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Title: The Tribune
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Publication Date: November 1, 2005
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CHIDREN" I'm lovn' it.




Volume: 101 No.279

Nurturing the legacy of
King, Clarkson and Pomn
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Jamaicans lured to

Bahamas with promise

of employment

* By RUPERT MISSICK Jr that in this case you mention
Chief Reporter there might have been a con-
tract involved and persons
A NEW immigration scam may have returned home to
is luring Jamaicans to the Jamaica with a partial refund.
Bahamas with the promise of "This is not a practice we
employment for a price, then encourage and we ask persons
billing them of almost $1,000 to come forward so that we
and leaving them jobless. can flush out anyone who may
Police say this tactic is pri- be involved in this practice,"
marily used between charla- said the minister.
tans based in the Bahamas Assistant Commissioner in
and their immigrant victims charge of crime Reginald Fer-
in Jamaica. guson admitted that police are
A source yesterday told The investigating schemes like this
Tribune of a scheme where but could not comment on
'im igiants are'rought tohe peeifies.. -..
Bahamas from Jamaica by a "Police are investigating
former policeman who some similar matters.
charges each of them $700- "We find that persons are
$1,000 while promising that getting the word around
the money will enable him to about jobs being available or
find them a job and file' the persons being. able to provide
necessary papers with the work permits.
Immigration Department. "They bring the people to
"When they arrive he col- this country, put them up in
lects the full $700 or $1,000 some place, take their mon-
and they are taken to a motel ey and the immigrants find
for the night and are told he that they are deceived, or a
will be back for them in the part of something they did not
morning to complete the nec- expect, or find themselves in
essary papers. That is usually the hands of the law," he
the last these immigrants see said.
of him. Many times these exploit-
"As they are unable to pay ed persons are preyed upon
their motel bill, having given primarily because they are in
away all their money, they are a position where they feel
asked to leave. These jobs are they are not entitled to go to,
advertised in the Gleaner, a the authorities.
well-known Jamaican news- "There is nothing we can
paper, so are assumed to be do until persons complain and
legitimate," the source said. the fact that these immigrants
Immigration Minister Vin- are in a position where they
cent Peet told The Tribune feel they can get no recourse
yesterday that the issue of from the law is exactly how
Bahamians advertising in persons prey on them.
Jamaica for the provision of "They are in a delicate situ-
jobs in the Bahamas is being ation and they can't complain
"aggressively discouraged". so they just feel as if they have
"We are concerned about to return to where they come
this issue and we have heard from," Mr Ferguson said.

Acting Justice of Supreme Court appointed

* ACTING Governor General Paul Adderley looks on as Cheryl Albury signso be appointed Acting Justice of the Supreme Court
yesterday at Government Mouse. Mrs Albury, who is also a published author,;has among the list of her accomplishments being
appointed Senior Magistrate in 2003 and Deputy Chief Magistrate in 2005. She previously served as chairman of the Rent Con-
trol Board and currently serves as legal advisor to the New Providence Licensing Authority.
S(P hoto:Feip Major/Tribune staff)
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Forced evacuation

laws considered

PRIME Minister Perry
Christie said parliament is con-
sidering new laws which will
give his office the authority to
force Bahamians to evacuate
certain areas in emergency sit-
Mr Christie said the laws
would declare some parts of the
Bahamas "vulnerable areas"
and empower the police and
Defence Force to "pull out"
reluctant persons on his order.
"I am not sure that we can
afford to allow any of our peo-
ple the luxury of being able to
tell us they cannot move.
"It means that we would have
the same experience we had a U PRIME MINISTER
few mornings ago when we got i Perry Christie
into Bevan's Town, and we
heard the criticism from young Force and the Police Force to
Bahamian men and women that go in and move them out, if
the island authorities did not qualify 'if there is no objection to that.
work or act quickly enough to tion' because I have not yet
rescue them." tion' because I have not yet
Mr Christie said the proposed heard Members of Parliament
law will enable the state to say fully discuss the Bill. I will hear
to residents: "Get out and get
out now, and for the Defence SEE page 10

Fred Mitchell: BPSU

president's threats
'won't deter government

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE "irresponsible and
unseemly" threats by
Bahamas Public Service
Union president John Pinder
to unseat Foreign Affairs
Minister Fred Mitchell will
not deter government from
reaching an agreement with

the public service which is in
the best interest of the coun-
Mr Mitchell made this
statement yesterday in
response to comments by Mr
Pinder in The Tribune.
The minister further criti-
cised Mr Pinder for making
SEE page 10

Search goes on
for missing man
POLICE are still anxious to
know the whereabouts of a 27-
year-old Nassau man who disap-
peared last week. But yesterday
there was no new information,
said officers.
Parron Curry, son of Ida and
Peter Curry, vanished last Tues-
His parents say he was on med-
ication for depression.

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ROSA Parks, the black
American woman
whose simple act of defiance
sparked one of the great move-
ments of the twentieth century,
died last week Monday in her
It was in December, 1955,
that Mrs Parks, a seamstress in
Montgomery, Alabama, refused
to give up her seat on a bus for
a white man. She was arrested,

convicted and fined.
That launched a bus boycott
and the civil rights movement
which changed the history of
the United States.
It inspired and challenged
leadership in the black commu-
nity and that challenge was
magnificently met by a young
Baptist preacher who went on
to lead a great non-violent rev-
olution and to become a Nobel
Peace Prize laureate.

Dr Martin Luther King Jr
paid the ultimate price when he
was struck down by an assass-
in's bullet in April, 1968.
Mrs Parks had been a mem-
ber of the NAACP and a mili-
tant campaigner for civil rights
and political equality for black
Americans and for women but
it was that single act at that par-
ticular moment that triggered
the 'historic chain of events.
Other black women like

Claudette Colvin and Mary
Louise Smith had also been
the segregation law on buses,
and other blacks had been pun-
ished for violating humiliating T O I '

History is full of such
incidents which led to
bigger things, and the idea of
doing the right thing at the right
time is much celebrated in lit-
"While we are talking, envi-
ous time is fleeing: seize the day,
put no trust in the future." -
Horace in 25 BC.
"There is a tide in the affairs
of men, which, taken at the
flood, leads on to fortune." -
Shakespeare in 1599.
"Large streams from little A RTHUR
fountains floW, Tall oaks from
little acorns grow." David FO UL K
Everett in 1776. g .
Rosa Parks seized the day.
and took the tide at the flood
and from this sparkling South-
ern fountain a large stream did
indeed flow en 1829 in the Bahamas, :a
Bahamians were privileged young slave named Pom-
to entertain both Mrs Parks and pey was among those who also
Dr King on visits to this coun- helped to turn a significant
try. Dr King visited on many page. Pompey led a small rebel-
occasions during his years of lion in Exuma and for his trou-
struggle and encouraged ble received a public flogging
Bahamian leaders in theway of
non-violence. The first of these
encounters took place on the History is full
second floor Bay Street offices
of the late Bahamian realtor of such
Basil Sands.
Many blacks resisted the evils incident S
of slavery and discrimination in i
the West, paid dearly for their
audacity but helped to turn the bigger things,
heavy pages of history.
Some noble whites, too, and the idea of
helped to turn those pages. In
January The Los Angeles doing the right
Times recalled the small begin-
nings of a great movement thing at the
which occurred at a building r *ht e is
housing a bookstore and a print h tt e1
shop in London idMay 1787. celebrated
Twelvemen, ihoi 1te'
Quliker Thomas dlarkson and iterate e
James Phillips, started a move-
ment which contributed to the
dismantling of the most iniqui-
tous institution in the history of of 39 lashes.
humankind. But, say Michael Craton and
Said The Times: "They Gail Saunders in their history,
formed themselves into a com- Islanders In The Stream (Vol-
mittee withWhat seemed to ume I), the rebellion "firmly

Like all the other problems of
our society, the residue of
racism-will not dry up by itself.
If left alone, as some suggest, it
can have a poisonous effect
when agitated by unexpected

their fellow Londoners a hope-
lessly idealistic and impractical
aim: ending first the slave trade
and then slavery itself in the
most powerful empire on earth."

established the principle that
Bahamian slaves could not be
moved with impunity against
their will."
So what are we to do with the

legacy of Rosa Parks, Martin
Luther King, Thomas Clarkson,
Pompey and many other free-
dom fighters?
After all, the struggle against
racism is by no means over. The
racists in America, now.
restrained by law from discrim-,
inating in public places, have;
retreated to corporate board-.
rooms and political caucuses
whence they continue to work.
their mischief.

H ere in the Bahamas
we have achieved
majority rule but we delude,
ourselves if we believe there is
not more work to be done. We
are more fortunate than many;
other countries which still suffer.
from acute forms of racism. But
we still have the negative
residues of our history to clean
Like all the other problems,
of our society, the residue of
racism will not dry up by itself.:
If left alone, as some suggest, it
can have a poisonous effect
when agitated by unexpected
Sir Orville Turnquest and Sir_
Durward Knowles have the
right idea. We must work at.
building bridges, opening dia-,
logues and reaching out to each
other if we are to build a
Bahamas where one of the.
worst traits of humankind will
no longer threaten our one-


Last week, before hurri-
cane Wilma descended
on Grand Bahama with such
devastating consequences, I
referred to a statement by a.
group of American scientists,
suggesting that rising sea levels
Will likely mean higher storm-
surges even from relatively
minor storms.
It is not likely that rising sea
levels contributed to the recent
destructive flooding in Grand
Bahama but it ought to serve
as a warning of what is likely to'
occur with greater frequency if
the scientists are right.
I suggested that we should:
not be contributing to global
environmental degradation by,
direct attacks on our natural,
heritage. The establishment of
regasification plants in the-
Bahamas and the piping of gas,
to Florida will be a reckless,,
assault on our natural heritage.-
I pointed out last week that.
the government of Florida does,
not allow oil exploration near:
its shores for fear of possible
damage to its multibillion dollar
tourism industry.
The same day this column,
appeared, a reader drew attend
tion to an Associated Press
news story about a proposal to,
drill for oil and gas in the Gulf
of Mexico off the coast of Flori-
Under this new proposal the,
drilling for oil and gas would be
allowed but only 125 miles.
away from Florida's precious,

lorida Governor Jeb.
Bush, says AP, had
rejected an earlier proposal that
would have permitted drilling_
for natutralgas nine miles from.
the Floridacoast.
"Florida politicians for years
have fought offshore drilling to
protect estuaries and beaches;
critical to the state's ecology
and tourism industry from polF~
lution and spills."
They have LNG nine miles
off their coast! But they do not
want to drill for it because of
the danger that would pose to
their ecology and tourism indus-
So our Bahamian Prime Min'
ister, Perry Christie, is consid-
ering helping them out by,
allowing regasification plants i.
the Bahamas along with the
dredging of millions of tons of,
silt from the ocean bed to lay
gas pipelines to Florida.
Despite Mr Christie's talk.
about the need to preserve our
natural heritage for future gen-'
erations, he apparently does not
put as high a value on it as the
Floridians put on theirs. ;
Perhaps they will reward Mr.,
Christie by erecting a statue in
Tallahassee to commemorate

his great heritage-sacrificing'.
generosity. Maybe they will also/
erect one to Leslie Miller p'
Miami. /


Nurturing the legacy of Parks,

King, Clarkson and Pompey


O In brief

Airport shut
fire scare

Tribune Staff Reporter
A FIRE scare caused Nassau
International Airport to be shut
down and evacuated for nearly
an hour on Sunday.
According to Air Traffic
Controllers Union leader
Roscoe Perpall, all operations
had to be shut down and emer-
gency services had to be called
after a portion of the airport's
control room suddenly filled
with smoke.
Speaking to The Tribune yes-
terday, Mr Perpall said that the
fire was caused by a malfunc-
tioning air conditioning system.
"Around 8pm on Sunday
smoke filled the TRACON
(terminal radar approach con-
trol) room and the controllers
had to evacuate the area," he
Mr. Perpall explained that the
smoke developed in a central
air-conditioning system located
on the western side of the build-
"After Fire Services inspect-
ed the building and declared it
safe, the controllers returned to
work," said Mr Perpall. "None of
the equipment was effected so
operations resumed effectively."
No one were injured during
the evacuation. Despite the clo-
sure'of the airport, flight ser-
vices were not severely inter-
rupted according to Mr Perpall.
He said the necessary repairs
were carried out yesterday.
Cyril Saunders, director of
Civil Aviation, could not make
an official statement.

"Copyrighted Material

Christmas ma


As Christmas falls on a week-
end this year, the Cabinet
Office has announced that
will be observed on Monday,
December 26, and Tuesday,
December 27, respectively.
It was also announced that
New, Year's Day will be
observed on January 2, 2006.

* MARILYN Tinker was presented by Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe,
along with parliamentary secretary Agatha Marcel, with award for 25 years of
long service at theMinistry of Tourism

* MINISTER of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe, with permanent secretary Colin
Higgs, presenting Shirley Nottage with her award for 25 years of long service
(Photo: Felipi Major/Tribune Staff)

Ministry urged to push heritage tourism

to deepen appreciation of Bahamas

Tribune Staff Reporter
SIR Arthur Foulkes urged Tourism
officials to place more emphasis on her-
itage tourism and to rediscover the
essence of the "Bahamian personality."
Sir Arthur was the key note speaker
at a luncheon held to honour employees
who have been with the Ministry of
Tourism for between 25 and 29 years.
He told the honiourees that they work
in the principal business and main
source of prosperity in the country.

"How well you do your work will
determine our continued success and
you are a part of the front line," he said.
"I believe that there should be a
strong symbiotic relationship between
tourism and heritage. I am not saying to
manufacture it, but we can 'actively
develop elements of our culture."
Sir Arthur explained that this could
have a twofold affect, in that it could
provide a more interesting experience
for visitors and deepen their apprecia-
tion of the country, while instilling more
pride in Bahamians.

Parties urged to


for conventions

on hurricane aid

Tribune Staff Reporter
IN light of the devastation
in Grand Bahama, with thou-
sands left struggling for eco-
nomic survival, both the FNM
and PLP should consider
down-sizing or even postpon-
ing their "costly" upcoming:
national conventions, a polit-
ical consultant said yesterday.
Peter Adderley, president
of the public relations com-
pany Creative Works and vet-
eran consultant to both par-
ties; yesterday told The Tri-
bumne that in his view, the large
amounts of money spent on
national conventions could
better benefit Grand Bahami-
ans in their recovery efforts
after Hurricane Wilma.
"There is immense devas-
tation and destruction in
Grand Bahama and the peo-
ple desperately need funds.
At a time like this both parties
should put aside their rivalry
and concentrate on assisting
those Bahamians who are suf-
fering," he said.

Mr Adderley, who lives in
Grand Bahama, said that he
has had "the privilege of being
a consultant to the PLP and
FNM at different times during
the past 25 years" and is
"keenly aware of the tremen-
dous cost" of political con-
"You have the organisa-
: tional part of if it, which is the
renting of the venue, airline
.tickets, the decor, the hiring of
a PA (public announcement)
system. That alone runs into
the hundreds of thousands of
"And then you have the
campaigning aspect of it,
which can cost outrageous
sums, especially in recent
times it has become extraor-
dinarily expensive," he said.
Mr Adderley said that he
recognises the importance of
national conventions in their
political context, but said he
feels that down-sized conven-
tions can achieve the same
"I understand the tremen-
dous importance of the con-

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ventions, after all this is the
event where people are elect-
led who hope to govern the
country one day. But I feel if
both parties can agree to have
smaller events they will be able
to achieve the same objectives,"
he said.
Mr Adderley said he does not
wish to appear arrogant in
telling government and the
opposition what to do, but
added that he feels the degree
of devastation visited upon
Grand Bahamians for a second
year in row warrants special


Ferilier Fugicde

Two examples of Bahamian heritage
which could be developed are the
Collins property on Shirley Street -
which once housed the Ministry of Edu-
cation and the monument on the
Western Esplanade erected to honour
the courageous efforts of five -Bahami-
ans who gave their lives at sea in the
According to Sir Arthur, the five per-
sons braved storm conditions in a small
boat in an unsuccessful attempt to res-
cue several sailors stranded at sea.
Currently, the monument is located

just across from the entrance of Fort
He said that the monument needs to
moved to a place of prominence and
Sir Arthur suggested that the plaque
bearing the heroes' names be replaced
with a protective barrier around it.
,Sir Arthur called on Bahamians to
make a national effort to save the
Bahamian personality as it is the most
valuable element of the country. "If we
lose that, then everything will be lost,"
he warned.

Patrick Knowles

The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
Called to the Bar of England and Wales
28th July, 2005
University of the West of England, Bristol, England
Bar Vocational Course
Completed with award of Very Competent
University of London, London, England
L.L.B. Second Class Honours Lower Division
(Bachelor of Laws)
The College of The Bahamas,
Nassau, Bahamas
Associate's Degree of Social Sciences (Credit)
in Law and Criminal Justice
St. Anne's High School,
Nassau, Bahamas
High School Diploma Stage III Credit
Bahamas Bar
The son of
Mr. Gilbert Knowles and Mrs. Josefa Knowles.
He was called to the Bahamas Bar
on 28th October, 2005. He'll be practising
at Graham Thompson Law Chambers.



