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Publication Date: September 27, 2005
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Volume: 101 No.252


SEPTEMBER 27, 2005

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FNM MPs want

Hubert Ingraham

as their leader

FNM leader Tommy Turn-
quest was asked last night to
step aside by the party's MPs
to allow for a Hubert Ingraham
A source in the FNM's inner
circle revealed that Mr Turn-
quest met five parliamentarians
in a showdown over his future.
At the meeting were Brent
.ymoQnette.(MP.for Montagu),
Alvin Smith (Leader of the
Opposition), Neko Grant (MP
for Lucaya), Kenneth Russell
(MP for High Rock) and
Robert Sweeting (MP for South
It was said that the only rea-
son why Lindy Russell (MP for
Eight Mite Rock) was absent
from the meeting was a prior
According to the source, each
MP explained to Mr Turnquest
that they believed it to be "in
the best interest of the party
and the country if he step
However, Mr Turnquest
reportedly refused to do so and
the MPs say they are now look-
ing at ways of forcing his hand.
"He believes he can lead the
party to victory," said the
source, adding that he "must be
the only person who thinks so."
While Mr Turnquest admit-
ted to The Tribune yesterday
that there was a meeting with
the parliamentarians, he would
not confirm that he was asked
to step down.
"I had a meeting with my
MPs today and I don't intend
to share what we discussed," he
When asked if there was a
move to remove him as leader

of the party, Mr Turnquest
responded: "There is a conven-
tion in six weeks time along
with a leadership election. The
party will choose their new
leader then," he said.
And as for whether FNMs
are united going into conven-
tion, he said: "The convention is
in six weeks time. We will know
when we come out of conven-
The MPs reportedly
explained toMr Turnquest that..
"from Grand Bahama to Inagua
people are still saying that he
cannot lead them to victory and
they must have Hubert Ingra-
ham back."
The source said the MPs felt
Mr Turnquest's style of politics
"doesn't cut it in the Bahamas
- he's not aggressive enough."
The MPs were reportedly
shocked by Mr Turnquest's
refusal to step aside.
The meeting ended when Mr
Turnquest asked the MPs to
reconsider their position, "but
they would not, so they asked
him to reconsider his."
The matter is going to be
decided one way or the other
by the opening of parliament
on October 5.
"Consideration is being given
to other steps to force him to
step down," the source said,
adding that among the options
open to the MPs is an appeal
to the governing council of the
Sources say that campaign-
ing is expected to begin within
the parameters of the party's
200-member council soon and
a decision made preferably
before the opening of the
House of Assembly in October.
SEE page 10

* HUBERT Ingraham and Tommy Turnquest pictured in 2002

New $ 10




AN investigation has been
launched into claims that the
newly-released "counterfeit
proof" Bahamian $10 bill is
already being forged.
In an effort to prevent coun-
terfeiting, the Central Bank of
the Bahamas had announced
that a new "counterfeit proof"
$10 bill would be placed into cir-
In July, bank officials
announced that the new bill
would be dark blue, dark green
and maroon in colour, 156 mm
long and 67 mm wide.
It would bear an elliptical bor-
der design surrounding a por-
trait of Queen Elizabeth II on
the front, along with the series
number, a signature of the Cen-
tral Bank governor and the
words "The Central Bank of the
It was also said to have a
watermark of Queen Elizabeth
II and the numeral '10' appears
SEE page 10

MP's son

in court

at start

of trial

Tribune Staff Reporter
DON Bastian, son of South
Andros MP Whitney Bastian,
along with five other men,
appeared in the Supreme Court
yesterday for the start of their
trial on a murder charge.
The MP's son, who is repre-
sented by lawyer Willie Moss, is
accused of murder and attempt-
ed murder along with Raymond
Hepburn, also represented by
Mr Moss.
The other accused are Jeffrey
Miller, represented by Michael
Kemp; Jerome Bastian, repre-
sented by Wayne Watson, and
Derek Bastian and Neil Pros-
per, both represented by Murrio
Ducille and Tamara Taylor.
The Crown, represented by
Neil Brathwaite, J Almitra
Jones, and Anthony Delaney, is
seeking to prove that the six men
attacked Peter Clarke and John
Moxey on May 11, 2001, during
SEE page 10

Probe is


into low



Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Public Hospital
Authority will launch an imme-
diate investigation to determine
how oxygen supplies at the
Princess Margaret Hospital got
low enough to trigger an alarm
prompting health care workers
to have to manually bag six crit-
ical care patients.
The Tribune was alerted to
the incident by a concerned
source who said he was quite
alarmed by the situation.
"It seems odd that a hospital
would run so low. This needs
some form of inquiry," he said.
Hanna Gray, the acting man-
agerial director of the Public
Hospital Authority confirmed
that there was an incident affect-
ing the hospital's oxygen sup-
ply around 4 o'clock yesterday
SEE page 10

Tourist in

after car

POLICE are investi-
gating a traffic accident
yesterday involving a
Louisiana tourist.
Around 7.50 am, 28-
year-old Guesly Delva
was hit by a 2003 white
Nissan Latina.
The driver, Christina
Malcolm, and her
daughter were driving
east on West Bay Street
when the accident
Mr Delva, a guest at
the Radisson Cable
Beach Hotel, was trying
to cross the street at the
All those involved
were taken to Princess
Margaret Hospital,
where they received
medical attention and
are listed in stable con-

I INassau and Bahama IslandsSReading Newspaper







Hopes for the future as US

goes through a bad patch

F OR very obvious reasons the des-
tiny of the Bahamas has been and
will for the foreseeable future be inextricably
linked with that of the United States of
The US is our chief trading partner. Mil-
lions of Americans visit every year to expe-
rience our hospitality, our salubrious climate
and our sparkling natural environment.
This trade has enabled the Bahamas to
achieve and maintain a level of prosperity
that is the envy of many other small and
developing states.
Bahamians enjoy the advantages of living
next to the greatest marketplace in the world.
We import almost everything from the US
and, on a per capita basis, more Bahamians
visit America than any other nationality.
As a matter of fact there is that oft-repeat-
ed observation that Bahamians believe that
going to Florida is their God-given right.
There is this story about a Bahamian who
years ago went to the US consulate for a
visa and thought he was given a hard time by
the staff. His reaction was: "Dey mussy don
know Ise a Bahamian!"
As far as he was concerned the consulate
was there to serve him with the same oblig-
ation as any department of the Bahamas
We have had our ups and downs, of course,
but more ups than downs. We have benefit-
ed from the positive aspects of American
culture, including its marvellous capacity for
invention and innovation and its sheer ener-
We have also been affected by some of
the more negative aspects of American cul-
ture including, from our point of view, its
puzzling commitment to the idea that citizens
have a right to bear arms.
Our relationship with America has become

"When America is in
trouble Bahamians
are understandably
concerned, and there
is no doubt that the
US is going through a
particularly bad patch
right now. Many of its
friends around the
world are very

even closer as our ties with the former impe-
rial power, Great Britain, have slackened.
There was a time, for instance, when
Bahamians thinking about going abroad for

education turned first to the United King-
dom, especially for law and medicine.
Nowadays, Bahamians think first of Amer-
ica when contemplating an education abroad,
with a majority of our medical students going
to US institutions. Some Bahamians still go
the UK for law because we share the English
system. But there are a number of Bahami-
ans who also read law in the US.
Except for some demented religious fanat-
ics, everyone recognises that a strong, secure
and prosperous America is good for the
whole world. Such an America is not only
good for the Bahamas but indispensable to
our own security and prosperity.
So when America is in trouble Bahamians
are understandably concerned, and there
is no doubt that the US is going through a
particularly bad patch right now. Many of
its friends around the world are very appre-
Some political observers say that the trou-
ble started with the highly controversial elec-
tion of President George W Bush in 1999
and his taking office the following year.
Mr Bush seems to be much more of an
ideologue than his father, President George
H W Bush, and does not share his father's
more balanced view of the world and the
limits of American power. In fact, it appeared

"Not only was the
justification for the war
false but it also became
painfully clear that
the administration
had seriously
underestimated the
danger It was getting
into and had failed
dismally to plan for the
orderly occupation and
pacification of Iraq."

that the new president held some views,
especially about the Middle East, that were
clearly opposed to those of his father.
But the September 11 attack on the US by
Muslim terrorists evoked a surge of sympa-
thy and support for the US around the world
and esteem for Mr Bush rose dramatically at
home and abroad.
There was strong international support
for America's invasion of Afghanistan to
root out the murderous Al Qaeda and its
ally, the unbelievably retrogressive Taliban
Then Mr Bush and his neocon advisers
with the support of British Prime Minister
Tony Blair decided to invade Iraq on the
pretext of destroying that country's alleged
huge stockpile of weapons of mass destruc-
The trouble was that there were no
weapons of mass destruction and so the ratio-
nale for the war was expanded in other direc-
tions. ... .......
A worrying aspect of all this was the aston-
ishing connivance or impotence of the US
mass media which became a cheering section
for the administration instead of trying to
expose the truth to the American people.
It took a British MP, George Galloway, in
a dramatic appearance before the US Senate,
to tell the American people that their gov-
ernment had taken them into a war based on
"a pack of lies".
Not only was the justification for the war
false but it also became painfully clear that
the administration had seriously underesti-
mated the danger it was getting into and had
failed dismally to plan for the orderly occu-
pation and pacification of Iraq. America's
stock in the world plummeted.
As if to add insult to injury President Bush
has appointed John Bolton, the ultimate
"ugly American", as his ambassador to the
United Nations. Even representations by
Britain's Foreign Secretary Jack Straw seem
to be having no effect on Mr Bolton as he

launches his attack on the multilateralism
represented by the UN.
At home Mr Bush pressed his neoconser-
vative agenda with generous tax cuts for the
richest Americans while slashing social pro-
grammes and running up huge deficits.
The infrastructure of the country was
neglected. An American journalist stationed
in Britain said on the BBC television pro-
gramme Dateline London that on visits home
he noticed the neglected state of the infra-
structure, including rusting bridges.
It was this neglect that left the defences of
New Orleans so utterly inadequate in the
face of hurricane Katrina and contributed
to one of the worst natural disasters in US
Mr Bush's approval ratings at home con-
tinued to suffer along with America's image
in the world.
That, very briefly, is where things stand at
the moment. Enemies of America and the
West should not take comfort in what is hap-
pening and should not indulge in idle dreams
that they are witnessing the end of America.
History has shown time and again the
resilience, determination and resourceful-
ness of the American people and no doubt
those qualities will triumph once again as
they did over the isolationism of the last cen-
tury, McCarthyism, the Vietnam War, Water-
gate and other homegrown and external
The Bahamas is very small and can do lit-
tle to help except to assure our American
friends of our goodwill. That does not mean
that we should support everything the US
does or that we should be content to do pre-
cisely as we are told.
You are not a good friend when you seek
to ingratiate yourself by encouraging some-
one to indulge in foolish and destructive
behaviour. When your friend comes to his
senses he will have less regard for you and
you will have less respect for yourself.

* *


W hile some people are doing their
best to dumb down the English
language, there are others who are'beside
themselves with pomposity.
In the latter category some of the greatest
offenders are to be found among the diplo-
matic class. Their worst concoctions are
quickly imitated and become a part of the
No self-respecting diplomat will be caught
these days saying, "What methods will we
use?" But rather, "What are the method-
ologies to be applied?"
Similarly the word "conditions" is much
too small for use in describing the terms of an
important agreement. It is now invariably
becomes "conditionalities"!



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HO Nash

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stage sit-out

Tribune Staff
Nash Junior High
staged a sit-out yester-
day in protest of the
Ministry of Education
appointing what they
termed "an unquali-
fied" senior mistress to
the school.
The teachers who
have the support of the
Bahamas Union of
Teachers (BUT) have
vowed to continue their
sit-out again today and
for as long as it takes
until the ministry inter-
Speaking with The
Tribune yesterday, the
school's teachers said
that they are angry that
the ministry had chosen
a younger educator
over veteran staff mem-

Traditionally, the
post of senior mistress
is part of administra-
tion team, and carries
with it the duty of eval-
uating other teachers at
the school, some of
whom have been teach-
ing for over 30 years.
"We have teachers
here, disciplinarians,
who have applied for
the position and they
were not given the pro-
motion. This woman is
far younger, and does
not have nearly as
much experience. Some
of these teachers here
have even taught her,"
one teacher told The
According to sources,
the BUT's secretary
general Belinda Wilson
will be visiting HO
Nash today and intends
to sit with.the teachers
until the Ministry of
Education steps
in to resolve the situa-
"I certainly know she
is not a senior teacher,
but it seems like the
ministry is on their own
agenda to demoralise
us," another teacher
HO Nash's teachers
explained that this is
not the first time that
they have joined with
the entire BUT to
protest discrepancies in
appointments and pro-

Several teachers
added that while they
are still dissatisfied
with some previous
appointments, this lat-
est one has pushed
them too far.
"This is just ridicu-
lous. We will sit out
again tomorrow
because this is just too
much of a good thing.
Too much. At our gen-
eral meeting earlier in
September, we spoke of
some promotions that
were cause for grave
"So this isn't the first
time that this has hap-
pened. They keep say-
ing that we need to
have the children's
education at concern
but it's because we
have their concern at
heart that we are doing
this," a third teacher

Residents voice concern

over salt in water supply

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE frustrated communities of Tarpum
Bay and Rock Sound, Eleuthera say they
are prepared to file a class action suit
against the government after a test of the
local water supply revealed salt content
levels to be ten times higher than recom-
The residents claim the extremely salty
water has caused multiple problems and
health risks. They are concerned that the
water may contain more harmful sub-
"No one here can keep a washing
machine longer than four. or six months,
because the salt just causes the machine to
rust away," Leslie Kemp a resident
of Tarpum Bay told The Tribune yester-
The water is so bad that local dentists
have warned people not to brush their
teeth with tap water because it can cause
teeth enamel to wear off, she added.
Ms Kemp said the residents have been
plagued with the problem for years. She
said there has been no satisfactory reso-
lution to their complaint from the Water
and Sewage Corporation, or from House

Test reveals content 'ten times higher than recommended'

Speaker and MP for the area Oswald
The residents reportedly became so fed
up with the situation, that recently they
arranged for a water sample test to be
conducted by the Florida water company
Reverse Osmosis Systems.

Ms Kemp said the test results were
alarming. "They measure the content lev-
el with something called parts per volume
and the test results revealed that our water
had a parts per volume of 8000. The aver-
age parts per volume is 800 and the best
level for drinking water is 500," she said.
Ms Kemp added that the community
is hoping to have a more in-depth test
done to determine if the water contains
other, more harmful substances.
If it does, she said, the residents are
prepared to take the government to task
for criminal negligence.

