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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
Alternate Title: Nassau tribune
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: January 4, 2006
Copyright Date: 2006
Frequency: daily, except sunday
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Class action lawsuit Bringing down the bleachers on Bay Street

after crash tragedy

Tribune Staff Reporter
NINE Bahamian families are
expected to join in with the class
action lawsuit planned against
Chalk's Airline, The Tribune
has learned.
Six Bahamian families are
already suing the airliner, and
three more are expected to join
following their relatives' funer-
als this weekend.
It is believed that the fami-
lies of Genevieve Ellis, Bethany
Sherman, and Niesha Fox,
whose funerals are planned for
this weekend will be joining
with the other families in suing
"the world's oldest airliner".
According to international
reports, early investigations by
the National Trahsportation
Safety Board showed that the
stress fractures in the right wing
of the plane may have led to
the crash that killed 12
Biminites. However, NTSB
investigators said that the final
report on the cause of the crash
is still months away.
The ill-fated 47-year-old air-
craft, a G 73 Turbine Mallard,
crashed into the ocean shortly
after take off for Bimini killing
20 people. It was the single
greatest airline tragedy in
Bahamian history.
The class action lawsuit
alleges that Chalk's Ocean Air-
ways failed to properly main-
tain its aircraft. Attorney John
Ruiz said the purpose of the
action is to insure that each vic-
tim's family shares in the $50
million insurance policy that the
Chalk's airline carries.
"If you don't do that what

will happen is one family can
go in and settle with the insur-
ance company for a large
amount of money and that will
be negative for the other family
members who have a right to
receive compensation," Mr
Ruiz said.
However, it is also under-
stood that Chalk's might
attempt to settle out of court.
Chalk's has grounded its fleet
since the crash and the Federal
Aviation Administration has
ordered mandatory inspection
of all seaplanes similar to the
one that crashed.
Kendrick Sherman, who lost
his wife and daughter on the
Chalk's flight, spoke to The Tri-
bune about his loss, and reason
for joining in the lawsuit.
"I felt like they were at fault.
Most people said that that was
an act of God. But I don't see it
that way. I'm going to tell you
why. The reason I say that is
because stress on the wing of a
plane isn't an act of God. And
them flying passengers back and
forth from Miami with cracks
on the wing of a plane, and oth-
er stuff wrong with it, and the
black box not working isn't an
act of God.
"Hurricanes are an act of
God. Tornado's are an act of
God," he said. However, he
said, failure to inspect an air-
craft is not an act of God. In his
opinion it was negligence.
Mr Sherman said that Chalk's
can never repay him for all that
he has lost. However, he said,
he wants justice for himself and
all the other families who have
SEE page eight

Chalk's airline remains

grounded 'indefinitely'

Tribune Staff Reporter
CHALK'S Ocean Airways
has no intention of resum-
ing its flight schedule next
week, and remains grounded
"indefinitely", according to
the airline's management.
Speaking to The Tribune
yesterday, Chalk's Paradise

Island station manager Indi-
ra Wright dismissed a local
newspaper's headline story
as "just a rumour".
In Tuesday's Bahama
Journal, the paper reported
that "an employee" at the
airline had said that Chalk's
planned to resume flying by
January 10.
SEE page eight

Scheduling conflict causes

postponement at schools
STUDENTS of Government schools are expected to start class-
es today after a scheduling conflict caused a postponement yes-.
A 9am meeting for teachers to discuss the establishment of a sub-
ject council clashed with the start of school.
This caused confusion as many parents tried to leave their chil-
dren at school only to find that there were no teachers. Mean-
while, according to one person, many teachers did not know that
they were to report to the meeting which was planned for the
Kendal Isaacs Gym.
SEE page eight

Permits granted
to move dolphins
to Paradise Island
THE Marine Life Ocea-
narium has received the nec-
essary permits to move 17
Hurricane Katrina displaced
dolphins to the Kerzner
resort at Paradise Island.
David Lion, newly
appointed president of
Marine Life and Animal Pro-
ductions, owners of the dol-
phins, confirmed that the
permits were granted on
Tuesday, according to the
Sun Herald.
Kerzner International had
offered to buy the Oceanari-
um located in hurricane rav-
aged Gulfport, Mississippi
and provide the dolphins
with a new home at its Par-
adise Island resort.
The animals are expected
to be used as the main attrac-
tion for Atlantis' planned
dolphin encounter, scheduled
to open in 2007.
However, that plan was
delayed when Mississippi res-
idents protested. They
claimed that moving the dol-
SEE page eight

Teenage girl dies,
three relatives
injured after being
struck by car
Tribune Staff Reporter
AN OAKES Field family is
mourning the death of a 17-
year-old girl while three of her
young relatives recover after
they were hit by a car just two
days into the new year.
Police press officerrWalter
Evans said the incident
occurred just after midnight on
Reports suggest the four
young persons were all outside
in the Davis Street area when a
white car with four occupants
approached them and struck
an 18-year-old male before
speeding off.
Police say a short time later,
the vehicle returned to the
area, this time with only the
Mr Evans said there was an
"exchange of words" between
the driver and a group of per-
sons on Davis Street.

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Unofficial Junkanoo results released

* DRUMMERS of the One Love Soldiers beat their way into four straight wins

* THE Valley Boys' female drummer shows that not only the men can do the job

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Valley Boys get overall first place;

official results expected next week
Fourt Rots, ,134 oint

THE unofficial results of the Phil Cooper 2006
New Year's Day Junkanoo Parade have the Val-
ley Boys, One Love soldiers and positive Youth
winning in their respective categories.
Officials in the Ministry of Youth Sports and
Culture say that the official results may not be out
until late next week.
The unofficial results for the group competi-
tions are as follows:

Category A, overall

The Valley Boys came in first place with 4,766
points. In second place were One Family with 4,746
points, followed by the Saxons, with 4,686 points.
The Roots came fourth with 4,732 and Prodigal
Sons in fifth with 4,075.
Category A, group costume

First One Family, 2,357 points
Second Valley Boys, 2,338 points
Third Saxons, 2,263 points
Fourth Roots, 2,106 points
Fifth Prodigal Sons, 1,892 points

Category A, best music

First Saxons, 1223 points
Second Valley Boys, 1,197 points
Third One Family 1,176 points

Fourth Roots, 1,134 points
Fifth Prodigal Sons, 1,110 points

Category A, best group performance

First Saxons, 998 points ..... .
Second Valley Boys, 994 points
Third One Family, 976 points
Fourth Prodigal Sons, 920 points
Fifth Roots, 916 points

For the Minister's Cup, the Valley Boys arid
Saxons were tied with 78 points.

Category A, execution of theme

First One Family, 238 points
Second Valley Boys, 237 points
Third Roots, 220 points
Fourth Saxons, 202 points
Fifth Prodigal Sons, 168 points

Category A, best choreographed dancers

First Saxons, 244 points
Second One Family, 237 points
Third Valley Boys, 238 points
Fourth Roots, 201 points
Fifth Prodigal Sons, 179 points
SEE pages nine, 10 and 11




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Plane crash

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TlE bodies of two plane
crash victims, who were travel-
ling to the Bahamas more than
two weeks ago, have been
found and positively identified.
^ Monday a shrimp boat
cre'r discovered the wreckage
o 'plane off Vilano Beach
nii;the St Augustine inlet,
F a.
i' two bodies are believed
tde the pilot, Gary Tillman
aikis 16-year-old daughter
H., ,ah both of Rome, Geor-
lb e ill-fated flight left Craig
Airfield, Jacksonville two weeks
ago with two other passengers
headed for the Bahamas. One
of those passengers survived.
The other was rescued but later
The Tillman family said they
are thankful that they now have
the chance to say goodbye to
their loved ones.



4ut out

1240 AM

Tribune Staff Reporter

AFTER being off the air for
almost a week without expla-
nation, ZNS officials announced
yesterday that they were expe-
riencing technical difficulties
with their religious channel,
1240 AM.
In place of the local religious
programming normally featured
on the channel, radio listeners
hav e been listening to an
American channel, WMMB
Nb's Talk 1240, a part of the
F x Radio Network.
According to one member of
ZNS technical team, an electri-
ca failure damaged one of the
station's transmitters over the
The corporation has since
ordered replacement parts for
the transmitter, and the channel
i ipected to be "back up and
ruining" by Thursday, he said.
icewell Forbes, the manager
ii'harge of programming at
Z%, apologised to the chan-
ng's regular listeners for the
disruption in scheduled pro-
S"We are just very disappoint-
ed by what happened. I am told
that we had an electrical prob-
lem, and we have relocated
some parts out of Florida, so
hopefully we are back up and
running shortly," he said.

Man denies
selling drugs
to tourist

SAN 18-year-old man was
ranted $7,500 bail after deny-
ing that he sold drugs to an
American tourist.
: Lavado Smith of Joe Far-
rington Road appeared before
Magistrate Carolita Bethel yes-
with the intent to supply mari-
juana as well as supplying the
Court dockets stated that the
offenses took place on Satur-
day December 31.
The dockets stated that Smith
supplied the drugs to Mississip-
pi native David Scott Chap-
poius who was also arraigned
with him yesterday, on a mari-
juana possession charge.
According to the prosecution
it was on Cabbage Beach Par-
adise Island where Smith sup-
plied the drug to Chappoius.
The prosecutor told the magis-
trate that police had found and
estimated 4 grams of marijuana
tucked in the waist of Chap-
poius' trousers, who informed
them that he had purchased the
drugs from Smith.
Chappoius pleaded guilty to
the charge of possession and

was fined $300.
Smith pleaded not guilty to
possession of a total of eight
grams of marijuana as well as
supplying some of the drugs to
Chappoius. The matter was
adjourned to May 2006.


Ticket sales will cover

seating for Junkanoo

Tribune Staff Reporter
ENOUGH money was
made during this year's
junkanoo parades to cover the
cost of seating and ticketing
according to a Junkanoo Cor-
poration of New Providence
(JCNP) official.
The audit report of
junkanoo ticket sales is
expected to be completed
within the next 30 days.
In December, the JCNP
signed a $480,000 contract
with C3 Seating for the rental
of the bleachers and a second
$40,000 contract with Tajiz,
the ticketing company.
These contracts took the
responsibility for the seating,
marketing and ticketing of the
parades out of the hands of
C3, a private company, and
put it in the hands of the
JCNP which government
described as being made up
of "junkanoo stakeholders".
While the JCNP is also a
private company, the move
alarmed some observers as the
government pledged to cover
any shortfall in the earnings
to insure that the JCNP could

cover the seating and ticketing
costs under the contracts.
In 2002 the last year the
government was in charge of
the parades Youth, Sports
and Culture Minister Neville
Wisdom came under fire for
renting bleachers from a
Canadian seating company
hoping to make an additional
million dollars in profit.
A year later, a draft copy of
the Junkanoo Report showed
that instead of making a prof-
it, the government lost more
than one million during the
2002/2003 junkanoo season.
Yesterday when The Tri-
bune asked Leslie Johnson,
chairman of the JCNP, if
enough money was made to
cover the contractual costs, he
said "yes, easily."
"I know for a fact that they
made enough money to cover
those expenses," said Mr
He said that the corpora-
tion would not need any fund-
ing from government to meet
However, he said that assis-
tance is needed in other areas,
like paying the groups their
prize money. This is'an issue

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which he foreshadowed at a
press conference in Decem-
ber when he told reporters,
"the challenge, will come in
paying the winnings junkanoo
groups their prize money."
The law firm of Gomez
Partners and Company has
the responsibility for auditing
the ticket sales for the Junior,
Boxing Day and New Year's
Day junkanoo parades this
Mr Johnson said that the

JCNP will be able to make a
report as soon as the firm has
completed its assessment.
"The public and all and
sundry will know what was
made from the exercise. We
will pay our contractual oblig-
ation and we will hope for a
better year next year.
"Our contract is guaranteed
by the Ministry of Youth,
Sports and Culture, whatever
shortfall we have in any other
areas we will make-up. The
contractual agreements
between C3 and Tajiz we can
cover from the sales of tick-
ets," he said.
James Gomez, of Gomez
Partners and Company told
The Tribune that assuming
there are no major issues with
gathering information for the
auditing of ticket sales, they
will present the report to the
JCNP within the next 30 days.
"You are talking about
going through the daily sales
for all three parades, it is not
just one parade. A significant
number of days; all of those
have to be reconciled and tied
back to deposits made into the
bank account of the corpora-
tion," said Mr Gomez.

Chaos as staff and public try to

fit into Shirley Street premises

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Registrar General's
office on 50 Shirley Street was
in chaos yesterday morning
when workers and members
of the public overwhelmed the
small facility.
Following the closure of the
main office in the Rodney
Bain building, the workers
said they were told to report
to the Shirley Street office.
The nearly 100 workers
could not fit in the cramped
quarters, but said they turned
up to work as directed, and
awaited instructions from
their superiors.
The situation then became
"chaotic", as one employee
described it, when the workers
became agitated and cus-
tomers frustrated by the lack
of organisation.
Some employees say they
have decided to work on a go-
slow basis, until a contract is
signed for a new location for
the main office.

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The Ministry of Financial
Services and Investments is
expected to acquire the Beau-
mont House for this purpose.
The workers were displaced
last week, after water came

pouring down through ceiling
pipes in the Rodney E Bain
Building, creating a hazard
for workers and the general
The building was closed,

with workers being told to
"enter at their own risk".
Until a new location is
secured, the Bahamas Public
Service Union (BPSU). and
the ministry are -working
together to ensure that most
of the services provided by the
Registrar General's office
continue uninterrupted..
Ho e\% er., ith a shift rota-
tion I r ,' i n" pl 'c na go-
slow being threatened, assis-
tance for the public will be
limited, workers said.
Officials of the office said
persons seeking to be married
should turn up at the. 50
Shirley Street office at 9am.
Marriage services will only be
offered until noon.
Persons seeking birth or
death certificates should turn
up at the office at 1pm, and
will only be accommodated
until 4pm.
Therefore, workers dealing
with marriages will report
in the morning, and leave
in time for births and deaths to
be registered or researched.


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Tribune Staff Reporter
THE JCNP did not have an
opportunity to market this
year's junkanoo parades, the
organisation's chairman admit-
ted yesterday.
During the New Year's
junkanoo parade, rows of emp-
ty bleachers were seen all along
Bay Street.
This, according to Leslie
Johnson, was because tickets to
those seats were not sold.
"We just have to market the
parade. We didn't have an
opportunity to do that this year.
"We got into the contractual
arrangement late November
early December. It just wasn't
sufficient time to market the
parade, so we will do that early
this year and hopefully get bet-
ter results," said Mr Johnson.
Brendan Foulkes, chairman
of the parade management
team, said that while he could
not speak with authority on the
issue of seating, he thinks it is an
area that needs "a little bit more
fine tuning."
Mr Foulkes said this is par-
ticularly the case as regards the
organisation of seating.
During the New Year's
parade, a number of spectators
complained that they could not
find their seats.
Mr Foulkes said he thinks the
best way to resolve any prob-
lems is to give "general infor-
mation to ticket holders: where
to go, where not to go, how to
get across Bay Street if you are
on the northern side and how to
get back on the southern side
without interrupting the parade.
"There are a slew of items
and suggestions. I think collab-
oratively we (can) all come back
together and resolve that, he
Mr Foulkes said he is "very
pleased" with the management
of the groups.
"As you saw on New Year's
Day, the grand marshall expe-
dited that first group at 12.01am
on the button. We have only
had this management appoint-
~"~'ffut-in late-September- first-
part of October.
"Basically, we have only had
eight weeks of true, true plan-
ning. I am pleased with my
team in collaboration with the
Ministry of Youth, Sports and
Culture," he said.
Mr Foulkes said he is also sat-
isfied by how quickly Bay Street
was cleaned up after the parade.
"We must give kudos to those
persons whoiget out there on a
holiday and get Bay Street clean
and organised. These are the
people who need to be com-
mended, not me, the chairman.
"There are many people
behind the scene that make this
a success," he said.

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EDITOR, The Tribune
IN the wake of the report of
the Coalition for Education
Reform it is essential that the
Bahamian students identified
as being below the acceptable
level of formal education be
offered remedial classes to bring
them up to standard.
We could for example open
up our schools after hours to
these persons, with teachers to
provide the necessary remedial
tuition. We cannot abandon
them to a lifetime of being ill
equipped for life's journey.
There are so-called leaders in
this country ready to open up
our borders to the competition
of workers from elsewhere. This
would be a disaster for all of
our ill-prepared workers. If we
flood this country with immi-
grant workers what will the fate
of these students be? They will
be nothing more than another
generation of vagrants or near
vagrants? They will only be a
work force for the criminal or
semi-criminal community. We
all know that the devil will find
work for idle hands, and these
new vagrants will only swell the
ranks of those who carry on the
illegal economy!
What are our plans to speed-
ily remedy the educational defi-
ciencies of this group?
Will the Hotel Corporation
fund a remedial school that will
teach basic educational topics
found to be deficient by the
researchers? Will government
public schools put on extra
classes at nights and enrol these
deficient students in these pro-
grammes? For those who are
employed. will the employer
proi ide time from work if ine-"
essary to bring them upljto.::
speed? Will existing public
schools provide daytime and
add on addition classes for for-
mal school leavers who can't
find a job? Why not allow them
to repeat the final years of
school and resit their BGCSE
exams, or are these persons to
be cast aside?
Some of the recommenda-
tions of the education coalition
will take several lifetimes to
bring into effect. How long will
it take to correct the national
pastime of sweethearting, how
long will it take to eradicate sin-
gle parenting, how many hun-
dreds of years will it take to
change the political culture to
the point of erasing social pro-
motion caused by political pres-
In the interim, what about
those persons currently defi-
cient? Is it that we are being

EDITOR, The Tribune
THANKS as usual and a
Merry Christmas and a Hap-
py New Year to you and
your wide reading audience.
The eulogy given by Fr
Basil Tynes at the funeral of
Fr Patrick Johnson on Thurs-
day was exactly what the
Anglican Diocese and indeed
this nation needed at this
Yuletide. A sermon long
overdue, that could only
have been given by Christ
himself, it was clear, direct
and truth as never been told
Fr Tynes of St Barnabas
Church was bequeathed this
honour and must he con-
gratulated for having the
courage to speak the truth
and tell it like it is, no holds
barred. Many will be upset




EDITOR, The Tribune
SOME 62 years ago several
of my colleagues and I joined
the Bahamas Air Service
Squadron, a native detach-
ment of the Royal Air Force,
and the Bahamas Battalion.
For us, it was a profound
honour and it was our privi-
lege to serve our country in
World War II, fighting for our
freedom and the freedom of
our loved ones. The bible
records, "Greater love hath no
man than this; that a man lay
down his life for his friends."
Some 62 years later, ex-
servicemen throughout the
country received a basket of
non-perishable items and
food goods from the Royal
Society of St George. I pause
therefore to salute this
organisation for remember-
ing us at this Christmas sea-
son, a time when we reflect
on the greatest gift given, the

asked to throw up our hands
and conclude that the answer is
to forget the Bahamian and
open our borders to "suitably
educated" workers from the
Caribbean? Is this what it is all
about? Is it true that immigra-
tion is so essential to the
Bahamas that Bahamians are
not essential and can be simply
left to become vagrants?
A Nassau Guardian story of
December 29, 2005 suggests
that immigration is essential to
the Bahamas. After 32-years of
independence if this is true it is
a sad reflection on the govern-
ments that presided here. The
Nationalist has advocated that
we should put a temporary stop
to the issuance of work permits
in order to take an inventory of
our immigrant situation and
identify our true need if any,
for immigrants. What happened
to the policy of having local
understudy to immigrants
engaged in important work
here? What happened to the
provision of scholarships for
Bahamians to be trained to fill
these posts?
The answer is that it has
become convenient to simply.
import what you need. There
are also elaborate deceptions
whereby there are advertise-
ments for the vacant posts
placed in our newspapers mere-
ly as window dressing. There is
not the first intention to fill the
post with a Bahamian, regard-
less of how suitable that person
'"is fdr the job. "'
:, .Soye- inowBhave Bahamians-
justifying a permanent need for
immigrants. Why are there no
immigrant workers in Long
Island, but many in places like
New Providence. There is a lot
to learn from looking into that
contrast, search it yourself and
come to your own conclusion.
Ask a Long Islander, like Mr
Irrington Watkins, to help you!
So all this talk about our
graduates being deficient must
not be allowed to lead to a con-

demnation of them, with no
remedial efforts, and a justifi-
cation for importing foreigners
into this country as some per-
sons seem to be bent on doing.
The Nationalist is interested
in seeing a comprehensive plain'
to engage in the necessary
remedial work to bring these
students up to the necessary lev-;
el in the shortest possible timed
beginning immediately or soon-
er! Anything less will lead me td&
conclude that there is no serious
interest in these Bahamians,
only efforts made to glorify
immigrants and further destroy
the culture and identity of this,
When the PLP of the sixties
and seventies did actively pro-
mote higher education Bahami-
an students were easily world,
class. Since the advent of social
promotion and the hook up as a,
means of getting a job, the mer-
it-based system was killed with
the result we see today.
Unless we wish to see the;
increase in the tendency of our
school system to produce unem-,
ployable vagrants we must insti-'
tute a remedial system at once.
We must not give support tor
those who wish to use this as
an excuse to glorify immigrants
to the detriment of the Bahami-
an identity.
The. local and dominant over-
ly pro,investor camp is con-
stantly.searching for new strat-
agens,to convince us to open-
our borders to cheap labour ia
the form of Caribbean immi-
grants. They are not aware of:
just how inflammatory a situa-
tion they are seeking to create.
We should not allow them to
lead us to their side by the mis-
use of reports like.that of the
Coalition.--for -Education
Reform.: -. r.
We should see this report as
a wake up call to put in place a
comprehensive educational
remedial programme now for
these students. Time to act
Bahamian Nationalist
Lecturer in Law
December 30 2005

gift of God's dear Son.
There are not many ex-ser-
vicemen left; some are blind,
others are in wheelchairs and
home-bound, while others,'
like myself, are strong.
Nonetheless, this kind gestitre
has cheered my spirits, when
I consider that our contribu-'
tions are still worth notable'"
This letter is a formal note
of gratitude to this agency,,
and indeed to all who hae t
given to the poppy-drive,
funds which go to the families!
of deceased, disabled and'
able ex-servicemen. May;
God's blessings continue to,
be with you all. ,,
First Baptist Church
796780 AC2 Francis RAF
December 2005

and enraged by his frankness.
No one has ever been this
bold in the past.
There are brethren who
kill the spirit; and as we
know are still at work killing
God's messengers in the
church today.
This sermon, has done
much more for this Angli-
can Diocese who desperate-
ly need to deflate the pent
up frustrations that is evi-
dent among clergy and laity.
We are on the brink of
selecting a new bishop
(leader) to take us into a
new frontier. The church
needs cleansing, the church
needs healing, the church
needs love.

