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Volume: 101 No.285






Former PM: if it is

will of the people,

I would listen

Chief Reporter
,HUBERT Ingraham, the
country's second prime min-
ister, will be nominated today
for the leadership position of
the FNM with an assurance
from Mr Ingraham himself
that if it is "the will of the peo-
ple that I lead, I would listen."
Sensing an impending
ingraham victory, Montagu
MP Brent Symonette has
announced that he -will offer
himself as deputy leader of the
It was "without question"
yesterday, among delegates
who will be attending today's
convention, that Mr Ingraham
would be nominated.
"There are so many persons
who want to nominate, so
many. Even without this state-
ment they would have nomi-
nated him and given him the
opportunity to pull out but as
you can see in this release he
said that the will of the people
will prevail, and it will pre-
vail," Alvin Smith, leader of
the opposition in the House
of Assembly, told The Tri-
Current FNM leader Tom-
my Turnquest and former cab-
inet minister Dion Foulkes are
not changing their plans based
on this announcement, how-
"I am in the race until the
last ballot is counted. I am
confident that I can beat
Hubert Ingraham and I am
confident that I can get the
majority votes at the election,"
said Mr Foulkes.

Mr Turnquest would not
comment on the release but
simply said that he "under-
stood" what it was saying.
Mr Ingraham's nomination
is not expected to be offered
without some opposition as
those in favour of other can-
didates will attempt to block
his ascent to the leadership
Traditionally, an FNM nom-
inee does not have to be pre-
sent to accept his nomination
but one delegate told The Tri-
bune that "under the circum-
stances we will insist that he
be there."
Mr Ingraham in a statement
to the press yesterday said that
it would be ultimately up to
the people if he runs for the
position of leader of the FNM.
He said that "it has been my
great honour to represent the
good people of North Abaco
as their Member of Parliament
for six consecutive terms. I
have been fortunate to have
enjoyed the goodwill and sup-
port of the people of the
Bahamas throughout my polit-
ical life.
"Twice, they made it possi-
ble for me to lead the govern-
ment of our country. The
crescendo of voices through-
out our nation calling for my
return to a leadership role in
the FNM has compelled me
to make a statement. It has
been a humbling experience
to realize that so many mem-
bers of the Free National
Movement together with
thousands of other Bahami-

SEE page three


Patrol boats make a splash in fishing industry

THREE new patrol boats for the Min-
istry of Agriculture and Fisheries were
launched yesterday as part of the govern-
ment's ongoing effort to protect the
Bahamas' multi-million fishing industry.
The three 21-foot Sea Chaser boats join
the ministry's current four-vessel fleet which
is responsible for patrolling the waters
around New Providence, Andros, Bimini
and the Exuma Cays for illegal activity.

The boats were purchased from Marlin
Marine on East Bay Street and the store
hosted a special launching ceremony yes-
terday morning.
Speaking at the ceremony, Minister of
Agriculture and Fisheries V Alfred Gray

said the additional vessels will greatly
enhance the ministry's ability to stop illegal
fishing in Bahamian waters.
"After today we will be all about, all the
time. We're in the big league now," he said.
He added that the boats are only a "small
token" of the larger effort to protect an
industry which is valued at $100 million.
The three new vessels, which were bought
for a total of $90,000, can reach speeds of
45mph. They are fitted with the new fuel-
efficient and environmentally friendly Evin-
rude 'E-tec' outboard engines.
Mr Gray stressed that it was very impor-
tant for the ministry to choose boats that are
as environmentally friendly as possible.
"The two-stroke engine burns gasoline
very pollution free. That was one of the
things we required," he said.
George Pyfrom, president of Marlin
Marine, said that the engines are the "clean-
est running outboards on the market."

Union president Bain and
executive accused of 'acting
above their privileges'

Tribune Staff Reporter
A GROUP from the
Bahamas Hotel Catering and
Allied Workers' Union are
openly accusing president Pat
Bain and his executive of "act-
ing above their privileges."
Five members have expressed
concern in an interview with
The Tribune.
According to assistant trea-
surer Basil McKenzie, since
members have raised "credible
questions" about Mr Bain's
leadership skills he has made
several controversial moves.
In his opinion the president
was "doing all kinds of non-
sense which he has no authority
to do under our constitution.

Last week he suspended one of
the officers without pay for 16
days, he has cut three of our
pay without any authorisation
and since then he has fired a
trustee and three shop stewards,
which he has no authorisation
to do."
"We have now decided that
we will pass this on to a lawyer
and we will be taking them to
In terms of the pay cuts, Mr
McKenzie said that "me, Anwar
Taylor, and Raymond Wright
were in the British Colonial
Hotel talking to some members
when Quebelle Rolle saw us
and decided to cut our pay,
SEE page 10

Mr Gray said that his ministry is now
better equipped to assist the Defence Force
in their interdiction efforts by reporting sus-
pected illegal immigrant sightings.
The new patrol boats will also assist the
ministry in sustaining the country's marine
resources by helping apprehend fishermen
that take immature conch and grouper.

Mr Gray also took the opportunity to
remind the public that the grouper season
closes on December 13.
He said that the Bahamas "is still among
a very small number of countries in the
Caribbean that has the Nassau Grouper in
abundance and we want to keep it that
The minister members of
the public to report any sightings of illegal
fishing during the closed season.


Symonette to
run for deputy
under Ingraham
BRENT Symonette, FNM
MP for Montagu, has
announced that he will run for
the position of deputy leader
under former prime minister
Hubert Ingraham when nomi-
nations for the party's leader-
ship take place today.
See page three
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use development.
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The struggle against violence

must begin with parenting

There was a hope that after the
experiences of the last century
humankind would have been seriously
committed to the elimination of vio-
lence from its affairs.
After all, it was the bloodiest century
in history when well over 100 million
people were killed in wars, revolutions
and persecutions. Modern technology
flashed the news of mayhem around
the world almost instantly, and long
before the century was over much of it
could be seen in living colour.
At the end of World War II, leaders
like Winston Churchill and Franklyn
Roosevelt set up a world organisation to
serve humanity in various ways, includ-
ing the settlement of disputes and the
avoidance of wars. This no doubt
helped to prevent a third world war
fought with nuclear weapons.
Another great leader, Mohandas
Gandhi, demonstrated that even great
revolutions can be achieved through
non-violent means. His theory was also
successfully put to the test by an Amer-
ican disciple, Martin Luther King.

S till, it appears that the proverbial
gods have not yet had enough
blood and so the slaughter goes on
around the world. The men of violence
continue to unleash the dogs of war at
the controls of awesome and expen-
sive killing machines. Some, deluded
by religious fanaticism, blow themselves
up along with their innocent victims
while others indulge in the savagery of
Even in this beautiful part of the
world "where every prospect pleases" it
seems that violence is becoming more
commonplace and a threat to our peace
and security as well as our economic




since homo sapiens evolved out of a
distant past with violence and aggressive
instincts deeply ingrained in his sur-
vival apparatus along with sexuality and
According to one theory, modern
humans first appeared some 200,000

The men of violence continue to
unleash the dogs of war at the
controls of awesome and expensive
- killing machines. Some, deluded by
religious fanaticism, blow themselves
up along with their innocent victims
while others indulge in the savagery
of genocide.

years of research to show that some
6,000 years ago humans were not fight-
ing wars and killing one another.
According to Professor DeMeo, our
African ancestors lived in a society that
was essentially non-violent and far more
social and loving than most humans
today. What happened to upset this
Eden-like existence, says Professor
DeMeo, was that dramatic climate
change dried up the verdant Sahara
causing starvation, forced migrations
and conflict over dwindling resources.
"Something happened around 4000
BC which forced the drying-out of this
vast desert region, which I call Sahara-
sia, and the drier conditions created
social and emotional havoc among
developing human agricultural societies
in these same regions."
No doubt these humans had within
them a pre-existing capacity for vio-
lence but Professor DeMeo argues that
the culture of violence we have today
started as a result of that cataclysmic
event 6,000 years ago.
Whatever the origins of human vio-
lence, it is clear that it is a well-
entrenched tendency which can flare
up all too readily in certain circum-
stances. It may take many more cen-
turies of evolution before this destruc-
tive genetic coding can be eliminated or
at least mutated into a less virulent
.: *'In'thermeantime- weeiust confront it.
intelligently and;effectiv-ly, if the civi-
lization movement is to succeed in the
end and if our own.little society is to
survive in the short run.

The government is no more
responsible for violent behav-
iour than is the society as a whole. But
the government does have the respon-
sibility to provide adequate resources
and laws for the protection of society
and for the apprehension and incarcer-
ation of violent criminals.
Emergency measures must be taken,
if only on a temporary basis, so that
the courts can catch up with the huge
backlog of criminal cases awaiting trial,
especially where accused persons are
being held on remand. Additional
'judges and ifagistrates should be
appointed. t,
It is wrong 'o keep people in prison
for years awaiting trial. Those who may
be innocent will have suffered a grave
injustice and some may be tempted to
turn to crime as a way of life. On the

other hand, it is quite intolerable for
the public to be exposed to violent crim-
inals who are let out on bail or whose
sentences are unwisely reduced.
What can we say to the parents
whose daughter is assaulted by a known
rapist who should be behind bars, or
whose son is slaughtered by a previ-
ously convicted killer? And what do
we say to the police who work so hard
to bring them to justice only to have to
go all over it again?
Dangerous criminals must be locked
away and more imaginative ways must
be found to punish non-violent crimi-
nals, especially first offenders, rather
than locking them up. Public service
may shame them and heavy fines will
help maintain the justice and penal
systems. In the case of common
thieves, restitution should be manda-

T he government also has a
responsibility to take the lead,
along with the church and civic organi-
sations, in tackling the circumstances
which contribute to violent behaviour in
our society.
We are in serious trouble from the
all-too-familiar flaws in our own society
as well as from the mounting cultural
detritus produced by western society. It
seems there is a breakneck race to the
bottom, a competition to destroy or
undermine the very foundations of civ-
About the latter we can do little, but
we have to acknowledge and deal with
the weaknesses in the local culture.
Clearly, one of these is the failure of
parenting which is producing too many
social misfits who in turn become bio-
logical parents ill-equipped for the task
of-socialising their own young.
This is undoubtedly the principal soci-
ological problem facing the Bahamas
today and cries out for a national cam-
paign of correction.
Churches should be encouraged to
reach out to the thousands of young
people who are at risk with programmes
designed for them and implemented by
trained professionals. There have been
some remarkably successful cases at
single-parenting which some attribute to
strong religious influence.
Teachers must be trained to deal with
the realities of the school population, a
large number of whom need to be
taught lessons they are not receiving at
home, and the government must make
greater efforts to recruit more male
teachers for the system.

At the moment we are beleaguered
not only by ordinary criminal violence
but by an apparent surge in domestic
violence as well; and now there are
police officers in schools to keep our
children from doing violence to teachers
and to one another.
We can hope that the current spate is
gaere coincidence and not indicative of
a permanent upward spiral, but the
prognosis is not good.
* *

I t is fascinating that among all the
species only the human animal
has been able to entertain angelic
visions of universal civilisation. But his
propensity for violence is a big stum-
bling block and great minds have given
inuch thought to its origins and how it'
might be suppressed.
Some say it will be a long struggle

years ago after millions of years of evo-
lution. Although this theory is widely
accepted in today's world even by many
religious people, it is still hotly contest-
ed by the biblical literalists whose latest
formulation of a counter-argument is
called intelligent design. They attribute
violence and all other human failings
to the Fall.
The evolution advocates point out
that strict biblical literalism was demol-
ished by the Italian astronomer Galileo
back in the 17th century. He was pun-
ished by the church for his heresy in
proposing that the sun was the centre of
the solar system and not the earth.
Galileo was right, of course, but he had
to wait nearly 400 years for a posthu-
mous apology.

Professor James DeMeo of the
University of Kansas about 20
years ago published a book, Saharasia,
in which he cites evidence from seven

0 In brief

Man critical
after being
shot in
the back

A 40-YEAR-OLD Prison
Lane man was shot in the lower
back on Sunday morning.
Police reported that the man
was standing on Taylor Street
near the Salem Baptist Church,
at around 10am when he was
shot by the occupant or occu-
pants of a black Toyota.
The victim is listed in critical


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Two men robbed an Esso ser-
vice station of an undisclosed
amount of cash in the early
hours of Monday morning.
Press liaison officer Walter
Evans said that at 3am, a pump
attendant at the Wulff Road
and Montrose Avenue station
was gun.
The men forced the cashier
to buzz the door open and pro-
ceeded to rob the station.
The men reportedly fled the
scene on foot.
Police are continuing their
investigations into both matters.

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Ingraham will

be nominated

FROM page one

anls, on all sides of the polit-
ical divide, want a better
Bahamas, see a brighter
future for our country,
under my leadership, and
that is why they have been
agitating for my return to
the party's leadership.
"To all those who have
called, written, cam-
paigned and spoken words
to encourage me to return
to leadership of the FNM,
I wish to publicly express
appreciation and grati-
tude. I have steadfastly
maintained that I was not
seeking the leadership of
the FNM. I also main-
tained that if it was the
will of the people that I
lead, I would listen. I
accept that it is and must
be the will of the people
which ultimately deter-
mines who is best to lead,
and that the will of the
people should prevail. I
am humbled and will
remain forever grateful
for the loyalty and support
of FNMs and indeed of all
Bahamians. I thank you
most sincerely," he said.

Meanwhile still confi-
dent as of yesterday, both
Mr Turnquest and Mr
Foulkes, the current can-
didates, felt they would
win the election.
"I am very confident. I
ran a very efficient and
positive campaign and
stayed out of any personal
attacks and have preached
the message of unity. I
served as secretary-gener-
al of the party at one
point, so I'm no stranger
to the delegates and I'm
very confident that I will
win," said Mr Foulkes.
Mr Turnquest has also
spent his time canvassing
Ia am'extremely confi-
dent and I have spoken to
a large number of dele-
gates and I am confident
in my position. This is an
exercise in democracy. All.
FNMs tomorrow at nomi-
nation will be able to par-
ticipate in the nomination
process," he said.
Before Mr Ingraham's
statement was released
yesterday there were
strong suggestions among
some of the delegates that
Mr Ingraham would not
offer and would not
encourage a nomination.
On Saturday Ingraham
supporters led a motor-
cade to urge him to return
as FNM leader.
An executive council
member told The Tribune
that the motorcade
seemed like a "last ditch
effort" of sincere support-
ers of Mr Ingraham to
.have him return to the
helm of the party.


"However I caution
their attempts to draw an
individual from retirement
who is comfortable with it.
They should be careful
that they do not damage a
very solid legacy and so at
the end of the day they
should respect that and
should not force one to do
what they don't want to
do," he said.
The council member
said that any initiative to
compel Mr Ingraham to
, do something he does not
want would be a "slap in
the face to the forward
movement of the
"It is important to pro-
mote and advance these
individuals who serve
faithfully and diligently

over the years. Dion and
Tommy have paid their
dues and the party ought
to take pride that they
now have an opportunity
to promote from within
the next leader of the
"It's always been said
about the FNM that it
needed a leader from
another party to lead them
to victory.
"We have matured from
that point and Mr Ingra-
ham has done a good job
in training the younger
generation," he
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will run for

deputy under


Tribune Staff Reporter
BRENT Symonette, FNM MP for Montagu,
has announced that he will run for the position
of deputy leader under former prime minister
Hubert Ingraham when nominations for the
party's leadership take place today.
In an interview with The Tribune last night,
Mr Symonette said there is no.doubt that Mr
Ingraham will be nominated for the leader-
ship, and that together they will be the best
team to lead the party at this time.
Although current leader Senator Tommy
Turnquest appeared to be the victim of a coup,
Mr Symonette said he would remain as "a valu-
able member of the team".
He said Mr Turnquest, who is expected to
offer himself again as leader of the party, along
with other FNM candidates such as Dion
Foulkes, for leader, and Carl Bethel, for deputy
leader, will be a very strong government team
with Mr Ingraham and himself.

