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Title: The Tribune
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Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
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Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: February 7, 2006
Copyright Date: 2006
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Boat owner claims Drivers knock down dividers Retrial in
01.murder case

some Haitians

entering country

for $1,000 each

A BAHAMIAN cargo boat "I can't pay school fees. I
owner claims he is being put out have six children, all in private
of business by an alleged visa schools, and am four months
scam which enables unchecked behind with my payments to the.
Haitians to enter the Bahamas Development Bank," he said.
for $1.000 a time ~, ,, '"Ican't sleep. It is worrying
Mr Bruce Bain told The Tri- my wife as well. She has just
bune he is repeatedly being had a baby. Yet I have a boat
blocked in his efforts to get sitting at Arawak Cay and two
crew visas by legitimate means more in Haiti because I can't
for the standard $55 fee. get visas for the crew.
Instead, he claimed, prefer- "I am being put out of busi-
ence is being given to Haitian ness because I had to pay
human traffickers who can get $15,000 back to customers when
same-day processing for their one of my boats was unable to
visa claims by paying large travel. I am the only Bahami-
amounts of cash to certain gov- an boat-owner going to Haiti,
ernment employees, but I can't get what I need to
Now Mr Bain, 40, a father of run the business.
six, is appealing to the govern- "Yet Haitians come here and
ment to launch a proper inves- make a living without any.trou-
tigation into the alleged rack- ble. I am made to wait for
et, which he says is going inside weeks, yet some of these guys
Norfolk House. can come here and get passports
"I can't get the visas I need to stamped within five hours."
crew my boats," said Mr Bain, Despite denials by Foreign
whose three craft operate Minister Fred Mitchell that such
between Nassau and Haiti. As a a visa scam exists, Mr Bain
result, all are now docked with
no men to operate them. SEE page 10

Man killed in shooting

A MAN was fatally shot in
the neck on Sunday night in
the Lightbourne Avenue and
Wilson Street area, according
to police reports.
Kevin Rolle, 28, of Light-
bourne Avenue, was identified

as the victim.
Neighbours reported hear-
ing several gunshots around
9pm. Shortly after, Mr Rolle
was seen running from a yard
into the area of Wilson Street
and collapsing.
SEE page 10

* LANE 'dividers at Government House have already been knocked down after being installed
just last week
(Photo: Felipi Major/Tribune staff)

after juror
Tribune Staff Reporter
JUSTICE Anita Allen
ordered a retrial before a new
jury in the Mario Miller case
yesterday, as the court discov-
ered that a juror sitting on the
case was closely connected to'a
family member of the accused.
At the beginning of what
would have been the fourth
-weefkf the Mano Miller mur-
der trial, a woman juror was cit-
ed by the beich for contempt of
court in failing to disclose her
affinity to or association with
the brother of the accused.
The juror, who the media was
SEE page 10

More than

5 million


last year
FOR only the second time in
history, the Bahamas recorded
more than five million visitor
arrivals last year.
According to newly-released
statistics compiled by the Immi-
gration Department, foreign air
arrivals were up in eight islands
in 2005 Andros, the Berry
Islands, Cat Cay, Cat Island,
Eleuthera, Exuma, and Inagua.
"By the end of December,
2005, and despite the adversi-
ties faced in the previous.year
with hurricanes Frances and
Jeanne that had severe impacts
on some of the islands, it was
SEE page 10

Gas prices likely to rise

Tribune Staff Reporter
Bahamas could be in for a
major shock at the gas pumps
with prices jumping to between
$6.50 and $7 per gallon.
This is the possible result of
current turmoil in oil-produc-
ing regions of the Middle East,
according to industry officials.
They warn that the price of

crude oil could leap to well
above $100 per barrel within
the next four to six weeks.
Such a jump would mean
pump prices reaching anywhere
between $6.50 to $7 per gallon
in New Providence.
Iran, the second largest oil
producer of the Organisation
of Petroleum Exporting Coun-
tries (OPEC), and the fourth-
SEE page 10

Host leaves radio station
after comments on PM

Tribune Staff Reporter
MICHAEL Pintard, the host
of the popular daytime, talk
show "Issues of the Day" and
Wendall Jones, CEO of radio
Love 97, have parted ways after
a disagreement on comments
.Mr Pintard made on the show
about the prime minister.

Mr Jones told The Tribune
yesterday that Mr Pintard was
asked to apologise on air to
Prime Minister Perry Christie
for comments he had made on
his show about Mr Christie's
statement on the death penalty
at the funeral service for slain
prison officer Dion Bowles.
SEE page 10

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Reflections on conventions as

new GG ascends the mount

THE ascent of Arthur Dion
Hanna to the highest position
in the nation is a matter for celebra-
tion, and it was celebrated in grand style
at Government House last week. It is
well that we observe such important
events in the life of the nation with suit-
able ceremony and pageantry.
These rituals speak in rich cadences
about our good fortune to be living in a
land where justice, law, order, democ-
racy and peaceful transition are cher-
ished; a land where some of the finest
are still willing to serve in politics in
spite of the hazards of that arena and in
spite of their own human frailties.
Many other nations in this troubled
world are not nearly so fortunate. They
have no politicians to criticise and blame
and kick out of office whenever they
wish. Their lives are controlled by for-
eign occupiers or home-grown tyrants
who dictate by the barrel of a gun or the
edge of a machete.
In a Bahaias, which has escaped
bloody upheaval, Arthur Hanna's jour-
ney is instructive. He progressed from
the remote settlement of Pompey Bay,
Acklins, to preside at Mount Fitzwilliam
overlooking the capital city of Nassau.
He is one of the founders of the mod-
em Bahamas and one of the chief archi-
tects of majority rule and independence.
Like others of his generation, Mr Han-
na was inspired and motivated on his
journey by a fierce love of his native
land and a vision of what it could
No-one should doubt the sincerity of
his words when he speaks in glowing
terms about unity and peace, social har-
mony and concord, solidarity and com-
mon purpose.
His life and his commitment to ser-
vice should serve as an inspiration to
young Bahamians (especially our young
men), an inspiration to pursue personal
development and to commit to the task
of nation-building.



because there are a few things one can
say never about.
It does, however, serve to remind us
that oftenin life-circumstances change,
perspectives alter and passions subside.
Arthur Hanna's attitude towards the
monarchy and things royal is well-
known since he has never been shy in
speaking about it.
So he will forgive an old friend a
chuckle or two but an understanding
nod as he watched him swear alle-

It is necessary for ministers of
government and the attorney general
to have power and discretion in
certain matters. These must not be
abused and the conventions
governing their use must be observed.

This is the longest period without
prorogation since independence with
the exception of the tumultuous 1982-87
parliament. Records indicate that there
were no new sessions in this entire par-
liament. The FNM had at least two pro-
rogations in both its five-year terms in
1993 and 1996, and in 1999 and 2000.
Most parliamentary democracies have
new sessions annually and that is what
we should do in the Bahamas. It is not a
constitutional requirement but it is an
important convention that ought to be
observed nevertheless.
Like the opening of the court ses-
sions each year, prorogations and the
ceremonial opening of new sessions of
parliament speak of stability, order, dis-
cipline and continuity. They are oppor-
tunities to celebrate an institution which
is central to our democracy.
They provide opportunities to regu-
late and order the work of parliament,
for the government of the day to report
progress to the people and to tell the
people what is next on the agenda, and
for the opposition to hold the govern-
ment to account by debating the speech
from the throne.
In Great Britain there is a ceremoni-
al opening of a new session of parlia-
ment every single year when the Queen
reads the speech from the throne. This
is usually around October or November,
except in an election year when there
may be an earlier opening of a new par-
We have started something which
looks to become a tradition and that is
the annual church service for parlia-
mentarians. It would be nice if this can
be incorporated into a celebration of
our parliament with a ceremonial open-
ing of a new session each year.

/'When our independence con-
V T stitution was being debat-
ed, one point at issue was whether the
Attorney General a politician and a
member of the cabinet should have
the final say with regard to prosecu-
The British Government wanted to
create an independent director of pros-
ecutions. I believe it was Loftus Roker
who pointed out that in Britain the
attorney general had this power, for
good reason, andargued that Bahamian
politicians could also be trusted not to
abuse it.
There are times when a decision has
to be made as to whether it would be in
the public interest to proceed with a
particular prosecution. One such occa-
sion occurred in the Bahamas in con-
nection with the death of a child who

had been disciplined by a teacher.
It is necessary for ministers of gov-
ernment and the attorney general to
have power and discretion in certain
matters. These must not be abused and
the conventions governing their use
must be observed.
The question is: How well have we
respected and observed the conventions
which are so important to the opera-
tion of our system of government?

aiul Adderley has speculated
that Arthur Hanna could very
well be the last Governor General of
the Bahamas and that the next person
to preside at Government House could
be a president.
Mr Adderley is in a better position
than most to make such a judgment
since he is co-chair of the Bahamas
Constitutional Commission. No doubt
the Commission will recommend,
among other things, that the monarchy
should be abolished and that the--
Bahamas should become a republic.
Still, it is not all that safe a bet having
regard to the state of politics in the
country. Even if the Commission
reports in short order, there is very lit-
tle chance that significant constitution-
al reform can be debated and put to
the people in a referendum or refer-
endums before the next election.
One of the chief criticisms of the PLP
government is its dithering and indeci-
siveness, something Mr Adderley him-
self has commented on. So can he real-
ly expect Prime Minister Perry Christie
to push constitutional reform in this
parliament, or even in the next if the
PLP is re-elected?
The real debate on constitutional
reform will only begin when the Com-
mission makes its findings and frames
the questions to be put to-the people.
And it is likely to be a furious debate
which Will make already edgy politi-
cians quite leery of another referen-.-
If the FNM should win the next elec-
tion, it will come in with an agenda that
Sis not likely to have constitutional
reform, or another referendum, any-
where near the top.
The FNM will also remember its
experience with the referendum prior to
the last election. Opposition Leader
Perry Christie and his colleagues sup-
ported the proposed changes in parlia-
ment then went out into the country
and vigorously campaigned against

"The past is over and it is the future
that beckons us now," said His Excel-
lency Mr Hanna. Thatis what all of us
must now be about if the Bahamas is to
overcome its many challenges, exter-
nal and internal, and fulfil the brightest
dreams of those who laid its founda-

ever say never," is a
L piece of advice frequent-
ly offered, especially to politicians. It
was not meant to be absolute, of course,

glance to Queen Elizabeth and become
Her Majesty's personal representative
in the Bahamas!

he House of Assembly has
been prorogued and just in
time, for the new Governor Generalto
open a new session of parliament with
the usual pageantry and the speech from
the throne. There is nothing wrong with
this except that the PLP government
has ignored this important part of par-
liamentary life for nearly four years.




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are rescued
near Memory
TWO fishermen from Grand
Cay, Abaco, were rescued on
Saturday after their vessel was
found drifting some 15 miles
north-eastof Memory Rock.
Omeritte Hield and John
Bodden set out on a one-day.
fishing trip from the Harbour'
Hotel Marina at West End
around 6.30am Thursday'
aboard their 28-foot vessel
named Lucky Charm.
The men were reported miss--
ing after their vessel was over-
BASRA and Grand Bahama,
police conducted a search
around Grand Bahama but'
could not locate them. -
American Robert Keisner,.
65, of Palm Bay, Florida, spot-
ted the vessel drifting in waters
near Memory Rock.
He assisted both men aboard,'
his 47-foot Riveria vessel and-
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commitment to service should serve
as an inspiration to young Bahamians
(especially our young men), an
inspiration to pursue personal
development and to commit to the
task of nation-building.

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inquiry into


The Ministry of National
Security is continuing its inves-
tigation into photos of two men
lying shackled and naked on the
blood-smeared floor of what
appears to be a holding cell.
The ministry is seeking to
determine if the images are of
prison inmates Barry Parcoi and
Forrester Bowe, taken after the
two attempted to escape.
Bowe and Parcoi were among
four inmates who staged a dar-
ing prison break from the max-
imum security wing on January
Human rights advocates have
expressed shock at the photos
and called for immediate action
by the government.
Yesterday, National Security
Minister Cynthia Pratt said the
ministry is attempting to verify
the authenticity of the photos.



of drug


FREEPORT Three Ameri-
cans were arrested for allegedly
attempting to smuggle $120,000
worth of cocaine at Lucayan
Harbour on Saturday.
According to reports, a man
and two women were undergo-
ing passenger screening for
boarding at the Discovery
Cruise terminal around 4.30pm
when security and police
noticed them acting suspicious-
The three passengers were
selected for a secondary search
in a private area, where one
woman was allegedly discov-
ered with 2.5 pounds of cocaine,
and the second with 4.3 pounds
of cocaine strapped to their
hips. The man was also alleged-
ly found with 2.7 pounds of
cocaine strapped to his thigh.
Supt Basil Rahming said
police arrested a 20-year-old
woman of Smyrna, Georgia, a
32-year-old woman of Atlanta,
Georgia, and a 29-year-old man
of East Point, Georgia.
The drugs, with an estimated
value of $120,000, were seized
and handed over to the Drug
Enforcement Unit for further
The sus :ects are expected to
beformally charged with pos-
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intent to supply and taking
preparatory steps to export dan-
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Tribune Freeport Reporter

FREEPORT Two expatri-
ate workers were seriously
injured over the weekend in an
industrial accident at the Bimi-
ni Bay development on North
: According to reports, Mexi-
cans Abel Mendoza, 47, and
Guadeloupe Gomez, 60, fell
t~wo storeys from a scaffold
around 3pm on Saturday.
The men were reportedly lay-
ing concrete blocks when they
fost their balance due to very
strong winds.
, A stack of blocks was also
knocked off the scaffold and
landed on top of the men.
Other workers on site rushed
to assist them.
: After the blocks were
removed, the workers were tak-
en to the clinic at Alice Town,
where they were treated for
their injuries.
* Due to windy conditions, the
men could not be airlifted to
the Princess Margaret Hospital
in New Providence on Satur-

SThey were flown to Nassau
around 1pm on Sunday.
SThe men's condition is not
known at this time.
Bimini police are investigat-
ing the incident.

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CARICOM confident elections

will proceed smoothly in Haiti

Tribune Staff Reporter

CARICOM and the International
community are confident that today's
presidential elections in Haiti will go
well, according to Foreign Affairs Min-
ister Fred Mitchell.
Mr Mitchell, accompanied the for-
eign ministers of Dominica and
Trinidad and Tobago, to the improvised
island nation over the weekend to assess
the country's state of readiness for the
He told reporters yesterday that the
delegation met with officials of the
interim government, including Presi-
dent Gerard Latortue, the prime min-
ister and the head of the provisional
electoral council.
Mr Mitchell said they were also able
to meet with members of civil society,
the US ambassador to Haiti and the
tabulation centre where all the votes
are to be counted.

"We came away with certain impres-
sions about the seriousness of the effort,
the international resources that have
been poured into Haiti to make this suc-
cessful including the 7,500 tJN troops
and some $74 million invested by the
international community to make this
work. This is a serious effort" he said.
Mr Mitchell added that CARICOM
is to provide six observers including
two Bahamian police officers, who will
join observers from around te world to
ensure that the elections are transparent
and peaceful.
Mr Mitchell said his impression is
that Haitians are reads for these elec-
tions. "They are a lot less frenetic. It
appears that it has calmed down con-
siderably. When we visited the provi-
sional electoral council there were long
lines of persons waiting to get their vot-
ers cards."
Mr Mitchell said he got the impres-
sion that "people want to make this
work and they want to get on with the

business of trying to govern their coun-
"Security itself continues to be a con-
cern, but just the feel of the place is dif-
ferent than what we have witnessed
He said that the positive attitude of
the people may help to ensure that
these elections are peaceful and that
democracy is enforced.
Political observers agree that the elec-
tion is the first step in restoring democ-
racy to the island and reversing eco-
nomic instability.
Mr Mitchell noted that the voter
turnout is predicted to be around 60
per cent. "This type of registration is
unprecedented," he pointed out.
He added that voters will be able to
use their voters cards for identification
purposes after the elections which is
important because many citizens have
nothing they can use as an official iden-
More than 200 Haitians have been

trained to man the polls and tabulation
centres. Mr Mitchell said a great deal
has been done to ensure that the results
are transparent and final.
While there is no provision for absen-
tee ballots for Haitians living in the
Bahamas, several candidates came to
the Bahamas to campaign because they
felt citizens here may have influence
on persons in Haiti, he said.
One concern expressed by CARI-
COM is the relative scarcity of polling
This will mean that persons in the
more rural areas may have to walk up to
three hours each way in order to vote.
Mr Mitchell observed however that
long walks are a way of life in Haitian
culture and should rot prevent persons
from voting.
Thirty-two persons are competing for
president of the Republic of Haiti. Mr
Mitchell said that once the process is
fair, the international community will
respect the winner whoever it is.

