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Title: The Tribune
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Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: August 29, 2006
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Volume: 102 No.231

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Samuel Knowles

flown to Miami

SSAMUEL 'Ninety' Knowles
vas handed over to the American
Drug Enforcement Agency yes-
terday afternoon and flown to
IThe extradition of the man
called a "cocaine kingpin" by
President George W Bush
brought to an end a six-year legal
batnk during which Knowles was
locked away at Fox Hill Prison.
SSince the year 2000, Knowles
has invested hundreds of thou-
sands of dollars in hiring top-flight
law\ e r to keep him out of Amer-
ican harnid'.' .
A senior British QC, Edward
Fitzgerald, frequently flew the
Atlantic from London to repre-
sent Knowles in court.
But the Privy Council's recent
Stli ng against him meant, that
Knowles had run out of options.
Itlonly needed Foreign Affairs
Minister Fred Mitchell to sign the
formal papers for him to be flown
Lut of the country.
SIt is understood that Knowles,
46, was finally surrendered into
iLc custody of the DEA yester-
day afternoon in a move which
could pro.ik'i a-political-back-
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have channelled millions of dol-
lars worth of drugs into Florida is
a popular "folklore" figure in
some over-the-hill communities.
Repeatedly, supporters have
said it was wrong to consider
extraditihg a Bahamian to the US
for offences allegedly committed
outside this country.
Knowles is known to have had
powerful friends in political cir-
cles and observers felt some
eleventh-hour "technicality"
might be introduced to obstruct
the process.
However, the Bahamian judi-
cial system after countless hear-
ings decided otherwise once the
final appeal to the Privy Council
was turned down. ,
The sudden departure of the
man known for his largesse to fel-
low inmates came amid reported
discord between Attorney Gen-
eral Allyson Maynard-Gibson
and Mr Mitchell over the
Knowles issue.
Mrs Maynard-Gibson report-
edly said on radio that her Cabi-
net colleague should sign the
extradition papers for Knowles'
departure, as all-legal avenues
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containing the woman's body
is removed from the scene.
(Photo: Felipe Major/
Tribune stafJ)

POLICE discovered the
bound, decomposing body of a
young black woman floating in a
garbagebin in a mangrove swamp
early Monday morning.
The victim has yet to be offi-
cially identified, however the fam-
ily of a girl who disappeared on
Thursday say that after talking to
Police, they fear the w6rst.
Just before press time last
night, police confirmed that they
are following significant leads and
that a 19-year-old man is helping
with the investigation.
The body of the woman the
third female murdered in New
Providence in less than a month -
was discovered on the Eastern
side of Adelaide village after lam
on Monday, following a tip-off at
around 10 o'clock on Sunday
A terrible smell had reported-
ly been detected emanating from
the site.
At 9.30am yesterday, police
confirmed they were treating the
case as a homicide, and had
launched an intensive investiga-
At that time, Assistant Com-
missioner of Police Reginald Fer-
guson said the identity of the girl
could not be confirmed until it
"had been done properly; scien-
However, shortly after this
SEE page 10

Senior manager hits out at PMH

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE level of quality of public
health care will sink to "ques-
tionable lows" if drastic changes
are not soon made to the
Princess Margaret Hospital; a
senior manager at the institution
claimed yesterday.
Speaking with The Tribune in

an exclusive interview yesterday
- under the condition of
anonymity a senior manager
with more than 30 years of expe-
rience in the public health care
system alleged that Princess
Margaret Hospital (PMH) suf-
fers from mismanagement,
cronyism and brain drain.
"Something has to give. Right
now the government is,pouring
new wine into an old keg. The
bottom line is that we have to
redo everything. We need a new-
hospital, but no government
seems to want to really address

this," she said.
The senior manager said that
although for her personally,
PMH is still the hospital of
choice, the institution is plagued
by many problems which could
in the long-run severely damage
the quality of health care in this
Cronyism and nepotism, she
said, are problems which are
especially rampant.
"We live in a small society
here in the Bahamas, and every-
SEE page 12

THE Privy Coupcil has upheld an appeal against
two Nassau attorneys who sued the former FNM
government over laws introduced in response to the
G7 blacklisting rumpus six years ago.
The attorneys, Leandra Esfakis and Maurice
Glinton, took action against former prime minister
Hubert Ingraham, former finance minister Sir
William Allen, the Compliance Commission, the
Inspector of Financial and Corporate Services and
the Attorney General.
They.challenged on constitutional grounds the 11
laws enacted in December, 2000, in response to
the Financial Action Task Force blacklisting of
jurisdictions deemed uncooperative in tackling
In December, 2001, the attorneys issued a writ,
parts of which were later challenged as "scandalous,

frivolous and vexatious", alleging that the govern-
ment "arrogated to themselves control of the par-
liament's legislative faculties" in enacting the dis-
puted laws.
The following.May, Chief Justice Sir Burton
Hall agreed to strike out 13 paragraphs of the writ,
declaring that the court was able only to deal with
legal issues "and can only provide legal solutions."
In September, 2004, Ms Esfakis and Mr Glinton
appealed successfully against his ruling in the Court
of Appeal.
However, the Privy Council has now ruled that
the Chief Justice was right to strike out the dis-
puted paragraphs. "They were argumentative and
political and quite incapable of giving rise to the
legal declarations sought," said the judges.
See full ruling on Page 10

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T is all about balance,
and the PLP Govern-
ment seems incapable of get-
ting it right. In the last election
PLP campaigners and their
allies relied heavily on the
accusation that the FNM was
selling the country to foreign-
They were particularly stri-
dent in their criticism of the
FNM for the concessions giv-
en to Kerzner International
to get the multi-billion dollar
Atlantis development on Par-
adise Island started so as to
rescue the very sick economy
the PLP had left behind. Some
of them went so far as to use
the South Africa race card
against the Kerzners.
These days, PLP politicians
positively gush when they
mention Kerzner and Atlantis
because they now realise what
trouble this country would
have been in without this
world-class development.
Last week Tourism Minis-
ter Obie Wilchcombe said
what Bahamians who had not
been taken in by the PLP pro-
paganda already knew:
"Sol Kerzner, whether we
like it or not, you can criticise
him all you want, but the truth
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tourism industry.",
The PLP has gone from one
extreme to the other. Now
they are hell-bent on giving
Bahamian land to foreigners
as fast as they can, and in
parcels of hundreds and even
thousands of acres, most of it
not for tourism but for resi-
dential purposes. And they
brag about this being their
new model of development!
Naturally, the gleeful for-
eigners are lining up, while the
getting is good, to grab as
much Bahamian land (public
and private) and concessions
as they can. Some of them are
advertising Bahamian home
sites internationally for as
much as a million dollars each.
One of this new breed of
"investors" candidly
announced recently that the
first phase of his development

will be financed by "pre-sales"
of Bahamian lots.
Many Bahamians are begin-
ning to wonder what will be
left for them when this great
land rush is over, and what
will be the status of their chil-
dren and grandchildren in this
plantation model of PLP
The Baha Mar people, the
beneficiaries of the scandalous
Cable Beach land deal which
netted them a big hotel and
hundreds of acres of prime
land previously owned by the
Bahamian people, are report-
edly back asking for more
Baha Mar had previously
dazzled the PLP Government
with only an artist's rendition
of a proposed $1.2 billion
development. Then, without
any evidence that the first $1.2
billion was beginning to flow,
much less already in the
ground, there was the tri-
umphant announcement that
"the investment" was being
PLP eyes must have glazed
over. So, according to The
Nassau Guardian, these clever
foreigners have gone back to
see if they can get the govern-
ment to double the conces-
sions already given them. But
as FNM Deputy Leader Brent
Symonette put it: "I do not
see what has been produced
on the ground to warrant it."
There must be some truth
to it, though, because Baltron
Bethel, the government's chief
negotiator, admitted that they
have been in negotiations for
months. Dr Bethel wisely
referred to proportionate con-
cessions rather than double
It is bad enough talking
about doubling concessions; it
is unthinkable that these nego-
tiations could include talk of

giving away more public land
to Baha Mar. But who knows?
No-one can blame the for-
eigners for trying to get as
much as they can from such a
generous government before
the next election.

T he PLP Government
is so beguiled by this
idea of letting the foreigners
have their way with us that
even a discussion of what may
or may not be in the interest
of The Bahamas and the
Bahamian people makes them
Last week" The Tribune
quoted Mr Wilchcombe:
"When I listened to some
of what I've been hearing, I
wondered, is that the message
you want to send to a com-
munity of investors, that you
want the government to dic-
tate the course of their lead-
What was it that had so dis-
turbed the Minister of
Tourism? It was a town meet-
ing in Freeport where a panel
of prominent and qualified
Bahamians liad discussed the
way that city is being gov-
erned, its impact on the rest
of the country, its present
direction and its future.
The discussion, which was
broadcast live, was in reaction
to an upheaval in the Grand
Bahama Port Authority that
resulted in the sacking of the
three top Bahamian execu-
tives in the Port, the appoint-
ment of a foreign licensee as
chairman and the resignation
of two prominent Bahamians
from the board of directors.
One would have thought
that any democratic govern-
ment, especially one that has
so often touted the impor-

tance of consultation, would
have been more than happy
for a public discussion led by
such qualified Bahamians and
would have been listening
intently to what they had to
But apparently Mr Christie
and his colleagues have tak-
en the position that whatever
the shareholders in the Port
decide to do is up to them and
has little to do with the Gov-
Mr Wilchcombe said as
much back in July when he
was quoted by The Journal:
"Why should I be getting in
the business of what the Port
Authority is doing now?
...They will make changes;
they're a private company;
they can make changes. At the
end of the day let's hope they
have a plan that's going to
benefit not only Freeport but
the entire island of Grand

W hat an extraordi-
nary thing for a
minister of the Government
to say! After all, the Port
Authority is a great deal more
than just another private com-
It is an entity that shares in
the governing of the nation's
second city, that affects the
interests of thousands of
Bahamian licensees and work-
ers in Freeport and the lives of
many more Bahamians living
in Grand Bahama and
throughout the country.
But the PLP Government
does not take much of an
interest in this, nor in the fate
of the three highly-qualified
Bahamians who used to work
at the Port. Perhaps they are
too busy trying to get rid of a
troublesome foreign editor
working for a privately-owned

newspaper while hypocritical-
ly pretending to look after the
jobs of Bahamians.
Mr Wilchcombe asks
whether he should be prepar-
ing Bahamians to be ready for
when the opportunity presents
itself and then to be able to
present an authoritative argu-
ment that Bahamians are pre-
But the opportunity has pre-
sented itself and many
Bahamians are prepared, even
if he does not think that the
Bahamian executives who
were dismissed by the share-
holders have yet achieved the
standards to enable him to
make an authoritative argu-
ment for them.
Mr Wilchcombe was even
more revealing when he
recalled a conversation he had
with the late Edward St
George. He said he had asked
Mr St George why Grand
Bahamians could not play a
role as members of the board.
When Mr St George asked
him to name one, "it created a
problem for me, tell you the
truth." The people of Grand
Bahama and Bimini and the
rest of the Bahamas will no
doubt remember that when
they go to the polls to vote in
the next election.
They will be thinking about
how important it is to save
some Bahamian land and
some top jobs in The
Bahamas for future genera-
tions of Bahamians, Bahami-
ans who will not be content
to live on a plantation Where
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PM's visit

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PRIME Minister Perry
Christie's visit to the prison was
designed to deflect attention
from his failure to release the
official report on the January
17 prison break, according to
the FNM.
The opposition party point-
ed out that although the gov-
ernment claims it has completed
a report on the break-out in
which an officer and an inmate
were killed that document has
yet to "see the light of day".
"His promise to make the
report available to the leader
of the opposition is now months
old and remains just that a
promise, just like all the other
unfulfilled promises Perry
Christie and his do-nothing gov-
ernment have been making to
.the Bahamian people for the
last four years," the party said in
a statement issued yesterday.
The FNM referred to Mr
Christie's visit to the prison a
"headline-seeking" exercise and
alleged that the prime minister
may have been attempting to
convince the public that up until
that point, he was unaware of
the conditions and the number
of young men incarcerated at
the facility.
Speaking to the press during
the prison tour, Mr Christie
described the conditions under
which both guards and inmates
are forced to live as "painful"
and called for immediate
S changes.
"The presence of the deputy
prime minister would have
highlighted the shallowness of,
the prime minister's remarks,"
the party said. "No one will
believe that the DPM has not
made patently clear to Mr
Christie exactly what conditions
prevail at the Fox Hill Prison."

Claims of


talks over

Baha Mar

THE FNM has claimed that
the government is engaging in
secret talks on concessions with
the developers of Baha Mar.
In a statement issued yester-
day, the opposition party said
it is concerned about the fact
that the details of the Cable
Beach project have not been
fully released.
"The Free National Move-
ment is concerned, though not
surprised, to learn that the gov-
ernment has entered into new
secret negotiations with the
developers of Baha Mar with a
view to increasing concessions
to be granted the project," it
The FNM said it believes that
"appropriately targeted" incen-
tives and concessions are legiti-
mate tools to encourage devel-
opment for the benefit of the
"However, we are very con-
cerned that a project cloaked in
secrecy since its inception should
become the subject of addition-
al secret concessions when the
country has yet to see any impact
from the supposed massive
investments being made at Cable
Beach," the statement said.

Christie under fire for not

responding to LNG criticism

SBRITBUNESTAF FNM persists on conflict of interest claim

PRIME Minister Perry
Christie has been criticised by
the FNM for not responding to
the attorney general's com- Two weeks ago, the oppo- member and which bears her position should scrupulously
ments on the liquefied natural sition claimed the former law name". avoid any appearance o
gas proposal by AES Corpora- firm of Mrs Maynard-Gibson In response to the FNM's favouring such a law firm an
tion. had received $603,000 in claims, Mrs Maynard-Gibson most certainly should not use
Attorney General Allyson legal fees in connection with said she "has no interest" in her position to push business
Attorney General Allyson legal fees in connection with
Maynard-Gibson's decision to the project and that Gibson & Company. to the firm," the statement
speak on the status of a pro- $397,000 was to be paid to said.
posed project has raised "a seri- the law firm when the deal Query The FNM added that if
ous question of conflict of inter- is concluded. lawyer becomes a member o
est" the opposition party "If ever there was an appear- the cabinet and a matter he oi
claimed in a statement yester- ance of conflict of interest, this The opposition asked if this she was previously involved ir
day. is it. Mrs Gibson is now attor- meant she has sold her inter- comes before the cabinet, the
"In typical fashion, Prime ney general in the PLP gov- 1 est in the firm to people not lawyer "should declare tha
Minister Perry Christie does ernment and she chose to make connected to her. interest and avoid further
nothing. And for a man who a statement about how a heads .r .'' "Even the cabinet code of involvement".
likes to talk a lot, he has failed of agreement was being nego- ethics does not demand that of "The whole idea is that the
to address this issue," the party tiated between the government N PERRY Christie lawyers. public must have confidence
said. and the LNG people," the par- "What it does demand is that that when ministerial judg
"If he thinks that his silence ty said. a lawyer who becomes a mem- ment is being exercised it is ii
and inaction will make it go Mrs Maynard-Gibson's com- The FNM pointed out that ber of the Cabinet can no their interest, not in the per
away, he is sadly mistaken. This ments were "completely out of Mrs Maynard-Gibson did not longer be an active partner in sonal or business or profes
is one more very big nail in the line" according to the FNM, as deny the claim that $603,000 her law firm as long as she sional interest of someone ii
PLP government's coffin," said she is not the minister respon- had been paid to the firm "of remains in the cabinet, the government," the state
the FNM. sible for LNG. which she had been an active "A lawyer who is in such a ment said.




FNM fears of violence and despair

THE opposition said it fears
that the current rise in violence
may signal a loss of hope
among younger Bahamians.
The FNM said it is con-
cerned that the PLP govern-
ment is leaving more and more
Bahamians behind.
"Frustrations are rising
among the people as they see
their hopes and aspirations
dashed by an unfeeling, self-
centred government," said the
party in a statement yesterday.
"While those in government

flaunt their lives of privilege
and the perks of their high
office, ordinary Bahamians
suffer the consequences of
insufficient attention by the
government to community-life
enhancement programmes.and
insufficient attention to life-
long learning programmes,"
the party said.
The FNM said the govern-
ment's "highly flaunted but
ineffectual" urban renewal pro-
grammes have been exposed as
"excuses for block parties that

have little impact on improv-
ing the lives of residents in
densely-populated neighbour-
hoods where public services
have deteriorated since 2002."
"We believe that a signifi-
cant amount of the violence
spreading in our communities
is symptomatic of loss of hope.
Regrettably, without appro-
priate social skills, some then
take their frustrations out on
family, friends and neighbours
with increasingly tragic effect,"
the party said.

Over 200 Haitians

interecepted at sea

MORE than 220 Haitian
nationals were intercepted
at sea and 19 other persons
were arrested in Nassau and
Freeport over the past four
days as part of the ongoing
illegal immigration sweeps.
On Saturday, a group of
eight Guyanese persons
(four men, four women) and
one Jamaican man were
arrested atBay Shore Mari-
na and later detained at the
Carmichael Road Detention
Yesterday, immigration
officers also apprehended 11
persons three Jamaican
women, seven Haitian men
and one American woman
in Freeport.
Nine of the group were
reportedly awaiting trans-
port to Nassau yesterday
In the past two days, 177
Haitian nationals 122 men,
47 women and eight children
- were interdicted at sea by
the Royal Bahamas Defence
Over 50 of these were

apprehended after the discov-
ery of a sloop in the waters off
A team 6f immigration offi-
cers was dispatched to the island
to assist in the exercise.
Five people also appeared
before the courts on charges
relating to illegal immigration.
, Last Friday, three Ecuadorian
nationals, who had been arrest-
ed in Freeport in connection
with the alleged discovery of
passports with fraudulent
Bahamas immigration stamps,
appeared in Magistrate's Court
in Nassau on charges of posses-
sion of fraudulent documents.
They pleaded not guilty.
Two Jamaicans were charged
with overstaying their allotted

time in the Bahamas.
Ezroy Edwin Boothe, who
was charged with overstaying
by two years, and Patricia Eliz-
abeth Howell, nee Grant, who
was charged with overstaying
by one year, both pleaded
They were fined $2000 or
eight months in prison, and
$1,500 or three months in
prison, respectively.

