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Prosecution intends to Fire and ambulance station opened

prove 'drug activity'


* By NATARIO
MCKENZIE
PROSECUTORS in the
trial of the 2002 murder of
Mario Miller, son of Minis-
ter of Trade and Industry
Leslie Miller, told the jury
yesterday that although the
prosecution intends to prove
that Mario had been
inivolved-hir drug activity,
seeking to sell cocaine the
day before his death, there
must still be justice for his
murder.
Attorney Bernard Turner,
who with Neil Brathwaite is
prosecuting the case, told
the jury of nine women and
three men yesterday that just
because Mario was involved
in such activity they them-
selves should not decide that
he got what he deserved or
that some form of "street
justice" was served.
Mr Turner told the jury
that no one had the right to
take another's life and that
Mario, as well as the
accused, were deserving of
justice.
Brothers Lamar Lee, also
known as Ricardo Miller, 31,
who is being represented by
lawyer Philip Hilton, and
Ryan Miller, 25, represented
by lawyers Murrio Ducille
and Tamara Taylor, are the
men facing Mario Miller's
murder.
Their trial began yester-


day in Justice Anita Allen's
court.
Prosecutor Bernard Turn-
er told the jury that they are
to be judges of the facts and
cannot take anything that
they have heard outside of
the court room and adopt it
as fact. Mr Turner told the
jury that they can only
accept evidence from those
who are sworn in as witness-
es, observe them closely and
make their own determina-
tion as to whether what they
say can be accepted as fact.

Duty
He also told the jurors that
it was the Crown or prose-
cution's duty to prove the
defendants were guilty
beyond a reasonable doubt.
Mr Turner told the jurors
that the prosecution intends
to prove that the accused
Ryan and Ricardo were with
Mario on the day before his
death seeking to engage in
a particular act.
Mr Turner said that the
prosecution also intends to
prove that Mario's blood
was found in a vehicle
belonging to one of the
accused, that blood of one
of the accused was also
found in Mario's vehicle and
that not only did the accused
cause his death, but did it
with the intent of murder.


N DEPUTY Prime Minister Cynthia Pratt gets in the driving seat of the new fire truck at the Paradise Island Fire Station as
Commissioner of Police Paul Farquharson looks on. The station, which was officially opened yesterday, is located next to the
Kerzner employee parking lot and was constructed by Kerzner International in conjunction with the Paradise Island Tourism
Development Association. It has been handed over and will be maintained by the government.
SEE PAGE SIX
(Photo. Felip Major/Tribune staff)


Two executives at
Bahamasair and Water
and Sewerage allegedly
'seeking compensation'
* By PAUL G
TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE two top executives at
Bahamasair and Water and
Sewerage are reportedly
seeking compensation from
government that could
exceed $1 million.
The two executives
allegedly have asked for a
substantial financial sever-
ance package in the form of
guaranteed employment at
other government agencies
for at least the next four
years.
It was claimed that Paul
Major, who recently resigned
SEE page 10


Concerns raised
over increase in
contract killings
* By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE value of human life
in the Bahamas is diminish-
ing "with each passing day as
far as criminals are con-
cerned", Chief Supt Hulan
Hanna said yesterday.
Mr Hanna is concerned
that the drastic increase in
contract killings and incidents
of witness intimidation in
recent years is shaking "the
very core of what we know
of being a civilised country."
"This a very, very disturb-
ing trend in this country
where persons of the criminal
underclass are trying to sub-
SEE page 10


PM: $30 million
development on
Cat Island will
'increase' quality
of residents' lives
* By RUPERT
MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter
THE people of Cat Island
can look forward to a dra-
matic "increase" in the qual-
ity of their lives as a result of
the new $30 million Crystal
Mount development to begin
shortly, Prime Minister Perry
Christie said in the Cabinet
office at the signing of the
heads of agreement yester-
day for the new project.
As a result of-the develop-
SEE page 10


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Man dies

after traffic

accident
THE island of New Provi-
dence recorded its third traf-
fic fatality for the year over
the weekend.
According to police
reports, on Saturday at
around 1.45pm a Chevy
Lumina and Nissan Sentra
were involved in an accident
at Collins Avenue and Fifth
Terrace, Centreville.
Press Liaison officer Wal-
ter Evans said that as a result
of the accident three males
were hospitalized. Two of
them were treated and dis-
charged, however the third
individual, who was a pas-
senger in the Sentra, died of
SEE page 10


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THE TRIBUNE


Questions and answers about



the march to majority rule


ANOTHER r
A January 10 has
come and gone and with
it another round in the
debate about what it
means and whether it
should be officially
recognized in the calen-
dar of national holidays.
There were many
interesting comments on
the radio talk shows and
two particularly good
contributions in the print
media. One was by Tri-
bune columnist Zhivargo
Laing on January 12 and
the other by Guardian
writer Andrew Edwards.
The piece by Mr
Edwards was tucked
away in the Weekender
supplement of The
Guardian distributed
with its January 13 issue.
Both are well worth
reading.
Unfortunately, today's
PLP, despite some
appropriate comments
by Prime Minister Perry
Christie, has not
matured enough to
accept the full implica-
tions of the change, how
it came to be and how it
has been sustained and
developed. It is unable
to resist the temptation
to treat it as a PLP thing
and to milk it for parti-
san advantage.
One of the interesting ques-
tions posed by a caller on one of
the radio shows went something
like this: Why does not the 1962
general election mark the real
beginning of majority rule and
the full flowering of democracy
in the Bahamas?
After all, that was the first
election in which universal adult
suffrage was exercised for the
first time. On November 26 of
that year Bahamian women vot-
ed for the first time and males
21 and over voted without prop-
erty qualification.
Before the polls, the PLP had


worked itself into a state
approaching euphoria, confi-
dent it would win. The night
before the election the party
held a celebratory rally on Clif-
ford Park.

PLP strategists had cal-
culated that universal
adult suffrage would overcome
the shameless jerrymandering
of the system which still existed.
There were a few worried souls,
however, like the late Granville
(Smiley) Butler, who were not
so sanguine. ..


When the ballots were:
counted it was clear that
the PLP had out-polled
the UBP with more than
32,000 votes. The UBP
count was under 27,000.
But despite this impres-
sive show in popular
votes the PLP got only.
eight out of 33 seats in the
House of Assembly.
The uncompromising,
oligarchy, of which
Stafford Sands was the de
facto leader, remained.
entrenched. So it is diffi-
cult to make a case for
1962 as the year of major.
ity rule.
It was the 1962 experi-
ence which led the PLP
to protest so strenuously:
when the UBP refused to
overhaul the electoral sys-
tem in April, 1965''
Sweeping reform had to
wait until after 1967 when.
more realistic boundaries
were drawn and two- and'
three-member con-
stituencies were abol-
ished.
So how did January 10,'
1967, come about? Who.
contributed? And what
does majority rule really
mean? Any answers to
these questions in this'
space must necessarily be,
brief and therefore run the
risk of being inadequate.


Everybody knows'
that the results.
of the 1967 election were close
The PLP returned the follow',
ing 18 members (in alphabetical'
order except for the Leader) to6
a 38-member House of Assernt'
bly:
Lynden Pindling, Prestoii
Albury, Clarence Bain, Milo
Butler, Clifford Darling,
Elwood Donaldson, Arthiur-
Foulkes, Carlton Francis-
Arthur Hanna, Warren Levari-
ty, Curtis MacMillan, Uriah:
McPhee, Maurice Moore,
Edmund Moxey, Jimmy Shep-


herd, George Thompson, Jef-
frey Thompson and Cecil
Wallace Whitfield.
There were other progres-
sive candidates who offered
in that historic confrontation
but who were not elected.

George
Thompson, who
was elected to
one of the
Eleuthera seats,
played a crucial
part in
achieving the
18 count for
the PLP


They, too, contributed.
Among them were Loftus
Roker,. Livingston Coakley
and Anthony Roberts.
George Thompson, who
was elected to one of the
Eleuthera seats, played a cru-
cial part in achieving the 18
count for the PLP. Mr
Thompson, a black man, was
a former UBP who had fallen
out with his party.
He was extremely popular
in Eleuthera and delivered
two seats his and Preston
Albury's to the PLP. With-
out him, the PLP would have
lost. The party could not have
found another candidate who
could defeat the UBP in
Eleuthera.
The role of Randol Fawkes
is well known but sometimes
not as well understood.. Sir.
Randol had been elected as
senior member (with Sir Lyn-
den as his junior) in the
Southern District in 1956. In
that election he ran on the
PLP ticket but later became
disaffected.
He ran as Labour in 1962
and 1967. In his inimitable
fashion Sir Randol sought to
take single-handed credit for
majority rule in 1967. But he
had indeed contributed might-
ily to the progressive move-
ment as the country's premier
labour leader.
It was inconceivable that he
could have sided with the
UBP. He was solidly
entrenched in the movement
and ran with the support of
the PLP. If the PLP had
opposed him he would no
doubt have been defeated.
Alvin Braynen did have a
choice. He was identified with
the Old Guard but was feud-
ing with them at the time and
so ran as an independent can-
didate in 1967.

t is doubtful that Sir
Alvin was motivated by
any strong belief in what the
progressives had been advo-
cating. More likely he was
-motivated by revenge or per-
sonal ambition. He threw in
his lot with the PLP and
accepted the post of Speaker -
of the House. He could just
as easily, and with no loss of
credibility, aligned himself
with the UBP.
Another little-known fac-
tor in the PLP's performance
was that Sir Lynden had to be
. persuaded to run in the Kem-
p's Bay (South Andros) Con-
stituency against the popular


To THE



POINT


0 In brief


Salvation

Army raises

$75,000 in

campaign

THE Salvation Army
announced that its Christmas
Kettle Programme raised more,
than $75,000 in donations last
year.
A special meeting will be
held on Wednesday January 18&
at 12.30pm at the Salvation'
Army head office at number
31 Mackey Street to commem-
orate the achievement.
At the meeting, there will be
a special press conference as
well as a bell-ringers' appreci-
ation ceremony, in which 20
service and community clubs
that participated in the Christ-
mas Kettle Programme will be
recognized.
The Salvation Army would
like to use the event to express
its gratitude to the public to
for its support, as well as state"
how the funds were used.


Cyril Stevenson.
Mr Stevenson, a founding
member of the PLP, left the
party in 1965 over the mace
incident and the party's boy-
cott of parliament. He did not
join Paul Adderley's NDP but
ran as an independent.
Sir Lynden was reluctant to
leave his safe seat in New
Providence but his NCPA
friends, supported by Lady
Pindling, rightly judged that
he was the only PLP candi-
date who could defeat Mr
Stevenson.
He was assured that in the
event of his defeat one of his
friends would have resigned
so he could be elected in New
Providence and remain leader
of the party. Sir Lynden won
and continued to represent
Kemp's Bay until he left the
House in 1997.
There were others who
were not elected to parliament
in 1967 but who nevertheless
made great contributions in
the march towards-that day-
Among them were C R Walk-
er and Bert Cambridge.
Perhaps most notable was
Etienne Dupuch who struck
a major blow against the
racism of the old guard with
his 1956 anti-discrimination
resolution.

ir Etienne attempted
unsuccessfully to cre-
ate what he called a more
moderate alternative to both
the UBP and the PLP. He fre-
quently expressed the opin-
ion that the PLP was not
ready to govern and he had a
serious problem with the cred-
ibility of Sir Lynden.
.. Nevertheless, for .years Sir.
Etienne excoriated the old
guard both from the floor of


For years
Sir Etienne
excoriated the
old guard both
from the floor
of parliament
and in the
columns of his
newspaper


parliament and in the columns
of his newspaper. He con-
demned their arrogance and
relentlessly exposed their cor-
rupt dealings.
Once he wrote a series of 30
articles exposing the shenani-
gans of just one prominent
member of the old guard. He
lamented the fact that while
there were some good people
among the Bay Street Boys,
their leaders were hopelessly
arrogant and intransigent.,
It was Sir Etienne's unre-
lenting campaign against that
corruption, arrogance and
intransigence and for reform
which opened the eyes of
thousands of Bahamians. The
PLP was the chief beneficiary
of this.
Next week: The meaning of
majority .rule and how it was
consolidated.
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0 In brief


Tynes to

speak at

Bahamian

Forum

THE think tank Bahamian
Forum will hold its next meet-
ing on Wednesday January 18,
to discuss the role of church in
Bahamian society.
The meeting will be held at
the British Colonial Hilton at
6pm. The speaker will be Canon
Basil Tynes, who made head-
lines with his controversial
funeral sermon for the late
Father Patrick Johnson, in
which he spoke about "clergy
killers".
At Bahamian Forum Canon
Tynes will address controver-
sial issues including:
What does it mean to call
the Bahamas a "Christian
nation"?
Does the church/Christian
faith make a difference to our
burgeoning social problems
(crime, teenage pregnancy, cor-
ruption, domestic violence, et
cetera)?
Is the Church too embed-
ded in politics to be effective?
Is the Church fostering a
materialistic consumerism as
opposed to a mature spirituali-
ty based on love?
In many Bahamian church-
es, women make up a prepon-
derance of the attendees. Is the
church becoming feminised?
What does this mean for the
country?
Ali McIntosh, president of
the National Committee for
Youth Renewal and Revival,
will respond to Canon Tynes.


Ecumenical

service set

for this

Wednesday

THE 2006 parliamentary ecu-
menical service will be held on
Wednesday, January 18 at
11am, the Bahamas Christian
Council (BCC) announced yes-
terday.
In a statement released yes-
terday, the BCC said: "The
purpose of this service is to
assemble parliamentarians,
along with members of the
public, to thank God for His
blessings, His protection and
His guidance during the pro-
ceeding year, and to pray for
His blessings and direction the
ensuing year," the statement
said.
This year's service will be
held at the Grants Town Wes-
ley Methodist Church on the
corner Baillou Hill Road and
Chapel Street.
The chaplains of both houses
are expected to take part in the
service, as are Senate president
Sharon Wilson and Speaker of
the House of Assembly Oswald
Ingraham.
"Many heads of denomina-
tions will participate and the
sermon will be preached by His
Grace, the Most Reverend
Drexel N Gomez, Archbishop
of the Anglican Diocese of the
Bahamas, including the Turks
and Caicos Islands," the state-
ment said.


Alleged visa racket 'at full pace'


THE alleged visa racket at
Norfolk House in Nassau is
continuing at full pace, in spite
of government assurances that
an investigation was underway.
This claim was made yester-
day by Tribune sources whose
allegations before Christmas
of a "massive" visa scam were
not challenged.
However, in a release yes-
terday, a spokesman for the
Minister of Foreign Affairs


said that this "story was not
credible even at the time it was
originally made."
The spokesman assured the
public that all "allegations
made in conncection with all
such stories have been turned
over to the police and that
their investigation is ongoing."
The spokesman said that the
police has asked the Ministry
not to comment on the "ongo-
ing investigations." In due


course, said the statement on
behalf of the Minister, "there
will be a report to Parliament."
"The traffickers are still
coming in with bundles of
passports, and they are still
leaving with the visas stamped
in them," one source claimed
yesterday.
"On Mondays, Tuesdays
and Fridays, a whole boatload
of visas are being handed out.
The claims came as Tribune


Presentat[iontI o bI.I LcI u b


readers began expressing dis-
quiet about the government's
delay in presenting a report on
the visa problem.
Desiree Sands wrote in Sat-
urday's Tribune: "Public state-
ments from the ministry, includ-
ing the minister, indicated that
the Public Service Commission
and the Royal Bahamas Police
have been instructed to investi-
gate. Surely, it is time the
reports were completed and the
findings made public.''
The allegations centred on
Haitian and Chinese immigrants
who, claimed Tribune sources,
were paying large amounts of
money to "traffickers" who
secured visas with the co-oper-
ation from some corrupt pub-
lic officials.
While not all visa officials
were involved, inside sources
said the abuses were extensive,
with traffickers paying for quick
processing of documentation for
illegal immigrants.
The sources claimed that
some corrupt Defence Force
and immigration officials were
also involved in the trafficking.
"People imagine that all
illegal immigrants come on
sloops which land on lonely
beaches. But many of them
come right into the centre of
Nassau at Arawak Cay, or fly
into the airport, with visas


supplied by traffickers."
It is also alleged that many
visas bear no name or photo-
graph when processed in Nas-
sau. They are stamped en bloc
and handed over to traffickers
in bundles," it was alleged.
In a release yesterday, a
spokesman for the Minister of
Foreign Affairs said the story
was not credible even at the
time it was originally made.
"Any information in the
instant story will also be turned
over to the police, but we have
been repeatedly asked by the
police not to comment on their
ongoing investigations. In due
course there will be a report to
Parliament.
"Once again the Tribune is
using un-named sources and
unsubstantiated allegations to
cast aspersions on public ser-
vants. The Tribune has an oblig-
ation, just as the Opposition has
an obligation to take any alle-
gation of criminal conduct or
behaviour to the police. In addi-
tion, the general public is also
again invited to take any rele-
vant information which they
.may have to the police.
"The Tribune newspaper, by
their continued use of these un-
named sources and unsubstan-
tiated allegations risks jeopar-
dising an ongoing police opera-
tion."