"We will still keep these men as members of
the team. Once all of this is over they will be
very valuable members of the team, and we
will go from there. We don't want any bad
blood. This is the best decision for the party at
this time.
"I would have preferred this announcement
to come earlier, but those who know me know
my support of Mr Ingraham. I would happily
join forces with him to lead the party.
"Mr Ingraham and I have always worked
together very well. I have the greatest respect
for Mr Ingraham, and think that he would be
the best person to lead the FNM at this time,"
he said.

MP makes


Leadership nominations for the FNM are
scheduled to take place at 3pm today in what is
expected to be "a defining moment" in the
history of the party.
According to Mr Symonette, Mr Ingraham
may even be present at the time of the nomi-
nations, at which time he expects a "mad rush"
from delegates to the microphone to nominate

"I understand he will be at the convention, so
whether or not his name will go in is not even
a matter for discussion. It doesn't matter who
will nominate him. I think there will be a rush
to the microphone," Mr Symonette laughed.
Mr Symonette said other candidates, cur-
rent leader Senator Tommy Turnquest, Dion
Foulkes and Carl Bethel, are still welcome to
offer themselves at the convention.
"I think the democratic process should con-
tinue and those individuals should still present
themselves at the convention. There has been
a lot of public opinion for Mr Ingraham and
myself, and tomorrow will be the defining day.
At the end of the day, whoever wins the party
will rally around them and give them their full
Mr Symonette maintained that whatever
decision is reached will be done with the best
interests of the party, and the Bahamian people
at large, in mind.

Political veterans hit

out at 'orchestrated

move' to oust Turnquest

Tribune Staff Reporter
TWO veteran politicians and
former FNM MPs are criticis-
ing what they believe is an
"orchestrated move" to oust
Senator Tommy Turnquest as
leader of the FNM.
Yesterday, former prime min-
ister Hubert Ingraham issued a
press release in which he stated
that although he was not seek-
ing the leadership of the party,
he would "listen" if "the will of
the people" called him to
assume that role.

Shortly following this
announcement, FNM MP for
Montagu Brent Symonette, the
only FNM candidate to win his
seat in New Providence at the
last general election, stated that
he will offer himself as deputy
leader under Mr Ingraham.
Over the past few months it
has been repeatedly hinted that
Mr Ingraham, either personally
or through his host of support-
ers was maintaining a formida-
ble presence within the party
with the intention of regaining
the leadership.
Combined Mr Symonette and
Mr Ingraham are expected to
be a formidable team, against

which, some political observers
believe, the other FNM candi-
dates cannot mount an effec-
tive defence.

"In my opinion he has been
behind this whole thing from
day one," said Tennyson Wells,
the Independent MP for Bam-
boo Town. "I'm not surprised. I
have experienced the same kind
of conduct from Ingraham
"I think it is very sad that the
party's affairs cannot be done
on a more open fashion, instead
of this type of 'back door' tac-
tics," he said.
Echoing these sentiments,
Independent MP for St Mar-
garet Pierre Dupuch said Mr
Turnquest should have seen this
action coming. He, however,
maintained that Mr Turnquest
still stood a chance for the lead-
ership and should not be dis-
"This is Bahamian politics.
Raw, filthy, nasty, and with no
loyalties at all. It is horrifying
to think that these men may end
up leading the country.
"Tommy should have seen
this coming and he should feel
betrayed by his so-called
friends," he said.
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n't believe that Mr Turnquest's
leadership of the party is over.
"Tommy could stand a
chance of beating them, know-
ing what they're like. The antics
of the FNM in recent weeks is
np less than a man taking his
clothes in public and running
down Bay Street. Tommy just
has to stand strong as he has in
the last several weeks," he said.

Symonette (above) is
preparing to run for the
position of deputy leader
under Hubert Ingraham


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More zero tolerance needed

ROAD TRAFFIC Controller Jack Thomp-
son has the right attitude to his job.
Determined to raise the standard of this
country's public service drivers, he vows to do
his duty towards the public until the day he
leaves office.
He told a session of'the Ministry of Touris-
m's Sales, Marketing and Royal Treatment
(SMART) training programme at which he
was a guest speaker last month, that he would
prefer a majority of Bahamians to be better off
because of his decisions, than for a few
Bahamians to be pleased because they were
allowed to get away with poor service.
Someone remarked over the weekend about
the transformation in discipline of taxi drivers
and the improved service they were now pro-
viding at Paradise Island's Atlantis resort. "It's
like day and night," the person said.
"Why the sudden change?" we asked.
"Because Jack Thompson of Road Traffic
Control is enforcing the law."
It is as simple as that. There are sufficient
laws on our statute books to control most of
this country's problems. However, our greatest
shortcoming is lack of enforcement. And with-
out 24-hour enforcement human nature is such
that there will be abuses. Given half a chance
Bahamians are past masters at pushing the
button to the limit as long as they don't get
It was pointed out that when Bahamians
land in Miami they fasten seat belts, stop at
traffic lights, understand and observe the four-
way traffic stops and all the other "dornts'" .
that contribute to a disciplined"'s6c6tie'yBufi
once back in Nassau, they forget the irufs and
get belligerent if reminded of them Why the
change in attitude?
In Miami they know they will be held
accountable for not obeying the law. In the
Bahamas, there is much talk about "zero tol-
erance", but in fact anything goes. And so
Bahamians backslide as soon as the plane
touches down at Nassau International.
Many years ago there was a senior officer
here from London's Metropolitan police. He
was here as an adviser to the Royal Bahamas
Police Force. The one thing that he could nev-
er understand was the attitude of officers who,
seeing the law being broken, would walk past
and do nothing because the offence did not
come within his department. He could not
fathom their lack of understanding that once
they enlisted in the force on or off duty -
crime was still crime, and it was their duty at all
times to intervene.
For example, a reference was made on 100
JAMZ's morning show sometime last week
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Deveaux Street between Shirley and
Dowdeswell (Middle) Streets is one way -
south to north from Dowdeswell to Shirley.
Daily cars break the law by driving in the
opposite, or wrong direction from north to
south. Nothing will be done about this until
there is a serious head-on collision on Deveaux
A 100 JAMZ staff member was looking out
of the window, which overlooks Deveaux
Street, and this is what he saw last week:
A Cadillac Escalade illegally turned from
Shirley Street onto Deveaux Street, and head-
ed in the wrong direction to Dowdeswell
Street. It passed a police patrol car, driving on
Deveaux Street in the right direction from
Dowdeswell to Shirley Street. The police did
nothing, but like Ole Man River they just kept
rolling along. Obviously that patrol car was
not attached to the Force's traffic division.
And obviously they felt it was none of their
This is what is wrong in this country. Crime
pays, because law breakers can get away with
It is understood that since the showing of
the UK documentary highlighting the dangers
caused by unregulated water sports there has
been more of a police presence on Paradise
Island beach.
However, it was observed to be unlike
Traffic Controller Jack Thompson reactive
to breaches instead of proactive. In other
words, are they making certain that water
sports operators are licensed, insured, are
skilled at operating their craft, are operating
seaworthy craft and are following all the rules
and an established code of conduct? Or are
theyjtust patrolling the beach to pick up the
pieces after an accident has happened?
Persons in the tourism business believe that
two patrol boats are needed, one at Cable
Beach, the other at Paradise Island from 8am
to 5pm every day Sunday included.
Each jet ski and banana boat should have a
large number on it that can be seen from a
distance. Any that break the rules, or behave in
a disorderly manner will have their machines
confiscated and the operator will have his
licence withdrawn.
This will force owners of jet skis to employ
more responsible operators, and like' the taxi
cab stands at the hotels, almost overnight the
"wild west" will be taken out of water sports.
This is the job for government because the
hotels have no jurisdiction over this area of
*the beach. If government is not up to institut-
ing effective beach patrols, then hoteliers
should protect themselves by urging their
guests not to patronise any water sports oper-
ating off their beaches.

Halting the

decline in

the Bahamas

EDITOR, The Tribune

RECENTLY released
employment figures for the
Bahamas show that not only
does the unemployment rate
continue to be over 10 per cent
but that those who are gainful-
ly employed are now seeing
their average weekly take
home pay decrease.
This is troubling not just on
its own but because it demon-
strates an increasing discon-
nect between much trumpeted
foreign investment and the
local economy.
Successive governments
soon realize, no matter the
stripe of their rhetoric, that for-
eign capital injections are a
vital component of the
Bahamian economic reality.
Without them the well soon
runs dry.
Governments have gone out
of their way to attract invest-
ment by offering incentives to
make the Bahamas a more
attractive option compared to
other competing destinations.
But also, and significantly, to
give the investor important
economic insulation from some
of the more inefficient and
costly aspects of our economy.
Once the investments are
made in the Bahamas, the
hope has always been that local
businesses and workers will
benefit as the foreign investor
interacts with the local econo-
my. In the past this argument
has been proved correct.
While we extend concessions
to our foreign investors to
exempt them from many of the
uncompetitive aspects of our
economy we do not extend the
same concessions to Bahamian
businesses. The high price and
low quality of the government
electrical monopoly, telephone,
monopoly, domestic airline
monopoly, coupled with the
red tape involved in licensing
and approvals, as well as high
import duties on many prod-
ucts are factors which either
lead to higher prices, low qual-
ity products or some combina-
tion of the two in the local
In the past foreign investors
have done business with local
firms because that was what
was available to them, thus
ensuring that the local econo-
my benefited in a direct mean-
ingful way. However, local
firms are no longer the only
option open to foreign
investors and increasingly they
are choosing to look elsewhere,
cutting Bahamians out.

New technologies are driving
this changing market place.
The web makes it possible for
businesses based in the
Bahamas to seek out suppliers
anywhere, see the product they
are buying, compare with oth-
er vendors, track shipments,
do banking, e-mail accounting,
all without ever actually meet-
ing the people they do busi-
ness with. This is very liberat-
ing and it allows the user to
circumvent inefficient markets
and go directly to the best
product at the best price.
Trapped in an unreformed
market the Bahamian busi-
nessman loses out as market
share is peeled away. The
result in a growing "discon-
nect" between foreign invest-
ment and local business.
To compensate, Bahamian
businesses have also started to
use these new technologies and
to use overseas partners. The
result has been a degree of
higher competitiveness but at
the expense of jobs. The ironic
net result is increased foreign
investment AND continuing
high unemployment coupled
with reduced wages.
As economic inertia gives to
many other social ills, it places
greater stress on a society's
health, education and law sys-
tems at the exact time when
Government is seeing its abili-
ty to pay reduced due to a lack
of revenue.
Unfortunately, more often
than not, the cures put forward
for these social and economic
ills are even more of the same;
more regulation to stop those
trying to escape existing regu-
lation, higher taxes or fees to
bolster diminishing revenue,
new government departments
to sort out the things the old
government departments have
not been able to, resulting in
ever higher spending.
This increases the financial
stress placed on local business,
making it even less competi-
tive, forcing additional cost cut-
ting or quality cutting mea-
sures, which once again put up
the cost of living and reduce
employment. A downward spi-
ral, like a plane caught in a tail-
spin begins.
This is what is called "The
Politics of Decline". The pace
is slow at first, but then it
increases. Just like the pilot in
the tailspin you can get out of it
if you pull back on the throttle
hard enough and early enough.
For some time now thought-
ful Bahamians have been call-

TEL: 362MA 541,

ing for reform. We need to
reduce the cost of doing busi-
ness and the cost in The
Bahamas. They are far too
We need to introduce
greater choice into the mar-
ketplace; both for workers anid
consumers. These goals are
best achieved by giving
Bahamians greater freedom to
invest how and where they
would like. The Bahamian gov-
ernment must move to dereg-
ulate the provision of essential
services in this country to allow
for competition. -.
It must then go further and
pass anti-trust legislation and
empower the PUC to break up
monopolies. Red tape must
once again be slashed an!I
wherever possible. Such-a
direction would boost Bahami-
an competitiveness and make
Bahamian suppliers an attrac-
tive choice for foreign investors
once again.
This is an economic idea tliat
has already been proven herij
in The Bahamas. The last FNM
government undertook a nuiI-
ber of economic policies ,
including the privatisation of
the hotels, the issuing of pfi
vate radio licences, the repeAl
of the Immovable Property
Act and the granting of
licences to some companies to
undertake work previously
under the umbrella of either
Batelco's or BEC's monopoly.
In every case the result was
more jobs at better pay, the
reverse of today's trend,
Unemployment went down 5.0
per cent and Bahamian houses
hold incomes grew.
Importantly, the products
and services on offer ,to the
consumer both increased in
variety and quality, all at,a
more competitive price. As a
result major foreign investors
were more inclined to seek out
Bahamian suppliers, profes-
sionals and businesses to pro-
vide them with key services
and products. i
Arguably, these reforms did
not go far enough. HoweveI;
the lesson of their success fi
striking, as is the bitter ecot
nomic reality of the abandon-
ment of these policies. .
There is no fundamental
economic reason why our
economy should not providd
more and better paying jobs
except that it is prevented from
doing so. If we want to reverse
the trend of high unemploy-
ment and declining incomes we
must end the cycle of the Poll-
tics of Decline and build an
opportunity society.

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of Tourism, Cacique Interna-
tional and other Bahamian
industry executives recently
represented the Bahamas at the
biggest incentive travel trade
-show and conference in in
North America.
,' The Incentive Travel and
Meeting Executives annual
Motivation Show in Chicago,
Illinois brought together prod-
'uct, service and destination sup-
pliers as well as some of the
most influential "conference
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TRIBUNE columnist Zhivar-
po Laing will be the featured
speaker at the International
4Third World Leaders Associa-
ton (ITWLA) Global Leader-
ship Summit.
.'The summit, which takes
place November 6 to 10, will be
held at the Radisson Cable
,each resort under the theme
'4the spirit of innovative lead-
I' Each year the event attracts
Thousands of international
industry leaders and business
"Summit host Dr Myles
Munroe said the goal is "to
tdach people to think creatively
to solve crises or everyday prob-
lems that may occur".
Organisers say the five-day
event promises to be an asset
to'business owners, human
'esource managers, and anyone
interested or presently in a lead-
ership capacity.
SThere is no admission charge
for the evening sessions. For
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FNM to focus on new party manifesto

FNM party members will
be discussing the details of the
new party manifesto during
their 2005 political convention
this week, FNM leader Sena-
tor Tommy Turnquest told
The Tribune yesterday.
According to leadership
challenger Dion Foulkes,
there are particular aspects of
the manifesto that the party
will focus on.
"There are some particular
interests in terms of the cul-
tural renewal of the country,
immigration and the control
of immigration into the coun-
try," he said.
Mr Foulkes said that the
fight against crime and meth-
ods of deepening the wealth
of the country would also be
Yesterday, it was reported
that North Eleuthera MP
Alvin Smith said the party will
be dedicating part of the
three-day convention exclu-
sively to manifesto discus-

"We are the only party that
commits ourselves to what we
put in our manifesto. Those
are our commitments, it is our
guide," he said.
In the 2002 FNM manifesto,
the FNM party promised "to
build strong national character
through respect for all peo-
ple, to foster and support
cohesive family life, to pro-
mote Christian love and char-
ity, and to maximise opportu-
nities for all."
"When the FNM was elect-
ed to government our coun-
try's economy was in total dis-
array. There was no growth;
unemployment was nearly 15
per cent and the govern-
ment ran continuing high
deficits," read the manifesto.
"The Free National Move-
ment moved swiftly and sys-
tematically to implement poli-
cies that would turn around
the economy. Our economic
agenda, going forward, reflects
the expressed aspirations of
the Bahamian people," it said.

