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Angelo 'Nasty'

Brennen found

guilty of bus

stop murder

$59,000 donation for hurricane relief

Tribune Staff Reporter
ANGELO "Nasty" Brennen
was sentenced to death yester-
day, after a jury unanimously
found him guilty of the murder
of Ruthmae Alfreda Pinder, who
was gunned down while she stood
at a bus stop on Farrington Road
with her two daughters last year.
He was also sentenced to 25
years behind bars for the attempt-
ed murder of Ms Pinder's daugh-
ter, Calvonya Grant.
The ten women and two men
on the jury took only about an
hour to return to the Supreme
Court to give Justice Jon Isaacs
their verdict.
Ruthmae Pinder was standing
at a bus stop opposite Temple
Baptist Church on Farrington
Road on October 29, 2004, with
her 15-year-old daughter, Miss
Grant, and her nine-year-old
daughter, Amy Pinder.

Just before 2pm, Brennen got
out of a red Nissan Sentra and
crossed the street with the inten-
tion of killing Ms Pinder, the jury
He held on to her arm, Miss
Grant told the court, and asked:
"Freda, why are you doing this
to. me?" Ms Pinder answered:
"Why don't you just go your
While he held on to her moth-
er's arm, Miss Grant said she held
on to both of their arms, and tried
to separate them.
Brennen pointed the gun at Ms
Pinder's chest, shooting her twice,
puncturing her lung and her left
side. As she fell, her daughter
pushed him and, armed only with
her purse, tried to hit him before
dropping to her knees to cover
her mother.
,She told the court that when
Brennen pointed the gun at her,
she closed her eyes and heard a
SEE page 11

Motorcade for Ingraham
A MASS motorcade in support of former prime minister Hubert
Ingraham's return to lead the country is scheduled to be staged this Sat-
The organisers, who call themselves a "concerned group of citi-
zens," said:
"The Bahamas needs leaders who are committed to service and
not driven and consumed by selfish ambitions. We need leaders who
will act in the best interest of the Bahamas and the Bahamian people.
"We are confident that under Mr Ingraham's leadership the Bahamas
will be refocused, re-energised and restored.
"We want Mr Ingraham to know that the country needs him now,
that we support him and will work tirelessly to re-elect him."
The motorcade is expected to leave the Queen Elizabeth Sports Cen-
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6 THE US Ambassador John Rood presents Prime Minister Perry Christie with a letter of commitment for $59,000 for s
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Finance James Smith is seen in the foreground. Mr Christie said he regarded the donation as a move towards a family-type
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BEC dispute Man behind hotel robberies

referred is caught by the police
Industrial ..... ... ..... ..........

Chief Reporter
UNABLE to resolve the
impasse between the Bahamas
Electrical Workers Union and
BEC, the government has decid-
ed to refer the dispute to the
Industrial Tribunal, Minister of
Labour and Immigration Vincent
Peet said yesterday.
i MIISTER of Labour SEE page 11
and Immigration Vincent Peet

Ministries developing

bird flu response plan
THE spread of bird flu from Asia to Europe has dramatically
increased the possibility of the spread of this disease which has
killed over 60 people in two years to the Bahamas and the Ameri-
cas, the Ministry of Agriculture warned yesterday.
In response to the possibility of pandemic influenza, the Ministry of
Health; together with the Ministries of Agriculture, Social Services,

Tribune Staff Reporter
POLICE haye caught the man
responsible for the spree'of mys-
terious robberies at the Nassau
Royal Palm Hotel earlier this
The culprit, police say, has
been convicted of the crimes and
sentenced to five years in prison.

At a press conference yester-
day, Asst Supt Christopher Rah-
ming, head of the new tourism
patrol unit, revealed the robber
was Ervins Virgile, 34.
"During the months from Feb-
ruary to early September, 2005,
there were a series of break-ins at
the Nassau Royal Palm Hotel
SEE page 11

Former MP: early election

would indicate failure

of government's mandate
Tribune Staff Reporter
AN EARLY general election would indicate a failure of the gov-
ernment's mandate, a veteran politician said yesterday.
Former MP Dr Elwood Donaldson said that, should the PLP call
a general election before 2007, as has been rumoured in recent
weeks, it would show that "their governing programmes, their plans,
SEE page 11

I N assau andBahama Islands' Leading Newspa p erII

SEE page 11

P A G E 2 F R ID A Y N O V ML O C A L N E W S1BER 4 2 0 0 5T H E I B

PLP national


will be 'the

best ever'

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE 49th National Conven-

tion of the Progressive Liberal
Party (PLP) is poised to enter-
tain and outshine the upcom-
ing FNM convention, it was

claimed yesterday.
The convention is planned for
November 13 to 19 just two
days after the FNM's conven-
tion (November 8-11).
PLP chairman Raynard Rig-
by promised that when the con-
vention starts, his party will be
viewed as the only choice for
"objective Bahamians".
"We have always outshbne
the FNM conventions. We
understand that they are afraid.
Because they know that when
the Bahamian people see them
on the week ahead of us, and
when they turn their televisions
on Sunday, through Saturday,
and see us that it will be
"Every Bahamian with an
objective mind will be con-
vinced that the only party that
has the views, the options, aspi-
rations and the hopes of the
Bahamian people at their heart
will the Progressive Liberal Par-
ty. They will see that they
will feel that," he said.
Mr Rigby said that the party
has fulfilled many of the com-
mitments made before the last
"I will tell you that we have
been very, very faithful to the
promises made in our plan. And
by and large we have delivered
on close to 70 to 85 per cent of
the promises made during the
run-up to the election.
"And we will be able to show


(Tribune file photo)

the country not just talk it,
but show them how we have
been able to deliver on the
promises we have made," he
Mr Rigby was unable to give
the exact cost of the week-long
convention, but mentioned that
the convention will be of "22nd
century standings", and some-
thing to remember.
"I must also publicly thank
the chairman of the convention
committee, Minister Obie
Wilchcombe and his fine team
for the hard work and dedica-
tion that they have displayed
over these past few months.
"They have all worked hard
to ensure that this convention is
the best ever staged by the PLP.
I am confident they will surpass
the expectations of many who
will be in a convention hall and
outside," he said.

0 In brief

Census of
schools is
launched by

THE government launched a
national school census initiative
this week.
The initiative, which will cost
government an estimated
$10,000, is expected to help
streamline the process of policy
planning and aid in programme
According to Bahamas Infor-
mation Services, the project
"seeks to gather relevant infor-
mation on all institutions in the
country for the compilation of a
database system."
Copies of a questionnaire
have been sent to all preschools,
primary, secondary, and post
secondary institutions.
Administrators are to be
responsible for gathering oper-
ational information from teach-
All questionnaires are to be
returned to the ministry by
November 25.
The questionnaire seeks to
address five critical areas: stu-
dent enrolment, information on
teachers, course and subjects
offered, facilities and equip-
ment, and financing.

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back on in

Abaco after
24 hours

POWER was restored to
Man-O-War Cay, Abaco,
Wednesday evening after a 24-
hour outage, residents report-
In what was rumoured to be a
unibn related service disruption,
power went off at Green Turtle
Cay early Tuesday morning,
forcing about 50 students to
dress by flashlight.
The lights went back on
before 9am, then off for about
an hour, and back on again.
"For how long, who knows?"
a resident said.
A Man-O-War resident said:
"This is absolutely ridiculous.
This is either the union or poor
BEC union secretary general
Stephano Greene said members
are operating on "reduced
enthusiasm". He denied they
are on a go-slow or work-to-
"According to Radio Abaco,
BEC is still on go slow," a
Marsh Harbour businesswoman
said Thursday morning.
"One worker apparently told
Radio Abaco they go in to the
workplace and then just eat and
sit down all day. I hear power's
off in Casuarina Point and East-
ern Shores. Also in the north.
People in the North still losing
;The resident said generators
are being fired up by those for-
tunate enough to own them.

today in
New York

THE first Caribbean Media
Exchange on Sustainable
Tourism (CMEXPress) to be
held. outside the region opens..
today-inNew York.....
The day-o1rig conference: is:
the warm-up for a full-scale
four-day CMExPress confer-
ence on multicultural market-
ifig, which is being staged in
Nassau from December 8 to 12.
,!The key speakers in New
Ybrk are expected to be the
director of the Cricket World
Cup 2007 Allen Chastanet and
communications specialist
Andria Hall.
,The Nassau event, which will-
Ne sponsored in part by the
Ministry of Tourism, will be the
seventh CMExPress conference.
' "In December, we will look
right under our noses for a huge
and undervalued market. Our
focus will be on the importance
ofymulti-cultural markets to the
Caribbean region. These
iiiclude the vibrant, millions-
strong Caribbean Diaspora in
North America and Europe,
and the lucrative African-
American, Hispanic-American
atid Asian-American markets,"
said Counterpart president
Lelei LeLaulu.

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Crime 'not a major

threat to tourism'

Tribune Staff Reporter
CRIME is not a major
threat to the tourism industry
according to the government.
This statement comes just
weeks after a warning went out
from US Ambassador John
Rood telling the American press
that the Bahamas is "a country
where rapes go unnoticed".
Speaking to the press yes-
terday, senior director of prod-
uct development at the Min-
istry of Tourism Angela Cleare
said: "Crime is not a major
problem in connection with
tourism the major problem
is harassment."
In early October, while
speaking to the St Petersburg
Times in Florida, Ambassador
Rood claimed that 26 Ameri-
can women were raped while

visiting the Bahamas in the
past three years, which he said
was a number significant
enough to cause concern.
Mr Rood also claimed that
"protecting tourists, including
kids on spring break, hasn't
been a priority here".
However Ms Cleare said:
"Safety and security is the num-
ber one concern for visitors.
"We've done surveys and
they all tell us that when
choosing a destination safety
and security is their main rea-
son why they would not or
would visit a destination," she
said. "So this is why we were
so delighted when the direc-
tor general told us and the
commissioner of police decid-
ed to form this branch of
tourist police officers."
The newly launched
Tourism Patrol Unit was estab-

lished by the ministry and the
commissioner with the aim of
fully monitoring all tourist
areas in New Providence.
Ms Cleare said: "We all saw
what happened in Aruba one
incident blown out of propor-
tion and now their tourism
industry is suffering. This kind
of incentive by ASP Rahming
(the new unit's chief officer)
will insure that this kind of
thing will never happen here in
the Bahamas," she said.
ASP Christopher Rahming
said that the aggressiveness of
persons in the tourism industry
is a main concern for his unit.
"Our main problem is the
aggressiveness of the persons
who [are] supposed to be mak-
ing money from tourists. They
approach the tourists so
aggressively and I think that
there is a lot of fear."

Senate bearing gifts

* PICTURED are are: Assistant Commissioner of Police
Ellison Greenslade, Prime Minister Perry Christie, Senator
John Delaney, Senator Yvette Turnquest, Rev CB Moss,
Senate President Sharon Wilson and Bishop Ricardo Grant,
president of the Grand Bahama Christian Council.
(Photo: Denise Maycock)

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Members of
Senate brought 300 boxes of
gifts and toys for the children
of Grand Bahama communi-
ties that were devastated by
Hurricane Wilma.
Prime Minister Perry
Christie was on hand as Sen-
ate President Sharon Wilson
turned over a trailer of gifts,
which were all collected in

New Providence, to Social
Services on Thursday at Glob-
al United Building on Queens
Mr Christie commended the
Senators for the timely inter-
He invited the Church lead-
ers to join government as part-
ners "to assist in the distribu-
tion, without any kind of con-
sideration to politics and race,
but to truly give emphasis to
those who are most in need."