* SIR Clifford Darling yesterday presented Alfred Sears with a copy of his book, A Bahamian
Life story Volume 1, for the Minister of Education's Book Club. Sir Clifford, the former
Governor General, is soon to publish the second volume in the series.
(Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune staff)



Calls for stricter laws



on control of dogs


* By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Staff Reporter
CALLS are being made
for stricter laws against irre-
sponsible dog owners par-
ticularly those who own pit
bulls after a woman claims
she narrowly escaped being
mauled by one of the ani-
mals at the weekend.
Jasmine Bain of Kennedy
Subdivision said she only
just managed to avoid being
bitten by a loose pit bull,
but injured her leg after she
fell while trying to run to
safety.
Ms Bain told The Tribune
that the incident took place
at 9am on Saturday, after
she heard a cat screech and
run across her yard. Sec-
onds later, she saw a big
black dog," in the same
direction, she said.
Ms Bain said that she
went outside and yelled
"get" to shoo the animals
out off her yard. It was then
that she realized the dog was
a pit bull.
"He looked at me in an
aggressive way and then I
froze. I realized he was
going to attack me and so I
took two steps back, and
then I turned around and
ran to the house."


Miss Bain said she was able
to reach to safety, but said just
as she reached her screen door,
she tripped and fell.
"I just had surgery on my
knee and I re-injured it. The dog
did not back down, he keep bit-
ing at the screen, until I put the
garbage can against it," she said.
Ms Bain explained that her
brother came home and threw
several large rocks at the dog, in
an attempt to scare it off.
After a five minute struggle,
he was finally able to find an
iron pole and use it to fend off
the dog, she said.
Ms Bain went to Doctor's
Hospital, where she had had her
surgery. After being examined,
doctors said she had damaged
the soft tissue in her knee and
would require medication and
additional time off work.
Ms Bain claimed that when
she confronted the owner of the
dog, she was accused of pro-
voking the incident by antago-
nising the animal.
"I am the victim here," she
told The Tribune. "I have to miss
more time off from work and I


have additional medical bills."
Kevin Degenhard, executive
director of the Bahamas
Humane Society, said: "It is
highly irresponsible for any dog
owner to let any type of dog run
around unsupervised.
"Even if a Chihuahua runs
out into the road and causes an
accident because someone had
to sWerve to avoid them, it is
the responsibility of the dog
owner to accept fault.
"If someone has a dog with a
tendency to be an escape artist,
they have to make a greater
effort to fence in their yard, Mr
Degenhard said.
He added that in his opinion,
pet owners should take out
third party insurance to cover
potential damage or medical
bills, and should ensure that
their animals are properly col-
lared and only go out on leash-
es.
Campaigners are pushing for
the government to pass legisla-
tion to control dangerous dogs.
Draft legislation was drawn up
several years ago, but was nev-
er passed.


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The Tribune Limited
NULLIUS ADDICTS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI
Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEONE. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., KC.S.G.,
(Hion.) LL.D., D.Litt.

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B.
Publisher/Editor 1972-

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Don't blame the press


DURING THE Pindling years 1967 to
1992 The Tribune was accused of "man-
aging the news". Translated into PLP lan-
guage this meant that The Tribune was pub-
lishing news that the PLP would rather
ignore. Some of the media did in fact oblige,
and managed the news in the true sense of
what that management meant.
As a result The Tribune had the reputation
of being the newspaper that the public had to
read if it wanted to know the truth about
what was happening in the country. Some-
times we got it wrong. But as soon as we
discovered our mistake, we were the first to
make a correction. The public knew that it
could trust The Tribune.
If members of the public thought that,
for whatever reason, we were trying to sup-
press the news, we would quickly lose their
trust.
Of course, that didn't mean that they
always agreed with our editorial opinions,
but they knew that our letters columns were
open for their disagreement.
Today, for the sake of saving the country's
number one industry tourism the media
has been urged to be more cautious in its
reporting. In other words manage the
news.
If the public thought for one minute that
The Tribune was serving them news on a
sugar-coated platter, there would be the
same outcry that we had when years ago the
police decided to withhold the crime report
and the newspapers got the blame.
Also what good would it do if we pre-
tended that visitors were safe from our crim-
inals? Withholding the news from our
columns would not prevent those attacks.
Each one would have to be reported to the
US Embassy. Eventually, unless the level of
crime were reduced, the Embassy would be
forced to issue a travel advisory and then
the whole world would know, and the local
media would be dismissed as "cover-up"
artists. We would quickly lose our reputation
as a reliable medium for news.
At the Ministry of Tourism's annual
national conference last week the Paul Gal-
lagher case was discussed as a "case-in-point"
of negative media perception.
This was the case of the death of a two-
year-old boy sleeping on a beach at his moth-
er's side when a run-away power boat, tow-
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The conference was told that it was the
media perception of inadequate government
response that provided the platform for con-
tinuous UK media scrutiny and coverage.
This is not so. The press did its job. It
reported the complaint of Paul's parents,
who were upset that their child's death was
not being treated with the seriousness they
felt it should have been. They were upset
by the local inquest, and perceived that there
was an attempt at a cover up to protect a
local company.
What should the press have done in his
case? Told the Gallaghers that in the name of
protecting our tourism industry, they should
get lost? No, it is for persons involved in
these cases to do a better job, and show the
necessary concern so cases such as the Gal-
laghers are not allowed to,get out of con-
trol.
The conference was told that the media
portrayed "slow response" on the part of
the authorities as evidence of apparent "cov-
er up." Oh, no, not so fast. The media por-
trayed nothing. The nedia reported what
was perceived by the Gallaghers and the UK
coroner who held a second inquest into the
death in England.
It was said that a negative perception of
Bahamian authorities was created due to
what was seen as "delayed" enforcement of
safety standards and regulations.
Don't blame the press for this. Blame the
government which seems incapable of polic-
ing our beaches and getting the jet ski indus-
try under control. How many years has the
public been complaining about jet ski oper-
ators? How many more people have to be
killed, injured or maimed before govern-
ment will come to grips with the jet ski men-
ace?
Don't talk about the press being the prob-
lem. The problem lies with those who are
taking too long to do their job of protecting
the public from a known menace.
If the public cooperated with the police to
get crime under control, and if government
would enforce the law to prevent accidents
on our beaches, the press would have noth-
ing to report.
So don't blame the press. Those who have
the power and the duty to make a change in
areas that are damaging our tourist industry
should concentrate on improving their per-
formance, rather than pleading for the press
to cover up their deficiencies.


Long history of





discrimination





against Haitians


EDITOR, The Tribune
ONE of the basic fundamen-
tal rights enshrined in the Con-
stitution of the Bahamas is that
of freedom of expression. To
speak your opinion freely with-
out fear or favour is your God-
given right under the Constitu-
tion. Historically, such basic
rights were not too often exer-
cised as intimidation by those
in authority of outright punish-
ment for persons promoting a
contrasting and opposing point
of view was a realistic possibili-
ty. That was the order of the
day.
The bi-weekly tabloid The
Punch has been one of those
institutions bold enough to
voice its opinion, even when
such expressions were publicly
condemned. The Punch has
done much to expose crooked
politicians, cheating spouses,
immoral preachers and greedy
drug dealers, etc. It has gained
the reputation for its honesty
and objectivity when it came to
reporting events or people of
interest to the public. The old
saying that "wherever there is
smoke, there is fire" must have
had The Punch in mind when
it was written.
However, with such freedom
comes the duty of responsibility.
Having the freedom to say
whatever you wish about
whomever you wish doesn't
exist in a vacuum but has its
tangible limits. Established
rules, written or unwritten, or
adopted conventions generally
governs what is an acceptable
freedom of expression in a
civilised and democratic soci-
ety. Certain things are consid-
ered sacred or taboo. This is
understood by all parties con-
cerned.
Even in war, the Geneva
Convention dictates the behav-
iour of the warring parties.
When innocent bystanders and
persons are unjustly or mali-
ciously attacked for selfish rea-
sons, the end result could be a
defamation suit against the
maker of such statements. A
person's freedom of expression
cannot come at the expense of
denying that freedom to anoth-
er. When this happens, the thin
line between constitutional
rights and abuse of those rights
is crossed. At times, even The
Punch is guilty of this.
A few weeks ago on its front
page, The Punch ran a story
indicating the fact that Mrs
Chantel Bethel, wife of Health
Minister, Dr Marcus Bethel is a
Haitian. This revelation came
amidst a controversy where Dr
Bethel refuted claims as to the


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percentage of babies being born
to Haitian parents at the
nation's health facilities. First
of all, this revelation was any-
thing but exclusive as everyone
on Grand Bahama is aware of
the facts of Chantel Bethel's
heritage. Furthermore, Dr
Bethel is the Minister of Health
and not the Minister of Immi-
gration. His primary duty is to
ensure the good health of all
persons in the Bahamas, irre-
spective of their nationality or
their ability to pay.
Remember when Prime Min-
ister Hubert Ingraham had
questioned lunch subsidies at a
school in the Lewis Yard area
several years ago when it was
discovered that the majority of
recipients were Haitians? The
requirement for this service is
poverty and not national origin.
Statistics such as morbidity,
mortality, various diseases, etc,
that indicate the health of the
nation does not discriminate or
categorise based on a person's
nationality. Therefore, for a
nation trying to achieve first
world status by 2020, the health
of the nation affects the wealth
of the nation.
Emphasising the Haitian
angle has a more profound sig-
nificance. The Bahamas has a
long history of discrimination
against Haitians. For the most
part, Haitians have been treated
as second class with only the
menial jobs reserved for them.
This was the situation that exist-
ed iin 'South Africa under
apartheid where blacks were
treated in a similar fashion, the
only difference being the fact
that blacks in South Africa had
to carry a special ID card.
Because of this similarity, I chal-
lenged the Bahamas' qualifica-
tions to host the Common-
wealth Heads of Government
Meeting (CHOGM) in 1985 as
the main item on the agenda
was the apartheid situation in
South Africa. How could the
Bahamas host such a meeting
when the same system of
apartheid existed in the
Bahamas? How hypocritical!
A sore point for many
Bahamians is the fact that many
Bahamians feel Haitians are a
burden to the Bahamian tax-
payer as they use the Bahamas'
social, educational, medical ser-
vices, etc, to the point where
they should be denied such ser-
vices. No consideration is given
for the contributions that
Haitians make to the Bahamian
economy. From farming to
tourism, Haitians have been
exploited as cheap labour with-


out the benefits and protecti6fis
afforded to other workers intie
Bahamas.
This unjust situation is'iit
unique to the Bahamas. 6ist
look at theproposed Prop'osi-
tion 87 that was put to a re'fef-
endum in California several
years ago. Had it passed, dciil-
dren of illegal immigrants wouid
not be able to attend pub'fic
schools, clinics, etc. Thiiis
despite the fact that their par-
ents are the ones who do'th'e
backbreaking hard work iii Tci-
ic filled pesticide farms to main-
tain the largest and most Suc-
cessful agricultural economy pi
the world, one that'fhe state' If
California benefits frdm
tremendously.
As for Mrs Chantel Bethel,
anyone who knows her will tell
you that she is a first class lady
with an impeccable character.
She has participated iri the
Grand Bahama comihunity'by
lending a helping handc-fo
'almost ever. charitable organi-
sation that I am aware.of hrid
has done so for years. Her rep-
utation as a kind- caring -iid
generous person goes withlibt
saying. In her professi6fial
capacity as an aspiring artist,
she has represented the
Bahamas both locally faid
abroad. Her patriotic commilt-
ment to the Bahamas is beyond
question; ?
Clearly, Chantel Bethel is, a
Bahamian first, with other'cr-
cumstantial factors in her ,lfe
being secondary. She is a Me
model for any young female n
the Bahamas to follow. Tlha's
why she is also the godmother
of my daughter, Amelia. iTis
was long before her husband
had. any interest in politics.
* Some Bahamians must get
over the notion that Haitians
are only parasites to the
Bahamas' social services-iIn
some cities such as herl4n
Boston, Haitians have integirt-
ed into the community and are
making their fair share of m an-
ingful contributions in all w~aks
of life, the same as the Italiafis,
Chinese, Cubans, Irish, etc:!-'
Recently, Canada appoid'td
its first Haitian-born fenitle
Governor General, the higffest
constitutional office in the-c@tin-
try. At the inauguration;-8he
Prime Minister remarked'that
with globalisation and mfiga-
tion of people, it is critical-tiat
the government represents'4he
diversity of its people. Canfou
imagine the ruckus in'-the
Bahamas the day a Gove'hor
General or Prime Ministeiof
Haitian heritage comes to
office? "Hell will freeze ovr!"
DR LEATENDORE 'Jt
PERCENTIE DDS I'
Boston, Massachusetts
November 5 2005


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EDITOR, The Tribune representing one's constituents
to the best of one's ability. ;
SAM very honoured to have (c) I cannot in good con-
en encouraged of late by a science seek the FNM nomina-
v very serious people, to offer tion anyav. as I am,.af tuFc.s'
self as an FNM candidate for just as cntical of them as I ar of
rmination for the South Aba- the PLP. I don't think that I
constituency, would be very popular in any
While such a position should political party for very long, s I
very desirable, if only for the am not good at following al} of
estige it offers, it is more the time. A yes man, I am not.
portantly an opportunity to So, I shall remain on the dut-
ssibly bring some real change side, calling a spade a spade In
Abaco. However, I shall not this capacity I will owe no pne
fact be seeking the FNM anything, nor will they owe me.
mination, or any other for Finally, I h ve heard a lof of
t matter, for several reasons, people lately say that they re
They are as follows: so fed up with th'e political
a) I simply cannot financial- process that they aren't even
afford to enter into active pol- going to register to vote. I fan
cs at this time. As we all truly understand their fruslra-
ow, the situation in the tion.
hamas is one where MP's are As for me though, the fht
)ected to bribe many voters, will never end until I die, or dntil
mnly for the price of a ham I win the lottery and can :tus
1 turkey, and they (MP's) are afford to maintain a summer
,ected to continue to appease home in Alaska and a winter
Voters after having been home in the Palm Beaches. :ee-
cted by paying electric bills; ing as that is not bloody likely,
king personal loans; doing here I shall remain, registering
kinds of favours; etc, etc. I and voting every opportunity I
d the whole sordid affair to get, until finally we get what we
rather tedious. deserve. I hope I have that nrany
b) I am not prepared to put good years left to live.


my family through the stress of
being related to a practitioner of
active politics. The demands
are, at times, too great. At least
that is the case if one is deter-
mined to do one's utmost in


WILLIAM (BILLY)
ROBERTS
Bahama Palm Shores
Abaco
January 9 2006


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Public and police support death



penalty, claims former officer


THE police and public are
"overwhelmingly" in favour
of the death penalty for
vicious murderers and
rapists, a former senior offi-
cer said yesterday.
But politicians are stand-
ing in the way of a form of
punishment that would help
clear the streets of killers, he
said.
The comments came from
Paul Thompson, a former
assistant commissioner who
is now general manager of
Wemco, a security firm.
He said 90 per cent of the
public would support capital
punishment if it were made
the subject of a referendum
tomorrow.
But he said politicians did
not have the guts to speak
out on the issue.
Mr Thompson said he
knew of at least five men in
the Bahamas who were mur-
dered by killers who had
already been convicted of
other murders and then
released after serving jail
terms.
This, he added, was


because the fundamental
temperament of killers does
not change.
By contrast, he could think
of only one case in his career
where a man was probably
wrongly convicted and
hanged.
"Most police officers sup-
port the death penalty," he
said. "And I'm sure that 90
per cent of the public are in
favour.