December 2005

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WITH the death of George Mackey,
OBE, the Bahamas has lost someone
S who had a major formative influence on
the country's history, Prime Minister Per-
ry Christie said yesterday.
Paying condolences to the family of
S the deceased on behalf of the nation, Mr
Christie also expressed "enduring grati-
tude" for Mr Mackey's service to the
"The country's deepest condolences
nta are with the Mackey family and with the
SProviders" people of the community of Fox Hill who
now mourn a great champion," he said.
Looking back, Mr Christie said the life
of Mr Mackey "illuminated the process of
building the Bahamas into the proud
nation that we enjoy today."
U "We served together in the cabinet a
S generation ago and recently he brought
the positive touch of an elder statesman
to the process of national transforma-
tion now underway through service in
the redevelopment of Bay Street and
S downtown Nassau as the chairman of the

Antiquities Monuments and Museum
Corporation," he said.
Further recalling Mr Mackey's "invalu-
able work" as chairman of the PLP and
as a former member of parliament for
Fox Hill and St Michael's, Mr Christie
"The Bahamas has benefited from the
help of a statesman of the highest order
and we shall honour his memory."

'A role model'

- Hubert Ingraham, FNM leader

ON behalf of the Free National
Movement, party leader Hubert Ingra-
ham yesterday joined with the rest of
the Bahamas in mourning the passing of
George Mackey, OBE.
Mr Ingraham said he remembers the
deceased as a warm and caring person
and a role model in public life.
"Mr Mackey exemplified honesty and
credibility in his public life, and leaves
behind a legacy of those virtues which,
hopefully; others will emulate," Mr
Ingraham said. .
A devoted Anglican all'his life, Mr:
Mackey was a founding president of the&
St Anne's branch of the Anglican
Young People's Association and was
an active servant of the sanctuary at
that Fox Hill parish, Mr Ingraham
"Mr Mackey has at all times been
warm, friendly, and caring to all with
whom he came into contact," he said.
"I wish on behalf of the officers and

members of the Free National Move-
ment, and of my wife and family, to
extend to Mrs Betty Mackey, the chil-
dren and grandchildren our deep sorrow
at the passing of this noble Bahamian,
and to assure them of our constant
prayers for their comfort during this
very difficult period. May Almighty God
have mercy upon his soul," Mr Ingra-

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GEORGE Mackey died
shortly before 11am on Mon-
day at Doctors Hospital after
battling prostate cancer for two
years. He was 67 years old.
Born on January 19, 1938, Mr
Mackey is survived by his wife
Betty, the former Mary Eliza-
beth Thompson; daughters
S Phaedra Mackey-Knowles and
Dr Michelle Mackey-Pople and
grandsons Devonn and
Dominique Knowles.
Mr Mackey was first elected
to parliament in 1972 for the St
Michael's constituency. He was
re-elected there in 1977 and
1982, when he was appointed
deputy speaker of the House of
Assembly..In 1982, he was elect-
ed as the MP for Fox Hill, a
post in which he served until his
retirement from politics in 1997.
During his tenure in parlia-
ment, he served as Minister of

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Housing and National Insur-
ance and was at one time chair-
man of the PLP.
Mr Mackey also served at
various times as chairman of the

Bahamas Housing Commission,
the Bahamas Electricity Cor-
poration (BEC) and the Nation-
al Insurance Board and as a
member of the Constituency
Boundaries Commission.
At the time of his death, Mr
Mackey was the chairman of
the Antiquities, Monuments
and Museum Corporation, co-
chair of the Nassau Redevelop-
ment Association and was a key
force behind the redevelopment
plans for Bay Street and down-
town Nassau.
Mr Mackey was a successful
businessman and president of
several business enterprises, as
well as the founder of the Fox
Hill Community Development
Further past appointments
included president of the
Bahamas Baseball Association,
president of the Bahamas Pool

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Board of Directors of Cable
The Mackey Family has

issued heartfelt thanks to the
general public and the people
of the community of Fox Hill
in particular, for the many acts
of kindness to Mr Mackey and
the family during his illness.
Funeral arrangements will be
announced at a later date.

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Looking back on the issues of 2005

Well, it's now 2006.
Writing these articles is often
like paddling in the opposite
direction as the politicos prepare
to take us over the falls in a barrel.
Since September they have
been posted on the Bahama
Pundit blog, along with those of
Sir Arthur Foulkes, Nicolette
Bethel and Andrew Allen. There
are currently about 85 posts on
the Web site, which has generat-
ed thousands of page views.
Over the year we have tried
to bring some perspective to
important national issues -
offering the kind of context and
interpretation that reporters on a
daily treadmill don't have the
time for. For politicians, there is
nothing like the sound of their
own voices, so it's important to
exercise our right to freedom of
Perhaps it would be a useful
review to sample some of the
things this column has been talk-
ing about over the past year:


The threat of potentially
bankrupting litigation
causes American doctors to
engage in defensive medicine,
analysts say, which wastes bil-
lions of dollars a year by direct-
ing money to unnecessary drugs
and tests.
But in the Bahamas, the posi-
tion is almost exactly the
reverse. Patients have little
recourse in cases of medical
negligence, regulatory supervi-
sion is almost nonexistent, and
doctors are free to ignore com-
plaints about the care they pro-
To make matters worse, we
have no publicly available sta-
tistics on issues of safety, time-
liness and competence in the
Bahamian healthcare indus- that is urgently need-
ed to drive quality and efficien-
cy among service providers.
As crazy as it seems, doctors
are the third leading cause of
death in the US (after heart dis-
ease and cancer) killing nearly a
quarter million people a year,
according to the Journal of the
American Medical Association.
If that is what happens in the
world's most advanced and liti-
gious healthcare industry, what
shortcomings must we face in
the Bahamas? The short answer
is no-one knows. January
12, 2005.


The Christmas strike by
LP gas dealers not only
threatened our turkey dinners,
it re-opened an argument that
has raged ever since the gov-
ernment slapped price controls
on a range of goods and ser-
vices more than 30 years ago.
The Prices Commission sets
the selling price of 25 food items
and 11 over-the-counter drugs,
while limited markups are
allowed on automobiles, parts
and accessories. Fixed margins
on gasoline and diesel are re-
calibrated whenever new ship-
ments arrive. And propane mar-
gins are adjusted periodically.

Why do we still have these
archaic, burdensome regula-
tions, when any economics
primer will tell you that -
though tried since biblical times
- they just don't work?
Well, if you ask Chief Price
Inspector Sidney McKenzie of
the Ministry of Trade & Indus-
try's Consumer Division, he will
dutifully tell you that controls
ensure that "essential items are
sold at a price which would be
affordable to all, despite eco-
nomic capability."
But the real reason has little
to do with' economics. Three
decades ago, then Prime Minis-
ter Lynden Pindling was playing
the same kind of political games
here that President Richard
Nixon was in the United States.
'Both Nixon and Pindling
were facing general elections in
1972, and they both imposed
price controls in 1971 to
improve their electoral chances
by checking runaway inflation
caused by massive US military
and social spending. Nixon's
wage and price freeze went into
effect in August 1971, and was
mostly revoked by 1974. Our
price control act was passed in
July 1971, and remains in force
So year after year we have to
go through these pointless exer-
cises between the government
and the private sector...furious
little battles that take up a lot of
time, energy and newspaper,
space and inconvenience con-
sumers no end. But in the final
analysis prices go up. January


Some Bahamian politi-
cians argue that unifica-
tion with Caricom is our mani-
fest destiny...A shared colonial
culture makes those 13 small
nations down south our natural
"geopolitical allies".
Our political elites see mem-

bership in the Caribbean Sin-
gle Market and Economy more
as a counter-globalisation sur-
vival strategy. They want to uni-
fy the region's economic and
security policy vis-a-vis the
United States and other major
powers as a'bargaining tool.
Clearly, Bahamian interests
lie almost exclusively with the
United States. And we have to
ask whether it makes sense for
us to play at hemispheric power
politics. As an offshore exten-
sion of the Florida economy,
and a willing protectorate of the
world's most powerful democ-
ratic state, a more effective
strategy might be to cultivate
those ties.
Such a policy could offer a

far better future than the uncer-
tainties involved in playing the
nationalist/ethnic card with
And if the government would
pay more attention to the coun-
try's basic needs, and rather less
on the strategy talking shops
down south, we could all be bet-
ter off. For a real geopolitical
ally, look no further than Mia-
mi. February 2, 2005


O ur politicos seem
"strangely infatuated"
with China, diplomatic sources
say, perhaps because it is so
exotic and so far away. And
Caricom sees China as a "third
world" ally against the US in
the globalisation process.
But discounting the usual
government rhetoric, do the
gains from such a relationship
- for the Bahamas at least -
outweigh the cost of alienat-
ing our primary diplomatic and
trading partner, or of diverting
our limited resources and ener-
As one observer told Tough
Call: "What's so special about a
$30 million stadium? American
tourists spend $30 million on
Bay Street every few days and
the US government spends that
amount every month to help
secure the southern Bahamas
against Haitian refugees and
drug smugglers."
It is inevitable that China will
become an economic power-
house of the first rank over
time. But it is equally clear that
the Chinese communists will
not willingly let go of power.

And since that is where the
markets and people are head-
ing, there is a real possibility for
a political crisis with unpre-
dictable results.
The big issue for us is two-
fold: First, how do we balance
our all-important relations with
the United States -just 50 miles
across the Gulf Stream? The
reality is that the US is by far
the main contributor to the
Bahamian economy and the key
to our prosperity.
Second, how can we convince
our political elites to focus on
the things that really matter and
eschew the glamour of foreign
travel and the excitement of
geopolitical games; March 2,


When Columbus land-
ed in the Bahamas
in1492 after sailing the ocean
blue there were some 3,000
native Indian groups living in
the Americas.
But the only Indians that
Columbus himself saw were the
Tainos of the Caribbean -
including the Bahamian
Lucayans a society that the
Europeans completely
destroyed within a few decades.
So a description of the pre-
Columbian peoples of the
Caribbean has to rely on written
accounts from the contact peri-
od together with archaeologi-
cal evidence and linguistic
Well, you will be pleased to
know that a new book by arch
linguist Dr Julian Granberry (in
conjunction with the late
archaeologist Gary Vescelius)
"synthesizes evidence that
has...never before been corre-
lated and critically examined."
(Languages of the Pre-
Columbian Antilles was pub-
lished late last year by the Uni-
versity of Alabama Press. It is
available now in Nassau book-

Dr Granberry wrote one of
the first surveys of Bahamian
archaeology in 1955 for his mas-
ter's thesis at the, University of
Florida. dnd has a re-sume a mile
long, most of it dealing with
extinct languages. As a Florida
native, he has been a frequent
visitor to the Bahamas.
In his book Dr Granberry
notes that Taino Indians from
both northwestern Hispaniola
and northeastern Cuba moved
into the southern Bahamas
about the 7th century AD and
became the Lucayans. They
appear to have settled the entire
archipelago by the 12th century
AD. March 16, 2005


T he House panel
appointed last summer
to investigate traffic, health and
other problems at the Montagu
ramp will meet soon according
to Pierre Dupuch, the Indepen-
dent MP who chairs it.
But don't expect any quick
solutions to this long-festering
mess. If the committee is able to
report to parliament this sum-
mer, it will then be up to the
government and others to con-
sider implementing the propos-

als. And we all know how that
Since October 2004, the com-
mittee (which includes Brent
Symonette, Philip Davis, Frank
Smith and John Carey) has
been collecting public com-
ments. But the ridiculous fact
is that lawmakers are still inves-
tigating a problem that began
at least 13 years ago and that
has been worsening ever since,
through three government
A handful of citizens are
holding half the population of
the island to ransom. And this
big, bad PLP government (and
the Hubiggety government
before it...and the Pingdom
before that) has neither the guts
nor imagination to deal with a
minor problem before it
becomes a major disaster. -
April 6,2005


Haitian immigration is
the biggest threat to
our national security and to our
survival as a nation. So it should
also be clear that building a
strong political and security
relationship with the United
States is a top priority for
Bahamian diplomacy.
It is important for the gov-
ernment to have a well-thought-
out Haitian policy. It is impor-
tant to have a fully functioning
embassy in Port-au-Prince. It is
important to develop an effec-
tive relationship with the inter-
im Haitian government. And it
is important to achieve a deep-

er understanding with the US
on security matters.
But don't take our word for
it. Just listen to the average
Bahamian...they will telyou in
no uncertain terms that we
should be paying a lot more
attention to Haiti the world's
first black republic than to the
People's Republic of China. -
April 6, 2005


E energy officials from
Venezuela and. the
Caribbean (including the
Bahamas) recently agreed to
form a regional company to dis-
tribute cheaper oil on a gov-
ernment to government basis.
But it is not clear just what the
status of this proposal is now.
There has been no public con-
sultation on this important issue,
which has a lot of teeth. The clos-
est thing we have to a report was
this recent comment from Mr
Miller: "The talks have not gone
as we had anticipated, but you
always have to expect stumbling
blocks. We're still waiting to get
the final word from Venezuela
on whether they accepted our
proposal on the lowering of fuel
costs in this region."
Venezuela's state oil compa-

ny, PDVSA, happens to own
the BORCO transhipment ter-
minal on Grand Bahama and
has made noises recently about
rehabilitating the mothballed
refinery, but there has been no
official comment on this either.
In the 1970s, BORCO was one
of the biggest refineries in the
world, but it closed in 1985 dur-
ing a world oil glut. It would
take a massive investment to
re-open, but with world refining
capacity now at a premium,
experts say it may be worth the
It is unclear just what our
government's real position on
all this is, as only Mr Miller has
been carrying the ball so far,
What is clear is that we have no
thought-out national energy
policy. And if Mr Miller has his
way we will embark blindly on a
costly initiative with serious
consequences including a sig-
nificant expansion of the coun-
try's inefficient public sector.
Market flexibility is the key to
rational, best-price supply.
experts say: "By maintaining
access to the global oil market
through multiple suppliers you
let competition do the job of
regulating and guaranteeing: a
best-price for The Bahamas. -
April 13, 2005


scientists say :that;,
throughout the region,
only the offshore Pedro Bank
in Jamaica and the Exuma Cays
Land and Sea Park have aver-
age densities of conch greater
than the threshold for repro-
duction (50 animals per
So could mariculture prevent
the seemingly inexorable loss
of this valuable resources -2 i':
Well, it's hard to say. There is
only one commercial conch
farm in the world d on Provo
in the Turks & Caicos Islands. It
was developed over the past
two decades by 63-year-old
Chucl Hesse, an American per-
manent resident who, by most
accounts, is a celebrity in the
Hesse has degrees in biology
and marine engineering, and
was a SCUBA instructor for the
US Navy in his youth. Now, as
chairman and CEO of Trade
Wind Industries, he operates
the Caicos Conch Farm. Over
the years, the farm developed
patented technology to raise
millions of conch to market size
on its 10-acre plant, using 260
acres of underwater "pasture".
This technology is expensive,
but Hesse is convinced there's
plenty gold in them thar conch.
Every week Hesse's conch farm
ships thousands of juvenile
filets to Miami dubbed "ocean
escargot". He also ships live-in-
the shell product for specialty
restaurants and the aquarium
Hesse remains eternally opti-
mistic about the prospects for
conch mariculture. He thinks
the survival of wild conch
depends on the establishment
of conch farms around the:
region to reduce fishing pres-
sure. June 15, 2005.
What do you think? Send
comments to larry@tribuneme- Or visit www.bahama-

New restaurant

and bar opens

has opened in the Caravel
Beach area of Grand Bahama.
The Curley Tail's Lounge
opened last week, and hopes to
provide a venue for those who
want to enjoy drinks and enter-
tainment close to home instead
of driving out to Port Lucaya.
"When we came up with the
idea to open a lounge in
Freeport our main mission was
to find a good location. After
several months of touring the
island we realized that the Car-
avel Beach area was opportune
because of the newly opened
businesses, so many homes and
various timeshare resorts. We
wanted to offer the surround-
ing community a close place to
get a cool drink, a bite to eat
and great entertainment," said
Ralph Abbot.
Ralph and his wife Suzette
will manage the lounge togeth-
er and say they have a lot of
great plans.
In addition to serving food

and drinks seven days a week,
from 11am until, the team has
come up with a number of
entertainment ideas.
Different nights of the week
will feature live performances
by jazz and rake 'n scrape
bands, a karaoke night and even
a bingo evening geared towards

There will also be a daily hap-
py hour-and-a-half, from 5pm
to 6.30pm with free appetisers,
two beers for $5 and mixed
drinks for $3.
Although this is Ralph and
Suzette's first project in Grand
Bahama, they have had many
years of experience in food and
beverage and have opened sev-

eral restaurants and lounges
throughout the Caribbean.
They are optimistic that their
new project will be a welcome
addition to the Grand Bahama
"Although we've been open
for only one week, business has
already been tremendous and
we are receiving great feedback
from patrons. We have found

in Grand Bahama, just as on
the other islands, that some-
times locals are left out with no
good place to go to have a great
time with good service and top-
notch entertainment," said
Suzette Abbot.
The venue is also available
for private functions and par-
The new lounge is located at

number one, Bontannia Plaza
(Stop and Shop Plaza) off Polaris
Drive in Caravel Beach and will
be open seven days a week.
Curley Tail's features a full
menu of alcoholic and non-alco-
holic beverages and appetisers
and there will also be live enter-
tainment throughout the week.
Anyone seeking more infor-
mation can call 352-5800.

Haitian immigration is the

biggest threat to our national
security and to our survival as
a nation.

Patients have little recourse
in cases of medical negligence,
regulatory supervision is
almost nonexistent, and
doctors are free to ignore
complaints about the care they

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More that 200,000

treated through

Operation Miracle


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MORE than 200,000 patients
from Latin America and the
Caribbean have already
received life-changing surgery
through Operation Miracle.
The humanitarian offer set in
place by the Cuban government
allows Bahamians who qualify
to receive health care for a vari-
ety of eye disorders, including
cataract surgery and glaucoma,
entirely free of cost by quali-
fied and licensed doctors.
Cuban Ambassador Felix
Wilson told The Tribune yes-
terday that the Cuban govern-
ment began the programme last
year. Initially it was offered in
Venezuela and then the offer
was extended to other Latin
American countries and the
"200,008 thousand patients
have been operated," he said.
Of that number, 9,779 patients
were from the Caribbean.
Mr Wilson explained that
Cuba has the highest per capital
ratio of physicians in the world.
With 77,000 thousand doctors
and a population of more than
11 million, Cuba's ration of
physician to patient is one to
He said that in addition to
the Cuban doctors, last July
alone, 1,612 doctors from 27
countries around the world
graduated from the Latin
American School of Medicine.


Mr Wilson said that the
expertise of the Cuban medical
profession is unquestionable
and can be certified by the
World Health Organization and
the Pan American Health Orga-
He said that the two doctors
here in the Bahamas are
extremely well qualified one,
he said, has been practising
medicine for more than 30 years
and has a first degree in
opthamology (the highest
degree available in Cuba.)
Mr Wilson said that to date,
1,393 Bahamian patients have
been examined by the Cuban
team. However of that number,
only 350 patients have been
identified as having the type of
eye disorders the surgeons were
sure that they could correct

WEST END, Grand Bahama
- In a morning flag-raising cer-
emony, the Old Bahama Bay
staff and on-island management
officially re-opened the resort
after its recovery from Hurri-
cane Wilma.
All staff, owners and guests
were in attendance for the brief
Harold Rolle served as the
official master of ceremonies,
front desk clerk Daisy Kemp
sung the Bahamas National

* CUBAN ambassador Felix Wilson

once in Cuba.
Mr Wilson explained that
Cuba has a history of humani-
tarian service and that Opera-
tion Miracle was just another
example of that.
He said that the purpose of
the program was purely human-
itarian and not political.
"Cuba has always provided

assistance and since we have the
infrastructure in place and the
human resources, we can do
this, we are capable of doing
this at this time."
Mr Wilson added that even
before Operation Miracle
began, more than 500 persons
travelled to Cuba annually for a
number of medical treatments.

who performed above and
beyond the call of duty during
the storm and its aftermath to
help those less fortunate in the
hotel and theWest End com-
Old Bahama Bay hosted both
a special Christmas event and
a New Year's dinner celebra-
tion. The resort also offered a
special Bahamian occupancy
rate of only $199 per room to
kick off their reopening festivi-

anthem and the benediction was
given by executive chef Ezra
Russell, who also serves as min-
ister for Mount Olivet Baptist
Flags were raised to half mast
as Old Bahama Bay wanted to
acknowledge and pay respect
to the memory of those who
died during the past week's
plane crash.
It was also an opportune
time for the staff of Old
Bahama Bay to recognize those

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commence at 9:30 a.m. on 17th Januaryi 2006 and will cease at 3:00p.m. on 18 January,
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Provisional estimates from the unaudited accounts as at September 30, 2005 show the Public Debt of The
Bahamas to be B$2,753,126,000.*

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Old Bahama Bay raises

its flags for the holidays

* FLAGS are raised at Old Bahama Bay

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Chalk's airline remains

grounded 'indefinitely'

FROM page one
Mrs Wright said: "It is simply a
rumour that must be put to rest. We
are indefinitely out of service, and
we don't know exactly when we will
resume service.
"However, we will inform the pub-
lic as soon as we know."
Mrs Wright said Chalk's fleet is
presently in the United States under-
going inspections "by the appropri-
ate entities", and the process could
take "a couple of weeks".