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Hoteliers angry at government inaction

THE DISGRACEFUL condition of Nassau
International Airport and the unregulated
water sports industry has started to take its toll
on the Bahamas' tourist industry.
Government's indecision and inaction are
roadblocks to an early solution to either prob-
lem. Hoteliers are becoming more concerned.
Alan Fein, a UK lawyer, told an ITV Carlton
television audience in England in July this year
that the situation with jet-ski and banana boat
operators on Paradise Island beach is like a
scene from the "wild west". He said the
Bahamas government "should take control of
the situation, because they're in the best posi-
tion to do something about it."
"The Bahamian government," he com-
mented, "could fix this problem tomorrow if
they were of a mind to ... and I can't tell you
why it's not that important to them."
"Package Holiday Undercover", a special
ITV programme, had so many complaints from
British tourists about the lack of watersports
regulations in the Bahamas, that after the death
of young Paul Gallagher killed by a run-
away banana boat as he slept by the side of his
mother on Paradise Island beach they sent a
watersports safety expert here. David Garvey,
one of the world's top watersports instructors,
did undercover sleuthing for the television sta-
tion, sitting on Paradise Beach for two days
with a hidden camera recording each safety
breach as it occurred, including a vendor rent-
ing a jet-ski to a 14-year-old boy..
"You've, just-got:to keep it on the quiet," the
vendor whispered to Garvey, pressing his fore-
finger to his lips. He didn't know that a televi-
sion camera was recording his illegal transac-
tion. Young people have to be 16 before they
can rent a jet ski.
Mark Durden-Smith, the programme's pre-
senter, told television viewers that it took "two
months, more than 20 phone calls and at least
10 faxes and e-mails to get a reply from the
Bahamian government."
But, finally that weekend, he said, "we got a
statement from their minister of transport,
Glenys Hanna-Martin. Now she claims Paul
Gallagher's death was thoroughly investigat-
ed and ruled to be an accident, and she's also
told us stricter laws for watersports have been
drawn up and will be put before Parliament.
She also says the Port Authority are hiring
extra staff to monitor the beaches."
However, the presenter was not satisfied
with her reply. He had some simple advice of
his own for his television audience.
"If you're thinking of going onto the beach
at Paradise Island this summer, don't. It's just
not safe," he warned.

Imagine the fortune spent by Kerzner resorts
on its tourist promotion programmes, to have it
washed down the tube with that one remark by
a TV presenter to an audience of millions..No
wonder there is anger in our tourism industry.
According to the programme more than
70,000 British holiday makers are attracted to
the Bahamas every year. "But," said the TV
presenter, "in the crystal-clear waters of'the
place they call Paradise lurk dangers that can
turn holidays into a living hell."
Mrs Hanna-Martin told ITV that stricter
laws for watersports have been drawn up and
will be put before.parliament. And that's where
the matter rests. She never said when this would
It is true that laws have been drawn up.
However, that draft has been sent to hoteliers
for their comments. The draft with their com-
ments has been returned to government, but we
understand that as the proposed laws now stand
they are still not up to industry standards.
"There is no good having laws on the books
if they are not going to be enforced," said one
angry hotel executive.
These laws that have been drawn up have
been too long in coming before parliament.
Meanwhile, watersports operators still crowd
Paradise Island beach. They curse, fight, break
bottles and present a frightening scene on a
beach over which the hotel has no control
below the high water mark. When accidents
occur, the victims always turn to the hotel own-
ers for monetary compensation. If they- sued
government instead, Cabinet might be moved
into action.
In the meantime as government is so slow in
giving the tourist industry the protection it
needs against a handful of unruly lawbreakers,
the only. way hotels can protect themselves
against legal liability is to post a notice in every
hotel room.
That notice should advise their guests that
government has not regulated the watersports
industry to ensure their safety. That there have
been many injuries and several deaths as a
result. That the hotel advises its guests against
renting watersports vehicles on its property.
However, should their guests choose to ignore
the warning, they do so at their own risk. As a
result the hotel will not be responsible for any
accident that might occur.
A notice similar to the warning issued by the
British High Commission if posted in every
hotel room, should almost overnight clear the
beaches of the unwanted, unregulated vendors
with their unsafe practices and questionable
(* To be continued)

There is


right to


EDITOR, The Tribune
I read the recent letters in
The Tribune with reference to
the FNM's leadership race with
a great deal of interest.
The letter writer in Tuesday's
Tribune made a reference that
was not clear to me. However, I
understood it to mean that
when the FNM lost the 2002
election, and although Mr Tom-
my Turnquest was no longer a
parliamentarian, it was Mr
Turnquest who appointed
North Eleuthera MP Alvin
Smith as Opposition Leader in
the House.
How is that possible? I have
always understood that the par-
ty leader in the House is chosen
by the party's parliamentarians.
Therefore, Mr Turnquest, hav-
ing lost his own parliamentary
seat was not even entitled to
vote for the party leader. Yet,
he ends up if the letter
writer's statement is correct -
not only with himself as party
leader without a parliamentary
seat, but also with the power to
appoint the House leader.
Where were the voices of the
other members those who
were really the ones who, under
the constitution, should have
Will someone please take
time out to explain to me how
this was possible? I certainly
would appreciate being enlight-
ened on this matter.
Another interesting point
brought out by one of the letter
writers was that it was Mr Turn-
quest and not Mr Ingraham
who led the FNM into the
2000 election. This had slipped
my memory and so to give it a
little jog, I dug out the FNM's
-election Manifesto 2002' and by
jove there it was! Tommy Turn-
quest had moved to centre stage
- the largest photo on the front
page of the Manifesto with
smaller photos of all the other
delegates, including Mr Ingra-
ham, all around him. And so,
although Mr Turnquest's team
is trying to insinuate that the
loss of the 2002 election was a
vote against Mr Ingraham, it
was in fact a vote against Tom-
my Turnquest.
The more I read the news-
papers and listen to the talk
shows, I get the impression that
Mr Turnquest somehow thinks
he holds the leadership position
in the FNM as of right.
He claims that as he served
Mr Ingraham faithfully when
the former was prime minister,
it is now Mr Ingraham's turn to
faithfully serve him (Turn-
quest). How so? I understand

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that he is holding Mr Ingraham
to a promise of support that
Mr Ingraham made at the time
of the 2002 general election.
It is true that Mr Ingraham
had faith in Mr Turnquest. He
did his best to pass the FNM
torch to him. I know Mr Turn-
quest is not a lawyer, but to me
that pact between Mi Ingraham
and Mr Turnquest was one of
simple contract. And for either
side to hold the other to the
contract, both sides had to fulfil
their side of the bargain. Let
one side fall down on the agree-
ment, and the contract collaps-
es. As far as I, and I know many
other Bahamians are con-
cerned, that contract collapsed
long ago.
To retain Mr Ingraham's
confidence and support, Mr
Turnquest was to reorganise the
FNM, keep government on its
toes, and capture the imagina-
tion of the Bahamian people to
such an extent that they would
want him to lead them into the
next election.
Mr Turnquest was to have
projected himself as such a
strong leader that he would
have given his party some hope
of victory. In my opinion, he
failed miserably from day one.
Why we have heard more from
Mr Turnquest in these past few
weeks when he realised that his
position was in jeopardy than
we have heard in the past three
There is no hope not even
a little flicker of hope of any
victory with Mr Turnquest';
What worries me is that I hear

Bahamians, mainly young
Bahamians, say that if Mr Turn-
quest remains party leader they
won't even register to vote.
This would be a disaster. .
It is, therefore, my opinion
that not having lived up to, the
hopes and expectations that Mr
Ingraham must have had for
him, it is Mr Turnquest who has
relieved Mr Ingraham of any
promise that the latter might
have made to him. The contract
is broken.
Mr Turnquest does not own
the FNM nor does anyone
This country is in crisis. We
need a strong, confident leader,
one who is capable of making
decisions and seeing them
through to the sometimes bit-
ter end. This is no time for
friendships. This is now time to
decide for our country. Either
the FNM is determined to win
an election or it isn't. It can win
with Ingraham. It can't with
Turnquest. The answer is sim-
I am not advocating that Mr
Turnquest step down from the
contest. By the same token, I
resent the fact that Mr Turn-
quest should even suggest that
because of some promise,-
that is no longer valid Mr
Ingraham should not enter the
I think when it's voting time
at the upcoming convention'the
floor should be open to Ingra-
ham, Turnquest and Foulkes.
For once let the FNM's voice
be heard we are tired- of
hearing about, what Mr Turn-
quest believes is his entitlement.

November 3 2005

Oil and the profits

EDITOR, The Tribune manipulated market.
I would like to support
WHAT can only be open and free markets, how-
described as a orgy of profits, ever these profits over a4
Exxon declares that in the last short a period as 90 days dre
90 days their profits topped seriously unacceptable even
$9 billion. Not to be outdone, to the most ardent free maj-
Shell declared that their prof- ket supporter. F
its were $8 billion. The obvious must be asked
We have seen the sup- of our gasoline providers '-
port in our environment of Esso (Exxon) Shell and Teg-
the oil companies and the aco as to how much of a prof-
theory that the market is it they made over Bahami-
only in a cycle; certainly we ans?
must acknowledge that it
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Bahamas Pan-Hellenic Council
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fewer repeat offenders

Tribune Staff Reporter
A LEADING prison official is fore-
casting a drop in the repeat offender
rate at Her Majesty's Prison due to the
implementation of a new classification
scheme designed to place offenders only
with others accused of the same crime.
Speaking at a town meeting last night
as part of the 2005 Prison Recognition
Week, Doan Bastian, communications
expert for the prison, said based on his
initial findings, recidivism is down 20
per cent.
Present statistics show that 70 per
cent of all inmates at the prison will
Mr Bastian said he believes the rate
of recidivism is now at about 50 per
cent, largely due to not only classifying
prisoners correctly so that they end up
where they should be, but also because
special personal development pro-
gramme schedules are designed for each
The meeting was held at the Univer-
sity of the West Indies dining room and
the Bahamas Hotel Training College
(BHTC) under the topic "Should we
change the prison into a college, or
throw away the key?"
Also speaking at the meeting, edu-
cation officer Anita Dillette explained
that by educating the inmates they are

given a new lease on life and provided
with a new reason not to return to
She noted that according to the 2003
report, 70 per cent of the inmates were
functionally illiterate.
Today, more inmates can read, some
have passed a special culinary course
at the BHTC and many are involved in
computer classes, carpentry, plumbing,
auto mechanics, tailoring, block making
and masonry, welding, and many other
skills- related courses.
But according to corporal Sophie
Alcine, the courses that will change the
inmates' lives are personal development
Prison Supt Dr Elliston Rahming said
it is important for the prison to make
the transition, in keeping with the advice
of international bodies such as the Unit-
ed Nations. However, he said the aim is
not to build a hotel for prisoners.
When a person's liberty is taken
away, and they must be told when to
do whatever they are told to do, it's no
picnic, he said.
But by locking them away and throw-
ing away the key, "we are'creating a
monster that will come back to haunt
By educating the inmates, he said,
they will feel more confident about
themselves, which will reflect in their
behaviour when they return to society.

* DR Elliston Rahming

Furniture company to train inmates

Tribune Staff Reporter
INMATES at Her Majesty's
Prison now have the opportu-
nity to develop the skill of high-
end cabinetry making thanks
to a training facility to be estab-
lished by a Canadian furniture
manufacturer next year.
Prison Superintendent Dr
Elliston Rahming announced
yesterday that the prison has
entered into an agreement with
KP Productions to train 20
inmates in the art of fine cabi-
netry and furniture making
- over a four-year period.
At the end of the pro-
gramme, the inmates will be

presented a certificate of mas-
ter cabinet making, which will
be recognised internationally.
"This is an ambitious project
and an amazing fulfillment of
Prime Minister Perry Christie's
dreams of the prison becom-
ing involved in the furniture
industry," he said.
Dr Rahming said that
although the programme is set
to begin in January, prison offi-
cials have not yet identified the
inmates who will participate.
He explained that as the
inmates will have to be trans-
ported to the KP facility on
Abundant Life Road, the main
criteria will be identifying those
inmates who meet security

requirements and who show
interest and talent.
The offence they committed
and the length of their sentence
will also weigh on the decision,
he said.
KP's president Kristine
Smed said her company is
delighted to make a contribu-
tion to the development of
She explained that her family
has been coming to the
Bahamas for more than 30 years.
"There are people here who
need to have an opportunity
to get life skills,;" she said::
"There: are Bahamian, w lb
will work hard if they are given
an opportunity."