Killers

"I believe the old British
system should be imple-
mented, where killers are
executed for certain types of
murder.
"These would include
murder in pursuit of a crime,
such as armed robbery or
rape, killing law enforcement
officers, or killing by explo-
sives or poison. There has to
be proof of premeditation."
He specifically excluded
crimes of passion and domes-
tic killings.
Mr Thompson's remarks


came amid growing concern
over the upsurge in callous
killings, and growing police
disquiet about the rise of hit-
men in the community.
He said: "Police support
for the death penalty is over-
whelming. However, politi-
cians don't have the stonf-
ach for implementing the
law."
The Bahamas still has cap-
ital punishment on the
statute books. But the last
time a man went to the gal-
lows was in January, 2000,
when Abaco killer David
Mitchell was hanged for the
murder of a foreign couple
at their holiday home.
The hairdresser and beau-
tician John Higgs, who was
due to hang the same day as
Mitchell, committed suicide
in his cell the night before
his execution. He appeared
to have slashed his wrists.
Mr Thompson said: "I
have almost lost hope that
the law will be enforced ever
again. But I am undoubtedly
very much in favour of the
death penalty."


N FORMER assistant commissioner Paul Thompson


US Coast Guard calls off search for



Atlantis developer missing at sea


.THE search has been called
off for Atlantis developer Jim
Trindade, 54, who disap-
peared on his way home from
Spanish Cay, Abaco on Thurs-
day.
According to a report in the
Palm Beach Post, the US
Coast Guard found
Trindade's 38-foot Donzi boat
in the water off St Lucie
County, Florida early Friday
with no one aboard and called
the search off on Saturday.
"But.his family and friends
kept looking Sunday, and they
will circle the Bahamas and
the coast with private planes
and boats again today," the
report said.
His wife Candace Trindade
was quoted as saying that Jim
knows the ocean and has a


good chance of surviving
"treacherous waters". The
report said that Trindade is
an experienced fisherman and
a skilled diver.
Trindade's best friend
Roger Gamblin, who is
reportedly one of the organis-
ers of the unofficial search,
was quoted as saying that the
developer is "the most athlet-
ic person I've ever known in
my life and the strongest
swimmer I've ever seen."
The report said Trindade is
a kickboxing championn' a
water skiing champion and
can free-dive up to 50 feet.
On Thursday, Trindade was
piloting Gamblin's 38-foot
Donzi to, Boynton Beach from
the Bahamas.
"Two friends Chris


PLP accused of not

keeping up with Exuma

pace of development


THE PLP government
has not kept pace with the
rapid development in Exu-
ma, failing to provide nec-
essary infrastructure, educa-
tion and transport facilities,
deputy leader of the FNM
Brent Symonette said at his
party's rally in George
Town.
Speaking at his first Exu-
ma rally as deputy leader,
Mr Symonette accused the
government of having "no
new vision for education and
training that Exumians need
to meet the needs of their
new economy."
"The FNM believes that
every child seated in a class-
room should have an equal
opportunity for a quality
education. That's why the
FNM left a plan for long dis-
tance education in place. But
they (the PLP) can't even
get moving," he said.
Mr Symonette said edu-
cation and training is essen-
tial for Exuma, as the eco-
nomic boom the island is
experiencing "must be
pushed by a dynamic, high
quality programme to


ensure that qualified Bahami-
ans, and particularly Exumians,
are available to meet the pro-
fessional and technical needs
essential to sustain that
growth."
Addressing the issue of infra-
structure and transport facili-
ties, Mr Symonette charged that
the airport and both private and
public roads are not keeping
pace with Exuma's develop-
ment.
"Exuma must have a region-
al transportation plan to ensure
that airlines and airports, taxis,
tour and rental cars, motor
bikes, public and private vehi-
cles, modern mail boats and sea
ferries are linked to ensure that
residents and visitors can com-
mute, receive freight, and oth-
erwise enhance timely and cost
effective transport to, from, and
within the Exumas," he said.

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Ganiblin, Roger's son, and Bri-
an Pratts were following him
in two other boats. The three
stopped in Grand Cay for lunch
and refueling, then they got
back-in their boats and passed
by a landmark in the ocean near
West End known to boaters as
Memory Rock," the report said.
"Trindade's Donzi got ahead
of the other boats, and the 22-
foot Angler that Pratts was
piloting developed a mechanical
problem. Chris Gamblin, in a
35-foot Donzi, stopped to help
Pratts. They lost sight of


Trindade.
"They radioed Trindade to
wait, that they had trouble and
needed to stop. Trindade
responded that he was going to
idle awhile and wait for them
to catch up, and if they didn't
show up, then he would turn
back and come get them.
"That was their last clear
communication, though Gam-
blin and Pratts thought they lat-
er heard a garbled broadcast on
the radio. They thought it was
Trindade calling the Coast
Guard, but the Coast Guard


never heard from him.
"Pratts and Gamblin, both 22,
were 38 miles east of Palm
Beach. They figure Trindade
was 6 miles away, probably 32
miles east of Palm Beach, when
he vanished," the report said.
It said that Gamblin and
some friends were planning to
search around Mangrove Cay
and other islands in the
Bahamas, in the hope that
Trindade managed to swim into
some mangroves or used his
jacket as a floating device.


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* THE men's living quarters at the new station


Ambulance and




fire station for




PI is opened


* By TIFFANY GRANT
Tribune Staff Reporter
A FIRE and ambulance sta-
tion to serve the needs of Par-
adise Island was officially
opened yesterday.
The station, located next to
Kerzner employee parking lot,
was constructed by Kerzner
International in conjunction
with the Paradise Island
Tourism Development Associ-
ation. It has been handed over
and will be maintained by the
government.
The project includes fire and
ambulance equipment at a cost
of milliono.
At a ceremony yesterday,
Minister of National Security


Cynthia Pratt said the facility
was a tribute to collaboration
between the government and
the private sector in bringing
about needed community
improvements
The facility is equipped with
an ambulance and fire engine
provided by the Kerzner group.
.Minister of Health Dr Marcus
Bethel stressed the importance
of the cutting edge emergency
medical services pavilion on
Paradise Island.
He said that the facility will
be staffed with an initial com-
pliment of eight persons, .who
will rotate two shifts of 12 hours
every four days.
Dr Bethel further explained
that the government expects


that the establishment of -h se
types of facilities will ensure a
number of benefits to residents
and visitors. He pointed out
that it would benefit individuals
in early,intervention in parent
care and improved outcomes in
licilth care, decrease moi t.ilhy
.from' aicJidcnt, and l-mei ge.-
cies and reduce response times
to accidents and emergencies
on Paradise Island.
"On behalf of the govein-
ment and people of the
Bahamas, I would like.to pub-
licly thank the Kerzner organi-
sation for the iiion and cprm -
nilli t. litL -, have d.c Ini1nlu-,1
ed to'construct and p.,iri.il\
equip this inodel fcilitr)" :,idj
Dr Bethel.


N EMS Elwood Rolle shows Minister of Health Dr Marcus Bethel the new ambulance yesterday at
the opening of the Paradise Island Fire Station


* STAFF exercise facilities at the new fire and ambulance station


He added: "The speed and
purpose with which they have
moved is sufficient testimony
as to the.steaadfast corporate cit-
izen theyt-exemplify in all of
their deajings with the govern-
ment and people of the Com-
monwealth of the Bahamas."


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TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2006, PAGE 7


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LARRY SMITH WITH ANOTHER PIECE OF IN-DEPTH JOURNALISM







New health fair is announced


* By TIFFANY GRANT
Tribune Staff Reporter
The Ministry of Health has
announced plans for a nation-
al walk, rally and health fair
in a bid to encourage Bahami-
ans to pursue more healthy
lifestyles.
At a press conference yes-
terday, Minister of Health Dr
Marcus Bethel said that the
national walk is intended to
empower Bahamians and per-
sons living in the Bahamas to
make healthy lifestyle choices
and heighten their awareness
of the importance of physical
activity.
"We want to strengthen
partnerships with stakehold-
ers and request our citizens
throughout our archipelago to
increase activities such as
walking, jogging swimming,
bicycling and other physical
activities that promote good
health and overall wellness,"
Dr Bethel said.
He said that the Bahamas is
facing a "health dilemma" -
as too many persons are dying
from chronic, non-communi-
cable diseases (CNCDs).
Statistics show that in 2003,
the leading causes of death in
the Bahamas were diseases
such as diabetes, hypertension,
cancer and chronic respiratory
disease.
The 2001 Bahamas Living
Conditions Survey and the
CNCD survey of 2005 both


Bid to encourage more

healthy and active lifestyles


S DR Marcus Bethel


listed obesity is a major factor
for such diseases.
Some 65 per cent of adult
Bahamians and 23 per cent of
11 to 20-year-olds are over-
weight, according to recent
health studies.
Under the theme, "Get up
and move" the national walk
will begin at 7am on February
4.
Participants will meet at
Arawak Cay and will walk
from there to the Kendal G L
Isaacs Gymnasium.
The official opening of the


rally and health fair will take
place at 9am at the gymnasium
and will include booths dis-
playing sporting activities,
health screening and advice,
nutrition related and physical
fitness demonstrations, health
information and healthy food
choices.
Chief medical officer in the
Ministry of Health Dr Merce-
line Dahl-Regis said that
health workers must do what
they can to impact lifestyle
choices and to change the dis-
ease patterns that are now
occurring as hypertension,
heart disease and stroke are
listed as the number two, three
and four leading causes of
death in males respectively.
She added that diabetes,
stroke and heart.disease are
listed as the number three,
four and five leading causes of
death in females respectively.
"It is important that we start
very early in childhood,
because our data is showing
that obesity is beginning very
early in the first and second
grades. So we want all fami-
lies to change their lifestyle
behaviour," said Dr Dahl-
Regis.


Keeping.0 rodsaeymesg


BARRY Griffin Jr, Texaco's national youth prevent traffic accidents, safety precautions such
safety spokesperson, addressed members of the as wearing seat belts and observing the speed
Untouchables Junior Achievement Company on limit, and the importance of reporting traffic
the importance of road safety last Tuesday. offences to the police.
Mr Griffin spoke about proper procedure of He also shared statistics on the 68 traffic fatal-
obtaining a permit and driver's licence, ways to ities that took place on Bahamian streets in 2005,


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RBDF technician completes

pharmacy specialist course


ABLE Woman Marine Kimberley Bain of
the Roval Bahamas Defence Force recently
returned home after completing an intensive
five-month Pharmacy Specialist Course at a
United States Army Base in San Antonio,
Texas.
The International Military Education Train-
ing-sponsored course was designed to train
enlisted personnel to perform pharmacy pro-
cedures for requisitioning, receiving, control-
ling. storing, dispensing, compounding, and/or
issuing drugs, or devices.
Bain, who is also a Certified Medical Tech-
nician, successfully completed the highly
demanding course from July 24 to December 17
last year at Fort Sam Houston Army Medical
Department Centre and School. Participants
were required to familiarise themselves with
an extensive range of pharmaceutical drugs as
well as their uses and effects on the human
body.
While undergoing the practical phase of the
course, students were exposed to the basics of
working in a pharmaceutical environment. This
included ordering drugs for various hospital
wards, supplying patients' daily medication,
compiling statistics in computer data bases and
preparing intravenous fluids.
Bain's class was hosted to a number of local
tours that included visits to the National Aero-
nautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Space Centre in Houston, Texas, the Lynden
Baines Johnson Ranch and museum in Austin,


* ABLE Woman Marine Kimberley Bain

Fredericksburg, and the Historical Monument
in San Jacinto.
Able Woman Marine Bain joined the
Defence Force in 1996, and is presently
employed in the Sick Bay Department as a cer-
tified Emergency Medical Technician.


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seeking a more authernii,
expression of their faith in Jesus
Christ.
These are they who hunger for a
deeper understanding of the
mysteries of the kingdom even
as they retain a simple faith and
childlike trust in God. They are
more concerned with seeking His
face, and not just His hand. They
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She define:, Ihe "n.v. .. Ine'.kin-".
and is me ot d-e mi-r,2in_' Ie.,ders*
in teaching preer. I i luh .oid Lhie
shifting paiadJi n: in our
understandir- ct -:hirCh" Dr
Thomp;or ,ICCcpI,:' J Je';ui III Ih [
as her personal Lord maid SIavuui
in 1982, and began to teach the
Word in 1985.. while remaining
herself a student of it. She has
taught in many churches,
women's groups and young adult
gr. ,ups all over the Bahamas, the
Turks and Caicos islands and in
the USA.


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hod\ of Chnst from a mindet of
"doing church" to "being the
church", and to confirm and to
help. along lth others of the
"fike fold ministry giflings, set
others fuml\ in their minisines,
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Ieadei'ship" instead of the current
irend of "top or the heap" ego
dn'cn leadership
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as an Apos.,lic Teacher to the
body of Christ by Apostle Dr
Kluane Spake of Jabdee Freedom
in Chrnst out of Atlanti, Georgia
and a member of mte [ntemauonal
C,.,alion of apostle' She is hited
au primary faculty. of Vision
International Uini. ersity. Her
passion i To krnov. Him. and to
m..e Him kno'. n
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PUBLIC HOSPITALS AUTHORITY


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NURSING SERVICES ADVISOR
Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for appointment to the post of
Nursing Services Advisor in the Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) which is responsible for
the management of the three public hospitals of the Bahamas, Princess Margaret Hospital,
Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre and the Rand Memorial Hospital and the management of
Bahamas National Drug Agency, Materials Management Services, National Emergency
Medical Services and the public clinics in Grand Bahama.
Applicants must possess the following qualifications and experience:
Registered Nurse (with specific registration through the Nursing Council of The
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, prior to appointment);
Masters Degree in Nurse Management or Equivalent with a minimum of five (5) years post-
qualification experience in a senior administrative position; or Bachelor of Science Degree
inl Nurse management or equivalent with a minimum of ten (10) years post-qualification
experience in a senior administrative position;
Experience at a strategic / policy level in nursing or general health systems planning and
development will be an advantage.
DUTIES
1. The Nursing Services Advisor would report to the Managing Director and would serve
as the principal specialist of the PHA on all matters relating to nursing services operations
and development. The overarching responsibility of the post is to ensure (a) standards
of nursing care are well-defined, relevant and consistently maintained; and (b) the
structure and practice of nursing services are appropriate within and across departments
and institutions.
S2. Main duties and responsibilities of the post include:
a) Development and revision of policies and operational guidelines for improving the
quality and efficiency of nursing services;
S b) Monitoring compliance with standards of practice related to general and specialty
S nursing care as a means of ensuring continuous quality improvement in nursing and
adherence to the Code of Nursing Ethics:
c) Utilization of nursing productivity statistics to advise on strategic interventions for
greater efficiency of nursing services;
d) Ensuring the maintenance of a system of continuous nursing education at each
Institution;
e) Making recommendations for organizational restructuring of nursing to best fit a
dynamic public healthcare system;
f) Facilitating and coordinating communication (policy level) between nursing and
other health-care disciplines of the PHA, Ministry of Health and other national,
Regional and International entities;
g) Preparing annual plans and other reports related to Nursing Services Development,
including an annual budget for organizational-wide nursing services development.
3. Applicants must possess strong analytical, conceptual-thinking, strategic planning,
communication and interpersonal skills.
Letters of application, Curricula Vitae, documentary evidence of qualifications and experience
and three (3) references should be submitted no later than 27th January 2006 to the Human
Resources Director, P.O. Box N-8200 or 1st Floor Manx Corporate Centre, Dockendale
House, West Bay Street. Serving officers must submit their applications via their Heads of
Department/Hospital.


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women's organisation to visit


THE president-general of the
National Society Daughters of
the American Revolution
(NSDAR) Mrs Presley Merritt
Wagoner will be making her
first trip to the Bahamas, it was
announced yesterday.
'According to Jayne Bailey
Holland regent and founding
member of the four-year-old,
39-member Bahamas Chapter
of the NSDAR Mrs Wagoner
will be hosted to a number of
events including a courtesy call
a't'the U.S Embassy, a walking
tour of Nassau, a meeting of the
NSDAR Bahamas chapter and
several social functions.
' Mrs'Wagoner is the official
spokesperson for the NSDAR
and its representative to other
drganisations, business groups,
and the general public, as well
a S'bing responsible for the gen-
etai'stipervisioi of the work of
the National Society and
National Headquarters.
"'Long before the current
wave of intense interest in
genealogy, the National Soci-
ety Daughters of the American
Revolution (NSDAR) was
engaged in researching this top-
ic, in their case helping women
from all over the world to trace
their descent from a patriot of
the American Revolution," said
a release from the organisation.
Founded on October 11,
1890, the NSDAR is a non-prof-
it, charitable organisation that


was incorporated by an Act of
Congress in 1896, choosing as
its mission the promotion of his-
toric preservation, education
and patriotism.
"Since its founding, more
than 836,000 women have
joined and today there are
168,000 members in 3,000 chap-
ters throughout all 50 US states
and Washington, DC.

