Florida one of the states of the
United States of America on the 12th day of September A.D.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registra

SEPT, 22 2005


Whereas Khalil Simon Moses Jr., of No. 6 Park
Place, Little Blair, in the Eastern District of the Island of New
Providence one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas for Letters of Administration of the real and personal
Estate of Khalil Simon Moses, late of No. 6 Park Place,
Little Blair, in the Eastern District, on the Island of New
'Providence, one of the Islands of-the Commonwealth of The
IBahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

SEPT 22, 2005


Whereas Joanne Stewart-Taylor, aka Jodi Stewart-
Taylor, of Sea Beach Estates, in the Western District of the
Island of New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of the Bahamas, has made application to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas for Letters of Administration
the real and personal estate of John Patrick Taylor, late, of
Sea Beach Estates in the Western District of the Island of
New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of the Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

SEPT 22,2005


Whereas Bateman Bain, of Nassau East North, in
the Western District of the Island of New Providence, one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas for Letters
of Administration of the real and personal Estate of Eva Alma
Bain, aka Alina Pinder Bain, late, of Sea Beach Estates in
the Western District of the Island of New Providence one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. deceased

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the date

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

SEPT 22,2005


Whereas CarlAllan Brice of No. 13 Star Lane North,
Sunshine Park, in the Southern District of the Island of New

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Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme Court of the
Bahamas for Letters of Administration with the Will Annexed
of the real and personal Estate of John Brice late of Queen's
Highway, McKann's, Long Island, one of the Island of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 21 days from the
Sdate hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

SEPT 22,2005


Whereas PAULINE PARKER-KEMP of Freeport,
Grand Bahama, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, the Lawful Widow, has made application to
the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for letters of
1 Administration of the real and personal estate of REUBEN
GODWIN KEMP, late, of #51 Margaret Place, Sunrise
Subdivision, Freeport, Grand Bahama, one of the Islands of
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 21 days from the
date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

SEP22, 2005'


Whereas SHARON ROLLE of Freeport, Grand
Bahama, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, the Lawful Widow, has made application to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of Administration
as a Creditor of the real and personal estate of LIVINGSTON
CHARLES ROLLE, late, of 294 John Rut Lane, Freeport,
Grand Bahama,-one-of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
SThe Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 21 days from the
date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(fbr) Registrar

SEPT 22,2005


Whereas Gregory Ronald Thompson, of Fire Trail
in the Southern District of the Island of New Providence, one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has
made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas for
Letters of Administration of the real and personal estate of
Leonard John Thompson, late, of Kennedy Subdivision in
the Southern District of the Island of New Providence, one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date thereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

SEPT 22,2005


late of Greenaway Cottage, 3 Addendum Lane,
Pembroke Parish in the Island of Bermuda,

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourteen
days from the date hereof, application will be made to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas on its Probate Side by
DOLLY P. YOUNG, of Nassau East North, Eastern District,
New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, is the Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas
--for the Resealed-Grant.oftProbate in the above estate granted
CALDWELL, the Executrices, of the Supreme Court of
Bermuda on the 5th day of August, 2004

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

SEPT 22, 2005


Whereas HOWARD BEVANS of the Settlement of
Hawksbill, Grand Bahama, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, the Son, has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas for Letters
of Administration the real and personal estate of MIRIAM
BEVANS, late, of No. 7 Abaco Drive in the Settlement of
Hawksbill, Grand Bahama, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 21 days from the
date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

SEPT 22,2005


Whereas Lloydel Ellis, of Andros Avenue, on the
Island of New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made application to
the Supreme Court of The Bahamas for Letters of
Administration of the real and personal estate of Brenda-
Mae Smith Ellis, late, of Andros Avenue, the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

SEPT 22, 2005


Whereas Lennard Miller, of St. Lucia Road, Golden
Gates on the Island of New Providence one of the Islands of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made application
to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas for Letters of
Administration of the real and personal Estate of Kathy Ann
Miller, late, of St. Lucia Road, Golden Gates on the Island
of New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

SEPT 22, 2005

;oft oiiune Vilage,,Freepq G dbBai,iohqof%6j&Islands
of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, Attorney By Deed of
Power of Attorney for GREGORY PHILIP GEORGE
ARANHA, JR., the Lawful Son, has made application to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of Administration
de bonis non of the real and personal estate of GREGORY
PHILIP GEORGE ARANHA, SR., late of No. 10 Helmlane,
Midshipman Road, Freeport, Grand Bahama, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 21 days from the
date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

SEP 22,2005


Close off Firetrail Road, Western District, New Providence,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
the son has made application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas for Letters of Administration of the real and personal
Estate of BRENDON GORDON FORBES, late, of Joan's
Height, Southern District, New Providence, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the date

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

SEPT 22,2005


In the Estate of JOHN C. MCKIE a.k.a. J.
CLARENCE MACKIE, late of 7316
Manatee Avenue West Bradenton, Florida,
USA., deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourteen
days from the date hereof, application will be made to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas on its Probate Side by
DEANNE C. PYFROM, of The Western District, New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, is the Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas for the
Resealed Grant of Letters of Administration in the above
estate granted to ROBERT M. ELLIOT, the Personal
Representative, by the Superior Court of Florida, County of
Manatee in the State of Florida, U.S.A., on the 27th day of
April 2004

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

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FROM page 1B

expenses at the property. The,
resulting operating losses dur-
ing the term of your manage-
ment, particularly during the
first six months of the current
year, have forced the company
to execute a management
change immediately."
Ms Deleveaux received
$17,424 from her employer, of
which $6,538 was four weeks'
severance pay, and the same
amount for four weeks in lieu
of notice.
She then brought a claim
before the Industrial Tribunal
seeking damages for breach of
employment contract and
wrongful dismissal, seeking
This, according to the Court
of Appeal judgement, was
comprised of 10 months' salary
at $142,250, less the $6,538
received in severance pay. In
addition, Ms Deleveaux
claimed 10 per cent interest
from the date she was termi-
nated to the date when the Tri-
bunal ruled, July 22, 2004,
which amounted to $40,713.
The Tribunal instead award-
ed her, six months' salary,
amounting to $85,350, less the
amount received, which was
$17,424. Interest at 10 per cent
was granted from the date of
payment to the date of pay-
ment, making a total of
South Ocean Development
Company, though, appealed
against the Industrial Tri-
bunal's decision, while Ms
Deleveaux also appealed that
verdict, seeking to increase the
Setting out South Ocean's
case, the Court of Appeal
judgement said the resort
argued, that the termination,
ws4arirg44 t in 9rd^H
Swith MsD.eleveaux's employ-
ment contract, and if it wanted
to dismiss her in accordance
with the disciplinary procedure
outlined, it would have referred

FROM page 1B

According to Mr Munroe,
however, there were more
financial services specialists in
the legal profession than 12-15,
but certain institutions chose
only to use certain lawyers,
with the result that there were
two or three firms that were
"hogging up" all the work.
He likened the situation to
one that previously existed for,
mortgage policies at Bahami-
an commercial banks. Mr
Munroe said it took a threat
from the Government for
banks,to open up their mort-
gage work to tmore Bahamian