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Hezbollah and Iran are playing to win

AS CONFLICT raged last month in
northern Israel and southern Lebanon,
more than a few parties had no interest
in seeing the Israeli military restrained
until Hezbollah had been obliterated.
"Stopping the fighting now would be
interpreted as an Israeli defeat," said one
leader. "The extremist organizations,
Islamic Jihad and Hamas, will feel as if
the victory were theirs, as will the Pales-
tinian public. The moderate Palestinian
camp will face collapse if Hezbollah has
the upper hand when this war is over."
That leader was: a) a member of one of
Israel's right-wing political parties; b) a.
leader of a pro-Israel, fundamentalist
Christian group in the United'States; or c)
a GOP candidate speaking before the
American Israel Public Affairs Commit-
The answer: None of the above. It was a
Palestinian militia leader from Yasser
Arafat's Fatah movement, quoted by Avi
Issacharoff in the Israeli daily Haaretz,
lamenting the rise of Islamic fundamen-
Even among some fundamentalists,
there was no love lost for Hezbollah.
Sheik Safat al-Hawali, a radical Saudi
cleric who was allegedly a spiritual advis-
er to Osama bin Laden, issued a fatwa
condemning the group. He denounced
Hezbollah, which in Arabic means the
"party of God," as the "party of the devil."
Welcome to the Middle East. Just when
you think you've figured out that hatred of
Israel is the lowest common denominator
of regional politics, you discover there's a
complex reality that accompanies that
essential truth.
Arafat created Fatah as a secular,
nationalist revolutionary movement. At
heart, the old terrorist was a Marxist who
donned a traditional kaffiyeh in place of
Che's beret. Arafat might occasionally
employ religion for popular appeal, as oth-
er secular nationalists in the Arab world
did. But Islamic fundamentalism posed a
mortal threat to the unscrupulous klep-
tocracy that was the PLO.
And just as divisions exist between sec-
ular and religious ideological groups,
there's an essential religious split in Islam
that spans 14 centuries.
For most of that period, Sunni Islam,
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Minority Shiite Muslims, meanwhile, have
largely been despised and marginalized.
The fate of Shiites in Iraq where they are
in the majority is illustrative.
Events in Iraq have now empowered the
Shiite majority. By allowing Lebanon to be
destroyed yet avoiding annihilation itself,
Shiite Hezbollah has scored a public rela-
tions triumph. And a nuclear-aspiring, Shi-
ite Iran is exerting Persian influence in
both Arab states, adding an ethnic fissure
to an already enormous doctrinal split.
Vali Nasr, a professor at the Naval Post-
graduate School and adjunct senior fel-
low at the Council on Foreign Relations,
has spelled out the import of these reli-
gious and ethnic rivalries in a new book,
"The Shia Revival: How Conflicts Within
Islam Will Shape the Future."
The Shia revival is, for instance, a source
of anxiety in Saudi Arabia. Shiites consti-
tute only 10 per cent of the Saudi popula-
But this dispossessed minority is con-
centrated in the oil-rich, eastern region of
the country, along what is referred to var-
iously as the Persian or Arabian Gulf.
Lebanon's ideological and confessional
fragmentation lends itself to becoming a
proxy battleground for these competing
forces. But external powers could not exert
their influence were it not for the abject
failure of the Lebanese government.
The common refrain is that Hezbollah is
a state within a state. But Amal Saad-Gho-
rayeb, a professor at the Lebanese Amer-
ican University, more accurately described
it to the New York Times as "a state with-
in a non-state."
"Hezbollah's strength," she said, derives
from the "gross vacuum left by the state."
Hezbollah reconstruction teams went to
work in Lebanon as soon as a cease-fire
went into effect. With Iranian funding,
they began handing out $12,000 stacks of
currency to displaced families. Iran and
'its proxy are playing to win.
The Lebanese government, Saudi Ara-
bia and the other Sunni petro-empires,
France and the Europeans, the United
States they're not even in the game yet.
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Ron Pinder is

doing well

for Marathon

EDITOR, The Tribune.
PLEASE allow a small
space in your daily for the
publication of my response to
a letter I read in Wednesday,
August 23, 2006 edition of The
Tribune. The letter was enti-
tled "Is Pinder Marathon's
Man?" and it was undersigned
by "DeLasWordinMarathon".
Let me state up front that I
am not a PLP. But, I was a bit
taken aback by what I read if
,only because as a resident of
Marathon Mr Ron Pinder has
been one of the more, if not
the most, active and visible
parliamentarian in the coun-
try. This is true both on the
local and national fronts.
Although I have not attend-
ed most of the events and
activities, including several
town meetings which Mr Pin-
der hosted, I know that activ-
ities and events are held on a
regular basis. Thi is because
flyers and the like are left in
my door as well as I hear the
radio ads from time to time
and "sip-sip" from other con-
If truth be told, Mr Pinder
has been, from day one,
admonishing Bahamians to
take pride in our country and
keep it clean. His words have
been backed up with passion
and action in Marathon and
on the national front. A lot of
work has been done in
Marathon in particular. I
know this because not only'
have I seen it, but also because
I have asked for a lot or two to
be cleared down and it was
done. One has to be both
blind and deaf not to see and
hear about the work of Ron
Pinder. And, while things are
not perfect give the man a
break he is working and work-
ing very hard.,
Additionally, Mr Pinder's
representation as a Member
of Parliament and a national
leader is top notch. He is
smart and articulate as well as
he presents himself very well.
Once again, while all is not
perfect, one cannot in good
conscience speak ill of Ron
Pinder's representation of
Marathon. The man visits reg-
ularly, he publishes and dis-
tributes a very high quality
newsletter right to our
doorsteps at least three times
a year, and he is at his offices
in Marathon regularly. I know
this because I see him most
times as I drive pass on

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her opinion the personality
behind "DeLasWordin-
Marathon" is both biased and
ill-informed and his comments

are grossly unfair. While all is
not perfect, Ron Pinder has
done well and he is doing well
for Marathon and the nation.
Ron Pinder gets things done
and he has my VOTE!

August 24, 2006.

Concerns on

rules of privacy

EDITOR, The Tribune.
JUST how far is the public willing to go or should be asked
to go without prejudicing the rules of privacy?
Editor, there are many ways these days, even with the
most sophisticated precautions for those persons wanting to
intrude into your privacy that they can. We certainly have
heard about incidents where persons have been able to
hack into e-banking accounts and money just gone missing!
For sometime now a service which provided some form of
security to the merchant for those customers paying'by
cheque have tried with their annual renewals to get their
customers to complete a detailed form with all kinds of infor-
mation which certainly they do not need for the services
they provide.
There are costly systems that track transactions what
make you buy what size when you shop where you shop
- where you bank how much you spend not only at the pri-
mary merchant, usually a food store, but at a list of other mer-
chants basically Editor all they don't know is reserved
limited to the privacy of very personal things you do with
your partner!
Some research this vacation time by my son who is study-
ing electronic marketing indicated that the Minister of Com-
merce, Consumer Affairs and Business Development in Bar-
bados,-Hon Senator Lynette Eastmond was very critical of the
lack of safeguards to the privacy of the public and was push-
ing forward Data Protection legislation. A quote from the
Minister is: "So we are now putting a framework in place so
that the private information of consumers cannot be used for
any purposes outside of the scope that they would expect".
I see absolutely no valid reason that anyone in business
where no borrowing financing is present should legally be
permitted to request to collect such personal data in fact
Government would be very wise to disallow the collectiik )f
such information as it primarily breaches our Constitutio'., I
rights where we are guaranteed privacy. What I buy a-i
how much I spend is my business just why should I give that
information to anyone?
Clearly to me this in blatant infringement on our privacy.

August 18, 2006.

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GB Worker
after fatal

FREEPORT The work-
er who was killed in an indus-
trial accident at the Grand
Bahama Shipyard on Satur-
day has been identified as 42-
year-old Cresencio Bono of
Iloigo City in the Philippines.
Bono, a mechanical fitter,
was struck by a heavy-duty
forklift which was being dri-
ven by 30-year-old Marian
Musurai, also of the Philip-
According to reports, the
incident occurred around
4.18am on Saturday at the
sloping ramp leading to Dock
Two, where the Carnival
Cruise ship 'Celebration' is
undergoing repairs.
Chief Superintendent Basil
Rahming said police have
classified Mr Bono's death
as an industrial accident.

men are
found by

missing at sea since Thurs-
day were rescued on Satur-
day morning about 20 miles
north of West End after their
vessel was spotted by a BAS-
RA aircraft.
According to Superinten-
dent Basil Rahming, some-
time shortly after 9am a
BASRA plane flying a
search pattern off West End
spotted the missing 25-foot
yellow speedboat and its
Shadrack Newton and Sar-
ja Liberal of West End set
on a fishing trip on Thursday
morning onboard the boat.
When they failed to return
that evening, West End resi-
dent Hilton Miller reported
the men missing to police.
A search was immediately
launched for the men and
their vessel.
They were retrieved and,
assisted back to shore by sev-
eral vessels, which were dis-
patched from West End.

on volcano

IN a story about Nassau
author James Frew's book,
Volcano Santorini, published
in Saturday's Tribune, it was
wrongly stated that the San-
torini explosion wiped out
the Mayan civilisation. It
should have read Minoan

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Galanis refutes Wilchcombe

in row over Port Authority

THE rift in the PLP over the
leadership of the Grand
Bahama Port Authority contin-
ued yesterday with Senator
Philip Galanis rebutting com-
ments made by Tourism Min-
ister Obie Wilchcombe last
Speaking in Grand Bahama
last Thursday, Mr Wilchcombe
said he did not think it appro-
priate for the government to
dictate who was placed in
charge of private companies.
He added that to do so might
send the wrong message to
future investors and drew a
comparison with the Atlantis
resort, saying that he would not
tell Sol Kerzner who to appoint
as general manager.
But in a statement released
to the press yesterday, Mr Gala-
nis an outspoken opponent of
the recent appointment of
Hannes Babak as chairman of
the port authority dismissed
the comparison.

He said: "As far as I am
aware, Mr Kerzner is not
empowered by any agreement
with government to grant licens-
es for businesses to operate on
Paradise Island or New Provi-
dence as the GBPA is in
Freeport. Comparing these two

investments is patently like
comparing apples and oranges."
Mr Galanis also expressed his
surprise at Mr Wilchcombe's
statement that he had been
unable to name a Grand
Bahamian qualified to sit on the
board of the authority.


"While I agree with the min-
ister that training the future
workforce is important, I find
it most puzzling that Mr Wilch-
combe could find it difficult to
think of any Grand Bahamians
today who could do a stellar job
at the GBPA, especially in view
of the fact that there were three
Grand Bahamian professionals
who were on the panel at the
town meeting last Tuesday and
many more business and pro-
fessional persons in the audi-
ence who are adequately quali-
fied," he said.

M OBIE Wilchcombe

"Does he have such little faith
in the capabilities of our peo-
ple? If so, I would like to sug-
gest he look a bit more closely
.at the talented and skillful men
and women in our Bahamas."
Mr Galanis, who in the past
has called for an inquiry into

the recent appointments to the
authority, said that its leader-
ship was a crucial issue to the
people of Grand Bahama.
"There is certainly no lack of
residents whose voices are cry-
ing out for that leadership," he
said. "We heard many of them
at the town meeting. They are
tired of not knowing what their
future holds, since their future is
inextricably intertwined with
that of the GBPA.
"The people of Freeport need
leaders who will ask the GBPA
relevant and probing questions.
Judging from the passion that
I heard at that town meeting,
there are many who have been
pushed to the limit and whose
survival is now on the line.
Those people need answers and
assistance. Those people need
leaders who are not afraid to
criticise the GBPA and who will
help them get the answers they
need to chart their future and
that of their children."

Disabled men evicted from home

complain housing still inadequate

DISABLED Bahamians say
that after enduring more than a
year of hardship, they continue
to suffer because of inadequate
On June 1, 2005, Jerome
Thompson four others were
evicted from Cheshire Home
- a sanctuary for the physically
disabled despite their
protests. This followed the cut-
ting of power, telephones,
water to the building.
The premise for closure was
the lack of government funds
to keep the home open and it
was eventually to be turned-,
into a shelter for children in.
need, but as yet remains
Cheshire, the only adult dis-
ability centre in the Bahamas,
was constructed with the dis-
abled in mind, having easy
wheelchair access and wide
The five are now living in
what the government deems to
be adequate independent living
conditions but which they
consider inappropriate.
Their home is a small three
bedroom, one bathroom apart-
ment. They say they are unable
to even use the restroom with
ease, and the cupboards and
amenities in the kitchen are
too high to reach.
"We are grateful we have a
place provided for us, but the
standards do not reach those
we need to be able to live inde-
pendently as was suggested by
social services," said Mr
"There is no space in this
house," added Gervais Stuart,
who demonstrated how diffi-
cult it is to use the ramps at
the new East Street home.
Aside from their housing
problems, the five say they also
lack adequate transportation
and employment opportunities.
They explained that neither
of these issues posed a prob-
lem around Dolphin Drive
where Cheshire Home was
located as the area became


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demonstrates how difficult it is
for him and other persons in
wheelchairs to get into the
disability-friendly after resi- bathroom.
dents and businesses grew (Photo: Onan
accustomed to the special Bridgewater/
needs of their neighbours. Tribune staff)


Mr Thompson explained
that the five have tried to
approach the proper authori-
ties to present their case but-
have had-no response.
He said that letters were
written and made phone-calls
made to Minister of Social Ser-
vices Melanie Griffin long
before the eviction, and that
they also wrote to Deputy
Prime Minister Cynthia Pratt
and even Prime Minister Perry
Mr Thompson said they
went so far as to go to the
House of Assembly and
request government land to
build a replacement home for
adults with disabilities but
have yet to hear from the,

prime minister.
"Telling us to live indepen-
dently without giving us the
means is like telling me to go
fish, but not giving me a rod
or a net" said Stuart.
"We lived at Cheshire House
for 15 years, and it became a
place of security and strength.
All we ask for is an audience of
contractors and officials to lis-
ten to our needs instead of sim-
ply placing us where they deem
fit. We know best what we
need because we are the ones
living with the handicap."
Mr Thompson added: "The
same money that has gone into
moving us to this less-than-ade-
quate housing could have been
spent on the rehabilitation of
Cheshire House." '


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Widespread showers, heavy winds

expected from tropical storm


Ernesto is anticipated to
drench Nassau with wide-
spread showers and heavy
wind gusts from Tuesday
morning until Wednesday
according to hurricane
experts at the National
Emergency Management
As of yesterday, Ernesto
was heading toward Cuba,
but is expected to be
deflected to the east once it
was over the land mass -
meaning that the Bahamas
needs to be prepared.
"It is a rather tricky situ-
ation, as once the tropical
storm impacts the landmass
we notice that they are
deflected they always
decrease in strength," noted
Trevor Basden, senior
deputy director of the
department of meteorology.
However, once over the
water between the tip of
Cuba and Florida, experts
at NEMA say the storm can
be expected to pick up
It is at this point that it





will be likely to influence
the weather in the Bahamas,
bringing with it around two
to four inches of rain, gusts
of up to 40 mph, storm
surges of up to five feet and

heavy thunderstorm activi-
A hurricane warning has
been issued for Ragged
Island and the Exuma chain,
while a hurricane watch is

in place in Abaco,
Eleuthera and Andros,
Bimini and Grand Bahama..
Hurricane conditions are
expected in these areas
within 36 hours.

The advice to mariners
from lieutenant commander
Herbert BPain of the Port
Authority is to seek safe
harbour or remain in port
and "activate all plans to

STUDYING the storm
at NEMA Headquarters.
(BIS Photo
Raymond A. Bethel)

secure vessels".
Interim director of
NEMA Carl Smith said the
agency has been "in com-
munication with adminis-
trators in all islands" seek-
ing to ensure that contin-
gency plans are in place
throughout the Bahamas.
"The possibility of tropi-
cal storm Ernesto strength-
ening to a category two hur-
ricane are "rather minimal"
said Mr Smith but added
that all precautions should
nevertheless be taken.
"These include securing
doors and windows, ensur-
ing that you have an ade-
quate supply of water and
should water rise that you
seek out a different, secure
"The message is: we can't
take these things lightly -
always be prepared," Mr
Smith said.

Huge crowd at 'Help Save the Family Rally'

ON SUNDAY, Rex Major
and Associates, along with
Christian leaders and their
congregations, staged a
'Help Sa'e the Family Raill'
at Ra son Square.
According to the group.
the ewent was aiming to "sen-
silise Bahamian citizens to
act to bring about what the
majority of them wish that
Bahamian law of marriage as
a union between a man and a
woman to be enshrined in
the Constitution'.
(Photos: Franklyn
G Ferguson)

speaks at
the eient.


SSPEAKER ofthe House Oswald
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Interested companies/firms may collect a Tender Specification from the
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The deadline for submission of tenders is Friday, September 15th, 2006.
Tenders should be sealed and marked "TENDER FOR MOTOR
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'Reasons for optimism'

in fight against crime

Tribune Staff Writer
DESPITE the bleak picture
painted by increasing criminal
activity throughout the
Bahamas, there is much reason
for optimism according to Assis-
tant Commissioner of Police
Reginald Ferguson.
Mr Ferguson, the officer in
charge of crime for the Royal
Bahamas Police Force, was
speaking yesterday during the
country's first-ever Interna-
tional Crime Summit.
The four-day summit is being
held at the Wyndham Nassau
Resort under the theme:
"Enforcing the fight against
crime, violence and social ills
through global collaboration."
In order to combat crime,
there must be an integrated
approach among law enforce-
ment agencies locally, region-
ally and globally, Mr Ferguson
He explained that police
forces around the world are
faced with a myriad of chal-
lenges, including urban crime,
cyber-crime, organised crime,
money laundering, domestic vio-
lence, homicide and terrorism.
"This wide array of chal-
lenges demands that mandates
of law enforcement agencies be
analysed, programmes be cre-
atively designed and practices
be innovatively implemented to
aid in the prevention of crimes,"
Mr Ferguson explained. "But
this kind of approach cannot
offer results without the
involvement of all in society,
(as) law enforcement agencies
must rely on citizens to play an
intricate role in crime preven-

* SUMMIT attendees, including police officers, criminologists and international experts yesterday

Calling the summit a historic
moment for the Royal Bahamas
Police Force, Mr Ferguson said
it was also a timely event as
many Bahamians have raised
concerns about the country's
murder rate.
Police say murder is up. by a
third this year compared to
2005. Officials maintained that
in 2005, the rate of serious
crimes was down by 10 per cent,
except for violent crimes -
including murder and armed
"This summit sends the mes-
sage that we in law enforcement
know of the value and impor-

tance of working together as a
team to affect the reduction in
crime," Mr Ferguson said.
"More importantly, being here
demonstrates that we are pre-
pared to do something to
reduce and prevent crime."
International speakers and
foreign law officials have trav-
elled to the country to partici-
pate in the seminar.
They include representatives
from the Minneapolis Police
Force, the American Correc-
tional Association, Northwest-
ern University's Department of
Public Safety, the Bermuda
Police Reserve, Jamaica's cor-

Police and RBDF

reactions department. Dilieu
Technology in Washington and
the Virginia chief of police.
These experts are expected
to share their experiences, the-
oretical perspectives and proven
practical measures to reduce
and prevent crimes.
Local and international
experts will address a number of
issues including: the impact of
crime on tourism, the use of
technology on crime preven-
tion, youth crimes, crimes
against business owners, identi-
ty theft and money laundering,
the effects of crime on tourism
and gun violence.


win against crime alone'

22 Palmdale Avenue, Palmdale
Nassau, N.P., The Bahamas

SPhyllis Mary
I McLean,
'i of CamperdownHeights,
,./ & Nassau, N.P., The
.i Bahamas, will be held at
SKingdomHall of Jeho-
vah's Witnesses, Johnson
Road, on Wednesday,
:,,, 30th August at 4:30 p.m.