She added that the art of fine
furniture making is a dying
trade as more and more people
are turning to manufacturing
She explained that her com-
pany produces high-end pieces
such as conference tables for
major corporations that sell for
$100,000. At the end of the
four years, the inmates will be
able to produce this calibre of
work, she said.
"Some of the richest people
in the world come to the
Bahamas," she said. "The trade
is dying and the Bahamas in
the hext 10 years could become
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A 30-year-old Union
Village man appeared in
Magistrate's Court yester-
day to be charged with last
month's murder of a web
shop employee.
Percy's Web Shop work-
er Larry Rose reportedly
succumbed to gunshot
wounds sustained during
an armed robbery of the
shop in Union Village on
October 19.
Alex Williams, the man
charged with Rose's mur-
der was, arraigned before
Chief Magistrate Roger
Gomez at Court Three in
Victoria Gardens.
It was alleged that
Williams, being concerned
with others and by means
of unlawful harm, caused
the death of Rose.
William's lawyer Cecil
Hilton told the court his
client had been in police
custody since last Thurs-
day and had been beaten
by police and forced to sign
a statement.
He said that he had been
beaten so badly that he had
begun to "throw up"
Mr Hilton told the court
that he would bring the
issue up again at later time.
Magistrate Gomez
ordered that Williams be
allowed to receive medical
The matter was
adjourned to January 23,
2006, when the case will be
h" eard before Magistrate
Susan Sylvester.

Cab-driver claims union victimisation

ONE of Nassau's best-
known cab-drivers claims he is
being victimised and denied
the chance to cash in on the
lucrative cruise ship trade.
Political activist Rodney
Moncur has complained to
Prime Minister Perry Christie
following a confrontation with
cab union boss Leon Griffin.
He claims Mr Griffin has
banned him from dockside
trade because of disputes with
the union in the past.
The ban, he says, is at odds
with guidelines laid down by
the late Prime Minister Sir
Lynden Pirdling, who said
cruise ship work should be
open to union members and
Mr Moncur, who has been
involved in a prolonged war
of words with Mr Griffin, said
he was denied an organised
tour when he pulled up at
Prince George Dock on Octo-
ber 28.
The tours are organised by
the Bahamas Taxicab Union
for all cab-drivers, but he said
he was told by tour chairman
Basil Major that he was not
getting any work.
This, he added, was on the
instructions of Mr Griffin. Lat-
er, in a confrontation with Mr
Griffin, Mr Moncur said he

was told: "Yes, I told the tour
chairman not to give you any
work. You are trying to
destroy the union, me and my
family. I am not going to feed.
you, so that you will have the
strength to attack me and the
However Mr Griffin said
that Mr Moncur is not being
blocked by the union from
gaining jobs at the Prince
George Wharf independent-
He did state however that
the union would not "give him
jobs" as they would reserve
that right for their members.
"First of all, Rodney Mon-
cur has been a member of the
Taxi Cab Union. It was the
decision of the members of
the union and the executive
council to take away his mem-
bership after seeing the union
barraged with over $100,000
in legal fees.
"But we are not blocking,
him anywhere. Rodney Mon-
cur can get a job at the wharf,
at the airport, anywhere he
wants to. The union is not
stopping him from getting a
job; but the union will not give
him a job," he said.
Mr Moncur described the
ban as "a wicked and spiteful
decision". He said the tours

were offered on a strict numer-
ical basis and his cab was in the
sequence operating that day.
In a letter to Mr Christie, Mr
Moncur said more than $20,000
was made that day by cab-dri-
vers offered tours.
"I did not make a dime as Mr
Griffin denied me a job which I

am entitled to have received,"
he said.
Yesterday, Mr Moncur said
he had received no reply from
Mr Christie and threatened to
wage "an international cam-
paign" between cruise lines and
tour companies in the US to
boycott the union.



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[Fresh calls for change in

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A FATHERS' rights activist
is reiterating demands for a
change to the "archaic and divi-
sive" legislation governing the
rights of Bahamian fathers.
Clever Duncombe, president
of the group Bahamian Fathers
For Children Everywhere,
appeared on the Love 97 talk
show Immediate Response yes-
terday to criticise the govern-
ment for not doing more to pro-
tect both fathers and their chil-
"It is the state's obligation to
protect children from any form
of discrimination and take pos-
itive action to promote their

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rights," he said.
Mr Duncombe said that suc-
cessive governments have con-
tinued to hold on to "archaic
laws that tear the family struc-
tures apart.
"As a result of them not
removing those laws, our social
fibre has deteriorated," he said.
According to Mr Duncombe,
the Affiliations and Procedures
Act 119 in particular has con-
tributed to an imbalance in
parental rights.
"When you have one half of
the family structure not being
recognised by law you set the
stage for this 'divide and con-

quer' theory," Mr Duncombe
The Affiliations and Proce-
dures act is a piece of legisla-
tion passed in the early 1900s.
It put in place a procedure
under which "automatically, as
of right, a woman is deemed to
be a lawful parent of a child born
out of wedlock" said co-guest
attorney Fayne Thompson

"It only recognises the moth-
er of the child born out of wed-
lock and not the Bahamian
man. It doesn't take into
account the recognition of the
decent Bahamian father there
are some, and there are some
who are disappointing but
starts on premise that father has
no right to the child until he is
formally recognised."

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Humane Society

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THE annual Baha nas
Humane Society Thanksgivng
Ball will take place on Satiur-
day, November 19, at the
British Colonial Hilton Hotel.
Organisers say the ball raises
funds for necessary and com-
passionate work undertaken by
the Humane Society in Nassau
and the Family Islands.
It is held under the patron-
age of Governor General Dame
Ivy Dumont and Mr Reginald
"The ball will feature a five-
course gourmet meal accompa-
nied by the music of the Lou
Adams Orchestra and Modern
Vintage," said the organisers in
a release.
"An exciting in-house raffle
features a grand prize of two
first class tickets to London
donated by American
Eagle/American Airlines,
together with a three-night stay
at Claridges Hotel."
In addition to the grand
prize; British Colonial Hilton
Hotel has donated a five-night
stay at the Hilton Hotel,

Buenos Aires, Argentina, with
round trip travel to Buenos
Aires donated by American
Eagle/American Airlines.
Other prizes to be included
in the raffle have been donated
by local businesses including
Caf6 Martinque, Gucci, Azure
Spa, Chambers House and
Garden, Columbian Emeralds,
Bacardi, Villagio Restaurant,
Solomon's Mines, Sandals,
Bahama Hand Prints, Coin of
the Realm, John Bull, Kelly's,
Graycliff Cigar Factory, Coles
of Nassau, Atlantis Resort,
Design Divas Restaurant, Win-
dermere Spa, Jeannie
McQweeny, La Rose Boutique
and Indigo restaurant, among
The members of the 2005 ball
committee are Saskia
D'Aguilar (chairman); Ruth
Cleare, Betty Sands, Sandy
McGwier, Tracie-Hoo-Glinton,
Syliva Bizzell, Charlotte
Albury, Ruth, Thackray,
Sanchia Henry and Paula Kelly.
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Sands at 393-1797.

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BAHAMIAN filmmakers
are expected to get a major
career boost thanks to the sec-
ond annual Bahamas Interna-
tional Film Festival (BIFF) to.
be held next month.
This year, ambitious Bahami-
ans can benefit from the Resi-
dency Film Maker's pro-
gramme, which will allow them
to participate in a one-on-one
mentorship with renowned and
established filmmakers.
BIFF founder and executive
director Leslie Vanderpool said
the non-profit organisation is
committed to assisting Bahami-
an filmmakers develop their
ideas and take them "from the
brain, to the page, to the
"This is a wonderful net-
working opportunity for film-
makers to develop their tal-
ents," Ms Vanderpool said at a
sponsor's press conference at
Hard Rock Cafe yesterday.
She said BIFF is excited
about being able to give back
to Bahamian filmmakers while
providing a forum for the public
to enjoy a culturally diverse
: Robyn Ferriere, who is the
Ministry of Tourism's liaison
ith BIFF, said that there has
been a resurgence of interest in
film in the Bahamas and that
the festival is a major reason
or this.
Other reasons, she said,
include 'the fact that the
'Bahamas has been featured in
'recent films and is becoming a
'desired location for shooting.
Bahamian films featured in
the Caribbean Spotlight cate-
;gory of the festival include Chu
Chu Meets Marvelous directed
fby Kevin Taylor, which tells the
;story of middleweight boxing
contender Jermain 'Chu Chu'
Mackey and his challenge fight

against Bahamian champion
'Marvelous' Marvin Smith.
The Making of An Art
Gallery, directed by Phillip Bur-,
rows and Manny Knowles, fol-
lows the transformation of the
Villa Doyle into the National
Art Gallery.
In Search of a Rising Tide,
directed by John Howard focus-
es on the Bahamian waters and
the art of bonefishing.
In the Shorts World Pro-
gramme category is Crude, a
film directed by Gustavio
Smith. It is a satire of America's
war against terror and the war
in Iraq. The film portrays US
president George Bush as a
"wannabe fighter pilot" and
Dick Cheney a brewer of potent
illegal beverages.
It was made in the style of
old silent movies with a tinkling
piano accompaniment and signs
to denote dialogue.
Award winning director Spike
Lee will receive the festival's
Career Achievement Award
and is expected to be introduced
by Bahamian Rick Fox.
BIFF will present around 75
films, including international
features, shorts, documentaries,
animation and panels.
The films will be shown at the
Atlantis Resort and at Galleria
The founding sponsors for
the festival are the Bahamas
Ministry ofTourism and the
Atlantis Paradise Island Resort.
Airline partners include
British Airways and US Air-
Other sponsors include: Ver-
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ital, Bacardi, Pepsi, the
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Sundrop Creations, Galleria
Cinemas, Best Buy Furniture,
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WITH the FNM's convention just a wink away, the
leadership melee is intensifying with last-minute backdoor
deals being vigorously negotiated and a flurry of image-
moulding press appearances.
In every newspaper and on the airwaves, Tommy
Turnquest is trying to generate a late scamper to the
convention floor. The past two weeks have seen Mr
Turnquest scurrying like a squirrel from one rally to
another, hopping from island to island and strangely
opening up to the media houses in a last-ditch attempt to
repackage himself.
Speaking about Mr Turnquest's recent presscapades, one;
observer said: "Tommy is trying to revamp his image to get
the people. He is holding little rallies and walkabouts, and
every day, he is now in the news. Every day, man? It's so
obvious! But Tommy needs to know that people haven't
changed their minds about him."
An FNM said: "Tommy looks phony. He is now trying to
get down with the boys of the blocks. What's more, after
four years as leader, Tommy suddenly has fresh ideas on
how to fight crime, develop the education system and
combat immigration. These NEW ideas bear a stark
symmetry to Dion Foulkes' platform that was laid out
months ago."
In the November 2 edition of The Tribune, Tommy
attacked who he assumed was the easiest target in the
Christie Cabinet Trade and Industry Minister Leslie
Miller. Here, Turnquest referred to him as a "disaster as a
Cabinet minister" and took aim at the PetroCaribe
One would wonder, shouldn't Mr Turnquest be focusing
on captivating the delegates next week Thursday or was
this a manoeuvre to show prowess as a leader and do just
Even Mr Miller, who once spoke of his chances of
becoming PLP leader as "one out of 1000", said that his
battle with Mr Turnquest can be likened to a fight between
"the potcake and the poodle".
Next week, the FNM's convention is expected to be
prime-time drama with more mudslinging than a monsoon.
It is widely speculated by high-level FNM sources that
Hurricane Hubert may mount a sneak attack, by rousing the
Ingrahamites to prompt a backdoor nomination on the
convention floor.
However, many persons still feel that in a three-way
run-off, Hurricane Hubert may be reduced to a Tropical
If a three way run-off does occur, a second vote between
the two top is anticipated. Can you imagine the mad dashes
across the convention floor to engage as much of the loser's
supporters as possible to achieve the 51 per cent needed to
become leader?
Admittedly, Dion Foulkes ran a better campaign, with
innovative ideas and an appealing posture to the wider
A COB lecturer said of Foulkes: "If I were a delegate,
Foulkes would have my vote. He has just had the
ideas and I'm impressed that he didn't get into that
Ingraham-Turnquest catfight the other day."
Dion "The Bruiser" Foulkes now seems to be the
odds-on favourite to become the FNM's next leader, unless:
Hurricane Hubert enters as a Category Five and gives him a
run for his money.
So can "The Bruiser's" fight be likened to the battering
of a poodle and then the downgrading of a hurricane to a
tropical storm or will chicken have grown teeth with a
Tommy T victory?
After the convention fracas, will bitter FNMs be able to
unite behind any leader and mount a formidable campaign
for 2007 general election?
Bahamians are anxiously awaiting the outcome of the
FNM's showdown, as it has an impending impact upon the
future direction of the country.