The banks had said there
were only a few qualified
lawyers in the Bahamas to han-
dle tmortgage business, but
once the Government forced
the work into the general mar-
ket, a lot of Bahamians were

to this in the termination letter.
Although South Ocean had
argued it was "not obliged" to
follow the disciplinary process,
the Industrial Tribunal con-
cluded that the disciplinary
procedure set out in Ms Dele-
veaux's contract should have
been followed.
"It ruled that the respondent
was entitled to be compensated
for the period of time it would
have taken to exhaust the dis-
ciplinary procedure under the
contract," the Court of Appeal
"The Tribunal found that six
months was reasonable, hav-
ing regard to the position held
by the respondent for the com-
pletion of the disciplinary pro-
cedure....... The question on
appeal, therefore, is whether
the Industrial Tribunal was cor-
rect in assessing damages as it

Despite finding that South
Ocean had breached Ms Dele-
veaux's employment contract
by not following the correct dis-
ciplinary procedure, "not more
than four weeks" would have
been required to go through
this process before a dismissal
notice could be given.
"The operation of the disci-
plinary procedure would not
have extended the responden-
t's employment for more than
four weeks, not six months, as
has been determined by the
Industrial Tribunal in its deci-
sion," the Court of Appeal
said. "In those circumstances,
the respondent will be entitled
to a compensation of a total of
eight weeks wages altogether."
Ms Deleveaux, through the
four weeks' severance pay and
,,fo.o weeks pay in lieu of
!.nqgis e hsad ,ealready-'been fully
compensated", under the terms
of the award by the Court of
The court also dismissed Ms
Deleveaux's appeal.

seen to be competent.


Mr Munroe acknowledged,
however, that there have been
cases were some firms or indi-
vidual attorneys have taken on
business they were not quali-
fied to do.
"Money is a powerful incen-
tive for people to take work
that they can't handle," he
Mr Munroe said the profes-
sion acknowledged that there
were some niche areas, such as
foreign tax law, where a for-
eign attorney will have to be
brought in, saying he knows of
two firms that have applied to
bring in a tax specialist and a
mutual fund specialist respec-
"Everyone acknowledges
that is an area that someone
would need to be brought in,"
he said.

Candidates must have at least 3 years experience in
accounting in the financial industry with sound
knowledge of but not limited to:
* Supervising an accounts department and staff
* Formulating budgets
* Managing Accounts Receivables and Payables
* Preparation of monthly and annual financial
reports and statements
* Preparation of bank reconciliations and various
general ledger accounts to the sub ledgers
* Co-ordinate the annual audit with external
auditors and preparation of the necessary
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that the three sailing bodies
will come together and
compete. McIntosh said
they are not concerned
about the politics of the
sport because they're not
going to let any controversy
stop their show.
"When we were negotiat-
ing, we were not under the
impression that there was a
National Sailing Associa-
tion," McIntosh disclosed.
"It was only in late August
that we realised that the
National Sailing Associa-
tion was a recognisable
"Therefore, as far as our
committee is concerned, we
didn't put them in the mix.
We were only dealing with
the BBOSA and the Com-
monwealth Sailing Associa-
tion. They just informed us
that this new association
But, only after the fact,
McIntosh said they decided
to include the National Sail-
ing Association.
"With or without the
National Sailing Associa-
tion, we will have the regat-
ta, weather-permitting," he
stressed. "But we don't
want to have it with any
controversy, so we are
including them..
"We just want a regatta
where Bahamians can come
and enjoy the festivities."
While the regatta is all
set for this weekend, the
Abaco Softball Association
will also wait until Tropical
Storm Rita passes before
they continue with their
men's softball champi-
onship series.
According to ASA presi-
dent Gary Smith, game five
between the Blackwood
Raiders and the Texaco
Pirates will be played on
Wednesday night.
However, Smith said if
the weather conditions are
not conducive, they will
resume on September 30.
There will be no games
played this weekend before
of the pending All-Abaco
The Raiders, led by Fred-
erick Cornish and Michael
Baillou, are tied at 2-2 with
the Pirates, led by Lyle
Sawyer and Andrew
The winner of the series
will go on to play in the
Bahamas Softball Federa-
tion's National Round
Robin Tournament in New
Providence over the Dis-
covery Day holiday week-
Joining the men's cham-
pions to New Providence
will be the Bahama Beach
Club Swingers, the ladies'
champions. The Swingers
are managed by William
Saunders and will be led by
Sicily Parker.

Farmer wins praise

for blistering time


VMG's Lee Farmer claimed
top honors at the first
Bahamas National Time Trial
Championship on Saturday.
Farmer covered the Men's
40K course in a time of
In typically understated
fashion Farmer said he was
"pleased" with the time. How-
ever, race organizers and oth-
er time trial cyclists sang high
praises for Farmer and his
winning time saying it would
have placed the Bahamas' top
rider on the podium in almost
any 40K Time Trial event in
North America.
Not all riders can cope with
the demands of Time Trials,
considered to be the most
demanding of all cycling races.
Riders go out on staggered
starts and are not allowed to
draft behind other riders.
To survive the "all-out"
race, cyclists must be disci-
plined enough to ride just
below their anaerobic thresh-
old for much of the course,
blotting out pain and
cries from their body to slow
After nearly an hour of this
level of exertion the riders
must then find "something
more" to help them sprint for
the finish line.


In the Men's Division,
Farmer was followed by team-
mates Barron Musgrove, who
came in second with a time of
56:50:95, and Mark
Holowesko, who placed third
with a time of 58:06:43. Inde-
fatigable Carmel Stucki won
the Women's Division in
1:07:08:22, with Julianna Glin-
ton (1:12:26:19) and Sabrina
Lightbourne (1:14:50:49) com-
ing in second and third respec-
Seven gutsy riders compet-
ed in the 20K Junior Division.
Young Jay Major won the
exciting race in a time of
36:42:16. Lawrence Jupp came

in second with a time of
36:57:86 and Yorkell Bain
placed third with a time of
The Individual Time Trial
was followed by a two-man
Team Time Trial later in the
A short, "blast" of a race,
cyclists tore up the 10K course
in hot pursuit of each other,
going out with a strong wind
at their backs but getting beat
up by that same wind when
they turned to head back


Again, Lee Farmer, with
Jonathon Massie as his team-
mate, came out on top, but
this time the second place fin-
ishers were right behind him.
Farmer and Massie sprinted
through the 10 kilometers in
13:11 while Barron Musgrove
and Tracy Sweeting stopped
the clock at 13:14. Stucki and
Glinton won the Women's
Team Trial (16:41) and Jay
Major and Lawrence Jupp
won the junior team division
in a time of 17:09.
VMG Racing hosted the
Time Trial Championship and
awarded a total of $4,000 in
prizes to the winners in both
the individual and team races.
A VMG spokesman stated,
"Coming at the end of the
2005 competitive season the
performances put in at the
Championship show tremen-
dous improvement the
Bahamian competitive cycling
"Farmer's winning time, the
overall performance in the
Men's and Women's Divisions
and the wonderful level of
competition in the Junior
Division bode very well for
cycling in the Bahamas."

LEE FARMER won the
VMG Racing series held over
the weekend in Lyford Cay.