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Letter signed to build 1,000

acre complex at Baha Mar

BAHA MAR Resorts
has signed a letter of intent
with Harrah's Entertain-
ment and Starwood Hotels
to develop Baha Mar, a
1,000 acre mixed-use devel-
The venture represents a
total investment of $1.6 bil-
lion for the initial phase of
the project.
According to Commercial
Property News, Harrah's
Entertainment will operate
a 1,000-room Caesar's Resort
Hotel, as well as a 95,000-
square-foot casino.
This collection will consist
of a 300-room W hotel,
which will include 100 con-
dominium units, a 300-room
St Regis hotel, with 100 con-
dominium units, a 700-room
Sheraton hotel and a 700-
room Westin hotel.
Starwood's Bliss and
Remede brand luxury spas
are also planned at the W
and St Regis.
All told, there will be a
total of 3,550 guest rooms.
Baha Mar resorts and its
partners will build, manage
and own the mixed-use
resort's hotels and casinos.
Harrah's and Starwood
will operate their respective
branded properties, while
Baha Mar Resorts will oper-
ate cross-property services.
Construction on Baha Mar
will start in 2007, with the
opening set for 2010.
Commercial Property
News quoted Harrah's chair-
man, president and CEO

Gary Loveman as saying that
he sees an opportunity to use
the company's rewards guests
programme, which includes
around 40 million potential vis-
itors, to drive business to Baha
He also sees the customer
base for Caesar's as "comple-
mentary" to Kerzner Interna-
tional's Atlantis resort.
"I think it will be slightly old-
er, and more serious about
gaming," Loveman said,


Commercial Property News
also quoted Starwood CEO
Steven Heyer as saying: "We
see this as an opportunity to
showcase our brands, as we've
never done before."
"We've been looking for
opportunities to build our foot-
print in the Caribbean."
Baha Mar Resorts is also
planning a free-standing luxu-
ry spa facility, an eco-water-
park attraction with a show
lake for live performances and
events, 175,000 square feet of
meeting space and 3,000 feet
of continuous beachfront.
The resort will also include a
50,000 square-foot retail vil-
lage with upscale restaurants
and entertainment venues.
An 18-hole Jack Nicklaus
Signature golf course will also
be part of the development.
Future phases will include
additional hotels, a variety of
residential offerings and a sec-
ond 18-hole golf course.

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Tributes to Deputy Prime

Minister on reaching 60

Tribune Staff Reporter
were extended by many mem-
bers of the Bahamian communi-
ty over the weekend during the
sixtieth birthday celebrations
held for Deputy Prime Minister
Cynthia "Mother" Pratt.
On Friday members of the
community held a banquet in
honour of Mrs Pratt at the Radis-
son Cable Beach Hotel, with
guests, including politicians and
community figures, filling the
grand ballroom.
In a message written to Mrs
Pratt, Prime Minister Perry
Christie extended special words
of appreciation.
"I wish to take this opportuni-
ty to acknowledge the tremen-
dous contribution which the Hon
Cynthia Pratt, has made as the
representative for St Cecilia
since first being elected to rep-
resent this constituency in 1997,"
he said.
"Having always been a com-
munity and social activist, sports-
woman and educator, it can be
said that 'Mother Pratt' has truly
found her niche working hand-in-
hand with the people of the com-
munity in which she lives and
where she is respected and loved
beyond words."
Speaking on a personal note,
Mr Christie said: "I must say how
greatly I have valued the close
working relationship which
'Mother Pratt' and I have shared
over the years.
"She has been a faithful and
trusted adviser in all matters and
of course a loyal and dependable

political ally."
Giving a special tribute to Mrs
Pratt at the banquet Frederick
Perpall, a former student, said
that he is both "honoured and
humbled to speak tonight about
a lady who has meant so much to
our country and so much to
many in our country.
"It is even more humbling as I
think about all the other students
that Mother has impacted and
influenced that I have this oppor-
tunity to pay this tribute to her.
"So it is with the collective
hearts of the many students that
I will deliver this tribute and
hope that I cannot only honour
the past experiences that I have
shared with Mother, but bear
witness to what she has experi-
enced through others," he said.
"I must also admit that as I
started to jot down my notes.for
this address I was overwhelmed
by the thoughts and experiences
of the time I shared with mother
some decade and a half ago. She
is truly an extraordinary
In a written tribute to Mrs
Pratt, Hesel and Eula Kemp,
senior pastors of Prayer and
Praise Assembly said, "the Hon.
D Cynthia 'Mother' Pratt is a
Woman we have watched from
early childhood.
."As she rose to prominence in
athletics, we all quickly identi-
fied.her as a person possessing
special gifts and leadership," they
"Wherever Mother sojourned
whether in education, health, fur-
thering her education or athletics,
she became one of our biggest
and brightest stars."

* MRS Pratt enjoys the music, sitting next to Prime Minister Perry Christie

Oil cleaned up at Clifton Pier

Tribune Staff Reporter
ALL tracs f the' oil silck
near Clift6n Piei over the wk~ie
end have been cleared up,
according to BEC general man-
ager Kevin Basden.

Yesterday, Mr Basden said
that the Department of Envi-
ronrfieital Health had deter-
mined that the waters off the'
coast f'-Clifton have been com-
pletely purged of oil.
According to a corporation
release, "on Saturday morning,

November 5, a BEC reverse
osmosis plant located on the
BEC Clifton Pier power sta-
tion compound developed a
problem that caused a large
discharge of water into some
old, disused trenches on the
Clifton property."
"These trenches also con-
tained a small quantity of
residual oil that then mixed
with the water and was car-
ried into the sea off Clifton."
The release stated that
workers became aware of
the problem later that day
and quickly addressed the
situation by using environ-
mentally friendly chemicals
to remove the oil from the
trenches and along the
According to Mr Basden,
the incident should not be
considered an oil spill, but
rather a "discharge."
"It wasn't really a spill, it
was more of a discharge. It
wasn't a massive oil spill, it
was just a failure of the
osmosis plant and as a result
there was a discharge of the
oil and water."
Yesterday, BEC workers
took additional steps to.
address the situation.
"Although the sea is now
clear of all oil, BEC has
checked along the coast east
and west of the area to
ensure that there is no sign
whatsoever of any oil in the
sea anywhere around the
site," he said.

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Four are


after drug


THREE men and a woman
were arrested in Cat Island over
the weekend in connection with
121 packets of drugs allegedly
discovered at a local club.
At 9pm on Saturday, Cat
Island police executed a search
warrant at Club Destiny in the
settlement of Old Bight.
According to police press liai-
son officer Walter Evans, 63
packets of what was suspected
to be cocaine and 58 packets of
what was suspected to be mari-
juana were confiscated.
The men were expected to
appear in Cat Island's locate
Magistrate's Court yesterday td
face charges of drug possession
The woman was released?
from police custody yesterday
because of lack of evidence,
according Ashton Greenslade-
officer-in-charge of the Cat
Island district.
"In my opinion (the island)
does not have a drug problem,
but I think we have persons
who wish to sell drugs," he said.

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Up to 3,000 may

be homeless after

Hurricane Wilma

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT As many as
3,000 persons could be left
homeless in the southern coastal
communities of the Grand
Bahama in the aftermath of
Hurricane Wilma according to
one NEMA official.
Carnard Bethel, under-secre-
tary in the Prime Minister's
Office, revealed that over 800
homes have been deemed unin-
habitable in affected settlements
from Williams Town to Bootle
Bay after the storm.
"W\ye realised that the figure
of three persons per household
is ndt realistic, so we have to go
with four persons per house-
hold,'he said on Thursday dur-
ing a media briefing at the
Prime Minister's Office in
This would mean thgt some
3,20Q persons are no longer able
to occupy those 800 households
that were destroyed by the
So, far, the. government has
provided temporary housing for
some 300 displaced residents at
the Royal Oasis Resort.
Paula Marshall, assistant
direqtor of Social Services, is
appealing to landlords to assist
them with providing accommo-
dation for the many homeless

storm victims.
"We cannot accommodate
anyone else at Royal Oasis at
this time, and we have trying to
help persons find accommoda-
tions within the community.
And, we need persons to come
forward and give assistance,"
she said.
"We are appealing to land-
lords in our community to be
prepared to come forth and
work with us to the point where
we are asking them forego the
first and last month's rent in
order to accommodate some of
the persons."


She stressed that the govern-
ment is prepared to give three
month's rent assistance to per-
sons in need. "We recognise
that people need to get their
lives back together so they can
function on their own.
More than 1,000 persons have
been assessed to date for assis-
tance in affected communities.
Ms Marshall said that some
$40,000 in food coupons have
been issued to residents. She
also noted that cooked meals
and food parcels have been pro-
vided to persons in the various
affected communities.
Dillon Knowles, an executive

of Grand Bahama Port Author-
ity, said power and water com-
panies are diligently working to
restore power and water to
affected communities.
Minister of Housing official
Melvin Seymour said that
rebuilding efforts are expected
to get underway as soon as com-
munities are cleared of debris.
He said the Ministry is grate-
ful to the Port Authority for its
donation of some 62 acres of
land outside Hawksbill for the
construction of some 250 homes
for the relocation of homeless
residents in Lewis Yard,
Hunters, Pinder's Point.
Mr Seymour said the Port
would also assist government in
identifying additional land in
Freeport, as well as near Eight
Mile Rock for those persons
who would have been displaced
from Hepburn Town to Martin
In the West End area, he not-
ed that government has begun
development of the West
Heights subdivision for West
End residents. The Ministry of
Housing has purchased 200
acres of land in that area for the
further expansion required in
the immediate future.
Mr Seymour said that in the
short term they are looking to
begin minor repairs by supply-
ing materials before Christmas.

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Safety of Bahamian ships is

stressed after pirate attacks

Tribune Staff Reporter
WITH the Bahamian-regis-
tered cruise ship the Seabourn
Spirit having escaped an attack
by pirates over the weekend,
director of Maritime affairs for
the Bahamas Maritime
Authority Ken McLean
affirmed that Bahamian ships
have "excellent" safety and
security procedures.
According to the Associated
Press (AP), on Saturday the
cruise ship was attacked by
pirates armed with grenade
launchers and machine guns
about 100 miles off Somalia's

coast in eastern Africa.
AP reported that the ship
escaped by shifting to high
speed and changing course.
Additionally, it was reported
that according to Andrew.
Mwangura, head of the
Kenyan chapter of the Seafar-
ers Assistance Program, "judg-
ing by the location of the
attack, the pirates were likely
from the same group that
hijacked a UN chartered aid
ship in June and held its crew
and food cargo hbstage for 100
Mr M n told The Tri-
buney' ay that after Sep-
tember 11 the International

Maritime Organisation, an
agency of the United Nations,
developed a security code
called the International Ship
and Port Security.
The code has been enforced
since July 2004 and all ships
now work at different levels
of security depending on the
threat at the time.
"They all have ship security
plans. They also have a ship
security officer and each ship-
ping company has a company
security officer.
He added that Bahamian-
registered ships are not armed
and he feels that they do not
need to be armed.

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Ball raises $40,000 togive to eight

against AIDS on Grand Bahama
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Tribune Freeport
Ball Committee raised $40,000
this year for the continuing fight
against HIV/AIDS on Grand
Bahama where plans are
underway to build a hospice for
victims of the disease.
Although the Bahamas is no
longer the country with the
highest per capita AIDS rate
in the region, Minister of
Health Dr Marcus Bethel said

the disease is still a serious
problem, especially among
young women.
He said the number of HIV
cases among women between
ages of 15 and 25 years old is
"We believe that a lot of this
is due to young girls connect-
ing up with promiscuous older
men. So we have a lot of work
to do and a lot of education,"
Mr Bethel said at Saturday's
ball held at the Westin Our
Lucaya Resort.
Prime Minister Perry Christie

and his wife were unable to
attend this year.
US Ambassador John Rood
and his wife were special guests.
Dr Bethel praised the organ-
isers of Red Rose Ball in
Freeport and Red Ribbon Ball
in New Providence for their
efforts in raising funds for the
fight against AIDS.
Both organisations raise near-
ly $100,000 each year, he said.
Dr Bethel said that not only
has the number of HIV/AIDS
cases in the country declined in
recent years, but there has also
been a 50 per cent reduction in
the mortality rate from the dis-
"The transmission rates from
mother to child that were at 30
per cent five years ago have
now been drastically cut to two
per cent," he said.
He added that the country
has also seen a six-fold increase
in the number of people on
treatment. There are more than
1,600 people in the Bahamas on
anti-retroviral treatment com-
pared to 300 in 2002.
The treatment, he said, con-
t- AIDTTS fr-om ak k iller dis-

* JOHN Rood, the American ambassador to the Bahamas, dancing with his wife at the Red Rose;

ease to a chronic disease, lenge facing the country is the This, he said,, must be come forward and get tested
Dr Bethel said another chal- stigma attached to the disease, removed so that people feel free and receive treatment. -.'

Methodist council to meet on Grand Bahama

to discuss doctrine, membership and ethics-

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT About 100 delegates of
the Connexional Regional Council of the
Methodist Church in the Caribbean and
the Americas will meet in Grand Bahama to
discuss a number of important matters relat-
ed to the mission of the church.
The group of ministerial and lay dele-
gates from throughout Caribbean will dis-
cuss such matters as church membership,
Christian education, church liturgy, finance
and property, and Christian ethics.
Dr Emmette Weir also said plans for
establishing new congregations, the role of
the laity and church growth would bel

addressed in sessions.
As a regional body, the Council will be
especially concerned about issues and
events that impact the lives of its members
throughout the Caribbean.
"We are expected to discuss ways and
means of providing emergency assistance to
members of the church and the community
which suffered fromnatural disasters such as
hurricanes and earthquakes," said Dr Weir.
He said other matters of regional impor-
tance that the council might address include
the proposed Caribbean Common Market,
protection of the environment, and the role
of the church in education.
While the business sessions will be closed
to public, the public is invited to attend two.

services on November 11 and 13.
A service for the recognition of lay
preachers will be held at 6.30pm at,&t
Andrews Methodist Church in Hawksbillon
November 11. Six lay preachers will be
recognized as fully accredited preachers- o
the gospel, which will allow them to occupy
the pulpit of any congregation of the
An ordination service will be held at
10am at St Paul's Methodist Church on
November 13. Rev Stacia Williams-Christb
mas, who is from St Kitts, will be the firsj
woman ordained in Freeport.
The delegates will attend a reception by
the Ministry of Tourism and the Gran 4
Bahama Circuitf the Methodis t.Chuch.,

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Tribune Freeport
FREEPORT Parliament
has passed a bill extending dis-
aster preparedness legislation
to cover earthquakes as well
as hurricanes.
Prime Minister Perry
Christie said that although hur-
ricanes continue to pose the
most serious natural threat to
the Bahamas, the government
believes that it is necessary to
be prepared for seismic events
as well.
Mr Christie pointed out that
the island of Inagua, which sits
on the same geological fault
line as Jamaica, experienced a
slight earthquake at the turn
of the last century.
The bill, he said, seeks to
, put in place a comprehensive
-legal and institutional frame-

work for the efficient manage-
ment of a national emergency
arising form any natural dis-
Two weeks ago, Hurricane
Wilma wiped out settlements
along Grand Bahama's south-
ern coastline, leaving one child
dead and many persons home-
An ecumenical service of
thanksgiving was held on
Thursday evening on the
grounds St Stephen's Angli-
can Church in Eight Mile
Rock for victims of Hurricane
Grand Bahamians prayed,
sang. songs of praise and
thanksgiving, and Bishop
Ricardo Grant, president of
the Grand Bahama Christian
Council, delivered a sermon
encouraging storm victims to
keep faith in God.
Mr Christie extended sym-

pathies on behalf of the coun-
try to the family of one-year-
old Matario Pintard of Hanna
Hill, who died after being
swept from his home by the
The prime minister pointed
out that as a result of advances
in communication and techno-
logical innovations, the fore-
casting of hurricanes has
improved dramatically in
recent years.
"With that has come an infi-
nitely greater ability to give
timely notice to those who lie
in the path of approaching hur-
"As a result, hurricane death
tolls have declined tremen-
dously, so much so that even
when a major hurricane
strikes, the death toll in the
Bahamas can now be counted
on a single hand with fingers to
spare," Mr Christie said.


illness and the myths

associated with it

* By Dr Srinivasa Bodha
.MENTAL illnesses can man-
ifest themselves in many forms.
;They are as varied as physical
-The common man knows
:very little about mental disor-
.dhrs; they are the least under-
stood of all the illnesses that
tan affect man.
MThis leads to a lot of fear and
:misunderstanding about these
illnesses However this fear is
Likely to disappear if you or
someone you love develops a
mniental illness.
':tThe good news is all mental
'illnesses can be treated, and
.that the prognosis is often far
:'better than for someone with
'physical illnesses such as dia-
betes or hypertension.
This article seeks to remove
.some of the myths or misun-
derstandings that surround
those conditions called psychi-
atric disorders.
.Mental illness is a term used
td describe conditions ranging
from "the blues" to serious
conditions like schizophrenia,
depression or mania.
Many mental disorders
involve a disturbance in the suf-
ferer's thoughts, feelings, rela-
tionships and personality
- We have to understand that

mental illness is very common.
Statistics reveal that one in
every five individuals will expe-
rience mental health distur-
bances at some point in their
lives. Mental illnesses lead to a
large percentage of hospital
admissions, loss of productive
days at work, the break-up of
relationships and serious finan-
cial strains on families.
It is in our nature to fear
what we don't understand, and
then surround it with myths.
Mental illness patients are
very violent and dangerous.
The fact is, mentally ill
patients are no more violent
than any other group and are
more often than not victims of
life's circumstances.
Mental illnesses can affect
only the less intelligent and
socially disadvantaged.
Actually, mental disorders
can affect anyone regardless
of IQ or wealth.
A mental illness is a char-
acter flaw.
This is not the case. It is just
an illness. Patients do not
choose to become ill.
Mentally ill patents need
to be admitted to an asylum.