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A deadly traffic accident on
Independence Highway on
Sunday morning claimed the
life of 47-year-old Fitzroy
The accident took place at
about Sam near Bahamas
Supermarkets Limited.
Sergeant 2155 Lockhart of
the Chesapeake Road Traffic
Division said Mr Richards
lived at Blue Hill Estates.
He said the victim was trav-
elling west "when he appar-
ently lost control of the vehi-
cle and collided with a tree.
As a result, he suffered seri-
ous injuries and succumbed
at the scene."
Sgt Lockhart said the vic-
tim "had to be extricated from
the vehicle using the Jaws of
It is believed the vehicle ran
on to the median, uprooting

four light poles before hitting
a tree and overturning-.
In the wake of the crash,
Supt Burkie Wright, officer in
charge of road traffic for New
Providence, issued a strong
warning to motorists to drive
with caution.
"We are still urging
motorists to take their time.
Don't speed because, apart
from a number of people los-
ing their lives, there are a
number of motorists who are
seriously injured.
"There are lots of trees on
Nassau streets. Apart from
the small pavement, you don't
really have much chance once
your vehicle skids off the road
and there is a risk of collid-
ing with something espe-
cially if going at speed."
Mr Richards was the
nation's fifth traffic fatality

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Judging our


this year

EDITOR, The Tribune
ONCE again the calendar
changes and we face a new year
with all its uncertainties. We
.have just bid farewell to a year
which had more than its share
of opportunity and challenge.
The spectre of violent crime
continues to cast its dark shad-
ow over us. The number of
deaths by violence in 2005 was
among the highest we have ever
had in our nation's history. The
consequences for the psyche of
our people and the damage to
our name abroad cannot be
We are being judged, by our-
selves and others, not by the
positive achievements which we
have made, but by the image of
a nation under siege by a crim-
inal element. It is a testament to
the indomitable spirit of the
Bahamian people that we can
still proceed with our daily lives,
despite the presence of a mon-
ster which seems to be out of
control, creating a pervasive
mood of despair.
It cannot be said too often
that the community and the
authorities must come to a com-
mon consensus in the fight
against crime. The government
for its part must redouble its
efforts on all fronts to bring to
the community, the stability and
confidence which result when
people feel safe to go about
their business and find fulfil-
ment in their daily tasks. The
people for their part, must be
prepared to cooperate and
make no peace with the evils of
guns, drugs, corruption, law-
lessness and indiscipline.
There is much to be done.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if all
those who were seeking a job
would find one and display an
excellent work ethic? Wouldn't
it be wonderful if every baby
born this year could be truly
wanted by the parents? This
would reduce the levels of
deprivation, abandonment,
neglect, and abuse that many
of our children are experienc-
Some of us are treating the
children that we have made like
we have no responsibility for
them, and that they have to
fend for themselves. We see
that tomorrow's gunman is
often born into a home which
does not want him, and the
tragedy continues when he
becomes the father.of a child
he does not want, made with a
woman he does not love. The
Christmas story of Jesus and his
family provides some important
lessons about families and their
efforts to find room in a world

which marginalises them.
What if our political, business
and civic leaders could be
mature enough to sit together to
deal with the challenges facing
the country, instead of point
scoring and carrying out char-
acter assassination? They would
be able to reduce the levels of
crime and violence that have
helped to create a climate of
fear which is crippling our
capacity to develop as a coun-
try. The level of insecurity also
affects our ability to live in

peace with each other.
My greatest wish for the
Bahamas this year is that we
become a peaceful and pros-
perous nation. Prosperity will
require a greater understand-
ing of what it is to be a produc-
tive nation. There is too much
idleness and indolence in the
country. The world is growing
more competitive each day, and
we have to prepare ourselves
and remain competitive. Peace
and prosperity are possible in
the Bahamas but we have to
work harder and smarter to suc-
January 13 2006

EDITOR, The Tribune
THE national newspapers
are festooned with articles
detailing aspects of the dis-
agreements between the res-
idents of Guana' Cay and the
developers of a Resort Prop-
I do not wish to deal with
specific matters. What I will
say is that both the residents
- whose claims are legitimate
enough and the developers
- whose concerns are quite
practical for any investor -
have a chance to show The
Bahamas how modern com-
munity conscious, environ-
mentally sensitive develop-
ments can be done.
At times when we discuss
these two elements com-
munity and environment we
talk as if they are separate.
They are not. The environ-
ment has everything to do
with the quality of commu-
nity and vice-versa. I was
born in Abaco in a beautiful
little house, with lemon trees
outside and the loveliest little
kitchen garden on the west-
ern side of our property. It
gave me my first sense of
physical beauty and the sense
that the earth was alive.
At the same time, I love
what sensitive, creative devel-
opment can do when done
right. This is what the
Romans and the Mayan left
us for example.
We cannot from this dis-

EDITOR, The Tribune
SURELY the whole senior
hierarchy of the Royal
Bahamas Police Force were
not required for the Provost
Marshall (The Commissioner
of Police) to read the Procla-
mation of Prorogation of
I counted at least 10-12
seniors officers.
What was the cost in man-
hours, off the job and loss of
management time for this
Editor, in times gone by

tance say who is right or
wrong absolutely. Of one
thing I am certain however,
if this matter goes to court,
Guana Cay will lose its oppor- i
tunity to show the rest of The ,g
Bahamas how these develop-
ments ought to be done, and
what considerations ought to -
regarded as priority: ,
These conflicts are not r-
new. In England from the ,'i
13th and 14th centuries until ,
today in some cases, where -i
monasteries and ancient col- r;
leges took over farm lands,
it lead to wars called the f'
"town against the gown" (the
monks and scholars wore !
gowns). In these conflicts
often the chance to arrive at
an elegant solution is lost
either because a community,.'
basks too richly in its new
found influence over wealthy
developers, or developers use
powerful channels to by-pass ,
or overcome community
The people of Abaco have -'
a steely sense of themselves
and a great spirit. The two
parties must find a way to
teach a nation in need of-
meaningful examples of how
to bring economic benefit to
what is beautiful and how to.
preserve what is beautiful
whilst benefiting economi-
January 30 2006

such an exercise was com-
pleted efficiently with the
Provost Marshall and his
Deputy and ranking Com-
mander of the New Provi-
dence Division.
The only thing left was the
presence of the Police Band ,
possibly the Commissioner:
could include them next ,,
It's so sad how we contin-
ue to give bad example.
February 12006

Why the Guana Cay :

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Far too many senior

officers at ceremony

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A 19-year-old East Wood
Estates man was arraigned on
multiple housebreaking and
stealing charges yesterday.
It was alleged that on Mon-
day, January 30 Jaradth Jason
Black broke into the home of
Theresa Forbes in Eastwood
He was charged with stealing
nearly $3,000 in jewelry, cell
phones and electronics from the
SBlack, who appeared before
Magistrate Marilyn Meers at
Court Five, Bank Lane, pleaded
guilty to the charges.
He was sentenced to two
years in prison on the charge of
housebreaking and one year for
the charge of stealing.
Black also pleaded guilty to
breaking into the home of Brid-
gette Ward on Pepper Road on
Tuesday, January 24 and again
on Friday, February 3.
I He was charged with stealing
Video game console, games
and a cellular phone, together
alued at $940 from the home.
Black was sentenced to three
ears in prison in connection
vith these charges; two years
for housebreaking and one year
for stealing.
SHowever, Black entered a not
uilty plea to the charge of
attempting to break into the
ome of Richard Johnson on
Thursday, February 2.
Black,.along with 22-year-old
ario.Whyms of Armbrister
Street were also charged with
breaking into the home of Sha-
anda Davis in Incense Court
bn Monday, January 30. The
two were charged with stealing
nore.than $3,000 in video game
consoles and games. Black and
Whyms were also charged with
breaking into the home of
Penny Rolle on Gibben Road
on Monday, January 30.
! They both pleaded not guilty
to:athe, charges and were
Iremande~d to Her. Majesty's
Prison, Fox Hill until proceed-



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SA 19-YEAR-OLD Johnson
:Road man was arraigned on an
:armed robbery charge yesterday.
It was alleged that on
Wednesday, January 18 Devon
'Johnson robbed Kennol
Petithomme of two Motorola
cellphones together valued at
SJohnsonwas arraigned before
Magistrate Marilyri-Meers. He
"was not required to enter'a plea'
ito te charge and was remand-
ed to Her Majesty's Prison, Fox
SThe case was adjourned to
IJune 1.

Man denies


A 24-year-old man pleaded
not guilty to charges of disor-
Iderly behavior, resisting arrest
and assaulting a police officer
in Magistrate's Court yesterday.
It was alleged that on Mon-
iday January 2, 2006 at 2.30am,
Nicholas Alexander Reese
.behaved in a disorderly man-
ner and resisted lawful arrest
y a police officer.
He was also charged with
unlawfully assaulting PC 2141
Simms while he was acting in
1the execution of his duty.
Bail was posted at $1,000 and
the matter was adjourned until
hMay 16, 2006.



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Lighthouse Point

reopened after a

16-month closure

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT The exclusive 200-
room Lighthouse Pointe Hotel at Our
Lucaya was reopened on Friday -
after undergoing millions of dollars
in renovations following its 16-month
closure due to Hurricane Frances.
The resort, which boasts 92 luxury
oceanfront rooms and six ocean
suites, opened for business at 75 per
cent occupancy on Sunday.
It is expected to be completely sold
out over the next few days.
At the opening, Minister of
Tourism Obie Wilchcombe com-
mended Our Lucaya Resort for its
continued commitment to Grand
Bahama's tourism product.
"I want to congratulate Hutchison
and Starwood generally for their
efforts immediately after the hurri-
canes. They went to work and got the
property up and running again, not
only ensuring jobs for Bahamians, but
also ensuring that the industry was
being protected," he said.
Lighthouse Pointe is the most
exclusive section of the Westin at Our
Lucaya Resort.
It caters to an upscale market of
meeting and blue-chip incentive trav-
ellers company presidents, chair-
men and travellers with high dispos-
able incomes.
Jose Suatez, managing director at
the Sheraton and Westin at Our
Lucaya, announced that both resorts
will now be called individually by
their own brands.
He said in an effort to heighten
awareness of the island internation-
ally, the resorts will now be known
as the Sheraton Grand Bahama at
Our Lucaya and Westin Grand
Bahama at Our Lucaya.
Despite the hurricanes in 2004, Mr
Suarez reported that the resort expe-
rienced a 15 per cent increase in visi-
tor numbers during 2005.

* TREVOR Forbes

* SEEN, from left, attending the reopening of the 200-room Lighthouse
Pointe at the Westin Grand Bahama at Our Lucaya are: Grand Bahama
Port Authority chairman Julian Francis, deputy chairman Willie Moss
(cutting ribbon), Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe and resort managing
director Jose Suarez.
(Photo: Denise Maycock)

"We sold 31,000 rooms more than
in 2004, and the future looks brighter
in 2006," he said.
"We are happy to have Lighthouse
Pointe back into our inventory and
with the number of group business
current on our books, we expect occu-
pancy levels to end at 80 per cent in
February, 78 percent in March, and
75 per cent in April," he said.
Mr Wilchcombe said the room
inventory on Grand Bahama declined
significantly after the hurricanes of
The 900-room Royal Oasis Resort,
which has been closed since Septem-
ber, 2004, accounted for 30 per cent of
the island's rooms.
SHe said that islands of the Bahamas

* WILLIAM Lightfoot
(Photo: Derek Carroll)

did exceptionally well in 2005 with
the exception of Andros and Grand
: Nevertheless, Mr Wilchcombe said
he believes that Grand Bahama has
the potential to become the leading
tourism destination in the Bahamas.
In an effort to rebuild the tourism
industry in Grand Bahama, Mr Wilch-
combe said the ministry will be spend-
ing more marketing dollars in the
Latin American and Asian markets.
"We are going after these markets
in a big way because we believe that
Grand Bahama needs to have that
concentrated effort and we have to
ensure the need to bring to Grand
Bahama more airlift from those mar-
kets," he said .

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Two young
men were charged with the
murder of a 16-year-old stu-
dent in Magistrate's Court
Trevor Forbes, 21, of
Holmes Rock, and William
Lightfoot, 18, of Maliboo
Reef, appeared before Mag-
istrate Franklyn Williams.
It is alleged that the men,
being concerned together
sometime between January
19 and 26, intentionally and
unlawfully caused the death
of Rishawn Bethel at
Freeport, Grand Bahama.
Lawyers Simeon Brown
and Carlson Shurland repre-
sented Forbes and Lightfoot,
who were not required to
enter a plea.
The men were remanded
to Her Majesty's Prison, Fox
Hill until May 22 for a pre-
liminary inquiry.
Forbes was also arraigned
along with two other men in
a separate matter.
It is alleged that Forbes,
along with Clayton Powell,
20, of Candlefish Street, and
Preston Bowe, 18, of Kitch-
ener Avenue, broke and
entered the business office
of Shoreline Development
Company between Septem-


ber 5 and 6 with'the intent to
It is also alleged that the men,
being concerned together, stole
a grey Olympus digital camera
valued at $400, the property of
The men pleaded not guilty
and were remanded until June
14, 2006 for trial.

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Muslims 'not

focusing on


Tribune Staff Reporter
AS outrage over the controversial
Prophet Mohammad cartoons escalates
around the world, some Muslims in the
Bahamas are intent on setting a good exam-
ple by promoting peace.
Since cartoons of the Prophet Moham-
mad firstappeared in a Danish newspaper
last year, European and American embassies
in the Middle-East and Africa have been
attacked and set on fire and at least five
people have been killed in protests.
Many Muslims view the images as mock-
ing and blasphemous and have demanded
apologies from the governments of coun-
tries where they were published.
However, Bahamian Muslims are taking a
different approach to the issue.
In an interview with The Tribune yester-
day, Ali a figure of long standing in the
local Muslim community said that in his
view, people of the Islamic faith should focus
on "setting a good example and pray to the
almighty God at a time like this."
"All this bloodshed is not necessary. We
here in the Bahamas are not really focus-
ing on this issue. There will always be igno-
rance, but it is more important to concentrate
on our belief and not on the errors of oth-
ers;" he said.
Although the cartoons one depicting
Mohammad wearing a bomb-shaped turban
- caused international outrage when they
were published last September, European
newspapers republished the pictures, say-
ing they were defending freedom of expres-
Ali said that he is aware that different
societies have different laws regulating free-
dom of expression and speech.
"We have to understand that every group
has their idea of freedom be it right or
wrong and we shouldn't concentrate on
criticising those rules. When something is
done that offends us and our faith we should
voice our displeasure, but then we should
go back to focusing on our worship," he said.
Ali said he does not agree with his fellow
Muslims around the world who have become
"so engrossed in the ignorance and mistakes
of others".
At press time last night, it was reported
that clashes over the cartoons in Afghanistan
had caused the death of at least four people.
The Muslim Judicial Council in South
Africa announced that a protest march has
been planned for Cape Town.

Pair charged with

murder of student


invites applications from qualified Bahamians for the position of:

Senior Associate IT

As a key member of the IT Department based in Nassau, the Senior Associate IT
provides primary operational, maintenance and support services for the IT, voice
and data infrastructures to ensure the normal operation of the firm's offices in
Nassau and Freeport. The individual performing this role should be able to function
with minimal supervision, have a strong commitment for professional growth,
seeks opportunities for development, and possess the ability to adapt quickly to a
constantly changing environment.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities
Providing secoridlevel end user hardware and software support for voice and data.
Windows Server 2003 with Active Directory TCP/IP network administration
Providing training for endusers
Performing periodic IT operational procedures

Qualifications & Experience
An undergraduate degree in Computer Science/Information Technology/Management
Information Systems with a concentration or minor in Business.
Two years experience in a professional or corporate environment.

Job Requirement
Proficiency in administering a'Windows Server 2003 with Active Directory TCP/IP
PC support experience with Microsoft Windows XP SP2 and Microsoft Office
Administrative experience with Lotus Notes and Domino 6.x would be a plus.
Completion or partial completion of a MCSE or MCSA for Microsoft Windows
Server 2003 would be plus.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Must be willing to work overtime as necessary.
Periodic travel to Freeport is required.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applicants should submit their resumes via e-mail to,
via fax to (242) 302-5350, or deliver them to:

Human Resources Partner IT
P.O. Box N-3910
Providence House
East Hill Street
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All resumes must be received before 5:30pm on Wednesday, 8 February 2006.
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Government plans to start building

Hawksbill project by end of year

* MINISTER of Housing Shane Gibson

THE Ministry of Works has
committed to beginning con-
struction on the new sub-divi-
sion at Hawksbill, Grand
Bahama, by the end of the year,
Housing Minister Shane GiV-
son has announced. I'
Meanwhile, Mr Gibson said
the ministry is working to keep
the cost of construction dowir-
He said Grand Bahama Port
Authority donated the land and
the government will pass it on
to homeowners "free".
However, dwellers in the new
sub-division will have to pay
their share for putting in the
infrastructure work, including
water, cable, roads and elec-

tricity, to name a few.
According to the minister,
government is trying to keep
the cost down to around
He said the cost of the homes
would also depend largely on
the cost of building materials.
He noted, however, that they
would continue to bring in
building materials duty-free, as
le noted that many who lost simply could not
afford to'o pay high price for a
new dwelling, and that they will
continue to work on bringing
the cost down.
With respect to commercial
fots planned for the sub-divi-

sion, he encouraged religious
and community leaders to find
persons and send their names
in, because there are certain,
types of commercial ventures.
that will not be allowed in the
"We want to make sure that
we have the right individuals
purchasing those lots. I think
we want to give thefirst right of
refusal to individuals, living in
the communities," he said.


The minister said they do not
want big business "people mak-
ing money already, continuing
to swallow up the smaller busi-
nessman. We want to give them
an opportunity to develop and
to purchase those lots.
"If they don't take advantage,
then of course we would have

no choice than to move out to
individuals in the other areas."
There are some 233 lots being
made, available in the new
Hawksbill Sub-division.
In the first instance these lots.
are being made available to per-
sons who lost their homes in the
hurricanes. Later, others who,
qualify may buy the lots.
With regard to the new grave-
yard planned for Hawksbill,
which will replace those along
the shoreline, particularly in the
Hunters and Pinder's Point
area, the minister advised that
the design is now being com-
Finally, Mr Gibson made it
clear that the government has
not posted any no-build zones
as a result of the storm, and if
they should do so, it would only
be after proper consultation
with the Ministry of Works,
local leaders and residents.

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STribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Mirant, the
parent company for Grand
Bahama Power Company
(GBPC),,has been re-listed on
the New York Stock Exchange
following its emergence from
Chapter 11 protection on.Janu-
ary.6, 2003... ..- ,
Mirant's US Nid' Ca~d'aiati
units filed for Chapter 11 pr'-
tection on July 14,2003, and on
various dates thereafter.
The company's other opera-
tions in the Caribbean and the
Philippines did not file for bank-
According to a release issued
by GBPC public relations direc-
tor Roger L Johnson, the com-
pany's emergence and re-list-
ing position it for future success
in the Caribbean electricity
Mirant acquired a 50 per cent
interest in Grand Bahama Pow-
er Company in 1993 and sub-
sequently expanded its owner-:
ship to 55.4 per cent.
Grand Bahama Power Corn-,;
pany is an integrated utility that
generates, transmits, distributes,
and sells electricity to around
18,500 residential;, commercial
and industrial customers on
Grand Bahama. .
"Our parent company has
been successfully restructured
to provide it with the financial
flexibility necessary to be a
leader in the Caribbean," said
William von Blasingame, senior

vice president and general man-
ager of Mirant Caribbean.
He stressed that while th9
Chapter 11 filing in the US did
not in any way affect the oper,:
nations of Mirant's Caribbean,
businesses, "it was a long an4
challenging process for the,
entire organisation, but is has
made.the entire corporation
stronger." ; ,.
Mirant's common stock is lit-,
ed under the symbol MIR. Fol-1
lowing its emergence from
SChapter 11, Edward R Muller~
Mirant's chairman and chief
executive officer rang the open-
ing bell to initiate trading on.
the exchange. ,.
To achieve emergence, the'
company completed the steps
necessary to cause its plan of
reorganisation to become effec-
tive, including securing $2.35
billion in exit financing.
Under its plan of reorganisa-
tion, Mirant converted more
than $6 billion of debt and lia-
bilities into equity in the reor-
ganised company and nearly
halved its overall debt.
Mirant is a competitive ener-
gy company that produces and
sells electricity in the United
States, the Caribbean and the
Mirant owns and leases more
than 18,000 megawatts of elec-
tric generating capacity global-
The company operates asset
management and energy mar-
keting organisation from its
headquarters in Atlanta.