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AN EMPLOYEE in one of government's
corporations commented recently that a visit to
a few of the Caribbean. islands has made him-
appreciate how blessed are those who live in
these islands of the shalloiv seas. .
He said that until fairly recently he and his
wife always vacationed in the US. Later they
decided to take some of their holidays in the
Caribbean. After several visits to various
islands his wife told him that she would nev-
er again complain about the Bahamas.
"The trouble is," he said, "Bahamians need
a reality check." He was particularly concerned
about the greed of some of the unions. In his
opinion Bahamians were always comparing
their little country with the wealthy United
States. Whatever an American has, Bahamians
feel they should also have. They forget, he
said, that there is no way that such a small
country, with no natural resources, other than
beaches' ocean and sunshine, can offer their
citizens the same benefits as can America..
Bahamians, he concluded, have higher expec-
tations than their country can afford. He
believed if they would compare themselves
with the rest of the Caribbean they would get
a healthier perspective of their place in the
world. They would also appreciate how unusu-
ally well off they are.
He scoffed at the high pensions, medical,
and other benefits, not to mention salaries,
that BEC workers expect taxpayers to will-
ingly pay them. He believed they should be
reminded that this is not the United States.
This is the Bahamas with limited resources
and an exhausted Public Treasury. He sug-
gested that they compare their wages to those
of their Caribbean brothers and then hang
their heads in shame at their greed.
The Bahamas Union of Teachers are to be
commended for their decision to postpone.
their-industrial negotiations until January next
year. Instead thejteachers will turn their atten-
tion to helping tholie affected by Hurricane
Wilma, especially their 25 union members who
lost their homes. This shows tremendous matu-
rity the maturity that one would expect
from teachers who are responsible for helping
to mould decent attitudes in our youth.
Not so, the BEC union. When some of their
technicians were desperately needed by hur-
ricane- torn Abaco to get their lights back on
this weekend, technicians could not be found.
Many had called in sick, although their leaders
had undertaken that no industrial action would
be resorted to until the union had an answer
from the BEC chairman who was off the
island. They gave him until noon Monday to
reply. However, their members took to their

beds on Friday, withdrawing their services.
from the.public. ..__.. -
.....It-sews-a-completetackof interest in the
public's welfare. Therefore, there is no rea-
son that the public should take an inte4rst in
their squabbles with their managers. Asa&mat-
ter of fact many members of the public are
annoyed at the general attitude of many of
the public departments, whose staff have decid-
ed to withdraw their services by not answering
the telephones, and, in the case of BEC, not
accepting payment for bills. We are told that at
9am yesterday BEC's Marathon office was
crowded with people trying to pay their bills
before going to work. The person said that
three lines of customers extended out of BEC's
payment office and flowed about 30 to 40 feet
into the mall.
And while demonstrating unionists selfishly
think only of their own pockets pockets
they want filled before the next election -
there-are-Bahamia-nwilliave no shelter over
their heads and have to depend on charity for
their next crust of bread.
A Freeport resident telephoned yesterday to
ask if we had been down as yet to see Eight
Mile Rock. We said that our photographers
were flown in and that we had published sev-
ern. photographs. "Well then," he said, "they
do not tell the story of the devastation here."
He said he had his wife drive him to Eight
Mile Rock to see the damage. I couldn't
take it," he said, "it just made me sick. I:have
never seen anything like it in nmy life. This
area had a tsunami, everything is gone. I was so
upset that I couldn't continue into Pinder's
Point. I asked my wife to take me home."
He said he saw a desolate man, broom in
hand, sweeping what he thought must have
been his living room. "But, I don't know-why
he was sweeping," he said. "There was no roof,
no walls, nothing, only the slab he was sweep-
And Americans, who still have no electric-
ity or-water in some areas of Florida, are now
in Nassau until electricity can be restored to
their homes.
By Saturday Florida Power and Light had
restored service to 60 per cent of the 3.2 million
customers who lost power during Hurricane
however, 1.29 million customers are still
waiting for service. Full service is not expected
to be back before November 22.
Instead of wasting the public's time on pick-
et lines at a time like this, these unionists
should be spending their weekends in Grand
Bahama, hammer in hand trying to help put a
roof over people's heads.

The fight

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EDITOR, The Tribune
MY letter is in response ti
views on FNM leadership a
published in The Tribune of
Saturday, October 23.
The FNM leadership am
issues related to the FNM arn
an integral part of the deepe
examination of the democrati
principles of freedom and frec
expression in the Bahamas
Some claim it is politically dam
aging to the FNM to exposE
issues publicly; but freedom o
expression is the one principal
enshrined in the constitution
FNM's hold most dear. In fact
_ this principle-forms asubstaitia
part of the FNM legacy. It is
lasting part of Bahamian socia
development, daily manifested
in radio broadcasts and loca
governments throughout the
Family Islands. FNM's whc
cling to the notion that they ar
'original members', should
remember that the tree of lib
erty must be constantly
The dissident eight broke
with the PLP at a time when
memories of UBP, one party
rule, were fresh. The PLP came
to popular government on
majority rule. The FNMV
evolved out of the best of thi
UBJRand the PLP.
Two .party government
democratic politics, and major
ity rule were laid down in the
early years of the PLP. It took
the FNM to advance the course
of freedom in the Bahamas. Bu
the steel and mortar required
to build a true and lasting
democracy are still being added
For example, in America, slav
ery was abolished over 150
years ago, but people pfcolour
stillfight for freedom today.
SToday, across the'Bahamas
FNM's struggle to keep alive
the founding principles of the
party, which evolved out of the
best of the PLP (Majority rule)
and the UBP (efficient govern-
The Press: The easy manipu-
lation of the press is as much a
distress to democracy as the
lack of historical and economic
perspective on the part of young
journalists. Those who demand
a better press should join in the
fight for a better educated pop-
ulace and a more critical public.
The FNM Members of Par-
liament: I believe these men act-
ed with great courage and con-
viction. A little known fact is
that the present opposition
leader was nominated by the
present party leader. Recall the
1970's and the experiment with
two leaders, it did not work
then and is not working now.


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e the Westminster system The
r Constitution provides for the
c members of Parliament to
e choose the person they think
best able to lead them. Clearly,
-the Bahamian people agreed
S wi t their choice. They are not
)f beingmanipulated, certainly not
e by Hubert Ingraham. It is he
h who remains most committed,
, by deed and silence,. to. the pnrm-
1 ciples of party rule and disci-
a pline, by going to the leader and
1 to council.
d Hubert Ingraham. The letter
l writer starts on the premise. that
e "...that is truth..." However, it
o becomes most biased and opin-
e ionated when addressing HAI
d (Hubert Alexander Ingraham).
- The numbers of the general
Y elections from 1987-2002 speak
volumes, particularly the num-
e bers in 1992 and 1997. It is a
n fallacy to think that anyone suc-
Y cessfully lead a party to victory
e and therefore could have won in
n 1992 given the evidence of what
li happened in 2002. Neither the
e FNM nor the PLP could. win
political victory with only their
, core support. Both must have
- a significant percentage of
crossover voters to win. Hubert
Ingraham increased the FNM
e numbers at the expense of the
t PLP from 1992 to 2002. HAI,
I unlike any other party leader
g since LOP; was able to bring
. large numbers with him. Those
- who know Hubert Ingraham
know him to be a forceful, fair,
:, rganised.and focused leader.
.. i'iB amiaris who, support
; political parties cling tenaciously
to the view that "to the victor go
the spoils". Politicians are fre-
quently reminded that they
Must reward their supporters
and neglect their enemies. The
fact that these traits are so vig-
orously fought against in the
Bahamas today, is testimony to
one of the most sacred FNM
legacies. This branch of the tree
of liberty has roots in every
t freedom fighter's struggle for a
fuller freedom.
HAI centralised a principal
aspect of democracy and one
which is essential in small soci-
eties, that the rtiling party
should not engage in victimisa-
tion. Indeed the fact that many
FNM's today do not agree with
him, should in no' way detract
from the fundamental truth that
abuses from previous adminis-
trations had to be rooted out
and the practices de-institu-
"tiorialised. It is an ongoing
work. In a labour force of
170,000 it is difficult to find the
diversity of skills in the citizens,
never mind the political party,
to efficiently manage the com-
plex affairs of the nation. It is
wrong to engage in political vic-
timisation at any time; in a small
society it is damaging and cor-
Ingraham promoter for party
Leadership: All Bahamians

benefited from the Ingraham
administration. Tommy Tinirt-
quest and Dion Foulkes' ofie
so than most in that Ingraiham
so elevated their political stbck,
that together they today aspire
and combat for the highest
political post in the county,'.
The fact that they were' 'not
elected to Parliament in 2002, s
due to the choices oftfie
Bahamian people, not h6 the
FNM chooses its leadersi':t is
unwise to seek to tarnish ir
diminish the strong expression
of popular desire for H'A's
return to leadership in the
HAI has remail ed iipfres-
sively silent, when a word from
him could so easily derail'fiiariy
political fortunes. Some choose
not to interpret his. silence 'as
party discipline and loyalty, buit
rather to cynically perceive it
as manipulation. The scurrilous
attacks against his persqno,.ad
principles have gone unlraii-
swered and add to the stock of
misinformation used by1paiid
political operatives to keep aliye
the fortunes of lesser polit4l7tm.
HAI has been held to a high-
er standard than his predeis-
sors and contemporaries in
almost every respect by the
Bahamian voters. His word,,o
sacred in international rela4ons,
has become legendary y.y his
own utterance "I say what I
mean and I mean what I say".
Such transparent honest" ma
man has allowed his detr&itors
to remake his humanity, by mg-
gesting that he and he alo'ieis
to be held to that high stahdad
of truth. .
The comparison of Brenta-ind
Pierre is so self-serving fhat,it
hardly warrants commein,t.
Dupuch is the son of'Si~ fi-
enne, popularly seen as the
champion of the small ,i6i.
Brent is the son of Sir Rldaind
and the brother of Bol'y,
equally popularly associ ted
with the UBP.
The Hon Eugene Duiuch,
QC, Pierre's uncle, was a UBP,
and Sir Roland, Brent's fa inr,
was a UBP. Pierre and 13Brent
were both FNM Minis tf .
Brent remains an FNM. ieBre
is an Independent. The facttjat
Brent represents a creoi"tie
threat to Tommy and Dioilaiid
Pierre does not represent sch a
threat has much to do wittiie
perceived earthiness of Dupadh
and the perceived aloofrie'ss,6f
The fight for the FNM' eaid-
ership will be settled at' tie
FNM Convention 2005'-the
Bahamian people will be the
judge of the outcome 'in.the
next General Election. Howev-
er, the stakes are indeed high
for both the party and the
nation. We all have an inter~t
in the'outcome and that inrlest
should be based on what is best
for the Bahamas and not that
which serves personal P'raty
ambitions or perceived' irglhtof
passage. ::
Nassau "
October 26 2005 .*

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.EDITOR, The Tribune
AS a young aspiring politician,
I have been watching the recent
events in the FNM Leadership
selection process. I thought
everything was going to happen
in convention. But it seems some
people couldn't wait.
I must tell you that I am
impressed with Mr Dion
Foulkes. He got out of the gate
early, clearly stated his inten-
tion and then went ahead with
his promotional programmes as
well as taking on as many
speaking engagements as pos-
sible. All his radio interviews
he has remained "above board"
and very respectful to everyone
else in the race, confirmed and
When the Opposition Parlia-
mentarians made that move to
have Mr Ingraham installed as
the Leader of the Opposition
Sin the House, Mr Foullkes didn't
object. He knew that this was
their democratic right. Didn't
seem like he had objection. He
just kept saying, "I'm in it until

the last. vote is counted": .He
looked like he really believe in
the democratic process. :'.
Mr Foulkes says hes.all
about strengthening deniodra-
cy and I believe he is the leader
that the FNM now needs-o
bring all factions in the party
together. It seems he has dedib-
erately stayed above the liifse
in the market about "le''ddr-
ship" having boldly chosei' to
go after the leadership ih the
democratic transparent way;'
I'm beginning to like his style.
FNM's may like to row and'car-
ry on, but they had better
decide now in this convention to
choose the leader who can uni-
fy the party and forge ahead
with a dynamic vision for btis
country. ';,'
As a young aspiring pdliti-
cian, I wouldn't mind beige n
Mr Foulkes' team when hdi s
in November.
October 2005 -'

for the

Selfishness at a time of crisis




0 In brief

Lawyer of

Diana sued

1W trade


PRINCESS Diana's former
lawyer is being sued over a dis-
pute concerning a Bahamas-
based trading firm.
Anthony Julius, formerly a
managing partner in the
renowned UK law firm Mish-
con de Reya, is being sued by a
former client as part of a wider
.dIipte between the executives
,q the Metal Resources Group
G), Bahamas.
jxdnir Perez Weissfisch is
.s,qi Mr Julius, whom
1jn0i1, thte beginning of 2005 he
was ,paying 15,000 ( US$
26,060) a month to provide legal
counsel to himself, his brother
*ammi and companies belonging
oWM1G Bahamas.
According to the law suit filed
*at 1he hHigh Court in London,
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; former lawyer refused to hand
Soyer documents generated dur-
ing the seven years he was on
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e case is only one of a
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the future may be required to
dedicate airtime to public advi-
sories during times of emer-
Prime Minister Perry Christie

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Bahamas for America Hurricane Katrina
Relief Committee presented a cheque for
$150,000 to the US Embassy yesterday.
Speaking to US Ambassador John Rdod at
the cheque presentation, committee chairman
Franklyn Wilson said: "This cheque is a demon-
stration of the solidarity of the people of the
Bahamas to the people of America."
"And we did it because we've thought it impor-
tant to show our neighbours that we value the
friendship, that we know that from time to time
when the Bahamas (has been) inflicted with prob-
lems, Americans in good number rallied their
"We also promised at that time that the pro-
ceeds from our efforts would be sent to the Amer-
ican Red Cross and we would seek the assistance
of our office in getting it there," he said.
The money was raised during a telethon held
on September 30 at the Radisson Cable Beach
According to US Ambassador John Rood, the
United States has no better friend than the
"This is a tremendous showing of support," he
said. "It shows that the Bahamas is truly one of
our greatest friends and you're right, I don't think
that there is any other country in the world that
could match this and I thank you for it."
Hurricane Katrina was the third major hurri-
cane of the 2005 Atlantic season.
On August 29 the storm made its second land-
fall as a category four hurricane near New
Orleans, Louisiana, leaving more than 1,000 per-
sons dead and causing billions of dollars in prop-
erty damage.

made the announcement while
speaking to a conference of reli-
gious leaders in Grand Bahama
on Friday.
"The government must recog-
nise that many people listen to

private radio stations and there
ought to be some kind of law
or some kind of regulation, or
policy put in place, where in
times of emergency, not only
the Broadcasting Corporation

* FRANKLYN Wilson presents a cheque to -
Ambassador John Rood

Murder accused due to

make court statement

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE man accused of
killing Ruthmae Alfreda
Pinder and attempting to
murder her daughter
Calvonya Grant is set to
address the court today.
Angelo Brennen told Jus-
tice Jon Isaacs yesterday that
he is prepared to make a
statement from the prison-
ers dock.
The decision. to speak
from the dock means that
Brennen will not face cross
examination from prosecu-
tors Cheryl .Grant Bethel
and Stephanie Pintard.
He is to speak after his
attorney Wilbert Moss gives
his opening address to the
Justice Isaacs told Bren-
nen he had the option of
remaining silent, speaking
from the prisoner's dock, or
taking the witness stand. He
also told the accused he had
the right to call witnesses.
Mr Moss said he intends
to call Dr Nelson Clarke,

Thomas Ferguson, and Jacque-
line Murphy.
Earlier during Monday's
court session, Sergeant Earl
Thompson testified. He told the
court that the bullet found
lodged in the body of Ms Pinder
matched the gun turned in to
police by Leander Culmer.
Mr Culmer told the court
during earlier proceedings that
he drove his friend Brennen to
the scene just before the shoot-
He said the accused exited
the car, shot two people, and
got back in leaving the gun in
the car.
Bus driver Aaron Woodside
testified that he too saw the
accused shoot the victims as
they stood on a bus stop on Far-
rington Road on October 29,
Sgt Thompson explained that
the results of ballistic tests con-

ducted on the weapon, a 38 spe-
cial Taurus revolver, exclude
the possibility of the bullet
found in the victim coming from
any other firearm.
Sergeant Ambrose Knowles
testified that Brennen told
police he was at home at the
time of the incident.
When asked by Mr Moss 'if
Brennen was co-operative dur-
ing his interview, Sgt Knowles
said, "No", because "he had it
for a joke".
Sgt Knowles said he never
made a request for a psychiatric
evaluation to be conducted on
the accused man.
He also said he felt no need
to conduct an ID parade after
interviewing Ms Grant, Mr
Woodside and Mr Culmer.
The court and witnesses
remain under heavy security
and the case continues at
2.30pm today.

of the Bahamas is expected to
provide, five, six, seven, or
whatever time is agreed as rea-
sonable per hour, to broadcast
advisories so that our people
will have no excuse, or our
people will be fully informed
and advised."
Mr Christie was responding
to reports that some members
of the public felt they were not
properly informed in the lead-
up to Hurricane Wilma hitting
the northern Bahamas.
He told the conference that
he had spoken with a private
radio station owner, "who was
advising me that it was his
considered opinion, that, given
the fact that many people are-
saying that they did not have
adequate notice, or did not
take sufficient notice of the
warnings, the government
ought to be in the position not

to expect private radio stations
to voluntarily give of their
time and effort to advise our
Mr Christie asked the reli-
gious leaders to help ensure
that the relief funds deployed
in Grand Bahama are proper-
ly used.
"My own consideration at
this time is, that as the gov-
ernment will be required to
put a lot of resources that it
had not planned to spend in
such a matter into those areas
that have been impacted, we
feel that you should be shoul-
der-to-shoulder with us to
ensure that we minimise dis-
ruption, minimise fraud, and
people taking advantage of
other people and I think the
church is in a wonderful posi-
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A HOME owner in Up u
Yamacraw Hill Road is "dis- power
gusted" by the lack of BEC ing on
service in the area over the interva
past 24 hours. "I do
She told The Tribune that strike
power went off at her home ridicule
at around lam on Monday and As a
did not come on until 10am. said, th
"Even then, it only stayed sure in-
on for half-an-hour and then even be
went off again," she said. er."

at BEC service

ntil 2pm yesterday, the
had continued switch-
and off at half-hour
ls, she said.
n't know if they are on
or what, but this is
result of the cuts, she
here is no water pres-
the area, "and I haven't
;en able to take a show-

The home owner added that
she fears that the problem may
have damaged her son's com-
puter, as "his modem was
already busted up once" by a
recent power cut.
She added that no one at
BEC answered when she tried
to report the problem.
BEC management were not
available to respond up to
press time yesterday.