She was predeceased by her husband
Duncan and is survived by her
Matty, Twinkle, Lulu, Boomer and Chota;
her friends in the fellowship of Jehovah's
Witnesses, especially Mr. Allison Dean
and family; Mrs. Carol Nixon; the Smith
Family Olga, Paulette and Donna;
Mr. Winston Williamson & Family; Mr.
Wellington Gibson and Family; Mrs.
Nancy Porter and Mrs. Norma Cur-

ry; the staff of the Family


Insurance Company; all the nurses
who lovingly cared for her from Nurs-
es N.N.O.W; Ms. Zola Fraser and Ms.
Delores Stuart; Doctors Sheena Antonio-
Collie, lan Kelly and Brian Humblestone.

In lieu of flowers her daughter
requests that donations in her moth-
er's memory be made to either Animals
Require Kindness (ARK), P.O. Box N291,
Nassau, N.P., or The Bahamas Heart
Association P.O. Box 8189,Nassau, N.P.

POLICE and Defence Force
officers cannot win the fight
against crime and illegal immi-
gration alone according to
Deputy Prime Minister Cynthia
Mrs Pratt was speaking at the
opening of the International
Crime Summit in Nassau yes-
"Crime and security have
become the most pressing con-
cerns for successive govern-
ments not'only in the
Bahamas and this region, but
around the world," she said.
Defending the country's
national guards, she explained
that it is "simplistic and wrong
to believe that the police by
themselves can stop crime, stop
people killing each other; or the
Defence Force is able to solve
the problem of illegal immi-
grants coming to our country;
or the prison service reduce the
high recidivism rate by itself.
"What we have grown to
realise is that the solution to the
problem of crime is as compre-
hensive as the problem itself.
The solution requires the

* CYNTHIA 'Mother' Pratt addresses the summit

deployment of our best minds
working together in synergy to
develop strategies and initia-
tives to bring remedial action
to those conditions and circum-
stances that give rise to crime
and birth to criminals," she said.
Explaining the significance of
a multifaceted global approach
to crime, Mrs Pratt said: "Given

the transitional or trans-border
nature of crime, it behooves us
to develop, maintain and
strengthen our regional and
international linkages; to cre-
ate structures and processes that
promote and encourage
exchanges at all levels, including
law enforcement, academic, cul-
tural and social."

Abaco newspaper for sale

ONE of the best small busi-
ness opportunities in the
Bahamas is going begging at
Marsh Harbour, Abaco.
The town's highly popular
fortnightly newspaper, The
Abaconian, is being offered for
sale by owners David and
Kathy Ralph, who have run it
since the early 1990s.
The Abaconian, launched off
the Ralphs' kitchen table 13
years ago, has become a way of
life for islanders. They wouldn't
be without it.
But Mr and Mrs Ralph, both
Snow in their seventies, are look-
ing for a change of pace and so
The Abaconian has to go.
"It's a wonderful business
Opportunity for the right per-
Sson," Mr Ralph told The Tri-
bune yesterday.
"It really needs someone who
is Abaco-based and knows
something about journalism to
take it over. For the right per-
son, it's a fantastic business
The paper, with free distrib-
ution of around 7,000 copies,
now attracts so much advertis-
ing that it could easily step up to
weekly publication.
But the Ralphs feel such a
move would mean even more
work for them. And they are
reluctant to increase their bur-

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den at this stage in their lives.
Anyone interested can con-
tact them at their Marsh Har-
bour base.
THREE big announce-
ments are eagerly anticipated
by Abaco residents.
Two are improved water sup-
plies at old-established settle-
ments the other is for long-
awaited improvements at Marsh
Harbour airport.
The local populace expects
the government to release
details in two weeks of all three
Cherokee Sound and Coop-
er's Town are both eager for
piped water while Marsh Har-
bour sees the airport project as
essential for the island's future
For some time, it has been
obvious the airport would need
a new runway and extra taxi-
way to accommodate increased
traffic from Nassau and the
United States.
Now islanders are keen to see
the government suit action to

word. "We are confident we'll
get the go-ahead within two
weeks," said one resident.
BASEBALL players at
Man o' War Cay not only have
arguably the most picturesque
field in the western hemisphere,
they have talent, too.
The Man o' War-Texaco
Pirates have become so good
that they're eager for more
international exposure.
In a recent trip to Canada,
they acquitted themselves well,
but were also reminded of just
how much they have to learn.
This followed a trip to Georgia.
where they also proved them-
selves a team to be reckoned
The Pirates have a field on
dunes overlooking the sea
which is rated one of the best
situated in the region.
The area, now worth millions
as a seafront development site,
was donated to them by
William "Uncle Will" Albury,
who was proud of the island's
baseball prowess.



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Government developing tourism curriculum

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Minister of
Tourism Obie Wilchcombe
announced that government has
been working with the World
Tourism Organisation to devel-
op an academic curriculum on
He stressed how important it
is for the country to work on
qualitative growth in various
industries particularly tourism,
which is the nation's number
one earner.
Mr Wilchcombe reported
that, according to statistics,
tourism affects 83 per cent of

the country's economic activi-
Pointing out that tourism will
continue to be the number one
industry in the world, the min-
ister stated that more than 700
million tourism-related trips
were taken last year, and more
than one billion are forecast for
the next decade.
"The Bahamas will remain a
tourism attraction our beach-
es, proximity and our security
and stability are all positive
attributes to the sustainability
of the tourism industry," he told
Rotarians on Grand Bahama.
Mr Wilchcombe said govern-
ment recognizes the need for

developing a training pro-
gramme on tourism with the
College of the Bahamas.
"Several years ago we began
the discussions with COB and
many universities for a long
time, particularly the Universi-
ty of the West Indies, did not
understand nor see tourism as
an industry. In fact, when 1 was
there, they thought tourism was
"We have been working with
not only COB and the UWI,
but also with the World
Tourism Organisation and oth-
er organizations to develop a
curriculum because I always
thought we should have a prac-

tical approach to training.
"I thought Ministry of
Tourism should have been able
to lease a hotel, or work with a
hotel owner to ensure that all
graduates in tourism and hos-
pitality industry would first go
through that programme before
you put them out into the indus-
try," he said.
"Bermuda has a programme
that I think works very well. I
thought we needed to do it in
the Bahamas, but we have not
yet done so. The programme is
still being defined and worked
on, but it has to come," Mr'
Wilchcombe said.
He noted that the future

demands a more educated and
more equipped Bahamas.


Reporting that only six per
cent of the 4,000 high school
graduates per year go off to col-
lege, he stressed that opportu-
nities for tertiary education
must be made available to more
young Bahamians.
"If we continue to increase
population and opportunities
become even less, we can expect
crime to be even higher. So we
are losing in my view and open-
ing the cracks and not creating

incentive for young people."
"We spent a lot of time talk-
ing about personalities and for-
get the issues. When we talk
about Grand Bahama, I am not
concerned about who the chair-
man of the Port Authority is.
What I am concerned about is
where you are going. What's
the plan and how we are going
to make that happen. And if
you can't make that happen
then what's the plan?
"If we don't sit down and
begin to think of that, then this
wonderful country we are so
proud of we are going need
more people to come in and run
it for us," he said.

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Privy Council Appeal
No 53 of2005
(1) The Right Honourable Hubert
Ingraham MP
(Prime Minister of the Commonwealth
of the Bahamas, sued in his official and in
a representative capacity)
(2) The Honourable Sir William Allen
MP (Minister of Finance, sued in his offi-
cial and in a representative capacity)
(3) The Compliance Commission
(4) The Inspector of Financial and Cor-
porate Services
(5) The Attorney General of the
(1) Maurice O. Glinton
(2) Leandra A. Esfakis
Judgment of the Lords of the Judicial Com-
mittee of the Privy Council
Delivered the 24th July 2006
Present at the hearing:-
Lord Rodger of Earlsferry
Lord Steyn
Lord Walker of Gestingthorpe
Lord Carswell
Lord Brown of
[Delivered by Lord Brown of Eaton-
This is a most unusual appeal, unusual in
the issue arising for the Board's determi-
nation and unusual too (perhaps unique) in
the Board's decision to dispose of the
appeal without an oral hearing, although
with the benefit of the appellants' written
argument, the respondents having chosen
not to resist it.
The substantive issue arising is whether
the Supreme Court of the Bahamas has
jurisdiction to strike out proceedings
brought by way of an application under
article 28 of the Constitution of the
Bahamas alleging a contravention of the
Constitution on the basis that it discloses no
reasonable cause of action. It is convenient
to set out at once the material parts both of
article 28 itself and also of Order 18 Rule
19(1)(a) of the Rules of the Supreme Court
1978, the rule under which the Bahamian
courts' strike-out jurisdiction arises.
Article 28 of the constitution provides:
"(1) If any person alleges that any of the
provisions of articles 16-27 (inclusive) of
this Constitution has been.. .contravened
in relation to him then, without prejudice to
any other action with respect to the same
subject matter which is lawfully available,
that person may apply to the Supreme
Court for redress;
(2) The Supreme Court shall have orig-
inal jurisdiction (a) to hear and determine
any application made by any person in
pursuance of paragraph (1) of this article;
and (b) ..., and may make such orders,
issue such writs and give such directions as
it may consider appropriate..."
Order 18 Rule 19(1) provides:
"The Court may at any stage of the
proceedings order to be struck out or
amended any pleading or the endorsement
of any writ in the action, or anything in
any pleading or the endorsement on the
ground that (a) it discloses no reasonable .

Privy Council ruling

See story on page one

cause of action or defence, as the case may
be;... "
The circumstances in which the issue
arises here can be comparatively shortly
stated. Following a G7 meeting in 1989 a
Financial Action Task Force was estab-
lished with responsibility amongst other
things for making recommendations as to
the labelling and blacklisting of jurisdic-
tions "non-cooperative in the fight against
money-laundering". In June 2000 the Task
Force produced a report identifying "seri-
ous deficiencies in the counter money-
laundering systems of the Commonwealth
of the Bahamas", recording that "the
counter money-laundering regime embod-
ied in the legal, supervisory, and regulato-
ry systems of the Bahamas suffer from
serious systemic problems", and including
the Bahamas in the list of uncooperative
jurisdictions in relation to the prevention of
The following month the Prime Minis-
ter (the first appellant) publicly accepted
"the legitimacy of a number of deficiencies
identified" in the report and set in train
the preparation and enactment of a raft
of legislation, both primary and secondary,
based on measures recommended by the
Organisation for Economic Co-operation
and Development. The legislation includ-
ed: the Financial Intelligence Unit Act
2000, the Central Bank of Bahamas Act
2000, the Banks and Trust Companies Reg-
ulation Act 2000, the Proceeds of Crime
Act 2000, the Financial Transactions
.Reporting Act 2000, the Financial and Cor-
porate Service Providers Act 2000, the
International Business. Companies Act
2000, the Criminal Justice (International
Co-operation) Act 2000, the Financial
Intelligence (Transactions Reporting) Reg-
ulations 2000, and the Financial Intelli-
gence (Transactions Reporting) Regula-
tions 2001. Most of these provisions came
into force on 29 December 2000.
The respondents are both barristers
who strongly object to this legislation, par-
ticularly as it affects them. The first respon-
dent in June 2001 registered under the
Financial Transactions Reporting Act 2000
and in July 2001 applied for a licence under
the Financial and Corporate Service
Providers Act 2000, in each case under
On 10 December 2001 the respondents
issued a generally endorsed writ. Para-
graphI 1 to 26 sought declarations, para-
graphs 27 and 28 wide-ranging orders, and
paragraph 29 "such orders, writs or direc-
tions pursuant to article 28 of the consti-
tution" as might seem appropriate to the
Court. The defendants to the writ were the
Prime Minister, the Minister of Finance
and the Attorney General, the Compli-
ance Commission, and the Inspector of
Financial and Corporate Services (togeth-
er, "the appellants"). On 18 March 2002
the first respondent filed a lengthy affi-
davit in support.
By summons issued on 18 April 2002
the appellants sought an order under Order

18, Rule 19 that paragraphs 1 to 13 of the
writ be struck out on the grounds that they
disclosed no reasonable cause of action or
were scandalous, frivolous and vexatious.
The quotation of a single paragraph suffi-
ciently gives the flavour of this group of
paragraphs as a whole:
"(6) A declaration the Cabinet for the:
Bahamas comprised of the first and second
defendants abdicated their collective
responsibility for the direction and con-
trol of the government of the Bahamas
and being under the influence of the said
defendants, arrogated to themselves con-
trol of the parliament's legislative facul-
ties and processes and so to effect pro-
curement of the financial services mea-
sures under the guise of duly enacted leg-
The appellants sought in addition to
strike out certain paragraphs from the first
respondent's affidavit.
On 30 May 2002, following a three-day
hearing, Sir Burton Hall CJ acceded to the
appellant's application to strike out para-
graphs 1 to 13 of the writ (although not
the challenged paragraphs of the affidavit).
Having observed that "the courts are con-
strained to deal only with ... legal issues
and ... can only provide legal solutions",
the Chief Justice continued:
"The reliefs sought in paragraphs 1
through 13 of the endorsement while they
might be the subject of fervent discourses
among scholars of political science, or
argued between journalistic pundits or
debated in parliamentary deliberations -
are, none of them, legal reliefs which a
court of law is empowered to grant."
The respondents appealed and, follow-
ing a hearing on 1 September 2004, the
Court of Appeal (The Rt Hon Mrs Justice
Sawyer, President, Churaman and Osade-
bay JJA) allowed the appeal for reasons
given on 10 March 2005. The Court stat-
ed that:
"The impugned paragraphs of the writ
seek declarations that certain statutes deal-
ing with the financial sector of the Bahami-
an economy were not passed by Parlia-
ment in the exercise of its undoubted pow-
er to enact legislation for the 'peace, order
and good government' of the Bahamas
and so were unconstitutional."
Having noted that the main issue on
the appeal was whether the Chief Justice
had jurisdiction under Order 18, Rule 19 to
summarily strike out the disputed para-
graphs, the Court correctly reminded itself
that the strike-out power is to be exercised
only in "plain and obvious" cases, and con-
"10. In our judgment this was not a
plain and obvious case since there was at
common law no 'cause of action' to chal-
lenge the constitutionality of legislation
because the United Kingdom had no 'writ-
ten' constitution as that term is generally
understood and the British Parliament was
'supreme' in the exercise of its leviil.kla c
11. The Bahamas, on the other hand,

like many of the newer Commonwealth'
countries, has a written constitution which
contains entrenched human rights provi-
sions for persons and entities in the
Bahamas. By article 28 of the Constitu-
tion, anyone who alleges that his human
rights are being, or are likely to be
infringed, has a right to apply to the
Supreme Court for relief. Such an appli-
cation, however worded, would not neces-
sarily be a 'reasonable cause of action' at
common law for the reason already stated.
We therefore do not think that it would be
open to a court of justice to strike out such
a claim under Order 18 Rule 19 (1)(a).
13. In our view, while the impugned
paragraphs of the plaintiffs statement of
claim may not show a 'reasonable cause of
action' at common law, the matter before
the learned Chief Justice is a matter of
constitutional interpretation in the light of
the facts outlined in the statement of claim.
14. Finally, it must be noted that there
is no provision in the Constitution giving a
court the power to summarily dismiss a
claim for constitutional relief under its pre-
sent provisions; no statute can therefore
confer such a power."
Essentially, therefore, the Court decid-
ed that because at common law a consti-
tutional challenge was not available, it can-
not be a cause of action and ex hypothesi,
therefore, cannot fall for consideration as
to whether it is "reasonable" or not under
Order 18 Rule 19(1)(a).
Their Lordships have difficulty with
this reasoning. It could be said equally of
actions for breach of statutory duty that
they too do not arise at common law. But
surely no one doubts that those causes.of
action are amenable to the courts' strike-
out jurisdiction. Of course, the Court of
Appeal was right to direct itself that claims
should only be struck out in plain and obvi-
ous cases and, of course, courts should
look with particular care at constitutional
claims, constitutional rights emanating from
a higher order law. But constitutional
claims cannot be impervious to the strike-
out jurisdiction and it would be most unfor-
tunate if they were. It cannot be right that
anyone issuing proceedings under article 28
of the Constitution is guaranteed a full
hearing of his claim irrespective of how
ill-founded, hopeless, abusive or vexatious
it may be.
Take this very case. The Chief Justice
was surely right to characterise the disput-
ed paragraphs of the claim as he did. They
were argumentative and political and quite
incapable of giving rise to the legal decla-
rations sought. The case for a strike-out
was in their Lordships' view perfectly plain
and obvious. If ever a claim were fore-
doomed to fail this was it. The Chief Jus-
tice might, indeed, be thought over-fastid-
ious in not having struck out the disputed
parts of the affidavit too.
In short, their Lordships conclude that
Order 18 Rule 19(1)(a). applies to consti-
tutional proceedings as to any others, that
there is no need to look to the Constitution
itself for specific power to summarily dis-
miss a claim for constitutional relief, and
that the Chief Justice was right to have
struck out the disputed paragraphs of this
particular claim.
Their Lordships will accordingly humbly
advise Her Majesty that this appeal be
allowed. The parties may.make written
submissions as to costs within 14 days.

