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Publication Date: November 15, 2005
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Volume: 101 No.291 TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2005 PRICE- 500



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Deputy PM delivers

fiery convention speech

Tribune Staff Reporters
DEPUTY Prime Minister
Cynthia Pratt, in a fiery and
impromptu digression from her
written speech, last 'night at the
PLP convention denounced
crime, including rape and other
forms of immorality, in the
"A battle cry should be
sounded against rape, jealousy,
envy and deceit," she told the
gathering at the Wyndham Nas-
sau Resort ballroom.
Mrs Pratt last night entered
the convention to loud cheers
of party supporters, waving
pom-poms and dancing on
'With her husband Joseph at
her side, she made her way
through the crowd of well-wish-
ers to the sound of Junkanoo
As she was escorted to the
podium by the "Singing Bish-
op" Lawrence Rolle, he accom-
panied her with the song "Jesus
is my deliverer," changing the
.lyrics to "Jesus is her deliver-
People in the crowd shouted
"Mother Pratt!" while others
called out: "It's Over!"
Speaking from the perspec-
tive of a mother and a wife, Mrs
Pratt addressed the gathering
saying: "Something has gone
very wrong with our families."
She appealed to young
Bahamian men, "who are com-
mitting crimes in increasing
numbers," and to Bahamian

"I say this warning to our
young men, that crime, is not
the way to go and that you are
setting yourselves a hard and
rugged road. If at a tender age
you set your mind to do crime, I
ask our young men to consider
those they know who are in jail
or who have been to jail and
see the hard and sad life they
have made for themselves," she
SEE page six

is hopeful
that Nottage
will attend
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE look-out for Dr B J
Nottage continues today at
the PLP convention after
several members of the
Coalition for Democratic
Reform returned to the par-
ty yesterday.
Minister of Tourism and
convention chairman Obie
Wilchcombe told The Tri-
bune that although former
PLP Cabinet minister and
CDR leader Dr Nottage was
not present at yesterday's
convention, there is hope
that he will attend today.
SEE page 11

* DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER and Minister of National Security Cynthia Pratt greets the crowd before she delivers
her fiery speech at last night's opening session of the 2005 PLP national convention at the Wyndham Nassau Resort.
(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune staff)

FNM: prime minister

needs not fear for

Ingraham's legacy
Chief Reporter
PRIME Minister Perry Christie should pay attention to the
security of his own legacy and not get distracted with the "untar-
nished career" of former prime minister Hubert Ingraham, the
FNM said in a release yesterday.
The opposition party said that the PLP leader needs not "fear for
the legacy of Hubert Ingraham that is secure in history."
"Mr Ingraham's untarnished career in public life stretches back
30 years and is marked only by his accomplishments, his commit-
ment to service and his stubborn refusal to compromise principle
for political expedience," the opposition said.
SEE page 12

Tributes for dead motorcyclist

Tribune Staff Reporter
FRIENDS of a 21-year-old
motor-cyclist who died at
Princess Margaret Hospital ear-
ly yesterday morning are speak-
ing out on behalf of a man they

rated a fine example to all.
Yesterday it was reported
t at Christos Dimopoulus, the
only son of George
Dimopoulus, had died from
head injuries.
SEE page 12

Haitians seized after boat runs aground
A VESSEL carrying at least 86 suspected illegal immi-
grants startled a Defence Force officer when it ran aground
at Yamacraw beach yesterday morning.
(Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune staff)

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Friendships and civilised

behaviour survive the arena

I received a telephone call the oth-
er day which has prompted me
to talk about friendship in politics and
to do a little reminiscing. I hope readers
will not mind since I also intend to
make a few points.
The caller had been listening to a
radio talk show on which Sir Clement
Maynard was a guest and this is what
she had to say:
"You heard Clement Maynard? He
just said on the radio that you and he
are good friends and that he talked to
you on the phone no longer than yes-
Apparently she was somewhat sur-
prised that two people who have been
on opposite sides of the political divide
for 35 years could remain friends. I told
her I was not listening to the show but
if she had quoted Sir Clement correct-
ly then that would be quite right.
Despite our differences, I told her, Sir
Clement and I were indeed friends and
that we did have a chat the day before.
I could have told her that Sir Clement's
mother, the late freedom fighter and
suffragette Georgiana Symonette, was
a friend to my family, and that the par-
ents of Lady Maynard, Dr Roland
Cumberbatch and Mrs Cumberbatch,
and my parents were friends.
I remember once when I was a little
boy how Dr Cumberbatch retrieved a
piece of paper I had foolishly stuffed
into my ear. I also remember that my
first trial assignment as a young
reporter at The Tribune was to cover a
piano concert by the internationally-
renowned concert pianist Meta Davis
(that was Mrs Cumberbatch's profes-
sional name).
My love of classical music far exceed-
ed my knowledge, which was limited
to piano lessons from Mrs Johnson on
Nassau Street. But my editor, Sir Eti-
enne Dupuch, thought the little piece I
turned in was acceptable and so I
moved up.
So yes, Sir Clement and I know each
other very well and we have maintained
our friendship throughout, including
the early years of vicious PLP hostility
towards the fledgling FNM and its
* *

There are many other friend-
ships that have survived polit-
ical division. After I parted company
with the PLP in 1970 my friend George
Smith and I visited with each other and
met at public watering holes.
Those early meetings prompted
phone calls to Mr Smith's colleagues:
"George Smith going over with Foulkes
to the FNM!" And to my colleagues:
,"Foulkes going back to the PLP!"
I met George Smith when he was a
young insurance agent back in the ear-
ly 1960s. Mr Smith's complexion would
have made it easy for him to find accep-
tance on the white side of the Bahami-
an racial divide at the time.
But he chose to throw in his lot with
the struggle for majority rule. He fre-
quently stopped at the office of
Bahamian Times on Wulff Road -
which was a little hothouse of political
ferment to help with the newspaper


and join in the debates.
Towards the end of 1969 Prime Min-
ister L 0 Pindling sent me back to Nas-
sau from a PLP conclave in Small Hope
Bay, Andros, to give my letter of resig-
nation to Cabinet Secretary Sir Foley
Newns. Sir Lynden knew that there was
bad blood between Sir Foley and me.
Cecil Wallace Whitfield, who was my
friend from childhood, but with whom
I had political differences over the
years, stayed at the Small Hope con-

taking quite a risk. George Smith
remains my friend despite our politi-
cal differences. More than that, our
families have remained close over the

t would be presumptuous of me
to speak of my eminent profes-
sional mentor Sir Etienne Dupuch as
my friend. An older generation would
say, "Boy, catch yourself! You and Sir
Etienne are not company."
Nevertheless, I always entertained
strong affection for this great Bahami-
an and I have reason to believe he had
goodwill towards me in spite of our
political disputes.
Of these an English journalist, John
Lambert, wrote this:
"It is hard for anybody, like myself,
who knows them both slightly and can
appreciate the finer qualities in each, to
take any side in the love-hate feud of
Arthur Foulkes and Sir Etienne
Dupuch. It is something of a tragedy
when two persons of intelligence and
insight lock horns in something
approaching savagery."
Yet my affection for, and gratitude
to, Sir Etienne never waned and every
time I met him in later years he always
had a kind word or expression of inter-
est in my well-being.
Sir Etienne's son, Bernard, and I also
established a bond back in the 1950s
which has survived political differences,
and hardly a week passes that we do
not chat on the phone.
There are many other such friend-

Even friendships that are ruined
in the political arena can, with
time and goodwill, be repaired. Such

It is only through politics that
people can be governed and can
settle differences without killing one
another in the streets, or on
battlefields. It is only through politics
that justice, peace and good order can
be achieved, that just societies can be
established and civilisation flourish.
Those who like to scoff at politics and
politicians in general should think
about that.

clave and on my behalf vigorously
opposed Sir Lynden's action.
Mr Smith was on the next plane to
Nassau so he could be with me in my
hour of humiliation. Having regard to
the political climate at the time, he was

was the case with my friendship with
Lynden Pindling. What he did at Small
Hope was, from my point of view, a
gross injustice to me and a betrayal of
both our comradeship and our friend-

Nevertheless, before he died, we had
a reconciliation which was facilitated
by my son, Dion. Sir Lynden had taken
a keen interest in Dion along with oth-
er younger politicians on both sides.
He was looking to the future political
leadership of the country.
In his eulogy of Sir Lynden at the
funeral, Sean McWeeney said this: "He
regretted, I think, that so many friend-
ships had fractured under the strains
and stresses of political conflict. I know
that he was especially happy when he

Even friendships
that are ruined in
the political arena
can, with time
and goodwill, be

rekindled his friendships with His
Excellency Arthur Foulkes and Jimmy
Shepherd, two of his closest comrades-
in-arms from the early days of the
Peaceful Revolution."
* *

T here are those who believe that
in politics there are no rules
except what you can get away with; that
there is no place for decency and hon-
esty; that backstabbing and double-
dealing are arts to be practised to per-
fection; that politics is "a bloodsport".
They are utterly wrong, of course,
and it is important that the young men
and women who are entering the arena
for the first time do not fall into the
trap of believing that politics is a dirty
game and that you have to play dirty to
There are dirty people in it, of course,
but then there are dirty people every-
where, even in the church. But except
for the religious ministry, there is no
calling nobler than politics.
It is only through politics that people
can be governed and can settle differ-
ences without killing one another in
the streets, or on battlefields. It is only
through politics that justice, peace and
good order can be achieved, that just
societies can be established and civili-
sation flourish. Those who like to scoff
at politics and politicians in general
should think about that.
The political arena is a place for hon-
ourable men and women who refuse
to do dishonourable things. It is a place
where civilised behaviour should be the
order of the day and where valued
friendships need not be sacrificed on
the bloody altar of excessive partisan-
ship and overweening ambition.
Many in my generation of politicians
have insisted on being civilised. May
there be many more in this and future

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THE country has tasted
some of the "old arro-
gance" of the FNM on Fri-
day evening Minister of
Social Services and Com-
munity Development
Melanie Griffin told dele-
gates at the PLP conven-
tion yesterday.
She urged PLPs to
remain united, not just in
show but in reality.
"Remember the Bible
says, 'a double minded man
is unstable in all his ways.'
This very aptly describes
the-new leadership of the
FNM, ask Tommy Turn-
quest about it. They have
not changed a leopard
cannot change its spots."
IF it were not for the
Urban Renewal Pro-
gramme many seniors
would remain languishing
away in their homes,
Melanie Griffin said.
Mrs Griffin said that the
senior citizens are provided
with recreation, social
interaction and information
to improve their mental
and physical well being.
"Now they go on field
trips which include tours of
New Providence and visits
to Harbour Island on the
Bohengy, they celebrate
birthdays together, visit
churches together and
more importantly they are
able to interact with the
young people in their area
for inter-generational activ-
ities," she said. Mrs Griffin
said Urban renewal, has
transformed the lives of
thousands of people in
inner cities and the Family
Islands. "It is a life and
mind transforming pro-
She added that for the
most, the social pro-
grammes in existence today
were established in the ear-
ly 1980's under the 'Social
Revolution' of the first
PLP government.
A NUMBER of Social
Services Bills will be tabled
in Parliament, within the
next few months, Mrs Grif-
fin said. Among them: An
all encompassing bill to
replace the Children and
Young Person Act; expand-
ing the laws for the care
and protection of children;
The Disability Bill and a
Domestic Violence Bill.
Mrs Griffin said there has
been much concern about
the level of violence in the
country. "This legislation is
expected to strengthen pro-
tection orders among other
In addition she said the
ministry will partner with
the Roman Catholic
Archdiocese to expand
their anger management
programme in January

MINISTER of Health Marcus
Bethel speaking at yesterday's
(Photo: Mario Duncanson/
Tribune staff)

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Buzz at the 2005 PLP
convention is that delegates and
party supports do not want to dis-
cuss Hubert Ingraham and the
As The Tribune circled the con-
vention floor, it was obvious that
PLPs wanted to focus "on us" and
"not them."
A group of male delegates who
were reclining in the lobby told
The Tribune not to ask them any
questions regarding Mr Ingra-
ham. In fact they said they pre-
ferred not to speak with any of
the press, particularly The Tri-
bune because they did not want
their opinion to be published as it
"would only appear twisted."
"The Tribune is very biased,
they have never had the prime
minister on the front page for a
year," said one.
As one man walked away in
the middle of a question, he said,
"I suggest you all stop working
for The Tribune and become
teachers and nurses."
Several other persons who.pre-
ferred not to be named, agreed
that this week was designed to
focus on the PLP. They said that
what the FNM did was not of any
concern and that they were not
threatened by an Ingraham
One person said, "Oh Ingra-
ham back eh, I didn't know that,
I only focus on the PLP."
When asked if the PLP was
threatened by an Ingraham return
another delegate said, "No we
ain' threatened and all I have to
say is that Ingraham say he say
what he mean, but he does not
mean what he say."
One lady told The Tribune, "I
don't want to be mean, but the
PLP is my party and so I focus
on the PLP. I did not watch their
convention. I don't care what they
do. So don't ask me about them."
When asked if she felt former
PLP Senator Edison Key


Dr Bethel: immigration puts

strain on public health service

THE country's illegal immigration prob-
lem continues to put a strain on public health
services, according to Dr Marcus Bethel.
The Health Minister emphasised, however,
that the government has a responsibility to
ensure that no one is denied health care.
"The Ministry of Health is also challenged
by the increased demands being placed on
the health services sector by the illegal migrant
"However, healthcare professionals in the
public service are required to treat all indi-
viduals in need whether legal or illegal,
because 'to treat one is to protect everybody'
in the country," Dr Bethel said.

betrayed the party by appearing
with Hubert Ingraham at the
FNM, she said, "As soon as he
left the party, I forgot what he
look like."
Several other persons agreed
that Mr Key had a right to do as
he pleased and his decision would
not negatively affect the party.
Only one PLP delegate inter-
viewed by The Tribune was will-

Addressing the 2005 PLP convention, Dr
Bethel said that the outside world has impact-
ed on public health care in a number of other
ways as well.
"Emerging diseases such as SARS and
Avian Flu which pose a threat to our country
have resulted in increased vigilance and sur-
veillance of the Ministry of Health.
"Collaboration with governmental and
international agencies is ongoing as we devel-
op strategies to meet the possibility of a flu
"We will continue to release public infor-
mation announcements as needed."
Dr Bethel pointed out that the country's

ing to give her name and com-
ment on the issue.
Irene Bain, of Englerston, said
that she liked Mr Ingraham's per-
"He speaks his mind. He's a
good speaker," she said.
Mrs Bain estimated the FNM
would have a 50/50 chance of win-
ning the government back with
Mr Ingraham as leader.

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national AIDS programme "continues to b(c
recognised regionally and internationally for
its success in our Bahamas."
He noted that UN Secretary General Kofit
Annan mentioned the Bahamas at a recent'
special session of the UN General Assembly
on HIV/AIDS "as one of a handful of nations
that are showing progress in the AIDS fight."
"However, the fight continues as we face.
the challenge of the rising prevalence rate itn
the young female population; and the need t(
remove the stigma associated with the dis,-.
ease so that affected persons can be encour
aged to access treatment and live productive.
lives," he said.


Parldnson Foundation

to aid national

screening program

Five years ago the Kingdor
National Parkinson Foundation
was established by Mavis
Darling-Hill. The name
Kingdor was chosen to honor
the memory of her father, Dr.
King Darling, who suffered
from Parkinson's, and her
mother, Dorothy, whose
devoted and loving care for
Dr. Darling made a life-long
impression on Mrs. Darling-

Awareness of Parkinson
Disease in the Bahamas is
relatively low. According to
Mrs. Darling-Hill many
Bahamians write-off the
symptoms of the disease in
their loved ones as a "normal"
part of aging. Sadly, nothing
could be farther from the
truth. As a result, many
afflicted Bahamians in need
of special care do not receive
it and they live with an
unnecessarily low quality of
life, often in pain and in
isolation from their families
and community.