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THE US Embassy yesterday
issued a list of authorised retail-
ers where PIN scratch cards for
the new visa application system
can be purchased. The following
list is preliminary and subject
to change:
BHC Center and Travel
Services. Tel (242) 557-7237
Ferry Snack Bar, Crossing
Dock, Marsh Harbour. Tel 367-
3147. Email d_maycock@hot-
Cat Island Air Depots
Cat Island Air Depots
BHC Center and Travel
Services. Tel 554-7237
Tarpum Bay Shopping Cen-
ter, Queens Highway, Tarpum
Bay; Tel 334-4022
East Mall Service Station,
Settler's Way and East Mall,
Freeport. Tel 352-5301
JTR Group, Nyo's Grace
Center, Suite 7B West Atlantic
Drive, Freeport. Tel 351-4564
Motel Eight Mile Rock,
Eight Mile Rock. Tel 348-8888
Optique Shoppe, 7 Regent
Center, Explorer's Way,
Freeport, 352-9073
Sunrise Service Station,
East Atlantic and East Sunrise
Highway, Freeport. Tel 351-
BHC Center and Travel
Services, East Street/Sunlight
Village.. Tel 356-5617. Email
Cat Island Air. Nassau
International Airport. Tel 377-
3318/3796. Email catis-
*-Delivery News Service,
Marlborough Street (British
CoF~nial Hotel). Tel 322-6492
Optique Shoppe, 22 Parlia-
mefit Street. Tel 325-2386/328-
2719. E-mail optiqueshoppe@
.*Platinum Travel, 8 Monfort
Str'et. Tel 356-5395/6. Email
Shell stations
Cat Island Air Depots

US Embassy introduces new

system for processing visas

THE US Embassy in Nas-
sau announced that as of Feb-
ruary 22, it will be introducing
a new system for processing
non-immigrant visa applica-
According to a release from
the embassy, the new system
will help potential applicants
get the information they need
to prepare application mate-
rials and will eliminate the
need for applicants to stand
in long lines while waiting for
a visa interview.
"Beginning February 22,
2006, all potential non-immi-
grant visa applicants must first
contact the embassy's Visa
Information Service before
coming to the embassy in Nas-
"The service, based on sim-
ilar models operating today in
more than 25 countries across
Europe, Latin America and
Asia, provides timely and
accurate information to the
public regarding how to apply
for a visa to visit the United
States," said.the release.

The embassy said callers to
the Visa Information Service
will be able to speak to oper-
ators who can provide infor-
mation on the visa application
process and its requirements,
and will also be able to sched-
ule an appointment for their
visa interview, "working with
the operator to find the most
convenient time' for an


The Visa Information Ser-
vice will start accepting calls
for appointments on Febru-
ary 16.
US Ambassador John Rood
said: "This new system will
give applicants a guaranteed
date and time for a visa inter-
view. The certainty of having a
confirmed appointment will
help everyone, but it will be
particularly useful for appli-
cants from the Family Islands
and the Turks and Caicos.
Right now they must travel to

Nassau without knowing exact-
ly when they'll be able to get
in. That won't be the case any-
"Since our workflow will be
spread more evenly through
the day and applicants will
know exactly what documents
they need to bring, we expect

we'll be able to get people in
and out in under one hour.
That's a better system for us
and for the travelling public,"
he said.
Potential applicants will need
to get a Personal Identification
Number (PIN) before placing a
call. A PIN can be bought at a

local distribution center, where
instructions will also be
received on how to place a call
to the Visa Information Ser-
A list of PIN distribution cen-
ters is available at.www.usvisas-, the embassy

Closed for renovations
Esso Prince Charles & Fox Hill

The Management of Esso Prince Charles & Fox Hill would
like to inform the public that the station will be closed for
renovations to accommodate a new 'On the Run'Store.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused and anticipate
doing business with you in our upgraded facilities.

We're drivers too.
We're drivers too.

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Let's end farcical affair with monarchy

O N the first of January;
1877, a small, middle-
a ;ed Englishwoman took the
ti le "Empress of India", signi-
f' ing her dominion over a huge,
a icient land thousands of miles
f om her own.
Alexandrina Victoria, then in
tl e 40th year of her reign in
England, was said to have
s vooned when her favourite
P -ime Minister, Benjamin Dis-
r; eli, delivered the anniversary
p sentn.
She certainly never forgot the
h )nour, henceforth developing
a quite inappropriate bias
t( wards Mr Disraeli and against
hs great rival, William Glad-
si one.
But what to Victorian roman-
ti ists looked like good honest
p itriotism smacked to others,
a.nong them Mr Gladstone, as
c:eap politics.
Disraeli's answer to a rudder-
k ss, incompetent administration
a id flagging popularity was to
flatter the English nation and

its Queen with the notion that
their great, benign Empire was
somehow endowed with a mys-
tic internationalism that sepa-
rated it from such 'bad' empires
as that of the Ottoman Turks.
A Sephardic Jew of strong
middle-eastern appearance, this
ultimate outsider of 19th cen-
tury British politics obviously
knew very well how to tickle
the egos of his host countrymen.
He knew, too, that, for politi-
cians like him, the benefits of
empire extended way beyond
the opportunity to please an old
lady and win an election.
While England and Victoria
basked in the glory of the Indi-
an 'Raj', the functionaries of
Empire were as busy as ever
looting India for the benefit of
the metropole. The contribu-
tion of India to Britain's nation-
al wealth in the 19th century
was immense.
Though by the 1870s Britain
was being outpaced by Prussia
in terms of industrialisation at
home, her empire (especially

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India) allowed her to extend the
term of her dominance long
beyond what was justified by
her national wealth or produc-
Meanwhile, India itself floun-
dered under the weight of a civ-
il service whose only real rai-
son d'etre was to maintain the
dominance of the colonial sys-
tem for the benefit of Britain.
Its emphasis was on the
extraction of the textiles, raw
materials and manpower upon
which British industry's survival
hung. Its legacy of overbearing
paperwork and unresponsive-
ness to local needs remains to
this day.
Likewise, a reminder of the
colonial policy of favouritism
among different ethnic and reli-
gious groups (a cynical. latter-

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day application of Julius Cae-
sar's maxim) is to be found today
in the sporadic violence in places
like Kashniir and Gujarat.
If the Indian nationalists'
notion of a glorious pre-British
India is largely mythology, then
so too is the British Imperialist
myth of a basket-case whose
redemption was only possible
under the kindly, stern hege-
mony of a 'mother-country'.
It is estimated that, in terms
of living standards and GDP in
relation to other nations, India
was better off before the British
came 300 years ago than she
was after they left.
So it is the ultimate irony that
Victoria's professed affection
for her Indian subjects should
have been apparently recipro-
cated so much by so many Indi-
At her death in 1901, wide-
spread mourning broke out in
Indian cities. Later, hundreds
of thousands of Indians volun-
teered to fight for Britain in her
many over-dramatised 'times of
peril', even as India faced the
far more real peril of national
extinction at the hands of her
exploiters. Such is the madness
of colonialism.

Of course, no-one sen-
sible would suggest
that the Bahamian, experience
of colonialism was anything like
that of India.
As a member of the so-called
'old empire' (those colonies
originally settled by English-
men, rather than captured by
British arms), the administra-
tion of justice and government
here has always been closer to
the model in England itself than
in Asian or African colonies.
In fact, unlike many other
countries around the world, the
Bahamas has no real reason to
begrudge Britain anything. She
has left us many institutions that
have been o[ great use to us and

even those that have not have
often been compensated for by
the 'quaintness' factor that they
lend to an increasingly bland
cultural landscape.
But colonialism in the
Bahamas still impedes our
progress in ways that are often
not obvious. On the most gen-
eral level, Bahamians' view of
themselves will never mature
into a healthy one until we dis-
continue looking to other, alien
cultural icons for legitimacy.
And with every year that
passes since 1973, the British
monarchy is more alien. In no
respects, not even sentimental-
ly, does it now reflect the inter-
ests, aspirations or self-view of
the modern Bahamian.
It is also a fact that the gen-
eral colonial mindset (of which
the Monarchy is a crucial part)
continues to impede our devel-

Bahamians' view
of themselves
will never mature
into a healthy
one until we
looking to other,
alien cultural
icons for

opment of national solutions to
the problems that we face as an
independent nation.
Self-confident policy (as
opposed to either conservative
or defensive policy) has not
been a feature of Bahamian
governance since independence,
,and this is clearly related to the
psychology of colonialism.
Today, one frequently hears
timid, misguided voices opining
that trade with China, for
instance, will place us on the
wrong side of the US (China's
largest trading partner).
This kind of thinking, reflect-
ing the backdrop of cold war
geopolitics, views the US as
Britain's regional proxy and so
shuns any engagement with the
\idcr world d as turning a\a\s

from the US.
But perhaps the most dan-
gerous and persistent form of
colonialism in our region, has-
been the uncritical acceptance
of British notions of justice, and
administration, especially;
among elites.
This has had the effect of.
weakening policy and creating,
an almost comical tendency to
follow the British lead in legal,
juridical and policy reforms.,
A few years ago, a group of
CARICOM countries (the
Bahamas included) began expe-.
riencing increased instances .of
jury tampering in drug-related
trials. In a few instances, highly
controversial acquittals followed
these allegations. .
There soon arose suggestions
from within several regiodai
jurisdictions that jury trial be:
abrogated in some instances m
order to deal with this thr,eatk
Predictably, Caribbean eliteS
laughed off the idea as an
affront to a most fundameta
notion of (British) justice.
Several years after this debate
began and ended in our region,
Britain began experiencing fi
own wave of jury tamperings,
especially in trials invol~in'
Jamaican 'dons'.
Its response was the Crimi-
nal Justice Act of 2003, ori'of
the effects of which is to rem~iVe
(for the first time) the right"O
an indicted person to triarbb
jury in instances involving serit
ous drug related crimes. PtW
sumably we are all now satfto
follow suit. )-9'
On this and many other obdGW
sions, the result of our regioiP't
mindset has been that we 'cii
tinue to look to another couif#l4
for legitimacy of our actiOd&.
The other country (Britaini.)-y
alter course to suit its interests.
But we may only do so after.gts
ting the nod. That is no way-t4
run an independent countrtl''w
So colonialism is still a da~i
ger. For so long as a royal faWiiS
on our money and our GoVerm
nors General continue to-bbw
on our behalf before an EfigW
lish monarch, then real natibn-
hood (that state in which)6Wit
moral legitimacy and the prdf
tige of our national institutiOni
derives from withini"the
Bahamas and nowhere else) will
he incomplete


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18 arrested

FREEPORT A police task
force executed several search
warrants at Coral Gardens Sub-
division, where a total of 18
people were arrested on Satur-
day for numerous alleged
Police went to the area
around 7.15pm Friday and
arrested 13 men and five
Five persons were arrested
for alleged drug possession, four
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arrested for an alleged breach of
Immigration Act, two for an
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THE Bahamas Develop-
ment Bank (BDB) is propos-
ing amendments that will
allow it to fund joint ventures
between Bahamians and for-
Managing director George
E Rodgers said that as part of
"new strategic plans" being
formulated by the board of
directors, discussions have
been held on amending the
1978 Act that restricts the
kinds of projects the bank can
"One of the main things
that we looked at is the busi-
ness of partnership with per-

sons who are non-Bahamians.
"We found in some cases
where there may be a project
that Bahamians want to do
and they may not have the
resources; they may not have
the expertise, or were limited
in funding because there was
some restriction on who could
be part of the package.
"And so we are hoping to
promote an amendment to the
Act that would allow joint
ventures," he said.
Mr Rodgers was speaking
at the Eight Mile, Rock High
School Gym last week Thurs-
day, where a meeting was held

* BDB managing director, George Rodgers, addresses
residents on project financing and other services

* RESIDENTS of West Grand Bahama listen to speakers from the Bahamas Development Bank

updating them on the services offered by the bank

to inform the Grand Bahama
public about the different kinds
of project financing available
through the BDB in areas such
as tourism, service enterprise,
manufacturing, agriculture, fish-
ing and transportation.
Mr Rodgers said the bank
favours ideas that can be clear-
ly identified as "Bahamian".
He said the projects must

have a good chance of being
successful and must be capable
of generating income.
"Sometimes we have people
come to the bank and they
want, believe it or not, money to
go on vacation. That is not what
the Development Bank is for.
We want to lend for productive
items," he said.
Mr Rodgers acknowledged

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that in the past, a great deal of
"misinformation" has circulated
about the bank.
To curb this, he said, the Busi-
ness Advisory Service Unit,
which will aim to give the public
a clear idea of what is available.
Mr Rodgers added that keep-
ing proper records and account-
ing will be another main focus
for the new unit.

M SENATOR Caleb Outten, right, discusses some aspects of the Bahamas Development Bank with
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FROM page one it was discovered that the information M u rd r tr al accused his name featured in this Justice Allen thenturned to Ryaf
was true. urder trial trial from as early as the first or second and Ricardo Miller, the accused, and
advised by the court not to name, was She said that it was further discov- day and that ought to have put her on informed them of her decision. Ricar-
given two days to seek legal advise and ered that the juror and the brother of enquiry. do was further remanded pending his
to appear in court on Wednesday at the accused had worked in the same jurors could not or should not sit to She added that she does not know retrial and Ryan's bail continues on
10am to show cause why she should department and in very close proximi- hear the matter. She told the court that the extent of the juror's knowledge of the same terms and conditions. The
not be held in contempt. ty to each other for over three years. a number of jurors disclosed their asso- the accused, however, she said that it is accused were told to appear for trial
Yesterday, Justice Allen informed Also the nature of their duties neces- ciation, some of them, Justice Allen sufficient that the juror possibly has when notified.
the court that it was brought to her stated communication between the said, were disqualified, including a for- knowledge of the accused, which cre- The juror in question was then called
attention, last week Thursday, that an juror and the brother of the accused, mer classmate of a counsel in the mat- ates a potential for bias. out by Justice Allen to face the Bar.
anonymous caller to CDU informed and they had socialised at work related ter and others were allowed to sit. "It is regrettable that we have lost Leslie Miller, member of parliament
the police that one of the jurors worked functions on occasions. "If the juror in question knew of this three weeks of judicial time, counsel's and father of the victim in this case,
at the same establishment as the broth- Justice Allen, addressing the jury, connection before the trial, she ought time and yours. The state has wasted told The Tribune yesterday afternoon:
er of the accused. said that prior to them being sworn in properly to have disclosed it to the thousands of dollars without a result. "My family is greatly disappointed in
Justice Allen told the court that in she made a number of enquiries per- court at that time, and I would have Be that as it may, in the circumstances, the events that have taken place, we
the presence of the accused and coun- training to their affinity or association disqualified her from sitting to hear I must discharge you from returning a were hoping that by Wednesday this
sel she made enquiries of the Human with the parties or witnesses in the tri- this matter. But even if she did not verdict in this matter and I hereby matter would have been behind us as a
Resources Department of the estab- al. She said that it was also asked if know before she was sworn, that her order a new trial before a fresh jury family. Whatever happens, happens
lishment, which she did not name, and there was any reason why any of the fellow employee was a brother of the .at the next sitting," said Justice Allen. and it is unfortunate that it did."
..................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................... ...................................................................................................................................................

The victim was wearing a
red tam, navy blue sweat shirt,
grey sweat pants and tennis
He was pronounced dead at

largest producer in the world,
said it would defy United
Nations warnings and pursue
nuclear research.
The International Atomic
Energy Agency's (IAEA) 35-
nation board of governors vot-
ed 27 to three to refer Iran to
the Security Council, with five
countries abstaining.
Iran, which claims it is pur-
suing nuclear energy for
"peaceful purposes", said it
was resuming its research and
would curtail IAEA spot
checks in the country, sending
oil prices up for a second con-
secutive day.
OPEC has had to increase
its pumping of crude oil to
build up stockpiles to create a
"cushion" for any possible dis-
ruption in supply within the
near future.
However, local oil and fuel
experts warn that prices are
poised to make astronomical
leaps as OPEC's spare capaci-
ty of 1.5 million barrels a day
would not be able to compen-
sate for a halt in Iranian
exports, which account for
more than 2.5 million barrels
per day.
The US does not buy oil
directly from Iran because of
laws banning trade with the
country. However, the shortfall
in supply, as threatened, would
be felt throughout the industry,
as China and Japan, the
world's second and third

Skilled the homicide is presently being
investigated by the Royal
Bahamas Police Force.
He asked for any persons
ie scene by medical person- with information about the
el. shooting to contact police as
Inspector Walter Evans said it will "assist tremendously."

pumps," he warned.
Mr Coleby said that under
SPetroCaribe, the Bahamas
would be able to ride out such
price hikes as payments at such
high rates would not immedi-
ately be required in full. The
Bahamas could pay 50 per cent
of the market, and if needed
pay the balance over a 25-year
"This agreement needs to be
further looked into, as this is
something that the Bahamas
needs, not only now, but in the
long-term as well because
PetroCaribe has benefits that
can help the Bahamas for the
next 25 to 50 years."
Mr Coleby was hinting at a
host of initiatives in the
Venezuelan proposed deal that
allows for local structural and
social improvements.
Such programmes include
deferment of payments to allow
monies to be used within the
country to improve roads, build
community parks, and other
socially uplifting projects.
Detractors argue that
Venezuelan leftist President
Hugo Chavez has been too
vocal of his political differences
"with US President George
Bush, whom he has described
as worse than Adolf Hitler.
They claim that signing on
to the deal proposed by
Venezuela would be viewed in
a "negative light" by the US,
although one of the US states,.
-Puerto RJco has'alread)
signed on to the accord.


FROM page one Oil nri es

largest oil consumers, each buy
more than 10 per cent of their
oil from Iran.
In a report on, Mark Shenk
writes that Iran has warned
that any sanctions against it
would send oil prices beyond a
level industrialized economies
could bear.
With this in mind, Vincent
Coleby, chairman of the Fuel
Usage Committee, said he can
only see tensions within the
region increasing and oil prices
continuing to climb.
"Iran doesn't export any oil
to the US, but other suppliers
must scramble to make up the
shortfall. Unfortunately, with
these prices, we are not pre-
pared to ride them out,
"We are still at the maxi-
mum threshold where, when
the price of crude moves, we
are immediately affected. The
Bahamas needs to find itself
in a position below that thresh-
old and the only method below
that, is the .PetroCaribe
accord," he said.
"The common leap in the
Bahamian market at the
pumps is normally between
$0.25 to $0.50 cents a gallon.
Today we are paying $4 and
some cents a gallon with crude
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When contacted, Mr Pintard
said he would release a full state-
ment before the end of the week.
He said this statement would
include his history at Love 97 as
it relates to "Issues of the Day"
and the series of events that led
to his decision not to apologise

FROM page one
claims he knows of several
instances where Haitian crew-
men have paid middlemen
$1,000 for visas and $500 for
"There are people in govern-
ment service who are selling the
country down the river," Mr
Bain alleged. "The nation is for
sale again."
Mr Bain and a well-placed
contact have both given The
Tribune names of three employ-
ees who, they claim, are at the
centre of the alleged racket.
As Mr Bain and the contact
are not known to each other,
their information was passed on
independently, yet all three
names matched.
"Mr Mitchell has said an inves-
tigation is underway, but I see
no sign of that," he said. "The
government needs to act now to
bring this scandal to an end."
The Tribune is constantly
receiving information from well-
placed sources offering eye-wit-
ness accounts of illicit transac-
One trafficker allegedly takes

FROM page.
clear that the islands of the
Bahamas would once again
come out on top," said the Min-
istry of,~Turism in a statements
Despite the overall rise in vis-
itor numbers in 2005, air arrivals
were down in several islands,
including Grand Bahama, Aba-
co, Bimini, Long Island and San
Air arrivals were up all year
in the capital, with the excep-
tion of April. "By the end of
December, 2005, New Provi-
dence was able to finish off the
year on a positive note," the
statement said.
"Air arrivals to Grand
Bahama, one of the islands
hardest hit by the two hurri-
canes of 2004, were down from
January to August, 2005. By
September, 2005, air arrivals to
Grand Bahama began to climb
and continued this momentum

Radio host
as requested, and then demand-
ed by Mr Jones and "those per-
sons who sought to influence the
tone of the show."
Mr Jones told The Tribune.
that there was a "disconnect"'
between what the prime minis-

Visa 'scam'

up to 40 visa-stamped passports
at a time to Arawak Cay to
meet incoming sloops.
Theoretically, the visas are
for 90 days, but The Tribune's
contacts allege that many of the
Haitians coming ashore are nev-
er seen again, having been
absorbed into local immigrant
"I never get more than 12
visas at a time, yet these guys
can walk away with an armful of
them," said Mr Bain.
"There are two men --one of
them doesn't even have a boat -
who regularly take piles of Hait-
ian passports in for visa stamping.
Yet I have had problems since
last May when I first reported
the underhand transactions.
"It was obvious to me that a
racket was going on, so I told
the government about it."
Mr Bain said he has a tape-
recorded conversation between
himself and a government
employee who is ask
for money in exchange for visas.


into December, 2005, despite
Hurricane Wilma, which buf-
feted the island in October,
"The gain in momentum was
not enough to counteract the
air arrival deficits that had been
experienced in the earlier part
of the year and Grand Bahama
finished off the year down for
arrivals by air and sea by 11 per
cent," the statement said.
It said that, overall, the Fam-
ily Islands finished the year "on
a positive note" despite the
fact that some of the islands suf-
fered drops in either air or sea
arrivals, or both.
Overall arrivals to Abaco
were up despite a drop in air
arrivals thanks to an increase
in boaters and cruise passen-

ter had said at the funeral and
what his& government did. He
said, Mr Pintard had an option
to apologize to the prime minis-
ter for that "disconnect." How-
ever, he added, that Mr Pintard
has not yet "seen it fit or it has-
n't registered to him yet that it
was a disconnect and the prime
minister did not tell a lie."