"We are prepared to file a class action
suit against the government and send the
results of the tests to CNN and the World
Health Organisation," Ms Kemp said.
She said the residents are only asking
the government to supply them with good
water, and stressed that she has no politi-
cal affiliation and just wants the govern-
ment to provide the island with the basic
She added that although Home Depot
in Florida sells a portable ten gallon
reverse osmosis tank for $169, the salt
content of the water makes the machine
Yesterday, Water and Sewage Corpo-
ration Chairman Don Demeritte told The
Tribune that the problem stems from the
fact that the communities do not have
reverse osmosis facilities.
He explained that at present, residents
have to tap into aging well water supplies,
which after prolonged use tend to have
some level of contamination.
Mr Demeritte added that Works Min-

Former Deputy PM: Christie

must serve a second term

Chief Reporter
PRIME Minister Perry
Christie must serve a second
term in order to complete his
mandate, according to one PLP
As the PLP gears up for its
November 13 national conven-
tion and first preparations are
made for the 2007 general elec-
tion, party veteran and former
deputy prime minister AD
Hanna spoke to The Tribune
about the PLP's performance'
during its first term in office.
According to Mr Hanna, the
PLP is on track in terms of ful-
filling its agenda, but needs
another five years to see the
promises made in "Our Plan"
come to fruition.
Last week, Parliamentary
Commissioner Errol Bethel
addressed the nation announc-
ing that registration of voters
for the new voter's register,,
which will come into effect in
December 2006, was underway.
Mr Bethel told The Tribune
yesterday that although regis-
tration was slow for the first
week, with around 800 voters,
registration has increased.
Now the PLP prepares to go
to national convention confi-
dent in Mr Christie's ability to
"I think he is performing
well. Some people have said
that he needs a little fire under
him but I think his position is
that he wants to make sure that
he is doing things right.
"According to Mr Christie he
is in good physical shape, he is.
Unless something seriously
happens, he is going to run and
I think he needs a second term
to complete his agenda; it's dif-
ficult to complete your agenda
in one term," said Mr Hanna.
The veteran politician said
that there would be no way Mr
Christie could complete his
agenda in five years.
"It can't happen. I don't
think any prime minister was
able to do that, particularly in

Perry Christie
the Bahamas," he said.
Mr Hanna said that so far
there is nothing bad that can
be said about the performance
of the party's cabinet ministers.
"The minister for Immigra-
tion seems to be tackling the
problem, Social Services,
Tourism, they all seem to be
doing their job. In fact some
seem to be overdoing their job
- Mr Miller (minister of Trade
and Industry) seems to be over

doing his job," he said.
However, the former Deputy
Prime Minister emphasised that
for the PLP's successful run to
continue, experienced figures
from the older generation are
needed in the leadership of the
"One generation can only go
so far, another generation must
take it to another step. It is the
PLP's philosophy to continue
bridging the gap between the
'haves and have-nots', to ensure
that the social services is still
functioning, to ensure that
Bahamians will never suffer or
want, that land is preserved for
future Bahamians, this is the
philosophy of the PLP.
"In that sense there ought to
be a continuation for the PLP's
sake, unless you are going, to
hijack it and take it someplace
else, I think there should be
some continuation of those who
were there before.
"That has happened in this
"You have persons who were
there before, they might not
have been ministers but a num-
ber of the old heads are there.
It would be dangerous to aban-
don your roots altogether," he,

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Richard Cant, Assistant General Man-
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operations added that the corporation is
waiting for government to approve a pro-
posal for a reverse osmosis plant from an
Eleutheran investor.
If that does not come about, an alter-
native would be for the government to
add a reverse osmosis plant in Central
Eleuthera and connect Tarpum B y and
Rock Sound in the line. This, however,
would be a costly exercise, he said.
Mr Cant dismissed claims that the water
may be harmful.
He noted that the corporation conducts
regular water tests and said that despite
the fact that there is very high salinity and
water hardness, no tests have suggested
the presence of bacteria.
The Tribune was unable to contact a
representative of Reverse Osmosis Sys-
tems for comment.

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Arbitration needed for BEC dispute

JUST AS THE First World War was
supposed to have been the "war to end all
wars", the Memorandum of Understand-
ing, signed by the TUC and the PLP in
1977, was supposed to have been an agree-
ment to end all industrial unrest in the
Many unionists opposed the Memoran-
dum. They accused their leaders of selling
out to the PLP. TUC president David
Knowles denied this, claiming that the PLP
was the only political party willing to accept
the demands of the workers and make
them a part of its platform in the following
general election. That election saw Mr
Knowles and his fellow unionist Bobby
Glinton elected to the House of Assem-
bly on a PLP ticket. At last Labour had
arrived it had a voice on the floor of
the House and a hand in crafting legisla-
But just as the First World War was
only the opening chapter of the chaos that
was to follow, the Memorandum was the
beginning of years of unrest with labour.
Ugly dispute has followed ugly dispute.
No matter how government coddled
labour; no matter how much the late Sir
Lynden Pindling bowed to unionists'
demands when they refused to settle with
anyone but him, there has been no end to
their demands.
It is now time for government all
governments- to stop and take stock of
what their supine position in the face of
the clenched fist of labour has meant to
the long-suffering public, especially in the
disruption of essential services. It is now
time for government to stand up for the
Let's take the BEC contract, for exam-
ple, which has all the rules that should be
followed to settle disputes without incon-
veniencing the public. However, spoilt by
the treatment Sir Lynden gave them, many
unionists would prefer to leapfrog over the
Industrial Relations Act's settlement of
dispute clauses, and make themselves com-
fortable around a negotiating table with
the prime minister at the head, and threat-
ening placards on the outside.
Electricity is one of the world's essential.
services. It is certainly considered so in the

Bahamas. The Bahamas Electrical Workers
Union's contract stipulates that certain
matters of dispute are to be referred to
"the Tribunal responsible for the settle-
ment of Trade Disputes in Essential Ser-
When a service is designated "essen-
tial" it means that there can be no industrial
dispute no go-slow, no work-to-rule, no
lock-outs, no strikes in fact nothing. In
the BEC contract there are eight steps-
unionists can take to discuss "matters of
mutual concern" with management. When
six of those steps fail, the seventh step says
that within 60 days from the beginning of
negotiations, either party may report a
trade dispute to the Minister under s.71(1)
of the Act, and the eighth step provides:
"In the event of any question or differ-
ence arising out of the interpretation or
application of any provision of this Agree-
ment, either party may make application to
the Tribunal for its final determination
with respect to the said interpretation or
application of the provision(s)."
It has been suggested that a special law
for essential services be enacted. Instead of.
taking a dispute to the industrial tribunal,
all disputes should go to binding arbitra-
The arbitration panel would be com-
posed of a representative from the corpo-
ration's management, the union and an
independent arbitrator, who would repre-
sent the public. The independent arbitrator
would not be connected with government,
the union or the disputing party.
All sides would be heard. It would then
be up to the arbitrator as the representative
of the public, whose taxes pay the wages of
those providing the essential service, to
make the final decision. That decision
would be binding. The new legislation
would then make provision for penalties
against anyone refusing to abide by the
Unions over the years have taken advain-
tage of the public because "soft" govern-
ments have encouraged them to do so. It is
time that unionists learned that rules and
laws also apply to them. And it is time for-
governments -to-learn- that th-yl-iave to
enforce the rules.




Phone: 325-3336

Is a national

lottery the


EDITOR, The Tribune
THANK you for space in
your invaluable column.
Some very interesting assess-
ments have been made as to
whether or not gambling
should be legalized here in
The Bahamas. Both propo-
nents and opponents have
presented appealing argu-
ments to support their
respective beliefs. As to
which belief system will suc-
ceed, only time will tell. As to
the affect that legalized gam-
bling will have on this nation
if the proponents succeed,
only time will tell. Therefore
this is written for the sake of
In assessing the propo-
nents' viewpoints it would
appear that the implementa-
tion of a national lottery was
the perfect answer to the
funding woes which the vari-
ous social organizations face.
There is no disputing the fact
that financial funding to the
areas of sports, education,
junkanoo and the like is
needed. But should said relief
come at a price which com-
pounds the present day social
problems that this country is
The proponents' belief that
a national lottery is a cure-
all to funding woes is a rather
flawed one. The very fact
that it is difficult to reconcile
a negative action (that is,
exposing an unwarranted
amount of families tb pdssi-
ble financial abdse through
creating false hopes of eco-
nomic empowerment) with a
positive action (trying to
make The Bahamas a better
place) makes the proponents'
reasoning for a national lot-
tery paradoxical.
Additionally, the grand fig-
ures being thrown around by
the proponents in reality can-
not be realistically main-
tained by this country's small
population. For example if
one were to use the entire
population of The Bahamas,
void of any form of demo-
graphics, and suggest that
each individual spend $5.00
each week on lottery tickets
(300,000 x $5.00) we see that
the lottery potential earnings
will be somewhere in the
region of $1.5 million. This
-figure, however does not take
into account various admin-
istrative costs and funding

distributions. So, just a cur-
sory glance at these figures
show that there will be imme-
diate shortfalls in areas of
fund distributions.
Even if it is argued that this
speculative figure of $78 mil-
lion per year is plenty;
empirical evidence has shown
that without fail the very
institutions which are sup-
pose to benefit from these
lottery contributions
inevitably become burden-
some to the taxpayer. There-
fore, when comparing the
risk of exposure to the fami-.
ly structure through gambling
abuse to that of the pittance
financial returns, it makes the
craving for a national lottery
highly impractical.
The foundation of society,
the family unit, is priceless.
The proposed "economic
empowerment" to the peo-
ple through a weekly lottery
draw is approximately
$100,000. Which is more
valuable? Only the Bahami-
an public can decide.
If we are so concerned with
the direction this country is
taking or if we are concerned
with crime, abuse, oppression
and other& social ills, then we
must oppose these decep-
tively delicate ploys which
facilitate this widespread cor-
rosion that we are seeing.
Further, if the proponents'
assertions are true, that even
the very elect are engaging
in illegal gambling then this is
indeed a very unfortunate sit-
uation. Nevertheless if these
persons continue their clan-
destine actions and remain
duplicitous in their conduct;
without fail their lack of dis-
cipline will eventually expose
So, if supporters of a
national lottery are interested
in finding ways to fund vari-
ous social organizations while
empowering people, they
should turn to the unyielding
rules of economics which
require that one build from
the ground up through work-
ing, saving and planning.
Admittedly, acquiring.suffi-
cient funding will not be an
easy task for us nor will it be
an overnight success. But if



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from the National Insurance
Board and properly invested
either through BISX or in
collaboration with local and
foreign entities, the supple-
ment funding for these insti-
tutions will come. And as
with most prudent invest-
ments, it will be slow going 4t
the start but before we know
it, other nations will be seek-
ing a template of our solu-
It is given for adults top
make their own choices; con-,
versely it is also given for the:
strong, the disciplined and
the prudent to protect those
who may have the propensity
to injure themselves.
August 31, 2005

Let's keep

in tune for

our music

EDITOR, The Tribune.
CALLING on all bands
and musicians in the
Bahamas and especially in
Grand Bahama to come
together and save our
music industry.
We have allowed
hatred, jealousy and mis-
trust to eat away at the
very foundation of our
Bahamian music industry,
so it is now time for us to
put away all differences
and let us all come
together and work to save
our Bahamian music
industry, this time, we will:
help ourselves to succeed,
and this is something that
has to be done together
by all of the band leaders
supported by the band
members all over the
Bahamas no matter what
island you live on, be it
Inagua, Long Island,
Eleuthera, San Salvador,
Berry Islands, Bimini,
Abaco, Grand Bahama, or
This is a national
appeal to all of the broth-
ers and sisters in the
music industry to come '
together and assist in rais:
ing the standard of music
and entertainment in the
Bahamas so that we the.
people of the Bahamas
would expect to have four
live dance bands on the
route of the junkanoo
parade as-we regain our
rightful place in the
hearts and minds of the
Bahamian people, we
have allowed this to go on
too long, and too far, as it
affects some of the best
music minds in the coun-
try, and the Bahamian
public can help, by
encouraging their
favourite musician or per-
former to participate in
this exercise because it is
time that the people of
the Bahamas realize that
we have a responsibility
to protect and preserve
the music industry of the
Bahamas, there is work
for all to do, so let us
begin now, to raise the
standard of music and
entertainment everywhere
in the islands of the

Music Coordinator
Grand Bahama,
September, 2005.






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Minister meets with BEC

managers, BEWU bosses


Peet. commends

59 workers

Tribune Freeport
Bahama Power Company
recognised 59 of its employ-
ees for providing between five
and 40 years of exemplary ser-
Minister of Labour Vincent
Peet commended the workers
and admonished-them to con-
tinue to work hard as a team
that is committed to the con-
tinued growth and develop-
ment of the company.
Mr Peet also praised the
company for its efforts in pro-
viding financial aid and assis-
tance to hurricane and tsuna-
mi victims.
Under the theme: "Excel-
lence is service", the company
held its second long service
awards luncheon at the Our
Lucaya Resort on Friday.
Grand Bahama Power
Company's predecessor
Grand Bahama Power Com-
pany Limited, incorporated in
1953, paved the way for the
generation, transmission, dis-
tribution and sale of electrici-
ty to Grand Bahama island.

The company services more
than 18,300 customers.
Mr Peet said the company
continues to make significant
strides in the industry.
He commended the compa-
ny for the installation and test-
ing of a new generating unit
and its 18.5 mega watt diesel
plant ahead of schedule and
within budget.
He also recognised the com-
pany for "its unwavering com-
mitment to ongoing training
with emphasis on excellence,
safety and efficiency, which
has resulted in no injuries or
lost work days in the genera-
tion department."
Mr Peet said that workers
must be productive and com-
mitted to their jobs. He noted
that labour market trends
have declared to all employees
that individuals can no longer
be hired if they are not quali-
fied for the job.
"No longer can employees
reap rewards who do not give
an honest day's work for an
honest days pay; No longer
can assigned tasks be given to
persons who are not trained
to do the job and to do it right
the first time," he said.