The primary symptoms of
Parkinson Disease include
muscle rigidity, poor balance,
resting tremors or "shaking",
and "Bradykinesia", the term

for generalized physical
slowness. These have contri-
buted to the "face" of the
disease and the wide-spread
belief that the only affects of
Parkinson's are physical. But
Parkinson's Disease commonly
affects the mind and the spirit
as well, causing anxiety,
depression, memory changes,
and a host of secondary
symptoms, and leaving those
who are undiagonsed and
untreated suffering in a
multitude of ways.

In early 2006 the National
Parkinson Foundation will host a
a two-day national screening
and training session to help raise -
awareness of the disease in the
general public as well as in
health practioners and to point :
both groups in the right direction
for treatment and support. U.S.
Parkinson specialists will',
participate in the session to',
ensure the latest and best,
screening techniques and
treatment regimes are shared
with Bahamians. The
Holowesko Foundation is'
pleased to support this much'
needed screening program with'
a donation of $2,000. For more
information please contact Mrs.,
Darling-Hill (393-2515)

THE HOiLOW.SKO FoU'NDXHIoN was established to support and
bring attention to the many good works being carried out in our 'l
society. Requests for information can only be made in writing to
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PLP refuse to talk to Tribune

THE TRIBUNE has been blessed with a
newsroom of young, intelligent and keen
reporters. Last week was the first time that
several of them had covered a convention, and
true to The Tribune spirit, they were going out
there to get the stories no one was going to
beat them.
These young people don't sit in comers wait-
ing for news to come to them, they are wher-
ever the action is asking questions, taking
photos, getting public reaction and generally
absorbing the atmosphere to translate into
words the scene for our readers. We don't send
out FNM reporters, nor do we send out PLP
reporters in fact we do not know the politi-
cal affiliation of any of our staff. The Tribune
sends out reporters trained to be objective in
their reporting, instructed not to let their per-
sonal biases cloud their judgment.
Around the office, they don't talk political
party, they talk news. They discuss with their
Bahamian editor how best to handle a story, get
an angle that no one else is likely to get. They
share their contacts. To them their objective is
to be first with the news. They help each other
in doing this. There is a good team spirit in
our newsroom.
Last week this spirited group left the office
to cover their first political convention. It was
. the FNM convention. From the moment the
convention centre opened in the morning, it
was abuzz with the conversation of FNM dele-
gates. As a matter of fact there was such buzz
that it suggested a news column called "Buzz".
Their editor decided to assign several of them
to move among the delegates to find out their
thoughts on various matters affecting the FNM
party and the country. Of course, what made
the FNM convention the "hottest" news in
town was the leadership race. "Was he, wasn't
he?" was the question as they played hide-and-
seek with the Ingraham question.
These reporters worked around the clock
last week. They were tired, but their adrenaline
and the knowledge that they were in front with
the news kept them going. They ended the
week with a party of their own Saturday night,
and a pep-talk from their editor. They were
looking forward to this week and to giving of
their best equal time and space to the
PLP convention.
The first sour note was heard yesterday
morning from Housing and National Insurance
Minister Shane Gibson. He complained on the
Darrold Miller show on ZNS that the print
media had been unfair to the PLP. Yesterday
morning was the first time, he said, that Prime
Minister Perry Christie had been seen on a
newspaper's front page. And if the newspa-
pers were to be checked over the last 12
months, readers would see that there has been'
a bias to the FNM. Although he singled out
no newspaper by name, because of what tran-
spired later that day, we are satisfied that Mr
Gibson was talking a lot of ill-informed rubbish

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about The Tribune.
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a prime minister does not make a newspaper's
front page just because he is prime minister. He
makes it only if what he is doing or saying is
more newsworthy than anything else happening
in the country that day. Possibly Mr Gibson
can tell us what Mr Christie did or said last
week that would have eclipsed what was hap-
pening at the FNM convention.
Mr Christie made yesterday's front page
because he was making news as he opened the
PLP convention.
However, although The Tribune and its staff
have every intention of giving the PLP the
same exposure as it did the FNM, the PLP
have pre-judged the issue, assuming that we
have no intention of being fair towards them.
As a result they are doing everything possible
to make it difficult for our staff to properly
cover their convention.
Because a photograph of our chief reporter
Rupert Missick Jr was published on the front
page of The Guardian showing him trying to
push a small microphone over the shoulder of
former prime minister Hubert Ingraham last
week, a PLP stalwart commented that Mr Mis-
sick was smiling too much to be an objective
reporter. If anyone knows this happy-go-lucky
young man, it is seldom that a smile is off his
Paul Turnquest, another enterprising young
reporter, was criticised because he was pho-
tographed smiling while sitting next to Mr
Ingraham as he asked questions.
There probably will be more photographs
showing our reporters in action, because wher-
ever the news is they will be as close to it as pos-
sible. Only an ignoramus would deny that Mr
Ingraham was not last week's news.
Three of our young women reporters were
moving around the few PLP delegates that
were in the convention hall before 7 o'clock last
night. In disgust one of them called their editor
for permission for all three of them to return to
the office. They felt that with the hostile atti-
tude towards them they were only wasting their
They were instructed to remain. Good
reporters never leave a scene under fire. We
reminded them that in Pindling's day our
reporters were stoned and physically threat-
ened. But they stood their ground. What these
young people were experiencing last night was
good training. They will be better, stronger
reporters for it.
If the PLP were as confident of their position
as tley say they are, they would have nothing to
fear. Their behaviour on the first day of their
convention shows that they are in fact rattled by
the emergence of Hubert Alexander Ingraham
as their opponent in the next election.
Attempting to silence The Tribune as its
reporters try to do a fair job of reporting is not
going to help them out of their dilemma.


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EDITOR, The Tribune
I AM writing on behalf of all
the other athletes who have rep-
resented the Bahamas interna-
tionally for years and have never
been given any financial rewards,
honours, motorcades, houses,
cars, award banquets, posters in
round-a-bouts or on the airport
wall, property, trips around the
Bahama islands, special appear-
ances or monthly stipends.
The way that the other sports
are being neglected and treated is
an insult to us all. There have
been four runners who have
paved the way for even these few
selected track stars that have nev-
er been recognised and the sad
part about it is that many of our
track stars don't even know their
own track and field history like
who was the first lady to break
the 50 second barrier in the 400
meters and other landmark
Please don't get me wrong,
what our track and field stars
have done is a great accomplish-
ment and, yes, they should be
commended. But I say again,
there are many others who have
excelled on the international
scene in other areas, is that ath-
lete, their gold medal or their
sporting discipline any less?
I have seen track teams fully
uniformed and 50 plus strong 60
per cent or more who have not
even made the qualifying stan-
dard being sent hundreds of miles
to represent the Bahamas, only
to return with a few medals.
When we have teams of 10 or less
begging for assistance, still com-
peting internationally and return-
ing 90 per cent of their athletes
with a medal... what's up with
We have the first Bahamian
female gymnast to medal in an
international competition, that's
history (like the Jamaican bob
sled team). who would have
thought we could produce a gym-
nast at that level. This young lady
was already up to pre-Olympic
levels, but got no assistance in
getting to the next level. We have
athletes of professional status,
martial artist, bodybuilders and
fitness athletes, boxers, swimmers
and many more team sports who
have excelled, even right down
to some dancers who have been
chosen out of hundreds of inter-
national students to dance in the
world renowned Alvin Hale
Dance Theatre. We have a
Bahamian who is considered the
best welterweight on the UFC
fighting circuit in the world and
many more!
The first impression you get
when you see the infamous "Wall
of Shame" in our airport is that
the only sport we have excelled in
internationally is Track and Field.
I mean two and three photos of
the same person, when those


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spots should have been given to
other great sporting heroes of var-
ious sporting disciplines.
There needs to be some type
of standard put in place for all
athletes and teams that is of equal
levels of achievement according
to that sport and its highest inter-
national game or championship.
For some sports, it may be a
World Cup, or Central American
Games, Pan Am Championships
or some other Regional/Interna-
tional Championship or Tourna-
ment. A gold, silver or bronze
achieved by track and field ath-
letes are no more valuable than
the sweat, financial sacrifice, men-
tal hardship and tears that other
athletes go through to achieve
their medals. I recently had the
chance to work closely with a
bodybuilder who has been com-
peting for years.
After seeing their $500 plus
per month supplementation bill,
gym fees and seeing them lose
almost 401bs by eating raw tuna,
water and boiled chicken with no
seasoning for weeks, just to win
internationally for the Bahamas,
trust me it takes discipline and
true self motivated desire to want
so baldly to be at the top of their
game. Only to medal right up to
the World Games level and was
not even greeted at the airport
with a welcome home!
It should not be that our own
Bahamian athletes are treated
better in foreign countries by
strangers than they are by their
own government and people. We
have division one university
coaches who refuse to come
home because they are paid and
treated better abroad. What a
paradox, Bahamian athletes being
trained in the US by Americans
and Bahamian coaches teaching
international athletes how to
excel, instead of teaching our
Sadly we could have had a
Golden Girls or Men's team years
ago. There are track and field ath-
letes who were faster and better
than the ones who excel today,
but because of either politics,
favouritism, refusing to sleep
around or a lack of
incentives/financial assistance,
they quit and moved on. But
these were the people who put
us on the map and paved the road
for others to follow.
Then those Bahamians who
have become famous, rich or have
made it in every realm from
movies and singing to sports have
yet to come back to the Bahamas
and open a free club for those
kids who can't afford a trainer, a
Bahamian recording record label
or a movie scouting studio. Don't
forget the people who cheer you
on or look up to you. That young
athlete trying to train but who
had no lunch can't carry a signed
autographed picture of their
sports hero to the food store!
Some people may say that we
are jealous or just want money,
yet I ask how far can you go with-
out money? Well I believe the
drive to win comes from the heart
first because no one is out there
with you at 4 o'clock in the morn-
ing running or 7pm trying to train
after working a nine to five job,
just to keep up with your inter-
national peers. Those, who have
received athletic stipends to assist
with financial obligations, are able
to train more at ease.
When any athlete gets to a cer-
tain agreed standard that athlete,
federation or team should be giv-
en financial assistance by the gov-
ernment or corporate sponsors to
help them to get to the next level.
Bring our Bahamian coaches
home, hire the right qualified per-
sons to operate the National Gym

and let's cultivate, grow and
mature our own Bahamian stars.
Our track and field athletes
win thousands of dollars interna-
tionally for appearances, prize
winnings or even endorsements.
Then they come home and get
thousands more! But how is this
helping the future of the sport or
any sport?
Yes give them some financial
reward, but more importantly the
majority should go in that ath-
lete's name or in honour of that
team by putting the next pair of
sprints on that little girl in Inagua
running 54 seconds barefoot on a
dirt road track, buying a football
for that boy.who can throw a
coconut with precision through a
hoop 50 yards away, a gym mat
for that neighbourhood gymnast
executing three back handsprings
to a double back sumie on a field
with a worn out bed mattress or
buying some weights for that
aspiring athlete still using buckets
of cement fused to a steel rod
while lying on a plywood bench.
Some of our schools don't
have a pool, tennis court, soccer
field or 'A Track' even. Donate
that money in the athlete's name
to that school in order to help
others and increase their chances
of becoming champions. You
can't always give people
bread....give us the flour to make
it possible for us to make more
All these people are world
class stars in the making some of
who will make it and others may
not, but it's up to you 'the powers
that be' and 'those of you who
have made it to the top' to be the
watch keepers for our future ath-
letes. Tell them not to make the
mistakes you made, teach them
the ropes, walking hand in hand
with them showing them the little
secrets to your success and open
doors making the way a little eas-
ier like someone did for you.
Some call it a political move,
others say they just deserve it.
Who votes on these rewards or
the choosing or nominating of the
athlete of the year for all sports?
Should not the general public
have a say in these matters?
There is a time and place for
all great people of our Bahamas
whether artists, athletes, enter-
tainers and our local or govern-
ment heroes who have served our
country and its people. I say every
person who carries our flag into
an international country for what-
ever reason is an Ambassador for
the Bahamas.
As a Bahamian athlete who
has been on several national
teams for different sports and
who has received medals inter-
nationally several times making
history in one sporting discipline,
to you I say hats off to our Track
and Field heroes, you've done
well and made us proud.
To the 'powers that be' I say, I
hope one day if I ever stand on an
international awards podium, in
national team uniform, holding
the flag as tears roll down my
face, while hearing our anthem
played, you are as proud of me
and my fellow sporting athletes
as we are of being ambassadors
for you our government, our peo-
ple and our country.
"If one can put 1000 to flight,
10 can put 10,000 to flight", I
w: ,nder what would happen if all
athletes of all federations came
together and protested, marched
or just stood up as one for each
other. Those bold enough to
stand in the gap for others too
weak or afraid to speak out on
their own. I wonder if we would
get someone's attention?
I guess for now I am just a one
voice in the wilderness asking: "Is
anyone out there?"
October 2005.

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THE PLP government's
relief and restoration
efforts in the wake of major
hurricanes have been a suc-
cess, according to Health
Minister Dr Marcus Bethel.
During his speech to the
2005 PLP convention, Dr
Bethel praised the govern-
ment for being able to
respond to major disasters
"without the influence of
partisan politics".
"I challenge anyone to
identify a more impressive
and successful result follow-
ing a disaster of similar
scale anywhere in the
world," he said.
:Dr Bethel pointed out
that although the Bahamas
has. faced "an unprecedent-
e.di undertaking responding
to catastrophic disasters" in
the past three and a half
years, "the relief and
resitoration efforts were
ei'ecuteo'without one life
being lost due to thirst,
starvation or disease."
,*UNDER the PLP, the
Ministry of Health and
Environment has concen-
tfate'd 6n building health
infrastructure and expand-
ing the trained healthcare
personnel complement,
Minister'bf Health Marcus
Btfhel said
'Di rethe1 said that over
the past three and a half
years, the Ministry of
Health has been "very
buisy" addressing the health
needs of the nation.
"New inifrastructural
developments include the'
commencement of construt-
tion of new polyclinics in
Mathew Town, Inagua and
Grand Cay, Abiaco; and
construction is expected to
commence very soon on the
new child and adolescent
facility of Sandilands Reha-
"New mini-hospitals are
scheduled to be constructed
in George Town, Exuma;
Marsh Harbour, Abaco and
Governors Harbour,
Eleuthera," he said.
Dr Bethel added that new
polyclinics are scheduled
for construction in Rock
Sound, Eleuthera; Smith
Bay, Cat Island; Sandy
Point, Abaco; Nicholls
Town, Andros, and Glin-
ton's, Long Island.
He said that extensive
renovations were also
undertaken in a number of
Family Island clinics and
that several temporary
clinics were established.
Dr Bethel said that major
renovations and upgrades
were also undertaken at the
Princess Margaret Hospital
(PMH) and the Rand
Memorial Hospital.
He added that plans are
being made to build a new
Rand Memorial and a new
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PLP CHAIRMAN Raynard Rigby speaks at yesterday's par-
ty convention at the Nassau Wyndham Resort.
Minister of Tourism and Convention Chairman Obie Wilch-
combe said Mr Rigby is the right man to chair the party.
(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune staff)

Wilchcombe: Rigby is

right man to chair party

ibune Staff Reporter
AYNARD RIGBY is the right man to chair
party going into the next general election, PLP
mention chairman, Minister of Tourism Obie
hcombe told The Tribune yesterday.
Dressing rumours circulating on the convention
r that the position of chairman may be up for
s, Mr Wilchcombe said that although he will
:now for certain until after today's nomination
ess, he would be "very surprised if there were
major:challenges for the chairmanship of the
e further said that neither the position of party
er or deputy leader will be contested during
afternoon's nominations.
before nominations there are a lot of aspira-
ndividuals have called me over the last 24 hours

asking me whether or not they ought to contest," he
Mr Wilchcombe pointed out that with the country
heading towards a general election, the chairman of
the party should be someone with extensive expe-
rience in the position.
"When you take over the chairmanship you're a
rookie, As the years go by you have a greater
understanding of the organisation. And the conti-
nuity is important, if you're going to speak to the
entire country over the next 18 months you need a
chairman who understands where we are,"
Mr Wilchcombe said that at the moment he feels
that Mr Rigby, compared to newly elected FNM
chairman Desmond Bannister, is at a "more superior
"Bannister has a lot to learn as chairman, and he
might end up being a great chairman in the future,
but in his first couple of years he has a lot to learn.
It will be a learning curve," he said.