Body found

FROM page one

information was
received, a Tri-
bune reporter
confirmed that
she knew of a
woman -
Veronica Smith
-aged 26, who
had been
reported miss-
ing by her fami-
ly last week.
Speaking with
the woman's
close friend,
Deandrea Hanna, THE family of
it was established Veronica Smith (pic-
that the family tured) say they fear the
had in fact been worst.
informed by the police yesterday morn-
ing that a body had been found and
was being treated as likely to be the
missing young woman.
Veronica Brianne Smith moved to
Nassau from Grand Bahama four years
ago. She was employed at Lagan Hold-
ings Ltd, and lived in the Chippingham
Claudine Thomas, the elder sister of
Veronica, told The Tribune yesterday
that police had informed her family that
they believe the body to be that of her
sister, though this had yet to be defini-
tively verified.
She said police may possibly have to
resort to using dental records due to the
degree of decomposition speculated to
be an effect of the conditions in which
the body had been found.
Speaking with The Tribune yesterday
Ms Thomas struggled with her words as
she explained that her family had first
become aware last Friday that her sister
was missing.
She added that she was not sure if her
sister had been at home, or had been
out when the crime occurred, and the
family was awaiting information about
Describing her sister as a "rare, deli-
cate rose," Ms Thomas said she was a
"vibrant, warm and ambitious lady of a
distinctive integrity."
Miss Hanna, Veronica's close friend
said she was devastated by the views. The
two used to speak every single day:
"Veronica was the type of person, if
something was bothering her she had to
talk it out with you. She was always the
type of person who could never tell you
The victim's death comes 13 days after
the murder of 41-year-old James Alexan-
der Dino Storr, whose body
was also found with hands and feet
"Up to this stage, we have no reason
to believe it's. connected to anything else
- but I don't know what will happen
tomorrow," said Mr Ferguson, who is
the officer in charge of crime.
Ms Smith has no children.

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one knows each other, everyone
has a friend, a cousin, a relative
they look out for, and it is the
same here in the hospital. Those
who have friends in here get pro-
moted, get to work overtime all
the time," she said.
The senior manager said she has
personally seen records which show
that tens of thousands of dollars
are owed to certain staff members.
"I've seen where they owe peo-
ple $20,000, in one case even
$50,000 in overtime pay. I, in my
senior position, don't make $50,000
a year, so how can these people be
making that in overtime the
answer is they know someone," she
She further claimed that anyone
with the "right connections" usually
leaves PMH and gets promoted to
the Public Hospital Authority
"The PHA is a bloated institu-
tion. They have more staff than
they could ever need. You could
let 50 per cent of them go and you
would still have enough people to
run the PHA.
"Making some of those positions
redundant would save a whole lot
of money, since so much of the
budget allocated to the PHA goes
to pay the considerable salaries of
those people," she said.
The senior manager also claimed
That although some doctors go
Beyond the call of duty, many are
takingadvantage of the "slackness
of the system" and are not "putting
out the kind of work that would
justify the kind of money they are
She further said that a lack of
communication is crippling day-to-
day operations at the hospital.
The senior manager claimed that
there is hardly any communication
between the different departments
and administrators only meet with
staff infrequently.
"Sometimes we see (them)
twice, maybe three times a year.
(They) don't know what goes on in
this hospital. And when you have
lousy leaders that don't set a good
example or set certain standards -
then you get lousy followers," she
Addressing the .Radiology

FROM page one

Department at PMH, which has
come under attack by employees at
the hospital in the past few weeks,
the senior manager said it is "a
She also pointed out that the
CAT Lab is the real area of "con-
"We desperately need to order
new mammogram machines, I
don't think that any of the ones we
have are working properly," she
The senior manager said that she
understands that mammogram
machines are very expensive and
need to be constantly updated, and
that, that may be the
reason the hospital administration
is reluctant to order new equip-
However, she pointed out that
the radiologists and technicians are
doing their best under bad condi-
In their statement to The Tri-
bune, the PHA said that "it had
every confidence in the manage-
ment and services of the Radiology
Department," which they said, has
"performed admirably under an
ever-increasing workload."
The overall problem, the senior
manager said, is that more and
more Bahamians are turning away
from private health care and mak-
ing use of the public health care
"Money is not as readily avail-
able as it once was. Less people
are going privately and more peo-
ple are coming publicly and our
system has not really grown to
meet the needs of our society," she
In addition to this, she said, the
hospital continues to lose valuable
Bahamian staff due to misman-
The senior manager said that not
too long ago several senior officers
and nurses of the Intensive Care
Unit quit their jobs to pursue better
professional options.
Because of the loss in nurses,
she said, a large contingent of for-
eign nurses, primarily Filipinos,
were hired
"Their training was not up to the
necessary standards and they had


had been exhausted.
However, her comments did not find favour with some of her col-
leagues. It was suggested that Knowles had one more option open to
him a court hearing to uphold his lawyers' claim that he was unlike-
ly to get a fair trial in the US because of President Bush's "kingpin"
However, this was apparently bypassed when Knowles was escort-
ed out of the Bahamas in a hush-hush operation yesterday.
Last week, former US ambassador to the Bahamas, Richard
Blankenship, told The Tribune that Knowles should be extradited
immediately if the Bahamas was to be taken seriously as a nation.
He said the Privy Council hearing was Knowles' last chance to
escape justice.
He and another former ambassador, Arthur Schechter, are under-
stood to have pressed home the need for Knowles' extradition in
Washington, DC.
It was under Mr Schechter's ambassadorship that Knowles was tak-
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to be retrained by Bahamian nurs-
es. So for a long time they were
useless to us, some of them are still
of no use to us.
"You have the numbers, but you

don't have the quality of care. And
in the meantime the Bahamian
nurses have not been treated as
they should," she said.
The senior manager said that

PMH is losing its Bahamian nurses
to the US and other countries due
to "the mistreatment and,poor
salaries" they receive.
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Miami Herald Business, Stocks, Analysis, Wall Street

'Hands off approach of PUC

threatens telecoms competition

Tribune Business Editor
THE Public Utilities Com-
mission's (PUC) "hands off"
approach to interconnection
agreements offered by the
Bahamas Telecommunications
Company (BTC) threatens to
undermine competition and
give the state-owned carrier
"undue preferential treatment",
two rival telecoms operators

Cable Bahamas, IndiGo Networks concerned

that interconnection guidelines favour BTC

have warned.
Cable Bahamas and the Sys-
tems Resource Group (SRG),
the latter which operates as
IndiGo Networks, both warned
that residential and business

consumers could be harmed by
the PUC's seeming reluctance
to specify minimal terms that
BTC must adhere to when
developing its Reference Inter-
connection Offer (RIO).

Interconnection agreements
between different telecommu-
nications carriers enable com-
munications originating on one
operator's network to be routed
to the intended receiving con-

summer on a different operator's
However, a dominant carri-
er such as BTC can delay sign-
ing interconnection agreements
with rival operators, or make
their terms unduly onerous, in a
bid to preserve its market share
and force competitors out of a
market before they have had a
chance to establish themselves.
Responding to the PUC's
proposed interconnection

guidelines, Judith Smith, Cable
Bahamas' in-house attorney,
described interconnection
between rival carriers as "the
cornerstone of competition"
Competition in global
telecommunications markets is
generally regarded as benefit-
ing consumers, lowering prices
and improving service quality
for a variety of services.
SEE page 3B

Kerzner investors back

$81 per share buyout

BTC hits out at 'anti

competitive' portrayal

Tribune Business: Editor
KERZNER International's
shareholders yesterday
approved the $81 per share
acquisition of the company by
the investor group led by Sol
and Butch Kerzner, with the
purchase now set to be com-
pleted "not earlier" than
August 31.
The Tribune was told that
some 75 per cent of share-
holders voted in favour of the
buyout by the Kerzner father
and son duo, although this
could not be confirmed. Omar
i i, Kerzner Internation-
al's head of investor relations,.
did not return this newspaper's
calls seeking comment.
Among the.remaining issues
to be settled before the deal is
completed are all the relevant
approvals from the Bahamian
Exchange control approvals
from the Central. Bank of the
Bahamas are understood to
-.ave already been received for
'..e almost $4 liin i.: al, and
other approvals are required
from the Investments Board,-
National Economic Council,
Cabinet, Gaming Board and

M BUTCH Kerzner

Hotel Corporation of the
Shareholder approval for the
Kerzners' offer is likely to cre-
ate mixed feelings among
Bahamian retail and institu-
tional investors who hold the
company's Bahamian Deposi-
tory Receipts (BDRs). These
will now be withdrawn and
delisted from the Bahamas
'International Securities

P SOL Kerzner

Exchange (BISX), which loses
While Bahamian investors
will miss out on participation in
any upside to Kerzner Inter-
national's share price as a
result of the Atlantis Phase III
and other expansion projects,
those who bought into the 2004
BDR offering will enjoy a 72
SEE page 4B

Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas Telecommu-
nications Company (BTC) has
accused its private sector com-
petitor, IndiGo Networks, of
unfairly branding it as "anti-
competitive" for refusing to
provide interconnection to its
network on Abaco, with the
state-owned carrier claiming its
rival's plan was not economi-
cally feasible.
The dispute over BTC's
refusal to provide IndiGo Net-
works, a subsidiary of Systems
Resource Group (SRG), with
interconnection at the latter's
chosen point on Abaco has fes-
tered for 17 months. The dis-
pute was first filed by SRG with
the Public Utilities Commission
(PUC), the telecoms sector reg-
ulator, in March 2005.
In its response to the PUC's
proposed interconnection
guidelines, BTC said of the
Abaco dispute: "The request-
ed site would have required
BTC to expend resources and
manpower to build out its net-
work to the SRG Point of Inter-
The Government-owned car-
rier said it did not believe it was

mandated to do this by the
Telecommunications Act,
Telecommunications Sector
Policy or its interconnection
agreement with SRG, but the
latter had "used" these "to paint
BTC as an anti-competitive car-
BTC added: "SRG has
attempted to make what BTC
believes are unreasonable
changes to certain points of
interconnection. SRG, in turn,
believes that the provisioning
of a new point of interconnec-
tion has been unreasonably
withheld. The result is that both
parties have attempted to seek
resolution from the PUC............
"BTC does not expect to
build out its network in order to
accommodate competitive car-
rier needs in an unrealistic time-
frame and based on uneconom-
ic principles."
The proposed point of inter-
connection between SRG's and
BTC's networks had been a
Cable Bahamas complex in
Marsh Harbour, Abaco.
Judith Smith, Cable Bahamas
in-house attorney, wrote in the
company's response to the
PUC's interconnection consul-
tation that BTC had gone
against its licence provisionsby

showing no technical justifica-
tion for its "about face" on
interconnectivity at Marsh Har-
She wrote: "In connection
with this matter, BTC also
refused to provide Cable
Bahamas a copy of its techni-
cal standards and specifications,
in contravention of Condition
7.4 of the BTC interim licence. -
"In the absence of clear-
guidelines to govern such dis-
putes, and the willingness of the
Commission to actively enforce
BTC's interconnection obliga-
tions, such abuses of BTC's
market power are likely to con-
tinue indefinitely."
In his response to the same
consultation, Paul Hutton-
Ashkeriny, SRG's president,
*said there were two other issues
it had taken up with the PUC
apart from the dispute over the
Abaco interconnection.
One dispute, filed 12 months
ago in August 2005, involved
the alleged refusal by BTC to
route calls to and from the res-
idential exchange numbers pro-
vided to SRG by the PUC.
Another dispute, filed that same
month, concerned BTC's
SEE page 4B

Tribune Business Editor
THE Government "is like the
man who builds his house upon
the sand" because of its seeming
rush to implement the proposed
National Health Insurance
NHI) plan without tackling the
-.existing inefficiencies in the
public health sector, the
Bahamas Employers Confeder-
ation (BECon) has warned.
The employer body said the

report produced for the Nassau
Institute economic think-tank
by Nadeem Esmail, which drew
attention to potential problems
with the proposed NHI scheme,
had revealed that the Bahamian
healthcare system was among
the mostly costly in the world,
and on a par with the US.
SAnd while costs were high,
BECon noted that "quality of
health care is very poor" given
SEE page 3B

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THE citizens of the state of
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impose a tax of $50 on cruise
lines for each passenger they
bring to their state.
They have also voted to tax
gaming operations that take
place in Alaskan waters. Cruise
ships based in Alaska will now
have to pay Alaskan state taxes.
Some in the travel industry
are in shock.
Governments in the
Caribbean should be in awe.

Why should the travel and
cruise industry be in shock?
Most countries already tax each
stayover visitor when they
depart the country. On top of
that, they tax each stayover vis-
itor for each night they stay in
an hotel.
Why have the Alaskans,
imposed these taxes at this
time? It can't be only for the
revenue. Alaska's vast ener-
gy industry gives that fortu-
nate state a very healthy fiscal

surplus. So why did they do
The cruise industry and their
partners spent about $2 million
to try to defeat the measure
when it was being put to the
The stated reason given by
the supporters of this mea-
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try should pay its fair share
of the cost of developing and
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ture and services needed to

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Just imagine what the
Caribbean nations could do if
they and their people were unit-
ed and not susceptible to being
divided, and therefore con-
The ministries of Tourism
and Finance should monitor
these developments very close-
My bet is that the Alaskan
tourism industry will continue
to grow and prosper.

Two Bahamian executives among

world corporate finance leaders

Two Bahamas-based KPMG
executives are among the first
500 worldwide to be awarded
the Corporate Finance (CF)
designation, a qualification
developed by the Institute of
Chartered Accountants in Eng-
land and Wales (ICAEW).

Simon Townend, a partner in
KPMG (Bahamas) and head of
the firm'g corporate finance
activities for the Caribbean, and
Frederick Morris, an associate
director of KPMG Corporate
Finance, and head of its
Caribbean valuation practice,

were among 500 applicants for
the designation.
The CF designation was
developed by, the ICAEW, in
co-operation with the UK Secu-
rities and Investment Institute
(SII) and the Canadian Insti-
tute of Chartered Accountants

The two Bahamian execu-
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level applications from invest-
ment banks, law firms, corpo-
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These applications covered a
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international financial centres.
Mr Townend said: "KPMG
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lished itself worldwide as the
number one or two advisor by
number of transactions for the
last five years, ahead of the likes
of the global investment banks
and other accountancy firms.
"This is no different in the
Bahamas and the wider
Caribbean, where we have com-
mitted fully dedicated, trained
and experienced personnel to
providing quality corporate
finance services in mergers and
acquisitions, infrastructure advi-
sory, financing advisory, and
valuation related work over the
last eight years. We also have
a strong and long established
track record across the region.
"' it to get there, training has
been a number one priority in
our firm, and this does not stop
at new entrants but flows all the
way to the top. The CF desig-
nation is one ,of those qualifi-
cations we believe is necessary
to give clients added comfort
that we understand the corpo-
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Qualification further strength-
ens our corporate finance team
by its recognition of our signif-
icant credentials and experience
in the Caribbean region."
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body for accounting and related
qualifications in the UK, and
the CICA is the Canadian
equivalent, with many UK and
Canadian Chartered Accoun-
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the Bahamas.
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The Ministry of Works and Utilities
wish to serve notice that Baillou Hill
will be closed between Palm Tree
Avenue and Robinson Road from 28th
August to September 1st 2006.

A diversion route will be in place using
Palm Tree Avenue and First Street for
both directions.

We requesting the Public to find
alternative routes and avoid this area,
if possible.

We apologize for any inconvenience
this may cause.










Government 'building on sand' with NHI scheme

FROM page one
the level of spending. Com-
paring preventable deaths in
developing countries, BECon
said the Esmail report showed
that the mortality rate in the
Bahamas was 70 per cent high-'
er than the average in those
The Tribune reported yester-
day how the Nassau Institute
had found that the Bahamas
spent 54 per cent and 32 per
cent more on healthcare than

the UK and Canada respective-
ly, when measured as a per-
centage of gross domestic prod-
uct (GDP) and adjusted for
population age.
The Nassau Institute pointed
out that both the UK and Cana-
da had public healthcare sys-
tems similar to the Govern-
ment's proposed NHI plan, and
that both countries were expe-
riencing funding and 'patient
access to care' problems.
BECon yesterday pointed out
that the Blue Ribbon Commis-

sion's 2004 report, the bedrock
for the proposed NHI scheme,
acknowledged the weaknesses
identified by Mr Esmail.
It said the current costs of the
public health system had to be
reduced before NHI would be
feasible, with issues such as poor
resource allocation and low
productivity and efficiency all
"Government's apparent
headlong rush to implement
NHI without laying the proper
foundation by making the

improvements that 'must' be
made 'to ensure the feasibility'
of the system is like the man
who builds his house upon the
sand," BECon said.
In addition, BECon noted
that Mr Esmail's report found
that employer and employee
contributions to the proposed
NHI scheme would act like a
tax on economic activity.
"The concern was also raised
on the affordability of NHI in
the long term as the Bahamian
population ages. This will have

PUC approach threatens telecoms competition

FROM page one
Yet the Bahamas has just
begun to liberalise its telecoms
markets, and only then some-
what tentatively and reluctantly.
For instance, the Government
has allowed SRG to begin pro-
viding voice telephony services
in competition with BTC, but
at the same time moved to
restrict the level of competition
with one eye on maximising
BTC's privatization value.
Ms Smith hinted at this in
Cable Bahamas' response, writ-
ing: "The Commission, in for-
mulating the guidelines, should
do so with a view to alleviating
bottlenecks to potential growth
in the telecommunications sec-
tor, and bear in mind that the
Government's policy objectives
in the Telecommunications Sec-
tor Policy list a number of mat-
ters driving reform.
"There is no item on the list
that 'indicates that one of the
objectives is to enhance the val-
ue of BTC to the detriment of,
or the elimination, of the com-
On Cable Bahamas' behalf,
Ms Smith wrote: "The Com-
mission's reluctance to define
even the minimal requirements
for interconnection, and the
broad latitude it has given to
the Bahamas Telecommunica-
tions Company, the dominant
operator, is likely to protract
the negotiation process and
delay competition by engen-
dering uncertainty among car-
riers and according BTC undue
preferential treatment..........
"For the Commission to
relinquish control over the con-
trl of the RIC) to BTC !to
....... . .-.'