* MINISTER of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell speaks during a United Nations Day flag raising' "
ceremony at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
(Photo: BIS/Derek Smith)

Bahamas ranked

50th for living

WHILE only 49 countries
in the world are ranked as
having a better quality of life
than the Bahamas, the need
to fight poverty persists said
Foreign Affairs Minister Fred
Mr Mitchell was speaking
yesterday at a gathering in cel-
ebration of United Nations Day
at the Ministry of Foreign
He was referring to the UN's
Development Index for 2005,
which lists the Bahamas as the

50th most livable country in the
"So we have accomplished
much but we know also that
there are people in this land of
plenty who do live below the
poverty line, some 9.3 per cent
of them by the most recent sur-
vey done for the Bahamas." he
The ceremony, organised in
celebration the 60th anniver-
sary of the founding of the Unit-
ed Nations, was held a week
after the actual anniversary,

because the Bahamas was bat-
tened down last week as Hutrri,
cane Wilma struck. :,
The minister pointed out that
the UN is an important body to
the Bahamas.
"It is the voice through which
the small and the dispossessed
can find expression in forums
throughout the world.
"The government undej
Prime Minister Perry Christie
has implemented the Urban
Renewal Programme.
"This is in part a commitment
to the goal of eliminating povqr,
ty in The Bahamas. '
"There is also the work of.4hq
special fund for entrepreneur,
which is administered through
the Ministry of Finance which
allows citizens of the Bahamas
to access funding for small to
medium size projects.
"There is also of course thw
national scholarship program.
which provides loans for deserv-
Sng students to further their ter.
tiary level education," 4;
Mitchell said.

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Freeport regains power

and communications

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Power and telecommu-
nication services have been restored to
most areas in Freeport, where Hurricane
Wilma caused only minimal damaged com-
pared to last year's storms.
Grand Bahama Power Company offi-
cials report that electricity has been
already restored to 75 per cent of its cus-
Meanwhile, Bahamas Telecommunica-
tion Company (BTC) officials report that
only 10 per cent of its customers are still
without telephone services.
Power Compan'y CEO Dave Dunbar
said that 50 to 60 electricity poles were
damaged by Hurricane Wilma which
amounts to minimal damage compared to
the 1,400 poles that were destroyed by
hurricanes Francis and Jeanne last year.
' ,He noted that the greatest damage to
the system occurred in West Grand
Bahama at Eight Mile Rock, Pinder's
Point, Hunters, and Lewis Yard and Boo-
tie'Bay in West End.
?:'The system is in much better shape this
year after Wilma. "We have been able to
iiaike a lot of progress so far."
- Crews have been working long hours to
restore power to the island and several
linesmen out of the US, Jamaica and Nas-
sad are assisting with the work.
- "We have been through all areas of Pin-
dT'S Point and Hunters and at the
moment, unfortunately, most of those

* KIRK Griffin, senior vice president of BTC in Freeport (centre), gives an update
on telephone services on Grand Bahama. Dave Dunbar, CEO of the Grand Bahama
Power Company, gives a progress report on power restoration on Grand Bahama
after Hurricane Wilma.

houses are not technically ready to take
electricity at this time," Mr Dunbar said.
He added that salt water deposits on
the lines have caused a slight setback in the
restoration efforts.
Kirk Griffin, senior vice president of
BTC in Freeport, noted that around 2,000
customers in areas of South Bahamia,
Lucayan Harbour, Pinder's Point, Lewis

Yard, Hunters, Mack Town, Queen's
Cove, Ocean View, Swann Drive, Block-
ade Drive, Chesapeake, Heritage Subdi-
vision, Lincoln Green and Pelican Point
were without telephone services.
"I would like to advise customers that
upon restoration of commercial power to
the mentioned areas telephone services
should be shortly restored," he said.

Conference to

focus on oil


THE Ministry of Transport
and Aviation's first annual
National Oil and Chemical Spill
Conference, will open today at
the Nassau Beach Hotel.
The three-day conference is
being held in conjunction with
the National Oil and Chemical
Spill Contingency Advisory
Committee and the Ministry of
Health and Environment.
"In view of the devastating
impact that such a catastrophic
even can cause both to the envi-
ronment and to the economy
we hope that this event, which
will focus on oil and chemical
spill prevention and response,
will become an annual event,"
said Minister of Transport and
Aviation Glenys Hanna-Martin.
In an effort to improve the
level of public awareness, pre-
paredness and response capa-
bility, the conference will exam-
ine the following areas:
Updating the national oil
and chemical spill contingency
Proposing regulations for
marinas and boating establish-
ments based on the 'Blue Flag'
Protection and preservation
of the environment.

Research into containment
equipment and local environ-
mentally friendly material for
use in clean-up operations.
Careers in spill response
and restoration of the environ-
Commitment of first
Protocol for dealing with
an oil and chemical spills.
Collection, storage and dis-
posal of spill waste.
Standard operating proce-
dures of spill response.
Exercises in spill response
at the Prince George Dock.
Exhibitions of spill response
National funding and access-
ing the compensation fund.
The conference is targeting
all Bahamians, with a special
emphasis on high school and
College of the Bahamas stu-
dents, marina operators, mail-
boat operators, first responders,
port workers and committee
members and the environmen-
tally conscious.
Professionals from the fuel
and oil industry along with per-
sonnel from the Bahamas Mar-
itime Authority in London wil
be in attendance.

riIl ~.


WHEREAS, proper operation and
success of organizations are inextricably
bound to the establishment and.
maintenance of proper and accurate
systems of accounting;

AND WHEREAS, it is essential that
persons performing accounting functions
A Min organizations maintain the hightest
Standards and possess an awareness of
current practices;

AND WHEREAS, The Bahamas Institute of Chartered
Accountants was established to assist in the development of
the accounting profession in The Bahamas, by prescribing
:standards which require careful attention to performance;

AND WHEREAS, the said Institute wishes to set aside a
week to engage in activities to promote a greater understanding
and appreciation of accounting in the Bahamian community;

NOW THEREFORE, I, Perry G. Christie, Prime Minister of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, do hereby proclaim this
week commencing Saturday, 5th November, 2005 and ending
Friday, 11th November, 2005 as "ACCOUNTANTS' WEEK".

hereunto set my Hand and Seal
this 27th day of October, 2005.


The Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants

Accountants' Week 2005
Continuing Professional Education Seminar

The Ballroom at SuperClubs Breezes, Cable Beach
November 7th 10th 2005
9am 5:00pm


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Monday Opening Ceremony
Opening Address: Minister of State Finance, Senator Honourable Mr. James Smith

AML Initiatives & Their Impact John Bain, CA, AML Specialist
Diversity of the Accounting Profession L. Edgar Moxey, PwC
Central Bank Expectations of External Auditors- Michael Foot, Central Bank

Financial Statements & International Financial Reporting Standards
Peter Chant of Deloitte & Touche, Canada

Technological Tools for Businesses Deloitte & Touche, Bahamas
Key Changes to the 1991 Public Accountants Act Lambert Longley, KPMG
Combating White Collar Crimes- Ed Smith, Financial Intelligence Unit
Facing the Future Collectively- Wendy Warren, BFSB
Investments and Retirement Planning-Ursula Rolle, Fidelity Bank & Trust

Proposed Changes to NIB Law -The Inside Scoop Derek Osborne, NIB,
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Reform is sought

on women's issues

Mr. Dominic
Leluoror, 20

of Rock Crusher and
formally of The
Bluff, Eleuthera will
be held on
Wednesday, November 2rd, 2005 at 2:00
p.m. at Temple Fellowship Ministries,
Davis Street, Oakes Field. Officiating will
be Apostle Kirkwood Murphy and Prophet
Patrick Miller. Interment will follow in
Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.

Left to cherish his memories are his One
(1) Son: Jaime Leluoror; Common-law
wife: Rosezita; One (1) Brother: Villy
Leonard; Adopted family: Mrs. Fernando
and Windley Loronzo, Jaime, Kettly and
John; Cousins: Woodline, Reno, Rayme,
Neline, Wallace, Johnson, Jackson,
Sameme, Robinson, Rochelle, Guerline
and Michelle; other relatives and friends
including Mr. and Mrs. Meister; relatives
from Haiti and U.S.A

Viewing will be held at the Chapel of
Butlers' Funeral Homes and Crematorium,
Ernest and York Streets on Tuesday from
10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and on
Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. until service
time at the church.

* By Bahamas Information
MINISTER of Social Ser-
vices and Community Devel-
opment Melanie Griffin met
with members of the Constitu-
tional Reform Commission to
address a number of issues of
"paramount concern" to
Joining the minister was a
delegation from the Bureau of
Women's Affairs and the
National Women's Advisory

The meeting was held at the
commission's headquarters on
the grounds of the former Roy-
al Victoria Hotel.
Mrs Griffin said the that the
need for constitutional reform is
"most dramatically illustrated
in the constitutional provisions
dealing with citizenship".
These previsions, she said,
express gender bias by treating
women in a discriminatory man-
"Women are treated less

favourably than men, and, by
extension perhaps, thousands
of children born outside of the
Bahamas are denied entitle-
ment to citizenship under the
present provisions of the Con-
"Both areas of discrimination
contravene the international
obligations ascended to in the
United Nations Convention on
the Elimination of All Forms of
Discrimination against Women
(CEDAW) and the United
Nations Conventions on the
Rights of the Child," she said.
Mrs Griffin noted that Article
eight of the Constitution states
that a child born outside of the
Bahamas after July 9 1973,
"shall become a citizen of the
Bahamas at the date of his birth
if at that date his father is a cit-
izen of the Bahamas."
"This automatic right to citi-
zenship is not equally accord-
ed to a child born outside of the
Bahamas, to a child whose
mother is a citizen of the

Bahamas, unless born out ot
wedlock," she said.
"These disabilities of a child
born outside the Bahamas to a
Bahamian woman married to a
non-Bahamian husband consti-
tute clear discrimination when
automatic citizenship is con,
ferred upon the child born out,'
side of the Bahamas to g
Bahamian father," she said. "-
Mrs Griffin added that
13ahamian women are beidig
treated less favourably'than
men in the granting'of .citizen-
ship to foreign spouses.
She said that Article 10 of the|
Constitution provides that "any
woman who, after July 9, 19731
marries a pdrsoini" ,
becomes a'citizen' fit t
Bahamas shallMbe entitle, |i
registered 4asa' itizen"6nI
Bahamas, subject to certl. .pr
cedural requirenients.'iS
. "No such loawana.c.
requirement is:afforded tfe fdYi
eign spouses of.Bah tntiags
women," Mrs Griffin said.

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FNM leadership candidate Dion Foulkes
presented Lady Naomi Wallace-Whitfield with
a commemorative copy of Sir Cecil's ground
breaking 'free at last' speech last Thursday .at
the Sir Cecil Wallace-Whitfield Building in
"Reprinting the speech exactly 35 years after
it was delivered allows us to celebrate our past,
while inspiring a new generation of Bahami-
ans," he said.
In his formal introduction of the.booklet,
Mr Foulkes, whose father Sir Arthur Foulkes
was one of the Dissident Eight along with Sir
Cecil, listed the reasons why the speech was
"It was a historic speech because it coura-
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very height of its power and popularity. It was
a historic speech because much of the message
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FROM page one

them on Wednesday," he
The prime minister was
speaking at a conference
with religious leaders in
Grand Bahama on Friday,
and asked for their support
on the matter.
Mr Christie said that
under the law areas like
Hawksbill, Queen's Cove,
West End, Hepburn Town,
and Hanna Hill, "and oth-
er areas that are prone to
flooding, prone to sea
rages coming in and
destroying everything in its
wake, can be declared vul-
nerable areas once we've
had advice from environ-
mental engineers to that
"That means that once it
is perceived and declared
that a disaster can take
place, and warnings go out,
then the source of law will
be brought to bear on that
area to protect the people
of that area, and we have
to determine for ourselves
how much force we put
into that."
Mr Christie said the law
would contain provisions
which would allow the
public to contest the desig-
nation of an area as vuner-
"They will have the right
of access to the court as
they will have the right of
having to be notified and
been fully informed.
"Therefore,.I am hoping
that in the immediate
future the country will
have for the first time in its
history laws that will
enable us to anticipate dis-
asters such as hurricanes
and major fires, and to be
able to put in place the
best planning we've ever
had towards minimising
the loss of life and of
- destruction in our coun-
try," the prime minister

Fred Mitchell: BPSU president's

threats 'won't deter government'

FROM page one

such threats during a time
when the country is recov-
ering from a major hurri-
cane and pointed out that
if Mr Pinder really intends
to run for the Fox Hill con-
stituency, he should ensure
there is no conflict of inter-
est between his political
ambitions and his fight as a
union leader.
The BPSU president had
threatened to either run
against Mr Mitchell in Fox
Hill or campaign against
him in the next general
election, should the minis-
ter make "one more brazen
remark" against him in par-
Mr Pinder was hitting
back at Mr Mitchell for
comments he made regard-
ing the union's demonstra-
tion outside parliament last
However, Mr Mitchell
said that "these attacks by
Mr Pinder can only be mis-
interpreted by the public as
trying to avoid a settle-
"We put these comments
down to the inexperience of
the union's president. Fred
Mitchell is not the issue.
The issue is what is best for
the public at large and all
public servants, who
deserve a decent living
wage," Mr Mitchell said.
He added that it is the
government's hope to
ensure negotiations on the
draft industrial agreement
will be concluded by Christ-
mas and that the agreed
raises will be reflected in
the pay packets of all public
servants in time for the hol-
"The overall settlement'

must, of course, be fair to
the public at large," he said.
Regarding the timing of
Mr Pinder's comments, Mr
Mitchell said it was unfor-
tunate they were made "in
the middle of the struggle
for survival of the hurricane
victims in Grand Bahama,
for whom he has offered no
expression of regret, con-
cern or sympathy."
"The politics of me, me,
me should not be a part of
the Bahamian agenda in
2005," he said.
Speaking with The Tri-
bune yesterday, Mr Pinder
said he feels he has had suf-
ficient experience with
labour issues and in turn
feels that Mr Mitchell's
comments in parliament
were irresponsible.
"I had enough experience
to negotiate the contract
before this, I had enough
experience in preventing
my members from being
made into contract work-
ers," he said.
Mr Pinder also said this
issue had been on the table
since February and that he
had been pushing govern-
ment to resolve it before
the hurricane season start-
The minister said that
government negotiators
would continue to be stand-
ing by "today, tomorrow
morning and every day to
resume negotiations with
the BPSU following the
adjournment last week."
He emphasised that the
negotiating team is fully
authorised to negotiate an
agreement on all aspects of
the new public service con-
tract, including financial
Addressing Mr. Pinder's
statement.ithat he will run

in Fox Hill in the next gen-
eral election, Mr Mitchell
said: "He is welcome to that
"However, there should
not be a conflict between
his personal ambitions in
politics and his fight as a
union leader. There must
be one or the other," he
said. *
Mr Pinder said that
although he personally had

no ambitions to run as a
member of parliament, he
would stand by his earlier
remarks and campaign
against Mr Mitchell should
the minister again "belittle"
him in the House of Assem-
"The thing is he belittled
me, he said that I don't
engage my brain before I
speak. Well then, I will
have to go to Fox Hill and

show him how I can engage
my brain and show the peo-'
ple there, that they can vote
for someone besides Fred
Mitchell, someone who is
not attacking one of his
"I am a Fox Hillian and,
he is telling me I am not.
good enough to be the head
of a union. Well, he can say
that and we will see the
consequences," he said.