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Department of Social
Services has spent more than
$40,00.0 on relief efforts in the
aftermath of Hurricane Wilma.
Social Services Minister
Melanie Griffin told delegates
of the PLP convention that to
date, between the preparation
for the hurricane and Novem-
ber 4, the Department of Social
Services expended $44,762.57
on food, household items, cloth-
ing, rent assistance, shelter costs
and cleaning and sanitary sup-
"Nothing has been spared in
our efforts to bring our people
to a level of comfort," said Mrs
She apologised to civil ser-
vants who have been criticised
for their efforts in the aftermath
of Hurricane Wilma.
"I want to apologise to social
workers and other civil servants
and agencies who worked so
hard to prepare for the hurri-
cane and were on the ground
running the very next day
Wilma passed, ensuring that
assessments were done, needs
were met and systems put in
place to provide easy access to

assistance by those affected by
the hurricane."
Mrs Griffin said the workers
carried out their duties on
behalf of Bahamians not any
political party.
"Yet they have been accused
of and I quote, 'providing help
for selected groups and individ-

She called the remark,
"untrue and unwarranted." She
commended all the agencies
involved in the restoration
process, saying they came
through with flying colours.
While there remain challenges,
she said they will be worked
Mrs Griffin explained that
hot meals and supplies have
gone into the areas on a con-
sistent basis, not just by gov-
ernment, but by civic and reli-
gious organisations as well.
"We wish to thank everyone
for the part they played and
continue to play. In times like
these we see the ugly and the
bad in some people, but for the
most part I believe we see the
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Mrs Pratt also appealed to
Bahamian fathers, saying that it
cannot be denied "that too
many of you do not take your
responsibility as fathers seri-
"The result of this is that your
families suffer. The boys in par-
ticular boys need the posi-
tive examples of men to become
well adjusted and focused young
men," she said.
Mrs Pratt emphasised that
parents who turn a blind eye to
children who commit crimes,
contribute to the increasing
crime problem in the country.
The deputy prime minister
said that crime statistics to date
for the year show that crime

'Battle cry against crime'

generally has decreased by 14
per cent, with the exception of
murder and armed robbery.
"There have been 46 cases of
murder to date and this is in
contrast to a total of 45 murders
for the year 2004. Neither in
2004, nor so far this year have
the total cases of murder
exceeded the highest recorded
statistical year for this crime in
2001. In the case of armed rob-
bery for the year to date there
have been three incidents more
than the 663 incidents in the
year 2004," she said.
Mrs Pratt said, however, that
while statistics are useful instru-
ments, "the only thing it tells us

at this point in our development
is that the commission of crime
is too high and that we must do
something about it."
"It is my view that the strat-
egy of expanding the police
force and placing more guns and
other repressive apparatus at
the disposal of the police is not
the answer. We must address
the underlying social problems
of our society that give rise to
crime. This is why locally and
abroad the urban renewal pro-
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right honourable prime minis-
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Dolphin import story

sparks global concern

Tribune Staff Reporter
CONCERN over the possible illegal importation
of more than 40 dolphins to the Bahamas from the
Solomon Islands has prompted international reac-
The World Society for the Protection of Animals
(WSPA) yesterday reported that 44 dolphins will
be flown to the Bahamas this week.
The reports have moved New Zealand's Prime
Minister Helen Clark to write to the Solomons'
Prime Minister Allan Kemakeza seeking assur-
ance that the country's ban on live dolphin exports
remains in place, the Associated Press reported
The report has also raised the concern of the
Bahamas Humane Society that said that if the
reports are true, it would present a very alarming

The WSPA said that their information is that
two charter flights left the Solomon Islands yes-
terday, transporting the dolphins by way of Fiji,
Tahiti and Mexico to the Bahamas.
The society is calling on Fiji, Tahiti and Mexico
to refuse to issue transfer permits and for the
Bahamas to refuse to import the dolphins.
Speaking with The Tribune yesterday, director of
fisheries Michael Braynen said that he was not
aware of the reports.
He added, however, that it would be virtually

impossible for anyone to illegally bring dolphins
into the country.
"I really can't see how it would be possible to
pull off. It has never happened," he said.
As to importing dolphins through the proper
legal channels, Mr Braynen said that the Bahamas
government would first have to be satisfied that all
the rules and regulations of the country the dol-
phins are being purchased from are being adhered
The Solomon Islands government banned live
dolphin exports earlier this year following inter-
national outrage over a shipment of 28 bottlenose
dolphins to a Mexican aquatic theme park in July,
After the incident, Mexico banned further
imports and the Australian and New Zealand gov-
ernments urged the Solomons government to ban
all live dolphin exports.
The WSPA is alleging that the same company
that sold the dolphins in 2004 is also behind this
latest attempt to export the animals to the
The society claims the company has been
attempting to sell the dolphins overseas despite
the Solomons government ban imposed in
In the Bahamas, new legislation which prohibits
the capture of dolphins from Bahamian waters
and allows for people to apply for licences for
such facilities and import dolphins from other
countries, was pushed through despite heavy crit-
icism from various animal rights campaigners,
including ReEarth and the Humane Society.

All smiles for prime minister's arrival
PRIME MINISTER Perry Christie is welcomed to the PLP Convention last night at the
Wyndham Nassau Resort. Looking on is former Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Hanna.
(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune staff)

Bahamas named top for families

THE Bahamas has secured
two out of the top three places
in a magazine survey on the
best Caribbean resorts for fam-
According to Associated
Press, Child magazine's

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the 10 best Caribbean resorts
for families.
The top three are: The
Atlantis, Paradise Island, the
Bahamas; Almond Beach Vil-
lage, St. Peter, Barbados:

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Lucaya Beach and Golf
Resort, Grand Bahama.
About a half-million adults
travelling with children visit-
ed the region last year, accord-
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FNM results released

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE official results of the
FNM elections show that Hubert
Ingraham won 62.7 per cent of
the votes cast in the leadership
According to a release from
the party, 373 delegates voted in
the race.
Mr Ingraham got 234 votes,
former FNM leader Senator
Tommy Turnquest got 99 votes
or 26.5 per cent, and Dion
Foulkes got 40 votes, or 10.7 per
Ir the deputy leadership race,
Moitagu MP Brent Symonette
got 168 votes or 45.3 per cent to
capture that position.
III a close second was former
party chairman Carl Bethel, who
got 33.4 per cent of votes, or 124

votes. Former deputy leader Sid-
ney Collie came in third with 13.2
per cent or 79 votes.
There were a total of 369 votes
in the race for the post of party
chairman, with former senator
Desmond Bannister getting 214
votes or 50 per cent and former
vice chairman Loretta Butler
Turner getting 155, or 42 per cent
of the total votes cast.
Juanianne Dorsette won the
race for the post of secretary-gen-
eral with 194 votes or 52 per cent
of votes cast.
Trailing close behind was Ash-
ley Cargill, who got 48 per cent,
or 179 votes.
Former party chairman Dwight
Sawyer got 195 votes, or 52.6 per
cent of the 371 votes cast for the
position of chairman.
He won over Pauline Nairn
with 176 or 47.4 per cent of votes.


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Robinson Road and First Street P.O.Box N-603 Nassau, N.P., Bahamas
Telephone: 1-242-325-5168/328-1944/393-1352

be 11111111CO DEACONESS

a resident of
Exuma Street and
Balfour Avenue,
and formerly of St.
Ann, Jamaica will
be held 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday,
16th November, 2005 at New Vision
Baptist Church, Robinson Road and
7th Street. Officiating will be Rev.
Vincent 0. Moss, Rev., Franklyn Clarke,
Rev. Orman Brown and assisted by

other ministers

of the gospel.

Cherished memory are held by her
two sons, Carl Anthony Thompson
and Vassel 'Wayne' Douglas; two
daughters, Sophia Saddler and Keisha
Lewis; seven grandchildren, two
brothers, James Gauntlett and Noel
Thompson; four sisters, Adassa and
Janet Gauntlett, Matilda Watt and
Angela Smith; two daughters-in-law,
Genevieve Thompson and Sharon
Douglas; son-in-law, Joseph Patience,
and a host of other relatives and

Relatives and friends may pay their
respects at Cedar Crest Funeral
Home, Robinson Road and First
Street, on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m.
to 6:00 p.m.

Stray dog increase is

predicted after Wilma

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE destruction of Hurri-
cane Wihna on Grand Bahama
could cause an increase in the
stray dog population on the
Inspector Carl Thurston of
The Bahamas Humane Society
has visited the communities of
Pinders Point, Martin Town
and Eight Mile Rock, and said
that among the rubble he found
dogs wandering in the streets.
Mr Thurston told The Tri-
bune it was hard to determine
if the dogs were strays, because
residents in that area had
already been moved out after
the hurricane.
In the areas of Pinders Point
and Martin Town, 20 dogs were
located and in Eight Mile Rock
approximately 30 dogs were
found however, residents
indicated that some of the dogs
were previously owned.
"The Humane Society is try-
ing to relocate these animals
and have them reunited with
their owners. In the meantime,
we are making sure that they
are fed, and that the injured
ones are taken care of, and try-
ing to get them rehomed," said
Mr Thurston.
Mr Thurston pointed out
that with unspayed animals on
the loose there will be more

"If the females are not
spayed and the males are not
castrated, then you going to
have a population swing if they
are not controlled."
Kevin Degenhard, executive
director of the Bahamas
Humane Society, sent out an
appeal to the owners who are
in temporary accommodation,
urging them to return to the
communities where their dogs
"When people's houses were
destroyed there was actually a
tidal surge of some 15 feet. I
wouldn't be surprised if ani-

mals perished and were washed
out to sea, which is awful."
The society expressed its
gratitude to Bahamasair, which
waived the cost of sending
more than 200 pounds of cargo
to Grand Bahama to aid the
Bahamas Humane Society
officials said that that 23 pup-
pies had been sent to Florida
and New York for adoption.
In addition, two adult dogs
from the island were expect-
ed to arrive in Nassau last
week. Mr Degenhard said that
homes have already been
found for the animals.

Tropical depression is not

expected to affect Bahamas

Tribune Staff Reporter
TRIOPICAL Depression 27
became tropical storm Gam-
ma last night, heading west
into the Caribbean sea and
generating winds of up to 40
mile per hour.
Gamma is not expected to
affect the Bahamas, although
hurricane season does not end
until the end of November.
The.storm is xepeed to

cause as much as a foot of rain-
fall in some areas, five to eight
inches over the high terrain
Windward Islands, and three
to five inches over the Lee-
ward Islands, Puerto Rico and
the Virgin Islands.
Forecaster Arnold King
said if the storm follows the
projected path, it should reach
Nicaragua and the Yucatan
Peninsula by early next week.
For the Bahamas, the weath-
er today is expected to be part-

ly sunny and windy with a
chance of a few showers, due
to a high pressure system over
the Atlantic Ocean.
The high pressure system is
creating winds of, 20 to 25
knots over the Bahamas, and a
small craft advisory is in effect
for today.
Bahamians with interests in
the eastern and central
Caribbean should closely mon-
itor the progress of tropical
storm Gamma.

0 In brief

IDB gives

after Wilma

THE Inter-American Devel-
opment Bank (IDB) has donat-
ed $200,000 to Bahamians
affected by Hurricane Wilma:
The cheque was presented byi
IDB representative in the
Bahamas Richard Herring to
Minister of State for Finance
Senator James Smith last week
According to an IDB press
release, the money is expected
to help "thousands".
Mr Herring said the IDB has
a policy of providing $200,000 in
emergency assistance to mem-
ber countries that have suffered
major disasters and who have
made "a declaration according-
He said the funds will be used
to purchase food and relief sup-
plies, including tarpaulin, water
and sanitation, chemicals for
vector control, health promo-
tion "and other social support".
"These funds are provided to
the emergency relief fund of
NEMA and they are expected
to be executed by a relief
agency such as the Bahamas
Red Cross," said Mr Herring.

Clinic blaze
on Harbour
A HARBOUR Island gov-
ernment clinic caught on fire
early yesterday.
Around 1.50am, the north-
west section of the clinic located
on Colebrooke Street is report-
ed to have caught fire.
Police volunteers, the fire
brigade and concerned citizens
combined efforts to keep blaze
from spreading.
The remainder of building
sustained smoke and water
Investigators from New Prov-
idence were on Harbour Island
yesterday conducting investiga-
tions into the cause of the fire.

Friday, November 18th, 2005
Saturday, November 19th, 2005

Satu10:30rday, November 1th, 2005

10:30am 1:30pm & 3:30pm 7:30pm

* INSPECTOR CARL THURSTON feeds stray dogs on
Grand Bahama a week after Hurricane Wilma.


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Haitians seized after

boat runs aground

* THE vessel which authorities believe may have been carrying 104 Haitians

I THE 86 migrants wait to be processed by officials

Tribune Staff Reporter

A VESSEL carrying at least
86 suspected illegal immigrants
startled a Defence Force offi-
ce-r when it ran aground at
Yamacraw beach yesterday
*After the officer sounded the
alarm, the collective work of
Immigration, Defence Force
anrd Police officers resulted in
the capture of the suspected ille-
gl Haitian immigrants.
..Vefence Force Woman
Itrine Omanique Seymour
gs walking on the beach when

she saw the vessel.
A short time later, the vessel
reportedly ran aground and a
number of suspected illegal
immigrants got off.
Police report that 53 men and
33 women were apprehended
by Defence Force, Immigration,
and police officers.
However, it is suspected that
a number escaped capture.
According to Lieutenant Dar-
ren Henfield, press liaison offi-
cer for the Defence Force, ini-
tial information suggests that
there may have been at least
104 persons on board.
Lt Henfield said the suspect-

ed illegal immigrants "are not
untidy or unkempt in anyway.
"They are dressed quite well,
and they could have very easily
assimilated themselves into soci-
ety if they had made landfall."
The captain of the Haitian
sloop has allegedly made the
trip from Port-au-Prince to New
Providence before.
Officials say the vessel may
have been stolen, along with the
food, water, and clothing the
occupants were wearing.
All those captured have been
taken to the Detention Centre
on Carmichael Road for pro-



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I PRIME Minister Perry Christie, along with PLP chairman Raynard Rigby (right), officially opens
an exhibit covering the government's three and a half years in power yesterday morning. The exhib-
it is displayed in the foyer area of the convention hall at the Wyndham Nassau Resort.
(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune staff)
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FROM page one
Gearing up for the next gen-
eral election, the PLP hopes to
win back Dr Nottage, who in
2000 resigned from the party.
"One good thing is that some
members who left and joined
the CDR were here today and
haVe become delegates of the
convention, that's some indica-
tion that there is some move-
ment, the needle is obviously
moving now," he said.
Mr Wilchcombe said that
although Dr Nottage did not
indicate to him that he will
attend the PLP convention, he
remains hopeful.
."Whether you like it or not
BJ Nottage is a PLP. BJ Not-
tage will have to tell me he's

Wilchcombe hopeful

Nottage will attend

not PLP, he's PLP, he's always
been PLP and we're extending
a hand to him. We don't want
any brother of the revolution
to believe he has to beg to come
back. No, we want the brother
back," he said.
Mr Wilchcombe said that
should Dr Nottage choose to
return to the PLP, any position
within the party would be open
to him.
"He can play any role, in any
capacity. He has the experience,
he has the intellect. And just

like any professional sporting
team you want the best players.
He's one of the better players in
these political Olympics," he
The convention chairman
added that he feels that the
CDR members who rejoined
the PLP returned to the party
because "notwithstanding dis-
agreements in the past, I think
what happens in the end is you
do some soul-searching and you
realise that this is where my
heart is."