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The retired shipping exec

and his nautical namesake

A RETIRED shipping exec-
utive from Nassau will receive
the ultimate accolade this week-
end when an ocean-going vessel
is named after him.
A celebratory lunch is being
held aboard the ship in Norfolk,
Virginia, as it is officially named
the Roger M Jones.
Mr Jones and his wife Peggy,
who live at Sulgrave Manor,
Cable Beach, will be enter-
tained aboard the vessel as it
rests between voyages, having
carried an oil cargo from Esto-
nia to New York.
The former MV Siboti is a
74,000-ton vessel owned by B
and H Ocean Carriers, of which
Mr Jones was a director for
many years.
Mr Jones, a long-term Nas-
sau resident, is a close personal
friend of the company's chair-
man, Mike Hudner, whose wife
Hope is a Bahamian.
Mrs Hudner's father, Char-
lie Freeman, was a prominent
American who lived in Nassau

during the 1950s and early 1960s
and was owner of the famous -
but now sadly demolished -
Royal Victoria Hotel. Hope
attended St Andrew's School
and the family home was Land-
fall on Winton Highway. Her
brother Charles also attended
school here and was US ambas-
sador to Saudi Arabia during
the Gulf War.
With their close Bahamian
connections, the Hudners retain
fond memories of Nassau, and
the B and H fleet of six medium
range product carriers and five
combination carriers sail under
the Bahamian flag.
The weekend celebration will
include members of both the
Jones and Hudner families. A
pictorial record of Mr Jones'
long maritime career, which
took him from ordinary seaman
via war service to top shipping
executive, will be hung in the
captain's cabin of the newly-.
named ship.
The new name was actually

painted on the vessel when B.
and H bought it from its for-
mer owners at a Greek ship-
yard in September. At that
time, it was also transferred to
the Bahamian flag with its home
port Nassau, Bahamas.
The Roger M Jones can
transport petroleum products
in liquid form or dry bulk,
including coal, iron ore and
bauxite. It can be adapted to
suit changing markets.
Roger and Peggy Jones first
came to Nassau in 1955 when
he became vice-president and
general manager of the Navios
In 1963 he and Bill
Bardelmeier co-founded the
ocean bulk shipping firm, Jones,
Bardelmeier and Co Ltd., which
served as consultants to 395 ship
owners and other firms.
Mr Jones, who retired in
1997, was honorary consul of
the Netherlands in the Bahamas
for many years.
Mrs Jones has been active in

charitable and service activities,
receiving the MBE in 1996.
Three of the couple's sons
now head major ocean shipping
entities in far corners of the
The oldest, Roger Jr, is pres-
ident of Canada Steamship
Lines International, the largest
fleet of its kind in the world.
Tim is one of three managing
partners in Barry Rogliano
Salles, a large Paris-based ship
brokerage company. And Scott
is chief operating officer of KC
Maritime, an Indian-owned
bulk carrier fleet with head-
quarters in Hong Kong.
During his lifelong associa-
tion with the sea, Mr.Jones has
been an ordinary seaman and
a wartime PT boat commander,
training alongside John F
Kennedy, later to become US
After the war, the pair met
up in Paris when Mr Kennedy
was the junior congressman
from Massachusetts.

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YArthur Leon
Bain, 95

of Harbour Island, will be
held on Saturday 2:00 pm
at Church of God of
Prophecy, Harbour Island.
Pastor Stanley Johnson
assisted by Pastor Curtlin
Johnson will officiate and
interment will follow in St
Catherine's Cemetery, Harbour Island.

Precious memories are held by his six children, Sylvia
Saunders, Olive Ferguson, Arthur Jr, Bernard, Wallace
and Vincent Bain; one sister, Joyce Neilly of Lower
Bogue, Eleuthera; 15 grandchildren, Madeline,
Stephanie, Larry, Bernie, Samantha, Kato, Judd, Tonette,
Elmon, Kimberley, Romeo, Wallace Jr, Mitchell, Nathalie
and Michelle; 24 great grandchilren, Anthony Jr, Shyron,
Antoine, Antonia, Ciedra, Deiontae, Theo, Shondrea,
Tazania, Perival Jr, Shonta, Beatrice, Gimon Jr, Brian,
Michell daughter, Shonnori, Chenquon, Johnny, Patrick,
Dashawn, Delano, Nathalie daughter, Nardo and Tina;
one daughter-in-law, Flossie Mae.Bain; two sons-in-
law, William Saunders and Percival Ferguson; numerous
nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends, Francis'
Bullard, Arementhia Farrington, Lyman Cash and family,
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"click". The next shot punctured
her leg.
Police said two bullets found in
the gun had indented primers,
showing that the gunman tried
twice to discharge the weapon, but
In her address to the jury, Acting
Deputy Director of Public Prose-
cutions Cheryl Grant Bethel said
Brennen's actions were "cold,
heartless and pre-meditated."
He went to a female friend earli-
er in the day to borrow her red Sen-
tra in order to go undetected, she
said. He then drove to his friend
Leander Culmer, asking him to go
with him to "catch this girl with a
Mr Culmer told the court that
he told Nasty he had to mind his
daughter. He said Nasty's reply was
"bring her along."
He drove with his friend, Mr Cul-
mer, and a three-year-old girl in
the back seat, to Meadow Street,
where he stopped and asked his
friend to start driving.
Mr Culmer said Brennen asked
him to stop across the street from
three females, where he got out of
the car and started shooting.
According to bus driver Aaron
Woodside, Brennen walked back
across the street casually "as if
nothing had happened."
Brennen ordered his friend to
drive off and turn through Kiki
Street. There, Mr Culmer said his
friend got out of the car and head-
ed for the bushes. He then turned
around and handed Mr Culmer the
gun, telling him: "Do something
with this."
During the trial, the Supreme
Court was under heavy security,
with each witness being flanked by
three to five plainclothes police-
Bus driver Aaron Woodside
made an official complaint to the
court, stating that his life had been
threatened by Brennen.
He said while Brennen was being
led away from the court, he turned
to him and said: "You next."
Prosecutor Bethel, who was
assisted by Stephanie Pintard, said
Brennen's crime was not a love
killing, as defence attorney Wilbert
Moss Jr tried to establish.
She said if Brennen's crime was
out of love, he would have dropped
to his knees after the first shot and
tried to help Ms Pinder, rather than
shooting her again and then shoot-
ing the nearest witness.
Mr Moss, during his address, said
there was no forensic evidence pro-
duced to incriminate his client in
these crimes.
He said Miss Grant's testimony
was false, and that she "had an axe
to grind." He said her younger sis-

Found guilty

ter Amy's testimony was "obvious-
ly rehearsed", and Mr Culmer and
Mr Woodside gave different
accounts to the police and the court,
showing that they fabricated their
accounts, when they did not actu-
ally see Brennen commit the
Ms Grant Bethel said the only
thing fabricated was Brennen's
unsworn statement from the pris-
oner's dock. There, she said, he
cried "crocodile tears", telling them
that he couldn't recall October 29,
2005, because he was drunk and
high after fretting over Ms Pinder.
She asserted that Brennen, who
drove a bus for Sandilands Reha-
bilitation Centre in the day, and a
limousine for tourists at night, was
not a drunk and high person.
She recalled Brennen telling a
friend: "If I can't have her, no-one
else will."
It was learned through testimony
that Ms Pinder had ended the rela-
tionship in April, 2004, six months
before she was killed. Brennen was
taking the break-up hard, but he
had a baby with another woman
named Vashti, who christened the
child around the time of the shoot-
Ruthmae Pinder called police
just hours before she was killed,
telling them Brennen was harassing
Her oldest child, 21-year-old
Omar Pinder, comforted his sister
Calvonya, who is in a wheelchair,
after the verdict was read.
Brennen showed no emotion
when hearing the verdict, but tears
streamed down his face as he was
taken away in the police car.
Omar Pinder sang Brian
McNight's "Coming Back Home",
his mother's favourite song, as he
walked down Bank Lane with his
arms interlocked with that of his
family members.
Moments before, a shouting
match erupted between his family
on Bank Lane and Brennen's fam-
ily on Parliament Street. Police
were called to break up the ruckus.
Mr Pinder and his uncle, Kings-
ley, said they were very happy with
the verdict.
Said Omar Pinder: "Our mother
is all we knew. And this is really
hard because I lost my father with-
in the same year that I lost my
mother. My sister relives the horror
every night, so it's hard."
Leander Culmer said his three-
year-old daughter, who witnessed
the murders, is also still affected by
the tragedy.
Justice Isaacs, during his sum-
mation, told jurors to put aside all
emotions they might feel due to the

FROM page one
which is located on Nassau Street and West
Bay Street," he said.
"Seeing this, the newly-formed section
went in there with management. They did
security audits and then we put in some
crime prevention strategies and assisted with
the enhancement of the environmental
design to make targets much tougher, and by
doing so it protected tourists," he said.
"On October 26 around 5am at St Albans
Drive," Supt Rahming continued, "a black
male was seen by a civilian break into a

FROM page one

Hotel robberies

vehicle and with the quick response, police
officers from the mobile unit went there
and they caught the person in the bushes
near the car and brought him to Nassau
Street Police Station where the inquiry sec-
tion for the tourism unit is located."
According to Supt Rahming, after get-
ting a search warrant, the officers went into
Virgile's home at 59 Crooked Island Street,
where they found over 30 articles of stolen

have failed."
"Generally the rule is, if a government is confident in its mandate,
in its administration, then they would want as much time as they
could possibly get, they would want the full five years to achieve
their set goals.
And they would be sure that after a term is up the people are
dying to vote them back in again," he said.
Dr Donaldson added that early elections are usually "political
tricks geared towards catching the opposition on the wrong foot."
"That kind of thing has more to do with politics rather than a
good administration," he noted.
Addressing the question of a possible early election, PLP chair-
man Raynard Rigby said yesterday at a press conference that it is
always the prerogative of the prime minister to decide when a gen-
eral election will be held.
However, he pointed out that "as a responsible party we have
been preparing (for a general election) since January."

FROM page one

Education and Foreign
Affairs, is developing a
response plan.
This plan is designed to pro-
tect the public by limiting the
impact on the population and
preventing social disruption.
The Bahamas is receiving
assistance from the World
Health Organisation (W0TO) and
the Pan American Health
Organisation (PAHO).
The Ministry of Health yes-
terday advised that those at risk
from influenza, especially the
elderly, should take advantage
of the vaccination currently avail-
able through the department of
public health. While this vaccine
is not specific for bird flu it is
likely to prevent severe compli-
cations of influenza.
The department of public
health and the ministry of health
are also advising that good
hygienic practices such as
hand-washing, covering your
mouth with a tissue when you
cough or sneeze will prevent
the spread of influenza, which is
carried by droplet transmission.
Acting Director of Agricul-
ture Simeon Pinder yesterday
further advised the public that
as a precaution against the acci-
dental introduction of the Avian
Influenza which since 2003
has killed 62 people and infected
at least 122 the department
of agriculture has suspended issu-

Bird flu

ing permits for the importation of
live birds from all locations with-
in the European Union. The sus-
pension went into effect on Octo-
ber 18.
All permits for the importa-
tion of uncooked poultry prod-
ucts originating from all mem-
ber states of the European Union
have also been suspended until
further notice.
Bahamian poultry producers
and pet shop operators are
requested to co-operate with the
department of agriculture to
ensure the early detection in the
unlikely event that Avian
Influenza is accidentally intro-
duced into the Bahamas.
All owners and operators of
poultry production units and pet
shops offering birds for sale are
requested to immediately report
following occurrences to the
office of the director or senior
veterinary officer in the depart-
ment of agriculture:
Increased incidences of mor-
tality in replacement broilers and
Unexplained mortality in
broiler or layer flocks.
Unexplained malaise in
Unexplained mortality in pet
Illness in staff coming into
direct contact with flocks or pet

"During further questioning he (Virgile)
admitted to the offences and said it was an
inside job, because he got keys from people
who work at the property and they had set
up arranged places and would share the
On October 31, Virgile pleaded guilty to
14 matters before the court and was sen-
tenced to five years in prison.
Virgile is said to be a Bahamian of Hait-
ian descent and was deported from the Unit-
ed States after being charged in connection
with drug related offences.