(Photo: Felipe Major/
Tribune staff)

JAY MAJOR, the winner of the junior category U BARRON 'TURBO' MUSGROVE shown in action over the week-
in the VMG Racing series on the weekend, is shown in action. end. He was second overall.
(Photo: Felipe MajorPhoto: Felipe Major/Tribune staff)




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to set sail
Junior Sports Reporter
A NEW fleet of boats are
expecting to set sail at Mon-
tagu Bay this weekend, as
young skippers get their turn
in the water.
More than 40 young skip-
pers have signed on to com-
pete in the historic Bahamas
National Optimist Racing
Championships, on Saturday
September 24th-25th.
The two series race is the
first event of its kind to be
held in the Bahamas.
The regatta is designed to
test the skills of the young
skippers, from ages from 8-
14, each skippering their own
Spokesman for the
Bahamas Sailing Association
(BSA) John Lawrence
believes that the two days of
racing will help to elevate the
sport, as Bahamians see the
boats sail for the first time.
The idea of hosting the race
came about shortly- after the
BSA hosted their first nation-
al sailing school, this summer.
The national sailing school
caters to young skippers from
private clubs and public junior
The schools represented at
the national sailing school,
headed by Jimmy Lowe,
director of operations, were
DW Davis, HO Nash and CH
Reeves junior.
Lowe, who invited the gen-
eral public to-come out to
Montagu to witness the event
said: "This weekend is going
to be very exciting, the kids
are very anxious to get into
the waters.

"We are really pleased with
the number of kids that the
sport has attracted so far.
Some of them weren't even
able to swim when they first
came down.
"We taught them how to
swim and sail. For some of
them the event is going to be
the biggest thing for them
since joining the school.
"This weekend there will
be a lot of excitement on the
water. We will have two sep-
arate fleets."
The committee members
decided to divide the races
into two separate fleets, a
green and racing fleet.
Boats participating in the
green fleet will have a green
ribbon tied around the sail of
the optimist and will cater to
all beginners.
In the racing fleet, a red,
white and blue ribbon will fly
from the sails of the boats.
Skippers will be place into the
fleet depending on their ages.
All fleets will sail the same
race course.
The races will be governed
by the International Sailing
Federation racing rules with a
combination of trapezoid and
triangular courses.
The winner of this year's "
race will represent the
Bahamas at the 2006 IODA
World Championships, in
Puerto Rico.

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0 TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS tight end Alex Smith ihs
sent flying by Buffalo Bills cornerback Nate Clements (22)
during the first half of their game Sunday, Sept. 18,e205 in '
Tampa, Fla.
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Smith has the

stamina for the


Junior Sports Reporter
ALTHOUGH Alex Smith didn't make any touchdowns
on Sunday, his head coach Jon Gruden was still pleased
with his performance.
Smith, who plays with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a
tight end, scored the opening two touchdowns in last week's
game against the Minnesota Vikings, but was only able to
make some connections against the Buffalo Bills in a 19-3
win on Sunday.
According to the Buccaneers website, head coach Gru-
den was pleased with what he saw in Smith, saying that the
young'rookie "has displayed the stamina and work ethic to
remain a force throughout his rookie season."
After a stellar first game, with 34 yards rushed and two
touchdowns, Smith was widely scouted by the Bills.

And his opponents had him covered from the first kick
to the final whistle.
Smith was listed in the game's statistics with a two yard
catch, passed by Griese.
This was the only successful pass received by Smith from
the quarterback.
The pass came ini he first quarter, on the Buccaneers' 41
yard line.
His second atte0ti rt aapass was ruled incomplete, com-
ing on the Buccanes'sfial drive for the first quarter.
Despite his performance,: the team and coaches still
believe that Smith V, Ibe a big factor this season.
The Buccaneers .ad listed Smith on pace for 32 touch-
downs this year. .
"I was really happy for him," said quarterback Brian
"It's much like.Cadillac I think he has an opportunity
to be a special player. He gives himself a chance every
week because he's prepared the meeting room..
"He's that type of guy who if you say something to him
you know he's going tp implement it and remember it and
work on those things..'m looking forward to working with
The Buccaneers wiplay Green Bay Packers this Sunday.

Regatta hoping to

weather the storm

Senior Sports Reporter
WEATHER permitting, the All-Abaco
Regatta will be sailed from the Ferry Dock in
Treasury Cay this week.
Regatta chairman Jackson McIntosh said
they are waiting for Tropical Storm Rita to
pass through the Bahamas before making a
final decision on Wednesday as to whether
or not they will sail.
"We are planning as if we are having the
regatta as usual, but we will make an
announcement otherwise," McIntosh said on
Monday with central and southern Bahamas
on a Hurricane Watch.

"We have contacted the sailing associa-
tions involved, except for the National Sailing
Association, about our plans. We will make a
decision by Wednesday, but right now it's still
McIntosh said that, while they have con-

tacted both the Bahamas Boat Owners anid
Sailors Association and the Commonwealtli
Sailing Association, they are in process :6~
informing the National Sailing Association.'
A total of 24 boats, eight from the A, B and
C classes, have all confirmed their participa-
tion in the regatta that is tentatively set to
start on Thursday and run through Saturday,
Confirmed in the A Class are: the Abacd
Rage, Running Tide, Red Stripe, New Cburaz
geous, Southern Cross, Sea Star and the New
Red Hot Thunderbird.
In the B Class, the field will comprise of
the Heathcliff, Barbarian, Eudeva, Passion;
Lonesome Dove and the Susan Chase.
The C Class will feature the Sacrifice, Crazy
Partner, Ludy Eunice, Lady Ruthnell, Vita"
malt Thunderbird, Bulla Reg and the Fugi-
Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture
Neville Wisdom, is. expected on hand for the,
closing ceremonies and the awards presenta-
The regatta is expected to be the first time
SEE page 6B

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Support for women

'in need



$1 million

facility 'is

more than

a house'

Tribune Feature Writer
THOUGH its been around
for a number of years, many
Bahamian women don't know
of a safe house for female vic-
tims of domestic violence and
struggling teenage girls.
Deep in Marshall Road in
the South Beach area is a
facility that was established by
the Nassau Chapter of The
Links, Inc; the government
(through the ministries of
socia- services -and housing)
and various corporate spon-
'"I think it was very clear
when we went to the commu-
nity that there was a higher
degree of concurrence and
agreement on the fact that it
was timely for such a shelter
to be built," says Sharon Wil-
son of the Nassau Chapter.
"The support we got from
the community really showed
that people were prepared to
put their resources behind
building a home."