"Meeting the needs of advertisers
and readers motivates me to do
a good job. The Tribune is
my newspaper."

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On Sunday, after losing con-
trol of his motor-cycle and being
thrown to the pavement, Mr
Dimopoulus was admitted to
hospital and listed in critical
condition. He died later.
Speaking out on the loss of
his. close friend, Ted Kay, a con-
struction worker at Ocean Club
Estates, said Mr Dimopoulus
will be sadly missed.
"He was a young guy who
had his head together," he said.
"I knew him as a friend and he
was a fantastic guy, very trust-

"I know the family well, and
they're not taking it well," said
Mr Kay. "But this was a major
loss for me, he was my right-
hand man. We worked togeth-
er, we built houses together, and
he was one of the best foremen
I ever had."
According to Calvin Far-
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Club Estates, "this young fel-
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an ambassador. There-was
something unique about him,"
he said.
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he would find those with asim-
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though they may not have the
building skills that he possessed,
because their personalities were
similar to his he would be able
to mould them into good pro-
ductive citizens like him."
Mr Farquharson said that he
had heard of Christos' 4eath
from Mr Kay.
"This morning I had difficul-
ty in reaching him and when I
spoke to Ted Kay, his project
manager, to tell him I wastrying
to reach him (Christos) to give
him some good news, to my
regret he (Mr Kay) informed
me that Christos was killed on
his motor-cycle over the week-
end. Believe me, that is some-
thing I am trying to recover
from as we speak," he said.
"In the event that there is
ever any kind of construction
award that I am in connection
with, his (Christos') name will
come as the first thing in my
mind in honouring him and his
father, George, for the way they
went out and captured young
people who really wanted to
make something of themselves."
Christos' death marks the
58th traffic fatality for the year.
His funeral will be held on Sat-
urday at the Greek Orthodox
Church, West Street, at 10am.

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The PLP, said the FNM, must
know that it is Mr Christie's P
legacy, "such that may exist",
that needs attention.
"To find evidence of his dedi-
cation and commitment to ser-
vice, Mr Christie reaches back
to the halcyon days of his youth
as a high school track and field
star and to messages that he
irreverently and pompously
declares to have received direct-
ly from the Lord," the FNM said.
During an interview with The
Tribune after the PLPs prayer
breakfast on Sunday, Mr Christie
said: "The Lord gave Perry
Christie a message. Look at Per-
ry Christie and look at the trans-
formation, you can see therefore 0 FNM leader
the discipline, the dedication and Hubert Ingraham.
the commitment .... "
This statement, said the FNM, suggests that Mr Christie
claims to know the mind of The Lord.
"We encourage him to seek to follow the example of the
meek who Jesus gathered round him and not that of the
Pharisee who was rebuked by Christ," the party said.

Commenting on the return of Mr Ingraham to front-line pol-
itics Mr Christie had this to say: "The people of the Bahamas
made a mistake. They thought he (Mr Ingraham) was buried.
Clearly a political cremation is now necessary."
"The PLP Leader appears consumed with death, wishing Mr
Ingraham not only buried but now cremated. Mr Christie
ought to read his Scriptures carefully, some thought Lazarus
dead as well. In the forthcoming election the people will
decide who lives politically and who dies politically," the
opposition said.
Pointing out that Mr Christie has twice suggested that 58-
year-old Mr Ingraham is stifling the careers of a younger
generation of leaders, the FNM pointed out that Mr Christie,
however, is silent on the younger generation of PLP leaders,
"in whose way he, at 62, (four years older that Mr Ingra-
ham), and his deputy at 60 stand."
"Mr Christie told the Bahamian people in May 2002, that he
had assembled the most capable Cabinet the Bahamas had
ever seen. The record of that Cabinet during the past three
and a half years suggests otherwise.
"Perhaps Mr Christie will use the opportunity of his Party's
Convention this week to address the glaring points of inade-
quacy of himself and his Ministers in Government so clearly
set out for him by Alvin Smith, Member of Parliament for
North Eleuthera, in his dynamic address to the FNM Con-
vention last week," said the FNM.

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Bahamas 'retains

its credit strengths'

Bank of the Bahamas International
yesterday unveiled a $25.2 million
rights issue, which it said was
intended to support its 30 per cent
growth over the past fiscal year
and possibly broaden its shareholder base.
The bank, which is listed on the Bahamas
International Securities Exchange (BISX), said
registered shareholders as at November 21 will
"get first option" on the 3.6 million shares, priced
at $7 each, that will be issued on November 25.
The offering is set to close on December 20,
and it all rights are not applied for, existing and
new shareholders can apply for the unsubscribed
shares until the offering fully closes.
Bank of the Bahamas International shares
yesterday closed at $7.24 on BISX, the stock's 52-
week high, meaning that the rights issue price
represents a modest 3.3 per cent discount to the
prevailing market price.
The bank's majority shareholder is the Gov-
ernment, including the National Insurance
Board, with a 51 per cent stake, and it is possible
that the rights issue could dilute the Govern-
ment's interest to that it does not own a con-
trolling stake provided, that is, it does not ful-
ly subscribe for its rights.
That is unlikely, as the Government will not
want to relinquish its stake in what has been
one of its most profitable and successful invest-
ments, having allowed Bank of the Bahamas
International and successive boards and man-
agement teams to run the institution as a busi-
The bank has about 12 million common shares*
already outstanding, meaning the rights issue
will take the total to about 15.6 million shares.
The increase in the number of issued shares
'(supply) is likely to temporarily dilute the ~ank
of the Bahamas International share price on
BISX, in addition to possibly diluting earnings
per share (EPS), simply because more shares
The impact on EPS will also depend on how
quickly Bank of the Bahamas International can
put the capital raised from the rights issue to
work and generate a return on it.
Bank of the Bahamas International added
that proceeds from the rights issue would not be
used to finance construction of its new head-
quarters building, including corporate offices
and a financial centre, on West Bay Street.
Paul McWeeney, the bank's managing direc-
tor, said: "Bank of The Bahamas has experi-
enced phenomenal growth in the past three years
due to a number of factors, including the intro-
duction of new products and expanded services.

Tribune Business Editor
A WALL Street credit rating
agency believes the Bahamas
will "retain its fundamental
credit strengths" due to its abil-
ity to cope with external shocks
such as hurricanes, a verdict
likely to give a breathing space
to the Government's fiscal
planners as they attempt to rein
in the national debt and per-
sistent deficits.
In its newly-released coun-
try analysis,, Moody's acknowl-
edged that three hurricanes -
Frances, Jeanne and Wilma -
had struck the Bahamas in 13
months, "negatively affecting


"Last year, our growth exceeded 30 per cent
and in the last fiscal quarter, we marked a sig-
nificant milestone, reaching the $500 million
mark in total assets. The purpose of the share
offering is really twofold, to raise funds to sup-
port that growth, allowing the bank to meet next
generation needs, and to broaden the share-
holder base."
At fiscal year-end June 30, Bank of the
Bahamas International reported an annual net
income of more than $7 million. Assets leapt
from $384 million at year-end 2004 to $453 mil-
lion in 2005, and have climbed nearly another
$50 million in less than six months since. Earn-
ings per share stood at $0.59, up from $.50 the
previous year.
Colina Financial Advisors is the corporate
advisor for the rights issue, and the offering
price was established and approved prior to the
appreciation in the bank's share price. The bank
has previously held three public offerings that
have been oversubscribed.
Bank of the Bahamas International is working
to become the first Bahamian-owned bank to
open an office overseas with its Miami branch,
making it easier for clients to conduct business
when in Florida.
In 2000, Bank of the Bahamas International
became the first financial institution to offer
trust services for, Bahamians through Bank of
The Bahamas Trust.


Nation gets favourable
Moody's report, but agency
warns on government welfare
initiatives and need for
revenues to grow faster than
spending to meet fiscal targets

the tourism sector and straining
fiscal and economic perfor-
However, it added that the
Bahamas' geographic diversi-
fication had helped to "dis-

perse" the impact from the
storms, with Hurricane Wilma
last month "devastating some

SEE page 4B

Bahamian tax

system is 'inadequate'

Tribune Business Editor
JAMES Smith, minister of state for
finance, yesterday said he hoped to get the
"go ahead" in the New Year to initiate pub-
lic debate on reforming the Bahamian tax
system following another assessment from
the Government's UK-based consultants.
The minister's comments came as a major
Wall Street credit rating agency said the cur-
rent tax system, with its emphasis on cus-
toms and import duties, was "inadequate"
for the Government to achieve its objective
of reducing the national debt-to-GDP ratio to
30 per cent over the next five years.
Moody's, in its country analysis of the
Bahamas, acknowledged the Government's
efforts to increase revenues to 20 per cent of
per annum GDP, compared to the current
18-19 per cent intake.
However, it added: "The narrowness of
the tax base, which is heavily reliant on cus-
toms duties and exempts income and ser-
vices, means that the Government is first

Minister hopes to begin
public debate on system
reform in New Year

attempting to improve tax administration.
"This alone will not be adequate, and the
Government is contemplating a radical over-
haul of its tax system within the next five to
10 years. Presently, the Government is view-
ing the implementation of a value-added tax
(VAT) as a possible solution."
Moody's added that tax reform was being
made more urgent by free trade and World
Trade Organisation pressures.
Mr Smith yesterday described government
discussions on tax reform as having "pro-
gressed quite smoothly", the next phase
involving convincing Bahamians that most

SEE page 3B

Financial services

concern on courts

Tribune Business Editor
FINANCIAL services exec-
,utives are "very concerned"
that the court system's "deteri-
orating infrastructure" and lack
of resources, especially for the
commercial court, could harm
this nation's competitiveness
and cost the industry business.
Brian Moree, the Financial

Forum chair says system
'deteriorating', with
commercial court
lacking resources
Services Consultative Forum's
chairman, told The Tribune
that while he knew public funds

SEE page 2B

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Bahamians must get involved in

shaping issues like tax reform

Last week there
was a story about
the prospects of
tax reform for the
Bahamas. It quot-
ed the minister of state for
finance, James Smith, as say-
ing: "We have received the rel-
evant studies and very soon I
hope to go to my colleagues to
get permission to formally
launch discussions with the
wider public and stakeholders,
to share with them the results
of these studies and to have
discussions about the way for-
About two years ago I wrote
and published a four-part series
,on Tax Reform and, at the end,
I recommended a combination
of a low income tax and a sales
-tax. It seems from all accounts
that the Government has more
or less settled on a Value
Added Tax (VAT) as the way
forward. My concern at the
time was that I thought that a
VAT was quite complicated to
understand, and there was
already talk of exempting too

many sectors from the tax.
Also, I expressed a frustra-
tion that there was insufficient
data in the public domain to
enable independent analysis of
the income yield from all taxa-
tion models being considered.
No doubt, such analysis is
included in the information
that the minister intends to
It is my hope that Cabinet
gives approval to Mr Smith, in
very short order, to put these
studies in the public domain
and start the process of tax
reform in earnest. I also hope
this process will produce con-
sensus and generate sustained
However, I personally feel it
is unlikely that Tax Reform will
be addressed now, given that
there is only 18 months to go
before a general election. Such
an important initiative requires
non-partisan political discus-
sion, and history has shown
that coming so close to elec-
tions, the most simplest of mat-
ters becomes highly politicised.

Therefore, it is probably unre-
alistic to expect a major dis-
cussion on such a fundamental
change to get a balanced hear-
ing in such an environment,
notwithstanding that our cur-
rent system of taxation has tak-
en us as far as it can.
Shortly after being elected
in 2002, the PLP launched a
Constitutional Reform Com-
mission, under the very capable
leadership of Paul L. Adder-
ley and Harvey Tynes, QV.
This commission published ,n
excellent booklet, which raised


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a series of questions for con-
sideration regarding possible
matters for constitutional
reform, and then proceeded to
hold a series of public town
meetings throughout the length
and breadth of the Bahamas.
However, it is fair to say that
the meetings were generally
very poorly attended, reveal-
ing minimal public interest. I
do not know what the current
status of the commission is or
whether or not its work is still
ongoing. For the most part, this
initiative no longer appears to
be a 'front burner' issue. Here
was an important national ini-
tiative that was launched at the
proper time at the beginning
of a new political term, it had
first-class leadership, and it
appeared to have funding.

Notwithstanding these key ele-
ments, it seems to have stalled.
I mention constitutional
reform,.because I am of the
view that public discussion on
Tax Reform could be met with
a similar degree of apparent
public disinterest, as Bahami-
ans, for the most part, shy away
from technical or complex
In many ways this is an
extremely sad state of affairs,
because we are still grappling
with finding ways of trying to
develop a tradition of partici-
patory democracy where per-
sons from all walks of life and
all sides of the political divide
can come together'in a non-
partisan way to help shape poli-
cies for the long-term benefit of
the country.
Further, the process of devel-
oping and institutionalising
public opinion in the Bahamas
is taking far too long. At our
stage of development, some 32
years into independence, I
would have expected the coun-
try to be further ahead.
Perhaps I am 'out of line' in
my thinking in this regard, and
my thinking reflects an impa-
tience of my generation. Or
maybe I am correct, and the
country needs to 'pull up it

Post Script
The FNM convention has
concluded with new persons
being elected to the key posts
of Party Leader, Deputy
Leader and Party Chairman.
The PLP's Convention will
be in full gear by the time this
article is published. It is not
anticipated that there will be
any changes in key party posts.
However, what will be
patently clear is that after next
week, the political season is
open and in full swing.
Until next week...

NB: Larry R. Gibson, a
Chartered Financial Analyst,
is vice-president pensions,
Colonial Pensions Services
(Bahamas), a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Colonial: Group
International, which owns
Atlantic Medical Insurance and
is a major shareholder of Secu-
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The views expressed are
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Financial services

concern on courts

FROM page 1B

were scarce and there were
many other areas deserving the
Government's attention, the
financial services industry was
the second largest sector of the
Bahamian economy and not
getting the support it required.
Mr Moree said: "It is indis-
putable among persons
involved with the financial ser-
vices sector that the existence
of an independent, competent
and efficient judiciary is a
major factor in attracting busi-
ness to this jurisdiction.
"While we are fortunate in
this regard, we are very con-
cerned about the deteriorating
infrastructure of the court sys-
tem and the lack of resources
which are being allocated to
the court system generally, and
specifically on its commercial
He added: "I would urgently
invite the authorities to review
this matter to make more
resources available to the judi-
Mr Moree, who is also senior
partner at McKinney, Bancroft
& Hughes, acknowledged that
the Government had "compet-
ing priorities" for relatively lim-
ited public funds, such as roads,
schools, hospitals, and the need
to combat crime and illegal
"While acknowledging these
issues, it must nonetheless be
said that the financial services
industry is not getting its share
of national resources, having
regard to the fact it is the sec-
ond largest industry in the
country," Mr Moree said.
"Specifically, we need to
make available to the Chief


Justice adequate resources in
order to allow the judiciary to
fulfil its role and obligations as
a co-equal branch of govern-
ment with the legislature and
the executive."
The independence of the
judicial system, and the swift
and fair resolution of legal dis-
putes, is one of the key factors
in attracting investors and high

net worth individuals to a juris-
The importance of financial
services to the Bahamas was
outlined in Moody's just-
released economic analysis,
which pointed out that the sec-
tor generated between 15-20
per cent of per annum GDP
and 11 per cent of employment,
making it "the most important
sector after tourism and gov-





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Freeport storage terminal

in $1.7m revenue decline

Tribune Business Editor

outh Riding Point, the
Grand Bahama-based
bulk storage and terminal
facility, saw revenues for
the first nine months of fis-
cal 2005 fall by $1.733 million com-
pared to last year, it was revealed
yesterday, largely because it was up
against tough comparisons.