"This tape-recording was
made early in January," said Mr
Bain, "The person concerned
had already taken $700 from
me, but they wanted more.
"They told me I was being
cheap and wanted $1,000. They
were then obstructive and since
then I have received no visas."
Mr Bain said that, under the
law, he had to check his boats
into Inagua customs and immi-
gration on trips from Haiti, but
Haitian sloops were allowed
straight through to Arawak Cay.
Here, the crews up to ten on
each boat collect their visas
from one of the middlemen.
Mr Bain said his family's bQui-
tique business in East Ba.
Street was forced to close
because his boats were drain-
ing away the money.
"I've never worked for any-
one else in my life, but now I
have to go and look for work
while government employees
are filling their pockets," he said
The Ministry of Foreig
Affairs, through a spokesman
said they prefer to wait un
this story is published to det
mine if a response is warra
Arrivals by both air and
were up in the Berry Islai
and Biminj. Cat Cay, CatIsla
and Eleuthera. :
.Air arrivals to Exuma we
up for mostotf the yearh'except
the months of August, October
and November. Exuma also
experienced a rise in \ visitors
who arrived by boat.
"Despite a rocky start to 2005
for San Salvador (one of the
islands hard hit by Hurricane
Frances in September. 2004).
the island was able to rebound
in September. 2005, and con-
tinue its momentum intc
December, 2005; so San Sal-
vador was able to end the yeax
with air and sea arrivals up,:
the statement said.
Andros experienced a drop
in visitor numbers because ail
arrivals were down for six
months of the year May, June,
August, October, November
and December.

FROM page one



On-the-spot financing with Commonwealth Bank




In it's continuing effort to improve its Cable Network, The
Bahamas Telecommunication Company Ltd. wishes to
inform the public and its value customers that technicians
will be transferring service to new equipment in the Faith
Avenue area, on Monday, February 6, to Friday, February
17, 2006 between the hours of 9:00am and 4:30pm daily.

As a result, subscribers in the following areas will
experience a disruption in service:

Cowpen Road between Silver Gates and Faith
All side corners North and South between
Silver Gates and Faith Avenue
Cyclops Gardens
Emerald Gardens

BTC apologizes for the inconvenience caused, and;
assures the public that every effort will be made to keep:
the disruption in service to a minimum.

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Baker's Bay Golf & Ocean Club will continue in the tradition of the Discovery Land Company properties
of enhancing the natural character of the Great Guana Cay property and the employee experience.
The company's goal is to become the employer of choice for Bahamians.

When completed, Baker's Bay willbe a 585acr golf and marin community
with custom homesites, luxury single family developer rsidens and a marin village

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Forging Strong Vendor Partnerships.

BTC Senior Associate Jenny Curry and her team are actively forging partnerships
with vendors and wholesalers throughout The Bahamas. "We are meeting with
retail store owners and suggesting ways in which BTC can enhance their businesses.
As BTC has moved into a more Customer focused environment, we are developing
distribution channels and direct teams in order to assist our customers with business
marketing tools which are designed to ensure customer loyalty and brand recognition,"
said Ms. Curry.

Since the introduction of the Hello Phone Card, replacing the Bahamas Direct
PrePaid Phone Card, BTC has recaptured the market and now they are expanding
their distribution network. "As part of the new customer focused approach, the
annual licensing fee for vendors has been eliminated, and we are in the process of
streamlining the way in which the vendors purchase cards".

Jenny and the entire distribution channel team are making it extremely easy to
purchase and distribute the new Hello Long Distance Phone Card, Debit cards and
BTC's prepaid cellular service cards, RocKit and QuikCell. These cards can be
purchased at all BTC CTOs and from licensed wholesalers and vendors located
throughout The Bahamas.

Vendors who are currently licensed to sell QuikCell and RocKit cards and are not
selling the Hello cards are encouraged to add Hello Long Distance Phone Card to
their product line up.

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SECTION Miami Herald Business, Stocks, Analysis, Wall Street

Multi-million boost

for wedding industry

Tribune Business Reporter
Amulti-million dollar
boost to the Bahamian
wedding industry could
result if the Registrar
General's Department
implements an on-line registration
scheme enabling couples to apply for
marriage licences via the Internet, it
was revealed yesterday.
Wedding co-ordinators throughout
the Bahamas are anxiously awaiting the
final word from the Minister of Finan-
cial Services and Investments, Allyson
Maynard-Gibson, on the Departmen-
t's plans to launch an on-line wedding
registration and application scheme by
month's end.
If implemented, wedding co-ordina-
tors and Ministers of the Gospel will
be able to open accounts with the Reg-

istrar General's Department and pay
for their clients, meaning that when
they arrive via cruise ships or the air-
port, couples will already be eligible to
be married.
The Bahamas Bridal Association's
president, Sandra Kemp, said the
Bahamas has lost a significant amount
of income because cruise ship passen-
gers have been discouraged by the pre-
sent policy, which states that they must
be resident in this nation for 24 hours
before they can register to be married.
Two weeks ago, a change in the pol-
icy left wedding planners greatly con-
cerned, because they feared a serious
loss of business.
The Registrar General's Department
had previously been dealing with mar-
riage licence applications and processing
them on the same day, ensuring they
were granted on the day they were
applied for.


After the Rodney Bain Building was
closed last month, a new policy came
into effect. The new arrangement was
that after applying for the licence, the
couple had to wait until the next day.
This seriously affected couples who
wanted to fly in to Nassau for the week-
end to be married, since if they flew in
on Thursday and applied for the licence'
on Friday, they would have to wait until
Monday to receive it when they would
probably have been back home. Cruise
ship passengers, in port for a day, were
also impacted.
Mrs Kemp said the Association met
with Mrs Maynard-Gibson at the Reg-
istrar General's Department, and was
told staff were testing the on-line pro-
gramme and tweaking it, in an effort
to have it operational by February.
She said that due to the scheduling of
Carnival Cruise Lines and Royal
Caribbean, only their passengers were

able to be married under the old policy.
About two couples were getting married
each Tuesday when cruise ships came
into Nassau, Mrs Kemp said.
Their cruise first stopped in Freeport,
meaning they would have been resident
in the Bahamas for a 24-hour period.
There are about 13 cruise ships visit-
ing each week, all with a number of
couples wanting to be married in the
But instead, couples were turning
towards other destinations such as
Jamaica, Cozumel, Bermuda and St
Thomas, where marriage licence poli-
cies were more flexible and attuned
with the cruise, lines' schedules, Mrs
Kemp explained.
Having an on-line application pro-
gramme implemented, said Mrs Kemp,

SEE page 2B

Qualified Bahamians

are facing 'serious

problems' in job hunt

Tribune Business
impacting all sectors of the
Bahamian economy, the
Bahamas Public Service Union's
(BPSU) president told The Tri-
bune yesterday, with numerous
applicants for a receptionist's
post at his office holding Masters
and Bachelors degrees.
Reacting to Monday's Tribune
Business lead story, John Pin-
der, who heads roughly 6,000
civil servants, said there are
many "overqualified" Bahami-
ans who cannot find jobs, and
many others who are seeking to
emigrate to the US or Canada
with their qualifications.
From personal experience, Mr
Pinder said the 'brain drain'
must be quickly addressed by
the Government in order to
keep the brightest Bahamians at
home, helping to strengthen the
economy and community.
However, Philip Simon, the
Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce's executive director, said
the 'brain drain' problem was
not unique to the Bahamas.
To solve it, he suggested it was
necessary for more entrepre-
neurship opportunities to
become available to create new
and broadened industries.
A recently released study
from the International Mone-
tary Fund (IMF) showed that

some 58 per cent of Bahamians
who were educated to a college
or university level migrated to
the US for work between 1965
and 2000.
The figure, called "surprising-
ly high" .by president of the
Bahamas Employers Confeder-
ation (BeCON), Brian Nutt, was
contested by Mr Pinder.
While he believes that 40 per
cent is "more realistic", this is
still too high, he said.
"I know there is a serious
problem with qualified Bahami-
ans finding jobs," he added.
Recently, Mr Pinder said a
vacancy opened at his office for
a receptionist.
He said there were applicants
with Masters degrees, and about
seven with Bachelor's degrees,
and even a medical technician.
When he asked why such
overqualified individuals were
interested in working as a recep-
tionist, Mr Pinder said he was
told they could not find jobs and
were willing to take "anything".
Mr Pinder said he was able to
assist in placing some of those
individuals in areas more suited
to their qualifications, but others
had to be turned away.
While some face the dilemma
of being too qualified for a job,
Mr Pinder said there were others
in his union seeking to leave the
He added that some of his

SEE page 2B

NHI wage ceiling at $5k per month

Tribune Business Editor
THE proposed National
Health Insurance (NHI) scheme
would have an insurable wage
ceiling for contributions of
$5,000 pet month, documents
seen by The Tribune show, with
the estimates on its costs and
financing reliant on the Bahami-
an economy's continued growth.
The Steering Committee for
the NHI scheme said the $235
million total cost estimate for
the programme, which has been
described by doctors as "unreal-
istic" and other a major under-
estimate, was based on contin-
ued "economic progress".
This would involve lowering
unemployment, rising wage lev-
els and a stable fiscal position,
plus keeping inflation under con-
trol. This indicates that the com-
mittee's estimates are based on
the good times continuing to roll,

Cost assumptions depend on continued economic growth

as they appear not to account
for recessions such as the one
'that occurred post-September
The Committee's $235 million
figure is derived from four dif-
ferent calculations.. Under the
NHI, the cost of health care ser-
vices for all residents is pegged
at $231 million, while provisions
for health improvements and
administration and reserves are
$11 million each, taking total
costs to $253 million.
From that figure is then sub-
tracted $18 million, which the
Steering Committee has pro-
jected will be the annual fees
paid to receive healthcare by
non-members who are not part
of the NHI scheme.
Non-members meeting the full
costs of healthcare is one of the

key assumptions underpinning
theSteering Committee's calcu-
lations, as is the allocation to
health in the Government's Bud-
get remaining at the same per-
centage it stands at currently..
As a result of the NHI, the
Steering Committee. said there
would be a "shift in the pattern,
not the size of that spending",
which for the 2005-2006 fiscal
year saw $201 million allocated
in the Budget to health.
The Ministry of Health and
,Department of Environmental
Services will continue to be
funded directly by the Govern-
ment, but the NHI would supply
"the bulk of funding" to the
Department of Public Health
and Public Hospital Authority
As a result, their budgetary

allocation would be reduced.
However, the Steering Commit-
tee report emphasises that costs
would not be reduced, but shift-
ed from the Government direct-
ly to the taxpayer.
SIt adds that NHI would leave
the public sector "better off",
allowing the Government to
budget $10 million more for cap-
Sital spending.
The report said: "Secondly,
the Department of Public Health
gains $6 million in additional
financing through claims paid by
the NHI for services provided
to members.
"Thirdly, the Public Hospital.
Authority gains $2 million in
additional financing from NHI

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My next steps for relaxing

exchange control regulations

following my column
of January 17, 2005,
entitled More to do,
despite first
exchange control
steps, I am constantly being
asked: "What do you think we
should do next?" In looking
back through my personal
archives, I wrote four articles on
exchange control between July
and September 2002.
My sentiments at the time
were: "Our challenge is to find a
way to move the country in the
direction of reducing, and ulti-
mately eliminating, exchange
controls on the capital account."
This statement is just as relevant
today as it was when it was writ-
ten some three-and-a-half years
Today, our level of foreign
reserves appears to be about 10
per cent to 12 per cent of GDP
based on the latest estimates.
This clearly provides a basis for
further capital account easing. I
also maintain that we should not
attempt to try to 're-invent the
wheel' each time, but rather
carefully study the experiences
of others who have successfully
travelled this road already.
The Bahamas' Reality
The fact that there have been
no controls on current account
transactions for many years now,
and the fact that the Bahamas

is an archipelago spread across a
vast geographical area of ocean,
where US dollars freely circu-
late, makes it very difficult to
prevent or control "cheating".
It is a widely held view that
the overwhelming majority of
Bahamians who wish to make
capital account transactions have
been doing so with relative ease
for many years. This is regardless
of whether it is as simple as buy-
ing a timeshare in Florida with
your credit card, physically
exporting surplus cash on fre-
quent trips abroad, or maintain-
ing bank accounts, brokerage
accounts, real estate or other
investments in the name of a for-
eign-born spouse.
An 'unintended effect' of
exchange controls is that any
unauthorised foreign currency
assets held abroad by Bahamians
will most likely never be repa-
triated, even if the owners' cir-
cumstances change and they can
make a better investment return
at home.
Bermuda Experience
Bermuda effectively removed
all controls and taxes on any for-
eign currency money that was
repatriated, so that such funds
could be moved in and out of
the country freely. I am told that
Bermuda was quite surprised at
the inflow of US dollars held by
Bermudians abroad that came



back into Bermuda as a result
of capital account relaxation.
We can approximate the
Bermuda model if we were to
designate the foreign currency
funds that were repatriated as
"free funds", and delegate trans-
actions in these "free funds" to
the commercial banks, thereby
removing them from the control
of the Central Bank. most incredible about
the Bermuda experience with
exchange control relaxation is
that this was all accomplished
without changing existing laws.
This is an excellent example of
what can be accomplished with
foresight and a slight shift in the
way policy is administered.
I would recommend that we
consider the following actions as
our next step in the process of

exchange control relaxation.
1. Amnesty
Now that our Central Bank
has started the relaxation of con-
trols on money going out of the
Bahamas for Capital Account
purposes, the next emphasis
should be on creating strategies
and policies to encourage
Bahamians to repatriate at least
the earnings and dividends (if
not portions of the capital itself)
from Bahamian-owned foreign
currency assets abroad.
To achieve this, I would rec-
ommend that we declare an
amnesty on all foreign currency
assets and bank balances held
abroad by Bahamian citizens.
The existence of computers
makes it very easy for banks to
track foreign currency that is
repatriated. Further, delegating

this function to commercial previously: "Unless we are pre-
banks would remove 'red tape' pared to ban the use of US dol-
and improve efficiency. I would lars in our local economy (which
even recommend going one step we would never do), we ought to
further and guarantee future do away with the investment
convertibility at par on all funds currency market altogether."
brought back into the country I believe that the above rec-
under the amnesty. ommendations, coupled with ini-
SWhile the amnesty is in effect, tiatives recently taken, will take
there could be a temporary us many steps closer to our ulti-
pause on making any further mate goal (the elimination of
moves on capital outflows. This exchange controls) in a con-
would give the Central Bank the trolled and systematic manner.
opportunity to properly assess Further, I believe that these
the true situation and the oppor- measures will serve to promote
tunity to fine tune its policies. more long-term investment and
2. Personal Allocation sustainable economic develop-
The second initiative I would ment.
recommend is to grant each Until next week...
adult a personal allocation of
say, $10,000 per annum initially, NB: Larry R. Gibson, a Char-
for whatever purpose they wish. tered Financial Analyst, is vice-
Over time this could be president pensions, Colonial
increased until exchange con- Pensions Services (Bahamas), a
trols are eventually totally elim- wholly-owned subsidiary of
inated. The annual allocation Colonial Group International,
would not be cumulative but which owns Atlantic Medical
rather a 'use it or lose it' propo- Insurance and is a major share-
sition. holder of Security & General
Also, I would extend a similar Insurance Company in the
personal allocation to approved Bahamas.
private pension fund investments The views expressed are those
abroad, consistent with recent of the author and do not.neces-
measures afforded fto h'he sarilyreppresent those of Colo-
National Insurance Fund. nial Group International or any
3. Investment Currency of its subsidiary and/or affili-
Market ated companies. Please direct
This is an anachronism that any questions or comments to
we can do without. As I stated

NHI wage ceiling at $5k per month

FROM page 1B

payments, and has access to the
11 million of funds in the NHI
for health promotion, quality
improvements and other inno-
vations. "The PHA also has
access to the additional $10 mil-
lion from the Government's cap-
ital budget and additional user
fee collections from non-mem-
bers of NHI who use their facil-
With pensioners contributing
,$1 per day, and the contribution
level for employed workers
pegged at 5.3 per cent of earned
wages split 50/50 between
employer and employee the

Steering Committee said the
total NHI contributions payable
by government would be $111
million. Some $12 million would
be paid by the Government in its
capacity as an employer, with
another $24 million paid on
behalf of the indigent. The
remaining $75 million was sup-
plementary contributions "large-
ly to support children in the
Several people have ques-
tioned where the Government
will be able to find this money
from, given the burden that the
indigent and unemployed will
create. The NHI Blue Ribbon
Commission's own 2004 study
said: "In 2000, the Department

of Statistics categorised 27,700
individuals as indigent, about 9
per cent of the total population,
and 10.8 per cent of the work-
force was unemployed as of May
2003. "It can be estimated, there-
fore, that between 10-20 per cent
of the population would need to
receive subsidies from the Gov-
ernment with regard to their
NHI contributions."
The Steering Committee's
report on financing the NHI
added that the Government
would account for 47.2 per cent
of all contributions. Private sec-
tor employers would pay 22.4
per cent, while employed work-
ers and the self-employed
account for 27.1 per cent. Pen-
sioners would contribute the
remaining 3.2 per cent.
Before an NHI was imple-
mented, the Steering Commit-
tee said new regulations were
required to improve contribu-
tions to the National Insurance
Board (NIB) by employers and
the self-employed.
The health system needed to
be strengthened to "increase
quality of care, responsiveness
and efficiency in the public sec-
And mechanisms at the Min-
istry of Social Services needed
to be upgraded to identify per-
sons requiring government sub-
sidies under the NHI..