Tribune Staff Reporter
IN an attempt to continue
discussions, Bahamas Electri-
cal Workers Union (BEWU)
executives and BEC's man-
agement met with Works and
Utilities Minister Bradley
Roberts yesterday.
In an interview with The Tri-
bune, BEWU Secretary Gen-
eral Stephano Greene said that
the meeting is a continuation
of discussions on outstanding
issues between the union and
The union is lobbying for
the implementation of a 40-
hour work week for BEC
workers. Additionally, the
union wishes to resolve issues
pertaining to their contracts,
as it relates to a merit pay sys-
Mr Greene explained that a
merit pay system was expected
to be implemented on May 1
of this year.
However, he said, this point
was never discussed between
the union and BEC's manage-

Tribune Staff Reporter
DION Foulkes will launch a
new website today designed to
help him in his campaign for
the FNM leadership.
The former education minis-
ter is challenging current leader,
Senator Tommy Turnquest, for
the leadership at the party con-
vention in November.
A release yesterday said the
committee to elect Mr Foulkes
is satisfied that he is well-
equipped to prepare the FNM
for the 2007 general election,
having been secretary general,
national chairman and deputy
leader of the party. He was also
a founding member of the
Torchbearers, the youth arm of
the FNM.
Mr Foulkes represented Blue
Hills during the FNM's time in
government and plans to run
again in that constituency.
This could mean a rematch
between him and current Blue
Hills MP, Trade and Industry

President of the BEWU
Dennis Williams said yester-
day that the union hopes to
settle the existing issues.
"We would hope to amica-
bly settle all these matters in
the interest of BEC, the union
and the country," said Mr
Over the past two weeks,
the union has demonstrated at
both BEC headquarters and
the Clifton Pier Power Station.
Last week, the union
demonstrated outside of
BEC's headquarters claiming
that the corporation's general
manager Kevin Basden failed
to attend a meeting with gov-
ernment and the union that
day to continue negotiations
on outstanding issues.
In an interview with The Tri-
bune last week, Mr Basden
said that as general manager
he does not deal with each and
every issue affecting BEC.
He explained that a man-

Minister Leslie Miller, who
defeated Mr Foulkes in 2002.
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agement team that deals with
negotiations attended the
Last Friday about 40 work-
ers marched in the power sta-
tion's parking lot in protest.
The BEWU claimed that con-
tract workers were perform-
ing jobs outside the terms gov-
erning their employment and
that there were illegal immi-
grant contract workers at the
power station.
Mr Basden responded that
the contract workers were
doing the jobs they were legit-
imately contracted to do.
On September 26, BEC
maintenance and operation
staff workers at the power sta-
tion walked off the job, claim-
ing that the facility is a hazard
to their health and safety.
BEC management respond-
ed to this claim by bringing
specialists from the Environ-
mental Health Department,
who found that while there
were a few "situations" in need
of attention at the station,
there is no safety issue requir-
ing staff to be off the job.

Foulkes, plus photographs and
position papers on a number of
issues he has been addressing in
his campaign, as well as a spe-
cial section on the Blue Hills
constituency. A photo gallery
and family life page is also fea-
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A 30-year-old St Margaret
Lane man accused of raping a
19-year-old girl appeared in
Magistrate's Court yesterday.
It was alleged that on Sep-
tember 13, Trevor Kimron
Crawley had sex with a female
against her will.
He also charged with
forcibly detaining the 19-year-
old with the intent to have
sexual intercourse with her.
The accused was not
required to enter a plea. He
-was granted $15,000 bail with
two sureties.
Crawley was ordered to
have no contact with witness-
es and to report to the V'ulff
Road Police Station every
Monday, Wednesday, and
Saturday at 10pm, until the
matter is completed.
The case was adjourned to
December 7.
** A man and a woman
appeared in Magistrate's
Court on drug charges on
Both live in Sir Lynden Pin-
dling Estates.
Herbert Green, 23, pleaded
guilty to possession of a quan-
tity of Indian Hemp.
He was sentenced to pay a
fine of $750 or spend six
months in prison.
The prosecution did not
oth. :::er:-:er :ac:: .:cused, ha :ika
McKinney, who was therefore
*d Pedro Greene, 52, plead-
ed guilty to possessing dan-
gerous drugs.
He was allegedly found by
police with one gram of Indi-
an Hemp.
G|reene was sentence to pay
a fine of $500 or spend six
months in prison.
0 Raymond Ward of
Anderson Street pleaded,
guilty to possessing two grams
He was sentenced to pay a
fine of $750 or spend six
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Call for 'shocking' water sports

industry video to be shown on TV

THE government has been
to urged to show, on ZNS tele-
vision, a shocking video expos-
ing corruption in Nassau's
water sports industry.
The video, shot secretly by
a British team, caused dismay
when it was screened at a
tourist crime seminar at
Atlantis last week.
Not only did it expose
appalling behaviour by jet-ski
operators, it also made dis-
turbing disclosures about the
death of an English child on
Cabbage Beach.
The child, who was struck by
an out-of-control "banana
boat" which ran up the beach,
died from horrific head
Police at the seminar were
left "extremely embarrassed",
according to a member of the
audience, because of alleged
failures in the investigation.

US Embassy officials, FBI
agents, local hoteliers, security
personnel and Bahamas gov-
ernment representatives at the
seminar were left stunned by
the disclosures, it was claimed
And former assistant police
commissioner Paul Thompson,
now a security expert, said: "It
needs to be shown on ZNS so
that the public is aware of what


Secretly shot film

screened at tourist

crime seminar

is going on."
He added: "This video
demonstrates the type of cor-
ruption we have here. There is
too much of this kind of thing."
Mr Thompson was one of
several security executives at
the screening, which came dur-
ing a presentation by the new
director-general of tourism,
Vernice Walkine.
The video showed jet-ski and
parasail operators allowing
under-age children to use their
equipment, failing to let cus-
tomers read indemnity con-
tracts before signing, using loud
and sometimes offensive lan-
guage and leaving tourists with
a generally bad impression.
One audience member said
the video disclosed "a high lev-
el of corruption" in the indus-
try, adding: "It showed the kind
of shocking things that are hap-
pening on our beaches.
"The police were left feeling
very embarrassed because

there were clear opportunities
to take action against some of
these people, but they didn't."
In one instance, an operator
involved in an incident leading
to severe injury was found to
be unlicensed and uninsured.

To avoid liability, the owner
- a government employee -
closed down the company and
reopened under a different
name with the same personnel.
Yet police failed to take any
action against him, claimed the
The disclosures follow
repeated calls for proper con-
trols of Nassau's water sports
Jet-skis, in particular, are
seen as a menace to people
using public beaches.
Last night, a call was made
for all water sports operators
to wear uniforms after being
properly licensed and insured.
"They should be confined to
properly designated areas," a
security expert said.
One plan to emerge from
last week's seminar is for the
establishment of a special
police unit to deal with tourist
Those attending also heard
a call for tighter security at
It was suggested that hotel
licences should depend on a
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THE beach tragedy featured in the video
has caused major embarrassment for the
Bahamas, with British television coverage con-
demning the government's alleged inaction.
The parents of the two-year-old child killed
on Cabbage Beach went so far as to call for the
Bahamas to be expelled from the Common-
Paul and Andrea Gallagher claimed they
had met a "wall of silence" from Bahamian
authorities following the incident in August,
Their son, Paul Jr, was killed when an out-of-
control "banana boat" mounted the beach and
skidded into his pushchair.
At the British inquest, an open verdict was
recorded. Both parents broke down while giv-
ing evidence. ,
The couple said they had been staying at the
Atlantis resort and were sitting on Cabbage
Beach when a speedboat pulling the inflatable
banana boat sped on to the beach.

The child's head was severely injured by the
boat's propellor. Two doctors on the beach
tried to give help, but Paul Jr died in hospital
five days later.
The inquest was told that Attorney General
Alfred Sears confirmed that the driver of the
boat, operated by Sea and Ski Ocean Sports,
was not licensed or insured at the time.
Mrs Gallagher later told The Sunday Times
of London that the Bahamas government was
more interested in protecting its tourism indus-
try than seeking justice.
They said the company responsible also oper-
ated a boat that sliced the arm off a teenage boy
in 1999.
Police later denied the parents' claims, saying
the investigation ended when the Bahamas
coroner recorded an accident verdict.
Assistant Commissioner Reginald Ferguson
said he could not understand why the parents
claimed a proper investigation had not been
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New agreement betwen

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Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT A draft agreement has
been proposed by the South African gov-
ernment to waive visa requirement for
Bahamians travelling to the Republic of
South Africa.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell
made the announcement in Freeport at the
close of the first sessions of a bilateral com-
mission between the Bahamas and South
Africa to discuss co-operation in foreign
affairs, agriculture, arts and culture, edu-
cation, and health.
South African Foreign Minister Dr
Nkosazana Zuma and Mr Mitchell signed a
joint declaration agreement for the imple-
mentation of exchange programmes in the
five areas of interest on Saturday evening at
the Westin Our Lucaya Resort.
During the first session meetings, the
Bahamas government was presented with a
draft agreement to waive visa requirements
for holders of ordinary, diplomatic and offi-
cial passports.
Mr Mitchell said: "We have been asking
about this for quite some time, so we are
quite happy about that."
South Africa has also agreed to offer
technical assistance and political support
for the removal of the Bahamas from the
monitoring list of the Financial Action Task
Force (FTAF).
Mr Mitchell said that the first session of
the joint bilateral commission, held Satur-

day at Our Lucaya Resort, was a tremen-
dous success.
A second meeting to solidify the agree-
ment will take place in South Africa in 2007.
Dr Zuma participated in a replanting cer-
emony on Friday at the Garnet Levarity
Justice Center, where she planted a lignum
vitae tree.
The tree, planted nearly two years ago by
South African president Thabo Mbeki, was
destroyed by Hurricane Frances.
While in Freeport, she also visited the
PharmaChem plant and the container port.


Mr Mitchell revealed that keen interest
has been expressed by Dr Zuma's govern-
ment in the possibility of purchasing the
drug produced by PharmaChem for the
fight of HIV/AIDS, which is a major issue in
South Africa.
"They were given a full presentation by
PharmaChem and the South African side
expressed interest in their product. And I
am sure that now they will work toward
trying to get some concrete business out of
the visit," he said.
Mr Mitchell said that opportunities also
exist for the development of trade links
between South Africa and Freeport specif-
"They have been to the container port,
which is certainly the best and offers the best
facilities in the region. And with the coming

of pre-clearance for this port, this is going
to be quite a valuable thing for the port.
"We know that South Africa has a very
strong export manufacturing sector, and
the question is how can the container port
help to assist in getting goods to market
for South Africa.
"Right now, there is a shipping line that
transport goods between Cape Town and
Freeport on a regular basis and the question
is whether we should expand that," Mr
Mitchell said.
In the area of agriculture, it has been
agreed that there will be exchange in exper-
tise that will include agricultural produce
marketing, small ruminants (sheep and
goats) breeding and rearing, inland fish
farming and citrus production.
Mr Mitchell said the government is also
interested in introducing the South African
short hair goat to Bahamas.
According to the agreement, further co-
operation shall include the provision of
expertise for a breeding and preservation
programme for the Bahamian Heritage
Barbs horses bloodline.
Mr Mitchell went on to say that his gov-
ernment is also interested in facilitating the
education for Bahamian students at the
University in South Africa.
Mr Mitchell said the involvement of the
private sector is important in achieving the
objectives of the joint bilateral commission.
"Government can sign agreements but
it takes the private sector to drive things

Union claims

are dismissed

by ministry

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Ministry of Social Ser-
vices has hit back at claims by
the Bahamas Public Service
Union that social workers will
be forced to be on call 24
hours a day and forced to man
hurricane shelters.
The ministry last night said
that the Department of Social
Services has served on the
national shelter sub-commit-
tee for years along with other
government and non-govern-
mental agencies including the
Royal Bahamas Defence
Force, the Red Cross and the
Salvation Army.
"As a part of the sub-com-
mittee, the department has
over the years participated in
the inspection of shelters, pro-
vided basic supplies and assist-
ed with the identification of
The ministry added that the
manning of shelters by social
workers is not new, but up to
last year, .it was done on a lim-
ited basis.
"The ministry is not aware
of any directive to social work-

ers to serve as shelter managers
and records would show that
the majority of social workers
have never manned shelters.
Further the appeal to serve in
this capacity is not made exclu-
sively to social workers.
The ministry added that
training is provided for all shel-
ter managers.
The release also said that
the ministry is not aware of
any proposal to put social
workers on a 24 hour basis.
However, there are discus-
sions between the ministry and
social workers to on a propos-
al for the operation of the child
abuse hotline after normal
working hours including yes-
terday's scheduled meeting,
according to the ministry.
The ministry said it felt rela-
tions between the social work-
ers and the department were
It also expressed surprise
that the BPSU president John
Pinder- was unable to reach
either the permanent secretary
or the minister and that they
were not given an opportunity
to explain before the situation
was made public.


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literacy drive

THE Rotary Club of East
Nassau donated $15,000 to Pro-
ject Read Bahamas in Celebra-
tion of World Literacy Month.
The club said it made the
donation "to assist Bahamians
with living a normal life by
learning how to read."
Arthurlue Rahming accept-
ed the check on behalf of Pro-
ject Read.
The project is a free and con-
fidential service that teaches
adult non-readers to learn to
read using the Laubach Way to
Reading, a specially devised
adult literacy programme that
has worked for over 60 million
people worldwide.
Founded in 1991 by the
Rotary Club of East Nassau,
Project Read works to ensure
that literacy continues to be a
priority in the Bahamas.
It is estimated that one in
four Bahamians cannot read to
a standard that allows them to
function properly in society.
Project Read has helped
improve the literacy levels of
thousands of Bahamians.

"There is nothing more inspi-
rational than the extraordinary
growth a person experiences by
learning to read. New readers
learn to do more than read and
write; they also gain the skills
and confidence they need to
make informed decisions in
their lives transforming indi-
vidual challenges into personal
success," said the project in a
Project Read is a volunteer
non-profit organisation, and vol-
unteers share their time and
efforts by tutoring students at
the Village Road headquarters,
holding daily tutoring sessions
at four local churches.
There is also a satellite pro-
gramme as well as weekly tutor-
ing sessions for inmates at Fox
Hill Prison.
Organisers of the project say
that with over 150 students and
new readers, tutors are always
welcome as there is a waiting
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Top security qualificiation awarded

to Ministry of Transport official

A BAHAMIAN has been awarded the
International Civil Aviation Organisation's
highest security qualification.
At Graduation Ceremonies held in
Geneva, Switzerland, the Certified Avia-
tion Security Managers Designation
(AVSEC-CM) was awarded to Jerry
The qualification was conferred jointly
by the International Centre for Aviation
Management Education and Research, the
John Molson School of Business, Concor-
dia University in Montreal Canada and
the Aviation Security Section of the Inter-
national Civil Aviation Organisation
Mr Hutchinson received his security and
policing training in the United Kingdom,
the United States and Canada.
He obtained a master of arts degree in
security management from the Centre for
Hazard and Risk Management, Lough-
borough University, England.
His masters dissertation was entitled
"Global terrorism a review: Does the
new terrorism threaten 'soft targets' such as
the Bahamas and how can world-wide ter-
rorist attacks inform Bahamas-government
policy on mitigating the effects of such
It examined security threats to the
Bahamas, identified a number of poten-
tial high value, symbolic or pragmatic tar-
gets in the country, assessed their vulnera-
bilities to various types of terrorist attacks,
attempted to predict the nature and timing
of such attacks and proposed countermea-
sures to mitigate or deflect such attacks.