Next week, Chalk's general man-
ager Rajan Nair is expected to
release a press statement, at which
time a date for resumption of flights
may be announced.

Chalk's assistant manager at Par-
adise Island, Clint Williams, said that
in the meantime staff is still report-
ing to work.
The airline's owners decided to
voluntarily ground its fleet after a


of Nassau, The
Bahamas, who died
at Doctor's Hospital,
Collins Avenue,
Nassau on 31st
December, 2005 will
be held at Bible Truth
Hall, West Avenue,
Centreville, Nassau on Wednesday, 4th January
2006 at 3:00 p.m.

Brother Henry Miller and Brother Greg Roberts
will officiate and interment will be in Woodlawn
Gardens, Soldier Road, Nassau.
Left to cherish her memories are her husband,
Eugene Albury; three children, Raymond,
Denise and Patrick Albury; two daughters-in-
law, Christine and Angie Albury; three
grandchildren, Kristin, Randall and Rachel
Albury; one brother, Ednold Thompson; one
sister, Joyce Bethel; six sisters-in-law, Lola
Albury, Nadine, Pauline, Marilyn, Kayla and
Maria Thompson; numerous nieces and
nephews, Karen Pinder, Crystal Thompson,
Michelle Cartwright, Frederick Thompson, Amy
Collins, Therese Albury, Tammy Sands, Rosena
Russell, Leann Wong, Anderson Thompson,
Deborah Cartwright, Elizabeth Sawyer, Ronald
and Ricky Thompson, Edna Kerr, Dale, Mark
and Craig Thompson, Andrew Thompson;
Joyce Johnson, Janice Compton and Stanley
Thompson; and numerous other relatives and
special friends including Thelma Lowe, Winnie
Sweeting, Sylvia Sweeting and Eva Thompson.

Friends may pay their last respects at Kemp's
Funeral Home Limited, 22 Palmdale Avenue,
Palmdale on Wednesday, 4th January, 2006
from 11:30pm to 1:00pm.

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tragic crash claimed the lives of 20
people on December 19. Chalk's
flight 101 crashed into waters near
the Government Cut just off Wat-
son Island, Miami, shortly after take-
Eleven of the victims were
Bahamians from Bimini, and one
was an American woman who was
a Bimini resident.
The Federal Aviation Adminis-
tration then grounded all planes sim-
ilar to the one that crashed, which
was a G-73 Turbine Mallard.
There are only 41 of these 1940s

era seaplanes in the world, four of
them owned by Chalk's.
On December 22, the National
Transportation Safety Board
released photos of the recovered
aircraft, which depicted fatigue
cracks found on the separated
However, the NTSB said the prob-
able cause of the crash has not been
determined yet.
Once inspections are complete and
the status of the 40 other G 73 Tur-
bine Mallards are ratified, they are
expected to resume flights.

Permits granted to move

dolphins to Paradise Island

FROM page one
phins out of Mississippi would
be bad, both for the dolphins
and the community.
The continued effort to
purchase dolphins for the
company's Phase III aquat-
ic facility has not been easy
for the Kerzner organisa-
Recently a minority part-
ner of the Gulfport Ocea-
narium filed a lawsuit in the

US, opposing the sale of the
17 dolphins.
Moby Solangi, Who was
fired from the Oceanarium
earlier this year, Went to
court to stop the sale, stat-
ing that the dolphins should
remain in Gulfport and not
be sold to "the highest bid-
der," ABC News said.
Last month Kerzner
International also became
embroiled in a controversy
involving the alleged illegal

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import of dolphins from the
Solomon Islands.
The World Society for
the Protection of Animals
(WSPA) claimed that 40
dolphins were to be export-
ed to the Bahamas for
Kerzner's Atlantis resort.
A ban is in place in the
Solomon Islands for the
export of live dolphin.
However, Kerzner Inter-
national vehemently denied
all allegations which
claimed that their company
was attempting to purchase
the dolphin.
According to the Sun
Herald's report, the
announcement came a day
after longtime Marine Life
veterinarian Connie Chevis
resigned her post. The story,
according to Mr Lion,
claims that Ms Chevis left
because she felt her role
with MAP was redundant.
It is not clear when the
dolphins are to be moved.

Teenage girl dies,
three relatives
injured after being
struck by car
FROM page one
Following the exchange,
witnesses said the vehicle left
the scene, only to turn around
and drive back.
According to police, the dri-
ver is believed to have run into
the group, hitting three young
girls aged 17, 16 and eight.
They were all taken to
Princess Margaret Hospital'
along with the 18-year-old
male. However, the eldest girl
died of her injuries at four
The young man was treated
and discharged, while the 16
and eight-year-olds remain in
Mr Evans said police would
not release the names of the
victims. He said police lha\e
launched an intense in', esiga-
tion into the matter, but ha:e
yet to decide exactly how the
death or the three othejf
injuries will be classified. .
He said the young victims
were all related.


conflict causes


at schools

FROM page one
Yesterday, Education
Minister Alfred Sears
apologised to parents,
teachers and students
for the confusion. He
said that when he heard
of the conflict, he had,
asked for the meeting
to be rescheduled as
the start of school was
the priority.
Mr Sears said schools
should resume today
with no problems,
except for Carlton
Francis primary school
which is to open next
That school recently
underwent renovations
and this week new fur-:
niture is being installed.,

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FROM page one
suffered a personal loss from the downed flight.
"I want justice from them justice for all the families,
including me and my sons. Chalks can never repay me for my
wife and my daughter. Nothing they can do can repay me for
that, and I'm sure the rest of the families can agree with me.
"With the help of God we will get by. In Bimini we will get by,
and we will get over it, but I will like to see justice done," he

22 Palmdale Avenue, Palmdale
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Famous faces atJunkanoo

Some of the more famous faces enjoying the Philip Morrison
Cooper New Year's Junkanoo Parade on Monday

M NEW Orleans Hornets basketball star Scott Burrell

* PRIME Minister Perry Christie is shown with the television film crew 48 Hours in The
Bahamas after being interviewed by the show's host, Amanda Palmer, third from right

* OLYMPIAN Tonique Williams-Darling 0 MINISTER of Youth, Sports and Culture the
Hon. Neville Wisdom with former national athlete
Ventia Ford

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* PRIME Minister Perry Christie, along with his daughter Alex, left, and Minister of Tourism
Obie Wilchcombe
(Photos: BIS/Tim Aylen)

Valley Boys are ahead as

unofficial results released

ROM page one
Category A, free dancers
First- Saxons, 173 points
Second Saxons, 169 points
. Third Roots, 159 points
Fourth Roots, 137 points
Fifth Saxons, 138 points
Sixth Roots, 129 points
Category A, best off-the-shoulder dancer
Firt- -Valley Boys, 271 points. 'Junkanoo in June"
Second Valley Boys, 232 points, "Home grown"
Third One Family, 220 points. "Ro\al Diadem"
Fourth Saxons, 208 points, "United Kingdom"
"Fifth Saxons, 198 points. 'India"
SSit\ Valley Boys, 129 points, "Enchanted beauty"
)ACategory A, best banner
Fir-s Valley Boys, 20S points
',Second One Family, 205 points
Third Saxons, 180 points
Fourth Roots, 176 points
ift h Prodigal Sons, 141 po nt
-'-ategory A, best lead piece
- i ist Saxons, 785
-Second Valley Boys, 752
:* Third Saxons, 713
SFourth One Family, 679
YFifth Roots, 652
Category B
The One Love Soldiers came in first with 2,021 points. They also
won best group costume, best music, best group performance, best off
the shoulder dancer and lead piece. The Conquerors for Christ came
in second with 1,753 points and Colours came third with 1,633 points.
SThe Fancy Dancers came fourth with 1,548 points and the Original
Congos came fifth with 1,491 points.
The Z- Bandits came sixth with 1,491 points.
Coming in seventh in the B category were the Body of Christ,
with 1.455 points. The Colours Junkanoo Group Limited came in
eighth with 1,293 points.
The Mystical Bombers were ninth with 621 points and Musical Leg-
end were tenth, with eight points.
Category C
The Positive Youth came in first, followed by the Aztec. The Bain
Town Crusaders came in third.
Category D, individuals
Coming first in this category was the piece entitled "Suffer the lit-
tle children", followed in second place by "Protect our historical
sites" and "Fishman", which came in third. "Come down to Nassau
market" came in fourth.

U SAXONS dancer Fast Eddie moves to the beat

* A SAXONS dancer gets into the rhythm

* A CONQUERORS for Christ beller shows off his stuff




SA MEMBER of the Conquerors for Christ
(Photos: Felipn Major/Tribune staff)

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* A SAXONS dancer shows the American colours

* A SAXONS horn blower rocks Bay Street

* THE Saxons with their winning lead costume, the American Champion for Hope and Freedon:

* THIS beller from the Prodigal Sons rings to the rhythm

group keeps the group jumping
(Photos: Felip6 Major/Tribune staff)

* THIS performer moves to the sound of the Sting junkanoo group

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* ONE Family show off their costumes

* THIS One Family dancer serves his master the gods

* ONE Family the king is here M ROOTS show of their Dove of Clubs

WA ONE Family off the shoulder dancer
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* THIS Roots beller keep the rhythm alive

* THE Roots horn blower adds a new sound to the backline
(Photos: Felipe Major/Tribune staif)



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S' Sundays can also be a time for
A preserving the environment.
Members of NPCC spend a day in
the garden planting indigenous
vegetation. -

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Staff from the Cable Beach Resorts
. c spend their Saturday cleaning and
S beautifying Goodman's Bay.

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Members of the'New Providence
Community Church have made it
their mission to clean up Clifton

Join the New Providence Community
Church's diversified Sundays

One Sunday per quarter, the .New Providence Community
Church organizes community related projects that Include
beach cleanup, tree planting and other activities aimed
at improving cbmmunltles in the Western portion of the
island. Call NPCC at 327-1.660 for further Information on the
next diversified Sunday activities, or send an mall to

Save our planet Recycle aluminum
cans and support Cans for Kids

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle and save our planet. Support
the Cans for Kids programme and teach our kids the
benefits of recycling. Cans For Kids uses the net proceeds
from the sale of recycled aluminum cans to finance
ongoing children programmes throughout The Bahamas
Begin recycling your aluminum cans today For more
information on where to donate cans, conlacl Cans for
Kids at 394-7513 or cansforklds@ho'tmail com

Protect The Bahamas' eco-system;
plant more indigenous vegetation

The Bahamas National Trust is looking for Bahamians to
participate in the planting of native plants and vegetation
in their yards and around their communities. For more
Information or for a list of native plants contact The
Bahamas National Trust at 393-1317 or


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If you wish to start your own project,
here are some suggestions:

*A cleanup drive In your community
* A Cans For Kids recycling campaign
SCleanup of historical sites
SSeminar(s) for Primary/High School
Students highlighting Bahamian culture. .,
and the Importance of Ecotourlsm
* A tree planting drive in your community
(native or flowering trees)
*A beach cleanup
* Painting of dumpsters by students
* Anti-litter campaigns
* Special church services Including a For help In promotlAy,
message "to encourage public project phone 302,2.
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cleaner environment mybahamas@bahat
* Best kept yard competition
* A cleanest "settlement" competition on
your Island
* A cultural show or competition for school
on your island
* An environmental exhibition In your
community or school
* Nature walks


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Fiscal deficit

slashed in half

Tribune Business Editor
PER capital spending by
stopover visitors to the
Bahamas increased by 2.7 per
cent over the previous year to
$1,084.7, a new Ministry of
Tourism report reveals, with
total spending by land-based
tourists in Nassau/Paradise
Island finally recovering to lev-
els seen in 2000 before the Sep-
tember 11 attacks.
The Ministry's 200-page Exit
Study report for 2004, which
was published just before
Christmas 2005, found that
stopover visitors to the
Bahamas spent an estimated

total of $1.693.5 billion during
2004, an increase over the pre-
vious year's $1,595,3 billion.
Total spending by land-based
visitors to Nassau/Paradise
Island in 2004 was $1.143 bil-
lion, a figure that finally sur-
passed the $1.127 billion spent
in 2000. A 3 per cent increase
year-on-year compared to
2003, that figure finally sur-
passed the 2000 mark following
a three-year recovery from
September 11.
Per capital, the Exit Study
report showed that average
spending by stopover visitors

to Nassau/Paradise Island in
2004 rose by, just 0.3 per cent,
to $1,240.2 from $1,236.9.
Grand Bahama saw a 1.4 per
cent decline in average per
capital visitor spending from
$662.4 in 2003 to $653.1 in
2004, probably as a result of
Hurricanes Frances and
Jeanne, while per head spend-
ing by Family Island visitors
rose by 15.3 per cent to
$1,153,4 from $1,000.
Per capital visitor spending
by stopover tourists is gener-
ally seen as a key measurement
of how the Bahamian tourism

SEE page 4B

Sto over

--visitor s end

increases 2.7%

Energy price rise 'level off
provides further economic
optimism for 2006, despite
ever-rising national debt

October 2005.
The Central Bank said:
"Strengthened import demand
underpinned by a 19.2 per cent
expansion in tax.revenue, while
non-tax and capital revenues
rose by a combined 85.2 per
cent. These developments off-
set the 9.1 per cent growth in
total expenditures.........
"The surge in credit demand
and the rise in international oil
prices during the January to
November period fuelled
growth in imports, leading to
a fall-off in external reserve

According to preliminary
estimates relating to the Gov-
ernment's finances, import
duties collected during the four
months to October 2005 stood
29.85 per cent ahead of 2004
comparatives, having risen
from $80.4 million to $104.4
Recurrent spending, which
accounts for almost 90 per cent
of the Government's annual
Budget, was only 4.63 per cent
ahead of 2004 comparatives,

SEE page 2B


National debt

increases 11.7%

to hit $2.753bn

WTO to have 'little or no effect' on Freeport

Tribune Business Editor
THE Grand Bahama Port Authori-
ty's (GBPA) group legalcounsel yes-
terday told The Tribune that Freeport
was an "economic development zone,
not a free trade zone", and there was
likely to be little negative impact on the
city from any free trade agreement.
Carey Leonard was responding after
this newspaper contacted him about an
Inter-American Development Bank
(IDB) project recently approved for the
Bahamas, whichamong its objectives
includes helping Freeport "adjust" when
this nation signs on to free trade deals.
The Information as a Tool for Negoti-
ating Effectiveness project said it would
help "facilitate required adjustments to
the operation of the Freeport free trade
zone that will arise from trade liberali-

station agreements".
The IDB project appears to imply
there could be consequences for
Freeport, whose free trade zone and
.rights are enshrined in the Hawksbill
Creek Agreement of 1955, from the
Bahamas signing on to agreements like
the Free Trade Area of the Americas
(FTAA) or joining the World Trade
Organisation (WTO).
But Mr Leonard told The Tribune
yesterday: "Freeport is not a free trade
zone. It is an economic development
He added that the difference between
the two lay in the fact that the WTO did

not have a difficulty with economic
development zones, whereas it did with
free trade zones.
Mr Leonard said he had been given an
insight into this difference by Canadian
consultants who had advised the Gov-
ernment on the WTO and its accession
process, adding that he understood that
in the Bahamas' application to join that
organisation, it had specifically described
Freeport as an economic development
However, Mr Leonard said he

SEE page 3B

Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas' national
debt increased by 11,7 per cent
year-over-year to reach $2.753
billion at the end of the 2005
third quarter, a Central Bank
of the Bahamas report dis-
closed yesterday, indicating this
nation still has some way to go
to curb public spending.
The Central Bank's quarter-
ly economic review of the peri-
od to September 30, 2005,

reported that the national debt
had risen by 3.5 per cent in the
preceding three months, pro-
viding further support for
assertions by James Smith,
minister of state for finance,
that the Bahamas needs to
reform its tax system and
increase revenues to cope with
rising spending demands.
One factor in the Bahamas'
favour when it comes to deal-

SEE page 4B

Fisheries export

earnings fall 31%

Tribune Business Editor
EARNINGS from fisheries
exports fell by $15 million or
31.2 per cent during the first
nine months of 2005, a Central
Bank report released yester-
day revealed, largely due to a
major reduction in crawfish
export volumes.
The Central Bank report for
the 2005 third quarter said
there was a 31.8 per cent con-
traction in the total volume of
fisheries exports during the
year to September 2005 to 2.4
million pounds.
The Central Bank report
gave no explanation for these
declines, and whether they
were linked to fishing closures
implemented by the Ministry
of Agriculture and Department
of Fisheries to conserve fish

The report, though, said:
"This outcome was primarily
due to a 35.2 per cent weaken-
ing in crawfish exports, which
represented approximately 86
per cent of the total, although
partially offset by the 13.5 per
cent hike in conch exports to
0.24 million pounds.
"Exports of other miscella-
neous fish varieties contracted
by 23.7 per cent to 0.97 million
"Estimated earnings from
fisheries exports were reduced
by $15 million (31.2 per cent),
led by a 33.9 per cent fall-off in
the contribution from crawfish
to $30.5 million. Proceeds from
other miscellaneous fish vari-
eties exports were lower by an

SEE page 4B

City an 'economic development
zone', not a 'free trade zone'

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Tribune Business Editor
he Government's
fiscal deficit for
the first four
months of 2005-
2006 was slashed
in half to about $32.2 million
compared to the year-before
period, it was revealed yester-
day, with the "recent levelling
off of growth in energy prices"
providing further optimism for
the Bahamian economy in
The Central Bank of the
Bahamas' report on monthly
economic developments for
November 2005 gave some
encouragement to officials still
struggling to contain the red
ink splashed over the Govern-
ment's finances, noting.that
government revenues and
grants had increased by 22.3
per cent to $351.6 million year-
on-year in the four months to



Customer satisfaction

must be

top objective

customer satisfac-
tion is a reflec-
tion of manage-
ment policy, and
is an important
issue: happy customers tend to
be the best and least expensive
tool for generating new cus-
tomers; unhappy customers
tend to actively try to get peo-
ple they know to use other
companies, We have recently
encountered a number of situ-
ations in which people with
whom we deal have had need-
lessly bad experiences with
As an example, one user of
satellite phones saw his pre-
paid card expire (the minutes
needed to be used up by a cer-
tain date) while in the field,
While there was $900 left on
the card when it expired, the
assignment had two days
remaining, He called customer
care and asked what he could
do to get the minutes extended,
and was told he would have to
spend a fairly substantial
amount to re-fill the card.
While not questioning that
the card had expired, or that
the company had the preroga-
tive to cut it off when it
expired, the user is now selling
the phone, and will cheerfully
bad-mouth the company to any
potential users who he encoun-
ters. The good news is that
while customer care didn't
care, the corporate communi-
cations people recognized this
was a bad business decision, so
we will not mention their name
here on the assumption that
they will do the right thing and
get some policy put in place to
deal with this condition,

I Case

In another case, a woman
went into an a supermarket
here in New York and bought

r IcSift

The following articles are taken from the case files

of The LUBRINCO Group

and Financial Examinations and Evaluations, Inc, and were printed in the

January 2006 zEGIS e-journal. Preventative Measures

represents these organizations in the Bahamas.

some milk which turned out to
be spoiled. She brought it back
to exchange, and was told that
the store didn't carry that
brand and, receipt for milk or
not, they wouldn't exchange it,
As you might imagine, neither
she, nor anyone she knows, will
use that chain,


In another case, we ourselves
bought an Archos MP3 player
from Gateway (the computer
folk). It died shortly after pur-
chase, and Gateway's customer
care said they merely sold them
and took no responsibility for
the device, They told us that
we would have to speak with
Archos. Some 150 or so calls
and e-mails later with Archos
(and Gateway), we gave up.
We have subsequently con-
vinced dozens of people not to
buy Gateway products, and
have steered many .people
away from Archos.
You may contrast this with a
recent problem we had with a
Leviton light switch. After
being informed of the problem
by e-mail, we got a phone call
from Dan Reiter, a customer
service supervisor, to say they
:e're sending us a replacement
He asked us to send back the
defective unit so their quality
assurance people could figure

out what went wrong,
But is the tone of customer
care really set by senior man-
agement? We recall working
for Simmons Bedding Compa-
ny, the folks that make the
Beautyrest mattress, many
years ago. At that time, Grant
Simmons and his senior man-
agers would meet once a week
to review all letters of com-
plaint that had been received
and decide how they should be
handled. They also reviewed
the actual disposition of cases
from the week before. Their
goal was to have satisfied cus-
tomers. We would guess that
the development of their pre-
vious and current code of ethics
was fairly easy; They merely
codified their everyday behav-


In the same way, ventures
that give benefit to others while
bringing no obvious benefit to
the venture are often still a
good idea. An example of this
would be the free tango lessons
offered by the Argentine Con-
sulate in New York City at
lunchtime two days a week,
The Consulate has the expense
asicialed with providing the
6acilftyrplus the annoyance of a
bunch of gringos streaming in
twice a week to dance.

mwinanciaI Avllore Ltd.

The benefit to the student
fairly high in two areas. F
the two teachers, Alicia C
sado and Fran Chesleigh,
excellent teachers at the toj
their game. Second, beca
the classes are free: the tea
ers have the luxury of tea
ing what they think is imp
tant for social dancing, rat
than a series of perform
techniques designed to get
students of a school to sign
for more paying classes.