The government provided
an acre and a half of land for
the facility, Arawak Homes
produced the architectural
drawings at no charge and
British American Insurance
Company came on board as a
"primary" sponsor. Then
Mount Tabor Full Gospel
Baptist Church promised its
support, pledging to donate
$5,000 per year, which it has
done ever since The Links
Safehouse for Women in Cri-
sis was officially opened on
Qetober 17, 2003.
'it was while working as a
magistrate in the domestic
courts that Mrs Wilson, who is
also president of the Senate,
saw the need for a shelter.
Other Links members who
work as counsellors and social
workers and deal with domes-
tic violence and teen issues on
a daily basis also saw a "very
real need" to construct a
home for needy women..
The $1 million facility, says
organisers, is more than a
house. It's hope for women
who simply need a helping
hand. There is accommoda-
tion for a live-in matron/

SHARON WILSON of the Links Nassau Chapter
believes that many Bahamian women are 'over-tolerant' of
abuse, which leads many of them to remain in abusive rela-
tionships and never look for a way out. But she hopes that
this safehouse will be an answer to them, as well as to teenage
girls who want to 'better' their circumstances.

administrator which includes
two bedrooms, two bath-
rooms, living room, dining
room and kitchen, which con-
nects to the remainder of the
The administrative area
includes a welcome and recep-
tion space, an office for the
matron/administrator and an
office for the assistant matron
and counsellors. Seven bed-
rooms, each large enough to
accommodate two persons,
two chest of drawers and clos-
et space for two are available
for long-term residents.
Transient residents live in a
separate wing with rooms that
are slightly larger than those in
the long-term wing. Each
room has the capacity to hold
a mother, plus four children.
Common areas, which
include a dining room, pantry
area for food storage, larger
freezer, a recreation area, stor-
age area for non-food items, a
quiet area conducive to pri-
vate study, reading and group
counselling, laundry facilities,
kitchen and patio area, add to
the homey atmosphere that
The Links hoped the safe-
house would incorporate.
For victims of domestic vio-
lence who reside in the tran-

sient wing, the home provides
a much-needed safe haven,
with alarm, bars and security
"The motto for that wing is
to provide a temporary shelter
free from abuse,' in which
women with or without chil-
dren will be encouraged to
achieve self reliance," explains
Mrs Wilson.

"These are women who
(are) running from a bad mar-
riage, a bad relationship a
myriad of social reasons. They
put you on that wing. where
you need some temporary
help until you can get on your
feet...and go out into society
There are currently two
families at the home, but the
number of residents fluctuate.
This transient wing, she notes,
has never been without at
least one family.
And while the term safe-
house seems exclusive to vic-
tims of domestic violence,'
organisers wanted their effort
to embrace teenage girls who
want to make a change in their
lives. So the long-term wing
was established to provide a

supportive environment for
young women who tare "in
need of shelter" .id' "desirous
of achievement".
Says Mrs Wilson: "3ear in
mind that in the Bahamas,
young ladies have to leave
these institutions of child care
at 18 (years old).
"A lot of times you don't
think about it unless you real-
ly have reason to think about
it, but I was forced to think
about it as a magistrate
because young girls are com-
ing out these institutions at 18,
very young. They are in there
because they had nowhere to
live, but where do they go
after they leave? Are they pre-
pared? Are they equipped to
really make their own way?"
As much as The Links Safe-
house is a place for these
teenage girls to live, it is an
institution for them to learn
very important life skills, says
Mrs Wilson. "We don't want
people to feel, well look, I am
in here fine. I don't have any-
where to live I can be in here.
No, it's not that. That's why
we have had one or two who
have come and gone. The
reality is once you get here,
SEE page two


Exercise variety Building a

S l safe haven
CONSTRUCTION on the safehouse began
after the government provided an acre and a
a half of land for the facility, Arawak Homes
produced the architectural drawings at no
charge and British American Insurance Com-
pany came on board as a "primary" sponsor.
u p y O U ; Then Mount Tabor Full Gospel Baptist Church
promised its support, pledging to donate $5,000
up your workoutL ^per year.
(Picture courtesy of The Links Inc)

Tribune Feature Writer
lifestyle doesn't necessarily
mean waiting in line for
weights at a gym or struggling
to keep up in an aerobics class,
which can sometimes become
quite boring, according to fit-
ness experts.
There is a way to spice up
your exercise regimen by
adding activities that may not
be as popular as gym machines,
but pack the same punch.
"You can't begin to think
about all the ways that you can
get fit without getting on a
treadmill, because a lot of peo-
ple seem to think that you can't
get the same results doing
something that is exercise but
at the same time, it's lots of
fun," says in-home personal
trainer Alyssa Cleare, whose
workouts with her clients
include everything from cycling
and swimming, to dance

"When you exercise you can
easily get bored with a gym.
It's the same thing over and
over, the same machines. But if
you can switch up your work-
out maybe walk one day,
then go on the beach one day
or add some yoga or pilates it
makes fitness seem less like,
'oh, something I force my body
to do'," she adds.
Not only does switching up
your workout schedule relieve
boredom, it is convenient in
many instances. The average
car trip is less than five miles,
whichis an ideal distance for a

quick spin on the bike, for
Those who find cycling to be
a strain on the spine, or if there
are problems with some joints,
may want to try a "recumbent
cycle". Rather than leaning for-
wards as on a traditional bicy-
cle, the cyclist is reclined and
the back is supported.
Dancing is an aerobic activ-
ity that improves the condition
of the heart and lungs, as well
as testing balance, since danc-
ing for any length of time also
requires muscular endurance
and motor fitness.
"The main purpose of danc-
ing is really to get into the
music. You don't even have to
be an expert because how
many times do people dance
in the mirror? So dancing is
really suitable for anybody, and
size, any shape," the trainer
Probably the most inexpen-
sive and convenient mode of
exercise to Bahamians, in a
country surrounded by water,
is swimming. But the fact is,
many people do not regard
time at the beach as exercise.
According to Mrs Cleare,
swimming is excellent for fat
burning, since it requires the
body to move against the resis-
tance of the water as it is pro-
pelled forward. Just swimming
a few leisurely lengths, she
says, works most of the major
muscle groups, giving the body
a great work out. And to add
more speed is an excellent aer-
obic exercise.
"Swimming is one of those
low-impact exercises, again,
that most people can do easily.
The water ends up supporting
the entire body, so their is
absolutely no stress on the

joints, no knee impact, no back
strain. That's why in the States
you see a lot of water aerobics.
That's the same type of work
you would do in a gym class,
just that you are doing it in
waist deep water."
She says that one of her
favourite workouts is one that
involves yoga exercises because
they help to develop flexibility
and muscular endurance. And
yoga incorporates techniques
like meditation, which relieves
stress and brings the mind and
body "into focus and balance".

"I think that it's one of the
best workouts that anybody
can have because it also deals
with.tranquility," she tells Tri-
bune Woman & Health.
"But a lot of people find
yoga to be intimidating
because of the different poses.
But what's great about yoga is
that as you continue to do the
poses, over time your body
opens up and you get more and
more flexible. So eventually
you can do almost any of the
poses," she adds.
According to the personal
trainer, exercise should not be
a boring activity, since it must
be done every day in. order to
see any results. She recom-
mends that the individual finds
an activity that he/she can
enjoy, and make it "your exer-
But there is a warning:
"Every exercise is not right for
everybody, so consult your
physician first to see if
your body can take the impact
of whatever exercise you

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for women

'in need

of shelter'

FROM page one

there is a programme to follow."
The two-year programme is designed
to groom young women (coming out of
institutions or not) who can take lead-
ership positions in this country. One
element is that all teenage girls residing
at the home must attend a tertiary lev-
el institution, which is paid for by the
programme. It can be technical or aca-
demic, says Mrs Wilson, whichever
institution will help these girls to
achieve their goals and become inde-
And though she admits that two
years is a "condensed" time frame, the
programme is designed to make a sig-
nificant impact on their lives.
Speaking of the long-term goals of
the company, Mrs Wilson says The
Links Safehouse for Women in Crisis,
will continue to be that place for
women to come to for shelter and
counselling, a place where they can
also have their basic needs met.
"Whatever it takes to try and get her
on her feet again to be able to get out
and independent, hopefully free from
that relationship, we'll get it done,"
she adds.
Fortunately, says Mrs Wilson, the
safehouse has been able to operate
without incident.