In a report to shareholders,
Bernard Roy, president of South Rid-

FROM page 1B

would benefit from it and get-
ting the public to "buy in". If
that could be achieved, the
Government could then move
forward more rapidly on imple-
menting a new system.
"We've completed the inter-
nal studies and the 'what ifs',"
Mr Smith said, "and we're
meeting with Crown Agents
early in the New Year for
another assessment. At that
time, we should get the go
ahead to begin the public
The minister described
Crown Agents as being ideally
suited to advise the Govern-
ment, having consulted with a
number of Commonwealth..
countries on tax reform.
As part of ongoing tax admin-
istration efforts under the cur-
rent system, Mr Smith yester-
day announced that with imme-
diate effect in New Providence,
Commonwealth Bank Sun
Cards, plus MasterCards and
Visa cards, could be used,to pay
duty at all customs locations,
plus business licence and other
fees at the Public Treasury.
The same credit card brands
could also be used to pay for

ing Point's parent, World Point Ter-
minals, said the facility generated
$1.918 million in non-recurring gains
through the sale of product inventory
in the 2004 period to September 30,
something it did not enjoy this year.
Still, the difference generated by
the non-recurring gains was "partial-
ly offset" by an increase in marine
revenues generated by South Riding
Point in the first nine months of 2005.
Referring to his Grand Bahama
facility, Mr Roy said: "Marine activi-
ty through the first three quarters of
2005 has been quite active. However,
with current volatile market condi-
tions, there is no certainty that this

Road Traffic licences and pass-
ports, as well as birth, marriage
and death certificates. The
process, Mr Smith said, would
be expanded to the Family
Islands shortly, as the Govern-
ment sought to minimise the
amount of cash floating around
in the system.
In an interview with The Tri-
bune yesterday, Mr Smith said
of the Moody's report: "I think
they've come up with a very
credible analysis of what's hap-
pening in the Bahamas."
He added that the growth in
foreign direct investment, which
the Government is counting on
to drive the economy, unlike
Bahamian domestic investment
also had an impact on the
Bahamas' monetary position.
Foreign direct investment
generated large foreign curren-
cy inflows into the Bahamas,
much of which eventually found
its way into the Central Bank
of the Bahamas' foreign
exchange reserves, helping to
ensure this nation can finance
its import bill and maintain the
one:one peg with the US dol-
The Moody's report noted
that net travel receipts were 11
per cent ahead of the 2004 com-
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trend will continue throughout the
remainder of the year.


"Revenues for the three-month
period ended September 30, 2005,
decreased by $266,000 as compared to
the same period in the prior year."
He added: "The company expects
higher operating expenses at South
Riding Point during the fourth quar-
ter 2005 due to several ongoing main-
tenance projects."
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while merchandise exports -
about one third of travel
receipts had shown "moder-
ate growth".
The credit rating agency
added: "About two thirds of the
current account deficit in 2004
and the first half of 2005 were
financed by foreign direct
investment inflows associated
with new investment in the
tourism sector and hurricane-
related reconstruction."
Moody's also said the
Bahamas creditworthiness was
"highlighted" by the fact that
the ratio of its external debt to
GDP was just 11 per cent in
2005, "the lowest in its broad
peer group". This is by virtue
of most debt being held domes-
tically by the National Insur-
ance Board (NIB).

owned joint venture with a company
called SWA.
Its share of revenues from Freep-
oint during the three months to Sep-
tember 30, 2005, fell to $434,000 com-
pared to $1.063 million in 2004. large-
ly because World Point still owned
100 per cent of the company during
the comparative period last year.
Mr Roy said: "Freepoint's core
business, ship movements in the
Freeport Container Port, remains
World Point's cash flows from
operations during the first nine
months of 2005 were $9,311, com-
pared to $11,295 for the same period

"Likewise, the ratio of exter-
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receipts is also a favourable 24
per cent compared to a median
of 53 per cent for the Aa- and
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7.24 5.55 Bank of Bahamas
0.85 0.70 Benchmark
1.80 1.27 Bahamas Waste
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residential areas but not signif-
icantly damaging the commer-
cial centre of Freeport or the
tourism industry in Grand
Moody's added that New
Providence, which generated
two-thirds of the Bahamas'
economic activity, was "not sig-
nificantly" impacted by storms
in either 2004 ox this year,
while the nation's economic
growth was "on a strengthening
The rating agency added:
"Tourism investment and resi-
dential construction are driving
real GDP growth this year,
which the Government and
IMF forecast to strengthen to

3.5 per cent in 2005 following
growth of 3 per cent in 2004
and less than 2 per cent in 2001
and 2002.
"Moody's expects ongoing
investment to keep economic
growth on its current trend in
The favourable report indi-
cates that Moody's is likely to
maintain its current ratings on
various forms of Bahamian
sovereign debt, and its 'Stable'
outlook. The Government's
long-term bonds have an 'A3'
rating; long-term bank depo-
sists 'A2'; and foreign currency
bonds 'A3'.
The report is also likely to
encourage investors to contin-
ue to look favourably on the
Bahamas, the good credit rat-
ing enabling the Government

to borrow through debt issues
on the international capital
markets at a relatively low
interest rate, thus minimising
debt service costs.


Moody's said in its report
that the Bahamas' external vul-
nerability indicator (EVI) had
dropped to about 20 per cent,
"half of its level" in the years
that immediately preceded the
September 2001 terror attacks.
It added that the Bahamas'
EVI was "well below" the
median for countries with sim-
ilar credit ratings, and a ratio
under 100 per cent "indicates
that a government has on hand
an ample cushion in interna-
tional reserves against refi-
nancing or other balance of
payments to deal with most
risks over the near-term.
"Moody's expects that the
Bahamas' external vulnerabil-!
ity indicator, the ratio of resid-
ual maturity short-term debt
to official foreign exchange
reserves, will remain low and
stable over the near-term," the
agency added.
However, its analysis con-
tained some coded warnings
for the Government where the
fiscal deficit was concerned. In
a likely reference to initiatives
such as the proposed National
Health Insurance scheme and
the Urban Renewal Project,
Moody's said: "Government
intentions to increase social
welfare spending will need to
be balanced with its fiscal con-
solidation goal, and the IMF
has urged restraint in the
growth in public sector wages."
The latter can also be inter-
preted as a ,'shot across the
bows' for the Bahamas Public
Services Union.

Moody's said the ratio of
government debt to GDP had
"risen inexorably" since 2000,
and the current 38 per cent
ratio placed this nation above
the "median 24 per cent" for
other countries with similar
credit ratings. Yet the debt-to-
GDP ratio was lower than 73
per cent for Barbados, which
has a Baa2 rating, and the 77
per cent for Malta.
"The Bahamas' government
debt-to-revenues ratio of 197
per cent in 2005 is much higher
than the 69 per cent median
for Aa- and A-rated emerging
market economies; it is also
higher than Malta's 157 per
cent, but lower than Barbados'
213 per cent estimated for
2015," Moody's said.
The 2.4 fiscal deficit for 2004-
2005 was smaller than that orig-
inally budgeted for, and lower
than the 3.1 per cent average
posted between 2001-2002 and
2003-2004. Moody's said that
in 2004-2005, recurrent and
capital spending were cut back
more than revenues.
But it added that for the
Government to achieve its tar-
gets of reducing the fiscal
deficit to 2.1 per cent of GDP
and 1.7 per cent in 2006-2007
and. 2007-2008 respectively,
revenues had to "grow faster"
than recurrent spending, some-
thing that has not been
achieved to date. Capital
spending in 2007-2008 also had
to be capped at the previous
year's level.
On the tourism front,
Moody's said the Bahamas
"has not yet been able to ben-
efit fully" from the relatively
buoyant US economy, where
80 per cent of its visitors come
from, due to the lingering
effects from storm damage in
Grand Bahama, chiefly the


Royal Oasis closure.
Tourism provided 40 per
cent of Bahamian GDP, 50 per
cent of direct and indirect jobs,
and 70 per cent of foreign
exchange earnings, making the
economy vulnerable to external
Moody's said: "Tourism
arrivals in the first eight months
of 2005 were 6.9 per cent lower
than the same period a year
earlier, although the more eco-
nomically important air arrivals.
were only off 1.9 per cent com-
pared with a 9.1 per cent
decline in sea arrivals.


"The increase in tourist
spending in New Providence
was not quite strong enough to
offset continued weakness in
the resorts of Grand Bahama.
A complete recovery from the
recent hurricane damage out-
side New Providence will allow
the Bahamas to benefit fully
from the addition of new
tourism capacity."
The Wall Street rating
agency estimated that the

impact from completion of thl
Atlantis Phase III project could
be direct spending injected41inti
the Bahamian econof'y that
was worth 25-30 per ceint ofthe;
project's total value, or 3 per
cent of GDP.
Ultimately, Moody's said it
was impressed by how. the.
Bahamas had weathered thr
2001 'triple whammy' of the
US recession, September 1[
attacks and Hurricane MicheulI
"The Bahamas has demon-
strated its resilience to exter-
nal shocks both natural handss
man-made," the rating uaicy
said. "This was seen with Hur?
ricane Michelle in 200.1,'
which damage on a first ri4fii
basis was estimated at 5 per.
cent of GDP...... .
"Timely reconstructioB and
insurance-related fo6eign
exchange inflows ensured that
there was no long-term dB.m-
age to the tourism sector, which'
depends heavily on the prog-
imity of the US. A rapid
rebound in Bahamiani tourism
took place as the US economy
recovered and security con-
cerns eased."

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(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.

* ".','.0 ;

1. Application:

2. Date of first publication:


8th November, 2005


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

5. Provisional time table:

Washington / Nassau

6. Frequency of flights:

7. Type of Aircraft:

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Candidates should have:

* Experience in High-end Club Management
* Temporary Position for 6 months 1 year
Must be willing to relocate to Abaco

Please send resume to:
Attn: Human Resources The Abaco Club Association
P.O. Box AB-20571 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas
Fax: 242-367-2930

HALF OF 2005

The Board of Directors of Benchmark
(Bahamas) Ltd.

at its 3rd November Board Meeting declared a special
dividend of one cent per share based on the continued
positive performance of the company year to date.

Payment of the special dividend will be made on
15th December 2005 to shareholders of record
30th November 2005





Bank's Thompson Boulevard

branch earns honours

BANK of the Bahamas
International's newest branch
on Thompson Boulevard was
voted its leading branch, earn-
ing branch of the quarter hon-
ours in the 2005 second quar-

4 PICTURED at the plaque
presentation are L to T,
Annette Cash, assistant man-
ager, human resources; Kendra
Moxey, branch secretary,
Thompson Boulevard Branch;
and Samantha Neely of busi-
ness development for the bank
With more than 200 staff mem-
bers and branches or service
centres throughout the

4 Judged

Branches are judged on the
number of new customers
referred each month, event
attendance records, number of
new customers signing up for
online banking and P.A.S.S
(Planning Ahead Savings
Scheme) accounts and other
t factors.

Bank of The Bahamas



November 10, 2005

Following a record breaking 2005 fiscal year, the Bank's performance remained
strong as Interest Income grew 15:. % over the corresponding period last year.
This result reflects the jump in ,oans & Advances To Customers, which
overshadowed the downward press re on Asset yields occasioned by the one
half percent reduction in the Prime Rate in February 2005. At the same time,
Interest Expense grew 15.07% reflecting an increase in Deposits From
Customers and Banks. As the rise in Interest Income outpaced the growth in
Interest Expense, Net Interest Income climbed 16.46% to B$4,927,579 from
B$4,231,011 last year.

During the period, new Net Provisions rose 219.30% from B$196,849 to
B$628,545 as the Bank continued to increase its General Provision to keep
pace with the growth in Loans & Advances To Customers. This result was
softened by a' substantial climb in Non Interest Revenue of 51.78%, which
reflected a healthy increase in loan commitment fees. Further improvements in
Non Interest Revenue result are forecasted as the Bank unveils new products
during the ensuing 6 months.

Meanwhile, Non Interest Expenses moved up 21.29% from B$3,337,337 last
year to B$4,047,969 reflecting an increase in personnel as the Bank
strengthened its Credit and Information Technology Departments and increased
its Family Island services. With respect to the latter, it is envisaged that the
Bank's Exuma Branch will open in November 2005 offering full banking
services to that island.

Following the above, Net Income settled at B$2,449,311, 7.26%, or B$165,698,
above last year. EPS and ROA were 20 cents and 2.06% respectively.

An analysis of the Balance Sheet revealed that Total Assets continued to climb
resting at B$496,833,260, 26.76% or B$104,871,619 above last year and only
marginally below the one-half billion dollar mark. This growth was driven
primarily by the movement in Loans & Advances To Customers which settled at
B$397,480,011, 31.87% over last year. The recent Residential Mortgage,
"campaigns were the main contributors to this result.

The above-mentioned results are indicative of the hard work and dedication of
the Bank's Staff and the support we receive from our Directors, Shareholders
and Customers to whom we express our gratitude. Our optimism for the
ongoing success and vibrancy of the Bank is fueled by their unwavering and
substtive support.

(Expressed in Bahamman dollars)

September September
30, 2005 30, 2004

Cash and due from banks
Investments, loans and advances to customers, net
Other assets

Deposits from customers and banks
Bonds payable
Other liabilities
Total liabilities

Share capital:
Authorized 25,000,000 preferred shares of BS 1,000 each
25,000,000 common shares of BS I each
Issued and fully paid 12,000,000 common shares
Share premium
Treasury shares
General reserve
Retained earnings
Total shareholders' equity

$ 47,518.801
S 496,833,260

$ 416,741,901


S 46.071.982
S 390,678,005

$ 312.184,781


30, 2005 .

$ 58,391.204
S 453,145,174

S 381.280,413


TOTAL S 496,833,260

(Expressed in Bahamian dollars)

2005 2004

Interest income
Interest expense
Net interest income
Less net provision for loan losses
Net interest income after provision for loan losses
Non-interest revenue
Income from investments
Net revenue


(Expressed in Bahamian dollars)

Net income
Adjustments for non-cash items

Net change in other non-cash operating items
Net cash used in operating activities

Acquisition of fixed assets
Purchase of investments
Proceeds from maturity of investments
Net cash used in investing activities

Dividends paid
Net cash used in financing activities



$ 8,025,025
S 2.449,311

S 0.20

$ 6,922.864
S 2,83,613

S 0.19

2005 2004

$ 2,449,311I


$ 2,283,613



(1,912,896) (1,920,000)
(1,912,896) (1,920,000)

$ 47,518,801

5 46,071,982



These consolidated interim condensed financial statements are prepared in
accordance with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting. The accounting polices
used in the preparation of these consolidated interim condensed financial
statements are consistent with those used in the annual financial statements
for the year ended June 30, 2005.

The consolidated interim condensed financial statements include the accounts
of Bank of the Bahamas Limited and its wholly owned subsidiary, Bank of the
Bahamas Trust Limited.


Certain comparative figures have been restated to comply with the current
year's presentation.