The only downside for
students is the hour: Wh
some people zip in a little l1
take class for a while on th
lunch break and then leave e
ly, the class is largely access
only to those folks who c
free up their time betwe
11.30 am and 2.30 pm.
Is there a benefit for t
Consulate other than vag
goodwill? Well, a significant
number of the students w
study at the Consulate end
going on trips to Buenos Ai
to dance, and we would 1
that the tourist dollars gen
ated far outstrip any costs.
And the benefit to the teach
ers?.We have no id.Ceaw
their deal with the Consuls
might be."'nterestingly, t
classes are not used by t

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teachers as a springboard to
get private students, or to get
students for classes they teach
elsewhere, which might be
one's first assumption. Indeed,
they recommend a wide variety
of practices, milongas and
workshops done by others.
In the.end, the offering of
free classes benefits all parties
directly involved, and Argenti-
na's balance of trade, as well
as the tango community in gen-

FROM page 1B

ho standing at $341.3 million for
uo the 2005-2006 fiscal year to
up October.
bet Capital spending, meanwhile,
ert was 138,03 per cent up on the
previous year at $33,8 million,
ch- compared to $14.2 million,
S Yet while the rate of increase
ate- in the fiscal deficit may have
he reduced, the Bahamas' nation-
he al debt keeps on climbing, hav-
ing exceeded $2.753 billion as
at September 30, 2005 (see oth-
er story on Page IB).
However, the Central Bank
said the Bahamian economy
would benefit in the short to
medium-term from the current
lower rate of growth in energy
prices, in addition to the "sus-
tained" economic output in the
US. Construction activity and
increased consumer demand
were also expected to keep the
Bahamian economy moving
In the hotel industry, which is
the Bahamas' largest private
sector employer, strengthened
occupancy and room rates in
the 10 months to October 2005
contributed to a 9 per cent
increase in total room rev-
enues, Room sales and aver-
age daily room rates increased
over that period by 2.8 per cent
and 6.1 per cent respectively.
Total room revenues had
increased by 9.2 per cent in
New Providence, some 6,3 per
cent in Grand Bahama and
14.3 per cent in the Family

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There was less good news on
the arrivals front, which con-
tinued to be impacted by lack
of hotel capacity on Grand
Bahama as a result of the Roy-
al Oasis Resort's closure.
For the year to September
2005, visitor arrivals fell by 3.1
Super cent to 3,774 million. High-
er spending air arrivals, which
accounted for 31.4 per cent of
the total, rose by 1.7 per cent
during that period, but this was
not enough to offset the 5.1 per
cent drop in sea arrivals,


New Providence saw overall
arrivals growth of 1,2 per cent,
driven by an 11.8 per cent
increase in air arrivals,
although sea arrivals fell by 4.2
per cent, Arrivals to Grand
Bahama'declined by 19,6 per
cent, while in the Family
Islands the figure dropped by
2.4 per cent.
On the monetary front, there
was a further tightening in
excess liquidity during Novem-
ber, as Bahamian dollar credit
grew. Credit grew at a fast rate
than deposits in 2005, leading
to a contraction in external
For the 11 months to end-
November 2005, the Central
Bank reported that the exter-
nal reserves fell by $44.2 mil-
lion to $620.5 million, due to
greater domestic demand, high-
er fuel prices and the relaxation
of commercial bank credit con-
Bahamian dollar credit grew
by $456.7 million over that
period, "more than double the
expansion in the previous
year". Private sector credit
increased by $460,9 million ,
driven by an 82 per cent rise
in consumer credit growth to
$149.5 million, and a 33 per
cent rise in mortgage lending
to $239.9 million.



(In Voluntary Dissolution)

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 138 (4) (a), (b) and (c) of
the International Business Act, 2000 notice is hereby given that:

SDENSAP in dissolution,

SThe date of commencement of the dissolution is the
22nd December, A,D, 2005,

The liquidator is Cornell Rolle of Dupuch & Tumnquest
& Co. 308 East Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas,




(In Voluntary Dissolution)

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 138 (4) (a), (b) and (c) of
the International Business Act, 2000 notice is hereby given that:

SAFDEN LIMITED is in dissolution.

The date of commencement of the dissolution is the
22nd December, A,D, 2005.

The liquidator is Cornell Rolle of Dupuch & Turquest
& Co, 308 East Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas.


1 10

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NOTICE is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137(6)
of the International Business Companies Act (No, 45 of 2000)
Dissolution. The date of commencement of dissolution was the--
29th day of December, 2005. A.J. Fletcher of Saffery Champness


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Il- Bahamas honoured

as hemisphere's best

' financial jurisdiction


to haeg

FROM page 1B

believed the WTO and free
trade agreements such as the
FTAA would "have little or no
effect" on Freeport, and could
even benefit it by helping to
attract more inward invest-
He pointed out that Freeport
already possessed many advan-
tages through its already estab-
lished infrastructure, such as
the airport, docks, roads and
land, that would be attractive
to investors.
In addition, Mr Leonard said
Freeport had the lowest elec-
tricity costs in the English-

speaking Caribbean apart from
Trinidad & Tobago.
"It would appear that
Freeport may have some good
advantages," Mr Leonard said.

he Bahamas has
been honoured
by The Banker
magazine as the
Best Internation-
al Financial Centre in the
Western Hemisphere, an
award that will boost its repu-
tation and market positioning
against regional and global
Wendy Warren, the
Bahamas Financial Services
Board's (BFSB) chief execu-
tive and executive director, said
in a statement: "We are
pleased to receive this Award.
It not only reflects our long his-
tory in providing financial ser-
vices, which dates back to the
1930s, but also recoguises the
many progressive develop-
ments in our jurisdiction as we
continue to meet the require-
ments of an increasingly sophis-
ticated financial services mar-
Ms Warren said the
Bahamas' position was not just
rooted in its sovereignty, polit-
ical stability, legal structure,
progressive regulatory and leg-

"I really feel Freeport is going
to be the place to be. I don't
think, at the end of the day,
that the WTO and FTAA are
going to impact Freeport."

islative framework, and tax
environment, but in the factors
that supported financial ser-
She added: "These include a
robust information communi-
cation framework, a wide vari-
ety of Class A office facilities
and business support services,
excellent flight connections and
compelling lifestyle choices,
including world re-known resi-
dential communities, premier
hotels and restaurants.
"Most important is our
capacity for growth through the
availability of qualified profes-
sionals and land in an ideal
Ms Warren identified the
close partnership between the
Bahamian private and public
sectors as playing a key role in
the continued growth of finan-
cial services.
This partnership, she added,
had helped to enact the Foun-
dations Act, making the
Bahamas the first common law
jurisdiction to offer this prod-
uct, and develop and launch
the SMART funds. Both were
examples of market-driven leg-

The BFSB, with help from
the Central Bank of the
Bahamas' Research Depart-
ment, submitted information
in response to a request from
The Banker.
The magazine's awards
sought to identify, after lengthy
research, the jurisdictions that
offered banks and financial
institutions the best locations
from which to carry out busi-
In identifying the Financial


Centres of the Future, The
Banker honoured the leading
jurisdiction in four regions -
Europe, the Middle East and
Africa, Asia and the Pacific,
and the Western Hemisphere
including North, South, Cen-
tral America and the
The Banker said its editorial
team was impressed with the
Bahamas' exceptional presen-
tation of its activity and conti-
nuity in attracting financial

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Intent To Change Name By Deed Poll
The public is hereby advised that 1, Hadassah Mariah
Le'Neice Poitier of Pinewood Gardens, intend to change
my name to Hadassah Mariah Le'Niece Lockhart. If
there are any objections to this change of name by deed
poll, you may write such objections to the Chief Passport
Officer, PO. Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later than
thirty (30) days after the date of the publication of this


Stopover visitor spend increases 2.7%

FROM page 1B

industry is performing, as it
demonstrates how willing visi-
tors are to open their wallets
and spend money in the econ-
omy, nit just on hotel rooms.
While attracting some 61.4
per cent of stopover arrivals in
2004, Nassau/Paradise Island
garnered 68 per cent or $1.143
billion of total stopover visitor

Grand Bahama, which
attracted 22.4 per cent of
stopover visitors, gained just a
14 per cent share or $244.6 mil-
lion in spending from these vis-
itors, while the Family Islands
took $305.6 million or 18 per
cent of total spending based on
attracting 16.2 per cent of
stopover arrivals.
Out of that total spend,
accommodation largely hotel

rooms attracted the biggest
chunk, some $536.05 million or
almost 32 per cent of the total.
The next largest share of
stopover visitor spending went
to prepaid packages, which
gained 25.2 per cent or $426.62
million, while 15.6 per cent of
the spend went on meals and
drinks some $264.61 million.

Casinos attracted another 10.5
per cent of total stopover visi-
tor spending, or $177.63 mil-
lion. This data indicates that
the majority of stopover visi-
tor spending is concentrated in
Bahamian hotels and their
restaurants, plus those with
casinos. While there is nothing
wrong with this, it indicates the
Bahamian tourism industry has
largely not moved beyond the
hotel sector, with a minimal

trickle down effect outside.
Indeed, the 2004 Exit Sur-
vey showed that just 6.8 per
cent or $115.3 million of
stopover visitor spending went
on shopping that year. And
only 3.3 per cent or $55.23 mil-
lion went on ground trans-
The Ministry's Exit Survey

found that more than 54 per
cent of stopover visitor parties
to the Bahamas during 2004
spent less than $2,000 in this
nation, with 27 per cent spend-
ing less than $1,000.
Some 28 per cent of all visi-
tor parties spent between
$1,000 and $1,999, with 18 per
cent of stopovers spending
$4,000 or more during their vis-

Fisheries export earnings fall 31%

the National Insurance Board
(NIB), and another 28.1 per
cent by private and institution-
al investors.
Some 24.3 per cent of the
Bahamian national debt
belongs to the commercial
banks, while another 7.8 per


(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
29th day of December 2005. The Liquidator is Argosa
Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757, Nassau, Bahamas.

Argosa Corp. Inc

S. ...LEGAL NOTICE .........



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



UBS (Bahamas) Ltd. is one of the leading Wealth
Managers in the Caribbean. We look after wealthy
private clients by providing them with
comprehensive, value-enhancing services. In order
to strengthen our team we look for an additional.


In this challenging position you will be responsible
for the following task (traveling required):

* Advisory of existing clients
* Acquisition of high net worth individuals
* Presentation and implementation of investment
solutions in the client's mother tongue

We are searching for a personality with extensive
experience in wealth management, specialized in
the fields of customer relations,, investment advice
and portfolio management. Excellent sales and
advisory skills as well as solid knowledge of
investment products are key requirements. A proven
track record in a comparable position with a leading
global financial institution as well as fluency in
English and at least another language (Spanish,
Italian, French or German) is essential.

Written applications should be addressed to:

UBS (Bahamas) Ltd.
Human Resources
P.O. Box N-7757
Nassau, Bahamas

cent is held by the Central
Bank. The largest component
of the debt is Government
bonds, which have an average
maturity term of 11 years and
account for 85.7 per cent.
Meanwhile, during the 2005
third quarter the Government's
contingent liabilities rose by
3.7 per cent to pass the $500
million mark, mainly due to
guaranteeing borrowing by the
Bahamas Mortgage Corpora-
tion, Airport Authority and the
Clifton Heritage Authority.
The Bahamas' foreign cur-
rency debt fell by 2.3 per cent
during the 2005 third quarter
to $536.5 million, with the Gov-
ernment repaying $12.9 million
in principal to creditors some
$11.9 million of which was
owed by the public corpora-
The Government directly
holds $288.4 million in foreign
currency debt, while $248.1 mil-
lion belongs to its corporations
and agencies.

FROM page 1B

estimated 12.9 per cent to $1
million, in contrast to an 87,7
per cent upturn in conch export
earnings to $1.65 million."
Meanwhile, the construction
industry continued to generate
strong growth going forward,
with mortgage commitments
for new construction and
repairs rising during the 2005
third quarter to 531 projects
valued at $60.9 million. Some
90 per cent of that number was
for residential construction
During the three months to
September 30, 2005, disburse-
ments for residential mortgages
increased by 80.5 per cent to
$143.5 million, with those for
commercial activity rising more
than four-fold to $17.8 million.
Residential and commercial
mortgages outstanding both
increased by almost 14 per cent
each, to $1.876 billion and $180
million respectively. Commer-
cial banks held the largest share
of the mortgage market with
86.5 per cent, followed by




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





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




The public is advised that demolition procedures of
one of the Water Storage Tanks will be in progress
at the Water Storage facility, Blue Hill Road.

The work will commence on January 3rd, 2006.

The demolition works will continue between the
hours of 7:30am and 5:00pm, Monday through
Saturday. i

The public is further advised to exercise extreme
caution when approaching this area.

insurance companies with 9 per
cent and the Bahamas Mort-


Corporation at 4.5 per

FROM page 1B
ing with its debt is the fact that
87.2 per cent is domestically
held and Bahamian-dollar
denominated. Some 39.8 per
cent of the national debt is held
by public corporations, chiefly



(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named-
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the 28th
day of December, 2005. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp.
Inc., of P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.

.: r --- o.




S(InVoluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
20th day of December 2005. The Liquidator is Argosa
Corp. Inc., of P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.





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





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




National debt increases

11. 7% to hit $2.753bn




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Junior Sports Reporter
TER lifted her way to the top of
the Bahamas Powerlifting Fed-
eration (BPF) over the holiday
Bannister was named the
female powerlifter of the year,
the federation's only annual
accolade, which was presented
by president Rex Burnside.
According to Burnside, Ban-
nister's performance this year
was one that no one else in the
federation was able to match.
He said: "This was an excep-
tional year for Bernadette, no
one else in the federation was
able to do the things she did.
"Bernadette excelled on both
levels, internationally and local-
ly. At the international compe-
titions Bernadette was able to.
medal at all.
"The weights she lifted this
year weren't light, she had

impressive showings with every
pound added."
Bannister started out her year
with a silver medal at the North
American Powerlifting Cham-
pionships but her best showing
came at the BPF National
championships, which eventu-
ally led to the overall title.
Winning the national title
also helped Bannister qualify
for the annual Pan American
At the Pan American Games,
Bannister competed in the 132
lbs class, taking the silver with a
best lift of 65.70kg.
Winning the division was
Kimberly Walford from the
United States with a best lift of
The silver medal at the Pan
American Games by Bannister
helped the Bahamas finish up
in third place in the overall
.Bannister is the national
record holder in the feather and
lightweight divisions.

THE Baptist Sports Council has announced that its gala dinner
awards presentation banquet for the 2005 season will be held on Fri-
day, January 13 at 7pm at the Faith United Baptist Church, Baillou
Hill Road. Awards will be presented to the athletes and winning
teams in basketball, volleyball, softball and track and field. The event
will be held under the patronage of the Rev. Dr. William Thompson,
president of the Bahamas Christian Council and the Bahamas
National Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention and host
pastor of the Faith United Baptist Church. There will be an entrance
fee of $10 per person.
The Baptist Sports Council has announced that its annual Family
Fun Run and Walk race will take place on Saturday, January 28,
starting at 7am from Charles W. Saunders High School, Jean Street.
The four-mile road race will travel to Prince Charles Drive to Fox
Hill Road to Bernard Road and back to the school. The two-mile
walk will travel to Bernard Road, on to Soldier Road, Prince Charles
Drive and back to the school. The entry fee is $5 per person. Tro-
phies will be presented to the first three finishers in each category.
THE Baptist Sports Council will hold a meeting on Tuesday, Janu-
ary 10 at the Charles W. Saunders High School, Jean Street for all
churches interested in participating in the 2005 basketball season.
The season will get started on Saturday, February 4th at Charles W.
Saunders High School, Jean Street. Competition will once again be
held in the men's and ladies 19-and-under and 15-and-under divi-
sions. The entry fee is $100 per team in each division.

Bahamas junior basketball star

prepares to go pro in Brazil

Senior Sports Reporter
SHARP shooter Quiritin
Demeritte, who starred for the
past two years with the
Bahamas junior national team,
is preparing to make his debut
in the Brazilian professional
league this weekend.
On Friday, Demeritte will be
suiting up to play for Club
Flamingo, last year's runners-
up in the Brazilian national and
state league. His stint there is

Quintin Demeritte to make

debut for Club Flamingo

expected to run through May.
His brother, Lamont
Demeritte, who serves as his
agent with Ultimate Manage-
ment in Houston, Texas, said
they are hoping that this will
just be a step towards Quintin

landing a deal to play in the
National Basketball Associa-
tion in the 2006/2007 season.,
At 6-foot-6 1/2, Demeritte
will play point guard for Club
Flamingo and that's the posi-
tion in which he will enter the

NBA draft by the April dead-
"He's a very great shooter,
who can penetrate," Lamont
said about his younger sibling,
who had a stellar career at Five
Towns University in New York.

Jaraun Burrows aiming to

continue scoring streak

* BASKETBALL Burrows' charge helped the Pioneers CAA, Burrows, who has only played in
By KELSIE JOHNSON defeat Southwest Tennessee State Cor- 10 games, is leading the conference with
Junior Sports Reporter munity College 91-89. Along with the 23 a total of 217 points.
points, Burrows had nine rebounds and Burrows has connected 47 times from
WITH half of the season already in the four blocks, the free throw line and netted in 85 field
bag, Bahamian Jaraun Burrows is looking goal points, attempting 134.
forward to producing big numbers for his Playm g On the defensive end Burrows is
team. J ranked second in blocks with 27, leading
The 6 foot 8 inch, 195 pound sopho- this division is Jeral Davis from Saint
more is the leading scorer in the first half The Pioneers are currently playing Catherine with 77 blocks.
of play for the Volunteer State Commu- under the Tennessee Junior and Com- In the NJCAA Burrows is ranked
nity College Pioneers men's basketball munity College.Athletic Association 18th overall in individual scoring
team, a streak he is hoping to continue on (TJCCA) n region VI. The sociatio with a 20.9 average and 24th in
their January 10th game. is held under the National Junior Col- rebounds.
their January 10th game. rebounds.
In the last four games, Burrows fin- lege Athletic Association (NJCAA). The former junior national team play-
ished up with a total of 82 points, pro- In conference play, the Pioneers hold a e left to attend school in Tennessee in
during the game high of 23points against 1 wi-loss record and a 9-1record over- 2000, moving onto the Good Pasture
Southwest Tennessee State Community Christian Academy and Metro Acade-
Collete on Deneemhner 17the With 2 .colleges playing in the TJC- m,,

Having secured the one-year
deal with Club Flamingo on that
premise, Lamont said he's con-
vinced that 23-year-old Quintin
will be a prospect for the NBA
because of his "work ethic."
"If he does well in this league
overall as a point, he should fare
very well because Brazil has at
least five players in the NBA, so
the NBA scouts are always
there looking at the potential
in the league," Lamont noted.
"And if you look at it, most
point guards in the NBA right
now are 6-1, 6-2 and he's 6-6
coming in and he's athletic. So
being athletic at that height, he
can do a lot of stuff."
However, Lamont said
Quintin also possess a "dead-
ly" outside shot, which adds
another dimension to his game
whenever the need arises for
him to shoot the ball.
While the Demeritte family,
including his parents, Terry and
Stafford, would all prefer to see
Lamont play in the NBA, they
know it's only a matter of time
as the Brazilian League serves
as a stepping stone.
"He understands that this is
an opportunity for him to build
on his stock whenever the NBA
draft is held," Lamont pointed
out. "So he wants to start in
Brazil and hopefully make a
whirlwind going into the NBA
Based on what he saw in the
last draft, where there were at
least 4-5 point guards taken in
the first round, Lamont is con-
fident that Quintin should go
late in the first round or early in
the second round.
And if he had a choice, Lam-
ont said Quintin would prefer
the Los Angeles Lakers as he's
a "die hard fan." But in the final

analysis, he would be happy tol
settle with any team that offers
him a deal.
As his agent, Lamont said;'
"The work is simple, but youn
have to have a lot of patience;.
because you're constantly on'
the phone trying to get people,
to listen to you. '.
"I've tried to bring my 'oI't:
innovation by producing a,
DVD of him playing and we've'
had him go to a couple of wbrk,
out sessions so that the scouts,
could take a close and personal,
look at him," he stressed.
Lamont, who does personal
workouts for a number of ath--
letes including track and field,
said efforts are also being niade
to secure deals for both Rashad
Butler and Christopher Turnr-
quest national team-mates -
to play in Brazil.

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Tributes paid to George



the sportman'

Senior Sports Reporter
GEORGE Mackey, who coined the
phrase "My Beloved" as he greeted
you, was remembered, not just as a
noble humanitarian, but as a sports-
man of the highest order.
The 67-year-old former parliamen-
tarian passed away on Monday at Doc-
tors Hospital. However, the sporting
community remembered him for the
role he played as a baseball sponsor
and administrator.
The Reverend Dr. William Thomp-
son, the president of both the Bahamas
Christian Council and the Bahamas
National Baptist Missionary and Edu-
cational Convention, said his memo-
ries of the late Mackey went beyond
the playing field.
"I remember George as a young
man," said Thompson, the pastor of
the Faith United Missionary Baptist
Church. "I was a baseball player with
Burns House baseball team when I
first met him and he and I formed a
"Together, we were able to move to
the leadership of baseball with him
being president and I serving as an
advisor for him. He had a passion for
the game of baseball."
According to Thompson, it was
under Mackey's regime that the field at
the Andre Rodgers Baseball Stadium
was developed into the Queen Eliza-
beth Sports Centre's baseball stadium
back in the late 1960s.
"He led us to the Bimini project
where we went down to Bimini to play
baseball and Bimini would come down
here. He was a part of making that a
reality," Thompson recalled.
However, Thompson further noted
that through Mackey's personal spon-
sorship as the Member of Parliament
for St. Michael's, the St. Michael's
Dodgers baseball team was formed in
"He and I had a seriously close bond
together," Thompson charged. "He
gave a lot to baseball by sponsoring
his own team out of his pocket and he
saw that the game went on. He played

Former parliamentarian

remembered for his

work in baseball

a tremendous role in the bringing base-
ball to the development in the 20th
Jackib Wright, one of the players
who played under Thompson with the
Dodgers, said he recalled Mackey
being a man to his word. He remem-
bered how Mackey assured him that if
he played for him, he would ensure
that he went off to school.
"He was a man among men. He was
Always the same," said Wright, who
went on to play semi-professional base-
ball. "You didn't know whether things
were going good or bad about him. He
was always the same.
"You could go and talk to Mr. Mack-
ey about anything, not just baseball,
but life itself. He was always willing to
spend time with you. It didn't matter.
He always found time for you."