She believes that many Bahamian
women are "over-tolerant" of abuse,
which leads many of them to remain in
abusive relationships and never look
for a way out. But she hopes that this
safehouse will be an answer to them, as
well as to teenage girls who want to
"better" their circumstances.
Says Mrs Wilson: "We started this
in celebration of our 10th anniversary
as a chapter. We committed ourselves
to try to achieve something that was
of meaning to women who might have
been finding themselves in the unfor-
tunate position of being either victim of
abuse or young women who want to
achieve and really have nowhere to
The Nassau Chapter holds one
fundraiser every year for the safehouse.
This year's fundraiser to highlight the
arts is scheduled for November 12 at
the Dundas Centre, Mackey Street.
The home tries to highlight the arts in
a fun-filled family evening. There will
be a special guest performance by a
world-renowned violinist. The Nation-
al Youth Choir will also perform.
Women interested in learning
more about the shelter should con-
tact the Department of Social Ser-
vices @ 326-0526 or visit their offices
in the Clarence Bain Building.




'Jump start your

body and brain.

Bein ordywt raf-t

Provided by Adelma Penn,
Camelta Barnes, and Shandera
Smith from the Nutrition Unit
of the Ministry of
Health/Department of Health
IHelp! School is
back in ses-
sion. My day
starts at 5am
and ends at
11pm. In between school drop
offs, school pickups, homework
and my workplace I want to
provide healthy meals for my
family. What am I to do when
time is working against me?
Does this sound like you?
Busy working parents have
very little time to prepare
whole-wheat pancakes with
happy faces and fresh-squeezed
orange juice every morning.
However, as the new school
year begins, breakfast becomes
more important than ever for
children heading back to the
Starting the day with break-
fast is the perfect way to jump
start your body and brain.
We've all heard that break-
fast is the most important meal
of the day. It helps reload glu-
cose or blood sugar levels,
which is important since the
brain itself does not store glu-
cose, its main energy source.
Why is breakfast so
important for children?
Research shows that students
who eat breakfast before start-
ing school have a general
increase in math grades and
reading scores,increased atten-i
tion spans, reduced nurse visits
and improved behaviour.
According to the American
Dietetic Association, children
who eat a healthy breakfast
meet their daily nutritional
needs, keep their weight under
control, have lower blood cho-
lesterol levels and attend
school more frequently. They
are also more likely to consume
foods with enough of the nec-
essary minerals, such as calci-
um, phosphorus and magne-
sium, and vitamins, such as
riboflavin, vitamins A, C and
B12 and folate. I
Parents, we all know that
mornings can be hectic and get-
ting your children to take a
moment to eat before heading
out the door to school can be a
challenge;. however, a little
planning ahead may help.
You can start by making
breakfast the night before:
pour the cereal into bowls on
the counter, have the juice in
glasses in the refrigerator, or
slice the fruit before going to
bed. For a morning without the
rush, it's all about being orga-
nized and doing as much as you
can ahead of time.
Also try offering more vari-
ety, don't limit breakfast items
to just the common foods nor-
mally eaten at this meal. For
example breakfast can consist
of leftovers or cheese or a
peanut butter sandwich.
To get children off to a
healthy and tasty start, here are
some suggestions for those ear-
ly morning meals.
Eggs are a good start to
anyone's day. Eggs contain all
the protein, vitamins (except
vitamin C) and minerals essen-
tial for good health, which can
help your child gear up for the
busy day of learning. Prepare
them scrambled, fried,
poached, hard-boiled or as an
omelet. But don't stop with
breakfast. Send your child off
with an egg salad in their lunch
bag, or even a hard-cooked egg
as a morning snack.
Try a tuna sandwich on
whole-wheat toast. It's a nutri-
ent-packed and a low-calorie
food to kick-start the morning
for a day of hitting the books.
Hot Wheat Cereal such as
oats, cream of wheat, or Malt-
o-Meal is always a tummy
warmer and a palate pleaser.
Serve your child a bowl of not
wheat cereal with a sprinkling
of brown sugar or a little of
Pancakes or French toast
made ahead of time and frozen
until time for use will come in


pretty handy. Try serving them
;to- wd; with sliced fruit like
apples and bananas, or serve
them with a side dish of deli-
cious applesauce.
For those of you that have
to eat on the run, healthy and
crunchy granola cereal makes a
great wholesome breakfast
with some fresh fruit slices. It's
quick, filling and satisfying to
get you and your kids through
the morning. Also peanut but-
ter sandwiches or any other
sandwich of your choice pack
the night before and ready to
go will too make a good break-
fast choice.
Cereal bars also make a
great mid-morning snack, to
chase away any morning
hunger pangs that may divert
your child from concentrating
on schoolwork.
Complete your kids' break-
fast with a delicious glass of
fruit juice such as apple, orange
or grapefruit juices. As a fun
alternative, try nectar drinks
too! Remember a piece of fruit
will do just as well.
If your children are lactose
intolerant and not allergic to
nuts, a tasty non-dairy alterna-
tive is almond milk. Delicious
and nutritious, almond milk is a
lactose- and cholesterol-free
drink that is smooth and
creamy with a mild hint of real
almonds. Or you may try Soy
milk which comes in a variety
of flavors.
Hey parents, here are some
additional tips. Do you want
to know how to sharpen your
children's minds? Do want a
great report card? Eat brain
Did you know that some
foods can actually boost your
brain power? It's true. Because
of their nutritional content, cer-
tain foods have been proven to
energise your body and give
your brain extra thinking pow-
er. So parents if you want your
children's grades to soar this
school year give them the right
foods. Good nutrition, com-
bined with great study habits,
can make your children's
report card something to be
proud of.
Brain Foods
Broccoli: How many times
have you been told to eat your
veggies? In the case of broc-
coli, you might want to listen
up. Broccoli contains Vitamin
C which has been shown to
control nerves and help us
manage stressful situations
(like writing tests).
It does this by creating amino
acids, which regulate the ner-

vous system. Other vitamin C
packed foods include: orange
juice, tomatoes and green pep-
Strawberries: Not only do
these berries taste great, they
help to keep your mind clear
and focused. How? Strawber-
ries contain folate (folic acid)
which helps to produce the red
blood cells that carry oxygen
to the brain. It's much easier
to concentrate and pay atten-
tion when the brain has suffi-
cient oxygen.
Peanut butter and banana
sandwiches: Pop one of these in
your lunch bag and you'll be
doing your brain a favour.
Peanut butter and bananas
(and other foods like fortified
cereals and chicken) contain
Vitamin B6 which helps your
body release glucose from
glycogen. A steady blood sugar
level plays an important role.
by keeping your brain func-
tioning at peak performance.
You can tell if your sugar levels
are starting to dip if you are
having a hard time concentrat-
ing, feel hungry or tired.
Milk: Pour a little power into
your bones and muscles with
milk. Loaded with calcium and
other important nutrients, milk
will help your body stay strong
- all day. Growing kids need
4-6 dairy servings (a serving
can be a glass of milk, a con-
tainer of yogurt or a piece of
cheese). When your bones and
muscles are healthy, you've got
energy and flexibility all the
right stuff for gym and sports.