Former MP

He added that, should an election be called tomorrow, the PLP
would be ready to meet the challenge.
Dr Donaldson, who called into More 94 FM's radio talk show
Real Talk yesterday morning to address the issue, said that regard-
less of the possibility of an early election, the Bahamian people con-
tinued to be faced with the "dilemma" of having to choose between
the two traditional parties.
"The PLP and the FNM have the Bahamian people in a dilemma.
I've always been of the view that our democracy has been ill-
served by the choice of either or," he said.
He added that it seemed to always be a question of "choosing the
lesser of two evils."
Dr Donaldson told The Tribune that the Bahamas had made
the mistake of not adjusting its democracy to the specific needs of
the country.

Industrial Tribunal

FROM page one

Mr Peet said if any further
industrial action on the part of
the BEWU occurs after the
referral there are "consequences
that would follow."
However, BEWU leader
Dennis Williams said the union
will ensure that the government
experiences "major political fall-
out for this decision" and
accused the ministry of not act-
ing in good faith.
"I have spoken to some of my
colleagues in the trade union
movement and we will actively
pursue these matters on the
political front. We do not have
political ambitions but we will
definitely pursue and act in the
best interest for workers of this
country," said Mr Williams.
The union leader said he is
"very disappointed" in the
actions of the government.
"Government could have
intervened between the chair-
man and the union. This is sim-
ply a stalling tactic and not
action that is taken in good faith.
The only thing we have to say is
that we would encourage our
members to register to vote,"
he said.
The union leader said this
.move points to the fact that the
government is "not for the small

"After negotiations between
BEC management and the
union over a wide range of
issues, and after the meetings at
the department of labour trying
to resolve some of these issues,
and as we speak subsequent dis-
putes have been filed, it is qlear
that there is very little progress
to resolve these outstanding
matters," Mr Peet said.
He said it had been clear to
Bahamians in the islands and in
New Providence that there had
been several disruptions of elec-
trical service throughout the
country and as the workers of
BEC provide an essential ser-
vice it was necessary to refer the
matter to the industrial tribunal.
"As a consequence the par-
ties are constrained from any
industrial action that could
result in undue hardship to the
public," he said.
Mr Peet said that beforethis
decision was taken, all efforts
were made by the department
of labour and the ministry to
resolve the matter.
The minister said that while
this move was necessary he
would have wanted it to be
resolved without going to the
tribunal. In addition, the minis-
ter said he was sure the union
would respect the decisions and
refrain from any industrial

"Every Wednesday, I read "The Arts" in The
Tribune. It provides comprehensive coverage of
arts and entertainment news in The Bahamas.

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The discriminated

mind: the history

of mental health,

past and present

MENTAL health encom-
passes the capacity of an indi-
vidual to interact with others
and their environment thereby
promoting a sense of being,
enhancing personal develop-
ment and achieving life's
goals. It entails a way to har-
monise our desires, ambitions,
abilities, ideals, feelings, and
conscience to meet the
demands of daily life.
. Characteristically, persons
who are mentally healthy;
* Feel good about them-
selves and are not over-
whelmed by their emotions.
Have comfortable per-
sonal relationships with oth-
ers where there is mutual
trust, love and respect.
Take pleasure in simple
everyday living.
Are able to solve prob-
lems, set and achieve goals
and adjust to life's challenges.
Mental illness on the con-
trary, is one of the major
afflictions experienced by
mankind today. It is a disease
that causes mild to severe dis-
turbances in one's thinking,
emotions, perceptions and
behaviors. From -the mild
depressive illness to the flam-
boyant schizophrenic disor-
der, these diseases are real and
can effect anyone. At the root
of mental illness is behavioral,
environmental, psychological,
biological and chemical dis-
functions or a combination of
For centuries, persons suf-
fering from mental illnesses
were referred to as "lunatics"
d.irived from the root word
"lunar" meaning moon.
Through astrological reason-
ing it was believed that insan-
ity was caused by a full moon
at the time of a baby's birth or

a baby sleeping under a full
As early as the 1600s, witch-
craft and demonic possession
were also considered expla-
nations for lunacy.
The treatment of the men-
tally ill would be considered
barbaric by present-day stan-
dards. Supernatural powers
were summoned to treat such
persons incorporating rituals
of atonement and purification.
"Lunatics" fell into one of
two categories either maniac
or melancholy. They were
treated with catharsis, which is
relief of strong feelings or ten-
sion, to expel crisis from the
individual. The patient was
submerged iii ice baths until
they lost consciousness or
were given a massive electric
shock to the brain.
Another method of treat-
ment was the "bleeding" prac-
tice, which entailed the drain-
ing of bad blood from the indi-
vidual. This usually resulted
in the death of the patient of
the need for lifelong care.
Despite such inhumane
practices, the vast majority of
persons were content because
the "lunatics" were no longer
visible in society.
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FROM page 13

Interestingly enough, dur-
ing the 19th century both
the Europeans and the
Americans introduced a
new approach to the treat-
ment of the mentally ill
known as "moral manage-
ment" or "moral treat-
ment". This approach was
based on the belief that
patients were to be treated
with dignity and respect. As
methods of cure, they were
to be embraced and sup-
ported, shown compassion-
ate concern through obser-
vation, listening and talk-
ing. This was necessary to
gain insight into the patien-
t's thought process and the
illness itself. Allowing
patients the opportunity to
finally express themselves.
The environment then
plays a pivotal role in the
treatment of the mentally
ill. The hospitals and asy-
lums became a supportive
and nurturing sheltered
environment creating a
more domestic ambiance.

"During the 19th century both
the Europeans and the Americans
introduced a new approach to the
treatment of the mentally ill
known as "moral management" or
"moral treatment". This approach
was based on the belief that
patients were to be treated with
dignity and respect. As methods
of cure, they were to be embraced
and supported, shown
compassionate concern through
observation, listening and talking."

Beds, pictures and decora-
tions replaced shackles,
chains and cement cells.
The opportunities for recre-
ation and employment at
the institutions were viewed
as therapeutic and benefi-
cial for the patients.

Patients were no longer
exhibited to the public as
spectacles of entertainment.
Subsequently, this revo-
lution introduced a more
positive outlook by society,
which began to co-operate
and interact with mental
patients. In addition, the
advancement of physical
studies including phrenolo-
gy (the study of the shape
of t'he brain) was intro-
duced to explain the causes
of mental illness and ren-
der diagnosis.

It was in the 1900s that
an apparent salvation
emerged in the varied
modes of treatment for
mental illnesses. Psychia-
trists began to use insulin
shock therapy to treat
schizophrenia and other ill-
nesses. The medical proce-
dure known as lobotomy,
which involved the surgical,,
separation,of a par t f the
brain to treat depressive ill-s
nesses and the ever-popu-
lar electro-convulsive shock
therapy (ECT) which
involved applying electric
current to the brain was
used to treat depression and
other illnesses.
In 1954 the medical com-
munity introduced its first
conventional anti-psychot-
ic drug called Chlorpro-

mazine (Thorazine) for the
treatment of schizophrenia
and other major mental dis-
orders. For the first time,
psychiatric are was revolu-
tionised to the extent that
patients could return to
normal society.
In rapid succession, other
psychotropic medications
became available. Subse-
quently, extensive psychi-
atric care and rehabilitative
services became available
due to ongoing research
and training in this spe-
cialised branch of medicine.
Psycho-education was now
of pivotal importance for
both family members and
the society at large. A new
era in mental health was
beginning to emerge.

Mental health has
received modest ranking in
the order of priorities here
in the Bahamas.
The overwhelming stig-
mas, myths, fear and dis-
crimination which have
plagued the mentally chal-
lenged in the past, unfortu-
nately continue to haunt
affected persons in our soci-
ety today.
The mentally ill are
viewed less favourably in
the community, and the fact
is that mental health
accounts for enormous suf-
fering, disability, social iso-
lation, increased mortality,
and places heavy burdens
on families and the commu-
nity at large.
IN 1897 a male lunatic
ward was built in Nassau as
a memorial to the diamond
jubilee of Queen Victoria
of England. This ward
became a part of the
Bahamas General Health
Services in 1908.
During that time, one of
five medical doctors occa-
sionally visited the mental
hospital, as there were no
psychiatrists available.
Persons were "certified"
insane by the magistrate
under the Lunacy Act and
admitted to the hospital.
The most frequent found
diagnoses were epilepsy,
idiocy and imbecility.
The compound was con-
fined and some patients
(both male and female)
were allowed freedom on
the grounds but others were

confined to cells and wore
heavy iron footcuffs or
In 1953, the first psychia-
trist, Dr Henry Podlewsky

It was after his appoint-
ment that the mentally ill
patients were relocated and
housed behind the Bahamas
General Hospital at "the
top of the hill". The nature
of the illness and the loca-
tion of the facility gave rise
to the name "Crazy Hill".
There were 130 patients at
that time.
In the Bahamas, like in
other countries at that time,
families and the community
sometimes abused and
ostracised the mentally ill.
They were treated inhu-
manely and stripped of
their dignity and pride and
the stigma of mental illness
was very poignant.
However, there was a
gradual move toward creat-
ing a more positive thera-
peutic environment for both
patients and staff, Patients
were becoming more
accepted and strategies
were being implemented to
address the stigmas of men-
tal illness in the Bahamas.

The Sandilands hospital
was constructed in 1956 and
patients from the Bahamas
General Hospital were
transferred to this facility.
Today it is known as the
Sandilands Rehabilitation
Centre, where psychiatric,
geriatric and substance
abuse services are rendered.
The mission of the insti-
tution is to provide com-
prehensive care in all these
areas through in-patient
and day care facilities with
the ultimate aim of assist-
ing clients to attain and
maintain their optimum lev-
el of functioning and
become productive citizens
of the society.
There are presently two
hospitals, the Geriatric
Hospital which caters to the
elderly with medical, social
and psychiatric ailments,
and the Sandilands Hospital

which cares for mentally'
and physically challenged.
children, adolescents and,
Today the overall psychi-
atric team functions cohe-
sively on behalf of the
patients and their family.
members. Specialty services
include psychology, special
education for the adoles-'
cent and adult populations,
dentistry, physiotherapy,
pharmacy, podiatry and
health social services.
The hospital's focus is
holistic, taking into account
the overall physical, spiri-
tual and mental well being,
of the individual. We are
advocates of the belief thatt
mental and physical health
are inseparable and thatt
there is no health without;
good mental health.

In thatt vein, patients are!
treated with respect,;:
encouraged to participate;
in the various therapeuticY
initiatives, including occu-,
pational and recreational$
therapies like gardening,,:
sewing, swimming and
dancing and then ultimately
returned home.
Therefore, advancements
in science and medicine in
conjunction with psycho-
logical and pharmacologi-
cal treatments have proven
to be very beneficial over
the harsh and basic treat-
ments used centuries ago.
Another integral branch
of psychiatric care includes
the outpatient psychiatric,
clinics at the Princess Mar-
garet Hospital and mental
health services provided on
an out patient basis at the.
Community Counselling
and Assessment Centre on
Market Street.
The uncompromising
message of psychiatric care
is thatt one's mind and
brain can become sick just
like any other part of the
body, but it can be healed
just as the body can. Mental
disorders are real medical
illnesses that have signs and
symptoms that can be diag-
nosed and treated readily.

Dr Eneia T Theophilus
is the co-ordinator of the
Female Substance Abuse
Programme at Sandilands
Rehabilitation Centre.,

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Sunday, November 6
Awakening March
March begins at Windsor Park, 3 p.m.
Participants are expected to assemble
at the park at2 p.m.

Monday, November 7
Hundreds of Promise Keepers and their
families were invited to participate in the
week of activities leading up to the
Awakening Rallies scheduled for Friday
and Saturday at Clifford Park, each
beginning at 6 p.m. Bahamian families
are encouraged to register their desire
t(os.tlhies6emen and their families so
t 1aeycan; experience a full and
genuine experience of Bahamian
hospitality and culture while ministering
among us in The Bahamas.

Prison Dormitory Repair
Improved living accommodations is a
pressing need at Her Majesty's Prison
that the Bahamas "Awakening"
committee will address through a
building renovation project it has
undertaken. The task is to renovate one
of the Prison Dormitories that is not
currently in use so as to double, the
number of inmates that would become
eligible to participate in the prison's
work schemes as part preparation for
reintegration with society. In addition
the project will include the renovation of
the Annex building to provide separate
living accommodation for juvenile
inmates. Apostle Walter Hanchell
coordinates this project.. Persons
desiring to donate building material to
this project may conduct Apostle
Hanchell at telephone number 325-

Tuesday, November 8
High School Young Men's
A special young men's outreach for
young men and boys from local high
schools is planned for Tuesday
November 8. Promise Keepers
speakers will address them in specially
organized assembly. Pastor Dave
Burrows is the Bahamas Awakening
coordinator for this outreach.