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Giants ease past Crushers

* XAVIER'S Ashton Butler tries to dribble through the defence of St. Bede's. U ST. BEDE'S Davon Adderley puts the clamp on this Xavier's player in their
Xavier's won the Catholic primary school game 25-17 on Monday at Xavier's. Catholic Diocesan Primary School basketball game on Monday.
(Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune staff)
(Photo: Felipe MajorTribune staff)


West Brom manager
Bryan Robson is asking
fans to be patient, with
the Baggies having
slipped into the final
three relegation spots
alongside Sunderland anil
Robson said some of
the Baggies' summer sigi
ings have prompted fans'
to believe the club has
improved dramatically.
"The expectation levels
have definitely gone up,"
he said. "But it takes time
to build that kind of side."
Robson's team picked
up 24 points in its last 19
games last season, with
fans now expecting the
club to reach a point total
of 50. So far this season,
the Baggies have only
eight points in 12 games.
"Our main aim now is
to make sure we're in the
Premiership again," Rob-
son said.
land Midfielder Scott
Parker has nothing but
praise for his Newcastle
teammate Michael Owen.
Since arriving from
Real Madrid, Owen has
scored four goals in six
games, and he scored two
in England's 3-2 victory
over Argentina in a
friendly on Saturday.
"He's quicker than any-
thing, and if you give hint
half a yard nine times out
of 10 it's a goal," Parker'
said. "If I was a defender
I wouldn't be too happy
marking him."
"You get Michael onto'
the end of a ball and
there's every chance the
end product is a goal. He ,
can snatch us goals at any,:
moment. With someone
like him in your team
there's every chance you
can be up against it, and
then, bang, you're 1-0
England Sunderland
defender Stephen Wright
is ready to start playing
again, three months after
being sidelined with a
knee injury.
The 25-year-old former
Liverpool fullback could'
be involved against Aston
Villa on Saturday, but
knows he may not start.
"I'm ready if the man-'
ager wants me," Wright
said. "I have hated being
injured and I'm glad to be.
back. I know I face a bat'
tle to get back into the
side and I'm ready for it.



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for Xavier's

Senior Sports Reporter
IT WAS probably the
longest drive coach Mau-
rice Fawkes and his St.
*Bede's Crushers took home
from a Catholic Diocesan
Primary Schools Basketball
League game.
Anticipating their first
two-game winning streak in
the second year of being
coached by Fawkes, the
Crushers made the journey
from Kemp Road to West
Bay -Street in a motorcade,
comprising of the team,
cheerleaders, teachers, stu-
dents and parents.
However, when they
arrived, they met a fired up
Giants' team, seeking their
first victory in three games.
After posting an 11-0
lead at the end of the first
quarter, Xavier's went on
to beat the Crushers with a
25-17 decision as they
danced to the music pro-
vided by St. Bede's.
"I think the guys were
more hungry for this one,"
said a jubilant coach Nel-
son 'Mandella' Joseph.
"We had two games and we
had a chance to practise.

"We still have some more
things to work on, but I
think this game will really
set the tone for the rest of
the season for us."
Although it took St.
Bede's a little longer than
usual to make the trek to
the game, Joseph said his
Giants were undaunted as
they waited patiently.
"I was really surprised. I
was trying to calm down my
players when they showed
up with the music," he stat-
ed. "I tried to get them
calm down because we
knew we had a game to
Xavier's did just that in
the first quarter as they ran
rings around St. Bede's.
While the Crushers had dif-
ficulty finding the open
man to pass the ball too,
the Giants were able to
take the ball inside and
score at will.
Brandon Whyms got the
rally started with a lay-up
and he ended it with one of

two free throws before the
end of the buzzer.
The Crusaders, still try-
ing to get adjusted to the
windy conditions, finally
got on the scoreboard when
Davon Adderley Jr. sank
one of his two charity shots
to start the second quarter.
But, just like the first, St.
Bede's couldn't get any
rhythm going offensively
and they didn't have any
offence to contain Xavier's
as they raced out to a com-
fortable 16-3 advantage at
'the half.

Both teams struggled to
score in the third, but it was
the Giants who surged
ahead with a 20-6 margin
with just eight minutes left
for the Crushers to make a
final comeback.
With the fans cheering on
both teams in the fourth,
whenever St. Bede's made
a run, Xavier's answered
with two baskets to stay
comfortably ahead.
Coach Fawkes said he
was very disappointed in
his Crushers' slow start.
"We were just walking up
the court and passing the
ball nowhere," he said.
"We just have to try to see
if we can still hold onto a
playoff spot and go from
Fawkes, however, said he
was pleased with the school
spirit as they brought a new
dimension to the league
with the motorcade. Even
though they didn't win, he
said Xavier's knew that
they were there.
He just felt that getting
shutout in the first quarter
was their downfall.
Kent Wood led Xavier's
with eight, Justin Symon-
ette had six, Brandon
Whyms five. For St. Bede's,
Theron Taylor had a game
high 10 points, despite
missing nine of his 11 free
Davon Adderley finished
with three, while Dwayne
Rolle and Theron Curry
both had two.
Coach Joseph said it was
probably the best primary
school game he participat-
ed in and he thanked St.
Bede's for making it a
memorable one.


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The obstacles facing those

born to immigrant parents

Tribune Staff Reporter
YOUNG women born in
the Bahamas to immigrant
parents are often faced with
tremendous social pressures
that are mired in economic
and societal inequalities, with
the result being the destruc-
tion of their self worth, the
loss of identity and the aban-
donment of hope in a future
worth living, woman Corpo-
ral Lisa Rahming, a coordina-
tor of the Farm Road Urban

"This problem plays on their psyche. They ask us,
'Who am I; what am I?' Their lack of self worth and
self esteem eventually prompts an increase in crime.
When they can't get the basic necessities of life, they
will find other means of acquiring funds if they can't
find a job."

Corporal Lisa Rahming

Renewal Project, contends.
Every day, Corporal Rah-
ming said, she deals with

young females who find it dif-
ficult to realise their self-worth
because they can not get a cer-

tificate of identity from the
only place they know as home.
More predominantly, chil-

Opportunities for women

in Bahamas police force

Tribune Staff Reporter
THERE are no boundaries for a
woman in the Royal Bahamas Police
force (RBPF) today, Corporal Lisa Rah-
ming proclaimed, saying that women offi-
cers now have equal access to opportu-
nities for training and promotion initia-
tives as their male counterparts.
As a matter of fact, she feels that her
tenure with the RBPF has given her the
opportunity to touch so many lives much
more than she would have ever been able
to on her own.
"Life as a female officer is much dif-
ferent than it was when I began this
career in 1993," Corporal Rahming told
Tribune Woman.
"Commissioner Paul Farquharson has
really done a lot to give women equal
opportunities for advancement, educa-
tion and training, locally and interna-
tionally," she said, adding that a wom-
an's chance of moving up the ranks of
the force have increased as well.

"Today, a woman can realistically set a
goal of being the first commissioner or
assistant commissioner. We can work
towards these visions and dreams believ-
ing in ourselves that we are equal to men
in terms of opportunities for advance-
ment because in the eyes of the public, we
are all seen as police officers when the job
has to be done."
For the past three years, Corporal Rah-
ming has been one of the coordinators
of the Farm Road Urban Renewal Pro-
ject, under the direction of ASP Stephen
Her involvement with the project, she
said, opened her eyes and gave her the
opportunity to help mold the lives of chil-
dren and make a difference in the lives of
underprivileged citizens every day.
With the assistance of Paulette Forbes,
Corporal Rahming said the project has
grown not only in the amount of children
and adults grabbing the outstretched
hands of help and hope, but also in the
amount of services offered to the public.
She assists in overseeing most of the
community youth programmes, includ-



ing the entrepreneurship programme;
after-school tutoring classes in math, Eng-
lish and computer science; two large-scale
summer youth camps at Evangelistic
Temple and East Street Gospel Chapel; a
boy's club sponsored by Toastmasters
and a girl's club sponsored by Women
of Essence; and the Farm Road Youth

dren of Haitian parentage,
and to a lesser extent, children
of Jamaican parentage, are
"acting out" as a psychological
response to this dilemma, she
told Tribune Woman.
While the officer said shell
sees young boys turn toward
criminal activity, and eventu-
ally end up before the courts,
young girls are resorting to
"hooking", or selling their
bodies to meet their physical
Corporal Rahming said that
children, adolescents, and
teens like these are slowly
beginning to open up, express-
ing that they want the
Bahamas to recognise them
and allow them the opportu-
nities they need to achieve
their goals.
"In working with them one
.on one, it gave me a reflec-
tion of my past growing up -
the obstacles I faced," she
said, noting that Bahamian
children face similar chal-
lenges as well.
"So I'm able to relate to
them as they speak with me
about the obstacles they
Those obstacles, she said,
can range from not having
lunch and bus money, to being
the victim of a sexual crime.
A big disadvantage for the
teens, she added, is that as
they leave high school and
seek higher learning, they are
hitting many stumbling blocks.
Bahamian-born children of
Haitian or Jamaican parent-
age are forced to pay the same
tuition fees as foreign students.
to get into local institutions,
so many end up without
attaining a college education.
"The Bahamas is all they
know, Corporal Rahming
explained, "and the Bahamas

Government can assist."
She believes that a new link
between the Immigration
Department and the Urban
Renewal Project should be
The Government, she said,
set up the project to assist the
destitute, and the majority of
children involved in the pro-
ject, especially in the Farm
Road area, are children born
in the Bahamas of Haitian and
Jamaican parentage.

"If Immigration and Urban
Renewal team up, we would
be able to assist a large num-
ber of persons in the country.
As the constitution states, if
they were born here, they
should have the opportunity
to have access to citizenship."
She added: "This problem
plays on their psyche. They
ask us, 'Who am I; what am
I?' Their lack of self worth
and self esteem eventually
prompts an increase in crime.
When they can't get the basic
necessities of life, they will
find other means of acquiring
funds if they can't find a job."
Corporal Rahming said she
was able to sharpen her skills
in dealing with these youths,
after attending a gang violence
course in Chicago in August.
The National Crime and
Gang Research Center, along
with psychiatrist Dr George
Nooks, teamed up to organ-
ise the course, which was
attended by community offi-
cers, like Corporal Rahming,
from all around the world.
Two other Bahamian officers
also attended.
She said she learned more
SEE page two

Marching Band.
In the three years since the band's
inception, it has grown to become a well-
known band for its good music and live-
ly dance presentations.
Corporal Rahming can be seen at band
SEE page two

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appearances wearing a cos-
tume similar to the girls who
are performing. They appear
to have a good time with her.
She calls out the routines they
are to perform next, and
encourages the crowd to cheer
to inspire the youths.
The band was restructured
in March, under the direction
of officer Theodore Campbell,
Nadia Young and Lamon
"We wanted more young
persons living in Farm Road,
especially the younger kids, to
have the opportunity to join

the band and play more pre-
dominant roles," said Corpo-
ral Rahming.

She said the Farm Road
Urban Renewal Project team
believes in encouraging the
youths of the area to acquire a
proper education; become
socially involved in their com-
munities; dress and speak
properly; establish a sense of
personal and national pride;
and find peaceful ways to
resolve conflicts now and in
their adult lives.
In addition, Corporal Rah-

ming has helped to organise
what she calls "special educa-
tional opportunities", where
she says Farm Road children
are able to learn things they
might have never known.
For example, in November,
the girl's group was taken to
Princess Margaret Hospital to
attend a seminar focusing on
breast cancer, fibroids, and
other illnesses found mostly
in women.
The girls were taught how
to take care of themselves and
avoid illness, how to test them-
selves for lumps in the breast,
how to detect symptoms early.
As a female officer, Corpo-
ral Rahming said she is able to


reach out to girls and young
ladies in ways that male offi-
cers could not.
She is excited about a new
opportunity that was recent-
ly presented to Bahamian
female officers.

Corporal Rahming said she
and her colleagues were
recently approached about
starting a Caribbean Police
Women's Association.
"Once it gets underway, we
would be the founders of the
association; it would be initi-
ated by Bahamian women."

She said woman Sgt Adder-
ley is presently in the prelimi-
nary stages of drafting the first
documents to make the asso-
ciation a reality.
"I would say to other police
women: Take this as more
than a job. Take this as your
career, aspiring to higher
heights each day.
"We can accomplish it if it is
our goal to one day become
the first woman assistant
superintendent or the first
woman commissioner."
Corporal Rahming encour-
aged female police officers to
continue to work hard to
"make each and every one of
their dreams a reality".


and heart disease

Tribune Feature Writer
IN BAHAMIAN culture some women
seem to be placing aesthetics above health
concerns, to the point where their desire to
be viewed as "solid" has them making
some dangerous health choices.
"Bahamian men like their women with a
little weight on, so when I've counseled
people about being overweight, I fre-
quently get the response, 'my husband likes
me this size', or people would say that
weight runs in my family, I can't help that,"
Dr Agreta Eneas-Carey, family medicine
specialist, told Tribune Woman. "But it's a
serious thing with our men. They like their
women big, so you find that a lot of women
are not to keen on losing too much
It is this desire that contributes to one of
the leading causes of death in Bahamian
women, heart disease, the doctor noted.
According to Dr Eneas-Carey, heart dis-
ease is the leading cause of death in the
country for persons over the age of 55.
And women, she added, make up a huge
percentage of these cases.
While many women in the country are
concerned about regular screening for
breast cancer and other diseases that affect

Dr Eneas-Carey: 'many are at high risk'

women, the doctor believes that it may be
profitable to also adopt a healthier lifestyle,
which will lower the risk for heart disease.
Dr Eneas-Carey told Tribune Woman
that in her practice and in wider observa-
tions of society, there are many women
who are at high risk for heart disease. Obe-
sity, diabetes, hypertension, smoking, lead-
ing a sedentary lifestyle, and following a
fatty diet, are some of these risk factors.

But it may not be an outright lack of
concern that fuels this problem. It may be
that women unknowingly brush early
symptoms to the side. "We want to make
women more aware of their symptoms.
Historically, heart disease has always been
a disease in men because they were under
stress, they were the ones who smoked and
drank. But now women have caught up
men in all other areas.
"So your typical presentation for heart
disease, of a heavy pressure in the chest or

squeezing in your chest or pain that radi-
ates down the left arm, sometimes for
women they may just have a feeling of
nausea, some heartburn, a little vomiting or
feeling really tired. So many of these sub-
tle symptoms they may overlook."
Earlier this year, the Nassau Chapter of
Links, of which the Dr Eneas-Carey is a
part, held a fundraising event to help raise
awareness among women about heart dis-
ease. They hoped that the event would
help to bring about a decrease in the preva-
lence of heart disease among Bahamian
"I think it is our lifestyle. We are a
relaxed, fun loving people. We tend to
have a diet that is heavy on the starch and
Bahamians like to party so there is always
alcohol around (another risk factor for
heart disease)..." she added
She believes that Bahamians as a whole,
do not take heart diseases seriously, espe-
cially men who do not like to take their
hypertension medicine because it affects
sexual ability.
Women, on the other hand, will take

their medication, but the presentation of
heart disease is so different in the female
gender, that the difficulty is getting women
to see a doctor even when they do not
notice any symptoms.


"Women need to go to their doctor oth-
er than to get pap smears. Go for your reg-
ular checkup. Go for your blood pressure
reading. Check your cholesterol and your
sugar on a regular basis."
Though the doctor admits that there
needs to be more concern given to health,
it seems that in recent years, the message
has been heard.
"I think over the past 10 to 15 years,
people have become more aware. The
health system is really trying to push pre-
ventative measures because now you see all
kind of people walking in the morning and
in the evening. And exercise is really being
pushed, and proper eating is really being

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about the causes and
prevention of crime,
especially in youths, and
was able to share infor-
mation with conference
delegates about the
extent to which crime
exists in the Farm Road
area, adding that young
people are being nega-
tively impacted, she told
Tribune Woman, by vio-
lent movies and video
games like Grand Theft
Her life, she said, has
been enriched-by her
experiences with the
Farm Road community
youth, whom she wishes
to see achieve goals that
will positively affect
their community and
To the youths, she
says: "Hold on, have
faith, because you never
imagined there would be
an Urban Renewal Pro-
ject in your community.
The project will help you
to stay self-motivated
and productive. People's
lives have been reas-
sured in many ways,m
including receiving food
and clothes, counseling,
having their homes
repaired and neighbbuhn
hoods cleaned up, and
having opportunities for
educational advance-
"Stand firm; the good
work of Urban Renewal
has just begun. The
greater part of it is still
to come. Your experi-
ences and indeed your
lives will be applauded
when the good changes
you are about to receive
become a reality."