allow BTC to ignore the con-
tents of any RIO to fit its 'par-
ticular needs' would be to
ignore this marketplace and
leave the door open for great
potential abuse."
As the dominant operator by
virtue of its previous long-
standing government monop-
oly, BTC controls key telecoms
infrastructure facilities that can-
not be easily duplicated, giving
it great influence over supply
and price conditions in the
Paul Hutton-Ahkenny, SRG's
president, said BTC had ignored
its interim licence, issued on
October 2,2002, which required
it to publish a RIO within 12
months of that date.
He added that SRG, trading
as IndiGo, began interconnec-
tion talks with BTC in Decem-
ber 2002, and concluded these
in June 2004 without the help of
a RIO.
"What was quite clear from
SRG's own experience is that
the power of the dominant oper-
ator means that there is no
negotiation of terms between
equals, and the PUC's apparent
willingness to be hands off with
respect to terms and conditions
of BTC's RIO is troubling," Mr
Hutton-Ashkenny wrote.
He said such an approach was
"unrealistic" given that the
Bahamian telecommunications
market was still developing,
adding: "The dominant opera-
tor [BTC] is motivated to delay
introduction of services by any
new entrant, and will use drawn
out negotiation of terms and
conditions to its advantage in
that regard.
"Further. the doninani oper-

ator has total control over price
and how it intends to charge
unless held to the requirements
of cost-oriented prices."
Cable Bahamas also pointed
out that the PUC's proposed
guidelines did not define cost-
oriented pricing, or how BTC
could show its pricing met this
condition. It said this was "in
stark contrast" to other
Caribbean nations, which had
addressed such an issue.
Cable Bahamas also pointed
out that other Caribbean
nations had dealt with colloca-
tion issues, including what BTC
had to show to deny rival oper-
ators specific points of inter-
connection, the specification of
technically and economic viable
interconnection points, and the
minimum network elements
BTC had to offer on an unbun-
dled basis.
"It will be virtually impossible
for a non-dominant operator to
challenge the reasonableness of
terms which BTC dictates when
the PUC has established no
guidelines for fair practices and
pricing, and has expressly given
BTC carte blanche to determine
the detail of the RIO, or deviate
from it if it sees fit," Cable
Bahamas said.
"Faced with the choice
.between protracted and futile
negotiation on the one hand,
and caving in to BTC's
demands on the other, non-
dominant operators will most
likely choose the latter course of
Mr Hutton-Ashkenny backed
Cable Bahamas' assertions, say-
ing the notion that any dispute
over an interconnection agree-
ment can be referred to the

PUC for resolution missed the
point, due to the delays in this
"The processing of such dis-
putes through the PUC works
to the significant advantage of
the dominant operator, and
their business goal of delay in
entry of the new operator to the
market," Mr HuttonTAshken-
ny said.
"The reality is that there is a
mismatch in objectives. The
new entrant has limited time,
needs to get to market rapidly
to generate revenue, and con-
sequently has no negotiating
power. The dominant operator
is motivated to delay entry.
"SRG's own experience mir-
rored these circumstances,
where it took 18 months to
finalise an agreement, and BTC
managed to delay six months
beyond the date when SRG was
licensed to launch competitive
services. SRG was forced to
accept terms proposed by BTC
to reach any agreement in an
acceptable timeframe."
Mr Hutton-Ashkenny urged
that BTC's standard RIO con-
tain minimal terms and condi-
tions that would facilitate com-
petition and interconnection for
new operators, "and prevent
abuse of the negotiation
process" by BTC.

the effect of increasing costs
because of the well- known rela-
tionship of higher health care
costs for older populations,"
BECon said.
"These economic concerns

must be contrasted with the fact
that the Bahamas is a small
economy with little diversity,
and is therefore more suscepti-
ble to external economic shocks
than most other nations."


UBS (Bahamas) Ltd., a leading global wealth manager, is
seeking an experienced professional to join their team as

Data and Document Management

The main duties of this position are:

* Review of client documentation
* Account opening and maintenance
* Addressing client advisors' requests and queries
* Handling client correspondence

Candidates must possess:

* Strong organizational skills
* Knowledge of "know your customer" requirements
* High level of self-motivation and ability to work
Attention to detail and commitment to service
Proficient in MS Office Applications
Associate Degree or above in Business Administration
or Accounting
Please send your written application to:
UBS (Bahamas) Ltd.
Human Resources
P.O. Box N-7757
Nassau, Bahamas


SOur client, a leading Bahamian company, with more than 135 employees and facilities throughout
The Bahamas, is seeking application for an Operations Executive to oversee imultimillon dollar

The Operations Executive will be responsible fot management of the operations of the company
and will report directly to the President The operations executive will be responsible for achieving
the operational and financial goals of the company.

Establish and implement procedures and processes to foster company growth and
Assistin strategic planning exercises
Assist in the annual budget exercise
Assistin the tainingand development of staff

Candidates must meet the following criteria
Minimum of fifteenyeas expeienceinbusiness with at least ve in an executive
level position. Leadership, management and supervision experience is required.
Previous experience i strategic planning and financialbudgeting
Bachelors Degree o higher in elated field. Masters degree preferred
Knowledge of and relations with international suppliers of food and beverages
Experience in inventory control and managing the logistics of international shipments
Knowledge of industry best practices
Proficientin operational functions ofwholesale and retailproduct distribution,
Manufacturing knowledge would also be useful
Proven ability toenhance opertionalefficiencies
Proficient in the use of the Microsoft rage of applications
Strong technical andmanagerial skills
Excellent communication, analytical and reasoningskills
Excellent organizational and time management skills
STeam Player with the ability to add value and strength to the company
Honest, hardworking and possess ability to meet deadlines

The position offers an attractive salary and benefits package, reacting the successful
applicant's experience and qualification, including a pension plan and medical coverage.

Qualified individuals should submit complete resumes induding references before September 15,
2006 to:
Mark E. M nings
Deloitt & Touche
P.. Box N-7120
Nassau, Bahamas


................... D wloitte.


Pursant to Section 4(2) (i) of The Financial Intelligence Unit Act, 2000 we
hereby advise the public and financial institutions to be aware that there are
several fraudulent schemes being perpetrated via the Internet.

Please note that it has come to our attention that persons have had
their personal information, bank account details and or funds misappro-
priated from their bank accounts after providing their personal details/
information to person or persons unknown to them over the Internet.

We hereby WARN the public not to disclose any personal banking
information to unknown individuals and or entities especially in situations
where the person or entity makes the following representations:

1. Request to provide banking information in exchange for a
promise to share a proportion of an inheritance/monies currently
being held within a dormant account, which has not been claimed
bythe next of kin as the deceased, who died tragically left no heir;

2. Payment for services, which have not been rendered, with a
promise that a portion of the money will be paid out upon
submission of bank account information.

3. Request for assistance in transferring to you a foreigner a portion
of substantial sums of monies, as the claimants state that they can
not keep the money as their respective laws forbid ownership of the

4. Claims from unknown persons or entities alleging that your
name was selected in a lottery, for which you are aware your name
was not submitted. Stipulations are imposed, such as in order to
retrieve the prize a registration fee is payable and banking
information is required.

In the event that you are in receipt of correspondence relating to any of the
aforementioned fraudulent schemes, we advise that extreme caution be

Signed: Mr. Anthony M. Johnson


Fincancial Intelligence Unit

3RD Floor

Norfolk House

Frederick Street

P.O.Box SB-50086

Nasssu, The Bahamas



Kerzner investors back $81 per share buyout

because they had something
that was making some money
and now they're out of it. It was
better than most returns they've
had out there."
BISX will lose a listing and
market capitalisation, but both
the exchange and Bahamian
capital markets will have bene-

NOTICE is hereby given that FRIDA BAPTISTE, PINE DALE,
P. BOX N-7060, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written and
sighed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from
the 22nd day of AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,


NOTICE is hereby given that GUERLANDE BREUS, OF ST
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 29th day of AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute

Introduces Development Mathematics and
English beginning September 4, 2006

Monday and Wednesday
6:00 7:50 pm
8:00 9:50 pm

Tuesday and Thursday
6:00 7:50 pm

Pricing Information As Of:

1.85 0.59 Abaco Markets
12.05 9.35 Bahamas Property FL
7.50 6.55 Bank of Bahamas
0.85 0.70 Benchmark
1.80 1.26 Bahamas Waste
1.49 1.10 Fidelity Bank
9.60 8.80 Cable Bahamas
2.20 1.39 Colina Holdings
11.10 9.00 Commonwealth Bank
6.26 4.12 Consolidated Water I
2.88 2.10 doctor's Hospital
6.21 4.02 Famguard
11.51 10.60 Finco
13.50 9.50 FirstCaribbean
11.21 9.00 Focol
1.15 1.00 Freeport Concrete
10.20 8.65 ICD Utilities
8.50 8.27 J.S. Johnson
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fited from the 'going private' and its shares will be delisted private equity partners. en mat me t .erzners ana isum-
experience with Kerzner Inter- from the NYSE. In addition, as a private cor- mar, one of their buyout part-
national, and all the Securities The Kerzners decided to pany Kerzner International will ners, owned a combined 24 per
and Exchange Commission launch the buyout because they not have to deal with Wall cent of Kerzner International
(SEC) and New York Stock felt their shareholding in the Street's short-term earnings and committed to support it.
Exchange (NYSE) rules they publicly traded Kerzner Inter- expectations or the SEC and Institutions -represented by
had to comply with. national was not enough reward NYSE rules and regulations, Board directors who voted in
Still, BISX loses one of its to compensate them for the risk which can be onerous from a favour of the buyout owned
most liquid stocks, given the they are taking with their vari- time and cost point of view. almost 15 per cent, meaning
trading and price linkages with ous expansion projects. The Kerzners can now con- that the Kerzners had support
the New York market. Now, the Kerzners' combined centrate on the company's from almost 40 per cent of the
When the buyout is complet- stake will rise from around 12 expansion plans without any shares prior to the meeting.
ed, Kerzner International will per cent to about 25 per cent as reporting distractions. Some 50 per cent plus one
no longer have to comply with a result of the buyout contem- The shareholder vote in favour shareholder votes were all that
SEC reporting requirements, plated by themselves and their does not come as a surprise, giv- was required to approve it.

BTC hits out at 'anti-competitive' portrayal

FROM page one
alleged refusal to allow expan-
sion of the number of joining
circuits between the two com-
panies' points of interconnec-
Mr Hutton-Ashkenny said all
three disputes had gone well
beyond the six-month time-
frame stipulated in the
Telecommunications Act for
the PUC to resolve disputes.

"Operators must have confi-
dence that disputes with respect
to services will be heard
promptly and fairly," Mr Hut-
ton-Ashkenny said, adding that
the performance to date had
been "less than satisfactory".
Onthe proposed intercon-
nection guidelines, Mr Hutton-
Ashkenny said the PUC could
not take the position that it
would only hear disputes
between telecoms carriers, after


NOTICE is hereby given that DELROY ANTHONY MORGAN,
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 29th day of August, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Freeport, Bahamas.



(In Voluntary Liquidation) hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which
commenced on the 28th of August 2006.
The Liquidator is Argos.Corp.-Inc.. P. O.
Box N-7757 Nassati, Bah nias.


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* Meets or exceeds manufacturer's specifications
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Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value "" 30 June 2006
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an interconnection agreement
had been signed, when no alter-
native dispute mechanism exist-
He argued that this could not
be done if the dispute involved
services, such as points of inter-
connection or the provision of
joining circuits, as this would
impede competition.
"The dominant operator can-
not be allowed to impede com-
petition by simply refusing to
provide such services, safe in

the knowledge that it will not-
be held accountable by the reg-
ulator, and that it can instead
engage in a long, drawn out and
expensive arbitration exercise
that is designed to frustrate the
expansion of services by its
competitor," Mr Hutton-
Ashkenny said.
He argued that post-agree-
ment disputes relating to ser-
vices had to be heard by the
PUC via a proper process, and
specified timeframe.


(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which
commenced on the 28th of August 2006.
The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O.
Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.




Notice is hereby given that in accordance
with Sectionl38 (8) of the international
Business Companies Act 2000,the
dissolution of TAMUS HILLS INC. has
been completed; a Certificate of
Dissolution has been issued and the
Company has therefore been struck off
the register.



UBS (Bahamas) Ltd., a leading global wealth manager, is
seeking an experienced professional to join their team as

Operations Securities Specialist

In order to meet our requirements all applicants
must possess:

Minimum of BA in Accounting, Banking or Finance
or min. three years work experience in the securities
Strong emphasis in trade processing, settlements,
corporate actions;
Highly skilled in all aspects of Mutual funds subscription
and Redemption;
Keen knowledge of complex financial instruments i.e
Structured products, hedge funds;
Strong problem resolution skills;
Excellent oral and written communication skills;
Proficient in Microsoft Excel, bloomberg, telekurs;
Completion of the Series 7 or Series 6 course is a plus;
Supervisory skills is a plus.

Written applications by Bahamian nationals only
should be addressed to:

UBS (Bahamas) Ltd.

Human Resources

P.O. Box N-7757

Nassau, Bahamas

FROM page one
per cent return on their invest-
ment via capital appreciation.
This is probably one of the best
investment returns the Bahamian
capital markets have witnessed.
One source said: "Bahamians
are probably a little upset,

.: 0Q0, 9:50 pm

Want to improve your Math or English skills?
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PO. BOX N-167
Nassau, The Bahamas
August 31, 2006


In the estate of CYNTHIA HOWE ARMOUR, late of the
City of New York, in the State of New York, one of the
United State of South 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
Probate Side by LORI ELIZABETH LOWE, of Lakeview
Road, in the Eastern District on the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized Attorney
in The Bahamas, for obtaining the Resealed Grant of
Letters of Testamentary in the above estate granted to
COMPANY, Executors, by the Surrogates' Court of New
York County in the State of New York, on the 6th day of
August, 2004.

K. Mackey
(for) Registrar

August 31, 2006

No. 2006/PRO/npr/00430

Whereas OTIS DEVEAUX of The Northern District, New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, Attorney by Deed of Power of Attorney
for the brother has fride application to the Supreme
Court of the Balamrs, for Letters of Administratiornof
the Real and Perofial Estate of VENSIL B. DEVEAUX
late of Our Lucaya in the Southern District, Freeport,
Grand Bahama, 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.

D. Robinson
S(for) Registrar

August 31, 2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00431

In the Estate of JOAN HARRISON late of 31 Sudeley
Street, Camden Passage in the Town of Islington in the
County of England,

Notice is hereby given that after the expiration
of 14 days from the date hereof, application will be made
to/the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, on its Probate
Side by RHONDA L. C. HULL of The Township of Marsh
Harbour, Abaco, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, is the Authorized
Attorney in The Bahamas, for obtaining the Resealed
Grant to Probate in the above estate granted to KEITH
GEORGE STUART, The Personal Representative, by the
District Probate Registry at Winchester in the High Court
of Justice, England on the 9th day of March, 2005.

D. Robinson
(for) Registrar

August 31, 2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00432


Poinciana Drive, Freeport, Grand Bahama, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, the Lawful
Widow has made application to the Supreme Court of
the Bahamas, for Letters of Administration of the Real
and Personal Estate of JAMES GARDINER late of No.
129 Poinciana Drive, Freeport, Grand Bahama, 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.

D. Robinson
(for) Registrar

August 31, 2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00433
Whereas RONALD LLOYD, of The Western District, New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, the Eldest Lawful Son has made application
to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of
Administration of the Real and Personal Estate of OTIS
LLOYD late of Mayor's on the Island of Crooked 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.
D. Robinson
(for) Registrar

August 31, 2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00434
of Mareva House, 4 George Street, New Providence, one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
Attorney by Deed of Power of Attorney for USBANK, the
Executor 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 LILLIAN
Place, Ft. Thomas in the County of Campbell in the State
of Kentucky 41075, U.S.A.,

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

August 31, 2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00436

BEATRICE ANN RUSSELL, late of 114 Hesketh Street,
Chevy Chase, Montgomery, Maryland,

Nofice.rfiery'lgiven that after the expiration of
fourteen dayfrrom tjt date hereof, application will be
made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas on its
Probate Side by FREDERICK F. GOTTLIEB, of Marsh
Harbour, Abaco, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized Attorney
in.The Bahamas, for obtaining the Resealed Grant of
Letters of Administration in the above estate granted to
JOHN B. DUNN, Personal Representative, by the State
of Maryland.Montgomery County, Office of the Register
of Wills, on the 23rd day of January, 2006.
K. Mackey
(for) Registrar

August 31, 2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00437
GRIFFING, late of the City of Rutland, Vermount, U.S.A.;

Notice is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourten days from the date hereof, application will be
made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas on its
Probate Side by FREDERICK F. GOTTLIEB, of Marsh
Harbour, Abaco, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized Attorney
in The Bahamas, for obtaining the Resealed Grant of
Appointment of Administrator in the above estate granted
to PATRICIA W. GRIFFING, Administratrix, by the Probate
Court for the District of Rutland on the 21st day of June,
K. Mackey
(for) Registrar

August 31, 2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00441
In the Estate of ANNA L. BOUDREAULT, late of the City
of Los Gatos in the State of California, U.S.A.,

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
Probate Side by JETHRO L. MILLER, of the City of
Freeport, Grand Bahama, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, is the
Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas, for obtaining the
Resealed Grant of Letters of Testamentary in the above
estate granted to BRENDA BAINS and ROBERT
BOUDEREAULT, the Executors by the Superior Court
of California, County of Santa Clara Probate Department
in and for the State of California, U.S.A., on the 14th day
of September, 2005
D. Robinson
(for) Registrar

August 31, 2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00442

In the Estate of GEORGE MUSGROVE late of The city of
New Haven in the State of Connecticut, U.S.A.,

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
Probate Side by JETHRO L. MILLER, of The City of
Freeport, Grand Bahama, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, is the
Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas, for obtaining the
Resealed Grant of Letters of Administration in the above
estate granted to ALTHEA NORCOTT, the Personal
Representative by the Court of Probate, District of West
Haven in and for the Stat of Connecticut, U.S.A., on the
19t day of March, 2004.
D. Robinson
(for) Registrar

August 31,2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00443

Whereas LYNDON O'BRIEN CURTIS, of Florida Court,
Englerston, Eastern District, New Providence, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, the Only
Son has made application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas, for Letters of Administration of the Real and
Personal Estate of VELMA CURTIS late of Florida Court,
Englerston, 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

August 31, 2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00444

Whereas ARLINGTON WOOD, of Carmichael Road, 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 JOSEPH HENRY WOOD,
late of Gregory Town, Eleuthera, 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

August 31, 2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00445

In the Estate of KATHLEEN CASSIDY, late of 49 Dennis
Park, Crescent, Wimbledon, Lodon of the United Kingdom,

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration
of fourteen days from the date hereof, application will
be made to te Supreme Court of The Bahamas, on its
Probate Side by ROSHAR G. BROWN of George Town,
Exuma, one of the Islands of The Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, is the Authorized Attorney
in The Bahamas, for obtaining the Resealed Grant of
Probate in the above estate granted to PETER DAVID
Executors by the High Court of Justice District Probate
Registry at Brighton, London on the 26th day of May,

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

P.O. BOX N-167
Nassau, The Bahamas
August 31 2006


In the estate of MARJORIE MARY FURLONG, late of
46 Marina Court, 35-37, Marina, Bexhill on Sea, East
Sussex of The United Kingdom,


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
Probate Side by ROSHAR G. BROWN of George Town,
Exuma, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, is the Authorized Attorney
in The Bahamas, for obtaining Resealed Grant of Probate
in the above estate granted to GEOFFREY FURLONG,
the Executor by the High Court of Justice District Probate
Registry at Brighton, London on the 21st day of February,

D. Robinson
(for) Registrar.


Basketball community pays

tribute to Philip Poitier

Senior Sports Reporter
HE WAS remembered as a
"legend" on the basketball
court, a "visionary leader"
and an "astute organiser."
But, most importantly, Philip
'Cabbage' Poitier was consid-
ered a "giant of a man in a
small body."
On Saturday morning the
sporting world, the basketball
community and the Alpa
Capa fraternity got the news
that Poitier had passed away
at the age of 55.
During the Bahamas Vol-
leyball Federation's XI
Caribbean Volleyball Cham-
pionships at the Kendal Isaacs
Gymnasium, a number of per-
sons who had the opportunity
to play and watch Poitier
offered their sentiments. .
His close friend and team-
mate Sharon 'the General'
Storr, said Poitier was proba-
bly regarded as the steering
wheel for the famed Kentucky
Colonels and the man instru-
mental in putting the basket-
ball in his hands.
"He brought me into the
Colonels' organisation in
1967. But a lot of people
probably don't know that he

'A giant of a man

in a small body'

was a much better guard than
I was," said Storr, who has
been viewed by many as the
best floor general to play the
game. "He was pretty much
better but I gained the advan-
tage on him when I went to
"But when the Colonels
was formed, he was actually
the point guard on the team. I
was actually the shooting
guard, but I ended up with
the ball in my hand because
he was unselfish as a point
guard and that made it
seemed as if I was the better
of the two."