Wednesday, November 9
Men's Leadership Training
Under the direction of world renowned
motivational speaker, teacher, Pastor,
author and leader Dr. Myles Munroe, a
special invitation is extended to all men
to participate in Bahamas Faith
Ministries International Annual
Leadership Summit on Wednesday
November 9, when leadership training
of particular interest to men will be the

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imprisonment. It is my testimony that God has justified me freely by his GRACE through REDEMPTION
in CHRIST JESUS and imputed unto me a RIGHTEOUS SPIRIT, I have been HUMBLED before a HOLY
I'm standing today as a NEW MAN withA NEW HEART; A SON OF GOD and a JOINT HEIR with JESUS.
in his Suffering and his Glory. To God be the Glory, great things he has done.
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By The Chairman
Pastor Alfred Stewart
The seed that was planted ten months ago is
about to bear fruit. The Bahamas Awakening
Solemn Assembly and rally planned for Clifford
Park on Friday and Saturday, November 11 and 12, at 6 p.m., isjust a few
days away. We are praying that thousands of Bahamian men will attend the
rallies and as a resultbe encouraged in godly living.
As we move toward the Solemn Assembly rally the next big event is The
Awakening Men's March schedule for Sunday, November 6, with line up
at the Windsor Park scheduled for 2 pm, leaving the park no later than- 3
p.m. and ending at Clifford Park. The march is for the men and boys of the
nation to come together in a show of solidarity in the embracing godly.
values asa wayof life.
The men's march will leave at Windsor Park at 3 p.m. and proceed north on
East Street to Bay Street, and west on Bay Street to Clifford Park. The
march will end with participants breaking into small groups to pray for our
nation and the success of the Awakening Rallies to be held at the park on-
the following weekend.
We appeal to men to join the march and to bring their sons to make a
promise to stand for the values that will turn our nation around by
acknowledging those values that God declared would build a nation.
We are expecting the participation of a number of our community marching
binds, Junkanoo groups, and various men's organizations. We are
expecting a large turnout of men from the various Churches. It is very
important that all groups and persons participating in the March assemble
at Windsor Park by 2 p.m. to be placed in the parade order.
We want all participants to know that Bahamas Awakening T-shirts and
caps will be available at the park for persons wishing to purchase them to
wear on the march. T-shirts will be available in all sizes at $15.00 and caps
cost $20.00. We encourage participants to support us in the purchase of
these items to wear at the march and a week later at the rallies.
This march is important because it gives an opportunity to'every Bahamian
man who desire to stand for godly living and values to join with other menIl
a march for Christ. We truly feel that the time is right for all good men to
awaken from spiritual and moral sleep and rise up to the challenges facing
our nation. It is our time now to reclaim that territory that was lost and
assume our proper places of leadership within our society. Please, come
out to Windsor Park on this Sunday, November 2, and join us in this greats
march men's forgodly living.

The Bahamas Awakening Solemn*Assembly and Rally is a massive initiative to bring.
men together in a call to godly living. The goal is to see men transformed into the":
image of Jesus Christ and live out those values that will transform our homes,-
communities and nation.
We need you to join us in prayer for the success of the initiatives of Bahamas"
Awakening. Our first major initiative is a grand men's march to bring together mnen
from the community in a show of solidarity for righteous living. This will take place on
Sunday, November 6, leaving the Windsor Park at 3 p.m. and ending in a brief prayer"-
rally at Clifford Park, During the week beginning Monday, November 7 through;
Saturday, November 12, we will be joined by hundreds of, men from across the:'
United States, associated with Promise Keepers International, for a week of ministry
and special activities leading up to the Awakening Rallies on Friday and Saturday,-
November 11 and 12.
We are entering a week of powerful ministry to our men and we need the prayer ofall--
our churches, Christian Men's groups, and the public. We wish to provide you with a.
prayer list as you pray along with us that God will make His presence felt in alt of
these events and that His purposes will be accomplished through these efforts. We'.
especially appeal to Churches to include the list in their special moments of prayer,
and during their worship services. We ask Churches to make it a prayer focus.
Please Pray for:
The Awakening March:
0 Goodweather.
0 Smooth organization of the march.
0 That it will be a great time of unity, fellowship and bonding among the
many and varied participants.
0 Forthe safetyof all the participants.
0 That it sends a good and encouraging message to our nation.
0 That the men of our nation will arise in large numbers aind realize the
opportunity to stand in agreement that we need God to, save our nation
from the spiral of moral decent.
Awakening MinistryActivities (Monday Thursday, November 7-0)
0 Please see our list of activities on this same page Under the heading
"Awakening Activities"
Awakening Rally Friday and Saturday, Novemrberl and 12:
0 Good weather.
1 Good health oftheorganizers.
o Smoother operation of the rallies. -
0 For the presenters local and international.
0 Forour men to be united in Spirit as we worship God together.
e For a humbling of our hearts before the God in prayer, confession and
S Forfathers tomakethespecial effort to take their sons.
G For every technical matter to go smoothly.
0 For men to submit theirwills to God's Spirit.
0 Fortheproperandeffidcientset-upoftheparkinallaspects.
0 Forthesafetyoftheparticipants.
0 For revival.
0 For God to birth something new in the way our men respond to Him.
C ForGodtoforgiveusandhealourmenoftheirsins. ."
0 For our women to be committed to praying for our men throughout the;
We believe that it is by God releasing His favor to us that the transformation we so:
desperately seek will take place in our men. Please pray. -



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Caesars and Starwood

are Baha Mar's partners

Tribune Business Editor
The casino and hotel
operating partners
for Baha Mar's
$1.6 billion Cable
Beach resorts are
Harrah's Entertainment, owner
of the Caesars Entertainment
brand, and Starwood Hotels &
Resorts Worldwide.
The details were contained in
invitations to a press conference
that will be held in New York
on Monday to announce the tie-
up between Harrah's, Starwood
and Baha Mar, which is being
billed as setting "new standards
for the hospitality and gaming
Harrah's, which merged with
Caesar's Entertainment last
year, will be the casino partner,
with Starwood's hotel.brands St
Regis, Westin, W hotel and the
Sheraton as the hotel opera-
The agreement is seen as
something of a coup for Baha
Mar in its bid to create a Las
Vegas-style resort experience in
the Bahamas. One hotel industry
source said of the Starwood and
Harrah's choices: "That's a
strong combination."
Details on the three-way part-
nership will be announced in
New York at a press conference
featuring Sarkis Izmirlian, Baha
Mar's chief executive; Gary
Loveman, chairman, chief exec-
utive and president of Harrahs
Entertainment; and Steven J.
Heyer, chief executive of Star-
wood Hotels and Resorts
Representing the Government
will be Obie Wilchcombe, min-
ister of tourism.
Harrah's involvement will
come as little surprise, The Tri-
bune having revealed earlier this
year that Baha Mar had
achieved most progress with
Caesar's until the merger tem-
porarily interrupted talks.
The combined company oper-
ates the world-renowned Cae-
sars Palace in Las Vegas, and its
commitment to the Cable Beach
redevelopment gives Baha Mar
instant credibility and brand
recognition in the gaming world,
helping to differentiate it from
Kerzner International's Paradise
Island offering.
Between them, Harrah's and
Caesars have 39 casino proper-
ties in the US, most located in
the major gambling destinations.
Starwood's St Regis brand,
which competes with the likes
of Ritz-Carlton, is likely to be
applied to the most luxurious of
Baha Mar's hotel properties
when the redeveloped Cable

Hotel brands for Cable Beach to

be St Regis, Westin and Sheraton

* PRIME Minister Perry Christie (far right) with executives at
the signing of Heads of Agreement for Baha Mar's $1.6 billion
Cable Beach resorts.
(FILE photo)

Beach is completed in 2009.
Observers, though, were par-
ticularly interested in the
involvement of the Sheraton and
Westin brands, which are likely
to adorn the remodelled Radis-
son and Nassau Beach proper-
ties. This is because they are
already present in the Bahamas
at Our Lucaya in Grand
There was speculation about
whether they would remain at
the Hutchison-Whampoa-owned
Again, the involvement of
Starwood, which is a 50/50 joint
venture partner with Kerzner
International on the Harborside
timeshare development, gives
Baha Mar instant brand identity
and access to Starwood's world-
wide distribution and sales net-
work to attract tourists in.
In its Heads of Agreement
with the Government, Baha Mar
agreed to make "best faith
efforts" to sign up its hotel oper-
ating partner by August 31,2005,
and the casino operating part-
ner by December 31, 2005.
Although the first deadline was
missed, the developers were
comfortably inside the second.
As well as being operating
partners, both Harrah's and
Starwood will have invested
their own capital and equity into
the project, something Baha Mar
wanted from its collaborators,
further strengthening the pro-

August tourist arrivals off 14.5%

Tribune Business Editor
HURRICANES Katrina and
Rita were yesterday blamed for
a 14.5 per cent decline in total
tourist arrivals to the Bahamas
in August, helping to spark a 6.9
per cent year-on-year decline in
visitor numbers for the first eight
months of 2005 to 3.484 million.
In its assessment of economic
developments during Septem-
ber, the Central Bank of the
Bahamas said the decline in
tourist arrivals for the year to
August was "most pronounced"
for sea arrivals, with a 9.1 per
cent drop. The decline in air
arrivals, who generate most of
the industry's revenues and
income, was "more marginal" at
1.9 per cent.
However, there was slightly
better news for the Government
on the fiscal front, as it generat-
ed a surplus of $0.1 million for
July, the first month of fiscal
2005-2006, compared to a $12
million deficit that was run up
in July 2004.
The Central Bank said: "Gen-
erally buoyant economic condi-
tions combined with improved
revenue collection protocols sup-

revenues up
,16.4% in'July,
but recurrent
spending still

ported a 16.4 per cent hike in
tax revenues to $90.3 million.
Total expenditure increased by.
5.1 per cent over last year to
$90.3 million, and was concen-
trated in current outlays."
Import duties increased by
41.2 per cent to $34.3 million in
July 2005, compared to $24.3
million the year before. Yet the
increase in recurrent spending
again indicates the Government
is having trouble getting a han-
dle on its fixed costs, wiping out
most, if not all, of the revenue
On the tourist front, the lin-
gering effects of Hurricanes
Frances and Jeanne on Grand

SEE page 4B

ject's viability.
j The $1.6 billion Cable Beach
redevelopment will eventually
total 175,000 sq ft of hotel room
space, and consist of a 1,000
room hotel and 75,000 sq ft casi-
no; a 1,000 room convention
hotel where the Radisson is; a
300-room luxury hotel; 400 ren-
ovated rooms at the Nassau
Beach Hotel; and 100,000 sq ft of
convention space.
Wages paid to construction
workers during the first year of
the Baha Mar project's opera-
tion are forecast to total $140
million, with some 5,300 workers
Direct employment during the
development's first year in oper-
ation is set to total 4,100 jobs,
with this increasing by 35 per
cent during the second year.
Baha Mar has predicted that
total employment is set to grow
from 6,400 to 9,000 in the first
three years of operation.
Baha Mar has committed to
provide $12 million for retrain-
ing staff during the 2007-2009
construction period, and has
committed to renovating one
hotel at a time to minimise dis-
ruption for hotel staff.