Wright, now the secretary of the
Association of Former and Present
Professional Baseball Players of the
Bahamas, took his tribute a bit further
by saying that "he was a special man.
He was a man for all seasons. He was
an example of how a man should live."
Former journalist Godfrey 'Goofy'
Brown, who wrote sports for the Nas-
sau Guardian during the era that
Mackey played an integral role in base-
ball, said the country has lost the most
"noble son".
"Mr. Mackey was a consummate
Bahamian, who cared for his fellow
man's total well being. He was active in

Church, he was active politically and he
cared about the well being of young
people borne out through his sponsor-
Sship of St. Michael's Dodgers," Brown
"Not only did Mr. Mackey sponsor a
team and was an ardent fan of the
game, but he served as president of
the Bahamas Baseball Association. He
was on record for having taken base-
ball to higher heights during his tenure
in baseball."
Brown, now employed in the office
of the Free National Movement, said
the Bahamas has certainly lost its most
consummatee son in all senses of the
"I've had the pleasure of knowing
him for almost half of my lifetime and
he was always one way all the time. It
didn't matter if you were PLP like him
or anything else on the sporting scene,"
he said.
"It didn't matter if you pulled for
his St. Michael's Dodgers or the Dorcy
Park Boys or'the Harlem Raiders or
anybody. He was just that type of per-
son, open with everybody."
Condolences were offered to his
wife, Betty, daughters and brother
Charles 'Chuck' Mackey, the vice prin-
cipal at RM Bailey and head coach of
the Pacers' senior boys basketball
Chuck Mackey had nothing but fond
memories of his late brother.
"George, to me, was the daddy that
I never really had because my daddy
died before I was born," Chuck stated.
"It was really Michael and myself,

their Dodgers' tepm at the expense of
his family. ,^
Over the lastjdecade, Chuck said
George spent considerable time with
his grandsolis, :Deonn arid
Domininque. the children of his daugh-
-ter Phaedra and her husband, base-
ball/softball player Dale 'Happy'


but he died at age 17 back in 1967, so I
became the baby in the family.
"But I credit George for affording
me the opportunity to complete my
education, providing some of the funds
because I only had a partial scholarship
and during the summers in the 1970s, I
worked with him in his stores he had
on Paradise Island, so we spent a lot of
time together."
At least two weeks of the year,
Chuck said George would go on vaca-
tion and he left him to operate the
stores in his absence.
"One of the ways we became very
close when I came back home, I came
integrally involved in the St. Michael's
Dodgers team, almost like the play-
er/general manager," Chuck reflected.
"Apart from that, I tried to follow in
his footsteps and I'm still committed to
the community, trying to help them
discover themselves and develop into
worthwhile productive citizens."
Chuck said he will always remem-
ber George because he was such a giv-
ing person, at one time buying the
gloves and uniforms for all members of

A powerful

TER lifted her way to the top
of the Bahamas Powerlifting
Federation (BPF) over the holi-
day weekend.
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Behind the scenes with an

'invisible' Junkanoo veteran

Tribune Feature Writer
A after many years work-
ing behind the scenes ;
in Junkanoo, having
never rushed on Bay
Street, veteran Valley
Boy, Doyle Burrows, has finally
received some recognition.
When the public got word that the .
2005 Boxing Day Junkanoo Parade
was going to be held in honour of
'Doyle Burrows', eyebrows may
have been raised and many Bahami-
ans, even Valley Boys' fans, may
have received the news with puzzled
looks on their faces, trying to figure 4L
out just who is this Doyle Burrows. .
But it's all no surprise to the hon-'
.ouree, who told Tribune Arts that he
is like one of those invisible
Junkanoo veterans whose impres- e s
sion on Bay Street is definitely there,
though his presence is not.
"A lot of the young people don't
really know who I am because I stay
behind the scenes. I'm not one of the -
ones on Bay Street in the forefront,"
said the veteran, as he paused from
painting a Junkanoo costume in the
Valley's Cable Beach workshop, to -I
answer the Arts' questions.
Mr Burrows first got involved in ...
Junkanoo in 1952, at the age of sev- '
en. As a primary school student,
there weren't many structured
groups since participating in
Junkanoo was "frowned upon". So
they rushed in small groups, many of .
which had no names, according to
After primary school, Burrows
rushed with Eugene Fitzgerald,
father of Dr Offfff. Soon afterwards \
he began rushing with a group out of \
The Pond. But in 1960, he met Win- .
ston "Gus" Cooper and helped to
form the Valley Boys. Burrows has L
been there ever since.
Relatively .
At that time, the group was rela-
tively small. Today, with a member- ,.
ship in the thousands, the Valley
Boys are celebrating what could be,.
described as a two-straight upset.
The Valley Boys were declared offi-
cial winners of the Doyle Burrows -..
2005 Boxing Day Parade, and the 4
unofficial winners of the Phil Cooper
2006 New Year's Day Parade.
While Cooper and others loved
the pomp and ceremony of the Bay ,.
Street rush-out, Burrows has always .
preferred to stay out the limelight. ,\ .'
And that was seen even at last year's
received his plaque, stayed to watch "
the parade for only a few minutes, i
then left for home. ""-,u; ". ,
A visibly calm Burrows seemed
unexcited when the Arts asked about '
his group's Boxing Day win, which
appeared to be very odd since he
was the honouree. But it may be that .
the recognition was so long in com- .,
ing, that stole from the excitement.
"I've been doing this for a long .
time, so it really doesn't matter them
naming the parade after me," he told ''
the Arts. '"
The response came across a bit .
jaded, but it was obvious that Bur-
rows loved and had a passion for
Junkanoo as he began to talk about -
the costuming process and how it has --
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crepe paper, to more elaborate
designs, including feathers and bead-
ed embellishments.
But his first love is still family,
church, sports, then Junkanoo.
According to the Junkanooer, the
most significant development he has
seen over the years, is that Junkanoo.
is now socially accepted. .
He told the Arts: "When I first
started to rush, nobody wanted to
rush, not people with class. You
were treated like second-class." s RELCOGNIED II) I l 2001)5 ,-\inllg D)a
In his opinion, the Valley Boysnoo parade as na i ho)o
helped to changed that perception Burrows (pictured). ho has heen a inmtlr of ith
around 1960. "All of us were in high Burralley Bos (picgroup for 53 year meeros.'
school, whether it was the govern- group for 53 r
ment school, or the paid high school, Phnln he iMario Duncanson/The Tribune Staff)

SEE page 2C



Writing a novel in 30 days

Writing a novel in 30 days

Tribune Feature Writer
Rather than drop-
ping out of life
and trying to
create a stellar
plot in 30 days,
as he did with Conch in 2004,
Drew Roberts embarked on
the same ambitious project of
writing a novel in 30 days, only
this time, he thought less about
structure and more about sim-
ply having fun.
With his first novel tucked
snugly under his belt, and fresh
off of completing his second
novel, Tings, just weeks ago,
Drew has just about settled
into his role as one of thou-
sands of 'Wrimos' who every
year on November 1 start out
with a idea in mind and by
November 30, must have com-
pleted a novel of a minimum
50,000 words, and approxi-
mately 175 pages.
Who is responsible for such
organised chaos?
The National Novel Writing
month, which has gone inter-
national with writers from prac-
tically every continent involved,
is the organisation that encour-
ages writers to take this fun,
less-pressured approach to nov-
el writing, though it still

Fo-r t -es ri
bein th6 e s

ied nuih
on onay

Thousands of writers across the globe take

part in National Novel Writing in November

requires lots of discipline.
According to its website,
writing under such amazing
crunch conditions eases some
of the pressure of writing a typ-
ical novel. It apparently frees
the mind to simply create. It's
an opportunity for thousands
to produce what the website
refers to as "the Great Frantic
When Drew first participated
in 2004, there were over 42,000
participants. According to the
website, nearly 6,000 of them
crossed the 50,000 word finish
line by the November 30 mid-
night deadline, "entering into
the annals of NaNoWriMo
superstardom forever".
Drew Roberts now has his
name in those annals twice. But
he has altered his approach
each time.
In an interview with Tribune
Arts, he explained that: "With
Tings this year I made up my
mind that I wasn't going to
have a plot. I wasn't going to
have it make sense. I was just
going to write. If a plot devel-
oped and it made sense, great.
But I wasn't going to have what
happened last year.
"Last year, if I would come
to a mental block and didn't
know where to go next, I would
spend hours trying to think and
then I'd get caught on Google
trying to research a particular
subject. That obviously took a
lot of time.
"But this year I decided that
I would not drop out of life, I
would write only when I woke
up early in the morning and
when I came home after

s year, Dre worked on
Th-is year, Drea worked on

Tings for only three hours each
day, and no more. This time
around, he wasn't going to get
stuck in the middle of his plot,
and that comes across very
clear in his laid back, extreme-
ly hilarious novel that is aptly
titled Tings.
Drew's approach would also
explain why, if Bruno, the pro-
tagonist, didn't know the facts
about a certain topic, he would
simply make up his own facts
or move on to talk about some

are really going on a journey
with Bruno, with all the hic-
cups involved.
Tings opens with Bruno
touching down at Nassau Inter-
national Airport and very hap-
py to be home. He soon meets
an old friend and quickly
begins to re-acquaint himself
with Bahamian food, cultural
habits, friends, basically a host
of Bahamian 'tings'.
Written as if it's Bruno's
journal being produced in real

"But this year I
decided that I would
not drop out of life,
I would write only
when I woke up early
in the morning and
when I came home
after work."

- Drew Roberts

other aspect of life in the

other aspect of life in the
It would also explain why
writer's block, which is usually
a private moment, becomes a
humourous addition to the
whole story. The point was
obviously'-t keep putting
:zvwords dow n non stop. and so
,the hovel reads as if readers

time, the reader goes every-
Where the protagonist goes and
notices the same things about
Bahamian life that he does.
You can't help but smile at the
familiar dialect, or references
to the number houses. An edu-
cation on what is conch, various
types of seafood, and of course,
Junkanoo, make it a beautiful
jam-packed depiction of all
'tings' Bahamian.
But don't be fooled by this
quaint meandering. At first,
you think that the book will be
an easy read, but just a few
pages into it and you see that in
Tings, Drew is really writing
whatever comes to mind, which
is why the reader moves from
journal entry to journal entry
thinking, where does this come
in, or how exactly does this line
up to what he wrote in his pre-
vious entry?
But this aspect of the novel
makes it all the more interest-
ing to read as you're left trav-
eling along in the author's very
wild imagination, especially
when one of the human char-
acters almost becomes best
friends with a soldier crab.
SDrew's book is pure humour
from page to page, even mak-
ing sport of, and discussing
some popular phrases like,
what does it actually mean

when people say, "A friend in
need is a friend indeed".
Bruno's way of looking at life
definitely brings a chuckle to
the reader's face.
Tings, like all others in this
novel writing adventure, was
written in thirty days. Drew
says that he is quite a bit hap-
pier with this year's work. "I
think this year's has more fun
in it because of the sponta-
neous writing and by me push-
ing myself and not letting
myself stop.
"There are parts of the book
that I really like, whether I can
take some of those things out
and turn something out of it, I
don't know."
With no prize, except for a
certificate that acknowledges
the completion of the novel,
it's really a wonder that any-
one would sign up for such a
time-consuming task. But
Drew said that this type of writ-
ing is for the satisfaction of
knowing that he could disci-
pline himself to write a novel in
one month.

Looking to the
According to Drew, "Conch"
is set to be edited for publica-
tion, but a few legal details
have to be worked out first.
Copyright laws have to be con-
sidered because the author
quotes one or two lines from
songs that were popular when
he went to high school. "After
editing we'll see where it goes -
hopefully in book form and
online." Drew is also consid-
ering posting his work on a
website where persons will be
able to order it and have the
text printed and mailed to
Tings however, since it is
more laid back and less struc-
tured, with absolutely no legal
hiccups, can be read on Just type
'Tings' in the search engine and
brace yourself to laugh a lot -
from the introduction.
Whether the plot is a serious
one, or more humourous like
Drew's Tings, disciplining one-
self to write 50,000 words in
one month, is no easy feat.
Drew isn't saying that it takes
more out of a writer to pro-
duce work in a crunch, but
from his perspective it helps a
lot with discipline especially
for an individual who admit-
tedly is quite unorganised.
He told the Arts: "During the
month, I try to write 2,000
words a day, and I try to con-
tinue writing at least 500 words
after the month is over. But the
plan after November 30 didn't

quite work out.
"I know that some authors
can write their novel in half of
the month but I decided to
spread it out because as you
know, a number of things could
go wrong."
Participating in these writing
contests, he said, is a big
change from how he ran most
of his life prior to the nano nov-
el. "I was the student doing
homework the morning before,
going to school. Or I would
have a 20 page paper in col-
lege that was due on Friday
that I wrote on Saturday, typed
on Sunday and turned in on
Monday. That's kind of the
way I worked."

Currently, Drew is the only
Bahamian author using his real
name to write the 30-day novel.
There is apparently another
writer from the Bahamas going
by the pen name Madison Hill.
But according to Drew, that
writer won't let anyone know
who he/she is.
While writiiig a novel in a
month is good enough for him,
Drew also has plans, some-
where down the line, to write a
novel under more traditional
But not before he re-visits
his nano plots. "These novels
are like a first draft. So I want
to go back and work on these.
You produce a first draft in a
month. But polishing and fixing
it and making it hang together
and then working on the plot -
If I can do that with these, then
maybe I'll consider doing 'a
more traditional type novel."
Interestingly, Drew never
really had a serious interest in
writing. For years though, the
idea for a book called "Conch"
about two young Bahamian
boys came to mind. He made
some notes and finally decided
to sign up for the 30-day novel
contest last year with the inten-
tion of writing the book in a'
month. But things didn't turn
out as planned. Although he
kept the title, he ended up writ-
ing fictional accounts of his
high school and college years -
compressed into 50,000 words.
"It's pretty easy to write a
novel if you don't care mudh
about the quality and focus
more on quantity", said the.
novelist. "I think if I can do it -
how flat and unorganised I am,
most people can do it. If you
can find three hours a day you
can get it done."
A computer technician, who
holds a degree in ocean engi-
neering, Drew doesn't have
much professional experience
in novel writing or any writing
for that matter. But two nano
novels speak for him. "I won
two novel contests that should
count for something," he
When asked if he considers
himself a serious writer, he told
the Arts: "I'm probably more
of a comedian, but we'll see
what happens."

Behind the scenes

with an 'invisible'

Junkanoo veteran

FROM page 1C

so we all were educated.
"Then when Pindling, the
prime minister at the time,
rushed with the Pigs, every-
body wanted to rush, and it
was socially acceptable.
"When you say culture
now, the only thing they think
about is Junkanoo. There is
no other culture, it seems, to
the Bahamian people."
The art, which has seen
many developments with
respect to costuming, contin-
ues to evolve, the Junkanooer
noted. Now, groups are using
styrofoam, which Burrows
believes will soon make the
use of cardboard virtually
"Cardboard is getting hard-
er and harder to find. We
used cardboard and other
materials because they were
available and free. But
because of the structure of

the design now, eventually all
of this cardboard will phase
out because you can do so
many things with styrofoam,
like carve it.
"When we started, we used

out of the Valley Boys and
make way for younger men.
"I like to see young people
get on board, but it seems like
the young people like the

"Then when Pindling, the prime
minister at the time, rushed with the Pigs,
everybody wanted to rush, and it was
socially acceptable. When you say culture:
now, the only thing they think about is
Junkanoo. There is no other culture, it
seems, to the Bahamian people."
Doyle Burrows

what was available and now
we are doing.the same thing,
using what is available," he
When it comes to his future
in Junkanoo, the veteran says
that his plan is to quietly ease

"The time you have to put
into Junkanoo, not many
young people have the time.;
But I think they need to learmi'
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$5 Friday @ First Down every Friday night. Music by Barry Da
Pusher, Selector: Dominique. Ladies $5 all night, gents $10. Early
juggling by Mr. Xcitement and DJ Fatal. Drink specials all night

Bacardi Happy Hour @ Power Boat Adventures Bar and Grill (one
door east of Texaco Harbour Bay), every Friday. $3 Bacardi drinks
all night and $3 beers.

Ladies Night @ Power Boat Adventures Bar and Grill, every Sat-
urday. Ladies free, Gents, $10 all night. Bacardi Big Apple and oth-
er drink specials all night long.

Wild Jungle, each and every Wednesday night @ Club Trappers,
Nassau's "upscale" gentleman's club. Featuring a female body
painting extravaganza. Free body painting @ 8 pm. Ladies always
welcome. Admission: Men free before 10 pm. Females free. There
will be free food and hors d'oeuvres between 9 and 10 pm. Open
until 4 am.

Ladies Night @ Fluid Lounge, this and every Thursday night.
Doors open at 10pm. Ladies free before lam, $10 after. Guys: $15
all night. Drink special: 3 @ $10 (Bacardi) Giveaways and door
, prizes every week.

Saturday Night Live every Saturday night @ Club Fluid, Bay St. The
biggest party of the week, pumping all your favourite hits all night
long. Ladies in free before 11pm. Strict security enforced.

iRave Saturdays @ Club Eclipse. DJ Scoobz spinning the best in Old
- Skool. Admission $35, all inclusive food and drink.

Karaoke Music Mondaze @ Topshotters Sports Bar. Drink specials
.,all-night long, including karaoke warm-up drink to get you started.
-Pdfityfrom 8pm-until.

Reggae Tuesdays @ Bahama Boom. Cover charge includes a free
Guinness and there should be lots of prizes and surprises. Admis-
sion: Ladies $10 and Men $15.

Hump Day Happy Hour @ Topshotters Sports Bar every Wednes-
day 5pm-8pm. Free appetizers and numerous drink specials.

The Pit @ Bahama Boom, every Thursday. Doors open at 9pm,
showtime 11.30pm. Cover charge $15. $10 with flyer.

Fantasy Fridays @ Fluid Lounge, featuring late '80s music in the VIP
Lounge, Top of the charts in the Main Lounge, neon lights and Go
Go dancers. Admission: Ladies free before llpm, $15 after; Guys
$20 all night.

SDicky Mo's @ Cable Beach. Flavoured Fridays Happy Hour, every
Friday. Drink specials: Smirnoff Kamikaze Shots, $1; Smirnoff
Flavoured Martinis, 2 for $10; Smirnoff Flavoured Mixed Drinks,
3 for.$10. Bahamian Night (Free admission) every Saturday with live
music from 8 pm to midnight. Karaoke Sundays from 8pm to mid-
night, $1 shots and dinner specials all night long.

Twisted Boodah Lounge @ Cafe Segafredo, Charlotte St kicks
off Fridays at 6pm with deep house to hard house music, featuring
CraigBOO, Unkle Funky and Sworl'wide on the decks.

Chill Out Sundays @ Coco Loco's, Sandyport, from 4pm-until,
playing deep, funky chill moods with world beats.

Sweet Sunday Chill Out Soiree Lounge, every Sunday, 4pm-mid-
night @ Patio Grille, British
Colonial Hotel.

Wet Sundays, every Sunday, noon-midnight @ Crystal Cay Beach.
Admission $10, ladies free.

TooLooSe @ Indigo Restaurant on West Bay St and Skyline Dri-
ve. Singer/songwriter Steven Holden performs solo with special
guests Thursday from 9pm midnight.

The Graham Holden Deal @ The Green Parrot....David Graham,
Steve Holden, Tim Deal and Friends perform Sunday, 7pm 10pm
@ Hurricane Hole on Paradise Island.

Jay Mitchell and Hot KC @ Palm Court Lounge, British Colonial
Hilton, Wednesday-Thursday 8pm-12am.

Sunday Night Interlude @ Briteley's Restaurant & Lounge, Eneas
St off Poinciana Drive. Featuring Frankie Victory at the key board
in the After Dark Room every Sunday, 8.30pm to midnight. Fine
food and drinks.


or for more information.

Diabetes Directions a FREE diabetic support group meets the
first Monday of each month at 6.30pm at New Providence Com-
munity Centre, Blake Road. Dinner is provided and free blood sug-
Sar, blood pressure and cholesterol testing is available. For more info
call 702-4646 or 327-2878

MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Bahamas meets the third Monday every
month, 6pm @ Doctors 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 training centre of the American
.Heart Association offers CPR classes certified by the AHA. The
course defines the warning signs of respiratory arrest and gives pre-
vention strategies to avoid sudden death syndrome and the most
common serious injuries and choking that can occur in adults,
infants and children. CPR and First Aid classes are offered every
.third Saturday of the month from 9am-lpm. Contact a Doctors Hos-
S pital Community Training Representative at 302-4732 for more
information and learn to save a life today.

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


JAR CYCLING: The owners of JAR Cycling are pleased to offer
a cycling clinic for juniors between 10 and 17. The free clinic will be
S held every Saturday in an effort to encourage kids to cycle. Parents
interested in registering their children should contact organizers at
SThe Nassau Bahamas Alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta
SSoroFit) Incorporated m~ci- 'n.30 pm c cr, thuiJ Wednesday at the
SBahamas Natnonal Pnde Building.

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ART INTERNATIONAL, featuring the work of nine Bahamian
artists, five well known artists from the UK, one from South Africa
and one from Zimbabwe will be held gratis, of the Guaranty Bank,
Lyford Manor, just outside the Lyford Cay gates. The exhibition will
be open to the public until the end of December. The work of the
artists on display can be seen in collections worldwide, and have
been shown in numerous exhibitions. Representing the Bahamas
will be; John Beadle; John Cox; Claudette Dean; Tyrone Ferguson;
Bo Sigrist Guirey; Nora Smith, Dorman Stubbs and Rupert
Watkins. Lady Connery, Sir Sean's wife, has kindly agreed to open
the exhibition. She is an exceptional artist, and will be exhibiting one
of her paintings.

The National Collection @ the National Art Gallery of the
Bahamas, an exhibition that takes the viewer on a journey through
the history of fine art in the Bahamas. It features signature pieces
from the national collection, including recent acquisitions by Blue
Curry, Antonius Roberts and Dionne Benjamin-Smith. Call 328-
5800 to book tours. This exhibition closes February 28, 2006.

The Nassau Music Society The Nassau Music Society is featuring,
in association with Fidelity, RBC and RoyalStar Assurance as
part of their "FESTIVAL OF RUSSIAN ARTISTS", Natalia
Gutman (cello) a living legend in the music world who, along
with her quartet, will play at Government House on January 13
at 8pm and at St Paul's Church Hall, Lyford Cay on January 14
at 7:30pm. Also featured during the Festival Yuri Bashmet and
the Moscow Soloist Orchestra who return once again to Nassau
on February 24, 26 and 27- their guest artist will be JoAnn
Deveaux-Callender. In April Oleg Polianski is featured on
the piano. Purchase your tickets from January 4, 2006 at the
Dundas Theatre (394-7179); AD Hanna & Co (322-8306) and the
Galleria JFK (356-seat). Details of the venues and programmes
will be available on the website shortly. Do not miss this oppor-
tunity to listen to live world class musicians.""