Worldwide

"Additionally, there are inter-
national NSDAR chapters in
Australia, the Bahamas, Bermu-
da, Canada, France, Germany,
Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain and
the United Kingdom.
"The NSDAR headquarters
in Washington, which occupies
an entire city block near the
White House and has been des-
ignated as Registered National
Historic Landmarks, includes
one of the largest genealogical
research centers in the United
States, comprising a specialised
collection of American
genealogical and historical man-
uscripts and publications," said
the release.
NSDAR membership is open
to any woman over 18 years of
age regardless of race, reli-
gion or ethnic background -
who can prove lineal descent
from a patriot of the American
Revolution (1775-1783), some-


FNM women


urged to stress


female issues


times called the American War
of Independence.
"Following this conflict,
which was commanded by Gen-
eral George Washington, Great
Britain no longer ruled the 13
colonies on the North Ameri-
can continent, which emerged
as the free United States of
America.
"However, following the war,
those American colonists whose
allegiance had remained with
the crown, or loyalists as they
came to be called, were no
longer welcome in the new
country and many of them fled,
with all their belongings, their
customs and their slaves, to the
remaining British colonies
throughout the hemisphere.
Some of these loyalists came to
the Bahamas, which changed
the face of this nation forever,"
the release explained.
"We are just delighted and
honoured that Mrs Wagoner
has decided to visit us at this
time," said Mrs Holland. "We
especially look forward to show-
ing her around historic Nassau
and are excited about sharing
some time with her here on our
beautiful island."


* PRESLEY Merritt Wagoner


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. By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE women in the Free
nationall Movement are encour-
aged to place the issues of all
{females in the national fore-,
2ront.
In her 2006 challenge to the
NM Women's Association,
resident Caron Shephard
urged members to continue to
Highlight topical and burning
issues for women.
S"Such issues as how immi-
gration affects women, what are
the pros and cons of education
foi our children, who is respon-
ible? Are our women receiv-
ing the best medical attention
from government-owned insti-
tutions?
S"What improvements have
been implemented to increase
She standards of living for
women? Are single women in a
better position to go to the bank
i-o receive a mortgage for a lot
hor house? Can the government
,assist women to become entre-
preneurs? What about crimes
*against women. Are they being
swept under the mat?" she
:asked.
' Ms Shephard said that those
'are just a few of the issues being
addressed by the women's asso-
Vciation in 2006.
, The.association, she added,
*will be working closely with the
;IFNM's women candidates for
,the various constituencies and
swill host a number of sympo-
Ssipms for the delegates from the
,'Family Islands throughout the
year.
As the association's presi-
dent, Ms Shephard said that she
wiill take a "hands on approach"
to enhance the visibility of the
party's women.
To this end, she said, a num-
ber of fora will be held at the
FNM's headquarters and other
venues to attract new women
to join their cause.


U CARON Shephard


"It will be incumbent upon
us to continue to voice our
views on issues on women and
position ourselves to be able to
present legislative laws that will
affect change for women laws
that will improve the conditions
of women in all aspects of our
society," she said.
Ms Shephard further high-
lighted the responsibilities of a
good government, emphasising
the obligations of the Social Ser-
vices.
"The government's responsi-
bility is to protect the right to
work, ensure just and fair con-
ditions of employment, and to
protect against unemployment.
"That responsibility is also to
ensure a standard of living ade-
quate for the people's health
and well-being, including food,
clothing, housing, medical care,
and social services, as well as
security in the event of loss of
livelihood, whether because of
unemployment, sickness, dis-
ability, old age, or any other
reason," she said.


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THE TRIBUNE












Concerns raised over increase in contract killings


FROM page one

vert the course of justice," he said
speaking as a guest on the ZNS talk
show Issues of the Day.
The announcement of a new trend
of contract killings in the country
was first made last week at the
police's annual meet-the-press event.
Yesterday, Mr Hanna said that,
particularly in the last two to three
years, police have observed an
emerging trend where persons "go
out there and actually solicit hitmen
to kill or seriously injure other per-
sons."
"According to the information


FROM page one

from Bahamasair, is seeking a
five-year consultancy contract
with the national airline at his
previous pay of $150,000 a
year.
However, when questioned
by The Tribune yesterday,
Mr Major categorically
denied the rumours.
"You can call the chairman
or the minister to see if I'm
angling for a consultancy con-
tract. However, I have stated
that I would be available to
help my predecessor to bring
clarification to anything. I
have said I would be quite
willing to do that. I don't
know how that now infers
that I'm angling for a consul-
tancy," he said.
According to well placed
sources, also attached to Mr
Major's deal would be the
provision that he and his
entire family would fly for
free on the national airliner
"for the rest of their lives".
Responding to this, Mr


that we have, persons will attempt to
take a person's life for as little as
$500.
"And based on the desperation,
we believe that persons will even go
lower," he said.
Mr Hanna said that as far as some
criminals are concerned they can
commit offences and not have to
worry about having to account for
their behaviour "because they can
pay someone and they can intimi-
date witnesses."
"It's very worrisome, and some-
thing we are addressing very aggres-
sively," he said.
He explained that police are now
more than ever, going into the crim-


Major did not deny it out-
right. All he would say ias
that he would be only seek-
ing what former airline gen-
eral managers, both locally
and internationally would
have received.
"I will get whatever ex-
managing directors have
been entitled to. I would
expect that, and that's as far
as I will go," he said.
Mr Major reportedly is
entitled to 15 per cent of his
previous annual salary of
150,000. However, a true
figure of what he could
receive is still unknown, as
rumours of Mr Major being
moved to head the embattled
Water and Sewerage Corpo-
ration (WSC) were con-
firmed as a "high possibility"
in a previous interview with
Minister of Works and Utili-
ties Bradley Roberts.
Abraham Butler, the cur-
rent general manager of the
WSC, is also reportedly seek-
ing a new post, one that could
see him heading the


inal underground and significantly
increasing their covert investiga-
tions.
Mr Hanna said that'there are
criminals who are also willing to pay
witnesses in money or other curren-
cies not to take the stand in court
cases.
"The whole system is being threat-
ened," he said.
Public participation is especially
needed to fight this dangerous trend
and to decrease the level of criminal
activity in the country on the whole,
Mr Hanna said.
In this effort, Mr Hanna said, the
Urban Renewal Programme has
proved invaluable.


Bahamas Electricity Corpo-
ration (BEC), some sources
claimed.
It is alleged that Mr Butler
is seeking a four-year con-
tract with BEC at the $85,000
annual salary paid him by
WSC.
However, one source
claimed that in the case of
Mr Major, it would not be
government's responsibility
to pay any severance, as Mr
Major's contract at Bahama-
sair had essentially come to
an end.
CEO and President of
Bahamas Telecommunica-
tions Corporation (BTC)
Michael Symonette report-
edly could receive at least
$500,000 and even up to
$1,000,000 for his 30-year
tenure at BTC.
Speaking with The Tribune
yesterday, Mr Symonette said
he hasn't been involved in
any discussions and as such
did not know how much
money 1he might belentifled
to from the corporation.


What-makesyoIu


"Before the introduction
Urban Renewal Programm
munity-based policing w
cultivate sources and even
as to pay for information
information keeps flowing
deluge," he said.
He pointed out that th
have been able to solve sev
es of murder, rape and the ]
ply because of the relal
between the communities
authorities.
"I hope that Urban Rene
never ever be eradicated :
vocabulary of the Royal
Police Force," he added.
In the particular case of


Man dies after

FROM page one

his injuries sometime after 5pm on Sunday.
A shooting and robbery took place at the
Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute
(BTVI).
At approximately llpm on Sunday two security
officers were on duty when they were approached


)n of the the safety of witnesses in a court
e com- case, Mr Hanna said that the future
e had to witness protection programme will;
go as far contribute greatly to this objective.;
i. Today He said that although the pro-,
in like a gramme will most likely be "very
costly," when it comes to preserve
e police ing lives "nothing should be tobd
'eral cas- expensive."
like, sim- Mr Hanna was not able to-go into
tionship details about the specifics of the prib
and the gramme, but said that it will include
some radical steps. ,
ewal will "We may have to move a person:
from the out of the jurisdiction, we may hav4
Bahamas to relocate a person to another part.
of the country. We have to do, what
ensuring we have to do," he said.



traflc accident

by three individuals.
The officers were forced to the ground. They
were ordered to hand over the keys to a 1995
Nissan Ultima. A struggle followed and a securi-
ty officer was shot in the thigh. The culprits made
their escape in the vehicle. The victim was taken
to hospital and listed in stable condition.
The vehicle was discovered in the Pinewood
area sometime around midnight.


PM: $30 million development



on Cat Island will 'increase'



quality of residents' lives


FROM page one

ment Prime Minister Christie
Promised that government will
, carry out improvements at the
Bight Airport to facilitate small
private and commercial jets.
The development, said the
prime minister, will usher in a
new period of modernization
for Cat island.
The five star eco-sensitive
resort will be built on 500
acres of pri\ ately held land in
southern-Cat Island: -t-will-
also have'a second home com-
ponent.
The hotel will have 250
hotel rooms, a restaurant
beach club and will be under-
taken in two phases.
The first phase is expected
to be completed within 18-24
months, following relevant
government approval. Phase
two will follow immediately
and will be completed in 18
months.
The developer estimates
that 150 people will be
employed during construction
and 100 people permanently
employed after completion.
Financial Services and


Investment Minister Allyson
Maynard Gibson said that this
development is being pursued
because of government's pol-
icy of having a development
property on every island.
Prime Minister Christie said
that the announcement is the
full affirmation of the success
of the policy that he imple-
mented three years ago.
"That policy, that is the
greatest challenge of the
Common%%ealth of the
Bahamas, because of its arch-
ipelagic nature, is to find eco-
nomic strategies to prevent or
minimize people moving from
islands of their birth to the
city centres on New Provi-
dence and Grand Bahama,"
Mr Christie said.
The Prime Minister pointed
out that there has been a sig-
nificant movement of people
to the point where New Prov-
idence has over 200,000 peo-
ple and Grand Bahama over
50,000 with the rest of the
population dispersed through-
out islands over 100,000
square miles.
"This places tremendous
inequities on a population


where they know they have
to pay for infrastructure
where there are few people.
Our giving birth to a policy,
predicated on there being an
anchor resort on every major.
island, was a fundamental
shift to ensuring not only that
you made a sustained effort;
to make it happen but that,
the people of each island
would, by their preparatio'l
anticipate that we were conm-
mitted to creating new,
economies in our country,"
Mr Christie said.
The prime minister said
that the development is great
news to those pioneers of th&
tourism industry in Ca(
Island. ,
"This project represents th.
first in a number of project
which will impact Cat Islari$
in the near future. We hog
that this will not only rein
force the tourism product,
Cat Island but will lead tO4
return of Cat Islanders'
their island of birth for tl
will ensure. Exuma is ah i-
dence in point," Mr Christie
said.


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Primary

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marital

lessons

FACULTY and staff of the
Claridge Primary School per-
formed a skit of an "old-time.
island wedding!' on January 12
for a contingent of faculty and
student teacherslln-training
from the MidAmerica Nazarene
University in Olathe, Kansas.
SThe skit was part of a profes-
sional workshop held at the
school from January 9 to 12,
which was comprised of lectures
on various teaching strategies,
in-class teaching practice, com-
parsons of teaching techniques
andpresentations of Bahamian.
culture to the visiting group.
,The group also donated
teaching aids and supplies to
the School and held interactive
exercises at events attended by
teachers from a number of
schdols in the district.
(Photos: BIS/Eric Rose)


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Established an 8-memberenvironmental management

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mental management plan, and Bahamas law.


SEstablished a state-of-the art plant nursery.to assist in
the propagation, recovery, and relocation of native Ba-
hamian vegetation. The project has already recovered
over 10,000 plants, 5,000 of which were bromeliads
and rare orchids.

Designing the most environmentally sensitive golf
course to date in The Bahamas, which includes: (i)
state-of-the-art turf grasses, (ii) restored coastal buf-
fers, (iii) extensive internal drainage and irrigation sys-
tems, and (iv) lined tees and greens to further protect
critical coastal areas.


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No 'timeline'




on government




debt listing


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
J ames Smith, minister
of state for finance,
yesterday said no
timeline had been set
for the listing and
trading of government debt
securities on the Bahamas
International Securities
Exchange (BISX), "the pace"
at which this happened
depending on technology and
development of an operating
structure.
The issuance and underwrit-
ing of government-registered-
stock and Treasury Bills by pri-
vate broker/dealers, and their
listing and trading on the stock
exchange, have been seen as
the second of two key moves to
revitalise BISX, the other being
the exchange control amend-
ments announced last Friday.
But while Mr Smith said
BISX was "probably in discus-
sion with the Central Bank on
developing modalities" to facil-
itate this, "a timeline is not yet
in place".
The Central Bank currently
acts as registrant and under-
writer for government debt
issues, setting the interest rate
attached to it rather than let-
ting the market decide.


* JAMES SMITH


Mr Smith said any transition
to BISX listing and a market-
based mechanism had to be
"seamless, for the Government
can't have any slippage there".-
He pointed out that there
was a further problem with list-
ing and trading Treasury Bills,
as these instruments were fften
bought by Bahamian c et -
cial banks to help themaeet
statutory reserve requirements,
rather than for investment. As
a result, interest rates attached
to such issues were often kept
low, and trading in them was
relatively illiquid.
"We have to design a way to


Joint marketing gives

Bahamas 'bigger

bang for our buck'


make that attractive to a wider
market," Mr Smith said of
Treasury Bills.
Trading government debt
securities on BISX would help
to develop a yield curve that
would help attract private sec-
tor debt listings, rather than
having interest rates deter-
mined by a government
agency. '
The Bahamian capital mar-
ket was also relatively small
with few large players, and Mr
Smith indicated the Govern-
ment also had concerns that by
transferring placement and
underwriting responsibilities to
private sector brokers such as

SEE page 4B


Out Island




Board needs




more hotel




members


* By PETURA BURROWS
Tribune Feature Writer
at Caribbean
Marketplace 2006
SAN JUAN, PUERTO
RICO Kerry Fountain, the
Out Island Promotions Board-
's executive director, has urged
more Family Island hotels to
join the organisation so they
can increase increase tourist
arrivals, occupancies and room
rates by presenting a united
front to the Government and
industry partners.
The Promotions Board,
which, is a voluntary organisa-
tion, currently has a member-


Greater size will help
lobbying, and boost revenues,
occupancies and room rates


ship of 45-50 hotels through-
out nine Family Islands. These
hotels pay a membership fee
of $150 to join.
Collect
They also collect a 10 per
cent room tax, with 6 per cent
going to the Government and
the other 4 per cent a resort


levy that is used to fund the
Out Island Promotions Board.
But 50 member hotels in
only nine islands is not enough
when the number of Family
Island resorts is considered,
said Mr Fountain.
"Am I satisfied with the

SEE page 8B


Listing to boost BISX market cap by $8.8m

-OJ dConsolidated BDR
Wate investors already
.:, enjoying 22% capital
Appreciation
M By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas International Securi-
0 FROM left to right: Jeno Jean-Smith, BISX IT and operations specialist; Velma Miller, ties Exchange's (BISX) market capitali-
manager trading, Fidelity Capital Markets; Jeffrey M. Parker, chairman, Consolidated station will increase by $8.8 million today
Water Company; Keith Davies, chief executive; Michael Anderson, president, Fidelity
Capital Markets; Jim Graham, vice-president, Fidelity Capital Markets
(Photo: Tim Aylen) SEE page 5B


* By PETURA BURROWS
Tribune Feature Writer
at Caribbean
Marketplace 2006
SSAN JUAN, PUERTO
RICO While the Ministry of
Tourism may have the
-resources to market the
:Bahamas as an individual des-
tination, officials yesterday said
this nation should first focus
on promoting itself as one of
the stops in a Caribbean vaca-
tion experience.
"The Caribbean has a great
allure, so from a marketing
standpoint, to be associated


But Bahamas
must stand out in
'supermarket menu'
as 'destination
of choice'

with the Caribbean, there is a
lot of equity in that. Even for
an individual country, there is
much value for us," said Tom-

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exchange control steps


On Friday past,
the Minister of
State for
Finance and
the Governor
of the Central Bank announced
a series of steps towards liber-
alisation of the Bahamas'
exchange control regime.
While I have always sup-
ported the relaxation and even-
tual abolition of exchange con-
trols, I have always recognized
the importance of doing it in a
r-cponsible, controlled and sys-
icmnljlc way, so as to ensure
adequate support for the
Bahamian dollar and maintain
the US$ parity we all enjoy.
Today, the economy is in a
much stronger position, which
now makes further liberalisa-
tion feasible. Let me add that
this is a direct result of eco-
nomic policies maintained over
the past 10 years.
With the foreign reserves of
the country at historic highs,
the risk to the value of the
Bahamian currency is minimal,
provided we maintain eco-
nomic policies that inspire
ongoing confidence in the
economy.