Agency can rate Bahamas

debt issues 'immediately'

Tribune Business Editor
THE head of the Caribbean regional credit
rating agency yesterday told The Tribune that it
was able to rate the creditworthiness of Bahami-
an companies "immediately", with the body
eventually establishing an office in this nation to
further enhance investor knowledge of different
firms' risk/reward profiles.
S. Venkat Raman, chief executive and chief
rating officer of CariCRIS, the Trinidad-head-
quartered Caribbean Information & Credit Rat-
ing Services, said: "We will be looking to set
up an office [in the Bahamas], but want to start
the ratings before that. We're hoping to do it
immediately for anyone catching on to the idea
and wants to do it.
"We're hoping to do an investor education
programme, hopefully in conjunction with the
Securities Commission and other like-minded
Mr Raman said he had received a "very good"
response to CariCRIS and its work during meet-
ings held this week with the Central Bank of the
Bahamas; Hillary Deveaux, the Securities Com-
mission's acting executive director; and Keith
Davies, the Bahamas International Securities
Exchange's (BISX) chief executive.
These meetings, and others held with the likes
of the Fidelity Group of Companies, had given
indications that there was "huge potential" for a
credit rating service, such as CariCRIS, to help
the development of both the Bahamian and
wider regional capital markets, Mr Raman said.
He explained that rating agencies "try to give
you the right sort of benchmark in your invest-
ment domain", and CariCRIS could do this at
two levels a national scale find a Caribbean
regional scale.
Ratings could be assigned to "any entity" a
company, bank, credit union or sovereign gov-
ernment that sought to raise funds from the
capital-markets through debt instruments,
through mechanisms such as floating a bond
issue or commercial paper. -
Mr Raman said; "What CariCRIS does is
assign a rating to that, which tells investors or,
people looking at the company what is the cred-
itworthiness of this particular debt. How strong
are you in your ability to pay back this debt,
either across the country or across the region."
He added that "it makes tremendous sense"
for the Bahamian debt issuers to have credit
ratings, as this would assist both the issuer and
investor, and help to deepen the capital markets
in this nation.
Credit ratings were essentially "an opinion
on the inherent risk" of buying into an entity's
debt offering, Mr Raman explained, and since
they were often regarded as the "shortest cred-
itworthiness comment in the world", were an
invaluable tool in enabling investors to assess the
risk/reward profile of any issuer.
They would be able to use the ratings to deter-

* S. Venkat Raman (left), chief executive
and chief rating officer of CariCRIS, meets
Keith Davies, the Bahamas International
Securities Exchange's (BISX) chief execu-
(Photo: Tim Aylen)

mine whether the risk of buying into a debt
issue, and the corresponding likely rewards,
matched their own risk/reward profile.
The creation of a credit rating agency to assess
the creditworthiness of capital markets debt
issues was one of the recommendations made in
the report that sought to revitalise BISX. Two
debt issues RoyalStar Assurance's $5 million in
preference shares and $10 million in Water-
fields' corporate bonds are currently seeking
BISX listings, and would have been candidates
for a CariCRIS rating analysis.
Currently, most decisions to invest in Bahami-
an companies' debt offerings.are made on the
confidence potential investors have in the com-
pany and its management, and few mechanisms
exist to assess creditworthiness, especially in
private placements.
CariCRIS has already produced one rating
assessment, for a $330 million debt issue pro-
posed by the NationalGas Company of Trinidad
& Tobago, which it ranked on a regional basis
with a creditworthiness of CariAAA. For
Bahamian companies wanting to be rated on a
national basis, the notation could be something
like BAAA.
Mr Raman pointed out that for a corporate
debt market to work in the Bahamas, four things
needed to happen. The Government needed to
list its debt instruments on BISX to set a yield
curve and benchmark; there needed to be a
sizeable number of market players; adequate
legal infrastructure such as trading rules and a
central securities depository had to be estab-
lished; and information needed to be available to

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knowledge of other continental languages would
be helpful. The ability to train is essential.

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Bahamian status preferred. Qualified persons
should forward a resume via facimile to 242-352-
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Bahama to be received by November 18, 2005.

LET me say up front that I
am an interested party, firstly
as a resident of the Bahamas,
secondly as an investor in the
Bahamas, and thirdly as an
operator of a business employ-
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Cable Beach.
In the capacity of a business-
man on Cable Beach, my busi-
ness and its team members will
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always assumed that we would
be favourably impacted and
publicly supported this devel-
As an investor in the
Bahamas, I had always antici-
pated that the Cable Beach
development would be positive
for the economy and therefore
for my team members and
myself, as well as all Bahami-
As a resident of the
Bahamas I am interested
because a substantial amount
of public assets, including land,
have been handed over to the
developers at concbssionary
prices, and substantial public
funds have been pledged to
help fund the new roadways.
Now, however, I have rea-
son to be concerned, if not
The reason for this concern
and fear is that the developers
are yet to show the public who
presently live on or use West
Bay Street along Cable Beach,
how they will be, impacted.
The plans are not available at
a government office where
interested members of the pub-
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public interest for the plans to
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that their views can be consid-
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the hands of the people's rep-
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of the Bahamas.
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intending to present the plans
to the authorities at such a late
date that any changes required
by the Government would
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blamed on the Government?
Should the Government give
a specific deadline for the plans
to be presented?
Do we want another Clifton
Cay, where public pressure will
cause a delay, or in fact a stop-
ping, of the development, leav-
ing the Government and there-
fore the people of the Bahamas
to incur costs and liabilities in
their efforts to protect the peo-
ples interest.
Some cynical persons have
suggested that this is a tactic
to damage the Government's
reputation in order to influence
the results of the upcoming
Others have suggested that
it is to put the Government
under a timing pressure in
order to wring more conces-
sions from the Government.
I don't know.
But then we are forced to
What are they hiding?
It would be tragic if what
should be a productive'pub-
lic/private sector partnership
became bogged down because
of the poor judgement of the
If this secrecy is not just a
result of poor judgement, the
question must again be asked....
Why the secrecy?
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Bahama, and the still-closed
Royal Oasis resort, were blamed
for the 34.5 per cent and 20.1
per cent declines in air and sea
arrivals respectively to that
island for the year to August
The Family Islands also saw
a visitor fall-off, with sea and air
arrivals off by 10.3 per cent and
1.4 per cent respectively.
The Central Bank report said:
"These developments were cush-
ioned by an estimated 8.5 per
cent increase in air arrivals to
New Providence, which account-
ed for approximately 70.7 per
cent of visitors.
However, as a result of a 5.3
per cent contraction in sea
arrivals, New Providence's over-

all performance was relatively
Consumer price inflation for
the 12 months to September
2005 increased from 1.24 per
cent to 1.94 per cent, the largest
increases coming in transporta-
tion and communications prices,
plus medical and health care,
and food and beverage items.
The Central Bank also warned
that "persistently higher energy
costs", in the form of higher
electricity and gasoline prices,
represented a risk to the
Bahamian economy in the short-
It added: "During the month
of September, brisk residential
construction investments pro-
vided a significant contribution

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0.96 Doctor's Hospital
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7.45 FirstCaribbean
8.39 Focol
1.27 Freeport Concrete
9.50 ICD Utilities
8.20 J. S. Johnson
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10.00 Premier Real Estate

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10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref)
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as preliminary indications sug-
gest lee buoyant tourism output
due largely to the adverse effects
of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
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three quarters of the year sug-
gests a steady level of overall
expansion, underpinned by
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The growth outlook for the
Bahamian economy was "stable
for the rest of 2005 and into
2006", underpinned by more
tourism developments and con-
struction industry expansion
prompted by increased residen-
tial and hotel building.
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higher cost of fuel imports hit




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



The Public is hereby advised that 1, MARY ELIZABETH
ELLIOT, of Fresh Creek, Andros, Bahamas, intend to
change my name to ELIZABETH MARY CURTIS. If there
are any objections to this change of name by Deed Poll,
you may write such objections to the Chief Passport
Officer, P.O.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later than
thirty (30) days after the date of publication of this notice.



Notice To Shareholders

The Board of Directors of

ICD Utilities Limited is pleased

to advise that a dividend of

13.5 cents per share

has been declared to all Shareholders

,of record as at 10th November, 2005

and payable on 24th November, 2005

0.000 NIM 0.00%
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0.030 18.2 2.50%
0.240 15.0 2.59%
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0.000 5.6 0.00%
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1.2593 1.1913 Colina Money Market Fund 1.259334*
2.4403 2.0536 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.4403 ***
10.6103 10.0000 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 10.61032 .
2.2754 2.1675 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.275422"
1.1395 1.0686 Colina Bond Fund 1.139546"" .

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growth in the Bahamas' exter-
nal reserves, reducing it to $2.1
million as opposed to $132.6 mil-
lion in 2004 in the year to Sep-
tember 2005.

However, excess reserves in
the banking system grew by
$32.7 million in that period, a
threefold increase over 2004 lev-


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registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that.'
any person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization
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of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 4TH day of
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(In Voluntary Liquidation)

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is in dissolution, which commencedon the 19th day of *
October, 2005. The Liquidator is Argoso Corp. Inc., of P.,'.
0. Box N-7757, Nassau, Bahamas.


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New soccer season gets underway

FROM page one
"We are also excited for this is the
second time this particular executive
board will host the league."
Making their debut on Wednes-
day will be newly formed Nassau Sun

and Dynamos, both playing in the
league's second division.
Nassau Sun have already played
friendly matches with teams in the
After bringing a new mixture to
the team, head coach of Nassau Sun

Matthew Green is confident that the
team will be able to go all the way.
He said: "We got some very posi-
tive results from our friendly match-
es so we are confident heading into
the league.
"This might be a young team, but

we've got youth and experience gong
for us. Although some of our players
just started playing the game, our
experienced players have been play-
ing for years. The young talent on
our team brings physical strength,
speed and stamina.

"Our main idea behind bringing.
in a new squad was developing an
organised team that can play on a
professional level while having fun.
One of our main focus is to give all
the players the exposure that they



on the

menu for BAAA banquet

Junior Sports Reporter
PLANS for hosting the fifth
annual Bahamas Association
of Athletic Association
(BAAA) banquet are now
underway and this year's fes-
tivities are set to exceed the
Celebrating under the
theme 'Glorious Moments',
the banquet will be held
under the patronage of the
president of the IAAF, Liame
Diak will be among the var-
ious special guests attending
the banquet, set for Decem-
ber 30th. The BAAA is also
hoping to get confirmation
from the American Golden
Boy Justin Gatlin and mem-
bers of the 4xl00m relay
Diak will remain in New
Providence until January 3rd,
where a serious of meetings
is scheduled to take place.
The hosting of the banquet
also gives the BAAA an
opportunity to crown the
most outstanding male and
female athlete of the year in
both the senior and junior

According to Mike Sands,
president of the BAAA, this
year's selection will not be an
easy task for the selection
committee because of the
splendid job done by all the
He said: "I thought the per-
formances last year gave the
selection committee a rough
time, but this year it is work-
ing out."
"We sent seven teams away
and I must say that the per-
sons on those teams did an
exceptional job in represent-
ing this country.
"I must admit that some of
the choices are clear cut, but
there is still going to be a hard
time choosing the male and
female athletes."
Last year's awards went to
Dominic Demeritte and
Tonique Williams-Darling in
the senior division and
Aymara Albury and Grafton
Ifil III in the junior division.

The race in the senior divi-
sion for the crown is neck-
and-neck between Chris
Brown and Leevan Sands,
both fourth place finishers at
the recently held World
Brown also competed in the
TDK Jackpot hunt and is
ranked fifth in the world in
the men's 400m. Sands has
topped the charts with a sixth
place ranking in triple jump
and 30th in long jump.
The race in the female
senior division was narrowed
down to five athletes, Chan-
dra Sturrup, Williams-Dar-
ling, Christine Amertil and
Lavern Eve.
Williams-Darling, last year's
female athlete of the year,
captured the gold medal in
the 400m at the World Cham-
pionships and a gold at the
Olympics Games.
Sturrup, who posted the

fastest time in the 100m this
year and set a new national
record, finished up fourth at
the games, while Eve and
Amertil have secured top
rankings in the IAAF list of
Sands added: "There are
criteria set in place by the
selection committee, they
look mainly at the perfor-
mances of all the athletes.
"We have a record of all the
times ran or jumped by all the
athletes, juniors and seniors,
that's what we refer to when
selecting the top athletes."
In the junior divisions, top
performances came from
Ramon Miller, Gerard Brown
and Navia Smith, all of whom
captured medals at this year's
Carifta games. Smith was also
selected to a part of the
national women's 4xl00m
team, which took part in the
Penn Relays.

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on track to


their success

Junior Sports
THE success on the
track for members of
Roadrunners Track and
Field Club will be recog-
nised today, as the club
hosts their sixth annual
Awards Banquet.
With another flourish-
ing track and field sea-
son under their belts,
young track and field
stars will celebrate
under the theme "Perse-
verance Overcometh
The club will hold
their banquet at the
Wyndham Nassau
Resort and Crystal
Palace Casino.
For club coach Dexter
Bodie, the annual ban-
quet is an opportunity
for the athletes to
socialise outside of the
stadiums and is used as
an encouragement for
better performances in
the upcoming year.