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Resort launches

incentive scheme

End Old Bahama Bay Resort
and Yacht Harbour announced
that it is initiating a "return to
West End rewards programme"
to entice and encourage vaca-
tioners to return to the proper-
ty after Hurricane Wilma.
Return to West End coupons
will offer room rate discounts
and on-site benefits and will be
provided to all guests whose
reservations were cancelled for
restoration work and all guests
who make reservations during
the restoration period.
The company said the scheme
will be accompanied by special
travel agent incentives as well.
The resort also announced to
hurricane recovery plan target-
ed to reopen the property in
time for the Christmas holidays.
"We feel this is possible based
on our assessment of hurricane
damages and our previous expe-
rience with recovery efforts,"
said the resort's senior vice-
president and chief operating
officer Bob Kramm.
Hurricane Wilma struck
Grand Bahama Island shortly
after it left the Florida coast.
It approached from the south,
sparing the resort from storm
surge damage due to its location
on the property's north shore.
Most of the wind damage was
to landscaping with lesser
impact on roofs and buildings.
"We have the infrastructure
in place to support our restora-
tiofi team" said Claxon
Williams, vice president of con-
"This includes emergency
generators to power our water
an4 sewer systems and pur
restaurants and other public
spaces. We already have wori
creivs on site to clean up and
repair the damage."
Old Bahama Bay said its team
was immediately on site assess-
ing damage, airing out rooms,
"dqing every thing possible to
get 4he resort back up and run-
ning as soon as possible."


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"The art and entertainment communities
in The Bahamas are thriving. Every
Wednesday, I enjoy reading about my
colleagues' contributions to the world of
culture in "The Arts" section of The
Tribune. The Tribune is my newspaper."



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is greatest

revenue rise

Tribune Business Editor

Stamp Tax is the area
where government
revenues have
increased the most
during the 2005-2006
fiscal year's first quarter, the
minister of state for finance said
yesterday, indicating that
amendments passed earlier this
year have been effective in plug-
ging loopholes.
James Smith told The Tri-
bune that there had been "a
noticeable change" in the level
of Stamp Tax revenues collect-
ed in the three months to Sep-
tember 30.
He added that this could
mean the loophole plugging
measures were taking effect, or
that documents for stamping
were being brought forward

Minister says sign amendments may
be plugging loopholes, but while
total revenues ahead of forecast,
so is government spending

Such more quickly.
Mr Smith said: "The largest
increase was in the Stamp Tax,
so that suggests the amend-
ments to close the loopholes
might be coming into play."
He added that the amend-
ments may be "forcing taxes to
be brought to account sooner",
as prior to the legislative
changes Stamp Tax did not
have to apply until land was
sold or the matter dealt with in


PRIME Minister Perry
Christie has indicated that the
Government could approve the
Ginn Development Corpora-
tion's billion-dollar investment
proposal for Grand Bahama as
early as this week.
Although he did not refer to
the Ginn project by name, Mr
Christie told a conference call
with Grand Bahama religious
leaders on Friday in the wake
of Hurricane Wilma that "by
Tuesday next" the Govern-
ment was likely to give the go-
ahead for the largest invest-
ment seen in Grand Bahama
According to a Bahamas
Information Services (BIS)

transcript of the conference,
the Prime Minister said: "The
Government of the Bahamas,
by Tuesday next, will in all
probability, in a great oppor-
tunity for us, approve what
could be the largest and single
most important investment in
Grand Bahama, for western
Grand Bahama."
The Ginn Development
Corporation project is ear-
marked for West End, and Mr
Christie told religious leaders
he was likely to present the
project to his Cabinet today.
Referring to the Ginn pro-

ject, he added: "This will have,
in the form that it has come to
me, having negotiated with
them a second time personally,
a monumental impact on the
future of the men and women
and children, and churches for
that matter, of your island."
The Prime Minister's com-
ments indicate that talks
between the Government and
the developers have progressed
rapidly, a potential agreement
between the two sides having
almost fallen apart earlier this
year, a development that coin-
cided with Mr Christie suffer-

SEE page 2B

Consumer awareness Almost 70% of BISX stocks give positive returns,

key without contractor .By NEIL HARTNELL at a 32.68 per cent return level; to three private sector investment man-
Tribune Business Editor Lying in third place was Cable Bahamas agers could further stimulate demand for
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Tribune Business Editor
THE absence of a compulso-
ry licensing and certification
programme for Bahamian con-
tractors means that consumers
must be "educated and proac-
tive" to prevent unscrupulous
operators taking advantage of
them on home building and oth-
er projects, the Bahamian Con-
tractors Association's (BCA)
president has warned.
Terrance Knowles, of Flame-

less Electrical, told a free legal
clinic staged by the Halsbury
Chambers law firm: "There's no
compulsory construction licens-
ing. There's no certification in
the Bahamas. You only need a
business licence to operate;
that's the reality."
He indicated the BCA would
like to move the construction
industry forward in a similar
fashion to the real estate pro-

SEE page 4B

ALMOST 70 per cent of BISX-listed
companies have generated positive returns
for their shareholders in the first nine
months of 2005, with Doctors Hospital
Health Systems (DHHS) leading the way
by generating 60 per cent.
A letter sent to its brokerage clients by
Fidelity Capital Markets said 13 out of
the 19 companies listed on the Bahamas
International Securities Exchange (BISX)
had generated positive returns for their
shareholders in the nine months to Sep-
tember 30, 2005, either through share
price appreciation, dividend payments or
a combination of both.
Behind DHHS, which generated its
returns entirely through a share price
appreciation from $1.50 to $2.40 in a nine-
month period, was Commonwealth Bank

Wii t a ,. per cent return, IIcreate Uy a
29.44 per cent rise in its share price and
dividend yield of 2.61 per cent. First-
Caribbean International Bank (Bahamas)
was fourth with a 30.84 per cent return,
while Fidelity's Bahamas Property Fund
was fifth with a 28.4 per. cent return on
Although the strong performance of
BISX-listed stocks had continued through
the 2005 third quarter, the pace, had
slowed compared to the first half, Fideli-
ty Capital Markets said.
However, the company added that
anticipated exchange control amendments
and the allocation of about $60 million in
National Insurance Board (NIB) assets

aamiLan equi ies, Loosung LIII tmare I.
demand and liquidity.
Fidelity Capital Markets said: "The
National Insurance Board has recently
commenced with the allocation of funds to
three Bahamian private investment man-
agers. A portion of these funds will be
invested in Bahamian equities and pro-
vide a substantial increase in the level of
market liquidity, while also potentially
resulting in some price appreciation where
demand for certain securities exceeds sup-
"It is expected that the Central Bank of
the Bahamas will soon announce certain
measures to limit the negative impact of
exchange controls on the capital markets

SEE page 3B

Tribune Business Editor
BAHAMIAN realtors, attor-
neys and financial services insti-
tutions derive 80 per cent or
more of their business from
referrals, the Bahamas Cham-
ber of Commerce's executive
director said, showing the
importance of "networking" to
this nation's economy.
Philip Simon told a free legal
clinic offered by the Halsbury
Chambers law firm that the

more service-orientated a com-
pany was, and the more valu-
able and expensive the services
and products offered, the
greater the amount of business
won through networking and
He added that a quick survey
he conducted of Bahamian
companies, who operated in
industries ranging
ing, insurance, securities, real

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Credit scoring may come to Bahamas

Every time you
watch an Ameri-
can television
station you are
bound to see an
advertisement for a free 'cred-
it report'. This obsession with
providing your credit score
seems to be even more intru-
sive when you are on the Inter-
net, as there are an abundance
of 'pop up' ads sending you to
links enabling you to calculate
your credit score.
As an analyst, I read the
annual reports of all public
companies in the Bahamas,
which include five commercial
banks. What is interesting to
note is that in the footnotes to
accounting statements and in
the Management Discussion
and Analysis section, manage-
ment is increasingly citing
improved credit scoring meth-
ods as being responsible for the
overall quality of loan portfo-
In light of the above, I
thought I would use today's
column to examine how the
credit scoring system works in
the US context. However, let
me say at the outset that in the
Bahamas we have bank secrecy
entrenched in our banking
laws. One's banking informa-
tion and credit score is a pri-
vate matter that other banks,
lenders, merchants, landlords,
employers and insurance com-
panies cannot access. Techni-
cally, in the Bahamas, your pri-.
vate financial information
should not be shared with any
other party and should not be
used for any purpose other
than that for which it was giv-

What is a credit score?
A credit score is a number
that is intended to help banks,
lending institutions and
grantors of credit to quickly
evaluate the credit worthiness

of an applicant. In the highly
competitive US market, deci-
sions have to be made instan-
taneously or the potential bor-
rower goes elsewhere to get his
loan or credit.
The system awards points
baied on information in the
credit report, and the resulting
score is compared to that of
other consumers with similar
profiles. With this information,
lenders can predict how likely
someone is to repay a loan and
make payments on time. It is
the credit score that makes it
possible to get instant credit at
places such as department
In the US, the most widely
scoring method used is the
FICO system, which was origi-
nally developed by a company
called Fair Isaac and Company,
a business that sells credit-scor-
ing software. In the 1980s, the
three largest US credit bureaus:
Experian, Equifax and Tran-
sUnion, collaborated with Fair
Isaac to refine and agree on a
common scoring method, ver-
sions of which are used by all
four parties.

How is the score calculated?
The FICO system uses infor-
mation from an applicant's
credit report to derive an over-
all score. Under the FICO scor-
ing system, creditors are grant-
ed a score between 300 and

A score of 900 means that
you are most credit worthy,
while a score of 300 means you
are a weak credit (very risky).
Although the actual method-
ology is proprietary, the
approximate breakdown,
according to:, is as fol-

Payment History (35 per
cent) If you have a history of
paying your bills on time, your
score will be higher. You are
penalised if bills are routinely
paid late or if your creditors
send your accounts to collec-
tion agencies.

Level of outstanding debt (30
per cent) How much do you
owe on car or home loans?
How many credit cards do you
have that are at their credit lim-
its? The more cards you have
at their limits, the lower your
score will be. The rule of
thumb is to keep your card bal-
ances at 25 per cent or less of
their limits.

Length of time you had cred-
it (15 per cent) The longer
you've had established credit,
the better it is for your overall
credit score. Why? Because
more information about your
past payment history gives a
more accurate prediction of

FICO Score
I A.,,.. i


500-589 590-624 625-659 660-689 690-719 720-850

36-montWh 18.597 16.206 12.225 '9.498 f7.386 6.674

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new auto 18.598 16.206 12.226 9.500 7.390 6.678
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your future actions.

Number of credit inquiries
(10 per cent) If you've applied
for a lot of credit cards or loans,
you will have a lot of inquiries
on your credit report. These
are bad for your score because
they indicate that you may be
in some kind of financial trou-
ble or may be taking on a lot of
debt (even if you haven't used
the cards or gotten the loans).
The more recent these
inquiries are, the worse for
your credit score. FICO scores
only count inquiries from the
past year.

Type of credit you currently
have (10 per cent) The num-
ber of loans and available cred-
it from credit cards you have
makes a difference. There is
no magic number or combina-
tion of types of accounts that
you shouldn't have. These actu-
ally come more into play if
there isn't as much other infor-
mation on your credit report
on which to base the score.

How is your score used?
In the US, your cost of cred-

it is directly influenced by your
credit score. The higher your
credit score, the lower your
interest rate will be. The chart
(above) shows how much your
cost of credit can vary based
on your credit score.
It should be noted that cred-
it scores are not the only factor
used in determining whether
or not to extend credit, or at
what rate funds will be
However, it should be not-
ed that the use of credit scores
will continue to grow in all
economies, including the
Banking is global and it is
only a matter of time before
global practices are imple-
mented in our market. There-
fore, we need to start preparing
ourselves for the introduction
of credit bureaus and the shar-
ing of credit information and
Bahamians need to start
managing their credit better
than they have in the past.
With the cost of credit becom-
ing linked to one's credit score,
borrowers are becoming more
empowered to the extent that

their credit behaviour can save
lots of money down the road
through lower interest rates.
For those who do not manage
their credit properly, you will
have to pay much higher inter-
est rates or, worse yet, risk not
being able to get credit at any
Until next week...

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

Ginn project approval by 'this esday'

FROM page 1B

ing a minor stroke.
In its initial form, the Ginn
project involved a hotel, two
18-hole golf courses, single
family lots, second homes,
three marinas and the re-
opening of the West End
Airport as a private non-
commercial airport. Govern-
ment officials have estimated
it would create more than
1,000 direct jobs, being situ-
ated on 2,500 acres of land,
which include the old Sam-
mons Estate.
The project, which could
be valued at up to $2.5 bil-
lion, was designed to take
advantage of the burgeoning
demand for luxury second
homes in the Bahamas.
The Tribune was the first
to reveal that the Ginn pro-
ject was in trouble. Mr Ginn
was earlier this year said to

have "taken his marbles and
moved on to Mexico", with
one source telling this news-
paper: "Ginn has walked
away. About two weeks ago
they conveyed to the Gov-
ernment that: 'We thought
we had a deal, we made cer-
tain commitments to you and
you made certain commit-
ments to us over a year ago'.


"They are selling their
equipment, packing up. They
got rid of the house they
were using and they are
gone. They have taken the
funds that would have be
used on the Bahamas project
and are investing in Mexico."
However, the Prime Min-
ister has been working hard
behind the scenes to revi-
talise the Ginn project. He
met with the company's pres-

ident and chief executive,
Bobby Ginn, in early Octo-
ber, and that followed a late
August meeting, after which
the developer was said to
have reworked certain num-
bers for the project.
A source familiar with the
situation told The Tribune at
that time: "The momentum
was lost," the source told The
Tribune. "They are expecting
things will get back on track,
but they're not close, close,
"It's not on the frontburner,
although the Government
would like it to be."
The Ginn Corporation ini-
tially proposed the creation
of a $10 million foundation
for the redevelopment of the
West End settlement in
Grand Bahama as part of its
Heads of Agreement with the
It has also included a pro-

vision for the revitalisation
of the West End community
that will begin with a $3 mil-
lion donation to the founda-
The proposal further stip-
ulates that the foundation
will continue to be funded by
part of the proceeds from the
sale of each residential lot,
with Ginn earmarking $2,000
on the occasion of each sale.
The foundation was expected
to total some $10 million
within its first five years.
Ginn was asking for no real
property tax exemptions, just
a seven-year stamp tax conces-
sion. The company was said to
be asking for $200 million back
from its project, "but that's
wealth we created".


Meanwhile, in his telecon-
ference with religious leaders,

the Prime Minister said he was
"very optimistic about the
immediate future" Grand
Bahama's economy, saying he
believed a solution for the cri-
sis-stricken Royal Oasis resort
was not far off.
He added: "I am very, very
optimistic that in the near
future, because I've had dis-
cussion yesterday on this mat-
ter, there will be some resolu-
tion to the challenges posed by
the closure of the Royal Oasis.
"I have asked the owners or
the mortgage holders to accel-
erate the, process of negotia-
tions that they're in, with a
view to putting me in a posi- speak to the Bahamian
public in a time that I gave
them, that I shall not disclose at
this time."
The Prime Minister said last
month that a sale of the Royal
Oasis had not been achieved
because the price being sought
by Lehman Brothers' private
equity arm, which holds the
mortgage on the property, was
$10-$15 million higher than
buyers were willing to pay.
Admitting that he had
expected the Royal Oasis to
have been sold to a new buyer
by now, Mr Christie said
Lehman Brothers' private equi-
ty arm had invested around $80
million in the property. The

company had financed both the
Royal Oasis's purchase by
Driftwood Freeport, an entity
the Prime Minister referred to
yesterday as "bankrupt", and
invested money to upgrade the
The Prime Minister then
indicated that if Lehman
Brothers was unable to soon
resolve both the fate of the
resort and its former employ-
ees, some 130 of whom were
laid off recently after the
Grand Bahama Power Com-
pany cut off electricity supplies,
then the Government might
strip the Royal Oasis of its casi-
no operating licence.


Mr Christie told religious
leaders there were two or three
other major developments that
the Government and private
sector had lined up for Grand
Bahama, one of which was the
Marriott group's timeshare
development, and a new port.
The Prime Minister said:
"This all adds up to the fact
that though there are people
who, with good reason, have
been despairing and sometime
digging deep for hope, the
hope that they must have will
be enforced in the not too dis-
tant future."