'Women Striving for a Better Bahamas'

Tribune Feature Writer

As many women
in the Bahamas
continue to
struggle with
issues of
domestic violence, and health
concerns, this year's National
Women's Week, beginning Sun-
day, November 20, will seek to
address those topics, providing
forums for discussion, the dis-
semination of information and
avenues for screening and test-
Minister of Social Services
and Community Development
Melanie Griffin held a press
conference yesterday to
announce the week of activities
which will commemorate the
43rd anniversary of the enfran-
chisement of Bahamian women.
The event, which will be held
under the theme, "Women
Striving for a Better Bahamas",
will serve as an opportunity for
women in the country to reflect
on their struggles throughout
history and acknowledge the
strides that have been made.
"National Women's Week is
celebrated annually in the com-
munity and it provides the
opportunity for Bahamian
women to reflect upon their
journey from enfranchisement
to the present day, recognizing
that though there have been
challenges, there is indeed cause
to celebrate the accomplish-
ments realized since that his-
toric day;" said Minister Griffin.
The week-long celebration
begins with a church service at
Wesley Methodist Church on
Sunday, November 20 at 4pm.
Kenris Carey will be the speak-
Women are being encour-
aged to be aware of other high-
lights which include:
Monday, November 21 -
Publishing of National Wom-
en's Week Proclamation &
Minister's Message in the news-

Minister announces

week of activities


Members of National Wom-
en's Week Committee to
appear on the Morning Boil
Show, Island 102.9FM between
6am and 10am.
School visitations by the
National Committee for Youth
Renewal and Revival

Tuesday, November 22 -
Bureau of Women's Affair's
"Healthy Lifestyle Initiative for
Women". There will be a live
remote via Island 102.9FM and
MORE 94.9FM. Time: 8:30am -
2pm on the grounds of the
Clarence Bain building, Thomp-
son Boulevard. Various tests
and presentations will be given
by health care professional and
representatives from allied
"Ladies Night", a town
meeting for women on the pro-
posed changes to the Constitu-
tion hosted by Bureau of Wom-
en's Affairs. Proposed venue:
Workers House, @ 7pm.
Town Meeting, Fresh
Creek, Andros. Speaker, Dr
Sandra Dean-Patterson

Wednesday, November 23 -
National Women's Week lun-

cheon, SuperClub Breezes @
12:30pm. Bernadette Christie,
wife of the Prime Minister, will
be the featured speaker. Cost:

Thursday, November 24 -
Talk show on "Violence
Against Women" @ 11am, host-
ed by Darrold Miller. Dr San-
dra Dean-Patterson and Minis-
ter Donna Huyler will be the
guest speakers.
Representatives of women's
groups will appear on the Morn-
ing Boil Show on Island
102.9FM between 6am and

Saturday, November 26 -
Children's Home visitations,
facilitated by the Bahamas Girl
Guides Association.
Essence ITC Club will host
a training workshop for non-
governmental women's organi-
sations designed to assist groups
with their networking, organi-
sational and communication
skills, The workshop is free to
all groups. Venue: Doctors Hos-
pital conference room, from
9:30am to 1pm.

Sunday, November 27 -
Sunday Afternoon Show on
Island 102.9FM with host, Patty
Roker. Deputy Prime Minister,
Cynthia Pratt will be the guest
speaker. Time: 2pm to 4pm.

Minister Griffin encourages
the general public, specifically
the women of the Bahamas, to
participate in the week of activ-

For further information, con-
tact the Bureau of Women's
Affairs at 356-0244/6.


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Professor: HIV/AIDS often

manifests itself in oral cavity

Tribune Feature Writer
Most patients
infected with
will present
with at least
one oral manifestations at
some point throughout their
illness. As key players in the
primary health care of these
patients, dentists and dental
hygienists have the ability to
positively affect the well being
"About 65 to 70 per cent of
HIV patients would represent
inoral manifestations, mainly
thr,. ib '$S R Prabhu, associ-
ate, dean of the faculty of
Medical Sciences, and head of
the Oial Disease Unit at the
UiDifdity'bf the West Indies,
SitAuigustine, Trinidad &
T.bago said. "And the den-
tist, those who look in the
mouth, may be the first ones
sometimes even to diagnose
the underlying HIV status and
una,': 0 ,

SUMMER internships and job
'experience programmes are impor-
tant for any highschool senior or col-
lege student, but even more so for
'deaf and hearing impaired students,
'ho must face communication chal-
lenges on the job.
F' or some deaf students, the sum-
.mer internship and job experience
-may be their first time actually work-
ing in a "hearing" environment. Such
'is the case of Denaldo Antoine Hen-
(,field, a fifteen year old student of C. C.
Sweeting High School who is partial-
4y deaf but communicates verbally and
can read lips,

Denaldo is an aspiring surgeon
.whose wish to be exposed to as many
medical fields as possible, led him to
his guidance counselor Patrice Francis.
Collaboration between Ms Francis
.and Doctors Hospital's training officer
'Elizabeth Grant resulted in Denaldo
'being placed in the School to Work
Programme in the fast paced emer-
gency room at Doctors Hospital.
As Denaldo has residual hearing
and is able to speak, communicating
with supervisors and associates was
'not a difficulty. In addition, through
lip-reading and written forms of com-
munication, Denaldo was able to con-
vey his thoughts and accomplish his
The School-to-Work Programme, a
four-week hands on programme,
exposes students aspiring to become
medical professionals in the medical
field. During his four weeks of on the
job training, Denaldo observed the
emergency room physicians and nurs-
es as they went about their duties, he
answered the telephones, arranged
paper work, organised files, ran spec-
imens to the Lab and delivered forms
to the X-ray Department.
"I was excellent in the emergency
room", writes Denaldo with pride
when asked to comment on his expe-
rience during the work programme.
"It was a beautiful thing (to experi-
ence) because I want to be a medical
doctor. When you are a doctor, you
have to have patience. In my opinion;
a patient person is a controlled person
and indicates true power. I have this
quote' from the ancient wise man,
Confucius. Confucius said 'In life, it is
most important not to become impa-
tient, but to pursue your goals and
objectives in a methodical way, achiev-
ing them one by one. When we
become impatient and try to rush

may be responsible to even
refer him or her to a special-
ist," he said.
Professor Prabhu is of the
view that the oral health pro-
fessional is an integral part of
the treatment team for
HIV/AIDS in any country,
because the disease often
manifests itself first in the oral
cavity of the HIVIAIDS

"Dentists certainly have a
role to play in this and for
many reasons. These legions
may be the first sign that the
patient has HIV and the den-
tist sees these in his or her
practice. We are the ones who

can easily tell how the disease
is progressing or reacting to
treatment just by looking at
these legions."
Professor Prabhu was
addressing the Dental Asso-
ciation of the Bahamas con-
ference on the Oral Manifes-
'tations of HIV. The two-day
conference was held at the
Rum Runners Room of the
Radisson Hotel, and provid-
ed an opportunity for dentists
and dental hygienist to hear
from national and interna-
tional speakers on various top-
ics related to dentistry and
developments in the field.
According to Professor
Prabhu, in most cases various
oral lesions serve as early diag-
nostic indicators of the pres-

ence of the HIV infection or
as an indicator of the progres-
sion of the disease. The lesions
may also serve as potential
clinical markers of HIV
viremia, indicators of the suc-
cess or failure of treatment
and indicators of complica-
tions of drug interactions.


HIV was first documented
in the Caribbean twenty-two
years ago. Since then, over
500,000 persons have been
infected in the region, and in
2003, Bahamian statistics
reported more than 5,000 HIV
cases locally.
Early symptoms and warn-
ing signs of the disease

* C.C. Sweeting Student Denaldo Antoine Henfield (left) with Dr. James Iferenta,
clinical director, Emergency Services, Doctors Hospital.

things, impatience breeds fear, stress
and discouragement.' This is true for a
doctor and also in life."
When asked about Denaldo's per-
formance in the emergency room,
Marsha Minns, emergency room
charge nurse said: "Denaldo is a very
keen, diligent and enthusiastic young
man with a very pleasant demeanor. I
wish him well and fully expect him to
accomplish his goals."
So excited and serious about his
duties, Denaldo reported to work
despite threats from Hurricane Wilma

even though all 'non essential'-workers
were told to remain at home. "His
behavior is consistent with a serious
worker and proves his dedication to
his responsibilities" says Patricia Yor-
gan, emergency room coordinator.
According to his guidance coun-
selor Ms Francis, one of the challenges
of being deaf is working with the mis-
conceptions people-have about the
deaf. "Through programmes such as

this, we are educating the public about
the beauty of diversity, meanwhile
enforcing in our deaf students that
they can become anything they want
to be, that there are ways to commu-
nicate and have a fulfilled life in the
"hearing world". "Their persistence
and patience is amazing. In many cas-
es, our society has dealt them a diffi-
cult hand, but deaf children of the
world continue to become teachers,
doctors, lawyers, actors and actresses,
Olympians and pilots. Astounding.
Deaf students continue to inspire."

include, but are not limited to,
rapid weight loss; dry cough;
recurring fevers or profuse
night sweats; swollen lymph
nodes in the armpits, groin or
neck; diarrhea that lasts for
more than one week; white
spots/patches in the mouth, on
the tongue or throat; memory
loss; or depression. But as the
professor noted, any of these
symptoms can occur in a non-
HIV environment, and he cau-
tioned dentists not to "jump"
to any conclusions about their
patient until the appropriate
testing has been done.
Though thrush is the most
common of all oral manifes-
tations in HIV/AIDS patients,
the professor highlighted oth-
er lesions that show up in the

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integral pakt, of. tribatment team for disease

I, Hearing impaired student excels

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oral cavity that should alert
dentists to the fact that their
patient may be infected.
Lesions caused by fungal
infections like candidiasis; and
viral infections including her-
pes simplex, varicella-zoster,
human papilloma,
cytomegalovirus and hairy
leukoplakia, may also indicate
the presence of an HIV infec-
tion. Oral representations of
bacterial infections like gin-
givitis and periodontitis at var-
ious stages may also indicate
The presence of various oral
and dental abnormalities
though, does no mean that the
patient is infected. Their pres-
ence serves only to indicate
the possibility.
Based on the level of the
oral condition, dentists are
able to get an idea of what
stage of the HIV infection the
patient is in. They can look at
these legions and tell if the
medication that a patient is on
is effective or if they are not
responding to treatment. Pro-
fessor Prabhu believes that for
this reason, dentists should be
added to the team that is
responsible for the ongoing
treatment of HIV/AIDS
Hbow long it takes for an
HIV infection to cause AIDS
varies from person to person,
depending on their health sta-
tus and health related behav-
iours. And while full-blown
AIDS develops within 10 to
12 years after a person
becomes infected, current
treatment modalities may slow
down the progression rate, he


"We are an integral part of
the oral health care system
that provides care for these
patients...We know that HIV
and AIDS are not the same,
and some manifestations we
know appear as the disease
progresses. Sometimes when
the oral manifestations occur,
we would be able to correlate
those with the underlying indi-
cations that the virus load may
be very high or the CD4 count
may be very low.
"All of these things are
what we see, and we become
advisors to the health team
that treats these patients let-
ting them know that either the
patient is not adhering to the
treatment regimen, or the
patient has developed resis-
tance to the drugs they are
Normal CD4 counts in
adults range from 500 to 1,500
cells per cubic millimeter of
blood, and in general, the
CD4 count goes down as the
HIV disease progresses.
If a patient's CD4 count
declines over several months,
the doctor may recommend
beginning or changing anti-
HIV treatment and/or start-
ing preventive treatments for
opportunistic infections like
Pneumocystis carinii pneu-
monia (PCP). The CD4 count
should increase or stabilize in
response to effective combi-
nation anti-HIV therapy.
According to public health
guidelines, preventive thera-
py should be started when an
HIV-positive person who has
no symptoms registers a CD4
count under 200. Some physi-
cians will opt to consider treat-
ment earlier, at 350. The US
Center for Disease Control
and Prevention considers
HIV-infected persons who
have CD4 counts below 200
to have AIDS, regardless of
whether they appear sick or

'Put feet first, prevent amputations'

Provided by Adelma Penn,
Camelta Barnes and Shandera
Smith, Nutritionists from the
Department of Public / Health
Ministry of Health

ast week we gave
you a general idea
about what diabetes
is. Monday was
World Diabetes
Day. However, we are going to
celebrate it officially on Wednes-
day November 16, 2005. Our cel-
ebrations include a Health Expo
which will be held at the Town
Centre Mall from 7am 5pm.
There will be free health screen-
ings and a vast amount of infor-
mation and other goodies.

TYPE II diabetes mellitus is a
serious disease that is crippling
us in many different aspects. It
not only decreases our quality of
living, but it weakens our pockets
because the complications are
very expensive to manage and
Today, we will share with you
some important information from
the International Diabetes Fed-
eration (IDF) and the World
Health Organisation (WHO) on
diabetes and foot care.
This year we focus on diabetes
and foot care put feet first, pre-
vent amputations. This campaign
is aimed at people with diabetes
and those in a position to influ-
ence and improve their health
care. At present, the number of
amputations as a result of dia-
betes is unacceptable. For this
reason, the International Dia-
betes Federation, the World
Health Organisation and the
International Working Group on
the Diabetic Foot are promoting
the message that, through good
health care and informed self
care, it is possible to prevent dia-
betes-related amputations in the
majority of cases.
Here are some astonishing foot
Every 30 seconds a leg is lost to
diabetes somewhere in the world.
Up to 70 per cent of all leg
amputations happen to people
with diabetes.
In developed countries, up to
five per cent of people with dia-
betes have a foot problem. Foot
problems are the most common
cause of admission to hospital for
people with diabetes.
In developing countries, it is
estimated that foot problems may
account for as much as 40 per
cent of available healthIcare
resources. ".
The direct cost of an atriputa-
tion associated with the diabetic
foot is estimated to be between
$30,000 and $60,000. Most ampu-
tations begin with a foot ulcer.
One in every six people with
diabetes will have a foot ulcer
during their lifetime. Each year
four million people worldwide get
a foot ulcer.
In most cases diabetic foot
ulcers and amputations can be
prevented. It is estimated that up
to 85 per cent of amputations
could be avoided.
Significant reductions in ampu-
tations can be achieved by well-
organised diabetic foot care
teams, good diabetes control and
well-informed self care.
Although many serious com-
plications, such as kidney failure
and blindness, can affect people
with diabetes, it is the complica-
tions of the foot that takes the

greatest toll from a human and
economic point of view. It is esti-
mated that up to 70 per cent of all
lower-limb amputations are relat-
ed to diabetes.
The goal of the 2005 campaign
is to convey and promote the
message that it is possible to
reduce amputation rates by up to
85 per cent through prevention,
the aggressive management of
existing diabetes, and the provi-
sion of appropriate education for
people with diabetes and health
care professionals.
What cause(s) diabetic
foot ulcers?
Nerve damage (peripheral neu-
ropathy) or Peripheral Neuropa-
thy results in a reduced ability to
feel pain. The foot becomes numb
and injuries often go unnoticed
because the feet do not hurt. The
skin of the foot is often very dry
and prone to cracking, which is
a common cause of ulceration
and infection. When people have
nerve damage in their feet and
do not wear suitable shoes, ulcer-
ation is a very common problem.
Common deformities such as
hammer toes and bunions, or
unusual shaped feet for which
suitable shoes are hard to find,
exacerbate the problem. Feet
vary in shape. Changes in the
shape of the feet may be either
present from birth, caused by
unsuitable shoes or due to previ-
ous surgery. Neuropathy can lead
to further changes in the shape
of the foot, unusual walking pat-
terns and a subsequent increase in
pressure and stress on parts of
the sole of the foot.
Repeated stresses lead to the
development of hard skin (cal-
lus) where the pressure is highest.
When callus forms on the foot it
increases pressure even further,
until an ulcer develops under the
hard skin. Nerve damage results
in reduced sensation in the feet.
Neuropathy can lead to changes
in the shape of the foot. Infec-
tion often complicates foot ulcers
and injuries.
Poor blood supply to the feet
(peripheral vascular disease), is
another factor which can lead to
an ulcer. When the blood supply
to the foot is poor, the situation
becomes even worse. Healthy feet
require oxygen and essential
nutrients that are delivered by
the blood. In people with dia-
betes, the supply is sometimes
inadequate, and this slows wound
healing. When the blood supply is
severely reduced, the foot is at
high risk of tissue damage and
parts of the foot may become
threatened. The tissue may decay,
leading to a part of the foot dying
and turning black. This is called
Injuries, which may at first,
appear trivial, should also be
watched closely. Injuries are
common in people with nerve
damage because they have
reduced pain to warn them of
problems. Many ulcers are caused
by pieces of grit within shoes,
rough seams, sharp objects which
have penetrated the sole of the
shoe, blisters from tight shoes, or
burns. Walking barefoot greatly
increases the risk of severe injury
because people step on sharp
objects or stub their toes.
Infection. When the skin is bro-
ken, bacteria can infect the foot.
In people with diabetes who have