Economic Background
In order to fully grasp the
effect of the recently
announced changes, one must
briefly mention the country's
Balance of Payments (BOP)
and its current and capital
accounts.
The BOP accounts record
the flow of payments between
the Bahamas and its trading
partners. If the Bahamas
exports more than it imports, it
will have a BOP surplus. Simi-
larly, if it imports more than it
exports, it will have a BOP
deficit. If a country continu-
ously runs BOP deficits, its
ability to support its domestic


currency will be impaired, as
there would always be pressure
on foreign reserves. The
Bahamas' level of foreign
reserves stands at historic lev-
els, not because we are running
BOP surpluses, but rather due
to the fact that foreign invest-
ment is flowing in at unprece-
dented levels.
The BOP accounts are divid-
ed into two categories the
current account and the capital
account.
The current account includes
items such as payments for
credit cards, travel, vacation,
medical expenses and educa-
tion.
For the most part, current
account transactions have been
exempted from exchange con-
trols for many years now.
The capital account covers
items such as foreign loans, real
estate investments, stock/bond
investments, direct investment
in foreign businesses and the
like. It is the capital account
where the bulk of the exchange
control restrictions lie.
The importance of Friday's
announcement is that it repre-
sents liberalisation measures
for the capital account. The
official announcement stated:
"Unlike earlier initiatives, these
new measures focus almost
exclusively on the relaxation
of certain capital account
restrictions, with the specific
objectives of providing
enhanced opportunities for res-
idents to participate in and
finance investments overseas
and, at the same time, address
several of the recommenda-
tions in the Bahamas Stock
Exchange Committee's Report
to the Government on mea-
sures to deepen domestic capi-
tal markets."'.
Today, I will comment on a
few specific changes:


Investment Currency
Market
For years the Central Bank
has discouraged Bahamians
from making capital account
transactions abroad by requir-
ing such investments to be sub-
jected to a 25 per cent premium
through the investment cur-
rency market (ICM). In other
words, to invest US$ 100 you
had to give the Central Bank
B$125.
The Central Bank. would
hold the $25 and you would get
no return on these funds. When
you wanted to liquidate your
foreign investment, you were
subjected to a 20 per cent pre-
mium, which meant that for
each US$125 you surrendered,
you got B$120 back. Effec-
tively, this amounted to a 5 per
cent tax on the transaction.
This arrangement was indeed
highly punitive.
Going forward ,the premium
will be halved to 12.5 per cent
and 10 per cent respectively,
or now only a 2.5 per cent tax.
However, the reality is that we
run a dual currency system in
the Bahamas where US dollars
freely circulate. Nobody knows
precisely how many US dollars
are in circulation at any given
time. but many analysts believe
that the amount of US$ in cir-
culation far exceed the amount


of B$ at any given point in
time. Bahamians simply stock-
pile US currency and take it
with them on their US trips.
Unless we are prepared to
ban the use of US dollars in
our local economy (which we
would never do), we ought to
do away with the investment
currency market altogether.

Timeshare Investment
The new policy, which now
perriits an investment of
$25,000 every 10 years, simply
regularises what Bahamians
have been doing for years.
Rather than simply swiping
their credit card, they can now
legally exercise other options.
However, all other property
transactions must go through
the investment currency mar-
ket. One only needs to examine
the property ownership records
of Florida and the Carolinas to
see why we should drop the
restriction on second homes. It
is rather hypocritical that we
promote second home owner-
ship in the Bahamas as a pillar
of the nation's future econom-
ic growth, while at the same
time penalising our citizens for
doing likewise.
Bahamian Depository
Receipts (BDRs)
This change allows local bro-


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ker/dealers to create up to $25
million in BDRs annually to
make available to Bahamian
institutions and investors. This
is very significant in that it will
allow institutional investors
such as pension funds, banks
and insurance companies
access to'global markets to
achieve greater investment and
diversification opportunities.
So far we only have two
-existing BDR offerings.
Domestic market participants
would welcome the expansion
of options via this mechanism.
At this juncture, a BDR struc-
tured to provide the return of,
say, the S&P 500 or other
major indices would have
tremendous appeal.

Cross Border Listings
This change provides
Bahamian companies with an
opporL u nJty to embrace foreign
capital markets, and affords
Bahamian investors addition-
al opportunities to diversify
investment activities and hold
foreign assets.
In sum, Bahamian compa-
nies can list up to 10 per cent of
their equity on regional
exchanges. Regional compa-
nies can list up to $20 million of
their equity per year on BISX.
While I suspect that there is
far more interest in accessing
the US capital market, it will
be most interesting to see how
this develops. It is safe to say
that we will see far more capital
flowing north into the
Bahamas, than Bahamian cap-
ital flowing south into the
region. However, notwith-
standing this, Bahamian entre-
preneurs must actively explore
regional opportunities and be
less parochial.
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Conclusion
While these initiatives are a
positive and welcome step in
the right direction, we still have
more work to do in our journey
towards the complete elimina-
tion of exchange controls.
Until next week...


**********

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

A very competitive salary and benefits package will be offered, commensurate with
your demonstrated experience and ability.

Send resumes and a summary of your current compensation and benefits to:
bahamaresume@ginncompany.com
or PO Box F-42498-343 -


Delivering on Freeport's
promise will be the topic of the
presentation by Julian Francis
when he addresses the 15th
Annual Bahamas Business
Outlook on January 23 at the
Wyndham Nassau Resort. The
theme of this year's event is
Creating Successful Public Pri-
vate Partnerships".
"In The Bahamas, the
Hawksbill Creek Agreement is
an important model of pub-
lic/private partnerships," Mr
Francis said.
"As we go forward, our
thrust is to continue to empha-
sise the tremendous opportu-
nities for both residents and
investors that Freeport and
Grand Bahama represent. It is
our view that full advantage
has not been taken of the vast
unexplored potential of the
Hawksbill Creek Agreement.
I hope to indicate a number of
shifts by the Port Authority
that hopefully will allow the
Agreement to work even bet-
ter."
Mr Francis said Freeport
represents for the Bahamas a
vibrant industrial economy, and
is a vital link with the booming
economies of Asia. He noted


that given the critical mass now
reached in New Providence,
both in the tourism and resi-
dential sectors, Freeport and
Grand Bahama represent the
most natural direction for
major development.
Mr Francis was appointed
co-chairman and chief execu-
tive of the Grand Bahama Port
Authority on June 1, 2005. He
served as Governor of the Cen-


ly as opposed to a big bang,
because we recognize that due
to the small size of the market,


tral Bank of the Bahamas f-am
1997 to May 2005, having held
the office of Deputy Govertao
and member of the Boardref
Directors from June 1993,o 9
Prior to his appointment with
the Central Bank, Mr Frpaeli
served in various senior cap~ai
ities at Banque de'la Societe
Financiere Europeennelii
Paris, France from 1980(4o
1992, and ended his assignment
there as joint general manager
and member of the Manage*
ment Committee. .i
Conference delegates can
expect informadtive presenta-
tions and interactive sessions
from the Caribbean Regional
Negotiating Machinery's .Lid
coin Price, Scotiabank's MfMI
aging Director, Minna Isrdel;
Doctors Hospital's Chief
Financial Officer, Darron Casr,
Ambassador to The:Baham'a,
HE John Rood; principalaPd
chief executive of St'Andrdws
School, Dennison McKinnon;
and the Secretary-General'of
the Caribbean Tourism Organ-
isation, Vincent Vanderpool-
Wallace. -- -..- -w
Registration is ongoing t
tclevents.com or by calling
Eileen Fielder at 322-1000.


if we get it wrong tle
sequencing it could have uni,-
tended consequences."','.


POSITION AVAILABLE


AIR AMBULANCE SERVICES LTD.

The premier emergency air ambulance inr Thg
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Turks & Cai6co
& South Florida.

Requires: Full Time/Part Time Registered Nurses
& Paramedics.

Qualifications:
i) Must have at least three years experience
ii) Significant postgraduate experience i.e. critical
care
iii) Competent in procedural skills i.e.'

a) Advance Cardiolife Support .
b) emergency Management of Traumna .i
c) IV Insertion
d) Interpretation of ECG & Defibrillator

iv) Excellent Communication Skills

Attractive Compensation Package

Please send resume to:

ADMINISTRATOR
Air Ambulance Services Ltd.
P.O. Box N1043 ,.
Nassau, Bahamas
Fax: 242-362-0274
Email: admin@aaslifeflight.com. -:



LEGAL NOTICE


NOTICE,



TERSEMTES COMPANY LTD.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137
(4) of the International Business Companies Act No. 45 of
2000, TERSEMTES COMPANY LTD., has beer
dissolved and struck off the Register according to thi
Certificate of Dissolution issued by the Registrar General
on the 29th day of December, 2005.

HSBC International Trustee Limited,
HSBC House, Mary Street,
George Town, Grand Cayman,
Cayman Islands, British West Indies
Liquidator


SSSriC^ s"" ^Colina
-Financial Advisors Ltd.

Pricing Information As Of:
16 January 2006
BISX LISTED & TRADED SELURiTiES VISIT WWW BISXBAHAMAS.COM FOR MORE DATA & INFORMATION
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX. CLOSE 1.357.52 / CHG 02.57 / %CHG 00.19 / YTD 06.81 / YTD 00.5 C
*; .*.P-Hi 4I- L :.., ,rc.- i,. ..iu- Close Todav's C.lI e r.Iar.gae Daill', l EPS $ Div $ P'E Yield
1.u10 0.2 -. 7 :, .lar.e-t. 0u 73 i -' 0.00o -0 169 0000 N.M 0 C00)
10.52 8.00 Bahamas Property Fund 10.52 10.52 0.00 1.456 0.360 7.2 3.42%
7.24 5.55 Bank of Bahamas 7.00 7.00 0.00 0.587 0.330 11.6 4.71%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.70 0.70 0.00 0.175 0.020 4.0 2.86%
1.80 1.26 Bahamas Waste 1.26 1.26 0.00 0.105 0.060 12.0 4.76%
1.20 0.87 Fidelity Bank 1.10 1.10 0.00 0.070 0.040 15.7 3.64%
9.60 7.20 Cable Bahamas 9.55 9.55 0.00 0.689 0.240 13.9 2.51%
2.20 2.03 Colina Holdings 1.64 1.64 0.00 -0.046 0.000 NM 0.00%
9.17 7.10 Commonwealth Bank 9.10 9.14 0.04 37,584 0.791 0.450 11.6 4.92%
2.70 1.50 Doctor's Hospital 2.48 2.70 0.22 1,000 0.429 0.000 6.2 0.00%
6.20 3.96 Famguard 6.20 6.20 0.00 0.428 0.240 13.0 3.87%
10.90 9.75 Finco 10.90 10.90 0.00 0.717 0.530 15.2 4.86%
10.90 7.50 FirstCaribbean 10.90 10.90 0.00 0.695 0.500 13.2 4.59%
10.05 8.00 Focol 10.05 10.05 0.00 0.833 0.500 12.1 4.98%
1.99 1.27 Freeport Concrete 1.15 1.15 0.00 -0.062 0.000 N/M 0.00%
10.20 9.50 ICD Utilities 9.95 9.95 0.00 0.526 0.405 15.1 5.43%
9.10 8.22 J. S. Johnson 9.10 9.10 0.00 0.572 0.560 15.8 6.19%
7.00 4.36 Kerzner International BDRs 6.87 6.87 0.00 0.138 0.000 49.7 0.00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 2.036 0.760 4.9 7.60%
Fidelity OC.,er-The-Counler Secuntle s
L..K.-I-ih 5.,2.-.- L.-:..-, -:rrn 3:,1 E.d Lva F'Prc, Veeekly Vol EPS $ Div P E Y.eld
13.00 12.50 Bahamas Supermarkets 12.75 13.75 11.00 1.917 0.720 7.2 5.24%
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 10.00 10.35 10.00 0.000 0.800 NM 7.80%
0 60 0 40 RND Holdinas 0-29 0.54 0.00 -0.044 0.000 NM 0.00%
Colina 0,er-Tha-Counrtlr Securities
43.00 28.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 41.00 2.220 0.000 19.4 0.00%
16.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 12.75 13.75 12.50 1.105 0.810 14.6 6.93%
0.60 0.35 RND Holdinas 0.29 0.54 0.35 -0.103 0.000 N/M 0.00%
BISX Listed Mutual Funds
-... .Hi 5L.. Lo..U Fu.-. r .-.-_. If.. TC .. Lac[i 1z : r.lIr. i.' 5 YIela
1.2680 1.2014 Colha Money Market Fund 1.268008'
2.5864 2.0704 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.5864 **
10.7674 10.0000 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 10.7674"'***
2.3125 2.1746 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.312472**
1 1442 1 0782 Colina Bond Fund 1.144217**"
FINDEX CLOSE 435 630 rTD 1 321;'. ;0':.3 14 8s
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00 YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price
52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelit5
52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week
Change Change in closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful
P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100
"* AS AT DEC. 31, 2005/ *"* AS AT NOV. 30, 2005
S- AS AT DEC 30 2005/ *** AS AT DEC 31 2005/ "*** AS AT DEC. 31. 2005
TO TRADE CALL COLINA .42-502-7010 FIDELITh 242-356-776 <


* JULIAN FRANCIS


FROM page 1B


Colina and Fidelity, it "could
transfer one monopoly from
the Government to the private
sector".
Meanwhile, Mr Smith said
that while the excahnge con-
trol amendments allowed the
National Insurance Board
(NIB) to invest $25 million of
its assets per year outside the
Bahamas at the official
exchange rate, it would also be
investing more in the Bahami-
an equity market.
The NIB currently had cri-
teria that it only invested in
public companies who had pub-
lished audited statements for
the previous five financial
years, something Mr Smith said
should "not be a stretch" for
the Board.
SHe added that it had already
been developing an investment
policy, determining how much
of its surplus assets would be
invested in stocks, bonds and
real estate.
"The framework is already
in place for domestic equity
investments," Mr Smith said:
However, capital markets
sources yesterday said that oth-
er privately-managed pension
funds, such as those for
employees at the Bahamas
Telecommunications Compa-
ny (BTC), Bahamas Electricity
Corporation (BEC), and Water
& Sewerage Corporation,
should have been allowed to
invest abroad on the same
terms.
"It should have been a broad
blanket," one said.
Bur Mr Smith said: "It's the
direction we're following that's
important. The pace will be dic-
tated by know-how, technology
and establishing a workable
framework, establishing a
structure that could be self-per-
petuating.
"We're doing it incremental-


i


BUSNES







THE TRIBUNE


TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2006, PAGE 5B


Listing to boost BISX market cap by $8.8m


FROM page 1B

with the listing of Consolidated
Water's Bahamian Depository
Receipts (BDRs), with
investors already enjoying a
22.7 per cent capital apprecia-
tion since the offering closed.
S'Consolidated Water's BDRs
will start trading at the initial
opening price of $4.38, an
increase of $0.81 on the $3.57
price that was set when the
issue closed in early Novem-
ber.
Price
-The $4.38 price is based on
the New York Stock Exchange
(NYSE) closing price for Con-
solidated Water's Nasdaq-list-
ed stock on Friday, January 13.
One share of Consolidated
Water's ordinary stock is the
equivalent of five BDRs.
Keith Davies, BISX's chief
executive, told The Tribune
yesterday: "It's going to be'our


second international-related
listing, this one involving a Nas-
daq stock.
"It's another positive step
and I'm looking forward to
another listing or two in the
future."
The listing will further add
to the investment options for
Bahamian retail and institu-
tional investors, and is a fur-
ther boost for BISX and the
Bahamian capital markets just
days after the Government
announced amendments to the
capital side of exchange con-
trol restrictions.
Consolidated Water's BDRs
will trade on BISX under the
symbol 'CWCB', and some
2.02385 million BDRs will be
listed and available for trading.
Trading begins this morning
at 10am, and the daily closing
price on BISX for the Consol-
idated Water BDRs will be one
fifth of the closing price on
Nasdaq. Only orders that are
+- 10 per cent of the previous
day's closing price will be


NOTICE

KLEENAIR SYSTEMS
INTERNATIONAL, INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company is in
dissolution, commencing on the 6th day of January, 2006. Articles
of Dissolution have been duly registered by the Registrar. The
Liquidator is Paul A. Gomez, P.O.Box N-8285, Nassau, The
Bahamas.
All persons having Claims against the above-named Company
are required on or before the I 1th day of February, 2006 to send
their names and addresses and particulars of their debts or claims
to the Liquidators of the Company or, in default thereof, they
.' may be excluded from the benefit of any distribution made before
~ such debts are proved.
Dated this 11th day of January, 2006
PAUL A. GOMNEZ
Liquidator



S -. NOTICE

C-MAX ADVANTAGE FUND LIMITED
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company is in
dissolution, commencing on the 14th day of January, 2005.
Articles of Dissolution have been duly registered by the Registrar.
The Liquidator is Paul A. Gomez, P.O.Box N-8285, Nassau, The
.:Bahamas. .
All persons having Claims against the above-named Company
are required on or before the 11th day of February, 2006 to send
their names and addresses and particulars of their debts or claims
to the Joint Liquidators of the Company or, in default thereof,
they may be excluded from the benefit of any distribution made
before such debts are proved.
Dated this 11th day of January, 2006
PAULA. GOMEZ
Liquidator


ENTRANCE

EXAMINATIONS



The Entrance Examinations for all
Anglican Schools will take place
on Saturday, February 4, 2006 at
9:00 a.m.