Financial Advisors Ltd.
Pricing Information As Of:
28 October 2005

52wk-Hi 52wk-Lo w Symbol Previous Close Today's Clos e Change Daily Vol EPS Div PIE
1.10 0.73 Abaco Markets 0.73 0.73 0.00 -0.169 0.000 N/M 0.00%/
10.23 8.00 Bahamas Property Fund 10.23 10.23 0.00 1.456 0.340 7.0 3.32%
7.24 5.55 Bank of Bahamas 7.22 7.24 0.02 1,000 0.587 0.330 12.3 4.56%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.80 0.80 0.00 0.204 0.010 3.9 1.25%
1.80 1.27 Bahamas Waste 1.40 1.27 -0.13 4,300 0.112 0.060 11.3 4.72%
1.20 0.87 Fidelity Bank 1.20' 1.20 0.00 0.066 0.030 18.2 2.50%
9.27 6.94 Cable Bahamas 9.27 9.27 0.00 0.618 0.240 15.0 2.59%
2.20 1.39 Collna Holdings 1.40 1.51i 0.11 6,300 -0.046 0.000 NM 0.00%
9.10 7.00 Commonwealth Bank 9.09 9.09 0.00 1,000 0.791 0.410 .11.5 4.51%
2.50 0.96 Doctor's Hospital 2.40 2.40 0.00 0.429 0.000 5.6 0.00%
4.35 3.85 Famguard 4.35 4.35 0.00 0.428 0.240 9.1 5.52%
10.90 9.50 Finco 10.90 10.90 0.00 0.695 0.510 15.7 4.68%
9.90 7.45 FirstCaribbean 9.90 9.90 0.00 0.695 0.380 13.7 3.84%
9.25 8.39 Focol 9.25 9.25 0.00 0.675 0.500 13.7 5.41%
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%
8.75 8.20 J.S. Johnson 8.75 8.75 0.00 0.526 0.560 16.6 6.40%
6.69 4.36 Kerzner International BDRs 5.76 5.83 0.07 637 0.122 0.000 47.2 0.00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 2.036 0.760 4.9 7.60%
52wk-Hi 52wk-Lo wSmbol Bid AskL rce eekyVolVE Yield
13.00 12.50 Bahamas Supermarkets 12.25 13.25 11.00 1.768 0.960 7.5 7.25%
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 10.00 10.35 10.00 0.000 0.800 NM 7.80%
3.60 0.40 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.00 -0.044 0.000 NM 0.00%
43.0028.00 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 0.810 14.6 6.93%
0.35RNDHoidna0.290.540.35 -0103 0.000 N/M 0.00%
52wk-HI 52wk-Lo w Fund Name NV Last 12 Months l% /
1.2578 1.1892 Colina Money Market Fund 1.257751*
2.4403 2.0536 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 24403 ***
10.6103 10.0000 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 10.6103*"**
2.2560 2.1491 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.267097**
1.1395 1.0686 Colina Bond Fund 1.139546"***

BISX ALL SHARE INDE X- 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 Collna and Fidelity
52wk-Low Lowest closing price In last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Collna and fidelity
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week
Change Change in closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
Daily 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
" AS AT SEP. 30. 2005/ "* AS AT SEP 30. 2005
* AS AT OCT. 30, 2005/ *" AS AT SEP. 30.2005/." AS AT SEP. 30.2005

Legal Notice


Voluntarly Liquidated

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
137 (8) of the International Business Company Act (No. 45 of
2000) the Dissolution of LEVNAZ INC., has been completed. A
Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the Company has
therefore been struck off the Register of Companies.

The Date of Completion of dissolution was 4th day of'
October 2005.

Sebastian E. Paniza P.




Internet changing real estate market

* By Diane Phillips
A leading
reasltor has
said the Inter-
net is changing
the way land is bought and sold,
driving sales and influencing
how realtors market listings.
Larry Roberts, Bahamas
Realty's chief executive and a
past president of the Bahamas
Real Estate Association
(BREA), said the powerful
impact of the Internet was not
only driving sales, but steering
how today's real estate firms
market listings.
"Four out of every five
prospective homeowners start
their search for property on the
Internet," Mr Roberts said.
"People don't buy online, but
they shop online, and that fact
has changed marketing strategy
more in the past few years than
any other single trend in the 36
years that I have been involved
in the real estate business."
The change has prompted
many firms to upgrade detailed
websites and driven some, such
as Bahamas Realty, to go inde-
pendent, cultivating alliances
with e-networking affiliates that
employ cutting-edge Internet-
based marketing, strategy and
networking advertising oppor-
The change in marketing is
coming so fast that one of the
best referral networks, RELO,
which Bahamas Realty joined
four years ago, has already re-
branded itself as Leading Real
Estate Companies of the World.
"We are very. excited about
the new branding of Leading
Real Estate Companies of the.
World," said Mr Roberts. "Real
estate is still local business,
where the accountability of hav-

Almost /

ing our name on the door
counts. At the same time we are
a mobile society, so the con-
nections provided to us by the
network are invaluable in reach-
ing the audience of home buy-
ers and sellers who are new to
the Bahamas and may not know
our brand. Being able to intro-
duce clients to trusted, similar-
ly-qualified colleagues in other
cities and countries provides a
major benefit to our clients.
"Leading Real Estate Com-
panies of The World, is much
larger than any single fran-
chise," said'Mr Roberts. "There
are only 650 member firms in
the world, yet they sold $380
billion in real estate last year,
with 24,000 of those sales com-
ing in at over $1 million. Noth-
ing else came close. It is a great
honour for Bahamas Realty to
be included as a member of
such a prestigious and impres-
sive network."
According to Leading Real
Estate Companies of the World
president and chief executive,
Pam O'Conner, sales through
the company's network firms -
including members in Europe,
South Africa, Mexico, Canada,
Australia, New Zealand,
Bermuda, the Caribbean and
the Bahamas reflect a combi-
nation of new technology and
high standards.
"We consistently outperform
all of the national franchise
brand networks in terms of total
home sale units and volume,"
said Ms O'Conner.
"Just as one prefers to visit a
fine local dining establishment
for a special anniversary, or a
unique high-end hotel, it fol-
lows that, when buying what is
usually their largest asset their
home consumers often gravi-
tate toward that strong local
real estate brand, where one


can talk to the owner broker if
Bahamas Realty has also
qualified to list properties in the
network's new Luxury Portfolio
programme, reserved for list-
ings of over $1 million and
shared with member firms in 24
And the real estate firm,
headquartered on East Bay
Street with offices or agents
throughout the Bahamas, was
recently invited to join the
Board of Regents of Who's
Who in Luxury Real Estate,
which Mr Roberts calls "an
exclusive network of the world's
most elite luxury real estate bro-
The average sales price of a
listing on www.luxu- is $2.6 million.
The web
site has been rated 'Best of the
Web' for five consecutive years

0% of BISX stocks

give positive returns

FROM page lB company and its qualified 2004 its 2005 economic g
f~ian ial statements cast for the U TS bv (

in the Bahamas, and it is expect-
ed that these measures will fur-
ther stimulate demand for
Bahamian equities."
Of the six BISX stocks who
delivered negative returns dur-
ing the first nine months of
2005, Freeport Concrete was
the worst performer, as returns
were a negative 42.21 per cent
as the firm's share price
dropped from $1.99 to $1.15.
It was followed closely by
Abaco Markets, the retailer's
difficulties in achieving an oper-
ational profit causing the shares
to fall from $1.10 to $0.73 at
September 30, a drop of 33.64
per cent.
In addition, Colina Holdings
produced a negative return of
30.48 per cent following a share
price fall from $2.20 to $1.53 at
September 30, amid concerns
over a regulatory review of the

FROM page 1B

estate and information/commu-
nications technology to accoun-
tants, lawyers, retail and manu-
facturing, found that "no one
put" the amount of business
obtained from networking "at
below 50 per cent".
Mr Simon said: "This high-
lighted for me that the Bahamas
is a service-oriented economy,
five degrees less than six
degrees of separation."
The Chamber of Commerce
executive director said that busi-
nesses were like relationships, in
that they were built on trust and
the delivery of a quality product
or service. A positive word on a
company's product from some-
one who was well-known and
respected "carries a lot of
weight and influence".
Mr Simon said there were dif-
ferent forms of networking,
pointing out that four out of
five potential homebuyers were
now starting their property
searches on the Internet.
Real estate marketing trends
were changing as a result, Mr
Simon said, pointing to the fact
that Bahamas Realty, for one,
was now focusing on e-net-
working (see story at top of this

Other negative producers
were Bahamas Waste, Bench-
mark Bahamas and Kerzner
International's Bahamian
Depository Receipts (BDRs).
Nevertheless, Fidelity Capi-
tal Markets was positive on the
near term outlook for the
Bahamian stock market and
economy. It pointed out that
the International Monetary
Fund (IMF) had only trimmed

rowth fore-
S1 ner cent

to 3.5 per cent as a result of
Hurricane Katrina.
Fidelity Capital Markets said:
"We expect the recent appre-
ciation in share prices to per-
sist for the rest of the year, but
at a slower pace. Notwithstand-
ing the strong gains during the
first nine months of 2005, there
are still a number of shares that
offer good value at current lev-


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Due to continuous growth ATC Trustees (Bahamas) Limited, has a
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and 250 offices in over 35 coun- house exposure because they
tries, are, naturally, directing sales
As Bahamas Realty moves toward their affiliates, said Mr
forward with its independent Roberts. With the new net-
real estate networking affilia- working, there's no percentage
tions, it elected not to contin- of sales to be shared, and
ue with Sotheby's International instead of franchise fees for the
Real Estate when the firm it right to boast a familiar logo,
had a more than five-year rela- members interact with other
tionship with changed owner-, leading firms. Listings are cir-
ship and began offering fran- culated worldwide almost
chises. instantly, and there are other
"Only time will tell whether advantages, including constant
franchising or independence will market updates, seminars, web-
be the way to go, but I can say site support and special adver-
this that since we stepped up tising rates in publications such
our affiliations with firms that as The New York Times, Wall
provide networking and first- Street Journal and Robb Report
class online marketing services, apply.
we have had more calls, more "This is not to say that fran-
inquiries and more closings than chises do not work," Mr
we would have imagined possi- Roberts said. "They can be very
ble in such a relatively short powerful and important. I just
period of time," said Mr know for us, independence and
OBERTS Roberts. linking with the best in e-com-
"It has definitely worked for merce industry networking has
us. Our new affiliations give us been very successful."
by Forbes Magazine. The the advantage of web and other It isn't the first time that
Who's Who brand sets the stan- marketing and networking. It's Bahamas Realty took a leap
dard for extraordinary estates more than a label; the referrals into the future.
by offering a network of more. and links come our way, and it's "Bahamas Realty was the
than 600 brokerages with over up to us to be up to the task of first real estate firm in the coun-
30,000 for-sale multimillion-dol- making our mark as the inde- try to recognize the potential of
lar mansions and properties pendent real estate firm with the Internet and gear up for it,"
from around the world. the best expertise, profession- said Mr Roberts. "I will never
In February of this year, alism and range of services, forget after we launched the
Bahamas Realty was named the We're looking realistically at site, and I was thinking it would
exclusive affiliate in the how people 'shop' for real be something valuable for the
Bahamas for SAVILLS, a mul- estate in a changing world and future, I got a report that
ti-service property services we want to be right there." showed we had 9,600 hits in the
group in the UK and other With recent figures support- first month. It was almost unbe-
major European countries. The ing the importance of Internet lievable and it opened our eyes
affiliation opens more doors for shopping marrying the most to the power of the Internet in
Bahamas Realty overseas and solid of resources and land with real estate."
to build its UK and European the ability to view everything That was in 1999.
contact base. from kitchen appliances to pri- Six years later, Bahamas
"We are very pleased indeed vate islands in a virtual reality Realty is banking on courage
to have this valuable, and what there's little doubt that web- again. Its new logo, a fresh more
is proving to be very prpfitable, based real estate marketing will refined version of the former,
affiliation with SAVILLS," says become the future homespun will include the words Estab-
Mr Roberts. "We are now able wisdom of the industry. lished 1949, a subtle reminder
to take advantage of the weak Given the dizzying figures of that standing out from the
US and consequently Bahamian high-end purchases and a real crowd didn't hurt survival
dollar, and market properties estate market that seems to be before.
to British and European buy- holding its own despite warn- "The real estate industry is
ers who find property values in ings that the bubble has to becomingly increasingly pro-
the Bahamas quite reasonable." burst, the.question lingers: How fessional, decidedly crowded
For the past eight years the can the new networking and and it forces all of us to be on
commercial department of Internet-driven memberships our toes.
Bahamas Realty has been the do more for firms than the pres- "All five of the partners and
local correspondent for CB tigious names established for a many of our brokers, agents and
Richard Ellis, the largest verti- century or more do? And how associates participated in the
cally integrated commercial real do the two differ? discussion that led to this sig-
estate services firm in.the w.9rld, Traditional franchises come nificant move. We're very excit-
wit.h some, ,,OOQ emwle iith livprice tagandi n. ed,'.Mr Roberts said.






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Lynette Roker
Human Resources Administrative Assistant
FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) Limited
Financial Centre 2nd Floor, Shirley Street

P.O.Box N 3221
Nassau, Bahamas

Or email:

FirstCaribbean International Bank thanks all applicants for their interest,
however only those under consideration will be contacted.

Vacancies are open to Bahamas residents only.

Consumer awareness key without

contractor compulsory licensing

FROM page 1B

fession, becoming self-regulat-
ing like the Bahamas Real
Estate Association (BREA).
The BCA was working with
the Government to develop
licensing legislation, and with
educational institutions on
establishing a curriculum for stu-
dents that met the construction
industry's needs.
Mr Knowles said the BCA
would want to take the admin-
istration of any licensing pro-
gramme "out of government
hands", pointing to the fact that
the industry could not afford the
18-month to two-year delays
that had sometimes happened
with the current administration's

appointment of public sector
"We think we can get a lot
more integrity and transparency
into the process," Mr Knowles
Until a compulsory licensing
programme was developed, he
added that consumers had to be
proactive and engage them-
selves in management of the
construction project to safe-
guard their interests.
The BCA was comprised of
75 members from various con-
struction trades and disciplines,
and although it had been in exis-
tence for 40 years, it only repre-
sented less than lo per cent of
the estimated 1,000 companies
operating in the Bahamas.
Mr Knowles said the BCA

could only apply "peer pres-
sure" against those companies
whom complaints were brought
against, urging Bahamian con-
sumers to pressure their gov-
ernment and MPs to push for-
ward on compulsory licensing.
He related a story about a sin-
gle mother of three children,
who had selected a company to
build her triplex upon the advice
and recommendation of a
friend, paying a 50 per cent
deposit to the contractor.
However, the foundation of
the triplex was laid out incor-
rectly, and the contractor failed
to correct this. An independent
appraiser told the woman she
had received work amounting
to 1/3 the value of the deposit,
and to date she has been unable

to recover the funds paid to the
contractor. In addition, the
foundation he laid has to be
ripped up.
"There isn't much you can
do," Mr Knowles said, adding
that a consumer in this situation
could not go to the Ministry of
Works and get a licence can-
celled, while legal action would
prove costly and time consum-
. In giving tips on how con-
sumers could protect them-
selves, Mr Knowles said con-
tractors were obligated to pro-
tect the property owner and
comply with Building Codes; for
completing the project on time
and on Budget; preparing peri-
odic reports on the status of con-
struction, materials and equip-

ment; pay for equipment, labour
and sub-contractors; and carry
out the project in accordance
with its scheme and intent.
Mr Knowles urged consumers
to "do your homework", identi-
fying contractors with the appro-
priate skills and experience for
the task and pre-qualifying
them, not just opting for the
lowest bid.
Consumers also needed to get
contractors to prepare "a
detailed scope of works", and
Mr Knowles added: "Many cost
overruns are the result of poor
planning at the design stage."
He also urged consumers to
ask contractors for evidence that
they were paying their vendors,
suppliers and sub-contractors on
time. If sub-contractors, such as

electricians and plumbers, wge
not turning up, "more often
than not" it was because they
had not been paid.
Mr Knowles said consumers
should also ensure their
tractors had all the necessary
forms of insurance, such as pub-
lic liability insurance drid
employee liability insurance.
Otherwise, the consumers cold
be liable if someone was injured
on the job site. -
The BCA president saib ;it
was worthwhile for consumers
to appoint a construction ninh-
ager or supervisor to oversee
the project on their behalf, but
only if they could afford-it,
because the fees were normally
10 per cent of project costs,
same as the architects.

Stamp Tax is greatest revenue rise

FROM page 1B

However, Mr Smith said that
while total revenues earned in
the 2005-2006 first quarter had
exceeded projections, so had
government spending.
He explained: "The revenue
is a little bit above the projec-
tions for the first quarter, but
so is expenditure."
While the fiscal deficit's size
was "on target" for the first

quarter, Mr Smith acknowl-
edged that the Government
would "like to eliminate" it, and
was focusing on controlling the
public finances for the remain-
der of 2005.
The Government's May Bud-
get projected a 2005-2006 GFS
fiscal deficit equivalent to 2.8
per cent of the Bahamas' annu-
al gross domestic product
(GDP), an amount equivalent
to $172 million. The GFS mea-
surement strips out the cost of
$55 million in debt redemption.
Yet improved revenue col-
lections towards the end of



(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company
is in dissolution, which commenced on the 27th day of
October, 2005. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc., of
P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.


Legal Notice
Euro Canadian Management Limited
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Pursuant to Section 249 of the Companies Act 1992 the final meeting
of this company will be held at the office of Chris Johnson Associates
Ltd., Strathvale House, 90 North Church Street, George Town, Grand
Cayman, Cayman Islands on 9th December, 2005.
1. To lay accounts before the meeting showing how the winding up has
been conducted and how the property has been disposed of to the date
of final winding up on 9th December 2005.
2. To authorise the Liquidators to retain the records of the company for
a period of six years from the dissolution of the company after which
they may be destroyed.
Any person who is entitled to attend and vote at this meeting may
appoint a proxy to attend and vote in his stead. A proxy need not be a
member or creditor.
Dated: October 28th, 2005
Christopher D. Johnson



Established food store requires General Manager to oversee all
aspects of the store as well as expand the business. Applicant will
require the following:-
An extensive history in the retail food distribution business
Knowledge of all aspects of store management
At least 20 years experience in the industry
Excellent sales skills a must
Be self motivated and able to drive the work force
Willing to work long hours as necessary
Possess excellent communication skills
Strong computer skills required
Interested parties are requested to submit their written application,
together with a current resume, copies of references and proof of
qualification to the following address:-
P.O. Box N-63
Nassau, Bahamas

2004-2005 held out hope that
the fiscal deficit for that year
might be less than the projected
2.8 per cent or $163 million.
Preliminary Central Bank data,
though, indicated that the
deficit figure was about right,
despite expectations that it

could be nearer $140 million.
And Mr Smith's comments
yesterday are again likely to fuel
concern that while the Govern-
ment may be getting a grip on
the revenue situation, it is still
struggling to control its spend-
ing, particularly the recurrent




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




(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company
is in dissolution, which commenced on the 27th day of
October, 2005. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc., of
P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.