FROM page 1B

meant the Bahamas could attr t
more people to be married he e.
Her agents in the US, s e
added, reported that they,
received calls almost on a daily
basis from cruise travellers seek-

FROM page 1B

union members were qualified
enough to earn higher salaries
in the US or Canada, and would
"drop everything and leave" if
the right offer came along.
Mr Simon said persons who
wished to leave could not be
faulted, because it was difficult
to compete with the lucrative
opportunities being presented in
larger countries such as the US.

He said Bahamians were now
living in a global community,
and more opportunities would
become available for those with
However; Mr Simon added
that the Bahamas may be in a
better position to compete than
other countries in the region,

ing to be married in the
Mrs Kemp said that even if
one couple was to take a mini-
mum wedding package, they
would be spending about $350
per person much higher than
the average $60 being spent on
*Bay Street by cruise passengers.

Pricing Information As Of.
06 February 2006

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52wI-HI 52wk-Low Symbol Pre.ious Close Today's Close Change Daily Vol EPS S DIv $ PE Yield
0.95 0.70 Abaco Markets 0.70 0.70 0.00 -0.169 0.000 N/M, 0.00%
10.52 8.00 Bahamas Property Fund 10.48 10.48 0.00 1.456 0.360 7.2 3.44%
7.24 5.55 Bank of Bahamas 7.00 7.00 0.00 0.598 0.330 11.7 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 0.95 Fidelity Bank 1.17 1.17 0.00 0.070 0.040 16.7 3.42%
9.60 7.47 Cable Bahamas 9.53 9.53 0.00 6,500 0.689 0.240 13.8 2.52%
2.20 1.39 Colina Holdings 1.70 1.70 0.00 700 -0.067 0.000 NM 0.00%
9.25 7.24 Commonwealth Bank 9.15 9.10 -0.05 10,571 0.791 0.450 10.6 4.92%
4.67 4.12 Consolidated Water BDRs 4.54 4.34 -0.20 0.099 0.045 45.9 0.99%
2.88 1.40 Doctor's Hospital 2.87 2.80 -0.07 1.000 0.437 0.000 6,4 0.00%
6.20 3.99 Famguard 6.05 6.05 0.00 0.542 0.240 12.7 3.97%
10.95 9.87 Finco 10.95 10.95 0.00 0.717 0.530 15.3 4.84%
11.00 7.50 FirstCaribbean 11.00 11.00 0.00 0.828 0.500 13.3 4.55%
10.05 7.94 Focol 10.05 10.05 0.00 0.833 0.500 12.1 4.98%
1.99 1.15 Freeport Concrete 1.15 1.15 0.00 -0.062 0.000 N/M 0.00%
10.20 9.60 ICD Utilities 9.95 9.95 0.00 0.526 0.405 18.9 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 6.43 6.46 0.03 0.138 0.000 46.6 0.00%
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0.60 0.35 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.35 -0.103 0.000 N/M 0.00%
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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"*
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dueto the high.standard ofliving-
"It has reached a point where
we need to have more trust in
our qualified Bahamians," added
Mr Pinder.
"Not enough interest is paid
to Bahamians look at the
amount of foreign consultants
and workers we have. We need
to have more Bahamians under-
studying these persons so that
they can eventually replace
He and Mr Simon both agreed
that entrepreneurship appears
to be one of the best options to
address the problem.
"We have experienced some
success at the macroeconomic
level," said Mr Simon. "What
needs to occur now, is that a
greater emphasis must be placed
on entrepreneurship, and the
environment must be conducive
to facilitate the growth of various

The economic impact.would
spread wider than Bay Street,
she said. Photographers, bakers,
limousine drivers, florists, and
other affiliated professionals
could share in the wealth of "a
huge expansion" to the wedding
cruise industry, Mrs Kemp said..
Wedding co-ordinators agree
that the destination wedding
industry is a multi-billion dollar
industry. The new-scheme-could
have far-reaching effects, includ-
ing more job opportunities, in
addition to an increase in rev-
enue and maximising spending

--industries: There is where we
may be:falling down as a coun-
try." .
Mr Simon said more entre-
preneurs must be bred in the
schools, rather than encourag-
ing a culture of persons who con-
sider themselves as employees.


The government, he added,
must facilitate the opening of
businesses "as smoothly as pos-
sible" to encourage the
Bahamas' best to take the risk of
owning their own business.
Mr Pinder :added that the
Government must seek to part-
ner with private entities to make
these opportunities more readi-
ly available to Bahamians.
Both Mr Pinder and Mr
Simon plan to review the report
before making further com-

by cruise ship tourists.
Former Attorney General
Janet Bostwick signed into law a
new policy in 1996, which gave
the Registrar General the right
to waive the 15-day period that
was necessary before a foreign
couple could be married to one
To date, the law had, been
interpreted as meaning a peri-
"d faftef 24h-ours. However,
officials are studying the policy,
because it.should have been
interpreted to mean a period
within 24 hours.


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yesterday unveiled its ninth con-
secutive year of record profits,
with net income for fiscal 2005
increasing by 25.5 per cent to
$31.8 million, despite Hurricane
Wilma's impact on its Grand
Bahama business.
T. B. Donaldson, the bank's
chairman, said it anticipated "a
slow recovery in Grand Bahama
that will not dramatically change
in 2006". Commonwealth Bank
has two branches on the island,
in Freeport and Lucaya.
However, it shrugged off Hur-
ricane Wilma as a result of eco-
nomic growth on New Provi-
dence, which helped total assets
increase by 11.5 per cent or some
$87.8 million during 2005, reach-
ing $853.4 million at year-end
compared to $766 million the
year before.
Net income rose by $6 million
from the previous year's $25.3
million. The percentage increase
was greater as a result of Com-
monwealth Bank having to
restate its 2004 earnings due to
the adoption of new Interna-
tional Accounting Standards and
an amendment to a subsidiary's

THE Registrar-General's
Department has described as
"completely unfounded" claims
that banks and property pur-
chasers were suffering two
months' delay before a title com-
pany or law firm could check
Deeds and Documents records.
In a statement, the Registrar
General's Department described
the claim as "grossly inaccu-
rate". The allegation regarding
the delay was raised in a report
by a US company, International
Data Management, which said
they were caused because trans-
actions were not being indexed
In response, Shane Miller, the
Registrar General, called on
International Data Management
"to disclose its vested interest"
in the Deeds registry. He did
not elaborate on what this "vest-
ed interest" was.
Mr Miller added that all
Deeds and Documents lodged
for recording with the Registrar
General's Department were cur-
rent as at January 12, 2006, and
all these records could be
searched for.
The Registrar-General's state-
ment was a move to reassure
banks, the real estate industry
and house purchasers and ven-
dors, as any 'two month delay'
would hold up real estate deals
and leave banks worrying about
whether they could perfect secu-
rity on their mortgages.
Mr Miller said the Registrar
General's Department had ini-
tiated a 30-day turnaround time
for Deeds and Documents
lodged as at June 30, 2005.
Those submitted for record after
that date are stamped and
indexed immediately, and avail-
able for pick-up within 30 days
of being lodged or accepted by
the Registry.
Deeds and Documents lodged

IN the wake of a news
briefing on the work done to
improve trade relations dur-
ing a recent trip to India, the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
has issued the following clar-
Six new shipping vessels
currently under construction
in India and destined to be
registered in the Bahamas,
are being constructed by the
Clipper Group, which is
headquartered in the
The first two vessels will
have Dockendale Shipping,
which is also headquartered
in the Bahamas, as their tech-
nical manager. While both
are associated companies, the
Clipper Group and Dock-
endale are two separate legal
The Clipper Group cur-
rently owns 99 vessels, out of
which 76 vessels fly the
Bahamian flag. Clipper has
another 38 Newbuildings
under construction. These
vessels will also fly the
Bahamian flag.

That restatement had little
effect, though, reducing Com-
monwealth Bank's fiscal 2004
earnings by 1 per cent from $25.6
million to $25.3 million.
Meanwhile, Commonwealth
Bank's lending portfolio grew
by 17 per cent in fiscal 2005, the
greatest increase coming in
mortgage lending which expand-

for recording prior to June 1,
2005, have been stamped and
indexed, and can be searched
online by law firms, the general
public and title companies, the
Registrar General's Department
said. They will be available for
collection once copied.
Mr Miller said the new online
Registry System, which has been
in operation for eighty months,
has enabled law firms and title
search companies to perform
online searches at their desktop
The Registrar General's
Department also has four com-
puters at its offices for the pub-
lic to conduct searches, and five
microfilm machines to search

ed by 27 per cent or $31 million
in one year.
Its impaired loans fell by $10
million during 2005 to $9.3 mil-
lion, or just 1.3 per cent of the
total outstanding portfolio, down
from 3.28 per cent in 2004
despite the continued sluggish
economy in Grand Bahama.
Earnings per share increased '
by 32.8 per cent to $0.85 per
share, while dividends paid
increased by 15.4 per cent from
$0.39 per share to $0.45 per share.
Return on equity was 32.6 per cent,
an increase of 15 per cent from
2004's 28.3 per cent.
"We are very pleased to
report that a vibrant economy,
particularly in Nassau, strong
marketing and hard work helped
Commonwealth Bank once
again achieve record earnings,"
said Mr Donaldson.
During 2005, Commonwealth
Bank introduced online bank-
ing with bill-paying, while accep-
tance of its SunCard by
Bahamas Customs at Nassau
International Airport was
expanded to include all govern-
ment corporations for payment
of utility bills, licences and other

for records prior to June 30,
Data is now recorded at the
Registrar General's Department
by scanning, microfilming having
been discontinued in March
2004. Documents lodged
between that time and June 30,
2005, have been indexed, and
systems put in place to scan the
backlog. . ;
Mr Miller said the updating
of the Global Registry Systems
had ensured the integrity of the
data was preserved.
He added: "When we
changed over from the old data-
base system, we performed full
system backups and the data was
properly converted."


NOTICE is hereby given that ANTONIO GUARRO OF-18A TURTLE
GRAND BAHAMA, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a
citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason
why registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send
a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 31ST day of JANUARY, 2006 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box F-41085, Grand Bahama, Bahamas.

BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reasonwhy.;
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send a
written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 31ST day of JANUARY, 2006 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box F-41085, Grand Bahama,

As part of our commitment to employ 200 Bahamians on
our project we are seeking qualified Bahamians to apply
for the position of:

Responsibilities will include:
Setting up the accounts, including accounts payable, bank
accounts and general ledgers for club operations.
Producing monthly reports in a timely manner.
Ability to work on own initiative is important. Experience
in a club / hospitality environment is a requirement.
Experience with Jonas would be an advantage. Qualified
CPA is a prerequisite.
Salary and benefits will be based on experience and will
include health benefits. Only qualified applicants need
Applications can be directed to:
Indira Edwards
Director, Human Resource and Training
P.O. Box AB20766
Marsh Harbour, Abaco$

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27% mortgage growth

helps bank hit ninth

record profits year

Ray Simpson
Ch;ef eriE iecuLii OC!Ci'r

Darvin L. Russell
Chief Financial Officer

Freeport Concrete Company Limited
Consohdated Balance Sheet
As at November 30, 2005

November 30, 2005 Auqgus' 31,2005
SUnaudited (Aiidited)

Cash 155,958 1
1T7 i, djF sili 62,155 6 C.. 6
Ac:.cunts rece,va3te, net 1,246,296 1,309,237
Due from former subsidiary 578,500 578,500
Due from I- ; n-r lsut'.sidarv's sharelh.olde:s 571,500 57' .
*.. !,:,riC-s 1,325 585 1,861,349
--;!s of sppa;e parts and -piFli 91,362 92,143
Deposits and ,,,i r1 e.., pers -s 222,180 113,376

"''131 rrent Asset 4,753,536 4,695,478

.. sls 7,533 2,997,002

T:lii assets 7,621,069 7,692,80

_,r.k ,c.rdra $ '.407 320,532
i~.C.nts Fa.ayab'P and accrued
expenses 2.333.332 2,791,916
Warranty Provision 15,809 15.809
'Due tc Snareholder
C'j'renrt i1rtion 0f InIn.j termn ec 115 596 177.'88

Total currentt i -atries 3,225,195 3,306,045

I'. l,-tr :,abilil. 635,665 516,223

Share Calphal 47,083 47,083
.Co rnLbued suiu 5,774,868 5,774,868
Appraisal excess 1,433,867 1,433,867
Retained e.rn;r', .3,35.606) (3,385,606)
Cui.eni earnings (110,002)
Total equity 3,760,210 3,870,212

Total liabilities and ,
holderss equity $ 7,621,069 7,692,480

Freeport Concrete Company Limited
Corsolid led Statement of Operations
T'T-e months ended November 30, 2005 :.',th r.cmparalive information for 2004

,r.:.:.. sjdiin Rgan riiianL1doliaZs;i
3 months ended 3 months ended
November 30, 2005 November 30,2004

Sales 4,045,860 5,201,572
Cost of sales 3,131,644 3,604,813
Gross profit 914,216 1,596,759

PF'ar,:1 costs 468,808 658,167
Other .,prat.nq costs 255,885 303,248
Rent expense 114,429 99,247
A.!.; r-n,-ijng expense 7,840 42,745
Utilities expense 66,677 59,543
Other income (5.284) (2,655),
908,355 1,160,295

',-,; ie.!i ssi before interest, taxes
depreciation and amortisation 5,860 436,464

Depn. and amort, expense (87,097) (58,668)

Net financing income/(expense) (28,765) (21,463)
Profit/(Loss) before minority interest (110,002) 356,334

Minority interest in gain 0 6,515

Net income/(loss) (110,002) 362,849

Earnings per share
Basic and diluted earnings/ (loss) per share $ (0.023) 0.077

Dear Shareholders,

Our first quarter of the 2006 fiscal year'has been a time of challenge and regrouping of our
businesses. Our revenues have reflected this having been impacted by both our recovery from
the business oe.. 3:Izions of the previous hurricanes as well as the recent sale of Robinhood,

However, on the positive side our concrete plant has shown considerable growth in revenues
(173%) in this 1' quarter compared to the same period iast year.

Also, based on the fact that we have had only 50% of the Home Centre, Peel Street, Freeport
store available for customers due to the previous hurricane damages, the opening of the Home
Centre, Seahorse, Freeport facility last year was a necessary step in order to protect our
business, revenues and market share. This has assisted in maintaining sales but unfortunately
has driven up expenses.

;'-,,iu-n, the recent sale of the RobinHood division has impacted our 2006 01 e'.enue tigu'- : it
too was a necessary step in re-focusing our efforts in Grand Bahama and the preparation for the
Q3 i.-' eninrl of our new 80,000 square foot Home Center Superstore facility.

Therefore, we present our 1s' quarter 2006 fiscal year financial and adjusting for the removal of
the RobinHooo re, enues for the 3 months ended '-Jc...enmber 3i: 2004 our sales revenues have
increased by almost 14% in -'.:.-mpa ;n the year over year sales from last fiscal to this fiscal.

Our ,r .s profit ,iargin however has been ieratie.,-' impaF.:ed this quarter orrnariy due to our
concrete operations r-epresel it g a geater ,,'rc oe of our'sales =compar.-e to tie same period
last year. T pi.:rl;, ;to riu :.; mni lgin in the ..r:ncret L tu inr. s. s: much r.-, r !han the
-r iirn: in 'ht- re t.i sector.

Our ,-rni:n is Lb :ire depreciation and interest in ;,:f 1 Q1 2:6 $5,860 versus 1,436i3.164 in
fiscal Q1 2i, '. Our in .*jOerini l-,-(fitabi[i; is driven p ri- iai;ly from a .k;r'ase ir. sales
(7,7%) of our Home Centre ope.rnt .- n i..i'thi ,.',e r increases ir tita-!l ,np'raiinal costs because
..i !,. opening of the second Hi.-. Centre store. Thus, our resultant net :rconi- has fallen to
i.11:1 .:,2) in i.-.. -; 01 2006 versus ;.:. 41: i C 1r ; fiscal 01 2,':-.

As we look f! the fiscal in.aileliiie s n vl.l c :i'l.i.' for the immediate ijure however, Ife
opening of our new Home Center Superstore facility in Q3 of thi; 1 4cal ',vh its increased floor
space, customer product offerings and new jio :-ic'A n location will lead to greater revenue
performance, improved gross margin and operational efficiencies.

...! would like to corn!inue to hank you, our siare-old-rs customers and employees; for your
continued support as we look forward together to gremae; things in 2006.

Registrar General hits at

'unfounded' delay allegations




PO. BOX N-167
Nassau, The Bahamas
Feb. 9, 2006

NO.2006/PRO/npr/0001 6
In the estate of HAROLD STUART MOE, late of No. 1016
Lakeshore Drive, Barron County, Rice Lake, Wisconsin,
United States of America,

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen days from the date hereof, application will be
made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas on its
Santa Maria Avenue, Freeport, Grand Bahama, The
Bahamas, Attorney-at-Law, the Authorized Attorney in
The Bahamas for the Resealing Domiciliary Letters
(Informal Administration) in the above estate granted to
THOMAS F. RAASCH, the personal representative, by
the state of Wisconsin, Circuit Court, Washburn, on the
29th day of July, 2005.
K. Mackey
(for) Registrar

Feb. 9, 2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00017
Whereas DEYANE E. RUSSELL, of Yellow Elder Gardens,
New Providence, The Bahamas, has made application
to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for letters of
administration with the Will annexed of the real and
personal estate of WILLIAM EDWARD DONOVAN JR.
a.k.a. WILLIAM E. DONOVAN JR. late of 108 Sea Lily
Lane, Ponte Verda, St. John's Florida, United States of
America, deceased.
Notice is herebygiven that suchapplications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date hereof.
K. Mackey
(for) Registrar

Feb. 9, 2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00018
Whereas CARLIN CLEARE, of Lindsley Place, Mount
Pleasant, New Providence, The Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for
letters of administration of the real and personal estate
of BEATRICE DELORES CLEAR late of Lindsley Place,
Mount Pleasant; New Providence, The Bahamas,

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date hereof.
K. Mackey
(for) Registrar

Feb. 9, 2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00019
Whereas ARTHUR NAIRN, of King Street, New
Providence, The Bahamas, has made application to the.
Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for letters of
administration of the real and personal estate of PRESTON
NAIRN late of Hospital Lane, New Providence, The
Bahamas, deceased.
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date hereof.