Mr Hutchinson also holds a masters
degree in business administration from the
University of Miami, a bachelor of science
degree (honours) in policing and police
studies from the Institute for Criminal Jus-
tice Studies at the University of
Portsmouth in England and the joint diplo-
ma in security management and opera-
tions of the International Institute of Secu-
rity and the City and Guilds of London
Examinations Board.
He has also completed the Aviation
Security Management Programme Course
of the University of Southern California in
Los Angeles.
Mr Hutchinson is a certified security
trainer and has received specialist train-
ing in firearms, anti-terrorist methodolo-
gies, intelligence gathering and analysis
and has studied United States government
operations at the Brookings Institution in
Washington, DC.
A Deputy Director of Security at the
Airport Authority, he was seconded to the
Ministry of Transport and Aviation in June
2004 to prepare the technical and finan-
cial documents for the Bahamas Govern-
ment's Inter-American Develop Bank Pro-
ject for Airport Security and Regulatory
Prior to joining the Airport Authority,
Mr Hutchinson was an instructor at the
Royal Bahamas Police Training College
and has extensive private sector experi-
ence and holds the Diploma in Banking
of the American Institute of Bankers and is
an Associate of the Institute of Chartered
Secretaries and Administrators, England.


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from suitably qualified companies to supply the company with Vehicle
Cleaning Services.

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administration building on John F. Kennedy Drive, between the hours of
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Drive by 5:00pm on Thursday, September 29, 2005.

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Midwife profession honoured

* OBIE Wilchcombe speaking, on September 23, at the opening ceremony of the Midwifery
Today Conference. The Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the Public Hospitals Authority,
"Midwifery Today magazine and the midwives of the Bahamas held the event under the theme
"Honouring Our Midwifery Heritage." Also pictured, from left, are co-ordinator of maternity
services at Doctors Hospital, Anna Forbes; senior nursing officer in the Department of Obstetrics
,,and Gynaecology at Princess Margaret Hospital, Valerie Miller; and founder and editor-in-chief of
tMidwifery Today magazine Jan Tritten.

* OBIE Wilchcombe posing with midwifery honorees. Also pictured are retired senior nursing
officer and midwifery educator Rev Dr Gloria D Ferguson, the first Bahamian midwifery educator
Esmeralda Rutherford and retired/re-engaged trained clinical nurse and midwife Frances Patricia
Thurston. More than 15 government ministries, departments and healthcare stakeholder
organisations, including the Nurses' Association of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas,
contributed to the hosting of the event.

0 OBIE Wilchcombe
speaking, at the opening
ceremony of the Midwifery
Today conference

* OBIE Wilchcombe speaking, on September 23, with founder.and editor-in-chief ofMidwifery
Today magazine Jan Tritten at the opening ceremony of the "Midwifery Today" conference.
Representatives from 10 countries, including Canada, Sweden, Ghana and Mexico, attended the
(Photos: BIS/Derek Smith)

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forged already

FROM page one
on the left, a map of the Bahamas in
the centre. The back carries a picti~e
depicting Hope Town, Abaco. The
picture is surrounded by variot
As of August 3, the new bill, whigi;
is the first Counterfeit Resistant Intem
grated Security Product "CRISP"'
be placed into circulation, was to e
circulated along with the existiitg
series until the existing banknote vpis
phased out, a process estimated To
take anywhere between five to to,
Speaking to The Tribune yest@r-,
day, officials from the Commercif
Crimes Unit confirmed that informg-.
tion about the counterfeit bills hav:
been reported. .
ASP Bernard Cartwright 'of the
Commercial Crimes Unit, said that.
"right now we do not know who the
persons are that are doing this."
"The matter is being investigated
and we are trying to get to the bottom
of this," he said. "I cannot go into the
details of the matter based on the fact
that an investigation is still ongoing'"-
The Tribune attempted to contact
Wendy Craig, the Governor of Cen,
tral Bank, but she was unavailable for
However, other bank officials who
wished not be named said no reports
of the counterfeit bills have been
made to the Central Bank.

Thrnquest is asked to

make way for Ingraham

FROM page one
"If you want to vote some-
one out of the executive, the
council has that authority," he
Mr Turnquest was reportedly
not surprised by the topic of the
meeting, and told the MPs that
he was aware that they had
wanted to meet with him for
some time.
According to The Tribune's
source, the MPs feel confident
they can convince Mr Ingraham
to take up the leadership of the
The question still remains,
however, if the former prime
minister wants the job.

When Mr Ingraham was con-
tacted by The Tribune he said
simply "I was not in such a
Sources say, however, that
while Mr Ingraham would
rather enjoy his retirement, if
the council thinks he is the best
man for the job he would run.
Mr Ingraham has made it
clear in the past that he would
not enter into a battle with Mr
Turnquest, that he really does
not want the job, but if the
council considers him the best
man to lead them, he will take
up the challenge.
The source said Mr Ingra-
ham, like thousands of people
around the country, was con-

cerned about the direction of
the Bahamas and the party. "He
loves our country and he would
lead for that reason and that
reason alone," said the source.,
"This is an opportunity for.
someone who can excite the
people and rally our support-
ers. Many of them say they.
won't vote if he (Turnquest) is
During the meeting Alvin
Smith, Opposition Leader in the
House, agreed to relinquish his
leadership post to facilitate Mr
Ingraham's return. The source
said that Mr Smith told the
meeting that he had made his
decision in the best interest ,of
the party and of the country,

MP's son in court at

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FROM page one
a homecoming festival in Man-
grove Cay, Andros.
An incident at the Traveller's
Rest restaurant and bar resulted
in the two victims being
stabbed, one fatally.

Peter Clarke, an 18-year-old
student due to graduate in a few
weeks, died after being stabbed
in the chest.
Mr Moxey survived multiple
stab wounds, police report.
The trial is being heard
before Justice Jon Isaacs.

However, it was postponed
yesterday because lawyer
Michael Kemp was unable to
attend because of a broken
Judge Isaacs is due to set a
new date for the trial next

Investigation launched

into oxygen shortage

FROM page one
She explained that hospital
safety measures are in place to
ensure that once oxygen sup-
plies reach a certain level, an
alarm will sound to warn health
care officials to check their
patients and refill tanks.
"This does not indicate that
the hospital is out of oxygen,"

she said. She explained that the
protocol is in place as a proac-
tive measure and the procedure
is that once the alarm sounds,
health care official automatical-
ly bag all critical patients.
In this case, she said only six
patients, three in the intensive
care unit and three in the
neonatal intensive care unit had
to manually receive oxygen for

about an hour until the situa-
tion was resolved.
Ms Gray said at no time were
the patients in jeopardy of not
receiving oxygen.
She added that it is still
unclear why the levels got so
low to trigger the alarm, but said
the PHA plans to fully investi-.
gate the matter.

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THE Kerzners with specially invited guests: Butch Kerzner, chief executive officer of Kerzner
International and his wife Vanessa Kerzner; Bernadette Christie and Prime Minister Perry
Christie; Delores Ingraham and former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham; and Sol Kerzner,
chairman of Kerzner International.

Revisiting classic

moments in

Bahamas tourism

* EMPLOYEES of Car Martinique are pictured with Tony Pratt,
Restaurant Manager at far left.

Scenes from the Saturday,
when Sol Kerzner,Chairman of
Kerzner International and
Butch Kerzner, Chief Execu-
tive Officer of Kerzner Inter-
national attended the official
opening of the newCaf6 Mar-
tinique, set in the heart of Mari-
na Village at Atlantis.
The original restaurant

achieved legendary status in
the Bahamas for its chic atmos-
phere, French cuisine, world-
class service and its appear-
ance in the 1965 James Bond
classic Thunderball, and
reopened at the weekend after
eight years.
Guests including Prime
Minister Perry Christie

accompanied by his wife
Bernadette Christie and for-
mer Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham and wife, Delores
Ingraham were hosted to an
elaborate evening of cocktails
and dinner prepared by
the restaurant's featured
chef, world-renowned Jean-
Georges Vongerichten.

Afcan. ( i*b".An and

* SUL Kerzner, Chairman of Kerzner International at left shares a light moment with Prime Min-
ister, the Right Honourable Perry G. Christie at the reopening of the legendary Cafe Martinique at
Marina Village at Atlantis,
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Neurosurgeon back in Bahamas

'SURGICAL Partners Limit-
ed has announced the return of
Dr Jimmy M Abubakar to the
The company said Dr
Abubakar is "an outstanding
neurosurgeon with 17 years
postgraduate experience.
"A German citizen, but a
native of Ghana, Dr Abubakar
received his MD from the Uni-

versity of Vienna, Austria and
postgraduate training at the
University of Essen (Krupp
General) in Germany.
"He has special training in
paediatric, vascular and spinal
surgery," said Surgical Partners
in a statement.
For the past 17 years, Dr
Abubakar has been practicing
clinical neurosurgery in Essen

and Minden, Germany, the
company said, adding that he
has held consultant positions in
the United Kingdom and has
full specialist registration with
the British Medical Council.
Dr Abubakar is married to
Adeljnc Lowo, a university-
trained economist. They have
a nine-year okl daughter, Dori-

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N MICHELLE Burrows, first vice-chairman, Carmichael branch of the PLP, and MP John Carey

0 CHILDREN enjoying treats

Carmichael MP

hosts party to

mark new term

MP for Carmichael Mr John
Carey hosted a party for chil-
dren in the Carmichael con-
stituency at the Flamingo Gar-
dens Park.
Mr Carey reminisced about
his childhood days when he
looked forward to social gath-

M GROUP of young boys take time out for a pose

erings, which all contributed
positively to his development
as a child.
"These kinds of social out-
ings are what brings us closer
together as a community and I
look forward to doing more of
these activities in the future,"

he said.
The next major activity
planned by the MP is the sec-
ond annual Carmichael Com-
munity Festival, to be held in

Choir on song for celebration

The newly-formed Sunrise
Choir of historic St Matthew's
Church, flanked by fathers
James Moultrie, rector (far
back left) and Father Don
Haynes, assistant priest (far
right), poses for this shot as

the choir celebrated the morn-
ing mass on the feast of Saint
Matthew last Sunday.
The historic parish celebra-
tions began earlier in the week
with three nights of mission
services conducted by Father

Sabastian Campbell and con-
cluded on Sunday evening in a
mass evensong sermonby
Archdeacon Ranfurly Brown
and benediction. The Sunrise
choir is conducted by Bill Mal-
one, seated centre.

Darnelle's proud day

TRIBUNE staff reporter receiving her Legal Education
Darnell Dorsette is shown Certificate (LEC) from the

chairman of the Council of
Legal Education in the
Caribbean region, Emile
Ferdinand, at the Eugene
Dupuch Law School
graduation ceremonies held at
Sandals Royal Bahamian
Resort, Cable Beach.
The Legal Education
Certificate qualifies Darnell to
be called to the Bahamas Bar
as counsel and attorney-at-law
next month.
Darnell also received the
Bahamas Law Guild Prize.
This year, for the first time in
the history of the Eugene
Dupuch Law School,
Bahamian students who
studied in the College of the
Bahamas/University of the
West Indies (UWI) LLB
programme were among the
graduating class, which
comprised 32 students from
The Bahamas, Dominica and
Trinidad and Tobago.
Among those attending the
graduation ceremony were
Chief Justice Sir Burton Hal,
supreme court judges,
principals of the three law
schools in the Caribbean
region, including the Norman
Manley Law School in
Jamaica and the Hugh
Wooding Law School in
Trinidad, and Professor
Andrew Burgess, judge of
the administrative tribunal of
the Inter-American
Development Bank, who was
guest speaker.
(Photo by Franklyn
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FPL offering closer BEC

co-operation to the PM

Tribune Business Editor
A Dutch merchant bank has
announced that is plans to
advise the "reversal" of Gold
Rock Creek Enterprises, the
immediate holding company
kPr the $76 million Bahamas Film Studios, into
i vehicle that will be listed on the US-based
Masdaq Over-the-Counter (OTC) stock mar-
IFEX Innovation Finance and Equity
exchange, a European based private 'equity

house/venture capital company, said in both a
press release and its interim results for the
2005 first half that the Nasdaq OTC listing was
likely to happen later this year.
The release and interim results differ on the
timing, though, the former saying that it will
happen in the 2005 third quarter, which ends
this week, and the latter giving the fourth quar-
ter this year. The final deadline now looks to be
more realistic.
IFEX said in its interim results that it had
"provided consulting services and introduc-
SEE page 4B

Senior Business
SENIOR officials from the
Florida Power and Light (FPL)
Group have met with the
Prime Minister to discuss the
Bahamas' position in regard to
the two liquefied natural gas
(LNG) proposals currently
before the Government, and
to discuss closer co-operation
with the Bahamas Electricity
Corporation (BEC).
A representative from the
Office of the Prime Minister
confirmed yesterday that FPL
was said to have expressed an
interest in, and a willingness
to, do business in the Bahamas
through the LNG projects.
The Government has yet to
make a decision on proposals
presented to it by Suez Energy
North America's Calypso pro-

ject (formerly Tractebel) in
regard to its proposed $700 mil-
lion LNG plant and pipeline
from Freeport Harbour. The
administration is thought to be
against this location, and
expressed similar reservations
about an alternative site at
Grand Bahama's South Riding
FPL is a partner in both ven-
tures with Suez and El Paso
A second bidder, the AES
Corporation, with its Ocean
Express Pipeline, is looking to
build a $600 million regasifica-
tion plant and pipeline on
Ocean Cay.
That project is still awaiting a
final 'yes' or 'no' from the Gov-
The Government represen-
tative said FPL did not express

an interest as to whom it would
like the Government to
approve, but a source close to
Suez Energy said FPL had indi-
cated to the Government that it
would like to work with Suez
During the meetings, held in
early August, FPL also offered
to cooperate closer with the
Bahamas Electricity Corpora-
tion (BEC); on joint initiatives,
the procurement of equipment
and technical expertise, and
through the sharing of infor-
The meeting was described
as a move by FPL to form a
closer relationship with the
Government, and the question
of an LNG plant in the
Bahamas remains an active
matter. Both companies, AES
and Suez Energy, continue to
wait for a response from the
Government in regard to their

Rate and occupancy

rises boost September

hotel performance

: Senior Business
NASSAU/Paradise Island's
hotel industry has generally
seen moderate increases in
occupancy and room rates, for
September, the slowest month
of the year, when compared to
the same period in 2004, when
Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne
Robert Sands, vice-president
of administration and external
affairs for Baha Mar, said Sep-

tember was still sluggish, but
ahead of last year on occupan-
cy for the Cable BeachrResorts'
three properties, which com-
bined are at least 15 to 20
points ahead.
The increases come, howev-
er, in the absence of any major
storms affecting the Bahamas.
Mr Sands said September, as
it has been historically,
remains a soft month, with
occupancy levels for most
properties running between 45
and 50 per cent occupancy.
SEE page 5B

Water & Sewerage

serves just 1/3 of

Nassau residences

Tribune Business Editor
ONLY one third of ressidential households in New Provi-
dence some 20,000 out of a possible 60,000 are connected to
and use the Water and Sewerage Corporation's (WSC) water
supply system, a government agency's report reveals.
SA report produced by the Bahamas Environment, Science and
Technology (BEST) Commission, examining science, technol-
ogy and innovation activities in the Bahamas, acknowledged that
some 52 per cent of
the current eight to SEE page 3B