NOTICE is hereby given that JOHANNE HILAIRE, BOX CR
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 1ST day of
NOVEMBER, 2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



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variety on fixed costs such as
salaries and rents.
Mr Smith told The Tribune
that the revenue collection
efforts were part of a medium-
term strategy to ensure the
Government maximised earn-
ings from the existing tax system

without having to increase tax-
He added that this was atso
connected to the possibilI, Iof
the Bahamas altering its tax sys-
tem, with analysts b i ?_ig a
value-added tax (VAT) is -th
most likely alternative



(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company
is in dissolution, which commenced on the 27th day of
October, 2005. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc., of
P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.


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,I
should send a written and signed statement of the facts within '
twenty-eight days from the 1ST day of NOVEMBER, 2005 e
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.6O". N-(
7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

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Island Traders Building
East Bay Street
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Notice is hereby given that in accordance'wi ffiin
137 (8) of the International Business Companies &t'
2000, the dissolution of THUNDERING WAER
INC., has.been completed; aCertifia -of Dis tin
has been issued and the Companyrhas therefore been
struck off the Register.









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AFTER going 30-days with,
out play, the New Providenpe.,
s te Volleyball Association (NPVA)
is back in full swing, hosting.
four games on Sunday.
Locking down the Sir Kendal
M aste se Isaacs gym for the remainder of
the season, executives in the ,
association are hoping to 'catch-.
N TENNIS Having already qualified for up' on the games that were
By KELSIE JOHNSON the Tennis Masters Cup, the postponed, by playing at least
Junior Sports Reporter duo will turn their focus on four games on the nights
winning their third consecutive designed for play.
MARK KNOWLES and title. For president Paul Farquhar-
Daniel Nestor will hit the hard Knowles and Nestor started son the response might not have
a speedy one, but being able to,
courts once again, this time in their title hunt off by capturing get the season back on trackbis
pursuit of a BNP Paribas Mas- the BA-CA tennis trophy and get.the m ost imp ortant tracking.
ters title. the Masters Series Madrid title. The experience of not having
The BNP Paribas Masters, Both titles were claimed in the aThe experience of not having
a home for the sporting disci-
being played in Paris, France, is month of October. pline has haunted Farquharson
the last tournament of the nine The Masters Series title was throughout his two year tenure
Masters Series titles, it is also the duo's fourth title in five years as president, but, according to
considered to be the most cov- at the tournament. him, the love for the sport
eted of them all. The tournament However, Knowles and Nestor shown by him and the players
comes on the eve of the Tennis are still ranked number four in keeps them looking.
Masters Cup championship, set the ATP Double Race having He said: "We are grateful to
for November 13th-20th, in accumulated 630 points. Down have four games played on Sun-
Shanghai, China. by only 120 points, Knowles and day, and, as the week goes on,
Seeded number'four in this Nestor are trailing Wayne Black we are looking to play a few
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very high.
"The games on Sunday
showed that the play in the
league is still competitive, this
was my main concern after a
long lay off. Despite the short
..notice, we were even able to
attract some fans."
The feature game on the
night was played between the
men's division leaders, the
SPolice Crimestoppers and fotir
time defending champions the
Twin Brothers Technicians.
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"Hopefully next year we can
be able to prevent this problem,
although it is not our fault. We
will need to learn from the
problems experienced in the
past two years, having an filter-
native route.
"We really want to finish up
the season so we can look'ahead
to another one. Although'we
had a lot of bumps in the road
this year, the play and patience
by the players is great."
With play resuming Far-
quharson is planning to call
elections in the association next
week. He is asking all interested
persons to step forward in an
attempt to move the league for-



Miss Universe: AIDS cases in

Bahamas reflect global trend

Tribune Feature Writer
YOUNG women empow-
ering themselves with knowl-
edge about sexuality, or tak-
ing the initiative to protect
themselves seems to be a lost
cause when you consider
recent statistics showing that
females between 15 and 19-
years old lead the number of
new Non-AIDS HIV cases in
the Bahamas.
Statistics reveal that there
are 9,764 reported HIV-pos-
itive cases in the Bahamas,
and 4,549 AIDS cases. More
than 3,000 persons with
AIDS have died since the
statistics were released, leav-
ing more than 6,500 people
in the Bahamas living with
the virus. AIDS remains the
leading cause of death in the
Bahamas for people between
the ages of 15 and 44-years

Non-AIDS/HIV cases are
increasing faster among
females than males, accord-
ing to statistics. The largest
increase is seen among
females between 15 and 19-
years old.
Looking at these statistics
one wonders what a 15-year
old is doing having sex in the
first place. But the most
effective response may not
be in trying to strap young
girls down, as much as it is

"I do hear a lot about these
young women in my age group
are the most vulnerable right
now and at the highest risk.
And that is exactly the case in
the United States. I've also
heard that is the case in South
Africa where I travelled just
three months ago."

Miss Universe 2005, Natalie Glebova

empowering them with edu-
cation about their sexuality
and sexually transmitted dis-
eases; letting them know that
they have the power to make
their own choices.
Miss Universe 2005, Natal-
ie Glebova, who was in the
Bahamas last week speaking
at various functions for.the
AIDS Foundation of the
Bahamas, said that these sta-
tistics are not exclusive to the
Bahamas. In her travels since
winning the title, she has
found that the level of AIDS
cases in the Bahamas reflects
a global trend where women,
especially young women,
seem to be the fastest grow-
ing group of persons living
with HIV/AIDS.
"I do hear a lot about these
young women in my age

group are the most vulnera-
ble right now and at the high-
est risk. And that is exactly
the case in the United States.
I've also heard that is the
case in South Africa where I
travelled just three months
ago," said the 23-year old'
beauty queen whose platform
is HIV/AIDS awareness.
"But even though I can't
speak for the whole world, I
would imagine that the sta-
tistics are very similar around
the world."
The HIV/AIDS awareness
campaign has been the plat-
form of the Miss Universe
holder for the past seven
years. "I'm just really glad
that is the cause that they
chose because it is such a
global problem. And of
course Miss Universe travels
all, over the world speaking
on this message and it will be
beneficial to other countries,"
she said.

In a world that upholds
men as leaders, women are
often taught that it is the
man's responsibility to pro-
vide protection, but health
professionals have for years
been advocating for women
to empower themselves. Last
year, the Bahamas AIDS
Foundation devised a pro-
gramme to encourage women
to wear female condoms, but
organisers admitted that
many women were not com-
fortable using the devise.
There are several reasons,
Miss Universe said, why
women in this age group are
affected. First, women are
more biologically susceptible
to contracting the virus. But
when it comes to the notion
of the woman being at fault
for contracting the disease,
Miss Universe feels that this
is an irresponsible verdict of
society, since the sex act
involves two persons.

"I don't believe that it is
the woman's responsibility
only. It is the responsibility of
both partners to be aware of
the risk and provide protec-
tion during intercourse. So I
believe that only education
in schools and churches and
universities and doctor's
offices and government pro-
grammes can really educate
young people about this
While she has not been
personally touched by
HIV/AIDS, and has no fam-
ily member or friends with
the disease, Miss Universe
has had the opportunity in
her travels to form acquain-
tances with persons who have
the disease.
Recent statistics show that

the Caribbean has the sec-
ond highest prevalence rate
of HIV/AIDS cases, next to
Sub Sahara Africa; and with-
in thie context of the region,
the Bahamas has the second
highest prevalence rate.
Recent statistics from
Jamaica, show that there are.
an increasing number of
HIV/AIDS cases among girls
ages 13 to 19.

In light of these new sta-
tistics, Miss Universe agrees
that young women, in the
Bahamas, in the wider
Caribbean, and elsewhere in
the world, should make
mature decisions when it
comes to sex. And that, she

said, may require waiting.
"My first advice would be
to wait before engaging in
premature sex. Young
women can do anything that
they set out to do and they
can do just as many things as
men can so my first advice
would be to believe in your-
self and set your goals and
strive to achieve them and
things like premature sex
may put a barrier in between
your goals that you set out
to do.
"So just wait until you
reach something in your life
where you can make a
mature decision. And also
have enough self respect and
self confidence to be able to
say yes, I want to use protec-
tion when I do have sex."


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change in


for fall fashion


W E HAVE just felt
the first crisp
breeze (cold front) for the
Bahamian fall season; let's
hope that it lasts until
March. If we are so lucky,
we will definitely need to
alter our wardrobes slightly.
The season's latest must-
haves can be seen all over, in
the form of lightweight
scarves, tweed skirts and
trousers. The new and
improved lightweight trench
and day coats are present-
ing themselves in an array
of cuts and fabrics.
Fashionistas in the
Bahamas don't get to
experience a dra-
matic change in
season here in
the sunny isles.
For some, that
may be a
mig h ty
thing, to
thy weather
all year
For oth-




autumn is one of the most
beautiful and enjoyable sea-
sons of all.
The idea of being able to
layer in heavier, luxurious
fabrics lets you know that
winter is creeping up on you,
and the greatest pleasure
of all; the one that is
S as inevitable as the
S change in weath-
er is the change
in wardrobe.
:, \ Packing up
S your summer
Swear and slow-
ly breaking
out your
with the
thought of
new and

M TAILORED jackets in almost any fabric or style are also here to stay.

women with unbelievably
flat tummies) with and with-
out a cuff, and for everyone
else there is the low-waist-
ed, wide leg baggy pant
(reminiscent of men's
trousers, but flattering on
the female figure), with and
without a cuff. Both pant
options are lovely in light-
weight suiting fabrics and.
lightweight wool blends.
The hemlines for most
skirts have lengthened just
a little, although you will
still see the shorter versions
from time to time. Peasant
skirts should be packed up
until the summer season
returns and replaced with
sleeker more streamlined
skirts for fall. A-line skirts
with embellishments and
adornments are a great
replacement for all the
peasant skirt lovers.
Blouses are also more
feminine and dainty
this season. The glitz
and sparkle of the
lovely embellishments
that we have seen for
the past two seasons are
on their way out. The
metallics we loved so
much are now a bit more
muted and toned down.
Great turtle-neck and cowl
neck sweaters are begin-
ning to replace our favorite
tees and tanks. Cashmere
and lightweight knitted
sweaters will soon become
great staples as the temper-
ature continues to go down.
Pashminas will continue to
be an amazing accessory for
every winter season in any
color, the more you collect
the better. Tailored jack-
ets in almost any fabric
or style are also here to
stay; the key to picking
a great tailored jacket
is to find one that com-
fof'tably, covers the
bust (when buttoned
or zipped), but also
accentuates the waist-
line, so as to give you
a curvy silhouette.
Remember, the
technical aspect of
making clothes

that we can camouflage and
i s
times about illusion, so
let's make great choices so
that we can camouflage and
conceal whenever and wher-
ever we can.
Great shoes are a staple in
every woman's wardrobe;
this season is all about the
boot. The flat riding boot is
a favorite, whether knee
high or calf high in any col-
or, it can complete almost
any look. It can be paired
with jeans, a skirt (long or
short) or a great dress. The
addition of the boot is a look
that any woman can feel
confident taking on this sea-
son. Ankle boots are also a
great choice as they seam-
lessly compliment a skirt or
pantsuit to perfection. Lace
up boots, are sexy and go
well with anything,
trousers, skirts, dresses
and jeans. Gone are the
pointy stilettos in any
form (don't worry stilet-
to lovers, they will be
back), but this season
offers a much softer more
dainty silhouette, the
"round-toe." They come
in a variety of heights
and have a much sturdier
heel. They also make the
wearing of beautiful
shoes all the more com-
These are the fall sea-
son's iconic pieces. With
the addition of these key
elements, your
wardrobe will take on
new life, easily wel-
coming fall into your
look, the island way.

Apryl Weech is a fash-
ion designer, stylist and
photographer. You can con-
tact her via email at: or vis-
it her site at: www.apryl-

* THE addition of the boot is a look that any woman
can feel confident taking on this season.,
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0 VERY unique to the Bahamian
population is the challenge of
patients opting for bush medicine
over conventional treatments,
which the doctor believes is more
popular among men.
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Fighting all

forms of cancer

Tribune Feature Writer

IN the fight against cancers
of all forms, there are often
stigmas, myths and even eco-
nomic factors that hinder suc-
cessful treatment. In the
Bahamas, health profession-
als are concerned that these
factors too often add to can-
cer's mortality rate.
Though breast and.prostate
cancers are both very much a
concern in the Bahamas (the
third highest form being
colon cancer), one of the
issues that may explain why
breast cancer is more talked
about than prostate cancer,
is that women tend to be
more proactive when it
comes to combating the dis-
ease, at least this is Dr
Theodore Turnquest's find-
ing, which is based on his
observations in the field.
Fear, he believes, is a major
factor in the Bahamas when
it comes to cancer: A 24-year
old man walked into a doc-
tor's office after noticing that
there was a growth in his
groin. He watched it grow
for the next three to four
months, until it finally
became the size of a grape-
fruit. This prompted
see the doctor, who told him
that the mass was probably
cancerous. The patient
stopped seeing the doctor,
but three months later
returned to the office weak
and 50 pounds lighter. The
mass, said Dr Turquest, was
now "sitting in his groin, ooz-
ing blood, and fowl smelling".
Unfortunately, by the time
he returned to the doctor's
office, the cancer had already
spread throughout his body.
"So what was once some-
thing that was curable, is no
longer," said Dr Turnquest,
an oncologist with the
Princess Margaret Hospital.
"You ask the question,
'What took you so long. You
saw this thing growing, what
took you so long'. And
invariably, the answer is,
'Doctor, I just didn't want to
know. I was scared'."
Though fear is a major
issue that patients and health
professionals must face in

cancer care, the cost of treat-
ment is also a concern, espe-
cially in this age when newly
developed drugs are often
more expensive than their
"So even though we are
getting better treatments and
more therapies that are tar-
geted, delivering that therapy
to the public becomes a huge
problem," he explained dur-
ing an address at Doctors
Hospital's most recent install-
ment in its distinguished lec-
ture series.

In another true story used
to put a face on these unfor-
tunate issues, Dr Turnquest
told of a 45-year old mother
of three, who was newly diag-
nosed with breast cancer. Her
tumour presented a "mark-
er" which let the oncologists
know that it could be target-
ed with a specific medication.
The cost of the medication
was $20,000 per session (not
for the entire therapy).
According to Dr Turn-
quest, the woman began the
sessions but soon ran out of
money. "Four months later,
her disease takes over," said
the doctor. "I'm not saying
that she wouldn't have died
of her disease, but it just
shows our challenge with cost
in this country."
Many patients have sworn
by divine intervention in
medical cases. But according
to Dr Turnquest, faith is one
of the most difficult issues to
deal with in cancer care. In
many cases, it serves as a
"friend", helping to take
patients through the worst
part of their therapy. But on
the flip side, and far too
often, it becomes a "foe" to
doctors, he said.
In one instance, a 54-year
old female came in with a
cancerous breast mass. She
had a mastectomy, and a few
weeks later came to a clinic
where chemotherapy was rec-
ommended for treatment.
But her husband informed
the doctor that he and his
wife had prayed about it and
felt strongly that the cancer
was cured. They wanted no
further therapy.