Like many physical illness-
es, a number of mental disor-
ders can be treated in the home
or even while a patient contin-
ues his or her daily routine.
Mental patients cannot
On the contrary, they can be
among the hardest and most
obedient workers.
Mental illness can be treat-
ed by supernatural powers.
Mental illness, like diabetes
or cancer, cannot be cured by
exorcism or witch doctors.
Using words like "psycho",
"wacko" and "crazy" keep the
stigma raging.
These descriptive words can
belittle and offend persons with
mental illness.
Do we mock someone with a
heart disease or cancer? It is
equally cruel to make fun of
someone with a mental illness.
Stop stereotyping people
with these illnesses. Do not
assume all these illnesses are
the same.

Do not trivialise or belittle
people with mental illnesses or
the illnesses themselves you
never know, you might be the
next victim.
Stop patronising news arti-
cles, television shows and
movies which add to the mis-
understanding of mental ill-
nesses. This could begin to sen-
sitise the entertainment media
to the stigma that they are
Be careful of your choice of
words when speaking to men-
tally ill individuals.
If you have a loved on who
is ill, make sure they get timely
and appropriate help.
Make sure your loved one
keeps psychiatric appointments
and are compliant with their
medication regime.
Feel free to invite such
individuals to your parties or
church (provided they are sta-
If you need more advice or
help one of the following agen-
Sandilands Rehabilitation
Centre 324-1246, 324-6881.
The Community Coun.-
cilling and Assessment Centre
- 323-3293.
The Rand Memorial Hos-
pital, Diah Unit (242) 352-
Doctor's Hospital or any
other private psychiatric ser-
If you are in the Family
Islands, contact the community
nurse or medical officer.
Dr Srinivasa Bodha is the
senior housing officer at Sandi-
lands Rehabilitation Centre.

November 2005 is Sandilands
Month. This year, through a
series of articles, the Sandilands
staff will focus on the importance family
involvement in rehabilitative care and
educating persons about eh facts and
myths of mental illnesses, in an effort to
combat the harmful stigmas that presently
exist in our society.
The message to the family, church,
media and policy makers and the
community at large is that mental illness is
a treatable disease that can affect anyone.
When one person is affected we are all
affected either directly or indirectly.
Therefore, it is incumbent on all of us to
be educated and supportive to those that
are mentally challenged. We must
encourage wholesome attachments were
persons do not feel isolated. It is our
responsibility to be conscientious of the
harm we do with our negative attitudes.

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Union president Bain and

executive accused of 'acting

above their privileges'

FROM page one
which he had no authority to
According to Anwar Tay-
lor, the officer who was sus-
pended, the move was unjus-
"I was suspended because I
allegedly refused to follow
orders from the president to
attend and to continue a
morning briefing," he said.
"However, I attended the

meeting but I left after I was
cursed out by the first vice-
president, Quebell Rolle. I
don't see how they can say I
didn't attend it, because I was
Union member Raymond
Wright supported the mem-
ber's accusations by saying the
president was acting on
authority that he does not
"What the constitution says
is that the executive council is

responsible for any policy
changing, and apparently the
president has now takenAit
upon himself to do things, like
cut persons' pay, to suspend
individuals and to fire persons,
which he has no right to
Mr Wright explained that
these actions by the president
may be politically motivated
"because all the persons being
targeted plan to run against
the executive members in

the upcoming union elec-
"Pat Bain, president, Que-
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dent, Armetta Butler, trea-
surer, and Leo Douglas, gen-
eral secretary, are all a part of
the Rainbow team, and are
afraid to lose their seats," he
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were not available for com-

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Thousands turn

out for message

of peace at 'Hail

The King' concert

Ritz-Carlton to open new

luxury hotel next month

Grand Cayman
THE Ritz-Carlton will open a luxury beach
resort hotel in Grand Cayman, a company
spokeswoman said Monday, according to Asso-
ciated Press.
Construction of the US$500 million, 365-
room resort, which will open on December
15, began in 2002. The opening was delayed
one year due to damage from Hurricane Ivan
in September 2004, said Vivian Deuschl, vice-
president for public relations.
Spanning 144 acres from Seven Mile Beach

to North Sound, the resort "will offer more
luxury brands than any of our other 60 hotels,"
Deuschl said.
The hotel will have a Greg Norman-
designed golf course, a Nick Bollettieri tennis
center, an Ambassadors of the Environment
Jean-Michel Cousteau's children's pro-
gramme and the first La Prairie spa in the
Hurricane Ivan caused more than US$3 bil-
lion in damages in the Cayman Islands,
destroying 70 per cent of buildings and dam-
aging many hotels, including the unfinished
Ritz-Carlton beach resort.

Tribune Staff Reporter
TENS of thousands of
Bahamians turned out to the
"Hail The King" concert this
weekend, to hear promoters
and entertainers send a unified
message of peace and non-vio-
lence mainly to the young gen-
The message being heard
throughout the night was
embodied by reggae artist Gyp-
tian's song: "These are some
serious times. All I can see
around us is just violence and
Radio 100 Jamz's own JJ
McKenzie hosted the concert
at. She used the opportunity to
combine the Saturday night
entertainment with a serious
perspective the destruction
caused by violence versus the
positivity of peace and love.
Millennium Countdown Six
received high marks from con-
cert goers, who watched an
impressive all-star line up bring
the latest reggae and Caribbean
hits live to Nassau in a stage
Down Sound Records of
Jamaica teamed up with the
Bahamas company Sigma Man-
agement for the concert.
Bahamian entertainers
kicked off the show, including
Mickey Dread, Smurf, and the
Caribbean dancers.
A few new Jamaican artists
brought their acts to the stage,
before a series of artists with
top list hits on today's
Caribbean charts were featured.
The legendary performer
Bongo Herman, responsible for
the Nyahbinghi, or Maroon
rhythm, did an impressive per-
cussion display.
Bascom X and Macka Dia-
mond brought dance hall vibes
alive during their renditions.
A series of Rastafarian artists
then took to the stage with the
"Hail The King" theme. This
was in honour of the Corona-
tion of Emperor Haile Selassie
with his Empress Menen on
November 2, 1930, as King of
Kings, Lord of Lords, Con-
quering Lion of the Tribe of
The small-framed Nanko
sang his hit song "Lucky You";
Gyptian begged for a violence-
free community; and DYCR the

N JJ McKenzie

reggae poet married the spoken
word with music.
Junior Kelley paid homage
to the black hero Marcus Gar-
vey with Talk Black Marcus.
"The Fire Child" Fantan
Mojah and the exuberant
Anthony B gave the closing per-
formance, singing a series of hits
produced throughout their long
careers, including: Hail the
King, When I Rise, Good Cop;
Bad Cop, Only Jah Love;
Repentence Time, Raid Di Barn,
and Universal Struggle:
But some spectators went
away less than satisfied after a
technical glitch hampered the
Jah Cure satelitte performance.
Only one of three TV screens
projected the image of the most
requested reggae artist Jah
Cure, live from behind his
prison walls in Jamaica, from
where the inspiration for his lat-
est hit True Reflections comes.
The audience watched the
debut of the True Reflections
video, a close up interview with
the artist himself, an interview
with his mother about his 12-
year rape conviction, and a live
appearance of his mother on
His mother told the audience
how hard it is to see one of her
five sons in prison for a crime
she feels certain he did not com-
Her son encouraged the
.crowd to break away from any
other kind of prison that might
be affecting them in their lives
in order to recognise the true
purpose for which they were

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the joy of Christmas. The goal is to purchase and deliver toys as
Christmas gifts to needy or infirm children within the Nassau
The participants, left to right: Enrique Ford, Clinton Burke, Mia
Roman, Doris Ford, Tangela Jenkins, and LaFonda Burke
(members not pictured Elpinki Ruossos, Kathy Kay, and Jer-
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Bahamas Food Services, Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort,
American Women's Club, US Ambassador John Rood, and
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Kerzner 'all set for growth

erzner Interna-
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reported a net
loss in the third
'quarter of 2005
of $4.9 million compared to a
net loss of $11.2 million in the
same period last year.
This resulted, in diluted net
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Destination Resorts
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Atlantis, Paradise Island,
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net revenue, EBITDA and
EBITDA margin were $114.8
million, $29.9 million and 26
per cent, respectively.
Atlantis's revenue per avail-
able room ("RevPAR") for the
quarter was $198 as compared
to $173 during the same period
last year. In the quarter,
Atlantis achieved an average
occupancy of 81 per cent and a
$245 average daily room rate
Results in the quarter bene-
fited from strong leisure
demand. At the Atlantis Casi-

SEE page 3B

$1. 3m grant to the Bahamas

Hotel Association approved

Teekay reports third quarter

net income of $42.7m

A $1.3 million grant to the
Bahafnas Hotel Association
has been approved by the
Multilateral Investment
The money is to improve
the competitiveness of the
tourism sector, promote sus-
tainable activities and diver-
sify products and packages.
The resources will develop
a network of small and medi-
um-sized tourism businesses
and help product develop-
ment and a need for greater
awareness and co-operation
among providers.
The project will focus on

develop inag sustainable
tourism activities in the Fai/m-
ily Islands that have more
limited tourism facilities but
less congested natural attrac-

A press release from the
Inter-American Develop-
ment Bank says: "A matching
grant system for financing
technical assistance and the
branding and marketing of
pilot tourism destinations will
also be financed by the pro-
gramme, which is designed to

benefit 75 accommodation
providers, 20 marinas and 50
tourism service providers, as
well as other sectors of the
The bank says market stud-
ies have shown a potential for
further growth in the
Bahamas tourism industry
through the .adoption of more
sustainable environmental
practices, the diversification
of product supply, a reduc-
tion in operating costs and
the development of common
organisation and visio.n
among small and medium-
sized businesses.

~_ ~


Danins;Sthb'sD miao
Inent io n al Rea-lty



Business Analyst (BA-3)


Montana Holdings Ltd is undertaking a major land development programme in
Rum Cay. This project will comprise international hotels, a large marina, over 400
homes and a range of holiday resort facilities in one of the most beautiful Family
Islands of the Bahamas. We are now seeking a Business Analyst to join our rapidly
expanding Nassau office and to become a team member of a growing property
development business.

Business Analyst (BA-3)

Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer & VP of Corporate Development, the Business
Analyst will take responsibility for a range of activities. These shall include, but
not be limited to:

Property sales and conveyance
Coordination and planning
Facilitating various partnership transactions
Monitoring numerous commercial contractual arrangements
Supporting key financial and project monitoring processes


The ideal candidate shall have at least:
3 years experience of the real estate business, land development, or the
hotel/holiday resorts business
Educated to a degree level preferably with concentration in Business
Administration, Finance or a Science Degree
Held positions dealing with executive management
Experienced in managing suppliers as well interfacing with customers
Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
Must be computer literate with excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office
-and especially proficient in Word and Excel
Experience in Microsoft Project or similar project management software
is highly desired

The successful candidates will be organized, personable, ambitious and very
productive. They shall demonstrate high levels of initiative and the ability to manage
all allocated activities to an early conclusion. They will have excellent written and
verbal communication skills and ave the ability to write detailed reports and
associated documentation. They will have a strong desire to learn new skills and
to accept more accountability and have the highest level of business acumen and

This position is situated in Nassau with some travel to the building site in Rum Cay.
International travel may be required. The salary and benefits package shall be
commensurate with the responsibilities and experience of the successful candidate.

The Montana Holdings office environment is challenging, energetic and very
demanding. It calls for staff to accept responsibility for all types of work activities,
which shall be undertaken to high professional standards.


Please send cover letter and resume by e-mail quoting above reference (BA-3) to or by post to P.O. Box N-9322, Nassau, The Bahamas.

The closing date for receipt of a liThd Nu fv^mberi.25;,2005 :


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Planning for the

challenges ahead

comments attrib-
uted Mr Malcolm
Martini, who is
apparently a plan-
ning adviser attached to the
Office of The Prime Minister,
which were reportedly made at
a Halsbury Chambers seminar
to be most interesting. Mr Mar-
tini was formally associated
with EDAW, the firm that did
the downtown planning study.
I understood that Mr Marti-
ni suggested with all the various
projects already contracted
under heads of agreements that
the population of the Bahamas
would have to grow substan-
tially to support them.
Specifically, it was suggest-
ed that with Atlantis Phase III,
the Baha Mar Project and oth-
er pending projects, the popu-
lation of New Providence alone
could probably grow to 300,000
persons or maybe more over
the next 10 years, from its cur-
rent base of about 150,000 per-
Planning Expertise
I am very encouraged by the
existence of somebody of the
likes of Mr Martini being
attached to the Office of the
Prime Minister because it gives
me hope that as a nation we
are finally addressing the issue
of long-term sustainable
national planning.
It is also my hope that we
have some bright young
Bahamians working directly
along with Mr Martini, getting
meaningful exposure, so that
at the end of the day, we would
have begun the process of
training Bahamians and trans-
ferring skills.
Further, I would like to think
that arrangements are being
put into place to have one or
two Bahamians placed on two
to three year assignments with
international planning firms
such as EDAW.

I found the mere thought of
such enormous population
growth driven by economic
development to be very, very
exciting indeed. However, my
euphoria was short-lived as the
reality is that historically we
have been poor long-term plan-
ners. We seem to be more con-
sumed with the next general
election as opposed to being
truly bipartisan nation-builders.
For you see, to be true bipar-
tisan nation-builders there must
be a series of shared visions for
the long-term betterment of
the country.
The need for new public
The prospect of such signifi-
cant growth has enormous
implications for the country in
many very fundamental ways.
If this is to be, we need to
embark on a massive job and
skills training programme (in
fact, it more likely requires a
series of programmes).
We need to organise the
Immigration Department to
deal with the proper screening
of work permit applicants and
issuing permits on a timely
basis; we will need to invest
heavily in public infrastructure:
new roads, schools, public
housing, and hospitals.
Similarly, public security
agencies will have to be given
more resources and manpower.
The imperative to get our wors-

ening crime situation under
control becomes even more
How will we pay for this?
It is all fine and dandy to
continue to sign heads of agree-
ments and rack up massive
commitments for future invest-
ments...but at what point do
we start announcing our plans
to finance the necessary public
expenditure required to sup-
port such investment?
Will new taxes be necessary?
Are we going to borrow mas-
sive amounts of money? Are
we going to sell off national
assets? We need the policy-
makers to tell where their cur-
rent thinking is at in this
regard. If the truth be told.. .we
will most likely have to imple-
ment combinations of all of the
The challenge
While New Providence may
experience boomn times other
parts of the Bahamas could
simultaneously be in recession.
Being an archipelago, the eco-
nomic effects of unequal devel-
opment could create unique
In economic theory, there is
the law of unintended effects
- in this case, it has always been
accepted that massive foreign

SEE page 4B

Bank of The Bahamas




"A growing and dynamic Bahamian institution"


Core responsibilities:

*Analyze and investigate financial and non-financial
information with a view of assessing the viability of business
proposals. Assess loan applications and interview potential
Prepare credit proposals for existing and potential clients.
Manage effectively, a portfolio of corporate relationships
and act as "Relationship Manager" for assigned accounts.
Increase consistently, the value of accounts through personal
marketing efforts.
Conduct consistent follow-up on delinquent accounts and
institute measures for the collection of bad accounts.
Conduct field inspections.
Assess the local industries and make recommendations for
areas of exploration by the Corporate Credit Division.
* Recommend annual performance objectives and action
plans that will help to increase the Bank's profitability.
(Ability to successfully implement plans to completion
in critical.)