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 info.

Toastmasters Club 3596 meets at the British Colonial Hilton Mon-
day's at 7pm.

Toastmasters Club 1095 meets Tuesday, 7.30pm @ C C Sweeting
Senior School's Dining Room, College Avenue off Moss Road.
Club 9477 meets Friday, 7pm @ Bahamas Baptist Community
College Rm A19,.Jean St. Club 3956 meets Thursday, 7.30pm @
British Colonial Hilton. Club 1600 meets Thursday, 8.30pm @
SuperClubs Breezes. Club 7178 meets Tuesday, 6pm @ The J
Whitney Pinder Building, Collins Ave.
Club 2437 meets every second, fourth and fifth Wednesday at the
J Whitney Pindler.Building, Collins Ave at 6pm. Club 612315 meets
Monday 6pm @ Wyndham Nassau Resort, Cable Beach. Club
753494 meets every Wednesday, 6pm-8pm in the Solomon's Build-
ing, East-WesfHighway. Club 3596 meets at the British Colonial
Hilton Mondays at 7pm. Club Cousteau 7343 meets every Tuesday
night at 7.30 in the Chickcharey Hotel, Fresh Creek, Central
Andros. All are welcome.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Eta Psi Omega chapter meets every
second Tuesday, 6.30pm @ the Eleuthera Room in the Wyndham
Nassau Resort, Cable Beach.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity meets every first Tuesday, 7pm @
Gaylord's Restaurant, Dowdeswell St. Please call 502-4842/377-4589
for more info.

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity meets every second Tuesday, 6.30pm
@ Atlantic House, IBM Office, 4th floor meeting room.

The Nassau, Bahamas Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) meets every
third Monday of the month in the Board Room of the British
Colonial Hilton Hotel, Bay St.

Nassau Council 10415 Knights of Columbus meets the second and
fourth Wednesday of the month, 8pm @ St Augustine's Monestary.

Nassau Bahamas Koinonia meets every second Friday of each
month,7.30pm at Emmaus Centre at St Augustine's Monestary. For
more info call 325-1947 after 4pm.

International Association of Administrative Professionals, Bahamas
Chapter meets the third Thursday of every month @ Superclubs
Breezes, Cable Beach, 6pm.

AMISTAD, a Spanish club meets the third Friday of the month at
COB's Tourism Training Centre at 7pm in Room 144 during the
academic year. The group promotes the Spanish language and
culture in the community.

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'Carving a name for themselves

Tribune Staff Reporter

women in enter
tainment have
made their pres-
ence felt in the
arena of soca, calypso and
junkanoo, gospel and love bal-
lads, having success on par
with their male counterparts.
But in culture music, few have
been able to carve out a name
for themselves on the Bahami-
an radio hit charts.
While soca divas like Novie,
Sweet Emily, Lady E and Alia 4M
Coley, and songbirds like Abi- -
gail Charlow, Kayla Edwards, ,.. 1:
and Tenielle Darville are now w E
household names, no Bahami-
an woman's name rings a bell
when talking about culture
Tamika Armstrong-Douglas
plans to change all that, enter-
ing the music scene with a
unique style that is a mixture
between traditional culture
music, and rap/ dub poetry.
Four years ago, Tamika,
who took on the stage name
Bay Bee Weed, inspired by
her then managers Kon and
Nuts, left New Providence
with big dreams of carving out
her unusual career.
She headed to college in
Connecticut where she not
only landed a job with Elite,
John Casablanca's modelling
agency, but she found love in
a king with the same passion
for music.
As her new producer and
manager, Bay Bee Weed's
husband Jah Sunny helped her
develop her music style. They
are now working on the com-
pilation of her album-in-the
making: "Bay Bee Weed: The
She returned home in
November, and quickly found
herself doing interviews with
More 94.9fm and ZNS televi-
sion news, after landing a spot
on Tuff Gong's all-star line up ..
for the second annual Reggae
Christmas concert.


There, she performed her
newly-released single: "Three
in One", which featured
Bahamian culture artist Jah
It was a reunion glittered
with pizzazz, as the crowd at
the concert was receptive of
the pair's performance.
Jah Torah, also known as
Quincy Jacques, performed
with Bay Bee Weed back in
2001 at the Budweiser
freestyle concert, where they
carried home the winning tro-
Bay Bee Weed says she
enjoys working with Jah
Torah because of his positive
attitude towards his work, and
his commitment to spreading
"Jah's message".
However, this singer and
model says the door is wide
open for more female artists
to get their feet wet in the
field. Even on an internation-
al level, there are very few
female culture artists who
have seen the success that
artists like Sizzla Kalonje,
Capleton, Junior Gong and
Luciano have enjoyed.
Her road is a road less-trav-
elled, she said, because most
women who are mothers find
themselves having to take a
job to take care of their first
priority, their family.
The petite Bay Bee Weed
says she shares their pain,
because she is also a proud
mother of two infant boys,
Sagenyjah, two, and Sahajah,
four months.
Her life is now full of inspi-
ration, she said, although she
is still grieving after the death
of her grandfather and men-
tor, Austin Cecil Miller. She
said he and her grandmother,
Trudy, became her biggest
fans since her primary school
days, when she began per-
forming in front of an audi-
"I remember running home
from school just for them to
hear a song I made up that
day in school," she said. "They
were my biggest supporters,
and I made my performance
at Reggae Christmas in his
Bay Bee Weed was only
able to spend two weeks with
her grandfather before he

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died, telling her that he was
supporting her to the very
She is also encouraged by
her close-knit family parents
Maurice and Ava Armstrong,
and brother and sister Mau-
rice Jr and Ariell, and her best
friend April.
During the Reggae Christ-
mas press conference, pro-
moter All Cole said it is young
Bahamian performers like
Bay Bee Weed that can
change the face of culture
music for the Bahamas. He
said it is quite possible for
Bahamian culture artists to get
to the point where they can
host their own concerts. Until
then, he said Tuff Gong will
continue to give Bahamian
entertainers a place on their
all-star line-up.
He said Tuff Gong has a
history with the Bahamas, as
Robert Nesta Marley, the
original Tuff Gong and reg-
gae music icon, once lived in a
home on Cable Beach. Bob
Marley also recorded exten-
sively at Compass Point stu-
Today, daughter Stephanie
Marley, along with her moth-
er, Rita, siblings Cedella,
Kimai, Stephen, and Ziggy,
continue the Tuff Gong tra-
Stephanie was present at the
concert, enjoying local per-
formers like Avaran, Ladlord,
and M Deez, before the main
artists took to the stage. They
included Kiprich, Mad Cobra,
Warrior King, and Morgan
Heritage, who has performed
in the Bahamas so much in
2005 that many say it's their
"second home".
Although Bay Bee Weed
said theie were some frustra-
tions during the concert, the
opportunity to perform for her
fellow Bahamians made it
"Being a woman in this
industry is difficult because it
is usually the men who take
the spotlight," she said. "For
instance, if a woman has a
man as a feature artist in her
song, the public seems to think
she's the featured artist. Also,
Bahamians don't really have
their own style of music that is
widely supported by the pub-
lic, and there are only a cho-
sen few females doing origi-
nal songs all the time."
Her work thus far has
included collaborations with
Bahamians Nehemiah Hield,
Crazy Nuts and Salty Water
Bottles, and St Croix culture
star Iba on the album "Talkin
Today, this Rastafarian
queen continues her work on
her husband's label, Tripple
Krown Entertainment, and
she gave Tribune Entertain-
ment a sneek peek into one of
her songs she wrote for her
"Love divine, how precious
is time. Two beautiful youths
and yes the both of them are
mine. A deeper love I will
never again find, barely
remember my life before this
time. It's like a brand new
.me, p brand new you, what
started off as one, quickly
became two. Now is the time
to let true love shine through,
seeing life with a different
point of view. Sagenyjah and
Sahaja, my precious two, my
only two, one and only mom-
my loves you."



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Doctors Hospital celebrating

50 years of providing quality

healthcare in the Bahamas

FIFTY years a part of the
Bahamian community!!
What great memories we have.
It has been a privilege to speak
with individuals who walk up to
me and tell me that not only were
they born here but so were their
son and his daughter. Or when I
drove through a toll booth and
was reminded that their Uncle
was a kidney donor here many
years ago. Or when I see a store
clerk and they ask if they can vol-
unteer in our hospital. Or the
first open heart patient who trust-
ed us and was happy he did. Or
the visitor from New York City
who wrote to the New York
Times that the New York Hos-
pitals should provide the care that
Doctors Hospital provides. Or
the visitor who was a patient on
Christmas day arid she could not
believe that Santa Claus was
there bearing gifts. There are
thousands of positive stories that
our patients have about their stay
with us.
There have been many tough
decisions that were always
resolved by what is in the best
interest of the patient. Do we
need a new state of the art CT
scanner? No? Well a new one
would give even more informa-
tion to the physician to assist in
the diagnosis of the patient so we
should do it. Good reason to say
yes. We always knew that staying
with the cutting edge whenever
finances allowed us was in the
best interest of our patients.
We always worked with devel-
oping a relationship with the gov-
ernment of the day to help garner
protection from customs duty,
work permit fees and business
license fees in order to do every-
thing possible to contain the cost
of healthcare. We are closer than
ever and will continue to request
at least the same concessions that
hotels and small industry get. We
have never understood that pri-
vate healthcare should not be

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many other Associates who have
learned and benefited from their
experience at Doctors Hospital.
Today we are a cohesive team bf
about 400 who work together
under great stress sometimes,
constantly at the mercy of chang-
ing procedures to improve our
care and service, always wishing
we had more money so we could
improve faster, incessantly trying
to exceed our customers expec-
tations, pursuing training so that
individual Associates can contin-

provided some priority when
many for-profit businesses in Nas-
sau receive great benefits from
Over these many years we have
worked with many physicians and
we have greatly appreciated the
sacrifice they have made to come
home to Nassau to practice. We
are extremely fortunate in a coun-
try as small as ours that so many
physicians have made such a com-
mitment to their country. So
many of our physicians provide
excellent care to our patients
because that is what their prima-
ry belief is not money. I listen
to patients who have great rela-
tionships with their physicians and
speak of the home visits, follow
up phone calls and just generally

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showing that they care. Our pub-
lic magnifies the difficult issues
but need to be aware of the high
percentage of wonderful rela-
tionships and quality care that
our patients have had with their
physicians over the years.
Finally, as I reflect on the fifty
years at Doctors Hospital, I fond-
ly remember the dedicated staff
who has worked here over those
years. Just the other day I had a
call from an individual who
worked here in her youth and she
is now calling to ask guidance for
her health needs as she is elderly.
I also saw a past Associate one
day at Arawak Cay who now has
her own business that she devel-
oped because of her exposure at
Doctors Hospital. There are so

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ue to develop, working on better
systems to assist our physicians
provide the best care, and staying
in touch with the community so
we know what they expect of us.
I like to think of us as a family
although it is no easy task to keep
that spirit alive every hour of
every day of every week. If you
know someone who works here
call them this week and tell them
thanks for their commitment to
customer satisfaction!
We have always been dedicat-

THE journey of 50 years has brought with
it cycles of successful accomplishments.
Growth and development were intrinsic to the
model. Along the way many alliances were forged
to enable us to provide comprehensive services to
our customers.
The blue print for the next 50 years will overlap
our previous 50 years forming three-dimensional
improvements to some of our current positive
This would include consistent efforts to main-
tain the spirit of collaborative exchanges, multi-
disciplinary approaches to decision-making and
customer-focused initiatives. Our challenge con-
tinues to be the full achievement of Customer
Satisfaction and not just the promotion of Cus-
tomer Service,
This will entail successful recruitment and train-
ing of the expected behavior that will promote this
positive spirit.
Doctors Hospital aims to be the industry mod-
el in Customer Satisfaction. We will benchmark
ourselves with industry providers in our region to
gauge our level of success and to continuously
seek to present best practices in a competent,
timely and friendly manner.
Technology has enveloped the healthcare
industry in significant ways. Our intent will be to
embrace the various technological devices and
improved processes to present quality care to the
Bahamian Public.
Proficient applications of current services and
the introduction of new services are on the hori-
As we demonstrate industry leadership in the
provision of healthcare services in The Bahamas
we count it a responsibility to provide opportu-
nities for learning for those interested in the
noble professions associated with this industry.
Our internal educational programs will be
expanded to provide a platform of continuous
education for our Associates as well as to allow
others to become competent and qualified in the
various disciplines.
We know only too well that the customers'
perspective on healthcare is not only based on
qualitative parameters, but also on timeliness.
This would speak to easy access and smooth
transitions. Our infrastructures will be remod-
eled and constructed to provide for greater
process flows and efficiencies for the customer.
We will also embrace technology that allows the
customer to interact with us from a number of
satellite facilities that will improve the experi-
Our aim is to WOW you. We want to journey
with you in providing the levels of support you
and your family require. In 50 years we have
proven our commitment to the Bahamian Com-

ON THE occasion of
the 50th anniversary
I congratulate the administra-
tion and staff of Doctors Hos-
pital for achieving this remark-
able milestone.
For 50 years this institution
has provided quality care to
Bahamians and visitors to our
shores, showing a passion for
good health and quality care by
the availability of state of the
art technology, and most impor-
tantly, Associates who epito-
mize caring, learning, and excel-
lence in service.,
This celebration of achieve-
ment and excellence extends
beyond the walls of this insti-
tution as a gift to all people, a
belief in humanity, a statement
of the value of knowledge and a
willingness to continue to strive
to make the Bahamian commu-
nity healthier, happier, and
Having been a part of this
institution for twelve years, I
have seen several "firsts" in
Bahamian health care.
I was privileged to be
involved in the first kidney
transplant, the first open heart
surgery, and the first organ
donation done in the Bahamas.
These memories are indelible
in my mind.
More important are the innu-
merable letters and cards of
appreciation from patients or
their family members who are
grateful for the excellent care
they receive, or from a staff
member who is astounded that
Doctors Hospital went out of
its way to make sure that their

ed to being the best and will sin-
cerely continue to strive for that
goal for our Associates, our
Physicians and most of all for our

Barry Rassin
Chief Executive Officer


munity by providing quality healthcare and edu-
We will redouble our efforts to integrate into
our current stream of services other procedures,
practices and services to present a synergistic col-
lage of healthcare products to meet the growing
need. Congratulations are extended to the hard
working team inclusive of the healthcare
providers who support us in the delivery of care.
There are a number of agencies; governmental
and private, who collaborate with us in the exe-
cution of healthcare provision. To them we extend
our gratitude. Our motto for success is that 'Per- -
fection Is Our Aim, But Excellence Will Be Tol-

Charles Sealy II
Chief Operating Officer

needs are met and that their
expectations are indeed exceed-
ed by kindness and efficiency.
I am proud to be a part of
Doctors Hospital and happy to
see its evolution to the state-of-
the-art healthcare organization
that it is, and look forward to its
continued growth as it embraces
the ever-increasing demands of
a constantly changing world.
I also want to thank every-
one who worked to make this
anniversary so memorable and
so historic.

We cannot forget that our
work is not yet done. We must
continue to commit ourselves
to the Vision and Mission of
Doctors Hospital and the health
and welfare of our nation.

Vice President Patient
Care Services


Gastroenterology, Diagnostic & Therapeutic
Endoscopy, Internal Medicine



* Treatment of Digestive Disorders

* Diagnostic & Therapeutic Endoscopy

* Gall Bladder & Biliary Disease

* Colon Cancer Screening

* Liver Disorders

* Internal Medicine

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* Dr. Meyer Rassin, an
orthopedic surgeon,
opened the 20,000
square foot, 16 patient
room private facility
and named it The
Rassin Hospital (right).
* 1979 Services offered
by the Rassin Hospital
were upgraded and its
use extended to other
physicians in the com-
* 1981 Introduced the
first Ultrasound in the
* 1982 Introduced the
first CT scanner in the
* A group of Bahamian
physicians purchased
the facility and The
Rassin Hospital was
renamed Doctors Hos-
pital (1986) Limited.
* A private offering of
shares assisted in fund-
ed the $8.5 million,
50,000 square foot
expansion of the new
72-bed facility.
* 1993 The expansion
was completed featur-
ing 3 operating rooms,
an 8 bed Intensive Care
Unit, the latest diag-
nostic equipment, full-
scale clinical laborato-
ry, rehabilitation, physi-
cian offices, additional
medical surgical
beds, maternity, and
* 1994 Dr. Duane Sands
performed the first
open heart surgery in

The Bahamas, at Doc-
tors Hospital.
* 1996 Introduced the
first MRI in the
* 1997 Dr. Robin
Roberts performed the
first kidney transplant
in The Bahamas, at
Doctors Hospital.
* Doctors Hospital held
an initial public offer-

ing and was renamed
Doctors Hospital
Health System to
reflect the vision that
the management and
the shareholders hold
for the future of the
company to operate as
an integrated health-
care system providing
the finest level of care
and services to Bahami-
ans and visitors.
* An ambulance service
was offered as an exten-
sion to the Emergency
Services Department.
* Acquired the most
advanced MRI scanner
in the Region.
* 2004 Introduced the
latest 16-slice CT Scan-
* Celebrates 50 years of
providing quality
healthcare services in
The Bahamas, employ-
ing over 400 Associates,
volunteers, and a med-
ical staff of over 130
* In the pursuit of excel-
lence in the delivery of
healthcare Doctors
Hospital will go live
with a state-of-the-art
fully integrated Health-
care Information Sys-
tem (HIS), Medical
Information Technolo-
gy Inc. (MEDITECH),
which will use infor-
mation technology to
positively transform
every aspect of the
patient's experience
within the facility. The
new HIS will: signifi-
cantly improve access
to clinical information,
streamline workflows
and decrease repetitive
paperwork, improve
between caregivers,
enable better coordina-
tion of care, operational
efficiency, customer sat-
isfaction and enhanced
medical safety.



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A look back at the early years

T WAS during World
War II when Squadron
Leader Meyer Rassin found
himself stationed with the
R.A.F. in Nassau, Bahamas as
the Force's surgical specialist.
He mad many friends among
Bahamians and residents alike.
After the war, Meyer would
return to England and his fam-
ily. He was appointed the staff
of the West Middlesex Hospital.
That one act began the journey
that would send him back to the
shores of the Bahamas. There
at West Middlesex Hospital, he
would meet and become friends
with one of the Hospital's Anes-
thetists, Dr. Ricardo de Grego-
ry of Nassau. The pair often dis-
cussed Meyer's return to Nas-
sau to practice medicine.
In August of 1947, Dr. Rassin
after obtaining a permit to enter
the Colony as a private physi-
cian then moved his family to
Nassau. The colony at that time
did not take kindly to doctors
from abroad and put many
obstacles in his path to exclude
him from setting up an inde-
pendent practice. Dr. Rassin
surmounted all of these diffi-
culties and before long he was a
popular surgeon and physician,
opening a modest clinic on first
on Bay Street, and later on
Frederick Street, running it
Almost single handedly but for
the invaluable assistance of his
wife, Rosetta, herself a trained
nurse as well as Mrs. Spenser
Harty, his nurse-secretary and a
tiny band of nurses.
They soon outgrew their clin-
ic on Frederick Street and the
dream of a new spacious 25 bed
hospital was born The Rassin
Hospital. The Rassin Hospital
was to be e most modem hos-
pital in the West Indies; passers-
by's would soon see the laying
of the cornerstone for a 'stately
Sixteen patient rooms in
bright pastel colors would
accommodate 25 patients, each
with its own bathroom, included
two completely furnished suites.
The rooms on the second floor
all adjoined a verandah. Up to
date equipment would be

* RASSIN Hospital nurses: In 1955 after months of meticulous planning, careful calculations and insistence to detail by Dr. Rassin
the small island colony of Nassau saw the opening of what some termed as 'phenomenal, for an island of this size!'

brought in from the United
States and surgical instruments
from England. There were to
be two operating theatres a
major and minor as well as
anesthetic, supply, sterilization
and flower rooms.