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Bahamian adults should
be concerned about
obesity. But those who
are parents should be
even more concerned
with obesity in their children, since
eating habits are developed at a very
young age, a local paediatrican has
According to Dr Percival McNeil,
Swhb operates a practice out of St
'Luke's Medical Centre, The Ministry
of Health has specific figures on the
incidences of obesity in the Bahamas,
which show that obesity is "high
. enough" for us to be very concerned
about it in adults and in children.
But especially in children because
they have "a long way to go" in main-
taining their health, he said.
"So obesity in children is a signifi-
cant medical problem in the
Bahamas," he told Tribune Health
after addressing the Distinguished
Lecture Series at Doctors Hospital
last.week. The paediatrican spoke on
the topic "Children's Health: The
Challenge of the Classroom" and cit-
ed nutrition and inactivity as major
challenges in the fight against obesity.
Said the doctor: "I think (obesity) in
kids is across the board (in primary
and high school) but we have to be
careful, particularly with fat kids under
one year. That is- not obesity..A lot
of breastfed babies will be fat in the
first year and by the time they reach a
'year they will shed that weight.
-"The obesity we are talking about is
-oniething--that-persists for a while
and has multiple causes. Some of it
may be genetic but I'm sure that what-
ever the cause, it is aggravated by poor
-nutrition and inactivity."
r Children become overweight for a
-variety of reasons. The most common
causes are genetic factors, lack of
physical activity, unhealthy eating pat-
terns, or a combination of these fac-
:tots. In rare cases, a medical problem,
such as an endocrine disorder, may

cause a child to become overweight.
But a "heavy genetic component",
said Dr McNeil, is not an excuse for
parents to accept obesity in their chil-
dren. Parents should work on the
things that we can control, like intro-
ducing their picky eaters to healthier
foods and encouraging them to be
involved in physical activity.
School, where children spend the
greater portion of their day, may be
the ideal place to "get that point
across", said the doctor.
He believes that Physical Educa-
tion classes should be a daily require-
ment for students, rather than a once
per week class. "Yes, it's that impor-
tant. It's that important because it
involves conditioning and training
exercises that keep people healthier. I
know we talk about English and math
and all those things and they will
always be important. But your child's
health is important too."
Dr McNeil also believes that the
classroom is an excellent place for
children to learn about health and
proper nutrition information they
can pass on to their parents.
"For instance, if the kid (heard) this
lecture or a talk on nutrition and they
learned the importance of whole grain
cereals, or the importance of drink-
ing water, and they went back home
with that information they would actu-
ally be teaching their parents some
aspects of nutrition as well. And.
they'll actually be encouraging their
parents to purchase more whole
grains," said the doctor.
But children may learn more from
the healthy examples set by their par-
ents, than anything else. For this 'rea-
son, Dr McNeil says that parents
should be more responsible in their
food choices.

"As parents, we need to set exam-
ples for these kids, that's why when I
see kids who are a little big, one of
the questions I ask the parents some-
times is what type of exercise are you
Parents should also try not to set a
child apart because of weight, but
focus on gradually changing the fam-
ily's physical activity and eating habits.

"I think (obesity)
in kids is across the
board (in primary
and high school) but
we have to be careful,
particularly with fat
kids under one year.
That is. hot obesity.
Dr Percival McNeii

Family involvement helps to teach
everyone healthy habits and does not
single out the overweight child, he
And this is not something he
preaches without practicing. In his
household there have been numerous
challenges with maintaining healthier
eating habits, where the innocent had
to suffer for the guilty, in a sense.

When his children were younger,
one of them would go to the dinner
table and drink only juice without eat-
ing the meal. Dr McNeil's answer was
to remove juice as an option for all
members of the family and put water
in its place.
Said Dr McNeil: "A lot of parents
say, my kid eats a lot of junk food.
But I ask who does the grocery shop-
ping?. Your job is to change the cul-
ture as such that everybody does the
same thing and no one feels they're
being picked on."
Obesity for some children, espe-
cially for those in their teenage years,
is also an emotional issue.
Dr McNeil encourages parents to
be very cautious in how they approach
teenagers about their weight, since
they can sometimes develop a "dis-
torted" body image, and may develop
anorexia if they become obsessed with
their size.
One of the most important things a
parent can do to help overweight chil-
dren may be to let them know that
they are okay, whatever their weight.
A child's feelings about themselves
are often based on their parents' feel-
ings about thenim.Bit when parents
accept their child at any weight, that
child will be more likely to feel good
about themselves.
It is also important to talk to your
children about weight, allowing them
to share their concerns. The child
probably knows better than anyone
else that he or she has a weight prob-
lem. For this reason, overweight chil-
dren need support, acceptance and
encouragement from their parents.
While some of us have been blessed
with a genetic system that allows us to
eat anything and never put on weight,
others unfortunately put on weight

quite easily. But the concern, said Dr
McNeil, should not be what shows up
on the scale, rather, how healthy one
"The focus has to be on being
healthy, eating and exercise, on cutting
that TV off and getting outside the
house and walking, having fun or play-
ing softball, or whatever it is you like
to do," said the doctor.
Withholding food as a means of
punishment may lead children to wor-
ry that they will not get enough food.
For example, sending children to bed
without any dinner may cause them to
worry that they will go hungry. As a
result, children may try to eat when-
ever they get a chance.
Similarly, when foods, such as
sweets, are used as a reward, children
may assume that these foods are bet-
ter or more valuable than other foods.
For example, telling children that they
will get dessert if they eat all of their
vegetables may send the wrong mes-
sage about vegetables.
Another common error that many
teenagers and parents of younger chil-
dren make is inadvertently missing
meals, the doctor noted. "The thing
with some big people is that they can
miss meals and lose weight. But what
happens in most cases is that if you
miss meals you put on weight. And I
think it's because you get so ravish-
ingly hungry that you just eat every-
thing for a while and you really put on
the weight... You get so hungry, it's
lik&Fthat chiCkeniin the bag is the only
thing I can eat right now."
According to Dr McNeil, their is
no better time to develop healthy
habits than in an individual's early
years. He suggests that to make phys-
ical activity and healthy eating more
appealing to children, parents should
bring back the fun factor. "What we
say is that kids have fun being fit. And
as adults we need to learn how to
bring back the play and the fun in the
fitness programme. How to relax and
really enjoy ourselves with all of this
physical activity. In other words, don't
make it so much of a task."

Cancer Caring Centre's grand opening next Friday

CANCER Society of the Bahamas president, Judy
Ward Carter (second from right), stands in the foyer of the
administrative wing of the Cancer Caring Centre and
Cancer Society Headquarters Complex. The centre will
have its grand opening on September 30, followed by the
Stride for Life fun walk and Sunflower Day free evening
concert on October 1. Mrs Ward Carter is surrounded
by the events' corporate sponsors, which include SunTee,
British American Insurance Company, Aquapure Water
Ltd, Commonwealth Bank, The Sign Man, The Tribune,
and Sunflower Organization.