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

* Bachelors Degree in Economics / Finance/Business
* Three to five years experience in the Financial Services
* Strong analytical and organizational skills
* Being a team player is essential; must have excellent
interpersonal and communication skills.

Benefits include: Competitive compensation (commensurate
with qualification); group medical, vision and life insurance;
attractive package and a pension scheme.

Send resume to:
The Manager, Human Resources and Training
Bank of The Bahamas International
P.O. Box N-7118
Shirley Street
Nassau, Bahamas

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Kerzner 'all set for growth'

FROM page 1B

no, slot win for the third quar-
ter increased by 24 per cent
'and 15 per cent over the same
period in 2004 and 2003,
The third quarter of 2003
provides a better comparable
period, as 2004 was negatively
affected by the aforementioned
hurricanes. The resort bene-
fited from improved levels of
play owing to the positive
reception of the new slot
games and the ticket-in-ticket-
out system, both of which were
introduced last year. In the
quarter, table win increased by
15 per cent and decreased by
"16 per cent over the same peri-
od in 2004 and 2003, respec-
Howard Karawan, president
and managing director of the
company's Destination Resorts
segment, commented: "Third
quarter results rebounded
sharply from the hurricane-
affected results of the third
quarter of 2004. As compared
to 2003, the most recent period
in which results were not
impacted by hurricane activi-
ty, all of our key operating
-measures for the Paradise
-Island businesses saw improve-
"In the quarter, Atlantis,
Paradise Island's revenue and
-RevPAR each increased by 12
-per cent as compared to 2003.
'In the quarter, EBITDA mar-
-gin for Atlantis, Paradise
-Island, increased from 26 per
cent in 2003 to 29 cent in 2005."
In July, the company com-
-pleted the Marina Village at
Atlantis, a 75,000 square foot
restaurant, retail and enter-
tainment zone surrounding the
Marina at Atlantis, which
-includes five new restaurants
'and additional retail space.
-& All the restaurants except
one are open, and the remain-
-ing location is expected to open
-in mid-November. In the quar-
-ter, food and beverage revenue
increased by 22 per cent as
-compared to the same period
4ast year, driven by a rebound
,in business levels from the pre-
Vious year and a favourable
response to the Marina Village.
The second phase of Har-
borside at Atlantis, a timeshare
joint venture between the com-
pany and a subsidiary of Star-
*wood Hotels and Resorts
Worldwide, Inc., which con-
sists of 116 two and three-bed-
room units, was completed in

Sales trends for this second
phase have remained strong
and it is now 32 per cent sold.
With this phase, the total num-
ber of units at Harborside
increased to 244.
Construction of the 88-unit
Ocean Club Residences and
Marina project is proceeding
well, with completion expected
in early 2007. The cost of this
development, which is being
financed primarily from pre-
sales of units, is expected to be
about $130 million.
The Residences at Atlantis, a
500-unit condo-hotel project,
has already achieved about 120
unit sale reservations, repre-
senting roughly 24 per cent of
the units available for sale.
The company is joint ven-
turing with Turnberry Associ-
ates, who will provide sales
and marketing expertise, on
this project and expects con-
struction costs, which exclude
land costs, to be about $225
million. Construction is expect-
ed to begin once the joint ven-
ture has received a sufficient
level of reservations and
financing for the development
has been secured by the joint


In the quarter, the company
acquired the Hurricane Hole
Marina, which is in close prox-
imity to the Marina Village and
includes frontage on Nassau
Harbour, and some additional
buildings and facilities for
about $28 million.
The company intends to
utilise the Hurricane Hole
Marina to accommodate excess
demand at the Atlantis Marina
and anticipates significantly
upgrading this marina and
bringing it into Atlantis's prod-
uct offering. This acquisition
includes additional real estate,
which the company plans to
use for new development.
In early November, the com-
pany agreed to acquire an addi-
tional seven and a half acres of
beachfront property at the east-
ern edge of Cabbage Beach,
adjoining Ocean Club Estates,
for about $15 million.
This is one of the few
remaining undeveloped beach-
front parcels left on Paradise
Island. The company intends
to contribute this land into the
Ocean Club Residences and
Marina joint venture and
develop the site through the
joint venture.
Construction of the $730 mil-

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Culturally diverse family environment
Dedicated faculty ; small class size
Encourages high academic achievement
Traditional college preparatory program
Special programs include the Roxhury Support Center
ESL, and the Postgraduate program

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Mr. Micheal "Bedi" Walker, Associate Dean Of Admissions, Head Boy's Varsity Soccer
Coach, will host an evening for personal family visits.

Comfort Suites
Paradise Island
Flamingo Room A&B
Thursday 10th, November 2005

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corporate structures, requires a professionally qualified accountant
to serve as the Group's Financial Controller. Excellent benefits.
All responses are confidential and should be mailed to the
following address:

Paul Andy Gomez
Managing Partner
Chartered Accountants
Paje House
Marlborough Street
P.O.Box N-8285
Nassau, N.P.,
The Bahamas


lion Phase III development at
Paradise Island is proceeding.
This expansion project, which
includes a 600-room all-suite
hotel and expanded water
attractions, is expected to open
in the second quarter of 2007.
One&Only Ocean Club
achieved record third quarter
RevPAR of $525, representing
a 16 per cent increase over the
same period last year. In the
quarter, the resort achieved
average occupancy and record
third quarter ADR of 75 per
cent and $697, respectively,
compared to average occupan-
cy and ADR of 71 per cent and
$636, respectively, in the same
period last year.
EBITDA at the property
was $1.0 million during the
quarter as compared to $0.7
million in the same period last
Recently, and for the second
year in a row, One&Only
Ocean Club and One&Only
Palmilla were named the num-
ber one resorts in the Atlantic
and Latin American regions,
respectively, in Cond6 Nast
Traveler magazine's Readers'
Choice Awards. JT Kuhlman,
the company's president and
managing director of the
One&Only Resorts segment,
commented: "We were thrilled
to receive these prestigious
awards in 2004. To receive
them again in 2005 is an hon-
our, especially since the recip-
ients are selected by the read-
ers of Cond6 Nast Traveler.
One&Only Ocean Club and
One&Only Palmilla winning
top honours two years in a row
is a true mark of distinction for
the One&Only brand and a
testament to the talent of our
dedicated teams."
Other points in the report
Amended and restated the
company's revolving credit
facility on October 31, 2005,
increasing the availability
under the facility from $500
million to $650 million and
amending certain pricing and
financial covenants.
Announced that its board
of directors had approved a
share repurchase programme
authorising the repurchase of
up to two million of the com-
pany's ordinary shares. The
company subsequently began
this programme and repur-
chased 612,500 shares in the
quarter for $35.7 million.
At September 30, 2005, the
company held $244.3 million
in cash and cash equivalents,
short-term investments and
restricted cash. This amount
consisted of $113 million in
cash and cash equivalents,
$59.8 million in short-term
investments and $71.5 million
in restricted cash.
Restricted cash includes $68
million, of escrowed funds for
the company's investment in
the joint venture developing
Atlantis, The Palm, which is
expected to increase an addi-
tional $75 million upon com-
pletion of the subordinated
debt financing discussed above
to reflect the company's
increased equity commitment
to the project.
Total interest-bearing debt

SEE page 4B

I *1

The Public is hereby advised that I, MELBOURNE PENN, of
Garden Hills No. 1, P.O. Box N-537, Nassau, Bahamas, intend
to change my name to MELBOURNE SMITH. 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.


Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) Ltd.


Fidelity Bank Bahamas Limited, a leading provider of Financial Services in
the Bahamas is interested in securing the service of a cleaning company to
provide cleaning services for its branch locations in Nassau and Freeport.

Interested parties should contact:
The Compliance Unit
Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) Limited
P.O. Box N-7502
Nassau, Bahamas
Ph: 327-5170 Ext. 5018 or 356-7764 ext 3183
Fax: (242) 327-5192

The Tender period shall close at 5:00 p.m. on 1st December, 2005

GN 291





In accordance with the provisions of Regulation 9 of the Civial Aviation
(Licensing of Air Services) Regulations 1976, the Minister respsonsible for
Aviation hereby publishes the following particulars of the undermentioned
application to operate scheduled air services to and from The Bahamas.


1. Application:

2. Date of first publication:


8th November, 2005


4. Purpose of services: Passenger, mail arid: freight.

5. Provisional time table:

Local Times

Washington / Nassau
Nassau / Washington

6. Frequency of flights:

7. Type of Aircraft:

1240/1522 MON/WED/FRI/SAT
1725/2003 "

See above time-table

Airbus A320

Any representation regarding or objection thereto is accordance with
Regulation 10 must be received by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of
Transport & Aviation (Department of Civil Aviation) within fourteen (14)
days after the date of first publication of this notice.

Archie Nairn

BISK Col;na Co li1155
Financial Advisors Ltd.

Pricing Information As Of:
04 November 2005

52wk-Hi 52wk-Lo w Symbol Previous Close Today's Clos e Change Daily Vol. EPS $ Div $ PIE Yield
1.10 0.73 Abaco Markets 0.73 0.73 0.00 -0.169 0.000 N/M 0 001%
10.25 8.00 Bahamas Property Fund 10.25 10.25 0.00 450 1.456 0.340 7.0 3.32%
7.24 5.55 Bank of Bahamas 7.24 7.24 0.00 0.587 0.330 12.3 4.56%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.80 0.80 0.00 0.204 0.010 3.9 1.25%
1.80 1.27 Bahamas Waste 1.27 1.27 0.00 0.112 0.060 11.3 4.72%
1.20 0.87 Fidelity Bank 1.20 1.20 0.00 0.066 0.030 18.2 2.50%
9.30 6.96 Cable Bahamas 9.27 9.30 0.03 1,000 0.618 0.240 15.0 2,58%
2.20 1.50 Colina Holdings 1.50 1.50 0.00 900 -0.046 0.000 NM 0.00%
9.17 6.99 Commonwealth Bank 9.10 9.17 0.07 10,270 0.791 0.410 11.6 4.47%
2.50 0.96 Doctor's Hospital 2.40 2.40 0.00 0.429 0.000 5.6 0.00%
4.35 3.87 Famguard 4.35 4.35 0.00 0.428 0.240 9.1 5.52%
10.90 9.50 Finco 10.90 10.90 0.00 0.695 0.510 15.7 4.68%
10.00 7.45 FirstCaribbean 10.00 10.00 0.00 143 0.695 0.380 13.9 3.80%
9.25 8.39 Focol 9.25 9.25 0.00 0.675 0.500 13.7 5.41%
1.99 1.27 Freeport Concrete 1.15 1.15 0.00 0.022 0.000 52.3 0.00%
10.20 9.50 ICD Utilities 9.94 9.94 0.00 0.526 0.405 18.9 4.07%
8.75 8.22 J. S. Johnson 8.75 8.75 0.00 0.526 0.560 16.6 6.40%
6.69 4.36 Kerzner International BDRs 5.87 5.87 0.00 0.122 0.000 48.1 0.00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 2.036 0.760 4.9 7.60%
Fideity Over-The -Coun tereur
52wk-Hi 52wk-Lo w Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price NVeekly Vol EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield
13.00 12.50 Bahamas Supermarkets 12.25 13.25 11.00 1.768 0.960 7.5 7.2E7%
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 10.00 10.35 10.00 0.000 0.800 NM 7.80%
0.60 0.40 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.00 -0.044 0.000 NM 0.00%
Cols Over-The-countersecuitfies Meo f/
43.00 28.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 41.00 2.220 0.000 19.4 0.00%
16.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 12.33 13.33 12.50 1.105 0.810 14.6 6.93%
0.60 0.35 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.35 -0.103 0.000 N/M 0.00%
52wk-Hi 52wk-Lo w Fund Name NAV YTD% Last 12 Months DIv $ Yield %


1.1913 Colina Money Market Fund
2.0536 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund
10.0000 Fidelity Prime Income Fund
2.1675 Colina MSI Preferred Fund

2.4403 **

1.1406 1.0755 Colina Bond Fund 1.14059S
FtNbEX: CLOSE 435.604 / YTD 1 321% / 2003 14-8W 7
BISX ALL SHARE INDE X 19 Dec 02 = 1.000.00
52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeks
52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume
Change Change in closing price from day to day
Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today
DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months
P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings
** AS AT AUG. 10, 2005/ **** AS AT OCT. 31, 2005
* AS AT OCT. 28, 2005/ *** AS AT SEP. 30, 2005/ ..... AS AT OCT. 3
"0 ~T"~Or=CALL: (1C)LNA 4Z4 02 ?0`t%.1M 0,

YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price
Bid $ Buying price of Collna and Fidelity
Ask $ Selling price of Collna and fidelity
Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week
EPS $ A company's reported eamlings per share for the last 12 mths
NAV Net Asset Value
N/M Not Meaningful
FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 =100


Planning for the challenges ahead

FROM page 2B
direct investment is good for the econ-
omy. The unintended effect is that
central government's ability to finance
necessary infrastructural investment
may not be able to keep pace with
the inward investment.
Vision and solutions
Within the next two weeks both the
government of the day and the official
opposition would have completed

national conventions. General elec-
tions are just over 18 months away -
which means that political strategists
for both sides are actively planning
the content of manifestos.
While political conventions are
designed to rally the troops, let's hope
that among the rhetoric and grand-
standing, the Bahamian population is
able to get a real sense that there is
indeed an appreciation
of the issues we face -

NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a
citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any
reason why registration/ naturalization should not be granted,
should send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 1ST day of NOVEMBER, 2005 to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-
7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

The Public is hereby advised that I, RANDELL BERNADETTE
ANDERSON, of Regency Park, P.O. Box EE 16450, Nassau,
Bahamas, intend to change my name to RANDELL
BERNADETTE HAYNES. 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.





(a) JUBILEE OF THE BAHAMAS, INC. is in dissolution under the provisions
of the International Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said Company commenced on the 3rd November,
2005 when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted to and registered by
the Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said Company is Frdl J. Collins, 1341 Rutherford
Road, Greenville SC 29609, United States of America.

Dated the 4th day of November, A.D. 2005.

An international company is seeking to
establish a branch in Freeport and require a
dynamic and highly motivated individual to
oversee the financial and administrative aspects
of the operation and work closely with the parent
company to develop and expand the sale and
distribution of the company's products.

The candidate should have prior experience
with cosmetic products and be knowledgeable in
U.S., Swiss and IFRS accounting standards.
Knowledge of software systems including the J
D Edwards accounting system and Hyperion
reporting and consolidation systems would be
helpful. It is expected appropriate qualifications
will be held. The candidate must be fluent in
written and spoken English and French and
knowledge of other continental languages would
be helpful. The ability to train is essential.

An attractive remuneration package is
offered for the appropriate applicant. Persons with
Bahamian status preferred. Qualified persons
should forward a resume via facimile to 242-352-
3966 or mail to P.O.Box F-43913, Freeport, Grand
Bahama to be received by November 18, 2005.