The examinations will take place at
the various Schools and Application
Forms can be collected at the
respective Schools and returned
no later than Wednesday, February
1, 2006 along with the Application
Fee of $25.00.


accepted on BISX.
Prior to accepting orders,
BISX's three broker/dealer
members Fidelity Capital
Markets, First Bahamas Capi-
tal and SG Hambros
(Bahamas) will advise all
clients of the previous day's
closing price on BISX.
Offering
The initial BDR offering
raised between $7.2-$7.3 mil-
lion in gross proceeds for Con-
solidated Water. The compa-
ny said the net proceeds, once
all placement agent and' legal
fees had been paid, was $6.6
million, and the funds are being


used to help finance construc-
tion of the company's $27 mil-
lion Blue Hills reverse osmosis
plant.
The amount raised from 450-
500 prospective shareholders
was below the $10 million Con-
solidated Water had been seek-
ing, with the offering attract-
ing relatively little retail
investor support despite a
strong institutional showing.
Consolidated Water indicat-
ed that it had to alter its financ-
ing plans for Blue Hills slightly
as a result, saying it intended to
"seek additional cash through
debt, equity or hybrid financing
to complete the Blue Hills pro-
jects".


PUBLIC NOTICE
INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL


The Public is hereby advised that I, GABRIEL
CHRISTOPHER FERGUSON, of McKinney Drive, Nassau,
Bahamas, intend to change my name to GABRIEL
MICHAEL NEWBOLD. If there are any objections to this
change of name by Deed Poll, you may write such objections
to the Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-742, Nassau,
Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after the date of
publication of this notice.


NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT, 2000
No.45 of 2000

HEIMWIL INTERNATIONAL LTD.


Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 137
(8) of the International Business Companies Act, 2000,
the Dissolution of HEIMWIL INTERNATIONAL
LIMITED has been completed, a Certificate of
Dissolution has been issued and the Company has
therefore been struck off the Registrar. The date of
completion of the dissolution was December 22, 2005.




J B. Foster
; '., ':. '." i ;, Irl"r6r: Continiental Liquidatois, Inc.
Liquidator .


LEGAL NOTICE



NOTICE

BRANTFORD INTERNATIONAL LTD.
VOLUNTARILY LIQUIDATION

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

The Date of the Completion of dissolution was 7th October 2005.







/ Liquidator


Added
It added that it was commit-
ting $27 million in financing
over 15 months to build Blue
Hills, in addition to expanding
its existing Windsor Plant. Con-
solidated Water had already
raised $10 million towards this


from a bond placement, in
addition to the BDR offering.
The company is one of the
bidders on the Arawak Cay
reverse osmosis plant, although
it faces competition from
French utility Veolia and a
group of Bahamian business-
men including Mark Finlayson
and Jerome Fitzgerald.


Vacancy for Sales Manager


Del Sol is a growing company with two locations in Nassau.
We are committed to creating fun, joy smiles and memories for
everyone under the sun.

The successful individual should possess the following:-

- Educated to a degree level preferably but not essential with
concentration in Business, Marketing or Tourisum.
- Experience in Retail or Tourism a plus but not necessary.
- Strong leadership and coaching skills.
- Ability to deal tactfully with customers, clients and suppliers.
- Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
- Commitment to customer service excellence.
- Knowledge of PC skills (MS Word, MS Excel).
- Must be highly energetic, a people's person and self motivated.
- Must have strong sales ability and is able to manage with out
any supervision.

We offer good benefits and salary is commensurate with
experience and education.

Interested persons please submit a cover letter and your resume
no later than 20 January 2006 via:

Fax: 323-4622/ 356-4514 or
e-mail: anissa@delsol.bs


Exuma-Based Developer
seeking qualified professionals for the
following positions:


1) Financial Construction Manager/Quantity
Surveyor a quantity surveyor or equivalent
with duties including estimating new projects,
financial control and management of current and
future projects; valuing change orders, assessing
contracts, materials procurement, etc.

2) Architect/Draftsman an in-house licensed
architect or draftsman with duties to include
contract management, AUTCAD drawings and
variations, site inspections and construction
coordination and supervision.

Attractive remunerations package, accommodations
and transportation provided.

Please fax your cover letter and resume in
confidence to fax : (242) 327-1569








Small offshore bank has new position available for a

STAFF ACCOUNTANT.

This position would suit a qualified accountant or
someone without formal qualifications but appropriate
experience.

As this is a new role a flexible, motivated approach
is essential.

A generous remuneration package is available for the
right candidate.

Send resumes byfax to 394-5975 for the
attention of the General Manager.








"Teach Me. 0 Lord, Thy y W"...Palm 119:33

TEACHING VACANCIES

Temple Christian High School
Shirley Street

Invites applications from qualified Christian teachers for the
following positions for the 2006-2007 school year:

Health Science (Gr. 7-9)
Agriculture (Gr. 7-9)
Religious Knowledge/ Bible (Gr. 7-9)

Applicants must:

A. Be a practicing born-again Christian who is willing to
subscribe to the Statement of Faith of Temple Christian
School.
B. Have a Bachelor's degree in Education or higher from
a recognized College or University in the area of
specialization.
C. Have a valid Teacher's Certificate or Diploma.
D. Have at least two years teaching experience in the
relevant subject area with excellent communication
skills.
E. Applicants must have the ability to prepare students
for all examinations to the BJC/BGCSE levels.
F. Be willing to participate in the high school's extra
curricular'programmes.

Application must be picked up at the High School Office on
Shirley and be returned immediatley with a full curriculum vitae,
recent coloured photograph and three references' to:
Mr. Neil Hamilton
The Principal
Temple Christian High School
P.O.Box N-1566
Nassau, Bahamas








PTU Y N 12T R


Tax policy expert




set to address




financial retreat


NOTICE

GELDERLANDER HOLDINGS
LTD.


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


ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE


STEENFILLY

INVESTMENTS LTD.

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


ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE


OAKRIDGE LTD.


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


ARGOSA CORP. LTD.
(Liquidator)

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE



ANAR LTD.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the aboved-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the 13th
day of December 2005. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc.,
P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.



ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


-DCI-TOPHER


Dr Christopher
Rose, director
of internation-
al tax policy
for the Cay-
man Islands government, is a
featured speaker at the
upcoming Bahamas Financial
Services Retreat.
Address
He will address participants


EMPLOYMENT SEARCH


A Financial Training Company is currently in
search of a Seminars and Marketing Coordinator, who
possesses the following skills; organizational and
coordination skills, computer literate in Microsoft
Word and Excel, and event planning.

A Bachelor degree,:in Marketing, Business
Management, Business Administration or Event
Planning is also a requirement.

If you meet the above qualification-please call us at
242-326-7314

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

CLOCK TOWER THREE CORP.


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



ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

WEALTH INVESTMENTS LTD.



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



ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE


REUS LTD.


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




ARGOSA CORP. LTD.
(Liquidator)


on Tax Treaty Implications for
Trade in Financial Services in
a Plenary Session on the first
day of the Retreat.
Dr Rose is a barrister and
holds professional qualifica-
tions in medicine and finan-
cial analysis. He maintains a
research affiliation with the
University of Oxford. His
principal areas of interest in
the law are international tax-
ation, intellectual property
and e-business.
The 2006 Retreat is being
held at Our Lucaya Beach and
Golf Resort, Grand
Bahama.Other plenaries and
small group breakout sessions


will cover issues such as Stratr
egy and Branding, Jurisdic-
tional Positioning and Regu-
latory Reform.
Annual
The annual Retreat presents
the opportunity for financial,
services industry stakeholders
to discuss the key drivers of:
the sector and to formulate
strategies for the growth of,
the Bahamas financial services.
industry.
The forum, usuallyheld
away from Nassau, also pro-
vides opportunities for net-.
working.


LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE


URANUS VALLEY INC.


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



ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

SPRING GARDEN LTD.



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



ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


LEGAL NOTICE


NOTICE

BROCKHAMPTON
INVESTMENTS PTE. LTD

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


ARGOSA CORP INC.
(Liquidator)


LEGAL NOTICE


THE TRIBUNE,


PAGE 6B, TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2006


INSIGHTI~I(Y ~ I-1111

For te stries ehin







THE TRIBUNE


TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2006, PAGE 7B


Joint marketing gives Bahamas




'bigger bang for our buck'


FROM page 1B

my Thompson, the Ministry of
Tourism's deputy director-gen-
eral.
He added that countries in
other regions had been suc-
cessful in merging their assets
to advertise themselves as one,
unified brand. The countries
that make up the Pacific Asian
Travel Association (PATA),
for example, have made a suc-
cess of collective marketing
without negating the fact that
they are individual competi-
tors.
-'Mr Thompson, who is in
charge of the Ministry's booth
at Caribbean Marketplace
2006, said the Bahamas should
join with other countries in
ventures such as this, since it
provided Caribbean countries
with a forum to sell their goods
and services to buyers from
around the world.
SPromote
."When we help to promote
the Caribbean as a region, we
combine our assets and get a
bigger bang for our marketing
blick," he explained. "But at
t~e same time we need to make
s're that the Bahamas is out
there in the market place, so
thlatwhen people are now
selecting, they will choose us.
"It's almost like a supermar-
ket menu. There are so many
options, but what does that
tourist or visitor actually want
tb do?
S"How can the Bahamas meet
these needs to make sure that
we are also visible, and people
lnow what we are offering, so
that when the decision is being
xpade, the Bahamas is one of
the destinations of choice the
destination of choice, I should
say."
Though many countries in
U


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the Caribbean market their
sun, sand and sea, Mr Thomp-
son believes the Bahamas has a
distinct advantage.
It had a unique product, he
said, because of its multiple
islands, which gave it the foun-
dation for an advertising strat-
egy that promotes multiple des-
tinations and multiple experi-
ences all in one country.
"So, they say you can island
hop in the Caribbean, but we
say that tourists can really
island hop in the Bahamas.
Then, there is the convenience
of passing only once through
customs and immigration. We
also have the same currency,
and we are the nearest country
to the main core of the US
market," said Mr Thompson.
"That's a distinct advantage
there, and the fact that there
is so much to do and a variety
of things to experience here,
the Bahamas is absolutely a
superb destination."
Attending Caribbean Mar-
ketplace this year are seven
delegates from the Ministry of
Tourism, including Mr Thomp-
son, Leslie Vanderpool-Wal-
lace, and the Ministry's Direc-
tor General, Vernice Walkine.
Representatives from private,
companies in Nassau, Paradise
Island and the Family Islands
bring the number of Bahamian
delegates to 70 members.
Speaking at the opening-cer-
emony, the Caribbeani Hotel
Association's (CHA) president,
Berthia Parle, said the
Caribbean tourism industry
was now at the dawn of a new
era.
She said that one year ago, at
Caribbean Marketplace 2005
in Montego Bay, Jamaica, she
spoke about "the winds of
change%o blowing in the
Caribbean's direction".
"I meant it then, in the wa4
that being willing to leave our
comfort zone ;and look at the


big picture in order to evolve
and grow will continue to guar-
antee success and increased
market share," Ms Parle said.
"Or, as the wise BC Forbes,
founder of Forbes Business
Magazine, said: 'Lady Luck
generally woos those who
earnestly, enthusiastically,
unremittingly woo her'."
Treated
Ms Parle said the entire
Caribbean was treated to an
interesting 2005, with Hurri-
cane Wilma's destructive path
through Mexico's Caribbean
coast, and there were "close
calls" for other Caribbean des-
tinations.
The region also saw unsteady
bookings, a fragile consumer
confidence index, the imminent
danger from new US passport
rules, and a great winter sea-


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son followed by a disastrous
summer.
But,on the brighter side,
international airline traffic grew
by 8 per cent "against all
odds" and Caribbean desti-
nations finally recorded
unprecedented airlift, aided by
low-cost carriers.
This translated into an over-
all growth of about 5 per cent
in tourist arrivals by air to the
Caribbean in 2005, with similar
growth expected in 2006,
according to Ms Parle.
If this growth was to contin-
ue, Ms Parle said, the first step
must be taken in the public and
private sectors of each
Caribbean island. Together,
they had to focus on working
towards a common goal the
advancement, development
and successful marketing of the
Caribbean as the number one
travel destination.


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FROM page 1B

number of Out Island hotels
th at belong to my association?
Well, the answer is resound-
irngly 'No'. It's a voluntary
organisation, so you don't have
to be a part of it, but I wish
that every hotel in the island
was a part of it," Mr Fountain
told The Tribune.
He said the Family Islands
have the potential to collec-


tively market their product,
and eventually become as pop-
ular a tourist destination as
New Providence and Grand
Bahama. He continues to
maintain contact with the
Association's members, as well
as encouraging non-member
hotels to join.
The benefit of forming a uni-
fied voice, said Mr Fountain,
was that it not only helped each
island individually, but
increased the appeal of the


Bahamas as a whole.
"The Out Island Promotion
Board really feels that in terms
of benefits we have something
to offer them to help increase
their room occupancies, but
also average room night rates,"
Mr Fountain said.
"We certainly help when we
are lobbying the Government
to look at trying to reduce the
cost of electricity, or we are
working with airlines to get air
service to a specific island. That


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Interested persons may collect the tender documents from the
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benefits everybody.
"It is important to get every-
body on board because the
more revenue we can get from
that resort levy, the more
advertising can be done. It's
almost like a cycle because the
more levies we get, the more
marketing we can do, and we
can be more aggressive in going
after partners like Continental
Connections and Delta, for
example, to start to look at
offering service from some of
their cities like Atlanta and
Charlotte."
The objective of Family
Island marketing is not to be
separate from the more popu-
lar tourist destinations such as
New Providence and Grand
Bahama.
"We don't want to do some-
thing different from what the
Government is doing, because
in reality, the association does
not have the type of market-
ing dollars or production dol-
lars that the Ministry of
Tourism has," Mr Fountain
said.
"So what we do is watch
what they are doing. I kind of
describe it as building a house.
In the Ministry of Tourism,
with their marketing dollars,
they provide the foundation
and sort of run up the walls and
put the roof on the house. I
come in and I decorate a room.
I decorate the room called the
Family Islands, whichis a com-
ponent of the whole Bahamas,
with accents."
The responsibility of the
Ministry of Tourism, said Mr
Fountain, is to lay the ground-
work so his association can
build on it. "They do the bulk
of the work, and we use our
dollars to increase business


where we get the business
from. So, it's all complimenta-
ry," he added.
When it comes to the Family
Islands, Mr Fountain believes
the Government and the Out
Island Promotiond Board
should first be focused on edu-
cating the workforce in those
islands, so they can deliver the


Convention Centre.
Caribbean Marketplace (for-
merly CHA Marketplace) is
recognized throughout the
world as the most important
tourism marketing event of the
year for the Caribbean region.
Held every year in January,
Caribbean Marketplace sets
the tone for travel packaging


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answer s. responding
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calibre of service that the visi-
tor is looking for.
"That's a challenge, and we
have a lot of (challenges) when
it comes to the islands," he
said.
Mr Fountain spoke with The
Tribune following the opening
ceremony of CaribbeanMar-
ketplace at the Puerto Rico


in the Caribbean.
The event takes the form of
an actual marketplace setting,
where there are two days of
pre-scheduled business
appointments. Buyers and sup-
pliers meet face-to-face to dis-
cuss existing contracts, develop
new packages, and sign off on
contracts for future business.