He said: "The idea of
the banquet is to award
the athletes for the great
job they've done this
year. All the athletes
have worked extremely
hard on and off the
"There are going to be
a few surprises when it
comes to the awards, but
everything else is pretty
much clear cut."
The active club has
taken part in both local
and international meets,
using these meets to
determine the top
achievers in the club.
Awards will be given
to the most outstanding
male and female, the
Dominic Higgins award,
and Age Group awards.
"Handing out the
awards is just an encour-
agement for all the ath-
letes, we understand all
the hard work they've
put in," added Bodie.
"Besides teaching
them the proper tech-
nique we try to give
them the exposure they
need that is why we
take them to all these
Bodie is expecting the
evening to be a glam-
orous one for the ath-
letes, giving them an
opportunity to meet
members of the World
Championships team.
Making a special
appearance will be
Nathaniel McKinney
and Osbourne Moxey.

Ca e onia and ears

kickofnew season

jumps Dorvil Zachee of RCA to get the Junior Sports Reporter
header during their NPFL Division 1 match
on May 8, 2005. Trail will once again be THE chase for top honqurs
looking to lead Caledonia to the title. in the New Providence Fbd6t.
(@ Vision Photo/Craig Lenihan) ball League (NPFL) will begin
this Sunday when the season
kicks-off with the Charity p
Lined-up to play in this:
year's Charity Cup Shielda*re'.,
fr' defending champions Caled'do
nia and Bears Football Club,
last year's runners-up.
According to league presi-
R.dent Curtis Robinson, this
game should kick-off thei
league's opening in grand
style, as both teams are eager,
to showcase their new talent
..... ....
He said: "We are expecting:
some very good competition
this year, the teams are all
fired up and excited to play.
"I really can't pinpoint a.
dominant team this year, ail
the teams went in and done
their homework,. adding new
fire to their squads.
"The teams have brought in
some younger players, which
should increase the level of
S play. We are really excited
the fact that we are starting
on time, so we can enjoy more
Although line-ups are set
for Sunday, the first official
game in the league is npt set
until Wednesday evening, at
...the Thomas A Robinson.
All regular season games
will be played at the Thomas
A Robinson stadium, unlike
the past, where the league ran
games from three locations,
Thomas A Robinson, Wind-
sor Park and CI Gibson play-
ing fields.

According to Curtis, using
the Thomas A Robinson sta-
dium as the only venue this
year will add more security
and a better playing fieldK-
This year's league hasa lso
been expanded.
"We were able to bring.-in
some new teams, adding to
4 &..44,the number of teams we'had
"rrzAlast year," said Curtis.
"These teams should bring
better competition in the two
divisions. There are six teams,,
three consist of players frora
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Improvement supplement 2005.

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come across several tips for

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These are some important supplies
you should stock up on prior to a
hurricane for yourself and your
Batteries, water, non-perishable
food, plastic plates, cups and
utensils, a First Aid Kit with any
needed medications, flash lights, a
battery powered radio, a small
cooler with ice, as the electricity
could be out for two to three days
and any items required for your
children, elderly persons and your
companions pets.
* Identify your closest Hurricane
Shelter or if planning to stay in
your home. your designated safe
room where you and the family
will stay during the storm.
* Consider shutters or pre-cut
plywood for securing your
windows, take note that taping
is ineffective.

Coordinate the installation of
boarding up your windows and
doors well in advance of the
storm to ensure your home will
be secure. .
* Fill your car with gas and have
a reserve available as many gas
stations may be closed.
* Clean plastic bins for washing,
cooking, etc. store the excess of
bins for keeping valuables dry.,
if internal leaks become severe.
* Remove all outdoor furniture,
have your trees and palm trees
trimmed and remove all
coconuts in advance of the
storm, they can easily become
potential dangerous missiles.
* Plastic carrying cases would be
ideal for your important papers,
sentimental photos and hard
to replace Documents of

* Ensure your home insurance
policy is current and up-to-date.
* Be proactive in making an
evacuation plan everyone
understands and agrees to if the
worst should happen.
* If you have small children have
a supply of crayons, coloring
books and games to entertain
them and for the rest of the
family perhaps a game of chess,
cards or dominoes during the
storm will help to carry the time
when no electricity is available.
* If staying in your home is not
an option and you would prefer
not to stay at a shelter, book a
hotel room and carry your
important personal items with
you, not forgetting special
arrangements required for
housing your companion pets.

* Have a phone available with a
regular direct wall cord for ease
*bf communications.
* Have your pet carriers readily
available in your home along
with a plan for your pets should
a disaster occur.
* A garage door is vulnerable to
wind during a hurricane, make
sure you have it reinforced to
prevent it from blowing away or
* Stay on top of weather updates
as frequently as possible and stay
inside until the storm has passed.
Tips to help keep your most
precious assets safe during
the Hurricane Season.

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Proper documentation


key to easier construction

* By John-Michael Clarke
I WANT to engage you in a discus-
sion about the importance of having
good construction documents.
This point cannot be understated.
We'have experienced client after client,
come into our office with what they
are convinced are a good set of blue
prints, and after two or three questions
they-have to face the reality that their
plans lack significant detail to get the
construction project done.
Sadly enough the root of the prob-
lem' is that many people do not know
how much to expect from their archi-
tect. How much information should
your architect give you? The answer in
truth is enough information that you
structure can be easily built.
If your contractor has to make a lot
of assumptions, if the contractor has a
lotiof questions and has to "guess"
about how to build your structure,
these are tell tale signs that there may
be design deficiencies in your con-
strtction documents. The end result is
often the contractor building the house
that he wants, not the house that you
This said, what should be in a prop-
er get of construction documents? A
proper set of construction documents
should have at least the following:
A Location & Site Plan: This
drawing should the location of the
property and positions the structure(s)
on the site. Also shown on the drawing
arethe location of the garbage dispos-
al and the septic tank. Some archi-
tects show this information on one
sheet depending on the size of the pro-
The floor plans:- These are the
drawings with which most people are
familiar. The floor plans show the lay-
out of the house and the size of the
rooms. Also shown are the location of
doors and windows, and in some cases
the type of finish on the floor is also
shown. The floor plans also contain
information on the type of floor sys-

Building Exterior Elevations and
Sections: For those people who just
have to "see it", building elevations
and sections are very important. The
building elevations can be seen as the
artist rendition of the structure. Ele-
vations show what each side of the
structure should look like once the
building is completed. The building
sections, show critical information con-
cerning heights of columns and beams,
as well as changes in the floor and ceil-
ing heights. It is common to have areas
in the building sections highlighted for
further detailing. Details are simply
an enlarged view of particular elements
of the structure meant to give the con-
tractor a clear picture of how the build-
ing components are to be put together.
Door, Window and-Finishing
Schedules: This information is critical
as it details the type of doors and win-
dows that are to be used for the struc-
ture. Given the fact the cost of win-
dows and doors may vary significantly
depending on the manufacturer and
the type, this information is very
important. The finishing schedules
highlight what finishes are to be
installed on the floors, walls and ceil-
ings of the structure. The contractor
needs this information in order to pro-
videa detailed estimate of the project.
Interior Elevations.: These draw-
ings are often left out of most drawing
sets. The information -on these draw-
ings shows the heights of tiles in the
kitchen and bathroom areas. They
also detail the layout for the kitchen,
and any other specialty interior areas in
the home.
Plumbing and Electrical Layout &
Riser Drawings:- These drawings show
the layout and location of plumbing
pipe work and the location of electrical
switches and outlets. Also shown on
the electrical drawings is the location of
telephone and cable outlets. Plumbing
and electrical riser diagrams compli-
ment the plumbing and electrical lay-
out drawings, and these drawings show
the sizes of electrical panels, as well as
the type of electrical service needed

to power the building. T'he plumbing
riser diagram shows how the pipes are
connected and the changes in pipe sizes
particularly for sewer connections.
Structural Drawings: These draw-
ings detail the structural components of
the building. The amount of steel rein-
forcement needed for the foundation,
or in concrete columns and beams, is
shown on the structural drawings. The
structural drawings would also indi-
cate the strength of the concrete to be
used in the foundations, columns,
floors and beams. If the structure is to
be constructed out of wood or metal,
the size of the wood or metal mem-
bers are shown. Structural drawings
signed by a professional Engineer are a
must for multi storey structures.
Detailed information regarding the
support system of intermediate floors is
shown on the structural drawings. The
structural drawings also detail the size
and configuration of roof members.
Specification documents usually
accompany a set of drawings. This
document tells the What, Where, Who,
and How, for building materials. What
it is that is to be used. Where to get it
from, and Who and How the materials
are to be installed. In our environ-
ment the specification document is
often left out of the design package
because many people think that it is
too expensive to pay an Architect to
produce this document. The end result
however is often a set of documents
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who would have red walls.
Thanks to an interior designer
and a nudge from her design-
minded husband, her suburban
Denver home now has several.
"I'm from Minnesota and was
always into the pastel country
look," she said. "Red is a color
that wouldn't even cross my
After years of decorating with
neutrals and beige, however,
homeowners like Hendrickson
and her husband, Tom, are tak-
ing a chance on bold colors. The
Hendricksons now have cher-
ry-tomato red walls in their din-
ing room, bedroom, bathroom
and basement.
"It was a big risk for me,"
Hendrickson said. "There were
a couple of times I almost didn't
go through with it." After the;
first coat of red was painted in
the living room, for example,
she made Tom come home to
"It was just so RED," she
said. She still refers to the shade
as "barnyard," but she also calls
it "stunning."
The about-face is predictable,
given that homes have been
bathed in a comfort zone of
neutral colors for quite a while.
"The past eight to 10 years
we've seen the khaki-ing of
America," said James Martin,
president of the Denver-based
color consulting firm The Color
People and a member of the
national, Color Marketing
Group. "I think we would have
moved out of the neutrals soon-
er, but after 9/11 people were
looking for comfortable
Although people may think
of colors by decade who can
forget the orange of the '70s
and the mauve of the '80s -
color trends actually run from
the middle of one decade to the
middle of the next.
"I think 2005 will mark the
beginning of a new color trend,
but it hasn't reared its head
yet," Martin said. In general, he
sees color moving away from
the muddy overtones of the past
"The whole palette is getting
cleaned, which means more
pure color," he said. "The econ-
omy is getting better, and peo-
ple are wanting to step out a lit-
tle bit."
Red, while still hot, is cool-

ing off, both in terms of pop,
larity and hue.
"I think we're seeing thg
tomatoey red turn into a coolg
red with a bluish base," he sai(
"A magenta shade is a mud
cleaner red." "
This month, Home and Garp
den Television will launch 5
new design series called "GU
Color!" designed to help vie.V
ers overcome their lack of co1r
confidence. .
"Just like with peopled,wt.
have a fear of flying or l<|
fears, I use positive associtinS
to help them overcomeni3ei
anxiety," said host Jane1,-Ia
Rather than having ts
look at paint chips, she j
items such as pretzels, -
and cherries that stir fonhj SoE
ciations for homeownerK s!'g
helpful to ease people ,',oft
their comfort zone'b
objects they feel famiiapii'h,'
she said.
Nationally, Lockhart h s e
interest grow in Wiait
"cabana colors."
"We've been into red thepas
couple of years, and it's;aslijp
pery slope from red'toa
she said. "Right now we'`zee
ing a lot of pink, chocbait
brown and turquoise." ',. .<
Marjie Goode of. G:od
Touch interiors, who di d tii&
Hendricksons' interior design.
said people need a little proq mpt-
ing to add color to their livdss.
"There are a lot of people liv-
ing with white," she said. "'Peo
ple are growing tired of livng in
a white and beige world, but
they don't know where to begin.
I push their boundaries, and
then I hold their hand all tlhe
way through the process."
Gayle Hendrickson is glad
that she did.
"Everyone who wall's
through the door compliments
us on how warm and comfdrt-
able the color makes obur
house," she said. "In fact we,
had several people go hoin&E
paint a dining room wall `rd
after visiting us. ... Once peo-
ple see one, they want their
While some homeowners
may hold back for fear bold col-
ors will affect the house's resale
value, Lockhart urges them" to
"stop living for the next o,wn-
ers of their house. It's ,'.ur
house. Don't be afraid td-live
in it." .

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