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both currently and prospectively; that
there is a vision for the future and
finally, that somebody has what it
takes to develop and implement solu-
If there is ever a pressing time to
engage in bipartisan national plan-
ning it must be now. Gone are the
days when we cross the bridge we
reach it. We must consider our options

and make decisions long before we
reach the bridge this is how the real
world works.
Until next week...
Larry R. Gibson, a chartered finan-
cial analyst, is vice-president pen-
sions, Colonial Pensions Services
(Bahamas) Limited, a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Colonial Group Inter-
national Ltd, which owns Atlantic

Medical Insurance Ltd and is a major
shareholder of Security and General
Insurance Company in The Bahama&s
"The views expressed are those of
the author and does not necessarily
represent those of Colonial Group
International or any of its subsidiary
and/or affiliated companies. Please
direct any questions or comments tb

Kerzner 'all set for growth'

at the end of the quarter was
$801.9 million, comprised pri-

NOTICE is hereby given that JOHANNE HILAIRE, BOX CR
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as
a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows
any reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement of the
facts within twenty-eight days from the 1ST day of
NOVEMBER, 2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

baeo 6
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Time Period:
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4 5 years in Managing staff of 25 persons.
Please send resume to:
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P.O. Box AB-20571 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas
Fax: 242-367-2930

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Tel. 242-393-8618



marily of the company's newly-
issued $400 million of 6 3/4 per
cent Notes, $230 million of
2.375 per cent Convertible
Senior Subordinated Notes due
2024, as well as $110 million of
financing related to the
One&Only Palmilla and
approximately $58.3 million of
nonaffiliated debt associated
with Reethi Rah. The non-affil-
iated debt associated with
One&Only Palmilla and
Reethi Rah is consolidated
under FIN 46R.
At the end of the quarter,
the company's revolving credit
facility was undrawn. In deter-
mining the credit statistics used
to'measure compliance with
the company's financial
covenants under this facility,
the incremental debt and inter-
est expense associated with the
consolidation of Reethi Rah
and the 50 per cent-owned
One&Only Palmilla are
In the quarter, the company
incurred $70.6 million in capital
expenditures, related primarily
to Paradise Island.
Total capital expenditures
included capitalised interest of
$2.2 million.
In the fourth quarter of 2005,
the company expects to spend
between $90 million and $100
million on Paradise Island cap-
ital expenditures.
In the quarter, the company

invested $13.2 million in
Atlantis, The Palm.-
The company expects to
invest between $30 million and
$35 million in the project in the
fourth quarter of 2005.
This investment will be
sourced from escrowed funds,.
which are classified as restrict-
ed cash on the company's bal-
ance sheet. As of September.
30, 2005, shareholders' equity
was $1,147.7 million and the
company had about 36.4 mil-
lion ordinary shares outstand-
Other Matters
In the quarter, the company
recorded a net income tax ben-
efit of $15.8 million, which rep'*
resents a US federal tax bene-
fit and state and foreign income
tax expenses.
Included is a benefit of $15.1
million related to the refinanc;
ing of its 8 7/8 per cent notes
which is not included in the
company's adjusted earnings
per share. In the quarter, th4
company paid cash taxes oT
around $0.4 million.



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Country Championships

Junior Sports Reporter

YOUNG Sparkyl Cash rose
to the challenge on Saturday
at the annual CH Reeves
Cross Country Championships
and sprinted her way to her
sixth consecutive title.
Cash, a student of Queens
College, held off Antonia
Flowers and Jackell Kemp for
the title win in the under 13
girls division.
The 1.5k hike sketched out
for this division turned out to
be a 3k race, but for Cash the
extra miles added to the orig-
inal distance didn't bother her.
She said: "It feels great to
come back out and defend the
title. It really didn't bother me,
but it was hard because I had
already told myself that I was
only going to run a certain dis-
tance. But to complete it made
me feel great.
"I didn't know which way to
go this year, I usually be in the
front of the pack by the sec-
ond lap, but I had to stay.
behind the leader so I would-
n't get lost."
According to Cash, the
speed workouts at track prac-
tice are paying off. After find-
ing herself in fourth place
heading towards the finish
line, Cash said she made a
dash for it.
"I knew that I was a little
stronger than them coming
down to the line because they
were all tired from running the
hills hard," said Cash.
"All I did throughout the
race was pace myself and but
in the last 50 meters.I decided

Under 13 girls
Sparkyl Cash Queens College
Antonia Flowers SC McPherson
Jackell Kemp -Queens College
Eldicka Hepburn LW Young
Matayha Sturrup CH Reeves
Desiree Sands SAC

Under 13 boys
Gareth Pyform CH Reeves
Marvin Minnis St Johns College
Fredrick Heastie CH Reeves
Michael Pierre DW Davis
Keran Pratt LW Young
Walter Taylor LW Young

Under 15 girls
Lexi Wilson West Minister College
Michelle Sturrup CH Reeves
Nicholas Higgs SAC
Dominique Sweeting DW Davis
Channel Conliffe LW Young
Danielle Zonicle LW Young

Under 15 boys
Kenneth Wallace Whitfield Queens College
Vichnel Sewers DW Davis
Lawrence Farrington SC McPherson
Jamal Wilson CH Reeves
Wilgain Prophet CH Reeves
Crashad Burrows CH Reeves
Under 10 boys
Julius Nottage Temple Christian
Merlin Bowe Albury Sayles

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Mark Duncombe Temple Christian
Scharann Cash Garvin Tynes
Aranch Lloyd Prince William

Under 10 girls
Eyeissa Darville Sadie Curtis
Taryn Butler Temple Christian
Talia Butler Temple Christian
Zahra Powell Temple Christian
Danniele Gibson Temple Christian

Under 20 Boys
Ian Bowe Prince William
Christopher Cartwright CC Sweeting
Gerald Mott CI Gibson
Kenard Thomas CR Walker
Jerome Wright CR Walker

Under 12 girls
Shanel Sand Sadie Curtis
Rita Demeritte Albury Sayles
Kryshante Beckford Gerald Cash
Jessica Rolle Christian Heritage
Krystal Roberts Temple Christian

Under 12 boys
Lopez Lefluer Garvin Tynes
James Cash Garvin Tynes
Trae Cash Temple Christian
Ashton Williams Temple Christian
Deon Bain Albury Sayles

Shalom Cash Garvin Tynes Isaacs Neely Albury Sayles

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to sprint the rest of the race. I
had to sprint in order to win."
Capturing the under 20 boys
title was all about revenge and
redemption for Ian Bowe.
Bowe was determined to
improve on his second place
finish last year and claim brag-

ging rights over the defending
champion, Ramon Miller.
But as the competitors lined
up for the start, Bowe realised
that Miller opted not compete.
B6we said:,"I was a little
disappointed not to see
Ramon there but the field was

competitive. It feels great to
win the title this year. I came
second behind Ramon last
year, so this year I was ready
to meet up with him again to
show him that the title is
"At the beginning of the

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race it was very competitive,
Kenyon from CR Walker ran
a good race with me.
"I realised that he was there
so what I did was pace myself
and when the opportunity
came for me to distance from
them I took off.
"I worked the hills hard,
but I was still pacing
myself, switching up on my
"By the last lap I had
secured a distance from the
other guys.
Competing in just his hird
cross country championships,
Bowe believes that he is on
track for the upcoming season.
Noting it will take a little
more work for him to perform
- at the level he is has set for
himself, Bowe said it is back to
"I am going to be hard at
work for the remainder of the
cross country season.
"I need to do this in order to
reach my goals set for track
and field.
"I know what I have to do, it
will take a lot of speed work-
out and endurance workouts
in order to achieve it but I am
The Temple Christian
School combination in the
under 10 girls was no match
for Sadie Curtis Primary's
Eyeissa Darville.
With more than six com-
petitors in the race represent-
ing Temple Christian, Darville
emerged victorious. She ward-
ed off Temple Christian's
Taryan Butler, Talia Thomp-
son, Zahra Powell and
Dannielle Gibson for the


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run rampant

Shockers' centre Shaquille
Pennerman goes to work
with this jumper against the
St Bede's Crushers on Mon-
day. Pennerman scored a
game high 25 to lead the
Shockers to a 50-15 rout.
(Photo: Felipe Major/
Tribune staff)

IROM page one

against the St. Cecelia's Strikers.
But, once Pennerman and Wat-
son went to work, scoring eight
and five points respectively in a
13-1 first quarter rout, reality
started to settle in.
The Crushers would open
the game with one of two
free throws from Thorne
Curry before the Penner-
man and Watson show
turned things around for
the Shockers.
When the second quarter.
opened, the Shockers con-
tinued where they left off,
building a 19-1 lead as
Javon Major and Alfonzio
Knowles came through with
a pair of lay-ups.
St. Bede's made a mini
run of their own, thanks to
Jarad McPhee's baseline
jumper, a free throw from
Curry and an Ethelbert
Harrison's jumper from
behind the three-point arch
for a 19-6 deficit.
But, in a low scoring
quarter, Chet Johnson and
Javon Major hit two con-
secutive baskets to push the
Shockers out front 23-6.

In the third quarter, the
Shockers went on to hold
the Crushers to just three
points as they increased
their insurmountable mar-
gin to 35-10 at the break.
Again, it was Pennerman
who stepped up with six
And, in the fourth quar-
ter, the Crushers were only
able to score five points as
coach Johnson substituted
his players at will as they
maintained their lead.
Crushers' coach Maurice
Fawkes said they just didn't
play as well as they are
capable of playing.
We didn't play our best
'.They killed us inside,"
In the fourth alone, Pen-
nerman seemed to be
ungioppable as he produced
his-best quarter with 11
Coach Fawkes said Rolle
did his best, but there was
nothing they could do to
stop Pennerman.


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Senior Sports Reporter
IT WAS a homecoming mas-
sacre for the St. Bede's Crush-
St Francis/Joseph's big cen-
tre Shaquille Pennerman sin-
gle-handedly took advantage of
the Crushers' inability to score
as he reached a game high 25
points in the Shockers' 50-15
rout on Monday at St. Bede's.
St. Francis/Joseph remained
undefeated at 3-0 to top the
Catholic Diocesan Primary
Schools Basketball League
standings, while St. Bede's
dropped to 1-2.
Despite the 35-point rout,
coach Devon Johnson said he
still wasn't pleased with the per-
formance from his Shockers.
"Today, it could have been
much better defensively," he
charged. "We had a lot of
offence, but as long as we can
play defence, we will continue
to win big."
Pennerman was the recipient
of a number of passes from Ter-
an Watson as they provided a 1-
2 punch for the Shockers.
But when he wasn't passing
the ball, Watson connected on
his own shots, adding six points

to help the rout for the Shock-
ers. They also got eight points
from Christon Panza, four from
Javon Major and three from
Chet Johnson.
The combo of Pennerman
and Watson, were a little too
big for the Crushers to handle,
although Dwayne Rolle tried
his best to contain them both.
Coach Johnson said Penner-
man.and Watson are definitely
the two biggest boys in the pri-
mary school league and, once
they come to play, "nobody can
stop them."
Depending on how Penner-
man and Watson play, it will
determine the success or fail-
ure for the Shockers.
But coach Johnson said he's
confident that, at the end of the
season, they will win the titlp
this year.
"As long as we come to play,
I don't think there's any team
out there that can beat us," he
The Crushers felt they had a
chance coming into the game
having won their last game
SEE page 7B

Champion Boxing Club held its L Garth Wright Golden Gloves Ama-
teur Boxing Show over the weekend. Here's the results of the five match-
es contested:
Cleveleand Dorsett won a three-round decision over Raheed Delan-
cy; Aprechio Davis won a three-round decision over Aprechio Davis; Sean;
Munnings defeated Avery Francis; Dwayne Saunders won over Kenderick
Pratt and Shannon Mitchell stopped Ricardo McKinney in the third
There was also an exhibition match between Berchinal Martin and
Rudolph Polo.
The Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association's Gatorade Senior Nationals
Tennis Tournament was played over the weekend at the Atlantis Clay
Courts with the following results:
Banrrie Farrington def. Paul Lord 6-1, 6-3 and Neil MacTaggert def.
Francis Wilson 6-0,6-1 in 45's singles; North and Knowles def. Isaacs and
Knowles 6-2,7-5 in doubles; McKinney/Shelley def. Isaacs/Arthur 6-0,6-
3 in mixed doubles; Kanuka/Wiberg def. Farrington/Sargent 6-1, 6-0 in
mixed doubles; MacTaggert/Andrews def. Isaacs/Isaacs 6-2,6-2 in dou-
bles and McKinney/Thompson def. Lord/Dames 6-3, 6-0.
The New Providence Volleyball Association's 2005 league series con-
tinued on Sunday with three games played at the DW Davis Gymnasium.
In the first game, Da Basement defeated the Quencom Lady Techs 25-
20, 25-21 and 25-12. Brenda Wert had seven kills and Natasha Miller
added five spokes with three aces in the win.
Rochelle Henfield had nine spikes and Sherry Shylly had five spikes'in
the loss.
In the second game, the Defense Force Stingrays def. the Sea Shell Con-
querors 25-22,25-15 and 25-19. Kelsie Johnson produced 10 spikes,tAo
blocks and three aces and Natasha Miller had nine spikes and two blocks
for the winners.
Nicola Major had four spikes and two aces and Samantha Forbtes
added three spikes in the loss. :-
In the men's feature contest, the Star Mart Stars def. the Kalik Intrud-
ers 25-20,25-21 and 25-17 as Maurice Smith came through with 15 spikes,
one block and two aces and Ronald Duncombe added 12 spikes in
the win.
Mario Dean and Glen Rolle both had nine spikes in the loss.


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Emotional abuse in a relationship:

'the invisible wound of the spirit'

-Tribune Feature Writer
known universally as the invis-
ible form of violence, may be
more damaging than many
persons believe. Though it
does not manifest itself in
physical scale scars, bruises or bro-
ken limbs, the victim experi-
ences real pain.
Dr Sandra Dean-Patterson,
director of the Crisis Centre,
said emotional abuse is an
integral part of breaking down

Dr Sandra Dean-Patterson: women

should leave when first flag is raised

the victim, and because of this,
a woman should leave as soon
as the first flag is raised.
"The thing about (emotion-
al abuse) is that it is not just a
one-time occurrence. It is a
pattern of behaviour that is
consistent and on-going," she

said. "A relationship can' be
consistently emotionally abu-
sive and not end in physical
abuse, but emotional abuse
can also open the door for
physical abuse with the per-
petrator using the victim's
behaviour to justify his physi-

cal violence.
"Physical abuse can start
with shoving, pushing or a
slap. These are some of the
red flags that-must be seen as
such by the victim who must
say that they cannot deal with
this behaviour and not allow

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for the excuses they make for
it to continue it".
Still, many women do not
realise that allowing emotion-
al abuse to fester in a rela-
tionship has a far reaching
effect. It tears down a wom-
en's self-esteem and her con-
fidence in herself and can
make her feel worthless and
unworthy of life. Physical scars
do heal, but emotional pain,
if left untreated, is carried by
the victim forever, said Dr
Emotional abuse is consid-
ered the "invisible wound of
the spirit". This kind of abuse
can vary, from putting the oth-
er person's views down, name
calling, belittling, criticising,
ignoring, isolating, withhold-
ing affection, excessive jeal-
ousy, threatening a partner's
or pet's life, threatening to
destroy property, monitoring
where they, go and how long
they stay, controlling and
restricting finances, threats of
abando6tiient, exposing the
victim to the abuse or threats
of abuse of their children and
Much like physical abuse, the
emotional abuser discounts the
person and their feelings and
most often denies responsibility
for any of his behaviour. Accord-
ing to Dr Dean-Patterson, it is a
form of abuse that is often not
recognised by the victim for a
long time because initially, it is
not consistent. There are peri-
ods of affection and warmth

SEE page two





Tribune Feature Writer
IN an attempt to raise much
more than just awareness, but
a "consciousness" regarding
issues related to domestic vio-
lence, The Crisis Centre of the
Bahamas has organised a pub-
lic service campaign to target
both women and men. The
message being touted is that
'Violence is Not Okl'
"We are embracing a dia-
logue that we hope to spread
throughout the media, the
schools and in the Church. We
want people to recognise that
just as peacemaking is a choice
so too is violence. We hope
that over the next few months
we hear from Bahamians of all
ages and walks of life as to, how
we, as a nation, must confront
this national crisis and mobilize
all our individual and commu-
nity resources," said Dr Sandra
Dean-Patterson, director of the
While the nine-month long
programme was planned long
before the recent death of
Jackie Moxey, who was alleged
murdered in a domestic dis-
pute, Dr Dean-Patterson said
that the Centre is outraged by
this tragic crime and expressed
condolences to the family.
"Hopefully our campaign
can give voice to those in our
community who are outraged
by this episode. It is this kind
of tragedy that shows why we
must confront this problem
head on."
As domestic violence, in any
form, physical or emotional
abuse, is not solely a woman's
problem, the Centre is calling
for both sexes to join in the
fight to save lives.
"This is not something that
only affects women, it is expe-
rienced by men and children
as well and it can destroy the
SEE page two