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By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports Reporter
ALTHOUGH the track and
field season has officially start-
ed, the annual T-Bird Flyers
meet will serve as the first reg-
ular meet on the annual cal-
endar.
The T-Bird Flyers meet,
which is set for January 28th,
follows the Odd Distance and
the upcoming High School
Relays set for January 21st.
According to meet director
Forester Dorsette, the cries
from primary school teachers
were heard and the annual
meet will feature a segment
for primary school athletes.
With an early morning start,
the T-Bird classic will host two
divisions for primary school


Meet set for


January 28th


athletes, a nine and under and
an 11 and under for both boys
and girls.
There will be eight events
shared between the two divi-
sions.
The meet will also host an
under 17 and open division in
which the events will start at
2pm.
Dorsette said: "The cries
have been heard and we have
met with the several coaches


from the primary schools who
requested more meets for their
athletes.
"These are our future in
track and field and we don't
want to discourage them so we
thought it was fitting to include
a primary school division.
"This division will have eight
events and will start at 9am
that morning. We encourage
all parents to be a part of this
meet, come on out and sup-


port their children."
The classic is being held in
honour of longtime patron
Theopholis Fritz, better known
to many as Mr T.
Fritz has been the club's
sponsor from its inception in
1983.
Dorsette added: "As we
continue to promote the sport
of track and field we would
love to pay homage to those
who have in the past and still
continue to support our young
developing athletes through
sponsorship.
"To this end we are proud to
announce that this year's clas-
sic will be held in honour of
our long time sponsor
Theopholis Fritz, who is affec-
tionately known as Mr T.
"This meet, the first regular
track and field meet of the sea-


son is very significant to all our
track and field clubs and
school athletes as it gives the
team an opportunity to gauge
the condition of their athlete at
this early stage of the long
track season."
The meet will serve as a
qualifying meet for the Carifta
games and all the other junior
and senior national teams.
Athletes in the under 17 and
open divisions will be allowed
to participate in only two track
events and one field, or two
field and one track events.
Medals will be given to the
first three finishers in all
events.
Deadline for the meet is
January 21st but will be
extended to January 25th with
a late entry fee.


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* CRICKET
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
THE Bahamas Cricket
Association will get a huge
financial boost on Thursday
when Texas billionaire
Allan Stanford comes to
town to honour a $280,000
commitment to the
Bahamas.
Stanford has made a com-
mitment to spend over $28
million on the first Stanford
20/20 Cricket Tournament,
scheduled for Antigua in
July.
On an hour and a half
stopover on Thursday, Stan-
ford will present the initial
cheque of $100,000 for the
Bahamas' participation in
the tournament. The bal-
ance of the $280,000 will be
made over a 12 month peri-
od.
This will be one of four
stops that Stanford will
make that day to countries
that will be participating.
BCA's assistant secretary
Greg Taylor said it's a sig-
nificant contribution to the
growth and development of
the sport, particularly in the
Bahamas.
"This is a shot in the arm
for the entire Caribbean,
especially in the Bahamas,"
Taylor charged. "The
Bahamas is far behind in
terms of the Caribbean and
with these funds they are
providing, they are stipulat-
ing what it should be used
for.
"So the funds won't be
presented for us to do what-
ever we want to do with it.
They are stipulating what it
is to be used for, which is
for the development of the.
cricket facilities and the
preparation of the team for
the tournament."

Declined
Stanford, who has been
living in Antigua for the
past 20 years, had indicated
that he was disappointed in
the way cricket had declined
in the West Indies.
"So what he has decided
to do is try to reinvigorate
over $28 million of his own
money to give cricket a
boost in the Caribbean,"
Taylor further noted.
"All of the countries par-
ticipating are excited about
it because the West Indies
Cricket Board is made up of
several countries, most of
them small countries, who
don't receive any funding
from the board, so they are
excited because they will be
able to develop the sport."
At present, the BCA have
a national team preparing
for the International Cricket
Council's Americas Tourna-
ment (Division II) in
Argentina from March 28 to
April 9.
"So we are training for
that and we have to win that
to proceed to the divisional
one tournament in Canada
in June where we will com-
pete against Canada, the
United States, Cayman and
Bermuda," Taylor stated.
"In fact, we will have to
play the Cayman Islands in
the division two tournament
in order to get to the divi-
sion one. So this will be
another big step if we can
win the division two tourna-
ment."
From this national team,
Taylor said the BCA will
select the team that will
travel to play in the Stan-
ford Tournament. But Tay-
lor said there could be
changes made to the current
national team.
"Anyone who qualifies as
a Bahamian citizen or a
member of the BCA, can
tryout for the team," Taylor
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By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
ST. AUGUSTINE'S College
continued their quest to regain
their Bahamas Association of
Independent Secondary Schools'
junior boys basketball title by
rolling all over the Nassau Chris-
tian Academy Crusaders.
SAC's Big Red Machines pulled
off an impressive 59-37 victory
over the Crusaders on Monday at
SAC to remain undefeated at 8-0.
"Since the year started, we've
been playing like we are out of
sync," said SAC's head coach
John Todd. "The defence is there
at times, but sporadically. We just
have to do a better job."
SAC, last year's runners-up to
St. John's College Giants, will
have a big test on Wednesday
when they host the Jordan Prince
William Falcons, the only other
unbeaten team.
Against Nassau Christian Acad-
emy, St. Augustine's College
played like a team on a mission.
Taj-man Thompson shared
game high honours with 17 points
to lead a balanced scoring attack
for the Big Red Machines. Kendal
Simmons added 12, Kristan Rolle
10;'Christopher Newbold eight,
Domingo Weir five and Nicholas
Higgs chipped in with four.

Honours
For the Crusaders, softball star
Richard Bain was a one-man
wrecking crew, sharing the game
high honours with 17. David
Wildgoose was next with six,
while Christopher Barnette and
Edwin Carey both contributed
four.
Nassau Christian Academy's
coach Randy Ford said St.
Augustine's College was just that
much better than they were.
"SAC played a very good game,
but my team is a very young team,
most of them are just seven and
eight graders," Ford stressed.
"Fitness was a part of our prob-
lem. We just couldn't keep up
with SAC. They ran the ball very
well."
With a tenacious defensive
effort, the Big Red Machines lim-
ited the Crusaders to just one
shot at the basket as they out-
rebounded and ran the fast break
to take control and stay ahead of
the game.
Except for the opening minutes
of the first quarter, when Nassau
Christian Academy took a 4-2
lead, St. Augustine's College
surged to a 15-8 advantage as
Simmons, Higgs and Nesbitt fin-
ished off the rally with three con-
secutive lay-ups.
SAC would go on to post a 15-
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Tribune Feature Writer
EVERYBODY who's been
keeping abreast of American
talk shows and its dialogue
about male sexuality, would
know what the term "brothers
on the down low" refers to.
These are men who have sex
with other men while still
remaining intimately involved
with a woman, in an attempt
to keep their heterosexual,
public identity.
These men maintain that
they are not homosexuals, but
the truth is they are secretly
having sex or relationships with
males on the side, on the hush-
hush, on the down low.
But this is not only an Amer-
ican phenomenon. It seems
that while this idea is not talked
about much in Bahamian pub-
lic forums, it still exists in this
country.
Tribune Woman was able to
locate a woman who was mar-
ried to a Bahamian male who
she later r)und to be a down
low brother. After several
years of marriage, her husband
disclosed that he had been hav-
ing sex with other males. The
woman, who spoke to The Tri-
bune on condition of anonymi-.
ty, was not ready to go into
detail however, about discov-
ering her husband's secret
lifestyle, going through coun-
selling, and ultimately divorcing
him.

Question
While the woman in this sit-
uation is an American and the
two were living in the United
States, it still raises the dis-
turbing question of just how
many other Bahamian men
may be living on the down low?
Just how many Bahamian
women are involved in an inti-
mate relationship with a man,
but are oblivious to the fact
that their lover, their man,
sweetie, fiance, even husband,
may be having sex with other
men?
According to a number of
homosexual men in the com-
munity, there are many
Bahamian females who have
no idea what their partners are
doing behind their backs and
who they're doing it with.
Sean Woodside, a 19-year


old homosexual, said that he
has\been attracted to males
since the age of five. He told
Tribune Woman that he has
come across many Bahamians
males who live a down low
lifestyle unbeknownst to their
wives and girlfriends.
"What I realise with some of
them is that they will only go
with a male to have sex, but
they're really not looking for
a companion. Some of them
are married, or they have girl-
friends, some have girlfriends
who are pregnant. I'd ask them
if they love her, and some of
them would say yes. But if you
love her, why are you having
sex with men? They'll just say
that it's because that's what
they want to do,". Mr Wood-
side told Tribune Woman in a
telephone interview.
He said that there are a lot of
Bahamian men, some he
knows personally, and others
that he has heard about, who
live on the down low or "DL".
Mr Woodside considers him-
self a down low brother
because he is not completely
come out of the closet about
his homosexuality, though most
of his friends and relatives have
their suspicions. He is not a
down low brother, however,
when it comes to still being
involved with females, he said.
Though Mr Woodside is not
completely open about his
lifestyle, he said that he doesn't
use relationships with women
to cover up his sexuality. He
believes that many men who
live a down low lifestyle are
not being honest with them-
selves when they say that they
truly love the women they are
involved with.
In many cases, he said,
whether they are conscious of it
or not, the man on the down
low is using the woman to pre-
sent a "face" to society, and
this is exactly why he shies
away from getting involved
with females.
Mr Woodside told Tribune
Woman about a personal chal-
lenge that he is currently facing:
"There is a situation where I'm
attracted to a female. I have
feelings for her, but because I
know my other feelings, I
wouldn't do it. I wouldn't get
into a relationship with her
because of that."
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rather than fooling himself, he
stays away.
"I think its wrong and per-
sonally I don't believe in cheat-
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stay with that one person, don't
be all about. In that case, that's
fooling with the female's emo-
tions because she can be deeply
in love with you and you are
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from you being (gay). And per-
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"They should be responsible
with your feelings because in
the end they're hurting them-
selves and hurting the people'
they are involved with," he
said.

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The definition of down low
really depends on who does the
defining. The term was made
popular by American R&B
singer R Kelly, who used it in
one of his songs to let listen-
ers know he was keeping an
illicit relationship quiet. The
term was later expanded by the
African American community
to include men who have sex
with other men, but appe-ar-
straight because they are
involved in relationships with
women and don't acknowledge
being gay or even bisexual.
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ture, which many of them see
as being effeminate.
Though their actions may be
homosexual, many down low
men find it difficult to see
themselves as gay because of
the stigma attached to homo-
sexuality, and the risk of being
rejected by family and friends.
And according to Mr Wood-
side, the stigma helps to per-
petuate men remaining in the
closet about their sexuality.
The controversial movie,
Brokeback Mountain, which is
currently the subject of much
debate in the-United States,
also puts the issue of being on
the down low, at the forefront.
An adaptation of Annie
Proulx's heart-wrenching short
story, Brokeback Mountain
tells the story of two ranch
hands whose overwhelming
passion for each other is at
odds with everything they think
they know about themselves.
Brokeback Mountain tells
the story of Ennis and Jack
finding their way toward each
other, while struggling to main-
tain their identity, status, and
safety within their straight
world. I
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strain faced by a man, married
with children, living life on the
down low and trying to find
fulfillment through often high-
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for all kind of reasons.
But if two people in
that situation stay
together they would
have met a criteria of a
healthy relationship.
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den, a senior clinical psy-
chologist who has been with
the Sandilands Rehabilita-
tion Centre for 19 years,
there are a number of rea-
sons that keep homosexu-
als from coming out with
their sexuality.
"There's shame and
embarrassment about
coming out. There is the
fear of ostracism and
discrimination in the
work place or in a social
environment. Then
there is amrioralrdilem-
ma because many of
them are affiliated with(
churches and our reli-
gious leaders are quite
outspoken about
(homosexuality).
"Not to mention the
fact that many of these
men live these double
lives. They have wives
and children and I'm
sure that they take into
consideration the public
humiliation of family
members should they g9
public. Some of them
struggle with accep-.:
tance themselves, so
there is a struggle
between what they
think is right and what
feels right to them. So
there's a battle between
the heart and the head.
Ms Basden doesn't
believe that down low
brothers are only trying
to use these women as a
cover up, though. In her-
opinion, the majority of
down low cases involve,-
men who have sincere
feelings for the women;
in their lives. But it's an
inward struggle that.
keeps them leading
secret life.
"Some of them,
;haven't econciled their
sexuality fr: themselves
. so it would.be difficult
for them to come:out.,
and say; 'this is who I
am'. Personally,, Ifeel ,:
that it goes deeper than
just having the woman
there for a show. I thi4
some of them actually
are trying to be normal;
some of them are really
hoping that having a
wife 'will cure me', or
that it will fix it.
"But that is not to say,
that there are not peo-
ple who are quite clear
about why they are
doing what they're
doing,"-sh-e added.-
According to Ms Bas
den, some women who'
are involved with a
down low man do
receive signals, but they
either choose to ignore
them or they believe
that they can make a
difference in the man's
life.
Being open and hon-
est is the first step in
dealing with any rela-
tionship issue however,
even one that involves ai
down low male. If a
woman suspects that
her partner is having
sex outside of the rela-
tionship, she should
approach him, Ms Bas-
den suggested.
"It should start with a
conversation, even if
she needs to confront
him. Hopefully it would
be the impetus for him
to be honest. Then after
that, it's really left up to
the couple to figure out:
where the relationship
will go from there."
What may be surpris-
ing to many people is
that some women
remain with a man even
after he has disclosed
his homosexuality. But
Ms Basden feels that
the public should not
judge that woman's
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plays in maintaining
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It has long been known that
folic acid plays an important
role in the production of nor-
mal red blood cells.
However, more recent stud-
ies suggest that folic acid may
also help prevent heart disease,
stroke and certain cancers,
especially colon cancer. (While
these studies have not proven a
protective effect, they suggest
that many people may benefit
from takingifolic acid.)

What is
folic acid?
Folic acid is a naturally
occurring B vitamin that is
needed for proper cell growth.
It can also be found in syn-
thetic form and is usually one
of the vitamins found in multi-
vitamin tablets.

What foods
contain folic
acid?
Folic acid is found in the fol-
lowing foods:
Broccoli, asparagus, bananas,
oranges, peas, nuts, spaghetti,
bread, cereal, flour. Also, for-
tified breakfast cereals such as
Total and Product 19, lentils,
spinach, black beans, peanuts,
orange juice (from concentrate
is best if not fresh). Enriched
breads, pasta and Romaine let-
tuce also contain folic acid.
What are
the health
benefits of
folic acid?
Folic acid can help to reduce
the risk of:
Cardiovascular disease'
Colon, cervical and breast
cancer; and,
Alzheimer's disease.