Prior to playing with the
Colonels, Storr and Poitier
helped to form a dynamic
backcourt duo from 1964-66
that went undefeated in the
junior boys division for SAC,
along with Van Delaney.

When he graduated from
SAC in 1968, Poitier went to
Florida Memorial University
where they didn't have a
vibrant basketball pro-
gramme, diminishing his
On their return home, Poiti-
er did a short teaching stint
at AF Adderley High before
he moved to the Ministry of
Youth and Sports where he
and Storr rekindled their
They worked together on a
number of projects, including
the organising of the Father
Marcian Peters Invitational,
the Mychal 'Sweet Bells'
Thompson/Osbourne 'Goose'
Lockhart Basketball Camp
and the Bahamas Games.
"He was one of the guys
that was all around and really
cared for people," Storr point-
ed out. "He kept us together
as an organisation with the
Colonels, at work. We called
him the social man because

he was the one who always
arranged the parties and so
forth. We were like brothers.
We grew up in that same
pants and shirt era."
According to Mark 'T'
Clarke, Poitier was like a fam-
ily member.
"He was a very good per-
son, an individual that I never
saw got angry. He would be
angry for a minute, but he was
friendly as ever," he said. "He
was a team player, not selfish
because on the Colonels,
before he shot the ball, he
would give it up to whoever
was open.
"He was just as good or
even better than a ball han-
dler than Sharon. He was less
selfish than Sharon, but he
just gave the ball up more
than Sharon."
Arch rival Peter Gilcud,
who played with the Beck's
Cougars against the Colonels,
said when he went to SAC in
1966, Poitier was one of those
persons who helped him to
play basketball.
"In learning the game, he
was a very unselfish person.
He was a good leader at the
junior level and at the senior
level, who tried to make sure
that everybody scored,"
Gilcud pointed out.

There were three key
areas that he engaged in that
Gildcud said he will never for-
The first being former
SACers, the second in their
Colonels-Cougars rivalry that
transcended the participation
of sporting fans that is seen
today and his involvement in
the organisation of sports.

"He was giant in a small
man's body in sports," Gilcud
stressed. "I remember people
in this country could not live
without either being a
Colonel or a Cougar and
when you look at it, it was
something that has propelled
us all to what we are today."
Gilcud said Poitier also
encouraged him to become a
life-time member, of the
Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.
Basketball referee Freddie
Brown said, during his high
school days, Poitier was one
of those players whom he
emulated, watching play with
the Colonels.
"Just finding out that he
passed away is a tough time
for me, knowing what he has
done for sports," Brown stat-

ed. "Up to the time of his
death, we were coordinating
certain things for basketball
with the Ministry of Sports.
So even though I'm sitting
here in the gym, my mind is
still on Phil."
Former women's national
basketball coach Anthony
Swaby, still shocked on hear-
ing the news, said: "We seem
to be losing those persons
who excelled in basketball
when it was at its highest lev-
"Being from SAC, it was
kind of a double dose, but I
know he will be missed by his
friends and my condolences
go out to his family," said
Swaby, who, as a member of
Commonwealth Bank, played
against Poitier and the
Colonels, but he also watched
him play for SAC.
"Unfortunately, we know
that people are ill and in the
hospital and we always say
we're going to visit them the
next day and most of the time
we don't. So it's going to be a
great loss to the basketball
community. It's tough right
He is survived by his wife
Cynthia, three sons and a host
of family members and

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inside the Kendal Isaacs
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women's teams in the XI
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the Trinidad & Tobago
men's team pose after
their silver medal perfor-
mance at the XI Caribbean
Volleyball Championships
on Sunday night at the
Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium.

BELOW: Barbados'
Elwin Oxley tries to get
this spike in over the out-
stretched arms of Trinidad
and Tobago's Marc-
Anthony Honore in their
men's championship game
on Sunday night at the
Kendal Issacs Gymnasium.

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vidual award winners, at the XI
Caribbean Volleyball Champi-
onships that wrapped up on
Sunday night at the Kendal
Isaacs Gymnasium.

I Men's Division
Most Valuable player Elwin
Oxley (Barbados).
Best scorer Paulina Gilbert
(Netherlands Antilles).
Best spiker Marc-Anthony
Honore (Trinidad).
Best blocker Eric Mondingue
Best digger Mackenzie Allen
Best setter Janga Remey
(Netherlands Antilles).
Best receiver Ebram Raphael
(Netherlands Antilles).
Best libero Martin Vaughn
Best server Dany Wilson
Ladies' Division
Most Valuable player Kelly-
Ann Billingy (Barbados).
Best scorer Kelsie Johnson
Best spiker Kelly-Ann
Billingy (Trinidad).
Best blocker Kelsie Johnson
Best digger Katrina Wick-
ham (Barbados).
Best setter Melissa Schjabng-
Simmons (US Virgin Islands).
Best receiver Ghislaine
Ismenord (Haiti).
Best libero Katrina Wickham
Best server Kelly-Ann
Billingy (Trinidad).

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THE Bahamas Body-
THE Bahamas Body-
building and Fitness
Federation will be send-
ing off a versatile team
to the Central American
and Caribbean Champi-
onships in Kingston,
Jamaica next month.
And according to
head coach Leonardo
'Nardo' Dean, while the
team is a small one, they
are expecting all of the
competitors to medal in
their respective cate-
"It's a pretty strong
team," reflected Dean,
who will be assisted by
Quinton Gray and Clif-
ford Seymour. "We
have one or two newd
"But with the excep-.
tion of them, we have a
number of competitors
who have been there
before. So we are look-
ing for them to medal
because we feel they
should be in the top
three in all of their cate-
Dean said before they
leave on September 26,
they are still appealing
to corporate Bahamas.
to come forth and lend
them their financial
Federation president
Danny Sumner will trav-
el as head of the delega-
tion. The team will be
managed by Dereck


Paul Wilson will rep-
resent the country in the
men's bantamweight
division; Ian Williams in
the lightweight and well-
terweight; Raymond
Tucker in the light-mid-
dleweight as well as
Masters and Jay Darling
in the middleweight.
Jena Mackev "ill head
the women's category in
the heavyweight and
Charmaine McNabb in
the middleweight and
In the fitness catego-
ry, Lizette McKinney
and Dominique Wilkin-
son will both compete in
the body fitness and
Samantha Sweeting will
participate in the fit-
Fay Rolle is also
entered in the body fit-
ness, but she may also
compete in the body-
building segment.
Tucker and Mackey
are expected to team up
again as they attempt to
defend their title.
However, Dean said if
there is any weaknesses
on the team, it's in the
fact that they don't have
any competitors entered
in the heavyweight divi-
"That is something
that we need to work on
so that we can at least
have a full team com-
peting," he added. "Plus
we need to work on get-
ting some more ladies
Immediately when
they return from
Jamaica, the federation
will be sending off Dar-
ling, Wilson, Williams
and Tucker to compete
in the World Games in
the Czech Republic in
Sumner will once
again travel as the head
of delegation and Dean
will be the coach.


FraPnk Rahlmino to coach

Ameicas World up team

Senior Sports Reporter
FOR the second consecu-
tive time, Frank 'Pancho'
Rahming will travel with the
Americas team as a coach at
the IAAF World Cup in Ath-
This year's World Cup will
be staged in Athens, Greece
from August 16-17, one week
after the IAAF World Ath-
letics Final is held in Stuttgart,
Rahming will be one of two
coaches named to the Ameri-
cas team. He will have respon-
sibility for the relays. The oth-"
er coach is from Brazil.
The last World Cup was
held in 2002 in Madrid, Spain.
"I was the relay coach the
last time with a coach from
Jamaica," Rahming noted.

Athletics event to

be staged in Athens

"This year, it's just me work-
ing.with the relays,. so we will
have to wait to see who will be
coming to the World Cup first.

"The:team has been select-
ed by rankings, but the ath-
letes will have to declare if
they intend to run or not. If
they are not, then we will have
to look at finding some
replacements for them. Until
we get there, we won't know
what the team will look like."
Bahamian athletes named

to this year's team are Deb-
bie Ferguson-McKenzie and
Chandra Sturrup for the wom-
en's 4 x 100 relay, Tonique
Williams-Darling and Chris-
tine Amertil for the women's
4 x 4 relay and Christopher
'Bay' Brown for the men's 4 x
4 relay.
"You just go there arid \ ou
work with the athletes who
are there," Rahming said.
"These athletes have their
personal coaches, so you just
have to try to get them to
work together as an unit."
In 2002, the Americas team

won three out of the four
relays. The they did-
n't win was the men's 4 x 100
that went to the United States.
The Americasas second.
No Bahamians have been
named to compete in any of
the individual events.

In Spain. Ferguson-McKen-
zie clocked 22.49 seconds to
win the gold medal in the
women's 200. It was the first
and only gold medal that an
individual from the Bahamas
has won at the, meet, held
every two years since 1997.
Sturrup was a silver medal
winner in 1998,in Johannes-
burg, Republic of South
Africa in the 100 in 10.97
behind American Marion
Jones' winning time of 10.65.

Mary Onyali of Nigeria, rep-
resenting Africa, 'got the
bronze in 11.05.
All of times posted in the
century were area records.
In 1992 in Havana, Cuba,
Frank Rutherford also
claimed a silver in the men's
triple jump. ith a leap of
17.06 metres behind world
record holder Jonathan
Edwards, who soared 17.34
for the gold for Great Britain.
The only other individual
medal for the Bahamas came
from: Troy McIntosh with a
bronze in the men's 400 in
1998 in Johannesburg when
he clocked 45.45. Iwan
Thomas of Great Britain took
the gold in 45.33 and Ameri-
can Jerome Young secured
the. silver in 45.37.
All times posted in the
quarter-mile were area

Barbados' men, Trinidad and

Tobaio's women celebrate

championship victories

Senior Sports Reporter
SWHILE Barbados' men avenged a
pre ious 1oss to Trinidad & Tobaigo
to retain their title, their women
relinquished their crown at the end
of the XI Caribbean Volleyball
Sunday's grand finale at the
Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium proved
to be a spectacular display of the
high level of competition that exists
in the Caribbean.
In the men's feature contest, that
brought the curtain down on the
week-long tournament, Barbados
played like true champions as they
stunned Trinidad & Tobago 25-22,
25-23, 25-23 to clinch their third
straight and 12th title since the even-
t's inception in 1991.
"We played great. We had our
game plan and we struck to it," said
Bajan power hitter Renier Grace.
"We knew that we were the best
team here and so we just had to go
out and prove it."

Coach Loger Niles said they have
been winning-for so long that he
wasn't concerned at all about
whether or not his team would rise
to perform big in another champi-
onship game. He said this one was
for bragging rights.
"Trinidad beat us in Colombia and
they were bragging and bragging and
we were out for revenge," Niles
reflected. "I told the Trinidadian
coach that I'm going to give him
three straight.
"All of my guys were focused and
we gave them a warning. They just
went out there and did it in three
straight, as we had predicted."
Fabian Cox, one of the shortest
players on the team, soared high in
scoring 11 kills and Grace added
eight to lead Barbados. Elwin Oxley
and Dale Addison had five and three
block shots respectively.
Oxley was named the most valu-
able player.


* MEMBERS of the Barbados men's volleyball team collect their trophies and medals after winning the XI Caribbean
Volleyball Championship title on Sunday night at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium. At left is Bahamas Volleyball Feder-
ation President Don Cornish and behind the flag is Mushtaque Mohammed, the president of the hosts, Caribbean Vol-
leyball Federation.
(Photo: Franklyn G Ferguson)

Trinidad got a game high 13 kills
from high leaping Marc-Anthony
Honore with three blocks and Tash
Nolan added 10 kills, while Jessel
Davis had three blocks.
Head coach Gideon Dickson said
they were caught flat-footed and out-
played by the Bajans.
"Barbados played like champions
and they deserved to win," he said.
"We have never been in these terri-
tories in a final, so once we got here,
I felt that we just choked."
Trinidad improved on their fourth
place finish from the last champi-
Meanwhile, Trinidad & Tobago's
women's team seemed poised for a
three-game sweep over Barbados.
But the defending champions fought

back to even the set scores before
Trinidad stormed back to win their
first senior title since 1996.

Teenage power hitter Kelly-Ann
Billingy, who helped Trinidad win
the past three junior CVC titles,
sparked their rally as they pulled off
a 25-17, 25-12, 22-25, 23-25, 15-12
decision to snatch the title away
from Barbados.
"It was a job well done," Billingy
noted. "Barbados has been a tough
champion. We've been trying for
years to beat them and we finally
did it. It just feels great to be the

Billingy was voted the MVP after
she had a game high 23 kills with
five assists to carry Trinidad & Toba-
go on her shoulders. Rheeza Grant
also played big with 16 kills. Karen
Moses helped out with five blocks.
Bajan coach Paul Payne said he
was confident that they would
retained their title.
"I thought that we should have
won it, but we made too many
unforced errors in the last set. That
was not good," he stated. "But we
hung in there. We fought Trinidad to
the end.
"But you can't come from two sets
down, win the next two to force a
fifth set and then give up as many
errors as we did and still expect to

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Three years on, families


Sea Hauler victims look back

Tribune Feature Writer

A t 77 years old, and fail-
ing in health, after
many surgeries and threats of
strokes, Beuna Cleare has the
responsibility of raising nine
young children in a small three-
bedroom, one-bath home on
Andros Avenue, In fact, 15 peo-
ple occupy the quaint little yel-
low and green home,
Not by choice, but as a matter
of circumstance, Ms Cleare is
simply trying to make it raising
her daughters' brood.
In August, 2003, her daugh-
ters, Brenda Smith-Ellis and
Brunell Smith-Leslie, died when
the Sea Hauler mailboat collided
with the United Star en route to
the Cat Island Regatta.
By default, she became the
children's primary caregiver,
using a miniscule $70 cheque
from the Department of Social
Services, proceeds from snack
sales and plaiting straw, to
finance the children.
What family and friends, and
interested persons in the neigh-
bourhood don't do, just won't
get done since government .
ministers appear to have no
interest in this family's situation,
according to Mrs Cleare.
"Life for the family is hard
and gets even harder as the days
go by sometimes it becomes .
unbearable," said Roseamae
Smith, a sister of the two dead
Ms Smith, who was herself a
victim on the Sea Hauler, still
bearing scars on the head and
arms from being hit by the
falling crane, said she misses her
sisters and doesn't think she will
travel on a mailboat again.
Roseamae still suffers from
severe headaches and has not
worked since the,accident
because of health problems,
Ms Cleare, who is still suffer-
ing from the loss and having to
deal with the burden that is left
for her alone, had travelled to
Cat Island for a getaway from.
all of the stress that surrounds
Sher, said daughter Roseamae,
S While Ms Cleare said she had-
n't comes to grips with the loss of
her two daughters, she said that
sometimes she still sit and waits,
hoping that some day they both
Swill return home.