DIVAS INC: A bevy of beautiful ladies strutted their stuff along the catwalk last week in the Divas Inc fashion show, at the
Radisson Cable Beach. Bringing a 70s vibe to the stage, the designs ranged from funky street fashions, edgy lingerie and upscale
-daywear. See page two.
(Photos: Felipi Major/Tribune staff)


Crisis Centre organises

public service campaign

FROM page one

core of Bahamian society if it is
not addressed by all of society.
Children also need to see their
mothers and fathers coming
together to say that violence is
not ok.
"It is only when men speak
out against violence against
women that we will stand a
chance of eliminating this
problem in society," she
The next nine months will

feature a variety of events to
tackle domestic violence. This
month is dubbed the Crisis
Centre month, and will be
held under the theme, "Vio-
lence is Not Ok". The cam-
paign will climax with a Green
Ribbon programme in the
schools during April 2006.
Radio appearances have been
scheduled throughout the
month of November, as well
as a teen workshop to be held
November 17.
At a COB forum to be held
in November, ten college stu-

dents will speak out against
violence and give ideas on
how to tackle the issue among
young people.
The school-based campaign
is being launched with an
essay, rap, skit, and poetry
competition on the
The family life teachers in
the schools are integral and
critical partners in the process
as the campaign is planned to
support their curricula on vio-
lence prevention.
Family Island schools have-

also been invited to partici-
pate. The Crisis Centre
recently had a Family Island
workshop with 61 delegates
traveling as to Inagua, Grand
Bahama and Bimini to get
information on issues of vio-
lence on those islands.
A major strategy of the
campaign is the adoption of
an anti-bullying programme in
Bahamian schools to "bully-
proof the school system".
According to the director,
research has shown that bul-
lying has serious implications

not only for the victim but
also for the bullies themselves,
and for those who witness the
Meetings have also been
planned with various commu-
nity-based associations to
solicit their support. Parent-
ing workshops are also being
Visit The Crisis Centre @,
or on Knowles Street. Or con-
tact the organisation @ 328-
0922/322-4999 for more infor-

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MORE high fashion from the Divas Inc fash-
ion show, at the Radisson Cable Beach.
(Photos: Felipe Major/Tribune staff)



FROM page one

from the abuser, and the vic-
tim hopes that the relation-
ship will go back to what it
was during the courtship peri-
Sadly, in many cases the vic-
tim faces a subconscious twist
in her situation, where she
goes from hating the abuse to
needing the abuse. "What
happens however, is that the
victim gets beaten down emo-
tionally and experiences what
we call traumatic bonding, or
the Stockholm Syndrome that
occurs when a hostage iden-
tifies with his or her captor in
order to survive the experi-
It may also be a lack of con-
cern on the part of the wider
society that to some degree
perpetuates emotional and
physical abuse in a relation-
ship. There is a misconception
that what happens between a
husband and wife or between
a boyfriend and girlfriend is a
private matter that no one
should interfere with. Com-
munities and neighbours:
should not respond this way
however, especially where
abuse is suspected.
Sometimes society does not
acknowledge emotional abuse
because it is not physical and
the scars are not visible.
"Especially if the abuser, as is
so often the case, puts on such
a good face to the community
and appears to be the ideal
partner or spouse."
Victims may begin to doubt
themselves and see themselves,
as the problem that there,
must be something wrong with
them, and not with the perpe-,
Said Dr Dean-Patterson: "It,
is important however not to'
ignore it, but to always call it
what it is. That no one
deserves to be abused, that
'God loves you and does not
want this to happen to you. J
"We must understand that:
because of the emotional'
damage and the learned help-
lessness that is often the con-
sequence of both emotional
and physical abuse, victims,
can stay in situations for years,
before they understand that
they can leave, that they don't
have to put up with it or
before they begin to see the
damage that is being, done to
their children," she said.

Mackey Street
P.O. Box SS-6255
Nassau, The Bahamas
Tel: (242) 394-2213
Fax: (242) 393-4541
Abaco (242) 367-2271






'Raising the bar in dentistry'

Tribune Feature Writer

T he Bahamas
Dental Associa-
tion is raising the
bar of dentistry in
the Bahamas this
month, in an effort to increase
public awareness about proper
dental care, while it keeps den-
tal professionals in the know
about new advancements in
the field.
Dr Andre Rollins, ortho-
dontist and president of the
association, said dental neglect
among Bahamians is the pri-
mary cause of poor dental
health, and unfortunately is far
to common a problem in the
The leading factors con-
tributing to this pattern of
neglect, he believes, are public
fear and anxiety about den-
tistry, coupled with an overall
low level of public dental
health education.


Along with a need to elevate
dentistry in the public's con-
sciousness, is a need to pro-
vide local dental professionals
with opportunities to remain
current with the latest science
and techniques in the profes-
sion to ensure that patients are
provided with the very best
care possible.
"This is the association's sec-
ond major tenet, and chal-
lenges us to make every effort
to avail our members of the
opportunity to access local,
continuing dental education,"
the association president said.
Minister of Health, Dr Mar-
cus Bethel, in a statement to
the Bahamas Dental Associa-
tion, highlighted the impor-
tance of all dental professionals
working together to meet the
needs of their patients.
"It is imperative for any
health professional association
to ensure that its members are
obliged to meet a standard set
by its peers, which provides for
a uniform standard of care or
treatment. This creates a shift
from a static to a dynamic
model, which ensures that the
delivery of dentistry in the
Bahamas mirrors the continu-
ally evolving state of the art in
"My ministry shares your
association's vision that
increasingly more and more
Bahamians will appreciate the
importance of seeking preven-
tative dental treatment in pre-

venting oral disease and pain,
just as Bahamians have
become more acutely aware of
the importance of proper diet
and regular exercise in pre-
venting diabetes and heart dis-
ease," the minister said.
It is a hope that has yet to
become a reality though.
According to Dr Rollins, the
current trend in dental care
does not reflect a concern
among the majority of
Bahamians about their health.
High incidents of periodontal
disease, and 3.5 per cent of all
cancers in the country being
oral cancers, are testaments to
this fact. But this month,
dubbed Dental Health Month,
seeks to "sound the alarm".
The association is also
expected to hold a conference
this year, November 10 12.
Under the theme, "Raising the
Bar in Dentistry 2005 and
Beyond", the first goal of this
effort is to raise the public's
awareness of the importance
of good dental health, for both
children and adults, while
simultaneously increasing their
"dental IQ".
The upcoming dental con-
ference, and the associated
public awareness media cam-
paign are designed to create
an industry where both patient
and dentist do their part to
'raise the bar'.
The first day and a half of
lectures are all related to the
science of dentistry. Dental
professionals from both the
United states and the
Bahamas, will speak on a
range of topics, from root canal
therapy, periodontal disease
(bacteria that affects the bones
and gums that support the
teeth), and new techniques in
pediatric population, to the
oral manifestation of
HIV/AIDS and waste man-


The conference will also
serve as an opportunity to pub-
licly honor dental professionals
who have recently celebrated
25 years of work in dentistry.
During the closing banquet, 16
individuals will be honoured
for the many contributions that
they have made in elevating
the practice of dentistry within
the Bahamas.
Dentists that will be hon-
oured are Dr Kenneth
Alleyne, Dr Olga Bacchus
(Eleuthera), Dr Kay Bain, Dr
Larry Bain (Grand Bahama),
Dr William Lee (Exuma), Dr

Take care of your

eyes, mouth and feet

OVER time, diabetes, or
high blood glucose levels can
cause health problems. Your
feet, eyes and mouth are
three of the trouble spots
you need to give special care
if you are diabetic.
Diabetes can cause dam-
age to your body, making it
hard to feel cuts on your
feet. It can also cause less
blood to flow to your feet,
so cuts do not heal. It is
important to wear comfort-
able, well-fitting shoes. Do
not go barefoot.
Wash your feet in warm
(not hot) water every day
and pat them dry. Be sure
to dry between your toes. If
your feet are dry, put on
If your feet are moist, put
on talcum powder. Try not
to let your feet get sun-

When you cut your toe-
nails, follow the curve of the
toe. Don't cut too close to
the skin. Keep blood flowing
to your feet. Do not cross
your legs at the knees when
you sit. Do not wear stock-
ings or elastic supports
(unless your doctor tells
you). Make sure your feet
are warm.
Check your feet for prob-
lems every day. If you are a
diabetic, call your doctor if
you have a callus, corn,
ulcer, wound, blister, or cut.
Call your doctor or Podia-
trist (a food doctor) if you
have any change in feeling,
such as pain, tingling, numb-
ness (no feeling) or burning.

Source: Doctors

Bahamas Dental Association

conference starts this week

Nigel Lewis, Dr Anthony
Davis, Dr Sparkman Ferguson,
Dr Minur Rashad, and Dr
Haywood Romer (Grand
Also among the honourees
are dental hygienists, Jacque-
line Gibson, and Della-Reece
Symonette; dentaltechnicians,
Irwin Weech and Danny Higgs
and dental assistants, Jenny
Demeritte and Paulette Miller.
There are little more than
80 registered dentists in the
Bahamas, with about 20 of
them registered as part of the
association, which speaks to
the fact that the support in the
field is not where it should be.
Fortunately, the conference
has given Dr Rollins and his
association cause for optimism
since more than 130 persons,
comprising all facets of the
dental health team, have
already registered for the con-
ference. This includes persons
who are not registered with the
For one week during
November, a dental topic will
be covered during the ZNS
news cast, highlighting the
importance of pediatric den-
tistry and why the maintenance
of baby teeth is vital to future
dental health. The report will
also provide information to
reduce the common fear of a
root canal. "We want the pub-
lic to know that teeth are
important, but proper dental
care requires the help of dental
professionals," said Dr Rollins.
"Many persons do not see the
dentists until they are experi-
encing pain or told by some-
one else that there is a problem
with their teeth."


Said the orthodontist: "We
are in a situation now where I
believe that the supply of den-
tists in the Bahamas has out-
paced the demand. We have
many persons who do not reg-
ular see the dentist and only
do so in the event that there
is an emergency. What this
suggests is that oral health is
not a priority.
"And if we do not have per-
sons interested in going to the
dentist, we are not doing that
good of a job in making per-
sons aware that oral health is a
part of systemic health....And
if we can't convert the people
in our country to see the den-
tist, we know that we as den-
tists are not doing our job".



IN Dr Andre Rollins (se-cond
'from right), orthodontist and g
president of the Bahamas Dental
Association with other members
of the Association.



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Provided by Adelma Penn,
Camelta Barnes, and Shan-
dera Smith, nutritionists from
the Department of Public
Health/Ministry of Health
N ovember 14
marks the day
when people all
over the world
pause to focus
on diabetes, its complications
and prevention. This year's
World Diabetes Day campaign
draws attention to diabetes and
foot care with the theme, "Put
Feet First: Prevent Amputa-
'The Department of Public
Health/Ministry of Health for
cte seventh consecutive year
his joined the rest of the world
idn raising awareness to this
.global public health problem
by setting special time aside to
observe World Diabetes Day
through various activities.
The highlight of the activi-
ties is the annual World Dia-
betes Day Health 'Expo', to be
held Wednesday, November 16
at the Town Center Mall 7am
to 5pm, which brings together a
large group of the diabetes
community in order to promote
the message of prevention and
provide free screenings to the
S': As we turn our attention to
diabetess during the month of
&'Nlovember, the Lighten Up &
Live Healthy team forwards
this message from Dr Yitades
Gebre, advisor, Disease Pre-
ryention and Control, Pan
* -American Health organization,
S'Diabetes is a major public
Health problem, and an epi-
demic is underway. The World
'Htealth Organisation estimates
,at least 171 million people
"worldwide have diabetes; this
figure is likely to be more than
double by 2030 to reach 366
million. Much of this increase
,;will occur in developing coun-
tries like the Bahamas, and will
be due to population growth,
Sagging, unhealthy diets, obesi-
ty, low physical activity and
Diabetes mellitus is a chron-
ic disease caused by an inherit-
ed and/or acquired deficiency
in production of insulin by the
pancreas, or by the ineffective-
tiess of the insulin produced.
Such a deficiency results in
increased concentrations of glu-
cose in the blood, which in turn
damage many of the body's
systems, in particular the blood
vessels and nerves.
By 2030, while most people
with diabetes in developed
countries will be age 65 years
or more, which is above the age
of retirement, in developing
.countries most will be in the
middle, productive years of
.their lives, 45-64 years of age.

The number of people suf-
fering from diabetes in the
Americas is expected to reach
the 65 million mark by the year
2025. Currently, diabetes
affects between 10 per cent and
15 per cent of the adult popu-
lation in Latin America and the
Caribbean. Diabetes is related
to premature death. Further-
more diabetes increases illness
from chronic complications
affecting the eyes, kidneys and
nervous system
There are two major forms
of diabetes: Type I diabetes in
which the pancreas fails to pro-
duce the insulin, which is essen-
tial for survival. This form
develops most frequently in
children and adolescents, but
is being increasingly noted lat-
er in life. And Type II diabetes,
which is as a result of the
body's inability to respond
properly to the action of insulin
produced by the pancreas.
Type II diabetes is much more
common and accounts for
around 90 per cent of all dia-

betes cases worldwide. It
occurs most frequently in
adults, but is being noted
increasingly in adolescents as
The symptoms of diabetes
may be noticeable, subdued, or
even absent. In Type I dia-
betes, the classic symptoms are
frequent urination, thirst,
weight loss and tiredness.
These symptoms may be less
marked in type II diabetes. In
this form, it can also happen
that no early symptoms appear
and the disease is often diag-
nosed several years after its
onset, when complications are
already present.
There are some general risk
factors that increase the likeli-
hood of a person developing
diabetes, irrespective of popu-
lation group or ethnic back-
ground. These include obesity,
high blood pressure, and high
cholesterol levels; age over 45
years, and previous measure-
ment of high blood glucose lev-
el, but below those, which are
diagnostic for diabetes. In addi-
tion, social and behavioral fac-
tors, environment, and preg-
nancy will also contribute to
the development of diabetes in
individuals in both developing
and developed countries.
It is estimated that approxi-
mately 15 per cent of the more
than 171 million people with
diabetes worldwide will at
some stage develop diabetic
foot ulceration. Diabetic foot
ulcers are common in devel-
oped countries and up to five
per cent of people with dia-
betes will have an ulcer during

World Diabetes Day to be observed next week

their lifetime. Foot problems
are the most common cause of
admission to hospital for peo-
ple with diabetes.
Somewhere in the world, a
leg is lost to diabetes every thir-
ty seconds and someone's life is
also lost due to the complica-
tion of diabetes. An estimated
3.2 million persons annually die
of their complications from dia-
betes. Many of these diabetes-
related deaths are from car-
diovascular complications.
Most of them are premature
deaths when the people con-
cerned are economically con-
tributing to society. Research
findings suggest that after 15
years of diabetes, approxi-
mately two per cent of people
become blind, while about ten
per cent develop severe visual

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Diabetes mellitus presents a
high burden for individuals and
society. This burden is not only
related to health care costs, but
also to indirect costs caused by
loss of productivity from dis-
ability and premature mortali-
ty. Medical expenditures for
people with diabetes are two
to three times higher than for
those not affected by diabetes.
In Latin America and the
Caribbean, many people with
diabetes have limited access to
health care, which means that
indirect costs may exceed direct
health care costs.
Overall, direct health care
costs of diabetes range from
2.5 per cent to 15 per cent of
annual health care budgets,
depending on local diabetes
occurrence and the sophistica-
tion of the treatment available.
The costs of diabetes affects
everyone, everywhere, but
there are not only financial
Lifestyle modifications,
appropriate diet, increased
physical activity and a conse-
quent reduction of weight, sup-
ported by a continuous educa-
tion programme, are important
preventive measures to achieve
a reduction of almost two-
thirds in progression to dia-
betes. This type of measure is
not easy, but is likely to be cost
effective if it can be imple-
mented on a population scale.