Privatisation of Bahamasair

'unlikely' in today's market

Tribune Business Editor"
MAKING xsfitAbI^
achieving its privatisation Will be impos-
sible in the current environment, a
'white paper' on Caribbean aviation has
predicted, with the national carrier and
other airlines being squeezed by com-
petition and rising fuel prices.
The paper, compiled by the Caribbean
Hotel Association (CHA), stems from a
'think-tank' session on Caribbean avia-
tion at June's Caribbean Hotel Indus-
try Conference (CHIC). It calls for
Bahamasair and the other regional air-
lines to retain their brand identities, but
ultimately for their operations to be inte-
grated into a Caribbean Regional Airline
The issues facing Bahamasair were

Caribbean Hotel body's document suggests
of tegrating national flag carrierstant lossines

of the Caribbean' to combat constant losses

common to most Caribbean government-
owned airlines, the paper said, with
BWIA, Air Jamaica and LIAT all in
financial trouble, having "a consistent
record of substantial losses" under both
private and public sector ownership.
BWIA, Air Jamaica and LIAT had
produced a combined loss of more than
1 billion since they were privatised in
the mid-1990s, with Bahamasair having
run up losses of $200 million in the same
"All these airlines have huge debts

and all have a negative net worth. All are
technically insolvent," the CHA white
paper said.
"As a result, their effectiveness in
doing their job supporting economic and
tourism development domestically and
regionally has been compromised."
Both Bahamasair and its regional
counterparts were now being restruc-
tured to enable them to become prof-
itable and prepare them for privatisa-
SEE page 2B

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key to attracting top-

grade employees

On August 9,
2005, in the
first part of
this series, we
explained the
difference between a Defined
Benefit Pension Plan (DB)
and a Defined Contribution
Pension Plan (DC). This
week, we will explore the top-
ic of vesting. Our comments
today will be primarily in the
context of DC plans.
Vesting relates to the
process whereby you, the
employee, becomes entitled
to the pension monies con-
tributed by your employer.
Expressed another way, vest-
ing is an employee's right to
ownership of all retirement
benefits held on his/her behalf.
Pension plans are usually
sponsored by your employer,
who determines the vesting
rules for the basic retirement
plan, which can be either
immediate or delayed.
Vesting schedules apply

only to employer contribu-
tions and earnings on employ-
er contributions. Employee
contributions (as well as any
earnings attributable to
employee contributions) are
always immediately vested.
There are generally two
types of vesting schedules:
Immediate and Delayed
Immediate Vesting
Under a plan with immedi-
ate vesting, all contributions
vest automatically. What this
means is that the employee is
immediately entitled to the
employer's contributions (as
well as his/her own) upon ter-
mination or retirement.
There are very few pension
plans in the Bahamas that
offer immediate vesting.
Delayed Vesting
Most employers take the
view that a pension plan is a
staff benefit implemented to
assist employees with income

replacement when they are no
longer able to work.
Employees in delayed vest-
ing plans do not have owner-
ship rights to the contributions
(and any earnings on those
contributions) made by the
employer on their behalf until
they meet the vesting require-
There are two objectives
here: (1) to reward employ-
ees with longer service, and
(2) to reduce the cost of pro-
viding benefits to employees
who leave after only a few
years of service.
There are two common
types of delayed vesting.
Cliff Vesting
Under a cliff vesting regime,
an employee is required to
work for several years and
then vests fully at a threshold
date. For instance, in five-year
cliffvesting, for example, none.
of the employer's contribu-

tions (and earnings) would
vest during the first five years
of participation. But at the end
of the fifth year, the employee
becomes 100 per cent vested
(he/she becomes entitled to
all of the employer's contri-
butions (and earnings).
Graded Vesting
In contrast, under a graded
vesting schedule, ownership
of employer contributions
accrues in stages after the
completion of a predeter-
mined period of service for
example, 40 per cent after two
years, 60 per cent after three
years, 80 per cent after four
years, and 100 per cent after
five years.
In the Bahamas, vesting
schedules vary greatly from
employer to employer. Gen-
erally, it seems that newer
plans and those of the more.
progressive companies tend to.
favour a five-year vesting

FROM page 1B
But the CHA report said:
"Neither objective is likely to
be achieved given the current
competitive environment with
more competition, lower unit
revenues and higher
"In the absence of possible
profitability, privatisation will
not be achievable. The prog-
nosis for the individual airlines
on a standalone basis is one of
progressive deterioration:
painful restructuring followed
by continuing substantial losses
under continued government
ownership, requiring unneces-
sary, continuing and increasing
subsidies that the region can
The CHA paper said unit
revenues for Bahamasair and
other Caribbean airlines were
likely to be eroded by 25 per
cent or more through competi-
tion from US-based low cost
carriers, while the new US
passport rules, were likely to
negatively impact passenger
numbers boarding in the US.
In addition, fuel costs had
risen by 50 per cent, becoming
the largest cost component for
airlines, and fares for the
Caribbean airlines had not
been able to compensate for
this. "Unit cost compression to
a competitive level is con-
strained by the limited size, net-
work scale and flexibility of the
individual airlines of the
Caribbean," the CHA paper
"Small size means lower pur-
chasing power and higher costs
across the board. Network
scale restricts aircraft utilisa-
tion to uneconomic levels."
Little has been heard on the
Bahamasair privatisation
process for several weeks, and
it is unclear whether the Gov-
ernment has received the final
report from McKinsey & Co,
the management consultants
hired for $1 million to produce
a report that would convert the
national flag carrier to a low-
cost model.
The proposed Caribbean
Regional Airline Group, which
would integrate the operations
of Bahamasair and the other
carriers but not dispense with
their respective brand identi-
ties, would create an integrated
flight schedule. Head office

schedule. However, notwith-
standing this, many plans still
exist in the Bahamas with
much longer vesting periods.
International Comparisons
While the Bahamas has no
pension legislation in place,
vesting is a feature that is com-
monly addressed in legislation.
For comparison purposes leg-
islation in the US, Canada and
the United Kingdom provides
for a three-year vesting peri-
Regionally, Bermuda's leg-
islation provides for a two-
year vesting period, while the
Cayman Islands legislation
provides immediate vesting.
Further, Jamaica and Barba-
dos are considering a three-
year vesting period in pend-
ing legislation.
Vesting is a key considera-
tion in the design of a pension
plan. A more liberal vesting
schedule means that more
employees qualify sooner for
the benefit, which has cost
implications for the employ-
er. However, a conservative
vesting schedule means that it
takes employees much longer
to qualify for this benefit and
you may be at risk of losing
your better workers to the
Employees today, are gen-
erally more educated and
recognize the value of having a
post-retirement source of
income, Therefore, we see this

functions, plus marketing,
reservations and station activi-
ties, would be consolidate into
"The operational integration
of the airlines of the Caribbean
will create an airline network
that will have the scale and
flexibility to significantly
increase traffic and revenue
through improved traffic flow
across the network and the
scale to permit the reduction
of unit costs to a sustainable
competitive level," the CHA
paper said.
"The cost benefits are appar-
ent: one head office, one oper-
ation per station, one reserva-
tions system common to all,
one marketing organisation for
"Common purchasing and
higher volumes will reduce sup-
plier prices and increase con-
nectivity and the larger net-
work scale will permit
increased aircraft productivity.
Further cost savings and effi-
ciencies will flow as the inte-
grated structure matures."
However, the CHA paper
said this could not be accom-
plished without some pain at
Bahamasair and the other car-
riers, as they would all need a
competitive cost structure. This
would involve "painful wage
and workforce reductions and
work rule/productivity
A frequent flier programme
would boost further the strong
brand loyalty to carriers like
Bahamasair, while the inte-
grated schedule would enhance
load factors and revenues by
feeding passengers from the
main routes to smaller ones.
Costs would be reduced, the
paper said, and revenues
increased from extra passen-
ger numbers, generated by low-
er fares, and the feeder traffic
from main routes.
However, the CHA paper
warned that for the regional
structure to work, it needed to
attain Category 1 status from
the US Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA). An
alliance with a major US carri-
er was also needed to take pas-
sengers from, and deliver them
to, major US hubs. Other
alliances would be needed for
the major world markets, such
as Europe, Asia, Canada and

issue of vesting becoming
more of a critical point to.
potential employees when
evaluating employment.
opportunities. Also, for
employers, vesting impacts the'
attractiveness of your organi-
sation to highly-desired
On a final note, even though
you may be fully vested, some
pension plans contain a 'lock-
in' period.that may prevent
you from drawing down or
gaining full access to vested
balances until either normal
or early retirement ages.
Learn as much as you can
about your pension plan to
avoid surprises at retirement.
Until next week...

NB: Larry R. Gibson, a
Chartered Financial Analyst,
is vice-president pensions,
Colonial Pensions Services
(Bahamas), a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Colonial Group
International, which owns
Atlantic Medical Insurance
and is a major shareholder of
Security & General Insurance
Company in the Bahamas.
The views expressed are
those of the author and do not
necessarily represent those of
Colonial Group International
or any of its subsidiary and/or
affiliated companies. Please
direct any questions or com-
ments to rlgibson@atlantic-

South America.
The Caribbean's island geog-
raphy worked against the tra-
ditional airline 'Hub and
Spoke' model, the report said,
requiring carrier to maintain a
linear network a branch with
multiple stems.
The CHA paper recom-
mended for the regional airline
grouping: "What is envisaged is'
a Caribbean hybrid a series
of major points along the linear'
network into which 'clusters'
of connecting flights will feed
to and take from the main line
network traffic destined to
smaller markets at transfer
times through the day: for
example, Trinidad, Barbados,
Jamaica (Kingston) and Nas-.
sau. Direct service between'
regional markets will continue'
and be improved. "This system'
will require seamless connec-m
tions at the cluster stations to
minimise passenger connection-
times and shorten aircraft turn-
around/transit.times. This will'
require changes to implement
an effective 'In Transit' transfer
system screened from existing'
Immigration and Security Pro-
Through profitability,- the
Airlines of the Caribbean
group would be better able to
support the tourism industry,
plus regional trade and eco-
nomic development, delivering
reduced fares and an expanded
flight schedule, the CHA paper
said. Reliability would also be
Governments would be
responsible for negotiating the
transfer of each airline to the
'Airlines of the Caribbean'
group. They would-also have
to clean up their respective bal-
ance sheets. Business plans
development and privatisation
of the individual airlines would
also have to be effected.
The CHA paper concluded:
"The integrated 'Airlines of the
Caribbean' network, with prop-
er capitalisation, private sector
ownership and professional
management will be operated
as a business to generate opti-
mum returns for its sharehold-
ers over a long-term invest-
ment horizon through reliable,
efficient, price competitive,
market responsive flight sched-
ules and setvic .quality ~
world class answer." '

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A former direc-
tor of projects
for Kerzner
al's Atlantis
resort has announced she is
forming Graphite Engineer-
ing, her own company that
specialises in mechanical, elec-
trical and plumbing design and
project management services.
Sonia B Brown began her
career in engineering soon
after earning a degree in
Mechanical Engineering from
the University of the West
Indies in 1994. "As a student
engineer I was exposed to
numerous lecturers at UWI
who, in addition to lecturing,
also provided consultancy ser-
vices all around the
Caribbean. It sounded like
interesting and challenging
work," she added.


She has worked for both the
Ministry of Public Works and
Kerzner International, and is
an 11-year member of the
Bahamas' engineering indus-
At the Ministry of Public
Works for seven years, she

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nine million gallons pumped
around the Corporation's sys-
tem daily was non-revenue
water lost from the system
through leaks.

Only about five million gal-
lons per day were paid for,
according to the BEST report.
Currently, the Corporation
barges in four million gallons
per day from the Andros well-
fields, for which it pays $5.50
per 1,000 gallons.
A further two to three mil-
lion gallons per day is
obtained from NeW Provi-
dence's groundwater
resources, at $2.50 to $3.50 per
1,000 gallons, while a further
two million gallons is bought
from the existing Waterfields
reverse osmosis plant, costing
between $5.70 to $6.30 per
1,000 gallons.
But the BEST report said:
"It is estimated that WSC only
connected and is directly
utilised by one third of the res-
idential households in New
Providence. There are approx-
imately 60,000 households on
New Providence."
Apart from the Corpora-
tion's water supply, the Par-
adise Islands Utility Company,
which provided Paradise
Island hotels and homes with
water, supplied its product at
$10 per 1,000 gallons. New
Providence Development
Company supplied the Lyford
Cay area with groundwater

developed and contributed to
many projects, including the
refurbishment of the Gener-
al Post Office, construction of
the Fox Town (Abaco) and
South Beach Clinics, the ren-
ovation of the Intensive Care
Unit of the Princess Margaret
Hospital and the renovation
of the former General Hard-
ware building for PMH Reha-
bilitative Services and Labs.


She further expanded her
experience during a three-
year term as director of pro-
jects in the Facilities Division
at Atlantis, Paradise' Island,
maintaining responsibility for
the management and execu-
tion of a multi-million-dollar
capital budget for the entire
property on Paradise Island.
"My husband has always
seen this as another project
we would take on as a family
,and we have been looking
forward to this for a long
time," says Ms Brown of
Graphite Engineering:
"I feel some trepidation,
yes, but I am more afraid of
not achieving my full poten-
tial as required by God. I con-

costing between $5-$6 per
1,000 gallons.
"There remains an urgent
requirement for the regula-
tion of the Bahamas ground-
water resources. The Bahamas
Groundwater Regulations was
presented to Government in
2004 by [the Corporatiof],"
the BEST report said.
"It was further recom-
mended that the utility and
the regulatory responsibilities
for water be separated. The
Public Utilities Commission
has also been established to
control the water sector tariff
rates, but is not active to
Meanwhile, the Corporation
has initiated a project, involv-
ing Geographic Information
Systems (GIS) and Global
Positioning Systems (GPS), to
map and track the locations
of water mains, valves, meters,
hydrants, sewers, manholes
and storage.
As with many small utilities,
much of the knowledge
regarding the location and
condition of WSC's assets was
either not readily available to
or accessible by all," the
BEST report said.

"The main sources for WSC
water infrastructure was found
in schematics drawn in the
early 90s, and as-built draw-
ings. Additionally, much of
the knowledge of what is in
the ground could be found in


the memory banks of various
field personnel. Moreover, as
there was no centralised
method of data collection,
those pockets of useful infor-
mation developed by various
sections that do exist were
often outdated."
At the date of the BEST
report's writing, some 513
miles of pipe had been digi-
tised under the GIS project.


And the GPS project, begun
in October 2003, had sought to
capture all the Corporation's
metered customers. Around
27,000 active, 268 inactive, 277

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disconnected and 1313 pre-
service accounts were cap-

"As discovered during the
assessment phase of the GIS
project, there is a need to
track work in progress, field
crews, leaks, complaints, main-
tenance schedules etc," the
BEST report said.
"This equates to an inte-
grated asset and maintenance
management system. WSC is
currently investigating various
software solutions that com-
bined together will be able to
meet our immediate needs."