But situations like this do
not always have a happy end-
ing. "You talk to the family.
Tell them that this is some-
thing that they really need to
do. I understand your faith
in God, but maybe God put
me here to help you also.
"I can tell you, we have
multiple arguments with cou-
ples, and it doesn't work.
And I can tell you, far too
often, the patient comes back
a few months later and (the
cancer) has spread through-
.out the body. Again we have
a situation that was curable
and now there is nothing we
can do."
Very unique to the
Bahamian population is the
challenge of patients opting
for bush medicine over con-
ventional treatments, which
the doctor believes is more
popular among men, He
recalled an experience with
a 64-year old patient who was
diagnosed with prostate can-
cer but did not want to
undergo surgery. He came to
Dr Turnquest's office six
months later after experienc-
ing some pain and admitted

SEE page 5C

'The first step

in combating


Tribune Feature Writer

plex disease, with
many subsets and
options that
often takes years to have an
effect. Despite these chal-
lenges, the Bahamas has the
potential to fight all cancers
that are common to the peo-
ples of these islands. And all it
takes is the establishment of
proper recording systems.
Dr Theodore Turnquest, an
oncologist with the Princess
Margaret Hospital, said the
first step in effectively combat-
ing cancer in the Bahamas is
to develop proper statistical
Dr Turnquest is advocating
for the mandatory recording of
all cancer cases into a cancer
registry, similar to the current
system that requires all
HIV/AIDS cases to be report-
ed Data from the Princess
Margaret Hospital Registry
reveals that there were approx-
imately 350 incidents of cancer
from 2001 to 2003. Of those
cancers, the vast majority were
breast, prostate and colon.
But the question to ask, Dr
Turnqest said, is whether the
statistics reflect the true pic-
ture because there are many
cancer patients who never pass
through the public system or
Doctors Hospital. They instead
find treatment at US facilities.
These persons are not count-
ed among the 350 cases.
"When we look at the (sta-
tistics) from the US, which say
that there are 400 cases per
100,000 people per year, based
on that there should be approx-
imately 1,200 (400 multiplied
by a Bahamian population of
,300,000) new cases here. But
yet, in the public system we
only see about 350 of those that
have been recorded. Now we
have to ask ourselves why," he
Dr Turnquest was address-
ing the most recent forum in
the Doctors Hospital distin-
guished lecture series.
The projected figures, based
on US statistics, may not be
applicable to the Bahamas,
though. Many differences exist
between the US culture and
the culture of the Bahamas.
For example, the majority of
the US population is Cau-
casian, while the majority of
people in the Bahamas are
black. Dietary factors also exist;

Oncologist at Princess

Margaret Hospital calls for

mandatory cancer registry

the American diet is high in
meat, while the Bahamian diet
is centered around seafood, for
the most part.
Sun exposure can also be a
variable, as person in the trop-
ics receive more exposure.
"But is that negated by the fact
that if you're a person of
colour, does it mean that you're
sun exposure is less likely to
cause you to get some form of
cancer?" he said.
Smoking incidents in the
Bahamas seem to be less, as
well as exposure to harmful
chemicals and industrial tox-
ins. In regard to HIV however,
which is a major risk factor for
all forms of cancers, the per-
centage is higher per capita in

"Cost analysis is
what we are talking'
about. If we don't
have the numbers,
we can't really go to
government and say
we need X amount of
dollars to take care
of cancer patients
this year."
Dr Theodore

the Bahamas than in the US.
If successfully implemented,
the mandatory reporting of
cancer cases will be beneficial
to the government which will
then be able to construct a
proper budget to effectively
target cancer care. "Cost analy-
sis is what we are talking
about," Dr Turnquest said. "If
we don't have the numbers, we
can't really go to government
and say we need X amount of
.dollars to take care of cancer
patients this year."
Having a realistic view of just
how many persons are victims
of cancer will also allow health
officials to identify specific
areas of need, and as a result.
design awareness efforts that

are specific.
He explained: "This means
that if we notice that in Nas-
sau, for example, there is a
much higher incidence of
breast cancer presenting at a
late stage, then we can identify-
that and say we need to
increase our screening. So we,
know that we need to go and,
aggressively talk to the public
and deal with the cancer".
There are rumours which
suggest that cancer rates are
higher in different Family
Islands, but even this cannot.
be'concluded if the true num- -
bers are not known. "So it-
becomes a really important
thing that not only do we
record that a Bahamian patient
has a cancer, but we record
where he lives, record his living:
history. Did he spend ten years
in Grand Bahama, then five
years in Exuma, and two years-'
in Nassau? This goes into iden-
tifying the risk factors."
If it is known that there is an-
area with higher incidents of a:
specific cancer, health officials:-
will then be able to go into:
those areas and assess exactly,:
why the cancer occurs so fre-;
quently. Is it exposure to somer-
chemical on the island, or is it:
the habits of the people?
It also stands to reason that if-
the country does not know
what percentage of its popula-
tion has been diagnosed with
cancer, it will not have a clear
view of how many persons
have died as a result of the dis-
eases, the oncologist said.
Dr Turnquest believes that
through the establishment of a
tumour registry, which is for-
tunately on the drawing board,.
and with the dissemination of
information about cancer, there
can be many strides made in
the fight against cancers of air
"I think that right now in the
Bahamas we have all of the key
ingredients we need to estab-
lish an excellent cancer care
programme. It's just a matter of
getting them to work together
in a synergistical way. And I
think that future is pretty,

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Link between obesity and diabetes

he link between
obesity and type
2 diabetes has
been recognized
for decades. A
close association between obe-
sity and type 2 diabetes is seen
in all ethnic groups and in both
sexes, across the full range of
body weights and across all
ages. The risk of developing
diabetes increases progressive-
ly in both men and women with
the amount of excess weight.
Obese persons with excess
abdominal fat are at a higher
risk of diabetes than obese per-
sons with overall excess weight.
There is no single cause of
type 2 diabetes. It is a complex
issue and involves the interac-'
tion of genetic and environ-
mental factors. However,
overeating leading to obesity
and a sedentary lifestyle are
among the most important
environmental factors. In addi-
tion to this, there is an emerg-
ing consensus that type 2 dia-
betes results from a combina-
tion of abnormal processing of
The influence of being over-
weight on diabetes is amazing.
The risk of diabetes increases
with the increase of Body Mass
Index (BMI). An increase of
BMI, even at relatively low lev-
els inrpreviously normal weight
indivjS144,greatly increases
from two per cent in those with
BMI 25 to 29.9 to eight per
cent inthose with BMI's 30 to
34.9 aridt61r3per cent in those
with BMI greater than 35. In
other. Worlds the likelihood of
type 2 liibetes at a BMI of
over 25 is increased 8-fold, and
40-fold for BMI over 30.
It is estimated that at least
half of'all diabetes cases would
be eliiiriated if weight gain in


adults could be prevented.
Research has shown that two-
thirds of the adult men and
women in the United States
with a diagnosis of type 2 dia-
betes have a BMI of 27 or
The alarming increase in the
worldwide prevalence of type 2
diabetes, particularly in devel-
oping countries, in minority
groups, and in children,
appears to be mainly related
to overweight and obesity.
Both excessive nutrition, eat-
ing too much high calorie
foods, and decreased physical
activity contribute to the emer-
gence of type 2 diabetes as a
serious worldwide medical and
public health problem.
Certain characteristics of
obese persons which further
increase the risk of developing
type 2 diabetes, even after con-
trolling for age and family his-
tory of diabetes are as follows:
Obesity during childhood
and adolescence
Progressive weight gain
from age 18 years
Abdominal obesity
Lack of physical activity
High-fat, low complex car-
bohydrates, low fiber
Certain ethnic groups

Diabetes and obesity in the
A dramatic rise in the inci-
dence of type 2 diabetes in chil-
dren and adolescents has been
detected in recent years. This is
largely due to the fact that a
progressive number of children
are becoming overweight and
obese. Obesity is the most
prevalent nutritional disorder
among children and adolescent

in the majority of developed
Excess weight in children
and adolescents is generally
caused by lack of physical activ-
ity, unhealthy eating patterns,
or a combination of the two,
with genetics and lifestyle both
playing important roles in
determining the body weight.
Television, computer and video
games increasingly contribute
to children's inactive lifestyle.
Overweight and obesity can
affect as many as 30 to 35 per
cent of people under the age
30 in some developed coun-
tries. The prevalence of excess
weight and obesity in children
and adolescents has increased
tremendously in developed and
developing countries.
Obesity in childhood and
adolescence represents a seri-
ous concern and a challenge to
the medical and lay communi-
ties. Not only type 2 diabetes,
but other serious diseases com-
monly associated with obesity
in adults such as hypertension,
high cholesterol, gall bladder
disease, sleep aponea and
orthopedic complications are
now increasingly observed in
children. Body Mass Index
(BMI), like in adults, is recom-
mended to identify children
who are overweight or obese.

Diabetes and obesity in
Children who are overweight
are more likely to become
overweight or obese adults
when they grow up. Over-
weight adolescents have a 70
per cent chance of becoming
overweight or obese adults and
this increases to 80 per cent if

body acne

FOR some of us, acne does-
n't stop at the chin line. Both
adolescents and adults battle
body acne that can pop up
anywhere the chest, the back
and yes, the buttocks. Just like
its more prominently notice-
able relative (facial acne),
stress and hormones can trig-
ger body acne.
However, popular genera-
tions of body acne are perspi-
ration and tight clothing.
Form-fitting clothing traps
perspiration against the skin,
which commingles with sur-
face oils. The end result? A
nasty concoction that pro-
dudes anything from white
heads to inflamed papules and
Because body skin is a
stronger opponent than facial
skin, treatments for the con-
dition are more easily reject-
ed. To knock out body blem-
ishes, cleanse with an antibac-
terial skin wash that can gen-
tly exfoliate and wash away
impurities with out over-dry-
ing the skin. Having a profes-


sional back cleansing treat-
ment can help to reduce irri-
tation and skin breakouts.

Body Exfoliation
Since the days of traveling
apothecaries, people have
brushed their body clear of
dead skin cells with exfoliants.
Methods from days of yore
were very intrusive, ranging
from treatments with fire that
lightly seared skin to concoc-
tions of urine and pumice
Well, no one recommends
that you start playing with fire
or using bodily emissions. For-
tunately body exfoliants now

have a softer side, leaning
toward polishing rather than
When most people hear the
word 'exfoliant', they often
think of abrasive products
that need to scratch the skin.
But exfoliants can range from
physical ingredients (like rice
bran or grains that sloughs of
dead skin) to chemical ingre-
dients (like enzymes and lactic
acid that eat away at dead
skin), and usage depends on
individual needs.
Whichever way you go
about it, you need to help
your body cast away skin cells
That are holding on and bring-
ing your body down. Helping
your skin's natural process of
ditching cells that are hang-
ing on can improve your body
skin from head to toe.

Sarah Simpson is a med-
ical skin care specialist at the
Dermal Clinic at the Walk In
Medical Clinic Sandyport.
This information was taken
from the Dermalogica website.
For more information log on

one or both parents are over-
weight or obese. Therefore,
obese children under three
years of age without obese par-
ents are at a low risk for obesi-
ty in adulthood, but among old-
er children, obesity is an
increasingly important predic-
tor of adult obesity, regardless
of whether the parents are
The worldwide prevalence
of obesity in adults has
increased dramatically over the
last ten years. The increasing
prevalence has also been
observed in some developing
countries. Studies have shown
that diabetes in later life is pre-
dicted from a person being
overweight as a teenager, but
most risks are from weight gain
as an adult. In both men and
women, weight gain of 10
pounds or more since the age
of early adulthood, 18-20 years,
is associated with an increased
risk of diabetes and the risk
increases with the amount of
weight gain.

Modifiable risk factors for
the development of type 2 dia-
Research has found that
lifestyle changes and small
amounts of weight loss, five to
10 per cent, can prevent or
delay the development of type
2 diabetes in individuals with
a high risk off the disease.
Lifestyle interventions includ-
ing diet and moderate physical
activity, for example walking
25 minutes per day, six times
per week, can reduce the risk
of diabetes by as much as 40
to 60 per cent.
The bottom line, overweight
and obesity are the main mod-
ifiable risk factors for type 2
diabetes. The message that is
being transmitted is a simple
one; lifestyle changes such as
eating a healthy diet and being
physically active are effective
in delaying and, in many cases,
preventing the onset of type 2
diabetes, and reducing the risk
of developing complications in
people with diabetes. It is esti-
mated that at least half of all
cases of type 2 diabetes could

be prevented if weight gain in
adults could be avoided.
World Diabetes Day, cele-
brated November 14, was intro-
duced in 1991 as a major
avenue to raise awareness
about the dramatic rise in dia-
betes prevalence around the
world. It has been the ideal
opportunity to inform and edu-
cate people with diabetes, the
general public and decisions
makers on the causes, symp-
toms, complications, treatment
and possible prevention of this

serious condition. In an effort
to build awareness nationally,
the Ministry Of HealthlDepart-
ment of Public Health will be
hosting a "Diabetes Health
Expo" at the Town Center
Mall Wednesday, November
16, 2005. We are inviting the
general public to attend. There
will be lots of information and
free screenings available.
The Lighten Up & Live
Healthy Teams forwards this
information from the Interna-
tional Diabetes Federation.

Diabetes know

your risk

THE month of November
is Diabetes Awareness
Month. Diabetes is often
called "having too much
sugar". It is really too much
sugar (glucose) in the blood,
and not enough in the
body's cells.
Glucose needs to get into
the cells to be used for ener-
gy. Insulin is the hormone
needed for glucose to get
from the blood into the cells.
Diabetes results when: no
insulin is made, not enough
insulin is made, or the
insulin made is not used
properly. Some people show
no warning signs whatsoev-
er, and find out they are dia-
betic after a routine blood
Being overweight increas-
es your risk of diabetes sig-
nificantly. A diet high in sug-
ar and low in fiber may
increase your risk as well.
There are three forms of dia-
betes: Type 1 diabetes is

more severe and usually
shows up before the age of
40. Insulin injections are
essential. Type 2 diabetes
most often affects people
who are older, are over-
weight, and who have par-
ents, sisters, or brothers who
have the disease. This type is
most often treated with diet
and exercise and sometimes-
oral medicine. Insulin injec-
tions may be required, as
Weight loss and a change
in diet may control the prob-
lem for some persons.
Gestational diabetes is a
type that occurs only during
pregnancy. It usually ends
when the pregnancy ends. It
does, though, increase the
risk for the mother to get
diabetes in the future. Know
your risk and get tested

Source: Doctors


Fighting all forms of cancer

FROM page 3C

that 4r the six month period he had been treat-
ing himself with bush medicine. "You may think
that this doesn't happen too often, but I can tell
you that it happens quite a lot."
But how do health professionals solve such
situations, especially when they are so ingrained
into the psyche of the patient?
According ; Dr Turnquest, the Bahamas is
fortunate because the best cancer screening ser-
vices available here are those that detect the
three most common cancers found in the
Bahamas, breast, prostate and colon. So the best
move to combat these cancers would be to make
a "concerted effort" to educate patients on the
importance or proper screening.
When it cdmes to breast cancer, mammogra-
phy is proven to reduce mortality, he told the
audience. In women who are 50 years and older,
mammography reduces mortality by 50 per cent.
And in women, 40 -49 years old, it reduces mor-
tality by about 17 per cent. "So the bottom line
is that every woman in this country should be
getting screened from 40 years old," the oncol-
ogist suggested, though he noted that there are
selected cases where younger women at a high
risk for developing breast cancer are screened.
Still, the most effective measure for early
detection among younger women is the self
breast examination. Studies have shown that
eighty per cent of breast tumours are found by
either the woman, or her partner.
"The bottom line," said Dr Turnquest, "is that
no one knows your body better than you. No one
will be able to feel a new lump better than you."

He noted that there have been incidents when a
mammogram has shown a negative result, even
when a lump was present.
Prostate cancer screening, however, has
proven to be one of the most difficult messages
that urologists have had to carry. It involves
the very invasive, digital rectal exam, which Dr
Turnquest says many Bahamian men fear.
Urologists recommend that men over 40 years
old have annual rectal exams, as opposed to
waiting until the US recommended 50 years and
older. Studies have shown that prostate cancer
occurs at an earlier age in black men, and the
tumours are more aggressive and of a more
destructive type.
Colon screening, where having a colonoscopy
every 10 years is still the gold standard, should
begin at 50 years old. Screening takes place
every 10 years simply because the cancer has a
slow growth rate. Virtual colonoscopy which is
fairly new, and is still undergoing initial testing,
is turning out to be a "good" screening method.
But it is still not the gold standard, the doctor
With regular screening, the individual can also
build a lifestyle that lowers his/her risk, and
being aware of weight may be vital.
"In this country we have a skewed view of
what a health body is. And obesity I think is this
country's number one problem now. And if you
look at obesity as a cause for cancer, it increas-
es the risk of every cancer known," said the doc-
"We need to start to live healthy lives. We
need to exercise and diet because this is one of
the preventable causes."