Why do
babies need
folic acid?
Folic acid helps in the proper
development of a baby's neur-
al tube the part of a devel-
oping baby that becomes the
brain and spinal cord. It must


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on the second Tuesday of
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quarters at East Terrace,
Centreville. Call 323-4482
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tube is actively developing. It
has been observed that folic
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cent of neural tube defects;
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birth defects such as cleft lip,
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How can
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The best way to get enough
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min with 400 micrograms of
folic acid in it and eat a healthy
diet. Most multivitamins have
this amount, but check the
label to be sure.
You also can get folic acid
in your diet, but it's hard to get
enough every day through food
alone.
That's why health care pro-
fessionals, including those
employed by the Ministry of
Health, encourage all women
of childbearing age to take a
multivitamin containing folic
acid every day as part of a
healthy diet.

What can
happen if a
woman does
not get the
right amount
of folic acid
during
pregnancy?
Folic acid works, but it only
works if taken before and dur-
ing the first few weeks of preg-
nancy, when the neural tube is
developing into the brain and
spinal cord. If a woman does
nottake in enough folate (nat-
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folic acid (synthetic vitamin B)
this may predispose the baby
to increased risk of birth
defects as listed earlier.

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not close properly, a baby is
born with a very serious birth
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Beginning Thursday January 26 through
February 13, read this engaging thirteen part sto-
ry about a dyslexic boy, Jamie, and his encounter
with a thief. Also read special weekly articles from
the Special Services Section of the Department of
Education about dyslexia in the Bahamian school
system and community- ..


The Tribune,like the Minister of Education's Book Club, believes that
reading helps young people to focus on constructive choices through exposure to
worlds beyond their immediate environment. Breakfast Serials stories are short,
engaging and compelling so that the reader keeps coming back for more.

Read, learn, enjoy.


A Bright Start


SpeaTn ,heSky

Written by Avi
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Jamie, being dyslexic, may not be
able to read words on a page, but he
can read clouds and what he sees is as
wondrous as it is unbelievable-to oth-
ers. One summer day he sees a man in
a business suit parachute from an air-
plane. When he tells his family and
friend Gillian, no one believes him. But,
not only are Jamie's perceptions accu-
rate, the man is a thief who has stolen
a million dollars and kidnaps Gillian.
When she leaves a written note as to
where she's being taken, Jamie is in a
double bind: no one thinks he's seen
anything real and he can't read the mes-
sage. Reading the Sky brings high
adventure from the sky and on and off
the page.

Read "Reading the Sky"
with us ... every weekday
from January 26 to
f February 13, 2006.





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ic level. Even if you ate a bowl
of fully fortified cereal (400
micrograms), took a folic acid
supplement (400 micrograms),


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and ate fortified foods and
foods rich in folate, you would
not get too much folic acid.
Still, the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention rec-
ommend that women consume


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no more than 1,000 micrograms
of synthetic folic acid a day


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What you should know about rabies


* By DR BASIL SANDS
Facts about Rabies:

caused by a virus that
attacks the nervous sys-
tem. The virus is usually
transmitted by a bite from a rabid ani-
mal.
Prompt and appropriate treatment,
after being bitten and before the dis-
ease develops, can stop the infection


and prevent the disease in people.
Not all rabid animals foam at the
mouth and appear mad. Infected ani-
mals can be very calm and tame.
Only mammals get rabies; birds,
fish, reptiles, and amphibians do not.
In recent years, cats have become
the most common domestic animal
infected with rabies because many cats
are not vaccinated and are exposed
to rabid wildlife while outside. The
disease has been diagnosed in horses,
goats, sheep, swine and ferrets.


Improved vaccination programmes
and control of stray animals have been
effective in preventing rabies in pets.
Approved rabies vaccines are avail-
able for cats, dogs, ferrets, horses and
some live stock.
What you can do to help control
Rabies:
Have your veterinarian vaccinate
your cats and dogs.
Reduce the possibility of exposure
to rabies by keeping your animal on
your property. Don't let pets roam


free. Don't leave garbage or pet food
outside because it may attract stray
or wild animals.
If you have been bitten:
Don't panic but don't ignore the
bite either. Wash the wound thor-
oughly and vigorously with soap and
lots of water.
If your pet has been bitten:
Immediately consult your veteri-
narian.
Dogs and cats that are currently
vaccinated should be revaccinated


immediately, kept under the owner's
control, and observed.
If your pet has bitten someone:
Urge the victim to see a physician
immediately and to follow the physi-
cian's recommendations.
Dr Basil Sands is a veterinarian.
at the Central Animal Hospital:
Questions or comments should be
directed tofeatures@100jamz.com or
potcake59@hotmailcom. Dr Sands
can also be contacted at 325-1288


* By SARAH SIMPSON
ALRIGHT, we know self-
tanners can have a bad name.
Dealing with some products
is like losing in Vegas: Some-
times you just can't help but
get a bad streak. Don't give
up hope there are self tan-
ners that can give you the
instant bronze with out the
streak!
Try a product that has an
instant bronzing action in their
formula, so when you put it
on you can see where it is
going (and get an instant
bronze gratification!).
Also look for a self tanner
that has an SPF in it so that it
can provide that much needed
sun protection, when you
apply it during the day.
Here are six easy steps to
streakless tanning:
STEP 1
Lather up to free your body
of any dirt and oils.
STEP 2
Scrub your body with an
exfoliating body scrub. All


STEP 4
Your set to self tan! Mas-
sage in your self tanning prod-
uct into your face and body.
STEP 5
Wash those hands and keep
clear of linens and clothing'
until your skin is completely
dry.
STEP 6
Kick back, relax and await
your bronzy glow, satisfied
that you are tanning safely
without the scorching sun.
And if you want a deeper
shade, spread another thin lay-
er on the next day for rich
colour.


* SARAH SIMPSON


skin conditions benefit from
scrubbing the body. This will
kick dead skin cells to the curb
with exfoliants that will
smooth the skin without strip-
ping.
STEP 3
Rinse thoroughly and pat
dry.


Sarah Simpson is a med-
ical skin care specialist at the
Dermal Clinic at the Walk
In Medical Clinic Sandyport.
This information was taken
from the Dermalogica web-
site. For more information
log on to www.dermalogi-
ca.com.


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What can you
do?
Take a multivitamin with 400
micrograms of folic acid every
day before pregnancy and dur-
ing early pregnancy, as part of
a healthy diet.
Eat a healthy diet that
includes foods that contain
folate, the natural form of the
vitamin. If you have already
had a pregnancy affected by a
birth defect of the brain or
spinal cord, take 4 milligrams
(4,000 micrograms) of folic acid
daily. Begin taking this amount
one month before you start try-
ing to get pregnant and contin-
ue through the first three
months of pregnancy.
Birth defects associated with
folate/folic acid deficiencies are
complicated and can prove
costly to all concerned. As with
all other aspects of health, the
prevention of disorders associ-
ated with folate/folic acid defi-
ciency is at best better and less
costly than its cure. Aside from
preventing birth defects in
babies other benefits are to be
realized by growing children
and adults.


Therefore, it is advisable that
everyone seek to ensure that
the recommended daily intake
of this B vitamin is included in
their daily diet, by eating a
healthy diet that contains lots
of fruits and vegetables and
other foods that have folic acid
(or folate) in them or added to
them.
For additional information
on healthy eating, folic acid,
healthy pregnancy or leading
a healthy lifestyle, please con-
tact one of the following
department/units within the
Ministry of Health.
Maternal and Child Health
Secretariat, Department of
Public Health at telephone
number, 502-4782, the Nutri-
tion Unit of the Department
of Public Health at telephone
number 502-4844 or the Health
Education Division, Resource
Center at telephone number
502-4763. Or you may contact
the Community Health Clinic
Nearest your home, whether
you reside in New Providence
or one of the Family Islands.
Editor's note: It can be
said that the health of an indi-
vidual begins at the time of
conception. However, scientif-


ic evidence indicates that the
health of a baby can be influ-
enced by the state and well
being of the mother precon'
ception. One vital contribution'
factor is the woman's nutri.
tional practice. This article
provides vital information
regarding the role offolic acid
in the normal development of
babies and is published if
recognition of Folic Acid
Awareness Week, which wa
observed last week, January '
through 15 2006.
National FolicAcid Aware-
ness Week campaign is devot-
ed to increasing knowledge
and awareness of the benefit
of folic acid, and, the annual
observance of National Foli0
Acid Week is intended to,
increase awareness and coil-
sumption of folic acid parti.-
ularly among women of child-
bearing age. The theme for thti
year's observance was "FoM
Acid you don't know whatawi
are missing". The key message
- "do it for yourself and thi
ones you love."
Tune in to Joining Hands
for Health this Wednesday, dt
7:30pm on Radio Bahamas
1540 and 810 when Audrey
Lightbourn (host) joins pan-
elists Dr Carlos Thomas -
pediatrician and neonatolo'
gist at the Public Hospitals
Authority, Princess Margaret
Hospital, Angela Archer, par-
ent-craft programme coordi-
nator with the Maternal and
Child Health Secretariat of thi
Department of Public Heali#
and Carmelta Barnes nutri-
tionist, with the Nutrition Unid
of the Department of Pubibk
Health engage in discussion
on this subject.


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* By PETURA BURROWS
Tribune Feature Writer

the use of
essential oils
(extracts or
essences) from
flowers, herbs, and trees to pro-
mote health and wellness, is a
practice that is centuries old.
Still, today, there is much
debate on whether aro-
matherapy treatments actual-
ly affect the individual physi-
cally, or if it's all just a roman-
ticised, imaginary notion.
Aromatherapy works on the
theory that scent is the most
enduring human sense, and
therefore, it has the power to
transform emotions, and actu-
ally heal the human body.
Dr Michael J Ingraham, a
medical doctor who is a also
proponent of natural medicine,
said aromatherapy, when used
correctly, can be a powerful
source of therapy. Dr Ingra-
ham runs the Natural Health
Center in the Harbour Bay
Shopping Centre and has been
practicing medicine since 1981;
"And I've been using natural
medicine for just as long," he
said.
According to Dr Ingraham,
aromatherapy, which has been
around for hundreds of years,
should not be feared, though
he did add that caution should
be taken when using it.
"Aromatherapy has a pro-
found effect on the neuro
chemicals in the body that
affect your moods and emo-
tions. There are volumes and
volumes of books you can read
on aromatherapy. But you
have to warn people that not
everyone knows what they are
doing.
"Most people who say they
are aroma-therapists really
don't know what they are
doing. Aromatherapy can irri-
tate some people and cause a
lot of harm. But people think
that because this is natural, it is
okay. But even something that.
is natural can harm you," he
warned.


Dr Michael Ingraham says aromatherapy, when

used correctly, can be powerful source of therapy


A frequent user of Ashanti
Oils, Stephanie Dean, who has
adopted the African name,
Tamu (Swahili for sweet one),
told Tribune Health that she
has been using aromatherapy
for more than ten years and
knows that it can be a soother
and a stress reliever, if nothing
else.
Tamu is currently working
on developing her own line of
massage blends, and is in the
process of blending different
scents together to see what
works best. She also purchases
other essential oils, bath salts
and body scrubs, all with dif-
ferent aromas.
While a scent can be used by
itself, Tamu believes that there
is more of an "essence" when
three to five different essential
oils like geranium (said to bal-
ance hormones in women) or
lavender (said to bring about
relaxation), are combined into
what is called a "carrier". A
carrier can be a cream or a
massage blend.
According to Tamu, aro-
matherapy is a vague term that
many people write off as some-
thing mystical. But just as there
are various types of bush med-
icines that are said to have spe-
cific healing functions, differ-
ent oils can to.
The stressing of the term
"aroma", without an under-
standing of how this applies to
"therapy", she said however,
may be what keeps persons
skeptical; "It isn't magic," she
said with a laugh.
The term Aromatherapy was
coined by French chemist Rend
Maurice Gattefoss6 in the
1920's to describe the practice
of using essential oils taken
from plants, flowers, roots,
seeds. It may be a bit mislead-
ing however, since the aroma
of a particular oil, whether nat-


"Most people
who say they
are aroma-
therapists
really don't
know what they
are doing."
-Dr M Fngraham


ural or synthetic, is generally
not considered therapeutic.
Aromas are used to identify the
types of oils, Tamu noted.
"[The aroma] is not to direct-
ly bring about a cure or healing
because its really that oil's
essence or the chemical prop-
erties that gives it whatever
therapeutic value the oil may
have," she added.
In most cases the oil is
rubbed onto the skin, usually at
the body's pressure points, or
ingested in a tea or other liquid,
but it can also be used as a
compress. "Some aroma-ther-
apists even say that cooking
with herbs is a type of aro-
matherapy because you get
that essence that we are talking


about," she noted.
Tamu agrees however, that
the healing power of essential
oils is the main attraction in
aromatherapy, but she admits
that she does not have suffi-
cient scientific evidence to sup-
port all aromatherapy claims.
The claim of aromatherapy's
healing power is also the main
question for the skeptic. "I do
believe that the sense of smell
is a powerful one," Tamu said.
"Most of the support for the
healing power of oils does
come from what someone
heard about how it has worked
for someone else. But if you
look at it, it's just like our bush
medicine stories that have been
passed to us."
The National Association for
Holistic Aromatherapy
(NAHA), a US-based non-
profit organisation dedicated
to enhancing public awareness
of the benefits of true aro-
matherapy says that depres-
sion, frustration, grief, hyste-
ria, anxiety, insomnia, lack of
concentration, irritability, fear,
poor memory, nervous tensions
- can all can be treated, if not
cured, using aromatherapy.
They claim that medicinal
uses also include the treatment
of bruises and sprains, motion
sickness, reducing skin inflam-
mations and to enhance wound
healing.
According to the organisa-


tion's website, aromatherapy
is not intended to replace tra-
ditional medicine or tradition-
al healthcare, though. "It is
simply an avenue for you to


take more responsibility for
your own health and to allow
nature to do what it does best -
balance and heal body, mind
and'spirit."


When to see a


gynaecologist


MANY women suffer
with pain and wonder when
they should see their gynae-
cologist.
You should see your
gynaecologist if you experi-
ence any of the following
symptoms: Heavy, painful,
irregular or missed men-
strual periods. Bleeding
between menstrual periods.
Lower abdominal pain or
cramping. Irritation, or
1,.linful intercourse. Bleed-
ing after intercourse. Lumps,
or tenderness in the breasts.


Simply Smarter.
Drive the redesigned, emotionally-charged 2006 Honda Civic.


Also see your gynaecolo-
gist for a yearly checkup
even if you have no symp-
toms. Have a checkup more
often if you are at high risk
for cervical cancer.
For more information on
women's health issues,
attend the Doctors Hospital
free public health lecture
this Thursday, January 19 at-
6pm with Obstetriciau ainitf
Gynecologist Dr Reginald'-
Carey.
Source Doctors
Hospital


HONDA


The sense of smell


Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus
globulus or Eucalyptus radi-
ata: Helpful in treating res-
piratory problems, such as
coughs, colds, and asthma.
Also helps to boost the
immune system, and relieve
muscle tension.
Ylang Ylang, Cananga
odorata: Helps one to relax,
and can reduce muscle ten-
sion. Good antidepressant.
Geranium, Pelargonium
graveolens: Helps to balance
hormones in women, good
for balancing the skin. Can
be both relaxing and uplift-
ing, as well as used as an anti-
depressant.
Peppermint, Mentha
piperita: Useful in treating
headaches, muscle aches,
digestive disorders such as
slow digestion, indigestion,
and flatulence.
Lavender, Lavandula
angustifolia: Helps to relax,
and also useful in treating
wounds, burns, and skin care.
Lemon, Citrus limon:
Very uplifting, yet relaxing.
Helpful in treating wounds,
infections. Also good for


house cleaning and deodor-
izing.
Clary-Sage, Salvia sclarea:
Natural pain killer, helpful in
treating muscle aches and
pains. Very relaxing, and can
help with insomnia. Also very
helpful in balancing hor-
mones.
Tea Tree, Melaleuca
alternifolia: A natural anti
fungal oil, good for treating
all sorts of fungal infections
including vaginal yeast infec-
tions, jock itch, athletes foot,
and ringworm. Also helps to
boost the immune system.
Roman Chamomile,
Anthemus nobilis: Very relax-
ing, and can help with sleep-
lessness and anxiety. Also
good for muscle aches and
tension. Useful in treating
wounds and infection.
Rosemary, Rosmarinus
officinalis: Very stimulating
and uplifting, good to help
mental stimulation as well as
to stimulate the immune sys-
tem. Very good for muscle
aches and tension.. Stimulat-
ing to the digestive system.
Source www.naha.org
(National Association for
Holistic Aromatherapy)


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