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stantly seek to challenge
myself, reach continually high-
er heights and even re-invent
myself. I am cautiously opti-
mistic and elated that I am in
a position to take the plunge."
Ms Brown said: "I firmly
believe that the few female
engineers in the Bahamas gen-
erally have established a good
name for themselves. I do not
concern myself with gender
issues in the industry. I set a
personal standard and always
aim to hit that target rather
than be distracted by the noise
in the market."
Graphite will maintain a
close working relationship
with the architect to ensure a
seamless fit between the engi-
neering design and the build-
ing envelope.


The ultimate goal is to
understand the needs of the
client and translate them into
an engineering design that
complements the overall
design intent, while simulta-
neously falls within realistic
budgetary and scheduling
A former president of the

Bahamas Society of Engi-
neers, Ms Brown credits the
society for encouraging a sig-
nificant number of Bahami-
ans to attain Engineering
licenses from international
bodies and for advancing the
passing of the much-antici-
pated Engineering Bill.


She looks forward to the
establishment of an Engi-
neering Board that will assist
Bahamian engineers in hav-
ing an opportunity to partici-
pate in major projects execut-
ed in this country in a mean-
ingful way.
Ms Brown said: "I hope that
the Government moves cau-
tiously to ensure that every
opportunity is given to suit-
ably qualified Bahamians to
take up posts at the Ministry
of Public Works; that a gener-
al review of engineering
salaries and training practices
at the Ministry takes place;
and that local Consultant
Engineers are invited to assist
with helping the Government
execute government projects
and assist with the training of
Assistant Engineers."

b2wk-HI 52wk-Low Symbol Previous Close Today's Close Chani
1.10 0.80 Abaco Markets 0.80 0.80 O.O -0.207 0.000 N/M 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 0.00 153 0.066 0.030 16.7 2.73%
9.05 6.94 Cable Bahamas 9.05 9.05 0.00 0.618 0.240 14.6 2.65%
2.20 1.69 Colina Holdings 1.69 1.69 0.00 -0.046 0.000 NM 0.00%
9.10 7.05 Commonwealth Bank 9.00 9.10 0.10 1.000 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 8.8 5.71%
10.70 9.50 FInco 10.70 10.70 0.00 200 0.695 0.510 15.4 4.77%
9.50 7.25 FirstCaribbean 9.50 9.50 0.00 0.605 0.380 13.7 4.00%
9.21 8.31 Focol 9.21 9.21 0.00 0.875 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 9.94 9.94 0.00 0.526 0.405 18.9 4.07%
8.50 8.20 J.S. Johnson 8.50 8.50 0.00 0.526 0.560 16.2 6.59%
6.69 4.36 Kerzner International BDRs 5.38 5.51 0.13 0.122 0.000 43.9 0.00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 2.036 0.760 4.9 7.60%
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Veeki Vo E.$ CDiv $ P/E yiagd
13.00 12.50 Bahamas Supermarketsf 12.25 13.5 1.0 0.0 91 95%
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 10.00 10.35 10.00 0.000 0.800 NM 7.80%
0.60 0.40 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.00 -0.044 0.000 NM 0.0
43.00 28.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 41.00 2.220 0.000 19.4 0.00
16.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 12.33 13.33 12.50 1.105 0.610 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% mat 12 Minth O[lv $ .... Yieid %
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**
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1.000.00 YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price
52wk-HI Highest closing price In last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colinas end Flidlity
52wk-Low Lowest closing price In last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for dally volume Last Price Last traded over-the-oounter price
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weeklty VoL Trading volume of the prior week
Change Change in closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per shae fr the last 12 mths
Dally Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid In the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful
P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1. 1994 = 100
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IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT piece parcel or tract of
land containing Six and Nine Hundred and twenty nine
hundredths (6.929) Acres bounded on the NORTH by a Ten
(10) foot wide road reservation and running thereon 263.43
feet on the SOUTH by Crown Land running thereon 114.19
feet on the EAST by a Fish Pond running thereon 211.43 feet
more or less and on the WEST by the Sea running thereon
554.17 feet more or less which said piece parcel or tract of
land is situated on the Island of Cat Island one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.


IN THE MATTER OF the Quieting Titles Act, 1959




BEFORE the Honourable Justice Jeanie Thompson, Justice of the
Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

DATED the 27th day of July A.D., 2005.

UPON HEARING William P. Holowesko for the petitioner


1. That an advertisement be inserted in The Nassau Guardian
and Tribune newspapers on Three (3) separate occasions at
intervals of Ten (10 days stating, inter alia, that copies of the
filed plan may be inspected at the Registry of The Supreme
Court, the Office of the Administration of New Bight Cat
Island and at the office of Holowesko & Company. And
further stating that the time limited for adverse claims shall
be 30 days from the date of the last advertisement.

2. That the Notice shall be directed to any adverse claimants.

3. That a copy of the said Notice be affixed and maintained on
the notice board of the Administrator of New Bight, Cat
Island for a period of Twenty one (21) days prior to one
week for filing of adverse claims.

4. That the petitoner shall be at liberty to file a sworn list of
adjoining owners and occupiers and shall also serve the same
with a copy of the general notice and shall also serve a copy
of the general Notice that may be inspected during normal
office hours at:

a. The Public Board of Works for Cat Island;
b. The Treasurer;
c. The Department of Lands and Surveys;
d. The Attorney General's Office.

5. Adjourned sine die with liberty to restore and reply.


This Order was drawn up by Messrs Holowesko & Company,
Attorney for the petitioner.
A. Sept 5,16,27

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tions to advisors and brokers
who are facilitating the rever-
sal of Gold Rock Enterprises,
the 100 per cent owner of the
Bahamas Film Studios, pro-
ject, into a Nasdaq OTC com-
"IFEX has negotiated to
receive stock in the Nasdaq
OTC quoted company worth
$1.5 million when the trans-
action is finalised, expected to
be in Q4, 2005."
According to IFEX, Gold
Rock Creek's shareholders
had agreed to transfer the
"company's activities" into the
unnamed Nasdaq OTC com-
Paul Quigley, one of the
Bahamas Film Studios' three
founding principals, did not
return The Tribune's calls
seeking comment yesterday.
IFEX previously said it had

helped to finance the filming
of the $400 million budget
Pirates of the Caribbean II and
III movies at the Bahamas
Film Studios, situated on 3,500
acres at the former US mis-
sile base.
Production is now under-
way in the complex's water
tank, regarded as the world's
biggest and best. It has a gim-
ble to move ships and give
actual at-sea simulation, and
can use all sorts of wave
machines and water cannons.
"The Nasdaq OTC listing
will support the management's
aim to establish the Bahamas
Film Studios as the premier
entertainment facility in the
Caribbean basin, with a music
recording facility, resort hotel,
casino and movie theme park
alongside the film and televi-
sion production centre," IFEX

VILLAGE, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that
any person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 27TH day of
SEPTEMBER, 2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

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

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The Bahamas Film Studios
complex will feature three
production stages, with the
largest measuring 50,000
square feet.
Gold Rock Creek is expect-
ed to create about 1,200 jobs
and pay out $8 million annu-
ally in salaries after investing
$6.5 million on wages for
about 300 construction work-
The developer is also com-
mitted to securing $250 mil-
lion in production funding,
and forging a partnership with
Bahamas Technical Voca-

tional Institute in Grand
The studios will produce
commercials, feature films, TV
series, music, in-house psro-
ductions, and offer a Bahami-
an village theme park -
including actors, and a mar-
ket square with Bahamian
crafts and handiwork.
The studios will have view-
ing galleries so visitors can
watch commercials or shows
being filmed. In the future,
Gold Rock Creek plans to
offer a 3D Imax theatre and,
an endangered species area.

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


NOTICE is hereby given that CAROLE ANNE ARCHER OF #1008
GRAND BAHAMA, BAHAMAS is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that
any person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 27TH day of
SEPTEMBER, 2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box F-41085, Grand Bahama, Bahamas.

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The Public is hereby advised that I, ALBERTO VASQUES
BUSHILL MUNROE, intend to change my name to
objections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you
may write such objections to the Chief Passport Officer,
P.O.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty
(30) days after the date of publication of this notice.




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"It's not as strong as we
would have liked it to be, but
we're fairly close to our fore-
casted position." he said. .
The Cable Beach Resorts'
rates are also much stronger
than last year, when an active
hurricane season suppressed
them. For the current period,
the resort is on budget for its
rates, which continue to be
price sensitive at this time of
. The overall results for Baha
Mar's properties also show an
improved position in terms of
food and beverage, Mr Sands
Year-to-date August figures
are much improved for the
Cable Beach Resorts, with
occupancy growing by 5.6 per-
centage points, when compared

to the same period in 2004. The
average room rate grew by
almost $6 over the same peri-
od, and total revenue jumped
14.5 per cent for year to date
August over the same period
in 2004.
Baha Mar's improved posi-
tion came about, Mr Sands
said, because even in the inter-
im period, the company
embarked on upgrading the
product so that it could be
'business better than usual' to
ensure the product was always
at a very high standard.

Looking at the wider indus-
try, which also experienced
similar improvements in terms
of rates and occupancy for Sep-
tember, Mr Sands said a num-
ber of initiatives were respon-
sible for the level of growth

experienced, including the
availability of airlift into the
The demand for 'close to the
US international travel', also
helped to put the Bahamas in
an enviable position. He added
also that aggressive marketing
by all related parties, includ-
ing the private and public sec-
tor, have helped the sector
realise improvements over the
2004 period.
Going forward, Mr Sands
said two related issues would
help the hotel industry stay on
track. These included the con-
tinuous focus on the service
aspect of the product delivery,
and the continuous upgrading
of product.
Meanwhile, the British Colo-
nial Hilton experienced a rela-
tively strong September and is
expected to finish the month
at a 65 per cent occupancy lev-

el, compared to 57 per cent for
the same period in 2004.


Michael Hooper, its general
manager, said that while the
hotel's showing was not out-
standing, it was finishing better
than expected with rates also
up by about $12 to $15, com-
pared to last year.
Looking at year-to-date fig-
ures, the British Colonial
Hilton's occupancy levels had
improved by 4 percentage
points, to 88 per cent. The aver-
age room rate has jumped by
$16 or 12 per cent.
"We've been more aggres-
sive on pricing, and there is a
bigger demand for business in
the Bahamas," Mr Hooper
Heading towards the end of
the year, for October and

November, Mr Hooper said the spared a direct hit during the
Hilton was already ahead of 2005 hurricane season, both
last year's pace by five occu- Katrina and Rita impacted
pancy points, travel to this nation.
Earle Bethell, president of "'The one thing that needs to
the Bahamas Hotel Associa- happen is no more hurricanes,
tion (BHA), said that while he' but we have two more months
did not have the final figures, in which to still see if any more
initial reports from a number of hurricanes build up," Mr
hotels, including Sandals Roy- Bethell said.
al Bahamian Resort and Spa
and the British Colonial Hilton, Hurricanes
indicated that many properties
in the Nassau/Paradise Island "September has done a
destination had done very well whole lot better without hur-
for September and improved ricanes and we do have suffi-
on their position over the same cient airlift, but people are
period in 2004. watching. The booking win-
While the industry had seen dows are only two weeks out to
some forward movement, Mr see whether they are booking
Bethell said many properties or not. Another factor is the
were expecting to do even bet- price of fuel. The airlines have
ter than they had coming off a gone up and traveling from
strong summer period. He sug- here to Miami, its nearing $300
gested, however, that while the round trip, that's also a deter-
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Record-breaker Eldin makes a

splash with Jacksonville Dolphins

Career high

for Ferguson

Junior Sports Reporter
guson Jr. had an explosive
game on Saturday for the
Jacksonville Dolphins Uni-
versity, breaking three, school
Ferguson gave his third
consecutive 100-yard game
performance, scored the most
touchdowns by a receiver in a
single game, and ran 46 yards
after a pass from the quarter-
The senior, who was con-
verted from a tight end to a
wide receiver because of his
speed, had a career high day
to help lead the Dolphins 55-
21 over the Butler Bulldogs.
The Dolphins were also
able to set a new school
offensive record, rushing for
585 yards.
Ferguson wasn't able to be
reached up until press time,
but his father Eldin Ferguson
Sr did mention how excited
he was with his performance.

Eldin Sr said: "He was real-
ly excited about his perfor-
mance. He and his teammates
played a great game.
"On Saturday Eldin was
able to establish three school
records, he was interviewed
from some big newspaper
companies about his game.
and he basically summed it
up as great.
"Eldin has shown great
improvements in his game,
especially after being con-
verted from the tight end
position to wide receiver.
"He was really excited
about establishing three new
school records and is looking
forward to setting more."
Ferguson, a native of the
Freeport, Grand Bahama, red
shirted his first year at Jack-
sonville University, but came
on strong in his football debut
in 2002.
That year he played in 8-
of-10 games, but is now a part
of the Dolphin's starting line-
The four catches snatched
out of the air by Ferguson

totaling 100-yards set a new
Dolphins touchdown record,
three being the previous.
Ferguson's first touchdown
came in the first quarter when
quarterback Anthony Salga-
do threw him a 33 yard pass.
The touchdown give the
Dolphins a 21-13 lead with
just five minutes before the
closing of the quarter.
With the Bulldogs respond-
ing to the Dolphins' run, Sal-
gado hooked up once again
with Ferguson for a successful
12 yard touchdown catch end-
ing the half.

Dolphins' offence wasn't
the only thing on fire, the
team's defence was able to
force three fumbles, which
were all converted into
The three fumbles came in
the opening minutes of the
third quarter.
Ferguson, who weighs-in at
220 pounds and stands at 6
feet 2 inches, has more than
seven scholarship offers.
The Dolphins weren't as
successful in their opening
game against Charleston
Southern, dropping the game
In that game Ferguson led
the team with three catches
for 51 yards.
In 2004, Ferguson started
in nine games, at the wide
receiver position, becoming
the Dolphins top scorer.
He led the team with a
career high 29 catches, 510
yards, four touchdowns and
17.6 yards per catch.
Ferguson was ranked third
on the team that year with 24
Currently, Ferguson has a
career total of 49 receptions,
742 yards, averaging 15.1
yards per catch and seven
touch downs.
The Dolphins will be in
action again on Saturday, fac-
ing Dayton College out of
Dayton, Ohio.