K. Mackey
(for) Registrar

Feb. 9, 2006

No. 2006/PRO/npr/00020

Whereas LISE THIBAULT TURENNE, of Montreal in the
Province of Quebec, Canada, has made application to
the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for letters of
administration with the Will Annexed of the real and
personal estate of RONALD THIBAULT late of Montreal,
in the Province of Quebec, Canada, deceased.
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date hereof.
K. Mackey
(for) Registrar

Feb. 9, 2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00022
JR. and SHAWNA MCDONALD, of Imperial Park, Eastern
District, New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, the Lawful Children
has made application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas, for Letters of Administration of the real and
personal estate of SAMUEL ALFRED MCDONALD late
of Imperial Park, Eastern District, New Providence, one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date hereof.
D. Robinson
(for) Registrar

Feb. 9, 2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00025

Whereas LUDELL PRATT, of Gladstone Road, New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, Attorney by Deed of Power of Attorney
for Olive C. Moss, has made application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of Administration of
the real and personal estate of HUBERT MOSS late of
Florida Court, East Street South, Southern District, New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, deceased.
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date hereof.
D. Robinson
(for) Registrar

Feb. 9, 2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00026
Providence Avenue, Chippingham, New Providence, The
Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme Court
of The Bahamas, for letters of administration of the real
and personal estate of ULA AMANDA BAILEY late of 30
Providence Avenue, Chippingham, New Providence, The
Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date hereof.
D. Robinson
(for) Registrar

Feb. 9,2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00027
Whereas STAN 0. SMITH, of New Providence, The
Bahamas, and ELTON GIBSON of New Providence, The
Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme Court
of The Bahamas, for letters of administration with the will
annexed of the real and personal estate of GLENROY
ROLLE SR. late of Bimini, The Bahamas, deceased.
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 21 days from the
date hereof.
D. Robinson
(for) Registrar

Feb. 9, 2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00030
Whereas SALATHIEL WILSON, of Bluff on the Island of
Cat Island, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas for Letters of Administration of
the real and personal estate of JENNY SIMMONS aka
MARION SIMMONS, late of Roker's, Cat Island,.one of
the Islands of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas,

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 21 days from the
date hereof.
K. Mackey
(for) Registrar

Feb. 9, 2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00031
Whereas DEBORAH MINUS, of Golden Gates No. 1, on
the Island of New Providence, one of the Islands of the

Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made application
to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of
Administration of the real and personal estate of
PRINCESS MAJOR late of Golden Gates on the Island
of New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date hereof.
K. Mackey
(for) Registrar

Feb. 9, 2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00032
Whereas VALERIE E. P. WOOD, of Nassau East, New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of Administration of
the real and personal estate of CAPTAIN JOHN
RICHARDSON WOOD JR., late of Tropical Gardens,
New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, deceased.
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date hereof.
K. Mackey
(for) Registrar

Feb. 9, 2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00034

Whereas CLARA BELLE PINDER, of The Settlement of
Spanish Wells, St. George's Cay, Eleuthera, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, one of
the surviving Heirs, has made application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of Administration of
the real and personal estate of BEARL ANNETTE PINDER
a.k.a. BEARL ANNETTE PINDER late of The Settlement
of Spanish Wells, St. George's Cay, North, Eleuthera, one
of the Islands of the Commonwerlth of The Bahamas,
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 21 days from the
date hereof.
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

PO. BOX N-167
Nassau, The Bahamas
Feb. 9, 2006


late of Radhusvej 3, 28 DK-3450 Allerod in the County
of Denmark,

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen days from the date hereof, application will be
made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas on its
Chancery House, The Mall in the City of Freeport, Grand;
Bahama, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, is the Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas for
the Resealed Grant of Certificate of Probate Regarding
Administration out of Court dated the 23rd day of February,
2001 in the above estate granted to ULLA THIELEMANN,
the Personal Representative by the Probate Court of
Hillerod in the County of Denmark, on the 23rd day of
February, 2001.
K. Mackey
(for) Registrar

No. 2006/PRO/npr/00038
Reginald Road on the Island of New Providence, one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has
made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas,
for Letters of Administration of the real and personal
estate of PETER HERTZ ALBURY, late of No. 43 Town
Court Apartments, Nassau Street, New Providence,.one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date hereof.

K. Mackey
(for) Registrar

Feb. 9, 2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00041
Blair Estates on the Island of New Providence, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for
Letters of Administration with the will annexed of the real
and personal estate of PAUL W. FARRINGTON late of
505 Harbour House, in the City of Freeport, on the Island
of Grand Bahama, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date hereof.

K. Mackey
(for) Registrar

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Senior Sports Reporter
JEREMY Knowles got a
good opportunity to see what
form he is in as he prepare for
the Commonwealth Games
next month.
Knowles, along with Alana
Dillette, Chris Vythoulkas and
Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace,
competed in the FINA World
Cup in New York over the
Competing at the Nassau.
County Aquatic Centre in East
Meadow, the graduate of
Auburn University made it to
the final of two of the three
events he competed in.
On Friday, he was fifth in
the men's 200 metre butterfly
in a time of one minute and
58.70 seconds. The race was
won by Peng We of China in
1:54.24, with Anatoly
Polyyakov of Russia second in
1:56.35 and Jaymr Cramer of
the USA third in 1:56.48.
On Saturday, Knowles got
sixth in the 100 fly in 54.06.
Winning, the race was Andriy
Serdinov of Ukraine in 52.28.
;Kohei Kawamoto of Japan
came in second in 52.31 and
Mattia Nalesso of Italy was
third in 52.64.
Knowles, 24, was also ninth
in the 200 IM.
"I swum pretty well. I was
happy with my performances,"
Knowles told The Tribune.
"Everything went very well. I
didn't have the speed if I was
fully rested, but it was right
where I wanted it to be, so I
was very happy with-it."- ..
Dillette. a freshman at
Auburn University, turned in a
fifth-place finish in the wom-
en's 50 backstroke in 28.98. It
was an American sweep of the

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The Bahamas Association of
Athletic Associations have
announced that the North
America, Central America and
.Caiibbean (NACAC) Cross
Country Championships are
scheduled for Saturday, March
11 in Clermont, Florida.
The BAAA will hold its
national trials on Saturday, Feb-
ruary 25 at the Subway Road
Race. The race will get started at
7am. Interested athletes are
urged to contact the BAAA's
office for more details.

* ALANA Dillette on the breaststroke leg of the girls 13-14
400-metre Individual Medley. Dillette easily won the event for
Freeport Aquatics Club Swim Club at the Royal Bank of
Canada National Swim Championships at the Betty Kelly Ken-
ning Swim Complex.

* JEREMY Knowles makes his way to the final

top three positions as Caitlin
Andrew took first place in
27.84 with Ariana Kukors sec-
ond in 28.47 and Kristen Shick-
ora third in 28.54.
However, Dillette and Van-
derpool-Wallace competed
together in a couple of other.
events during the meet.
In the 50 fly, Dillette got
12th in 29.03 and Vanderpool-
Wallace was 17th in 29.91. In
the 100 free. Dillette.came in
28th in 58.43 and Vanderpool-
Wallace was 37h1 in 59.60.
In the 100 backstroke, Dil-
lette \~as 12th in 1:06.18 and
in the 200 free, Dillette was

28th in 2:06.59 and Vander-
pool-Wallace was 37th in
2:12.93. Vanderpool-Wallace
also came in 12th in the 100
IM in 1:09.33.
And Vythoulkas, the other
member of the Bahamian team
at the meet, was 17th in the
men's 50 backstroke in 26.82
and 26th in the 50 free in 24.16.
Knowles, Dillette and
Vythoulkas are expected to
make.the trip to Melbourne. to.
compete in the Common-
wealth Games next month.
While none of the other
competitors were available for
comments, Knowles said it was

good for him to get the tune-up
before he return "Down
Under" for the games.
"It's been a while since I
raced in a very fast meet, so it
was a good race for me leading
up to the Commonwealth
Games'" said Knowles, who
competed at the 2000 Olympic
Games in Sydney. Australia.
"Right now I have about a
month of preparation leading
up to the Commonwealth
Games, so it was good to see.
where I am and what I have to
do. I just have to work out a lit-
tie more speed and get some
rest and I think everything will
come together for the games."
Based on what he did over
the weekend, Knowles said

there is not a lot that be needz
to work on. "I just need to be a
little more rested and work on
the details of my races and
hopefully everything will come
together," he said.
Knowles has some big deci-
sions ahead of him over the
next couple of weeks. He has
to decide on exactly which
events he will compete in at,.,
the games.
Right now, he is leaning
towards the 50, 100 and 200 fly
as well as the 200 and 400 indi-
vidual medley events.
"I'm entered in all of those
events, but I'm not sure which
events I will compete in," he
said. "I know for sure that I will
be in the fly and IM events."

Mount Tabor defend their crown

as 2006 basketball season opens

THE Baptist Sports Council opened that were played: added seven and Rohn Johnson and St. Paul's 31, Macedonia 16: Patrick
its 2006 basketball league on Saturday Mt. Tabor 50, Faith United 34: It Mario Carey both contributed five. Brice scored 11, Charles Walker had 9,
at the Charles W Saunders High School, appeared as if the defending men's Calvary Bible 43, Bahamas Harvest Trevon Grant six and Ramon Harris
Jean Street with two of the four defend- champions did not lose anything as they 37: Marvin Nairn pumped in a game four to pace St Paul's in their debut 15-
ing champions going in the opposite picked up where they left off last year. high 18, Harcourt McCoy nine, Garvin and-under victory.
direction. Once again, the back court duo of Taylor eight and Richard Symonette Marvin Roberts scored a game-high
Mount Tabor Full Gospel opened Kevin Smith and Chevy Simmons were six in their men's win for Calvary 14 and Brent Stubbs added the other
defence of their men's crown by clob- unstoppable.- Bible. two in the loss for Macedonia.

being Faith United 50-34 behind the
Kevin Smith and Chevy Simmons show.
But Macedonia Baptist, the defend-
ing 19-and-under champions, could not
handle offensive charge created by last
year's runners-up, First Baptist, and
lost an exciting and close encounter 46-
In other games played, Calvary
Bible greeted Bahamas Harvest in the
league with 43-37 victory and Temple
Fellowship got by St. Paul's Fox Hill
with a 47-31 thrashing in two men's
games and in a 15-and-under contest, St.
Paul's blasted Macedonia 31-16.
Here's a summary of the games

Smith led the way with a game high
28 and Simmons added 10. Covance
Cooper helped out with five and Teshan
Lockhart had three in the win.
Rory Hilton 9 points for Faith Unit-
ed. Owen Wright and Germaine Bene-
by both had six and Theo Woods five.
First Baptist 46,, Macedonia 40: It was
payback time for runners-up First Bap-
tist as Eugene Bain exploded for 12,
including eight in the fourth quarter,
Carlos Thompson added 10 and Cruz
Simon had five in the 19-and-under
Samson Cleare scored a game high 16
points for Macedonia. Keno Brice

Shawn Smith scored.nine, Robin
Shepherd had eight, Adrian Forbes and
Neuygen Culmer both six and Travis
Forbes added four in the loss for
Temple Fellowship 47, St. Paul's Bap-
tist 31: Eshbon Lynes' 16 and Edwin
Burrows' 10, Lamond Arnette's six.and
Marvin Davis and Drexel Burnside's
four apiece was enough for Temple Fel-
lowship to win their opening mien's -
Trevon Grant and Patrick Brice came
up with 12 and 11 respectively for St
Paul's. Rev Samuel Duvalier and Reno
Lewis added three each.

Saturday's schedule
Court One 10am Golden Gates vs
Mt Tabor (15-and-under); 11am Evan-
gelistic Centre vs Mt. Nebo (Men);
Noon Pilgrim vs Golden Gates (Men);
1pm Macedonia vs New Mt. Zion
(Men); 2pm Calvary Bible vs New
Bethlehem (Men).
Court Two 10am Jubilee vs Pilgrim
(19-and-under); 11am New Bethlehem
vs Ebenezer (15-and-under); Noon Firt
Baptist vs Gospel Light (15-and-under);
1pm Faith United vs St. Paul's (15-and-
under); 2pm Golden Gates vs First Bap-
tist (19-and-under).

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"NEWLYWED Debbie Fer-
guson-McKenzie produced a
sixth place finish at the 99th edi-
tion of the Millrose Games.
The games, the most publi-
cised indoor meet held in the
United States, was held on Fri-
day night.
Ferguson-McKenzie, who got
married in December, turned in
a 7.40 seconds clocking as she
continue her comeback, after sit-
ting out the outdoor season last
year because of surgery to
remove her appendix.
The race was won by
Jamaican Veronica Campbell,
ahead of American Me'Lisa Bar-
ber in a dead heat of 7.10. Fer-
guson-McKenzie's training part-
ner and bridesmaid, American
Lauryn Williams, was third in
7. S . 9 '
On Saturday at the Houston
Indoor Invitational, Leonie
Ezegbunam, representing South-
eastern LA, clocked 7.87 for
29th overall in the women's 60
The fastest qualifying time was
7.46,posted by Lakadron Ivery
of Nike. very lowered her time
to 7.38 in winning the final.
Ezegbunam also competed in
the 200, coming 41st overall in
26.65. The fastest time was done
by Latasha Kerr of Texas in

Champion Boxing Club pulled
off a dual meet against the Lion
Heart Boxing Club on Saturday
at the First Class Boxing Square
on Wulff Road on Saturday.
Here's a look at the matches
Johnny Elese (CABC) won a
three round decision over
Claudius Armbrister (LHBC).
Appriacho Davis (CABC)
won a three-round decision over
KevinTelarsor (CABC).
McKenzie Telarsor (CABC)
won a three-round decision over
Rudolf Roberts (CABC).
Romayo Andrews (CABC)
Swon a three-round decision over
Michael Defran (CABC).
SBradley Harris (CABC) won
a three-round decision over
Shawn Munroe (CABC).
Jervis Thompson (LHBC)
won a three-round decision over
Tyrone Oliver (CABC).
Raheed Delancy (CABC)
won a three-round decision over
Michael Moore (CABC).
Rudolf Polo (CABC) won a
three-round decision over Jere-
miah Andrews (CABC).
Kendrick Pratt (CABC) won
a three-round decision over
Donavan Butterfield (LHBC).
Brian Ferguson (CABC) won
a three-round decision over Ken-
roy Seymour (LHBC).
Kevin Andrews (CABC) won
a three-rourid decision over
:, Meko Cooper (LHBC).
Sharrino Hanna (CABC) won
a three-round decision over Eric
Martin (LHBC).
In the special awards category,
Rudolf Polo and Jeremiah
Andrews competed in the best
.fight of the evening, while Jervis
Thompson was the most
iniproved boxer and Sharrano
Hanna was named the most
valuable boxer.

The New Providence Wom-
en's Basketball Association have
announced that their double
header scheduled for Thursday
,night at the DW Davis Gym has
been postponed until March 4
because of the Bahamas Bas-
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Senior Sports Reporter

TOGETHER, Tristyne and
Debinique Knowles formed a
dynamic duo for the Queen's
College Comets. They proved
their worth on Monday against
the St Augustine's College Big
Red Machines.
The pair scored all but four of
the Comets' points as they
knocked off the Big Red
Machines 37-33 to snatch a 1-0
lead in the Bahamas Associa-
tion of Independent Secondary
Schools' junior girls best-of-
three championship series.
"I thought we played very
well," Debinique Knowles not-
ed. "SAC is a very good team,
so we had to come out and play
The Comets' aggressiveness
resulted in Tristyne Knowles
getting fouled out with about
two minutes and 29 seconds
remaining in the game.
Queen's College, however,
was leading 36-26 and they
managed to hold off St
Augustine's College as they
made one final attempt to win
the game before their star play-
er Alicia Musgrove fouled out
with seven left and trailing 36-
"When she fouled out, I
thought I had to play extra hard
because we carry the team, so I
felt I had to take on the respon-
sibility of leading the team,"'
Debinique Knowles said.
She did, scoring a side high
17, while Tristyne Knowles
added 16 before she made her
On the other side of the
ledger, Alicia Musgrove depart-
ed with a game high 18. The

next player behind her was
Avonni Seymour with four.
SAC's coach, Felix 'Fly' Mus-
grove, said they tried the best
they could to contain Queen's
"QC is a good transitional
team, but we will go back to
school and see if we can put
them into a half-court game and
slow them down," he stressed. -
By the same token, Musgrove
said they definitely have to find
a way to break up the Comets'
one-two punch.
"If we stop their game, we
can force them to take the out-
side shots," he said. "Those two
players are tough, but we will
find a way to slow them down."


While Alicia Musgrove was
the driving force for the Big
Red Machines at the beginning
of the game, it was the Knowles
combo that was unstoppable in
the second half.
SAC took.the early lead and
were looking to close out the
first quarter on top, but'Tristyne
Knowles canned a three-point-
er to tie the score at 8-8 at the
break and the QC started
rolling from there.
They got two quick baskets
from Debinique Knowles and
Tristyne Knowles added a
jumper, and the Comets' surged
out front for good 14-8 and they
never trailed the rest of the way.
Up 18-12 at the half, they
held onto a 24-16 margin at the
end of the third and built as
much as a 10-point margin in
the fourth, only to watch as the
Big Red Machines made their
last stab at the end.

* ST John's Shaniry Wallace gets around the defence of Dargill
Higgs of St Augustine's yesterday at the Sir Kendla Issacs Gym.
St John's won the game 62-52 in overtime to take game one in
the best-of-three championship.
(Photo: Felipi Major/Tribune staff)

* QUEEN'S College's Tristyne Knowles tries to drive past Alicia Musgrove on the St Augustine's defence '
(Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune staff)


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Tribune Feature Writer
hen Tanya
about pro-
ducing a
small bi-monthly newspaper to
cover news coming out of her
Long Island home, she never
thought that she would have
accomplished so much by the
paper's one-year anniversary.
.The venture, called The
Lpng Island Times, was sup-
posed to be nothing more than
a way for persons on the island
to share news. It has become
so much more however, in a
very short space of time, evolv-
ing into a news outlet for other
Family Island communities and
now even promises to bring the
news of those communities to
the world.
Making its debut January
2005, The Long Island Times
was fresh off the presses at St
Peter & Paul's Catholic Church
in Clarence ToWn, Long Islan'd:'
A straightforward' newsletter
of ten pages stapled together
on standard eight and a half
by eleven paper to be.exact,
the first circulation of 200
copies was not enough to meet
the demand by the public, so
the number of copies were
increased in the following
With the launch of the paper,
changes quickly, began to take
place. What was supposed to
have been a one-time special
tabloid-format issue in May to
honour Long Island's "unsung
heroes", became the continuing
format for the paper, "Once it
had taken to that format and
did so well, I really couldn't
turn back to the newsletter for-
mat," Mrs Cartwright told Tri-
bune Woman, adding that the
special issue "Featured persons
in the industries of fishing and
farming, education, tourism,
persons who contributed to the
development of the island, but
weren't recognized because
they didn't hold degrees, just
regular folks."
The May issue came out dur-
ing regatta time when there
were visiting DJs and enter-
tainers from other islands,
many of whom suggested that
the product should also be dis-
tributedin Nassau. "They said
that it would be good to have
the paper in Nassau for the
Long Island people to read
about what's going on in their
island. So I just decided to dis-
tribute it to Nassau."
Various local gas stations
now carry the paper, as well as
several street vendors, at 50
cents. It is also given away free
with every purchase of gas at
Bargain City Plaza, Carmichael

Bi-monthly newspaper

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* TANYA Cartwright, founder of The Island Times, which
used to be known as The Long Island Times,
(Photo: Rodger D)

Mrs Cartwright said that
while the paper is just gaining
momentum in Nassau, it is a
"hot ticket" on Long Island.
Normally within two days, the
375 copies are gone. Adver-
tisement support is growing,.
with some Nassau businesses
also seeking space in the paper.
But there is still much poten-
tial for growth, The Long
Island Times has taken on a
name change, its now The
Island Times, and is available
on several Family Islands.
The decision to change the
name was made to allow the
Family Islands to promote
themselves as one body.
Expansion to the different
islands, Mrs Cartwright added,
translates into more advertis-
ing potential for the paper.
And its new name speaks to
the fact that all the islands have
something to offer.
The first issue of The Island
Times was distributed on Mon-
day, January. 23, 2005. There
was news from Eleuthera, Aba-
co, Exuma, Ragged Island, Cat
Island and Bimini, with other
islands welcomed to come on
board in upcoming issues. The
only hiccup, said Mrs
Cartwright, is finding writers
in each Family Island who are
committed to sharing the

island's local stories with the
wider Bahamas.
While there are several
islands that have in the past
distributed their local newspat-
pers inside of the traditional
dailies, The Tribune and The
Guardian, The Island Times is
one of the few that is distrib-
uted on its own. In the first six
months, all funding came out of
Mrs Cartwright's pockets, but
now the paper is "paying for
Several years ago, a Nassau-
based daily carried a newsletter
from Long Island called The
Long Island Mail. However,
that project, which Mrs
Cartwright co-ordinated for the
daily, was soon discontinued.
But that didn't stop persons
who had already gotten used
to the idea of Long Island news
from asking Mrs Cartwright to
start another project on her
own. After eighteen months of
public, inquiries; Mrs
Cartwright decided to launch
the newspaper.
"Because the people
expressed so much interest in
it, I decided to pick it back up
and that's how all of this came
about. The people on Long
Island appreciate the paper
because the island is very long
and a lot of times the south
doesn't know what's going on
with people in the north. So it's
a way to keep us connected.