A special feature of the hos-
pital would be introduced, a
modern thermostatically con-
trolled saline bath for the treat-
ment of burns. There would be
three to four permanent nurses
with sixteen to twenty others
on call. Dr. Ricardo de Grego-
ry would take up position as the
hospital's Anesthesiologist and
Dr, Duane Beam, eye specialist
who would visit three to four
times a year.
In 1955 after months of
meticulous planning, careful cal-
culations and insistence to detail

by Dr. Rassin the small island
colony of Nassau saw the open-
ing of what some termed as
'phenomenal, for an island of
this size!' The building was 'an
all Bahamian job with local
workmanship of the highest
quality'. The original 20,000
square foot facility on Collins
Avenue known as The Rassin
Hospital was born.
In 1979, Mr. Barry Rassin,
son of Dr. Meyer Rassin,
returned to the Bahamas with a
Masters Degree in Health and
Hospital Administration, after
working at Doctors Hospital of
Hollywood and five years at
Mount Sinai Medical Center,
Miami, Florida. As administra-
tor of The Rassin Hospital, Mr.
Rassin upgraded the hospital
and extended its use to other
doctors. More and more physi-
cians became interested in using
the facility.
In 1980, Dr. Larry Carroll

and Mr. Rassin started work-
ing together to get the radiolo-
gy department more active and
at that time Dr. Carroll began
his private practice. The facility
started seeing outpatients as
well as house patients. More
doctors became interested and
.started utilizing the facility.
These doctors included Dr.
John Johnson, Dr. Francis
Adderley, Dr. Trevor Jupp, Dr.
Chris Orr, Dr. Jason McCarroll,
Dr. Eugene Newry, and Dr.
Cecil Bethel. By 1985, an
alliance was born with the
above mentioned doctors as
well as Dr. Ricardo De Grego-
ry, Dr. Norman Cove, Dr. Kirt-
land Culmer, Dr. Leslie Cul-
mer, and Dr. Munir Rashad
among others. A group of
Bahamian physicians bought
the facility in 1986 naming it
Doctors Hospital (1986) Limit-
ed. This moved from a single
handed run hospital to having

an organizational structure. It
continued to evolve having mul-
tiple physicians using the facili-
ty and specialized departments


Then, in 1990, in order to
fund a 50,000 square foot
expansion of the hospital, these
physician owners undertook a
successful private placement
offering of shares. Today's
modern, renovated facility was
completed in 1993.
In 1998 the hospital became a
public company. On March
10th 1999, the company was
renamed Doctors Hospital
Health System Limited to
reflect the vision that the man-
agement and the shareholders
held for the future of the com-
pany. This vision was to oper-
ate the organization as an inte-

grated healthcare system pro-
viding the finest level of care
and services to Bahamians and
Doctors Hospital is commit-
ted to providing excellence to
the community, its patients,
Associates, and a professional,
state-of-the-art environment for
its medical staff. The 100%
Bahamian owned company now
comprises about 1,800 share-
holders, and is the leading
provider of healthcare in the
private sector.
Doctors Hospital offers the
services of over 140 medical
specialists and employs over 400
Associates providing a full
range of services that include
acute care, emergency services,
and the latest in diagnostic
imaging technology. Doctors
Hospital is a modem 72 bed full
service hospital including med-
ical, surgical, and obstetric ser-
vices on Collins Avenue, and
has created Centers of Excel-
lence that are designed to serve
your well-being.
Each field of medical exper-
tise is intricately linked togeth-
er and is served by a network of
world class professionals.
Doctors Hospital will contin-
ue to develop high quality
healthcare services and foster
new partnerships to create a
"seamless integrated delivery
system" for healthcare in The
Bahamas equal to and in some
areas superior to healthcare sys-
tems in the U.S. As a result,
more Bahamians will opt to stay
at home for their healthcare
needs and travel less frequently
to the U.S. for medical treat-
Doctors Hospital is commit-
ted to healing, compassionate
care and promoting wellness.
From the beginning our dedi-
cation to healing and our com-
passionate care philosophy have
been the foundation on which
the hospital was built.
Today our philosophy has
evolved to include a commit-
ment to preventive care.
We are establishing a long
term approach to help people
prevent illness and remain


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Centre of choice: Critical Care Unit

'Our responsibilities are more than just a job,

we truly care about our patients'

HE Critical Care
Unit at Doctors Hos-
'pital is a specialty care unit.
It is operational 24 hours a
dlay, each day of the year and
;s designed to provide a con-
,cntration of skills, equipment,
and facilities for specialized
medical and nursing care for
.hc critically ill patient.
This unit is for the patient
who requires continuous, com-
prehensive, and detailed inten-
sive care because of the critical
nature of the patient's disease
or illness. A multi-disciplinary
approach is utilized by con-
sultations with specialists,
dietary, pharmacy, physical
therapy, rehabilitative and res-
piratory therapy to meet the
patient's needs.
Specially trained and certi-
fied critical care doctors and
nurses man the eight-bed
Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
and the sixteen-bed Interme-
diate Care Unit (IMCU) at
Doctors Hospital a-round-the-
clock. ICU and IMCU are
equipped with ventilators to
help with breathing, special-
ized heart catheters to access a
patient's circulatory status,
and apparatus for performing
telemetry and haemodynamic
monitoring, thereby increas-
ing the accuracy of readings
and measurements.
The first Telemetry Unit in
the region was opened in 1997
at Doctors Hospital. This unit
was capable of monitoring the
cardiac status or electrocar-
diogram of any patient within
the hospital. These remote
transmitting devices allow
patients to move about while
maintaining constant contact
with the nursing station. The
monitoring capacity was eight
(8) at that time. On June 21,
2005, the Telemetry Unit was
expanded to increase technol-
ogy and upgrade with addi-
tional telemetry monitors

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being added to the Critical
Care units.
The units can now monitor
sixteen (16) rather than eight
patients. Now every patient
admitted to the Critical Care
Unit will be monitored,
improving the quality of care
Delivered to these patients. By
monitoring the cardiac status
of patients with telemetry,
Doctors Hospital is raising the
standards for their nursing col-

leagues; today, now boasting
the only Telemetry Unit in the
Our state-of-the-art, 24-bed
Critical Care Unit has expand-
ed with state-of-the-art-tech-
nology and innovative pro-
grams. It has been said that
the ICU/IMCU at Doctors
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care on par with major med-
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Doctors Hospital continues
to receive high praises from
local patients and tourists who
have required emergency
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THE Cardiovascular team at Doctors
Hospital consists of American trained
specialists who have been specifically
trained to diagnose and treat infants, chil-
dren, adolescents and adults with heart
disease or congenital heart defects.

Dr. Conville Brown Adult Cardiolo-
gist. American Board Certified in Inter-
nal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease.
Advanced training at Beth Israel Medical
Centre in New Jersey. First Fellow in the

Dr. Patrick Cargill Cardiologist.
Invasive and Non-invasive Cardiology.
Member American Board Certified in
Internal Medicine and Cardiology

Dr. Dean Tseretopoulos Cardiologist.
Non-invasive Cardiology. American
Board Certified, U.S. trained.

Dr. Bimal Francis International Car-
diologist. Advanced Training in India.

Dr. Jerome Lightbourne Pediatric
Cardiologist. Advanced training at the
University if Miami's Jackson Memorial
Hospital in Florida.
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Dr. Duane Sands Cardiovascular Sur-
geon. Advanced training at John Hop-
kins in Maryland and Wayne State Uni-
versity in Detroit. Diplomate American
Board of Surgery. Diplomate American
Board of Thoracic Surgery.

Dr. Henry Coleman Cardiothoracic
Surgeon. Advanced training at Hahna-
mann Medical College in Pennsylvania.


Dr. Sy Pierre Cardiac Anesthesiolo-
gist. Advanced training at Cooke County
Hospital in Chicago. Diplomate Ameri-
can Board of Anesthesiology.

Dr. Mark Weech Pediatric Cardiac
Anesthesiologist. Advanced training at
the University of Michigan.

In the Bahamas, cardiothoracic surgery
is performed only at Doctors Hospital,
which has the necessary equipment and
staff to support such complex procedures.

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Centre of choice:

Cardiovascular services

'The heart experts'

THE Cardiac Program at
Doctors Hospital was cre-
ated eleven years ago to meet the
country's heart care needs. The
Doctors Hospital cardiac program
is a full-service, multi-disciplinary
program that cares for public and
private patients. It combines spe-
cial diagnostic procedures with edu-
cation, advanced patient care, and
rehabilitative therapy. In 1994, the
first ever open heart surgery in the
Bahamas was performed by Dr.
Duane Sands, Cardiovascular Sur-
geon at Doctors Hospital. Our

world-class cardiac program has
saved many lives.
In our region, Doctors Hospital
sets the standard for care of the
heart. Our cardiologists use the most
advanced techniques and equipment
to provide the best cardiac care.
With the support of a full service
hospital, patients can rest assured
that we are prepared to handle what-
ever type of care they need at any
Diagnostic procedures offered in
the cardiac program include pedi-
atric and adult cardiac surgery, car-
diac catheterization, coronary angio-
plasty and stent procedures, and

pacemaker insertion (temporary and
permanent). The Cardiac Program
supports physicians with state-of-
the-art equipment and facilities, a
dedicated nursing staff, and both
inpatient and outpatient cardiac
When you come to Do'ctors Hos-
pital with a heart problem, our team
of heart specialists evaluates your
condition immediately and decides
upon a course of action.
The team determines the serious-
ness of your condition, whether it is
an emergency, and what treatment
you need.
The Cardiac Catheterization Lab

at Doctors Hospital is a vital part of
the cardiac program.
Trained technicians work with
doctors, nurses and other health pro-
fessionals using the latest techniques.
The Cath Lab allows our physicians
to insert catheters into coronary
arteries to detect blockages and pro-
vide critical information for by-pass
It is the only facility of its kind in
the Bahamas.
Heart and circulatory disease is a
major killer in the Bahamas. The
Doctors Hospital cardiac program
is our tool for treating and prevent-
ing it.




'The Management, Physicians, Volunteers, and Associates would like to thank our
valued customers and patients for their patronage over the past 50 years.'

Long serving employee


1 enjoy my time at
Doctors Hospital; I
look forward to coming to
work especially since I was
here in Sessional Clinic. I
look at Nursing as a ministry.
They come here sick and they
can leave with a smile and
appreciative of the way you
care for them. I get a lot of
praises, but they are why I am
here and it is my duty to care
for them. I have seen a lot of
changes, and this is a profes-
sion that I feel if one does not
like what they are doing or
they can not give it like Mr.
Rassin said 'he will not settle
for 99% he wants 100% plus'
if they can't do that, then they
need to find out what they
love and move on This is
not the profession to be in if
you don't like it, not just for
the money. You have to love
something to perform well."


M/My years here
: have been an
experience, I look around and
I see a lot of changes taking

place from 1979 to the year
2005, changes when it comes
to technology, changes when it
comes to personalities and
changes when it cometo the
amount of patients we have
in hospital. I guess I have
been at Doctors Hospital for
so long because I love nurs-
ing, I say to anybody, love
your job, that's nursing...and
then you can make it."


started nursing at
AIPrincess Margaret
Hospital, I didn't like their
work habits and the working
environment, the nurses didn't
pull together, and there was
no teamwork, so I decided to
try Doctors Hospital. It was
the Rassin Hospital at the
time, I applied and I was
accepted. I have been in nurs-
ing for so long because I real-
ly enjoy being with people.
talking to people, encourag-
ing people and seeing them
get well and helping them in
whatever way I can. It's just
my love of people, caring for
people. It has been good at

Doctors Hospital; everybody
has been good, all of the
Coordinators I've worked
under have been good, the
doctors have been good, Mr.
Rassin and everybody; they
have all been good to me. I
am always available if they
need me for anything, emer-
gencies or anything, always
available. I love my job".


D doctors Hospital
has become
like a family to me, a family
away from home. I enjoy
working here and I love the
coordinators that I work with,
I am very pleased with the
people I work with. I love to
clean, it is important to me to
keep the hospital clean and I
love to work among people,
especially the patients, I tend
to meet a lot of patients who I
really enjoy speaking with and
helping. I love working at
Doctors Hospital"


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Centre of choice:

Emerency care services

The care ex...pert'
'The care expert'

Doctors Hospital's Emer-
gency Room is open 24
hours a day, every day of the
year, to provide the Bahami-
an public and visitors with
the optimum in trauma care
and emergency medical ser-
All doctors, nurses and the
Emergency Medical Services
(EMS) staff are trained in
Basic Life Support,
Advanced Cardiac Life Sup-
port and most are Trauma
Life Support certified.
These certifications are
licensed through the Ameri-
can Heart Association,
allowing us to provide the
highest level of care.
Our Emergency team is
capable of handling any
major or minor medical
emergency, and is outfitted
with the latest, most
advanced equipment, includ-
ing specially designed treat-
ment bays, to ensure that
you are treated with speed
and accuracy.
A medical team along with
a nursing team staffs the
Emergency Room, handling
a vast array of ailments rang-
ing from minor abrasions to
major illnesses and injuries
sustained by both children
and adults. We have com-
mitted, dedicated physicians
and an on-call schedule for
The Emergency Room
treats fractures, breaks and
dislocations on site.
Follow up care is provid-
ed on an out-patient basis by
qualified specialists in our
Sessional Clinic.

The Doctors Hospital Ses-
sional Clinic provides con-
sultation for in and out-
patients needing follow-up
treatment for general or spe-
cialist care. Clinic Special-
ists include Wound & Burn
care, Gynecology, Pediatrics,
Orthopedics (including Total
Joint Replacement), Inter-
nal Medicine, Emergency

Medicine, Neuro Surgery
and General Surgery.
Our.Wound Care Center
is devoted exclusively to pre-
venting and healing wounds
of inpatients and outpatients.
Wound care is complex by
nature. Our program is
designed to provide care on a
highly individualized basis,

so we constantly evaluate
and readjust our approach as
necessary to achieve opti-
mum results. At the Wound
Care Center. we also provide
\AC Therapy and have the
only VAC machine in the
The Wound Care Center
also recognizes the impor-
tance of prevention and ear-
ly detection. AtDoctors

* 8 Bed Emergency Room
* 3 Critical Beds
(including Trauma Bay)
Centrally Monitored Beds
Wound Care Bed,
Gyne Bed
Pediatric Bay
Pediatric Crash Cart
Trauma Cart
Cardiac Cart
Casting Room
* On Call Schedule
for Specialists

Hospital, we assess patients
at risk for early signs of tis-
sue breakdown so they can
be closely monitored and fol-
lowed to assure that wounds
do not develop. We use a
team approach in Wound
Care including a physician,
wound care specialist, and
nursing team.
The Emergency Transport
Services (ETS) is a natural
extension of EMS that pro-
vides seamless care whenev-
er you require an ambulance.
The main priority of ETS is
to provide you with high
quality pre-hospital care;
their primary objective is to
stabilize you and transport
you to the hospital as quick-

ly as possible. Every ambu-
lance is equipped with the
latest technological equip-
ment and is operated by
team of medical profession-
als, including an Emergency
Medical Technician (EMT)|
a Medic, an Emergency4
Vehicle Operator, and a Dis-Z
patcher that stays in constantI
contact with the ambulance
crew. There is direct over-
sight 24 hours a day by medE
control as well as physicians
and Medical Director, Dr.
Collin Bullard.
Together EMS and ETS
form the critical care center
of Doctors Hospital. All ol
our dedicated professionals in'
these departments understand"
that in a place where every,
second can mean the differ-?
ence between life and death,
nothing can be left to chance.'
Every detail is checked and'
double checked, and only the,
best equipment is used, so you.
can be sure that you are get-'
ting the best medical care
Each ambulance has a.
direct communication link to'
our emergency physician andl
team who will ensure the bests
care prior to your arrival.
The ambulance crew can,
exchange vital information"
about you and your emer-.
gency, details that can save.
precious time when you reach
the hospital. You can depend
on our dedicated team to
respond with speed, accura-;
cy, and compassion, provid-
ing you with the seamless,
quality care that you have
come to expect from Doctors;

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Grosvenor Medical Centre
Grosvenor Close
4 P.O. Box SS-19012
Nassau, Bahamas

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Centre of choice: services

'We love what we do'

Doctors Hospital estab-
lished its maternity service in
1955. Since then, the Mater-
nity Unit has built a reputa-
tion for combining the latest
technology with highly
skilled, compassionate care.
Doctors Hospital staff has
supervised the delivery of
more than 25,000 babies since
its founding in 1955.
At Doctors Hospital,
expectant mothers receive the
utmost in birthing care, com-
fort and security. All of our
midwives are endowed with
obstetrical knowledge, skills,
and understanding, enhanc-
ing the birthing experience.
The Maternity Department
features private delivery
suites, spaciously designed
with television, air condition,
and attractive comfortable
furnishings. They are
equipped with state of the art
delivery beds, fetal monitors,
resuscitaires and other med-
ical devices that enrich fetal
life allowing childbirth to be
safe, easier, and more fulfill-
ing. Only one patient delivers
per delivery suite and indi-
vidual patient care is provided
by a qualified, experienced
midwife. Our competent,
board certified, Registered
Nurse Midwives and a team
of medical professionals work
closely with the doctor to pro-
vide a collaborative, holistic,
and multidisciplinary
approach to your healthcare
needs. We are committed to
creating an experience that is
safe, private and comfortable
for our patients and their
There are three labor and
delivery rooms and ten beds
in private and semi-private
rooms. Classes on Lamaze
childbirth provide expectant
parents with the knowledge
to make informed choices
about the delivery and to
cope with the normal chal-
lenges of childbirth.
The Maternity Department

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portive unit where parents
and families dreams become
Well equipped with state of
the art equipment, the hospi-
tal's Level III nursery pro-
vides infants with highly spe-

cialized care. We provide
Ventilator or other respirato-
ry assistance for babies who
have difficulty breathing ade-
quately on their own.
Able to accommodate up to
twelve babies, the nursery
features three full-sized baby
warmers (isolettes) and a
portable unit for transferring

babies to the special care
Our Level III nursery pro-
vides the full range of care
for neonates born premature-
ly or with congenital birth
defects, infection, metabolic
problems or other medical or
surgical needs. The nursery is
equipped to care for prema-

ture babies born as early as
23 weeks of gestation and
weighing as little as one
pound. We provide special-
ized respiratory care, includ-
ing high-frequency ventila-
tion, and monitoring. Our
Maternity Unit is known for
the special attention it pro-
vides to the entire family.


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Centre of choice: Surgica service

'We can help'

O UR Operating
Room is widely rec-
ognized as the leader in surgical
innovative care in The
Bahamas. For over half a cen-
tury, our doctors and surgical
staff have advanced the skills
and technology necessary for
highly complex operations such .
as heart surgery, brain surgery,
or for minimally invasive pro-
cedures such as arthroscopic
knee surgery or laparoendo-
scopic surgery.
A highly competent staff of
skilled surgeons, anesthesiolo-
gists, surgical technicians, reg-
istered nurses, and assistants
form the team for our three
operating rooms and an eight
patient recovery area. Our
operating and recovery room
staff possess skills required to
carry out even the most com-
plex operations. Our surgical
expertise includes endoscopic,
laparoscopic, gynecological,
neurological, and open-heart
surgery as well as ENT, oph-
thalmic and plastic surgery.
All of our operating rooms
are outfitted with the most
sophisticated equipment. The
Surgical Suite features pre- and
post-procedure areas for any
patient from pediatrics to
adults. Patients can choose
from 25 comfortable, air-con-
ditioned rooms available for in-
patient management of pre-
and post-operative procedures
which have piped oxygen, and
suction facilities if necessary for -.'
the more seriously ill patients.
With our skilled surgeons
and staff being backed with the
latest technological equipment,
we provide the most efficient on an outpatient basis. Our
and painless surgical services, surgical team work together to
enabling most patients togo offer you a convenient and
home on the day of surgery. comfortable health care expe-
Our objective is to make each nence.
patient's stay with us as com- ADVA
fortable and stress free as pos- ADVANCES ,
sible. While many sugia pro- At Doctors Hospital; we are
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71 Charles Diggiss had introduced
laparoscopy in General Surgery
and has been the leading
laparoscopic surgeon in the
Caribbean. Surgeons can now
do major operations through
tiny incisions. The camera
sends a picture of the surgical
field to a TV monitor, which is
viewed by the surgeons as they
manipulate instruments. By
providing the surgeon with dig-
i" ital prints and videotapes for
their charts, the surgeon is bet-
ter able to
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with their performed at
patients. Hospital.
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result is less
pain, a 8 Bed Reco\ e
shorter hos-
pital stay
and a faster recovery. By pro-
viding more tests and treat-
ments without an overnight
hospital stay, we continue to
save our patients both time and
n money. Minimally invasive
surgery offers an alternative to
A traditional open surgery. The
benefit to patients is less pain, a
shorter hospital stay and faster
There are over 120 active
physicians on our medical staff
di d who have met the rigorous
I standards of Doctors Hospital.
S Active member physicians are
certified in their specialty. They
have also met stringent require-
ments for ongoing medical edu-
physicians. One of the most cation, training, and perfor-
important advances introduced mance. They represent a vari-
in Gynecology by Dr. Ronald ety of specialties including: Car-
Patterson in 1986 is laparo- diovascular Surgery, General
scopic surgery, which is per- Surgery, Gastroenterology,
formed through a scope with a Gynecology, Neurosurgery,
digital video camera. This has Oral Surgery, Otolaryngology
Dramatically changed the wayr ...(ENT),iPlastic and Recon-
'surgers is performed,. : ;irucit.e Surgery, Orthopedics,
SB the mid' 1990Ws, Dr,;, -andVasuuir Surgery.

Doctors Hospital offers same
day surgery with recovery room
facilities in a peaceful private
This is a comprehensive cen-
ter where patients collaborate
with their physician consultant
to arrive at the best possible
Solution to suit their medical
The Surgical area caters to
patients requiring surgical pro-
cedures that allow the patients
to safely go
TATISTIC S home on the
AThITIC b same day or
following an
gical overnight
e been observation,
doctors or duration
om Suites upon patient
Room The oper-
ating room
and post
anesthesia care unit provides
competent pre and post opera-
tive patient care.
Some of the procedures per-
formed include:
Hernia repairs
Laparoscopic Pelvic Surgery
Endoscopic Procedures
General Minor & Major
ENT Surgery
Ophthalmic Surgery
If overnight stay is required,
patients recover in one of our
newly decorated rooms. Our
professional nursing staff is
trained in the care of medical,
surgical, pediatric and rehabil-
itation medicine. Our nursing
team provides a nurse-to-
patient ratio which creates an
intimate and enjoyable stay for
patients and their family during

With our 72 beds, Doctors
Hospital provides patient.
focused care, bringing treat-
ment directly into the hospital
room or unit via portable,
equipment and cross-trained.
staff, for increased privacy and.
The operating suite is
equipped with a complete
recovery room. Post surgical
patients are monitored and
observed by the nursing staff
to assure full recovery before,
being returned to their rooms
or discharged home.
A highly qualified team of
anesthesiologists administer,
anesthesia for various surgical
Your anesthesiologist wilt
visit you before you are taken
to the operating suite and will
remain with you until youi
make a full recovery- If :yo6
do not have an anesthesiolo-
gist, we can refer one to you.
In order to make you fe~d
more comfortable and at easeF
during your procedure, our
team of anesthesiologists, mnia
administer effective treatments
to reduce your pain.
We pioneered digital video,
endoscopic surgery in 1986 by
Dr. Ronald Patterson.
In 1989, Dr. Granville Bairi
performed the first arthroscopiS
surgery .
In 1994, Dr. Duane Sands
performed the first open heart
surgery in The Bahamas, at
Doctors Hospital. .' ?
In 1997, Dr. Robin Roberts
performed the first Kidney
transplant in The Bahamas, at
Doctors Hospital.
Our Organ harvesting pro-
gram was initiated in 1999 by
the University of Miami.

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* 1981 Introduction of the first Ultrasound unit...B-scanner
Presently using the ATL-5000, providing high image qual-
ity and 3D capabilities among many other features.