Kitchen sponge,
kitchen sink, toilet bowl,
garbage can, refrigerator,
bathroom doorknob (in
,.that order)
Phone receiver, desk-
top, keyboard, elevator
button, toilet seat
Outdoor/public sur-
Playground equipment,
escalator handrail, shop-
ping-cart handle, picnic
tables, .portable toilet
If you think a toilet
seat harbors more germs
than any other surface,
you're wrong. University
of Arizona researchers
say. these 10 things are
Phone receiver
Computer key--
Escalator handrail
Elevator button
ATM buttons
Shopping cart handle
Kitchen sink
Subway turnstile




Dr Pervl M i sek n oidrn'
Health The -Cha_,ne. heCasom


'Bahamians stay


immunize in 2005'

What is immunization?

Immunization (com-
monly known as vac-
cination) is the act of
creating immunity by
artificial means.
Immunity is the body's abil-
ity to fight infectious diseases
or any other foreign substance
that is introduced to the body.
This is done either by being
exposed to a germ or by inject-
ing (or inoculating) a suspen-
sion of killed (or attenuated)
organisms (viruses, bacteria, or
rickettsiae), commonly referred
to as vaccines which have
gone through a long process of
cultivation and lost their viru-
lence (ability or power to pro-
duce the toxins or poisons that
causes an individual to fall ill or
develop the disease that the
organism (or germ) normally
would produce.
Vaccines help to boost the
individual's resistance or immu-
nity (the body's ability to over-
come the invading microor-
ganism) through what is com-
monly knoyn as an immune
response. Once injected the
vaccine (or antigen) causes the
body to react in such a way that
it recognises the vaccine as
something foreign, initiating
(the building up of) a defense
mechanism to kill and destroy
the microorganism once it
enters the body. This response
is what serves to protect body
from (developing) the disease

once they are exposed to a
(pathogen or) germ that causes
related illness such as (among
others) poliomyelitis, tetanus
(or locked jaw) and Hepatitis
B. This is accomplished
through the creation of anti-
bodies, which acts as the body's
soldier fighting off (killing
and destroying) the invading
of microorganisms.

What types of vaccines are
available in the Bahamas?
A wide range of vaccines is
available in the Bahamas these
MMR Measles, Mumps
and Rubella (injection)
Hepatitis B (injection)
DPT Diphtheria, Pertus-
sis, and Tetanus (injection)
Polio (drops)
HIB Haemophilus Influen-
za type B (injection)
Pentavalent (5 vaccines in 1
injection) DPT, HiB and Hep
B combined

Which vaccines are given to
the adult population?
Adults are required to have
immunizations and boosters of
varied types at varying inter-

Teach teens to

snack wisely

ONCE children reach
their teens they tend to eat
what they want, when they
want it.
But these years of rapid
growth and change call for
.added nutrients nutrients
they might lack if their diets
are hit-or-miss. And as their
bones grow rapidly, teens
need plenty of calcium.
Adolescent girls need plenty
of iron to offset iron loss due
to menstrual flow.
If the right foods are avail-
able, between-meal snack-
ing can actually boost a
teen's intake of those critical

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 forsAutism andr
related Challenges meets
from 7pm 9pm the second
Thursday of each month in
the cafeteria of the BECi
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-

Leftovers, like chicken
drumsticks (baked, not
fried), are high in iron and
make good late-night snacks.
Low-fat milk, yogurt and
cheese can provide needed
. Keep the kitchen stocked
with whole wheat crackers,
sliced vegetables, fruit salad
and other ready-to-eat alter-
natives to junk food.
Encourage children to
invent their own, easy-to-eat
snacks, like "ants on a log" -
celery stalks stuffed with
peanut butter and dotted
with raisins.
Source: Doctors Hospital

cial training centre of the
American Heart Associa-
tion offers CPR Classes cer-
tified by the AHA. The
course defines the warning'
signs of respiratory'arrest
and gives prevention strate-
gies to avoid sudden death
syndrome and the most
common seriousinjuriesand
choking that can occur in
adults, infants and children,
CPR and First Aid classes
are offered every third Sat-
urday of the month from
9am-lpm. Contact a Doc-
tors Hospital Community
Training Representative at
302-4732 for more informa-
tion and learn to save a life
Alcoholics Anonymous
meets @ 16 Rosetta St,
Monday-Friday and Sunday,
6pm-7pm & 8.30pm-9.30pm,
and on Saturday, 10am-
11am & 6pm-7pm &'
*8.30pm-9.30pm; @ Sacred
Heart Catholic Church,
Shirley St, on Friday at 6pm.

vals. These include:
Diphtheria-Tetanus every 10
years (following your basic cov-
erage) regardless of age, includ-
ing persons 65 years and older.
Yellow Fever once every 10
years. All adults travelling out-
side the Bahamas to regions
where yellow fever is prevalent
should receive this vaccine.
Hepatitis B is a series of
three-doses given at different
intervals All adults, including
college students, should receive
this vaccine.
Measles, Mumps and Rubel-
la is given in a series of two

Is there a vaccine for
There is no vaccine available
to protect against malaria.
However, protective treatment
against the disease in the
form of tablets is available
for persons who plan to travel
to regions known to have
malaria. This treatment is to
be completed one week before

Is the influenza vaccine
available in the Bahamas?
Currently, the influenza vac-
cine is available at a number
of private medical facilities in
. the Bahamas. As of November
2005 the influenza vaccine will
be offered by the Department
of Public Health, Ministry of
Health at all government clin-
What is influenza?
6 Influenza is an acute viral
infection of the respiratory
tract commonly known as the
Flu. There are three different
strains of this infection name-
ly strains A, B, and C. It is
highly contagious and is spread
from person to person by:
Inhaling air that is contam-
inated with the virus.
Direct contact with secre-
tions from the nose and throat
of infected persons.
Persons affected by influenza
are encouraged to practice
good personal hygiene to
reduce the risk of spreading the
disease such as:
Regular hand washing
Use and dispose of tissue
by flushing or placing in a trash

can or bin.
Cover the mouth when

Who is likely to catch
the flu?
Everyone is susceptible to
catching the flu. However,
some persons are more likely
than others to be affected.
These include:
The very young and the
very old;
persons that congregate or
reside in institutions such as,
nurseries, day-care centers,
school and office complexes;
persons who suffer from
asthma and heart disease and
those with immuno-suppresed
conditions, for example HIV;
and those receiving chemother-
apy (cancer treatment) and
treatment of corticosteroids
(steroids short term) and;
persons with sickle cell ane-
mia, chronic renal (kidney) dis-
ease, diabetes mellitus, preg-
nant women (over four months

What time of the year should
the vaccine be administered?
The influenza vaccine should
be given once a year. It is rec-
ommended that persons who
are at increased risk for con-
tracting the influenza disease
(see above) seek to receive the
vaccine. The vaccine should be
given/taken at the start of the
fall (winter) season from about
September, for those at great-
,-est risk and between the
months of October-March the
following year by the remain-
der of the population.

Where can persons go to get
these vaccines or treatment?
Children 0 5 years can be
immunized at any of the Gov-
ernment Clinics in New Provi-
dence and the Family Islands.
It is recommended that parents
take their children to the com-
munity clinic nearest their
homes. The vaccines are pro-
vided free of charge at all gov-
ernment clinics.
Persons six years and over
should seek to receive their
vaccines at the Blue Hill Road
Clinic on Wednesdays between
9am and 11am. Special
arrangements can be made

with the clinic's supervisors for
vaccines to be given on a Fri-
day morning.
Adolescents (young persons
age 12 to 21 years) can receive
immunization at the Adoles-
cent Health Center on School
Lane between Shirley, and
Dowdeswell Streets.