Not only have the deaths affect-
ed older family members, but
also little Brenae. At the time of
her mother's death, she was bare-
ly two, but she still remembers
her mother's passing.
Reminiscing on her mother's
life, five-year-old Brenae Smith,
daughter of Brunel, said with an
innocent smile: "I miss my moth-
er very much and I love my
mummy very much."
When asked what she missed
most about her mother, little
Brenae said she missed going to
the movies and spending time

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with her, all; she always made sure that "My mother is old, almost 80
Even though Ms Cleare loved the bills were paid, that there years old, and someone in the
both of her daughters the same, was food in the house, and made government should be able to
and never made distinction sure that everything as always help her only if for the children,
between any of them, there are in order," said Ms Cleare. They have their priorities in the
some things that Ms Cleare said While Roseamnae thinks the wrong place," said Roseamae.
she misses about Brenda, government could do something At this time of year, everyone
"I wish that Brenda was still to assist, she said nothing was is busy preparing their children
here. It wouldn't be no stress at. being done, for back-to-school, but this fam-

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ily is bus\ irving to think of ways
to make extra money to prepare
their children for school, which is
only two weeks away.
Roseamae said her mother
has a property already, and
thinks that the government

should build her a house on the
property so that the children
could have somewhere comfort-
able to live.
Roseamae said: "Sometimes
there is not enough food, but my
mummy always makes sure that
all of the children get something
to eat."
The Smith family are calling
on the government to step in
and help in any way they can.
Deputy Prime Minister and
local MP. Cynthia Pratt
expressed her disappointment
about the family's accusations.
"If no-one else receives help
from me in my area, the Smith
family are the first to get any-
thing frori me. I help as often
as I can because these children
are innocent and deserve to have
the same things like everyone
else in the community."
Mrs Pratt said that every week
she sees to it that the family
receives a bag/of groceries and
also clothing for the children.
When asked about the $70
cheque the Smiths receive from
the Department qf Social Ser-
vices, Mrs Pratt said the govern-
ment is doing its best to assist
the family.
"There are some 5,000 per-
sons that receive assistance on
a monthly basis and the govern-
ment is doing the best they can
to help the Smith family and oth-
ers hurt in the Sea Hauler acci-
dent," she said.
However, Mrs Pratt said that
because the case is still before
the courts there is nothing else
that the government can do at
this time.
While the Smiths know the
government cannot bring their
family members back, they are,
calling on the government to
assist them in making their lives

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WHEN I entered 12th grade at a
Nassau secondary school in Sep-
tember, 1999, having a baby was
the furthest thing from my mind.
With my hopes of entering jour-
nalism or creative writing school
(which I later did), I felt sorry for
the two or three classmates who
were already wearing engagement
rings they were crazy to be set-
tling down at such an early age.
Wasn't our generation supposed
to be liberated from' the social strait-
jacket of our mother's era, when an
education was valued but not as
much as a "Mrs" degree?
But a tragic thing happened to
me on June 17,1999, when I attend-
ed our school's music award ban-
quet. I was date-raped by a very
close high school friend's older
He escorted us to the banquet
and within our first hour together he
displayed warmth and intelligence.
His sense of humour jibed perfect-
ly with mine. We discussed the
many problems I had faced in my
home and all the institutions I had
lived in, in the past. He showed con-
cern as if he was just being a friend
with a listening ear.
That night we left the banquet,
my friend (his brother) asked him to
take me horne first, seeing that we

THINK young motherhood means a life
sentence? Au contraire. Teenage pregnancy
is common in Bahamian society, but I
encourage teen mothers to keep their eyes
on the prize. Here's how I conquered my

struggle as a teen monm

were already in my area and they
lived out east. ,
I should have caught on from the
moment he declined his brother's
offer but said he would take me
home "after he dropped his home-
boy and his homeboy's girlfriend to
a hotel." I guess I didn't want to
misjudge him so I remained in an
optimistic state of mind, which I lat-
er realized was the peak of my vul-
We arrived where they lived and
he dropped his brother home. He
then dropped his friend and the
young lady who accompanied his
friend home, which was probably
the only honest thing he had said all
night. ,
The next morning, we were still
together and, after a long night, I
just wanted to go home and rest.
He pulled on to a rugby field in that
area and parked the car.
While we were there he started
touching me in places he did not
have permission to touch. I told him
to stop, fighting, grabbing and biting

him, but his intent to be intimate
with me was not going to be pre-
I was trapped in his car, with
power-locks managed by the dri-
ver. He began penetrating me as I
lay there staring at the roof of his
car and glancing at the trees out-
side the window that were not able
to hear my cry.
When he was finished with me
he was not satisfied, so he took me
to Montagu Beach and raped me a
second time. He did not have my
consent, but he surely had my trust.
When he wa's finally through
defiling my body, he took me home.
Later that evening when I got home
I received a call from him saying
that he wanted to talk to me, I was
very upset about what had hap-
pened, so I hung up the phone and
went to bed, I never told anyone
right away, because my aunts, who
I was staying with, hated me. And
my mom and I were not that close,
so I tried to be a big girl and dealt
with my ordeal alone.

Several weeks later I began expe-
riencing symptoms of pregnancy;
so I called my friend (his brother)
and asked if I could speak with him
so that I could tell him that I was
We spoke and he had decided to
get me Humpreys 11, a pill used to
regulate or bring down delayed or
irregular menses. He later called
back saying that he went to certain
drug stores and that he could not
find the pill, and that was the last I
heard from him until I had my
I went to high school until I was
six months, expected to have grad-
uated in June of 2000, but I was
enrolled at the PACE school for
teenage mothers. It was different
from what I was used to but I had
fallen in love with the baby inside of
me, despite the circumstances of
I graduated the programme with
honours and sat six Bahamas Gen-
eral Certificate of Secondary Edu-
cation subjects. The results were
incredible: I obtained As and Bs
only. I was also honoured by the
Testing Evaluation Unit in collabo-
ration with the University of Cam-
bridge for achieving the second
highest results in the Bahamas.
Today, my daughter is six years
old. She is all I ever wanted to be at
that age, She is beautiful, smart, lov-
ing and talented. I am grateful to
God for her and also my son, who
belongs to me and my husband. I
have forgotten about how my
daughter was brought into this
world; but will never forget how she
changed my life.
The simplest explanation of why
I kept her after I was raped was
that, for the first time in my life, I
was given someone who I learned to
love and who in time would grow to
love me back. I was now being giv-
en the responsibility of nurturing
and caring for someone other than
myself, In a sense, I just wanted to
build a better relationship with my
child than my mother and I had.
Emotionally there were advan-
tages to becoming a teen mother.
The first Was the fact that I became
a woman, I wised up. I became
mature:.realised life was worth liv-
ing and, no matter how I was
impregnated, I had no power to
choose whether my child lived or
I also had a lot of help from my
mom, Our relationship grew
through my daughter, who is now
the blood that pumps through her
heart. My mom does all she can for
my daughter and has always been
there ever since I had her,
Of all the challenges of teen
motherhood, the biggest was finding
a social group that I could relate to.
While friends of mine were studying
to be doctors in Cuba, I was build-
ing bridges and achieving more than
they will in their lifetime.
But every time I got depressed, I
would picture my daughter in my
arms or marvel at her aquatic gym-
nastics inside my belly and feel a
deep love thit can only be com-
pared to receiving the gift of salva-
It was this sense of rightness that
confirmed I had not made a mis-
take of having her so young. The
point is, at an age when most of my
friends will still be chauffeuring their
kids to daycare, I will be free to cre-
ate a whole new life for myself and
so will my children.
Most important, I think, is that
prospective parents know them-
selves, It is an unusual 15-year-old
who is more interested in Huggies
Pampers than partying. But if you
are lucky enough to have found
someone you love'while you are
both still young, if you're both
equally enthusiastic about becoming
parents and able to find a way to
swing it financially, then I say go'
for it.
SI am not ashamed of my story
because it gave me an ultimatum. I
had a choice to be a survivor or
remain a victim, so I have survived.
It is pointless to dwell on the things
of the past. You should always
remember your past and learn from
Remember, it's not where you've
been, it's where you're going! At
least, I'll eventually be the best-
looking grandmother on my block.
Be encouraged!



THE next time you're in
the supermarket, watch the
check-out for soy milk and
veggie burgers.
Slowly but surely, the
country is catching on to
healthier eating. The
increased assortment of
health and organic foods
available today are telling.
I've been a vegetarian
for the better part of 13
years and a vegan for a fair
portion of that time, So I
have a decent idea of the
benefits of healthy living
through healthy eating.
One of many things I'm
asked is how I've managed
this for so long. It really
hasn't been easy and has
required substantial disci-
Sometimes I get tired of
monitoring myself and
don't want to do it but I
persevere because I have
proven that it is better for
me. Being a vegetarian, in
this especially non-vege-
tarian country, is incredi-
bly challenging but ever
more people are finding
that there's something sig-
nificant to be said for the
lifestyle. Even folks who
still eat meat and'animal
products are noting the
Other than questions
about myself, I often get
comments like "I was a
vegetarian once but only
for six months" or "I tried
it but it wasn't for me".
There are also state-
ments like "Oh well,
you're gonna die from
something" or "my people
have eaten this way for
centuries" or "my grand-
father ate meat all his life
and lived 'til he was 95",
Unbelievably, the com-
mentary of 2006 is as it was
in 1996, Folks still argue
against the validity of a
diet filled with a predomi-.
nance of fruits, vegetables,
whole grains and fibres
compared to one filled pre-
dominantly with meat,
dairy, salty seasonings and
sweet pastries.
But the (local) statistics
of illness and death from
the effects of diabetes and
high cholesterol namely
stroke, heart attack and
cancer show that our
diets are seriously affect-
ing our life spans.
Here, the life expectan-
cy of the average person
was once in the mid to
upper 70s.,.now it's 62
years for males, 69 years
for females, with a nation-
al average of 65 years. In a
technologically and med-
ically improved world, why
are we living for consider-
ably shorter lives?
Sadly, a lot of the dam-
age to our bodily struc-
tures and functions is done
between childhood and
early adulthood, In this
same period most of our
dietary habits are formed
and it becomes progres-
sively harder to break the
cycle of bad eating, It is
only when our bodies start
to age that we discover the
impact of our early eating
As a child, I ate lots of
fast food and eventually
paid the price difficulty
with digestion, I wish I had
known a better way to eat
when I was younger. I
wish, too, that someone
had pointed me in a
healthier direction.
But instead of wishful
thinking now, wouldn't it
be in tandem with our cul-
tural and religious
strengths of taking care of
our 'temples' as we do
spiritually and mentally, if

we took care of our 'tem-
ples' with what we feed
For a moment, could we
forget about trying to sole-
ly justify eating habits with
tradition or biblical scrip-
tures? Biology clearly
shows us the effects of
food on our bodies. And,
religiously speaking, if you
believe biology is of your
creator, then it would seem
to me that the clearest
path for good health has
already been well-defined
in the world around us.
On Sunday past, I hap-
pened upon Joel Osteen's
sermon for the day on a
very surprising but perti"
nent subject. It's not often
that you hear a pastor or
evangelist incorporate
food and nutrition into the
But this young preacher
made it clear to his listen-
ers that good nutrition is
as necessary for the body
as the gospel is necessary
for the soul.
For him, the physical
realities of contemporary
society go hand-in-hand
with spiritual success, such
that spiritual and physical
well-being must be nur-
tured concurrently.
I know that many in
Joel Osteen's audience
probably sat or walked
away offended after hear-
ing his sermon. He even
made a joke that the ush-
ers had locked all the
doors of the building as he
Some people may
choose not to return to his
church and some may be
reluctant to tune into his
broadcast, after now. The
truth is a rude awaken-
er.,.a lightning bolt of real-
ity...and it injures us when
we know we've not lived
up to our own expectations
-especially when we com-
pare what we are to what
we were made to be...and
fall short,
Luckily, it is not too late
to eat more nutritiously,
even if we've already
acquired some illness
caused by years of
unhealthy eating,
Our capacity for
improvement never ends -
we can still live healthier
lives at age 70, as we could
at age 10, if we respect our
bodies and their capabili-
ties. Don't we owe it to
each other to be encour-
aging instead of disparag-
And isn't it easier to pay
the cost of a healthy
lifestyle spread over an
entire lifetime while you're
still well, than all at once
when you've fallen ill?
At long last, a favourite
messenger and contempo-
rary Christian minister -
who is not a vegetarian or
a Seventh-Day Adventist
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WHILE many students
flock to take courses in bio-
chemistry with hopes to one
.day move on to med-school
--and later serve prescription
drugs with 'doctor' preceding
their names, 20-year-old
Megan Mackey is taking the
road less travelled and shifting
her focus to alternative
approaches to health in east-
ern medicine.
Megan left for the Shanghai
University of Chinese Medi-
cine, in Shanghai, China, in
September last year, hoping
to pursue a degree in eastern
medicine. Not that western
medicine, which focuses on
prescription drugs and thera-
pies, is all that bad, but Megan
wanted to learn of a new
approach to health and heal-
After graduating from
Kingsway Academy, she com-
pleted a semester at The Col-
lege of the Bahamas (COB),
where she took an English and
math course. She also worked
at Wendy's, but soon found
another job at Logos Book-
store, Harbour Bay.
Megan ended up leaving
COB because it was, in her
opinion, "a waste of time",
since the college didn't offer
the courses she wanted to
study and she was not, for
some unknown reason, able
to take up any of the biology
courses that were being
offered there.
While Megan had already
made up her mind that she
was going to study Tradition-
al Chinese Medicine (TCM),
she never quite knew how she
was going to pay for her edu-
cation, or where she was going
'- to study that brand of medi-
Scine in the first place. But a

break came when she and her
parents went to get some fast-
food at a local Chinese restau-
Her father knew the guy
who worked there, who ended
up telling them about the full
and partial scholarships
between China and the
Bahamas. And after two
months of getting all the

paperwork completed, Megan
was on her way to China to
study what she thought to be
an alternative, less invasive,
form of medicine.
Megan told Tribune Woman
that from her viewpoint, east-
ern medicine, which involves
practices like acupuncture and
massage therapy, tends to be
more preventive and pnder-

stands the person as a whole,
rather than simply treating the
symptoms of a particular ail-
"I'm not saying that west-
ern medicine is wrong. It's
just that in some ways, there
are methods in eastern medi-
cine that may be easier on the
body," she added.
Like many others, Megan
believes that some approaches
in western medicine do more
harm than good, especially in
situations where an individual
is being treated for one ail-
ment and ends up facing a
myriad of equally or more
devastating health problems.
Haven't you even pondered
how one could be taking a pill
to induce sleep and the side
effects warn, nausea and/or
ulcers may occur? It's the
same bewilderment that
caused Megan to seek out
eastern medicine in the first
Megan said that her main
concern is that prescription
medications have so many
side effects.
She recently saw a com-
mercial for a condition called
restless leg syndrome, and told
Tribune Woman about how
trivial it seemed: "Apparently,
like when you feel that twinge
in your leg or it's like needles
in your leg, that's a syndrome.
"I've experienced that
before, and all I had to do was
massage my leg or use some-
thing like a deep heat just to
relax my muscles and it went
away. But, apparently, they
are now selling a medication
to treat that.
"So, you feel a slight twinge
in your leg and you can take a
medicine and possibly come
out with a heart problem, a
liver problem, etc."
In the western hemisphere,
traditional Chinese medicine
is often considered alternative

medicine. However, in main-
land China and Taiwan, TCM
is widely considered to be an
integral part of the health care
The term TCM is some-
times used specifically within
the field of modern Chinese
medicine to refer to the stan-
dardised set of theories and
practices introduced in the
mid-20th century under the
government of Mao, as distin-

guished from related tradi-
tional theories and practices
preserved by people in Tai-
wan, Hong Kong and by the
overseas Chinese.
TCM developed as a form
of non-invasive therapeutic
intervention (also described
as folk medicine or traditional
medicine) rooted in ancient
belief systems, including tra-
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STORY SO FAR: The twins now believe that Frances
Smith is angry because the cellar hole is disturbing her
grave. But will their parents believe them- and move the

"No Other Way"
Mom and Dad looked discouraged when they came
into the kitchen where the twins, no less discouraged,
were sitting at the table.
"It was a terrible mess," Mom said reproachfully. Dad
went through to the living room without even looking at
the twins.
"We didn't do it, Mom," Kelly said, feeling close to
"I want to believe you, Kelly," Mom said. "But it's
very hard. I want to believe someone else, someone from
outside, has been doing all those things, but how can I
when some of what's happened has happened inside the
"Mom," said James, "do you believe in ghosts? Because
Kelly and I-"
Kelly kicked him under the table.
"Really and truly, James," Mom said, "that's going too
far! No, I do not believe in ghosts, and I do believe in peo-
ple being honest and taking the blame when they do
something wrong. Not to mention apologizing, and taking
their punishment."
"Yeah," said Kelly, "but aren't people supposed to be

innocent till they're proved guilty?"
Mom sighed. "Nice try, KelII' But in this situation, I
think you're going to have to prove your innocence."
And she left the kitchen.
Kelly and James sat there, slumped glumly in their
chairs. "We've got to think of something," James said.
"I know."
"I mean, Kelly, face it, we don't really know Frances
Smith's grave is where the shed is, and..."
Kelly straightened up. "Wait, James!" she exclaimed.
"I've got it!"
"Got what?"
"Mom and Dad may not believe in ghosts, but I bet
they believe you shouldn't mess up people's graves, espe-
cially Revolutionary War ones. So if we can prove the
grave's where we think it is, maybe they'll agree to move
the shed. And then maybe the weird stuff will stop, and
they'll know we're innocent."
"Yeah, okay but how are we going to find Frances's
"We're going to dig for it."
"I figured that, Kelly, but how are we going to dig for it?
Mom and Dad'll see us and make us stop. They'll proba-
bly ground us forever, too. Or Sam will see us and make
us stop. And he'll tell Mom and Dad."
"We'll just have to dig at night. There's no other way.
And we've got to do it fast, before they pour the concrete
for the floor. Imagine what Frances will do if that hap-
Dinner was a dismal affair, with everyone trying unsuc-
cessfully to make polite conversation. Even Cory seemed
out of sorts, and when he spilled milk all over his highchair
tray, Mom looked as if she was going to burst into tears.
After supper, James suggested Monopoly, but Mom
and Dad both said they'd rather watch TV. Kelly was glad
when it was time for bed. "I'll come get you," she told
James as they went into their respective rooms.
Kelly lay awake, listening to Mom and Dad get ready for

bed. Then she read till she was sure they were asleep, and
finally, she woke James.
Together, they crept down the stairs, and took flashlights
from the hall table. Trying to make as little noise as pos-
sible, they went in through the outside basement door
and carefully took two shovels from the pile of garden
tools in one corner.
When they were outdoors again, they went over to the
construction site and Kelly set the flashlights back-to-
back on the left-hand corner of the foundation wall. "You
dig outside and I'll dig inside," she said, jumping into the
hole and for the next half hour or so, the only sound was
the scraping of their shovels and an occasional clank when
a shovel hit a rock.
Then Kelly's shovel hit something that made a dullish
She moved her shovel as far as she could toward the
wall, and dug again.
"James," she said, hardly daring to believe what she
might have found. "Dig over here. No, look. On a line
with my shovel." She held her breath while he made his
hole as deep as hers.
"Whoa!" exclaimed James. "That's no rock."
"Right. And I've got the same thing, too, on my side.
Let's scrape the dirt away...."
There was a sudden burst of light and Kelly looked up
to see Dad striding toward them, fury written all over his
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Opening lead king of diamonds.
Most deals are played in suit con-
tracts, rather than in notrump. The
chief danger in notrump is that the
defenders might run a long suit,
while in a suit contract this ordinarily
does not occur, since the trumps
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In choosing a suit as trump, the
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a trump contract where the margin is
only 7 to 6. When the margin is that
narrow, declarer must be extremely
careful not to lose control of the play.
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West cashes the K-A of diamonds
and continues with the queen. If
South ruffs and draws trumps, hop-
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ruffs the third one and cashes the 10-
6 of diamonds to defeat the contract
two tricks.
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spade in either hand thus giving
him a trump ratio of 8 to 5 he
would make the contract easily.
However, even with the cards
divided as they are, South should
make four spades. He should not put
all his chips on a 3-3 trump division.
Instead, he should discard a heart
at trick three to guard against a 4-2
trump split. West cannot counter this
safety measure, since South can ruff
another diamond lead high in
dummy, so declarer finishes with 10
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king (6)
14 Deep in a hollow (3)
16 Ritzy place? (5)
17 Fish canned in
Basildon? (4)
19 Go along in some style with a
Yankee (5)
21 John's army rank? (5)
22 Land of lacquer (5)
23 Dispatched in
Isleworth (4)
26 Cut the lady in (5)
28 The French one
is green (3)
29 Murphy's cunning art in
pie-making (6)
30 Might they remain
after a crash? (6)
31 Cut by 151
pence (4)
32 High cost of a great
ball? (3,5)
33 Flag officer (6)