*,1982 Introduction of the first CT scanner...Ohio Nuclear
Delta 50
* 1985 Shimadzu 2000
*'1993 Shimadzu 4500
. 1998 7000 Spiral
* 2004 Phillips Brilliance CT Scanner 16 Slice was intro-
duced, providing ultra-fast scans, full body CT scan, Car-
diovascular Imaging, CT Angiography, 3D Images virtual
endoscopy, virtual bronchoscopy, virtual colonoscopy and
*1987 Introduction of the first Mammography Unit...
Bennett 150
*'1993 The Contour unit was introduced providing better
'quality images, more patient-friendly features and inter-
ventional capabilities (biopsy/localization of lesions).
* 2000 The Sophie unit is introduced use and features
high quality images with all the above capabilities.

*'1996 Introduction of the first MRI Scanner...Toshiba
* 2001 MRI Scanning was upgraded by the introduction of
the Phillips Intera,0.5T
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'The ECG/EEG Department is run by Certified Tech-
nologists in the field of Cardiovascular and Electro Neuro-
diagnostic Technology.
While both tests are non-invasive and pain free, the EEG
provides a graphic recording of the electrical activities of the
brain and is used in the diagnosis of a variety of neurologi-
cal problems including headaches, dizziness, seizure disor-
ders, head trauma, strokes and degenerative diseases, whist
the ECG provides a graphic representation of the electrical
activities of the heart. It evaluates chest pain and heart
Electrodes are attached to various parts of the body and
the patient is then connected to the Nihon Kohden (EKG)
machine, the results of which are then reported as a tracing
on a sheet of paper by the monitoring system.
The graph is then interpreted by an internist or cardiolo-
Headed by Coordinator for the department, Joanne Edge-
cbmbe, a trained Cardiovascular Technician and Electro
Neurodiagnostic Technologist, The EKG department offers
testing by appointment.

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Centre of choice:

Diagnostic imaging

'We see you clearly'

THE Imaging Department at Doctors
Hospital is the most advanced in the
Bahamas featuring services for Radiology,
Mammography, Ultrasound scanning, CT
scanning, MRI scanning, Nuclear Medicine
scanning and Bone Densitometry.
Originally housed in three rooms in the
Rassin building with a staff of three persons,
including Radiologist Dr. Larry Carroll, the
Imaging department has since transformed.
itself into a state of the art facility using the'
latest digital equipment to produce very highly
quality results, achieving accurate diagnosis of
a patient's condition. The department now.
S.occupies thirteen rooms on.the first, floor of
the Medical Complex Building. There is also

a freestanding building across the street from
the Hospital on Christie Avenue and Shirley
Street which houses the MRI scanner, the
most advanced in the Region. Since moving
into the new facility, the staff complement
has grown to approximately fourteen per-
sons not including four full-time radiologists
and continues to be directed by Dr. Larry
Carroll, Clinical Director, Imaging Depart-
The present department has expanded from
originally having only ultrasound, CT and X-
ray machines, to having every possible diag-
nostic imaging modality expected in a hospi-
tal of this size. The department boasts a
state-of-the-art MRI scanner.,and is more
than just.the typical 'x-ray'. facility, there is

also a Phillips 16 slice spiral CT scanner, the
most current ultrasound machines with 3D
capability, as well as two x-ray fluoroscopic
The main fluoroscopic room has digital flu-
oroscopic capabilities as well as digital sub-
traction angiography capability. The depart-
ment also has a nuclear medicine facility with
SPECT capability.
There is full portable x-ray capability and
also operating .room portable C-arm fluo-
roscopy with digital subtraction angiography
The department boasts of having a mam-
mography suite with capability of ultrasound
guided core needle biopsy as well as stereo-
tactic core needle biopsy.

Centre of choice:

Rehabilitation services

'The healing choice, the healing solution'

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SHE Physiothera-
.T py Department ..
opened its door to the
first outpatient on May
11, 1993. The Depart- ,
ment was located on the
second floor of the Med-
ical Complex building, in
the area that now houses ---
the Hospital's Central
Sterile Supplies Depart- -
rnent (CSSD). At the ,
time, there was only one
therapist on staff, Erica
Rolle, who worked both
inpatient and outpatient
physiotherapy. In Sep- .
timber of 1993, Estella
Thompson (then Evans)
joined as an Assistant
Technician and to keep
up with the increasing
amount of patients,
another therapist was
added to alleviate the
As the patient load -
continued to increase,
more Physiotherapists
and Assistants were
hired; the department
area became too limited
in terms of space, not
being able to accommo-
date the number of patients to be attended to and
modalities to be performed. In 1996, the Physio-
therapy Department moved to its present location in
the Rassin building.
In 1997, the status of the department changed to
Rehabilitation Services and in 1999, Occupational
Therapy was added to the scope of Rehabilitation
Services. Speech Pathology was added, with a full
time Speech Language Pathologist, in 2000.
Today, the Rehabilitation Services Department is
comprised of a staff of 16 and the following ser-
vices: Inpatient and Outpatient treatment, Home
Therapy, Pelvic Floor Stimulation, Sports Rehabil-
itation, Incontinence Treatment, Ergonomic Assess-
ment, Total Hip and Knee Rehabilitation, Myofas-
cial Release, Videofluoroscopy, Neuromuscular
Treatment, Work Hardening, Cognitive Assess-
ment, Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, Pain Man-
agement, Splinting, Barium Swallow Assessments,
Hand Therapy, and Respiratory Therapy to name a
Rehabilitation Services at Doctors Hospital fea-
tures some of the latest tools and techniques to pro-
.mote the best recovery possible for patients. It is an
integral part of the Hospital as it places great empha-
sis on controlling and eliminating pain, working in
close relationship with its Associates for the most
comprehensive and effective patient care. Rehab
provides patients with the necessary tools needed to
help them return to as normal a life as possible after
the occurrence of stroke, brain or spinal cord dam-
age, as well as other illnesses and injuries. Doctors

Hospital Rehabilitation
Services integrates a plan
of care into a patient's
particular lifestyle,
increases independence,
and meets.the goals and
needs of each individual.

In late 2003, Doctors
Hospital expanded its
outpatient rehabilitation
S. services in a new facility,
The Outpatieiit Reha-
bilitation Center located
at #9 Collins Avenue.
S This comprehensive
S fac;!ity provides patients
with convenient parking,
S patient-friendiy access,
centralized seamless
integrated services, addi-
tional treatment rooms,
-.-: and a wide range of ser-
vices including Physia-
try, Physiotherapy,
SOccupational Therapy,
Speech Language
': Pathology, and special-
Sizes in sports injuries,
sprains, fractures, back
-- and neck pain, stroke,
muscular disorders, hand
injuries, work related
injuries, arthritis and total joint replacement.
The Rehabilitation Services Department evaluates
and treats a variety of diagnosis and conditions using
the latest exercise and equipment modalities:
* Amputee
* Arthritis
* Brachial Plexus Injuries
* Brain Injuries
* Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
* Cerebral Palsy
* Cognitive and Perceptual Deficits
* Coordination Difficulties
* Fine and Gross Motor
* Hand Injuries
* Language/Learning and Speech Disorders
* Stroke

Physiotherapy Department opened
on May 11, 1993.
Physiotherapy moved to the Rassin
Building in 1996.
1997 the department was changed to
Rehabilitation Services.
1999 Occupational Therapy was added
to the department.
Speech Pathology was added in 2000.
Outpatient Rehabilitation Center
opened in 2003 #9 Collins Avenue.

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* Mammography
* Nuclear Medicine
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Cetre of choice: Laborato services

'Give the gift of life, donate blood'

THE Department of
Laboratory Services of
Doctors Hospital consists of
physicians, technologists, phle-
botomists and clerical person-
nel. Each member of the
department is an integral part
of the hospital family. Their
responsibility is to accurately
collect and analyze specimens
(blood, urine, tissue and oth-
er bodily fluids) and report the
results of these tests to the
appropriate physician in a
timely manner.
Registered medical technol-
ogists conduct a variety of
medical tests using state-of-
the-art equipment. The lab is
staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days
a year, With outpatient hours
from 7:30am-7:00pm.
Some tests, such as complete
blood counts and urinalysis are
routinely performed on most
patients. Other tests are high-
ly specialized, such as cancer
markers and blood clotting
studies. Approximately
130,000 tests are performed
annually. Doctors Hospital
offers competitive pricing on
all laboratory services.
The Department of Labora-
tory Services offers a variety
of services that fit into two
major categories: Anatomical
Pathology dealing with struc-
tural changes in tissues and
cells, and Clinical Pathology
which measures functional and
physiological changes using
microscopic and analytical
Doctors Hospital is widely
recognized as a leader in labo-
ratory services in The
Bahamas. Our Physicians,
Phlebotomists and Medical
Technologists have the
advanced skills and technology
necessary for highly complex
The unit provides the latest
in technology, testing, and
equipment. Our team of highly
qualified professionals is dedi-
cated to your recovery and
good health. We are here to
serve you and we are glad to
Outfitted with the most
modern, state-of-the-art equip-
ment, the lab ensures prompt

and reliable diagnosis. Fur-
thermore, to ensure the accu-
racy of test results, the Labo-
ratory subscribes to a number
of external proficiency pro-
grams (College of American
Pathologists (CAP) and Amer-
ican Proficiency Institute
(API)) as well as internal qual-
ity control.
The laboratory has a profes-
sional relationship with Labo-
ratory Corporation of America
(LabCorp). LabCorp provides
an extension of Doctors Hos-
pital Lab for esoteric testing
and consultative services.
It also provides redundancy
for lab testing. LabCorp is one
of the world's'largest clinical
It has 24,000 employees and
offers more than 4,000 clinical
Specimens sent to LabCorp
.for testing are picked up daily.
and most results are received.
within 24 hours.

Doctors Hospital has a fully
screened Blood Bank for blood
donors and patients requiring
a blood transfusion. The Blood
Bank supplies blood and blood
products to all healthcare facil-
ities and collects blood from
donors as individuals and from
large groups participating in
blood drives. Donations can
be made between 8:30am and
6:30pm weekdays and from
9:00am to 3:00pm on Saturdays.
A patient's blood group and
type are determined by testing
a sample of his/her blood. The
tests also detect the presence
of blood group antibodies.
Each patient's blood also
undergoes a compatibility test
with every unit of blood
intended for transfusion. This
insures that the transfused
blood will be compatible with
the patient's own blood.
There are many safeguards
on our blood supply to ensure
safe blood for patients.
First, the blood is donated
by volunteer donors. Before

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Phone: (242) 328-5420/323-7122
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Nassau, N.P., Bahamas
Fax: (242) 328-0773

Analytical chemistry including
therapeutic drugs and drugs of
abuse. We also offer chemistry
panels that evaluate Arthritis,
Renal, Liver and Thyroid func-
Hematological testing Com-
plete Blood Count (CBC), Dif-
ferential Count, Sickle Cell
Coagulation studies PT, PT,
.' Bleeding time, Clotting time
r l* Microbiological identification
-r and Sensitivities, Urine Preg-
S I nancy Test, Semen Analysis,
S.Fungus culture, TB culture
Parasitology Identification
\ Blood Bank service including
Blood Grouping, Immunologi-
cal testing, transfusion of blood
and blood components, Quick
HIV testing, Rubella, Hepatitis
A, B and C
PL ; Serology testing- VDRL/RPR,
Mono test, Rheumatoid Fac-
tor, LE prep, ASOT, Malaria
giving blood, donors must tests are run for evidence of Trained, Competent Staff
answer questions about their infection with hepatitis, AIDS, All of our technologist and
health and risk factors for dis- HTLV virus and syphilis, phlebotomist are certified by
ease and take a mini physical. Doctors Hospital encourages ASCP OR AMT and registered
Only a person with a clean bill everyone to donate blood, and licensed by the Bahamas
of health can give blood. Donating is the highest form Health Professions Council
Blood from each accepted of altruism, and it only takes External Proficiency test (CAP)
donor goes through extensive 20 minutes. One pint of blood performed.on all areas of the
testing. In addition to tests for gives at least three patients the laboratory
blood type, eight screening gift of life. Reference services available

Centre of choice:

Pharmacy services
W e fill your health needs........................................

'Me fill your health needs'

THE Pharmacy at Doc-
tors Hospital has a
firm commitment to excel-
lence. From quality service to
cutting edge health products,
to Pharmacists who can offer
hands on advice, and take time
to listen. The Pharmacy
strives to meet the mission and
vision statements of Doctors
Hospital. It thrives through
its dedicated Associates to car-
ry the "we care" statement to
the optimum level. It is a com-
mitment to you and your
health we are proud of.

Doctors Hospital Pharmacy
is an integral part of Doctors
Hospital. It operates an out-
patient Pharmacy catering to
the hospitals walk in customers
with prescription needs.

A limited selection of com-
mon nonprescription, over the
counter items, such as allergy
and cold remedies, cough
syrups, analgesics, humidifiers,
and thermometers available at
the Doctors Hospital Pharma-
The Pharmacy also operates
an Inpatient section that deals
primarily with hospitalized
patients at Doctors Hospital.
The Inpatient Pharmacy fills
all medications requested by
the Physicians and keeps the
nursing unit stocks up to par

Patient clinical assessments
and patient counseling are a
part of the everyday activities
of the Pharmacy team. The
Pharmacy has six trained and
licensed Pharmacist inclusive
of the Pharmacy coordinator
who is Chief Pharmacist.
There are also two trained and
licensed Pharmacy Techni-
cians who are happy to answer
any questions or concerns you
may have about your pre-
scribed medication. In addi-
tion, the Pharmacy is equipped
with cutting edge computer
technology that enables the
pharmacy to issue literature
on medication with every pre-
scription filled. The literature
includes the medication's
generic name, common uses,
possible side effects and what
to do in case of an overdose.

For the ill or incapacitated,

losing the. comfort and securi-
ty of home isn't always desir-
able, our Home Health Ser-
vices are designed for our
patients who are not required
to remain hospitalized but
need regular monitoring of
medical intake. Our highly
qualified and compassionate
registered Pharmacists, sensi-
tive to the recovery and treat-
ment of the patient will pro-
vide the services you would
receive at the hospital, prepar-
ing medications at our facility
and then delivering and
administering medications in
the comfort and security of
your own home, all under the
guidance of you Physician.
This service is most popular
for post-operative and postna-
tal care, management of long
and short-term illnesses, and
administration of IV and IM

When it comes to the dis-
pensing of medication, the
Pharmacy functions as a direct
liaison between the Physician
and the patient to achieve
improved communication and
increased customer satisfac-
To ensure that there is no
conflicting prescription advice,
we are in constant contact with
Physicians concerning your
If there is a need for substi-
tutions in your medications,
they are discussed with your


Inpatient & Outpatient
Automated Drug
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physician prior to dispensing
and a medical printout dis-
cussing side effects and
dosages are included with all
Our job is to assist the Physi-
cian in ensuring that you are
back on the road to good

At Doctors Hospital Phar-
macy, you can expect privacy,
safety, and confidentiality of
information at all times. We
take very seriously our com-
mitment to our patients which
means that each prescription is
checked and double-checked
in our pharmacy and with your
physician to ensure accuracy
of medication and dosage.
Information about a patient's
condition, care, treatment, per-
sonal affairs, or records is
strictly confidential and is only
to be discussed with the
attending Physician, and other
Associates whose job assign-
ment makes access to such
information necessary.

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Customer Service
Environmental Services
Facilities Management
Financial Services
0 Human Resources
Infection Control
Insurance Services
Materials Management
Medical Records
Patient Relations
Utilization Managment
0 Volunteers

"Bahamians continue to
spend over $30 million a
veak on medical services in
the US. If spent in the
Bahamas, these revenues
couid be used to expand
medical services and stabi-
lize local health care costs
further. We need the sup-
port of the Bahamian com-
munity for us to control
costs over the long term. In
most cases it makes sense
for Bahamians to spend
their healhhcare dollars at
home. Not only is the cost
less for the same quality of
care, but patients heals
faster with the support of
family and friends. And
support for local business
benefits the entire economy,
resulting in more jobs and
better wages. Bahamian
physicians were generally
more efficient and cost-con-
scious about ordering nmed-
ical care than their Ameri-
can counterparts who often
practice defensive medicine
due to the threat of law
suits. And hospital care in
Florida can cost as much as
S40% more than in the.
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Doctors Hospital selects MEDITECH as the provider of its new

healthcare information system: Go live date February 1st, 2006

BEGINNING almost one year
ago, Doctors Hospital embarked
on an exciting mission to design
an information technology (IT)
plan focused on aligning its IT
infrastructure with the Hospital's
business objectives. The first phase
of that mission has been achieved,
and Doctors Hospital is pleased to
announce that it has selected Med-
ical Information Technology Inc.
(MEDITECH) as the provider of
its new fully integrated Healthcare
Information System (HIS).
The foundation of Doctors Hos-
pital's strategic plan centers on the
pursuit of excellence in the delivery
of healthcare, and a key compo-
nent of the plan mandates the use
of information technology to posi-
tively transform every aspect of
the patient's experience within the
The new HIS will: significantly
improve access to clinical infor-
mation, streamline workflows and
decrease repetitive paperwork,
improve communications between
caregivers, enable better coordi-
nation of care, enhance medical
safety, and hasten reimbursements.
In this regard, operational effi-
clenc. and customer saitsfaction
arc expected to be the most Imme-
diate gains once the ne\\ HIS goes
hIe Less paper ha e to change
hands. thereby resulting in a sub-
stantial deduction in delays in
patient care Doctors Hospital's

AIDS Foundation
Airport Authorit.
American \\oman's Club
Association of Nledical Technologis
Atldntic Medical Insurance Limited
Attorney\ Generals Office
Bahama Journal
Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Associatic
Bahamas Amateur Athletic Associa
Bahamas Diabetic Association
Bahamas Electricit Corporation
Bahamas Football Association
Bahamas Heart Association
Bahamas Pharmaceutical Associatic
Bahamas Ph siotherapist Associatic
Bahsmas Radiology Association
Bahamas Red Cross
Bahamas Supermarkets Limited
Bahama: Telecommumcattons Comn
Bahamas Chapter Of Prot ssional C
Bethel Baptist Church

staff will be able to instantly access
all patient records and make
changes real time that others using
the same record are able to see.
Physicians will be able to go to a
single place to get all the informa-
tion they need, rather than having
to await the flow of paperwork
from different departments.
This efficiency will translate into
better patient care; with medical
records and results of clinical tests

available in a timelier manner,
physicians will be able to respond
The new system will cover all
facets of the health care spectrum,
from primary care to continuing
care management. Information will
be integrated across the hospital
among the physicians orchestrating
care, the nurses delivering care,
and the clinical departments sup-
porting this care.

Calvary Baptist Church
Catholic Archdiocese
College of The Bahamas
Commonwealth Mission Baptist Church
C. V. Bethel Senior High School
Dr. Meyer Rassin Foundation
D. W. Davis Jr. High School
Esso Standard Oil SA Ltd
Eyes Wide Open
Fire Services Division
Gambier Primary School
Gentlemen's Club
Great Commission Ministries International
J.P. Morgan Trust Company (Bahamas)
Kerzner International
Kiwanis Club of Nassau
Kiwanis Club of New Providence
SMall at Marathon
Medical Association of the Bahamas
Ministry of Education
Ministry of Health
Mothers of Mount Moriah
Mount Carmel School
National Nurses Association

The selection process began with
proposals from ten prospective
vendors for the HIS followed by
comprehensive product demon-
strations, site visits, and reference
checks by short listed companies.
The choice ultimately came down
to two applications and
MEDITECH emerged as the com-
pany with the best ability to meet
DH's current and expected needs
well into the future.

.National Drug Council.
Our Lady's Catholic Primary School
Pilot Club of Nassau
Public Hospitals Authority
Parkinson Foundation
P.A.C.E. Foundation
Queen's College
Radisson Cable Beach Resort
Rotary Club of East Nassau
Rotary Club of New Providence
Rotary Club of South East Nassau
Royal Bahamas Police Force
Royal Bahamas Police Staff Association

PICTURED from left to
right front row: Darron Cash,
CFO; Barry Rassin, CEO;
Joanne Lowe, VP Corporate
Finance; back row: Chadwick
Williamson, AVP MIS; Harri-
et Lundy, Asst Coordinator
Laboratory Services; Jackie
Negre, Coordinator Med/Surg;
Dr. Charles Diggiss, CMO

MEDITECH provides a robust
computing environment well suited
to a broad range of hospitals.
The software being acquired is
customizable at many levels and
will provide Doctors Hospital with
ample room to grow. Including the
software costs and related imple-
mentation and training expenses,
the Company will invest approxi-
mately $3.5 million over the next
five years.
MEDITECH is a leader in the
health care informatics industry,
providing integrated software solu-
tions that meet the information
needs of health care organizations
worldwide. A pacesetter in the
healthcare information systems
industry for 35 years, MEDITECH
was chosen because of its under-
standing of the complexities of
health care organizations and its
ability to develop the informatics
tools that are essential to delivering
patient care safely and efficiently.

Saint George's Anglican Church
Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort & Spa
South Beach Clinic
South Beach Striders
Straw Market Vendors
Sunshine Insurance Limited
Superclubs Breezes
Super Value
Town.Centre Mall
The Cancer Society Of The Bahamas
Victor Sassoon Heart Foundation
Wyndham Nassau Resort & Crystal Palace
Zonta Club of Nassau

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Building a Healthier Community
DIABETES greatly increases the risk of heart disease and stroke, and is a major cause
of blindness, kidney failure and leg amputations. fiscal 2005, Doctors Hospital has pro-
vided the community with over 5,000 blood glucose, cholesterol, and blood pressure well
as education about prevention and the importance of nutrition and exercise. During the
year, Doctors Hospital continued relationships with other providers and became routinely
involved in meaningful community initiatives and leadership roles others. Doctors
Hospital remains dedicated to improving the health and quality of life of all who reside
in The Bahamas.

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Doctors Hospital is an integrated system of excellence, dedicated to the provision of quality healthcare through a compassionate care
philosophy. Our awards provide us an opportunity to recognize and reward our outstanding Associates who are committed to excellence
and the delivery of quality service. Doctors Hospital would like to acknowledge all of its Associates and thank them for the commitment,
support, and leadership realized during the year.

Excellence Team of 1st Quarter

Excellence Team of 2nd Quarter

Excellence Team of 3rd Quarter



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