Control diabetes by

keeping your blood

glucose level balanced

betes means keeping your
blood glucose level in bal-
ance. To keep blood glucose
in balance, follow the guide-
lines given here, as well as
any special doctor's instruc-
Meal planning: Although
you need to work with a
dietician (a food specialist)
to create a meal plan that
works for you, there are
some basic guidelines that
apply to everyone.
Choose whole grains and
fresh produce. Fresh fruits
and vegetables and beans,
grains and rice are nutrient-
rich. Avoid sweets like can-
dy And pastries. Eat less fat.
Limit your intake of high-
fat meats, dairy products and
For cooking, use canola or
olive oil. Choose high-fiber
foods. Fiber is found in fruit,
vegetables, nuts, seeds,

legumes and grains. Eat
some protein. Sources of
protein include whole grains,
vegetables, fish, lean meat
and poultry and low-fat
dairy foods. Eat less sodium.
Sodium is found in salt. It is
also used to keep food fresh
and flavor foods.
Ask your dietitian about
alcohol use. Diabetes and
alcohol usually do not mix,
but some people may be
able to work a small amount
into their meal plan with the
help of a dietician.
For more information
about diabetes and to
receive free glucose and cho-
lesterol screenings, visit the
Doctors Hospital's booth at
the Town Center Mall for
World Diabetes Day tomor-
row, Wednesday November

Source: Doctors

reduced sensation or poor blood
supply, wound healing is slow and
the body's ability to fight infection
may be weakened. The signs of
infection may be hard to detect
until the infection has become
very serious. Poor blood supply
results in slower wound healing.
Walking barefoot greatly increas-
es the risk of serious injury.
The long and short of it Peo-
ple with diabetes are at risk of
nerve damage (neuropathy) and
problems with the blood supply to
their feet (ischaemia). Both neu-
ropathy and ischaemia can lead to
foot ulcers and slow-healing
wounds. Infections in these
wounds may result in amputation.
Diabetic foot ulcers are com-
mon. In developed countries, up
to 5 per cent of people with dia-
betes have foot ulcers, and one
in every six people with diabetes
will have an ulcer during their
lifetime. In developing countries,
foot problems related to diabetes
are thought to be very common.
Half of all leg amputations hap-
pen to people with diabetes.
For most people who have lost
a leg, life will never return to nor-
mal. Amputation may involve
life-long dependence upon the
help of others, inability to work
and much misery. Aggressive
management of the diabetic foot
can prevent amputations in most
cases. Even when amputation
takes place, the remaining leg and
the person's life can be saved by
good follow-up care from a mul-
tidisciplinary foot care team.
The diabetic foot is also a sig-
nificant economic problem. If
amputation results in a prolonged
hospital stay, a rehabilitation pro-
gramme and an increased need
for home care and social services,
the costs are enormous. In devel-
oped countries up to five per cent
of all people with diabetes have a
foot problem. They account for
12 15 per cent of total health
care resources. In developing
countries, it has been estimated
that foot problems may account
for as much as 40 per cent of the
total available resources.
How can you prevent amputa-
tion(s)? Prevention can be
achieved by:
Becoming educated and
learning how to help identify
problems early
An emergency service
Early detection and treat-
ment of infection
Excellent diabetes control
Expert ulcer care
Here are some things to do:
Check your feet daily for cuts,
blisters, bruises or colour changes,
swelling and open sores. Report
them to your health care team
without delay. Use a mirror to
see the soles of your feet or, if
this is difficult, seek help from
someone else.
Always protect your feet. Wear
suitable footwear inside and out-
side your home to avoid injuring
your feet.
Check inside your shoes for
stones, sharp objects and rough
places before putting your shoes
Buy new shoes late in the day.
This is because feet become more
swollen towards the end of the
day and you can be more sure
that your shoes are not too tight
and fit well.
Wearing socks can help to pre-
vent injury. Make sure they are
not too tight and wash them dai-
ly. Make sure they have no holes.
Always wash your feet with
soap and water. Take care to
wash between your toes. Dry
your feet carefully, especially
between the toes. Use oil or
lotion to keep your skin soft.
Cut toe nails straight across and
file any sharp edges.
Have your feet checked peri-
odically by a healthcare profes-
Keep any wounds covered with
clean dressings.
Here are some things to avoid:
Avoid pointy-toe shoes, high
heels, stilettos and strapless and
backless shoes.
Don't wear tight socks.
When washing your feet be
careful that the water is not hot
enough to bum them.
Don't use a heater or hot water
bottle to warm your feet.
Avoid walking barefoot when-
ever possible. If this cannot be
avoided because of cultural or
religious reasons, you must be
extremely careful and avoid the
risk of bums from hot surfaces in
hot climates.
Never try to treat your own
feet with corn medicines or razor
blades. Always seek help from a
professional if you have a prob-
Avoid becoming overweight.
Don't smoke smoking dam-
ages the supply of blood to the
Don't wear jewellery on your

In order to treat a person with
a diabetic foot ulcer, the following
principles should be applied:
Once nerves have been damaged
by diabetes, sensation cannot be
restored. Numb feet need pro-
tection from abnormal pressure.
If this pressure is not relieved,
ulcers can recur.

The ideal management in the
prevention and treatment of dia-
betic foot problems includes:
Regular inspection of the foot
Identification of the foot at
Education of people with dia-
betes and healthcare professionals
Appropriate foot wear
Rapid treatment of all foot


OF any step in skin care,
cleansing is the most critical
to your skin's health. Why?
Because most of us spend our
days in environmentally tox-
ic air, with pollutants con-
stantly drawn to the surface
of our skin. Added to that,
your body also uses the skin's
surface to rid itself of toxins.
And if that doesn't have you
convinced, think of this, a
large percentage of dust is
the result of dried sewage!
So, if cleansing is so vital,
why do so many people do it
incorrectly? From rinsing
with hot water instead of
warm, to using soap with its
drying alkaline base, many.
people assault their skin on a
daily basis in the name of
cleansing. In the short term,
this results in dry, taut skin.
Over longer periods of time,
the skin's lack of natural
defences leaves it open to
attack so, ironically, it is over-
ly-fervent cleansing that actu-
ally worsens the very prob-
lems it is intended to solve.

When is a bar not a soap?

Is your daily cleansing

Education of people with dia-
betes and their relatives is essen-
tial. It is now time to take appro-
priate action to ensure that peo-
ple with diabetes everywhere
receive the quality of care that
they deserve. It is hoped that
World Diabetes Day 2005 will be
instrumental in raising global

attacking your skin? Well, if
you are using a soap bar,
chances are that it is. Because
soap is made primarily from a
caustic blend of boiled ani-
mal fat, lye and soap, it is
very highly alkaline. When
soap is applied to the face, it
neutralizes the skin's natural
acid mantle, stripping the
skin of its most important line
of defence against infection,
dehydration and environ-
mental assault.
To make matters worse,

awareness of diabetes and its
complications and that the cam-
paign will draw attention to the
need for improved foot care for
people with diabetes throughout
the world.Our feet are particu-
larly important to us. It is essen-
tial, therefore, that all of us espe-.
cially diabetics take good care of
our feet.

most consumers select their.
soap bar for its smell, which is
usually nothing more than a
highly irritating, artificial fra-
grance. The result? A taut,
dry complexion that's com-
pletely susceptible to envi-
ronmental damage. What's
surprising about soap is that.-
over 80 per cent of the'
world's population is still
using it, despite its skin dam-
aging properties.
Fortunately, you can now'
find non-soap bars with skin'
care quality agents. These:
new cleansing bars combine:
skin-friendly benefits of high
quality liquid cleansers with'
the convenience of a bar and
are formulated to match you
skin's pH. Finding the cor-,
rect skin-friendly bar is a,
great substitute to using
dehydrating soap. Ask your
skin care therapist about find-
ing the correct cleanser for
your skin.

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

h ~ca tend'ar^^^

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

E 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
information. .

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.

0 DIABETES Directions- a FREE dia-
betic support group meets the first Monday
of each month at 6.30prm 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
A utism 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) Bahamas 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, lOam-llam & 6pm-7pm & 8.30pm-
9.30pm; @ Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
Shirley St, on Friday at 6pm.


day, November 20, begins with a church ser-
vice at Wesley Methodist Church on Sun-
day, November 20 at 4pm. Kenris Carey will
be the speaker.
Women are being encouraged to be aware
of other highlights which include:
Monday, November 21 Publishing of
National Women's Week Proclamation &
Minister's Message in the newspaper.
Members of National Women's Week
Committee to appear on the Morning Boil.
Show, Island 102.9FM between 6am and-
School visitations by the National Com-
mittee for Youth Renewal and Revival.
Tuesday, November 22 Bureau of
Women's Affair's "Healthy Lifestyle Initia-
tive for Women". There will be a live remote
via Island 102.9FM and MORE 94.9FM.
Time: 8:30am 2pm on the grounds of the
Clarence Bain building, Thompson Boule-
vard. Various tests and presentations will be
given by health care professional and rep-
resentatives from allied agencies.
"Ladies Night", a town meeting for
women on the proposed changes to the Con-
stitution hosted by Bureau of Women's
Affairs. Proposed venue: Workers House,
Town Meeting, Fresh Creek, Andros.
Speaker, Dr Sandra:Dean-Patterson.
Wednesday, November 23 National
Women's Week luncheon, SuperClub
Breezes @ 12:30pm. Bernadette Christie,
wife of the Prime Minister, will be the fea-
tured speaker. Cost: $35.
Thursday, November 24 Talk show on
"Violence Against Women" @ 11am, hosted ':
by Darrold Miller. Dr Sandra Dean-Patter- -
son and Minister Donna Huyler will be the
guest speakers.
Representatives of women's groups will .
appear on the Morning Boil Show on Island "'
102.9FM between 6am and 10am. 4
Saturday, November 26 Children's .
Home visitations, facilitated by the Bahamas
Girl Guides Association.
Essence ITC Club will host a training
workshop for non-governmental women's
organisations designed to assist groups with
their networking, organisational and com-r
munication skills. The workshop is free to all
groups. Venue: Doctors Hospital conference
room, from 9:30am to 1pm.
Sunday, November 27 Sunday After"-'.-
noon Show on Island 102.9FM with host,
Patty Roker. Deputy Prime Minister, Cyn-
thia Pratt will be the guest speaker. Time:
2pm to 4pm.
Minister Griffin encourages the general
public, specifically the women of the
Bahamas, to participate in the week of activ-

For further information, contact tke
Bureau of Women's Affairs at 356-0244/6.


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by GardenerJack s a perennialthat produces best ater,
the first year when the branches have
become woody.
'Culinary herbs provide the final touch to a vegetable

garden. They allow us to present ourdishes witho a vegetable garden

heightened sense of taste and a greater awareness of
the true flavour of food. Besides which, they are fun.OST USED HERB- Thyme is

Most herbs prefer well-drained, full-sun locations. Those, like
Smint, that"' the first year when the branches hademand more water can be sown in a separate
ulinHerbs a re n ot heavy feeders ande the final w touch to a vegetablittle fertiliz-
er during their life span. In thisey article I will o nc present our atdishes wionth a e cul-.
tivation of herbs insghtened sense of taste and a greater awareness of use.

BASEL is very easy to grow and can become a weed if it escapes.
the true flavour of food. Besides which, they are fun. ,; .. 14i A ,'.,;i;.

MosThere are sever well-drained, full-sun locations. Those, like.
largmint, thgreen leaves and more water can be sown in a separate Glob e Basil last.
Herbs are nd foundt heavy feeders and do we to pick the small leaveswith just a little fertiliz-ng
er during their life sptemsan. In this article I will concentrate on the cul- ks.
tivation of herbs instead of their use. r as startersbut,,,nILI,
BASIL is verby easy to grow and can become a weed if it epes. not,
There are several forms but I prefer Standard Sweet Basil that has i ...
large, green leaves and is perfect for pesto. I grew Globe Basil last ..... 4',;','# ....
year and found m to pick the small leaves without including evs' "
undesirable stems and stalks. ,: ,. ~
CHIVES are usually bought from the nursery as starters but can p4, p ,4P' ~
be grown from seed. Individual plants should be set out an inchll
apart from each other initially. A pot of chives will last for years. 4,, ,4
CILANTRO is another herb that is easy to grow. It does notu
have a long life in our climate so it is best Sown every two weeks.
The plant can be cut back quite drastically and it will leaf back.
DILL is used mostly in the Bahamas for dill tea that relieves
intestinal gas. It is another herb that can become a weed f allowed
to spread.
LEMON GRASS is a native herb (fever grass) that is used
for teas. Lemon grass is proPagated by root division. kepichck
Sprinkled and4peppermint for candies.
MARJORAM seeds should be sprinkled on the surface of thea
soil andnot covered. Ants love to run off with the tiny seeds so
they are best started in a pot that is stood in a dish of water
MINT seeds should be covered with a very light layer of soil,
about 1/18th of an inch deep. Mint can be grown in shaded areas ~
' and needs quite a bit of water. Be prepared for mint to take over
a large area of your garden if the roofs are not kept in check. "'F
Spearmint is used for savoury dishes and peppermint for candies. 44 1. '';;,
OREGANO is a wild form of marjoram and should be treated ''',, /
the same. Once the plants are established you can propagate by ''**
root division and cuttings. ,

PARSLEY seeds can be hard to germinate because the seed
coating contains an anti-germination agent. Soak the seeds in
lukewarm water and change the water several times a day for two
days before planting. Both curly and Italian parsley have a two-
year life cycle but I find it best to treat them like annuals.
SAGE is a perennial that is quite slow growing. It gives its
best harvests when over a year old..
TARRAGON in the Bahamas means Mexican marigold or
tarahumara. I notice that many people are now referring to it as
Spanish tarragon. It is a sturdy, upright perennial that bears yel-
low flowers, just like French tarragon.
THYME is probably the favourite Bahamian herb. Its tiny
seeds should be sown as for marjoram. It is a perennial and
should be picked lightly during its first year, if at all.
Last year for the first time I grew celery as a herb. We cannot
grow celery in the Bahamas that anywhere near resembles the
crisp giants grown in the north but our smaller, greener celery
plants have intense flavour. It was the suggestion of a friend that
led me to include celery leaves in herb combinations and I pass the
tip along to you.








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