Immunization Awareness
There are numerous health
benefits to be gained from
adults and children receiving
appropriate immunization. The
main benefit is that of reducing
the incidence of preventable
communicable disease that
could prove fatal in. many
instances. Because of the
health danger associated with
vaccine preventable diseases,
the team of health care
.providers attached to the
Expand Programme for Immu-
nization Unit of the Depart-
ment of Public Health, Min-
istry of Health, has as one its
priorities intervention the edu-
cation of the Bahamian popu-
Education of the public is an
ongoing activity of the team;
however, each year a special
time is set aside to celebrate
successes, update staff on cur-
rent trends and augment public
education. This year is no
exception. The theme for
Immunization Awareness
Week, which started on Sun-
day is Bahamas, Stay Alive,
Immunize in 2005", the activi-
ties scheduled are as follows:
Tuesday, September 20 -
Preschool Poster Competition
Wednesday, September 21
- 7th Annual Immunization
Symposium at The Emmaus
Centre, St Augustine's College,
Starting at 9am
Thursday, September 22.-
Immunization at all Govern-
ment Clinics
Friday, September 23 T-
shirt Day
Saturday, September 24 -
Immunization Outreach at The
Marathon Mall.
Sunday, September 25 -
2nd Immunization March.
Starting 3.30pm at the Town
Centre Mall, ending at the R
M Bailey Park.
The overall goal of Immu-

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nization awareness Week in the'
Bahamas is to improve the:
national immunization cover-
age of the Bahamas to 98 per
cent or above, by reducing the
risk of vaccine preventable dis-'
eases in the Bahamas. In order
to do this, a clear message that
"Prevention is Better than
Cure" is being proclaimed. The,
general public must be made
aware of the dangers of vac-
cine preventable diseases such
as Diphtheria, Pertussis,
Tetanus, Polio, Haemophilus
Influenza type B, Hepatitis B,
Measles, Mumps and Rubella.
Efforts will be multiplied'to
ensure that all person residing
in the Bahamas are informed
of the easy access and free'.
availability, of vaccines (immu-
nizations) at all Government
Clinics in New Providence and
on the Family Islands.
It is hoped, that'by the endof;
the week of observance, the
following would have taken
All residents of the
Bahamas are aware and well
informed of all vaccine pre-.
ventable diseases and how they
are prevented.
More health professionals
are trained and educated to
provide efficient and effective
immunization services, and are
inspired to do research in this
field of work.
Health professionals work-
ing in the Expanded Pro-
gramme on Immunization have
an increased sense of appreci-
ation (knowing that their labor
is not in vain) and a renewed
commitment to their work.
All adults and children cur-
rently not up-to-date with their
vaccines will be immunized
during the immunization out-
reach efforts scheduled to take
..lace-at the Marathon Mall or
ie nearest government clinics
4(dates above).
Renewed commitment by
the government to protect the
health of the nation based. on
population growth, ensuring
adequate vaccine availability,
increased public education and
training of staff, etc.

For more information on
immunization contact the EPI
Unit of the Department of Pub-
lic Health, Ministry of Health
at 502-4737, The Health Edu-
cation Division of The Ministry
of Health at telephone numbers
502-4763 or 502-4781 or ihe_
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on gardening

Bahamian gar-
deners need lit-
tle advice from
me but I am
aware that at this time every
year there is an influx of new
residents to the islands who
appreciate tips on growing veg-
etables in the Bahamas.
The Bahamian vegetable
growing season is autumn, win-
ter and into spring. The heat
and humidity of summer makes
trying-to grow veggies an oner-
ous task so most gardeners take
time off in the summer.
From now until mid Octo-
ber we can plant a great num-
ber of veggies: snap beans, lima
beans, broccoli, cabbage, car-
rots, cauliflower, eggplants

(aubergines), onions, sweet and
hot peppers, radishes, rutaba-
gas, summer and winter squash,
tomatoes, tomatillos and herbs.
There is a noticeable drop in
temperature during October
and this makes it suitable for
leaf spinach, garden peas and


Let's get the bad' news out
of the way first. The soil of the
Bahamas is geologiAally very
young and therefore rather,
thin. Many gardeners grow'
their vegetable in containerss
and use a good commercial soil
in order to overcome the pauci-
ty of the local soil. This is
expensive initially blit pays div-
idends eventually. ~hose with
sandy soil are "fortunate

because it is easily worked and
can be very productive if kept
well watered and fertili'sed.
Your garden can be as small
as a dining table or large
enough to set out in rows or
blocks. Blocks of vegetables,
about three feet by five, make
the most efficient use of limited
space. Both blocks and rows
should run south to north and
be in full sun all day long.
One of the banes of growing
vegetables in open soil is the
presence of microscopic worms
called nematodes. These are
not peculiar of the Bafiamas
and were the main reason why
European farmers since medi-
aeval times have employed sys-

tems of crop rotation. Nema-
todes of different types gravi-
tate towards their preferred
source of nourishment, some
liking tomato roots, others lik-
ing cabbage roots, et cetera.


If you are growing a garden
for the first time in a virgin area
then nematodes will not be a
problem to you this year. It
would be wise to make a note
of exactly where you planted
your different families of veg-
etables and grow a different
family there next year. The
three most popular veggie fam-
ilies are those that included

* CUCUMBERS produce early and often. They are best
planted in hills and supported off the ground.

tomatoes (along with peppers
and potatoes), cabbage (includ-
ing broccoli, kohlrabi, cauli-
flower and sprouts), and squash
(including cucumbers and
pumpkins). Plant these fami-
lies in different areas from th6
previous year and you should
have no nematode problem.
How do you recognise a
nematode attack? In tomatoes
you will find your plants look-
ing very sickly just as they
develop young green fruits.
When you pull a plant up you.

will see lumps or knots in the
roots. Nematodes have gorged
themselves into the tissue of
the roots and blocked their
ability to carry water and nuiitri-
ents to the main plant. Destroy-
ing nematodes is a job for a
professional and best not
attempted by the average home
Our local soil can be
enriched and conditioned by
the addition of commercial cow
manure. Conditioning means
that more water is retained in
the soil and the soil is able to
make better use of applied fer-
Our climate is frost-free so
you can plant out tomatoes,
peppers and such where you
want them to grow but most
Bahamian gardeners still prefer
to start their seeds in containers
and transplant the most vigor-
ous ones on a suitable cloudy,
rainy day. Most gardeners
sprinkle the ground around
with snail bait, just to' be sure.
Cutworms, mole crickets and
damping off are additional
menaces that can affect your
seedlings. But don't be dis-
couraged most plants will sur-


Organic culture is very diffi-
cult and it is wise to use com-
mercial fertilisers. Granulated
fertilisers should have low
numbers, the best being "4-8-
6". Many gardeners use soluble
fertilisers that are applied by
hose while others favour time-
release capsules.
This is an exciting time of
year for home vegetable gar-
deners. It won't be long until
we can scoot right by the pro-
duce section of our local super-
market, secure in the knowl-
edge that our garden is giving
us a flavoursome just-picked








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