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'Prevention is better than cure'

AS health care and remain-
ing healthy becomes increasing-
ly more popular, organisations
continue to look for ways to
enhance employee benefits, and
decrease claims utilization. After
all, a healthier workforce means
happier, more productive
employees and less absenteeism,
all of which help improve the
company's bottom line.
Commonwealth Bank with its
insurance partner, J. S. John-
son, took the 'prevention is bet-
ter than cure' approach to
employee wellness by staging a
series of at-work health screen-
ings with health care profes-
sionals from Doctors Hospital
throughout Commonwealth
Bank branches in Nassau,
Grand Bahama and Abaco.
Doctors Hospital recently
made visits to staff at the Com-
monwealth Bank branches in
Oakes Field and Star Plaza,
Mackey Street, East Bay, Cable
Beach, Wulff Road, Town Cen-
tre Mall, Freeport and Abaco.
The at-work health fairs pro-
vided blood pressure readings,
BMI (body mass index) read-
ings, glucose and cholesterol
testing for employees of the

* PICTURED are Maureen Ferguson (left), PCT, Doctors
Hospital and Chantelle Darling of Commonwealth Bank.

bank, using the latest technolo-
gy to analyze the small blood
samples with results in just three
A wide variety of educational
materials were presented to
employees with guidelines and
recommendations for achieving
goals and addressing health
risks. Doctors Hospital's com-
prehensive At Work Wellness
Programme combines assess-
ment, feedback and counseling
that bring an unmatched level
of personalization to any cor-
porate wellness programme.
"Many persons need to con-
sider lifestyle changes. The ele-
ments of the At-Work Wellness
Programme provide a cus-
tomized health profile of each
employee that allows us, along
with Commonwealth Bank, to
identify and manage potential
health risks before they progress
to clinical disease. This avoids
costly health care interventions
and helps determine who would
benefit from disease-manage-
ment programs before a claim is
made." Michele Rassin, Doc-
tors Hospital's assistant vice
president of operations, said.
Employee Health Fairs

'Mental and physical health across the lifespan'

This column was prepared
in collaboration with Dr. Tim-
othy Barrette, of the Commu-
nity Counselling and Assess-
ment Centre and Mrs. Carolyn
Roberts, of the Psychology
Department, Sandilands Reha-
bilitation Centre, Ministry of

MENTAL health can be sim-
ply described as the ability to
successfully and positively cope
with the normal and unexpected
physical, psychological and emo-
tional stressors that challenge
us throughout our life span.
Individuals should be able to
live, love, work and become pro-
ductive members of their fami-
lies, workplace, community and
country. It is very important to
maintain a healthy mental state
of mind that would ensure a
peaceful atmosphere where ever
you go.
No one is exempted from pos-
sible mental health crisis. It is
therefore imperative that each
gender and age group has sepa-


rate research, treatment and
care, if the best possible health
intervention is to be provided.
With this in mind, one can see
the need for constant reminders
about the importance of men-
tal and physical health.
Therefore, on 10th October
each year, since 1994, the World
Federation for Mental Health
develops a theme to heighten
awareness about specific aspects
of mental health.
A person's personal groom-
ing and mannerisms are used as
clues in clinical observation to
identify normal and/or abnor-
mal cognitive and emotional
development. All evaluations of
persons by professional psy-
chologists and psychiatrists are
considered as legal proceedings
and are handled in the strictest
confidence. Children are usual-
ly evaluated upon requests or
referrals. The government,

through the Ministries of Health
and Education, provides many
psychological services. These
include Family Life Programme
within the public schools, the
Crisis Centre at Knowles House
within Princess Margaret Hos-
pital, Community Counseling
and Assessment Centre-, on
Market Street, Suspected Child
Abuse and Neglect (S.C.A.N.)
at the Royal Victoria Gardens
and the P.A.C.E. programme
for teenage mothers. These ser-
vices all cater to specific mental
health and emotional challenges
in the serviced target group.
A child's physical and men-
tal health is important for
his/her positive development,
beginning from birth. Basics for
a child's good mental health
include unconditional love from
family, self-confidence and high
self-esteem, the opportunity to
play with other children, encour-
agement from teachers and sup-
portive caretakers, a safe and
secure surrounding, and appro-
priate guidance and discipline.
The stresses faced by children
between the ages of six and
twelve are different from those
of younger children and are
often different from those faced
by adolescents. Children in this
age range are beginning their
social life in school and estab-
lishing new relationships.
Around the world, the number
of children suffering from men-
tal disorders is in the range of
10-20 per cent. Mental disorders
account for five of the top ten
leading causes of disability in
the world's children ages five
years and over.
The concerns of children are
different from culture to culture,
but as long as the behaviour
does not create problems in the
lives of the children, it is unlike-
ly that it will have serious
impact. Every aspect of human
development is influenced by
culture as reflected by child-
rearing beliefs and practices.
The broad range of individ-
ual differences among young
children often makes it difficult
to distinguish normal variations
and maturational delays from
transient disorders and persis-
tent impairments. It is impor-
tant to remember however, that
the course of development can
be altered in early childhood by
effective interventions that
change the balance between risk
and protection, thereby shifting
the odds in favor of more adap-
tive outcomes. Interventions
must be appropriate to the
child's age and developmental
stage and must be culturally
Employing a comprehensive
public health approach, which
includes the promotion of posi-
tive mental and physical health,
the identification and preven-
tion of childhood disorders and
appropriate access to early inter-
ventions and treatment, will fur-
ther all nations' efforts to give
children a chance to live full and
productive lives.
Research strongly suggests
that the way the brain develops
is linked to early infant rela-
tionships, primarily with the per-
son who cares for them most
often. These primary relation-
ships have a key impact on the
healthy mental development of
infants and toddlers. It is well
recognized that helpful inter-

vention in people's lives often
come too late to make a major
difference. Much research points
to the importance of early inter-
vention and the need for multi-
faceted strategies in prevention

Helpful Hints for Raising
Mentally Healthy Children

Establish a nurturing and sat-
isfying relationships between
children and parents, or other
primary caregivers. This creates
the basis for a sense of inner
confidence and healthy devel-
opment. These relationships
however, are not a guarantee of
healthy relationships in later life.
A full assessment of each
child is needed to see if the par-
ents need extra support to
improve their parenting skills.
Access/seek help from good
therapeutic services for at risk
parents and children. This great-
ly decreases the possibility of
difficult behaviour and emo-
tional problems later on in life.
These services should include
prevention, early identification,
treatment, and ongoing support.
Ensure that an inter-genera-
tional approach is adopted. A
new parent is largely the prod-
uct of his/her own parenting and
attachment pattern, and every
effort should be made to break
unhealthy parenting patterns.
Seek training from and con-
sultation with practitioners
working with children in the
area of mental health. This is
vital in ensuring that support is
in place before the emotional
development of the child is com-
Acknowledge the child's
strengths and do not concen-
trate on their weaknesses. Chil-
dren should be given praise for
doing things right; Adults should
teach by example. Teach chil-
dren how to find solutions
instead of placing blame on oth-
Parents and other significant
adults should listen to children
when they are upset and give
them the time that they need to
work through problems.
Encourage children to talk and
do not get upset when they are
A sense of belonging is essen-
tial to a child's positive adjust-
ment, self-identification, and a
sense of trust. A close bond
between the child and classroom
teacher, including parents, is key
to developing the child's self-
identification as part of the larg-
er group.

The theme for World Men-
tal Health Day is "Mental and
physical health across the life
span" and it points out the
importance of recognizing the
inter-dependence of good men-
tal and physical health at every
stage of life.
The catchy motto this year is:
"There is no health without
mental health". Residents are
once again given an opportuni-
ty to reflect on their mental
health status and to reinforce or
introduce coping skills that
would assist all persons through-
out the life span.
For more information on
Mental Health Care and Pro-
motion in the Bahamas, please
contact the Sandilands Rehabil-
itation at 324-1246, the Com-
munity Counseling and Assess-
ment Centre at 323-3295 or the
Health Education Division at

inspire employees to take
advantage of preventative care
Screenings have the potential
to detect large numbers of peo-
ple with high blood cholesterol
levels and can also raise aware-
ness of high blood cholesterol
as a risk factor for coronary
heart disease, the first step
toward modifying lifestyle to

reduce risk.
The employees of Commnn-
wealth Bank were very excited
about the opportunity to paric-
ipate in the screenings and t!lk
to experts who could answer
their health questions. They
were also appreciative of Iae
fact that their employer shoved
concern for the company's most
valuable assets, its employees.

Are you trly



"h aa' Iat is
Most peo-
ple think
that to be
healthy one has to just exer-
cise and eat well, however
there are numerous other
components. The concept of
Health entails five elements:
physical, intellectual, emo-
tional, social and spiritual.
Winning on Wellness means
continually balancing each of
these elements, with equal
emphasis placed on each one:
Certain aspects to consider
are hydrating your body, get-
ting enough rest, keeping a
positive attitude, and of
course diet and exercise.
Normally eight glasses of
water a day will properly
hydrated your body. The
optimal amount of sleep dif-
fers with each individual.
SSome people find that they
only need five to six hours of
sleep daily, while others
require ten to eleven hours
for optimal performance. The
average adult functions best
with seven to eight hours of
sleep a day; however, it is
important to determine how
much sleep you require on an
individual basis.
Every person has a unique
Sway of maintaining a positive
Attitude. Some individuals
read books, do yoga, medi-
taite, attend various groups,
etc. Even taking as little as
ten minutes out of your busy
day to sit in complete silence
is beneficial. Meditation has
been shown to lower blood
pressure, lower stress hor-
mones, improve digestion,
lower anxiety, and improve
sleep and memory.
One aspect of health that
many people fail to consider
is keeping your spine and ner-
vous system in good condi-
tion. Even without pain or
other symptoms there can still
be a misalignment in your
spine. Symptoms suchas pain
are often last to appear and
first to subside, therefore, the'
:underlying condition may
exist well before a person
realizes that they have a
:problem and continue well
after they think it has sub-
Chiropractic is based on
the scientific fact that the ner-
vous system controls the func-
tion of every tissue, organ and
system of your body. The
central nervous system is
Made up of the brain and the
spinal cord. The brain is pro-
tected by the skull, but the
spinal cord, which is the main
pathway of the nervous sys-
tem, is more vulnerable. It is
protected by 24 moving ver-
tebra, which can sometimes
become misaligned. When
these bones stray from their
normal motion or position,
they can interfere with the
normal function of the ner-
vous system. This is called a
subluxation. Subluxations dis-
rupt the normal flow of nerve
impulses and can cause pain
and dysfunction.


The concept that chiro-
practic is based on the
premise that the body is a
self-striving entity that needs
balance is important. In other
words, your body is always
doing the best it can under
the circumstances provided,
whether you want it or under-
stand it. It just makes sense to
provide your body with opti-
mal circumstances no matter
the situation. Therefore, just
as it is routine to go and get
your teeth checked even
though there may be no pain
or discomfort at the time,
people should not wait for a
painful reminder before vis-
iting a chiropractor and get-
ting their spine assessed and
maintained. Chiropractic is a

safe way to promote healing
and health without the useo:
drugs or surgery.
Preventing Injury

Keeping your spine and
nervous system health;
should be a priority, and get-
ting adjusted is a safe an
effective way to do so. There
are also a variety of preven-:
tative measures that peopilM;
can take so as to avoid hurt-
ing their back.
An effective way of pre-,
vention is assessing. heay
you sleep. Numerous neck'
back and shoulder problems
stem from improper sleen
positions. Sleeping oni i.,
stomach is a hard habit tq-
break, but in this position yot
are not maintain t
appropriate. irva 0o
spine. Being on your stom-
ach forces your head to be
turned in ' an
extensive penioofit'lie s
causes the neck musclesp"
one side to tighten andd e
opposite side to .leg1kn i
often resilfiing i
imbalance. h d~
lems can e p-

sleep are&: oi
side. When geingon yo
back you should use one
low for your head and o|e
pillow under your knees.(N
your side you should use
pillow for your head and one
in between flexed knees.
SAnother potential problefi
is how children carry their
backpacks. Carrying a poorly
designed or overloaded back-
pack can place excessive
weight on the qhild's growing
spinal column. This kind *f
daily stress and strain can
lead to serious back pat,
changes in posture and ga t
and potential irritation aid
injury of the spine, joints and
muscles. Parents should
choose a backpack thatfis
proportionate to their child's
body size and not larger thafi
needed. The top of the baek-
pack should not extend hih-
er than the top of the shoal-
der, and the bottom should
not fall lower than the topbf
the hipbones. The material
should be lightweight (vi&
or canvas instead of leather).
The shoulder straps should -
be at least two inches wide,
adjustable, and padded.
Ensure that they do not el t
into or fit too snugly aroufl
and under the arms. Also,
ensure that both straps ae
used, as using only one cre-
ates an imbalance a i?
increases the likelihood of
Persons with desk jobs
should make certain that their
employer provides them wV;h
an ergonomically corrt
work place. Also, taking
quick breaks periodically to
stretch and walk around is a
good preventive measur&e-'.
The combination .of
strengthening and stretching
your back muscles shouldbe
incorporated into a perso"
weekly workout routine.
While focusing on trimming
our waist we tend.tooi
out our abs and forget abqut
strengthening our back. This
promotes an unequal pull on
the anterior side of our 5fy
and a posterior weakness. '
Becoming more aware of
stresses to your body and cor-
recting them can help prevent
discomfort or injury.

Should you have any
questions or require addi-
tional information please
contact Dr. Jacqueline Light-
bourn, D.C. at Life Chiro-
practic Centre phone: (242)


THE Ministry of HealthlDepartment of Public Health
will be hosting a "Diabetes Health Expo" at the Town
Center Mall Wednesday, November 16, 2005. We are
inviting the general public at large to attend. There will be
lots of information and free screenings available.

THE Cancer Society of the Bahamas meets at 5.30pm
on the second Tuesday of each month at their Headquar-
ters at East Terrace, Centreville. Call 323-4482 for more

PRE & POST Natal Fitness Classes will be held on
Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6.30 at Nassau gym-
Nastics Seagrapes location (off Prince Charles Drive).
Doctor approval is required. Call 364-8423 to register or for
more information.

DIABETES Directions a FREE diabetic support
group meets the first Monday of each month at 6.30pm
at New Providence Community Centre, Blake Road. Din-
ner is provided and free blood sugar, blood pressure and
cholesterol testing is available. For more info call 702-
4646 or 327-2878

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

MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Bahamas meets the third
Monday every month, 6pm @ Doctors Hospital conference

THE Bahamas Diabetic Association meets every
third Saturday, 2.30pm (except August and December) @
the Nursing School, Grosvenor Close, Shirley Street.

DOCTORS Hospital, the official training centre of the
American Heart Association offers CPR Classes certi-
fied by the AHA.
The course defines the warning signs of respiratory
arrest and gives prevention strategies to avoid sudden
death syndrome and the most common serious injuries
and choking that can occur in adults, infants and children.
CPR and First Aid classes are offered every third Sat-
urday of the month from 9am-lpm. Contact a Doctors
Hospital Community Training Representative at 302-4732
for more information and learn to save a life today.

ALCOHOLICS Anonymous meets @ 16 Rosetta St,
Monday-Friday and Sunday, 6pm-7pm & 8.30pm-9.30pm,
and on Saturday, 10am-llam & 6pm-7pm & 8.30pm-
9.30pm; @ Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Shirley St, on
Friday at 6pm.



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on gardening


'the best time

to water our plants'

Wilma, which
South Florida
and Grand
Bahama in October, was the
latest in the season that I. have
ever experienced. That had
some compensation for we
were able to enjoy Carambolas
for two months before the trees
were stripped of fruit and flow-
ers. We also lost just about all
of our Papaya trees, though
some will come back after
being cut to leave some of the
stem and roots in place. '
Although a minimal liurri-
cane here in central Abaco,
Wilma was very gusty and took
the tops off two coconut palms
that had been weakened in
Frances and Jeanne last year.
Now that the clocks have
changed we have shorter
evenings but welcome longer
mornings. Morning is the best
time to water our plants
because the sun will quickly
evaporate any water that ends
up on the plant leaves. The
cooler weather also means less
in the way of weeds.
We should by now have
everything in the ground that
we intend to grow this season.
True, some crops will have to
be re-sown and it is here that
an experienced gardener will
outperform a beginner. Suc-
cessive sowing is an art that
consists of restraint and plan-
ning. Instead of growing, let's
say, a dozen tomatoes you can
grow just six. Sow six new
tomatoes when the first set
flowers, then plant six more
when the second set flowers.
The second set will replace the
original tomato plants.
Instead of a dozen tomato
plants producing a glut, suc-
cessive sowing allows you to
have 18 tomato plants spread
out over three or four months
with very little time between
harvests. I have used tomatoes
as an example but the same
principle applies to many veg-
This is the time of year when
we live in expectation. It may
be too early to be reaping from
our vegetable garden but the
young plants still need our
attention. Nip off any sweet
pepper flowers that form
before the plant is strbng
enough to support the.fruit.
Look out for signs of insect
activity, especially under, the

by Gardener Jack

leaves of such plants as snap
beans. A small infestation of
insect eggs can often be wiped
away with your thumb. Aphids
can be dislodged from a plant
by using a jet of water from the
garden hose.
The best 'insect deterrent is a
soap solutiln,;either coriimer-
cial or home ,tmade. To be effec-
tive your plants need to be re-
sprayed after rain. Soap does
not kill insects`bof course, but it
does present them with a hos-
tile environment. If yourneigh-
bour'does not spray his veggies
with soap they may decide to
give his yard a visit.
Citrus and fruit trees are best
fed three times a year, in
spring, summer and autumn. If
you have not done your
autumn feeding yet, now is the
time. Apply citrus fertilizer
close to the trunk and all
around the drip line, then spray
the leaves with a micronutri-
ent solution.
Mango trees can be sprayed
with a copper sulphate solution
during late November, then
again when flowers form, then
again when fruits form. The
copper sulphate will help pre-,
vent anthracnose, the disease
that causes ripe mangoes to
develop black spots. Take care
that you have no bromeliads
in the area where you are
spraying as copper sulphate will
kill them.
Yellow Elder is in full bloom,
along with Cordia and Frangi-
pani. November is the month
when my Kalanchoe plants re-
flower after taking the summer
off. They will be giving a spec-
tacular show by Christmas. Be
sure you do not prune your
Poinsettias as they are well on
the way to their season of
This is a good time of year to
establish bulbs of all sorts. Each
type of bulb has a specific
depth at which it should be
planted, so refer to the instruc-
tions that come with the bulbs.
Once bulbs have been set out
they can remain in place all
year long; they do not have to
be dug up and stored in saw-
dust as happens in colder

M OUR national flower, the Yellow Elder, is blooming in full force at this time of year and will be with us until early summer.



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