And now it's a way to keep all
of the Family Islands connect-
The thrust of the revamped
Island Times is to unite the
Family Islands and assist the
local communities in promoting
themselves beyond the gov-
ernment's tourism campaign of
island-hopping in the Bahamas.
Mrs Cartwright told Tribune
Woman: "Basically the idea is
for us to promote ourselves
because we don't feel that the
Ministry of Tourism does a
very good job. We don't get as
-~'-mu1 exposure as Nassau or
report. The Family Islands
are more or less in the back-
ground. You can call us (Fam-
ily Islands) the jewels of the
Bahamas because that's where
all the beauty is, where all the
tranquility is. It's in these
While she is not one to fall to
intimidation from other per-
sons, Mrs Cartwright said that
her greatest challenge has been
tackling her own lack of confi-
dence in herself. "It's that little
self doubt of whether or not I
could pull this off. And when
something gets so big you won-
der if you can".
Between meeting the
demands of her portrait pho-
tography business, and family
responsibilities however, she is
managing to get it done.
Currently, the Island Times
is published in a 16 page
tabloid format and it is expect-
ed to move "very shortly" to
24 pages in order to accommo-
date news from the other
islands, A 32-page spread is
being looked at as the final for-
mat, based on the amount of
news stories and interest.
Mrs Cartwright is cautious
not to allow the paper to get
too big, however. "I find that
people's reading span is very
short. People are scanners.
Very few people ever read a
whole paper, so we want to
look out for our advertisers and
for our readers."
From a young age Mrs
Cartwright loved writing, in
any form. The only exception
was writing a grocery list, she
joked. The arts has always been
her "strong point", so it was
only natural that she would
study photography after she
left high school.

While making a name for
herself as a photographer, Mrs
Cartwright continued to write
songs and stories in her own
time. And as fate would have
it, her employment opportuni-
ties would always steer her
back to a journalism environ-
ment, Mrs Cartwright worked
at The Tribune and the Nassau
Guardian where she observed
what went into producing a
SNow she l4.,big.plans for the
future of her own newspaper -
to lead it into a long life, and to
expand its range. She is also
making it global, with a website
to be launched in March. And
while the news from each
island will be available on the
site, those who log on will also
be able to take a virtual tour of
every island. Talks are also
underway for her newspaper
to link with a Nassau-based FM
station to broadcast island news
from the website.

Mrs Cartwright is now living
her dream of producing her
own newspaper, but it was and
still is not something she takes
lightly. Her advice to women;
or any person for that matter,
who has a dream is to go out
there and just do it.
"Adopt the idea that there
is more than enough to go
around for everyone. If you're
passionate about something go
ahead and do it with all your
might, with all your soul and
with all your heart. Believe in
yourself and also remember
.that you cannot become a suc-
cess until you know how it is to
fail, so don't be afraid of fail-
So far, Mrs Cartwright has
had more delays than failures,
primarily with respect to fund-
ing. But she said that with
God's help, she is ready for
whatever comes. "If you look
at the greatest achievers, they
failed numerous times before
becoming a success. God has
helped me to make it this far,"
she told Tribune Woman.

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'One of the most

rewarding months'

the most reward-
ing of months in
the Bahamian gar-
dening calendar.
Our vegetables are producing,
winter annuals like Impatiens
are at their peak, and the

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remarkable Clerodendrum is
enjoying its-brief, but brilliant
flowering season.
I consider February to be the
last good month to plant Irish

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potatoes and get satisfactory
results. If you are growing them
for the first time plant your
seed potato section, eyes up,'.
in a hole at least five inches
deep. As the eyes develop into
green stems, gradually fill the
hole and then mound the soil
up around the plant. Reaping
time will be when the potato
plant flowers and begins to wilt.
Don't be disappointed if your
potatoes are rather small: they
will be a treasure on your plate.
February is also the first
good month to plant water-
melons. I like to keep to tle
tried and true varieties such is
Charleston Gray, Congo arnd
Jubilee. Unlike most melons
and squashes, watermelons
prefer sandy soil with little
organic matter. They are heavy
feeders so you will need to fer-
tilise them regularly. Fertilise
around the base and then
alongside the spreading vines.
Water well until fruits form,
then cut back on the watering,
It is wise to have as many
watermelons as possible in
your melon patch. The more
you have the more likely it is
that female flowers will be pol-
linated when they bloom. If
you only have two or three
vines it is likely that female
flowers will be produced when
there are no male flowers to
pollinate them.
There is time for one or two
more crops of tomatoes before

Green Scene
by GardenerJack

the weather turns too hot and
humid. I like to sow Roma or
some other Italian type of
tomato at this time of year
because they take the heat bet-
ter. I also like to use Cubanelle
sweet peppers for the same rea-
son. These long, flat peppers
are the sweetest of all and are
delicious sweated in a shallow
If you have cut most of your
large heading lettuce try to sow
a non-heading type such as
Black-Seeded Simpson. These
grow fast and can be used a
few leaves at a rime. They also
have excellent true lettuce
flavour. I would advise against
planting any more spinach, but
you never know. If you have
the seeds left over and the
space, you may get one more
crop. They are likely to run to
seed early so New Zealand
spinach, a warm weather lover.
may be a better bet.
Many people associate East-
er with flowers and flower
beds. If you want a good show,
now is the time to sow your
favourite annual bedding seeds.
I like to sprinkle snail bait at
the same time to deter snails

* WHEN the Clerodendrum flower Is mature it has reticulated

* IF you are looking for ideas for an Easter garden you may con-
sider this bright and showy Celosia. It also comes in a vibrant red.

and slugs cruising through your
flower seedlings like gour-
mands at a salad bar.
The pride of February is
undoubtedly Clerodendrum
quadriloculare. These ten foot
tall shrubs come to us from
subtropical Africa and through-
out the year bear lovely foliage,
long lanceolate leaves that are
green on top and purple
beneath. Clerodendrum is wor-
thy of a place in the garden
because of its foliage alone, but
in February it excels itself.
Starting in late January the
shrubs put out some of the
most spectacular flowers of all.
They are a mass of spiky flow-
ers that terminate in.petals that
turn back--Many people liken
the flowers to fireworks and
alternative names are Shoot-
ing Star and Starburst.
Clerodendrum can take full
sun or light shade. It grows
rapidly and is propagated from
root suckers. When the brief
flowering season of barely a

month is over you can prune
the shrub with impunity. Do
not prune after October, how-
ever, as that might interfere
with the blooming cycle.
There are few shrubs that are
better then Clerodendrum for a
free-standing specimen plant.
When Clerodendrum blooms
I would suggest there are none.

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Keeping physically active?

physical activity is a
good way to
improve one's
health and have fun.
Physical activity is
often seen as exercise and spe-
cial equipment. However, phys-
ical activity means moving the
body. Except for the need to set
aside time to move, in many
instances, being physically active
comes with no added cost to the
Whether you live on a busy
island like New Providence or
Grand Bahama, or on one of the
less busy islands, like Andros,
Abaco or Inagua, you can find
many ways in which you can be
physically active and make it a
part of your daily routine.
You can take a walk, work in
the garden, go for a swim, climb
the stairs instead of taking the
elevator, play with your children
or grand children in the play-
ground or park, or dance to your
favourite music.

How much physical activity
does a body need?
To improve your health and
fitness, get at least 30 minutes
of moderate physical activity
most days of the week, prefer-
ably daily. Moderate physical
activity is any activity that takes
about as much energy as a brisk
walk for the average person,
this is a pace of about two miles
in 30 minutes. No matter what
your choice, you can do it all at
once, or divide it into two or
three parts during the day. Even
small, 10-minute bursts of activ-
ity count toward your total activ-
ity count of the day.

What do you need to do
before starting a physical activi-
ty routine?
Most adults do not need to
see their health care provider
before engaging in physical
activity, or increasing their activ-
ity level. However, you should
consult your doctor before start-
ing a vigorous activity pro-
gramme if you are a man over 40
years, a woman over 50 years or
have or practice one or more of
the following:
A chronic health problem
such a heart disease, high blood
pressure, diabetes. osteoporosis,
asthma, or obesity.

A high risk for heart disease
such as a family history of heart
disease or stroke
Living a sedentary lifestyle
(been inactive for a long time -
over a year).

Is there a need for special
Being physically active does
not demand that you buy equip-
ment or join a gym unless that is
what you prefer, and you can
afford to do so without worry or
concern. You can make physi-
cal activity a regular part of your
daily routine without added cost
to you. You can choose activities
that you enjoy and can do regu-
larly as a part of your daily rou-
tine. For example: Parking your
car a short distance from your
place of employment, or getting
off the bus a few bus stops away
from your final stop and walking
the rest of the way, taking extra
trips up and down the stairs each
day, join an exercise class, dance,
walk or swim club.
Be creative and keep the
activities interesting by trying
something different on alternate
days. This helps to maintain your
routine. What is important is to
bei active most days of the week
and make it part of your
For example, you may already
be walking from the bus stop
before and after work, but that
does not meet the recommen-
dation for health benefiting
physical activity; you could add a
short walk at lunchtime to help
you reach your 30-minute goal
for the day. To add variety, and
maintain interest, how about
swimming three times a week
,and playing a ball game, jogging
or walking on the other days? It
is also fun to get the whole fam-
ily involved enjoy an afternoon
bike ride with your children. Be
ready for activity wherever you
are. Keep some comfortable
clothes and a pair of walking or
running shoes in your car and

Some types of physical activi-
ty are especially beneficial
Aerobic activities: These
speed up your heart rate and
breathing. They improve heart
and lung fitness and include

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brisk walking, jogging, and
Resistance, strength building
and weight-bearing activities:
These'iiclude weights, and walk-
ing. They help to build and
maintain your muscles and
Balance and stretching activi-
ties: These enhance your physi-
cal stability and reduce your risk
of injuries. They can increase
both balance and flexibility and
help you to relax. Included are:
Gentle stretching, dancing, yoga,
and martial arts.

Some general benefits of phys-
ical activity are;
It makes you feel good
Increases your fitness level
Helps build and maintain
bones, muscles, and joints
Builds endurance and muscle
Enhances flexibility and pos-
Helps manage weight
Lowers risk of heart disease,
colon cancer, and Type II dia-
Helps control blood pressure
Improves self-esteem and feel-
ing of well-being
Reduces feelings of depression
and anxiety

For older persons
You are never too young or
too old to benefit from regular
physical activity. There are many
activities that you can do at any
age. Staying strong and flexible
has important benefits. It can
help to:
Reduce your risk of falls and
broken bones.
Preserve your muscle and
joint stability.
Improve your ability to live

Physical activity and nutrition
Physical activity and nutrition

work together for better health.
Being active increases the
amount of calories you burn. As
we age our metabolism. (the
body's use of energy) slows
down, so we have to move more
and eat less to maintain our
energy balance.
Thq dietary guidelines for the
Bahamas offer sound advice that
will help to enhance your health
and well being and reduce your
risk for developing chronic
(lifestyle) diseases such as cer-
tain cancers, diabetes, high blood
pressure, obesity and strokes.
The aim is to promote fitness,
build a healthy base and help
you to make healthy food choic-
es that are nutritious. Residents
are therefore encouraged to:
Aim for fitness
Aim for a healthy weight.
Be physically active each day.
Build a healthy base
Let the food drum guide your
food choices.
Choose a variety of grains dai-
ly, especially whole grains
Choose a variety of fruits and
vegetables daily.
Keep food safe to eat
Choose sensibly
Choose a diet that is low in
saturated fat and cholesterol and
moderate in total fat.
Choose beverages and foods
to lessen your intake of sugar.
Choose and prepare foods
with less salt
Avoid consuming alcoholic
beverages. If you must do so, do,
so in moderation.

Physical activity and weight
Physical activity can help you,
lose weight and keep it off. The
amount of physical activity need-
ed will vary depending on many
factors such as age, weight, eat-
ing habits, and lifestyle. If you
are not physically active and
want to lose weight, start with

30 or more minutes of moder-
ate activity each day to lose and
then maintain your weight loss.
Seek the help of your doctor or
dietitian to ensure safety and
Physical activity can be bene-
ficial to one's health in many
ways. Likewise there are many
activities that one can partici-
pate in, in order to enhance
health. Whether you are at
home at work or at play, there
are numerous opportunities that
can help you to 'get up and
move' ... So move for the fun
and health of it.

At Work:
Get off the bus early and walk
the rest of the'way
Use the stairs instead of taking
the elevator
Replace your coffee break
with a brisk 10-minute walk. Ask
a friend to go with you
Take part in an exercise pro-
gramme at your workplace or a
nearby gym
Join or start an office fitness
or sports team or club

At Play
Walk, jog, skate, or cycle
Swim or do water aerobics
Take a class in martial arts,
ballet, dance, or yoga
Golf (pull cart or carry clubs)
Go Fishing
Canoe, row, or kayak
Play racquetball, tennis, or
Play basketball, softball, tennis
or soccer
Hand cycle or play wheelchair
Take a nature walk

The bottom line!
Get at least 30 minutes of
moderate physical activity,
preferably every day of the week
If you are inactive, become
If you are already active,
maintain or increase your activ-
ity level.
If you are over age 40 (men)
and 50 (women) or have a
chronic health problem, see a
health care provider before
increasing your activity level.
Help children get at least 60

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to eat? Whenever this ques-
tion is asked many will pon-
der and reply, "Eat to live".
Why then if you look around
at the eating habits Bahami-
ans practice, it seems as if
many of us "live to eat".
Enjoying delicious foods is
one of life's pleasures and
there is certainly no fault in
that. It is not so much what
you eat, but how often and
how much. Bare in mind that
there are some foods that are
everyday foods and some
foods that are sometimes
Studies show that most
persons have a general idea
of what it means to eat
healthy, but they chose to eat
otherwise anyway. Studies
also show that taste is one of
the key determinates for the
food choices we make. Along
with taste, come psychologi-
cal, social, cultural, ethnic,
economic, and emotional
influences, all of which help
shape our food preferences.
Lets take a closer look at
taste. The foods that are
nutrient dense are usually
associated with "taste bad"
and foods that are high in fat,
salt and sugar are usually
associated with "taste good".

What is Taste?
Taste actually describes
four or sometimes five sen-
sations: Sweet, sour, salty,
bitter and a fifth taste called
"unami" meaning a savory
When we taste a food or
beverage we are experienc-
ing flavour, but much more is
involved than just our taste
receptors. Flavour also comes
from the smell or the aroma
of the foods we put into our
There are also other sen-
sations that influence our
individual experiences as

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When it comes to

our pets, preventive

medical and dental

care key to longer,

healthier lives

IT HAS been said that the
sociocultural level of a given
society can be measured simply
by observing the way their anm-
mals are treated. Fortunately,
our society holds animals in high
esteem, especially those that are
considered family pets. Respon-
sible pet ownership allows our
companions to enjoy a long, hap-
py and healthy life.
Humans have grown to under-
stand that preventive medical
and dental care is the key to a
healthier and longer life. The
same is true for our pets.
Because the life span of a dog or
cat is so short when compared
with ours, the effect of aging is
noticed rather quickly. In fact,
the average life span of a dog in
the Bahamas is eight to ten years
and for a cat it is 12 to 15 years.
This particular point makes the
yearly physical examination of
our pets by a veterinarian, a crit-
ical first step in detecting a wide
variety of diseases. Multiple dis-
eases can be treated before they
cause irreversible damage, if
detected on time.
Puppies, like children, are at
greater risk when it comes to
infectious diseases. This is why
we initiate a good vaccination
programme as early as six weeks
of age. Intestinal parasite con-
trol and heartworm prevention
are also started early on in life.
Did you know that not all
breeds are the same when it
comes to skeletal development?
Some large breed dogs suffer
from hip dysplasia, and toy
breeds commonly have a luxated
patella (knee cap). These dis-
eases have to be corrected early

in life, before irreversibly joint
damage is established.
As young adults our pets also
need regular physical examina-
tions, dental care, and some-
times blood work. Just like in
humans, this age group of pets is
also more prone to athletic
injuries and vehicular accidents.
Please keep your pet on a leash
and allow "leash-free" exercise
only in fenced in areas.

Adult pets will show similar
.diseases to that of humans in the
same age group. Here we will
find problems such as diabetes,
thyroid disease, obesity, cardiac
disease, spinal and orthopedic
related pains and aches, as well
as cancer. Pets in this stage of
their life need a yearly physical
examination, full blood work
and electrocardiogram. Some-
times X-rays and other diagnos-
tics procedures will be recom-
Once a pet enters the geriatric
years, the hearing and sight will
be diminished. Arthritis is very
common and cardiac and kid-
ney functions can become
impaired. A thorough geriatric
examination will allow us to pro-
long your pet's life by detecting
early on these problems, and
providing a good medical treat-
ment to keep them under con-
Dr Basil Sands is a veteri-
narian at the Central Animal
Hospital. Questions or com-
ments should be directed to fea- or pot- Dr Sands
can also be contacted at 325-


DEAR Dr Carey, I recently had the worst
yeast infection (at least that is what I
thought) and finally found relief from an
over-the-counter medication. It was proba-
bly one of the most uncomfortable weeks I
have ever had. Naturally, I wou d not want to
ever have one again. Wouli you please
answer the following question ? What can I
do to prevent myself from ev r having one
again? Can my husband catcl it? Should I
have gone to the doctor to ma e sure it was
not something else, or go af ir self treat-
ment? What are the best methods to treat a
yeast infection in case I ever get one again?