Yesterday's cryptic solutions
ACROSS: 1, Sp-oof 6, Pat-C-h 9, Fair-way 10, Craft 11,
Sepia 12, CL-ass 13, Locally 15, Pet 17, Only 18, Polish
19, Ibs-E-n 20, Things 22, Lo-ss 24, Sam 25, En-title
26, Holly 27, Oscar 28, Eider 29, Venture 30, Crie-d 31,
DOWN: 2, P-arson 3, Off day 4, Fat 5, Truly 6, Pass-l-on 7,
A-yes 8, C-rises 12, Clubs 13, Lo-U-ts 14, CL-aim 15, Pilot
16, Those 18, Penny 19, Ignored 21, Hawser 22, LI-lies
23, Sleeve 25, El-ate 26, H-ave. 28, Era

1 he common people apparently
contain many mugs (6)
2 A stand for steadiness (6)
3 A star in the Archers? (4)
4 Out on the moors, is it the thing to do
when a woman's cold? (7)
5 One gets in the bath, perhaps, as a
regular thing (5)
6 It couldn't be better when I give a
hand (5)
8 Is he old to be a policeman? (4)
9 The place for a bridge near the
gardens (3)
12 Play to a happy ending (3)
13 Pull out with abandon (5)
15 Telly role (5)
18 Bury, a less-known football team (5)
19 Drawing of a master at the piano (3)
20 Twice in prison for arson, he
contributes to a parson (3)
21 Can such strife be of a martial sort? (7)
22 Aircraft propellers (3)
23 A number, or just one ship going
round a great lake (6)
24 One that needed lighter attention? (4)
25 Continue to desire a licentious
woman (6)
26 Picks out the blemishes (5)
27 The servant seems to have had a
drinks (5)
28 The contractor's little gir? (3)
30 Long to give teachers heart (4)

Yesterday's easy solutions
ACROSS: 1, Crept 6, Mince 9, Located 10, Scrap 11, Never 32
12, Delta 13, Blocked 15, Wad 17, Else 18, Bovine 19, 33
Ashen 20, Swerve 22, Cede 24, Tar 25, Trainer 26,
Tried 27, Merit 28, Wafer 29, Removed 30, Asked 31,
DOWN: 2, Recall 3, Plaice 4, Top 5, Tamed 6, Mention 7,
Idea 8, Cretan 12, Dense 13, Beast 14, Osier 15, Widen
16, Defer 18, Beard 19, Averted 21, Wagers 22, Cicada
23, Delete 25, Tenor 26, Tire 28, Wet

1 Meal (6)
7 Pertinent (8)
8 Cipher (4)
10 Fascination (6)
11 Collapse (6)
14 Whichever (3)
16 Biblical figure.(5)
17 Rave (4)
19 Drive
back (5)
21 Managed (5)
22 Dead language (5)
23 Ceremony (4)
26 Christmas song (5)
28 Allow (3)
29 Sensual (6)
30 Shooting star (6)
31 Man's
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name (4)
Unusual (8)
Canned (6)

Contract Bridge

By Steve Becker

CHES by eonard Barde

Stanislaw Zawedzki v Krishnan
Sasikiran, Cappelle-la-Grande
2006. Barely 24 hours after
Aeroflot Moscow ended (see
yesterday's puzzle) India's globe-
trotting number two was sitting
down to his first-round match at
the big French open staged in a
small town near Dunkirk. Playing
fast, Sasikiran was nearly an hour
ahead on the dock when he
suddenly reached today's diagram
where he looks in serious trouble
as Black (to move). He is a bishop
down, while his f4 queen is.doubly
menaced by White's f3 rook and cl
bishop. Behind the queen lies the
f7 pawn, so that if Black retreats
d6?? then Rxf is checkmate,
while even Qc7 Rxf7+ wins the
queen and the game. Yet the cool
Chennai/Madras GM had worked
out that his apparently hazardous


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ARIES Mar 21/Apr 20
An argument with someone close to
you puts you in a bad mood early shis
week, Aries. Don't let it ruin too many
days. Busy yourself with something
you enjoy to clear your mind.
TAURUS Apr 21/May 21
Surprises are in store mid week,
Taurus. Too bad you won't know if
they're for the best or bad news until
they actually happen. Either way;,
you'll be prepared.
GEMINI May 22/Jun 21
You've been down in the dumps,
Gemini, so recruit a few friends to
help cheer you up. An impromtu get
together could be just what you need
to brighten your spirits.
CANCER Jun 22/Jul 22
A family member has tried your
patience for the last time, Cancer. Keep
out of this person's business to main-
tain your sanity. He or she will have to
resolves his or her own problems.
LEO Jul 23/Aug 23
It's time to speak 4p concerning an
issue that has been troubling you,
Leo. No one will know how you feel
until you voice your opinion. Expect
surprise from those close.
VIRGO Aug 24/Sept 22
You can't just burrow your head in the
sand when things get tough, Virgo.
When a challenge at home gets you
worked up, think it through rationally
and deal with it.
LIBRA Sept 23/Oct 23
Put yourself first for a change, Libra.
Stop compromising your comfort of
living to accommodate others. Trust
your instincts more so than the advice
of others.
SCORPIO Oct 24/Nov 22
You're ready for a change, Scorpio,
and the new year could be the per-
fect time to depart on a trip or make
a bold move in your career. Expect,'
reservations from friends.
You've pushed a family member
too far, Sagittarius, and now it's
time for you two to take a break.
Let things cool down before you
try to make amends.
CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 20
There's good news on the horizon,
Capricorn. You just have to wade
through some annoyances before you
are able to realize it. Leo plays a key
role on Thursday.
AQUARIUS Jan 21/Feb 18
You're feeling under the weather,
but all you can do is let it run its
course, Aquarius. Don't expect oth-
ers to baby you you'll just need to
deal with the annoyance.
PISCES Feb 19/Mar 20
You've had your eye on someone for
some time now, Pisces. Tuesday is
the time to make your move. The
reception will be positive.

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Beware middle age and Jane Austen

Albany Times Union
NOW, Jane and I go way
back, though our acquaintance
was never particular before the
recent adaptation of "Pride &
Prejudice" appeared in theaters.
I saw it on a whim, a chance to
escape three raucous, house-
bound boys on a wintry Sunday
afternoon and instead witness
the timeless love story of Eliza-
beth Bennett and Mr. Darcy in
this new film, directed by Joe
A movie theater is a weird
place to have a defining
moment. Of course, I didn't rec-
ognize it as such at the time, but
simply remarked to my husband
that I had liked the film well
enough, and "didn't we have
the book somewhere in.the
I couldn't put it down: I actu-
ally gave up a Sunday night of
"Desperate Housewives" to fin-
ish it. Then I read it again. And
The funny thing with Jane
(we're now'on a first-name
basis): Each read reveals some-
thing new, another layer. The
movie and the book had tight-
ened its grip on me, and to sati-
ate my impatience for the DVD
release of Wright's film, I read
all of Austen's other novels and
discovered the 1995 A&E/BBC
"Pride and Prejudice" minis-
eries, which I quickly renamed,
"The Colin Firth Show."


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release. Was this some weird
entrance into a midlife crisis?
Indeed, I had been feeling a

The past six years had been
filled with therapists, doctors
and preschools of all kinds.

Who needs pain medic
when you can have Mr. D

..." He's had to admit I've been
cation happier since seeing the film.
)arcy? I rediscovered makeup, my


Now, I've never been one for bit antsy and feisty lately. After Any semblance of a personal last encounter with which was a I was reminded that I was
being demure, so I'll just spill I turned 40, I had philosophi- life had come to a screeching Effects broken eyeliner pencil attached made to be artistically expres-
the fact that I'm 42. And after cally remarked, "in my 20s I was halt. Now, life was getting much to something sticky under the sive, and by immersing and sur-
repeated viewings of Colin Firth bent on pleasing everyone; in easier, but the experience had car seat. I timidly approached a rounding myself with art, I have
in a wet shirt, I was embar- my 30s, I felt people started tak- left me feeling like a pile of I was hooked on a movie makeup counter and let them been reintroduced to some very
rassed that a film, a book and ing me seriously, bleached bones on a beach, seratonin was flooding my brain have me. dear old friends: Beauty, Joy,
now a miniseries of the same "Now that I'm 40, I don't care Enter Jane Austen, Joe with each viewing. But I found I To make matters better, my Hope.
name could make me feel like a what they think. I am free to be Wright and my date with the needed no intervention. Instead date with the oral surgeon had Now, almost nine months lat-
giddy 15-year-old girl again, me!" oral surgeon. The DVD came of plunging me into a depressed, launched a downsizing, as I had er, I am still basking in its
Friends were questioning my But who was I? I had just out the same day my wisdom midlife funk, the movie's effects been eating nothing but oat- effects. An amused, curmud-
fanaticism and giving me,the emerged from one of life's teeth did, and I spent a glori- began to reveal themselves in meal for a month. I bought geonly friend has nicknamed
"quizzical brow." I was fearful- wringers with a tangle of tod- ous three days on the living the life around me. some new clothes. Mr. Darcy me the metamorphic "butter-
ly fighting the notion I might dlers in tow. It's difficult enough room couch, inundated with the First, I suddenly remembered er, my husband would be fly."
end up in counseling at the having three small boys, but two glories of a great story com- I had a husband lying around so enamored. I could be more, and a look in
same time I was eagerly scratch- of them had rebellious brains bined with charged emotional the house somewhere. I kicked But the big shocker was my the mirror shows that crow's-
ing off days on the calendar, that refused to comply with the atmosphere, beautiful cine- around some toys, finally found sudden distaste for courtroom feet have taken up permanent
ai, sill ivfc irth m' blessed: DVD usual mode of development. matography and a brilliant him, and said, "Oh! Helloooo -adrama. Touching the sublime residence, and that I am lovely.
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Student Megan is taking

the alternative approach

FROM page three

ditional religious concepts. Chinese
medical practitioners before the 19th
century relied on observation, trial
and error, which incorporated cer-
tain mystical concepts.
Like their western counterparts,
doctors of TCM had a limited under-
standing of infection, which predated
the discovery of bacteria, viruses
(germ theory of disease) and an
understanding of cellular structures
and organic chemistry. Instead they
relied mainly on observation and
description on the nature of infec-
tions for creating remedies. Based
on theories formulated through three
millennia of observation and practi-
cal experience, a system of proce-
dure was formed as a guide to TCM
practitioners in courses of treatment
and diagnosis.
Before Megan begins her courses
in TCM, she is now busying herself
with mastering Mandarin, the prin-
cipal Chinese language.
Megan was awarded a seven-year
scholarship, the first two years of
which will be spent learning Man-
darin. Once she passes the HSK
exam, the Chinese proficiency equiv-
alent to the English TOFL exam,
then she will move on to a five-year
bachelor's degree programme in tra-
ditional Chinese medicine, the real
purpose behind her trip to China.
The sole Bahamian studying at the
institution, Megan has the wonderful
opportunity to learn about many dif-
ferent cultures. In her language class-
es, Megan sits with students from
Thailand, a lot of Koreans, persons
from Finland, Colombia, Ecuador,
and one female from Mongolia, who
all wish to be proficient in Mandarin.
As one would imagine, learning
the Chinese language is very different
from, say, taking Spanish and French
courses in high school. Not only does
Mandarin use characters, and not a
system of words from the alphabet
we know, Megan is surrounded with
the language 24/7.
It's not like an hour-long foreign

language class where, once the lunch
bell rings, one goes back to speaking
English. Once out of her Mandarin
class, there is still the signs to be read
on the streets, newspapers to under-
stand and then there's television,
which is completely in Mandarin.
"You're actually in the country so
you get to hear and practise it every
day and you get to hear it every-
where. It's not like in a Spanish class
in school where you learn something
today then forget it," she told Tri-
bune Woman.

Going from using letters to using
characters was not as difficult for
Megan as she first thought. She
found it interesting how one of her
teachers would describe the charac-
ters like it was a picture to help the
students know how to write it. "So
one character looks like a man who is
fishing, but he's really tired so he
will lean up against a tree. And that
describes a word that means to rest,"
she explained.
But not every Chinese character
can be described so easily.

To be considered proficient in
Mandarin, persons must learn at least
3,000 to 5,000 characters, and that
doesn't touch the surface of how
many characters there are. Megan
believes that the Mandarin language
uses at least 10,000 characters which,
she added, is not.that remarkable
when compared to the English lan-
guage, which consists of so many
words, many of them not in everyday
Even after a year of learning the
language, Megan still finds it diffi-

cult to read the Chinese foou menus
in restaurants, -though she can read
the newspaper and understands sim-
ple news reports on television. But
when reporters are giving political
news she gets lost.
With one more year left to learn
the language, Megan believes that
she is well on her way to passing the
HSK exam. She took a mock test
before she left for summer holidays
and did well in the writing, reading
and grammar portions, though lis-
tening comprehension weakened her
cumulative score.
Megan admitted that she is intim-
idated by learning a new language,
but she overcomes these fears by get-
ting as much practice as possible in
speaking. When she goes out with
her Chinese friends, she tries to
speak completely in Chinese, while
on some occasions she would speak
completely in English so that they
can also get in some practice.
On the side, she tries to commit
other odd words to memory to help
improve her vocabulary. For now,
she is trying to get the anatomy
down, learning the characters for dif-
ferent body parts and common ail-
ments so that by the time she begins
her actual degree programme she
will be familiar with them. She also
buys children's books in Chinese to
get even more familiar with the lan-
But she sounds comfortable
enough, stopping for a few seconds in
her interview to describe herself in
Chinese. She has even picked up a
Chinese name, Mei Meng, which
means 'beautiful dream' and sounds
like her real name, Megan. She also
likes how beautiful it looks in Chi-
nese characters.
Once her degree is completed,
Megan hopes to return home and
assist at one of the clinics here.
Before she returns to school next
month, Megan wants to meet with a
local chiropractor to see what are
the common ailments Bahamians are
treated for, so that she can make her
studies even more specific.

N MEGAN rubs a Buddha's belly at a souvenir store in Shangai, China.



had somehow managed to
deprioritize Judge Judy. And I
found myself visiting the library
more times in one montn than I
had in the past 10 years.
My "Wheels on the Bus"
singing kids were now listening
to Mozart, and eye contact sud-
denly mattered, although the
deli counter guy looked at me
funny when I attempted to
strike up meaningful conversa-
tion. My vocabulary was also
growing. Previously mesmer-
ized by pop-up books, my brain
was beginning to throb with
Joe Wright, director of this
adaptation and thus propaga-
tor of said defining moment,
needed to know of my trans-
formation. I wrote him a long
letter detailing the effects of his
adaptation, and he actually
answered it saying he had been
incredibly "moved" by my
"tone and sentiment."
His gracious answer inspired
the belief that I could accom-
plish anything. I immediately
sat down, began to write, and
have been writing ever since -
including, of course, my future
So what was it about this film,
anyway? "Pride and Prejudice,"
among other things, is about
wish-fulfillment, of fighting for
what we love and being true to
ourselves. We yearn for happy,
endings. For Hope.
When Lizzy and Darcy, two
deserving characters who have
redeemed themselves of past
pride and prejudice, find each
other, I feel a stab of joy that
radiates outward.


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the charm of a fruit salsa

S YELLOW Poinciana seems
to be the 'in' tree of the
moment. Wherever I go I see
new plantings of them, the latest
being the large car park of a
local church.
Yellow Poinciana (Peltophu-
rum pterocarpum) is a hand-
some tree that much resembles
Delonix regia (Royal Poin-
ciana) from a distance, having a
similar leaf design. .Once in
bloom there is no mistaking the
two. Yellow Poinciana holds up
its panicles of golden yellow
flowers well above the tree
canopy in order to show, them
The blooming season for Yel-
low Poinciana is from June to
September. Late on the flow-
ers give way to clusters of three-
inch pods that are an attractive
copper colour. These gradually
turn dark and are less distin-
The salt tolerance of Yellow
Poinciana is low, but it is not
fussy as to soil type as long as
the roots are well drained.
Roots are the bane of this oth-
erwise admirable tree. They
spread just under the surface of
the soil and can mess up path-
ways and foundations. The shal-
low root system also makes the
tree prone to toppling in a hur-
ricane. Mine was pushed over
by Hurricane Frances two years
ago. No problem; 1 just left it
there and it is growing quite
happily on its side and sending
its branches into the air filled
with blossoms.'
The allure of salsa
It seems that every time I vis-
it a restaurant my meal is
accompanied by a fruit salsa. I
have long been a proponent of
spicy fruit salsas and I am glad
Bahamian restaurants are get-
ting into the act.
What is a salsa? Basically it is
a ml6ange of fruits and vegeta-
bles, sometimes containing a
seafood or two. You must have
onions and peppers; a dominat-
ing ingredient; herbs and spices
all fresh to complement the

taste; and lime juice or vinegar.
As you can see, conch salad is
really conch salsa. There are
cooked salsas but salsa fresca is
the one I am writing about.
Whenever I get pineapples
from Eleuthera I think pineap-
ple salsa. Cube the flesh, add
sliced roasted red peppers, fine-
ly diced onions, fresh herbs of
choice, maybe some lime juice
to add zing, hot pepper such as
a minced bird pepper or two,
olive oil and there you are -
pineapple salsa. The dominant
taste is pineapple, but com-
plexities way beyond that devel-
op in the refrigerator. My wife
usually sees that look in my eyes
and says: "Don't you even think
about it." So I go out and buy a
store-bought pineapple and
make my inferior pineapple sal-
The regular salsa is, of course,
tomato based. The ripe toma-
toes are dropped into boiling
water and skinned. Once cut up
you can add the rest of the salsa
mix, but when it comes to herbs
it'is best to be authentic and use
fresh cilantro and fresh Mexi-
can oregano. The only time I
like cilantro is when it flavors
a salsa. The hot pepper of
choice, the vinegar of choice (I
love sherry wine vinegar), some
squeezed lime juice, and you
have a salsa fit for a king.
. During the mango season I
made salsas from mango and
roasted red peppers. I found
that fig vinegar and raspberry
balsamic vinegar complemented
the mango very well. After
using a Kent or similar firm red
mango for the cubes I then
skinned and squeezed the juice
out of a hairy Baptiste mango
that has much superior taste.
This deepened the mango
Fruit salsas go with white fish
fillets, plain old chicken breasts,
shrimps and pork. They add
colour as well as taste to an oth-
erwise pallid-looking meal.


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