Sources of information
World Health Organization,
PAHO and International Dia-
betes Federation.


- a unique

disorder that must

be carefully treated

NO skin disorder is as mis-
understood as Rosacea, yet
this often misdiagnosed con-
dition affects millions of peo-
ple everywhere in the world.
Often misconstrued as a sign
of alcoholism, or even acne,
Rosacea is a unique disorder
that must be carefully treat-
Primarily affecting the T-
zone and cheeks, Rosacea is
caused by the enlargement of
the blood vessels in the face.
Symptoms can include red-
ness, breakouts, highly visi-
ble capillaries and, in men,
enlargements of the nasal tis-
sue. People who have skin
that is easily sensitized, gen-
erally are more Rosacea-
prone due to the profusion
of blood vessels close to the
skin surface. The blushing is
also one of the first signs of
The key to controlling the
advanced Rosacea is avoid-
ing the trigger factors that
can bring on an attack. With
every episode of flushing, the
blood vessels in the face
become more damaged, mak-
ing the condition cumula-


tively worse.
Unfortunately, there is no
cure yet for Rosacea. How-
ever, in addition to minimiz-
ing your exposure to trigger
factors, you can also seek
professional skin care treat-
ments aimed at calming the
Your board-certified der-
matologist will also have
information on flush-reduc-
ing drugs that can be effective
in controlling Rosacea.

Avoiding the triggers of
Since lifestyle significantly
affects sensitive skin condi-
tions like Rosacea, predispo-
sition alone does not con-
demn your skin. Avoiding
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Extreme temperatures
Physical exertion
Harsh skin care products
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Products containing men-
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Does male menopause really exist?

The medical pro-
fession has long
debated the exis-
tence of male
menopause. But
the questions that need to be
answered are: Does it really
exist? If so, at what age does it
affect men? What are the
symptoms? Are they reversible
with treatment? What precau-
tions can a man take to pre-
vent/postpone its arrival? How
is it similar to and/or different
from female menopause?
Until recently, the entire sub-
ject of the male menopause
was steeped in confusion and
controversy. While women
were accused of going through
middle-aged crises and
menopause-related irregulari-
ties (as manifested in their
behaviour), their male coun-
terparts got away with declar-
ing the myth of the 'ageless
male' and boasted of virility all
the way to their graves.
Because society focuses so
much on "sex" rather than sex,
love and intimacy, and because
men in our culture are inclined
to value 'studly' sexual perfor-
mance, many men would suffer
silently rather than talk about,
or much less obtain help for,
the problems that they experi-
There is no doubt that a
man's sexuality changes with
advancing age. The instant,
anytime, 'as-many-times-as-
you-want' erections that are
more the rule rather than the
exception at 18, do not last for-
With advancing age, the urge
reduces, erections take time to
come on, any time is not always
a good time and the penis
requires more direct stimula-
tion in order to get aroused.
Besides, the erection may not
be as angled and rigid, and
ejaculation becomes feeble.
The refractory period (inter-
val) between erections gets
The questions often asked in
seeking e planationsjor these
changes are:Is all this.because
of the ni~~itofinm(hiaturity)
process?4 briaus by mid-

dle age the man has had
enough sex so as not to be
unnaturally preoccupied with
it any longer? Is this because
his wife has aged a bit and is no
longer as attractive or interest-
ed as before? Or is it because
of the pressures at the work
place, the demands of parent-
hood, or pre-occupation with
the lives of grown-up children
and aging parents?
Male menopause involves
the hormonal, physiological
and chemical changes that
occur in all men generally
between the ages of 40 and 55.
It is a physical condition with
psychological, interpersonal,
social and spiritual dimensions.
There is also something known
as a mid-life crisis. This is often
a time in life when stability has
been achieved and the strug-
gles that were once a large part
of life are now at an end. This
new awareness that a life
change has taken place can
sometimes trigger a crisis.
For some men, hiewfound
stability may signify an end to
vitality or youth. Many men
find that after spending a life-
time working towards the goals
of family and peers, the end
result is unfulfilling. This is also
often a time of change. Major
shifts in career, marriage and
parenting often occur during
this time period. And, along
with the physical signs of aging
comes a realization of impend-
ing old age, retirement and
eventually death. This time of
life will only become a crisis if
the changes become too diffi-
cult to cope with.

essentially a problem of psy-
chosocial adjustment. It need
not necessarily have a bearing
on a man's sex life. It is thus
not synonymous with (or one
and the same as) the male
menopause although there is
frequently an overlapping of
male menopausal factors in
middle-aged men going
through crises, and this makes
the picture hazy. Male
menopause, on the other hand,
is a distinct physiological phe-
nomenon that is in many ways
similar to, yet in some ways
quite different from, the female
MENOPAUSE is a condi-
tion most often associated with
women. It occurs in a woman

when she ceases to menstruate
and can no longer become
pregnant (usually). Men expe-
rience a different type of
'menopause' or life change. It
usually occurs between the
ages of 45 and 60, but some-
times as early as age 30. Unlike
women, men can continue to
father children, but the pro-
duction of the male sex hor-
mone (testosterone) diminish-
es gradually after age 40.
hormone that stimulates sexu-
al development in the male
infant, bone and muscle growth
in adult males, and is responsi-
ble for sexual drive. It has been
found that even in healthy
men, by the age of 55, the

amount of testosterone secret-
ed into the bloodstream is sig-
nificantly lower than it is just
ten years earlier. In fact, it has
been observed that by age 80,
most male hormone levels
decrease to pre-puberty levels.

There is a tendency to think
of the differences between
male and female menopause,
and overlook the many simi-
larities: cyclical and unpre-
dictable mood swings, ner-
vousness and irritability, neck
aches and backaches, memory
lapses and losses, decreased
concentration, loss of interest
and self-confidence, increased
anxiety or fear, decrease or loss
of sexual enjoyment, feeling fat

or gaining weight, and taking
longer to recover from illness-
es or injuries.
The symptoms are due to
hormonal changes in the body,
and occur more gradually in
men than in women. Howev-
er, the effects are still there.
There are only two differences,
the suddenness of the female
hormonal change, and wom-
en's loss of reproductive capac-
ity. Men go through similar,
although certainly not identi-
cal, experiences. Men don't
lose reproductive capacity, but
they do go through significant
reproductive changes
Indeed the symptoms of
male menopause are similar to
the ones women experience
and can sometimes be as over-
whelming. However, male
menopause does not affect all
men, at least not with the same
intensity. Approximately 40 per
cent of men between 40 and 60
will experience some degree of
lethargy, depression, increased
irritability, mood swings, hot
flushes, insomnia, decreased
libido, weakness, loss of both
lean body mass and bone mass
(making them susceptible to
hip fractures) and difficulty in
attaining and sustaining erec-
tions (impotence).
For these individuals, such
unexpected physical and psy-
chological changes can be a
major cause for concern or
even crisis. Without an under-
standing partner, these prob-
lems may result in a powerful
combination of anxieties and
doubts, which can lead to total
impotence and sexual frustra-
A recent aging study showed
that 51 per cent of normal,
healthy males aged 40 to 70

experiences some degree of
impotence defined as a per-
sistent problem attaining and
maintaining an erection rigid
enough for sexual intercourse.
This problem cannot be attrib-
uted to the aging process alone,
however, because well over 40
per cent of males remain sexu-
ally active at 70 years of age
and beyond. Other factors,
notably the co-existence of
degenerative or other diseases,
are responsible.
For centuries, impotence has
been presumed to be the result
of mental (or psychogenic) dis-
orders, and countless millions
of patients have either under-
gone ineffective psychiatric
treatment, or worse fallen
prey to aphrodisiacs and other
thoroughly useless forms of
"medication" dispensed by
Research has now conclu-
sively shown that impotence
has a physical (or physiologi-
cal) cause in nearly 90 per cent
of cases. And like most other
physiological problems, impo-
tence is often amazingly cur-

Although all the causes of
male menopause have not been
fully researched, some factors
that are known to contribute
to this condition are hypothal-
amic sluggishness, hormone
deficiencies, excessive alcohol
consumption, obesity, smok-
ing, hypertension, prescription
and non-prescription medica-
tions, poor diet, lack of exer-
cise, poor circulation, and psy-
chological problems, notably
mid-life depression.
A general decline in potency
at mid-life can be expected in a
significant proportion of the
male population. A relative
increase in circulating levels of
estrogen (which competes with
testosterone for cellular recep-
tor sites) can off-set the testos-
terone-estrogen balance
unfavourably and can reduce
the availability of testosterone
to target cells.

Treatment choices vary from
one place to another. One
option is Testosterone
Replacement Therapy (TRT).
TRT must always be adminis-
tered only by very responsible
physicians and under strict case
selection criteria and supervi-
sion. Testosterone must not be
used as a tonic for vague com-
plaints as it can cause serious
side effects, including prostate
The risk of prostate cancer

Female menopause has been known for centuries, but it has only

recently been discovered that males also go through a similar

phenomenon with identical symptoms. It is important that men

are aware of such possibilities and equip themselves with adequate

knowledge so that they will be able to cope with the accompanying

physiological and psycho-social changes that result. I


ca endar

THE Ministry of Health/Department
of Public Health will be hosting a public
"Diabetes Health Expo" at the Town Center
Mall Wednesday, November 16,2005. There
will be lots of information and free screenings

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

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

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

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

Blue Hill Road.
MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Bahamnas meets
the third Monday every month, 6pm @ Doc-
tors Hospital conference room.

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

DOCTORS Hospital, the official train-
ing centre of the American Heart Associa-
tion offers CPR Classes certified by the
AHA. The course defines the warning signs
of respiratory arrest and gives prevention
strategies to avoid sudden death syndrome
and the most common serious injuries and
choking that can occur in adults, infants and
CPR and First Aid classes are offered
every third Saturday of the month from 9am-
1pm. Contact a Doctors Hospital Commu-
nity Training Representative at 302-4732 for
more information and learn to save a life

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


with TRT has been overesti-
mated. Recent evidence sug-
gests that the fear of prostate
cancer is perhaps exaggerated,
since prostatic disease is estro-
gen-dependent rather than
testosterone-dependent. How-
ever, it is true that testosterone
administered to a patient who
already has cancer of the
prostate can cause a flare up
and aggravation of the disease.
Hence, the importance of a
thorough check-up and inves-
tigation before starting testos-
terone cannot be over empha-
Patients with significant
'menopausal' complaints may
benefit from such intervention
after thorough investigation to
rule out increased risk for com-
plications. Before starting
testosterone, a complete gen-,
eral check up including a rectal
examination should be con-
ducted followed by tests like
the hematocrit, lipid profile,
cardiac function tests, liver
function tests, measurement of
PSA (Prostate Specific Anti-
gen) and a trans-rectal ultra-
sound (TRUS).
Testosterone is available inr
many forms oral, injection;
trans-dermal and implants. The
oral route is generally not rec-
ommended because of the high
risk of liver toxicity. Doses are
and must be tailored to the
needs of the patient. A signifi-
cant improvement in symptoms
can be expected with proper
therapy. More recently, patch-
es, pellets, cream and gels have
entered the market. The choice
of route and preparation will
depend on availability, safety,
the socio-economic status of
the patient, proven long term
safety and efficacy and the
preference of the patient and
the prescribing doctor.

Find new ways to relieve
Eat a nutritious, low-fat,
high-fiber diet.
Get plenty of sleep.
Exercise regularly.
Find a supportive friend or
group and talk to them about
what you're going through.
Limit your consumption of
alcohol and caffeine.
Drink lots of water.
In conclusion, it may be stat-
ed that the male menopause
does exist. It affects many men
over 40 years of age (some-
times earlier). It is not synony-
mous with the mid-life crisis
though the two can co-exist and
compound one another. Symp-
toms are gradual and usually
not as pronounced as in the
female. Early diagnosis and
hormone replacement therapy
can improve symptoms.
For more information, you
may call the Department of
Public Health at 502-4700 or
502-4884 or Bahamas Family
Planning Association at 325-
1663. "Joining Hands for
Health" is presented each week
as a public service of the Min-
istry of Health, The Tribune,
The Nassau Guardian/The
Bahama Journal and by the
Health Education Division.)


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on gardening

Bonuses from the food store

Green Scene

by Gardener Jack

A bout 20 years
ago a lady in
Sandy Point,
A b a c o ,
brought me a
large bag of beans in their
pods. She warned me apolo-
getically before I could exam-
ine them: "They're black
The story went like this. The
lady's husband is of Haitian
extraction and every now and
then liked a dish that included
black beans, but only now and
then. The lady found in time
that her rather large bag of
beans, was showing evidence of
weevil activity. She took the
bag and threw all the beans
into the yard. "I never dreamed
they would grow," she said. But
grow they did in profusion.
In a fishing settlement like
Sandy Point, waste is anathe-
ma. When the vines produced
pods and beans she tried to
give them away. There were no
takers. Sandy Point people
view black beans with suspi-
cion and those citizens who
have spent time in Cuban penal
institutions had spread word
about the horrors of a black
bean diet.
"I know you like to eat funny
things," the lady complimented
(?) me, "so I thought you might
like them." I received them as
graciously as possible and
thanked her a little less than
enthusiastically. Then, of
course, I was left with a very
large bag of black beans.


My family refused to touch
them so I was the only eater of
black bean meals: black bean
soup, rice and black beans,
black bean fritters and a few
other vile concoctions. My
stomach, tender at the best of
times, let me know in no uncer-
tain terms that black beans
should nbt be part of my diet if

I wanted to remain socially
active. Rather than repeat the
black bean lady's mistake I put
them in the garbage to be dis-
posed off properly. Within a
year the Sandy Point dumpsite
was a jungle of black bean
The point of this story is to
remind-home gardeners that
the food store is a good source
of seeds and plant starters. All
beans and dried peas are seeds
so if you are a black bean lover
(or some other kind of bean)
you can find your seeds at the


It is hard for home gardeners
to obtain proper seed potatoes
so we must grow our spuds
from store-bought offerings.
Allowed to dry out until eyes
begin to sprout, potato sections
can be buried about five inches
deep and will produce a size-
able crop. Sweet potato slips
can also be used from those
superior varieties like Bonia-
to, bought from the store. All
the Cuban pumpkins (Cal-
abazas) I have ever grown were
from seeds of pumpkins given
to me or bought.
I love to use leeks in soups
and as a braised vegetable. The
problem is, leeks take a long
time to produce and are a fair-
ly marginal crop in the
Bahamas, so I buy my leeks.
But when I do, I cut the bottom
inch off with the roots and bury
it about three inches deep in
good soil. Within a week or so
the base will sprout and a few
weeks later will give a perfect-
ly edible leek that is only a lit-
tle thicker than a pencil but
which can be used to flavour
soups, stews and curries. I like
to look on the mini leeks as a
bonus for every time I buy a
maxi leek.
One of the best producers
from the store is the shallot. I

* ALL watercress needs to grow successfully is running water, as provided by this fountain.

mean the real shallot (French:
eschalot) that have a reddish-
brown papery skin and red lay-
ers within the flesh. These
should be thoroughly dried
before planting out and shoots
should appear very quickly. For
every shallot you plant you will
get five or six in return. The

same technique can be used for
Root ginger has a bonus on
top of a bonus. Sections of a
dried hand that have developed
small shoots can be buried four
or five inches deep and will
develop attractive foliage, lead-
ing to pretty white flowers lat-

er on. Once the foliage has fountain. The constantly run-
dried down, a new hand of gin- ning water is just what tliey
ger is available, need. Watercress is only shic-
My favourite value-added cessful during the cobter
vegetable product is watercress. months of the year. I have
My local store sometimes gets mentioned only a few of, the
bunches that have been rough- crops that can be grown from
ly trimmed and have retained a fresh store produce. Next time
few roots. These I place in my you go shopping, think bonus.








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