A YEAST infection is the name for a
common infection caused by Candida, a type
of yeast-like fungus. Hence, a yeast infection
is also called candidiasis. A vaginal yeast
infection is a common condition.
Three out of four women will experience
a vaginal yeast.infection at least once in their
lifetime. Yeast infections can cause severe
discomfort, but rarely cause serious health
problems. A yeast infection will not cause
you to miss your period.
Candida albicans is part of the normal
environment of the skin, mouth, intestinal
and vaginal tract. When the pH balance in
the vagina changes from acidic to more basic,
the fungus grows rapidly. Rapid growth caus-
es an infection. The change in pH may be a
result of menstruation, hormonal changes,
use of antibiotics or oral contraceptives and
Other causes are:
Low immunity: An underactive thyroid
gland, chronic stress, HIV and lyme disease
all hinder your immune system.
Spermicides: Sperm-killing contraceptives
can kill friendly vaginal bacteria that nor-
mally help keep yeast in check.
Injury to the vulvar or vaginal membranes:
Too much rubbing on the vulva and vagina
without enough lubrication often causes the
Severe stress: Including relationship con-
Unknown: In some cases no known reason
can be found. In theory, there may be an


inherited or acquired defect in the local
immunity of the vulva and vagina
The most common symptom of a vaginal
yeast infection is itching. The itching can
vary from moderate to intense. Some of the
other symptoms are:
Itching vulva which can be very severe so
that it interferes with normal activity and sleep
Burning sensation
Swollen vagina
A white, clumpy discharge, described as
cottage cheese in appearance
Foul odor
Painful sexual intercourse
Vaginal yeast infections can be treated
with over the counter medications like Gyne-
Lotrimin or Monistat Vaginal Antifungal
Cream. It can also be treated by medication
prescribed to you by your doctor, including
tablets prescribed to be taken by mouth.
If you are sure it is a vaginal infection
then self-treatment with one of the over-
the-counter vaginal creams or vaginal tablets
is acceptable. If you are not sure then you
must visit your doctor who will exam you
and may also take a specimen of the dis-
charge with a sterile, cotton-tipped swab for

culture in a medical laboratory.
Some ways to help prevent vaginal yeast,
infections are:
Avoid wearing wet clothing for long peri-
ods of time.
Wear cotton underwear. Nylon and other
synthetic fabrics retain moisture and heat.
Avoid tight fitting clothing. Tight clothing
increases moisture and may create a favor-
able environment for yeast growth.
Avoid diets rich in sugar. Sugar can alter
the pH balance of the vagina.
Avoid douching and feminine sprays as
these can alter the pH of the vagina.
Wipe from front to back after using the
Change the current birth control method.
For those women who get a yeast infection.
almost every month, further, more radical
treatments are necessary. These may include
using an antifungal (vaginal or by mouth) at:
every period. Occasionally eliminating some
of the periods by taking a birth control pill
every day for three to six months brings.
SMen can also get yeast infections, often'
from their female partners. It is tnore com-
mon in men who are uncircumcised. When
men have yeast infections, they usually don't'
have symptoms. Occasionally they get a red-'
ness and irritation of the head of the penis.
If a woman has a yeast infection and has
unprotected sex with a man, the man can
get a yeast infection. If a man has a yeast.
infection and has unprotected sex, he can:
pass it back to his partner. For most men
strict attention to good hygienic practices is.
all that is needed.
In the uncircumcised, retracting the fore-
skin and washing and drying thoroughly is-
sufficient. Sometimes an application of an
antifungal cream is necessary, They can use'
some off their female partners vaginal anti.
fungal cream.
If you think you have a vaginal yeast infec-'
tion and you have never had one before,
visit your physician to rule out other illness-,
es, familiarise yourself with the symptoms (so
you will know next time) and get proper
Source Dr Reginald Carey,

Using Tea Tree Oil to

treat acne breakouts

SThursday, February 9, Health Fair and lectures at St Paul's
Church, Lyford Cay, 6pm to 9pm.
Thursday, February 16, Doctors Hospital's Distinguished
Lecture Series, a free public lecture. Dr Delton Farquharson will
address "PAD-Peripheral'Artery Disease" (poor circulation),
6pm in the Doctors Hospital Conference Room.
Friday, February 17, Go Red For Women Wear red for
women and show your support for women and the battle against
heart disease., T-shirts are available at the Bahamas Heart
Thursday, February 23, Bahamas Heart Association Health
fair, Town Centre mall, 8am 5pm. Free health testing by Doc-
tors Hospital and various organizations, free giveaways.
Saturday, February 25, Subway Fun Run Walk, 7am.
Arawak Cay to Goodman's Bay and back. Registration is $12
and includes T-shirt, hat and goody bag. Prize for the largest
group of walkers. Applications can be picked up at any Subway
restaurant and in the local newspapers.
The 42nd Annual Heart Ball, the major fund-raising event
for the Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart Foundation, which
was founded in 1961 by Lady Sassoon on the death of her hus-
band, will be held at Crown Ball Room on Paradise Island on
Saturday, February 18.
The foundation underwrites heart-surgery for Bahamian
Children whose families cannot afford to pay for their medical
Cocktails are at 7:15pm and dinner at 8:30pm. For informa-
tion, please telephone (242) 327-0806.


USED for centuries by the
Aboriginal people of Australia,
Tea Tree Oil is a highly effec-
tive antiseptic that has been
used to treat acne breakouts,
reduce ingrown hairs, and con-
trol athletes foot, among other

It was originally discovered
when the Aborigines found
that soaking in certain "heal-
ing lakes" which were formed
when the Tea Tree leaves from
nearby groves fell into the
water and created a rich brew
that aided in the healing of
many conditions.
Tea Tree Oil's antibacterial
properties are extremely effec-


tive in the treatment of acne,
and it is in this regard that most
people are familiar with this
exotic-smelling oil. Recent
studies have shown that Tea
Tree Oil is comparable to Ben-
zoyl Peroxide in clearing acne
breakouts, without the drying
side effects suffered by sensi-
tive skinned people.


Tea Tree Oil combined with
salicylic acid can help clear and
prevent blemishes by simulta-
neously destroying acne-caus-
ing bacteria, removing conges-
tion from follicles and reduc-
ing sebum. Ask your skin care
Therapist how adding Tea Tree
to your skin care routine can
help reduce follicle-congesting
sebum and reduce acne bacte-

'It seems as if many of us live to eat'

ria, along with products that
can soothe and hydrate the

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

'Learn to

S.PE.A.K. U.P'

EVERYONE has a role in
making healthcare safe -
physicians, nurses and tech-
nicians. You as a patient can
also play a vital role in mak-
ing your care safe by becom-
ing an active, involved, and '
informed member of your
healthcare team.
Learn the acronym
S Speak up if you have
questions or concerns, and if
you do not understand, ask
again. It is your body, and you
have the right to know.
P Pay attention to the
care you are receiving. Make
sure you are getting the right
treatments and medications;
do not assume anything.
E Educate yourself
about your diagnosis, the
medical tests you are under-
going, and your treatment

* A Ask a trusted family
member or friend to be your
K Know what medica-
tions you take and why you
take them. Medication errors
are the most common mis-
U Use a hospital such as
Doctors Hospital, which has
undergone an on-site evalu-
ation against established,
state-of-the-art quality and
safety standards, such as that
provided by Joint Commis-
P Participate in all deci-
sions about your treatment.
You are the center of the
healthcare team. Patients who
take part in decisions about
their health care are more
likely to have better out-
*Source Doctors

FROM page 3C

flavour, such as visual appeal of food, the.texture
(the firmness of a juicy mango). Even the sense of
hearing is important in the total enjoyment of
foods such as the crackle and pop of a breakfast
cereal or the crunch of a potato chip. What hap-
pens if a potato chip is soggy and loses its goes on the "bad" tasting list.

Taste Preferences Develop Early
Taste preferences and eating patterns start from
early in life and are determined by many factors.
Childhood feeding practices and experiences
including family and peer role modeling are strong
influences. Young children (age three to seven
years) will change their preferences to conform
to what their peers are eating. The younger the
child, the more he or she is susceptible to peer
influence and the effect is greater if the influencing
child is an older child. Parents, other family mem-
bers and the school environment influence the
development of a children's taste by the specific
foods that are made available, the relative impor-
tance of food in family activities, and the degree to
which healthy eating and exercise is emphasized.
Giving food as a reward is not always a good
idea. It maybe successful in the short term in get-
ting children to eat foods they feel "taste bad", but
in the long term children associate the food that is
being offered as the reward as the more desirable
food, and given the choice they will eat these foods
more often and make them everyday foods. Food
that is paired with positive adult attention gets a
higher preference value.

Fat tooth vs. Sweet tooth
You heard about the "sweet tooth" but what
about the fat tooth? Several research groups have
concluded that in general, obese persons prefer a
higher level of dietary fat than normal weight per-
sons. And since dietary fat has twice the calories as

carbohydrates or protein, a higher preference for
fat may contribute to obesity.
Can taste preference be changed?
The good news is taste preferences can be
changed. Finding tasty and new ways to use fresh
produce, herbs and spices, or cooking techniques
that intensify natural flavors and create mouth-
watering aromas can help make the difference
between a bland and tasteless meal and one that is
bursting with flavor and color. For example, adding
fresh herbs and spices to saut6ed or steamed veg-
etables gives an appetizing savory aroma. A food
that smells appetizing and looks good becomes
more pleasurable and a positive behavior can be

Healthy eating at the family table
Children adopt attitudes about food first and
foremost from the home. Positives attitudes devel-
op when food preparation and mealtimes are pleas-
ant and fun experiences. Offer a variety of foods
including fruits and vegetables from a very early
age. Make a variety of vegetables available at the
table everyday. Familiarity will go a long way.
Foods served at the family table are part of your
ethnic and cultural heritage and form the founda-
tion for "food memories" that children will carry
with them all their life long.

Use our New National Dietary Guidelines and
Food Drum to help you make healthy food choic-
es everyday.
Dietary recommendations alone are not enough
to change the way we eat because they do not
address why we eat. Develop positive eating habits
that are beneficial for your health and your fami-
ly's health. Start from an early age and remember
taste preferences can change.
This information was provided by Adelma
Penn, Camelta Barnes and Melissa Underwood -
nutritionist from the Department of Public
HealthlMinistry of Health

FROM page 3C

minutes of moderate physi-
cal activity daily.
Choose activities, recre-
ational events, or structured
programmes that fit into your
Stay active throughout
your life and have fun!
Most importantly, have fun
while you move!
If your looking for an
opportunity for an exciting
start join Ministry of Health
and it public and private sec-
tor partners this Saturday
February 4 in a the Healthy
Lifestyle Health Walk and
Fair. Call the Secretariat for
more information at tele-
phone number 502-4875,502-
4809 or 502-4700 extension

Physical activity along
with making good nutritional
choices have been identified
as two key aspects in devel-
oping and maintaining a
healthy lifestyle. They both
contribute to good physical,
social, and mental well-being
and health. The Ministry of
Health, via the Healthy
Lifestyle Secretariat and in
partnership with other gov-
ernment agencies and private
sector stakeholders, has tak-
en on the task of increasing
awareness among residents
of the Bahamas in an effort
to enable them to make pos-
itive and healthy shifts in
their lifestyle pattern.


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'A low calorie, guilt free

way to enjoy a sweet treat'

Tribune Feature Writer
Health conscious
individuals can
have their ice
cream and eat it
too especially
when we're talking about gelato.
Rather than feasting on the reg-
ular butter cream based ice
cream brands, gelato, an Italian
import, provides a low calorie,
guilt free way to enjoy a sweet
The Eleuthera Gelato Factory
has launched a business that
gives sweet-toothed, health con-
scious Bahamians a virtually
guilt-free way to satisfy their
cravings. It offers a variety of
exotic flavours of gelato ice
cream, with a Bahamian twist,
During last week's launch of
the factory's first outlet, in the
Bahama Deli and Candy Head-
quarters building, Bay and Mar-
ket Streets, Dr David Allen, who
was instrumental in getting the
business together, told Tribune
Health that the health benefits of
the gelato ice cream are endless.
"It is the best gelato in all of
the world. It has less sugar and
less fat and is recommended by
many health professionals, so
people who are watching their
weight now have an option."
Gelato is the Italian word for
ice cream. But it is distinctively
different from the ordinary
frozen dairy desserts that
Bahamians may be accustomed
Gelato contains substantially
less fat than regular ice cream; it
is frozen in a way that allows for
much less product air buildup
(referred to as overrun), and is
served at a slightly higher tem-
perature than regular ice cream.
Because of this, gelato tends to
release a much richer flavour
than what you're used to tasting
in more traditional ice cream
At the launch of the factory
outlet Bahamians got an oppor-
tunity to sample the smooth tast-

ing treat, and the general con-
sensus was that the fruit-based
dessert was a winner.
"You don't feel like you're
missing out on anything with the
gelato. Even though it's not
heavy like the other ice cream,
it's still filling. And because of
the fruit you don't feel like you
are getting into any bad habits,
and you're really doing some-
thing good for your body," said
Denise Ferguson, who stopped
by the Bay Street store during
the grand opening to see what all
the "commotion" was about. She
sampled the strawberry gelato.
Gelato prides itself on using
all natural ingredients, from
wholesome milk to fresh fruits,
to the best selection of nuts and
dried fruits. Gelato is cool to the
palate, and it is considered to be
a high quality, gourmet product.
Minister of Agriculture Alfred
Gray was also on hand to offer
remarks at last week's launch.
He said that he was pleased that
the factory has pledged to use
only fruits that are grown and
produced in the Bahamas, par-
ticularly those grown on
The minister also praised the
company's owners for their con-
tribution to agri-business, and
promoting a healthier Bahamas.
"According to international
standards, ice cream must con-
tain atleast ten per cent butter-
fat, and most of the creamy
brands have a butter fat content
of no less than 18 to 20 per cent.
'But I'm informed that this
ice cream brand has less than six
per cent butterfat. exact
it's about four per cent. That cer-
tainly augers well for those of
us who are watching our
Mr Gray believes that this
Italian import has the potential
to diversify the desserts that
Bahamians eat on a regular
basis. "I believe that the day will
soon come when gelato ice

* MINISTER of Agriculture & Fisheries V Alfred Gray has a gelato moment at the grand opening of Eleuthera Gelato Factory. Also
shown (from left to right): Suzanne Pattusch-Smith, Senior Manager, Nassau Tourism Development Board; Charles Klonaris, Chair#
man of the Nassau Tourism Development Board; Rudy Carroll, Manager Bahama DelilCandy Headquarters; Minister Gray; and Manon
"Flipper" Tousignant.

cream will be the creme de la
creme of the desserts offered in
the Bahamas," he added.
The Eleuthera Gelato Factory
began to take shape two years
ago, when Dr Alien visited%
Eleuthera and was served man-
go, guaya, passion fruit and
coconut gelato by Chef Paulo
Di Chiara at the Dolce Vita
restaurant in Palmetto Point.
After thinking that the tasty
treat needed to have a wider
audience, Dr Allen and Chef Di
Chiara began to think of ways
to distribute the ice cream
throughout the Bahamas.

"So we worked for a year and
a half trying to perfect the
recipe. Chef Di Chiara is the
designer and today we are
unveiling our first public outlet
in Nassau. So here we are doing
something in Nassau that was
started and continues in
Eleuthera. So the Family Islands
have something to give us too,"
he told Tribune Health.

Eleuthera Gelato Factory car-
ries 14 flavours from pineapple
to mango, orange, lime and

grapefruit, to rum raisin and gua-
The original factory is located
in the Palmetto Point restaurant,
which for now is the only loca-
tion for gelato on that island.
" Dr Allen said that Chef Di
Chiara will come to New Provi-
dence every Sunday where he
makes the gelato at the Bay
Street location.
And while all gelato is basi-
cally the same, if you're talking
about the method of making it,
the variations come in the mix-
ture, said Dr Allen.
"What we have here is a spe-

cial design of gelato only in this
part of the world. All Italians
have certain secrets about their
recipe and Di Chiara has taken
his Italian family's secret and
added an Eleuthera twist," he
"He added the fruit now so
he feels that its a little bit more
developed. And the fruit adds
much more flavour than;the old
Italian gelato. But for the
Bahamas, it offers the kind of
ice cream that is low-fat and low-
sugar. It so healthy that in Italy
they eat it for breakfast,'so we'll
see how it catches on liere."

BHA, Doctors Hospital unite in 'Heart Month' initiative

LONG time partners Doctors
Hospital and the Bahamas Heart
Association (BHA) have come
together to educate the Bahami-
an community about the risks
associated with cardiovascular
diseases, including heart disease
and stroke.
With the observance of Feb-
ruary as Heart Month, the Hos-
pital continues its partnership
with the Heart Association, with
continued service on the 'Heart
Month' committee and a recent
check donation to the Associa-
The donation, as in previous
years, will aid the Association
with its work of assisting chil-
dren with the cost of heart inves-
tigations, treatment and surgery.
Founded in 1979 to educate
the nation about heart disease,
the BHA continues to educate
the public and schools by pro-
viding information about how to
prevent and detect heart disease.
Funds raised over the past years

have enabled the Heart Associ-
ation to assist many children
with heart disease.
"It is our pleasure to support
the BHA as they continue to
make such a lasting difference
in the lives of children fighting
the battle against Heart Disease
through education and treat-
ment initiatives," said Michele
Rassin, AVP Operations, Doc-
tors Hospital.
Heart disease does not dis-
criminate between race and gen-
der. It is the number one killer of
all ethnic groups. Unfortunately,
despite the high number of heart
disease-related fatalities, too
many Bahamians are unaware
of the warning signs of a heart
The warning signs include
uncomfortable pressure, fullness,
squeezing or pain in the center
of the chest lasting more than a
few minutes, pain spreading to
the shoulders, arm or neck, chest
discomfort with lightheadedness,

* PICTURED (from left to right): Nellie Cox, Public Relations,
Bahamas Heart Association; Michele Rassin, Asst Vice President
Operations; Timothy Sawyer, President, Bahamas Heart Asso-
ciation; Linda Lafleur, Treasurer, Sir Victor Sassoon Heart Foun-

fainting, sweating, nausea or
shortness of breath.
There are risk factors that you
can change to help prevent heart
disease such as reducing your
blood pressure, which can
decrease the chance of a heart
attack by 20-30 per cent, reduc-
ing high blood cholesterol; nor-
mal blood cholesterol should be
under 200mg/dl. Persons con-
cerned about the prevention and
control of heart disease should
quit smoking, lose weight,
reduce stress and control their
blood glucose levels.
The following events have
been planned to highlight Heart
Month, under the theme "Why
Wait? Act Now", with the hopes
of making Bahamians more
aware of the dangers of Heart
Disease and promote testing.
The highlight of the Heart
month however will definitely
be the 42nd Annual Heart Ball,
the major fund-raising event for
the Sir Victor Sassoon

(Bahamas) Heart Foundation,
which was founded in 1961 by
Lady Sassoon on the death of
her husband.
The foundation underwrites
heart surgery for Bahamian
Children whose families cannot
afford to pay for their medical
expenses. The Ball will be held
at Crown Ball Room on Par-
adise Island on Saturday, Feb-
ruary 18.
Entertainment will be provid-
ed by the Ed Brice Orchestra,
Soulful Groovers and the Police
Pop Band..The usual grand raf-
fle prize, a round trip ticket for
two to Great Britain, will be
drawn as well as an auction and
other fabulous prizes will be giv-
en away.
The Lady Sassoon Golden
Heart Award recipient will be
Cocktails are at 7:15pm and
dinner at 8:30pm. For informa-
tion, please telephone (242) 327-

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