Eldin Ferguson Jr. in action
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Brackettes and

the Bommers


:Snlor Sports Reporter D el,
?TUIE Electro Telecom
Wildcats will defend their w e
Ne1 Providence Softball
Asociation ladies' title against
the DHL Brackettes instead
of the anticipated Degeo would have
Bommers. week's rest.
.On Saturday night, the situation tha
Brackettes came from behind selves in, but
2-0 to sweep the Bommers in they will mak
the final three games to by "getting in
advance to the best-of-seven Edgecomb
championship that will get expects her
underway on Thursday night mates to be
at the 'Churchill Tener well prepared
Knowles National Softball
SThe Wildcats, as they Tra
always do when they're not
playing, were sitting in the Krystal De
stands in their usual spots through with
watching the drama unfold clincher witt
between the Brackettes and in-the-park 1
the Bommers. seventh inni
Ace Mary 'Cruise' Edge- trailing in t
combe, who didn't mind who knew they h
thel Wildcats' opponents to secure a be
turned out to be, said her only "I knew th
hope is that the Brackettes chance and
come prepared to play. mates know
."I don't want it to be a Delancy state
blowout. I want it to be a real out here and
close game," she reflected. deserved to
"We're waiting to play and we are here."
can't wait to get out there and Now that t
pli" talented 17-y
.While DHL had to go the first sacker
distance to earn their berth in "we're going
the-final, Electro Telecom do what we h
swept the Proper Care Pool DHL's coa
Lady Sharks in three straight py' Knowles
games to secure their spot last cated the pI
Tuesday night. injured infi
By, the time the champi- Bowleg. But
on-ships get started, they have aformi

for final

ancy: I knew

had a chance

had more than a
It isn't the ideal
t they find them-
Edgecombe said
ke the adjustment
n some practices."
be said that she
Wildcats team-
fully rested, but
d to play.

lancy, who came
a big blow in the.
h an grand slam.
home run in the
ng, said, despite
he series, they
ad the-potential
erth into the final.:
hat we still had a
all of my team-
i that we did,"
ed. "So we came
d played 'as if we
be here and we
they're here, the
ear-old southpaw
indicated that
to go there and
Lave to do."
ich Colin 'Trop-
said they dedi-
.ayoff series to
elder Vantrice
1 now that they
able task in fac-

ing the Wildcats, Knowles said
they will be prepared.
"We will let the Wildcats do
the talking," said Knowles, the
former founding manager of
the league's perennially cham-
pions. "We're just going to
come out and play."
And if they play "between
'the lines," Knowles feels that
the series could go right down
the wire "in the full seven
games" before this year's
champion is decided.
The Brackettes are man-
aged by Bobby 'Baylor' Fer-
nander and are led by veteran
pitcher Ernestine Butler-
Stubbs. The mixture of youth
and experience team is led on
both the offensive and defen-
sive end by infielder Zeila
Edgecombe is the heart and
soul of the veteran Wildcats,
coached by Anthony Bullard
and Jack Davis. Their squad,
however, is loaded from top
to bottom Jackie 'Lil Stunt'
Moxey, Vernie Curry and
Hyacinth Farrington are some
of the key players.

in action for the DHIL
(Photo: Mario Duncanson/
Tribune staff)

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Learning to

grieve over

a tragic loss

Tribune Feature Writer
FOR mothers who face the
death of a child, especially at
infancy, there are often no
words or expressions of sym-
pathy that can make a differ-
ence. But confronting emo-
tions early on can bring some
Grief, says local psycholo-
gist Dr Wavell Thompson, is
emotional by definition, which
means that a tragic death can
generate feelings of "unfair-
ness and horror".
"However, regardless of the
cause or suddenness of the
death or the length of time of
illness before the death, we
must face the question -
would we miss the person who
died any less if the death had
occurred another way? Of
course not," says Dr Thomp-
And while mpst.people
offer advic~ y aIfegr .o ,la
experience. a loss, the advice
often doesn't help because it is
incorrect, the psychologist
"As we learn everything in
life, we need to learn how to

grieve correctly so as to be
able to get over the pain
caused by the loss."
Mothers Who have been
told "to be strong and not to
cry" should discard this infor-
mation since it is "very com-
mon and very wrong". To
ignore her tears means that
she should ignore her feelings.

Says Dr Thompson: "We
should accept our feelings and
know that they are valid and
that nothing is wrong with
"I might cry less than anoth-
er person but it doesn't mean
that my pain is any less. There
is never too much crying. We
need to do the work that is
necessary to get over the pain,
the correct work."
In many cases, the grieving
.mother puts pressure on her-

How one mother

struggled with her

emotions after the

death of her baby

self to be strong, to keep the
faith and not to cry.
When Valleria Strachan's
seven-month-old baby was
admitted to the hospital she
thought that she needed to be
strong for her daughter, and
present the "conquering look
of a mother who was holding
faith for her daughter's heal-
ing", to friends, co-workers
and family members.
As a result, tearstnever
came to her eyes, everi after
April 12, 2000, when' Faye
Arimintha Lousie Strachan
After Faye was born by cae-
satean section on September

tion". Months before her
death, doctors found that Faye
also had a chest infection and
was anaemic due to the fact
that she lost so much blood.
(The baby bled with every
bowel movement).
For a woman who had pre-
viously experienced two mis-
carriages and the stillbirth of a
daughter due to anencephalia
(a defect in brain development
resulting in small or missing
b'ra4inr'- emispheres), one
would expect an overflow of

But despite her feelings of
"dejection" and "a sense of
emptiness", Mrs Strachan
admits that she didn't allow
herself to grieve, even pray-
ing to God that He would
"close the flood gates of (her)
eyes" at Faye's funeral.
It wasn't until a year later,
when she began to write
"Faye", a book dedicated to
her daughter, did Mrs Stra-
chan show any outward
expression of emotion for her
"That's when I was 'able to
cry. That's when I let it all out.
But today, I would encourage
women to just grieve, just let it
out because the longer you
wait the harder it is to let it
out," she adds.
According to Dr Thompson,
since we are all unique, how
we feel and grieve will also be
unique. But there is a correct
. way of grieving and prolonged
pain after a loss is due to
incorrect grieving, he adds.
Family members and friends
can also help by accepting that
the mother feels "badly" after
a loss and that these emotions
are natural.-
Says Dr Thompson: "They
must give us a chance to talk
about our feelings and stop
telling us in so many round
about ways to act as if we are
OK, or in other words, to act
recovered. We should be
encouraged to talk about our
feelings, about that mass of

N VALLERIA STRACHAN held back tears after her baby's death.

emotions that seems to want
to tear us apart'iaidfor which
we realise we can do nothing
about because we were not
prepared throughout our life."
He believes that the first
step to "getting better" ifter a
loss is to accept one's feelings
and not ignore them.
After Faye died, Mrs Stra-
chan remembers withdrawing
from the wider world. She did-
n't allow anybody to come
near her. "I guarded my heart
with everything I had. I was
mad at the world. I blamed
everyone for what had hap-
pened to Faye."
Her emotions were so over-
whelming that she would
become very bitter towards
those around her, even a "hel-
lo" was suspicious.
She broke all communica-
tion with her husband, believ-
ing that he didn't know her
pain. Nor would she accept
sympathy from anyone who
had not also experienced the
loss of a child.
But Mrs Strachan admits
that separating herself emo-
SEE page two

24,1999, she was stabilised for
an irregular heartbeat, then
sent home. Six weeks later,
when she accompanied her
mother for an ante-natal
check-up, a nurse noticed that
her eyes were still yellowish
in colour.
And after a check-up by a
doctor she was admitted to the
Princess Margaret Hospital's
children's ward on November
16, 1999. She was diagnosed
with biliary atresia, a condi-
tion present from birth in
which the bile ducts inside or
outside the liver do not have
normal openings. Bile
becomes trapped in the liver,
causing jaundice and cirrho-
sis. Without surgery, the con-
dition may cause death.
In fact, during a transplant
to correct the problem, doc-
tors discovered that the little
girl had cirrhosis of the liver
and that "all of her intestines
were in the opposite direc-


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"I guarded my heart with
everything I had. I was mad at
the world. I blamed everyone
for what had happened to

Valleria Strachan


N EXPECT some How one
amazing dishes during
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after the

death of

her baby

FROM page one,
*tionally from her husband'
and the world was not the
best response.
She eventually realised
that her husband als6
needed her. "My husband
Should try to talk to me but
I did not want to be coim'-
=': .forted...But I realised th~dti.
,-he was also hurt and he felt
the pain. After all, Faye
was his child too. We had
M.'".. to go through this grief
Her advice to mothers
who have lost a child'
through miscarriage or'
death, is to find someone
who has been in that situa-
tion before and get advice.
Mrs Strachan believes
that many people who aie
hurting often "camou-
flage" their feelings an'd
pretend as though they are
not going through prob-

Today, the mother of
three boys (two after
Faye's death), says that she
has put the ordeal behind
her, realising that there is
"life after death". And not
only life for her daughter;
Faye, who she says is in
Jesus' arms, but for those
loved ones that Faye left
"This was our promised
little girl. I pondered many
at" days as to why she died.
Why had this happened to
her? I thought it was unfair
for such a beautiful little
girl to die at seven months.
I now realise that seven is
God's complete number
C for her purpose was ful-
"I struggled with the loss
because I wanted God;o
STARTING today, famed sau/Paradise Island will serve make Faye whole by heal-
/,, .,/ing her. I wanted people ;t
lahamian and international up six course meals in an exotic ing her. I w.ted peopleto
hefs will prepare an array of dine around town event at a .see that God healed her.
i At the time, I was not
umptuous Bahamian delights restaurant of their choice, which At!the time, I was not
or the annual Culinary Week willinclude Poop Deck Sandy- thinking about God's glQ-
elebrations, port, Sun And.. Restaurant and ...y. I thought only abt
4 : _ry. I thought only abqclt
The Culinary Classic will fea- Graycliff Restaurant on Friday, ..myself. God is a jealous
ure judging by Sara Moulton, September 30 at 7m; and at God. His glory must ,be
Lost of Food Network's "Sara's the Bimini Road R taurant at.revealed in every situation
ecrets". Ms Moulton and oth- MarinaVillage, Paradise Island, and He shares His glory
r celebrity and ACF judges will on October 1. with no man."
ample and choose their On Saturday, October 1, from
avourite dishes prepared by noon-6pm, The Grand
befs from hotels throughout Gourmet Wine and Food festi-
he country. val at Doongalik Studios, Vil-
Teams from Radisson Cable lage Road will include Celebri-
3each Resort, Wyndham Crys- ty Chef Seminars, book sign-
al Palace Resort, Lyford. Cay, ings and, wine and food tasting.
,erzner International, Super- The Bahamas has partneredP
lubs Breezes Resort, the Col- with Gourmet Magazine for this
fge of The Bahamas, The Chal- year's Culinary Classic. The
angers, and UWI School of magazine has provided exten-
[otel Management will com- sive promotion leading up to
ete. the festival and the event, which Isauo329
A Celebrities' Choice Cock- will result in extensive exposure :i,:2 i!,:,,,(
sti Reception will be held on for the Bahamas through the' and.share your story.
he historic Government House promotion of its cuisine in that
rounds on Thursday, Septem- magazine, along with many oth-.
er 29, and a Mystery Basket er internationally renowned
;ompetition will be held at the "food" magazines, .i !::..
oilege of the Bahamas School Culinary enthusiasts wishing i hTrbnwattoer-
f Hospitality and Tourism to attend the festival, specialThTibnwattoea
tudies today. The culinary individual, group and weekend fro pope.hoar
ams will compete for Inter- packages will be made available making i newgbuhos. m Pterhas
ationally recognised ACF through the Ministry of neihb uroos.Pehas
rold, Silver and "Bronze Tourism. Contact Bonnie Rolle ...< you are raising funds for a'
medals. at 356-6938 and Sylvana Rah-. ,,, ," s < .. :,, ,,good cause, campaigning"
Following the Celebrities rming at 356-6967. "" :" "' +for improvements in the
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Water: an



WHEN nutrients are dis-
cussed water is often for-
A nutrient can be defined
as "a substance needed for
the regulation of energy
production or growth". It is
normally not produced by
the body. Water is certainly
important in this respect. In
fact, there is no basic bio-
chemical bodily function
that occurs without water.
Water is an essential
nutrient because our bodies
do not make as much water
as we require. We therefore
need to consume water in
our diets to meet our
requirements which are
quite high. Approximately
72 per cent of our fat free
weight .is water. Our need
for water is second only to
our need for the air we
breathe. A human being can
survive for as long as a few
months without food, but
only a few days without

Where do I get water
Our bodies get water from
the water we drink, as well
as beverages and soups and
the foods we eat, especially
fruit and vegetables. The
body also makes water -
when fat is broken down a
lot of water is produced.
These sources usually pro-
vide just enough amounts of
water or a little extra. Some-
times it is possible to get too
little or too much water.

Can I have too little water?
The more frequently
occurring situation is for
persons not to consume
enough water. This may be a
chronic situation, where an
individual fails to get ade-
quate fluids over a period of
time or it may be an imme-
diate state resulting from,
for example, intense exer-
cise. In this state, a person is
said to be dehydrated.
Dehydration is defined as
a loss of one per cent or
more of body weight
through fluid depletion. For
example, a person who
weighs 150 pounds and
drops to 148 pounds right
after intense exercise, is
likely to be dehydrated.
Feeling thirsty is the usual
indication that we are dehy-
drated. Other signs of dehy-
dration include headache,
tiredness, loss of appetite
and dry eyes and mouth.
Persons may also experi-
ence a burning feeling in the
stomach, feel light headed,
;pass urine with a dark
colour and strong odour and
have flushed skin.
In the more advanced
stages of dehydration, per-
sons may experience diffi-
culty swallowing, clumsiness,
painful urination, muscle
spasms and delirium. The
skin may be numb and have
a shriveled appearance.
Dehydration may be
caused by losing too much
water as well as consuming
too little water. The losses
may occur through exertion
during exercise, especially
in hot, dry conditions and at
high altitudes. Simply being
in these conditions can
cause dehydration.
Diarrhoea and vomiting
are well known causes of
dehydration. Some medica-
tions, alcohol and caffeine
beverages, like coffee and
tea, are known as diuretics,
that is, they cause water
loss. Use of these products
Scan cause dehydration.
'iAn inadequate fluid
iptake leading to dehydra-
tion may simply arise from
an unavailability of enough
fluids or appetizing fluid (as
i4 often the case with chil-
dren) or may be due to mal-
functioning of the thirst
:mechanism which, indicates
to us that we need to drink

some fluids. This abnormal-
ity may be due to some
medication. Swimmers can
be prone to dehydration
because swimming causes
exertion, but because the
body is immersed in water,
the swimmer does not feel
thirsty and does not drink
adequate fluids.

Why do I need to get it
It is important to stay
properly hydrated so that
the body has sufficient water
to provide for all the varied
functions of water.
Outside of the short-term
consequences to dehydra-
tion, in the long-term it is
better for our health to
maintain proper hydration
status. Studies have shown
that dehydration diminish-
es our physical performance
as well as our mental per-
formance in the short-term.
In the long-term, persons
who drink adequate fluids
are less likely to have kidney
stones. Men who drink a lot
of water are less likely to
have cancers of the prostate,
bladder, kidney and testicle.
Women are less likely to
have cancers of the renal
pelvis, urethra, bladder,
colon and breast. Children
who drink water are less
likely to be obese.

Can I have too much of a
good thing?
l On rare occasions it is
possible to have to6 if uch
*watera-; ,7* ,"x^ :
iTis causes a condition:
known as hyperhydration,
water intoxication or water
poisoning, with consequent
dilution of sodium in the
blood, known as hypona-
Water poisoning results
from taking in too much
water without a correspond-
ing increase in electrolytes
(sodium and potassium
salts) over a short period of
Some persons who have
water poisoning may expe-
rience no symptoms while
others become confused,
tired, produce too much sali-
va, experience vomiting and
diarrhoea and become apa-
thetic or disinterested in
what is going on around
The condition can eventu-
ally lead to brain swelling,
coma and death. Hypona-
traemia is usually seen in
marathon runners, who
sometimes overestimate
how much water they need
to stay hydrated but do not
eat any food during the 26-
mile race. This absence of
food, plus the loss of salts
in their sweat, changes the
sodium levels in the blood
and throws the electrolytes
off balance.
Hyponatraemia can also
occur in persons who drink
too much water when trying
to get rid of a hangover.

What is right for me?
The amount of water/fluid
you need to consume every-'
day depends on your age,
sex size and metabolism.
The water requirement
may be calculated based on
caloric requirement for the
day or using body weight.
If the average calorie
requirement for the day is
2,000 kcal for the average
adult, then that person
needs 2 litres of fluid a day.
Adults require about 1 mil
of water per calorie con-
Infants and children need
approximately 1.5ml per
calorie consume. The
requirement for children is
higher because they lose
water faster from the sur-
face of their skin, since rel-

have a large surface area.

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Siefluidl' requirement is
increased or decreased out-
side of these average condi-
tions. The requirements are
increased if you are exposed
to high temperatures, like
those here in the Caribbean,
dry conditions and high alti-
tudes. You also need more
fluids if your diet is high in
fibre and you consume a lot
of alcohol and caffeine.
Pregnant women need a
bit extra water per day to
provide their own needs as
well as the protective cush-
ion, the amniotic fluid, for
the their baby. Breastfeed-
ing women need a lot more
extra fluid, approximately
750-1000 ml per day to make
breastmilk. Breastmilk is
approximately 87 per cent
The requirements for
bedridden elderly persons
are determined based on
body weight.

How do I get it right?
An individual's entire flu-
id requirement does not
have to be met by water
Water is the preferred
choice, because it is calorie
free, inexpensive and for the
most part widely available,
but other non-caffeinated,
nonalcoholic drinks, fruit
juices, milk and soups are
tasty alternatives, especially
for children.
Some foods, especially
fresh fruit and vegetables,
make significant contribu-
tions to our fluid intake and
are a part of a healthy diet.
Taking along a water bot-
tle, and taking sips through-
out the day may be a useful
habit to adopt. This practice
keeps you hydrated and
helps to control hunger
pangs, a useful ally if you
are trying to maintain or
lose weight.
Generally, try to drink
enough fluid, preferably
water, that your urine is
always straw coloured or
pale yellow. Whether or not
you need eight glasses of
water a day will depends on
you individual needs. Just
remember to keep hydrat-
* Source: Caribbean Food.
and Nutrition Institute


What can I do at home to
help my breakouts?
Excellent skin care and
hygiene are vitally important
to remove excess oils and bac-
teria that are associated with
Look for skin care products
that are both non-comedo-
genic and completely water
soluble, which make them ide-
al for break-out prone skin.
Always follow a strict regi-
men of thorough cleansing
with lukewarm (never hot)
water and an antibacterial skin
wash, followed with a hydrat-
ing conditioner and an oil-free
Exfoliate twice a week to
help the skin rid itself of con-
gestion-causing debris.
Use a gel at night that will
help to regulate sebum (oil)
production, remove follicle-
clogging debris and kill acne
For an existing breakout,
Benzoyl Peroxide provides
unsurpassed clearing while a
calming mask reduces irrita-
In addition, lifestyle changes
can often improve your skin.
Try to reduce stress, drink
plenty of water and limit your
intake of caffeine and ciga-
rettes, which may stimulate the
adrenal glands and promote oil
And always remember, nev-
er pick or squeeze pimples, as
you'll be left with an even big-
ger blemish and a scar to
remember it by.
Sarah Simpson is a medical
skin care specialist at the Der-
mal Clinic at the Walk In Med-
ical Clinic Sandyport. This
information was taken from the
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dicted this hurricane season to
be the most active in recent
years. Twenty-one storms are
predicted for the 2005 season,
which ends November 30.
The month of September is
considered the peak of the Hur-
ricane period but it is possible
for events to occur throughout
the season.
To be accurately informed
about hurricane activities and
their significance for the
Bahamas, residents are encour-
aged to take heed to instruc-
tions given by the National
Emergency Management
Agency (NEMA) via the local
media (radio, television and
Usually, communication
issued by the Meteorological
Department (Met Office)
regarding existing or threaten-
ing weather systems (via the
media) include Alerts Watches
and Warnings.
Hurricane Alert means that
it is possible for storm condi-
tions to occur within 60 hours of
issuing the alert.
Hurricane Watch means that
it is possible for hurricane con-
ditions to occur within 30 hours
of issuing the watch.
Hurricane Warning means
that it is possible for hurricane
conditions to occur within 24
hours of issuing the warning.

Steps to take in response to
hurricane alerts, watches and

During a Hurricane Alert
Ensure that your house, fur-
niture and other possessions are
insured against hurricane dam-
Start making plans for
securing your home and its con-
Purchase necessary supplies
such as non-perishable food
items, a flashlight and extra bat-
If possible, obtain a radio
that can be operated by battery
and ensure that it is in working
Secure important docu-
Improve as best as you can
the drainage of water from your
yard to reduce the possibility of

During a Hurricane Watch
Clean and fill tubs and
spare containers with drinking
Check to make sure that
you have adequate food sup-
plies to meet the needs of your
family for at least one week.
Ensure that your vehicle
(car and/or truck) is in working
order and fill it with fuel
Pack items of clothing, toi-
letries (soap, toothpaste, tooth
brush, etc) and non-perishable
food items, in the event you
need to quickly evacuate your
Stock up on special med-
ication required by family mem-
Listen to the radio/televi-

Preparation is vital for

the hurricane season

sion for updates on the weather
system and respond in accor-
dance with instructions provid-
If you plan to leave your
home for shelter elsewhere,
turn off the main electricity
switch, cut off your gas supply
and secure your gas tank.

During a Hurricane Warning
Check to ensure that all rec-
ommended precautionary mea-
sures are completed. Make a
checklist to help you with this
Feed animals and move
them indoors or loose them, so
that they can find shelter when
Pick all fruits such as
coconuts, mangoes and bread-
fruit from trees in your yard.
These can become missiles dur-
ing a hurricane increasing the
risk for damages.
Secure items around the
home that might serve as mis-
siles, such as barrels, buckets,
outdoor furniture, tables, chairs
Stay calm, your ability to
handle emergencies and offer
help to others, who may need
your assistance, is best accom-
plished when in a calm frame
of mind.
Make a family plan of
action ensuring that every mem-
ber of the family knows what
to do, in case of fire or other
Become familiar with the
location of the emergency hur-
ricane shelter(s) nearest your

Who should move to a shel-
Persons living in low-lying
areas that are susceptible to
Older and disabled persons
who live alone.
Persons whose homes are
not structurally sound, or able
to withstand hurricane forceful
winds of 75 miles per hour and

When should you move to a
Shelters are opened once a
Hurricane Warning and evacu-
ation orders have been issued
by NEMA. Persons needing to
move to a shelter should pro-
ceed immediately or as soon as
they can, after the order is
issued. Older/elderly, and dis-
abled persons should be imme-
diately evacuated to the shelter
nearest their home or be taken
to a safe dwelling pre-arranged
and specified by themselves and
the parties concerned to ensure
safety and avoid rushing, which
stirs anxiety. Within the Depart-
ment of Public Health, a listing
of persons requiring evacuation
to shelters is available. Howev-

er, members of the general pub-
lic that know of persons (in
their neighbourhood or else-
where) that are in need of evac-
uation assistance, are to contact
the community clinic nearest
the resident of the individual's
home, so that the name of
that/those person(s) can be
added if it/they are not already

What should you take to the
Items to be taken to a shelter
Change of clothing
Blanket or sleeping bag
Toiletries and personal
items such as toothpaste and
brush, towels, deodorant, and
Drinking water
Important documents
Food items and a manual
can opener
Battery operated radio with
extra batteries
Snacks, toys and games for
DO NOT BRING pets to
the shelter.
Persons with conditions
such as diabetes and asthma
should secure and take with
[ An extra supply of medi-
I Special dietary items
I Supplies for treating and
monitoring their condition such
as insulin, inhaler, syringes, cot-
ton swabs, blood glucose moni-
toring machine.

What should pregnant women
Pregnant wormien five months
or more living on any of the
Family Islands that have been
identified as having:
A high risk pregnancy
Her first baby
Had a previous cesarean
Had five or more pregnan-
cies and deliveries
A chronic condition such as
hypertension and diabetes, (par-
ticularly those residing on a
Family Island), should travel to
New Providence and take up
residence in a safe environment
(be it with relatives, friends or
some other safe dwelling).
Women residing on the island
of New Providence who are at
term should seek the advice of
their doctor on what action to
take, or report to the maternity
ward of the hospital indicated
by their health care provider.

When should you return
Members of the public are to
stay tuned to the media
(radio/television) to receive
information about when they
may return to their homes. In
the absence of such instruction

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residents in shelters are to
remain in those places until oth-
erwise instructed. Likewise per-
sons remaining in their home
are to stay indoors until they
receive information that the
hurricane has passed and that
it is safe to venture outdoors.

Safety measures to take after
a hurricane
Hurricanes are known to
cause destruction and damage
to the environment and struc-
tures in its path. Once a hurri-
cane has passed, a safety assess-
ment is completed and instruc-
tions are given to the public
regarding, whether it is safe to
venture outdoors, residents are
encouraged to exercise extreme
caution when venturing outside.
To enhance personal safety the
following steps should be taken:
Do not touch loose of dan-
gling electrical and telephone
Do not go outside bare-
footed, avoid wearing open
shoes and watch out for broken
objects (glass and plastic).
Assess your property for
damages and have them
repaired as soon as possible.
Boil water for drinking.
Cook thawed meats imme-
diately; if spoiled throw away.
For further information on
Hurricane Preparedness and
Post Hurricane Safety Tips, con-
tact the National Emergency
Management Agency at tele-
phone 322 6081/5, The Health
Education at telephone numbers
502-4763 or 502-4781, or con-
tact the Community Clinic near-
est your home.

Walk to

raise cancer


Burnside, life director and
past president of the Cancer
Society of the Bahamas (left)
registers bahamas@sunrise
executive producer, Joan
Albury, for the upcoming
Stride for Life cancer
awareness fun walk on
Saturday October 1.
Mrs Burnside's impromptu
registration drive on the set of
bahamas@sunrise followed an
appearance on the live
morning television show to
promote the walk and the
grand opening of the Cancer
Caring Centre and Cancer
Society Complex.
(Photo: The Counsellors
Ltd/Collin Galanos)

Seven golden rules of

prescription medicine

abdominal pain, heavy men-
strn periods, or mid-cycle
bleeding signals the presence
of fibroid tumors -round,
hard balls of smooth muscle
that develop inside, the uter-
ine walls.
Some women also experi-
ence frequent urination, con-
stipation or abdominal
swelling. And for some
women, fibroids cause no dis-
comfort at all and are dis-
covered during a routine
pelvic exam.
Fibroids are benign that
is, they are not cancerous -
but they can interfere with
conception and pregnancy.
Since fibroids are most com-
mon during the childbearing

years, they can be a problem
even if they do not cause any
If your doctor says that
you need a hysterectomy for
fibroids, get a second opin-
ion, especially if you still
want to have children.
Depending on the number,
size, and location of fibroids,
your uterus may or may not
have to be removed. Even if
your condition warrants
removing your uterus, you
may be able to keep your.
ovaries, thus avoiding a sur-
gically induced menopause.
To find out what is best for
you, discuss the pros and
cons of all the possible
options with your doctor.
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TOMATOES, like potatoes
and peppers, originally came to
us from the Andes.
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ern tomato were .very small,
about the size of today's cur-
rant tomatoes, but very tasty.
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with excellent taste these days
unless you go back in time not
to the conquistadores but to
heirloom tomatoes bred 50 to
100 years ago.
The two heirloom tomatoes
that I grow every year are
Brandywine and Cherokee Pur-
ple. I can get the seeds for these
easily. They are not heavy bear-
ers but they do taste like a
tomato should: balanced sweet-
ness and dense flesh.
Most Italian plum tomatoes,
like Roma, are heavy bearers
and can be grown as a general-
purpose crop.. Don't think of
Italian tomatoes as only for
making sauces; they can be
employed in salads and sand-
wiches too. In fact, most Ital-
ians use canned tomatoes to
make their own sauces.
Last year I tried a salad toma-
to named Top Sirloin and was
very disappointed. It was bland
in taste, susceptible to blossom
end rot and gave a poor har-
vest. "
No doubt Top Sirloin is an
excellent producer in other

areas, but it was not suited to
our climate.
Most cherry tomatoes have
great taste and are wonderful
for salads and snacking. I tend
to plant them approaching
Eater time as they can take the
summer sun when larger toma-
toes tend to suffer.
Once the choice of tomato
varieties has been made it is
time to sow. Most gardeners
sow theseeds a quarter inch
deep in sandy potting soil in
pots or trays, well spaced so the
roots are not disturbed when
the seedlings are transplanted.
Some gardeners like to trans-:
plant as early as possible to the
growing area; others prefer the
seedlings to have at least four
sets of leaves.
With the larger seedlings it is
easier to plant them deep with
only the foliage showing. This
allows roots to develop along
the submerged part of the stalk,
giving greater stability and ear-
lier fruit production.
In cold weather countries
where the tomato-growing sea-
son is very short some of the
fruit-producing shoots are
picked off. These shoots form
in the axil between the stalk and
leaves and the logic is that the
plant should not be putting
energy into fruit growth that will
be finished off by the first frost.

We do not have frosts in the
Bahamas so there is no need to
prune your tomato plants unless
you need to prepare giant spec-
imens for a garden show or agri-
cultural exhibition.
The planting area should be
prepared at least a week ahead.
I like to use time-release cap-
sules that will provide the plants
with a steady supply of nutri-
tion for up to three months.
This type of fertiliser may seem
expensive but is actually quite
economical as much less is used
compared with granular fer-
Once the tomato seedlings
have "taken" and are doing well
you can add a little more time-
release fertiliser around the
stem of the plants. With granu-
lar fertiliser you would add
more at the flowering stage.
Another form of fertiliser is
the soluble type that is fed to
the plants using a sprayer and
hose. With this type you spray
the leaves as well as the ground
around. Soluble fertiliser is par-
ticularly effective for plants
grown in containers as there is
little build up of residualsalts.
Blossom end' rot can be
caused by disease but is more
often attributable to irregular
watering. Try to water your
tomatoes on a regular basis and
never allow them to wilt.

i' 1'iAULAN tomatoes need not only be used for sauces. They can also be used in salads and

* CHERRY tomatoes can be produced throughout the growing season but Jack recommends
keeping them back until Easter so you can enjoy them when larger tomatoes are unproductive









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